Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Free Gas-X Prevention (plus money maker) at CVS has some high-value Gas-X coupons! Go here to print a coupon good for $4/1 Gas-X Prevention and $3 off ANY Gas-X products! With these coupons you can get a sweet deal at CVS thru December 4th!
Spend $20 on any Gas-X receive $10 Ecb (limit 1)
Buy 4 Gas-X Prevention 20 ct $6.29 each (based on online price)
Price: $25.16
Use 4 $4/1 coupons (you will need access to 2 computers)
Pay $9.16
Get back a $10 Ecb
Final cost FREE + $0.84 moneymaker!

**Don’t forget to print your CVS 20% off Shopping Pass!

Thanks, STL Mommy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Free Sample of Burt's Bees Body Lotion (Facebook)

Go here and tell Burt's Bees what your skin is saying and you'll get a free sample of their body lotion.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Free Sample of Pureology Color Stylist Collection

Go here for your free sample.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Remember Ebates as you start your xmas shopping!

Yesterday I took advantage of the $0.25 shipping on the e.l.f. (makeup) website.  At the last minute I remembered to use Ebates, and I'm glad I did.  Honestly, when I first started reading about Ebates, I thought "come on, what's the point?".  But I try to remind myself to go through Ebates every time I want to make an online purchase.  I actually have $13 in my Ebates account which is pretty great considering it's 2% here, 3% there.  It's not too hard to remember to use it when most blogs remind you about it when they are telling you some store's coupon deal.  Here's how it works if you've never heard of it: Ebates is a cash back program.  You sign up for a free account, and then when you're already thinking about purchasing something, search the Ebates website to see if the store you are wanting to purchase through is on the list.  If it is, just by doing your shopping through the Ebates link instead of going directly to the store's website, you get a percentage of your purchase back!  Now, my $13 is racked up over months of small online purchases, but hey, it's better than getting nothing!  Absolutely nothing is different except that you get to the store's website through Ebates instead of on your own.  And sometimes you find out about coupon codes through Ebates that you didn't know existed!
So, as you start doing your holiday shopping, I highly suggest you use one of the cash back programs like Ebates to lighten the load a bit.  I've seen stores go as high as 8% during special promotions, so it really is worth it.  For example, my purchase through e.l.f. yesterday was about $12.  They are offering 4% cash back right now for e.l.f., so in a day or two, about $0.50 will be deposited into my Ebates account.  Easy right?  Give it a try.  And feel free to let me know if I need to explain it a bit better.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

$4/1 Wholly Guacamole Coupon - Facebook

Go here to get your coupon.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Preview of Walgreens Black Friday Deals

It didn't take long for me to see a post linking to the Black Friday Walgreens ad.  They have a similar page in the ad listing a bazillion free things (that's a valid number, promise).  And oddly, I'm excited about the $19.99 (after rebate) wrist blood pressure monitor.  I've been watching these for months and never see them below $50, so this is fantastic.  Other things that interest me - free Secret body splash, free Scunci hair bands, free Robitussin, and wait for Dr. Pepper!!!!!!!!!  Lots of $0.99 razors also a couple of pages later - which probably means free after a coupon.  And now I want some Dr. Pepper so this post is over.

Preview of CVS Black Friday Deals

It never occured to me PC (pre-couponing) that drugstores would have great Black Friday deals, but I just saw Michelle's post and I'm super excited now!  Is it weird that I'm wondering when they open?  Maybe I'd actually consider getting out of bed before 10 am for the drugstores.  There are 14 completely free items at CVS alone, which will probably mean quite a few money makers once we know more about the coupons that will be out. The ones I'm most excited about?  Free Eucerin!  That stuff is expensive.  And free Carmex - I know a certain guy who likes this stuff. As soon as I see a preview for Walgreen's I'll link to that also.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My first ever freezer cooking day

I've been reading posts about freezer cooking (or batch cooking) for ages now and really thought it wasn't for me since I am single with no kids.  But the other frugal blonde tried it a couple of weeks ago and was happy with her results, so on a bit of a whim I decided to give it a try today.  I put some black beans in water to soak overnight and started going through a massive list of saved recipes (from various blog posts).  I settled on Tristin's Zucchini Sausage Cornbread, Ham and Potato Soup, and a super awesome friend's spaghetti sauce (sorry, I have to ask if I can share the recipe).  I had quite a bit of zucchini left over since I bought a 3 pack at Aldi, so I had the brilliant (ok, kind of obvious) idea to make zucchini bread.  I searched and searched for my hometown church's cookbook to use my mom's recipe but couldn't find it, so I used a fairly healthy recipe I found online (recipe below).  The black beans are something I cook about once a month.  I don't have a recipe, it's just something I came up with.  Which is super odd since given my mathematical (aka analytical, aka anal) mind, I typically stick to recipes and actually prefer baking over cooking.  But I just cook the beans with onions, sausage, garlic, cumin and a bit of salt until I like the consistency - sorta mushy and really thick.
Anyway, I'm about done - waiting on the spaghetti sauce and black beans to cool down a bit before I put them in containers to freeze.  I don't have any pictures but here's what I ended up with:

2 loaves of zucchini bread (should feed me for at least 8 breakfasts/desserts)
6 very generous servings of the cornbread (I had a little bit - wow, it's great)
3 generous servings of ham and potato soup (I had a full serving tonight for dinner - YUM)
6 containers of spaghetti sauce (should last me about 6 meals)
6 containers of black beans (4 meal size containers and 2 side dish containers - since I put sausage in it, it's a full meal)

As a conservative estimate, I'd say I made myself approximately 20 meals, plus snacks (did I mention some cookies are going in the oven later?).  Hopefully this will last me about 3 weeks.  Obviously I can't eat at home every single meal, I'd go crazy, but since everything tastes fantastic (yay for great recipes) I'm excited.  The best part about all of this?  I did my shopping at Aldi and spent.......wait for it......$30!  And the only things I didn't buy were flour, sugar, spices, oil, etc.  Aka, the normal stuff you always expect to have at home.  That's about $1.50 a meal.  My feet hurt, but I'm hooked to freezer cooking.  Thank you fellow coupon bloggers!!!

UPDATE: Last night I had the ham and potato soup from the freezer for the first time.  Maybe I just didn't thaw and heat it up correctly, but the texture totally changed.  The milk curdled a bit.  It was still edible, but not near as good as the first day.