Sunday, February 28, 2010

Walmart Deal List 2/28/2010

Walmart List


I need to go to Walmart anyway to return a watch that stopped working, so I thought I might as well coupon shop a little.

I searched some of the blogs I follow and made this list in Word by simply copying and pasting. Do this through igoogle and before search choose blogs from the drop down menu!

The best list for Walmart deal is found on the Money Saving Madness blog. She does a good job of posting deals from all over. You will even notice when some of the deals have been first found by another blogger.

I have most of the coupon links added now!

I am posting all that I found, but note that I will not be buying it all. Watch the Walmart prices in our area- they are not always the same as listed and then may not be such a good idea!

Roddenberry's Northwoods Syrup 24-oz. $1.74

-$.75/1 hangtag coupon on the product

Final Price: $.99

Malt O Meal Cereal 12 oz bags $1

-$.75/1 coupons here

Final Price: $.25 each

Ronzoni Pasta $1.28

-$.75/1 coupon from the 12/6 SS insert

Final Price: $.53

Mighty Dog Canned Food $.54

-$2/6 printable coupon- and click on the left under pet care

Final Price: $.21 each

(Thanks, Couponing to Disney!)

Smuckers Uncrustables $2

-$1/1 printable coupon  HARD TO FIND HERE

Yoplait Smoothies $2.50

-$1.25/1 printable coupon

Pay $1.25 after coupon!

Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt $2.23

-$1/1 printable coupon

-$1/1 coupon from the 1/03/10 SS GM insert

Pay $1.23 after coupon

Lunchables Subs without drink $1.76

-$.75/1 printable coupon- print out when you get Mighty Dog Q

Pay $1.01 after coupon!

Crab Classic $2.50

-$1/1 printable HERE

Pay $1.50 after coupon!

Johnson's Bath Buddies $.97

-$1/1 printable coupon  But I could not find it wiht my local zip code!  Change the zip in the upper left corner -but I don't don't know that it is right to do that so I choose not to.

FREE after coupon!

Chef's Requested Beef Fillets $3.96

-$3/1 printable coupon  You need to register!

Pay $.98 after coupon!

Ivory Soap $1.07

-$1/1 coupon from the 12/27 P&G

Pay $.07 after coupon!

Band-Aids $1.07 & up

-$1/1 coupon from the 1/03 RP insert

As low as $.07 after coupon!

Old El Paso Heat & Serve Sides $1

-$.50/1 coupon from the 1/03 SS exp. 2/27

Pay just $.50 each!

Rolaids 3-pack $1.62

-$4/2 coupon from the 1/03 RP insert

FREE after coupon!

Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry, Scrabble Slam Card Games $5.24

-$4/1 printable coupon HERE and HERE

-$5/1 Sorry from the 2/7 USA Weekend

Final Price: $.24 or $1.24

Pictureka Card Game $5.24

-$5/1 printable HERE or HERE

-$5/1 from the 2/7 USA Weekend

Final Price: $.24

Buy two Pony Friends $5.64 each

Use BOGO Free My Little Pony printable coupon and HERE

Final PRice: $2.82 each

Tonka Chuck Pack $9.96

-$3/1 Printable HERE or HERE

Pay $6.96

Alert- It is being reported that Walmart has reduced the price of whole Sara Lee apple, pumpkin, and mincemeat pies to as low as $1. Some stores may have them slightly higher. Use the $1/1 Sara Lee Pies coupon to snag a whole pie for either FREE or very cheap!  This just in.... I was just denied a coupon!  Must be too many from my zip area?

Thanks, Alaska and Hawaii Deal Diva!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Pampers Cruisers-Qty 3 FREE

Pampers Cruisers-Qty 3 FREE
Click HERE to get a free sample of pampers cruisers! If you don't have young children consider getting the sample for your church nursery!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Walmart-Mighty Dog Canned Dog Food $.21

Mighty Dog Canned Dog Food, $0.54
Use B1G1 Purina Mighty Dog, exp. 4-1-10 (RedPlum Insert 02/21/10)
Use$2/6 Purina Mighty Dog printable coupon
Pay as little as $0.21 each after coupon

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

FREE Singular

FREE Singular

I can't believe it!  My perscription for Singular was just rung up at CVS for $0.00!  It retails for $131.11 and I would have paid about $35 with my insurance.

So to all those that doubt the use of coupons- THINK AGAIN!

When I was at my allergist last month I mentioned that I would like to start taking it as I should and be a better patient.  I just hate to take medication- except for the occasional  Migraine Excedrin.  Well the nurse was kind enough to take me up front and give me a hard card stock type coupon of sorts.  I figured I would still owe about $10, but free is good!

