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Mall Freebie Day!

Tomorrow is my mall day; with all the freebies floating around, I want to be sure to grab whats available before they’re all out completely!

Stop No. 1: *UPDATE* Um, this is for next Saturday.

Sign up for LUSH‘s email list, and you’ll be in the know when and where there’s a VIP party! If you print the email (your “passport”), RSVP , and get there early enough, you get a free bath bomb. Go to both parties listed (in my case the Peabody North Shore Mall and the Burlington Mall parties) on Sat. Feb. 28th, and receive a free Super LUSH VIP bag at your second party.

Stop No. 2:

Origins! For a Free-While-Supplies-Last sample of Dr. Weil’s Bedtime Balm with coupon.

Stop No. 3:

For a free 1 oz. sample of PINK Body with Organic Ingredients with this coupon.

Stop No. 4:

For a FREE, complimentary, one-to-one facial (coupon here) ! Eek! Who knows how good it’ll be, but considering I’ve never had anything CLOSE to a facial before, I’m figuring now’s as good a time as any!

I won’t be doing these Bath & Body Works deals, but there’s also a Free Bath & Body Works Body Gel with $10.00 purchase coupon available, as well as a Free B&BW Aromatherapy item with $13.00 purchase coupon.

Depending on how long all that takes me, I may or may not hit CVS and Walgreens this week…have to have some time to study!

Hat tip to Deal Seeking Mom for the deals after LUSH.

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WFMW: Coupon Clipping

I’m fascinated by other people coupon methods.

I used to only clip what I needed, and while that worked fine for the grocery store (I will never be buying dog food), it killed me when it came to CVS/Walgreens/Rite-Aid. I found that I would have to readjust my plans on the fly when items were out of stock, or when I discovered unadvertised deals…and I wouldn’t have my coupons with me. Even at the best scenario, it’s horrid to run out to the car and clip.

So now I set aside about 1/2 hr. each week to clip ’em alllll out.  I also write on the back of each coupon the insert it came from (the 1.18.09 SS sort of notation); that way I don’t have to look up every.single.coupon in CouponMom’s database (as convenient and helpful as that is!), which saves me time in front of the computer (my main goal in life).

I then organize them by category (household/dairy/etc.) that I have labeled in my Coupon-Briefcase (file folder with a handle), and within each broader category, I have paper clips that further subdivide. For example, under “household”, I have paperclips that delineate air fresheners, paper goods, cleaners, sponges, food storage, batteries & house maintenance, laundry, and dish-soap. Certainly not without flaws (like when your paperclips snag, or fall off…), but I generally find it to be the best system for me right now. My little case fits into the front of the shopping cart or alongside a carry-basket, and is large enough for me to grab what I need without too much fumbling.

And that’s what works for me! See more WFMW here.

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When Rebates Go Wrong

I’ve had three Thakoon by Target items in my Target.com shopping cart since the beginning of January. I tried them on the store, loved them, and decided to do the responsible thing of Getting Them for Less. This meant:

A.) Saving up a bit

B.) Using Cashbaq or Ebates

C.) Using my Swagbucks.com $20.00 Gift Certificate (Almost there in less than 2 months! I love my Swagbucks!)

D.) Using the Excedrin, Bayer, and Orajel rebates.

Now I’m still expecting the Orajel, but I got two pieces of mail regarding the others. First: a postcard saying my Excedrin rebate was past the postmark date. I really don’t think that’s true, but who knows–did it get stuck somewhere? Does it take an extra day or few from drop box to Post Office center? I specifically remember making it by the ‘pick up time.’ So there goes $5.99-$4.99.

Secondly, I’ve redeemed rebates for free-with-coupon items before…apparently not so with Bayer! It didn’t even mention the coupon name on the receipt, but I guess the -$30.00 line tipped them off. So there goes that $14.99 I was hoping for!

I guess this is very much “don’t count your chickens” territory…a lesson I’ll remember with further rebates!

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grocery-gathering5 Specials, Deals, coupon-match ups for Hannafords grocery stores this week.

Freihofer’s Split-top White Bread $1.88

Cheerios 2/$5.00

Shank Portion Smoked Ham $0.79/lb.

Top Round Roast $1.97/lb.

Green Seedless Grapes $0.99/lb.

Dak Imported Style Ham $4.99/lb.

Jumbo Navel Oranges 2/$1.00

Rutabagas $0.59

Napa Cabbage or Bok Choy $1.49/lb.

Nasoya 16 oz Eggroll wrappers or 12 oz package Wonton Wrappers $1.79 each
Buy 2 and use with $1.00/2 coupon for
2/$2.58

Kiwi 3/$1.00

Greenline Green Beans 2/$5.00

Cod Fillet $6.99/lb.

Live Maine Mussels 2-lb bag $2.99

Organic Valley Butter $3.99
Use with $1.00/1 Organic Valley Printable Coupon for
1/$2.99

Progresso Soup 4/$5.00
Use with $1.00/4 Progresso Coupon for
4/$4.00

Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta 4/$5.00
Buy 5 and use with $1.00/5 Chef Boyardee coupon for
5/$5.25

Ace of Diamond Chunk White Tuna 5/$5.00

Kraft Shredded Cheese $2.69/bag (not really *that* good)
Use with $1.00/1 or $1.00/2 Kraft Cheese coupons from Shaws

Blue Bonnet Margarine $0.99

Hood Whipped Cream $1.95

Charmin 6-Mega Roll Ultra Bath Tissue $7.49
Buy 2 and use with $1.00/2 Charmin coupon for
2/$13.98

Slimfast Ready to Drink Beverages $6.99
Use with $2.00/1 Slimfast Printable for
1/$4.99

Fuze 3/$3.33
Use with $0.25/1 Fuze Coupons

Eggo Waffles $1.89
Use with $1.00/2 Eggo Coupon for
2/$2.78

Camembert or Brie Cheese $5.99 each

Carando Sandwich Pepperoni, Hard Salami, or Genoa Salami $4.99
Use with $1.00/1-lb Carando Coupon for
1 lb/$3.99

Buitoni Angel Hair Pasta $2.49
Use with $1.00/1 Buitoni Coupon for
1/$1.49

Smithfield Smoked Sausage $2.97

Hannaford Premium Turkey 10+lbs $0.79 /lb.

