Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Shopping trip for this week

Walgreens (deals good til' Sat. 4/10)

1st trans.

U by Kotex $3.49
used $1/1 All You magazine
total=$2.49 and get a $2.50 RR back

2nd trans.

Quaker oats 2/$3
used $1/1 coupon from Quaker (online)
total=$2

3 Mars candy bars .39 with in ad coupon
used buy 2 get 1 Free coupon (Sun. paper)
total= .78/3

6 Piliot pens/highlighters $1.19 each
used $1/1 (takes off $6) coupon out of April Walgreens book (located at checkouts)
total=.19 each and get $4.50 back for mail in rebate when you buy 3 Pilots

total=$3.92
used $2.50 RR
total=$1.42 and get back $4.50 rebate

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Menu Plan

Often I get asked "Do you really menu plan for a whole month?" I do menu plan a month at a time because it helps me stay organized and provide healthy homemade dinners for my family. Monthly menu planning is not for everyone but, it works great for us! Each day of the week has a theme at our house. Mexican Monday, slow-cooker Tues., pizza/pasta Wens., leftover Thurs., breakfast Fri., soup/sandwich Sat., and grillout Sun. I leave veggies and fruit blank b/c I like to buy fresh each week. I get what is on sale that week and add it to our meals.

April

1 leftovers
2 omlets/hashbrowns/whole wheat toast, fruit
3 grilled ham/swiss sandwiches, tomato soup
4 Easter at friends
5 chicken/red bean burritos, veggie rice
6 crockpot cordon bleu, baked potato, veggie
7 hawiian pizza
8 leftovers
9 french toast, turkey sausage, strawberries
10 french dips, soup
11 steak, potato, veggies
12 nachos with everything
13 slow-cooker chicken parm., veggie, garlic breadsticks
14 chicken alfredo with broc., leftover breadsticks
15 leftovers
16 waffles, strawberries
17 beef stew
18 grilled chicken, pasta salad with veggies
19 chicken and cheese tortillas, salsa, sour cream, corn
20 BBQ ribs, potatoes, veggies
21 baked ziti, garlic bread, veggies
22 leftovers
23 Bacon, eggs, toast, fruit
24 grilled blt's, soup
25 cheddar bacon burgers, homemade fries, veggies
26 chicken tacos, lettuce, tomatoes, toppings
27 Chef salad
28 homemade mac 'n cheese, salad
29 leftovers
30 breakfast burritos

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Target Deals

Snuggle 50 load Exhilarations-$3.99
use $3 coupon in the 3/28 Red Plum ad in the Sunday paper
total=.99

Curious George Follow that Monkey- $6.99
get a $5 gift card by mail on marked packages
total=$1.99 after gift card

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bag 'N Save deal thru Tuesday

Buy 5 boxes of Mini-Wheats or other selected cereal 5/$10
use in store ad coupon to make it 5/$5
total=$5 for 5 boxes of cereal and 2 FREE gallons of milk (will print out 2 FREE milk coupons at checkout) If you have coupons for selected cereal you could get a much better deal!

Walgreens 3/28-4/3

Airwick Freshmatic 50%off
use $4/1 from 3/7 Smart Source (Sunday paper)
total=FREE

Reese's Dark Choc. cups .39
use .55/1 from Smart Source
total=FREE use manu. coupon first

Dentek Floss $2
use $1/1 from 1/17 Smart Source
total=$1 plus get a $2 RR coupon for your next purchase (FREE with $1 overage)

Dulcolax $10
total=$10 plus get a $10 RR back (FREE)

Walgreens mulivitamins $3
total=$3 plus get a $3RR back (FREE)

Simply Saline $7
use $1/1 from 1/24 Smart Source
total=$6 plus get back $7 RR (FREE with $1 overage)

I'm Back!

Have you ever heard people say that they need a vacation after their vacation? That's me! We had a blast but, vacations can seem so crazy too. I'm glad to be back home saving money instead of spending $$! Everytime I go on vacations I seem to come back feeling guilty about the splurge. I seem to think of the children with no toys as we play at Disney or the people with no clean drinking water as we splash in the pool. Am I crazy or do these things pop into your mind? I'm so grateful for what we have!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Walgreens deals 3/14-3/20

Ester-C B1G1F sale $10.49
Buy 2 and use 2-$5/1 from 2/211 SS insert
total=.25 each

Colgate Toothpaste, Total Advanced, Enamel, or Sensitive $3.99
get a $3.99 RR coupon back
total=FREE

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I'll be back in 2 weeks

I'm leaving for vacation tomw. and will be back here posting some hot deals in 2 short weeks. Thanks for understanding even I need a break from coupons and sales:) Make sure you check out some of the past posts b/c many of the deals are still going on!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Frugal Friday Homemade Easter/Spring kid stamps

I'm a craftie ( Is that a word?) at heart. I love making things with my hands and love to do kid crafts with my son. One way to keep my son interested in crafts (He is almost 9)is to come up with messy and crazy craft ideas. Here is one frugal craft we enjoy!

Potato Stamp

large potato
kid safe knife
washable paint
some sort of paper
small Easter/Spring cookie cutters

Cut potato in half. Place cookie cutter of choice on inside of potato(white part). Cut potato around outside of cookie cutter so the cookie cutter design pops up. Ok you are ready to put paint on your design and start stamping! Check out http://lifeasmom.com/ make your own instant oatmeal idea!

Bag N' Save Deal 4/7-4/13

There was a $1/1 coupon in the 3/7 SS or you can head over HERE (back button to get 2 coupons)and get a .75/1 coupon when you register with Mission. You might want to print it soon b/c these coupons go fast. During the week 4/7-4/13 there is a Bag N' Save coupon B1G1F on the Spring Savings coupon magnet that was in the mail. You can use the 2-.75 coupons and the B1G1F Bag N' Save coupon to get a great deal! I find it hard to get a deal on tortillas and we use a ton around here. Just giving you a heads up!

FREE energy milk at Hy-Vee

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Hyvee shoppers can head over HERE to score a free coupon for upbeat energy refresher milk.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eskimo cookies

These cookies are so yummy and kid-friendly! My son made these for Christmas and they went fast!

Eskimo cookies

1 stick soft butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
2 TB cocoa
2 cups oatmeal


Mix all up in a bowl. Roll into balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place in fridge til' cool. All done. They kind of look like snowballs:) Check out others ideas at http://lifeasmom.com/.

New coupons = great deals

Go HERE (zip 45066) to get these coupons that = hot deals! These prices are for Target or Walmart.

Kotex pantyliners-$1.00 or under
use $1/1 Kotex product
total=FREE

McCormick spice, herb, extract, or food color-you can usually find some around $1
use $1/1 McCormick
total=as low as FREE

DelMonte Fruit Chillers-$1.86
use $1/1 Fruit Chillers
total=.86

Johnson's Buddies soap-.97
use $1/1 Johnson's
total=FREE

Green Giant Steamers-I wait for these to go on sale for .88 or less at one of the local stores. I use the .50/1 coupons and get them really cheap!

FREE Organic cereal at Hy-Vee

I went to Hy-Vee today to get some more of the Hy-Vee deal I posted. While I was in the organic section I also seen Kashi Vive cereal marked down to $1.00. That is a great deal but, using $1/1 Kashi coupon made these FREE for ME! I refrained from grabbing them all at the price of FREE! I have never tried this flavor of cereal before but, we do love Kashi around here.
You can call your local Hy-Vee to make sure they also have this HOT deal. I am thinking this type of cereal might make some really great homemade granola bars:)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

bTrendie is offering a FREE $10 credit

bTrendie is offering a free $10 credit when you sign up for a new account. The $10 credit will be instantly added to your account when you sign up here. I picked up a really cute camo umbrella for $4.94 after tax and shipping. Can you use "cute" and "camo" in the same sentence?

Thanks, moneysavingmom

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

weekly deals 3/10-3/16

My coupons got all mixed up so, I'm unable to tell you which Sunday paper they were in. I do save all my coupon inserts til' they exp. Sorry:( I need a better way to organize them. Any ideas?? Leave a comment and let me know what works for you.

Fareway

cabbage-.10/lb.
corned beef briskets-$1.17/lb.
bone-in chicken breasts-.99/lb.(not the best price but,good)
boneless rib-eye pork chops-.88/lb.

