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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ebay Trash to Cash Sales for September

My first trash-to-cash Ebay sale for the month of September was this box of Prevacid that I got for free at Rite Aid back in July. It sold for $5.00 plus the buyer paid first class shipping of $2.32.

This Black & Decker coffee pot replacement carafe that I found in a dumpster went for $12.99 plus the buyer paid $8.65 for shipping. 

Another dumpster diving find were these 2 new packs of Universal looseleaf business card pages. I sold them for $12.00 with free First Class shipping which cost me $1.93.

I also found this Barbie fireplace in the dumpster. Someone threw it away because it had a crack in the side. However, I looked it up when I got home and found that it was vintage 1984, so listed it on Ebay for $9.99 with free shipping. It sold and First Class shipping cost $2.49.

Here are some more sales from my continuing efforts to declutter the house:

I found this copy of The Mom Inventor's Handbook collecting dust in my basement, so I listed and sold it for $16.99 with free media mail shipping. The shipping cost me $2.69.

These Nike cleats were purchased second-hand for my daughter to play lacrosse last year and we paid $15.00 for them. I resold them on Ebay for $15.00 at the end of her season, and the buyer paid $8.55 for shipping. They were pretty dirty, but I cleaned them up nicely for photos with my Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.


My daughter Charlie asked me to list this book on numerology for her. It sold for $12.00 with free Media Mail shipping, which cost $2.69.

These vintage Dingo Western boots sold for $59.99 plus the buyer paid $14.25 for shipping. These were given to my daughter by one of her friends, but they were size 11 and didn't really fit anyone in the family or I would have kept them! 

My daughter Bridgette asked me to list these three books about Japan for her. They sold for $14.99 with free Media Mail free shipping which was $2.69.

This khaki skirt from Coldwater Creek that was taking up space in my closet sold for $25.99 with free shipping. I put the keyword "modest" in the title, since some shoppers search specifically for that. First Class shipping was $2.69.

And finally, my best sale for the month was this hand-blown cobalt blue glass platter. I purchased it (and 11 others) back in 1987 when I lived in Damascus, Syria for a few dollars each. I thought I might use them as dinner plates or chargers, but I never did. I moved them from place to place around the world with me for over 25 years and decided they weren't serving any purpose in my basement, so I listed one. It sold for $99.99 and the buyer paid $11.65 for shipping! 

My total trash-to-cash Ebay sales for September were $304.36.
Paypal and Ebay fees cost me $39.56 and free shipping costs totalled $12.49, thus my net profits for the month came to $252.31.

After I gave Charlie $9.00 for her book and gave Bridgette $10.00 for her book, I ended up with $233.31!

Kellogg's Family Rewards Code for 50 Points!

Here is a new bonus codes for the Kellogg's Family Rewards program:

KFRD-ISCO-VERY-TOYS for 50 points 

Thanks, Dolores! 

Campbell's Rebate for $3.50 Voucher!

Campbell's is offering a rebate to get a voucher for a free product when you buy 3 of their items in one transaction between 9/15/14 and 11/15/14. The maximum value of the voucher is $3.50. 

Click HERE for the list of participating items and to link to the electronic submission form or download the mail in form.

This is a nice double dip with the Catalina for Campbell's Slow Kettle Style soup that I posted about at Harris Teeter!

There is a coupon for $1.00 off two V8 Juices HERE and these coupons are also for participating products:
  $0.50 off 3 Campbell's Chunky™ Soups or Chilis
   $1.00 off any two Campbells Dinner Sauces
$0.75 off ONE Campbell's Slow Kettle Style soup
$0.40 off THREE Campbell's Spaghetti0s pastas

Saving Star Weekly Healthy Offer - Corn!

Log in to your Saving Star account and get the Healthy Offer for this week - a 20% savings on any single purchase of loose corn! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

What To Do When Your Catalina Doesn't Print

A Catalina is a coupon that prints out of the box next to register at many supermarkets and drug stores. There are two kinds of Catalinas:

1) A coupon for a particular product
2) A coupon for savings on your next order, no matter what you buy

Last week I purchased 2 Campbell's Slow Kettle Soups at Harris Teeter with the expectation of receiving a Catalina coupon for $1.50. My Catalina didn't come out of the machine, even though I received several others, so I knew the machine was working.

