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Sunday, July 31, 2011

L'Oreal True Match $1.54 @ CVS!

L'Oreal True Match is $10.99 at CVS, but I got it for $1.54 today!!! Here's how I did it:

  1. I used the $2/1 L'Oreal Paris Face Product, exp. 9/18/11 (RP 07/24/11)
  2. Scanned my Extra Care card at the Kiosk for a $3 off $10 Cosmetic Purchase CVS printout
  3. Used a 25% off CVS Shopping pass I received in the mail
  4. And used $2 in Extra Care bucks I received when I bought 2 Gallons of milk minutes earlier
The 25% off sales pass expired Sunday, so you won't be able to get it for $1.54 if you didn't get it today. But L'Oreal's True Match Foundation at $4 is still 60% off the normal $10.99 price at CVS!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011


My Wee View is giving away a Hoover Cyclonic Wind Tunnel Vaccum on August 3rd, so there's still time to sign up. And, there's lots of opportunity for additional entries. This vaccuum looks amazing and I so hope that I win it, but, share the love and all... so I'm gonna share this linky with you! ;) 

If you win, be sure to come back and comment on this post so I can be happy with you!


I just received a HUGE shipment of Pampers Cruisers today from I used my Pampers Gifts To Grow codes for a $10 off gift certificate. Yeah, that's awesome, but I've done that before. No biggy... but then I saw something very interesting posted on their homepage...

Yes, that says $5 off every case of diapers every time you shop! AND, when I was placing my order in the shopping cart, there was a $1.50 manufacturer coupon available, so I clicked on that. So, my total for 116 size 5 Pampers Cruisers was not the advertised $31.99. No, it was only $18.48 with shipping! Boxes half that size are $20 at Target. I am very pleased with myself. Very pleased indeed. I am looking forward to using up those diapers and doing this deal again! :)

If you haven't already signed up with Pampers Gifts To Grow, do it now. Right here, or here, or here. Just get there and get signed up. Then Google Gifts To Grow codes and get ready to do some data entry. You'll find quite a few shared online. The remainder you'll need to get that $10 gift certificate can be found inside diaper or wipes packaging. Be diligent and you'll have a gift code before you know it. And, now that the TAKEFIVER code is being offered for every case of diapers you purchase at, you're guaranteed a $15 savings if you use this method! This is one of those deals you have to pass along to your mom friends. It's crazy paying retail prices when you can get twice as much delivered to your front porch!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Jolly Mom is giving away a Hoover WindTunnel Max Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Upright! Hurry and get yourself over to her website and sign up! This machine has some serious suction. Like the Dyson, it claims no loss of suction, plus, it has a retractable cord and a bunch of other neat and totally helpful features. You can read more about it on the JM website or at

Be sure you read the whole post too. She has a list of other bloggers who are giving away the same model vaccuum this week! Whew! I hope I can get one of these cyclonic dirt tornados. My floor would never be dirty! :)

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If you haven't discovered Once Upon A Child yet, today is your lucky day. OUAC buys and sells gently worn clothes for children sizes premie on up. They also have shoes, toys, and baby gear. Right now, the Lubbock, Texas store is having an end of season blowout where all clearance items are just $l! If you're like me, you buy next summer's clothes now, so this is my favorite time to score some huge deals. Check out their locate a store page and find one near you. They may be having this same sale.

If you are a super savvy saving mom, then you might just have some of the brands Once Upon A Child is looking for in your stash of "out growns". You can visit their Top Brands page to see what they prefer, and if you bring in some cute stuff your store credit will allow you to get clothes for free from the $1 Clearance sale! It's a win, win!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


When IKEA throws a party, they throw a party!!! Mark you calendars, this August 19th is IKEA's annual Crayfish Party. IKEA is the Swedish furniture company many of us have grown to love. Their ideas are innovative and their design is refreshing. This August they'll be throwing a huge all-you-can-eat Crayfish boil. Many of us are familiar with the Louisianna version of a Crawfish boil, but this is the Swedish version and boy does it sounds tasty. Check it out at !!!

You'll need to visit the IKEA website to locate a store near you and reserve your spot (space is limited). The all-you-can-eat Crayfish boil is $9.99 for adults and only $2.49 for children 12 and under. The menu looks great!

When you're stuffed you can walk through the huge store and find some great bargains, like their $199 Svelvik Queen Bed. Or browse through IKEA's online catalog before you go so you'll be prepared to save some serious cash!

(btw... I noticed on their website that the Dallas store is giving away FREE MASSAGES in their Restaurant July 30-31 from 4-6!)

Sunday, July 24, 2011


It's Hot Pink & Chocolate's first giveaway! I received this $10.99 coupon from Banana Boat and on Friday of this week I'll be giving it away to a random entrant. You can use this coupon toward any Banana Boat purchase up to $10.99. And, since July is almost gone, you'll be able to use this bad boy on a clearance find or BOGO if you have one in your area. It expires 12/31/2011, so there's still plenty of time to cash it in! If you'd like to enter to win this coupon, you'll need to complete the following steps:
  1. Follow me on Twitter - @HotPinkNChoc, then comment on this post telling me you did.
  2. Retweet this giveaway: "*HOT* Banana Boat Giveaway! Low Entries! courtesty @HotPinkNChoc", then leave a comment on this post telling me you did.
  3. Follow this blog and leave a comment telling me you did.
  4. BONUS ENTRY! Mention @HotPinkNChoc on Twitter's Follow Friday for an extra entry!

