Saturday, October 31, 2009

Today's Notes

First of all, it's the last day of the month, so time to clean up those files and binders!!

Second, if you signed up for Herbal Essences Free Shampoo deal on facebook, keep your eyes open! I got my Free Bottle Coupon today!

So, today my kids are trick or treating, I had surgery yesterday so I couldn't go, but I am sitting here at my front door, giving out candy and cleaning out my coupon binder.

I have a question for you all and if you are a lurker, this is when I really, really need you to leave a comment. I have been asked to teach a class on my couponing, shopping, freebies and stockpiling. If you were to meet me face to face, where I could show you what I do, what would you want to ask? I have 2months to get ready. The classes are in please speak up and tell me what you would want to learn!!!!

Thanks! and stay frugal!!!

Free Black Jack Taco at Taco Bell

Tonight from 6pm to close at participating Taco Bells, you can get a free Black Jack Taco. One Free Taco PER PERSON.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Art Cow has some great deals!! Photo books for free ( with Shipping!)

I used Art Cow last year for Christmas Gifts, since Art Cow is in Hong Kong, the shipping was slow, but the products were very nice and I am thinking of using them again for gifts. They have new items this year, but the cost has gone up. If you sign up for the first time with them, they give you 1,200 free prints!

Right now, you can get photo books for free, you will need to pay shipping.

Here is their current deal:
1. Go to ArtsCow to register (if you are already a member, simply log in). New members will receive THREE 8×8 photo books & 1200 free prints credits!

2. After you have logged in, click on My Account, then click on Credit & Discount on the left side of the page.

3. Enter this code: 8X8OCT2009, to credit your account with eight 8×8 20 page Photo Books. You Must Hurry, because you need to redeem the code by 10/31. You’ll have 30 days after that to use the coupon.

4. Next enter: 40PAGEBOOK to credit your account with three 7×5 Hard Cover 40 page Photo Books. (You need to redeem this coupon by 11/12 to get the credit. Then you’ll have 30 days to use it.)

5. Additionally, New Members can use code: PBKS299 to get a 7×5 Hard Cover 20 page Photo Book for $2.99 with FREE SHIPPING!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Stockpile trip today....

I planned to just stop at a few stores while my husband did some things in ended up being a all day trip because I got in the shopping mood...LOL...Here is the trip. I did buy 7 Christmas gifts.

Bath and Body Works
Free Body Wash ( coupon from mailer)

Victoria Secret
Free Underware ( coupon from mailer)

Transaction One:
2 masterpiece puzzles ( gifts), On clearance
2 sets of kids dinner plates and bowls, on clearance
3 cups of Stove Top Stuffing, on sale for .89 cents, had B2GO coupons
2 packs of Trident Gum, On sale for 2/$2.00, had a BOGO coupon and get a $1.00 RR back
Total: $10.67 plus tax
After coupons and $9.00 in RR's from my previous trip, OOP .82 cents. I got back $1.00 RR

Transaction Two:
1 bag of Halls, sale for $1.00, had .75 cents coupon off from ALL YOU Magazine. Paid .31 cents with tax and I got a $1.00 RR back

Transaction Three:
2 Degree Deo, on sale for 2/$7.00, had $1.50 IP coupons for each and then get $2.00 RR back
I bag of Halls, Sale for $1.00, had a 50 cent coupon from Sunday coupon. Get a $1.00 RR.
Chapstick, Sale $2.99, get a $3.00 RR back.
Total: $10.99
After Coupons: $8.10 with Tax
I got back $6.00 RR back

So, I have $8.00 RR's for my next trip!

Next stop:
Toys R Us
My Little Pony Playset, Clearance $7.48,
2 My Little Ponys, $6.49 each
Used the $5.00 My Little Pony Coupon from my coupon bar on the right!
then I used my daughters $3.00 birthday coupon too.
Total OOP was $13.42. My daughter will get one of the ponies for her birthday and the others will be used for christmas gifts!

Then I stopped at Menards
4 jars Chi Chi Salsa, On sale for $1.79 with $1.00 rebate on each
2 packs of Cottonelle Toilet Paper, On sale for 2/$5.00, I had $1.50 IP on each one
2 bottles of Palmolive Dish Soap, On sale for $1.50 each, I had 50 cents off coupons from Sunday paper
2 Crayola Spinner Refills, 99 cents on clearance.
I used my balances on my gift rebate cards so my total after coupons and rebate cards was
Total $1.33 and I have the rebate for $4.00 on the salsa to send in

1 bag of Dog Food ( To donate to the shelter) $4.49, Had a Target $1.00 off coupon and a manu. coupon for $3.00 off
1 children's game on clearance for $3.74, will use for christmas gift
1 dry erase board, 50 cents on clearance
4 cans of cat food, on sale $1.20 each, I had 2 BOGO Target coupons and 1 BOGO sunday paper coupons, So I paid for 1 and got 4
Total: $14.03, then after coupons $5.43 OOP

