Monday’s Mailbox and freebie round-up

This week's mail was much better than last week and it contained a few surprises for me! Here's what I got:Cookie magazine courtesy of Start Sampling - no longer available, but they have several other magazine samples that you can currently request.Sample of Smashbox O-Gloss lip gloss - it was a text-in offer from Allure magazine, no longer available. Definitely a surprise because I hadn't ever texted for a free sample and so I didn't think it would show up! But Smashbox freebies are fairly common, so I will post the next time I find one available!Biore scrub and serum - no longer available, but received via WalMart's freebie site.Another Ponds Clean Sweep towellette - still available! Request here, and Costco number is not required.Dove shampoo and conditioner sample - no longer available from the Dove website, however they do have other samples currently available.Glad Foreflex trash bag sample - no longer available from the Sam's Club website.Two certificates for a free bag of … [Read more...]

CVS to buy Longs?!

According to this Yahoo news story, CVS will be buying Longs Drug Stores and converting them to CVS stores next year. While it is a little sad to see Longs go, this is awesome news for those of us who like to find a good deal! There are several Longs Drugs around and if they all convert then we are in for an excellent treat as CVS has a great incentive program and sweet deals. There are a lot of CVS fans in the "frugal blog-o-sphere," and I've always been disappointed that we don't have them up here in Northern California. I did get to try out a CVS store once, on an out-of-state vacation. We stopped in a little town that we wouldn't have normally stopped in just so I could see what the big deal was. It was a great shopping trip! I will be very anxious and on the look-out for when the Longs to CVS transition starts. … [Read more...]

More shopping treats!

Bring this coupon with you to any The Body Shop store and receive $10 off a purchase of $10 or more, and it's valid until 9/15. There are three locations in the Sacramento/Roseville area: Downtown Plaza, Arden Fair Mall, and the Roseville Galleria. Purchase a medium or large drink at McDonald's and receive a free Southern Style Chicken Biscuit or Sandwich FREE with this coupon. Note the small print: Coupon must be printed from a color printer. … [Read more...]

Shopping this weekend?

Here are some great tips and coupons to use while you're out and about:Mervyns is having a 1-day sale tomorrow! They'll have 100 early bird specials and you can reeive an extra 15% off your purchase if you use your Mervyn's card. PLUS, be one of the first 150 shoppers between 7-8am and you'll get a FREE $20 GIFT CARD!Miscellaneous printable  … [Read more...]

Big Fun at The California State Fair

Think you can't do the State Fair on the cheap? It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to spend the day at the fair, just know when and where to go to take advantage of the discounts and freebies! Visit BigFun for more information. Here are some highlights:Every Tuesday is Kid's Day! Kids 12 and under receive FREE admission all day, and midway rides are $1 for everyone until 11 p.m!Parking is free before 4 p.m. at Cal Expo on Mondays and Thursdays - that's a savings of $8 right there!For FREE food samples, just visit the Save Mart Supermarkets California Foodstyle Building in Expo Center Bldg. 2, any day of the Fair! … [Read more...]

Free Organic Sample Pack from Naturally Savvy

Receive free samples and coupons from Naturally Savvy that include Nature's Path Organic, Blue Diamond, Quantum Health, and Dr. Ken's. Fill out the form and short survey to receive the sample pack and you'll automatically be entered to win an gift basket fill with organic goodies! … [Read more...]

Join Right@Home today and receive a Ziploc giftpack

The first 10,000 people who join Right@Home will receive a Ziploc gift pack that includes Ziploc samples and several coupons. I'm already a member and have mentioned Right@Home at least a couple times on this blog as a great way to get coupons and other goodies. … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tips

Free sample of Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Foot CremeFree Mustela BPA-free breastmilk bottleTake a short survey from Procter & Gamble and receive $74 in couponsFree sample of Post-it Super Sticky Recycled NotesVisit Mighty Dog's website to print out a coupon for a FREE can of MightyDog dogfoodFree Child ID kit from Picture People … [Read more...]

