Friday, October 16, 2009

Nature Valley Nut Clusters Snack Pack Winner!

Thank you to all of you who entered the Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters "Snack Pack" prize giveaway sponsored by MyBlogSpark. Without further ado, I used to select the winner for this great prize! And the winner is...

Comment #2...

amanda said...

i follow your blog

Congratulations Amanda! I will be emailing you shortly! Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters Review & Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, MyBlogSpark sent me a Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters "Snack Pack" prize pack that included all four (4) varieties of the Granola Nut Clusters along with a sling backpack, stainless steel water bottle, flashlight and binoculars! The 4 varieties of Granola Nut Clusters included: Nut Lovers, Roasted Almond, Roasted Cashew and Honey Roasted Peanut.

My personal favorite flavor would have to be the Honey Roasted Peanut. Anything peanut/peanut buttery has my vote! But honestly... they really were all delicious!

I really liked how the Granola Nut Clusters packages were resealable. I didn't have to worry about going through one bag at a time so they wouldn't go stale on me. I was able to sample from each bag without waiting to finish a whole flavor before moving onto the next!

I highly recommend Granola Nut Clusters!

MyBlogSpark has also generously offered to provide one additional prize pack to give away to one of my readers!

Again, this Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters "Snack Pack" prize pack that includes:

* All four (4) varieties of the Granola Nut Clusters
* A sling backpack
* A stainless steel water bottle
* A flashlight
* A binoculars

Here's how to enter: (Mandatory comment must be done before extra entries-each bullet is worth 1 entry! Please leave separate comments for each qualifying entry)

* Mandatory Comment: What are your favorite elements of nature?
* Follow my blog
* Follow me on Twitter (AshsAllowance) Please comment with Twitter name
* Tweet my giveaway and comment with the direct link
* Grab my button and leave button location in comment
* Blog about this giveaway and leave link to your post

This giveaway will end on October 16, 2009 at 7:59am EST. Winner will be notified via email shortly thereafter. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Please email me with any questions. Good Luck!
All giveaways are subject to US readers only unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Weekly Shopping: Stop & Shop, CVS, Walgreens

Today I made my stops at CVS, Walgreens, and Stop & Shop, here is how I did!


Transaction 1
  • 4 Sauve Hair Products (Shampoo & Conditioner + (2) 2 in 1): $8.00
I used 2 $1.00 Coupons and then received $2.00 in ECB, so final cost was $6.00 OOP

Transaction 2
  • (1) Hershey Kisses: 2/$5.00
  • (1) Colgate Total Toothpaste: $2.99 + $2.00 ECB
  • (2) Jack Links Chicken Nuggets: $5.99 + bogo
I used 3 coupons ($1.oo off hershey kisses, $1.00 off Colgate, FREE jack links), I also used the $2.00 ECB from Transaction 1. OOP for this transaction is $2.29!

Transaction 3
  • 4 Lean Cuisines: 2/$5.00
I used 1 coupon for $2.00 off 3 lean cuisines and I used the $2.00 ECB from Transaction 2. My OOP for this transaction was $6.01.

All in all I spent about $14.3o OOP and saved about $33.49 between sales, coupons, and ECB at CVS!


Transaction 1
  • 2 Irish Spring 8-pack Soap Bars: 2/$8.00 +$4.00 RR
  • 3 Kleenex tissues: $0.89 each
I used a coupon for $0.50 off 3 kleenex and I used a Walgreens coupon for $3.00 off $10.o0. My OOP for this transaction was $7.71.

Transaction 2
  • (1) 4pack of Venus Vibrance razors: $12.99
I used another Walgreens Coupon for $3.00 off $10.00 and I used the $4.00 RR from transaction one. My OOP this time was about $6.00.
My total Walgreens Total was about $14.00 OOP and I saved about $12.00 or so

Stop & Shop

My total this week at Stop & Shop Before Savings was $68.64
My total S&S card savings was $14.94
My total Coupon Savings was $9.84
My gift card total was $10.00 (from MyBlogSpark & General Mills)
My total savings was about $34.78 or 50%!

My OOP total after all savings and Gift card was $34.95 for this weekly shop!

How did you do on your weekly shopping this week?

Saturday, September 5, 2009


I just went through ALL of my coupons in order to organize them and to really see what I have. I have decided to giveaway all of the baby/child oriented coupons that I had in my stash! I do not have any children of my own nor do I know anyone with a baby/small child at this time.

So here is what you will get:

(9) Coupons Expiring @ end of September: (For a Total Savings of $16.00)
  • (1) $2.00 off any 1 jumbo package or larger of GoodNites Boxers
  • (2) $2.00 off any 1 Pull-Ups Training Pants (jumbo pack or larger)
  • (2) $2.00 off any 2 Pull-Ups Flushable Moist Wipes
  • (1) $1.00 off any 1 jumbo package or larger of GoodNites Underpants
  • (1) $2.00 off on any Pampers UnderJams Night Wear
  • (1) $2.00 off on any Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, Swaddlers Cruisers, or Extra Protection Diapers
  • (1) $1.00 off on any Pampers Diapers or Pants
(14) Coupons Expiring in October: (For a Total Savings of $24.00)
  • (2) $3.00 off on any One 4-pack of Nutripals
  • (3) $1.oo off on any 1 Danimals product
  • (2) $1.00 off when you buy 3 Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, or Fruit Roll ups fruit stickerz fruit flavored snacks
  • (1) $2.00 off Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers (Target Coupon)
  • (1) $2.00 off Pampers Cruisers Premium Absorbency Diapers (Target Coupon)
  • (2) $1.00 off on any 2 Yoplait Go-GURT or Trix Multipack yogurt
  • (2) $1.00 off on any 2 boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • (1) $5.00 off an animal priced at $10 or more.
(5) Coupons Expiring in November: (For a Total Savings of $7.00)
  • (1) $1.00 off any 2 Kid Cuisines
  • (2) $1.00 off on any Children's Benadryl
  • (2) $2.00 off on any Children's Zyrtec
(10) Coupons Expiring in December: (For a Total Savings of up to $27.86)
  • (1) $3.00 off on any 2 Flushable Moist Wipes
  • (2) Buy any 1 Beech-Nut Lets Grow Product, get one FREE
  • (2) Try Any Beech-Nut Stage 3 Homestyle Fruit FREE
  • (2) $2.oo off any 16 Beech-Nut Stage 2 Jars
  • (2) Buy one get one FREE on Listerin Agent Cool Blue or Smart Rinse
  • (1) $3.00 off on any 1 Boost Kid Essentials Nutritionally Complete Drink Multi-Pack