2 bags of noodles
bag of apples
Tortilla chips
pancake syrup
can of fruit cocktail
head of lettuce
2 bottles of vinegar
12 pak of white soda
4 dozen eggs
1 very big pumpkin
Total: 20.95

6 bottles of Snuggle Fabric Softner, $3.89, had $3.00 off coupons from sunday paper
1 bag Sergeto Cheese Shredds, $1.99. had .55 cents coupon that doubled from sunday paper
5 pound bag of flour, $2.69, had .50 cent IP coupon that doubled
2 containers of instant lunches, Marie Callendars $2.99, had $1.50 coupon off from ALL YOU magazine
22 bags of Wacky Mac, $1.00 each on sale, had 75 cent off coupons from sunday paper.
3 bags of egg noodles, on sale for $1.73 and I had .75 cent off coupons from sunday paper
1 bowl of Healthy Choice Steamers, $2.50 on sale and I had a $1.00 off coupon from a House Party
3 boxes of Super Pretzels, 3/$5.00 on sale, .50 cents off each box that doubles from sunday paper
1 Crayola Beginnings Paint Set, On clearnace for $2.49, had a coupon for $1.00 from an insert
2 containers of Frosting, on sale for $1.50, had .50 cents off that doubled
4 boxes of brownie mix, on sale for .99 cents, had .30 cent off coupons that double from sunday paper
2 containers of crystal light, on sale for $2.00 each, I had a $2.00 each coupons
1 box of Minute rice, on sale for $2.00, I had a 50 cents off coupon that doubled. Coupon from Sunday paper.
2 Yakisoba lunch packs., on sale .75 cents, and i had a 50 cent coupon that doubles
2 packs of Hard Salami, used the $3.00 IP coupons from Sara Lee
5 pouchs of Mashed Potatoes, 5/$4.00 on sale, .25 cents off each coupons from Sunday paper that doubles.
3 packs of taco seasoning, .67 cents each on sale, had a $1.10/3 coupon
6 pouches of Tuna, on sale for $1.25, had 50 cents off coupons on each one, they doubled. the coupons from the sunday paper
2 cups of Microwave mac and cheese, 1.00 on sale, .40 cents coupons that doubled, coupons from the sunday paper
2 cups of Chef Boy R De, $1.00 on sale, had .40 cent coupon that doubled.
1 bottle of Snapple, $1.29, had a .55 cent IP coupon that doubled
1 jar of baby food, on sale for .69 cents, had a free coupon, will give it to the food pantry
2 packs of clearance pull ups
3 bottles of Suave Body Wash, on sale for $1.66, .50 cent coupons on each that doubled
2 sticks of Sure Deoderant, $2.50 had $1.00 off coupons, coupons from Sunday Paper
Total: 141.04
After coupons: $61.08

So, grocery store shopping was $82.03, my other shopping was $29.41. I have $4.00 coming back in rebates, $8.00 back in RR's and 7 Christmas gifts. :) sorry no photo...My house is a disaster! LOL!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Boston Market Meal for $1.00

Follow this LINK and you can get a 3 piece chicken meal and mashed potatoes and cornbread.

Would you like a new pair of jeans??

Special K has a offer. Buy 5 specially marked packages of Special K and get a $10.00 voucher for a new pair of jeans. Be on the lookout for cereal sales and then follow this LINK and sign up!

Then, If you follow the Coupons Link and sign up there, You will get coupons for different Keebler and Kellogg's IP coupons.

When is your birthday??

Did you know how many different restaurants give you a special treat for your birthday??? Lots!! Here is a list of current places to sign up for!!!

Baker's Square - Sign up for their email list! Get coupons and ( I haven't varified this but) a free slice of pie on your birthday!
Baskin Robbins sign up for their birthday club and get a free cone!
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream sign up for free newsletter and get a free ice cream cone on your birthday!
Buffalo Wild Wings sign up for their newsletter and on your birthday enjoy a dozen free wings! ( not all locations are included)
Cold Stone Creamery Join their birthday club and get a free one scoop "creation"!
Dairy Queen sign up and get coupons for free Blizzard Treat's ( not just on your birthday!)
Denny's Kids 10 and under get a free meal on their birthday! Sign up for the birthday club! or follow this LINK to sign up for regular Denny's deals!
Fuddruckers sign up and get a free burger on your birthday!
Noodles and Company  Join their mailing list and get a free meal on your birthday!!
Old Country Buffett Join their Eclub and get coupons ( BOGO) on your birthday and anniversary!
Perkin's Sign up for their eclub for a birthday treat ( kids only!)
Red Robins sign up for their club and get a free burger on your birthday!
Sonic's  Birthday Club for Kids, Sign up for free meal.
Texas Road House Become a Roadie and get delicious goodies!
T.G.I.Friday's Restaurant Join their Stripes club and get coupons and goodies!
Tony Romas Join their mailing list and get coupons and a birthday treat!

