Saturday, February 28, 2009

Whew!

I sure was busy today!  I guess that's what happens when I go several days without posting.  I have to get you all back up to speed.  I still have more to say, but I'm g o i n g   t o   s p r e a d   it out a little more now so I don't run out of information by Wednesday.  But I tell you, sometimes it seems like there isn't much going on out there, and other times it seems like there's tons. 

Toothpaste Tip Challenge - Giveaway

With all of this free toothpaste that all of us are getting . . . it's probably more than we can actually use on our own teeth.  So, I'm wondering what kind of other things that we can use toothpaste and/or toothbrushes for.  

Win a $15 gift certificate to Light My Fire Candles.  Winner will be chosen randomly on 3/15 at 10pm est.  All you have to do is leave a comment about a use for toothpaste.  One entry per person.  You can not enter with a use that has already been posted by someone else.  You must leave your email address so I have a way to contact you if you win.

Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

Ok now everyone.  I think we need to take a moment to have a little chat.  Everyone that knows me is probably sick of hearing me say "free toothpaste" all the fricking time.  Anyone that has started collecting coupons at least since the start of February should never have to buy toothpaste ever again.  So please, everyone, let's work together to remove the need for me to use the phrase ever again.  If you've known me or have been following this blog long enough to actually be sick of hearing me say it, then you have only one excuse.  And that excuse is that you may have a more specific need that won't allow you to just buy whatever is on sale.  Otherwise, get with the program!!!!

For the rest of you . . . Walgreens, starting on 3/1 . . . Colgate Total 4 oz, 3.49.  2.50 ES, 1.00 SS.  Translation, price is 3.49, there is a coupon in the Easy Saver booklet for 2.50 off, and there is a coupon from the Smart Source insert on 2/22 for $1.00 off.  Stack those puppies and get it free.  

If that one doesn't work for you, then there is also at Walgreens, Colgate Max Fresh or Max White for 3.49.  Use the $1 coupon from the 2/22 SS, then you'll get 3.49 in register rewards.

And because you can't use free toothpaste without a free toothbrush . . . again at Walgreens . . . Reach Toothbrush, 99 cents with the coupon in the ad, stack with the coupon from the 2/8 Red Plum for $1 off.  Can we say FREE.

Oh, I thought of one other excuse I'll allow.  Which is "they were all out of it when I got there."  But you're only allowed to use this excuse if you ask somebody if they have more in back and they actually don't.  

While we're at it, let's take care of the lips too.  Nivea lip care products are 2.99.  There's a coupon in the ad for $1 off, and there's a coupon for $1 off from the 2/8 Red Plum.  OOP 99 cents.  These come in plain lip balms, and also tinted glosses.  So there's something for the boys and something for the girls.  

Pop Rocks - PG

If you want to make a fun drink that's non alcoholic, use one of the fruit martini mixes with plain 7up.  And the pop rocks should work with that too.  

Pop Rocks as a Drink Rimmer

If you read my previous post, you already know about the nifty little drink I had at Champs today.  It was a cute little blue martini with Pop Rocks used as a rimmer.  It was way too expensive to continue to order, plus the drink itself was pretty standard.  But the Pop Rocks really did add some extra zing to it.  

I know, I know.  It sounds silly.  Pop Rocks on a drink.  Grow up already.  (Absolutely not. See earlier post on jelly shoes.)  But I couldn't even tell that it was a standard blue martini until the Pop Rocks were gone.  They added a whole different dimension to it that made it more than just a novelty.  I'm not saying I'll add Pop Rocks to my stockpile list to have available whenever I want a fruity martini.  (And even if I do, I don't have to tell.  I don't have a Sam's and Costco membership for nothing.  LOL)  

But anyway, if you're sitting there thinking it sounds ridiculous, you probably wouldn't like it anyway.  But if you're like me when I seen it on the menu and are thinking . . . it's probably stupid, but you know, if I don't try it, I just going to die wondering . . . then I think you'll like it.  But try it at home.  Don't spend the $7 for Champs to do it for you.  I would think it would be good on any fruity martini, so long as the fruit flavor the Pop Rocks sounds like a good mix to you with whatever flavor martini you're having.  I don't know what the blue ones are.  I mean, I know it's blue curaco to make it blue, but is it just that and vodka?  And they charged me $7 for that?!  Well, at least I have the knowledge to use it as a fun party thing now.  

