My Memories Suite Giveaway!

Do like to scrapbook your photos?

Are you ready for a great giveaway?

I’m excited to share this wonderful scrapbooking software, My Memories Suite, with all my readers.  I have been playing around with it a little and it is lots of fun and so easy to use.  In the first 10 minutes, I created a cute little page.

My Memories Suite version 2 software is a
complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a powerful set of
creative tools and multiple sharing options that no other software can
offer. Its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features are
perfect for a beginner to build an entire album in minutes, or to
empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.

I’m sure I’ll get more creative with this as I learn the software better, and choose some great embellishment packs (there are tons to choose from).

Best of all…no cutting, gluing, making a mess.  I love scrapbooking, but getting all that stuff out and putting it up is why I haven’t done a page in so long.  Also, I don’t have many photos printed out. :-\

You can do so much with My Memories Suite.  Here’s a short video telling you all about it.

So, do you want to win a copy of the software?  Here’s how. (You must be a follower of Potentially Beautiful to win.)

1.  Go to My Memories Suite and look around.  Come back and tell me in a comment what your favorite digital paper pack or layout is.

2.  Go “like” My Memories Suite on Facebook and tell me you did so.

3.  Follow My Memories Suite on Twitter and tell me you did so.

4.  Visit the My Memories Suite Blog and become a follower, then come back here and let me know.

5.  Go “like” Potentially Beautiful on Facebook and/or follow me on Twitter.

A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, September 12 at 10:00 p.m.

Good luck!!! 

Oh, and bonus…If you can’t wait to win or don’t win, My Memories Suite is giving my readers a special coupon code to save $10 on the purchase of the software AND a $10 coupon to use in the store – a $20 value!  Just use this coupon code: STMMMS36378 to save!!  This coupon code can be used at any time and feel free to share it with your friends, and of course share Potentially Beautiful with them also.  I will have a button on my sidebar with the coupon code also for future use.

I was given a copy of the software to review and give away to a reader.  My opinion of the software is completely my own.



It’s my birthday, and you get the present!

Today is my birthday, and I’ve been thinking about what the last year has brought to me and what I want to accomplish in the next year.  This year has just flown by, can you believe there’s only 58 days until Christmas!!  Here’s a few things I have done this year and some pictures.

Moved to a new apartment.
Started a new financial life.
Started a blog.  What a great time I have had with this.  I’m excited to continue this adventure and love all my new bloggy friends!!
Refinished my first piece of furniture.
See post here
Went on my first vacation for a whole week…ever!
My three children in Tybee Island
L.O.V.E. Savannah
My boys and my great nephews and niece – she wanted to be in the picture too.
Became the coupon queen.  
Got all this for $1.23!
Discovered my love for spray paint and Goodwill.
See this post here.
Lantern post here.
And, a new to me car!

What’s a birthday without presents?  I’m giving away a vinyl Welcome from Uppercase Living just like this one in either black or white.  Put it on your front door or anywhere else you like. 

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow me, and leave me a comment that you are a follower.
  2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and let me know you did so.

I will randomly choose a winner on Friday!  Good luck and thanks for following me!


Free Stuff at Kroger!

If you don’t already know, Kroger is having a great sale that is continued from last week. 

With their Mega Event sale, you save $5 when you purchase 10 of the participating items.  See the list here.  You can also play to win FREE items by playing the Kick-Off game on the Kroger website.  I won a Free Fuze yesterday. 

This week, they are also having a great dairy sale. 

Using these two sales and some coupons, I was able to get lots of completely free stuff yesterday.  Here’s what I got: 

8 Philly Cream Cheese blocks $0.99 each with the Kick Off Sale
2 spreadable Philly Cream Cheese $0.99 each with the Kick Off Sale
4 Land o’ Lakes Spreadable Butter 10 for $10 ($1.00 each) – no you don’t have to buy 10 to get the price.
2 Idahoan Potatoes $0.98 each
1 Kroger Cheese Balls $1.00 (I got this because my total without it would have been negative before tax, and I wasn’t sure if that would be allowed.)

Coupons used:
(2) $5 off 5 Kraft items printable (Kraft also donates 5 meals to Feeding America when you use this coupon)
      Makes all the cream cheese FREE – actually you make 10 cents.
(4) Land o’ Lakes Spreadable Butter $1 printable  Makes them FREE – actually you make 8 cents
(2) Idohoan Potatoes $1 printable – makes them FREE – actually you make 2 cents
(1) Free Fuze I won on the Kick-Off Game – was loaded to my Kroger Plus Card

**Trick to printing multiple coupons from printables – after printing your first coupon hit the back button and it will print another.  Most of the time you can get it to print 2 coupons from each computer.

Before sale prices and coupons, total was $36.33
After coupons and sale prices, total was…………….


I saved 97% – would have been 100% but for the cheese balls. 

I’m set on cream cheese for a while and butter. 

Don’t you just love FREE!  Get to Kroger this week for some other great deals. Check out Southern Savers for all the great Kroger deals here.   I will be making another trip Friday or Saturday before this sale ends. 

