New Bath & Body Works Facebook Freebie : Mini Candle 1/28-30

Bath & Body Works has released another weekend freebie! Free mini sized candles!

[NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY]
Check it out here on their facebook page
to print the coupon. *only valid in US stores.

“Our Gift to YOU: This weekend only — we’re giving all of our Facebook Fans a FREE GIFT — a NEW 1.6 oz Candle Preview! Download the coupon now to try our NEW Escape Home Fragrance Collection. No purchase necessary. While supplies last.”

>> To save on ink when printing, choose print image on multiple sheets and then it will print smaller.

I’m pretty much at Bath & Body Works once a week because I love their new collection so much. So I’m excited to pick up some free candles. The pink sangria smells divine!

How to get magazines at discounted rates!

How to Get Discount Magazine Subscriptions:
I have to say as of 2011, magazines are my guilty pleasure. When I was in elementary school I had a magazine subscription to Highlights and I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I would get so excited because I’d get real mail. For a long time I thought magazine subscriptions were too expensive. However I’ve been able to score a ton of discount magazine subscriptions this year. I can’t wait to share them with you. ^_^  ** not limited to girlie magazines, though I do have a lot…

Currently, I have only spent $10 total for 8 magazine subscriptions!
The subscriptions retail for $117 dollars, that’s 92% savings!

Whole Living (12 issues for $15) Free from survey from Rewards Gold
Shape (12 issues for $16) Free Bonus from my Shape Exercise DVD, purchased from Target
Glamour (24 issues for $24, 2 years) Eversave deal for Bluedolphinmagazine.com
Teen Vogue (20 issues for $10) Free Bonus from Wal-Mart Olay Gift Set
Taste of Home (7 issues for $12.98) Discount voucher purchased on Ebay
Use Big Crumbs for 36% cashback on all EBay.com purchases Click here for more info.
(it’s a Free, no hassle! way to save! I’ve saved $42 dollars since using them)

Redbook (12 issues for $8) Free from redeeming points on mycokerewards.com
Cosmopolitan (12 issues for $15) Eversave deal for Bluedolphinmagazine.com
Martha Stewart Weddings (4 issues $16) Free from redeeming points on mycokerewards.com
**No I’m not getting married, but I like her crafty ideas & I love dresses
**Prices found on Amazon.com as of Jan 2011


Where to get Free & Discounted Magazines:

1. Rewards Gold (FREE)
– Gives out free magazine subscriptions for short surveys
-no credit card information needed!

2. Join mycokerewards.com (FREE)
-redeem your coke products for points
-super easy to do, free to sign up!
-you get points from a variety of coke products from 2-liters to 24 packs

3. When purchasing things you need, look for bonus subscriptions. (FREE)
The best part was that these freebies were on things I buy anyway.
-Currently, I heard Wal-Mart & Conde Nast have teamed up again for a Free magazine offer on a Swiffer.
-Often times if you do not want the magazine offer and you submit for the rebate, you could possibly get most or your entire item for free! (Olay set was $10, magazine refund $10 = FREE Olay products)

4. Check Amazon.com! (DISCOUNTED)
Amazon periodically through out the year will have $5 magazine subscription sales. Right now Cosmo and Maxim are on sale for $5 dollar for an entire year! That’s 66% discount!

5. Check Group Buying Website: Tippr, Eversave, Groupon, and Living Social
(DISCOUNTED)
I think like group buying discount are the new hip way to advertise and I’m loving it. These companies work with businesses to offer steep discounts and gift cards to get you to try their product.

-Joining these website are completely free
-If you do purchase a gift card, it is one time deal so you won’t be obligated to buy another
-You often get credit when you refer others or get free swag
-Great customer service on the website
-They offer discounts on restaurants, gyms, tours, entertainment and well…magazines!
-Offer changes daily, offer can vary city to city

Hope these tips are useful, ttyl! -S

*FREE* Bath & Body Works “Carried Away” this weekend (1/22-23)

This is a preview 2 oz. of Bath & Body Work’s new scent: “Carried Away”
You can get it free this weekend, if you print this coupon here
-Valid for only the preview lotion
-No purchase is necessary
-One per person per day
*Don’t worry if you can’t get it free or want an extra,  they are selling previews $1-2 until the full size debuts.

