Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tomorrow is my 9th Anniversary-any frugal celebration ideas?!

Well, tomorrow is my 9th Wedding anniversary!! Wes would be happy to go all out and spend the wad on me for this occasion, btu I cannot do it-I get anxious to spend a whole lot on celebrations when I am trying so hard to save money. Plus I know we will have fun no matter how much we spend, so why not do a low key free (or cheap) celebration, right?!

So readers, I am asking you to give me some ideas. What cheap dates do you do with your spouse or significant other? Last Thursday for my Thrifty Thursday blog, I wrote a blog called Thrifty Thursdays: Cheap Dating that was about some of my cheap date ideas from my past. I am asking you to help me come up with something new and different (and cheap) from your experiences!!

Thanks in advance!!


PLEA for Disneyland budget tips...PLEASE! :)

Any guesses as to where this picture of my XiaXia & Papou (Greek for Grandma & Grandpa) was taken?! The giant Mouse shaped pretzel is your hint...any guesses?!

Thant's right...DISNEYLAND!! This is a place with special memories and significance for myself and my family, and this week I will be doing the Tuesdays Travels blog on the Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland! I will not (ever) talk about Disney World because I cannot do it justice-everything you ever need to know about deals for Disney World can be found by reading Couponing to Disney. But Disneyland is a whole different beast, and I will be taking it on this week!

Now, I KNOW a lot of my readers (Heidi, Andrea, all the rest of you...) know about Disneyland discounts and deals. I NEED your help! I want to do as thorough a job as I can on this one, so please send me all your tips for doing Disney on a budget! Thanks to my cousin Laura for sending me some tips already!

I would love to get your tips ASAP so I can include them in Tuesdays Travels: Disneyland this week! Thanks in advance!!


FREE Sunglass cleaning cloth

You can sign up here to get a free cloth sunglass cleaner from Marine Layer.

Thanks The Freebie Blogger.


Local readers: FREE pictures with SHREK at NFM RIGHT NOW!!!

This is a bit late to post, but someone might still want to know.

Today, May 16th from 11am-4pm (basically right now) you can get a FREE picture taken with Shrek at Nebraska Furniture Mart (at center stage).

If your kids love Shrek like mine do, you may want to start looking for socks and shoes and head over there! :)


Sunday Savings: Beckees Best of Walgreens 5/16-5/22

As a bit of an intro, since I started shopping at Walgreens and getting Register Rewards (RR), I seem to always have RRs that I need to use before they expire. In case you do not know, RR are the same as Catalinas at other stores which are basically coupons you get back for future purchases. Well, I try to "roll" the rewards by using them to pay for things that give me new RR, and it is a bonus when those things I can roll are things I really need, or can get free.

This list will include items with RRs this week that I think are good, as well as any deals that I think are worth mentioning (even if they do not have RR). This is NOT a comprehensive list, just the items I think are great deals. Please see your local ad to see ALL your local deals this week.

First, the items that are "like getting them free" after RR:
  • Gillette or Old Spice Body Wash 10-18 oz (Sale price $4.49, get back a $4.49 RR)
Other RR deals:
  • Pantene Hair Care 2/$7, get $2 RR, like getting 2/$5
  • Pepsi 12 packs 3/$11, get $3 RR, like getting 3/$8 (Which is about $2.66 each)
Other (non RR) deals I like this week:
  • B1G1 reading glasses, Kleenex tissues, Walgreens Batteries and Finest Natural vitamins and supplements
  • Royal Geletin $.19
  • Werthers Originals, Riesen, or Lifesavers Buy 1 at @2.29, get 1 FREE
  • Dentyne or Stride gum 2/$1 (after instant value coupon when you buy 2)
  • Oscar Mayer Deli Creations $1.99 with in ad coupon(limit 3) (Pair this with the Oscar Mayer Deli Creations $1/1 coupon from today's SS insert)
  • Scotch Magic Tape $.69 with in ad coupon (limit 3)
  • Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner 16 oz Buy 1 at $2.99, get 1 FREE
  • Colgate Dental Care B1G1
  • Ivory Bar soap 3 pack $.99 (with in ad coupon-limit 3)
  • Walgreens paper plates 72 pack $.99 (with in ad coupon-limit 3)


