Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Send a free card

Go to Hallmark to create & send a card for FREE!

Offer is valid through 4/12/09 on the purchase of one 5x7 folded paper card on Hallmark.com. Free card must be sent directly to recipient.

Use promotional code TRIAL at checkout to receive discount. Limit one free card per person. The discount includes postage and taxes. May not be combined with any other offer or applied to past purchases. Not valid in retail stores or on any products sold on other Web sites operated by Hallmark, its subsidiaries or affiliates. Valid in U.S.A. only.

Tasty Tuesday

Tonight's supper is Fettucine, our favorite!

3 TBS. flour
3 TBS. butter
1 1/2 C. Milk
1 1/2 C. Heavy Cream
Garlic - the amount is your preference
8 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
16 oz. pasta noodles
3 C. cooked chicken

  1. In a sauce pan melt butter, add the flour.
  2. Mix the milk & heavy cream together, microwave for 1-2 minutes (to warm it)
  3. Add the warmed milk & cream mixture to sauce pan.
  4. Add desired amount of garlic.
  5. Cook on medium heat, stirring often until sauce begins to boil.
  6. Continue stirring for another 4-5 minutes, until sauce thickens a bit.
  7. Remove from heat, add the parmesan cheese.
  8. Serve over noodles with chicken.

Planning a trip to Disney?

Get FREE dining when you book a full price Walt Disney World vacation package for check-ins most nights 8/16/09-10/3/09. To qualify, you must purchase a vacation package that includes at least 3 consecutive hotel nights at an official Walt Disney World resort, plus at least a one-day theme park ticket.

We went to Disney World a few years ago on this dining plan (free of course!). We loved it! We got 1 sit down meal, 1 cafeteria style meal, & 1 snack a day for each of us. This was more than enough food. We got to eat at restaurants we would have never eaten at without this dining plan.

You must book your trip before 6/21/09 & use code RYH to get this deal.

Monday, March 30, 2009


For a free sample of Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer click here.

Click here for a free sample of Aveeno Nourish Hair Care.

Free Bowling for Kids This Summer

Select Bowling centers are offering 2 free games a day for kids 15 & younger. You can also purchase a Family Pass for $23.95 which allows up to 4 adults 2 free games each day as well.

Check out Kids Bowl Free to find what bowling center in your area is offering the Kids Bowl Free Program & to sign up.

Walgreens 3/29 - 4/4

Reynolds Foil
Sale price .89 using in-ad coupon
Use $1 off coupon from 2/8 Smart Source
Free after coupons

Bayer Pain Relief
Sale Price - $1.99
Use - $1 off coupon from 3/22 Smart Source
.99 after coupon

ChapStick 100% Naturals or True Shimmer Lip Balm or Butter
Sale Price - $1.99
You earn - $1.99 RRs
Free after RRs

Halls Cough Drops
Sale Price - $1.39 using in-ad coupon
Use - .75 off printable
.64 after coupons

Printer Cartridge Refill
Sale Price - $7.50
You earn - $7.50 April Easy Saver Rebate
Free after Rebate

One A Day Multivitamin Drink Mix
You pay - $1.49
You earn - $1.49 April Easy Saver Rebate
Free after Rebate

Wal-itin Allergy Relief, 30 ct.
Sale Price - $6.99
You earn - $6.99 April Easy Saver Rebate
Free after Rebate

Sale Price - $2.50
Use - $2.50 coupon from 1-4 Smart Source
Free after coupon

Sunday, March 29, 2009

CVS Deals 3/29 - 4/4

Sunday & Monday Only

Paas Easter Egg Coloring Kit (limit 2)
You pay - $1.99
You earn - $1.99 ECBs
FREE after ECBs

Confectionery Lane Jelly Beans (limit 8)
Sale price - .50

Easter M&Ms (limit 6)
Sale Price - $1.50
Use - $1 off 3 coupon from 3/15 Red Plum insert
$1 each bag for 3 bags after coupon

