Monday, February 28, 2011

My Music Monday

Well, my laptop is about to die so I'll make this short and sweet. This is an Alicia Keys classic that is ten years old but still awesome. Give it a listen

Winner of Get Ready for Pilates dvd giveaway

The winner of the Get Ready for Pilates Giveaway is Beckeesdeals! I will contact you via email for contact info. Thanks for the entries!

If I were abducted by aliens...

Being a mom is great most of the time. Spending time with your children, watching them grow up, and seeing their personalities come out is fun. Sometimes you have to do stuff that’s not as much fun too though. It comes with the territory. Your kids may think they could do without you, but then they would miss at least ten things that are unique to you.

The new Disney movie coming out March 11th called “Mars Needs Moms,” is all about a kid whose mother is mom-napped by aliens. He has to go on a quest to bring her back home. Here’s a list of ten things that I think MY little guy would miss if I were abducted by aliens.

Good morning hugs
My little guy might not own up to it, but I know he would miss hugs in the morning. There is nothing sweeter than seeing him first thing in the morning in his cute little p.j.’s. I can never resist scooping him up and giving him hugs and kisses. He could probably do without the kisses though, if I had to guess.

Back rubs
I’m pretty sure that Ezra would miss backrubs. When I rub his back, he puts his thumb in his mouth and lays his head on me. If he is anything like his mommy, he loves getting a backrub.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Three Things you can do to Improve Your Credit Score Now

This series of articles has to do with improving credit score. If you have problems with your credit score, there are many doors that are not open to you. Credit score is important for anyone who uses credit for any reason. When you purchase items on credit, your credit score determines whether you pay a high finance charge, or whether you pay a low finance charge. Most people finance big ticket items such as cars and homes. If you have a poor credit score you may be forced to spend a lot more than you would if your score was good. Or, even worse than that, you may not be able to get approved for loans at all.

There are three things that you can do now to improve your credit score immediately: be punctual when paying bills, keep old accounts open, and don’t take on unnecessary new debt.

Pay your bills on time
The first thing you can do to improve your credit score immediately is to pay your bills on time. Every month when your bills are do you must pay them on time. Don’t just try to pay your bills before the grace period ends. Make every effort to get your bills paid on or before the due date. When you go thirty or more days past the due date, you get a negative mark on your credit score. These marks usually remain on your credit report for seven years.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ji Ga Zo review

Have you tried Ji Ga Zo yet? It is a new puzzle from Hasbro. Ji Ga Zo originates from the puzzle game that is popular in Japan. The way it works is a user takes a picture (or I guess you could find one on the Internet too) and uploads it. After it is uploaded you print out a type of map that has different symbols on it the back. These symbols are what help you to put together the puzzle.

There are 300 puzzle pieces that make up the puzzle. The neat thing about this is that the pieces are not in color. They are like different shades of sepia. It looks like a jumble of puzzle pieces when you start but when you finish, using the symbol map, you have a picture of whatever you want. This can be used over and over to recreate millions of puzzles.

The game includes a CD that helps you to create your picture puzzle. It takes no time to set up! All you have to do it take a picture, upload it to the program, and the program creates a map of symbols that when assembled correctly, will give you the picture that you want. So you are not looking for different pieces of a puzzle like you would with a normal puzzle. You would instead look for the symbols and after all of the symbols are in the right place, you have a picture. It is too neat!

If you like puzzles, you will love this game. You never have to do the same puzzle twice. So instead of buying new puzzles all the time, you can just take a new picture. Once you finish assembling your puzzle you can take pictures of it for your album. One neat idea is that you can take a picture of your child in various stages in their life, assemble a puzzle, and take a picture of it. These are like Monet’s to me. Up close you can’t really tell what they are but when you step back, the picture appears. This is a really neat idea and our family enjoyed it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cash giveaway for February/March

Alright so I am doing a monthly paypal cash giveaway of $10 for my loyal subscribers. However, since my last giveaway ended in the middle of February, this giveaway will be for the remainder of February and will run through the end of March. Because of that, I'm going to give away another $20 to one subscriber! Here is what you have to do to get your entry.

* You must be a subscriber
* You must be a Facebook "Like"er

Use the google doc form below to tell me your email address and facebook name. This time, I'm only counting entries that go into the google doc form below. It's too time consuming to count google doc entries and comments. After you've done the google doc entry you may leave a comment if you like, but that's only optional.

It will take only a couple of minutes for you to do if you're not already doing those two things. This giveaway starts today (2/22) and ends 3/31/11. I will use to pick one winner. Leave me a comment in the google doc form for the mandatory entries. I will send the winner $20 cash to his or her paypal account, so make sure you have one. Thanks for being readers :)

Make Money Mystery Shopping part 5

Alright, as promised, I have a list of mystery shopping companies for those who are interested! All you have to do to get your list is subscribe, and then put your email address into my google document (below). I'll send the list to your email address. Thanks for being a reader!

