Monday, January 18, 2010

I just found another great blog....

Check it out HERE! Look around her site and see all the great posts she has about a lot of different topics!

Free ebook: 100 Free Things to Do With Your GrandKids


Go here to download a fun ebook for grandparents, 100 Free Things To Do With Your GrandKids. There are lots of useful and unique ideas included in this ebook for anyone with children.
Thanks, The Parents and The Kids and Money Saving Mom !

(Here ya' go mom, just in case you need ideas of how to keep the boys entertained friday night and saturday this weekend!!!)

Frigidaire Spin & Win Game

Frigidaire's new Spin & Win game is quick, easy and fun to play. They are giving away some pretty great prizes too. You'll have the chance to win gift cards for various things that will allow you to spend more quality time with your children. You can play every day and you'll also be entered to win a a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer!

Best of all, every time you play, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

Thanks Mommies with Cents!

Become a 4Moms Insider

Now you can become a 4Moms Insider and have your voice heard as well as get the chance to review some fabulous looking products! Go HERE to join.

I joined! This would be a great thing for moms with new little ones as it seems that they have a lot of products geared toward babies! Check them out!

DSW Clearance, Coupon and Free Shipping

Posted by Thrifty and Chic Mom(not me, the winning was her)!
Last Friday I won a $75 DSW gift card on Twitter. They do a Twitter party every Friday in which they give away 10 $75 DSW gift cards, be sure to follow @DSWShoeLovers to participate. On to current news DSW is having a FANTASTIC clearance online right now plus use code 50CLEAR to get an additional 50% off. This is a shoe lovers dream come true!!!! If you are a DSW card holder you can use promo code NEWYEAR10 and you get free shipping on orders over $35. I am so excited I can get a LOT OF SHOES with my gift card!!!!!!!!

Starbucks Reward Program

When you buy a Starbucks gift card you can register your card and earn rewards.
We want to say “thanks” for coming into our stores and using a registered Starbucks Card. With My Starbucks Rewards, you’ll earn 1 Star every time you pay with your Card. And as you collect Stars, you move up to bigger benefits.
Welcome Level Rewards
• A Free Drink on your Birthday
• Free Wi-Fi – Up to 2 Continuous Hours a Day
Green Level
Once you’ve earned 5 Stars, you advance to the Green Level. All current Starbucks Card Reward members will automatically be enrolled at this level
• Free Beverage Customization
• Free Refills on Brewed Coffee
• Free Beverage with Whole Bean Purchase
• Free Trial Offers
Gold Level
Collect 30 Stars and you step up to the benefits of Gold Level for one year. And another 30 keeps you Gold for the following year. As a special “thank you,” all registered Starbucks Gold cardholders will automatically start at this level – at no cost – when their current membership expires.
• Free Drink Every 15 Stars
• Personalized Gold Card
• Personalized Offers and Coupons
Thanks Clippin’ With Carrie

So I broke down and just bought one....

a new wallet! But not just any new wallet.....a Dave Ramsey Envelope System Wallet!! I read the reviews and decided that this brown and blue snap shut wallet would be the best one for me. I have sewn my current wallet back together in a couple different places(just one I bought from Target about a year ago). I am excited to get this one b/c I really like that it will make it easier for me to do the envelope system. Currently all my cash goes in one slot in my wallet and I have to paper click the money together for each category. I followed a lot of people advice to buy the refill envelopes due to them ripping easily. I will however try to tape or laminate them up as soon as I get them to help make them last longer! This would be part of the organizing obsessed part of me and the 'I want out of debt so bad' part of me too! Check out Dave Ramsey's site HERE and click on the Store tab to see all the options they have to help make using cash easier! I challenge you!

A Real World Housekeeping Schedule

Check out  THIS LINK to a great downloadable form to keep your Housekeeping from getting away from you and keep yourself sane at the same time! There is also a Housekeeping schedule form for working moms too!

SUPER CUTE Handmade purses and diaper bags

Go HERE to check out these super cute purses and look for her handmade diaper bags! This is a picture of one of her purses(I just love this one!!)

