Wednesday, July 30, 2008


These are the free magazines I get in the mail. There are more available but these are the only ones I would read so they are all I signed up for.
Couponing, refunding, and stockpiling will make your money stretch by Mary Kenyon Issue #92 - great article
ABC News: How Cheapest Family in America Saves Cash - look at how this family does it

this is the backpack DS insisted he needed!

iHome IH36W Under-Counter iPod Player with FM, TV, and Weather Band Tuner - this would make a great Christmas gift and it is on sale!
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Metal Detector - I have always wanted one of these!! I would love to live at the beach and have this be my job! - go here to read about someone who saw J&K+8 at Sesame Place!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


beinggirl - sample pack
my DD bought this for herself last night.

Monday, July 28, 2008


Enjoy the freebies today!!

H&S on - Free Sample Registration Page. - free shampoo - free sample
Sam's Club - 5322 Kotex Ultra Thin - free sample
Request your $5 coupon from Iams - get the coupon!!
Quiznos Sub - printable coupons - Bath & Body Works printable coupon
Jolly Time Promotions - printable coupons
$1.50 off Colgate(Has anyone EVER actually paid for this stuff?? It's $1.99 at Target. Combine it with the Target $1 off coupon, and you could have some overage! - printable Candle coupon... think Christmas on this one!!
Leisure and Business Travel Packing List - Travel Light with One Bag! with airlines now charging for checked luggage, this site could be very helpful!! Be a frugal traveler!

Bloggy Giveaways........

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I have four (4) full-value coupons (free up to $5.33) for NEW Cocoa Puffs Combos cereal. Just leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. I will use this random number generator to select a winner at 8pm on August 1st. Be sure to check out all the other giveaways here!!

New Cocoa Puff Combo cereal combines great-tasting chocolatey puffs with vanilla puffs, a classic combination that kids love. Even better, Cocoa Puffs Combos is made with whole grain and is a good source of Calcium and Vitamin D.
This is the first new product from Cocoa Puffs since they were introduced in 1958!!

Remember this commercial?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Jonas Brothers "Burnin' Up" concert tour.....

DD and I are very tired today due to a late night return from the Jonas brothers concert in Hershey, PA last night. Going for a nap so the family can go to the minor league baseball game tonight with free tickets DH got from work!! Enjoy your freebies today!!! Do not forget to come back mid week for a big give-a-way!! - Meow Mix - free sample
Opt in landing page - free sample
Garnier - free sample

Coupon Queen saves thousands : News : KHQA - a "coupon queen's" news coverage. The thing I like best about her site is the page that has all the links to companies you can email to comment on their items (good or bad!). Many times, when you email any company with your comments, they will send you several coupons for free items or high value coupons. Look here....... Living Easy: Mail Call... to see what came in Lisa's mail after she said some nice things to a company. This is old advise but still works well today. Look here to see how it used to be done.... The $39 Experiment: Asking Random Companies for Free Stuff. With email today, you can do this much cheaper!!

Celebrate Your Picks With Chex Mix® - printable coupon

Friday, July 25, 2008


Schick Countdown to Bliss Wedding Sweepstakes - free razor - Clean & Clear® - free sample - Bioré Daily Recharging - free sample
$5 off $5 purchase at Use code BR41925. If you have it shipped to a store near you, you avoid shipping charges. Go here.... Search Results - Borders - Books, Music and Movies to look at the cheap stuff!! Think Christmas!!! Update: I just did this and it worked great! I ordered a book for my DS for Christmas - FREE!! They did not even want a credit card card number.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday...... - alli - FREE BOOK - Gillette Shampoos and Conditioners - free sample
KY® Brand - $2.00 off coupon
Dandy-Lyon Bites - free sample
Try Metamucil: Free Sample - free sample
H2O - Kit: Free Water Testing Kit for USA - free test kit
Home Made Simple® - get the coupon book via snail mail
Who do they think they are? - CafeMom - more good stuff!!! - oh my!!!
live. love. snark. — abdpbt - looks like it is more than just me who dislikes them!!
Horizon Organic - Coupons - organic coupons

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway.....

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The new Bloggy Giveaway is coming July 28, 2008! I have a great item to giveaway (actually 4 of the same item)! Be sure to come back and check it out!!

Tuesday...... - Multigrain Cheerios - free sample
RedPlum Grocery Giveaway - free steak seasoning
Scrubbing Bubbles® - printable coupon - printable form
Support Sales Site - free Goe Trax DVD
Print Your Coupon - printable coupon for a free greeting card at CVS

Monday, July 21, 2008


DH did 12 jars of pickled beets last night.
and this morning I got more beans ready to freeze plus made 2 loafs of chocolate zucchini bread. I love our garden and what it gives us!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Too hot Friday.....

