Friday, July 31, 2009

Winn-Dixie 7/29-8/4

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!

Mentos Gum or Mints BOGO $1.59
- Use two $1/1 coupons found in the 06-21-09 SS insert
FREE after coupons

Mt. Olive Relish BOGO $2.29
- Use two $1/1 coupons found in the 06-28-09 SS insert
$.14 each after coupons

Mt. Olive Relish BOGO $2.29
- Use two $1/1 coupons found in the 06-28-09 SS insert
$.14 each after coupons

Coupons in September Magazines

More and more magazines have coupons these days. I do a monthly post of the coupons you can find in magazines and where exactly to find them! If you find coupons that aren't listed here please either leave a comment on this post or send me an email!

Here's what I have:

Woman's Day (September 1 issue)
Page 17 - Save $1.00 on any Oxy Product
Page 88 - Save $.45 on any Real California Butter
Page 88 - Save $.45 on any Real California Cheese
Page 109 - Save $.50 on Egglands Best Eggs

Woman's Day (September 15 issue)
Between page 64 and 65 - $25 off when you spend $100 at Coldwater Creek
Between 72 and 73 - Save %1.00 on Sara Lee pre-sliced meat
Between 72 and 73 - Save $1.00 on any Marzetti dressing
Between 72 and 73 - Save $1.00 on Palmer's Cocoa Butter

Elle
Between page 354 and 355 - coupon for FREE sample of Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction

Weight Watchers
Between page 64 and 65 - $25 off when you spend $100 at Coldwater Creek
Page 79 - Save $.50 on Green Giant Just for One Vegetables
Between pages 96 and 97 - Save $1.00 on popchips
Page 123 - Save $1.00 on any Gourme Mist
Page 147 - Save $1.00 on Land O'Lakes Seasoning
Page 155 - Save $.55 on San-J sauces

Cosmopolitan
Between pages 32 and 33 - Save $3.00 on Maybelline foundation
Page 71 - Save $2.00 on Venus Embrace
Page 154 - Target coupon - save $1.00 on a Revlon cosmetic product
Page 177 - Save $5.00 on any Nufree - Finipil Hair removal treatment

American Baby (Thanks, Melissa!)
pg 15--10% Baby Depot
pg 29--Sears photo coupons
pg 51--$1/10 Earth's Best baby food
pg 61--JC Penney photo coupons

Parents (Thanks, Melissa!)
pg 47--$5 Edible Arrangements
pg 49--25c Sunny D Smoothies
pg 87--$1.50 Tide Stain release
pg 87--20% Gymboree

Baby Talk (Thanks, Melissa!)
front (inside) cover--15% The Children's Place
pg 7--$1 Desitin
pg 25--$2 Balmex
pg 31--JC Penney photo coupons

Body & Soul
Page 31 - Save $.50 on Old Orchard Healthy Balance Juice
Page 8 of the "going greener guidebook" attached to the magazine has a page of organic coupons" Save $.50 on Stonyfield yogurt
Save $.50 on Oikos Greek yogurt
Save $.50 on Stonyfield Organic Smoothies
Save $.50 on Half Gallon of Stonyfield Milk
Save $.50 on Stonyfield O'Soy Soy yogurt
Save $.50 on Stonyfield yogurt
Save $.50 on YoBaby yogurt
Save $.50 on YoKids yogurt
Save $.50 on Stonyfield Fat-Free Organic yogurt
Save $.50 on Stonyfield Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Redbook
Between pages 80 and 81 - Save $1.00 on a package of Sara Lee pre-sliced meat
Between pages 80 and 81 - Save $1.00 on Marzetti dressing
Between pages 80 and 81 - Save $1.00 on Palmer's Cocoa Butter
Between pages 96 and 97 - $25 off when you spend $100 at Coldwater Creek
Page 160 - Save $.50 on Old Orchard Healthy Balance juice
Between pages 164 and 176 - $25 off when you spend $100 at J.Jill
Between pages 176 and 177 - Save 20% on your entire Gymboree purchase
Between pages 176 and 177 - Save $1.50 on Tide Stain Release

Shape
Page 71 - coupon for FREE mini-facial at Origins
Page 87 - Save $2.00 on Dickinson's witch hazel

Cooking Light
Page 177 - Save $1.00 on Land o Lakes Seasoning

All You
.50/1 All You Look And Feel Your Best Special Issue, (exp 10/31/09)
.75/1 American Beauty Quick Cook Pasta, (exp 12/31/09)
$1 off Arnold Sandwich Thins, (exp 11/30/09)
$1/2 Banquet Boneless Chicken Nuggets 28.8 oz +, (exp 12/06/09)
$1/6 Banquet Dinners, (exp 11/08/09)
$3/1 Boost Kid Essentials multipack, (exp 12/1/09)
.55/1 Brut Anti-Perspirant or Deodorant, (exp 10/31/09)
$1 off Brut Fragrance Product, (exp 10/31/09)
$1/2 Campbell’s V8 Soup, (exp 11/15/09)
$2 off Claritin Eye, (exp 11/30/09)
.50/1 Colgate Wisp Product 16 ct, (exp 11/22/09)
.75/1 Creamette Quick Cook Pasta, (exp 12/31/09)
$1/2 Crunch ‘n Munch, (exp 12/06/09)
$10 off $25 Fashion Bug Purchase, (exp 9/24/09)
.75/1 French’s French Fried Onions 6 oz, (exp 1/31/10)
B1G1 Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator, (exp 11/30/09)
$2 off Glade The Fragrance Collection Product, (exp 11/01/09)
$1/2 Healthy Choice All Natural Entrees, (exp 11/08/09)
$1/2 Heatlhy Choice Cafe Steamers, (exp 11/08/09)
$1/2 Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers, (exp 11/08/09)
B2G1 Healthy Choice Microwaveable Soup Bowls, (exp 11/08/09)
$1/2 Hunt’s Ketchup, (exp 12/06/09)
$1 off Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water 24 pk, (exp 12/31/09)
$1 off La Choy Creations, (exp 11/30/09)
$2 off LaCross Beauty Tool $4 or more, (exp 10/31/09)
.50/1 Lay’s Light Potato Chips , (exp 10/31/09)
$2/3 Lean Cuisine Entrees, (exp 12/31/09)
.50/1 Log Cabin Syrup 24 oz
B2G1 Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce (15.5-oz.), (exp 12/06/09)
$1/2 Marie Callender’s Dinners, (exp 11/08/09)
$1.50 Marie Callender’s Homestyle Creations, (exp 1/31/10)
$1/2 Marie Callender’s Pasta Al Dente, (exp 11/08/09)
$2 off Marie Callender’s Signatures Sautes, (exp 11/08/09)
.50/1 Nestle Pure Life Water multipack, (exp 12/31/09)
.50/1 New York Frozen Product, (exp 12/31/09)
$1 off N.Y.C. Product, (exp 9/30/09)
$1 off Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons, (exp 12/31/09)
$2/2 Quilted Northern Bath Tissue, (exp 10/31/09)
$2 off Rimmel Mascara, (exp 9/30/09)
.75/1 Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta Product, (exp 12/31/09)
B2G1 Ro*tel Diced Tomatoes, 10 oz, (exp 12/06/09)
.75/1 San Giorgio Quick Cook Pasta, (exp 12/31/09)
$1 off Schick Xtreme3 Disposable Razors, (exp 10/16/09)
.75/1 Skinner Quick Cook Pasta, (exp 12/31/09)
.50/2 Snickers Marathon, (exp 10/31/09)
$1 off Softsoap Body Wash, (exp 10/23/09)
$1 off Splenda No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, (exp 11/30/09)
FREE Movie Ticket wyb a Spot Shot Product, (exp 12/31/09)
.75/2 Suave Body Wash Products, (exp 11/30/09)
$1 off Sun Chips, (exp 10/31/09)
$1 off Taco Bell Home Originals Dinner Kit, (exp 10/31/09)
$1 off Truvia Natural Sweetener, (exp 12/31/09)
$1 off Tyson Any’tizers Snacks Bag, (exp 11/30/09)
.75/1 Tyson Any’tizers Snacks Box, (exp 11/30/09)
$1 off Tyson General Tso’s or Sweet & Sour Chicken 2 lb, (exp 10/31/09)
$1 off Underwood Deviled Ham or Chicken Spread, (exp 12/31/09)
$1 off White Cloud Paper Towels or Bath Tissues, (exp 11/28/09)

