Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve.....

I have been busy keeping a fire going to warm the living room while I nurse a sick kid back to health. I have now seen ears drain stuff I did not know exsisted. Let's keep hoping he does not end up admitted to the hospital! On a lighter note.. Dh has made a New Years Resolution to go to the eye Dr in the new year ... does that count? A least he is finally admitting he needs to go!! I have made a New Year Resoltion to lose more weight. I did a great job this past year on that but I really want to lose a little more. Do you think a game of tennis on wii counts as exercise? I know the boxing is harder than the treadmill. What has happened to video games?
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Saturday, December 29, 2007


I was at Target again today to pick up a prescription. DS has an ear infection. I checked out the Christmas clearance again but nothing I wanted at just 50% off. a few things I would maybe want at 75% off but I would really want them at 90% off. 75% should be sometime around New Year's day.
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Thursday, December 27, 2007

The day after the day after Christmas.......

Did you get to any after Christmas sales? I did not get out in the morning because I had to work but I did get to Target later in the day. I found a few gift sets to save for next year. I will probably go back when the stuff goes 75% off to get some wrapping paper. I also got to Children's Place to return these boots The Children's Place: Clothing for Kids - Product: fur-trimmed buckle boots that someone got for DD and she did not like them (they do not have a computer so I am safe saying this here!) They had great sales there too so she got a pair of sneakers, a turtle neck sweater and 4 [airs of socks for the same price of the 1 pair of boots.
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Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve.....

I have been very busy enjoying some Holiday time with my family. I will be back after Christmas in full swing and with more pictures. I hope everyone has a fantastic Holiday and gets lots of great deals on their after Christmas shoppping spree. Remember this is a great time to get things for next year!! Here is a picture of the bark I made from the recipe I had posted previously here.. Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Wednesdays Deals and a Recipe........

These are called Rickety Uncles and are pretty simple to make. Here is the recipe.
1/2 cup cugar
1 cup King Molasses Syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Bring above to a boil; remove from heat.
Add: 1 cup peanut butter; stir. Then add 5 cups corn clakes; mix.
Using a Tbsp, drop onto wax paper; store in covered container.
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Aquafresh - free sample
Free Coffee Samples and Free Coffee - free sample
SouthBeach - free sample kit.. looks pretty good!!
Dove® pro·age™ samples registration - more free dove samples!! - great printable coupon from Sears... $5 off a $5 item..... i smell some free things! - 10 free tokens at Chuck E Cheese
Purell® - printable form for rebate on Purell - makes it free!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Last night I made 3 more batches of cookies. The above cookies were made in a Wilton mold similar to this one... Wilton Cookie Maker English Tea Classic Cookie Mold. I was very nervous about using it since it was my first time. I used the recipe on the tray wrapper and they turned out great!! DH and the kids had a blast decorating them!!
Here are my peanut butter cookies that I made from a recipe my mom used when I was growing up. This was the first year I made the chocolate cookies. I thought they looked so cool on this blog... Party Of Seven: Cookie Recipe: Chocolate Crinkles so I had to try them DH says they are fantastic!
If you noticed my cookies are all the same size, it is because I have one of these... OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop - PARENT to scoop them out. It saves times and is less of a mess. I love it! I also mix my batter in this... KitchenAid? Professional 600 6-Quart Mixer. Mine is black. I got it as a Christmas gift 2 years ago. It works great for cookie batter!!

Just one more thing I would like to have!!! Without power for 2 days I felt like I was living The Long Winter. There were a few differences though.. we had enough food and fire wood and the buckets of water did not have ice on them yet. This is a great winter read.. you are never too old to enjoy these books!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


My DH and DD were making some frugal Christmas ornaments as gifts for DD to give. These pinecones look great on top of a snall package!! I was busy making cookies last night. Another 2 or 3 batches tonight too.

I want this book.. it is officially on my paperback swap wish list!!!

The Bloggess » Best scooter ever (Updated again) - this is a great gift for any blog junkie!!!
Spicy Pretzels Recipe Recipezaar - I am going to try this recipe this week. Anyone ever try it or have a better one?
Garnier Fructis - free sample

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Well, we had no power for 2 full days. I was already behind this holiday seasona nd now I am way behind!! Hopefully the weather will be good until after Christmas now. Anyone know any good deals on generators? I am in need of one!! It feels good to be warm this morning.... now I just want to remember what a shower feels like! I am heading there now.
Maxfresh Club free sample
Hair Styles and Salon Products for Professional Hair Care - free samples - Head & Shoulders advanced - free sample - Friskies Dry Cat Food - free sample
Holiday Hot Buys: Store Coupons and Savings Walgreens - printable Walgreen's coupon good today only!
VEET® - printable forn for free Veet here and use this coupon too... VEET®
Coupons - you can print a coupon for free York Peppermint pie from Burger King here.
DreamLife Superstar TV Plug-In Game - myy DD would love this and it is a great price right now but I am done with her!! OR do I get this one item yet since it is a fantastic price?
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Animal Sounds Guitar - another great toy at a great price!!!
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Weekend Update......

