Bath & Body Works: B&BW LUV CLUB (January Freebie)

So back in December Bath & Body Works started a B&BW LUV Club.
It was free to sign up and you got mailed a monthly punch card where you receive monthly free items.
This is what I picked up in January…I was glad I waited because I was able to snag some tropical items for free!
January Month Freebie: You got to choose a full size hand soap, pocketbac santizer and pocketbac holder
I got Caribbean Escape in Anti-bacterial hand soap with pump. ( I LOVE THIS, it makes me want to wash my hands 24/7)
I got Citrus Crush pocketbac which is cute color combination and great citrus scent. Also I really like the new pocketbac holders that they came out with to match all the wonderful tropical items.

Lastly this is a silly photo of what I did with my pocketbac that are going to my cousin…in the meantime they’ll become a really rather strange and fantastic art display.

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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!

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Haul (Jan 2011)

So Bath & Body Works recently had their “Semi-Annual” sale from Dec 26-Jan 17th. They had some really sweet deals during this sale from BUY 2 get 2, 50% off and 75% off seasonal items. I did not purchase all these items at once but rather 3-4 trips where I snagged a bit of this and that.

I spent a total of $11.08 dollars
Retail: $76 dollars
*I was able to get travel size items for free because they had a coupon for “free travel size” with any purchase
*I had a in-store coupon for 20% off that I received from a previous purchase

Haul:
14 hand sanitizer: sea island cotton, fresh lime basil, santa’s mellow mint, nectarine mint, vanilla bean Noel
3 travel size lotions: white citrus, summer vanilla berry, orange sapphire
2 travel size sprays: twilight woods
2 full size pump hand soaps: vanilla bean Noel, winter candy apple
1 full size lotion: winter candy apple
1 4oz Slatkin & co candle: mint chocolate chip

Seasonal Merchandise
I picked up these on the last day of the sale so they were 75% off. I suppose I was lucky because I found out I adore Winter Candy Apple and I was able to snag the last one. This is my first time purchasing their pump hand soaps, they are super handy to use and they were only $1 each. M had said previously that he really liked the mint chocolate candle so I picked that up for him. When you smell the candle it smells strong and exactly like mint chocolate. However, I was pleasantly surprised when we used it that I did not feel it was overpowering. I rather like it.

Pocketbac Hand sanitizer ($0.37 each)
These normally retail for $1.50 or $1 if you buy 5. I love these! I used them religiously while I was working abroad in China. They are the best that I’ve used. I think they smell great, tons to choose from, portable and cute! I was also able to snag some orange sapphire though not in the picture. So I was thrilled about this sale because these are going to my cousin in China. It’s sort of silly but my cousin in China thinks these are the neatest things because they don’t sell them there. Anyways, I basically got 3 each scent. My favorite other than the orange sapphire would have to be the fresh lime basil.
** My B&BW at UTC mall still has some of these on sale for 75% as of 1/22/11!
Signature Travel Size Items
I was able to snag these babies for free with this coupon here (expires 1/26)
*Coupon is for only the signature travel size item and it’s FREE with any purchase
*You can also receive this coupon if you sign up for B&BW alerts on their website
*One per person per visit (as said before this is my collective haul 3-4 trips)
*B&BW usually offers this coupon every month, just google for it, if you need one

Basically I just choose to stock up on my favorite scents. I adore citrus smells so I got white citrus and orange sapphire. Since buying the body butter in Twilight woods I found myself really loving the scent so I picked up some sprays. However I wish B&BW would re-do their spray packaging because I feel it looks cheap but the scent is still amazing. Lastly, I found summer vanilla in berry which I couldn’t find for a long time. These are great not only for traveling but carrying in your purse, trying out a new scent or giving as gifts.

Whew that was a long haul!
If you missed out on Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual sale their next one is in June. I’m already psyched for it!

Need Suggestions?
My Favorite Bath & Body Works Scents:

Signature Line: Orange Sapphire, Twilight Woods, Aromatherapy Orange Ginger, Coconut Lime Verbena, White Citrus, Sweet Pea
Men’s Line: Citron
Candles:Caribbean Escape, Island Margarita, Orange Sapphire (only online)
Lip Products: Rose Salve, Lipicious Passionfruit Guava

 

Best Store Return Policies

 

So only 9 more days UNTIL Christmas!

