Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Earn $10 Amazon card for writing 10 reviews!

At the product-review site Viewpoints, if you write 10 reviews in certain categories (Home & Garden, Family & Pets, Health & Beauty, Kitchen (excluding grocery items), Computers and Electronics) between now and Dec. 31, you will get a $10 Amazon gift card.  Sound too good to be true?  I can personally tell you it's true, because I participated in a similar promotion earlier this year and definitely got my card code emailed to me!

Read the full details here.

Reviews must be at least 900 words (there's a handy counter), which comes out to like three paragraphs.  Still seem like it's too hard?  Here are some things you can review: the last pair of jeans you bought, your dog food, your refrigerator, your toothpaste, your shampoo, your kid's diapers or formula, your Blackberry. . .the list goes on!  Just make sure you stay within the approved categories, and that you're finished before Friday.  It only took me an hour or so last time to write 10, so get going!

(Note: I don't get a bonus for referrals, I just wanted to let you know that this really works!)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Attention Gleeks: Full Season 1 Box Set only $14.99!

I'm not a Gleek. I've never seen the show. But that's OK, because I lived it in high school and college. For those of you who love the show (and I do love Jane Lynch, no matter what she's in), there's a super deal on Amazon right now for the entire 7-disc box set of Glee: The Complete First Season for only $14.99! (That's a discount of $44.99.)  Two-day shipping is FREE with Amazon Mom or Amazon Student Prime membership (both free to join).

If you wanted this for Christmas and didn't get it, treat yourself!

Baby Steals: Ergo Baby Carrier for $60.50 (45% off)

This pink floral Ergo Baby Carrier is available at Baby Steals for today only for $60.50 (there are other colors but they have sold out already.  I'm a Moby girl myself but if you like Ergos, I've heard great things about them, and this seems like a great price!

Sign up for daily emails from Baby Steals to find out their daily steal (lots of cloth diapers, cute baby hats, Baby Legs, etc.) and check their site every day for their second evening steal (not in the email).

I Love
New Steal Daily - 9am MDT

Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Pampers Gifts to Grow points!

pampers 10 FREE Pampers Gifts To Grow Points

There have been a couple of new Pampers Gifts to Grow point codes out lately, so I'll recap them in case you missed any.  Input these codes at Pampers Village (click here to sign up for free) and redeem them for great rewards like developmental toys, Shutterfly products (got my birth announcement and baby thank you cards for free from them!), and sweepstakes to win free diapers for a year!  Find more codes inside every Pampers diapers and wipes package.

If you're already a member, here are some more recent codes to add:
newwipespackage (10 points)
GTGWELCOME10PTS (10 points)
WelcomeMembers5 (5 points)
DEC2010FACEBOOK (10 points)
LoveComesEarlyT  (100 points!)

Lightning Deal: $46.99 for 640 GB external hard drive

Here's a great Lightning Deal going on today only at Amazon: a 640 GB USB portable hard drive, for only $46.99!  Ships free with Amazon Prime (if you're not already a member through Amazon Mom or Amazon Student, get on it!).  Hurry, this is today only!  (Click on the link to the right that had the $46.99 price and says "Add to Cart.")

Sign up for your FREE Chick-fil-A chicken!

Thanks to Shari of the gift-card savings site WINconomy for this tip!
Sign up starting Monday, Dec. 27 at to make a reservation at your nearest Chick-fil-A for the week of January 3-8.  When you come in at your appointed time you can get a FREE Spicy Chicken Biscuit.  The Spicy Chicken Biscuit joins the regular menu on  January 10!

WOW! Groupon: $20 for TWO Shutterfly wall calendars!


Just when I'm ready to make my wall calendars for Shutterfly, here's an amazing Groupon deal (expires Monday night) for $20 for TWO calendars!  That's a savings of 55 percent!

The calendars can be as personalized as you want to be.  12x12 and printed on heavy card stock, you can have important dates preprinted on there, and even choose a photo for a birthday or anniversary.  There are hundreds of backgrounds to choose from, with handy themes if you want it all put together for you.