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Music Monday

I totally forgot about My Music Monday last week! I think I had my big giveaways ending and it just slipped my mind. This week's video is from Sade. I have loved this song for years and it is still as beautiful now as it was the first time I heard it as a child. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Winners of Pedialax and CSN

The winner of the Pedialax gummy giveaway is #1 jtfilleman

The winner of the CSN giveaway is comment #200 richardrachel

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Best of Kroger

Mega Sale: Buy 10, Get $3 Off NOW and Save $3 Later (Coupon will print when you complete your order) *Prices listed are AFTER the Save Now $3 is taken off!

Banquet Brown ‘N Serve Sausage or Banquet Entree, 58¢

Banquet Chicken, $3.69
$1/1 Banquet Chicken in the Jan. All You Magazine

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix, $1.69
$0.50/1 Betty Crocker Brownie or Dessert Mixes, exp 3/26/2011 (2/13/2011 GM)

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, $1.69
$.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix here and here
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Pouch, exp 4/9/2011 (2/13/2011 GM)

Betty Crocker Dessert Bar Mix, $1.69

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, $1.89 *Load Kroger eCoupon and Cellfire
$.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks at
$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, exp 4/9/2011 (2/13/2011 GM)
$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, exp 2/26/2011 (1/2/2011 GM)

Betty Crocker Muffin Mix, $1.69

Bounty Paper Towels, $6.69 *Load Kroger eCoupon
$0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins, exp 2/28/2011 (1/30/2011 PG)

Bryers Ice Cream, $2.69

Campbell’s Chunky Soup or Chowder, $1.29
$1/3 Campbell’s Chunky Soups at
$.50/2 Campbell’s Chunky Soups at
$1.50/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soups at
$2/5 Campbell’s Chunky Soups at
$0.50/2 Campbell’s Select Harvest or Chunky Soup, exp 3/20/2011 (2/6/2011 SS)
$1/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soup Chili Cans or Bowls, exp 3/6/2011 (1/23/2011 SS)

See a complete list of match-ups at Shopping Tips and Tricks

The Best of CVS

The Best of CVS

Get $1 ECB wyb Listerine SmartRinse, CoolMint, FreshBurst or Original 1L $3.99 Limit 2
$1 Listerine IP: Printable$1.50/2 Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash 500mL+ and/or Reach Toothbrush and/or Reach Floss or Reach Access Flosser SS 1/9/11
$1 Listerine Smart Rinse Anticavity Mouthwash or Listerine Agent Cool Blue Tinting Rinse 500mL or Reach Kids Toothbrush SS 1/9/11
$1 Listerine Total Care or Total Care Plus Whitening Anticavity Mouthwash 500mL/16fl.oz+ or Listerine Restoring Anticavity Mouthwash 1L SS 1/9/11

Purex 3-in-1 sheets $3.99
$3 Purex RP 2/20/11
= $0.99 after coupon

Purex liquid laundry detergent 24-32 loads $1.99
$1/1 Purex RP 2/20
= $0.99 after coupon

Tilex $2
$1 Tilex IP: Printable= $1 each after coupon

Charmin 4 pk toilet paper $2.99
$1 any Charmin - P&G Everyday Savings coupon book
= $1.99 after coupon

Thanks to Coupon Keri for the matchups. Click here for more.

The Best of Walmart match-ups

The Best of Walmart

Oscar Mayer Deli Creations Cracker Combinations $2.00
$1/2 Deli Creations printableFinal Price= $1.50 each wyb 2

Tony’s Party Pizzas $1.25
$1/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza (GM 02/13/11)
$.75/2 printableFinal Price= $.87 each wyb 2

Pledge Aerosol 12.5 oz $3.97
$1/1 Pledge Aerosol Product (SS 02/13/11)
FREE Pledge Multisurface wyb Furniture Care Aerosol (SS 02/13/11)
Final Price= $2.97 + FREE Pledge Multisurface!

Gain Fabric Softener 60 Load $4.18
$3/1 Gain Fabric Softener or Sheets (RP 02/13/11)
Final Price= $1.18

Gain Fabric 80ct Softener Sheets $3.24
$3/1 Gain Fabric Softener or Sheets (RP 02/13/11)
Final Price= $.24

Thanks to Adventures of a Couponista! Click here for more.

The Best of Walgreens

The Best of Walgreens

Get $1 RR WYB (5)$1.50 RR WYB (6), $2 RR WYB (7) Kleenex Tissue, 60ct+
Kleenex Facial Tissue 78 or 110 sheets $.89 (w/in ad Q)
$0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue PRINTABLE
B3G1 Kleenex Facial Tissues 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/10/2011)
$0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/10/2011)
$1/5 Kleenex Facial Tissue PRINTABLE
$0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue 1/2/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/27/2011)
final price as low as $0.33 ea wyb 7 and use (1) B3G1 Kleenex Facial Tissues and (2) $0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue

Get $5 RR WYB RepHresh Brilliant PH Tampons 18 pack $5.99
$1/1 RepHresh Brilliant Tampons PRINTABLE
$1/1 RepHresh Brilliant Tampons (coupon inside many boxes)
final price FREE

