Thursday, June 7, 2012

Free Swimsuits!

You guys know I do Crowdtap (my link).  I love getting Amazon gift cards for taking surveys, but they also have great "sample" opportunities!  They sent me 2 Old Navy coupons (one for me, one for a friend) to get free swimsuits and tell y'all about it!  I will say their swimsuit selection is just okay.  Even the one-pieces were skimpy. =( There were literally two options for suits that covered up my chest, but I really loved one of them and it showed off my baby bump fantastically!

I've never done a tankini before--I'm a one-piece kind of girl, but I thought, being pregnant, that I might go for it.  =D  While we were there, I spent the rest of my Old Navy gift card (I got it with credit card points) on a dress for my niece and some sandals for Sir Screams-A-Lot. 

After the coupons and giftcard, I spent $6 for $60 worth of clothes at Old Navy!  And there wasn't even anything on clearance! ;D

This post is sponsored by Crowdtap/Old Navy.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Madagascar 3 Party!

Your friends Melman, Gloria, Marty, and Alex are coming back for a new installment of Madagascar!

To celebrate, Crowdtap (my link), invited me to host a Madagascar party!

We celebrated over Memorial Day weekend with a Circus Party!

We colored masks,

Ate camp out food,

And spent time with family and friends.

At the end of the day,

Everyone enjoyed their very own Crackalackin' Zebra Cake!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Better than Free at CVS!

I had fun at CVS this week, though I'm going to admit it: I didn't need any of these items.  I got them (1) because I made money on them and (2) I know people who want (most) of them.  CVS sent me a $4/$20 coupon (which is like printed gold) this week.  I waited until Thursday to be sure there was nothing I wanted in NEXT week's ad, and then used it for stuff to give away/make Extra Bucks.  It was an ego boost to make money on Pantene because it doesn't normally go under $1.50 in it's low price cycle.  I took some BOGO coupons I had from the beginning of the month and a $3/2 coupon from Sunday to bring the price of 4 bottles down to $2.  I also used some free item coupons that were about to expire to get my pre-coupon price up over $20.  So, here's what I did:

(4) Pantene shampoo/conditioner $13.94
-(2) B1G1 coupons ($3.48 ea.)
-$3/2 coupon (the two I paid for)
(2) Starbucks Refreshers (apparently least it was free to try) $3.98
-(2) FREE Starbucks Refreshers (in the Pepsico Moments to Save insert) ($1.99 ea.)
(1) CVS vanilla body wash $2.37
-FREE body wash (CVS gave them out for Mother's Day) ($2.37)
-$4 off a $20 purchase (adjusted down to $3.98)
+$0.84 in tax

ECBs received: 2 (for the Pantene)

So, I paid $1 in tax for $26 worth of products and got 2 ExtraCare Bucks back!  I also got $15 in my beauty bucks account, so I'll be getting $1.50 back later.  All in all, I saved 113% on my purchase!  I think that may be my best savings quotient yet!

Saved 64% at Weis--No Coupons!

Even though hubby has been gone for two weeks, I'm way behind on my blogging/bragging. =D  Something about chasing a one year old makes a girl want to sleep at 9 pm.  But I wanted to show you my awesome grocery trip!  I literally had no plans to get anything other than a paper and bread, but while I was there, I couldn't resist doing a couple of deals.  So, without coupons, I got $32 worth of groceries for less than $12.  The main tactic that saved me money this week was their "Instant Savings" deal.  When you buy $15 worth of select products, you get $5 off instantly.  Here's the trick though, it's the regular price of the items that has to add up to $15, not the sale price listed in the circular.  So, my mayo, which was on sale for $3 counts as $6, because that's what it costs at full price.  The combination of 4 jars of spaghetti sauce and 1 jar of mayo is over $15 at full price, but a mere $8 on sale.  Add to that the $5 instant savings, and you get over $15 worth of food for just $3! 

So, here's a breakdown of my deals:

(1) Newspaper $2
(1) Bread $2.50
(1) Hellman's mayo $3
(4) Ragu pasta sauce $5
-$5 instant savings
(2) Ocean Spray juice $4
(1) O.S. sparkling juice $2
-$2 FREE sparkling juice wyb 2 juice
Total saved: $20.55

So, there you go: one great deal, one okay deal, and some necessities--no coupons--64% saved!