If your doctor does not have that coupon (Good on a new script only) try this $20 off deal.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Club Red- Free Red Scarf

Thanks to librarian Diane B. who brought to my attention 
a free scarf and subscription to Club Red by the University of Virginia!

This is an effort to protect your heart health!

Sign up for your free red scarf if you are in the Virginia Area.  Please note that they might do it no matter where you live and if you have success, please share that by posting a comment here!

Hallmark Free Card

My thanks to Susan S, library assistant for gaining my interest in the free Hallmark I have seen on the Internet. I did not understand it till she explained how easy it is!

She tells me it is as easy as going into the kids card section, noticing the banner across the top of the display and picking one of the free cards.   Just take it to the register but it will be totally free without tax.

Thanks for the tip.  I look forward to trying it Tuesday on my way home from work!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Create Change HP Contest

As part of HP’s Create Change program where they are giving away a laptop and printer, I am presented with the following question:  What are you or will you be doing in 2010 to create change and how will winning this technology bundle help your efforts?"

In 2010 I hope to inspire not only the students I teach but my co-workers in using the latest Web 2.0 technology to add a level of advancement to their lives. 

This laptop and printer bundle would enable me to  travel between home and school and readily allow others to try hands on application of the concepts I often teach and share in the computer lab.  I can see students being excited to use a laptop in my room that is similar to what they might want at home.  I can also imagine going to a teacher's rooms to show/not just tell them how technology can advance their lives and even help them save money as well as time.

While I know so many are deserving of this technology, what sets me apart from others is my capability and desire to share it with a large amount of very well deserving folks.  I am afforded the daily opportunity to share with over one hundred students a day and at least thirty -possibly more adults pass by my way.

At the end of the day, the laptop and printer would assist me in keeping my blog an open forum for sharing money saving tips and teach basic technology concepts with my readers.

Thank you for the chance to dream!

Starting February 23rd, you will be able to vote for your favorite entry. Whoever gets the most votes wins! Voting will officially end on February 28th at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be announced on March 1st. US entries only, please.  Please check out all the entries including mine on

Mr. Mailman brought me.....

Today I got my coupon for FREE Migraine Excedrin!
Want your own?  Take a look at my post for the free coupon!

Restaurant Deal Alert

Restaurant Deal Alert

I was alerted today by a fellow teacher that there are coupons for local restaurants worth $25 but you pay just $2.  I believe this is the link she was talking about 

They sell $25 gift certificates for just $10 normally.  Restuarants sign up to do this as another means of marketing and drawing new folks to their location.

Other savings websites on the Internet have posted a special promo type code to use when ordering that makes them just $2 instead of $10! Use the code: SAVOR at checkout (valid through 2/28) to save.

Mike and I tried this once down at   IJ Canns  in Winchester, VA.  There is a minimum purchase and you need to give them the certificate as the tip was calculate don the full amount for us.  That was a little different but we did save a good bit. Really make sure you read the rules before you buy them as you most oftne HAVE to have two people and two dinner entrees.  No carry out.

So thanks to Melissa M. and a shout out to all other Special Education teachers out there for giving me an idea of a deal to post!

My thanks to savingcentswithsense who came up in 
google when I went looking for the code to use!

Food Lion Finds

Food Lion Finds 2/21/2009

  • Land O Lakes  (Stick butter if it is included in the sale) I have $1 off 2 spread
Found them and got two!
  • Tostitos BOGO because they are multigrain and a favorite of mine...I will look for a tearoff pad that has a Q or free salsa. Might get them even if I don't see that tearpad!
No coupon or tearpad but I got two bags! A really great healthy option snack.
  • Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes because I have a Q that printed out last time I shopped and it is for $2 makes them .99 to try and there are 14 cups of mash potato potential! 
My q was for $2 off two and they retail for $2.99.  Not a good deal and I left q for someone else!
  • Yeast .75 off Red Star and .40 off Fleischmanns...just because we are almost out.  Should be just a few cents in the end.
They don't have Red Star at Food Lion
  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream...printed the Internet Coupon from Southern Savers as she noted and I will be looking for vanilla for just .88!   Root Beer Floats?  I hear that there are shortages on the various flavors though.
Ummm...look like they are 2/6.00 at out FL and my Q us for only $1 no deal!
  • Land O Frost- Lunch Meats-  I am intrigued by one of the last posts on Southern Savers which mentions getting the Bistro Variety for free when the Q is applied.
I got two packs of meat for .50 cents each after Q-What a steal....hubby ate the one pack within about an hour!

