Friday, June 5, 2009

Frugal Tip Friday

For today's Frugal Tip Friday I want to share with you a few cheap ways to prevent plumbing problems.


When I lived in apartments my shower drains would get clogged quite frequently. One time I was home when the repair man came (most of the time I was at work and would just get a service report stating that they had fixed the clogged drain and that it was due to hair) and after he unclogged the drain he called me in to see ALL my long hair that he had pulled from the drain. I was so grossed out. The repair man told me about hair traps but since I was #1 barely 20 and didn't really "get it" and #2 it didn't cost me anything to have it fixed, I didn't get one. That all changed when my husband and I bought our first home - now it was his time and our dime to fix these problems. I headed out to Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up my trap (with a 20% off coupon of course) which I found for $2.99. The traps are simple to use and come in many varieties from mesh to plastic or ones that cover the drain to ones that go inside the drain. I got a white plastic one that covers the drain. I do have to replace it every 6 months or so but since then I have found them for cheaper at, Dollar Stores, Target's Dollar Center, Wal-Mart, hardware stores and even my favorite CVS. I always have a few extras on stand-by. The first time that you use it you are going to be amazed at how much hair you loose in the shower. Also while I was pregnant I didn't loose that much hair but after my boys were born I swear by the looks of the trap I was on my way to going bald but after a few months I was back to normal. Once your done with your shower, gather your hair in a few squares of TP and throw in the trash. I don't use TP anymore instead I use a cotton round that I apply freshener with, it's going in the trash anyway so why waste the TP! Make sure and clean out your trap DAILY otherwise some of the hair that it trapped will work it's way through the holes and the hair will block the water flow and your shower will not drain properly. Another way to cut down on the amount of hair you loose in the shower is to brush your hair really good before you step in. Here are a few pics of different varieties that are available at various retailers.


Drains get clogged with hair, soap scum, cooking oil, grease and other fats that literally gunk up the works. The first step to fixing a clogged drain is prevention. To prevent a clogged drain be smart about food disposal. If it can go in the trash - put it there. Yes we all love the convenience of a garbage disposal but everything that you put in the water supply has to be cleaned out, the less in then the less chemicals that have to be used to clean our water out. Don't EVER put cooking oil or grease down the drain - EVER! Use a wide mouth jar with a lid to dispose your cooking fats in. I use pickle & applesauce jars and when they get full I screw the lid on tight and dispose of. Check your local waste office for info on where to dispose of. In some areas you can sell or donate your used cooking fats to be recycled into alternative fuel.

Another step is this simple, natural and cheap solution to preventing clogged drains and sometimes will even unclog drains. I love it because it is green and therefore doesn't take a toll on the environment. Most household's are stocked with Baking Soda (Bicarbonate) and Vinegar so you won't even have to make a trip to the market to get the supplies. Simply pour vinegar liberally over and into the clogged drain. Immediately sprinkle baking soda onto the vinegar, trying to get it in through the drain holes. Continue to sprinkle the baking soda on until you begin to see foam bubble up. It will continue to froth and froth; stand back and let the solution do its job. When the foaming settles, rinse through with a small amount of boiling water. If the clog is very tough, you may leave the solution on overnight, flushing a bit of boiling water through in the morning to complete the process. It is also advisable to use this solution in all your toilets, sinks and tubs at the same time because the more of this solution that goes down the drains the less likely the drains are to get clogged.


If your toilet continuously runs you are using 78,000 gallons of water a year - that's enough to fill an average swimming pool. It is very easy to diagnose and fix this problem. First if you suspect a leak, test out your theory by pouring a bit of food coloring into the toilet’s tank and waiting overnight. If the dye shows up in the bowl the next morning, you have got a leak and it’s time to replace the flush valve/flapper. That is a very easy, quick and cheap fix. Get the model info from your valve/flapper & head to your local home improvement store. While there look for the plumbing expert and give him/her your info and they can direct you to the valve/flapper that will work best plus they might be able to give you a few tips on installation. I just read the instructions on the package and in under 5 minutes I was done. Problem solved, money saved!


Make sure you water your trees!! Times are tight but if you skimp on watering your trees the roots will come to the surface searching for water. When the roots start moving they can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your plumbing, foundation and landscaping.

If you have a dripping faucet or shower head but can't fix it that very minute put a clean dish or trashcan under it. Then empty the water in your yard, plants or pool - that way at least it's not wasted. You are paying for it so you might as well use it!

Check your washer hoses for cracks every month. If one were to burst while you were not home it can put several inches of water throughout your house in just a few hours.

This really isn't a plumbing issue but I just want to put it out there, don't run your dishwasher, washer or dryer and then go to bed or leave the house. If your washers start leaking or your dryer sets fire while you are asleep or gone so much damage or worse can happen before you wake up or come home. I know first hand because our timer broke on our washer in October. I did one load and all was fine, started another and went to my office to work on coupons (big surprise) when for whatever reason I turned to look behind me at the door and saw water raging under it. Since the timer was broke the water never shut off and continued to fill the washer and then our home. When it was all said and done almost $30,000 worth of damage had been done to our home. If I would have gone to bed like I sometimes do it would have been so much worse. Take my advice and don't do it, I almost lost my kids baby pictures and scrapbooks by trying to save time for the morning - it wasn't worth it.

There are a lot more than the ones that I have just listed but when typing this post I wanted to #1 not be overwhelming and #2 be something that the "tool challenged" single Mom could do. I hope that these tips have been helpful, if so let me know & PS I really do want to know. If you have any tips to share please leave a comment.

FREE Donut Day

It's National Doughnut Day and to celebrate Krispy Kreme will be giving away a free doughnut of your choice to every customer that visits a participating Krispy Kreme store, no purchase required. Click here for a list of Krispy Kreme stores participating in the National Doughnut Day free doughnut giveaway.

Dunkin Donuts is also celebrating the day by offering a FREE donut with the purchase of any beverage. Click here to locate a store.

