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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Smokers: Have you tried e-cigs? Blu Review!

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Posted on : 19-09-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Health & Beauty, Product Reviews
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I started smoking when I was a teenager because I somehow thought it was cool. I have continued to smoke for 20 years because smoking is addictive. If I could go back and slap that first cigarette out of my 15 year old hand, I assure you I would. I’ve tried to quit, but just can’t seem to do it. I hate smoking. I hate the smell, the cough, the example I’m setting, and I really really hate the cost! When I buy a pack of cigarettes, it’s like I’m taking a $5 bill and setting it on fire.

I am a teacher and a parent. Kids look up to me. I don’t ever want a child to see me with a cigarette and think it’s a good thing. I try to sneak around & hide it and I always have a stash of gum to cover my stinky breath along with wet wipes to wash my hands. Still, I can’t put the cigarettes down. I’ve tried the patch, I’ve tried the gum… none of it worked for me.

Well, let me tell you… I have found my new cigarette! I had heard of e-cigarettes and they sounded like a good idea, but I just didn’t want to take that step and actually spend the money on something I wasn’t sure I would like. So, I did my research.An e-cigarette is the size and shape of a regular cigarette. It is basically a vaporizer for nicotine. I must’ve read dozens of reviews on dozens of e-cigarettes. While a couple of them sounded better than Blu in the reviews, they were just too expensive. Here’s why I ordered a blu e-cig:

  • It’s cheap. For $69.95, you get 2 batteries (the part that lights up), a really cool pack that holds your e-cig and 5 extra cartridges, 2 chargers: the pack is a portable charger and you also get a usb charger, and a 5 pack of cartridges (your choice of flavor & strength).
  • There is a 30 day money back guarantee! If it’s not for you, just send it back & get a refund!
  • FREE shipping. I actually only paid $69.95 total!
  • The “smoke juice” is Made in the USA! I wish the entire thing was made here, but at least the refills are!
  • Refills are cheap. If you order 4 or more refill packs, they are only $9.60 per pack. A refill pack consists of 5 cartridges. Each cartridge is about the equivalent of 1 pack of cigarettes. Again, FREE shipping. That comes to $1.90 per “pack” of cigarettes.

When comparing e-cigarettes, blu definitely has the best value. The starter kit comes with soooo many extras! I absolutely love the charger pack and the extra battery. They definitely come in handy! The money back guarantee was what really sold me on this one. It’s kind of like a free sample that you have to rent for a while 😉

I’ve had my blu for about 3 weeks and I’m thrilled with it. I bought the “classic tobacco” in light and full flavor (which really has to do with the amount of nicotine in the cartridge). The flavor reminds me of coffee or chocolate. There is no smell, no ashes, no tar, no looking for a place to hide. You can “smoke” blu anywhere. You’re exhaling water vapor and it doesn’t linger in the air.

I continued to smoke regular cigarettes for the first week, but only about 2 to 4 per day (you know, that after meal smoke). Now when I smoke a real cigarette, the smell and taste are overwhelming. I can’t even make it through half of one. Yippee!!! I’m not nicotine free, but I’m basically smoke free. It’s cheaper, cleaner, and I get the same satisfaction.

If you’ve been thinking about it, you can’t go wrong with blu. It’s a great value and if you don’t like it, just get your money back! If you’ve used an e-cigarette, I would love to know what you think!

 

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Keurig Brew Over Ice “House” Party & Review

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Posted on : 07-08-2011 | By : Trish | In : Food & Beverages, Product Reviews
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I spoiled myself with a Keurig earlier this year after falling in love with it at my sister’s house. You can read my original Keurig review here.  Not only does it brew the most amazing cup of coffee in about a minute, but it also brews fabulous iced beverages! You simply fill a cup with ice, pop in the specially made Brew Over Ice K-cup, select the 6 or 8 oz brew size, and enjoy your iced coffee or tea!

I’m a fan of Keurig and Brew Over Ice on facebook, and after interacting on the Brew Over Ice page several times, I got an invitation to host a house party for them! I love the product, so I immediately and very excitedly agreed and sent them my address. Just a couple of weeks later, they shipped me a brand new Keurig machine, 5 Brew Over Ice tumblers, and 5 sample packs of iced coffee and tea K-cups.

