Archives for August 2010

$10 Rite Aid gift card

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In the September issue of Fitness magazine, there is an promotion for a $10 Rite Aid gift card, when you purchase one of the following featured items at a Rite Aid store:




– Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Conditioner




– Colgate Pro-Clinical Daily Whitening




– John Frieda Root Awakening Smoothing lotion




– Olay Total Effects Cooling Hydration




– Secret Clinical Strength Sensitive Skin




– Stayfree Ultra Thins




– Tamax Pearl Multipax




– Vitafusion MultiVites




Purchases must be made between August 24, 2010 and September 24, 2010.  You can upload your receipt, or mail in your original reciept (that means no copies) to the address below.  See site for  more details.

                                                           FITNESS Magazine,
                                                           Attn: Ashley Sweeting,
                                                          125 Park Avenue,20th Fl,
                                                          New York, NY 10017








**Thanks, Northern Cheapskate, for the information!**

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Rite Aid – Video Values

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You’ve heard me talk about Rite Aid‘s “Ad Perks” program in the past.  It seems they are working to improve their program even more, and have revved up the site a bit, making it more user-friendly.

Rite Aid’s “Video Values”
program, sponsored by AdPerk

So, if you haven’t already done so, I HIGHLY advise you to check out their Video Values program.  Each month, they offer the chance to view short clips about various products they carry.  (Yes, you are essentially watching commercials.)  For each ad you watch, you get a credit towards a valuable coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase*.  Additionally, you get a coupon related to the product about which you just watched.

Currently, they are offering two additional coupons for $5 off $25 purchase* via their Video Values, they are listed under the “special offers” section.  There is also a $2 Huggies coupon.  I’ve heard that, although it says “manufacture coupon” on it, it is coded as a store coupon, so you could still stack it with a manufacture coupon (such as this printable one), and increase your savings.

* – only applicable to non-prescription purchases

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Printable Coupons 101

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Not a fan of clipping coupons, or simply want a way to print them instead?  Most coupons offered in the Sunday papers are also available online, usually for the duration of a month.  There are a few major websites to check out:



Coupons.com is available
right here at AFM!




Red Plum


Smart Source

All of these sites will require you to do two things.  First, you’ll be asked to enter your zip code.  This simply ensures that you are getting coupons to products available in your area.  You are, of course, free to type in other zip codes, to see if other relevant coupons show up for you.


Second, you be asked to install a printer program.  In a nutshell, you cannot print coupons without this program.  There are limits to how many of each printable coupon you may print, so this program allows the site to keep track of how many of each coupon you have printed.  Usually, you can print each coupon twice.  When you’ve reached your limit on a coupon, it’ll usually be moved to the back of the list, and it will say that you’ve reached your limit.


Not to fret, though.  Most coupons that continue for more than one month will “reset” after a certain amount of time.  (Usually one month.)


The major thing you need to know about online coupons:  Do not MAKE COPIES of your printable coupons!!!  Doing so is fraudulent, AND it brings the entire couponing community one step closer to not being able to use printable coupons.  Fraudulent coupons hurt everyone: the manufacturer, the store, AND the consumer.  So let’s keep this simple: just don’t do it!


On a side note, digital coupons are on the rise.  They can be attached to your shoppers’ loyalty card, or even pulled up on your phone these days.  It is virtually impossible (to my knowledge) to make fraudulent digital coupons — at least for the average coupon-savvy Mommy.  ;o)


Now, go and print, print, print, so you can save, save, save!


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Kellogg’s All-Bran FREE Promise Pack Offer

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All-Bran periodically has a promotional offer for their free Promise Pack.  It’s more than just a sample of their cereal: last time, it included two generous cereal samples, about $4 in coupons, and a package of marigold seeds.  (I’m told that the one before that had a sleeping mask!)
Sign up to receive your Promise Pack, while supplies last!
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Publix Store Coupon Deals

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There are some great coupons available in Publix’s monthly flyer*, most can be stacked with manufacture coupons for some really cheap stuff!

