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Monday, June 05, 2017

vacation time

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Hello from the mountains! I'm out in Tennessee happily enjoying a long vacation. My bosses were generous enough to give me a week and a half off to come out. I've been living it up - visited with my mom, sourced new inventory, bought some new books and clothing, and drank too much beer (oops). I've got a nice week coming up of nothing but baseball, relaxation, and reading.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

thrifty thursday #13

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  • I made a total of $4.55 via ibotta* (you get $10, I get $5!), Checkout 51*, and Mobisave (use code AKHJYJNZ)* from a singular grocery trip. All of the rebates were for things I would normally buy, with the exception of a jar of Frontera salsa which was marked for closeout at $1, which I then made a rebate of $0.80 on, so I paid less than a quarter for it!
  • When renewing the domain name for LB, I received 9% back from Ebates*!
  • N and I swapped some clothing, so I got a pair of Converse in exchange for some hiking socks and a long sleeve moisture wicking shirt I wasn't going to use - eco friendly and frugal! I can use what she won't, and she can use what I won't.
  • I switched over to the Verizon Unlimited Plan as of a month or two ago, so I've been burning up Rain Rain* and I've still yet to go over the threshold of the "22gb and we cut you off". I still pay more than some folks for my phone, but as much as I bitch about Verizon, they've been fairly good to me as a customer.
  • For lunches, I snagged two 90 cent closeout tv dinners at the store. They're not ideal and not even remotely healthy, but I figured they'd do in a pinch when I didn't have time to make something.
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  • This one isn't mine, but my mom just jumped on the Aldi train and got all of this for $41! We're both big on bargain shopping, can you tell?
  • I umpire a few days every week at the local little league and sometimes get a free meal if the concession stand is open. I'd do it for free because I love baseball, but it's a nice treat. Plus, who passes up ballpark fries???
  • Speaking of umpiring, I needed a short sleeve moisture wicking shirt that covered my back (I was previously wearing tank tops) because the chest protector rubs my shoulder blade raw, so I stopped by Kohl's because I had a bit of a giftcard left from Christmas. I found a TekGear shirt that was perfect AND marked down to only $4, so I went to checkout. It actually rang up at TWO DOLLARS, so I saved 90% off and still had three dollars and some change left on my giftcard. Win!

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  • I finally accumulated enough points for a free pizza via Domino's rewards. You only have to place an order with a qualifying pizza six times, but I never want to pay for the delivery so I only order rarely. I'll most likely use this when N and I want to split a pizza at work.
  • Via ibotta, I made another $1.50 at Target and Food Lion. The item at Target was 30% off via Cartwheel, so I paid little to nothing for it, and the quarter at FL was for an "any item" redemption.
  • I redeemed a $5 Amazon giftcard through The Panel App.
  • My stepdad was in town a little bit ago and I needed to deliver a package he ordered to him, so we had dinner at a local Mexican place. He paid (forever grateful!) and we had a great time! It's always nice to catch up with family that lives out of state.
  • I really wanted Noodles & Company for dinner Saturday night and I had a coupon for a FREE Pasta Fresca, so I got two regular size dinners and a side salad for $8 and some change.
  • While at an investigation, a friend didn't want 3/4 of the leftover pizza, so I offered to take it home so it wouldn't go to waste. It was my lunch the next day!

Another week, some more pennies made and saved. How about you?

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

birthday savings 2017

Last month I turned 27. Ugh. However, I'm in quite a few rewards programs and on what feels like hundreds of email lists. Check out some of the great birthday "gifts" I got, including this delicious cupcake that Jess gave me!

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  • I used a $10 off a $10 purchase coupon at Kohl's. I actually ended up using this to buy a birthday gift because I didn't need anything.
  • On Sephora's website, I redeemed my free Tarte set, along with using some of my points for a redemption and purchasing a $3 item to have it shipped.
  • When I met up with Jess, we had dinner at Not Your Average Joe's and I redeemed a $15 (!!) off coupon they sent me via email. My delicious pasta dish was less than $2! We split the final bill and ended up only paying $9 and something before tip.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe sent me a FREE 24oz smoothie coupon and N and I redeemed it and had it split into two cups so we both had some.
  • Starbucks sent me a free drink, but I didn't go by there before it expired. Booooo.
  • Au Bon Pain sent me a very generous free sandwich or salad coupon.
  • I was sent a free drink coupon from Dunkin' Donuts.
There are loads more awesome birthday perks from stores all over the place, so be sure to seek them out! I personally only redeem offers from places I frequent, and I was so grateful to have such a great birthday.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

empties #13 & some decluttering

It's been a while since I've rounded up all of my empties, but here's another go with some mini reviews. I've included some decluttered items that I'm just not going to end up finishing. I never realized just how many non cruelty free and non vegan products I had until I started using them up and replacing them with kinder products.

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Suave Invisible Solid Deodorant in Powder // I don't know where these things keep coming from, but I'm still going through them. Haha.

Yes to Tomatoes Acne Control Gel Cleanser // cruelty free & vegan // This worked really well when I first got it, my face cleared up, and then I just used it occasionally as a cleanser. I'd get this again to control redness and blemishes, if I needed it. I believe this has been discontinued, but they have tons of good looking cleansers in the Tomatoes line.

Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub // This was an alright cleanser sample, but Biore isn't cruelty free.

KenetMD Shampoo & Conditioner // These were hotel bottles from when I met my mom halfway for a girl's night. The conditioner was pretty nice, but the shampoo made my hair a little dry. I can't find any cruelty free status for them, though.

Carmex Pomegranate Lip Balm // I've had this tube for forever and finally finished it. Carmex isn't vegan or cruelty free, unfortunately.

