Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Free Sample of Simplistick ~ Removable Wall Stickers


Cute sample Get a free sample Simplistick by clicking here. It is a removable wall sticker. You have several options to choose from. I picked the penguin for my daughter.

Wordless Wednesday ~ What Critter is This

A critter fell in our recessed window.



We put him in a container. Let him loose in the wildlife preserve. Couldn't figure out what he was. Anyone know?

Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post ? List on the Linky below so we can all visit you.



PetSmart Friends & Family Coupon Event Oct 1-4


PetSmart is having a Friends & Family Appreciation Event from October 1st - 4th. To celebrate, PetSmart has new coupons including a 15% off your purchase coupon. Click here to print your coupon.

Tryology ~ try New Products for Free

I love free food! Tryology has a great deal right now. Take a short survey and you may qualify to receive a full sized box of 100 calorie Nabisco snacks. You just need to give your opinion after you have tasted the snacks. Right now you can try to qualify for the Mister Salty Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels snacks or the new Top Secret flavor of 100 calories Nabisco snacks.

Free Night At Sheraton Hotels Starts October 6th

Want a free hotel stay on October 23rd ? Then mark your calenders for October 6th because Sheraton hotels is giving away 2100 rooms for the night of October 23rd. The rooms will be given away on a first come first served basis. There will be 86 recently renovated Sheratons in the U.S. and Canada participating in the promotion. You will need to sign up here when the giveaway begins.

The giveaway starts on October 6th but the time is not given. I am sure that the rooms will go quickly. The room is completely free including taxes, fees, and surcharges.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In To Win Wednesday Giveaway Round-up 9/30

I love giveaways! So let's all share the Linky love.

Do you have a giveaway on your blog or website? Please leave the link for it below. Only family friendly links please! The link should go directly to your giveaway page.

Format your link this way: Blog/Website Name - Prize - End Date


Tuesday Blog Hop: 3 Things To Teach Your Kids

It's Blog Hop Tuesday! This week's theme is 3 Things Every Parent Should TEach Their Kids.

The three things that I hop my kids have learned from me are:

1. How to manage money. Even kids need to learn how to manage their money. Do you really want to buy that? Do you want to save more money? It is important not to spend more than you earn and to save for a rainy day.

2. Respect for others. You don't have to agree with everyone but treat people with respect.

3. Be yourself and have fun. Life is too short to sit around moping. Get out and have some fun.




MckLinky Blog Hop


Special thanks to Shoplet.com-Purell Hand Sanitizers for sponsoring this blog hop.

Free Coffee at Starbucks VIA Taste Challenge Oct 2 -5


From October 2- 5 , take the Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Taste Challenge. You can taste test the Columbia Starbucks VIA next to the Pike Place Roast and challenge themselves to guess which one is the Columbia Starbucks VIA.


Participants will receive a coupon for a complimentary tall brewed coffee on their next visit as well as a $1.00 off their next VIA coffee purchase.

Give a Day, Get A Disney Day For Free

Disney has a new promotion called "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day. Disney is offering a free day's admission to 1 million guests who complete a day of volunteer work next year! You can sign up here to be reminded when the official "sign up" begins on January 1, 2010.

Here are some of the details:
1. You receive free admission to one of the theme parks of the Walt Disney World® Resort or Disneyland® Resort when you sign up and complete a day of volunteer service with a participating organization

2. You must register through the official website and volunteer at an participating organization.

3. You can sign up to 8 members of your household under your name. You must be 18 to sign up. Children ages 6 to 18 can volunteer and earn a ticket as long as they volunteer with an adult.

4. If you have an annual pass or multi-day pass then you can choose one of the following instead of the one day ticket:
~Disney's Special FASTPASS® cards for certain attractions for you and up to 5 additional members of your party.†
~A collectible Ear Hat figurine with exclusive trading pins‡
~Donate your free ticket to a non-profit organization designated by Disney Parks.


5. Tickets must be used by December 15, 2010 and there are a few black-out dates

6. Click here to see all the FAQ on the website.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday New Week Reminders 9/28

Hey, it is Monday again! Here are some of the great free offers or discounts for this week. Enjoy!

Sept 29 ~ Free Dunn Bros coffee ~ click here for coupon

Sept 30 ~ free FruiTea with any sandwich purchase at Arbys


Oct 1 ~ free Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookies ~ click here for details


Oct 3 ~ make a Firehouse Bank at Kids Workshops at Home Depot 9am to noon


Oct 10 ~ Lowes Build & Grow Kids ~ Make a Ball Toss ~ click here to register


Oct 24 ~ Lowes Build & Grow Kids ~ Frankenstring Magic Trick ~ register here

One Lovely Blog Award


Wow! Another blog award for lil ole me! A special Thank you to The Suburban Jungle for giving me the "One Lovely Blog Award!" .

