Sunday, September 26, 2010


The hard drive on my laptop died last night. I'm getting a free replacement one because I'm still under warranty, but in the meantime I'm stuck using my former laptop which is missing keys, can't run on battery power, and has a broken monitor hinge - meaning it flops backwards and needs to be held up! (so yes, I'm typing only with my right hand at the moment)

Now I am frugal, but one thing I won't skimp on is warranty coverage on laptops! And this just reinforced the importance for me. My laptop is exactly 1 year and 1 month old and has been working fabulously until last night, but if I had not purchased the extended warranty, I'd be paying out of pocket for a new hard drive right now.

My updates will probably be scarce until I get everything set up again - keep your fingers crossed I didn't lose too much data! :(

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Get 20% off Medco Health Store

Medco Health Store, you say? Why would I want to order from there? Well, I've discovered is that MHS is powered by the same engine as! They have the same selection of makeup and skincare as well as natural products and health/nutrition items. So you get the same stuff, same prices, but generally more discounts!

MHS shipping is always only 99c per order, regardless of how much you buy. Compare this with $5.99 at (for orders under $49). They also tend to release discount codes and have special offers more often. I've ordered from them before and they're fast and reliable!

This code is for 20% off any order of $25 or more: 20REP25

Harmon shopping!

I went to Harmon yesterday on a whim and came out with some great deals! Harmon is a discount drugstore owned by the Bed Bath & Beyond company, which so far only has stores in the CT, NY and NJ area. It's been around here forever and it's one of my favorite places to shop - they are as cheap as mass retailers but have lots of stuff other places don't have!

And as a bonus, they take Bed Bath & Beyond coupons! BB&B sends out coupons by the billions, and my grandma collects them and gives me stacks all the time. They regularly distribute 20% off one item, and $5 off a $15 purchase coupons. They have expiration dates, but no store around here cares if they're expired so you can save them forever. You can use one 20% off per item you buy, and you can stack with manufacturer's coupons!

So, on to my haul!

My biggest surprise was to find that the Secret Soothing Effects deodorant (my favorite kind), regularly priced at $6.99 was on sale for $2.99!! I've never seen it priced so low anywhere, so two of those went in my cart.

Goodstuff Organics, a new sub-brand of Freeman products, had an in-flier coupon for $1.50 any item. I just started using their moisturizer and love it, and found there's a new revitalizing face mask! So I had to try it.

They had the new Lipsmacker naturals lip balm, which Target carries for cheaper, but they don't sell the vanilla flavor. I also had a printable $1 off coupon from their website, so I grabbed one of those.

I also found a bottle of pure glycerin, which is supposedly a great moisturizer. I thought I'd try it to do some DIY skincare or just apply it directly - I read somewhere that it does wonderful things to dry lips.

So I had a $1 off Lipsmacker coupon, the $1.50 flier coupon, and a $5 off $15 coupon (which is better than 20% off if you're spending more than $15 or less than $30). The $5 off coupon evenly distributed across the items on the receipt, except the Goodstuff because I used the $1.50 off Harmon coupon (only one store coupon per item).

So my receipt looked like this:

Secret Deo $6.99 - $4.00 - $1.43 = $1.56
Secret Deo $6.99 - $4.00 - $1.43 = $1.56 
Goodstuff mask $6.99 - $1.50 = $5.49
Glycerin $3.49 - $1.67 = $1.82
Lipsmacker $1.99 - $1.00 - $0.47 = $0.52!

The total before sales and coupons would be $26.45, but I spent only $10.95!

The Secret Deo price cut remains active until September 30th, so get it while you can!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Yves Rocher beauty deals!

Yves Rocher is having a big sale right now, and many of their already affordable items are 40% off! Score free shipping and a free full-sized shower gel with a $30+ order and code MPTFREE! You can also choose 1 free gift with any order, regardless of minimum, no code required.

This sale and coupon code appear to be valid until October 11th.

I have only just discovered Yves, but they seem to have tons of natural, organic, and eco-friendly products that look heavenly and are also totally budget friendly! One of those botanical beauty kits just might have to be mine!

Ebates users get a whopping 9% cash back too!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bath & Body Works haul!

I went to Bath & Body Works today armed with my printable coupon for a free item! I wanted to get the Warm Vanilla Sugar eau de toilette, so I figured it was a good time to buy it. Little did I know there were tons of other deals going on!

