Thursday, October 28, 2010

{Victoria's Secret: Free Shipping + Free Lipgloss & Tote}

Today only, October 28th, purchase $25 or more at Victoria's Secret and receive FREE shipping with the code VS25SHIP at checkout.  Also, if you purchase select sweaters, you can receive a FREE lip gloss set with the code LIPGIFT10 AND if you purchase the Life is Pink Wish Pink Rollerball fragrance for $10 you can snag a FREE Tote with the code PINKGIFT10.

My transaction:
1 Cotton V-Neck sweater for $19.99
1Rollerball fragrance $10.00
Lip gloss Set $FREE
Tote $FREE
Total of $24.20 with tax and shipping after I used a small gift card. 
The original total would have been OVER $60!!!  What a great deal!  A little shopping for ME and a few Christmas items out of the way all at the same time =)

{Fantastic deals at Rite Aid}

I am LOVING some Rite Aid lately!!

2 Tostitos at $3.99 each
$1 off 2 tearpad located on display
Rite Aid flushable wipes $2.99
Domino Sugar $1.99
Bayer Contour USB Meter $29.99
-$40 Bayer Contour Meter RiteAid printable
NYC Cover Stick $1.99
NYC Nail enamel - FREE with purchase of Eye, Face, Lip purchase $0.00
- (2) $1 NYC printable **Print limit reached**
2 Finesse (Shampoo & Conditioner) $3.99 **On sale for BOGOF this week**
-$2 off Finess RiteAid printable
-$2 UpRewards from last week
Total $5.15...used a gift card so nothing out of pocket
Received $2 UpRewards from the NYC products, I also received a 10% off shopping pass for reaching the next UpRewards level.
Total product without sale: $100.91  WooHoo!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

{It's Almost Halloween!!}

I can't seem to wrap my mind around the fact that there are only 5 more days until Halloween....WOW!  That means there are only 30 days until Thanksgiving and only 59 days until CHRISTMAS.  I've got to start Christmas shopping planning ASAP!  Welcome to the most stressful wonderful time of the year!! =)

Monday, October 18, 2010

{Rite Aid}

There are some great deals at Rite Aid this week, which has been happening a lot lately.  I'm beginning to like Rite Aid ALMOST as much as I like CVS...(I did say almost) =)

My only transaction:
Cottonelle Flushable Wipes $3.29
- Free Cottonelle Wipes coupon, home mailer
-$1 off Cottonelle Wipes (AdPerk)
Scott Tissue $7.49
-$2 off Scott printable
-$1 off Scott printable (AdPerk)
4 Nivea Body Wash for Men $3.99
-(4) $3 off Nivea Men’s body wash, 16.9 fl oz, RP 10/17
-$4 off $20 printable (For earning 20 Video Credits)
-$1 UpReward from last week
$3.90....I used a gift card that I earned through MyPoints so I didn't spend any out of pocket
Total value of products $38.94
Total saved: $35.04  Woohoo!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

{Time for a BUDGET!!}

So....I am really, really trying to be money conscience with my everyday spending.  I am now listening to Dave Ramsey everyday through the podcast and LOVE IT!  It is SO exciting to hear people get out & stay out of debt by making some tough, but awesome decisions.  I am also listening to another couple through their podcast, Rebound Podcast.  Even though I don't have near the debt some of these people do, I still have life ahead of me and want to be prepared so that I don't have to go into debt.  I know at some point I will buy a home, have to purchase a car for Kayleigh, and hopefully (if she so chooses) pay for her education.  I'm also sure there will be a billion other "emergencies" and unplanned purchases along the way and I WANT TO BE PREPARED.  So, I'm starting NOW.  (Actually, I started about a week ago, but the point is I started!)

