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Brag of the Week

Since my car is getting serviced tomorrow, and I had expiring coupons tonight, I figured I'd do a little shopping run.  The stash pictured in this photo was the result of my dashing around to a bunch of different stores for the last two hours.  How much do you think I spent?

First I went to Target. I had the coupon for a free $10 gift card when you spend $50, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to use some of the free product coupons that will be expiring at the end the year to inflate the total up to $50.  I had four free coupons for Purex Crystals ($4.50 each). I used two of the free 20 oz. Diet Coke coupons that we rountinely get from MyCokeRewards, along with two of the MCR Powerade coupons.  The panko breadcrumbs (hands-down the best breadcrumbs on Planet Earth) were BOGO , and the Duncan Hines pareve carrot cake mix was free. The Smuckers sugar-free raspberry preserves are going to go into my next Rhodes guest-post recipe: sufganiyot made with Rhodes dough.  My pre-coupon total was $54.  After redeeming my coupons, I ended spending almost $21 at Target, but I got the $10 gift card, so my net amount spent there was $11.

Those four 2-liter Diet Cokes in the back of the picture were from my brief stop at Family Dollar.  They were marked $1.25, but I got them for $0.75 each with the coupon I told you about here.  Total for the four bottles, $3.20 with tax.

For some reason, my little Victoria's Secret bag (over on the left) came out red in the photo. It is, of course, pink.  I hope you were also able to score some free lingerie tonight.  Lots of stores (like the one in Denver) ran out of the promotional item, so they let customers just pick out any that they wanted from one of the sale tables. The one I got for free would have cost $9.50.

Since I was at the mall anyway for the Victoria's Secret promo, I snagged a free sample of Visionnaire (pictured over on the left) from the Lancome counter at Macy's.  You can still get this high-end free sample...just click on the the Lancome Visionnaire banner image over on the right side of this blog (you may have to scroll down) ----->

Finally, I stopped very briefly at King Soopers to gas up the car and to make sure I got my free Toblerone bar before they ran out. I felt bad running my American Express card for a $0.03 charge, but I didn't have any cash on me.  I'm saving the Toblerone for when I need a little chocolate pick-me-up (in other words, any minute now).

Tonight's haul cost me $14.23 for about $70 worth of stuff.  It took a little more running around than I'm used to, but I think we did ok.  Brag over.

Got brag?  Let me know about it, send me a scan of your receipt or a picture of your haul (or both) and I'll happily post it!

This week's coupons, part 2

Free Toblerone at King Soopers

King Soopers shoppers, check out this deal on a free 3.52 oz. bar of Toblerone.  Normally $2.99, it's on sale this week for $1.  Use the $0.50 coupon that was in the Smart Source coupon insert in the 11/13/11 Sunday paper. Since King Soopers doubles coupons that are under $1.00, your Toblerone bar is.....free!  (In the receipt above, I paid three cents in tax.)

The only thing better than Swiss chocolate is free Swiss chocolate. You may quote me on that one.

10% off Staples in-store or $15 off $150 at Staples.com, 12/4/11-12/10/11

Click here to download and print a coupon for either 10% off your in-store purchase at Staples, or $15 off your $150 purchase online at Staples.com.  This coupon is good from 12/4/11-12/10/11.  Lots of exclusions, so please read the coupon carefully.

Spend $75 on Energizer batteries, get a $20 Visa gift card

Yet another battery rebate deal:  spend $75 on any combination of Energizer batteries before the end of the year and get a $20 Visa gift card.   Submit photocopies of your receipts along with this rebate form by 1/14/12 to request your Visa gift card.

I'm more inclined to take advantage of this offer rather than the Duracell offer, even though the reward is a $20 gift card instead of $25 one, because it's a lot easier to spend $75 on batteries than to spend $100.  Whichever offer you choose, make sure you don't buy the batteries just to get the gift card...only buy them if you both need them and find good deals on them.  There are currently a few battery coupons appearing in the Sunday newspaper that will sweeten the deal.

