Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Johnson's Coupon

Here is another Johnson & Johnson $1/1 printable coupon for "Johnson's Softlotion, Softwash, or Softoil Meltaway Stress OR any Johnson's product (excluding trial sizes)". You need to register for the coupon then play an easy little 'game' and you'll get to your coupon. It only took me about a minute to do. Make sure to print one, then hit back, and then refresh to print another one.

This should work for the Bath Buddies Bar Soaps, which you can find at Walmart, Target, and CVS. The soaps are usually priced at $.99/each, so with this coupon, they are free! They also make a great filler item at CVS and can help you get to that $15.00 total (before coupons) in order to use your $3/$15 coupon! Pick some up for your kiddos or to give away to a family with little ones...

Silk Coupons

you can print a coupon to Save $2.25 on Silk Soymilk, making it almost free depending on the store you purchase it at (see tips below). I love the chocolate soymilk as a special treat. Enjoy your free Silk Soymilk! (Tip - I had to use the Mozilla Firefox browser in order to print this without getting an error)

Arts Cow Photo Site

Arts Cow, is a new photo site. There is a nice deal available to new members who create a free account (this is a limited time offer, so act now it will take you less than 5 minutes to create your free account). This link is my referral link so that I can earn a few more prints - if you have your own blog, I encourage you to sign-up and then get your referral link to post on your blog! Or you can email your referral link to your friends. I don't know how long this awesome offer will last, and I'm going to assume that their shipping costs are reasonable enough to really make these free prints and photo books worth ordering. I took a look at my account credits to give you some more details on what they are offering to new members. These showed up in my account immediately after signing-up.* 400 Free Prints (50 4x6 and 50 5x7 each month for the next 4 months)* 8x8 Photo Book (20 pages) available starting May 31 and expiring Dec. 31I hope you find this new site another great source for your photo prints and photo gifts! Like I said before, I'm a Shutterfly fan, but I'm willing to try something new if the price is right!

Planet Heroes DVD

Get a free Planet Heroes DVD "Here Comes the Sun" from Mattel. This is absolutely free, there is no shipping or other charges, so don't be afraid to do this! This is the second Planet Heroes DVD offer that Mattel has done - I got the first one in the mail and know that many of you did too (it's no longer available). This is a 16 minute DVD intended for children 3 and older and you should receive it in 12 to 14 weeks. Well, I received mine in only about 4 weeks previously - so don't expect to have to wait that long for it! And guess what - there is a 3rd FREE DVD planned to be released soon and I'll let you know about it soon!

Printable coupons=FREE

Coupons, Inc. List - They have this giant list with over 100 "bricks" coupons on it! Imagine, all those coupons that you find spread out among tons of different product websites, all in one place! What a coupon bonanza! I don't know how often they update it, but I will be watching it to let you know what's new. Did you know that with most coupons that say "bricks" in the URL that you can print them twice before you reach the print limit? Did you know that sometimes you will get the message that you have reached the print limit, even though you have never printed the coupon, because the total system-wide print limit may have been reached.

Eat Better America - lots of coupons to print, great source of cereal coupons for the GM Cereal Deal at Kroger where you can get cereal for 50 cents a box using printable coupons - just ask me how

Nature Made - another new free sample this week, another opportunity to tell you how you can save over 50% on your Nature Made purchases by using coupons when they are on sale

Michelangelo's Frozen Italian Cuisine - rebate offer where you buy 5 then get 5 free
Gerber Graduates - they've extended their $5 coupon booklet by mailing in 10 UPCs, there are also some printables if you've never printed them before

Earth's Best Baby & Toddler Food - Northern Cheapskate has a great roundup of coupons and more

Organic Valley Coupons - coupons & freebies

Dove Skin & Hair Care Coupons - four new coupons posted on the Dove website

Purex Natural Elements - a great new sample and you can print a 50 cent coupon if you email a friend about it, what a great coupon to take to Kroger where they will double it (at some stores) for $1 off an already affordable brand of laundry detergent!

