Tuesday, June 30, 2009

FREE Coffee at Borders

Print out this coupon and take it to your nearest Seattle's Best Coffee located inside a Borders Bookstore for some FREE coffee!

What a better way to spend the day than with a nice cup of coffee and a book? Coupon is good through July 2.

Has Nicole's Nickels Helped You?

If Nicole's Nickels has helped you, then USA Weekend wants to know about it! USA Weekend (the magazine in your Sunday papers) is looking for money-saving tips and a "terrific blog or website that's loaded with great money-saving ideas".

Since my goal is to share Nicole's Nickels with as many people as possible (I think everyone can find a way to save or make money on my site!) I would appreciate if you took the time to fill this short USA Weekend form out. Make sure to put in your favorite money-saving tip as well as information about Nicole's Nickels if I've helped you!

Feel free to also leave a comment here or send me an email with the money-saving tip you included, if you included one!

From My Inbox

Here are some of the deals and information that I received in my inbox this week:

*Free Sample Freak and Your Coupon Buddy want everyone to know about a humane society in Dallas that does not have enough food to feed its animals for much more time. If you have any pet food coupons to donate, check out their posts here and here.

*Zack the Coupon Dad has a great FREEBIE for you - all you do is go to Sephora (not valid at the ones in JCPenney stores or in Canada) and ask the associate for the FREE sample of the Murad Acne Spot Treatment. Good until 7/31/09 and no purchase necessary.

*Candace at "Deal"ectible Mommies wanted me to let you know that you can save $30 on a 6 pack of gdiapers (hybrid of cloth and disposable diapers) which will get you 6 of them for just $40.00 (an amazing savings!). Just enter code - g1151trino - to get the $30 off.

*Zack the Coupon Dad has another great FREEBIE for you to take advantage of while at the mall. Just fill out this certificate and bring it to the Coach store while supplies last to get a FREE gift. Rumor has it that it is a cute case with Coach pencils in it!

*Frances from Frugal Fairhope is hosting a diaper coupon swap. If you have some diaper/baby coupons or need some, check out her post here that explains the rules.

Monday, June 29, 2009

FREE 4th of July Crafts!

Download this FREE e-book that is full of fabulous 4th of July crafts! At least here in Florida, this is forecast to be another rainy weekend - these crafts will be great ways to pass the time and make adorably patriotic gifts!



This is a FREE sign-up/download that is full of many different crafts that you and your kids can do to honor our day of Independence! Happy crafting!

Best Deal Magazines

I have been ordering magazines from Best Deal Magazines for years. In fact, I can't believe I am posting this since many of the people who receive annual magazine subscriptions from me as a holiday gift each year will now know how much I spend on their subscriptions! Just a sacrifice for my readers, I guess!

Best Deal Magazines has a large selection of magazines at very reduced prices. When you combine their low prices with the coupon codes they constantly offer you really get the best deal! They also have a deal of the day feature for rock-bottom pricing.



Here are this week's coupon codes:
15% Off Most Titles (Code: PXSS75 Offer Expires July 5, 2009)
$5 OFF $30 (Code: MNDSS75 Offer Expires July 5, 2009)
$7.50 OFF $40 (Code: MQQSS75 Offer Expires July 5, 2009)
$10 OFF $50 (Code: MQPSS75 Offer Expires July 5, 2009)

This week's deals of the day are:
Monday - Body & Soul, $6.49
Tuesday - Game Informer, $5.29
Wednesday - Men's Journal, $4.29
Thursday - Consumer Reports, $19.95
Friday - Yoga Journal, $5.29
Saturday - Family Handyman - $5.29
Sunday - Bridal Guide, $3.69

There are hundreds of magazines priced at under $10.00 for a one-year subscription so check it out, it really does make a very special gift!

Collective Wellbeing

Collective Wellbeing is a company that makes skincare, body care, and hair care products. Their products are 100% guaranteed and you will be impressed with their offerings. They have very unique products such as bamboo body scrub and charcoal body wash. Check out their site here.

I recently hear from Karen and Amy (thanks, ladies!) about how you can become a product tester for Collective Wellbeing and not only get products to try but earn rewards (i.e. free products) for helping them out.

I applied and was accepted. I received 2 small bottles to test and then a short survey to fill out. In a few weeks I will have a code so I can get some FREE products from the Collective Wellbeing product line. I love doing product tests and what a great reward for doing it!

To apply to be a product tester for Collective Wellbeing, click here.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

My Shopping Trip: Publix

As you can see I went shopping today! I don't usually post my trips on the blog (only the CVS and Walgreens ones) but I have had a few emails from people who want to see what I buy! I'm afraid it is probably not so exciting! I bought 19 items at Publix this morning and spent just $19.02! I thought that was pretty good and I used coupons on every item I bought!

Without detailing every item, here are the highlights:

Sara Lee Dessert products, 50% off
Some were $3.99 regular price
With 50% off plus the $1.00 coupon they were $.99 each!

Steamfresh Vegetables, 50% off

Post Trail Mix Crunch, BOGO
Used 2 printable coupons for $2.00 off

This was a very successful trip and I even found 4 new Publix coupon booklets in the store! I love Publix coupon booklets, I'm off to clip and file right now!

My Shopping Trip: Target

I had to return something at a store near Target this morning and decided to see what was a good deal this week. We don't have any Super Targets in my area so my Target is just a regular one. Before I went I checked out Collin's comprehensive Target match-ups post on Hip2Save. It took me about 15 minutes to go through it and get my coupons ready. Because I had shopped at Target 3 weeks ago, I already had purchased many of the freebie items on her list.

I only had 13 items on my list and completely stuck to it. I had one coupon per item and ended up spending just $4.77 on all 13 items. Since the time before last when I had trouble with the cashier at Target, I was very calm when I approached and just told her not to scan some of the coupons, that she would have to enter them manually since the coupon amount exceeded the purchase price. She knew how to do it and the transaction went smoothly. That made me happy! Here's what I got:

Hamburger Helper, On sale for $1.52 each
Bought 3
Used $1.00 when you buy 2 Target coupon
Used $.75 manufacturer's coupon

Vaseline with Aloe Lotion, travel size, $.97
Used $1.00 coupon from the blue widget on my right sidebar
Bought 2 and used 2 coupons (cashier has to adjust coupon down)

Dove Visibly Smooth Deodorant, $2.29
Used $1.00 Target coupon from newspaper
Used $1.25 manufacturer's coupon

Purell Travel Size Hand Sanitizer, $.99
Used $.60 manufacturer's coupon

Almay Eye Make-up Remover Pads, $1.00 (travel size)
Used $1.00 Target coupon

Nexcare travel size band-aids for kids, $.97
Used $1.00 printable coupon
Bought 2 and used 2 coupons

Rayovac Batteries, $1.00 (in dollar section in store)
Used $1.00 manufacturer's coupon from newspaper
Bought 3 and used 3 coupons

My total was $4.77 and I saved $12.83 according to my receipt!

CVS 6/28-7/4

As always, the Frugal RI Mama, Karen, has this week's deals and match-ups at CVS. Check out her full post here.

If you're new to shopping at CVS, please read my CVS 101 post here.

Here are Karen's finds at CVS for you this week:

Colgate Total, On Sale 2/$5.00 Get $2 ECB's (limit 4)
Use (2) $1.00 cpn in 06-07-09 SS insert or $1.00 printable coupon
Final Cost: $1.00 for 2 after ECB's

Almay Pure Blends lip gloss or eye shadow, On Sale $7.00 Get $3.00 ECB's
Use $1.00 cpn from Cosmopolitan, February 2009
Final Cost: $3.00 after ECB's

Wisk, On Sale BOGO Free (limit 4)
Use (2)$1.oo printable coupon

Florida Ad
This week, Florida has a different ad than the rest of the country. The Florida ad is even worse than the regular ad and since I have no expiring ECB's, I'm skipping this week (unless some fabulous unadvertised deal pops up). To see a few match-ups from the Florida ad check out Coupon Saving Game.

