Follow the link over to the quarterly BloggyGiveaways.com. There are almost 1,000 blog giveaways posted - whew! I'm sloooooowly going through and choosing a few that sound good to me. There are a lot of baby and child-related giveaways, so if you have kids this is a great opportunity to win a few things. Good luck!
I ended up with $34.97 at WAGS (plus $3.50, extra 10% for putting the rebate total back on my card), and $6.00 at Rite Aid this month. I hear that in February, there are 6-7 free after rebate items at WAGS! Wonder what they'll be...
I remember the day my life changed. I went to study for my college courses at Border's in Bloomington, Indiana, and ordered my first chai at the coffee shop. I had heard about this drink ahead of time and was curious, and I properly mispronounced it. "Ch-aah." From that first sip, I knew I had found true love.
Starbucks coffee?! HAH, burnt & bitter! I only drink chai tea, hot or cold, doesn't matter. I've tried the pre-made creamy chai sold at the grocery store, but never found the right mix. Until now. I found the recipe for Starbucks Chai Tea!
Chai Tea: 3 cups water 3 cups milk (I use skim, want to try with soy) 6-8 black or decaf black tea bags 1/2 cup honey 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cardamom (Wal-Mart $10.28, Kroger $10.69) 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground cloves (I used 1/4 tsp, don't want it to taste too strong) 1/2 tsp ground ginger, or a small chunk of mashed fresh ginger
Bring water & milk to a boil. Add other ingredients, return to boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags and filter through fine strainer. Serve hot or cold.
I hit the Mega Deal at Kroger yesterday and walked away with all of this for $32.41! If you buy 10 participating products, you save $5.00 at checkout. I bought 20 products, so I saved an instant $10.00 at checkout, plus I had coupons for all the products. I used e-coupons, manufacture coupons, and my Kroger doubles paper coupons up to .50!
I also scored a few free items: (2) Cottonelle 4 pks $0.99 ea -$0.50/1 MFQ (doubled) = FREE
Crest Toothpaste $2.50 -$1.50/1 MFQ -$1.50/1 P&G ecoupon = FREE, plus overage of .50
Johnson's Buddies soap $0.99 ea -$1.00/1 MFQ = FREE
My receipt says I saved 65%, but that includes the "Kroger Plus card savings". I know my coupon total was $33.66, plus the $10 from the Mega Deal. I'm still waiting for the 80-90% off shopping trip! HA!
Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena Dryer Sheets $9.79 for 12 boxes of 80 sheets each!! This has expired. I think the price was a typo. My order was cancelled and the price matches the other dryer sheets, about $87.00. Boo! Don't you think I should have gotten it anyway?! Come on, Amazon!
These items are currently featured in my Amazon store under CURRENT DEALS. Click on the links to get there.
Ebates.com, Cashbaq.com, Extrabux.com - Earn rebates while shopping online. (If you sign-up for Ebates and want to use me as the referral, please use the link on the left side of this blog, under Ebates. We'll both make $5! Thanks. : )
Well...I had a pretty good day at Rite Aid! I was able to get all of this for FREE! In order to do this I scanned my ad, used the Grocery Gathering deal list at BeCentsable.com, and looked up the coupons in my files. See the details below:
2 Dove Ultimate Clear Deodorant $3.00 each -$2 Single Check Rebate #81 (limit 2!!) -$1.50/2 MFQ from 1/18 RP =$0.25 each
Suave Shampoo & Conditioner $0.99 each -$1/2 MFQ 1/11 RP =$0.49 each
Sunmaid Raisins $0.99 each (I bought the packs of 6 boxes & coupon worked!) -$1/2 MFQ 11/9 RP =$0.50 each
Softsoap $0.99 -$0.35 MFQ 1/4 S1 =$0.64
(4) Extra Gum 15 stk $1.29 each B1G1 -(2) B1G1 MFQ (from various magazines) =FREE!!
(2) Mentos Gum 15pc $1.00 each -(2) $1/1 MFQ 12/14 SS =FREE!!
GE Light Bulbs $2.00 -$2.00 Single Check Rebate #110 =FREE!!