Also Hostess wanted to get in on the fun and offer a coupon for $1.00 off any bag or box of your favorite Hostess Donettes or regular-sized Donuts. Click here for coupon.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

FREE Family Activities at Bass Pro Shops

This summer I am looking for activities that I can do with my family that won't hurt the hub's wallet too much and I think I have found his dream come true family activity at Bass Pro. They are sponsoring a Family Summer Camp on Saturdays & Sundays, noon-6PM until July 5th & Family Outdoor Workshops on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays at various times.

Your kids can enjoy the:

  • Laser Shooting Gallery
  • Shooting Range
  • Casting Pond
  • Crafts
  • Photos
  • S'mores at 6PM (also available Tuesday & Thursday at 7PM)

  • You & your kids can enjoy these outdoor activities:

  • Bird Watching
  • Shooting Basics
  • Hiking Basics
  • Camping Basics
  • Archery
  • Plants & Insects
  • Fishing Basics
  • Animal Identification
    • Plus you can pick up a Summer Activity Guide! So you are wondering what the cost is (drum roll, please).....FREE! Yippie!

      There are limited Summer Camp activities in the Branson, MO & Miami, FL locations, call store for details. The Shooting Range is not available in the Bolingbrook, IL; Grapevine, TX; Houston/Katy, TX and Macon, GA locations. The Laser Shooting Gallery is not available in the St. Charles, MO; Memphis, TN; Columbia, MO and Ft. Myers, FL locations. PLEASE CALL YOUR LOCATION BEFORE VISITING FOR DETAILS.

      Click here to find your closest location

      Wednesday, June 3, 2009

      Sack 'n Save/Minyard 06/03 - 06/09/09

      Noticed a few good deals while looking through the Sack 'n Save ad today and wanted to share. Sack 'n Save is a division of Minyard's, click here to find a store near you and to view the weekly ad. Don't have a store close? Print the weekly ad & take it to Wal-Mart for price matching but check with your local Wal-Mart first to make sure that they will price match Minyard/Sack 'n Save.

      * 3-day Sale, Friday - Sunday *

      ~ Seedless Watermelons - $2.98/each

      ~ Cantaloupe - $0.88/each

      ~ Strawberries - $1.78/lb

      ~ Tomatoes - $0.58/lb

      ~ Iceberg Lettuce - $0.78/each

      ~ Bar-S All Meat Jumbo Franks, 16 oz - $1.00
      Use <$1.00>/2 05/10 RP = $1.00/2 or $0.50 each
      (Cheaper this week at Fiesta)

      * Weekly Deals *

      ~ Best Choice Large Eggs, 18 ct - $0.88/each

      ~ Reser's Potato or Macaroni Salad or Coleslaw, 15-16 oz - $1.99
      Use <$1.00> here = $0.99

      ~ Red Delicious Apples, small - $0.20/each

      ~ Green, Gold or Red Bell Peppers - $0.39/each
      (Green variety is cheaper this week at Fiesta)

      ~ Cucumbers - $0.25/each

      ~ Tomatoes, 4-pk - $0.89/each

      Want to see more deals from S&S/Minyard?? Leave me a comment or send me an email to let me know otherwise I will just post when I see something really special.

      Kroger 06/03 - 06/09/09

      My Kroger (in Fort Worth, Texas on Hulen) will Triple coupons up to $0.39 and Double coupons up to $0.50. They will only Triple and Double 3 of the same coupon. Check your local Kroger’s coupon policy before shopping.

      DON'T FORGET!!! Click here, here, here, here & here to load your Kroger e-coupons!

      Here are the best deals that I see going on this week:

      * Special Promos *

      ~ Kroger Dinner Sausage Links, 18 oz - Buy & Get
      ~ Kroger Hot Dog or Sandwich Buns, 8 ct - FREE
      ~ Kroger Sauerkraut, 2-lbs - FREE
      ~ Kroger Mustard, 10.5 - FREE
      ~ Country Fresh Chopped Onions, 8 oz - FREE
      That's a savings of $4.97!

      * Okay Deals *

      ~ Tropicana OJ, 59-64 oz or 8 oz 6-pk - $2.89
      Use <$1.00>/2 05/03 RP = $4.78/2 or $2.39 each

      ~ Nolan Ryan’s Premium Reserve All Natural Ground Sirloin, 90% lean - $5.48/lb
      Use <$1.00> here @ Shortcuts = $4.48 for 1-lb (YIKES!!)

      * Great Deals *

      ~ California Cherries - $1.98/lb

      ~ Cantaloupe, jumbo - $1.88/each

      ~ Driscoll’s Strawberries, 16 oz - $1.88

      ~ Driscoll’s Raspberries, 6 oz - $1.88

      ~ Nectarines, Peaches or Apricots - $1.88/lb
      (Peaches are cheaper this week at Central Market & Fiesta)

      ~ Sun Chips, 8.5-15.6 oz - $2.75
      Use <$1.00>/2 here = $4.50/2 or $2.25 each
      ($2/bag is the most I will pay for chips but I haven’t been able to get Sun Chips for that in quite sometime)

      ~ Hot/Lean/Croissant Pockets, 6-9 oz - $1.69
      Use <$0.50> 05/17 SS = $0.69
      Use <$0.40> here @ Bringing Hope to the Table = $1.29

      ~ Yoplait Yogurt Cups, 4-6 oz - $0.50
      Use <$0.50>/6 here = $2.00/6 or $0.33 each
      Use <$0.45>/6 here = $2.10/6 or $0.35 each
      Use <$0.40>/6 04/19 or 05/31 SS = $2.20/6 or $0.37 each
      Use <$1.00>/10 here @ Bringing Hope to the Table = $4.00/10 or $0.40 each
      Use <$0.50>/6 here @ Cellfire = $2.50/6 or $0.42 each
      Use <$0.40>/6 here @ Shortcuts = $2.60/6 or $0.43 each
      (You can combine e-coupons with paper coupons but it is not encouraged)