Spend $100 in Duracell batteries, receive a $25 gift card

When you buy $100 worth of Duracell batteries through 12/30/11, you can get a $25 gift card via this mail in rebate. (I'm assuming this is a Visa gift card, though they don't specify that.)

If you're buying Duracell batteries anyway to power up those Chanukah and Christmas gifts, hold on to your receipts.  If you spend $100 on Duracells before the end of the year, why not submit the receipts with this rebate form to get a $25 gift card?  Must submit receipts and forms before 1/16/12.  Gift cards expire 10/31/12.

A little overwhelmed by this season's mail-in rebates?  Me too.  Read about the best ways to manage all your mail-in rebates here.

Offer extended through December 3: Real Simple on sale for $12, now $8.64 after cash back

UPDATE:   Offer extended through December 3rd!

An annual subscription to Real Simple is now available on both Magazines.com and Amazon for just $12 or $1 per issue.  However, if you buy it through Magazines.com and click through the ShopAtHome link first, you'll get 28% cash back ($3.36), lowering your price on the subscription to just $8.64.  That's a major bargain for a normally pricey magazine.

Hurry! Print a coupon for $10 off your $50 purchase at Target

Target just posted a great offer on their Facebook page today: click here to print a coupon for a free $10 Target giftcard when you spend $50 at Target.

Their site is, understandably, getting slammed and I was just able to print the coupon after numerous tries, so if you're having trouble, keep trying.  Print this twice using your back button.  Coupon expires 12/3/11.

Download a free (legal) Third Eye Blind mp3 "If There Ever Was a Time"

Like Third Eye Blind's music?  They are giving away a free (legal) mp3 of their single, If There Ever Was a Time.  I love free music.

Go to the Third Eye Blind website and scroll way down to the bottom of the page.  Submit your email address and then check your email for the link to download If There Ever Was a Time.

$10 off $50 at Office Depot

Print your $10 off $50 purchase coupon at Office Depot here.  Please read the exclusions on the coupon. The coupon can be used in-store, online, or for phone orders, and expires 12/5/11.

If you use the coupon online, don't forget to click through the Ebates link for 1% cash back, or the ShopAtHome link for up to 7% cash back.

Wow! 75% off Cyber-Monday Sale + 20% off + free shipping + cash back at Mattel Toys!

Mattel Toys is having an unbelievable sale event.  They are extending their Cyber-Monday Sale all this week with discounts up to 75% off.

AND, use promo code HOLIDAY20 (expires 12/7/11) to get 20% off.

AND you can get free shipping with no minimum.

But wait. There's more!

Don't forget to get 2% cash back by clicking through either ShopAtHome and Ebates first.

Wow.  This is a great example of stacking discounts with a sale with free shipping with cash back, to snag some amazing deals.

Get the Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Action Figure (pictured above) for just $5.27 shipped!  With 2% cash back, $5.16.

Primer on cash back programs: ShopAtHome and Ebates

I've finally gotten around to a long-overdue primer on cash back programs and how to put them to work for you.

 With almost zero effort, I've gotten hundred of dollars over the years at both ShopAtHome and Ebates, my two favorite cash back programs, and I want you to make the same kind of money. Here's how they both work.

Basically, when you want to shop online, you would first make sure you were logged into your accout at either ShopAtHome or Ebates and then,  instead of going directly to (for example) Target.com, you would search for the vendor page on either ShopAtHome.com or Ebates.com and click through their link first.  Clicking through their link lands you on the vendor site, in the case of our example, Target.com.  Then, depending on what the current rate of cash back is, you will get a certain percentage back on your purchase.  So you will get free cash for doing something you had already planned on doing, shopping. 

Let's continue with our example and work out the math.  So, as of this writing, the cash back rate for Target is both 3% on both ShopAtHome and Ebates.  Let's say you bought a $20 item with $2 shipping at Target, and you used a 20% promo code on your purchase and paid 5% tax. So your total purchase would be $20 minus $4 (the 20% discount) plus $2 (shipping fee) plus $0.90 (tax) = $18.90.  Now, your percentage of cash back on either ShopAtHome or Ebates is only on the price of the merchandise after all the promo codes and coupons, not on the shipping or tax.  So assuming you were 1) logged into your ShopAtHome or Ebates account and 2) clicked through either one of their links to Target.com first, you would get 3% of  <$20 minus $4> or 3% of $16 = $0.48.  Now, $0.48 might not seem worth the effort.  But if you make several purchases online over the course of the year, those $0.48 cash back transactions start to add up to real money.  Trust me on this...you will be pleasantly surprised.

