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Friday, October 1, 2010

Review - Gain "Sniff, Sniff, Hoorray"

Gain is well known for their laundry detergent and fabric softener. However, Gain has recently released their new Gain Dishwashing Soaps which are a big hit in my house already! Their dishwashing liquid comes in great scents with fun names like Apple Mango Tango, Citrus Splash, Lavender, and in Original Fresh Scent. Thanks to P&G, via MyBlogSpark, I was sent a Gain Sniff, Sniff Hooray! Kit to review.

I received the kit and was very anxious to try the dishwashing liquid. In the kit I received (3) $5 gift cards for Walmart, (3) Gain t-shirts (in blue, green, and purple), a Media CD and a bottle of Gain dishwashing liquid in Original Fresh Scent. The box it all came in was quite adorable! As soon as i opened it i heard an applause, and it wasn't for me, but for Gain, lol. They embedded the sound effect in the box to go off when it was opened.

The Gain dishwashing soap in Original Fresh Scent is just great! The only other scent I've tried is Lavender, but Original Fresh scent blows it away! It has a generous amount of suds and smells great, I had my sister ask me why it smelled like laundry in the kitchen. Its a compliment, as i love the smell of the laundry room. No one complains about odd smelling utensils anymore. The only concern I have is that it doesn't cut grease very well. Its great for light washing; for example, plates, forks, spoons, etc. I don't recommend it to wash your pots and pans that obviously need a hard scrubbing. I would still rewash them with the Gain just for the great smell a second time though, lol! 
The shirts I received were absolutely cute! They say "I Gain" and come in green, purple and blue. They are very soft, great quality shirts. Along with that, I receive (3) $5 Walmart gift cards which I gave to a couple friend. Since they have supported me, I decided I should let them in on the Gain love! I also gave them (2) shirts... I kept the super-cute purple one.

A big THANK YOU to P&G and MyBlogSpark for the opportunity to review the new Gain dishwashing soap and other great items! You have honestly made me a long-time Gain lover. Being so young and loyal to Gain dish soap, thats good business on their part lol. You can find them at retails stores like Walmart for a great and reasonable price of around a dollar. Connect with Gain on Facebook and Twitter :)

Disclaimer: "This product review was based on using complimentary Gain product provided by P&G through MyBlogSpark. I also receive Walmart gift cards and t-shirts to share with family or friends at my discretion. P&G does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statements or product claims, nor does it endorse opinions expressed within this blog site"

Target Ad for 10/3 - 10/9

Here is a partial list of deals for the Target Weekly Ad of October 3, 2010. I don't list the whole ad, just Grocery, Pets, Beauty, Household and/or Patio/Outdoor. Mainly, only things that can be matched with coupons. Remember, Ads may vary, I'm located in the Los Angeles Area in Southern California.

New to couponing at Target? Check out the Target 101 starter post for info and policies. 
If you ever need extra coupons or didn't get regional coupons, try CouponClippers.com.

FREE $5 Gift Card wyb any (5) Motts Items below:
Motts Apple Sauce (6pk.) or Motts Apple Juice (64oz.) $1.75

FREE $5 Gift Card wyb any (5) Selected Frozen Treats:
Klondike Bars (6ct.), Ben & Jerry's (1pt.), Popsicle (24ct.) or Breyers (1.5qt.) $2.75
$1/2 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream from 9/19 RP

