Thursday, January 31, 2008


I have not had the best week so far. I was thinking yesterday that it could only get worse if we get a foot of snow yet. The weather forcast this morning says freezing rain over night! UGH!! I stocked up on wood this morning in preparation. DH will get another wheel barrell full tonight. We keep it in the garage where it will be close and dry! I will fill buckets of water tonight in case we lose power so that I can still flush a toilet. I am thinking of looking for a property in the Florida Keys... until hurricane season that is!
Two coupon inserts this Sunday. I also got my All You [1-year subscription] magazine this week. They always have great coupons throughout the magazine. This is one magazine that is well worth the cost! Severeal B1G1F coupons in it this month.
I have a quiet morning here at home today. I will do some Dr office work and tackle my taxes I think.

The Big Comfy Couch Children's TV Show - freebies mailed to you
COFFEE-MATE - Special Offers - Stir Up Something New - free coupon for Coffee mate.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Windy Wednesday.....

Well, yesterday I was stuck on an icy road, this morning I had no power for over an hour! That is ok, I got to chase the can of recycles down the road so I had plenty to do while we had no running water or heat. The joys of living in the country!!
Organic Valley Coupons - printable coupons shared by blogger Kim from A Frugal Single Mom
Dogs Love BarksalotBistro - free sample for your dog - free stuff
NutriPals® Registration Thank You - printable coupon
A Full Cup - Coupon Generator if you have a Super Target, go here and print out the 50cents off 2 cheese. go buy the individual packages of string cheese and they will be free!!!
Auntie Anne's Pretzels Free pretzel day this coming Saturday!!
CVS Online Pharmacy Store $3 off $15 at CVS
Sisterly Savings: Target Deals 1/27-2/2 go here to learn about a good dog food deal at Target!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I spent almost 2 hours sitting along an icy mountain road this morning stranded with about 15 other cars. The mountain was covered with black ice that no one saw until it was too late. We all slid down the mountain at the same spot. We all sat there waiting for the salt/cinder truck to come rescue us. There is very poor cell phone connection on the mountain too, so calls for help were hard to make. I am finally home safe and this is where I am staying today!!! On a good note, I met 2 very nice women that live in my neighborhood that I never knew before. I am also very thankful for the hat my 6 year old son left in the car. It kept my head very warm while standing up the hill from my car so that I would not get hit if someone slid into my car. I bet I looked very cute!! I was pretty sure I would not starve either since there is probably a full meal stashed under his booster seat in the back seat.
Request A Free Product Sample - free sample
Purex - free sample... these are great to have around to take along on vacations
Offers - coupons for VIVA paper towels, promotions and special offers - printable coupon!!
Minute Maid® - get you money back for the new Pomegranate Blueberry Juice .... Click the link to find out how!! - printable coupon for 40% off at Borders
Lovin our Large Family - Monday Giveaway: Apron from Marie-Madeline Studio- I am trying to win this apron. I love retro style aprons!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Frugal eye glasses.....

Zenni Optical: Sell Rx Glasses $8 with case! - I have eye insurance but, I could never get eyeglasses, even at Eyeland, this cheap! Go here.. Zenni Optical: Sell Rx Glasses $8 with case! and look at the selection. Glasses start as low as $8.00! What an awesome price!! I like these for myself. I need to get new glasses and contacts this year but, my insurance will only cover one of them. I think I will get the contacts through my insurance and use my prescription from the Dr. to get glasses from here.

A chance to win!!!!

Here is your chance to win a $15 Target gift card!! All you have to do is leave a comment here by 8:pm on Sunday, February 3rd. I will put everyone's comment number in a hat and have my kids draw before they go to bed at 8:30PM. I will contact the winner for your mailing address and then mail as soon as I hear from the winner. Imagine what you could get for $15 at Target!! Maybe you could blog about what you used your $15 to get. Use coupons and clearance sales to make the $15 go even farther!! Now go comment!!!
- U.S. entries only please!