Click the box for the deal:

Groupon: Get the Best Deal in Your City Today!

Free Tone body wash at CVS!

I'll post later with some great deals at CVS this week, but starting today you can get a FREE Tone body wash after coupon and Extra Bucks!

First, print this coupon for $1 off Tone.

Then at CVS, the deal is $3.88 for Tone with $3 back in Extra Bucks.  Use your coupon to get it free after Extra Bucks!  Then use your EBs in your next transaction to get something else for free -- that's called "rolling the bucks."  :-)

Limit one per Extra Care card.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Groupon deal: 50% off jewelry plus FREE pearl bracelet!


There's a great deal going on now at Groupon today only for  You have the option to purchase either $50 worth of jewelry for $20, or $100 worth of jewelry for $50!  You can buy two deals per person (one per transaction), but no matter which you choose, each deal comes with a beautiful freshwater pearl bracelet (pictured above)!  This is a great way to get beautiful jewelry for someone on your list, or pick out the gift for yourself that Santa forgot to bring you!

Some examples of jewelry you can score with the $20 Groupon are:
In the $100 range?  For $50 you can get the pearl bracelet plus one of these:

This deal is for today only, so sign up for Groupon here, or if you're already signed up, head straight to the deal page here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Free shipping or mailing for Shutterfly cards!

I know, I know, your cards are done already.  It's too close to Christmas anyway.  BUT if you're a super procrastinator, you can take advantage of Shutterfly's current promotion for free standard shipping on cards: just enter code SHIPCARDS with your order.

Problem is, you still have to wait for them to come, stamp and mail them, right?  WRONG!  Because if you're ordering 5x5 or 5x7 stationery cards, or 5x7 greeting cards, you can use that shipping code, upload your mailing list and Shutterfly will STAMP AND MAIL THEM for free!  That's right, you don't even have to pay for postage!  (Or get papercuts on your tongue from licking envelopes.)

Here's an idea: No one said they had to be Christmas cards.  So send New Year's cards, or invitations to a party!  Or repeat the Procrastinator's Creed: "Better late than never!"

Saturday, December 18, 2010

How To Make Olive Penguins and Cheese Ball Igloo

This is just the cutest thing! Sure to make you a hit at any holiday party, and it seems pretty easy to do! (Except maybe the red-bell-pepper Santa hat. Might have to work on that one.)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Performance Fleece Scarves only $1 at Old Navy!

Tomorrow only, get select styles of Performance Fleece Scarves for just $1 each at Old Navy! I suggest getting there early for the best selection. Limit 5 per customer, while supplies last!

LINK: Performance Fleece Scarves only $1. Sat, 12/18 only!

BIG Toys R Us video game sale on Saturday!

This is valid Saturday only -- if you buy two games $20-$39, looks like you'll be getting more than 50 percent off!  I might have to schlep on down to TRU for this deal!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

B1G1 Free Gerber Infant Cereal

My baby just started on cereal, and I'm sure a lot of my other August 2010 mom friends are too, so here's a great coupon for you. "Like" Gerber on Facebook and click the tab for Coupons, and you can print a B1G1 Free Infant Cereal coupon (up to $3.19 value).

Remember, whenever you print a coupon online, after it prints hit the back button (if it asks you to resubmit your info say yes); you can usually print it twice!

100 Pampers Points TODAY ONLY!

pampers 100 FREE Pampers Gifts To Grow Points Code

Hurry, enter code MYBABYREGISTRYT today only for 100 Pampers Gifts to Grow points!

Sign up for the program here!

Did you catch these recent codes?
WelcomeMembers5 (5 points)
DEC2010FACEBOOK (10 points)
LoveComesEarlyT (100 points!!)

Monday, December 13, 2010

FREE cup of Yoplait Yogurt

Fill out the form below, and in 2-4 weeks they'll mail you a coupon for a free cup of Yoplait Original Yogurt.

Ebates: Cyber Monday Part 2!

I know this is my second post in a row about Ebates, but I just started using it more and I really can't say enough good things about it!  Plus, there's an amazing deal going on today only that I had to tell people about!

