ipsy: Because you deserve it!

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Posted on : 07-01-2017 | By : Trish | In : Coupon Matchups, Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Health & Beauty, Product Reviews

Subscription boxes are everywhere.  Fitness gear, dog food, underwear, makeup and more… if you’re into it, there’s likely a subscription box for it.  I have successfully ignored the trend for years because if I’m going to spend money, it will be for gas, groceries, bills, or to benefit someone else.  I just don’t spend money on myself other than an occasional trip to the book section at Goodwill.  I know I’m not alone here, mommies. Back me up.  We buy ourselves something, we inevitably feel guilty.  It’s time to change that, but just a little.

Ipsy offers a Glam Bag with 5 items for $10 a month.  That’s a cute bag (different designer and theme each month) and 5 deluxe samples chosen just for you for about what you’d pay for one drive thru meal.  The products are really good, too.  This ain’t no drug store bag.  We’re talking luxury brands, the expensive stuff, and there are discounts if you want to buy the full sized version!

You will fill out a short questionnaire when you join so that they can send you things that you’ll like.  You should also review your items (honestly) after you receive your bag to help them really get to know your preferences.  It doesn’t take long for your Glam Bag to be so perfect for you that it could’ve been chosen by your BFF.

I love getting my Glam Bag in the mail each month and trying out the products.  I’ve even found some must haves that I didn’t even know existed before ipsy.  Seriously, you will feel like you’re spoiling yourself, but for $10, even I don’t feel guilty and I feel guilty if I buy myself a Coke without a coupon.  Go for it! You deserve it! Sign up here.

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The Web’s Best FREE Stuff

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Posted on : 18-07-2016 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Product Reviews

If you know me or follow my posts, you know how much I love FREE stuff.  When I hear someone say something about “no free lunch” or “you can’t get something for nothing”, I cringe a little.  Um…. yes, you CAN get something for nothing, and it’s awesome! Here are a few of my favorite sites:

Influenster: This is one of the best out there.  Connect your social media profiles, answer questions, earn “badges”, and receive a #Voxbox filled with products to try out and review.  I have loved every box I’ve received. They almost always contain full sized products and it’s usually a wide variety.  See my latest SuperMom Voxbox below.

SuperMom Voxbox from Influenster

SuperMom Voxbox from Influenster

House Party: I love HouseParty! It is what it sounds like.  You sign up, apply to host a party for companies, and if you’re selected, you’ll get a box filled with FREE products and party favors.  You just host a party, invite friends and family, give out the samples/coupons/favors/whatever, and post a group photo on the HouseParty website afterward.  I’ve hosted parties for Hasbro, Wii, Budweiser, Littlest Pet Shop, Nerf, Keurig, Johnsonville, and so much more! You can also apply to their Chatterbox program, which is more like influenster in that no party is necessary. Just try out and review the products.

Crowdtap: Crowdtap represents dozens of brands.  Answer questions, apply to sample products, post reviews, and more! I’ve sampled dresses and jeans from Old Navy, detergents, facial cleansers and lotions, makeup, medicine, and more.  You can also get rewarded for earning points (by reviewing, answering questions, etc.).  The program has changed since I first joined, so I’m actually a little rusty on how the rewards system works, but I’m sure it’s still fabulous.

PinchMe: This site releases new samples on Tuesdays. Just order the ones you want, and if they’re still available, your box will be shipped to you in 2-4 weeks. Try the products and complete a survey afterward letting them know what you think about the products. Check out my latest PinchMe box!

PinchMe sample box

PinchMe sample box

Bing Rewards: Earn points for searching on Bing (or even clicking on the homepage headlines or photo info).  You can redeem your points for rewards like gift cards and free movie tickets (my fave) or for sweepstakes entries and/or donations.  I prefer Bing anyway, so this one is super easy for me!

