Thursday, October 30, 2008

Finally.... got something for FREE other than Glade!

Oh my gosh...

I was talking to my friend Julie, she said hey did you get Zest soap from Homeland, (this was on Tuesday, last day for add!) I was like... no. What is the deal, she said well it is $1.50 and there are coupons out for $1 off! WOW!

So, off to Homeland I go... and got something other than Glade. My husband said NO MORE GLADE please!!!! LOL...
So I brought home free Zest, I hope he likes this kind of soap, we normally buy Irish Spring! (Coupon rule #1, no brand loyalty)

Halloween, what to do with all that candy!

Here is a great tip on what to do with the abundance of candy your children get for Halloween.

1. Trade your children's candy for Change you have in your change jar.

2. Trade your children's candy for Toys.

3. Make cookies, brownies, or other snacks with the candy.

4. Take your candy to work, put it in a candy dish at your desk!

Oh, when I was in college, yes college at age 28, I took kids candy to class and we passed it around before class for a snack. The other college students, you know the ones that are 18-22, really liked that! LOL...

Febreeze Noticeables, Walmart Deal!

Proctor and Gamble's October Coupon Insert has a coupon for $5 off Febreeze Noticeable Kit! You can get this at Wal-Mart for $5.97, so that means after coupons.... .97! Wal-Mart will get back, their $5 from the coupoon clearing house plus .08! So go stock up, these would make great stocking stuffers...

Will be posting deals, that you can give away for Holiday Gifts! Let's Help eachother out and find ways to get Free and Cheap things that people will love to have for Christmas, instead of junk.

Pick up your All You Magazine at Wal-Mart!

Make sure to check out the new All You Magazine at Wal-Mart! You can only get this at Wal-Mart, and there are great coupons to be found in this great family friendly magazine!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Being Frugal, and being Cheap, are not the same!

Let me start by saying, being Frugal is about being smart about what you spend your hard earned money for, just because I am a stay at home mom, does not mean I take my husbands paycheck and blow it on stupid stuff.

Being Cheap, is settling for poor quality items, just because it is on sale. Cheap is Cheap, associated with not wanting to spend money on something nicer, just to save a buck. Then in the long run, end up spending more money on what you wanted in the first place!

Example, I wear jeans, all the time. Therefore, I find it savvy to buy a pair of expensive jeans, since they are an item that I wear all the time. It would not make since to buy 5 pairs that make my butt look big, instead of buying one pair that is flattering.

Frugal, to me, is not going into a convient store and spending $1.59 on a 20 oz coke, or $1 on a candy bar. That to me is just smart, if you want to keep more cash in your pocket!

Frugal also can mean, not spending money on things your child wants as you shop through the store. Children will always want something, and to pacify them with things will only give them bad habits of wanting things all the time! If they throw a fit, then abandon your shopping cart and leave the store.

Frugal, also does not mean driving back and forth going home, then Target, go home, then walgreens, go home then Wal-Mart. I try to follow this rule, the best I can, most of the time.

Frugal also is not falling for all those convience items you find in the store! Like buy a head of lettuce, instead of bagged lettuce. That is just an example, there are many more examples, please comment with your own ideas!

Frugal does not mean you have to scrimp on things you really need or really enjoy. If you love a particular product, but do not feel like you should buy it due to the high cost, look for this item to go on sale, and when it does stock up, to make the deal better look for coupons to match up with the item, and go for it!

Frugal Shopping at the Mall, learn the stores sales dates. If you see The Gap, has a hundred sweaters that are the same, chances are they will go on sale eventually. Normally after about 3 weeks of the item on the store floor. Then before you shop, check online for coupons!

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment and add your own Frugal Tips!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

HOT deal at Bath and Body Works!

Printable coupon for FREE Wallflowers with purchase at Bath and Body Works!

Deal no longer available! Sorry to all who did not get a chance to print!

Need an idea for your kids clothes they out grow, read here!

Get a group of moms together that have kids a year older then yours, or younger. Have them invite their friends, that have kids and then have a kid's clothing swap!

In order to make it fair, you can give point value for certain items or styles. Then if you bring 100 points worth of clothes, you pick out a 100 points worth of clothes in return! That is an example.

