Thursday, December 31, 2009

Not posted for a few days...

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I will be away from the computer for the next few days. It's the end of a month, so go through those binders and I will see you on the other side of new years!!!

Stay Frugal!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Free Auto Magazine

Follow this link and sign up for a free subscription to Motor Trend Auto Magazine.

Saturday, December 26, 2009 Free Movie Rental is currently offering a free $4 credit towards anything in their Video on Demand catalog, which includes thousands of movies and shows. The credit is good until 11:59p.m. January 3rd, 2010 (PST).

1. Click here

2. Enter the claim code AVODGIFT in the pop-up window and click the Apply button.

New Rewards Programs gives you free soda!

There is a new rewards program and when you sign up you can cash in the points right away. These coupons are snail mailed to you. I don't know how long it takes.
Go to Recycle Bank

Once you have signed up click on “Get Rewards”

Log In. You get 100 pts for signing up.

Then go to the left and select the “grocery & food” category on the left-hand side- click on beverages you can get a $1 off any coke product for 10 points - you can get 10 for the 100 points you earned signing up - add it to your cart and checkout. They will mail the coupons. Then when you shop, find a sale on 2 liter bottles and stockpile!! OR, they have coupons for BOGO Huggies Wipes, or Seventh Generation dish soap or many other items!! Enjoy!!

Free Book from Read it Forward!

Quantities are limited so you may have to hurry, but READ IT FORWARD is giving away free books. There are 3 to choose from. You pick the one you like and sign up. Go to this LINK and click on the book you would like to sign up for.

Start planning...

Well, Christmas is over..but the retailers still want you business. Today many people will head out to the store to get those deals. Most Christmas items will be 50 to 75% off. I am lucky this year. There is nothing I need to buy. Typically I pick up gift wrap and to/from stickers. Last year, I got stuff 90% off so I stockpiled, which means I don't have to buy anything. I found To/From Stickers for 5 cents a package at Walgreens last year, so I bought the whole stack! I still have gift wrap in the package. I will just save it another year. This year, many more people will be out there looking for deals due to the economy. Make sure you know your price points. Gift wrap should be cheap before you buy it. 50% off the full price on wrapping paper isn't always a good deal. Other things to look for are things you can use during the year. I know places like Target will have Christmas pictured paper towels, napkins and ziploc bags and Christmas packaged Klennex and Clorox wipes in holiday themed bottles. Those type of items you can use coupons on along with the store clearance and get some great deals!! Then stockpile them and use the items throughout the year. No one cares if your Clorox wipes have a Christmas pictured wrapper. :)

Also, look for discounted snacks. Many stores will clearance out the crackers shaped like snowflakes or the red and green M&M's. Well, the crackers you can eat even if they are snowflake shaped. The M&M's you can open them up, seperate the red and green into bags.  Freeze. Then, use can use the red candies to decorate for Valentines Day and the Green ones you can save for St. Pat's day candy. :)  Look for soda packaged in Christmas Packaging, many times it's on sale too.

Also, Look for clearance toys and gift. I have already bought for my son's birthday in march. Due to the sales, free shipping offers and clearance. I was able to get him 4 toys for under $20.00. So, his birthday gifts are bought. :) Keep your eyes open for gifts for other people. Keep your prices to under 75% so that your dollar will go farther.

So, be creative...have fun...hope you don't have too many Christmas returns.  Remember living frugally is knowing when to buy and when to save and wait. I have turned it into a life's game!. How much can I put away in my savings account? IS it better to buy this item or save the money? How can I make this money stretch the most.

Also, be careful...Just because it's 50% off doesn't mean it's a great deal. Today I was at Target. They had 50% off the board games. But, full price they were $14.99, so half off was $7.50. These are the same games I picked up BEFORE Christmas for $3.50! Also, if wrapping paper is $4.99, 50% off is not a good deal. Wait. There will be better sales.

I hope you make your upcoming 2010 the best frugal year for you! By being frugal, you can limit the amount of stress the bad economy has on your family.

