Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday's CVS Trip Total $2.89 plus a Free Flu Shot!!

2 - Tide @ $5.97 each
2 - Dawn @ .97 each
2 - Tampax @ $2.96 each
2 - Charmin @ $5.49 each

Total = $30.78 before coupons/ecbs and tax

Coupons and ecbs I used :
(2) $1 off Tide
(2) .25 cents off Dawn
(2) .25 cents off Charmin
(2) $1 off Tampax
$7.99 ecb
$7.99 ecb
$3.00 ecb
$3.00 ecb
$2.00 ecb
$1.00 ecb

New total = $2.89 and I received a coupon for a free flu shot!!!

***Edit - I redeemed my free flu shot today at CVS's Minute Clinic and received a coupon good for 10% off my next purchase expires 10/31.

Free Samples (I Will Be Adding To This)

I will update throughout the day.

Kashi Snacks - 3 to choose from. I chose the crackers so I can use for a snack in my son's lunch box. This is my main reason for requesting food samples. They are great to put in lunches!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Kodak EasyShare C182 Digital Camera for $59 Shipped!!

I am sooo happy I just bought a Kodak EasyShare C182 Digital Camera for only $39 shipped!! How?

Today only Amazon has them half price for only $59 with free Super Saving Shipping. I then used my (4) $5 Amazon gift cards from SwagBucks. Which took $20 off. I needed a new camera so bad. I am so excited. This is a 12MP whereas my old one was only a 4MP!! I paid $90 for my HP one and that was on clearance!! O.k. this was a few years back but still that is a huge difference!!

Product Features

12-megapixel resolution
3x optical zoom
Smart Capture feature automatically identifies the scene and adjusts camera settings
3-inch LCD screen
Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Technical Details
Brand Name: Kodak
Model: 8723793
Optical Sensor Resolution: 12 MP
Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
Optical zoom: 3 x
Maximum Aperture Range: F/2.9-5.2
Lens Type: Zoom lens
Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"
Included Flash Type: Built-in flash
Display Size: 3.00 inches
Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO auto (80-250), ISO 1000
Image types: JPEG
Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
Exposure Control Type: Candle, Beach, Snow, High sensitivity, Reducing blur, Landscape, Portrait mode, Text, Close-up, Museum, Back light, Night portrait, Self-portrait, Children, Fireworks, Night landscape, Panorama assist, Flower, Panning, Sports mode, Sunset
Viewfinder Type: None
Width: 1.1 inches
Height: 2.4 inches
Weight: 0.3 pounds

My Walgreens Trips this Week Total $10.82 with $4RR Leftover!

Each transaction was done at a different store. My stores do not allow multiple transactions when using RRs. All prices shown with tax (mine is 7%).

4 Stores on Sunday

Breathe Right 10ct $4
Used: $1.50 off Breath Right from Red Plum 04/11
Total = $2.78w/tax got back $4RR

Walgreens 8pk Tampons $1.99
Carmex Moisture Plus $2
Folder .19 cents
Used $4RR
Total = .47 cents got $2RR + $2RR back

Breathe Right $4
Paper Plates .89 cents
Bayer 4 single pack .74 cents
Used (2) $2RR and $1.50 off BR
Total = .48 cents got back $4RR

Walgreens Tampons $1.99
Carmex Moisture Plus $2
Pencil .25 cents
Used : $4RR
Total = .40 cents got back $2RR + $2RR

Paid out of pocket $4.13 for :

2 Breath Right 10pks
2 - 8pks tampons
2- Carmex
1 - paper plates
1- folder
1- Bayer
1- pencil

5 Stores on Monday

Bayer .74 cents
Breathe Right $4
Paper plates .89 cents
Coupons/ecbs used : $1.50 mc + $2rr +$2rr
Total = $.48 cents
$4rr back

Tampons $1.99
Carmex $2
Pencil .25 cents
Used $4RR
Total = .40 cents
Received $2rr + $2rr back

