Sunday, August 31, 2008

Political Freebies.

A catchy bumper sticker for Democrats.

Wear The Obama button!

And for the car, a Vote Obama/Biden bumper sticker.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Super Sample Sunday!

Only a few this week.

My favorite?  The FULL pack of Stride gum.  How great is that?
(sorry, I just checked, the offer is no longer on, it actually sounds like it only lasted a day)

Did you get any great samples or freebies in the mail this week?  I would love to hear about them!

my Albertsons trip

I've been so busy this week I have only been able to go to the grocery store once.  So, my total for this trip was a grand $5.12.  Boy do I love free TP!

Freebie Coupons

Free Greek yogurt from Stonyfield Farms, print coupon here

Try Just for Men haircolor Here.  Print the rebate form.

A free tan at Hollywood Tans.

Arm and Hammer essentials Try Me Free form.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Albertsons week of Aug 27- Sept 2

Some great deals at Albertsons this week, and Im talkin' FREE TP!  

Seedless watermelon .25 lb
Peaches or nectarines 1.69 lb
Plums 1.69 lb
Red, yellow or orange bell peppers 1.49 each

10 for $10
Glaceau smart water
Soyjoy bars
Plochmans mustard
Scott bath tissue  (Use $1 off here = FREE)
Sun Maid raisins boxes (use $1/2 coup from paper)
Alb frozen veggies

Arm and Hammer laundry detergent
Nature Made Vitamins
Keebler Town house crackers (including Flip Sides if you still have coups)
Dreyers Ice cream
Lays potato chips

4 for $10 (-$3 at register= 1.75 each)
Post cereals (maybe Just Bunches???)
Oscar Mayer Franks
Ritz crackers
Wheat thins
Kraft salad dressing
Planters peanuts

Please let me know if you spot any other great deals!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Oh, goodness.  We have been so busy moving all weekend I have not had a chance to pick up my computer.  Sorry about Super Sample Sunday.  My samples are packed and I have not even been near much internet service.  I will regain my normal routine in the next few days and should not have anymore hiccups, at least not in the near future.

So bring on the Freebies!

With the purchase of 2 Aveeno products (need 2 upc codes) get a free tote bag.

Free computer games on-line from Love Free

A Twist jar opener from Shared Solutions here.

An eraser free from Mailfinity!

Free Gain with Baking Soda.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rummage Sale Goodness.

My mother and I got lost looking for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and were lucky enough to end up at a church Rummage Sale.  Did she plan that??  Probably not since I was driving our work truck in 95 degree heat (a record for our area!) in a crowded town with mom and baby next to me.  It was a little (to say the least) stressful.  But, we got our door (see previous post) AND I got to do some rummage sale shopping!  We spent a total of $4.25 on baby clothes.  That always makes my day!

That Bee costume was .50!  It is double layer thickness from the Gap, I am dying to see her in it this Halloween!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Freebie Friday!

Free year of TV Guide from RewardsGold (great company, they always come through!)

Sign up with Classic Malts and get a free gift! (probably alcohol related!)

Free sample of mens cologne from Dunhill. (mmmmm)

Free 4 or 6 pack of Calistoga Water!!  (only good where Calistoga is sold, West Coast at least!)

A free 14 day trial of Lumosity Brain Games (my husband LOVES these) 

Free information about Bone Cancer if you know anyone affected. (good info)

A free sample of Christina Agulileras new parfume! (wonder what she smells like)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Frugal Friday; Shopping Habitat for Humanity

I just learned that home fixtures can be purchased through Habitat For Humanity.  They actually have stores where home builders (and homeowners) donate items such as used interior or exterior accessories and even new items that had been ordered in the wrong color or size.  

It looks as if Habitat accepts most home pieces in good and working order.  We only looked at exterior doors when we were there but I want to go back and check out what else they offer.  What a great resource to use as we fix up our old house before we sell it!!

I was thrilled to find out there was a ReStore just about 30 minutes away from my house.  I went with my mom and we picked out this gently used door for just $45!!  Sure, its wasn't free and maybe I could have found a better deal on Craigslist but we had a HUGE selection to choose from and the staff was very friendly and even put it in the truck for us!!  I just love it!

