Friday, June 29, 2012
My friend knows that we will be potty training soon (for the second time...the first time did not go as planned) and she is potty training as well so she showed me this great deal she found for FREE potty training help downloads! Go to this link and you can download a free potty timer, play games, and even set up a call to your child from a Disney character to encourage their potty training! All for free! Go here for your downloads!
I know this is a little bit late in coming, but as promised, I have compiled my tips for how to stay frugal at the mall! You might like to take walks in the mall but hate the fact that you can only afford to window shop. I know that is how I often feel! For this reason, I started looking into how I could still have fun and enjoy the mall! Around Christmas I was able to go to the mall with a dear friend of mine and neither of us had anything to spend, so I came up with some fun, free activities we could do together and really wanted to share my finds with you!
First and foremost are some free and frugal activities that you can do with your friends and kids! Have you ever gone into a store and found the CUTEST outfit but you couldn't afford it? This happens to me a lot. Well, if you are with a friend, this can be a lot of fun! Go back to your childhood when you used to play dress-up, go into a dressing room and try on a few fun outfits! Take pictures so the moments last and play around with your camera's settings to distort the photos and you will have a great time and a lot of laughs! You can even put on a fashion show and strut your stuff for random shoppers and the employees! Give them a few chuckle and smiles and help them to enjoy their day too! Another option may be to set a dollar amount for you and your friend and you can both race around the mall and try to find the best completed outfit in your budget! Compare them afterwards and show them off to your family and friends and let them know the great deals you got! Feel free to post your pictures on my Facebook wall! Don't forget you can get free exercise just by walking the mall and when you can, use the stairs rather than the elevator! Another activity that is a lot fun is to go to the makeup counters at places like JCPenny, Sephora, Mac...and get free makeovers! Some of them you will need to set up an appointment, but others you can just walk in and they will test out makeup on you! If you are like me, you may think this is a little bit gross and unsanitary, but remember, these are not self-help counters but ones manned by employees who have learned how to test the makeup on people in the most sanitary way possible. Another place to enjoy some fun and free activities is Aveda. At participating locations, you can receive free sensory rituals including a Stress-Relieving Scalp and Shoulders Ritual, Stress-Relieving Hand Ritual, Face Color Finishing Touch, Pure-Fume Application and more! Make sure you print this document and bring it in to get your free rituals! You can also print coupons here for a free Botanical Therapy Scalp Detox with purchase of a hair cut at salon location. There are some fun activities if you have children too: many children's stores will have fun areas to keep the kids occupied like toys that are set up ready to play with in toy stores, book corners and videos playing in book stores, let your kids throw a penny in the wishing well, or many malls have a free and super fun kids playground!
Second, you can eat for free at the mall! It may not be much, so you may want to pack up a lunch, but there are often several free food samples you can get! Let's start with your meal! Walk into the food court at your mall and you will notice a lot of restaurants such as Sbarro, Charley's and asian restaurants offer free samples that you can try! Don't be shy! These samples are meant for you to try to see if you like them. This way you will know what is good for the next time you go for a trip to the mall and need to buy food! You may also want to consider if you have to purchase food, finding a restaurant that offers an incentive for making a purchase, whether it is a rewards program for purchasing so many meals, or somewhere like Sbarro that offers a free slice of pizza or Subway that offers a free cookie when you complete the surveys on their receipts! You can also find great coupons or freebies on receipts from other typical mall restaurants like Burger King, Chick-Fil-A and more! Always be sure to check your receipts! Heading on to what to drink! I am sure you know that you can get a free ice water anywhere! This is my go-to beverage when I don't want to spend money. If you want to make your trip more fun, stop in for a free cup of tea from Aveda and free tea samples at Tevana, head in to Gloria Jean's and ask for your free sample of their coffee flavor of the day, and check out the restaurants that sell smoothies and bubble tea as they often have samples out as well! Now, of course we can't forget dessert! Fudge and chocolate stores and even the fudge shop in Bass Pro Shops will hand out free samples if you request them as will many ice cream shops! You can also get one free piece of chocolate per month when you sign up for Godiva Rewards in store and register online! You can also sign up for birthday and email clubs to get freebies (like free coffee from Starbucks) and watch for special deals throughout the year for free samples, free full-size products and great coupons for events like Earth Day or Nurse's Week! Check out my birthday freebies list here! If you don't mind shopping late in the evening and you find your stomach is growling, a lot of times you will find that restaurants will give you huge discounts or even GIVE their food away right before close as they otherwise have to throw away the leftovers! We have done this before and gotten two slices of pizza at Sbarro for the price of half! This may not ALWAYS work as everything really depends on management and location, but it's worth a shot!