The rules of the "One Lovely Blog Award" are:

Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here are my 15 lovely blog picks:


She Saved
Jam's Own Reality
Life's Not Always Fireflies and Hummingbirds
Potamus Prefers
Coupon Teacher
STL Mommy
A Hen's Nest
Amanda's Fun Stuff
Little People Wealth
Susan Heim on Parenting
Minnesota Mama's Must Haves
Mommy To A Lil Ladybug
My Red Apron
It's Gravy Baby
Night Owl Mama


Free 12 oz Dunn Bros coffee with coupon on Sept. 29th


Free coffee anyone? Tuesday September 29th is National Coffee Day! Print this coupon and pass it on to a friend. Then enjoy a free coffee at Dunn Bros on Tuesday September 29th. Coupon is valid for a 12 oz Dunn Bros coffee. Limit one per visit.

Possible Free Herbal Essences Shampoo on Facebook

Possible free item? Herbal Essences is hosting a Gorgeous Giveaway from 10/2-10/6. It's your chance to try an Herbal Essences shampoo or conditioner you've never used before or a favorite.

How does it work?
RSVP to this event on
Facebook and come back to this page on 10/2 to get the details. Not sure if it is a random giveaway or a free sample. Sign in to Facebook and then the RSVP is under the "Gorgeous Giveaway banner".

Free Subscription to Soap Opera Digest Magazine

Do you like the daytime soap operas? Then click here to receive your free complimentary one-year subscription to Soap Opera Digest magazine. No credit card necessary. Use your junk email address so any junk email will go to that email address.

$1.00 Online Coupon for Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls


Nice coupon! Click here to print a coupon for $1.00 off Pillsbury Crescent rolls. I would print the coupon now because I think that it will go quickly!

Walgreens Facebook Fans FREE 5 X 7 Photobook

*Note you do have to pay a $1.99 shipping fee*

Become a Fan of Walgreens on Facebook by October 2nd and receive a "free" 5 x 7 photo book. Become a fan here.

Keep in mind you will have to pay a small shipping fee. They will share all the details about the FREE photo book offer on October 2nd.




Meal Planning Monday Sept 28th




I am trying to make easy meals this week. I want to enjoy the nice fall weather!


Monday
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore ~ my family likes this. Note: I only use 1/2 to 3/4 of the spaghetti sauce. I also add some oregano and basil. Sometimes I add mushrooms near the end ~ last 30 minutes or so.

Tuesday
Tacos


Wednesday
Chili in the crockpot ~ it is starting feel like fall so I thought Chili would be great!


Thursday
Pasta night ~ Trying to keep my budget down at the end of the month.


Friday
Baked Tilipia


Saturday
Steaks ~ on special on my target . 3 steaks cost me only about $7.00


Sunday
Sloppy Joes

Looking for more menu plans then please visit
Org Junkie.

New Target Coupons are Available

Target has new coupons listed on their website. You can see them on the Target website here.
Here are the ones that I thought were good:

$1.00 off 15-oz. or larger Skippy peanut butter (my target has it for $1.79 - 1.00 coupon = ,79 a jar)

$1.00 off 3.75-oz. or larger Chex Mix snack
$1.00 off 4-oz. or larger Archer Farms® crackers

$1.50 off 1/2-lb. or more Archer Farms® deli bulk cheese Deli Dept.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

DEAD: Free Box of Uncrustables from Smuckers NOW!!

***Update: All coupons have been given away. Sorry! **

It is up and running now! Hey, get your free box of Uncrustables! Just submit a an after school organizational tip to Smuckers and receive a coupon in the mail for a free box of Uncrustables. Valid for the first 20,00 entries only. Click here to enter now!

If you get a "cast error", then keep hitting the submit button. It will eventually go through. The site is extremely busy.

Free Music Download ~ Austin City Limits Sampler iTunes

Another Free music download! You can get the Austin City Limits 16 song sampler on iTunes for free. Get a taste of the bands rocking Zilker Park at the eighth edition of ACL Festival in October!

Offer expires October 31st. Just follow the simple directions on the
site to download your songs.

The music downloads consists of the following 16 songs:
BASSNECTAR – Art of Revolution
BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS – Boogie
DR. DOG – The Ark
HEARTLESS BASTARDS – Out to Sea
K’NAAN – Wavin Flag
LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES – Mentiras
MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD – Flat Tires
MISHKA – 3rd Eye Vision
SARAH JAFFE – Ever Born Again
THE DEXATEENS – Granddaddy’s Mouth
THE DODOS – Fables
THE FELICE BROTHERS – Run Chicken Run
THE KNUX – Bang! Bang!
THE WALKMEN – On the Water
THIEVERY CORPORATION – Mandala (feat. Anoushka Shankar)
TODD SNIDER – Don’t Tempt Me

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Walgreens Deals 9/27 - 10/03

Wow! I can't believe all the great deals at Walgreens this week! I will be running out to Walgreens in the morning!

