At CVS, here's another real easy deal. If you buy 4 Aveeno lotions and use 2 coupons, you can actually make about $5.
Buy 4 of the small lotions (3.49 at 2.5 oz). Use 2 coupons for $3 off from SS 10/28. You'll pay roughly 10.00 for the lotions, but you'll get $15 back in Extrabucks.
You can use Extrabucks on any future purchase (You can use it right there if you want, just do another transaction.) You can't use Extrabucks on alcohol or tobacco products.
Wanna see more? Check out Michelle's Markdowns on foxwilmington.com!
I only spent a little more than $8 - including tax - for all that you see below. Lowes Foods is holding a super doubles promotion this week, which means it will double a coupon up to $1.98.
I love getting milk for free! I spent a little more than I normally would for the chili - but I'm planning on making it this weekend, so I wanted it. And, I'm very eager to try out the new Campbell's Skillet seasonings... especially the curry!
Lowes FREE list:
Smart Balance Milk, on sale 3.00. Use a coupon for 1.50 off. SS 9/30.
Campbell Skillet sauces, on sale 2.00. Use 1.00 coupon from SS 10/14.
Equal sweetener, on sale B1G1, 99-cents. Use 1.00 coupon from SS 10/21. (I bought 4 and used 2 coupons and still got them for free)
Diet Dr. Pepper 2L, on sale 99-cents. Use 1.00/2 coupon from SS 10/7.
Reach toothbrush, on sale 1.00. Use 1.00 coupon RP 7/29.
Maruchan Yakisoba noodles, on sale 79-cents. Use 1.00/2 coupon from SS 10/14.
Wanna see more? Check out Michelle's Markdowns on foxwilmington.com.
Harris Teeter is holding a super doubles promotion, which means that they'll double coupons up to 2.00. You can get 4.00 off an item! I got ground pork for free - which is exciting since it's a "real" food. I always use pork in my Korean dumplings (mandu) and my Thanksgiving stuffing.
You can also earn money this week by buying some Febreze items. If you use coupons and the evic coupons (www.harristeeter.com), then you'll actually make a few bucks.
The Waggin Train is free, too. My dogs will love me for the treats, though I'm careful on how many China-based products I give to them. It's just a 'me' thing.
Harris Teeter FREE list:
M&Ms, on sale 99-cents. There’s a coupon for 1.50/3. RP 10/7.
Frank’s Hot Sauce, reg. 1.49. Use .75/1. From SS 9/30.
Waggin Train dog treats, 3.99. Use a coupon for 2.00 off. RP 10/21.
Smithfield ground pork, on sale 2.99. Use a $2 off coupon from SS 10/07.
Nectresse sweetener, on sale 3.99. Use 2.00 coupon from SS 9/30.
Wanna see more of the deals? Check out the Michelle's Markdowns post on foxwilmington.com.
There are a few great deals at CVS this week - but fair warning, some of the coupons expire either today or tomorrow. However, with or without them, the deals are still great. Read it all the way through because it could even help you save more money.
I did this all in one transaction, but it's easier if I separate the deals in my head. If you're a newbie to CVS, people sometimes break up their orders into several transactions so they can pay for their items with the Extrabucks they just accumulated.
DEAL #1 - PROCTOR AND GAMBLE
At CVS, if you buy $30 worth of Proctor and Gamble products, you'll get $10 back in Extrabucks. So... here's what I got:
2 Herbal Essence Shampoos, 2.99 each.
[Used B1G1 coupon SS 9/16 (exp 10/31)]
2 Herbal Essense Conditioners, 2.99 each.
[Used B1G1 coupon SS 9/16 (exp 10/31)]
2 Crest Pro Health rinse, 2.99 each
[Used 2 coupons for 1.50 off 1 PG 9/30 (exp 10/31)]
3 Dawn Detergent, .99 each.
[Used 3 coupons - .75/1 from PG that just came out 10/28]
2 Covergirl Wet Slicks lip glosses, On sale Buy One, Get One Half off. 6.99 and then 3.49
[Used 5.00/2 Covergirl Lip Products RP 9/16 (exp 10/31)]
Once you pay for the items, you'll get $10 back in Extrabucks, which means you can use it on a future transaction for anything you want with the exception of tobacco or alcohol. You'll end up spending about $15.19 and get $10 back. [5.19 / 11= 48-cents each!]