Bag 'N Save

corned beef points-$1.17/lb.
milk-$1.98/gal.
pork ribs-.99/lb.
Totino's pizzas-.69
Hungry Jack syrup/pancake mix-2/$4 use $1/2 Hungry Jack exp. 4/30/10

Hy-Vee

50% off Keebler, Sunshine, and Famous Amos
strawberries-$1.38/lb.
Blue Bonnet spread-.49 with in ad coupon
Hormel Always Tender pork loin-$1.69/lb. use $1/1 Hormel exp.4/5/10

Hy-Vee deal

I went into Hy-Vee today to get some milk to last us til' we leave on vacation and decided to check out the organic section. I found a 2-pack of Kashi cereal for $5.99 and on the box it had a coupon for a free box of breakfast bars. This is the deal I came up with:

2-pack Kashi cereal $5.99
1 box breakfast bars $3.99
use $1/1 Kashi cereal coupon on shelf
use free box of breakfast bars coupon on cereal 2-pack
total=$4.99 for 2 kashi cereals and a box of breakfast bars

This is not the best deal you can get on cereal (I usually get it for FREE) but, I try to get organic when I can even if I have to spend a lil' more. I mostly just buy organic fruits and veggies b/c they can be just as cheap as regular when on a great sale!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Great Walgreens deals today too!

1st Trans.

Buy 1 Dr Scholl’s Insole for Women at $9.99
Buy 1 Dr Scholl’s Insole for Men at $10.99
Subtotal: $20.98
use in ad coupon for $3 off for each
use 2-$2/1 Massaging Gel insoles coupon HERE
total=$10.98 and got a $10 Register Rewards


2nd Trans.

5 Planters nuts $4 each
5 Diet Coke 20 oz $1.59 each
I found $2 off (tear pad) if you buy 20oz Diet Coke and Planters near the Planters nuts and used 5 coupons -$10

Listerine Total Care or Advanced mouthwash 3/$9use in ad coupon for $5.01 off 3total=3/$3.99Did anyone else get some printable coupons from Walgreens for Listerine? They printed out with the RR. Make sure you are checking and saving those coupons! I have 3-$1/1 Listerine and if you do too that makes the total .99 for 3

Nestle Crunch Bar .49 with in ad coupon
use Buy One Get One Coupon from 3/7 SS
total=2/.49

used $10 RR from 1st Trans.
total=$9.66 and got $5 RR back


3rd Trans.

2 Beef Jerky 2/$5
used $5 RR from 2nd Trans.
total=FREE


All together I saved close to $57! Not too bad! I now have tons of snacks for our trip!

The hot deals I got at Target today

GE Reveal 4 pack light bulbs $2.14
Buy 2 and use 2 $1.50/1 Target coupon
and use with $1/2 printable
total=.14 each (I don't use these but, they make good donations:)

Hello Kitty Band Aids for kids trial size .97
use $1/1 Target coupon HERE
total=FREE

Monopoly card game $5.24
use $5/1 coupon http://print.coupons.com/couponweb/Offers.aspx?pid=15162&zid=st48&nid=20
total=.24

Hungry Hungry Hippos and Connect 4 travel games $1.24 (unmarked clearance at my store)
use $4/1 http://print.coupons.com/couponweb/Offers.aspx?pid=15162&zid=st48&nid=20(they price adjusted my coupon to $1.24)I asked her to adjust the coupon. I'm not in this to take $$ from stores. This is what they should do. This is their coupon policy. I had a very smart cashier that knew her stuff! Thank You!
total=FREE


Overall my trip to Target was great, I got some travel games for our trip (Yeah!) and had a great cashier!

Menu Plan Monday

Using up what you have in the fridge can be kind of fun! We are leaving on vacation for 2 weeks and I can't stand to think that we let anything rot in the fridge.

Mon.-Steak,rice,veggies
Tues.- Cinnamonlicious French Toast, pineapple
Wens.-Homemade ravioli, garlic bread,mixed veggies
Thurs.-pork chops,southwest potato,corn
Fri.-grilled hotdogs,homemade fries,veggies
Sat.-poached eggs, hashbrowns,toast
Sun.-leaving to go to Disney! eating somewhere on the way??

2 other Walgreens monthly deals

Buy 4 boxes of Post at $1.75
use (2) $2/1 coupon HERE
use $1/2 Post Cereal coupon from 2/28 SS
total= $2 and get a $3 Register Reward back!

Buy 1 Dr Scholl’s Insole for Women at $9.99
Buy 1 Dr Scholl’s Insole for Men at $10.99
Subtotal: $20.98
use in ad coupon for $3 off for each
use 2-$2/1 Massaging Gel insoles coupon HERE
total=$10.98 and get a $10 Register Rewards

these are RR rewards deals through 3/21



Thanks Passion for Savings!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

More Target deals

GE Reveal 4 pack light bulbs $2
Buy 2 and use 2 $1.50/1 Target coupon
use with $1/2 printable
total=Free

Johnson Buddies Bars .99
use $1/1 printable
total=Free

Clorox Toilet Wand System $9.69
use $5/1 printable
total= $4.69 plus tax
Submit for $5 Rebate
total after rebate=Free plus $0.31 overage

Thanks, moneysavingmom

Walgreens deals 3/7-3/13

Trial size Dial body wash .99
$1/1 Dial printable coupon
total=FREE

Listerine Total Care or Advanced mouthwash 3/$9
use in ad coupon for $5.01 off 3
total=3/$3.99
Did anyone else get some printable coupons from Walgreens for Listerine? They printed out with the RR. Make sure you are checking and saving those coupons! I have 3-$1/1 Listerine and if you do too that makes the total .99 for 3

Reach Floss or Toothbrush 3/$9
use in ad coupon for $5.01 off 3
total= 3/$3.99
use $1/1 Reach floss from 1/3 RP
use Buy One Get One Free Reach toothbrush from 1/3 RP
use Buy One Get One Free Reach floss from 1/3 RP
total=as low as FREE

Olay Body Wash $3.99
use $1/1 from 2/14 RP
total= $2.99
If you buy 3 you can send in for the $15 rebate HERE and it will be a $6 moneymaker

Nestle Crunch Bar .49 with in ad coupon
use Buy One Get One Coupon from 3/7 SS
total=2/.49 (could be used in a Easter basket)

There is also the Nabisco deal I told you about here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Frugal Friday saving on vacation!

This post here seems to fit just right for today. It is all about how I save money when I go on vacation which I'm doing in just 9 days! Some of the ways I save on vacations I only figured out after our first trip to Disney. Do you have any of your own? If you do feel free to leave a comment!

FREE Blockbuster movie rental

If your child (ages K-12) have a B average or better, they can get a FREE movie rental from the Blockbuster. As always call to make sure your store is having this deal!

Thanks, freesamplefreak

Thursday, March 4, 2010

copykat.com

Have you ever wondered how to make something at home that you just love at a restaurant. Go here and check out this amazing website to make your own copykat meals! This is another way to save big $$!

Thankshttp://cuttingcouponsinkc.blogspot.com/ for posting about this!

Target Freebies

Band Aids for kids $1.82
use $1/1 Target coupon HERE
use $1/1 Band Aid product coupon from 1/3 RP
total= FREE

Oral B Stages toothbrushes for kids $1.99
use$1/1 Target coupon HERE
use $1/1 from 2/21 RP
total=FREE

Kid’s Crest Toothpaste $1.99
use $1 off Target coupon
use $1 off Crest from 2/7 P&G
total=FREE

Ultimate Recipe Swap Homemade Noodles

One memory of when I was little that has always stuck in my mind were the times I shared making homemade noodles with my mom. I'm not sure if it was the fact that she would let me unroll the noodles or how great they tasted in her Chicken noodle soup.

