Avon Review: Anew Vitale Skin Care

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I recently began using the Anew Vitale Skin Care – a fairly new skin care line from Avon. The line includes a day cream, night cream, gel cleanser, day lotion and eye gel cream. I am currently using the day and night cream along with the gel cleanser to wash my face. I will have to say it has drastically changed the condition of my face. No more problems with breakouts and my skin is incredibly soft. Also, the day cream is a great base to use under my foundation.

Good news is that this skin care line is part of a great sale included in Campaign 13, which runs from now through June 6. All Anew skin care is dramatically reduced, almost 50% off. This particular line, which is usually $28 per item, is on sale for $14.99 each.

Avon does have a rather extensive offering of skin care items and it is somewhat overwhelming trying to figure out which is best for your unique skin. Thankfully, we are provided with a handy chart to help us with our decision.

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Campaign 13 is also offering a discount on Anew try-it-size mini moisturizers  from each age category, only $6.99 each. I bought these mini jars when I was trying to decide what skin care to use and they actually lasted longer than I thought they would – long enough, at least, for me to decide that it was worth it to spend the money on the whole line.

This is the perfect opportunity to snag the full size set for a great price. Catch it while it’s available, because these don’t get discounted this much very often. Head over to my website http://www.youravon.com/epowers and take a look or send me an email with your order or to request a catalog. If you would rather buy online, through the end of the month, you can get free direct delivery to your front door with a $40 order. Happy shopping!

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Surprise

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Let me start out by saying that I borrowed this picture from the blog Can’t Stay Out Of the Kitchen, which is also where I got the recipe, because I didn’t get a picture of my own finished product.

I stumbled across the recipe when I was trying to find a dessert to take to a family reunion a few weeks ago. This side of the family is particularly known for their good cooking, so I was aiming for something simple that looked slightly complex with a low probability of failure (I, unfortunately, didn’t inherit the cooking gene). This was a long forgotten pin on my “Foods That Look Yummy But I’ll Probably Never Attempt Them” board but I do love Reese’s cups, so I thought I would give it a try. Surprisingly, this is a pretty simple recipe and, if I do say so myself, turned out tremendously! It’s like a giant chocolate chip cookie ate a bunch of Reese’s cups! What could be better?!?

My Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter (softened) (as you can see, I was out of stick butter)
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (I was only able to use about 1 tsp because I was out but it didn’t seem to make a difference)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 12 oz bag Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used mini chips but I think I’ll use half as much next time. This just depends on how much sweetness you like)
  • 24 Reese’s peanut butter cups

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  First, mix all of your yummy ingredients into cookie dough using a whisk or mixer. Wait until everything is mixed then add your flour and chocolate chips in and mix with a wooden spoon. The dish I used was a 9×13, which will makes the 24 Reese’s cups fit perfectly. Be sure to spray your dish with cooking spray.

Separate your cookie dough in two, and spread one half across the bottom of the dish.

  Next, unwrap your Reese’s cups and place them on top of the cookie dough.

Use the remaining cookie dough to cover the Reese’s cups. (This step did prove harder than it sounds because at that point, the cookie dough is falling in between the cups. Good luck with that!)

Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. So easy, even the cooking-impaired can do it! 🙂

It’s A Great Week To Coupon!

Hello followers and fellow couponers! I’ve got a couple of great deals for this week that I just had to share. Remember, these end on Saturday, so go get you shop on!

First was my trip to Target (and you all know how much I love Target)! Purina Beneful dog food is on sale again. The 15.5lb bag is $13.99 and when you buy 2 bags, you get a $5 gift card. Already a great deal, right? Let’s make this deal better:

(2) Beneful dry dog food – $13.99 each (Buy 2 bags, get $5 gift card)

  • (2) $3 mfq (this was printed from coupons.com but I don’t think it is available anymore)
  • (2) $3 Target coupons (printed from Target.com)
  • Free $10 gift card w/ purchase of 2 Purina dry dog foods (this coupon is a Target coupon from Sunday coupon insert RP 7/26)

T = $15.98, get back $15 in gift cards

This is a great example of why you should print coupons for products you use as soon as they are available. You may not need them right now but chances are, if you wait, when you do need them, they will already be gone. (Remember, you get 2 prints per device!)  