      ~ Knorr Noodles or Side Dishes, 4-6.4 oz - $1.00
      Use <$0.75>/2 here @ Cellfire = $1.25/2 or $0.63 each
      Use <$0.75>/2 05/17 RP = $1.25/2 or $0.63 each

      ~ Sargento Shredded Cheese, 5-8 oz - $1.67
      Use <$0.50> Kroger “My Magazine” = $0.67
      (You must register your Kroger loyalty card to your mailing address in order to start receiving these magazines)
      Use <$1.00>/2 here @ Bringing Hope to the Table = $2.34/2 or $1.17 each

      ~ Tombstone Pizza, 20.5-29.5 oz - $2.50
      Use <$1.00>/2 here or here = $4.00/2 or $2.00 each

      * Total Steals *

      ~ Ken’s Salad Dressings, 7-16 oz - $1.49
      Use <$1.00> 05/03 SS = $0.49

      ~ Right Guard Deodorant - $0.99
      Use <$1.00> 04/19 SS = FREE
      (Thanks, Your Coupon Buddy!)

      Click here to view the weekly ad online

      Confused??? Click here

      NEW e-coupons - Bringing Hope to the Table

      Did you notice the Bringing Hope to the Table ad in your Kroger ad this week?? If you said no then you are just like me, I didn't even see it until Stephanie at Couponing 101 did a post about it.

      This is another e-coupon site but with better benefits. You get the savings at the register (only available at Kroger & affiliate stores) but the community benefits in cash & food donations from Kroger & all you have to do is load your coupons! Sweet! Plus most of the e-coupons are for items that we don't normally even get coupons on so it's a win-win all around.

      Current coupons available until June 27th:
      ~ AMP, 16 oz - $0.50
      ~ Aquafina, 24-pk 16.9oz bottles - $1.00
      ~ Doritos Tortilla Chips, 11.75 oz+ - $1.00/2
      ~ Frito Lay Dip, 15 oz+ - $0.60
      ~ Gatorade, 16.9-20 oz 8-pk - $2.00/2
      ~ Green Giant Frozen Veggies, $1.00/2
      ~ Hot/Lean Pockets, 2-pack - $0.40
      ~ Kellogg's Pop-Tarts & Cereal, $1.00/2
      ~ Kellogg's Special K Weight Management Items - $1.00/2
      ~ Lipton Fighter 12-pk, 16.9 oz - $1.00
      ~ Lipton, gallon jug - $0.75
      ~ Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice or Drinks, 64 oz+ - $1.00/2
      ~ Ocean Spray Cranergy Drink, 46 oz - $1.00
      ~ Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice or Drinks, 64 oz - $1.00/2
      ~ Ocean Spray Powdered Drink Mix - $1.00
      ~ Pepsi-Cola 24-pk, 12 oz can Cube - $1.00
      ~ Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries - $1.00/2
      ~ Propel, 23.9 oz+ bottles – B4GO FREE
      ~ Sargento Natural Shredded, Sliced & Snack Cheese 5 oz+ - $1.00/2
      ~ SoBe Lifewater, 20 oz - $0.50
      ~ Stouffer’s Family Size Entrée, 32-40 oz - $1.00
      ~ Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza OR 15 ct Rolls Snacks = $1.00/5
      ~ Tyson Strips - $1.00
      ~ Tyson Frozen Grilled Chicken Breast Strips - $1.00
      ~ Yoplait Yogurt Cups - $1.00/10

      Here are the current e-coupon sites that you can sign up for:

    • Bringing Hope to the Table - here
    • Cellfire - here
    • P&G e-saver - here
    • Shortcuts - here
    • uPromise - here

    • Have your registered all your cards to the above sites? Good then! Your all set to save!

      Fiesta 06/03 - 06/09/09

      My Fiesta does not double/triple coupons and will not take internet coupons. They do however have their own coupon book that you can get at the front of the store or at the customer service desk. They have no loyalty card so the deals you see below are good for all. Click here to locate your closest Fiesta.

      I try to make as few grocery trips as possible so I take part in Wal-Mart's price matching policy when I can. The number one ad that I price match is Fiesta, they are out of my way and since they don't take IP's (Internet printables) and Wal-Mart does I can normally get better deals. Even though Fiesta doesn't take IP's I will list any match-ups that I find in case you want to price match at Wal-Mart like I do. Keep in mind Wal-Mart will not price match BOGO sales or store brand prices.

      Here are the best deals that I see for this week:

      * Produce Department *

      ~ Del Monte Gold Pineapples - $1.99/each
      Use <$0.75> here = $1.24

      ~ Eastern Peaches - $0.79/lb

      ~ Red or White Seedless Grapes - $0.99/lb

      ~ Iceberg Lettuce - $0.79/each (Thursday ONLY Sale)

      ~ Russet Potatoes, 5-lb bag - $1.49/each

      ~ Washington Pink Lady or Cameo Apples - $0.20/each

      ~ Baby Carrots, 1-lb bag - $0.99/each

      ~ White Onions - $0.39/lb

      ~ Green Bell Peppers - $0.33/each

      ~ Cucumbers - $0.33/each

      * Grocery Department *

      ~ Ranch Style Beans, 15 oz - $0.40, limit 10 (Thursday ONLY Sale)

      ~ Doritos Chips, 14.5 oz - BOGO @ $3.99
      Use (2) <$0.25> Fiesta Savings Book, p.24 = $3.49/2 or $1.75 each

      ~ Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce, 5 oz - BOGO @ $1.99
      Use (2) <$0.75> Fiesta Savings Book, p.50 = $0.49/2 or $0.25 each &
      Use <$0.50> 04/26 SS (exp. 06/07) = 2/FREE or
      Use (2) <$1.00> 05/17 SS = 2/FREE
      (Use 2 MFGC and get overage, if they allow it)

