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Saturday, May 29, 2010

FREE subscription to Car and Driver


FreeBizMag is currently offering up a FREE one-year subscription to Car and Driver. I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including a couple through FreeBizMag) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill. It looks like this one will be available until June 4, so sign up now if you want it!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Borders: Save 40% off one item!


Through tomorrow, May 29, you can use this coupon to receive 40% off the list price of one item. Valid in-store or online (use code BYW7772A for online). Must be a Borders Rewards member to use. (You can sign up for Borders Rewards in your store - it's free!)

If you're already a Borders Rewards member, be sure to register your card and set your account preferences to receive offers like this one directly in your inbox. (You can do that here.)

To locate a Borders near you, go here.

FREE one-year subscription to Maxim


Mercury Magazines is currently offering a FREE one-year subscription to Maxim! I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including several through Mercury Magazines) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FREE one-year digital subscription to PC Magazine


Mercury Magazines is currently offering a FREE one-year digital subscription to PC Magazine! I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including several through Mercury Magazines) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill. If you sign up for this one, it will be delivered directly to your inbox!

Don't miss this FREE Kotex sample pack


This sample offer has been around a while, but I wanted to share it in case you've missed it. Kotex is offering samples of a variety of their products. You can choose from four different sample packs, including one that has the new U by Kotex products. The Kotex samples always come with great coupons. Head on over here to request this freebie. Limit one sample pack per household.

My recent CVS trip


I've been meaning to post this since Sunday, but I keep forgetting! Here's how my most recent trip to CVS went:

2 bottles of the new Pantene shampoo (I really like it!) - 2/$6.97, get $2 EB
- $2/2 coupon from sample
= 2/$4.97, received $2 EB

Gillette body wash - $4, get $4 EB
= $4, received $4 EB (There was only one left in stock.)

Crest 3D White toothpaste - $2.97, get $1 EB
- $.75 coupon from P&G insert
= $2.22, received $1 EB

2 packs of M&Ms (I'm obsessed with the peanut butter ones!) - $.48 each
= $.96

- $4.99 EB from previous purchase
- $7 EB from previous purchase
Subtotal: $.18
Total OOP (includes sales tax): $1.56
Received: $7 EB

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FREE sample from Target: L'Oreal EverStrong hair products

Target is currently offering a FREE sample of L'Oreal EverStrong shampoo, conditioner and treatment. To request this freebie, go here. Allow up to six weeks for delivery. Limit one per household.

Snag a FREE sample MagnaCare SPF 30 sunscreen


I have another Facebook freebie for you! MagnaCare is currently offering up a FREE sample of their SPF 30 sunscreen in honor of skin care prevention month. To request your FREE sample, log in to Facebook, go to the MagnaCare page and click on the coupon tab. Samples will be available until May 31 or while supplies last. Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

(Thanks to Shopping Frugal!)

Snag a FREE thong from American Apparel


American Apparel is giving a FREE thong to their new email newsletter subscribers. Once you subscribe, you'll receive an email with a link to an order form where you can choose your size and fill out your shipping info.

(Thanks to Hip2Save!)

FREE one-year subscription to Trailer Life


FreeBizMag is currently offering up a FREE one-year subscription to Trailer Life. I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including a couple through FreeBizMag) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill. It looks like this one will be available until June 1, so sign up now if you want it!

FREE Facebook sample: boscia blotting linens

UPDATE: No longer available

I'm loving all of the Facebook freebies lately! Right now, boscia is offering up a FREE 25-count sample of their blotting linens to all of their fans on Facebook . All you need to do to snag this freebie is go here, "like" boscia on Facebook and then scroll down their wall to find the "free blotting linens with email sign-up post."

(Thanks Hip2Save!)

FREE sample of Crystal Light Pure Fitness for Vocalpoint members


While supplies last, Vocalpoint members can sign up to receive a FREE sample of Crystal Light Pure Fitness. Limit one per household. Allow 5-7 weeks for delivery.

If you're not a Vocalpoint member, you can register here (it's free) and then sign up here. You can also check out my post on Vocalpoint.

FREE Facebook sample: Ritz Crackerfuls

If you're a fan of Ritz Crackers on Facebook, you can request a FREE sample of the new cheddar cheese and bacon flavored Ritz Crackerfuls. All you need to do is go here, "like" Ritz crackers and click on the open for fun tab to access the sample link.

Monday, May 24, 2010

FREE hot beverage at Pilot Travel Centers

Pilot Travel Centers is currently offering up FREE coffee to all of their Facebook fans! To snag a coupon for a FREE 16 oz. coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate or hot tea (your choice!), all you need to do is go here, "like" Pilot Travel Centers and click on the coupon tab.