Too hot to blog and too hot to work. We are giving it all up today to go in the pool! I leave you with one freebie......Zoe Foods Consumer Advisory Panel Sign-up

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Thursday, July 17, 2008


Remember the post where I told you to go to to get a free cloth grocery bag? Well, mine came late last week! I am bag # 1048. Here is what it looks like! If you have not gone there.. go now. She will send you one too!! FREE! Thanks green bag lady!!! Update: The first time I posted about the bag lady, I emailed her first to see if I could list her link on my blog. I did not do that today nor did I check her blog before listing it today. I am sorry to say the the bag lady is not accepting orders at this point. I have a feeling she is trying to catch up on the orders she does have. She is doing this work free of charge and out of the goodness of her heart in order to try to save the planet... one bag at a time. She is still accepting material donations so if you have any extra material laying around you might want to send it to her (directions to do so on her blog!) and put it to good use!

The pile above is what I picked up at Walmart today. I am not a regular Walmart shopper but I have been reading about the deals people have been getting so I decided to do it too. About half my coupons were printed from the internet. My Total before coupons was $56.21. Minus the $15.35 I spent in school supplies (DS begged for the Incredible Hulk lunch box!), and minus $21.42 in coupons and the final out of pocket for all this stuff was..... $19.44. I did not have coupons for the eggs, lunch meat or Del Monte spaghetti sauce but they were items I needed and the prices were good so I grabbed them. Update: I forgot to add that I will get the full $2 back from the Lunchables with a mail in rebate I printed on line.

Yesterday, I took a few minutes of my time to email the president of my local grocery store and kindly asked that he consider accepting internet printed coupons at his store. I will not go into great detail about what I wrote but I was very nice. To my surprise, I got an email back a few short hours later stating that they do accept them if they are under a $5 value and he is sorry if I have had problems with this in the past. So, I printed out his letter and stuck it in my coupon folder to carry with me next time. I am so happy to hear the official word is that they are accepting them!! That puts a lot of value on internet coupons for me now! Just wanted to add: we as coupon users also have a responsibility to not abuse coupons in a way that the store will not get paid for them. Do not print coupons you know are fake and do not photocopy a real coupon. Abusing the system will only make the stores not want to take these coupons and that hurts all of us.

Hebrew National - Hebrew National Upgrade Your Summer Fun - enter to win!

Kotex Signup - free sample

Costco - Free Sample Pond's® Clean Sweep® - free sample
Free Greenies® Pill Pockets® treats sample - free sample

Contact Us - free seeds - printable rebate offer
Jamba - The Real Deal - b1g1f printable coupon
Movies From Office Depot - Get 2 free movie tickets when you buy $40 in qualifying Office Depot school supplies on-line
Satisfaction guarantee: Hillshire Farm Try Me Risk-Free; Box 6106 Dept A; Douglas, AZ 85655-6106 Hillshire Farm Italian Style Smoked Sausage TMF, up to $3.99. Send a 3x5 card with name, address, and email address and reason you disliked the product, UPC from package, original CRTC. Expires 12/31/08.

My two new favorite blogs are...... Gosselins Without Pity and "Truth Breeds Hatred" ~Bias of Priene, Maxims. Be sure to check them out!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I am desperately looking for Coke rewards codes. If you have a any you will not use, I would be happy to enter them instead of letting them go to waste. They can be found on any Coca Cola line of soda, Minute Maid juices and Dasani water.
This morning I have started a batch of strawberry ice cream made with strawberries I saved from the garden. It is my first time making strawberry so I am not sure how it will turn out. I will take pictures later and give an update!
I have gotten several emails about making trades for items from my wish list! Thanks a bunch!! Keep me in mind when you find anything listed on my wish list. I have it on the right hand column listed as My Barter List.

JibJab - Funny eCards, Birthday Cards, and More at JibJab - check this out!!
Savings Center - printable coupon
Stayfree® & Carefree® Free Pin Offer - mail in offer
The New - Borders - Books, Music and Movies - get your coupon!
TONY'S and Super Soaker - Soak Up The Fun! - instant win!! I hope you win since I did not!!
Your Passport To Flavor - enter to win!
Fight Dental Plaque, Plaque on Teeth, Gingivitis and more with Colgate Total® Toothpaste - enter to win

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


We had a great freebie day yesterday. We stopped at the library to exchange books and they had coupons for free ice cream at Chik-fil-A. Fist we had to head to the dentist for DS's check up, where these kids each got a free tooth brush, then we headed a few blocks away for our free ice cream. Next we stopped at a nearby deli that I had $10 gift card for. I picked up exactly $10 worth of food and headed home. In the mail I got a free sample from Walmart and a free Renuzit air freshener to test. You got to love free stuff!!!

