Apr 28, 2010

New Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 Released!

EWG has just released the newest version of it's shopper's guide, which lists the Dirty Dozen--the 12 fruits/vegetables with the highest levels of pesticides and the Clean 15-- the 15 fruits/vegs with the lowest levels of pesticides.  You can get a look at the new list HERE.  There are some new additions to the list.

There has been a lot of discussion lately on the merit of these lists, the Clean 15 in particular.  I think some people feel that it does not encourage people to buy all fruits/vegs organic.

My personal opinion is that this negativity creates a very elitist attitude in regards to organic produce.  It is important that people realize that every purchase is a vote.  When we buy organic, not only does it benefit our health, but it also shares our commitment to organic as consumers.  However, it is not realistic to think that everyone will or can have an all-or-nothing approach to organic food.

The Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 allows people with limited budgets or limited access to organics the power to make educated decisions on what to feed their families. 

I try to buy the Dirty Dozen as organic.  When I cannot find it--or afford it--I try to avoid those things, perhaps substituting with items on the Clean 15.  I also try to consciously highlight as many of those items as I can in my own garden.

When our budget is tight, I often buy items on the Clean 15 in non-organic form.  (Like my avocados I got at Aldi this week for $.25 each!!)  However, when those items are available for a similar or slightly higher price (or when I have a great coupon), I will buy them organic--for my health, and for my vote!

The lists can also be used to help people with limited access to organics learn to utilize more of the Clean 15 in their diets and avoid the Dirty Dozen.

Do these lists effect your shopping habits?

Lots of Printable Organic Coupons!

Earth Fare has a whole list of printable coupons for natural and organic items on its website currently.
Some are store coupons and some are manufacturer's coupons.  Those that are manu. q's can be used anywhere.  Most have an expiration date of sometime in July.

So, how to tell if it is store or manu?  Anything that is the Earth Fare brand is obviously a store coupon.  For the rest, you can choose all the coupons you would like.  Btw, you can print as many as you want, so definitely print all you might use between now and July.

After you select your coupons and hit print, it will open two more windows.  The one on top is your printer box.  If you close that, you will then be able to scroll through the list of actual coupons and look them over.  If it is a manu q, it will say "manufaturer's coupon" straight across the top of the q.  Also, store coupons have short numbered barcodes with something like "PLU 8111111".   The Newman's Own is a store coupon (whaaa).

So, if you see a lot of coupons in your list that you don't want to print, just close that box and refresh the Earth Fare coupon page and select the ones you want.  Then choose to print and go from there.  Each coupon prints on one page, so save paper by flipping your paper over and printing on the bottom too--just don't overlap your q's!

When they print, there is a header that says redeemable only at Earth Fare.  Up to you, as they are manufacturer's coupons and so technically can be used anywhere accepted.  And, that part is cut off when you cut out the coupon.  I interpret it Earth Fare using the coupons to entice your business--however, the coupon is not designed to only be used at one store.   Much like the manu. q's that have Target or Schnucks logo on them, etc.

And one last nugget of info--  My CVS has KIND bars on clearance, so I am going to take that q over and scoop up a bunch!

Free 16 oz. Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions

I am sure this one will go fast!! 

Tropical Traditions is offering a free 16 oz. jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil (a $25 value) Free to new customers!

Just add the item to your cart and checkout.  You will not need to enter cc#.

Apr 27, 2010

Artscow offering 2 Personalized Reuseable Bags for $6, Free Shipping!

With going green being a fashion statement, why not exemplify this through a set of customizable recycle bags. Each bag can be personalized with text and images and comes with a carry pouch for added convenience. Made from an easy to clean polyester fabric, this lightweight (only 30g in weight) bag has been cleverly designed to sustain loads of up to 15kg.

For a breakthrough price of $5.99, design 2 single-sided recycle bags with free shipping included.

Coupon code: SSREBAG599
Expires on: 05/18/2010

Add $2 and get 2 twin-sided recycles bags for a breath taking price of just $7.99, no delivery fees required.

Coupon code: TWREBAG799
Expires on: 05/18/2010

Terms and Conditions
1. No quantity limit.
2. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offers.
3. ArtsCow has the right to terminate this promotion at any given time without prior notice.
4. In case of dispute, ArtsCow's decision is final.

Apr 26, 2010

LandsEnd.com has LOTS of swimsuit markdowns--Plus Free Shipping!

