Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I'll Just Take One, Thanks...

We saw this at the grocery store when I scanned a bottle of syrup to check the price, and we just had to take a picture. Obviously it is just a computer error, but it made me think about pricing in general.

I remember once I was buying Burt's Bees Lip Balm (I'm addicted!) at Bath and Body Works and I was rushing and not paying attention because I had a plane to catch later that evening for a long trip. I grabbed one for $2.50 and as the cashier was ringing me up, she said, "Do you want another one? They are two for $5.00 so you might as well!" Not thinking at all, I grabbed it. As I was walking out, I realized that this was not a deal, but just simple math.

Lesson Learned: Don't go shopping when I am incapable of 1st grade math.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

InStyle Magazine for just $5!

Amazon has been having tons of great magazine deals, and here is another one. Right now you can get a one year subscription to InStyle magazine for just $5! This is a 90% discount on the regular price!

I already get a ton of magazine subscriptions, but I think I'm going that have to get this one for the great price! This is the Magazine Steal of the Week, so the price is only good for the next week!

Remember to use gift cards from Swagbucks to get it for free! :)

10 Boxes of Kashi Cereal for $5.04!

Thanks to the recent Vocalpoint mailers that I received with awesome Kashi coupons and a fabulous deal at Target, I was able to get 10 boxes of cereal for just $5.04!

Transaction #1:

5 boxes of cereal - $14.40

Coupons - Free box of cereal ($2.88), (2) $2 off, and (2) $1.50 off.

Total: $4.52 and I received a $5 gift card!

Transaction #2:

5 boxes of cereal - $14.40

Coupons - Free box of cereal ($2.88), and (4) $1.50 off.

Total: $5.52

Paid for with the $5 gift card and $.52 cents. Plus, I received another $5 gift card! :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Free Amazon Music

I just downloaded the Anti Sampler from Amazon for free. It has a new song from The Swell Season, and I love them so much. They are the minds behind the beautiful movie Once. I've really been loving all of the free Amazon music lately, and I find downloading from them to be a lot easier than ordering from iTunes since I have so much in Amazon credit just sitting there.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Earn More Challenge Update

I'm participating in the Earn More Challenge for September, which is now being hosted by The Good Life on a Budget.

1. This week I made another $10 through an ING referral.
2. I've been listing a lot on Ebay, which is great for my wallet, but it is also great to get rid of clutter. This week I made $24.25.
3. I also made $.37 on Project Wonderful.
4. I earned $3 from a Pinecone survey, and $11 from Survey Spot.

So this week I added an extra $37.62, making my total for September $88.38 so far. I don't have a particular goal in mind, but I would like to keep listing things on Ebay to get rid of some of my junk.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Last Day - 5 Swagbucks for New Members!

I'm very excited to be able to offer a bonus to my readers when you sign up for Swagbucks. When you sign up enter the code "swagandthecity" and you will start with 5 Swagbucks! This code expires on September 11th and is good for new members only. Make sure you enter the code exactly as shown (but without the quotation marks), because it is case sensitive.

Free Amazon MP3s!

Amazon always has free MP3s available for download, but there are a few really good ones right now: Black Winged Bird by Nina Persson and Blanchard by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions. You can see all of the free MP3s that Amazon is offering here!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Threadless $9 Sale Today

I'm so excited that I won a $25 Threadless gift card from Common Sense with Money, just in time for their $9 sale today. This is a great sale, since usually when they have their $5 sale it is only on select items, but this is on everything in the store!

Now I just have to decide what to get!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Gift Certificates - 90% off!

Tomorrow, in honor of 09/09/09, you can get 90% off gift certificates with the code "NINETY." This means you will be able to get a $25 gift certificate (normally $10) for just $1. If you go through Ebates, then you can also get 15% back on your purchase.

I've gotten a lot of gift certificates from and it has been a great way to try new restaurants in my neighborhood. Just make sure you read all of the terms first.