Oscar Mayer Lunchables (4.15 to 4.5 oz.) $1
Kellogg's Cereals (12 - 16.5oz.) 2 for $5 
$1/2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereals, 14.5oz+ 8/29 SS
$1/2 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, All-Bran, Smart Start Cereal 8/15 RP 
$1/2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and/or Cocoa Krispies Cereals 8/15 RP
$0.75/1 Kellogg’s Cinnabon Cereal (printable coupon)
$0.75/1 Kellogg’s FiberPlus Antioxidants Cereal (printable coupon)
$0.75/1 Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Simply Cinnamon Cereal (printable coupon)
Yoplait Yogurt Cups (4 or 6oz.) 10 for $5
$0.50/8 Yoplait Yogurt Cups from 10/3 GM SS 
Archer Farms Cashews (30oz.) $8.99
$1/2 Archer Farms Nuts or Trail Mix Target Coupon Printable Target Q x10/9
Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies (7.5oz.) $2.79
$1/1 Pepperidge Farm Cookies (printable coupon)
Thomas' English Muffins (6ct.) or Hostess Donettes (11.5oz.) $1.93
Nature Valley Thins (8.9oz.), Snyders Pretzels (16oz.) $2.25
$0.75/1 Nature Valley Granola Thins from 10/3 GM SS

Aquafina Water (24pk., 16.9oz.) $3.99
Lipton Teas (12pk., 16.9oz) Bottles $4.99
Starbucks Frappuccino (4pk., 9.5oz.) Bottles $4.99
$1/1 Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Drinks 4pk. from 10/3 SS
$1/1 Starbucks Frappuccino 4pk. (printable coupon)
Keurig Caribou Coffee Obsidian K-cups (18ct.) $9.95
Gatorade (32oz.) or Sobe Lifewater (20oz.) $10 for $10
Pepsi Products (Mountain Dew incl.) Cans (12pk.) or Bottles (6pk.) 4 for $12
$1/2 Mountain Dew or Diet Mountain Dew 12 pk 12 oz Printable Target Q

Halloween Candy: 
Reese's (19.5oz.), Snickers Fun Size (22.5oz.) $4.49
$1/3 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9-22 oz) (printable coupon)
$1/3 Hershey’s, Reese’s Or Kit Kat Snack Size Bags, Any 9 – 22 Oz. from 09/26 SS
Wonka Factory Mix (300ct.), Sweet Assortment (180ct.) $13.99
Quaker Chewy Mini Granola Bars (30ct.), Betty Crocker Fruit Gushers (28ct.) $3.79
$.50/1 Quaker Chewy Granola Product (Bites or Bars) ex. single bar Target Notebook Q  
$.75/2; $1/2 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Any 9/19 RP
$.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, by the Foot, Gushers or Roll-ups 10/3 GM SS
Nabisco Mini Oreo (23.5oz.), Teddy Grahams (23.5oz.) $2.79
$1/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers 4.04-26 oz. from 9/26 SS
Gourmet Gummy Candy Brains (6.3oz.), Chocolate-covered Candy Corn (9oz.) $2.49
Skittles (11.18oz.), Brach's Candy Corn (27oz.) 2 for $4
Hershey's Snack-Size Assortments $9.99
$1/3 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9-22 oz) (printable coupon)
$1/3 Hershey’s, Reese’s Or Kit Kat Snack Size Bags, Any 9 – 22 Oz. from 09/26 SS

Herbal Essences Loves Shampoo or Conditioner (12oz.) or Aussie Hair Spray (7oz.)
$1/1 Herbal Essences or Aussie product from 9/12 SS
Head & Shoulders (23.7oz.) or Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner (25.4oz.) $5.99
$1/2 Pantene Hair Care Products ETS from 9/26 P&G
$1/1 Head & Shoulders Shampoo or Conidtioner ETS from 9/26 P&G
Dove Men + Care (8pk.) or Beauty Bar Soap, or Body Wash (2pk., 16oz.) $7.29
$0.75/1 Dove Beauty Bar 6-bar pack from 10/2 RP
$1/1 Dove Body Wash 10oz from 10/2 RP
$1/1 Dove Men+Care Body and Face Bar 6-pack+ Body Wash 13.5oz+ or Active Clean Shower Tool from 10/2 RP