Sunday Savings: Hyvee + Stoney Brook grand opening sales and events

OK, so there was an ad in the paper today of the Best of Fresh deals at Hy-Vee going on today (Sunday May 16th) through Tuesday (May 18th). Here are some of the good deals to check out:
  • Bananas $.44/lb
  • Hy-Vee Cottage Cheese 12 oz $.88
  • Dole Classic Iceberg Salad, Coleslaw of Creamy Coleslaw kit $.97
  • Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.88/lb
And since I am talking about Hy-Vee, let me tell you about the sales going on for the grand opening of the Stony Brook store (Opening On Tuesday, May 18th at 144th and Stoney Brook). These grand opening prices are good from Tuesday May 18-Sunday May 23. Here are some of the deals:
  • Yoplait Yogurt 6 oz $.37 (limit 12)
  • House of Raeford Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts 2.5lb bag $3.77 (limit 4)
  • Hy-Vee Canned Veggies 12 count  $3.97 (making them $.33 each-limit 4)
  • Pepsi Products 6 pack 24 oz bottles $1.97 (limit 2)
  • 85% lean Ground Chuck $1.98/lb
  • DiLusso: Buy 1 lb sliced meats, get 1/2 lb cheese FREE
  • Driscol Strawberries 4 lb package $3.96
  • Totino's Pizza $.88
I would also like to note that this new Hy-Vee will have fresh sushi daily, and a Culinary Chef room where they will have Culinary classes, demonstrations, seminars and wine/beer tastings! I hope they have a cooking class for Japanese food-Wes would LOVE for me to attend that!! This new store looks GREAT! Cannot wait to check it out.

There is also a Hy-Vee gas station at the new store, and this Saturday, May 22 from 10am-4pm you can get a FREE hot dog just for stopping by!


Sunday Savings: 2 coupon inserts

Today in my newspaper, I got 2 coupon inserts, a Smart Source one and a Red Plum one. Following are some of my favorite coupons (there are a TON of good ones this week) in them (I will write SS or RP to id which insert has the coupon):
  • Wacky Mac $.50/1 SS
  • Little Swimmers $1/1 SS
  • Pull Ups $2/1 SS
  • Hidden Valley Farmhouse Original Dressings $1/1 SS
  • Marzetti Dressings $1/1 SS
  • Hunt's 100% Natural Ketchup $.20/1 SS(this is pretty good since these go on sale for about $.70 and are only about $1 at Walmart anyway)
  • FREE Marcal single roll toilet paper SS
  • Oscar Mayer Deli Creations $1/1 SS
  • Air Wick Aqua Mist B1G1 SS
  • BenGay Products $2/1 RP
  • Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Product $.75/1 RP
  • Renuzit Crystal Elements Air Freshening Crystals $3/1 RP
  • Dial Men Body Wash $1/1 RP
  • 3 Musketeers truffle crisp, mint or original $.25/1 RP (I LOVE these truffle crisps which is why I mention this at all!!)
  • Bar S 16 oz franks or Bologna $1/2 RP (there are only about $1 each normal price and often go on sale for near $.75 so this coupon could make for a GREAT deal with a sale)
  • Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styling product $1/1 RP
  • Gillette: Buy 1 Antiperspirant or deodorant, get one body wash for FREE RP


Disney's 50 Days of Music: Day 14 :"Play my Music" from Camp Rock

Sorry I missed a few of these-I have had a very busy weekend (and fun) with my sister-in-law visiting! I hope you were able to get the ones I missed anyway!!

Today's download is "Play My Music" from the Camp Rock Soundtrack. I just downloaded mine from the link in their Facebook status!

My sister said she cannot get these downloads to work. Is anyone else having trouble? When I do it each day, there are 2 links in their status, and I click on the first link as that one will take you to the song download (the second link will take you to iTunes where you can buy the whole album if you so desire).  Once I click on it, a new window opens and because of my computer security, a yellow line appears across the top of the new window saying Internet Explorer blocked the download for my safety. I right click that and tell it to download, then I choose to save it, and put it in my mp3 folder on my desktop.  That is how it works for me. Just thought I would share in case you were all having trouble!

If you have not done so yet you can either become a friend on Facebook, a follower on Twitter or text Disney Music at 66937 so you can get your free downloads.


My Bic Soleil House Party was AWESOME!!! + Giveaway coming soon!!!