Stay frugal everyone!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Frugal Happy New Year!

Disney Rewards Word of the Day!

The word of the day is Family

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ConAgra Coupon Deal!

The magazine All You has a deal on their website from ConAgra!

Purchase $10 worth of these ConAgra Foods products and you can receive a coupon booklet worth $25*

Follow this LINK to get more information. :)

Free Taco Bell Fresco Taco

Follow this LINK to print out your coupon for a free Fresco Taco.  The coupon will only be valid for 7 days from when you print it! Limited to the first million coupons!

Disney Rewards Word of the Day is....

Hope you are getting those points. If you bought any disney movies for your kids, make sure you find the codes inside those DVD's and add it up for more points!!

$132 in Groceries for $34.24

I went to Pick N Save for the double coupon event. I then stopped at Walmart.

Transaction 1:
14 bags of frozen veggies, on sale for $1.00, I had $1.00 off 2 bags, that coupon doubled, making them all free.
2 boxes of Bagel Bites, on sale for $1.50, I had $1.00 coupons that didn't double, paid 50 cents each
2.4 pounds of bananas, on sale for .39 cents a pound!
2 jugs of Milk, on sale for $1.88 each with store coupon
2 rolls of Cinnamon Rolls
1 roll of Crescent Rolls, on sale with the Cinnamon Rolls for 3/$4.98, had double .40 cents off coupons on the cinnamon rolls.
1 Jello Mousse Carmel, Free coupon from Kraftt First Taste.
Total: $48.22
Total after coupons: $8.95

Transaction #2
10 cans of Fruit
6 cans of veggies, assorted varieties, On sale for $1.00 each, had $1.00 off/8 coupon that doubled, if you buy 15 cans you get $5.00 coupon on your next shopping visit
1 package of bowls, on sale for $2.50, had a $2.00 off coupon, paid .50 cents
1 box of Ronzoni, on sale for $1.29, had .75 cent off coupon, which doubles and makes it free
6 bags of frozen veggies, $1.00 each, had coupon for $1.00 off/2, which doubled, making them all free
6 boxes of Bagel Bites, $1.50 sale, $1.00 off coupons, those didn't double
10 packages of lunch meat, 10 for $5.00 sale, I had $1.00 off/5, that doubled so I got 10 pacakges of $1.00!
1 package of butter, on sale with coupon for $1.48
2 milks for $1.88 on sale
2 packages of kraft cheese slices, $2.00 each on sale, had .50 cent off/2 coupon which doubled, so I paid $1.00 a pack.
2 cream cheese, .88 on sale each, had a .50 cents off/2 coupon, which doubled.

Total before coupons: $122.84
Total after coupons: $25.29, and I got a catalina for $5.00 off my next shopping order. :) YEAH!

2 boxes coffee filters
1 box peach tea
1 2 liters of 7 up
5 boxes of snuggle fabric softner sheets, I had $2.00 off each coupons, they were priced $1.87, so those were a MM.
Total $14.33
after coupons: $5.02
Used my shoppers hotline gift card, so I paid nothing OOP.

So, total out of pocket, $34.24. Which comes out to approx. 74% savings. :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Double Coupons tomorrow, Dec. 23rd, at Pick N Save!

Hey Southern Wisconsin Shoppers! Pick N Save has double coupons, TOMORROW ONLY, up to $1.00. Limit 10 coupons! They also have a deal 10 cans of Delmonte Fruit or Veggies for $1.00 a can. Use the sunday paper coupon for an even better deal! When you buy $15.00 in Delmonte, you get a catalina for $5.00 off your next shopping order!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Swagbucks Starbucks Deal!!

Today only you can get a $10.00 gift card from Starbucks for 100 swagbucks!!!

HURRY!!! International Coffee Creamer Free Coupon!

If you belong to facebook, go to the fan page of International Delight Coffee Creamer. Become a fan, click on the Holiday Giveaway tab and sign up for a coupon for a free creamer!!! Limited to the first 100,000 people so hurry!