It kinda astounding how they have new products and scent lines about every 3-4 weeks. I can hardly keep up! I’m still recovering from their awesome semi-annual sale. Right now there’s so many  from their new tropical line and 13 new scents for the spring that I want to pick up that I have to brace myself when I’m near the store. ^^

Anyways, I absolutely love the vintage-style, whimsical label on this bottle. Perfect for Valentine’s day coming up!

Key Notes: lush raspberries, white jasmine and whipped vanilla
This is scent is supposed to be inspired by “love that sweeps you off your feet “<3
The description sounds good enough to eat!
L and I picked up this scent on Friday. I found the lotion to build up more floral and less sweet.
I liked it and with this preview collection they are also offering $2 spray.

*Updated* Awesome Deals on Living Social ($20 amazon.com GC for $10)

OMG this is such a sweet deal. Living Social is a site very similar to GROUPON, it about group buying and great discounts.

They are currently offering $20 amazon.com gift card (no expiration) for $10. LINK HERE

I love Amazon. It’s got literally everything under the moon. I use it to buy textbooks, niche presents and they have great service.

Deal Info:
You do need a credit card
They are no longer accepting referral credit, but you refer 3 people you get it for FREE!
One per person
US customers only
Expires 1/20/11 or when supplies run out (1 day left) I’d jump on it ASAP!

Cosmpolitan Magazine for $5 on Amazon Ends 1/29

Cosmo Mag is currently on sale on Amazon.com for $5 for 1 full year.
The offer ends Jan 29th, 2011. It’s a great price to get the magazine for or to give as a gift since usually around $15/year

Check it out Here

*Disclaimer: Not affiliated with Cosmo or Amazon.com. I just like magazines.

Beyonce’s Heat Perfume (Mall Freebie!)

When I was looking through my Seventeen Magazine I saw that for the month of Jan you could get a FREE ‘deluxe’ sample of Beyoncé’s Heat Rush at Macy’s department stores. You can either bring your Feb Seventeen magazine or print a copy of the Seventeen.com home page. It lasts until Feb or when 10,000 samples run out. For more information click here.

For those in the San Diego area, the UTC Macy’s does not carry this fragrance. You can find it at the Macy’s in the Mission Valley mall.

Anyways, yesterday M and I were at the mall hoping to catch the tail end of the Bath & Body Works 75% semi-annual sale so  the way I stopped by Macy’s to pick up a sample. The lady at the fragrance counter was very nice. I tried both Beyoncé’s Heat (red bottle) and Beyoncé’s Heat Rush (newer one, orange bottle). I found that I liked Beyoncé’s Heat more than Heat Rush. Heat Rush seemed a lot sweeter while Heat had more gradually enticing scent.

The sample was wrapped up like a sweet. It is 2.0ml or 0.06 fl oz. It does not come with a spray but rather you left the cap and dab on the fragrance. I find that with sample sizes, it allows the sample to last longer.

I’d seen reviews about Beyoncé’s Heat being No. 1 selling fragrance at its launch. The fragrance is created by Coty Fragrances. Coty is considered one of the largest fragrance houses in the world. They create both high-end fragrances and celebrity fragrances.

Anyways, I have also seen Beyoncé’s Heat at variety of retailers such as Target, CVS, and RiteAid. You can purchases it a variety of sizes from 0.5 oz, 1 oz, 1.7 oz, and 3.4 oz. Thus prices range from $15-$59. You can also buy the perfume in gifts sets.

Now down to business: What’s in Beyoncé Heat ?

