Monday, August 13, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Happy Mailbox Monday everyone. I can't believe it's August already. Today happens to be my dad's birthday. Happy Birthday daddy!!!

Here is what I received in the mail... I sense a lot of McDonald's in my future ;)

-McBites coupon from My Coke Rewards

-Cheerios sample
-Latina magazine

-Simple bar

-2 McBites coupons from My Coke Rewards

-Martha Stewart Living magazine

Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Target Transaction: Spent $4.25 on items worth $15.54

I love the spend $10 on Vitamin Water get a $5 Target gift card promotion so much that I had to do it again.

Here's what I got:

-10 Vitamin Water's x $1.05 each = $10.50
-1 Morning Star Burger package $3.00 each
-1 Crystal Light Appletini Mix x $2.04 each

Total without gift card & coupon: $15.54

I used a $10.24 Target gift card I had previously, a $1.00 off 1 box Crystal Light mix I got from Crystal Light's Facebook, & I got 5 cents deducted from my total for using a reusable bag.

I spent $4.25 out of pocket on everything plus I got a $5.00 Target gift card to use in the future.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mailbox Monday 8/6/2012

Happy Mailbox Monday everyone! I can't believe it's August already. 2012 is breezing by so fast.

Here is what I received in the mail:

July 25
-Eucerin sample

July 26
-Skylanders action figure I won

August 1st
-Pretty Feet buy 1 get 1 free coupon
-Address labels (not pictured)

August 3rd
-$25 Costco Rebate for buying 8 boxes of contact lenses

August 4th
-$10 Shell Giftcard I got from Groupon for $5
-U by Kotex clutch/samples from Walmart

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Super Sunday Savings @ CVS & Target!

 -12 Balance Bars @ $1.50 each = $18.00
-1 Cover Girl powder for my mom @ $9.99 each
-1 Cover Girl eyeliner for me @ $6.39 each
-1 bag of Halls for my dad @ $2.27 each

Total without coupons & 8.375% CA tax = $39.72

Coupons used:

-$5 off $15 cosmetics coupon I got from CVS' in-store coupon machine
-$3 Extra Care Bucks
-$1 Extra Care Bucks
-6 free Balance Bar coupons I won from their Facebook
-$3.00 off 2 Cover Girl purchases coupon from P&G's August coupon insert
-$1.10 off 3 Balance Bars coupon I got from their Facebook
-25% off purchase CVS coupon

Total after coupons & 8.375% CA tax = $4.14

$39.72 - $4.14 = $35.58 full price eliminated

Plus I got back $3 Extra Care bucks from purchasing more than $10 worth of Cover Girl Products!

I also went to Target because in their weekly ad they have a Vitamin Water deal. The deal is when you buy $10 worth of Vitamin Water's you get a $5 Target gift card. This was perfect for me because I have a $20.69 Target gift card I got a few months ago.

Each bottle of Vitamin Water is $1 plus $0.05 CRV. I also used a reusable bag which subtracted $0.05 for my total.

10 Vitamin Water's cost $10.45 & I used my gift card which made it free for me. 

Plus I got a $5.00 gift card so it's like I was reimbursed on my gift card.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Savings @ CVS! Spent $0.53 on items totaling $25.23

I recently bought new boxes of contact lens' and I needed contact lens cleaner. The CVS near me had them out of stock on Sunday so I went to the 2nd closest CVS today. Also, since my Sunday transaction at CVS produced a lot of Extra Care Bucks for me I decided to use them to buy the contact lens cleaner and other items.

This is what I got:

1 Clear Care Contact Lens Solution x $10.49 each
1 CVS Body Wash x $3.79 each
6 Balance bars x $1.50 each = $9.00

Total without coupons and 8.375% CA tax = $25.23

Coupons I used

-20% off CVS coupon that is valid for non-sale items
-6 Free Balance Bar coupons I won from Balance Bar's Facebook (I was lucky to get a cashier who isn't strict on coupon acceptance!)
-$2.00 off a CVS brand body wash which I received in my account
-$9.00 Extra Care Bucks

Total after coupons & 8.375% CA tax = $0.53 

$25.23 - $0.53 = $24.70 full price eliminated

Plus I got a $1.00 Extra Care Buck from it being my 4th green bag tag scan.

