Sunday, May 23, 2010

CVS Deals 5/23-5/29

Another slow week at CVS but a few good deals can be had if you have the right coupons.  Especially the mens Body Wash moneymaker!  New to CVS?  Check out my CVS for beginners page

Buy 1 Old Spice or Gillette Body Wash at $4
Get $4 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 2)
Buy 2 at $4 each but use "Buy One Get One Free" coupon from the May Procter and Gamble insert
Free plus they pay you $4 in Extra Care Bucks after coupons and ECBs

Buy 2 Thermacare at $5.99, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $3/1 printable here
$0.49 each after coupons and ECBs

Lindsay Olives – $1
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the newspaper insert or this printable
$0.50 each after coupon

Tide Detergent – $5.97
Use $1/1 coupon from the May Procter and Gamble newspaper insert
$4.97 after coupon

See a complete listing of CVS deals here.  Thanks


Chick-fil-A in Vienna, WV (self standing store) has family night every Tuesday between 5-7pm. All events are free and your child will receive a free 4pc. Nugget Kids Meal with the purchase of an adult combo meal.

May 25-Puppet Band "Rock Solid" will be preforming

Friday, May 21, 2010

Neghborhood Garage Sales in Wood County

I am not going to post about every garage sale on here, but I did notice that there are two neighborhood garage sales in Wood County this weekend.  These are generally really nice because you can park at one end of the neighborhood and walk to all the sales.  I have never been to either of these neighborhood sales so I can't vouch for how nice the stuff is but I know both neighborhoods are close together and have nice homes in them.

Northwood Villa and North Hills in North Parkersburg, WV will have their neighborhood sales this weekend.  Both neighborhoods are along Route 2 just a few miles apart between Parkersburg, WV and Waverly, WV.  Sales are tomorrow starting at 8:00 AM

Blockbuster in Vienna, WV going out of business sale

Blockbuster in Vienna, WV is going out of business and is selling all their inventory.  All pre-viewed DVD's are selling for $9.99 or less and I believe the NEW never opened ones were about $12.  All games are priced individually but were at least 10% off their normal purchase price for a used game.  They also had series of DVD's bundled together for about $20 (all the LOST season 1 DVD's for example).  We were able to get a kids previewed DVD for $2.19 yesterday! 

The manager said the Vienna store would NOT be reopening but that the South Parkersburg store and the Belpre store would remain open.  He also told me that the DVD's and games would continue to drop in price for the next two weeks.  Given the number of people shopping with me yesterday I doubt there will be anything left by that point though.

Free Ice Cream Sundae's at Walmart

Walmart is offering free Ice Cream Sundae's this Saturday the 22 to promote some new ice cream flavors.  Check out the details here and find out what time your store is having the freebies.

The Vienna, WV and Marietta, OH stores are offering the free ice cream from 11:00AM-4:00 pm and that looks like the standard times for everyone but double check the link to be sure.

Here is what the website says about it.  Come have a free ice cream sundae with Breyers new and exclusive flavors, and Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream and new All Natural Frozen Yogurt topped with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Reddi-wip, and Fresh Strawberries


Chick Fil A Free Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Hurry! Starting today, Chick-fil-A is offering a free Spicy Chicken Sandwich coupon (no purchase necessary) when you sign up here.  As of Friday at 1:45 there were still tons of spots open in the Parkersburg stores but I didn't check other locations.  This is a nationwide event so all stores seem to be participating.  Come get a free sneak peak before the free coupons are all out!

 From May 31 to June 5, Chick-fil-A is giving a limited number of FREE Spicy Chicken Sandwiches to customers who make a reservation. It will not be added to the menu until June 7.

It's FLIP FLOP day at Old Navy

This Saturday (May 22) is Flip Flop day at Old Navy.  All solid color flip flops for the entire family are $1 a pair!  If you have never been to flip flop day, you are in for a treat.  It's like a complete carnival of people all trying to find the right color and size.  Two years ago I actually went to flip flop day and they had an associate on a ladder calling out a size and color combination and then tossing the shoes down to the person who stuck their hand out first.  I LOVE stuff like this with big crowds and great deals.  If you are not a crowd person then this is NOT the event for you.

Most Old Navy stores (including the Vienna store) open at 7:00 AM on Saturday. 
There is a limit of 5 pair per customer.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Online Books and audio downloads of books

Dad, this post is for you!  Here is a list of online books and downloads for Kindle and other online reading.  Many will also work with itouch and internet explorer.

