Friday, November 28, 2008

The Christmas Box Gift Deal

Not only do I love seeking out coupons and deals but I also love to read a good book. Do you have any readers on your shopping list? This may be the perfect idea for them. For only $15 (the cost of shipping) you can order 25 COPIES of the heartwarming holiday book “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans. This New York Times best seller would make the perfect gift for neighbors, coworkers, teachers, friends, and family. I loved this book! It has such a great message. When you order 3 or more (25 bundles), you'll receive a FREE copy of Paul Cardall's The Christmas Box music CD. So if you want a great Christmas gift deal go here for more information. But hurry – this offer is only good through December 1st!

Friday Freebies

Here are your Friday Freebies for FREE stuff on the web. Have a GREAT weekend!

Free Jiffy Recipe Book

1 year subscrition to Self Magazine

Lipstock Chapstock Sample

Free Roll-up Sample when you sign-up for Box Tops For Education

Schick Quattro Razor

Free subscription to Remedy Life Magazine

Walmart Freebies-Check out what's new, lots of samples!

Airborne Original Zesty Orange

Sun Crystals Natural Sweetner

Hairband from Crest (for current and new Vocalpoint members) It's easy to sign-up!

Robb Report Magazine (1 free issue from StartSampling)

Oprah is offering a free download of Holiday Hits 2008 CD for a limited time (48 hours from posting).

$1.50 Pampers Coupon

Free Download of Rachael Yamagata - Sidedish Friend go here. There is a new song each week!

Aquaphor Ointment

If you have any great freebies on the web please let us know! Leave a comment to this post to share other freebies.

Free Santa Video

Would you like to get a FREE video from Santa for your child to see who made Santa's list? You can as a reward from Disney Family. Here are the steps for getting this freebie.

1. Register here for free with Disney Family.

2. Login here to create your video.

3. Upload a picture of your child. It cannot be over 1MG.

4. Copy your URL into your browser and play it for your child. You can also mail to family and friends.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Pilsbury Crescent Roll Coupon and a Recipe!

I love Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and they even have them in reduced fat! Here is a new $1.00 coupon. Since it is Thanksgiving time, I have found these on sale in a lot of stores. Add a coupon to that sale and you have a better deal! You could have these with your Thanksgiving Dinner or you could try this yummy recipe!

3 oz. fat free cream cheese, softened
2 tsp light margarine, melted
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
one half chopped onion
2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
1 8oz can reduced fat crescent rolls
2 Tbsp skim milk
In a blender (or by hand) combine cream cheese, butter, salt, pepper, milk, onion. Blend. Pour mixture over chicken and stir. Separate crescent roll dough into four rectangles and seal perforations. Spoon 1/2 cup mixture into center of each. Pull opposite corners of dough to center and seal. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Serves 4

Calories: 235.5
Total Fat: 10.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g

My Comfort Breakfast and a Coupon!

This is the breakfast I have been enjoying on these cold winter mornings. It just makes me all warm inside so I call it my comfort breakfast. Quaker Weight Control Banana Bread and Cinnamon Instant oatmeal are a great addition to my Weight Watchers plan. Here's what I do:
Banana Bread Oatmeal
I make 1 package as directed on the box and then I add a packet of Splenda and I cut up a banana and stir it in. So easy and yummy!!!
5 Weight Watcher Points
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
I make 1 package as directed on the box and then I add a packet of Splenda and I add several dashes of cinnamon and then add 1/2 cup applesauce and stir. So easy and yummy!
4 Weight Watcher Points
You can also get your $1.00 off any one box Quaker Oatmeal to save you some money!
To read more about my Weight Loss Journey go visit my other blog, Honey I Shrank Myself!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Kellogg's Coupon

Are you trying to cut back your food budget? Did you know that most Kellogg's cereals are less than 50 cents per serving, including milk? Kelloggs wants to give you your first 2 bowls free with this $1.00 off coupon. I have seen lots of store deals with Kellogg cereals lately. I got some Corn Pops at CVS last week for $1.00 a box after my $1.00 off coupons.

Kung Fu Panda/Conagra Foods Rebate

My kids are getting the Kung Fu Panda movie for Christmas. In last Sunday's newspaper, there was some rebate information for that movie that said the rebate form could be found here. You buy the movie and send in the proof of purchase tab and then your receipt from 5 of the following products :Act II Microwave popcorn, Chef Boyardee canned products, Chef Boyardee Pizza Kit, Hunt's Ketchup, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, or Snack Pack Pudding. Then they send you $3.00 back! There are so many coupons out for those products right now and I am already buying the movie so this is an easy rebate for me!