The sale begins at 12:01 am Pacific Time on 9/09 and will last for 99 hours. Enjoy!

Even More Cheap Magazines from Amazon!

A one year subscription to Vegetarian Times only costs $7 after the $5 promotion from Amazon.

A one year subscription to Pregnancy only costs $5 after the discount! A two year subscription to Pregnancy is only $8!

A one year subscription to Country Living only costs $5 after discount!

Use your Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks to make them even cheaper! And remember that readers of Saving Cents in the City can use the code "swagandthecity" to start off with 5 Swagbucks.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Earn More Challenge Update

This month I am participating in Money Funk's Earn More Challenge. So far, it's been a good motivator to finally list stuff on Ebay, as well as exploring other money making possibilities.

So far in September:

1. I've made $30 through posting ING referral links at Bargaineering. (Let me know if you want one too!)
2. I've made $19.80 selling stuff on Ebay.
3. I've made $.96 on Project Wonderful.

So as of September 7th, I made an extra $50.76. Not bad, but I'd definitely like to step it up. I've got more Ebay listings up and I definitely have more planned.

Ready for Fall

Despite the fact that I'm a little bummed about going back to work tomorrow, I'm happy that Autumn is almost here. The other day my neighbors gave me this little pumpkin, and it has been sitting on my windowsill as a happy reminder that my favorite season is coming!

The bags of apples are back in the grocery store, and I can't wait to go apple picking in a few weeks!

I decided to use them to make apple bread. I can't wait to make pumpkin bread too, but considering that it is still going to be around 80 degrees this week, I should probably hold off for a bit.

Soon the weather will really cool down and I can wear hoodies and sweaters again. I can't wait!

$10 Stop & Shop Gift Card Giveaway Winner

Congratulations commenter #17 - Maureen!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

CVS 9/6 - 9/13

(3) John Frieda Root Awakening - $15
(3) Aussie - $8.97
Schick Slim Triple - $6.99
Dove bar - $.67

Coupons Used:
Free Dove Bar
$1 off John Frieda
$1 off John Frieda CRT
$3 off Schick
$5/$25 CVS
1, 3, 3, 5, and 6.99 ECBs

Total OOP: $4.33 ($2.36 was tax)

Earned: 4, 6, and 5 ECBs

I also received two free item coupons on my receipt: 2oz Viologie and CVS brand lotion

Friday, September 4, 2009

More Cheap Magazines from Amazon!

I've found some more great deals on magazines.

You can get a 1 year subscription to the Food Network Magazine for just $10 after the $5 discount that Amazon is offering.

You can also get a subscription to Good Housekeeping for TWO YEARS for just $10 as well.

A TWO YEAR subscription to Redbook will only cost $5.00!

Remember to use your Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks to get free magazine! Use the code "swagandthecity" to start out with 5 Swagbucks! :)

Free Aveda Product on your Birthday!

If you join Aveda's Birthday Program today you will get a free, full-size product on your birthday!

I actually just went into Aveda last week to redeem a free sample coupon and they were fabulous. There was absolutely no pressure to buy anything!

Free Song at Amazon!

In honor of surpassing over a million followers on Amazon's MP3's Twitter feed, they are giving away a free song up to $1.29! Go here to get your free song! I used the credit plus Swagbucks gift cards to finally get The Woods by Sleater-Kinney.

Also, don't forget that new members of Swagbucks can use the code "swagandthecity" to receive 5 bucks when you sign up!

Enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

August Recap

I'm happy that August is over because hopefully my crazy spending will be over now as well. Summer is always a difficult time for me; since I'm not working, I end up going shopping.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to save $1500, which is our monthly goal. Instead I was only able to transfer $1000 to savings. I've been looking at my recent spending, and it's getting a little scary. I'm going to have to set some concrete limits to stay in control.

However, I am excited that I finally opened a Roth IRA account and I was able to fully fund it for the year. Next year will be more difficult, but I am planning on setting up automatic withdrawals and reworking (or actually writing) the budget. I'm so happy that I finally have a retirement account, since I keep seeing bloggers who have had their accounts since they were 18! I'm so behind!