Restaurant.com

Do you ever wonder how some of these places can afford to offer such great deals?  With the groceries, it's a loss leader principle.  The store offers a couple of products at a loss to get people in the store, and once they're in, they'll buy other stuff too.  People who do the couponing mess with them on that because we're only buying their loss leaders, and lots of it!

But I recently got a good deal on some gift certificates at restaurant.com.  They always have their gift certificates at half price.  $10 for a $25 certificate.  This past week there was a coupon code to take them down by 80%.  So each certificate was $2.  And of course, if you go through Mr. Rebates, you'll get 12% cash back on the purchase, so all in all, a $25 gift certificate ends up being $1.76.  

So how do they do it?  I found out the hard way today.  Which is usually how I learn things.  First off, they aren't straight up gift certificates.  More like super coupons.  They have rules.  The one I used today was a $25 certificate at Champs.  I paid $2 for it, and I'll get my 24 cents in my Mr. Rebates account too.  The caveat is that you have to spend at least $35 to use it.  Ok, still, $35 worth of a meal for $10.  Still a great deal.  

Problem is, the frame of mind.  I got a meal a little less than $15, hubby got a meal a little less than $15.  We got a kid's meal for Dawson.  I never imagined my little guy could pack away the food like he did.  OMG.  9 months old, he had 3/4 of a grilled cheese sandwich, probably several tablespoons of broccoli (yay! he likes broccoli!) and we had a complaint issue so we ended up getting our desserts for free too, and that kid packed away bite after bite of ice cream.  Plus three crackers while we were waiting at the beginning.

But anyway.  AFTER the coupon, our bill was $60 friggin' dollars.  WTF?!!!  Drinks.  Yep.  That's the way restaurants do it all the time anyway, plus, we were adding on soup and salads to our meals to make sure we hit that $35 mark, and ended up WAAAAAAY higher than we expected or wanted to be.  But we learned our lesson.  And come on, I just had to try the cute little blue martini that was rimmed with pop rocks.  And let me just say, the drink itself, no different than any other cute little blue martini.  But the pop rocks really did give it a whole lot of pizzazz.  I only had one (come to find out it was $7, eek) but I am definitely marking down the "pop rocks as a drink rimmer" idea on my party idea list.  I think I'll do a separate post so I don't forget about it.

Crescent Roll Buzz

Well, if you get high on great deals like I do . . . this one will have you pretty happy.  Sorry I'm posting it so late.  I usually do my shopping much earlier in the week, but it's been a crazy week, and I didn't "need" anything.  So I just went to take advantage of two deals that I know we'll use.  

But Kroger's new ad won't start until Monday, so you still have tomorrow to catch it if you have the coupons.  

I went for the $1 Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and crescent rolls.  With a 35 cent off coupon, it makes them 30 cents a pack.  These are the tiny little packs, but still.  Something I didn't know about until I was at the store, when you buy 5 of them, you get a catalina coupon for $3 off your next order.  So that order ends up being $1.50, and you get $3 ONYO.  

(Imagine me jumping out of my chair doing a little happy dance and singing "overage . . . overage. . . overage.")

So anyway.  Angry cashier and customers behind me while I split out a gazillion tiny packages of crescent rolls into 5 item orders.  And not all of my coupons were the absolute best case scenario shown above.  However, all said and done, I have 10 packages of cinnamon rolls, a gazillion packages of crescent rolls (at least three dozen, I didn't count), and a pack of turkey lunch meat.  Total OOP was $20.29.  And I have $21 worth of coupons to use on my grocery shopping next week at Kroger.  Except that I don't need anything.  Except maybe milk.  So I'll only be using them on whatever great deal is going to be available next week.  And the cool thing is, the crescent rolls are 4 packs.  Really and truly with us trying to lose weight, one pack a night at dinner is all we really should be having anyway.  And since I'll only be cooking four crescent rolls, I use my little toaster oven instead of using all of the energy to heat the big oven.  So it's one of those cool things where the savings compile.