Emergen-C Booster $3.49
- $3.49 Register Reward
= Free

Robitussin DM To Go $2.49
- $2.49 Register Reward
- $2
printable coupon
= Free or Free + profit

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion $6.99
- $6.99 Register Reward
- $1.50
printable coupon
= Free or Free + Profit

Oral-B Advantage 1-2-3- Toothbrush $3
- $3 Register Reward
= Free

ChapStick Fresh Effects $2.99
- $2.99 Register Reward
= Free

Dentek Dental Care $2
- $2 Register Reward
- $1 printable
= Free

Halls Refresh Sugar Free Drops $1
- $1 Register Reward
- .35 coupon (S 9/27) or
- .75 coupon (S 9/27)
= Free or Free + Profit

Herbal Essences Hair Care $2.99
- $2 Register Reward
- $1 (RP 8/23) or (RP 9/13)
= Free or Free + Profit

Purell Hand Sanitizer 8 oz $2.99
- $2 Register Reward
- $1 (S 8/2)
= Free with coupon

Gillette Fusion Razor System $8.99
- $6 Register Reward
- $4 (P&G 9/27)
= $2.99 or Free with coupon

"Great Games!" Book Review

Who doesn't love having a fun time with family or friends? Playing games is a great cheap way to have fun! My family loves playing games. So I was very excited to be chosen to review the book "Great Games! 175 Games & Activities For Families, Groups, and Children" by Matthew Toone. The book is filled with old time favorite games with new variations and new exciting games.


One of things that I love about this book is that all of games require minimal equipment. You can play all the games with things that you have laying around your house. The instructions are easy to read with step by step directions.

I was initially worried that I might not find fun games for my family in the book. Teenagers are a little harder to entertain. I was very happy to find some wonderful game ideas for my daughter's birthday party. I know that the Digital Scavenger Race will be a great hit at the party. Teenagers love to take pictures with their cell phones.

The "Great Games!" book really has games for all ages and abilities. Mini Bocce is fun game that even toddlers could play while games such as Duel of Words appeal to the older crowd. You can check out a sneak peek inside the book
here.

If you are ready to have an exciting & cheap way to spend quality time with your family then you can purchase "Great Games! 175 Games & Activities For Families, Groups, and Children" at
GreatGamesBook.com for a mere $15.95 .

Thanks to Matthew Toone for providing his book for my review. All opinions in this review are my own.

CVS Deals 9/27 - 10/03

There are some good deals at CVS this week. Here are the deals that I am looking at doing this week.

Valid Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday only:
Vaseline Sheer Infusions lotion 7.99
- $7 Extra Bucks
- $1.50
printable coupon
= Free
Limit 1


Available All Week:
Crest Scope Outlast Toothpaste 5.8 oz $3.49
- $1.50 Extra Bucks
- $1 Crest Premium Paste (PG 9/27) coupon
= .99
Limit 2

Gillette Fusion, Embrace or Spa Breeze $9.99
-$5 Extra Bucks
-$4 Gillette Fusion Razor (P&G 9/27) coupon
or - $2 Venus Embrace or Breeze (P&G 9/27) coupon
= varies
Limit 1

Listerine Total Care 16.9 oz (500 mL) $3.99
-$1 Extra bucks
-$2 printable coupon
= .99
Limit 3

You check out a full list of deals at Moms By Heart

Free Nature Maid TripleFlex from Costco.com

Free Nature Maid TripleFlex from Costco.com! You do not need to be a member to get your free sample. Click here to get your free sample. Sample size is 10 caplets.

Free iPhone or iPod iTouch Apps & Games 9/26

Free is good! Here are the fun free apps that I found today. Remember that most of these are free for a limited time.

Thinking about a iPod or iPhone for Christmas, you can download your apps now and save them for later.

DoodleSwap ~ Simply doodle to your heart's content and hit the swap button. You can then receive a stranger's doodle and they'll receive yours. Free 9/26 only.

Tank Escape Classic ~ classic arcade game

FlagTrophy ~ inprove your flags/countries knowledge

Pigtails & Potbellies: Kids book ~ designed to be read over 4 days. Each chapter unlocks after 24 hours so each day there will be a new installment to look forward to.

Fling ~ Featuring 10,000s of unique puzzles, such that no two puzzles you encounter are ever the same, and split into 19 levels of increasing difficulty, Fling guarantees you many long hours of puzzling fun!

