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Announcing the Winners of the December Blog Drawing

You can win one of these prizes in the December drawing on this blog!

I am sorry it has taken me awhile to announce the winners of the monthly blog drawing on my blog for December, but I have not heard from the winner of one of the prizes yet. So, I will just say if you are a subscriber to this blog, and your email address begins with the word “ebay”, and is a gmail address, please contact me asap so I can send your prize through snail mail.

 

The other two winners are:

Starbuck’s gift card: Debra Oehlberg

Avon products: Sarah Hauta

 

Thanks everyone for sharing the post and I wish you all luck in the January blog drawing which will be the last week of January!

In the meantime, stay tuned for more money saving posts, and soon to come, some information about working from home.

Have a good week!

Announcing the December Drawing on the Karen Hellier Blog

You can win one of these prizes in the December drawing on this blog!

You can win one of these prizes in the December drawing on this blog!

I am hoping that all of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day on the 25th, filled with love and laughter and the joy of being with those you care about most in this world. The Christmas season is my very favorite time of year. And I try to keep Christmas and the spirit of giving in my heart all year long. To that end, let’s talk about the December drawing!

3 Prizes in This Month’s Blog Drawing

The photo above shows the three prizes in this month’s blog drawing. The first prize is a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Second prize is a $25.00 Starbuck’s gift card. And third prize is an Avon hand cream and candy cane lip balm! The contest will run from December 27th through December 31st at midnight. I will announce the winners during the first week of January.

How to Enter the Blog Drawing

To enter,  if you aren’t already a subscriber to my blog, you can enter your email in the top right-hand space and you will be entered into the drawing, and doing that will also allow you to be notified each time I post a new article about saving money or working from home. The space for your email won’t show up in your phone, only on your computer. You will earn one entry for subscribing. If you want to earn more entries…

If you would like more entries, please also click on any of the sharing buttons below the blog post to share the drawing with your friends. THEN, and this is important, you must also leave a comment below in the comment section telling me which social media site(s) you shared this post on (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) You will earn one entry for each site you share this blog post on.

If You Are Already a Subscriber

If you’re already a subscriber, scroll down to the bottom of this blog post and click on any or all of the sharing buttons to share this post with your friends. THEN, you must also leave me a comment in the comment section below and let me know which social media site(s) you shared this post on (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). You will get one entry for each site you share this blog post on. But remember, it’s not enough to just share this post. You must also leave a comment below to get entries into the drawing.

 

Enjoy the rest of your holiday week, and if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, check out the previous blog post about my December 26th Christmas clearance shopping trip. It was a wonderful day filled with bargains and savings galore! Make sure to leave a comment if you found any successful after Christmas bargains yourself!

And have a Happy New Year!

Save Money on Christmas Gifts: Start Shopping on December 26th

Shopping Christmas Clearance Sales on December 26th Can Lead to Great Savings!

Learning By Example

My mom was a professional shopper. Okay, well not really, but she seemed to be a professional shopper to me when I was growing up! Every Christmas morning, the tree was surrounded by piles of presents. mostly for my brother and I. And I was always amazed at the number of wonderful gifts my mom had managed to give us for Christmas, and yet money was tight.

As I grew older, she shared her secret with me: she shopped the sales all year long and put the gifts away for the next December 25th. And she started on December 26th each year.

I learned from the best and I do the same thing. So on the morning of December 26th each year, I get up early, put my Christmas red and green clothes on, and head out to the stores to go Christmas shopping!  Not only do I find fantastic sales of 50 to 60 % off Christmas gifts for the following year, but I also find great deals on:

  • Christmas wrapping paper
  • Christmas cards
  • Ribbon
  • Bows
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Christmas gift tags
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas books (for children and adults)
  • Paper goods such as napkins, paper plates and cups

Stockpile Year Round Supplies

I will let you in on a little secret: I stockpile many of the above items in various red, green and gold colors and use them year round. While Christmas scenes are plentiful on wrapping paper and paper goods, I gravitate toward solid colors that I can use at different times of the year other than Christmas. Birthday presents can be wrapped in red, green or gold paper all year round and with a white bow added, they don’t look anything like a Christmas package. Solid red or green paper plates and napkins can be used year round when company comes, and no one has to know you bought them for half off on the day after Christmas. You can buy these in bulk and put some away for next Christmas, and keep the rest for year-round use.

