Making The Most of It

Just another weblog

This (LAST) Week’s Deals and Steals October 17, 2010

Filed under: Bath & Body Works,Freebies,Online Deals — Kimberly @ 3:01 PM

My best deal of the week (for last week, I keep forgetting today is Sunday) was not a result of shopping, but a result of my Gram moving and downsizing. I got three large bags of  gift wrap, gift boxes, etc. for free that she no longer has room or a need for. I’m thrilled because frankly I never think to buy that stuff ahead of time (other than Christmas wrap) and keep it on hand. I end up wrapping b-day gifts in newspaper or spending a ridiculous amount to buy pretty paper at the last moment. This should keep me set for a while. I still need to look through it! It’s been so busy I haven’t had time to see everything but that’s on my to-do list for my day off this week. I also go a large Tupperware 8 Cup measuring cup from her. I love freecycling, whether it’s passing on my own items, or receiving items I need. You can get much more frugal or green than that!

On the online shopping front I took advantage of the additonal 20% off clearance items plus free shipping Land’s End has been offering. This offer was sent to my email and I had to shop through the email link for it to work. I don’t believe you can get the deal without the email. There does, however, seem to be another deal available for just the additional 20% off using code EXTRAFALL and pin 5298. You may still find some decent deals even with having to pay shipping. It’s only valid through tomorrow (10/18 /10) so shop soon if you want to take advantage. I purchased two boys’ necklaces, two women’s bracelets, two market bags, and one tote bag for under $50.00 which will all be for Christmas gifts. Oh! And I almost forgot, a couple of weeks ago I got a Catalina from Price Chopper for a free hard cover photo book from Shutterfly. I only had to pay shipping. Christmas gift for dh’s grandmother…check! Total cost for the photo book was $7.99. Yes,  kind of steep for shipping one 20 page book, but since the book retails for $30.00 plus shipping, and it’s just the kind of gift she loves, it was worth it!

Lastly I returned some items to Bath & Body Works yesterday that I didn’t like and picked up a few items using the credit from the returns and a couple of coupons. Unfortunately I no longer had my recepits and since they are items no longer sold in the stores (only online, which is where I purchased them) I could only receive a store credit for the last price they sold for in the stores (which was $3 a piece). I’m not really sure how much I paid for them since I use a lot of coupon codes, but getting just $9.00 in store credit for $30.50 worth of items was a bit of a bummer. I didn’t want my money back, I just wanted to exchange the two shower gels and one body lotion for two shower gels and one body lotion in fragrances I did like but I wasn’t allowed to. I learned my lesson. 1. Don’t order B&BW products online unless I already know I like the scent and 2. Save my invoices until I’m sure I won’t need them. I’m happy I came home with things I did like though. For $10.60 OOP I bought a Twisted Peppermint Shower Gel (for my youngest son who LOVES it), 1 Warm Vanilla Suger Body Butter, 1 Sensual Amber Body Butter, a 4 oz ‘Tis the Season candle, and a travel size Lay It On Thick Shower Cream. The shower gel and shower cream were free after coupons, the body butters were on sale for $7 each, and the candle was on sale for $5. It’s crazy to think everything pictured below would have cost over $56.00 if I had paid full retail price for it.

What bargains have you gotten lately? Where do you find your best deals? I seem to only be able to find online deals, thrift store deals, and mall deals, plus the occasional hand-me-down or mail freebie. I’ve given up on drugstore deals since Rite Aid changed the way they do sales and rewards, and grocery deals seem limited where I can shop. I still clip grocery coupons and watch the sales but I’ll never be able to get groceries for my family of four (six if you count the cats) for under $100. I’d love to save more on food and the like, but  I guess I’ll take any deals I can get!


I Fell Off the Wagon September 11, 2010

Filed under: Bath & Body Works,Bonanzle,TJ Maxx — Kimberly @ 5:32 PM

Today I bought stuff I did not need.  I’ve been doing well trying to get rid of the excess junk. I’ve even gone so far as to go through old photo albums and toss out MANY old photos. Afterall does a woman who has been married well over a decade need photos of flowers that ex-boyfriends gave her? And does anyone really need photos of children they used to babysit for years ago that they barely remember? No? That’s what I thought. Today, however, I may have added to the clutter. A new TJ Maxx opened up a few weeks ago and I was in the area so I just had to check it out. Let me tell you I could have spent hours there. I was in handbag heaven.  In fact I was in there for over an hour and never made it past the handbag/accessories section and the household section. So here is what got the best of me and made me fall off the wagon. On the bright side I didn’t spend TOO much money (total for everything was $50.84). But really all that should have been purchased was the leather 2011 appointment book for $12.99 which is a gift.