Today's Disney Word....


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rayovac Batteries Coupon

If you go the Rayovac Facebook Page, click on coupons and they will email you a coupon for $3.00 off a pack of batteries. You can go to this LINK.

This weekend..

I haven't posted much, with Christmas coming my schedule is so full! Frugally, our mail has been good, we got a $10.00 True Value Gift Coupon from their rewards program in the mail. I also got a RAOK gift. I got 2 gift cards already for Christmas, so we will save those for needs that we may have. Also in the mail I got another $20.00 mastercard gift card.

I am WAY behind on my coupons. I just haven't had the time. I also didn't get another survey done. I have to catch up. I did spend $20.00 at Amazon and picked up 4 more gifts ( but they are for 2010 birthdays, I am done for Christmas).

I have been bringing hot cocoa to work. Trying to keep our spending down. All our credit cards are paid off . I have half of the dental bill paid, so half to go.

How is everyone else doing?

Disney Rewards Word of the Day

The word of the day is Action

Itunes Free Music Download

Sign up on Facebook as a fan of Itunes and get a 20 free song download!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Great Magazine Deals!

If you want to get some Magazines as gifts, this is a great way to do it!
Go to , they have yearly subsciptions for as low as $4.69! They will change the magazube deak every day!

Disney word of the day!

Today's word of the dat is GIZMOS

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Shopping???

If you are still Christmas Shopping, here are so great deals! But, you have to move fast, time is limited (Amazon changes their prices several times a day!) Also, if your Christmas shopping is done, can you use these for upcoming birthdays?

Transformer Race Track $9.99!! (free shipping)

Jumpstart Leapster Computer $19.99 (free shipping!)

Twilight Game: NEW MOON  $7.99 (free shipping)

Lego Viper Racer $4.49 (free shipping)

Girl Gourmet Bakery $9.99 (free shipping)

Rummikub Deluxe Edition $8.69 (free shipping)

Little Pet Shop Tiny Pets Pencil Case Playset $5.99 (free shipping)

High School Musical Dream Date Game $4.49 (free shipping)

Quick Trip to Walgreens and other notes.

I have to use up some RR, so I went over there. I wanted to get the progresso soup deal, but I didn't have any other plans for the RR's.

1 9pack toilet paper
1 package of napkins
3 cans of progresso soup
1 can Axe body Spray
Total: $13.39
after coupons and RR's: $1.82 OOP

I haven't needed to go shopping. Christmas Shopping is done. Already started working on my son's birthday gifts (his birthday is in March). My menu and grocery stockpile is fine. Hubby ran out of body wash this week, thankfully I had plenty in stockpile. I replaced my kids toothbrushes this past weekend, again got from stockpile. So, very little spending going on.

In the mail, I got another Menards refund card and the $5.00 gift card from Kmart from the cereal deal back in August! I now have $30 in gift cards for Kmart. So, I may buy my husband one more christmas gift, but the gift cards will cover that. :) Again, no money spent.

Cashed in some my Swagbucks, I picked up a $10.00 Starbucks gift card ( used it as a thank you gift) and I also got a drinking bottle for myself. So, two more freebies. I am half way to a gift card on Rewards port. If you haven't done Rewards port, click on the link on the right hand column of my page. You do surveys and click on emails. Quick, easy and free!

Other than that, we are keeping warm with our wood burning stove. Another friend offered us all his wood he had in his back yard. We hauled the trailer over and picked up on load. We hope to get another load if it warms up a bit. But it's free wood and keeps the stove running. :)

Kellogg's Movie Deal

There has been many great deals out there on Kelloggs/ Keebler cookies and crackers.
Check your boxes! IF they have the DVD movie token on it, you can save the tokens. Collect 5 tokens and get a free DVD movie ( from a participating list of movies!) You can get more information, just click on this LINK.