Save Money on Wedding and Baby Gifts

There are also wonderful Santa Claus figurines, elves, candles and a variety of other Christmas objects that make great gifts for next year. And if you know of anyone getting married in 2018, a box filled with beautiful ornaments and Christmas decorations makes a wonderful wedding shower gift. I received such a box at my own wedding shower and it has always been one of my favorite presents. Most newly wedded couples don’t have a lot of Christmas decorations to decorate their new home so a box of decorations and some special Christmas tree ornaments make a very thoughtful gift.

That is also true of anyone you know who may be pregnant and expecting a baby next year. You can fund a plethora of Christmas ornaments that says”Baby’sFirst Christmas” on sale after Christmas and if you purchase one, you have one gift already bought for next year.

Heading Out Early to Save Money

Well, I am on my way to the stores bright and early. I will share all of the goodies I saved money on when I return.   If you can’t make it to the stores on December 26th, there are usually plenty of sales still going on over the next week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, so just keep your eye out for markdown sales over this whole week. Not only can you save money on sales at department stores but don’t forget grocery stores and pharmacies also have great markdown sales after Christmas.

Do you save money by shopping ahead each year on December 26th? Please share the deals you got in the past, or that you get this year in the comment section below.

Happy saving and Happy Holidays!

Part 2

Today is December 26th and I must say I had an absolutely wonderful time shopping at the Christmas clearance sales. Everything was 50 to 66% off. I spent 7 hours and went to the following stores:

  • Dollar General
  • Walmart
  • Kroger
  • Five Below
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Kirkland’s 
  • Marshall’s

And I got some amazing deals, not only for next Christmas but for household and other holiday use as well. Here’s a list of what I got:

For Christmas:

  • 1 train set for my husband                                                          
  • 1 set of sprinkles for Christmas cookies
  • 1 flameless Christmas candle
  • 3 Christmas Mugs
  • 1 set of Scented angels for the tree
  • 2 Christmas oven mitts
  • 3 Christmas ornaments for friends
  • 2 rolls of Christmas wrapping paper
  • 1 gold Christmas bow for a wreath I have
  • 2 pre-lit 18 inch Christmas trees
  • 4 packs of mini Christmas ornaments
  • 4 packages of Christmas cello wrap
  • 1 package of pre-wrapped Christmas gifts
  • 2 packages of small gold ornaments
  • 2 packages of Christmas cookie cutter lights
  • 6 packages of Christmas napkins
  • 3 packages of Christmas paper plates
  • 9 Christmas plastic hostess plates
Items that were on Christmas clearance but can be used year round!

Items that were on Christmas clearance but can be used year round!

Year Round Items

  • 6 Bottles of Gingerbread Softsoap ( I don’t care what the scent is, I will use it year round)
  • 1 deer spoon rest
  • 2 Men’s gift sets I will use as birthday gifts
  • 1 extension cord
  • 5 rolls of wrapping paper in red, blue and silver
  • 1 ten pack package of boxes
  • 2 packs of bows
  • 1 small skillet with cookie mix
  • 1 mug with tea set
  • 1 mixing bowl with deer
  • 6 packages of tissue paper ( I will use this to ship my eBay packages)

Even people who don’t celebrate Christmas can take advantage of the after-Christmas clearance sales as you can see from the list above.

Today was so much fun. I wish I could do this once a week because I love saving money so much! But December 26th only comes once a year. I will be checking out the clearance sales in other stores as I go out and about this week. Did you get any good after Christmas deals this year?

 

 

 

 

10 Inexpensive Birthday/Christmas Gifts Your Mother Will Love

Gifts for Mom don't have to be expensive

It’s almost Christmas, and maybe you have all of your Christmas shopping left to do. Or maybe you have most of your gifts done, but still haven’t found one for that very special woman on your list: your mother?!

Well, today is your lucky day because I have created this list of great gifts any mother would love. And the best part is that these gifts are gifts from the heart and won’t cost you much money. This is a money saving blog after all!

Because some of these gifts are a gift of service, you won’t actually be buying anything to wrap. But if you want some ideas to add to these gifts that your mom can unwrap, I have a list at the bottom of this post.

Here’s your list of gifts your mother will love, not in any particular order:

1)Give Your Mother a Day Off:                                                                                                                                             If your mother has a job, you can’t actually go into her workplace and do her work for her. BUT, you can take over her home responsibilities for a day on her day off. Does she have younger children at home or grandchildren that she takes care of? That day you will be the one taking care of the little ones. Does she have errands she only has time to do on Saturdays like grocery shopping, going to the post office or volunteering to clean the church? On her day off, you get to do her errands for her. And that will give her a day to do something fun like maybe go to lunch with a friend.

