Tuesday Tip – FREE Ebay Auction Style Listing Fees From January 25 – February 8

From January 25 – February 8, list Ebay auction-style items (up to 100 of them) for FREE!  Pay only if your item sells. If you have been thinking about giving Ebay a try, this is a fantastic time because you really have nothing to lose. 

If this new year has found you cleaning out your house and getting more organized, pick a few of your discarded items and give it a try. It can be an excellent way to make money from home and you truly never know what will sell on Ebay.

You May Be Interested In My Previous Ebay Posts:

Making Money From Home – How to Sell on Ebay

Making Money Monday – How to Sell on Ebay (continued)…

Making Money Monday – How I Made Money on Ebay Overnight (Literally)

Money-Saving Monday – My CVS Weekly Trip, New CVS Beauty Club (Free to Join) & CVS Reader Question

I went to CVS today to do my usual weekly diaper shopping trip.  Finally, after no great diaper deals the past few weeks, this week Huggies diapers are on sale for $8.99. Better yet, in yesterday’s Sunday newspaper coupon insert there was a Huggies diapers coupon for $2.00 off.  And, even better, when you purchase Huggies diapers this week, you will receive a $1.00 CVS Extra Care Buck (ECB) to use on your next purchase. Here are my transactions for this week:

Transaction #1

Crest ProHealth Mouthwash – $3.99
Paid  – $3.99
RECEIVED $3.99 Extra Care Bucks from the Crest ProHealth mouthwash that will be used for transaction #2 (shown below).

Transaction #2

Huggies Diapers – $8.99
Coupon – $2.00 off Huggies manufacturer’s coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Coupon – $3.99 Extra Care Bucks from transaction #1
Paid – $3.00
RECEIVED $1.00 Extra Care Bucks from Huggies diapers that will be used for transaction #3 shown below.

Transaction #3

PET Gallon of Milk – $3.59
Coupon – $1.00 off PET milk manufacturer’s coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Coupon – $1.00 Extra Care Bucks from transaction #2
Paid – $1.59

NEW! CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club

CVS recently unveiled a new way to save even more – The CVS Beauty Club!  Click here to sign up and link your existing CVS card to this free program. Benefits include:

-10% off shopping pass towards beauty products
-$5 Extra Care Bucks for every $50 spent on beauty products (even includes sun screen)
-$3 Extra Care Bucks on your birthday

From the Homemaking Mom Mailbox

I love, love, love to read comments on this website, receive email questions (info@homemakingmom.com) and get feedback on my Homemaking Mom Facebook page.  Please keep it coming! I received the question below in an email from a reader and I am sharing it because I thought many of you may also have the same question…

“I was just wondering how the multiple transactions go at say…CVS? Do they become irritated because you are doing three seperate sales or do they even seem to care? Maybe you go when they are not super busy as to not hold up the next in line? Let me know because I would love to save money, but dont want to become a bother to those waiting on me. Thank you for your time.”

Here is My Response:

“To answer your question, I have never had any cashier at CVS act annoyed at all about multiple transactions. The first few times I did multiple transactions I wondered, too, if it was bothersome and if the store minded.  But, anytime I have ever mentioned the multiple transactions to cashiers during the course of conversation, they have responded by saying they are totally fine with it and are used to it because customers do it all the time.  Many have told me they do the multiple transactions themselves since you can save so much money that way. 

I do try to time my shopping trips when the store isn’t so busy or wait to check out when there is no one in line. That way, I am not making anyone wait.  And, I have my CVS card and coupons organized and ready to go when I approach the cashier.

I would definitely encourage you to give it a try.  I held off for a long time doing the drug store deals, but once I got started with the CVS Extra Care Bucks, I became totally hooked and have saved A LOT of money! I hope this helps.”

HOT! One-Year Subscription to Fitness Magazine Only $3.73 or Shape Magazine Only $3.76!

Today Only – Special Deal of the Day! Click here to receive a one-year subscription to Fitness Magazine for only $3.73.  Enter coupon code PXCJ130 at checkout!