Third, many stores will hand out free product samples for you to take home! One of the greatest places to get these free samples is Aveda! Check out all the printable coupons for free samples here! You can also get free samples just by walking into the store and asking! These samles can include things like their Damage Remedy or Invati and there is no purchase required! You can also sometimes get samples for perfume and makeup at the cosmetic counters in various stores like JCPenny and Sephora, often with your scheduled consultation. Don't forget to sign up for your birthday freebies too and watch for special deals throughout the years! You can get things like a free full-size body wash from Aveda, lip stick from Sephora, free undies from Victoria Secret and more! Be sure to sign up with your mailing address too for Victoria Secret for mailed coupons for free underwear!
You can also get freebies with different apps like FourSquare, Old Navy app and more on your smart phone! FourSquare is great! You can check in to different scores for specials whether it's making a free donation to a cause, getting a discount code for a percent off of your purchase, and even freebies! Once in a while, for instance, Aerie will give out free bras to the first 10 people to check in at each location at a given time! I have gotten this deal before so I got a $60 bra for free! Old Navy's app, SnapAppy is super neat too! You just scan any Old Navy logo you see and can scan it up to ten times a day to unlock different offers such as discounts, games, wallpapers, and I've even gotten free flip flops! Be sure to like the Facebook pages and sign up for text offers for your favorite stores too as they will frequently offer exclusive deals and discounts like free clothing from Sears Outlets or Charlotte Russe and more! Don't forget to sign up for rewards programs that are free as well like AE Rewards for American Eagle and scan the QR codes that you see in the stores as frequently you will get a discount for doing so! Here is a great tip if you need to pick something up and you already know what it is. Some stores will let you order online and pick up in store for free so you will be able to check out with Ebates and get cash back on your order! If you are in the military or a dependent too, many places will give you a discount! All you have to do is ask and show your military I.D.! Another way to save at the mall is to purchase discounted gift cards for stores you shop at from plasticjungle.com! Basically, you purchase a gift card, say a $25 gift card for Old Navy, at a discounted rate, say 6%, so you automatically save 6% on that amount of your order plus you can still use your coupons! The best way to keep up on mall freebies, however, is to keep an eye on my Facebook page as I try to post as many of these Facebook freebie deals as I can for all of you!
|Yes, go ahead and laugh! We were |
having fun with my camera phone!
|Free chocolate samples from Godiva! Yum!|
|Free sample and|
|Free clothes from Charlotte Russe!|
Thursday, June 28, 2012
My husband says these taste terrible, but they really work and you don't just crash afterwards! He likes to use these on long trips so he doesn't fall asleep at the wheel. Now you can try one for free! Supplies are limited, so hurry!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Are you satisfied with your mattress? Do you suffer from back pain or have a hard time sleeping? Do you and your partner prefer a different mattress firmness? I had all the above so my husband and I decided to make an investment into our health, good sleep, and overall wellbeing and we bought a Sleep Number bed! The Sleep Number bed is so neat! This mattress is not made with painful springs, but is full of air and you can adjust just how firm or soft you would like your mattress! With the dual-air technology, you and your partner can both choose your own Sleep Number! For instance, mine is 25 and my husband's is 50. With our new mattress we can both be comfortable at night and wake up feeling refreshed! I have already noticed that much of my back pain has gone away and I have had an easier time waking up in the morning! We also chose to get the base that has vibration (my legs love that!) and can be adjusted at the head and the feet so we can sit up to watch TV!
