Monday, June 30, 2008


LOOK...... this came from the garden this weekend. Cabbage, spinach amd lettuce. Yummy greens!!
Frugal family fun........ need I say more?
Common Sense with Money: 49 cents per box of certain Cereals at Kmart this week - let Mercedes tell you how to get cheap cereal this week! Stock up at these prices!! - this is a great free magazine. The last issue came with a coupon for free dressing!
Register - $3.00 coupon for Nair - printable rebate for Pizza Lunchables
SALLY HANSEN® - coupon for lip gloss
User account Shine to Go Brand Station - shoe polish sample. When my DH used to travel for business, I would stick things like this in his overnight bag.

I saw this book somewhere and added it to my wish list. Check it out!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

More weekend stuff.....

Save $3 on any one Planters product when you buy three Kraft, Nabisco, or Oscar Mayer products (excludes single serve). These are great to have on hand for company!! Coupon Mail Request - Frbreeze coupon - printable Try Me Free refund form!
Get a free pack of Stride Gum. Choose "settle". You get a choice of flavors. It will be mailed to you.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Weekend Update.....

WOW! Have you seen how much pet food prices have jumped? Back here, Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Thursday..... I was happy to get a cheap bag of special food for my beloved 13 year old Rocco. Normal price for that bag at the local grocery store was $17.99. This morning I ran into the local Redners to use 3 free coupons I had. One was for a free bag of dog food up to $7.xx. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that same bag of food was now $19.99! Normally, I would get the large bag and have the $7.xx from the free coupon be deducted and I pay the difference. Not today.. I got only what I could with the free coupon. I am going to have to try another kind of food for Rocco and see if he can tolerate it. I have still only payed $2.00 for puppy food for Abby since I got my hands on several free puppy food coupons.
We are having a frugal weekend at home. We rented a movie from the Redbox with a free code from here... Redbox Codes - Get Free Movie Rentals from Redbox Inside Redbox.

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Tide with Dawn StainScrubbers - free sample
Entry Form - free Purex sample

Thursday, June 26, 2008


These Ziploc containers and Glade Plug In came in the mail today. FREE - from SC Johnson!! Gotta love it!!
Here are some other recent freebies I got in the mail. I think the best one is the OP1 nail polish!! I recently had a yard sale with a friend and sold a bunch of samples I could not use, as well as products I got free after coupon and did not want. Those things were the first things to sell in the morning!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Look who is 13!!

Happy 13th Birthday to our very loved dog.. Rocco. I have had dogs all my life and you by far have been the best! I will try to remember that during one of your senile senior moments.

Monday, June 23, 2008


I picked these from the garden on Saturday morning. I had a great crop this year. I think I still have at least one more picking out there yet too.
California Strawberry Kids - a fun strawberry website!!
Skechers - enter to win!! - Clean & Clear® - great sample
Spitz Sunflowers - yummy!!
H&S on - Free Sample Registration Page. - free sample
GoldBond - free sample - you will nto find me going here but I would advise anyone to get all the free stuff you can from this company! Printable coupon for a Thoms the Train... FREE!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Weekend Update....

Pledge® Multi Surface Spray & Wipes - pledge wipes
Holidays at Home - A World of Holidays Online, Holiday Gifts, Jim Shore, Heartwood Creek, Holiday Decorations, Collectibles, .. - free christmas ornament - Nutritioniste Skin Renew Lotion - free sample

L.A. Police Gear.......

L.A. Police Gear, Inc. was founded by Los Angeles area Police Officers. The business has grown and changed greatly over the years and now serves the general public, military personnel, security professionals, and of course police officers (or anyone else who would like to buy from us).
Aat L.A. Police Gear, Inc., they proudly brand ourselves on extremely fast shipping, low prices, and outstanding service. They are factory-authorized dealers for most of the brands you see on their web site. They take great joy in helping people get the gear they want and need. Their web site name might make people think that we only sell to cops, but that is not the case at all. They enjoy selling to everyone! They will continue to keep the name L.A. Police Gear, Inc. because it is what most of their customers know them by. Please take a look around the site and don't hesitate to contact them if you have any questions or needs.
L.A. Police Gear, Inc. takes the issue of security very seriously. Every time you send them your credit card number and your billing and shipping information, they use the industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology to prevent the information from being intercepted. The computers are protected via multiple firewalls and "DMZ's", as well as the latest in anti-virus softwares so that your information is always secure. All credit card information is automatically encrypted once your order is placed. As of this date there has never been a breach of our system's security (and we plan on keeping it that way...)!
Check them out here.... Luminox