One other thing, something I got over excited about and didn't check until after I had already bought them . . . they won't expire until mid May.  We'll most likely get through them all.  

Before I started all of this couponing stuff, my husband would "splurge" on Grands biscuits about every other week, paying full retail at over $2 a pack.  The Grands biscuits were part of the sale too, and I had coupons for those too, but we already have enough of those.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Posting Hiatus

Sorry I haven't been posting very often recently. I've been under the weather, and now focused almost entirely on preparing for my seminar tomorrow. I look forward to meeting everyone that's coming. We're going to have fun!

If you missed out on signing up for tomorrow's session, I will be scheduling another one in a few weeks. Please keep your eyes open for a new date listed at the top of this page. And listen to your friends and family that have been at the first session that are telling you to get your butt over here for the next one!!!!

I will get back to posting regularly very soon.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Contest on Mommies With Cents

Check out the cute bags on Mommies with Cents!!! They have a contest to give away one for free. See the link:

http://www.mommieswithcents.com/2009/02/review-giveaway-eenamaria-handbag_18.html

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jellies are back!!!

Evidently they weren't in style very long either.  Kohl's has them discounted for somewhere between about $5 to $7.  Adult sizes.  I bought two pair.  I need to hit some other Kohl's to find more in my bigfoot size.  I loved jellies when I was a kid, and I'm thrilled to have some new ones.  I wore a pair with jeans and a cute top on Valentine's Day, and I felt like Cinderella in glass slippers!  I love them, I love them!  But if you remember them from being a kid, you'll also remember that they don't last an awful long time.  So if you're like me and can't help yourself, stock up now before they're gone.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Rite Aid :-(

Well, now I know why there aren't many in the area.  The $10 off of $30 made their prices normal.  And by normal, I mean comparable to Walgreens or CVS.  So my opinion . . . don't bother.  I got a couple things I needed, and I need to sign up for two rebates, but still, not worth the drive.  Save your time and money and go to Walgreens without a similar coupon.


Rite Aid

I don't usually shop at Rite Aid because the closest one I know of is in Middletown. However, they have a deal right now that I think is actually going to get me out there. See this link for a coupon on $10 off of a $30 purchase. Remember, have the cashier scan this coupon first before any other coupons. My goal is to start at about $32, and end at about $8. Now that's my goal before looking at my add and matching coupons, so don't hold me to that if I can't quite get there. Even starting at $30 and ending at $20 is a great deal is you end up buying something like a little dvd player or ipod speakers or something.

http://hip2save.blogspot.com/2009/02/yet-another-10-off-30-rite-aid-coupon.html

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Free Sample?

Ok, I've filled out a lot of forms for free samples. I don't list them here because they aren't what I focus on here. But this is one that I absolutely have to share. A free stuffed animal? I filled out the form, but I think I'll be surprised if I actually receive it.

http://hip2save.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-soft-baby-blanket-stuffed-animal.html

Sweet Deal!!!

Check this out! I came across this while surfing and was astounded. Great for that stock pile of gifts throughout the year, or just get one for yourself. Personally I'm doing a little bit of both. I love silver jewelry!

http://hip2save.blogspot.com/2009/02/sterling-silver-bracelet-only-138.html

Disappointed

I went to Baby Pictures at Showcase Cinema in Springdale today.  They advertise it on their website as a way for parents to see movies with special amenities.  $5.50 to get in.  They're supposed to have changing tables in the theatre, and a concession cart.  It was a good price to be able to take my baby with me and not have to worry about disturbing other people.  It was expected that we would all be disturbing each other with baby babble, occasional crying, and extra rifling through bags for supplies.  However, I didn't notice that the lights were any brighter than normal theatre settings, and there were no changing tables or concessions to be found without waiting in the normal line.  Which means you have baby and diaper bag and everything in tow.  