To locate a Pilot Travel Center near you, go here.

Friday, May 21, 2010

FREE subscription to Scuba Diving Magazine


Mercury Magazines is currently offering a FREE one-year subscription to Scubing Diving! I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including this one through Mercury Magazines) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill.

Reserve a FREE Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich


If you're a fan of Chick-fil-A, then you'll love this freebie! Chick-fil-A is giving away a FREE spicy chicken sandwich when you make a reservation for May 31 - June 5. To snag this freebie, all you need to do is go here, pick your favorite Chick-fil-A restaurant, select a date and reserve. Then, you'll receive an email to print off your personalized invitation.

You'll want to hurry - only a limited number of FREE sandwiches are available at each location!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FREE subscription to Tennis Magazine

Mercury Magazines is currently offering a FREE one-year subscription to Tennis! I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including this one through Mercury Magazines) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My dog loves BzzAgent, too!


A few weeks ago, BzzAgent invited me to participate in a BzzCampaign for Hill's Science Diet Small & Toy Breed dog food. I have a miniature daschund/chihuhua mix (a "chiweenie") named Maddie who is almost two years old. Before being invited to the campaign, I'd heard good things about Hill's Science Diet, but I always dismissed it as being "too expensive." (The 4.5 lb bags run in the $10-12 range.)

When I went to PetSmart, they were out of the regular adult variety. Since I was eager to try out this product and wasn't sure when I'd make it back to that part of town, I decided on the "light" version. I was curious to see if Maddie would actually like it. When it comes to human foods, my dogs will gladly scarf down anything she can get her mouth on, but where dog food is concerned, she''s really picky!

The last time we switched foods, our vet recommended mixing a small amount of new food with the old instead of just springing the new stuff on her. So that's what I did with this Hill's Science Diet food. While she was sniffing around her bowl and giving me a questioning "what-did-you-do-to-my-food" look, I headed to another part of the house to take care of a few things. I was feeling pretty sure I would return to find her food bowl completely untouched.

When I came back to the kithcen, I found this:



Maddie was picking out the pieces of Hill's food and spitting any old food she got onto our floor. It was pretty funny! I guess this picture speaks for itself. Clearly, she's a fan of Hill's Science Diet Small & Toy Breed Dog Food.

Here's what I like about this product from a "human" perspective:
- The bag (at least the 4.5 lb bag) is re-sealable. I'm a sucker for added convenience.
- My dog loves it, and it's actually good for her.
- Hill's is a trusted name in pet food and one that I often hear from my veterinarian.
- It doesn't have an overwhelming dog food smell.
- It's really healthy for my dog to eat.

If you're curious, I do plan on buying more of this food in the future. Even though it costs a little more than I've been buying Maddie, I think's worth it.


(I received a free item coupon from BzzAgent to try this product out. I didn't receive any compensation to share my opinion. To learn more about BzzAgent, check out this post.)

FREE sample: Crest 3D Whitestrips


Walmart has been on a roll with the free samples lately! Right now, you can snag a sample of Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Advanced Seal. Even if you've requested this before, you should be able to request it again. Allow up to four weeks for delivery. Limit one per household.

(Thanks to Hip2Save!)

Monday, May 17, 2010

FREE goodies from Kraft First Taste

If you're a member of Kraft First Taste, now is a great time to login to your account! A lot of people have reported being able to request coupons to receive the following products FREE:
  • Kool-Aid Fun Fizz Drink Drops
  • Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh Shave Lunchmeat
  • Ritz Crackerfulls
  • Kraft 100 Calorie Packs
  • Kraft Homestyle Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese boxed diner
  • DiGiorno Deep Dish Pizza
If you're not a member, you can sign up now. You won't be able to take advantage of these offers, but you won't miss out on future freebies.

Note: These offers aren't available to all members. I didn't receive any of them, but you won't know until you check.

(Thanks to Hip2Save!)

Mail Call - 5/17


I didn't get a ton of mail last week, but some of the stuff I got was really nice:
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Cosmo
  • US News and World Report
  • Forbes and Forbes Life
  • Pantene shampoo and conditioner sample
  • A One eskimO CD from One2One Network to listen to and review for retail sites
  • Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless BzzKit (This kit was sooo nice! It came with corrector, eye concealer, foundation and sculpting blush.)

Want to see what other people are getting in their mailboxes? Click the button below to check out Mailbox Monday, hosted by A Frugal Friend! (I love seeing what cool things other people get every week!)


Sunday, May 16, 2010

FREE subscription to Cycle World - first 1,000

FreeBizMag is currently offering up a FREE one-year subscription to Cycle World. I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including a couple through FreeBizMag) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill.