Today is "Cyber Monday 2" on Ebates, and that means DOUBLE cash back at over 400 stores!

Old Navy:     8% Cash Back
Gap:              8% Cash Back
Ann Taylor:  6% Cash Back
Ebay:            3%-7% Cash Back
FTD:             25% Cash Back (get those holiday flower orders in!)

It's SO easy to use!  Just sign up here, find the store you want, and start shopping!  You get $5 just for joining and shopping, and they pay you back via check or PayPal, you choice.  Nearly every online retailer I use is on there (except Amazon, but you can't have everything), in every category.  If you're going to be shopping online anyway, why not get cash back while doing it?  Check them out, sign up for free, and see if the stores you want to shop at are on there. Happy clicking!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ebates: 8% cash back on Shutterfly purchases!

Got your holiday cards done yet?  Well, hurry up!  Shutterfly has gorgeous ones, and I just found out that Ebates is giving 8% cash back on purchases at Shutterfly!

How does it work?  Sign up for Ebates, search for the online store you want on their site (there are thousands, including eBay, Old Navy, Best Buy, practically everything!) and click on it.  (Here's Shutterfly.)  You'll receive a "ticket number," which just means Ebates knows you're going through their site.  Shop as you  normally do, and a percentage will be credited back to you.  Best of all, you only need $5 for Ebates to send you a check!

Ebates also sometimes gets exclusive coupons for stores, and during big shopping times like Black Friday they double their cash back!

Join for free now and get $5 cash back to start!

Enjoy making your holiday cards!  Here's mine:

Scalloped Scarlet Ribbon Christmas
View the entire collection of cards.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Groupon: 3 Redbox rentals for $1

There's a great deal on Groupon right now for three Redbox rentals (normally $1 each) for only $1!  Here's how you do it:

  1. Sign up for Groupon here.
  2. Follow this link to find the Redbox deal.
  3. Click the green button to buy it.  After a day or so you'll find it under "My Groupons" and you can print the three codes
Never used Redbox?  It's super easy to use.  You can use their website to search for a specific movie (or even video games in some markets!) or you can find your nearest kiosk and see what movies are there.  Reserve online if you like (note: you can't use a promo code with online reservations) and swipe a credit or debit card to rent!  Return to any box before 9 p.m. the next night and you're all done!

If you've never used Redbox before, there are lots of free codes floating around.  They can be used once per credit card, so if you have a few, you can use it once on each!  To use a code, add the movie to your card and then hit the "Add a Promo Code" button.
DVDATWAG (good only at Walgreens kiosks)
DVDKROG (good only at Kroger kiosks)

If you sign up for emails from Redbox, you get a free rental, and if you sign up for text messages, you get a free code texted to you every month!

FREE ebook download from Amazon

Click above to get Money Girl's Smart Moves to Deal with Your Debt, a FREE ebook!  Hurry, when a book comes up free it usually doesn't last longer than a few days.

Don't have a Kindle?  No problem!  Download the FREE Kindle Reading app for iPhone, Blackberry, Mac, Windows PC, whatever you've got!  It's a very easy to use interface, with bookmarks, easy page-turning and adjustable text size! 

Friday, December 10, 2010

$10 off $30 at Bath and Body Works

If you're behind on your holiday shopping, head to Bath and Body Works for some great deals for the women (and some men too I bet!) in your life.  Add $30 to your cart and put in the code TENOFF to save $10 instantly!  Hurry, this ends Dec. 13.

A good suggestion for stocking stuffers: I recommend throwing a couple of these in your cart!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Quizno's Coupons for this week

Just found two great coupons for Quizno's, expiring soon, so grab 'em now!  I don't see any limit on how many times you can print these, but of course please be considerate and don't try to use them several times a day at the same store.  :-)

FREE SUB when you buy one sub of equal or greater value and a fountain drink (exp. 12/8)

2 small subs or half toasty favorites, 2 chips, 2 regular drinks for $9.99 (exp. 12/13)

App helps fight holiday stains

The downside of all that yummy holiday eating is the stains that get everywhere. Thankfully, Clorox is offering a free app for iPhone or Android phones where you can search by stain (red wine, ballpoint pen) and get quick tips on how to save yourself.

