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Month: October 2012

CVS: My Shopping Trip

CVS: My Shopping Trip

If you have a 24 hour CVS you can run out and do this trip.

Or if you live in a time zone that’s not east coast.

If you’re on the east coast and your stores are closed, well, I’m sorry; I can’t help you because this deal ends at 11:59pm tonight.

I went out to CVS today and there was a deal, buy two Revlon beauty tools, get $7 ecb. Nail clippers were $2.99 and files were $3.49, so only $6.48 total. So a small money maker.

Pete reminded me we already had two nail clippers at home, but I told him these were for Christmas. Which is true. These were also a money maker and I have a lot of money I need to roll.

I figured Christmas was an easier way to explain this.

Did anyone else go to CVS this week?

Giveaway: $25 Gift Certificate From A Bride On A Budget [[Ends 11/14]]

Giveaway: $25 Gift Certificate From A Bride On A Budget [[Ends 11/14]]

Halloween is ending so I want to know: Did you get enough candy today?

You can come over if you didn’t. I had a bag of Starburst … and not one single trick or treater. So sad.

If you’d rather pick your own candy, you’re in luck. A Bride on a Budget is giving one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to

Have you heard of The site sells everything from gumballs to jelly candies to chocolate. You can search by color, by theme [[like wedding, back to school, pirate, and more]] or just by keyword. You can buy bulk candy and favors packages to put them in; you can purchase gift baskets; or you can even buy single items.

This is your sweet tooth’s new favorite website.

And one lucky winner will get $25 to the site. To enter, just head over A Bride on a Budget and all the details are there.

The giveaway starts now and runs until November 14, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Kroger: Meg’s Shopping Trip

Kroger: Meg’s Shopping Trip

Meg, our resident Kroger expert, stopped by her store for some sales that are going on today only.

She said:

Today only $1.50 chocolate milk
$1.99 pineapple
$1 lb gala apples.

That’s great. And that chocolate milk is making me wish I had a Kroger close.

Anyone else go shopping today?

Review & Giveaway: Chicken Soup For The Soul Hope & Healing For Your Breast Cancer Journey [[Ends 11/05]]

Review & Giveaway: Chicken Soup For The Soul Hope & Healing For Your Breast Cancer Journey [[Ends 11/05]]

It’s the end of breast cancer awareness month, we have one last final reminder of National Breast Cancer Awareness.

Drugstore Divas is joining with Cheap Is The New Classy to give four lucky readers Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey. You can purchase the book for $9.95 on Amazon, or you can win a copy here.

The book is one of the smaller Chicken Soup ones, which kinda makes me happy. I mean, yes, there’s less book to read, but it means there were less people to contribute … so maybe we are winning the fight against breast cancer.

To help this fight, Chicken Soup is running a promotion through between now and November 9.

For $12.50, you will get Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey and a limited edition pink cooler bag for only $12.50, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. If you want, you can donate $12.50 and that will go to Making Strides with the American Cancer Society.

Now, back to the giveaway. It starts now and runs until November 5. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more giveaways, check out this week’s Saturday Sweeps column.

Halloween Ideas: Trick Or Treating For Essentials [[Think Hurricane Sandy Victims]]

Halloween Ideas: Trick Or Treating For Essentials [[Think Hurricane Sandy Victims]]

As most of you long-time readers know, I’m from New York. I was born and raised in an area that just got slammed by Hurricane Sandy.

Pete and I moved in the spring down to North Carolina, but all our friends and family are still in New York.

My parents have been without power since Monday evening. If you look in the photo at the top of this post, that’s what my mom saw when she tried to leave the house this morning. If you click the photo, it’ll expand, and you’ll see a tree on the ground, another one or two falling over and toppling the power lines. If you look on the lawn of the house to the left, it looks like they have up a low badminton net. That’s not what it is. It’s the power lines.

My parents live on that side of the road, about five houses closer to the barrier in the road. The chances of their power coming back on anytime soon looks slim. My parents have a fridge and freezer combo upstairs and a freezer downstairs so the food situation worries me. My mom has gotten ice from my aunt, who has electricity, and another bag from ShopRite. So far so good, she told me this morning.

But what about the people who aren’t as lucky or aren’t as optimistic as my parents?

That’s where my friend Nicole [[who, for the record, is also without power due to the storm]] came in. She was telling me how she doesn’t have candy to give out, but she heard from another friend who was going trick or treating for essentials. Instead of going door to door with her kid looking for candy, she’ll be taking her out, asking for donations, which she will then bring to the shelter. Sure, you’re not going to have canned goods or toothbrushes at the door in the candy bowl, but it would probably wouldn’t be hard to run to the stockpile or cabinet and grab something.

What an amazing idea … and what a way to teach children a lesson in being compassionate.

There are people who lost everything in this storm: food, homes, power, everything. I watch the destruction on TV and it hits me so deeply because, it’s like, I know the places on TV. When I would watch about the tsunami, it affected me because I’m Japanese, because those are my people. But this hurricane, it’s even worse because it’s more than just people who are my people. The news is showing streets I’ve walked, a city I know. My mom is showing me that picture of the street I grew up on, with trees that I walked past countless times, lying on the ground. It’s different this time because it’s home … home, and I’m ten states away, powerless in a different way.

If you feel powerless, or you feel inclined to do something, anything, think about trick or treating for essentials for a shelter. What an amazing idea born from such a terrible tragedy.