When I got home I went HERE and input all of the information from my receipt. 

Today I received this nice letter from Catalina marketing along with my coupon:

Kellogg's Family Rewards Code - 50 Points!

Here is a Kellogg's Family Rewards bonus code worth 50 points:


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Truvia Class Action Suit - Vouchers or Cash Back

Truvia sweetener has agree to settle a class action suit for erroneously labeling their product as "natural". If you purchased Truvia between July 1, 2008 and July 24, 2014 you are eligible to submit a claim. Receipts are not necessary, but you must attest under the penalty of perjury that you purchased the product. You can opt to receive a cash refund or vouchers for more Truvia free.

Click HERE to submit your claim.  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Best Harris Teeter Deals - Sep 24 to 30, 2014

A lot of the great deals from the past few weeks are still good if you have not yet done them:  
Gillette Goodnews razors, Touch of Gray, Pantene stylers, and Glade Plugin Scented Warmer. See my previous HT posts HERE for details. 

This week most of the freebies are with coupons from regional inserts......

Scrubbing Bubbles Vanish Dropins = $2.79
Fantastick Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Cleaner - $3.29
Money Maker when you buy 2 for $6.08 and use:
- $1.00 ZVR off any Scrubbing Bubbles product (expires 11/18)
- $1.00 off any 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Bath Cleaning products (expires 10/20)
- 50 cents off any Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaner (expires 10/20)
- 75 cent ZVR off Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom product (expires 9/27)
- 50 cents ZVR off Fantastik Spray
- 75 cents off Fantastic Spray
- 2 of these coupons:
$1.00 off Scrubbing Bubbles Bath Cleaning product
 Note: Even if you don't have all the ZVR's, it should still come out free or very cheap!

Toaster Strudel, 11.5 oz - $1.57
*Only if you got this price in your email from Harris Teeter*
- 50 cents off 2 ZVR
- 50 cents from Saving Star
- 2 coupons for 75 cents that you can print HERE, doubled
= Money Maker!

Febreze Set & Refresh Quiet Jasmine $1.94 BOGO Free price (Clearance?)
- $1.00 ZVR
- this coupon, doubled:
$0.75 off ONE Febreze Set/Stick & Refresh
= Money Maker!  
Note: Other scents are $3.50 which would come out to $1.00.

New York Texas Toast Croutons - $1.00
Free with the coupon for $1.00 from the ?? insert - if anyone knows the date, please comment - thanks!

Wet N Wild Nail Polish - 99 cents
Free with the regional coupon for $1.00 from the 9/21 Smart Source insert (not in the Washington Post)

Cover Girl Cosmetics Products - $2.00 on clearance at some stores
Maker or Free when you use:
- $1.00 off CG Eye Product ZVR paired with $1.00 coupon from the 8/31 P&G insert
- $2.00 off CG Lipcolor ZVR paired with $2.00 coupon from the 8/31 P&G insert
- $3.00/2 CG nail polish ZVR paired with $2.50/2 coupon from the 8/31 P&G insert

Simply Orange Juice Singles, 11.5 oz - $1.00
- 50 cent tearpad coupon
= Free!

Vitamin Water, 20 oz - $1.00
- 50 cent hangtag coupon
= Free! 

Mahatma Yellow Rice Mix, 5 oz - 49 cents BOGO Free single price
- 75 cents off 2 coupon from the 9/14 Red Plum insert
= Free when you buy 2!

Kozy Shack Pudding, 4 pack - $1.50
Free with the 75 cent printable coupon (not longer available) or regional insert from the 9/21 Smart Source (Washington Post got $1.00 off 2)

Muellers Pot Sized Pasta - 92 cents BOGO Free single price
Free with the coupon for 75 cents that you can print HERE

Fisher Energy Trail Mix - $1.00 
Free with the regional coupon for $1.00 from the 9/21 Smart Source insert (not in the Washington Post)

Wolf Chili - $1.00
20 cents with the 40 cent coupon from the 9/21 Smart Source, doubled! (Not in the Washington Post, but it IS in the Loudoun County Times)

Success Boil in Bag Rice, 4 ct - $1.39 BOGO Free single price
- 50 cent coupon that you can print HERE
= 39 cents! 