Choose your Swagbucks code!

The SWAG BUCKS BLOG has an interesting challenge today: two codes worth 5 Swagbucks each, but you can only use ONE -- for the Patriots or the Jets to win tonight's Monday Night Football. If the team you pick wins, on Friday you get a BONUS of 14 Swagbucks (that's two touchdowns plus extra points). Choose wisely!

(Me, I've got Giants in the blood, but I have to root against the Patriots no matter what, so Go Gang Green!)

(EDIT: Oh well, no extra 14 points for me!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

All About Mystery Shopping

I didn't think mystery shopping was for real, until I saw a friend do it while we took a trip to the store.  She told me it had been years since she had paid for a meal at a certain local casual-dining restaurant, because she often mystery-shopped there.  She was kind enough to share the link for her site with me, and I completed my first shop this week and will do two more in the morning!

The site she uses, which I can definitely vouch for because she's gotten paid, is Feedback Plus.  While I've been doing some research on mystery shopping, I learned that there is a professional organization called the Mystery Shopping Providers Association, just for shoppers!  Best of all, they have a page with links to all their member organizations, so I've been signing up for a bunch to see which have shops in my area I'd like to do.  (Many only have them in Orlando, which is too far for me at this time.)

I've only been doing it for a short time, but here's my Mystery Shopper FAQ, gleaned from research among several different sites and my own experience:

What exactly do you do?
Mystery shopping assignments vary. Some require you to purchase something with your own money, and you are then reimbursed along with a small bonus.  Other times, you just walk into a store and pretend that you want to buy something, and you just record the actions of the sales associate (like, if they suggested that you apply for the store credit card).

How do you get "shops"?
Shops are what your assignments are called.  Most companies have a website where you can search by location for shops near you (or near where you will be traveling), and you can pick which ones you want.  Many sites put a limit on the number of shops you can do at one time, or in one month, or at a particular location.

What do you do after you're done?
You fill out an online form giving all the details of your shop.  If you bought something, you upload a copy of your receipt (so you need a digital camera or scanner).  It's a good idea to read the form BEFORE you go, because the questions are quite detailed, like how tall was the manager or how many seconds between when you were greeted and seated.  Usually these forms must be filled out within 12-24 hours of the shop, depending on the site.

How do you get paid for mystery shopping?
This varies a LOT.  In fact, I decided not to use a particular site because they mailed paper checks 40-60 days after a shop is completed, and that was too long for me.  Most sites either mail a paper check or insist on using PayPal.  Some pay within a week or two, but most pay in about 30 days.

Who is an ideal mystery shopper?
You need to be observant, discreet, and a good actor.  One shop I saw had an elaborate scenario for how you pretend you forgot your wallet so you avoid making a purchase.  You also need to be very good at following directions, because you won't get paid if the shop isn't done exactly as specified.  Mystery shopping is fun but it's definitely work.

Hope this little tutorial helped!  Let me know your experienced with mystery shopping in the comments below!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

FREE Hungry Hungry Hippos Travel Game at Target

In the Sunday (12/5) Smartsource coupon insert in your newspaper, there's a $5/1 Hasbro coupon, and Target has this game marked down for $4.99 (your local store price may vary).  This means you get it for free!  Perfect for stocking stuffers or keeping the kids occupied on those looooong holiday car trips!

Thanks Hunt4Freebies!

FREE Subscription to the Wall Street Journal!

Sounds too good to be true?  It did to me, too.  But now six days a week there's a little yellow bag in my driveway with my WSJ!  (I almost tossed it at first, thinking it was the local shopper, good thing I looked before I threw!)  There is NO obligation and you will never receive a bill!

You can't read their stories online, so it's a great fresh perspective.  I share it with my neighbor when I'm done with it.  Their Saturday arts section is especially entertaining.  Order for yourself or as a gift!

LINK: Free WSJ Subscription from Rewards Gold 
Fixed, with a new link!

