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Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Horrible Moving Experience, Two Years Later + Tips!

Learning things the hard way is not always the best way, and it can create a LOT of stress. After living at our last residence for about 10 years, or half of my life better said, we moved over 40 miles away. Long distance moving might not as difficult as moving to another state, but it was still a big move that would've required a lot of planning. Unfortunately, we made many mistakes that made our move very stressful and they are things you should definitely avoid. So here are a couple tips to help you out.

Pre-pack - Its simple. If you have things in your house you know you won't be using any time soon, start packing it as early as 2 months beforehand. If you're low on help you definitely need to start asap in order to not have everything done last minute. Many of us have items in closets the garage or basement that we haven't used in years so to have them packed up and ready to go long before is ideal.

Cleaning - As mentioned before, we all have items we haven't used in years stored all over our house, with that comes junk we won't need or want at our new place. Cleaning out and packing gets rid of unneeded junk and lets you get a little better organized. As for big seasonal blankets and clothing, its best to wash it all before getting to your new place. There is no fun moving to a new house only to unpack dirty stinky stuff.

Get Help - By cleaning and prepacking you should have a reasonable amount done within two weeks of your move. Make sure you get friends and family to help you out. Make sure you also reward them with some pizza or Chinese at your new place. Maybe them can stay longer and even help you paint!

These are simple tips, that although we have heard, we seem to ignore. We made the mistake of not cleaning blankets and clothing before arriving at our new house and with unpacking, going around the city finding out where to go to turn our water and electricity on, it made things stressful. I managed to pre-pack maybe 2 boxes of only my things about a month in advance. This was no help though, as we had a house with 6 people to move, not just me. It was a horrible experience having to fill tons of boxes a mere two weeks before moving. Also, for a reason I can't recall, we had absolutely no help moving. So I was stuck helping my dad lift couches, heavy TVs, extremely heavy dressers and other things by myself down a flight of stairs to the moving truck. I was also the only one helping him move it inside our new house. All the yelling, being unprepared and being hurried stressed me out and made my moving experience horrible. Its something I NEVER want to go through again, and if forced to, I am protesting to get paid help. It made me hate packing, and let just say that we still have a good amount of boxes in the garage that we have not opened... 2 years later.

Disclaimer:  I am participating in a blogger campaign with Bucks2Blog and was compensated. The views and opinions are my own.

Friday, August 26, 2011

My 8/26 Target Shopping Round-Up (Saved 100% or $40+)

Made a fast trip. I am stocking up on SoBe Drinks to take with me on my trip. Yes... thats how addicted I am to them, I have to take them overseas with me, lol. I also got a bunch of manufacturer coupons for SoBe from the last contest I won (giveaway in left sidebar, ends 9/2).

Bought (5) Tide Detergent, Travel Size - $0.99
-Used (5) $1/1 Manufacturer Qs
Bought (4) KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce (Not Pictured) - $1
-Used (4) $0.50/1 Manufacturer Qs 

Bought (3) Revlon Clippers (Reg. $2.24) $1.24
-Used (2) $5/2 Manufacturer Qs 

Bought (3) Revlon Nail Buffer $3.49
-Used (1) $5/2 Manufacturer Q

Bought (15) SoBe Teas - $1.00
-Used (13) FREE SoBe Manufacturer Qs /Sale B4G1

Total - before coupons & sales: $41.13 | after sales & clearance: -$0.01 (before tax) 
Saved: $41.14 -or- 100%
Click Here to see my other Shopping Round-Up Trips and how much money I've saved on other trips.

Target Weekly Ad for 8/28 - 9/3

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Here is a partial list of deals for the Target Weekly Ad of August 218 2011 I don't list the whole ad, just Grocery, Pets, Beauty, Household. Mainly, only sections that contains items that can be matched with coupons. Remember, Ads may vary, I'm in the Los Angeles Area in Southern California.

New to couponing at Target? Check out the Target 101 starter post for info and policies.

