Wednesday, November 30, 2011

$10 Giftcard from Target!

Spend $50.... get a $10 giftcard back when you present this coupon. Easy...I did it this afternoon.

(Thanks for the heads up, Money Saving Mom!)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Free "From the Kitchen Of..." Gift Labels

Planning on making your own homemade goodies for gift-giving? Add a beautiful label to that jar or box, and make it even more special.

Land O' Lakes is offering an easy download you can use as much as you want. They easily print on plain paper, or on 2" x 4" peel-and-stick label paper.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Keep Your Dates Straight!

...and do it beautifully, with this lovely themed Margaret Chiu painting 2012 calendar. Yours for the asking -- visit here and send an e-mail request. Wow.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

$450 Amazon Gift Cards - Can You Enter?

The Ebay online selling coach is offering a $250 Amazon gift card, plus multiple chances at $50 gift've got until Oct. 31 to enter. Go here to register.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Amazon Gift Card Bonus

Can  you use a $100, $200 or even $500 Amazon gift card?

Transfer money to a new or pre-existing TD Ameritrade account, and you've got it. Find out more here.

If you've been thinking of making a change, now may be the time to do it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Magazine Subscriptions!

A year of Popular Science

Yup, when you sign up here. And you don't have to give a credit card, either.
Husband was thrilled. Daughter #2's boyfriend Keith likes it too, so I signed him up, as well.

They're also offering Outdoor Life (digitally), Ski and Bridal Guide.

I don't understand how they can afford to do this -- but I've had free magazines before, from Better Homes & Gardens to Martha Stewart's Living. So I know it can happen...but don't delay. This special might not continue for long.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Shampoo and Yogurt - What Do They Have in Common?

Nothing's nicer than free...and you've got two opportunities to take advantage of!

Free Sample Pack of Suave Hair Products, courtesy of

 Go to to start the process.

and a free package of Activia Selects, via their site on Facebook:

Go here, 'Like' it, and you're on your way.

Warning: neither freebie will last that long -- the Activia one expires on Aug. 15. So don't delay.
And don't accidentally delete your Activia coupon when it arrives in your in-box. Like someone else I know. (red face) Just saying.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Save $1 on Ebay

Save a buck straight off on Ebay, if you're willing to sign up for their 'Daily Deals' e-mails...
    But you've only got today to do it. Expires July 20. 
     Go here to register.  If you've already got an Ebay account, it won't be any different!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hot Dog!

Now's your chance to get a Really Good coupon for Oscar Mayer hot dogs. I love these guys, they've got a good taste, and the skin snaps juicily when you bite into them. They're perfect especially for Chicago hot dogs -- sauerkraut, celery salt, bright green relish, mustard...and a dill pickle. ( I haven't been paid a cent for saying this, either.)

Go here to Oscar Mayer's 'Taste-A-Monials' Facebook page, click 'Like'...fill out the form, and the coupon's yours. Yum.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pennies...And Saving Many Ways

Ponder this -- what would you think if you found stacks of pennies on your front doorstep? 
   Here's what came of it for this person. Don't miss the comments, either.
(Personally, I wouldn't mind -- extra money for the jar!)

And -- 25 ways to save money, some helpful, some not. The best part of the post, though, are the many links she gives to others who are giving their 25 best ways to save money! (Thanks so much, Frugal for Life.)


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Free Tub 'O Towels

Clean up good...get a free Tub O Towels sample! Click here...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Gurney's Grab Bag Special

$200 worth of plants...for only $19.95 and shipping?

Yup, when Gurney's is having a sale. I've ordered many times from this old-time grower; they're both prompt and reliable.

Go here to find out more. But don't wait too long -- sale ends June 6.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Kids Movies This Summer

Kids' movies for a buck this summer...thanks to Cinemark Theatres' Summer Movie Clubhouse program. You can even buy a 10-punch card for $5. Boy, will that help pay for the popcorn!
     Go here for more information.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Buck Off Sweet Potato Fries

Get 'em by 'liking' Ore Ida on Facebook. Then go on to the Sweet Potato video; at its end will be the chance to sign up for a $1.00 coupon off.
     Next week, stop by for the contest, and other opportunities. Yum.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Start A New Painting Project -- Free!

