Monday, January 30, 2012

$50 Spa Week Gift Card Giveaway Ends Tonight 1/30

If you see this post before 11:59 PM PST then you have time to enter to win a $50 Spa Week gift card.  I just discovered the giveaway a few moments ago.

CVS Trip 1/29/2012

Here is the a scenario you could do with multiple transactions.  I did this all in one transaction because after picking up a prescription at the pharmacy I received a $10 off $50 CVS coupon on my cash register receipt.  If you don't have the coupon you can split the products into multiple transactions as described below.

Transaction 1
(3) American Greetings Card  $0.99  (total $2.97) 
(I purchased more expensive cards they were ($0.99, $1.99, and $3.49= $6.47 total)
Cadbury Mini Eggs  $0.87 (ECB didn't print will have to go back to store also this is only good through Tuesday)
Total Before Coupons $3.84  
Coupons Used
Buy 2 Get 1 free American Greetings Card printable coupon $0.99 (If you buy more expensive cards you may receive a higher coupon value I received $3.49 for the coupon, I guess it depends on the cashier the ones at my CVS are great.)  
Total After Coupons $0.87 

Transaction 2
Schick Hydro Silk $9.99
Coupons Used
$4.00 off Schick Hydro Silk  (coupon received with sample razor which is one of the best razors I've used.  I am not sure if samples are still available, try to order a free sample here.)  
$3.00 ECBs from Transaction 1 (American Greetings)
$0.87 ECBs from Transaction 1 (Cadbury Eggs)
Total After Coupons $2.12
Transaction 3
(4) Softsoap body wash $12.00 total
Coupons Used
(4) $1.00 off Softsoap body wash 1/29/120 SS insert
$4.00 ECBs from Transaction 2 (Shick)
Total After Coupons $4.00

Transaction 4
 (6) Ragu $10.00 total
Coupons Used
(4) $1.00 off 2 Ragu from 1/29/12 RP insert
$6.00 ECB from transaction 3 (Softsoap)
Total After Coupons $1.00

Transaction 5                
(2) Hershey Kisses $5.98   
Coupons Used
$1.00 off 2 Hershey Kisses 1/8/12 SS insert
$3.00 ECB from transaction 4 (Ragu)
Total After Coupons $1.98 

Transaction 6                         
(2) M&Ms candy $5.00   

Coupons Used
$1.00 off 1 M&Ms from All You magazine, Feb 2012
$2.00 ECB from transaction 4 (Hershey Kisses) 
Total After Coupons $2.00 

Total Out of Pocket $11.97
Number of items 19 (cost per item $0.63)
Total Value of Products $46.80 
Savings 74.43%

You will have $1 ECB left at the end of all the transactions

Valentines cards are not shown in picture someone was watching me while I was taking pictures so I didn't want to spoil the surprise.

Here is the detail of my actual single transaction

(3) American Greetings Card  ($0.99, $1.99, and $3.49= $6.47 total) 
Cadbury Mini Eggs  $0.87
Schick Hydro Silk $9.99
(4) Softsoap body wash $12.00 total
(6) Ragu $10.00 total
(2) Hershey Kisses $5.98   
(2) M&Ms candy $5.00   
Total Before Coupons $50.30

Coupons Used
$10.00 Off a $50 purchase CVS coupon
$4.00 off Schick Hydro Silk   
(4) $1.00 off Softsoap body wash 1/29/120 SS insert
(4) $1.00 off 2 Ragu from 1/29/12 RP insert         
$1.00 off 2 Hershey Kisses 1/8/12 SS insert

$1.00 off 1 M&Ms from All You magazine, Feb 2012
Total After Coupons $21.83

ECB for next time 
$3.00 American Greetings
$4.00 Schick 
$6.00 SoftSoap
$3.00 Ragu
$2.00 Hershey Kisses
$1.00 M&M's
Total $19.00 ECBs

Total Out of Pocket $21.83
Total Value of Products $46.80 
Savings 56.61% not including ECBs

Doing this in one transaction cost $9.86 more but gives me $19 in ECBs to work with for next week.

Enter to Win 13 Inch Macbook Air& Apple TV Hours Left

There are only a few more hours to enter this giveaways. Visit Sparkling Reviews today and enter to win a 13 Inch Macbook Air and Apple TV.  The giveaway ends in a few hours.
Good Luck

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Amazon Facebook Blast Sign Ups

Time is almost up to join this giveaway see the information below copied from Sason & Probi.

