Thursday, March 31, 2011

FREE IHOP for kids

My kid is a little young for this promotion, but I thought I would share it with others :)

Awesome Target Fisher-Price Deal!

Today I went to a different Target to get this deal (the two Targets I go to are literally less than a mile apart so no wasted gas):

1- Revlon Clippers with catcher On sale for $2.29
1- Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Love to Play Puppy $19.99

Coupons Used:
1- Printable Fisher-Price $5 off Play Puppy 
1- Target Printable 20% Off Fisher-Price Select Toys
$2/1 Target Revlon Coupon (from paper)
$2/1 Revlon Nail Printed Coupon (no longer avaliable)

OOP: $10.87

Saved: $13.00!

Random, but the Target is in the mall and on the second floor... so after we finished shopping, I walked out the store and saw a bunch of people staring at this guy. I looked at the guy standing on the ledge of the second story and then he JUMPED down to the first floor! I heard gasps and my heart fluttered until people started applauding and I looked around and realized it was a television/film shoot! I think it was for Sprite, but I guess when I see it aired or in a movie I will know for sure what it's for :)

More Free Target Stuff...

I went to Target again thanks to a wonderful friend at church who brought me her coupons...

FREE Degree for Men Travel Size
Free Dove Men+Care Free (plus $0.30 because it was on sale)
Free Colgate Total Whitening 6oz.

Check out my updated post here on how much I have now to donate! 

~Always check the fine print on your coupons. If there is no size limit you can get free trial sizes a lot of times!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

FREE TARGET STUFF... and some almost free things

I highlited the items I got for free or almost free:

1- Happy Bellies Organic Baby Cereal $3.19
1- Suve Deodorant $1.07
1- Degree Trial Size Deodorant $1.07
1- Dove Men+Care Trial Size Deodorant $0.70
1- Reach Floss $0.97
1- Colgate Total Toothpaste $2.49
2- Wish Bone 16oz Salad Dressing $2.09 each
1- Baby Sunglasses $1

Coupons Used:
Free Happy Bellies Item Coupon
$0.75/1 Suave Deodorant
$1.00/1 Degree Deodorant
$1.00/1 Dove Men+Care Deodorant
$1.00/1 Reach Floss
$1.50/1 Colgate Total
$1.00/1 Target Colgate Total
$0.75/1 Wish Bone dressing (realized when I got home cashier forgot to scan the other $0.75/1... all well)
$1.50/2 Target Wish Bone Coupon

$.05 Off for using a reusable bag

OOP: $3.54

Monday, March 28, 2011

Couponing for a Cause!

Here is my loot to donate! I am pretty happy to have this supply growing and will be even happier when it comes time to actually donate everything...

The breakdown (in blue is the retail price and yellow shows what I spent):

2- Kids Suave  (2.87 each) (92 cents each)
2- Suave (one conditioner/one shampoo)  (2.77 each) (92cents each)
2- Listerine  (3.39 each) (FREE)
2- Toothbrushes (1)  (4.99 each) (FREE)
2- Revlon Tweezers  (2.24 each) (FREE)
2- Suave Deodorant  (1.50 each) (25cents each)
2- Clean & Clear Body Wash (6.29 each) (FREE)
2- Suave Body Wash (with bonus lotion attached)  (2.39 each) (75cents each)
1- Package of HP Paper  (6.99) (FREE)
2- Air Wick 100% Natural Air Freshener  (1.39 each) (15cents each)

Price: $62.65
Spent: $5.98
Saved: $56.67!!

Sunday CVS Couponing Trip

My latest trip to CVS actually made me money! I am not gonna lie... I am kinda excited about the prospect of walking out with more money than I spend.

My Trip:
1- Colgate 360 Action Manual Toothbrush $2.75 (Saved $2.24)   CHARITY 
2- Clean & Clear Morning Burst Body Wash $2.99 each (Saved $3.30 each)   CHARITY 
1- Physician's Formula Organic Mascara   $9.99

Coupons Used:
1- $2/1 Clean & Clear Body Wash
1- $1/1 Physician's Formula 
1- $1/1 Colgate Toothbrush
1- BOGO (buy one get one) Clean & Clear Body Wash

1- $3 CVS ECB  
1- $1 CVS ECB 

OOP: $6.16

$2 ECB for purchasing Colgate Toothbrush
$7 ECB for purchasing Physician's Formula

It's kinda like I made $2.84 on this purchse!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Meat on SALE!