All Week Long Deals -

You pay - $5.49
You earn - $5.00 ECBs when you buy $10.00
Use - $2.00 printable (print 2)
.95 each after ECBs & coupons

Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber
You pay - $2.99
Use - $2.75 off printable
.24 after coupon

Softsoap Ensembles Hand Soap (limit 3)
You pay - $3.99
You earn - $4 ECBs when you buy 2
Use - $2 off SoftSoap Ensembles Hand Soap from 3/22 Smart Source (use 2)
Free after coupons and ECBs

Accu-Check/Aviva Diabetes Monitors (limit 1)
You pay - $9.99
You earn - $9.99 ECBs
Free after ECBs

Friday, March 27, 2009

All You - 2 year subscription for $17.99

I've mentioned the magazine All You before & wanted to pass on this great deal. Visit Deal Seeking Mom to get a 2 year subscription for only $17.99! As I've mentioned before, I love this magazine. It is probably the only magazine I read cover to cover each month. All You also includes great coupons in each issue.

Build And Grow

My kids love going to Lowes for their Build and Grow Clinics. They offer them on Saturday mornings, usually twice a month from 10:00-11:00 a.m. They are come & go, the projects generally only take 30 min. or less to complete. Projects are fairly easy, my 8 & 9 year olds work on their own, my 4 year old needs a little help. They also get a kid sized Lowes apron to keep, a certificate of the project completed & a patch. Best of all - It's FREE!

This Saturday, March 28th, kids can make a yard mobile. On April 11th, they can make a birdhouse.

You can go to Lowes Build and Grow for more details & to see the projects. You can also sign up to attend a clinic, however sign up is not necessary.

A few freebies

For sample of Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion click here.

Click here for a free sample of Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials body lotion.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Click here for a free sample of Old Spice Body Wash.

For a free sample of Zyrtec click here.

Go here for a free Toby the Train coloring book.

For a Save Our Species, Endangered Species coloring book click here. You can order multiple copies of this.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Reward your kids for good grades

Many companies reward students for receiving good grades. Remember that not all locations participate, be sure to call ahead of time to make sure your local place participates. Also most places accept different kinds of grading scales (letter & percentage grades).

Chuck E Cheese - Kids receive free tokens for A's.

Krispy Kreme - Kids receive 1 donut for each A, up to 6 free.

Blockbuster - Kids receive a free movie rental for an A. Rental must be from the Children or Family section.

Family Video - Kids receive a free summer movie rental for an A. This is only valid with the last report of the school year.

Some banks & credit unions will deposit $1 in your child's savings account for each A they receive.

Limited Too - Kids receive $5 off for good grades.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Here is a free sample of Cottonelle Toilet Paper & Flushable Fresh moist wipes.

Tasty Tuesday

Time & Cost Saving Tips

With 4 kids, I need to do as much time saving as I can & the kitchen is one area I find great success in that. My husband comes home from work at 4:00 & I don't like being in the kitchen cooking at that time, therefore I do all I can ahead of time. One of my biggest time savers & a huge cost saver is by doing a baking day 1-2 times a month. I bake & prepare meals for the entire month in one day. I will share more on that at another time. Today I just wanted to jot down some easy ways to save time in the kitchen. Feel free to add to the comments on what you do!

I often purchase the 3.5 lb. bags of frozen chicken breasts. I will throw the entire bag, frozen, into a crockpot & let them cook all day. We love how the chicken turns out, it is so tender. We then usually use half of that chicken for a meal that night, then cube the chicken & pop it into the freezer for the next meal. If I am running behind on time & know we need the chicken that night to speed up the process, I will defrost them in the microwave for 20 min. before putting them into the crockpot. Also - be sure to spray your crockpot with non-stick spray before putting in the chicken.

We always purchase the large size packages of hamburger. I will do one of 2 things, I will divide it as soon as I get home from the store & put it in freezer bags. Or, I will cook it all, then divide & freeze. To take it a step further, I often take half of it, make it into a meatloaf to freeze & the rest will usually make 2 - 1 lb. packages.