New Right at Home Coupons

Make your house smell great this holiday season with a Glade Candle! I love the holiday scented ones. Right now, there are some new Glade Coupons at Right @ Home.
*$1.00 off any Glade 4 oz Jar Candle or 2 in 1 Candles
*Buy 2 Get 1 Free Glade Scented Oil Refill Packs
*Buy 1Get 1 Free Glade Plugins Scented Oil Refills
Go here to get your coupons!
There is also a deal at CVS this week , the candles are 2/$5 and when you buy $10 worth of Glade Products you get $5.00 ECB. These coupons would work great for that deal!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lorie's Frugal Ideas Notebook 11/18

My Frugal Idea Notebook is where I store all the ideas I get from other blogs on the web to help me stay frugal. This week I am focusing on Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas and I found some really neat ones on the topic!

1. $5 Cake Mix Basket from The Grocery Cart Challenge (I want to make a few of these!)

2. Last Minute Gift Cards from Buzzings of a Queen Bee (I'm always needing a quick card too!)

3. A Romantic Frugal Gift from Betty Beguiles (I want to do this with my husband!)

4. Gifts your kids can make from One Krusty Mama (My kids would love to make these!)

5. Homemade Sugar Scrubs from Thrifty Jinxy (I know a lot of women who would love this!)

6. No Sew Fleece Blankets from Mom on the Go (Cheap if you have some extra fabric on hand.)

7. Giving to Charity from "Cents"able Mamma (I like to give during the holidays, here's a way that won't cost much.)

8. Using Bowls as Gift Baskets from Wildwood Mama (I have seen these on clearance and never thought about that use!)

9. Cheap Family Christmas Gifts from Curves with Attitude (I love this idea of involving your whole family!)

10. Leaf Candle from Generation Cedar (This looks like a fun project!)

11. Free Stocking Stuffers from Are We There Yet?

12. Christmas Gift Basket Ideas from Frugal Ideas From the Parsonage (This is alot like what I am doing this year!)

Monday, November 17, 2008

CVS Buys Nov 17

Here’s what I bought: (More stuff for family Christmas Gift Baskets)
Transaction 1:
4 Glade Glass Scents @ $2.50 each
2/ Buy1 Get 1 Free Glade Glass Scents(from Sunday inserts)
Total with tax: $5.60
ECB earned: $5.00 (Buy $10 Glade products get $5 ECB)

Transaction 2:
4 Glade Candle Jars $2.50 each
$1.50 off 2 Glade Candle Jars(from Sunday insert)
$5.00 ECB (from Transaction #1)
Total with tax: $2.30
ECB earned: $5.00 (Buy $10 Glade products get $5 ECB)

Free Kozy Shack Ready Grain Cereal

Sometimes these deals go fast, so you better hurry! Get a free 7 oz. twin pack of Kozy Shack Ready Grain Cereal coupon by going here. You can also get a $1 off coupon for Kozy Shack No Sugar Added pudding treats at Cool Savings. It's easy to create an account there and they have some great coupons!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Busy Mommy Frugal Writer

Busy Mommy
I am now the Frugal writer for Busy Mommy.I love this website! If you are mom you should go check it out. There is a wealth of information on there!

December All You Magazine Coupons

I went to Walmart this weekend and got the new All You magazine. I love this magazine to read but it always has some great coupons in it! Here are the coupons from the new December Magazine valued at $33.15! The magazine is only at Walmart by the checkouts and is only $2.49. Here are the coupons in the new December magazine. Click the image below to view coupon list.

Rite Aid Buys 11/16

Here's what I got at Rite Aid Today:
2 Venus Embrace Razors on sale for $8.99 each (for family gift baskets)
George Forman Grill on sale for $24.99 ( $20.00 gift for dh's work exchange)
2 Pampers Wipes on sale 2/$5
St. Ives Apricot Scrub on sale $4.99(for family gift baskets)
Total with tax: $56.14

Coupons Used
2/ $4.00 off Venus Embrace Razors (from Vocalpoint)
2/ .50 cents off Pampers wipes coupons(from Sunday Insert)
Total Coupon Savings: $9.00

$5.00 George Forman Grill
$1.00 on 2 Pampers wipes
$4.99 St Ives Apricot Scrub
Total Rebates: $10.99

Total after coupons and Rebates: $36.15

Rite Aid is also offering The Gift of Savings. Get back up to $20 of what you spend. This order will get me back $5.00

So it's like I spent $31.15

Note: When I got home the Razor was missing from one of my packages. I took it back but they did not have any for the coupon I had so they gave me another one that was also on sale, but I plan to take it back on Friday when they get a truck in and get the one I really wanted.

