Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kellogg's $10 December Rebate Available

I have an extra rebate form available for any of you local coupon gals. About two months ago I picked up the Kellogg's/Keebler "Your Ultimate Holiday Guide" coupon book at Albertson's. Included were several coupons and a $10 Rebate but there is a limit of one per household so I do not need the extra. All you have to do is purchase 10 participating products in one purchase and submit your receipt for a $10 rebate.

Here is a list of participating products:

Keebler Crackers (7.7 oz. or larger), Keebler Cookies (7.5 oz or larger), Sunshine Cheez-It Crackers (7.5 oz. or larger), Sunshine Krispy Saltine Crackers (11 oz. or larger), Carr's Crackers (4 oz. or larger), Famous Amos Cookies (14 oz. or larger, Murray Sugar Free Cookies (4 oz. or larger), Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats Crispy Marshmellow Squares (8 ct. or larger), Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bars (10 oz. or larger), Kellogg's Special K Bars (3.8 oz. or larger), Kellogg's Special K Crackers (8 oz. or larger), Kellogg's FiberPlus Chewy Bars (5 ct. or larger), Kellogg's Cinnabon Bars (6 ct. or larger), Kellogg's Fruit Flavored Snacks (10 ct. or larger), Austin Sandwich Cracker Packs (7.4 oz. or larger), Kebbler or Sunshine 100 Callorie Right Bites Snacks (4 ct. or larger)

All products must be purchased in a single transaction on one store receipt between 12/1/10-12/31/10. Requests must be postmarked by 12/31/10 and received by 1/10/11.

It's available to the first of you ladies to comment!! Time's ticking...

Monday, December 13, 2010

HOT Safeway deal for meat

Would you like to get about $50 worth of meat for around $12!?! I just had mine delivered and got $57.66 worth of meat for the very low price of $11.81!!! had most of the info following and you can go to her site to see what she ordered. Right now Safeway has several cuts of meat as BOGO. Queenbeecoupons got two packs of the BOGO Hamburger and Chicken while others got the Fresh BOGO Crab. I couldn't find the crab that is listed in the ad so I'm thinking my store was sold out.

I purchased two packs of the BOGO Chicken Breasts & two packs of BOGO Rump Roast. My online total was $40.08 after promo's codes and they deduct the BOGO meats when they package your order so that amount comes off later. Once again, I paid $11.81 for $57.66 worth of meat!! Basically, I paid for 1 pack of Chicken Breasts.

Head over to to start shopping. You have to be new to home delivery in order to get the deal. Set up your new account and then load your meat. Make sure your total is $50+. After you've loaded your meat, proceed to checkout and select your delivery for anytime today or Tuesday, December 14 (the delivery will be free so don't worry about the price that is usually $6.95 to $12.95). Continue checking out and enter promo code CJSAVINGS, this deducts $15 off your total. Then, enter promo code EASY7 for free delivery on your first order.

You must have your order delivered by Tuesday, December 14 to get about $50 of meat for around $12. If you can't get it delivered by Tuesday, December 14, hold off. I'm sure the deal will run again. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Tunes - FREE

Target has 13 FREE Christmas tunes that you can download. I downloaded it earlier today but haven't had time to listen to them. Not sure that they will all be added to our Christmas playlist but it's the right price! The list of songs follows:

Tiny Tree Christmas by GUSTER
Snow is Falling by DARKER MY LOVE
Perfect Gift by NATALIE HEMBY
10,000 Watts by CRYSTAL ANTLERS
You'll Never Find My Christmas by BISHOP ALLEN
Get Down for the Holidays by JENNY O.
Mrs. Claus Ain't Got Nothin' On Me by LITTLE JACKIE
Got Something For You by BEST COAST, WAVVES
It's Christmas by COCONUT RECORDS
Súper Mamá (Supermom)by THE PINKER TONES
Un Regálo Para Mí (A Present For Me)by CECI BASTIDA

Click on this link to go get your free music from Target!

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Rockin' Christmas

Not your typical Christmas Greeting from our family but the kids love it and Katelynn encouraged me to use that picture of Jack. She was laughing hysterically! Enjoy.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Are you Swagbucking to Christmas?

Have you joined Swagbucks and started earning your free giftcards or other prizes? I joined in April 2010 and to date have earned $75 in Amazon giftcards as well as a $10 Starbucks card that I was able to use on my trip to Texas over the summer. Not bad for just searching the net!! That $75 in Amazon giftcards is a huge blessing to our family and will be used for some Christmas presents this year.

Not sure what Swagbucks is...let me explain a bit. It is a search engine that you can use for searching the net. By searching, you can earn "swagbucks" or points that will accumulate and eventually earn you giftcards or other prizes. You do not earn swagbucks for every search but are awarded swagbucks periodically throughout the day with your searches.

The $5 Amazon giftcard is my favorite and is available for 450 swagbucks. On average, I get 1-2 giftcards a month just for searching and completing what I detail in the following.

You can easily earn 3 swagbucks daily just for completing the Daily Poll, going to Trusted Surveys and also for completing the NOSO (No Obligation Special Offers). All of these can be found under the Earn tab at the top of the page. You do not have to complete any of the NOSO's to get your swagbuck. You can just skip the offers you are not interested in and after about 4 offers, you will be awarded 1 swagbuck. It just takes a few seconds to complete this.