**Bonus** Included in this giveaway, I am also sending you 12 Coupons for Chuck E. Cheese's!!

How to Enter: Please leave 1 comment for EACH entry you qualify for!
  • Become a Follower of my blog, or comment saying you already are!
  • Blog about this giveaway (leave link in comments)
  • Grab my button (leave link in comments)
  • Follow me on Twitter (AshsAllowance) Leave Twitter name in comment
  • Tweet about this giveaway (leave link in comments)
  • Email this giveaway to a friend (be sure to CC *one entry per friend emailed. Please leave separate comments for each!*
  • Add Ashleys Allowance on Facebook (leave Facebook name in comments)
This Giveaway will end on Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 11:59 pm
Please email me with any questions!

No Sunday Coupons

I am happy that several fellow bloggers have posted about there being no Sunday coupons in the paper this week! It is honestly the only reason I buy the Sunday paper...I typically read the paper either online or borrow a friends. I would have totally forgot there wouldn't be coupons due to the Labor Day Holiday! Thanks for reminding me! So I am passing the message onto you, my readers: NO COUPONS in the 9/6 newspaper!


Thank you to those of you who entered the $10 Stop & Shop gift card giveaway hosted by MyBlogSpark & General Mills! I used the random number generator over at to select the winner... and the winner is...
Comment #1...
Jennifer said...

I could save about $30.

Congratulations Jennifer! I will be emailing you shortly! Please respond by 11:00pm EST on Sunday night (9/6) or another winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Stop & Shop Back-to-School Savings Event & Giveaway!

Great News! My BlogSpark has informed me that Stop & Shop is having a Back-to-School Savings Event in stores September 4-10!

Here is how it works:
General Mills and Stop & Shop are teaming up to give families a great way to stock up and save, as they gear up for back to school. Here’s why shoppers should shop at Stop & Shop’s big Back to School Event.

1. Great sale pricing on the participating General Mills brands:
Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Reeses Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp Sprinkles, Cookie Crisp, Fruit Snacks, Old El Paso Dinner Kits, Pillsbury Strudel, Pillsbury Scrambles, Green Giant Boxed Vegetables, Yoplait Yo-Plus Multi-Pack, Fiber One Yogurt Multi-Pack, Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookies, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Pillsbury Sweet Rolls and Yoplait Delights

2. Additional savings for you or your school, depending on which Stop & Shop location you shop
If your Stop & Shop store sells gas

* Buy four (4) participating General Mills items and you’ll automatically earn 100 points on your Stop & Shop card

* For every 100 points earned, you'll save 10¢ per gallon of gas (Please note: Total discount cannot exceed price per gallon)

* Just swipe your Stop & Shop Card at the pump to redeem your Gas Rewards

If your Stop & Shop store doesn’t sell gas

* For those Stop & Shop locations without gas stations, don’t worry – you’re not left out of the savings – if you buy five (5) participating General Mills products, you will receive 20 Bonus Box Tops for your school.

The Giveaway: MyBlogSpark is generously offering One (1) of my loyal readers a $10 Stop & Shop gift card to help save even more at their next trip to Stop & Shop!

How To Enter: Please leave ONE comment for each entry you qualify for and include your email address in each comment so I can contact you if you are the winner!

*Mandatory Comment/Entry*: How much do you think you can save on your next trip t0 Stop & Shop?
* Become a Follower and/or comment saying you already are.
* Follow me on Twitter (AshsAllowance) and be sure to leave your Twitter name in comment
* Tweet this Giveaway and leave link to tweet in comment.
* Grab My Button and/or comment letting me know you have it. Please leave link to button location.
* Blog about this giveaway and leave link in comment to post.

This giveaway will end on Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 11:59 EST in efforts to try to get the winner their gift card in time to take advantage of the Back-to-School Savings Event at their local Stop & Shop! Please let me know if you have any questions! Good luck!

This giveaway has been brought to you by MyBlogSpark and General Mills.

Friday, August 28, 2009

And The Winners Are...

Thank you to those who entered my most recent Plum Island Soap Co. Giveaway! (2) of my loyal readers will each be receiving:
  • (1) Plum Island Soap Co. Grapefruit Hand Butter
  • (1) Plum Island Soap Co. Grapefruit Body Butter

Comment # 4...

JP said...

I follow you on Twitter (@denimdebutante)


Comment # 7...

Leslie said...

I blogged!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I'm Baaaaack...With a Giveaway!!

Woah! Where has the time gone?! My last post was also an apology and that was 2 weeks ago! OOPS!

But...I am back now. I promise! For my lack of posting in the past 2 weeks, I have for you....a GIVEAWAY!