What is a Facebook Blast? You the blogger can join for $1.50 with one account – Facebook.
Then I will provide the prize-$100 Amazon code.

What do you need to do to join? 
  • Post about the event with the button linking back to this post. (Right click save the image)
  • Send  a paypal payment to with your email address. After I receive the payment, I will send you the form to fill out. This way I won’t have to track payments at the end of the event.
  • You will get the instructions once you send payment.
  • Instructions on posting to your Facebook page can be found here
  • Then schedule the giveaway post to go live on Feb 1 at 9:00 am EST to Feb 15 12:01 pm EST
  • You can post on every blog you have, one post per Facebook account.
  • I will email you on the 30th to remind you.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jewelery Giveaway to Enter

I have been entering a ton of giveaways.  Well I won the option of having my Facebook or Twitter account added to a giveaway that Natural Hair Latina is hosting.  You can enter the giveaway on her site.

If you like jewelery then you will want to enter this giveaway you can win a $50 gift voucher for Peppermint Chic.

Good luck

Eversave Lucky Vitamin Deal (Orgainc Foods, Supplements and more)

Tomorrow is the last day to snag this great deal Eversave deal.  I am catching up on my emails from all the daily deal websites and I came across a deal where you can get $24 worth of products from Lucky Vitamin. They have products like Kashi, Burt's Bees, Surf Sweets, Annies & and other health and wellness products.   I love organic and natural products. I know you may not see this by looking at all my CVS/Rite Aid deals.  I buy a mixture of products but when I come across deals where I can get organic/natural products for less I'm all over it.

So if you are interested check out this Eversave Lucky Vitamin deal before it is gone. 

I took some screen shots of what I am buying to give you an idea of prices.  I am ordering food/snacks since I have a two year old I am also looking for great snacks for him.  I had $2 in Save Rewards when someone purchases through your link you get a $2 Save Reward, you can only earn one Save Reward per deal.  When you factor the shipping of $5.95 this works out to about $1.80 per item which is a great deal for these kinds of products.  Saving money can be fun kind of like an adventure.  We have tried some of these products before but some are new so it will be fun to try the new ones.

Disclosure:  This links in this post contain referral links.  If you shop through one of this links I will receive an Eversave credit. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Calling All Bloggers Join the Grand Cash Event

Cute-Ecakes and Moms with Voices Media are hosting a Grand Event! (Yes- $1000.00)
With a goal of 100 bloggers, we are going to make this thing huge!!

Tablet Time Giveaway Ends Today 1/20/12

I'm not sure if you have entered this giveaway or not but a bunch of bloggers got together and are giving away a  Nook Tablet with cover or $275 Paypal cash.  To enter this giveaway go here.  The giveaway ends tonight so you don't have much time.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CVS Trip 1-15-2012

I started with $5 ECBs from last week's CVS shopping trip.  This is not the most outstanding CVS trip but I got somethings I needed and saved a bit.  

Transaction 1
Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste $2.77
Boost Protein Drinks $6.99
Total before coupons $9.76
Coupons Used
$0.75 off Colgate toothpaste SS Insert 1/1/12
$3.00 off Boost drinks SS Insert 1/1/12
$2.00 ECB
$3.00 ECB
Total After Coupons $1.01 (including tax $1.53)

Transaction 2
Boost Protein Drinks $6.99

Coupons Used
$3.00 off Boost drinks SS Insert 1/1/12
$1.00 ECB from transaction 1
$1.00 ECB from transaction 1
$1.00 ECB from transaction 1 Green Bag Tag
Total After Coupons $0.99 (including tax $1.45)

Transaction 3
Boost Protein Drinks $6.99

Coupons Used
$3.00 off Boost drinks SS Insert 1/1/12
$1.00 ECB from transaction 2
Total After Coupons $2.99 (including tax $3.53)

Transaction 4
(2) Huggies Slip On Diapers $9.50 each
Total before coupons and tax $19.00
Coupons Used
(2) $2.00 off Huggies Slip On Diapers SS Insert 1/15/12
$3.00 off Huggies Slip On Diapers CVS coupon from a previous shopping trip
$1.00 ECB from transaction 3
Total After Coupons $10.00 (including tax $11.47)