Homemade Simple Coupon Booklet

The Home Made Simple coupon booklet is back! There is usually a coupon for a free item in the book. They say you will receive it in 6-8 weeks. These are always great so make sure you order yours today!

Saving Money During the Holidays-Gifts

Christmas is a time that most people spend a lot of money or go into debt. Does it really have to be that way? I think we can have a really fun and relaxed holiday without spending a lot of money. Gifts is one area that we can really save money on. An expensive gift does not always mean the best gift. Some frugal things can be even more meaningful than an expensive gift. Here are some frugal gift ideas:

Frugal Christmas Gifts

-Baked goods wrapped nicely make a nice gift.

-Have the kids make something or use the holiday crafts they make at school. Family Fun magazine has some really neat ideas for kid's crafts.

-Write a poem or a special story for someone.

-Give coupons to redeem service, like washing the car, watching kids, etc. Here are some downloadable ones.

-Gifts in a Jar, such as soups, hot cocoa, cider. Here are some recipes and here are some more.

-Used Books

-Homemade Jams and Jelly, here is my favorite

-Framed school pictures, grandparents love these! You can find frames at dollar stores for real cheap!

-Collect samples from companies online throughout the year, Walmart is a great place to start, and put them in a gift basket decorated nicely. Teens love this!

-Make a recipe book with your most loved recipes to pass down to your family.

-Make a family ornament with a picture and the date included on it.

Sunday Paper Coupons 11/16

There seem to be some great coupons in the Sunday paper this week, $128 worth. Many of them are for food for your holiday entertaining. You may just want to buy more than one. To get a preview of the coupons before you decide how many to buy head over to the Taylortown Coupon Preview.

Here are some ideas for using those coupons:

Smart Source Insert

-Progresso Broth save $1.00/1. These are $1.98 for the 32 oz at Walmart making them .98 cents after coupon!

- Fiber One Toaster Pastries save 70 cents off one. These are $1.98 at Walmart making them $1.28 after coupon!

-Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers save $1.00/1. Some of these are rolled back to $1.00 making these FREE after coupon!

-Huggies diapers $1.00/1. You can always use diaper coupons if you use them to make a great deal!

-$3 Rebate from buying the Kung Fu Panda and 5 participating food products. Expires 2/28/09.

-Krogers Grocery stores are having Mega Sales and many of these coupons will work for this sale.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Walmart School Clearance

Walmart Deals for the Day!

5 Pentel RSVP 2 pack Red ink Pens- .10 cents each= .50 cents

1 PapermatePink Pearl 2 pack Eraser- .10 cents

Total Paid-.60 cents

I'll be using the pens for for DH and my Mothers' Christmas Baskets!

CVS Nov 2-8

I have been just rolling ECB on diapers for about a month now!

2 Jumbo Pampers Diapers $10 each

Coupons Used- 2/$1.50 off

Total After Coupons:$17.00

ECB Used: $10.00 from last weeks Huggies deal

Total after coupons and ECB: $7.00 OOP

ECB Earned: $5.00

So it's like I paid $2.00 for 2 packs of Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Menu Plan Monday November 3rd-9th

Well, it's been awhile since I have planned my menu for the week. I know that planning is so important and could be one of the reasons I have not been doing as well lately! So, here I am back in full force to get back on the menu planning wagon! Fall is here so that means lots of great soups for me! Comfort food!

Oatmeal, fruit, hot herbal tea (3 days)
Low fat waffles and fruit, hot herbal tea (2 days)
Omelets, fruit, hot herbal tea
Scrambled Eggs, hot herbal tea
Tuna Salad with fruit
sandwich, fruit
Doritos Casserole, salad
Crockpot Potato Soup, Jiffy Cornbread
Easy 1 pt Chili, Cornbread
Pizza, salad
Scrambled eggs, sausage links, biscuits
Chicken Corn Chowder, garlic toast
Spaghetti Casserole Bake, salad
Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (I'm making Chips Ahoy Dessert with them!)
Wendy's No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Chex Party Mix
Fat Free Rice Krispie Treats
98% Fat Free Microwave Popcorn

Go here to see more plans.