2) Give Your Mother a Maid for a Day:                                                                                                                          This one comes at no cost to you because YOU are the maid. Tell your mother you are going to clean her house for the day. She will need to make a list of all the chores she would normally do on her cleaning day. And then you show up with cleaning supplies in hand and clean her house. This works best if she isn’t home, otherwise she may feel bad and want to start cleaning with you, but that ruins the gift.

3)Make your Mother Her Favorite Meal:                                                                                                                           Is your mom the person who does most of the cooking in her house? Whether you live at home or not, you can make her favorite meal either at your house or hers. If there are a lot of family members, you need to feed the whole crew, so your mom doesn’t have to cook that day. If she and your dad are empty nesters, you can make the meal for the two of them. And if she lives alone, you can suggest she invite a friend over to eat dinner with her, and you cook, serve and clean up. Make sure you create enough food so there will be leftovers for her to eat another day. That’s a bonus gift for your mother that will bring back sweet memories of something you did for her.

 

Even if you're not that great a cook, something simple like spaghetti and meatballs, a salad and bread will make a great meal for mom!

Even if you’re not that great a cook, something simple like spaghetti and meatballs, a salad and bread will make a great meal for mom!

 4) Create Something for Your Mom:                                                                                                                                 Are you a crafter? Do you make jewelry or sew, knit or quilt? Your mom would probably love to have something you made with your own two hands. In high school, my daughter knitted me a scarf to match the ski jacket I had. Six years later it is still one of my favorite gifts. Each time I wear it, it makes me feel loved because she made it for me.

5) Take Your Mother on a Day Trip:                                                                                                                                       Is there a place within two hours of where your mother lives that she has wanted to go to? Shopping at an outlet mall? A special exhibit at the local museum? A walk on the beach to look for special shells or sea glass? If so, you can make her dreams come true by whisking her away for a day trip. If the venue has an admission price, check out Groupon for discounts before you go.

6) Treat Your Mother to a Makeover:                                                                                                                                Does your mother live near a department store with a makeup counter? Take her there and ask for a makeover, but be prepared to purchase at least one of the products used because the salespeople at cosmetic counters work on commission and that would only be fair to purchase at least one item from them in exchange for the time they took with your mother. If you know someone who sells Mary Kay products, they may be willing to come over and give her a makeover. Again though you should plan to purchase at least one of the products used. Or maybe you are great at applying makeup and could give your mom a makeover yourself.

7) Give Your Mother a Massage:                                                                                                                                    Unless you are a trained massage therapist, it’s probably not a good idea to actually give your mother a massage yourself. But if she enjoys a massage check Groupon for discounted massage coupons. Or check for salons that offer back and shoulder massages for $1.00 per minute. Malls also have these services which are sometimes called, ‘Chair Massages” and the customer sits face down in a slanted chair and gets their backs, shoulders and sometimes their hands and arms included in the massage. This type of massage is often the choice of people who don’t like full body massages anyway. And you can get a nice massage for your mother for $10 to $15. If she is getting a massage at a mall, take her for a nice cup of tea when she’s done, and that experience will make a nice gift.

8) Create a Scrapbook for Your Mother:                                                                                                                       Most moms are sentimental and love remembering things that they shared with their children. Do you have access to pictures of when you/your siblings were growing up? Or pictures of she and your father? Or pictures of a special event that happened? Creating a scrapbook is fairly easy, and places like Michael’s, AC Moore and Joann’s have coupons in the weekly Sunday papers that you can use to purchase scrapbook supplies. And a book of memories is a perfect gift for mothers. Hobby Lobby has a weekly coupon you can download on your phone for 40% off any one item that’s not on sale. If you don’t have the time or money to create a whole scrapbook, do one page that is 8 inches by 10 inches, add some pictures and a few sentimental thoughts and put it in a wooden frame. She will love it, and appreciate the time you put into creating it.

A sentimental scrapbook is a perfect gift for mom!

A sentimental scrapbook is a perfect gift for mom!

 

9) Take Your Mother to a Concert:                                                                                                                                   Often there are free concerts for the public offered within a community. Check local publications for free concerts. Do you live near a college? College music departments often offer free concerts. Are there any churches near where your mother lives that offer free concerts? If you have the money to spend at a local venue, check out Groupon for discounted ticket prices.