And Other places that give you goodies!!
Toys R Us Sign up the kids for their birthday club and get a $3.00 gift certificate towards any purchase and other coupons!!
Olan Mills Free Portrait Package for children on their birthday, includes 1 8X 10, 1 5X7 and 4 wallets.

There are alot more, but these were the ones I could confirm actually work! As I get more, I will try to post them.

Applebee's, Free Entree for all veterans!

Show your support for our troops by forwarding a message to as many people as possible and letting them know that veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free entree on Wednesday, November 11th at any Applebee’s across the country.

Visit for more information!!

On my way home....

The local grocery store has a remodeling special ( they are remodeling the building). So, there was some great specials.

I got one gallon of milk, 2 loafs of bread, 1 block of cheese, and 1 pack of hotdogs for $3.47!!! Everything was on a grand opening coupon. .99 cents for the milk, .49 cents for the hot dogs,  .99 chunk cheese, 2 loafs of bread for $1.00. 

:) Good Deals!

Free Sample of Rachel Ray's Nurish Dog Food

Follow this LINK to register for a free sample of dog food. Click on the free sample tab!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bag Credits

Check with your stores!! I have had 2 different stores now tell me if I bring in my tote bags ( which I do anyways) I get a .05 refund on my transaction. This has happened at my local Sentry Grocery Store and my Target. I know it's .05 but's a little extra off!!!

Glade IP Coupon!

Follow this LINK and print a coupon for a BOGO Candle.

Pennzoil Music deal and Coupon

Need your car's oil changed?? Get your oil changed with Pennzoil and then get 46 FREE music downloads and a coupon for $15.00 for the next change. Follow this LINK and click on "get more details"

Victoria Secret Freebies!

These are some great deals!  Follow this LINK and print the coupon, have a free bra fitting and get a 3 pack of Beauty Rush Lip Gloss!

Also, PINK at VS has a free panty deal! Follow this LINK, and join or login and pick up a free panty and coupon for $10.00 off a bra.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Coupon for the new Tinkerbell Movie!

If this is on your daughters or granddaughters christmas list, here is a $10.00 off coupon!! Follow this LINK to the website!

Edited to add: This is for the blu-ray version of the DVD only.

IF you need to buy several gifts for several little girls, then here is a senerio that MIGHT work for you!
Toys R US
5 Tinker Bell DVD Blu-ray movies $19.99 each
( some cheap small filler to make your total over $100.00)
Toys r Us has a coupon on it's flyer for $10.00 off when you spend $100.00. Use that, then use 5 $10.00 off TInker Bell Coupons.
$19.99 * 5 = $99.95 plus 50 cents ( gum or something to bring it over $100.00) = $100.45 - $10.00 Toys R Us coupon - $50.00 = $40.45 for 5 DVD's . Then you have 5 gifts bought for Christmas for about $8.00 and tax. :)

Coupons on Hasbro Games!!

Follow this LINK and this LINK to some great coupons for Hasbro games!! If you keep a look out for sales on these games, you could pick up some cheap christmas gifts!! These coupons expire on 12/31/09 and 1/31/10 so we could even use them after christmas on sales or maybe with Black Friday Sales!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

FREE Food from KFC

KFC has declared Monday, Oct. 26, "UNFry Day" and restaurants across the country will be giving away free* samples of Kentucky Grilled Chicken (KGC). Since KGC was introduced in April, more than 60 million Americans have joined "Grilled Nation" by trying the product at a KFC restaurant. Now, you can join the Nation for free by stopping by KFC on Oct. 26. 

Join them for some free food!! 

* Free piece of Kentucky Grilled Chicken offer is valid at participating U.S. KFC restaurants October 26 only. Limit one free piece per person. Free piece selection is at manager's choice and may vary by location.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

KIDS Eat Free at Boston Market

Kids can eat free! Not a bad deal!!! :) Limited to the month of October! Enjoy!

more Disney Rewards codes!!

If you collect Disney Rewards Codes, you can earn 50 points for typing the new code word in. The new code word is heart.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Trip to Walgreens and Sentry

I went after work to pick up a few things.

Angel Soft TP, on sale $4.00
Lint Rollars, 2 pk, on sale $1.00
2 Starbucks Frappucinno, On sale with Walgreens IVC $1.29, IP coupon for $1.00 off, .29 cents each
2 Reese's cups, On sale 2/$1.00, had a BOGO coupon from Sunday Paper
1 box of Zantac 150, On sale for $8.99, had a coupon for $5.00 off, got a $9.00 RR back
1 Hormel Compleats, On sale for $1.98, had a $2.00 off coupon from ALL YOU magazine, so free after coupon

Total before coupons was $21.34. after coupons and $9.00 in RR's from last trip, my total was $2.01. I also got back another $9.00 in RR's!!! WOO HOO!

Second stop was Sentry

2 Sobe Waters, on sale for $1.00, 50 cents off coupons that were on hangtags, doubled making them free
4 Cat Treats, on sale for $1.81, had 4 more coupons from Sunday paper for Free treats.