Homemade Noodles

2 eggs
2TB water
1-1/2 cups of flour
dash of salt and pepper

mix it all together, roll out thinly on a floured surface, roll up like a pumpkin/swiss roll, cut into 1/4 inch noodles, then unroll, let dry for 3 hours.
I always place in boiling chicken broth so they don't stick together and cook til' they are not doughy. These noodles can be frozen also and tooken out when needed.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Baby Freebies

I know alot of couples that are pregnant right now. Congratulations! We must get bored in the winter around here (hehe). Anyways if you are expecting a lil' one check out these freebies BABY FREEBIES.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Weekly Deals

No Frills 3/3-3/9

5/$5 Kelloggs Corn Flakes, Rasin Bran, and asst. Mini-Wheats with in ad coupon
use 2-$1.50/2 for Mini-Wheats at coupons.com
total= 5/$2


Hy-Vee 3-day sale 3/4-3/6

Russet potatoes 5lb.- .97
Midwest paper towels-.37
Buy a deep freeze for $199.00 and get $200 of free products(I'm not sure what they include but, I need a deep freeze so, I'm checking this deal out!)


Bag N Save

Boneless Chicken Breasts-1.58/lb.(No Frills have the same product in ad for 4.79/lb. Just b/c it's in a ad it doesn't mean it is a good deal!) I buy Split chicken breasts when they are on sale for .78/lb. and cut them out of the bone. So much cheaper!!

grapes .99/lb.

Our Family pasta sauce-.79

Another Target deal

Kashi Snacks (Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies, Trail Mix Bars, crackers), $2.59
Buy 4 select Kashi snacks, get 1 FREE
$1.50/2 Kashi bars printable (print 2)
total=as low as $1.47 when you buy 5

Thanks, bargainbriana

More Walgreens deals this week

Buy 2 Purex–on sale Buy One, Get One free (2 for $5.99)
Use the Buy One, Get One Free coupon from the 2/21 RedPlum insert
Get both free after the coupon and sale (the store gives you one free with their sale, the manufacturer gives you one free with the coupon)

Dentyne 12 piece–on sale for $0.69 with in-ad coupon
Use $1/2 coupon from the 02/28 SmartSource insert
$0.19 each after coupons

Buy 6 boxes of Kleenex Tissue (prices start at $1.99) – on sale Buy One, Get One Free
Use 2 $0.50/3 coupons here (or from the 2/28 SmartSource insert)
Spend $4.97 plus tax out of pocket, Get $3 Register Rewards$0.33 each after coupons and Register Rewards

Thanks, moneysavingmom

Monday, March 1, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

For the next 2 weeks I am trying to use up what we have in our freezer and fridge because we are going on our vacation so I am getting creative.

mon-garlic pork chops, garlic mashed potatoes, mixed veggies

tues.-chicken alfredo,peas,garlic bread

wens.-southwest chicken pasta salad

thurs.-Tuna Melts, green beans

fri.-pizza,veggies

sat.-creamy potato soup

sun.-steak,rice,veggies

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Vocalpoint And Kraft first taste

If you are not a member of Vocalpoint, you should sign up here. Another great program is Kraft Foods First Taste which you can sign up here for. They both send FREE product coupons as well as $$ off coupons! I scored 2 Oreo Cakesters 2/.99 and 5 boxes of Kashi crackers and cookies 5/$4.60 with coupons from those two programs! These make great snacks for packed lunches and that amount will last a while at our house.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Walgreens cookie deal 3/7-3/13

If you want a really good deal on cookies or are trying to get your 10 Nabisco cookies/crackers for the Kraft Back to School Rebate next week 3/7-3/13 Walgreens has Buy $20 of Oreos, Oreo Cakesters, Nutter Butter, Chips Ohoy or etc. and get a $5 register reward coupon for your next purchase. If you print this $1 off Cakesters coupon here (back button to print more then one) you can save even more!

$14.99 Ponyo Blu Ray

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There is a $10 off coupon HERE for Ponyo Blu Ray- which will be released March 2nd. It should be priced at $24.99 starting Sunday at Target- so $14.99 after coupon.

Thanks, myfrugaladventures

Walgreens deals 2/28-3/6

Starbucks Frappucino $1.25 w/ in ad coupon
use $1/1 HERE
total= .25

Starbucks Ice Cream $2.50
use $1/1 HERE
total= $1.50

Jimmy Dean Breakfasts $2
Use $1 coupon HERE
total= $1

Lindsay Olives .99
use $1/2 coupon HERE
total= .49

Purex 3in1 Dryer Sheets 2/$9
use $1/1 HERE
and use Buy One Get One Free from 2/21 RP
get $1 register reward to use on your next purchase
total= $2.50 for 2 packages after coupons and Register Reward

Renuzit Adjustables .99
use Buy 2 Get 1 Free from 1/10 RP
total= $1.98 for 3

Nivea Lip Care .99 with in ad coupon
use Buy One Get One from 2/7 RP
total= .99 for 2

Reach Toothbrush or Floss $.99 with in ad coupon
use $1/1 from HERE or use $1/1 from 1/3 RP (floss)
total= FREE

Right Guard- Buy One Get one Free
use the $2/2 HERE or HERE
total= .99?

Tylenol PM, Simply Sleep or Motrin PM $2.99
use $1.50/1 from Walgreens coupon book
Use $1/1 from 1/3 RP (Tylenol or Motrin)or Use $3/2 from 11/22 SS (Motrin)
total= FREE- .49

Buy 2 or more Sudafed, Tylenol or Benadryl Cough, Cold or Sinus items at $4.99 and get $5 in Register Rewards
Buy 2 at $4.99
use $1/1 from the Walgreens Activity Book (Tylenol or Benadryl)
use $3/2 from 1/3 RP (Children’s Tylenol)or Use (2) $2/1 Tylenol cold HEREor Use (2) $2/1 from 12/6 RP
total= Get 2 FREE Tylenol after Register Reward and coupons!

Colgate Total $2.99
Get $2 Register Reward to use on your next purchase
use .75/1 HERE or 2/21 SS or Use $1/1 from Jan All You or Feb All You
total= FREE-.24

Buy (3) Kotex Pads, Tampons, or liners $8.97 for 3
use $2.00/2 in 01/10 SS, use $1.50/2 printableKotex Tampon coupons, or use $1.50/2 printable Kotex Liner coupon
Get back $5.00 RR
total= .66 -.83 each

Thanks myfrugaladventures

Friday, February 26, 2010

Frugal Friday

Over the years I have learned what I can cut in my budget to save money. One way I save alot of money is to not buy many gifts. I do give gifts but, they consist of freebies, .24 games, homemade cards, free entertainment, services someone needs, and lots of love! We do buy birthday and holiday gifts for our son but, no DS's or Wii's here. More like art supplies, games, books, and legos(all free or really cheap)! We also take my niece and nephews out for their b-days as well.
Here are some possible items I might include in a gift(you can find these deals at Target)

Easter- Free candy, Free or cheap Annie's Bunnies crackers, Free or cheap bath products, snacks,and etc. like:

Gillette 8oz Body Wash $1.99
use $4/2 from 2/21 P&G
total= 2 for FREE

Fruit Chillers from Del Monte -$1.83
use $1/1 HERE
total=.83

Reach Toothbrush or Floss-.97
use $1/1 HERE
total=FREE

Mr Bubble- .$1.77
use $1/1 HERE.
total=.77

Rimmel Mascara-$2.24
used $3 coupon from March All You
total=FREE


Post-it-notes page tabs $1.24
I used 4-$1.00/1 coupon from 1/10 SS
total: $0.96 for 4

You can also save up your Swagbucks to buy Amazon gift cards and then purchase larger items for bigger holidays!

For more ideas to save $$ check out lifeasmom.com

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Walgreens coupons

A new Walgreen’s Children Activity Book is out. The cost is $.99 and these books can normally be found in the Pharmacy Section. Last time the coupons in this book got me free items because you can combine a Walgreens coupon with a manufacturer coupon!

$1 Crayola
$1 Gerber
$1 Band-Aids
$1 Johnson & Johnson
$1 Children’s Be Kool
$1 Maalox
$1 Motrin
$1 Triaminic
$1 Tylenol or Pediacare
$1 Nix
$1 Kids Orajel
$1 Huggies Jumbo Pack
$1 Comfort Scanner
$1 Flintstones Chewables
$1 Zooth
$1 Nix
$1 Pediasure NutriPals


Thanks, Mojo Savings

More Target deals

There are Dannon Yogurts with a $1.00 peelie right on the package and they are priced at just $1.00.

