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Vacation August 2, 2015

Filed under: chit chat — hollie @ 8:31 am




My family is packing up for a road trip so posting on the blog will be slimmer for the next week or so. I’ll check in when I can and update with any fabulous deals that can’t wait. See you soon!


new Walgreens coupon policy (May 2014) May 30, 2014

Filed under: chit chat,couponing 101 — hollie @ 7:17 pm



Walgreens has updated their coupon policy…and it’s not pretty. You can view it HERE. I also have a list of current coupon policies on the sidebar of the blog.


A quick explanation of the changes:

  • Walgreens will not accept coupons that exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.

Previously, if you bought an item for $.99 but had a $1 coupon, Walgreens would adjust the value so the coupon could be used. This will no longer be allowed.

  • For offers when multiple items are purchased and additional items are free (buy 1 get 1 free; buy 2 get 1 free, etc.), the number of coupons applied to that offer cannot exceed the number of items required in the “buy” portion of the offer.
  • Coupons may not be applied against any free item received in any offer. 
  • When items are featured in a Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion, at least one product needs to be purchased. A maximum of one BOGO coupon is permitted per two qualifying items in a BOGO offer.

In the past, you could stack a BOGO coupon on top of a BOGO sale and get both items for free. With the new policy, you would have to buy 4 items in order to use the BOGO coupon on top of a BOGO sale.

In the past, you could buy products on sale BOGO and use coupons on the free items. Example: You used to be able to buy 2 Purex detergents on sale BOGO and use a $3/2 coupon. With the new policy, you would have to buy 4 detergents on sale BOGO if you wanted to use the $3/2 coupon (the coupon applies to the 2 items that you purchased NOT the 2 items you got free from the sale).



Endorse program ending June 20, 2013

Filed under: chit chat — hollie @ 8:47 am



Sadly, the Endorse program is ending. This is part of the email I received this morning:

We are writing to let you know that as of June 19, 2013, we are closing the Endorse service. You will no longer be able to receive product offers, to upload receipts, and to earn cash back and points using the Endorse mobile app.

In order to make your transition as easy as possible, you will have until 6PM PT on Sunday, June 30, 2013 to transfer your Endorse cash to your bank account and redeem your points balances. Please be aware that after June 30, 2013, you will not be able to access your account, contact customer service, or claim your cash balance.


Capital One 360 (free checking or savings accounts for kids) June 3, 2013

Filed under: chit chat — hollie @ 3:18 pm

Kids Savings AccountMONEY - An account you & your teen manage together.


Did you know that Capital One 360 offers free checking or savings accounts for kids? This is a great way to teach your child fiscal responsibility! I opened these savings account for my 5 little ones a few years ago and have just upgraded the oldest two to checking accounts.


The checking account program is called MONEY and is for ages 8 and up. Your child will be sent a debit card and can monitor their spending (and saving!) online.  As a parent, you can keep tabs on where their money is being spent and help instill good spending habits.

  • Young adults can manage their own money online (or with the mobile app)
    • No fees, no minimums.
    • Earns 0.25% variable Annual Percentage Yield
  • MasterCard Debit Card – They can make purchases anywhere MasterCard is accepted or skip the swipe and use PayPass.
  • Free ATMs – 38,000 FREE ATMs nationwide with the Allpoint network.
  • Watch it grow – They can deposit their paychecks right into their account using Direct Deposit or you can transfer in their allowance.
  • Get text alerts – We’ll let you (and them) know every time a transaction is made.


Children of all ages can benefit from the Kids Savings Account.

  • Teach ’em to be good Savers
    • A kid-friendly 0.75% variable Annual Percentage Yield
    • No fees, no minimums
  • Have the “money talk” early – Show youngsters that stashing cash away is not only easy, it’s fun.
  • Play it safe – The money’s FDICFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation-insured and the grown-up’s in charge of all deposits and withdrawals.


NOTE: the links to Capital One 360 are referral links. My oldest son is saving up to buy himself a laptop. Any account of $250 or more that is opened using his links will help him earn a little more towards his goal. Thanks! 


