Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ring in the New Year...with free stuff!

Last slickdeals of 2009 and I've found some good stuff to start off the new year with free stuff!

Get 3 free books from Crown Publishing

Another promo code is out for a free rental from Redbox. Use ACME25. Not sure how long this is good for but I used it over the weekend to rent "Up" and it was definitely worth a rental...especially if it's free!

Get another free movie with a free Video on Demand rental from Click on the right where it says "Have a promotion code?" Enter the claim code: AVODGIFT in the pop-up window and click the Apply button.

Looks like the BOGO Special K coupon is still available. I took mine to Farm Fresh this week (12/31) while they are offering buy 4 get one free and walked away with 2 free boxes.

If you are an Olay user, they are offering some great coupons and rebates. A coupon to save $10 when you purchase two Olay Pro-X products.

Among the rebates:

Buy 2 Olay Regenerist facial products, get $15 (expires 1/24)
Spend $50 on Olay Pro-X products, get $20 (expires 12/31)
Purchase any Olay Quench body lotion, receive a full price rebate by mail (1/29)

Sign up on the Cheerios web site to receive 4 $1/1 coupons by mail. You can also print out 2 $1/1 coupons for Honey Nut Cheerios. Stop by Walgreens this week with your coupons to two free boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios when you buy milk.

Buy 2 Boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at $2 each
Buy 1 Gallon of Milk
Use 2 $1/1 printable coupons
You'll get $2 in register rewards back to use off your next purchase
Final Price = FREE (when you buy milk)

Become a fan of Wheat Thins on Facebook and get a $1 off coupon. If you take this to Farm Fresh on Wednesdays the coupon will double to $2. I went today and got a box for 50 cents!

Get a free Nestle Crunch Bar via facebook. Play the game...first 1000 every day will get a free bar.

Free pregnancy journal. Sign up here

Get a FREE Dora The Explorer Game When You Register for Updates about Nickelodeon Video Downloads and Other Nick Jr. Offers.

If you get stupid, awful, crappy canker sores like's a free remedy They offered this a while back and I got signed up and magically haven't gotten one since! (where's the wood to knock on?!) So if anything, maybe this freebie has magical powers :)

Sign up for the Betty Crocker newsletter and get a free sample of YoPlus yogurt.

Another Home Made Simple coupon booklet is available with over $35 in cleaning coupons.

Free sample of Kashi TLC granola bar.

Free sample of Priolsec OTC Hearburn Blocker at Walmart

Free ConAgra Foods $17 coupon book filled with Healthy Choice, Chef Boyardee, Snack Pack coupons and more. ConAgra also has a rebate offer. Purchase $10 in ConAgra products and submit this rebate form to get another coupon book worth $25! You have until mail in your receipts by March 28, 2010.

Amazon is offering a free 3-month trial of Amazon Prime valid for all accounts, including those who previously participated in a similar trial.

Click here
Add the book to cart using the "Add to cart with free 2-day shipping" button on the right of the page (if visible)
If the button is not visible, simply add the book to cart
Login to your account, and sign up for free 3-month trial of Amazon Prime when prompted
If the button was not visible in (2), in cart switch to "FREE Two-Day Shipping with a free trial of Amazon Prime" shipping
Sign up for trial as prompted
Once sign up is completed, remove the book from your cart
Click here, log in if prompted and turn off your prime membership from automatic upgrade by clicking "Do Not Upgrade" button, and confirm your selection
Enjoy your free 3-month trial of Amazon Prime

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last Slickdeals edition before Christmas!

Don't forget! Today, December 17, is Free Shipping Day. Over 700 retailers are offering free shipping on any purchase with the added guarantee that it’ll arrive by Christmas Eve. and today is the last day to get Free Super Saving Shipping from and get your gifts here by Christmas.

There's a new promo code ACME26 to get a free one-night movie rental with at your local Redbox.

