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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

On a hurricane - related hiatus..

Thursday, August 25, 2011

FREE hand sanitizer @ Rite Aid after "up rewards"

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buy 8 oz. hand sanitizer gel for $1, get $1 up rewards back = free.

(BTW, with these types of "rewards," it is really like you are getting it free with your next purchase, since you only get the $$ back if you buy something else and use the reward towards that. If you are buying other things the same time, just divide your purchase, with the hand sanitizer first.)

FREE Crest Complete oral care sample

This is a Walmart sample that will be mailed to you. It's available while supplies last (which may not be for long, since every freebie blogger in the universe is probably posting about this also)

then click on the bottom right where it says "get free samples" to get to the request form.

Cheapie- Fancy Coffee Drinks

If you were to add up what you spend on coffee drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, assorted frozen coffee concoctions..) you may be surprised... Figure each costs $3 ?? I think that's a fair assumption. Come up with a rough estimate of the monthly or annual cost, and then check out this recipe for a cheapie alternative: NOTE- there are no precise measurements here because it is "to taste."

1. Use coffee or espresso. (I use espresso because for some odd reason I only like espresso and not regular coffee. I prefer decaf Medaglia D'Oro, and have found it on sale occasionally @ the local supermarkets for about $4 and change for a pound which lasts a while.)
 2. Sprinkle cinnamon in the coffee grinds before brewing. OR a little bit of cocoa powder.
3. brew as usual
4. In a blender, add a handful of ice cubes, pour in some coffee or espresso. Add either milk, soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk.. Now blend it all. 
5. If you skip the cinnamon or cocoa, you can try flavored coffee creamer or syrup. 
6." Do you want whipped cream with that?"
7. Get a thick straw that can accommodate this lovely blend of coffee and iciness, and enjoy.

More fancy- shmancy drink ideas: 
1) blend coffee, ice, milk, banana.  
2) Want it coffee-less?: Blend chocolate syrup, milk and ice for icy chocolate milk

Have any more ideas for cheapy fancy drinks?? Leave a comment below!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

FREE mechanical pencils @ Staples- through 8/27

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These Zebra "Z-Grip" Mechanical Pencils are FREE after rebate @ Staples.
(Pay $3.99, Get back $3.99 from rebate)

Offer good through August 27!!
0.7 mm, 7-pack- in-store only.  Limit 1 per household, while supplies last.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Share your best deal with fellow thrifties !!

Got a pashmina scarf @ JC Penney today for $2.... What was your most recent awesome deal? Leave a comment to share !

Go shopping now for end- of - summer clearance

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Went to the mall the other day with a friend of mine to check out the end- of -season sales & to see the new fall arrivals. We ended up in New York & Company. 

After perusing the clearance and sales racks, I carried (albeit clumsily) my selections to the fitting rooms.. Long story short; Got some really cute pieces, really really discounted.. 

(BTW- New York & Company gives  
1) a teacher discount click here---> for more info 

2) a discount if you have an AAA card click here---> for more info

Besides NY&Co, most of the stores in the mall had loads of summer clearance. If you need/ want clothes but do not want to spend a lot, now is a great time to go shopping.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

clothes & footwear in New York State - tax-free* through March 31, 2012

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Through March 31, 2012: New York State sales tax exemption on apparel and footwear items costing less than $55. 

*NOTE- This only applies to the state sales tax portion of any sales tax you pay. Local sales tax may still apply (i.e., county sales tax).

Barnes & Noble Weekly Planners- these are 50% off

Happy New Year!! Need a new calendar??
Shop Weekly Planners 50% off @ Barnes & Noble: 
Or browse the site for other choices! 

B& AFF/ Linkshare

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FREE sample of KASHI- choose cereal or granola bar (valid until 8/28)


choice of either:

Kashi® Cinnamon Harvest® Cereal


Kashi® TLC® Peanutty Dark Chocolate layered granola bar

Info from the website: * Offer valid until 8/28/11 or while supplies last. No product substitutions. Available to US residents only. Limit one sample per family, household, or address. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

8/13: FREE gift w/ Signature Collection purchase @ Bath & Body Works

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I Love Paris Event; Saturday, August 13 · 11am - 4pm

                    click here ----> to see a photo of the free gift!