Handed them $6 and nearly ran out of the store!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

CVS Deals

I Took about $56.98 with me. Sending and awaiting $26.98 in rebates.  Just $29.95 has been actually spent out of pocket when all is done. 

CVS Deal 2/21/2010

EARinse, $7.99
Get $7.99 ECBs (Limit 1)

FREE after ECBs!  Owe 7.99  7.99 ECB
Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear Powder or Bronzer Refill, $6.99  Rang as 9.99 so
Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)                                                                       I will take back-ask!

$1.99 after ECBs!
*Some people report finding $5 peelies making it a money maker! Not in our area!
Just for Men Touch of Gray, $6.99
Just for Men Touch of Gray Mail-In Rebate
FREE after mail-in-rebate!
Used ECB 7.99= 9.84    6.99 coming to me from rebate.
ECB Coupon from last time for Dove chocolate bar FREE Found one for .50 but they rand as $2 off which is what it said on Q.
Almay Intense i-Color, $5.99
Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)

1 of $2/1 Almay Cosmetic Product, exp. 3-14 (SS 2/7/10)
$1.99 after coupon and ECBs!
2-Airwick Freshmatic, $5.99
2 of $5/1 Air Wick Ultra i-Motion Kit, exp. 3-21-10 (SS 02/07/10)
$0.99 after coupon!        
$5 off $15 from from Extra Care Buck Card Scanner
I owed .14 cents! Mail in rebate on shampoo and will have made $4

1-Charmin Basic or Extra Soft, $4.99 (Limit 3)  12 count basic
I have the $1 off from Save a Lot booklet-sign up on their website.  IT is a manufacture coupon good at any store.
3.99 for 12 rolls of TP=33 cents not the world’s best deal.  There is a PG rebate buy $50 of products and get a very valuable coupon booklet so I might do it anyway- and it is softer!  I messed up though and bought two rebate items on one ticket.  I will choose the shampoo below for rebate.
Renpure Organics Conditioner or Shampoo, $4.99
Free Mail-In Rebate found on select bottles
FREE after mail-in rebate!
2-Buy 2 Revlon Nail Color Get 2 CVS Nail Polish Remover Free
$2/1 Revlon Color Cosmetic Product, exp. 3-28-10 (SS 02/21/10)
Final price varies!
Est 2.99 each nail paint but I have two $2Qs so 1.98
Total 4.91 for 12 rolls of TP 2 nail paints (think Birthdays) and polish removers  That would be five items at a little over $1 a piece.  All things I use. Plus I am going to submit the 4.99 rebate and will make 8 cents and get all items above FREE!

Oil of Olay Deal

They have a $15 rebate when you buy 3 items no matter what the price.  I have heard great thing about them and have decided to “play” out the deal.
2-Olay Regenerist moisturizers  (Hoping for night cream)  20.99 each ours 24.99
1 Olay Wash  8.99       1 Olay Lotion 7.49

Use 2  Olay $3 Qs PG 1/17
Free Q for wash if you buy Regenerist Moisturizer PG 2/7 The one with the mom/daughter skating-coupon have black background
Free Q for wash also PG 2/7
$5 off $15
Used about 13 ECB
Total: $34.05   ouch  Get back $12 ECB Sent in rebate for $15

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday Sales Day!

I have a Saturday Ritual.....

After housecleaning and laundry...somewhere about noon, I sit down with the sales matchups and make my shopping lists.  Since I believe in stockpiling, I can be selective and only buy items that are a good price.

For Food Lion I use Southern Savers.  They have an awesome program that makes the grocery list for you to print at the end.  However, my printer is a little expensive when it comes to ink so I use those little note pads that folks are always advertising their services on and I just write them down.  Then I make a pocket out of the list and another sheet for my Qs.

My Food Lion List is
  • Land O Lakes  (Stick butter if it is included in the sale) I have $1 off 2 spread
  • Tostitos BOGO because they are multigrain and a favorite of mine...I will look for a tearoff pad that has a Q or free salsa. Might get them even if I don't see that tearpad!
  • Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes because I have a Q that printed out last time I shopped and it is for $2 makes them .99 to try and there are 14 cups of mash potato potential!
  • Yeast .75 off Red Star and .40 off Fleischmanns...just because we are almost out.  Should be just a few cents in the end.
  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream...printed the Internet Coupon from Southern Savers as she noted and I will be looking for vanilla for just .88!   Root Beer Floats?  I hear that there are shortages on the various flavors though.
  • Land O Frost- Lunch Meats-  I am intrigued by one of the last posts on Southern Savers which mentions getting the Bistro Variety for free when the Q is applied.