Weekly Special! Click here to receive a one-year subscription to Shape Magazine for only $3.76.  Enter coupon code WKLYSPEC at checkout! Valid this week only.

FREE Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta at Food Lion Through Tuesday

Today’s Sunday newspaper coupon insert has a coupon for $1.00 off any box of Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta.  Redeem this at Food Lion and receive it for FREE, as it is on sale through Tuesday for $1.00!

Savvy Saturday Quick Tip – The Tissue Paper Experiment

I have three little boys and they attend a lot of birthday parties.  I have an impressive “stash” of gift bags, gift wrap, cards, ribbons, etc.  However, I discovered this morning when I went to wrap (more like bag up) birthday gifts for the two parties my five-year-old is attending this weekend, that I was totally OUT of tissue paper. 

O.k., when I say “out,” I actually mean that I didn’t have any brand new tissue paper right out of the pack.  What did I have?  Lots of crumpled up tissue paper in gift boxes and bags from Christmas.  I tried to work with it…I flattened it…I smoothed it out…but, no…it wasn’t going to work.  As much as I tried to work with it, it still looked pretty rough (see picture below). 

I once read that you can use a warm iron to smooth out tissue paper to make it look good as new.  And, you know what, I put this tip to the test this morning and IT WORKS! As you can see in the following picture, the iron flattened it out and made it look crisp once again.   

I must say I am feeling pretty “green” right now 🙂  The tissue paper that could’ve hit the landfill is now getting to be used one more time.  I love when I find a resourceful way to use what I already have on hand here at home. Now, I am not saying that I am going to start ironing all of my tissue paper out as opposed to buying more, but it sure is nice to know this helpful tip that I can use in the future when in a pinch.  I hope it helps you out, as well…

You may also be interested in my previous birthday-related posts:

Simple Solutions – Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

Save Money on Greeting Cards

Hosting a Great Kid’s Birthday Party…Without Breaking the Bank!

Birthday Treats and Tips


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Bare Minerals Makeup Six-Piece Complexion Perfection Kit Only $20 ($76 Value)!

6pc BareMinerals Kit Only $20

If you use Bare Minerals makeup or have watched the MANY infomercials about it and have thought about giving it a try, here is an awesome deal that you may be interested in. Ulta Beauty is offering the six-piece Complexion Perfection Set for only $20.00 ($74.00 value)! This is the “introductory” set that will give you a 30-day supply of this product. 

Here is how to make this deal even better – Shipping for this item is $5.95. HOWEVER, you can enter the coupon code 53131 at checkout to receive FREE SHIPPING on any order totaling $25 or more. Since the Bare Minerals Complexion Perfection Set is $20.00, you can add a small item (plenty of inexpensive items to choose from on this site) to make the total $25 with FREE SHIPPING!

HOT! Free Full-Size Herbal Essence Shampoo or Conditioner

Click here to receive a coupon by mail for a FREE full-size Herbal Essence shampoo or conditioner.  These will go fast so sign up now 🙂

Sign Up for Vocalpoint to Receive High Value Coupons – Look at What I Received Yesterday for Lowe’s Home Improvement

Look at what arrived in my mailbox yesterday!  Vocalpoint sent a large envelope full of Lowe’s Home Improvement coupons!  The one I am most excited about is the coupon card for $10 off a $50 purchase.  It is valid through April 30th and will come in handy when I am purchasing hanging baskets, flowers and other items I typically purchase each spring from Lowe’s. 

Also enclosed in the envelope were an additional $35 worth of coupons for other items at Lowe’s TIMES FIVE! That’s right, each time they send out promotional coupons, they always send extra for you to share with friends. 

I hope you already signed up for Vocalpoint and received these same coupons yesterday.  However, for those of you who haven’t signed up, click here to register on their site (for FREE) and enjoy future promotions! In the last few months, I also received high value coupons for Kashi Cereal, Ronzoni Pasta, Bounce Fabric Softener Bar and others!

$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Harris Teeter and Food Lion Deals & Coupon Match-ups 1/19 – 1/25

What is the $60 Weekly Grocery Challenge?