Friday, June 20, 2008


Last night was DS's last tball game. They progressed to trying to hit without a T. Here he is getting a hit. Not sure which was a bigger accomplishment - him getting a hit or me catching it on film! Dh was the coach and is the one behind him as the catcher.
What a week. I have had too many phone calls this week full of bad news. Let's hope next week if filled with nothing but good news! Tomorrow we are having a pool party for DD's birthday. It never fails... someone called today to R.S.V.P. Guess I will make my 3rd trip back to the party store for more favors! Thank goodness the weather is supposed to be good tomorrow!
This Camp Rock - Original Movies - Disney Channel - is the new hot Disney movie that airs tonight! If you have a tween in your house... be sure not to miss it!!

Get a Jonas Poster Rules - free Jonas Brothers poster
CleanWell Natural Hand Sanitizers, CleanWell Today - free sample
Free Sample - free for your pet

I got this dip recipe from my friend Janie. It is best served with fruit. I will be making it for the pool party tomorrow. Here you go.....

1 8oz. cool whip
1 large pack of vanilla instant pudding
1 pint heavy cream

mix cool whip and vanilla pudding, then add cream to the thickness you like. chill before serving.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


We went to the free story time at the local library this am. Each kid got a coupon for a free donut at Dunkin Donuts, just for handing in their first tickets for the summer reading program. Yippee!! We also enjoyed a nice story hour which included a free craft and a free snack! We love the library!!
Scotch - FUR Fighter - printable coupon

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Mercury Magazines - Get Started! - free women's day magazine. - Pup-Peroni Dog Snacks - free sample
Welcome to the Official Ice Cream of Summer! - print the form to get Blue Bunny beach gear!!
Blue Bunny Ice Cream Coupons - get $1.00 coupon
Michaels ~ The Arts and Crafts Store - printable 40% off coupon. - printable refund
July 4th Promo - printable Planter's coupon
Jane Cosmetics Sign Up - get a coupon
Print Your Coupon - $1.00 off a burger at Wendy's
Print Your Coupon - printable refund

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Test your domain......

Network Solutions’ Domain Name Scorecard is a FREE quiz that tells you how well your domain name is helping your business succeed online. Answer 3 simple questions and you'll receive a domain scorecard that analyzes your domain name in 6 key areas of domain name success.
I am no where near ready for my own website but if you are, you may want to go here domain name analysis and check it out. They offer many great services such as web design service, pay per click ad management, and press release services.
They will even offer solutions for ways to improve your Domain Name Scorecard score! They have thought of all the little detail that amature bloggers like myself have not thought of.
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Most of us have very busy family lives and the technical internet stuff if just a little to involved or time consuming for us. Network Solutions can be the answer to these issues! Now you can be out living your life and creating more moments to blog about while THEY do all the back round work!! Go take the test for starters!!

Calling Cards.....

If you live in an area like I do, where cell phones rarely get a signal, calling cards are still a cheap way to make long distance phone calls. I have also used they when I stay away from home but want to call home. I need then when DS does to the children's hospital and my hotel at the beach one year had poor reception from my room. Calling cards are the answer!
Phone cards are a great tool to keep in touch with loved ones in a cheap and efficient way. THERICHCOM.COM makes the buying and choosing of prepaid phone card easier for customers. To search for the best rate phone card for calling international, simply choose the country and click "Get Phone Cards". All Phone Card and Calling Cards that they carry are delivered online instantly.
Pre-paid phone cards represent telephone time you buy in advance. Prepaid phone cards prices/face values range from $5 to $50 or more up-front for local/international/domestic or long-distance phone time; the amount of time you buy depends on the rate-per-minute you're charged. For many people, pre-paid phone calls offer the ultimate in convenience. The phone time is paid for in advance; the card can be used from any phone, even from payphones (usually with 50 cents FCC mandeted fee); and there's no need to think about carrying coins or notes around.
Prepaid phone cards are now sold at all over the places; including convenience stores, newsstands, travel agencies, motels, post offices, ethnic supermarkets, major supermarkets, retail and grocery stores. Prepaid calling card/phone cards are used mostly by students, travelers, people who regularly call overseas - international calling destinations, and those who may not have long-distance telephone service either international or domestic. Some prepaid phone cards can be recharged, usually by additional cost and providing with additional credit card charge to your account. And some prepaid phone cards have advanced features like speed dialing for frequently called numbers and an call detail records of called numbers, which may be handy for business purposes and claiming tax exempts.
Go here.... phone card to check out their sale rates.