$3 off 2 Huggies CleanTeam - a great coupon to take to Walmart and use on the wipes
$2 Huggies GoodNites - a $1 printable and a $2 coupon with your free sample
$2 Kashi - plus they may mail you a coupon (for a free product?) if you join the Kashi Taste Tester Panel
$2 Kingsford Charcoal - talk about a great coupon for grilling season - totally worth the extra few minutes it takes to register on this site, you can print it twice
$2 Crest Healthy Radiance$2 Kraft LiveActive Cheese$1 Windex$0.55 Country Crock Omega Plus

$10 off $25 purchase at Lowe's when you use Visa

Attention Walgreen's Rebate Users

Everyone can now submit their rebate receipts online-no more stamps!!!
You can now enter you receipt after every purchase and save the information. Don't worry if you forget to submit it at the end of the month because they will do it for you!!
Just go to and follow the directions!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

New $3 off $15 CVS Coupon

It can be accessed by anyone. And used anywhere. And there are no restrictions on it (besides that usual restriction it can only be used once per transaction).Like the Wellness360 coupon, this one takes a little bit of work to access, but it will be worth it because it can be printed and used multiple times. And it's good through June 6, 2008.
Here's how to get yours:
Register for a free 7-day trial of the washingtonpost e-replica.
Once you register, you'll need to confirm your email address.
After you've confirmed, click on the current issue and then hover over the date and go to 4/24/08.
Scroll down to the very last page of the 4/24/08 issue (page 128) and THERE IT IS!
Your very own $3/$15 coupon!
Hover over the print button and click on "print custom area."
Highlight the coupon area and print it.
You can also email the page to yourself and you will get an email with a link directly to this page.

Some CVS Deals to Play Around With

Let me know if you need help finding any of the coupons! There are several ideas here just pick what might work out best for you - some items have limits on how many you can get and still get ECB's back so be aware of that.

Transaction #1:
2 Post-it Notes (2/$5)
2 Post-it Note Flags (2/$5)
2 Scotch Lint Rollers (2/$5)
Total: $15
Use 2 $3/2 coupons
Use 2 $1/1 coupons
Use $3/$15 CVS coupon
Total after coupons: $4
ECB's Earned: $5
*PLUS send in the mail in rebate for $5 in McDonald's $ - WOOHOO!
Actually, I plan to send one to me and one to my work adress! Whoopee - $10 in McDonald's money (does any one else do this trick?)

These only work Thursday - Saturday because they include monthly deals for May!
Transaction #2:
2 Bic Soliel Razors ($5.99 each)
CVS Non Drowsy Allergy $3.79
Total: $15.77
Use 2 $2/1 coupons on the razors
Use $3/$15 CVS coupon
Total after Coupons: $8.77
ECBs Earned: $9.79

Transaction #3:
Tums Quick Pak $4.69
Just for Men $7.99
Orapik Traveler $2.79
Total: $15.47
Use Tums $2.25/1 coupon
Use $2/1 Just for men coupon
Use $3/$15 CVS coupon
Total after Coupons: $8.22
ECBs Earned: $15.47
*Plus send in for $8 Mail in Rebate

Transaction #4:
2 Loreal Vive Pro Shampoo, Condtioner, or Styler ($3.39 - BOGO)
2 Palmolive Dish Soap ($1.59 -BOGO)
Adidas Action 3 Anti-Perspirant $4.99
Tums Quick Pak $4.69
Total: $19.64
Use 2 $1/1 Loreal coupons
Use $1/2 Palmolive coupon
Use Free coupon on Adidas anti-perspirant
Use $2.25 Tums coupon
Use $3/$15 CVS coupon
Total after coupons: $1.42
ECBs Earned: $9.68

*Deal Idea*
Buy 1 Just For Men Hair Color at $7.99
Buy 2 Bic Soliel refills at $5.99
Buy 1 Johnson’s Buddies Soap $.99
Total $20.96
Use $4/$20 CVS Coupon
Use $3/$15 CVS coupon
Use $2/1 Just for Men coupon
Use (2) $2/1 Bic coupon here
Use 1 $1 Johnson’s BuddySpend $6.96 plus taxGet $13.99 ECBs back! And send in for rebate for just for men!