At Ralphs I stocked up on some Jennie-O Turkey... why not when it's BOGO Free!?!?

I always freeze the meat into the portion size that I will need to use when I decide to cook it. 

~Another funny shopping story: A single guy was picking up some Jennie-O and he only grabbed one. I said, "Get another it's free!" He told me he didn't want that much meat because he was the only one eating it so I told him about freezing the meat and he immediately grabbed a second one! Saving people money one shopper at a time :)

FREE Gum at Rite Aid!

Once again I managed to walk into a store and not pull out my wallet! (This time my husband was around to witness it and he said it felt wrong! haha)

This week Rite Aid has Trident Vitality Gum on sale for BOGO free and I was able to us my BOGO coupon from 3/3 insert. 

I haven't tried it yet, but my husband is currently chewing "Awaken" and he said it's pretty good.

~Funny story about this purchase is when I pulled out my coupon the cashier said not to "waste" it as it is already on sale for BOGO... I laughed and told her I want to use it because I want 2 for free! She was skeptical, but I made her into a believer after the manager had to be called up to approve the sale.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saving on Dinner

My husband and I had a nice night out getting sushi and hanging out with my brother and his wife, while my mom and step-dad watched my baby and my brother's two girls. 

We LOVE sushi so why not get it at a discount? 

Go through EBates to purchase a certificate (they have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from) and get 15% cash back on your certificate purchase! 

We chose to go to:

We purchased a $25 certificate (Minimum purchase of $35. Present prior to ordering. 18% gratuity added to total after tax) and  paid only $3 as well as getting our 15% cash back through EBates.

Here is our yummy sushi:  

YUMMMY Tempura:

Our Bill:
Gratuity is added and we ended up leaving a little extra because using a coupon is not an excuse to tip poorly if you receive good service! (I was a waitress for a LONG time)

Finally, we had some fun just walking around by the beach and talking with my brother and his wife... 

FREE Diapers

Go to the Fred's Diaper Trial page and sign up to receive 2 free diapers.

The site states:
new at Fred's 
  • Compare to Huggies
  • Day & Night Absorbency for Extra Leakage Protection
  • All Around Stretch for a Better Fit
  • Soft to the Touch for Baby's Delicate Skin

If you don't need any yourself you could always sign up to get some free diapers and use them as baby shower gift fillers or donate them! (Diapers are in high demand at family shelters.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Free CVS Shopping Trip

While we were waiting for the Daddy to get out of the chiropractor I also decided to also swing by CVS since it was right across the street and got a few more things to add to the donation box as well as a little something for baby girl! (I am glad I had my coupon book... I guess I am officially a couponer)

2- Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo  $1.67 each (Saved $1.20 each)
1- Suave Professionals Shampoo $1.67 (Saved $1.10)
1- Suave Professionals Conditioner $1.67 (Saved $1.10)
2- Listerine Cool Mint 8.5 fl oz  $1.00 (Saved $2.39)
1- 12 Large Plastic Easter Eggs $1.19 (For baby's first Easter!)

Coupons Used:
(1) 50cents/2 Suave Professionals
(2) 50cents/1  Suave Kids Product
(1) $2/2 Listerine Mouthwash
(1) $5 ECB Used

OOP: $2.33

Total Saved: $17.88

PLUS: $3 ECB for Suave Spend 12 Get 3
          $1 ECB for Green Bag Tag 4 uses

I walked out with more money than I spent!

FREE Cookie at Corner Bakery Cafe

Today I had to kill time while my husband was seeign a chiropractor so I did some research before we left and signed up for Corner Bakery's eCafe and got a coupon in my inbox a few minutes later for a free cookie! 

The Free cookie I got looked a little something like this:
Looks healthy right?!?! (I did share half so I only had 150 calories instead of the 300)

New TARGET Jeans for $7!

 Today ONLY at  you can purchase Mossimo jeans on Sale for $12 with free shipping and combine it with a coupon code, TGTMQS6U, which you use at checkout to get an additional $5 off your purchase making me a happy lady with some new jeans for only $7.68 after tax. 