The Giveaway: (2) Yes, (2) of my lucky readers will each receive:
  • (1) Plum Island Soap Co. Grapefruit hand butter
  • (1) Plum Island Soap Co. Grapefruit body butter
How To Enter: Each bullet is worth (1) entry. For each entry to qualify, please leave a separate comment for each. Please include an email address in each comment so I am able to contact you if you are the winner!
  • Follow my blog (or comment that you already do)
  • Follow me on Twitter (please include your twitter name in the comment)
  • Tweet this giveaway (leave link in comment) *Tweet this giveaway once a day!*
  • Email 5 people about this giveaway (cc the email to me: & comment saying you did so)
  • Blog about this giveaway (leave link to post in comment)
  • Grab my button (or just comment saying you already have it
This giveaway will end on Friday, September 28th, at 7:59 am EST & winners will be announced shortly thereafter. Winners will have 48 hours to claim giveaway or another will be chosen. Please let me know if you have any questions! Good luck!
Please Note: This giveaway has been paid for out of my own pocket, it is not hosted by Plum Island Soap Co.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Please Excuse My Disappearance

What a slacker I am! I know, I know! I said I would be posting again...and then I disappeared! I unfortunately had some car trouble this past week and ended up spending all of my extra energy on focusing on that! Also, I have been working on trying to line up a few extra "side" jobs, so please bear with me. I may break a promise or two here depending on my schedule. Well anyways, let's get back to the blogging.....


I went to CVS this afternoon after work and picked up a 4 pack of Sharpie Highlighters. I used a $1 off coupon (online coupon-I apologize, I do not recall where I found it!) and the product was on sale for $0.99. So I paid tax only out of pocket for a grand total of $0.07 or 100% savings!

That way my big purchase for the day. Nothing else really caught my eye in this weeks flyer, but who knows, I may stop back in. I do still have a $0.99 ECB that I have yet to use!

Stop & Shop

We actually skipped the food shopping this past week. We had plenty at home to use up and our work schedules have been a bit nutty lately so we haven't been cooking as much. We do plan on doing a Stop & Shop grocery shop later this week, I'm thinking we will last till at least Thursday. I will let you know how I do when I do! If you have already done your weekly shop please do share your sales and good finds!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

50 Calorie Fiber One Yogurt: Coupon


MyBlogSpark has offered a coupon to share with you for $1.00 off new 50 calorie Fiber One yogurt. Be sure to print your coupon while it is still available!

Don't miss out on my post below for more Fiber One coupons!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Some Coupons and Samples For You!

Just wanted to share a few samples and coupons with you! You will find the links below. I'll be back to post some more tomorrow... including a new giveaway! So be sure to check back!
Honey Nut Cherrios Sample and Coupon

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Giveaway #1 WINNER!

Giveaway #1 WINNER!

Thank you to all of you who entered my giveaway! This was the very first Giveaway I posted here on Ashley's Allowance, and I think the turnout was great!

I took all the eligible entries from the google form and transfered them into Excel. I then randomized the order, and then used to select the winning number....

The Winning number was... #13...or.... Nic from Going Fresh!

Nic, I will be emailing you shortly. You have 48 hours to claim this giveaway or a new winner will be selected!

Again, thank you to all of you who participated. Didn't win this giveaway? Not to worry, I've got plenty on the way!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Another Visit to CVS This Week

This afternoon I decided to take another stroll through CVS. Some of the items that were out of stock yesterday have been replenished. Some...but not all. Here is what I got this time around:

Transaction 1
(1)CVS 15 pack erasers $0.99 get $0.99 in ECB
-$1.00 in ECB from yesterday
=$0.07 OOP (tax only)

Transaction 2
(1) CVS index card holder $0.99 get $0.99 in ECB
-$0.99 in ECB from transaction 1
=$0.07 OOP (tax only)

Transaction 3
(1) 100ct CVS push pins $0.99 get $0.99 in ECB
-$0.99 in ECB from transaction 2
=$0.07 OOP (tax only)

Transaction 4
(1) CVS index card holder $0.99 get $0.99 in ECB
-$0.99 in ECB from transaction 3
=$0.07 OOP (tax only)

Overall I only spent $0.28
...which was tax only!

Monday, July 27, 2009

My CVS Trip: How I saved 94%

This morning I hit up my local CVS to take part in the 3 day sale. I didn't really make out as well as I should have...many of the 3 day sale items were already sold out so I just got what I could and worked around it. I still did pretty good though. Here is what I got in 6 transactions:

Transaction 1:
(1) CVS Tampons (10 ct) $1.89 + get $1.89 in ECB
-$1.00 ECB from previous CVS trip
=$0.95 OOP (including tax)

Transaction 2:
(1) 4 oz. Colgate Advanced toothpaste $2.88 + get $2.00 in ECB
-$1.00 Manufactures Coupon
-$1.89 ECB from Transaction 1
=$0.07 OOP paid tax ONLY

Transaction 3
(2) CVS Compostion Books (100 sheets) $0.99 x2= $1.98 + get 99 cents in ECB for each!
-$2.oo ECB from transaction 2
=$0.12 OOP paid tax ONLY

Transaction 4
(3) Kashi food products 3/$10.00 + get $5.00 in ECB
-$1.50 (x3) manufactures coupons
(1) CVS cough drops (10ct) $0.50
-$1.98 ECB from Transaction 3
-$4.00 ECB from a previous CVS trip
=$0.08 OOP paid Tax ONLY

Transaction 5
(1) Twix Candy Bar $0.67 (used FREE coupon)
(1) Snack Pack Snickers bars $1.00
(1) Hawaiin Punch Singles 8 ct $0.49
(2) Aussie Hair Care Products (Shampoo + Conditioner $2.99 each + get $1.00 ECB
-$2.00 Manufacturers coupon
-$5.00 ECB from transaction 4
=$0.35 OOP (inlcuding tax)

Transaction 6
(1) 12pk Lipton Iced Tea 16.9oz bottles $5.99 + Get $1.00 ECB
-$1.00 ECB from Transaction 5
-$5.00 ECB from previous CVS trip
=$0.42 OOP (including tax)

In total I spent only $1.99 (including tax)

All in all, I would have spent about $31.40 all together If I used sales only (no ECB or coupons).
So I saved $29.41 OR about 94%

And, I still have $1.00 ECB to save for next week!