Mailbox Monday 7/23/12

Happy Mailbox Monday everyone!

Here are the freebies I received in the mail:

July 16
-12 Free Balance Bar coupons I won from Balance Bar's Facebook page contest called "Outlast the Clock" that ends on 9/17/12 The fun part will be finding a store that will redeem all the coupons at the same time lol
-Marie Claire Magazine w/Kristen Wiig

July 17
-Pedometer (I have no idea where it's from. The box it came in wasn't marked.)

July 19
-Crystal Light Appletini sample from Crystal Light's Facebook page. I'm not sure if they have anymore samples but if you like their page you can see if they have any more.

Sunday Savings @ CVS

Sunday marks the start of a new CVS sale week so I couldn't resist using some coupons.
This is what I got:

1 Gillette Venus & Olay Razor x $9.99 each
2 Starbucks Refresh Drinks x $1.50 each + $0.10 CA Bottle Deposit = $3.10
1 Advil x $2.99 each
1 Crest Toothpaste x $2.99 each

Total without coupons & 8.375% CA Tax = $20.66

Coupons I used:

-$7.75 in Extra Care Bucks
-$4.00 off 1 Gillette Venus & Olay Razor from Smart Sources 6/17/12 Coupon Insert
-$1.00 off Advil 20 ct from Red Plum's 5/20/12 Coupon Insert
-$0.75 off Crest Pro Health from P&G's 7/1/12 Coupon Insert

Approximate total after coupons & 8.375% CA Tax = $6.03

(The reason I say approximate is I did the transaction with some items my mom bought so I just calculated what was mine.)

$20.66 - $6.03 = $14.63 full price approximately eliminated

Plus I got back $4 Extra Bucks from the Gillette razor, $3 Extra Care Bucks from the 2 Starbucks drinks, $2 Extra Care Bucks from the Crest Toothpaste, and $1 Extra Care Buck from the Advil.

I earned a total of $10 Extra Bucks to use for next time.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mailbox Monday 7/16/12

I know it's been forever since I've posted about the freebies I've received in the mail. I finally got around to gathering some of what I received over the past few months. (Not everything is pictured.)

I won this swag bag from People Magazine a few months ago. I remember receiving it in April. Inside the bag was a bag of popcorn, hand sanitizer, lotion, and 2 AMC movie tickets.

 Here is a picture of the rest of the freebies I've received over the past few months.

-P&G Sampler Box that included a Downey Unstoppables sample, Pampers Wipes sample, Scope Sample, & a Crest Toothpaste Sample
-4 free Dole Gel coupons I won from their contest that is now over
-1 One-A-Day Gummy Vitamins I won from their contest that is now over
-1 CocoVia sample pack I won from their contest that is now over
-2 Tide Pod samples from VocalPoint
-Mike & Ike, Zours, & Hot Tamales Candy I won from their contest that is now over
-Sonia Kashuk Brush Set & Clutch I won from Target's Twitter contest that is now over
-Acura car model I won from an Avengers contest that is now over
-1 Gevelia Coffee sample
-1 Hunger Games book I ordered for free from HitPredictor
-1 $20 Wendy's Gift Card I won from their contest that is now over
-1 $5 McDonalds Arch Card I got from filling out a survey on My Coke Rewards' website
-1 coupon for a free steak meal at Outback Steakhouse I won from Quicken Loans' contest that is now over
-1 Reeses Peanut Butter March Madness shirt I won from their contest that is now over
-1 Garnier sample
-2 Nivea samples
-1 Mucinex sample
-1 Lipton Tea & Honey sample
-1 Seattle's Best Coffee sample
-2 Ovaltine samples
-2 Always clutches that came with tampons, panty liners, & pads
-1 flower designed Target beauty bag has shampoo & beauty samples
-1 blue Spring beauty bag from Target that has shampoo & beauty samples
-1 pink & oranged striped Summer beauty bag from Target has shampoo & beauty samples
-Strivectin Hand Cream I won from Allure Magazine's contest that is now over
-Marie Claire Magazine
-Latina Magazine
-Martha Stewart Magazine
-1 Coke Zero Gym Bag I won from Buffalo Wild Wings' contest that is now over