Get $1 RR WYB (2) Glade Surface Disinfectants & Air Sanitizers 9.7 to 32 oz. 2/$5
$1/1 Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator PRINTABLE
$1/1 Glade Premium Room Spray PRINTABLE
$1/1 Glade Fabric and Air Odor Eliminator PRINTABLE
$1/1 Glade Premium Room Spray PRINTABLE
$1/1 Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator PRINTABLE
B1G1 Glade Fabric & Odor Eliminator All You Feb 2011 (exp 6/30/2011)
$1/1 Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
$1/1 Glade Room Spray Good Housekeeping (exp 12/31/2011)

$1/1 Glade Room Spray Woman's Day (exp 12/31/2011)
$2/2 Glade Tough Odor Solutions Product Good Housekeeping (exp 12/31/2011)
$2/2 Glade Tough Odor Solutions Product Woman's Day (exp 12/31/2011)
final price as low as $0.25 ea with the B1G1 and $1/1, $1.00 ea for all others

Thanks Become a Coupon Queen for the match-up! Click here for more.

Review and giveaway of the ErgoMotion Laser Mouse

Recently I got the opportunity to review a new laser mouse for my desktop computer. It is called the ErgoMotion Laser Mouse. This mouse is ergonomically designed so it moves in a more natural way, following the movement of your hand and wrist.

This is a great product if you spend a lot of time on the computer. The patented pivot motion design of this mouse is different from the traditional mouse that you are used to using. You can move your hand and wrist more and this helps to promote blood flow.

What I loved about this product is the fact that there is no cord. You don't have to worry about the cord dragging behind your mouse so you have more freedom with this mouse to move it where it is most comfortable for you. It is easy to install, and is ready to go in no time once you get it. Here- watch this video. It can describe the mouse better than I can.

Would you like to have the chance to win one of these for your desktop computer? I have been given the opportunity to give away one to one of my readers. It has an approximate retail value of $50! This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you care about. Here is what you need to do to get your entries in:


Like Smartfish on facebook


Like me on facebook

Extra entries:

Follow me on twitter
Become a GFC follower

This giveaway is open until 3/5 at midnight eastern time. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada 18 and older. Make sure you enter this one, it's a great prize!

Review and Giveaway of Get Ready for Pilates DVD

Are you one of the people who made a resolution to be healthier this year? I was. One of the things that involves is exercising. When I got the chance to review a beginner's Pilates DVD, Get Ready for Pilates by Kathi Casey, I was excited. I have done Pilates in the past and have enjoyed the way it makes you feel after doing it.
Don't be fooled into thinking that because this is a beginner's dvd, it is going to be a breeze. Let me tell you, it is NOT. She explains everything to you because you are a beginner but it is still a workout. I was very sore after the first time I did this dvd and I'd be lying if I said that I was able to do everything she did. I had to modify many, many things!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Make money from home update

This is a follow-up post from one that I made in November. I did a post about a program that I was sponsored to write about. Click here for the full details. The program requires that you pay $10 to get a membership, and you buy referrals. When you buy referrals (which only cost about fifty cent each), you get paid.

I said that I would try out the program and let you know whether it works or not, even though I was very skeptical. I do have to say though, it does work! I made like $30. Which is not bad at all. I did get a free premium membership, which normally costs $10. But, I bought the referrals like an average customer would and it worked for me. I have to admit, I wasn't quite sure if it would work or not. I don't completely (okay, not at all) understand how it works but I got my money within like a week.

And understand, this post is not a paid post. I'm not getting paid anything to write it. The first one was sponsored but I'm simply writing this one because I told my readers that I would try the service and do a follow up post. There are no links to the site that I will get paid for if you become a member or if you click and go to the site. I just know that it worked for me and I am putting it out there for you to take a look at. Here's a link to the site. The web address is See? Just a regular address.

If you do decide to try it, let me know how it works for you. I'm curious to know if it works out for everyone else.

How to save money on your t.v. bill part 2

Last week I shared a way for you to save money on your cable or satellite bill. This week I want to share an idea that we have used to successfully save money on our satellite bill. It is all about knowing your worth as a customer. Companies want your business. When you have been a long time customer who pays your bill on time, you are valuable to them. Or, you should be. If this is not the case with your company, you should find another company.

My husband and I have Directv satellite. We have it for the NFL Sunday ticket, or should I say that HE has it for that reason. We have been with Directv for several years now. A few years ago we started seeing the great deals that Directv was offering for new customers and didn’t think it was fair. We made the decision that we would call up the company to see what they had to offer us. Eric and I decided that if they had nothing to offer us, we were going to walk. We would either switch to cable or satellite.

So we called Directv and told them that we had been a customer for three years (at the time), had never missed a payment or been late, and would like to see what they had to offer us. At the time, we were not under any type of contract. We initially signed up for the Sunday Ticket promotion when we bought our house. The promotion was something like… buy the Sunday Ticket, get all the movie channels free for like six months.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How I try to spread a little happiness each day

Happiness is too good to keep to yourself! Why not share it with those you love? I try to be a pleasant person every day but it doesn’t always work out. I am not a morning person, for starters. Secondly, I am very grouchy if I’ve not eaten. I try to spread a little happiness in my classroom for my students. It makes the classroom so much more pleasant for everyone involved.