Walgreens 6/28-7/4

Karen at Frugal RI Mama has this week's deals and match-ups for you. Check out her full list here.

For more information on shopping at Walgreens please read my Walgreens 101 post here.

Here are some of the deals Karen found for you this week:

Right Guard or Dry Idea Deodorant, On Sale $2.99
Get $2 RR (Register Reward)
Use $2.00 Dry Idea printable coupon
Final Cost: FREE + $.99 overage after RR

Listerine, On Sale $3.00
Get $3 RR when you buy 3
Use (3) $2.00 printable coupon (you'll need to print from more than one computer)
Final Cost: FREE after RR

Aquafresh, On Sale $1.99
Get $1 RR
Use $1.00 coupon from 6-21-09 SS
Final Cost: FREE after RR

Purex Complete 3-in-1, On Sale BOGO Free ($8.99)
Use (2) $2.00 coupon s from 6-14-09 SS insert
Final Cost: $4.99 for 2

I don't have any expiring RR's this week and didn't see any deals for things I needed to I skipped a trip. That being said, if I hear of a great unadvertised deal that pops up during the week, I just may head over to do it!

$7.50 in Coupons in Today's Parade Magazine!

Parade Magazines are regional so you may not have all, if any, of these coupons. I was happy to find $7.50 worth of coupons in my central/south Florida edition of Parade Magazine!

Page 3 - Save $2.00 off any Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless
Page 7 - Save $.50 on any Cottonelle Soothing Clean Wipes Tub
Page 7 - Save $1.00 on any Cottonelle Aloe Toilet Paper 12 pack
Page 11 - Save $1.00 on Bit-O-Luv Dog Treats
Page 15 - Save $1.00 on any Covergirl product
Page 15 - Save $2.00 on any 2 Covergirl products

Remember to check out my post of all of the coupons you'll find in the July issues of your favorite magazines!

All You Grocery Challenge!

I was flipping through my new issue of All You Magazine this weekend and came across this fabulous challenge/contest that I thought you may be interested in.

All You is sponsoring a grocery challenge. The winner will receive a $1,000 grocery card and a year's supply of Knorr's side dishes as well as a feature in All You Magazine. All very fabulous prizes!

The challenge is for you to spend no more than $25 per person per week on groceries. That's $100 per week for a family of 4. I know my readers can do this! Eating out counts towards your total but household supplies and toiletries do not.

You can register for the contest here. You must register by July 12. You will receive weekly emails with ideas and tips and then at the end of the four week period (beginning July 13) you'll get an exit form so that you can fill in your information and enter the contest officially.

Keep track of your spending on their online log and remember to save your receipts to show proof if you are selected as a finalist. You can read more details and contest rules here. Good luck!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Remember to check out magazine coupons!

In the beginning of the month, I posted about all of the coupons I was finding in the July issues of magazines. As I am sure many of you do, I receive many magazines for FREE (or I "purchased" them from a survey company to redeem my points) and inside these magazines are many valuable coupons.

Yesterday I got my new issue of All You and added those coupons. Please check out the post here. You can also find the link to it on my right sidebar. I plan to do a post like this each month so you can use it as a guide. Don't throw away or give away any magazines until you check the list!

Coupon Preview

There will be two (2) inserts in tomorrow's newspaper, one (1) each of Smartsource and RedPlum. For the full list of coupons, check out Taylortown's Coupon Preview. I'll highlight the top 10 coupons as I see them! Remember, some coupons are considered regional so you may not see every coupon in your paper.

Smartsource
Chex Mix Bars, Save .75 (exp. 8/22/09)
Colgate Total, Sensitive, Max Fresh, Max White, or Colgate Kid's Toothpaste, Save .75 (exp. 7/18/09)
Pert Plus for Men, Save $1.50 (exp. 8/31/09)
Stayfree Product (excludes Jumbo pack) B1G1 Free up to $6.99 (exp. 8/31/09)
Sure for Men Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Save $1.25 (exp. 8/31/09)

RedPlum
Hellmanns, 18oz+, Save .60 (exp. 9/20/09)
Knorr Recipe Mix, Save .50 (exp. 9/13/09)
Pringles Snack Stacks, Stix, Minis, or Select, Save .50 (exp. 7/31/09)
Quaker True Delights Granola Bars, Save $1 (exp. 8/22/09)
Wish-Bone Bountifuls Dressing, 9.5oz+, Save $1 (exp. 9/19/09)

Top 10 Giveaways 6/27

Remember to enter my 2 current giveaways which both end on July 5:
1. Kernel Season's Popcorn Package
2. YoBaby Yogurt

Here are this week's Top 10 Giveaways! Be sure to read each blogger's giveaway instructions carefully as they do vary. Good luck and let me know if you win!

1. Save at Home Mommy - autographed copy of "When Women Long For Rest" (ends July 1)
2. Free Sample Freak - Mix1 Protein Drink (ends July 10)
3. Life Starring the Kids & Me - Coffee Lover's Package (ends July 8)
4. Riding with No Hands - $25 Marshalls giftcard (ends June 30)
5. The Hip Hostess - Cute Cat Designs Enclosure Cards (ends June 30)
6. Beautiful Blog Designs - Custom Twitter Design by Delicious Designs from Trista (ends July 1)
7. What Mommies Need - Peter Rabbit Organics - 10 pouches (ends July 6)
8. The Not-So Blog's Experimental Mommy - $250 in free groceries from Alice.com (ends July 19)
9. Piece of Me - JVC Everio Digital Camera (ends July 10)
10. Elementary Spirits - 1 year supply of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (ends July 4)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Publix 6/25-7/2

Sheri at Swaggrabber has this week's Publix match-ups. I'm highlighting what I think are the best below but you'll definitely want to read her to post here for the full list as well as an explanation of her abbreviations.

If you don't have a Publix near you, please visit The Grocery Gathering at Be Centsable where you can find match-ups for stores all over the country!

Post Cereal BOGO $4.19
Grape Nuts, Grape Nuts Flakes, or Trail Mix Crunch-
Use two $2/1 PRINTABLE Trail Mix Crunch coupons-
OR Use the $1/2 coupon found in the 06-21-09 SS insert
$.09 to $1.59 each with coupons (Trail Mix Crunch is $.09!!!)

Kraft BBQ Sauce BOGO $1.53-
Use two $.75/1 coupons found in the 06-14-09 SS insert
$.01 each after coupon - great price!!!

Claussen Pickles BOGO $3.09 -
Use two $1/1 coupons found in the 05-10-09 SS insert
$.54 each after coupons

Nature Valley Nut Clusters

The people at My Blog Spark emailed me to see if I wanted a sample of the new Nature Valley Nut Clusters to review for my readers. I enjoy Nature Valley products and said I would gladly try their new products. I received full-sized bags of all four (4) varieties - Roasted Almond, Roasted Cashew, Honey Roasted Peanut, and Nut Lovers.

Each kind has nuts, granola and honey as its main ingredients. The clusters are bite-sized and are crunchy. They are savory from the nuts yet sweet from the honey at the same time. I received 5 ounce packages which contained 5 servings as per the nutrition label.

I loved the the bags were resealable and that they were high in fiber and protein. Although cashews are my favorite nut, I liked the almond variety the best! I haven't seen these in the stores yet but they are definitely on their way! Thanks, My Blog Spark!

Friday FREEBIES and great deals!

