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Review: Dropps Laundry Detergent

With two kids at daycamp and both of us working my laundry loads are insane.  I'm sure this is the same with every household full of kids.  I have stockpiles of laundry detergent that takes up a lot of storage space - wouldn't it be nice to save a lot of space for other freebie stockpiles?  How about reducing your carbon footprint too - well check out Dropps laundry detergent pacs as they have the solution for all you eco minded busy Moms who like to get those dirt stains out of your whites.

Dropps laundry detergent pacs contain an innovative formula with a split personality: tough on dirt, but easy on your favorite garments.  Instead of a typical detergent bottle filled with liquid Dropps have packaged their detergent into handy dandy power pacs because the detergent is 6x concentrated.  Most liquids are still at 2x or 3x concentrated.

I liked the Dropps pac as they reminded me of the dishwasher gel pacs or the Tide stain release gel pacs that I already have in my house. They are so easy to use no measuring and no spills - just throw one pac in for a regular load or 2 pacs for nextra heavy load.  Plus they are super light and small in size so less storage space required.  I love how they make a scent & Dye Free kind too as our family only use this. For those with babies, Dropps have one just for you.  Our wash came out clean and I feel great knowing that there will be one less detergent bottle on the landfill.

At Target, the first 90,000 packages on the shelf will have $2.00 instant redeemable coupon and you can download a $1.00 here and here too. I hope the coupon is a Target stackable coupon with the manufacture coupon as that would be a great saving.

Check here for a store locator.  I just found out my local Target, Whole Foods and Genuardi's carry it!
Or buy the Dropps Pacs online here.
2-load = $1
20 load pouch = $7
42 load pouch = $13.50
80 load = $24.00
While the cost comparison to regular detergent in a bottle is higher the price on the environment is certainly significantly lower for the Dropp Pacs - you do the math.

Disclaimer: I received a sample for review and this is written based on my own honest opinion (other people opinions may vary).

FREE VeggieTales Christmas Album Download

This is a cool freebie for those Veggie Tale fans in your household. 
You can head on over to the Amazon MP3 Store and download VeggieTales The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree Album (16-track) for FREE. iTunes charges $9.99 for the exact same album, so this is definitely a great freebie!

Thanks Hip2save

While you are checking out the Amazon MP3 store use promo code STUDENT3 to get a Free $3 MP3 Credit on Amazon. This code is good towards any MP3 purchase and must be used by 11/1.
Go here to see the list of MP3 downloads!

HURRY: Free Subscription to Whole Living Magazine

If you missed this last time - Whole Living Magazine free sub is back!  Hurry! Sign up here and fill in a survey to get a free subscription to Whole Living.

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Drug Store Freebies 10/31-11/6

Here are the Drug Store freebies starting Sunday 10/31 till Saturday 11/6.  It seems a quiet week compared to the last few weeks.

Oral-B pulsar, CrossAction, stages Battery Power toothbrush $4.99 = $2 Ecb (limit 2)
Use the $3/1 coupon from the 10/31 PG
Pay $1.99
Get back a $2 Ecb

Bayer Contour blood glucose monitoring system $14.99 = $5 Ecb (limit 1)
Use the $10/1 coupon found in 8/8 RP (expires 10/31!)
Pay $4.99
Get back $5 Ecb

Bayer Contour USB Meter $29.99 = $10 Ecb (limit 1)
Use the $20/1 coupon from the 10/31 RP

Don't forget to print your $4/$20 printable coupon from here and the $5/$25 from here (use zip code 07039 radius 50 miles)

Be sure to join the Rite Aid Wellness program - its a store card where you can score some Rite Aid deals only if you have their card.  You can earn points for your spend which entitles you to get up to 20% off your purchases and coupons too.

Rite Aid has now partnered with Upromise! This means that you are now able to add Upromise e-coupons to your Rite Aid Wellness+ card and redeem them at Rite Aid for even more savings! Click here to sign up for Upromise to double dip on deals.

