Monday, March 2, 2009

The End.

Well, after eight months of blogging the "deals", I have decided to call it quits.
Blogging takes up time I feel I could use elsewhere. I really want to thank everyone who subscribed to and read my blog (even if only out of pity)!

For those of you that want to continue finding the best deals around, check out these blogs - I personally think they are a handful of the best:

Becentsable - the amazing, totally awesome Grocery Gathering
Deal Seeking Mom
Bargain Briana
Moms by Heart
Being Frugal is Fabulous
The Coupon Mom - the Grocery Coupon Database is great for coupon matching
Freebies 4 Mom

You can also scroll down the side of this blog for more links.
Thanks again, and enjoy the coming Spring!!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Freebies for the Week

Click on the following links for this week's list of FREEBIES! Includes several magazine subscriptions, Wal-Mart Samples, a Kashi entree, music downloads, and more.

Freebie Friday at The Motherload

Freebie Friday at Bargain Briana

Friday, February 27, 2009

FREE Kashi Frozen Entree

Click HERE to get a coupon for a free Kashi frozen entree! You only need to enter your name and mailing information, and Kashi will mail you a coupon. Offer valid until March 15th, 2009 or while supplies last.

FREE Hertz Car Rental

Apparently, Hertz is giving away free car rentals through March 31st! Visit for more information, or visit Hertz for the fine print. - Budgeting Website

My husband and I have been using this website for about a month and LOVE it.
Click HERE for an article thanks to Being Frugal is Fabulous about her sister's experience with If you need a way to easily keep track of where your money is going, this is for you, and it's FREE.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Drugstore Deals for the Week 2/22 - 2/28

Click on the links below to visit a variety of websites with their take on this week's bargains!

- 5 month-long free after rebate items, plus free Theraflu/Triaminic, Hershey's, Reynold's Wrap, Gillette Fusion razor, and Excedrin!
Being Frugal is Fabulous
Moms by Heart
Deal Seeking Mom

RITE AID - Free Garnier Fructis products, Zilactin, SoyJoy bars, and Reese’s Whipps!
Deal Seeking Mom
The Freebie Blogger

CVS - 3 month-long free after Extra Care Buck deals, plus free Extreme Energy 6-hour Shot, Gillette Shampoo or Conditioner, Bodiheat Pain Relieving Heat Pad, and Gillette Fusion Gamer razor!
Mommy Snacks
Deal Seeking Mom
Southern Savers - with scenarios!

20% Off at the Container Store

Oprah and Co. have given their viewers a special 20% off coupon to the Container Store. You can use it in-store, online, or with phone orders (thanks to Freebies 4 Mom).

Click HERE for the page.
HERE for the coupon.
The Container Store

Friday, February 20, 2009

Current Promo

Stock-up time! is offering $25 gift certificates* for only $2!
This is the best price I've seen them offered at (over the past year).
Click on the link on the left side of this blog for more info.

*Check each restaurant for specific conditions.

Coupon Insert Schedule

I have had a few family members mention that they didn't get inserts in the last Sunday paper. Oops! I forgot to mention that there aren't usually inserts on holiday weekends. I am not sure why. My guess is the companies don't want to spend money putting them into papers when most people are out of town, but since the coupons don't usually expire for weeks, this doesn't really add up...Does anyone know the real answer?!

In any case, HERE is the 2009 coupon insert list from BeCentsAble.

FYI - The Red Plum/Valassis insert is getting pulled from some papers. Boo! HERE is an article at Bargain Briana (love the graphic) about this issue.

Are you affected? Valassis has pulled their RedPlum coupon inserts from major cities in Ohio,
Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Maryland, and Texas.

Fabulous Friday!

I have found a bunch of deals to list today!

This week's list of freebies (including samples. magazines, and much more):
Freebie Friday at Bargain Briana
Freebie Friday at The Motherload

Photo Deals:
Walgreens - FRI FEB 20th ONLY!! Get 20 FREE 4x6 prints with code ONEDAY. Pick them up at your local Walgreen's and you won't have to pay shipping.
Shutterfly - Get a FREE 8x8 photobook ($29.99 value, pay only s&h $7.99) through 3/10. Enter code PHOTOBOOKS. If you are a new member, you can also get 25 free 4x6 prints!

Mall Coupons:
Clarins - Complimentary One-to-One Facial Treatment with coupon
Bath & Body Works - Free B&BW's shower gel with any $10 purchase, exp 3/15/09
Bath & Body Works - Free aromatherapy body care or home fragrance item (up to $13 value) with $15 purchase, exp 3/1/09
Origins - free sample of Night Health BedtimeFace Cream w/coupon
Victoria's Secret - Free 1 oz PINK Energizing Lotion w/coupon, no purchase required

Other Deals:
Ulta Beauty - Coupon found in the March Allure magazine for $5 off a $10 purchase. If you don't have the magazine, use this code online: 28304. Valid through 3/31/09 on all regular, sale or clearance merchandise. Excludes fragrance and prestige cosmetics. Get 4% cashback at Ebates, 5% back at Mr. Rebates, and 5% at Cashbaq.
- Twin, full, or queen reversable comforters for only $14.99! These remind me of what I used in college (I had hunter/garnet). Get an even better deal. Go through Ebates to get 5% back, Mr. Rebates for 6% back, PLUS a 99 cent shipping deal, or 6% at Cashbaq, PLUS FREE shipping!