Strawberries (1lb.) $1.79
Corn on the Cob 4 for $1
Grapes, Red Seedless $1.39/lb
Ground Beef 80% Lean (1lb.) $2.49
Hormel Always Tender St Louis Style Ribs $1.99/lb
Hormel Always Tender Baby Back Ribs $2.99/lb
Hormel Always Tender Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops (15oz.) $3.49
Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers (4ct.) $2.99
-$1/2 Morningstar Farms Frozen Items Target Q x9/3
-.75/1 Morningstar Farms Veggie Food Product 8/28 RP x10/23
-$1/2 MorningStar Farms Veggie Foods 8/7 RP x10/2
-$1/1 Morningstar Farms Veggie Foods Product
DiGiorno Pizza & Sides Combos $5.49
Oscar Mayer Beef Franks (16oz.) $2.79
Kraft Cheese Shredded or Blocks (6-8oz.) $2.39
Market Pantry Hamburger Buns (8ct.) $1.49
Pepperidge Farm Buns (8ct.) $2.29

FREE Kellogg’s Item wyb Any (3) Listed Below:
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts (12ct.), Nutri-Grain Bars (6 or 8ct.) $2.50
-$1/2 Kellogg’s 8ct Nutri-Grain Bars and 12ct Pop-Tarts Target Q 8/21 SS
-$5 off a Backpack wyb 4 Kellogg’s or Keebler Items Target Q x9/3
-$1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Target Q x9/3
-$1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries or Mini Crisps, 6 ct + 7/24 RP
-$1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts or Mini Crisps 8/28 RP
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars Target Q x9/3
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars 6ct+ 8/7 RP x10/2 

Edy’s Ice Cream (1.5 qt.) $3.25
Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream (14oz.) $2.99
Lay’s Potato Chips, Classic (10.5oz.) $2.15
Frito-Lay Baked Chips or M&M’s Peanut (12.6oz.) 2 for $6
-$1.50/2 M&M’s Products 9.9 oz bags or larger All You, September 2011
-$1/2 Mars Bags of M&M’s 8.5oz+ 8/28 RP x10/31
-$1/2 M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies, 9.9 Oz. +, Any 7/24 RP
Market Pantry Iced cookies (10ct.) $2.50
Fudge Animal Cookies (10oz.), Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers (6.6oz.) $1.75
Market Pantry Side Salads 3 lb $4.49
Planters Nuts $4.99
-.50/1 Planters Snack Item (Excludes Single Serve) Target Q x9/17
-$1/1; $0.75/1 Planters Nut-rition Bars or Planters Big Nut Bars 7/24 SS
Planters NUT-rition (9.75oz.) $4

Smartwater (700 ml.) or Vitamin Water (20oz.) $1
-B2G1 FREE Vitaminwater Beverage 20-oz. Target Q x9/3
Keurig K-Cups 10 -18 ct $11.99
Pepsi Products; Cans (12pk.) or Bottles (6pk.) 4 for $11
-$0.75/1 Pepsi, Diet 12 Oz. Cans, 12-Pk., Any – 7/17 SS x8/31
Pepsi Products; Bottles (2-liter) 4 for $5
Crystal Light Drink Mix 6 ct $2.49
Dasani Water 8 pk 12 oz $2.50
Amstel Light or Heineken Bottles (12pk.) $12.49
Corona or Corona Light Bottles (12pk.) $11.99

Beauty / Health:
Suave Shampoo and Conditioner (2pk., 25oz.) Men’s 2-in-1 or Kids 3-in-1 (22.5oz.) $5
-$0.50/2 Suave Kids Shampoo or Conditioner 8/14 RP x9/11
-$0.50/2 Suave Men Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Product 8/14 RP x9/11

Axe Shampoo, 2-in-1 Conditioner (12oz.) Axe Body Spray (4oz.) $3.99
Axe Shower Gel (12oz.), Axe Deodorant (2.7 or 3oz.) or Detailer Tool $3.49
-B1G1 FREE Axe Shower Gel or Detailer 7/31 RP x9/24
-B1G1 Axe 4 oz Bodyspray, or 3 oz Deodorant 7/31 RP

Women's Sweaters For The Fall Season

I love fall, so its no surprise I can't wait for it to begin. Along with that, I love shopping for women's sweaters. I love them so much that I even wear them in triple-digit weather! I know, its crazy! I have a couple tips to buying sweaters that I use when I go shopping:

Don't worry about the price - I know, it defeats the purpose of saving money BUT I save money on groceries, toilettries and other items so I can buy the better things in life. When shopping for a sweater, I do limit how much I want to spend on one, but I ultimately buy one that I like regardless of if I have a coupons or not.