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara $5.49 
Noxzema Original Deep Cleansing Cream (12oz.) $2.79
$0.75/1 Noxzema product from 9/19 SS
St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub $2.79
Gillette Fusion Manual Razor $8.89
$2/1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manural or Power Razor from 9/26 P&G
Up & Up Moisture Rescue Lotions (31.8oz.) $3.19
$.50/1 Up & Up Moisturizing Lotion Printable Target Q x10/9
Kotex Regular Security Tampons (36ct.) $5.26
*Get a free sample pack at Kotex.com
Depend (18ct.) or Poise (42ct.) $11.39
*Get a free sample at Depend.com
Up & Up Ultra-Thin Pads (36ct.) $3.79
Tums Extra Strength 750 (96ct.) $3.69
$1/1 Tums Digestive Aid Item ETS Printable Target Q x11/13
$1/2 Tums, any 24ct+ from 8/29 RP
$1.00 off any Tums product (24ct or larger) (printable coupon)
Up & Up Loratadine Tablets (10mg, 30ct.) $4
Up & Up Multivitamins Women's Daily Tablets (100ct.) Adult's Gummy (70ct.) $4

Cottonelle Ultra Double Roll Bath Tissue (30pk.) $14.99
$1/2 Cottonelle 18-30 pk. Toilet Paper & Flushable Moist Wipes Target Q 9/26 SS
Viva Giant-Roll Paper Towels (12pk.) $14.99
Up & Up Giant-Roll Paper Towels (12pk.) $13.49
Angel Soft Double-Roll Bath Tissue (12pk.) $5.99
$1/2 Angel Soft Bath Tissue 6- double roll from 9/19 RP

Glade PlugIns Oil Refills (2pk.) $4.49
BOGO - Glade Plugins Scented Oil Twin Refill (up to $5.99) from 9/26 SS
Febreeze Noticeable Oil Refills (2pk.) $7.49
$1/1 Febreeze Noticeables Refill from 9/26 P&G
Air Wick Oil Refills (2pk.) or Scent Ribbons Candle $4.49
$1 Off (1) Air Wick Scented Oil Twin Refill or (2) Single Refills from 9/19 SS
FREE Air Wick Plug-In Scented Oil Warmer wyb a Refill Printable Target Q
FREE Air Wick Warmer Unit wyb any Scented Oil Refill fragrance (up to $2.19) 8/29 SS FREE Air Wick Warmer Unit wyb any Scented Oil Refill fragrance (up to $2.19) 8/15 SS
Purex (46-load) or Arm & Hammer (35 or 44-load) Liquid  2 for $9
Gain Liquid (100oz.) or Powder (80-load); Cheer or Wisk (100oz.) Liquid $9.99

Up & Up Cups, Plates, Napkins, Lunch Bags & Cutlery $3.49
Glad ClingWrap (300 sq. ft.), GladWare Containers or Press'n Seal Wrap $2.39
Lysol Spray (22 or 32oz.) or Toilet Bowl Cleaner (24oz.) $1.99
$1/1 Lysol Disinfectant Spray, 12oz+ from 9/18 SS
Up & Up  Disinfecting Wipes (35ct.) $1.99
&.50/1 Up & Up Cleaning Product ETS Printable Target Q x10/9

FREE $5 Gift Card wyb any two featured Pampers or Huggies Wipes Refills:
Huggies (448 - 504ct.) or Pampers (420 - 504ct.) Refills $11.99
$2/1 wyb both Pampers Boxed Diapers and Pampers Wipes Target Q from 8/15 RP
$3.50/2 Huggies Diapers 48 ct or + AND 184 ct or + Wipes Printable Target Q
$2.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes (320 or larger) (printable coupon)

Jumbo Pack Diapers $8.99
Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers, Baby Dry or Easy Ups; Huggies Snug & Dry, Little Movers or Pull-Ups
$2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers $2 from 9/26 SS

Similac Advance Sensitive or Isomil Powder Formula (23.2oz.) $19.99

Pedigree Dog Food (40lb.) $18.99
$2/1 Pedigree food for dogs 8.8lb+ bag from 9/19 RP

Page will be updated as more coupons are found

Thanks to Kerry from TotallyTarget.com for having such a great Target Coupon page! 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

StudentSavingBucks 5 Month Blogiversary!