Disney Rewards Secret Word

Today's secret word is GFORCE

IP Coupon for Meow Mix

There is a  75 cents off of  Meow Mix. Follow this LINK and print one out!

Sunday, December 13, 2009 finally happened...

I couldn't sleep. I sat down and wrote out the bills. Within this month, just as our goal stated, we paid off the FINAL credit card, but we also paid off my car! Which means we own both vehicles. We are debt free from all credit cards and car payments. We still have a home equity...that is the next goal for us! We also are saving to have 6 months of expenses saved up. We have 3 months now. I am still working LOTS of odd jobs to have extra money. I am pet sitting, teaching a class on couponingand any other odd job I can find. My husband is picking up some side jobs too.

I am kinda in shock! This has been an on going process for 8 years. During those 8 years, we had lots of set backs and thought we would never make it to this day!!! My husband broke his leg, has been laid off a few times and I have had dental work, college bills and we both have been trying to give our kids a good, happy life. My husband continues to look for a job. I have no idea what the future holds for our family, but it's by God's grace that we are finally feeling free from our heavy debt load!!!

Also, we are ready for Christmas...and no credit card was used in the process!!

Stay Frugal Everyone!!!

I will write more later..I am tired...but I feel so good!!!!

Great Deal at Kmart this week!!!

If you have a Kmart nearby!
They have Playskool toys on Page 11 of their ad for $10.00 each! If you look at my coupon bar to the right of my blog, there are $5.00 off coupons for the Mr. Potatoe head and the Swing and Score Baseball toy! So, these toys would be $5.00 after coupon!! Great christmas gift!

Also, they have the My Little Pony Playset, $24.99 and there is a $5.00 off coupon on the right side of my blog. So, it would be $19.99 after coupon.

More good deals!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Denny's Free Peppermint Pancakes

Become a fan of Denny's on facebook and you will get a coupon for Free Peppermint Pancake Puppies.  You can follow this LINK.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Freebies and Good Deals

There is so many freebies coming through my kids schools right now.  If you have elementary school kids, you may want to ask the teachers if you school participates.
The first one is McDonald's Happy Meals. The child reads 10 books and gets a coupon for a free Happy Meal. Second Book It from Pizza Hut. The teacher sets up the rules. This month my children have to read a certain number of minutes. The third is Subway. They have a Reading Rocks program. Read 500 minutes in the 5 weeks and get a free Kids Meal. And finally, our local water park has a reading program too. The children have to read so many minutes to get a free water pass!! So, my kids are reading about 25 minutes to 2 hours when then get home! They want those freebies!!

Second, If you do Swagbucks, they have a free code for 1 point if you go through all the special offers. Just click "skip offer" so you don't get roped into anything.

Third, Disney Rewards is doing double points today, so whatever points you may have ( including the 5 points from their family special today). Also, use the code HEART for an extra 100 points!

Beyond that, I got my give card from MyPoints. I cashed in some swagbucks for a cool water eco safe water bottle and another Starbucks gift card! :)

IP Coupon for $1.00 off one box of General MIlls Cereal

Follow this LINK to a IP coupon for $1.00 off  General Mills Cereal!

Free Olay Body Lotion

Oil of Olay has a Quench Body Lotion Rebate. Follow this LINK to get the rebate form. Limit up to 2 forms per address.

More Free Christmas Music! Itunes Downloads!

Itunes now has free christmas music! Download it at this LINK.

Dinsey Rewards Word Of the Day!

The word of the day is GUINEA PIG.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Disney Rewards word of the Day

The word of the day is SLED.

Bzz Agent Program...

Do you any one who...

• Are over 40 years old

• Are caring for a parent or loved one who is 70+ years old

• Are living in Alabama, Arizona or South Carolina

• Are NOT health care providers
BzzAgent, A program I am in, does "tests" of products to see what the consumer likes and dislikes about the product. Currently, They emailed me about a "LifeLine" product. They are looking for new Agents for the Philips Lifeline BzzCampaign and wanted to give you the opportunity to invite friends, family and co-workers to try the #1 medical alert service for free.
If you are interested, Post a comment and I will get you the information. You don't get paid for this. It simples allows you to try new products and reports back to them what you think. Youc an earn MyPoints from doing this and also get coupons and deals sometimes from them. If you know anyone who is interested. Let me know!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Nervous..and Excited....Couponing Class!

