Thursday’s Thoughts – Ethiopia and Haiti

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I have really skimped on my Thursday’s Thoughts posts.  Last fall I wrote a few and found it refreshing to not talk coupon shop in them.  But, like many ventures I undertake, my weekly series got lost in a sea of deals related posts that I found to be somewhat “more pressing”.  At least for today, I wanted to go back to Thursday’s Thoughts because I have some non-couponing thoughts and news that I actually wanted to share with all of you.  :)

The past year has been a whirlwind.  My husband and I were able to leave the world of blogging for a few weeks last spring as my friend Kelly diligently watched over Addicted to Saving.  Upon our return, my best dog friend in the world was diagnosed with anal cancer and had surgery to remove said cancer.  We spent 10 nights lying on the floor and couch watching over him.  He has since recovered from the surgery although the cancer was not fully removed.  Over the summer we went to Colorado for a family reunion on my in-laws’ side. We had a great time but realized that our bodies are not equipped for the altitude of Breckenridge as we both were sick every day there. This past fall was spent giving Addicted to Saving classes, lots of television appearances and brainstorming for future ventures. Of course the holidays flew by as we (yes – hubby helped a ton) spent way too many hours posting holiday gift ideas and then spending time with family near and far. And, our family grew as my husband surprised me with an adorable puppy the week before Christmas.  Hubby is already trying to prepare me for the inevitable loss of my best dog friend. The past year was also spent with my running (as always). I was training to run the Disney marathon again when I tore my quad and groin. So, my running and marathon plans went down the drain and a week and I celebrated with a week and half long pity party.  But I’m healing and able to run again albeit slowly so I am focusing on that.  But through it all, this past year was awesome. God has taken care of my family, blessed us with constant reminders of His presence and reminders that He is in control.

There is one major component of last year that I haven’t shared…

 

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Back Again – $1.00/1 South Beach Diet Bars

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I was excited to stumble upon this coupon just now! The $1.00/1 South Beach Diet Bars coupon is back! I’ve seen great deals on these bars in the past (just last month you could get FREE South Beach Meal Bars at Walgreens using the $1/1 coupon) so hold onto your coupon until we find a sale to use it on! To print, go HERE and type in zip 90210.

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Emailing for Coupons – Ragu Pasta Sauce

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Today let’s email Ragu Pasta Sauce **don’t forget to include your mailing address – also – I do not leave my phone #

For a sample letter and a list of all companies and results we have emailed during 2012, click below where it says “click to continue”. **Please leave a comment if you have received any coupons in response to your emails! [Read more…]

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Still Available – $2.00/1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue 36 roll Coupon

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This great coupon is still available if you missed my post last night!  Go HERE to print a $2.00/1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue Double 36 Roll coupon.  This will go fast – I promise so print now!  (click the “household” category to find quickly. I found this under zip 34655)

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Synovate is Accepting Product Tester Applications Again

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I just received an email that Synovate is accepting product tester applications yet again! They typically only accept applications for a few hours so act fast if interested.  Synovate is an opinion panel that rewards you with cash and prizes when you take surveys and test out products.

  • To sign up, go HERE to apply.
  • After filling out the application, they will send you an email. You will have to confirm your email in order to join.

I have received a lot of positive feedback from those of you that are currently testing products and taking surveys with Synovate. The minimum payout is $5.00 so you can receive your payments very quickly! Many of you have tested hair products and cleaning products! Love it! Leave a comment if you are a current Synovate member -would love to hear your thoughts!

Reader Reviews:

Yasmina posted on Addicted to Saving’s Facebook page about Synovate, “Since we sign agreements not to tell about the new products we try out Im just saying if you have kids you may want to try out there have been some really cool stuff I got to try out for my girl especially somethings that are a bit costly!!!”

Erin posted on Addicted to Saving’s Facebook page about Synovate, “Love synovate!! I get surveys from them regularly and lots of stuff to test out!!”

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FREE $10 Rue La La Credit: Valentine’s Day Deals, Philosophy Body Wash Deals and More

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As a reminder, Rue La La is back with a FREE $10.00 Rue La La credit when you sign up for a new account!  They release their new deals every day at 11 am EST and today they have some great Valentine’s Day related deals available like the Chantal Heart Ramekins and Soup bowls pictured above.  And, the Philosophy deals I posted about yesterday are still available.  The prices on the body wash pictured below are $12.90 so after your credit, you will spend $2.90!  To score your credit, go HERE to sign up.  Your credit will post to your account within 72 hours of joining. Rue la la often has many items priced at $10.00 so with your credit, we may get freebies! Let me know if you see any great deals!  **Please note that you will have to pay shipping.  However, you only have to pay shipping once every 30 days.  For the next 30 days, you will score FREE shipping!

**Your $10.00 credit expires 3/14/2012

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Check Your Email for High Value $1.25/1 Red Gold Tomatoes Coupon

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If you signed up for the Red Gold Tomatoes progressive coupon I posted about last week, check your email! I just received an email with a $1.25/1 Red Gold Tomatoes printable coupon.  Leave a comment if you received this email as well! :)

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Tampa: $15 for $30 Worth of Steaks and Seafood at Tampa Steak Company

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If you live in the Tampa Bay area, you need to check out this great Groupon Deal!  I purchase a lot of deals like this and this (combined with Zaycon Foods) is how I currently have a freezer stocked full of meat!  Today’s Tampa Bay Area Groupon Deal is $15 for $30 Worth of Steaks and Seafood at Tampa Steak Company. 

  • If you are new to Groupon, go HERE for more info. (This deal is found under Tampa)
  • If you are an existing Groupon member, go HERE for more info.  (This deal is found under Tampa)

Fine print: Expires Aug 8, 2012. Limit 1 per household, may buy 1 additional as a gift. In-store only. Not valid on wholesale orders and meat plans. Must use promotional value in 1 visit.

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