Friday, October 1, 2010


The weekend is finally here and I'm so glad. I have been in birthday party planning mode today.  Payton will be 4 in less than 2 weeks.  Gee, how time flies.

Tonight we are going to our county fair.  Payton is so excited.  It will be a great thrifty fun-filled night.  It only costs $2 for adults and $1 for kids.

Have a great weekend and I will see you Monday!

Thrifty and Neat Blog Entries Found This Week

This weeks Thrifty and Neat Blog Entries is previous posts that I have shared.  I hope you enjoy!

1) Christmas is Less Than 5 Months Away - A great list of how I start early to prepare for Christmas. (Originally Posted 8/18/10)

2) Thrifty Idea for Keeping Up with Your Bills - I still use this to keep my bills organized.
(Originally Posted 4/23/08)

3) Thrifty Idea for Never Forgetting a Birthday - I still use this and update often.  I have no excuse for forgetting someones birthday.
(Originally Posted 4/18/08) 

4) Thrifty Ways to Update a Room - This list is still current and has lots of great ideas.
(Originally Posted 4/7/08)

5) Ideas to Recycle Greeting Cards - I hate to throw cards away so I always make my own Christmas tags each year.
(Originally Posted 5/14/08)

6) Frugal Gifts for Christmas - I hope I give you some ideas for this year.
(Originally Posted 8/13/08)

Dollar General - $5 off $25 Coupon

"Like" Dollar General on Facebook and then click on the $5 coupon tab to print your coupon.

REMINDER - DIRECTV CUSTOMERS - FREE Starz Movie Channels This Weekend

Receive Starz Movie Channels (15 channels) for free
September 30 - October 3. This will be a great time for to DVR some movies = FREE entertainment.

Thought of the Day

A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself.

Clifton Paul Fadiman

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ways I Saved/Earned Money This Week

Here is a list of things I did to save/earn money this week:

- I read all of my Inbox Dollars emails daily to add money to my account.

- I read all of my MyPoints emails daily to add points to receive FREE gift cards.

- Use coupons when grocery shopping. Saved a total of $32.15.

- One mornings I had FREE cereal for breakfast - samples received in the mail.

- Ordered another $25 gift card from MyPoints for a Christmas present. $25 savings

- Had leftovers for lunch 2 days this week. No food wasted and money saved by cooking something else.

- Continued trying to teach my 3 year old the importance of not leaving lights on or not using lights during the day when they are not needed.

- Grandma babysat so my dh and I could go out to the flea market. No money spent on babysitting.

- Cleaned out my coupon binder and filed new coupons for future shopping trips.

- Went through my gift closet of all items that I saved through out the year for stocking stuffers for Payton and pulled those out.

- Went to the flea market on Saturday and sold almost $400 in items!!  I was so excited.  I still have items for a yard sale in the next few weeks.

- Donated items to The Goodwill for tax deduction.

- Updated my Christmas list so I won't buy something that I don't need.

- Ordered a Christmas gift for FREE from Amazon, using my gift certificates that I have collected from Swagbucks.
What did you do to save/earn money this week?

What Did You Get for FREE This Week?

This week was another great week for freebies in my mailbox:


Eucerin Lotion Sample
FREE Issue of Better Homes and Gardens
FREE Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner samples with $3 coupon
FREE Gain Dish Detergent
FREE Kotex Samples

Did you get any great freebies this week?

$7 in Arm and Hammer Products

Click here to print your coupons.

Lone Star - 2 for $20 Deal

This is a great deal for dinner out.  For $20 you get an appetizer and 2 entrees.

$5 off $15 Purchase at Ruby Tuesday

Click here to print your coupon for $5 off a $15 purchase at Ruby Tuesday Sunday, October 3 or Monday, October 4.

$1 Coupon off Nescafe Taster's Choice

To celebrate National Coffee Day, Nescafe is offering a $1 coupon off your next purchase.  Click here to print your coupon.