Coupons and sales - Many stores have special online codes for money off, free shipping, or coupons to use in-store. Take advantage of them. Why? because you can get a sweater you want and still save.

Its ok to spoil yourself here and there when you spend so much time saving. There are many things we go all out for. I, myself, spoil myself with techy-gadgets, electronics, anything Tokidoki, shoes, clothes and a good expensive dinner once in a while. These are luxuries I spend time saving for. And believe me, when I spot a beautiful cardigan like this Best Vest Cardi in moon mist, I grab it! So, when you go out and shop for some wonderful sweaters for this Fall season, remember to look for sales and coupons and let yourself be spoiled. :)

Disclaimer:  I am participating in a blogger campaign with Bucks2Blog and was compensated. The views and opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hot! JCPenney $10 off $25 Valid 8/26 - 8/27 Only!

I have two younger siblings starting school in early September and my little sister has outgrown the majority of the clothes. Thankfully I just read about JCPenney's $10 Off $25 Purchase coupon! It has No Exclusions, but can't be used in Sephora Stores or gift cards. Either way, this is a great coupon to come across right now. Its only Valid this Friday and Saturday (8/26-8/27). I can't wait to hit up the clearance to see what cute outfits we can get them for cheap. I even printed out one for myself, maybe I'll find some cheap socks or slippers :)

The JCPenney $10 Off $25 Purchase Coupons is available to print from (3) different places, here, here and here. And, you can also text "Coupon" to JCP365 to have it sent to you via text! Don't feel like driving? Use the code "GotASale" online. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

FREE (2) Vases from The Vase Store @ SaveMore.com

SaveMore.com is yet another great deal site you can find around the web. They offer a variety of great deals for various websites and they have a GREAT deal going on right now.

They are offering (2) vases from The Vase Store for only $6. Great price, now, if you're a NEW member you get a $10 credit when you sign up making these beautiful vases FREE! And, you'll still have $4 credit left for another offer in the future! 

WUC - Coupon Preview Wednesday For 8/28

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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 Student-Saving-Bucks. 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 (3) Coupon Inserts. The preview(s) are already available below, so click to get a very early preview of the great coupons for this upcoming Sunday. 

Coupon Previews from WUC:
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 for 8/28 - 9/3

CVS Deals on WUC Early preview of the CVS Ad for 8/28 w/ coupon match-ups. The full Ad scan is available. Here are a few highlighted deals from the CVS Ad 8/28 - 9/3:

St. Joseph Enteric Coated Aspirin (81mg.) (get $2 ECB) - $2
-$1/1 St. Joseph Aspirin 8/7
Total: FREE - $1 Money Maker after coupons and ECB (Limit 3)

Scope Dual Blast or Outlast Mouthwash (750ml.) - $2.50
-$1/1 Scope Mouthwash, 710ml+ 7/31 P&G x8/31
Total: $1.00 after coupon

SoBe Drinks - BOGO
-Buy 2, Get 1 FREE (printable on CVS.com)

WUC - Walgreens Early Preview + Deals for 8/28- 9/3

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Walgreens Deals at WUC - Early preview of Walgreens Ad for 8/28 w/ coupon match-ups. The full Ad scan is available. Here are a few highlighted deals from the Walgreens Ad for the week of 8/28 - 9/3:
Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm Lime Twist or Vanilla (.15oz.) (get $1.50 RR) - $1.50
Total: FREE after RR 

Estroven Dietary Supplement Maximum Strength (28ct.) (get $10 RR) - $10
-$3/1 Estroven Supplement Product (printable)
Total: FREE - $3 Money Maker after coupon and RR
Playtex Tampons Gentle Glide or Sport (18ct.) (get $1 RR) - $3.99
-$2/1 Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons 8/14 SS
Total: $0.99 after coupon and RR