I’m almost finished with my holiday wish list with only my grandpa and my little brother left. Yikes with such limited time and no clue in sight I began searching online for hit presents. Then I realized in case a mismatch gift occurs I want to know my options since it would suck to be stuck with a dud and no way out in sight! This list contains some of my favorite shops, a lot of any time returns, and suggestions seen on csn money. All the information has come directly from the current online sellers’ return & exchanges policy pages.

I’ve compiled a list of companies with GREAT RETURN POLICIES (return policy taken off the store’s online info*)

***BEST STORE POLICIES***

Kohl’s (policy here)

  • Customers who have their receipts can return all items at ANYTIME.
  • Kohl’s does not have a time limit for refunds or replacements.
  • If you have lost your receipt or are using a gift receipt, Kohl’s will allow you to exchange your item for one that is comparably priced or they will issue you store credit.
  • Online Kohls purchases can be returned at any Kohls store

Macy (policy here)

  • We want you to be happy with your purchase from macys.com. You may exchange or return most merchandise for a full refund, less shipping charges, based on the original form of payment, ANYTIME after purchase.
  • If you are returning a gift, you will receive a store merchandise credit.
  • In the case of an exchange, shipping for the new item will be free of charge.

L.L Bean (policy here)

 “I do not consider a sale complete until goods are worn out and customer is still satisfied. – L.L. Bean, 1916.” Customers can send any item back, at any time, with or without receipts, in any condition…and still get a refund or exchange. (ANYTIME)
                                   – Free return shipping for L.L Bean Visa Card members

Zappos (policy here)  
  • You can return your purchase for up to 365 days from the purchase date.
  • Products must be in the condition you received them and in the original box and/or packaging.
  • Return shipping is absolutely FREE.
  • You will be provided with a pre-paid UPS domestic or USPS domestic label to return the purchase to us.

Costco (policy here)

  • We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell with a full refund. ANYTIME
  • The following must be returned within 90 days of purchase for a refund: televisions, projectors, computers, cameras, camcorders, iPOD / MP3 players and cellular phones.

Bath & Body Works (policy here)

  • At Bath & Body Works, no sale is ever final. (ANYTIME)
  • If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may exchange  or receive a merchandise credit
  • If you prefer a refund (excluding shipping and handling charges), just show us your sales receipt or invoice. (bring original cc)

Walmart (policy here)

  • Most store items can be exchanged or refunded with a receipts within 90 days of purchase (exception electronic/regulated items)
  • Walmart’s No Receipt policy applies to items returned in a store only. You have the option of a cash refund (for purchases under $25), a Gift Card for the amount of the purchase (for purchases over $25) or an even exchange for the product. We also follow any manufacturer’s warranties. You can make up to three No Receipt returns within a 45 day period.
  • Walmart ONLINE purchases can be returned in store (unless otherwise noted in return policy)
  • Items do need to be in original packaging

REI (policy here)

  • ANYTIME
  • Every item you purchase at REI is 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
  • Whether you made your purchase online, by mail or in an REI store, you may return or exchange it by mail or at any of our retail locations. Returns information and instructions are listed below and can also be found on the back of your invoice.

Sephora (policy here) This is a great policy because they take new/used. You can try out the product -any reason

  • If you are not completely satisfied with a Sephora.com purchase or gift for any reason, please return it for a full refund within 60 days.
  • Return shipping and handling fees are free when you use the Merchandise Return label included in your order.We regret that we are unable to refund your original shipping charges unless the return was a result of our error.
  • If we receive your item(s) within 61-90 days of purchase date or if they were paid with a Sephora Gift Card, eGift Certificate, or online store credit, you will receive a refund in the form of an online store credit for the item(s).

JcPenney (policy here)

  • With a Receipt:  An original receipt dated within 90 days of the purchase is required for return/exchange for a full refund of the purchase price on the original method of payment. Debit card transactions will be refunded as cash.
  • With a Gift Receipt: returns accompanied by a gift receipt within 90 days will be refunded at the gift receipt price and issued in a Gift Card.
  • Without a Receipt or Receipted and over 90 days: The price refunded will be the lowest on sale price within the last 30 days. A refund will be issued only in the form of a JCPenney Merchandise Return Voucher or a credit to the customers’ JCPenney Charge Card. (photo id)
  • Free return shipping & handling on items returned via mail
  • You can return online items in store unless noted*
  • Some exclusions apply see policy link for more details