Select St. Ives Skin Care Products, $3.99
Get $3 SCR #64 (Limit 1)
--Apricot Scrub (10 oz.) or Collagen Moisturizer (10 oz.)
--Naturally Clear Cleanser (6.75 oz.) or Scrub (4.5 oz.)
Use $1/1 St. Ives Body Lotion, exp. 10-31-10 (SS 09/19/10)
All Single Pack Gum, B1G1 FREE
FREE Stride Shift Gum wyb any Stride Gum, exp. 10-31-10 (SS 05/16/10)
Stack with $0.50/1 Orbit Gum Oct. RA target="_blank">printable
= 2 for FREE after coupon!
**Qualifies for $5 +UP Reward wyb $30 Select Health Care Items

Select Kendall Products, 2/$7
--Kendall Antimicrobial Gauze or Non-Stick Pads (10 ct.)
--Bandages (10-24 ct.)
--Bandage Roll
Get $3 SCR #77 wyb 2 (limit 1)
Use 2 $2.50/1 Kendall AMD Antimicrobial Wound Care Product printable
= 2 for FREE
**Qualifies for $5 +UP Reward wyb $30 Select Health Care Items
Dawn Dish Liquid (9.5-12.6 oz.), $0.99
Use $1/1 Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Liquid, exp. 4-30-11 (Organize In Style)
or use $1/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, exp. 10-31-10 (Decor Done Right)

Splenda (3.8 oz. or 80-100 ct.) – $2.99, get $1 +UP

Use $2/1 Splenda Sweetener Granulated w FiberRP 09/26/10 or print

Buy $30 in select P&G products = $10 RR
Buy 5 Secret Deodorants $3.99 each = $19.95
Buy 5 Olay Bar Soap 2 packs on sale for 25% off– price after sale at $2.24 each = $11.20
Total = $31.15
Use 5 $5 off 1 select Olay product with Secret purchase coupons from the 10/31 PG
Pay $6.15
Get back a $10 RR
= $3.85 moneymaker free!

Buy 2 bags of Ricola drops $0.99 each = $1.98
Use the $1/2 coupon found in 10/17 SS
Plus, use the $0.50/1 Walgreens coupons from the November coupon booklet (will deduct $1)
= 2 bags for FREE!

Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup (10.75 oz.), $0.50
$1.50/3 Campbell’s “Great for Cooking” Soup printable (tomato only)
= 3 for FREE after coupon!

Buy 2 Vicks NyQuil Sinex 2/$10

Use 2 $4/1 coupons from the 10/10 PG
Pay $2
Get back a $5 RR
Final Cost FREE + $3 moneymaker!
 Thanks Hip2save and Deal Seeking Mom

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High Value Coupons from Recycle Bank

Back in May I posted about freebies from recycle bank well we have a new code for you!

Just login to your Recycle Bank account and click on “Earn Points” and then enter promo code 031604025496 in the box provided on the right (make sure to also select “Nature Made” for the points partner). This will score you 10 points! Plus, you can enter this code 5 times to score a total of 50 points!
You can snag a $3/1 Kashi product coupon with this 50 points!

You can get an extra 25 points by:
Click on the “live green” tab, you can do a “virtual tour” of the house and take a 4 question quiz for 25 points more points!
If you’re new around here, you are probably wondering what the heck RecycleBank is. RecycleBank partners with cities and haulers to reward households for recycling; households earn RecycleBank Points that can be used to shop at over 1,500 local and national businesses. Currently, you can earn 20 RecycleBank points just for signing up to join (this offer is good for NEW registrants only). Once you have signed up you can use your points to purchase high value coupons for groceries and/or discounts at online stores. After signing in, click on the Get Rewards tab and you’ll be able to start scrolling through the rewards they have available on the left hand side.

Then add the code 031604025496 as described above for 50 points.

Take the virtual tour as described above for extra 25 points

Also you can get another 50 RecycleBank Points when you join the eBay Green Team.

Kashi Lovers
For those who eat Kashi - Kashi has teamed up with RecycleBank and now when you buy specially marked boxes of Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits cereal, you can get 15 Recycle Bank points (8 digit code found inside the box). Plus if you enter the code before Nov 30, you will get a bonus of 15 extra points. You can then redeem your points for great coupons (like $3 off any Kashi product), gift cards, movie tickets and more. You can even get 250 MyCokeReward points for 250 Recycle Bank points.

Thanks Hip2save & Who said nothing in life is free

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Print your coupons now before they switch over

Print those printable coupons now - they switch over to new ones because its the end of the month!  Here's a list of some of them!