Current - Clearance! A handful of great deals listed HERE, thanks to Moms by Heart. Use Ebates, Mr. Rebate, Cashbaq (free shipping) to save even more.

WHEW! I think I got them all. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Entertainment Freebies List

Click HERE for a great list of entertainment freebies from Freebies 4 Mom!
It includes free TV and movies through - I use this site frequently since we don't have cable. It's great for keeping up on some current shows such as Heroes and 30 Rock.
You can also visit the network websites for full episodes or clips: - Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, etc. - Survivor, CSI, NCIS, etc. - 24, Family Guy, House, Hell's Kitchen, etc. - 30 Rock, Chuck, The Biggest Loser, Heroes, etc.
Comedy Central - British Broadcasting - Site where you can watch TV from around the world. - Another worldwide site

Grocery Store Deals 2/19 - 2/25

Click on any of the links below to get this week's grocery deals!

Food Lion
Southern Savers
The "Cent"sible Sawyer

Frugal in Virginia
Southern Savers

Bargain Briana
IN Good "Cents"

Bargain Briana
IN Good "Cents"
Mommy Snacks

Deal Seeking Mom
The "Cent"sible Sawyer

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Free Samples Galore!

Click HERE to visit Moms by Heart for the list of all lists of freebies!

Coupon for a free 1 oz lotion at Victoria's Secret
A free 10-day trial of an Origins product
and MANY, MANY more.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Military Bread Program - Hampton Roads

I want to alert all Hampton Roads military personnel and dependents to the Armed Service YMCA Bread Program available in this area! The program is free to all military (show ID).

All you have to do is show up at the week's location at 10am (see links below), stand in line a little bit, and fill two regular-sized grocery bags with bread and baked goods! You pay nothing out of pocket. The bread is a mix of brands and types including white bread, whole wheat, high-fiber, low-fat, bagels, english muffins, and baked goods. This is bread that has a close or just passed (meaning the day before) sell-by date, not expiration.

The best part: once everyone in line has had a chance to go through, you are allowed to go through AGAIN! Plus, sometimes there are a limited quantity of baked goodies, and if you are one of the first people in line, you get one free baked good. Past goodies included: coconut cream pie, coffee cake, and donuts. is the link to the Armed Services YMCA website.
Here is the link to the Winter 2009 schedule.

Maybe I'll see you this Wednesday at Fort Story Youth Services!

For Your Information

After a lot of thought, I will be spending less time with this blog.

I will still post the drugstore deals every Sun/Mon, and I'll post grocery deals on Wednesday.

As a spouse of an enlisted sailor, I want to blog about the opportunities (and sometimes the disappointments) of a military life. There are so many programs available that we don't know or hear about until we actually need them, or until our commands give us a head's up - which many of them don't.

I will occasionally write about things my husband and I try like our current "Week of Vegetarianism", or products we use or places we visit.

Thank you for reading this blog! I appreciate the support and always get a thrill out of getting a new subscriber. If you know anyone in the military (officer or enlisted), feel free to pass this website along!

Drugstore Deals for the Week 2/15 - 2/21

Click on the links below to visit a variety of websites (or just one) with their take on this week's bargains!

- Five month-long free after rebate items, plus free Revlon lip gloss, toothpaste, and Glade!
from WAGS to Riches
Money Saving Mom
Bargain Briana

RITE AID - Free Hershey's Candy and Serenity Pads!
The Freebie Blogger
Sisterly Savings

CVS - Four Extra Care Buck freebies, plus free toothpaste, Windex, and a Gillette razor!
Moms by Heart
Bargain Briana - with scenarios
Money Saving Mom

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Rite Aid Deals 2/8 - 2/14

Click HERE to visit Deal Seeking Mom for this week's deals at Rite Aid!
Other blogs to visit for deals and scenarios:
Southern Savers
The Freebie Blogger
Sisterly Savings

FREEBIES (w/coupons &/or Single Check Rebate program):
Bayer 24 Ct.
Durex Condoms or Lubricant
Garnier Fructis Ultra Strong Hairspray or Full Control Mousse
Freestyle Lite Meter
Nivea Lip Care
Reeses Whips

Walgreen's Deals 2/8 - 2/14

Click HERE to visit From Wags to Riches for this week's deals at Walgreen's!
Other blogs to visit for more deals and scenarios:
Being Frugal is Fabulous
Money Saving Mom
Moms by Heart
Deal Seeking Mom

February Free After Rebate Items (use w/coupons to MAKE $$):
Zucol Cold Care Lozenges (18 pk.)
Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer or Spa Foundation
Revlon Creme Lip Gloss
Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers 6.8-13 oz.
ThermaCare Trial Size Neck, Shoulder and Wrist Heat Wrap
Walgreens Multi-Purpose No Rub Solution 4 oz