So, OPP was 46 cents, which was the tax. :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Free Year of Parenting Magazine

Maybe you know someone who is a new parent, or you yourself are! Follow this LINK to sign up for a free year of Parenting Magazine!

PlaySkool deals!

If you follow this LINK you will find coupons for many popular Playskool Items. These would be great for Chirstmas!!  Keep watching those sales flyers for great deals. These coupons go until 1/15/2010 so we can use them for our Christmas Shopping. Post any deals you find!! THANKS!

Currently, I found out that Walmart has the musical sit and spin on sale for $16.52, with the $10.00 coupon from the LINK, you can pick it up for under $7.00!!

Free Disney Interactive Book Website

You can register at this LINK  and enjoy a few samples of free interactive books. There is also a subscription to register for ALL the books, which costs money, but the few free samples are enough to keep the kids entertained for a few minutes. :)

Kodak $15.00 gift giveaway

Kodak has a promotion for $15.00 off their kodak gallery shop. Follow this LINK, fill out the forms and they will email you a promo code. You may want to use this for Christmas. You can do a christmas cards for almost nothing. :)

ENJOY!! I went on there and I ordered 2 10 packs of picture postcards for the family for $2.98!! So, that will cover family that is out of town, I will send them a photo card and small gift!

Great Deal on Trio Fisher Price Toys !

Toys R Us has a great deal going on for Trio Fisher Price toys. It's buy 2 get the 3rd one free!! If you follow this LINK to the Fisher Price website and register to get the $5.00 off coupon. You can print 2 coupons per computer.

$14.99 Playsets (3)
Minus $15.00 in coupons
Minus the B2GO deal $15.00
Equals $15.00 for 3 playsets!!

These will make great gifts for Christmas!!!!

Here is my transaction today!

$14.99 *3= $44.97
Minus coupons and B2GO deals = $14.97
Then I had a coupon for $5.00 off a purchase of $25.00 or more ( from the birthday club) so with tax my OOP was $11.64! :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Starbucks Frappuccino Coupon

This coming week at Walgreens there is a sale on Frappuccinos for $1.29 with Ad coupon. Follow this LINK to a $1.00 IP coupon. Pay only 29 cents for them after coupon!!

Kraft Rebate and Coupon

Follow this LINK and get the form! Buy 10 Kraft items and get $10.00 Rebate. They start you out with a $1.00 off coupon!  You can also follow this LINK for the full rebate form!

Free Ensure Drink

Follow this LINK and fill out the form to get a free coupon for a 8 oz Ensure Drink.

$10.00 off a bag of Eukanuba Puppy Food

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, fill out the form and recieve a coupon in the mail! Follow this LINK for the form.

Disney's Rewards Bonus Codes!!!

If you do Disney Rewards, here is 100 bonus points!!!
Light for 10 points

Tina for 20 pints
Gobloon for 30 points
graveyards for 40 points

If you aren't a Disney Rewards member, email me your email ( ) and I will send you a referral link. My kids have gotten Baseball caps, disney tattos, stickers and 2 music CD's from their rewards. This is a great program!!

Cheap Birthday Party..and other notes...

Well, we celebrate my daughter's birthday party.
How much would you spend on a party for a 9 year old? We are having 11 people including our family.

Here is what we are doing.

Pizza, on sale 6 for $10.00. Used a $10.00 Mastercard gift card from Swagbucks to pay for those.

Soda, Generic (2 liter bottles), and chips from Walmart about $5.00
Salsa, Free made from garden
Home made birthday cake, Free cake mix after double coupon. Cake mix from my stockpile. I bought at Logli's a while ago. Also making cupcakes from the other box of cake mix. That box was cheap too.
Chocolate Ice Cream from Target deal, so it was super cheap. I have a candle that is a "9", so we will use that.

We have paper plates that were free from Kmart deal. Paper cups, free from Kmart deal. Napkins (found brand new at a clothing exchange, they had boxes of them so we took a few packs), Plastic forks and spoons, free from Menards deal. We wash and reuse. Birthday table cloth that my mom will bring.

Streamers are from a free box at a rummage sale I found over the summer. We also have a bag of balloons that we 10 cents on clearance at Walmart from a LONG time ago. We use 2 or 3 for each birthday until the bag runs out.

Her birthday gift is where I spent the most. I found a the Leapster Diji on clearance for $29.99 ( Originally $59.99) at our Walmart back in early summer. I had the $10.00 off coupon, so I got it for $19.99. Over the summer, I kept hunting until I found games for it cheap. I got games on Ebay, clearance at Walmart and through the Ebates deal on  Altogether, my daughter will be getting 5 games for her birthday ($40.00) and the Diji. So total spent $60.00. I also have 2 games put away for christmas.

That is it! I could have gone cheaper, if I would have bought cheaper gifts. But, I am thrilled to keep this birthday party inexpensive.  One things that helped was buying through out the year and not waiting until the last minute to buy things. This helps spead out the spending, so you aren't whipping out your plastic at the last moment.

