Monday, October 25, 2010

Mailbox Monday: A Whole Lot of Goodies!


It's been a crazy couple weeks around here.
Lots of sickies in the family.
So, I'm trying to get back to my normal routine.
I've gotten a TON of freebies in the mailbox.

I get freebies a couple different ways:

I enter blog giveaways and win (sometimes).
I host house parties through different companies.
I sign up to receive freebies directly from companies online.
I'm a member of various online review communities (i.e. Smile.ly)

So, without further ado, here's the loot:

House Party Kits:
Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives - My Get Together Party

Freebies:
Sample of PurpleTrail Greeting Cards
Free 18 count box of RepHresh Brilliant pH Tampons 
   *It looks like this offer still is going on!
Free Advil Tablets 24 Ct or Liqui-Gels 20 ct
    *Offer no longer, but you can get a $2 off coupon
Jergens Overnight Repair Lotion Sample
Scope Outlast Sample

Coupons:
Old Navy $10 Reward Card
Two - $2 Off RepHresh Brilliant pH Tampons
$2 Off Pampers Diapers - Pampers Village
Organic Valley Farm Friends Package - included:
         Coupon Booklet with over $7.50 in coupons
         Kid's Activity Booklet
         Root Stock, Publication w/ $6 in coupons & recipes

Product Reviews:
Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief - Smile.ly
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum - Ipsos i-Say

Giveaway Wins:
Who Said Coo? Book - Simply Stacie


Want to see more freebies you can get?

Visit:





Friday, October 22, 2010

Week 41 Savings Tally

Sorry this is up late but I haven't been feeling well the last few days.

For Week 41, there were some very exciting savings!!!


Here's what I saved this past week:


Walgreens:

Bought 2  Child's Cough Syrup, 2 Oreo Fudge Cookies, 1 Crest Toothpaste.
B1G1 Child's Cough Syrup, Used 2 Oreo Coupons and 1 Crest Coupon.
Varsity Snuggie - Used Manufactuer Coupon + RR

Total Spent: $15.03, Total Saved: $15.49

Target:

Bought 18 items, Used 12 Manufactuer Coupons + 10 Target Coupons
Total Spent: $23.80, Total Saved: $33.56

Old Navy:
Bought 14 items (7 adult, 7 kids)
*used B1G1 coupon for kids items, combined with sale

Total Spent: $69.81, Total Saved: $207


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Total Savings Tally: $256.05

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crystal Deodarant Deal at Walgreens & Rite Aid

Crystal® products will be on sale at Rite Aid and Walgreens at $1 off for the Stick and $.50 off for the Roll-Ons and Spray through October 23, 2010.




Crystal® is the world’s original and #1 mineral salt deodorant brand. Crystal® prevents body odor all day long – naturally – rather than mask it with unwanted chemicals. And get this! One stick lasts up to a full year of daily use!

How do Crystal® deodorants work?


Body odor happens when sweat combines with bacteria. Eliminate either one and your body won’t smell. The mineral salts in Crystal® deodorants create an invisible layer on the skin that makes it impossible for odor causing bacteria to grow. Goes on lightly and won’t stain clothes or leave a white residue.

Body 'Conscious'


• Crystal® deodorants are clinically tested and hypoallergenic
• Cruelty free and environmentally safe
• Contain NO aluminum chlorohydrate, NO aluminum zirconium, NO parabens NO phthalates, and NO dyes
• #1 in consumer safety by Environmental Working Group
• Endorsed by numerous US Cancer Treatment Centers

Crystal offers two lines of natural deodorants:
• Unscented Crystal Body Deodorant® Stick, Roll-On, Spray and original Rock (aka deodorant stone). Made with all natural mineral salts.
• Lightly scented Crystal® essence Pomegranate, Lavender & White Tea and Chamomile & Green Tea– Roll-On and Spray. All natural mineral salts infused with natural essential natural oils and extracts.

You can find Crystal Body Deodorant® and Crystal® essence in 28,000 stores worldwide, including Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and Whole Foods. Check out Crystal® on Facebook!


Disclosure: By writing this post, I will be eligible to win a gift card through my affiliation with One2One Network. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. No other compensation was received.