Transaction 5
(2) Honey Bunches of Oats $1.98 each
Huggies Wipes $5.99
Total Before coupons and tax $9.95
Coupons Used
(2) $1.00 off Honey Bunches of Oats printable coupon it has a Walmart logo but it worked just fine for me
$0.75 off Huggies Wipes SS Insert 1/15/12
$1.00 ECB from transaction 4
Total after coupons $6.20 (including tax $6.66)

Total Out of Pocket (OOP) $20.19 (including tax $23.64)
Total Value of products $52.69
Savings of 61.68%

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sparkling Reviews Kindle Fire Giveaway

Would you like the chance to win a Kindle Fire? Sparkling Reviews has giveaway for one and a $50 Amazon gift card. Head over to the giveaway now.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Twitter Blast Win a $100 Amazon Code

If you would like the opportunity to win a $100 Amazon Gift Code.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter to Win an iPad 2

If you have been entering blog giveaways then you are familiar with Rafflecopter.  For their official Launch Party they are giving away an iPad 2, a Kindle Fire to the person who referred the winner, and a second Kindle Fire to the person who suggests a winning name for their hellicopter Rafflecopter Mascot! 

For complete contest details, please visit the Launch Party giveaway post at Rafflecopter

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win the iPad 2 or Kindle Fire if you create the winning mascot name! 

Please put "Denise at Saving Money Can Be Fun" as the one who referred you! It would be great to win a Kindle Fire if you end up winning the iPad 2!

This giveaway is open for the US and Canadian residents and will close February 9th at 12:01 a.m. EST.

Babies R Us Gift card giveaway ends today

I am home from work still from my surgery last week so I have been finding some great giveaways. I stumbled upon a giveaway for a $100 Babies R Us gift card.  The giveaway ends tonight, January 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm PST. You can enter here

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rite Aid Trip 1/15/12

I started with no +UP Rewards this week so if you don't have any either you can follow along with the first few transactions.

Transaction 1
Oral B Floss Picks $2.77
Coupon Used
$1 off Oral B Floss or Picks P&G Insert 1/1/12
Total $1.77 (plus tax $1.98)

Transaction 2
Oral B Floss Picks $2.77
Coupons Used
$1 off Oral B Floss or Picks P&G Insert 1/1/12
$1 +UP Reward from transaction 1
Total $0.77 (plus tax $0.98)

Transaction 3
2 Degree Deodorant $4.00

Coupon Used
$1 +UP Reward from transaction 2
Total $3.00 (plus tax $3.31)

Transaction 4

2 Degree Deodorant $4.00

Coupon Used
$2 +UP Reward from transaction 3
Total $2.00 (plus tax $2.31)

Transaction 5
2 Ziploc Bags $5.00

Coupons Used
$1 off 2 Ziploc SS Insert 1/15/12
$2 +UP Reward from transaction 4
Total $2.00 (plus tax $2.39)

Transaction 6
2 Ziploc Bags $5.00

Coupons Used
$1 off 2 Ziploc SS Insert 1/15/12
$2 +UP Reward from transaction 4
Total $3.00 (plus tax $3.39)

You could stop here and still get a good deal it would be $23.54 worth of products for $12.54 almost half off.  It would be 10 items for $12.54 just over $1 per item.

I kept going because I finally earned my Resolution Rewards $20 +UP Reward for spending $100.

Transaction 7
Tide Detergent $8.95
Quattro for Women Razor $8.99
(2) Dove Body Wash $3.00 each ($6 total)
(2) Skintimate Shave Gel $2.50 each ($5 total)
Total Before Coupons $28.94
Coupons Used
$2.00 off Tide P&G Insert 1/1/12
$3.00 off Schick Quattro for Women Razor SS Insert 1/8/12
$0.55 off Skintimate Shave Gel SS Insert 1/15/12
$20.00 +UP Reward from Resolution Rewards earned after transaction 6
$2 +UP Reward from transaction 6
Total After Coupons $2.84 (plus tax $3.46)

Transaction 8
Huggies Diapers $9.49

Coupons Used
$2.00 off Huggies Diapers SS Insert 1/15/12
$1 +UP Reward from transaction 7
$3 +UP Reward from transaction 7
$2 +UP Reward from transaction 7
$1 +UP Reward from transaction 7
Total $0.49 (plus tax $1.23)

Transaction 9
Huggies Diapers $9.49

Coupons Used
$2.00 off Huggies Diapers SS Insert 1/15/12
$1 +UP Reward from transaction 8
Total $6.49 (plus tax $7.23)

Total Value of products $71.46
Total Out of pocket $22.36 (including tax $26.28)
Percent Savings 68.71%

Here is a picture of everything.