Head here to the Amazon site and type in kindle store and then head to kindle books.  Sort your list with the lowest price first and you will find several completely free readable books.  These evidently change each month so you can try new books for free downloads.

Christian Audio is currently offering a free audio download of  E.M. Bounds: Man of Prayer by Lyle Dorsett. Add it to your cart and then use coupon code MAYPRAY when you head to the checkout. This offer is available through May 31, 2010.  (thanks

Prefer the old classics?  Head over here for some classic books for free audio downloads.  Including, White Fang, the King James Bible, Pilgrim's Progress, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and MANY others.

Do it Herself workshop at Home Depot

Wish you had a green thumb but not sure how to start?  Sign up here to attend the Do-it-herself Eco-Friendly Gardening Workshop, Thursday, June 3rd 7-8:30 pm featuring Martha Stewart Living. 

It isn't real clear if you will actually come away with any gardening stuff but the event is free and you will at least come away with the knowledge of how to create your own garden in your own backyard.

Event will feature
1.  How to plant and maintain an edible garden

2.  Create raised garden beds that allow you to start with balanced soil, no matter what's underneath - even cement

3.  See the difference using rain barrels can make for your water usage

4.  Learn all about composting to create endless nutrient-rich fertilizer

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Online Coupons worth printing

Here are some coupons worth printing if you have not already.  I hope you have your printer's default to print in black and white . . . stores will take them either way and this will save on your colored ink bill.

Log in here and on your first visit you can get a $3 off any 1 Chef's Requested meat coupon.  I used this coupon to get two bacon wrapped steaks for less than $1 a few weeks ago at Walmart. (thanks

Head over here for two different $3 off any one Huggies coupon.  You may have to scroll through several pages to find it.  Paired with a sale, these will make for GREAT deals on name brand diapers.  (HINTS:  Each coupon can be printed twice-after your first print they will be found on the last page--don't get carried away on this site printing coupons, many are good coupons for items that are overly expensive so don't print something you may not need and waste your ink)
Also at the site here, consider printing this coupon for $1 off two Oscar Meyer lunchmeats.  These were on roll-back at the Marietta, OH store for $2 yesterday.  That would make them $1.50 each for lunchmeat which is really not a bad price in my price book.  (if you printed the Oscar Meyer coupons I mentioned last time for $2 off any one-which are no longer available to print-you could redeem them today for FREE lunchmeat)

Also, while you are there, consider printing off the coupon for $1 off any 2 Oscar Meyer hotdogs.  Hotdogs usually go on sale the week before or the week of Memorial Day so save those for next week and hopefully they will result in free or almost free hotdots.

Click here for a coupon for $1 off two Bar-S hotdogs.  These are reported to be priced at around $1 a pack at Walmart (although I couldn't find it at the Vienna, WV store) which would make for $0.50 pack of hotdogs-GREAT for grilling out with friends. (Thanks

Become a Dove insider here and you can print off two coupons.  $1.25 off any Dove Body Wash and $1.50 off any deoderant.  The deoderant coupon does NOT say that it can not be used on sample sizes so you should easily be able to find sample size Dove deoderant at Walmart or CVS to make this a free deoderant.

CVS Deals 5/16-5/22

Slow Slow week at CVS . . . might even consider skipping this week if I didn't have such a low stockpile and ECB's that need spending.  Sorry that I am a couple days later than usual with this post.

New to CVS?  Check out my CVS for beginners page

Buy 1 Blade 5 Razor System $6.99
get $6.99 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
FREE after Extra Care Bucks (my store-Marietta,OH-was out of these)

Buy 1 Aussie or Herbal Essence at $2.99
Get $2 Extra Care Bucks (limit 2)
buy two and use the $2 off any 2 coupon from the recent Procter and Gamble insert
use the $2 off 1 coupon from a recent newspaper insert (didn't get this one in the PKSBG paper)
FREE after coupon and Extra Care Bucks

Covergirl Wetslicks Lip Color $5.99 (on sale Buy one Get one)
Buy two and use the Buy one get one coupon from recent newspaper mailing (PKSBG didn't get this)
Two for FREE if you have the coupon

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Chick-fil-A in Vienna, WV (self standing store) has family night every Tuesday between 5-7pm.  All events are free and your child will receive a free 4pc. Nugget Kids Meal with the purchase of an adult combo meal.