If you want this subscription, you'll need to hurry - they're only offering up 1,000!

Friday, May 14, 2010

FREE sample: Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Body Lotion


Walmart.com is currently offering up a FREE sample of Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Body Lotion. Allow up to four weeks for delivery. Limit one per household.

To see other samples available from walmart, go here.

FREE sample: Playtex Gentle Glide

Right now, you can snag a FREE sample of Playtex Gentle Glide tampons, curtesy of walmart.com. Limit one request per household. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

These samples always come with great coupons. Plus, if you click on "get extra savings," you'll find a $2.50/2 coupon on the site.

To see other FREE samples currently available from walmart, go here.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Snag a FREE reusable bag from Nursery Water

Nursery Water is giving away a FREE reusable bag to the first 100 people who sign up each day. There's even a counter on the site, so you can see how many are still available. This freebie resets every day at noon EST.

FREE sample of Pampers Cruisers for Vocalpoint members

While supplies last, Vocalpoint members can sign up to receive a FREE sample of Pampers Cruisers. Limit one per household. Allow 5-7 weeks for delivery.

If you're not a Vocalpoint member, you can register here (it's free) and then sign up here. You can also check out my post on Vocalpoint.

FREE subscription to Boating Magazine


Mercury Magazines is currently offering a FREE one-year subscription to Boating! I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including several through Mercury Magazines) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

P&G Brand Sampler - FREE samples and coupons!


I always look forward to checking out new offers from the P&G Brand Sampler. P&G offers various samples and coupons at the beginning of each month. You pick and choose which offers you want, and P&G mails them to you within 4-6 weeks. It's completely FREE to sign up. All you need to do is go here.

Samples and coupons currently available:
  • Pantene Solutions shampoo and conditioner sample
  • Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max sample
  • Head & Shoulders sample
  • Prilosec OTC sample
  • Bounty paper towels coupon
  • $.50 off Bounty napkins
  • $1 off Tide Plus Febreze Freshness
  • Up to $3 off Tide Stain Release
  • Iams dog food coupon

Borders: 33% off one item!



Through Thursday, February 4, you can use this coupon to receive 33% off the list price of one item. Valid in-store or online (use code BUE7662Y for online). Must be a Borders Rewards member to use. (You can sign up for Borders Rewards in your store - it's free!)

If you're already a Borders Rewards member, be sure to register your card and set your account preferences to receive offers like this one directly in your inbox. (You can do that here.)

To locate a Borders near you, go here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Update your bookmarks!

Coupons&Coffee can now be found at:


(I'm really excited about my new domain, lol.)

FREE deodorant and body wash samples!


Walmart.com just released a new batch of samples, and it looks like some pretty good stuff is up for grabs. You'll definitely want to request these as soon as possible. I have a feeling they'll go fast!





Allow up to four weeks for delivery. Limited to one request per household (for each item).

(Thanks to Hip2Save!)

Mail Call - 5/10


This is my first Mailbox Monday post in a looooong time, and I'm really excited to be back! The mail post has always been one of my favorites. Overall, I think I had a good week:
  • Town & Country
  • Marie Claire
  • 2 issues of Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Donald Miller's Searching For God Knows What (BookSneeze has an awesome program for bloggers where you can receive free copies of books to read and review.)
  • Renu contact solution sample (This was a really nice size!)
  • Hill's Science Diet small & toy dog food campaign kit from BzzAgent
  • Not pictured (because I completely forgot to put them in the picture): U by Kotex samples and 2 sampling party kits from Nescafe Taster's Choice (I'm on their "Tasters" team - you can still apply to join.)

Want to see what other people are getting in their mailboxes? Click the button below to check out Mailbox Monday, hosted by A Frugal Friend! (I love seeing what cool things other people get every week!)


Sunday, May 9, 2010

My CVS trip - 5/9


I haven't been to CVS in forever, so I was really excited when I checked out their ad and saw all of the great deals for this week. Plus, I had a $15 EB from a recent CVS Advisor survey that was burning a hole in my pocket! I think I did pretty well for my first time out in a few months.

Here's what I got:

2 bottles of Pantene Nature Fusion shampoo - 2/$6.97, get $3 EB
- 2 $2 coupons from a Vocalpoint mailer
= 2/$2.97, received $3 EB

1 Crest Pro-Health mouthwash - $3.50, get $3.50 EB
= $3.50, received $3.50 EB

1 Crest Pro-Health toothpaste - $3.50, get $3.50 EB
- $.75 coupon from 5/2 P&G insert
= $2.75, received $3.50 EB

1 Oral-B Crossaction toothbrush - $3.49, get $1.50 EB
- $.75 coupon from 5/2 P&G insert
= $2.74, received $1.50 EB

1 U by Kotex tampons - $4.99, get $4.99 EB
- $1 coupon from sample
= $3.99, received $4.99 EB


- $15 EB from taking a CVS Advisor survey
Subtotal: $.95
Total OOP (includes tax): $1.64
Received: $16.50 EB

Friday, May 7, 2010

FREE one-year subscription to Maxim

Mercury Magazines is currently offering a FREE one-year subscription to Maxim! I've done several free magazine subscriptions (including several through Mercury Magazines) and can assure you that they do come, and I've never received a bill.

