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Thursday, November 18, 2010

There's A Party In My Tummy!

Do you like cooking? I sure do. I have a problem though, I'm not open to trying new foods most of the time. I detest seafood, the mere sight of fish is gross to me. I would have to say pork is my favorite, just because our cuisine is very versatile with the way we tend to prepare it. All of which are delicious. After pork, I'd say meat and chicken are runner ups. So I was making a Meat Pie, as I'll call it (pictured above). I had made ground beef with veggies and decided I'll mash some potatoes up and put them over the meat (sort of the American version of Shepherd's Pie) and topped it with some cheese. 

I did this in a small aluminum pan just to see if it would turn out good, and it did. It was really tasty. Sad part is i ate half and left the other half in the microwave for the next day. I come home to re-heat it and its gone. Now, no one confesses but I know it didn't walk out the door! lol. I'm looking forward to making it again in a bigger portion. 
Does anyone have any advice on how to make it a little more moist?
Would love some ideas!

Review - WarmlyYours Under Desk Mat

Have you ever sat at your desk with your hands colder than a popsicle? I have, its not fun. Winters in Los Angeles are mighty cold, of course no where near the extreme low temperatures similar to those on the East Coast, but cold nonetheless. I discovered WarmlyYours, a company that will keep me warm and toasty this Fall/Winter.
"A WarmlyYours Under Desk Heater provides the same level of comfort and warmth as a standard space heater at a fraction of the energy use. A typical convection space heater can consume up to 1500 watts per hour, while an Under Desk Heater uses less than 120 watts. This energy efficient design, utilizing radiant heating technology, keeps you warm and comfortable while lowering your energy costs. "
I received WarmlyYours' Under Desk Heater Mat. It is available in Large (24" x 36") and Small (18" x 24") in a merlot color. I received the small mat, it fits very snug under my desk. The mat comes with an on/off switch, so you can leave it plugged in and just hit the switch when you need it on. I find that very convenient as we are still having somewhat "warm" days. I use it regularly at night, when its very cold. When I'm home, over 50% of the time I can be found working over at my desk.

I do my homework, work on my blog, write letters, watch movies, make calls and everything from this single space and during those very cold days and nights I can't stand being at my desk for more than half an hour. My hands would normally be frozen cold, along with my feet (even with thick knee high socks on. This mat is just wonderful, it heats up fairly quick and does not feel burning hot when you put your feet on it. Since i placed it right below me It warms me up entirely, not just my legs and feet. The color is very rich, the mat is very well made and soft.

WarmlyYours is a company who is dedicated to "making comfort easy". They have been featured on HGTV, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and other publications. They offer some great electrical heating products, such as the under desk and area rug heater, electric towel rack warmer and warming solution for tile, carpet, concrete and more. Overall, I love this mat. It truly is a great product that I will be using throughout this fall and winter. A big thanks to WarmlyYours! :)

Disclaimer: I was NOT paid for this post, however I did receive the product in question, from the company or their representing  PR company,  free of charge in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and I have provided a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation for my review nor was I under any obligation to give a positive review.

Target Ad for 11/21 - 11/24

Here is a partial list of deals for the Target Weekly Ad of November 21 - 24th. Target will be Closed on Thanksgiving Day and the rest of the week will be from the Black Friday Ad (good for 11/26 - 11/28). 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.

Market Pantry Frozen Turkey Breast $0.98/lb.*
Archer Farms Spiral-Cut Honey Half Ham $1.99/lb.
Tyson Frozen Crispy Chicken Strips (25oz.) $5.99
Market Pantry Cooked Frozen Shrimp Tray (11oz.) $4.50
$1/1 Market Pantry® frozen shrimp Target Q

Grade A Eggs (1-doz.) $0.99
Pumpkin Pie 8" $3.99
$1/1 Archer Farms or Market Pantry Bakery Item $1 or more Target Q
Kraft Shredded or Block Cheese (6 to 8oz.) $1.80
$1/2 Kraft Shredded or Block Cheese 7 oz+ Target Q 
$5/5 Kraft Dairy Products (printable
Heinz Gravy, Berry Crocker Potatoes or Stove Top Stuffing $0.79
$0.50/2 Stove Top stuffing mixes 6-oz. Target Q
$1/2 Stove Top Products (printable)
Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (10.75oz.) $0.50**
$1.50/3 Campbell’s Condensed Soup (excl Chix noodle, tomato & Great for cooking) (printable)
Swanson Chicken Broth (14oz.) $0.50**
$0.50/5 Swanson Broth Can, 14oz 11/7 SS
Market Pantry Dinner Rolls (12ct.) $1.50
Market Pantry Granulated Sugar (5lb.) $2.25
Land O Lakes Butter Quarters (1lb.) $2.50
Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese (8oz.) $1.19
$0.50/2 Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese 8 oz+ Target Q
Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour (5lb.) $1.50
Nestle Morsels (10 - 12oz.) $2
$1.25/3 Nestle Tollhouse Morsels 11/14 RP
Carnation Evaporated Milk (12oz.) $0.89
Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin (15oz.) $1.29
French's French Fried Onions (6oz.) $2.79
Doritos (11.5 - 14.5oz.) 2 for $4
$1/1 Frito-Lay Baked: Chips, Cheetos, Fritos, Tostitos or Doritos 8.75-11.5 oz  Target Q

