Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Need a New Car Battery?

$10 Giftcard for CVS for Only $5!

This is another one of those daily deals. Right now for a limited time (today?) you can get a $10 CVS giftcard for only $5. You can pay with PayPal (which is what I did) to be on the safeside. Go to to purchase.

Limit 1 per customer. A CVS/pharmacy gift card is always a great choice.

With more than 7,100 locations from coast to coast, CVS/pharmacy is the most convenient place to get the prescription medications and health care products you need. Plus, it provides a huge selection of popular beauty and personal care brands as well as exclusive brands you won’t find anywhere else.

Best of all, with the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare® rewards program, you get 2% back on all purchases* plus $1 Extra Buck™ for every 2 prescriptions filled**.

What better way to gift, reward or provide incentive than with the CVS/pharmacy gift card? It can be used at any CVS/pharmacy location and can even be used toward prescription purchases+.

*Excludes alcohol, gift cards, lottery, money orders, prescriptions, postage stamps, pre-paid cards, tobacco products or items reimbursed by a government program.

**Excludes pharmacy items paid for in whole or in part by state and/or federal health care programs. This includes, for example, Medicare, Medicaid and TriCare. Not valid on prescriptions purchased in NJ or NY. In Louisiana, not valid on any prescription for a controlled dangerous substance. CVS/pharmacy may, at any time and for any reason, exclude prescriptions dispensed in other states, other types of prescriptions, or prescriptions paid for by other payers.

+Restrictions apply. CVS/pharmacy gift cards cannot be used on-line at® or for any other retailer’s gift card or prepaid card that CVS/pharmacy may carry.

Here are answers to some common questions:

1) What do I get?
A. You'll be emailed a gift card code and link. Use your code on the linked page in order to print an in-store CVS/pharmacy gift card. You will receive your gift card code and link within 1-2 business days, but usually immediately.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Interesting Post About Expirations

This is taken from here.

By Maya Kukes and Lisa Smith Keate,
A handy keep-or-toss guide to 75 foods, beauty products, and household goods.

77 Surprising Expiration Dates
Brown sugar
Indefinite shelf life, stored in a moistureproof container in a cool, dry place.

Chocolate (Hershey bar)
1 year from production date

Coffee, canned ground
Unopened: 2 years
Opened: 1 month refrigerated

More from

The Best Breakfast Cereals

The Healthiest Foods

Coffee, gourmet
Beans: 3 weeks in paper bag, longer in vacuum-seal bag (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
Ground: 1 week in sealed container

Coffee, instant
Unopened: Up to 2 years
Opened: Up to 1 month

Diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic bottles)
Unopened: 3 months from “best by” date.
Opened: Doesn't spoil, but taste is affected.

Dried pasta
12 months

Frozen dinners
Unopened: 12 to 18 months

Frozen vegetables
Unopened: 18 to 24 months
Opened: 1 month

Indefinite shelf life

Juice, bottled (apple or cranberry)
Unopened: 8 months from production date
Opened: 7 to 10 days

Unopened: 1 year (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
Opened or used: 4 to 6 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Maple syrup, real or imitation
1 year

Maraschino cherries
Unopened: 3 to 4 years
Opened: 2 weeks at room temperature; 6 months refrigerated

Unopened: 40 weeks
Opened: 3 months

Unopened: Indefinitely
Opened: 2 to 3 months from “purchase by” date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

2 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Olives, jarred (green with pimento)
Unopened: 3 years
Opened: 3 months

Olive oil
2 years from manufacture date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Unopened: 1 to 2 years unless frozen or refrigerated
Opened: 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container

Peanut butter, natural
9 months

Peanut butter, processed (Jif)
Unopened: 2 years
Opened: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months

Unopened: 18 months
Opened: No conclusive data. Discard if slippery or excessively soft.

Protein bars (PowerBars)
Unopened: 10 to 12 months. Check “best by” date on the package.

