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SampleSource is back with more samples again! Log into your account (or sign up for a new account) and take a quick survey to get your sample offers.

I was offered the following samples:

  • Breathe Right Extra® Clear Nasal Strips
  • Garnier Fructis Full & Plush
  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Brazilian Smooth
  • Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola
  • Nature’s Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies
  • Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White
  • Truvía® Natural Sweetener
  • Seventh Generation Free & Clear Wipes

Let us know what samples you get!

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

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We Paid Cash: A Delivery and One Week in the Hospital

We paid cash!A testimony from Reelika

Having a baby is always a miracle and a real blessing for entire family. But with all this excitement, huge lists of medical and delivery expenses come, as well.

I was in a hospital already three days before my son was born. I always knew I wanted to have a private family room and not to share the room with three other women and their babies — yes, this is how it is here in Northern Europe. The shared room is covered by health insurance, but the private one is not.

I never knew I’d have to stay in a hospital that long. But due to an emergency c-section it totaled up to a week and the cost of a room was calculated based on the number of days I stayed there.

The total cost of staying one week in a delivery room was almost my full monthly salary. But I paid it fully in cash!

Here is how I did it:

  • I set my mindset earlier that a new life should not start with a debt.
  • I did my homework and found out the potential expenses of a delivery room. I estimated the stay in a hospital up to five days.
  • Once I found out about my pregnancy, I created myself a weekly savings plan for the delivery room.
  • I learned to say “no” to many invitations that would have cost me too much money.
  • I prioritized and focused on things that matter the most.
  • I opened another savings account specifically for the baby and delivery costs. I had a portion of my money automatically transferred from the checking account to the savings each time I got paid.
  • I took advantage of reading many educational books about finances and business as I also majored in.
  • I made some extra income with freelance consulting.
  • I decided to increase my emergency fund. I also went through my closets and sold any clothes I didn’t need anymore.
  • I got used to the new lifestyle of living below my means.

Although I had saved a lot, the delivery room still cost more than I estimated. But since I stayed in a hospital longer due to the emergency c-section, I treated the situation as an emergency as well.

I decided to pull 15% of the delivery costs from my emergency fund and pay the remaining 85% with my savings. Just like that, my delivery and one-week stay at the hospital were paid off with cash!

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Reelika is a working mom, entrepreneur, Christian, philanthropist at heart, financial management lover, travel enthusiast, and baking fanatic. She blogs at Financially Wise On Heels about personal finance and entrepreneurship.

Have you saved up and paid cash for something — large or small? Submit your story for possible publication here.

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Target: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara for $0.66 after coupons & gift card

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There’s a great deal on Maybelline Mascara at Target this week. When you buy 3, you’ll earn a $5 Target gift card. Here’s how to pair that deal with coupons to get an even better deal:

Buy 3 tubes of Maybelline Great Lash Mascara at $3.99 each
Use 2 $2/1 off any Maybelline New York Mascara
Plus, use 1 $1/1 Maybelline New York Product @Target (MQ) printable
Spend $6.97 + tax out of pocket, Get a $5 Target Gift Card
$0.66 each after coupons and gift card

Thanks, Clip Your Cash!

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Target: Deals for the week of April 26-May 2, 2015

Here are some of the best deals at Target this week, with thanks to Marcy from Stretching a Buck for her help in compiling them:

Save $5/$15 Food or Beverage purchase Target coupon here

Campbell’s V8 Splash, 64 oz – $1.99
Limit 2; Valid through 5/9
Excludes: V8 Protein and V8 Infused Water
Use $1/1 printable
Stack with 20% OFF Cartwheel.com
$0.59 each after coupons

Seventh Generation Dish Soap – $2.99
Use $1/1 Target Mobile coupon (text OFFERS to 827438)
Use 5% off Cartwheel.com
And use $1/1 printable
$0.89 after coupons (Thanks, For the Mommas!)

Huggies Pull Ups – $7.99-$8.99
Use $2/1 Target printable
And use 5% off Cartwheel
And use $2/1 printable
$3.69 after coupons (Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!)

Skippy Peanut Butter, 15 – 16.3 oz – $2.34
Use $0.55/1 printable
$1.79 each after coupon

Method Foaming Hand Wash, 10 oz – $2.67 
Use $1/1 Shopmium Rebate
$1.67 each after rebate

Garnier Fructis Treatments, Shampoo or Conditioner – $2.78
Get a $5 Target Gift Card wyb 4 participating Garnier Products
Use $2/2 coupon from the 4/12 SmartSource insert
$0.53 each after coupons and with gift card (Thanks, Clip Your Cash!)

Get a $5 Target Gift Card wyb 4 Participating Oral Care items:

Colgate Total Mouthwash, 33.8 oz – $4.99 each
Valid through 5/16
Use 5% OFF Cartwheel.com
Plus use $2/1 coupon from the 4/12 SmartSource insert
$1.74 each after coupons and with gift card

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, 2 pk – $4.99 each
Valid through 5/16
Use $2/1 coupon from the 4/12 SmartSource insert
Plus use 5% OFF Cartwheel coupon
$1.49 each after coupons and with gift card

Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste, 2 pk – $4.99 each
Valid through 5/16
Use $0.75/1 printable
Or use $2/1 coupon from the 4/12 SmartSource insert
$1.74 each after coupons and with gift card

See the full list of deals at Target this week here.

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Free Hamilton-Beach Programmable Slow Cooker (after rebate)

Free Programmable Slow Cooker after rebate

Top Cash Back is offering a $26 rebate on the Hamilton Beach Ensemble Programmable 5-Quart Slow Cooker right now — which will make it completely free after rebate. This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

Here’s how to get the $26 rebate:

1. Sign up for a new Top Cash Back account here.

2. Head here for the special KMart offer page and click through to Kmart to purchase.

Free Programmable Slow Cooker after rebate

3. Order a Hamilton Beach Ensemble Programmable 5-Quart Slow Cooker originally priced at $36.99 but to $24. Choose in-store pickup and shipping will be free. Very important note: Do not order anything else or the deal will not be valid.

4. Within 14 days of picking up your Slow Cooker from KMart, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $26 — enough to cover the slow cooker purchase plus an applicable tax.

5. After you receive the $26 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your savings account or request a Paypal payment.

This offer is only valid through April 28, 2015 — or while supplies last.

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