Review and Giveaway: The Rattles CD

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

Since becoming a parent, I'm always on the lookout for fun kid's music to play in the car on our way to the store or out of town to see the grandparents. I was given the opportunity to review a kid's music CD called "The Rattles."

"Parents, kids, and music lovers of all ages have been singing unanimous praises for ‘RATTLE ON’, the lively full-length debut from this furry musical menagerie – composed of life-long friends Gus, Sal, Hal, and Kitty.







See what others are saying about this music group:

"Acclaimed parenting author and ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ Editor, Susan Heim referred to the album as “unique”, “catchy”, and “awesome” while Blissful Bee Blog recommended it to “anyone who has children that love music.” The Clever Mommy Chronicles drew comparisons to The Beatles, They Might Be Giants, and Rilo Kiley, and raved, “Really, truly, the CD is fantastic. In fact, I was disappointed because it only has nine tracks. I found myself wanting more. That’s pretty big for a kids’ CD!”

To celebrate the album release, "The Rattles" have come out with a new website, http://www.rattlesrock.com/ where you can learn all about these fuzzy friends playing music together. This fully decked-out, colorful little corner of cyber-space allows The Rattles’ biggest fans to read up on the band’s back-story, listen to some groovy tunes, scope out a slew of tour photos, play interactive games, and shop for official band gear at the online store. There is even a special section for parents!


Here is the list of songs you will find on the CD:

1.Rattle On
2.Lucky Sam’s Banana Stand
3.Shipwreck in the Sky
4.Wavy Lane
5.Goodbye Yesterday
6.1-2-3 Count on Me
7.R-A-T-T-L-E-S
8.Monday Morning Drive
9.Apple of My Eye



Our whole family is music lovers. Even my two year old. When I put the CD in the car on our way to daycare, my son had a huge grin on his face when the music started. It's very catchy and family-friendly. The Rattles sound is a cross between The Beatles and Hanson. Before I knew it, the CD was over and I wanted to play it again!  I think our favorite song was 1-2-3 Count on Me. My son seemed to like the lyrics to that one.

Check out The Rattles Video: 


Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too!

Get your own The Rattles CD for $19.99 by going to THE RATTLES website or purchase a song for .99c through their facebook site!

But wait! The Rattles has graciously provided one Texa$aver reader a chance to win their very own copy of their music CD!

Giveaway Prize: A copy of The Rattles CD.

Mandatory Entry: Tell me what kind of music your children like to listen to.


Additional Entries:


1. Become a Public Follower through Google Friend Connect.  If you are already a follower, leave a comment telling me so. (+1 Additional Entry)
2. "Like" Texa$aver on Facebook. If you already like Texa$aver on Facebook, leave a comment telling me so. (+1 Additional Entry)
3. "Like" The Rattles on Facebook. (+1 Additional Entry)
4. Become a Twitter follower of Texa$aver. If you already follower Texa$aver on twitter, leave a comment telling me so. (+1 Additional Entry)
5. Become a Twitter follower of The Rattles. (+1 Additional Entry)
6.  Subscribe to the Texa$aver newsletter via email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry. If you're already a subscriber, leave a comment telling me so. (+2 Additional Entries)


Open to U.S. Only. Please leave a comment for each additional entry. Giveaway ends on November 9, 2010 at 11:59 CST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be announced on the Giveaways page. Winner will also be contacted by email. Be sure that texasaver@yahoo is on your safe sender list as you don't want to miss the email if you are chosen as the winner. Winner will have 5 days to respond to me by email before another winner will be chosen. The prize will be provided to the winner directly from the sponsor.

Disclosure: I was provided a sample of the product to facilitate this review at no cost and was not compensated for reviewing this sample. The opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.

Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

I'm a huge fan of meatloaf.
It's one of those foods that feel like it's
giving me  a warm hug while I'm eating it.
I have NEVER made it before. I've just eaten it.
I knew exactly who to go to for the best recipe.
If you don't know who I'm talking about,
you've got to check her out.
Oh, and her awesome cookbook.
It's the best thing I've ever bought!
So, without further adeu...


Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Cookbook

Ingredients:
1 Cup Milk
6 slices White Bread
2 pounds Ground Beef
1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/3 Cup Chopped Parsley
4 Eggs
10 slices Bacon
1/4 tsp. Seasoned Salt
1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
3/4 tsp. Sea Salt

Sauce Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups Ketchup
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Dry Mustard

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, pour milk over bread slices.
Allow to soak up for several minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, mix ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, pepper, salt and parsley. Pour in beaten eggs.
Mix the ingredients until combined. (I used my clean hands as a mixer).
Form the mixture into a loaf shape onto the broiler pan. This will allow the fat to drain.
Lay bacon slices over top of meatloaf. Slightly overlap the pieces of bacon and tuck them underneath.
Make your sauce. Mix together ketchup, brown sugar and mustard in a small mixing bowl.
Pour 1/2 of mixture over top of bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Spread with spoon or pastry brush.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Pour other 1/2 of sauce mixture over top of bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Spread with spoon or brush.
Bake for another 15-20 minutes.
Slice and serve.


















I served this alongside some buttered baby peas.
Serves 6-8, plus leftovers.

Enjoy!




How Much Did You Save at Old Navy?


Did you use your awesome B1G1 coupon yet?

I did! I was able to get all the items you see above for FREE!
Just for buying an adult item, I was able to get a kid's item
for equal or lesser value FREE!!!!

Here's the breakdown:
5 Adult Sweaters @ $26.50 $10 each (7am-10am sale)
3 kid's pajamas @ $10 each FREE (used B1G1 coupon)
2 kid's zip-up jackets @ $10 each FREE (7am-10am sale)
1 Pair of Boot-cut Slacks @ 9.99 (clearance)
1 - Kid's long-sleeve t-shirt @ $6 FREE (B1G1 coupon)
1 Adult Button Down Shirt @ $24.95 $16 (Sweet 16 birthday sale)
1 - Kid's long-sleeve t-shirt @ $6 FREE (B1G1 coupon)

Bought 14 items, paid for 7.
Total Spent: $75.99 + tax
Total Saved: $207


The savings at the register was over $200!
Did you get your B1G1 Coupon too?
If so, how much did you save?

Happy Shopping,

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Frugalize Your Meals! Tips from me....the Texa$aver.

+   
= MONEY SAVING MEALS!

Don't think you can cook semi-homemade meals for your family most nights of the week?  Well, I'm here to prove you wrong.  As a busy mom with a full time career and a special needs son at home, I didn't think I would ever be at the point where I could cook a homecooked meal most nights of the week.  I thought there was WAY too much preparation involved!  But I have come up with a routine that has allowed me to provide healthy, easy and most importantly FRUGAL meals to the table.

Here's how I do it:

Step 1: Take Inventory.  Look in your pantry, fridge and freezer and see what you have on hand. Got a jar of tomato sauce?  Got some spagetti noodles?  With just a few more ingredients this can turn into either a quick Lasagna or Chicken Tetrazzini

Step 2: Create a Meal Plan. Since you now have an idea of what you have on hand already, browse through your favorite cookbooks to get inspiration on what you plan to make. I use a combination of online and hardcover cookbooks.  Some of my online favorites is http://www.myrecipes.com/ and http://www.foodnetwork.com/. Some of my absolute favorite cookbooks is The $5 Dinner Mom, Pioneer Woman Cooks and Rachel Ray 365: No Repeats. A helpful tip when creating your meal  plan is designate each day of the week as something different.

For example:
Monday - Salad Day or Soup Day for Winter months
Tuesday - Chicken Dish Day
Wednesday - Turkey or Ham Dish Day
Thursday - Beef Dish
Friday - Take Night Off from Cooking (give yourself a break!)
Saturday - Slow Cooker Day
Sunday - Casserole Day

Step 3: Write a Grocery List. After you create your meal plan, write out all the ingredients you need to create these fabulous meals. To make my life easier, I write out everything in groups.  I group the dairy items together, the frozen items together, the produce items together, etc. etc. That way, I'm not running around the store.  Try out this fabulous form from $5 Dinner Mom to help you out.