Do you have any low cost birthday party ideas? Please post them in the comment section!

Also, how is everyone doing on their christmas planning? I am almost done. I found some great deals this week through my school book order!!! It seems scholastic is now allowing parents to go online and order directly from their website. I was able to order $19.00 worth of items from the clearance section ( all christmas gifts) and have them count towards my teachers school order. That way, the teacher gets to pick an extra free book for her classroom and I get to save lots of money on my order. I ordered 10 things for $19.00. Including a math game, a book with a friendship necklace, some toy for my son, etc. So, if your son or daughter has a teacher who has set this up for the Scholastic book club, it's a great way to get some clearance deals, help the classroom and buy educational things for christmas. ( on a side note, the teacher does know I bought christmas gifts, make sure your teacher doesn't send them home with the kids!!)

Also, there is that $5.00 off My Little Pony Coupon (see my coupon bar on the right side of my blog) when you spend $20.00. I know my Walmart and several other Walmarts had some Pony items on clearance. My store has the ponies in the clearance section, not in the toy section, so keep  your eyes open for gifts there!

My christmas gift list is small this year. I am buying for very few people. With that said, I am almost done. I have 6 boxes of items in the basement filled with gifts. Each gift has a post it note on it that matches my list. So I know that I have bought for each person on my list. :)

Other than that, I got my Shoppershotline reward this week, another $25.00 on my debit card. :) And I got my last $10.00 Mastercard from Swag Bucks. Swagbucks doesn't have the Mastercards anymore, so we will have to wait and see what is next for them!  I am also half way to a reward on Report Port, so I will use that to buy more Christmas gifts. ( if you don't know what Rewardsport is, click on the "reward yourself" ad on the right hand side of the page and find out! It's quick and easy!).

I am keeping it frugal. I have already put aside HALF of the total amount I need for my Oral Surgery at the end of the month. I am hoping to have it all. I don't want to put that much on a credit card when we are so close to being debt free.  I will post how I am doing with that. I have pet sitted, sold some items and paid less then budgetted on the credit card to put money aside for this surgery. OH FUN...NOT!!! :)

I hope everyone has a frugal, safe and fun weekened!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

10 Free Country Music Downloads

People Magazine has 10 free Country Music Downloads. You do have to have iTunes on your computer, but it does give you a free download if you don't. Follow this LINK to find some great free music! And check back monthly, they will be changing the songs!

Ran to Walgreens

I stopped at Walgreens on my way home from work tonight.  They had a deal, buy 8 participating products get an $8.00 RR.

2 Ricola Vit C drops, Free after coupon in Sunday Paper
1 bag of Halls Refresher, had 75 cent off coupon, they are on sale for $1.0, and you get a $1.00 RR back
2 jars of Hellmann's Mayo. On sale 2 for $5.00, I had a $1.00 off coupon from a mailer I had and a 60 cents off coupon from the sunday paper.
3 jars of Ragu. On sale for 3 for $5.00, I had coupons for Free Jars of Ragu.
3 jars of Skippy Peanut Butter, On sale for 3 for $5.00. no coupons.

Total was $21.65
Total after coupons was $8.65 and I got $9.00 in RR's back for my next shopping trip!! WOO HOO!

Arm and Hammer Freebie

Arm and Hammer has a free sample of their Fresh Ins Odor Eliminating  Vacuum Scent Packs, Call 1-888-800-2302 or e-mail 

Lots of IP Coupons!

Go to this LINK for a coupon for Ore-Ida French Fries, $1.00 off 2 boxes. I have heard these boxes sell for .99 each at Target.

If you belong to Kraft's First Taste club, check your account because there was a $2.00 off one box of Wheat Thins IP Coupon.

Also, follow this LINK for $1.50 off Degree Woman's Fine Fragrance Collection.

Zantac, Fill out the form LINK for a $5.00 off one box IP coupon.  Walgreens has a RR deal on this, so you could make money on this deal!!!

Pedigree Dog Bites $1.00 off one box, LINK

50 cents off one bag of Malt O Meal Cereal, Follow this LINK This coupon would be pretty good if you can find Malt o meal on sale at a store that doubles.

Also, on my coupon side bar over on the right hand side, you can click on that, and find a coupon for 55 cents off one bottle of snapple. If you have a store that doubles coupons, or puts snapple on sale, it would make that a cheap or free buy. Also, that coupon bar has $2.00 off Milk Bone Dog Treats. If Kmart doubles again,  that would be a great coupon for that.

Also, one last things...Redi Whip has a rebate going on right now.  Get a free can when you spend $10.00 inpartcipating products. Go to this LINK to get all the details.

In Wisconsin, Free paper Shredding from the BBB

Follow this LINK and get all the information.