Happy shopping!!

CVS, Walgreens, and Coupons, Oh My!

Looks like its going to be a great shopping week.

There are 4, yes 4, coupon inserts in the Sunday paper this week.  I usually pick up 2 papers at my local Dollar Tree for $1 each.  They are $1.75 at any other store, so I’m saving already.  Yay!  Why do I get 2?  For the coupons, duh!  If there is a great sale on something that I have a coupon for, I want to pick up more than one while its on sale.  This is why we have a stockpile of razors (I never pay more than $1 for good razors that are normally $9 each), toothpaste, soap, dish washing liquid, laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, etc.  For all the people claim that they don’t use coupons because there are never coupons for stuff they really use…you don’t use razors, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc.????  If you just use them for this stuff and buying when its on sale, you could be saving A LOT!!  I probably have enough of these things on hand to last for at least a few months.  I will do another post on how this all works soon, I promise.

Here is the weekly link to the CVS and Walgreens shopping lists to match up with your coupons.  Last week wasn’t that great, but looks like they have made up for it this week.

On the Southern Savers site, you can create your shopping list so easily and it lists all the coupon match-ups.  Here is my shopping list for CVS.  I just checked the items I wanted and then clicked on “Create Shopping List” at the bottom.  So easy!

Its also a new month, so all the printable coupon sites have reset and have added new coupons.  Be sure to check those out also.

Have a great shopping week!!

CVS Weekly Ad

My favorite coupon match-up blog Southern Savers puts together a weekly shopping list with all the ECB deals and what coupons to match up with the sales.  Hop on over and make your shopping list

Check out my post on How to CVS for details on how to shop CVS for all the great deals. 

Happy Saving!!!

How to CVS

Up until about 3 months ago, I rarely stepped foot in a CVS store unless I had a prescription to fill or it was the only store around and I really needed something.  Well, that hardly ever happened because I usually got my prescriptions at Kroger and there are plenty of other stores around.  Back then, I also would have never thought that anything at CVS would be cheaper than the “W” store (Wal-Mart).  So much has changed in the past few months.  I LOVE CVS!!!

 I’m sure there are many more of you out there that think the same way I did a few months ago.  Well, I’m going to show you how to love CVS for yourself.

Do you have a CVS Extra Care Card?  If you do, you are ready to go.  If not, just pick one up at your nearest CVS from the cashier or register for one online.  Its best to get one in store so you can start saving money right away.  If you already have a card or get one make sure you register your card online with your email address and they will email you an ECB (see below) coupon to get started.

 What is an ECB?  ECB stands for Extra Care Bucks = Free Money!  ECBs will be your best friend at CVS.  Unlike most grocery store loyalty cards, your Extra Care card will not save you on particular items, but you get rewards, ECBs, when you make certain purchases.  The ECBs will print out with your receipt for you to use on your next purchase.  The items that reward with ECBs are listed in the weekly sales flyer and on the tags in the store.

Use the Extra Care Kiosk.  When you walk into the store there will be a big red kiosk where you can scan your Extra Care card and print out extra CVS store coupons and ECBs.  More free money!!  Tip:  scan your card two or even 3 times and more ECBs will print out.  Kaching!

So how does this all work?  The easiest way for me to explain is to give you an example of a shopping trip to CVS.

First, I look at the CVS weekly ad and make a plan of what I need and what’s on sale and most importantly, what items will give me ECBs.  Also, I match my manufacturer coupons with the sale items to save even more.  You can stack manufacturer coupons with CVS coupons also.  (Stacking coupons is using a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon for one item.  For example, when you scanned your CVS card at the kiosk a store coupon printed for $1 off one Pantene hair care item.  You also have a coupon clipped from the newspaper insert for $1.00 off one Pantene product.  You can use both of these coupons on one Pantene item for a total of $2.00 off!)

So, here’s our shopping trip.

(2) Head and Shoulders family size shampoos on sale for $4.99 each
(1) Papermate 10 count pens on sale for $0.99 each
(2) Colgate Total Whitening toothpaste B1G1 free $2.99
(2) General Mills cereal B1G1 Free $4.79

Total before coupons and ECBs – $18.75
B1G1 Free manu coupon for Head & Shoulders ($4.79 max value) $4.79
(2) Colgate manu coupons $0.75 each – $1.50
Cereal manu coupon $1.00 off 2 – $1.00
$4 ECB that printed on the kiosk – $4
$4 off $20 purchase ECB I had from previous kiosk scan $4.00
$2 ECB from previous purchase – $2

Total out of pocket $1.46 plus tax!   You just saved 92%!

And…you got $2.00 and $.99 in ECBs to use on your next purchase.

Now you can see why I am in love with CVS.

Also, make sure you visit one of my favorite blogs Southern Savers  for more information on CVS and for a weekly list of all the great deals at CVS.  She also matches up the current coupons available with the sales for you, so all you have to do is make your shopping list from there.

Happy CVSing!!