I really do the same sort of thing with several things I get at the store. Aldi is my favorite place to buy fresh produce, especially pineapple. I will buy 6-7 pineapples at a time when the have them for .99. I bring them home, cut them up into snack size bags & put into the freezer.

When I make spaghetti sauce or fettucine sauce, I like to make a double batch & freeze half.

A great way to make kids lunches easier, is to make up PB&J sandwiches & freeze them individually. My kids will just pull one out of the freezer & put it into their lunchbox. By lunch time, it is thawed out.

To save money, instead of buying the single serving sized snacks (which are incredibly handy to take on the go), I buy the larger sizes & divide it up into snack sized Ziploc bags. This is also an easy job for the kids to do.

And to save time, I do alot of crockpot cooking!

Monday, March 23, 2009


For a free sample of Kelloggs All Bran Pink Lemonade Drink Mix click here.

Go here for a free sample of Degree for Men deodorant sample.

Walgreens deals 3/22 - 3/28

Pledge Fabric Sweeper (limit 6)
Sale price - 2 for $7
Earn - $1 Easy Saver Rebate
Use - 2 - $2 off printable coupon
$1 for 2, after coupons & rebate

Right Guard Professional Strength Deodorant (limit 1)
Sale price - $5.99
Earn - $5 Easy Saver Rebate
.99 after rebate

Gillette Gamer Razor
Sale price - $8.99
Earn - $4 Register Rewards
Use - $4 off coupon from 2/9 P&G insert
.99 after coupon & Register Rewards

Trident Xtra Care Gum
You pay - .79
Use - .75 off coupon from 3/8 Smart Source insert
.04 after coupon

Schick Quattro for Women razor
You pay - $8.99
Use - $4 coupon from March Easy Saver catalog
Use - $4 coupon from 3/22 Smart Source
.99 after coupons

Colgate Toothpaste
Sale price - .99
Use - .75 coupon from 2/22 Smart Source
.24 after coupon

A few more CVS deals for this week

Dry Idea Clinical Solid or Roll-on (limit 2)
You pay - $7.99
You earn - $5 ECBs
Use - $2 off printable
.99 after coupon and ECBs

Campbell's soup
Sale price Buy 1 Get 1 free (2 for .99)
Use printable to save $1 when you buy 2
Get both free after coupon

Post Trail Mix Crunch (limit 4)
Sale price -2 for $4.59
Use - 2 - $2 off printable coupons
.30 each after coupons

Crystal posted the following in the comments, thought some of you might want to take advantage of such a great deal!

The Breeze 2 Diabetes testing kits are priced at 14.99 and there is a coupon in the paper for $30.00 off. So you can buy it for free. Then there is a mail in rebate where you can get the total cost refunded to you. So basically you can get paid $14.99 to buy it. I plan to donate it to the Senior Center or someone at church that needs diabetic testing supplies.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Aldi has a dozen eggs priced at .89 (thanks, Chrisy!). Eggs are a great low cost, high protein food. Our family loves eating "breakfast for dinner", scrambled eggs, bacon, & pancakes are our favorites to cook, and such a low cost meal at that! Boiled eggs are also my daughter's favorite snack. Visit the American Egg Board for tons of recipes.


Free sample of Roots Of Nature haircare product.

Free Huggies Goodnights sample.

Click here for your free sample of Prilosec OTC.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

CVS 3/22-3/28

These are the best deals I see starting Sunday.

Crest Pro Health Enamel Care (limit 1)
You pay - $3.49
You earn - $3.49 ECBs
Use - $1 off coupon from P&G insert
Free plus $1 overage

You pay - 3/$11
You earn - $2 ECBs when you buy 3
Use - Buy 2 Diet Pepsi, Get 1 Diet Pepsi Flavor Free printable.
$5.34 for 3 - 12 pks.

