Saturday, April 30

$10 off $10 at American Apparel

 American Apparel is offering a $10 coupon.  Just enter your email address on their site!  If you're not sure if you have one nearby, click on "Find Stores Near You" near the bottom left corner. (I found out there are locations in Schaumburg, Evanston, and Chicago, IL.)  The $10 coupon is also good online.

(Thanks, DealFindingChik!)

Ann Taylor LOFT-Additional 40% off Everything (in-store and online)

TODAY ONLY, Ann Taylor Loft is offering an additional 40% off everything in store and online.  If shopping online, use code SHOP40 at checkout.  Shipping is free on orders of $125 or more.

Go through ebates or ShopatHome to earn 3% cash back.

(Thanks, Jackie!)

Feel Good Bath & Body Works and GAP Outlet Shopping

I had a nice afternoon shopping trip today. First stop was Bath & Body Works for their Fragrance Event.  Here's what I bought:
Retail Value: $25.50, Total Paid: $5.38 (79% Savings)
Tote and Full sized lotion FREE with Signature Collection Purchase (Fragrance Event Special)
1 Travel Size Signature Collection Lotion FREE with purchase of other Travel Size Lotion (Coupon)
Subtotal: $5 (for travel size lotion), Total $5.38

As I was leaving, I ran into a coworker.  I had printed an extra coupon, so she was able to score a FREE Signature Collection Travel Size item also. =)

My next stop was GAP Outlet.  Here's what I bought:
Retail Value: $124.96, Total Paid: $35.35 (72% Savings)

Beaded Cami Retail: $29.99, Marked Down to $11.99...$8.39 after 30% coupon
Shirt Retail: $24.99, Marked Down to $10.99...$7.69 after 30% coupon
Printed Tank Retail $29.99, Marked Down to $8.99...$6.29 after 30% coupon
Dress Retail: $39.99, On Sale for $15...$10.51after 30% coupon
Subtotal: $32.88, Total: $35.35

Once again, I had an extra coupon printed.  I found a mom with her arms full of clothes and offered it to her.

Sharing coupons is an easy way to make someone's day! =)

LAST DAY for 80% off at +35% Cash Back!

If you haven't taken advantage of the deal I posted last Monday here, today's your last day to get 80% off with 35% cash back at  See full details here.

Mind, Body, and Soul Daily Deals

My favorite "Daily Deals" today have to do with a healthy Mind, Body, and Soul.  Again, both are tempting.  If only I could find a Groupon for motivation. :)

Groupon: $39 for 7 or 10 pound kettleball, 3 kettleball workout DVDs, and Fitness Experts Training Session ($100 value)  This deal is listed on the right side under "More Great Deals Nearby."

 Eversave: $7 for $14 worth of aromatherapy from AromaGo.

*Please remember to always read the fine print on these deals before purchasing!

Mailbox Happiness (FREEBIE!)

Sign up here for Cottonelle's "Give a Tub, Get a Tub" promo!  They'll send you a coupon for a free tub Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moisture Wipes when you provide your mailing address and an e-mail address of a friend.

Friday, April 29

FREE Signature Collection Travel Size Item with ANY Purchase through May 4

If you're headed to Bath & Body Works for their Fragrance Event tomorrow, be sure to print off this coupon.  You could buy a travel size Signature Collection item and get another for free, along with the tote and full-sized lotion!

If you can't make it tomorrow, you can still get a FREE Signature Collection Travel Size Item with ANY purchase through May 4 with this coupon.  Remember, many PocBac Holders are only 50 cents. ;)

GAP Outlet: Extra 30% off Saturday, April 30th Only

Wow, looks like I have a lot of shopping to do tomorrow!  Head over here to print a coupon good for an ADDITIONAL 30% off your ENTIRE purchase at GAP outlet or Banana Republic Outlet Store.

(Thanks, CouponingtoDisney!)

L.L. Bean: 20% off plus FREE shipping!

Use code THANKYOU through May 5 for 20% off your purchase at L.L.Bean.  L.L. Bean always ships for FREE!

