This week, Freebie Friday isn’t about getting free stuff in the mail; it’s about getting free stuff when you shop.  Last night, we had a work function for my husband and we decided to go to Kmart afterwards. I love shopping at Kmart. They have a rewards program with Sears called Shop Your Way Rewards. You basically earn points for every purchase that you can cash in for free merchandise. The really nice thing about the program is that they send coupons out ALL THE TIME for more points or money off, etc.  At one point they even had gas rewards at BP!  Like I said, I love this store!

We bought a dishwasher at Sears a few weeks ago and the special was that you get $20 back in points. We got a great deal on our dishwasher and got more free stuff on top of that! So we cashed in our points last night, combined with our merchandise being on clearance and we did great! Not to mention we won’t need valentines for the next 2-3 years.

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Pepsi’s were on sale 5 for $5. The valentines candy was 70% off. The cards were 90% and the Hickory Farms sets were 75% off. The food pouch organizer was only $2.99 on clearance. Oh, and did I mention that we still have $5 in points left over?!?

You can use your Shop Your Way Rewards card as both Kmart and Sears. You can find Kmart’s coupon policy here too.  Make sure you at least glance over it before making a purchase using coupons and always make sure your items ring up correctly.  I like it because they periodically have double coupons up to 99 cents, saving even more!  They also have a little grocery section, complete with refrigerated items, like milk, eggs and things like that.  They make it convenient to pick up everything you need.

Are you already a Shop Your Way Rewards member?  What are your thoughts about the program?  What good deals have you gotten?

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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This week featured free magazines, a Free Vegetarian Starter kit (with recipes) from the Peta website, Free Snickers bars from a Facebook contest, a free Glade air freshener, a low carb diet starter kit, a ring that I won from a Twitter contest and a few coupons for Lemonheads that I won in a Twitter contest.

Was your mailbox happy last week?

Disclosure:  I will only post things on Mailbox Monday that I received 100% free in my mailbox.  They are from samples, giveaways, contests, websites, etc.

Yay!  It’s Friday!  Even as a stay at home mom, I always get excited about the weekend.  I work part-time now and have most weekends off but even so, it’s nice to have a break and do something fun with the family.  What are you looking forward to this weekend?

This Freebie Friday, I am featuring my friend Kelsey’s blog, Chicnsavvy Reviews.  She runs a fantastic website, complete with giveaways, recipes, samples, deals, etc. If you name it, she writes about it! She’s been featured in All You Magazine, which also happens to be my favorite one! I love her site and I follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and I get her daily emails.

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She is the reason I started getting serious about my blog.  We talk pretty much every day and she is always so caring and helpful!  I get a ton of freebies and ideas from her.  I’ve tried her recipes. I’ve entered (and won!) her giveaways.  Plus I’ve shared offers, ideas and more with her.  Her website is awesome and I hope you check it out!

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So bookmark Chicnsavvy Reviews and sign up for her email list!  Enjoy your weekend! Have you started getting more free stuff in the mail yet?

 

The kids and I have been pretty sick with some type of stomach thing lately.  My husband has managed to thankfully dodge it.  Needless to say, we have been washing our hands like crazy and disinfecting everything we come in contact with.

To me, hand soap is a necessary expense but not always a cost-effective one.  Years ago, I wrote about how you can make your own, using any bar soap.  I love this recipe because it makes a ton of soap and it’s so cheap!  This is a repost from my old blog but I thought it was a good one, especially during cold and flu season.  What I like is that you can use some fancy soap that you bought at Marshall’s on clearance or use all those little soaps that you get from hotels!  People will never know the difference.  So start stocking up on containers and give this a try.  The link is at the bottom of the post.

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Click here:

Homemade Hand Soap

It’s a big one this week!  I had to take three pictures!

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The first one was a fitness prize pack I won from BrooklynFitChick!  It’s awesome and I was so happy to win it. It included 2 totebags, a headband, shoelaces, assorted granola, and cookies!  She hosts great, healthy fun giveaways so go check her out!

The next one is the J’Adore Vox Box from Influenster.  I am going to review all the products in later posts.

Then I got free magazines from free subscriptions.  I won the makeup from another Influenster vox box and I won the candy bars from the Snickers Facebook page. The autographed CD was from a Twitter giveaway and my friend’s granddaughter is going to love it!  I was a happy lady this week!  What did you get in the mail last week?

Disclosure:  I will only post things that I got 100% free on Mailbox Monday.  They are from samples, giveaways, contests, websites, etc.

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Holidays can be fatal to your budget…but only if you let them.  As you know, I am a self-proclaimed cheapskate.  Not a day goes by that I don’t try to think of new, creative ways that my family can use to save money and/or get something for free.  Some of my ideas are unorthodox but they work for us.  Certain holidays are not celebrated in my family, at least not on the specified day or in the traditional sense.  Valentines Day is one of those holidays.  So, while everyone is trying to outdo one another with flowers and candy, the Lane family is plotting how we can have the most fun with the least amount of money!  Here are some of the things we do for Valentines Day:

* We buy our candy on February 15th.  It’s still fresh and it’s always around 50% off.  No, it’s not the BEST deal but it’s the best selection and sometimes that works out better.  Buy the leftovers later to use in recipes and so forth.

*We go out using one of our Christmas gift cards, combined with a coupon of course. We also either go to lunch or a few days early or late.  Get caught in a crowd or pay holiday prices?  What do you think I am, an amateur?!?!

*We buy our decorations on clearance.  The Lane family stocks up on Valentines decor and cards one year in advance.  This way, you don’t have to rush out at the last minute plus you get everything at the best price.  Just be careful that nothing has a year on it.

*My flowers come from a grocery store, again, the day after.  Grocery store bouquets are just as pretty and they usually have some leftover after the holiday, on clearance.  Just put those babies in water and add some Sprite. They will perk right up!

*We might make a special dinner at home.  Restaurants cost a small fortune.  Plan a menu of what you would order at your favorite restaurant and then find the recipe.  Make it at home, together.  Thank you, Pinterest.

*Use your imagination.  Make your loved one a gift.  Those are more heartfelt anyway! I made this man-bouquet for my husband a few years ago.  I used a vase and ribbon that we already had and cheap heart sprigs.  The jerky and candy were on sale too.  It costs around $5 to make and he loved it.

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These might be common sense but I hope you might rethink how you spend Valentine’s Day.  Don’t let card companies and jewelry stores tell you how to celebrate!  🙂

So, what are your plans this V Day?