      * Frozen Foods *

      ~ Hot Pockets, 2-pk - $1.67
      Use <$0.50> 05/17 SS = $1.17

      * Meat Department *

      ~ Bar-S All Meat Bun Length Franks, 16 oz - BOGO @ $1.29 with $10 additional purchase, limit 3
      Use <$1.00>/2 05/10 RP = $0.29/2 or $0.15 each

      * Health/Beauty Department *

      ~ Secret Deodorant/AP, 1.6-2.5 oz - BOGO @ $1.99
      Use (2) <$1.00> 05/17 PG = 2/FREE

      ~ Old Spice Wide Solid Deodorant/AP, 1.6-2.5 oz - BOGO @ $1.99
      Use <$1.00>/2 05/03 or 05/17 PG = $0.99/2 or $0.50 each

      That's all I have on my shoppin' list for the week but if you are looking for more Fiesta deals head over to Mommy's Wish List and see what Lea Ann has cooked up for ya.

      Thanks, Lea Ann!

      Central Market 06/03 - 06/09/09

      New to shopping at Central Market? Click here to get coupons and to learn the ins & outs of shopping at CM.

      Coupons available for redemption this week:

      05/25-06/07/09 (EXPIRES THIS WEEK)
      ~ 1-lb, Grade A, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast - FREE, up to $5.49, with your purchase of $40+

      ~ Gifford's Ice Cream, 16 oz - FREE, up to $4.49, with your purchase of $40+

      06/08-06/21/09 (NOT ACTIVE UNTIL MONDAY)
      ~ 1-lb, Fajita Meat - FREE, up to $8.99, with your purchase of $40+

      Here's what's in store for you this week:

      * Foodie Freebies *

      ~ CM Rotisserie Chicken - $7.99/each (Cafe on The Run/Chef Prepared Dept)
      ~ Cole Slaw, 1-lb & Aunt Pearl’s Potato Salad, 1-lb - $7.99
      Use FREE Cole Slaw & Potato Salad in-store coupon wyb chicken = $7.99 for Chicken & 2-Sides

      ~ Whole Marinated Prok Tenderloin - $8.49/lb (Meat Dept)
      ~ Rice Select, 5.4 oz & Annie's Salad Dressing, 8 oz & CM Organics Tortilla Chips, 14 oz - $10.47
      Use <$2.00> Rice Select 03/22 SS &
      Use FREE Rice, Dressing & Chips in-store coupon wyb prk = $6.49 for 1-lb Pork, Rice Dressing & Chips

      * Produce Department *

      ~ California Peaches - $0.99/lb

      ~ Yellow & Zucchini Squash - $1.29/lb

      ~ CM Organics Salads, 5 oz - $2.50/each

      ~ Rainier Cherries - $5.99/lb

      * Meat & Seafood Department *

      ~ Fresh Gulf Shrimp, 21/25 ct - $8.99/lb

      ~ CM Premium Choice Angus Boneless Sirloin Steak - $6.99/lb

      ~ Baby Back Ribs - $3.99/lb

      ~ Boneless Pork Chops - $6.99/lb

      ~ Orange Roughy - $8.99/each

      ~ New Zealand King Salmon Fillets - $14.99/lb

      * Beer & Wine Department *

      ~ Brooklyn Summer Ale, 6-pk - $6.99/each

      ~ Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier, 750 mL - $9.95/each

      ~ Crios Wines, 750 mL - $11.95/each
      (Choose from Cabernet Sauvignon or Torrontés)

      * Grocery Department *

      ~ Terra Medi Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 17 oz - $8.99/each

      * Frozen Foods Department *

      ~ CM Organics Ice Cream, 16 oz - $3.49
      Use <$1.50> in-store coupon = $1.99

      * Bakery Department *

      ~ Millet Bread - $2.99/each

      * Cheese Department *

      ~ Ford Farm Coastal Mature Cheddar - $9.99/lb

      * Deli Department *

      ~ DaBecca Black Forest or Honey Ham - $7.99/lb

      * Cafe on The Run/Chef Prepared *

      ~ Summer Fruit Salad - $3.99/lb

      ~ Almond Crusted Tilapia - $8.99/lb
      (This is my fav with a little remoulade sauce on the side)

      * Floral Department *

      ~ Oriental Lilies, 3-stem bunch - $5.99/each

      ** This weekend, June 5th - 7th, is the "Big State, Big Taste" event at CM. There will be samples, demonstrations and cooking tips throughout the store. PS - I get lots of cooking tips at these festivals so I find it worth it to fight the weekend crowd at CM versus shopping on Monday like I normally do. **

      *** Click here, here, here, here, here, here & here for a good selection of coupons for organic & all natural products that you can find most if not all at CM.

      Brookshire's 06/03 - 06/09/09

      In order to take part in the sale prices at Brookshire's you will need to obtain a "Thank You" loyalty card. This card is FREE and can be obtained at the customer service desk or here. Click here to view Brookshire's coupon policy, doubling/tripling varries from store to store. This posting will show as if your store doesn't double/triple, if they do your final price will be less. Also don't forget to bring your own bags, they will give you 5¢ for each bag that you bring in and use!

      Click here to view the ads online

      Here are my top picks from Couponing 101's list:

      ~ Food Club Large Dozen Eggs - $0.79

      ~ Oscar Mayer Wieners - $1.50
      Use <$1.00>/2 05/10 SS = $2.00/2 or $1.00 each

      ~ Daisy Cottage Cheese - $2.50
      Use <$1.00> 05/10 SS = $1.50

      ~ Knorr Lipton Sides - $1.00
      Use <$0.75>/2 05/17 RP = $1.25/2 or $0.63 each

      ~ Suave Invisible Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant - $0.99
      Use <$0.50> 03/29 or 05/17 RP = $0.49
      (If you store doesn't double head to Albertson's & get it FREE)

      ~ Jennie-O Turkey Franks, 12 oz - $0.99

      ~ Full Circle Organic Milk, 64 oz - $2.99

      Thanks, Stephanie!