Upcoming Event Dates
May 18-Lady Bug Fingerprint Craft

May 25-Puppet Band "Rock Solid" will be preforming

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Garage Sales

Do you shop at garage sales?  I will admit this is a very hit and miss job.  So many sales I unload my two year old . . . we walk around the shop for about a minute and realize there is nothing there for us.  But, on occasion I have days where I find something so wonderful it makes those "misses" all worth it.  In the past two weeks I have had two such hits! 

Find #1 and Tip #1== Shop at the end of the sale.  If you know when the sale is going to end then show up just before they close down.  They are wanting to get rid of everything then and prices are almost free!  I got all of these clothes for my son for $2.50 (it was $2 a bag for the clothes and then one outfit was not included but it was only 0.50 itself)
Find #2==Prelit, over 6 foot, remote controlled, white light and colored light Christmas tree $25.  No tips on this one, I didn't even attempt to talk her down in price (broke my own rule).  This is an over $300 tree for $25 in near new condition!!!

Tip #2-Know what you are looking for.  If you drive by and see nothing that looks like kids stuff (no swingset in the yard, no toys at the sale) and you are looking for clothes and toys for your kids then keep driving.

Tip #3-Research.  You can often find garage sale listings in the newspaper, Craig's list, or on your local TV stations classifieds.  See what people are listing for sale and arrive EARLY if you see something listed that you are especially interested in.  (Toddler beds, pack and plays, swingsets . . .  usually are sold in the first few minutes if advertised properly)

Tip #4-Know what cash you have.  Don't talk someone down in price and then hand them a huge bill to break.  Have small bills so that you can say "I have a $5 . . . can I get all of these items for $5?" 

Tip #5-Tell the kids before you go how much money they have to spend and give it to them.  Nothing can ruin your trip worse than a child begging you to buy trinkets at each stop.  Give them a set amount of money and they can spend it however they want during the shop.  If they don't spend it they can save it for next week.

Tip #6-Always ask for a lower price.  (the one I broke with the tree)  They can always say no  . . . but they may surprise you and say yes-especially late in the day or on a hot or rainy day.

Tip #7-WALK AWAY!!  If you don't like the price they are willing to settle for then walk away.  No returns on garage sales so don't make a big purchase you will regret.  You can always go home and research and then come back . . . if it's gone then it wasn't right for you anyway.  :-)

What tips do you have for people headed to garage sales?  Any advice you can give?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Scrappin Saturday

Crafts 2000 is having a Scrappin Saturday this Saturday, May 15 from noon - 5 p.m.  You can use their classroom and their tools to make your scrapbook pages.  There is a $5 registration fee but with that fee you will get a coupon for $10 off a $10 purchase in their store.  Just sign up at the service desk.  Get more info here.

ALSO, every Friday and Saturday May - September is Flip Flop days.  You buy the flip-flops they offer in the store and then you can get free embellishments and make your own unique style of shoes right in the store.  Such a fun little project and the shoes are just a couple dollars in the store.  Sounds like a great mother/daughter date day to me!

QUICK-FREE FULL SIZE bottle of shampoo!!

Head to the facebook fan page here for Suave and become a fan and you can sign up for a full size bottle of shampoo coupon.  Hurry though, it's only good for the first 100,000.  This is a coupon by mail so you will be required to give out personal information but this appears to be completely legit and from a real company and all info should be kept completely private.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Free Disney music

Disney is running a 50 days of free songs promotion to all their facebook fans.  Become a fan here and each day you will receive a message on facebook of what the song of the day is.  If you want the song just click on the link they provide and download it to your itunes or other mp3 program for free.

Walmart Free Samples by mail

Walmart has a new crop of free samples available.  I love Walmart samples.  They almost always come with coupons for the product, they almost always arrive within a week or two of signup, one of the easiest forms to sign up for the sample, and I don't get a bunch of junk mail from them after I get the sample.  Click here for free samples of Secret Clinical Strength deoderant, Dove Deoderant, Old Spice body wash, baby formula, Eucerin lotion, and Prilosec.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Quizno's free kids meals

Quizno's is offering free kids meals right now.  Check it out on their website here.

Kids Eat free-one free kids meal with the purchase of an entree.  No coupon necessary.  Child 12 and under must be present to get free meal.

CVS for Beginners

If you have a CVS nearby and you are not visiting it every week or two for their free deals you are missing out on such an easy way to stock up your cabinets with free or nearly free items.  As promised, I'll list the basics here for anyone that is a beginner to CVSing and encourage you to try it for a month and then tell me if you don't absolutely fall in love with the "game" of CVSing. 

