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6 Best Places to Coupon for Diapers

 

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Of all the baby expenses out there, diapers are most definitely the most prominent. And unless you’re using cloth diapers (I say more power to you!) then you are always going out and buying diapers and praying for the day your child is potty trained. And we all know diapers are not cheap either. But what can we do? We gotta buy those suckers. Luckily with couponing we can effectively cut those diaper costs in half! (We can also save for baby in other ways in this post.) Here are the 6 best places to coupon for diapers (in no particular order).

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Target

Target can be a great place to coupon for diapers. They frequently run gift card deals in their weekly ad on big boxes of the major brands of diapers like Huggies, Pampers, and Luvs nearly every week. Plus, they are known to throw in some of their Up & Up brand and even Honest Company every now and again. They also will frequently include store coupons that will get you gift cards for spending thresholds on baby items. Use these deals on top of any manufacturer coupons, cartwheel deals, and REDcard (just another reason why you need REDcard).  And on the cartwheel note, their perks frequently include redemptions for diapers or wipes (learn more about cartwheel here and here). To learn more about couponing at Target visit this post.

CVS

CVS is another store that frequently runs promotions on baby items. These include jumbo packs of the major brands Huggies and Pampers. By stacking manufacturer coupons, store coupons, and Extrabucks, you can significantly reduce your diaper costs. You can learn more about the ins and outs of CVS couponing here.

Walmart

I know, no one likes shopping at Walmart, but we can’t ignore the fact that they offer some of the lowest prices around, even on baby items. Use manufacturer coupons on the major brands, as well as price matching and their Saving Catcher App to make sure you’re always getting the lowest price. Read here for more tips about couponing at Walmart.

Rite Aid

Rite Aid will frequently run promotions on their baby items making it easy to get cheap jumbo packs of Pampers, Huggies, or their Tugaboos store brand. Of course use manufacturer coupons, store coupons, and Plenti points to score these great deals. Read more about Rite Aid couponing in this post.

Walgreens

Walgreens is yet another pharmacy that offers great diaper deals. Stack manufacturer coupons, store coupons, balance rewards points, and register rewards on jumbo packs of Huggies and Pampers. Plus they offer great deals on a variety of other baby essentials. See this post for more on couponing at Walgreens.

Amazon

For the online shopper, Amazon is THE place for diapers. Members of Amazon Prime can enroll in Amazon Family for free. This essentially saves you 20% on any diaper subscription offered through Amazon Subscribe & Save. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that online. And if you don’t have a Prime membership you can still take advantage of the low online prices Amazon offers (psst, family members can give you the gift of Prime). To learn more about Amazon Prime and Subscribe & Save read here and here.


And for more help on finding the best baby deals every week, I highly recommend checking out thekrazycouponlady.com‘s up to date baby deals here which includes a weekly baby supplies roundup.

 

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How to Coupon at Walgreens

 

Today I’m rounding out my series on the big 5 couponing stores with a post on Walgreens. (Click on the links for previous posts on Target, CVS, Walmart, and Rite Aid.) Now, I admit, I don’t coupon here much at all. This is really just a personal preference though. Many people have found great success in couponing and finding deals at their local Walgreens. And it may be that it’s just convenient for you. Overall, I’d say couponing at Walgreens is similar to couponing at CVS, but there are a few more rules to follow. Without further ado, here’s how to coupon at Walgreens.

Balance Rewards Card

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First things first, you will need a Balance Rewards Card. You can sign up for this online or in store. Being enrolled in this program is the only way to get sale prices and earn rewards. Customers can earn rewards on items they buy including prescriptions and photos. Here’s a breakdown of how to earn points:

  • Earn 10 everyday points per every $1 spent on most items. You must add this perk to your Walgreens balance rewards summary online (or in the app). Once added you do not have to add it again.
  • Earn 100 points per 30 day supply prescription picked up in store (or 300 points per 90 day prescription).
  • Earn 100 points per immunization received at the store.
  • Earn extra bonus points on select in ad promotions each week. An example might be 8000 points on the purchase of two shampoos.
  • Add additional members only perks in your account summary. An example might include 5x points on $10 spent. These perks differ weekly and must be individually activated each week.
  • Redeem points booster coupons from the weekly ad. These coupons are similar to the members only perks online.
  • Sign up for free to become a Beauty Enthusiast and earn 5000 points per $50 spent on beauty products. Plus receive a digital coupon for 20x everyday points when you sign up.
  • Earn points by working out! Sign up for the free Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices and earn 20 points for every mile you walk, run, or cycle with your activity tracker. Read my post about this program here.