In one month, I will be teaching a class on couponing, shopping and being frugal. I am very excited and ALSO VERY NERVOUS! If you live in Walworth County (Wisconsin) and you are interested, it will be on Monday Nights from 6pm to 7pm. January 11th, 25th, February 8th and 22nd. You can take a single class or sign up for all 4.

I have never taught before, but I am very excited to do so. I have come up with some topic ideas. Here are my ideas:

1. Shopping several stores, make a path
2. Loss Leaders and sales
3. Generic vs. Name Brand
4. Other stores beside grocery stores
5. End caps and displays
6. Price Book ( copies of my price book sheets)
7. Menus around those sales
8. Dealing with Store Rules and not friendly cashiers

1. Store coupons vs. Manufacture Coupons
2. IVCs, ECBs, RRs, Catalinas, Wine tags, Peelies, tear pads and others
3. Multiple coupons
4. double coupons
5. matching a loss leader with a coupon
6. dealing with store rules and fine print
7. coupon filing systems , binders and files
8. when is a coupon not a good deal?
9. set up seperate email accounts..why? I will explain
10. coupon karma :)

1. samples
2. free sites, the good and the bad
3.  recycling sites
4. always say yes...almost!
5. exchanges and bartering
6. seperate email accounts...why?
7. point programs
8. test drives and other offers
9. refunding

1. how to stockpile
2. What to stockpile
3. sell by dates, best if used dates, and expired items
4. once a month cooking
5. freezing
6. what to do with extras

If you were going to take a coupon class, what would you want to learn? I am working with two other areas of Wisconsin to give classes in their area too. :)

Jewelry Site for Christmas Gifts

I am going to share a site with you. I am not sure if you will find this a great site or just a so-so site. This site has silver jewerly for Free and then you pay shipping. I have bought from them once and was satisified. I thought this would make some nice Christmas gifts. Shipping it typically $5.00 to $6.00. They change their offers every 15 minutes. I am not a spokesperson for them, I don't know the quality of the jewerly or the stones, I just think some of their jewelry is very pretty and may be a nice gift.

You can go to if you are interested!

Stay Frugal! :)

Johnson and Johnson IP Coupon

Follow this LINK and you can print an IP coupon for Johnson and Johnson Baby coupon. It is for $1.00 off any size baby shampoo, so you can use it on the trial size and get the trial size free.

Disney Rewards Word of the Day!

For 5 Disney Rewards points....the word is HURLEY

Mercy Me..Free Download!

If you like the band Mercy Me, then you will love this! You can download the entire album for free!! Go to LINK and follow the directions! They will email you a direct link. This is not Christmas music, this is an entire live Mercy Me Album!!! WOW!!! ENJOY!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Disney Rewards World of the day

The word for today is ELF. You can go pick up your 5 points!

$2.00 Snuggle Coupon from the Sunday Red Plum

If  you got this past sunday's Red Plum, There was a $2.00 off coupon for Snuggle Fabric Softner, any size.  If you go to Walmart, they range in price from $1.88 to $1.99 for the small package. Which would make them free after coupon.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Disney Rewards 5 point word of the day

Word of the day today:  JUAREZ

Keebler/Sunshine Snack deal

If you are heading to Target this week, there is a great deal on crackers and snacks. Cheeze-it, Keebler Fudge Shoppe Coookies and other selected varieties are on sale for $2.00 each. But 5 boxes/pacakges and get a $5.00 Target Gift Card.  You can go to for some IP Coupons or look through your coupons..there were many Fudge Shoppe coupons in the sunday paper.

For that little boy on your list!!!..LEGOS!!...