It's really as easy as it sounds! Just go to Swagbucks to register and then start searching. A couple of tips that will help you out:

1) You can't just do one search after another trying to earn swagbucks. Swagbucks is a search engine so they want you to do searches but if you just complete one search after another trying to earn swagbucks, then you will temporarily not be able to continue.

2) Complete those items I suggested above under the Earn tab daily to get an easy 3 swagbucks daily!

3) On the home screen, if you scroll to the bottom you will see "Special Offers". Check this every week or so for offer under approximately 5 swagbucks. These are usually quick videos that you can watch to earn a few quick points.

4) Add the free toolbar. It's a visual reminder for you to search with Swagbucks. Also, a couple of times a week, there will usually be a message for you to quickly earn any where from 4 to 12 swagbucks just by entering a code! Watch "From TSG" in the toolbar for messages to earn swagbucks.

5) Read the Swagbucks Blog. You can locate it on the Home page on the left hand side about half way down the page. There are usually 3-4 posts a day and every few days there will be a code in the blog for you to earn swagbucks!

6) Coupons! For all you couponers, Swagbucks has recently added coupons that you can print. After printing and redeeming the coupons, you will have 10 swagbucks added to your account for each coupon!! It will take a few weeks to see the points added to your account though.

Sign up for Swagbucks today and start searching. Wishing each of you a Very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TGI Skillet Meals & Dunkin Donuts Coffee DEALS!!

I wanted to share two great deals taking place this week at Target. The first one is an awesome deal that I took advantage of last week but it looks like it's rolling into this week at Target.

Buy 3 TGI Friday’s Skillet Meals on sale buy 2 at $5.99 get one FREE
Total = $11.98
Use the $4/2 Target store coupon found here
Plus, stack with 3 $2/1 coupons from the 9/26 SS or new coupon from the 11/7 SS
Final cost ONLY $0.66 each! What an awesome price!!

To print two Target store coupons, hit the back button after the first coupon prints. I reload my paper the reverse so that I use one piece of paper for both coupons.

We had the Firecracker Sesame Chicken and I was impressed with the packaging. All of the items were packaged separately. We have never had these before and I don't think I would ever buy them but I couldn't pass up on the price for this meal.

We needed two of the meals to feed our family of 4 and I served up some rice on the side as well. Everything tasted really good and my hubbie enjoyed it the most. It was a little spicy for the kids (the rice tamed it down) but that was one of the few I could get. You can't beat the price!

Deal #2 - Centsible in Seattle noted a great deal on Dunkin’ Donuts coffee this week at Target. My caffeine-lovin’ friends needed to hear about it!!

Dunkin Donuts Coffee Bags $6.49
Buy (3) and use (3) $1.50/1 coupons from 10/31 Red Plum
Pay: $14.97
Then, get a $5 Target Gift Card!

Bottom line: $3.32 a bag! That beats the price that Fred Meyers had a few weeks back on Seattles Best of $3.99!

Thanks, Centisble in Seattle!

By the way, if you like coffee deals, don’t forget that every Friday in November you can score a free 12-oz Seattle’s Best Coffee at participating Burger King restaurants.

So, print your coupons and RUN to your nearest Target to take advantage of these deals but save some coffee for me! I'm going later today!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

And the Winner is...

The two lucky readers of the "Sniff, Sniff, Hurray" Gain Prize pack are: Tracie T. and Kristen R. Your packages will be in the mail later this week. Congratulations Tracie & Kristen!

Please be assured that all winners were chosen completely at random. Thanks to all for participating!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hurray! It's time for a Gain giveaway!

Recently, I came home to a lovely box on my front porch compliments of MyBlogSpark. Don't you just love getting a package! I'd like to give you the opportunity to come home to a package as well but first, let me give you some details about what was inside the box.

When I opened the box a crowd cheered! Literally! You know those cute little greeting cards that sing when you open it. Well, the advertising that went into this box was great. My kids got a big kick out of it!

I got a sample of Gain Dishwashing Liquid to try out. It comes in 3 refreshing scents at Walmart: Original, Lavender and Citrus Splash. The sample I received was the Original scent and it does a great job of taking care of the after dinner clean-up! I would like to try the Citrus Splash scent next.

Thanks to P&G through MyBlogSpark, two lucky readers will win a Gain “Sniff, Sniff Hurray” prize pack that includes:

v $5 Walmart gift card

v An I Heart Gain t-shirt (size large)

v I’m throwing in a $1.00 off Gain Dishwashing Liquid coupon

To enter the giveaway, please leave me a separate comment for each method of entry. The first one is a requirement to enter the giveaway.

1. Leave me a comment of which scent you would like to try.

2. Post this giveaway on your blog and let me know in the comment section

3. Not a blogger? Then, email 3 of your friends this post and leave me a comment that you’ve done so.

4. Post this giveaway on Facebook and leave me a comment stating that you have done that.

Contest runs until 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Sunday, October 10, 2010. This give away is open to U.S. addresses only. I will draw a winner and the winner will be contacted via email. They will have 48 hours to claim the prize or I will choose someone else. Be sure to leave your email address, or have it available on your blogger profile.


P&G provided me with the free product, dishwashing liquid, t-shirts, and gift card giveaway through MyBlogSpark. All opinions of this Gain review are my own.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Stick it and 4 get it & a coupon giveaway!