Rice, white
2 years from date on box or date of purchase

Salad dressing, bottled
Unopened: 12 months after “best by” date
Opened: 9 months refrigerated

Soda, regular
Unopened: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from “best by” date
Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected

Steak sauce
33 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

5 years, stored in a cool, dry place

Tea bags (Lipton)
Use within 2 years of opening the package

Tuna, canned
Unopened: 1 year from purchase date
Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can

Soy sauce, bottled
Unopened: 2 years
Opened: 3 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

42 months

Worcestershire sauce
Unopened: 5 to 10 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
Opened: 2 years

Household Products

Air freshener, aerosol
2 years

Antifreeze, premixed
1 to 5 years

Antifreeze, concentrate

Batteries, alkaline
7 years

Batteries, lithium
10 years

3 to 6 months

Dish detergent, liquid or powdered
1 year

Fire extinguisher, rechargeable
Service or replace every 6 years

Fire extinguisher, nonrechargeable
12 years

Laundry detergent, liquid or powdered
Unopened: 9 months to 1 year
Opened: 6 months

Metal polish (silver, copper, brass)
At least 3 years

Miracle Gro, liquid
Opened: 3 to 8 years

Miracle Gro, liquid, water-soluble

Motor oil
Unopened: 2 to 5 years
Opened: 3 months

Mr. Clean
2 years

Unopened: Up to 10 years
Opened: 2 to 5 years

Spray paint
2 to 3 years

2 years

Wood polish (Pledge)
2 years

Beauty Products
All dates are from the manufacture date, which is either displayed on the packaging or can be obtained by calling the manufacturer's customer-service number.

Bar soap
18 months to 3 years

Bath gel, body wash
3 years

Bath oil
1 year

Body bleaches and depilatories
Unopened: 2 years
Used: 6 months

Body lotion
3 years

2 to 3 years

Unopened: 2 years
Used: 1 to 2 years
For antiperspirants, see expiration date

Eye cream
Unopened: 3 years
Used: 1 year

Face lotion
With SPF, see expiration date. All others, at least 3 years

Foundation, oil-based
2 years

Foundation, water-based
3 years

Hair gel
2 to 3 years

Hair spray
2 to 3 years

Lip balm
Unopened: 5 years
Used: 1 to 5 years

2 years

Unopened: 2 years
Used: 3 to 4 months

Three years from manufacture date

Nail polish
1 year

Nail-polish remover
Lasts indefinitely

1 to 2 years

Rubbing alcohol
At least 3 years

2 to 3 years

Shaving cream
2 years or more

Tooth-whitening strips
13 months

Wash’n Dri moist wipes
Unopened: 2 years
Opened: Good until dried out

Daily Deal Sites

Free $10 Credit to No More Rack

This is one of those daily deal type sites but instead of being say a restaurant or something it is an actual item. Like shoes, jewelry, baking ware etc. If you sign up without a referral link you get nada (like I just did) but if you use my referral link (by the end of this month) you will get a $10 credit which does not expire for 60 days. So you can get stuff for either free or very cheap. Each day they have 8 different deals.

Some of today's deals were the following:

Colin Stuart Leather Knee High Boot Regular Price $125. NoMoreRack Price $29!!

Buffalo Finnagan Jeans Reg. Price $118 NoMoreRack Price $24!

Healing Garden Organic Wild Honey Set Reg. Price $29.99 NoMoreRack Price $8!!

Shipping is only $2!! So if you find something for $10 then you can use your credit and only be out 2 bucks!!

Sign up here.
Then make sure you write down the gift code from the sign up page (it won't be available later for you to look at).
Then log in and go to your account.
Then click on redeem gift card.
Enter your gift code number that you wrote down and now you will have a $10 credit in your account (lucky you I got nada!)

RIP Jack LaLanne

He will surely be missed. I am sure all of you know who this man is. I mean really how can't you? He was in better shape in his senior years than most are in their 20's and 30's. At the age of 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco—handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. If that is not impressive I don't know what is.

Go here for the full article.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I highly recommend SwagBucks. I generally get about 10 points a day with only doing a couple of searches. I then cash them in for Amazon giftcards. The more searches you do the more points you can get. I also believe you can download a search toolbar which you will end up getting a lot more points.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hurry! Today Only! $20 Amazon Giftcard for Only $10

Go here and sign up (it's free) and then purchase the $20 gc for only $10!! The giftcard does not expire which makes it even a better deal!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Tad Disappointed at The Children's Place

If you have ever read this blog you know that I buy a large amount of my son's clothing from The Children's Place. Even though I buy 99% of it on clearance I still in the long run spend a lot of money there each year.