◦$0.50 off Yoplait Delights™ Yogurt
◦$0.50 off YoPlus Yogurt 4-pack
◦$0.50 off Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt
◦$0.30 off Yoplait Greek Yogurt
◦$1.00 off Yoplait Frozen Smoothie
◦$0.75 off Yoplait products
◦$0.40 off Yoplait Core Cup Yogurt
◦$0.75 off Wanchai Ferry Dinner Kit
◦$1.50 off Wanchai Ferry™ Frozen Entrée
◦$0.50 off Gardetto’s Snack Mix
◦$0.50 off Bugles snack
◦$0.55 off Pillsbury simply…™ Cookie Dough
◦$0.75 off Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits
◦$1.00 off Pillsbury Savorings
◦$0.50 off Pillsbury Simply…™ Buttermilk Biscuit
◦$0.50 off Pillsbury Pie Crust
◦$1.00 off Pillsbury Holiday Cookies
◦$1.00 off Pillsbury Cookie Dough
◦$0.40 off Pillsbury Grands! Rolls
◦$1.00 off Pillsbury Sweet Moments™
◦$0.50 off Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
◦$0.50 off Nature Valley Granola Thins
◦$0.50 off Betty Crocker Box Muffin Mix
◦$0.50 off Fiber One Chewy Bars
◦$0.50 off Nature Valley Granola Bars
◦$0.30 off Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits
◦$0.50 off Chex Mix
◦$0.75 off Hamburger Helper
◦$1.00 off General Mills cereals
◦$0.65 off Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
◦$0.40 off Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
◦$1.00 off any Citracal
◦$5.00 off (1) EASY BAKE MICROWAVE
◦$1.00 off any one Pup-Peroni dog snacks
Thanks Rockindeals4you

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Free Tabasco Sauce

Grab this coupon here at Tabasco for $.50 off ANY size bottle, my Giant store doubles this coupons so I can score the small bottle for free :)

Thanks What I fed my family today

Free $10 Nutro Coupon = free Cat or Dog Food

Great freebie for your dog or Cat!!  head over here and sign up for the My Nutro Rewards Program. Just for signing up, you’ll snag a coupon for $10 off any Nutro dry food product of your choice! PetSmart typically has bags of Nutro cat food priced at $8.99 so FREE after the coupon.

Thanks Hip2save

Free Gatorade Pregame Fuel at Jewel Osco

Stephenie just emailed me this
"Went to jewels osco last night and they had their G pre-game fuel on sell for $1. They were nice enough to have a stack of $1 coupons right there. So just had to pay tax. Found them in their Gatorade aisle. Not sure if all stores have them but thought you might want to give the shout out."

Thanks Stephenie. 
Hope you guys can find this freebie!  We don't have Jewel Osco here in PA but always nice to find free drinks!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday - we just went to a Soccer game - now 2 Halloween Parties to go to!

Free Vista Print Photo Flip Book


Vista print keeps sending out freebies!  Now how they make money is beyond me.  Even though they charge shipping (typically $6) I don't get how they make money.  BUT more for us right!

A few years back when my kids were learning their ABC's I made a book with photos of them with something that represented letters of the alphabet! It went down well and they are well versed with the alphabet now.  Even now they love looking at the pictures of themselves!

Sign up here to get in on this.

New Pampers 5 point code

For those who already have a Pampers account and couldn't use the 100 point code (restricted for new members) then here's a consolation code worth a measly 5 points!

Do you realize Mr Pampers that 5 points is really like a tiny fraction of a prize.  Oh well I'll plug it in anyway and slowly plod along - maybe by 2023 when my son goes to college I'll be able to buy him a nice gift ; )


Here are some other codes you can try.....

Free ship on Haute Look till 10/31 midnight - think stocking stuffers!!!

Update 2 - ok check out skin by Rafaelle for some really low price makeup starting at $3.

UPDATE 1: can you believe from the time I checked out my order to my posting, all the Lorac products are gone!  Crazy - there are some hungry bargain hunters out there!  Let me know if you score a deal!

I just got an email from Haute Look (Daily deal site) that this halloween enjoy free shipping till midnight on 10/31.  The $10 code that I posted about the other day is not valid anymore : ( but I just took a look and there are plenty of LORAC porducts starting at $3 shipped.  Awesome stocking stuffers!!
Sign up to if you are a new member or just sign in guys if you already signed up - lots to see!

WOW 100 point Gifts to Grow Code for NEW Pampers Customers only

If you haven't signed up yet for Pampers Gift to Grow rewards account then sign up here as new members can enter code 453983270233478 (valid thru 11/30) to get 100 points in your account.  Theres more codes below which should score you a small reward.

 Thanks Hip2save

Here are some other codes you can try.....

Book Review Opportunity for ages 8-12

Do you have an 8-12 year old who loves to read and share their opinions? If so, consider signing them up for the Bella Books Young Reviewers Circle. Bella Books is looking for young readers to share their thoughts about The Sword of Darrow (a book that is set to be released next year) and what they’d like to see in the sequel to make it even better than the first.