Recently I received some coupons from Vocalpoint to try out a new product. For those of you unfamiliar with Vocalpoint, it is a sampling site created to promote word-of-mouth advertising by sending out samples and coupons. The coupons I received were for the Bounce Dryer Bar. It is a fabric softener bar that you adhere to the inside of your dryer and this website has some great Q&A videos for any questions you may have about the the Bounce Dryer Bar.

The coupons that they sent enabled me to snag a great deal at Target last week. In fact, I now have a years supply of Bounce Dryer Bars! Let me explain...

The bars come in different sized packages and the ones that were on sale were the 2 pack. Two bars last about 6 months depending on the frequency of use and your dryer settings. I selected the Outdoor Fresh scent and it is wonderful! My clothes smell great and I do not need to worry about adding a fabric softener to each load now.

Let's be honest, haven't you been busy answering questions from your kiddo's or your spouse and then couldn't remember if you put a fabric softener in the dryer or not. Then, you've used up two!

The ease, convenience and great scent of this product are all great selling points. I would recommend you give it a try! In fact, for any of you local folks, Vocalpoint was kind enough to send me some extra coupons for some friends. So, the first 2 people to leave a comment about there favorite Halloween costume will receive a $1.50 coupon for the Bounce Dryer Bar so you can it it a try.

P.S. I've got another giveaway coming up so stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Coffee Roast Recipe

This recipe is to die for! First of all, let me start off by letting you all know that I am not a Roast fan. My husband on the other hand, LOVES Roast!! For him, it just brings up all those memories of a good home cooked meal.

So, I've been the good wife and occasionally cooked him a pot roast with mashed potatoes and carrots, gravy, get the picture. But, I never enjoyed those meals until I got this recipe from my mom.

The first time I made it I thought, seriously...I need to brown the roast for 5 minutes on each side! But, follow the recipe and you'll see that this is the most tender Roast you have ever had...and the Flavor! Don't you just love a recipe that you can prepare and then go do your grocery shopping and come home to a house that smells devine! Each time I make this, when the family get's home and smells it, the first thing they say is "Mmmmm! What's for dinner!?" You gotta try it!

In the past, I've had to substitute dried onion for chopped onion and it tastes just as good. I just use ground pepper and it works just fine as well.

I'm hoping that you will be able to click on the recipe card above and save it but for some reason, that doesn't always work with blogger. So, I will give the recipe to you here as well.

Ingredients: 3 lb sirloin tip roast, 2 TBsp Vegetable Oil, 1 medium Onion - chopped, 2 Garlic Cloves - minced, 1 cup Brewed Coffee, 1/2 cup Water, 1 Beef Bouillon Cube, 1 tsp Salt, 2 tsp Dried Basil and 1/2 tsp Coarsely Ground Pepper

Instructions: Brown all sides of the roast on medium high heat in hot oil for 5 minutes on each side. Add the roast to the crock pot. Add onion and garlic to the skillet and saute until tender. Stir in coffee, water and bouillon cube, salt, basil and pepper. Stir and then pour on the roast. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours until tender.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Monthly Sales Cycles

For all you couponers out there, you will want to copy and print this for the front of your coupon binders! It is the Monthly Sales Cycles that will help you predict the upcoming sales. We all know that produce is seasonal and if you want to make strawberry jam, you do it around June when the berries are fresh and at their peak. Now you can be an even more savvy shopper with this handy Monthly Sales Cycles that I saw at The Krazy Coupon Lady.


National Oatmeal Month: Quaker
Diet Foods including: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs
Super Bowl Sunday: Pepsi, Coke, Chips, Dips, Cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings
Seasonal Produce: Oranges, Pears, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Cabbage, Spinach
Clearance: Christmas Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Papers,
Winter Health: Cold Medicines and Vitamins


National Canned Food Month: Canned Fruit, Vegetables, meats: Tuna, chicken, salmon, pie fillings
National Hot Breakfast Month: Malt O Meal, Oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, Syrup
Valentines: Chocolate, Hershey’s, KY Lubricant, etc
Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Noodles
Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Raspberries, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Spinach


Frozen Food Month: Frozen Meals, TGI Fridays, Contessa, Foster Farms Chicken, Eggo, Sara Lee, Healthy Choice, DiGiorno, Freschetta, Breyers, Dreyers, Marie Callendars
Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Haas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Onions, Spring, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine


Easter: Ham, Eggs, Some Baking Supplies: sugar, spices, baking mixes, chocolate chips
Earth Day: Organic foods, Energy saver
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Grapefruit, Hass Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Rhubarb
Clearance: After Easter sales are the time to stock up on decorating, baskets, etc for the next year.