Audiobook Classics ~ contains the following masterpieces:- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (the original story that inspired the recent movie)- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- The Time Machine- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- Aesop's Fables (a selection of 141 fables)- A Christmas Carol

Free Little Big Planet Norse Mythology Pack for PS3


Do you have Little Big Planet for the Playstation 3? Then hop on this freebie! Grab your free Norse Mythology pack to accessorize your Little Big Planet character. Doesn't he look cute!!

Go to the page and click where it talks about the free Norse Mythology pack. Then it will give you a code to redeem for the accessory pack. Looks fun!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Free Antibacterial Soap w/Purchase Bath & Body Works


Another great coupon from Bath & Body Works! You can get a full size anti-baterial soap with any purchase at Bath & Body Works. Click here to print your coupon. Coupon is valid through Sunday September 27th. You can also use the coupon online.

Remember that any purchase counts. So you buy the $1.00 nail file or small gift bag and get your free item. These make great items for gift baskets. See the gift basket that I made here.

Great Coupons That I am Printing

There are some great internet coupons!! Here is a list of the coupons that I printed today:

$1.50 off one box of Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal

.75 off Kelloggs FiberPlus bars ~ lower right corner of page

$2.00 off Greenies pet treat coupon

.75 off one Little Debbies Family Pack Chocolate Cupcakes

$1.25 off Yoplait Delights

$2.00 off one box of Honey Bunches of Oats ~ boxes are $2 right now at Walmart

$1.00 off Starbucks Ready to Drink Frappuccinos

Friday Giveaways Blog Hop 9/25

Got a minute, then enter a blog contest! Lots of great prizes.

Remember to enter my giveaway for a
Krispy Kreme $10 Gift Card that ends tonight!


MckLinky Blog Hop



Last Day For Free Chocolate From Mars Candy

Today is the last day to get your free chocolate from Mars candy. Go here to sign up. You will receive a coupon for a free candy bar in the mail.

September 26th: Free Museums, Zoos, & National Parks

Looking for something to do tommorrow that is cheap? It is your lucky day! There are several free national events tommorow.


Free National Parks: Saturday is National Public Lands day and entrance to all 391 national parks is free! Also a number of national parks are having a special volunteer day. If you want to make a difference, click here to see the volunteer opportunities.


Free Museum day : Enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. Click here to find a museum near you. Then click here to fill out the form for the admission card. Admission card is good for two people. One admission card per household.
While they are calling it a free museum day, there are many things on the list. For example, the Sacramento zoo, Minnesota zoo, and Living History Farms, etc. . So check out the list!!

Free Movie Screening for "Whip It" Roller Derby movie

Hurry!! Want to see a free movie? Click here to register to see an advance free screening of the movie "Whip It". The list of free movie screenings is mainly in big cities. So if you live a small town you are out of luck.

Some of the cities have already reached their maximum seating. I did see that some are still available such as Seattle, Evanston (Chicago), New Orleans, San Antonio, St Louis, and more! You can choose the number of tickets that you want to receive.

Here is a little blurb about the movie:
Tired of being pushed into beauty pageants by her parents, Texas teen Bliss finds herself after joining a female roller derby team.
Rated PG-13

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My First Blog Award

Wow! I've been given with the "Over The Top Award" by Shelly from Coupon Teacher! Her blog is one of my favorites! She is a great bargain hunter and coupon user. Thanks Shelly!


Here are the rules for the Over the Top Award:
USE ONLY ONE WORD!
It’s not as easy as you might think.
Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on.
It’s quite tricky to use only one-word answers!
Once you have filled it out be sure to pass it on to 6 of your favorite bloggers.
Alert them that they have been awarded! Have fun!
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1. Where is your cell phone? on the charger
2. Your hair? Straight
3. Your mother? Perfect
4. Your father? Smart
5. Your favorite food? Chocolate
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favorite drink? Diet Coke
8. Your dream/goal? Happy
9. What room are you in? Kitchen
10. Your hobby? Blog
11. Your fear? Bugs
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Wiser
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Perfect
15. Muffins? Pumpkin
16. Wish list item? Treadmill
17. Where did you grow up? Iowa
18. Last thing you did? Computer
19. What are you wearing? Jeans
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your pets? Dog
22. Friends? Fun
23. Your life? Wonderful
24. Your mood? Stressed
25. Missing someone? Sister
26. Vehicle? Camry
27. Something you’re not wearing? hat
28. Your favorite store? CVS
29. Your favorite color? Purple
30. When was the last time you laughed? Now
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? Husband
33. One place that I go to over and over? home
34. One person who emails me regularly? Sister
35. Favorite place to eat? Italian
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And now I am passing this Award on to these six wonderful bloggers.
Ladies~~~ you all deserve this award! Enjoy and have fun with it!

My Red Apron
Couponing to Disney
Cha-Ching on A ShoeString
I Could Use A Deal
Food For My Family
The Mom Union
Annies Home

2 New Free Redbox Rental Codes

Want to have a cheap date night at home? Get a free movie rental from Redbox with the codes listed below.