Here are this week's FREEBIES and great deals:

FREE sample of Nature's Made Triple-Flex Softgels

FREE sample of Carefree and Stayfree pads

FREE samples of Mario Badescu skincare samples (take survey)

FREE Precious Places DVD from Mattel (posted a while ago and working again!)

FREE 2 year subscription to Parents magazine (no credit card needed, no bills received)

FREE downloadable booklet - "Shop Smart, Live Well - Value Without Compromise"

FREE sample of GoodNites underpants

FREE kids activities and coupons from Organic Valley

Still available:
FREE travel guides by mail or download to many destinations
FREE E-Z Recipe Finder
FREE recycling e-book
FREE discount drug card
FREE information on diabetic nerve pain
FREE download of hundreds of fonts for your computer
FREE Herbalife personalized weight loss consultation
FREE sample of ultimate diabetic socks
FREE Homemade Simple coupon booklet (new link!)
FREE coupon for $5 off Eukanuba
Sign up for the FREE Box Tops for Education Newsletter and earn money for your school
FREE sample of Prilosec OTC
FREE Slim-Fast coupons ($20 worth!) when you register
FREE VistaPrint business cards, magnets, rubber stamps, return address labels (you only pay shipping)
FREE information for diabetics, including meal plan guide to manage blood sugar
FREE 25 song downloads when you sign up for Emusic (7 day trial that you can cancel online if you don't want to keep it)
FREE baby/family samples

You can get a coupon for a FREE chocolate bar every Friday this summer starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time by clicking here. Read my earlier post about this deal here.

Want to be the first to know about big sales and deep discounts? Click here to sign up with Shop it to Me (read my earlier post about it here)

Are you expecting a YouData payment in your paypal account this afternoon? I am and you can, too, because every Friday is payday with YouData! Read my post here or sign into the YouData Widget on my right sidebar.

Don't forget to enter my giveaways:
1. Kernel Season's Popcorn Package, ends July 5
2. YoBaby Yogurt, ends July 5

Make sure you've signed up for Freeflys, MySavings, Cool Savings, Shop4Freebies, and Startsampling for many more FREE samples!

Earn money for normal everyday online searching - Swagbucks is powered by google and is FREE to use! Earn Amazon giftcards as you search! Sign up here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Winn-Dixie 6/24-6/30

Sheri at Swaggrabber has this week's Winn-Dixie match-ups and deals. I'm highlighting what I think are the best below but for the whole list (and an explanation of her abbreviations) please visit her full post here.

If you don't have a Winn-Dixie near you, visit The Grocery Gathering at Be Centsable to find match-ups for most stores throughout the country!

Dole Salads including Blends BOGO $4.79-
Use the $1.50/2 coupon found in the 05-17-09 RP insert
$1.59 each after coupon

Pop Tarts 12 ct. $1.99-
Use the $1/1 coupon found in the 06-07-09 RP insert
$.99 each after coupon

Post Cereal BOGO $4.19
Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, Bran Flakes, Grape Nuts-
Use two $1/1 Raisin Bran coupons found in the 06-07-09 RP insert
$1.09 each after coupon

Online Offers

I have received several emails asking for me to post more I-deal online offers. I've been searching and the following are the ones I have found. These are all I-deal offers. Please read my prior posts here and here about how to do these offers. You can have great success with these but you MUST read and understand the instructions prior to beginning.

Remember, you can earn $1,000 in prizes for each I-deal sub-company (i.e. Top Notch, 123 Click, Bullseye, etc.) per 6 month period. You cannot do offers from the same parent company within a specific offer you are completing. If you have any questions after reading my posts and the comments below each post, please post a comment or send me an email.

Please read the terms and conditions carefully and understand that they may change. As of the time I wrote this post, none of these offers required referrals but that could change. Please read the instructions I posted previously and the terms and conditions of the offer carefully!

Top Notch Media

$500 Amazon giftcard
$500 Visa giftcard
$500 to Sears or Best Buy
Nintendo Wii
XBox 360 and Grand Theft Auto IV
Green IPhone 3G


123 Click
$100 in Maybelline or L'Oreal make-up
$100 towards detergent (probably giftcard)


Bullseye Media
$100 to Gap, Spiegel, Charlotte Russe, or Sunglass Hut

Marketlabs.net, Inc.

$50 Visa giftcard and 36 pack of Pepsi

$50 Visa giftcard and 26 pack of Mountain Dew

$500 Sears giftcard

$100 towards sneakers (probably giftcard)

Betty Crocker Summer Savings Newsletter

You know how I always recommend signing up for newsletters with your "deals" email address? Well, here is another great one. It's FREE to sign up for the Betty Crocker Newsletter and in it, you may find recipes, printable coupons, special offers and perhaps even the chance to sample some products.

Betty Crocker Summer Recipes

Companies reward their loyal customers and you'll be considered loyal when you sign up saying you want to receive their updates. Plus you'll get some great new summer recipes to revive your collection.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

NEW Winner - Make Your Own Pillow Giveaway

One of the winners of the Make Your Own Pillow Giveaway has not responded so random.org chose another!

The new winner is...ShannanJ who said... "I'm also a follower!!jasonjohnson60446 at XXX dot com on Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:44:00 PM

I have emailed Shannan who now has 48 hours to respond to the email I sent her!

Nicole's Nickels on the Radio

Here are my weekly radio segment from June 18, 2009 from the Jennifer & Danny Show on 97.9 WRMF. If you're local to the West Palm Beach, Florida area you can catch me live every Thursday morning between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. If you're not local you can listen live online here or just wait for me to post the podcast!



Mid-Week Deals

Here are some of the mid-week deals that have popped up this week...

CVS
There is reportedly an unadvertised sale where the Always Infinity Packs (28-36 count) are ringing up at $4.99. They are not marked down but you can check at the scanner where you scan your Extra Care card as you enter the store. Use the $4 off coupon from the 6/7 Sunday newspaper and you'll pay just $.99!

Target
Target sells the Rayovac Batteries in 2 packs for just $1! You can find these in the $1 area in the front of the store. Use the $1 off coupon from this weekend's Sunday newspaper and they are FREE!

Walgreens
Many readers are reporting that Walgreens has Lysol Disinfectant Spray with Wipes attached to them. You can buy these packs on sale for 2 for $7 and get back a $2 Register Reward. Use 2 coupons for $2 off from the 5/3 Sunday newspaper and you'll end up paying just $1.00 for all 4 items after RR - that's $.25 per item!

From My Inbox...

Here are some of the deals and information that I received in my inbox this week:

*Get a FREE sample from Skin MD Natural. Just take a 6 question survey from Skin MD Natural and mention "Nicole's Nickels" at the end of the survey. You'll get your FREE sample plus give Nicole's Nickels readers a chance to win 2 FREE bottles of Shielding Lotion.

*Print this coupon for a FREE Iced Coffee from Wienerschnitzel. This is FREE with a purchase and is good until September 1, 2009. Thanks, Free Sample Freak!

*RECALL alert - Nestle has recalled its refrigerated cookie dough products because of e.coli contamination. Please read the press release here and take appropriate action to discard any products you may have. You can return them for a full refund.

*RECALL alert - Zicam has recalled its cold remedy swabs and cold remedy nasal gel amid reports that they may cause a permanent loss of smell in some consumers. For more information, click here. To get a refund if you have either of these products, click here.

*Christina at Northern Cheapskate emailed to tell me that Jessica Sprague, an editor at Creating Keepsakes, is offering a FREE online photo-editing class. Class starts July 6 but FREE registration ends on June 28. For more information, check out Christina's full post here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Avoid Summer Learning Loss!

Isn't it amazing how quickly kids can lose what they learned in a school year? Here is a program to help your kids keep learning throughout the summer for just 3 hours per week for 12 weeks.



