Sunday, May 31, 2009

Free Crayola Items at Menards + More

Don't wait! Run to Menards this week! The Crayola items will not last long especially since you can get 10 total.

Crayola Glue Roller, Highlighter, 3d Paint,or Poster Markers-Free after mail in Rebate -Limit 10
Irwin 20" Hand Saw - Free after $10 mail in rebate- Limit 2
Safety Glasses - Free after $3.00 mail in rebate - limit 2
Blue Tarp - Free after $1.75 mail in rebate - limit 2

Here are my purchases:

You do have to buy $10 of non rebate items in order to qualify for the rebates. I bought outdoor bug spray that I needed.

I was really happy!! I can use these for gifts or sell them at my next overstock garage sale!

Wagreens Deals & Pepsi Rebate

I wandered into Walgreens on Saturday and found some great deals. Walgreens is a having a clearance sale in the paper goods aisle.

Kleenex Ultra 130 count tissues .57

Angel Soft 4 roll toilet paper .47

Reynolds 70ft aluminum foil .70

Charmin ultra 12 roll double packs $2.39

and more!

Unfortunately my store only had the Angel Soft toilet paper left on the shelf. But they also had a mail in refund for $5.00 when you purchase 4 Pepsi product 2 liters.

Here is my haul:

Asian Noodle Bowl $1

Vanity Fair Napkins 2 @ .75 = 1.50 - 1.00 ( 2 coupons @.50) = 2 for .25 each

4 Pepsi product 2 liters @ 1.25 each = 5.00 ( 5.00 mail in refund = Free)

6 Angel Soft4 roll toilet paper @ .47 = 2.82

My grand total was $ 9.95 - 5.00 mail in Pepsi refund = $4.95 !!!

Not totally free but a great deal ! Check your Walgreens for clearance items!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Free Root Beer Float Night at Sonic

Sonic wants to thank you! Sonic is having Free Root BeerFloat Night on June 3rd from 8 pm to Midnight. Thank you Sonic!!

Bath & Body Works Free Lip Item Coupon

Bath & Body Works has released a great coupon. A free lip item with any purchase but it is good only this weekend. Print your coupon here . Remember that any purchase means you can buy the .99 nail file or the small .99 gift bags and receive your free lip item.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Burt's Bees 25 Year Anniversary Giveaway

Burt's Bees is celebrating their 25 years in business. Luckily for us, they are including us in their party! Every day for 25 days Burt's Bees is giving away 1000 Beeswax Lip Balms . The giveaway time is between 9 am and 12 pm EDT every day. Try here every day for a chance to win!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Vacation Tip - Save Money on Museums

I love to travel. We usually take a 2 week vacation every summer. But like many other people, this year my family is taking some short trips this summer instead. For us, it will save money and we are checking out colleges for my son at the same time.

My kids have always loved museums. I am sure that we will visit a few on our short trips. Of course, I would like to spend as little as possible.

Check out my new
EHow article on how you can save money on museum admissions here.

Here is an example: Our local Science Station yearly membership is $60 for a family. We are visiting Chicago this summer which is over 90 mikes away. Checking the list at ASTC
here, we can visit the following museums for free or reduced admission:

Chicago Children's Museum
The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
The Field Museum of Natural History
Museum of Science and Industry

The general admission price to the Museum of Science and Industry is $13 per adult and $9 for children ages 3 to 11. In my family, we would all have to pay the adult admission price. The total cost would be 4 x 13 = $52 .

Just visiting one museum in Chicago is almost as much as a yearly membership to my local museum. So the local museum membership is a great deal.

So visit some museums on your vacation this year! Just plan ahead and save money!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Craziness at Old Navy

My husband was given to choice of taking the dog to the vet or taking my daughter to Old Navy. So while I took the dog to vet on Saturday morning, my husband took my daughter to Old Navy. Big mistake on my husband's part!

Old Navy was having their solid color flip flops on sale for $1. My husband and daughter arrived at 9:10 am to a mad house. The area around the flip flops was surround by about 40 people. The lines to check out extended all the way to the back of the store!

My daughter got 10 pairs of flip flops but some of the colors that she wanted were already gone. This is an annual sale so mark your calenders for next year. Oh yeah, go early!!

No Sacred Cows - Part 2

My family has a terrific dog named Sahara. Well, I needed to take the dog to the vet for her annual shots. I had chosen our vet because the office is extremely close to my house. But no more Sacred Cows!

On Thursday, I called our vet and asked how much the appointment and shots were
going to cost. The cost was going to be $119. Then I spent about 1 hour calling other vets to check prices. I found a vet that was 7 miles away that was cheaper. I took Sahara in on Saturday and my bill was $86.

I saved $33 by just calling around for a better price! I needed the dog to go to the vet but I didn't "need" to be locked in to our old vet.

You can save money by checking prices!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

No Sacred Cows

Sacred Cow means : immune from criticism or debate. In my quest to be more frugal, I have decided to take on the Sacred Cows in my budget.

Are you ready to take on the Sacred Cows in your budget? Then ask yourself these 2 important questions:

1. Do I really need this? Is this something that you really need ?

If your answer to question1 is yes then ask yourself:

2. Is there a cheaper alternative? Can you switch to cheaper brand of the same quality? Can you wait to buy the item? Can you borrow the item from a friend?

You can attack the Sacred Cows and save money!

Cheap Apples at Super Target

SuperTarget has a online coupon for $1 off 1 lb or more of bulk apples. Use this opportunity to pick up some cheap fruit.

You can print the coupon at the A Full Cup website here. The coupon is good through May 23rd.

Red Delicious apples are $1.19 per lb this week. Use the scale and stick as close to 1 lb as possible. You can make several bags of 1 lb apples - just make sure you print a coupon for each bag.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blue Bunny Ice Cream will Pay You

The nice folks at Blue Bunny Ice cream sent me a great email to share with friends. I guess that they know that I LOVE ice cream.

Try Blue Bunny® Aspen™ or Sedona™ and we'll pay you back!
Purchase any variety Aspen or Sedona between May 23-25, 2009 and we'll refund your purchase price!

here to print the form.

This is a great chance to try the new ice cream!

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