I do enjoy a good SCORE

scorebigWell you learn something new every day. The other day I learned something new, and here’s your new knowledge-bomb for today: there’s a service where you can bid on event tickets to get great deals (think Priceline for concerts and sporting events!!!) and it’s called ScoreBig. I had never heard of it before, but when they emailed me asking if I’d like to review their service in exchange for a credit, I of course said YES, because I love a good deal and I wanted to check it out. You guys know I’m cheap as crap frugal, and this often prevents me from attending concerts and games – I am so excited to know there’s a way to get discounted seats!

I’ll tell you about my experience using ScoreBig to get Cincinnati Reds tickets, but first, I want to tell you HOW it works. It’s pretty simple actually. You log on to ScoreBig, select the event you want to attend, select your seating area, and name the price you want to pay. They even have a helpful little meter that tells you how likely it is that your offer will be accepted, and they also identify the list price for you so you have an idea of where you should be bidding. Once you make your offer, you find out INSTANTLY if it was accepted. If it is, YAY! If not and you want to try again, you have to wait 24 hours. Once you get your tickets, ScoreBig will send you an email letting you know how they will be delivered. The BEST part, I think, is that you pay NO FEES EVER. What you bid is what you will pay, PERIOD. Extra fees are often what keeps me from pulling the trigger on something like this, so I LOVE that part. A LOT.

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I decided to use the credit ScoreBig gave me to get some Cincinnati Reds tickets for my baseball-crazy brother and nephews, because my brother’s family has helped me out a lot and so I like to hit them back whenever I can. My brother picked a Reds vs. Red Sox game, and I hopped over to ScoreBig to see what kind of deal I could get on 4 seats. It was a really popular game, so the only seats available were bleacher seats but he was ok with that. The list price was $32.50, so I bid $22.00 per ticket – and my offer got turned down. The meter told me it was iffy but I wanted to try anyway – what can I say? I’m a gambler! Plus, I really wanted to get the whole ScoreBig experience, and didn’t mind having to wait 24 hours to try again.

After my offer was rejected, ScoreBig did make me a very decent counter offer, but I decided to wait the 24 hours to see how cheap I could be. 🙂 I am sure this surprises NONE of you!

The next day, ScoreBig conveniently sent me an email when it was time for me to try again, so I went back to their site and bid again – this time $23 a seat – and my offer was accepted instantly! Woohoo!! My brother & fam are going to see the Reds vs. Red Sox! Immediately after my purchase was confirmed, I got an email from ScoreBig letting me know they’d tell me how I would receive my tickets (shipped, e-tickets, or will-call) ASAP. And just a few minutes later, I got another email that said I would get e-tickets. And a couple hours after that, the e-tickets came and I was able to print them immediately. The whole thing happened so fast, and I didn’t have to go anywhere or talk to anyone on the phone, or pay any delivery fees or ANYTHING! Awe.Some.

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Basically, I could not have enjoyed my ScoreBig experience any more. I am super-happy to know it exists, and I hope you will be too! Head on over to their website to see what events are going on in your area and see what kind of a deal you can score! (Then come back here and brag about it in the comments!!)

Happy Scoring!

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My CVS deals and #doyourmakeup scores this week

It’s a great week at CVS this week! There are lots of great deals to be had and some of them are on beauty which makes this makeup junkie happy. Plus, cheap Huggies! Whee! I’ve been twice this week, and now CVS Beauty Club emailed me a $6/$30 beauty purchase coupon, so you know I’m going back. Here’s what I’ve gotten so far. I started out the week with a measly 4 extra care bucks.

Transaction #1:

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2 Colgate Total $2.99 each = $5.98

1 CVS Probiotic $9.99

2 Almay liquid lip balm $5.99 each = $11.98

total = $27.95

coupons I used:

-$5/$25 email coupon

-$2 two printable Almay liquid lip balm coupons from coupons.com

-$4/$12 cosmetics coupon from CVS magic coupon machine

-$1 Colgate coupon from SmartSource insert

-$4 ECB from last week

= $11.9 + tax = $13.62 and I got back $17.99 ECB – $9.99 for the probiotic, $4 for the Almay, and $4 for the toothpaste!