We are preparing for another winter storm to hit us overnight. Should be more ice but also some snow and wind with this one. We have prepared to lose power again. If I have power I will be making cookies tomorrow.
Hamburger Helper - free sample
Hair Styles and Salon Products for Professional Hair Care - free samples
Free Jolly Cook Cookbook - free cookbook
2008 Calendar - free Raisin calendar
Toys 'R' Us Coupons - printable coupons for 12/16 in store only - 40% off at Borders - coupon for 20 free pictures when you pay for 20
Armor All® Owner Center - Offers - free samples - free sample

Friday, December 14, 2007

Freebie Friday..............

Lots of great freebies today!!! I did lose power last night from the ice storm but I was well prepared with my buckets of water to flush with and flashlights and candles to see. We even watched the portable DVD player for awhile. Power is back on today and all is well.
Kroger - several samples
Always - free sample
Alcoa: Reynolds Parchment Paper - free sample
Elvive Anti-Dandruff Intensive L'Oreal Paris - Flash Player Installation - free sample
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - $5 off batteries. I have read some people have gotten batteries for 30 cents!! 1 - free sample
800-972-6242 - a free call to Santa!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


The kids are home from school because we are having an ice storm. They are driving me nuts! I find looking at this tree very calming instead of turning to alcohol for some support. My tree is full of Santa's that I have been collecting for many years and have displayed on this tree. We have a second tree in the reck room with all the other ornament including all the ones the kids have made over the years.
I am afraid we will lose power so I have a nice fire going in the fireplace. It also saves lots of money on the hear bill. Ice storms aren't all bad... they create future firewood and are very pretty... if you can look at the beaty from the comfort and safety from your own home.
These blocks did keep the kids busy for 20 minutes. Now they are fighting again! I think teachers should send home extra homework on early dismissal days. Parents like me would appreciate it!!

Garnier Fructis - free sample

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wednesdays Deals and a Recipe.......

I just wanted to note that I bought a bunch of stuff from Amazon the other day as Christmas gifts. I was amazed that some items arrived the next day!! With gas prices what they are, it is sometimes just cheaper to pay shipping charges but Amazon does offer free shipping on many of their items. Check it out! Free Sample Request - free sample
Gourmet Chocolate - free sample
Prinstine Skin Care Free Sample - free sample
teen VOGUE - free full size product!!
Hallmark Coupons 5-10 - great Hallmark coupons

Chocolate Cookie Bark....
1 pkg semi sweet baking chocolate
1 pkg white baking chocolate
2 Tbsp peanut butter
10 Oreo's
Place chocoalte and white chocolate is seperate microwaveable bowls. Microwave until completely melted, following directions on package. Add peanut butter to white chocolate; stir until well blended. Crumble half of the cookies over chocolate in each bowl; mix well.
Drop spoonfuls of chocolate mixture onto wax paper covered cookie sheet, alternating the colors of chocolates. Cut through the chocolate mixtures several times with a knife for marble effect.
Refigerate at least 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Store in air tight container in refrigerator.

I made this last year for a Christmas party and it was a big hit. I think I will be making a double batch this year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

GO NOW!!!!

What a great price on a great toy!! This will not last long at this price so go quick if you are interested!!!

I love beanies this year and this one is the best price and comes in many colors. It is not cashmere like the other one I posted but the price is better the best!!

My Wish List.....

Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill - i really want a new treadmill. Mine died last summer. I think I will have to wait a little longer for one though but I can put it on my wish list can't I?
Pistil Eva Beanie - Women's - this hat looks great, feel great and hides a bad hair day!!
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food - yes, I am willing to be sneaky to get better foods into my kids. I really want to use some of her recipes!!
Cuisinart® Mini-Mate Plus® - to go along with the above book.
Woolrich Women's Flannel Printed Pajama Set - I really need some jammies that fit me!!
Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker Perfume for Women - some new perfume!
Omron HJ-151 Hip Pedometer for Aerobic Activity - I would love to know how much I walk in a day. This one measure distamce and not just how many steps. I think it would encourage me to walk more. It fits nicely into our healthier lifestyle that we started last April.

13 Days 'til Christmas..... - this is a link to a cute little message service to send nice messages to your kids. Can you do me a favor and click on the link? I get credit just for the click!
T.G.I. Friday's® Worldwide - print out $5 off $20 at TGIF
Pike Street WrapAround Comfort Throws - a very nice gift!!
Illuminated W.O.R.D. - The Ultimate Word Game Collection - great stocking stuffer
Holiday Wishes Barbie Doll - great price on a classic gift!
Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 60-Minutes (Black) - a great camera!!
Marshmallow Shooter - totally fun!! This would create some fun battles at our house!
Zillionz Counting Money Jar - my DD would love this!!

Monday, December 10, 2007


Don't let anything lay around at my house or I may list it on Ebay! Check out my auctions... eBay Seller: brspri: VHS, Breweriana, Beer items on

Teacher Gifts......