After code, the backpack pictured above ships for only $11.99 plus tax!

Go through ebates for 2% cash back or ShopatHome for 4% cash back!

(Thanks, CouponingtoDisney!)

PacSun: Accessories for as low as $1.88 Shipped

PacSun is offering free shipping through tomorrow.  Browse their sale section for some great deals, may of which will be an additional 30% off upon checkout.  If your total at checkout is $25 or higher, enter code 10WITH25 for $10 off.  If it is under $25, enter code EDHANCE11 for an additonal 10% off.  The necklace above comes out to only $1.88 shipped after the 30% instant discount and additional 10% off code!

Even better, go through ebates or ShopatHome to earn 5% cash back!

(Thanks, Hip2Save!)

CVS: Get a $5 eGift Card for every $25 you Spend

If you shop at CVS regularly or are ready to put your new found CVS shopping knowledge to use, you'll want to take advantage of this deal!  Get a $5 bonus e-gift card for every $25 you spend on a CVS e-gift card purchased here

I have done this in the past and it works fine.  Instead of receiving a plastic gift card, you simply print a page out.  The page has a barcode on it and works exactly like a plastic gift card.

(Thanks, Mashupmom!)

FREE Shipping at today

Use promo code WISH for free shipping from The Disney Store. 5% of sales will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.  The code is good site-wide, but I always start in the sale section. :)  They have several Bambi character stuffed animals priced at $4.99, clothes starting at $5.99, and much more!

Earn 5% cash back through ebates or ShopatHome.

Today's Best "Daily Deals"

Here are my favorite "Daily Deals" for today:

Deal Pulp: $8 for $20 worth of personalized cards, etc.

Eversave: $50 for $100 at

Groupon: $119 Stay at Key Lime Cove in Gurnee, IL (one night, water park included, up to 4 people)

As always, read the fine print before buying!

Bath and Body Works: FREE Pocketbac or Lip Gloss with ANY Purchase

 Today only, you can get a free Royal Collection Pocketbac or Lip Gloss with ANY purchase with this coupon.  The little pocked pac holders run about 50 cents.  I usually buy one of those and get the sanitizer to go in it for FREE! =)

Thursday, April 28

Banana Republic: 40% off In Store Purchases through Saturday

While you're out and about this weekend using your Macy's coupon, JCPenney coupon, Kohl's coupon, Aerie coupon, and checking out Bath & Body Works Fragrance Event, why not pop in to Banana Republic?  They're offering 40% off your in-store purchase through Saturday.  Happy shopping!

Mailbox Happiness (FREEBIES)

Sign up here for a free sample of Dove Go Sleeveless Deodorant .

Aerie Undies $0.28!!

Okay, maybe I've hit a new low.  Not only am I excited about my cheap Aerie Undies, but I'm blogging about it!  Oh, well!  So remember that $10 off $10 Aerie Purchase coupon? Well, I'm not sure if all Aerie's have this, but my local one (at Gurnee Mills Mall) had TONS of undies for $1.95.  Buy 6 pairs for $11.70-$10 coupon.  Pay only $1.70 for SIX UNDIES (or about 30 cents each)!!!

$10 off $10 at Aerie

Go over to the Aerie Facebook page, "LIKE" Aerie, and you'll be able to print off a coupon for $10 off your purchase.  No minimum purchase is mentioned!  The coupon is good now until May 1.  I'm hoping to score some cheap accessories with this coupon!

Groupon for all you Ulta Fans! ($22 Haircut +More)

One of today's deals over at Groupon is $22 for a Signature Haircut, Conditioning treatment, Blow-Dry, and Style at Ulta.  You can view the details of the is deal by clicking here.  It will come up on the right side under "More Great Deals Nearby."  As always, read all of the fine print and locations included.

Cheap Entertainment in Wilmette

I took advantage of today's deal over at LivingSocial.  You can get 2 popcorns, 2 sodas, and 2 movie tickets for $15 or 2 comedy tickets and 2 drinks for $20.  Both are valid at the Wilmette Theatre.  I opted for the comedy tickets!  Sounds like a fun night out with friends or a great date night!  Go here if you want to read more!