So head over to Southern Savers if you want to see what I mean!  You hardly need any coupons in hand to do these deal I mentioned...she has many of them printable from the Internet!

My Family Dollar List

I posted earlier in the week the deals here.  Here is what I will look for:
  • All Allergy Free detergent for $2 with Q
  • Two Snuggle-Liquid or dryer sheet-$1.75 each
  • Speed Stick with Q for .50
  • Mr. Clean liquid and magic eraser- I will check the pricing and have my Qs just in case
  • Hershey Candy Bars- BOGO by the box it makes them .29 each with no Q
PEEBLEs Department Store   update  a 25%Q
I found an extra 20% coupon-two actually- in the newspaper Thursday and thought I would swing by while I am out.  They expire this weekend and good for one item.

Funny thing is I just googled Peebles 2/19 and found a printable 25% off good for one item.  Turns out I could print one a day for use till 3/2/2010  Here it is and now that I have a good deal, I will still take the others and pass on those other Qs to patrons I see while shopping. 

Poor folks need to be following my blog....

Do your homework, have a paper list, and your shopping experience will be better and less taxing than fumbling with Qs in the store!

 CVS match ups

  • Extra Care Deals-Rewards print on Qs at bottom of receipt

  • $7.99 ECB wyb EARinse Ear Cleaning Spray $7.99 Limit 1 free
  • $7 ECB wyb Revlon Photo Ready Makeup or Powder $12 AND Color Burst Lipstick $7 Limit 1  I also have a CVS Q on the bottom of my reciept I can stack with one of these!
    -$1 off Revlon Color Cosmetic, SS 1/17 (exp 2/21)
    -$2 off Revlon Color Cosmetic, SS 2/21Delete
  • **Deal Idea**
    Buy: (1) Revlon Powder $12
    (1) Color Burst Lipstick $7
    Use: (2) -$2 Revlon Cosmetic SS 2/21
    Total Due: $15
    Get Back: $7 ECB, makes it $4 ea
  • $2 ECB wyb Almay Intense i-Color $5.99 Limit 1
    -$2 off Almay Cosmetic Product, SS 2/07 (makes it $1.99)Delete
  • $5 ECB wyb Almay Smart Shade or Smart Balance Foundation $9.99 Limit 1
    -$2 off Almay Cosmetic Product, SS 2/07 (makes it $2.99)Delete
  • $5 ECB wyb any $15 Clean & Clear starting at $4.99 Limit 1
    -$2 off Clean & Clear printable
    -$5 off Clean & Clear Eraser
  • $5 ECB wyb Olay Pro-X Skincare Limit 1
    Free Secret Deodorant wyb Olay Pro-X Skincare PG 2/7
    Free Olay Quench Lotion wyb Olay Pro-X Skincare PG 2/7Delete
  • $12 ECB wyb (2) Olay Regenerist or Definity Facial Care Limit 1
    Cream, Treatment 1.7oz, Eye Derma-pod 24 ct, Intervention, Contouring, Dermabrasion Kit or Definity Facial Care
    -$3 off Olay Regenerist or Definity Moisturizer or Cleanser, PG 1/17
    Free Olay Body Wash wyb any Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer PG 2/7
    Free Olay Body Lotion wyb any Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer PG 2/7

  • Other Deals

  • Betty Crocker Bowl Appetit! or Simply Asia EntrĂ©e 99¢
    -.50/1 off Simply Asia product, SS 2/07 or printable
  • Charmin Ultra Soft 9 rolls or Basic 12 rolls $4.99
    -$1 off Charmin Save-A-Lot P&G booklet home mailer
    -$1 off Charmin “Thank You Mom” home mailer
    -.25/1 Charmin PG 2/07
I simply explain my method of organizing/saving and thinking. All of these deals are from Southern Savers

    Friday, February 19, 2010

    Frugal Friday~Free Movie & Movie Tip

    Frugal Friday~Free Movie & Movie Tip

    This week during our "Frugal Friday" face to face session, our talk seemed to center around movies.

    I myself do not spend money to go out to movies very often and rental is almost unheard of these days in our family.  Thanks to the Internet, I have been scoring a free movie rental code about once a week.

    Blockbuster blue video rental units can currently be found in our area including the local Sheetz gas station! Just go to google and looking up "Blockbuster code" from time to time to find a current code.

    BBXDVD1 is a Blockbuster vending code until 2/28/2010

    As we sat around the table we started talking about movies we had seen and those we own.  We quickly figured out that it would be neat to find a system that would allow us to share our movies with each other.  A few of us agreed that a system similar to the old way of checking out library books would allow use to securely share movies with others. 