Did you know that most identity theft crimes occur when something containing your personal information is lost or stolen? Protecting yourself from identity theft is in your own hands. If you don't need it, shred it -- responsibly! The BBB is here to help. Bring your personal documents to the BBB’s “Shredfest” on Saturday, October 17th.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BOGO Deal at Denny's

Here is a LINK to a coupon ( see the green Print Button at the bottom of the page). The coupon is for a free burger and fries when you purchase a burger and fries and 2 drinks. Expires 11/23/09

Free Hormel Compleats

If you get the Oct. 23rd All You Magazine, Pg 119 has a $2.00 off coupon for Hormel Compleats. Right now, Walmart has those on sale for $1.98. So they would be free after coupon. All You has over $91.00 worth of coupons this month. So if you buy the magazine just to do this deal, you would still get your money's worth out of the rest of the magazine!

Free RedBox Movie Code for Walgreens

If you have a Walgreens nearby, there is a new Redbox code for you! ( It can only be used at Walgreens Redbox)  DVDATWAG

Would you be ready??

My husband and I have lived paycheck to paycheck. It's not a fun place to live. If any kind of emergency happens, you are stuck pulling out your credit card or borrowing from family. Either way it creates a problem. The interest on credit cards is crushing the average american family. Borrowing from family means that you will  feel obligated to them until you pay it off.

As many of you know, we have been on our debt snowball for a long time! I feel like it's never going to be zero ( but we will). Yesterday, I was told I will need oral surgery at the end of the month and I have to come up with 50% down. That is well over $1,000! I told her we don't use credit card anymore. She looked at me like I was crazy.

So, would you be able to pay for this in 2 weeks without credit card?  Well, I can take about half of it out of my emergency fund. The other half I have to come up with in two weeks.  I am going to be ready, but it's going to take some creativity.

What would you do? Would you break down and take out your credit card? We are so close to paying off our debt, I don't want to go backwards. Once we become debt free, I can start saving for my kids college funds or a new house.  I have to have this oral surgery, but I don't have to use my credit cards.

So, I will let you know what I do and how I do it as I figure it out myself! :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rainforest Cafe Coupon!

If you have a Rainforest Cafe and have never been there, This would make a great family night out!!

Follow this LINK and print this coupon!

New Point Program!

If you do Mypoints or Swag Bucks?  If you do, you know about the point collection oppurtunity to gain rewards like gift certificates or prizes.  If you don't, there are many opportunities on the web that allow you to collect points for reading emails or doing other things.

Now, there is a new point program out there that I just signed up for. I have done it for 3 weeks now and it's legit. You get points for reading emails and doing surveys. Rewards include Barnes and Noble, Target, Bath and Body Works, Blockbuster and many other gift certificates.

If you are interested in this new reward site, just click on the link on the right. The link says Reward Yourself!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

$3.00 IP for Therma Care Heat Wraps

Follow this Link, fill out the form and print. Be patient, it takes a few minutes to print. You can only print one. :)

Fun Night for me!!

My Grandma's birthday party was tonight. I had to do some volunteer stuff, so I arrived late, but when I got there everyone was saying hi and handing me coupons!! LOL. I got 3 bags full of coupons. I also got some coke points and some new books. :)  I guess my family is starting to realize how much I use them. :) It was a fun night!!

Shopping Trip!

Well, it's be a long time since I did a big trip. This trip wasn't a full trip, I didn't stop at Aldi's or Target. I only did Kwik Trip, VS and Logli's.

First VS had a coupon that they sent for free underware, so I picked up another free pair! I have a huge stockpile of under clothes from them!

Then, Walgreen's. I picked up 2 more Red Baron Pizza's. After coupon it is $2.00.

Then Lolgi's.  Not the best photo, but I was in a hurry!

2 cans of chicken broth
box of Earl Grey Tea
4 boxes of Eggos
1 package of Tuna
1 container of Oatmeal
4 bottles of Nestea
3 boxes of Jello
2 Kraft Easy Mac Cups
2  4pks of Yoplait Yougart
2  4pks of Dannon Yougart
1 bottle of Relish
2 bottles of Sobe water
4 bars of soap
3 reese cup packs
5 Yakisoba Meals
1 box Frosted Flakes
2 Kashi Crunch Cereal
3 Thai Rice Noodles
13 bagged frozen veggies
1 container cottage cheese
1 container butter
1 pk of beer brats
1 pk of Brats
2 pounds of london broil meat
1.3 pound of pork steaks
6 cans of cinnamon rolls
4 cans of cresant rolls
4 little containers of Chef Boy R Dee
1 bag Picsweet Frozen Meal
Total before coupons: $113.30
Total after coupons: $48.94
Almost all the things I bought had coupons from the sunday paper or IP's from my bar ( on the right hand side of my blog). The Yougart coupons were from a friend. Everything was on sale combined with a coupon.

Last Kwik Trip.
 I bought 3 dozen eggs, 3 bags of milk, and 2 pounds of bananas for $9.XX.