When you have earned 5000 points, you can then redeem them for a $5 reward at the register. But you can save them up for better redemptions if you choose. Points can be redeemed for rewards as below:

  • 5000 points = $5
  • 10000 points = $10
  • 18000 points = $20
  • 30000 points = $25
  • 40000 points = $50

As long as you use your balance rewards card at least once every 6 months, your Balance Rewards points will not expire for 3 years! Points also post to your account instantly. This means that you can potentially roll points from transaction to transaction. Most of the time you can use points and earn points in the same transaction. For instance, if the promotion includes purchases a specific number of products, like Buy 2 Get 1000 points, you should have no problem. However, it gets tricky when the promotion involves a dollar threshold, like Spend $12 Get 5000 points. In this case you have to spend more than the threshold amount in order to use points on that transaction.

Plus, there is no limit to the amount of points that you earn, so you can stock up on items and receive points for every item. As a quick tip, everyday points will be earned on the total amount before manufacturer coupons, but after Walgreens store coupons are applied.

ManufactuRer Coupons

Walgreens will accept both online and circular manufacturer coupons. 1 manufacturer coupon may be used per item. They do not state a limit of the amount of identical coupons that can be used in the same transaction (though be aware your coupon might). It is also important to know that Walgreens will only accept 1 manufacturer coupon on Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotions. This means you cannot use a coupon on the free item in the promotion, but you can on the purchased item. Also, Walgreens will not accept manufacturer coupons that exceed the price of the item. For example you cannot use a $3 off coupon on an item that costs $2.99. They won’t even adjust the coupon down to prevent overage, so don’t even bother.

Store Coupons

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Load-to-Card Coupons in the Walgreens app

Walgreens offers a variety of different types of store coupons. Per their coupon policy 1 store coupon may be used per item (in addition to a manufacturer coupon) unless it’s a Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion like above. Store coupons you might find include:

  • Coupons printed in the weekly ad – these coupons carry a limit of usually 2-4 items, meaning you can use the same coupon on up to the stated limit.
  • Monthy Savings Book Coupons – each month Walgreens will put out a savings booklet available at the front of the store. These coupons do not have a threshold, so you can use the same coupon on unlimited amount of items – it only needs to be scanned once. Plus, you do not have to meeting a item threshold, meaning if you have a coupon for $1 off 4, you can still use the coupon on 1 item and get $.25 off.
  •  Health Booklet Coupons – these are typically found near the health and pharmacy sections and coupons are usually good for up to 1 year.
  • Load-to-Card Coupons – the Walgreens app includes many of the weekly ad and monthly savings book coupons as well as some manufacturer coupons. These can be loaded to your balance rewards card and automatically deducted at the register. You can load up to 100 coupons at a time.
  • Catalina Coupons – these vary by day and person, but typically can be used on your next transaction.

Register Rewards

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A sample Register Reward

Finally, there are Register Rewards. These are store credit like coupons that are printed on your receipt and can be used on your next transaction. Promotions for Register Rewards are typically advertised in ad and store. An example might include receive $1 Register Reward with the purchase of 1 body wash. Register Rewards will typically expire in 2 weeks from the printed date.

Only 1 Register Reward can be earned per promotion per transaction. Meaning you can earn the same reward on a 2nd transaction, but not earn 2 within the same transaction. Do be aware though that the rewards will not roll from transaction to transaction. This means you cannot earn a Register Reward  on a promotion in the 1st transaction, use it on a 2nd transaction for the same promotion and expect to get the Register Reward again. In most cases it is better to save your Register Rewards and roll them from trip to trip.