These are my absolute favorite razors and they are frequently on sale at CVS. What makes them better are CVS coupons to stack!

(2) Schick Hydro Silk Disposable Razors – $13.99 each  (Buy $25 Schick, get $10 ECB)

(2) Skintimate Shaving Cream $3.29

  • BOGO free razor coupon (this was printed from coupons.com, should still be available)
  • (2) Buy one Schick razor, get one shaving cream free (printed from coupons.com)
  • $4/$10 razors CVS q
  • $2/$10 Schick CVS q
  • $5 ECB (from previous trip)

T = $2.99, got back $10 ECB

(I will make one note about this. It was brought to my attention when I posted this on Facebook that using more than one BOGO coupon at the same time could be considered misuse. The rules are a little unclear on this subject and even having done research, I’m a little confused. So do you own searches and use your best judgment. I didn’t even think about it being a problem because the coupons all scanned into the system without any problem.)

My last deal was for diapers. I always jump on a Pampers deal because they are my favorite and tend to be quite expensive. This was as simple as it gets.

(3) Pampers diapers $9.99 (Buy $30, get $10 ECB)

  • (3) $2 mfq (printed from coupons.com under zipcode 77477)
  • $10 ECB (from previous trip)

T = $13.97, got back $10 ECB

As a general rule at CVS, if you spend at least 98% of the required amount, it will trigger the Extra Care Bucks savings. So, for 3 packs of diapers, I spent $29.97 which qualified for the $30/ $10 deal.

Happy couponing and have a great week!

Target Baby Deal: Baby Food!

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We are currently transitioning Little Man from baby food to table food, which has proven to be quite a challenge. I jump on every baby food deal I can find, since he is loving baby food pouches right now and boy, are they expensive! Target’s got a great deal on Happy Baby pouches this week, so if you’re needing to stock up, you still have one more day. I’ll show you what I did for this deal but check a coupon database (like this one at Southern Savers) for your own coupons. Some were not available to me because I had already printed them. 

(15) Happy Baby (or Tot) pouches (Buy 15, get $5 gift card)

(They were all around $1.59-$1.79 per pouch)

Total before coupons $24.65

Used

(2) $1/2 Happy baby coupons

(2) Buy one, get one free 

$1/3 Target mobile coupon (text Baby4 to 827438)

T = $18.94 (w/ tax), got $5 gift card

That’s $.93 per pouch….not to shabby!

Happy couponing!

Happy couponing!

Target Summer Deal: Banana Boat Sunscreen

I can’t get enough of these sunscreen deals at Target! It definitely gets you into the summer spirit!! Last week, I stocked up on new Banana Boat Sunscreen for me (yeah, for me…it smells manly haha!) and Banana Boat Sun Comfort, which is apparently supposed to keep sand from sticking to you. I’ll keep you posted on our success with that one!

Anyway, back to the deal this week. You still have tomorrow to take advantage of this deal:

(2) Banana Boat Sport Performance $6.69 ea. (Buy 2, get $5 gift card)

Used:

$3/2 Banana Boat coupon from RP 5/17

$1 Target coupon (from Target.com)

T = 9.38, get back $5 gift card 

You can also submit for a $1 Ibotta Rebate!

Happy Couponing!

CVS Diaper Deal

I have an overabundance of diapers from my recent Target hauls (I know, can you really have too many diapers?) but I wanted to share a deal that everyone seems to be jumping on this week. The CVS weekly ad is offering Huggies diapers for $8.99 each, buy $30, get back $10 Extra Care Bucks. Also, the Coupon Center is giving out diaper coupons this week to pair with manufacturer coupons. Check your app or online at CVS.com and go to the Coupon Center in CVS and scan your card for more coupons. Here’s a senario you can use. There have been a lot of Huggies coupons available lately, so check a coupon database (like this one at Southern Savers) to find enough for this deal.