Since I am a teacher and have to see students early in the morning, I have to put on a happy face whether I feel like it or not. Most days I’m successful. I share happiness with my students as much as possible, but I also try to share happiness at home with my husband when I can.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winners of giveaways

Sorry for the delay in getting this post done and posted! After a couple hours of tallying up entries, I am ready to announce the winners of my blog launch giveaways.

The winner of the $5 Amazon gift certificate is copperbliss

The winner of the Acquaessentials Thermal Water is Leah W.

The winner of the Acquaessentials Thermal Mud is randomletters82

The winner of the $20 Pay pal cash is mattschmunk

Congratulations! I hope you all enjoy your prizes! I have emailed these winners and will need to hear from them within 48 hours or I'll have to pick another winner. Please allow three to four weeks for me to ship the items (Thermal Water and Thermal Mud).

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. For the paypal cash giveaway, I had some people who did not enter with the google doc form. This time as long as they did the mandatory entry, I counted them. But that took a lot of time to count all the votes so from now on, the paypal thing will be with a google doc form. That's just a lot easier to count. I'm always super paranoid that I'll miscount and announce someone as a winner when the win really belongs to someone else!! I'm thinking about doing all of my big entry giveaways with google docs...we'll see how it goes.

If you didn't win this time, keep trying. I have some great giveaways coming up in future weeks. I have a giveaway worth over $400! And, I will start accepting entries for the next paypal cash giveaway soon. It will another $20 since it will be for the rest of February and then March also. More details about that to come. Thanks for being a reader!

Make Money Mystery Shopping part 4

Welcome to Make Money Mystery Shopping part 4. This week I will discuss some of the things that you need to get started, and some of the things that are optional to help you make higher profits. Make sure you read weeks one, two, and three before you read this post.

To get started mystery shopping, you will need some tools. You should start with a cell phone with a clock and timer of some sort. I think most people have this. If you don’t have a cell phone with a clock, you should have a watch. You need this to note times that specific things happen. Often mystery shopping companies want to know what time a shopper enters their establishment and what time they leave. They may also want to know how long it takes for employees to interact with you.

You will need a computer with a printer and internet access. You will probably want to start off by printing the shop requirements of companies. After you have done mystery shopping for a little while it becomes easier to remember requirements without having them printed. Internet access is also a necessity. You will have to enter reports online so you can’t really get around having either of these.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Best of CVS

CVS week of 2/13-2/19

Colgate Sensitive 6 oz or Total Advanced 5.8 oz $3.79 Get $3.79 ECB Limit 2
$1/1 Colgate Sensitive or ProClinical Toothpaste 2/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/26/2011)
$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste All You Jan 2011 (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste All You Feb 2011 (exp 3/31/2011)
$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
$0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/5/2011)
$0.35/1 Colgate Toothpaste 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/5/2011)
$0.35/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 2/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/25/2011)
final price FREE and up to a $1.00 Money Maker

Get $3 ECB wyb $10 L'oreal Eye Cosmetics Limit 1
Hip Studio Secrets eye shadow duo, Extra-Volume Collagen or Voluminous mascara $6
Telescopic Voluminous Million Lashes or Bare Naturale mascara $7
$3/$10 Cosmetics Purchase CVS CRT
$1/1 L'Oreal Paris Product PRINTABLE
$3/1 L'Oreal Face Product 1/30/2011 RP Insert (exp 3/27/2011)
$5/2 L'Oreal Cosmetic Face Product 1/2/2011 RP Insert (exp 2/27/2011)
$2/1 L'Oreal Paris Eye Cosmetic Item 1/23/2011 RP Insert (exp 3/20/2011)
$2/1 L'Oreal Paris Eye 12/12/2010 RP Insert (exp 3/6/2011)
$2/1 L'Oreal Cosmetic Face Product 1/2/2011 RP Insert (exp 2/27/2011)
as low as FREE with the CVS CRT and the $3/1 coupons

$2 ECB wyb Listerine or Reach Total care, Zero, Advanced 16.9 0z, Reach toothbrush 2pk or Total Care floss 30 yd $3.99 Limit 2
$2/1 Listerine Zero Mouthwash 9/19/2010 RP Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$2/1 Listerine Mouthwash 9/19/2010 RP Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$2/1 Listerine Total Care Mouthwash 10/10/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Mouthwash 10/10/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Mouthwash 9/19/2010 RP insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Mouthwash 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Zero Mouthwash 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
final price as low as FREE

For more great CVS deals, go to Become a Coupon Queen

Best of Target

Target 2/12-2/18

Purina Whiska Lickins 89 cents
use $1/1 Purina Dog Snack or Cat Treat OR
Use $1/2 Purina Whisker Lickin’s 1/30/11 RP x4/24
Final price: as low as FREE!