My Coke Rewards: This one isn’t exactly free, but if you (or a friend) buys Coke products, you can enter codes for points that you can redeem for awesome free stuff. I’ve gotten gift cards, movie tickets, amusement park tickets, a set of bowls, electronics, and more from My Coke Rewards. Again, not totally free since someone has to purchase the products for the codes, but once you enter the codes, there is no charge to redeem your points (no shipping charges either). Just read the fine print on the offers. I got the $20 off flowers one and it was total junk. With shipping and fees, I still ended up paying more than I would’ve at the local florist. But, most offers are totally free!

Vocalpoint: Check out this program from Vocalpoint for P&G.  Participate in the community, connect your social media, and answer questions to qualify for samples and sweepstakes!

BzzAgent: Try products for FREE in exchange for your honest opinion! There is a wide variety of participating brands, and the community is really helpful if you need info on nearly any product.

Sample Source: This one is very similar to PINCHme. It’s totally FREE and completely awesome! Sign up, complete your profile, and order samples.  It really is that easy. I qualified for 9 samples this month. They are first come, first served, so be sure to get in early on sample days

 

 

If you use a sampling site that you love, please head over to my facebook page and let me know about it!

 

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Apply to Host a Generation Good Healthy Baby Home Party!

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Head over to Seventh Generation and apply to host a Healthy Baby Home Party!

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

Seventh Generation’s home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, American Meadows and Zarbee’s Naturals.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at generationgood.net to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by mid-June if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the “Healthy Baby Home Party Application” offer.

I would love to hear from you if you’re selected to host!

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Learn a new language for FREE!

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Posted on : 12-03-2014 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff

Communication is one of our most basic and most necessary life functions.  We communicate our needs, wants, emotions, our hopes and dreams.  Understanding each other is the key to making communication work, but understanding someone who speaks a different language can be difficult at best.  The American Sign Language University website, created by Dr. William Vicars offers hundreds of free lessons for learners and lesson plans for teachers.  Even if you don’t interact with someone who uses ASL daily, it’s an important language to learn.  I used simple signs with my son before he acquired spoken language to help him communicate his needs to me.  He was able to tell me he was hungry or thirsty or scared before he had the words to do so.  I used the book, Baby Signs, by Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwin. While the book was helpful (it has now been updated and comes with a cd), I absolutely love the ASLU site and the lessons Dr. Bill has created.  Check it out!

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Want to win a billion dollars?

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Posted on : 03-03-2014 | By : Trish | In : Activities and Entertainment, Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Giveaways

Who wouldn’t want to win $1,000,000,000? It’s not likely to happen, but you know what I always say… You can’t win if you don’t play! So, if you’re feeling lucky, head on over to the Quicken Loans Billion $ Bracket Challenge and register now! Only the first 15,000,000 people to register will have a shot, so if you want a chance, better get your name in the hat now. If you are able to pick a perfect bracket, you will win $1,000,000,000! The odds of winning the billion dollar grand prize are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 which is so astronomical, I can’t even say it in words. However, the twenty entrants with the most points will win $100,000 each.

I don’t even watch basketball, but I’m going for it! YOU CAN’T WIN IF YOU DON’T PLAY!

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Just a note, you do have to sign up for a yahoo account if you don’t already have one.  I don’t really like that part, but it’s not like you have to use it. Also, please throw a little my way if you win! 🙂

Be sure to head over to the Win Big page to try your luck at over 100 daily entry sweepstakes, instant win games and contests for a chance to win other great prizes! Your chances are definitely better with the ones on that list!

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10 Easy Ways to Save Money

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The cost of living has increased dramatically over the last several years.  Just 10 years ago, we balked when the price of gas hit a record high of $1.73 per gallon.  Let’s face it, we will never see gas below $2.50 again. As a matter of fact, on the very rare occasions it dips below $3.00, even by a penny, drivers line up at the pumps. Unfortunately, gas is not the only thing we’re paying more for. Higher prices at the pump, the grocery store, the pharmacy and on our monthly bills makes saving money seem nearly impossible.