Organizing the van (or SUV as it may apply to some)....

Here is one of her posts on organizing your vehicle. I just wanted to highlight a few of my favorite posts for my readers!!

Remember the baskets I purchased just the other day? Well I finally came up with a great use for the second basket. I decided to use it for the baby toys in the van and it is just the perfect size. I am so happy because I was using a different basket before but it was just way too small. Don’t these toys look so nicely organized and tidy sitting in their beautiful container like that…..yah right….don’t let me fool you….by the time we get to wherever it is we are going you can find these toys literally thrown all over the vehicle…sigh….but at least clean up is a snap.

Since I was taking a picture in the van anyway I thought why not show you how I organize the area between the driver and passenger seats. We have a mesh netting type thing that came with the van that hooks to the sides of the seats….inside this I have three baskets….two are for CD’s (one for grown up CD’s and one for the kid’s music) and one bigger basket for all the miscellaneous crap essentials that you need while driving.

Here is a close up shot of the CD baskets. They are awesome…I purchased four of them at Zellers many years ago and have never been able to find them since.

Okay so now let me go through the red basket with you because I know you are just dying to know what I keep in there…lol.
  1. First in a separate container (inside the red basket) I have a mini hairspray (for last minute emergencies!), hand lotion, bandaids, Nutrigrain bars and a pen.
  2. In another separate container I have our sunglass cases, gum and a package of tissue.
  3. Then I have a big ol tub of wet wipes because as all moms know you can never have too many of these.
  4. Next to the wipes is my coupon case. I like to keep the case in the van so it is one less thing to remember to grab as I’m going out the door. I don’t like to keep it in my purse because I keep my purse to a bare minimum….in fact my purse is just one of those wallets on a string.
  5. Finally I have my emergency baby feeding kit which contains a bib, facecloth and spoon and no I haven’t used it yet but I like to be prepared…lol.
The bigger kids have another container for their electronic games and gizmos that slides under the seat in the back. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of that one.
There you have it and as you can see even our van can’t escape my freak like obsession love of baskets!

Downloads of pdf files to help you stay organized

Provided to you by the Organizing Junkie:

Family Travel Checklist
Camping Checklist
Menu Planner Template
Grocery List Template
Grocery List Envelope
Kid’s Toy Labels
Responsibility Chart ~ Girl
Responsibility Chart ~ Boy
Links to free downloads provided by others:
Makeup Expiration Guide

more coming soon…..

I really like the Menu Planner Template! For those of you who don't want to have a coupon binder to take with you to the store and need a simpler method- I think the Grocery List Envelope Link will make it really easy and nice for you to keep it all together!  I also love the Family Travel List! I usually end up making one of these every time we travel, but having just one to print out each time would be wonderful!!

I think I just found my home(on a website that is!!)

WOOHOO! I just found a website that I think I will be spending a lot of time on- I'm an Organizing Junkie! Check it out! She post stuff about organizing, recipes and more!! If you love organizing as much as I do, then I think you will find your home on this website too!

The best place to start on her blog is the tab labeled Process, once it takes you to that page click on any link you find you might be interested in reading! I am already finding a lot of great ideas!

Grocery Smarts Shopping lists: a how to guide.

One of the amazing features here at PinchingYourPennies is the great shopping lists. These lists are prepared by smart shopping volunteers. "We scour grocery ads to find the best deals at many of your favorite stores, and match them with available coupons." This saves you so much time in preparing for a great coupon shopping experience.

How to: Grocery Smarts shopping list
Open up your grocery Smart shopping list.

They are organized in a user friendly format.

1) Far left is a "Stock-up Scale:- indicates how good of a sale it is. 3 stars is on OK deal, 5 is the best deal!
2) Next column (second from the left) is the item. This has the item, brand, size.
3) Third column is the advertised sale price
4) Fourth will have any coupons, printable or insert, and any additional information; For instance "Requires in ad coupon". If the coupon is printable you can click on the link, usually labeled "link" or "Group A" etc, and will be taken to the location of the coupon. There is a coupon printer you will need to download in order to print. These downloads are clean and fast. If the coupon is from an insert Here is a great resource to show you how to understand how to find it.
5) Fifth and last column is the price AFTER coupons. This is the price the stock-up scale is taken from.