Walgreens deals update

Shopping trips like today's are the reason I love Walgreens. I wasn't too excited about the deals this week, because I would be paying more out of pocket than I normally do, but was looking forward to it nevertheless because of the great ESRs. Well, I had a better experience than I thought I would and am planning out a return trip. Here's what I did:First transaction was two bottles of ALL Small & Mighty. I wasn't sure if they would ring up at 2/$8 (because there were no sale tags and the picture in the ad had a different bottle of ALL), but wanted to check so that I could use my $1 off coupons. They rang up at $1.50 on sale! So I bought both bottles for $3, used two $1 off coupons, paid $1.23 OOP and got a $2 Register Reward and a catalina coupon for a FREE 20 oz Sobe Life Water. Sweetest deal ever.Second transaction was four bags of Hershey's Bliss chocolates, two packages of Bic pens, and two Glade scented oil candles. Here's how this one broke down: Total before coupons: … [Read more...]

Mini-mailbox Monday

Ugh. This was not a good freebie week for me, so I didn't even bother taking a picture. I received a sample of Pledge Multi-surface wipes and a sample pack of Tampax Pearl - both from Wal-Mart. But having slow freebie/deal weeks help balance out the weeks where there are plenty and remind me to be thankful for what does come. What do you do with the samples that you get? About half of the samples I request I am able to use right away or have a plan to use them (laundry detergents, cleaning products, office products). The rest have come in handy for vacationing - I rarely have to purchase any travel-sized items - or when I run out of something (like lotion or toothpaste) and don't have time to get to the store before I'll need it again. Another thing I like to do with the free samples I receive is to use them for our 72-hour Emergency Kits. The toiletry and food samples are especially handy for that. Donations are another way to make good use of freebies - this summer I was able to … [Read more...]

This week at Walgreens…

Here is my plan for Walgreens deals this week:Bic pens (8 pack blue or black ink) are 2/$1. Use $1/2 printable manufacturer's coupons and you'll get two bags for $2.ALL laundry detergent is 2/$8 with a $2 RR. Use two $1/1 coupons from prior newspaper inserts (or this printable) and you'll get both for only $4.Where are you doing your deal shopping this week? Visit The Grocery Gathering over at BeCentsable to find out what your stores deals are and what coupons you can use to maximize the deal! … [Read more...]

Going shopping today?

Here are a couple deals around town:Build-a-Bear has new freebies each week, with no purchase necessary! Stop by one of their stores to pick one up. Item will vary by store and changes each week. Past offerings have been a poster, a notebook, and a pencil case.Circuit City is having a "Sales Tax Holiday" this weekend - which means you don't have to pay sales tax on any purchase in-store!Best Buy has a printable coupon for this weekend for a free BB gift card with purchase. You'll get a $10 GC with a $100 purchase, $50 with $500 purchase, and $100 with a $1,000 purchase. Here's a Gymboree printable coupon good for 20% off your entire purchase!Bath & Body Works has a couple coupons - Free Sweetest Softest Socks on Earth with any $15 purchase (exp. 9/2), and Free 2 oz. Signature Collection Body Lotion with any purchase (exp. 8/27).Check out my post from Thursday which has other coupons and deals that are still valid for this weekend. … [Read more...]

$25 Restaurant.com Certificate for only $2!

Visit restaurant.com and search by zip code to find participating restaurants in the area. The discount code is FIRST. Be sure to read all the restrictions before purchasing! … [Read more...]

Free Frozen Yogurt!

Woot! Frozen yogurt bars are becoming quite the fad in Sacramento lately, and TODAY is Lickity Split's grand opening in the Safeway Shopping Center on the corner of Madison Avenue and Dewey Drive. They will be serving up FREE frozen yogurt from 5-7 pm. They have six flavors of yogurt and over 60 toppings! It's self-service and priced by weight (when it's not free!). … [Read more...]

Freebies, Coupons, and Rebates

Free sample of new Always Infinity PadsPrintable 15% off one item at … [Read more...]