Breathe Right $4
2 Magnetic Frames @ .42 cents each
Paper plates .89
Coupons+rr's used : $1.50mc + $2rr + $2rr
Total = .64 cents
$4RR back

Carmex $2
Tampons $1.99
3- Photostamps @ $1 ea
Used $4rr
Total = $3.34
$4RR back

Breathe Right $4
Mini Highlighter .39 cents
Super Glue $1.99
Used: $2RR + $2RR + $1.50MC
Total = $1.83
$4RR back

Total cost for today's : $6.69 (could have been done for way less but I could not pass up on the Photo Stamps and I needed Super Glue)

Total items bought today:
3 - Breathe Right
2 - Carmex
2 - Tampons
3 - Photo Stamps (which will give me 60 photo stamps!)
2 - Paper Plates
2 - Frames
1- Pencil
1 - Bayer
1- Highlighter
1 - Super Glue

Total cost for both day's trips: $10.82

Total items bought:

5-Breathe Right
3-Paper Plates
3-Photo Stamps (each good for 20 photo postage stamps)
1-Super Glue

**I also have a $4RR leftover to use at a later time.

Not in the picture : 1 pencil, 2 small magnetic frames, 1 folder and 1 pack of paper plates. Bayer is open because I used one. Click photo to make bigger.

The stamps alone would have cost (this if they were just regular and not photo) $26.40. But since they are photo stamps the actual cost would be $21.97 for each 20 stamps making the 3 packs $65.91!!!!! So as you can tell I did really, really good even though I went over my allowed budget for these deals. I had originally told myself that I would spend no more than $7 with tax for all the above transactions. But I ended up buying the Super Glue $1.99 and the 3 Photo Stamps $3 which made my total higher than planned. But hey, you can't pass up paying 5 cents a stamp!! I will have to do a search later on and see when stamps only cost 5 cents.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Yoplait Whips Giveaway!!

I have another giveaway for my readers. This one is from Yoplait and MyBlogSpark.

One lucky reader (who enters) will win the prize pack containing the following: 1 coupon for a free sample of Yoplait Whips! yogurt, a canvas cooler bag and a set of four ice cream cone shaped popsicle molds.

I also received one prize pack and as soon as my son saw it he wanted it! He is actually using the cooler for his lunch bag. It is working out quite nicely. It is nice and roomy for all of his lunch items. I cannot wait to make various frozen treats with the ice cream cone molds. I just have to wait until I have some room in the freezer (I HATE having a small refrigerator/freezer). :(

Did you know that Yoplait Whips has nine flavors : Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Raspberry, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Burst, Orange Créme, Peaches `N Cream, Raspberry Mousse, Strawberry Mist, and Vanilla Créme? I have tried a few of them myself and have really enjoyed them. I haven't tried them frozen yet but plan to buy some more on Monday when I go to the grocery store. So I will freeze a couple of them and let you all know what I think. I am thinking of freezing the Orange Créme and the Raspberry Mousse one.

You have a many ways to enter to win. The more you do the better your chance. You can enter each way 1x. For each entry make sure you leave me your email address so I can contact you. I will not publish any comments. So no need to worry about your email address becoming public. ***No matter how you enter you must leave a comment with your email address and if you added me as a friend or follow me on twitter you must let me know and let me know what name you go by on that site. Or else I will have no idea. Thanks!!

You will get 1 entry for each of the following:

1- Tell me which flavor you like or think you would like frozen?

2 - Friend me on Facebook.

3- Follow me on Twitter.

4 - Subscribe to my newsletter (still working on it - leave your email addy in comment - and let me know you want to subscribe).

You will get 3 entries for each of the following (they are all free to join):

5 - Join me here on Cashcrate using this link.

6- Join me on Swagbucks using this link.

7- Join me on Inbox Dollars using this link.

8 - Sign up for paid surveys from SurveySavvy.com using this link.

For each entry make sure you leave me your email address so I can contact you. I will not publish any comments. So no need to worry about your email address becoming public.

Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, September 14th. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me or else a new winner will be chosen. I will email the winner and also post the winner on my blog. So be sure to check your email including your spam/bulk folder and also check this blog!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

It's About Time!! Walgreens Official Coupon Policy!!!

Yes, you read that correctly Walgreens now has an official coupon policy! Whoo Hoo!!!

You can go here and read it and print it for future reference (keep in your coupon binder so when you go to Wags you can whip it out if necessary!).

Coupon Policies :


For CVS's policy you should contact customer service at CVS and they can email it to you. I could not find a link on their website but they have emailed me and numerous others the policy. I will probably post it here shortly.

Update on Target and Coupons

Here is an follow up on the video and article from WCCO about Target and coupons not working properly.

I am so happy about these articles and videos. I would have to think that Target will have to do something about this ordeal and soon. At least I hope so. :(

Today's CVS Trip

It seems like three times a charm. I had to go to 3 different stores to get what I needed this morning. But I was able to get everything I wanted and 2 other things for less than $5 so not too bad.

Here is what I purchased:

Blink Tears Gel $7.99
2 Listerine Zero @ $3.99 ea = $7.98
Dinosaur Egg $1.33 (these are super cute! I will be buying more to hold back for Easter)
CVS Allergy/Sinus Medicine 74 cents (on clearance)

Total before coupons/ecbs and taxes = $18.04

Coupons and ecbs I used:
$1 off Blink from Sunday Coupons Insert
$2 off Listerine Zero printable
$2 off Listerine Zero printable
$2 ECB
$2 ECB
$4.99 ECB

New total after coupons/ecbs and taxes = $4.63

ECBs I received = $7.99 Blink + $2 Listerine + $2 Listerine = $11.99!!!

Will post photo after batteries charge. Unfortunately I might not be able to add photos for a while. My camera works and lets me take photos but for some reason I can no longer upload them. I am trying to fix this issue and am also waiting for the rest of my giftcard codes from Swagbucks to buy a new camera.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Remember How I Told You to Watch Your Coupons at Target?

Remember how I told you to be very, very careful and to watch your coupons being scanned and double check your receipts at Target? Well, like I said this is nationwide and it finally made the news. I am soooooo happy that Amy Gunderson had the guts to contact her local news channel. You can read the article here (WCCO -Target Accused Of Not Giving Full Value On Coupons) and if you look at the right hand side of the page (of the article) you can click on the actual news video of it (click on the one showing coupons).

I really hope this gets resolved. I highly recommend everyone who has had these coupon issues to email/call Target's customer service.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

5 Movie Tickets for $19.99!!!!

Subscribe to receive one FREE movie ticket, and 4 movie tickets every month for only $19.99. Over 60% in Savings! Get a friend to join and we'll give you both MORE FREE tickets! Join Weekly Cinema Today and start enjoying all the Latest Movies on 16,000 Screens partnered with Fandango Nationwide NOW!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Walgreens 7 Days of Deals

Todays deal is:

75% off 5x7 Everyday Book
Always remember that special occasion
5x7 paperback book
10 to 75 double-sided, acid-free pages
New themes & various page layouts
Design custom covers or choose from assorted styles

Valid for up to 1 use per account thru August 20, 2010. Discount does not apply to extra pages, previous purchases, taxes or shipping charges. Orders must be placed by logged-in customer by August 20, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to qualify. Timing will be determined by Walgreens server clock. Multiple coupon codes may or may not be used based on cart contents. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer valid online only.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wags 7 Days of Photo Deals

Today's Deal is:

Free 5x7 Folded Card
Get a FREE Folded Card. The card is on us, what you put inside is all on you.
•Choose from single- and multi-photo designs
•Personalize the front and inside of your card
•Available in 5x7 size
•Envelope included
$1.49 for shipping

Only 1 folded card per customer. Valid for one use per account thru August 19, 2010. Photo cart must include your folded card at time of checkout to qualify. Discount does not apply to previous purchases, taxes or shipping charges. Order must be placed by logged-in customer by August 19, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to qualify. Timing will be determined by Walgreens server clock. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Multiple coupon codes may or may not be used based on cart contents.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

5 Movie Tickets for $19.99!!!

Subscribe to receive one FREE movie ticket, and 4 movie tickets every month for only $19.99. Over 60% in Savings! Get a friend to join and we'll give you both MORE FREE tickets! Join Weekly Cinema Today and start enjoying all the Latest Movies on 16,000 Screens partnered with Fandango Nationwide NOW!