Top Notes “first impression”
-red vanilla orchid
-Neroli Orpur
-Magnolia Delavayi
-Blush Peach

Heart Note “gradual scents that give a fragrance dimension”
-Honeysuckle Nectar
-Almond Macaroon
-Creme de Musk

Base Note “long lasting scent”
-Giant sequoia milkwood (who knew they put wood in fragrances?)
-Tonka Bean
-Modern Amber

Blah.. Blah…Blah… well overall I give it 4 out 5. I find that it has a very distinct scent, smells fruity & floral without being overpowering, and I love the shape & design of the packaging. I’m not sure yet but there’s one note inside the fragrance that makes me think of yummy Asian like fruit that’s almost like edible. Maybe it’s the blush peaches. Until I realize what it is I can’t give it 5 because it’s driving me crazy! I recommend trying a sample seeing if you like it.

*Information comes from Beyoncé Heat Website here.
*Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with Coty fragrances, Beyoncé or Beyoncé Heat perfume in any way or shape. This is just my personal opinion upon the subject

10 Effortless Ways to Save Money

I love saving money! I may be more zealous in looking for great deals than the average person. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Here are 10 Effortless ways to save money! It’s not about buying stuff you don’t need or spending a ridiculous amount of time looking for great deals.

1. Join Amazon Prime for Students/ Amazon Mom (Get 1 years of 2 day shipping for FREE) here
– No Fee (you save $79 on prime membership)
-No Min. Order
-Get textbooks & millions of other items even presents like blokus shipped for FREE!!!
-All you need is a credited .edu e-mail (other requirements for Amazon mom)
-It lasts for 1 year
*Best part is that there is NO automatic renewal so in case you forget about it’s ok!

2. Digital Grocery Coupons – Don’t get paper coupons? Hate to clip them out?
A lot of grocery stores now offer savings cards as seen with Kroger, Ralphs, and Vons. Well all you have to is link these cyber coupons to your savings cards, once a month update and viola instant savings at the checkout! Plus you can use additional paper coupons on top of e-coupons!
*All programs are free, no spam and easy to use!

Cellfirehere
Shortcuts here
Safeway Grocery here
Kroger Grocery here

3. Where to get Printable Coupons (you do need a working printer)
You can to choose and print only the coupons that you want. These are legit sites for printable coupons. Coupon printer software very easy to install without being hassle or risk-free! I do this all the time and I haven’t had any problems at all. They often have better & more discounts than newspapers.
Plus these sites are always having new coupons and new companies joining all the time!

Coupons.com here
Redplum here
CVS in-store coupons here
Target in-store coupons here
Riteaid Video Value in store coupons here (RiteAid Pharmacy prgm -watch 30sec videos = special coupons)

** Also with “in-store coupons” you can stack them with manufacturer’s coupons = double savings!
Example: Welch’s Juice is on Sale $2
                    Target coupons                $1 off
                    manufacturer coupon     $1 off
Guess what! That juice is now     ( = FREE+ tax) to you b/c you were able to use both coupons (in store/manufacturers!)

4. Save money and ditch your television channels! (you need high-speed internet)
I feel like everyone is so busy these days, conflicting schedules and always on the go! Who has time to sit at home at designated time each week to watch their favorite shows? Not me! If you have high-speed internet now you can watch your shows anytime you want! It’s legit!
You don’t have to install anything. It streams directly to your computer and if you have AV cable you can even watch it on your regular t.v. set.

Hulu here– they offer a variety of shows, post new shows usual next day!
CW here – hosts 5-6 full episodes of cw series
ABC here
TBS here

5. Top Money Saving Blogs !
Got some free time in between classes? Bored? Well check out these money-saving blogs that update the latest deals, coupons and sales! These are just my personal favorites. There are tons of blogs & websites dedicated to saving YOU money.

Hip2Save here
Deal Seeking Mom here
Slickdeals here (search forums, for updated info)
Coupon Gal here (So-Cal based)
6. Don’t like to cook? Special occasion? What to dine out? Restaurant Savings!
I love to eat and I love trying out new restaurants. However I hate overpaying or finding a “dud” restaurant since money is tight and you don’t ever want a special treat to turn into a nightmare. My suggestion is to do a little research about 5-10 min on the restaurant and you’ll save $$$!