      Albertson's 06/03 - 06/09/09

      My Albertson’s will Triple coupons up to $0.39 and Double coupons up to $0.50. They will only Triple and Double (4) of the same coupon. Check your local Albertson’s coupon policy before shopping.

      Here are the best deals that I see going on this week:

      * 4-day Sale, Thursday-Sunday *

      ~ Strawberries, 4-lb - $4.99

      ~ Mangos, full case - $4.99

      ~ Campbells Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup, 10.75 oz - $0.39
      Use <$1.00>/2 here = +$0.22

      * Okay Deals *

      ~ Libby’s Jumbo Veggies, 28-29 oz - $1.00
      Use B2GO here = $2.00/3 or $0.67 each

      ~ Keebler Pecan Sandies, 9.5-16.09 oz - $2.50
      Use <$1.00> here - $1.50

      * Great Deals *

      ~ Kellogg’s Cereal, various select – 7/$14.00 (must buy 7)
      Use (7) <$1.00> IP, no longer available = $7.00/7
      Get 3 catalina’s for FREE Gallon of Milk oyno

      ~ Organic Valley Milk, 64 oz - $2.99
      Use <$1.00> here = $1.99
      Use <$1.00>/2 Go Organic Coupon Book, click here for more info = $4.98/2 or $2.49 each
      (My normal everyday 64 oz organic milk price is $2.99 so both are deals!)

      ~ Albertson’s Butter, 16 oz - $1.50

      ~ Borden Milk, gallon - $2.99
      Use <$1.00> 03/29 SS = $1.99

      ~ Sanderson Farms Drumsticks or Thighs, family pack - $1.00/lb

      ~ John Morrell Pork Loin Chops, bone-in, end cut, family pack - $1.00/lb
      (I don’t buy this type of chops so I am not certain that it’s a good deal)

      ~ Hot House Tomatoes, 4-pk - $1.00/each

      ~ Albertson’s Eggs, dozen - $1.00/each

      ~ Red Seedless Grapes - $1.00/lb

      ~ Artichokes - $1.00/each

      ~ Watermelons, personal size - $2.99/each

      ~ Green or Red Leaf Lettuce - $1.00/each

      ~ Spice World Jar Garlic, minced or crushed - $1.00

      ~ Gold Delicious Apples - $1.00/lbs

      ~ Coffee-Mate Creamer, 16 oz - $2.00
      Use <$1.00> here = $1.00
      Use <$1.50>/2 here = $2.50/2 or $1.25 each

      ~ Dannon Yogurt, 6 oz - $0.50
      Use <$0.60>/6 05/03 SS = $2.40/6 or $0.40 each

      ~ Cheerios, 8.9 oz - $2.00
      Use <$1.00> here = $1.00

      ~ Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice, 64 oz - $2.00
      Use <$1.00> Cran-Pomegranate here = $1.00

      ~ Fiber One or Chex Mix Bars, 5-12 ct - $2.00
      Use <$0.50> Chex Mix 04/26 SS = $1.00
      Use <$0.45> Fiber One here or here = $1.10
      Use <$0.60> Chex Mix here or here = $1.40

      ~ Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad, 7.5-7.75 oz - $1.25
      Use <$0.40> here = $0.45
      Use <$0.50>/2 05/17 SS = $1.50/2 or $0.75 each

      ~ Coke 6-pk, 16.9-24 oz bottles - $2.50
      Use <$0.30> Fiesta Coupon Book = $1.60

      * Total Steals *

      ~ Softsoap Hand Soap, 7.5 oz - $1.00
      Use <$0.40> here = $0.20
      (I have NEVER EVER paid for hand soap but if you need it - 20¢ won’t bust the budget)

      ~ Dial Basics Bar Soap, 3-pk - $1.00
      Use <$0.35> 03/08 or 05/17 SS = FREE
      (I did not get these coupons)

      ~ Suave Deodorant, 1.4 oz - $1.00
      Use <$0.50> 03/29 or 05/17 RP = FREE

      ~ Vitamin Water, 20 oz - $1.00
      Use <$1.00> 04/05 SS or here (exp. 06/03) = FREE
      (This is a pdf coupon so you can print as many as you like)

      ~ Spam Singles, 3 oz - $1.00
      Use <$0.25> 03/22 SS = $0.25
      (This is a great Food Bank item)

      ~ Fisher Snacks, 3.5-5 oz - $1.00
      Use <$1.00> 12/07, 12/14, 01/18, 03/15, 03/29 or 05/10 SS = FREE
      (Coupons are for 4 oz+ items)

      ~ Nabisco Premium Saltine Crackers, 11-16.5 oz - $2.00
      Use <$1.00> IP, no longer available = $1.00

      ~ Trident Gum, 9-14 ct - $1.00
      Use <$0.75> 05/10 SS = $0.25

      ~ Wet Ones Towelettes, 40 ct - $2.00
      Use <$1.00> here = $1.00 (Get a 15 ct pack for FREE at Wal-Mart with coupon)
      Use <$0.75> 05/17 SS = $1.25

      ~ Act Mouthwash, 18 oz - $2.50
      Use <$1.00> Albertson’s Big Book of Savings = $1.50 &
      Use <$1.00> 04/19, 05/31 SS or here = $0.50

      ** Don't forget to bring your own bags & remind the cashier to give you 5¢ back on each bag you bring in & use. This doesn't have to be the reusable bags it can be plastic bags from any store. I roll my used plastic bags then store them in empty tissue cubes. I keep a cube full of bags in my car so that if I forget my reusable bags I at least have these plus they are always handy when you have kids. When your plastic bags get holes don't forget to recycle them at Albies! **

      Click here to view the weekly ad online

      Allure Magazine Lippmann Nail Polish Giveaway - REMINDER

      Just a reminder, be one of the first 500 to click here on June 4th at 12:00 PM (EDT) to win Lippmann Collection 10th Anniversary Nail Polish Set. When subtlety is irrelevant, these three glittery polishes are just the ticket.