This is a tough one for family's ever holiday season. I am not a fan of cute little teacher gifts. I think teachers get so many things they can not use and parents give those things out of feeling they need to give something. It is a waste of money for the family. My favorite thing to give is gift cards. They come in every dollar amount so you can always find one you can afford. Who couldn't use a gas card these days but who need one more ornament or some home made cookies that will most likely get throw away. If you want to let your kids make something for the teacher here are a few sites with ideas.
Easy Christmas Gifts for Teachers: Choosing Creative, Inexpensive Holiday Gifts Teachers Will Cherish
Looking for Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
101 Great Gifts to Make - Christmas Gift Ideas and Projects
I also give to my kids bus drivers... last year I gave a gift card for a free sandwich at a local sandwich shop, a can of soda and a bag of chips all neatly wrapped in a holiday bag with a note to enjoy lunch on our family. My DS even has 2 therapists he sees at school. I give them gift cards to Dunkin Donuts. What do you give your children's teachers??


Perfect Litter - free sample
Swingline Day-Timer and Wilson Jones Gift Pack - free sample
TeenFreeway - Life's a Beach Sweeps! - nice give-a-way but your birthdate has to make you a teen!
Pure Essentials - free sample
Seen at Target: Bottles of Resolve Dual Power Spot Carpet Cleaner with TMF hangtag up to $6.19. No form needed! Send original dated receipt 8/1/07 - 12/31/07 with price circled and name, address and email on a 3x5 card to:Resolve Dual Power Refund; Box 1199Grand Rapids, MN 55745-1199
The Weather Channel WS-7390TWC Wall Hanging Wireless Weather Station - good gift for those who have everything!
Hasbro Playskool Kid Motion Bounce 'N Go Inch-Along - excellent price on a classic toy!!
Hasbro Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage: Makin' Muffins Baking Set - great price
Hasbro Playskool Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage - a WOW gift and ever so cute!!
FitzMagic FREE MAGIC TRICK at FitzMagic Magic Juggling & Balloons Childrens Entertainment in Arizona - free magic trick

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Reindeer Food.....

We have a Christmas party every year for friends and family. I like to have something little to hand out to all the kids. I have decided on making a tradition out of handing out Reindeer food each year. The kids can help make it and I think all the kids enjoy leaving it out in their front yard for the reindeer on Christmas eve. The recipe includes...... oatmeal, sugar and colored sugar crystals. We mix it in a big bowl and scoop it into snack size baggies and attatch cute little sayings to it. We leave them in a basket by the front door for everyone to grab on their way out. Frugal and fun! What a combo!!
Here are some more frugal ideas..... Christmas Holiday Printables & Crafts.


Sam's Club - Kashi GOLEAN Bars - free sample - Dove Hair Care - free sample
Invicta Men's Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch #8926 - a great sale on a nice watch for a man in your life.
Red Moon Women's Long Sleeve Cotton Cashmere Blend Cable Front Turtleneck Sweater - who doesn't like the feel of cashmere. This is a great gift for any woman!!
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - free tissues at CVS

Thursday, December 06, 2007


no-form-needed offer: Free Book Offer! Send in 1 valid Quaker Instant Oatmeal UPC and receive a free copy of The Chimpanzees of Happytown (or another Scholastic book of Scholastic's choice, est retail value $3.99) While supplies last. Mail the UPC with your name, address, and phone number to:Quaker Book Offer557 BroadwayPO Box 711New York, NY 10012Offer expires April 1, 2008 or while the supply of 5,000 books lasts. No copies of UPCs will be accepted. Limit one free book per person or household. Duplicate requests will constitute fraud. Offer good only in the US. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipment. For questions regarding this offer please contact P& - printable Kmart coupons - Naturals Cat Chow - free sample
LIPTON To Go - free sample
Slim•Fast(R) Style Your Slim(SM) Challenge & Red Carpet Fashion Getaway Sweepstakes - free kit with pedometer - great for your New Years Resolutions!
SSSHHHHH!!!!! Don't tell. I just ordered these things for my family......
VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera - life will never be the same after DS gets this!!
Star Lites Single Dance Mat - someone has to teach the kids to dance since DH and I do not dance very well!!
Littlest Pet Shop Digital Pets - Puppy - this is the only way I will add another pet to this house!!
Samsung DVD-C631P 5-Disc Progressive-Scan DVD Player - DH has been wanting one of these so I thought I would suprise him!! SSHHH!!!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


The following are my gift ideas on a budget. Very nice items that will not break the bank!!
Opus Avant Garden Looking Glass Hummingbird Feeder

Wrought Iron Swirl-design Wine Rack - WITH OR WITHOUT A BOTTLE OF WINE

Zig Zag Fragrance Oil Warmer - Aromatherapy Diffuser - Scented Tart Burner

OR Pinecone Lodge Tart Burner AND THEN GET A FEW OF THESE..... Yankee Christmas Cookie Tart Candle

Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Hand-Painted Water Goblets, Set of 4

Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Etched Glass Goblets, Set of 4 -I HAVE THESE AND LOVE THEM!!!
Free Spa Kit includes hand mirror, hairbrush, loofah, nail brush and a toe brush CALL 1-800-745-9955 (automated)
Paul Mitchell - Head for Change - free sample - Friskies Dry Cat Food - free sample
Kerflop » Blog Archive » Counting down the days - I usually just but Advent calendar's at the local craft show every year. The local high school German club sells them so we support their effort. This link however shows someone with way more time on their hands than me. I applaud her effort!! What a neat idea!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


ElfYourself™ : Brought to you by OfficeMax® - very funny email to send to friends. You upload some pictures to personalize it.
Fiber One® Cereal - free sample
Chex Mix - free chocolate sample
Johnniewalker - free gift tags from johnnie walker!