Made in Eureka Over-Engineered by Degree® Men Absolute Protection - free sample Degree deoderant
Cheerios - Challenge Coming Soon - join the challenge
Greener Impact - Million Lights Project - free lightbulb!!! go fast!!! - Playtex Sport - free sample - Bioré Daily Recharging - free sample - Tampax Pearl with LeakGuard - free sample
LACTAID® Offers - $1 Off LACTAID® Milk Products - free sample
Stayfree® Offer - Registration - free sample

Monday, July 14, 2008


I got all this at Target yesterday. The total before coupons was $33.09 but after coupons, I only paid $7.26 out of pocket. I was very happy with that total!!!
This was in my mailbox on Saturday. A freebie from SC Johnson!

These are fresh from the garden this week. The pile on the left will be frozen and the pile on the right will make make and bean stew tomorrow.
Fiber One - Home - free sample and coupons!!
July 4th Promo - $3.00 of Planter's products - printable coupon

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Family Fun Day......

Since we canceled the family vacation this year due to the new puppy, we have decided to do a few day trips. I took the kids to the beach earlier in the week while Dh stayed home with the puppy. Friday DS had a cardiology appointment 1 hour and 20 minutes from home so we decided we would all go and stop off at a few fun places too. The Dr appointment went very well so we headed to Hershey Garden's in Hershey, PA.

Here is DD playing music in the garden. She is always dressed to the nine's!!
This is DS in the Butterfly house. We had a great time here. If you look closely at the picture, you can see a several butterflies that DS is looking at. We could have spent hours in this place!!
We then headed home to enjoy some time in the pool before heading back out for a quick dinner and a round of mini golf!

On the way home, we stopped off at my favorite Amish farm to buy all this for $7.00. I will be happy when I have my own ripe tomatoes but, until then, I will enjoy these.
These were then picked from our garden!! DH will grill some tonight, some will become chocolate Zucchini bread and some will be sold at our stand. Go here... for the bread recipe.
I have this box ready to mail to a blog reader. We worked up a deal to swap this box full of goodies for.........
This book from my wish list! I am so happy to finally own a copy of this book!!! If you are interested in trading, please check out my wish list here...
Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: My Barter List....... - printable rebate from Gerber - another printable rebate form

RecycleBank :: Home - check out this cool site. You can earn free gift cards for recycling!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


I saw a piece on the Today show this morning on coupons. The "expert" suggested going to to print coupons and stated that it is the new "in thing" to use coupons. Hello Mr. Expert! First, I think the guy worked for and was just tooting his own horn. 2nd.. coupons a new "in thing"... when were they not "in"? 3rd.... does he realize that many stores will not even take printed coupons? I can use them at some stores but there are more stores here that do not take them than do.
I think it is great that more people are gardening and using coupons. I just wish it didn't take a bad economy to have people make the change.

Coppertone® Oil Free - QuickCover® Lotion Spray SPF 30 - worst suntan lotion we ever used!! Would not waste money on it again!! it goes on very blotchy. Other spray on lotions are much more user friendly!
A Year of CrockPotting - interesting blog!
Garnier - free sample
Aquafresh - printable coupon for a sample size of toothpaste
Southwest Lifestyle Body Cream Sample Order Form - free sample - On The Go Drink Mixes - great freebie
Honey Bunches Of Oats - $2.00 printable coupon
Playtex Sport - Privacy Policy - money back guarantee!! I plan on taking advantage of this one!
Playtex Sport - free sample
SUBWAY FRESHBUZZ - enter to win!! use NFHT3CFFYJ and RN3JHJ3XH7
A Full Cup - Food Lion Coupon Generator - have Food Lion nearby? check out their printable coupons!!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Paying the bills......

I have always been the kind of girl who would try almost anything to make a few extra dollars. So.. I hope my readers do not mind when I do a few posts here and there for a few extra dollars. I do lots of posts for and have actually been paid over $300 so far this year with more payments pending. I also do points programs like this one.. and this one Earn Great Rewards at MyPoints (tell them brspri sent you!!). We save all our aluminum cans to cash in like I told you here.. Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Thursday and recycle aluminum cans..... You all know I am very big on coupons, refunds and freebies. I even trade books here... PaperBackSwap : Your source for swapping books online! (tell them sent you!) As well as selling on Ebay and like this auction I talked about... Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Tickets anyone?.

I just so happened to have a lot of paid posts today and did not want to lose my readers in the shuffle while I am trying to pay a few bills. SO... you can go here Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Beach pictures and a few freebies...... for my beach pictures and here Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Wednesday...... for some freebies links. Enjoy these and come back for more tomorrow!! Tell a few friends to come too!!!

Car rental.....

I was just thinking about how much fun it would be to rent a convertible or a luxury car on my next beach vacation. That would sure make driving a few hours a lot more fun! I was looking here... car rental and the prices are really not that bad. If you drive an SUV that uses a lot of gas, this may even save you some money on gas! Then I noticed they even have a 50% discount on Luxury and Convertible car rentals. Picture yourself flying down the highway, on the way to a week at the beach... all in the comfort of a very cool looking Convertible!!

