Here is another great rewards program for buying something that some of us are already buying every week...DIAPERS!! This rewards program is from Pampers and it is called Gifts to Grow. You can earn points by entering the codes found inside all of their products including diapers, wipes, pull-ups, etc. This is another thing that I have waited for awhile to join, thinking that it would take me awhile to earn enough points to get anything...
Since Pampers tend to be a little more expensive, I usually only purchase them when I come across a sale or have coupons (especially KMart double coupons!). But I finally realized that I might as well at least enter the codes when I get them, and who knows - maybe I will earn something! The prize for the lowest points is a Shutterfly 11x14 collage poster (40 points).
So far, I only have 11 points (but I just started today)...here are a few codes that got me started and can get you started as well:
* These codes are all worth 1 point. The other three points I earned were from a pack of diapers I got a good deal on at Kmart's Double Coupon sale.
* The website says that the program will last until December 31, 2011, so if you are like me, and have one that will be in diapers for awhile still, you might as well start entering codes...I have 2 1/2 years to earn some great prizes!!
Okay, so I know I am late getting in on this amazing search site craze, but I am LOVING Swagbucks!!
Swagbucks is a site that you can search the internet with, getting results from Google and Ask.com. You then earn "bucks" randomly for searching which you can exchange for products, gift cards and more. If you already are searching the web AT ALL, you really must try this!
I was pretty skeptical at first, but within the first two weeks of using Swagbucks for my normal internet searching, I already had enough points to trade-in for a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card!! I did nothing different than I normally do - I just did my internet searches through their site instead of my Google page.
Right now, if you join through the link on the left side of my site, you can earn three Swagbucks right away!
Today is also a good day to get started - it's Mega Swag Bucks Day! That means that instead of the usual 1-3 Swagbucks that you normally "win" for searching, you could win 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or 500 Swagbucks today! (It only takes 45 Swagbucks to get a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card!)
I can't believe I am earning gift cards doing NOTHING different! I LOVE Swagbucks!!!
Celebrate National Cheesecake Day on July 30th at The Cheesecake Factory to enjoy a slice of any of their 30 cheesecakes for 1/2 price!! They are also introducing their new flavor - Stefanie's Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake - that day as well! Go here for locations or more information.
Mark your calendars to eat out at CiCi's Pizza on August 8th - every guest who dines in on that day will you”ll receive a coupon book with over $100 in discounts for local, brand name retailers! Go here for locations and more information.
Quiznos' Subs is having a special deal from now until Labor Day at participating locations - buy one of four classic subs at regular price, get another of the same size for just $1.00!! Call your store to find out if they are participating!
Check out The Thrifty Mama for even more restaurant deals from restaurants such as Fazoli's, Schlotzsky's Deli, and more!
Go here to get a FREE sample of Gain Detergent with Febreze Freshness. It also comes with a $1.00 off coupon! I love Gain detergent - it is one of the only things that I buy even if I don't have a coupon/it is not on sale!
Vive Mejor has some great new printable couponsavailable here:
Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Light (16.5 oz or larger) Save 45¢ on any ONE (1) Knorr® product (except MiniCubes) Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Lipton® Sugar Sweetened Iced Tea Mix Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Ragú® Pasta Sauces Save $2.00 on any ONE (1) Dove® Clinical Protection Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Suave Professionals® shampoo or conditioner
Once again, I took another bin of clothes to Once Upon a Child, and came out with a check for almost $60.00!! If you have not tried selling your childrens' stuff to a childrens' resale shop yet, you really must!! Of course, I don't take everything - I just take things that are in great condition and are nice, name brands - but did you know that they also buy more than just clothes?! Our local store buys maternity clothes, bedding, shoes, toys, children's movies, video games, etc.!! They will then give you either a check or store credit.
Next, I headed over to my favorite place to BUY children's clothes - Goodwill!! (Yes, I tend to think that Once Upon a Child is too expensive, unless I find something on their clearance racks.) I spent about $25.00 and came out with some great, name-brand, back-to-school clothes in "like-new" condition (Old Navy jeans, 2 Gap button down shirts, one knit dress, two pairs of pants, two Children's Place corduroy skirts, one longsleeved knit shirt, and one Old Navy polo shirt). That averages about $2.50 per item!
The best part of the deal is this: because I purchased name-brand stuff, I can take them back to Once Upon A Child when I am done with them, and receive money back to buy more clothes!! You can't get better than that!