Its Student Saving Buck's 5-Month Blogiversary! Wow. I don't think I've stuck to something this long, lol. 

What a great 5 months these have been :) In 5 months I've received 77,200+ page hits, 531 + Google Friend Connect Followers, 237+ Facebook Fans and 490+ Twitter Followers. I am very thankful for my growing number of readers :) I love all your comments! And a very-special Thanks to those 8 people that personally emailed me to let me know they loved my new Blog Button (the piggy bank with a graduation cap). I love hearing your feedback and suggestions.

As you guys have read, my updates on organization and other randomness. I'm still going strong :) And, I'm still planning to change my layout, so no need to be scared when you come on and it looks different one day!

Thank you guys for sticking around :) Don't forget to check out my Birthday Party on Elm Street event! I will be having some great giveaways for the event and you can earn some extra entries. Check the event page for more info. on that!

It will take place from October 7 - 20th. So make sure you guys drop by for that and enter them!

Del Taco - Coupon for Free Biscuit Sandwhich

Del Taco is just on a roll lately. I recently got an email from them, after signing up for their Raving Fan eClub for a Free Shake on my Birthday. Really nice perks. And when you sign up, you get 2 FREE Chicken Soft Tacos!

When you "Like" Del Taco on Facebook, you get a coupon for a FREE Biscuit Sandwich with any purchase. These are new to their menu (I should know, I worked there and still have it memorized lol). They have Sausage Biscuit or Cheese, Bacon and Egg Biscuit Sandwiches. 

The coupon is only valid from 9/30 - 10/10 so Hurry and print it!

Hope you guys sign up for their Raving Fan eClub so you can take advantage of all the great FREE offers they send out!

Happy Birthday from Del Taco; FREE SHAKE

So, its a good week before my birthday and I receive an email from Del Taco. I completely forgot about signing up for their Raving Fan Email Newsletter, so this was a nice surprise.

When I signed up I got 2 FREE Chicken Soft Tacos (I love them). For my birthday, i get a FREE Premium Shake (Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry). Yum!

What a nice birthday surprise :) Hope you guys sign up for their Raving Fan eClub so you can take advantage of all the great FREE offers they send out!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My 9/28 Target Shopping Round-Up (Saved 86%)

Target deals are lacking for me lately. Hopefully this week they pick up. I made a quick trip to redeem my Free Sobe coupons from the Sobe Heads or Tails game. I'm so glad i took the time to enter my address for each win! Now i get to have my free beloved Acai Fruit Punch lol. I was sent a total of 17 coupons for 1 free Sobe each. Also, the Kid Cuisine Target coupons i had were about to expire, i got the last of the coupons and used them. My trip:

Transaction #1
Bought (14) Sobe Lifewaters - $1.02 each
-Used (14) Free Sobe Manufacturer Coupons
Bought (2) M&M's Pretzel - $0.69 each
Bought (4) Kid Cuisine Frozen Meals - $1.89 each
-Used (2) $1.50/2 Target Qs & (4) $0.50/1 Manufacturer Qs

Total: $3.94
Total Saved: $23.22 - or - 86%



*As you can see, my trip included 4 Kid Cuisines BUT as soon as they hit the table, my little sister was hungry lol. She is a Kid Cusine child :P

Crisco's ¿Que Hay De Cenar? (Whats for Dinner?) Giveaway

Crisco has a great giveaway over at CriscoEnEspanol.com. Crisco's ¿Que Hay De Cenar? (Whats for Dinner?) You can enter daily until December 31st. for a chance to win some really great prizes! Enter Here! For your chance to WIN!

We LOVE Crisco at our house. The Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is just very versatile and has a great flavor! While browsing through their site I noticed they had many great recipes available. I think its about time we try one of them, they look great!

