Thursday, April 30, 2009

FF: Do you shop outlets?

Do you shop for clothes and household items at retail outlets? I have to say I'm not that big a fan except for when they're having really good sales. There are two I know about right now at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets- don't know how long they will continue.

First, at the Children's Place outlet- they have some misc. winter clothes marked down to $0.99 plus you can use a coupon if you are on their mailing list. Second, at the Crocs outlet they have some various adult and kids Crocs shoes marked down to $4.99 (which is a steal for brand-name Crocs). Also Jibbitz (the little charms you put on Crocs) are only $1 there.

More Frugal Friday at Life As Mom.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Redbox: Free Movie Monday

Sign up with your cell phone number at Redbox and get a free rental code text message every Monday. Regular rentals are only $1 a day. Today's code is 4CW33N.

sad day

I am having a very sad day today.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Frugal Friday: greeting cards

I never buy greeting cards if I can help it. I go to American Greetings create and print and search for "free" cards. Especially for cards that go with a gift. You can personalize and print from your computer. (maybe this makes me cheap, not frugal- ha!)

More Frugal Friday at Life As MOM.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Foodperks program at Giant Eagle- get 5% off now!

Get 5% off your next grocery trip to Giant Eagle just for watching this short 80 second video about their new Foodperks program. Get 1% off your groceries for every 10 gallons of gas you buy at GetGo with your advantage card.
(thanks Stephanie)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

WFMW gardening tip

I'm not much of a gardener at all- but my tip today is put down some Preen weed preventer now! (in fact, it might be too late) Preen works by preventing new weeds from germinating- so don't apply anywhere you are going to plant from seed. I like to apply to my perennial beds before mulching. More WFMW at We Are THAT Family!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rite Aid Rx coupons (and Kmart)

Get a free $25 gift card when you transfer a prescription to Rite Aid with this coupon. CVS will also honor Rite Aid pharmacy coupons.

There is also a $10 gift card coupon in the Kmart ad (you can view here) and CVS will also honor Kmart pharmacy coupons.

CVS $5 Challenge week of April 19

Here's all the stuff I got for $4.10 OOP this week at CVS:

1 bunch Tootsie pops (on clearance) $0.13
1 Act Total Care $4.99
1 Kleenex with lotion $0.99
1 Edge Infused $2.89
1 Bayer fast crystals $2.00
1 Claritin children's 10 ct $9.99
1 Claritin redimelt 10 ct $9.99
1 CVS cotton swabs $0.99 (I just needed them)

total before coupons= $31.97
Act $1 off coupon from paper
Kleenex $1 off CVS register coupon
Bayer $1 off coupon from paper
Claritin used 2- $2 off coupons found online
and 1- $5 off CVS register coupon for Claritin
spent $16.48 ECB from previous deals
paid $4.10 OOP (out of pocket) after tax
got $10.89 in new ECB back!

More CVS $5 Challenge from Alyssa at Keeping The Kingdom First.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Claritin printable coupons

Go here for Claritin coupons- ($2 off) use at CVS this week. Claritin (Reditabs, Children's 10 ct, or liquid 4 oz) is $9.99 at CVS this week and get $2 ECB back. Pair this with the $5 off 2 Claritin CVS register coupon. There are also $2 off blinkie coupons in the store for Claritin.

There is also a printable $4 off Claritin 15 ct or larger here.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Iced Coffee Day at Dunkin' Donuts

Get a 16 oz. Iced Coffee for $0.50 on Tuesday April 21 at Dunkin' Donuts in honor of Iced Coffee Day and support Home For Our Troops!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Deals of the Week

CVS- buy one get one free Purex laundry detergent. Use this BOGO Purex coupon to get both free.

Giant Eagle- buy 2 Muir Glenn products, get a free reusable grocery bag. Use this $1 off coupon for Muir Glen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WFMW- what Doesn't work

How about "What doesn't work for me Wednesday"? I tried the new product from Tropicana called Trop50. It is basically watered-down orange juice sweetened with stevia. It is perhaps the worst tasting beverage I have ever had. Enough said. I love regular Tropicana orange juice so I'll be sticking with that, thank you very much.

More WFMW at We are THAT family.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kitchen Tip Tuesday: nylon pan scraper

One of my favorite kitchen "gadgets" is a Pampered Chef nylon pan scraper. I think they are really made for cleaning Pampered Chef stoneware, but I use them on any baked on or sticky mess on any metal pan or glass dish. I'm sure you can find them other places too but they are only 3 for $2.75 at Pampered Chef and they don't really wear out. Perfect for scraping stuck-on food out of stainless steel pans.

Check out Tammy's Recipes for more Kitchen Tip Tuesday hints.