  • Pampers Diapers and Wipes – their is a coupon in their weekly flyer (8/26/10 – 9/1/10) for “Free Pampers Wipes Refills (192-231 ct) with purchase of one Pampers Value Pack Diapers (72-116 ct)”; stack with the following two manufacture coupons: $1.50 off any one Pampers Diapers (exp 8/31/10) OR one of the valuable $3.00 off coupons either from VocalPoint or from the Pampers mailer** (exp range from 9/30/10 to 1/31/11), plus a coupon for wipes (I have one for $0.50 off from a mailer from Pampers — exp 11/30/10)  The bottom line: You can get up to $4 off a value box of Pampers (sorry, I’m not certain of the price at the moment), PLUS a free pack of wipes refills — not bad!
  • Hillshire Farms Lunch Meat – Publix Coupon for $1.00 off 2 packages of lunch meat (exp 8-27-10 — that’s tomorrow!!), Stack it with the manufacture’s coupon for $0.35 off (doubles to $0.70) any one package of Hillshire Farm Deli Select lunch meat (exp. 9-18-10).  As of yesterday, Hillshire Farms lunch meat was $3.79 for a package — I got two packages for $2.59 each after using these Qs.
  • Kotex Security Tampons 18 ct, Lightdays Liners 40-64 ct, or Kotex Pads 14-24 ct – Publix store BOGO coupon (exp 9-3-10) plus manufacture’s coupon for $1.50 off any package of Kotex tampons (may be able to use for liners or pads?) (exp 9-19-10)  As of yesterday, all three items were priced at $3.15.  Pair with these coupons, and you can get two packages of Kotex for $1.65.
  • Lysol Heathly  Touch No-Touch Hand Soap System — store Q for $3 off (exp 9-3-10) plus man. Q for $3 off (exp 8-31-10) As of yesterday, priced at $9.99 — Which would make it $3.99 after coupons.

* Their flyer is available at the front of their stores, usually by the doors.  If you don’t have these delivered with your Sunday paper, pick up one (or more!) next time you’re there.


** Pampers mails out postcard-sized mailers periodically.  Go to their website, to see what offers you can get,  including free samples of diapers, and participation in their Gifts To Grow program.

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$1.00 off Perdue Chicken in today’s AJC

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If you get the AJC, and if you have a need for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pull out today’s food section.  There’s a coupon for $1.00 off one package of “Perdue USDA Process Verified Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast”.  Expires 10-21-10.

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Marking the Bittersweet End of a Decade

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My Thoughts on Turning 30

The end of August has always proven a little bittersweet for me.  A new school year begins at this time.  As a nerdy student, and later as a teacher, I greatly anticipated the excitement and wonder that a new school year held.  However, a new school year means summer is coming to a close.  Summer has always been my favorite time of the year, filled with whimsy and carefree wonder.

Also at the end of August is the beginning of a new college football season.  Okay, this is just plain sweet.  Nothing bitter about this, unless the Dawgs are off to a bad start.

As August winds down, there are more personal ramifications for me, as my birthday comes at this time of year.  Perhaps most of us still enjoy that childlike wonder and excitement in the idea of our birthday.  However, as we accumulate more and more birthdays, many  see them as just another slap-in-the-face reminder that we are getting older, and-infact- have more good years behind us than in front of us.  (I’m not saying I’m *there* yet….  Yet.)

And so, today, as I start  a new decade of my life, I lament on these last ten years, also known as My Twenties.  Yep, that’s right: I’m turning 30, y’all.Looking back, even from my early teens I began looking forward (counting down) to The Next Big Thing, whether it be getting a driver’s license, graduating high school, becoming an adult,  starting college, moving out on my own, being (legally) old enough to purchase and consume alcohol, finishing my undergrad, starting a “real” job, or getting married  ……just to name a few.  With each new milestone accrued, I felt perhaps a smidge bigger, then quickly proceeded to The Next Countdown.

This is a habit I happily spilled in to my twenties, and kept up for quite a while.And then one day, the countdowns ceased.  While pregnant with my first (and so far only) child and thinking aloud about how I only had only four more months to go, I got the best advise from a co-worker.  “Don’t wish your life away,” she said.   The realization I made at that moment was how I’ve spent the better part of a decade and a half anticipating The Next Big Thing, and not focusing so much on the wonderful present.

And then my daughter was born.

These last 17 months have proven that time both flies and crawls, all at once, and it certainly doesn’t STOP while you search for The Next Big Thing.  With her arrival, I saw how every little second, every little giggly, smooth-skinned, cuddly moment was valuable and rather fleeting.  With her, I have watched a little person transform from a little lump, desperately trying to clasp her hands together while she let out sweet little “waaaaahs”, to a walking (er, running!), chattery little girl, who has become her own person -both goofy and independent and rather intelligent, in such a short span of time!
So, I no longer look so hard for The Next Big Thing.  I know, at this point in my life, they are always lurking right around the corner.  I am trying to enjoy as much of The Now Things.  And all The Little Things.

While I spent much of my teens and twenties wishing my life away, looking always ahead, and not truly soaking up the thrills of the here and now; I have learned in a short span -the last nugget of my twenties- to slow down, and enjoy the moments as they come.  The Big Things  will come and go.  It’s The Little Things that make your day-to-day life really worthwhile.