Schick Quattro for women or Intuition plus shaver
You pay - $8.99
You earn - $3 ECBs
Use - $4 off coupon from 3/22 Smart Source
$1.99 after coupon & ECBs

March Deals - Good all month long
CVS Pharmacy Vitamin D 400, 100 ct (limit 1)
You pay - $2.99
You earn - $2.99 ECBs
Free after ECBs

Aveeno shave gel
You pay - $4.99
You earn - $2 ECBs
Use - $2 off printable
.99 after coupon & ECBs

Free Sample of Gain

For a free sample of Gain click here. A membership number is not required for the sample.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Free Arby's Roast Burger

Click here for a coupon for Free Arby's Roast Burger with a purchase of any drink. This offer expires March 20th.

Decorating on a Budget

Spring is almost here & I believe we are all ready to see winter go. One way to welcome spring is by adding a touch of new decor. There are so many things you can do for very little money to change your decor. One of the most dramatic things you can do is paint. Paint can change the entire look of a room. Go for something totally different!

Change or add lighting. Candles are a great inexpensive way to do this! Group several candles together, or tie a couple of tapers together with some scrap fabric. Decorative light fixtures are another way to change the look of your room. Add a wall sconce or an inexpensive lamp. Lighting can not only change the look of your room, but the feel of your room by adding ambiance.

Don't overlook the little things. Change your shower curtain and/or towels. Add decorative moulding to a doorway. Put out a vase of flowers or just add a sprig here & there. I like to put them in old canning jars.

For inexpensive art, frame your child's artwork. Several family photos arranged on a wall is a great way to fill a large space. The things you can frame is limitless! Postcards, a page from a favorite book for a child's room, or the front of a box of a board game. Use your computer to print out a favorite quote on some nice card stock to frame.

Add fabrics to your room. You can do this by adding pillows & throws, or just take a scrap piece of fabric to add under a lamp or picture.

Instead of purchasing new furniture, give an outdated couch a face lift with a slip cover. Move furniture around, putting it in a different room.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


You may have seen me mention coupons coming from All You. All You is one of my favorite magazines. It offers tips on saving money, fashion, your home, & more. It is a "down to earth" kind of magazine. Tips that I would really use, tips that are attainable. All You is available only by subscription or sold at Walmart.

You can check out All You online & receive 2 free trial issues. All You also contains several coupons in each magazine. Of all the free magazines I have received over the years, All You is the only one that I have a paid subscription to, and it is the only one that I read cover to cover each month.

Tasty Tuesday

Here is another easy recipe!

Baked Pork Chops

4-6 pork chops
your favorite honey BBQ sauce
salt & pepper
  1. Place pork chops in baking dish, cover with water
  2. Bake at 450 for 1 hour
  3. Remove from oven & pour BBQ sauce all over pork chops
  4. Place back in oven, broil 4-5 minutes, until sauce is browned.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Get your kids reading!

Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by and is maintained by Sylvan Learning.

One thing kids can earn is a free 6 month subscription to Highlights.

My kids team up, both under the same login name, so that they can earn points quicker for the bigger prizes. This has especially great in the summer, giving them a little extra incentive to keep on reading through the summer.


Click here for your free 8 recipe book, The Bread Breakthrough.

Forget kneading and staying home all day to bake bread. This free, eight-recipe book, The Bread Breakthrough, introduces you to the simplicity of baking delicious no-knead yeast breads – on your schedule. It features recipes from baking expert Nancy Baggett, author of Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads.

The Bread Breakthrough’s fuss-free recipes include Neapolitan-style pizza, pull-apart rolls, streusel coffeecake, delicious breads and a bread-making gift kit. You’ll also receive tips for homemade baking success. No shipping and handling fees through April 30, 2009.

Also be sure to get the bonus recipe listed on the website!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My weekend shopping

Here are some of the great deals I snagged this weekend.