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Still nothing at CVS this week for me. Next week is the last chance to use my ECB. I was really hoping I would be able to use then to get more great deals but I am not going to buy stuff just for the sake of buying things. I only want to buy things that we will actually use. They are not great deals if we will not use the stuff. Here's hoping for a better weel next week! - refund form for all your money back from Febreeze
Chocolate Turtle Chex Mix® - choclate turtle Chex Mix sample - free sample of toothpaste
Good Cause Greeting Catalog Request - free card
Sam's Club - Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers - free diaper
Clinique Clinique Happy™ wishes for Valentine’s Day. - free sample
It's my BLOG and I'll cry if I want to - check out this blog I read!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saturday stuff.....

This is borrowed from Refund Cents (the best refunding magazine in the world!! - link is on the right!)
If you haven't gotten the coupon for a free Promise Activ 4-pack, the link goes live everyday at noon EST, 11 am Central Time, 10 am Mountain Time, and 9 am Pacific time. The first 500 get the coupon. I signed up for mine today!
Two coupon inserts in Sunday's paper.

Friday, January 25, 2008


During my morning errands, I stopped at the gorcery store with coupons to buy these 4 items. All this cost me $2.00! The oatmeal was on sale 2 for $4 and I had 2 $1 off 1 coupons. Peanut butter is on sale for $1 and I had $1 off 1 coupon. I had a free coupon for the cheesecake filling. Total before coupons was $8.69. Total out of pocket was $2.00.
These are the samples I rcieved in the mail yesterday!!
CHEAP BUT NOT EASY: Feel The Love. But Don't Get All Grabby. (Revised 1/25/08) - here is a new blog I found this week!
Thank you for your interest in PERDUE® Perfect Portions®! $2 printable coupon for Perdue Perfect Portions $2 printable coupon for Jane cosmetics
Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour - this wii game is on sale today! Buy now for an upcoming birthday or Easter basket!
Barbie Magnetic Fashions: Book and Playset (Barbie Magnet Kit) - these are great for car trips!! I used to keep on in my trunk for restaurants too!
Castle: Medieval Days and Knights (A Sabuda & Reinhart Pop-up Book) - a great little gift for a little boy's imagination!
Wishing Stars (Klutz) and Button Rings (Klutz) are great little craft kits at a terrific sale price! Save them for Easter or Christmas.
Dog Lovers Choice - free dog treat sample
Al's - Free Stuff - free pistachios

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I want one of these!!

Massage Chairs - I got my DH a massage for his birthday and he loved it. It was his first professional massage ever. I had one years ago and really enjoyed it but, I hate to spend the money on things like that for myself. Instead, I sit in the massage chair, at the nail salon, as I get a pedicure. I always hate when they are finished, because I never want to leave that chair. Then I found this chair... Massage Chairs. I think I need one of these here at my house!! Eventually we would like to change our play room into a home library. We've always talked about a nice leather, straight back chair for that room where you can get comfy and read. I have changed my mind! I want this chair....Massage Chairs so I can get a nice massage while I read a good book! If I start working on my DH now, I think i could convince him to get this for me, I mean himself, in the future. Until then, I will just go to the nail salon and dream that I am in my own home while relaxing in their massage chair!


Kid's Coupons - free yogurt coupon
Print Your Coupon - printable Stayfree coupon
Coupon Landing Page $8.00 coupon from Iams sign up for the Home Depot welcome pack and get coupons!
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - $4 off $20 at CVS
Five for Fighting - go here and watch the video. Five For Fighting will donate money to Autism research for every view.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Results....

The mat was too small so here is the finished project. I am very happy with the results! Now onto the new sewing project!


This is my project for today. After I am finished working, i will clean up this old picture frame, paint the mat and insert the counted cross stitch picture (below). I wanted to get this done before Christmas but it didn't happen. Oh well, I will have it for next Christmas. It was a very cheap project... just time consuming. I will show you the results when I am finished.
Rhinaris© - free sample
Murad - Clarifying Cleanser Sample Offer - free sample
Try Durex - adult sample

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I was out the door right behind the school bus this morning, headed to the grocery store. I hit 2 stores with my coupons. I spent $110. That will last me 2 weeks. I will need to pick up dog food later this week but I will grab it at Target when I stop to get a script filled tomorrow... my dog food is $2.00 a bag cheaper there. I was back home by 10:30 for a few hours of work. This afternoon we will make a quick trip to the library for free movies, books and magazines. We are getting a little snow today. Dinner will be hamburger bbq, mac and cheese and broccoli. American idol tonight!!
How Did Your Hear About Febreze: NOTICEables - coupons
Fiber One® Cereal free sample of a yummy flavor!
Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce-BBQ Sauce-Seasoning Salt-Steak Sauce an oldie but a goodie... sent to by blog reader Kim.