If you click here you'll get a coupon to save you some serious money on the program and get some information for FREE with no obligation. Keeping kids up to date on their learning is definitely worth it!

Yo-Baby Review and Giveaway

Stonyfield's Yo-Baby Yogurt is marking its 10th anniversary this year by reformulating its yogurt to include Vitamin D and zinc. Both of these vitamins will assist in building your baby's immunity and aid in the development of strong bones and teeth. It is still all natural and certified organic which means it is made from cow's milk - cows that are feed only organic grain.

We all want what's good for our children and feeding them YoBaby yogurt is a good start! It comes in a variety of flavors and is for babies six (6) months an older. The packaging was recently changed to be more environmentally friendly and now 17,000 pounds of packaging are saved from landfills because of the change.

There are four (4) types of YoBaby yogurt - simply plain, original yogurt, plus fruit and cereal and drinkable yogurt. I don't have any babies but one of my co-workers children (an 18 month old) was very happy to try this great product - and she LOVED it! It is creamy with a nice rich texture - plus all of those great vitamins and minerals! You definitely feel good feeding your child a product with such healthy ingredients.


The folks at Stonyfield have graciously decided to give one (1) of my lucky readers the fabulous prize pack pictured above, including a YoBaby bowl with lid, an organic YoBaby bib, and five (5) coupons for FREE YoBaby products. To enter, you MUST visit the YoBaby website and read about their products. Then come back to my blog and leave a comment in this post letting me know which flavor you'd like to try. Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact the winners.

There are six (6) "extra" ways to enter (each one below gets you one additional entry):

1. subscribe to my blog (either via email using the box in the left sidebar or RSS feed). If you already subscribe leave a comment saying you do. If you subscribe by email you MUST confirm your email and activate the subscription.

2. follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/NicolesNickels) and tweet about this giveaway. If you already follow me that's fine, just comment with a link back to the tweet about this giveaway. You must tweet about the giveaway for this entry to count.

3. blog about this giveaway (leave the link in the comment)

4. email 5 people about this giveaway (please cc me on this email - nicolesnickels at gmail dot com and leave a comment saying you sent the email)

5. grab my button for your site (leave the link to where the button is in the comment)

6. add the link to this giveaway on a Mr. Linky about giveaways or on a blog giveaway site, blog carnival or forum or yahoo group (leave link to where you did this in the comment)

You MUST leave a comment answering the question above as your first entry and then additional entries are governed by the terms above. You MUST leave a separate comment for each entry you are able to make. Feed and email subscribers will need to click on to my actual blog to leave a comment. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 years old or over, and the winners will be chosen by random.org. This giveaway will be good until July 5 at 9:00 pm Eastern time and a winner will be announced soon thereafter. If the winner does not respond to my email within 48 hours then I will pick a new winner. Good luck!

Join Kraft First Taste

I've mentioned Kraft First Taste before on here and am amazed month after month at the awesome FREEBIES I get from this site. Each month I get an email with a new "offer" in it. You just log on to the site and click to claim your offer. The offer is for a FREE coupon of a new product for you to try. Tip: Usually, you'll get a coupon for a FREE item and then another coupon offering a high-value discount!














Click Here


So far, I have received coupons for FREE Oreo Caksters, Jello Singles, Velveeta Cups, DiGiorno Flatbread Melts, Oscar Meyer Deli Creations and many more. You don't do anything but log on when you get the email, click, and then wait for your coupons to come to your mailbox. This is one of my favorite programs and I am so excited to share it with you! It is completely FREE to sign up for this program and enjoy the FREEBIES!

$25 Restaurant giftcards for FREE (you can even make money!)

You can get $25 restaurant giftcards from restaurant.com for just $2.00 - that's an 80% savings. To top it off, if you sign up for Mr. Rebates, you'll get 20% cash back on your purchase, making the $2.00 sale now $1.60. If you're new to Mr. Rebates you'll get $5 just for signing up, meaning you made $3.40 and walked away with a $25 giftcard to a participating restaurant to boot!



Sign up for Mr. Rebates and then on the home page you'll see the restaurant.com deal - it's listed second right now. Click on it and open the restaurant.com site through Mr. Rebates. It will track your purchase and give you the credit. You'll then get the 20% cash back in your Mr. Rebates account in addition to the $5 if you're new to the site.

There are many fabulous restaurants to choose from. These make great gifts and they'll never know how much you spent! Act fast - this deal is good only until Thursday night!

Monday, June 22, 2009

CVS Advisor Panel

Many of you emailed me after my post on Sunday about how I got $10 in ExtraCareBucks for completing a CVS survey.

I did it because I am signed up for the CVS Advisor Panel. I have been signed up with them for about 8 months and this is the second $10 survey I have received. It's FREE to sign up and they are accepting new participants now. You just link your ExtraCare card to your account and then get paid for completing occasional surveys in ExtraCareBucks!

Kernel Season's Review and Giveaway

I was so excited to get my review pack of Kernel Season's products. I love popcorn and the idea of all of the different seasonings they sell to put on your popcorn intrigued me. I was not let down! I received the same pack as the giveaway winner will (a bag of stovetop popping corn, three (3) bags of microwave popcorn, popcorn spritzer, and six (6) different seasoning flavors) and was popcorn happy for a couple of weeks! The popcorn (whether air popped, stove popped or microwaved) were all fresh and delicious tasting. The best part, by far, though, were the spritz and the seasonings.

The spritz is butter flavored and has 0 fat and 0 calories. It is made with no carbs and no trans fat and when you use it the seasonings have something to stick to on the popcorn. I would spray some of this on the popcorn while it was hot and then sprinkle my choice of seasoning on the popcorn.

Kernel Season's currently has fourteen (14) different types of seasoning ranging from the savory to the spicy to the sweet. There truly is a flavor for everyone here! I sampled white cheddar, butter, nacho cheddar, parmesan & garlic, ranch, and kettle corn. I found each one to be very distinct with a strong flavor. A little sprinkle goes a long way and my boring old popcorn was now something unique!


Some popcorn facts:
*popcorn is 24 calories per cup
*popcorn became popular during the Depression because it was so affordable
*500,000 TONS of popcorn are produced each year in the U.S.
*Popcorn can pop as high as three (3) feet

The folks at Kernel Season's have graciously decided to give one (1) of my lucky readers a fabulous assortment of their products, including a bag of stovetop popping corn, three (3) bags of microwave popcorn, popcorn spritzer, and six (6) different seasoning flavors. To enter, you MUST visit the Kernel Season's website and read about their products. Then come back to my blog and leave a comment in this post letting me know which flavor of seasoning you'd most like to try. Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact the winners.


There are six (6) "extra" ways to enter (each one below gets you one additional entry):

1. subscribe to my blog (either via email using the box in the left sidebar or RSS feed). If you already subscribe leave a comment saying you do. If you subscribe by email you MUST confirm your email and activate the subscription.


2. follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/NicolesNickels) and tweet about this giveaway. If you already follow me that's fine, just comment with a link back to the tweet about this giveaway. You must tweet about the giveaway for this entry to count.

3. blog about this giveaway (leave the link in the comment)

4. email 5 people about this giveaway (please cc me on this email - nicolesnickels at gmail dot com and leave a comment saying you sent the email)

5. grab my button for your site (leave the link to where the button is in the comment)

6. add the link to this giveaway on a Mr. Linky about giveaways or on a blog giveaway site, blog carnival or forum or yahoo group (leave link to where you did this in the comment)

You MUST leave a comment answering the question above as your first entry and then additional entries are governed by the terms above. You MUST leave a separate comment for each entry you are able to make. Feed and email subscribers will need to click on to my actual blog to leave a comment. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 years old or over, and the winners will be chosen by random.org. This giveaway will be good until July 5 at 9:00 pm Eastern time and a winner will be announced soon thereafter. If the winner does not respond to my email within 48 hours then I will pick a new winner. Good luck!