Pedigree DentaStix $3 Use $2/1 Pedigree Dentastix for Dogs 1/30/11 RP x3/19 OR
Use $1/1 Pedigree DentaStix PRINT or PRINT
Final price: as low as 99 cents depending on coupon!

Fresh Step Cat Litter 25 lb $10 OR Fresh Step Cat Litter 34 lb $12.99
Use $3/2 Fresh Step or Scoop Away Cat Litter Target Coupon 2/6/11 SS x5/1 OR
Use $1/1 Fresh Step or Scoop Away Cat Litter Target Coupon 2/6/11 SS x5/1 AND
Use $1/1 Fresh Step Scoopable Litter min 20 lbs Man. Coupon on Hannaford Site zip 01364 PRINTFinal price $7.50 each for the 25 lb after stack when you buy 2!

There’s Something About Mary DVD $5
Use $3/1 There’s Something About Mary DVD PRINTFinal price: $2 after coupon!

Eat, Pray, Love DVD $9
Use $4/1 Eat, Pray, Love Director’s Cut Blu-ray or DVD PRINT AND
Use $4 MIR when you buy Any 2 Classico Sauces AND Eat, Pray, Love on DVD or Blu-Ray HERE x2/28/11 AND
Use $1/2 Classico Pasta Sauce Fill Out Form HERE
Jars of Classico =$2.24 each
Final price: $4.48 for DVD and 2 jars of Classico Sauces after coupons and rebate!

For more great deals, go to Mommy's Money Saving Obsession

The Best of Rite-Aid

Rite-Aid 2/13-2/19

Colgate Total Advance, Sensitive **LIMIT TWO**
In ad price: $3.50
+UP: $3.50
$0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011) 11
$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste All You Jan 2011 (exp 2/28/2011)
Final cost up to $1 Money maker!!

TRESemme Shampoo, Conditioner and Stylers
In ad price: 4/$15
+UP: $5 wyb 4
$1/1 Tresemme Product (IE) Printable (FF)
Final cost 4/$9

Coke & Coke Products 2 lt - LIMIT ONE
In ad price: 4/$6
+UP: $1 wyb 4
Final cost 4/$5

**Comtrex, Ex-lax, Gas-X, Maalox, Theraflu, Triaminic, 4-Way, Excedrin
In ad price: $4.99
+UP: $1
$1/1 Gas-X 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$4/1 Gas-X Prevention Product 12/12/2010 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)**If included**
$1/1 Triaminic Product (IE) Printable (FF)
$5/1 Maalox 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/1/2011)
Final cost could be FREE plus $1 Money Maker

**NeilMed Sinus Rinse, NasaFlo NetiPot
In ad price: $11.99
+UP: $2
Final cost $9.99

For more match-ups, click here.

Best of Walgreens

Walgreens 2/13 - 2/19

$1 RR wyb Clairol Nice n Easy Foam Hair Color $7.99
Nice ‘n Easy Hair Color $2 (2/28/11) SS 1/23/11

$3 RR wyb (3) Olay Collections Skin Care 3/$10
Body Lotion
Body Wash
2 Pk Bar Soap
Olay Body Save up to $6.00 Buy any ONE Olay Body Wash, Get any ONE Olay Complete Facial Moisturizer FREE (up to $6.00) (2/28/2011) PG 1/30/11
Olay Body Save up to $3.00 Buy any ONE Olay Bar OR Body Wash, Get any ONE Secret Base deodorant FREE (2/28/2011) PG 1/30/11

$4 RR wyb Gillette Venus or Fusion ProGlide Razor $9.99
Fusion ProGlide Save $4.00 On any ONE Manual or Power Fusion ProGlide Razor (2/28/11) P & G 1/30/2011
= $1.99

$2 RR wyb Gillette Venus or Fusion ProGlide Razor AND Cartridges
Fusion ProGlide Save $2.00 On any ONE 4ct or larger ProGlide Cartridge (2/28/11) P & G 1/30/2011

$2 RR wyb (2) Dental Care 2/$7
Crest Pro Health, Extra White Plus Scope or Outlast TP
Crest Paste Save $0.75 On any ONE Crest toothpaste 4.0oz or more OR liquid gel (2/28/2011) PG 1/30/11
Crest Pro Health Mouthwash
Crest Rinse Save $1.00 On any ONE Crest Pro-Health Rinse 440mL, 458mL, 473mL, OR 500mL (2/28/2011) PG 1/30/11
Oral B CrossAction TB
Oral-B Manual Brush Save $0.75 On any ONE Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage OR any TWO Indicator OR Cavity Defense (2/28/2011) PG 1/30/11

Thanks to Coupon Keri for the match-up. For more, click here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies Review and giveaway

Did you know that most of us don’t get the fiber that we need? This includes your little ones. A four year old should get 25 grams of fiber per day while an 11 year old needs at least 31 grams. In most people, these needs are not met with their diet. I had the opportunity to review Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies. These are daily fiber supplements that are designed for kids ages 2-11. They are designed to be taken three times per day and they come in the form of super cute gummy candy looking things, for lack of a better way to describe them.

