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Right now you can receive a free $20 in-store credit voucher for the Body Shop via Groupon and TopCashBack. Here are the details:
- Groupon is selling a $20 voucher for The Body Shop for $10.
- TopCashback is giving $10 cash back on the deal, which means you’ll earn back the $10 you spent on the Groupon.
Here’s how to take advantage of this deal:
- Visit the Body Shop Deal on TopCashBack.
- Click the orange button that says $10.00.
- Purchase The Body Shop’s $20 in-store voucher priced at $10.
- Within 7 days you should receive $10 in cash back to your TopCashBack account
This will make the $20 voucher free after cash back. After 60 to 90 days the TopCashBack credit can be paid to your checking or PayPal account.
Please note: The purchase should only contain the $20 Body Shop voucher priced at $10 and there is a limit of 1 $20 Body Shop voucher per TopCashBack account/member.
Also – You will need to create an account if you have not already done so.
If you like the Body Shop this is a great deal!
Yesterday I decided to take advantage of super double coupons at Harris Teeter. For a few days each year the store doubles coupons up to $2.00. With a couple of $2.00 coupons in hand you can quickly save $4.00. I don’t subscribe to the newspaper anymore so I only receive coupons from the circular when my dad or mother-in-law choose to pass them along.
I actually like this model. I found myself clipping and sorting a bunch of coupons I never used and never having the patience to stop at three or four different stores with a two year old in tow. So I gave up couponing and didn’t give it another thought until I saw the sign at Harris Teeter the day before.
I was curious if any good deals existed and after a five minute search on the good old internet I found a bunch of items with printable coupons that made items free or close to free after coupon. I needed to stop into town the next day anyway, so I printed out fourteen coupons and went on my merry way.
I shopped for everything I needed and found the shelves well stocked when I got there. I had no problems grabbing each desired item and reached the checkout counter in record time. It helped that my son was munching on one of the free cookies you find in the store’s entryway.
When I reached the cashier I made certain to tell her that my son had eaten a banana shortly after entering the store and asked her to weigh the largest banana left in the bunch so I could pay for it. She actually laughed at the idea and told me it cost a whole 24 cents. “It doesn’t matter,” I told her, “I don’t like my karma to take a hit for things like that.”
The first coupon beeped and deducted money off my total, but the second one failed. She set it aside and ran a few more coupons through before the system complained again. Ten of the fourteen coupons succeeded so I wasn’t worried when she asked a store manager or assistant manager over for assistance.
As soon as the woman walked up to the counter she accused me of going to another Harris Teeter before shopping at this one. She asked in a very derogatory tone if I “tried to use my card earlier in the day or at another store.” She didn’t look me in the eyes when she asked this but just kept staring at the coupons.
I told her I knew the policy. That I had fewer than 20 coupons, (Harris Teeter only doubles the first 20), and that I did not visit any other stores that day. Even after the cashier informed her that the second coupon failed, but others after had succeeded the manager acted as though she didn’t believe her.
I’m not a fan of that accusatory tone. I know the manager wasn’t there when I offered to pay for a banana, but a girl who pays for a banana is not about to try to stiff the store over a few dollars worth of coupons. It put a sour taste in my mouth and reminded me why I gave up on the idea of couponing a few weeks ago.
It’s just not worth the hassle. The coupons don’t work. The store managers are nasty and I still paid over $50 for all of the other products that never have coupons like organic produce and free range chicken. I think this last experience officially ended my desire to coupon.
Before my son was born I decorated his nursery with two sets of wall decals. The first contained a series of baby jungle animals including monkeys, elephants, lions, alligators, frogs and giraffes. The second was an elegant tree with soft blue leaves and three tiny song birds.
The room looked incomplete after my husband painted the walls a soft shade of yellow. Those wall decals filled the blank space with warm colors and friendly animal faces. Whenever a friend or family visits my son’s room they comment on those wall decals and ask where I bought them.
Wall decals are such an easy way to spruce up an otherwise bare room. They are typically easy to apply and just as easy to remove whenever you tire of them. Ever since I decorated my son’s room I’ve considered purchasing more. I really wanted to place one above the headboard in my room, but really couldn’t decide on a design I loved.
