Last Minute Gifts

I’m working on a story now for WLWT tonight on last minute shopping and after-Christmas sales.  I’m seeing some good discounts on the way…including a $10/$25 at Macy’s or a 20% discount!

If you’re looking for a great last-minute gift, check out Restaurant.com.  They’ve extended their 80% off sale when you use code HOLIDAY.  Using that code you can get a $25 certificate for only $2!   The code also applies to the Dinner of the Month club, where you can give a year’s worth of gift certificates for under $30!  These print right out from your computer and slide nicely into a gift card–no need to leave your house or pay express shipping!  (Remember to pay attention to the details of the gift certificates you’re buying!)  Just this week I’ve bought several ‘gifts’ for myself through the siteto a local restaurant so my girlfriends and I have a great place to lunch once a week while the kids are in school.  At $10 for a lunch for two, we can’t beat it!

And if you need a quick but inexpensive gift, try their Feed it Forward program where you can send $10 gift certificates to three friends each day for free!  Hurry, it ends tomorrow!


Book Giveaway

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We have winners!  Congratulations to Hallie and Becky!

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I’m having a giveaway!

Up for grabs are two copies of my LittleMissKnowitAll’s Guide to Savings, newly printed in paperback.  It goes step by step through all of the techniques I use to save hundreds of dollars every month.  It also covers the rules of all of the local stores, and some of the secret coupon tricks of Coupon Queens.  You can read an excerpt over at Lulu.com.

I’ll pick two winners next Tuesday, December 23rd at 4 pm.   To enter, leave a comment below.

Want extra entries?  There’s two ways.  You can post a blog about the giveaway…or post a message on a message board about the giveaway with a link to the site.   Leave a comment below to let me know.

Or, you can take advantage of the new email subscription to my RSS feed in the right hand sidebar.  You can now get daily emails with updates of my newest deals and postings.  Sign up and then let me know you have in a comment.

So there’s three ways you can win a copy of the book!  And remember, if anyone asks, 100% of the proceeds from the book will be going to a Vineyard church fund to help bring food to areas of Mozambique and SouthAfrica that are suffering from famine right now!

Winners will be chosen at random using an Excel spreadsheet.


Marci’s Story

I asked several of you to share your story a few weeks ago, and wow!  We got some great ones!  I met Marci recently on MomsLikeMe, and asked her if she’d be willing to share her story with you.  She generously agreed, so today we’re featuring Marci!  Way to Go, Marci!!!

I started taking couponing seriously this past June. I am a SAH first time Mom and was needing to save my family money. I am an avid garage saler and realized if I bought everything else at a good deal, there has to be a way with groceries, hygiene products and cleaning supplies. I like saving money so much, that we bought our home on a deal!

First and foremorst I have to thank my hopefully soon to be SIL, Dena, for introducing me to Hotcouponworld.com. At that moment when I arrived at HCW I heard angels singing, birds chirping, bells ringing….let’s just say I saw the light. I became addicted. For 3 days straight I did not sleep, I was overwhelmed with the amount of information. I started taking notes and then stumbled upon the CVS forums! Who knew you could get name brand products like shampoo, toothpaste, makeup and feminine products for FREE and also give you ECB for you to use on your next purchase!

When I first started on my coupon addiction, my friends and family thought I was nuts. They thought I was taking advantage of the system, people like me are just looking for free stuff and then re-sell it on ebay or at garage sales. Well, as some people do, I actually use the products! I would cook 2-3 meals a week before coupons and now I cook a meal typically every night. I don’t skimp on the amount or the ingredients. Plus, I have left overs that I can freeze for another meal! Everything I buy is typically less than $1, if not FREE and name brand. If I can do it, you can too!
Couponing has done so much more for me than saving money. It has always been in my nature to help others and to strive for that. For the first time, I was able to donate to the Free Store Food Bank a few weeks ago. Let me give you a little motivation, I spent $3.42 OOP for all of this:

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It felt so good knowing families would benefit from my stockpile. I have also found my passion, cooking and baking. I also started a savings account for my daughter, 2 401k programs, and actually have money in our savings account. We no longer have to worry about what’s for dinner, if our daughter will have diapers and how we will pay this weeks bills.