Now, CVS prints me off a $10/$50 EVERY time I buy something, so since I had so many ECB after that first transaction, I decided to put together another scenario using a $10/$50. Here’s how I did it!

Transaction #2:

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2 Huggies Slip-on diapers $9.49 each = $18.98

Softsoap $2.99

2 Ben Gay cream $4.49 each = $9.98

2 Desitin $3 each = $6

Johnson’s baby wash $3

Almay wake up eyeliner + highlighter (love!) $8.79

Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow $2.99

Wet ‘n Wild megashield lipstick (BOGO 50% off) $1.49 (love also!!)

total = $54.22

coupons I used:

-$10/$50 CVS coupon on my earlier receipt

-$4 two $2 off Ben Gay coupons from SmartSource

-$1.75 $1 and 75 cents off Desitin printable coupon

-$1 Johnson’s printable coupon

-$5 two $2.50 off Huggies Slip-on diapers printable coupons

-$6 two $3 off Huggies Slip-on diapers CVS printable coupons

– $4/$12 Cosmetics purchase from CVS magic coupon machine

-$17.99 ECB from previous purchase

Total: $3.48 + tax = $6.62 and I got back $12 ECB. 4 for the Almay (buy $10, get 4- I had $2 credit left from previous purchase), 4 for the 2 Ben Gay, 2 for the baby wash & Desitin, and 2 for the Softsoap.

I’m pretty pleased with my deals!! With my beauty coupon and ECB, I am going to go back to CVS and get some Maybelline and Garnier products which are on ECB deals this week. Stay tuned!

And as a quick review, I absolutely LOVE the Almay eyeliner and the Wet ‘n Wild lipstick I purchased. The liquid lip balms make a nice gloss, too, but I wouldn’t use them as lipstick only. Here’s my #doyourmakeup pic in the Almay liner & Wet’n Wild “Make Me Blush” lipstick.

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What are YOU buying this week??

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See Jenny Shop: The Magic Coupon Machine Loves ME

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Piad $2.34, got back $7 Extra Care Bucks and a $3 Ibotta deposit!

My planned CVS trip yesterday did not have me ALL that excited. BUT, I had a 25% off shopping pass that would expire if I didn’t use it that day, so I put a deal together. And then, when I got to CVS and scanned my Extra Care card, the Magic Coupon Machine spit me out a WHOLE LOT OF AWESOME! And then I was officially excited!

You see, there was a Colgate deal, buy $10 worth, get back $5 ECB. I wasn’t going to do it because the products aren’t on a good sale price, and all I had was a 75-cent off coupon. But, they were also part of an Ibotta offer (if you bought the correct Colgate toothpaste, toothbrush, and a box of Kleenex you got $3 back from Ibotta). And THEN the magic coupon machine printed me off a coupon for $3 off a $10 shave or oral care purchase and I was like, OK I’LL DO IT! The magic coupon machine also printed me off $1 off select P&G items, including CoverGirl, and  $4 off a $12 cosmetics purchase. Since I was just a few dollars away from my next $5 CVS beauty club award, I decided to go for a CoverGirl deal too. So here’s how it shook out:

Kleenex 99 cents

2 CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara BOGO 50% off, $13.18

2 Edge shave gel $3.49 each, $7.98

Colgate toothbrush $5.49 (who would ever pay that for a TOOTHBRUSH!?!??!?)

Colgate toothpaste $4.99 (it’s a large tube but still, seriously?)

Total = $32.63

Coupon I used:

25% off CVS e-mail coupon (only valid on certain items) -$3.52

-$3/$10 oral care or shave purchase CVS coupon from machine

-$4/$12 cosmetics purchase CVS coupon from machine

-$4 two $2 CoverGirl blast mascara from coupons.com

-$1 off select P&G products CVS coupon from machine

– 75 cents Colgate toothpaste coupon from coupons.com

-$3.49 BOGO Free Edge shave gel coupon from coupons.com

total = $12.87

I paid with 11 ECB and my total with tax was $2.32 :). I got back 7 ECB, 2 for the Edge and 5 for the Colgate. Plus I will get back $3 from Ibotta for buying the Colgate + Kleenex. So that worked out pretty great!

I’ll be stopping by Rite Aid later this week for some great deals on Maybelline – the only mascara I have yet to try, I think! What are you planning to get at the drugstore this week?

 

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