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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.

B&BW

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

TCP

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?!

 

Ramblings on freebies and de-cluttering September 3, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kimberly @ 10:57 AM

This blog sure is quiet lately. I can’t speak for the other three ladies, but I haven’t been posting lately because I have been trying to RID myself of stuff, not bring more stuff in. So there hasn’t been a lot of deal shopping going on. Yes, finally my post about simplying months ago is starting to come to fruitation. I guess even though I was feeling the urge months ago I just wasn’t quite ready yet. Anything that’s been purchased lately was more because it was a necessity (such as some clothing items and shoes that were needed for school) not because it was a great bargain. I did, however, score a couple of freebies from Amazon.com (I can’t resist good free stuff). They recently sent me an email for a $10 credit to use on anything on their site that they sell directly (no 3rd party sellers) because I made magazine purchases with them in the past (deeply discounted subscriptions paid with gift cards earned from Swagbucks if I remember correctly). I know they were probably hoping I’d order another magazine subscription that was over $10, but instead I searched the office supplies because I knew they were having some back-to-school deals, and got some nice pencils and some Crayola oil pastels (these were marked down). With my subscription to Amazon Prime I ended up paying nothing. These can be stashed away for when we need them, sent to school, used as stocking stuffers, or the pencils (not the pastels because they could melt) could be used in a Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child Shoebox. I always take advantage of this kind of offer when one comes my way even if I don’t need anything at the moment because I can always find something to gift or donate.

As far as ridding myself of clutter… it’s going slowly. Not because I haven’t been motivated, but because re-homing  everything is taking longer than I would like. But I have tossed some things, given several things away in “Free” boxes put out on the curb, have offered clothing as hand-me-downs (waiting for a reply) to my nephews, and have organized an Accessory Swap Party to take place later this month (my friends will hopefully benefit from my purse obsession).  The plan was to have a garage sale but summer is winding down and it has not happened. Not wanting to continue to store the items until next year is a big reason why I’m taking alternative routes in getting rid of them. I try not to think too much about the money I (or others in the case of gifts) spent on them (especially the things I bought before I became a bargain shopper) and how I could make back at least a portion of it if I sold it instead of gave it away. Instead I’m reminding myself I’m still being green by giving, I’m claiming my space back which is good for my sanity, I’m hopefully helping others in the process, and the items have served their purpose with me so therefore (most of them) have already paid for themselves. Giving the items away is also a good inspiration for me to think twice before buying things that I don’t really need in the future! I find giving away items that served me well is much easier than items that were rarely used. That’s actually a bit opposite than I expected it would be, but that must be the cheap me coming out and overpowering the sentimental me!

Do you prefer a simple household or do you like having your closets brimming with options? How do you deal with the items you no longer want or need? Have you ever found yourself doing a complete 180 (sort of like I’m feeling like right now) and gone from a shop-a-holic to more of a minimalist, if so how’d it turn out? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

 

P&G $10 MIR When You Buy $30 of Participating Products August 8, 2010

Filed under: Rebates — Kimberly @ 2:07 PM

P&G is offering another great MIR. Go here for the details and printable rebate form. Qualifying items include Venus, Olay, Secret, Cover Girl, and Pantene. Combined with some great coupons and sales you should be able to get yourself a good deal. Offer is good until 9/17/10.

 

Free Copy of The Big Book Of Fun (National Geographic Kids)

Filed under: Mail In Offer — Kimberly @ 1:56 PM

To get your free copy of The Big Book of Fun buy four of the products from the list of participating products (Skippy peanut butter, Suave Kids body wash, Suave Kids hair products, or Popsicle)  fill out the rebate form found here with your information and product UPC codes, and mail it in. Offer lasts until Sept. 30, 2010 or while supplies last.  Offer spotted on Money Saving’s Mom Facebook page.

 

Super Cheap Elmers glue and Sharpie highlighters at Amazon

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 http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=2169108. If you subscribe to Amazon Prime (free shipping) it makes for a pretty sweet deal.

 

JCPenney.com $10 off $10 code August 7, 2010

Filed under: JCPenney,Online Deals — Kimberly @ 12:37 PM

JCPenney.com 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 www.jcprewards.com 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.