This is what ShopAtHome and Ebates have in common.  Now here's a FAQ on the ways that they differ.

Q. When is that cash back check mailed out to me?
  • ShopAtHome will send you a check when your total cash back (not including sign-up bonuses or referral cash) equals at least $20. If your account has less than $20 in cash back at the close of a payment period, your balance amount rolls over into the next scheduled payment period. Your cash back is paid on a monthly basis, but two months after you earn it. So, for example, all cash back earned up to 1/31/11 (that has reached a threshold of $20 or more) will be paid on 3/31/11.
  • Ebates will send you a check when your cash back (not including sign-up bonuses or referral cash) equals at least $5.01. If your account has less than $5.01 in cash back at the close of a payment period your balance amount rolls over into the next scheduled payment period. Ebates pays quarterly (every three months) on the following schedule:
Purchases Posted BetweenBig Fat Check Sent
Jan 1-Mar 31May 15
Apr 1-June 30Aug 15
July 1-Sept 30Nov 15
Oct 1-Dec 31Feb 15

Q.  Is there a sign-up bonus for ShopAtHome and Ebates?  What do you get for referring friends to ShopAtHome and Ebates? 
Yes! Be aware, sign-up bonuses on both sites are subject to change.
  • As of this writing, the sign up bonus on ShopAtHome is $5 if you make a purchase through ShopAtHome (what they call a "qualified purchase") within 30 days of registering on the site.  If you are a member of ShopAtHome, you can refer friends via a unique referral url, and you get a $5 referral bonus if they purchase something through ShopAtHome within 30 days of registering.  You can make referrals through email, Facebook, Twitter, blogging or any form of social media.
  • As of this writing, the sign up bonus on Ebates is a $10 gift card at Barnes & Noble, Target, Home Depot, Magazines.com or $5 cash at Ebates.  You receive this bonus once you make a minimum $25 purchase through Ebates.  If you are a member of Ebates, you can refer friends via a unique referral url, and you get a $5 referral bonus once they make a $25 purchase through Ebates. You can make referrals through email, Facebook, Twitter, blogging or any form of social media.  Ebates is also currently offering a multi-referral bonus of $150 when you successfully refer 10 people, $300 when you successfully refer 20 people, $750 or an Ipad2 when you refer 50 people, and upwards from there.
Q. What if I want to use ShopAtHome, but I find a higher cash back rate on Ebates, or vice versa?  How do I find out what the highest cash back rates are?  
  • There is an excellent, highly useful website called CashBackWatch that gives you the current cash back rates for 46 cash back sites and nearly 15,000 online vendors.  (Keep in mind that many of the 46 cash back sites are obscure little unknown sites, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend using any of them until you've done a little vetting to see if they are for real or fly-by-night,  when they send out checks, etc.)
  • ShopAtHome guarantees their cash back rates with a 110% guarantee.  You can read the details here, but basically, if you find a higher cash back rate at a particular vendor on ShopAtHome, make the purchase through ShopAtHome and let them know that some other cash back program has a higher rate. They will check out the other program and if they agree that another program did beat their rate, they will match and exceed it by 10%. I have personally used the 110% guarantee, and can vouch that ShopAtHome is true to their word.
  • As of this writing, Ebates does not have a rate-matching program. If you hear differently, please let me know so that I can update this post.
Q. Do ShopAtHome and Ebates ever run events where they temporarily raise the cash back rates on specific vendors?
Yes!  And a great way to save money is to wait to make a purchase (especially a major purchase) until ShopAtHome or Ebates runs a "sale" on their cash back rate for the vendor in which you're interested.
  • ShopAtHome runs special, calendar-related "Events," like a Mother's Day Extra Cash Back Event or a Back to School Extra Cash Back Event, where they pump up the rates at particular online stores (and I  post about these Events all the time). In the first week of every month, they have a secret cash back page where you get extra-high rates if you click through the vendor links on that page.  They also have daily "Wild Deals" where they offer a special rate for a particular vendor for one day. 
  • Ebates also runs a Daily Double special each day, where they double the cash back rate at one vendor.  Like ShopAtHome, they also run weekly and seasonal extra cash back promotions for select groups of online stores.  
You can do very well and score a nice chunk of cash back by following these special deals at ShopAtHome or Ebates, or letting me follow them for you.