Wednesday, April 27

Kohl's Coupon Good In-Store and Online

The Kohl's deals continue!  Print off a coupon here, good for and extra 15% off any purchase (or 20% off if you spend $100 or more.)  If you're shopping online, use coupon codes SPRING15 for orders under $100 and SPRING20 for orders over $100.  This is good now until May 3.

You might also try the promo code SHIP4FREE to see if it is still working for free shipping.

As always, remember to go through ebates or ShopatHome for 4% cash back!

(Thanks, DealFindingChik!)

$16 for $52 on a Customized Design-It-Yourself Handbag (Savings of 69%)

I'm tempted by today's deal over at DealPulp.  It's $16 for $52 to spend on a customized design-it-yourself handbag from Elemental Threads.  I really like the concept!  Before purchasing, check out Elemental Threads to do some pricing to make sure this is really a deal for you.  This price will get you a clutch, but you're going to be shelling out more cash for an actual handbag and will need to pay for shipping.  (Always read the fine print on these deals!)  If you would like to do this deal, go here.

My Kind of Freebie! "I Love Beer" keychain...and MORE!

Go here to get a free "I <heart> Beer" keychain!

(Thanks, Mashupmom!)

Here are some more freebies that may be of interest to you:
Aveeno Hair Care
Family Circle - 2 FREE issues (If you're a teacher, these are kid friendly for cutting up!)
Garnier Fructis Pure Clean here AND another here 
Home Made Simple ($35 in P&G Coupons) These are great to have for couponing deals!
John Frieda Root Awakening
Nescafe Taster's Choice
U By Kotex
Yoplait Cup of Yogurt

30% off at Coach Outlet (mmm...Coach...)

Print this coupon for an additional 30% off at Coach Factory now through this Sunday, May 1st.

Tuesday, April 26

$0.43 Kohl's Shopping

I received a $10 off a $10 or more purchase from Kohl's this week, so I decided to see what I could get with it!  I ended up buying the above necklace/earring set for $8.00 and pair of earrings for $2.40.  Subtotal after coupon: $0.40, Total: $0.43

I'm not sure how I got this coupon.  I do not have a Kohl's credit card.  If you would like to receive a $5 off your next purchase coupon from Kohl's, you can sign up for their e-mail list here.

JCPenney and Macy's Store Deals

Now through April 30 you can get $10 off of $25 on a JCPenney purchase.  You can print out an in-store coupon here or use the code CANTBEAT online.  If you order online, go through ebates for 6% cash back or ShopatHome for 10% cash back.

You can sign up to receive mobile coupons from JCPenney here and/or join their e-mail list here.

Tomorrow through May 2nd you can get an EXTRA 25% off your Macy's purchase.  You can print out an in-store coupon here or use the code MACYSFF online.  (Or if you work with me, pick up your coupon in the lounge!)  If you order online, go through ebates for 5% cash back or ShopatHome for 10% cash back.

*Remember, these coupons are good on sale and clearance items too!

31 Cent Scoop Night TOMORROW

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 27) Baskin-Robbins is having their annual 31 Cent Scoop Night from 5pm until 10pm.   Baskin-Robbins is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and some locations will be collecting donations for local fire charities.

(Thanks, MashupMom!)

$2.21 Target Shopping

40 10 cent 4X6 prints, used 2 $2 off with the purchase of 20 4X6 prints Target coupon
Revlon Nail Clippers $1.59, used $2 off any Revlon Beauty Target Coupon from 4/17SS (took off $1.59)
Nivea Body Wash $3.04, used $3 Nivea Body Wash for Women coupon from 4/17RP stacked with $1 off Nivea Target coupon from mail (gave me 96 cents in "overage" towards my other items)
2 12-count bugs for 50 cents each (in the "Dollar Spot" for 50% off)  *Great for classroom Treasure Box!*
Cute Owl Earings marked 75% off $2.74
Didn't notice until later, but somehow another $1 off manufacturer coupon was taken off.
Subtotal $1.78, Total $2.21

Plus, I got 2 Revlon Manufacturer Catalina Coupons back:  $2 off any Revlon Beauty Tool and $5 off any Two Revlon Beauty Tools.  That will make for some more FREE beauty tools (nail clippers, files, etc.)