Each week my goal is to spend no more than $60 for food, drinks, groceries, toiletries, diapers and medicine for my family of five! Then, I report on this blog the items that I bought, the best sales and coupon match-ups that I found and hopefully by doing so, help you stretch your family’s grocery budget, as well!

How Did I Do This Week?

Harris Teeter – Spent $32.31, Saved $46.30
Food Lion – Spent $29.17, Saved $30.70
CVS – $20.21  – Posted this shopping trip here. I am now stocked up on canned drinks for a while!

Final Total – $81.69 minus $25.00 Food Lion gift card I received over Christmas = $56.69 for the week!!!

Harris Teeter Deals and Coupon Match-ups 1/19 – 1/25

Coke 2-Liter – $1.50
Coupon – FREE – Reward from MyCokeRewards
Total – FREE

Pillsbury Simply Biscuits – $1.00
Coupon – $.50 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – FREE

Smart Balance Popcorn – $1.59
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.09

Harris Teeter Brand Canned Vegetables & Beans – $.50

Chef Boyardee Ravioli Microwaveable Containers – $.80
Coupon – $.35 off when you buy three X 2 (doubled) = $.70 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.57 each

Emerald Nut Trail Mix – $1.67
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.67

Pillsbury Grand Biscuits – $1.00
Coupon – $.30 off when you buy two X 2 = $.60 –click here to print from coupons.com!
Total – $.70 each when you buy two

Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (4 pack) – $1.89
Coupon – $.50 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – click here to print from coupons.com!
Total – $.89

Earthbound Farms Organic Salad – $1.99 (Regular price is $3.99)
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.99

Harris Teeter Old Fashioned Bread – $1.17

Yoplait Trix Yogurt (6 pack)- $2.00 each
Coupon – $.75 off when you buy two X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert or click here to print from coupons.com!
Total – $1.25 each when you buy two

Cantalopes – $1.49 each

Cheese Nips – $1.50 (I thought this was a great price, but later noticed they are on sale for only $1.00 this week at Food Lion).

Snyder’s Multigrain Pretzel Sticks – $2.00 (The other varieties of Snyder’s pretzels are $2.50 each)
Coupon – $1.00 off two bags of Snyder’s pretzels – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.50 each

Kraft Shredded Cheese – BOGO Free – $1.74
Coupon – $.50 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 – Click here to print!
Total – $.74

Hillshire Farm Lunch Meat – $3.34
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert! Click here to print a different Hillshire Farms coupon!
Total – $2.24

Perdue Chicken Nuggets – $2.99 (Reg. price $4.99)
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon  from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.99

Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal – $2.00
Special “Buy Theirs, Try Ours” Promotion – When you buy a Post Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, you will receive a FREE box of Harris Teeter brand Oats N More Cereal (free item automatically deducts when you buy both)
Total – $2.00 for two boxes of cereal

Nilla Wafers – $2.09
Jello Pudding Mix – $.99
Coupon – $1.00 off Nilla Wafers and Jello – Coupon from a recipe booklet!
Total – $2.08 for both items

Food Lion Deals and Coupon Match-ups 1/19 – 1/25

Coke Canned Drinks (12 pack) – $3.00
Coupon – FREE 12 pack – Reward from MyCokeRewards
Total – FREE

Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta – $1.00
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from store dispenser on previous trip. Click here to print a coupon for $1.00 off two boxes! (This would make it $.50 per box)
Total – FREE

Dr. Pepper 2-liter – $1.00
Coupon – $.35 off and $.55 off – These coupons printed at the register during a previous trip.
Total – $.45 and $.65

Glad Forceflex Trash Bags (20 ct) – $3.99
Coupon – $3.00 off – I posted this coupon here! I hope you all had a chance to print it out.
Total – $.99

Food Lion Brand Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – Great sale!
I got two packs.  The prices were $2.27 and $2.34.

Strawberries – $2.50

Smart Option Gallon of Milk – $3.28 (This is about $.40 less per gallon than Harris Teeter offers).

Did you find any great grocery bargains this week? 

If you have a blog, link up below.  If not, feel free to comment on this post with your grocery savings!

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