Q. Can I use any coupon or promo code when I make a purchase through ShopAtHome or Ebates?  Can I buy gift cards through ShopAtHome or Ebates?

You can use any coupon that is listed on the ShopAtHome or Ebates sites, or one that is listed on the vendor site itself.  If you use any other coupons, there is no guarantee that ShopAtHome or Ebates will honor the cash back. Just fyi, in my experience, I have used some very funky, obscure (though legitimate) coupons when purchasing through both sites, and I have never had a purchase turned down for cash back by either site.  This said, Caveat Emptor.

You can get cash back on a gift card only if it specifically says that you may on that particular vendor page.  Otherwise, assume that you can't (though it never hurts to try by clicking through). Also, if you pay for a purchase with a gift card or a store credit, you may not get cash back for that purchase, though, once again, I've done both and gotten cash back, so your experience may vary.  But these are the rules.

Q. Which cash back program do you prefer, ShopAtHome or Ebates?
A tricky question.  I've belonged to Ebates since 2007 and to ShopAtHome since 2009.  Both are very solid reputable companies.  ShopAtHome has a larger vendor list and usually has higher cash back rates than Ebates does. I've had great customer service experiences at both companies.  Since ShopAtHome is larger and has that 110% rate guarantee, I'll usually try them first.  Occasionally Ebates will carry a vendor that ShopAtHome does not (like NewEgg.com).  It's always good to have two programs...the more choices, the better.

Q. So should I join these cash back programs?  
Let me be very clear:   YES.

Here is a screenprint from my personal ShopAtHome account:
And a screenprint from my personal Ebates account:
I'm not posting these to brag (well, maybe just a little) but to show you how you well you can do if you use these sites religiously before you do any online shopping.  I earned over $700 for doing nothing that I hadn't already planned to do. These numbers don't include any special blogging bonuses or affiliate money.

I want you to join these programs because they will save you money.  Period.

You can join ShopAtHome by clicking here.  And you can join Ebates by clicking here.  Thank you for allowing me to refer you.  And please let me know how much money you've earned through these excellent cash back programs.  The only thing I love more than saving money is helping other people save money. Happy shopping saving.

Hurry! $20 worth of merchandise on Overstock.com for $10, (plus free shipping through 12/25/11) through Eversave

Wow, get $20 worth of merchandise on Overstock.com for just $10, plus free shipping. This is a fantastic deal on a popular vendor.  Here's The Fine Print:
  • Save Rewards can be earned but not used with today's Save.
  • Limit 1 Save per person.
  • Use 1 Save per purchase at www.Overstock.com.
  • Save is valid sitewide at www.Overstock.com, however, it cannot be combined with other coupon codes.
  • The free shipping part of the offer expires 12/25/11.
  • Promotional value expires on Dec 31, 2061.
  • Coupon Code available 1 days after purchase at 12:00:PM EST.
Click here to purchase this great Eversave offer.  Hurry, this one will sell out fast!

Free panties at Victoria's Secret 11/30/11

REMINDER:  Today is the day!  Bring this coupon in to a Victoria's Secret store today, 11/30/11, to get your free panties!

Print this coupon and present it in-store at Victoria's Secret to get your free pair of panties.  No purchase necessary. 11/30/11 only.