FREE Ice Cream at Cold Stone Creamery

Today from 5pm - 8pm you can receive a FREE "like it" scoop with a donation to Make a Wish foundation.  A great foundation to donate to and who doesn't love free ice cream.  Always make sure you store is participating.

FREE Gooseberry Patch Fall Favorite Cookbook

Click here to request your FREE cookbook.

Thanks The Frugal Girls!

Walgreens - FREE Photo Collage

Walgreens is offering another GREAT FREEBIE today and tomorrow only!!  You can order a FREE 8 x 10 photo collage with Coupon Code - FBCOLL.  Make sure you choose to pickup instore and you will not have to pay shipping.  Click here to order. 

I have ordered these in the past and they are nice. 

Thought of the Day

The only dreams that impossible are the ones that you don't go after.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Interesting/Fun/Useful Website - Inbox Dollars

Looking for a way to earn a little extra money, then inbox dollars could be it.  This is something I do everyday and it quickly adds up.  I mainly read the daily emails, take cash surveys, and sign up for the cash offers.  I recently requested a check for $40.  If you are interested, sign up here.  It only takes a few minutes a day to quickly earn some cash.
You automatically earn $5 just for signing up!


The winner of the $65 gift certificate is:

Here are your random numbers:

84 - K Rock

Timestamp: 2010-09-29 16:57:14 UTC

K Rock has been sent an email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Thanks to everyone for signing up.  It has been one of the best giveeaways that I have hosted.

T.G.I. Friday's Coupon - $5 Off $15 Purchase

Click here to print your coupon for $5 off a $15 purchase. Expires 10/9/10

FREE Sample of Wei East Wrinkle Relief Eye Cream

Click here to request your FREE sample.

NEW Scrubbing Bubbles Coupons

Click here to print your coupons for $3 off any 1 Scrubbing Bubbles Power Sprayer Starter and $1 off one refill.

$1 Filippo Berio Olive Oil Coupon

Click here to print your coupon.

NEW Quiznos Coupon

Click here to print your coupon for a FREE drink and chips with any sub purchase. Expires 10/11/10.

Thought of the Day

"Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."

Walter Anderson

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

REMINDER - $65 Gift Certificate Giveaway Ends Today

To enter the giveaway, click here!!

Dollar General Deals - Sept 28 - Oct 11

There was not a sales ad this week but here is a list of items featured from their website that I have matched with coupons.  Also, this past weekend I found a DG coupon flyer at my local store.  These coupons are different from the ones on their website.  Remember, you can use a DG coupon along with a mfr. coupon.  

Wisk Detergent $5
$1 DG Coupon printable
$1 Mfr. Coupon printable  
Final Price - $3 each

Charmin 9 rolls - $4.50
.25 coupon P&G 8/29 insert - expires 9/30
.25 coupon P&G 9/26 insert
Final Price - $4.25

Campbell's Chunky or Healthy Soup - $1.25
.50/2 Chunky Soup 9/12 SS
.50/2 Healthy Soup 9.19 SS
Final Price - Buy 2 for $2 = $1 each

Degree Deodorant - $2

Bounty Basic Paper Towerls - 12 rolls - $8
.25 coupon 8/29 P&G insert - expires 9/30
.25 coupon 9/26 P&G insert
Final Price - $7.50 / .625 per roll

Gold Medal All Purpose Flour - $1.50

Hunt's Manwich - $1.25

Lever 2000 Bar Soap - 4 bars - $2

Colgate Total Toothpaste - $2
1.00 coupon 9/12 SS Expires 10/2
Final Price - $1

Hormel White Chunk Chicken - $2

Q-Tips - 500ct - $2.50

Gillette - Venus or Mach 3 Disposable Razors - 3ct - $6.25
$2/1 8/29 P&G insert - Expires 9/30
$2/1 9/26 P&G insert
Final Price - $4.25

Progresso Soup - $1.50
$1/4 Printable Coupon
$1/4 9/12 GM insert
.50/2 8/8 GM insert
Final Price - $1.25 each