Product Review..........................

While I was away a product review came in the mail. I was very happy to try this flameless candle from Glade and my husband was even happier since he thinks my candles make the ceiling dirty! Here are the pics...
It has great packaging. The plastic comes apart with just apart with just a tug instead of a chainsaw like most of these plastic packages need. I was impressed right off the bat because it comes with batteries already installed. I sat in on my countertop last night while we had dinner to see what the comments were. Everyone loved the vanilla fragrance and the kids loved how it left a little put of "smoke" from time to time. My husband thinks this is the answer to his candle worries... no more worries about forgetting to blow them out or the dirt from burning candles. My first thought was that is would be great for a guest bathroom. I would not have to worry about kids touching the flame! I also thought it would have been great for my mother when she lived alone but we no longer considered it safe for her to burn a candle. This would be great added to any grandmothers Christmas gift this holiday season!! I would buy this again but only with a coupon. Good thing there are always Glade coupons to be found!

and you can get the refills here... Glade Wisp Flameless Candle Refill,FRENCH VANILLA [TWO PACK]

Monday, December 03, 2007

Go NOW!!!!

If you want this..... go fast!! This will not last long! A free Angelina plush!!
Angelina Ballerina - Plush Giveaway


This is the great picture my son took when he had a chance to use the camera!!! Added note: I think I may get him this... VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera for Christmas!!
This is the ship we were on. Here it is docked in the Bahamas and I have no idea who those people are in the front of the picture.
Here are a few books I would want before going to Disney again....

- We would get more involved in the hidden Mickey hunt next time.
Tomart's Disneyana: Guide To Pin Trading - DD loved this hobby and got to meet a lot of people by doing it. This book would help educate us!

Monday Morning........

OK.... we have lots of time to make up for. I will be posting alot in the next few days. I missed Cyber Monday too!! I hope all of you found some great deals. I would like to say one thing about all the toy recalls. If you can... BUY AMERICAN MADE this holiday season. Nothing will stop the foreign trade with China and their lead paint faster than consummers not buying the crap!!! Do a little research and buy toys only made in America. I know it is hard but there are some good ones out there. Even if everyone would say NO to one toy made in China, they would feel the impact. Think about it.
Sheet Music - free Christmas sheet music to print
? Free Letters from Santa - Free Santa Letters, Christmas Stories & Screensaver ? - free personalized letter from Santa to print
Elf - a fun Christmas game to play on line
Trim a Jan Brett Christmas Tree and Trim a Jan Brett Gingerbread Baby House - these are some of my kids favorite's to play online at Christmas.
Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device - the new hot electronic device for this holiday season
You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty (You) - by my favorite Dr.
Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish - looks like a good read!
Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today - my DH likes his books.
Bath and Body Works - printable coupon

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sunday Late Night.......

Ok, I was a little anxious to get back in the swing of things so here are a few things I found tonight......
Blink™ - free product!!
Print out the form for a free Mini Baseball Bat or Official Size Baseball Bat from Louisville Slugger for proofs of purchase from Nestle Drumstick Ice Cream Cones. Requires s/h fees. (borrowed from
Coke Rewards code works for everyone: BRAHHK5NFJBW for 20 pts. - form from Polident

I'm Back!!!!

Hello all! I am back from our big Disney vacation and will resume blogging Monday morning!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Eve......