My little guy is too young to use the product as he just turned 15 months so I decided that I would try them out. I know that I don’t get the amount of fiber that I should so I figured that these would be a welcome addition to my diet. They are a great way to help add fiber to your diet. I liked the flavor okay, I’m sure kids probably don’t mind taking them at all, especially if they like gummy bear candy.

Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies are good to use in addition to fruit and vegetables to help children get closer to the amount of fiber that they need daily. Would you like to see how your little ones like them? Here is your chance. I am allowed to give one reader a bottle of Pedia-Lax for the young ones in their lives. Here is what you have to do to get your entries in:

Mandatory entries:
Follow me on Facebook
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Extra entries:
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How to save money on your t.v. bill plus free Redbox movie codes

Sometimes it seems like our budgets are squeezed to the max. Have you ever thought about how you can cut down on your television bill? You don’t have to do without. You can still enjoy the television programs and movies you want to watch, but at a more wallet-friendly cost. If you subscribe to cable or a satellite dish, there may be some ways to help you cut down on your bills. These savings can add up over the course of a year and you can use the extra money to pay off debt, which should be your ultimate goal, or add to your savings.

Go with a more basic package.

If you have the top package (i.e., the most expensive) with your cable or satellite provider, try to downgrade. If you are under contract you might want to wait until your time on the contract runs out unless it makes financial sense for you to go ahead and end your contract early. For example, if there is a $50 penalty for ending your contract early but if you will save $50 per month to downgrade, you might want to consider it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Giveaways ending soon

Just wanted to send out a quick post to remind everyone that there are several great giveaways ending tomorrow! Here are links to the ones that are about to end.

$20 paypal cash giveaway

Thermal Water and Thermal Mud

$5 Amazon gift card

And my CSN $35 gift code giveaway ends in less than two weeks!

Don't forget to get your entries in!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Make Money Mystery Shopping part 3

Welcome to part three of Make Money Mystery Shopping. Click here to read week one and here to read week two if you haven't read them already. This week I am continuing to tell why mystery shopping is an awesome part-time (or full-time) job. I want all you potential mystery shoppers to know why it is a job that is in demand.

Have you ever wondered what people think of you when they meet you? Well, mystery shopping is kind of like that. Companies need mystery shoppers to tell them (the company) what they (the customer) think about the services they’ve received.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Music Monday

Love Imogen Heap! She has a unique voice and sound. She looks beautiful in this video. One of my favorite songs by her although I'm not quite sure what it's about. Listen to it and let me know what you think!

Winners of Cystex, Certain Dri, and AHCC

Winner of Cystex: Tracy Suzanne, Winner of Certain Dri: Wendy R., Winner of AHCC: Deannalw47

Congratulations to the winners of the giveaways that ended yesterday! I will be emailing you tonight for your mailing information so I can pass it on to my sponsor. Thanks for the entries!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Target Matchups

Quaker Oatmeal $2.75
Use $1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Multipack Target printable
and Use $1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal, exp. 3-31-11 (ALL YOU Feb ’11)
or Use $1/1 Select Quaker Oatmeals, exp. 4-30 (RP 1/2/11)
Final Price: .75

Sweetarts or Starbucks Bag Candy $2
Use $1/1 SweeTarts Lollipops printable (if included)
Final Price: $1

Viva 8pk Paper Towels $9.99
*Get a free Windex ($2.49 value) with purchase
Use $0.50/1 Viva Paper Towels printableFinal Price: $9.49

Yours and Mine $14.99
Get $5 gift card with purchase
Use $7/1 printableor use $5/1 K-Y Brand Intense or Yours + Mine Product printableFinal Price: As low as $2.99

Mr Coffee by Keurig $79.99
Get a $20 Target gift card with purchase

Thanks to Adventures of a Couponista for match-ups! Click here for more.

Best of CVS

Best of CVS

Spend $10 Get $3 ECB wyb Glade sense & Spray refill .43 oz, Relaxing Moments 9.7oz, scented oil refills 1-3 ct, holder, soy 2 oz or oil candle 4 oz 2.50/1 Sales PriceLimit 1
2.00/2 Glade Scented Oil Candles/Refills TEARPAD
1.50/2 Glade Spring Collections Scents Items TEARPAD
1.00/2 Glade Jar Candles, any Women's Day Magazine, Feb 2011--Good Housekeeping, Feb 2011
1.50/2 Glade Scented Oil Products, Women's Day Magazine, Feb 2011--Good Housekeeping, Feb 2011
1.00/2 Glade Scented Oil Refills IP: HERE
1.00/1 Glade Scented Oil Candle Holder IP: HERE
= 0.75 each if you have 4 $1/1 and purchase the candle holders only!

Dove Bodywash 1.99(I cannot see if the limit 2 per trans is carried into this week, but I'd bet it was)
1.00/1 Dove Bodywash 1/30 RP
$1.25 Dove Body wash 10oz + RP 1/30
= $0.74 or $0.99 each after coupon.