Friday FREEBIES and great deals 7/31

Here are this week's FREEBIES and great deals:

FREE Poise sample pack

FREE Healthy Recipes Year-Round eCookBook from FaveDiets.com

FREE Homemade Simple Coupon Booklet (has coupon for FREE Cascade product in it - try this link too)

FREE Smart Balance Food-Plan

FREE sample of Lacoste Perfume

FREE sample of Parent's Choice Immune Support Infant Formula

FREE sample of Flint River Ranch pet food

FREE sample of Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal

FREE downloadable Dr. Seuss Lorax Activity Book

Still available:
FREE travel guides by mail or download to many destinations
FREE E-Z Recipe Finder
FREE download of hundreds of fonts for your computer
FREE sample of ultimate diabetic socks
FREE Homemade Simple coupon booklet
FREE sample of Prilosec OTC
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)

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. To Go Dog Bowl - ends August 9
2. Light My Fire Candles - ends August 9

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Few Shortcuts!

I love getting to know new bloggers and Amanda is no exception. Her blog, A Few Shortcuts, is all about helping you out by giving you shortcuts whether it be at the store, in the kitchen, or at home in general.

Amanda has partnered with Michelle at I Heart Publix to bring you a recipe each week that will be cheap (and easy) to make based on the Publix weekly ad. Ingenious!

This week, Amanda has a Chicken Parmesan recipe that will cost just $16.17 for a family of 4!

I love her posts because they have step-by-step directions and even pictures to make your cooking experience even easier!

Check out Amanda's recipe of the week and tell her Nicole sent you!

Target 75% off Toy Clearance!

Rumor has it that this is the week! For what, you ask? Well, for Target to start its semi-annual 75% off toy clearance sale!

If you're organized and have space to store, you could easily make a list of all the kids you buy for throughout the year (think holidays, birthdays, etc.) and do it all in 1 trip, saving you 75%!

This sale happens in July and February at Target. Shop away!

Kids Bored at Home?

Summer may be coming towards an end but you've got a few more weeks until school starts in most areas of the country! Are the kids bored at home?

I have a couple of great FREEBIES for kids!

The first is a FREE download containing 22 crafts for kids! Everyone from parents, babysitters to camp counselors will find this one useful. They have paper crafts, wearables and even home made toys!



The second kids FREEBIE is from my friend Brandie at Free Sample Freak who told me about Dolly Parton and United Way's partnership to bring children up to age 5 a FREE book each month. This isn't available everywhere but what a great program! Check out Dolly's Imagination Library for more information.

The last FREEBIE is to help keep you parents sane! Join Parentricty for FREE and connect with our parents on the issues that are important to you! Discover new products, meet parents and share tips!

Publix 7/30-8/5

Michelle at I Heart Publix is your girl for all things Publix! I'm posting the highlights (IMHO) but definitely check out her full match-up post and her Super Deals.

Don't have a Publix near you? No big deal - just head over to The Grocery Gathering at Be Centsable to find the match-ups for the stores near you.

Here are Publix's best deals this week:

Suave Naturals Shampoo or Conditioner, Assorted Varieties, 22.5-oz bot (Excluding Suave Kids Products) 3/$4
-$1/2 Raise Your Hand For Savings
-$1/2 Men’s hair care from 05-17-09 RP
-$.50/1; $.50/2; $1/2 from 05-17-09 RP
-$.75/1 Family Is It’s Own Reward (EXP 7/29)
Use the $.50/1 (doubles to $1) to pay .33¢ per item

Jell-O Snacks, Assorted Varieties, 6-pk. 3.25to 4-oz cup 3/$5
-$.50/2; $1/1; $1/3 from 07-26-09 SS
-$.55/1; $.50/1; $1/2 from 07-12-09 SS
-$.60/1 PRINT
Using the $.50/1 (doubles to $1) each item is .66¢

Shedd’s Spread Country Crock, Regular or Churn Style, 15-oz tub or Twin Pack, 2-pk, 7.5-oz tub BOGO $1.89
-$.75/1 Publix All American Savings
-$1/2; $.25/1; $.35/1 from 05-17-09 RP
-$.55/1 “Family Is It’s Own Reward” (EXP 7/29)
The $.75/1 will mean each item is .20¢ and the $.35/1 (doubles to .70¢) makes each item .25¢

Mt Olive Sweet Relish or Pickles, Selected Varieties, 16-oz jar BOGO $2.19
-$.50/1; $.75/1 from 07-19-09 SS
-$1/1; $.50/1; $.75/1 from 07-19-09 SS
-$1/2; $.75/1; $.55/1 Hangtag
Using the $1/1 or $.50/1 (doubles to $1) you will pay .10¢ per jar!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Food FREEBIES and hot deals!

I've found some great food FREEBIES and hot deals recently and wanted to share them!

Cheesecake Factory: Thursday, July 30 (tomorrow) is National Cheesecake Day! Print this coupon for one-half off a slice at the Cheesecake Factory.

Houlihans: Sign up for the Houlihans email club and take their survey after you sign up - you'll get a coupon for $15 off a purchase of $30!

El Pollo Loco: Through August 1, 2009 you can use this coupon to get a FREE Pollo Bowl at Pollo Loco when you buy another Pollo Bowl.

Buca di Bepo: Until August 9, 2009 you can print and use this coupon good for $10 off when you spend $20.

Wendy's: You can try to win a FREE Frosty and even if you aren't successful you'll still be able to print a coupon to get $1.00 off!

Jamba Juice: Until August 9, you can use this coupon to get a FREE Jamba Juice smoothie when you buy 1.

Moe's: Sign up for Moe's e-club and you'll get a coupon for FREE queso via email.

Cellfire - Time to Reload!

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, Carr's, Dillons, Dominick's, Fry's, Genuardi's, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC, King Soopers, Kroger, Owen's, Pavillions, Pay Less, QFC, Ralphs, Scott's, Smith's, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Vons, 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 (load by August 10 and use by August 24) are:

•Save $.40 when you buy any flavor 17.5 OZ. OR LARGER Betty Crocker® Cookie Mix.
•Save $.40 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Fiber One® Chewy Bars.
•Save $.40 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor/variety Nature Valley® Granola Bars.
•Save $.40 when you buy ONE BOX any variety Betty Crocker® Fruit Flavored Shapes.
•Save $.50 when you buy any flavor 4.5 OZ. OR LARGER Chex Mix® OR Chex® 100 Calorie Snack.
•Save $.50 when you buy BOTH Betty Crocker® Cake Mix AND Betty Crocker® Frosting (any flavors/varieties).
•Save $.50 when you buy ONE any flavor Betty Crocker® Warm Delights® Bowls OR Betty Crocker® Warm Delights® Minis Bowls.
•Save $.50 when you buy SIX any variety Yoplait® Yogurt cups OR any flavor Yoplait® Original OR Light Smoothies.
•Save $.50 when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor Betty Crocker® Fruit by the Foot® Fruit Gushers® Fruit Roll-Ups® OR Fruit Roll-Ups® Fruit Stickerz ® Fruit
•Save $.55 when you buy Trix® cereal.
•Save $.60 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Chex Mix® Bars.
•Save $.75 when you buy THREE any flavor Hamburger Helper® Tuna Helper® OR Chicken Helper® Home Cooked Skillet Meals.
•Save $.75 when you buy TWO any flavor Betty Crocker® Box Supreme Brownie Mixes.
•Save $.80 when you buy TWO any flavor Yoplait® products listed – Yoplait® Go-GURT® Yogurt – Yoplait® Trix® Multipack Yogurt.
•Save $1.00 when you buy any 4.5 OZ. OR LARGER Barbecue OR Sour Cream & Onion Chex Mix®
•Save $1.00 when you buy any flavor Yoplait® Fiber One® Yogurt Multipacks.
•Save $1.00 when you buy Honey Nut Cheerios® cereal.
•Save $1.00 when you buy ONE BAG any flavor Nature Valley® Granola Nut Clusters.

