Sunday, November 25, 2012

100% FREE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Some of you do not know this, but I do not make money writing this blog. I do not, as of right now, have any sponsorships, do not make anything in ad revenue or get paid to review products. So, being able to get ALL of my family's holiday gifts for FREE is a huge deal. My husband was shocked when I told him he could use his holiday bonus towards bills, because I've got this covered! For FREE. And I am not talking about gift bags full of little free samples, either. I mean the good stuff. 


**Wanna know how I am having a 100% FREE holiday? It is easier than you think!**

Step 1: I started early (January of 2012) because I know that to get things at the best deal (or free!) you have to take the deals as they come, and stockpile the gifts. Some of these offers I am about to share will still help you this year, but if you stick with it, your 2013 holiday season can be even bigger & better!

Step 2: Have a good hiding spot for your freebie stockpile! I use a footlocker that sits in my closet, works great! I also keep a list (hidden on my PC) so I know what I have, and for whom...organization helps! I also arranged to use my mother in law's spare room for some of the bigger items, so as not to ruin the surprises. 

Step 3: Have a 'junk' email account, to sign up for offers. You can get one free via Google Gmail or Yahoo Mail. Trust me, this helps keep you from becoming overwhelmed. 

Step 4: Sign up for a prepaid debit/credit card, to use when you sign up for any offers that may require you pay shipping. I do not usually sign up for anything that costs me money, but sometimes the shipping is so low, the cost of the freebie so high, that it would be insane not to. Using what I call a "dummy" card keeps you from running into charging issues, like the one I had with Stamps.com


Step 5: Find your favorite stores and brands on Facebook, and like their fan pages. I have gotten free gift items from Bath & Body Works, Victoria's Secret, Dewar's, and even the Sleep Number store! Some offer monthly "get you in the door" freebies. I got my sister in law a cute t-shirt from VS, a bunch of mini candles from Bath & Body, plus many travel size lotions and body sprays, for stocking stuffers. 


Step 6: Sign up for birthday clubs, newsletters and emails from your favorite restaurants  brands, stores and even small businesses! This year, I have gotten 10 pairs of free panties from Victoria's Secret, a $10 free credit to World Market (check out the gifts you can get here!) and so many more. A complete list of places that offer credit for sign up can be found here

Step 7: Refer friend programs are what got me the best gifts, I will admit. For every friend I have brought to NoMoreRack, I get 1 point, which translates into $1. I used this to get a new computer, a Kindle Fire, and several Amazon Gift Cards! A full list of referral for points or cash programs can be found here.  


My other favorite is InBoxDollars! This year, just starting out mind you, I have made $615 just by clicking my mouse a few times a day! PLUS, you get paid for printing coupons, which most of us do anyway.

Step 8: Follow Little Mom on the Prairie. I know this last one seems self serving, but there have been a few really fantastic deals that were either missed all together by other deal bloggers, or not paid the attention they deserved. For instance, the $10 off any purchase at Christopher & Banks (NO Exclusions!!) barely got mentioned, when this was a huge opportunity for gift-getting. I got my mother in law a beautiful gray sweater-jacket (normally $60, marked down to $9.99) and on separate trips, got my daughter a super adorable scarf, my sister in law a nice woven leather belt, earrings for a friend, and even a sweater for myself.  FREE. 

This step will also help you take advantage of on-the-fly freebie deals, which can go in the matter of minutes! Take a look at what is possible:

1saleaday.com has given out some really cool freebies in the last year, but you have to be ready to pounce! I have gotten an LED book light, drinking straw glasses, 2 pairs of silver hoop earrings, 2 pairs of pearl earrings, and a silver heart necklace from them. Everything is very nice quality, too! 

If you are not opposed to signing up for a smoker's or alcohol website, you can sign up for great free stuff from L & M, Black & Mild, and more! In the last few months alone, I have gotten a really nice metal lighter cover, a drink shaker, a flask and a monogrammed scotch glass. 

Step 9: Grab yourself some FREE (with s/h) customized gifts, from Vistaprint! I use the business card for gift tags, the self inking stamper as a gift for my book loving daughter (to label her books), made a shirt for the racing fan in my life and even a coffee mug for my daughter's teacher! You can see examples and find links here and here



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Sunday Coupons ~ 1 Insert for 11/25 - 12/01


There are a few good coupons in the insert this weekend.There will be 1 P & G insert this week.  Reminder: coupon value does vary by region. You can always print additional coupons directly from Coupons.com or Redplum, too. 

Or, check out Discounted Newspapers to see what the best deal for a weekly subscription (remember, you get the best coupons when you subscribe!).Remember that coupon selection and values vary according to region, so our paper might not include these exact coupons (though it’s a close estimate). In general, newspapers with larger circulation will have better coupons, but you’ll want to check the papers in your area to be sure. 
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Regional coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected!
(/X) after coupon = expiration date
() before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial sizes
DND5 = coupon states Do Not Double, but barcode starts w/a 5

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Buy one Gillette male disposable razor, get one Gillette male disposable razor free up to $11.99 ETS
Buy one Gillette female disposable razor, get one Gillette female diSposable razor free up to $11.99 ETS
$15 off one Braun 3, 5, 7 series shavers
Buy two Secret product get one Secret body spray free, up to $5.99 ETS
$5 off Fusion Proglide razor when you buy the cartridge or disposable razor
$5.00 off one Venus razor and one refill
$1.50 off one Vicks nature fusion
Buy 2 Vicks get one Puffs free
$10.00 mail in rebate on Crest strips
$.75 off Oral b floss
$.75 off Crest rinse 
1.00 off Oral b power brush
1.00 off Oralb pro health brush or refil
$.50 off Pepto
1.00 off Prilosec
$1 off Olay body wash
$1 off Olay lotion
$1 off Covergirl
$2 off Clairol
$1 off 2 Herbal essences or aussie
$1 off 2 Pantene
$3 off Olay total effects
$3 off 2 Olay moisturizer or cleaner
$5 off Play pro-x
$2 off Covergirl
BOGO Covergirl mascera/nail gloss
$.75 off Secret clinical
$1 off Secret twin pack
$2.50 off 2 Tampax pearl or radiant
$2.50 off 2 Always infinity
$2 off 2 bags/1 box Pampers diapers
$1 off 2 bags/1 big Luv diapers
$.75 off Gillette shave prep
$.50 off Cascade action pacs
$.25 off Charmin product
$.25 off Bounty towels or napkins
$.25 off Bounty napkins
$1 off 2 Tide (exclude pods)
$.40 off 1 Tide (excludes pods)





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