Kleenex 2/$3
1.00/1 Kleenex Facial Tissue 1/2 SS(this coupon was VERY regional, and the kleenex hand towel coupon is not compatabile with this sale)
0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues 1/2 SS
= 0.50 each with $1.00/1 q

Spend $20 Get $10 ECB wyb Garnier hair color, skin or hair care Limit 1
Fructis Hair Care or ALL Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Care
Nutrisse or Herbashine Hair Color $7
$3 Garnier Herbashine SS 1/9/11
$3 Herbashine IP: Printable
***Buy 3 x Herbashine = $21
Used 3 x $3 coupons = $9
Pay $12, Get $10 ECB
= 3/$2 or $0.66 per box after coupons/ecb


Get $1 ECB wyb (2) Hershey’s, Mars or Nestle 2/$5 Limit 1
$1/2 Hershey's Extra Dark Chocolate Bars or Bags, 3.5 oz+ SS 1/9/11
= $1.50 ea

Get $5 ECB wyb (2) American Express prepaid gift cards Limit 1

Get $6 ECB wyb Fragrance Teddy Bear Gift Set Baby Phat Dare Me, Faith Hill True, Halle Original or Pure Orchid .5 oz $15.99Limit 1
$5 Coty Fragrance or Gift Set, Regular Retail of $10+ - All you magazine, Dec. 2010
= $4.99

For more, go to Coupon Keri

Best of Walgreens

Here is a sneak peak of some great deals next week at Walgreens from Rebecca at Momssaving

$3.99 RR wyb Veripur Hand Sanitizer 3 oz $3.99 Free after RR

$3 RR wyb Right Guard Total Defense 5 Body Wash 13.5 oz $3.99

$2 RR wyb Planters Trail Mix 6oz 3/$5

$2 RR wyb Ocean Spray Drink or Juice 64 oz $2.99

$4 RR wyb Gillette Venus ProSkin Razor System $7.99

$4 RR wyb Gillette Venus or Fusion ProGlide Razor System $9.99$4 Manual or Power Fusion ProGlide Razor (2/28/2011) PG 1/30/11

$7 RR wyb Lysol Healthy Touch Hand Soap System 8.5 oz $11.99

$3 RR wyb Colgate Dental Care 2/$5MaxFresh or MaxWhite Toothbrush or Toothpast 6 ozColgate 360 Sonic Power or Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush Save $1.00 (2/19/11) 1/30 SS
Colgate Save $1.00 any Toothpaste 4.0 oz+ (2/19/11) 1/30 SS

$2 RR wyb Irish Spring Antiperspirant / Deodorant 2.7 oz $2.99

For a complete list of deals, visit Moms saving

Best Deals Meijer

Aunt Millie's Healthy Goodness Bread, 2/$2 *Great Price w/Coupon!*
$.55/1 Aunt Millie's Healthy Goodness printable coupon

Fiber One Value Pack Bars, 3/$10
$.50/1 Fiber One Printable

HeluvaGood! Sour Cream Dip, $.99
$1/1 HeluvaGood! Dip printable coupon

Jello-O Temptations, Ready to Eat Pudding or Gelatin, 2/$5
*Buy any Jell-O Pudding or Gelatin 6pk cups, Get 1 New Jell-O Temptations Pie or Cheesecake FREE
$1/2 Jell-O Gelatin, Pudding or Mousse Snacks at
$.75/1 Jell-O Pudding or Mousse Snacks at
$1 off Jell-0 Pudding, Gelatin or Mousse snacks 6 pk. exp. 02/09/11 (01/09/11 SS)

Kleenex Facial Tissue, 5/$5
*Catalina: Buy 5, Get $1 off your next shopping trip
$1/4 Kleenex Facial Tissue, exp. 02/27/11 (01/02/11 SS)
$1/5 Kleenex Facial Tissue printable

Mrs. T's Pierogies, 3/$5
$1/3 Mrs. T. Pierogies, exp. 04/30/11 (01/30/11 RP)
$1/2 Mrs. T. Pierogies printable

Tyson Bagged Chicken, $3.99
$1/1 Tyson Bagged Breaded Chicken Strips, exp. 04/30/11 (01/30/11 SS)
$1/1 Tyson Bagged Breaded Chicken Strips, exp. 04/30/11 (01/23/11 SS)

For more deals go to Shopping Tips And Tricks

Best of Kroger

It's definitely a slower week! But, still some nice FREEBIES!

Don't forget to go to ECoupons
Shortcuts Ecoupons
and Cellfire to load up the coupons onto your Kroger card!