Thanks again, Hunt 4 Freebies!

Sunday Coupon Preview

To find out what will be in this weekend's coupon inserts, mosey on over to Sunday Coupon Preview.  Here are some I'm looking forward to:

Schick Quattro for Women/Intuition Plus razor or refill Save $2.00/1
CA Pizza Kitchen Save $1.00/1
Huggies Pure & Natural Save $3.00/1
Huggies Little Sugglers/Little Movers Save $2.00/1
Huggies Wipes (180 ct or larger) Save $1.00/1

(I don't use Huggies but I trade these coupons with another mom for Enfamil checks.)
Cracker Barrel cheese cubes Save $1.00/1

Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment Save $1.00/1
Glade Plugins Scented Oil Lasting Impressions holder Save $3.00/1
Glade Plugins Scented Oil twin or two single refills Save $1.00/1

Maybelline Colorsensational, Lipcolor, Pearls, Lip Liner, Lip Gloss or any New York Lipcolor Save $2.00/1
Similac 1 QT Concentrated Liquid product Save $5.00/1

Pampers Gifts to Grow Program

I can't say enough great things about the Pampers Gifts to Grow Program.  It's 100% free, and you use the codes that come inside Pampers diapers and wipes of all sizes.

Best of all, there are TONS of free codes out there, released periodically over the Internet, and this site is one place where you can find them all!

What are the codes good for?  Glad you asked! Lots of rewards, mostly for awesome products from Shutterfly like photo cards (hello birth announcements and Christmas cards), photo thank you cards, collages, calendars, etc.  They also have promotional codes for and other sites.  If you don't see anything you like, you can donate your points to Toys for Tots or March of Dimes.

Use the link above to sign up and then use these codes to get you started!

DEC2010FACEBOOK  (good during month of December)

Friday, December 3, 2010

FREE Extra Strength Excedrin and Excedrin Migraine!

Fill out the forms to get coupons in the mail good for FREE bottles of Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine!  I love Excedrin because it has caffeine (so does Midol) and it REALLY helps with my headaches, many of which may have something to do with caffeine withdrawal, lol!

These are EXPIRED for now! Hope you got them!

Thanks, Hunt4Freebies!

BONUS: If you use Excedrin PM, check out this coupon for $3.50 off your next purchase.  I suggest when you get it, save it to use with a deal at CVS or Walgreens.

Win Win Savings is a win win for you!

My good friend Shari is getting her business off the ground, and it's an amazing concept. Win Win Savings started in Brevard but is branching out nationwide.

What they do: Gather gift certificates from area merchants in exchange for advertising space, then sell them on the site at a discount to you of as much as 75%. Then, they give 25% of proceeds to the charity of YOUR choice, which you select upon checkout.

What you do: Use these at your favorite merchants, from restaurants to salons to even dentists! Also, persuade your favorite businesses and charities to get involved!

What your church/charitable organization can do: Sign up to be one of the charities eligible for donation. In exchange, they steer their members to Win Win Savings to save money and also help them out!

I just heard that they're now offering gift certificates to Imperial Salon, veddy posh. Give the gift of one of their gift certificates to someone you admire (including yourself!) and the Joneses will never know that not only didn't you pay full price, but you gave back to the community as well!

Kohl's: Gloves for $1.50 shipped!

We've had a recent cold snap here on Florida's Space Coast, and I know I'm not the only one caught without any gloves! You people up North laugh at us -- I'll admit my Jersey blood has thinned after living in Florida so long, but it also doesn't help that I don't have appropriate clothes for temperatures under 65!

If you already live in a cold climate, these make great stocking stuffers, or just stock up since I know I used to lose gloves all the time (especially with kids).

How to: These gloves are currently priced at $1.75 at Kohl's. Use the 15% off code INCREDIBLE and also the free shipping code FREECCDEC. There may be more but some examples are:

Warm toasty thanks to Hunt4Freebies!

Publix Deals 12/2-12/8

Some decent deals to be had this week at Publix. Not as many as last week's awesome BOGOs (buy one-get ones) on Marie Callendar's and Eggo Pancakes, but still not bad if you need to stockpile some stuff. (More on stockpiling in another post.)