FREEBIES (w/coupon & Register Rewards):
Gillette Fusion razor
Ensure 6-pk (mail-in rebate)
Scrubbing Bubbles Wipes or All Purpose Cleaner
Windex Wipes

CVS Deals 2/8 - 2/14

Click HERE to visit Deal Seeking Mom for this week's deals at CVS!
Other blogs to visit for more deals and scenarios:
Bargain Briana
Money Saving Mom
Moms by Heart

February Extra Care Buck Deals:
CVS Children’s Chewable Aspirin 36 ct.
Extreme Energy 6 hour shot
Ear Rinse Ear Cleansing Spray 1 oz.
Gillette Shampoo or Conditioner

FREEBIES for the week (w/coupon &/or ECBs):
Keebler or Nabisco 4 - 5.25 oz. (Select Varieties)
Gillette Fusion Gamer, Venus Embrace, or Spa Breeze razor
Colgate Toothpaste
BodiHeat Pain Relieving Heat Pad
Renuzit TriScents

Friday, February 6, 2009

Rite Aid $5 off $20 Friday & Saturday ONLY!!

HERE is a printable coupon to Rite Aid for $5 off a $20 purchase. It is good through Feb 7th, so that means this Friday and Saturday ONLY.

$10 back on Fragrance Purchases at Amazon

Amazon is offering $10 back with fragrance purchases $59 or more with promo code FRAGFEB9!
This deal expires on Feb 14th. Click on the AMAZON DEAL link on the left side of this webpage for a list of qualifying products (scroll down the page and you'll see the words "all eligible products", click on this to see the thousands of fragrances that qualify). The instructions for check-out are at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Marsh Deals 2/5 - 2/11

Click HERE to visit Bargain Briana and this week's Marsh deals!
Thursday is 5% Senior Discount day, check your local store for age limits.

A few of the deals:
Marsh gallon milk is 2/$4 this week
Newman's Own spagetti sauce for $1 w/coupons
Betty Crocker brownie mix, possibly FREE with printable coupons!
Yoplait Yo-Plus Yogurt less than $1 w/printable coupons

Free (and almost free) Things on Friday!

Get this week's FREE download from - The Supreme's "You Can't Hurry Love"

FREE music downloads from

Rewards Gold is offering a FREE 1-year subscription to Golf Digest. Just fill out a survey.

FREE samples at

White's Premium Dog Food

Mary Kay's Anti-Aging Miracle Set

NicoDerm sample & $7 coupon (through Kroger)

Orville Redenbacher's Natural Gourmet Popping Corn (through Kroger)

Dunkin Donuts' Dunkin Dark coffee.

Sign up for the Betty Crocker email newsletter & get a sample of Chocolate Turtle Chex Mix

Dove's Hair Therapy System

Pantene samples

Firestone coupon for a $16.99 standard oil change and filter, PLUS a free tire rotation. Expires Feb 29th.

FREE card when you buy one card - American Greetings. Click on "Click for special offer" box in bottom right corner and have your printer ready.

Aveeno $2 off coupon, sign up at site.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

FREE Weekend Day Car Rental with Hertz

Hertz is offering a free rental for a day! Through March 31,2009 you can get a free weekend day when you use promo code PC#127595 on economy to full-size class cars. This is not valid in NY Metro, Florida, and Hawaii.

Read the fine print (there may be charges)! Click HERE for more information.

My Trip to Walgreen's 2/3

This was a pretty good trip to WAGS, but I'm a bit upset since I missed out on a 15% military discount...

After my transaction, I went out to my car and noticed the sign advertising the discount and immediately went back in. BUT, since I had used a bunch of coupons, the manager advised me not to redo my transaction since I couldn't reuse the coupons and I would lose all of that money ($10).

So, FYI - Tuesday is Military Discount Day at Walgreen's!! You get 15% off if you show an ID at checkout.

That would have been an extra $6.96 off my total!!!!

Here's how I did:

Zucol Cold Care Lozenges $7.99
Use $2/1 coupon from 2-1 Smart Source Insert
Earn up to $7.99 Easy Saver Rebate
Final Price after Rebate: FREE + $2 overage

Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer or Spa Foundation $9.99
Use $2.00 off 1/11 SS
Earn up to $10 Easy Saver Rebate
Final Price after Rebate: FREE + $1 overage

Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers 6.8-13 oz. $3.99
Use $1/1 from 1/4 Red Plum Insert OR 11-9 Red Plum
Earn up to $4.29 Easy Saver
Final Price after Rebate: FREE + $1 overage

Revlon Creme Lip Gloss $9.99
Use $1.00 off MC from 10/12 or 11/16 SS
Earn up to $10 Easy Saver Rebate
Final Price after Rebate: FREE + $1 overage

Walgreen’s Multi purpose No Rub Solution 4 oz. $1.99
Earn up to $1.99
Final Price after Rebate: FREE

