Friday, October 31, 2008

What to do with left over Halloween candy.....

Who doesn't have left over candy after every Halloween? Here are great things to do with yours.....

1. We use some to give to trick or treaters on the 2nd night of trick or treating in our area. Of course you will never find anything we love in that pile! But, that is not to say you will not like it.

2. Save it for holiday baking. M&M cookies are a big hit around here. Broken up Heath Bars or Mini M&M's are great on chocolate covered pretzel rods at Christmas! Here are a few more recipes.... http://holidays.cdkitchen.com/recipes/cat/376/

3. Some dentists buy your left over candy..... Dentist Will Buy Your Leftover Halloween Candy Serious Eats.

4. Take it to work. Many coworker with out little kids will be happy to see you coming with a bag of candy!

5. Donate it to a shelter or the food bank.

6. Send it to the troops..... Operation Gratitude - Welcome to Operation Gratitude

7. Have a birthday party coming up soon? Save it for the pinata!

8. Save it to make a Gingerbread House this Christmas!

9. Eat it!!!!

Happy Halloween!!


Here are my little trick or treaters!!


Get Hulk - get 3 Hulk items for $30

Great Gift!! - this is my husbands idea of a great gift!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday.......


Promise® SuperShots® Free Bag Offer - free cloth grocery bag

Fisher Price Sesame Street 2-In-1 Giggle Vacuum - this very cute Elmo vaccume is only $14.99 today!

Kindle: Amazon's Wireless Reading Device - this is a great gift for someone special this Christmas. Go paperless with your books!! Books are up to half off the paper copies.

TiVo TCD649080 Series2 80-Hour Dual-Tuner Digital Video Recorder - great gift for anyone that still does not have one. This is a must have in my house!!

Wii Rock Band Special Edition - great family gift!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday...........

Free Samples & Trials: Music Downloads - free Halloween song download

Schick - Get a free sample - new link.

Teen Ink: Free Sample - free issue

http://www.trysurefree.com/forms/try_max_free.pdf - printable free after rebate form

Spotted as a hangtag on the 52 oz Welch's AquaJuice, no form needed.
"Try any flavor of 52 oz. Welch's AquaJuice. If your kids don't love the product, we'll refund your purchase price (up to $4.00, excluding applicable sales tax). Here's how to receive your refund: Clearly print on a 3x5 card your name, complete address and a brief explanation as to why your kids didn't love Welch's AquaJuice. Mail the 3x5 card along with the original cash register receipt with purchase price circled to: Welch's AquaJuice Guarantee Offer, P.O. Box 1075, Grand Rapids, MN 55745-1075. All purchases must be made by 3/31/2009 and postmarked


Print Your Coupon - use this coupon to get free or very cheap spaghetti sauce!

Home page - printable coupon for free potatoes! click on "print coupon" on top right corner. I saw this all over the web this morning but I can not get it to work. Could be that there server is just busy so you may want to give it

Print Your Coupon great coupon for money off Reynolds Parchment paper

Free Stuff... Works for Me!!


After I saw this offer yesterday....... Target : Retote Offer, I thought it was a great way to add another cloth bag to my collection without spending a lot of money. Yes, the postage will cost me a few cents but still cheaper than buying the bag out right. I just love how Target wants you to use a magazine cover as the envelope and enclose 5 plastic bags. This whole recycle and greener living thing is really catching on with companies!! Above is my package, all ready to go!!

We always watch for Try Me Free markings on products in the grocery store. DH found this one I bought it. I have the refund ready to go in the mailbox today!

Finding free products.... Works For Me!!!!! Be sure to look at what works for other people here..... Rocks In My Dryer.

Here is a list of my giveaways this week for you to enter.....
Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Bloggy Giveaway Number 1..... - 3 gift baskets.
Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Free Digital Photos.... - 50 free prints
Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Product Review and a Giveaway..... $10 gift car to Bulid-A-Bear
Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Old Navy Giveaway..... - $5 gift card to old Navy

Pumpkin Carving...... Wordless Wednesday....
















Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday's goodies.....

Today I have a little boy with a stomach virus. UGH. I am hoping it does not spread throughout the house!




