Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review to come!

I am lucky enough to be able to do a review for the CSN website. With over 200 websites they have a variety of items like Home Office Furniture oh my! he he they also have many more items too, that are great.

While I am not going to tell you yet what I am going to do my review on specifically, you could probably bet a fair amount towards the kids section. That alone is a lot to choose from! 

Be on the look out for this review in the near future. Also become a follower, only followers get to win when I have a giveaway for the CSN store!

To be continued...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Purex Complete Crystal's Softener Review

I am a Purex Insider, I do receive complimentary samples from the Purex Brand but my opinions are definitely mine and mine alone!That said I received in the mail today a sample of Purex's new Complete Crystals Softener. I instantly stripped my sheets off the bed so that I could try it!

My daughter asked me why I was putting rocks into the washer, I explained to her that they were special rocks. You see the Complete Crystals softener is just that, little crystals that remind me of bath salts. I was nervous to add them to the wash once I opened the bottle, because my husband and I get frequent migraines and I already had the start of one. The smell of the Crystals was very strong, it smelled great but it was very powerful. I still added it because I wanted to know the end results. I am glad that I did, after the drying cycle I remade my bed and laid down to see about the fragrance. I was happy to discover that while I could smell the fragrance it was no longer over bearing. It was actually very calming to lay there and breathe in the scent. If I did not have 2 kids yelling for me to come back to reality I would have been relaxed enough to fall asleep.
Which, I am very excited for bed time tonight so that I can rest my head on my pillow that now smells oh so great!

Enough about me, here is some information about Purex Complete Crystals Softener that makes it even better. Traditional fabric softeners like Downy and Snuggle are oil-based, this means that they work by coating the fabric in oil. Well, that oil builds up and this allows dirt and debris to stick to our fabrics. Who wants to dry off after a shower only to spread dirt on themselves? Purex Crystals is 92% natural and it is NOT oil-based. The Crystals penetrate the fabrics and gets infused with the fibers leaving your sheets, clothes, etc smelling fresh for weeks, not days.

Kids sleepwear must meet Flame-retardent standards, listed by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Purex Complete Crystals Softener is the first major fabric softener that is 100% safe to use on kids sleepwear, as it will not impair the flame-retardant qualities.

Back to the fact that it is not oil-based this also means that you will not get the build up on your towels that often causes the towel to stop being absorbent. Your work out clothes that draw the mouisture away from the body can stop working with oil-based softeners. Purex Complete Crystals does not have this effect on fabrics, so your active and athletic wear will stay the way it is suppose to.

I highly recommend trying this product. I was skeptical at first because of the strong smell, but like I said after the complete laundry cycle was finished it was very pleasnt. It is also very conveniet in that you can throw it in right when you put in your detergent, you don't have to wait till mid cycle.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Sunday/Monday I will be marking where I got my coupons, such as Red Plum (RP) Smart Source (SS) Procter & Gamble (P&G) Also which paper, Pioneer Press or Star Tribune. I will also let you know if it is a printable coupon and where I located it.

 I will delete all the weekly deals on Friday/Saturday, as the deals are good Sunday-Saturday. That will make it easier so there is not a pile up of old deals to go through. 

If you would like to share a deal that you have found, or if you would like to tell me about a great shopping trip, PLEASE email me! I want to hear from you!
Please become a follower!Only followers (money saver) can win giveaways!

Thank you all so much and please spread the word about this site! I am having a lot of fun putting the deals/coupons together. Also email me if you have another store you shop at that you would like me to find deals for!

Happy Savings,

Monday, February 14, 2011


I participate in a variety of rewards programs. If I am already buying the items or searching the internet, why not get rewarded for it? Here is a list of the places I get rewards from!

Search & Win

You can earn "swag" bucks for using their search engine. Also every few searches you win more points. If you print coupons through them, you get 10 swagbucks for every coupon redeemed.
You can save up your swag bucks and than use them to purchase numerous things in their store.

Baby Bucks
Baby bucks is a great program for parents through Family Fresh. Make any baby related purchase at Family Fresh Market and you will receive a Baby Bucks slip at check out. Save $150 baby bucks and get a $10 Family Fresh gift card.

Register Rewards
At Walgreen's on advertised items you can collect Register Rewards. At check out you will receive a slip that has your earned dollar amount, that you can use on your next visit.

My Coke Rewards
If you are like me and drink Coke all day long, or any other beverage made by Coke than you can be earning points. There are codes on qualifying items, enter them and start earning rewards. (The website has a list of all qualifying drinks)


On Pampers wipes and diaper packages, there are codes. Enter those codes at their Gifts to Grow website and you can either donate your points to charity or you can collect the points for yourself. They have a list of rewards, including some valuable coupons!

This program is like Pampers, collect codes from diapers and wipes. Enter your codes to be redeemed towards rewards, or donate to charity!

Recycle bank
 I just started this one! It teaches you about how to live life a little more "green". I earned 140 points quickly in just doing things on their site. I was able to cash in 115 of those for a 1 year magazine subscription!!  Plus you can learn other ways to earn points from things you already buy!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Where to get online coupons

These are different sites that I use to get coupons. It is nice and easy, all you do is click and print.

Our Family Brand Coupons

There are many other sites but these are the main sites to get printable coupons. The majority of the other sites will have coupons listed and they link back to one of these sites.
You will need to download the coupon software the first time you try to print coupons, it only takes a few minutes! 

Also the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune have sunday inserts. These are great coupons and they are not always online. I think it is worth buying both newspapers since you will be making your investment back within a couple coupons! (they do have slighty different coupons in each newspaper Star Tribune has more) Watch the mail! Family Fresh and County Market send out coupon books every few months that offer HUGE savings.Also Smart Source and Redplum send out a coupon in the mail.

Where to get weekly sales

Here is a list of places that you can check on-line to see their weekly ads, so that you can plan ahead! 

What do all the codes mean?

Sunday inserts: Pioneer Press/Star Tribune
P & G = Procter & Gamble
RP = Red Plum
SS = Smart Source

Coupon abbreviations:
$1/1, $1/2 = $1 off 1 item, $1 off 2 items, etc.
B1G1 = Buy 1 get 1 free
B2G1 = Buy 2 get 1 free
DND = Do not Double
MIR = Mail in Rebate
WYB = When you buy
RR = Walgreen's register rewards 

Learn the Basics!

Learn the 15 days of couponing at Bargain Briana's! This will help you get familiar with coupons and terminology and the basics of how it all works. Don't worry it is ok to be confused and still have questions after, its a lot to learn! 
At least I make it easier and tell you exactly what you need:) If you still have questions you can email me anytime!