Some are reporting 1.7 oz Old Spice Body Wash for $.67 – $1.00.
Buy (2) Old Spice After Hours Body Wash 1.7 oz. $.67
use $3.00/2 in 02/22 PG
total=FREE

Thanks, for the mommas

Fruit Chillers from Del Monte -$1.83
use $1/1 HERE
total=.83

Reach Toothbrush or Floss-.97
use $1/1 HERE
total=FREE

Mr Bubble- .$1.77
use $1/1 HERE.
total=.77

When enough bad service is enough!

Where did "customers are always right" and "customers are your boss" thinking ever go? I know there is some great customer service out there. In fact I actually go to a supervisor after each great checkout experience and brag about the cashier to them. I advise anyone who experiences great customer service to do this as well. After all we want those great ones to stick around!
Today on the other hand had to be the worst customer service I have ever gotten! In fact I would call this experience a customer non-service! A few days ago we took our car into Wal-mart to get the oil changed and service done. Upon driving home my husband noticed a weird noise. We knew that we had a recall service that needed to be done on our car and had made an appt. to do so. Today we went in for our recall service and they told us at the dealership that whoever checked our air filter last busted our air filter case and it was $106. That was the weird noise and that Wal-mart was responsible to pay for it. We then went to Wal-mart to show them the papers from the dealership and they called us liars. To make this story short we are not foreseeing any payment from them!
I have slowly been shopping less and less at Wal-mart and more and more at Target over the last few months because Target has great deals! They are always clean and to tell you the truth I haven't had any customer service problems with them except once (about a coupon). O.K. I just needed to vent a little and I realized today enough bad service is enough for me and I can get great deals somewhere else! However I will still post a great Wal-mart deal if I can't find it at another place. I know alot of you still shop at Wal-mart. $30 oil changes/filter checks at a store who calls their customers liars are not in the cards for us anymore. Please feel free to share your good and bad experiences in the comment section.

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Like many others I also have tricks when it comes to making lunches. I make homemade lunchables and homemade uncrustables once in a while. Here is how:

Homemade lunchables

You will need a Bento box or 3 small containers
crackers (any kind) I go for the ones I get for free or cheap with coupons
lunchmeat or leftover ham/turkey slices
block or slice cheese

place crackers in 1 cont.
cut lunchmeat/meat in squares or circles and place in 2nd cont.
cut cheese in squares or circles and place in 3rd cont.
There you go you have a homemade lunchable. You can add a pc. of leftover V-day candy. I usually add fruit and a reusable jug of juice.

Homemade uncrustables

You will either need a Pampered chef Cut-N-Seal — $9.00 (this is what I use) ,a knife. or biscuit cutter
a reusable sandwich wrap (this is what I use) or some kind of bag
bread
fillings (pb&j, lunchmeat, honey)

Make your sandwich like normal but, don't place fillings on edges
cut into circle with your choice of cutter
place in bag or wrap
Don't forget to feed the birds the crust or save for homemade stuffing:)

Thanks http://lifeasmom.com/ for holding this swap!

Another Target Deal

Target has bulk size products up to 50% off. If you are heading to Target this might be worth looking into. Remember when Target goes 50%off they usually go 75% off soon.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kids eat free in Omaha

We don't go out to eat very often but, when we do we are always looking for a deal. Kids eat free nights are great because no coupons! I am the first one to pull out a coupon but, it is nice not to have to once in a while. Everything in moderation. Do you know anymore kids eat free nights in or around Omaha? If you do please leave a comment:)


Applebees Neighborhood Ba...
6222 N. 72nd Str...
Sorensen
NE
( 402 ) 905-2200
TU TH

Buffalo Wild Wings
205 N 76th St
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 343-9464
MO

Buffalo Wild Wings
3701 Metro Dr
Council Bluffs
IA
( 712 ) 366-0067
MO

Carlos O'Kellys
2016 Cornhusker ...
Bellevue
NE
( 402 ) 934-4963
TU

Denny's Restaurant
3509 S 84th St
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 393-7343
MO WE TH FR

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
14440 F St.
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 575-5636
SU

Fazoli's
2434 S 132nd St
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 330-9236
TU

Grisanti's
10875 W. Dodge R...
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 330-0440
MO TU

IHOP
4707 N 72nd St
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 572-0100
TU TH

Lonestar Steakhouse
3040 S. 143rd Pl...
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 333-1553
TU

Summer Kitchen Cafe & Bak...
3685 N 129th St
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 498-2800
MO TU

Summer Kitchen Cafe & Bak...
1203 Cornhusker ...
Bellevue
NE
( 402 ) 291-4544
MO TU

Summer Kitchen Cafe & Bak...
7855 S 83rd St
La Vista
NE
( 402 ) 592-8017
MO TU

Texas Roadhouse
520 N 155th Plz
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 504-4449
MO

Upstream Brewing Company
17070 Wright Plz
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 778-0100
MO

Valentino's
10190 Maple St
Omaha
NE
( 402 ) 571-1400
TU

Thanks kidseatfree.com

Target deals I picked up today

I have been so excited to see some of the great deals at Target lately! It has been so easy to stock up on snacks for our Disney trip in 18 days (gulp). I have a whole suitcase full of freebie snacks and cereals. I know crazy but, we are driving and there is room for an extra suitcase and I still want to have a somewhat frugal vacation:) Check out more frugal vacay ideas here at My 10 ways to save money on a vacation!

Rimmel Mascara-$2.24
used $3 coupon from March All You
total=FREE

2 Gillette mens body washes $1.99 each (I found these on a side end cap in the body wash aisle)
used $4/2 Gillette body washes from2/21 P&G insert
total=2 for FREE

Scotch Fur Fighter-$3.99
used $4/1 printable
total=FREE

2 Smuckers uncrustables-$2.04 each
used $1/1 HERE
total=$2.08/2
That is not a bad price for uncrustables but, I usually make them myself by using the Pampered Chef Cut-N-Seal® — $9.00 and feed the crust to the birds:) You could save the crust for homemade stuffing but, we like to feed the birds.

Hy-Vee Hot Deals

Oscar Mayer hotdogs-2/$3 you will get a $2 coupon off you next purchase to make then 2/$1

Malt a Meal cereal- 2/$1.99 for the small bags(I found these at entry to the produce)
use 2 of those .75/1 coupons to make them .50/2

Pears .88/lb.

$2.99 sale at The Children's Place

The Children’s Place.com has shirts and pants for $2.99 each. If you use coupon code A3AAR7DV2A you can save 15% thru 3/14. Shipping is $5. This could make a great deal if you need the sizes avail. This is one way I get brand new clothes at thrift shop prices!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

JCPennys deal

By using the Promo code TEN4YOU ($10 0ff $10 or more order) at JCP and clearance prices I saved $60.41 on a skirt and a pair of gloves! Just purchase $10 or more and you can also save $10 at checkout with the promo code!


Clearance!
Worthington® Lace Skirt
Item# RP816-7413D
Color: Black Flower Lace
Sale $7.99
Original $44.00
Savings
($36.01)
$7.99


Clearance!
a.n.a® Cable Rib Gloves
Item# RP105-5127
BColor: Vry Ntrl
Sale $3.60
Original $18.00
Savings
($14.40)
$3.60

Promotion:
($10.00)
TEN4YOU
Total Savings:
($60.41)
Subtotal:
$1.59
Standard Shipping & Handling:
$5.95
Tax:
$0.53
Order Total:
$8.07

Free activities in Omaha that are Kid friendly

1) Go to a Kids Workshop at Home Depot and Lowes. You get to build and keep all sorts of cool projects. You can check their websites or call the store for more details.

2) Visit http://www.omahapubliclibrary.org/kidspot for free programs and events.

3) Enjoy one of Omaha's festivals or parades, including Cinco de Mayo, Florence Days, Millard Days, Ralston Days, Lavista Days, Taste of Omaha and Septemberfest.

4) http://www.fontenelleforest.org/index.html and http://www.ocm.org/ (Omaha Children's Museum) usually has 1 or 2 free days a year and we always enjoy going there.

5) There is always the Jazz on the Green concert series in July and August, located outside the
Joslyn Art Museum, or the Playing with Fire concert series May-September on the Riverfront.

6) Visit the Gerald R Ford Birth Site and Gardens.

7) Enjoy the Mt Vernon Gardens.

8) Check out the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

9) Tour the First National's Spirit of Nebraska's Wildernes and Pioneer Courage Park, Heartland of America Park, Memorial Park and the Cancer Survivors Park.