Register Rewards can be used in combination with manufacturer coupons, store coupons, and Balance Rewards Points. Be aware though that the register will identify a Register Reward as a manufacturer coupon. And according to Walgreens policy you must have a matching item for each coupon. This means you cannot purchase 4 items and use 4 manufacturer coupons plus a Register Reward – the register will beep and not accept all of them. Luckily you can combat this by buy a filler item. A filler item is basically any cheap item, ideally $1 or less that the register can tie with your Register Reward.

Walgreens Stacking Example

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In the above example, purchasing 2 Children’s Zyrtec will yield 5000 Balance Rewards Points. Combine that with 2 x $4/1 Zyrtec coupons from coupons.com. Rolling 5000 Balance Rewards Points from previous trips will make this $4.49 each. And if you have a Register Reward, you can purchase a filler item and get even more savings.

Walgreens Coupon Policy and Other Information

It is important to know a store’s coupon policy. You can view Walgreens’ policy here. I highly recommend that you visit the Walgreens page at KCL to get an even more in-depth view about couponing at Walgreens. They even have a comprehensive list of current Monthly Savings book coupons here and Filler Items here.

 

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A Couponer’s Guide to Free Travel

 

These opinions are all my own. I am not receiving any compensation for the products or ideas in this post.

Being a couponing advocate I’m always looking for ways to save on the things I need. But what about saving on the things I like? Well, admittedly there are a lot of ways to save on my favorite clothes and retailers. But I struggled on saving really effectively on my travel plans. Last year my husband and I went on an Alaskan cruise, and I did everything possible to save money on that trip (You can read about that here.) But we still paid a large chunk of change.

I felt there had to be a better and easier way. Especially since I don’t plan on giving up travel anytime soon. And if I agree with Positive Health Wellness’s article that says traveling can be good for your health, this makes travel a “need,” right? So it was time to find a solution. This started me on my path to discover all the secrets of what the travel pros call “travel hacking.” Not gonna lie, it’s my new obsession, but it’s a lot easier than people realize. I only wish I knew about it sooner. Read on for a couponer’s guide to free travel.

What Is Travel Hacking?

In a nutshell, travel hacking is the art of earning points and miles through credit card spending and redeeming them for FREE TRAVEL. Yes, I said free. Or at the very least, significantly less expensive. And while earning points and miles through your normal credit card spending is great, it’s not nearly as lucrative and earning sign-up bonuses. The real trick that people play is by signing up for new credit cards that offer large sign-up bonuses by meeting a minimum spend typically within the first 90 days. These bonuses are typically much more than you can hope to earn with your normal spending within a year. So a combination of both of these techniques aids travelers in redeeming free travel.

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I will also point out that many of what I would call “hard core” travel hackers constantly sign up for new cards and utilize a method called “manufactured spending” to not only help them meet all the minimum spends, but also to constantly “churn” miles and points on their existing cards in order to have an unlimited supply. This is all well and good, but completely unnecessary for the normal family. I mean, if you’re a working person, it’s unlikely you even have the vacation time to really take advantage of all this free travel. Overall I do not recommend most methods of manufactured spending as they are getting harder and harder to even pull off. However, if you are interested in understanding what manufactured spending is read here.

Overall, if all you’re wanting to do is take your family on one or two trips per year, “hard core” travel hacking is completely unnecessary. All it takes is some upfront planning on your part to determine the trip you want to take and the credit card sign-ups you’ll need to make it necessary. And then earning those sign-ups by applying for the cards in increments (not all at one time or you’ll have a large amount of spending to meet) and meeting minimum spends with your NORMAL spending on bills, groceries, gas, etc.