Free quart of paint to the first 200,000 requests...and it's high-quality Glidden. Whoo hoo!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A New Starbucks Special

Yum -- half-price frappuccinos at Starbucks, from 3-5 p.m. May 6-15! These are some of Starbucks' best drinks, and hopefully in time for warm weather. (It's still snowing occasionally here in Colorado.)
   Check with your local store, so see if they're honoring this special...but I'd bet they do.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Free Shout Color Catcher Sheet

Want to doubly ensure your clothes' colors (or stains) don't affect each other? Try a free Shout color sheet! Use this link to go to Facebook -- you'll have to click on 'like' to access the form.(Thanks for the tip, All You Magazine! It's a great source for learning more about freebies.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Free Coffee

It's simple...go to the Folgers Coffee site on Facebook, and push 'like' -- then click on the 'Free Sample' page. That's it!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tax Day Freebies

All sorts of freebies are being offered today on Tax Day; you'll find a general list here. (Please note: not all parts of the country get the same freebies -- darn it. Another list is here.)

   In our neck of the woods (Denver, CO suburbs), McDonalds BOGO  is one of the best deals: get a Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, or Egg McMuffin free with the purchase of same.

Hey, you're going to have to pay -- why not get something out of it!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Color Your World

It's always nice to have paint samples...for small projects, testing a certain color (the shading in our dining room varies hugely over the course of a day), or just fooling around with. I even painted our front door fuschia with a free paint sample! (Husband didn't like it at first, but seems to have grown into the idea.)
   There are a few out right now -- you can get a free Benjamin Moore 2 oz. sample, just by presenting this coupon. Or make tracks for Valspar right after 9 a.m. CST -- they're giving away 1,000 samples a day.

(thanks, Money Saving Mom, for the heads up.)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Need A New Pair of Glasses?

You can get them FREE, with just shipping and handling to pay!

Coastal Contacts is running this special -- it involves a few days' involvement, but big deal. Here's how it works:
  Go to Coastal Contacts' Facebook page, and push 'like' -- you'll get a free glasses code. (For those of your lazy types, it's FREEAPR20.
  Now go to the website, and pick out your favorite pair of glasses. Keep that info, plus your current prescription, ready -- because you'll need them for April 20.

   The first 10,000 orders after noon eastern time (that's 10 a.m. for us western types) on April 20 are FREE!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hot Dog!

"Like" Ball Park Franks on their Facebook page, and get a $1 off coupon! (Mmm...especially when they're Chicago-style, with bright green relish, onions, mustard, hot peppers and a dill pickle spear...all on a poppyseed bun.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

20 Ways to Save

(this is from my main blog...enjoy.)

I haven't stopped thinking about my earlier resolve...and what to do about it. In the meantime, I came across Frugal Upstate's list of 25 ways she saves money. And I started thinking about my own list:

*I buy my high-end clothing at the thrift store. (most recent purchase: Nike tennis shoes, perfect shape, $3!)
* I repair our clothing -- especially our socks. An hour with needle and thread, and you've got more outfits to wear -- fast.

*I water our milk down. Whole milk, at least around here, is the same price -- or cheaper -- than skim. Dilute it 30/70 with water, and you've got a much healthier drink with less fat.
*I buy cheese in big chunks -- and freeze it. You have some crumble factor, but the price per pound is much better when you buy 5 pounds versus one.
*Fruit and veggies, whenever possible, come from the farmer. It isn't just the farmer's market -- though that's nice. Trips back to Michigan invariably end with a bag of apples or peaches lugged back. Our suitcases back from Panama included ten pounds of coffee, direct from Finca La Milagrosa.

*Meat ditto. We have friends who own an insurance company -- this year, as in one year past, I'll be covering the office for them for a week or so. In return, we get one of their pigs in the fall, nicely processed in white packages and ready for cooking.
*If we can't get it from the farmer, we grow our own...
*buy it on sale, or from the clearance area. On Wednesdays, our local Sprouts not only honors the current week's sale prices on stuff -- but the previous week's sales, as well! And I always hit the clearance aisle. You never know what you'll find.

*I turn the thermostat down. Way down. As in 62-64 degrees. (Ironically, our plants seem to thrive on this.)
*We scavenge the wood for the fireplace. (One of our neighbors just cut down a dead tree...I need to get over there!)

