Tuesday, August 31, 2010

4 More!

Tell all your friends! I only need 4 more followers to hit 200! Once there, I'll offer a giveaway!

Walgreens has a policy!

Walgreens has posted a corporate policy! Print it out HERE.

As a customer-focused retailer, Walgreens encourages the use of coupons by our customers in our retail stores, in accordance with the following guidelines.



  • All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier at the time of checkout.
  • Walgreens does not accept expired coupons.
  • Coupons and their face value cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards.
  • Competitor coupons are not accepted at Walgreens.
  • Walgreens cannot accept coupons for items not carried in our stores.
  • The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register RewardsTM manufacturer coupons, may not exceed the number of items in the transaction. The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid, if required by state law.
  • Any coupon offer not covered in these guidelines will be accepted at the discretion of Walgreens management.

Sale Items 

  • Walgreens will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale.
  • In the event that any item's selling price is less than the value of the coupon, Walgreens will only accept the coupon in exchange for the selling price of the item. Coupon redemption can never exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.

Multiple Coupons 

  • When purchasing a single item, Walgreens accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable Walgreens coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
  • The coupon amount must be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
  • When purchasing multiple items, Walgreens accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased.

Buy One, Get One Free Coupons 

  • When items are featured in a Buy One, Get One Free promotion, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net price does not go below zero for the items being purchased.
  • Sales tax must be paid for any Buy One, Get One Free coupon offers, if required by applicable state laws.

Internet/Print at Home Coupons 

  • Walgreens accepts valid internet/print at home coupons.

Register RewardsTM coupons 

Earning Register RewardsTM
  • Register RewardsTM will only print for in-stock merchandise during the promotional period.
  • Register RewardsTM can only be earned for eligible items. No substitutions.
  • There is a limit of one Register RewardsTM (RR) printed per offer per customer per transaction.
  • Customers redeeming a Register RewardsTM against the same offer may not receive another RR.
Redeeming Register RewardsTM
  • Customers redeeming a Register RewardsTM against the same offer may not receive another RR.
  • Refer to Register RewardsTM coupon for expiration date.
  • The RR coupon value cannot exceed the total purchase amount. No cash back and no cash value for RR coupon.
  • The number of manufacturer coupons, including RR manufacturer coupons, must not exceed the number of items in the transaction.
  • Register RewardsTM must be forfeited if the qualifying merchandise is returned.
  • Register RewardsTM cannot be used toward the purchase of gift cards and pre-paid cards.
  • Register RewardsTM can be redeemed for eligible items only. Ineligible items include but are not limited to:
    • Prescriptions
    • Tobacco products
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Dairy products
    • Lottery tickets
    • Money orders/transfers
    • Transportation passes
    • Special event/entertainment tickets or passes
    • Postage stamps
    • Gift cards/phone cards/prepaid/Green DotTM cards
    • Prescription Savings Club" memberships
    • Health care services, including immunizations
    • Any items prohibited by law

Giveaway Ending Today

The Dracula in Love giveaway ends tonight at 10PM...there will be two winners.

FREE MP3 of the Day

Amazon's FREE MP3 of the Day is the new single from....Heart!
Red Velvet Car

I really expected at any second she was gonna break into "Dog and Butterfly"...

Sample: Kashi

Go HERE to get a FREE sample of Kashi (these usually have really great coupons). You can choose between TLC Cereal Bar, TLC Chewy Granola Bar and TLC 7-Grain Crackers. I'm getting the cereal bar since the kiddo likes to snack on them!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mailbox Round Up

Here's what came in the mail last week (all free):

Entertainment Weekly
Southern Living
US News and World Report
Woman's Day
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Travel & Leisure

Cheetos Mighty Zingers sample (with $1 off coupon)
Emergen-C samples

One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer (to review)
Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere (to review)
Guideposts 2011 (to review)
Constant Christianity (to review)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekend Coupon Preview

Your weekend coupon preview is ready HERE.

On the schedule are a Proctor and Gamble, Redplum and a Smartsource. This is a coupon stock up weekend!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Product Review: Jarritos!

I'm a soda junkie. I've been really spoiling myself with the Sodastream, but kinda getting bored with the same flavors. I want a "treat" every once in a while. I was thrilled, therefore, to get to test Jarritos. I've seen them on the shelves and once had a roommate who loved them, but I've never bought them myself. I'm the type that is scared to buy something (or order something) different because I'd feel bad if I wasted money on something I didn't like.