If you want a magazine that has lots of coupons, and interesting and helpful articles, check out All You. This is available only at Wal-Mart or by subscription. To view February's coupons, click HERE and scroll down the page a little bit. Click HERE for two free trial issues. If you do want to subscribe to the magazine, I recommend checking your points or money-back websites for deals (i.e. MyPoints.com or Ebates.com) to see if you can get money back!
Great deal at Amazon! Many TV show DVDs are 50% off, including Band of Brothers (DVD $42.49, Blu-Ray $34.99). This is an amazing and heart-wrenching show portraying the combat of WWII from bootcamp to battle. Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Based on the book and research of Stephen E. Ambrose. This set also features a documentary, featurette, interviews, and more.
"As of Friday night, 474 people had been reported infected by a salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter by public health authorities in 43 of the 50 U.S. states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said..." - Read the entire article at Yahoo! HERE.
"...the FDA has traced one likely source of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which manufactures both peanut butter that is institutionally served in such settings as long-term care facilities and cafeterias, and peanut paste—a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts—that is distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many products including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream." - The FDA's article is HERE.
The FDA warns that salmonella poisoning is possibly occurring through products that are made with peanut butter, like Keebler and Famous Amos peanut butter snacks and cookies, not jarred peanut butter (yet).
According to Bargain Briana, Meijer is having a "Super Sale" over the holiday weekend (1/17-1/19). There are several items under $1.00. Click HERE for her list.
Many of the bloggers have been naming Meijer as one of the best grocery stores to shop at, so if you haven't been there - check it out! You can also get more information about shopping at Meijer HERE, and get Meijer coupons HERE.
Well...this isn't really happy news since there will be 34,000 jobs lost soon, BUT if you are in need of something electronics-related here is the Circuit City scoop:
Liquidation of the stores will begin as early as Saturday, January 17. All sales are final (however, anything purchased prior to Jan 16th can be returned for a 14-day period for exchange or refunds). Gift cards will be accepted at full value. All sale prices will be at the discretion of the liquidator.
UPDATE: B & I visited our Circuit City yesterday (1/17), and they had a small sale 10-30% off various items: 10% or the sale price (whichever was more) on cameras & accessories, 30% on various IPod transmitters for the car, 10% off paper and ink, etc. We aren't sure if they will continue lowering the percentages, but I'll try keep you in the loop.
Click HERE for Deal Seeking Mom's list of the current Wal-Mart deals. You can also check out The "Cent"sible Sawyer HERE or Frugal Living Online (NW area) HERE. (Remember, prices may be different nationwide.)
Since I primarily shop at a military commissary, I recently did some price comparisons. I found that the prices at Wal-Mart are very close to what we have at the commissary. Some products were a few cents more, some a few cents less. Overall, it seemed to even out. This is great news for those of you who don't shop at a commissary!! PLUS, I abhor the produce section at the commissary, and the local Super Wal-Mart's produce section is great and includes locally grown produce!
Click HERE for this week's Marsh deals, thanks to Bargain Briana!
Also, if you are new or need a refresher course, click HERE for Bargain Briana's Marsh 101. You can add your Marsh card to the website UPromise.com and not only save money for college, you can even upload more coupons!!
Exercise DVDs are on sale at Amazon - up to 57% percent off! Click HERE for the great deals. If you can't get to the gym (or it's too cold outside) these are a great alternative.
Also, to get your New Year resolutions going, you can also check out the Amazon Exercise and Fitness Store. You can find a wide selection of machines and accessories, including up to 40% off adjustable dumbells and fitness accessories.
I went for a long jog on the treadmill yesterday - distracted by Oprah. It felt good, and I don't feel too sore today!
Stork Craft baby cribs (about 535,000) - manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia and imported by Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. of British Columbia, Canada; the metal mattress-support brackets can crack and break; sold at J.C. Penney, Kmart, Wal-Mart and other stores around the country, also at amazon.com, babiesrus.com, costco.com and walmart.com. Details: by phone at 866-361-3321; by Web at http://www.storkcraft.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.
Taggies Sleep'n Play baby garments (about 16,000) - made in China and imported by Rashti & Rashti of New York; the snaps on the garments can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. RN No. 27829 is on the care label sewn into the garment. Sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Dillards, Nordstrom and other specialty stores nationwide and Internet retailers from January 2007 through November 2008. Details: by phone at 888-594-3730; by Web at http://www.rashtiandrashti.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.