Pork Sirloin Steak $1.79/lb.

Boneless Eye Round Roast $2.49/lb.

Whole Young Chicken $0.99

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Semi-back

I had hoped this wouldn’t happen, but alas…with classes taking up 2 nights, and a third of studying, I’ve had literally zero time to look through flyers, never mind go shopping! I did so for the first time yesterday (and had a great run of only 102$), so I hope to post those later (I’m in the computer lab right now), but…yeah. Lots of topics rolling around, lots of ideas, if only I had the time.

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First off, apologies for not writing–summer is catching up with me, and we’ll be gone to Seattle next week too. But, I have 2 words: Stop & Shop. Porterhouse Steaks are $4.99/lb. (limit 5) Corn is 12/$1.99. Go. Now.

But that’s not the point of this overly excited post. Yesterday was my birthday, so when a package arrived today, my husband and I were sort of intrigued, but not shocked. Maybe from an aunt? An uncle? But when I opened it, before my eyes arose all sorts of products as if from a dream…TRESemme…24.7 skincare…Nivea…all the sudden, it sort of made sense. This stuff had been on sale at CVS…but why? Why to me?

And then I saw the green zebra striped bag and I knew. A few months ago, I read a moneysavingmom post about an Allure Magazine contest that if you sent in a receipt with 2 products on it, and were one of the first 1,000 to do so, you could win a case full of products. That Post prompted me to go buy 2 Ban deodorants (on sale, with 2 coupons) and send in my receipt the following day. AND I WON!! It was so much more than what I was expecting too…I was thinking samples, while most were full-size, good products! Here it is:

The Haul

The Haul

And here’s what it included:

TRESemme Thermal Recovery Shampoo 25 fl. oz.
TRESemme Thermal Recovery Conditioner 25 fl. oz.
TRESemme Curl Moisturizing Shampoo 32 fl. oz.
TRESemme Curl Moisturizing Conditioner 32 fl. oz.
Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub 5 oz (my favorite thing!)
Goody add+shine Brush (and a brush was on my shopping list…)
Nair Shower Power Kit
Vo5 Extreme Style Styling Mousse 8 oz.
24.7 anti-wrinkle skincare (well, it was my birthday yesterday…)
CVS-Brand Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 30
Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Extreme Gloss
Revlon Shimmer Lipgloss
St. Ives Collagen Elastin 2 fl. oz
Nexxus Root Extend Travel Size
Nivea Pure Moister Travel Size
Ban Deodorant Travel Size
KY Intrigue Sample
Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser Sample
And the Green-Zebra Make-Up Bag!

So Excited! And undeserved, but a very nice surprise. And now I will probably enter more contests.

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Rite-Aid Again!

So, it incredibly looks like another good Rite-Aid week. I went for last week’s sale for the first time ever; despite them not carrying the Pantene Pro-V I needed, and me forgetting some coupons, it was still pretty good. Nobody goes to Rite-Aid around here, so they definitely had stock, despite me shopping on a Saturday night at 9:50 PM, as I’m so wont to do.

Purex Laundry B1G1 Free
Use with $1.00/2 Coupon

Banana Boat Sunscreen B1G1 Free

Doritos B1G1 Free

Nexcare Bandages $0.99
Use with $1.00 off/1 coupon
Final Cost: free!
*edit: apparently Rite-Aid won’t adjust down $1.00 coupons to $.99, which is something new to me.*

Stayfree/OB 2/$5.00
S.Check.R $1.00
Coupon $1.00/1
Final cost: 2/$3.00

SoyJoy B1 G1 50% off
Use with B2G1 Free coupon

Raid $2.99
In-ad Coupon $1.00
Manuf. Coupon $1.00/1
Final cost: $0.99

Lifesaver Gummies or Mints $0.99
Use with B1G1 Free Coupon
Final Cost: 2/$0.99

McCormick Grinders 4/$5.00

Chock Full of Nuts $2.49
S.Check.Rebate $0.50 (Limit 1)
Use with $1.00/2 Coupon
Final Cost: 2/$3.48

Bam! Cleaner $2.99
In-ad Coupon: $1.00/1
Manuf. Coupon $1.00/1
Final Cost: $0.99

Lysol All Purpose/Kitchen/Sanit. Wipes $2.49
In-ad Coupon $0.50 (Limit 1)
Manuf. Coupon $1.00/2
Final Cost: 2/$3.48

Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber $3.99
S. Check R. $1.00
Manuf. coupon $1.00
Final cost: $1.99

Herbal Essences $2.99
S. Check Rebate $2.99
Manuf. Coupon $1.00/1
Final cost: Earn a dollar!

Organix Shampoo or Conditioner $5.49
Single Check Rebate $5.49
Final Cost: Free!

Twizzlers & Planters Nuts B1G1 Free

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