At Walmart -
Bought - Aveeno Baby wash, 2.98
Head & Shoulders shampoo
Coupons used - $2 off printable Aveeno coupon
$1 off any All
Paid out of pocket - .96

Target -
Bought - Huggies Baby wipes
All detergent
Coupons used - $5 off Huggies coupon
$1 off All
Paid out of pocket - $1.64

Bought - 2 Right Guard deodorant
2 Sure deodorant
1 Dry Idea deodorant
1 Colgate toothpaste
1 Irish Spring body wash
Coupons used - $1 off 2 Right Guard coupon
2 - $1 off Sure
$2 off Dry Idea
.75 off Colgate
$1 off Irish Spring
Total cost (before coupons) - $23.33
I used $11 in ECBs
Paid $6.98 out of pocket
Received - $15.99 in ECBs to use on my next trip to CVS

Walgreens 3/15-3/21

Reach or Listerine Products
Sale Price - 3 for $9
You earn - $6 Register Rewards
Use - $3 off 3 coupon from 3/15 Smart Source
Free after RRs & coupon

Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick
Sale Price - $1.99
You earn - $1 RR
Use - .75 coupon from 2/1 Smart Source
.24 after coupon & RRs

CVS - 3/15-3/21

Here is what I'm finding for this week!

Irish Spring Body Wash, 15-18 oz. (limit 1) - This one is through Tuesday only
You pay - $4.99
Use - .50 off coupon from 3/15 Smart Source or
1.00 off from recent PG mailer
You earn - $4.99 ECB
Free plus $1 or .50 overage after coupons & ECBs

Colgate Max Fresh toothpaste (limit 1)
You pay - $2.99
Use - .75 off coupon from 2/22 Smart Source
You earn - 2.99 ECBs
Free plus .75 overage after ECBs & coupons

Right Guard Sport, Xtreme, or Dry Idea (limit 3, mix & match)
You pay - $2.99
You earn - $2 ECBs
Use - $2 off Dry Idea printable
Use - $1 off 2 Right Guard
Dry Idea - Free plus $1 overage, Right Guard - .98 for 2

Panteen Pro-V Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler
You pay - 2 for $7
You earn - $2 ECBs when you buy 2
Use - $1 off coupon from 2/8 P&G insert
Use - $1 off coupon from 3/1 P&G insert
$1.50 each after coupons & ECBs

Sure deodorant
You pay - $2.99 each
You earn - $2 ECBs when you buy 2
Use - $1 off printable (print 2)
$1.98 for 2 after ECBs & coupons

Friday, March 13, 2009

Free Book Download

I really enjoy listening to Jean Chatzky's financial advise. Right now, you can download her new book, The Difference on Oprah's website. The free download is only available until 10:59 a.m., ET on Saturday, March 14th.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Another way to save

For all of you CVS shoppers, if you haven't already, be sure sign up online for email offers to receive coupons mailed to your inbox. You will receive a $4 off $20 coupon just for signing up!

Great Deals at Walmart

Doing some shopping this weekend? Here is some stuff you can get for free or almost free using printable coupons. A few things to remember, you can print 2 of each coupon, and Walmart prices can differ a bit at each Walmart.

Aveeno baby wash, $2.98
Use - $2 off printable
.98 after coupon

Johnson's Buddies Soap, .97 each (these are bar soaps found in the baby department, great to put into shoeboxes if you don't have children!)
Use - $3 off 3 printable coupon & $2 off 2 printable

Sani-Hands For Kids Wipes, 18 ct., $1
Use - $1 off printable

Yoplait Kids yogurt, $2.66
Use- $1.50 printable
$1.16 after coupon

Purell Hand Sanitizer, trial size, .97
Use - $2 off 2 printable

Tylenol, trial size, .97
Use - $1 off printable
Tylenol, trial size, .97

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Get your free sample of Caress Body Wash.

Click here for a free sample of Kotex Ultra Thin Overnight Pads with Wings.

For a free sample of Emergen-C click here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A few freebies

A free sample of Tide Total Care.

For a free sample of Dove shampoo click here.

Sign up for a free sample of Total Cranberry Crunch cereal.

