Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kroger: FREE chips on tomorrow

frito lay

Kroger (and affiliate stores) are having an April Fools Promotion tomorrow! :)

Stop by in between 3:00-8:00 p.m. to get a FREE bag of Frito-Lay chips.   No purchase necessary.

$7 for $15 towards eBay Groupon still available!

The $15 gift certificate to eBay that Groupon is offering for $7 is still available, but only for a few more hours!!

The direct link to this offer is

BUT, check out this post that I shared yesterday over at Money Saving Mom on How to earn swagbucks on EVERY Groupon purchase (whether swagbucks has the Groupon deal listed on their Daily Deals section or not.)  Then you can get 160 swagbucks for purchasing the Groupon and be that much closer to a $5 Amazon gift card (or any prize of your choice!)

Lowes: $10 off a $50 purchase!

Hurry, this might not last long AND it expires 4/4/11!

Print this coupon to get $10 off $50 purchase at Lowe’s!  Perfect for all of us trying to get the yard back in shape for Spring!

Home Depot will usually accept these as a competitor coupons too!

4/2/11 Sunday coupon insert preview

Go here to preview the coupons that will be in the 4/2 Sunday paper. 

There should be 1 Smartsource (SS) and 1 Proctor & Gamble (PG) insert this Sunday.

Food Lion: $3.00 off $8.00 meat purchase coupon

Yay!  I love when I can find coupons for meat or produce, since that can be a hard area to save money on.

Food Lion has a new coupon available for $3.00 off any $8.00 purchase from the Meat department.  Coupon expires 4/05/11

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Get paid $3 for each survey!

Pinecone Research

If you are looking for a great survey company to earn money at home, Pinecone Research is one of the best!  It is the most recommended and well-known survey company out there.  They pay $3 per survey and pay very quickly.

So check them out today!

If you have tried Pinecone Research, how did you like them?

Décor on a Dime: Update your vents covers for cheap

Do your vent covers looks a little like this?  Yuck!  Besides needing to be cleaned, this one has seen better days.


I was dreaming of Oil Rubbed Bronze vent covers, BUT on a budget!  Welcome my favorite friend, Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint!

I had 7 in-floor vent covers downstairs.  I took them all out, washed them, and laid them outside to dry.

Then the painting began…


I did 2 light coats and that seemed to cover them great!  I was spray painting several other things as well, but not including drying time this project took less than 30 minutes.  And I didn’t even use a whole can of spray paint, so this project cost less than $3.00!

(While they were drying, I vacuumed out all of the vents!  Yuck!  I think some of this dirt was from the previous owners!)


So here are all 7 vents before and after!

Living room #1





Living room vent #2



Obviously my cat is liking them too, or maybe he is just enjoying the window being open! :)



Yucky kitchen vent #1



After!  (The best transformation of all!  This vent looks 200% better!)


Kitchen vent #2




Hallway vent




(Ignore the gaps between the tile and baseboard.  I need to re-install the molding around the baseboards. :(  It is on my monstrous house to-do list.)


Dining room vent





Amazing what a little spray paint can do!  Even though they weren’t bad and brassy, I am liking the ORB change! :)

What have you been spray painting this Spring?
Enjoy reading this post?  Get inspired by more of my Décor on a Dime projects and room makeovers!
spray paint party

*Expired* $2.00/2 Easter candy coupon = FREE candy

Print this $2.00/2 Easter candy coupon.  No longer available.  Then look for Easter candy priced under $1.00 to get it for FREE.

Share in the comments where and what you get for free. :)

$2.00 off Purina Puppy Chow

Purina Puppy Chow

Sign up to receive a $2 coupon good for any Purina® Puppy Chow® brand Puppy Food formula.

*HOT deal* Vocal point is now open for new sign-ups!


Vocalpoint is one of THE best FREE sample companies out there! They offer some of the best freebies and even high-value coupons out there.  I routinely get random samples in my mailbox just for being a member.  Quite fun to open the mailbox and find a small box of cereal or a sample bottle of lotion and not be expecting it. :)

And periodically they will email you with a free product offer too. 

So sign up NOW, while they are still open to new members!

Tasty Tuesday: Almost free, super yummy Creamy Bacon + Veggie Fettuccine

DSC_1100I have been promising to share with you some of the yummy recipes I have been making with the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme that I have been raving about on facebook! :)  I stocked up on quite a few of the cooking cremes for $0.50 at Publix and Kroger over the last 2 weeks. 