So, Now we will try to continue to eat from our stockpile, plus what I bought today, for about 4 weeks. I still need to sit down and make a meal plan. But I got the oatmeal, cinnamon rolls, eggs, yougart and cereal. That can cover most breakfasts. Lunches can be soups, sandwiches, mac and cheese. Dinners will have brats, spaghetti, pork steaks, london broil, tacos, and pizzas. So, that is just a start.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Energizer has a free Journal!

This would be a great gift for someone with Breast Cancer. It's a free Journal with inspirational quotes. Follow this LINK to the mail in offer. You need to purchase 3 specially marked packages to get this journal but it still would make a great gift!

Yo Plus Deals

Yo Plus Yougart has a great deal for you! Go to their LINK and get a $1.00 coupon OR they're now offering a coupon for free Yo-Plus when you send us one Activia UPC. Download the rebate form and switch to Yo-Plus for Free!

Run to Senty and Walgreens

Well, I typically avoid Sentry, but my kids won a $10.00 beef certificate from the Beef Council through a school project! So, we went. I found some great deals and only spent $3.36 out of pocket! Also, ran to Walgreens. I had $8.00 in RR's to use by Saturday, so I figured I would look around. I found Red Baron Singles Pizzas on clearance for $2.00, I had .75 cents off coupons from the Sunday Coupons. So, I spent nothing out of pocket.

My first trip was Walgreens.

2 clearance pencils .19 cents
5 Red Baron Single Serve Pizzas (2pk), on clearance for $2.00, had .75 off coupons from sunday paper
2 boxes of popsicles, clearance $1.00
1 container of raisins
Total $14.38
After Coupons: $11.38
After RR's: $3.52 with tax, used the balance from my last Walgreens gift Card. Zero OOP.

While I was at Walgreens I saw hangtags for 50 cents off Sobe Life Waters. I grabbed a few because I knew they would double at other stores, so I figured I would find them on sale eventually. Little did I know..they were on sale at Sentry.

Then I ran to Sentry:
3 Dannon Yougart, Free coupons from a trade
3 packs of Disney Batteries, on clearance for $1.00 a pack, will use as part of christmas gifts, since I am giving toys with batteries.
1 box of Snuggle fabric sheets, on clearance $3.22, had the $3.00 off coupon from Sunday's paper
1 Hormel Compleats, chicken. On sale for $2.00, I had a $2.00 coupon from the ALL YOU magazine, so Free after coupon
2 Friskies Cat Treat Pouches, Free Coupons from the Sunday Paper
5 Sobe Life Water, On Sale for $1.00 a bottle, Had 50 cent coupons that Doubled, so they were all free.
2 cans of Friskies cat food, I had a BOGO coupon from the Sunday paper and they were on sale for 80 cents a can.
1.7 pounds of steak
4.28 pounds of ground beef, Used $10.00 gift card AND a $2.00 wine tag on meat
Total after coupons was $3.36

The great thing was that the cashier didn't give me a hard time about any of my coupons, and almost all of them beeped!! She was very nice and I am glad Sentry is now doubling coupons!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Getting Behind!

Well, my house is a disaster, and my coupons are piling up! It seems like this past weekend almost went by in a whirlwind. I have had something going on every night this week! Just got home from Bible Study about 15 minutes ago!

So, let's find some positives!!

First, I was able to send the ENTIRE payment on the medical bill!

Second, my daughter won a contest at school from the Beef Council, so we got a $10.00 gift certificate for any beef at the grocery store!! YEAH!!

Third, I was able to take my family and my brother and his wife out to eat on Monday night for his birthday. Paid nothing about of pocket between gift cards and coupons!!

My daughter just traded a bunch of paperback books for free. So, she started reading again for her McDonald's happy meals and her Book It pizzas!! Free food! YEAH!!

At my job, there was a bunch of books on a table with a free sign, I found about 3 books my daughter has been wanting to read!

One of the woman I trade coupons with just send me several free yougart coupons!! I am so thrilled!!! YEAH!!!

I got accepted into a new BZZZ Agent Campaign. So that should come in the next week!

So, I am keeping it frugal. I am thinking positive. And I have been thinking about how I can still pay off as much debt off the credit cards as possible. I have a leather dress and some old ren gear I am thinking about selling. I have some jewerly that I can sell for scrap gold.....humm....I wonder what else I can do. I am pet sitting for 2 different people this weekend. Fun and some extra cash there.

Stay frugal!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Free Pumpkin Carving Templates

We have 4 weeks until Halloween.  We aren't ready to buy pumpkins yet, but here are some free stencils!


Hersey Candy

Home Depot

This one has just a few freebies on the LAST BOTTOM ROW!  go to She will change them weekly.

Here are some on

And one more

Enjoy! Remember, pumpkins don't have to be costly. You can find a farmers market that can get you a pretty nice pumpkin for around $2.00! OR if you can grow your own, use them. Also, save the seeds and bake them for a yummy snack!!!

Can you still eat that?

I have recieved 2 emails asking about stockpiling food and wondering if the food is still good after a certain amount of time. I would like to share a site with you that helps sort out all those questions. Go to and take a look at all the things you can store, keep and freeze. How long something will last and what you can do to store it properly.