Giveaway Winner: Plum Island Soap Co.

Thank you to all of you who entered my Plum Island Soap Co. Giveaway! I used to select the winning comment number. Please be aware that comments are verified before a name is announced.

And the winner is.... Comment # 11...amanda said...

I entered your Sascha sews giveaway
oheeyore at hotmail dot com

Congratulations Amanda! I will be contacting you via email shortly, you will have 48 hours to claim this giveaway or another winner will be selected!

If you didn't win this time, don't worry! I have plenty more coming!

Also, there is still time to enter Giveaway #1 HERE!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

SashaSews Coffee Cozie WINNER!

I used to select the winner for the Coffee Cozies generously offered by SashaSews!

The winner of the (2) coffee cozies is... Comment # 10...
"Minishoes1 follows sasha's blog entry 2"

Congratulations Minishoes1! I will be emailing you shortly, you have 48 hours to claim this giveaway or a new winner will be selected.

Just a reminder, my Plum Island Soap Co. giveaway ends tomorrow (Sunday, July 26th)!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ashley's Allowance Makeover Madness

I am looking to revamp Living on Ashley's Allowance! I am looking to create a more user friendly, more organized blog. I am not all to computer savvy, so I am turning to you for help! For instance, I would love to create a relevant banner for Living on Ashley's Allowance (to include my button). I would also love to have tabs at the top or side of my page to redirect traffic, questions, and information in a more organized manner. I feel like a lot of valuable space is being wasted with the template I have now.

Can you, or someone you know- help me out? Any little bit of information would be ever so greatly appreciated! In fact, in return I would be happy to advertise, promote, or feature you (your blog or company) here on Living on Ashley's Allowance. In some circumstances, it would also be my pleasure to advertise you (your blog or company) on my blog with a LIFETIME advertisement!

I would also consider paying the right person for there time and efforts.

Interested in the slightest?

Please leave me a comment here or email me at and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible! Thanks!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Extra Giveaway Entries!

I will scratch your back, if you can scratch mine!

Here is my proposal:

I have entered my little pup, Lyla, into the DoggieVogue July Photo Contest! All you have to do to vote for my Chihuahua, Lyla, is scroll through the list on DoggieVogue to find my name (Lyla will be in the parenthesis by my name). You may vote once per day. Each day you vote for Lyla come back to this post and leave me a comment saying you did so. For each time you vote and comment, you will receive an extra entry to Giveaway #1 (ends 7/31)! If the winner selected was a voter/commenter in Lyla's Photo Contest you will receive a special gift along with Giveaway #1!!

Thank you for your support!

Wild Wednesday: Weekly Stop & Shop Grocery Shop

This morning we went grocery shopping at Stop & Shop like usual. We kept our grocery bill rather low this week since we had stocked up on meat the week prior. We only used (4) coupons including:
  • Cheerios: $0.55 off (1) box (on sale for $2.22 before coupon) Doubled*
  • Eddys Ice Cream: $0.75 off (1) half gallon (on sale for $2.50 before coupon)
  • BC Suddenly Salad: $1.00 of (2) boxes (on sale for 2/$3 before coupon)
  • E.L. Fudge cookies: $1.00 of (2) packages (on sale for $2.99 ea. before coupon)
Coupon Total: $3.30 off total purchase

Our Total Before Savings: $60.06
Our Total Savings (including coupons): $19.62 or 34%
Total After Savings: $40.83

Online Shopping With

Why bother wasting gas by going to the mall when you can find savings and better deals shopping online?! When I was house-bound with my broken foot for 3 months I began to dabble into the world of online shopping. I found that a lot of retail stores now have online shops where you can find online specials and sales that are not available in-store. Many of my favorite stores such as: Victoria Secret, American Eagle, The Body Shop, Walmart, and Target are all available online now! When you are at the checkout at many of these online shops (including all those I have listed) allow you to submit a promotional code/coupon code for additional savings. These codes can be for anything from free products- to 20% off- to a specific dollar amount off your purchase- to FREE shipping! Some of the online shops will allow you to use more than one coupon code and/or in conjunction with other in hand coupons that you can enter in online to boost your savings even more!

Where do you find these promotional coupon codes you ask?

Give a try!

CouponChief's website is user friendly, has just about any store you can think of, and is loaded with user contributed coupons. is FREE to join and offers the opportunity for you to make some money as well!

CouponChief has a Pays-2-Share program. Once you sign up for Pays-2-Share, you can upload coupons and make money when someone uses your code! CouponChief will give you 2% of those sales via check or Paypal, you decide!

Still not sure how it works? CouponChief has a Video Tutorial that will teach you everything you need to know!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Calling All Feature Friday Featurees!

I have received several comments about being featured on my blog for Feature Friday. I thank you all for your support! I have contacted those of you with visible email addresses. If you have not yet heard back from me and would like to be featured please email me at: OR leave me a comment on this post including your email address. If possible, please let me know what it is you would like to be featured in regards to. I will answer and post Features in the order I receive them.

Thank you so much!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Money Monday: CircutCity's $1000 a Day For 100 Days

(1) Winner EACH day will win a $1000 shopping spree at!
This sweepstakes began on June 15th, 2009 and will close on September 21st, 2009.
You may enter once a day, every day!
Please visit the website for official rules.
Here is a list of the winners as of today!
Good Luck!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Plum Island Soap Company Giveaway!


I am a huge fan of the Plum Island Soap Company!

Plum Island Soap Co. has quite the selection of all natural body butters, hand butter, lip balm, baby products, body oils, shower gels, soaps, and more!

Here is a little snippet about Plum Island (as directly quoted) from the Plum Island Soap Company's Website:

"The Plum Island Soap Co. offers a full line of naturally scented soaps and more than 20 different skin care products for bath, beauty & baby. It's products are made from only vegetable-based ingredients, herbs, pure essential oils & minerals."


