Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
The Bargainist lists deals and sales from all over the internet. I have managed to find some great sales and free samples by having this blog in my reader.
The Consumerist has many articles about issues customers have had with various companies and services. It is a great place to get ideas on which stores/companies have good customer service and others that do not. I know it made me feel better last year to know that I wasn't the only person having issues with our cable tv provider and gave me the courage to switch to Dish Network.
parent hacks has parenting tips from real parents! It lets you search by age, so you can read only those tips that pertain to you if you are short on time.
If you love recipe blogs that include step-by-step pictures, check out Creating Post it Notes! Just looking at all the pictures makes me hungry!
Rubik's Cube $4.99, regularly 12.99. I would love to have one of these! It was a favorite toy of mine during my childhood and I have fond memories of peeling off the stickers when I became very frustrated with it. :)
Monopoly Here and Now World a new twist on a classic game that uses a digital banking device and credit cards! Normally $39.99, it is on sale for $14.99. Trivial Pursuit Digital Choice is also an updated version of a classic game. The questions are all digital and you can download extra questions onto the device; normally $49.99, it is currently $14.99.
Buy 2 Wii games, get 1 free! (select titles) If your kids got a Wii for Christmas, you might want to take advantage of this deal to add to their game collection!
Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker is on sale for $62.79! It is normally $150, so what a steal! I love that it has a timer on it so you can set it and have hot coffee waiting on you when you get up in the morning!
Band of Brothers [Blu-ray] is on a great sale right now for $37.49 for the 6 disk set.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Free sample of Astroglide. (I know, I know, but hey, it's free!) On that same note, you can also request a free condom from Trojan. I found one more along these lines... Vaginal Contraceptive Film, which is advertised as an alternative to birth control pills.
After the holidays, this sample of Metamucil Berry Burst just might come in handy!
If you are a fan of Dove products, you can get some coupons here, or request a free sample of their hair care products here. I love their bodywash and am going to try my shampoo sample today!
Get a FREE Guide to Controlling Diabetes Click Here If you have a family member affected by this disease, consider requesting this for them, or if you are suffering, get it for yourself. It is so important to get diabetes under control as soon as possible to minimize its effect on your health!
Downy is offering a coupon for their new Total Care line. You can also get $120 in coupons from P&G if you buy $50 worth of their products, so save those receipts!
Walgreens has been kind enough to offer a free sample pack of Kotex products. I just got mine in the mail this week and it some with samples and a coupon!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
So, start making your Monday Meal Plan using items you have on hand, as well as what is on sale for the week. Make a shopping list, and stick to the list!
I even make out my Walgreens and CVS lists before I go there, just do I remember what I need and have coupons for! Tomorrow is an awesome day at CVS so I will spend time tonight planning and clipping coupons. If you haven't looked over the sale yet and made up your plan, go check out the deals at Deal Seeking Mom!
Friday, December 19, 2008
I really can't say enough about coupons.com. I have printed out so many coupons and saved so much. If you don't want to go through the trouble of buying a Sunday paper but still want to get started saving money, go check them out. The coupons change frequently, so be sure to check back often.
If you are looking for some free magazines that are related to your job, go and see what trade pub has to offer. There are magazines related to almost every type of job and they are FREE! I have ordered a few science related ones in the past and never received a bill!
Swagbucks has become my new favorite thing on the 'Net. In less than 3 weeks I have earned enough to get a $5 GC from Amazon.com. I just use it as my search engine now and earn bucks as I search! I love it! (I love free stuff!)
The Fisher-Price Puppy Grows and Knows Your Name White is on sale for $17.99, normally $59.99!
If you have a Hannah Montana fan on your list, check out this Hannah Montana G2 Deluxe TV Game that is on sale for $9.99, normally $49.99!
If you have a budding artist on your hands, they would really love this Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel that is currently $24.99, normally $59.99. I love all the Melissa and Doug products and this seems to be a well-loved item at the store where I work. It is definitely a steal at this price, so be sure to get it before the price goes up!