Need glasses...... Sells Stylish Prescription Glasses Online from $8. You will find huge selection of frames, with single vision lens, sunsensor (potochromic)lens, tinted suglasses lens, bifocal lens and progressive lens. The Secret to Zenni’s Low Prices is that they sell only their own manufactured frames direct to the customer, with no middlemen and virtually no advertising budget.

Wednesday...... - Tampax Pearl with LeakGuard - free sample
Sample Request - free hat
Pantene Color Expressions - free sample - SunnyD Summer 4 Ever Road Trip - check if it is coming to your town - check out the great coupon give-a-way!!!
Cow Tipping - free food again for dressing like a cow!! - printable cow mask for the above purpose!
Print Your Coupon - $2.00 off 2 John's Buddies printable coupon. Makes them free most places!! - free spa kit

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


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Bathroom remodeling.....

I have been wanting to redo my first floor powder room since the day I moved into this house. 8 years later I am still trying to get that done. Other things come up and we decide the power room does not look all that terrible and can wait. Then I found this site Danze Faucets - Browse By Brand and got to dreaming again.
Go here.. Danze Faucets - Browse By Brand and tell me which you like best. I think I like the Sable Collection.
Then I looked around here....Danze Faucets - Browse By Brand, some more and starting dreaming about the custom shower systems. Eventually, we would like to add a new master bedroom and bath above our garage. Wouldn't a rain shower head be great in a huge custom shower?
Oh the possibilities!!! Go ahead.... you can dream to by just clicking here.....Danze Faucets - Browse By Brand.

Beach pictures and a few freebies......

This is where we landed Monday morning. It rained almost all the way to the beach but the weather was great once we got to the beach!

This was where we stayed the night on Monday and spent all day Tuesday before heading home. We had a great 2 days at the beach!!!

This is how my son spends most of his day on the beach. Very happy playing with the sand and buckets of water!

I found this box of Frosted Flakes On Sunday at my local grocery store. The kids and DH love this cereal so $3.59 was something I was willing to pay..........

........ especially after we found these coupon on the back of the box!!! They total more that the $3.59 I paid for the cereal!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Weekend update..... - The place for profile layouts, flash generators, glitter graphics, backgrounds and codes

I am taking my kids to the beach for a few days. We are leaving DH home to care for the dogs!! See you Wednesday!!!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tickets anyone?

Like Springsteen? Check it out!!!
eBay Seller: brspri: Event Tickets, Tickets items on

Thursday and recyle aluminum cans.... - Nivea for Men Extreme Comfort - free sample
Guarantee - printable refund form

Many of you will be serving lots of cold beverages in aluminum cans this holiday weekend. Please do not just throw them in the trash when they are empty. Recycle them! If you do not have curb side pick up, take them to a local recycle center and earn cash on your cans! Check out these links for more info.....
Aluminum Recycling Facts - this place says it all!!!
Recycling - Now You're Talkin'! - information is power!
Pacific Precision Metals 77701 Steel Can Crusher - this will help get the job done! - Specializing in chic, unique and fashionable handbags created from recycled and eco-friendly materials. Hel... - this is a different way to recycle cans!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


The only insert this coming Sunday will be one for P&G. It's supposed to have $106 in coupons. - Border's coupon - Old Spice Body Wash - free sample

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Like to read?

Great place to to get books free!! The only cost to you is when you mail a book to someone else. List 10 books when you join and get 3 credits (turn that into 3 books). Every book you mail to someone earns you another credit. If you want a book that is not currently available, you can place it on your wish list and they will notify you when it becomes available. I have 56 books on my wish list right now!
If you do join, please tell them Carol W. sent you! I will get 1 credit per referral.

Tuesday pictures and freebies.....

First red tomatoes of the year!!!! Yippee!!!!
Our new puppy Abby at 3 weeks old.

Abby at 7 weeks old. This was the day we brought her home. She looks so sad. I think she was missing her puppy mommy.

Abby today. 3 months old. Boy has she grown and changed colors too. In general she is a pretty calm dog but dogs have moments of being a little terror! We have had to hide all our shoes!
Clean Home Journal™ - Offers - sign up for the gift pack! I am pretty sure this is hoe I got the free Ziploc containers and plug in last week. - Celebrity Fragrances - perfume sample - Pond's Wet Towelettes - free sample - HUGGIES Supreme and Natural Fit Diapers - free sample - get a tshirt from Hershey
Playtex® Gentle Glide® Tampons -- Welcome - free sample
OFF! PowerPad Lamp - print a B1G1F coupon
Bicworld / Soleil - printable $2 coupon - printable rebate form

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