10) Give your Mother a Coupon Book Filled with Things you Know She Would Love:                                                This could include one free walk for the dog, one free computer lesson, one night of doing the dishes, etc. If you are feeling really ambitious, you can make up a coupon book for a combination of the above other nine ideas! This gift for mom is also fun because it includes a series of events, not just a one-time thing.

In my family, it was always fun to have something to unwrap at Christmas, even if it was a gift card. We used boxes, so the recipient actually had a gift box to unwrap. If you want to do that for your mother’s gift, you can create a certificate on the computer stating what her gift is, and fold it to fit in a small gift bag or box. Dollar Tree has a package of 3 boxes for $1.00, so a folded piece of paper would fit nicely in one.

 

Dollar Tree stores sell packages of 3 small boxes for $1.00!

Dollar Tree stores sell packages of 3 small boxes for $1.00!

Or, you could also add something inexpensive to go with the certificate which would be larger to wrap like:

  • A key ring with a musical note on it would pair nicely with a gift of a concert.
  • A can of lemon-scented Pledge would be a cute gag gift to go with a day of housecleaning for her.
  • A small jar of shells with a ribbon around it to go with a certificate for a day at the beach together.
  • A small candle with a box of her favorite tea will pair nicely in a box with the gift of a massage.

Okay, I think you get the idea. Gifts like these that come from the heart not only are more creative than just a gift certificate or a pair of slippers, but they will provide a memorable experience that will stay with your mother for a long time and provide her with a gift she will love!

 

 

Announcing the Winners of the November, 2017 Drawing

Prizes for the November,2017 blog drawing.

Hello Everyone!

I am sure many of you are getting ready for Christmas…tis the season. I just wanted to make the announcement of the winners for the November drawing.

The November winners are:

1st Prize Restaurant Gift Card: Karen Rhyne

2nd Prize CVS Gift Card: Kara Woods

3rd Prize Avon Surprise Box: Sue Schleif

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the rest of you who participated. The next drawing will be coming soon.

I just want to mention that two out of the three winners had multiple entries because they shared on more than one social media site. So don’t forget, the more you share, the more chances you have to win a prize!

People have been asking me why I give things away each month. Well, why not? I love getting free stuff and I am pretty sure all of you do as well. So it’s just an extra gift for all of my subscribers: the chance to win something free every month. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, subscribe to the blog today so you won’t miss the next drawing.

Have a wonderful day and good luck to all of you in the December drawing!

The November Blog Drawing is Here

Prizes for the November,2017 blog drawing.

Prizes for the November, 2017 blog drawing.

Sorry this is so late in the month but it’s time again for the drawing on my blog. I LOVE Christmas (I have even been known to have been called “Karen Christmas”) and to kick off the Christmas season, I am still having two prizes, but am also adding a third so there will be three drawing winners this month.

November Drawing Details

The entry period for this drawing is November 24th through November 30th. The winner will be announced on this blog on December 1st.

Prizes:

1st – a $25.00 gift card to be used at any of the following restaurants: Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse Cheddars, Yard House, Bahama Breeze.

2nd – a $25.00 gift card to CVS

3rd – a  5″ by 8 ” surprise box filled with Avon items (of my choice)

How to Enter the November Drawing

If you aren’t a subscriber to my blog already, enter your email in the top right-hand space and you will be entered into the drawing, and doing that will also allow you to be notified each time I post a new article about saving money or working from home. You will earn one entry for subscribing. If you want to earn more entries…

To get more entries, you can also click on any of the sharing buttons below to share the drawing with your friends. THEN you must also leave a comment below in the comment section telling me which social media sites you shared this post on (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

If you already are a subscriber, scroll down to the bottom of this blog post and click on any or all of the sharing buttons to share this post with your friends. THEN, you must also leave me a comment in the comment section below and let me know which social media site you shared this post on (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). So, it’s not enough to just share this. You must also leave a comment below to get entries into the drawing.

This drawing is different from previous drawings because the more you share using the social media buttons below, the more chances you have in the drawing. This would be a great way to save money on a Christmas gift if you win a gift card, or the box of Avon goodies, and give it as a present. Good luck to everyone who enters the drawing this month.

Take a second look at the previous post for updated pics…

After entering, take a look at the post below this one and you can see all of the fun I had at the Black Friday sales on Friday at CVS and Rite Aid. I added some extra pictures of all of the free stuff I got. If you missed these sales, remember these stores for Black Friday next year.

