Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cvs trip: ALL FOR FREE!!!

I have about $25 in ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) and $13 of them were going to expire on Tuesday. So I got my list all ready last night and was ready to tackle CVS on the way home from church today. I keep a very detailed list: item, sale price, oop expense, ECBs earned. In order to be successful at CVS or Wags you have to be (very) ready when you enter the store. I also know exactly how much my bill will be (after Qs) and then how many ECBs should print out at the end of my transaction. I usually only get 1 or 2 things each week to keep my EBS rolling. But since I had so many that were about to expire, my list was unusually long this week. As I (along with my amazingly willing, patient, wonderful hubby) was walking around the store, I noticed that NONE of the sale items that are in the ad that started today were marked correctly. Usually the item will have a yellow hanging tag that states the sale price and the ECBs that you can earn, but NOTHING we were buying was marked. So we had to meticulously check the ad as we were shopping to make sure our checkout process would go smoothly. To make a long story short, only 1 thing rang up correctly. It all worked out fine, but if I had not be completely prepared, I would have left with nothing out of frustration! Below you will find the items I purchased along with where to find the Qs that I used. But I paid NOTHING oop (out of pocket)!!! I used all ECBs and a gift card that still has about $2 left on it. So everything was FREE!!!

(1) bag of Easter grass - $0.99 and earn $0.99 in ECBs
total: free after ECBs

(1) Easter egg coloring kit - $1.99 and earn $1.99 in ECBs
total: free after EBCs

(1) Green bag tag - $0.99 and earn $0.99 in ECBs
total: free after ECBs

(1) Schick Intuition razor - $8.99 and earn $4 in ECBs
use: $3/1 Intution razor (print from facebook)
total: $6.00

(8) Snickers eggs - $0.50 each
use: $1/2 Mars Easter item (3/20 RP or 4/10 RP)
total: free

(1) Edge shaving cream - $3.29 and earn $2.30 in ECBs
use: $0.55/1 Edge shave gel (3/20 SS)
total: $2.84

(2) Nivea women's body washes - $3.88
use: $3/1 Nivea body wash (4/17 RP)
total: $0.88 each

Retail price: $26.02
Actual total: $0.00 (used only ECBs)
ECBs earned today: $10.27

Saturday, April 16, 2011

CD giveaway!

Check out my friend over at Lissa's Loot for a chance to win Rebecca St. James' newly released CD (I Will Praise You).

Friday, April 15, 2011

Freebie Friday!

Many of the blogs that I follow (which are posted on the right hand side of this page) post many freebies that you can sign up for. If you are going to sign up for freebies, make at least 1 "freebie email address." Every freebie that you sign up for WILL ask for an email address, but you don't want to be getting emails from EVERY site that you register for. So by creating an email address (I use gmail.) just for this, you won't be bombarded with emails from these companies. I never check these addresses either. You DO have to create one. Many sites will know if it's a legit acct or not. Getting freebies is great way to try out new products before you buy (and most freebies come with a Q for that item). They are also usually trial sized which are great to always have on hand for your gym bag, vacations, or items to donate (for causes such as boxes for troops, etc). So anyway, I seemed to get a lot free stuff this week. So signing up for free things really does work! Here's what I got:

(1) I <3 Pyrex potholders (which match my kitchen!)
(2) Victoria's Secret perfume sample (which I may want a bottle of for my b-day...I love it!)
(3) Hugo Boss colone samples (2x)
(4) Diet Sparkling Ocean Spray
(5) Degree deodorant (new: motion sensing)
(6) 10 ct. bag of Tide stain release
(7) 1 load size of liquid Tide
(8) Google Chrome finger sweat bands (lol...someone may be getting these in their stockings)
(9) Bounty paper towels
(10) Mr. Clean new Hawaiin Aloha scent
(The paper towels and Mr. Clean came from a teacher at my school who won a school-sized box of cleaning supplies! So cool! Thanks, Kerry! She just registered for a chance to win...and she won!)

Free Arby's Fries: TODAY ONLY!

Stop by Arby's today to snag a FREE order of curly fries. Make sure to print the coupon and take with you. Enjoy! Happy Tax Day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

FREE McDonad's Breakfast for FCAT students

McDonald's will be offering FREE breakfast today for students taking the FCAT.
The free breakfast includes:
  • an Egg McMuffin
  • choice of a 1% low fat white milk jug milk or a small orange juice
  • a package of apple dippers
The free breakfast will be available on Monday, April 11, the first day of FCAT testing.
The offer will run from 6 AM to 8:30 AM.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Awesome Publix deals (ad starts today)

Since my students have been testing all week, I had time to get my coupons ready today (the first day of the sale!!!) while they were testing. After school, I rushed off to the gym, and then ran straight to Publix ONLY to find that I had left my AMAZING list on my desk :( I debated going back (5+ miles) to get it, but I figured since my Qs were in such good order that I thought I could remember everything...and I did (well, I think I did). Last week I did not even get 1 thing at Publix, but this week is making up for that. I spent about $40 oop (that's a lot for me). Here are the best deals of my trip:

8 boxes of Mueller's pasta (whole-grain is included) - bogo @ $1.43
use: $1/2 MQ (3/27 SS)
total: $0.22 per box

2 boxes Frosted Mini-Wheats - bogo @ $4.19
use: $1/1 IP (print here)
total: $1.10 per box

4 boxes Great Grains Post cereal - bogo @ $4.29
use: $1/1 (4/3 SS)
total: $1.15 per box

2 bags Kibble 'N Bits - bogo (used rain check) @ $4.99
total: $0.50 per bag

3 packs of Crystal Light (qt. size)  - $2.99 each
use: $1/3 TQ (print here)
use: b2g1 MQ (4/3 SS)
total: $1.66 each (which is a good deal for these, and we LOVE it!)

2 bottles of Wishbone dressing - bogo @ $2.89
use: $1.50/2 TQ (print here)
use: $0.75/1 IP (already out of prints. I'll let you know if it get reset.)
total: + $0.03 (MM!!!)

3 Jello pudding snacks - 3/$6
use: $0.60/1 MQ (4/3 SS)
use: $0.75/1 IP (printed from my swagbucks, but is gone now...but I'll be getting 10 sbs for it!)
use: TQ b2g1 (I printed this a long time longer available.)
I used (2) $0.60 Qs, (1) $0.75 Q, and 1 TQ.
total: $0.68 per pack (AWESOME!) which is only $0.12 per cup!!!

1 Nature Made Vitamin D3 - $2.67
use: $3/1 any vit. D (from junk mail)
total: + $0.33 (MM!!!)

1 Nature Made Vitamins (Magnesium) - $2.67
use: $3/1 any Nature Made vitamin (from a friend's mail)
total: + $0.33 (MM!!!)

Purchased but not pictured: 
3 pouches Uncle Ben's rice
1 lb. ground beef
2 pkg. whole grain pitas
1/2 lb. Boar's Head blazin' buffalo chicken
4 cake mixes
2 Emerald nuts
1 1/2 gallon Publix tea
1 Voskos yogurt (another swagbucks Q!)

Grand total: $43.58

Saved: $78.88

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Walgreens 7 days of deals!

Walgreens is doing "7 Days of Deals" again. They will post a photo deal on their site each day of the week. There are usually 1 or 2 FREE items. Today's item is a FREE 8x10 photo. Enter the code DEAL8x10 at checkout. I just ordered mine! Go here 
to snag yours!