When the kind folks at Cozy Wall Art offered to send me a sample I couldn’t resist the offer. One of the best perks of writing this blog is definitely the offers to try new products and I jumped at the chance to try one of their decals.
I spent hours looking over the options before selecting one that I really loved. I actually went back and forth on a number of different designs. They have a couple of really sweet wall quotes I considered buying for my beach house and two or three fish related wall decals.
I ultimately chose the Cherry Blossom wall decal, which is reminiscent of the tree decal on my son’s room. I haven’t had time to install it above my headboard yet, (I just got back from the beach on Thursday), but I plan to wash down the walls and install it tomorrow. I can’t wait to see how it looks against the purple paint in our bedroom. (Yes my husband agreed to purple paint in the bedroom.)
If you’ve been looking for something new to decorate your walls I definitely suggest checking out the decals at Cozy Wall Art. All readers of One Frugal Girl will receive a 20% discount on products when you enter the coupon code OneFrugalGirl20 at checkout. As an added bonus you’ll also receive free shipping on all orders of $50 or more (after the discount) and and all orders under $50 will ship for a flat rate of $5.95 via US Priority Mail.
Note: I received a free wall decal for writing about Cozy Wall Art, but the thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.
A month ago I considered giving my newspaper subscription the boot. I called the Washington Post to cancel, but was quickly convinced to remain a subscriber for a significantly reduced price.
I spent the next three Sundays reluctantly picking up the paper on Sunday morning. The coupon inserts would sit on top of our dining room table for days and when I finally took the time to sort and organize them I found very few worth clipping.
Then we went on vacation and I realized that I really didn’t want to deal with clipping coupons when I returned. I can cancel the paper for two weeks, but I won’t receive a refund or extension and that my friends is simply money down the tubes.
There are so many coupons available from the Internet these days that I rarely find a need to clip the ones I find in the paper. In fact, many of the Internet coupons are better than the ones you can find in print.
So I finally called the Washington Post and cancelled. They tried to persuade me to remain a subscriber, but this time around I held my ground. Goodbye Sunday paper! Goodbye big coupon binder!
I am a huge fan of Chipotle. In fact, I met a friend there for lunch yesterday afternoon. If you love Chipotle and haven’t tried Plink yet, this might be your best opportunity to do so. If you register at Plink and make ANY purchase at Chipotle by Sunday August 18th at 11:59 EST you will earn 1,000 Plink Points, which is enough to redeem for a $10 gift card of your choice at a ton of different stores and restaurants including Amazon.com.
What is Plink? The Plink program enables you to earn points for shopping at your favorite stores and dining at your favorite restaurants. It’s designed so you don’t have to carry around an additional card or clip coupons before going out. When you dine or shop you simply pay with the card you register with Plink and your rewards will automatically be credited to your account.
- New Plink members only, one sign-up bonus per person.
- Plink Member must link a credit or debit card and make a purchase at Chipotle by Sunday, 8/18 11:59 EST.
- Purchase is necessary (after the member links a credit/debit card to their Plink account) to qualify for the bonus 1,000 Plink Points by Sunday, 8/18 11:59 EST.
- Bonus 1,000 Plink Points will be awarded within 7 business days of the transaction posting date.
- Chipotle purchases that occur on 8/19 or later will not qualify for the bonus.
So what are you waiting for? Click HERE to get started.
I’ve considering dropping my Sunday subscription to the Washington Post for over a year. I always thought that I would be the kind of girl to clip coupons no matter how much money I had in the bank. A million dollars, two million dollars, it doesn’t matter, I thought it just made sense to save money any way possible.
But over the past two years I’ve found my passion for coupons dwindling greatly. I don’t hit the drug stores on Sunday mornings anymore and I have little to no interest in clipping, organizing and remembering to drag those pesky little pieces of paper to the store with me. I’ve considered kicking coupons to the curb a hundred times, but every Sunday morning that paper is back on my doorstep.
As I bent down to pick up the paper today I decided I’d had enough. I walked back inside the house and called the Washington Post to cancel my weekend subscription. I was all ready to kiss that coupon binder goodbye.
I was asked all sorts of questions about why I wanted to stop my service, why I didn’t love receiving the paper anymore, blah, blah, blah. I kindly answered the questions I was asked and then reiterated the fact that I wanted to end my subscription.