And the best freebie of all...since it goes to a great cause! The Virginia Beach SPCA, Norfolk SPCA and Chesapeake Animal Control are excited to announce that Priority Automotive has offered to pay all adoption fees for dogs adopted between now and Christmas. The 3 local animal shelters estimate that as many as 100 dogs will be adopted thanks to Priority’s offer. The Priority offer will allow families who may not have the funds to adopt to come in and select the dog of their choice.

Make it a priority to give a dog a home this Christmas! And FYI the VBSPCA is hosting an open house this Saturday, the 19th. 11am until 6pm at 3040 Holland Road in Virginia Beach. Enjoy holiday goodies and special activities throughout the day including kid’s crafts, Christmas movies, visits with Santa, and a gold and platinum exchange! If you're a cat lover they also have a Crazy Cat Clearance going on along with other cat promotions so you can bring a cat home for Christmas and save some money at the same time.

Of course! Just because we JUST bought this- I find it for free. If you have someone on your Christmas list who loves golf and asked for a subscription to Golf Digest don't make our mistake...get it FREE

Sign in to Shutterfly and either log into your account or sign up for a new one and you can get $15 in your account to use. When you sign in click on "My Account" and scroll down to Special Offers. Enter Special Offer Code- FIFTEENOFF and it will be deposited into your account to use now or later. (note, I tried logging in to my account and it didn't work for me. I've read others online saying it did for them so it's worth a shot but don't get your hopes up)

Buy a $20 gift card at and Get a Free $10 Card today and tomorrow only (Dec17-18)

The 2010 Entertainment book is on sale. This week only $19.99 and free shipping. This book is full of restaurant, grocery and attraction coupons to save you money throughout 2010. I asked for this for Christmas and am beyond excited to get it. Would have never thought when I was kid looking forward to Christmas that one day I would be excited for a coupon book...but I guess that's what happens when you get old lol.

Not the biggest of freebies- but cute for the kids. Get a free personalized video message from Santa Claus.

TGIFridays BOGO coupon

If you still have some shopping to do, be sure to check out this website for coupons to stores like Macy's, Toys R Us, Target, Walgreens, Bath and Body Works, Home Depot, Victoria's Secret, NY and Company and more!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Shopping Adventures

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not have the best driving record. Today I was out finishing up some Christmas shopping and I backed out of a parking spot to find an SUV next to me, kind of stopped diagonally. Thinking that the obvious must've happened...I backed out without looking both ways properly, I waved my hand in an apology to the other driver. Unfortunately, she was steady yelling something at me. I tried mouthing a "Sorry" but that didn't stop her either and she started motioning for me to drive up closer to her. I did, thinking this is it...I'm about to get my butt kicked for my bad driving.

Then she motioned for me to roll down my window. Oh man, I thought, and braced myself for an earful.

So I reach over to the passenger window to roll it down (one of these days I'll get a 21st century car with automatic windows) and the woman yells out at me "I like your coat!"


"I saw you walking out of the store and I wanted to tell you that your coat looks really nice. Is it cashmere?"

Um no...but thanks.

"Oh, ok. Well, I just wanted to tell you that I really liked it."

and then we both drove away. Guess I'm glad that it ended that way but seriously? Who pulls a stranger over to compliment them on their outfit? When I told my husband this story his only response was "I'll never understand women."

See, over the weekend I stopped a stranger at the mall to say I liked her hat and ask where she got it. (I was at the mall looking for one just like it and couldn't find it.) And my husband thought it was hilarious since you would never see guys do that.

True, but at least I didn't stop traffic to find out! Even I have my limits for finding cute clothes!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Slickdeals- free music, gift cards and more

Free Holiday sampler album from iTunes- Lady A Baby It’s Cold Outside, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Wynonna.

Free Shipping Day is Thursday, Dec. 17- over 500 merchants participating and promising delivery by Christmas Eve too. So if you're a last minute shopper who wants to avoid mall crowds check out this website

On 12/11 you can get a free $10 Macy's Giftcard if your first or last name is Virginia from 10 am to 6 pm. Head to your local Macy's store to grab yours. Quantities are limited and it's first come first serve.