A Note on Credit Cards

Before I move on with more specifics, first let me give a side notes about credit cards:

  • I DO NOT RECOMMEND under any circumstances to apply for credit cards if you cannot responsibly manage your finances and pay off your balance every month. Carrying a balance is never a good idea and essentially defeats the purpose. That travel isn’t free anymore when you are paying high interest rates on your balance.
  • Avoid applying for credit cards within the same time frame as applying for a loan such as a mortgage.
  • It’s always a good idea to know what your credit score is. Many banks these days such as Chase and Bank of America provide their customers with their free FICO credit scores. Another alternative is to check out the free Credit Karma service.
  • If your credit score is not currently high enough to be approved for new cards due to lack of credit history, consider asking a willing family member with a higher credit score and longer history to add you as an authorized user to their own account (even if you don’t use it). This will help raise your own score.
  • Contrary to popular belief, applying for and owning several credit cards does not  hurt your credit score in the long term, and in fact can actually help raise it (I can testify personally to this). You can read more about how this affects your score here.
  • Closing credit card accounts CAN affect your credit score. Read here and here about how to minimize these effects. It is also recommended to keep your longest standing credit card accounts open to help increase your average age of credit.
  • If you own a small business, you can also apply for the business versions of credit cards in addition to the personal versions.Read more about that here.

Getting Started Earning Free TraVel

First off, when getting started, I would recommend setting a travel goal. This will help you to know how many points and miles you will need in order to accomplish this particular travel plan. Even if you don’t have a travel goal in mind, you can still get started earning points with some of the more basic and flexible travel cards and apply those to a future travel goal.

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My husband and I redeemed FREE flights to Mardi Gras this year through just 1 credit card bonus, with points to spare. This is us with all our loot from the parades.

In either case make sure to sign up for the airline and hotel loyalty programs you anticipate using, especially if you are earning specific hotel or airline miles with your credit card. Always make sure you sign up for the appropriate loyalty program before you start trying to earn any points for it. Many times you will have to link your member number to the credit card in order to earn or transfer miles/points.

The next step is to start earning points and/or miles. You can earn miles in one of several ways as below:

1. Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

The most lucrative way to earn points and miles is through credit card sign ups. Most of the time these sign ups are more points than you could hope to earn normally in a year.

 

There are several types of travel credit cards that you can get started with. First there are flexible travel rewards cards that earn points through the banks earning program that can be redeemed for a variety of ways including on discounted travel through the program’s own unique portal. There are also cash back type cards that can be redeemed for statement credits on your travel purchases (or depending on the card, any kind of purchase). And finally, there are co-branded credit cards which earn points or miles towards a specific travel loyalty program such as hotel brands or airlines. You can read here about some of the better cards for beginners to start out with.

Do be aware that many times these cards carry an annual fee (not always), but sometimes the fee is waived the first year or the benefits of the card and sign up bonus far outweigh the fee. Also, several banks now have restrictions regarding earning the same sign-up bonuses more than once. For instance, AMEX only allows 1 sign-up bonus per card per person per lifetime. Chase on the other hand will allow the same bonus on the same card per person 24 months after the first bonus was received. Read here to learn about the major banks restrictions on credit cards.

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Personally, I recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. It is one of the most flexible travel rewards cards out there, and it is the one my husband and I started with. It is great in that when you redeem your points through their travel portal you can redeem at a rate of 1:1.25, meaning an extra 25%. Plus the card comes with great transfer partners at a rate of 1:1 that include Southwest Airlines, United, Hyatt, Marriott, and more. The icing on the cake here is that with the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, you can transfer points across any Ultimate Rewards earning credit cards you have. This means that is you have the Chase Freedom and the Chase Sapphire Preferred, you can transfer points between the two (and you can even transfer between spouses).

2. Normal Spending

You can always earn points through your normal spending habits. Any card that you have will typically give you at least 1 point per dollar on any purchase. There are far more lucrative ways to earn than with just 1 point per dollar, however normal spending is still lucrative when meeting minimum spends. In this case it is recommended to put every single bill possible on your credit card to meet the minimum spending requirement. Unfortunately rent and mortgages, which tend to be your highest spending per month, cannot be paid with credit cards. If you are desperate, however, there are a few online rent paying services available such as Plastiq and Rentler (see details here) that will allow you to pay with a credit card along with a 3% fee. Under normal circumstances the fee just isn’t worth it, but could be considered a small price to pay in earning a large sign up bonus.