Sleep Number beds are modular within each variety of bed. For instance, if you purchase the C4 bed, you can add on the adjustable base for the C4 bed later on! It is a really neat concept! Besides this, Sleep Number often allows for interest-free financing which is great!
|My IndividualFit. The red spots are the|
pressure points! You can see how it went down
as I got to my Sleep Number!
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Right now you can get a completely FREE card from the Cardstore when you enter the code CGH2626 at checkout! This is always a great freebie! I would love to know what occasion you are purchasing yoru FREE card for! Hurry before this freebie is gone!
Thanks Saving Said Simply!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
My friend over at Coupon Savvy Sarah is our guest blogger today! Check out this huge list of free and cheap activities to do this summer while your kids are out of school! In the comments, let me know what activity looks the most fun to you! Don't forget to check out Coupon Savvy Sarah too!
School's Out for the Summer!!! Now What?
Here are some fun activities that you can do with your kids that are frugal or free!!
Have a Rave Cinemas near you? They have their FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL with 9 weeks of free movies for you and your children - CLICK HERE to find a location nearest you and I would suggest emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of dates, movies & times.
BONUS: There is a coupon on their site for a FREE Upgrade to Icee with a Kids Combo Purchase
GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN FANS - CLICK HERE FOR THE FLINT SCHEDULE
** HERE is another link to MANY MORE movie theaters with FREE/discounted kids movies for the summer **
Don't forget to check out KIDTOONS for their year-round Kid-friendly movies at your local theaters!
Check out your LOCAL LIBRARY for summer reading programs!! They often have programs where kids track their hours/books to earn free books & prizes!
GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN FANS - Click HERE for info on our summer reading program
Barnes & Noble has a Summer Reading Program - have your child(ren) read 8 books and record them on this sheet HERE then turn it in to your local BN store for a FREE book from their pre-selected books for this summer!
Scholastic Summer Challenge - Kids can sign up and log their reading minutes to win cool rewards with this FREE online program from Scholastic. Parents can get reading tips, book lists and track their kids reading either online or on their phone. Go HERE for more details and to sign up, just click on the “Get Started” button in the lower right corner and then click on join now in the pop-up box.
iVillage and PBS KIDS have created a six-week, “Summer Reading Community Challenge” set to start June 18th. Program includes a daily email with reading tips and fun activities from the experts at PBS KIDS and Scholastic, book suggestions and discounts, free downloads of PBS KIDS shows, and a daily chance to win $1,000 and other great prizes. You can sign up HERE by entering your email address.
Pizza Hut Book It! is once again inviting kids to join in the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes! To enter, kids need to be in grades K-6 during the 2011-12 school year and meet the challenge of reading five books. 50 lucky winners will receive a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” summer fun prize package including a Summer Break Tote Bag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Series 1 thru 5, Diary of a Wimpy Kid DVD, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules DVD, and a $20 Visa Gift Card. Go HERE to print your entry form and get more details.
* LOCAL MUSEUMS - they often have summer camps for kids over the summer. PLUS Target offers FREE Museum visits at certain museums nationwide - CLICK HERE FOR ONE NEAR YOU!
GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN FANS - check out SLOAN LONGWAY'S Summer Camps & Events HERE and fun events at the FLINT CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
* FREE BOWLING - Head over to KIDSBOWLFREE.COM to sign your children up for TWO FREE GAMES each day per child this summer ($500 value)
* FREE SKATING - Head over to KIDSSKATEFREE.COM to sign your children up for FREE Skating this summer!
* LOCAL/COUNTY PARKS - Check out your local parks & recreation for fun family activities!
GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN FANS - check out Genesee County Parks for more INFO and a schedule of events
* STORYTIME & ACTIVITIES at Barnes & Noble - Check out your local B&N store's website for FREE storytimes, crafts and activities for your children!
* FREE HOME DEPOT KIDS PROJECTS - Head over to Home Depot's website for more information on their once a month FREE Kid's Workshops in which the kids get to build a work project - these usually run the first Saturday of the month!
* FREE LOWES KIDS PROJECTS - Head over to Lowes Build & Grow website for more information on their TWICE a month FREE kids projects!! Registration is required - there are some upcoming Madagascar 3, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda themed projects in the coming months!
* FREE KIDS MEALS - Head over to KidsEatFree.com and KidsMealDeals.com for some awesome deals on free kids meals for a fun night out with your family - or while you are on vacation!
* LOCAL LIBRARY EVENTS - Head over to your local library's website for fun activities that are usually free throughout the year!
GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN FANS - check out GENESEE DISTRICT LIBRARY'S SITE and view schedule of events per library location!
* FARMERS MARKETS - Check out your local farmer's market!! There are always fun activities for kids - plus it supports your local farmers!! Click HERE to find a market near you!
GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN FANS - check Flint Farmer's Market website HERE
* CHUCK E CHEESE - Sign up for the Chuck E. Cheese’s e-club for exclusive coupon deals, get FREE tokens on your child’s birthday, kid’s activities and rewards! Just go HERE and enter your email address to get started on great ways to save on food & fun. You can also go HERE to download FREE Rewards Calendars to help your kids earn FREE tokens for good behavior.
* JOANN FABRICS - Check out their website for free demos and in store events for yourself and your children!
* MICHAELS CRAFT STORES - Check out their website for free demos and in store events for yourself and your children! Their FUN Passport adventure is back for kids and it consists of some free activities and some that require a small in-store item purchase to do the project!
* LAKESHORE LEARNING - Head over to their website for their schedule of FREE CRAFTS for kids every Saturday from 11-3pm!
Thanks for sharing Coupon Savvy Sarah!
Friday, June 15, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Go here and fill out the form if you are blogger for a chance for a review.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Saturday, June 9, 2012
My favorite store is CVS. I am a ECB saver. I always leave with my extra bucks and put them towards my next purchase (instead of using them there in a separate transaction) There are many times during the year where I am able to continue rolling my bucks so that they are PAYING me to come buy some items! I really loved when they had their $10.00 Gift Card when you spend $30.00 around Christmastime. I used that time to stock up on some paper towels, gold fish and applesauce and other things that we use a lot in our home that we might not always get coupons and great sales on! Below is one of my best deals that I have gotten with them (This was a deal at the end of November)!
Spend $30.00 get a $10.00 Gift Card (8) Finish Gel Packs $2.99 each and (2) Hellmans Mayo 2/$7.00
Scrunci Travel Bag $9.99
Purex Crystals $6.49 BOGO
Used 8 $.75 finish gel pack coupons, 4 $.50 dawn coupons, I had $20.00 ECB from previous trip as well as another $10.00 gift card from a previous trip. Paid $22.49 outta pocket. Saved $71.25 and received another $10.00 gift card and $2.00 ECB
Thanks Clair's Freebies
My favorite store to shop at is Kohl's. They always have great sales and I love their clothing and other products. Once you reach a certain dollar amount spent in a year, you are eligible for 14 special shopping events per year. I honestly don't remember what the dollar amount is, but I never have any problems reaching it. They send you a post card or magazine with your shopping discounts of either 10%, 20% or 30%. I believe they base the % off on your yearly purchase amount. (That is just my opinion, not fact.) My husband also has an account but doesn't spend as much as I do. When we receive our % off coupons, mine is almost always 30% whereas his is usually 20%. Kohl's also runs special days where you earn $10 off of a future purchase for every $50 you spend.