Guest Post: Stockpiling

This guest post is written by my bloggy friend Karen. Karen is a stay at home mom to 2 girls and blogs in her spare time at Frugal Rhode Island Mama about about using coupons along with sales, store incentives and rebates to save on everyday products.

One way to save money on things you use every day is to stockpile. If you stockpile then you'll almost never had to pay full price. Do you know how much money you'll save each year? A lot!

In order to stockpile you'll need coupons and a really good sale! If you combine the two (along with any store incentives and/or rebates) you will get items at Rock Bottom prices and you can begin building your stockpile. A Rock Bottom price is when you get something for FREE or next to FREE when you compare it to the full price. You don't have to stock up on every item you use right away, you gradually build it up over time. It could take months and then once you start to run low on something you keep your eyes out for another sale to build it up again. Really good sale prices come and go in cycles and after a while, you'll start to notice the trend.

How to begin your stockpile….

1. Figure out how much money you want to spend each week building up your stockpile. You can start with $20 if you’d like. With sales and coupons, $20 can go very far.

2. Make a list of the things you seem to use most often or run out of the most. Those are things you DO want to stockpile first. Remember, we aren’t just talking about food. You can stockpile health and beauty items too.

3. Again, don’t run out and buy everything at once. When the weekly sales ads come, sit down and look to see if any of the items on your list are on sale that week.

4. Next you want to see if you have (or can get) coupons for those items. Coupons can come from many different sources…. The Sunday newspaper, Magazines, Boxes of products, the mail, printed from the Internet, from your family or friends and you can even purchase coupons on eBay or from a coupon clipping service.

5. To begin, I suggest you ONLY buy items you have coupons for that are on sale that week. Figure out how much you can get with the amount you set aside for your stockpile.

6. Repeat this each week until you have a good stockpile going. Then just replenish as needed.


As you build your stockpile you may find items that never have coupons that you really want to stockpile. That is OK, but ONLY buy them when they are on sale. Remember the purpose to a stockpile is to help you save money. If chicken breast is on sale for $1.29lb then buy as much as your budget allows and then freeze it. Since you won't really find coupons for meat you have to watch for those low prices so you'll know when to stock up.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

WINNERS - Keri Lyn Dog Art & $100 Amazon E-certificate from Mr. Rebates

It's time to pick some winners! Chosen from random.org, the following are the winners of the Keri Lyn Dog Art and the $100 Amazon e-certificate from Mr. Rebates. I've emailed the winners and they have 48 hours to email me back. If I don't hear from them within 48 hours, I'll draw new winners.

The winner of the Keri Lyn Dog Art giveaway is ...Shooting Stars Mag who said...
" blogged-http://bridgethegapx.blogspot.com/2009/07/more-friday-giveaways.html, lauren, lauren51990 AT XXX DOT com" on Saturday, July 25, 2009 1:37:00 AM

The winner of the $100 Amazon e-certificate from Mr. Rebates is tacpr8 who said...
"I would love to shop at Target.com. Thanks." tacpr8@XXX.com on Saturday, July 25, 2009 7:54:00 AM

From My Inbox...

Here is what is in my inbox this week...

*Carrie from Pocket Your Dollars has information about how to get a FREE facial at Clarins with a printable coupon.

*Zack from Coupon Dad found a great new site for Kellogg's printable coupons.

*Michelle emailed to tell me about a great promotion at Quiznos this week where you buy any size Turkey Ranch & Swiss, Classic Italian, Mesquite Chicken or Traditional at regular price and get a second, same sub same size, for ONE DOLLAR! Buy One Get One for One Dollar, that's a good deal - check out the store locator and if there is a "$1 toasty toasty" icon next to it, then it's participating. Call ahead to be sure!

*Check out the Mueller's Pasta website for great recipes and a hot coupon! This is a great site to help you plan recipes and shop wisely!

*Penny at Freeky Deals emailed that Cicis Buffet is giving away $100 value coupon booklets to anyone who buys a full price buffet on August 8 from 11 am until 9 pm.

*Amy at Webfloss posted several scenarios for how to get a CHEAP lunch at Dominoes.

*Corrie at "Cents"able Momma let me know about a great program that KMart has started for the unemployed in the state of Michigan. The program is only for Michigan residents at this time but hopefully will expand to other states in the future.

*Remember that July 31 is the last day for the rock-bottom price on the All You Magazine Subscription. All You now has printable coupons on their website as well.

Light My Fire Fragrance Oils & Warmer Review and Giveaway

I really do love my readers! Especially the ones with businesses that share with me! Danielle, aka "The Business Mommy" wears another hat as she owns her own candle and fragrance business. She recently emailed to tell me more about her new business, Light My Fire Candles, and offered to send me some samples to review and even to host a giveaway!

I was so excited to receive my samples in the mail. Danielle had asked me to look over her very long list of fragrances and choose the ones I would like. I love yummy, food smells like vanilla and cakes and saw some incredible-sounding scents on her list. I received an oil warmer and several oils to try out. I'm a candle person and had never tried the warmer and oils before. I may be hooked!
I loved the scents I received - sweet milk, toasted marshmallow, and birthday cake. Each one smelled more delicious than the next! All it takes is a few drops of the oil into some water on top of the warmer and your house will smell just as yummy! You can use the oils in other ways - like putting a few drops on the furnace filter, or put some on cotton balls to hide in corners, under the car seat, or even in the vacuum cleaner bag. You can even add some drops to a candle (after it is lit and already burning) to add or refresh the scent of it.

Light My Fire has a wide array of candles and fragrance-related products such as oils, sachets, incense and other gifts. Danielle's website is comprehensive and you should definitely check out her amazing offerings.

Danielle at Light My Fire Candles has graciously decided to give one (1) of my lucky readers the oil warmer pictured in this post and three (3) fragrance oils of their choice - a value of $20.00! To enter, you MUST go the Light My Fire Candles website and leave a comment telling me which three (3) fragrance oils you'd choose (from the over 160 scents available!) if you won. 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 August 9 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!

KIDO'Z - Kid-Safe Browser!

I was intrigued when I received an email introducing me to KIDO'Z. KIDO'Z is the first international operating system available in seventeen (17) different languages. Basically, you download KIDO'Z (for FREE) and your kids use it as their browser. It's completely kid-safe and family-friendly!

This means no embarrassing pop-ups and no worries when your children are online. You can even walk away from the computer without having to monitor what sites they are going to - those "bad" sites are not accessible from this special browser!


Above is a screenshot of what the browser will look like on your computer. As you can see the graphics are colorful and how much more inviting is this to kids than the plain screen of the browser you are using?

KIDO'Z has received rave reviews from The Washington Post and PC World among others. I installed the software and found it to be an easy installation. Worried about downloading from the Internet? Well, KIDO'Z has been tested by Softpedia and here are the results - "Softpedia guarantees that KIDO’Z Browser Beta is 100% Clean, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors. This software product was tested thoroughly and was found absolutely clean; therefore, it can be installed with no concern by any computer user."


KIDO'Z has several layers of security with a parental security area so you can control how much security there is on the browser. The parent also has the ability to add sites that the child is able to view online. Please note that while the software is specially designed with children 3-7 years old in mind, children of any age can take advantage of the great benefits of this great software.