(4) Huggies Diapers $8.99 = $35.96

– (4) $2 Huggies coupons 

– $5/$30 Diapers or Wipes (you may or may not have this one)

– $2/$10 CVS Huggies coupon (this can be used with the one above, found at CVS.com)

Total = $20.96, get back $10 Extra Care Bucks

That’s $2.74 per pack after the ECB. Your deal may vary depending on the coupons available to you. 

Happy couponing!

Target Haul: Personal Care Jackpot!

Found an incredible, cannot-pass-up, clear-the-shelf deal at Target this week! Crest 3D White Strips on sale for $5.99, reg. price $59.99!!!!!! Now, I was told at the store that this was apparently a mistake but I have been following this deal since Sunday and it has been country-wide. Also, in this Sunday’s paper, there was a $5 Crest Whitestrips coupon, making my total $.99 per box! I saved a total of $354Unbelievable! This is definitely my best haul yet!

For the weekly ad sales, I purchased shampoo for my husband and myself. Here’s the deal:

(2) Dove Men + Care Shampoo $3.99

– $1.50 coupon from RedPlum 5/17

– 5% Cartwheel

(2) Dove Shampoo & Conditioner $4.89

– $2 coupon from RedPlum 5/17

Total $10.36, Got back $5 gift card (for purchasing 4 participating items)

That makes it $1.34 per bottle after gift card! 

Happy couponing!

Deal of the Day: Beneful Dog Food

Oh, Target! I admit I have an addiction, so let’s move on…

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Found a great deal today on Beneful Dog Food. I usually buy Purina Dog Chow but this is also a Purina brand and my dogs seem to love it! This week at Target, you can buy 2 bags of Beneful dog food and get a $5 gift card. But of course, that isn’t all!

My transaction today:

(2) Beneful Healthy Weight Dog Food 15.5 lb bag $12.79 

– (2) $5 Beneful coupon (here’s the link)

– 15% Cartwheel

Total $11.74 (that’s $5.87 a bag!!!), get back $5 gift card

Don’t forget to use your REDcard for another 5% and if you don’t have one…WHY NOT?!? They offer both debit and credit cards and they have the same benefits! This deal also includes the larger bags (I believe the 31.1 lb bags were $24.99) but you really get a better deal with the smaller bags. And there’s no limit, so if you have access to extra coupons, you can really stock up on this deal!

Happy couponing!

Target Steal: Chicco Echo Stroller

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Hello fellow couponers! I apologize in advance that I wasn’t able to post this awesome deal last week but my little guy has been sick. Target had another great baby deal last week, buy $125 in baby items, get back $20 gift card. However, with all the diapers I bought the week before, I was going to skip this week. That is, until I came across a post on my Target couponing group on Facebook. So, here’s the scoop and further evidence that Facebook is your friend! 

The Chicco Echo Stroller was, of course, included in the weekly ad special but as it turns out, this stroller was offering it’s own gift card deal as well. And if you got the red one shown above (it’s actually called “garnet” but “potato” “potato”….hmmm, that doesn’t have the same effect when it’s written.), it included a $40 gift card back.

So, I got… 

  • Chicco Echo Stroller (in garnet) $99
    • Get $40 gift card
  • (2) Diaper Genie refills $13.19 each

Buy $125, get back $20 gift card

Use REDcard, get extra 5% off and free shipping!!!

My total ended up being $123.24, got back $60 in gift cards. To be honest, we were in the market for a smaller stroller but I considered selling the stroller for make a little money. If only I hadn’t gotten it out of the box. BIG MISTAKE! I LOVE IT!!!! So, this can serve as a review for the stroller too – IT IS AWESOME! As far as the diaper genie refills, there was no special deal but I needed them and they got me the closest to $125 without going over. 

I will do my best to keep you guys informed of the awesome deals I encounter, because saving money is an awesome feeling and I want to share that with everyone! Stay tuned! Happy couponing!

Diapers Galore: My Recent Diaper Hauls!

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I thought I would follow my diaper stockpiling blog with some recent diaper deals to help you get a feel for what to expect in your future endeavors. (Plus, I want to brag about my awesome hauls!) 