-$2 Bic Soleil 4 pk or 8 pk printable here

Johnson's Buddies Soap

Be sure to pick up some free Johnson's Buddies soap using the $1/1 coupon in yesterday's insert. These soaps are priced at around $0.97 at Target, CVS, Wal-Mart, and elsewhere so the coupon makes them free!

If you've not printed the other Johnson's Buddies coupons in awhile, you also might try printing them here and here.

CVS Deals 4/28


I'll post details on how to get the new $3/$15 coupon!

You only have a couple more days to do the April month long ECB deals, like Softsoap Spa and the Essence of Beauty deals.

Here's a deal for this week:
Buy $15 of 3M products, and earn $5 eb
Buy 2 Post-It Notes and 6 Post-It Flags at 2/$4
Use (1) $3/$15 CVS coupon
Use (3) $3/2 Post-It Flags coupon here
Spend $4 plus tax and get $5 back in ECBs!

Save your receipt!
$5 McDonalds Money when you Buy 1 Post-it Note & 1 Post-it Flag Product here.And coupons can be found at 3M for other products that are on sale this week too - just search for the product you need.

Another good sale item this week (no ECBs earned)
$3.99 Honey Bunches of Oats is B1G1 Free
Use $2 Printable here, here, here, and here.
Print (2) $2/1 coupons from each site. (Or just photocopy them)
Use 1 coupon per item - so (2) coupons per B1G1 transactionTotal = FREE
(hint: another great filler! to get to your $15 total if you are using $3/$15 coupon)

All Detergent is on sale this week B1G1 Free, prices start at $5.49
Buy 2 at $5.49
Use (2) $1.50/1 coupons from 4/20 insert
$1.25/bottle after coupons and sale

April monthly deal that ends this week:
Buy 1 CVS Pain Relief Rapid Release Gelcaps 24ct. at $3.99, and get $3.99 ECBs -limit 5
These are good as "fillers" if you need to get to $15 or $20 to use a coupon, but you'll get it all back! :)

May monthly deal idea:
Buy 2 Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste @ $2.99,
Buy 2 colgate 360 toothbrush @ $3.99
Buy 1 Travel Orapik @ $2.79
Total = $16.75
Use $3/15 CVS coupon
Use (2) $1/1 Aquafresh coupons here
Use (2) $1/1 Colgate coupons here
Total $9.75, get $16.75 ECB back

I'll post more deal scenarios Later - there are a few GOOD ones!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April 20-26 CVS Deal

I don't see a lot of real moneymakers this week, but there are lots of freebies. Here is a scenerio I found for this week:

Spend $10 (to get 1 deodorant, 2 pkgs of Alavert, 2 Maybelline Lip products, 1 Skin Effects beauty product, 1 Body Aktiva, and 2 Softsoap body washes), Get $13 ECB back!

Transaction #1:
(1) Mennen Speed Stick deodorant @ $3.99
(2) pkgs of Alavert @ $6.99
Use (1) $1/1 printable here or here or from 3/30 SmartSource insert and
(2) $4/1 Alavert coupons found here.
Total OOP: approx $8.97 + tax
ECB back: $11.99 ($8 and $3.99)

Transaction #2:(2) Maybelline Moist Extreme Lip @ 2/$9.99
(1) Skin Effects product @ $6.99
(1) Lumene Body Aktiva @ $1.99
Use (2) $2/1 Maybelline coupons from 2/10 Redplum insert,
$2/1 Skin Effects from Beauty Handbook (at CVS),
and $11.99 ECB.
Total OOP: approx $.98 + tax
ECB back: $12.99 (a $6, a $5, and a $1.99)

Transaction #3:
(2) Softsoap Spa Radience (18oz.) @ $5.49
Use $11 ECB.
Total OOP: $0
ECB back: $10.98

Muir Glen Coupons

There are 2 links to get organic diced tomatoes at Walmart
for .16/each!
Click here and print twice.
Then click this link for more $1 Muir Glen coupons.
You will have to register at their site and then click Free Coupons. It appears that you can print this as many times as you like and it does not expire until 9-30-08!!