On top of the Italian Herbs & Cheese Cooking Creme was a a little pamphlet of recipes.  Since I had also gotten a bunch of free pasta at Kroger, the Creamy Bacon Fettucine recipe caught my eye. :)

You can check out Kraft’s version here, but I will share my variations with you.

  • Ronzoni Garden Delight fettucine noodles (my husband and I actually really like these!) - FREE. 
  • 1 cont. Italian Herbs & Cheese cooking creme – $0.50
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed Steamfresh veggies (instead of just peas) – FREE
  • 4 strips of turkey bacon - $0.50?
  • milk, flour, salt, pepper – on hand

I cooked the noodles, while the veggies were steaming in the microwave, and the bacon was cooking.  I warmed the cooking creme and probably added a cup of milk to thin and then a tablespoon of flour to thicken and seasoned with salt/pepper.  When everything was done, I tossed it all together, crumbled the bacon on top, and served it along with some homemade cheesy garlic biscuits!    It was super yummy!! And so easy! 

We got 5+ servings out of this and the whole meal cost under $2.00! 

Have you tried anything with the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme?  I haven’t tried anything that we haven’t loved yet! :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

$10 rebate + $5 in Kellogg’s coupons

There is a new rebate offer for Kellogg’s cereal.  Purchase 10 select boxes of Kellogg’s cereals and submit your UPC to get $10 back!  You can buy them in multiple transactions.

Make sure to print these coupons before you go to really maximize your savings.

Print your rebate form here.  Offer expires 12/31/11.

Cereals that are included are:

Kellogg’s All-Bran® Original cereal
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Bran Buds® cereal
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Complete® Wheat Flakes® cereal
Kellogg’s Smart Start® Strong Heart Antioxidant cereal
Kellogg’s Smart Start® Strong Heart Toasted Oat cereal
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® cereal
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® Touch of Honey cereal
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® cereal
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® Crunch cereal
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® Extra! cereal
Kellogg’s Crispix® cereal
Kellogg’s Product 19® cereal
Kellogg’s Mueslix® cereal
Kellogg’s® Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal
Kellogg’s® Lowfat Granola with Raisins cereal
Kellogg’s® Lowfat Granola without Raisins cereal
Kellogg’s® Fruit Harvest Strawberry/Blueberry cereal
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® cereal

FREE Tax preparation program

Still need to file your taxes?  Check out TaxACT.  You can prepare, print and e-file your federal taxes for FREE.

(I dropped ours off this week and am so glad to have that headache gone for another year!)

FREE Bioré cleanser sample

Head over to Biore’s facebook page, like them, then choose which product you like to qualify for a FREE sample.

Groupon: $15 eBay gift certificate for $7!


Today on Groupon you can get a $15.00 certificate for eBay for $7.00!  If you do any shopping on eBay this is a great deal!

Fine print: Valid only on in the U.S.Must have a registered eBay and PayPal account. Credit card info may be required at checkout. Not valid towards service fees. No cash back. May apply value toward tax & shipping. May use over multiple visits.

(Remember to go through the Daily Deals section on swagbucks to earn swagbucks for your purchase!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Another $3.00/1 Huggies coupon!!


If you are needing diapers, this is the week for you!

There is ANOTHER $3.00/1 Huggies coupon available here!  (You don’t even have to share it with 3 friends! :)

There are also more Huggies coupons available:

Silk Soymilk $2.00 coupon

Sign up for the Silk Soymilk 10-Day Challenge to print a $2.00/1 Silk Soymilk coupon

My husband loves the Dark Chocolate Pure Almond milk and regular Pure Almond milk!  It was $2.99 at Kroger last week, so only $0.99 after coupon!

$1.00/1 Minute Maid Orange Juice printable coupon

“Like” Minute Maid OJ on facebook, click on the MMOJO tab (on the left) to print a coupon for $1.00/1 Minute Maid Orange Juice 64 fl oz Carton. Backspace to print 2 coupons! 

Now it just needs to go on sale for 2/$4.00 or BOGO to combine with this great coupon

Menu Plan Monday (3/28)

menu plan monday

So, I have LOTS of FREE pasta and Philadelphia Cooking Creme on hand so that is going to be worked into several meals this week. 