And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram as “Kouponkaren thrifts and saves” to see the deals I find as they are happening!

Black Friday Sales at Rite Aid and CVS Offer Free Items!!!

Black Friday Sales Fliers at CVS and Rite Aid Offer Free Stuff

As promised, here is the list of free items you can get at the Black Friday sales at CVS and Rite Aid. Walgreens used to always participate in this, but are not doing it the same way this year. While you can get half off deals on some items at Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS were the only ones offering free items.

If you aren’t familiar with these Black Friday sales, let me explain how they work. First, you need to either already have a store card for Rite Aid and CVS, or get one before you go shopping for Black Friday.

The CVS Extra Bucks Rewards Program

CVS has a program called Extra Bucks Rewards Program. When you buy certain items, that are advertised in their flyer with an Extra Bucks explanation near it, you will get some or all of the money you spend back in the form of a paper coupon. This coupon comes out of the register at the end of your order. The Extra Bucks coupons do have an expiration date of one month, and they have to be used by that time.

The Rite Aid Plenti Points Program

Rite Aid has a similar program but it is called the Plenti Points Program. You buy certain items that are advertised in the flyer as an item that will earn you Plenti Points, and the points go onto your store card. Each 100 points equals $1.00. You have a certain amount of time to use them as well, but I don’t know the exact length of time you have to use your points at Rite Aid.

These deals are amazing and if you play your cards right and get there before the stores run out of the items, you can do very well for Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers and get a lot bought in one day. They do not give rainchecks on these items. You do have to shell out the money in advance when you purchase the items, but once you do it, and use your Extra Bucks or Plenti Points in a future visit, it means you go all the stuff you purchased for free!

There are lots of sales going on at both CVS and Rite Aid that will save you money, and some of the sales go through the weekend but for this post, I am only going to focus on the free items you can get from these two stores. Take a look at the flyers if you can before you go and make your list so you don’t miss any deals that will save you money.

Both stores are open tomorrow, on Thanksgiving Day. These sales both run through Saturday. Personally, I think employees should be home with their families on Thanksgiving so I don’t shop until Black Friday, but that choice is yours.

Here we go:

CVS Black Friday Deals: (The sale is from Thursday through Saturday)

Colgate Max or Total Toothpaste is $3.50 – scan your store card at the coupon machine inside the store and you will get a $3.00 off coupon, making the toothpaste 50 cents. BUT there is also a manufacturer’s coupon that recently came out, and an online coupon available so if you use one of those, the toothpaste is FREE!

Physician’s Formula Make Up is $9.00 ( certain ones only) but you get a $9.00 Extra Buck back so it makes the makeup FREE!

Altoids Smalls, Skittles, Necco Wafers, Starburst or any Wrigley’s Gum singles are 99 cents and you get 99 cents back which make the candy FREE!

GUM Brand Deep Clean or Sensitive Care toothbrushes are $2.50 for a 2-pack, but you get $2.50 back which makes it FREE! There is a limit of 1 on most items but you can do this twice and end up with 4 toothbrushes.

CVS Alkaline batteries, AA or AAA, a 4 pack is $4.39 but you get $4.39 back in Extra Bucks so it’s FREE!

CVS Health Soft Cleansing or Baby Wipes are 99 cents but you get a 99 cent Extra Buck so it’s FREE!

Beauty 360 or Blade 2 disposable razors, a 3 ct. package is $1.99 but you get $1.99 back in Extra Bucks making them FREE!

Select Organic Doctor Skin Care is $8.00 but you get $8.00 in Extra Bucks, making them FREE!

CVS Health Pantiliners are 99 cents but you get a 99 cent Extra Buck back, making them FREE!

Green Giant Vegetables are 99 cents but you get a 99 cent Extra Buck making them FREE!

Glade Solid Air Freshener costs 99 cents but you get a 99 cent Extra Buck, making it FREE!

Some of the other deals at CVS include cereal for 99 cents after the Extra Buck, Lady Speed Stick deodorant for 49 cents, Hershey’s bars for 77 cents, with a 77 cent Extra Buck back, and Wet & Wild makeup sets for 99 cents.

Rite Aid Black Friday Deals (This sale is also Thursday through Saturday)

Kleenex costs  $1.00 but you get $1.00 in Plenti Points making it FREE!