Save $5 off your total purchase at Hallmark. Click here for the coupon. I do not see a minimum purchase requirement on this so you could go get something for $5 for free or use it for those Christmas cards.

Check out Amazon's deal of the Day and get Seinfeld- The Complete Series for $84.99. Regular price is $250.95. This offer is good for 12/12 only so hurry if you want it!!

Play the Sears Hometown Store Family and Friends V.I.P. Contest daily between December 9 and 14 for a chance to win a Sears gift card! There are over 20 gift card winners ($5 to $1000) every day in this short 6-day sweepstakes.

VS Pink Sweepstakes. Your chance to win a $10 coupon to Victoria Secret through Pink Nation. They are awarding up to 10,000 $10 printable coupons for Victoria's Secret between Dec. 8 and Dec. 30. If you don't win right away, you can keep playing until you win. Took me about 45 minutes before I won.

Do you have any LeapFrog toys in your house? Earn a free LeapFrog ABC Animal Orchestra board book just for linking those LeapFrog toys up to your Learning Path. Even if you've already created a Learning Path, you can still earn your free book by selecting the toys you have and linking them to your child's profile.

Surprise your friends or family with a call from Santa Claus, Sammy the Snowman, or Coca-Cola® Racing Family member Tony Stewart. This is being offered by Kroger. Click here to sign up.

You can go to SnapFish right now until December 13th and get a free FlipBook (1.99 shipping) just use the code GMAFREE. New Snapfish members should get a $10 credit to be used for any product (After you sign up, click on "My Account" and then you can redeem your $10 credit) There are quite a few freebies you can get with the $10 credit. Just click the "under $20" tab to see what's available. Get free shipping for orders over $3- use code 30SHIP09. 20% Off SITE WIDE + 50 FREE Prints for New Customers! Exp 12/31, Coupon Code: HOLIDAY09. Get a free photo calendar when you buy one - plus a free 20 page 4x6 Flipbook using the coupon code RACHAELRAY (up to a $27.99 + $4.99 value) thanks to The Rachael Ray Show. Shipping costs $7.98 for the calendar (may vary depending on which calendar you make) and $1.99 for the Flipbook. You won't get the Flipbook credit until after you use the calendar coupon to place an order. This code expires on Wednesday, December 16. You can pick any photo calendar you want, but you must order 2 of the same calendar (that means same photos & design too)

Save money and save an animal! Now through December 24th, the Virginia Beach SPCA is running several cat adoption promotions. If you've been thinking about adopting a cat there’s no better time than now. Cat Promotions include: Crazy Cat Clearance – Adopters of cats between the age of 1 - 6 years draw from our mystery coupon bag to receive a discount of $10 to $50. Fabulous Feline Frenzy - $50 discount off our standard adoption fee for cats age 7 years or older. ROHO (Rescue One Help One) - $40 discount off one adoption fee when adopting two cats.
Remember...this is a limited time offer! All standard adoption requirements apply. Adoption package includes spay/neuter if needed, 1 years Rabies vaccination, microchip, and a Feline Leukemia/FIV combo test. But really...come to the shelter and save a life (and a few dollars) during these fantastic promotions. Take a peak at some of the cats up for adoption here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

No surprises here

So my family is incapable of surprising each other with gifts. Whenever my birthday or Christmas rolls around I know just what I'm getting. Either because my mother asks for gift ideas, I tell her and then she forgets or looses where she wrote it down and I have to tell her again...and again...and again. Until I'm at the point where I don't even want it anymore.

Or it's an accident, like my sister spilling the beans today on one Christmas gift I have coming without meaning to.

Or worst of aunt. She told me a few weeks ago that she was getting me a wedding present and that "It's a picture frame and I have a gift bag too so I'll just put it in there and give it to you." Um ok...thanks. Should I act surprised now when I open it? A picture frame? Wow, I would have never guessed.