(If you have not tried the Philadelphia Cooking Creme yet, you are missing out!!  It helps create delicious meals, super fast! I have made two dishes so far with it, and sampled two dishes at the grocery store and they have been DELICIOUS!!)

Here’s my plan this week:

  • Easy Chicken Enchiladas (using Santa Fe cooking creme)
  • Creamy Bacon Fettuccine (using Italian Herbs and Cheese cooking creme)
  • BLT sandwiches
  • Grilled chicken, macaroni and cheese, peas
  • Grilled BBQ pork chops, mashed red potatoes (with original cooking creme!)
  • Breakfast for dinner
  • Dinner out or leftovers

(There is a $1.50/1 coupon for the Philadelphia Cooking Creme in the 3/6 SS.  Plus I found $1.50/1 blinkie coupons at Publix. Kroger and Publix had this product for $0.50 after coupon the last two weeks so keep looking for a sale and stock up!)

Quiznos: $2.99 small sub printable coupon!


Print a coupon good for any small sub for $2.99 at Quiznos, including the Chicken Bacon Dipper.

Plus if you join the Q-Club you will get exclusive deals delivered to your inbox, plus a FREE COOKIE just for signing up!

Cupcake inspired crafts

Favecrafts has a new ebook available – Cupcake Inspired Creations!

It features 31 Cupcake Inspired Creations from cupcake-themed craft projects to make, home decor, jewelry to gifts and cards.

Aren’t these cupcake appliqués on this jean purse cute?


Doesn’t this look delicious? Well, it is actually not because it is a Cupcake Bath Bomb made of soap!   This would be really cute as in spa gift basket!


Download your FREE e-book here.

$3.00 Huggies coupon


Head here to print a $1.50/1 Huggies coupon.

Or share it with 3 friends and get a $3.00 coupon instead!

Rite Aid: FREE American Greeting cards this week!

In their weekly flier, Rite Aid has an in-ad coupon for $3.00 off 3 American Greetings cards. Use that coupon to get three $0.99 cards for FREE!

And, you could stack it with the $1.00/3 manufacturer’s coupon here (not valid on $0.99 cards) to get three $1.29 cards for FREE.

Good through Saturday, April 2, 2011.

CVS deals 3/27-4/2

cvs logo
New to shopping at CVS? 
Check out my CVS tutorial here.
Don’t understand the coupon lingo? 
Check out my couponing glossary here.
Colgate MaxFresh, MaxWhite, MaxClean 6 oz or Manual Single Pack Toothbrush - $2.99
Buy 1, get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1.00/1 coupon from 3/27 SS
Free after coupon and ECBs

Halls Cough Drops (30 ct) - $1.87
Buy 1, get $1 ECB (Limit 2)
Use $0.75/1 coupon from 3/27 SS
$0.12 after coupon and ECBs

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Mascara -$9.99
Buy 1, get $7 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $5.00/1 coupon from 3/20 SS
Free plus overage after coupons and ECBs

Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Cream or Gel - $3.49
Buy 1, get $2.50 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $0.55/1 coupon from 3/27 SS
$0.44 after coupon and ECBs

Olay daily facials 30-33 ct OR day or night cream 2 oz - $3.99
Use $3.00/1 coupon from 2/6 SS (Exp. 3/31!)
$0.99 after coupon

Saturday, March 26, 2011

3/26 Coupon savings!

So, I have mentioned before that my weekly grocery budget goal is $40 (that includes EVERYTHING from cat food/litter, toilet paper, etc.) except for what I get at CVS/Walgreens/RiteAid (for which I set a $15 monthly budget to pay for tax, etc. but usually don’t spend all of that.) 

I don’t necessarily only spend $40 each week, but rather an average of $40 a week for the entire month.  Because some weeks will be GREAT stock up weeks and I might spend $60 that week.  But then the next week is a slow week and I only spend $20 at Aldi.  But I have been averaging more like $45-50 some months and wanted to challenge myself to stay BELOW my $40 budget and just really strive to save our family more money.  (Since more money is going in the gas tank each week! :(

This week was a great stock up week with the Kroger mega sale but a slow week at Publix.

Here’s how I did:


spent $14.34


The majority of what I bought was free or gave me overage (pasta, dip)

Total: $54.37
- $15.00 mega savings
-$33.75 in coupons
I paid $5.62! :)  ($1.26 of that was tax.)

That is 89% savings!!  Gotta love Kroger mega sales!