There are currently 2 games on sale that would make great gifts for any Seuss fan on your list: one features Horton Hears a Who! - You to the Rescue! , the other Cat in the Hat - I Can Do That! .
For those smaller ones on your list, check out this Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube. It is on my son's wish list and has awesome reviews! It is currently $19.99, normally $29.99.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thrifty Tips for Buying Christmas Gifts
A Thrifty Christmas
7 Thrifty Tips for After Christmas
Christmas on a Budget
Making the Most of After-Christmas Sales
If you haven't checked out Kraft's recipe website, I would really suggest you go visit and see all the recipes there. It is NOT gourmet cooking, but for a busy family, it is VERY helpful. Many of the recipes do use their products for shortcuts, so if you are looking to cook everything from scratch, it is not the website for you; if you are looking to save time, go there!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
A favorite in my family that is now LOVED by my former coworkers and in-laws is my Aunt Mary's Hidden Valley Ranch Cheese Ball:
1 pkg HVR Original Ranch Salad Dressing mix
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
6 oz cream cheese, softened at room temp for 1 hour
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese, softened at room temp for 1 hour
Mix first 3 ingredients together; add cream cheese and beat well with mixer. Add in shredded cheese and blend; cover and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Shape into a ball and roll in bacon bits. Serve with Ritz or Club crackers.
I'm not a big fan of ranch, so I actually prefer this dried beef cheese ball.
A few other favorites:
Grape Jelly meatballs
RO*TEL cheese dip
Here's what I bought:
4 boxes General Mills Cereals 3.00 each
1 box Hamburger Helper 1.50
1 pkg Lipton family size tea bags 2.39
3 boxes Betty Crocker boxed potatoes 1.67 each
2 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls 1.50 each
5 strips Fleischmann's Dry Yeast bonus packs 1.00 each
1 container baking powder 1.89
1 Cottonelle toliet paper
1 Coffeemate creamer 1.04 (closeout price)
1 Borden's Organic milk 96oz 4.99
Buy 3 BC potatoes, get free Hamburger Helper peelie 1.50
Save $4 instantly with 4 boxes GM cereals
2 - .40 off and 3 - .45 off Fleischmann's Yeast MC
1.00 Borden Organic milk MC
3 - .35 BC boxed potatoes MC
2 - .25 Pillsbury Crescent roll MC
.50 Cottonelle 4 pk MC
.50 Coffeemate liquid creamer MC
.50 Lipton tea MC
.55 GM Trix printable coupon (see teal coupons.com sidebar)
3.00 off 3 GM cereals peelie
.55 Trix shortcuts.com coupon
.40 BC potatoes shortcuts.com coupon
.50 Pillsbury crescent roll shortcuts.com coupon
Total OOP 14.46, plus got back 5 - .50 off next order coupons for buying the yeast
Savings: 31.90, or 68%
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Get a free sample of Stayfree or Carefree; I love the samples available from Wal-Mart because they always show up!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday: grilled chicken, scalloped potatoes w/ ham, broccoli
Wednesday: tater tot casserole, corn, crescent rolls
Thursday: leftover lasagna
Friday: chicken sandwich, homemade fries
Saturday: pizza or Chick-fil-a
Be sure to check out the other meal plans this week at orgjunkie.com!
CVS didn't have any deals that really appealed to me this week, so I decided to do another trip to Walgreens to spend the $5 RR that I got last week. I didn't think my savings was THAT impressive, but it did get a WOW from my younger cashier. That made me feel pretty good!