Breyers Ice Cream (1.5qt.) $2.79
Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies (7.5oz.) $2.50
Market Pantry Harvest Leaf Cookies (10ct.) $2.75
$1/1 Archer Farms or Market Pantry Bakery Item $1 or more Target Q

Fresh Celery $0.99
$1/1 Produce item $1 or more Target Q  
Market Pantry Russet Potatoes Bag (5lb.) $1.99
$1/1 Produce item $1 or more Target Q  
Fresh Green Beans Bag (1lb.) $1.49
$1/1 Produce item $1 or more Target Q  
Sweet Potatoes Bag (5lb.) $2.49
$1/1 Produce item $1 or more Target Q  
Fresh Asparagus Bag (12oz.) $1.49
$1/1 Produce item $1 or more Target Q  
Del Monte Canned Vegetables (14.5 - 15.25oz.) $0.45
Ocean Spray Fresh Whole Cranberries (12oz.) $1.99
Green Giant Frozen Vegetables (11 or 12oz.) 2 for $3
Green Giant Baby Carrots Bag (1lb.) or Whole Mushrooms (8oz.) $1.49
California Clementines; Super Sweet and Seedless Box (5lb.) $4.99
Fresh Golden Ripe Whole Pineapple $2.99
$1/1 Produce item $1 or more Target Q  

Market Pantry White Milk (1-gal.) $2.79
Aquafina Water (16.9oz., 24pk.) $3.99
Ocean Spray Juice Cocktail (6oz.) $1.98
Robert Mondavi Wine (750mL) $8.49
Pepsi Products Cans (12pk.) or Bottles (6pk.) 4 for $12
$1/2 Mountain Dew or Diet Mountain Dew 12 pk 12 oz Soda Target Q

Beauty / Health:
FREE $5 Gift Card wyb any (2) featured Hydro, Quattro or Intuition Razors or Cartridges:
Schick Hydro 5 or Quattro for Women Razor $7.49
$1/1 Schick Quattro for Women or Intuition Plus Razor or refill 11/21 SS

Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner (25.4oz.) $4.99
$1/1 Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner or treatment 11/7 RP
Mitchum, Speed Stick or Ban Deodorant $1.99
$0.50/1 Speed Stick or Lady’s Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorant 10/3 SS

Tampax Tampons (4oct.) or Always Ultra-Thin Pads (32ct.) $5.49

Prilosec (42ct.) $22.99

Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit $18.99
Palmolive Liquid (30oz.) or Finish Tablets (12 or 20ct.) or Detergent (75oz.) 2 for $5
$0.25/1 Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap, 20oz+ 11/14 SS

Gain Liquid (150oz.) or Powder (95 or 120-load) Laundry Detergent $14.99
$1/1 Gain detergent 10/10 P&G
Wisk or Cheer (150oz.) Liquid Laundry Detergent $14.99
$2/1 Wisk Laundry detergent (x11/21) 10/24 RP
Downy (78 or 90-load) Fabric Softener $6.49
$1/1 Downy liquid fabric softener, or sheets 10/31 P&G
Bounce 4-Month Dryer Bar or Dryer Sheets (160 or 180ct.) $6.49

Up & Up Double-Roll Bath Tissue (18p.) $9.99
Up & Up Giant-Roll Paper Towels (12pk.) $14.99
$0.50/1 Up & Up paper towels 6-ct. or larger Target Q