My first haul is from the week of April 26, where CVS was offering $5 Extra Care Bucks when you spend $20 on Huggies diapers. I try to never buy diapers unless there are reward bucks or gift cards involved. You always want to be able to roll your rewards when possible! Here’s my breakdown:

  • (2) Huggies Lil’ Movers Diapers $8.99 each
  • (1) Huggies Lil’ Swimmers $8.99 each

Subtotal = $26.97

Coupons Used: 

  • (2) $3 Huggies coupons
  • $1 Huggies CVS coupon
  • $2 Huggies Lil’ Swimmers coupon
  • $1.50 Huggies Lil’ Swimmers CVS coupon
  • $10 ECB (Extra Care Bucks from previous purchase)

Total = $6.47, Get Back $5 ECB

Unfortunately, this transaction did not go as smoothly as I would have hoped but I ended up getting the deal anyway. Sometimes in couponing, you have to be prepared for the unexpected problem (or problematic cashier…).

Next haul was the following week, not quite as good of a sale (Huggies always has better deals) but I love Pampers and prefer them to Huggies when possible. Again at CVS, Pampers were 2/$18, Get Back $3 ECB when you purchase 2. (This deal was limit one, so even though I purchased 4 packs of diapers, I only got back $3 ECB.) I had also been saving one of my CVS coupons for such an occasion, a $6/$30 diaper purchase. Breakdown was as follows…very simple!

  • (3) Pampers Swaddlers diapers $9 each
  • (1) Pampers Baby Dry diapers $9 each

Subtotal = $36

Coupons Used:

  • (3) $1.50 Pampers coupons
  • (1) $1.75 Pampers coupon
  • $6/$30 diaper purchase CVS coupon
  • $5/$15 just for you CVS coupon 
  • $10 ECB from previous purchase

Total = $8.75, Get Back $3 ECB

Ok, these next two are from Target – *insert heavenly singing* – my favorite place to shop! Now, this is probably the most complicated haul I’ve had, so try to stay with me. I’ll put the breakdowns back to back because I rolled gift cards and catalina’s (you know, those paper coupons you receive with your receipt after a purchase) from one transaction to the other. Here goes…

1st Transaction

From the weekly ad – buy 2 boxed diapers, get $10 gift card back. 

Also, from following a Target couponing group on Facebook, I discovered that if you printed a baby registry at the store, it was printing a coupon for $10 gift card when you purchase $50 or more baby items. That is why I also purchased wipes to get my total over $50.

One more promotion – when you buy 2 Huggies boxed diapers, a $10 catalina coupon would print with your receipt. 

  • (2) Huggies boxed diapers $24.99 each
  • (1) Huggies wipes $5.69 (the small wipes were all sold out, so I had to purchase a 3-pack of wipes)

Total = $55.67

Coupons used:

  • (2) $4.50 Huggies coupons
  • $.50 Huggies wipes coupon
  • $2.50/2 Huggies Target mobile coupon 
  • (2) $1 Huggies Target coupon
  • $10 gift card with $50 baby purchase
  • 5% Huggies diapers Cartwheel
  • 5% Huggies wipes Cartwheel
  • 5% REDcard savings

Total = $37.51, got back (2) $10 gift cards and a $10 catalina coupon

***Note: There was also an Ibotta rebate for $3 when you purchased 3 Huggies products.***

2nd Transaction

  • (2) Pampers boxed diapers $24.99

Subtotal = $49.98

Coupons used:

  • (2) $3 Pampers coupons 
  • $10 gift card with $50 baby purchase
  • (2) $10 gift cards from previous purchase
  • $10 catalina from previous purchase
  • 5% REDcard savings

Total = $13.28, get back (2) $10 gift cards (no catalina with Pampers)

I will have to say I’m awfully proud of myself for getting those transactions to work out correctly. And yes, I was that woman holding up the line because of my coupons!!

This should give you a good look into preparing for a diaper haul (or any haul, for that matter). I took a list with me and had my coupons in order before I got to the register. All of these transactions could have been disasters had I not been organized! And remember, BE NICE TO YOUR CASHIER!!! 🙂

Happy couponing!