The first deal was get a free body lotion with any eau de toilette purchase. I asked an employee if I could use the coupon and also get the free body lotion (so I'd get two things free) and she said yes! But not only that - there was a buy 2 get 1 free sale going on at the same time. So if I bought one more thing, I'd get ANOTHER freebie!

I actually didn't need that much stuff, so my mom got in on the deal. We ended up getting the following:

Vanilla eau de toilette - $26.50
Vanilla body lotion - regular $10.50, free with EDT purchase
Vanilla body cream - regular $12, free with coupon
White Citrus shower cream - $12.00
White Citrus shower gel - regular $10.50, free with B2G1 promotion

We got $33 worth of stuff for freee!

The EDT was a little pricey but it was something I intended to buy so it wasn't like I bought it just to get freebies ;) The employee was actually encouraging my deal-stacking and told me another scenario: if I wanted a second EDT (instead of the shower cream), I would get a second free body lotion and still qualify for the B2G1 deal, so I'd end up paying for 2 items and getting FOUR free! The B2G1 deal also applied to the EDT, if it was the lowest priced item, so you could save a lot if you wanted to stock up on perfume!

Free starter set at Origins with any skincare purchase!

Now through October 2nd, get a free starter set at Origins when you purchase any other skincare item! No minimum required. The starter sets come in 4 varieties and contain a face wash, exfoliator, and an eye product.

Enter one of the following codes at checkout to receive your free kit: 
BRIGHTENERS (Brighteners Starter Set)
FIRMERS (Firmers Starter Set) 
PROTECTORS (Protectors Starter Set)
RELIEVERS (Relievers Starter Set) 

Shipping is free with a $50+ order, and Ebates users get 4.0% cash back!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tons of deals at Bath and Body Works!

This weekend only, Bath and Body Works are giving out free samples of their new Dark Kiss 2 oz body lotion! This freebie is limited to select stores, so be sure to check on their website before going (participating stores will be marked as such on their store locator). You can find the details on their Facebook page here.

Another deal that everyone should be able to take advantage of requires a purchase, but good if you were already planning on buying! With a purchase of $10 or more, receive a free Signature Collection body care item (up to $12) absolutely free! Print out this coupon to use in stores, or if ordering online, use coupon code SC4FREE or FREE30SHIPSC. This offer is valid until September 26th.

This next coupon will get you a free travel size item (up to $5 value) with ANY purchase - no minimum! The printable coupon can be found here, and the coupon code to enter online is 2716.

Finally, coupon code BBWTHXAUG10 will get you $10 off a $40+ purchase and free shipping off a $50+ order until September 30th!


It's Caturday! Enjoy your last weekend of summer - autumn officially starts on Thursday!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Free sample of L'Occitane eye cream

Head over to L'Occitane's Facebook page and "like" them to receive a free sample of Divine Eyes eye cream!

They're also hosting a sweepstakes to win a year's worth of L'Occitane products! The full details can be found here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Shop Rite grocery shopping!

I don't usually shop at Shop Rite, as we don't have one in town, but there were so many good deals this week, we had to go and stock up!

The deals I got:

Ronzoni Pasta on sale for $0.67
used $0.55/1 Ronzoni Printable (needed to use zip code 90201 to find it)
Shop Rite doubles coupons, so I got $1.10 off, which means free with $0.43 overage!

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits on sale for $0.99 (limit 4 per variety)
This also applied to the Simply biscuits, which have no trans fat and pretty good ingredients
Bought 4 Grands and 4 Simply = $7.92
used 2 $1/2 Grands printable coupons
used 2 $0.35 off Simply biscuits (Sunday paper) doubled to $.70 off each
used 1 $0.30 off Cellfire coupon
Total $4.22 for 8, or $0.53 a piece
Received a $3 off your next order coupon at the register for buying 6 - which I used to get a free gallon of ice cream ;)

[I found these first two deals on Living Rich With Coupons! Check them out for the full list of other great deals this week.]

I was pretty excited about the Grands deal because they're usually $2.50 a piece at Stop & Shop (my local grocery), and they don't even have the Simply ones! 

Other deals I discovered:

Ronzoni Smart Balance pasta 3/$5
used 3 $1/1 coupons (from various Sunday papers and magazines)
Total $2 for 3, or $0.66 each! 

