Sunday, January 30, 2011

Reminder: Giiveaway ending 1/31

Don't forget to enter my $25 Victoria's Secret Gift Card Giveaway! This giveaway ends tomorrow, 1/31/11 at 11:59pm and winner will be contacted via email.

Good luck!!!

We Have a Winner!

The winner of the $50 gift card is lucky comment # 10 who said...

Fanny said...

I entered your $25 Victoria's Secret Gift Card Giveaway (#1) 2pmishere(at)gmail(dot)com

Congratulations Fanny! Fanny will have 48 hours to respond to my email that I sent moments ago or another winner will be selected.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Still Searching for Furniture 4 Months Later...

Even after being in our new apartment for almost 4 months now we still have a lack of good furniture. We did finally get our living room sofa and love seat for the living room and we moved our old love seat into the spare room. I would like to focus on pulling my home office together now. We have been on the hunt for the right rug for the room at the right price but haven't had much luck. I have also begun to search for a new office chair as I spend a lot of time in my office and my simple wooden chair isn't the most comfortable thing.

Even though modern furniture is not so much my style at this point, I really do like this Contemporary Executive Chair in Black Leather. The fact that it's on sale for 50% off and qualifies for free shipping definitely helps!
Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation in relation to this post. Please stay tuned for an upcoming product review from

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Review & Giveaway

Is losing weight and becoming a healthier you one of your New Year's Resolutions? It's never too early to get ready for bathing suit season! is a great place to find a bathing suit to show off your hard work! is an online designer swimwear boutique currently featuring 2011 designer trend-setting bikinis, one-piece swimsuits, cover-ups, and active wear by Luxe by Lisa Vogel, Hurley, Hurley Girls, Reef, Tommy Hilfiger, Splendid, Ella Moss, Guess, Next by Athena, Athena, and St. John.
Some of the key features that sets them apart from other swimwear/activewear websites are their Fit Specialist Program and Bikini Builder applications.

What is the Fit Specialist Program?
The Fit Specialist Program provides fit and style recommendations for your body type. They have a team of "Fit Specialists" available to provide you with personalized fit support. They are available via telephone, by email, and by appointment.

What is the Bikini Builder?
The Bikini Builder is just allows you to mix and match different bathing suit pieces to find the perfect bikini just for you!

Also, offers FREE shipping, FREE returns, and FREE exchanges to Continental US customers!

And now for the giveaway!!!

Giveaway: is generously offering one of my readers a $50 gift card to their website as a giveaway!

How to enter:

Mandatory Entry: This entry must be completed before doing any extra entries for entries to count. Please leave a comment stating you have done both parts. Include your email address in entries as winner will be contacted via email.

Extra Entries ( be sure to leave 1 comment per entry, example: if worth entries= 5 comments):
This giveaway will end on 1/28/11 at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to email or another winner will be chosen. Winner will be picked with as usual. Open to US readers only.

Disclosure: I received no compensation in writing this post. All opinions are my own. A special thanks to for offering this giveaway to one of my readers!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Heart Charm Necklace and Braclet Set Giveaway!

Rachel's Reviews and Giveaways is offering one of their readers a chance to win a Heart Charm Necklace & Bracelet Set from Avon!

Giveaway ends 1/27/11 at 11:59 pm EST and is open to US readers who are 18+.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

High Value Coupon: Swiss Miss $2.00 off 1

Be sure to print this Redplum Coupon now for $2.00/1 any Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate! You don't want to pass up on this coupon, it means FREE hot chocolate (possibly even without a sale!)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Retried Rite Aid & Walgreens Shop

Today I did swing by Walgreens on my lunch break and picked up (2) Coffeemate Creamers.
They were on sale B1G1 at $2.49.
I used (2) -$1.00 Coffeemate Creamer coupons bringing my cost to 2 for $0.49 or $0.25 each!
I saved $4.49 or 90%!

I was also able to stop at another Rite Aid and they did have the Colgate Toothpaste I was looking for! It was priced at $0.99 and I used a -$1.00 colgate coupon so I ended up only paying tax!

Bringing my grand total for todays shopping to $0.56 from $5.98, saving me about 92%!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My 1/2/11 Shopping Trip

Today I went on my first shopping trip of 2011! I went to Rite Aid, CVS, Stop & Shop, and Shaws. In the future I hope to take the time to post pictures of my purchases, but for now I'll just track how much I spend OOP and saved.

  • (2) Milky Way Bars 2/$1.oo or $0.50 ea on sale
  • (1) Wisk Detergent 2/$10.00 or $5.00 ea on sale
  • (4) Kleenex $0.88 ea on sale
I used the following coupons and ECB:
  • -$2.00/1 Wisk
  • -$1.oo /4 Kleenex
  • -$0.50/2 Milky Way Bars
  • -$0.50 ECB from past purchases
I paid $6.09 OOP and saved $12.71 today according to my receipt or 68%

Rite Aid

(1) Xtra Laundry Detergent reg 3.49 on sale for 1.88
I wanted to purchase a colgate toothpaste but they were sold out (would have been free). Will try again later this week!