The software is powered by a smart engine which allows content to be personalized based on a wide variety of criteria including age, language, nationality, gender and even religion and culture. How cool is that! The folks at KIDO'Z have thought of everything to help you and your kids have the best (and most safe) experience online as possible. Again, it's completely FREE to sign up and the download is safe and easy. Your kids will love having their own special browser and you'll love the peace of mind KIDO'Z gives you.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Toluna/Your2Cents Surveys

Your2Cents is now Toluna Surveys! I have been a member of Your2Cents for over a year now and have cashed out several times with them. They do not send many surveys but I qualified frequently for the ones that I did receive.

Remember to use your separate "surveys" email when you sign up. I don't receive any spam on the email account I use for surveys - yay! I love knowing that when I open that email, it will be filled with survey opportunities for me.

Toluna

As always, it's completely FREE to sign up for Toluna/Your2Cents and you're under no obligation to complete any surveys. Often, surveys lead to great product tests and if you're able to earn just $3 per day doing surveys, that's over $90 per month which is my gas money!

Some of the other surveys companies already reviewed on this blog are Lightspeed, Greenfield, Global Test Market, Survey Savvy, SayNation, Valued Opinions, American Consumer Opinion, Opinion Outpost , Zoompanel, Have you signed up for all of them?

Dog To Go Bowl Review and Giveaway

My dogs, Chester and Cleo, are extremely spoiled! There's not much I won't do for them, that's for sure. I know many of you feel the same about your furry family members! I recently was sent a To Go Bowl by Furry Travelers for Chester and Cleo. It is a 6 piece set that fits right in your car's cup holder. It really is an ingenious invention and one that will always be in my car from now on!The 6 piece set includes, a bowl, splash guard, bowl lid, base, base lid, and adjustable ring. It is easy to put together and made of durable plastic. Mine came in yellow but there are other colors to choose from. As people become more mobile so are their pets and having something for your pet to drink from while in the car is very important! This bowl not only serves that purpose but also fits right in the cup holder of your car for easy access and more stability (fewer spills!).

The To Go Bowl holds up to one (1) liter of water and the removable base is the perfect place to store treats. This is a one-stop hydration and nutrition station! The To Go Bowl will also work in boats, RV's and even golf carts.

The folks at Furry Travelers have graciously decided to give one (1) of my lucky readers a To Go Bowl of their own! To enter, you MUST go the Furry Travelers website and leave a comment telling me what color To Go Bowl you'd prefer - it comes in 8 different colors you can see on the website. 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 August 9 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!

Best Deal Magazines, Week of 7/27

Each week I bring you the best that Best Deal Magazines has! Many of you know that this is my go-to for great and personalized gifts for people!

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: PXSS82 Offer Expires August 2, 2009)
$5 OFF $30 (Code: MNDSS82 Offer Expires August 2, 2009)
$7.50 OFF $40 (Code: MQQSS82 Offer Expires August 2, 2009)
$10 OFF $50 (Code: MQPSS82 Offer Expires August 2, 2009)

This week's deals of the day are:
Monday - Game Informer, $5.29
Tuesday - Family Handyman, $5.49
Wednesday - Yoga Journal, $4.29
Thursday - Everyday Food, $8.49
Friday - Golf Illustrated, $8.49
Saturday - Home Business, $5.29
Sunday - Sherman's Travel, $4.29

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!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

CVS 7/25-8/1

Karen at Frugal RI Mama brings you the week's best CVS deals and coupon-match-ups. I will post the highlights but you'll definitely want to check out her full post for the whole list.

For more information on shopping smartly at CVS, please read my CVS 101 post.

Again this week, CVS has a super school supplies sale going on for 3 days only - Sunday, Monday and Tuesday! My easy newbie scenario will follow the match-ups.

Caliber/CVS Composition Book 100 Sheets, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s

Caliber/CVS Erasers 7-15ct, Push Pins 100ct or Binder clips 12 ct, On Sale $.99 get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s

Caliber/CVS Pencil or Index Card case, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s

Pilot Easy Touch pen 2pack, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s

Swingline Tot Stapler or Caliber Sticky Notes 2 pack, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s

Colgate Total Advanced 4oz or 360 Degree Toothbrush, On Sale $2.88 Get $2.00 ECB’s (limit 1)
Use $1.00 cpn in 07-26-09 SS insert
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s + $.22 overage

Newbie Scenario
This scenario assumes you are starting with no ECB's. If you have ECB's use them to reduce your out of pocket on the first transaction. Remember, you can break this scenario up and go on different days - just know that it's good only for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this week. If there is a line behind you, head to the back of it after each transaction so no one can grumble at you! If you follow this whole scenario you will end up with 12 products for just $1.89 out of pocket with $1.98 left in ECB's!! Yes, you read correctly -spend $1.89 and get 12 items and $1.98 back!

Transaction 1
Buy 1 CVS Tampons 10ct, On Sale $1.89 Get $1.89 ECB’s (limit 1)
Pay $1.89 out of pocket, get $1.89 in ECB's

Transaction 2
Buy Colgate Total Advanced 4oz or 360 Degree Toothbrush, On Sale $2.88 Get $2.00 ECB’s (limit 1)
Use $1.00 cpn in 07-26-09 SS insert
Use the $1.89 ECB's from Transaction 1
Pay 0 out of pocket and get $2.00 in ECB's

Transaction 3
Buy 2 Caliber/CVS Composition Book 100 Sheets, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Use the $2.00 ECB's from Transaction 2
Pay 0 out of pocket and get $1.98 in ECB's

Transaction 4
Buy 2 Caliber/CVS Erasers 7-15ct, Push Pins 100ct or Binder clips 12 ct, On Sale $.99 get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Use the $1.98 ECB's from Transaction 3
Pay 0 out of pocket and get $1.98 in ECB's

Transaction 5
Buy 2 Caliber/CVS Pencil or Index Card case, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Use the $1.98 ECB's from Transaction 4
Pay 0 out of pocket and get $1.98 in ECB's

Transaction 6
Buy 2 Pilot Easy Touch pen 2pack, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Use the $1.98 ECB's from Transaction 5
Pay 0 out of pocket and get $1.98 in ECB's

Transaction 7
Buy 2 Swingline Tot Stapler or Caliber Sticky Notes 2 pack, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Use the $1.98 ECB's from Transaction 6
Pay 0 out of pocket and get $1.98 in ECB's

Walgreens 7/25-8/1

My friend Karen at Frugal RI Mama brings you the best of the Walgreens deals and coupon match-ups. I am going to highlight the best (IMHO) below but you'll want to read her full post for the rest.

For information on how to shop wisely at Walgreens please read my Walgreens 101 post.

The best deals at Wags this week are all school supplies! Not too many Register Rewards deals, just straight BOGO deals and $-0ff deals so I'm not posting a scenario, just the straight list.

Buy 1 Get 2 Free, 3/$.99
1 subject notebook
5-tab dividers
10 count Sheet protectors

Buy 1 Get 2 Free, 3/$1.99
Composition Book
5 inch Scissors
2 pack Sharpie
24 count Crayola Crayons
Poly portfolio
3 pack mechanical pencils
12 count Colored pencils
3 pack Glue stick
Carry-all pouch

Buy 1 Get 2 Free, 3/$2.99
4 pack Corner Office pens or Dry Erase Markers
5 pack Highlighters
Work Essentials Mini Stapler

$.39 each with in ad coupon
Elmers Glue with in-ad coupon (limit 4)
Posterboard with in-ad coupon (limit 6)
Scotch bubble mailer
Penway school supplies (protractor, ruler, pencil/crayon sharpener, pencil case, index card case) 2-pocket poly folder

Staples Deals This Week

For the past few weeks Staples has really come through with some great deals. This week is no exception!

My flyer in my Sunday paper had a $5 off coupon when you spend $30!