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    Friday, July 22, 2011


    It's that time again! Carter's is having a BOGO sale you don't want to miss! It's on until Wednesday 7/27/11, so don't waste any time. There are SO many cute outfits at Carter's. It's one of my top 5 favorite clothing stores for my children. See how happy all these babies are wearing Carter's? :)
    But wait, there's more! You can print this 20% off coupon and take it with you! BOGO and 20%? Shah, I'm so there!

    *btw if you have trouble printing this coupon, go to Carter's Facebook page, "Like" them and then look in their Coupons Folder in their photo gallery. You can print it from there if you need to.



    Earn triple points* on all WIPES codes!

    You will earn triple points on Wipes codes you enter between 07/18/2011 and 08/18/2011.*Up to 100 bonus points earned for this promotion. Click here to go to the Pampers website and enter your Gifts to Grow codes. You can find GTG codes inside the packaging on all Pampers diapers and on the inside of Pampers wipes refills or the plastic shrink wrap on tubs. They are also on the outside of the resealable wipes refills. The GTG codes are alphanumeric and labeled as GTG.


    If you are a Target groupie (like me), or you just like to shop/browse/roam aimlessly through the store, you might want to check out Totally Target's preview of Target's weekly flyer. Totally Target has all the savings that start this Sunday. So, I read through the sales, and guess what? This week is a better week to shop, so get in your car and drive on over before Sunday morning. You'll find better deals today and tomorrow. However, they are having another $10 giftcard when you spend a small family fortune $59.98 on two boxes of Huggies or Pampers diapers. I, however, won't be taking advantage of this offer. I do recommend checking into manufactuer coupons for the remaining school supply items you need. Just Google the brand and item and see what you can find.You might make out with some more freebies!

    Happy Friday!

    Thursday, July 21, 2011


    I've been a member of Smiley 360 for about 4 or 5 months now and I've received a Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer for my husband (really cool and probably will be a little pricey when it comes to market) and samples and coupons for a variety of my favorite items like Noni's biscotti, Secret deoderant, and Ecover cleaner. I've even recieved coupons for full size products and high dollar coupons to share with my friends! If you haven't already joined, you definitely should take a few minutes now and get signed up. It's totally free and you'll love the samples and product trials that come your way. You have to request to participate in trials, so there's never any pressure to do paperwork (bleh). Click here to sign up with Smiley 360 today!

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011


    Right now Target has Similac ready to serve formulas on sale for $4.99. If you've registered at for the Strong Moms program. You will recieve $329 in benefits including $5 formula coupons, making this item FREE. I had four $5 coupons so I was able to obtain 4 containers for FREE. Not only is this formula super easy to use, but it also has a pleasantly sweet taste and it's Organic, so you can feel good about feeding it to your baby. All other types of Similac liquid formulas were also on sale, except for the Alimentum. This sale will probably expire on Saturday the 23rd, so ask around for coupons if you don't have any and take advantage of this sale!


    Today I broke my own success record at Target! I used manufacturer and Target coupons stacked with sales and I purchased all of these items for $3.55! Yeah and praise God! My husband now thinks I'm superwoman (which is totally fine by me).

    And another highlight of the day was taking my 7 year old to Toys R' Us and helping her bargain hunt for toys. I'm so proud of her! She got a BOGO Strawberry Shortcake play set and a BOG2 Crayola markers. We're stocked for like a year or something now, which is super awesome. Also, I must mention she only spent her birthday money ($20) and covered the tax herself. She's getting so big!

    Also, while I was at Target I noticed that Target picked up on the free school supplies we were all getting by using their coupons and now they've marked almost all of those items up by $.50. Not a big deal, but it does adds up. You can print $1.00 off Scotch Magic Tape coupons from the Scotch website and use the $.50 credit towards your other (now marked up) items like the Sharpie markers and some PaperMate pens.

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Target's Black Friday in July! 30% Off!

    Today only you can get this super cute Britax Roundabout 50 Classic - Kathryn carseat for only $100! That's $55 off the regular price! Limited quantities available in store, so get there quick!


    And caffine is for ME! Ok, so the blog is coming together nicely. I still have some customization to do. Hopefully, the wee people will allow me to get some work done on it today. I am shamelessly bribing them with a trip to The Science Spectrum if they will (fill in the blank with whatever I need them to do at the moment). It's working so far. We'll see what happens at nap time

    Also, today is Friday at most places, so you'll find a variety of Freebies, bonus Swagbucks, giveaways, etc. I'll be heading out to my local McDonald's for Freebie Friday to get samples of their new Mango Pineapple Smoothie for all The Redhots. Did I say free already? Free fruit & yogurt that they will eat. In a cup. With a straw. And a lid. Sounds heavenly. Also, if it turns out you become addicted to them (like me), you'll want to print yourself a copy or two of this BOGO coupon!

    Thursday, July 14, 2011


    This blog is about the two biggest parts of my life - hot pink (I have 4 girls), and chocolate (code name for any type of sanity saver). I'm a veteran red-headed mommy of four red-headed girls. The five of us girls are known as "The Redhots" locally. We call my oldest Tooter, guess why. Then there's Princess Supa-fly (my in-home fashion consultant), Pee Pie, and Shorty. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with... an indoor tornado to be exact. And then there's my husband, dear sweet Husker Muffin (he loves the Nebraska Huskers).

    I plan to use this blog to share some of the awesome deals I find locally and online. I'd love it if you'd bookmark me and visit while you are reading your morning caffine jolt. You can also find me on Twitter - @HotPinkNChoc.

    Drop me a note or tweet me!  :)