Now that I have more diced tomatoes than I know what to do with, what are some frugal ways that I can use them? Leave a comment if you have any great ideas!

Target Coupons

Okay, so here are the Target deals this week!
First...Go here and get your Target coupons!
*Remember* Target coupons and Manufacturer's coupons can be "stacked." Meaning: you can use 1 Target coupon and 1 manufacturer coupon for each item! = BIG SAVINGS!!!
Lipton To Go Sticks are .99. (located near the registers).
Click here to use the $1/1 Target coupon. Final price is FREE!
Nature Valley 2-Pack Boxes of Granola Bars are .99.
Click HERE to use the .75/1 Target coupon.
Click here to print a the .80/2 coupon.
Final price is FREE plus possible overage!
Eggo waffles are $1.84 for a 10 pk.
Stack with 2 $0.55/1 coupons from 4/6 RedPlum.
Final price is .79!
Lays Cracker Crisps are on sale for $2.50 at some stores.
Stack with $1/1 manufacturer's coupon from the Sunday paper insert.
Final price is .50!


Coupon for Motts for Kids sauce or juice here
Thanks to Fiddle Dee Dee and A Garden of Blessings!

Coupon for $1/1 Glad Force Flex Trash bags here

Coupon for $2/1 Huggies Pull Ups here

Free Family Fun

Free Attractions!
For those traveling on a budget, check out this site for a list of free attractions by state. It isn't a comprehensive list yet, but hopefully it will become so in time. It is ad-heavy, but may provide some ideas for your next trip!
(Thanks to Rebekah at Motherhood Moment).

Free Bowling

Free Bowling!Free Game of Bowling with this coupon!
Check this site to find a participating bowling alley!

Free Manicure & Pedicure anyone?

Who doesn't LOVE a Pedi to get the summer started off right?
Buy 2 specially marked Herbal Essences shampoo or conditioner or 1 hair color and get a FREE manicure or pedicure at participating salons!
(Get the scoop here).
The shampoo and conditioner are on sale at CVS this week Buy One Get One Free. If you have the $3 off 2 coupon from a recent insert you'll get two products for only $1 AND get a free pampering spa treatment!
(Thanks to Mommies with Cents!)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Work at Home Jobs

From Debi:
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the site,, but it has a place on there where there are daily jobs listed for work-at-home positions. Not ‘scam’ positions, but actual writing, blogging, transcription, etc. work. I was searching through it and it seems as if they search out Career Builder, Craigslist, and the like to find the best work at home positions and then post them together on this one site. I checked this site out myself and was very impressed with what I saw. If you are looking for work-at-home opportunities, you'll definitely want to bookmark this!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Running Low on Gas? Read this First

I recently received an email that shared some great tip on how to get more for you money when it comes to getting fuel.

1. Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

2. When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some other liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

3. One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, every truck that is loaded is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

4. Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up--most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

CVS Advisor Panal

For those of you who are blessed to have a CVS nearby, click here to sign up to be on the CVS advisor panel and earn up to $50 in Extra Care Bucks per survey!
The purpose of the CVS Advisor Panel is to solicit your input about CVS stores and products. They will send you invitations to participate in online surveys and will in turn credit your ExtraCare account with ExtraBucks. You must have an ExtraCare Account to sign-up! Pretty cool...more free stuff!

