It’s finished (well, sort of!) + some favorite posts

Did you hear that huge sigh of relief coming from Kansas today?

I finished my manuscript and it’s now ready to head to the editor at my publishing house. There’s still plenty more work to be done before the book is actually published, but this was a huge step in the whole book-writing process. And I’m so excited about the book and can’t wait to tell you more about it soon!

For now, I’m just thankful to have it done and submitted and am looking forward to getting back to a more normal schedule after a few weeks of having to focus all of my extra time and energy on completing the manuscript.

Thank you so much for your patience while I stepped back from my usual blogging in April. I’ve missed interacting and writing here and can’t wait to get back to our scheduled series and topics. Plus, I’ve got some fun new ideas brewing for series and features that I hope to be unveiling soon!

In the mean time, here are a few posts I read recently that I really enjoyed or was challenged by. Some of these are off-topic, but I’m sharing them because I thought they might bless or encourage some of you. Enjoy — and have a restful Sunday!

Somebody Else’s Passion Can’t Fuel Your Dream — “One of the greatest ways you’re guaranteed to fail eventually is to chase someone else’s dream instead of your own.”

Own It — “Often I’m so busy worrying about what people think of a particular choice that I don’t really put everything I have into what I chose. I spend too much time apologizing rather than just saying ‘This is me.  This is my calling.’ I don’t own it.”

You Choose When You Refuse — “If you have debt and you refuse to change your lifestyle to get out of it, you are in essence choosing debt.”

How Hurting Women Can Help Each Other Heal — “…No one tells you that the shields you carry to keep you safe, become the the steel cages that keep you alone.”

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This Week in Review: Free Cottonelle Wipes, Free Tidy Cats Litter, Free Zyrtec + more!

In case you missed them, here are some of the best deals and freebies from this past week which are still available:

Free tub of Cottonelle wipes for you and a friend

Free six-pack of Nescafe Taster’s Choice samples (Facebook offer)

Free samples from General Mills

Free Emergen-C samples

Free Tidy Cats Litter at Walmart

Free Playtex Sport sample pack

Free John Frieda Root Awakening sample

Free 5-count package of Zyrtec

Flip Flops for as low as $1.75 per pair from Kohl’s

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CVS: Deals for the week of May 1-7, 2011

Here are the best deals at CVS this week, with a big thanks to The Thrifty Mama for her help in compiling them:

ECB Deals

Buy 1 Colgate MaxClean SmartFoam, MaxWhite or MaxFresh Toothpaste at $2.77, Get $2.77 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 coupon from the May All You magazine
Free pllus overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Aussie or Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler at $2.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use Buy One Get One Free  coupon from the 3/13 SmartSource insert (exp 4/30/2011)
Or use 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
As low as $0.49 each after coupon and ECBs (if purchased on Saturday)

Buy 1 Right Guard or Dry Idea Body Wash or Deodorant at $2.99, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 2)
Buy 2 and use Buy One Get One Free coupon from the 5/1 RedPlum insert
$0.99 each after coupon and ECBs

Spend $10 in Cascade, Mr. Clean, Swiffer Select Products, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*
Buy 1 Cascade product – $4
Buy 2 Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (2 ct) – $3 each
Use $0.25/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
And use $1.50/2 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
$1.75 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 All Laundry Detergent 2x Ultra (28-32 loads) or 3x Small & Mighty (32 loads) at $4.99, Get $1 ECB (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 coupon from the 4/10 RedPlum insert
$2.99 each after coupon and ECB

Buy 1 Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color at $7.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
Or use $3/1 coupon from the 4/17 RedPlum insert
As low as $2.99 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Bic Soleil Shimmer Razor Starter Kit or 4ct Cartridges at $6.99, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
$3.99 after ECBs

Buy 1 Tampax Pearl Tampons (36-54 ct) at $7.99, Earn $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
$4.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Bounty Paper Towels (8 pk) at $7.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $0.25/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
$5.74 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Garnier Ultra-Lift Day, Night, Eye Cream, Deep Wrinkle Treatment, Nutritioniste Skin Renew Lotion, Moisture Cream or Eye Roller at $10.99, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 coupon from the 5/1 RedPlum insert
$5.99 after coupon and ECBs