Don't forget to visit your local Taco Bell from 2PM-6PM to get one FREE Crunchy Seasoned Beef taco. Limited to one per person.


http://www.bordersmedia.com/coup/coupon201028.asp?cmpid=SL_20081028_REW 20% off coupon for Borders

Target : Retote Offer - neat way to get a free canvas tote from Target

Costco - FREE SAMPLE Vaseline® Intensive Rescue™ - free sample

All Natural Mineral Makeup - Free Mineral Makeup Samples. - free samples

Facebook SPLENDA® MIST™ No Calorie Sweetener - free bottle

http://www.daretobecolorful.com/pdf/C2MoneyBack.pdf - printable mail in rebate

X-14 Rebate Offers another mail in rebate.

Print Your Coupon Rosetto Pasta printable coupon

ULTA - printable coupon for $5 off $10

Print Your Coupon - printable coupon for $1.10 off Progresso soup! What a coupon!! You should be able to get this free! Don't for get to click the back browser button and print it again!


Common Sense with Money: "Give Back with Barbie Cares" at Walmart Nov 8. - I love this promotion Mercedes shared with us. Here is what you should do with your old barbies that are no longer wanted. Much better than sitting in a landfill!

Home Made Fire Starters......


Every year, I make my own fire starters. I use all recycled items and turn them into something I use almost everyday. I start with shredded paper. I use the paper I get from the fax I receive from my work at home job each morning.


I ball the shredded paper up and place it into cardboard egg cartons and then top each section with old dryer lint.



I melt the old wax I save from my tart burner all year long.




I pour the melted wax on top of the filled egg cartons.




I let them sit to cool and harden.....




.....then I break them up and store them in this basket.





I use one each day to help me start the fire in the fireplace.



They are made from 100% recycled material and FREE! Now that works for me!
I am also talking about it here.....The Lazy Organizer

Monday, October 27, 2008

Old Navy Giveaway.....

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Another great Bloggy Giveaway!! This time it is cold hard cash! At this time of year, I like to start collecting all the gift cards I can get my hands on. They are great for Christmas shopping. A free gift card and a good Black Friday sale make for some cheap but quality gifts!

I have a $5.00 gift card for Old Navy to pass onto one lucky winner. On Black Friday, they always have $5 and $10 deals. Combine the sale with the gift card and you have one great deal!! This could be a great treat for yourself OR a very frugal gift for someone on your list.

Go here.... Women's & Men's Clothes: Plus Size, Maternity, Baby & Kid's Clothing Old Navy to check out what may go on your "need to buy" list.

To enter... just leave a comment on this post. I will ship in the U.S. only. If you do not have a blog, please leave your email address. The winner will be pulled on Monday, November 3rd. I will use a random number generator to select the winner.

To get a 2nd entry, link to this contest in your blog then come back and leave the link in a 2nd comment.

I will not be accepting email entries for any contests this week! There is no way to number them.

Come back and check out the rest of my blog here..... Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend. I share lots of frugal tips, great shopping deals and tons of freebies everyday with you.

Product Review and a Giveaway.....

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Bloggy giveaway number 3 today comes along with a product review, a little sad note and a gift card! This one is sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop.

When I was a brownie leader, I took my troop to a Build-A-Bear Workshop and they all made their own stuffed animal of their choice and picked out clothing to dress it too. It is a great way to sepnd an hour or 2 of your time with a child. It is lots of fun and they have a very nice stuffed animal to remember the day by.

On Saturday we got this in the mail to review. Right away my DD wanted to keep it. I said no, I may give it as a gift. It sat in the box until today.

Our 13 1/2 year old dog had to be put to sleep this morning. DD stayed home from school today to go with me. She remembers putting a dog to sleep when she was 5 and to console her we bought her a Bratz doll. All the crying stopped. Today she said she would either like a new dog (remember we still have a 7 month old beagle who is very wild yet!) or an ipod. I said she was getting neither and passed her the box of tissues.

6/25/1995 - 10/27/2008
May he rest in peace.


When we got home, I remembered how much she wanted this Build-A-Bear. Look at the smiles that brought! She is now busy coloring the special box they give you to keep them in.

Build-A-Bear not only has quality items at an affordable price and a fun filled store but a great website here.... Build-A-Bear Workshop-United States: Home Page. They also have a Webkinz type website here... Build-A-Bearville - Home. Be sure to check them all out!!

In honor of our beloved Rocco, who was the best dog I ever had, we will be giving away a $10 gift card to Build-A-Bear!

To enter... just leave a comment on this post. I will ship in the U.S. only. If you do not have a blog, please leave your email address. The winner will be pulled on Monday, November 3rd. I will use a random number generator to select the winner.

To get a 2nd entry, link to this contest in your blog then come back and leave the link in a 2nd comment.

I will not be accepting email entries for any contests this week! There is no way to number them.