      Also while you are there don't forget to enter the contest for $500 worth of Fresh's best shower gels, soaps, lotions & more!

      Click here for more info

      FREE Ice Cream from Friendly's

      June 6th (Saturday) is the 2nd Annual FREE Ice Cream Day at Friendly's from 12 - 5 PM, last year over 300,000 FREE Cones/Dishes were given away!! Customers can choose from 26 flavors (Black Raspberry - YUM!) in a single scoop cone or dish. Plus, join Friendly's Best Friends of Friendly's (BFF) Club here & get a coupon for a FREE 3-scoop sundae!

      Click here to find a list of participating restaurants
      (Closest one to me is almost 900 miles away so I guess I will be passing on this FREEBIE)

      Thanks Stephanie!

      Kroger SE 05/31 - 06/06/09


      Click here to see the weekly grocery deals from Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living

      Here are the top 5 deals that I see from her list:

      ~ Chocolate Chip Cookies - $0.10/each

      ~ Cantaloupe - $1.88 each

      ~ Sargento Shredded Cheese, 8 oz - $1.79

      ~ Tombstone Pizza - $2.50
      Use <$1.00>/2 here or here = $4.00/2 or $2.00 each

      ~ Sun Chips - $2.75
      Use <$1.00>/2 here = $2.25 each

      Thanks, Ashley! If you should have any questions regarding the deals for Kroger SE please visit Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living.

      Tuesday, June 2, 2009

      Wal-Mart Freebies, 06/02/09

      While shopping at my local Wal-Mart this weekend I scored a few deals that I want to pass on to you guys.

      ~ No Nonsense Ultra Sheer Pantyhose, 1-pk - $1.00
      Use <$1.00> 03/29 SS (exp. 06/30) = FREE
      (Check inside your hose package for additional coupons)

      ~ Kotex Pads, 16 ct - $1.00
      Use <$2.00>/2 here = 2/FREE
      Use <$1.00> here = FREE
      Use <$1.00> came with sample (exp. 12/31) = FREE
      Use <$1.50>/2 All You, June '09 (exp. 07/31) = $0.50/2 or $0.25 each

      ~ Kotex Lightdays Pantiliners, 16 ct - $1.00
      Use <$1.00> here = FREE
      Use <$1.00> came with sample (exp. 12/31) = FREE
      Use <$1.50>/2 here = $0.50/2 or $0.25 each
      Use <$1.50>/2 All You, June '09 (exp. 07/31) = $0.50/2 or $0.25 each

      ~ Evercare Lint Roller (Travel/Trial Section) - $0.97
      Use <$1.00> here & here = FREE

      ~ J & J Red Cross First Aid Kit (Travel/Trial Section) - $0.97
      Use <$1.00> 05/17 RP (exp. 08/31) = FREE

      ~ Wet Ones Wipes, 15 ct (Travel/Trial Section) - $0.97
      Use <$1.00> here = FREE

      ~ Vitamin Water, 20 oz - $1.00
      Use <$1.00> 04/05 SS or here (exp. 06/03) = FREE
      (This is a pdf coupon so you can print as many as you like)

      Keep in mind that most of the deals are everyday prices so they will probably be there in weeks to come. If the coupon is for an item that you would prefer to have in a larger size or different variety than listed here you might want to hang on to and see if you can get that later for FREE, if not there is always Wal-Mart! I used to shop Wal-Mart every week but now I just have too many stores to get to each week and blog about so I keep track of the deals from other blogs (here & here) and save them in Word. I update the list with coupon expiration dates so that helps me when the end of the month is nearing & coupons are expiring, I pull out my list and head to WM for my FREEBIES. Unless there is a smokin' deal I only go once a month.

      FREE Root Beer Float at Sonic

      Get your FREE 10 oz Root Beer Float from Sonic on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 8 PM - 12 AM.

      Click here for locations

      PS - I went to this last year and it was beyond crowded, I would expect it to be worse this year. Some Sonic's put thier thinking cap on and had car hops rolling around the parking lot and sidewalks handing floats to people that even looked like they were pulling in. We took ours home and sat on the side of the pool, dipped our toes in the water and enjoyed our FREEBIE. It was crowded but was a nice treat for the fam.

      Allure Magazine NYC Powder Giveaway - REMINDER

      Just a reminder, be one of the first 500 to click here on June 3rd at 12:00 PM (EDT) to win N.Y.C. New York Color Mosaic Bronzing Powder. Swirl the brown and peachy shades together for a perfectly natural glow.

      Also while you are there don't forget to enter the contest for $500 worth of Fresh's best shower gels, soaps, lotions & more!

      Click here for more info

      BOGO Wendy's Frosty Coupon

      Click here or above pic to get your BOGO Frosty-cino or Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty coupon.

      Thanks, Mommy's Wish List!

      New Cellfire Coupons, 06/02/09

      Cellfire just released a new batch of e-coupons this morning, go load yours now!!!

      Click here to join Cellfire and load these coupons:

    • Lucky Charms Cereal, $0.55
    • Chex Mix Bars, $0.60
    • Chex Mix, $0.50
    • Romano's Macaroni Grill Dinner Kit, $1.00
    • Fiber One Bars, $0.40
    • Knorr Sides, $0.75/2
    • Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, $0.50/2
    • Fiber One Cereal, $0.55
    • Vaseline Lotion, $1.00
    • Yo-plus Yogurt, $1.00
    • Betty Crocker Warm Delights, $0.50
    • Yoplait Yogurt Cups or Smoothies, $0.50/6
    • Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix, $0.75/2
    • Betty Crocker Frosting, $0.50
    • Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, $0.75/3

      • What is Cellfire?? Click here for more info

        Current Coupons at uPromise, 06/01/09

        You can save for college in so many different ways these days but with uPromise e-coupons it requires so little of your time and doesn't cost anything! Interested??? Click here for more info & here to sign up. Once you have signed up go to 'earn rewards' then 'e-Coupons' - that's it the site will walk you through the rest but don't forget after you have loaded your coupons you need to activate them by clicking the 'activate e-Coupons" button!!

