Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mail Yesterday

  1. Nature's Source Trial Size bottle from ScJohnson
  2. $1.00 Target Giftcard
  3. $3.00 Paypal from Pinecone Research

and as usual my totals are found here

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Setting Goals and Achieving Them

Sometimes the best goal to motivate you to use coupons and do surveys is to set an attainable goal.

My friend Kristin has fallen in Love with Disney! So she has decided to once again coupon her way to Disney by saving money through product trials, emailing companies for coupons, surveys and saving money. Her blog is found here

My goals of course aren't as fun as hers. All I want to do is someday remodel my 1970s kitchen, bathroom, and turn our basement into a finished room for the family to enjoy!

I also have strict rules for the surveys and product trials I complete. If they involve my child's participation in anyway he gets the money for his college fund and if it is a gift card it goes to something fun for him. I am not someone who buys a lot of toys just because, only special occasions so this is good occasional treat for him.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Free Sample of Gain with Fabreeze

Go here to get a free sample of Gain with Fabreeze.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In the Mail Today

  1. Full Size Scott Toilet Paper
  2. Scott Moist Wipes
  3. Popcorn from Yahoo

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today's Email

I received a $10.00 Amazon giftcard from Kraft's Community Channel.

And as usual my totals can be found here

I hope to be better about emailing and what not the rest of the summer. We shall see!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mail Today

I have been lazy about posting mail and earned giftcards! I promise I will be better about it, Starting NOW1

Today I got

1. A product trial from I-Say panel

2. Free Mike and Ikes from www.mikeandike.com

3. Victoria Secret Coupons

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shop It to Me

There is a great site called Shop It To Me that rewards you with various giftcards like Starbucks, Macy's, Old Navy and several others.

For every 10 people you refer you earn a giftcard. I have earned 3 Starbucks giftcards from this site last November.

Please leave your email if you would like me to refer you!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sesame Place-Tips and Trips

We went to Sesame Place and the Crayola factory for our first family vacation and I thought I would share a few tips and my mistakes.

  1. Buy the season passes. They season passes give you free parking and 30 percent off food and merchandise. I didn't think to do this and that was a huge mistake.
  • Parking is either 15 for general parking, 18 for prefered and 25 for VIP parking
  • Food is expensive, but the 30 percent off makes it more reasonable since you can't bring in outside food. A grilled chicken salad is 10.00.
  • They have souvenir refill containers, they are worth it if you plan on more than one drink during the day. Don't buy them in Elmo's eatery because they are 8.50 there. They have other sport type bottles that are 4.99 at the stands in the park.
  • Oscar's Garage has all souvenirs under $10.00
2. Check out the Sesame Place website for their recommended hotels. They often have
packages We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel Bucks county and it was about 9 miles from the park.

3. If you decided to do the park the best time is the middle of the week. We arrived on a Monday and it was packed. Tuesday and Wednesday are much better days because they are less crowded. It is a small park so it gets crowded fast.

4. Wear you swimsuit to the park with a cover up. They do have changing areas, but it is mainly a water park. We didn't realize this and spent a lot of time changing etc.

5. The character meal is a great dinner and show. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend doing it at least once.

6. Bring your own camera, the staff is more than happy to use your camera to take pictures.

7. If you can't find a character ask a person in a blue or black shirt. They are managers and great at helping you out. We couldn't find Count Von Count and when she realized he was done until the parade she put us on a list to go the VIP area before the parade.

8. The shows are the main attraction and great! Though I reccomend arriving 15 minutes early for each show to get a great seat.

9. This park is great if you have a Sesame Street Fan, but park for park Idlewild Park in PA is a much better deal. They are cheaper, don't make you pay for parking, allow outside food in the park and the season pass is the same prices as a day pass to sesame place.

The Crayola factory was a great experience as well, but I would recommend going during the beginning of the week because they get a lot of camps during the end of the week.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Hey we are on vacation so I won't be posting. If anyone knows tips for Sesame Place and the Crayola factory please post!