10.21.2014

CVS Coupon Haul - Money Maker!

Did my 1st CVS haul today with my mom!! See below - I got 2 - 2L bottles of coke, 2 bottles of fiber creamer, a bottle of water, and a lubricant gel - and it was a MONEY MAKER! I got paid $4.50 after coupons and CVS Extra Care Bucks Rebates! I am addicted - this is fun! 


Do you have any couponing tips? 




10.20.2014

Adventures in Couponing!

Happy MIMM!

As I am on disability and trying to get in the habit of blogging and doing hobbies again, my mom and I decided to try our luck in COUPONING a little bit this week! We had some busts and successes - I am excited to learn more.

Here are the goods that we got deals on:

Dollar Tree: Saved $2.50 - (got 2 freebies)! With tax, saved 57%
So, I read on so many blogs about couponing that you can get a lot of freebies on brand name items at the Dollar Tree, because so many products offer $1 off coupons.. and I got excited! Turns out that when we went to our local store, there weren't too many of these products available to us. At least we saved $2 - got 2 free items = the trident gum and the toothpaste! Better than nothing.

Walmart: Saved $9.75 - 29.78% savings Had  coupons for the scrubbin bubbles, starbucks drink, dawn dish soap, baby wipes, peanuts, juicy fruit, magazine, nut butter sample, and foundation. I also used Walmart's savings catcher app, which will be giving us a little over $4 back.




































    I also bought these 3 cute black & white accordian folders below from Dollar Tree to organize some of my coupons in from now on. And I got the binder & baseball card clear sleeves from Walmart. I don't want to spend a lot of money on organizing, because I feel like that defeats the purpose until I have saved a lot of money couponing 1st!

    I spent Friday night organizing, so I tried another trip with my Mom on Saturday to Target. Here is what we got - 2 boxes of tampons, 3 bottles of detergent, 1 bag of dish pods, 1 container of cleaning wipes, egg beaters and 3 axe deodarant bonus packs.

    Target = $52.59 worth of product for $4.09!!! We used printed, newspaper, and target coupons, plus we got gift cards back, a rebate on the dish pods, and the target 5% off with red card. 92% savings!! Now that was fun!

    Do you coupon?
    Do you have any tips for this newcomer? 


    10.16.2014

    Graze.com Snack Subscription Box Review!

    Try a Graze.com Snack Subscription Box today! CLICK HERE & use code: L67X64D7P



    My mom and I tried the following from this box:

    lime flavored raisins, sponge pieces, mini meringues and green raisins
    Our review - OK. The meringues and sponge pieces didn't have much taste. 
    Raisins were good, though. 

    salt and vinegar almonds and peanuts
    These were good! Not too salty or vinegary tasting. 
    The peanuts were really big and tasty. 

    red onion marmalade with cheese and chive oatbakes
    We are too afraid to try this one. 
    I will probably give it to my Dad. 
    I would rather have a sweet jam vs. a savory one. 

    pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate buttons and cranberries
    This was the best snack in the box. 
    I love pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries.. 
    but the big dark chocolate buttons were delicious! 

    Have you or will you try a Graze.com snack box or subscription?
    Are there any other snack subscription boxes that you have tried or would recommend?



    10.14.2014

    My new FAVORITE JEANS!!

    I have a new FAV JEANS find!! So excited.

    I have been a loyal 7FAM - 7 For All Mankind jeans buyer since the early 2000s, during college, when well made designer jeans were really becoming a trend. The 7 jeans have always fit me really well - not to low or high on the waist, perfect where I am "hippy", good lengths, and amazing quality. Size 27 was perfect for me for a long time - 26 when I was feeling skinny, and 28 probably during the holidays :P.. So I haven't bought new jeans in a while - I have been wearing the same holey Lucky Brand jeans all year, and I love them, but I couldn't really find another pair that I liked at the Lucky Store. They are similar to these Charlie Skinny Lucky Jeans.

    I went to Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago, tried on a few pairs of jeans on a whim, and found a new best friend named PAIGE. The color and texture and stretch is so perfect. The length is perfect for me at 5'2.5", and I just love them so much. They retail around $179 - which I would never spend on a pair of jeans. I really refuse to pay retail whenever possible, especially on clothing. They had a 30% off sale that day, so with tax, I think I paid around $130.. and will of course earn points on my Nordstrom Visa. Aren't they beautiful?!


    Here are some links to the same jeans I found on other websites:


    The name of the jeans is PAIGE Verdugo Ultra Skinny - Mid Rise - Ultra Skinny, the Nottingham color. I am a little on the thin side right now, since I have been ill this year - but the jeans have a good stretch, so I think the 26 should be perfect for a while. They also keep their shape really well - as I have seen, and as the sales clerk informed me. I almost don't want to wash them yet! They are already so luxuriously soft.