Entertainment Book...A Must Have

The Entertainment Book provides valuable coupons. Restaurants - Grocery Stores - Attractions - Etc.
By city - I buy the Fort Worth Book.
The book ranges from $20 to $45 per book and coupons run 15 months, from August to the following November. You can find online coupons to get the books at a discount or with free shipping. As summer approaches, the book does go down in price. If you prefer to only get coupons you think you will use you can subscribe online for a monthly fee of $3.99 and print coupons from your computer. This is a good option if you are planning a vacation and just want coupons specific to your holiday destination.

I Heart Thrift Stores

Tips for Shopping at Thrift & Consignment Stores
For some, these kinds of shops are grungy places never to be entered — if it's not in the mall, it's not worth shopping at. But for those who are willing to take the time to look, some of the most incredible bargains can be found at thrift shops. Not only that, but if you're into vintage stuff, you can find the coolest stuff at thrift shops, for cheap. Thrift shops can be great fun, but the experience is most definitely heightened if you're armed with the right information. The following tips should make thrift shopping a blast and a steal.

1. Don't be afraid of used. If you're not a veteran of thrift shops and garage sales, you might be someone who only buys new stuff. Break free from that predjudice, because even if it's been owned before, an item can be perfectly good (sometimes great) — and more importantly, it costs much less. You can find $100 clothing for a few dollars. You can find $1,000 furniture for a tenth of the price. You can find rare and collectible items for chump change. And if it isn't great looking, you can always fix it up with some paint, with a screwdriver, or with a needle and thread. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Once Upon a Child for kid's clothes - they have several locations in the area. I buy alot of my kid's clothes a season in advance and store them. Gap, Gymboree, Old Navy, Abercrombie - GREAT STUFF!

2. Be willing to spend a litte time looking. Thrift shops can have some real gems — but sometimes they're buried in piles of stuff you'd never consider buying. You've got to search, to sift, to rummage, to be patient. In fact, you may have to go through several thrift shops before you find what you're looking for, if you're picky. Think of it as a journey, not a quick stop, and you'll find many more great things. SO DON'T BRING YOUR KIDS!

3. Bring cash. Most thrift stores don't take anything but cash, so if you're used to using plastic or checks, be sure to remember to stop at an ATM and get some cash.

4. Go with friends. Make it a fun outing. Hunting for great stuff in thrift stores with friends can be a real blast. Even if you don't find anything, if you've spent a good afternoon with friends, making jokes and making fun of the stuff in the stores... well, it's not a wasted day.

5. Beware of No dressing rooms. Most thrift stores have no place to change. So be willing to eyeball it and alter the clothes later to fit better. Or wear a tight-fitting tank top so you can try shirts on over it.

6. Look beyond the surface. Furniture, especially, can be scratched up, but still be a great find. Instead of paying attention to the nicks and scratches, consider how it'll look if you sand and varnish, or give it a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes an hour of work can make it as fresh as new.
7. Enter your zip code on this site and you'll get all the thrift shops in your area, ratings and reviews of each, and tons of great info.

8. Test things out. If you're buying electronics, insist on testing them. For toys with batteries, open up the battery case to see if there's corrosion. Look closely at other items. A few defects are OK, but you want to look closely, because you don't want to take it home and find that it's useless.

Do you have any thrift store tips?

The Best Garage Sale EVER!

How to Make Big Bucks at a Yard Sale
Turning junk into cash sounds great doesn't it? Yard sales can be a great way to empty out your attic while filling up your bank account. Applying some business sense to your yard sale may mean bigger sales. Here are a few tips to help you get more bang for your junk.

1. Find free advertising. Back in the day there were limited resources for yard sale advertising. The local newspaper was the only place to get the word out. While investing in an ad in the local paper is still a good idea, it's no longer the only place to announce your event. There are other websites that will list the details for free. is one place to get some free publicity. Other options are the websites for your local television stations. Often these sites now have classifieds where visitors can create ads for free. Also, post the details of your big sale on your Facebook or MySpace page. Friends can be some of the best customers. Lastly, get out your poster board and markers and make some signs and flyers. Hang them at the busiest nearby intersections and on the bulletin board at the local coffee shop. (Make sure to check your city ordinances and HOA rules - my city makes us pay a stinking fee!)