$.25 items (limit 2 each per customer)
Elmer's Glue
Manual Pencil Sharpener
Cap erasers
Bic 5 pack mechanical pencils (get these FREE by using this printable coupon)
100 pack 3x5 index cards
Slider Pencil case

Staples Fabric Task Chair - $39.99
less $20.00 instant savings
less $10.00 easy rebate
Final cost just $9.99!

Hammermill Copy Paper - 500 sheet ream, $5.79
less $1.80 instant savings
less $2.99 easy rebate
Final cost just $1.00

Canon 50 pack photo paper, $9.99
less $7.99 easy rebate
Final cost just $2.00

Scenario
Buy Fabric Task Chair, $19.99
Buy Canon Photo Paper, $9.99
Buy 2 packages Bic Mechanical Pencils, use 2 printable coupons, FREE
Buy 1 pencil slider case, $.25
Total: $30.23
Use $5 off coupon
Pay $25.23 out of pocket
Submit $10.00 rebate for chair
Submit $7.99 rebate for photo paper
Pay just $7.24 for all 5 items!

My friend Karen's Scenario
(2) Hammermill Copy Paper, $3.99 each
(2) Cannon Pro Photo Paper, $9.99 each
(2) Elmer’s Glue, $.25 each
(2) Bic 5 pack Mechanical Pencils
(1) Expo Retractable 3 pack markers, $1.50
Total $30.46
Use $5.00 off $30 cpn
Total OOP: $25.46 + tax
Get Back $21.96 Easy Rebates
Final Cost: $3.50

There are many additional school supplies in the flyer at reduced prices.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bushnell 5 Day Wireless Weather Forecaster - FREE After Rebate!

You can get the Bushnell Wireless 5 Day Weather Forecaster on rollback at WalMart right now for just $50.00. Use this $50.00 manufacturer's rebate to get the item for FREE!
I went tonight to my local WalMart and found these in the hardware section where they had outdoor thermometers. They were marked $77.00 but I went to the price scanner area and they rang up for $50.00. The best thing? The rebate is limit 3 per address. I bought 3 of them and will submit all for the rebate. I figure I'll take an Xacto knife to cut the UPC code off and it says you can send copies of the receipt and gives a web address to track your rebate.

It will list the weather in over 150 US cities. You can check the list - if your city isn't on there, one near you probably is! You can read more about the features of this forecaster on the Bushnell website.

Sunday, 7/26 Coupon Preview

You can find out what coupons will be in the Sunday paper on the Sunday Coupon Preview.



Remember that some coupons are regional so you may not see all of these in your newspaper, but you'll get most of them. I use this as a great gauge as to whether I need to ask my friends, family, and co-workers for their Sunday coupon inserts or not. Looks to be a very good week (especially with KMart doubles coming up again in a few weeks!)

Top 10 Giveaways, 7/25

Remember to enter my 2 current giveaways:
1. $100 Amazon GC from Mr. Rebates (ends July 26)
2. Keri Lyn Dog Art (ends July 26)

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. Perfectly Provident - Easel Desk and Markers (ends July 31)
2. Mommy Enterprises - Trix Swirls Creative Kids Basket (ends August 4)
3. Jolly Mom - Flor 5x7 area rug (ends August 10)
4. In Good 'Cents' - Yoplait Thick & Creamy Stationary Set (ends July 28)
5. Suzy Q Homemaker - Honey Kix Gift Pack (ends August 5)
6. Momma's Gone Over the Wall - 100 Fortune Cookies (ends July 30)
7. Diary of a Posh Mommy - Kumihimo Bracelet (ends August 6)
8. The Bragging Mommy - $25 giftcard to Piggy Paint (ends July 28)
9. Cooking for Seven - Maple Syrup/Candy/Sugar (ends July 29)
10. Finding Joy in the Journey - Dog Days of Summer $250 in Scrapbooking Supplies (ends July 28)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Winn-Dixie 7/22-7/28

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!

International Delight Flavored Creamers 3/$5
- Use the $1/1 PRINTABLE coupon
- OR Use the $1/2 coupon found in the 06-21-09 SS insert
$.66 each with best coupon

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Sliced Meats or Chicken Strips 2/$7
- Use two $1/1 coupons found in the 06-07-09 SS insert
$2.50 each after coupons

Angel Soft bath Tissue or Sparkle Paper Towels 2/$10 = $5.00 each
- Use the $2/2 PRINTABLE coupon
$1.50 each after coupon

July Online Offers

For those of you who are new to my blog, you may have skipped over the online offers section - I admit, I was scared in the beginning too! It's not a complicated process to complete an online offer successfully but you do have to be detail-oriented and have good follow-up skills. I have posted extensive directions on how to complete these offers.

Please, please, please, I am begging you to read the previous posts (here, here, and here) I have written about these offers very carefully - also read the comments left on those posts as those serve kind of as "frequently asked questions" that I respond to as well. If you have any questions, email or leave a comment.

I just finished another $500 Visa giftcard offer. I started it on July 8 and completed the 8 required offers. I had to do 2 replacement offers on July 19 and then they approved on July 20. I printed and mailed my redemption certificate on July 20 and am now waiting for my status to go to processed and to receive my giftcard. Is this a foreign language to you? If so, make sure to read the instructions post and it will all become clear.

It is very possible to be successful with these offers! Remember, you can only earn $1,000 in prizes fro each Ideal sub-company (i.e. Bullseye, 123, etc.) so choose wisely!

MarketLabs
$100 in cosmetics
$150 giftcard to Lowes

Top Notch
$500 Visa Giftcard and Michael Jackson T-Shirt
$500 giftcard - Visa, Chilis, TGI Fridays, Itunes or Ebay
Beatles Rock Band
$500 giftcard to BabyGap

Bullseye Media
$100 giftcard - Gap, Spiegel, Charlotte Russe, Sunglass Hut

ESolutions Media
$100 Visa Giftcard and Game Jersey

123 Click
$100 Home Depot giftcard
$100 Bath and Body Works giftcard
$100 Victoria's Secret giftcard
$100 to Dollar Tree or Dollar General

Jasper Marketing
$250 giftcards - Olive Garden or Red Lobster
$500 giftcards - Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Chilis, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut, Outback

It may be possible for me to find other offers so if there is another prize you are looking for, just let me know!

Friday FREEBIES and great deals

Here are this week's FREEBIES and great deals:

FREE sample of Airborne Immune Defense

FREE sample of Viva Paper Towels

FREE Omaha Steaks Recipe Booklet

FREE "being girl" sample kit (feminine products)

FREE pair of Moen Secure Wall Mounts

FREE GeoTrax DVD from Mattel

FREE sample of Gain with Febreeze Freshness

FREE Get Married Magazine

If you live locally in south Florida, there is a Kids Consignment Fair at the South Florida Fairgrounds through Sunday! (Thanks, Christine!)

Still available:
FREE travel guides by mail or download to many destinations
FREE E-Z Recipe Finder
FREE download of hundreds of fonts for your computer
FREE sample of ultimate diabetic socks
FREE Homemade Simple coupon booklet
FREE sample of Prilosec OTC
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)

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. $100 Amazon e-certificate from Mr. Rebates - ends July 26
2. Keri Lyn Dog Art - ends July 26

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, July 23, 2009

Publix 7/23-7/29

Michelle at IHeartPublix brings you all the Publix match-ups! Definitely check out her site for everything Publix! I'm highlighting what I think are the best below but you'll definitely want to read her VERY comprehensive post here for the full list and here for the "super deals" 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!

Starkist SeaSations Fish Fillets, Atlantic Whole White: Savory Lemon & Herb, Thai With Basil, Mediterranean Tomato & Basil, or Teriyaki Orange & Ginger, 11.4-oz box BOGO $5.99
-$3/1 from 06-21-09 RP
Using the $3/1 coupon you get each box for FREE!