Come back and check out the rest of my blog here..... Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend. I share lots of frugal tips, great shopping deals and tons of freebies everyday with you.

Free Digital Photos....

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I have 5 gift cards for 10 free digital photos from HP Prints. That is 50 free prints worth $14.50. They will all go to 1 winner.

Go here... RPS / - to make sure you ahve a store near you.

To enter... just leave a comment on this post. I will ship in the U.S. only. If you do not have a blog, please leave your email address. The winner will be pulled on Monday, November 3rd. I will use a random number generator to select the winners.


To get a 2nd entry, link to this contest in your blog then come back and leave the link in a 2nd comment.

I will not be accepting email entries for any contests this week! There is no way to number them.

Come back and check out the rest of my blog here..... Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend. I share lots of frugal tips, great shopping deals and tons of freebies everyday with you.

Monday.....

http://content.kmart.com/ue/home/KMC_102408_layaway.pdf - printable Kmart coupon

KFC-LA Value Meal Print Coupon - good in Southern California

tshirt - free college tshirt

Product Test a Green Diaper - e-mail momtroop@babytalk.com Babytalk wants moms to product test a GREEN DIAPER from your commercial diapers to switch to a green diaper. Looking for moms who have babies under one of age. Please e-mail them if you would like to try one.
How it will work: You will receive a 10 day supply of either cloth-diapering system or an environmentally friendly disposable diaper for free in exchange for using those diapers exclusively for 10 days and giving a full report on how it worked out. If you are interested please respond with name,city and state (whole address), age of baby, number of diapers that your baby uses per day and contact info including telephone # and e-mail address . Let them know how you like it or if you didn't like it. (Side note: wouldn't "green Diapering" be using cloth instead of disposable?")

Walmart.com - Start Making Choices Phase 6 - you can still get free popcorn cakes!

Walmart.com - Playtex Sport - free sample

Bloggy Giveaway Number 1.....

I have several giveaways planned for this week so be sure to stop back. This is just the first one. I am once again participating in the ......

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My give aways to today looks like this...


I have 3 Chex Mix Bars Basket of Indulgence with a box of tasty Turtle Chex Mix Bars, chocolate candles, caramel lotion and spa essentials like a loofah, hand massager, nail brush and spa towel.

New Chex Mix Bars combine crunchy Chex pieces, pretzels and peanuts with chewy and indulgent ingredients like caramel and chocolate. And if that’s not enough, they have less than 150 calories per bar and provide at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving (48 grams recommended daily)!

They would be a nice prize for yourself or save them as a great gift at Christmas!!

To enter... just leave a comment on this post. I will ship in the U.S. only. If you do not have a blog, please leave your email address. The winner will be pulled on Monday, November 3rd. I will use a random number generator to select the 3 winners.

To get a 2nd entry, link to this contest in your blog then come back and leave the link in a 2nd comment.

I will not be accepting email entries for any contests this week! There is no way to number them.

Come back and check out the rest of my blog here..... Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend. I share lots of frugal tips, great shopping deals and tons of freebies everyday with you.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fridays freebies.....

As always... It is time for the Friday Sale at Amazon!! Go see what you can find cheap to use as Christmas gifts!!

» Free Gift - free cloth bag. These are popping up every where these days. Let's hope they actually come in the mail!

Contact Bob's Garage - free tshirt

Taco Bell is giving out free tacos on Tues Oct 28 from 2 pm to 6 pm because of a stolen base in the World Series.

http://www.jigaloo.com/us/pdf/try_one_jal.pdf - printable try me free form

Hot Buys: Store Coupons and Savings Walgreens printable $5 off $20 coupon. Good today and tomorrow.

How to save money on your electric bill....

The easiest way to way to save money on your electric bill is to unplug your electronic devices while they are not in use. Even though you are not using them, if they are still plugged in, they still pull a little bit of electric. That is what Best Buy is calling Vampire Electric.

Best Buy has declared October 30, 2008, National Vampire Awareness Day.




These unassuming predators have been feeding off valuable electricity from everyday appliances and electronics when they are in the off position or in standby mode.

Innocent looking prey include: plasma TVs, computers and game consoles, DVD/VCR players, DVRs, adapters for MP3 players, and cell phones, which can waste up to half the energy they consume.