Yelp here – It is a great site with current customer reviews, link to the main restaurant website, and if promotions are going on

Restaurant Week  here– What to dine somewhere fancy and affordable. Find out about your city’s restaurant. For San Diego there is one Jan 16-27th!
Prices for 3 course meals range from $20, $30 and $40 per person.

Restaurant.com here  – They offer free to up 50% off dining costs. Get ‘coupons – gift card’ for $20 off $35 meal! They are always having discounts codes and promotions on the website. So even there you never need to pay retail price!

Groupon  here– They often offer 50-75% off dining gift cards to use in variety of restaurants. Changes daily! Why? The restaurants want you to try them out so it’s like advertising for the companies and you get to dine on a dime!

**Another tip is to go the RESTAURANT’S OWN WEBSITE…they often have happy hour times, current promotions, and join their e-mail clubs for more discounts! TGI Friday’s, MIMI’s cafe, Macoroni Grill, Famous Dave’s, Coldstone, Noodles & Co, and Claim Jumper are just a few that send special coupons, discounts and alerts to their e-mail members. **

**If you are in San Diego save those clipper  & B1G1 magazines with restaurant coupons! You never know when it will come handy**
7. Shopping can be frugal and fun. But you’ll never feel cheap!
I can’t say it enough how important e-mail and internet advertising has become! You’ve got a favorite store or shop, well on their website and see if they have email subscriber list. You might complain that it’s going to be a lot of junk mail. Most sites can customize how often you receive e-mail, what e-mail you want to receive and you unsubscribe instantly at any time! I’ve got great discounts and information from being apart of these lists.

Stores with awesome e-mail updates & coupons: Express, Bath & Body Works, Charlotte Russe, and Sephora…just to name a few.
It really pays to “be in the know” and it costs nothing to join!

8. Movie Watching!
Seriously when did movie watching become so incredibly expensive? Movies at like $10 to $15 bucks is outrageous! Sure movie watching is a treat and great leisure activity. But imagine all the things you can do with $10 bucks after $10 bucks that you save! It really adds up.

-Purchase AMC silver tickets vouchers at your local campus activity office, online or Costco. ($6-7 bucks)
-Borrow movies from your local library
-Have a movies swap with your friends
-Rent from Redbox! It’s super convenient and easy to use. Only $1 dollar per day and you can return at any redbox location.
-Purchase used movies at Blockbuster or Hollywood video. These are usually sold at 50%-75% off
-Netflix here account. They have different plans, online streaming and you can split costs with roommates!

9. Online Shopping – If you are going to spend the money, way not get cashback?
I am advocate for online shopping all the way. These days you can buy anything online but fraction of the price in stores. Plus many chain stores have special online sales, discounts and FREE shipping. Why brave crowds, lacking inventories and waste gas if you don’t need to. You don’t need special software or special credit card to get cashback!!! I’ve been using cashback sites for over a 1 year and received $30 back just from purchases I make everyday that I need and use. My best cashback was through Ebates where I got 30% cashback for my purchases at Yves Rocher and that’s where I found one my favorite glosses. Most chain stores allow online purchases to be returned in the store and some sites are even offering free return shipping!

*To use cashback websites, you need to create an account. Go through their site link to the store website. That’s it! Your store purchases will be continued as normal, same treatment, same prices, and cashback will not track your personal information. All sites are free!*

Ebates here  – They offer $5 reward for the first $5 in cashback you get, tons of websites and current coupon codes. (cashback in paypal/check)

Bigcrumbs here – No min. payout, variety of store like 30% cashback on Ebay purchases (cashback in paypal/check)

Evrewards here – This is *NOT* cashback site, but it allows you to type in a store and shows you what cashback sites will give you the most back, current store promotions and even cashback on different credit cards. Useful tons to see what the best deal.

10. Last but not least: SAVE THE WORLD, buy a WATER FILTER!
Though I’m guilty of this since my mother buys tons of bottled water which I don’t know why. But seriously consider buying a reusable water bottle and water filter instead of plastic bottles. It sounds like duh or silly b/c “plastic is recyclable”  but it really can help the environment! So think about it. Drinking water is great for your skin, your health and even your mental well-being.