Anyway, my pack of 11 bottles came and I started testing them. I kept it to one a day because they are not sugar free and well, the waist can't handle a lot of sugar.

So, here's what I think about the flavors:

Guava - really good. Has a kind of spice note to it that was really good. My son and husband liked it too. (I love that they call it "a liquid tropical vacation ready to drink")

Lime - made with 100% natural lime flavor, this was our 2nd favorite. It was really crisp and refreshing.

Toronja - tart grapefruit flavor, not unlike a Fresca. Not overpowering with the flavor though.

Tamarind - didn't like it at all. None of us.

Pineapple - this reminded me of my favorite thing in the whole world: a pineapple shaved ice. I think I called it "summer in a bottle"

Mango - not too sweet, very refreshing, my son loved it!

Strawberry - again, not too sweet, tasted very "real"

Jamaica - I cannot figure out what the flavor of this reminds me of. It's sweet and very complex. (Just looked and it's hibiscus flavor.) We didn't finish this one. It wasn't a hit.

Fruit Punch - the kiddo loved it, a little too sweet for me

Mandarin - top flavor in our house. Just like biting into an orange, well if an orange was carbonated.

Lemon/Lime - just like a lemon/lime soda I grew up with.

So, which ones would I purchase again? That's easy...pineapple, mango, mandarin, lime, toronja and strawberry.

One thing that I discovered is that they tasted better if they weren't super cold. They also held their carbonation very well. I left them opened on the counter for one hour and went back to test and they were still just as fizzy! My only complaint was that the bottle top was very hard to get off. I spilled several of them trying to get it removed.

Oh, and please make a sugar free soda...that would be wonderful!

I received a box with 11 bottles from the company for review purposes. No additional compensation has been provided and I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Review: Psalms (Life Change Series)

Psalms (Life Change Series)
By The Navigators
NavPress, 2010
English, 99 pgs.

Product Description:
“Lord, teach us to pray.”

The book of Psalms is an answer to that prayer, leading those who study it into new emotional depth in their prayer and their daily lives.

Your prayers will be enriched and you will acquire a richer revelation of the God who invites you into a lifelong conversation.

• Includes 10 lessons, background information on Psalms, resource recommendations, and a “How to Use This Study" section

My Review:
The study is well organized and superbly written. I love that there is so much by way of application questions and activities and that there are reference notes already in the study. It's intended to be that you only need this book and your Bible to study and that is a big bonus for me. I can easily get "bogged down" with trying to find historical and topical references and information that I forget the spirit of the study. The study is written at a more-than-basic but not seminary-education-required level. I think this will be very useful as I teach my women's Sunday School class in the future. It will be easily adaptable to all the different levels in my class.

A copy of the book was provided to my by NavPress. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Funky Monkey Snacks

How picky can one almost 4-year old boy be? Yeah...well...he's picky! I have a really hard time finding snacks that he'll eat more than once (unless it's a bright orange fish shape) and an even harder time finding things that don't get him "spun up" from the sugar. I'm actually pretty lucky that he likes fruit, black beans and carrots. I was pleased to get the opportunity to review Funky Monkey snacks in hopes that I could broaden his snacking horizons...

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a natural snack that had the great taste and health benefits of fresh fruit, but the crunch and portability of everyday snacks? Now there is! Discover Funky Monkey Snacks - fruit that crunches! Funky Monkey freeze-dries slices and pieces of tropical fruits using a proprietary process to lock in the taste, smell, and nutrients of freshly-picked fruit while adding a fun and satisfying crunch. And every bag of Funky Monkey contains 3 servings of fruit! With nothing added - no added colors, flavors, preservatives, or sugars, Funky Monkey is 100% natural and 100% delicious, as well as gluten-free and certified Kosher. Discover Funky Monkey Snacks - tasty, crunchy, and convenient all-natural snacks with the wholesome goodness of fresh fruit. 

Funky Monkey snacks are freeze dried fruits with really fun flavors! Each ounce contains 3 servings of fruit and are all natural! We're talking 100% fruit, no artificial anythings! They are also nut free, which is good for those households where you're dealing with allergies. The fact that they are freeze dried means that they keep all the great nutrients!

We had a great time testing all of them.