Memorial Day: BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
Paper Products: plates, utensils, insect repellant, sunscreen
Cinco De Mayo: Salsa, tortillas
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Green, Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Onions, Sweet Vidalia, Peas, Edible Pods, Peas, English/Shelling, Potatoes, New, Raspberries, Strawberries


National Dairy Month: Eggs, Milk (Free Milk Catalina, wyb cereal), Ice Cream, Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, cool whip, In-store dairy coupons or booklets
End of June is Fourth or July Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
Seasonal Produce: Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Honeydew, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Raspberries, Red Onions, Squash, Summer, Strawberries, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Watermelon


National Ice Cream Month
More 4th of July BBQ Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
End of July: Back to School Sales begin: crayons, pencils, folders, binders
Seasonal Produce: Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Beans, Green, *Blueberries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Nectarines, Onions, Red, Oranges, Valencia, Peaches, Peppers, Sweet/Bell, Plums, Potatoes, Squash, Summer, Tomatoes, Watermelon


Back to School: Pudding cups, Lunch meat,
Staples and Office Depot Penny items
Disinfectant: Clorox, Purell
Clearance: Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, charcoal
Seasonal Produce: Apple, Gravenstein, Avocado, Hass, Beans, Beans, Green, Berries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Onion, Peaches, Pears, Bartlett, Pepper, Bell, Plums, Raspberries, Squash, Summer, Tomatillo, Tomato


Back to School Sales through labor day: crayons, pencils, folders, binders
Diabetes: Bayer Glucose Meters, Glucerna Cereal
Seasonal Produce: Apples, Artichokes, Beans, Bell Peppers, Chile Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Onion, Orange, Valencia, Pears, Asian, Pears, Bartlett, Pomegranate, Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Winter Squash


Halloween: Candy
Beginning of the baking sales: Canned pumpkin, evap milk, baking chips
National Seafood Month
Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Pedigree, Purina
Seasonal Produce: Almonds, Apples, Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Chard, Chestnuts, Cranberries, Lemons, Parsnip, Pears, Pomegranate, Potatoes, Potatoes, Sweet, Pumpkin, Spinach, Squash, Winter, Turnips, Yams


Baking Sales in full swing: nuts, chocolate chips, evap milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, cake mixes
Canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Turkey, canned pumpkin, stovetop stuffing, betty crocker boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, jello, marshmallows
Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery, Comice pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, orange, potato, squash, yams
Clearance: After Halloween sales are the time to stock up on things for the next year. I like to buy the Halloween candy-alternatives like halloween crayons, erasers, watches, spinning tops, etc. I mix this in with my next year’s candy bowl and it stretches my loot for all the neighbor kids!


Holiday Dinner: Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, gravy mixes, rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, jello, marshmallows
Baking: Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Cake mix, Brownie mix, Muffin mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream
Canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Clearance: Buy all your Thanksgiving Decorations, extra table settings and turkey carving products now once they’re at least 50% off.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Target Mobile Coupons!

Here's a couponing option that saves on ink & paper. You can now sign up to have Target send your cell phone mobile coupons. Every few weeks, you will receive a text message with a link for some Target mobile coupons. When you click on the link, it will open up your phone's internet browser and take you to a link for the coupons. Head to Target and do your shopping and then hand your phone to the cashier for them to scan and your coupon savings will be deducted! It's really that easy!! I've used it twice now and haven't had any problems. Both times, my cashiers were a bit surprised and had not scanned mobile coupons before but it scanned fine.

This weeks coupons were for $1 off Purex laundry detergent, $0.75 off 6-pk. Hershey milk chocolate candy bars, $1 off 12-pk. beverage item (A&W Root Beer, Canada Dry, Sunkist or 7Up), $1 off Hanes apparel item and $1 off InStyle magazine. They do not expire until 8/7/10 so I'm holding off on these to pair them up with a good sale! Go here to sign up for your Target e-coupons. Message and data rates may apply.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sweetpea Beauty - New Veggie Tales Video

I wanted to let all you VeggieTales fans out there know about a new DVD coming out at the end of the month. Following is the information about the latest video from VeggieTales.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the truest heart of all?

Once upon a time, there lived a royally sour blueberry, a fair rhubarb
maiden and a dastardly deceptive mirror! Sweetpea Beauty knows that what’s on the inside is what matters most, but insecure Queen Blueberry can’t see past her own reflection! So, when a decree is handed down that only the most beautiful can rule the land, the Queen gets nervous and things turn ugly! Banished to the dark forest, Sweetpea’s fate seems bleak until a charming prince, a band of merry minstrels and seven snow peas come to the rescue! Will Sweetpea and her friends be able to warn the Queen in time to save her from the clutches of the tricky mirror – or will the crumbling kingdom and the Queen’s own heart be lost forever? Find out in this fairy "Veggie" tale about the real meaning of true beauty.

Plus, the almost-classic
tale of . . .Snoodlerella.

A self- conscious Snoodlerella is the star of the ball after getting an extreme makeover. Her life of glamour is short-lived as the clock strikes
midnight and her glasses, braces and insecurities return. Will she be able to see herself as the good King sees her—unique, beautiful and perfect just the way she is?

The video will be released on
July 31, 2010 and features 9-time Dove award winner Nichole Nordeman singing "Beautiful for Me" song. This is a great new song from Nichole that I can't wait to hear my girls singing throughout the house!

This video is perfect for all the little princesses in your life. Let me leave you with the theme verse: Samuel 16:7 "For the Lord sees not as man sees - man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Disney Movie Rewards = Free Movies, etc.!!

For all you Disney fans out there, you need to check out Disney Movie Rewards! I found out about this a few months back and have been able to "cash in" on a free movie already. My girls picked out Tuck Everlasting and were thrilled when the movie arrived in the mail recently!

How does it work?? You earn points for: 1) eligible Disney Blu-Ray and DVD Movies, 2) watching eligible Disney theatrical releases (like Toy Story 3!) and 3) eligible Disney CD releases. The eligible Blu-Ray and DVD's come with codes that you enter online and after you have accumulated enough points, you can trade your points for DVD's, novelty items and toys, apparel and accessories, etc.