I feel hopeful for September that I will be able to save $1500 again. I've joined Money Funk's Earn More Challenge and I've been trying to come up with ways to earn more cash. I'll be writing more about what I plan to do tomorrow.

$10 Stop & Shop Gift Card Giveaway

I was recently contacted by My Blog Spark and General Mills with the wonderful opportunity to give away a $10 gift card to Stop & Shop to one of my readers. I also received a $10 gift card and I can't wait to go shopping!

The Back-to-School Saving Event is taking place at Stop & Shop stores September 4-10!

Here is how it works:

General Mills and Stop & Shop are teaming up to give families a great way to stock up and save, as they gear up for back to school. Here’s why shoppers should shop at Stop & Shop’s big Back to School Event.

Great sale pricing on the participating General Mills brands:
Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Reeses Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp Sprinkles, Cookie Crisp, Fruit Snacks, Old El Paso Dinner Kits, Pillsbury Strudel, Pillsbury Scrambles, Green Giant Boxed Vegetables, Yoplait Yo-Plus Multi-Pack, Fiber One Yogurt Multi-Pack, Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookies, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Pillsbury Sweet Rolls and Yoplait Delights

Additional savings for you or your school, depending on which Stop & Shop location you shop
If your Stop & Shop store sells gas
Buy four (4) participating General Mills items and you’ll automatically earn 100 points on your Stop & Shop card

For every 100 points earned, you'll save 10¢ per gallon of gas (Please note: Total discount cannot exceed price per gallon)

Just swipe your Stop & Shop Card at the pump to redeem your Gas Rewards

If your Stop & Shop store doesn’t sell gas:

For those Stop & Shop locations without gas stations, don’t worry – you’re not left out of the savings – if you buy five (5) participating General Mills products, you will receive 20 Bonus Box Tops for your school

So now, on to the giveaway!

I will be giving away a $10 Stop & Shop Gift Card provided by General Mills and My Blog Spark.

Here's how you can enter to win:
  • Leave a comment telling me how you save money on groceries.
For additional entries:

  • Subscribe to my feed and leave a comment, or let me know that you already subscribe.
  • Tweet about this giveaway on twitter and leave a comment with a link to the tweet.
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link to the post.
I'll choose the winner on September 6th using Thanks for reading and good luck!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Swagbucks Code for New Members!

Search & Win

I've said it a million times, but I absolutely LOVE Swagbucks. When I joined last December I wasn't sure that it would ever amount to anything, but since then I have earned $175 in gift cards for just a few minutes of searching everyday. They have a fabulous referral system so that you earn up to 100 Swagbucks for each of your referrals, which definitely helps to let your Swagbucks accumulate quickly.

Swagbucks just came out with a cool new toolbar that can help you to earn even more bucks, by issuing a daily Swagcode for all of September.

I'm very excited to be able to offer a bonus to my readers when you sign up for Swagbucks. When you sign up enter the code "swagandthecity" and you will start with 5 Swagbucks! This code expires on September 11th and is good for new members only. Make sure you enter the code exactly as shown (but without the quotation marks), because it is case sensitive.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Another Cheap Magazine (Possibly Free!)

I've got another cheap (maybe free) magazine for you. Right now a one year subscription of House Beautiful is $5 after the $5 off promotion. However, for some reason (I have no idea why) an additional $5 off promotion was applied to my account, making the total $0!

I assume that I recently purchased something that must have triggered the additional discount, but I don't know what it was. Give it a shot with your account too! :)

Magazine Deals on Amazon

Right now you can get a one year subscription to Seventeen Magazine for $2.97 or a two year subscription to Seventeen Magazine for $5.00! A $5.00 discount will be taken off your total during checkout.

You could also get a two year subscription to Marie Claire for $5.00 with the same promotion.

If you use your Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks then you are looking at some free magazines, which in my opinion, are definitely the best kind.