ThermaCare Trial Size Neck, Shoulder and Wrist Heat Wrap $2.49
Earn up to $2.49 Easy Saver Rebate
Final Price after Rebate: FREE

Theraflu Warming Liquid 8.3 oz or 6 ct. packets 2/$10
-$6.00 EasySaver rebate on two
-$1.50 coupons, use two
Final Price: $1.00/2

Pert Plus 2-in-1 $3.49
Use $1.50/1 from Feb Easy Saver Catalog
Use $1/1 from 1-25 Smart Source Insert
Final Price: 99¢

Clinical Right Guard or Dry Idea $5.99
Earn $5 Register Rewards
Final Price RR: 99¢

Reusable Green Bags 3/$1 (Limit 12)

Bubble Knee-Highs 3/$1.00

Subtotal $46.42 -$42.44 in Rebates -$5.00 in Register Rewards
Total $-1.02 (OVERAGE)

Plus another $6.96 if I had received the military discount. Grumble, grumble...
**Long sigh** Okay...I'm over it now.

Kroger Deals - Week of Feb 2nd

Click HERE to visit Mommy Snacks and her list of deals this week at Kroger!
Among other things, there is a great deal on Cheerios - $0.67/box!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Rite Aid Deals 2/1 - 2/7

Click HERE to visit Sisterly Savings to see this week's Rite Aid deals!
You can also visit The Freebie Blogger for more deals and scenarios.

Possible FREEBIES (w/coupons):
KY 2oz.

And a handful of items under $1.00!

Blog Blog Blog...What Shall I Do with You?

I am working on a focus for this blog...

I enjoy coupons & deals, but I would also like to include some information about my family's military life and our environmental efforts, too.

I really dislike the name of this blog and have been searching for something new.
Any ideas?

I would appreciate any assistance you can offer!
Thank you!!

Marsh Deals 1/29 - 2/ 4

Visit Bargain Briana for this week's Marsh deals!


Use 1-800-FREE-411 when you are on your cell phone, and you won't get charged!
Click HERE for more information. Thanks, Being Frugal is Fabulous!

CVS Deals 2/1 - 2/7

Click HERE to visit Money Saving Mom and this week's deals at CVS!
You can also visit Bargain Briana for more lists and scenarios.

February Extra Care Buck Deals (buy one & get the total back in ECBs):
CVS Children’s Chewable Aspirin 36 ct. $1.99
Extreme Energy 6 hour shot $4.99
Ear Rinse Ear Cleansing Spray 1 oz. $7.99

Other Possible FREEBIES (w/coupons & ECBs):
CVS Children's Chewable Aspirin (36 ct.)
Earinse (limit 2)
Gillette Shampoo or Conditioner (limit 5!)
BodiHeat Pain Relieving Heat Pad (limit 5)
Renuzit TriScents (limit 5)
Reese’s Whips Single
Freestyle Freedom Lite Blood glucose monitoring system
(2) L’Oreal Revitalift Cleanser 5 oz or towelettes 30 ct.
Excedrin 10 ct. vial

Walgreen's Deals 2/1 - 2/7

Click HERE to visit Bargain Briana's listing of this week's Walgreen's deals and coupon match-ups!
You can also visit Being Frugal is Fabulous, Money Saving Mom, or Moms by Heart for their take on this week's deals.

This month's FREE after rebate items:

Zucol Cold Care Lozenges up to $7.99
Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer or Spa Foundation
Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers 6.8-13 oz.
Revlon Creme Lip Gloss
Walgreen’s Multi purpose No Rub Solution 4 oz.
ThermaCare Trial Size Neck, Shoulder and Wrist Heat Wrap

Friday, January 30, 2009

Wanna Win Stuff?!

Follow the link over to the quarterly There are almost 1,000 blog giveaways posted - whew! I'm sloooooowly going through and choosing a few that sound good to me. There are a lot of baby and child-related giveaways, so if you have kids this is a great opportunity to win a few things. Good luck!

Don't Forget to Submit Rebates!!

Submit your drugstore rebates before you lose them!!

Here are the links:
Rite Aid

I ended up with $34.97 at WAGS (plus $3.50, extra 10% for putting the rebate total back on my card), and $6.00 at Rite Aid this month. I hear that in February, there are 6-7 free after rebate items at WAGS! Wonder what they'll be...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

FREE Diet Dr. Pepper Coupon

Click HERE to sign-up to receive a free coupon for Diet Dr. Pepper! You can choose between a coupon for a 20 ounce or 2 liter bottle. The coupon will be sent out in 4-6 weeks.

FREE Aromatherapy Item at Bath & Body Works

Make a $15 purchase, and use THIS coupon at get an Aromatherapy body care or home fragrance item (up to $13) for FREE! Valid through March 1, 2009. Limit one per customer.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Kroger deals 1/25-1/31

Click HERE to visit Southern Savers and this week's AWESOME Kroger deals!

MEGA DEAL - Purchase 10 participating products, get $5 back at checkout. Can do this with up to 30 products per transaction.