FREE sample of Dove hair care

Right now, you can snag a FREE sample of the reinvented Dove shampoo and conditioner. If you want this sample, be sure to act fast - they went really fast last night! Allow up to four weeks for delivery. Limit one sample per household.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

FREE sample of Nivea lotion or body wash

Right now, you can snag a FREE sample of Nivea Happy Sensation lotion or Nivea Touch of Happy body wash from the Ellen Degeneres Show. I've used the body wash before, and I love this scent - it's very summery!

(Thanks to Free Snatcher!)

Snag FREE NIA exfoliating serum - first 500!


Starting at noon EST today, Allure will be giving away NIA 24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum to the first 500 people who sign up here.

Upcoming giveaway from Allure:
May 7 - Avon Perfect Wear ExtraLasting Lip Gloss in Eternal Rose

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

FREE samples from walmart.com

I'm a huge fan of the product samples that walmart offers, and I've received some really cool things from them, including a full-size roll of toliet paper. (What's not to love about TP showing up in your mailbox?) These samples change often, and they typically come with decent coupons.

Right now, you can snag samples of the following products:
  • Parent's Choice infant formula
  • Eucerin daily skin balance body lotion
  • John Freida root awakening hair care
  • Prilosec OTC
Go here to request your FREE samples.

Snag FREE Redken styling wax - first 500!

Starting at noon EST today, Allure will be giving away Redken Structure Wax 17 Classic Styling Wax to the first 500 people who sign up here.

Upcoming giveaways from Allure:
May 6 - NIA 24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum
May 7 - Avon Perfect Wear ExtraLasting Lip Gloss in Eternal Rose

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Snag FREE Fekkai Shampoo - First 500!


Starting at noon EST today, Allure will be giving away Fekkai Marine Clean Detox Shampoo to the first 500 people who sign up here.

Upcoming giveaways from Allure:
May 5 - Redken Structure Wax 17 Classic Styling Wax
May 6 - NIA 24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum
May 7 - Avon Perfect Wear ExtraLasting Lip Gloss in Eternal Rose

BzzAgent: Test new products for FREE!



In the past few weeks, I've received invitations to sign up with three different BzzCampaigns through BzzAgent. I'm really excited about getting the chance to test out the new products they're sending my way!

I've posted about BzzAgent before, but here's a quick recap:

BzzAgent (pronounced "Buzz agent") is a word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing company that puts products directly in the hands of consumers to test out. As someone who's studied advertising and marketing, I think this is a really, really cool concept. Plus, it means FREE stuff for you!

It's completely free to sign up, and you're under absolutely no obligation to buy anything. Once you sign up and fill out some short surveys, you'll be contacted to participate in campaigns. While most of the campaigns are free, some require a small fee. You can decline any campaign you don't want to participate in, and it won't affect your eligibility for future campaigns.

In the past year, I've received several really awesome products to test out: L'Oreal Double Extend Lash Boosting System, Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions products, Bic Soleil Bella razors, and a Glade Sense & Spray. Each campaign kit contains a free, full-size product, as well as coupons and even samples to share with friends.

I'm a huge, huge fan of BzzAgent.

If you're interested in signing up or want to learn more, just go here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Book Review: Plan B by Pete Wilson

Everyone has those moments where they're ultimately left wondering "Why did that happen to me?" and "Why isn't God fixing this mess?" Plan B: What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought He would? by Pete Wilson offers insight on how to cope when your original plan just doesn't work out. Wilson uses examples from his own life, friends' lives, and the Bible to illustrate how life can take unexpected (and often unwanted) turns and how God ultimately has a plan for us in difficult times.

A couple of years ago, I experienced my own “Plan B” moment when I was struggling to find even a part-time job straight out of grad school and my now ex-fiance cheated on me. I would've loved to have had Wilson's book when I was going through these "Plan B" moments. I'm pretty confident that it would've helped me, as I'm sure it will help others who read it.

Plan B is engaging, and it has a great conversational tone that makes it easy to relate to. Wilson does a good job of sharing his message without coming across as condescending or "preachy." I definitely recommend Plan B.

(Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me a copy of this book to read and review. I'm a member of Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program.)