SMR8DVD ~ good only McDonalds
9HB6MP22 ~ good at some other locations

I do not have an expiration date for these codes. Both worked as of today.

Free Sweet Fire Chicken Entree at Panda Express on 9/28

Yahoo! Free food! Did you know that Panda Express has a new entree called Sweet Fire Chicken Breast?

To celebrate, Panda Express is giving away a Free Sweet Fire Chicken Breast single entree when you present this coupon. Coupon is valid only on Friday September 25th at participating locations. No other purchase necessary.

Free Smucker's Uncrustables Coupon on Monday 9/28

Celebrate Back to School with Smuckers! Starting September 28, Smucker's is giving away 20,000 coupons for a Free box of Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches. You need to register online at uncrustables.com and submit an after school organization tip to receive a free coupon! Registration starts on Monday September 28th.

The free coupon is good for 4-pack box of Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches with a maximum value of $3.00 . Offer is valid through October 30, 2009 or while supplies last; a maximum of 20,000 coupons will be awarded.

I will post on Monday when the site starts accepting submissions!!

Thursday Thunks 9/24


Time for fun with Thursday Thunks So here are the questions for this week:


1.
Does soap or shampoo have to really lather up for you to feel that it cleaned throughly?
Yes, I think so. If it doesn't lather up then I don't feel like I am getting clean. Plus I love to with the bubbles.

2. Do you have a long standing joke with someone that you still laugh about every time you talk to that person?
I love getting together with friends and we laugh about many things. I can't think of a private joke.

3.
Share something that happened to you this past week that was unusual.
My son took out the garbage without me asking. Around our house that is almost a miracle.

4. If you dropped a purple crayon and a green crayon off a roof, which would melt faster in the sun?
Obviously, the purple crayon. I have great scientific evidence to back this up. I just don't know where it is.

5. You are standing in line (grocery store, bank, etc.), and someone gets in line behind you that stinks. The stink is so bad that people in line in front of you turn around and look to see if you are the one causing the stink. Do you cover your nose, hold your breath, breathe through your mouth or just get out of line altogether?
Try to breathe through my mouth and move as quickly as possible.

6. If you dropped your cell phone in the toilet, would you fish it out? If so, how much soap would you use to wash your hands afterwards?
I would fish it out. I did actually did drop my keys in the toilet once when the toilet was flushing. I had no spare key. Luckily the keys didn't go down the drain. I used a lot of soap!!!

7. Sydney Australia dust storm (link). How long do you think it would take you to clean your house after that sort of dust storm?
Wow, dust gets in face and eyes. It can be really horrible to clean up! My house isn't clean now so I don't how long it would take to get clean after a dust storm.

8. Do you think you can dance?
No. This has been verified by many people when I have attempted to dance.

9. You are out to eat and someone across the room is staring at you. Do you get paranoid, try to ignore them, or go find out why they are staring at you?
Ignore them. Maybe they just think that I am one hot mama!

10. Come up with a crazy, wacky Thursday Thunk question
If you could be any person living or dead, who would you be?
I would choose to be the living person. This is from the Pearls before Swine comic. My favorite comic!



Free New Yorker Magazine 2010 Calender Poster

Looks really nice! Sign up now to receive a free 2010 New Yorker calendar poster from New Yorker magazine. No strings attached. Nothing to buy.

The poster measures 18" x 26" and is printed on heavy, high-gloss paper that is perfect for display. Offer expires October 31, 2009. Quantities are limited.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Under $5 Halloween Costumes at BuyCostumes.com

5 products, under $5 at BuyCostumes.com - Hurry, when they're gone, they're gone!


Clearance Costumes


Super hot deal!! Are you looking for a costume for Halloween? Then you need to check out BuyCostumes.com every morning for the 5 costumes for under $5 deal. The costumes go fast! The new $5 or less costumes are posted every morning at 9 am CDT.

The best costumes from this morning are already gone. To give you an idea of the costumes, the ones this morning were Spiderman child costume, Warrior Woman adult costume, Baby Basketball bunting costume, Thigh High Pirate adult boots, and John Edwards paper mask ( still available). Standard shipping starts at $6.99 .

Hollister 20% Off Everything Coupon


Great coupon! You can get 20% off everything at Hollister with this coupon. Valid September 24th - September 27th. Applies to full and reduced priced items!

I love that the coupon is valid on reduced priced items! I might pick up a shirt for my daughter for Christmas.


Wordless Wednesday ~ A Well Loved Bear



My son has had this panda bear since he was a baby. He named the bear "Panda". As you can see he has loved this bear a lot. He is now eighteen but the bear still sits in his room. You can see where the fur has been rubbed off the bear.



Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post ? List on the Linky below so we can all visit you.