In a poor economy, you would think more companies would be very focused on customer service. One of the first things you learn in business is that it is easier to keep a customer than to gain a new one. My son had a birthday party last week with some of his friends. He received a gift card for Toys R Us so, while I was headed there anyway, I decided to take some of the gifts that need to be returned, along with me. To my amazement, they would not take anything with out a receipt. Even when I asked to just exchange the item for something else and could show them that the same Indian Jones Lego's were on display next to customer service, the answer was still no. I then assured the woman that this gift card would be the last dime I spent in this store. Seriously, what is the big deal with this? Since Toys R Us is already a struggling company, you think they would be happy to please a customer instead of lose one. It is not like they have something for sale that no one else has. Good bye Toys R Us. It is the end of a long friendship! - Multigrain Cheerios - free sample - Nutritioniste Skin Renew Lotion - free sample - Playtex Personal Cloths - free sample - TENA Serenity - free sample
Look close in the cereal isle at your grocery store! There are several Kellogg's cereals out right now with TMF offers:
* Smart Start with Strawberries
* Rice Krispies with Strawberries
* Blueberry Muffin Frosted Mini Wheats
You have to find the specially marked packages that say "Try Me Free". Most have the form printed inside the box. The expiration date is a year from now: 7/31/09.

Monday, June 16, 2008


Life has been a little crazy here the last few weeks. I am hoping to soon be able to sit back and enjoy a few hours of summer. But for now, I continue to pick fresh strawberries and lettuce from the garden and hang load after load of laundry out side to dry. Both my kids have summer birthdays in June, so along with Father's Day and holidays, we are all partied out by July 5th. MY DH has informed me that we will have to host a party for his staff later this summer. SO... I am looking for any tips you may have on how to stay frugal but make it look like a million bucks!! Any great recipes to share?

Senseo© Survey - free coffee
Save on Edge® products - Clean Home Journal™ - $1 printable coupon
Tyson Oven Roasted Coupon - complete a survery and receive coupons by mail. Use upc # 075620606437
A Full Cup - Coupon Generator - Target coupons

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert.......

May he rest in peace.

Tim Russert
Tim Russert, moderator of NBC’s "Meet the Press" and one of the world's best-known journalists, died Friday afternoon after an apparent heart attack at the network’s Washington bureau, officials said.
"Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert has died of a heart attack.
blog it

Friday..... - printable coupon for a free item!!
The Children's Place: Clothing for Kids - printable father's day cards
Biblical Womanhood - lots of frugal living ideas from many bloggers here

Thursday, June 12, 2008


76 more days of summer vacation for my kids. 76 more days of hearing my daughter tell me how bored she is. 10 is a lovely age! I really think we have been quite busy. She however hates the fact that I do work, even if it is from home. The hours I work mean I can not run her places or take her in the pool. I wish I was bored!! She will survive, even though she thinks she will not.

FLIXSTICKS.COM - free sample
V8® V.Fusion Coupon Landing $2.00 off 1 printable coupon
Get a Free Mom's Kit from Johnson & Johnson. Call 1-866-565-2229 and press 1 - its an automated call
$5 Off $20 Coupon for 6/13/08 Sweepstakes & Promotions Walgreens - good tomorrow only!
Living Easy - go read about a home made organic bug spray

Yesterday, I got a check for $30 in the mail for do a few surveys from here.......

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Thinking about football?

Has football been on your mind already? Even high school teams are busy with practice already. Go to football picks to see what you favorite teams are up to. Learn all the scoop so you can surprise your significant other with information they will be surprised you know! I will be heading there to see what the Steelers are up to so I can shoot out some information to my DH that will make him fall off his chair.


My DD's new t-shirt.
My DS's birthday cake from this past weekend. He loves Shrek!! - PERFECT 10 and Pantene Expressions - free sample
Team Nutrilite - - free sample
Coupons Online Coupons - Uncle Ben's rice sample. go to page 3
Upcoming In-Store Events at Walmart:
SunnyD Sunmobile - Find out the day and time of this event at your Walmart by entering your zipcode
MaxFactor Lash Lights Tour - Free Mini Makeover at select Walmart and other locations, check the schedule for June tour dates.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Too Hot Tuesday.....

Heat index should be about 105 degrees today. YUK!!

White House Foods - free vinegar brochure and coupon
AJ-Tuning - free car air freshener - printable coupon for $5 off $50 at Kmart
Find Dockers in the Clothing department at featuring Men's,Mens Big & Tall,Women's,Women's Plus - great Father's Day promo at Sears!!
Coffee Pot People: ONE MINUTE MARKET BAG - very cute home made grocery bags!!