The BananaMon (banana with cinnamon) and the AppleMon (apple with cinnamon) while I really enjoyed, my son was iffy about them, but that's because he's not used to a lot of cinnamon (daddy is allergic).
Funky Monkey Snacks Bananamon, Banana with Cinnamon, Freeze-Dried Fruit, 1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
Funky Monkey Snacks Applemon, Apple with Cinnamon, Freeze-Dried Fruit, 1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12) 

The JiveALime (pineapple with lime juice) was so sour and tart! My son wouldn't eat it, so I helped him with the bag!
Funky Monkey Snacks JiveALime, Pineapple with Lime, Freeze-Dried Fruit, 1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
The PurpleFunk (banana with acai) tasted really good, but the appearance was kinda well, funky.
Funky Monkey Snacks Purple Funk, Banana with Acai, Freeze-Dried Fruit, 1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
PinkPineapple (pineapple with guava) was my favorite! It was so sweet it hurt my teeth, but it was soooooo gooood!
Funky Monkey Snacks Pink Pineapple, 0.42-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
I can't give an opinion on the MangOJ because my husband and son ate it so fast I didn't get a taste. I'm assuming it's really yummy.
Funky Monkey Snacks MangOJ, Mango with Orange Juice, Freeze-Dried Fruit, 1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
The Carnaval Mix (mixture of banana, apple, pineapple and papaya) was eaten in the car and again, I didn't get a taste.
 Funky Monkey Snacks Carnaval Mix, 0.42-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
So, all in all, these were a huge hit at my house.  I've never noticed them in the stores but they're available for order from Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received a box of sample bags of the snacks for review purposes. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you to Stacy at Funky Monkey for giving me the opportunity to taste your products!

Mailbox Round Up

Here's what came in the mail last week (All FREE!):

 Harper's Bazaar
 Family Fun
 Spin (hubby really excited to see Soundgarden on the front...)
 Ladies Home Journal
OK! (2 issues)
Wine Spectator
Muscle and Fitness
Psalms (to review for NavPress)
Dove Shampoo and Conditioner samples
Jarritos 11 pack with tee shirt and CD (for review, yes, one is missing from the photo...it was good too!)

Not Shown: 1 large case of Luvs diapers, free from Amazon thanks to Swagbucks credits

Proud to be part of Mailbox Monday at A Frugal Friend!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinners...

Random.org has picked the following comments for my winners:

Balloonatiks (37 comments, 1 winner):

Comment #21 belongs to:
Anonymous said... Road Runner!

(The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.)

The Glamour of Grammar (51 comments, 3 winners):

Comment #24 belongs to:
Ann On and On... said... Your button is on the left side of my blog. :D Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Comment #10 belongs to:
Candace said... I have your button.

Comment #44 belongs to:
Spring said... Thanks for the chance to win this. I desperately want to read it.

(They have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be contacted.)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Weekend Coupon Preview

Go HERE to see your coupons for this weekend. Schedule is for one Smart Source. I'm excited about the Children's Claritin and the Huggies coupons!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

$3000 prize package

As a member of The Product Review Place, I have had the honor of testing many products and reading many new books. To celebrate their 1 year anniversary, they are holding a $3000 giveaway! Seriously! Here's what is in each prize level:

Grand Prize:
1. Flip HD Camera
2. CLICK Prize Pack
3. Shoes from supershoes.com ($200 value)
4. Watch ($175 value)
5. $100 Dress Barn gift card
6. $50 Eden Fantasy's gift card
7. $50 Safeway gift card
8. $45 Carrabba's gift certificate
9. Country Bob's coupons
10. ActiveIon Ionator ($200 value)
11. Workout DVDs
12. K'Nex Light up Ferris Wheel
13. The Juppy (Baby Walker)
14. Fresh Water Pink Pearl Necklace ($945 value)

First Prize:
1. Kolcraft Contours Options 3 Wheel Stroller
2. Baby Organizer
3. The Juppy
4. Baby Prodigy DVDs

Second Prize:
1. Vera Bradley Tote Bag
2. The Juppy
3. Baby Prodigy DVDs

Fourth and Fifth Prize:

1. The Juppy
2. Baby Prodigy DVDs

Sixth Prize:
1. The Juppy

This is totally a giveaway I want to win!

Book Review and Giveaway: Dracula in Love (CLOSED)

Dracula in Love
Dracula in Love
By Karen Essex
Doubleday, 2010
English, 384 pgs

Book Description:
Bram Stoker's Dracula re-told from the point of view of Mina Murray Harker. Does contain graphic scenes. Not for young readers.