LandsEnd.com has lots of swimsuit markdowns. 

Free shipping with code MADRAS and pin 2199

Go through Ebates to earn 2% cashback.

Converse: 20% Off & Free Shipping

Converse is offering 20% off with code CHUCKS17
Free Shipping is available for a limited time.

HERE is a link to the shoes that are on sale.  They also have sale clothing, or you can search the full-price items too.

Apr 25, 2010

Get Free Tote Filled with Natural Samples at Drugstore.com

Go HERE to get offer for a free tote with natural/organic samples with any order of $30 or more in the Green & Natural store at Drugstore.com   Free shipping for orders over $25 for new customers.

This offer seems to go quickly.  I got it last year, and all the samples were really great!

Here's a tip on how to save another $5.  Go to the above link and click on the word "shop".  It adds the offer to your cart.  Then go HERE and scroll down to the offer that says "$5 off $30 or $10 off $50), then click that link.  That will add that offer to your drugstore.com cart.  So, order over $30 and you will get $5 off, free shipping and a free tote and samples worth $40!

18 samples, may include:
Burt's Bees
Clean Well
Seventh Generation
Kiss My Face
Nature's Gate
Yummy Earth
de luxe
Seventh Generation

Apr 24, 2010

Seventh Generation Cleaners for $.49 - $.69 @ Target

Target has two store coupons for Seventh Generation items on its website.  These can be combined with manufacturer coupons.

Print the coupons HERE.  One is for any 7th Gen. item, the other is for Disinfecting item.
Then, use the $1/1 coupons from the paper or print them HERE.

I did this today.  The dish detergent is $2.49, so only $.49 after coupons.
I won't tell you how many bottles of this I have stocked now.  I use it for both dishwashing and hand soap.  I put it in foaming hand soap dispensers.  It lasts forever.  These things are definitely worth stocking up on!

Apr 23, 2010

Deal on Little Partners Learning Tower

The Learning Tower by Little Partners gets rave reviews.  It can be used to help little ones work with you side by side at the counter.  Or it can be transformed into a fort, puppet theater, etc.

Drugstore.com currently has it on sale for $179.99.  You will also earn $9 in drugstore.com dollars.  Plus, go through Bing cashback and save another $36.99!  That brings the total down to $134.99  Shipping is free, but there may be a handling charge at checkout (not sure).

For comparison, you can see that Amazon has it listed at $199.  Plus, you can read reviews and watch a video there.

There are lots of add-ons for The Learning Tower available, like an easel or puppet show curtains, etc.

Apr 22, 2010

Cotton Babies Seconds Sale!! Plus Giveaway!

Cotton Babies is having a Seconds Sale. Plus, economy shipping is free!  These items always tend to sell out fast! 

bumGenius 3.0
Flip Cover w/organic insert
Econobum Covers (only $5)
bumGenius AIO
Econobum Prefolds

They will also be giving away some diapers to Facebook Fans tonight.

Lowe's BOGO plants and seeds

Lowe's has Bonnie Plants BOGO until 4/26/10.  Seeds are also BOGO.  Check with your local store to verify.  BTW, they ring up half-price, so you don't have to buy in increments of 2.

BabyLegs $2 Sale for Earth Day With Free Shipping!!!

To celebrate Earth Day, BabyLegs is offering two different pairs of organic leg warmers for only $2 each AND with Free Shipping!!   You do have to spend a minimum of $4.50  They are also donating $1 of each pair ordered to the Nature Conservancy!

Sign up for their newsletter and receive a 10% off code, making them $1.80/pair!!

Eartheasy.com--Great source of info!

Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate, here is a website I just came across.  eartheasy.com

A wealth of information!  To get you started, here is a very user-friendly article on composting.

Lots of great stuff on there.  Let me know if you find any articles we should check out!

Apr 21, 2010

"Food, Inc." on PBS Tonight!

In honor of Earth Day, PBS will air the documentary "Food, Inc." tonight, Wed. April 21st, at 9pm EST (8 pm CST).

It will be followed by the short "Notes on Milk". (20 min.)  I can't wait to see this one!

If you have not seen Food, Inc. yet, I highly encourage you to tune.

Thanks Crystal

Apr 20, 2010

Play Brita Game and Win Tickets to Disney's Ocean

Play now to fill the Nalgene bottle with Brita water for the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Disney-Nature Oceans in theaters on April 22!  They are giving away 500 pairs of tickets.  You can play daily.