RiteAid total OOP: $0.88(before tax), I saved $2.62 (used $1.00 coupon) or 75%!

Stop & Shop

Purchased to many items to list so I will just recap my savings below:

Total Before Savings: $76.96
Total After Savings: $49.41
Total Savings: $27.55 or 36%
  • (4) Vitamin Waters on sale at $0.99 each
  • (5) Chef Boyardee on sale at 10/$10
  • (2) Fresh Express Salads on sale at B1G1 orig 3.59 ea
  • 3 pk paper towl (can't recall brand) on sale for $2.99
  • Marcal 12 toilet paper on sale for $5.99
  • Calise Bulky Rolls 2.99
  • Ground beef round pattys 0.75 lbs for 3.69
  • 80% Lean Ground Beef 2.02 lbs for 4.02
used the following coupons:
  • -$1.00/5 Chef Boyardee
  • (2) BIGI vitamin waters
  • -$1.00 Marcal
  • -$0.50 fresh express salad
  • -$0.55 fresh express salad
Total before savings and coupons was $47.34. Saved $19.19 or 41% bringing my total down to $28.15 before tax.

Overall I saved a total of $61.o7 or 42% on todays shopping expedition.
I would of course like to see my savings be a little bit higher but I'll take it.
Not too bad of a start in 2011!

How did you do on your weekly shopping?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

$25 Victoria's Secret Gift Card Giveaway!

I've been thinking... what better way to thank all of my loyal readers that starting the New Year off with a GIVEAWAY! THE GIVEAWAY:

(1) Lucky reader will win (1) $25 Victoria's Secret Gift Card!

  • MANDATORY ENTRY(this entry must be done prior to extra entries for entries to count): Post a comment below saying what you plan on doing with the giftcard- are you going to treat yourself to something nice or use it for a gift?
  • EXTRA ENTRIES (Please leave a comment below after completing each entry. Qualify for 5 entries? Be sure you leave the right number of comments per entry!
  • Follow this blog via GFC publicly (1 entry)
  • Follow @ashsallowance on Twitter. (1 entry)
  • Tweet about this giveaway (can be done 1 x daily!) using this tweet (1 entry per day):
I entered to win a $25 Victoria's Secret Gift Card from @ashsallowance Ends on 1/31
  • Friend Ashleys Allowance on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Blog about this Giveaway (include link to this post) Comment your link. (5 entries)
  • Link this giveaway into any Giveaway Linky. Let me know where it is! (3 entries per linky)
  • Grab my button- located on right hand side bar. Provide link please. (5 entries)
  • Leave a comment on any of my other posts. (1 entry per each post)
This giveaway will end on 1/31/11 at 11:59pm EST. will be used to select the winner. A winner will be selected shortly thereafter. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Please be honest as I do check each entry. Please ask any questions before entering. Open to US readers only.

Disclosure: This giveaway is being sponsored by me and only me. I received no compensation for this post. The $25 gift card the winner will receive does look like the one pictured above. Although giftcard says PINK, it can be used towards any purchase- it is not exclusive to the PINK line.

Upromise: January eCoupons

January eCoupons are now up at Upromise! This month there are 30 grocery coupons valued at $19.75. So be sure your store/rewards cards are linked up and activate any eCoupons you would like to use! The great thing about eCoupons is that they can be combined with your store sales, manufacturing coupons, and store coupons.

What is Upromise?

Upromise is a great way to help you save money for college or to help pay down eligible Sallie Mae student loans. You earn money for college through Upromise by shopping online, eating out, and grocery shopping. You many save for yourself, a family member, a friend, or a stranger. You can link your Upromise account directly to a Sallie Mae eligible student loan or invest in a 529 plan. Savings can range from 1% up to 25% depending on the online partner, participating restaurants, etc. Upromise also offers eCoupons to activate once your grocery cards and/or drugstore cards are linked to your account.

Upromise does not cost anything to join and offers a lot of savings and special offers for members and/or guest shoppers.

If you do not have a Upromise account or do not have a family or friend to help with saving for college, but want to shop online and benefits from the great discounts, deals, or coupon codes shop your favorite stores through here!

All You Exclusive Coupons

All You offers many coupons on their website including coupons only found at All You! The first one to catch my eye was this coupon for an Air Wick Scented Oil Refill:

Save $2.00 off any 1 Air Wick Scented Oil Twin Refill PackBe sure to go to All You to check out all of the other great coupons...this isn't the only one!

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish all of my faithful (and new) readers who have stuck by even when my blogging slowed down substantially a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! A lot has happened in my personal life in 2010 including some big changes within my family.

I am now more settled in my new apartment and we have expanded our little family- another pup named Tyson!

I plan on stepping up and blogging much much more in 2011. I really am ready to buckle down and attack some of my debt and financial goals. Working on this blog, reading others, and reader support definitely helps motivate me!

I wish you all a safe, and Happy New Year!