DEAL #2: SUAVE LOTION: Paid 50-cents for each, down from $3.49. Use Sunday coupon.
Another deal - Suave lotion. It's on sale this week for $2.50, but there's a coupon out there for $2 off. At only 50-cents each, that's a pretty good deal!
[Used $2.00/1 Suave Body Lotion Product RP 10/14 (exp 11/11)]
DEAL #3: ROBITUSSIN, on sale for Buy One, Get One Half Off and use CVS coupon
And, there's a deal on Robitussin. It's Buy One, Get One Half Price. You also get $3 back in Extrabucks for buying two. If you were lucky enough to get to the CVS coupon machine last week, then you would have printed out a coupon for $3 off any $10 purchase of cold medicine.
You’ll also get $3 back in Extrabucks.
TIE IT ALL TOGETHER AND SAVE EVEN MORE:
Now, here's the mother of all these deals. You can save an additional $10 if you buy everything I mentioned above and something else that costs $1.50. I chose Carmex, though looking back, I should have bought a couple of 2 liters of Coke that's on sale for 88-cents.
There have been a lot of coupons from the CVS machine that give you $10 off any $50 purchase.
So, I bought all of the above items, and then made sure to use my coupons in a certain order in fear of having a coupon rejected.
Here's that order:
My subtotal came to $50.14.
My total came to $4.74. Then, I got paid in Extrabucks.
After I paid for all of that, I got $10 back in Extrabucks for my first purchase (the Proctor and Gamble deal). Then I got $3 back for my Robitussin.
So at the end of the day, I actually got paid $8.26 for all of the items.
Shopping at CVS makes you use your brainpower, but thankfully bloggers are taking out the hard work for the rest of us. I used The Krazy Coupon Lady to find some of the deals. And then, I used my old noggin’ for the rest. Share your deals in my upload section and I'll share them!
One of the most compelling stories to come out of Hurricane Sandy so far, is the loss of the tall ship, HMS Bounty. It has been an iconic tall ship, one that has been a star in its own right in movies like Mutiny on the Bounty and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Now, it is lost forever at sea.
16 people were on board at the time. 14 of them were hoisted to safety by brave Coast Guard members - some from Elizabeth City and Wilmington.
A 15th person was found unresponsive a few hours later. Sadly, she died.
Now as the ship sinks to the bottom of the ocean, the captain is also missing. Capt. Robin Walbridge did an interview with my husband last May in Wilmington. Jim really liked meeting him. His life was with the ship.
That's why to me, it is sad, yet, poetic that the two have not been found. I'm still hoping for the best, but if he loved the sea and the boat, then he was already home. You can read more on the ship's Facebook page.
Nail clippers are like socks. They disappear. Out of nowhere. Never to be seen again! However, you won't feel so bad if you lose these... because they're free at CVS this week!
You don't need coupons, just your CVS card. You'll get $7 in ExtraBucks if you buy two qualifying Revlon products. I bought 2 clippers for $3.19 each.
You spend $6.83 with tax in Wilmington, NC.
You get back $7.00 in store credit, or ExtraBucks.
You just made a whopping 17-cents!!
Don't spend it all in one place.
Deal ends Saturday night.
My ears are still loving me for going to the Chords for a Cause concert. I was really looking forward to listening to Vanessa Carlton sing with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. BUT. Edwin McCain stole my heart.
I have to be honest. When he released "I'll Be" back in 1998, I really wasn't a big fan. BUT - hearing him LIVE changed my opinion. First of all, hearing it live made me realize what a pretty song it is - and how difficult it is to actually sing. Edwin McCain won my heart ten times over at Chords for a Cause. For one, he's a really incredible musician. His voice is such a special instrument. He's also really funny. He sucks you in with great stories and really makes you feel like you're a friend. He is also an adoptee. (Whhhaaaa??)