E.L.F. Cosmetics

I first heard of E.L.F. cosmetics when I received a forwarded email exclaiming that E.L.F. cosmetics were really Nordstrom cosmetics at clearance prices. While this email did not turn out to be true, what is true is that these cosmetics are priced extremely low and with their incredible coupon codes you can buy great cosmetics at a very reasonable price, many items priced at just $1!

Make-up trends often come and go but with rock-bottom prices like these you'll want to try out the latest craze - purple mascara, black nail polish, etc. Buy away - it's cheap! These make great gifts also.

Right now, they have an awesome deal going on where you get 15 $1 items for just $5! E.L.F. cosmetics is celebrating their 5 year anniversary and is offering 5 FREE items when you buy 5. So you add 5 items that cost $1 to your cart. Keep shopping - your cart must have at least $10 worth of items in it. Then when you check-out use the code 5FOR5FREE and you'll get the 5 $1 items for FREE! It also says that you will get a $5 giftcard so that makes everything FREE!

Some other great coupon codes to use are:

*5FOR5WOW - get 50% off minerals

*EGMINERALC - get 25% off minerals with $25 or more order
*DINEOUT - spend $20 and get a $25 Restaurant giftcard

*2SHIP - $2 shipping on a purchase of $25 or more

*CELLPHONE - FREE Hypershine Mini Cell Phone Lip Gloss Charm with ANY purchase

*MANICURE - FREE manicure set with order of $20 or more

WINNERS - Big Paw Designs Pet Bling & Make Your Own PIllow Giveaways

The following comments were selected by random.org as the winners of the Big Paw Pet Designs Pet Bling giveaway! I have emailed the winners and if I do not hear back from them within forty-eight (48) hours then I will post a new winner. And the winners are...

Anonymous who said... "I really like the pet collar charms, but I also like the holiday ball." karensuedick@XXX.com on Sunday, June 21, 2009 1:32:00 AM

and

Donna who said... "I put your button on my blog. http://donna444444.blogspot.com/
donna444444@XXX.com on Saturday, June 13, 2009 6:34:00 AM

The following comments were selected by random.org as the winners of the Make Your Own Pillow giveaway! I have emailed the winners and if I do not hear back from them within forty-eight (48) hours then I will post a new winner. And the winners are...

MindyJean who said... "i subscribe" on Sunday, June 14, 2009 1:41:00 PM

and

Karencht who said... "I Blogged about this at http://karencht.blogspot.com spiderswife at XXX dot com on Friday, June 19, 2009 10:39:00 PM

Sunday, June 21, 2009

CVS 6/21-6/27

As always, the Frugal RI Mama, Karen, has this week's deals and match-ups at CVS.

If you're new to shopping at CVS, please read my CVS 101 post here.

Here are Karen's finds at CVS for you this week:

SoyJoy Bars, On Sale 4/$4.00, Get $4.00 ECB's when you buy 4 (limit 5)
Use (2) BOGO Free cpns in 05-31-09 SS insert
Buy 4
Final Cost: FREE + $2.00 Money Maker -

Tylenol, any Pain Reliever 20-24 ct, On Sale $4.99 Get $2.00 ECB's (limit 3)
Use $1.00 cpn in 06-07-09 RP insert
Final Cost: $1.99

ThermaCare Neck to Arm Heat Wrap, On Sale $2.49 Get $2.49 ECB's
Final Cost: FREE

My Trip

I have a lot of ECB's but none of them expire this week so I'm holding out for some better deals unless something unadvertised pops up this week. Some other CVS deals this week I am seeing are:

SOBE Lifewater - BOGO FREE
Use the BOGO coupon from the coupons.com blue widget on my right sidebar
OR the one from this month's Rolling Stone Magazine
The deal then becomes Buy 1, Get 2 FREE
(You may see other blogs advertise this then as 2 FREE but that is not CVS' policy. I have called several times regarding this and have consistently been told that it would be Buy 1, Get 2 FREE with a BOGO sale a BOGO coupon)

French's Mustard, On sale for $1.00
Use the $.75 coupon from the 5/10 Sunday newspaper
OR the $.50 coupon here
Pay as little as $.25 for the item

Walgreens 6/21-6/27

Karen at Frugal RI Mama has this week's deals and match-ups for you.

For more information on shopping at Walgreens please read my Walgreens 101 post here.

Here are some of the deals Karen found for you this week:

Aquafresh, On Sale $3.00
Get $3.00 RR (Register Reward)
Final Cost: FREE after RR

Speedstick or Lady Speedstick, On Sale $2.99
Get $2.00 RR
Final Cost: $.99 after RR

Skintamate or Edge Shave Gel, On Sale $1.99 with in ad coupon
Use $1.00 Edge cpn in 05-17-09 SS insert
Final Cost: $.99

My Trip:

I don't have any RR's expiring and I really don't need any more toothpaste! I won't be heading there this week unless an unadvertised deal (a la the lens cleaning cloths at CVS this past week) pops up.

Just a heads up on a few other deals you may want to look at if you go to Walgreens this week!

The Organix shampoos and conditioners are BOGO this week. Look for the ones with the "Try me FREE" peelie on them. Buy 2, you'll get 1 FREE and then submit the rebate for the other and get both of them for FREE! I already did this deal (and received the rebate very quickly) so I can't do it again.

The Accu-Check Meter is $14.99 and you get $5 RR - there is reportedly a rebate for $14.99 in the box that you can submit and so it's a $5 MONEYMAKER!

Life Settlements

The folks over at Quantum Life Settlements asked me to review some information about their life settlements to see if it was something I wanted to share with my readers. Based on the reader survey I did a couple of months ago, I know that my readers come from all backgrounds and so I thought maybe this information will be helpful to at least one of you! The information that follows is directly from the materials I received from Quantum Life Settlements.

What is a life settlement? It is when the owner of an unwanted life insurance policy sells that policy to a third party for a one-time cash payment.

Does every owner of a life insurance policy qualify for a life settlement? No. The criteria are: at least 70 years old, life expectancy between 2 and 15 years, has an existing life insurance policy with a death benefit of at least $500,000, and no longer needs the coverage, among other criteria. To see if you or a loved one qualify, you can take the Online Qualifier Tool by clicking here.

Why a life settlement? For some in this economy who have an unplanned loss of income and are unable to work any longer, the need for cash may be dire. Life settlements allows you to get a one-time cash payment at a time when you (or a loved one) needs it most.

You can request a FREE DVD and information packet from Quantum Life Settlements by clicking here.

Please be advised that I am not a financial planner and am in no way recommending a specific product or company. This post is for informational purposes only and I strongly encourage you to consult a financial planner or other financial professional to assist you with your financial planning.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

TJMaxx and Marshalls - Your Father's Day Gift Connection!

A few weeks ago I posted about TJMaxx and Marshalls' Spendervention campaign and the great deals that I was able to get with the giftcards they sent me. I was recently contacted about their Father's Day campaign and was excited to receive my giftcards with the challenge of spending $25 on gifts for dad for Father's Day!

Armed with my giftcards I browsed TJMaxx and Marshalls and was amazed at what I found! They have a large selection of great gifts for dad at up to 60% off regular retail prices. Many of the items I had seen previously at big name department stores for a lot less money! Impress dad by being able to give several gifts - you can even choose them based on a theme as I did with my 3 scenarios!

Each scenario below totals approximately $25. Just a heads up - if you shop at TJMaxx this weekend (June 19-21) you will get a FREE reusable bag with purchase.