Finance Genius

Auto Warranty - Go here if you are looking to refinance your mortgage, thinking about student loans or want to know what the payment would be on a new car. I am thinking about a "new to me" car in the next 2 years. It is a long process for me. The first step I always take when looking to purchase a "new to me" car is checking out what the monthly payment would be. By doing this, I can figure out how much I can really spend on a car since I know about what I can afford to pay each month. This site has a neat feature that does this for you! Check it out!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Cold Monday......

Holy crap it is cold!!! It is 10 degrees here this morning. Great time to start looking at those seed catalogs and start ordering for spring!! DH already ordered and received all his seeds!! LOL He is a little anxious!

Here is all the free stuff I got this weekend. The Pamprin was a sample I got in the mail and the deodorant and shampoo were free at Target after coupons. I used the printable coupon that I posted the other day for the Suave. I think I will go back and print a few more. Nothing wrong with a little extra shampoo sitting in the closet!! Especially when it is free!!

Kotex® - free sample
Garden of Life Extraordinary Health Newsletter Sign Up - green tea sample
K-Y® Brand Keep Life Sexy™ this Valentine's Night - a place to express your own sexy mantra. - adult sample
Dove® pro·age™ samples registration - free sample - Free Sample Kit for Teens! - free sample
Join the Salada Tea Lovers Club and earn a free box of Salada Tea. Purchase 6 boxes of Salada Green or White Tea (any size or type), cut the UPC from each box and mail along with your name and address to: Salada Tea Lovers Club1 Hansen Island Little Falls, NY 13365 (borrowed from
Harvest Surprise: Home $1 printable Juicy Juice coupon
About Arby's: Investor Relations - join here to "Maybe" get a free Arby's sandwich! - free sample

Friday, January 18, 2008


Safe-Guard Canine - free sample for your dog
Krispy Kreme - free dozen when you buy a dozen
Netflix Online Movie Rentals - Rent DVDs, Classic Films to DVD New Releases - free trial from Netflix
Costco MEMBERSHIP Motivano - Join and get a $10 credit usable on a future purchase via coupon code "motivano". Offer ends February 28th. Costco has a liberal return policy and will refund your membership fee in full at any time if you are dissatisfied.Costco MEMBERSHIP UW Alum - to get in store coupons
Play 'n Win: The Ultimate Family Sweepstakes - enter to win
Sweeps_Entry - enter to win
There are 3 coupon inserts coming in this Sunday's paper. When I looked at the CVS ECB's I have I realized they did not expire until 2/5/08 so hopefully I will find some more great deals by then. If not, I will buy things I can always use like deoderant and laundry soap. Here are a few new CVS printable coupons.....$25CVS+New+Prescription.jpg
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - $3 off $15
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - $15 off $75
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - $5 off 30
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - $4 off $20

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Work From Home.....

I have been a stay at home mom for almost 8 years. At first, I did lots of refunds, shopped with coupons to save on my grocery budget, sold extra coupons and filled out surveys for a few extra dollars. 2 1/2 years ago, I found a work from home job working for a Dr office. It gave me the extra money I was looking for without having to put my kids in daycare. This was the answer to my dreams.. still be home with my kids but have a small income. BUT... if I found this job... could I find more ways to make a few extra dollars? I love having extra money so that we can take a vacation from time to time and I can shop for nice things from time to time.
I started blogging over a year ago just because I wanted to share the great deals I found with some of my friends. As time went by, I actually was able to create a pretty good blog following. The wheels got rolling... maybe I could make money from my blog too!! I search for ways to do this. One way I found was here.... get paid to blog. I signed up a long time ago but never really did anything with it. A few weeks ago, my friend Stacy sent the link to me again. It got me thinking that maybe I should check out Pay per Post to see if I could really make money. I have read other blogs that used get paid to blog and it looked simple. So.. here I am giving it a shot. If you are a blogger, why not try it out. Who can't use a few extra bucks each month? Click here get paid to blog and at least look at the opportunities they have for you.
This sure does beat picking up aluminum cans or delivering phone books for a few extra bucks!!! Trust me, I know! I have done them both!!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008


