Endorse! That’s with an Exclamation Point.

There’s times where I don’t care how cheesy I sound because I’m really that enthusiastic about a product: Diet Coke (you’ve heard of my addiction). Gold Peak Tea (it’s the only bottled tea that actually tastes like real tea). Hot & Sour Soup (hot AND sour, how can you lose!?).  I have a new one.

Endorse! is a cool brand-new Facebook app that basically pays you to be a brand ambassador for your favorite products. The idea for Endorse is to connect brands to their most loyal and most influential customers. Purchase products, mail in your receipts and receive 10% cashback. If you add “followers” who also buy the same products, they get 10% and you can increase your cashback percentage to 100%.

Here’s how it works:

1. Visit www.endorse.com and login with your Facebook account.

2. Type in your favorite products such as Diet Coke or stores such as CVS or Target as I did, and click Endorse. Just like other referral programs on Groupon and Gilt, it’s good karma to join using your friends’ links. That way they get some credit for simply telling you about the program.

3. Now just save your receipts from your favorite stores and mail them in the free postage-paid envelope. For example, I purchased Diet Cokes at CVS yesterday. Before I shopped, I endorsed both on Endorse, so when I mail in my receipt, I’ll receive 10% back for shopping at CVS and 10% back for purchasing Diet Coke.

Endorse facebook app

Why does it work? With cashback shopping sites, big brands have ways to connect with their most loyal online shoppers, but bricks-and-mortar shoppers are more difficult. Endorse connects those big brands with their most loyal customers and rewards them.

Can I editorialize a little bit here? I really really hope people don’t find a way to take advantage of the system. Currently, there’s no limit to the number of brands you can endorse and no deadline to submit your receipts. I’m sure these and other policies will adjust accordingly. But I’m so impressed by how the CEO, Steven Carpenter, personally signed the welcome card as shown below. And how he went on Deal Seeking Mom’s blog to personally address every reader’s question. I’m impressed that the envelopes are sent to you free and postage-paid, whereas many other companies would find it cost prohibitive. Finally, I’m impressed to the attention to detail that Endorse! provides. I’m so excited to get started!Endorse Facebook app

Here’s a list of the products I endorse. Click to receive 10% cashback for every purchase of these items and more:

Bath & Body Works
Best Buy
Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables
Bud Light Chelada (seriously, these things are awesome!)
Campbell’s Soup
Diet Coke

CVS finds new ways to lure me in

CVS Christmas CardI’m not embarrassed to admit my local CVS sent me a Christmas card. Ploy number one to gain my loyalty. It worked. Now, CVS has a new way to lure me into the store. You can earn free extra bucks when you join the new CVS  Beauty Club:

  • 10% off beauty shopping pass after enrollment
  • $5 Extra Bucks for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty purchases
  • $3 Extra Bucks as a birthday gift

I’ll be waiting for my Valentine’s Day card.

CVS $4 off $20 Coupon

CVS store

CVS storeIt’s embarrassing that my two-year-old son can spot a CVS from a mile away. He gets it from his mother. So he was excited to spot this new valuable coupon from CVS (Well, not really. More for illustrative purposes.)

Now through 9/15/10, you can get a coupon for $4 off a $20 purchase at CVS.  All you need to do is enter your CVS Extra Care Bucks (ECB’s) card number as well your e-mail address, and CVS will e-mail you the coupon.

MyCokeRewards Double Points Day 9/16

Fresca Coke Double Points

Fresca Coke Double PointsMyCokeRewards Double Points Days have been mighty few and far between but alas! Thursday, Sept. 16 is a Double Points Day for Fresca products only.

Enter any Fresca code on 9/16 and pick up DOUBLE the points! Be patient, as the site will probably be crawling at a pup’s pace. (Well, a slow pup.) You can pick up some 12-packs of Fresca this week at CVS on sale 4/$13.

Snag a CVS gift card with Pampers codes

Pampers Gifts to GrowThis one will probably go quick. On Pampers Gifts to Grow, you can snag a $20 gift card to CVS for 2,200 points (Edit 8/25: gift cards are gone now.) I know that’s like 10,000 million diapers worth of points, but that’s one of the best rewards I’ve seen on there to date. If you’re new to the program, here’s a quick guide.

How to Earn Points:

  • Generic codes are released occasionally for public consumption, often around holidays.
  • One-time codes are found on Pampers products, for which points correspond with the size of the product purchased. A Jumbo pack offers less points than a larger, Mega pack, for example. And the giant 277-diaper box that showed up at my door from Amazon.com–the one that was bigger than my child–that one is worth a few more points.

Free Crystal Light at CVS

Crystal LightHere’s a cool freebie. Get two FREE Crystal Light On the Go Singles at CVS (usually near the bottled water or on the cooler doors) when you use a tearpad coupon for $1/2 Crystal Light or Kool-Aid Products.

Crystal Light On the Go Singles, $0.50
$1/2 Crystal Light or Kool-Aid Products tearpad
Both FREE wyb 2 after coupon!

But here’s a FatHeadDog two-second soapbox.. don’t smash and grab with an armful of Crystal Light and coupons. Score a great deal and leave some for the next person–it’s like coupon karma.

I’ve got a hot date with CVS

CVS storeForget dinner and drinks out on the town, I have hot Saturday night dates at CVS. Sad tales of a couponing geek? No. A smart FatHeadDog.

Saturdays are a great day for CVS drugstore shopping because the two sale weeks overlap, and you can shop both sales at the same time. Often by 12pm or so, although the particular time is determined by the store manager, the sale prices and Extra Buck offerings are “turned on,” running concurrently with what’s already on sale until Saturday 11:59pm.

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CVS Summer Clearance

fs09070_clearance_center_medOne great thing about CVS is its predictable post-season clearance sales. This week, CVS has lowered all its summer clearance items in-store to 90% off. Online, you’ll find items 50% off. Great deals can be found on:

  • Variety of ladies, men’s and children’s flip flops
  • CVS-brand Diggers, similar to Crocs rubber slides
  • Beach toys
  • Variety of High School Musical-branded toys
  • Flameless candles
  • Outdoor bistro patio set
  • Small handheld- and large, wheeling coolers
  •  Tiki torches
  • Infant/toddler pool floats
  • Small, outdoor camping grill
  • Outdoor chairs, original price $24.99. On sale for $2.49!

One great tip I read on Slickdeals.net–ask the manager or sales associate if they have anymore summer clearance items in the back, such as patio furniture. One smart shopper purchased a $350 large patio set for $35! It never hurts to ask. Also, visit early, and visit often. Less trafficked stores will have a better selection than high-volume stores, where you’ll likely find only bare shelves and picked over items. Finally, if you received your CVS Pharmacy coupon book for inquiring about their Readyfill service at the pharmacy counter, you can use the $4 off $20 coupon on your great summer clearance finds!