FREE $5 Gift Card wyb any (2) Big Packs below:
Pampers or Huggies Training Pants or Diapers Big Packs $19.99
$3.50/2 Huggies Diapers 48 ct or + AND 184 ct or + Wipes Target Q
$2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (printable coupon)
$2.50/1 Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers
(printable coupon)
$2.50/1 Any Huggies Little Movers or Snuggler
(printable coupon)
$3/2 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers (printable coupon)
$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers 10/17 SS
$2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers 10/17 SS
$2.50/1 Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (printable coupon)
$2.50/1 Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers (printable coupon)
$2/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Jumbo Pack or Larger (printable coupon
$2/2 Pampers 180ct+ Baby Wipes AND 44ct+Diapers or Pants Target Q 10/17 RP
$1/1 Pampers diapers or pants
10/31 P&G
$1/1 Pampers wipes 180 ct.+
10/31 P&G

Graduates Finger Food; Lil' Crunchies and Puffs 2 for $7

FREE $5 Gift Card wyb any (1) Pet Item below:
Purina Dog Chow (44.1+4lb.) $21.79
$1.50/1 Purina Puppy Chow or Dog Chow, 17.6lb bag+10/24 SS
Beneful Dog Food (31.1lb.) $24.49
$2/1 Beneful Incredibites dog food or Beneful dog food any size/variety 10/10 RP
Pedigree Dog Food (40lb.) $19.99
$2/1 Pedigree food for dogs 8.8lb or larger 10/17 RP

This weeks AD contains a handful of Target Coupons, of which I have provided below. They all expire on x11/24 and as per Target's Coupon policy, you can use (1) Target Coupons and (1) Manufacturer Coupon for every (1) item.
Wireless Controller for Xbox 360 (white or black) $49.99
$20/2 XBOX 360 Controlers Target In-Ad Q
Wii Sports Bundle $199.99  
Includes: Wii Console, Wii Sports & Sports Resort Game, Remote w/ MotionPlus Nunchuck
$20/1 Wii Game System Target In-Ad Q
Classic Hasbro Games (Twister, Jenga, Connect 4, Battleship, etc.) $7
$5/3 Hasbro Games (Excludes: card game) Target In-Ad Q 
Tinker Bell 3 DVD+Blu-Ray Combo, Toy Story 3 2-Disc Set $19.99
$5 Dinsey Blu-Ray $16.99 or higher (Excludes "The Search for Santa Paws") Target In-Ad Q
Prince of Persia, Alice in Wonderland or The Last Song Blu-Rays $19.99
$5 Dinsey Blu-Ray $16.99 or higher (Excludes "The Search for Santa Paws") Target In-Ad Q
Zhu Zhu and Kung Zhu Vehicle Assortments $10
$5/1 Zhu Zhu or Kung Zhu $10 or higher (vehicle or play set) Target In-Ad Q
Vtech Tote 'n Go Laptop or Count & Learn School Bus $14.99
$5/1 Vtech Toy $14.99 or Higher (Excl. V-Motion or Reader, MobiGo & Disney Princess Toys) Target In-Ad Q
Fisher Price Stride-To-Ride Dino w/ Lights and Sounds $29.99
$5/1 Fisher-Price Toy $19.99 or higher (Offer valid in Toy Dept. only; Excludes: My Loving Family, Angelina Ballerina and Retro Toys) Target In-Ad Q
LEGO Kingdoms Outpost Attach or Creator Red Car Sets $17
$5/1 LEGO Toy $14.99 or Higher Target In-Ad Q
NERF Cleat Raider CS-35 Blaster (w/ 35 Exclusive Red Darts) $27.99
$5/1 NERF Blaster $17.99 or Higher Target In-Ad Q
Bakigan Gragonoid Colossus $29.99
(Includes 4 Battle Gear, 1 Bakugan, 1 Transformer Hub and Five Cards)
25% Off wyb any (2) Bakugan Toys Target In-Ad Q
My Littlest Pony, Littlest Pet Shop & Strawberry Shortcake Hat Box Sets $27.99
50% Off wyb any (2) Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony or Strawberry Shortcake Toys Target In-Ad Q
Disney Princess My Size Repunzel Doll $54.99
50% Off wyb any Disney Doll, Role-Play Dress or Play Set Target In-Ad Q

*Limit 2 per guest, except in ID or NM, Quantities Limited; No raincheck.
**Limit 12 of each variety per guest, except in ID or NM, Quantities Limited; No raincheck.
Page will be updated as more coupons are found

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

CSN Stores - Upcoming

CSN Stores have really been gaining a very blogger-friendly reputation. I, myself, love them and their hundreds of stores! The offer anything from sling backpacks, which I might need for my trip to Nicaragua soon, to things like telephones and shoes. 

The Sling Backpack pictured on the left is actually really cute, and only $22. I don't like having carry-ons, my essentials would be nice in this backpack.