Maxwell House Coffee 1.99
Turtles candy .99
2 Blue Diamond Almonds 3.49 B1G1
2 Cookie Cutters 2/1
2 Coffeemate creamers 2.49 B1G1 w/ ad coupon
2 movie theater candy 1.00 each
2 Splenda 100 ct packets 2.99 each
2 Progresso Soups .99 each w/ ad coupon
2 .50 Coffeemate liquid creamer MC from 11/2 RP
1.50 Turtles MC from 11/16 SS
1.50/2 Splenda MC from 11/2 RP
2 1.10 Progresso IP coupon
.75/2 Blue Diamond Almonds MC from 10/19 SS
1.00 Maxwell House MC from mailed sample
$5 Walgreens RR from last week
Total OOP: 6.89; receipt shows savings of 24.41
Saturday, December 13, 2008
US News and World Report: Smart Money Saving Tips You Need Now
A great resource is MoneySavingGuide.com; here are a few articles from there:
Guide to Living It Up on a Budget
How To Trick Yourself into Saving Money
I admit that I am horrible about trying to make a budget and follow it. I know I need to, but I just can't seem to do it. I plan on making that one of my resolutions for the new year, so be sure to comment and ask me how its going! If you want to get started, I recommend using Quicken Online to see where you are currently spending your money, then to double check that you are staying within your budget. It is free to use the program online, so take advantage of this awesome software program!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Another favorite blog of mine is Southern Savers. Jenny manages to find some great deals and help out with CVS and WGs scenarios, so be sure to go visit her blog!
We have all heard the old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure", right? Well, one great way to see this illustrated is the FreeCycle program. It is a free program with groups all around the country that attempts to keep as much out of our landfills as possible. People give and receive all types of different items by posting what they want to get rid of or need to find. I know a few people who have been able to get some much needed items this way. We have some furniture out in the garage that I plan on listing pretty soon. I'd much rather it go to someone who needs it rather than stuck in the ever growing landfill.
Here are some groups to check out:
Thursday, December 11, 2008
If you love S'mores, you have to try this recipes from Hershey's. We have made these for the past two years and I'm pretty sure I could eat the whole pan by myself! They are S'mores Sandwich bar cookies and would make a great holiday gift; just package them up in a tin and you have a very nice present!
My awesome SIL made Hello Dollies for Thanksgiving and they were so yummy! They are another bar type cookie that you can divide up and give as gifts. I think bar cookies make much better gifts than a traditional sugar cookie and would be very happy to receive some myself!
My family always makes a recipe similar to this known as Seven Layer Cookie Bars. They are very good too and also make good gifts for those people you really don't know what to buy for.
SEVEN LAYER COOKIES
1 stick of butter
1 cup crushed graham crackers
1 cup coconut
1 pkg. butterscotch chips
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 pkg. peanut butter chips
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped nuts
Melt butter in a 9 x 13 pan. Add the next five ingredients in layers. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over all. DO NO STIR. Sprinkle the nuts on top. Bake in a 350° oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Cut when cool.
Finally, if you are looking for a different kind of dessert for your holiday dinner, maybe try out these Black Forest Mini Cheesecakes. My husband and I have made these several times and they are delicious!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sure deodorant $1
$1 IP Sure coupon
*look for specially marked ones that have a TRY IT FREE sticker on them. You can fill out a rebate and get your $1 back, which makes it more than free!
Lifesavers mints, candy, and gummies $1
$1 MC from 10/19 SS
Other possible deals are free Daisy Sour Cream (11-16 SS) and Fleishmann's Yeast (12-7 SS)
Check out other deals over at The Thrifty Mama.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
If your kids are crazy about Nickelodeon, the Nick Store is having a sale you might want to check out. I know many kids are nuts over Blues Clues, so be sure to check out this plush Blue that is 50% off!
Amazon has a beautiful set of Holiday dishes by Pfaltzgraff on sale for $41.04, regularly $120. I wish I had more room to store dishes because I love these!
Reusablebags.com has a great holiday sale going on right now, with savings from 15-50% on select items. I have some bags I got from there and they are great. These would make great gifts for that "green" person on your list!
OldNavy.com has 20% off if you spend $100, plus free shipping! I don't think a day goes by that I don't have something from that brand on, so of course I have to mention their sale!