Slow day, so I'm headed to Chili's!

I'm headed to Chili's with some friends tonight.  If you've got kids and are headed there, be sure to print this coupon.

So far it's been a pretty slow day as far as deals go (at least for me).  If there are certain deals you're looking for, please post in the comments section.  Just because it doesn't appeal to me, doesn't mean it won't to you!

Some Fun Ways to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

I received the email below from a good friend! 
 Treat yourself to a night out AND a chance to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer
Join Moms On the Move for a night filled with fun, cocktails and entertainment.... and do it all the Cinco de Mayo way!!!! 
Date:  Saturday, May 7th
Time:  7:00pm-10:00pm
Place:  CJ' Arthur's  1168 Wilmette Avenue  Wilmette, IL  60091
Cost:  $40.00 per person
Open bar including margaritas, coronas, and tacos galore!!!
 Fabulous silent auction and raffle prizes including sports tickets, spa certificates, weekend getaways, sports memorabilia, and much more!!!
And if you thought it couldn't get any better, there will even be live music provided by local artist John McHugh!!!
So come on out, bring friends, have a blast, and support a great cause.  We hope to see you there!!
*this will be a cash only event
Click Donate, then type Laura Cravens


Also, if you're looking for a cheap way to help a great cause (and make use of the FREE shipping code, SHIP4FREE, at Kohl's), check out all the fun Kohl's Cares Dana Buchman goodies available here.  They have Breast Cancer Awareness flip flops, water bottles, jewelry, t-shirts, and more for only $2 shipped!  (Please note that you won't find out that something is out of stock until you're almost done with the checkout process, where you'll have to remove it from your order.)  The 20% off code, SECRET20U, will not work with Kohl's Cares items.

Again, go through ebates or ShopAtHome to earn 4% cash back!

Monday, April 25

Kohl's: Additional 20% off Plus FREE Shipping

You can currently get an additional 20% off your purchase at with promo code SECRET204U and  get free shipping with promo code SHIP4FREE

Also, go through ebates or ShopAtHome for 4% cash back.

Salvation Army Classroom Library Shopping

You don't always need a sale or a coupon to score a great deal.  Saturday I went to Salvation Army and scored ALL of these books for a grand total of $1.94!!!!  If you're a teacher or parent, you know that no matter how much you try to teach kids to take care of books, they still get destroyed.  This is my kind of price tag!

Free Bath & Body Works Tote and Lotion with purcase this Saturday!

If you're headed to the mall this Saturday, April 30, be sure to stop in Bath & Body Works between 1-5pm.  They're giving away a tote and a full size "Into the Wild" body lotion with ANY Signature Collection Purchase.  This deal will also be available online all day on Saturday.  Check out details here.

The travel sized Signature Collection lotions are about $3.50, so you should be able to get a travel sized lotion, full sized lotion, and tote for about $3.50!

12 Hardcover Children's Classics + CDs for $6 Shipped

ShopTasteofHome is offering up a great deal!  You can get 12 Hardcover Children's Classics and 12 audio CDs for $5.  (You can find this deal by putting "CD" into the search box.)  Use code 2046P for $1 shipping on your entire order.

I just ordered 2 sets for the listening center in my classroom for a total of $11!

If you're into cooking, there is also a large selection of cookbooks on sale for $5.

Also, go through ebates and earn 5% back!

Now that dinner is covered, how about a movie?

Head over to BuyWithMe where you can purchase 2 AMC movie tickets for $11!  Even better, you get a $5 credit if you're a new member of BuyWithMe!  The deal can be found in the city "Anywhere USA."