Scenario #1
For the Golfing Enthusiast Dad:
Golf Bag Drink Cooler, $6.99
150 Golf Tees, $7.99
Golf Ball Monogram Stamper, $9.99



Scenario #2
For the Sports Enthusiast Dad:
Executive Football Target Toss, $14.99
Talking Dart Board, $9.99




Scenario #3
For the Style-Conscious Dad:
American Crew Classic Trio Set (Daily Moisturizing Shampoo, Classic Body Wash, and Classic Fragrance), $9.99
Nike Golf Tri-Fold Wallet, $14.99


There were many other options available to suit your dad's needs - from grilling gurus to exercise addicts, TJMaxx and Marshalls had something for every kind of father - and at an astonishingly low price!

Top 10 Giveaways 6/20

Remember to enter my 2 current giveaways which both end on June 21:
1. Big Paw Designs Pet Bling
2. Make Your Own Name Pillow

Here are this week's Top 10 Giveaways! Be sure to read each blogger's giveaway instructions carefully as they do vary. Good luck and let me know if you win!

1. "Deal"ectible Mommies - Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker (ends June 21)
2. Life Starring Ellie and Eve - $50 Macy's giftcard (ends June 30)
3. Kiddies Corner Deals - Kolobags Laptop Sleeve (ends June 27)
4. Contest Corner - $25 e-giftcard to Target from Got Free E-cards (ends July 2)
5. Piece of Me - Personalized Photo Confetti (ends July 3)
6. Consumer Queen - Longaberger Baskets (ends June 30)
7. Frugal Plus - $100 Kmart giftcard (ends June 30)
8. Penny Pinching Diva - Giant Fortune Cookie (ends June 20, tonight!)
9. Funnel Full of Soup - Keurig coffee maker (ends July 17)
10. Two of a Kind Working on a Full House - Oreck Halo Vaccum Cleaner (ends June 29)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Internet Explorer and Blogger

Blogger has been having some issues with Internet Explorer in the past month and many of you have emailed me with your frustration at not being able to open my blog (and other blogs) at times. We were first told it had to do with the followers widget but I don't even have that on my blog. I often get the error message (operation aborted) when I access other blogs off their feed in my google reader.

Unfortunately, I don't have a solution to the problem though hitting the "back" button after getting the error message often corrects the issue for me. A more practical solution is to download and use Firefox as your default browser. I am definitely an IE girl but in the past month have been using Firefox (because of the issues with IE) and am thrilled with it. I don't get the error messages and am impressed with its features. Best of all? It's FREE to download.

$2 Old Navy Tanks, Saturday, 6/20 ONLY!

Starting when the stores open tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, 2009 and for that day only, Old Navy is offering its ribbed tank tops for women and girls for just $2 each!

There is a limit of 5 and you have 50 styles (solid, striped, embellished, and print) and colors to choose from!

You'll want to go early for the best selection!

Feedback Plus

Feedback Plus is a new mystery shopping company for me. I have completed two (2) shops with them and was paid extremely quickly on both which makes me happy! I didn't get any questions from the editors - I didn't even get any feedback at all which is rare with mystery shopping. I don't mind and found the shops I did with them to be straightforward with a fair report for the compensation I received.

As always, it's FREE to sign up with any mystery shopping company that I post about here. You'll need to sign up and agree to their terms of confidentiality before seeing who they do shops for and where. For me, they have a range of restaurant and retail shops that I don't mind doing and seem to have very fair compensation for the tasks you are asked to perform. To sign up, click here.

To learn more about mystery shopping, please read my Mystery Shopping 101 post. For a list of other mystery shopping companies I have discussed click here.

Friday FREEBIES and great deals!

Here are this week's FREEBIES and great deals:

FREE sample of Scott Toilet Paper & Wipes (in a convenient travel size pack!)

FREE samples and coupons of Ragu sauce

FREE sample of Emeril's Essence

FREE Will & Trust Kit from Suze Orman (use code PEOPLE FIRST)

FREE travel guides by mail or download to many destinations

FREE E-Z Recipe Finder

FREE sample of Dove Intense Damage Therapy or Dove Intense Heat Therapy

FREE sample of Nature's Bounty Fish Oil

FREE sample of Vaseline Fresh Aloe Lotion (need Costco membership number)

Still available:
FREE recycling e-book
FREE discount drug card
FREE information on diabetic nerve pain
FREE download of hundreds of fonts for your computer
FREE Herbalife personalized weight loss consultation
FREE sample of ultimate diabetic socks
FREE Homemade Simple coupon booklet (new link!)
FREE coupon for $5 off Eukanuba
Sign up for the FREE Box Tops for Education Newsletter and earn money for your school
FREE sample of Prilosec OTC
FREE Slim-Fast coupons ($20 worth!) when you register
FREE VistaPrint business cards, magnets, rubber stamps, return address labels (you only pay shipping)
FREE information for diabetics, including meal plan guide to manage blood sugar
FREE 25 song downloads when you sign up for Emusic (7 day trial that you can cancel online if you don't want to keep it)
FREE baby/family samples

You can get a coupon for a FREE chocolate bar every Friday this summer starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time by clicking here. Read my earlier post about this deal here.

Want to be the first to know about big sales and deep discounts? Click here to sign up with Shop it to Me (read my earlier post about it here)

Are you expecting a YouData payment in your paypal account this afternoon? I am and you can, too, because every Friday is payday with YouData! Read my post here or sign into the YouData Widget on my right sidebar.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway:
1. Big Paw Designs Pet Bling, ends June 21
2. Make Your Own Name Pillow, ends June 21

Make sure you've signed up for Freeflys, MySavings, Cool Savings, Shop4Freebies, and Startsampling for many more FREE samples!

Earn money for normal everyday online searching - Swagbucks is powered by google and is FREE to use! Earn Amazon giftcards as you search! Sign up here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Winn-Dixie 6/17-6/23

Sheri at Swaggrabber has this week's Winn-Dixie match-ups and deals. I'm highlighting what I think are the best below but for the whole list (and an explanation of her abbreviations) please visit her full post here.

If you don't have a Winn-Dixie near you, visit The Grocery Gathering at Be Centsable to find match-ups for most stores throughout the country!

Chex Mix BOGO $2.89-
Use two $.50/1 coupons found in the 06-07-09 SS insert
$.94 each after coupons

Sweet Baby Ray Barbeque Sauce BOGO $2.79-
Use two $1/1 coupons found in the 05-10-09 SS insert
$.39 each after coupons

Velveeta or Kraft Deluxe Dinners 3/$5 = $1.66 each-
Use the $1/1 PRINTABLE coupon - must register
$.66 each after coupon

A Little Piece of Happy

Trident Gum would like to bring a little piece of happy to your day! Watch the cute videos and I hope they bring some happiness to your day. Keeping a pack of Trident gum with you helps you to enjoy a little piece of happy when you need it most!


Mid-Week Deals

There are some fabulous mid-week deals this week that will even earn you money while you buy items!

CVS
There is a deal this week where when you buy 2 items from the sunglasses area you get $10 in ExtraCareBucks. Apparently, the lens clothes are working for this deal and they are only $.99! So you buy 2 for the deal, pay $1.98 plus tax if applicable and then get $10 in ECB's! You can only do this deal once per ExtraCare card.

The products are reportedly found in the sunglasses or reading glasses carousels (at the bottom) or in the eye care aisle. This may be a search! Valid UPC codes appear to be:
8 830190050 7 (Lens Cleaning Tissue)
0 30048 47128 9 (Lens Cleaning Tissue)
0 30048 47129 6 (Lens Cleaning Tissue - 20 count pre-moistened)

Supposedly the car cleaning cloths ($.99) and the glasses cases ($1.99) are also working for this deal. This is an unadvertised deal and I can't guarantee it will work for everyone. You can always return the products if the ECB's don't print!