I love variety and working with them as a CSN Preferred Blogger over the past couple of months has been an overall positive thing :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WUC - Coupon Preview Wednesday For 11/21

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.

Coupon Previews from WUC:

Target coupons in 11/14 Red Plum:*
Plenty of Target Coupons for toys in the Target Ad of 11/21 (stay tuned for the Ad preview later on)
*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 11/21 with coupon match-ups. The full Ad scan is available.

Here are a few highlighted deals from the CVS Ad 11/21 - 11/27:

Advil PM (4ct.) ($0.99 ECB) - $0.99
Total: FREE (Limit 1) 

Excedrin Migraine PM or Extra Strength (8ct.) ($0.99 ECB) - $0.99
Total: FREE (Limit 1) 

--- Three Day/Black Friday sale 11/25 - 11/27 ---
$4 ECB wyb Old Spice Fresh Collection or Gillette Odor Shield Deodorant 2.6oz $4 (Limit 1) $2 Moneymaker
$2 Gillette Deodorant P&G 10/31

$3.99 ECB wyb Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 6oz $3.99 (Limit 2) $2 Moneymaker
$1 on any Colgate Total or Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 4.0oz or larger 11/14 SS
$2.99 ECB wyb Listerine Pocketpaks 3pk. 72 strips total. $2.99 (Limit 2) $1 Moneymaker
$0.50/1 Listerine Pocketpaks 24 ct+ Pocketmist, Plax Rinse or Listerine Essential Care 8/1 SS
or 5/16 RP
$0.99 ECB wyb Carmex Lip Balm 0.15-0.35oz $0.99 (Limit 1) $0.30 Moneymaker
$0.30 Carmex Lip Balm SS 11/7/10
$6.99 ECB wyb Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Body lotion 8.4oz $6.99 Limit 1 $1 Moneymaker
$1.00 Eucerin hand or body product 2oz - 16.9 oz RP 11/7
$1 Eucerin (printable)

WUC - Walgreens Early Preview + Deals

Walgreens Deals at WUC - Early preview of Walgreens Ad for 10/21 with coupon match-ups. The full Ad scan is available. 

Here are a few highlighted deals from the Walgreens Ad 11/21 - 11/27
Colgate Pro Clinical Toothpastes (4oz.) (get $2.50 RR) - $3.99
Total: $1.49 after RR

Quaker 1-Minute Quick Oats (18oz.) 2 for $3
$1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Quick or Old Fashioned Oats box 9/12 RP 
Total: $1 for 2 after coupon 

--- Three Day/Black Friday sale 11/25 - 11/27 ---
Dr.Pepper, Sunkist, 7up, Canada Dry, A&W, Hawaiian Punch (2-liter) $0.99 free after RR 
Just for men 2 in 1 shampoo & conditioner (8oz.) $4.99 free after RR
$1/1 Just For Men (printable)
Crest 3D white vivid toothpaste (4oz.) $2.99 free after RR
$1/1 Crest Toothpaste 4oz+ or Liquid Gel 10/10 P&G
$1.50 RR wyb Herbal essence hair care (5.7 - 12 oz.) $2.49 $0.99 after RR
$1/2 Herbal Essences or Aussie 10/10 P&G
$2.50 RR wyb Olay Body wash 10 oz ($3.49) $0.99 after RR
$1/1 Olay Bar, Body Wash, In Shower Body Lotion Or Hand And Body Lotion 10/21 P&G

Many more deals! Click below to see the entire ad and more deals.

Monday, November 15, 2010

My 11/14 Target Shopping Round-Up (Saved 97%)

Finally was able to make a good big-ish trip to Target. Seems like the problems with coupons truly are gone. I got overage for the coupons valued more than the item (Beneful and Olay). This overage was great, as it practically paid for the rest of my trip. I saved a over $94 and only paid $3 before taxes. Great trip! Here it is:

Bought (40) Beneful Wet Meals $1.57
-Used (40) $2/1 Manufacturer Q (full value taken off; got overage)
Bought (2) Banquet Fruit Pies - $0.87 each
-Used (2) $0.35/1 Manufacturer Q
Bought (1) Market Pantry Russet Potatoes $1.99
-Used (1) $1/1 Target Q
Bought (5) Del Monte Canned Veggies - $0.45 each
-Used (1) $0.50/5 Manufacturer Q
Bought (5) Swanson Chicken Broth Cans - $0.50 each
-Used $0.50/5 Manufacturer Q
Bought (1) Welches Strawberry Jam Spread - $2.10
-Used (1)  $55/1 Manufacturer Q
Bought (1) Pillsbury Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix - $1.50
-Used (1) $0.50/1 Manufacturer Q
Bought (1) Pillsbury Frosting - $1.42
-Used (1) $0.40/1 Manufacturer Q
Bought (1) Pillsbury Refrigerated Biscuits
Bought (1) Market Pantry Pasta - $1.02
Bought (1) Market Pantry Chocolate Chips - $1.59
Bought (2) Kraft Cheese Chunk Blocks - $1.80 each
-Used (1) $1/2 Target Q
Bought (1) Gold Medal Flour - $1.59
Bought (4) Olay Bars (Travel Size) - $0.97 each
-Used $1/1 Manufacturer Q (full value; overage)
Bought (1) Gas X (18ct.) $3.89
-Used (1) $1/1 Manufacturer Q & (1) $3/1 Target Q
Bought (2) Glade Odor Solutions Carpet - $1.99 each
-Used (1) $2/2 Manufacture Q

Total - before coupons: $97.62 | after coupons: $2.97 (before tax)
Saved: $94.65  -or-  97% 
I got a shot of the Beneful meals alone, my dogs will be fed very well :)

Click Here to see my other Shopping Round-Up Trips and how much money I've saved on other trips.

Target - Scope & Crest Deal.

I like little freebies you get at stores attached to products you'll already be buying. I saw a fun one at Target yesterday. You get a free Crest Toothpaste (0.85oz.) wyb a bottle of Scope Outlast, Mint or Peppermint flavor. 

Buy (1) Scope Outlast Mint or Peppermint Mouthwash - $3.94
-Use (1) $2/1 Scope Mouthwash (750ml or larger) from 11/7 RP
Total: $1.94 

Review - CarMD

As a College student paying my own way, I treasure every dollar and cent I earn or get. I shop sales, use coupons, and everything I can to save money. When I Found out about CarMD and how it can help save money by avoiding unnecessary trips to a mechanic, I was exited! 

I have seen many of these mechanic and shop scams on the news where they overcharge and even charge for things that aren't wrong with your car. This is a scary thing for those that don't have the slightest idea about cars, like myself. I received the CarMD which came with a USB-cable, CD, storage pouch and user guide.
As i mentioned previously, I know nothing about cars. I had my dad help me find the 16-pin Data Link Connector (DLC), which is universal on all 1996 and newer OBD2 (On-Board Diagnostics) certified vehicles. The CarMD website also help you find it by inputting you car model and year. Unfortunately, the connector in my car is upside down so I couldn't see the light turn on or anything. Thankfully there are beeps that you can listen for to inform you when the CarMD device is turned on and when the test is over and you can unplug it. It took less than 10 seconds for the CarMD to finish its test. 

As I unplugged the device I noticed no codes on the screen and a "yellow" light. There are some explanations on the CarMD website regarding as to why a yellow light appears, one being that the car tested had not gone through all the necessary "self tests". Installing the CD software was a breeze. I then connected the device with the USB cable and it logged me on to CarMD.com, where i had to register. Thankfully the device somehow determined and saved the VIN on my car, as I couldn't see it well from the windshield.

From the CarMD website regarding the yellow light, "There is either a pending problem or your vehicle’s monitors have not run all of their tests (may recently have had service or computer codes cleared); proceed with caution or see your qualified repair professional". I take it there is a pending problem and/or something the OND2 saw most likely will be a potential problem. For now I'm happy to know that I''ll be able to find the problem in the future using the CarMD device.

Although no problem was readily available to be determined, the CarMD website did show that there were 60 available Technical Service Bulletins and 5 available Safety Recalls for my car. The member page shows a Summary, along with full diagnosis and cure for the problem on your car. I'm able to register up to 3 cars, which is how many we have right now so its not problem. I love the fact that if for whatever reason you can't log on online they have a hotline which you can call, give them the code that shows up and they'll give you all the info. Overall, I'm content with the ease of using the device. Its very straightforward and easy. Knowing that I can leave this device in my car and pop it out if my car ever acts up is a good feeling. The CarMD device, along with the CD, USB cable and storage pouch retail for about $98. A big thanks to CardMD for the opportunity to review their great device. 

Disclaimer: I was NOT paid for this post, however I did receive the product in question, from the company or their representing  PR company,  free of charge in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and I have provided a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation for my review nor was I under any obligation to give a positive review.

Blog Hops For The Week Of November 15, 2010

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 19th week. Wow! :)

As part of my 6-Month Blogiversary, I'm sponsoring a $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway! Just in time for the Holiday Season :) I hope you guys drop by and enter for your chance to win! :) It ends 11/30. To enter, click the image below:

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