Everyone knows that Legos are expensive. But if you look at the right hand side of my blog, there is a $5.00 off Star Wars IP coupon. Print that, and then go to Target. Target has Star Wars Legos on sale for $19.00, making it $14.00 after coupon!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Method Products IP Coupon

You can print coupons for Methods Products. It's a $2.00 off coupon, so it should get you some very cheap, maybe free, dishwashing soap or hand soap.

LINK here to coupon! Click on the $2.00 gift for you link and then print your coupon!

Wonderful Stocking Stuffers at the Woman Within!

Here are some great gift ideas at the woman within! If you use Ebates, you can get money back too! Go to this LINK. Also, you may use this with the Parka Coat deal I posted earlier. Tote bags for $2.99, travel sets for $4.99, and a pink watch for $2.99! Great deals!

Also, here are some coupon codes to try too!

Codes: *one code per order*
Free Shipping on any order WW32600 - exp UNKNOWN
50% Off Highest Price Item WW39266 - exp 12/7/09
40% off favorite item WW29216 - exp 12/7/09
$10 off $40, $20 off $80, $30 off $120 WWSHOP1 - exp 1/15/10
40% off highest-priced item with 2+ items WWSHOP2 - exp 1/15/10
20% off purchase of $60+ WWSHOP3 - exp 1/15/10
Take $40 off $150+ WWSHOP4 - exp 1/15/10

Hallmark IP Coupon!

Print this IP COUPON for a Hallmark coupon. The coupon is for $5.00 off any purchase of $5.00 or more! So, if you need a teacher gift and can find a ornament or small gift, this will really help!

Woman's Parka $9.99 after shipping!

Right now, you can order a Woman's Parka, color Wine, for $3.99 with coupon code WW37393. Fleece lined, hood, water resistant.  They only sell larger sizes (XL,1XL,2XL,3XL,and 4XL) but you can get this with any purchase.  Item number--WW54-85589-121.

Here is the LINK!

So far I've been happy with everything I've ordered from them.

Today's Disney Rewards Code


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Today's Disney Rewards code


Stopped at Walgreens tonight...

On my way home from work, I stopped at Walgreens.

Quick transaction. All stockpile items.

2 Crest Stages toothbrush ( on sale 4/$10, get a $5.00 RR, I had $1.00/2 coupons from the P&G coupons)
2 Oral B Kids Toothpaste (also part of the 4/$10, get $5.00 RR, had $1.00/2 coupon)
1 Dentek Dental Floss ($2.00 with a $2.00 RR)
1 Goody Hair Elastic Bands ($1.99 with $2.00 RR)

Total: $11.49, then I used the coupons and the $2.50 RR from my last Walgreens Trip so my Total OOP was $8.15. I got $9.00 back in RR's.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Reminder 25 Free Christmas Songs at Amazon!

Everyday they are giving away one free MP3 Christmas song. Today is Tori Amos, Snow Angel. You can get it at this LINK.

Free Aveeno Tote Bag!

Follow this LINK and sign up for a free AVEENO tote bag!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Amazon's 25 days of Free Christmas Music

Everyday Amazon is giving us one free christmas song! You can go to LINKand grab the mp3s of different christmas songs everyday!

Free Princess and the Frog Movie Ticket with the purchase of $40 at Disney store

Disney Store has a deal right now. Spend $40 and get a free movie voucher to their new movie The Princess and the Frog. Follow this LINK for more details.

Free Betty Crocker Calendar

Here is a LINK for the 2010 Betty Crocker Calendar. IT will have great coupons and recipes in it!

Disney Rewards Codes

Disney will be giving out rewards codes every day through the month of December. Today's Code is HOLIDAY, you get 5 points for this code!

Today ONLY, American Greetings Photo Works

If you go to American Greetings  and you click on the Photo Works logo on the main page, you can sign up for a free holiday photo clutch, 25 holiday cards or a wall calendar. You can pick which one you want. It's limited to the first 20,000 people. So, hurry on this one!

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.