No handbags but close enough. This time it is a red clutch/wristlet, two wallets that remind me of clutches in appearance (one gold sequins, which looks silver due to the flash, but I assure you is gold, and one animal prints), but cannot hold anything other than money and cards, and a coin purse. I really like the red clutch. It has a cool liner too! It opens up and unfolds to this which is unlike anything else I have at the moment:

I digress. Truly these kind of things are my shopping Achilles tendon!

If that wasn’t bad enough last night I made a purchase on Bonanzle. Don’t know what is? It’s sort of like eBay, but better in my opinion. No bidding, it’s like everything is a buy it now. This purchase was a total steal and I cannot wait to receive it in the mail! I found a Coach (and yes, it’s authentic) Soho wristlet for $14.00 shipped. It is previously used, but listed in excellent condition, and I do believe it is the large capacity wristlet (no measurements were listed so I’m going on the photo, but even if it is the small size it is still a good deal). I did use my “mad money”, which is money I get deposited each month into my PayPal account for some articles I wrote last year, so it doesn’t really make a dent in my wallet, but it does add one more thing to my household that I suppose I don’t need. If I remember to I’ll post photos when it arrives.

I wish I could say that is all. But I also went to Bath & Body Works today, yes, that is my other weakness. Once again I got a great deal. And I do think this doesn’t really count as falling off the wagon because everything I buy there is consumable. It could be argued that I don’t need more candles or body products, but they get used and replaced, and I enjoy them. I don’t think we should totally deprive ourselves from every treat we enjoy just to be simple, as long as it doesn’t overtake us and overwhelm us. I spent a total of $10.60 and got two candles (reg. 9.50 ea), a full size body wash (reg.10.50), and a travel size body wash (reg. $3.50). It’s almost like I bought one candle and got one candle and the body washes for free. I used a Facebook coupon (I told you to fan them!) for the travel size, and a coupon that they mailed me for the full size body wash, which made them both free. The candles were on sale for 2/$10.00. I am keeping the candles. The small body wash will be a stocking stuffer. The large one will be given to my dad.

Time to pick myself up, dust myself off, and climb back onto the wagon!


At the mall today September 5, 2010

Filed under: Bath & Body Works,Uncategorized,Victoria's Secret — Kimberly @ 9:42 PM

Today resulted in a trip to the mall. My oldest son had missed most of his first week of school from being ill. Today he was feeling much better and was itching to get out of the house. He requested a trip to Toys R Us to buy some Battle Strikers with his birthday money. I had some coupons for B&BW and Victoria’s Secret I wanted to use before they expired so we were off.  Most of my purchases were made for gifts so it doesn’t make too much of a difference in my recent quest to simplify and my children have recently had to adopt the “one in, one out” rule meaning for each new toy they must get rid of an old one. I got everything for around $85.00.


2 Slatkin 3 wick candles (on sale 2/$20) –birthday gifts

1 Forever Sunshine body spray (free w/coupon I received in the mail) –for me

1 Cherry Blossom travel lotion (also free w/coupon I received in mail, this one I had to do as a transaction by itself). –stocking stuffer

Total: $21.40


Mascot shirt (on sale + and additional 25% off) –DS #1

2 piece cotton pj’s (on sale)–DS #2

Total: $17.49

Victoria’s Secret

4 pairs of panties (had coupon from the mail for a free pair + $10 off my purchase and they were on sale 3/$30.00)

Total $22.50

Toys R Us

2 Bakugan Bakutriads (buy 1 get 1 50% off)–Christmas gift for nephews

2 Bakugan Project-A-Lites (buy 1 get 1 $50% off)–Christmas gift for nephews

Total: ? Can’t find my receipt but approximately $26.00

When you shop at the mall coupons and sales are the way to go! I know some people are uncomfortable giving out their email addresses and/or phone numbers at the register but that is how you get mailed the valuable coupons, and who doesn’t love free (or discounted) products from the mall?!


Bath & Body Works free lotion and more! August 6, 2010

Filed under: Bath & Body Works,Freebies — Kimberly @ 10:57 PM

If you are not a fan of Bath & Works on Facebook yet hop on over to Facebook and become a fan right now (well maybe not right now but after you’ve read a few posts here lol).  They often offer coupons for a free product, not other purchase necessary. This week if you are a fan you can print a coupon for a free trial size bottle of Dark Kiss lotion, their newest fragrance. You can also print a coupon here for a free travel size item with any purchase (must be a paying purchase) and get another freebie! Note you may have to use your coupons in two separate trasnactions since both state they cannot be combined with any other offers, it will all depend on your cashier. I haven’t been to B&BW in a while, but picked up my freebies today since I was a the mall anyway, and I LOVE the Dark Kiss! It sort of reminds me of Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth perfume from my childhood! I liked it so much I got the Dark Kiss travel spray as my free travel item with purchase.  I got everything pictured here for $15.90 (the candles I bought are a preview of their fall fragrances so they are currently only $5.00 each, normally they are $9.50 each). I was going to buy just one but I couldn’t decide which of the these I liked best so I got them all. I burn a lot of candles in the cooler months and Slatkin candles are my favorites.