Rite Aid Brand Tape is 2 for $2.00 but you get $2.00 in Plenti Points back making the 2 rolls of tape FREE!

Magnavox Digital Ear Buds are $6.00 but you get $6.00 back in Plenti Points, making them FREE!

Nestle Candy Bars (they only have Butterfinger and Nestle Crunch listed but there may be more) 2 for $1.00 and you get $1.00 Plenti Points back when you buy 2, making them FREE!

Scungi Hair Elastics or ColorVibes brushes are $3.00 and you get $3.00 back in Plenti Points making them FREE! ( You have to pick 1 of those)

Colgate Toothpaste, only certain kinds, are 2 for $8.00 and when you buy 2, you get $8.00 back in Plenti Points, making the 2 toothpastes FREE!

Zim’s Max-Freeze Pain Relievers or Foot Cream is $5.00 and you get $5.00 back in Plenti Points, making it FREE!

I would suggest you get the paper tomorrow on Thanksgiving Day so you can get the Black Friday fliers and see for yourself what is on sale, and make a list before you go to the stores. If you don’t want to do that, get a flyer at the store and take a minute to circle what you want, or write a list so you can stay organized. Sometimes the stores will have the sale items near each other so ask if you can’t find something.

I LOVE these Black Friday sales at Rite Aid and CVS and it is the highlight of my Black Friday every year! I will post pictures of what I got after I go shopping on Friday.

Good luck if you go, and please come back and share your experience in the comment section below.

If you aren’t a subscriber to my blog yet, put your email address in the space at the top right, then confirm your wish to subscribe in the subsequent email so you don’t miss out on saving money.

And stay tuned, the monthly contest is coming soon!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I hope your holiday is blessed with family, food, and fun!

UPDATE:

All of this was free at Rite Aid in the Black Friday sale!

All of this was free at Rite Aid in the Black Friday sale!

 

All of this was free on Friday at the CVS Black Friday sale!

All of this was free on Friday at the CVS Black Friday sale!

 

If You Are Buying Gift Cards For Christmas Gifts, Don’t Miss These Deals

Store fliers with gift card deals

Giving gift cards for Christmas gifts is an easy option for that hard-to-please friend or relative, or for that person on your list that already has everything. In reading through the Sunday paper yesterday, I noticed a lot of deals on gift cards that will help you save money and I was so excited I just had to share these savings with you. After all, saving money is what this blog is all about!

Maybe you don’t give gift cards for Christmas, BUT you can use some gift cards personally or with your family. You can also take advantage of these gift card deals and keep some extra money in your pocket!

I also noticed some ways to earn extra gas points from gift cards that were not in the paper but I am including.

Please watch the dates below so you can take full advantage of these offers without missing them:

Dollar General: Good  11/19 – 11/22

Save $5 when you purchase any of the following gift cards: Burger King, Chili’s, Taco Bell, Domino’s and Logan’s Roadhouse

You must buy 2 of these gift cards to get the discount. It doesn’t specify the amount the gift cards need to be.

Limit 2 gift cards per transaction. Technically this means you could go every day from now until Wednesday, and purchase 2 each time. OR if you have a lot of Dollar General stores near you, you could go to 2 different ones and do this deal two or three times.

Kroger: Good until 12/12/17

You can get four times the fuel points when you buy a $25.00, $50.00, or $100.00 MASTERCARD or VISA gift card. I found this on my Kroger app on my phone under the “coupons” tab.  It does also say “restrictions apply” in small print, so be aware of that. The restrictions are below the offer and include things like “not good on variable gift cards that allow you to choose your own amount to be loaded onto the card”, but the ones that already say $25, $50 or $100. It also states that you can only buy 1 gift card per transaction per day, so if you have a LOT of gift cards to buy, it means a lot of trips to Kroger in the next few weeks. This offer is good if you click on it online and add it to your Kroger card.

Shop Rite: Good 11/24 and 11/25/17

During these two days, you will be able to earn a coupon for $20.00 off your next order when you purchase $100 worth of gift cards at Shop Rite with your Price Plus card. The coupon for your next order comes out of the cash register on the day of your purchase of the gift cards.

There is a catch though and that is you must present your coupon during your visit to the store during the dates of 11/26 through 12/2/17, so it’s basically the next week. If you shop every week and will spend at least $20.00 that next week, then it’s a good deal. Again there is fine print so make sure to read that before you do this deal.