There are some easy steps you can take to save money and boost your budget.  Saving money on things like gas, groceries, and monthly bills can make a huge difference! Saving just $100 a month will add over $1,000 to your wallet in a year.  Whether you’re saving for Christmas, a vacation, or a lifetime supply of bubble bath, implementing just a few of these strategies will help you on your way!

  1. Use Less:  One of the easiest ways to save money is simply to use less.  From detergent to vitamins to water and electricity, every bit you cut back will save you money.  Try using 1/3 to even 1/2 less laundry detergent on regular loads. Your clothes will be just as clean and that jumbo bottle of detergent can last twice as long! You can also use less shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste and mouthwash in the same way. Unless prescribed, most people can take vitamins or other supplements every other day and get the same benefit. We all know that cutting our electricity and water consumption is a good way to save and it’s really not as hard as it sounds.  Turn the lights off when you leave the room.  Adjust your thermostat by 2 degrees.  Cut 2 minutes off your shower. STOP pre-rinsing your dishes. Turn the water off when you brush your teeth or shave. You get it. Use less, save more.
  2. Eat at home:  Keep track of your food spending for one month. Keep every single receipt for every soda from the convenience store, every snack out of the machine (you’ll probably have to write your own receipt for that one), every coffee or coffee-like-drink in that super fancy paper cup, and every meal you get from somewhere other than your own kitchen.  It can be shocking. Make breakfast and dinner at home and pack your lunch. Save restaurant meals for special treats.  And, please, stop paying $5 for a cup of fancy coffee!
  3. Avoid convenience foods:  Just like eating at home, avoiding the convenience food trap can save you a ton…. okay, maybe a few bucks, but still. A package of 20 single serve bags of chips will cost you about $7.00 on average.  A larger bag of chips and a reusable container will go just as far and will cost less than half that. Frozen breakfast sandwiches? Make them yourself for a fraction of the price.  Don’t buy a package of 8 brownies packed with chemicals and preservatives when you can make 2 dozen yourself for less! Try making your own marshmallow crispy treats, frozen waffles, ready to eat bacon, tuna salad (or chicken, egg or potato salad). It’s easy, healthier and a lot cheaper!
  4. Ditch Cable:  This can be a hard one, but once you do it, you’ll be amazed at how much you love it! If you already have a device, like a game system or internet ready blu-ray player, check out streaming services like hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.  If you need a device, get a Roku playerand stream live shows and thousands of movies from free and low-priced streaming services.
  5. Shop around:  If you’re not quite ready to ditch cable, check out your options.  Call your own cable or satellite provider and let them know they’re about to be dumped. They’ll most likely offer discounts to keep you on the hook…just don’t sign any new contracts to get them.  Comparison shopping works for more than just cable.  Compare prices on everything! Whether you’re shopping for groceries, a cell phone, clothes or a new (to you) car, don’t accept the first price you see until you check it out somewhere else.
  6. Ditch the disposables:  We throw away thousands of dollars per year in disposable items….water bottles, paper towels, sandwich bags, paper cups….it goes on and on. Replace some of those things with reusables! You’ll save money and do a small part to help the environment.
  7. Make it yourself:  We’ve already covered meals at home, but think about how much money you spend on things like laundry detergent and other household cleaners.  Cut that in half or less when you make it yourself from common household items.  The best glass cleaner on the planet is vinegar (use crumpled newspaper to wipe…the results are incredible!). With the entire population of Pinterest jumping on the homemade bandwagon, you’ll find a recipe for anything you can think of! Try using conditioner to shave your legs….fabulous!
  8. Buy Used:   Most people know the value of buying cars and houses used, but this strategy can be applied to many more aspects of our daily lives. One of my favorite lunch break activities is to go to the local thrift store and browse the bookshelves.  I’ve found some real treasures there and never paid more than $2.  If you’re into labels, find a local resale or consignment shop.  You’ll find the labels you’re looking for with a price that makes much more cents (see what I did there? hehe).  Try looking for used furniture, appliances, clothes, tools and more!
  9. Freebies:   Companies really want you to try their products. Grab free samples anytime they’re available. Most samples come with high-value coupons, too! Be sure to like your favorite brands and companies on Facebook and follow on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. Promotions, giveaways, exclusive coupons and freebies are almost always posted on social media first. And check out the list of freebies I’ve compiled! I’ve included a special section for Birthday Freebies that will blow your mind! Free food and gifts galore!
  10. Be a Quitter:  Addictions like smoking, drinking (whether alcohol or soda), recreational drugs, excess sugar and shopping can be expensive in addition to their obviously unhealthy affects.  I know this one is easier said than done, but you can do it! Find a support group, see a doctor, whatever it takes….just quit. Now.
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FREE Wedding Guestbook from Shutterfly!