    Stay tuned to see if one of these Frugal Fridays, we actually do a movie rental/exchange.

    Until then, grab an old time popcorn popper, some cheap corn and your free movie and enjoy a relaxing night at home!

    If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment and becoming a follower!

    Free-Lever Soap Sample Costco Members

    Grab your Costco Member Number and sign up for this free Lever sample.  Takes 4-6 weeks !

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    Free- Pet in Case of Fire Decal

     "Save your pets from house fires and get your FREE pet decals today."

    This decal would be great to post on your door so that in case of fire,
    rescue will know how manys cats, dogs, etc. are in your home.

    Totally Free- please post a comment when yours arrives!  And consider "following" me!

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    FREE LUNCH-Taco Bell FREE Taco

    Only 1 million free printable fresco coupons available. They are good for up to 7 days from the time you print them.   Hurry!

    Free Kashi Cereal SAMPLE

    And this is sooooo good!

    Totally free and sent through the mail!  No coupon needed.

    This is a great size to take to work and my sample lasted for two meals!

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    What changes have you made to save money?

    What changes have you made to save money?

    Here is my list for the past few years.....
    2008 Gave up Subscription $39- another family member to be administrator
    Silkies automatic pantyhose delivery about $48 every few months
    Professionaly Done Nails $40 monthly (They needed a break anyway)
    Gym Membership $42
    Re-evaluated life insurance and cashed in one policy for $3000
    Began to buy new CFL light bulbs
    Gave up P. Buckley Moss Society Membership/prints $55 a year

     Give up local newspaper subscription. $79.50
    304B contribution reduced to $100 from $500 (No raise in salary this year)
    Work on couponing and stockpile more
    Sell more on ebay
    Learn to quickly transfer money from checking to money market
    Do not renew Family Fun subscription and any others coming due.
    Keeping Washington Post only on Sundays only for coupons
    Open a savings account at the credit union for 2.5% interest!

    Looked over credit Card Statements for recurring payments. Chek out more about this HERE!
    (We found a set of three magizine subscriptions that have apparently been on there for 3 years!  We never agreed to them and in total they would be close to $300!  Currently disputing the charge!)

    Consider getting a flea market space to sell old items and declutter faster than the time it takes to do ebay.

    Switch to a better rewards credit card for personal and another for business.  We currently have LL Bean and Cabelas which give certificates to use on clothing/gifts.  Considering a Disney Rewards card!

    Transfer all extra checking account and money market cash to that 2.5% credit union account.  Maybe make a seperate one for a vacation or Christmas fund.  Why have I not done that already?

    Get all holiday and birthday shopping done by June...the rest of the time can be for the enjoyment of the holiday season! We also would save $$$$. 

    Create a blog that might one day bring in some revenue.

    Work on a back up plan for the day job by doing freelance writing and getting my manuscripts out to publishers.

    Really work harder on saving electric by using a check off list weekly!

    Install gas fired hot water on demand unit and insulate our attic!

    Inspire us by posting your own saving goals and consider following this blog!

    Family Dollar coupon match ups

    Family Dollar Coupon Match Deals 2/14-2/23/2010

    All Liquid Laundry Detergent 32 loads $4.00

    - any - 02-07-10 RP $2.00/1 4/30/2010 =$2.00 each

    Snuggle Fabric Softener 24 loads $2.50

    - any - 01-31-10 RP $0.75/1 3/21/2010 =$1.75 each

    Mr Clean 40 oz., Magic Eraser 2 Pack or Trigger Spray 32 oz. $2.50

    -Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Any - P&G's Home Made Simple Booklet $0.75/1 3/31/2010

    -Mr. Clean Multi-Surface Liquid, Any - P&G's Home Made Simple Booklet $0.75/1 3/31/2010

    -Mr. Clean Multi-Surface Spray, Any - P&G's Home Made Simple Booklet $0.75/1 3/31/2010 =$1.75 each

    Shout Laundry Products gel or spray $2.75

    -, Any - 01-10-10 SS $0.55/1 3/6/2010 =$2.20 each

    Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorant $1.00

    -any excluding 0.5 oz - 01-31-10 SS $0.50/1 2/20/2010 =$.50 each

    Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap 29oz $1.75

    - any 20-25 oz.+ - 01-31-10 SS $0.40/1 2/20/2010 =$1.35 each

    Kellogg's Froot Loops 12.2 oz $2.00

    -$1.50/2 here = $1.25 each wyb 2 ( Do a Price Match (PM) @ WalMart for any IP deals.)