        Since this is FREE & easy Go ahead and sign up - you have nothing to loose and everything to gain! Don't have a need for college money?? Does a nephew, niece, cousin or friend's child need college money? I am sure you can find someone and you can change beneficiaries at any time if needed. Hey if you really can't find anyone my kids need college money, let's talk! LOL!

        I have been a member for years now so if you run into any snags when signing up let me know and I will help you.

        Here is the CURRENT list of 42 e-coupons available here at

        Beech-Nut Infant Cereal, $0.75
        Beech-Nut Stage 3 Jars, $1.00/5
        BIC Soleil or Shimmer System, $2.00
        Bullfrog Sunscreen, $1.00
        Cargill Salt's Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, $0.30
        Cargill Salt's Diamond Crystal Water Softener Salt, $0.50
        Cargill Salt's NEW Sea Salt, $0.35
        Cargill Salt's Salt Sense, $0.30
        Charmin Fresh Mates, $1.00/2
        Charmin TP, $0.50
        Chiquita Pineapple Bites or with Coconut, FULL Purchase Price
        Colgate 360 Toothbrush, $1.00
        Elmer GoPaint!, $1.00
        Fisher Culinary Touch Cooking, Baking or Salad Topping, $0.55
        Glass Plus, $0.50
        Gold Bond Anti-Itch Cream, $1.00
        Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion, $2.00
        Gold Bond Baby Powder, $1.00
        Gold Bond Foot Care, $1.00
        Gold Bond Lotion, $1.00
        Gold Bond Medicated Powder, $1.00
        Gold Bond Pain Relieving Foot Cream, $2.00
        Gold Bond Ultimate Powder, $1.00
        Gold Bond Ultimate Protection Lotion, $2.00
        Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Lotion, $2.00
        Huggies Diapers, $1.50
        Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage, $1.00/2
        Krusteaz Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast with CoroWise, $1.00
        Little Debbie 100 Calorie Cakes, $0.45
        Little Debbie Double Chocolate Chip Muffins, $0.75
        Marzetti Refrigerated Dips, $0.75/2
        No Yolks Egg White Pasta, $0.50
        Palmolive Pure & Clear Dish Liquid, $0.50
        Post Selects Cereal (13 oz +), $0.75
        Post Shredded Wheat, Raisin-Bran, Trail Mix Crunch or Grape-Nuts Nuggets/Flakes (10 oz +), $1.00/2
        Similac Infant Formula, $10.00/2
        Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels, $0.75/2
        Softsoap Ensembles, $1.50
        Spray 'N Wash, $0.50
        Sun Belt Hearty Grain Cookies, $0.55
        Wacky Mac & Cheese Dinner, $0.50
        Wacky Mac Multi-Shaped & Multi-Colored Pasta, $0.50

        ** All coupons expire 06/30/09 **

        Monday, June 1, 2009

        Current List from, 06/01/09 brought back & released over 50 new coupons this morning for a total of 124 coupons ready for you to print NOW, here is the CURRENT list of printables available here at

        DON'T FORGET - hit the back button after each coupon prints, most of the time all you will get is (2) but sometimes I have gotten up to (6)!!!

        NEW Allure - June Issue, $0.50
        NEW AXE Hair Product, $2.00
        Bacardi Mixers, $0.55/2
        Bausch & Lomb Ocuvite Eye Vitamins, $ 1.00
        Bausch & Lomb PreserVision Eye Vitamins, $ 1.00
        Bausch & Lomb ReNu Solution, $1.00
        NEW Benefiber Product, $2.00
        NEW Betty Crocker Box Supreme Brownie Mixes, $0.75/2
        NEW Betty Crocker Frosting, $0.50
        NEW Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, $0.50/2
        NEW Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Mix, $0.40
        NEW Betty Crocker Warm Delights, $0.50
        NEW Big G Cereals, $1.00/3
        Boulder Canyon, $1.00/2
        Breakstone's or Knudsen Cottage Cheese or Sour Cream, $1.00/2
        Brez, $2.00
        California Pizza Kitchen Pizza, $1.00
        NEW Caribou Coffee, $1.00
        NEW Chex Mix Bars, $0.60
        NEW Chex Mix, $0.50
        NEW Claritin, $4.00
        CloSYS TP or Oral Rinse, $1.00
        Cool Whip Whipped Topping in a Can, $1.00/2
        NEW Country Time Lemonade, $1.50/2
        NEW CracKare Moisturizing Patch For Cracked Heels, $2.00

        NEW Crown Prince Seafood, $0.35
        Crystal Light Drink Mix, $1.00
        Crystal Light Drink Mix, $2.00/2
        Dave & Buster's FREE $10 Game Play wyb $10
        NEW DeLallo Imported Pasta Sauce, $1.00
        NEW DeLallo Whole Wheat Organic Pasta, $1.00/2
        DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza, $1.00
        NEW Disney Vitamins, $1.00
        NEW Dominex Eggplant Cutlets or Veggie Meatballs, $1.00
        NEW Dream Frozen Dessert, $1.00
        NEW Dry Idea Roll-On, $2.00