The plant is basil.  I wanted some basil for a recipe I will share on Monday, and I could buy a bag of pre-cut for $1.99 or plant that will keep growing more basil (and look pretty on my counter) for $1.99 – EASY decision! :)

Total $40.20
- $26.50 in coupons
I paid $13.70 
-$6.99 rebate for cat litter
Actual cost $6.71

(I will submit for a rebate on the cat litter for $6.99, and I used a $3.00 coupon for it, essentially earning me $3 for buying my favorite cat litter!)

Weekly total:
Shelf price - $108.91
I paid $33.66 + will get back $6.99, making it actually only $26.67!!
Yay for staying UNDER BUDGET this week and still stocking up some great stuff!

How did you do this week?

Friday, March 25, 2011

FREE samples!

Here are some new FREE samples for you!

Hotwire: Get discount on travel!


Have you ever used any of the travel sites to book flights or hotels?  I use them all the time and feel like I save a lot!

Hotwire is a great site!  You can search for travel deals and find deep discounts.  Plus subscribe today to Travel Ticker, Hotwire and increase your chances of getting a deal before it's gone. Get first dibs on great travel deals delivered to your inbox including travel packages, hotel, air, & rental cars. Just enter your email address and ZIP code.

Get rewards from Pampers for buying diapers


Are you a member of the Pampers Gifs to Grow Rewards program

If not join here and and receive 100 free points toward your purchase of Pampers goods.

New cellfire coupons

Cellfire has loaded new offers.  These are good at Kroger affilate stores, can be loaded until 4/4, and expire on 4/18.

Load yours here.

  • ZYRTEC® Allergy Save $2

  • Cortaid® Save $2
    Save $2.00 on any Cortaid® Anti-itch product.

  • PB Toaster Strudel® Save $.50
    Save $0.50 when you buy TWO any flavor/variety Pillsbury® Toaster Strudel® Pastries.

  • Green Giant boxed Save $.60
    Save $0.60 when you buy THREE any variety Green Giant® Frozen Boxed Vegetables.

  • NV Granola Bars Save $.50
    Save $0.50 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor/variety Nature Valley® Granola Bars (excludes Nature Valley® Granola Thins).

  • BC Fruit Snacks Save $.50
    Save $0.50 when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor/variety Betty Crocker® Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot®, Fruit Gushers® OR Fruit Roll-Ups® fruit flavored snacks.

  • Gardetto's Snack Mix Save $.50
    Save $0.50 when you buy any flavor 8 OZ. OR LARGER Gardettos® Snack Mix.

  • Wheaties® cereal Save $.75
    Save $0.75 when you buy ONE BOX Wheaties® or Wheaties Fuel® cereal.

  • Cheerios® Cereal Save $.55
    Save $0.55 when you buy ONE BOX Original Cheerios® cereal (the one in the yellow box).

  • Cinn Toast Crunch Save $.55
    Save $0.55 when you buy ONE BOX Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cereal.

  • MultiGrain Cheerios® Save $.75
    Save $0.75 when you buy ONE BOX MultiGrain Cheerios® cereal.

  • GG Valley Fresh Stmrs Save $.50
    Save $0.50 when you buy TWO any variety Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers® frozen vegetables

3/27 Sunday coupon preview

There should be 3 inserts in this Sunday’s paper.  1 Redplum (RP) insert and 2 Smartsource (SS) inserts. 

Preview the coupons in those inserts here.

Donate swagbucks to help Japan + 50 swagbucks to new members!




Everyone has felt helpless as we watched footage of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan wo weeks ago.  If you are like me, you don’t have much money that you can give, but you still want to help.

Swagbucks has teamed up to let you donate your swagbucks (which didn’t cost you anything!) to help aid the relief effort in Japan.  They are collecting swagbuck donations until Friday, April 8th. 

Maybe you aren’t a part of swagbucks?  Now is a great time to join!!  Go here to join and enter HelpJapan during registration to earn an additional 50 Swag Bucks on top of the normal 30 swagbucks.  Meaning you get 80 swagbucks right now for signing up through this link.


On top of my personal donation, I plan to donate 10 swagbucks for each person who signs up now through April 8th through this link! So just for signing up, you will be helping to fund the relief effort!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

FREE subscription to Working Mother magazine

magazine cover

Go here to request a FREE one-year subscription to Working Mother magazine courtesy of!