Right now, after registering, you can earn 5 points just by entering code L8N5VG3F6C! Each month you will receive a monthly newsletter that has another code for 5 points. I'm sure if you take a look at your Disney collection that you too will have enough points or nearly enough points to get a fun freebie at Disney Movie Rewards! That is unless your toddler has gotten ahold of your dvd's and taken out the loose papers that were enclosed that held the code... :~) Go to Disney Movie Rewards to register and get all the details!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

High Value Coupons on Meat & Free Money!!

About 6 weeks ago, I signed up to receive a weekly newsletter from Albertson's. Not sure of what to expect and knowing I could always unsubscribe, I gave it a whirl hoping to get an early sneak preview of there weekly savings. Low and behold...every week since, I get an email that DOES include a sneak preview of there sales but MOST IMPORTANTLY...I get a HIGH value coupon off of a different meat each week. One week, it was $2.00 off of a $4.00 purchase of chicken at the meat counter. Another week, it was $2.00 off of a $4.00 purchase of pork at the meat counter.

This week it is $2.00 off Lloyd's Babyback Ribs so I can combo that with the $0.75 manufactured coupon I have and get a great deal on some Ribs! If you haven't already signed up to receive the Albertson's Newsletter, according to hip2save, you can sign up now and get some free bread (up to $3 value). Use promo code FREEBREAD when you enter your information.

Your family will thank you when you come home with meat for a family BBQ dinner! Pair it with some homemade potato salad and some ice cold lemonade. I'm getting hungry just writing this!

So, a while back, I mentioned Swag Bucks on my blog. I joined about 3 months ago and have received a $10 Starbucks Gift Card (yummy!), have $20 in e-Gift Cards and I have enough swagbucks to buy another $15 worth of e-Gift Cards. This program is AWESOME! My Starbucks Gift Card came right before I went to Texas so that was a great treat to have!

All you do is sign up here and then you use it for your searches just like you would another search engine like Yahoo, MSN or Google. I'll be using my e-Gift Cards for buying some Christmas presents this year. Why not get paid to search? I'd be happy to give you some pointers and answer any questions you may have about Swag Bucks...just comment or send me an email. Enjoy the summer with your family!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Freebies for Good Grades on Report Cards!

School's almost out and after all the hard work your kids put in this year they can kick off the summer with some great rewards. Following is a list of some freebies that I've heard may offer your kids a "reward" for their good grades! Make sure you phone ahead to see if your particular store is offering these freebies though.

*Baskin-Robbins -- Get a free scoop of ice cream for good grades on your report card!

*Blockbuster -- Get a free family friendly movie rental for A's on your report card for grades K-12!

*Cheryl & Co -- Get a free cookie for every A on your report card!

*Chick-fil-A -- Bring in your report card showing all A's and B's and receive a FREE 8-pack of nuggets!

*Chuck E. Cheese -- Bring in your most recent report card and your child will receive FREE tokens for good grades (up to 15 tokens per child)!

*Family Video -- Get a free rental when you show your good report card!

*Krispy Kreme -- Get a free donut for each A (up to 6 A's)!

*McDonalds -- Students with straight A's can get a FREE Happy Meal!

*Pizza Hut -- Each marking period, any child who has 3 A's or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting their report card to the manager (dine-in only and for Elementary and Middle School children)!

*Sbarro Pizza -- Any student with A's and B's on their report card automatically becomes one of our PizzAchievers. Sbarro will provide every PizzAchiever and an accompanying adult with a FREE slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza and a small soda!

*Topps -- The Topps of the Class program has been created to give you a great trading card gift when you put your mind to work. Every time you bring in a report card to this store, the manager awards you with a gift!

*Limited Too -- Get $5 off any Limited Too purchase when you take your report card to the retail store within 30 days! I wonder if Justice will honor this now...may need to make a call on this one!

*Credit Unions -- I've heard that some credit unions will deposit $5 in your child's account for a good report card. Anyone been able to take advantage of this and what Credit Union??

*IBC Bakery Outlet Store -- Students with A's and/or B's will receive a FREE Hostess or Dolly Madison snack cake and parents will receive one FREE loaf of bread at participating bakery outlets; click here for more information.

I have not personally taken advantage of these but read about them on the internet through various couponing websites. As soon as we get those report cards though, we will be making some calls to see who in our area is participating! Do any of you have any other "grade deals" that you can let us know about in the comment section or have you tried any of the above offers??

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hosting a House Party!!

Wahoo! I just got selected to host a party for House Party. I love the House Party idea! House Party lets people host a special event featuring a fun, free, exclusive experience sponsored by the world’s leading brands. You apply to be the host of any party that interests you. If you are accepted as the host, you will receive a party packed filled with items to help you have a fun party.

I have heard that the parties are very entertaining, and the sponsoring company provides you with everything you will need to have a successful event. It's free and a great excuse to get together with friends! What’s better than FREE?

There are several different parties you can apply for, there is something to interest everyone. Here are some of the parties, that are currently seeking applicants.