Here are the ones I purchased:

... and here is my awesome total:

Order Summary 1 item
1 item(s) Subtotal$12.00
ShippingOpens in New Window$4.99
Shipping DiscountOpens in New Window-$4.99
Promotion(s) AppliedOpens in New Window-$5.00
Estimated Tax *$0.68
Total Cost$7.68
You Save: $17.98 (72%)

Plus... don't forget to use EBates to get an additional 3% cash back on this purchase... new to EBates, then sign up and get a $5 signing bonus!

Another Winner!

Thanks to The Save at Home Mommy I will be getting 5 copies each of the last two weeks of coupon inserts! That's a total of 20 inserts that will help me to get more free or close to free things to donates to my local shelter(s).

This giveaway combined with my $100 VISA giftcard I won earlier this week will help a LOT with my saving and giving efforts.

Shelter Collection of (almost) Free stuff

So far with coupons I have collected 2 Air Wick (15 cents each), 2 Suave Deodorant (25cents each), 1 Free Ream of paper, 2 free tweezers, 1 Free toothbrush, and 2 Suave body wash with added bonus lotions for 75 cents each.

To date I have only spent about $2.30 on over $20 worth of stuff... not too shabby.

I look forward to having a little bigger collecting before taking all this fun (close to free) stuff to my local shelter! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Little Black Dress

I bought this little black dress from Lord & Taylor

What's so great about buying a dress?? Getting an awesome deal of course:

Regularly priced at $98 (I would NEVER pay that much)
On SALE for $19.59 (Okay... I can handle that)
PLUS take an additional 20% all purchases by entering SALE at checkout
New Price after Promo  $15.67

I was able to get free shipping by using my free 30 day subscription to Shop Runner which saved me $12.95!

But Wait.. There's more savings when you count the fact that I used my EBates account to purchse this deal so I will be getting 4% cash back!

Now I am just waiting for my shipment to arrive and praying it fits!!

Another Freebie!

If you go to the Sprouts and sign up for their e-mail newsletter you will get something for FREE :)

I received this offer and will definitely take advantage of it. Honest Tea is really good and tastes even better when it's free!

Sometimes it Pays to "Like" a Product on Facebook

Lately a lot of companies have been promoting printable coupons if you "like" their product on facebook.

This morning though, I just happened to be on facebook when I saw Caress post:
 "Thanks to all you fab ladies for helping us reach 12,000 fans! We'd love to reward the first five fans who comment on this update with a bottle of the new Fine Fragrance Elixirs in one of our two new amazing scents: Sheer Twilight or Scarlet Blossom. Now, tell us why you love Caress!"

  I quickly posted a comment and taadaa I am getting a FREE Scarlet Blossom scented Caress Body wash!

Pretty cool addition to add to my growing pile of things I will be donating to local shelters :)

Possible Free Suave Product

Watch a few short videos (that are extremely cheesy) and answer whether which model you think is wearing Suave Professionals or not. Based on how many you get right you could get coupons or even a free product! 
Check it out: Suave

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CVS Green Bag Tag

A little annoyed that I just bought this today and now it is on sale on the website for $.59 regularly priced $.99. That's life I guess :) If you haven't bought one of these yet.... buy it now through their site and it says free shipping.

What's so great about a Green Bag Tag:
To earn Extra Bucks for a transaction in-store, your ExtraCare card, Green Bag Tag, and reusable bag must be presented with purchase at checkout. Limit of one Green Bag Tag use/scan per day per household. Every fourth purchase your Extra Bucks reward will print at the bottom of your cash register receipt as a $1 coupon good for your next purchase.

  That comes out to $.25 for every visit, which pays for itself in only three visits and is better than any other reusable bag promotion out there!

Jamba Juice Coupon

Print this coupon  to get any 2 smoothies for only $5!
 It expires 3/30 so hurry - print - and use. 


If you haven't figured it out by now... I love to get free stuff! My latest deal is from Staples and it goes a little something like this:

HP 8.5X11 Multipurpose Paper  Normally $7.99

On Sale for $5.99
Use $1/1 HP 8.5X11 Multi Paper 
Plus You will get a Staples Easy Rebate for $4.99

You can get up to two rebates and when you print the coupon make sure you press the back button on your browser to print it twice!