10) Go for a "slide" at the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall, and then walk around the pond.

11) Enjoy our history at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center.

12) Visit the Mormon Trail Center.

13) Go to http://www.cityofomaha.org/parks/parks-a-facilities/search-parks?pid=all to get a full list of all the parks in Omaha. There is over 100! Wouldn't it be fun to visit every park just because:)?

14) Offutt Air Force Base airshow in August (Bellevue) is always a hit and is FREE!

If you can come up with any other Free activities in or near Omaha please feel free to post them in the comment section at the end of the post.

FREE short stack of pancakes at IHOP

As a treat to my son and I (I didn't have to cook breakfast) we enjoyed free pancakes at IHOP. I say free but, really I opted for the strawberries and Matthew wanted bacon. We also ordered drinks. It could of been free if we only ordered 2 short stacks and water. We also donated to the Children's Miracle Network. Free Short stacks (3 yummy pancakes) will be free all day til' 10 pm tonight.

FREE Rimmel mascara with coupon

They have Extra Super Lash mascara priced at $2.89
Use the $3 off any Rimmel Mascara from the March issue of All You and get it free
All You magazine is sold at Walmart and has a bunch of coupons in it. It is the only magazine that I will pay for.

Read more: http://myfrugaladventures.com/#ixzz0gMom4JOc

Monday, February 22, 2010

Menu Plan Monday


I don't like to waste food because to me food thrown away is like throwing away money. When I menu plan I think of ways to use leftovers and sometimes freeze them to use later. We might have BLTs one day, tacos the next, chef salad the third day, bacon,eggs,toast the fourth and so on just to use up things that spoil quickly. It is rather simple but, saves tons of money!


Monday- Grilled ham and cheese, salad (leftover ham from Sun. and leftover salad from tacos last week)

Tuesday-Chicken Cordon Bleu, garlic bread, veggies ( leftover ham from Sun.)

Wednesday-Beef goulash, garlic bread, corn* (leftover garlic bread from Tues.)

Thursday-Country Ribs, oven fries, veggies*

Friday-Chicken-zuccini pizza, veggies* ( leftover zuccini from zuccini/pineapple bread and leftover chicken from crockpot chicken )

Saturday-BQ pulled pork on Onion bun, soup (leftover pork from pork roast)

Sunday-Roast, potatoes, carrots (maybe I will make hot roast beef sand. later with these leftovers)

*recipes from The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook

Friday, February 19, 2010

Free at Hy-Vee

Buy 4 Apple Jacks-$1.50/1
use 2-$1.50/2 Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, or Fruit Loops here or here or here
Get $3 off your next order at Hy-Vee
total=4 FREE boxes of Apple Jacks after coupons and Catalina coupon for next order printed at checkout.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Potluck Broccoli Chicken

This is actually my husbands recipe. My husband cooks about 2 times a year besides grilling out! He made this when I was prego with my son and I loved it. It is really simple and cooks great in the crockpot. Here is what you will need:

2 cups cooked boneless chicken breasts cut in bite sized cubes
1 can of Campbells broccoli cheese soup
2 cups frozen broccoli
1/2 can of milk
2 cups of minute rice or cooked regular rice
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together in crockpot and cook on low for 4 hours. Check out more potluck recipes at http://lifeasmom.com/

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

FREE at Vistaprint

If you go to vistaprint.com and look under free products on the left hand side you can pick up some great freebies and only pay shipping. This is where I get my business cards. I have received totes, pens, car door magnets, and even Tshirts free from vistaprint!

My Walgreens trip this week

I made two transactions today and I will end up getting everything for FREE! To find out how read on.

1st transaction

1 Venus Breeze razor-$8.99
1 Olay body wash-$5.29
2 Lysol bathroom wipes B1G1F-$3.89/2

used $2 off one Venus razor coupon from the 2/7 Sunday P&G ad
used buy Venus razor get Olay body wash free coupon from the 2/7 P&G ad
used $2 RR from previous week
used $1/2 Lysol coupon

recieved $4 RR coupon for buying the Venus razor

2nd transaction

2 Olay body washes B1G1 50% off -$5.29 and $2.65
1 Mandarian oranges .50 with in ad coupon
3 Crest gel 6.4 oz toothpaste-$2.59 each

used in ad orange coupon to make .50
used 2-$1 Olay coupons out of 2/7 P&G or 2/15 ad
used 3-.75 Crest coupons from 2/7 ads or previous ads
used 1 -$1.50 Crest coupon from Walgreens Feb. coupon book (in store) Took off $4.50 total for all 3 Crests. You can use a Walgreens coupon with a manufacturer coupon!
used $4 RR from Venus razor

My total for both orders was slightly under $15 with tax and I sent in for the Olay rebate with my receipts for the 3 Olay body washes I bought today and will get $15 back!!!!

Kohls rebate

Kohls is having a sale on appliances for Wednesday 17th only AND there is a rebate offer. The following appliances are priced at $24.99 and there is a $10 rebate.

You can buy these items in store or online HERE. El Paso Quesadilla Maker, Bella Kitchen 2 slice Toaster, Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker 12 cup/digital, George Foreman Grill and Bella Kitchen 12 in Skillet. Just remember the purchase has to be 2/17 only!

Use promo code NEW430 for 10% off your order or if you are a card holder MVC4FREE will grt you free shipping.

Read more: http://myfrugaladventures.com/#ixzz0foI2P89n

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2 Memberships you just have to have in Omaha!

Omaha Children's Museum-$75.00 for a year. They also have a Welcome fund under membership that has applications for subsidized membership fees depending on family size and income. It does not matter how many times I take my son and nephews here they still ask to go again! http://www.ocm.org/

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo-$78/year now-$88/year after April 5th. This is our favorite form of exercise. We love animals!http://www.omahazoo.com/

Weekly grocery highlights 2/17-2/23

Bag 'N Save

Tyson Split Chicken Breasts- .79/lb
Dole lettuce-.69
Farmland Roast-$1.38/lb.

Hy-Vee

50% off Kellogg's cereal, Pop Tarts or Bars
Dole Broccoli-.99
Organic carrots-.88
Hy-Vee chunk cheese-$2.99


Stocking up on food at the lowest price can help save alot of money in the long run. Chunk cheese can be grated. Cereal added to trail mix. Think of the possibilities!

Walgreens deals

Crest Cavity Protection toothpaste
Buy 1 Crest Cavity Protection toothpaste (6.4 oz.) regularly priced at $2.29
use the $0.75/1 coupon from the 2/7 P&G
Stack with $1.50/1 Walgreens coupon from the February coupon booklet
$0.04 after coupons

Thanks Moms By Heart

Trident Gum–$0.69 after in-ad coupon
use $0.75/1 Trident Layers Gum coupon from the 2/7 SmartSource insert
free after coupons

Air Wick Imotion or Freshmatic–on sale 50% off
use $4/1 or $5/1 coupons from the 2/7 SmartSource insert
Possibly free after coupon and sale

Revlon Colorsilk Haircolor–$1.99 after in-ad coupon
use $1/2 Revlon ColorSilk Product from the 1/7 SmartSource insert
$1.49 after coupons

I also saw some Chinet paper plates on clearance if you have any coupons for those.

Target deals

Wheat thins $1.93
use $1/1 from 1/24
final price: .93 and you can use these towards the Back to School rebate

Get $5 gift card when you buy 5 Keebler or Kellogg's items.
Fudge Shoppe at $1.52
Cheesecake Middles at $2.25
Kellogg's Right Bites $2.69
use $1/3 coupon HERE
use $1/1 HERE

Dove Men plus Care bonus pks $3.99
use $1.25/1 from 1/31 Red Plum
use $1.50/1 Target coupon HERE
final price: $1.24 for a 2 pk

Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil $1
use .50/1 HERE
final price: .50

Olay Regenerist cleansers $5.99
use $3/1 from1/17 P&G
and can submit for Olay rebate HERE for $15 back when you buy 3 Olay items.

Get a $5 gift card when you buy 3 Listerine
2pks of Smart Rinse $4.50
use $1/1 from 10/4 SS or HERE

Get a $5 gift card when you buy Fusion or Venus Breeze razors $6.99
use $4/1 for Fusion from 2/7 P&G
use $2/1 for Venus from 2/7 P&G


Thanks http://myfrugaladventures.com/page/4/

Monday, February 15, 2010

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I love trying new recipes and I have been hooked on the new cookbook by http://www.5dollardinners.com/ and have been including some of those recipes in my menu plan.