BIC Soleil 100 Days of Sunshine AfterParty

FiOS Viewing Party - The Ultimate Battle

Kleenex Fresh and Clean Hands House Party

Have you hosted a House Party before? I’d love to hear which one you hosted, and any input you have about their parties. How fun!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Peek in My Coupon Binder and My Categories

I thought I would share my coupon binder for anyone looking to get serious about couponing. I wish I knew about this when I became a stay-at-home mom! It is saving my family so much. It is a part time job for me right now but it is totally worth it! I plan on bumping my family grocery budget down by $50 per pay period in a month.

Above is the binder I recently moved up to after my other binder was getting too full. Also, you really want a zipper binder to keep from losing your coupons if the binder get's dropped. This binder was purchased at Walmart for $10 in the Office/Supply section.

Weekly, I make my stop at the Dollar Tree after church and pick up the Sunday paper for $1.00 each. I pick up one paper per family member. You may think that's a little crazy but when you have 5 coupons for Cheetos and you can snag them for $0.29, you'll thank me! We're not talking about the small lunch Cheetos either. Yes, I bought 5 bags of Cheetos at Safeway for $0.29/bag and my girlies were thrilled!!!

At the front of my binder is the Stock-up Prices that I got here at Fistful of Coupns and here at Faithful Provisions. The Faithful Provisions is an 11 page pdf file and very detailed. Stock-up Prices is the price you pay to stock-up your pantry and freezer. This list also includes the sale price they are willing to pay for items. Example: A good sale price for cookies is $1.25 but the stock-up price is $0.99. That way when you are making your list, you can make sure it is the best deal for your family or you may decide to wait until the price is lower.

These are the categories that I have in my binder. I have added to them since I started and you will want to modify it for your family. I no longer have Babies at home so if you do, then you will want a section for that.

*Condiments/Sauces (includes your BBQ sauce, mayo, salsa, marinades, etc.)
*Packaged/Canned Goods (includes pasta, bread, boxed mixes like Zatarain's, etc.)
*Baking (Includes sugar, chocolate chips, cake mixes, etc.)
*Snacks/Candy (Includes chips, granola bars, gum, crackers, etc.)
*Dairy (Includes milk, butter, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, etc.)
*Meats (Includes meats from deli and meat dept. - frozen meats like chicken nuggets are filed in the next section - frozen foods)
*Frozen Foods (Includes meats, icecream, rolls, prepared frozen meals, etc.)
*Personal/Razors/Deoderant (I have all three of these together and plan to break them down when I get more dividers! Personal includes feminine products, etc.)
*Oral Care/Make-up (I also have these combined but plan to break them down when I get more dividers. Oral Care includes toothpastes, whiteners, dental floss, etc. I keep all cleansers, etc. in the Make-up sections as well as nailpolish, lipstick, etc.)
*Hair Care
*Body/Lotion/Soaps (Body includes body washes. Soaps includes hand soaps, soap systems, etc.)
*Cleaning Supplies (Includes your toilet and glass cleaners, dish soap, etc. I also include sprays and candles here.)
*Paper Goods (Includes toilet paper, ziploc containers and bags, kleenex, paper towels, etc.)
*Office Supplies/Misc. (Includes light bulbs, batteries, pets, bug sprays, etc.)
*Kids/Toys (Includes coupons like The Littlest Pet Shop you can snag here! Click on the link and select Toys on the left side to see and print the BOGO coupon and score them free at Toys R Us this week since they are on sale Buy One Get One!)

I use the baseball card holders for my coupons. You can find these at Target and Walmart by the registers and trading cards. I have three packs of them now but you can start out by buying 1-2 to get going. They are around $5 for about 30 sheets. This way you can flip through all your coupons and see what you have. A little more time consuming than some of the other couponing methods out there but I won't miss things by having them all filed and visible.

A couple of tips:

1) To make clipping those coupons easier, grab all your coupon packs from the newspapers you buy (ex. SmartSource) and open up and lay out the like pages on your kitchen table or living room floor. Grab a stack that are the same and snip them leaving a bit of a border so you don't cut off the expiration date, etc. This way you are not clipping coupons from 5 of the same SmartSources. Really speeds up your clipping!

2) Only print computer coupons that you know you will use. Otherwise, you are wasting your ink. Lots of times, the newsletters/emails I receive will say to print the latest coupons and in the beginning I did. Now, I've learned that you can usually print the coupons that you need when the product is on sale.

3) See a newspaper coupon that is not a product you use/want...keep it! I am not a contact lense wearer but yesterday, I bought contact solution and profitted $1.26! They paid me to buy the product and I'll pass it along to a family member if they can use it or to my local food bank. How did I do that? The product was on sale for $7.99 and after I paid, I received a Register Reward for $8 for a future shopping trip. I used a $2.00 off coupon so after paying for the product plus the taxes, I profitted $1.26 - Wahoo! You may be thinking, it's only $1.26 but I could buy 4 bags of those $0.29 Cheetos with that money! That is what couponers call a Money Maker or MM.

4) Keep in mind that you pay the tax on those free items so make sure it's an item you need or that you'll use. Those free deoderants and lotions are not really free when you consider the tax but they are really inexpensive.

Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions. Good luck!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Celebrate Good Times...Wahoo!!!

Alright guys & gals! I am celebrating and wanted to share a couple of things with you as an encouragement that you too can do this!!