Back in my days as a nightclub manager, this was a very busy night for me. This is the busiest bar holiday of the year. For Thanksgiving, I was always assigned the rolls or something I could pick up at the mini mart on the way to Thanksgiving dinner with the family since I always worked until 4am on Thanksgiving Eve. Fast forward 12 years and life sure has changed! Tonight, I will make dinner for the family, go to piano lessons, put the Christmas sheets on DS's bed (Pike Street 135-Gram Printed Flannel Sheet Sets, Peter Penguin), pack the kids suitcases and then when the kids go to bed, DH and I will make the potato filling while listening to Christmas music and having a drink or two. Still a busy night for me but very different from 12 years ago!............... Enjoy todays freebie finds!
Woot : One Day, One Deal (SM) - don't forget Woot! They have some great deals... a new one everyday. I actually like today's!
Pantene Color Expressions - free sample
Dove® Hair Care You are 5 days from beautiful hair - more great samples from Dove
REACH® ACCESS™ FLOSSER - an oldie but a goodie!!
The following CVS deals are good for the next 3 days. (borrowed from our friends at )
NOTE: ECB = EXTRA CARE BUCKS (valued customer card program) OVERAGE OCCURS when you have coupon to accent the already ZERO COST item after ECBECB are spent in store like GC
~Deals are good Thursday November 22, 2007 through Saturday, November 24, 2007! ~
Buy 1 Bic razor at $6.99, Get $6.99 ECBs - after coupon and ECBs, FREE plus overage! (Limit 1) $2/1 printable coupon here (click on "feel inspired" and then on "promotions")
Buy 2 Ritz, Wheat Thins, or Premium crackers at $2 each, Get $4 ECBs - after coupon and ECBs, FREE plus overage! (Limit 1)
Buy 1 CVS Zipper Seal Food Storage Bags at $1.79, Get $1.79 ECBs - after ECBs, FREE! (Limit 3!!)
Buy 1 Advil PM at $4, Get $ ECBs - after coupon and ECBs, FREE plus overage! (Limit 1) $2/1 printable hereor $1/1 printable here FREE plus overage!
Buy 1 Colgate Fresh Burst Max or Total Advance at $2.99, Get $2.99 ECBs - after coupon and ECBs (Limit 3!!)$1.50/1 printable here
Buy 1 Johnson's Softwash lotion at $5.99, Get $5.99 ECBs - after coupon and ECBs - FREE plus overage! (Limit 1) $1/1 printable here or, $1/1 coupon in 10/07 Valassis insert After coupon and ECBs, FREE plus overage!
Buy 1 Softsoap Nutra-Oil Body Wash at $3.99, Get $3.99 ECBs - after coupon and ECBs, FREE plus overage! (Limit 1) $1/1 printable here
Buy 1 Excedrin 24 ct. at $3.79, Get $3.79 ECBs - after coupon and ECBs - FREE plus overage (Limit 1) Use CVS $2/1 printable here
Buy 1 Hershey's Extra Dark Chocolate at $2.99, Get $2.99 ECBs - after ECBs, FREE! (Limit 1)Buy 1 Garnier Hair Color at $5.99, Get $5.99 ECBs - after ECBs, FREE! (Limit 1)
Buy 1 Enviga Sparkling Green Tea at $1.49, Get $1.49 ECBs - Free after ECB! (Limit 1)
Don't forget to sweeten these incredible deals with the $2/$10 coupons and the $5/$30 coupons!
The Dangerous Book for Boys - I am not really sure what makes this book so dangerous.
Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Etched and Hand Painted Pitcher - what a classy gift at a great price!
Pfaltzgraff Winterberry 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4 - great price on this item... sshhhh, I may get it now for an upcoming wedding gift.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Product Review......

Betty Crocker Warm Delights....... so yummy!!! The above picture is of the Molten Caramel Chocolate Cake. I got it free in the mail today from a free sample sign up that I posted here. It is hard to believe that this is a microwave cake. What I like best, besides the taste, is that it was simple enough for my 9 year old DD to make for herself!! I will be on the lookout for coupons for this item!! Did you get one in the mail too? What flavor did you get and did you like it?

Go NOW!!!!!!

Win a LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara from CoverGirl! - free mascara to the first 10,000
Update: Code word is flirty. I entered my real birthdate and it told me I did not meet the age requirements. I guess that means I am too old!! I guess if you want this you need to be somewhere around 17 maybe? Anyone else get this to work?


Today is Oprah's favorite things show!!! I always love this episode!! - Friskies Dry Cat Food - free sample
Airborne Health Special Offers - On-the-Go - free sample Register Now! - free sample
Neutrogena - free full size product
Charmin Restrooms - free download of Charmin potty songs
Team Nutrilite - - free sample
Kotex® - free sample
Butter Recipe Request Form - holiday butter recipes
The Original Television Christmas Classics - I really want this set!
The Little Engine That Could Wooden Train Set - this set was made in America and a lot safer than Thomas sets that come from China. Toys made in Chine seem to be a big concern for all parents this Holiday season.
Little Tikes Shopping Cart - also made in America!
Little Tikes Workhorse - this one is American mde too!!
I Spy A School Bus (Scholastic Readers) - these are American made too!!
Toys Made In America -- Extensive list of American toy companies, brands and products - go to this site for a list of companies that have American made toys. The list is longer than I thought!
Strathwood Copper Finish Bird Feeder - this is a great gift!! Marked down from $38 to $14.99. All ages love watching bird feeders!!
sample.jpg - free sample from playtex

Monday, November 19, 2007

Hectic Monday......

We got 3 inches of snow last night.. very early measurable snow fall for us. I have a kid home from school sick today and we are leaving for vactaion on Saturday! BUT... we did get 2 trees like this 3' Pre-Lit Cedar Potted Artificial Christmas Tree Indoor/Outdoor #179956 that look awesome on either side of the garage door. However... the ones from Amazon are MUCH cheaper than the ones sitting outside of my house!! Go figure!
Free Vita Spelt Pasta - 1-800-997-7358ext. 210 - 4 oz sample is enough to feed 2 people - just leave your name and address when prompted.
Nintendo - Customer Service Wii Remote Jacket Accessory Offer - free remote jacket for your wii remote
Maternal Concepts® : Supporting women with special breastfeeding needs! - free sample
Innovage Digital Photo Keychain - this is a great gift for grandparents. Load it with your kids pictures for them!
Rubik's Cube - a classic game for a new generation. I bought one for my DD.
The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube - I should get this for DH and I to study so DD thinks we are really smart! LOL!
Rubik's Revenge Cube 4 X 4 - a new twist to a classic game.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Weekend Update......