Mon.- Chicken Verde and spanish rice with corn *
Tues.- Homemade stuffed shells with sauce
Wens.- Oven fried chicken with fried plantains *
Thurs,- Country style ribs with oven fries *
Fri.- Chicken/zuccini pizza *
Sat.- soup/sandwiches
Sun.- Ham, garden veggies, and scalloped potatoes

*all included in $5 dinner mom cookbook

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dominos Pizza has a great deal going on right now!

One way we save money is that if we do go out to eat we find a great deal like this one and we also know what places have a kids eat free night! You can get 2 med. 2 toppings for $5.99 each! Call the store for more details! I know they have changed the dough, sauce, and cheese and it is the bomb as some might say. My personal favorite are the sandwiches and chicken kickers.

Free movies for a month!

Blockbuster on 96th and Q st in Ralston, NE has free movies for a month so, if you live close by go check it out! Call there with any questions.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Free Family Fun Day in Omaha on V-day

There will be entertainment and education for all ages Sunday,Febuary 14th from 1pm-4pm at the Joslyn Art Museum. There is FREE admission and sounds like it would be a blast! Ckeck it out at http://www.joslyn.org/Activities/Kids-Families.aspx.

Friday, February 12, 2010

NEW OLAY REBATE

Check out the new Olay rebate here to get some Free products or maybe even turn it into a moneymaker!

Thanks http://myfrugaladventures.com/

Thursday, February 11, 2010

FREE 8x10 Collage print on Feb,12th only

Get a free 8x10 collage print 2/12 at Walgreens. Order here and pickup in store. Use code VDAY at checkout. Valid on Friday, February 12th only! I just love the chance to get my pictures done for FREE! How about you?

Get Moving!

I was moved by Michelle Obama's campaign "Let's Move". If you haven't read about this campaign please google it. To do my part I found some great gifts on clearance/sale that I would like to share with you.

At http://www.orientaltrading.com/ I found a gym class red scooter for $14.99. Just type in red scooter. I had too much fun with these as a kid! Check out the active play section too.

Here are some cheap exercise videos for kids Kick to Get Fit Jr. - For Kids for $11.49 and this looks fun Hip Hop For Kids: School House Hip for $17.49 from Amazon. Both are eligible for FREE super saver shipping!

Please leave a comment with some ideas to keep kids moving! I plan to post some cheap/free ways to "Move" in Omaha soon!

Valentine's Ultimate recipe swap

For a few years now I have been packing treats in my son's school lunch for V-day. I like to make a balanced meal with a theme for holidays. I pack a heart shaped PB&J, strawberries, a treat, and a "LOVE" note from mommy. I'm packing a heart shaped sugar cookie this year! Here is the recpie. Also check out ways to have a Frugal Valentine's Day here.

3-1/4 cups flour
1 -1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
2 TB milk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

I mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate 2-3 hrs. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. lightly grease cookie sheet. Roll out dough and cut with floured cookie cutters. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart. Bake 8 mins or until very light brown. Remove cookies. Place on cooling racks. When cooled frost and decorate as you want!

Thanks http://lifeasmom.com/ for hosting such a yummy swap!

Frugal V-day

I celebrate Frugal Valentine's Day every year! Check out a few of my suggestions on how to keep your heart big and your spending small Here!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Walmart deals 2/9

Gillette Men’s Body Wash $3.33
Use $2/1 from 2/7 P&G
Final Price: $1.33

Coffeemate Creamer $1.72
Use .75/1 from 2/7 RP
Final Price: .93 each


Wishbone Salad Spritzers $1.94
Use $1/1 from 1/31 RP
Final Price: .94

Green Giant Steamers price compare No Frills ad for $0.88
use $.50/1 Green Giant Steamers Coupon
Final Price: .38

Monopoly,Scrabble,Sorry card games $5.24
use $4.00-$5.00Monopoly Printable
Final Price: $0.24-$1.24

Betty Crocker Frosting, $1.44
use $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Frosting Tub printable or printable
Final Price: $0.94

Post Shredded Wheat Cereal, $2.50
use $2/1 Post Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat or Grape Nuts Cereal printable
Final Price: $0.50

Uncrustables, $2
use $1/1 Smucker’s Uncrustables printable
Final Price: $1

Johnson’s Safety Swabs, $1.38
use $1/1 Johnson’s Baby Product, exp. 3-15-10 (RP #2 1/3/10)
Final Price: $0.38

Purina Friskies Party Mix, $1.42
use $1/1 Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats printable
B1G1 Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats, exp. 4-30-10 (SS 01/24/10)
Final Price: $0.21

FREE at Walgreens the week of 2/7

Buy 1 Dove Men Care Body Wash at $5.99
Get $5.99 Register Rewards
Use $1.50 off one Dove Men+Care body wash printable coupon
Free plus $1.50 in overage after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Joint Juice 30-count pack at $10
Get $10 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Vitamin Water Lip Care at $1.99
Get $2 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Thursday, February 4, 2010

5 Little things in my kitchen that help me save $$$

1) My plastic bag dryer from reusablebags. I use this everyday to dry ziploc bags after washing so, I can reuse them and for drying reusable water bottles that I pack in my sons lunch.

2) A clean/dirty homemade magnet for my dishwasher. I made this by using one of those free picture frame magnets and a piece of paper that says clean on one side and dirty on the other. I love this because my son (he puts up the dishes) knows when they are ready to be put up. This saves me from rewashing them.

3) My foaming soap dispenser. I put whatever soap I have on hand (usually that I got free) in there and add water. This cuts back on spending $$ on expensive hand soap.

4) My crockpot. I can cook a whole chicken or roast in there, then use it for 2-3 meals. I can also save on dishes by not using 3-4 pans.

5) My menu plan. I have a calendar that I use to plan my meals for the month which saves me a ton of $$.Check out http://lifeasmom.com/ for some of her ideas to save $$$.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Target Trip

I admit it! I am the one who calls up my mom and best friend everytime I get a great deal! ANd these Target deals were worth a call! Check out what I got:

Pictureka card game $5.24
used $5 printable coupon
total= $0.24

Sorry Revenge card game $6.99
used $4 printable coupon
total= $2.99

Monopoly Deal card game $5.24
used $4 printable coupon
total= $1.24

Scrabble Slam card game $5.24
used $4 printable coupon
total= $1.24

Purina Friskies Cat Treats $1.25
I used 2- $1/1HERE and a $2/2 coupon (I don't know where I got this)
total= $1 for 4

Hershey’s pieces bagged candy $2.69
I used the $1/1 Hershey’s Pieces coupon from the 1/31 SS
and the $1/1 Target coupon HERE
total= $0.69

Sobe Lifewater $1
I used 2-$0.50/1 Sobe coupon HERE (Target)
and Use Buy One Get One Free Sobe coupon HERE
total= FREE

Post-it-notes page tabs $1.24
I used 4-$1.00/1 coupon from 1/10 SS
total: $0.96 for 4 (would make a nice add-in to a teacher basket)

Bake Day

I had a larger list of things I wanted to get done today but, my freezer only holds so much (I don't have a deep freeze yet). Here is what I did get done today:

3 loaves of Pumpkin Bread
2 loaves of Zucchini-Pineapple bread from 5dollardinners recipe book
1 loaf of corn bread
1 batch of Honey Wheat rolls from 5dollardinners recipe book (my son loves these)
and Homemade laundry soap

I LOVE the $5 dinners recipe book!! I've actually added about 10 meals out of there to my Febuary menu plan! YUM!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

FREE samples

Try free samples from Stayfree.

Free Perricone product samples.

Free samples from Yogi Tea.

You can sign up for free and get a FREE 2 year subscription to Lego Magazines.

FREE coupon book from Home Made Simple

Sign up for the Beech-Nut newsletter and you’ll receive a FREE Beech-Nut Starter Kit, it includes a lot of great valuable coupons!