Victoria's Secret Pink Body Mist // This little bottle is sooo old. VS isn't cruelty free, so even though the scent was nice, I won't repurchase.

Secret Body Spray in Citrus Breeze // I got this little bottle in my stocking for Christmas, and I liked it, but it's not cruelty free.

Dial NutriSkin Replenishing Lotion // Finally finished up the last of these that I got free forever ago with coupons. I won't get this again.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter* // cruelty free // I liked this lotion, but sometimes it was just too thick, and I can't verify if it's vegan or not.

Ulta Mattifying Balm* // cruelty free & vegan // When I first bought this I wasn't sure how to use it, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. I really like this stuff! It could also double as a primer and worked nicely at mattifying. I'm definitely getting this again!

Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen // This was a decent primer. However, MK isn't cruelty free.

Estee Lauder Foundation Sample in Pure Beige 2C // EL isn't cruelty free and this sample that I got from a friend wasn't a good color match, so I'm glad to be rid of it.

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NatureMade Magnesium Supplements // These may not be vegan and I now have a different actually vegan supplement now.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash // I got this little sample and got quite a few uses out of it, but unfortunately, Dove isn't cruelty free.

Up & Up Biotin Supplements // Another supplement that I'm not sure is vegan, but I believe it is? I need to do some more research on these supplements.

Bynature Textured Waves Sea Salt Spray in Coconut // This spray isn't bad! I like it. It has an odd smell, but it works well. I just need to contact the company for CF status.

Aveeno Gentle Scent Lotion in Nourishing Coconut // Another little sample I used up to get it out of here. A decent lotion, but Aveeno tests on animals. :(

Charcoal Sculpting Mask // This mask came in a cup that you added water to, and it made SO MUCH MASK. I spread it on way too thickly and still could've had four more masks out of the cup, but had no way to preserve the rest of the mix. I wouldn't buy this again.

The Beer Soap Co. Blue Ribbon Bar Soap // cruelty free & vegan // Beer soap? Yup! My boss gave me this bar that's made with PBR. It's a pretty nice soap and I might order a couple different things, like the American Hops or the Karma Deodorant.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer // cruelty free // I've been looking for a new moisturizer, so when I got this sample I was thinking it might work, but it burned when I put it on. Sad face.

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L'Oreal Voluminous Primer in White Primer & Original Mascara in Blackest Black // I did not like either of these products. I got them in an Influenster VoxBox. The formula got better as it dried out a bit, but it was globby and cakey and just bad. Do not recommend.

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Glade candles & Dollar General Candle // More things I decluttered that were sitting around the house for forever. I wouldn't get any of these again.

Now on to my decluttering items:

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Here's some items that I just didn't like enough to finish. I hate throwing out product, but I know I won't finish these and they're just taking up space in my super small bathroom. I won't be getting any of these again.

Rimmel 60 Seconds Polish in Hot Black to Go // I've had this for years and it made my nails look funny and it's separated, so it goes.

Estee Lauder Mirror // I don't generally use compacts while out and about, so I'm tossing this.

Covergirl Makeup Remover // Hate, hate, hate, double hate, loathe entirely. This was greasy as all get out, required a lot to remove simple mascara, and gave me blurry eye if it got into my eyes.

Julep Polish in Helen 2339 // cruelty free & vegan // This separated and I couldn't get it to mix again.

Milani Color Statement Polish in Cupcake Icing // cruelty free // I liked this polish! It just separated on me.

Revlon Colorstay Eye Shadow Mini Palette in Nude Elements // These shadows didn't transfer color well and the colors were wonky. The darkest color was more of a purple than a neutral color.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polish in Gone Grey // Another that separated.

That was quite the group of products. What have you used up lately?

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

thrifty thursday #12

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  • I scored 8% back via Ebates* when I ordered my Sephora birthday gift!
  • Via ibotta*, I made $2.50 at Walmart (which I still loathe, but they were the only pharmacy around that carried my cough syrup *eye roll*) and $2.25 at Target. Then I made $1.00 via Checkout 51, and submitted many receipts to ReceiptHog for points.
  • Between ibotta, Checkout 51*, and Target's Cartwheel, I scored a KidFresh meal for only $0.11!
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  • I took advantage of this artichoke hearts offer on ibotta. The rebate was for any size, any variety, so I picked up a smaller jar at Food Lion for $1.99. I had a $1.25 off coupon for future purchase I had received from a previous grocery run, so I used that and submitted the rebate for $0.75, making the little jar a moneymaker of a penny!
  • My beauty and personal care stash of products has been dwindling, but the money I'd normally spend on frivilous items has been nicely staying in my wallet.
  • Made a quarter on a tomato via Checkout 51 and a quarter on broccoli via Mobisave (use code AKHJYJNZ)*!
  • We took the boys to Maymont, packed a lunch and brought our own toys, so it only cost $1.50 to feed the goats and gas to get there and back. A frugal, fun trip!
  • I cooked the rest of a bag of black turtle beans I got on markdown. I stuck them in the crockpot with leftover no-chicken broth and threw in a ton of garlic. I've probably got five cups of black beans cooking up, so I'll definitely be adding those to a ton of dishes. They only cost me about $1.50 total!
  • N and I were thirsty while shopping for water shoes for the boys, so I used up some of the two Starbucks giftcards I got for Christmas, earned rewards stars, and kept the cash in our pockets!
  • Not Your Average Joe's sent me a $15 off coupon for my birthday, so when I went up to see Jess, we got dinner and split the bill - we ended up paying $9 each before tip! Considering my dish alone was $16, this was a great deal for the both of us and I'm more than happy to share my coupons!
  •  I'm still packing my lunches and it's saving me at least $15 per delivery meal.
Have you saved or made some pennies lately?

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