Yoplait Go-Gurt Portable Yogurt, Assorted Varieties, 8-pk, 2.25-oz tube BOGO $2.79
-$1/2; $.35/1; $.75/2 from 07-12-09 SS & 06-07-09 SS
-$.40/1; $.80/2; $.75/2 PRINT
-$.80/1; $.40/1 PRINT
-$.40/1 PRINT
-$1/2; $.75/2; from 05-31-09 SS (EXP 7/25)
Use a $.40/1 MQ per item purchased and you’ll pay .60¢ per box

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread: 2-pk. 7.5-oz tub, 15 or 16-oz pkg or 10-oz bot. or Spray, 8-oz bot., Assorted Varieties, BOGO $2.49
-$.75/1 Family is its own reward
$1.25/1 from 06-28-09 RP
-$.75 off produce WYB I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spray Tearpad
-$.75/1 PRINT
Using a $.75/1 coupon- you will pay .50¢ per item

All You Magazine - Last Call for Hot Deal!

My contact, Cheryl, at Southern Living at Home, has advised me that this month will be the last month to score the great subscription deal for All You Magazine. The price will be going up effective August 1, 2009 so you can only score this deal if you order AND pay for the subscription before July 31.

For those of you who aren't familiar with All You Magazine, it is a magazine only sold at WalMart that retails for $2.24 per issue and is FULL of awesome coupons! I've blogged about it many times - check here, here, and here. Cheryl offers a 2 year subscription of All You for just $17.95 for Nicole's Nickels' readers! This is an incredible deal - I love my All You Magazine!

To check out the coupons from this month's issue, check out the entire list in my coupons in August magazines post - it includes many high value coupons, buy 1 get 1 free's and even a freebie!

It's easy to take advantage of Cheryl's special 2 year for $17.95 subscription offer. Remember you only have until July 31, 2009 and after that the price will increase to $17.95 for just 1 year.

Here's how to order:

  • Sign on to the Southern Living at Home site (must use this link)
  • Click on "our products" on the left hand side
  • Click on "how to purchase"
  • Type in "Nicole" and click continue
  • Select "Nicole's Nickels"
  • In the search box type "40776" then click "go"
  • Click on "All You Personal Subscription" then select this item
  • Select "finalize" and submit your order and follow the screens to the checkout

Note: Do not select "direct ship" as this does not apply to magazines. There are no shipping costs associated with ordering this magazine. The price shows as $19.95 but Cheryl will adjust the price (she accepts a lower commission to help my readers out). Please pay with a credit or debit card and do not click "submit" more than once as it may process multiple times. You can find some frequently asked questions by clicking here. It will take 6-8 weeks to receive your first issue. If you have any issues with the checkout process or any questions about this deal, please email Cheryl at finallylarrys@yahoo.com

FREE Trade Publications!

The following is a list of completely FREE trade publications. You sign up and don't give any credit card information or receive any bills.

EWeek
Free Subscription to eWeek Magazine - delivers breaking news, technology evaluations and strategic analysis covering the technologies, platforms and trends important to enterprise-wide computing. (US & CANADA)

Walls & Ceilings
Free subscription to Walls & Ceilings magazine - the wall and ceiling industry's premier publication. If you're a wall and ceiling contractor, interior contractor, architect, manufacturer, supplier or distributor, you'll want to subscribe to this magazine. (US)

Student Group Tour Magazine
Free subscription to Student Group Tour Magazine - Every issue contains information focusing on student oriented destinations, itineraries, travel trends, and information covering all aspects of student travel. (US & Canada)

Tech & Learning
Free Subscription to Tech & Learning Magazine - the #1 personally requested magazine serving education technology professionals responsible for implementing and purchasing technology products in K-12 districts and schools. (US)

Marine Log
Free Subscription to Marine Log Magazine - dedicated to providing marine industry professionals with the information they need to enable them to design, build and operate vessels, rigs and offshore structures, profitably, safely, legally and in an environmentally responsible manner. (US, Canada, Mexico)

NASA Tech Briefs
Free subscription to NASA Tech Briefs - The monthly magazine features exclusive reports of innovations developed by NASA and its industry partners/contractors that can be applied to develop new/improved products and solve engineering or manufacturing problems. (USA, Canada, Mexico, Selected International)

Free eBook: The JavaScript Anthology
Free eBook: The JavaScript Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks - 158 Page Preview - Get the most out of this complete question-and-answer book on JavaScript. (Worldwide)

Roads & Bridges
Free subscription to Roads & Bridges Magazine - Roads & Bridges provides engineers, contractors, producers and government officials with the latest advancements in the road and bridge industry. (US)

Bar Business Magazine
Free Subscription to Bar Business Magazine - The "how-to" publication for the owners & managers of bars, nightclubs, lounges and other on-premise establishments. (US)

Website Magazine
Free subscription to Website Magazine - A free magazine offering practical advice and helpful tools from industry experts to help any website achieve Internet success. (US)

eBook Excerpt - Twitter
Free eBook Excerpt - "Twitter Means Business – How Microblogging Can Help or Hurt Your Company" (Worldwide)

Smart Meetings
Free Subscription to Smart Meetings Magazine - The intelligent way to plan meetings in the Western US, Canada and Mexico. (US & Canada)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

From My Inbox....

Here's what is in my Inbox this week...

*Karen from Frugal RI Mama posted about how to get a FREE ticket to a Minor League Baseball game here.

*Marybeth at BabyGoodBuys tells you how to get a 2010 calendar plus $11 in organic coupons after August 1 through the Annie's brand of products - read her post here

*Brandie at Free Sample Freak has information on how you can score a FREE photo book by using a Facebook app - Hot Prints. You make the book from the pictures in your Facebook account. Check out her post here.

*Brandie at Free Sample Freak is the facebook freebie queen! She has posted here about how to get a delicious freebie at the Corner Bakery Cafe!

*Jule from Frugal Shopping with Julie posted about how you can get a FREE Redbox rental by purchasing 2 Post cereals at Walgreens. Check out her post for more details.

*Sharon at Inventive Parent emailed to tell me about a fabulous sale they are having on their very cool selection of toys invented by parents who saw a need for a toy and created it themselves! Many of these toys are marked down to over 50% off. Check out the site and the many sale items!

$25 Restaurant.com Gifcards for FREE!

Catchy title, huh? Well, it's true! 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 Ebates, you'll get 15% cash back on your purchase, making the $2.00 sale now $1.70. If you're new to Ebates you'll get $5 just for signing up, meaning you made $3.30 and walked away with a $25 giftcard to a participating restaurant to boot!

Sign up for Ebates (it's FREE) and then on the home page once you've signed up and logged in type in "restaurant.com" in the search bar on the upper right where it says "stores and products" in a light type. The deal you want is the second one listed - for 80% off a $25 gift certificate. Click on it and the restaurant.com site will open through Ebates. It will track your purchase and give you the credit. You'll then get the 15% cash back in your Ebates 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 for the next few days!

By the way, if you aren't signed up for Ebates yet, you'll love it. It's another cash back shopping site where

FREE Entertainment Book (could even make money!)

UPDATE Wednesday evening: This deal is no longer valid - the cost of the book had been increased as has the shipping price. It is still a good deal but not FREE or nearly FREE. These awesome deals don't usually last long so congrats to those who got it, sorry to those who didn't! Because I don't change posts that have already been published please be advised that this update is the most recent information and the deal as outlined below is NOT valid anymore.

You can get the 2009 Entertainment Book for FREE or for $1.98 depending on if you are already a member of Cashbaq or not. This is an awesome deal and you'll have 5 full months to use the book. This deal is good until July 31 only!


First thing you'll need to do is sign-up for Cashbaq. Cashbaq is a great cash-back site. Just shop through them when you make purchases online and you'll get a percentage of what you buy back! They'll send you a check a few weeks after you make the purchase. It's that easy!

Anyway, sign up for FREE for Cashbaq or log in if you already have an account.

