WWW.SWEETWATERSAVINGS.COM That is my new address. This will be the last time I'm posting here. It's pretty sad for me since this is my first blog, but I've been double posting for the last week (at least trying to) and it's getting to be too much. Head on over to my new site to enter my Build-A-Bear giveaway (by midnight tonight!!). I'll let you in on a little secret, tomorrow starts my giveaway for a $50.00 gift card to JCPenny!
I had hoped to have a little more information on what I've been doing these past months, but it's slower going then I had anticipated. The work is much harder and it's taking me longer then I thought. But as my wise friend KJ always tells me, if it was easy everyone would do it.
I have started niche blogging. I was one of the first people to sign up with Amy Bass for her niche blogging course. And I can truly say that I have learned more information with her first three month of content then I expected to learn the entire time. I'm going to write a whole post on it now so head on over here to read it.
I hope you will continue to follow me on my quest to save money. I will continue to post about coupons, sales, freebies and deals. Thanks for reading my blog, I am so blessed and humbled to have such great readers!
I just received an e-mail about Comcast's rush to the Rose Bowl sweepstakes, it's a good one so I thought I'd pass it along. A great one for football fans. You can enter now for a chance to win 4 tickets to the Rose Bowl on New Years Day, 2009 in beautiful Pasadena, CA. The prize includes airfare and premium hotel accommodations, a trip worth over $5,000. You can increase your odds by entering once a day, every day if you like, until December 7, 2008. Click HERE to enter. Good luck, if you win be sure to let me know!
We have been crazy busy with lots of company so I wasn't able to get to CVS yesterday and missed out on my $5 off $25 purchase coupon. I got some good deals anyway that I'm pretty happy about. Of course they were out of the L'Oreal advanced revitalift, but I did get a rain check. My girl Nancy there is the best, the one cashier said no rain checks and Nancy called the manager who said to give me one:).
I split my order into two transactions and not only had very low out of pocket, I actually got cash back. I had a coupon for a free CVS chapstick and she didn't ring it up in my transaction (it was my fault 'cause I put the coupon where she didn't notice it) so they gave me the cash back.
Transaction #1 St. Ives body wash $3.99 St. Ives body wash $3.99 CVS chapstick $1.79
I used 9.68 in ECBs so my out of pocket was .09 cents! This is the transaction I received the $1.79 back in cash. I also received $6.00 back in ECBs for the St. Ives body wash.
Transaction #2 Peanuts stickers $ .15 Palmolive $1.49 Garnier Conditioner $2.99 Listerine Agent Blue $3.99 Glaceau water $1.59 Crest Pro White $3.49 Crest Pro White $3.49
I used 14.98 in ECBs and my out of pocket was .26 cents. I also received lots of ECBs: $ 1.00 for the Palmolive, $2.00 for the Garnier, $3.00 for the Listerine, $1.59 for the Glaceau water, $6.98 for the two Crest Pros ($14.57 total). I know that I missed out on a few more good deals, but with all that's been going on, my couponing (I'm pretty sure that's not really a word) has suffered. Hopefully I'll be back on track next week!
Have you been to a Build-A-Bear Workshop lately? They have a lot of new items, including buildabearville.com which is an interactive community for kids. And they have bears and other animals that start at only $10.00. You can have parties there too, I had a birthday party there for my girls one year and it was really great.
Want to win a $10.00 gift card and try Build-A-Bear for yourself? Enter my first giveaway by visiting my giveaway post here. I have been posting on both blogs, but will make the official switch very soon. Be sure to bookmark my new site www.sweetwatersavings.com!
Sephora is having there annual friends and family sale. You can get an extra 20% off your entire order. If you click through Ebates or fatwallet you can get additional savings as well! Enter code FF2008 at checkout. Offer expires 11/10/2008 so don't wait, this coupon only comes out once a year!
Oil of Olay is offering a $20.00 rebate when you buy $50.00 worth of Olay facial moisturizers and/or cleansers. Purchase must be made by December 6, 2008 and postmarked by December 20, 2008. Click here for more information.
Here is a picture of my loot! I was able to pick up quite a few costumes for the kids at a great price. As usual, if I can score a few items at 90% off I'll return some of these. There were a lot of Halloween items left when I was there yesterday, so I may get lucky. At 75% off here are some of the most common deals you will see: original price $9.99 will be $2.49, $19.99 will be $4.99, $24.99 will be $6.24, and $29.99 will be $7.49.
I bought 9 costumes, 2 accessories (a wig and a power rangers item that didn't make it to the picture), 2 gladware container packs and 5 packs of cups. My total was $61.47 for $269.73 worth of items. More money then I usually spend, but some of the costumes will be Christmas gifts and I did get great deals.
Why the name? Sweetwater is where we live, our home. In this economy it's all about saving so I thought it fitting to put them together. I am a wife and mom of three kids - two girls, one boy. We relocated to South Florida from New Jersey about 5 years ago and love it here. Join me while I tackle raising a family and running our household on a budget, while still trying to have a lot of fun!