$2 Pyrex pie plates, loaf pans, etc. and free shipping at World Kitchen

Three years ago, I replaced all of my old, stained, dented aluminum bakeware with beautiful cobalt Pyrex bakeware from World Kitchen, when they had a huge $1-$2 sale on their open stock Pyrex pieces.  Well, their selection isn't quite as amazing as it was back then, but they have tremendous markdowns on a few key Pyrex bakeware pieces, and with a free shipping code, I might just order a few extra loaf pans for Pesach.

Here goes:

Pyrex 9 x 5 loaf pan: $1.99 (was $5.99)

Pyrex 9-1/2" Flavor Savor Pie Plate:  $1.99 (was $5.99)

Pyrex 9-1/2" Advantage Pie Plate w/ Large Handles: $1.99 (was $5.99)

Pyrex 6-oz Rimmed Custard Cup: $1.99

Use promo code FBSHIP or REWARDS at checkout for free shipping.  Click around the site; there are tons of BOGO deals and markdowns that are really excellent buys.  If you want one of these very-low priced items, buy them while you can as they tend to run out of clearance and sale items very quickly.

(Regrettably, I couldn't find any cash back programs that list this vendor.)


Free sample of Hills Bros. Cappuccino

Click on the Hills Bros. Facebook page, like them and then click on the "Give a Friend a FREE Sample" tab. You can then send a friend a free sample of Hills Bros. Cappuccino. If you want to keep the sample for yourself, have your spouse or friend send one to you.

After sending the sample. you will then be invited to print a coupon for $0.55 off one variety.

Kosher keeping DailyCheapskate readers, most flavors of Hills Bros. Cappuccino are OU-Dairy certified (doublecheck sample for hechsher).

Kodak EasyShare M5350 for $85.49 shipped, from Target

I have never seen this model of a Kodak EasyShare M5350 for a price as low as this.  Get the EasyShare M5350 in either black or red at Target for just $85.49 when you pay using your Target RedCard or just $89.99 when you don't. This is based on a temporary price break on Target, so if this is the camera that you want, get it now.
  1. Add the Kodak EasyShare M5350 to your shopping cart.  You can get it either black or red.  It is currently on sale at Target for $99.99.
  2. At checkout, use promo code TGT33E3Z to drop the price by $10 to $89.99.
  3. Shipping is free.
  4. You can either check out with any credit card and pay $89.99, or pay with your Target RedCard and get an additional discount of 5% or $4.50, to reduce the price down to $85.49.
Compare this deal to the price of the identical camera on Kmart.com for $129.95, Amazon for $96.36, or Sears for $116.96, or Best Buy for $122.66.  This is an excellent deal.

Camera features:
  • Megapixels: 16.0 Megapixels
  • Camera Features: Automatic Shut-Off, Self Timer, One Touch Upload, Date and Time Print, Auto Focus, Auto Scene Selector, Face Detection Technology
  • Display Features: LCD Screen
  • Lens Features: Auto Focus, Glass Lens, Face Detection, Auto Zoom Focus
  • Flash Features: Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In Flash, Auto On/Off
  • Image Editing Features: Image Rotation, Sepia, On-Camera Video Editing, Digital Red-Eye Reduction, Date Time Imprinting, On-Camera Image Editing, Image Cropping, Auto Image Rotation
  • Display Size: 2.7 "
  • Zoom: 5.0 X Optical , 0. X Digital
  • Built-In Memory Storage Capacity: 64MB
  • Video Modes: Playback, HD
  • File Formats Supported: JPEG, EXIF
  • ISO Equivalent: 3200
  • Photo Effects: Panorama
  • View Finder Type: LCD
  • Output Type: USB
  • Power Source: Battery-Powered
  • Dimensions: 3.6 " H
  • x 0.7 " W x 2.1 " T
  • Weight: 0.2 Lb.
  • Warranty Description: 1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty

New coffee and coffee-related coupons

Four new coffee-related coupons on Coupons.com.  If you don't see them, try zip code 11230 and click on the "Beverages" tab on the left-hand side.