Doing this will save your family $1000's of dollars in clothing and your kids will still look stylish.

If anyone is interested in this idea, please comment!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Warranty's for products we buy, are they worth it?

I always wonder if warranties are worth the money or not, I mean how often do you remember you even bought the warrany or not, and if you did, did you use proper organization skills to find all the necessary paperwork for the warranty?

Well here is my story. I bought a new dishwasher in 4/07. Pretty good dishwasher, until the latch quit locking and my dishwasher would spontaneously pop open, and by the time I reshut the darn thing a zillion times, 24 hours later my dishes might get done eventually!

So, my bro-in law, that is staying with us for awhile asked to see the manual. I was like it is not going to work, I have already read it! So I went ahead to find the manual and low and behold... there was a recipt, and on it said I bought the dishwasher on April 1, 2007.... read more, oh gosh... I bought the extended warranty! OMG! 4 years worth... so I called the 1-800 number, which was open 24/7 and they are coming out on Friday to see if they can fix the problemo, and if not I will get a new dishwasher!

SO, should you buy an extended warranty, I would say yes, only if you are a good steward and file your warranty and recipt properly. However, I thought I was pretty good about remembering things, but with this I totally did not think I had an extended warranty on a dishwasher! I will let all my readers know how it all works out on Friday. Washing Dishes might be fun again!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Are You a Coca Cola Drinker? How to get these products super cheap!

Do you like your Coke? Diet Coke? I have to admit, we drink a little to much of this product and I only like to buy when I can get them for $2.50 a 12 pack or less. I have noticed this is getting harder to come by these days!

So here is my new deal!

The Coke deal is great this week at CVS.

Buy 3 / $10 get $2 ecb...

Use 3 $1 off coke reward coupons (35 points for 2 seperate bricks coupons for $1 off)

That makes the coke essentially 3/$5 after coupons and ECB's.

Plus you will have more coke reward points to print off more coupons! Repeat deal, except you will not get $2 ECB the second time because you would have already reached limit.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Carmels For Cheap, Donating to Help my community!

Carmels, I got all this candy for under $1. There is 12 bags of carmel, and a pack of candy corn! I will be donating this to Britton Christian Church for their Fall Festival!

I am always looking for things I have around the house that I can donate to help others in need. When I find a deal, I make sure I stock up. My older boys, are always needing stuff to donate for different community raising events at their school, recently I donated 10 packs of diapers to my sons football coach who's wife just had a baby. You might be thinking, you have to be rich to do that, buy not I, I had packs of diapers in my gift closet I got for cheap at a closeout coupon deal at Walgreens awhile back!

Then a week ago, my son needed items for the Infant Crisis Center, and I was able to donate Johnson and Johnsons Buddy Bars, lotion, and my younger sons clothes he outgrew last year.

There are many ways you can help your community. Always be on the lookout for free or cheap items, their are so many people out there in our world that can use a helping hand!

To do this week.... go to Wal-Mart!

On my to do this upcoming week...

Go to Walmart.

I do know that Wal-Mart has Farmland Bacon for $2.50. I have some coupons for $2 off, for this product! So I need to go and get me some bacon. My 16 year old son thinks I make the best bacon and waffles in town! So I have to make sure I stock up for my teenagers that will be coming over this weekend.

Also, Wal-Mart has some pretty nice clothes right now, that would be great to add to my wardrobe!

Do you need to clean your microwave?

Items needed:

Lemon Juice

In a microwavable bowl, fill with water and lemon juice ( amount of juice depends on how dirty the oven is). Microwave on high for 2 minutes and let the bowl sit for a minute or two and wipe clean. No more scrubbing or any smelly chemicals.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Savings tip of the day!

Go through your house and unplug those lamps, and appliance that are not currently in use. You will be saving money on your electric bill, and helping the enviroment. So get up and start your own unplugging appliance campaign!

Recycling, easier than you think!

I have begun recycling recently. It is amazing how much trash the average American throws away a day that can be recycled! I started my adventure with pop cans and newspaper trash. This was an easy way to begin the habit of recycling. I now use brown grocery sacks to sort my plastics, and my alluminum cans. This process works great. I am lucky to live in a community that has curbside service for recycling, which makes it easy to put my items at the curb once a week.