Tasty Tuesday

Quick & Easy Ravioli

This recipe is just as it is called, quick & easy. I almost always use this when I am delivering a meal to someone. It is also a standby when we are in a hurry, with no time to prepare a meal.

Ingredients -
1 bag frozen ravioli
1 jar of your favorite Spag. sauce
1/4 C. water
2 C. shredded mozzarella

  1. Defrost your ravioli. To make it quicker, I place the ravioli, sauce & water in a bowl & pop it in the microwave for 1-3 minutes.
  2. Place ravioli, sauce & water in a baking dish, cover with mozzarella cheese.
  3. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until bubbly.

For a quick meal to take to someone, I throw this in a disposable pan, and take some sort of bread or rolls, along with a bag of salad & ice cream for dessert!

Monday, March 9, 2009

More Huggies Coupons!

The $5 off & $3 off coupons for Huggies have been reset! Click here to print them. You can print 2 per computer.

Walgreens deals - 3/8-3/14

Here is what I'm finding at Walgreens this week!

Garnier Fructis
You pay - $2.99
Use - $1 off coupon from 3/8 Red Plum
Use - $2 off coupon from Easy Saver Catalog
Free after coupons

Colgate Total
You pay - $3.49
Use - $1 off coupon from 2/1 Smart Source or
$1.50 off coupon from March All You magazine
Use - $2.50 off coupon from Easy Saver Catalog
Free or better than free after coupons!

Aquafresh toothpaste
You pay - .99 with in-ad coupon
Use - .75 off coupon from 1/4 Smart Source or
.75 off printable
.24 after coupons

Glade Air Fresheners, Plugins Scented Oil Lasting Impressions, 1.4 oz or Sense & Spray Kit
You pay - $7.99
Use - $4 coupon from Easy Saver Catalog
Use - $4 coupon from 2/8 Smart Source or March All You magazine
Free after coupons

Register Rewards Deals

Right Gaurd or Dry Idea
You pay - $2.99
You earn - $2 Register Rewards
Use - $1 off coupon from 3/8 Smart Source
Free after RR & coupon

Advil PM, 16 ct.
You pay - $4.49
You earn - $2 RRs
Use - $2 off printable coupon.
.49 after RRs & coupon

Crest Pro Heath
You pay - $2.49
You earn - $1 RR
Use - $1 off printable or
.75 off coupon from 3/1 P&G insert
.49 or .74 after RRs & coupon

Gillette Fusion Gamer
You pay - $8.99
You earn - $4 RRs
Use - $4 off coupon from 2/8 P&G insert
.99 after RRs & coupon

Be sure to check out my earlier Walgreens post to find the monthly free after rebate deals!

A few things to remember with Walgreens -

  • Easy Saver Catalog is found in the front of the store with the ad, it is a small booklet that contains coupons & monthly rebate info.
  • Register Rewards are printed at the register, after you have bought an item. These can be used like cash on your next purchase at Walgreens.
  • Register Rewards are considered a manufacturer coupon. Therefore, you must count that as a coupon, and not have more manufacturer coupons than items you are purchasing.
  • The coupons found in the ad & in the Easy Saver catalog are store coupons, so you can "stack" them with manufacturer coupons.
  • How you present your coupons can save you a few extra dollars - at Walgreens, the best way to do it - first give them any Register Rewards you are using, then manufacturer coupons, then store coupons.
  • For your rebates, always have them put on your Walgreens gift card. Doing this gives you an extra 10% back! The first time you do this, it will take 4-6 weeks to get your gift card, after which they just reload the gift card you already have & it only takes a few days to get your rebate!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Reward/Loyalty programs

One way we "splurge" is by joining loyalty/reward programs.

My Coke Rewards - when you purchase a Coke product, it has a code either under the cap, or inside the box. You can enter those codes at my coke rewards, which you can then redeem for prizes. I've gotten several $10 gift cards to Subway through them.

