Saturday, October 23, 2010

I love Swagbucks!

Swagbucks is a search engine and a supereasy way to earn credit you can redeem places like amazon. They have their own store to redeem their "bucks" in. While it may seem a little slow-moving initially, if you use their search engine and download the toolbar, it adds up quickly! You don't have to use the toolbar, but if it's downloaded you earn a buck everyday when you open your browser. Plus, they have prizes as low as 99 Swagbucks.

Other ways to earn:

They also have MegaSwagbucks Fridays where the odds are greater to recieve your bucks and they also give out higher amounts.

Watch videos, read emails, vote in the daily poll and more. Check out their website for more details.

They occasionally give out codes on their twitter page valid for a certain amount of time.

I stay logged in at all times and it's easy-peasy. If you're searching anyway, why not use Swagbucks?

Sign-up with the link below!

Search & Win

Local Business Coupons - Valparaiso, Indiana has a coupon page specific to business in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Visit and print coupons to Heinhold and Feller, Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppe, JD Crepe Company, Blythe's, Designer Desserts and many more!

Check out PortageLife if you're in that area instead!

CVS 10/24-10/30

It's looking like a pretty uneventful week again next week.

For those of you with ECBs expiring there's a Bayer Contour Glucose Monitor for $14.99, with 5 ECBs back and a $9.99 mail-in rebate.

                 Scenerio: buy 2 John Frieda @ $6.99 each, use 2 $2/1 = $3.49 each after coupons and ECBs

Those are my favorites. For more deals check out thekrazycouponlady or iheartcvs

Friday, October 22, 2010

CVS: Today's trip $2.45

Charmin Wipes $4.99
Edge Shave Gel $3.29 x 2
Motrin 100 count $9.89

$4/$20 purchase email
Free Charmin Freshmates Wipes voucher (from my dad- where did you get this?)
Edge B1G1
Motrin $1/1
7.49 ECBs from last week
$2.45 Out of Pocket

Free Picture Prints!

Snapfish has 2 offers available right now that give you 50 Free Prints and Free Shipping!

First "Like" Picture Keeper on Facebook and they'll send you a Facebook message with a code for 50 free prints.If your messages are disabled, you can email them. *Details available on their page*

Use code EXTRAFS10 at checkout for free shipping.

If you haven't signed up for Snapfish you are eligible for 50 free prints as a new customer.

Thanks, ThriftyNWMom!

B1G1 Stretch Island Fruit Co.

If you've never tried this stuff it's delish. "Like" Stretch Island Fruit Co. on Facebook and you can print a coupon for B1G1 Free.

I buy full boxes at Walmart but Wiseway should have the individuals as well.

Thanks, MoneySavingMom!

Town & Country 10/21-10/27

It's an 88 cent extravaganza at Town and Country this week!

The following items are 88 cents each:

2 liter Pepsi/Mountain Dew 88 cents w/in ad coupon when you buy 5 
Select Progresso Soups 88 cents each, limit 6
    Use $1/4 from HERE or HERE
    Buy 4 use $1/4 = 63 cents each after coupon
 Fisher Peanut Butter limit 2
Aunt Millie's Deluxe Bread
Act II popcorn, 3 pack
Gatorade 32oz
    *buy 10 Gatorade get 5 Propel 24oz  free w/in ad coupon*
Fuze 18 oz
Lipton Pasta Sides

New $2/1 Tylenol Cold Product

We've been seeing a rise in cold/flu deals lately. There's a new $2/1 coupon available HERE.

I would hold on to it. I have a feeling there's some pretty good deals coming up...

Thanks, KrazyCouponLady!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

FREE 8x10 at Wags

Through Saturday 10/23 you can order an 8x10 from Walgreens photo online.

Use checkout code 8X10TREAT and it's FREE!