    Cover Girl Liquid makeup $4.50 , mascara $4.00

    -Covergirl face product WYB Covergirl face product, Any - 02-07-10 PG B1G1 3/31/2010 =$4.50 for 2

    Gillette Deodorant Products $3.00

    - any (excludes trial size) - 12-27-09 PG $1.00/1 2/28/2010

    - Gillette Body Wash WYB Gillette Anti-Perspirant/ Deodorant, Any (excludes trial size) - 02-07-10 PG B1G1 3/31/2010 =$2.00 for both deo and bodywash using both coupons listed or $3.00 for both deo and bodywash using the BOGO. ( YMMV on using both at Family Dollar)

    Tampax 20ct shown $3.00

    - any (Manu. Coupon w/ Save a Lot logo) $1.00/1 3/30/2010 Home Mailer =$2.00 each

    Vicks NyQuil $4.25

    -, Any - 01-17-10 PG $2.00/1 2/28/2010 =$2.25 each

    Hershey's 6pack candy bars BOGO @ $3.50

    - No coupon but a good price for 12 bars total!= $.29 each

    Monday, February 15, 2010

    Walmart Free Samples

    This is a website worth bookmarking as it changes week to week.

    They offer samples of everything from meds, baby and personal products to pet food samples.

    Start sending them to your family members and they will enjoy treats in the mail!

    ~~Migraine Excedrin FREE~~

    ~~Migraine Excedrin FREE~~

    Go here, answer one simple question (choose anything other than Excedrin) and fill in your information to have a coupon for a FREE bottle of Excedrin mailed to you.
    UPDATE:  Mine came in  the mail 2/22/2010!

    Sunday, February 14, 2010

    Free Dog Leash from Snapfish

    Free Dog Leash from Snapfish

    Cookie and I just ordered a dog leash with her picture alll over it from Snapfish.

    It was totally FREE including free shipping!

    Go to and sign up for a new photo account.  Upload your dog's phot and instead of opting for the 20 free prints, apply the credit towards the $19.99 dog leash.  For that matter you might be able to choose something of the same or even less value.

    Right now and through 2/19 you can get free shipping form Snapfish when you use the code PRESDAY at checkout.

    One tip- use a Visa Credit card when you go to pay as Paypal has trouble charging you a balance of zero!

    Stay tuned for a picture I will post when ours arrives....meanwhile here is the picture we chose to use.

    Saturday, February 13, 2010

    ~~Dollar General Roses $1 and balloons?~~

    ~~Dollar General Roses $1 and balloons?~~

    Note:  The flowers seen above are not the actual ones from Dollar General!

    Our local Dollar General is carrying pre-wrapped fresh roses of various colors for $1 each!  Buy a dozen and make your own arrangement!  They also have chocolate roses!

    Click here for the Dollar General Valentine Flyer

    Word has it that they are doing this in all their stores and some even have helium balloons.  So now, even if you find yourself strapped for cash this Valentine's Day- you can still get something!

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    ~~Outback Steakhouse Nationwide Valentine Deal~~

    ~~Outback Steakhouse ~~
    Free  $10 certificate & Mp3
    This is a national Valentine’s Day Special! It is available from Friday 2/12 thru Sunday 2/14 and there is no minimum purchase to receive the $10 off coupon & free Tim McGraw download.

    Someone mentioned that you might just go in fr sesset or an appetizer and you will still ge the deal!

    Please note the $10 off certificate is good for a future order when 2 entrees are purchased, anytime between February 15th & March 31st, 2010.

    (My thanks to Thrifty Northwest Mom and

    Save money and pack lunch!

    Save money and pack lunch!

    Even buying an adult lunch in a school cafeteria adds up. At approximately $2.50 a day and you  have spent $50 a month on low quality food.   Save that money and buy some steaks!

    Here you see my lunch. Healthy including steam carrot s and brown rice, but I know that first day of the week I might need something salty, sweet, or pure candy so I am taking along a little sampling of snacks for the desk drawer. 

    You can save money by keeping snacks like this in your desk drawer. Sized just right they also save $$$ as the going rate is at least .60 from a vending machine and these cost .25.

    See where doing the Math and planning ahead can save you money?  Run to the store and take your coupons.  Stock up when there are good deals!

    Bring your own drink too. You can see I have two, one with water and one sweet tea. I might even bring a can of coke which would sell for $1.25...but of course I got them for dirt cheap on sale. Some folks even keep a variety of drinks in the back of the car in a cooler. One post on a blog mentioned a gallon of spring water in a cooler for bottle refills.