Mother’s Day and Cat Sitting Gifts April 17, 2010

Filed under: Bath & Body Works — Kimberly @ 8:28 PM

I needed to pick up some gifts today so I took advantage of B&BW’s buy 3 Signature items and get 3 free sale. Much to my excitement the new summer vanillas were included in the sale! Combined with my $10 off $30 or more from doing the survey at the bottom of one of my receipts and using the remaining balance on my gift card I got a pretty good deal.

Berry Summer Vanilla Shower gel $10.50

Coconut Summer Vanilla Body Lotion $10.50

Berry Summer Vanilla Body Lotion $10.50

Lemon Summer Vanilla Shower Gel reg. 10.50   $0.00

Coconut Summer Vanilla Body Lotion reg. 10.50   $0.00

Lemon Summer Vanilla Body Lotion reg. 10.50   $0.00

2 oz Deep Aqua Lotion reg. 3.50   $1.00

= 32.50 -10.00 (code from survey), + sales tax = 23.85 – 5.76 balance from gift card = $18.09 OOPTotal savings = $52.40


In My Mailbox This Week March 16, 2010

Filed under: Barnes & Noble,Bath & Body Works,Contests,Freebies — Kimberly @ 11:33 AM

Opening the mailbox to bills and more bills day after day is no fun! Want to add some fun to your mailbox? It only takes a little time and effort (often times all you need to do is sign up your name, address, and possibly your email address and age). This is what my mailbox has held in the past 24 hours. All absolutely free except for a little bit of my time.

The Glade products are courtesy of Right at Home. If you go to their website and sign up for their newsletter you will have the chance to sign up (once a month I think) for free products. If you are one of the first 10,000 to click through your email and sign up for the giveaway you’ll receive your products several weeks later (I’m not sure which month this is from, this is the first time I actually made it to the first 10,000).

The Kotex samples were from an offer I posted about in a previous post. It’s no longer available but there is a new offer here that gives you four choices to pick from! My favorite part is the coupon that comes with the samples. This particular sample pack came with a $1.00 off coupon.

The Barnes & Noble gift card is just one of many gift cards I’ve earned from being a member of MyPoints and will make a nice Easter basket filler for my bookworm.

The Bath & Body Works gift card came as compensation for an issue I had at one of their stores and contacted them about, but you can get your Bath & Body Works gift card by earning it through MyPoints (as well as gift cards for several other merchants).

What are you waiting for? Take advantage of the offers available to you online and soon you’ll be excited to open your mailbox each day instead of dreading it!

Update: Other goodies that showed up in my mailbox this week:  Burt’s Bees Natural Toothpaste 0.5oz sample, Olay Total Effects Body Wash 2 oz  sample (Walmart), a coupon booklet from Eat Better America, a $15 P&G rebate, 2 Victoria’s Secret Secret Reward Cards (will be worth $10, $50, $100, or $500) that came with purchases.


3 Wick Candles at B&BW February 28, 2010

Filed under: Bath & Body Works — Kimberly @ 5:23 PM

If you a regular reader of this blog than you know that I LOVE Slatkin candles. Bath & Body Works had them on sale yesterday (not sure if the sale is still going on today) for 2/$20.00 for the large 3 wick version. Full price they are $19.50 each. I also printed out this coupon so I was able to get a package of  Wallflower refills for free (reg. $12.50).  I also purchased the 2 oz Orange Sapphire travel size lotion for $1.00, however, when I took my purchases out of my bag at home the lotion had never been put in my bag even though I paid for it. I’m waiting to hear back from B&BW customer service to see what, if anything, can be done about it.  Total OOP for the 4 items was $22.26 for a savings of over $35.00 (too lazy to figure out the exact number right now).

 ETA:  I received my reply from BBW customer service. Apparently I cannot return with my receipt to the store and pick up my missing lotion, but the cooperate office issued an apology to me and is mailing me a $10 gift card. That is customer service that is above and beyond right there IMO. All I wanted was to be able to retrieve the $1 lotion that I paid for. I think I’ll hold on to the gift card once I receive it for the semi-annual sale in June as I don’t really need anything from there right now (unless of course the small Slatkin candles go on sale for 2/10.00 and then I’ll be all over that)!