Read more: http://freesamplefreak.com/page/2/#ixzz0eOlYUR7i

Walgreens Deals thru 2/6

Vitamin Lip Care $1.99
Get $2 Register Reward
Final Price: FREE

Blink Tears $7.99
Get $7.99 Register Reward
Use $2/1 from 1/31 RP
Final Price: $2 Moneymaker

Bayer Contour Meters are priced at $14.99
If you have the coupons in the 10/25 RP for a free Bayer Contour Meter than you will just pay tax and get a $10 Register Reward back!

Joint Juice 30pk $10
Get $10 Register Reward
Final Price: FREE

Scalpacin Wipes $5.99
Use $1/1 HERE
Get $5.99 Register Reward
Final Price: $1 moneymaker

Zicam Cold Sore Gel Swabs $10
Get $7 Register Reward
Use $1/1 from 11/22 SS
Final Price: $2

Read more: http://myfrugaladventures.com/page/6/#ixzz0eOjS8Xn4

Target Deals

Sorry Card Game $6.99
Use $4/1 HERE
Final Price: $2.99

Pictureka Card Game $5.24
Use $5/1 HERE
Final Price: .24

Monopoly Card Game $5.24
Use $4/1 HERE
Final Price: $1.24

Chuck and Friends Fleet $9.99
Use $3/1HERE
Final Price: $6.99

Gloworm $9.99
Use $2/1 HERE
Final Price: $7.99

Purina Friskies Cat Treats $1.25
Use $1/1HERE
Final Price: .25

Tostino’s Tortilla Chips $2.50- Buy 2 and Get a Free Tostino’s Dip
Use $1/2 Target coupon HERE (Tostino’s chips and dip)
Use $1/2 Tostinos Chips and Dip coupon from Jan All You
Final Price: $3 for 2 chips and a dip!
Nature Valley Nut Clusters $2.25
Use $1/1 Nature Valley couponHERE or HERE
Final Price: $1.25

Gatorade 32oz $.96
Use .50/1 Gatorade coupon from 1/10 RP
Final Price: .46 each

Reach Floss .97
Use $1/1 from 1/3 RP
Final Price: FREE

Neosporin Lip Health $3.04-4.04
Use $3/1 HERE
Final Price: .04-1.04

Johnson & Johnson Buddies soap $0.97
Use $1/1 from 1/3 RP
Final Price: FREE

Clean and Clear products- starting at $2.73
Use $2/1 HERE
Final Price: .73

Aveeno Lotion $2.99 (2.5 oz)
Use $2/1 HERE
Final Price: .99

Travel Size Band Aids (plain or Hello Kitty) .97 (Regular packs of Band Aids are $1.89-1.99)
Use $1/1 from 1/3 RP
Final Price: FREE-.99

Coffeemate Creamers $1.72
Use $1/2 HERE
Final Price: $1.22

GE Energy Smart Lightbulbs $2.99 and up
Use $2/1 GE Energy Smart coupon from 1/10 SS (Target coupon)
Use $1/1 GE Energy Smart coupon from 1/3 SS
Final Price: FREE

READ more: http://myfrugaladventures.com/#ixzz0eOg7i9Nn

Walmart Deals

My Little Pony Friends $5.00
use Buy One, Get One Free Printable
$2.50 each after coupon

Monopoly Travel $5.24
use $4.00Monopoly Printable
$1.24 after coupon

Scrabble – $12.00
use $4.00 off Hasbro Printable
Final Price: $8.00

Monopoly – $10.00
use $4.00 off Hasbro Printable
$6.00 each after coupon

Read more: http://myfrugaladventures.com/#ixzz0eOf01LR9

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kraft foods coupons

Go here to print Capri Suns coupons that you can use in that $20 Kraft rebate from the back to school coupon book.

FREE samples

Grab a free sample of Caribbean Meltdown Body Butter from Bathtanical
Get a FREE sample kit from JNK
Try a free sample of Gel Care Scar Therapy
Get a free sample of Dr. Hess Udder Ointment
FREE SAMPLES of Acuvue Oasys with Astigmatism
FREE SAMPLES of Acuvue Colors
FREE SAMPLES of Acuvue Moist Free
Get free samples of Playtex Gentle Glide


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Free Childrens Colgate toothbrush

Check out http://freesamplefreak.com/ to see how you can get a childrens free Colgate toothbrush.

Free samples

Go HERE and send a free sample bag of Popchips to 3 friends.
Free Kashi sample HERE.
If you are a mom of girls you might head over HERE to request a Kotex First Period kit sample.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Eat From the Pantry UPDATE

Things have been going great! I'm so glad I saved so much in groceries this month because our car window got broke into last weekend and that extra $$ went there. I would have much rather spent the $$ on a new kitchen table that I really wanted but, hey what do you do? I think I am going to try to spend the least I can next month as well and maybe I will get that table afterall:) Wish me luck!! I am guessing I saved about $250.00 this month eating from my stockpile!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FREE Cream of Wheat sample

Check out these free Cream of Wheat samples HERE.

$10 Betty Crocker coupon book

I just received a email from Betty Crocker offering me a $10 coupon book. Make sure you are signed up at BettyCrocker.com to get special offers like this one!

HyVee Deals and 12 hour sale on Sunday, January 24th

Here are the deals I thought were good!

Sunday 12 hour sale:

Half gallon of Hy-Vee milk $0.88 limit 2

2.5 lb bag Country Pride Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $3.88 limit 2

Rotisserie Chicken $3.88 each

Suave Shampoo or conditioner $0.88 each

Sara Lee Classic White Bread $0.98

Skippy Peanut Butter $0.98

16 oz Potato Salad $0.98


Weekly ad Jan.20-26:

Spilt Chicken Breasts $0.99 lb

Butter Kernel Veggies 2/$1

Disney oranges $0.48 lb

Campbells soup (looks like any variety) 10/$10 ($0.40 off 2 coupon in the smart source 1/3) makes these $0.80 each

HyVee apple juice in ad coupon for $0.99

HyVee flour $1.28

Frugal Valentine's Day

I love holidays! And here are some ideas I have to make Valentine's Day special, cheap and stress-free!

1) Make your own Valentine's. Last year (school sale 2009) I picked up some (20) rulers at Walgreens for $0.09 each (I think I got them FREE with RR) and we are going to make contruction paper hearts that say "You Rule" for my son's class. Last year we melted crayons in muffin tins and wrote on card stock "You color my World" (I got this idea from the Family Fun magazine). The things I like about these cards are that they don't have candy attached and they can be used for a while.

2) Cheap or FREE candy. I used to get my son a huge heart of candy but, so did everyone else and to tell you the truth we still have holiday sweets hanging around. I just picked up 2 huge (4.25 oz) Hersheys candy bars up at Walgreens today for 2/$1 and plan on giving 1 to each my husband and son with a cute little note. Thats it! You can also pick up some after Christmas candy and do a little bag if you choose.

3) Make your own cupcakes or sweets. I had picked up cake mixes for $0.39 at HyVee a few months ago (I was thinking ahead and grabbed a pink one) and I will make homemade frosting. This is a yummy project for less then $0.50!

4) Make lunch special with a lil' extra LOVE and TLC! I love to pack my son's lunch everyday. I know what he is eating and it makes me feel good to know he will actually eat it. For Valentine's I like to send a heart shaped sandwich, choc. pudding with strawberries, a special homemade treat, and a lil' note to tell him I love him.

5) Go out for less. http://www.restaurant.com/ has gift cards for a fraction of the price and can help you stretch your buck when you go out. Look for coupon codes to pay as lil' as $1 for a $25 card. Make sure you read in detail about the gift card. Some have a min. purchase.

6) Stay in. Use a FREE Redbox code to rent a movie or 2 and cuddle on the couch.

7) Holiday crafts always gets me in the holiday spirit. How about making a cardboard heart, cut out the middle, and put red tissue paper in it. You could put this on your window with a light behind it and watch it glow. You could recycle those packing peanuts and make hearts on red or pink construction paper with them. There are so many FREE or cheap crafts out there. Check the internet!

8) Remember Valentine's Day is about LOVE not $$$! You don't have to spend alot to show someone you love them!