Not pictured:

$25 American Express Card from FedEx
$10 American Express Card from National Consumer Panel
$15 Macy's Gift Card I won from Total Rewards
Free Craisins Coupon from Ocean Spray

Sunday Savings @ CVS! Spent $2.39 on items worth $27.54

CVS has been stingy with their good store coupons lately. That is why I rarely go like I used to. This past Sunday CVS finally released a good coupon that I had to use. The coupon was $4 off a $20 or more purchase.

This is what I got:

1 Just for Men Hair Dye for my dad @ $10.49
1 Nature Made Vitamin D bottle @ $7.99
2 Colgate Max Fresh Toothpastes @ $5.00
1 can of olives @ $1.37
1 Unreal candy bar @ $0.75

Total without coupons: $27.54

Coupons I used:

$4 off $20 Purchase Coupon
$3 Extra Care Bucks
$2 Extra Care Bucks
$9.99 off Just For Men Dye Coupon
$3 off Any Vitamin Purchase CVS Coupon
$2 off Nature Made Vitamin Manufacturer Coupon
$0.50 off 1 Box of Colgate Toothpaste

Total after coupons: $2.39

$27.54 - $2.39 = $25.15 full price eliminated!

Plus I got back a total of $7.75 in Extra Care Bucks to use for my next transaction.

I hope CVS gets back into the groove of releasing more good coupons like the $4 off $20 purchase coupon.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Savings @ Staples & Target!

I had some coupons that expire on June 30th so I wanted to use them and not let them go to waste.

I made my first trip to Staples.

For $14.00 I got:

-1 HP black ink cartridge @ $25.99
-1 pack of Staples Sheet Protectors @ $6.99
-1 pencil sharpener @ $2.00

Total without coupons: $37.87

Coupons used:

-$16.80 in Staples rewards I earned.
-15% off coupon which you can download here:

Total with coupons: $14.00

$37.87 - $14.00 = $23.87 full price eliminated

Then I went to Target and for $4.31 I got:

-1 box of Smuckers Uncrustables @ $2.94
-1 box of Crystal Light Appletini Mixes @ $2.04
-1 box of moth bolls @ $3.99

Total without coupons $9.30

Coupons used:

-1 free box of Smuckers Uncrustables coupon I won from a contest which deducted $2.94
-$2 off 1 box of Crystal Light Mix I got from Crystal Light's Facebook Page (I think the coupon is no longer available since there were only 3,500 being given away. You can like their page & get a chance to see future offers.)

I also got 5 cents taken off the total since I brought my own reusable bag.

Total with coupons: $4.31

$9.30 - $4.31 = $4.99 full price eliminated

"Like" Sleep Train Mattress Center on Facebook Get $25 Live Nation Concert Cash

 "Like" Sleep Train Mattress Center on Facebook Get $25 Live Nation Concert Cash!

Go to & "like" the page

 After liking Sleep Train click on the "GET $25 CONCERT CASH" tab underneath the "like" button.

Follow the instructions to get your code.

Once you get your code visit to redeem your code.

The code is good toward selected concerts or artist merchandise.

This is great for my fellow Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block fans! The Live Nation artist merchandise store has a great selection of tour merchandise!

Shipping & handling is unfortunately not included with the $25 code so you'll have to pay that. I think that's a small price to pay for a great selection!

Codes are available while supplies last so hurry!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Spent $2.74 on items worth $10.42 at CVS

It's been a while since I've eliminated full price at CVS.