AJ-Tuning - free car air freshener
PARTIDA TEQUILA - free tshirt
Energizer® PowerSource - Powering Today's Family. - printable coupon
Veggie Pirates Fan Club - very cute website for kids!!
Knaack L.L.C. Survey Thank You! - free hat
KFC Online Coupons by Creative Alliance - printable coupons to KFC
Print a coupon - b1g1f pepsi printable coupon

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Frugal Breakfast......

During my best coupon days I bought frozen pancakes for my DD for pennies or got the free after double or triple coupons. I would stock up when I found a great sale. This spoiled her. Then I fell off the coupon wagon sometime last year but continued to buy these for her at full price (Gasp!)! Now that I am back on the coupon wagon and trying to be more frugal with my groceries I do not want to buy items like that with out a coupon. My solution.... I found a box of pancake mix in my pantry last week when I cleaned it out (imagine that! LOL!) that was marked 75 cents from a discount grocer. SO... Sunday evening, I made a large batch of mini pancakes. I placed them on cookie sheets and froze them. Once frozen, I placed them all in a freezer bag. Now DD can grab a few each morning and stick them in the microwave... just like the store bought ones. I still have enough mix to make another batch. She should be able to eat breakfast for 2 weeks at the cost of 75 cents! Now if I could could find a mix for whole wheat pancakes at that price. OR.. anyone have a frugal whole wheat pancake mix recipe?


I am late with my post today.. busy morning working for the Dr office. The soup was a big hit with Dh yesterday. I thought I added to many spices but I did have a big bowl for dinner last night. I would make it again but change a few things that I did.
Pucker Up Baby! - cold sore treatment and tshirt
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Request Mailing Labels - free address labels
Bar Keepers Friend, A Friend For Life! - free sample - GLAD Microwave Steaming Bags - free sample
Coach's Oats - FREE SAMPLE! - free sample - free cheerleading gift - printable coupon for pork

Monday, January 14, 2008


I did not do any CVS deals this week yet. Nothing really interested me so I did not want to waste my ECB. I will keep an eye on the expiration dates though and at least go buy laundry soap and deoderant if nothing else interests me.
Coach's Oats - FREE SAMPLE! - free cereal sample
NewCom Computer Solutions (Lufkin, Texas) - free t shirt
Beech Nut Baby Food - free baby bowl
Purple - free drink sample
Work It, Mom! A Community for Working Moms - I am making this soup today. The only things I had to buy in order to make it were the sausage (I used sausage patties), chicken broth and diced tomatoes. The rest of the stuff I either has or improvised. We grew and dried black beans last summer so I added them instead of kidney beans and I did not buy any new spices... just added what I had along with some Mrs Dash from Bzz campaign I did a few months ago. I will let you know how it is!
HERE - print $1.00 off any Suave. Makes it free most places!!
Kraft Promotions - anyone with a Publix should check this out!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Weekend Update......

Print off the form for $4 refund on Sargento Shrek The Third String Cheese Twirls and Shrek The Third DVD, click here.
Enter Zip Code - free soap sample
3M Post-it® Super Sticky Notes FREE Sample Offer - free sample

Friday, January 11, 2008

My coupon file.....