Go through ShopAtHome and earn 7% cash back!

Awesome Deal at

I saw this over at Hip2Save.

You can get 80% off your purchase (now until April 30) with the promotion code "BONUS" at

Also, if you go through ShopAtHome, you'll get 35% cash back!

Here's what to do:
Log into your account at ShopAtHome.  (If you're not a member, you get $5 bonus for signing up!)
Type in into the search box at the top of the page.
Click on the link at the top of the search results.
Click "Shop now."
Type in your zip code and add certificates to your cart.
When you "Proceed to Checkout," type in "BONUS" in the "Enter Promo Code" box and click "Apply."

My favorite deal is from Bake's.  They have a 50% off certificate for $6.25.  (Always read the fine print.  Its good for food for up to 8 people, but excludes Fridays.)  After the promotion code, it's only $1.25.  For going through ShopAtHome, I'll earn 44 cents back, making my final cost for this awesome coupon only 81 cents!

Sunday, April 24

40 FREE Photo Prints at Target (Can you tell I like the word FREE?)

Head over to Target's coupon page to print a coupon for $2 off with purchase of 20 4x6 digital prints at Target.  After it prints, click the "back to coupons" button and print a 2nd one (limit 2 per computer)!  4x6 prints are 10 cents each this week so that means FREE after coupon!

To find the coupon easily, just click on "Photo" along the "Coupon Categories" menu on the right-hand side.

The coupon is valid at Target Photo Lab or online print-to-store so pick your option!

How to Shop Walgreens

Ready to make the most of your shopping at Walgreens?

I highly recommend that you read Walgreens Coupon Policy located here.

You can stack Walgreens store coupons (as seen in Walgreens ads or in their monthly coupon booklets located by the ads in store) with a manufacturer coupon for the same item.

Walgreens offers a variety of deals that offer Register Rewards when you purchase a product.  Register Rewards look like this:

Some things to know about Register Rewards:
-You can use them like cash on your next purchase at Walgreens.
-Because they are manufacturer coupons, Jewel-Osco also accepts them.
-You'll only earn 1 register reward per each product in each transaction.
For example, this week there is a $3 Register Reward offered on Stayfree Maxi Pads.  If I buy 2, I will only get 1 $3 Register Reward.  This week there is also a $4 Register Rewards offer if you buy Luster toothpaste.  If I buy Stayfree and Luster, I will get a $3 Register Rewards and a $4 Register Rewards because they are different products.
-Register Rewards do not roll on products made by the same company.
That means I can not use my $3 Register Reward from Stayfree to buy more Stayfree.  It will not print another Register Reward.  Because Luster is made by a different company, I can use my $3 Stayfree Register Reward toward my purchase of Luster and I will still get my $4 Luster Register Reward.
-Per Walgreens Coupon Policy, you can not use more manufacturer coupons than items you're purchasing.
So, if I'm going to buy the Luster toothpaste and want to use both a coupon for Luster and my $3 Register Rewards (which remember is a manufacturer coupon), I need to throw in a "filler" item (something cheap like a pencil).  Now I have 2 items in order to use my 2 manufacturer coupons.

Ready for an example?

This week's ad shows that if you buy Stayfree Maxi Pads (14, 16, or 24 pack) for $2.99, you'll get a $2.99 Register Rewards good on your next purchase which is like getting it free.  What's better than free?  Getting "paid" to buy it!

There are a couple places you can find $1 off any Stayfree product coupons.  You can print the coupon here or find it in 3/27RP (March 27 Redplum newspaper insert).

Now you're paying $1.99 and getting a $3 Register Rewards back.

It's like "making" $1.  Because Jewel accepts Register Rewards, I'll often use them towards my grocery purchase.

How to Shop CVS

CVS is a lot of fun!  You can score a lot of free products and spend very little out of pocket.  I'm going to share what you need to know for scoring deals at CVS!