Step 4: "Frugalize" your List. If you are a couponer, take out that coupon organizer and browse through it and pull out the coupons you can use with your list.  Put them in an envelope so it's easy to organize when you check out. Some helpful internet coupon resources I use is http://www.redplum.com/, http://www.smartsource.com/ and http://www.coupons.com/. However, if you like the traditional coupons, get your Smart Source/Red Plum (and sometimes P&G) inserts from the newspaper on Sundays. Beef up your coupon stack even more and contact manufacturers about the products you use the most and most of the time you will receive coupons to use on your favorite products. Some of the companies I've contacted and received high dollar coupons are: Smuckers, Kraft FoodsQuilted Northern, Stonyfield OrganicHuggiesCampbell's Soup and Pepperidge Farm.   Most importantly, check your grocery store's circular for sale items.

Step 5: Go Shopping! The items I take with me every time I go to the grocery store is my grocery list, a calculator, my coupon organizer and an envelope with the coupons I intend to use. My family is on a grocery budget of $60 a week for a family of three.  That includes toiletries, food and diapers. Every time you put something in your basket, keep track of how much you are spending. Pay with cash and it will help you stick to your budget.

That's it!  There may be lots of little things to remember and it's okay if you don't hit your goal right away but you'll get there.  Not only will your wallet be happy with this process, your family will be happier and healthier!

For more recipe ideas, visit my Frugal Recipes tab!


Happy Cooking,


Disclosure: This is a post written solely by me and all opinions in this post are 100% mine. This post was originally written as a guest post over at Feeding Four on July 23, 2010. I thought it was good enough to post again!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hellman's Sandwich Swap 'n' Share Program


If you're like me, I try to use the best ingredients when making my kiddo's lunches. I always have a jar of Hellman's on hand to help me make a flavorful lunch for my family. Luckily, Hellmann's and Best Foods Mayonaise are putting the "fun" back into lunch with their virtual Sandwich Swap 'n' Share program.

One of my absolute favorite celebrity chefs,  Bobby Flay and actress/mom, Lori Loughlin, are teaming up with Hellmann's to help re-launch the Hellmann's virtual Sandwich Swap 'n' Share on Facebook! This virtual version of the beloved school lunch ritual of swapping sandwiches will benefit Share Our Strength, the leading non-profit organization ending childhood hunger in America.

When you visit Hellmann's Facebook page, you will have the opportunity to create your own sandwich and for every sandwich created, Hellmann's will make a donation to Share Our Strength! When you share a sandwich with a friend, an additional donation will be made as part of Hellmann's $75,000 commitment to support Share Our Strength.

Don't delay, make a Hellmann's virtual Sandwich to Swap and Share today and help support the Share Our Strength program.


Disclosure: In exchange for writing this post, I will be entered for a chance to win a gift as part of the Hellmann's program and my affiliation with MomSelect.

"Like" Dingo on Facebook, Get a $20 coupon!

Like Dingo for a $20 Coupon good at dingobrand.com!

If Dingo gets to 25,000 Likes then anyone between 5,001 and 25,000 will get a $20 coupon that they can redeem at dingobrand.com. If you already joined after 5,000 Likes, you will now be eligible to receive a $20 coupon if Dingo reaches 25,000 Likes.





VERY IMPORTANT: After liking the Dingo page at www.facebook.com/dingobones, please do the following to receive your coupon:

1) Click the "Join My List" Tab
2) Enter your e-mail
3) Click the Facebook e-mail list box so that we know you Liked Dingo and so that we know where to send the coupon

The coupon can be redeemed within 6 months of receiving the coupon code.

Please note, the coupon will be valid on all Dingo products on dingobrand.com except for the products that are on sale or on clearance.

READER NOTE: I was one of the first 5,000 likers on facebook and already received and used the $20 coupon at dingobrand.com. I was able to get two BIG bags of treats for my pups for FREE! It's totally worth it to do this.

Sweeps: Maternity & Style - Win a $2,500 AMEX Gift Card

Maternity & Style Sweepstakes











ENTER SWEEPSTAKES HERE

Grand Prize: $2,500 American Express Gift Card

Weekly Winners: Maternity clothing, gift cards, jewelry and more!

Enter for your chance to win and you could be on your way to a fabulous vacation, shopping for a new wardrobe or filling your baby's nursery with beautiful furniture! What would you do with your $2,500 gift card?

