Saturday, December 25, 2010

Looks like a change to the Rite Aid Video Values?

Previously, the Video Values bonus coupon was based off of watching any video values ads (you had to watch x# of ads within the system to get a bonus $3 or $4 off $20 coupon). It looks like for the January Video Values to get the bonus coupon you have to watch 14 Beauty ads, under the tab "It's New: Beauty". There are quite a few videos in that section, which means some great coupons. The downside to this change is that if you normally pick and choose to watch ads that you are interested in, you now may have to watch ads for products you don't care about to get your bonus coupon.

If you aren't familiar with the Video Values program, it's a great way to get some extra coupons for your Rite Aid purchases (and this month you can earn a $4/$20 coupon by watching 14 coupons from the beauty section). Click here to check it out.

Amazon Rewards Procrastinating Fans of Christmas Music

If you've been procrastinating checking out the 25 Free Christmas songs on Amazon until they actually had them all posted, you are now being rewarded. Not only are all 25 songs posted, but you can download them all with one click.

Grab em at 25 Days of Christmas

Sears After Christmas Sale

If Santa didn't bring you all your heart desired you might want to check out Sears After-Christmas sale and see if they can finish off your list...

50% off Christmas Trees & Holiday Decor

FREE Shipping on all TVs $799 and above + ALL Samsung TVs & Toshiba Computers

Up to 30% off Appliances + EXTRA 10% or Free Delivery or Special Financing w/ Sears Card

EXTRA 10% off ALL Closeout & Clearance Lawn & Garden items (12/26-12/30)

20% Off ALL Athletic Shoes + EXTRA 15% off Shoes for the Family with code NEWYEAR15 12/26-1/15

EXTRA 15% off ALL Fine Jewelry with JEWELRY15 + FREE Shipping on orders of $125 or more 12/26-1/1

Be sure to enter Code: SEARS2011 for an additional $5/$50 (12/26-12/31)

Aeropostale - 15% Off Online Today Only

A few more hours for this deal - Aeropostale is offering 15% off your purchase on orders today only, by entering code: MERRY15

While you are there be sure to check out:
Aeropostale Girl's Sleepwear $7.00 (selects styles) (until 12/29)
Aeropostale Girl's Hoodies $12.00 (select styles) (until 12/29)
Aeropostale T-Shirt Riot $5 Tees (until 12/29)
Aeropostale Guy's Hoodies starting at $20.00 (until 12/29)

Aeropostale Merry Christmas: 12/25 Only Take 15% off your order with code MERRY15

P&G Deals at Kroger This Week (12/26-1/1)

Kroger has a nice P&G promo going this week. Buy 4 of the participating products and you instantly get $4 off your purchase total. This is on top of many of the items already being on sale, e-coupons available on the Kroger website and the new P&G Savings booklet in Sunday's paper will get you some really good deals on P&G products.
The below prices are after the $4 instant savings but before any additional coupons:

  • Charmin 12 Double Rolls - $5.99 ($3 e-coupon available on Kroger website)
  • Bounty 8 regular or 6 Big Rolls - $5.99 ($1 e-coupon available on Kroger website)
  • Dawn 10-24oz $1.59 (.50 e-coupon available)
  • Secret & Old Spice deodorants $1.29
  • Febreeze candles $3.99
  • Bounce 100-120ct sheets $3.99

Coupon Site List

Most everyone knows about the big 3 sites for getting printable coupons;, SmartSource & Redplum

And, of course, you want to stop by Cellfire and Shortcuts for coupons you can load directly to your shopper card.

Also be sure to check your store website. Target offers a large number of printable coupons (many that are manufacturer coupons which can be used anywhere) and Kroger has their own e-coupons that can be downloaded directly to your Kroger card for additional savings.  Remember that you can usually stack store coupons with  manufacturer Qs for additional (sometimes double) savings.

But, quite often the best coupons come directly from the companies. Here are a list of the ones that I've used to get some great coupons. Sometimes you need to sign up to their email list (which is worthwhile, for the coupons you get), other times the coupons are just there waiting for you.

Get New Tires While You Shop 12/26

Sears has two great promos going for tires on 12/26, so if you are needing new tires you might want to kill two birds with one stone while you do your post-Christmas returns and sale shopping.