Crest Toothpaste
Johnson's Buddies Soap
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers
Chex Mix
Sobe Life Water
Betty Crocker frosting

I Love Chai Tea.

I remember the day my life changed. I went to study for my college courses at Border's in Bloomington, Indiana, and ordered my first chai at the coffee shop. I had heard about this drink ahead of time and was curious, and I properly mispronounced it. "Ch-aah." From that first sip, I knew I had found true love.

Starbucks coffee?! HAH, burnt & bitter! I only drink chai tea, hot or cold, doesn't matter. I've tried the pre-made creamy chai sold at the grocery store, but never found the right mix. Until now. I found the recipe for Starbucks Chai Tea!

Chai Tea:
3 cups water
3 cups milk (I use skim, want to try with soy)
6-8 black or decaf black tea bags
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom (Wal-Mart $10.28, Kroger $10.69)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves (I used 1/4 tsp, don't want it to taste too strong)
1/2 tsp ground ginger, or a small chunk of mashed fresh ginger

Bring water & milk to a boil. Add other ingredients, return to boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags and filter through fine strainer. Serve hot or cold.

Love, love, love.

My Kroger Trip 1/26

I hit the Mega Deal at Kroger yesterday and walked away with all of this for $32.41!
If you buy 10 participating products, you save $5.00 at checkout. I bought 20 products, so I saved an instant $10.00 at checkout, plus I had coupons for all the products. I used e-coupons, manufacture coupons, and my Kroger doubles paper coupons up to .50!

I also scored a few free items:
(2) Cottonelle 4 pks $0.99 ea
-$0.50/1 MFQ (doubled)

Crest Toothpaste $2.50
-$1.50/1 MFQ
-$1.50/1 P&G ecoupon
= FREE, plus overage of .50

Johnson's Buddies soap $0.99 ea
-$1.00/1 MFQ

My receipt says I saved 65%, but that includes the "Kroger Plus card savings". I know my coupon total was $33.66, plus the $10 from the Mega Deal. I'm still waiting for the 80-90% off shopping trip! HA!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Big Ole Deals at Amazon

McAfee Internet Security 2009 $38.99 - FREE after mail-in rebate!!

Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena Dryer Sheets $9.79 for 12 boxes of 80 sheets each!! This has expired. I think the price was a typo. My order was cancelled and the price matches the other dryer sheets, about $87.00. Boo! Don't you think I should have gotten it anyway?!
Come on, Amazon!

These items are currently featured in my Amazon store under CURRENT DEALS. Click on the links to get there.

CVS Deals 1/25-1/31

Click HERE for this week's CVS deals, thanks to Southern Savers (includes scenarios).
You can also visit Mummy Deals, Couponing 101, or Surviving the Stores for more listings.

FREEBIES (w/Extra Care Bucks or coupons):
Dove Beauty Bar
Almay Cosmetics
Mentos Gum
Gillette Fusion Gamer Razor
Head & Shoulders, Gillette, Pantene Restoratives or Expressions Shampoo, Conditioner, Mask or Balm
Children's Throat Cooler Ice Pops 6ct
NasoGel Drip Free Gel Spray 1.52oz
Nutra Trim Weight Management Chewing Gum 48ct
Soy Joy 6pk box

Walgreen's 1/25-1/31

Click HERE for this week's Walgreen's deals, thanks to Couponing 101.
You can also visit Mummy Deals HERE.
or Surviving the Stores HERE.

FREEBIES (w/rebate or coupons):
Printer Ink Refill!!
Reynold's Wrap Foil
Reese's Whipps
Carefree Pantyliners
Colgate Toothpaste
possibly, Bioinfusion Shampoo/Conditioner

Rite Aid 1/25-1/31

Click HERE for this week's Rite Aid deals, thanks to The Freebie Blogger.

Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner
One Touch 2 or Ultra Mini Glucose Meter (w/coupon)

Money Saving Websites

CELL PHONES: - Analyzes your cell phone and/or your credit card usage and matches you up to the best plans. I recently cut over $20 a month off my cell phone bill!

CREDIT CARDS:,, - Find a lower interest rate or a better rewards plan

CARS:,, - Compare local prices, find rebates and incentives for you next car purchase - Find the best cash-back fuel cards - Find the gas stations with the lowest prices in your town - Compare rates and quotes to find the best deal for you

EDUCATION: - Earn rewards to pay for school by registering credit cards, drugstore cards, using coupons, and more. Enrollment fee: Free!

SHOPPING: - find the lowest price online,, - Earn rebates while shopping online. (If you sign-up for Ebates and want to use me as the referral, please use the link on the left side of this blog, under Ebates. We'll both make $5! Thanks. : ), - Before you buy, search for coupons or promotional codes to use at checkout

GROCERIES/RESTAURANTS: - Enter your zip code to find weekly specials and coupons at supermarkets in your area - Receive $25 gift certificates for only $10 for restaurants in your area (check the left side of my blog for weekly updates and sales up to 80% off!). - Find local kids-eat-free deals!,, and all the other recipe websites out there - Don't buy cookbooks, just look recipes up online

More to come...