Expandable Organizer - Clear - This is very similar to the file I use to carry my coupons around. One each tab, I wrote a store name and i file the coupons in it according to which store I want to use them at. This is easy to keep in my car or just grab when I am running out the door. I try to keep it stocked with what I will need so I can make quick trips while I am already on the road and save some gas. I love this system!!
I have a 2 more holders that stays at home where I can organize into categories. One is as big as a shoe box. At one time I was the coupon exchange coordinator for a small refund newsletter so I had tons of coupons on hand. I no longer use this one but I save it in case I ever get that involved again. The other one was where I organized my personal coupons into categories so I could find what I needed easily. This one has been pretty sad the last year... almost empty!
When my DD was born, I got very involved in coupons and refunds as a way to keep myself busy while on maternity leave. One day during this time, I was shopping at Rite aid with my big personal coupon organizer that, in addition to cents off coupons, also held over $100 worth of free items coupons. Later that night I realized I lost my coupon organizer and Rite aid was already closed. That coupon file was worth a lot of money and could really hurt my already tight budget at the time. I was sick to my stomach and barely slept that night. The next morning, I was up early and at the store when it opened. Imagine how surprised I was to find my coupon file setting on a shelf where I had left it while looking at something. I grabbed it and ran home. I was so happy to see it again and even happier to see no one had even touched it. That was a close call!! From them on I made sure there was a piece of paper in it with my name address and phone number in case it was lost and then found by a kind person!

While I was looking for my coupon file on Amazon I found this one on wheels. I was thinking how funny it would be to wheel this into a CVS on a Sunday morning ready to earn some ECB!! The coupon cop manager at my CVS would probably have a heart attack at the site!! LOL

Frugal Friday.....

I got an call last night from a friens that works at Target. Target has marked toys down to 75% off!! Think ahead for birthday and Christmas 2008. Heck, buy some and sell them at yeard sales and on Ebay!! RUN RUN RUN to Target now!!!!
If you are not satisfied with the taste of Smart Balance Buttery Spread, purchase any product between 1/03/08 - 1/31/08. Send CRT and a 3x5 card. Print your NAZ, phone # (no PO Boxes)Dept 276Box 981123El Paso, TX 79998-1123 Receive your purchase price back up to $2.35
ThermaCare HeatWraps—Your "Ultimate 12 Hour" Sweepstakes - enter to win
Coupons from Betty Crocker - printable coupons
Untitled Page - free FitSmart bar
$10 Off Houseplants - good one!!
Coming this Sunday: A coupon for FREE Purina Carvers Dog Snack up to $3.59.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


A few printable coupons to Food Lion..... Web Coupons - and Web Coupons - one is Oreo's and the other is money off your produce.
WE tv - WE Vote 08 Giveaway - get a free gift when you pledge to vote. I do not care who you want to vote for but please vote this year. We need to get this country back in shape.
VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film Order FREE Sample - for adults.
DURACELL® EasyTab® - free hearing aid batteries.
Free Mailing Labels - free address lables
Freshwater Fish/Store Blend Sample - It's Free! : Aquadine, The Best Fish Food in the World - free fish food
COFFEE-MATE - Special Offers - Stir Up Something New - free coffee mate

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

My Pantry..................

I missed a few items off to the left in this picture but I think you can see what my pantry basically looks like. It is a corner in my basement laundry room. It is lacking some things at this point but in the last few months I have really neglected coupons and my pantry. I am working now on getting it fully stocked again. I really need some pancake mix, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese and a few more cleaning supplies.
Some people like to have a list of what they want in their pantry and keep it stocked that way. I am not like that. I stock it with what ever deals I find. If I know my family will eat it, I buy as many as I can at the deal price and stick it in the pantry. This is just what works for us.
I have a section on the top shelf (that I missed in the picture) with snacks. At Easter and Halloween, my MIL buys huge bags of snacks for my kids instead of candy. This sometimes carries me through the year. I also have a huge tin can with an extra sugar and Kool Aid mixes. Sometimes I keep a pitcher of Kool Aid in the fridge for the kids instead of buying juice boxes. I use less sugar than it calls for and it becomes a very cheap drink since I got all the Kool Aid on sale or clearance.
You can see all the cans of canned spaghetti. Every time I ask my husband to stop at the store for me, he comes home with some canned spaghetti. UGH! DS and I hate the stuff. I have at least a year supply at the rate it gets eaten around here but I am sure he will buy more the next time he stops! LOL
I also wanted to note that this is just the extra stuff I have. I have kitchen cabinets filled with food and an extra freezer full of food. We are big gardeners and although we prefer to eat the veggies fresh from the garden, I do freeze some things.
Here are a few things I wish I had......................
Safer: Pantry Pest Trap (2 per box) - I never had this problem but it is always in the back of my mind.
Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis - not a bad book to read.
4 Person Deluxe Survival Kit - I do have a backpack in the pantry with a few survival things that I made up after September 11th when it was the thing to do. I no longer have food in it though. This would be a nice already made kit to have that I hope I would never have to use!
Do you think I need anymore wine? LOL

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

My CVS and Giant Deals.....