Annie Chun's Noodle or Soup Bowl are BOGO
$1/1 Annie Chun's Product when you sign up for their newsletter HERE

Cesar Bistro Dog Food, 10/$10
B1G1 Free Cesar Cuisine Entree at
B3G1 Free Cesar Cuisine Entree at
B3G1 Cesar Canine Cuisine Entree, exp. 04/9/11 (01/30/11 RP)

Colgate Toothpaste or Plus Toothbrush, 98¢
$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 02/19/11 (01/30/11 SS) *Coupon Makes It FREE!*
$1/1 Colgate Total, exp. 02/05/11 (01/16/11 SS)
$1/1 Total Toothpast in the Jan. All You Magazine
$1/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste in the Feb. All You Magazine

Dove or Degree Deodorant, Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick, $2 ea.
$2/1 Dove Deodorant or Body Mist, exp. 02/27/11 (01/30/11 RP) *Coupon Makes It FREE!*
$1/2 Speed Stick/Lady Speed Stick Deodorant, exp. 02/19/11 (01/30/11 SS)

Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler, 2/$5
$1/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment at
$1/1 Garnier Fructis Style Product at
$1/1 Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo at
$1/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, exp. 05/6/11 (02/06/11 RP)
$1/1 Garnier Fructis Styler Product, exp. 05/6/11 (02/06/11 RP)

Complete Deal Match-Ups at Shopping Tips And Tricks

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Best of Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter Match-ups 2/2- 2/8

Hefty Tall Kitchen Bags, 40-80 ct. $4.19
-$0.55 from 1/2 RP = $3.09

Tidy Cats Litter, 14 lb. $3.99

Hefty Plates or Cups $1.59 and up
-$1 from 12/5 RP = $0.59

Cape Cod Chips $1.74

Gorton's Grilled Salmon Fillets $2.44
-$1/2 Printable= $1.94

DeWafelbaker's Buttermilk Pancakes
Dean's Dip $0.75 and up

Edwards Key Lime or Oreo Cream Pie $4.19

Jose Ole Chicken or Beef & Cheese Taquitos
-$1 Printable

Totino's 40 ct. Pizza Rolls $2.44
-$0.50/2 Printable = $1.94 ea
-$0.40/2 Printable or from 1/30 SS = $2.04

Thanks to Coupon Keri for the Match-ups. Click here for a complete listing.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Make Money Mystery Shopping Part 2

Welcome to part two of Make Money Mystery Shopping. Last week I explained why mystery shopping is a great way to make money from home. I didn’t explain what mystery shopping actually is. This article will explain what mystery shopping is, and also some of the types of mystery shops available. If you missed last week's post, check it out here.

Mystery shopping is when an individual does an evaluation for a company (usually incognito) and is paid to do so. I know that is kind of a broad, general way to say it but it’s true. You can get paid to do mystery shopping for so many different services that I am hesitant to try to give a more specific definition than that.

Here are some examples of mystery shops that I’ve done. Keep in mind, this is an abbreviated list:

+ I’ve stayed at a hotel for the night and completed a report on the quality of the hotel. I received reimbursement as well as a shopping fee.

+ I’ve gone grocery shopping and was reimbursed for doing so, and received a shopping fee.

+ I have helped my husband to mystery shop apartments! We have pretended that we were interested in moving in to an apartment and we pay attention to the sales pitch that the employees give. These pay awesome shop fees.

+ I have mystery shopped cell phone companies. Received a shop fee.

+ I have mystery shopped pizza delivery companies. Didn’t have to actually buy a pizza, just evaluate the associate over the phone, so I received a shop fee.

+ I have mystery shopped fast food restaurants. Received reimbursement plus a fee.

+ I have mystery shopped casual dining restaurants. Received reimbursement plus a fee.

+ There are more that I’m leaving out because I’ve done many, many different types.

Here are some mystery shops that I know exist because I have worked with the company before, but just haven’t done these types of shops:

+ Veterinarian check-up shops. Take your pets to the vet and evaluate the vet’s services.

+ New car evaluation shops. You test drive a new car and evaluate the salesmanship of the employee at the car lot.

+ Insurance evaluation shops. Don’t really know a lot about this one.

+ Fine dining shops. You get paid to evaluate the food at expensive restaurants- I mean $40+ per plate restaurants. That’s expensive to me!

+ Theme park mystery shops. Take your family, buy food, and have fun while you mystery shop.

+ Major/Minor League baseball mystery shops. You purchase tickets (which you are reimbursed for), go to a game, and buy merchandise and food (which you are also reimbursed for). And on top of that, you get a shop fee.

+ Cruise mystery shops. YES cruise shops. I haven’t actually seen them available with companies that I’ve worked with, but they are out there.

+ Mortgage loan inquiry shops. You pretend that you want to take out a mortgage loan and use fake information so your credit report is never actually pulled. These pay well!

+ Too many more to mention. I haven’t even scratched the surface. There are so many types of shops out there that you will be blown away by what’s available.
Mystery shoppers are paid for providing information to a company regarding their experience. The value of this for a company is that they can see what the average customer experiences.

Since I have had many requests for mystery shopping lists, I will compile one to give away to subscribers. If you are interested in getting your hands on the list, please subscribe. Oh, and when you subscribe you get the chance to win $20 Pay Pal cash to get you started on your mystery shopping adventure. When I post the last article in this series I’ll leave a form for you to enter your email address and I’ll send a list so that you can get started. Thanks for reading! If you missed the first week in the series, click here. Next week on Tuesday, I will put up week three’s Make Money Mystery Shopping post.

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