        NEW Elle - June Issue, $1.00
        Energizer Hearing Aid Battery Pack, $1.00
        NEW Ethnic Gourmet Frozen Entrees, $1.50/2
        Evercare Roller or Refill, $1.00
        Excedrin Back & Body, $1.00
        Excedrin Express Gels, $1.00
        Excedrin Migraine, $1.00
        Excedrin PM, $1.00
        NEW Fiber One Cereals, $0.75
        NEW Fiber One Chewy Bars, $0.45
        NEW Flintstones Multivitamin Product, $1.00
        NEW Garnier Nutritioniste Product, $2.00
        NEW General Foods International Coffee, $1.00
        NEW General Foods International, $2.00/2
        Glen Oaks Drinkable Yogurt, $1.00
        NEW Gorton's Bagged Items, $1.00/2
        Grey Poupon Mustard, $1.00
        NEW Hamburger Helper, $0.80/3
        Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing, $1.50/2
        JC Penny Optical Eyeglasses , $99
        NEW Jell-O Gelatin or Pudding, $1.00/3
        Jell-O Gelatin or Pudding, $1.00/3
        NEW John Frieda Root Awakening, $1.00
        NEW Keebler Sandies Cookies, $1.00
        NEW Kellogg's Special K Protein Shakes, $1.00
        Kerasal Foot Softening Product, $1.00
        NEW King's Hawaiian Sandwich Rolls, $0.75
        King's Hawaiian Sliced Bread, $0.75
        Kool-Aid Canisters, $1.00/2
        NEW Kool-Aid Packets, $0.50/10
        Kraft Bagel-fuls, $1.00
        Kraft Deli Deluxe Cheese, $0.75
        Kraft Easy Mac Cups, $1.00/2
        Kraft Natural Cheese, $1.00/2
        Kraft Singles, $1.00/2
        NEW LeapFrog Toy, $3.00 (Toys R' Us ONLY)
        Lice MD, $1.00
        Litehouse Product, $1.00/2
        NEW Lucky Charms Cereal, $0.50
        NEW Malt-o-Meal Cereal, $1.00
        NEW Maxwell House, $2.00/2
        NEW Minute Ready to Serve Rice, $0.50
        NEW Monopoly Electronic Banking Game, $10.00
        NEW Nature Valley Granola Bars, $0.75/2
        Nature's Bounty Product, $1.00
        Newman's Own Thin & Crispy Pizza, $1.00
        One-A-Day Multi-Vitamin, $1.00
        OptiFree Multi-Purpose Solution, $ 1.00
        Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Meat & Kraft Cheese, $1.00/2
        NEW Perlabella PureDose Pearls, $2.00
        Philadelphia Cream Cheese Bricks, $1.00/2
        NEW Pictureka! Game, $5.00
        NEW Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods Products, $0.75/3
        Planters Big Nut Bars, $1.00
        NEW Poore Brothers Chips, $1.00/2
        NEW Rader Farms Smoothie or Fruit Product, $1.00
        NEW Reese’s Puffs Cereal, $0.55
        Reser's Fine Foods, $1.00
        NEW Rosetto Frozen Pasta, $1.50/2
        NEW Scrabble Diamond Anniversary Edition Game, $10.00
        Sears Portrait, 20% off
        NEW Seattle's Best Coffee, $1.50
        NEW Self - June Issue, $0.50
        NEW Solo Cups, Plates or Bowls, $0.75
        NEW Starbucks Coffee, $1.50
        Sundown Vitamins, $1.00
        NEW Tazo Tea, $1.50
        TGI Friday's Snacks, $1.00/2
        Tombstone Pizza, $1.00/2
        NEW Tony Hawk Vitamins, $1.00
        NEW Treasure Cave Cheese, $0.55
        NEW True Lemon, $1.00
        Vagisil Satin, $1.00
        Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, $1.00
        Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cups, $1.00/2
        NEW Velveeta Shells & Cheese or Kraft Deluxe M&C, $1.00
        NEW Village Naturals Foot Essentials, $0.50
        NEW Vogue - June Issue, $0.50
        NEW Weight Watchers Yogurt, $0.55/3
        Wellesse Joint Movement Glucosamine, $3.00
        Wisk Laundry Detergent, $1.00
        NEW Yoplait Go-GURT Yogurt, $0.75/2
        NEW Yoplait Yogurt cups, $0.45/6
        NEW Yoplait Yogurt, $0.55
        NEW Yoplait Yogurt, $0.40
        NEW Yoplait Yogurt, $0.80/2
        NEW Yo-Plus Yogurt, $1.00

        You can also print all these coupons from my coupon bar in the left sidebar

        Still wanting more coupons??? Gotcha covered, click here & here for baby coupons! Need more coupons from a past insert?? Order them here. Samples?? Got that too, click here, here & here!

        One more coupon for ya:
        NEW Dole Canned Fruit, $0.50 here

        Want to share my list on your site?? Sure thing but please give me credit for typing up this list & leave a link back to me. Thanks! Hollie at Happy Couponing

        Allure Magazine Good Skin Giveaway - REMINDER

        Just a reminder, be one of the first 500 to click here on June 2nd at 12:00 PM (EDT) to win Good Skin Labs Tri-Aktiline Total Face Moisturizer. This lightweight lotion instantly plumps lines while keeping skin hydrated.

        Also while you are there don't forget to enter the contest for $500 worth of Fresh's best shower gels, soaps, lotions & more!

        Click here for more info

        FREE 2009 Entertainment Book

        Get your FREE 2009 Entertainment Book here when you pre-order the 2010 book. If you just want the 2009 book you can do that too for only $9.99 plus shipping. This offer expires 06/30/09 - so act quick!

        Each city gets different books but my 2009 book has coupons for several local restuarants and fast food chains that we dine at & my favorite coupons of all - Tom Thumb coupons!! They even have coupons for activities that you can do with your family. I love my book (Thanks, Big Brother!) and can't wait for my 2010 to get here!

        FREE Kid's Books

        Dr Seuss

        Click here to join the Dr. Seuss & Friends Book Club. For joining the club you will receive a FREE Canvas tote bag & 2 FREE books when you buy The Cat & the Hat ($4.99 plus S&H). As a member of the club you will receive 2 books each month, you can return any book that you don't like and you can cancel at ANY time.

        I joined this club when I was still pregnant with my oldest & it was really as easy as they say it is. I got my FREE books & gift, bought 2 or 3 then cancelled. Easy as pie!