Weleda Deal at Target!

Weleda Skin Food products are on sale at Target for $8.99

Go HERE to get coupons.  Click on "Target Only" to print a Target store coupon for $3/1.
Then, go to "Whole Foods...and stores" to print a $3/1 manufacturer's coupon.

Since you can stack Target store coupons with manufacturer coupons, use both to get Skin Food for only $2.99!

(Or look for the $2/1 manufacturer's coupon in Delicious Living magazine)

If you sign up for Weleda's newsletter, they often send coupons by mail--and they usually do not have expiration dates!

Walgreens: $1 Printer Ink Refills on Earth Day

Walgreens is offering printer ink cartridge refills for only $1 on Earth Day-- Thurs. April 22.
Just use the coupon found in this week's ad!

I have had hit or miss success with their ink refills.  They will do a print test after they fill it.  If it doesn't pass, you don't have to pay for the refill.  A couple of times the cartridge quit working soon after the refill.  However, for $1, I will probably try it. 

Win $100 Whole Foods Gift Card!

Go HERE to take a short poll and be entered into the weekly drawing to win a $100 Whole Foods gift card.

Looks like there is a new poll every week!

If you win, first, let me know!  But be sure to use coupons and stack them with the Whole Deal coupons to maximize your gift card!

Free Maid Service for Women in Cancer Treatment

Cleaning for a Reason 
This nonprofit offers free professional housecleaning, and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer.

Free Sample and Coupon from Organyc

Go HERE to print a $1 off coupon from Organyc, a company that makes organic cotton tampons and pads.  Products available at CVS, Target, Meijer, etc. (although individual store inventories can vary)

You can also sign up for a free sample!

Another Puritan's Pride $10 off $25 sale

Use this link to save $10 off $25 at Puritan's Pride.
They are still having the B1G1 or B2G3 sale.

5LB Bag Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops, $13 Shipped

 Amazon has the 5lb bag of Yummy Earth organic lollipops marked down to $19.81 (from $35).
Choose Subscribe & Save to save 15% off this. (cancel your subscription anytime)

Use code YUMET924 to save another 20%.

I got them for $12.88   I then used a Swagbucks giftcard to bring my total down to $7.88!

Make it a better deal with Amazon gift cards.  I earn them through SwagBucks  and by doing surveys with Opinion Outpost.  Click on the link :   http://OpinionOutpost.com/join/7675275

Apr 19, 2010

Spring Hill Nursery: $20 off $20!!

Spring Hill Nursery is now offering $20 off a $20 purchase using code 414217

You can get 12% cash back by going through Shop at Home.

Now, it appears some items may discount further after you initiate checkout!!

I just bought 6 raspberry plants and only paid shipping!!  It showed the price as $30, but when I went to checkout, it reduced to $13.50, and then took that off with the coupon code!

Thanks Hip2Save!

Apr 15, 2010

CVS: Shopping Idea

Anyone else shopping at CVS lately?  The last two weeks have been pretty great with the $1 off CRTs that have been printing every day.  Below is a quick description of what I was able to do with some of these store coupons.  The scenario is based on the promo running for P&G products -- Buy $25 and receive $10 ECB (includes Puffs, Charmin, Bounty and Duracell). Let me know if you have any questions about any of it.  What have you been able to find at CVS or Walgreens lately?

So here is what I did yesterday.  It is very YMMV.  I read how some people were able to use the $1 off skin care CRT on other brands (because it states $1 off CVS Skin Care Purchase-- rather than "$1 off CVS Brand" like most CRTs).  I used it on the Dial deal.  So then yesterday I thought--HEY!  Why not on the Puffs with lotion?  So I went and asked my cashiers.  They were really sweet, although a little skeptical, but said they would try it. 

I bought 6 boxes of Puffs with lotion.  I used my VocalPoint q's: $1/1 and 5 for $.50/1.  I then gave her 2 $1 off skincare CRTs.  Went through great!  I then had another great idea and said--Hold on and let me get some TP too!   She let me grab one of the packs of Charmin (that qualify for PG ECBs).  I gave her four more CRTs (to use one for each box of Puffs), which created overage to go toward the TP.  I then used some ECBs and only paid $1.XX for all of it.  Best part-- on my receipt it shows $8 more till I get the $10ECB reward!