I am now referred to as the coupon queen amongst my friends and family. My friends and family also benefit! I tend to send email after email of links to IP’s, freebies, sales, coupons to stores and FREE deals of the week! I also try to find items that everyone will use! Once they received FREE items in the mail, that’s all it took for a few of them. Going to the mailbox is like it’s my birthday everyday! I just never know what I am going to get. I have received FREE t-shirts, baseball caps, cereal, formula, tons of coupons, business cards and the list could go on! This Christmas our loved ones will be receiving freshly baked sweets that cost cents to make, along with the recipes! Who doesn’t love a sweet gift that comes from the heart?

Couponing also led me into taking online surveys. At first I thought it was a big scam. I didn’t like reading the emails, so I searched for other websites that reward you with points that you can redeem for merchandise and even 1 company that sends me checks. I started taking surveys in August and have already made $86, $10 McDonald’s gift card, $40 pre paid Visa gift card, free cleaning products, free diapers, free feminine products and much more. If you know me, you know that I like having my voice heard!

I hope this motivates you to start saving yourself money. If I can do it, anyone can! I would also like to thank Heather for her blog. Maybe one day I will attend your coupon class. I know several of my friends found it very informative!


From my family to yours, Happy Holidays and may the New Year save you money!

Marci



Weekly Roundup

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  • There will be no coupon inserts this weekend, but we are expecting some on the 28th.  January is traditionally the biggest month of the year for coupons, so take this week to clean out your binders, go through your stacks of inserts, and make some room!
  • Don’t forget that Cottonelle is free at Kroger with last weekend’s .50/1 coupon!  Its always .99 at Kroger for the 4 pack, so get extras of that q if you haven’t already!
  • If you haven’t already registered for the Guide to Savings Giveaway, get moving!  You can register three ways–leaving a comment on the Giveaway post, but posting a blog or message board message about the Giveaway, or by subscribing to my RSS or email subscriptions!  (leave a separate comment for each over at the Giveaway to make sure you get all your entries!)
  • Don’t miss the big online deals I’ve posted over at Littlemissknowitall.net.  There’s just too many deals to post all in one place–but these are goodies!  Cheap subscriptions to the Sunday Enquirer, Free 8×10’s at Wags, $10 OfficeMax coupon and more!
  • Lots of liquidation sales are around….but that does not necessarily mean a great deal!  In fact, I did a story on this with WLWT a few weeks ago.  Liquidation sales are run by outside companies–not the store themselves.  The Liquidation company comes in, raises the prices of the goods, then puts on the % off stickers.  Quite often you’ll find that even after the sale, the price you pay is higher than full price at many stores!  We had two examples in our story on Linens N Things–there was an electric blanket I’d had my eye on online, and I found it in the store.  The price on Amazon, brand new was $69.  The price in store for the exact same blanket?  $160!  Even with the 40% off they were offering, it was nowhere near the price I’d found on Amazon.  Another shopper bought a specialty pan she’d been eyeing for awhile.  The sticker said $110–with a 20% sale on top of that.  When it rang up, the register marked it up to $124–then took 20% off that.  My advice is to do a little research before you buy anything from a liquidation sale.  You can get deals–but you need to be a savvy shopper!  (I know KB Toys went into liquidation today–so many of you are tempted to go get last minute Christmas deals.  Just make sure its really a deal first!)
  • Are you guys liking some of the small changes we’re making around here?  I took this month off from teaching classes, and have found myself with some extra time to tackle a few updates I’d been wanting to make for a long time.  Now you can follow me on Twitter or receive updates from the site in your email box.  We’ve added a “Share This” feature at the bottom of every post so you can easily share the deals with all of your friends.  I’ve added some extra coupon resources in the  sidebar and I’m trying to put more graphics and pictures in every post.  There’s a Get Started section, and I’m hoping to connect the Q & A area over at LittleMissKnowitAll to this site too.
  • We’ve got a new series starting after Christmas that I’m really, really excited about!  I can’t release the details yet, but I think its really going to be a HUGE help to so many people!
  • Last, I want to get YOUR opinions.  What would you like to see more of?  Is there something I do here that you’d like to see more of, or is there something here that annoys you and you’d like it removed?  Any new content or features you’d like to see here?