First-time entrants receive a Crisco product coupon ($0.55/1 Any Crisco Product). Each day 10 winners receive a $20 gift card and you can enter daily! When you first sign up, you are automatically entered for the following Grand Prize:

One grand prize of gourmet cookware and

One Year of Crisco products


Entra aquí para el sorteo de una Tarjeta de Regalo de $20 y ¡automáticamente participas por el Premio Mayor! Crisco dará 10 tarjetas de regalo cada día por 117 días. ¡Si es la primera vez que participas, recibirás un cupón de Crisco!

WUC - Coupon Preview Wednesday For 10/3

Every Wednesday I will be posting EARLY PREVIEWS available through (WUC) WeUseCoupons.com. I will be highlighting the best deals from (2) particular stores; CVS and Walgreens. Don't worry though, you guys will still have your Target Ad + Coupon Match-Ups too! So make sure to drop by Wednesdays and check the early previews here at StudentSavingBucks. I will have an individual post for each store. This main post will be used to direct you to early coupon insert previews.

This upcoming week you will have (1) SS & (1) RP

Coupon Previews from WUC:
Red Plum (RP) 9/26
  • There are some great deals this week at CVS and Walgreens. Target Ad will be up later on in the week.
Target coupon flier in 10/3:*
$1/1 Powerade Beverage 8pk., 20oz. x12/31
FREE Powerade Zero 32oz. wyb (2) Powerade ION4 32oz. x12/31
Will be updated if more Target Qs are found
*Target Coupons may be regional

WUC has a pay-per-click Affiliates Program. If you're interested click here to join. New sign ups get a $3 bonus! If you do, please list "SSBucks" as your referrer and let me know you did. Thanks.

WUC - CVS Early Preview + Deals

CVS Deals on WeUseCoupons Early preview of the CVS Ad for 10/3 with coupon match-ups. The full Ad scan is available.

Here are a few highlighted deals from the CVS Ad 10/3 - 10/9

Bausch & Lomb Re-Nu Sensitive (12oz.) - (Get $7.99 ECB) - $7.99
$1/1 Renu Products (printable coupon)
Total:$FREE + $1 MM (Limit 1)

Schick Hydro 3 or 5-Blade; Cartridges 4ct. - (Get $5 ECB) - $8.97
$4/1 Schick Hydro Razor from 10/3 SS
Total:$FREE (Limit 1)

All Revlon Nail - (Get $3 ECB) - $3.99
$1 Revlon Color Cosmetic Product SS 9/12/2010
$7/$15 or more Revlon Color Cosmetic Purchase scanner coupon
Total:$FREE + $7 MM if you have the scanner coupon (Limit 6)

Adult Robitussin To Go - $0.99
$2/1 or $1/1 Robitussin o Go (printable coupon)

Total:$FREE (Limit 1)

WUC - Walgreens Early Preview + Deals

Walgreens Deals at WUC - Early preview of Walgreens Ad for 10/3 with coupon match-ups. The full Ad scan is available. 

Here are a few highlighted deals from the Walgreens Ad 10/3 - 10/9

Nivea Lip Products (On Sale) - $1.00
$2/2 Nivea Lip Care (printable coupon)
$1/1 Nivea Lip Car from All You (September 2010)
Total: $FREE after coupon

Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm, EOS Summer Fruit Lip Balm (Get $3 RR) - $3
Total: $FREE after RR 

Schick Hydro Razor; 3 or 5-blade (Get $4 RR) - $7.99
$4/1 Schick Hydro Razor from 10/3 SS exp 10/31
Total: $FREE after RR & coupon

BOGO - Purex Laundry Detergent (32 loads) $5.99

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Winn-Dixie Weekly AD 9/29 - 10/5

Thanks to Tabitha, over at $avingTowardsABetterLife, here are the weekly Winn-Dixie deals. You'll be able to follow on to her blog for the rest of the AD. I don't have one near me, but I'm sure a lot of you guys do. If you're a beginner to couponing at Winn-Dixie, be sure to check this guide.