This is my latest transaction:

-4 bottles of 1.25 liter Coke x $0.99 each + $0.40 CRV= $4.36
-1 3-pack of Dial soap bars = $1.88 each
-1 Crest toothpaste = $3.39 each

Subtotal: $9.63
Total with 8.25% CA tax & no coupons: $9.63 + $0.79 tax = $10.42

Coupons used:
-2 Buy 1 Bottle of 1.25 liter Coke get one free coupons I got from My Coke Rewards (not available anymore) which subtracted $1.98
-$1.00 off Crest I got from the P&G Brand Sampler Box I got in the mail
-$2.00 Extra Care Bucks from a previous purchase
-$2.50 Extra Care Bucks from my Quarterly Winter 2% Cashback for using my CVS Card

Total with coupons: $2.74

Price eliminated: $10.42 - $2.74 = $7.68

Plus I got $1 CVS Extra Care Buck for the 1 3-pack Dial soap bars and $2 Extra Care Bucks for the 1 Crest toothpaste.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pinecone Research looking for new members!

I've been a member of Pinecone Research for over a year. It's website where you take surveys and are occasionally sent product trials. 

You earn $3 for each survey and product trial you successfully complete. I've already earned over $100 from the website.

Pinecone is looking for new members, more specifically households of Hispanic/Latino descent. 

It's rare that they open membership so join now:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

(2) Two Free 8x10 Photo Print from Walgreens

Walgreens has always been good with providing opportunities for people to get free 8x10 pictures. I've been able to get most of my Backstreet Boys pictures printed in 8x10 size for free because of Walgreens.

This offer expires tonight, March 17th at 11:59 CST so be sure to get your 8x10's asap.

Go to the Photo section of Walgreens' website and upload the picture you want to be printed for an 8x10.

Then at check out enter this code: FREEONE.

For shipping select in-store pickup which is free.

If you don't want to pick up your picture and want it delivered to your home it'll cost $0.99.

There's also another code available so you can get two 8x10's printed!

The other code is: 1PRINT

I've heard that you have to place 2 separate orders for each code to go through.

Monday, February 27, 2012

"Hanging" With Nick Carter for this 32nd Birthday in Las Vegas

As a tiny incentive to read my whole review I'm having a little contest. You can win a Nick Carter Birthday Postcard/Flier by answering the trivia question I have put at the end of my review.

Happy reading everyone!


Las Vegas is one of my favorite cities to visit despite it being in the desert. I love the atmosphere of the big hotels, casinos, and endless selections of entertainment. After the 2011 Backstreet Boys Cruise I didn't know when I'd be able to see any of them again. I was so used to having an event to look forward to.

I didn't realize so soon after the cruise that it wouldn't be long till my next Backstreet Boys related event. Nick Carter's official website had listed some of his solo tour dates. One of them was in Las Vegas on January 28th, 2012. There weren't much details other than it was labeled as a "private Hang With The Band" event.

A fan on Nick's website had called to inquire about the event and was told it wasn't an official show. I was a bit disappointed because I really wanted to see Nick's solo show. A few days later the exact details of the show were revealed through The event with Nick would only be for 22 fans who bid a minimum of $1,501.00 for a spot.

I immediately objected the thought of bidding such a high amount on Nick. For that much money I thought he better give me a "happy ending" at the end of the event. However, the thought of wanting to see him solo nagged in my mind. It was the only west coast related date. The rest of his tour was focused on the east coast and midwest.

For a few days I thought long and hard about attending Nick's birthday event. What helped me decide to bid was that there were only 22 fans who would participate. I liked the idea of being part of a small group seeing Nick.

Plus the price included hotel, transportation between events, food, meeting Nick, an acoustic show, and VIP access to Nick's party at Vanity night club. I figured I'd bid and if I was in the top 22 great and if I wasn't then it wouldn't be a big deal.