Contest + Free Wallpaper and Ringtones for Your Cellphone

Enter to win the following:

The book "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater
An Amber Woods scented candle
Stress Relief Tranquil Mint Body Lotion

Go here to enter and get your free cellphone wallpaper and ringtones.

Walgreens Photo Deal for Today

Free Photo Cling
Show off your pictures without a frame and without tape or tacks! Get a FREE Photo Cling and display it somewhere different.
•Photo prints that cling to smooth surfaces
•Easy to apply, move and remove
•Choose the size of the pictures you want.
•1 - 11x17 Cling
•2 - 8x10 Clings (per sheet)
•4 - 5x7 Clings (per sheet)

Go here. Pay only $5.99 shipping and handling.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Todays Walgreens Deal

60% Off Collage Prints
Tell your story with a collage print and save 60%! Today only.
•Include up to 20 photos and choose your background color
•Add an optional title either above or below your photos
•Available in 4x6, 5x7 & 8x10 sizes
•Printed on photo paper, available with a glossy or matte finish

Go here.

Snapfish has a free 8x10 collage with free shipping for today only. Use code Grandship.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Guitar Hero III for Wii only $12.50 at CVS

I saw it earlier on my trip to CVS and passed it up. Only to come home and keep thinking about it. I had $10.99 in ECBs and I am stocked up on just about everything that is a necessity and that I have room for. So I went back and bought it even though we currently do not own a Wii. Though I have to say I really want one bad! I am not a video game person at all but Wii looks super fun! I would love to have a Wii Fit. And I always thought that Guitar Hero seemed fun.

So hopefully, I can get a Wii in the next 4 to 6 months some how. I have been noticing that they are way cheaper now. Though too expensive for us.

Anyways check out your CVS to see is they have any on clearance. They were 75% off at my store.

I ended up paying $2.39 for it! Not too shabby!!

My 2nd CVS Shopping Trip

This was with my mother's card (she never shops here she is not savvy and frugal like me!).

Blink Tears $7.99
3 Kotex Lightdays 20ct .31 cents each = .93 cents (yes, only 31 cents!)
CVS Hand Sanitizer $1.19

Total before coupons = $10.11
Used the following:
$1.50 off Blink printable from here
$5 ecb
$1.19 cvs hand sanitizer (this was on the bottom of a receipt)

New total after coupons and taxes = $2.57
Received $7.99 ECBS back from Blink

Todays Walgreens Photo Deal

This is good for today only. This is the second of the 7 days of savings.

Todays deal is 75 % off of 5x7 Easel Art regular price is $14.99.

Display your memories in a new way with a 5x7 Easel Art. Save 75% today only.
•Display your portrait or landscape photos
•Scratch- and UV-resistant High-gloss finish
•Accommodates color, black-and-white or edited photos

For me it would be 3.75 + 5.99 shipping so $9.74 shipped. Normal price with shipping would be $20.98 so you save $11.24.

Go here to check it out.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My CVS Trip

Purex 3 in 1 Sheets $5.99
Blink Tears $7.99

Total before coupons, taxes and ecbs = $13.98

Coupons and ecbs I used:
$1 off Blink Tears from Sunday Supplement
$3 off Purex from Sunday Supplement

New total after the above plus taxes = $2.37

I received back $7.99 ecbs for Blink and $2ecbs for Purex

Update on Insomnia

I have still been only using the fake benadryl and melatonin that I purchased from Puritan's Pride. I am shocked that it is working. I have tried this mixture in the past with no such luck. I feel way better now that my prescription medicine is out of my system. I fall asleep faster and don't feel like a zombie in the morning. Yes, I am still tired and I wake up throughout the night but I am still sleeping better than I had been and it seems like a more natural sleep then a drug induced one.