For (1) of my lucky readers I have for you:

  • (1) bottle of Plum Island Soap Co. Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel (ARV $11.00)
  • (1) jar of Plum Island Soap Co. Pink Grapefruit Body Butter (ARV $17.00)
This Plum Island Soap Co. giveaway has a total ARV of $28.00!

How to Enter (be sure to leave a comment for each entry you qualify for that includes your email address):

There are at least 7 different ways to win! Each bullet is worth ONE entry.
  • Follow Ashley's Allowance Blog
  • Follow AshsAllowance on Twitter
  • Tweet about this giveaway (This may be done once a day for additional entries. please leave a comment for each and please include the link for it to count)
  • Fan Ashleys Allowance on Facebook
  • Blog about this giveaway (please leave the link in your comment)
  • Grab the Ashley's Allowance button
  • Enter one of my other giveaways (please include giveaway name in comment)
This giveaway will close on Sunday, July 26th at 11:59pm EST and a winner will be selected and announced sometime on Monday July 27th.
Please let me know if you have any questions! Good luck!!!

Please Note: This giveaway is not being hosted by Plum Island Soap Co. This giveaway is brought to you by my own pocket. I love their products & wanted to share them with you!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Feature Friday Failure

I once again missed posting a Feature Friday this week. My work schedule has been flipped around a bit and I just simply ran out of time. I promise to have a post up for next Friday! I do have a few people lined up, I am just slacking at pulling together the final product.

If you (or someone you know) is interested in appearing on Feature Friday, please let me know!

PhotoAmato Giveaway Winner!

I used to randomly select the winning entry to the PhotoAmato Photo Giveaway! And the winner is...

#1. Amanda from Amanda's Amusings who said:
"I like the Japanese Tea Garden!"

Congratulations Amanda! I will be emailing you shortly, please respond with your contact information within 48 hours (which I will pass on to PhotoAmato) or a new winner will be chosen.

And a special thanks to PhotoAmato for offering my readers a chance at this giveaway!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Giveaway Ending Today!

Just a reminder that the PhotoAmato Giveaway that I am hosting is ending TODAY (Friday) at 11:59pm EST.

If you have not entered yet, what are you waiting for?! ENTER HERE! It is quick and easy!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Search & Win
I am new to Swagbucks. I have heard so many good things about it that I finally decided to give it a go! On Swagbucks you can earn by searching, shopping, trade-ins, inviting friends, and promoting! You can easily add a Swagbucks toolbar for easy searching and earning! Swagbucks works with google, so instead of going to google to search...go to swagbucks!

Also, you can earn swagbucks by paying close attention to the swagbucks blog and twitter feed for codes and/or contests!

The Swagbucks homepage is really helpful, it's pretty self check it out! Signing up is easy and FREE!

Wild Wednesday: Weekly Stop & Shop Grocery Shop

This afternoon when I got out of work we went grocery shopping. I feel like we didn't do as well as we could have. Although, I only had 5 coupons to use (all printable coupons actually). My coupons were:
  • (2) $0.50 off 1 Nature Valley Dark Chocolate & Nut granola bars
  • (2) $0.40 off 1 box Nature Valley Any Variety granola bars
  • $1.00 off 1 bag New England Coffee
So, my coupons only saved me $2.80, but thats better than nothing I suppose. Stop & Shop had a promo for the Nature Valley bars (buy 4, save $4.00). That is why I chose to stock up on those, we won't have to buy more of them for a while. Some of the other items we purchased were not typical weekly items such as garbage bags and sugar. Therefore, these kinds of items brought our food bill up a little this week.

Total Before Savings: $108.40
Our Total Savings: $30.37
Total After Savings: $78.03

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Couple Coupons For You!

Before I forget, I want to share these coupons I found the other day!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Giveaway Reminder

Just a reminder-
The giveaway sponsored by PhotoAmato will be coming to a close THIS Friday, July 17th.

Also, the giveaway hosted by SashaSews ends on next Friday, July 24th.

And finally, my own Giveaway #1 wraps up on the following Friday, July 31st! (Be sure to look throughout my blog, I have offered extra entries through other posts as well!)

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Good Luck!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sample Saturday: Viva Paper Towels

I apologize for not posting yesterday. Between work and household chores and errands, I just did not have the time to post a thing. It was supposed to be Feature Friday...and eeek! I did have someone lined up...I will need to contact them and see if I can still put up my post!

But today I am here and I have for you a FREE sample of Viva Paper Towels.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Feature Friday: Etsy Seller SashaSews & Giveaway!

Today I am pleased to feature Etsy Seller SashaSews!

SashaSews shop currently has many beautifully creative aprons, bags, purses, coffee cozies, and business card pouches.

I personally find SashaSews products to be of high quality and to be priced very reasonably.

Here is a snippit of background on Sasha from SashaSews:
  • Sasha is a WAHM who has 2 sweet children, one is 2 years old and the other is 3 months old.
  • Sasha admits to having a fabric addiction and loves to mix and match colors, patterns, and textures, etc.
If you want any bag (or cozy coffee collar), in any particular color or theme Sasha will do her best to find fabrics that are what you want!

Here are just a few of the photos of some of SashaSews work:

Finally, if anyone purchases from SashaSews store, having come through from Ashley's Allowance blog, Sasha will offer a 10% discount on purchase prices (excluding shipping). This offer will be open for 2 weeks from the date of this post, and you will have to mention Ashley's Allowance in the notes to seller - Sasha will then refund 10% of your purchase, through Paypal!

SashaSews is now on Twitter
SashaSews is also now on Facebook!