My online banking system has a tool called "Online Portfolio", which I LOVE.  It helps me to keep track of my spending and I can categorize transactions so I know WHERE I am spending my $$.  Also, I try to supplement my income with little side things here and there like: earning points (which are converted into cash) through taking surveys at Opinion Outpost, earning points and trading the points in for gift cards at MyPoints (which I just received a $25 Visa Gift card this week...WooHoo!!), I have turned Gold into Cash, I consign Kayleigh's clothes for a few extra bucks, SwagBucks, and I'm starting a new adventure...Secret Shopping!  I am excited to be responsible, accountable, and successful!!

Anyone else budgeting these days??

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

{Lunch time shopping: CVS & Bi-Lo}

I took a quick shopping trip for is what all I got.  I ♥ coupons!!

1 Brach candy corn $.99
-.99 Brach candy corn from the magic coupon machine
2 Colgate Total @ $2.99 each
-(2) $1.50 Colgate coupons
2 Purex laundry detergent BOGOF $6.49
-(2) $3.00 Purex detergent RP 10/10
Green Bag Tag scan
Glade candle $1.91
-$1.00 CVS Glad coupon (can't remember where from)
-$5.00 ECB from last week
$.57 out of pocket and received $5.98 back from the Colgate Total
Total saved: $23.88
Year to date savings: $600.10......WOOHOO!!

3 jars of 4C parmesean cheese @ $1.99 each
-(3) $2.00 4C cheese coupons SS 10/10
4 can DelMonte corn @ .75 each
-(2) $1 off 2 Delmonte vegetables  RP 9/19
2 X-14 Toilet bowl cleaners @ .67 each
-(2) $1 off any X-14 product  SS 7/25, SS 9/19
2 Mr Clean Magic Erasers @ $1.19 each
-(2) .75 Mr Clean Magic Erasers from Decor Done Right home mailer
2 Marth White muffin mix @ $1.00
- .55/ off 2  RP 8/08
2 Marcal facial tissue
-(2) Free Marcal facial tissue SS 10/10
2 Mentos Gum @ .99 each
-(2) $1.00 SS 10/3
$.98 out of pocket
Total Savings: $32.34

Total out of pocket for today......$1.55  Have I mentioned I LOOOOOOOOOOVE coupons!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

{New promised}

As I've said before....I LOOOOOOOVE B&W photography!  So, most of these are black and white...but I did throw a little color in there!  Happy Fall!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

{Fall: It's REALLY here!!}

It's finally starting to feel like FALL!!!  Yay!  I really do ♥ this time of year.  Beautiful colors, fun decorations, parties, yumm-o food, & those Oh-so-wonderful smells....mmmmm!!

I'm hoping to have all of my fall decorations out by the weekend...maybe we'll start figuring out what kind of pumpkin we will have too.  Hopefully pictures to follow at some point....

Monday, October 4, 2010

{Redbox: Free Movie Monday}

YAY!!  I ♥ Free Movie Mondays!!  Mondays are always super crazy & super busy for me at work, so there is nothing like going home and relaxing with a FREE movie. offers a free movie code on the first Monday of every month. Join the redbox text club and get a promo code good for a free rental on the first Monday of every month.

The hardest part about this is deciding what to watch =)


It's a pretty good week at CVS.  For all of the deals, click here.

Here's what I bought this week...

Transaction #1
Renu Multi-purpose contact solution $7.99
Green Bag Tag scan
-$1.50 ECB from summer spending
-$6.00 ECB from last week
.99 Out of Pocket.  Received $7.99 ECB for the contact solution & $1 ECB for my Green Bag Tag
Saved: $9.40

Transaction #2
Jack-o-lantern $5.99
-$5 coupon that printed from the machine
Revlon nail color $3.99
-$1.00 Revlon coupon found in store
Hydro-5 Razor
-$4 Hydro coupon from 10/3 SS
-$8.99 ECB from above
$1.08 Out of Pocket  Received $8 ECB for the razor and nail color
Saved: $21.47

Total out of pocket: $2.07
Total Saved: $30.87
Total Saved Year-to-Date: $569.23