Find a ReStore near you and fix up your house!!  Its green, its thrifty, it keeps things out of the landfill, it helps build new Habitat houses and its just plain good in every way!

Check out Biblical Womanhood for other Frugal ideas!

88.35 at the Commissary

I hit up the Commissary this week because we were getting very low on groceries, almost bare bones!!  Okay, not really, but we did need groceries!  I got a ton of food and used 36 coupons for a total savings of $47.69!!!  Wow, Im good!  I did spend 88.35, which still keeps me under my $250 monthly budget.

Its kind of hard to tell, but I did get a lot.  There are doubles of many items as well.  I also was able to get a fair amount of organic foods as well as some natural cleaning products for our new home.  (as I will not be using any chemicals there if I can help it!  oops, guess the 2 cases of dish tabs will have to stay here!!  But they were such a deal!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

free offer from Hain/ Earths Best

Do you buy any of these items on a regular basis?  I do!  Buy $10 worth get a $5 gift card, buy $20 worth and get a $10 gift card. (all items must be on same receipt)  Yippee!
Check out the details on the Earths Best site.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

whats out there in free land right now?

Try a sample of Neutrogena Grapefruit acne wash.

A free subscription to Organic Connections.

Free Schick Quattro for women. (coupon supposed to be in this Roxy catalog, well see!)

A free sample from Astroglide.  Hmmmm....

Scott Bath tissue from Walmart.

Free sample from Fiber One!

A free BMI test and free samples from MyHealthyInfo.

Albertsons week of Aug 20-26

Not too many great deals to see this week.  But here they are anyway!

Peaches, plums or nectarines $1 lb
Red, yellow or orange bell peppers $1 each
Mini watermelon 1.99 each
Bartlett pears 1.29 lb
Strawberries 1 lb 2.49

10 for $10
Albertsons eggs
Albertsons Butter 8 oz
Albertsons Sour Cream
Albertsons  32 oz chocolate milk
Barilla pasta
Kraft pasta salad
Albertsons ketchup
ALbertsons lemonade concentrate
Albertsons waffles
LaVictoria salsa 12 oz

BOGO deals
GM cereals (lucky charms, cinnamon toast, honey cheerios)
Dreyers Ice cream
Got2 styling products

Kens Salad dressings $2 (use your $2 coupon here)
Albertsons fruit snacks 4 for $5
Santa Cruz organic lemonade 3 for $4
Albertsons soda 2 liters .89

Let me know if you spotted any great deals!

Commissary Deals Pac NW

I found some really great deals today!!  Boy does it pay to go to the Commissary!  Happy Shopping!

Green peppers .91lb (or appx .40 each)
Red Grapes 1.55 lb
Cucumber .34 each
organic Green onions 1.61 bag
Spinach 1.47 bag

Electrosol auto dish tabs 60 ct $2.49 (after auto store coupon @ register)
Glade plug in oil 3.44 (use $4/1 coup = free + profit)

Sargento Potato topper kit 2.08 ( use $1/1)
Smart Dogs (tofu) 2.42
Smart Deli slices 1.76
Daisy Sour Cream 1.29 (use .50 off)
American Heritage processed  24 cheese slices 1.69

Ortega green chilis .50 (use $1/2 = free)
Newmans salsa 1.39 (use $1/2 coup)
Ragu pasta sauce pouches .99 (use $1/2)
Kens Salad dressing 1.99 (use $2/1 coupon = free)
Diet Ocean spray 1 liter 1.48 (use $1/1)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

my new look.

What do you think?  I got tired of the dots and wanted a new look.  Does it take too long for the page to load up?  It seems like it might, if you agree please let me know and I'll change it!!  The last thing I want is for people to sit around waiting for my site to load.  I love that you read my blog and I want it to be a joy to visit here, your input really matters!

Now Im starting to worry because I have a new really fast computer and high speed internet and it was a little slower for me....  Let me know if it slow for you!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Super Sample Sunday!

Well I sure wish I had gotten some free time in the mail to go with all these great magazines!!  Oh, well.

My favorite? The 3 different home magazines.  They will be helpful with decorating ideas for our new home.