Also, take advantage of bringing your own bags to your local grocery stores! Walmart, for example has bags you can purchase that are sturdy and hold more grocery's than their plastic bags. Which makes it easier to carry your grocery's into your home.

I encourage you to begin recycling. My children help, and we even take our pop cans to a can bank and we get a little extra money when we do this! We are not going to get rich, but we are helping the enviroment and our community.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Homeland Shopping and Glade Catalina Deal!

Okay Oklahoma Coupon Shoppers, we got a catalina deal at Homeland that rocks! Here is the deal. Buy one Glade Scented Oil Warmer for $4.99, and get a $4 catalina back! Use a coupon from September 28 Smart Source insert, and get BOGO free, and get 2 $4 catalinas! You can roll these and use one $4 to pay for your next 2, and pay only $1.50 for your next transaction and get another $8 in catalinas! (however you did use 1 of your original $4 catalina) This deal goes on through the beginning of November!

This particular shopping trip was great I spent $18.57 and got all these grocery's seen in this picture, plus I have $30 in Catalinas left to spend next week! Click on picture and it will enlarge and you can see all these items up close!

Some deals in this shopping trip include, 10 Ronzoni, 4 8 pack boxes of Juicy Juice, 3 Green Giant Vegtables, 2 Steam Oredia Potatoes, and much more!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Walgreens and Target

Okay not my best, but left all my cash at home, had some change and a RR to use so off to Walgreens and Target I go... Here is the deal.

Toothpaste (6), Crest, 1.99, I used coupons from P&G insert $1 off and the ESC coupon for $1 off.

Fritos, needed for Chili

Chicken Noodle Soup

Cheese (10) was actually bought at Target, they were free, since I had a coupon for $1 off 2 from the 9/7 Smart Source. I had 5 coupons.

Total spent $2.51

Saved $25 between the both stores!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Be Sure and Think Before you vote this November

I am not here to influence you on who to chose in this upcoming election, but I do suggest that you do your own research online for both canadates. Do not let the media influence you or make you think that one party is a head in the polls or not.

What are your family values, what are your personal views on abortion, welfare, taxes, and this country? Line your views and up with the canadate that closely represents the truth, and what you believe. Then ask yourself if you would be able to live with your decision for our future generations.

Is one of the canadates a liar, has he been lying about what he believes in who his friends are? Do you really need a liar in the White House, do we need a socialist as president? What happened to Democracy?

If you cannot figure this out on your own, I am a McCain, and Palin supporter! Anti- Abortion, and a Bible Believing Christian.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

This Weeks Shopping!

Well, I do have to say I went to Walgreens to redeem my horrible spending from friday night. I ended up doing pretty well, wish I would have taken a picture, but did not.

I ended up with laundry softener, 3 Glade Wisps, Trash Bags, 3 crest toothpaste, Milk, cheese and some other items, cannot really remember. I spent under $6 for all and I still have $31 in RR left for later!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sunday's Plan of Action

On Sunday this is what I am wanting to accomplish.

Go to the store, purchase items for cookout we are having Sunday evening.

Go to the Goodwill Store, I love .99 day, you never know what treasures you will find.

Go to Walgreens. This is my plan of action.

Buy 2 Listerine at $4.50 each.

Use 2 .50 off q's
Use 2 .50 ESC q's

Get $4.50 RR back

Buy one Glade Wisp Candle
$5.99, use $5 off one coupon
Get $3 RR back

Buy one Crest Toothpaste $1.99
Use $1 manu. q
Use $1 ESC q

Buy something else around $2,
Pay with $10 RR that I recieved last week!

Get $7.50 in RR's Back!

I will post all deals and pics when I am through tomorrow!

Walgreen's Friday and Saturday $5/$20 coupon!

I went to Walgreens to use up some register rewards, and use the $5/$20 coupon that was issued for this weekend. Here is what I got.

10 Soft Soap Body Washes
2 400 count baby wipes
1 oral b toothbrush
1 fusion razor
1 flips pretzles
2 swifter sweepers starter kits
2 swifter duster starter kits

Total spent on 2 transactions, $26.83, $3.69
Total savings $31.75, and $50.67
75% savings
I still have $39 in RR left to spend.