Four free Xbox Kinect DLC Games

Download four free Xbox Kinect DLC games:

Coupons for this week

$0.75/1 Wisk laundry detergent
$1/1 All laundry detergent
$5/1 Mega Bloks Wagon
$1/1 Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat
$1/2 Tone body washes
$1/1 O.B. tampons
$1/1 11 oz. bag Dunkin Donuts coffee (best coffee on the planet)
$1/2 Dorot products
1.25/2  NestlĂ© Jingles (10-11 oz) including Minis
$1.10/1 Infants' Advil
$1.10/1 Children's Advil

The end is near! The end of the month, that is.

Where did November go?

Just a reminder that the end of the month is nigh upon us; Tomorrow is November 30, which means we can look forward to some new coupons popping up in the changing of the (coupon) guard.  It also means that many of your favorite coupons, you know, the ones you've been meaning to print but haven't gotten round to, are going away.  If you've got any coupons on Coupons.comSmartSourceRed PlumWhole FoodsTargetKellogg'sBetty Crocker, or Cellfire that you've been eyeing, now is a good time to put toner in the printer.

Now is also a good time to move your coupons that expire on 12/31/11 up to the front of your coupon folder, because as quickly as November flew, I have a feeling that December will go even faster!  I have a ton of freebie and BOGO coupons that expire on 12/31 and there is nothing more aggravating than letting a coupon for a free product expire, so make sure you redeem those now.

Happy December!  I can't wait until Chanukah....

Zhu-Zhu Pets Hamster 4-pack for $20 with free shipping, today (11/29/11) only at Target

Get a four-pack of Zhu-Zhu  Hamster Pets, from Target's Deal of the Day for just $19.99 with free shipping.  This normally goes for $39.99 (I've seen individual Zhu-Zhu hamsters at both Walmart and Toys 'R Us for $9.99).  Today (11/29/11) only!

Don't forget to click through the ShopAtHome or Ebates link to Target first to get 3% in cash back.


New parents, join BabyDot

New parents, join BabyDot for freebies and deals on diapers and other baby-related stuff. Join here.

$1.25 off any Reynolds Wrap product

Print this rare high-value coupon for $1.25 off any Reynolds Wrap product (don't forget to use your back button to print it twice).  Reynolds coupons are usually for $0.75 off two products, so this is really a nice coup.

I'm going to stock up on some Reynolds parchment paper...lots of baking coming up for Chanukah.

New sample at Target.com: Free Miralax

Target.com has got a new free sample. Click here to request your free sample of Miralax.

Ellen Tracy slingbacks for $15 + shipping

Let me just start off this post by saying that Ellen Tracy is NOT a cheap designer.  Au contraire.  Her stuff is quite costly.  If you Google around for some of the prices on her shoes, you'll find that they generally go on sale in the $60-$70 range. On sale.

So when I saw these Ellen Tracy wedge slingbacks for $14.99 on SmartBargains.com, I almost jumped through the monitor.  Even with the $9.95 shipping fee, these are still a steal.  (Free shipping starts at $100.) They are beautiful, classic shoes, and SmartBargains still has a number of sizes left (including mine, 8, yay), but I have no doubt that they will sell out by the end of the day.  These are very good shoes.  If you like them, grab them while you can.

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer for $209.99

Amazon has got a stellar deal on a KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer in either silver or gloss-cinammon. Pay $259 with free Prime shipping on Amazon.com, and get $50 back with their mail-in rebate, bringing the net cost on this 6 quart mixer down to $209.99.  That is quite a deal.  Along with the rebate, you'll get a free 2-year subscription to Food & Wine or Travel + Leisure magazine...nice little extra perk.

Are you intimidated by mail-in rebates?  I don't blame you, so am I.  Wonder if they are even worthwhile?  Read here about how I manage my mail-in rebates (you can too).

Buy five photo cards, get an additional ten, at Rite Aid, today only

Rite Aid has got a GREAT deal on photo cards, today, 11/28/11 only.  Buy five 4"x8" photo cards and get an additional ten free.  Remember, these don't necessarily need to be holiday cards...they can be anything you like, for any occasion.  Print the coupon here (hurry....one-day offers tend to go quickly).  This coupon is good both online and in-store.  Photo cards at Rite Aid start at $0.59 each.

To locate a Rite Aid store near you, click here.