Here is one of the best deals I have gotten from Kohl's. They had a Keurig Coffeemaker on sale for $119.00. I had a 30% off coupons and they were having one of their "earn $10 for every $50 you spend" deals. $119 - 35.70 (30%) = $83.30. I also earned $20 off a future purchase since the coffeemaker was $119. ($10 earned for $50 spent x 2). Grand total was $63.30 for my Keurig Coffeemaker.
Thanks Coupons in Motion
My favorite store to shop at for groceries is Kroger - they double coupons up to $1 in our area which makes for some great deals and freebies. This is great for us because we donate a lot of food items to local charities, families and even friends in need!
Thanks Coupon Savvy Sarah
I live in a small area so shopping choices are slim if I don't feel like driving an hour away to the larger cities. My favorite local store would definitely have to be Burkes Outlet. I love being able to buy name brand clothing, shoes, home accessories, gifts, toys and more for 70%+! I can spend hours upon hours searching through their endless racks of clearance items.
I'm only 4'11" so finding pants to fit me is a challege - at Burkes, I can always find a large selection of petite items. I picked up 2 pairs of khakis, 2 pair of black and 1 pair of navy dress pants that were the Dockers brand. My favorite feature is that they are petite but also made for "curves" - which I definitely need!
I'm not the type of person who feels the need to keep on top of the latest fashions as soon as they come out. If I wait long enough, I can find the same items at a deep discount at Burkes and mix them up with my thrift store finds to create a unique look! I had been eyeing a few shirts at JCP last summer but they were $38 each - a little high for a mom on a budget. Earlier this spring, I found similarly-designed shirts for only $8.99 at Burkes!
Every month, the clearance dots move so what was 50% off one month will be 60% the next and so on. Another added bonus is that if you are 49 and under, you can join the Friday Club and when you shop on Fridays, you'll receive 15% off of your purchase. For shoppers 50+, you can get in on the Monday Club and receive 15% off as well!
Thanks Lynchburg Coupon Mama
My current favorite place to shop at is CVS. They may not always have the best retail prices, but they have some awesome sales! I love the magic coupon machine that shoots out helpful coupons right in the store and how often you can use those to get freebies! I love that there are also special CVS coupons you can print from online to combine with manufacture coupons. Their new policy is awesome too and has helped me get many a freebie (especially being able to use BOGO coupons with BOGO sales!) Cash back, even on prescriptions, is always good too and it can be used on your whole order and you don't need a certain amount of items in your purchase. I can spend $3 on my order and somehow after all my deals I get $9 back! Now that is amazing! Besides all of this, CVS frequently sends out emails for percents off, has freebies on their Facebook pages, and you can get a Green Bag Tag that pays you $1 every four times you use it--that's being green to save green!
Thanks Dealy Os
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Summer UnPlugged - FREE Bowling for Kids ALL SUMMER LONG! At AMF, kids 15 and under can bowl for free all summer. Simply register and you'll get a weekly voucher for two free games per child per day through September 3. Shoe rental is not included.
OR Save as a Family - Only $8.99 for 2 Hours of Bowling for up to 6 People! http://www.usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=460&bid=10699&dealid=892
Looking for a Fun, Interactive Outing? AMF Bowling is affordable entertainment that everyone loves! No matter your budget, bowling is one of the best entertainment values available. You can check out ourweb page for specials or join the eClub at amf.com, for our best deals! Then just grab the gang and head over for a great time, any time! For fun or for competition, when it comes to bowling, AMF has everybody else beat.
Every day Edy's will be giving away coupons for a FREE cup of their slow-churned ice cream! You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!! I am so excited for this freebie. Edy's will be giving out a total of 25,000 coupons in bunches over the next few days and they will go FAST so keep an eye out on their Facebook page (check it out around 7pm ET on 6/7/12...other times not yet announced)! Plus, if you post a pic (not required for the coupon) they will give $5 to Operation Smile! This is an easy way for you to donate for free!