What was your favorite freebie this week?

Okay, The Mr Linky site must be having problems, hopefully it will be up and running soon!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cloth Pads, thats right, Menstrual Pads!

Well, my husband thinks I am crazy. First for trying these, second for 'telling the world' (his words!). If you have read my blog before you know that I am a huge cloth fan. I use cloth towels in the kitchen instead of paper towels, cloth diapers and wipes on the babe, cloth grocery bags... so why not on myself?

I have read so much about how much other women really love cloth, it is softer, lack of chemicals results i n a shorter and lighter period, and they are cheaper (or free if you have fabric on hand!). Not even to start with the whole environmental aspect.
If you can get over the gross factor (it took me about 6 months of considering to do so) and just realize we have to deal with this whole period issue no matter what. It is really not going to be much different. I wash diapers anyway so it wont create any extra tasks or even waste any extra water. And I just cannot wait to see how comfortable they really are, all I read is how much women just love them!!

I have done a lot of research and used some really wonderful and easy patterns off this website here , do check it out, at least see how pretty they are! I also was inspired by this great blog To Love Honor and Vacuum, she was less formal on making hers and it just seemed so easy and fun I really had a great time making them! This site here was especially helpful in choosing my fabrics, she also has a lot of great information to share. A great help so I was able to use materials I had on hand. I will have to purchase some snaps to add later as I have read that velcro can be scratchy!

I was hoping to get the chance to use these by today so I could report on how they worked and how comfortable they are but it might be a few days yet! I will be sure to let everyone know how much I love/hate them just as soon as I get that chance!

My lesson: stock up for the flu.

I am the kind of person who likes to have a full pantry, freezer and shelves. Bu,t I guess who doesn't.  I generally keep 'sick' foods on hand such as juice, saltines, applesauce and some mild noodle soups.  When we got hit with the flu last week I was happy to have a large jar of applesauce and crackers on hand.  As I have been otherwise busy(and we have an extra adult living with us right now) our food supply was pretty low, we were out of a few things.

It would have been nice if I hadn't had to send my mother to the grocery store for more items.  She doesn't use coupons but did purchase mostly store brand, thank goodness!  In the future I plan to set aside these mild foods and even write on them to be sure we have plenty the next time the flu hits my house.

When I am able to hit up any of these grocery items at a great deal I will be sure to grab extras for my 'sick' stock.  I encourage you to do the same.  Remember to change out the supply a couple times a year if it doesn't get used!

My 'sick' list;
veggie noodle soup
apple juice
ginger ale
apple sauce (a really huge jar)

Free things today!

Free ziplock bags and coupons from SC Johnson and Right at Home.

Free dryer vent safety tool here.

A Human Genome poster here. Great for education!

Kids interested in technology?  Try TV Technology Magazine and learn about the industry.

A free Will Planning Kit from the American Heart Association.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Free Obama button!

Get your totally Free Obama button!  Make your political statement be heard!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

This week will be bland, boring, easy and hopefully only from the food we have on hand.  We have all had a terrible flu this weekend and our appetites are still no-where near normal.  As we haven't eaten all weekend the fridge is full (minus applesauce!) and our garden is getting overgrown so I will try to stay out of the grocery store this week!

Canned vegetable soup (throw in some zucchini and peas from the garden)

Baked Potatoes w/ mild toppings (marj., green onions, steamed broccoli maybe)
Green salad

Pasta Salad w/ lots of veggies(I will make fairly bland if we are still ill)
Boca burgers maybe...

Homemade bread
Pasta Bake
Steamed zucchini

Pizza night
veggie tray

Cuban Black beans w/ mango chutney
Brown rice

Green Salad

stock up those freebies!

100 calorie Rice Cake samples from Walmart.

Free Online Strategies, a publication to help you market online and build your website.

Try Sundance Organic tea for free!

Free Companion Planting booklet from Organic Gardening. 

Free information packet from Enbrel for people suffering with Psoriasis. 

If you or someone you know hasn't gotten your free 2 week bottle of free vitamins from Nature Made, get some now!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Super Sample Sunday!