I headed out to the gym this morning after the kids got on the bus. I am really trying to combine trips with gas prices so high. My first stop was at my FIL's house to pick up his Sunday coupons that he saves for me. He had the above sample waiting for me also. :O)
CVS is right down the street from my gym so I headed there with lots of coupons to get the above deals. Here is the breakdown....
2 Palmolive dish soaps - $1.49 each minus $1.00 Sunday coupon and earned $2.00 ECB
1 Fructis shampoo - $2.99, earned $2.00 ECB (I could not find a coupon for this but I thought it was a pretty good deal so I got it)
1 Colgate toothpaste - $2.99 minus $1.00 coupon earn $2.00 ECB
1 box of Tampons - $7.99 minus $2.50 printable couon I got here Playtex Sport, and a $1.00 CVS Playtex coupon I found here *NEW CVS Printable Coupon thread* 10/16/2007 *DISCUSS COUPONS AND RELATED ISSUES ONLY* - Forums
2 Soy Joy - $1.00 each minus a B1G1F coupon (i was trying to get 3 since I had another free coupon but the manager was the cashier today and he is a coupon cop and said I could not do it. I decided not to argue since I did not want him to argue about all my internet coupons)
Total = $18.95
Minus Manufacturer's coupon -$5.50
minus $2.00 off $10.00 CVS coupon -$2.00
minus $1.00 Playtex/CVS coupon - $1.00
New Total = $10.45
Minus $10.00 ECB from previous trip = .45 cents out of pocket
Earned $8.00 ECB on this trip

I went to a 2nd CVS then since the first one was out of a few things and it was right down the street. This store was very unorganized and had no sale signs hung so it was a little more challenging but I did ok. Here is the breakdown....
2 Aquapods - 2 for $5.00 minus this $1.00 coupon Coupons - Fun & Coupons- Aquapod Moms earned $2.00 ECB
1 Soy Joy - $1.00 minus $1.29 free coupon (it is how it scanned - who am I to argue?) earned $4.00 ECB since it was the 4th bar I purchased
1 Excederin - $1.99 minus $2.00 Sunday coupon earned $1.00 ECB
2 CVS toothbrushes - $2.99 each earned $5.98 ECB
Total = $13.97
Minus manufacturer's coupons - $4.29
New Total = $9.68
Paid with $8.00 ECB from 1st store
Total out of pocket = $1.68
Earned $12.98 in ECB
I could have done better if I had thought to bring another $2.00 off $10 CVS printable coupon. Oh well... I will not forget next time!!
I went to Giant after CVS #1 to use some coupons on sale items since they double and I could get a few things free or for a few pennies each. It is in the same complex at CVS so it was not out of my way at all. Here is the breakdown....
2 Swiss Miss hot chocolate - $1.00 each minus 2 - 50 cent coupons doubled
3 Hamburger Helper - $1.00 each minus a 50 cent coupon doubled and a $1.00 off 2
2 Better Crocker Delights - $1.97 each minus 2 - 50 cent coupons doubled (not the cheapest but they are yummy and the kids will love them as dessert tonight!)
2 Betty Crocker Scalloped potato mixes - $1.00 each minus $1.00 off 2 coupon
1 Delmonte Fruit Salad - $1.35 minus 40 cent coupon doubled
1 Colgate Toothpaste - $2.00 minus $1.50 on line printable coupon
1 Campbell's boxed soup - $2.39 minus $1.00 Sunday coupon (not the cheapest but DH loves this and I have to give into his wants from time to time!)
1 Barilla Pasta - .99 cents minus free coupon
1 Barilla Pasta Sauce - $2.74 minus free coupon
Total = $19.76
Minus $12.38 in manufacturer's coupons
Paid out of pocket = $7.38

Today's total was $52.68 worth of items (after sale prices) for $9.51 out of pocket. Not a bad morning if I do say so myself!! This will really help my pantry fill up! If I would take the time to clean it, I would take a picture for you.. maybe next week!