“How about if we reduce the price,” the customer service representative asked. “No thanks,” I answered. “Okay, how about if we reduce the price a bit more,” he asked. “No thanks,” I answered, “I’m really no longer interested in clipping coupons and I read Washington Post content online.” “Oh I see,” he said, “but how about if I reduce the price to less than 80 cents per week?”
I hesitated. I wanted to say “no thanks,” but I couldn’t resist the idea. If I use just one coupon from the paper each week I’ll break even. But what about clipping, and organizing and dragging them to the store? Ugh, I probably should’ve said no thank you, but I let him convince me to keep the paper for another 8 weeks.
I realized after hanging up the phone that it’s not really about the money. It just doesn’t seem worth the hassle. I only use coupons on non-food items and I don’t buy household items much anymore.
Do I feel this way because we’ve built up our savings and are paying down our debts? When we had less in the bank I was much more careful about saving those pennies. These days I’m just not sure it’s worth the inconvenience and hassle. It seems my image may be all wrong. I won’t be clipping coupons as a millionaire, but I do have at least another 8 weeks of Sunday circulars coming to my door.
I haven’t posted a Groupon deal in quite awhile, but this one was too good to resist. Right now you can purchase a $40 eGift Card to Staples for only $25.
I am a huge fan of Staples for two reasons. First, it is conveniently located to my home. Second, you can get a ton of free stuff there. I load up on printer paper, pens, pencils and even toilet paper and paper towels for next to nothing after Staples rewards and easy rebates.
If you haven’t taken advantage of this offer yet, you might want to do so now. A lot of times these deals end early, (there is a limited quantity available), and there are already over 25,000 sold!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a Groupon and nearly let it expire. I find a great deal for a nearby restaurant, but never seem to set a date and time to eat there. I buy a discounted Groupon to the Body Shop 0r Toys-R-Us, (you know the ones for $40 worth of merchandise for only $20), but never seem to go shopping. I set the date on my calendar, to make sure I don’t let it go to waste, and panic when Google calendar alerts me of it’s pending expiration. Inevitably I find myself rushing to the store on the very last day the Groupon is valid.
This past week I repeated my procrastination scenario. I purchased two Groupons for photo albums on June 19th of last year and then waited until nearly midnight on March 20th of this year to use them. I chose the photographs I wanted to include in the albums a few days in advance, but I waited until the very night the Groupon expired to design the books. I wasn’t feeling well that night. I laid in bed, suffering from an unrelenting headache, holding my head in one hand and selecting photos for the books with the other. I was so upset with myself for procrastinating, but I was determined to use those coupons. This frugal girl wasn’t about to let $160 worth of credit expire.
I’m not quite ready to give up on Groupon. I’ve ordered a few toys through the Groupon Goods portion of their website. I’ve also ordered a few coupons without expiration dates and even bought a deal for a Starbucks gift card this morning.
Am I the only person who waits until the last minute to use their Groupons? Does anyone else take advantage of these bargains and then find it difficult to use them before they expire?
While I was waiting in line for lunch I overheard an interesting conversation with two college aged women. The first woman was telling the second about a recent date she went on with a guy she met in one of her classes. She said she was “totally into him”, (her words, not mine), and that she was “super excited” for their first date. He took her to the local Applebee’s, because neither of them have cars and it is one of the closest restaurants to campus. It seems everything was going great until the check arrived.
When the check arrived she assumed the guy would pay for her meal. After all, she said, “it was their first date and that is what the guy is supposed to do.” When the check came he reached for his wallet, but along with his credit card he also pulled out a $5 coupon.
As she told this part of the story the second girl in line gasped. I kid you not. She gasped and said, “I’d totally turn down a guy who used a coupon.”
Of course, as a personal finance blogger I found this whole conversation very amusing. The guy did not ask her to pay for her share of the meal. Instead, he willingly paid her portion, but used a coupon to offset some of the cost.
I held my tongue but I wanted to tell her she probably found herself a keeper. Rather than being mortified by his behavior she should be super stoked that she found a college student who is wise enough to clip a coupon to help cover her meal.
Is that really such an awful thing to do? What reasoning could she have for being offended by his behavior? What do you think? Would you be offended by a guy, (or gal), using a coupon? Does it make a difference if it’s used on the very first date?
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