Category: saving money

Tupperware is Having a Summer Sale!

Tupperware is having a great sale on summer items this month. There is a great item that I just ordered, and it’s the Tupperware Impressions Dining Set. It’s 50% off which includes 20 great pieces of the following:

4 Dining Trays
4 Refrigerator Bowls w/ seals (16oz each)
4 Microwavable Bowls w/ seals (20oz each)
4 Impressions 110z Tumblers (with Drip-Less straw lids)
4 Snack Cups w/ seals (4oz each)

The dining trays are perfect since they have the different compartments and look like school trays. They are a pretty shade of blue. There are also great sales on the Impression 3 bowl set as well as the 2QT pitcher. Click on the link below to see all the great sales. Interested in a Summer catalog then you can look at the current ones online. That is a great feature plus you can have online parties and send gift certificates online to friends or family members. Tupperware is definitely making it easier for busy people on the go. Online parties are a great way to invite friends/family members from anywhere in the 48 US States. Each hostess will have 2 weeks for the party, and all you need is a first name plus their email address. Tupperware sends the invite and you can send out reminders when the party is 2 days away from ending. It’s so easy and if you receive $200 or more in orders then Tupperware sends you an online gift certificate for $20 or 10% of your total sales. So if your final tally is $300 then you will receive $30 in FREE TUPPERWARE! You must have at least $200 in sales to receive an award.

Click Here to See the Tupperware Sale!

Walgreen’s Save $10/30 Coupon Friday Only!

Walgreen’s has a $10/30 coupon good for Friday May 31st only. There is a great deal on a fan listed at $29.99 plus it has a $10 rebate then you use the $10 off coupon to pay $9.99 plus tax! I would add a small item like a candy bar or gum to just get the total over $30 since some cashiers are funny about the pre-tax total under $30 even if it is a penny. Some won’t care but some will.

Who Doesn’t Love a Freebie?

I love opening my mailbox daily and instead of seeing piles of bills, I get lots of free samples and coupons. It’s like getting a little present in my mail. I know it seems a little silly but getting free samples is a good way for me to try new products without having to purchase it first, some samples come with coupons, and I use some of them when I travel. I also like to put the small tubes of lotion in my purse and some samples (mainly the ones that come in tubes or small jars) can last me a few months esp lotions. It’s funny but I tend to use it sparingly compared to the huge bottles. I like the challenge of seeing how long I can make it last.

Another thing I like to do with some free samples is to keep them for gift bags. Every Christmas I get gift bags, baskets, and other ways to put many kinds of health and beauty products and fill them up. I make them decorative esp the the baskets but it’s fun putting big bottles along with small bottles of lotions, body washes, and shaving creams along with razors. My nieces (teenagers) love the bags full of goodies. My sister-in-law also loves them esp body washes and bubble bath. I usually spend less than $5 and they are always amazed at how many items are in the gifts. I’ll get into more detail with this on another post but I shop all year long and collect samples all year as well. I also donate samples along with full size products to my Church, local women’s shelter or the troops overseas. I like to send a care package at least twice a year to the soldiers. I also send one just for the females. You can pack a lot of stuff in those flat rate boxes.

Now I will share some sites that I regularly visit to get my samples. If you know of any sites that aren’t listed then please let me know in a comment. Thanks and I’m always looking for great sites.

Walmart

Big Big Forums

MyCoupons Just Freebies Shopping Board

Fat Wallet

Start Sampling (you must join as a member)

Friday was a Good Shopping Day

I love a great deal but I love freebies even more. I scour the sales papers each Sunday looking for good deals or ways for me to get the stuff we use anyway for free. Using coupons can stretch those savings more esp if you have store coupons and manufacturer coupons. CVS and Walgreens do allow both on a purchase. I LOVE CVS and it definitely pays to shop there if you have access to one or more. I also combine trips into one to save even more money but my Walgreens is across the intersection from CVS so it just makes sense to hit them both. I usually shop one day a week and do all the deals.

I printed out my $5/20 purchase coupon for Walgreens and bought the free after rebate items (toothbrush, kids mouthwash, and maxipads) and also bought the 3 boxes of TUFF kitchen trashbags that had the $4 rebate. So my total before coupon was $23.xx -$5 coupon for $18.xx and I’m getting back $15.97 in rebates! I spent $2.xx for all that stuff which was mainly sales tax.

Next I jumped over to CVS and bought the soft drinks on sale (yeah I know even cheaper if you don’t buy them but it’s a bad vice we have), 6 packs of the store brand toilet paper, and 2 toothbrushes. So total was about $45 with tax before my ECB’s (extra care bucks) & coupons and it was $15.xx after all my rewards and coupons. Plus I got $4 in new ECB’s so I was quite pleased. We have enough toilet paper stocked up for the rest of year. I also have lots of items stockpiled so we rarely ever run out of items. I get most of these items either FREE or almost FREE! I do take advantage of items that are completely free even if I don’t need it then I donate those items either to my church or the local women’s shelter. I can’t always afford to give charities/organizations cash but I can afford to give them stuff I get free or almost free. They seem to prefer the items over the cash so it’s a win/win for both of us. Anyway, I will try to post more about great deals I come across but all of these little things do add up to much bigger savings and allows us to help others. I feel like I’m saving us more money by not working since I have time to do all the shopping, search out the deals, and do the other programs to make money for the extras we enjoy.

The Little Things Aren’t so Scary Anymore…..

Let me start off by saying that hubby & I used to be in financial straits. We slowly climbed out of that mess and am now Debt Free including the house! I don’t share this to sound like a braggart, but I am very proud of what we have accomplished in the last few years. We are still relatively young, early 30’s, so we are looking forward to really building our retirement fund.

Hubby stopped at a store on his way from work today and the truck just wouldn’t start afterwards. So he called me to let me know and even tried jumping it but no luck. He just happened to be near an auto parts store. One of the guys looked at it and told him he needed a new battery. He gets a new battery installed, and it was $70 w/ tax. Not cheap but not as expensive as a new starter or alternator. We had the alternator rebuilt about 3 years ago so he got a little worried.

A few years ago that $70 would have been a big deal to us because we really lived paycheck to paycheck. It really hurts not to have anything in savings for these little emergencies, but it really hurts for the bigger $500-1,000+ ones. I have several books that I really enjoyed reading and my two favorites are The Complete Tightwad Gazette and Total Money Makeover. They have both helped us, and as I said in my title the little things aren’t so scary once you have money saved up for them.