Give back: Fiddledeedee Mom makes an excellent point in her post -- a lot of items on sale this week are things that food pantries desperately need during the holidays, and they're at such rock bottom prices -- please consider getting a few extra and giving them to your local charity! If you're in Brevard, call "211" free from your home phone or click on Brevard 211 to find places to give near you.

If the coupons are in RED you can print them online (usually two per computer). If they are BLUE you need to pick up the actual coupon from SmartSource (SS) or Red Plum (RP) or an online coupon clipping service. For the links to the printables, click on her link at the bottom!

Buy One Get One Free Deals

Beech Nut Stage 2 Baby Food (4 oz jar): $.57
$1/10 - HERE
$2/20 - HERE
$2/12 - 8/1 Smartsource
= As low as $.18 each
*great to DONATE!

Green Giant Canned Vegetables: $1.33
$.50/2 - 10/24 Smartsource
= $.41 each*
*great to DONATE!

For more deals, click "Read more" below...
Idahoan Mashed Potatoes (pouch): $1.00
$.40/1 - HERE
$.40/1 - HERE
$.75/3 - HERE
= As low as $.10 each*
*great to DONATE!

Krusteaz Cookie Mix (Bakery Style, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Chunk, Sugar, or Peanut Butter): $2.19
$1/1 - 10/10 Smartsource
= $.09 each

Lysol Neutra Air Sanitizing Spray: $3.59
$1/1 - HERE
= $.79 each

Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix (Rich Chocolate, With Marshmallows, or Dark Chocolate): $2.19
$1/1 wyb Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows - All You magazine, November 2010
= Varies

Nestle Toll House Morsels: $2.93
$1/2 - HERE
$.50/2 - HERE
$1.25/3 - 11/14 Redplum
= As low as $.93 each

Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies: $3.39
$1/1 - HERE
$1/2 - Publix Share Something Delicious coupon booklet
= As low as $.69 each

Thanks Fiddledeedee Mom! Click HERE for the whole list and links to coupons!

Give free gift certificates! is a great site where you can buy gift certificates to your favorite local places -- or anywhere you want -- for a fraction of the price. Some $25 gift certificates can go on sale for as little as $2. Some restrictions often apply: For instance, usually your check has to be double the amount of the gift certificate. But it's an excellent savings!

Bonus: I found this out recently when I discovered that longtime Cocoa Beach landmark restaurant The Surf (former Bernard's Surf) closed suddenly. In my wallet was a $25 gift certificate I had gotten for free using Swagbucks that I was saving for our wedding anniversary in January. I was so bummed, but then I contacted and told them the eatery was closed, and they cheerfully gave me my $25 credit back to get a new GC for a different place! (I'll probably use it for Bacco Wine Cafe.)

Feed it Forward: This promotion by lasts through December 31. Every day you can give up to 40 $10 gift certificates away to anyone you like (as long as you haven't already given them one). To make it easier, they let you log into your Facebook account to send them to all your friends! It's totally free and a great way to spread some holiday joy. I've received two so far and will spend them at Amore (thanks Freya!) and Himalaya Bistro (thanks Erin!).


Welcome to Beyond the Joneses. Everyone says they want to keep up with the Joneses, but I'm here to show you how to go beyond -- look like you live the best lifestyle, without all the actual expense incurred!

Some of what I hope to share with you on this blog include:
  • Coupons and deals for stores like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Aldi and Publix
  • Online freebies and giveaways
  • Sites to help you save or make money
  • Other ways online to help you pad your income or score awesome stuff
  • Hints for sites like Swagbucks to boost your earnings
  • Occasional guest posts to help readers live better
  • Recipes and yummy food porn
This info appears in many places on the Web, and I hope to gather and synthesize it all for you so you have one blog to turn to. To help you find what you need, check the tag listing on the right. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Covert Holiday Card

Sweet Holly Story Christmas 5x7 folded card
Make a statement with Shutterfly Christmas photo cards.
View the entire collection of cards.