1. Get a CVS card (you can apply instore or online) if you apply in store you can use it the day you apply so this is certainly your best option.  You will want them to scan this card eveyr week BEFORE you begin to scan your items.   Also, most CVS stores have a kiosk at the front of the store that looks like a price scanner.  Scan your card there too and it will print off additional coupons and discounts.

2. Look at the ad and scan for items that say FREE in the yellow box.  These items are a great place to start your shopping.  This means that the entire purchase price of the item will be reimbursed to you at the moment of purchase through a coupon on your receipt.  This "coupon" can be spent like cash at any CVS on a future visit or even on another transaction the same day.   These "coupons" are called Extra Care Bucks (often referred to as ECB's online and on this website).

3.  Make a list of all "free" items and any other discounted items you plan to buy for the week and then compare that list to your coupon stash.  If you have a coupon for a "free" item then this item actually becomes what we call a moneymaker or getting overageThis means that you will actually get more back in Extra Care Bucks than you spent on the item.  For example, U by Kotex pads are $4.99 this week and are generating a $4.99 Extra Bucks Reward which makes the pads free.  With the $1 coupon that I had in my coupon organizer I actually spent $3.99 on the pads after coupon but got $4.99 back in Extra Care Bucks (ECB's).

4.  I would absolutely recommend that you find a website online (;; and many many others) that is listing CVS deals and read their website before you head out to the store.  ( has the ads scanned for several weeks in advance) and see their coupon matchups-this will save you the work of searching for a coupon that doens't exist and help make sure that you don't miss an online printable coupon that was available.

5.  Watch the small print at the bottom of the ECB's in the ad.  This will let you know how many you are allowed to buy.  Usually the "free" items are a limit of 1 so it doens't do you any good to have 4 different coupons.  Always use the coupons you already have first before wasting ink to print one.

6.  Buy ANYTHING that generates you more extra care bucks than you are spending.  For example, I am not a diabetic and do not know any diabetics in need of additional meters.  HOWEVER, Bayer Breeze 2 contour blood suger meter is $19.99 and is generating a $15.00 Extra Bucks.  Last month in the paper there was a $10 off any Bayer Contour meter coupon.  If I do this transaction I will pay $4.99 out of pocket for something I don't need . . . but will receive a "coupon" for next time for $15.00 so I will actually be making money toward next weeks' purchases.  I keep a basket in my home of items we have no use for but that I was able to get for free.  These items I have used to send in care packages to college students, send to soldiers overseas or donate to the local women's shelter/food pantry.  Thus doing something for someone who isn't able to shop for themselves while making money all at the same time.

7.  Cut and keep ALL coupons until you get more experienced and know what things often go on sale at CVS.  As you can see in #6 you may find that items you don't normally buy will come in handy for helping you "make" money.

8.  Register your card online at and you will often get e-mailed coupons for $ off of $$ coupons.  ($3 off any $15 purchase) for example.  These are GREAT coupons and can really add to the ECB's you are already getting back.  This week for example, there are $13 worth of things that are completely free after ECB's.  With only another small purchase of something that is also on a great deal I can use a $3 off 15 purchase to generate $3 in ECB's that I DIDN't first spend out of pocket.

9.  When checking out give things in the right order to get the most out of your coupons.  First-your CVS card, Second-your items, Third-$ off $$ coupons (like the $3 off $15 talked about above), Fourth-any other coupons you have, Fifth-any ECB's you are planning to use from a previous purchase.

10.  WATCH expiration dates.  Each Extra Care Buck has an expiration date just like a coupon.  If you let them expire you will waste the entire point of having them.  If you plan to shop every week or two, even if you are buying things you don't "need" (as long as they are "free") you won't have to worry about them expiring.  Treat them as precious as cash but with an expiration date like a coupon.

11.  Know before you check out how much you should get back at the bottom of your receipt and make sure you have the correct ECB's before you leave the store.  Store managers are very good about giving you what you deserve if it doesn't print properly.  Also, if you mess up and buy the wrong thing . . . just suck it up and tell them.  They will allow you to return the item that didn't generate the ECB's and replace it with the correct item.