In To Win Wednesday Giveaway Round-up 9/23

I love giveaways! So let's all share the Linky love.

Do you have a giveaway on your blog or website? Please leave the link for it below. Only family friendly links please! The link should go directly to your giveaway page.

Format your link this way: Blog/Website Name - Prize - End Date


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

CVS $5 of $25 Purchase coupon

Yohoo! Take a short survey here about flu shots and get a $5 of a $25 purchase at CVS. Really easy to do! You can combine with coupons and ECB savings.

Free iPhone or iPod iTouch Apps & Games 9/22

Free is good! Here are the fun free apps that I found today. Remember that most of these are free for a limited time.

Thinking about a iPod or iPhone for Christmas, you can download your apps now and save them for later.

MonsterABC ~ flash card application for your iPhone

Launch-a-Lamb ~ Fling, toss or jettison a single sheep or a whole flock

Voter: Reality TV, Polls & More ~ call-to-vote American TV shows like never before. For the iPhone only.

IM Gomoku ~ is an ancient game said to be originally found in China.This is a game for two players.

Mazer ~ solve randomly generated mazes.

Flick & Dodge ~ Attack by aiming and flicking the objects. Dodging busters on the path in quick action. Looks cute!

Always Cute iLOL Dogs-2,800 Pics + Vids ~ over 2800 cute dog pictures

Yummy Bugs ~ fun, fast-paced arcade-style game where you take on the role of a hungry lizard.

Tuesday Blog Hop: Why Read My Blog

It's Blog Hop Tuesday! This week's theme is Why Read My Blog?

OK when I saw the theme for this week, my first thought was "Ugh!!" I hate self promoting myself! Oh well, I decided to participate so here goes nothing.

Why read my blog?
1. I try to have fun in my blog! Whether it's being funny or finding something fun.

2. My blog lists great freebies and deals. Who doesn't love something for free?

3. I am a huge garage saler, ebayer, and basic money saver. I try to pass on some of my great ideas to my readers.

4. I do giveaways and reviews of products that I like myself.

5. As a mom of two teenagers, I have a different perspective than moms with younger children. I love reading funny stories and seeing cute photos of little kids on other blogs. It makes me think of when my kids were younger. But you won't find a baby stroller or toddler dress review here.

6. I post often! Usually I do several posts a day.

7. Ok, now I should say that my blog is about my readers. It's really about me. I just love sharing stuff. When I get excited because I signed up for a new freebie, my family is like "oh yeah, another free shampoo sample". But when I share my great freebie find online so others can get it too, then I feel like I am not alone in my quest of saving money. The comments that I get on my blog mean so much to me!

So as Shirley Maclaine put it so eloquently " You like me, you really like me!" Thanks for reading my blog.

Check out some other blogs on the Blog Hop below.



MckLinky Blog Hop
Special thanks to Purell Hand Sanitizer for sponsoring this blog hop.

Boston Market: 2 kids eat free with $6 purchase

Now through October 31st kids eat free all day, every day at Boston Market! At Boston Market you can receive 2 free kids meals with a minimum $6 purchase or up to 4 free kids meals with purchase of a family meal.

No coupon necessary, but kids must be present to claim their meal.

Kum & Go Gas Station Coupons: Free Pepsi Max

Great coupons! Kum & Go is a regional gas station chain. The Kum & Go coupons are for a free 20 oz botle of Pepsi Max and free Hiland Sunflower Seeds (2.25 oz tube). No other purchase necessary! Limit one of each coupon per visit.

To find a local Kum & Go, click here. Interested in more gas station freebies then read my article on Gas Station Rewards.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Winner : $10 Target Gift Card

The winner of the $10 Target gift card is #19 Jinxy and Me. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours for to respond or a new winner will be drawn
Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2009-09-21 19:51:59 UTC

I want to thank everyone who participated in my giveaway! I loved reading all the comments! .Also thanks to all who have become followers or have subscribed to my feed. I will continue to bring you the great deals, my ramblings, and money saving tips.
Remember to enter my new giveaway for a
$10 Krispy Kreme gift card.

Giveaway ~ $10 Krispy Kreme Gift Card

I love winning giveaways! I also love giving away stuff! This week I am giving away a $10 Krispy Kreme gift card. Sadly my Krispy Kreme closed and I can't use the gift card. Someone else will have to eat those delicious doughnuts for me!



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    Quiznos: Buy 1 Sub + Soda, Get 1 Sub FREE


    Quiznos has a new coupon available: when you buy one sub + a soda then you get another sub for FREE. This coupon expires 10/12/09. Click here to print your coupon.

    Monday New Week Reminders 9/21

    Hey, it is Monday again! Here are some of the great free offers or discounts for this week. Enjoy!

