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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!


Hurry! $16 Old Navy Jackets Today Only October 9, 2010

Filed under: Online Deals — Kimberly @ 10:58 AM

Old Navy is celebrating their 16th birthday. Today only they are offering jackets for $16.00 (I’m not sure if this deal is going on in stores or only available online). I just ordered my husband one of their  Quilted Frost-Free Jackets  for Christmas for only $18.20 shipped (they retail for $49.50). Shipping is $7.00, but I used the special mystery code they emailed me yesterday (mine happened to be 30% off ) which made the jacket only $11.20 + shipping for me. My first three selections sold out as I was trying to order so I suggest if you are interested in this deal you jump on it now! They also have women’s Quilted Frost-Free Jackets, and fleece styles for children and babies for $16.00 plus shipping. Good luck!


Super Cheap Elmers glue and Sharpie highlighters at Amazon August 8, 2010

Filed under: Amazon,Online Deals — Kimberly @ 1:46 PM

I’m in a hurry so I don’t have time to post the details but check out this post on Slick Deals to find out more If you subscribe to Amazon Prime (free shipping) it makes for a pretty sweet deal. $10 off $10 code August 7, 2010

Filed under: JCPenney,Online Deals — Kimberly @ 12:37 PM has a $10 off any $10 or more purchase code valid from August 9th- August 24th. Use code TEN2YOU. Check your mailboxes as well because if you are a rewards member you will receive the $10 off  a $10 purchase coupon to use in-store which could potentially get you a free item or close to it. Not  a member yet? Signing up for future rewards is simple to do and free, just go to and you’ll be eligible for their next round of rewards!


Super Deal on Olay and Venus, Axe too!

Filed under: Online Deals — Kimberly @ 11:50 AM

Target has the Olay Ultra Moisture Gift Collection with Venus Embrace available for $7.00 plus free shipping. Use code TOEY738U for an additional 10% off making each set only $6.30 shipped!  If you enlarge the photo it says it includes (one) 12 oz body wash, (one) 2 oz body wash, (one) 4.25 oz body bar, (one) 8.4 oz body lotion, (one) puff, (one) Venus Embrace razor w/one cartridge, and one bag. This would be great to send in a college care package, to a female soldier, to give as a gift or donation, or to simply keep on hand for yourself! There are other similar sets available as well for a little more money such as this Gillette Venus Spa Breeze 3 pc. Holiday Gift Pack for $8.99 with free shipping (don’t forget to use the code above for an additional 10% off).  Or for the teenage boys and men in your life there are four different Axe  shower gel sets available, only $6.99 each plus free shipping before code. The Axe doesn’t seem like it is quite as big of a savings but it is still cheaper than buying the gels separately and would make a good gift to ship to your college son or a soldier.

Note: You enter the code at the very last step of checkout before submitting your order. Also I just remembered I live in the only state in the country without a Target, so I didn’t get charged for sales tax. Everyone else that does not live here will probably be charged sales tax for your order making your total slightly higher than I mentioned above.


Coldwater Creek May 6, 2010

Filed under: Online Deals — Kimberly @ 9:49 AM

Check out this post on how to save big at Coldwater Creek! The price on the Soap Stones is even better than she has listed as she didn’t post the price after the additional 25% off.


Crabtree & Evelyn $10 off $10 May 4, 2010

Filed under: Online Deals — Kimberly @ 7:02 PM

Crabtree & Evelyn currently has a $10 off a $10 purchase code available. Use  coupon code MOM210 at checkout.  It appears to work on items under $10 as well by deducting the rest from your shipping costs so you may only end up having to pay a dollar or two for a small item!

Offer found on Money Saving Mom’s blog.