The sweepstakes runs until December 31, 2010.

Sweepstakes Rules

Good Luck!

House Party: I got chosen to be a party host again!



I got chosen to ge a party host for the Foldgers/Land O'Lakes "Everyday Special House Party" to be held on Oct. 23rd. So, I thought it would be a good time to tell you (again) about House Party!

Here are all the things that I will be receiving in my PARTY PACK:

(1) 10.3 oz can of Folgers Special Roast® coffee

$1.50 off coupons for Folgers Special Roast® coffee
(2) Free coupons for LAND O LAKES® Half & Half for sampling
50¢ off coupons for LAND O LAKES® Half & Half (pint or larger)
Additional party pack goodies!

"A House Party is thousands of parties across the country, hosted by people like you. Each event is sponsored by a leading brand and focuses on something cool that the sponsor wants its best fans to experience firsthand and share with their friends."

I've been chosen to do several house parties hosted by several major companies including DiGiorno, Nabisco, and Sandwich Thins. They were a lot of fun and you get a bunch of items just for hosting and inviting all your friends to come over!

Visit House Party to sign up today and see all the fun parties you can potentially host!


Happy Hosting,



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Personalize Your Holiday Cards This Year with the help of Purple Trail



Are you like me and buy the generic holiday cards in the box every year? Since my son was born two years ago, I've just now gotten into personalizing my holiday cards. Since we are a family now, it just means that much more to me that they are a little more personalized. There are many ways that can help personalize your holiday cards.

Here are some of the ways that I've personalized my holiday cards in the past:

1) Include a Family Photo: Every year, my family takes a photo around a beautiful landmark in the town that we live. We like to switch it up every year and take a picture outside but at different areas. One year we took a picture in a beautiful pasture with flowers all around us and another year we took it at a state park near a waterfall. That way, not only does our friends and family see an updated picture of us, they will see a beautiful local backdrop too.

2) Include a favorite holiday memory: We all have the those really memorable holiday moments, like when the dog ate the turkey when no one was looking or when Uncle Sam broke out in a song at the end of the meal. So, include a memory or two in your next holiday card. It will bring a little piece of your family out with your card to the other family and friends that you won't be able to visit with during the upcoming holiday season.

3) Have a new addition to the family? Include a baby, pet or new house announcement with the card. We are all super busy. If you have a new addition to the family, like a new baby boy or girl, new pet dog, or even moved into a new house, include it in your holiday card this year! Why not go ahead and announce the exciting news while you wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season? I'm sure everyone would love to hear the news!

4) Include a drawing that your child made: Have a favorite drawing the your child drew this year? Scan it in and create a photo out of it and include it in the design of your holiday card this year. Not only will your family and friends get to see such amazing artwork but your card will be unique and one-of-a-kind!

5) Send a favorite family recipe as your Holiday Card: You know all those recipes you keep stashed away just for special occasions? This would be a great way to pass on Great-Grandma's recipe for sweet potato pie or Aunt Susie's recipe for homemade yeast rolls. Choose a recipe that brings back great memories for you and continues to be a part of your family holiday. Your family and friends would be so honored to have it and it will help keep the recipes alive and create more memories for others.

 I'm always on the look out for a company that will help me do just that.

This year, I'm thinking about using PurpleTrail's personalized holiday cards to help make my cards more special. Their Personalized Design Center allows you to personalize your cards by adding a special background, text, photos, embellishments, frames, shapes and special effects.

Some of the holiday designs that stood out to me were:





  





PurpleTrail doesn't just specialize in Holiday Cards, but also Baby Announcements, and Birthday Invitations.




Happy Holidays! Now, go personalize those holiday cards!



Disclosure: By writing this post, I will be eligible to receive a Purple Trail gift code through my affiliation with Mom Bloggers Club. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. No other compensation was received. For more information on this contest, visit http://www.purpletrail.com/blogcontests.

McDonalds Monopoly Game - I Won 90 My Coke Rewards!