I will be contacting the theatre management about these issues.  The website definitely misrepresents the once a month event.  He**, I could take my baby to any matinee and get a good price and there would be so few people in he audience that he wouldn't be too much of a disturbance.  So thumbs down in my opinion.  I'll do what I can to voice my opinion to the theatre and see if it does any good.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Quick Target Deals

Target at Bridgewater Falls has a few items of interest.  There aren't many left, so head on over if you're interested.  Their Valentine's stuff is already 75% off.  I got a couple cute t-shirts for $1.25.  Hey, girls can always wear hearts!!!  Some super cute baby things too.  Again, girls can always wear hearts!  They also have a few things left in their international decor section that are 75% off.  I got a nice set of plates for $6.48.  They had a few sets left when I was in there.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Quick Deals

I'm in a bit of a rush today, but I want to make sure that anyone who is following is able to take advantage of some of the nifty offers going on today.  

First off, check out http://www.moneysavingmethods.blogspot.com/ for a free $5 gift card from Dillyeo.  No clue what this place is, but by the time I receive my card, I'll know.  You don't need to enter any credit card info or anything, so it's completely free.

Also, on the same site, Carrie recommends signing up for the Staples rewards club in order to recycle your empty ink cartridges for cash.  Great deal and recycling too!  

Third of all, from The Grocery Game, if you're following, the best deals seem to be at Meijer this week.  Although Kroger has some nifty things too.  Free Hall's cough drops with coupons, and also free Jose Ole Chimichangas with coupon.  Martha White muffin mix and Country Crock Butter spread also have good deals that I'll be using.  With coupons of course.  However, these are only the deals that I'm interested in.  If you want the whole shebang, then sign up with Grocery Game for their 99 cent one month trial to see how it works.  Please use my email address, smartbusinessmommy@gmail.com as your referral.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Free $5 Certificate from JC Penny

Please see link below for details on this deal.  I signed up and was able to print my $5 certificate immediately.  We know what I'll be doing tomorrow!  Can't beat free.

http://bargainbriana.com/2009/02/5-of-5-jc-penney-rewards/

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Free Movie Tickets!

For the entire month of February (so I'm told, you may want to check with your particular store first) Walgreens is giving you two free movie tickets for every 4 Axe products you buy.  If you plan to do the offer more than once, then be sure to separate out the orders.  (Get 4 items scanned, pay, get your receipt and movie ticket print out, get 4 items scanned, pay, get your receipt and movie ticket print out, etc.)  This is a great deal.  My family doesn't use Axe products so I looked at like I was paying for the movie tickets and getting the Axe products for free.  They will go into the Christmas present box for gift sets for my cousin's boyfriends and people like that.  I particularly like the cute little 4 pack bullet sets.  Great stocking stuffers.  And cute.  I know, guys don't go for cute.  But at least the women can feel happy putting together the gift packs!  The detailer sponges are also included in the deal, and that is one of the products that my husband actually does use, so good deal there.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Reprints of Receipts

Well, I got home, cracked open a beer, and settled down to fill out my rebate form after excitedly telling you all about it.  I had done three orders at Kroger, and wouldn't you just know it, the one I needed was no where to be found.  EEEEK.  I frantically looked all over, then resigned myself to having lost the cash back.  Suddenly, my sometimes brilliant husband said, "why don't you find out if they can reprint it for you?"  No way, I thought.  But hey, fifteen bucks is worth a few minutes of time, so I called them up.  

Kroger actually can reprint receipts!!!  All they need is your Kroger customer card number, and it's also helpful if you have a register number (which I had because of the multiple orders) but that isn't necessary.  It's evidently a very simple thing.  And the customer service rep even asked me the date of the transaction, so evidently they can go back in the system, at least a little bit.  

Yay! Cheap Premium Beer!

One thing about most couponing and sales offers is that they don't or rarely offer any information on alcohol.  State laws mandate some of that stuff, and I guess it's not one of those things that people expect to get great deals on.  If you drink, you pay the going rate.  It's one of those things everyone accepts.

At Kroger today I was buying a case of our normal beer of choice, Warsteiner Dunkel.  I always glance around because if there's a sale on something interesting, I may or may not try it.  I came across rebate hang tags on Michelob premium beers.  If you buy 4 6-packs, you get a rebate for $15 back.  That makes it about half price!  