A house party would be great, but I work at a whitewater rafting company in the summer, and sometimes feel like I live there. So, after talking to my coworkers at Ocoee Outdoors, we decided to have our “house party” at work! Our office is outside and the weather in Southeast TN is HOT. Iced beverages at our fingertips? Yes, please!

I brought everything in this morning and got it all set up. I brought in some extra K-cups from home so that we could have hot coffee, too.  One of my coworkers, James, already has a Keurig at home, so he went straight for the coffee. He brewed a Rodeo Drive blend and went back for seconds. Rodeo Drive is a Wolfgang Puck brew. It has a smooth flavor and is a medium roast.

Even at 8:00 in the morning, it was already getting too hot for coffee, so we were soon ready to Brew Over Ice.  Courtney was excited to use the machine, but is a bit of a tea snob. She is very particular about her tea and wasn’t so sure she would like it. She started with a Southern Sweet Tea K-cup. She loved it! If Courtney likes it, it must be good. I also started off with Southern Sweet Tea, as did JT & Dawn. I’ve been a huge fan of it for months, but this was their first time trying it. Everyone loved it.  Brenda went out on a limb and tried the Sweet Raspberry Tea. She said it was a little bitter and not quite sweet enough. I happen to agree. It’s good, but if you like your sweet tea really sweet, this one is lacking in that department. When she switched over to Southern Sweet, she was just as thrilled as the rest of us.

None of us are really iced coffee fans, but we were having so much fun, we decided to try it. I had an iced Nantucket Blend by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. I drink my coffee black, but I’ve never seen anyone drink iced coffee black, so I added a shot of White Chocolate Mocha creamer. I didn’t like it. I just can’t stand to have anything other than coffee in my coffee. So, I tried an iced cup of French Vanilla with nothing added. It was much better that way. Dawn decided to try it too, so she chose to start with the Nantucket blend. Again, she’s not an iced coffee drinker and wasn’t thrilled with it (although she sure did drain the cup!).

Overall, we had a blast and everyone loved the Brew Over Ice K-cups! I somehow ended up only getting pictures of Courtney and one of her and Dawn enjoying their tea together. Check it out!

We’re all set up and ready!

Courtney chose Southern Sweet Tea (our favorite!)

Time to brew!

Dawn & Courtney enjoying some fresh brewed sweet tea! Cheers!

Thanks for the refreshment, Keurig & Brew Over Ice!

 

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Fabulous new Proactiv deal with extra FREEBIES!

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Posted on : 29-07-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Health & Beauty
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Proactiv has a new fabulous deal right now! Get a 30 day supply of the 3 step Proactiv system, FREE Deep Cleansing Wash, FREE travel-sized Green Tea Moisture (which I absolutely love!), and FREE shipping, all for $19.95!!!

If you’ve thought about trying Proactiv, now is the perfect time! If you’re already a regular user, get this kit for travel! I have a tween starting middle school in less than 2 weeks. He’ll be starting middle school with this kit! For $20, you can’t go wrong!

 

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My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: Wet/Dry Vac 40% off!

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Posted on : 15-06-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Household Products

Do you save the codes from Coke products? If you don’t, you definitely should. Even if you’re not a Coke drinker, ask friends and coworkers to save the codes for you.
My Coke Rewards has some awesome products that are essentially FREE to you! No shipping, no taxes, no fees, just trade your points for cool freebies & watch the mailbox. So easy! And, every Wednesday, they discount one item, requiring less points to redeem it.
This week’s deal is a handheld wet/dry vacuum for 900 points! You would’ve had to shell out 1,500 points yesterday….and if they don’t sell out, it’ll still cost ya 1,500 tomorrow! If this is one you’ve had your eye on, today is the day to pick it up!

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How you can Help the Tornado Victims of 4/27

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Tornado Relief Efforts

April 27th was a day of devastation and destruction in the South. Family, friends, and neighbors have lost their homes, posessions, pets, and loved ones. I have never seen anything like the devastation that surrounds me and am beyond blessed to have escaped unharmed. Many of you have asked how you can help. The communities have come together and are truly reaching out to those who have been affected. There, but for the Grace of God, go I.

Here are ways YOU can help.