Walgreens
Oreo Cakesters are on sale at 2 for $5.00 with a $3 Register Reward when you buy 2. Buy 2 and use 2 coupons (for $1.00 off of 1) from this past Sunday's newspaper. Pay just $3.00 for the 2 boxes and then get $3 in Register Rewards back. Makes them FREE after Register Reward!

If you don't get 2 papers, ask around to see where you can get another set of coupon inserts. Friends, family, neighbors, co-workers - someone is bound to get the paper and not even look at the coupons!

Target
Kraft Mayo is on sale for $1.99. Use the $1.00 off coupon from the 4/26 Sunday paper or the one we all printed last month from Kraft. Pair your manufacturer's coupon with the Target printable and the item is FREE!

The large bottles of Dawn Pure Essentials are on sale for $2.09 this week. Use the $1.50 off coupon from the 6/7 Sunday paper and pay just $.59 for a BIG bottle of dishwashing liquid!

WalMart
Johnson's Cotton Swabs (30 count pack) sell for $.97 in the baby section. Use the $1.00 off coupon from the 4/26 Sunday paper and they are FREE!

Reach Dental Floss sells for $.97. Use the $1.00 off coupon that you can print from the blue coupons.com widget on my right sidebar and the item is FREE

Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion, travel size, sells for $.97. Use the $1.00 off coupon (trial sizes are not excluded) that you can print from the blue coupons.com widget on my right sidebar or the coupon from the 5/17 Sunday paper and the item is FREE

Hormel Printable Coupons

Hormel® has just introduced a new feature on their website - the ability to print coupons for their products!

Right now you can print the following coupons directly from the Hormel® website:
· Save $.55 on one package of Hormel® Natural Choice® deli sandwich meat
· Save $.55 on one package of Hormel® pepperoni
· Save $1.00 on any one package of Hormel® microwave bacon
· Save $1.00 on any one Hormel® party tray
· Save $2.00 on one Hormel® refrigerated entrĂ©e.

It's FREE to sign up for an account and you'll be notified by email when new coupons are posted. You can also manage your shopping list and check out recipes containing Hormel® products by signing up.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FREE 10 Week Online Couponing Course

You can sign up for FREE for a 10 week online couponing course by clicking the banner below. This course comes to you in the form of a weekly email and even includes homework assignments at stores like CVS and Walgreens!

Free Coupon E Class

I am participating and am loving the great tips in the course. If you're a new couponer or an old pro, everyone can benefit from this easy-to-follow course! Remember to use your "deals" email for this offer and you can opt out at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions at the end of each email.

FREE Smoothie Alerts!

You can get 2 FREE Smoothies, Friday, June 19, 2009 - one at Tropical Smoothie and on at Orange Julius! Visit both for a fruity-licious day!

On Friday, June 19, 2009 Tropical Smoothie is hosting National Flip-Flop Day! If you wear any pair of flip-flops into a participating Tropical Smoothie this Friday you'll get a FREE Jetty Punch Smoothie. The Jetty Punch Smoothie is a mix of bananas and strawberries.

You can find more information here. As with any food freebie, it's always best to call ahead to make sure your location is participating. Happy National Flip-Flop Day!

Print this coupon to get a FREE Light Smoothie at Orange Julius, Friday June 19, 2009. The coupon is a .pdf coupon that allows you multiple prints.

As with any food FREEBIE, you should call your local store first to make sure they are participating.

The fine print of the coupon advises that the offer is good for a 20 oz light smoothie (your choice of Strawberry Delight, Tropical Sunlight or Berry-Pom Twilight. One coupon per person.

Father's Day FREEBIES

My friend Zack, aka the Coupon Dad, has put together a great list of FREEBIES for Father's Day! Make sure to read his full post here as I am only posting some of the highlights below.

**Send you Father a Free E-Card from Aveda at Avedathanksman.com. He will also receive a Free Sample of Aveda Men Shampoo and both you and your father will be entered for a chance to win a Gift Set from Aveda with Pure Performance or Smooth Infusion products!

**HAPPY FATHERS DAY! TCBY Free Cup or Cone on Fathers Day, 6/21/09

**Get free photo card for Father’s Day at PhotoWorks - use code: LOVEDAD at checkout

Brandie at Free Sample Freak also has a list of Father's Day Freebies that you can find here. Her highlights are:

**Free Father's Day Digital Photo Masks- These are so cool, a great idea.

**Salute your Dad with a toast for Father's Day and get a free appetizer from Carrabba's and a chance to win a trip to Napa Valley.

**FREE Grilling Guide for Dad!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Good deals

I receive many emails each day from readers, companies, and PR reps telling me all about great deals. I am going to try each week to do a miscellaneous "good deals" post that will be a kind of hodge-podge of random deals I received. Here is what I had in my inbox:

**Print this coupon for a FREE package from Olan Mills for children 3 months and younger that includes one 8x10, two 5x7's, and 8 wallets. Thanks, Coupon Dad for an awesome FREEBIE!

**Until the end of June you can get a FREE Cricket cell phone as well as a FREE first month of service! Cricket phones are pay as you go with no contract. These are good for kids and people who don't use their cells very often. You can find more info here.

**Get a coupon for $3 off when you spend $6 at Boston Market by clicking here. This coupon expires 7/28/09 so you have some time to use it. Thanks, Frugal RI Mama for this hot coupon!

**If you're lucky enough to have a Beauty Brands store near you, print this coupon for a FREE full-sized bottle of OPI nail polish or a FREE full-sized American Crew Shave Cream - coupon expires 6/28 so act quickly! Thanks, Coupon Dad for a great find!

NEW Cellfire Coupons

It is time for NEW Cellfire coupons for you to load to your store loyalty card! There is now a Cellfire banner on my right sidebar (underneath the blue coupons.com banner) where you can quick load the coupons you select. You can also access Cellfire by clicking here.

What is Cellfire? Cellfire is a company that offers no-print coupons that load directly onto your store rewards card or cell phone. Cellfire can currently be used at the following stores: Baker's
City Market, Dillons, Fry's, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC, King Soopers, Kroger, Owen's, Pay Less, QFC, Ralphs, Scott's, Smith's, Safeway, Tom Thumb, and Randalls. The process is very simple - just link your store rewards card with your Cellfire login (it's FREE) and load the coupons. When you use your rewards card in the store you'll save money on the items that had e-coupons.

For more information on Cellfire, they have a comprehensive FAQ section that you can review here.

This month's e-coupons (must load by 6/30) are:
Vaseline® Lotions, Save $1
Hamburger Helper®, Save $.75
Fruit Snacks, Save $.50
Fiber One® Cereal, Save $.55
Betty Crocker Frosting, Save $.50
Fiber One® Bars. Save $.40
BC® Supreme Brownie Mix, Save $.75
Lucky Charms® Cereal, Save $.55
Chex Mix®, Save $.50
Yoplait®, Save $.50
Betty Crocker® Warm Delights, Save $.50
Yo-plus® Yogurt, Save $1
Romanos Macaroni Grill Dinners, Save $1
Chex Mix® Bars, Save $.60

Monday, June 15, 2009

ShopText FREEBIE

I love ShopText and I think it is the new wave of getting FREEBIES. I posted about ShopText way back when the blog was brand new and am happy to announce that ShopText is now offering a FREE sample of Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters.

To read more about ShopText and how it works, please read my earlier post here. If you already have an account they will have you on file and you'll just need to text CLUSTER to 467467.

If you're new to ShopText and don't have unlimited text messaging I recommend signing up online first for the service and then sending the text CLUSTER to 467467. If you're not signed up and you just send the text it will engage you in a series of back and forth texts to get the information needed to set up your account. If you have unlimited texts, go for it. If not, save the money, and set up the account online.