I received an awesome Mary Kay make-up set from a dear friend several years ago and I have to say I love it. The company is currently offering a sample of their Ultimate Mascara, so be sure to request yours before they are gone!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I firmly believe that meal planning is saving me *SO* much money on groceries. I am managing to not buy a lot of useless groceries that will go to waste. I am able to stock up my pantry using coupons and sales and plan meals based on my stockpile! I highly recommend that you give it a try for at least a month and see how you do. If you need more ideas, head over to orgjunkie to see many other meal plans!
Monday: pork chops, scalloped potatoes, green beans, crescent rolls
Tuesday: steak, baked potato, salad
Wednesday: pulled pork sandwiches, oven baked fries, fruit
Thursday: spaghetti with homemade sauce, garlic bread
Friday: chicken salad sandwich, chips, fruit
Saturday: pizza calzones
*Blue Bell Ice Cream 3.99 use $1 IP from Blue Bell website $2.99
*Cottonelle 4 pk bath tissue 1.19
use .25 MC from 11-16 SS plus .50 coupon from cellfire.com or shortcuts.com
+.06 Money Maker (tripled coupon)
*Pillsbury Dinner Rolls 1.99
use .50 IP available on my sidebar in the teal box
.99 (doubled coupon)
*Kellogs Cereals 1.99
use $1 MC from 11/9 RP
.99 each (Limit 4)
*Meow Mix cat treats .97
use $1 or .75 MC from 11-16 RP
+.03 MM or .22 each
Saturday, December 6, 2008
6 Hershey's Bliss candy @ 2/$6
4 Hershey's Special Dark singles @ .89 each
2 Revlon Lipsticks @ $7.99, 50% off, B1G1
$3/15 CVS coupon
3 $2.50/2 Hershey's Bliss MC from 9-14 SS
2 B1G1 Hershey's Dark MC 11-9 SS
$2 off Revlon Cosmetic MC 9-14 SS
$1 off Revlon Cosmetic MC 10-12 SS
Paid with ECB 1, 1.49, 8.99 adjusted down 1 cent
Nothing paid OOP
1 Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses 2/$4
$1 Hershey's Dark Kisses MC 11-9 SS
Total: 1.06, manager just had me pay $1 OOP
$39.54 worth of products for $1 OOP, earned 10 ECB
If you like saving money like I do, you are probably on the lookout for free coupons and free sample offers. I have two websites I like to use to find these, so I wanted to share those so you can save more too!
Be sure to print out any coupons you think you might can use. Sometimes they are no longer there when you go back to get them and you'll miss out on some savings!
If you have a child crazy about Hannah Montana, the singing doll is only $9.99 right now, regularly 34.99!
Holiday Barbie is currently at $27.99, regularly 49.99. She is very beautiful and I'm sure any girl would love to have her.
If you are trying to get your little ones to be more active, the Fisher Price Smart Cycle is currently $75.99, regularly 108.99!
I'll try to keep an eye out for more deals before Christmas, so be sure to check back often!
Friday, December 5, 2008
I did do the online CVS deal though! Spend $50, get $25 off. :) I wish I would have waited until Monday to do it because they had another $10 off on Cyber Monday (I think anyway), but oh well. I'm happy with what I got. Jason loves a certain face wash and I never find it on sale, so it was a good way to buy it and save some money!
I have been a member of several survey sites for a few years now and one of my favorites is MySurvey. I like the fact that I can request my rewards in money form, rather than gift cards or items I don't really need. If you like to take surveys and earn money, I encourage you to click on the logo and go sign up! You won't get rich doing it, but every little bit of extra money counts!
If you are pressed for time (I know we all are this time of year) please take advantge of the dinner made easy newsletter from Betty Crocker. The meals are simple and fast, but are still yummy. I know I am always needing new recipes, so I'm thankful to get this newsletter in my inbox!
Finally, if you need to save even more money than just regular coupons, try the Entertainment Book! It is $10 off right now with free shipping, so it is a great time to buy! It offers a variety of coupons, from local attractions, to restaurants, and many different stores. Click on the link and it will let you find the one for your area!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
If you are looking for some great deals on toys, check out Amazon today!