When bidding opened, I placed my bid. My initial rank was #6 but I eventually fell down to #15. I honestly could have bid more but I gave myself a bid limit and stuck to it. I do kind of regret not trying to bid a wee bit higher because the top 12 got the bonus of having lunch with Nick. Since I was ranked #15 I didn't get that.

I would share exactly what I bid but I found out later that in the contract I agreed to that I'm not supposed to disclose the amount I paid. I don't want to get in trouble. I would like to point out my bid was the least out of everyone since I was #15. Even though there were 17 fans total the 2 fans who were #16 and #17 paid a fixed price that was higher than my bid.

Hang With The Band is a new company and Nick is the first celebrity to participate. I knew the other fans and I would serve as guinea pigs and establish a foundation for future events.

Through Twitter I met fellow bidder Jenny from Detroit. She was the only fan on my Twitter timeline who reached out to me to let me know she also bid for a spot in Vegas. It seemed not many other fans were attempting to bid which I honestly preferred because I didn't want much competition during bidding.

I flew with Southwest airlines because they offered the cheapest airfare. I also had a $10 off coupon for a round trip booking which I used. On the plane ride to Vegas I sat next to a woman who wasn't a fan of flying. She eventually tells me that she's going to Vegas to get married later that day. I thought her story was interesting and it gave me hope that I will eventually find love.

She was already in her early 40's and she had been married before but got a divorce 4 months after being married. She said 2 weeks before on Facebook her ex-boyfriend from around her high school days contacted her. They began talking online and they met in person and there was still a spark. She said he was her first everything. She said he was her first love.

He proposed to her and they decided to get married in Vegas. She had said her first wedding cost over $10,000 and even had a horse and carriage. For this marriage she and her fiance wanted to stay low key. I had a hunch they were eloping since they were doing everything fast and in Vegas.

She just seemed so gushy and in love at 40+. It gave me hope that I still have time to fall in love since I'm still 26.

I waited for Jenny at the Las Vegas airport. It was around noon when I arrived. I wasn't in a rush to go to the hotel since our scheduled orientation was for around 5:00 PM. I killed some time eating at the airport's Burger King. I saw an important looking business man eating a salad from Burger King and he looked like he was enjoying it. I decided to order a salad too and it was good!

After I ate, I went to baggage claim to hopefully find Jenny. I was very impressed that from far away she spotted me and we had never met in person before. She was with two other fans Brandy and Adrienne. The four of us took a taxi to the Hard Rock Hotel which is off the Las Vegas strip.

The line to get a taxi was insane! It was like a labyrinth. It felt longer than a line for a ride at Disneyland. The line moved steadily though but I could not believe how many times we had to loop around. It was definitely a work out having to walk through the line while dragging luggage.

Upon entering the hotel I immediately spot a huge cardboard poster advertising Nick's birthday party at Vanity night club.

I jokingly say out loud, "Look there's Nick."

Jenny says, "Where?!" I point to the huge cardboard poster and she says to me, "You scared me!"

We both proceed to check-in to our rooms. Once I gave my name to the employee she walked away and retrieved an envelope with my name on it. I thought, ooooh fancy.

The employee does some typing and clicking on her computer. I was supposed to get a room with a king bed but she told me the room wouldn't be ready until 3:00 PM. I was okay with waiting. Jenny was next to me checking in with another employee. She didn't have to wait for her room so I asked her where her room was. The two employees then asked us if we wanted to be near each other and I said yes.

I thought it would be easier if we were near each other since we were going to the same events anyway and I wouldn't have to walk alone. The employee asked me if I was okay with having a double queen room. I didn't mind since I wouldn't be spending much time in my room anyway.

Before Jenny and I went up to our rooms we stopped by the Nick cardboard to take pictures of it and with it. I took a serious picture and then one where I kissed it. I would have done a dirty pose like I did on the cruise cardboard cut out BUT Nick's crotch wasn't there lol It was just black so I stayed tame and kissed it. I thought it would have been hilarious if while I was kissing 2D that 3D would walk by. He didn't though.