GIVEAWAY: Sasha over at SashaSews has generously offered a giveaway of 2 cozy coffee collars (in any colors) to one of my very lucky readers! The rules to enter are as follows:

Mandatory to enter:(1 entry)
  • Go to SashaSews Etsy Shop and leave a comment here (on my blog) stating your favorite item at her shop!
Extra Entries (will only count AFTER Mandatory Entry is submitted.):
  • Follow Ashley's Allowance blog and comment saying you do so (1 entry)
  • Follow Sasha's Blog and comment here saying you do so (3 entries)
  • Fan SashaSews on Facebook and comment saying you do so (1 entry)
  • Follow SashaSews on Twitter and comment saying you do so (1 entry)
For each entry to count please leave seperate comments for each entry and please leave your email address so I may contact you if you are the winner! SashaSews Giveaway is open until July 24th at 11:59pm EST. A winner will be chosen and contacted sometime on Saturday July 18th. Winners must reply within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wild Wednesday: Stop & Shop + CVS

Wild Wednesday it is!

Today while on my lunch break I scooted over to CVS to partake in a few sales I had my eye on:
At CVS I bought:
Chex Mix on sale for 2/3$ -1.00/2 coupon= $2.00
Lays Potato Chips BOGO - 1$ off 2 coupon= $2.99

Total BEFORE sales, coupons, or ECBs: $13.96
My Total (after coupons and sales) : $4.99
ECB: - $2.00
Total OOP: $2.99
Total Savings (with ECB included): $10.97 or 78% (I think?)

This afternoon we went grocery shopping at Stop & Shop when I got home from work. (We typically go food shopping on Wednesdays... so you will probably be reading about my food savings most Wednesdays.)
Stop & Shop
Total BEFORE Savings: $106.75
Total Savings: $40.44 or 38% (I think? correct me if I'm wrong!!)
Total AFTER Savings: $66.31 (Total OOP)

If you haven't already, enter my Giveaway #1 HERE!

Also, enter my PhotoAmato giveaway HERE!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Now on Twitter

I have finally created a Twitter account specifically for Ashley's Allowance! I wasn't going to...but then I figured it couldn't really hurt, right?! My Twitter name is AshsAllowance...simply because I couldn't fit AshleysAllowance...

You will see my "Follow Me on Twitter" button/link on the right sidebar underneath my trusty followers and my "Grab My Button".

Okay...So how about this...follow me on Twitter, and I will give you an extra entry in Giveaway #1! (Just make sure you come back to this post and leave a comment saying you did so!)

Again, just click on the "Follow Me on Twitter" button on the right sidebar of my blog!

Monday, July 6, 2009

I am excited! I won!

While this may not really fall under my Money Monday theme....but I feel I MUST share this with you!

I just won my first giveaway, ever!

I am so excited! The Kernel Season's giveaway I won was hosted by Nicole's Nickels! This giveaway includes: a bag of stovetop popping corn, three (3) bags of microwave popcorn, popcorn spritzer, and six (6) different seasoning flavors.

Nicole is always hosting fantastic giveaways at her blog, so definitely check it out!

If you haven't already, enter Giveaway #1

Also, enter PhotoAmato's Giveaway HERE!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Savings Sunday: All You Grocery Challenge

I was not able to get out to grab a Sunday paper today, therefore unable to get my P&G coupons. While right now it is okay (because I am not in need for any of the products atm), but I will not have them to add to my coupon stockpile. Oh well.

A few days ago I did pick up a copy of All You magazine. I remember reading about it in a blog, but in this month's issue, they introduced a grocery challenge. The challenge is to spend $25.00 per person a week, for example a family of 4 would have a $100 weekly grocery budget. Only food items are included in the $25 budget (therefore it is okay if you spend more due to toiletries and household products). You can sign up until July 12 and the challenge starts on July 13, lasting 4 weeks! I am excited about it! My boyfriend and I would then have a weekly budget of $50 for food shopping which I think is doable as our last grocery bill was $77 and that included household products (paper towel, deodorant, and toilet paper). For us, I think it is totally possible and I am interested in how I will make out! If you are interested you can sign up at All You online. You could win a $1000 grocery card and a year's supply of Knorr side dishes!

If you haven't already, enter my Giveaway #1 HERE.

Also, enter PhotoAmato's giveaway HERE.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sample Saturday: Hugo Boss Orange Cologne

Happy 4th of July!

Here is your free sample for Sample Saturday!

Hugo Boss Orange Cologne

If you haven't already, enter Giveaway #1 HERE!

Also, enter PhotoAmato's Giveaway HERE!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Feature Friday: Etsy Seller PhotoAmato

Welcome to my very first Feature Friday! I am pleased to feature Etsy Seller PhotoAmato:

Photographer and fellow Etsy shop owner PhotoAmato is celebrating her first year on Etsy. Lisa is the owner of PhotoAmato and shares this about herself;

“I was born and spent my early years in Niagara Falls, New York. I moved to Northern California as a teen and found that, even at that young age, I was in awe of the vast and diverse scenery. Now, along with my husband, two sons and Bella, my beautiful dog, we enjoy hiking, going to the beach, and anything that involves the great outdoors.

Living in the Bay Area, I am witness to this area's ability to traverse both the minute wonder of a ladybug resting on a sunflower petal to the overwhelming expanse of a Pacific sunset. Everywhere I go, an opportunity to capture a truly breathtaking moment presents itself; whether it be the rugged peaks of the Sierras, the almost surreal Northern California shore, or the opulent colors of the wine country.

It was the limitless beauty of the natural world that first inspired me to pick up a camera and, thus, began what came to be not just a casual hobby, but a passion for capturing the world around me through my camera's lens.

I am privileged to share my view of the world through my images. From abstract & architectural to vast landscapes & intricate close-ups, my hope is to inspire everyone who views my work to look for beauty in everything that surrounds us.

I am a self-taught photographer who has learned through trial and error, taking untold numbers of shots to find that one that is just right.

Lisa’s favorite quote is; "A photograph is a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art." (Ambrose Bierce)

Besides a vast variety of art photography, Lisa also creates glass tile pendants and note cards with her photographs.