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Posted on : 12-07-2013 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff

Make your own personalized wedding guestbook at Shutterfly for FREE! You will have to pay shipping (about $10), but that’s for an 8×11, 20 page, hard cover guest book with your photos. This offer is good through August 4th, so get started soon. Sign up on the Shutterfly facebook page for your code!

Free Shutterfly guest book!

Free Shutterfly guest book!

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MyCokeRewards half-priced gift cards! $50 to Best Buy, Nike, and more!

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Posted on : 16-11-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff

I logged in to MyCokeRewards.com to check out the Wednesday deal and got a very pleasant surprise! For a limited time, they have a Holiday Rewards catalog with half-priced items! Get a $50 Best Buy or Nike gift card for only 1,000 points. Or, get a $25 TJ Maxx/Marshall’s card for only 500 points! There are lots of other options, too! I’m not sure if this is the Wednesday deal or not, but I am about to spend every single point I have! Christmas shopping will be a little easier this year! Thanks, MyCokeRewards!

 

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My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: FREE subscription to Better Homes & Gardens!

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Posted on : 09-11-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff

It’s that time again! Every Wednesday, My Coke Rewards discounts one of their fabulous rewards. This week, get a FREE subscription to Better Homes & Gardens for only 65 points! Check it out:

Get a fresh take. Keep up with lifestyle trends.
Get in on the deal.
Wednesday is the best day for deals like this. Here’s a chance to save 51% on
a year of Better Homes & Gardens® Magazine. Get in on the offer now, while
supplies last. Create the home of your dreams with America’s style leader for
fresh, up-to-the-minute casual trends. It’s decorating made easy, more fun and
less expensive. You’ll see things with new eyes. Find practical new ways to make
your home lighter, brighter, with a more refreshing look.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for your first issue to arrive.

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MyCokeRewards Wednesday Deal: Distressed Cap!

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Posted on : 02-11-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff

Check out this week’s deal over at MyCokeRewards.com! It happens every Wednesday for one day only and it’s a different item every week. Today only, get a distressed cap for only 220 points! Some weeks are better than others, and I’m liking this one….although I don’t really think I need a distressed trucker hat. 🙂

Show off classic style. Put great taste at the top. Get in on the
deal.

Wednesday is the best day for deals like this. Here’s a chance to save 54% on
an 1886 Distressed Coca-Cola Cap and grab refreshing savings on style. Get in on
the deal while supplies last. This Olive and Khaki colored cap is made of 100%
cotton with a low profile, unstructured crown and frayed visor. The cap’s
contrast stitching, hook-and-loop back closure and embroidered “1886” graphic
with a distressed Coca-Cola patch adds to the authenticity of this vintage hat,
making it as classic as can be. It’s the perfect way to show your love for Coke®
– and now is the perfect time to reward yourself and save. What style of fashion
fits you?

 

Limit of one (1) redemption per member. Limited quantities available.

 

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