The LeapFrog Fridge Phonics is on sale for $9.99, regularly 21.99. I just bought this for Eli to put up for next Christmas. I love learning toys, so I'm always on the lookout for LeapFrog deals!
If you have older children and love family game nights, the Diamond Edition of Scrabble is on sale for $14.99, regularly 34.99. I love Scrabble and can't wait for my little guy to be old enough to play with us!
If you have girls on your Christmas list, there are a couple of good deals: Baby Alive Learns to Potty is $18.99, regularly 59.99 and the Vtech Pink Digital Camera is $39.99, regularly 69.99.
If you see something you like be sure to get it as prices change in the matter of hours. The Rose Petal Cottage was at an amazing price earlier today but not anymore.... Good deals go fast so jump in there and snag any items that you might want! Check out the bestseller list for many more deals!
Several years ago when Jason and I were looking for a big cat tree/scratcher we found one we really liked at the pet store, but it had a stain on one side of it. We asked an associate about a possible discount and were given 20% off! It took me less than a minute to get the stain off when we got home, so it was such a good bargain.
If you find something at a clothing store that has a small stain, a missing button, etc, always ask if they can give you a discount, but only if you think it's something you can easily fix.
Many stores are also price matching other stores sales right now, so be sure to ask if you know it is cheaper at another store! Wal-Mart will always price match, so be sure to take all your sales ads with you if you shop there.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Crockpot Sausage and Potatoes
1 lb of turkey kielbasa or Polish sausage, sliced
1 bag frozen hash brown potatoes
1 can Cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup evaporated milk or fat-free half-and-half
1 bunch green onions, diced
Pepper, garlic powder
Combine sausage, potatoes, onions and seasonings in crock pot. Mix together soup and milk; pour over ingredients in crock pot. Stir together. Cook on low 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
One awesome program I have recently learned about is swagbucks. It is basically a search engine, but along with results, you can also earn swagbucks. These can be redeemed for gift cards, which I love! If I'm going to be searching the Internet, why not earn stuff while I do it? I have had the program on my computer for about a week or so and have already earned 19 bucks. It only takes 45 to get a $5 gift card to Amazon, 50 for a $5 gc to Starbucks! That's not a lot, but hey, it's free stuff for doing something you were going to do anyway! If you are interested, click on the banner, or you can just use this link to get started! The program will put a toolbar that allows you to easily put in your query and start earning those bucks!
As a bonus to all of you who are kind enough to follow my money saving efforts, I'd like to share a special offer with you. During the holidays we can always use extra discounts to help with the cost of buying gifts, so please use this coupon to get an extra 20% off at Macys! I love their children's clothing, so I will be checking this out to get something nice for Eli or his cousin Lana. Download the Macy's Friends and Family Coupon! If you use it and get a great bargin, be sure to come back and leave me a comment! It's fun to see everyone's savings; I'll come back and share mine after I go shopping this weekend!
Emergen-C is a vitamin C and vitamin supplement to help get in those essential cold fighting minerals.
Airborne is a vitamin and mineral supplement designed to boost your immune system, which we will all need this time of year!
Finally, if you need something to warm up, request this free sample of Dunkin' Donuts Coffee to brew up and sip to warm up those toes!
Monday, December 1, 2008
One WGs sale is still going on, so you can do this one if you have the right coupons on hand:
Reach toothbrushes are 2/$6, get back $6 in register rewards
Buy 2, use B1G1 coupon from 10/12 RP insert
Spend 3.44, get back $6RR
Right Guard Profesional deodorant is 5.99, with a $5 rebate
buy with the $6 you got back from first transaction and get $5.50 back on a WG gift card when you submit your rebate! (I had to buy a candy bar to get my total over $6)
So for me it was:
OOP: 4.04 Get back 5.50 Profit of $1.46
Tuesday: Three cheese chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday: Open-faced roast beef sandwiches, broccoli
Thursday: breakfast for dinner; eggs, sausage, toast
Friday: soup, sandwich
Saturday: homemade pizza