Four Clinique items for less than $9 shipped, today 11/28/11 only

For those of you readers who bemoan the idea that you can never find coupons or great deals on higher-end cosmetics, pay attention, because with this deal., you'll be able to score four Clinique items for less than $9.  This is one of those deals where stacking a great offer with free shipping and high cash back makes for an amazing buy.

ShopAtHome.com is offering a whopping 12% in cash back today only at Clinique.com.  So make sure you click through the ShopAtHome.com link to Clinique before you do anything.   If you're not a member of ShopAtHome yet, please join here, and you will receive $5 in a cash bonus when you make any purchase through the site within 30 days of signing up.

If you prefer to shop through Ebates instead, they are also giving 12% in cash back today only at Clinique.com, so click through their link before you start shopping.  If you're not a member of Ebates yet, please join here and you will get a free bonus $10 gift card when you spend $25 through the Ebates site.

Once you're on the Clinique website, click on the "Offers" section, and select three of the treats and add them to your cart. I chose the mascara, lipstick and blush.  Today only, shipping is free, sitewide.

Then you need to actually purchase one item.  You can purchase any item you like or buy what seems to be the least expensive item on the site, the Clinique roll-on antiperspirant for $9.50.  Add it to your cart.

With the special three free items offer, the free shipping, and the 12% cash back, your final cost (sans tax) for the four items will be $8.36.  Excellent deal for four items from an exclusive product line like Clinique.

Hat tip:  Hip2Save

Maytag 24.9 stainless steel French-door refrigerator for just $904 shipped.

I mentioned this deal in a prior post, but today is the last day and it is well-worth repeating.  If you have been thinking about replacing your old-fashioned fridge with a French-door model, grab this deal and don't look back.  Home Depot is offering this Maytag 24.9 cubic feet stainless steel French door refrigerator with an in-door icemaker, originally priced at $1,899, for just $998.  And major appliances always ship free at Home Depot (as opposed to Sears and Lowes).

But do it one better.  Today only, there is a promo code for $5 off your $50 purchase, CYBERHD, which lowers your price to $993.

And it gets even better.  If you click through the ShopAtHome.com link to Home Depot first, you will get 9% in cash back on your purchase.  So 9% of $993 is $89.37, which lowers the price on this refrigerator to $903.63, shipped (sans tax).  If you're not a member of ShopAtHome yet, please join here, and you will receive $5 in a cash bonus when you make any purchase through the site within 30 days of signing up.

If for some reason, you'd prefer to shop through Ebates, you will get 6% in cash back on your purchase, or $59.58, lowering your price to $933.42.  If you're not a member of Ebates yet, please join here and you will get a free bonus $10 gift card when you spend $25 through the Ebates site.

Compare this deal to what you would pay for a comparable but slightly lesser model (no in-door icemaker) on Sears.com for $1,519.

We replaced our ancient petri-dish of a fridge with this Maytag French door model and we love it; it is the centerpiece of our kitchen.  We have more room, food stays good much longer and it is a breeze to clean. Even though it is much larger than our old fridge, it is way more efficient and uses about the same amount of electricity.  These French-door fridges are wonderful.

$40 on NewEgg for $20, on Google Offers

At 9:00 a.m. PST (that's 12 noon EST), Google Offers will go live with a great deal:  $40 worth of merchandise on NewEgg for $20. Click here for offer details and for the link to the Google Offer when it goes live.  The deal must be redeemed on the NewEgg site no later than 2/26/12.


Coats for Colorado

Frugality is not just about saving money; it's about keeping your life organized and manageable so that it works for you, and part of that is getting rid of stuff you don't need.  Fellow Coloradoans, while you're cleaning out your closets this season and updating your outerwear, please remember those who can't afford to keep warm, and donate your used but still usable coats to Coats for Colorado.  You can drop off your coats at any Dependable Cleaners location before 11/30/11.  And if you live outside of Colorado, I hope you will find your community's local coats-for-the-needy program and donate as well.

30% off your entire purchase at PartyCity.com,11/28/11 only

Tomorrow, 11/28/11 only, you can score 30% off your entire purchase at PartyCity.com with promo code PCKM32.  Start stocking up for Chanukah now!