Win a Toshiba Laptop (12-26-11 to 1-26-12)

The Portégé R830 is a fast, powerful, and secure business machine that offers all the power you need. A smart and fast processor provides powerful performance, and Airflow Cooling technology keeps the laptop cool while advanced internal honeycomb structure keeps your laptop protected from the knocks of mobile use. A tough magnesium body includes a durable honeycomb structure under the palm rests, protecting internal components from the wear and tear of everyday use. A 3D HDD impact sensor protects your data from the knocks and bumps of mobile working. Toshiba's PC Health Monitor alerts you to issues before they become problems, constantly gauging your machine's temperature and power usage, while checking the hard drive to help protect against shocks. A 33.8 cm (13.3") non-reflective display with LED backlighting is the perfect platform to view and amend documents and presentations when on the move. Built-in webcam and microphone let you chat face-to-face, collaborate with classmates, videoconference, and generally improve the way you interact with the world around you.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, January 13, 2012

Rite Aid Trip 1/8/2012

Here is what I bought at Rite Aid on 1/8/2012

Transaction 1
(3) Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion $3.99  each
(1) Aveeno Lotion $11.99
(1) Aveeno Lotion $5.99
Total Before Coupons $29.95

Coupons Used
(3) $1.00 off Johnson & Johnson Baby SS Insert 1/8/2012
(2) $1.00 off Aveeno Lotion SS Insert 1/8/2012
(3) $5 +UP Rewards from this Rite Aid Shopping trip
Total After Coupons $9.95 (including tax $11.11)

Earned a $10 +UP Reward for buying $30 worth of Johnson & Johnson products.

Transaction 2
1 case of 7UP $3.66
1 case of Sunkist $3.66
1 case of A&W Rootbeer $3.66
Total Before Coupons $10.98 ($1.80 for CRV)

Coupons Used
$10 +UP Reward from Transaction 1
Total After Coupons $0.98 (including tax and CRV $3.77)

Earned a $3 +UP Reward

Transaction 3
Kellogg's Corn Pops $4.79
Kellogg's Corn Pops $0.00
Kellogg's Fruit Loops $4.79
Kellogg's Apple Jacks $0.00
$1.00 off 3 Kellogg's Cereals SS Insert 1/8/2012
$0.50 Rite Aid Coupon on package because cereal was expiring soon
$3.00 +UP Rewards from Transaction 2
Total After Coupons $5.08

Value of Products $50.51
Out of Pocket  $16.01 ($19.96 including tax and CRV)
68% Savings

CVS Trip 1/8/2012

I am finally posting my CVS trip from 1/8/2012.  I had surgery on Monday and came home on Tuesday so I'm finally starting to feel better today.  This was not the most perfect trip but I got some things that I needed for not a lot of cash and $5 ECB left over.  If you are just venturing into the drug store game don't worry that every trip has to be perfect.  

Transaction 1
2 Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup $4 ($2 each)
1 Finish Quantum 10 count $2.99 (used rain check) 
1 Colgate Pro Sensitive Toothpaste $4.99
1 CVS 2 Pack of Hydrogen Peroxide $2.00
Total Before Coupons $21.97

Coupons Used
$2.15 off Finish Quantum from SS Insert 1/1/12
$0.75 off Colgate toothpaste SS Insert 1/1/12
$7.50 off Robitussin (coupon won from the Robitussin instant win game)
$1.00 ECB from using Green Bag Tag
$10.00 CVS Cash card from last weeks shopping trip
Total after coupons $0.57 (including tax $1.90)

Earned $3 ECB from Flu Essentials deal, $3.00 from Finish Quantum (rain check from Thanksgiving sale), $1.00 ECB from CVS Hydrogen Peroxide

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Refill $4.99

Coupons used 

$0.50 off Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Refill SS Insert 1/1/12
$3.00 ECB from Transaction 1 
$1.00 ECB from Transaction 1 
Total after coupons $0.49 (including tax $0.64)

Total value of products $26.96 
Out of Pocket cost $1.06 
96% savings

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Free Credit Score

I just discovered a great website that allows you to get a free credit score.  It is the beginning of the year and you may be wondering where you stand with your credit scores and how your overall credit looks.  Maybe you are thinking about refinancing your home, purchasing a new car or taking out another type of loan.  It is always a good idea to know where you stand before embarking on one of these big financial tasks. Higher credit scores mean better interest rates for loans and credit cards.  