Its super sample sunday but Im just not feeling that super.  But I did get a few good freebies this week.  My fav is the $10 gift card from Kohls they just randomly send out. 

Lets see what you got!!

my Rite Aid deals

Went to Rite Aid this week, I can never turn down free razors, my husband uses them up so fast!  Got some fun things and some moneymakers!  Total for all this?  3.31 profit.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Oohhh, poor me.

I was hit by the flu today and I have been miserable.  Really, I have not been this sick in probably 5 or 10 years. Yuck.

Anyway, more from me tomorrow, assuming I keep feeling better!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Freebie from Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic is giving away a free Sleep Kit containing a DVD, mattress sample Consumer guide and price list as well as a certificate to try sleeping on one of their beds if interested.  Sign up here for the free Sleep Kit.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Albertsons week of Aug 6-12

Heres what Albertsons has this week;

10 for $10 (get $5 back) or .50 each
Kraft BBQ sauce
Hamburger Helper singles
Ortega Taco Seasoning mix
Albertsons Ranch dip mix
Kozy shack tapioca, rice of chocolate pudding
McCormick Country gravy mix
Snapple antioxidant water
Albertsons canned fruit
Albertsons Mac and cheese
Jolly Time popcorn; 3 pack
Kings Hawaiin sweet rolls 4 ct
StarKist chunk white tuna in water

10 for $20 ($5 back on 10) or $1.50 each
Mision Tortilla chips
McCormick Grill Mates seasoning
ALberstons crescent rolls
Pacific deli white or wheat pita bread
Chex mix bars
Knorr sides plus veggies
Albertsons pie crust
Kraft cool whip Aerosol
Knudsen sour cream
McCromick bag 'n season or veggie steamers
LaVictoria salsa
Progrosso Broth
McCormick flavored Pepper
Stouffers corner bistro
Lean cuisine panini or flatbread
Bulls Eye BBQ sauce

10 for $25 ($5 back when you buy 10) or $2 each
A1 Steak marinade
Mrs Dash Marinade
Grey Poupon mustard
Good seasons italian dry salad dressing
Floridas Natural OJ or Apple
Don Miguel burritos or chimichangas
Tyson breaded chicken breast fillet 
Jimmy dean breakfast sandwiches
Albertsons packed salad
Albertsons drink mix packets
Albertsons Break n Bake cookies
Kellogs nutri-grain bars
Kellogs cereal
Kellogs cereal straws
Betty crocker muffin mix; 2x blueberries or Fiber one
kraft miracle whip or mayo
Knudsen cottage cheese
dannon activia yogurt
quaker chewy granola bars
hawaiian punch 128oz bottle
Batty crocker supreme brownie mix
Mothers cookies
General Mills cereal
Kelloggs Poptarts
Macaroni Grill Pasta dinner
Peter pan peanut butter
Coffee Mate Flavored coffee creamer
Blue Magic carpet cleaner

Other great deals
Darigold Yogurt 20 for $10  use recent coupon for $1/2 = Free
Peaches, Plums or Nectarines $1 pound
Red, Yellow or Orange Peppers 1.49 each

What great deals did you see this week?

Natural Cleaning

Ahhh, the wonders of Borax.  I started purchasing this wonderful stuff when I joined the cloth diaper world.  It really works wonders in getting rid of that skunky diaper stink.  

Today I thought I would try it in the bathroom.  I dumped some in a bowl, added a little baking soda and some salt for extra abrasion as my tub was beyond dirty with hard water stains.  I used this mixture with a wet sponge and a scrub brush as was amazed at how well it worked.  I think it was just about as good as Soft Scrub.  

Added bonus;  my daughter crawled at my feet while I cleaned, no chemical inhalation worries for me!

Go on, Try it!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Freebie from Right at Home + More...

Free gift pack from Clean Home Journal , now called Right at Home.  It is for the first 10,000 only so click fast!  Includes ziplock products and a glade plug in!!

And, for anyone dealing with acne, yourself or even your children,  Differin is offering a $25 rebate here to make your acne prescription free!!  Now thats a food deal!

AND, (I keep finding more goodies for us) a Free bag of cat or dog food from Iams!!  Yippee!