*We swap dogsitting with neighbors, and a friend. We watch theirs...or reciprocate with gifts of home baking, fruit from Michigan (see above) and other goodies.
*Husband fixes our broken appliances. The man's a genius. (Yes, I'm a lucky woman!)
*We buy furnishings off Craigslist. Our classic leather chair and ottoman was less than $300 this way. Now I'm on the lookout for an Oriental rug for the dining room.
*We buy other stuff there, too. Or from penny advertising circulars. Our popup camper and Ford truck came that way -- at a steal. 

*We use the expertise of friends. Tommy, who's run a concrete firm for decades, poured our driveway, plus our deck. Yes, we paid him the going rate...with the confidence that if something was wrong, he'd fix it. (I'm planning the long-overdue quilt he wants me to make!)
*We almost always buy used, and...

*We offer less than the price stated. Yes, we haggle. We bargain. My leather chair and ottoman would have cost at least $65 more. Husband saved us more than a thousand dollars this way on our Jeep Cherokee.
*We'll get our plane tickets wherever we can get them cheapest. Kayak is the best, though Priceline and Cheaptickets have done well for us, too.
*We'll buy travel packages -- but only when they save more than booking separately. The Panama trip was a drive/hotel package -- and worked out to roughly $45 a day. Not bad, for hotel rates that were double and triple that price. Plus, we got a car and unlimited mileage, in the bargain.
*We buy our souvenirs at the grocery store. Snacks and quickie meals come from there, too.
*Other souvenirs come from the roadside stand...or weekend market. We rarely buy anything from an official 'store,' unless it's groceries or food souvenirs.

I have more to say, on saving for the holidays...but I've yammered on long enough for now.

Take a look at the 25 things Frugal Upstate says she wouldn't save on!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Make April's Pancakes Count At IHOP bringing your kids! They'll eat free all month at the International House of Pancakes. Husband is a pancake freak -- Saturday mornings wouldn't be without that stack of 'cakes, dripping butter and syrup. IHOP's other dishes, especially their chicken strips, are great, too!
    If your child is 12 or under, their entree (14 to choose from) is free, along with the purchase of your meal. It's good from 4-10 p.m. all through April. Yum!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Free Potato Chips - And That's No April Fool!

Stop by April 1st, from 3-8 p.m., to your Kroger grocery (out here in the West, it's King Soopers)...and get a free bag of potato chips!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ten Bucks...Just for Eating Cereal??

Yep, that's right. A $10 prepaid Master Card, when you send in 10 UPC codes off the following Kellogg's cereal boxes (10 oz. or less):

Kellogg’s All-Bran® Original cereal
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Bran Buds® cereal
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Complete® Wheat Flakes® cereal
Kellogg’s Smart Start® Strong Heart Antioxidant cereal
Kellogg’s Smart Start® Strong Heart Toasted Oat cereal
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® cereal
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® Touch of Honey cereal
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® cereal
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® Crunch cereal
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® Extra! cereal
Kellogg’s Crispix® cereal
Kellogg’s Product 19® cereal
Kellogg’s Mueslix® cereal
Kellogg’s® Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal
Kellogg’s® Lowfat Granola with Raisins cereal
Kellogg’s® Lowfat Granola without Raisins cereal
Kellogg’s® Fruit Harvest Strawberry/Blueberry cereal
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® cereal

Ten UPC codes nets you the card...and you can apply for up to five Master Cards per household. Learn more about it at Common Sense with Money. (Thanks for the heads-up!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spring Cleaning

...and starting up again! I've let time and other jobs stand in the way of keeping this blog up -- I plan to do better in that department, Dear Reader.
    Maybe it's that spring seems to be creeping in. (Too slowly, darn it!) Maybe it's that some of the everpresent piles around the house are starting to diminish. But I feel like I'm slowly, painstakingly getting a toehold on life again.
   A good place to start is Get Rich Slowly, that bastion of good and common sense. Today, J.D.'s got an interview with Tom Stanley, the author of The Millionaire Next Door -- one of the best down-to-earth finance books I've ever read. Take a look. (Save even more by buying the book on Amazon -- used copies are only a penny right now, by using the link!)

It's nice to be back.