I’m sure many of you have been through the process of buying a car and you know that the dealerships benefit when a higher interest rate is charged.  If you were able to go into the process of buying a car prepared with the knowledge of what is in your credit report and what your scores are you would be better off.

Another thing to consider is many prospective employers check an applicant’s credit.  My husband recently started a new job and I did not know that they actually check your credit when you apply for a new job.  I have been at my job so long that I did not know they did this.  If you are considering applying for a new job or looking for work again after being unemployed then it would be a great idea to look at your credit report and see where you stand.  Knowing what is in your credit report can prevent any surprises.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bloggers Sign Up for The Twitter Blast

What is a Twitter Blast? It is an opportunity for you, the blogger, to join an Amazon Code giveaway for $1 with one account – Twitter. Kobiso will provide the prize-$100 Amazon code.

Go to Kobiso sign up page for all the details.

My dad is with it

Guest post from: Jerald Hammond

You would be surprised by the things my Dad knows most likely. Whenever my friends come over, they just see him using our diect tv des moines and watching sports or other random shows. In a way, it makes him seem a little dull at first, but he is one of the liveliest people I know. As soon as he realizes we have guests, he tunes out the TV and turns into the entertainer he is. He will rattle off different facts and quotes from famous writers. He is even really up to date with the news and will ask us about stories that none of us have even heard. It is funny sometimes because I begin to think he is more with it than I am. My friends are always impressed when they realize how much he has to say. He is one of those people that most people have a hard time not liking. He makes some ridiculous jokes and then will laugh at himself. He asks thoughtful questions and is usually really good about listening. The part that sort of impresses me sometimes is that he can do all of that and still be paying attention to what is going happening on the TV.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Visit MyCouportiera to Win an Amazon Gift Code

MyCouportiera is hosing a giveaway on their blog there is only one more day to enter the giveaway and there are only 105 entries when I viewed the page.  You have a good chance of winning as there are 12 $5 and 4 $10 Amazon codes up for grabs.

You can enter the giveaway at MyCouporeiera Scavenger Hunt.

Good Luck

Monday, January 2, 2012

Lemonheads Instant Win Sweepstakes

Hey everyone. I love giveaways and sweepstakes in case you hadn't noticed.

Check out this giveaway from Lemonheads.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Lemonhead Superfan?


Sunday, January 1, 2012

CVS Trip 1/2/2012

It was nice to get back in the swing of couponing at CVS.  I took a break since the deals for the past few weeks were not all that great.  Thanks to the Extra Care Bucks for the last quarter of the year being available for me to use today I was able to make a great CVS trip.  Check your email or scan your Extra Care Card at the coupon machine inside CVS to see how many Extra Care Bucks you earned.  I also received a $5 off $25 coupon via email from CVS. You can check your Extra Card Bucks at the CVS website.

Transaction 1
 (3) Pantene Conditioner $2.99 each
(1) Pantene Shampoo $2.99
(2) Herbal Essence Mousse $3.33 each
(1) Herbal Essence Conditioner $3.33 each
(1) 12 Pack of Bounty Paper Towels $9.99
Total before coupons and tax $31.94
Coupons Used
(2) $3 off 2 Pantene (P&G Insert 1/2/12)
(2) $1 off 1 Pantene (P&G Insert 1/2/12) oops forgot to bring the third coupon
(1) $0.25 off 1 Bounty (P&G Insert 1/2/12)
CVS coupon $5 off $25 purchase (good through 1/2/12)
$15 ECB from the fourth quarter spending
$1 ECB from the using my Green Bag Tag (explanation here)
Total After Coupons $2.69 (including tax $3.54)

I also earned a $10 CVS cash card which is basically a $10 CVS gift card.

Excluding the $10 CVS cash card I got $31.94 worth of products for $2.69 
This is a 91.58% Savings

If you don't have the same amount of ECBs that I had you can still make it a great deal.