Monday, June 09, 2008


It is hot as all heck here. 3rd day in a row. Tomorrow is supposed to be just as hot. DS has a tball game tomorrow evening. I do not think I will let him play in this excessive heat. No kid should play tball when the heat index is over 100... especially a heart kid!
Gas is supposed to hit $4.00 a gallon this week. We did all of our errands this morning with hopes of not driving again until the weekend. - Vaseline MEN Lotion - free sample
Print Your Coupon - free after rebate offer from Zout... print it here.

Friday, June 06, 2008


Summer vacation has begun. I only wanted to duct tape them to a pole once so far! Not too bad! LOL
I picked a few strawberries from the garden this morning. I cleaned them and froze them. when I have enough, we will make home made strawberry ice cream. Not exactly frugal but fun and yummy too!
lowpricesubs - 1 year of Family Fun magazine FREE!! Hurry!
Caress - printable $1 coupon
Youngevity & Dr. Wallach's Free Sample of CM Creme - free sample - Benefiber Fiber Supplement - free sample

Summer hobbies.....

Do you enjoy astronomy, birdwatching or hunting?
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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Thursday.... - sheer blonde and brilliant brunette lustrous touch - free sample
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Make Your Own Kool-Aid Playdough... So Fun!!
--2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
--2 cups boiling water with 1 package Kool-Aid (any flavor)
--3 tablespoons corn oil
--1/2 cup saltMix ingredients and knead with flour (may take up to 1 extra cup).
You will need to use more flour if the dough draws moisture in high humidity. The dough keeps well, has a nice fragrance, and is very colorful and flexible.

Make Your Own Bubbles!
--Pour 1/2 cup dish soap in a container.
--Add 1 1/2 cups water.
--Measure 2 teaspoons of sugar into the water/soap mixture
The sugar makes the bubbles more iridescent and also makes them last a tiny bit longer before popping. Have fun!

2 1/2 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. honey
1 1/2 c. powdered milk
Mix well with hands or spoon in bowl. Add powdered milk until dough is workable and not too sticky. Kids love making this and then creating faces, snakes and shapes with it. Decorate with raisins, nuts or candy, if desired. Then eat!
NOTE: Make sure hands are very clean for this project!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Still searching?

Still searching for the lyrics to your favorite rap song? Want to know what the real words are to the songs your kids are listening to? Go to Rap Lyrics and search for any rap song.
Check out their every growing data base of Rap and Hip Hop lyrics for your viewing pleasure. They have compiled a list of your favorite lyrics consisting of songs from your favorite old school Rap Artists to the freshest and newest released Hip Hop Artists. Their data base is updated daily!


Kraft Vending Promotions - new Kraft promotion - perfume sample
Free Sample of Healthful Life™ Cat Food from Purina CatChow® - free cat food
Playtex BPA Free Information - free sample
OFF! PowerPad Lamp - printable B1G1F coupon - free sandwich at Arby's - free bag! She will send you a bag if you promise to use it instead of plastic!! How cool!!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


10,000 Seventeen readers will win a FREE CoverGirl Lash Blast Collection Eye Enhancers kit. Starts June 3, 2008 through July 8, 2008. To win, enter code....July Seventeen
One per customer. Approximate retail value $4
This offer can be found in July's issue on page 8.

Homemaker Cleaning Squad - free bottle Clorox 2 - NIVEA Natural Tone Crème and Lotion - free sample

Please note that I have added the plastic bag counter to the side bar. We need to stop using so much plastic. Make this the year you say no to plastic! I think instead of giving a bag credit for people who use cloth, grocery stores should charge those who need the store to provide bags. This would surely make me remember to bring my cloth bags more often!!

Plastic bags consumed this year:

Monday, June 02, 2008


A few weeks ago, I saw nice chairs I would like to have for my pool deck. Over the years, I have collected a few mismatched chairs that ended up on the pool deck. I really wanted to try to have matching chairs this year. After discovering the new chairs I liked were $145 a piece, I decided the old chairs were actually in decent shape. They are just the wrong color. I got a can of Krylon Fusion Spray Paint for Plastic (12 oz.) at Lowes and spent this morning painting them black to match the other chairs. So, for $6.00 i got 2 new chairs instead of paying $145 a piece! That is how I pinch pennies!

Quaker Simple Harvest - free sample
Wilson Staff : FIFTY/ZIP Promotion - Home - free golf balls
Minute Maid - get coupons!

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