Skippy Natural Peanut Butter on sale for 2/$4
used 2 $0.50/1 Skippy Natural printable coupons which doubled to $1 off each
Total $2 for 2, or $1 each!
Plus, received a free loaf of Shop Rite white bread for purchasing 2 Skippy products!
PLUS! Received a $1 off your next order coupon that printed at the register!

There were also limited store coupons in the weekly paper, I used the following:
  • $0.99 for a half gallon of Edy's ice cream (regular price $2.99)
  • $4.99 for a 10-pack of Scott paper towels (regular price $13!)
  • $0.79 for a big 5 lb. bag of potatoes (on sale for $1.49, regular price ??)
Good stuff :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Free sample of Gucci Guilty perfume!

Go to the Gucci Guilty Facebook page and "like" them for a free sample of the new fragrance! Click on the "Click to Activate" image, then scroll down on the next page to the "The Fragrance - Discover It" part, where you can request your sample :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Free sample of Dove shampoo/conditioner

Lots of samples this week! Click here to request a free sample of Dove Damage Therapy shampoo and conditioner from Costco. You don't need a Costco member ID, so leave the field blank. This offer is a few days old but I just tried it and it still works! Dove themselves are still offering a sample of conditioner (choose between two types) on their website here too.


Have a great weekend! :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Free sample of Jergens body lotion

Click here to request a free sample of Jergens Overnight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer and Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer, plus a $1.00 off coupon!

New site get 20% off!

I got a mailing from MyPoints about a new health and beauty site called! They appear to be in the same vein as, offering a variety of household products as a one-stop shop. They also, like Alice, automatically include coupons on products that have them available.

There's a coupon code out right now to get 20% off your first order: MYSOAP20
Or if you're spending more, this code will get you $10 off an order of $49 or more: CXNN1957

Shipping is also free on orders over $25! Ebates users will get a nice 5.5% cash back too!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

B1G2 free plus free Q10 with every order!

Puritan's Pride is having their big buy-1-get-2-free sale! This is their best sale in my opinion, I don't think you'll ever find vitamins cheaper elsewhere! Their prices are already low, but at this sale you're getting 3 bottles for the price of one. Puritan's Pride is very high quality, I've been using them for years :) They also sell essential oils, skin care products, spices, coffees and herbal teas, and tons more - so check them out if you haven't before!

Right now, until this Saturday the 11th, they're giving away a free bottle of Q10 with any order! No minimum purchase or coupon code needed.

Ebates users also get 5% cash back! Shop away!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Long weekend :)

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend! I spent most of my weekend like this:

Okay, not really, because I am not a cute fluffy kitten with a spotty belly. Nor did I sleep as much as I would have liked, although it was more than I get on your average weekday. But I did get to relax, do some shopping, hit up a library book sale, and do a lot of reading.

I love library book sales, mostly because of the last day "stuff a bag" which is common, around here at least. On the last day of the sale, you're given a large shopping bag and you can fill it up with as many books as it can hold for a flat price (usually $5, sometimes as low as $3 or even free!)

Because of the many book sales I've attended since the start of summer (which would be four, if I'm not forgetting one), my bookshelves look like this:

And that's only one of three shelves! This time around, my mom and I got over 100 books for $10! Although they weren't all novels, in fact around 70 of them were children's picture books. We use them for crafting - making ATCs, greeting cards, envelopes, or whatever else we might find use for. Some of them are so cute, especially the retro ones. I found a bunch of inspirational mini-books from the 1960's and I just love the little drawings! I definitely won't be cutting some of them up!

Seriously, how cute is that!?

Saturday, September 4, 2010


It's Caturday! Enjoy your long weekend - hope you have time for plenty of naps!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Free sample of Garnier moisturizer + coupon!

Click here to request a free sample of Garnier Moisture Rescue gel moisturizer! Sample will come with a $1 off coupon. I currently use this moisturizer and it's very nice, especially in the summertime! It's also paraben-free (something most Garnier products aren't).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cheap subscription to Allure magazine!

Score a year's subscription to Allure magazine for barely the price of a single issue! Click through to Tanga and use the coupon code BEAUTY to get your subscription for only $4.99!

(Thanks Pirates of the Supermarket!)