I joined their Place Perks a little while ago (received an email about joining it). Today I received my $10 off reward coupon via the mail (x amount in purchases you receive this- purchase must total a certain amount to receive). I got it today (the 18th) and it expires on the 29th of this month. Also it is only valid for store use and not online.

I have not even 2 weeks to use it and it has to be in store. I never go to the mall and only shop with them via online. It would be one thing if it was valid for at least a month but less than 2 weeks?

I will either have to completely go out of my way (I never go within even 5 miles of the mall - total other side of town that I never go to ever) or let it go to waste.


Sunday, January 16, 2011


This is what I bought today at Walgreens:

Joint Juice $10 with $10RR back
Thermacare $2.50 with $2.50RR back
2 Sinex Daytime $5.00 each
2 Sinex Nighttime $5.00 each
(buy $15 or more of Sinex Vicks products get $10RR back)

Used :
(4) $4 off Sinex Manufacture coupons

Paid $1.68 and received $10RR + $10RR +$2.50RR = $22.50 in Register Rewards!!

I just tasted the Joint Juice it isn't too tasty but not too horrid either. Maybe it will help my hands. We will see. Though I am definitely not spending $10 or more every 16 days for it (20 oz bottle is 16 servings - 1 serving per day).

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Free Shipping at Kohls + $10 Kohls Cash for Every $50 Spent

Check out Kohl's sales today. They have some good stuff on clearance too!

Energie® Crewneck Tee
Color: Black
SKU 90479349
Original Price: $20.00
Sale Price: $8.99
1 $6.29

Energie® Crewneck Tee
Color: Slate
SKU 90479353
Original Price: $20.00
Sale Price: $8.99
1 $6.29

Home Classics® 1 1/2-in. Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Full
Color: White
Size: FULL
SKU 88972305
Regular Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $69.99
1 $48.99

Jumping Beans® Holiday Tee
Color: Green Reindeer
Size: 4T
SKU 91135610
Original Price: $4.80
1 $3.36

Jumping Beans® Holiday Tee
Color: Green Santa
Size: 4T
SKU 91135609
Original Price: $4.80
1 $3.36

Mudd® Matador Oxford Shoes
Color: Black
Size: 8 MED
SKU 90972707
Original Price: $14.99
1 $10.49

Jumping Beans® Lil' Nick Shoes
Color: Black
Size: 10 T
SKU 91025894
Original Price: $9.99
1 $6.99

Cheetah Comfy Throw™ Blanket With Sleeves
Color: Multi/None
SKU 91252623
Original Price: $7.99
1 $5.59

Maidenform's Charmed™ Scroll Pintuck Lace-Trim Microfiber Hipster
Color: Black
SKU 91217121
Original Price: $1.40
1 $0.98

Derek Heart® Lip Plush Pants
Color: Black
SKU 91175735
Original Price: $7.80
1 $5.48

Subtotal: $139.74
Percent Off (30%): -$41.92 LOVE2SAVE30 with a Kohls charge card
Shipping (FREE, excludes surcharges) $0.00 LUVMVC
Total Tax: $6.85
Total: $104.67

My entire order cost less than what the mattress pad (so very excited about this!) originally cost! Though I am an idiot and should have spent $2.18 more to get another $10 in Kohls cash. :( I wasn't thinking. I hate that!

Go through Ebates for 2% cash back.

The Children's Place - Free Shipping Today Only!!

Check out their Monster Sale to make this an awesome deal!
Use both codes :
FSSNOW for free shipping
DNEWS1C for 15% off

I saw items for as low as $3!

Go here!

I buy most of my son's clothes here (also at Kohls and Old Navy) and I only buy when they are super cheap on sale like they are now. This is the time to stock up!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CVS Xmas 75% off

I noticed that all of my CVS stores have their Xmas stuff at 75% off right now. This is a very good time to stock up on Christmas items for next year. Think gift bags, gift tags, wrapping paper, boxed cards, holiday toys, ornaments, candy canes etc. I saw lots of cute stuff.

Also that Extreme Fit was marked down to 75% off (this is a generic Wii Fit) which means it is now $12.50 (down from $49.99) so now would be a good time to buy this if you had wanted it.

I noticed that all of my Walgreens no longer had any Christmas items. I got lucky at one store and got items at 75% off because of a mistake that the manager honored for me. But he told me that corporate only wanted the food items at 75% and the rest at 50% off then those items would be held back for next year. He said he would much rather just sell the stuff now but it was not up to him. But lucky for me a store employee had put up 75% off signs on all the Christmas stuff.