Here’s what kids who participate will receive…
* A special, personalized pre-release edition of the magical new children’s book, The Sword of Darrow
* An official BenBella Books Young Reviewers Circle membership certificate
* A signed copy of The Sword of Darrow when it’s officially released next year.
* Their name, actually printed in the book, recognizing them as a member of the BenBella Books Young Reviewers Circle.

* Click here for more information.

All you need to do is send an email to youngreviewers@benbellabooks(dot)com. Be sure to include your child’s name and mailing address to send the book.

My kids are not in this age range but thought you guys might want to take part if your child is in the age range.  You never know this might be the next Harry Potter!!!

Thanks Hip2save

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Free Birthday items from Barnes & Nobles Kids Club

Sign your kids up to the Barnes & Noble Kids Club as there's some great freebies for you! 

Birthday freebie
On their birthday there is a Special Birthday Offer: You’ll receive a coupon via email for a FREE cupcake or cookie from the Barnes & Noble Café that you can use anytime during your child’s birthday weeks, and a FREE create–a–book project on (their partner website that allows children to create their own books).

Other perks
* 30% off the list price on any one kids’ book or toy (this 30% off coupon will be sent via email).

* $5 reward for every $100 you spend on kids’ stuff online and in stores (qualifying products include most children’s books, toys, games, puzzles and workbooks); you can receive up to 4 rewards every year.

* Every month, you’ll receive an email newsletter with additional offers and savings. Just for signing up, you’ll be able to get 25% off every day on

**To join the Kids’ Club, fill out an enrollment form at your local store and then hand your completed form to a Bookseller. You can also sign up for the program online with by clicking the “FREE! Join Now!” button here. Your loyalty card will arrive approximately 10 days after it is requested.

Thanks, Hip2save

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Free $5/5 Hallmark Coupon

Check your magazines gals as you might find the ad above and a coupon attached for $5 off any $5+ purchase at Hallmark Stores. This one was found in the most recent issue of Parents magazine, but last year it showed up in several others, including Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Womens Day, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Southern Living and Family Circle. Coupon bar code and fine print are located on the back of the card. Here’s what it says:

Offer valid through 12/24/10 at participating Hallmark Gold Crown retailers in the USA only. Limit one coupon per customer. Coupon must be surrendered at time of purchase. May be combined with other in-store offers and used toward sale merchandise. Minimum $5.00 purchase before taxes, required to receive offer. May not be combined with other coupons. Not valid on gift card purchases or Hallmark (PRODUCT) RED. Not valid on past purchases. No cash value. Tax not included. Copies and facsimilies not accepted.

I have Women's Day and Martha Stewart Living (free subscription) so I'll keep an eye out.

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Free Degree Girl Samples

Sign up for Degree Girl to get free samples, cool new promotions and bonus offers! You have to be 13 or older to sign up. Simply register using the form provided.

Getting Ready for the Holidays Giveaway Extravaganza: Early Entry Summary

Now that I've posted all my reviews on the Getting Ready for the Holidays Giveaway Extravaganza I'd like to summarize all the giveaway prizes which total over $175 and mention that the early entry contests are still live (ends 11/5).  So enter to increase your chances of winning it all.

The early entry contests include my review and also includes a little thank you to the superb sponsors by checking out their social media sites. 

Belly Charms Mother's Initial Bracelet
Zoe & Sprout Kids Holiday T-shirt
Wash Tyme Soaps $30 Gift Certificate
BeMe Jewelry Box
Mayra Calvani Book
Executive Gift Shoppe $50 Gift Certificate

Don't forget to bookmark these dates
November 7th till 14th
for the actual giveaway event
A simple mandatory entry is all that is required during this event.

Also hop along to the other 3 bloggers during the main event and enter to win a Grand Prize Pack.  The Grand Prize Pack contests will be announced shortly.

Getting Ready for the Holidays Giveaway Extravaganza: Executive Gift Shoppe

I would like to introduce you to Executive Gift Shoppe who is a sponsoring a Gift for the Man in your life for my Getting Ready for the Holidays Giveaway Extravaganza Prize Pack which will be held on November 7th to 14th.  If you recall, awesome Holiday prize packs are being offered during this event filled with wonderful products for the whole family.