You can print off the entire list, the Albertsons list is typically 9-11 pages.
OR you can shrink down the list to just the items your interested in. Personally I like printing off the promo items separately so I can work out scenarios.

To Shrink a list (this allows you to choose exactly what items you want to print, its a great way to customize the shopping list)
1) Click on the "Start" button on the top right corner, its just above the grocery smarts logo. That turns everything a light gray color
2) If you click on the large "stock up scale" star it will highlight everything that is a 4 to 5 star deals. And/ Or you can click on the items you want to highlight them.
3) Push shrink, and walla you have a custom shopping list. If you made a mistake, you can click "un-shrink" and fix it but remember to push shrink again before printing.
4) Now click "print." There's a great list you can take to the store.
If you forget these instructions while working on your list they are at the top of the grocerysmarts list.

These shopping lists are a great tool, even better when you know how to use them.

Free subscription to Home and Garden Ideas magazine from Lowe's

Sign up for a free subscription to Lowe's Home and Garden Ideas magazine here.
Thanks, Gaerte Gang!

Free Winter Organic and Natural Coupon Booklet from Mambo Sprouts


Sign up for the new Winter Organic and Natural coupon booklet from Mambo Sprouts here. These should arrive February 2010.
Thanks, Rose!

Publix Rebate with Coupon Match Ups

Sarah at FiddledeedeeMom put together a nice little coupon match up for the Kimberly Clark/Unilever Rebate that Frugal Coupon Living posted about HERE.
She found a nice little coupon booklet to go with the rebate offer in her Publix store, so be sure to look out in your store too!  All of the coupons included are Publix store coupons, which means they can be paired with mfr coupons for a large savings to combine with your rebate!!! They all expire on 2/13. Look below for booklet coupons (in bold) and the manufacturer coupons to stack with them (in red or blue).
Thanks, Sarah.

$3 any box of Huggies Diapers
- $2/1 and $1/1 o
- $1/1 – 1/17 Smartsource

$1.50 package of Huggies Baby Wipes
- $.75 on
- $.50 – 1/17 SS

$3 Pull-Ups Training Pants
- $2 printable
- $2 – 1/17 SS

$3 any GoodNites product

- $1 printable

- $1.50- 1/17 SS

$.75 Cottonelle Toilet Paper (12 or 18 pack)
- $.50 Aloe variety on
- $.50 – 12/13, 1/17 SS

$1/2 Kleenex Facial Tissue
- $.50 bundle pack or $.50/3 single packs – 12/6, 1/3 SS
$.75 any Scott Bath Tissue
- $1 Extra Soft variety on
- $1 Extra Soft – 1/17 SS

$1/2 Scott Towels, Long Lasting Roll (1 ct)
- $1 on
- $1 – 1/17 SS

$.75 Kotex Pads, Kotex Lightdays Pantiliners, or Kotex Security Tampons
- $2/2 pads – 1/10 SS
- $1.50/2 liners or tampons – 1/10 SS

$1 Depend underwear or Poise pads
- $2/1 Depend printable

- $1/1 Poise printable

- $1.50/1 Depends – 1/10 SS

$.55 Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread
- $.50 printable HERE (explorer) or HERE (firefox)
- $.40 – 12/6 RP

$1/2 Suave Professionals Hair Care products
- $1/2 – 1/3 RP
$1 Bertolli Frozen Meal
- $1 printable
- $1 – 12/6 RP

$.55 Q-tips product
$.55 Degree Ultra Clear Deodorant

$1.50 Degree Men or Women Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant or Deodorant

$.55 Suave Kids product
$1 Country Crock Side Dishes
$1/2 any Pasta Sauce products (Ragu pictured)
$1/2 Viva Towels, Big Roll, Viva Towels, Regular Roll or Viva Towels, or Choose-a-Size

$1/3 American Greeting Cards

Get $1/3 on American Greetings Cards HERE. Coupon expires 2/28/10.
Thanks, Devon and Frugal Coupon Living!