Now, here's a tip: make sure you know what your children needbefore you go to Goodwill! It is easy for us "bargain-shoppers" to not be "wise-shoppers" when it comes to good deals for our children. I have been blessed with a good friend who has given me beautiful hand-me-downs for my girls. I also try to purchase (up to several years in advance) things for my children when I come across great deals (last year, I got tights for my girls at the Children's Place outlet for just $ .49 each - so I bought several in every size!) - these are both great money-savers! However, I can easily overspend if I buy more of what I already have, or if I assume I have plenty of something - only to have to run out and pay full-price at the last minute...(this sounds a lot like my grocery stockpiling post!).
Here are some of the things I try to do to help me (1) stay organized and (2) know what my children have/need:
First of all, I keep bins in my garage labeled with sizes for the next couple of years (Girls' Sizes 7/8, Girls' Sizes 9/10, etc.). That way, when someone gives me some hand-me-downs, or I find a great deal on something, I can go ahead and put it in the appropriate labeled bin.
Secondly, I am trying to keep a list of what is in each bin so I can glance at the list and see what my children are in need of for the upcoming year. It doesn't have to be super-detailed - for example, "Long Sleeved Shirts (Size 7) - 5." Not only does doing this keep me organized, but it also makes me aware of other needs - for example, "Longsleeved shirt to go with yellow/blue skirt."
I know that this may sound obvious, but it is so true: the more organized you are, the more money you will save. This not only applies to clothes shopping, but to coupon shopping, bill-paying, etc.
It seems that more and more companies are trying to get our attention via Facebook. Here is yet another freebie offer from the Corner Bakery Cafe: Become a fan of them on Facebook here, and you will receive a coupon for a free sweet with any entree purchase.
T.G.I. Friday's has another terrific promotion going on right now! Right now, you can use this coupon to take $5.00 off each additional entree with the purchase on one entree. (You get $5.00 off if you buy two, $10.00 off if you buy three, etc. - up to ten people!) This deal expires August 31, so you have plenty of time to take advantage of it!
Deal Seeking Mom says that they even have one entree (Gourmet Mac 'n Five Cheese) that is only $6.99...that could be a fairly cheap date night!
According to Coupon Cravings, Walmart has some of the Huggies Clean Team flushable wipes marked down to $1.64 (due to a package change). If you use the $3.00 off 2 coupons that were in the 7/19 Smart Source Coupon Insert, you could pick up two packs for $ .28!!
*It appears this was a regional coupon meaning not all papers had it...also, these wipes are located in the personal care (think QTips) aisle!
Go here to print a coupon for $1.00 off 2 Bic Stationary Product coupons. Print two of these and purchase the highlighter packs on sale for $ .49! If you use two coupons, you should be able to get four packs FREE!
Family Christian Store Printable Coupons: Go here for a buy one item, get one 50% off coupon (Expires 8/9). Go here to get a coupon for $2.00 off any children's book $6.99 and up (Expires 8/9).
This looks interesting! Right now, many Sage Hotels (Marriott, Sheraton, and others) are offering a free night's stay for those who have volunteered 8 hours or more of time to a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This definitely looks like something that would be worth checking into. Apparently, each location only has a limited number that they can give away, and after that they just give you 50% off. It looks like you need to book it through the "contact person" that is listed on the state/location list, and then bring in a signed letter on letterhead from the organization!
Go here for more details and here for a list of states/hotels that are participating.
*I would love to hear from any of you who try this...what a great overnight getaway!!
Some of you may be new to my blog, and have not heard me rave about these "Prescription Transfer" coupon deals, but I LOVE them!
Right now, KMart has a coupon here for gift cards up to $25.00 each when you transfer a prescription to their pharmacy. (This deal is a little different in that the gift card value can only be as high as the prescription price, but you can get up to four with four transferred prescriptions with this coupon). Plus, it doesn't expire until December 31!!
Whew! There sure are a lot of freebies tomorrow...here's another one: Tomorrow (July 21) from 6:00am - 10:00 am, stop by Tim Hortons to get a FREE Blueberry Glazed or Blueberry Bloom Donut. More details here.
Go here to get a free sample of Colgate Wisp and Ambi Soft & Even Stretch Mark Diminishing Oil. (These samples are from Heart & Soul magazine, so you will be directed to their home page, then look at the bottom left for a box that says "Giveaway.")
I am a stay at home mom of four kids in a remote town in NE Wisconsin. My husband is involved in a Christian camping ministry and we have been serving here for eight years. The Lord has recently been giving me a greater burden to make sure our resources are being used wisely...in a way that brings Him the most glory. I hope to share some of what I have learned with those of you who choose to follow this blog.
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