Chewing Gum Deal

Walgreens has Trident Layers Gum on sale for 2 for $2.00 and get a $1.00 RR back. You can follow this link for .75 cents off of one. I was able to print two coupons, but they say in the fine print Limit 1 coupon per household, so I don't believe I can use them together.

Good IP Coupon!

Here is the LINK for a IP coupon for $1.00 off any size box of Wheat Thins!! Great Coupon if you find a sale on Wheat Thins!

Free Toothpaste

Posted on a coupon forum, wanted to share it with you all.

If you have a Pick n Save..
Colgate Toothpaste selected 4.6 Oz. Varieties ($10/10)
If you have the ($1/1) coupon (expires 10-17-09)

You get the toothpaste for.....FREE!!!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Kmart Run...

Well, I said a quiet day at home, but I ended up going to Kmart for their Super Doubles. I got a refund check for $60.00 and a $10.00 one, so I used that money and went. So, I was gone for a little while..LOL...

Transaction #1:
1 Rimmel Mascara ($2.00 coupon that doubled)
1 Boy's Short Set, Spiderman ( on clearance for $2.00!)
1 Pair of Demin Shorts (on clearance for $2.00)
1 bag of Cat food ($2.00 off coupon that doubled, making it $1.69 for the bag)
4 bags of Temptations Cat Treats ($1.00 coupon that doubled, making all 4 bags free)
2 jars of Pounce Cat Treats ( On sale $1.29, had BOGO coupon)
2 microwave bowls of Campbells Soup ( will use for lunches at work) ( Had $1.00/2 coupon and it doubled)

Total after double coupons: 10.58

Transaction #2:
3 boxes of Crystal Light ( had $2.00 off of 2 coupon for all 4 items)
1 container of Crystal Light
1 bottle of Juicy Juice ( Had $1.00 off coupon from the back to school calendar, it doubled)
4 Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers ( will use for lunches at work) ( had the IP coupons that I posted about, $2.00 off one, they doubled making them free)
2 pouches of Tuna Fish ( Smart Source IP coupons for $1.00 off, they were $1.99, coupon doubled making them free)

Total after double coupons: $3.50

Then went to Walgreens
1 Glade Candle ( found a free coupon that I thought I had used)
Total after coupon: .18 cents

Then to Walmart:
3 pouches of Friskies Cat Treats ( Coupon for Free bag from Sunday's Paper)
2 Velvetta Cups ( had BOGO coupon, THANKS ahockeymom!)
2 boxes of Snuggle Fabric Softner sheets,( had the $1.00 off IP coupon)
2 reese peanut butter cups ( on sale for .50cents, had a BOGO, so the kids got a 25 cent treat!!)
Then I got some lunch items, a few snacky things and some more clearance clothes!

Total after coupons: $21.22

Now I can just stay home the rest of the day.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Nice Quiet Weekend at Home

Tonight I got home and my husband had started the cabbage rolls in the crock pot. The cabbage is from our garden, the rice was free with coupon and the Tomatoe soup was free after RR's at Walgreens. So, cheap dinner.

Then, I took some tomatoes out of the garden and chopped them up and made salsa. :) I got the salsa mix for 10 cents on clearance at Walmart. So, cheap salsa.

Then, I wrapped my daughters birthday gift. If I would have bought everything retail, I would have paid over $199.99. But, after coupons and gift cards and ebay, I paid $61.00 for all her gifts! Not, including the Ebates rebates. So, I am happy. She is done shopping for.

Tonight, my kids and I read books and played board games. They had a great time!!

Hope you have a super frugal weekend!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Free Burt's Bees Skin Care Sample

Here is the new link for the Burt's Bees Skin Care Sample. Follow this LINK.

First day of the month! Time to go through those expired coupons!

Time to go through all those expired coupons!!!

Coke Rewards Prizes!

Coke Points is one of the programs that I like to participate in. Right now, if you have 280 coke points, you can cash in for Chili's $10 Gift Card or Maggiano's Littly Italy $10.00 Gift Card. I don't have enough points to grab one, but I am getting the $10 Subway Card. SO, if you have enough points, this is a great deal!!!

Also, if you want more Coke, you can cash in 240 points for a free 12 pack!

New Coupons!! has new coupons posted! You can click on them right from the right hand column of my site! Including 50 cents off steam fresh veggies, $1.00 off one box of Bagel Bites and many others!!! Take a look! Also, Red Plum has their new coupons for the month of October!!

Also If you plan on buying Snow White DVD that just came out, here is a LINK to $10.00 off!!

Free Clorox Wipes Packet

Go to this LINK to a free Clorox Wipes Sample Packet.

Frugalmommie as been on WITI FoxNews6 Television Milwaukee, WTMJ620 Radio, Several local newspapers, The Wisconsin State Journal, and is in a feature article in All You Magazine in the April 2009 edition.