Have you played the Monopoly Game at McDonalds yet?
Well, I've never played it, until now.
Over the weekend, my hubby and I stopped for breakfast at McD.
We both got two tear off pieces for the game board.
I was not an instant winner but decided to keep the pieces for later.
I put them in my little Official Game Board and didn't think about them.
Until today. I just entered the 11 digit code online found on the bottom
of the game pieces and WON!
I didn't win big, mind you, but it's free stuff none the less.
Three of my codes won 30 My Code Rewards Points.
I can redeem those for 3-20 oz. coke products!
Pretty good for my first try, I think.

If you haven't tried it yet, here is a free code to get you started:
I6L6V4N4T10


Good Luck!


Recipe: BBQ Brisket in the Crockpot



Mom's Best BBQ Brisket in the Crockpot


Ingredients:
3 1/2 pound beef brisket
1 bottle of favorite bbq sauce
1 packet of Onion Soup Mix
Salt n pepper

Directions:
Trim fat off brisket.
Salt n pepper the brisket on both sides.
Place in large crock pot.
Empty packet of Onion Soup Mix over brisket.
Pour bottle of bbq sauce over brisket.
Put lid on crockpot.
Cook on low for 10 hours.

Serve with Mashed Potatoes.


Mashed Potatoes:

Ingredients:
3 lb. bag of russet potatoes
3 Tbs. unsalted stick butter
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Salt n Pepper to taste

Directions:
Peel and Dice up potatoes to same size.
Put potatoes in large stock pot.
Cover with cold water.
Add Tbs. salt to water and stir.
Bring to boil and cook til fork tender (about 10-12 min.)
Drain and return to stock pot.
Add butter, sour cream and cheddar cheese.
Mash with potato masher or fork.
Add heavy cream or milk to make more creamy.
Salt n pepper to taste.

Meal serves 6-8 people.




Monday, October 11, 2010

Review: KT Tunstall's New Album Tiger Suit




Remember the hits "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See" playing on the radio? Well, KT Tunstall is back with a new album called "Tiger Suit" and it's available for purchase in stores NOW.

I was given the chance to preview this album and the first word that comes to mind is "earthy." The first hit single off this album is called "Fade Like a Shadow" and is already a top 20 hit on the radio.

Overall, this album is very organic sounding, with soothing music and "nature inspired" vocals. The melody is very catchy and my favorite track on the album was actually the very first song called "Unnmannaq Song." For more information about Tiger Suit, go here.



Are you a fan of KT Tunstall, the grammy-nominated, multi-platinum, Scottish-born singer and songwriter? "Like" KT on facebook or follow her on twitter. Want even more of her? Visit her website to sign up for her fan mailing list. KT Tunstall will be on tour from October 31, 2010 - December 1, 2010.

Check out videos of KT Tunstall here.













Disclosure: I received a copy of KT Tunstall's CD, Tiger Suit to facilitate this review through my affiliation with One2One Network. The opinions expressed are 100% mine. In exchange for writing a review, I will be eligible to win a gift card.

Week 40 Savings Tally

For Week 40, there wasn't much shopping.
Mainly because it was my 5th wedding anniversary and we went out of town.
I'm gearing up to do more shopping this week and have a STACK of coupons to go through.
Should be some good savings coming my way.

Here's what I did save on this past week:

Toys R US Deal:
Bought 2 DVDs, 1 Toy and Pre-Ordered 2 more DVDs
Total Spent: $16.77
Total Saved: $58.99

Hyatt Regency Hotel:
2 night stay @ $149 $72/night*
Total Saved: $154
*we used hotwire.com to book which saved us a lot of money per night!

Total Savings Tally: $212.99

Mailbox Monday: Lots of Samples and Coupons!


Happy Monday!
So, what kinds of freebies did ya'll get last week?
For me, last week was a mix of samples, coupons and product reviews.
I can't wait to show you the upcoming reviews I'm going to do.
Fun stuff!


The Loot:




















Samples:
Kashi - Strawberry Soft Baked Cereal Bar
Quaker Life  Banana Walnut Bread Bar - Walmart
Nivea Happy Sensation Lotion
Emergen-C - Walmart

Coupons:
Old Navy Card Exclusive - Free Kids Item, when you buy any Adult Item
Cottonelle - Two Free Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes Tub w/ Hanger

Products to Review:
KT Tunstall CD (upcoming giveaway)
The Rattles CD (upcoming giveaway)
Happy Baby Products (upcoming giveaway)


Everyone have a wonderful week!
Enjoy those freebies!