You can buy reusable water bottles about anywhere and everywhere. I see them on Amazon.com, Old Navy, Wal-Mart, Target, and even the Dollar store. It doesn’t have to be large or fancy. I’m sure there’s one out there for everyone. Plus Brita water filters are only like $20-30 bucks and a lot of times fridges also have a water purification system. Which reminds me I need to buy a re-fill.

(Caution) Avoid Wal-Mart Gift Receipts!!!

Did you know that not all receipts are treated the same? Well I found out the hard way!

Wal-Mart’s Gift Receipts
With the popularity of gift receipts, you as consumer should know that some stores *DOES NOT* lock in the price you paid for and if your item goes on sale, in the case your giftee returns the item they get the LOWEST 30 day selling price! Even if you paid way more!

Thankfully I realized this before I gave out my gift. I had purchased some holiday gift sets for $10 as presents, then realized they went on sale in less 7 days for only $5. Wal-Mart does not do price adjustment and it was 50% drop. So I went to Wal-mart with a “gift receipt” and I found out I could only get back the value of $5 because that was the current selling price.

 For Wal-mart gift receipts do not show price at all, no record in system but *ONLY* that you purchased the item. You are refunded the lowest 30 day selling price! This can be risk if your items goes on sale anytime between when you give it & 90 days return policy!!!

Despite the social taboo of giving a real receipt or allowing the giftee to see how much you paid. Wouldn’t it just bite if you paid $40 dollars for a gift and all they got back was $20 or like $10. It would be a lose-lose because not only does Wal-mart gain extra profit, the giftee gets less credit, and it makes your gift devalued!

I would avoid using gift receipts for seasonal purchases or things that frequently go on sale in you decide on Wal-Mart!

**Some stores do have the special locked in code for your price paid. I know that Victoria Secret does for sure so you get the same amount you paid for but I’m not sure who else does it. This is my first time with this predicament.**

Minnnesota Readers! Mystic Lake Casino is Having B1G1 Free or 1/2 off Buffets (w/coupons in Jan ’11)

Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372

Normally I would never encourage going to a casino but when it is buffet related all bets are off. Since Mystic Lake is having Buy 1 get 1 free buffet coupons on their website here. Best part is that if you have a party of 3 or going alone you can still receive half-priced buffet discount with coupon. The coupons last until Jan 29th and some exclusions apply, not valid on seafood buffet. On Jan 29th it is half price all day without coupons.

They have wide arrange of food buffet choices: American food, prime rib, dessert bar, salad bar, soups, Asian-style food, pasta, ice cream and much more. The drinks are included with price. Even though you can’t use the coupon the special seafood buffet, the everyday buffet does have seafood like Alaskan cod, salmon, and grouper.
It’s very clean, classy, and the food is good. A+++ establishment!

Guess what the average costs only $13 so with B1GI only $6.50 a person!
What a great deal!!! My family just went yesterday and we had a blast! You don’t need to spend money gambling or special card for the discount. Just a home printer and big appetite! (My review will be coming soon!)

*disclaimer not associated with the buffet or casino in any way, shape or form. My family just loves buffets!

ZOYA Nail Polish Facebook Promotion (3 FREE bottles, Pay $6.95 shipping)

WOOT the Zoya Nail Polish offer is now live! Just “Like” Zoya on Facebook (if you haven’t already) and you’ll see the exclusive Facebook code to score 3 FREE nail polishes (+ $6.95 shipping)! The code is valid through January 7th.

Zoya Nail Polishes usually cost $7 a bottle so this is a steal. Beauty reviews say it’s like OPI in quality but without the nasty chemicals.

I already ordered:
Karina (ruby red), Dovima (matte black), and Kotori (multi-sparkle blue/green)

Here are some other sweet colors:
Lexi (light shimmer pink)
Dana (bright raspberry)
Midori (bold green)
Aria (rose pink)
Austine (rose gold)
Trixie (metallic silver)
Tallulah (Bright blue)
Yummy (Bright blue)

If you can’t tell, I think I might have nail polish addiction coming on. Anyways once I receive them I’ll try to remember to do a review