    Sept 23 ~ only~ Free Roastburger with any soft drink purchase at Arbys

    Sept 23 ~ only~ Free chicken leg or thigh at Pollo Campero ~ click here

    Sept 24 ~ only~ Free Oreo Lil' Rounders at Carvels ~ click here for details

    Sept 24 ~ only~ free Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop ~ click here for details

    Sept 24~only~ free 3 oz. Make-A-Wish® Creation with donation at Cold Stone 5-8 pm
    Sept 25 ~ last week~ Free Candy from Mars ~ click
    here

    Sept 26 ~ only ~ Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic for kids ~ Firetruck ~ register
    here

    Sept 26 ~ only~ free Wilton Halloween Treats Demo at Michaels ~ click
    here for details

    Sept 30 ~ only~ free FruiTea with any sandwich purchase at Arbys

    Oct 1 ~ only~ free Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookies ~ click here for details

    Oct 3 ~ only ~ make a Firehouse Bank at Kids Workshops at Home Depot 9am to noon

    Free Taste of Home Digital Cookbooks to Download

    I love finding great recipes. You can download Taste of Home magazines to your computer for free!

    Here are the directions:
    1. Click here to access the page.
    2. Click on the link below the cookbook that you are interested in (do not click subscribe)
    3. Then it will bring up the cookbook with directions on how to download or browse through the pages.
    4. The actual download button is across the top with the other options.

    Really easy!

    Free 3 oz Bottle of Downey Releaser Coupon

    Nice freebie! Send in a picture of something wrinkled (or not) and you'll get a coupon for a free 3oz bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser. Click here to see the form. You just upload a photo. The coupon comes in your email. Fast and easy!

    I know that I have plenty of wrinkled items in my laundry!

    Meal Planning Monday Sept 21st




    This week I decided to make more meals out of my freezer. Here is a photo of what I found:

    Then I looked for recipes that would use what I found in the freezer. It is getting to the end of the month and I am determined to stay within my budget. My family is really busy on Mondays and Wednesdays so I am using slow cooker recipes for those two nights. I managed to find enough for dinners for the entire week!


    Monday
    Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast ~ really good recipe


    Tuesday
    Baked Tilapia


    Wednesday
    Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps ~ this is a favorite with my family

    Thursday
    Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill

    Friday
    Jambalaya with shrimp

    Saturday
    Grilled salmon fillets

    Sunday
    Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill ~ we usually don't eat hot dogs. These were free with a purchase at HyVee. They have been in the freezer for a while so I decided we needed to eat them.

    Looking for more menu plans then please visit
    Org Junkie.

    Sunday, September 20, 2009

    Holiday on the Cheap: Bath & Body Works Basket

    It seems like a long time until December but it will get sooner than you think. I spent part of my day taking inventory of my Christmas present stockpile.

    I put together this simple and cheap Bath & Body Works basket for my niece who is in college. This is a great gift idea for any teenage girl or woman on your holiday list.

    I started out with my collection of Bath & Body Works items. I looked over my baskets and containers for something to put the items into. I choose this metal pencil holder that I purchased at the Staples .01 sale. Total spent so far .01 !


    Alternatively you can use any fun container or basket. Next I tried to find items that looked good in the pencil holder. I chose these items.




    The nail file and ps I love you lotion were $1 each. I used a free lip item coupon with each purchase so the two Liplicious were free. The shower gel and the aromatherapy lotion were also free after any other purchase. I usually buy the nail files for $1 as my purchase item. So I will count the shower gel and aromatherapy as $1 each for cost. Total cost now is $4.01 .



    I used a scrap piece of tissue paper to make to the items sit in the pencil holder better. Then I used a leftover piece of green tissue paper on top of clear gift wrap paper. I purchased the clear gift wrap paper at Michael's with a 40% off coupon. I still have a lot left and I have used it on other baskets also. I am going to count the cost at .50 for the wrap. Total cost now is $4.51 .





    Alternatively you could wrap each item individually inside the basket. I tied the wrap together with ribbon saved from last year's gifts. I always save my ribbons from gifts! Cost for ribbon is .00 so the total cost of this gift is $4.51 !







    It is not too late for you to make a basket like this! Bath & Body Works has a free trial size lotion coupon with any purchase. Click here for the coupon. Buy a cheap $1 item such as a nail files and small gift bag. Also my store had the p.s I love trial size lotion for a $1 at the checkout counter. I am sure that there will be great coupons and sales before Christmas!

    Saturday, September 19, 2009

    Build A Bear Coupon for $5 off a $10 Animal

    Great Build A Bear coupon! Get $5 off an animal priced at $10 or more at the Build A Bear store. Click here to print your coupon.

    Garage Sale Find : Would You Pay $2 For This?

    So I went to some garage sales this week. I was hoping to find some great items for Christmas gifts. At a church sale, I found this centerpiece. Would you pay $2 for this?