I know with melatonin you are only supposed to use for a short while. Even on the bottle it says to take for no longer than 2 months and then take either a week or two break(I forget). So I will need to figure something out. But I am way happier feeling now. Very grateful that something is working for me. I can't wait to see how much my health changes in the next few months (for the positive).

Free 8x10 Today Only!!

Log into your Walgreens account and you add an 8x10 to your cart (no collages) and then you will see that you have a credit for an 8x10. Choose pick up at your store and it will be completely free.

This whole week they will have some sort of photo deal. I will try to post on here what each deal is.

It's time to start thinking about inexpensive Christmas gifts. An 8x10 of your child in a nice frame would make a nice gift for a grandparent to add to a gift bag of other items. Same goes with the free Kodak DVD movies that you hopefully got from CVS before.

I am going to start posting cheap items for Christmas gifts that I find. It will be here before we know it!! I like to get mine done with as soon as possible.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pampers Points

Here is a list of Pampers Gifts to Grow points. It should give you a total of 534 points. These codes do expire but they seem to last way longer than the Huggies points. It does take a lot of points to redeem something but if you have to buy diapers and wipes you might as well get something back from them. Especially since now the Caregivers Market Place no longer offers cash back on Huggies products. Which is very upsetting! I figure I have close to a year on using Pull Ups maybe less if I get lucky and was looking forward to the 75 cents back per pack.

Pampers Gifts to Grow program has changed but they finally got their website working correctly. I recall when they first changed over I not only lost all my points (which they never gave me back) I also was unable to log in for 3 months straight. They also no longer charge shipping aside from Shutterfly items.

3/12/10 Promotion Code OHAMANDAAWGTG08 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code WELCOMEBONUS089 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code THRIFTYMOMMYGTG 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code WELCOME2VILLAGE 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code WELCOME2GTG0809 10
3/12/10 Baby-Dry 4RNK9RJ7NCVR3YV 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry 4RNK9RJXVR747YF 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry 4PDTPJCTCCPN7H6 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry KDMDXKYVPRV9WDY 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry 4K6CMHW434CYMMR 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry 4KHR6FYM3K43T97 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry VJ3D7K49N6CRRHH 24
3/12/10 Baby-Dry MDVV9X4MHH4MCXV 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry DJJ3FJCMCJGHMVD 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry MDVV9WYMDFNTH9P 20
3/12/10 Baby-Dry 4KCMWTXRMFXPXFK 20
3/12/10 Store Checkout Coupons BRYG3M6KN9JJRHR 30
3/12/10 Cruisers 46XX6R7JYVK7HPP 36
3/12/10 Cruisers VNVYWHTPPDKYK66 54
3/12/10 Promotion Code JOINTHEFUNGTG09 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code STARTEARNINGNOW 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code XKCMYXFVD96VXVK 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code GROWWITHVILLAGE 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code JUSTBECAUSE2009 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code GRATUIT89102009 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code WELCOME2GTG2010 10
3/12/10 Promotion Code GTGTEAMUSA2010 30
3/12/10 Promotion Code GTGPLAY2USA2010 30
3/12/10 Promotion Code MARFACEBOOK2010 10

You might want to periodically check to see if there are any coupons to print out for your Pampers products.

Coupons Inc.


Here are some additional last minute points:

Baby-Dry MDVV9X37XMTK697 20

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Vonage/Facebook App.

I received this email from Vonage and thought I would pass it along to my readers:

As a valued customer, we wanted you to be among the first to download our new Vonage Mobile™ app for Facebook® . This app allows you to make FREE calls to all your Facebook® friends anywhere in the world, through your iPhone®, iPod touch® or Android™ OS device. All you need is a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. Now you can use Vonage whether you're at home or on the go!