    So what ways can you think of to save on lunch?

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill NOW!

    Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill NOW!

    Turn off all electronics that have a face/clock
    I unplug the microwave all of the time now. I found that I have to leave the answering machine plugged in though I could live without it!  Anything that has a light takes energy all of the tie and in many cases you can turn off a bunch of things with a power strip.  For instance, I think my Wii is plugged in all of the time along with the chargers and TV...most all of those have a little light that stays on.  I could save more energy by putting them all on a power strip and turn them off when not using.  Supposedly the power strip itself might use energy, but I guess it remains trapped in the device and not constantly using if it is turned off. 

    I tried turning off our TVs with th strips but then I come home and wonder why the remote does not work.  Takes me a while to remember I turned them off.  Even harder for my husband.  I guess we have to make new habits.  I prefer to keep them on until I get back on my energy saving kick!

    Unplug the spare/garage refrig.
    Nature provided us with refrigeration in the Fall/Winter. Gas grills do wonders as a winter refig. For the summer we could plan ahead and add ice to a cooler-keep outside in the shade on the porch. Our root cellar/basement also provides some cooling for beverages till peak summer months. I keep just a few sodas in the refig and restock every night.

    Unload and unplug garage extra freezer (even though it is Energy Star rated)

    In preparation for Summer- we bought enough light blocking shades for the front three windows and two sides. Turns out they also help keep Winter drafts out.  This may have been my biggest money saver so far!

    Took out all my electric candles from the windows.  I replaced them over the 2009 holiday and they are now dawn to dusk so I feel a little better about it.  I don't really know if they cost that much to keep.

    Waited till I had a full load before washing. Instead of one set of sheets I wait till the next laundry week and add the two sets together for one load. I have an energy efficient front load with newer dryer as well.

    Manage clothes drying time. Run it back to back and never let it get cold. Use the outside line for clothes hanging. Even dried once by the wood furnace!  I got a basic rope line at the dollar store which I could run in the basement.

    We already had a digital programmable thermostat (we use oil so it really does not help on our electric-maybe yours) and even though it was Winter (about the same temps as last year) we keep the thermostat at 70 degrees. We set it to turn real low overnight-rise in temp about 30 minutes before we wake and on for about an hour then off till 30 minutes before home then back off overnight.  The trick is to stay on the programmed settings- often with school snow days I was home and chilly-so I bumped it up a few notches.  I used more.  We probably used more oil than normal during the Winter 2009-10 season.

    My April 2009 electric bill is $79.71 And it would have been about $160 compared with the same time the previous year without these changes.

    I should slide that extra 80 into my savings and start a vacation ledger!

    Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    Endless Pancakes and Fries - Free burger-b-day gift-Denny's

     Starting today, any entree that come with fries or pancakes and is over $2.50 will get free refills of fries and extra orders of pancakes (two at a time)!

     Endless Pancakes and Fries - Denny's will provide free refills to any order of French fries or pancakes at participating locations nationwide.

    While some can't afford to eat all those carbs in one seating, the rest of you might enjoy this new perk.

     Check out their website for more ways to get free food!   

     Grand Slam For a Year - It's more than just a Free Original Grand Slam(R) on February 9th. Anyone can register February 1st through February 14th, 2010 online at or in store to win one FREE Original Grand Slam(R) every week for one year. There will be 52 winners announced, one each week. Winners will be posted each week on  I just entered!
    Free Burger and Fries - From February 1st through 14th, the first 500,000 people who sign up for the new Denny's Rewards program online will receive a FREE burger and fries available March 1st through March 7th, 2010.

     Denny's Birthday Original Grand Slam(R) - The Party's back at Denny's. Consumers are invited to celebrate birthdays with a Free Original Grand Slam(R) meal at participating restaurants. The Original Grand Slam(R) offer is free for the birthday guy or gal dining in and who shows proof that it's their birthday. The Denny's birthday offer continues Original Grand Slam(R) kindness...there are more than 300-million Americans who celebrate birthdays.

    I must say it would be nice if these places tried to promote healthier eating by offering something like free refills on juice/milk and salad.   Then I would be there for sure!  Come on Mrs. Obama!  Let's change America's diet where most of us order soda because it is cheaper and free refills!

    Free Rachel Ray Dog Food or $3.50 Coupon!

     After eating the sample your doggie may fall in love with this food which rarely seems to be on sale!  :-(

    If you have not tried this dog food, it is great- according to Cookie.  It would be my suggestion that if you have a manly size dog- stick with what you have cause this is a bit $$$ compared to other brands.