Well, I was lucky enough to have my House Party yesterday. I told you about it here. I was chosen to select a Soleil® Spread the Sunshine House Party. I chose to make it a fun BBQ/family event in conjunction with my daughter's 2nd birthday party. We had 8 adults and 12 kids there and basically just ate, visited, enjoyed the GREAT weather and welcomed summer! Outside there were lots of activities: ball games, sand castle building, chalk drawing, grilling, and visiting.  I think fun was had by all! I know I had a blast and was so happy to have such a successful House Party! I cannot wait to get to do another one! And people were pretty excited about their gifts provided by Bic Soleil®! The gift packs adult guests took home included a sunglasses case, headphones, $3 off coupons, and a  Bic Soleil® razor to test out!  You can see the items pictured above.

Don't those gift packs sound (and look) great?!  I will tell you that I tried the razor, and it is really good! One of the best I have ever tried!! I recommend trying it out! Lucky for you, I had a few sets of goodies left that I want to share, so you can expect to see a giveaway post in the next couple of days!! Keep your eye out for it, and make sure to tell all your friends to come enter the giveaway when the time comes!


What a great week in my mailbox...ATTN Local Readers-watch your mail!!!

Wow, Friday and Saturday were really nice mail days for me!! Check out the exciting things I got in the picture above! I know it is hard to tell what it all is, so let me tell you:
  • My Kraft BBQ Summer Pack from Facebook came (really fast)! It contained the 2 Sundried tomato and basil Wheat Thins pictured above (and a third one that I promptly ate), a coupon for a FREE Bulls-Eye BBQ Sauce, a coupon for a FREE Oscar Meyer Hot Dog pack, and 3 free samples of Caramel Latte coffee mixes (not pictured as I gave them away since I do not drink coffee).
  • One free Dr Scholl's For Her insole (yes-only one...weird freebie, but I guess they think you will love it so much you go out and buy the set!)
  • FREE sample of Philosophy Miracle Worker.
  • FREE sample of Kellogg's Fiber Plus bar to try and review from Viewpoints.
  • FREE Covergirl ShineBlast Lipgloss from Harper's Bazaar for participating in the Covergirl Insider Program.
  • Coupon for any FREE Sunsweet product (up to $5.50 value).
  • A bonus sale for the new Hy-Vee location opening here in Omaha (I will wrote more about that in another post).
  • THE BIGGEST, AWESOMEST SURPRISE IN MY MAILBOX (mostly because I did not sign up for this one):  a $5 gift card to Walmart (to be used at the newly remodeled L street location).  LOCALS READERS: WATCH your mail for your gift card-it looks like a Walmart ad at first glance, and you have to make sure to open it up to see that the gift card is inside!!


QUICK, get your FREE Shirley J universal sauce sample

Let me warn you that I do not know how long this will last. This Freebie was posted yesterday on Mojo Savings and Combat Clippers. It is supposed to be a freebie for only the first 1000 requests, but I just tried it, and it was still working, so although I have no clue how long it will work, it is worth a shot to try and get it!

The freebie is for Shirley J Universal Sauce, which is a just-add-water substitute for a cream sauce. It is supposed to be 1/4 the calories of a from-scratch cream sauce!

To get your free 2 oz sample, go here, and click on the "Get it Free" button. Then enter coupon code SJUSS which makes your total free-you do not even have to pay shipping!

Thanks Combat Clippers and Mojo Savings.


5 points for Disney Movie Rewards

There is one new code for Disney Movie Rewards. It is worth 5 points. The code is E9V03JA393.

Thanks Combat Clippers.


Old Navy Swim Suit Sale!!

We never watch ads on TV since we got DVR, but yesterday my husband was in charge of the remote (he was on fast forwarding duty) and he fell asleep. So, before I grabbed the remote from his sleepy hand, I saw a commercial, and I think it was fortuitous!

Old Navy is having an awesome swim suit sale with swim pieces starting at $10 each for adults and $9 each for kids. Let me tell you-there are really cute styles too! I cannot wait to go check this one out!


In-Store Coupon : Weekly In-Store Specials : Hobby Lobby - Hobby Lobby

OK, so I made this Dora cake for my child's 2nd birthday this past week, adn because I am so did not go get any cake making supplies that I needed that would have made it easier to make, and would have made it look better. You can see the cake above and see that is turned out cute, but it could have been better, and more importantly, it could have been easier to make!

If you have any birthdays or cake making events coming up, you will want to print out the In-Store Coupon : Weekly In-Store Specials from Hobby Lobby - Hobby Lobby. It is 40% off Wilton products! AWESOME. So, print off the coupon at the link above, take it in to Hobby Lobby and make cakes that are cute and much easier! This coupon is valid May 17-May 22.

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