  • Pray! People need prayer more than anything right now.
  • Blood Assurance needs donations! Especially O- and B-. It won’t cost you a thing but time and a tiny bit of pain. Call 800 962-0628 for more information.
  • The Red Cross is out in full force in the affected areas. To make a donation, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • The Salvation Army is also highly visible in the area. They are out in force and not leaving anytime soon. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.  Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888.
  • Ace & TJ from Kiss FM are raising money for Alabama victims. Get more information here: http://www.acetj.com/tornado.php
  • Chattanooga Relief Radio & TV stations have teamed up with Bi-Lo and are accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries. Read about it here: http://www.kisschattanooga.com/pages/help.html
  • CLEVELAND, TN: There is a drop off point at Park View Elementary. Right now they need hamburger and hot dog buns, ice, diapers, and toiletries. They will be accepting donations all day today.
  • CLEVELAND, TN: Candies Creek Baptist coordinating volunteers. To help, call 423-479-3731.

There are many more churches and organizations involved in taking donations. Please keep an eye on WRCBTV.com and The Chattanooga Times Free Press for more information. Follow them on facebook to find posts from community members who are coordinating relief efforts.

Even if you don’t have money to donate, there are things you can do. If you have a decent stockpile built up from couponing, go to that stockpile now and help people who have lost everything. Donate blood or your time to the victims around you. Or, just text “Give” to 80888 to make an instant $10 donation to the Salvation Army.

If you know of other relief efforts or drop off locations, please leave a comment to let others know!

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Keurig K-Cups: Best Prices Right Now

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Posted on : 12-04-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Food & Beverages

I decided to spend some money on me this year and bought myself a Keurig. I absolutely love it! What I don’t love is the cost. I stocked up on K-Cups at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (with my 20% off coupon, of course!) when I got the machine, but I didn’t care for several of the varieties I ended up with. I sold the ones I didn’t like on ebay, then used that money to stock up again. Now, I’m out. I have nothing left to sell and I find it really hard to justify the cost. I have the My K-Cup accessory, but for some reason, it makes my regular coffee taste pretty bad. So, I’ve been researching the best prices on K-Cups. Here’s what I’ve found…

  • Amazon is the winner! There are, of course, different prices depending on the variety. For the most part, you can get a pack of 50 K-Cups for $27.75 with FREE shipping which makes it about $0.55 per cup. The best deal I found is for Timothy’s Breakfast Blend (Timothy’s is my favorite so far), 48 K-Cups for $23.70 which makes them $0.49 each. The catch here is that the FREE shipping is for orders over $25, so you’ll have to add another $1.30 to your order. Check out the Amazon deals here:
  • Amazon K-Cups

  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters comes in second if you sign up for Cafe Express service. When you sign up for Cafe Express, they will ship your order automatically every month or so. A box of 24 K-Cups is only $12.95 right now, which makes it $0.53 per cup. But, in order to get FREE shipping, you’ll have to order 4 boxes. The regular price on this site is $13.95, so I don’t know how long this sale will last.
  • Coffee.org offers the same prices as Green Mountain, but you also have to join the club to get the price. You can cancel anytime, though. To get FREE shipping here, you have to spend $75. Ouch! If your order is less than $75, you’ll be paying at least $7.95 shipping. The one amazing thing I did find is a fabulous special on Timothy’s Donut Blend. Right now it’s only $10.45 for a box of 24 and that’s without the club membership! If you join the club, it’s only $8.78 per box! That comes out to $0.43 per cup at regular price or about $0.37 a cup with the club membership. And, if you’re wondering…it’s delicious! Smooth, flavorful blend at this price? Who wants to go in with me so we get free shipping? 😉 I don’t see anything saying when this deal ends, so jump on it if you’re interested.
  • Wal-Mart has K-cups as low as $0.55 each, but for the most part, they’re about $0.61 a cup. They have Sumatran Reserve priced at $19.90 for 36 K-cups (18 count, 2 pack). Most of the other varieties are $21.96 for the same quantity. They also offer FREE shipping! They have a small selection in store with an average price of $10.99 for 18 ($0.61/ea).
  • Target has a pretty decent deal, but they only sell K-Cups in 108 count size online. You can get Caribou Blend for $59.99 right now, which comes to $0.56 a cup. All other varieties are $65.99, or $0.61 each. Target does offer FREE shipping on all orders over $50, so you’ll get that! You also save 5% when you use your Red Card. Check it out here:
  • Save 5% When Using Your Target REDcard