#1 - Walgreens Deals

On Saturday, I purchased the above products from Walgreens for a total of $5.29!! Wanna know how...I stacked coupons and used Walgreens ad coupons. The Tide detergent was $5.99 normally so I paid less than that for everything. I also had 3 Register Rewards from past sales. My purchase would have cost me $27.90!! It truly does pay to clip those coupons & get your grocery list in order. My #1 secret...sign up for those newsletter of the gals I've mentioned in other posts and start clipping and organizing those coupons. They know what they are doing! I've been at this for a month and if I can do it, so can you. FYI..those seed packets were 3/$1 and were added as fillers so I could use my Register Rewards. They are cheap and we can use them in the yard.

#2 - Freebies in the mail today!!

I was working at my daughters school today and came home with a headache so finding this Taster's Choice coffee in the mail was very refreshing. You gotta love coffee and a good nights rest!! Although, my hubby may not need the Breathe Right strips anymore (click on the link and get your free sample!). He's lost nearly 30 pounds since January 1! Way to go Babe!!! I'm so proud of him.

#3 - Got an email from Faithful Provisions & guess what...I won!!! Yippee!!

I entered a drawing for a "Blue Avocado Starter Kit" at Faithful Provisions for Mother's Day and won! I received an email and my package will be in the mail soon. I'll post some pics when I receive it. Yahoo!! I'll be sporting some cool bags at the grocery store. Too cute!! Best of all...FREE!!!! Thanks Faithful Provisions!

4 - Not so good news...last week my youngest came home with what appeared to be the flu and was home for 4 days and today my other girlies came home sick with similar symptoms. To make matters worse...and I'm in serious denial and hoping I'm just coming down from the coffee high from earlier...I think I'm getting sick too! So, off to bed as soon as this is posted.

Make sure you are getting your rest and taking your vitamins! Best of luck on your couponing adventures! Isn't it fun!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Doing the Happy Dance!

Because my girls are Hannah Montana fans, let's start with the Happy Dance from Hannah and her friends...

Why are we doing the happy dance? Because in about 3 weeks times, I have been searching on Swagbucks and now have enough points to get a free $5 gift card!! Three weeks!! Can you believe it!?! While I'm compiling my coupon shopping for the week, I occasionally do searches on Swagbucks. I find that several times a day, you are awarded 10-18 points for a simple search. Keep in mind that I have seen more winnings in the mornings and evenings and it does not pay when you do search after search.

Have you joined Swagbucks yet?! If not, now is a great time to do so! Why? Well, thru Friday, May 7th, it is my understanding that new members can score 50 Swagbucks when they sign up. All you need to do is go here and use the Swag Code: SWAGNATION5 (case sensitive).

Even if you are already a member, you still have a great chance of earning lots of Swagbucks this week! You see, this week ONLY they are doubling the amount of Swagbucks you are awarded throughout the day via searches– which means you have a greater chance of earning more Swagbucks this week then you normally would, so get to searching!

Also, starting today, Swagbucks will be introducing a new daily poll feature that will allow you to earn Swagbucks every day simply by answering their daily polls. …And don’t forget that you can still earn daily Swagbucks by heading to the “Special Offers” section. Just go to the Swagbucks homepage, click on “Ways to Earn” in the top left, then click on “Special Offers” and then click on the “View Our No Obligation Offers And WIN Swag Bucks” on the right.

Once you get to this page, it will state, “Welcome to Swagbucks Special Offers. Sign up for the free money-saving offers you like, feel free to skip the rest, and find a special swag code reward at the end.” Skip ALL the offers by clicking the skip button or the See Next Offer button beneath the advertisement. Finally after about 4 to 7 pages you’ll be awarded with 2 Swagbucks (possibly more)!
It really doesn't get any easier than this! You literally have the opportunity to get free cards for spending on gifts for others!! I'm sold! Happy Searching!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Stock up Prices

Since starting seriously with the whole couponing, I feel like I'm getting good deals but I've actually been told I can do better by the "seasoned pro's". These gals have been doing it for years and know what they are doing! The more you do this, the better you get at gettting the BEST deals. I'm told it takes 2-3 months before you start to see a significant decrease in your food budget. I'm baby stepping my way there though and having fun doing it.

I started searching online to figure out what the best deals are and what prices you should pay to stock up on food so that I know when to wait and when to buy more. This first gal, from Faithful Provisions, is from Tennessee so some of the prices may be more or less depending on where you live. She has an 11 page stock up price listing! Click on the "provisions - get it now list" to be directed to it. She also has some good recipes available there.

I'm not sure where this second gal is located but I have subscribed to her at Fistful of Coupons. She has a much shorter stock up price list but it includes things that the other gal does not have. She also includes what she get's for free which is really helpful to know!

These are the things she get's for free...Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioners & Stylers, Razors, Contact Solution, Bodywash, Mouthwash, Deodorants: both Mens & Womens, Floss, Crackers, Scented Items:candles, plug-ins ect, Lightbulbs, Pantiliners, Medicines/Vitamins. I'll drink to that!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Swag Bucks - Earn Free Gift Cards!

Since I've started getting more serious at saving money for my family, I discovered another way that I can do that. Everyday most of us do at least a search or two of some kind on the internet. Why not get "paid" to do that?!?