Every year I have trouble coming up with an innovative cool gift for my Husband, Dad, Father in-law and brother plus don't forget my nephews and brother in-laws.  Every time I ask them what they would like - I get the typical "I don't know".  I'm so easy with Jewlery and spa certificates.  I typically opt out and give the guys t-shirts, cash, sweaters and gift baskets.  Well never fear this year we have a wide array of cool men gifts all on one online store that we can go to.  Executive Gift Shoppe has a wide array of products just for men from Pocket Watches, Business card holders to Sports Gifts.  There's something to suit everyone.

I chose the Slyce Black Lacquer & Polished Silver Cigar Cutter by Colibri for my husband to review.  He was so excited to finally review a product just for him.  Hubby is an occasional cigar smoker - while I hate the smell and thought of cigar smoking he enjoys hanging with the guys and chilling.  He was very impressed by the quality of the cigar cutter and I'm sure he'll be showing off his new toy to his buddies.  There's a few items that are unisex such as wine accessories so slip in a few pieces for yourself too.
Purchase your gifts at the secure online Executive Gift Shoppe here
There's free ground shipping on orders over $75.  This is a one stop shop for the men in your life so not hard to go over $75.

Executive Gift Shoppe has offered one (1) lucky reader a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to their online store*

All you have to do for a shot at winning is come back here November 7-14th, during the Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza and enter, so MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Would you like early entries to the giveaway? 
If so, complete any of the following - please leave separate comments per entry and ensure there is a way for me to contact you should you win.
Mandatory entry
Visit the Executive Shoppe and leave a comment here telling me how you would spend the $50 Gift Certificate


Early Entry Giveaway ends Friday November 5th at 10 pm EST.

* Shipping is complimentary for the giveaway

Disclosure: A sample product was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. I received no other compensation for my review nor was I under any obligation to give a positive review.

Here's a sneak peak of all the wonderful prizes being offered (total $175 worth of prizes) - the more early entry contests you enter the higher the chance of winning.

Two more contest wins to add to my belt - 5 total

I love winning contests just as much as scoring freebies!  they actually are the same thing to me!  So don't forget to enter all my contests listed on the top right hand side bar!

Here are my two latest wins! 

A $15 Gift Certificate to Crazy Dog Tshirts from Mommy Time Out blog contest

Here's what I just brought from Crazy Dog Tshirts. 
This tee is only $9.  My Irish Father-in-Law will love it!

I also won a free PF Chang Entree coupon from Busy at Home blog contest

These are my previous blog wins
DYMO Label Manager from Dealseekingmom contest

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Coupon Preview 10/31  and Whole Coupon Inserts indicates there will be 3 inserts in this weekend's paper: 1 Red Plum; 1 SmartSource & 1 P&G .  Check out what coupons will be available through this link here.

Don't forget to check here when you go grocery shopping as this site has a coupon database so you can go down your shopping list and search easily for coupons.

My friend Amanda wanted to let you know about where you can sign up to get your Sunday paper delivered for as low as $1 each week!  This is an awesome saving considering the newspaper retails for $1.75+ and plus you don't need to drag yourself out to go get it.

Click here for the full list - please note coupons will vary from reion to region

Office Max: Sign Up For Text Alerts & Get $5.00 Savings Card (First 10,000)

Office Max is the latest company to join the mobile coupons/offers revolution. Just text OFFICEMAX to 30364 to get signed up. Plus, if you are one of the first 10,000 to do so, you’ll get a $5.00 savings card!

Not sure I'll do this - My cell phone is my sacred place where I cannot be bombarded with junkmail but each to their own!

OK I'll take it back about not doing it

“Thx for texting OfficeMax. You’ll typically rec’v about 3msgs/mo with offers & alerts. Up to 8msgs/mo. Msg/Data rates may apply. Text STOP to end/ Help for help.”

“Congrats! Here’s your $5 Savings Card Number and PIN. Redeem from your phone in any OfficeMax store.’

So after you get your card number and pin and redeem text STOP to end the messages! YAY

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HOT $5/$15 CVS Coupon

Wowza!! Hurry and print this smokin’ HOT $5 off $15 CVS Coupon! Just print and take to your CVS Minute Clinic and they will give it to you!  Great coupon to stack with your CVS freebies.

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Congratulations: We have a winner for the Hershey Moderation Nation Prize Pack

We have a winner for the Hershey Moderation Nation Prize Pack

MJ Kelly from Tennessee
Congratulations - your Prize will be on its way to you shortly! 

Thank you to Hershey Chocolate & Blog Spark for supplying the review and giveaway

Fancy winning a plethora of prizes such as a $20 CSN Gift certificate or an uncommonly cute t-shirt for your children then check my upper top side bar for the list of contests.