Walgreens deals good til' 1/23

I went to Walgreens todayand picked up some great deals! I spent $14.73 and saved $56.73! This is typical for me and here is what I bought and how I saved so much:


1st trans.

spend $20 in Nyquil/Dayquil get $10 RR back
2 Vicks Nyquil 2/$10
2 Vicks Dayquil 2/$10
2 Puffs with lotion $2.49 each

used $2.50 RR for last week
used these from the sunday paper
used (1) $2 Nyquil coupon
used (2) $1.50 Dayquil coupons
used (2) Free Puffs with purchase of 2 vicks products
total was 12.50 + tax =$14.25 earned $10 RR coupon for next purchase

2nd trans.

Buy Theraflu and Lipton tea and get $4 RR back
1 Quaker rice cakes $0.99
2 Planters peanuts $1.99 each
Theraflu 6 pack sugar free $3.99
2 Ragu sauces 2/$3
1 Lipton Tea $2.99
2 Hersheys 4.25 oz candy bars 2/$3

used $10 RR from last purchase
used $2 Theraflu coupon Use $2/1 HERE
used $2 Walgreens Theraflu coupon from Diabetes coupon book
used $1 hershey coupon from Jan. Walgreens coupon book
used $1 hersheys dark choc. coupon from Sunday paper
used (2) $1 Planters nuts coupon from Walgreend Diabetes book
used $1/2 Planters coupon from Kraft rebate book
used $0.75 Quaker coupon from Sunday paper

Total $0.48 earned $4RR coupon for next purchase

3rd trans.

3 Barilla pasta 3/$3
1 dried cranberries $1
used $4 RR from last purchase
Total FREE

I really needed to stock up on meds at home because we were getting low and I like to have cold medicine on hand because it saves me from buying full priced items when we get sick. I always make sure the expiration date is good for more then a year so if we don't get sick this winter then we can use it for next winter.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

FREE Kerasal sample

Sign up for a free sample of Kerasal Exfoliating Foot Ointment here.


Thanks, The Thrifty Couple!

FREE World Peace bumper sticker

Grab a FREE Bumper Sticker: World Peace Before 2021. The cutie pie behind this bumper sticker is 9 year old Axil, he was the Littlest Humanitarian of the Year in 2007!

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FREE window cling

FREE “BRING YOUR BAG” Static Window Cling
I love this one because I love reusable bags! Get a FREE Static Window Cling for your car! This window cling is a great reminder for you (and others) to grab their reusable shopping bags before you go shopping.

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Nivea body wash deal at Target

Nivea Body Wash for Women 16.9 oz is included in the $2.99 sale this week.
Use $2/1 from 1/3 RP
and use the $1 off any Nivea skin product HERE (Target coupon)
Final Price: Free!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My 10 ways to save money on a vacation!

I am not a vacation expert! I thought I would warn you that what works for me does not work for everyone! Here are 10 ways I save money on a vacation:

1) FREE samples of cereal and snacks in the mail-I pack these goodies in a small suitcase (make sure the exp. date is after vacay date) I have enough cereal to feed our vacation party of 4 breakfast for our whole trip to Disney in April.

2) FREE or Cheap after rebate or coupons -snacks, juice, paper plates, paper bowls, and plastic silverware can provide you with enough supplies to serve up breakfast and snacks for a whole trip.

3) FREE toiletries samples by mail will prevent you from having to buy minis and the fact is not all hotels have everything you need. I have tooth floss and mouthwash samples that I can but, don't want to live with out. This is also a good time to use up perfume samples and others.

4) FREE after coupon items in stores like the bandaids and Johnsons first aid kits I got for free at Target this week can make life easier if placed in your purse or glovebox during a trip.

5) Reusable water bottles can be a lifesaver and moneysaver. Staying hydrated with plenty of water is smart and FREE if you use these.

6) Use items you have already to entertain your kids on the road. I heard of many people buying new toys or STUFF ( I don't like STUFF) to entertain kids. How about printing off puzzles or games, pulling out something that they haven't played with for like forever, using a clipboard to draw what they did on vacay or write postcards(on the way back) to relatives and friends(we are doing homework since we are going during the school year), borrow a portable dvd player from a friend (I'm doing this-Thanks you guys), and maybe just maybe enjoy your trip by looking out the window and enjoying the sights!

7) Keep a look out for new deals that come up after you book your vacation. Disney let us add a deal to our vacation package($300 gift card which will pay for our lunches and dinners during our stay) that my husband found(YES!!! there is hope for him yet to join the frugal side)!

8) Get FREE vacation related materials to have as keepsakes. You can get a free autographed picture of your favorite Disney character. Just send a letter to:

Walt Disney Company
ATTN: Fan Mail Department
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

You need to include the name of your favorite Disney character and the address you want the autographed photo mailed to. These would be great to take with you to disney and get signed instead of buying them there. These do take a lil' while to get so, do this in advance! You can also find color pages or pictures of anything online to have autographed on your vacation no matter where you go.

9) Set a spending limit and stick to it. My sons spending limit is what he saves up until the vacation. He has saved some Christmas money and sold some of his old toys and a bed set to increase his spending limit.

10) PLAN ahead! This is a big one! You don't want to forget something you need and have to buy new.

Eat From Your Pantry update

The Eat From Your Pantry Challenge is going great! I'm looking forward to seeing the bottom of my freezer! I did go over my $20 grocery limit by a lil' bit for this month but, I kind of figured it would be hard anyways to stick to that. Here is what I bought (I'm done shopping til' Feb. 1st):

Target Deals after coupons

1 box of Fruitfull bites .99
2 Juicy Juice 3.74/2
4 LaVictoria Salsa 3.96/4
1 box Kashi Go lean Crisp FREE
3 boxes of Special K bars 2.78/3
Trail mix Nature Valley bars FREE after rebate
Total of: $11.47

HyVee was having double coupons( limit 10)(this never happens around here)and $0.99 milk so, I went over budget. I spent $18.48 at HyVee. My Grand Total for grocerys in January is $33.75! I have enough produce, milk , and everything else to last the whole month!

FREE Taster's choice coffee samples

Grab a free 6-pack sample of Nescafe Taster's Choice Instant Coffee here. Limit one request per person and up to two requests per household.


Thanks, Frugalista Cafe!

FREE pizza knife

Get a FREE Pizza Knife from Hi-Tech Kitchenware! Limited to one per household, please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery! If you know my husband then, you know how I rushed to sign up for this one!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Top 8 ways to earn swagbucks

If you haven't heard of Swagbucks yet, it's a great program where you earn "bucks" by using their search engine. You can install their toolbar to make it even easier. The "bucks" are redeemed for gift cards, sports cards, comic books, band t-shirts, and lots more. I've been only redeeming mine for Amazon GCs, since I can always find something to buy there (this month, it's waterproof mattress pads for the now-potty-trained toddlers).So go sign up, and start earning your own free money. And finally, my Top 8 Ways to Earn Extra Swagbucks:

Subscribe to the Swagbucks Blog.
Sign up for the monthly newsletter.
Use the toolbar to enter web addresses (like Target.com, Swagbucks.com, etc.).
Join Swagbucks on Facebook.
Follow Swagbucks on Twitter.
Invite your friends to join Swagbucks.
Use their portal for online shopping and earn 1 Swagbuck for every $5 spent.
Use a Swagbucks button to invite more friends through your personal blog or Facebook.

Thanks http://www.moneywisemoms.com/2009/03/swagbucks-code-from-moneywise-moms.html

FREE kids meal coupons for Burger King

We only go to fast food places like maybe once a year but, these coupons would be great on the road. We are driving down to Disney in April and I'm guessing that there will be lots of fast food stops on the way. There is a HOT coupon for a FREE Kids Meal at Burger King. It includes a burger, fries and a drink!!! Apparently you can print it once and it will tell you you’ve reached the print limit. After that you can enter your email address, they will send you a link to the coupon and you can print it TEN (10) times!!

Thanks to Swag Grabber!

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FREE Gold Bond hand sanitizer sample

Go HERE to get a free sample of the Gold Bond Hand Sanitizer from Walmart.

Monday, January 11, 2010

FREE Get Married magazine

Sign up now and you can get one FREE Issue of Get Married Magazine.

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FREE YoYoLip gloss

You can leave a review of YoYo Lip Gloss on Total Beauty and get a FREE YoYo Lip Gloss! Here’s what you do….go to Total Beauty…leave a review. Once you’ve left a review, email goyoyo@yoyolipgloss.com with your Total Beauty log in, name and shipping information and that’s it!
Thanks Slick Deals and Ashley!

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