Come back later today to see my early morning shopping spree deals. I will have picrures and details posted after 1:30. Enjoy these freebies and deals in the mean time!
Clorox - coupon for a free full size bottle
Quaker Simple Harvest™ - free sample - $15 off $15 at Lane Bryant! Even if you are not a plus size (they start at size 14 here) you can check out the socks and jewelry.
ALWAYS STICKS - free sample - Poise Ultra Thins With Wings - free sample
beanbin free sample page - free coffee sample
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - $5 off $30 at CVS
A Call to Higher Places: .11 cents shipped for 31 photos! - go here to get an awesome deal on pictures. I will be doing this today!!

Monday, January 07, 2008


I got these samples with my Sunday paper yesterday. They must know I love samples!! DH already ate the Oatmeal Squares!
Costco - Free Sample KOTEX® LIGHTDAYS® Pantiliner - free sample - $4 off $20 at CVS
Print Free Grocery Coupons! - page through the coupons to find the Pamprin one. click on print this coupons and a screen will pop up for your address. Say they will send you a 10ct sample in the mail!!

Photobucket go here to win a bottle of fabric softener!!!
SOYJOY - Special Offers - here is a coupon to use with your CVS deals. I am going to CVS again tomorrow but not usre if I will get any more of these bars. DH and kids tried them tonight and thought they tasted terrible. Does anyone actually like these?

Sunday, January 06, 2008

My CVS Deals.....

Here is the breakdown......
Hershey candy bars - on sale 4/$2.00, $1.00 ECB when you purchase 4, Sunday coupon B1G1F Reese's Whips
2 Palmolive dish soaps - on sale $1.49 each, $1.00 off 2 Sunday coupon, $1.00 ECB on each
150 count Motrin - $9.69 , $1.00 Sunday coupon
Tylenol liquid cold medicine - $4.99, $1.00 Sunday coupon
20 ct Sudafed - $5.99, $1.00 Sunday coupon - PLUS $10 ECB for the previous free purchases
2 Colgate toothbrushes - $2.99 each, $2.00 ECB each, $1.00 off 2 Sunday coupon
2 Colgate Toothpaste - $2.99 each, $2.00 ECB each, $1 Sunday coupon
Soy Joy - $1.00, free coupon from Sunday paper
Tastykake chocolate donuts - $3.49 - no coupon or sale but I needed them for DS to grab for breakfast (I know it is junk food but everyone needs a little!!)

Total was $42.10
- printable $3 off $15 CVS coupon
- $7.50 manufacturer's cupons
= $31.60
ECB printed for next time = $21.00

I have not been shopping CVS lately so it was like starting from scratch for me. I now have the $21.00 in ECB to use on next weeks deals. The first week is always the most expensive. I should now be able to get most of my purchases for almost free. I will keep you posted! All in all, I was very happy!! I will be sending the reciept and Palmolive/Colgate upc's in for the free bag and sample deal I posted this week.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Weekend Update............

Don't forget to get a Sunday paper tomorrow. Tons of coupons this week. Go here Common Sense with Money to see some of the deals. I am hoping for some Polmolive coupons to help with this deal.. Dental Coupons, Sweepstakes, & Special Offers on Colgate Products. I worked this morning but DH hit Target for the 90% off Christmas sale. He got a pack of outdoor lights for 18 cents and DD got a Tinkerbell ornament for 59 cents.
Sweepstakes - Clean Home Journal™ - sign up for the New Year Gift Pack
Mga Entertainment . Bratz . Signup - join the Bratz fan club and get a free keychain. When I signed DD up, we got a free mini Bratz doll.
Just One More - A Simple Promise. A Healthier Life. - click on Take the Pledge

Friday, January 04, 2008

The Results.....

