Incidents of an aimless mind.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Crabtree & Evelyn Outlet Sale: Update

Through the 6th use the code: SAVE20 for an additional 20% off.


Free Shipping: HauteLook

They are doing it again! Hautelook is offering free shipping on all orders placed this weekend, just use the code: FREESHIPSAT for free shipping on all orders. Email me if you don't yet have an account.

This weekends boutiques are: Exuberance, Faith Connexion 2, Becky Kelso, Amrita Signh, Ecoskin, Initium and Sky & Chase.


Tory Burch Sale

Sale items are marked 60%, but with the code: TORYGILT you can get an additional 20% off. Offer valid through the 7th.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Hale Bob

Through Monday take additional 30% off all sale items
with the coupon code: JUL4SAL3
-Thanks Erin!


Home Made Simple

This is a fantastic coupon booklet. I highly recomend signing up for it.


Movie Night

Through the 7th get a free DVD from Redbox by using the code: 7HE79B


Go Smile

This is a killer deal! Enter the code: GOSMILE and recieve a deluxe GO SMiLE trial kit featuring three packs of FLASHLiGHTS whitening touch-ups, travel size AM & PM Whitening Protection Fluoride Toothpastes, and a mini red pocket mirror, free with online purchase of the GO SMiLE Smile Whitening System, while supplies last. A $66 value!
Even if you just order the $2 nail polish!
Ebates is still offering 8% cash back!


More LP love

If you didn't manage to get in on the Summer Solstice Sale there is still hope, in the form of a coupon. Use the code: SAVE20 to get 20% off any purchase over $250.


RxSkin Center

For a limited time us the code: MURAD25 to receive 25% off Murad skin care from RxSkin Center.


A Gift from Coach

Become a fan of Coach's new Poppy line and get a free gift! Just click the picture to fill out the form then take the certificate to you local Coach store for a little present and some eye candy.
-Thanks Natalie!


Sweet Relief

Sign up for Mars
Chocolate Relief Act,
the first 200,00
people to sign up will be mailed
a coupon
for a free mars candy bar.


Lucky You!

If you can score some Lucky jeans for 50-70% off. New items have been added. Free shipping when you use the code: LUCKYFGS. Don't forget Ebates for 2% cash back.


Runaway with Asics

Through the 5th has price slashed 60% off nearly 300 pairs. The Asics Kayano has been a personal favorite of mine for years.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hugo Boss Sample

Discover Boss Orange.
Click to sign up for your sample.


Puma Semi-Annual Sale

Save up to 40% off at Puma, plus an additional 25% when you use the code: SUEDES
Free shipping on orders over $85.
Ebates will get 6% back!


Chic Doggie

My life is now complete. The Editor's Closet is hosting a sample sale of the Chic Doggie with 15% of gross proceeds going to the ASPCA and the Bark Avenue Foundation. As if 70% off cashmere puppy coats went enough to melt your will.

Wait there's more! The EC is also working with adoption agencies in Los Angles and New York to find homes for some very lucky furry buddies. If you don't yet have an account with the Editor's Closet, email me and I'll set you up.

Now I have to go mop my heart off the floor...


Dove Sample

Sign up for a free sample of Dove Calming Night bodywash.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Spring and Summer Sale at Vince.
Up to 40% off!

-Thanks Tammy


Dolce Vita Sale

Thanks Tammy!


Fashion Chateu Blowout

Through the 4th use the code: CHATEAU30 for an additional 30% off all merchandise.
Use Ebates for that extra 2% back!


the bad melon

Okay, it wasn't bad...just over-ripe, but I hate to waist.

What to do? Make sorbet! I went to Alton Brown on this one. Super easy! Super yummy!


Kate Spade Sale

Right now save an additional 25% percent at Kate Spade, plus free shipping! No codes needed. Use ebates to snag an additional 2% cash back.

-Thanks Tammy!


ShopBop Sale

Today and tomorrow only take an extra 25% off all sale items with the code: EXTRA25


American Eagle

Through the 7th, up to 70% off, plus free shipping when you buy three or more items!



Free one year subscription for the man in your life.


I'm Intrigued

Are you? Click for a sample.


MorningStar Coupons

Pattys and links, veggie style!
Click here for a $1 off veggie burgers and here for a $1 off veggie links.


Nabisco Coupon Book

Sign up for a coupon book containing $55 dollars in discounts from Nabisco, click the picture for the link.


Alexia Cruchy Snacks

Who doesn't love french fries?
Especially when they are a $1 off!
Get your coupons here.

Additional coupons from Simple and Delicious here.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Veggie Enchiladas

Per request here is a look at how last nights dinner came to fruition.