Next year I think I have a plan though. I'm going to buy all of my own gifts, wrap them myself and put them under the tree for me. Then when I open them everyone else can be surprised over what they got me "Wow I got you a Wii? I was generous this year" :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009


American Greeting's Photoworks is offering a few freebies for the first 20,000 to sign up. I was just able to get the calendar for free-can't beat free stocking stuffers! I'm sure this will end quickly so sign up soon.
Free Photo Clutch Book - use code C3733859796
Free Pack of 25 Photo Paper Holiday Cards - use code C3733852365
Free 11" x 8" Photo Calendar - use code C3733858476
$25 coupon towards any other photo creation - use code C3733847579

Santa is coming to Walmart. Get a complimentary photo with Santa on December 5 and 6 from 10-2 pm. You should call your local Walmart to make sure that they are participating.

Martha Stewart is offering a free Aveeno tote bag

Someone who loves reading on your Christmas list? 30% off coupon from Borders available

JC Penny friends and family event through Saturday to get an extra 15% off your purchase Includes even sale and clearance items

Yankee Candle offers a coupon for $10 off $15 purchase

If you’re not a member yet of Victoria’s Secret’s Pink Nation- go online to sign up- they are doing another free underwear offer right now. No purchase necessary- just head to the store with your coupon.

Get a Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset with 100 Hours Standby Time, Black Free with mail in rebate.

Amazon is also holding a 25 Days of Free event where they'll offer a limited-time Christmas song for free. It's running now through Dec. 25th. Check back everyday to download your free song.

Another good deal on the magazines. Right now they are offering 2 years of Redbook for $5! If I didn't already subscribe, I'd sign up again. FYI-the list price is $10- but you get to take an additional $5 off when you check out.

Ring in the New Year with a free calendar from Pillsbury. Sign up for their newsletter to get your free calendar. Eat Better American offers their own free calendar for signing up for their newsletter.
Request a free sample of 3M Pistonz Ear Plugs

Save money and save an animal! From November 30th through December 24th 2009, the Virginia Beach SPCA is running several cat adoption promotions. If you've been thinking about adopting a cat there’s no better time than now. Cat Promotions include: Crazy Cat Clearance – Adopters of cats between the age of 1 - 6 years draw from our mystery coupon bag to receive a discount of $10 to $50. Fabulous Feline Frenzy - $50 discount off our standard adoption fee for cats age 7 years or older. ROHO (Rescue One Help One) - $40 discount off one adoption fee when adopting two cats.
Remember...this is a limited time offer! All standard adoption requirements apply. Adoption package includes spay/neuter if needed, 1 years Rabies vaccination, microchip, and a Feline Leukemia/FIV combo test. But really...come to the shelter and save a life (and a few dollars) during these fantastic promotions

How about a Christmas gift for yourself?!

Those are the best kinds anyway- you know you'll like what you're getting...and who wouldn't like this face looking up at them from under the tree?!

I took Ceasar out from the VBSPCA today for pet therapy and fell in love! What a sweet, loving dog who is so ready for someone to take him home and love him. As soon as we got in my car, he was in heaven. Looking out the window...good thing I was only going 25 mph!

Once we really got going I realized what a lap dog Ceasar is! He curled right up in my lap and was content to stay there and get some hugs at stoplights :)

If you have room in your heart and home for Ceasar this holiday season please visit the Virginia Beach SPCA

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Is everything downsizing?!

My husband and I went to Schlotzsky's over the weekend...normally a favorite for us until Brian ordered a bag of Baked Chips. Usually we get the Lay's baked chips with no problem but they didn't have any so we got the Schlotzsky's brand. We opened it to find this...

How can that even be called a bag of chips?! More like a few chips thrown in a bag for the same price. I went up to the counter to ask if all the bags were like this and the guy told me "yes because those are the healthy chips." So in order to call the Baked Chips a healthier alternative they only give you a few?

What a rip off! If I pay for it, I want a bag full of chips to clog my arteries!