Here is a small selection of what she has in her Etsy shop:

I find that PhotoAmatos shop has a great variety to chose from and everything is very reasonably priced! I highly recommend you go take a look around at her STORE!

Lisa at PhotoAmato has kindly offered a 5 x 7 print ($10 value) of 1 (very lucky) winner's choice! This giveaway will conclude on Friday July 17th, 2009 at 11:59 EST and a winner will be announced sometime on Saturday July 18th, 2009. To enter the rules are as follows:
**Each Bullet is worth 1 entry**
  • Visit PhotoAmato's Shop and leave me a comment on this post specifying what print you would chose if you were the winner. (This is required to enter and must be done before submitting further entries).
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link in a separate comment on this post.
  • Follow my blog. Leave me a comment letting me know you do so.
**For an entry to qualify you MUST leave me a comment for each one, separately.**
Please sign each comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tasty Thursday: Simple Sangria

A few weeks ago I found a recipe for homemade sangria in a Real Simple Magazine (which I love!) It sounds delicious and I hope to try it out this weekend:

Hands-on time: 10 min
Total time: 10 min
Serves: 8

In a large pitcher combine:
  • 1 bottle medium bodied red wine (Rioja)
  • 3 cups aplle juice
  • 2 thinly sliced oranges
Serve over ice.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wild Wednesday: Aeries A-List Free Gift (July)

Aerie A-List members, don't forget to stop by and pick up your FREE 4 oz Shimmer Mist on any Thursday in the month of July! As you have probably noticed quantities are limited and the free gifts seem to run out within the first 2 Thursdays (or at least in my area)! Tomorrow is the first Thursday of the month so get it while it lasts!

If you are not yet an A-List member, what are you waiting for?! It is free and makes you eligible for special savings and of course a FREE monthly gift, every month throughout the year! Stop at a nearby Aerie store to sign up!

If you haven't already, sign up for Giveaway #1 HERE!

Update: Themes

I have changed my mind once again. I will not be doing Thrifty Thursday (that was only a tentative list to begin with). In its place will be Tasty Thursday. Tasty Thursday will include posts about recipes- inexpensive meals or treats and drinks too!

If you have a cost effective recipe you would like to share, please leave it in the comments on Tasty Tuesdays!

If you haven't already, enter Giveaway #1 HERE!

Wild Wednesday: Grocery Shopping

Today we finally got around to our weekly grocery shop. We went to Stop & Shop like usual and I feel like our list wasn't all too big this week. We still had a lot of meat in the freezer, so we only bought sausage (2.99 on sale) and Ball Park hot dogs (BOGO or 2/3.99).

Along with our receipt came a $2.00 off any ONE Morningstar Farms Burgers!

  • Our total price before savings $115.74
  • Our total savings: $39.28
  • Tax paid: $0.92
  • Our total AFTER savings (and tax): $77.38.
Therefore, overall we saved about 34% this week.
Which is not so hot, but definitely better than nothing.
What is the most you have saved on a weekly grocery shop?

If you haven't already, sign up for Giveaway #1 HERE!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Received:Walmart Samples & Free Juicy Juice

Today I received 2 more of my Walmart Free Samples! I got the Kotex Ultra Thin Overnight Pads With Wings (2) and it also came with (1) Lightdays liner. I also received my Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce, it is just enough for our grilled chicken tomorrow! Yay! I can't wait to try it! Both of these Walmart Samples came with a couple of $1.00 coupons also!

I also recieved my FREE juicy juice water bottle! So go ahead and sign up for them if you haven't already!

If you haven't already, enter GIVEAWAY #1 HERE!

Trashy Tuesday: Broken Crayons

I love my Tightwad Gazette. I highly recommend borrowing it from your local library or getting it from paperback swap as it is a GREAT resource. It may be a bit dated now but it is still a good reference book. I got my copy from paperback swap recently and thankful that I had it this past weekend. I was going through my scrapbooking material and found a handful of broken/pieces of crayons. I took a flip through The Tightwad Gazette and found "What to do with...crayon bits"!

On page 59, Amy Dacyczyn (1992) suggests to "place a variety of colors in a muffin tin and melt in the oven. Cool. This makes a scribble cookie. Each one has its own unique color and pattern. Use for an inexpensive stocking stuffer.

I love this idea! I have put all my broken crayons together and can not wait to try this! I will let you know how it goes when I am able to get around to it!

Have any other ideas with what do to with broken crayons?

Extra Giveaway Entry

Unfortunately, yesterday I did not have the chance to get to my computer to write a post. There will be more days like that I am sure. I will write at least one post daily if time allows.

  • Giveaway #1: I understand that there may be some trouble with the google form. After you fill out the form on the Giveaway #1 post make sure you click SUBMIT or your responses will not record. This submit button is hardly see-able in the Giveaway #1 google form, you can only see the top part of it underneath the final question...make sure you click it once the form is complete. For this reason, if you leave a comment to this post I will give you an extra entry for Giveaway #1 (which ends July 31). If you have already submitted your entry you may also comment on this post for an extra entry! Please include your email address in the comment.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Weekly Theme Update & Etsy Sellers Wanted

I have been giving some thought to my weekday themes. I had originally thought I would do Free Friday, but what it comes down to, is that my Sample Saturday will be too similar. So I have decide I will try to do Feature Friday instead of Free Friday. Feature Friday posts will be either written by a guest OR I will select a blog I would like to highlight OR I will feature an etsy store or something of the like. Therefore, if you have any interest in writing a post for my blog, being featured on my blog in some capacity, or if you have an etsy store you would like me to promote (I will charge you no advertising fees)...please let me know! (If you are an interested etsy seller please contact me via email at for further information.)

Visit my original Weekday Theme post here.

If you haven't already, enter giveaway #1 HERE!