    Then - this past weekend, I happened to be cruising a Nordstrom Rack (heaven) - and randomly found a black pair!! Size 26 - perfect fit again - Black Dahlia color, and a 55% savings for $79.99!! Used Nordy card, so will get points for that too. Here is the same pair at Bloomies:



    So, anyways - you're welcome.
    Had to brag and share! I love a good pair of fabulous jeans!

    Have you tried PAIGE? 
    What are your favorite jeans?



    10.13.2014

    Julep Nail Polish - FREE BOX offer for Halloween!

    Check this freebie out! I just signed up to get mine! I love some fun nails for Halloween & Fall.
    Julep Nail Polish - FREE BOX offer for Halloween:

    Julep nail polish has a great offer for Halloween - a FREE BOX - retails for $24.99 and is advertised to be $100 in value - you just pay $2.99 for shipping.  Click here to signup: https://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/1403013/
    Add "Trick or Treat Mystery Box" to your shopping cart, then use the promo code FREETREATS - to get your free box by mail this month.


    Disclosure - You are signing up after this 1st box, but you will be emailed on 10/20 with a preview of the next box. At this time, you need to cancel your subscription if you don't want to pay or recieve any more product, but calling 877-651-3292 by 10/24, to avoid being charged on 10/27.

    Did you sign up? Let me know!
    What are you doing for Halloween this year?





    10.01.2014

    Nike Women - Pop Sugar Must Have Gift Card Redeemed Today!

    Deal Alert! I redeemed my Nike Women gift card today, that I received in my Pop Sugar Must Have Box from September that I posted about yesterday. As I mentioned, I don't usually use these because you end up paying more than you would have normally if you didn't have the gift card or code. But, this said no minimum purchase amount, so I had to check it out.

    I don't need shoes and pants are too expensive, so I got this red workout shirt!
    Breakdown = $30 shirt on clearance price of $19.97. After shipping & handling for $15 2-day shipping + 1.60 tax = $36.57. Then I used my $20 promo code from Pop Sugar, for $16.57. Then, they also included a code for the 2-day shipping free.. so, subtract another $15 and my total was $1.57 -- less than $2!!! Check out the shirt and breakdown below. It is Laser Crimson color.


    What do you think? I love a great deal!


    9.29.2014

    September Pop Sugar Must Have Box Review! MIMM #14

    Hey fit fashionistas! 

    Good to be blogging today. If you know me at all off the blog, you know that I have been ill for almost a year now, so that is why I haven't posted in probably a year or more. I have had my ups and downs all year long - right now I am in an up-mode of getting better, but I need to wait till the end of November to make sure my new medication works and I stay well. It is scary and hard, but I am a fighter and I am determined to never quite. Life is so precious, and I just want another chance. I am trying to be as positive as possible, because it has been so long and I have to, if I want to get through this! If you want to read more about this past year and my condition - my website and blog are HERE. I would like to also post this review today on Katie's MIMM site HERE, since I keep in contact with her and really miss being a part of her Healthy Diva blogger community. This will be my 14th MIMM post, and my last one was almost a year ago for the October 2013 box. 

    I am so glad I am able to sit at the computer and concentrate on typing some more now and I recently got this September Pop Sugar Must Have Box in the mail, while I am staying with my parents - so I thought it would be fun and good practice to sit down and review it for my readers. I have been wanting to do a blog post again for some time now, and it does make me feel a little more like me! 

    If you want to sign up to get these boxes in the mail every month, you can CLICK HERE on the Pop Sugar Must Have sign up link, and you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off of your 1st box! Regular monthly cost is $39.95, and I think you can purchase on a month to month schedule, or in bundles of 3-6 months at a time. 

    Here are the contents of the box after I took them out on my mom's dining room table:

    It is fun to get a surprise in the mail each month, with special things inside that you might like to try or give to someone, and you get to learn about new companies and try new products - I just think it is really fun, like having a stocking or birthday gift come in the mail every month.

    The Tilo scarf you see is valued at $125. I think it is a long and silky feeling, very good quality scarf, but - I could never actually spend $125 on a scarf. If this scarf is really worth this much, what a nice addition to this month's box! It is an ombre multicolor of light blues and purples, and I think it will be really cute with jeans and boots for fall this year. I am not good at tying scarves, but I found this on Pinterest that I can use this fall for ideas: 15 Ways To Tie Scarves.