Other Deals

Dove, Yardley, Lever 2000 or Ivory or Ivory – $0.99
Use $0.30/1 coupon from the May All You magazine
$0.69 after coupon

Dawn – $0.99 (Limit 5)
Use $0.20/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
$0.79 after coupon

Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain or Special K Bars 5-8 ct or Special K Cereal – $2.47
Buy 2 and use $2/2 coupon from the 5/1 RedPlum insert
$1.47 each after coupon

Crest Pro-Health, Extra Whitening or Whitening w/ Scope – $2.75
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
$1.25 after coupon

Old Spice Body Wash – $3.99
Buy 2 and use Buy One Get One Free coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
$1.99 each after coupon

Bounce or Tide Dryer Bar 1 ct, Stain Release Liquid (20-21 oz) or Booster Pac (10 ct) – $3.99
Use $1/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
$2.99 after coupon

New to shopping at CVS? Be sure to check out my CVS 101 post which gives you the full scoop on how to get the best bargains at CVS. See the full list of deals at CVS this week here.

Find Do you have your shopping trip planned or did you come up with a great deal scenario/idea? Just post about it on your blog and leave your link below. To make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your CVS deals post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your CVS deals post will be deleted.

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Rite Aid: Deals for the week of May 1-7, 2011

Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to Shannon for her help in compiling them. If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, click here.

Revlon Beauty Tools – 40% off regular retail
Buy 2 – Get $4 UPR

*Deal Idea*
Buy 2 Emery Boards or Tweezers – @ $1.79 (after discount)
Get $4 UPR
Free after discount and UPR

Dove for Men – $3.99
Get $3 UPR
$0.99 after UPR

Gillette ProGlide – $9.99
Get $4 UPR
Use $4/1 coupon from the 5/1 RedPlum insert
$0.99 after UPR and coupon

John Freida Precision Foam Hair Color – $11.99
Use $5/1 coupon from the 5/1 RedPlum insert
And use $5/1 April Video Values
$1.99 after coupons

Revlon Foundation – $9.99
Get $5 UPR
Get $2 SCR
$2.99 after UPR and SCR

See the full list of deals at Rite Aid this week here.

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Walgreens: Deals for the week of May 1-7, 2011

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Mercedes for her help with compiling these:

COUPON DEALS

Tylenol Precise Product – $7.99
Use $5/1 printable
Plus use $3/1 coupon from the May Walgreens coupon booklet
Free after coupons

Puffs – $0.99 with in-ad coupon

Kellogg’s Cereals or Pop Tarts – $1.99
Buy 3 and use $1.50/3 coupon from the 4/10 RedPlum insert
Or buy 3 and use $1/3 printable
As low as $1.65 each after coupon

Cottonelle (12 pk) – $5

*Deal Idea*
Buy 2 Cottonelle – $5 each
Use 2 $0.50/1 printable here (IE) or here (FF)
Plus use $1/1 coupon from the May Walgreens coupon booklet (takes off $2)
Pay $7, Get $3 Register Rewards
$2 each after coupons and Register Rewards

REGISTER REWARD DEALS

Buy 1 G-U-M Eez-Thru Flossers at $2, Get $2 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Fixodent Cleanser or Adhesive or Scope Mouthwash at $3.99, Get $1 Register Rewards
Use Free coupon (Up to $3) from the P&G insert
Free after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Right Guard Total Defense 5 or Dry Idea Antiperspirant/Deodorant at $2.99, Get $2 Register Rewards
Buy 2 and use Buy One Get One Free coupon from the 5/1 RedPlum insert
$0.49 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Gillette Fusion Proglide at $9.89, Get $5 Register Rewards
Use $4/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
$0.89 after coupon and Register Rewards

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week over at Common Sense with Money.

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