In the top left where it says "shop by store" scroll down until you find "Entertainment Book" then click. Then click "use this coupon" where it says "all books, $7.99". It will take you to the entertainment book website but you'll get credit through Cashbaq!

The price of the book is $7.99 and you'll get $8 cash back through Cashbaq. Shipping and handling is $1.99 so if you're already a member of Cashbaq you'll pay just $1.98 total after your Cashbaq credit. If you're new to Cashbaq you'll get $5 for signing up which means that the book is FREE and you made $3.03 on the deal and got a 2009 Entertainment Book.

When you are checking out, make sure not to select the option that places you on auto-ship for the books for future years. It gives you the option - just select "no".

I have a 2009 Entertainment book and it is packed with awesome coupons and discounts - for everything from restaurants to amusement parks and clothing stores. It's worth it, for sure.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

WINNERS - Bake Me A Wish Cake, Tracey Singer CD, Chex Mix Bars

2 of my winners from last week never responded so I need to draw a winner for the Tracey Singer CD as well as a winner for the Chex Mix Bars since only one of the two responded. I also need a winner for the Bake Me A Cake giveaway! I will email the winners and if I don't hear back within 48 hours, I'll draw again! Without further ado...

The winner of the Tracey Singer CD is ...Karensuedick who said..."I would like to get this for my son, he is autistic and I really think it might do him some good. I will try anything that might help him to overcome this horrible disease. karensuedick@XXX.com on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 1:12:00 AM

The winner of the Chex Mix Bars giveaway is ...Terra H. who said...email subscriber
partymix25(at)XXX(dot)com on Monday, July 13, 2009 3:50:00 PM

The winner of the Bake Me A Wish Cake giveaway is...Jeannine who said...Happy Birthday Nicole. The coconut cream sounds so yummy.Jeannine , jcropley@XXX.com on Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:43:00 PM

Milk Deals!

A few of my frugal friends have found some great deals on milk around the country this week!

Corrie at the "Cents"able Momma has information on how Michigan residents can score milk for just $.99 each after ECB's. See her post for more information.

For my fellow Florida readers, Angie at Thrifty Florida Mama shows you how to get TG Lee Milk for just $.79 after printable coupon and ECB's. Read more here.

Remember, you can freeze milk so stock up on this super cheap milk if you can!

Service with Style

I have been signed up with Service with Style for about 4 months now and am happy with their timely payments and variety of shops in my area. They have many restaurant and bar shops where I am and I have seen other kinds of shops listed in other areas.

They use the "prophet" system for entering reports and selecting shops which I am not a huge fan of but it is a solid system. I receive emails from them several times a month when shops are available in my area but you should add this site to your list of ones to check.

I received timely payment by check from them and the whole thing was very simple. I entered the shop, didn't have a back and forth with any editor, and got my check! I have done a few shops with them now and this seems to be the norm!

As always, it's FREE to sign up for these companies. You're under no obligation to do any shops whatsoever.

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.

FREE E-books!

I have to admit that while I am intrigued by the Kindle and the entire e-book revolution, I'm not quite there yet. I love my local library - I scout the books I want online and place them on hold as soon as they are released. They call me when they are available, I swing by during my lunch break and pick them up and then return them to the drop-box when I am ready. I have it down to a science!

I know many of you are probably loving your Kindles and other methods to read e-books and maybe someday I'll be there!

Here are a few great FREE e-book resources for everyone!

FREE download of Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment. This is an Oprah pick and is available exclusively to oprah.com members (it's FREE to join) and only until 10:59 a.m. eastern on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 (tomorrow)

Barnes & Noble has launched its E-Reader that you can download for FREE onto your Iphone/Ipod Touch, Blackberry, or PC Mac. Along with the download comes 6 FREE e-books! They also have a section of ebooks under $5.

Monday, July 20, 2009

How to Leave a Comment

I have acquired many new readers in the past couple of weeks many of whom are now to reading blogs and the blogosphere. I am currently running several giveaways (the current ones are in the top right of my blog under the title "current giveaways") and there seems to be some confusion about how to enter my giveaways.

Emailing me is NOT an entry into a giveaway. I cannot track emails as entries and have been emailing people back advising of this. This happens especially with those of you who subscribe by email - many of you are just clicking "reply" and emailing me your entries.

It's easy to leave a comment. Here's how:

1. If you're reading from an email or a feed, you'll need to click on the title of the post where you want to leave a comment. If you're not reading from an email or a feed, please click on the title of the post where you want to leave a comment.

2. A new window will open and the post where you want to leave a comment will appear with no other posts.

3. At the bottom of the post in that new window, you will see "post a comment" (right above where it says "links to this post").

4. Click "post a comment".

5. A new smaller window will open with all of the comments in that post already.

6. Scroll to the bottom of that window and you will see a white box that says "leave your comment".

7. Type your comment in that box.

8. Select anonymous (make sure to leave your email address inside the comment then) or use your google or blogger id to log in if you have one.

9. Click "publish your comment" when you're done typing it in.

10. Wait for me to approve your comment. It won't show up right away so don't get alarm and enter another one. I post comments as I can throughout the day, and unless you posted something not family-friendly I'll approve it.

I hope this helps you all enter my great giveaways.

Remember, you need to leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry you are able to make. So on the cake giveaway, for example, you need to leave a comment saying which flavor you like. If you also sent an email to 5 friends, leave another comment saying you did that. Each comment counts as one entry.

If you have any questions, leave a comment on this post or send me an email!

Best Deal Magazines - Deal of the Week

Each week I bring you the best that Best Deal Magazines has! Many of you know that this is my go-to for great and personalized gifts for people!

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: PXSS726 Offer Expires July 26, 2009)
$5 OFF $30 (Code: MNDSS726 Offer Expires July 26, 2009)
$7.50 OFF $40 (Code: MQQSS726 Offer Expires July 26, 2009)
$10 OFF $50 (Code: MQPSS726 Offer Expires July 26, 2009)

This week's deals of the day are:
Monday - Body & Soul, $6.29
Tuesday - Martha Stewart Living, $14.29
Wednesday - Mac Life, $6.89
Thursday - Reason, $9.49
Friday - Cat Fancy, $11.79
Saturday - Accent on Home & Garden, $4.29
Sunday - Natural Solutions, $13.49

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!

FREE Pastry at Starbucks - with drink purchase

You can get a FREE pastry at Starbucks tomorrow, July 21, 2009 with the purchase of any drink between opening and 10:30 a.m. You can check out the Starbucks website to print out the "invitation" for this special offer.



Fine print: "Pastries included in offer are: muffins, scones, bagels, croissants, rolls, breads, pound cake, morning bun, coffeecakes, cheese danish, apple fritter, doughnuts, tarts, pies, gluten free orange valencia cake, tropical paradise bar. Offer available at participating US stores with the purchase of any handcrafted beverage (handcrafted, brewed, iced). Limit one free pastry per customer. Offer good between opening and 10:30 a.m. or until pastries are gone, whichever comes first. Opening hours and pastry selection vary. Supplies are limited. Offer not valid in Hawaii, airports, and travel plazas or at Barnes and Nobles cafes."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mr. Rebates Review & $100 Amazon E-Certificate Giveaway

As you know if you have followed Nicole's Nickels for some time, I am a huge fan of Mr. Rebates and have used this website many many times as I shop online. I was thrilled when Mr. Rebates himself contacted me to see if I was interested in posting a review of the site along with an awesome giveaway! Of course I said yes!



Mr. Rebates is a cash-back shopping website that offers over 1500 stores plus money-saving online coupons that you can stack with the every day cash-back savings. Some of the top name brand stores include favorites like Macy's, Sears, Travelocity and more. Every time I contemplate purchasing something online I check the cash back percentage offered by Mr. Rebates. I love getting money back on my purchases - who wouldn't?