Two new Staples coupons, 10% off and $50 off any clearance computer, expire 11/28/11

Staples has come out with two new in-store coupons:

  • Get 10% off any one item, excluding: desktop or laptop computers, tablets, netbooks, LCD TV/Displays, Beats Audio, Amazon Kindle, NOOK, custom printing orders placed online, Epson ink and toner, gift cards, mobile phones and mobile phone services, Staples EasyTech(sm) professional-grade and on-site services, depot repair and parts, phone cards or postage stamps.
  • $50 off a clearance desktop or laptop computer.

Both coupons are good only through tomorrow, 11/28/11.  Read the coupons carefully for other exclusions.

Macy's Wow Pass: 20% off, 11/30/11-12/5/11

Use Macy's in-store Wow Pass and get 20% off select sale and clearance apparel for men, women and kids and plus fine and fashion jewelry. Click here to print your Macy's Wow pass.  Good 11/30/11-12/5/11.

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Use this Macy's in-store Wow Pass and get $15 off your $50 purchase, $25 off your $100 purchase, or $50 off your $200 purchase, on all sale and clearance apparel and select home items, plus fine and fashion jewelry and watches. Excludes specials and super-buys. Click here to print your Macy's Wow pass. Good 11/27/11-12/7/11.

Get a $5 Award Card with every $50 purchase from KMart, in-store or online, from 11/27/11-12/5/11

When you make a $50 or more purchase at Kmart or Kmart.com from 11/27/11-12/3/11, you will earn a $5 Award Card.  The Award Card is redeemable from 12/5/11-12/9/11.  Details are here.

(If you decide to shop online at Kmart.com, don't forget to click through either ShopAtHome.com and get 9% cash back, or Ebates and get 5% cash back.)


Ipads and TVs and fridges, oh my. Ipads and TVs and fridges, oh my....

Am I wrong, or were people more excited about Black Friday than about Thanksgiving this year?  My husband and I passed a Best Buy as we drove to friends for Thanksgiving dinner, and sure enough, there were people out there in front of the store in tents.  Apparently, Best Buy was selling a 42" LCD tv for $200 this year, which is an INCREDIBLE bargain, but seriously, camping out all day and completely missing Thanksgiving so that you can save $300 on a tv?  Something about that strikes me as sad.

So I am NOT going to be headed out to the stores tomorrow, mostly because I can't deal with all the lines, the mobs and the confusion.  If Black Friday were a bit more civilized, I might be tempted. I've looked through some of the B.F. circulars and aside from a few stellar doorbusters like the Best Buy 42" tv (and remember, the doorbusters sell out very quickly), there doesn't seem to be anything tempting me all that much.  Maybe I'm becoming a Deal Snob, but it seems to me that many of the Black Friday bargains can be gotten online with a sale-coupon-cashback-freeshipping stacking on a regular day.

Here are some good deals that I found in my Black Friday browsing that can either be done from the comfort of your desk chair, or are just a little off the beaten B.F. track, or both.  I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends and please have a wonderful Shabbat and weekend.
  • ShopAtHome.com is having a "Wild Deal" on Magazines.com:  50% cash back, holy guacamole.  AND, get $5 off your purchase with promo code HOLIDAYMAGS.  I'm getting Joshua an annual subscription to National Review. It's $29.50, less $5 with the promo code = $24.50. I'll get $12.25 in cash back, so my total will be $12.25.  That's a pretty awesome price for a year's worth of National Review.  

Make absolutely sure that before you make a single purchase online, you click through either of my two favorite cash back programs, ShopAtHome.com and Ebates.  They are both having MAJOR Extra-Cash-Back events at the most popular online vendors, and you will always lower your price by clicking through their sites first.  You must be logged into your accounts to receive your cash back from either program. Not a member of ShopAtHome.com or Ebates yet?  Stop procrastinating!  Join ShopAtHome here and join Ebates here.  


That's it for now. If I spot any more interesting deals tomorrow, I'll let you know.  Happy shopping.