    Monday, February 8, 2010

    ~~Denny's Free Grand Slam Tomorrow Feb. 9th 6-2pm~~

    Free Grand Slam

    And if they are too busy, go in and ask if they have a coupon book.  If you do get to eat, then ask for one on the wa out and see what thye say!

    Let us know how you did!

    Another big snow storm headed our way.  Up to a foot starting Tuuesday at noon!

    Sunday, February 7, 2010

    $10 pizza any size any toppings plus 20% off@ Pizza Hut

    Here in the Northeast we have had a blizzard snowfall with 24-30 inches and more coming Tuesday.  This is in additon to the 5  inches or so still on the ground from previous!  Electric has blinked in an out here allowing for a spotty connection.

    But since it is Superbowl day and we have cabin fever, we are thinking pizza!

    This is a great deal already with any size, crust and topping including all speciality pizzas!  Make it sweeter by logging in and ordering on line for pick up or delivery and get 20% off.  It does take a while to get signed in and to get the order to go through on-line so do not wait till the last minute.

    And remember to beat the Superbowl rush.  The game starts about 7pm EST.

    One more thing, if you live on the East coast the leftovers will taste real good when the Tuesday snow storm knocks out the power again!

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    Free Grand Slam @ Dennys!


    This just can also get a free Grand Slam on your birthday!  Just have to show ID proof!

    • Once a year Dennys has a promotional give a way with their Grand Slam Breakfast  This year it is Tuesday Feb 9, 2010 from 6am-2pm.  While much of the East Coast will be snowed in, the men and women that work in snow removal will greatly benefit!  No coupon necessary!  Just walk in!

    We tried this the other year and there was a line out the door!  It was worth trying because they gave us a valuable coupon booklet for future meals when we decided not to wait.

    • Also, from February 1st to February 14th, if you sign up for Denny’s Rewards program you get a coupon for a free burger with a side of fries from March 1st through March 7th to the first 500,000 people!
    • Free refills!  Dennys will provide free refills to any order of French fries or pancakes at participating locations nationwide.Starting Feb. 10th you can get free beverage refills.  I think our local always has dine this except on specialty drinks.
    In the past we have signed up at before a large family gathering and scored a 20% coupon which is great if you have a dozen people you are meeting up with!  All kinds of offers from time to time so the next time you are thinking about a special event, always check the restaurant's website for a Q!

    (Thanks to and

    $1 Scholastic Book Sale

    Teachers and really anyone who has school age children will enjoy this cheap sale to boost classroom and home reading collections.   This sale ends Feb. 8, 2010.  Shipping is reasonably cheap and there are over 100 books to choose from!

    Great for those birthday gifts, early Christmas shopping, and  classroom gifts for the teacher at the end of the year!

    Let me know what you got and the quality!  Don't forget to follow me if you enjoy my blog!

    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    Snow learning time!

    Your challenge is to learn one new Technology Concept when snowed in!

    Facebook or

    **If you know igoogle already- become a more advanced user!**

    So several of us got an personal startup page made last week. You can try to make yours at home-since we may be there for a while.

    Virginia forecast is 16-24 inches at the least starting at noon on Feb. 5, 2010!

    Instead of your "home page" being or you might choose to make it (you don't have too- I just type mine in all the time) Once you create an account-customize the colors on the igoogle page then try some of the add ons.

    I have the google calendar (which I sync to my blackberry), moon phases (cause as a teacher it is good to have the heads up), the weather app, and the tvguide app. Oh yes, I also have the facebook app!

    So try to learn something new over these snow days! igoogle or facebook will bring you up to speed with modern computing methods.

    And for my advanced igoogle users- try subscribing to these popular money saving/interesting blogs. Remember to look for the orange icon on the blogs that looks like radio signals or sound waves. This is RSS feed and you choose google and add to my google page. You will be surprised how easy it is! Everytime you go to igoogle you will see what has recently happened on the blogs-ALL ON ONE PAGE!

    Each of the following has that orange button RSS feed somewhere on the right side usually. A blog I started- more suited for beginners! or those that want a laugh! A picture of my account is there! Did you know that their is a Disney Visa-you earn points that can be used to get there! Food Lion Deals are posted here! Tutorials on how to start getting free items! drugstore and other savings! Product reviews and money saving ideas places where kids eat free and coupons a SW VA website on saving money! This weeks post is buying a car with cash and learning how to pay down debt! junkit 2010 is their theme this week! Also store deals. Just for fun this is that new plant nursery in Toms Brook!

    Get this done and then google docs will soon be your friend as well!