Thanks to All You magazine for many of these websites!

SwissGear Sale at

If you need a computer bag, this is a great sale. Good quality bags, and the prices are great! Click HERE to visit's SwissGear Blowout sale! All bags are 50-75% off.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Marsh Deals 1/22 - 1/28

Click HERE for the latest Marsh deals from Bargain Briana!
You can score some cheap cereal and tissues!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Trip to Rite Aid 1/21

Well...I had a pretty good day at Rite Aid! I was able to get all of this for FREE! In order to do this I scanned my ad, used the Grocery Gathering deal list at, and looked up the coupons in my files. See the details below:

2 Dove Ultimate Clear Deodorant $3.00 each
-$2 Single Check Rebate #81 (limit 2!!)
-$1.50/2 MFQ from 1/18 RP
=$0.25 each

Suave Shampoo & Conditioner $0.99 each
-$1/2 MFQ 1/11 RP
=$0.49 each

Sunmaid Raisins $0.99 each (I bought the packs of 6 boxes & coupon worked!)
-$1/2 MFQ 11/9 RP
=$0.50 each

Softsoap $0.99
-$0.35 MFQ 1/4 S1

(4) Extra Gum 15 stk $1.29 each B1G1
-(2) B1G1 MFQ (from various magazines)

(2) Mentos Gum 15pc $1.00 each
-(2) $1/1 MFQ 12/14 SS

GE Light Bulbs $2.00
-$2.00 Single Check Rebate #110

Witchhazel $4.99
-$1 hang-tag coupon

Pencil Sharpener $0.99
Glasses Cleaner $2.49
Tylenol Rapid Release 8ct (filler) $1.19

Used the $20 Gift Certificate I received from the December Rebate Deal...

Total: FREE. Gotta love these deals!

All You Magazine - Coupons!

If you want a magazine that has lots of coupons, and interesting and helpful articles, check out All You. This is available only at Wal-Mart or by subscription.
To view February's coupons, click HERE and scroll down the page a little bit.
Click HERE for two free trial issues.
If you do want to subscribe to the magazine, I recommend checking your points or money-back websites for deals (i.e. or to see if you can get money back!

A Few Freebies!

Coupon for a free pastry or 2nd beverage with purchase of a beverage at Seattle's Best Coffee (Border's) - HERE!

Free Signature Bath & Body Works item (with purchase) coupon - HERE!

Pledge 5 hours of volunteering, and Starbucks will give you a free tall brewed coffee - HERE!

Upload a photo of your smile and get a FREE pack of Trident - HERE!

Free sample of Quaker True Delights granola bar - HERE!

Free sample of Playtex Sport tampons - HERE!

Free sample of Rachael Ray's dog food, Nutrish - HERE!

Register and receive a coupon for a free multi-pack of Boost Kid's Essentials - HERE!

Various freebies at Freeflys!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CVS - Free Greeting Cards

Some CVS stores have deals this week where you can buy 3 American or Hallmark greeting cards, and get $3 ECBs back. Check you ad! Click HERE for more info.

Free Items at Menards!

Click HERE for a listing of free items after rebate at Menards!

Amazon TV Show DVDs 50% Off

Great deal at Amazon! Many TV show DVDs are 50% off, including Band of Brothers (DVD $42.49, Blu-Ray $34.99). This is an amazing and heart-wrenching show portraying the combat of WWII from bootcamp to battle. Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Based on the book and research of Stephen E. Ambrose. This set also features a documentary, featurette, interviews, and more.

Highly, highly recommended.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Meijer Deals 1/18-1/24 (or 1/28)

Click HERE for Bargain Briana's rundown of the latest deals at Meijer. Organic products are on sale!!! Wish we had one!

More Peanut News

Click on the following links for more information about the peanut recall:

Yahoo! article on more products being recalled. blog listing types of products possibly affected. (Thanks, Jessica!)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Walgreen's 1/18-1/24

Click on one of the following blogs for this week's Walgreen's deals! Not a lot of great deals this week, but there are a few Register Rewards deals to check out.

Surviving the Stores
Couponing 101
Saving Your Cents

Rite Aid Deals 1/18-1/24

Click HERE to visit The Freebie Blogger and this week's Rite Aid deals!

GE Light Bulbs
Mentos Gum (w/coupon)

Huggies Wipes, Wash, Lotion, or Washcloths
Dove Go Fresh Body Mist or Ultimate Clear Deodorant
Colgate Kids Toothpaste

Watch Out for Peanut Butter!!

"As of Friday night, 474 people had been reported infected by a salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter by public health authorities in 43 of the 50 U.S. states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said..." - Read the entire article at Yahoo! HERE.

"...the FDA has traced one likely source of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which manufactures both peanut butter that is institutionally served in such settings as long-term care facilities and cafeterias, and peanut paste—a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts—that is distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many products including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream." - The FDA's article is HERE.