Kmart Coupon Matchups- Week of 1/17

Kellogg’s Cereal $2.50
$1.50/2 – Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats or Raisin Bran – (
$1.00/2  from RP 12/13
$1.00/3 Kelloggs Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, Corn Pops and/or Frosted Flakes from RP 1/10
Final Price: as low as $1.75 each, when you buy 2
Scott Mega Paper Towels, 6 ct or bath tissue 8 or 12 ct $5.49
$2.00/2 Scott or Cottonelle Toilet Tissue from Kmart Savings book
$2.00/2 Viva or Scott Towels from Kmart Savings book
Final Price: $4.49 each
Scott Rebate form available here; not a cash rebate, values given in Scott brand coupon rewards via email.
Purex Fabric Softener $2.99
$0.50/1 – Purex Natural Elements Detergent or Fabric Softener (
Final Price: $2.49
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix $1.67
$0.40/1 – Betty Crocker Cookie Mix – (
$1.00/2 – Betty Crocker Cookie Mix – (
$1.00/2 – Betty Crocker Cookie Mix – (
Final Price: as low as $1.17
Nestle Tollhouse Morsels $1.67
$0.50/2 – Nestle Tollhouse – (
Final Price: $1.42
Coke 12 pk $4.33
$2.00/4  - Coke 12 Packs – (
Final Price: $3.83
Quilted Northern 12 double rolls $6.49
$1.00/1 – Quilted Northern manufacturer coupon– (
Final Price: $5.49
Tide 75 oz liquid or 55 oz powder $8.49
$1.00/1 from PG 12/27
Final Price: $7.49
Cheetos or Fritos, 7.5-11.25 oz $2.00
Ritz or Premium Saltine Crackers $2.50

Monthly Deals:
Special K Cereal, bars, or crackers $2.50
Buy 4, Get 1 Free!
$1.00/2 bars or fruit crisps from 1/3 RP
$1.00/2 crackers from 1/3 RP
$1.00/2 cereals from 1/3 RP
$1.00/2 any in 1/10 RP
Final Price: $1.60 each, when you buy 5

Healthy Choice Soup 14 oz. $1.67
$0.75/2 from 1/3 SS
Final Price: $1.30 each, when you buy 2
Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers $3.00
$1.00/1 – Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers – (
$1.00/1 or $2.00/1 from 1/3 SS
Final Price: $2.00 (as low as $1.00 if you received the $2.00/1)
Chex Mix Snacks $1.50
$0.50/1 – Chex Mix, Chocolate – (
$0.50/1 – Chex Mix, Chocolate – (
Final Price: $1.00
Progresso Soup $1.50
$1.10/3 – Progresso Soups – (
$1.10/3 – Progresso Soups – (
Final Price: $1.13 each, when you buy 3
John Freida Luxurious Volume $5.00
$2.50/1 – John Frieda Luxurious Volume – (
Final Price: $2.50
Aveeno Lotion $5.00
$2.00/1 – Aveeno Body or Baby Care Product – (
$2.00/1 – Aveeno Facial Care Product – (
Final Price: $3.00
Aveeno Hair Care $6.49
$2.50/1 – Aveeno Nourish+ Hair Care Product – (
Final Price: $3.99
Aquafresh Isoactive $3.50
$1.00/1 – AquaFresh IsoActive Whitening – (
Final Price: $2.50

Thanks Heather and Joanie at The Krazy Coupon Lady!

Kellogg’s Pop Tarts: Free Samples and Values

poptarts sprinkling Kelloggs Pop Tarts: Free Samples and Values
GO HERE and join Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Sprinklings  to get a bunch of fun for you and your family throughout the year, including a smattering of FREE samples and a variety of values/coupons.
Thanks Mojosavings!

Coldwater Creek: Free Shipping with No Minimum

The perfect tee
Right now at Coldwater Creek you can get Free Shipping with no minimum when you use code: WHP1031.
This is a great time to take advantage of their Red Tag Clearance. The T-shirt above is now only $2.99, regularly $20.50!!
Go through Shop At Home and you will earn 4% cash back! Plus, if it is your first order with them, you will receive a $5 credit to your account! That would make this T-shirt FREE!! Go here to sign in/register. Type Coldwater Creek into the search bar. Use their link to get to the site and then shop as normal!
Thanks, She Saved and Mojosavings for this great deal!