Cheap Huggies at Kroger!

Best deal is on Newborn diapers–but still a good deal on others.  Hang with me on this one….

Pick up:

  • 1 pack of Huggies Jumbo ($9.99)
  • 1 large Huggies wipes on sale for $5.99huggies.jpg
  • 1 small Huggies wipes ($1.48)

Use these coupons:

  • $2.00 off one Huggies Jumbo pack printable from Redplum.
  • $2 off one Newborn Gentle Care Shortcuts coupon
  • $3 off from Kroger (Buy $16 in Huggies products, get $3 off your order)
  • .75/1 from Huggies mailer on wipes

Pay $9.46 oop.

You’ve paid $3.99 for the Huggies ($2 q plus $2 Shortcuts plus $1 from the $3 off your order) .68 for small wipes and  $3.99 for large wipes.  Now, for the rebates you get back:

Some are reporting there is a $1.50 Shortcuts on regular Huggies, but I can’t find it.

Fawn points out that there is a $1 coupon off Huggies on Cellfire.com!  If you don’t use Newborn, this is a good substitute!


Twitter

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Do you Twitter?  I’m just learning!  But as I figure it out….I’m having fun!  You can follow me by clicking on the Twitter link in the right column.  I’ve been sending out updates while I’m in the store, or just fun things I find that I don’t have time to post right away!


Recognize Yourself?

 My friend Kristi shared this with me….worth a good giggle at ourselves!  Besides, who doesn’t appreciate getting the nicer gift we afforded with our coupons?

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Another Great Coupon!

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How about a $1/2 for Philadelphia Cream Cheese?

Go here and enter your email and your friends’ emails.  That will get you a link emailed to you from Kraft–and possibly signed up to get your own emails with their wonderful coupons when they come out!

Thanks Mercedes!


CVS and Wags next week

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Looks like they will be the place to be!  Here are ad scans and coupon matchups I found over on Slickdeals.net.  There’s too much for me to list it all or try to break it down on my own–so I’m going to stick with the freebies for now!  Get your thinking caps out and start planning those runs!

CVS 12/21-27 ad scans

Walgreens 12/21-27 ad scans

CVS–These deals are all free after ECB’s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use coupons as well to reduce your out of pocket costs and make these moneymakers!  Also, don’t forget to sign up for your $4 off $20 purchase welcome coupon on CVS’s website when you register your ExtraCare card–or you change the email address!
2 DAY FREE AFTER ECB (Sunday & Monday ONLY ) after Monday no ECB’s

  • Listerine antiseptic 16.9oz $2.99 get $2.99 Limit 5

$1 off any one (1) Listerine 500mL or more (diabetes book q) – exp 12/31/08
up to $3 off any (2) Listerine Antiseptic MW, Albertson’s flyer (w/o 12/10-12/16) – MANF Q exp 1/7/09
$1 OFF Any One Listerine RP/V 9/28- EXP 12/31

  • Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine nail Color $5.99 get $5.99 Limit 2

$.50 off Sally Hansen Nail Color, Any – 09-28-08 SS
$3/2 Sally Hansen Beauty Book coupon (12/31/08)
$2/1 Sally Hansen CVS coupon in store

  • Arm & Hammer Essentials starter kit $2.99 get $2.99 Limit 5

$1 printable here
try me free MIR found in store or download pdf form here
$1/1 Essentials Starter Kit 12-14-08 SS

  • L’Oreal HIP Metalic eye shadow duos $6.99 get $6.99 Limit 2

LOreal Lipcolour, any $1 (1-25-09) V 11/2/08
LOreal Makeup, Powder, Blush or Concealer, any $1 (1-25-09) V 11/2/08
LOreal Makeup, Powder, Blush or Concealer, any $2 (12-28-08) V 10/5/0
$1 printable: L’oreal Paris website, Register and Click on “Can I help you” to get $1 off any L’oreal Paris product.