2. Invite friends to join in. There are some costs associated with a yard sale: stickers, signs, and like we just mentioned, advertising. By inviting friends to join in, you can split the costs and the workload. Plus, they'll be able to clean out their closets and make some extra cash, too.

3. Price your stuff to sell. Yes, your Member's Only jacket is cool, but you probably won't get back all of the money you spent on it in 1986. Remember why people go to yard sales in the first place — they're looking for a good deal. So give them one. Better yet, give them lots of deals.

4. Location, location, location. If you live in the country, on the fourth floor of an apartment building or in a hard-to-find location a yard sale may be, well, a tough sell. Is there another place that would be better? How about a friend's house, your grandma's, or even using a booth at a local flea market? Although having the sale in another spot will add to the hassle it may also add to your sales.

5. Organize that clutter. There are a few people who will sort through your pile of Christmas sweaters and stirrup pants to uncover the gem, but for those who aren't just as dedicated, organizing will help. Put the clothes on hangers. Bring items out of boxes. Use signage to mark items clearly.

6. Start early. Yard sale shoppers are a unique bunch. They're kind of like those people who spend their Thanksgiving camped outside Target so they can snag the best Black Friday Deals— only worse. Most yard sale shoppers are accustomed to getting up early. Many of them like it, in fact. So in order to cash in on all of those early risers, set your alarm clock for 6:00 am, maybe even earlier. Waking up that early on a Saturday probably sounds slightly insane to some, but the payoff won't make it feel so bad. You can nap later.

7. Be prepared. Getting ready for a successful sale takes preparation. Don't wait until the last minute. Spend the week before pricing items and organizing them. Get up an hour before the sale starts to make sure everything is set up. Even if the sale starts at 7:00 am, shoppers will show up even earlier. Is the change box filled with nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills? Do you have a collection of plastic grocery bags ready to go? Are all items priced? Doing a little work before will mean more money after.

8. Market your merchandise. To some, this may sound a little over the top. It's just a yard sale, after all. But applying simple marketing techniques will make it easier for shoppers to find a treasure. Group like items together. Hang clothes in one section. Set aside a table for kitchen items and another for toys. Fill a box with towels and make sure it's clearly labeled. Often yard sale shoppers are looking for something specific. Whether they want a new vase or a purse, grouping items will make it easier for shoppers to find their treasure.

9. Be willing to barter. Many people who shop at yard sales do it regularly. They're looking for deals and they know how to get them. They will try to talk you down. Make sure you know what your bottom-line price is ahead of time and don't be afraid to negotiate. In most cases, making some money is better than none.

10. Donate the leftovers. The yard sale is over. You've got a wad of cash and a few boxes of stuff that didn't sell. Why not donate it to a local charity, like Goodwill. That way your old stuff can help someone else rather than going back to collecting dust in your attic.

Should you be shopping at Dollar Stores?

Items You Could Be Buying at the Dollar Store
Just about every city in America has one — Everything costs just $1, but these businesses can be storehouses of — how can we put this nicely — crap. But a survey of the inventory at your local dollar store can actually uncover some great deals. Here are some items you may want to look for.

1. Toys. Shopping for toys at the dollar store goes back to the basics of coloring books and sidewalk chalk. It may not be enough to compete with an Xbox or an iPod, but there's some cool stuff. You won't see many familiar brand names. Instead, the stores usually carry things like Magic Dough (instead of Play-Doh) or Goofy String (also known as silly string).

2. Party Supplies. Whether you're planning a barbeque or a birthday party chances are you need cups. And plates. And sporks. Your local dollar store is likely to carry party items like napkins, wine glasses and decorations. If you're giving a gift, check out the gift bags. These can be pricey at card shops and the dollar store versions are often just as nice.

3.Craft Items and Office Supplies. If you're not picky about the brand of glue stick you use or the type of tape that's stashed in your desk, the dollar store can be a good source for craft items.