Pampers Gifts to Grow - I often get Pampers at a very good price, combining sales & coupons. Inside their packages is a code to enter at their website. They give away several things for your kids. Great to put up for gifts.

My favorite by far is MyPoints. There is several ways you can earn points through MyPoints, the easiest is simply clicking on emails they send you. They will send a couple emails to your inbox each day, simply click on the rectangle labeled "Get Points". You can also earn points by shopping online & taking surveys. You then get to redeem your points for gift cards to well known restaurants & retailers. I have been a member of MyPoints for several years & have earned over $400 worth of gift cards. I often use these gift cards as gifts. But, this is also how Jay & I can have a free date night! It really doesn't bother me, having the MyPoints emails come to my regular email account, however, you can set up a free email account & have them all sent to their.

CVS Deals week of 3/8-3/14

Here are the deals I see beginning on Sunday.

Arm & Hammer laundry detergent (limit 4)
Sale price - Buy 1 @ $6.99, get 1 free
Use - $1 off printable coupon. (print 2)
$2.49 each after coupons

Palmolive (limit 2)
You pay - $1.49
You earn - $1 ECB
Use - .25 coupon from 1/24 Smart Source insert
.24 after ECBs & coupon

Renuzit Tri Scents
Sale price - $4.99
Use - $4 off coupon from 2/22 Smart Source insert
.99 after coupon

Garnier Fructis shampoo or conditioner
Sale price - 3 for $10
You earn - $5 ECB when you buy $10
Use - $1 off coupons from 2/8 Red Plum & 3/8 Red Plum
.67 each when you buy 3, after ECBs & coupons

Vaseline 10oz. Body Lotion (limit 5)
You pay - $3.69
You earn - $2 ECBs
Use - $1 off printable coupon
.69 after ECBs & coupon

Secret Flawless ( limit 1)
You pay - $3.99
You earn - $1 ECB
Use - $2 off coupon from 2/22 Red Plum insert
.99 after ECBs & coupon

Herbal Essences shampoo, conditioner, or styler (limit 6)
Sale price - $2.88
You earn - $1 ECB (March special)
Use - $3 off 2 coupon from 2/8 PG insert
.88 each on 2, after ECBs & coupon

Leave a comment to let us know how you do at CVS this week!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Free Warm Delights Minis

Have you signed up to receive the Betty Crocker email newsletter? If not, sign up & receive a free Warm Delights Mini. You will also receive recipes & coupons from Betty Crocker.

Great bread & milk prices at ALDI

A friend of mine took a trip to ALDI in Vandalia, IL last night to find 2% milk is at $1.99 and 100% Whole wheat bread at .69! Be sure to check out ALDI to get a great price on milk & bread.

Thanks Crystal!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Finding ways to save

When you are living on a limited income, it is sometimes hard to find ways to save money. One thing to remember, every little bit counts. All to often we think big, however every little bit does add up! Our family chooses not to use credit cards, if there is something we want, we pay cash for it, this means needing to have a fund to pay for those things. We have found a few painless ways to stash some cash.
  1. Use direct deposit of your paycheck if you can. My husband's employer will deposit into several accounts. We have an account set up for us, and one for each of the kids. We automatically have money put into each account with each paycheck. We have $5 put into each of the kids accounts with each paycheck & that is what we use to pay for their summer activities.
  2. Save your change, instead of spending it. For example, when you are at the store & your total is $5.57, give them $6. We have one of those large crayon banks, it takes quite a bit to fill it up & we have had up to $250 in change in there. We generally use that money for a weekend vacation.
  3. Round up your checks that you write, if you write a check for $12.39, write it in your register for $13.
  4. If you are the type of person who puts all or even some of Christmas on a credit card, what about opening up a Christmas Club account. Most banks have these. You choose the amount you put into it each week & they will mail you a check in November.
  5. When you get a raise, save that money. It is money you have not lived off of before that, so why not save it?
  6. Each year, up the amount you put into your retirement account by at least 1%.