Free Sample: Victorinox Swiss Army Unlimited Men’s Fragrance

fragrance lineup Free Sample: Victorinox Swiss Army Unlimited Mens Fragrance
Go HERE to request this free sample of Victorinox Swiss Army Unlimited Men’s Fragrance.
Thanks, Smart Couponing and Mojosavings!
**Hurry as sample supplies are limited and when they are gone, they are gone!! **

Great Deals on ALL YOU Magazine

Right now, you can get a 1 year subscription to All You magazine for the very low rate of $15.00 through  These do not have any shipping added either!  The All You magazine is loaded with coupons and can only be purchased in WalMart stores or through a subscription.  I have one myself and love it.  If you use SwagBucks, you could redeem them for gift cards and then use them to get the subscription for FREE!
Thanks Save at Home Mommy! New $3/2 Glade Coupon + More!

Wa-hoo! just released even more awesome coupons–including a high value Glade coupon that should easily make for a sweet deal when paired with a sale!
New Coupons:
Save $3 on any 2 products from the Fragrance Collection by Glad
Save $0.50 on any 1 Simply Asia Product
Save $1 on any Good Earth Tea
…AND of course, don’t forget about all the great Huggies coupons still available to print!

(Thanks, Mrs.BuysMore!)

FREE Elixia Skincare Samples!

Elixia is a new skincare line that will be available soon. Just go here and register your details to receive free Elixia samples prior to launch!
(Thanks, MojoSavings!)

Bath & Body Works: FREE Soap w/ $10 Purchase!

Bath & Body Works has yet another new coupon:
Get a FREE Anti-Bacterial Soap (up to a $5 value) with any $10 purchase! This coupon is valid all the way through February 21st! (Thanks, TheThriftyCouple!)
Also, don’t forget that Bath & Body Works still has this coupon available: Get a FREE Signature Collection Travel Size Item with ANY purchase (up to a $5 value)! This coupon is valid through January 27th! Remember, this coupon states ANY item, so look for an inexpensive product. Think clearance, a small hand sanitizer , nail file or any other product priced around $1-$2! Also, these little travel size lotions and shower gels make great additions to gift baskets! 
(Thanks, MojoSavings!)

Dinner and a Movie

Here is a video done by Collin at Hip2Save on ways to save money on date night! She is so super cute and she makes me laugh! Hope you enjoy!

High Value $2/1 8th Continent Soy Milk Coupon!

Wa-hoo! There’s a super high value 8th Continent Facebook coupon available! Just go here and become a fan of Sara Lopez- 8th Continent Soymilk’s Own Soy-lebrity! …AND write on the wall, “I want my coupon!”. After doing so, you’ll receive a $2 off any 8th Continent Soy Milk Product coupon in your Facebook mailbox and also in your email account that you used to sign up for Facebook!

(Thanks, Hip2Save and PrintableCouponsAndDeals!)

FREE Bodybuilding Supplement Sample!

Click HERE to request a FREE sample of Torrent Green Apple Avalanche Bodybuilding Supplement!
Thanks Free Stuff!

Sample Me Mondays

Arm & Hammer toothpaste sample
$1 Tide to go coupon
AdvoCare Slam Power Punch Sample
Living Proof Facebook Sample of No Frizz product

I know this isn't a sample but I did get it in the mail this past week! I wanted to make sure that all my readers had signed up to receive this Kroger My Magazine. It has some recipes and great coupons inside(the best part is it comes straight to you in your mailbox for free!)

This sample is the one I already posted b/c of the Yoplait coupons I need to share with my FRIENDS!
Anyways, I got:
10 $1.25 off Yoplait Frozen Smoothie and 1 Free Yoplait Frozen Smoothie coupon
1 Science Hill's Diet Dog Treats with $.50 off coupon inside!(My dog's loved these!)