So today, I went, scanned my card and got my daily 2 CRTs.  I took it and another skincare CRT I had left and bought 2 more boxes of Puffs.  They were free and now my receipt says $6 until ECB reward!!!   I will probably buy some batteries to finish it off, just have to get a hold of a $2 off coupon.

New Natural Food List Available for Download

The Natural Food Connection has just released a new edition of The Natural Food List.
You can download it HERE.  They also share coupons, deals and offers daily on their website or Facebook page.

The first few pages of the guide provide coupon codes or other deals on natural living items. 

Starting on page 10 is an in-depth guide to avoiding GMOs when buying food.

I found it a very interesting guide.  A couple points I was not aware of are:

--There is no GM (genetically modified) popcorn sold in the US, as well as no GM blue or white corn.

--Also, very few fruit and vegetables in the US are genetically modified, with the exception of papaya.

Earth's Best Snacks on Amazon

Earth's Best Sesame Street Organic Vanilla Smiley Snacks, 3.5 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
Price is $11.47
Drops to $9.75 with Subscribe & Save.   (only $1.62/box)

Can cancel subscription after you place the order.

Make it a better deal with Amazon gift cards.  I earn them through

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Apr 13, 2010

Puritan's Pride: $15 off $30 Plus Free Shipping!

By clicking through this link, you can receive $15 off an order of $30 or more at Puritan's Pride. This also includes free shipping!  I don't know when the offer expires.  You will see the discount when you checkout and scroll all the way to the bottom of your total.

Check out some of the other brands they carry.  I found some good deals on Braggs, Desert Essence, Jason, etc.  Let me know what you find!

Avon Shower Set for $1.99!

Avon has a 4-piece shower set marked down from $14.99 to only $1.99.

You may want to grab a few for gifts, etc!

There is a code for free shipping on any order over $5.  Enter code 412FSD.   This could expire at anytime, however.

Rumor: Medela Bras on Sale at Gap

I have heard that some Gap Stores may have Medela nursing bras marked down to 50% off.  I can't confirm this, but if you are out and about, you may want to check it out for yourself.  Let me know if you find these on sale!

Apr 9, 2010

Amazon: Sale on 24 Pack Izze Sparkling Juice, Friday only

Today only, you can save 30% on a 24 pack of Izze Fortified Sparkling Juice.
Save 15% by choosing Subscribe and Save
Save another 15% by entering code BEVERAG3 at checkout.

Aldi Alert: Sweet Potatoes

I saw a 3 lb bag of sweet potatoes at Aldi for only $.99!  I am hoping this sale lasts at least a couple weeks, but I better stock up now.

Bob's Red Mill Items on Sale at Amazon

Amazon has several Bob's Red Mill items marked down and then take an additional 25% off.  Enter code BRMBR497 to get 10% off, and then choose Subscribe & Save for another 15% off.  (You can cancel the subscription as soon as you place the order.)

Apr 8, 2010

Spring Sale at Diapers.com = Cheap Robeez!

Diapers.com is having a spring sale.  When you buy at least one diaper item, use code SPRING40 to get 40% off all baby clothes and shoes!  It includes sale items.  You can find Robeez for as little as $8.99.  (code expires 4/11/10)

Orders over $49 get free shipping.  AND, use code FIRST49 to get $10 off an order of $49 or more.

Also, feel free to use my referral code if you would like:  VWPY7176

Free 8X10 at Walgreens--Friday!

Walgreens has been offering a different photo deal everyday.
Today's deal is 80% off collage prints.

Sneak peak for tomorrow--Friday is this:
Free 8X10!  Choose in-store pick-up to get it absolutely free, with no shipping.

Just go HERE to access the deal of the day.

Apr 7, 2010

Feelin Some CVS Love

Up until lately, I have not lived close enough to a CVS to really get a roll on the system.  Well, now that I am less than 5 minutes from both CVS and Walgreens, I will say with just a hint of embarrassment, that I have been there almost every day--at least the last week or two.

If you aren't too familiar with CVS, it uses a card to keep track of your rewards and purchases.  There is a scanner/coupon machine in most stores that allows you to scan your card once a day and spits out CVS coupons.  They can be different for every person, but everyone gets the last two coupons (or often the only two--I rarely get any others) of the day.  This week they have been $1 off any CVS paper product AND $1 off any CVS skincare product.  Since both of these coupons can get you free items, I am trying to scan my card everyday.