Search & Win

Let me explain...I have recently registered (for free) at Swag Bucks. It is a search engine, similar to Google, that you can use to perform searches and earn points that you can later redeem for gifts. You can trade in your points on a variety of items and what interests me the most is the $5 Amazon gift cards! I have been using the Swag Bucks site for my searches for about 2 weeks and at the rate I'm going, I'll have one of the $5 Amazon gift cards in about a week. Not bad for 3 weeks of casual searching on the internet!

They offer a variety of items that you can turn in your points for. Just to name two more of them...Target as well as Barnes & Noble gift cards. I find that you earn the most swag bucks when you search first thing in the morning and in the evenings. Usually, I'm getting 20 swag bucks a day. If you earn swag bucks, it seems to be a while before you are rewarded with more.

You can sign up for the newsletter and you will receive codes so that you can earn more swag bucks. It's important to know that you cannot post these codes for anyone else to use or you will put your account in jeopardy and could lose all of your points.

Daily, you can go to the "ways to earn tab" and select "special offers". Complete the no obligations offer. You only sign up for the things you want and you do not have to sign up for any of them to receive swag bucks. Just hit the skip button to move along to the next offer. After about 5 offers, you will receive your swag bucks. You usually only receive 1-4 swag bucks for completing this but it only takes about 1 minute.

How do you get started?

  • Go here and register on Swag bucks by creating an account
  • You will get 3 Swag bucks just for signing up!
  • After registering, you can immediately start searching for anything you want on the web just by using the Swag bucks search engine!
  • Periodically, while searching, you may see a pop up that says you’ve won anywhere from 1 to 12 or more in Swag bucks. Sometimes you will need to enter in a code that is there in order to obtain the Swag bucks.

I am so excited to be using Swag bucks on a daily basis and getting closer to my 450 points I need for the Amazon gift card! I’ve heard that other bloggers were able to pay for all of their Christmas presents last year by using Swagbucks! Can you beleive that? They had earned so many gift cards, that the gift cards covered the full cost of their purchases! With that being said, my goal this year is to pay for several of my Christmas presents with gift cards I’ve earned through Swag bucks! I’m so excited about this challenge and I hope some of you are up for the challenge too!

They also have an excellent referral program! If you refer someone over to Swag bucks and they earn a Swag buck, you will earn a Swag buck too–up to 100 Swag bucks! So you could potentially earn 100 Swag bucks from each friend you refer! Let the searching begin!

Search & Win

Monday, April 19, 2010

My Coupon Shopping List for the Week

I thought I'd share what's on my coupon shopping list for the week so far. That way, for those of you new to couponing, you can copy the text, print it along with the coupons and head to the store. You will need one of the coupons from the Sunday paper.

There are so many other offers available so be sure to check out the two websites that I've mentioned in previous post... Thrifty and Thriving as well as Hip 2 Save.

By the way, for those of you in need of printer ink...I need some and priced it at Walmart & Target for $39.00!! You can get it at Walgreens only on Thursday, Earth Day, for $1!!!!! Now that's a GREAT savings. Hope this helps those of you just starting out. Have a great week!

My Shopping Deals

RITEAID (go on Monday)

U By Kotex Pads 14-18 ct., Pantiliners 50-60 ct., Tampons 18 ct. $3.49
Get a $3.49 Single Check Rebate #36
Use the $1/1 coupon found
Final Cost
FREE + a $1 moneymaker!

TGI Friday’s Snacks $0.99
Use the $1.50/1 coupon found
Final Cost
FREE + Overage! FYI...I Need to go back and try to find these. I thought it was a frozen good but I think it's a chip.

Hershey’s Candy Bars 4-4.5 oz. $0.99
Use the $1/1 Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate Bar 3.5oz+ coupon from the 4/18 SS (SmartSource coupon from newspaper)
Final Cost
FREE! FYI...tried this today at Rite Aid and it would not work with the coupon on had.

WALGREENS (go on Thursday)

Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength Toothpaste 4oz. or Wave Toothbrush $2.99 = $2 RR
Use $0.75/1 coupon found
Final Cost $0.24!

Printer Cartridge Refill black or color $1 with in-ad coupon BRING INK CARTRIDGES!!
Available 4/22 (Earth Day) ONLY! Wa-hoo! What an awesome price! BRING INK CARTRIDGES!!

Buy 4 Velveeta Shells and Cheese cups $1 each = $1.50 RR
Use 2 buy one get one free coupons from here
Pay $2
Get back a $1.50 RR
Final cost ONLY $0.50 for all 4 cups!

Walgreens Reusable Shopping Bag 3/$1 with in-ad coupon
Final Cost $0.33 each
! Great “filler” item for your coupon to item ratio!

TARGET (go on Friday)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Single Serve Cup $0.93 (Price Cut until 4/24)
Use the $1/1 coupon from
Final cost

Men’s Merona Classic Fit Jersey Polo Shirts are on sale this week for $8
Use the new $3/1 Men’s Merona Item Target coupon from here
Final cost only $5!

Simply Go-Gurt $2.12 (On Price Cut until 5/8)
Use the $1.10/1 Go-Gurt coupon from
Final cost ONLY $1.02!

Pure & Natural products– 2 pack Bar Soap or hand soap priced around $2 or less
Use the $2/1 coupon from here
Final cost FREE! !

Shout deal scenario without coupons:
Buy 3 Shout 4-Pack Travel Size Wipes $0.97
Pay $2.91
Then submit for the $5 SC Johnson rebate in folder for a final cost of
FREE + a $2.09 profit!