    We (the shoppers) got a packet of 5 Letter C pencils and a little sharpener - valued at $5. They are black with little gold foil arrows on them, and are super cute for a nice pen/ pencil jar at your desk or in your room. My mom and I have been doing crossword puzzles every morning since I have stayed with her, and she sharpened them up for me. I wish the lead was softer and darker - it is a bit hard and sharp. But the pencils are cute, so I still like them! I gave mom a couple to keep and I kept the little sharpener. I will probably use it for my makeup pencils actually (beauty gurus, don't slap me!).

    The purplish blue Nicole Miller earbuds come in a really nice white box/ packaging, which I think would be cute to gift to someone in a stocking for Christmas or a birthday, if you wanted to. They are valued at $20. I kept mine - I am always misplacing or breaking earbuds, so an extra pair stashed in a random drawer always comes in handy. They come with different sized rubber earbud replacements - so that is nice if you don't like the fit that comes on them.

    Rifle Paper Co. provided a box set of super super cute notecards, valued at $18. This is probably my favorite item included this month, because I am one of those girls that is a freak for paper and cute stationary. I love snail mail, I love sending and receiving cards in the mail - and these are fashionista/ glam/ chic type of plain cards with fashion illustrations on the front that you could just send your girlfriend or mom or even coworker to thank them for something or write them a note. Love this.

    There was an Urban Remedy Vegan Brownie in the box - valued at $6. I set it aside when I 1st got the box because it didn't look like it would taste very good! lol. I found it today when I decided to do this review post, and split it with my mom. OMG it was so good, I want another one. It was soft and moist and gluten free and vegan. This would also be a cool treat to put in your fit friends' stockings or gifts this year. They also threw in a card for $10 off any purchase, but you have to place a minimum $50 order to use it. I don't usually use most of these - I will explain when I get to the end of this review when I talk about the Nike card.

    I got a black purse sized can of Oribe Superfine Hairspray, that I didn't think too much of at 1st. I put it in my bathroom and used it the other day when I went to brunch by the beach with my best friend. I had a ponytail in, and my hair kind of "bumped up" on the top. The hairspray worked good, not sticky and really held my hair in place with the salty humid air. It didn't have a good or bad smell to me - kind of neutral, which is fine. The crazy thing is that when I looked it up online, I found it it was worth $21.50 at Neiman Marcus. For such a small little travel hairspray, too! So, must be good stuff, right? Maybe they should spice up the packaging a little to make it look as expensive as it is? Just a thought.

    Ghirardelli included a "special extra" in the box - which was a blue bag of Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond minis pouch, valued at $6. More chocolate? I won't complain, although I do like to get other jewelry and fashion or books better. I love chocolate and sea salt, but would prefer dark chocolate. They are super tiny, which I like, and I keep them in the bottom drawer of the fridge because I like them cold. I would suggest that the pouch be resealable, because after you cut it, you just have an open bag, and I like to be able to seal it up so you can throw it in a drawer or pantry somewhere. Oh, but I do like the individual wrapping, to keep me in check so I don't eat 10 at a time!

    Nike sent a $20 gift card, in a really cute black package with a bow. It says that you have to register on the site, and you get $20 and free 2-day shipping. I don't think there is a minimum purchase requirement, so I really like that. I hate gift cards or discount codes from companies that force you to spend a certain amount of money to use the discount (see above re: the brownie bar). If you really just want a customer to try out your products, they might not spend $75-100 to get the $20 off, for example. I might use this Nike card though to buy a gift for someone or to get a pair of walking shorts or sports bra? Maybe a shirt for my mom or hairbands? I don't know, but you have to use it by end of October. The card also came with a neon yellow measuring tape that you can use for fitness/ body measurements - and I always end up using these to measure furniture or items to put on eBay or Craigslist!

    Overall, if I add up the "valued" prices of everything in this month's package, I get around $220 or so worth of loot .. which is a great deal for the only $39.95 that I paid for the Pop Sugar box! I will definitely use the scarf and love the note cards the most - but I do wish there was another fun girly item like earrings, a bracelet, nail polish, a book, or clothing item. Good mix of fitness and fashionista this month though.. and chocolate. :) Looking forward to October! 

    Comment below! 

    Do you subscribe to Pop Sugar Must Have, or any other subscription boxes? If so, which are your favorite?

    Did you get this September box too? If so, what did you think and what are your favorite(s)? Or, send me a link to your blog if you reviewed it too!

    Note:

    My blog is probably a complete mess, because I was trying to switch over to WordPress before I got sick, and never quite got finished. Some of the images on my blog are funky right now, and links might not work.. but the important thing is that I did something I like doing, typed a post, and got to share my review with all of you! #positiveoftheday



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