4. Cleaning Supplies. Most of us don't like to clean. And we especially don't want to pay a lot to do it. If you plan to embark on some spring cleaning you may want to stock up on supplies at the dollar store. Many dollar stores carry cleaning items like mops, laundry baskets, brushes, and brooms.

5. Storage Boxes. 'Tis the season for spring cleaning and that means getting organized. Looking for a place to stow the clutter? Pick up plastic storage boxes, baskets and crates at the dollar store. Just don't buy more stuff to stash in them.

Spa Indulgence at a Discount

How to Experience Spa Indulgence at a Discount
Watsu-trained therapists, Sonoran mud wraps and Jojoba body butter massages a little out of your price range? Relax. No need to stress — there are ways to experience indulgence at a discount.

1. Why not DIY? Search for at-home spa treatments online. Find great recipes and ideas for facials, massages, and exfoliation treatments like the Coffee Body Scrub. Simply mix 2 cups of ground coffee, ½ cup of raw sugar or sea salt and 2-3 Tablespoons of massage oil. Moisten your skin with a hot shower. Rub the coffee mixture onto your skin using a circular motion. Rinse your skin, dry off, and apply moisturizer. If you decide to take the at-home route, a comfy, soft robe is a must. Check out for a spa robe at a price that won't leave you stressed.

2. Give a student someone to practice on. Just about every town has a beauty or massage school. Look through the yellow pages and find one that welcomes the public for appointments. You'll get a deeply-discounted hair style, massage or manicure, and the student gets much-needed practice. Everyone wins. There is an Ogle School over by the mall in Hurst. You could also enlist your spouse or child to rub your feet every once and a while....just be sure to return the favor!

3. Hit the gym. But instead of heading straight to the elliptical, check out what you may have been missing. Is there a steam room or a sauna? Bring a good read, a soft towel and relax.
4. Set the scene. Invest in some aromatherapy candles. Turn on some mood music. Add some bubbles to a hot bath. Sit back, relax, and think of all the money you're saving.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tips on Eating Out at Restaurants

Did you know that Sonic has Family Night on Tuesdays from 5pm-10pm and that means their burgers are half priced? Their junior burgers on our menu are $1.39, so that's .70 for a hamburger!

We like to eat out.
Doesn't Everyone?
But with our growing family a) it's getting harder to go out and enjoy a sit down dinner with young kids and b) it's getting more and more expensive!
So, I've been rethinking our dining experiences. I enjoy not having to cook once in a while as well. Which is why I haven't given up completely on the whole idea. Here are some ideas for "eating out" that might save some money and sanity.

Eat out on "off" nights, i.e. not the weekend. Restaurants are less crowded and many times have week night specials that they don't have on the weekends.

Our favorite is Johnny Carino's on Mondays - we get a great deal on the family night special that feeds all of us for about $25.

Get take out, to-go, or curb side, and eat at home. Order for you and your spouse, but feed the kids chicken nuggets & fries from your freezer (add some applesauce on the side and it's just like at the restaurant). Isn't that what they would order anyway? Mine would! Also, if you get take-out, you don't need to buy drinks, tip a server, and there's no temptation for appetizers or desserts. Just order two entrees and you are done!

Don't order two dinners. If you go to a restaurant with your partner, order one dinner and an appetizer and split it. Restaurants typically serve way too much, which is costly and unhealthy (if you try to finish it).

Drink water (w/lemon) when you eat out. That will save you about $2 per person! If you have to order soda, just order one and share it - that's what we do.

Stake out restaurants that have kids eat free nights - ask at your favorite spot to see what they offer and eat on that night. My kids LOVE Rainforest Cafe, but it is so expensive (and kind of a drive). However, ours does have a week night where kids eat free with a paying adult - so next time we eat there, it can be on that night instead. (
here's a coupon for a free Volcano dessert - Mmmmm!!!) Here's a kid's eat free site that you can search by city: kidseat4free it's pretty limited in the DFW area though. A few I found out about:
Applebee's All day, get one free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entree. Additional kids eat for only $1.00! Kids also get a free sundae upon request only.