If you want to check out what everyone else is getting, check out:











A Frugal Friend











Friday, October 8, 2010

Free Samples at Target.com

Did you know that Target is now offering free samples?
Yippee! 

Right now, on their free sample page, they are offering:


Glad OdorShield Trash Bags with Febreze Freshness
Tide Original with Acti-Lift laundry detergent

•Select a sample by clicking the "Request Sample" button.
•A window will prompt you to answer 1-3 survey questions, as well as to submit your address so we can send you your sample through the mail.
•You may order as many different samples as you like, but please note that each household can get only one of each sample.
•Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery

Deal Alert: Toys R Us Beauty and the Beast DVD


There is an amazing deal going on at Toys R Us right now!

Here's what I got for $15.98 (+tax):

2 - Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition DVD Combos
2 - Toy Story 3 Reserves
1 - Bella Tea Cart


Here's how the deal works:

1) Buy Two Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition DVD Combos - $29.99 On Sale for $22.99. Hurry, because I think this DVD is on sale through 10/9 only and then it goes back to $29.99!
3) Pre-Order Two Toy Story 3 DVDs (do this at the register when checking out). This will cost $5 for each pre-order but will take off $10 at the register for each DVD over $19.99 you buy! Here is what the card will look like. The cards at my store were outside the checkout area near the exit door so make sure you ask for these when you walk in. Here is what they look like:

4) Pick up the Bella Tea Cart (pictured above) and take to checkout with your DVDs. Right now, if you purchase $40 in Disney Princess items, you get the Bella Tea Cart ($24.99 value) for FREE!.

Here is the breakdown:
Beauty and the Beast DVD Combo - $45.98
Toy Story 3 Pre-Order - $5 (will take off $10 at register for buying the DVD Combo)
Toy Story 3 Pre-Order - $5 (will take off $10 at register for buying the DVD Combo)
Bella Tea Cart - $24.99 (will take off $24.99 at register for buying $40 worth of Disney Princess items)
= $15.98 (+tax)

That's a savings of $58.99!!!

 



















There's also a $100 Disney Coupon Booklet available with any Disney DVD purchase but my store was out of them. They just told me to call in a few days to see if they've come in yet and bring back my reciept and they will give me one.

Rebates: Check out the Campbell's Rebate and the Western Bagel Rebate for even more savings!!!

I also want to thank Couponing to Disney for alerting me to this amazing deal!!!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Upcoming Savings on Jergens Lotion at Walmart

According to an email I got from Jergens,
there is an upcoming Jergens coupon in the Oct. 10 paper
which will provide for some savings at Walmart.

There will be two coupons in the paper:
$2 Off New Jergens Overnight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer
$1 Off Any Jergens Moisturizer*

Between now and December 8, 2010, visit Walmart
and get any full-size Jergens Moisturizer for just $5!**

* Offer is valid on any Jergens® natural glow moisturizer
(excluding 2.5 oz Body Moisturizer) or on any Jergens® Moisturizer (7.5 oz or larger)

** Good for any 16.8 oz - 26.5 oz Jergens® product


With the coupons, makes for some cheap lotion!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Burt's Bees Grab Back - $20 (60 % off!!)



Grab Bag - $50 $20


Burt’s Bees Grab Bags are back in limited supply!

From their site:

"We have extra inventory that we need to clear out before the holidays. This great offer makes it easy to start Fall off right!

Our Grab Bag is perfect for sampling, traveling or gifting to someone special. Order now and get four Burt’s Bees full-sized products including 3 lip balms and many of our favorites in travel-size. You’ll receive more than 15 Burt’s Bees items, including our polka dot cosmetics bag, replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil and much more."


This assortment of Burt’s Bees natural products is $20, 60% off their retail value. Treat yourself or others in your life this Fall.

Go to Burt's Bees Website to get your own.

Recipe: 24 Hour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don't you just LOVE chocolate chip cookies???

I saw this recipe posted last week somewhere and for the life of me, I can't remember where I saw it. So, forgive me if you've seen this recipe before and I apologize for not giving proper credit.