3. maximizing Point Earnings

You can earn more points and miles just by simply maximizing your earnings. For instance, say you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Freedom Unlimited cards. The Chase Sapphire Preferred allows you to earn 2 points per dollar on travel and dining and 1 point per dollar on everything else. The Chase Freedom Unlimited earns you 1.5 points per dollar on every purchase. In this scenario you can maximize your points by only using the Chase Sapphire Preferred card on your travel and dining purchases to effectively earn 2 points per dollar, and then use the Chase Freedom Unlimited card on every thing else to effectively earn 1.5 points per dollar. Thus, you are earning points 1.5 – 2 times faster on every purchase you make. Plus being Chase Ultimate Rewards you can then pool these points together.

4. Bonus Points Through Portals

Many times each of these credit cards or loyalty programs offer some type of shopping portal that allow you to earn even more points. For instance, say you want to purchase something online at Best Buy (or purchase online and have it shipped free to the store). You may go to the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal and see that they are offering 3 points per dollar at Best Buy by clicking through the portal and then making your purchase. You end up spending $50 and paying with your Chase Unlimited Freedom card to earn 1.5 points per dollar. So in essence you just earned 4.5 points per dollar, or in this case a total of 225 points instead of just 50 points.

If you are a member of several different programs, I highly recommend evreward as a way to see which portal will pay out the most. For instance they will show Chase, Amex, and Citi programs, as well as hotel and airline programs such as Southwest and Hilton. Be aware that it lags a little and so is not always up to date accurate, but it at least will give you an idea and place to start.

5. Bonus Points Through Dining Programs

Several airlines and hotel chains will offer a dining program where you can link your credit card and earn extra points by dining at certain restaurants available in the program. These programs are typically free and can be found right on the airline or hotel website. Most of the time you cannot link the same credit card to more than one dining program, however you can link separate cards. But if you plan on participating it is recommended to link the card(s) with the best bonuses for dining.

I personally find the selection of restaurants in these programs to be minimal, but considering it’s a free program, it never hurts to link your card and find a few extra points later for dining at one of the participating restaurants.

What Next?

Well once you’ve earned the travel points/miles, you can then redeem those towards the travel of your choice. Like I’ve mentioned several times already, your best bet for earning the most points is by applying for new credit cards that will award you large sign-up bonuses.

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Let’s give a more specific example of how this can work. Say you live in Dallas and want to take your family of 4 on a 5 night trip to Disney World in Orlando in the month of June of the next year. Firstly, I would recommend signing up for the Southwest Personal Plus card which currently is offering a bonus of 50,000 miles with a $69 yearly fee. The flights would cost about $150 per person each way for a total of $1200. OR it would cost about 8300 points per person each way. Essentially the miles you just earned from the bonus would allow you to get 3 free roundtrip flights while paying only for the last family member and the taxes not covered by the miles (usually about $6/person each way) for a total of 49,800 miles and $348, plus the $69 fee.

If you’re willing, you could also apply for the Southwest Personal Premier card a couple of months later, also currently offering a bonus of 50,000 miles with a $99 yearly fee. This would allow your entire family to fly for only the cost of 66,400 miles plus about $48 in taxes and $168 yearly fees. And if you’re really smart, after meeting the minimum spends of a total of $5000 and then stragetically spending another $5000 on the cards, you’d have earned 110,000 miles, enough to earn you a Southwest Companion Pass (essentially a buy one get one free on Southwest flights). Thus you would get all 4 roundtrip flights for 49,800 miles plus $48 for taxes and $168 yearly fees. Plus, you’d have 60,200 miles left over to use in the future as well as the Companion Pass to be able to utilize until the end of the next year you earned it (learn more about earning the Companion Pass here). Not only that, but being able to fly on southwest gives you the ability to check 2 free bags per person (especially useful for families with small children), and has no change fees, meaning that if you find a lower price later, you can re-book and be refunded the difference in points!

Now, you’ve already saved at least $800 on flights, but what next? Well, then yo’d need to find a place to stay for 5 nights, right? Well, say you want to stay off-resort. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel is right in the middle of Orlando with shuttles to and from the Disney parks. Rates at the hotel go for about $250 or 15,000 points per night for a total of about  $1250 or 75,000 points for 5 nights. Well, by applying for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card with a current sign up bonus of 50,000 points with a $99 fee waived the first year, you can effectively transfer 45,000 points to Hyatt to get 3 free nights plus $500, and have 5000 points to spare.