The FDA warns that salmonella poisoning is possibly occurring through products that are made with peanut butter, like Keebler and Famous Amos peanut butter snacks and cookies, not jarred peanut butter (yet).

CVS Deals 1/18-1/24

Click on one of the following links for this week's CVS deals!

Surviving the Stores
IN Good "Cents"
Couponing 101

FREEBIES (with coupons):
CVS 24-hr Allergy Relief
Excedrin 20-24ct

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Meijer Super Sale 1/17-1/19

According to Bargain Briana, Meijer is having a "Super Sale" over the holiday weekend (1/17-1/19). There are several items under $1.00. Click HERE for her list.

Many of the bloggers have been naming Meijer as one of the best grocery stores to shop at, so if you haven't been there - check it out! You can also get more information about shopping at Meijer HERE, and get Meijer coupons HERE.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Circuit City Liquidation

Well...this isn't really happy news since there will be 34,000 jobs lost soon, BUT if you are in need of something electronics-related here is the Circuit City scoop:

Liquidation of the stores will begin as early as Saturday, January 17.
All sales are final (however, anything purchased prior to Jan 16th can be returned for a 14-day period for exchange or refunds).
Gift cards will be accepted at full value.
All sale prices will be at the discretion of the liquidator.

Click HERE for more information.

UPDATE: B & I visited our Circuit City yesterday (1/17), and they had a small sale 10-30% off various items: 10% or the sale price (whichever was more) on cameras & accessories, 30% on various IPod transmitters for the car, 10% off paper and ink, etc. We aren't sure if they will continue lowering the percentages, but I'll try keep you in the loop.

FREE Krispy Kreme on Inauguration Day

Go to your local Krispy Kreme on Inauguration Day, and get a free donut! No coupon required. Click HERE for more information. Sweet!

Wal-Mart Deals 1/15

Click HERE for Deal Seeking Mom's list of the current Wal-Mart deals.
You can also check out The "Cent"sible Sawyer HERE or Frugal Living Online (NW area) HERE.
(Remember, prices may be different nationwide.)

Since I primarily shop at a military commissary, I recently did some price comparisons. I found that the prices at Wal-Mart are very close to what we have at the commissary. Some products were a few cents more, some a few cents less. Overall, it seemed to even out. This is great news for those of you who don't shop at a commissary!! PLUS, I abhor the produce section at the commissary, and the local Super Wal-Mart's produce section is great and includes locally grown produce!

Freebie Friday at the Motherload!

It's Freebie Friday! Click HERE to visit The Motherload for this week's list of goodies. There are lots of fun things to sample, including a handful of free magazines!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Macy's Closing in Indiana

The Macy's at Lafayette Square Mall in Indianapolis is closing (big surprise), so if you would like to catch some good clearance deals, you should check out the sales.

Marsh Deals 1/15-1/21

Click HERE for this week's Marsh deals, thanks to Bargain Briana!

Also, if you are new or need a refresher course, click HERE for Bargain Briana's Marsh 101. You can add your Marsh card to the website and not only save money for college, you can even upload more coupons!!

Last day for Suze Orman download!!

Today is the last day to download Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan for free! Click HERE for your copy.

Fitness Items on Sale at Amazon

Exercise DVDs are on sale at Amazon - up to 57% percent off! Click HERE for the great deals. If you can't get to the gym (or it's too cold outside) these are a great alternative.

Also, to get your New Year resolutions going, you can also check out the Amazon Exercise and Fitness Store. You can find a wide selection of machines and accessories, including up to 40% off adjustable dumbells and fitness accessories.

I went for a long jog on the treadmill yesterday - distracted by Oprah. It felt good, and I don't feel too sore today!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Here are a few recalls listed by the Today Show:

Stork Craft baby cribs (about 535,000) - manufactured in Canada, China and Indonesia and imported by Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. of British Columbia, Canada; the metal mattress-support brackets can crack and break; sold at J.C. Penney, Kmart, Wal-Mart and other stores around the country, also at,, and Details: by phone at 866-361-3321; by Web at or

Taggies Sleep'n Play baby garments (about 16,000) - made in China and imported by Rashti & Rashti of New York; the snaps on the garments can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. RN No. 27829 is on the care label sewn into the garment. Sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Dillards, Nordstrom and other specialty stores nationwide and Internet retailers from January 2007 through November 2008. Details: by phone at 888-594-3730; by Web at or

Ryobi corded circular saws (12,400) - made in China by One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C.; the return spring on the product's lower blade guard can break, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Model Nos. CSB123, CSB133L and CSB142LZ. Sold at Home Depot stores nationwide from October through November 2008. Details: by phone at 800-525-2579; by Web at and

Milan vanity stools (89,000) - manufactured in China and distributed by Cheyenne Industries Inc. of Little Rock, Ark.; loose screws can cause the legs to break or separate; sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and other stores around the country between October 2004 through March 2006. Details: by phone at 800-737-5267; by Web at or

Roman shades and roll-up blinds (692,400) - manufactured in India and China and distributed by Cost Plus Inc. of Oakland, Calif.; cords pose a strangulation hazard for young children; sold at Cost Plus and World Market stores around the country between February 2006 and August 2008. Details: by phone at 877-967-5362; by Web at or

A Few Freebies!