Borders (new update here)

Holiday Return Policy Nov 14th extended up to Jan 31st 2011
I didn’t see this on the website as it states 30 days return policy. However I believe I saw something about this on my Border’s receipt.
(that’s way longer than Barnes & Nobles only 14 day policy -unless that’s changed too…)

Whew that’s just highlight of the stores! Other stores such as Sears, Ikea, Toy’R US, Target and Lowes also seem to have 90 days return policy. For more details check out their return policy on their websites.,

Going shopping? While not get some Freebies…

Ulta:
Free Nail Polish from Orly (shine, oh cabana boy, it’s up to Blue)
*Bring in your Seventeen Dec Magazine or Print seventeen.com/orly
*While supplies last. Last time I got a really nice lancome lip gloss with Seventeen promo.
*Look out for mailers with $3.50 of $10 purchase (exclusion: prestige cosmetic but can be used on OPI)

Victoria Secret:
It’s December! Time to check out your Victoria Angel Secret Rewards Card (in store or online checkout) $10 $50 $100 or $500
*Seventeen Magazine December Issue has a promotion : Free Beauty Rush Lip gloss with any beauty purchase
*I believe if you google “free beauty rush” there’s a printable coupon for December: Free lip gloss with any purchase
*Free Pink Dog with Pink Purchase
*Free Pink Nation Panties with Pink Purchase (coupon for being a part of Pink Nation)

Hallmark
***Friday 12/03 ONLY*** Free Freaky Pets to first 5 customers that say  “Are you a friend of Kromdar the Magnificent?”
Theses are very interesting gifts. Great for younger siblings, children, nephews, nieces or kid at heart.

Printable Hallmark $5 off $5 purchase here 
These are great for picking free or close to free greeting cards, gift wrap, ornaments or put towards a larger present.
Also these December Issues have a $5 Hallmark Coupon within them:

*Real Simple
*Martha Stewart
*Midwest Living
e*Family Circle
*Southern Living
*Redbook
*Oprah Magazine

Godiva
If you haven’t joined Godiva Rewards Membership, you should think about it because it’s a free program that gives you special deals & chocolate
Since it’s a new month : Free Chocolate! My favorite right now is the creme brulee chocolate.

Bath & Body Works
One of my favorite stores to go for special gifts has just released some new coupons!
Printable $10 off $30 here expires December 24th 2010
Online Code: F102785  $10 off any purchase $10 or more (or if the item is less than $10, the item price) so you just pay $5.99 shipping
I got some 14.5oz candles for only $6.49 tax + shipping (retail $19.50) Really cool because they discontinued some of the scents in store.

*Keep B&BW reciepts because they often have a short survey with $10 off $30 coupon -no expiration date
*With B&BW purchase I’ve seen the associates give out $10 off $30 coupons
*If you haven’t joined their e-mail list, the first month they give you a Free Travel Size item with Any purchase coupon (last about a month) here
*Join LUV BBW for free gifts starting 2011 here.  (Thursdays)

Borders Rewards
Free rewards program for Borders the Bookstore here. They often send high value coupons such as 20% off entire purchase, 40% of any item, 40% off any kids toy or game and free coffee at Seattle’s Best. I recently was able to pick up Ticket to Ride (board game) which retails for $50 for (40% off + 20% off entire purchase -they let you combine coupons) for only $24. This is even better than the Amazon price of $35. They also have some sweet deals on cookbooks, crafty books, and $10 & below section.

Target
Target.com has just released new printable coupons here.
*Check out Target’s Daily Deal tab with discounted deals & free shipping on purchase

 
 

 

Cool Bath & Body Works Promotion (Sign up now, Starts Jan 2011)


Bath & Body Works has a new rewards club available! Head on over here to sign up for the LUV BBW Club! You will receive a LUV BBW Club Membership card in the mail and you’ll be able to use this card to score a FREE GIFT on the Thursday of your choice each month when you come into their store!

Offer valid in store only January 1, 2011 – May 31, 2011. You will receive your monthly gift by visiting U.S. Bath & Body Works stores on any Thursday during each calendar month and presenting your Membership Card. Membership Card must be presented, and will be punched, each time a gift is received.

Also if you have Aerie store near you I remember joining the A-list allows you to get special discounts or even free gifts once a month on a Thursday too. ^^