Green Cabbage - 39 cents a pound
Good price without a coupon! 

Campbell's Healthy Request Condensed Soup - $1.00 
- $1.00 off 3 ZVR
- this coupon, doubled:
$0.40 off THREE (3) Campbell's Condensed soups
= 40 cent each when you buy 3

Campbell's Go Soup Pouch - $2.50
-  $1.00 ZVR
-  this coupon:
$1.00 off ONE (1) package of Campbell's Go™ Soup
= 50 cents! 

Harris Teeter Sugar, 4 lb bag - 97 cents EVIC price (Limit 2)
Great price without a coupon! 

Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage - $2.50
- 75 cent coupon that you can print HERE
= $1.00

Harris Teeter Milk, 1 gallon - $2.97 Saturday Only EVIC price
Good price already, but even better deal when combined with this week's Milk & Cereal deal that I posted HERE!
Also, there is a 25 cent Ibotta credit for milk!

Here is the Meal Deal for this week:
Buy All 5 items for $9.99
  • One (1) 12 - 16 oz. Oscar Mayer Bacon
  • One (1) 12.3 oz. Harris Teeter Waffles
  • One (1) 20 oz. Simply Potatoes Hash Browns
  • One (1) Doz. Harris Teeter Grade A Large Eggs
  • One (1) 59 oz. Harris Teeter Orange Juice
Use the coupon for 75 cents off Simply Potatoes from the 9/7 Smart Source to pay $8.49!

Also, look for Jalapeno & Cream Cheese Simply Mashed Potatoes for $3.69 on clearance BOGO Free. That makes them $1.85 and only 35 cents with the same coupon!

Saving Star Friday Freebie - Jiffy Muffin Mix!

Get your Friday Freebie from Saving Star today - an 8.5 oz box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kellogg's Family Rewards Code - 100 Points!

Here is a Kellogg's Family Rewards bonus code worth 100 points:


More Rite Aid Deals Through Sep 27, 2014

Here are a couple more great deals at Rite Aid this week, in addition the ones I already posted HERE:

Excedrin, 24 ct - $3.99
- $2.00 coupon from 9/21 Smart Source insert
- $2.00 Video Value coupon
= Free! 

Flavor Ice Pops - 34 cents Rite Buy price
*Watch your receipt - mine rang up for 37 cents*

Gillette Body Razor - $10.49 / $8.39 Gold
Get a $10.00 UP Reward when you buy 2  (Limit 2)  
78 cents each with Gold Discount when you buy 2 for $16.78 and use two coupons for $3.00 from the 8/31 P&G insert to pay $12.78 out of pocket, then get back a $10.00 UP Reward!
Note: Check your stash for $5.00 Venus razor coupons to turn this deal into a money maker! 

If you want to do the Lysol Wipes money maker deal, and your store has empty shelves in the cleaning aisle, check the baby aisle for these teal canisters:

Look for 75% off clearance on schools supplies:

And you can still get the cheap Simplify Paper Towels this week through Sunday! 

Free Zone Bars and Cheap Apples at Giant!

Thanks to Diana B for this great find:

Zone Bars are on sale at Giant for $1.00 through 10/16/14
Use the 55 cent coupon from the 7/27 Smart Source insert, doubled to get them for free! 
But hurry - the coupons expire on September 28th!!

Note: I bought 5 bars today, thinking that my four coupons would double fully and take 40 cents off the 5th Zone bar. However, since Giant upgraded their registers, this no longer works. The coupons only doubled up to the price of the item (like they do at Harris Teeter), and I ended up paying full price for the 5th bar.

While I was at Giant I spotted a good price on Gala Apples for 97 cents a pound.  A great deal when combined with this week's Saving Star Healthy Offer!

Also, there is a new Checkout 51 offer this week to get back 25 cents on any purchase of apples!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Harris Teeter Milk and Cereal Deal!