He told a great story of how his two sons are only 7 months apart and what it's like to share the story of adoption first-hand with his oldest son. He also talked about the Heart Gallery - which is something I was involved with in the Midwest. I nearly cried when he was talking about his family, but I was not about to blow snot with so many people around me! He sang this song (Letter to My Mother) after sharing his adoption story:
I think I've overused the word "amazing" in this post, but the night was pretty amazing. From the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra to the Hoggard High School students... even the presentation from Canines for Service (I DID actually cry during that presentation.) Everything was put together so well. It was such a meaningful event, and I'm glad I got to be there! Special thanks to the founder and organizer Damian Brezinski and the conductor of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Rudi Schlegel. What a great night!
I livestreamed Vanessa Carlton's song "White Houses" via Bambuser:
There aren't a lot of events happening anymore this weekend, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. But, one that's still in the running is a pretty good one - Chords for a Cause! The event started just a few years ago and helps raise money for emergency pediatric care in the Wilmington area. The first year the group raised a quarter of a million dollars!
Singers Vanessa Carlton and Edwin McCain will both be performing with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at UNCW Saturday. I hear there are a few tickets left, but not many.
My co-anchor, Jon Evans, is hosting the night. Jon and I got a chance to sneak in on Vanessa practicing. She wasn't singing full out or anything, but she sounded incredible. Her voice is angelic. Can't wait to hear the real deal Saturday!
If you've been following Google TV on Google Plus, then you'll know I've been named a Google TV Ambassador. It's made up of a pretty neat group of GTV enthusiasts, and our goal is to act as a liaison between the public and Google TV. Google TV made the announcement yesterday, and already, the questions have been rolling in.
It's not a paid position. And, it doesn't come with schwag, like you might think...though we might get a T-shirt out of the deal. So, there's your full disclosure.
And I should thank my G+ friend, Kim Beasley. She's the one who put me in contact with the right people to be on the ambassador list. Circle her. In fact, circle us all.
Although it takes all kinds, I'm probably the least tech savvy when it comes to this list of GTVers. But, I do have a few skillz in the communications department. And, I believe there are still a lot of consumers out there who don't have time to worry about how the flux capacitor works - they just want a great experience.
See... for me, I got suckered into getting a Google TV. We were out shopping last year on Black Friday. I wanted a Christmas tree, and instead, my husband picked up a Sony TV. $30 vs. $600. But, you know what? It was one of the best things we did for our wallets.
WHY? Easy. We dropped our cable. We picked up Netflix. And, because of Google Play, we can download apps right onto our TV. From my understanding, there's a glitch being worked out with HBO Go and Max Go... but it should be resolved pretty quickly.
In the meantime, I'm all about the DRAMA FEVER app. Do you like telenovelas? How about Asian dramas? If you don't know...want to find out? DRAMA FEVER is for the English speaking viewer - AND truthfully, the shows are HIGHLY addictive. My favorite (and sickest) obsession is with Lee Min Ho. Sue me.
And... did you like that viral song Gangnam Style (it only has 531 million views)? Turns out, Drama Fever found a few big brother style shows just for you!
Wilma's Women to Watch luncheon
Wilma's Women to Watch luncheon was a huge hit! If you remember, I wrote about judging for the magazine's first-ever W2W in August.
There were 237 nominations, but only six winners. And I must say... we picked a fabulous group of women!
Judy Girard, a fellow judge and HGTV and Food Network President Emeritus, may have said it best today - she said these awards are unique because they don't honor women when they're at the top of their industries, but rather for their good deeds *and their potential. We expect to see them set the world on fire in the next 10 years (my words!)
The luncheon was held at the City Club, one of my favorite places in Wilmington. Special thanks to Nina Bays Cournoyer and Vicky Janowski, the co-editors of Wilma Magazine. They really put together a great event! Can't wait to see who makes the list next year.
And... drumroll... the Women to Watch this year are:
Business: Carmin Black, Half United co-owner
Heath Care: Carla Turner, NHC Health Department Personal Health Services Manager
Education: Laura Hunter, South Brunswick High Teacher
Nonprofit: JC Skane, WARM Executive Director
The Arts: Susan Savia, Musician
Rising Star: Cicely Pringle, Singer
(PHOTO FAUX PAS- my camera died. I got about 3 pictures done..)