With the Vonage Mobile™ app for Facebook®, you don't even need to know your friend's phone number. Just select their profile and start talking. You can see your friend's profile picture and status so you know what they're up to before you call. You don't need to join a new network - all you need is your Facebook® account. How's that for convenient?

Finally, be sure to tell all your friends to download now since you both need the app to talk for free!

Get the FREE app today and make your voice heard on Facebook®.

Check with your mobile carrier, as data charges may apply.

I am sure some of you would and could totally take advantage of this. I only have one of those cheapy pay as you go phones that is about 7 years old so this won't work for me. I'm not a big phone talker anyways.

For me Vonage is cheaper than having a phone through my cable provider and way cheaper than having it through the phone company. I pay less to have internet through the cable company and my phone through Vonage then having them bundled. So you might want to check it out and see if Vonage is cheaper for you. I admit I am not saving a huge amount that way but I am saving some. Remember every dollar counts!! Also I have never had any issues with Vonage whereas I have had a ton of issues with my internet provider/cable company. They have been blaming my internet problems on my router (because it is not theirs and is from Vonage) which has been going on for close to a year and guess what??? It was their modem (the cable company's not Vonage). So needless to say I am not at all happy with them and am looking into getting a new internet provider. They finally fixed their mistake and brought me a new modem after me complaining for months and months.

**Also Vonage has an annual prepay for $269.99 which works out to be $22.50 a month! Not bad for unlimited phone use and free long distance. I think I am going to switch to that next year after I get my taxes back to save even more.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

FYI - Watch Out When Using Coupons at Target

Most Targets have gotten new software in the past few months (not exactly sure when) and they will and should do the necessary adjusting of coupons that are worth more than the price of the item. But they are also sometimes adjusting other coupons that do not need adjusting. This has been happening all over the country. You can read about it on many online boards and blogs.

This has happened to me the last 3 times I have gone to Target. Which meant I had to get my coupons back and take them to Guest Services and stand in another line to get the situation fixed.

Here is what happened to me yesterday:

I bought the following items and used the following coupons (only listing items I used coupons with):
2 Bic Pens @ 99 cents each= $1.98 I used 1 Target $1 off of 2 and 1 Manufacture $1 off 2
3 Scotch Magic Tape @ 50 cents each = $1.50 used 1 $1 off 3 Manufacture

This is what happened:
Target coupon took off $1
Bic coupon took off 99 cents (should have only taken off 98 cents or Target coupon should have only taken off 99 cents)
Scotch coupon only took off 50 cents

As you can see I was shorted either 49 cents or 50 cents depending on how you look at it. I had other items that I bought so I did not catch it as everything was ringing up. But I did immediately look at my receipt and notice the mistake. I had to get back in line and get my coupons back and take to Guest Services and stand in another line and deal with a not so nice employee who took forever to "get it". I did get my money back for the coupon (50 cents). I even said I would be fine back with 49 cents since the one coupon did not adjust down (I always make sure I am super nice and honest when dealing with these issues).

Again this has happened 3 of the last 3 times I have gone to Target. So make sure you watch your coupons scan. I have read stories of how people have watched their coupons scan at 0. So be very careful. A good idea would be to bring a little notebook with you and as you are putting items in your cart and matching up coupons write down the coupon amount , the price of the item and what the item is so you can reference it. Also maybe even initial your coupons (so the cashier can easily find which ones are yours) and watch as they are being scanned. Yes, massive hassle but good idea to do until this gets fixed. I would also email customer service and let them know when you have issues so they see that this is countrywide.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Zone Interactive Gaming System on Clearance at CVS

They had them on sale for $9.99 and I of course had ecbs. So I paid $1.69 after ecbs and taxes!

On clearance for $9.99 used the following:

Total after ecbs and taxes = $1.69!!