  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond almost always has coupons floating around! Sign up for emails from them and you should get a coupon for 20% off either one item or your entire purchase in-store. They have the biggest selection I’ve seen in-store for K-Cups, too. Right now, they have K-cups for $10.99 for a box of 18. This makes them about $0.61 each. Right now they also have FREE shipping on K-Cups, so now would be the time to order if you’re doing it from BB&B.
  • Keurig.com is where I have bought K-cups in the past. When you register your brewer, they email you a coupon code giving you 2 free boxes when you buy 2. Man, I wish I had another of those codes! The regular deal on Keurig.com is $13.90 per box of 24 with FREE shipping on orders over $45. You do get points for every dollar you spend there, and you can use your points to get discounts on brewers and accessories. K-Cups come out to about $0.63 each here.

There are other places to get K-Cups, but they’re all about the same. Kohl’s is the most expensive right now coming in at a whopping $0.72 per cup, but they do have sales often and you can almost always find coupons for Kohl’s! JC Penney’s prices are about the same as Target, $59.99 for 108 K-Cups with FREE shipping to the store or $10.99 for a box of 18. CoffeeForLess.com has decent prices, but still not better than Amazon.  If you find K-Cups at a great price, please leave a comment or Contact Me! I am always searching for deals on K-Cups!

***Update***

 Thanks for the heads up from Melissa V. on facebook, you can enter the Perfect K-Cup Sweepstakes for a chance to win K-Cups for life, a new Keurig brewer, or a sample pack! And, if you enter through “I buy my K-Cups at the store,” you can also print a coupon for $1/2 K-Cup 12 packs!

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Coupons, FREE Samples, Contests, and MORE!

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Posted on : 29-03-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Product Reviews

Have you liked your favorite companies on facebook? While waiting for a fabulous Tide giveaway last night, my BFF & I decided to seek out all of our favorite brands on facebook. Most of them have coupons for you to print right from their page. They also have FREE sample and FREE product giveaways on a fairly regular basis. And lots of companies have awesome contests and sweepstakes for their facebook fans with unbelievable prizes! Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

CoastalContacts.com – My absolute favorite! They will be giving away another 10,000 FREE pairs of glasses on 3/31! Like them on fb to get started. 

Jimmy Dean Sausage –  get a coupon good for $1 off!

Community Coffee – get a $2 coupon and join the scavenger hunt for a chance at a fabulous prize pack!

Tide – Like them on fb, then watch for the new date & time for the Stain Release Challenge…they’ll be giving away 150,000 FREE 10-packs!

Brew Over Ice – Like them on fb, then enter for a chance to win an Alaskan Cruise, a Keurig brewer, or K-Cup Sample Packs!

Suave Beauty – get a FREE full-sized Suave Professionals Product! I can’t believe this one is still available!

Stevi B’s Pizza – Vote for your favorite pizza, then get a coupon for a FREE pizza good on 4/17.

Wholly Guacamole – If you haven’t tried this stuff (or the salsa or queso), you are missing out! It’s the best guac you can buy! And they are always giving high-value coupons to their fb fans!

Swag Bucks – Sign up for Swag Bucks, then like them on fb for extra bucks and codes. It’s so easy and you get totally free stuff!

John Frieda US – take their survey to see if you qualify for a FREE box of Salon Precise Hair Color!

Neutrogena – get lots of high value coupons now!

Purex – get a coupon good for $1 off Purex Crystals! I love this product! It really does leave your laundry smelling fresh longer!

Burt’s Bees – LOVE this company! Get a $2 coupon on fb, then stack that with a $1 coupon from Target, making Burt’s Bees lotions $6.99 this week! The After Sun lotion is a must for summer! It’s like putting silk on your skin!

These are just some of my favorites, there are several other contests and giveaways, coupons, samples, and more. Be sure to like My Rubber Money for lots of deals from lots of companies every day! Also, just look through your cabinets and all around the house. Search for your favorite brands & companies on fb to get in on specials & deals as they happen!

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