My Review:
I am a passive fan of the Dracula/vampire genre. Yes, I read (and re-read a few times) the Twilight sage and have have read some Anne Rice. To be honest though, it was kinda getting old. I mean really, why is our culture so interested in a creature who wants to kill? So, why did I request this book to review? Well, I wanted to see if there was a new way to look at the genre and see if I could get re-interested in fiction.

So, um, yeah...I loved it. I had a hard time putting it down, in fact. The story is not a new one, but is from a new point of view and feels fresh. I love the character development and in some places you can really feel Mina's struggle and pain. I'm interested in the author's other works since this is a really good piece of storytelling!

Thanks to Judy at Doubleday, I have 2 copies to give away to my readers.

Entry Methods:
All entries MUST have your email in them.

First, and mandatory, entry: Simply tell me you want the book! (1 Entry)

Other entries (leave a separate comment for each), please notice that some entries have changed:
1 entry - Become a public follower of my blog. The link is on the right hand side of the page. If you're already a follower, leave a comment letting me know.
2 entries - Blog about this giveaway, with a link back to the giveaway (leave a link in your comment so I can verify)
1 entry - Subscribe to my blog by email (link is just under the followers) or let me know if you already subscribe.
1 entry - Become a Facebook fan of Faithful Finances or let me know if you're already a fan.
2 entries: Place my button on your site (You must leave a link so I can verify) 

Giveaway Rules: Please be sure you read these before 
you start posting comments. 
Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada only. You will have to provide a physical address, not a PO Box, per Doubleday's rules. Winner will be chosen, with the True Random Number Generator (Random.org), Tuesday, August 31 at 10 PM CST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. All entries MUST have your email in them. Entries without an email will not be selected as a winner because I really don't want to have to hunt you down. To keep Spam Bots from snagging you, put your address like this: name(at)server(dot)com

I received a copy of the book for review purposes. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you to Judy from Doubleday for including me in the giveaway!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mailbox Round Up

This is what came in the mail last week (all free!):


Entertainment Weekly
Men's Journal
Everyday with Rachael Ray
Golf Digest
Bloomberg Businessweek
Women's Health
Real Simple
Weight Watchers

Other Stuff:

Germany Travel Pack (another one!)
Gripsterz (to review)
Penguins of Madagascar (review posted already!)
Glamour of Grammar (review/giveaway posted already!)
Dracula in Love (review pending...notice it's just the dust jacket...hard to put down!)
National Geographic Kids Big Book of Fun (won from The Thrifty Things) with a coupon for a FREE Popsicle treat
Nexxus Samples
Schiff Mega Red Samples
The Boy Who Changed the World (to review for Book Sneeze)
Home Made Simple coupons
Bryton Pick (to review)
$12 check from American Consumer Opinion
$3 Pinecone check
$25 Wal Mart gift card (from MyPoints)
$2.48 rebate check from Gerber
Address labels from March of Dimes

Not shown: Box of Funky Money snacks to review

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Book Review: Captured by Grace

Captured By Grace: No One is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God
Captured By Grace: No One is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God
By Dr. David Jeremiah
Thomas Nelson, 2010
English, 240 pgs.

Book Description:

Timely and encouraging words to initiate a fresh experience of God's grace.

By following the dramatic story of John Newton, the Amazing Grace hymn writer, and the apostle Paul's own encounter with the God of grace, pastor and teacher Dr. David Jeremiah helps readers understand the freeing power of permanent forgiveness and mercy.
Dramatic stories and biblical insights highlight the very personal effects of grace and how grace:
  • wondrously spans all our differences
  • rescues us from our lostness
  • helps us overcome our weaknesses, 
  • takes us from victims to victors 
My Review:
I have been fascinated by the concept of grace for the past few months. I have really been searching out not only what it means to receive grace but how we're to live once we receive that grace. I wish I'd found this book earlier in that search. This book is very easy to read and plainly explains, both with Bible verses and personal experiences (from John Newton), what God's grace means in our salvation experience. I love the illustrations from the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the illustration of the gifts for the traveler in particular. Yet another book which is going to be shared...

I received a copy of the book from Book Sneeze. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Weekend Coupon Preview

Preview this weekend's coupons HERE.

Looks like a good weekend. Hillshire Farms, Purex and Johnson's Baby will be what I'm after...

Right @ Home

Sign up HERE for Right @ Home and you will have access to Ziploc coupons!
You will also receive periodic emails with other coupons from SCJohnson. These are always great coupons!