Auto insurance discounts for young drivers May 17, 2013

Filed under: chit chat — hollie @ 11:35 am



Did you know that young drivers can get discounts on auto insurance based on good grades at school?


State Farm: Get up to 25% off for ranking in the top 20% of the class, having a B average or a 3.0 GPA, or making dean’s list or honor roll. statefarm.com

Progressive: 10% off for ranking in the upper 20th percentile of the class or on standardized tests, maintaining a B average or 3.0 GPA, or making dean’s list or honor roll (varies by state). progressive.com

Farmers: 5% to 25% off for being in the top 20% of the class, earning a 3.0 GPA or making dean’s list or honor roll. farmers.com

Esurance: 5% to 10% off for maintaining a 3.0 or B average. esurance.com

Liberty Mutual: 22% to 35% off for maintaining a B average. auto-insurance.libertymutual.com

GEICO: 10% to 15% off for achieving a B average or being in the top 20% of the class. geicoteendriving.com


Recall on select Farm Rich products April 4, 2013

Filed under: chit chat — hollie @ 10:38 pm

There has been a voluntary recall on select Farm Rich products. This is the email I received this evening…



Dear Farm Rich Friends,

Today we announced the decision to move forward with an expanded, comprehensive recall of all Farm Rich products produced in our Waycross, Georgia, facility. This recall includes Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas, Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices, Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites, Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks and Farm Rich Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers with Best By Dates from January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014.

You may be aware that we recalled several of our products last week because of possible E. coli contamination. Since then we have been putting all possible resources against finding the source of this problem and together with many leading scientific experts, we still can’t find the answer. This is simply unacceptable to us.

We have no information of any illnesses associated with these products included in the expanded recall, but your safety and the safety of all of our customers is our absolute number-one priority.

To eliminate any risk, and to ensure your safety and well-being, we are voluntarily recalling these products immediately.

“It saddens us deeply that anyone has become ill after consuming Farm Rich products,” said Bill Gisel, Rich’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “When it became apparent to us that despite the expertise of the USDA, FDA, the scientific community and our own experts, that identification of a specific cause was not going to be a simple or short process, we decided to act proactively to expand the recall.”

Please note that this recall DOES NOT include:

Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks – all sizes
Farm Rich Jalapeño Peppers – all sizes
Farm Rich Marinara Stuffed Mozzarella Sticks – all sizes
Farm Rich Breaded Mushrooms – all sizes
Farm Rich Stuffed Pretzel Bites – all sizes
Farm Rich Queso Cheese Bites – all sizes
Farm Rich Pepper Bites – all sizes
Farm Rich Onion Rings – all sizes
Farm Rich Meatballs – all varieties and all sizes
Farm Rich French Toast Sticks – all varieties and all sizes
These products are manufactured in different facilities and are not affected by this recall.

If you have any of these recalled products in your freezer, please contact our 24-hour, toll-free Consumer Relations Helpline at 1-888-220-5955, or visit http://www.FarmRich.com for more information.

We apologize to you and your family, and thank you for your continued support.

Please do not respond to this email, as this mailbox is unattended. If you have questions regarding the recall, please call 1-888-220-5955.


Target online price matching policy January 10, 2013

Filed under: chit chat,couponing 101 — hollie @ 8:56 am

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During the holidays, Target employed an online price matching policy. I’m happy to report that this is now a permanent policy! Target will accept price matches with Target.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, ToysRUs.com, and BabiesRUs.com.

As with regular price matching, this will be taken care of at Guest Services. There are 2 ways to go about this. You can price match BEFORE purchasing by showing the competitor’s price on your phone.  Or if you find a lower price online up to 7 days AFTER your Target purchase, you can show the price on your phone and will be refunded the difference.

A few guidelines:

  • Items must be in stock
  • Clearance, closeout, damaged product, used, refurbished, open packages or liquidation sale prices will not be honored
  • Excludes Target stores in Hawaii and Alaska
  • Target coupons can not be used in addition to an online price match (however, manufacturer coupons CAN be used)

Go HERE to view the full price matching policy.