We are spending the day decorating for Christmas. We leave next week for Disney so I want to be ahead of the game. Here are the weekend freebies I found.
On Black Friday, Walgreens will have Tide Liquid Detergent 13-16 loads $1.99, limit 2. There was a .50 c/o in the P&G 11/4 insert. There will also be a free Gillette Venus Breeze or Fusion Power Phantom Razor free after rebate, plus use a $2 coupon from the P&G 10/14 insert for $2 overage. CoverGirl Outlast Lip Color will be $2.99 less a $1 Easy Saver c/o. Also use a $1 CoverGirl Lip c/o from 10/14 P&G insert. Final price .99. Doors open at 7am. Prices good until 2 pm. (borrowed from refundcents (link in right column)) - printable coupon - free milk shake at Arby's
P&GbrandSAMPLER - Your online source for P&G samples & coupons - get several samples at once!
New LISTERINE WHITENING® Quick Dissolving Strips - free sample
Kobalt® - The Next Generation of Tough Tools - free screwdriver
Pepcid Complete - free starter kit
Biz - free sample
Calcia™ - lasting beauty begins inside - free trial offer
VAL-PAK OFFER - coupons and samples
Special Offer - free sample of flea shampoo

Friday, November 16, 2007

Great deal on Crayola!

Fridays Freebies......

39 shopping days til Christmas!! I am doing my big shopping on Saturday. I have a big envelope full of gift cards and coupons I have collected. I am hoping to get almost all of it done in just a few hours!
BreatheRight - GMTV - free sample. these are great if you snore!!
Betty Crocker Calendar Offer - calender full of recipes - Coty Fragrance - Free Sample - free sample - Garnier Fructis Color Shield - free sample
WRX HUB - free tshirt when you click on pledge your allegiance
Salton QM2R Santa Fe 900-Watt Quesadilla Maker - great gift for anyone!
Santa Hat - For Medium Dogs - very cute for the family picture!!
A Dennis the Menace Christmas - I just bought this today and am looking to watching this with the family. We love the Dennis the Menace movies!
Untitled Document - great coupon for Christmas shopping!
Ruff Stuff Air Blasters Tek 10 Dart Blaster with Target - great for any age!!
Wilton Comfort Grip Cookie Press - I love the one I have.. makes a great gift!
Dickies Men's Signature Thermal Lined Hooded Fleece Camouflage Jacket - for the hunter in your life.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Frugal Thanksgiving......

I am going to my MIL's for dinner this Thanksgiving. We usually cook the entire meal here but this year all I have to make is the potato filling. DH and I enjoy making this together while listening to Christmas music and having a few drinks after the kids go to bed. To make the recipe a little more thrify this year I downlaoded some coupons for Target here... The sour cream and Stove top should be almost free. I do not have a Super Target but if I did I would also be loading up on cheap celery!! I normally watch the sale adds for the cheapest price on Turkey's and both Dh and I head there to get 2 turkeys. One for Thanksgiving day and one for the freezer. I used to get a free turkey every year from my grocery store but I no longer shop at a store that runs those promotions. - some great frugal recipe ideas for the meal and the leftovers! - give you a great breakdown on costs. - Thanksgiving Trivia - my kids love making these name tags to decorate the Thanksgiving table! - frugal center pieces

Thursdays Deals......

Airborne Health Special Offers - On-the-Go - freee sample
Huggies® Wipes - free sample... different from the Walmart User account PAM Professional Hot Spot - not sure what you get but looks
Get A Free Sample - - free sample for your POM Wonderful - Nov 2007 Survey Page 1 This took a while to load for me but it looks like it is worth it. Here are the details.... We are working on some new product concepts and value your input to our process.If you can spare 5-7 minutes to take our survey and provide us with some valuable feedback, we would be happy to shower you with gifts...OK, more like POM Wonderful FREE product coupons and a cool t-shirt, but hey, it's only 5 minutes. - free Lucky Lookout Get FREE cashmere fingerless gloves from Lucky! To get yours, simply buy any of these items and enter your information below, or mail your receipt to: C.Jordan, LUCKY Magazine, 4 Times Square, 6th Fl., NY, NY 10036.UPC Code: 7560901226
Tyler Florence by Mikasa Chef's White Meat Platter, 20-3/4 Inches - I love the look of this line of dinnerware. It is not cheap but it is on sale and I would consider them investment pieces. The white plates never go out of style and you can mix them with anything and they still look great! I like to add a few antique dishes of different colors to mix things up. This would look great on your Thanksgiving table!!
Saras Prints - Boys Cotton Pajamas, White - these are great for a little boy or girl. I love matching Holiday pajamas!!
The Complete Tightwad Gazette - makes a great gift!! This book is timeless!!
Hannah Montana "Best of Both Worlds" Singing Doll - great for any young girl!! - free swaddle blanket

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wednesdays Deals and Black Friday Ads......

Black Friday Ads for Black Friday 2007 and Black Friday Deals! - check these out!!
Wrangler® Western Wear - rebate form
Save on candles from Glade® Candles - printable coupons
Cleanse Your Way to a Clearer Face BellaSugar - Beauty, Hair, & Skin. - free sample
Rocky Water - Water Crystal Polymers - free sample
StartSampling: Country Home Magazine - free magazine Update: this offer is gone. I just went there to get it for myself. Darn!! Free Photo Frame - free photo frame
Wii - a very hot item for this Christmas season!!
Super Mario Galaxy - and a hot game to go with it!!
Leatherman 64010103K Micra Multitool - Amazon's deal of the day

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


We are a family that loves Shrek! Look what is out today!!!.......