  • ThermaCare neck to arm heatwrap 1ct $2.49 get $2.49 Limit 3

ThermaCare Arthritis HeatWraps, any except trial size $1.50 (1-31-09) P & G 11/30/08
ThermaCare HeatWraps, any except trial size $1 (1-31-09) P & G 11/30/08

  • Right Guard Professional solid 1.8oz or aerosol 6oz $6.00 get $6.00 Limit 5

$0.55 off any Right Guard (on this purchase) exp12/31/2008

  • Zipfizz energy 3ct $5.99 get $5.99 Limit 1
  • Excedrin Express Gels 20ct $3.99 get $3.99 Limit 1

$2.00/1 Excedrin Express Gels 20 ct or larger
$2 Blinkies
2$ Printable off any Excedrin Express Gels 20ct or larger x12/31/08
$1 off CVS CRT
MIR Excedrin Express Gels 20 ct or larger up to $6.99 101908 SS

  • Alteril sleep aid 30ct $9.99 get $9.99 Limit 1
  • Halls Naturals 25ct $2.59 get $2.59 Limit 1

$0.50 Halls 20cts+ 12-07-08 SS exp. 2/6/09
$.50/1 HALLS, on any single bag 20ct.+ cough drops (Q with sample at pharmacies)
BOGO Halls (up to $2.29) found in Kmart exp. 4/30/09
B1G1 Halls (Up to 2.29) 11/9 SS (3/1/09)

  • EAS AdvantEdge bar 2.11oz $1.69 get $1.69 Limit 1
  • EAS AdvantEdge shake 4pk $7.49 get $7.49 Limit 1
  • Zantac 150 8ct $4.99 get $4.99 Limit 1

$1.00 of ANY Zantac product – 11-09-08 SS
Zantac Product, any $1 (1-31-09) (CVS) SS 10/26/08
$1 off printable: here
$2 off 65ct peelie on boxes
$2.00 off ANY Zantac product – exp 03/31/09 in Philadelphia Inquirer 12/16/09 edition Page B10 bottom

  • Benefiber drink mix 16ct $7.29 get $7.29 Limit 1

$2.00/1 Benefiber, Any – 9-21-08 SS
$2.00/1 Benefiber Fiber Supplement Product, Any – 10-19-08 SS
$2.00/1 Benefiber, Any – 11-16-08 SS
$2.00/1 Benefiber Fiber Supplement Product, Any, Hangtags

  • Iceland Health joint relief 60ct $29.99 get $29.99 Limit 1
  • Slimquick 2pk 4oz total $4.99 get $4.99 Limit 1
  • Sleepinal 32ct $8.49 get $8.49 Limit 5

wag_logo_home_holiday.gifWalgreens:

  •  On 12/22 only, Wags will have the Conair Ionic hair dryer (reg. $20) for $10 with a $10 RR.  Now, how does free for an Ionic hairdryer sound?!?  This deal does not ‘roll.’

These are not freebies but certainly very good deals.

  • Buy 1 get $2 RR, buy 2 get $7 RR, buy 3 get $10 RR

Kitchen Gourmet appliances including 2 slice toaster, slow cooker, Hot Pot, Single Burner,
5 Speed Mixer, Popcorn Popper, Waffle Maker, Tall can Opener, Perfection Garment Steam Dry Iron

  • Fusion Phenom or Venus Embrace Razor$9.99 get $4 RR

Gillette Fusion Razor, any $4 (12-31-08) P & G 11/30/08 

Here’s my tip–when a store has multiple RR or ECB deals that you want to run in one trip, try breaking them down instead.  For example, if you’re buying product A which costs $10 and produces a RR of $10, and product B costs $10 produces a RR of $3, you want to buy A first, then use the RR from A to purchase B–that is, if the RR promotion will allow you to use one to pay for another.  (They always do at CVS on their ECB deals.)


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