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Great Walmart Find

Check out http://nickels-n-dimes.blogspot.com/ for a great Walmart deal on Mega Blocks for $4.  I ran into a little bit of weirdness when placing my order.  First of all, I wanted two sets, but it would only let me order one, so I had to do a separate order for the second set.  Also, it didn't give me an option to pick it up at the store, so I had to pay shipping.  Still a great deal.  I also found a Hot Wheels Town play set for $10.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Great Walgreens Deal

For the entire month Walgreens has a special deal where if you buy 4 Axe products, you'll get a Catalina coupon with a code on it to get 2 free movie tickets.  This week, Axe products are on sale at 25% off.  I will be getting a lot of these, most likely to give away as gifts since my hubby doesn't wear Axe.  But he will use the spongy thing, and I got him a chocolately scent that I'm going to make him try out.  YUM!  But they have these neat little four packs of scents that would make great stocking stuffers or small gifts for someone.  At 25% off, it at the very least pays for the movie tickets in full (if not better) and you have four Axe products too.  So it makes for a great deal.  The coupon doesn't say that there is any limit, but I would expect one per transaction.  And I'm going to try to get my first set for this weekend and see what happens.  So exciting.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out Carrie's deal at www.moneysavingmethods.blogspot.com on Brylane Homes.  She keeps pointing out things that make it better and better.  (Friends and family, don't look too close or you might see some of your Christmas presents.)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sunday Coupon Preview

Taylortown has gotten slow with their preview of Sunday's coupons.  If you like to see coupon previews before deciding how many papers to buy, this is a huge inconvenience.  I will be removing Taylortown from my link list very soon and will replace it with one that is more useful for planning ahead.

Lots of Great Info

Be sure to check out http://www.moneysavingmethods.blogspot.com today. Carrie has a wonderful deal at Brylane Homes posted. Be sure to read through the entire post before getting started to get the best possible deal. It's kind of complicated, but even if you don't do all of the steps, it's still a great way to get a free blanket. If you don't anything for yourself, think of future birthday/Christmas/Mother's Day presents. All said and done I ended up getting a total of six items for about $4 once I get the rebate back.

Another excellent blog that I'm adding to my side bar is http://www.nickels-n-dimes.blogspot.com/. Becky has A TON of good beginner information on her site this weekend. Be sure to read the whole page and also click on older posts so you can see the entire beginner's section.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Happy Kroger Deals

I haven't posted much on my grocery shopping this week. Nothing major. Except for stocking up on the great prices on fruit roll ups, toothpaste and pledge dusters at Kroger. If you've got the coupons, the fruit roll up deal is great! Buy 10 items from the list, get $3 off. Make 5 of those items fruit roll ups, you'll get a 3.50 off your next order coupon. Use a coupon for each of the boxes, and buy cheap Banquet tv dinners, or chef boyardee cans for the other five items. With coupons of course!

I'm buying crazy amounts of both the fruit roll ups and the pledge dusters. However my stockpile is low in healthy snacks, so the fruit roll ups are a perfect fit. And my dogs bring in so freaking much dust that I don't think I could ever have enough dusters!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Michael's Deals

Well, I lied. The cute little tins on sale for a quarter each at Michael's are all gone. I had to go back and buy them out. They are perfect for several different uses for my candle business. Sorry everyone. Still plenty of note cards and other odds and ends left.

Also, if you're new to my site, you may want to go to the archive section and read some of my older posts. I will revisit a lot of the important topics again in the future, but there is a lot of information there if you're looking for it.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Store Markdowns

I was just at the Walmart on Princeton Rd, and came across a couple really good deals on clothes. I found baby hoodies for $2. You'll have to search for this one. The sign above them said $9. But they are all marked $2. I bought a couple of each design in different sizes. Too good of a deal to pass up.

Also, there are some cute Christmas T-shirts in the women's department for $1 each. These would make good stocking stuffers for next year, or good generic gifts for when you have to buy for someone you don't know or don't spend much on. I grabbed several.

At Michael's in Bridgewater Falls, they have some really nice odds and ends marked down for .25 each. I might have to back and grab more. Little tins, note cards, stickers, and ribbon.