ConAgra Presents "Shrek's Quest for the Crown" - enter to win!!
Shrek Operation - a very cool twist to a classic game!
Shrek The Third - ssshhhhh... don't tell the kids.. Dh picked this up this week.


Registration - printable coupon for cough drops - Playtex Personal Cleansing Cloths - free sample - HUGGIES Gentle Care Sensitive Baby Wipes - free sample - Degree Deodorant - free sample
Clos du Bois - Generous Pour - Age Validation - free Christmas song download - I don't know about you but I am almost afraid to buy toys this Christmas with all the recalls from things made in China. This is a site that shows you where to get American made toys. Sad thing is... there are not very many!! Hope this helps!!
NordicWare German Gingerbread House Mold - this could create hours of fun with your kids!

Monday, November 12, 2007

New Coupon!!!!

Mattel - check it out!!

Check it out!!! this site will help you find the perfect fitting jeans!! check it out!! - this place has some great games to play!!!


Save the Disappearing Bees by Planting Seeds - Burt's Bees - free seeds! - free stuff - free sample
Sign up for the Kernel Season's Kernel's Club - popcorn seasoning
Layflat Mops and MicroFiber Technologies Free Sample - micro fiber cloth
Coupons > Canine Caviar Pet Foods - another one for your dog
Dog Lovers Choice - sample for your dog!
Streuter Technologies, Inc. - Glue Film: Arts & Crafts - - free sample of craft glue
Head and Shoulders - free sample
SnapBox AV80 7-In-One Digital Video Camcorder - a very cool item.. would make a great gift to give your family!
Samsung DVD-L25 Portable DVD Player with 2.5" Screen - this is affordable enough to give one to everyone!!
Send Thanksgiving flowers & gifts from! - don't forget a hostess gift this Thanksgiving!!
My Twinn: Free Standard Shipping* on any order (*up to $20) when you pay with Bill Me Later (see full details, ends 12.27) - free shipping!!!!
High School Musical 2 (Extended Edition) - pre order now - i found a new link for Target coupons!!! Check it out!!! I found it here... ... check out how she is getting free rolls and toothpaste!!!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Free Entertainment...... - this provided us with some free and fun entertainment this evening!

Friday..... - free christmas card!! - free sample - free sample - free kit
Banana Slicer - a gift for someone who already has everything.
Eureka 431BXZ Optima Lightweight Upright Vacuum Cleaner - not a bad little item!
Apple 1 GB iPod shuffle Purple (3rd Generation) - make the perfect gift for anyone on your list and it comes in a ton of colors now!!
TAO 1.4-Inch Digital Picture Keychain (Square) - I may get this for my MIL!!
Starbucks Assortment - great for the coffee lover on your list.
Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Etched and Hand Painted Dessert Bowls, Set of 4 - I think I will be getting this for someone on my list!
Webkinz German Shepherd - a new release and great for any age!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Awesome Coupon!!!

This coupon is so great it deserves it own bolg entry!! print several and do some Christmas shopping. If this store does not sell a size you need.. head to the sock section! Do not be alarmed that they sell socks that cost $15 a pair but be happy to get them free!!


This coming Sunday will be another huge one for coupons. There will be 2 SmartSource and 2 Valassis inserts. There will be a rebate form for a free Glade Light Shows, up to $12.50, another form for an Excedrin 24 ct rebate, and a TMF form on Tums. There will be a coupon for a free can of Mighty Dog canned dog food up to .89, and a coupon for free Purina One canned dog food up to $1.50. WOW.,,c6rr989t,00.html - dark chocolate!! - green tea - free sample of parchment paper
Target has Halloween stuff marked down to 90% off. This is a great time to buy a costume for next year or a greta way to make a costume box for your kids to play dress up. That always makes a nice Christmas gift! - select several samples from P&G once you register. I qualified for 6 samples!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Free Flash Drive....

I got the following from another board. I have not tried it but my friend Stacy did. Sorry if it does not work for you.

add the flash drive to your cart.
On the next page, click "Proceed to cart and checkout"
On the next page, click the "Google Checkout $10 Off" image
Choose Budget Shipping and complete Google Checkout and the flash drive is free.You will have to enter credit card information before it zeros out the total. The $10 off with Google Checkout can only be used once. If you've already used it, this is not free. Shipping is free (7 - 9 business days) - Kingston 1GB Data Traveler USB 2.0 Flash Drive - DTI/1GBKR

Turkey Leftover....