And if you’re willing to go even further, a little while later you could apply for the Chase Hyatt credit card with a bonus of 2 free nights and a $75 yearly fee. This would essentially get you those last 2 nights free. Plus the card comes with elite status that includes complimentary wi-fi, late check-out, and an upgrade to a preferred room when available. Either way, you would be saving at least $750 on the hotel. That plus the at least $800 on the flights save you a good $1550 which is about 60% of the original cost! And if you go all the way on both flights and hotel, you’d save $2150 or about 88%. That’s no small chunk of change. And with this savings, you can better afford the high-cost of Disney park tickets (which are NEVER on sale).

Good Luck

Good luck to you all in your endeavors to earn free travel. If you are interested in learning more in-depth about the in and outs of travel hacking, credit card bonuses, and airline and hotel programs, I highly recommend The Points Guy. You can get started on his sight here.

 

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I Tried BzzAgent

What Is BzzAgent?

BzzAgent (pronounced Buzz Agent) is a sample website that allows users to voluntarily participate in word of mouth campaigns about various products in Brazil, Canada, the UK, and of course the US. When a campaign for a particular product is available to the user based on matching profile requirements, the user can opt in to the campaign and receive the product for free in exchange for their review, opinion, and other word of mouth social media activities.

How Does It Work?

BzzAgent is free to join and is open to any person living in one of the regions mentioned above. Upon joining, users are encouraged to complete their profile and answer the available surveys to help match them to available campaigns (that is products available for review). Each survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete (in my experience about 1 minute a piece) so it is not a huge time commitment. Completing surveys and fully completing campaigns also helps boost the user’s BzzScore which in turn helps the user to receive more campaign invites.

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The first test campaign they send to all new members

When a user is matched to a campaign they will receive an email invite which they may or may not choose to join. Upon joining, BzzAgent will then send the sample products to the user to test. When the campaign has officially launched, the user has about 8 weeks to complete the campaign activities regarding the product they received. Activities range from product reviews, word of mouth campaigns via facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc., as well as just talking to your neighbor about the product. Completion of activities are rated on the quality of the user’s submission. Typically quality outranks quantity of activities completed (meaning users are not obligated to complete all activities available). Then at the end of the campaign users are asked to fill out a short survey regarding the product.

Users are never obligated or pressured to join any campaign. Also, technically users are not obligated to complete any activity of any campaign they join, however this may prevent them from being invited to any future campaigns. For more info on the finer details see the FAQs here.

Is It Worth Having?

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The Barilla Gluten Free pasta I made

This is kinda arbitrary and dependent on the person. If you have no interest in trying free products and samples, then this won’t be for you. If, however, you would enjoy the chance to try new items and spread the word about it, then completing a few activities in exchange for a free item is a pretty small price to pay.

Are there Any Cons?

In the grand scheme of things, not really. Occasionally it can be difficult to purposefully find the time to actually try the product and complete some of the activities. Plus, it is helpful to keep up with the available surveys on the site which takes some extra time every so often. But since a user is always able to pass on any campaign invite, there is a pretty low obligation factor for being a member.

HOw Has It Worked For Me?

So far I have to say I’ve liked it. I joined about 7 months ago and have participated in 3 full campaigns. These have included a Venus razor, Barilla Gluten Free pasta, and Alexia waffle fries. Each campaign has varied somewhat. For instance, the Venus razor campaign required me to write reviews on Amazon but nothing else. With the Barilla Gluten Free pasta, I received a box of goodies including 2 full boxes of pasta, plus a coupon for another free box. And with the Alexia waffle fries, I received only 2 coupons for free bags of waffle fries (this is because they are frozen products) and a handful of discount coupons to disperse to others.

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The Venus razor I received, my first full campaign

Overall, it has been easy to test the products and write well thought out reviews and activities. I have been able to easily complete 3-4 social media activities (they usually let you do each one up to 2 times, so I only completed the facebook and twitter ones). The only hardship I came across was with the waffle fries. Due to chance, I received the campaign just as I was starting a diet that would not allow me to actually eat them. Luckily there was one activity that only required me to post a video talking about the fries that I was able to complete. Then once the campaign was over I served the fries at our super bowl party and they were tasty.