If you don't already save, it can be scary to start the process. I suggest starting out small, rather than not at all. Just put aside $10-$20 out of each paycheck. Start with a regular savings account, once you are comfortable with that, add in the Christmas club & so on. We have an account that we usually clean out every couple of months to purchase something that is needed. However, if we didn't put money into that account, we wouldn't have the money when we need it.


Get a free sample of Ziploc Fresh Shield from Costco. A Costco membership # is not required to receive the sample.

To receive a sample of L'Oreal Everpure haircare, be sure to sign in or register, click on "My L'Oreal", then click on "Special Offers".

Get a free samplekit from BeingGirl. It is reportedly for girls ages 13-25. The sample kit includes 2 Regular Tampax Pearl Tampons, 1 Lite Tampax Pearl Tampon, 1 Always Infinity Feminine Pad, 2 Always Pantiliners, and 1 Always Feminine Wipe. It also reportedly includes a coupon for a free 16 ct. Always Infinity.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009


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Tasty Tuesday

Apple cinnamon ring
This is a very easy recipe that is good for breakfast or dessert!

Ingredients -
2 packages of refrigerated biscuits
1/3 C. butter
1 T. cinnamon
1/3 C. sugar
2-3 medium apples
  1. Melt butter
  2. Combine cinnamon & sugar
  3. Separate biscuits
  4. Dip biscuits in butter & then in cin./sugar mixture.
  5. Place biscuits in a dish (I use a pie dish) in a circular pattern, overlapping each other
  6. Peel & slice apples, placing them in between the biscuits.
  7. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes, until biscuits are browned.

Avoiding junk mail

Signing up for freebies, can lead to a ton of junk mail. However, if you follow a few easy steps, it can reduce that tremendously!
  1. For most freebies, you do not have to sign up to receive additional info from the company.
  2. Several companies automatically check the box that requests additional info from the company. Be sure to uncheck that box.
  3. Sign up for a free email account & use that address when you sign up for freebies.
  4. If you do get email from that company, somewhere at the bottom of the email should be an unsubscribe button, click on that to cancel anything you get from that company.

Honestly, I have never had a problem getting junk mail. I maybe get 2-3 junk mail a day. I just make sure to uncheck any of those boxes a company might have checked for me.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Walgreens - March 1-7

Nabisco Cookies or Crackers
Sale price - B1 @ $1.99 G1 Free
Use - $2 off 2 coupon
Free after coupon

Fiber One Bars, 5 pk.
Sale price - $1.99
Use - printable coupon
.64 after coupon

Nivea Lip Care
You pay - $2.99
Use - $1 off in ad coupon
Use - $1 off coupon from 2/8 Red Plum insert
.99 after coupons

Reach toothbrush
Sale price - .99 with in ad coupon
Use - $1 off coupon from 2/8 Red Plum
Free after coupons

Colgate 6 oz. Max Fresh or Max White Toothpaste
You pay - $3.29
You earn - $3.29 in Register Rewards
Use - $1 off coupon from 2/8 Red Plum
Free plus $1 overage after Register Rewards & coupon

Vaseline Intensive Care lotion - 25% off
You pay - 2.69
Use - $1 off coupon from 1/18 Red Plum
You earn - $2 Register Rewards
Free plus .31 overage after coupon & Register Rewards
OR .69 after Register Rewards (if you don't have the coupon)

Walgreens brand Wal-Zyr 24 hour Allergy Relief
Sale Price - $3.99
Rebate - $3.99
Free after Easy Saver Rebate

Monthly - these are good until 3/28, be sure to pick up the Easy Saver Rebate catalog in store.

Axe Hair Care - $5.99
Rebate - $5.99
Free after Easy Saver Rebate

Memory Formula, 45 ct. gels - $19.99
Rebate - $19.99
Free after Easy Saver Rebate

Walgreens brand Extra Stength Headache Relief, 20 ct. Quick Gels - $2.99
Rebate - $2.99
Free after Easy Saver Rebate

Sunday, March 1, 2009

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