What I had:

2 zucchini's
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 pasilla peppers
2 Anaheim peppers
1 jalapeno pepper
1 can of black olives
1 can of black bean
1 jar of Pace Specialty Salsa
5 multi-grain tortillas
1.5 cup of shredded white cheddar

Now, I'd love to pretend that I have an amazing recipe that I am famous for. Truth is I looked up a recipe. As I realized I had NONE of the ingredients the recipe called for, I took note of the general method, slammed the book shut and headed for the kitchen to do what I do best. Wing it.

What I did:

After rounding up my "what I had" items. I first halved, then sliced the zucchini's and onion, then diced the garlic and peppers. In to the pan with it all for a quick saute in olive oil...only until the onions are semi-transparent the zucchini are a bright green.
Once you hit the sweet spot, toss the veggies in a bowl so they are off the heat. Rise and drain your beans and toss them into said bowl. Roughly chop 2/3rd's of the olives and add them to the party.
It would have be fantastic if I'd had more than 5 medium sized tortilla's....but I work with what I have. To compensate I made sure to use a smaller pan and over-stuffed the poor little things. They looked beautiful!
Naturally it was at this point that I realized that I wanted to have add the cilantro into the mixture, alas it was not to be.
Recast as a garnish, I chopped the cilantro and shoved it aside, reaching for the salsa. Open and apply. I love steps that easy.
Since all Mexican food has cheese (in my world) I grabbed the last of some white cheddar, about a cup and a half, just enough to sprinkle evenly over the dish. I then sliced the remaining olives and threw them on top, you know, for aesthetics.
Into the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, or until hubby showed up. I then flipped on the broiler to brown the cheese real quick.

Wallah! Dinner is served. I have to say they were amazing, however if you are sensitive to heat you may want to leave the jalapeno out. Hope you enjoy my (sorta) recipe. =)


Mail Call

It never gets old! Today I got two coupons for free Dagoba chocolate bars, sample eye drop, sample deoderant, $15 off coupon for HSN, two $10 off coupons for office depot and two coupons for Express. Best of all, no bills today! Wooh-hooh!!


Napoleon Perdis Sample Sale

Check out HauteLook for Napoleon Perdis at half price. Plus get a free deluxe sample of Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer with every order.

My Pick: New York Pack.
It contains four essential products that work to create a suitably magnetic aesthetic. Start the look with Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer for a flawless face. For knockout lashes start with liberal coats of Madame Curl Curl Mascara. Follow with Satin Lips in Soho and finish the look with Chandelier Shine Nail Polish in Tribeca.

If you don't yet have an account email me at lilminnow(at)comcast(dot)net and I'll set you up.


Isaboo says

Sign up for a free sample! Just click the picture.


The Top Secret Blowout Sale

Starting tomorrow The Top Secret is having a designer blowout sale. This sale will run through Sunday, but you will want to be there early to grab the best deals. If you don't yet have an account, e-mail me and I'll set you up.


the loot

I did really good at Alberstson's this week! Whole fryers are on sale at .69 cents a pound and I'll can easily two meals for hubby, plus some more stock out of one. Peaches and nectarine were on sale for .98 cents a pound, corn at 3/$1. I grabbed mushrooms and lettuce to hit the $10 mark so I could use my $1 off, $10 in produce coupon, making the lettuce free. Yogurt was a screaming deal so I grabbed several, but made sure to check the expiration dates. All said and done I got all this for $29.28, a savings of 69%.


Eukanuba Coupon

Register here for a $5 Eukanuba coupon. Your puppies will love you for it!


Mighty Leaf Tea

Free Sample courtesy of Kroger, just click the picture. Be sure your state is listed before you get too far.

Yet another reason I'm sad there are no Kroger's in Washington. This tea looks delicious! I may just have to write an email to request a sample.


Stretching Your Grocery Dollar: Part 3

Organize! This is by far the most important piece of the puzzle. So important it takes two parts in itself.

I start by making a weekly menu based on things I have, especially those things that need to be used soon. Of course, life happens and I don't always follow the menu. Many time meals get bumped from one week to the next. However having a game plan makes my life much easier in many aspects.

Once I know what we are planning to eat AND I know what I have for those meals, I can make my list of what I need. I should say at this point that I improvise a lot. If a recipe that calls for eggplant and leeks, but I HAVE zucchini and celery, I am not going to stress over it one bit.

After I've made my needs for the week, I pull out my store ads to see whats on sale. The majority of what I buy each week is based on what is on sale and what I have coupons for. I focus on the produce that is on sale. When I see good sale on non-parishables I grab as many as I can. Usually as many as I have coupons for. By stocking up on staples like pasta, toothpaste and paper towels when they are at their cheapest I maximize my dollar. The added benefits of stocking up when prices are down is that I get to stick with my preferred brands and I keep my "needs" list small. Plus I don't have to run out to the store on Wednesday night because I'm out of shampoo. All good things!