Buffalo Wild Wings 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Children ages 12 and under eat for 99¢ from the kid's menu.

IHOP 4:00pm - 8:00pm - Kids ages 12 & under eat free- 1 FREE Kids' Menu item per Adult entree purchase (Drink NOT included).

Beef O'Brady's 4 - 8pm kids 12 and under eat free with adult entree purchase.

Black Eyed Pea After 5pm kids 12 and under receive a free kids meal w/ every adult meal purchased.

Chickfila 1 free kids meal with each combo meal purchased. (Remember to check your location to see if they Participate).

Denney's 4 - 10pm kids eat free up to two entrees per adult meal purchased.

Rainforest Cafe Kids eat free 5 p.m. - close.

TX Land & Cattle Kids eat free on Saturdays from 11am-4pm.

If you are paying for a kids meal - split it in half if you have young kids. My kids never finish their own meal and usually like to have bites of ours anyway. So we like to split them up. Sometimes we just order a side dish tacked on to an adult entree - it's usually much less than the price of a kid's meal.

Watch for coupons! I snag B1G1 offers all the time and just hold on to them until they expire or they get used.

You must get a Passbook ( for your area. There SO many uses for this baby. We probably save hundreds over the year on restaurants and groceries alone with this book. (I'll post more on the great deals in this book later)

Sign up for coupons and Specials Via Email. Many national restaurants offer special savings and reward programs, which you can receive if you subscribe to their website newsletter. Many advertise that by signing up at their website they will send special promotions and coupons to you through email. I know that Red Robin does this.

I've heard about where you can order discounted gift certificates. They often have 50-70% off sales, where you get $25 gift certificates for $3. I need to try this one out myself.

Choose an affordable restaurant. While fast food is invariably bad for you, there are medium-priced restaurants that can offer a decent meal without breaking your budget. While there are many ways to save on eating out, one of the best is to start with a restaurant that doesn't charge an arm or a leg. We like Cheddar's.

Skip dessert. If you're eating at a sit-down restaurant, dessert is often a rip-off. Pick up a carton of ice cream on the way home, and save a bunch.

Lastly I just found out about a cool thing at Walgreens you can use your rebate gift card to buy gift cards. I'm definitely going to start playing the Walgreen's game to make this work for me.

Those are my "eating out" tricks to try to save ya some moola - What are your tricks or tips?

Monday, April 7, 2008

Picture People Deal

So here’s the skinny on how to get a $40 portrait package for $5.
Let me just say, I love the Picture People !
If you follow these instructions, the portrait package that you would get consists of one 8×10 ($20 value) and four 4×6 ($20 value) pictures. Of course, you could always scan the free 8×10 into your computer and print off tons of pictures, but there are copyright laws against doing that (oh well), so I’m going to show you how you can still get those photos that you really wanted to get while you were in the studio that you didn’t buy because you…uh…sort of still wanted to buy groceries for your family that week.
1. How to get the FREE 8×10
Get your FREE 8×10 or 10×13
Go to your
nearest Picture People and have your child’s portraits taken
Hand over your coupon
Walk away with your FREE 8×10!
2. How to get four 4×6’s for $5
After the portrait session, Picture People will send you an e-mail with a link to the pictures from your latest sitting
From there, you will be directed to Picture People’s
Smile Store which is hosted by Zazzle
You will then create a POST CARD ($0.99 cents each) for each of the pictures that you choose (I chose four).
Save your post card creations and then submit your order.
And there you have it. The post cards are beautifully printed and fit in any 4×6 frame. You could always get more than four pictures since they are only $0.99

Another tip… Instead of buying wallet size pictures every time you get your child’s picture taken to give to your entire family, simply e-mail them the link to the recent portrait sitting so that they can check them out online. Of course, grammie and grampie may want a printed copy every month, so go ahead and make them a postcard!