There are so many advanced people who NEVER spend money out of pocket and spend much more time making multiple transactions and "rolling" ECB's each week than I do.  I am just a moderate CVSer . . . I just don't have the time to do any more than these basic's above.  I have found that for my family of three, the tips above keep our cabinets stocked with completely free or mostly free shampoo, conditioner, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and soaps so I have no need to play the "game" to the advanced level.   If you are one of those advanced people then my hat's off to you!  My goal with CVSing is to stretch my hubby's hard earned money for my own family and have our cupboards full and overflowing so that I can share with others in need.

CVS Deals 5/9-5/15 MONEYMAKERS!

Some great moneymaker ideas at CVS this week.  If you have never done this CVS thing before this is a great week to try it.  Check out my CVS for beginners tab if you are new to all of this.

Buy 1 Reach Floss Mint Flavor (55 yards) at $1.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 Reach Floss or Toothbrush or use $1/1 coupon from newspaper insert
Free plus $1 in overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Bayer Breeze 2 Glucose Monitor at $19.99 Get $15 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $10/1 coupon from newspaper insert
Free plus $5 overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 U By Kotex Liners, Pads or Tampons at $4.99, Get $4.99 ECBs (Limit 1)

Use $1/1 coupon from the newspaper insert or print here or use $1/1 coupon from recent mailbox sample (if you got one)
Free plus $1 overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Right Guard or Dry Idea at $2.49, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)

Buy 2 and use $3/2 coupon here
Free plus up to $2 overage after coupon and ECBs
 Buy 1 Crest Pro Health Toothpaste or Rinse at $3.50, Get $3.50 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $0.75/1 coupon from newspaper insert (should be a coupon for the rinse and another for the toothpaste in the P+G insert from last week)
Free plus overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Schick Hydro at $8.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)

Use $5/1 coupon from the 5/9 SmartSource insert
Free after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Huggies, Pull-Ups or Goodnights Diapers at $8.49, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the newspaper coupon insert or $2.50/1 coupon from recent mailbox sample if you have one.
$4.99 after coupon and ECBs

Bayer (32 ct.) – $1
Or use $1/1 coupon from the newspaper insert
Free after coupon

Carefree Liners $1
Use $1/1 coupon from the newspaper insert or recent mailbox sample if you have one
Free after coupon

Bayer Aspirin — $1
$1/1 coupon from newspaper insert
Free after coupon

Buy 1 Stayfree Pads at $3.99 (select kinds), Get $2 ECBs
Use $2/1 Stayfree product coupon from newspaper insert
Free after coupon and ECBs

CVS Brand Shampoo — $0.99
Use $1/1 CVS brand hair care coupon (printing for some people at the CVS price scanners-none for me)
Free after coupon

Thanks to for many of the coupon links above.  To see all the other non-free deals this week head over to her site here.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Farmers Market to open in Wood County

Downtown farmers market will open again today from 10:00-2:00pm every Tuesday and Friday.  I hope to head down there soon and get some prices listed to compare.  Go to for some info of your own.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Free Cookies!

Become a fan of Nabisco cookies on facebook here (then click on the cookies and milk tab)  TONIGHT and get a coupon for a free pack of cookies with a purchase of another pack and some milk.  Not a GREAT coupon but would be useful if you are already buying cookies for some reason.  Coupon can only be printed until midnight tonight so just a couple more hours! 

HOT sample giveaway!

I have never seen a sample/freebie giveaway as great as this one.  Head over here to Kraft foods on facebook and follow the directions to get a free sample pack.  Choose from one of four sample packs with at least four freebies in each!!  Once again you will have to give out some personal information (like your address so they can mail the goodies) but if you have a facebook account this is sure one you don't want to miss!  I couldn't get this to work earlier today (too much traffic on the site) but it seems to be working great tonight!  Says I should get mine in 3-4 weeks!

I'm BACK!!

I am so sorry for the lack of posts these last two weeks.  We have moved into a new house and it took me a week longer to get back on here than I anticipated.  I am back now and have lots of great coupons and mothers day deals with you.  Stay tuned and thanks for not giving up on me!  I will be posting my 100th post today!  Hard to believe but I am proud of the content I have been able to find to help those in the Mountain State find deals to make their paycheck last longer and longer each month while still spending quality time with family!

High Value Oscar Mayer Coupon

Click here to enter the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Contest on facebook and get aa $2 off ANY package of lunchmeat coupon.  If you eat as much bologna in your house as we do then this is a GREAT coupon! 

Fair warning . . . You WILL have to have a facebook account and be willing to put in personal information into the contest in order to print this coupon.  While supplies last (I printed mine Monday at 9 AM without difficulty)