I do look at today as one of The Big Things.  After all, turning thirty is nothing to sneeze at, nor is it something over which to panic.  (…..right…..?)  As this August winds down, I DO still find myself enjoying and anticipating the Big Things, but also lapping up the sweet little day-to-day moments I have with my amazing daughter and fantastic husband.

Am I happy about turning thirty?  Honestly, no.  It feels like such a big leap.  Up until today, I could remark that, “well, at least I’m still in my twenties.”  Maybe I’ll try out a new one: at least I’m in my early, early, early thirties.  (Hmm, I’ll have to give it more thought…..)  I find myself kicking and screaming in protest of the demise of my twenties.  In any case, I am trying to make sense of it all, and embrace the change, and embrace this fantastic life.

So, while -for some- April is the cruelest month, August’s demise will always feel a little bittersweet to me.

And I leave you with this awesome meme, for no reason other than because I can: Turning 30 - Birthday Freebies - Its Sherbert Day

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Georgia Aquarium – two current deals

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There are currently two deals of interest at the Georgia Aquarium.

The first is a special running through November 12: $15 admission tickets.  If I am reading this correctly, the $15 covers the cost of admission, plus the cost of the additional galleries.  Tickets must be purchased online.  This is part of their Imagination Days, so check it out for more details.


The second is their “Mommy and Me” program.  For $25, you get a general admission ticket for an adult (mommy, daddy, or caregiver), FREE admission for any child under the age of 5, and FREE parking (usually $10).  This also runs through November 12, and is good Monday through Friday.

If you’ve never been to the aquarium, I highly encourage you to give it a try. I’m not much of a fish person myself, but my daughter loves animals of all kinds, and has always enjoyed our trips there.  (The things we do for our children!)

**Thanks, Sarah Roberts Cook, for the information!

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Babies R Us: Trade-In Event

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Who?
What?
“The Great Trade In”: Trade in any old equipment (car seats, strollers, travel system, high chair, play yard, bassinet, crib, toddler bed) and recieve a  discount of 25% towards your same-day purchase of any above listed items*.

When?
Friday, August 27 through Sunday, Septemeber 19
Where?
Your local Babies R Us
Why? (As in, why bother?)
Officially, this is part of BRU’s safety campaign, since September is National Safety Month….  But what’s in it for you, as opposed to reselling one of these items on your own?  Perhaps you have an item show up on a recall list: it is illegal to resell recalled items.  (For more info, check this out.)  Or maybe a friend or loved one (always with the best of intentions, of course) gave you their gently used (but ridiculously old) Pack N Play, car seat, high chair, etc.  Let’s face it, it may prove tough to resell an item that very well could have been made when YOU were an infant!  But you can always trade it in for something safer and newer.
Now, here’s my caution/advice
You MUST use your 25% off discount during the same day that you bring your trade in.  Therefore, I advise that you do your research ahead of time, and be certain that 1) you do, in fact, wish to part with the item, and 2) you have a NEED for something from Babies R Us!  (There’s nothing worse than trying to find something to buy, just to use a discount!)
     While you cannot combine this 25% off with any other offers, you CAN use gift cards to use towards the purchase of such an item along with your 25% off.  So, if you have a gift card, go for it.  If you don’t have a gift card, perhaps this scenario can work for you: BRU has a handful of deals going on now, that will get you a gift card.  Please, please, please only do this if you NEED any of the items listed.  I do not advise doing this if you don’t need these things!

– $5 g.c.with ANY safety purchase of $25 or more

– $10 g.c. with any $50 purchase of gates and monitors

– nursery furniture has three “levels” – $50 g.c. w/$399 – $698  nursery furniture purchase; $100 g.c. w/$699 – $998 purchase; $150 g.c. w/$999 or more purchase

– $10 g.c. w/ANY two Pampers or Huggies value box purchase

* – Only good towards participating brands: Babi Italia, Baby Cache, Baby Trend, Bergamo, Britax, Carter’s, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Little Tikes, Safety 1st, Sorelle, and Step 2.
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Taste of Chamblee — TODAY!! (Saturday, 8-21-2010)

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Taste of Chamblee : Saturday, August 21 11a.m. –  8 p.m.
                               5468 Peachtree Rd; Chamblee, GA 30341 
We are unable to attend, but it looks worthwhile!  Admission is free.  Tickets for food and children’s activities are $1.  
If any of y’all make it over there today, let us know how it was!
  (Sorry for the late post — the date completely slipped up on me!!)
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