Photoworks - FREE Father's Day card + 50 FREE prints!

Act fast because the FREE Father's Day card portion of this promotion expires tomorrow, June 16!

Sign up with a FREE account with Photoworks and get a FREE Father's Day card when you enter the code "LOVEDAD" at checkout. You'll need to pay the shipping fee which was $1.49 for the address I entered, but you'll save on the cost of the trip to the store, the card itself and postage. The card will cost a little over $1 which is great for a personalized photo card!



Not to mention, when you sign up for your FREE account, you will get 50 FREE 4x6 prints, too! This is a great deal and the special man in your life (dad, brother, grandfather, husband, etc.) will love the personalized card!

If you catch this post after June 16, 2009 when the FREE Father's Day card expires, you can still get your 50 FREE prints when you sign up!

More NEW TNT Summer Premieres

TNT has a hot new summer line-up for Tuesday nights! So fire up the TIVO or kick back and spend 3 hours watching these 3 great shows that premiere tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16.

First every Tuesday at 8 eastern/7 central you can catch "Wedding Day", the network's first un-scripted drama which aims to assist brides and grooms plan their wedding. "Wedding Day" tells the story of 6 couples as they plan their weddings with the help of celebrity event planner and food critic Alan Dunn and celebrity wedding producer and designer Diann Valentine. Each couple is very special having been specifically picked out of how much they deserve a special wedding.

Next, at 9 eastern/8 central is "Hawthorne", a new medical drama starring Jada Pinkett Smith. Pinkett Smith is the star and executive producer of the show where she plays a nurse who is a citizen-hero. She is the epitome of a nurse and showcases every quality you would look for in a nurse. The show juxtaposes her compassion and dedication to the hospital with her personal life which is seemingly in shambles.

And last, at 10 eastern, 9 central, is "Saving Grace" beginning its third season. Starring Holly Hunter as a gutsy police detective, the critically acclaimed show focuses on the detective's tough life at work investigating brutal crimes. Her personal life and relationship with her partner also factor into the show which is ranked as ad-supported cable's #1 entertainment program in its timeslot among viewers age 25-54.

Tune in to TNT on Tuesdays for these 3 fabulous shows. Don't forget to catch Raising the Bar and The Closer which air on Monday nights. You can catch sneak peeks of all of the shows by clicking here.

Red Plum Coupons!

I am proud to announce that you can now print Red Plum coupons directly from Nicole's Nickels! I'm adding the widget to the right sidebar where it will be underneath the coupons.com widget and the cellfire banner. Nicole's Nickels is now the only stop you need to make when looking for Internet printables!

Right now you can find the following coupons on Red Plum:
Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Meatybone
Save $1.00 on Raisin Bran Extra
Save $1.00 on Caltrate®
Save $1.00 on Newman’s Own Sweet Enough Cereal
$1.50 off Degree® Deodorant (Target coupon - can be stacked with manufacturer's coupon)
$1.00 OFF Snuggle®
$1.00 Off Marzetti Produce Dressing
Save $1.50 on Kellogg’s
Save $1.00 on New England® Coffee
Save $1.00 on Del Monte Fruit Chillers
Save $1.00 on Eggo Bake Shop™ Product

There are many others, including coupons for local restaurants when you enter your zip code.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Walgreens 6/14-6/20

Karen at Frugal RI Mama has this week's deals and match-ups for you. I went to Walgreens today to get the Dry Idea but they didn't have any! I'll check back later in the week and maybe they will have it by then.

For more information on shopping at Walgreens please read my Walgreens 101 post here.

Here are some of the deals Karen found for you this week:


St. Ives Body Wash, On Sale $2.99
Get $2.00 RR
Use $1.50 cpn in 5-10-09 SS
Final Cost: FREE + $1.50 overage after RR

OFF Clip On, On Sale $9.99
Get $3.00 RR
Use $2.00 cpn in 5-17-09 SS
Final Cost: $4.99

Hefty One Zip Bags, On Sale BOGO Free ($3.19)
Use (2) $1.00 cpns in 5-17-09 RP
Final Cost: $1.19 for 2

CVS 6/14-6/20

As always, the Frugal RI Mama, Karen, has this week's deals and match-ups at CVS. Read her full post here, highlights are below and then my trip this morning follows.

If you're new to shopping at CVS, please read my CVS 101 post here.

Here are Karen's finds at CVS for you this week:

Crest Pro Health, On Sale $2.99 Get $2.00 ECB's (limit 1)
Use $1.00 cpn in 6-7-09 P&G
Final Cost: FREE after ECB's

Schick Quattro Titanium Razor or trimmer, On Sale $7.99 Get $3 ECB's
Use $4.00 cpn in 4-19-09 RP
Final Cost: $.99 after ECB's

Listerine, On Sale $3.99
Use $2.00 printable coupon
Final Cost: $1.99

My Trip
I went to CVS this morning to pick up a prescription. At the scanner when I scanned my ExtraCare card I got $10 in ECB's for completing a survey. By the way, make sure you register your card with CVS online and watch your email for invites to participate in surveys! I did 2 transactions and ended up with 13 items for just $3.76 out of pocket with $2.00 in ECB's left!

Transaction 1
Aveeno Nourish Shampoo, On sale for $6.50
Used $2.00 coupon from 5/31 Sunday paper

Aveeno Nourish Conditioner, On sale for $6.50
Used $2.00 coupon from 5/31 Sunday paper

Aveeno Active Naturals Body Wash, On sale for $7.00
Used $2.00 coupon from coupons.com blue widget on right sidebar

Used $3 when you spend $15
Used $10 in ECB's from doing CVS survey
Paid $1.65 out of pocket
Got back $10 in ECB's (deal this week is when you spend $20 on Aveeno products, you get $10 back in ECB's)

Transaction 2
Swedish Fish, On sale for $2.50

Kotex, On sale 2 for $6 and get $2 back in ECB's
Used $1.00 off coupon that I got when I got Kotex sample
Bought 2 packs and used 2 coupons

Twix Candy Bar, $.77
Used coupon for FREE chocolate from Mars Friday promotion

Kellogg's cereal, On sale for $1.88
Used $1.00 coupon from 6/7 Sunday newspaper
Bought 4 boxes and used 4 coupons

Lint Remover, $1.00

Magnetic Shopping List, $1.00

Used $10.00 in ECB's from Transaction 1 and paid just $2.11 out of pocket.

In total I got 13 items for just $3.76 out of pocket with $2.00 in ECB's left!

Nicole's Nickels on the Radio

Here are my weekly radio segments from June 4, 2009 and June 11, 2009 from the Jennifer & Danny Show on 97.9 WRMF. If you're local to the West Palm Beach, Florida area you can catch me live every Thursday morning between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. If you're not local you can listen live online here or just wait for me to post the podcast!

June 4, 2009


June 11, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Natural Dentist Products

I am all about trying to use the most natural products possible, especially in my mouth! The Natural Dentist has a great line of all natural mouthwashes and toothpastes that are dye and alcohol free. Oprah recently gave their mouthwash an award!

Their website says that they create their products from plants and minerals and are committed to using ingredients in their purest forms. Their products contain no artificial sweeteners, dyes or preservatives.

The folks at The Natural Dentist recently sent me their Original Healthy Teeth & Gums Anti-Cavity Toothpaste and their Antigingivitis Rinse. I was very happy with both products, especially the way they left my mouth feeling very clean and refreshed with none of the burning associated with some mouthwashes. They have research that shows that even though you are spitting out toothpaste and mouthwash that some of it remains in your body and for that reason we should be concerned about potentially harmful ingredients in some popular toothpastes and mouthwashes.

The Natural Dentist products are sold nationally, including at CVS and Walgreens. There is a coupon on their website right now that you can download and use to save money on the product.
 
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