Here is a great recipe to use with the leftover turkey later this month. It is yummy and healthy!! I found the recipe on the Mrs Dash website when I was checking it out after recieving my bzz campaign from I thought this recipe tied in perfectly to the frugal lifestyle!
Turkey Rice Soup
3 stalks celery
2 medium carrots
1 medium onion
6 cups (1.44L) low sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp. (30mL) Mrs. Dash® Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend
1/2 cup (120mL) rice
2 cups (480mL) leftover turkey meat
Cut celery into 1/2" (1.24cm) pieces. Peel and cut carrots into bite sized pieces. Cut onion into small wedges.
Combine chicken broth, celery, carrots, onion and Mrs. Dash® Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for one hour.
Add rice and turkey meat and simmer 25 - 30 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed.
Recipe Summary:
Serves: 8
Serving Size: 8.4 Oz. (236.7g)
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hr, 25 min to 1 hr, 30 min
Nutritional Information:Calories:141 % of Calories from Fat:19 % Total Fat:3 g Saturated Fat:1 g Unsaturated Fat:1 g Trans Fat:0 g Cholesterol:30 mg Sodium:125 mg Potassium:240 mg Carbohydrates:14 g Fiber:1 g Protein:13 g
low fat, low sodium, low potassium

Wednesday's Freebies.... - free soccer ball rebate for cat liter - $10 off $30 at Bath and Body Works! - free sample - another man freebie - all about National Recycle Day

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Green Week.. Recycle Tuesday....

Here are a few ways to recycle odd items that are not allowed in your curb side recycle bin. I want to encourage you to please recycle everything you can so that the earth will be here for your grandchildren. It really takes very little effort to make a difference. - recycle old video tapes and cd's. - recycle old sneakers. - find a group in your area and give away things you can no longer use. Even mattresses! You will be suprised and what you might find for yourself. Don't be discouraged by the outrageous posts on here though! - find your local list and buy, sell, trade, give or get on the site! - fill out this form to get a free coupon!!
Love it or it's free: 59 oz Minute Maid Enhanced Juice Pomegranate Blueberry flavored 100% Juice Blend. If you don't love the product, we'll refund your purchase price. Here's how to receive your refund. Clearly print your name and complete address on a 3x5 card and send with the original cash register receipt with purchase price circled, in a #10 envelope to:
Minute Maid Enhanced Juice Offer
Box 52612
Knoxville TN 37950
Expires 2/28/08. (borrowed from Refundcents... link on the right column)
Pacific Precision Metals #77701 Steel Can Crusher (Crusher) - this will help you crush your alluminum cans for easy storage in a can outside. Recycle your can to help the enviornment and make a little cash in the process!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Cool Site!!

Visit Awesome - check it out!!

Green Week ... Monday......

Today starts Green Week. I try but I do not think I am very green. I do recycle and try to use less energy but I think I could do better. I need to make an effort to try to be better at this. Here are a few people I think are much better at it...... - they are traveling the country in a veggie oil RV trying to promote green living. - she was even looking into buying "green" jeans!!! - and she made her own grocery bag instead of using the plastic ones at the grocery store!!
I always admire those who bring their own bags to the store. Most stores even give you a few pennies off your bill if you bring your own bags. Every penny adds up in my eyes! I do like having those plastic bags I get from the store though. I use them and therefore feel like I am recycling them. I could do better though and not get them at all or only get 1 or 2 each visit and use my own bags for the rest. I posted this before but I thought it was worth repeating today since it went with the theme. Go here.. to register and recieve a free tote bag that I think would be perfect for groceries! I am willing to advertise for just about anyone if they give me a free bag!! - sign up for the vaccine education newsletter and recieve a free first aid kit. - this is one for the men! My DH would like this freebie!! - go here to find out more about cleaning your house in a way that is green friendly! - check out my ebay auctions!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sunday Tidbits.....

I am busy listing things on Ebay today to make a few extra dollars for Christmas gifts and then I will get a few hours of work in for my job today. Still no heat turned on in our house but there is a nice fire again today. We broke out the stash of Christmas movies... the season is just about upon us! DS and I are battling colds.. let's just hope they are all gone by the time we go to Disney at the end of the month!! I was able to get my hands on 4 copies of todays coupons with only buying 1 newspaper! My favorite coupon is $1.00 of any Charmin TP. I have a local chain that still sells the 4 pack of single size rolls for just a little over $1.00. That will give me several packs of TP for the price of 1!
Playtex Sport - print a coupon for $2.50 off!!
Kotex® - free sample!
Print a coupon - print a coupon here for B1G1F
This offer is in today's coupon section in some area's of the country. Spikes' All Natural Santa Fe Chunky Salsa. "The World's Best Tasting Salsa" If you don't agree it's free. If you are not satisfied with the quality of this product, please send your original cash register receipt and reason for dissatisfaction along with this label to the address below for a full refund. All requests must be postmarked no later than 3/31/08. Limit one request for each flavor per household. LiDestri Foods, Inc C/O FSC,Box 654Deer Park NY 11729 (borrowed from (link on the right hand column))
Complete Multi-Purpose - Interest Form - free sample
Bar Keepers Friend, A Friend For Life! - free sample
The Martha Stewart Holiday Collection - Martha's Classic Thanksgiving - I think Martha know how to put on one heck of a party... now we just need a frugal version of Martha!!
Thanksgiving Drooler Bib - Printed - what a cute bib!! This could be used as a filler item if you are going for the free shipping total at Amazon!!
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - this is a movie we would like to ad to our collection. A timeless classic that pleases everyone! We have been borrowing it from the library but I would like to get a copy to have here!
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