I just got home from the store with my free paper... go get your own.

Thanks for the deal idea.

The Importance of Good Customer Service

I used to work in customer service at a few different stores, and I am extremely aware of how important it is for a company to have good customer service.

Recently, I purchased two items at and when the shipment arrived the Oxo Brite that came was open and the contents were spilling out. It wasn't a huge mess and I wasn't ready to return the item, but I wanted to know what they were sending out to their customers.

I sent this e-mail:

"Order # 9233313

I was disappointed when I opened my box today because the Oxo Brite that I purchased was open and spilling out. I might not be buying from your location anymore if products come not properly packaged. I am sad by this because I like your prices and quick shipping, but do not like getting less of a product I paid for. 
    Thank You For Your Time, 
           Naomi Renbarger"

and within a few hours I received this reply:

"Dear Naomi,

Thank you for your email.

I'm so sorry to hear about the damaged item that arrived today. Please know that we are continually working to develop improved methods of packaging to reduce the likelihood of spilling, leaking and damage. While we continue to work on this issue, please know that any time you may receive a damaged item, we are more than happy to replace it or issue a refund according to your preference.

I have gone ahead and sent a replacement order for the item and you will be receiving a confirmation email shortly with the new order details as well as the tracking information. Just for your reference, the order number is #9260458. Again, I am really sorry for the inconvenience that you experienced.

If there is anything else I can help you with or if you have any other questions, concerns or requests please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-DIAPERS(1-800-342-7377) or by e-mailing us at Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for choosing

Customer Care Representative"

Awesome example of Good old Fashioned Customer Service at its finest :)

~~PLUS if you enter "naomi" on the shopping cart screen, you'll get an extra 20% off your first order!~~


I received this e-mail this morning:

Dear Naomi,  
Congratulations, YOU have been chosen to receive a $100 gift card!
Dial is celebrating the NEW DialTM NutriSkinTM Replenishing lotion by giving away a Daily Dose of Healthy, Wealthy and Wise prizes and you are today’s lucky winner! Thank you for your fan loyalty! We will be mailing your prize to the address that you registered with. And be sure to tell your friends to ‘like us’ at and to enter in from now until March 22.
The Dial Nutriskin Team

I never thought I would win when I entered, but what a nice surprise to wake up to :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Target Trip #2

1- Baby Tunic $2.50 SALE (originally $10)
1- Alexia Sweet Potato Fries   $2.19
1- Revlon Tweezer                 $2.24
1- Zantac 24ct                       $7.84

Subtotal - $14.77

Coupons Used:
1- Manu Revlon Beauty Tool  $2 OFF
1- Manu Zantac Coupon        $5 OFF

OOP- $3.51!
Saved- $12.00

Free Headband at Target!

1- Circo Headband $1 SALE (originally $4)
                            $1 Target Coupon on Circo Coupon

OOP (out of pocket) - Nothing!!!! and it looks super cute on my baby girl.

I love this purchase because my husband just challenged me to get something without pulling my wallet out.. haha!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

GAP Trip

My husband has been saying he wants new shirts for work, so I said why don't we go to GAP and try to use the coupon $25 OFF $50 purchase.
This is the result of that trip:
Underwear on $4.22 after $7.99 sale price
Long Sleeve collared shirt $15.83 after $29.99 sale price
Polo    $7.92 after $14.99 sale price

Total discount $25!

Out the Door price for all three items: $30.72

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Payless Shopping Trip

I have been wanting to purchase some new wedges for quite a while now (my old ones broke as a result of wearing them so often and buying them about 6 years ago).

After a nice lunch with a friend we stopped off at Payless and they had their BOGO sale going on. I didn't really need/want 2 pairs of shoes, but they also had a promotion that if you text SHOES to 747474 then you would receive an additional 20% OFF your purchase.

With both discounts I was able to buy myself some new wedge brown shoes and my daughter some adorable pink sandals for the summer.

My Shoes $26.99
Her shoes $4.99 (originally $9.99 before BOGO)

Subtotal  $31.98
20% OFF  -$6.40

I Paid $28.08 out the door.

Free Arm & Hammer

Go to:
and fill out the info to get a free sample.

I will be using my free sample to put in my husband's bag when he goes on business trips.