Stop & Shop: Good 11/17 – 11/23/17

Stop and Shop is offering 5 times the gas points with the purchase of all gift cards. That means if you spend $25.00 on a gift card you will get 125 gas points, a $50 card = 250 in gas points, etc. I don’t live in an area where there’s a Stop and Shop anymore so I had to look at this flyer online and the fine print is too small for me to read. If you have a Stop and Shop flyer, you will be able to read the fine print and take advantage of this deal.

Target: Good 11/19 – 1123/17

Target is offering a free $10.00 Target gift card if you spend $50.00 on food and/or beverage purchases. Purchase of baby food, pet food, Target Cafe and Starbuck’s Cafe do not count toward the $50.00 amount. Basically, this will work if you do your grocery shopping for the week at Target.

The coupon is in the flyer, or available on the Target App or you can text GROCERY to TARGET (827438).

Walgreens: Good 11/19 – 11/25/17

Earn a free $5 Walgreens Gift Card with every purchase of any 2 Google Play or Vanilla Visa Gift Cards. Great deal if you are buying either one of those anyway.

Coming Soon…

These were the stores I have found offering deals on gift cards this week. If you know of any others, please leave them in the comment section below.

I will be posting about the Black Friday sales at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens on Wednesday or Thursday. If you are not familiar with them, they involve using your store card for those three stores to purchase items, and on certain ones, you can get back what you paid for in points on your store card, or in the case of CVS, paper coupons worth the same amount you paid, basically making those items free. I have only seen the Rite Aid Black Friday Flyer so far and it looks great.

Please feel free to share this post by using the sharing buttons below, and subscribe to this blog for more deals in the future.

Have fun saving money on gift cards this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October Prize Winners

Hello Everyone!

October Prize Winners

I am happy to announce the winners for the October drawing.

The winner of the $25 Walmart gift card is: Pam Day

The winner of the Avon prize is: Moon Sebastian

Congrats to both of you, and I will be holding a drawing every month so for the rest of you, stay tuned for the November prize information coming soon.

I haven’t been very active because my husband and I were away but we are back and I have lots of exciting information to share with you this month. Especially since November is the month for Black Friday deals and the month before Christmas so I will be sharing money saving tips on both of those topics.

A Free Sample Website

Here’s a little tidbit though to wet your whistle before my next post. I will soon be writing a post about what I got for free last month. I have discovered a new website that lists free samples. You can either subscribe to this website and get free sample information sent to you in a daily email, OR just head over to that website when you have time and check out the newest free samples available. If you find something you are interested in, you just click on the link and sign up for the free sample at that website. It’s called Sweet Free Stuff and here’s the link to that website:

http://www.sweetfreestuff.com/free-stuff/

Have a good weekend!

 

Karen

Enter the October Drawing on My Blog

It’s time to announce the October, 2017 prize drawing for subscribers to my blog. If you enjoy entering contests, here’s a chance to win a gift card or a gift box.

This month I am drawing 2 names for the following prizes:

First Prize: A $25.00 gift card to Walmart

and

Second Prize: An Avon gift box of SKin So Soft Winter Lavender Scented products

First Prize $25 gift card to Walmart

First Prize $25 gift card to Walmart

Second Prize: an Avon Gift Box of Skin so Soft Winter Scented products

Second Prize: an Avon Gift Box of Skin so Soft Winter Lavender Scented products

Here’s what you have to do to be entered into the drawing:

 

If you are not yet a subscriber to my blog, put your email address in the space on the top right of the front page of my blog, right next to this post where it says, “Subscribe to blog via email.” That’s it…you will be entered into the drawing for October. AND you will be notified each time I post something on this blog about saving money or working from home.

If You Are Already a Blog Subscriber…

 

If you are already a subscriber, to be entered into the prize drawing for October, scroll down to the end of this blog post and click on one of the sharing buttons so your friends that follow you on social media can learn about this contest also, and find out more about how to save money/work from home. Once you do that though, you also need to leave a comment below this post that you shared the article, and on what site you shared it (Facebook, Twitter, etc) to help me track who has shared the contest information.

Each person will receive one contest entry, either by subscribing to the blog as a new subscriber, or sharing this post if you are already a subscriber. I would love it if you shared this post to more than one social media site, but that will still earn you only one entry to keep things fair to everyone.

Contest Dates

This contest starts on 10/15/17 and ends on 10/31/17. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, 11/1/17.

I look forward to seeing who wins this month’s prizes!  And thank you for subscribing to my blog!