Bath & Body Works says: 
"- Learn how the NEW Paris Amour fragrance was created
- Enter for a chance to win a romantic Paris getaway for 2!*
- Vote on our next Signature scent
- Exclusive offers & FREE GIFT with any Signature Collection purchase"
Limited time only. While supplies last

updated post: "L.A. Looks" NUTRA CURL; a replacement for discontinued CURL FRIZZ CONTROL (blue) gel

updated post, originally posted Sunday, July 3, 2011

UPDATE: I FOUND THE BLUE GEL ONLINE: (I've heard this was being discontinued, which may explain why I haven't been able to find it in any stores..It appears to be available sporadically online and here is 1 site that still carries it...)

click here---> for the Blue L.A. Looks Frizz Control Gel on

I suspect this new "L.A. Looks Nutra Curl Mega Hold" gel is meant to be the replacement for the blue frizz control gel... I tried it and in my opinion, it controls frizz without being crunchy or "wet" looking. The scent is very mild, and it contains avocado oil to add some much-needed moisture to curls. If you want to purchase it, try the link below. (links sponsored by Amazon)


Monday, August 8, 2011

FREE Native American Flute Lullabies album @ Amazon

I just downloaded this album and am listening to it.. it's very nice and serene. It is completely free....

Free Iced Coffee @ Tri-state* area McDonald's Today

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Attention Residents in NY/NJ tri-state* area:   

Get a Free medium Iced Coffee with coupon @ McDonald's 
Valid today (AUGUST 8th) only! Ends 11:59 PM

click here----> for coupon from

*Valid in the following: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren, Nassau, Suffolk, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Dutchess, Puntam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester and Fairfield

FREE sample of John Frieda Root Awakening hair product

Free Sample via

either of the following links should get you to the sample request page (the links will work properly as long as the supplies last). 1 sample per household will be mailed to you..

Kids eat free @ IHOP in August

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Get one free* kid's meal at IHOP: everyday in August from 4- 10 pm  with each adult entree purchase. 

click here---> to find the nearest IHOP
(*age 12 and under... at participating stores only.. drinks not included... see store for details...)

Carvel $1.99 shakes & smoothies in August

From the Carvel Facebook Page: 
"Beat the heat this August with Carvel Happy Hour specials Monday-Friday! Shakes & Smoothies are just $1.99 from 2-5 pm."
 Click here---> to see the details on Carvel's facebook page 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

FREE sample of Head & Shoulders

Click here ----> for the link to request your sample of head & shoulders

Groupon can get you local deals for 50 - 90 % off

A lot of people are not familiar with the "Groupon" site, so here is a quick summary: 

1. follow the link below to Groupon 
2. enter your general location
3. enter an email address
4. browse available local deals and then purchase the deal (Deals include entertainment, travel, dining out, beauty & exercise...etc..)
5. The Groupon site states that you can: "Print the voucher or bring it up on your mobile device, then present it at the business to get your deal."
CLICK on the icon below to check for local deals:
An example of a deal I found on the site:  Get 5 zumba classes at a local fitness studio (valued at $65) for $25. That's actually $5 a class. Good deal!

sponsored by CJ

Weight Watchers Online- save over 25%

How to save over 25% when you sign up for Weight Watchers:

1. Follow this link -----> Coupons! Save Money, Be Happy! 
2. click on the "health care" tab on the menu on the left side  
3. browse through until you see the "Weight Watchers Online" box. 
4. just "click" and "save"- details at the site. 

powered by CJ

Thursday, August 4, 2011

ZIPLOC GIVEAWAY; containers & sandwich bags

CLICK HERE--->  for the "Double Back- to - School Gift Pack" giveaway

From the website (from SC Johnson)

"First 3,000* to respond will receive one pack of Ziploc® Brand Containers with the Smart Snap® Seal (medium square) and a box of Ziploc® Brand Sandwich Bags (50 count)."
"Each gift pack will contain all of the following:
• One pack of 4 medium square Ziploc® Brand Containers with the Smart Snap® Seal
• One box of 50 Ziploc® Brand Sandwich Bags"

coupon for $5 off $25 purchase @ ACE Hardware

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CLICK HERE---> for ACE Hardware coupon $5 off purchase of $25 (expires 8/9)  via Facebook; so you may need to "like" the page first.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FREE MP3 Download: "Play with Fire" by Jeff Jacobs feat. Tim Mission

Hey, check this out... a FREE music offer!

The artist (Jeff Jacobs) wrote: 

"It would be my pleasure to give you a complimentary mp3 of my new single, "Play With Fire". Click here to download: Click here----> to download ..."
You can learn more about the artist at the following pages: 

FREE BIC Atlantis Pen...

If you "like" the BIC Pen Pals Facebook Page and click on the tab that says "Cork Board" (click here ---> to be redirected to BIC Pen Pals Cork Board) you can sign up to request a FREE BIC Atlantis pen... They are giving away 130 pens, every hour (on the hour)... From 10 A.M. - 8 P.M. (EST) until August 30th.