Here are the brownies I made yesterday. Well... half of the brownies I made yesterday. The rest have been eaten by my family. They are great!! Everyone loved them. I even told DD that there was spinach in them after she ate one and she did not care because they are so good!! Low fat and yummy tasting!! I will be making these again for sure! Thanks Jessica Seinfeld!!
I also made a large lasagna for dinner last night. Here is the break down on what I spent to make it......
barilla noodles - free after coupon
1 jar of barilla sauce - free after coupon
2 cans of sauce - 85 cents each
large container of ricotta cheese - $3.09
1 pound of hamburger - no idea (i pulled it from my stash in the freezer)
4 bags of shredded cheese $7.00
Total = $11.79
Not bad for such a large pan that will feed us for 2 dinners and i will freeze some for lunches. I also added some carrot puree to the sauce and meat combo to make it healthier. The carrots were left over from a holiday party and would have gone bad had I not pureed them so I did not add the cost. I had a some sauce and meat mixture left over so I froze that to use later. - South Beach Living Granola Clusters and Drink Mix - free sample - Intimately Beckham - free sample - printable rebate form for peanut butter
Dental Coupons, Sweepstakes, & Special Offers on Colgate Products - printable form for a bag full of products when you buy polmolive items - printable form for popcorn rebate

Thursday, January 03, 2008


I got this book from Santa. I love it! I really want to work on getting our family eating healthier. I came a long way in 2007 but I would like to take it a step farther in 2008. SO.......

I bought this butter and cocoa and pureed the carrots and spinach. What will all this make you ask? Brownies!! Healthy low fat brownies! I am going to make them this afternoon. I will let you know if they were a hit or not.
Here are the holiday socks I collected all year on clearance sales. We gave them to my mother-in-law as a Christmas gift. She loved them! They kids picked them out so that made them even more special to her and it is a gift she can use all year long. All of them were under $1 each!!

Even though it was only 14 degrees here this morning, I got my butt in gear and headed back to the gym after not going for 2 months. I picked up these 2 samples on my way out of the gym. Not a bad find!! DH will use them after his workouts!
On Jan 4 (Friday) points will be double on My Coke Rewards for 12 paks and 3 point caps. You can enter up to 10 codes a day, so save your best 10 for Friday.
Clark: Sign Up - cheap prints!!!! The lowest I could find online! - printable refund form
Call 1 800 776 8348 - I only did the touch tone numbers requested as follows, I guess if you use other answers, it might be long and boring hahaha, but this was stated as being the quickest way to get thru it and have your coupon mailed to you so it's what I did and was pretty fast1 for touch-tone phone,2 for woman5 for his diplomacy skills are lacking1 for couponLeave name and address
Sign Up for future AVEENO® Offers - free sample - go here to find out how to get free peanut butter next week. Get extra coupons from friends and fanily who do not use them and stock your pantry!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


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Welcome to MiracleGrip - free sample
Injury... - free t shirt
METROESSENCE Inc. - CONTACT US - men's cologne sample
Slim·Fast - earn Fashion Rewards from slim fast!
Dawn Direct Foam – Use the foam and get your dishes virtually grease free - printable $1.50 coupon and a satisfaction gaurantee form. You can make money on this deal!! - printable refund form
This Sunday there will be 5 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper. What a way to start off the new year. For those hoping to be a little more frugal in 2008, this is a great way to start!!
CVS Online Pharmacy Store- $3 off $15 at CVS

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Freecycle..... - click here to check out freecycle and I will get credit for the click....THANKS!!!
This is a great time of year to list a few things on freecycle that you no longer want. Many have made new year's resolutions to lead a "greener" life.... free cycle is a great way to start. By using freecycle, you keep things out of garbage dumps. I have a few things I need to list. There are a few things I am always looking for on freecycle too. Old barn wood is one of them!!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! I hope we find some great freebies in the new year while enjoying a frugal lifestyle. Target went 75% off yesterday in my area so I may try to get there today. AC Moore is 20% off everything in the store all day today... I will be heading there. I have a pork roast in the crock pot for later... PA Dutch tradition for New Years Day is pork and saurkraut for good luck.
Print off the form for up to $9 back on Kraft LiveActive. This is product guarantee
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