Here is a list of the coupons on the flyer.  Make sure you ask if there is one available at your local store.  Combining this with mfr. coupons and you may find some great deals.  Let me know if you do!!
- $1/2 Eckrick Products
- $1/2 Dinty Moore Big Bowls
- $2/2 Lipton 12 pk Teas
- .50/1 Hefty Trash Bags
- $1/1 Ting Product
- **$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers or Pull Ups
- .50/1 Glade Carpet & Room Item
-.50/1 Shout
-$1/1 Kotex
- .50/1 Glade Plug-In Scented Oil Refill
- .50/1 Ultra Suavitel Fabric Softener
- $1/1 Poise Pads
-.50/1 Liquid Plumr
- .50/1 Purex Softner - Mtn. Breeze
- $10 off Ready Mobile Phone

Let me know what great deals you find!!

REMINDER: Toy Story 3 Coming to Charlotte Time Warner Arena Next Week - Purchase Tickets TODAY!

Toy Story 3, the record-breaking #1 movie in the world, is so hot it’s cool as everyone’s favorite toys take to the ice in Disney On Ice presents Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3! An award-winning creative team and a cast of world-class skaters are bringing Woody, the pull-string cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl; and the rest of the gang to fans and families around the country in this brand-new live ice spectacular produced by Feld Entertainment. This fast-paced and witty tale of friendship will make a stop in Charlotte at the Time Warner Cable Arena, Oct. 6 - 10.

We went to Disney on Ice last year and it was wonderful.

If you are interested in going, please take advantage of the great offers shown above:

- $8 off $15 and $20 tickets for the show on Thursday, October 7 with Coupon Code CARE4U

- $5 off $15 and $20 tickets for the show on Friday, October 8 at 7pm and Sunday, October 10 at 4pm with Coupon Code SAVE5

You can order tickets and find other information here or you can call 1-800-745-3000.

Disclaimer: I did receive a free 4-pack of tickets to the show for sharing this information. My opinions are my own.

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Dozen of Eggs Coupon

Take the pledge and you will receive a coupon for - B1G1 FREE dozen of eggs. Click here to pledge.

Share a Box of Kleenex with a Friend

Click here to send a FREE box of Kleenex to a friend. 

My Favorite Walgreens Deals 9/26 - 10/2

Here is a list of my favorite deals this week:

Irish Spring Bar Soap - 3 pk - 1.99

Halls Drops - $1
.75/1 coupon in Sept. and Oct. All You Magazine
Final Price - .25

Chicken of the Sea Tuna .69 with in-ad coupon

Dawn .99 with in-ad coupon
.25 coupon in P&G 8/29 and 9/26 insert
Final Price - .74

Did you find any other great deals this week?

My Favorite CVS Deals - 9/26 - 10/2

Here is a list of my favorite deals this week:
Dawn Hand Renewal -.96
1.00 Coupon from Right at Home Coupon Book
Final Price .04 Overage

Dawn - .96
.25 Coupon in P&G insert
.25 coupon in P&G home mailer
Final Price - .71

Febreeze Products - Spend $10 Get $3 ECB

Febreeze Air Effects - 2.99
1.00 coupon P&G insert 9/26
1.00 coupon P&G home mailer
Final Price - 1.99

Febreeze Fabric Refresher - 4.99
1.00 coupon P&G insert 9/26
1.00 coupon Right at Home coupon book
Final Price - 3.99
Febreeze Noticeables - 3.99
1.00 coupon P&G insert 9/26
1.00 coupon P&G home mailer
Final Price - 2.99

Oral-B Vitality Toothbrush - 23.00, Receive $13 ECB
Use $10 coupon from 9/26 PG coupon insert
Final Price - FREE after coupon and ECB
Limit 2

Did you find any other great deals this week?

FREE Sample of Curel Sensative Skin Remedy

Click here to request your FREE sample.

Thought of the Day

Only 88 days until Christmas!!  Now would be a great time to start preparing early!