Savings Sunday & Coupons

I had mentioned the other day that I was going to go food shopping today...well I have changed my mind. I will be going in the next couple of days instead! When I do go, I will let you know how it goes!

We got the Sunday paper this morning and there was only 1 coupon insert in there (SmartSource), I believe this week Red Plum was also scheduled so I think I am missing one! But I may be wrong...

Nevertheless, there are printable coupons on Red Plum's website as well as and of course

If you know of any other good printable coupon sites, please share them with us! Also, if you have done your weekly/monthly grocery shop please don't hesitate to share your finds with us!

If you haven't already, sign up for GIVEAWAY #1

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Day One of Sample Saturday!

Here are a few free samples that I have stumbled upon recently:

Tide Total Care
Prilosec OTC Heartburn Blocker
Pet Maxi Gloss and Glide Detangler (thanks to Free Sample Freak!)

If you haven't already, enter my GIVEAWAY #1 here!

Tentative Themes of the Week

As many other bloggers do, I am considering creating themes for each day of the week. I expect this to help me organize all of my findings, ideas, and offers. This is still a work in progress, nothing is written in stone just yet. So far I have come up with:
  • Money Monday: Posts will focus on money-related articles regarding anything from making money to spending money and everything in between.
  • Trashy Tuesday: Posts will focus on recycled items including all things crafty.
  • Wild Wednesday: Posts will focus on ANYTHING. Wednesday will be a wild card day.
  • Thrifty Thursday: Posts will focus on cheap finds and ideas.
  • Free Friday: Posts will focus on free things I find for you and/or my free giveaways!
  • Sample Saturday: Posts will focus on samples I find in my travels and how to get them.
  • Savings Sunday: Posts will focus on all things coupons, flyers, and sales.
So, what do you think?! Any input would be gladly appreciated! Also, if you have any interest in writing a post for any of these themes or if you would like your products or ideas to be featured within any of these themes, please let me know!

Friday, June 26, 2009


Ok, well I was going to wait to post this but I changed my mind! So, without further ado, here it is! Giveaway #1! One lucky winner will receive:
  • Almond Oil Hand Heaven from The Body Shop ($25.00 value): Almond Oil Daily Hand & Nail Cream, Conditioning Hand Wash, Cuticle Sticks, Nail File, and Nail Buffer.
  • Pure Seduction Gift Set from Victoria's Secret ($25+ value): Refreshing Body Mist, Exhilarating Body Wash, Hydrating Body Lotion, and Victoria's Secret makeup bag/purse. (It is hard to see the body wash and mist in the picture but they are behind the lotion, all 3 are in plastic wrap together, but I assure you it is there!)
  • Beauty Rush Oil Blotting Sheets from Victoria's Secret ($7.00 value).
  • Purple Fields Travel Set from Essence of Beauty (unsure of retail value ~$5.00 at least?): body lotion, body mist, and shower gel.
  • Tropical Photo Real Stickers Sheet from Me & My Big Ideas ($2.00 value).
  • Decorative Sticky Notes from Aerie ($12.50 value).
  • Happy Birthday LipGloss Kit from Aerie ($9.50 value).
All in all, the retail value of Giveaway #1 is approximately $86.00!!! So don't miss out on your chance to win these items! Perfect for a special treat for yourself or to give as gifts!

To enter you MUST fill out the Google form below. If you do not fill out the form you will not be entered into this giveaway! Each question in the form is worth 1 entry unless otherwise indicated. This Giveway will end on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 11:59 EST and a winner will be announced sometime on Saturday, August 1st, 2009.

If you have any questions please let me know! Good luck!!!

***In regards to referral entries, to be eligible for this entry the person you refer must also sign up for giveaway and must be a NEW follower.***

Be On The Lookout!

So, I have just spent some time coordinating my grocery shopping list with Stop & Shops weekly circular and my in hand coupons as well as printable coupons. I am trying really hard to slash my food bill as much as possible. I plan on going grocery shopping Sunday evening, so I will also benefit from any coupons I may be able to utilize from the Sunday paper. I am envious of some of the blogs I read that talk about their itty-bitty out of pocket expenses...I want to get that good! I will let you know how I end up doing!

Also, I wanted to mention that I am starting to formulate a little giveaway of some random but fun items. So, be on the lookout for that upcoming post! If there is something you would be interested in seeing in a giveaway please share your ideas!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Walmart Samples & Dunkin Donuts Sample

I am truly sorry for taking so long to make another post! It is just that so much has been going on lately, I have been busy busy!

I have received some of the Free Walmart offers that I have told you about. So far I have received my free sample of tampons and my free sample of Aveeno Shampoo and conditioner which also came with a coupon! So if you have yet to sign up for any of the free offers from Walmart click HERE.

Also, for all you coffee drinkers, HERE is a free sample of Dunkin Donuts Coffee!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Non-Frugal Update!

I know that I haven't posted anything in a good few days...but my broken foot is finally starting to heal and I have been given the go ahead to start walking. So I have done a lot of running around trying to get my apartment put back together after 3 months of not being able to clean properly and what not. I have also been enjoying my new feet! But I do apologize for not putting any fun finds up for you...I will be back up and running soon! 

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Victoria's Secrets Semi-Annual Sale

I was just doing some online window shopping and figured I would share with you that Victoria's Secret's Semi-Annual Sale ends on Sunday (per their website)! They are also having a promotional "Free Shipping on $50+" when you use promotional code VS50SHP, this free shipping code expires tomorrow! If you haven't gotten your bathing suit yet this is the perfect place to check out! Before you finalize and pay for your purchase take a look at the promotional codes over at RetailMeNot to see if any of them will be compatible with your oder! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Samples at Walmart!

Get 'em while they're hot!
*Please note that only ONE free sample per house is allowed, and please allow at least four weeks for delivery*
...just to name a few! Take advantage of the other free samples at Walmart.