* 1-Day Only! Receive $25 Sears Gift Card Instantly with purchase of 4 Tires 12/26

* Save on ALL Tires + up to $70 Cash Back via rebate when you buy 4 Michelin Tires 12/26-1/1

Holdman Christmas 2010 - Complete Show

This is just amazing!

Merry Christmas

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Saving Money: Making Your Own Scented Bath Salts

If you enjoy a hot bath like I do, then you'll like this little frugal tip.
After spending way too much on scented bath salts, I decided to give making my own a try, and found that it's much much cheaper (and you get exactly the scents you want). Here's what it takes:

  • Epsom Salt (I usually buy the bags of Walgreens brand - with a sale it's the cheapest of any source I've found, however I've been stocking up when they do go on sale).
  • Baking Soda - you can pick up the small boxes for just .75 and can pretty much always find coupons online to save .50 when you buy 2 (any size). If your grocery store doubles this means you can get 2 small boxes for just .50
  • Scented Essential Oils - You can probably find these online cheaper but I pick them up at Hobby Lobby for around $6/bottle.
  • Sea Salt - I buy this by the bucket at Hobby Lobby as well. It runs around $8/bucket but I usually buy it when I have a 40% off coupon.
Find a large container (any large container with a lid will work) and add the following amounts:
  • 2 cups Epsom salts
  • 1 cup Sea salt
  • 1 Tbs baking soda
Once you add all the above, shake the container to get all the ingredients well blended. Once they are well blended, add 10-12 drops of essential oils (you can combine scents as you like) and shake the mixture again to get the oils well distributed.  I like to leave my salts to sit and absorb the scent(s) for a couple of days before using them.

My favorite scent combination is Eucalyptus Spearmint, to do this I use about 6-8 drops of each Essential Oil.  If you have a larger container you can double the recipe above or increase it as your container allows.  The above amounts will make enough for about 4 baths.

You can also turn these into a great gift for any purpose by packing them in pretty bottles or jars.

Bath & Body Works $3 Classics

For the next 3 days only, Bath & Body Works has their Signature Classic Collection lotions on sale for just $3.  If you combine this with the $10/$30 coupon code: PERFECTGIFT10, you can get 10 lotions for just $20 - that's a deal!

The Results of the $25 Stockings

I can't say for sure if he got everything within the $25 budget. He says he went over, he wouldn't have if he'd remembered my tip about Swirl.

So here's how our stockings turned out. Paul's stocking

  • Spooning Leads to Forking tshirt - $6.99 at - $10.98 shipped
  • 2 Eco-Friendly Eco on Ice cups from Swirl (used $20 free credit) - $9.49 shipped
  • 3 packages of Mounds fun size candies ($1.99 B2G1) - $3.98
  • 4 Blistex chapsticks $1 each (used Rite Aid +UP bucks) = FREE
  • 2 Walgreens brand lotions .79 each, used RR to pay = FREE
Total =  $24.45

My stocking:
I'm estimating this one based on Amazon prices (since I know that's where he did most of his buying).
  • Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Foam bath - $16.50
  • Dr Teals Relax bath salts - $4.99
  • Micheal Buble "Let it Snow" - about $7
  • Wine Monkey - $10 
  • 2 Burts Bees lip balms, $2.99 each = $5.98
  • Candy (not gonna count this since it's likely it came from our stash)
Total:  $44.97 (estimated)
Be sure to check out this morning, as they have a huge collection of Over 100 Free MP3's this morning, ranging from Christmas singles to full albums by Sister Hazel and others.

Closed: Christmas GiveAway: $10 Toy from Amazon

Merry Christmas - my present to you....

I traded in my coins at Coinstar a couple of weeks ago and received the bonus $10 certificate for Toys & Games.... since I don't need any Toys or Games, I'm passing it on to you. I will choose a winner at random from those who comment to this post, then you can choose the Toys and/or Games you'd like - up to a $10 value - and I'll order it and have it shipped directly to you.

How to Enter:

1. Required - Like Money Saving Mode on Facebook or follow publicly via Google Friend Connect (I must be able to confirm you are a follower on one of these two for you to win). Comment on this post to let me know which one you're doing and be sure to leave your email address I can contact you. Tell me which Toys &/or Games $10 or less you'd like to have.

2. Optional - for up to 3 extra entries, share this giveaway on your blog, twitter or Facebook. Up to 2 extra entries (one for each). Post a separate entry below for each one you did.

Giveaway will close and I will choose a winner on Monday January 3, 2011