I call these the 24-hour chocolate chip cookies because they will only last at most 24 hours on your counter. They are that good. I love them best hot and gooey out of the oven but I can't eat four dozen of them by myself, so it takes about a full day for my family and friends to finish them off.

24-Hour Chocolate Chip Cookies















Ingredients:
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Stick Butter, softened
1 Large Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2-1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 package (12 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a Large Mixing Bowl, mix white and brown sugars, softened butter, egg and vanilla with hand mixer until smooth and fully incorporated.

Sift Flour, Baking Soda and Salt together in another Large Mixing Bowl.

Mix in flour mixture with butter/sugar mixture one cup at a time until fully incorporated. Fold in bag of chocolate chips.

Place Rounded Tablespoon Size cookie dough balls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Put at least 1 inch apart from each other.

Bake 7-8 minutes per batch. Cookies will be slightly golden on top but still pale in color. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet and remove to wire rack.

Makes between 3 and 4 dozen cookies.


Enjoy! Happy Baking,

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chipotle Boorito 2010: $2 Food, Costume Contest and Help Raise $1 Million Dollars!














One of my absolute places to go eat is Chipotle because of their use of naturally raised ingredients. I was delighted to see on their website that they were doing their "Boorito" night again this year on Halloween! On October 31, 2010 (Halloween), go to your local Chipotle after 6pm and dress up like a HORRIFYING PROCESSED FOOD PRODUCT and Chipotle will give you a burrito, bowl, salad or tacos for just $2 bucks!

While you're there, take a photo of yourself all dressed up and enter the Chipotle Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win $2,500!! All you have to do is submit the photo to chipotle.com/boorito. The contest closes on November 8th and a winner will be announced on November 15th.

The Prizes:
Twenty Runner-Runner Ups: Burrito Party for 20 guests
Five Runners Up: $1,000
Grand Prize Winner: $2,500

Good Luck!

Oh yeah, and the best part? Up to $1,000,000 of the proceeds from Chipotle’s Boorito promotion will be donated to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution — a non-profit campaign (part of America Gives Back, a registered 501(c)(3) charity). I joined the food revolution, have you?

Garnier Moisture Rescue - Free Sample!


Free Sample of Garnier Moisture Rescue
Go HERE to get yours!
You can also print out a $1/1 Coupon.
Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.



My Weekend Savings...My New Project







Can you believe that since I've been clipping coupons, I've never actually tracked how much I'm saving by using coupons when I shop?  It's probably because it takes time which I don't have but I thought it would be good to show me, my family and you, the readers in case you are just starting out and need some encouragement. Even though it's almost at the end of 2010, I thought I'd go ahead and start. I'm going to track my weekly savings and put the tally on the right side of my blog for future tracking. That way, I can see the fruits of my labor and feel good about the time it takes to find, clip and use the coupons at the store.

This weekend, I went to five stores. I usually plan out my weekend shopping early Saturday morning and then hit the stores throughout the weekend when I can. I generally do grocery shopping only at one store on Sunday morning and get incidentals and toiletries at CVS and Walgreens. Here's how my weekend was mapped out:

Walgreens:
2 - Nivea Lip Balms
Total Spent: $.00
Total Saved: 5.98

CVS:
Green Tag Scanned
1 - Halloween Lighted Jack o' Lantern - $5.99
*used CVS Coupon for $5 Off Halloween Decor
*at checkout, a CVS MFR Coupon of $.99 also deducted
*earned $1 ECB for green tag
Total Spent: $0.00
Total Saved: $5.99

Target:
1 - Merona Wallet - $2.98
*used $2 off Merona accessories coupon
1 - Merona Women's Dress - $9.98 (clearance)
*used $3 Off Merona dress coupon
2 - Glade Fall Air Freshners - $3.99 each
*used 1 $1 off Target Coupon & B1G1 manufactuer coupon
Total Spent: $12.11
Total Saved: $10.99

Kohl's:
Kids Shoes - $5.99, marked down from 29.99!!!
Total Spent: $6.48
Total Saved: $24.00

HEB (Grocery Store):
# of Items Purchased: 21
Total Spent: $39.77
Total Saved: 18.08

My Savings Tally for Week 39 of 52: $65.04