I have all my Christmas stuff for next year and have items that are reusable for years to come. I also have some clothes and shoes for my son for next year too. I am trying to stock up on items now while I am still working so come next Christmas when I am not working (and going to school full time) I won't have to worry about Christmas stuff. Though I will probably still buy some stuff here and there using ECBs and RRs.

The New Year

Well, this year has already turned out to be full of events. Not so good ones at that. But I am hoping to turn things around and make this an awesome year.

Some of my goals include:
Going back to school.
Quitting my job (this will be the most wonderful day of my life lol).
Living off of my stockpiles.
Cutting way, way back on my spending.
Spending more time with my son.
Doing crafts with my son.
Selling all of our stuff we no longer need on ebay, craigslist, esty and here on this blog.
Getting back in shape.
Jogging or at least seeing if my knee can handle it (thanks to my job my knee is messed up).
Massive cleaning overhaul on my apartment.
Eating healthier.
Find a babysitting job to do on the weekends for extra money.
Go to a couple of temp services to try and work 1 week a month for extra money.
Write more in this blog.
Offer more contests on this blog (I already have a few in the works).

Granted, going back to school and quitting my job to do so will mean I will end up getting in debt but I know in the long run it will be worth it. I will be going for every single grant and scholarship I can get so I will only have to take out a living expense loan which I will be only getting one for 10k per year (plan to not work and go to school full time for 2 years- then after that work part time and go to school part time until I get my bachelors degree).

What are some of your goals this year?

$1 off Coupon and Free Sample of Cream of Wheat

I have never tried the Cinnabon version of Cream of Wheat but I am sure it is tasty. You can request a free sample of it here and also a $1 off coupon.

Not sure how long the samples will last so if you want one I would hurry and go request one now.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Pillow Pets for less than $7 each shipped!!

Buy 6 Animal Pillow Pets (not the original brand) for $33.99 plus shipping ($5.99) this equals $6.66 each!

Go here and hurry before they sell out!

Product Description
Soft and snuggly, these pillows fold up and double as adorable little pets using a velcro closure that has a soft cloth cover to protect your sleeping shilds face from getting scratched.

All 6 at one great low price!

•Includes: Panda, Puppy, Bumble Bee, Lady Bug, Unicorn & Dolphin
•Original copyright protected styles
•Meets ASTN & EN71 Safety Requirements
•18" x 18" x 3" pillows
•Velcro close has soft cloth cover to protect childs face from scratches
•Ages 3+ (not for children under 3)
•Machine washable
Please note these pillows are the 18" size. don't compare them to the smaller ones.

Packaging: Each unit comes with it's own retail hang tag with upc

***** I feel like an idiot. These are not the "real" Pillow Pets. Sorry, guys! It was very early in the morning and truthfully, they all look the same to me! So sorry. :(

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club

Go here and sign up for CVS's ExtraCare Beauty Club.

$5 ECBs for every $50 spent on qualifying purchases.

$3 ECBs on your birthday.

When you join the ExtraCare Beauty Club online January 5th or 6th
you will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to the 2012 People's Choice Awards plus $500 in beauty products!***


*We value your privacy and NEVER give or sell any identifiable information about you to other companies for their marketing purposes. Provide your email address to receive additional savings benefits. You may opt out at any time through the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any email or by contacting 1-800-SHOP-CVS.

**Limit 1 enrollment per card per household. 10% off shopping pass offer excludes CVS employees. The ExtraCare Beauty Club is not available in Hawaii. Your beauty shopping pass will be sent via email immediately after enrolling in the Beauty Club online. Your ExtraBucks® reward will print on your receipt two days following qualifying purchase(s). Qualifying Beauty purchases include items from the following categories: Cosmetics, Ethnic Hair Care, Fragrances, Hair Accessories, Hair Appliances, Hair Care, Hair Color, Healthy Skin Care, Hosiery, Skin Care and Sun Care. Excludes items from Beauty 360, items from Trial & Travel, gift cards and prescriptions. To be eligible for birthday emails, customer’s birthday and valid email address must be on file with ExtraCare. Call 1-800-SHOP CVS to update your information. See your local CVS/pharmacy store for more details. CVS/pharmacy reserves the right to modify or terminate the ExtraCare Beauty Club without notice.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Birthday and Party Items