    Well, I did ! I recognized what other people had missed. Look closer at the basket that the flowers were displayed in. Would you pay $2 for a cute Longaberger basket with a plastic liner?




    Yes, I purchased a Longaberger basket for $2. My sister in law loves Longaberger baskets. So now I have a wonderful Christmas gift for her.

    At garage sales, take an extra minute and look over all the items for sale. You might see something that other people missed.

    Sears $10 off Coupon is DEAD

    OK, I hate ranting about things but I think this deserves a rant. Sears has pulled their $10 off coupon and will not accept the Internet printed copies at the store. Sears will only accept the coupon card insert from the Seventeen magazine.

    This was not a fake or fraud Internet coupon. It could be printed directly from the Sears website. I am sure that Sears had too many coupons being used so they decided not to honor the coupon. That is just bad business! Message to Sears: Hire competent marketing people who know about social media and the Internet! It can't be that hard!

    Sorry for the rant! For the record, I used one coupon on the first day to buy a shirt for my niece. I was hoping to go this weekend and buy a pair of leggings for my daughter. Oh, well. I guess I won't be shopping at Sears.

    Saturday Mail Bag 9/19

    I love getting great free stuff in the mail or by email. Wow, this week I received lots of free samples! Here's what I received:

    Total Blueberry Pomegranate sample box
    Kashi Cereal sample box with $2 off any Kashi cereal coupon ~ still available
    here
    Fancy Feast Appetizer
    Burt's Bees Acne spot treatment sample
    Gain with Febreze sample
    Stayfree Ultra thin sample ~ still available
    here
    Dove Heat Defense Therapy sample
    $16.00 in Menard's check
    One day pass to Sam's Club ~ blog prize win from
    She Scribes

    Hope you received great stuff in the mail too!

    Friday, September 18, 2009

    Friday Giveaways Blog Hop 9/18

    Got a minute, then enter a blog contest! Lots of great prizes.

    Remember to enter my giveaway for
    a Target $10 Gift Card that ends tonight!





    MckLinky Blog Hop

    Meatball Plate for $1 At Ikea from 9/18 to 9/20

    Ikea is selling their Swedish Meatball Plate for just a $1 from September 18th thru September 20th. The regular price is $4.29! The Swedish Meatball plate includes 10 meatballs, mashed potatoes and cream sauce.

    Not valid at IKEA Hicksville, IKEA Houston and IKEA Direct.

    CSN Stores Placemat Set Review

    I was very excited when I was contacted by CSN stores to do a product review. CSN has over 200 stores with more than one million products!

    Now there are things that I look for when ordering online. I look for selection, service, price affordability, and quality. The service by CSN stores was impeccable. I received notification of my order when placed and again when the order was shipped. My item arrived quickly and very well packaged. The quality is outstanding. CSN stores offers products from leading companies and designers. I found that the prices are very competitive and reasonable.

    I received the notNeutral – Season Placemat Set from the dining room furniture store. I love them! My set included 4 placemats. Here is a photo of one of the placemats.



    The placemats are constructed of Birch veneer on a thin plywood core, screen printed with a pattern, and then sealed to protect against moisture. They are easy to clean with just a damp cloth. Here is a photo of my table set up for dinner.


    My experience with CSN stores was wonderful. I saw dining room furniture and other accessories that I loved. I will definitely look to CSN stores for some of my Christmas shopping!

    Test Post - photo problems

    I am having photo issues so this just a test post.


    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Free iPhone or iPod iTouch Apps & Games 9/17

    Free is good! Here are the fun free apps that I found today. My favorites are the Gluten-Free restaurant cards and the Fling game.Remember that most of these are free for a limited time.

    Thinking about a iPod or iPhone for Christmas, you can download your apps now and save them for later.


    Fling! ~ Limited Time! Great game! The latest puzzle-sensation from the makers of Fuzzle has finally arrived after over one year in development.

    Saucelifter ~ arcade type space game

    Star Search ~ easy to use tool to help you identify 16 different constellations and provides a little interesting information on each one

    Errands ~ specifically tailored to track those things you do when you are out and about.

    Match Pets ~ classic memory game with animated pets

    Halloween Chicktionary ~ frightfully fun word game! In Halloween Chicktionary, each trick-or-treating hen bears a letter. The more words you create, the more points you earn.

    My Antipode ~ Ever wonder what is the exact opposite point on the earth from where you are standing? If you dug a hole to the other side of the earth where would you end up?

    Gunshock Racing ~ Multiplayer Online role-playing and race battling game

    Gluten Free Restaurant Cards ~ It has over 40 card images from CeliacTravel.com in many languages that can be shown to a waiter/chef to explain the restrictions for those on a gluten-free diet.

     
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