I am working on coupon match-ups for this week but in the meantime, I wanted to post this special milk and cereal deal:

Harris Teeter milk and cereal deal

There are several scenarios that will make your cereal 50 cents a box if you are buying the milk anyway, because you can combine the offer with this sale:

General Mills cereal sale at Harris Teeter

Buy 1 gallon Highland Crest Milk - $3.29
Buy 2 boxes of General Mills cereals - $2.50 each
Subtotal = $8.29

You can mix and match from these scenarios, depending which coupons you have:

Scenario #1
Buy 2 boxes of Cheerios Protein (if your store carries it - it's new)
- 2 coupons for 75 cents from the 9/7 Smart Source insert, doubled
Coupon total $3.00 + $1.00 milk instant savings = $4.00
Total out of pocket = $3.79
Final cost  = $4.29
Update: Cheerios Protein is not included in the sale but is $4.79 a box!

Scenario #2
Buy 2 boxes of Fiber One cereal
Use 2 coupons for 75 cents from the 9/14 Smart Source insert, doubled  
Coupon total $3.00 + $1.00 milk instant savings = $4.00
Total out of pocket = $4.29

Scenario #3
Buy 2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios (12.25 oz) 
- 50 cent ZVR
- 50 cent Saving Star deposit
- 2 of these coupons, doubled
$0.50 off ONE BOX Honey Nut Cheerios
Coupon total $2.50 + $1.00 milk instant savings = $3.50
Total out of pocket = $4.79
Final cost after you get back 50 cents from Saving Star  = $4.29

Some regional inserts had coupons for 75 cents off Multigrain or Honey Nut cheerios in the 9/7 Smart Source, so if you have those coupons, they would make for good deals too! 

Also, Cascadian Farms cereal is on sale for $3.00 a box. Here's a scenario if you have these Catalina coupons in your stash:

cascadian farm cereal catalina coupon

Save the 75 cent ZVR to your VIC Card
Load the Saving Star offer to get 75 cents off any Cascadian Farm product

- 1 gallon Highland Crest Milk - $3.29
- 2 Cascadian Farms Cereals - $6.00
Subtotal = $9.29

2 coupons for $1.50 off cereal plus get  75 cent ZVR and $1.00 instant savings on milk
Total out of pocket = $4.54
Final cost after you get back 75 cents from Saving Star = $3.79
Cost of cereal alone =  25 cents per box!
Or $1.00 per box if you only have one of the Catalina coupons.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Harris Teeter - Cheap Nature's Harvest Bread!

I stopped into Harris Teeter this morning to get the EVIC hamburger and hot dog rolls, because I forgot to get them earlier in the week. I also decided to do the Meal Deal for the second time. All of the packages of chicken in the front of the store with the rest of the Meal Deal items were priced over $10.00, so I went to the back of the store. There I found a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $4.84. My total cost for this trip was $12.82!

In addition to the aforementioned Meal Deal and buns, I also got the money maker Playtex tampons, some marked down bananas, and three loaves Nature's Harvest bread. I found it for $2.99, on sale Buy One Get One Free, with $1.00 peelie stickers. That made the bread 50 cents a loaf!

Save 20% on Apples with Saving Star!

This week the Healthy Offer from Saving Star is a 20% discount on any purchase of loose apples! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pampers Gifts To Grow Code - 10 Points!


Here is a Pampers Gifts to Grow Code worth 10 points:  


Harris Teeter Money Makers through Sept 23rd!

Here are a few more great Harris Teeter deals for this week, in addition to the ones I already posted HERE and HERE:

Olay Regenerist Cream Cleaner or Cloths, 5 oz - $5.99
Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser- $3.00 ZVR
- $4.00 coupon from the 9/7 P&G insert
(This coupon insert was a single sheet with only Olay coupons on it.)
= Money Maker! 

Playtex Tampons, 36 ct - $8.79
- $3.00 ZVR (expires 10/5/14)
- $3.00 ZVR (expires 11/30/14)
- this coupon:
$3.00 off 1 Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport Tampons
= Money Maker!

 Tabasco Pepper Sauce, 2 oz - $1.50
Tabasco pepper sauce- 75 cent ZVR
- 50 cent coupon that you can print HERE, doubled
- 50 cent credit from Checkout 51 
= Money Maker! 

No Super Doubles or Triples in sight for next week.....maybe the following week.