Customer Reward Card needed for all deals.
BOGO deals - must buy both products to get sale price
Coupons up to 50c double everyday (most areas, excluding Florida)  
These matchups reflect doubled coupons.
Can use two coupons on a BOGO deal (one coupon for each item)

Winn-Dixie for the week of 9/29 - 10/5:
Buy One, Get One Free:
(price listed is for both items - bogo meat deals are listed at price per 2 lbs) 

Hormel Always Tender Beef Fillets - $9.99
-$1.00 off printable
=$7.99 for 2 (w/2 coupons) 
Dawn or Joy dish liquid - $1
-25c off Dawn Dish Liquid (9/26 PG) 
-25c off Joy Dish Liquid (8/29 PG)(x9/30/10)

Special Promotions:
FREE (with in-store coupon) WD Natural Sliced Cheese wyb 2 Hillshire Farms Deli Select Lunchmeats at 2/$7  (good through 10/12)
-35c off Hillshire Farms (9/19 RP)
=$5.60 for 2 lunchmeats and cheese (w/2 Hillshire Farms coupon)
For the full ad, visit: $avingTowardsABetterLife  

If you have a baby, or one on the way, check out Winn-Dixie Baby Club for extra and instant savings, free products, etc. For joining you get a coupon for $10 off $50 purchase, a free pack of diapers and a free pack of wipes.

CSN Stores

CSN has been showcased in just about every blog you come by. With their over 200+ stores, its no wonder people choose to buy and work with them. You'll see reviews from CSN Stores about anything; from stationary products to console tables. It is amazing that you can find just about anything is their stores

I had the privilege to work with CSN previously for a Dog Bed. I am ecstatic about the chance of being able to work with them again as a CSN Preferred Webmaster for another review. So stay tuned for it :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Traditional Schools Are Not For The 21st Century

Its quite amusing how when I was younger I would sometimes dread doing homework. I think its because we were forced to study things that didn't interest us when we were younger. At 21, I love homework. I'm currently writing a minimum 6-page paper comparing two cultures. Quite frankly, I don't think I can fit everything in a measly 6 pages. I just have too much to write. This is a paper I'm very exited about turning in.

I was siting here wondering why public schools haven't changed much. I think that if kids are taught their basic classes in elementary and middle school, high school could be a place for them to choose a field to focus on. There are so many people that go to College not having the slightest idea of what they want to pursue so they take their general education classes and end up losing focus and even dropping out. Other countries have much stricter education early on, but here in the U.S. students are still learning about Christopher Columbus in 10th grade. When I was in High School, which was a mere 4-5 years ago, over half of the time we were just re-learning mostly useless facts that should have been taught earlier.

Although I had many more opportunities when I was in High School, it did not provide a focus for my future education. I had honors classes and was placed in an advanced-program, that only about 300 kids in my school were privileged to be part of (out of about 4,000 students). Only the advanced students were given the opportunity to do different things like mock trials in our court room, receive off-campus classes and such.

Even with the plethora of opportunities I had, it did not help me. I did not attend College until 3 1/2 years after I graduated high school. At 20, I started my college classes and knew I would want to major in Anthropology. My dream is to have a career, not a job. When I get my Bachelors Degree, I hope to work in a Museum here in L.A. In the near future, I wish for public schools to be more open to change and be more flexible. I think that the majority of our high school students are no longer in need of traditional schooling. Times are changing, and they are changing fast.

How many of you parents wouldn't love that for your kids? Basic and general education to be taught in Elementary and Middle school. Then, in High School, pick an overall field to focus on like we pick a major in College.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Weekly Blog Hops 9/27 - 10/3

Another week of Blog Hops nicely organized into a NEW convenient post :) lol. Join us, make new friends, and find new blogs! This is my 12th week. Wow! :)

Make sure you enter my
current giveaway. You can find it on the sidebar to the right under "quick links". So go ahead and enter :) 

Also, Feel free to visit and vote for me at Latina's Top 100 Blogs below:  ^_^
The Top 100 Latina Blogs

Can't forget to check out my 1st Blog Event! "Birthday Party on Elm Street" which takes place on October 7th - 20th
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