Friday, April 10, 2009

$50 Coupon book from Walgreens

Get a $50 coupon book from Walgreens when you visit the Take Care Clinic. Read more about Take Care Clinic Recovery Plan here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Marc's trip this week

Did I ever mention I love Arnold Bread? It is low calorie, high fiber and has no HFCS. The best price I found is at Marc's- loaf of Arnold bread is $1.88 and the Sandwich Thins (my favorite- only 100 calories!) are $2.28 at Marc's.

My deal of the week at Marc's was 2 packages of baby portobello mushrooms for $1. I love baby portobello mushrooms and I plan to make an egg and mushroom strata for Easter.

More Frugal Friday at Life as MOM.

No coupon inserts this week

There will be no coupon inserts in this Sunday's paper due to the Easter holiday. So relax and enjoy the day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WFMW- I no longer clip coupons

What?!? Yes, I no longer cut out coupons. I found it takes too much time to do it ahead of time. What I do instead is keep a folder with each weeks newspaper inserts. I label the front of each insert like this "SS 4/5" or "RP 4/5" with a black Sharpie. That way when I am hunting for a coupon it's easier to find. I also remove any pages that have no coupons or are just ads. I keep a bag in my my car with all my coupon folders and periodically throw out the expired ones. I find with multiple sets of inserts, it's just too time consuming to cut the coupons out.

Any tips you'd like to share? Check out more Works For Me Wednesday tips at We Are THAT Family.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

CVS: Coke/Diet Coke 12 pks...

... or how to "roll" a deal at CVS. Coke/Diet Coke products 12 pks are on sale 3/$11 at CVS this week. Here is the deal I did:
First on April 1 I got my quarterly Extra Care Bucks (ECB) rewards= $5.50 back. On Monday I "hopped" on over to CVS and bought 2 Easter baskets for @ $1.99 ea and 2 Easter grass @ $0.79 ea. I used my $5.50 ECB to pay for them and got $5.56 ECB back (spent 6 cents OOP). Next I downloaded three $1 off Coke 12pk coupons from mycokerewards. (If you don't do mycokerewards you should- if you drink Coke products.) Now I took my $5.56 ECB and my 3 coupons and bought three 12 pks of Diet Coke. I paid $2.44 OOP and got $3 ECB back!

Any other CVS deals to share?

Keeping your sink clean

I'm pretty good about keeping my kitchen sink clean by wiping it down after I do the dishes. I also heard Bar Keeper's Friend is a great product for shining your sink. But does anyone have a suggestion for cleaning the rubber flaps on the garbage disposal? My disposal always looks gunky (the part you can see). How about cleaning inside the garbage disposal itself? I put some baking soda and ice cubes down it occasionally. Any other ideas?

p.s. Here's some tips from the Fly Lady- enjoy!

CVS free sample and coupon

I found a free sample of Essence of Beauty Creamy Fig Body Lotion at CVS with a $1 off coupon attached. My store had them near the register but maybe check in the beauty aisle also. The coupon may come in handy later- expires 6/30/09.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Leap Frog Tag and Leapster

Leap Frog Tag on sale at Target for $39 and Leapster on sale for $34 at Target. Tag on sale for $39.99 at ToysRUs and Leapster on sale for $29.99 at ToysRUs. Leapster 2 on sale at Walmart for $49.97. Go here for $10 and $5 off coupons for Leap Frog toys and games. (Coupons also work online)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Battle of the Milk Prices

There is a price war going on here for a gallon of milk. Giant Eagle has it at $1.99 and now Acme has it at $1.88. Bring it on!!!

Super Savings Saturday!

Today I did not go grocery shopping- I went to the Moms of Twins rummage sale! In addition to some cute clothes from Gap and Gymboree- I scored a Playskool doll house for $3- my daughter loves it! It just needed a little cleaning up with a Mr. Clean Eraser. More Super Savings Saturday at Moneysavingmom.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Frugal Friday: Re-purposing Items

I am a bit of a pack rat, so I often save containers and boxes and things thinking I will "re-purpose" them later. My favorite re-purposed item is a baby wipes box turned into a coupon organizer. Voila!

Got any great ideas for "re-purposed" items? Please share a comment! Get more Frugal Friday tips at Life As MOM.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Free Healthcare Services at Walgreens

Walgreens Take Care Clinic will offer free healthcare service to families that suffer job loss and have no health insurance. Also free laboratory services will be offered by Quest Diagnostics as part of the Take Care Recovery Plan offered by Walgreens.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

WFMW- Backwards Edition!

Check out Works For Me Wednesday- Backwards Edition over at We Are THAT Family!
Here's my dilema of the week- how do you keep dust bunnies- especially pet hair- under control? Also cat hair on furniture. And cat hair on chair legs, and the back of couches, and clothes, and I could go on and on! Thanks!

Cash 4 Books

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