A computer left on continuously can suck nearly as much power as an energy efficient refrigerator; anywhere from 70 – 250 watts, depending on the model and how it is used.A 500-watt, 65-inch LCD TV left on all the time would cost $484 in electricity per year and the generation of that electricity would produce 5,873 pounds of CO2 per year

THE SCARY FACTS:Roughly $4 billion annually across the United States is spent on electricity lost to “vampire power,” according to the International Energy Agency.40 percent of all electricity used to power electronics in the average American home, such as TVs, DVD players and computers, is consumed while these products are turned off, according to the Department of Energy. The average home wastes close to $1,000 in electricity costs per year at current rates (more in the future if energy costs continue to climb). Each watt of vampire power costs about one dollar per year - if you have 25 power vampires consuming an average of seven watts each, they will cost you $175 per year and emit about 900 kilograms of carbon dioxide.

The average microwave consumes more power when it is not in use.The average American home has approximately 20 to 40 electronics plugged in that abuse vampire power.The electricity vampires prey upon is significant and can cost up to 10 percent of an average household’s monthly electric bill.

FORGET THE GARLIC THIS HALLOWEEN – HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF:Use a power strip: Plug your chargers into a power strip and when you’re not using those chargers, turn the power strip off.

Get unplugged: All of your chargers (cell phone, MP3, laptop, and even electric toothbrushes) continue to draw electricity even when the device is not charging. When the device has been completely charged unplug the charger from the wall.

Turn your computer off: Completely shut down your computer and printer when not in use. If you are unable to do so, at least make sure the computer goes into a low-power sleep, standby or hibernate mode. And watch out for those screen savers; graphic intense screen savers can actually waste power.

Look for the Star: Upgrade electronics and appliances to Energy Star-rated models, which draw less power than the average when in “off” mode.

For more tips and advice on ridding vampires from your home, visit your local Best Buy store or check out http://www.vampireawarenessday.com/

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday...........

I am participating in the bloggy giveaways carnival next week and have great prizes to pass onto you once again!! B sure to check back next week to enter.

Advanced Ball Screw And Chucks - free tshirt

Spoil yourself. Grab a Slush Puppie! - free goodie bag

Nature's Bounty - free reusable tote!!

Juicy Juice Coupon - $1 printable coupon

How do you live Bear Naked? Fruit and Nut granola - free sample

Tide Total Care - free sample

Welcome to Scents of Nature's Free Samples Page - free sample

Paralyzed Veterans of America: Survey - Online Labels - free address labels

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday freebies.....

UncleBens.com - Instant & Long Grain Rice Recipes - Wild, White, & Brown Rice Recipes - Healthy Meal Solutions go to the bottom right hand corner to get a printable B1G1F coupon. Use code Rice.

Customer Service Survey - Powered by Modern Mind - free water bottle for survery. Answer yes to may we contact you.

FREE "Blame The Intern" T-Shirt - free tshirt

KidsMealDeals.com Search Kids Eat FREE Restaurants - Home go here to find the best deals on kids meals by zipcode.

Seasonal Offerings -- Halloween Makeup - find out how to make kid safe Halloween makeup.

More Christmas ideas..............

A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas - a great new Christmas CD from a singer I love!

Incredible Hulk [Blu-ray] - this is #1 on DS's list!

Works for me - Christmas Cards....



Is it this one..........




Or this one............

All year long I take pictures of my kids hoping to get that 1 picture to use as a Christmas Card.

This year I may order them here.......



Photo Christmas cards... Works for me!


Wordless Wednesday - Better than Snow!!!






















Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday Free Stuff.....

Sam's Club - Gillette - free sample

Santa - free letter from Santa

Free Christmas Songs & Carols Holiday Music MP3 Listen or Download - free Christmas music

StartSampling: O at Home Magazine - free issue

Tackle it Tuesday............



It all started with wanting to take the kids to the orchard for a hayride, a pumpkin patch, and a corn maze. Maybe even a caramel apple. Look what we ended up with......

That is 55 pounds of apples that took both DD and I to carry. Thank goodness for the wagon. But.. we got them home.........

cut them up and let them simmer until soft................



then put them through the blender. I was so happy when I emptied the blender the first time and I had apple sauce!!



Then, I added a little sugar..................



.... and poured it into containers to cool. I have them stored in the freezer for winter eating!


That was much easier than I thought it would be. I made 2 batches so far and have at least one more to go... maybe 2. DH liked it so much that he ate a whole container of it last night for snack!!

We got 55 pounds of apples at 35 cents a pound for a total of $19.50. If I only have 1 batch left, it will have cost 5 cents an ounce for organic apple sauce. DH seems t think I have 2 batches left to make so that would make it even cheaper. Not bad!




 
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