1. If you haven't already, sign up for their Extra Care Bucks Program.  This is their loyalty program.  They'll give you a loyalty card that you scan before every purchase to earn Extra Care Bucks.  Extra Care Bucks, also known as ECBs, print at the bottom of your receipt.  They work like cash for your next visit to CVS.  Here's what one looks like:

2. Buy a Green Bag Tag for 99 cents.  Attach it to a reusable shopping bag of your choice.  For every fourth use, you earn a $1 ECB (Extra Care Buck).  I've more than made that 99 cents back AND helped the environment by using a reusable bag.

3.  Every time you shop at CVS, scan your Extra Care Card at the coupon center.  Every CVS has one.  It is usually at the front of the store.  It will print out CVS store coupons which can be stacked with manufacturer coupons (example at bottom).  Keep scanning your card until it says "no more coupons available today."

4. Sign up for their ExtraCare Beauty Club.  For every $50 beauty purchase, you'll earn a $5 ECB.   It's easier than you think to get to that $50.  I joined a few months ago and already have $41.01 towards the $50, but trust me, I haven't SPENT anywhere near that.  It's all been free to near-free beauty products that I've picked up.

Now you're ready to do some major shopping!  I won't be posting all of the coupon match ups each week for stores.  There are a lot of people who already do, so I recommend checking their sites.  I will post match ups for the shopping trips I blog about.  Here are my favorite sites to find coupon match ups for CVS.


OK, ready for an example?  Here's a picture of today's purchase:

I actually came out AHEAD 7 cents.

Here's how:

As you can see from today's ad, "Blink Tears" are $7.99 with $7.99 ECB back.  I had a $1 off coupon from 4/3SS (meaning April 3rd Smart Source newspaper insert...if you haven't yet, subscribe to a paper and date your coupon inserts.  Then just cut out the coupons as needed when you read coupon match ups.)  That's like they're PAYING ME $1 to buy this.

Also in today's ad was Buy 2, get 1 free Mars Singles.  They were 99 cents each.  I had a a Buy 2, get 1 free coupon from the 3/13RP (March 13 Red Plum newspaper insert).  Now I'm paying for 1 and getting two for free, but it gets better!  Remember that coupon center I told you about?  It gave me this coupon for $.25 off 2 Mars Singles.

Because its a CVS store coupon, it can be stacked with manufacturer coupons.  That brought my price down to 74 cents for all 3 candy bars (or about 25 cents each).

So my total was $6.99 for the Blink Tears and 74 cents for the 3 candy bars for a total of 7.73 +tax, and getting back a $7.99 ECB to use on my next CVS visit.

Because I already had $4.99 in ECBS from previous visits, I "rolled" them (used these ECBs to earn new ECBs).  I paid with $4.99 ECBs and $2.93 in cash.  I got back a $7.99 ECB, making my net cost NEGATIVE 7 cents.  Don't forget I also got 1 of my 4 credits towards a $1 ECB for using my Green Bag Tag.

Your CVS Receipt has a lot of useful information on it.  It will show you your Beauty Club Spending, Your Green Bag Tag uses (amount toward the reward and quantity needed), list any limits you have on ECB deals (for example, there is a limit of 1 on the Blink Tears ECB), and most importantly, will have your ECBS at the bottom.

Happy CVS shopping!  Please leave any questions, comments, or CVS shopping experiences below!

Happy Easter!

Wishing you and your families a very happy Easter!  With Love, Erin and Spot

Saturday, April 23

An Online Shopper's MUST + Earn $10 Now

If you like to shop online, I highly recommend that you sign up for ebates and/or ShopAtHome.  Both websites offer you a certain percentage back on your online purchases. Plus, you'll earn a $5 sign up bonus at ebates and another $5 sign up bonus at ShopAtHome.  Once you're signed up, simply go to ebates or ShoptAtHome, click on the store you want to shop at, and you'll start earning money back!

I've used both sites for a while now and have gotten my checks for the cash back earned.

Interested in more cash-back programs?  Check these out:

Again, special thanks to Rachel Singer Gordon, Mashupmom, who provided these websites at her workshop.