Order Date:1/2/2011
Shipping: Budget Shipping (Guaranteed by Jan 12) - $4.95

Incredible Hulk Sticker Sheets
Incredible Hulk Sticker Sheets (4) (171159), Weight: 1 (lbs)
Product ID: 45137
$0.49 x3 (=12 sheets)

Buzz Lightyear Keepsake Scroll (this seems nice and is personalized!)
7" x 9" Buzz Lightyear Keepsake Scroll (161571), Weight: 1 (lbs)
Product ID: 43390
Personalized items may take an extra 2 business days to ship.
$3.99 x1

Joe Biden Paper Mask (maybe be worth something 20 years from now?)
(157297), Weight: 0.03 (lbs)
Product ID: 38739
$0.19 x3

John Edwards Paper Mask (maybe worth something 20 years from now?)
(148132), Weight: 0.03 (lbs)
Product ID: 32311
$0.19 x3

John McCain Paper Mask (maybe worth something 20 years from now?)
(148136), Weight: 0.03 (lbs)
Product ID: 32315
$0.25 x3

Monsters vs. Aliens Sticker Sheets
Monsters vs. Aliens Sticker Sheets (4) (157749), Weight: 0.1 (lbs)
Product ID: 36834
$0.49 x3 (=12 sheets)

Lil' Monsters Empty Favor Boxes
Lil' Monsters Empty Favor Boxes (4) (173751), Weight: 1 (lbs)
Product ID: 49801
$0.49 x4 (=16 favor boxes)

Lil' Monsters Sticker Sheets
Lil' Monsters Sticker Sheets (4) (173753), Weight: 1 (lbs)
Product ID: 49721
$0.49 x3 (=12sheets)

Gold Cake Candles
Gold Cake Candles (16) (170083), Weight: 0.1 (lbs)
Product ID: 66142
$0.69 x2 (=32 candles)

Kung Fu Panda Masks
Kung Fu Panda Masks (8) (153819), Weight: 1 (lbs)
Product ID: 35339
$0.99 x2 (=16 masks)

Red Cake Candles
Red Cake Candles (24) (138280), Weight: 0.1 (lbs)
Product ID: 23087
$0.49 x2 (=48 candles)

Dinosaur Cookie Cutter
(160798), Weight: 0.1 (lbs)
Product ID: 68071
$1.99 x1

Frog Cookie Cutter
(160796), Weight: 0.1 (lbs)
Product ID: 68073
$1.99 x1

Order Total



- $4.17 CLEAR25

Grand Total:

I received 3 points per dollar by going through MyPoints first. So I earned 63 points for this order.

Use either of these codes; SPECIAL for 30% off some items or CLEAR25 for 25% off most items (try one -remember the total then clear the code out and try the other and see which works out best for you- the SPECIAL is only good on certain items whereas CLEAR25 seems to work on most items). CLEAR25 took off more than SPECIAL did for me.

I have my son's bday coming up and I want to try and make up some cheap party favors. I am not going with an actual theme with the party favors this way it will be cheaper and the kids will hopefully like something in their party favor boxes. I will also hit Target's Dollar Spot and the Dollar Tree for some more cheap items to include. So far I have the party favor boxes, stickers and some masks for them (from the above order).

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Some Good Deals to Look For

Both CVS and Walgreens has their Christmas stuff at 50% off some items and stores may also have certain items at 75% off.

Here are some items to consider:

Xtreme Fit (generic version of Wii Fit) $49.99 1/2 off = $25.00 (use up those ecbs towards this to get a better deal!) or hold off and see if it goes to 75% off which would be $12.50!

Various ornaments from $3.99 and up now at 50% off. They have Hallmark ornaments there starting at $3.99.

Various toys at 50% off (these were the toys they have out at Christmas).

Various perfume gift sets at 50% off.

Betty Crocker Cookie Cutter Set 101 pieces $9.99 anywhere from 50% off to 75% off. This has abcs, 123s and various holiday ones in it.

Holiday dinnerware sets I found these for $4.99 at one store and $9.99 at others. They have Snowmen ones and Pointsetta ones.

Mini crockpots 1.5 quart for $4.99.

Silly Bandz .99 cents per pack.

Happy New Years!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe New Years!