Monday, August 22, 2011

GIVEAWAY - SkinIt.com Giant Panda Skin

SkinIt Panda Laptop SKin
After saving up for my new laptop, I had many people tell me to take GOOD care of it. It is an investment after all. When I go out, I always keep my laptop in a bag BUT my friends let me know its possible to scratch it up that way. So, after searching online I contacted the wonderful people at SkinIt.com and was sent the most adorable laptop skin ever imagined! I received SkinIt's Giant Panda Skin for my Laptop (retails for $29.99). Checkout process was extremely simple and the skin shipped quite fast and rolled in a tube for great protection. The skin it, as you can see above, it the most adorable thing ever! The panda's face is so big it almost didn't fit, lol. 

Panda Skin DefectThe skin is printed on high quality 3M Vinyl, which resists everyday scratches quite well and the image is not pixelated whatsoever. The application process was extremely easy, the skin was cut perfectly for my laptop. I peeled off the skin and placed it on top of my laptop, it slid easily on the cover as I positioned it correctly. Unfortunately, after pressing down and securing the skin on the cover, I noticed a bump near the top. So, being the perfectionist I sometimes am, I peeled off the corner and removed it. To my utter surprise, I caused the skin to stretch and it didn't stick back the same way. There were air bubbles and noticeable lines. It was a real shame, I even got a little teary. The skin is absolutely beautiful, and I suggest if any of you get one, clean your device well and do NOT peel it off! 

SkinIt has thousands of skins available to protect your many devices, from your cell phones to laptops and even skins for your vehicle, printers, digital cameras and more! Their skins are made to fit your device, you simply look for your device and start searching for the skin that just calls out your name! You can even personalize or customize your skin and add a personal photo with text. Want to protect your device? Start shopping for a skin and enter "TREND20" for 20% off your purchase. A huge thanks to SkinIt for the opportunity to review their great skin. They have been generous enough to giveaway a FREE SKIN to one of my lucky readers! Enter below!

Want to win a SkinIt Skin Of Your Choice For Your Device? Click "read more..." to enter the giveaway!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

GIVEAWAY - (10) SoBe Tea or Elixir FREE Manufacturer Qs

SoBe Giveaway
Yup, thats right! Thanks to YOU guys that voted for us a couple weeks ago, we won the SoBe "Dare Of The Month" promotion on SoBe's Facebook page! Don't remember about it? Read my old post about it. Either way, a HUGE thanks to the ones that voted for us, me and my baby sister (who modeled) was AGAIN exited when we got the news. 

For the promotion, we won a great SoBe Promotional cycling shirt. We also won a bunch of FREE SoBe Teas or Elixirs (20oz.) [up to $1.59] Manufacturer coupons that don't expire until December 2011! That means that as soon as Target has another Buy 10 Get $5 Gift Card FREE" comes around, I will be getting a lot for free. When the Target deal comes around again, you will be able to pick up 20 SoBe Teas or Elixirs for FREE.

One (1) Winner will receive:
★(10) - FREE SoBe Tea or Elixir (20oz.) Manufacturer Coupons x12/31/11

#31 - Jen T.

Congrats! Winner was chosen via Random.org. Thank you all for entering! :)

(Required) Have you tried any SoBe Teas or Elixirs before? Which Is Your Favorite?

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Leave a comment for each entry, optional entries can only be done after doing the required entry. Leave your username(s) for Twitter and Facebook follows or a link for tweets and blog posts, if applicable. Available to U.S. residents only. GOOD LUCK. Giveaway will end September 2, 2011 & a winner will be chosen then.

NOTE: Make sure you read the full Giveaway Rules before entering.  I will no longer be posting giveaway winner's emails for your privacy.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is being sponsored by Student-Saving-Bucks.com I have not received any compensation from SoBe or its manufacturer,  for this short review. This is our honest review and opinion of gifts we have received via a promotion on facebook.

Blog Hops For The Week Of August 22, 2011

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 60th week! Wow! Super long time!

Make sure you guys check out the "Quick Links" on the left sidebar for the Target Weekly Ad with coupon match-ups and coupon previews (updated every Wednesday). 

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