Ryobi corded circular saws (12,400) - made in China by One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C.; the return spring on the product's lower blade guard can break, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Model Nos. CSB123, CSB133L and CSB142LZ. Sold at Home Depot stores nationwide from October through November 2008. Details: by phone at 800-525-2579; by Web at http://www.ryobitools.com and http://www.cpsc.gov.
Milan vanity stools (89,000) - manufactured in China and distributed by Cheyenne Industries Inc. of Little Rock, Ark.; loose screws can cause the legs to break or separate; sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and other stores around the country between October 2004 through March 2006. Details: by phone at 800-737-5267; by Web at http://www.cheyennehomefurnishings.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.
Roman shades and roll-up blinds (692,400) - manufactured in India and China and distributed by Cost Plus Inc. of Oakland, Calif.; cords pose a strangulation hazard for young children; sold at Cost Plus and World Market stores around the country between February 2006 and August 2008. Details: by phone at 877-967-5362; by Web at http://www.worldmarket.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.
Click HERE for this week's deals at Walgreen's, thanks to Being Frugal is Fabulous.
You can also check out Moms by Heart's listing HERE.
FREEBIES (with coupons): Oust Air Sanitizer Windex Colgate Toothpaste Aquafresh Toothpaste Equal (if you have the $2.50 coupon...) Dark & Lovely Hair Care ($5 & receive $5 Register Rewards)
January's Free after Rebate Items: Orajel Medicated Cold Sore Brushes or Patch (use coupon to make $$) Auto Expressions Vent Fresh Elite Auto Air Freshener Revlon Matte Collection Lipstick, Eye Shadow, Blush, or Eye Pencil (use coupon to make $$)
I have been using the website E-mealz since mid-November and thought I should give an update.
Simply put, I have enjoyed using the site. E-mealz is for people who have trouble organizing meals (or just dislike this task), and want to save a buck or two (like me!). My husband and I currently subscribe to the Low Fat Wal-Mart for Two meal list. Although we shop at the military commissary, I'm still able to get good prices on most of the products, and when we do shop at Wal-mart (once a month-ish), we are able to get food for the best prices.
The recipes have been very good. There have only been a few I didn't care for, mainly because I don't like one of the items used (lima beans - ick!). There have also been a few surprises, like Company Chicken - who knew that dried beef was so good?! This week, the recipes range from cheese ravioli to Mexican casserole to wild rice soup. I sometimes substitute things we already have in the pantry and freezer for the sides.
You can choose from a variety of meals from various grocery stores (Wal-Mart, Publix, Kroger, the "Any Store" option). The site uses the current sales flyer to put the meals together, usually saving you $30-40 a week! Not only can you choose different stores, but they also have family meal plans and plans for two people, AND low fat, low carb, vegetarian, and Weight Watcher points options. If you aren't happy with the plan that you choose, you can request to switch to another.
Overall, I enjoy using the site, and paying $1.25 a week to save me time is worth it! I highly recommend this site to those who don't have a lot of time for meal planning, or would prefer to have someone else do the planning.
Just click the advertisement on the middle left side of my blog to visit E-mealz for more information!*
*Yes, I will earn a small commission if you subscribe to E-mealz through my blog. Thank you!
Click HERE for a Kashi coupon for $2 off any one box of Kashi TLC soft-baked cereal bars.
I've tried blackberry and they are pretty tasty. It's also a rarity that Kashi has coupons available. Once you print one coupon, remember to hit the "back" arrow on your browser to get another. I was able to get two.
Enter code CHEF to get $25 gift certificates for only $5 - 50% off this week until Monday, March 9th at Restaurant.com!
Current Rebate Savings
YTD Total Rebates Requested $160.26
YTD Total Rebates Received $50.97
Money Made with Coupons (in addition to rebates) $25.90
Ebates is a great money-back website designed for the online shopper. I've been using it for less than 6 months, and don't shop online a lot, but I've already made over $29 using various deals and sales!
Copy and paste the link below to sign up - you will get an instant $5.00 (and yes, I will get $5.00, too). Thank you!