Here are some ideas to maximize these CRT coupons.  Paper product can be anything: single TP roll, single paper towel roll, notebook paper, tissues, etc.  Skincare:  there is a cocoa butter tube for $.99, or look for lip balm, trial size lotion, etc.   Single rolls of TP will be 2/$1 next week!  That's what I am saving for.  Either 2 rolls for each of my coupon, or overage!!! (not sure yet if it will work for overage--plus I can always use more TP)

CVS has also been really good about sending out $5 off $25 coupons lately (register your card online and sign up for emails).  I have been using these CRTs that get me free stuff to help reach my total.  The $5 off, if given first, is before all other coupons.  Sweet!  Last week I was able to get tons of shampoo, cereal, gallon of milk, etc. and paid $1.44.  Got back a $3 ECB! (ECBs are like register rewards)   This happened because of the $5 off coupon and all the CRT coupons I had been saving up.  Another tip:  I have been told that some CVS stores are willing to take the CRT coupons at least a week past the expiration--so if it's a good one, give it a shot!

Walgreens Deals: Emergen-C, Tropicana, Kashi

Walgreens has some deals of note this week.

There is a $5 off Emergen-C coupon in this week's ad.  If you received the $2 off coupon from Emergen-C by email a couple weeks ago, you can stack these together.  My store has it priced at $11.99 ($13.99 for the Immune Defense).  That is $7 per box with just the store coupon (good deal.) and $5 per box if you have both q's! (great deal!)

Tropicana is on sale 2/$6, plus buy 2 and get a $1RR.  Did you get the BOGO coupon from their facebook offer last week?  This is what I did:   Bought a Tropicana OJ and a Trop50.  Used a $1/1 Trop50 AND a BOGO any Tropicana.  After RR, they were $.50 each.  I then bought two more Tropicana OJ and used another BOGO (there were two prints)--in a separate transaction to get another RR--these were $1 each after RR.  Plus, after buying these cartons, you can enter the Tropicana Rewards codes

If you did not get the BOGO last time, Hip2Save just posted a deal on getting a BOGO coupon for Trop50.  This deal is good today only.  It is the deal of the day, so maybe there will be similar deals in the future.  The coupon expires on April 21st. (so if you're like me, with 4 cartons of OJ, you may want to hold off on this one)  =)

Kashi cereal is on sale for 2/$5 this week.  (Don't have to buy 2)  There has been a $1/1 Organic Promise (that's the shredded wheat variety) coupon available on All You Online.  Or, if you are a VocalPoint member, you may have received the $1.50/1 coupons for Heart to Heart.  Makes it $1-$1.50 per box.

Apr 6, 2010

Puritan's Pride: $.99 Vitamins AND Free Shipping!

Puritan's Pride is offering 10 products for only $.99 each.  Limit 2 per product.  Expires 4/10/10
Plus Free Shipping on ANY Order!

They are also having the B1G2 and B2G3 Sale.  (Does not apply to $.99 items)

I would mention Ebates or Bing cashback, but they now have a disclaimer on their ad saying the sales don't qualify.  It is always worth trying, however keep in mind that you may not receive it.

Apr 5, 2010

Curious about Cloth Pads? Get a Free Sample!

Party in My Pants is giving away a free cloth pad to anyone interested in trying cloth.  They have a list of requirements, such as being new to cloth or still looking for a good brand.  You do have to pay $2.99 for shipping.  Read through all the fine print.

This is for a free liner--as in pantyliner, for light days. You can choose from three sizes: Mini, Demi or Luxe.  And you can choose from either Cotton or Flannel. These are made with a breathable nylon layer sewn in.

Open your minds on this one ladies!  Women who use cloth pads report lighter, shorter periods with less or no cramping!

Thanks Emily!

$5 Off at iHerb.com

iHerb.com is has a special for New Customers:

Use code LOQ880 to receive $5 off and free shipping for orders over $40.

I used this special last October and got a great deal on vitamins, deodorant, etc. etc.  Last week, they sent me an email with a coupon for $10 off any size order!!  They are definitely a company worth getting to know!

Apr 1, 2010


Newman's Own coupons, inc. $1/1 Newman O's!!!

Coupons.com has $1/1 Cascadian Farms

B1G1 Coupon from Honest Tea

April Fools Day Only! 

Honest Tea is offering a Buy One Tea, Get One Free coupon HERE.

The coupon is only available today, but can redeemed throughout the month of April.

I have a ton of $1 off coupons from RecycleBank to make this even better!