Wondering if you can't just wing it? Not without ripping your hair out. Many grocery stores have tons of different combination sales every week that can be difficult to analyze while in the store. Buy 4, get one free or buy 10, get $5 it really a good deal? Remembering to buy the exact number required to maximize the deal. It gets pretty involved.

Which is why, rather that pour over ads and coupons for hours each week, I cheat and subscribe to The Grocery Game. For less than $2 a week they do the hard part for me and it's not a drop in the bucket next to what I save weekly. You can read my previous review of The Grocery Game here.

Don't head to the store yet, there's more!


Monday, June 29, 2009

just because...again...


Menu Monday

Whew, I am behind! Here is the weekly plan:

Monday - Veggie Enchiladas (They were delish!)
Tuesday - Veggie Noodle Soup
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Homemade Pizza
Friday - Soup and Sandwiches
Saturday - Burgers, Pasta Salad and Fruit
Sunday - Chicken, Corn on the Cob and Green Salad


Captivate Me

Mission accomplished!
Captivate Me, a blog I've just learned about thanks to the Denim Debutante, has an amazing giveaway running right now. A pair of Curret/Elliott Super Slouchy Skinnies that make my heart ache with desire. All you have to do is leave a comment!
Run, comment, bookmark! I know I have.


Bare Escentuals Sample: UPDATE

It just got better! Stroll into any Sephora inside JCP and pick up your sample and a mini kibuki brush for free with this coupon. Find a location near you here.


Chefs Catalog Sale

Up to 80% off. Use the code: 9W4EM4805 for free shipping on any purchase over $49. Ebates is currently offering 6% cash back for purchases at Chefs.

Read more... Sale

Select wines are being marked at 50% for their Independence Day Sale. Naturally your selection will vary by state and you do need to be present at the time of delivery to show proper ID.

If you aren't sure what picks to make, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with Sip a Day, a fantastic new site run by one of my favorite readers. She has a passion for exploring the palate and the knowledge to translate her experiences in manner even the newest of connoisseur can appreciate.


Bath & Body Works Sale

The Bath & Body Works Sale is still running! Now until July 5th you can score some pretty good deals. In store clearance is reportedly marked down as much as 95% and if you are making an in store purchase you will receive a free foaming anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with this coupon.

If you are ordering online check ebates, they are currently offer 3% back on Bath & Body Works orders.

Other notable promotions are buy 3 items from the signature collection get three free.


Up to 70% off Paige Black Label at Billion Dollar Babes!
These codes should be good through June 30th.

Promo Codes:
WWWD50 for $50 off $150
FWD612 for $25 off $75
DEALIO20 for 20% off $100+


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bare Escentuals Matte Foundation

Free from Sephora, online or in stores.
Quanties are limited so hurry!
If you are ordering online use the code: BEMATTE. Ebates is still doubling cash back for Sephora, but I don't now for how much longer.
All the more reason to hurry!
-Thanks Tammy!


Something About Sundays

Simple yet delicious, that's what I opted for today. Hubby is down with strep and I'm burnt and worn out from the garage sale. To help us re-coop I've paired up a fresh peach for vitamin C and potassium, yogurt which is good for anyone taking antibiotics and freshly baked popovers.

While popover may seem intimidating they are actually very simple. The key is to preheat your pan. The high heat quickly crisps the out side trapping the air that is inside and allowing them to "pop." Here is a good recipe to try if you feel like giving these a whirl!


Free TemperPedic Pillow

Call TempurPedic at 1-800-821-6621 and request their free information packet and they will offer you a free Tempur-pedic Anywhere Pillow. You do have to pay shipping and handling $10.95 but for a pillow retailing for $15 that's not bad at all. You are contacting the TempurPedic company directly so this is a safe transaction with reputable company.

Check here for additional information on the pillow.


Free Shipping: Hautelook

I don't think I've ever seen a coupon for Hautelook before! Through today use the code: FREESHIPSAT for free shipping on all orders. Email me at lilminnow(at)comcast(dot)net if you need an invitation to the site.

This weekends boutiques are: Dwell Studios, Feather Baby, Maya Brenner, Shabby Chic, Filippa K, Kevyn Aucion Beauty and Liz Lange.


Early Edition

Several great coupons in this weeks Sunday papers! I grabbed an extra to keep me from going through coupon withdrawal next weekend, since there won't be any inserts due to the holiday. Here are this weeks coupons that caught my eye:

Smart Source: $1 off Sabra hummus, $1 off Reynolds wrap, $1 off Nalley Pickles, $1.50 off Pert for Men, $1/2 Ortega green chiles and a free reusable shopping bag from Target.

RedPlum: $1.50 off Degree for men, $1 Real Simple magazine and free Ideal sweetener 50ct packets.

In addition there were several coupons in Parade this week including a $1 off the new Bit O' Luv dog treats. Plus 3 double any coupon vouchers for Albertsons.

Happy Shopping!


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