Target deals this week

Thanks to Charlene for sending in the following Target tip:Wanted to let you know I was at Target on Douglas and Rocky Ridge this afternoon and they still have a few good clearance deals going on.  The big boxes of Pampers Cruisers were on clearance from 27.99 to 13.99.  They are on a front end cap and I had to really look to find the price since they weren't well marked.  They are all the way at the end of the store near the diaper aisle.  There were still tons of Size 6 and a few size 3 and 5 left.  With the 1.50 q from last week they were 12.50 for 88 diapers, which is an excellent price for Pampers.  Also got 2 bottles of Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise for 1.58- with the  $1/1 q from the last insert it was .58!  Would love to know if anyone has spotted a decent selection of Valuepak stuff at any other stores- the cereal, tp, paper towels and detergent should be 50% by now and a great deal.I can confirm that the Target on Sunrise Boulevard has their Valupak items all on clearance as … [Read more...]

TableTalk from Raley’s and Bel-Air

Thanks to an anonymous reader tip I've learned of Raley's and Bel Air's weekly e-coupons. Sign up here and receive store coupons emailed to you each Wednesday. I received my first email this morning and it included six store coupons. The most notable were one for a free reusable grocery bag with a $10 purchase, another for a free guacamole mix when you buy two avocados (they're on sale 2/$3 this week), and one for $1 off Cascadian Farm organic granola bars. The Cascadian Farm store coupon has the potential of making a sweet deal if they allow you to combine the store coupon with this$1 off  manufacturer's coupon. The fine print on the coupon says not to be combined with other coupons or offers, but it's always worth a try, most every store I shop at takes store coupons in combination with manufacturer's coupons. Another nice little tip about Raley's and Bel Air is that they will prepare your meat or fish order with any marinade or rub for free while you wait!  … [Read more...]

More Tipster Tuesday

Today is the last day of a great deal on cereal at Safeway. They have an in-ad store coupon for buy 4 General Mills cereals for $6 (with your Safeway Club card). There are several combinations of General Mills manufacturer's coupons you could use in addition to the store coupon (printables can be found here, here, here, or here) and then you may be able to snag four boxes of cereal of $2 total! Be one of the first 10,000 entrants in the Right@Home Welcome Home Pack Giveaway and you could receive a free 10-count pack of medium Ziploc Brand Zip 'n Steam Microwave Steam Cooking Bags and one Glade Air Infusions in Clean Linen fragrance. In addition, each gift pack includes coupons for Pledge, Oust, Glade and Shout products-with a total value of $3.80. When you enter your info you won't know if you are part of the 10,000...until three months later when this shows up in your mailbox. I've entered for their giveaways each time they do them (usually once or twice a season) and a few months … [Read more...]

Mailbox Monday!

The week started off slow, I didn't know if I would have anything to show, but by Saturday I had plenty of freebies filling my mailbox.Esquire and ReadyMade magazines - no longer available, but received both free subscriptions from StartSampling.Pond's Clean Sweep - no longer available from Wal-Mart's freebie site.Misc. Notecards - four funky little notecards from a VocalPoint promotion.American Greetings card - no longer available from Wal-Mart's website. It's a high quality card, with glitter and ribbon embellishments, and came with a coupon for a free American Greetings card!Uncle Ben's Ready Rice - I was surprised that an actual full-size product came, not a coupon or a trial-size sample. This is no longer available, but received it via the SmartSource coupon site.Wobensym N - I received 5 packets of this immunity support supplement, but I have no idea where it came from! Makes me a little leery...Over $12 in rebate checks came this week!Want to fill your mailbox? Here are a few … [Read more...]

Run, don’t walk…

...to get this month's issue of All You magazine - but remember, they only carry it at Wal-Mart (for $1.77) or via subscription. This is the kind of magazine that you don't read for the articles (*chuckle*). While they are great, with some awesome craft projects and recipes, the real reason to get All You is for the awesome coupons it has! This month's issue alone has 5 coupons for FREE products - Free Kraft Singles, Free Crystal Light, Free Kraft Salad Dressing, Free Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs, and Free Nabisco Wheat Thins - on top of many other money-saving coupons (the picture doesn't contain all the coupons available, I hadn't cut out all of them yet!). It is well worth the cover cost. But hurry, because people who are 'in the know' about what coupons are in there will be buying several at a time. … [Read more...]