Click HERE to get a coupon for a free bottle of Suave (sent to your email account) - Jan 14th ONLY!!

HERE for a free sample of Rachael Ray's dog food - Nutrish.

HERE for a free sample of an Always Infinity panty liner.

HERE for a free sample of a Kotex Lightdays panty liner.

HERE for a free sample of Cream of Wheat - 5 flavors to choose from!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

CVS deals 1/11-1/17

Click HERE for this week's deals, thanks to Couponing 101!

Soyjoy Bars 6pk
Kashi Bar

Birthday Treats

You can visit THIS website to get free treats on your birthday! It has listings for adults, children, and pets. Enjoy!

Rite Aid 1/11-1/17

Click HERE for Rite Aid's weekly deals, thanks to Southern Savers!

AMAZING deals on:
Serenity Pads/Underware
Huggies Jumbo pack diapers or Pull-Ups

FREEBIES (most with coupons):
Hershey's Reeses Whips
Freestyle Glucose Meter
Excedrin Back & Body

You can make $3 by using a scenario for specific medications...

Click HERE for a $5/$25 Rite Aid coupon!

Walgreen's 1/11-1-17

Click HERE for this week's deals at Walgreen's, thanks to Being Frugal is Fabulous.

You can also check out Moms by Heart's listing HERE.

FREEBIES (with coupons):
Oust Air Sanitizer
Colgate Toothpaste
Aquafresh Toothpaste
Equal (if you have the $2.50 coupon...)
Dark & Lovely Hair Care ($5 & receive $5 Register Rewards)

January's Free after Rebate Items:
Orajel Medicated Cold Sore Brushes or Patch (use coupon to make $$)
Auto Expressions Vent Fresh Elite Auto Air Freshener
Revlon Matte Collection Lipstick, Eye Shadow, Blush, or Eye Pencil (use coupon to make $$)

E-mealz Update

I have been using the website E-mealz since mid-November and thought I should give an update.

Simply put, I have enjoyed using the site. E-mealz is for people who have trouble organizing meals (or just dislike this task), and want to save a buck or two (like me!). My husband and I currently subscribe to the Low Fat Wal-Mart for Two meal list. Although we shop at the military commissary, I'm still able to get good prices on most of the products, and when we do shop at Wal-mart (once a month-ish), we are able to get food for the best prices.

The recipes have been very good. There have only been a few I didn't care for, mainly because I don't like one of the items used (lima beans - ick!). There have also been a few surprises, like Company Chicken - who knew that dried beef was so good?! This week, the recipes range from cheese ravioli to Mexican casserole to wild rice soup. I sometimes substitute things we already have in the pantry and freezer for the sides.

You can choose from a variety of meals from various grocery stores (Wal-Mart, Publix, Kroger, the "Any Store" option). The site uses the current sales flyer to put the meals together, usually saving you $30-40 a week! Not only can you choose different stores, but they also have family meal plans and plans for two people, AND low fat, low carb, vegetarian, and Weight Watcher points options. If you aren't happy with the plan that you choose, you can request to switch to another.

Overall, I enjoy using the site, and paying $1.25 a week to save me time is worth it! I highly recommend this site to those who don't have a lot of time for meal planning, or would prefer to have someone else do the planning.

Just click the advertisement on the middle left side of my blog to visit E-mealz for more information!*

*Yes, I will earn a small commission if you subscribe to E-mealz through my blog. Thank you!

$2 Kashi Coupon

Click HERE for a Kashi coupon for $2 off any one box of Kashi TLC soft-baked cereal bars.

I've tried blackberry and they are pretty tasty. It's also a rarity that Kashi has coupons available. Once you print one coupon, remember to hit the "back" arrow on your browser to get another. I was able to get two.

Friday, January 9, 2009

2008 Rebate Tally

I'm amazed at the total of rebates I've received this year - the first year I've used coupons and rebates. My end of the year tally:

I have received $988.39 in rebates, most of the products purchased were completely paid for with the rebates, so most of the items were free for my husband and I! Wow!

I have $63.18 in rebates that I haven't received for 2008. I will be checking on those when I return home.

The best part - I have actually made $95.73 by using coupons along with the rebates!
That is crazy!! Thanks, Walgreen's and Rite Aid!

FREE Suze Orman book download

Click HERE to download Suze Orman's book "2009 Action Plan" for FREE!! Offer expires at 11:59pm on Thursday, January 15. This offer is available through the Oprah. com!

Another interesting article on the website is Dr. Oz's 10 Ways to Live Healthier.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Meijer and Walmart Deals 1/4 - 1/10 (or 1/13)

Click HERE for this week's Meijer deals, thanks to Bargain Briana!

Click HERE for this week's Walmart deals, thanks to The "Cents"able Sawyer!