I definitely plan on continuing completing any campaign invites I may receive in the future and have fun testing out the products.

 

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11 Items You Should Always Get For Free

 

Still paying $3-$5 for toothpaste? Let me tell you that cost can add up. Thankfully we have coupons to help with that. There are a few essential items that I make a point never to pay out of pocket for (or at least get for very cheap – seriously, never pay more than $.50 for toothpaste). Here are 11 items you should always get for free:

1. Toothpaste

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Yes, this is the first item because I believe so very strongly about it. It is soooo easy to get free or super cheap toothpaste year round at drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid. I’ve even scored decent deals at Target. Colgate is the easiest to get for free, but I’ve even scored free deals on higher end toothpastes like Crest 3D White.

2. Toothbrushes

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Right along there with the toothpaste are toothbrushes. Again, these can easily be obtained at drugstores like Wlagreens, CVS, and Rite Aid for free nearly year round. Again, regular manual Colgate toothbrushes are the easiest to get for free, but you can also score the battery powered Arm & Hammer and Oral B for $2 or less.

3. Mouthwash

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Running right along with our oral hygiene theme is mouthwash. Again a killer in the free department, sometimes even moneymakers. You can find good deals ($1 or less) year round at the drugstores mentioned above and sometimes even Target. The easiest freebies to score are of the Crest and Colgate variety.

 

4. Floss

Rounding up in the oral hygiene category is floss. This is another super easy freebie for year round. Again an easy score at the 3 drugstores above. Good deals usually come in the form of Oral B.

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5. Bodywash

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Moving on to basic body hygiene is bodywash. Look for deals ($.50 or less) at the 3 drugstores, Target, and Walmart. The easiest to find are Caress, Sauve, Dove, and Softsoap for women; and Sauve, Dove, Irish Spring, Axe, and Old Spice for men. If bar soap is more your thing, you can also frequently find the same brands for free.

 

6. Shampoo

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Ah, hair hygeine. Are we seeing a hygiene theme yet? Deals ($.50 or less) on shampoo can frequently be found at the 3 drugstores and Target. Look for Pantene, TRESemme, Sauve, and Garnier for women; and Sauve and Dove for men. Don’t count out conditioner (which pretty well goes along with the shampoo) and other stylers like hair spray and mousse.

7. Face Wash

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Onto the facial hygiene. Face wash can be expensive so look for good deals ($1.25 or less) at the 3 drug stores and Target. L’Oreal and Olay can be good finds. Also look for deals on Neutrogena facial bars and make-up remover wipes.

 

8. Disposable Razors

get for freeNot necessarily considered a hygiene item, but definitely in the hair removal category. Disposable razor deals ($.25 or less) can frequently be found at the 3 drugstores and Target. Schick and Bic are your best bets. If you’d rather go for the regular razors, deals on both Schick and Gillette can often be found for $2 or less. Just never buy the refill cartridges. It’s much cheaper to buy a whole new razor.

9. Shave Gel

Right along with razors is of course shave gel. Get the best deals ($.25 or less) at Target and the 3 drugstores. Gillette, Skintimate, and Edge (especially the travel sizes) are the easiest to score.

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10. Mascara

Mascara is by far the easiest of all make-up items to score a good deal ($1.50) or less. CVS is the major player here, but deals can also be found at Target and the other 2 drugstores. Maybelline in particular is the big winner. Other makeup items can also frequently be found such as Almay eyeshadow, Sally Hansen nail polish, Wet n Wild nail polish and lipstick, and Baby Lips, as well as chapstick.

 

11. Glade Air Fresheners

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Finally leaving the bodily hygiene categories is Glade. You’d be surprised how easily you can find a good deal ($.20 or less) on the air fresheners, candles, wax melts, and plugins. Not only that, they can be found almost everywhere like Target, the 3 drugstores, and Walmart. Plus, there are always deals on seasonal scents.

 

 

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