It's completely FREE to sign up for Mr. Rebates and you'll get $5 in your account just for signing up. Since you only need $10 in your account to cash out, you're already halfway there! Just log in to Mr Rebates each time you shop and then the site will take you to the retail site you request. It will keep track of how much you spend, verify it with the merchant and then after 90 days show as available in your account. I think the 90 days is so money is not being given and then the item subsequently returned, which I completely understand.

A recent example of a purchase I made in the past month was at Drugstore.com where I can get 10% cash back on my purchase. That means basically saving 10% on your order without even using a coupon! Mr. Rebates also has the great feature of posting available coupon codes so that it is really one-stop shopping for your Internet shopping needs!

Mr. Rebates has graciously decided to give one (1) of my lucky readers a $100 E-Certificate to Amazon.com. To enter, you MUST go the Mr Rebates website and leave a comment telling me what store featured on Mr. Rebates you'd like to shop at! 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 26 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!

Walgreens 7/19-7/25

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:

Pilot G2 Gel Pens 2 pack, On Sale $1.00
Get $1.00 RR
Final Cost: $1.00 (limit 1)

2 Pocket Folders, On Sale $.09 each (limit 12)
White Posterboard 22×28, On Sale $.09 each (limit 12)
#2 Pencil, On Sale $.09 each (limit 12)
Highlighter, On Sale $.09 each (limit 12)
Paper Mate 1.2 Prism Pens 10 pack, On Sale $.19 each (limit 6)
Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils, On Sale $.19 each (limit 6)
Rulers, Paper Clips or Folders, On Sale $.19 each
Binders, Glue or Scotch Transparent Tape, On Sale $.39 each
#2 Yellow Pencils 10 pack, 2 pack Pink Erasers or 15 Pack Cap Erasers, On Sale $.29 each
5 pack Bic Brite Liners Highlighters, 24 pack Penway Crayons, School Box, On Sale $.49 each
Crayola Colored Pencils, 3 Subject Notebook 120 sheets, Stretch Book Cover, On Sale, $.99 each

Tylenol 40 – 50 ct, Motrin 50 ct, On Sale $4.99
Get $3.00 RR
Use $2.00 cpn in 06-21-09 SS insert
Final Cost: FREE after RR

My Transaction
I don't have any RR's - it's been several weeks since I've been to a Walgreens and my stockpile of toiletries is at an all-time high! I'm skipping this week but for someone with school age kids, it's a great week!

Newbie Transaction:
Since the deals this week aren't dependent on RR's I would say you can do several transactions for the most bank for your buck!

You'll be spending just $2.99 out of pocket and you'll get 24 items!

Transaction 1
Buy 1 Tylenol 40 – 50 ct, Motrin 50 ct, On Sale $4.99, Get $3.00 RR
Use $2.00 cpn in 06-21-09 SS insert
Pay just $2.99 out of pocket and get $3 in RR

Transaction 2
Buy 1 Pilot G2 Gel Pens 2 pack, On Sale $1.00, Get $1.00 RR
Buy 6 of the 2 Pocket Folders, On Sale $.09 each
Buy 6 of the #2 Pencil, On Sale $.09 each
Buy 5 of the Highlighter, On Sale $.09 each
Buy 1 of the Binders, Glue or Scotch Transparent Tape, On Sale $.39 each
Use the RR's from Transaction 1 and pay 0 out of pocket
Get $1.00 in RR's

Transaction 3
Buy 1 of the Binders, Glue or Scotch Transparent Tape, On Sale $.39 each
Buy 1 of the Paper Mate 1.2 Prism Pens 10 pack, On Sale $.19 each
Buy 1 of the Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils, On Sale $.19 each
Buy 1 of the Binders, Glue or Scotch Transparent Tape, On Sale $.39 each
Use the RR's from Transaction 2 and pay 0 out of pocket

HOT Deals at Staples this Week!

Again this week Staples has some hot deals on school supplies. Make sure to take a look if you have school-aged children or grandchildren!

I often blog about how much I love store rewards/loyalty programs. This is a good week to sign up for the Staples Rewards program if you haven't already!

"FREE" Backpack! Buy a backpack at Staples and the amount you paid will be credited to your Staples Rewards account. This is limit 1 per address and you'll get the reward (store credit to Staples) via mail in October.

FREE after Easy Rebate items:
Zebra Cadoozles 10 pack mechanical pencils ($2.99 with $2.99 easy rebate)
Zebra Sarasa retractable gel pens, 5 pack ($4.99 with $4.99 easy rebate)
Pentel retractable highlighters, 4 pack ($4.99 with $4.99 easy rebate)

$1 items (some instant savings, some after easy rebate, limit 2 each per customer)
50 pack photo paper ($12.98 with $11.98 easy rebate)
Pentel pens
Expo Dry-Erase Markers
3 hole punch
mini legal pads
notebook
erasers

$2 items (limit 2 of each per customer)
12 pack mechanical pencils
post-it note pads
eraser/grips pack
dry-erase board with marker
erasable gel pens

I have done Staples Easy Rebates before - you do them online and can track progress on their website!

CVS 7/19-7/26

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.

This week there are many items on sale for 3 days only - today (Sunday), tomorrow (Monday), and Tuesday. I'm going to star the items in Karen's list that are on sale for these 3 days only!

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

*1″ Vinyl Binder, On Sale $3.00 Get $3.00 ECB’s (limit 2)
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s

*Caliber/CVS Filler paper, On Sale $2.00 Get $2.00 ECB’s (limit 2)
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s

*CVS Pantiliners 22ct, On Sale $.89 Get $.89 ECB’s (limit 1)
Final Cost: FREE after ECB’s

*Duracell AA/AAA 4 pack, C/D 2 pack & 9Volt 1 pack, On Sale $2.99 Get $1.00 ECB’s
Use $1.00 cpn in 07-12-09 RP insert
Final Cost:$.99 after ECB’s

My Transaction
I don't have any expiring ECB's and since I don't have any kids, the fabulous school supplies deals don't appeal to me. I'm going to skip this week but recommend that anyone with kids take advantage of these great deals for back-to-school!

Newbie Transactions
If you're new to CVS definitely read my CVS 101 post before beginning. The scenario below assumes you have no ECB's to start with - if you do use them to pay for the first transaction and you'll have little (if any) out of pocket costs!

The scenario utilizes multiple transactions because you want to use your ECB's earned in one transaction to pay for the next one. If there is a line, just head to the back of it after each transaction so no one grumbles at you!

This newbie scenario is good for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday only this week - it gets you 10 items for $3.00 out of pocket but you're leaving with $2.98 in ECB's to use in the future!

Transaction 1
Buy 1″ Vinyl Binder, On Sale $3.00 Get $3.00 ECB’s (limit 2)
Pay $3.00 out of pocket plus tax and get $3.00 in ECB's

Transaction 2
Repeat Transaction 1 but use the ECB's you earned in Transaction 1 to pay
Pay 0 out of pocket, get $3.00 ECB's

Transaction 3
Buy Caliber/CVS Filler paper, On Sale $2.00 Get $2.00 ECB’s (limit 2)
Buy Papermate 10ct Pens, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Use the $3.00 in ECB's you got from Transaction 2
Pay 0 out of pocket, get $2.99 in ECB's

Transaction 4
Repeat Transaction 3 but use the ECB's you earned in Transaction 3 to pay
Pay 0 out of pocket, get $2.99 ECB's

Transaction 5
Buy CVS/Caliber No 2 Pencils 24ct, On Sale $1.99 Get $1.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Buy CVS/Caliber Memo Book 50-80 sheets, On Sale $.99 Get $.99 ECB’s (limit 2)
Use the $2.99 ECB's from Transaction 4
Pay 0 out of pocket, get $2.98 ECB's

Transaction 6
Repeat Transaction 5 but use the ECB's you earned in Transaction 5 to pay
Pay 0 out of pocket, get $2.98 ECB's
 
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