I've got smashcake pics of little Abby to use this one on!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wags 10/24-10/30

2 Money Maker Deals available at Wags starting Sunday

   Colgate Sensitive $3.49 buy one get 3.49RR
    Use $1/1 = $1 MM

   Contac Cold and Flu 28ct $6 buy one get 6RR
   Use $2/1 = $2 MM

Free after Mail-in Rebates:

           Children's Mucinex $6

           Chestal Adult Cough Syrup $6

           Pill Glide Swallowing Spray $5.99

Other Deals
    Huggies Diapers $7.99 - $1 RR - $2.50/1 = $4.49 each

Check out all the deals at iheartwags

Thanks, iheartwags!

Wiseway 10/20-10/26

View the circular HERE


Bareman's Milk 1 Gal. $1.79 with in-ad coupon and $10 additional purchase (limit 1)

Kraft Original Mac 'n Cheese/Campells Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup $0.39 (limit 9)

Prince Pasta 12-16oz $0.79

Oscar Meyer Bologna 12oz 10/$10

D'anjou pears $0.69/lb

Kellogg's PopTarts (select var.) 7/$10
    Use 2 $1/3 = 7/$8

Finish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Dispenser $5.99
    Use $3/1 Here or Here = $2.99

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bic-It Markers $5/1

There's a new Facebook offer for a $5/1 Bic-It Marker pack 24-36 count when you "like" them.

With the coupon, these should be a great price at Walmart.

A good Christmas present to your scrapbooking friends!

Thanks, MoneySavingMom!

Cupcake Birthday Party on a Budget

I've always wanted a little girl. Since we had our daughter I've regressed into girly-girl mode again and this came out big-time with her birthday party.
You only have one first birthday and it's our first child so I went a little overboard in the craft department.

We'll downplay this a little and say I've been thinking about Abby's birthday since she was 6 months old. I knew I wanted to do something sweet and pretty, over-the-top, special, and (uh, oh...) affordable. It's the "affordable" part that was going to be difficult, but I had a plan. Simply, my plan was to plan.

Start simple

Make a list of what you want

I wanted: a ribbon topiary, cupcakes on stands, Abby as a "gerber baby," cupcake jars, crystal cut candy displays, a guestbook quilt, and everything shabby chic. This was gonna hurt.

Price your ideas: When is DIY more expensive/what can I DIY?

Abby's dress. I wanted a custom made onesie and big tulle tutu. But I found a gorgeous pink polkadot dress on clearance and she loved it. I like it more than the tutu.

All my decorations are DIY, but you need to decide what your time is worth. The cupcake tablecloth is actually the material for her quilt. I bought and painted the frame for under $1. The cupcake jars were all saved and washed. Aside from the markers, the entire front table display cost under $3.

Figure out your priorities:Is it worth that much for a candy buffet?
 I wanted to find a way to do it but do it without breaking the bank. I love the look of a candy display but the amount of candy you need is disheartening. So, I took the look and made it my own.

The ribbon topiary was the most expensive thing on this table. It took SO MUCH ribbon! $15

The cupcake stands and cake stand I made. I got plates/candleholders from goodwill on 50% off day and glued them together with some special slick surfaces glue I had onhand. Entire project: $7.50

The babyfood jars I designed myself. It took hours and hours in my paint app. but I finally pulled it off. I printed them on regular paper at Kinko's for $3 and filled them with M&M's on sale at Wags. Total: $18

Cupcake flags were DIY with toothpicks from home. :$1 for paper

Table cloth/Lollipops/Flowers/Vase: $11

I got what I wanted and pulled it off for $53!

Shop for sales

I knew I wanted a LOT of cake and cupcakes, so I watched to find the best deals and bought all my mixes (yes, I went with mixes) ahead of time and on sale.

Goodwill is the BEST place for crafting ideas

I found ribbon for 25 cents, and all my frames I've gotten for under $1. Not to mention things like pillowcases for dresses for Abby, shirts to recraft into skirts, plates and cups to make my stands.... I digress.

Make a to-do list and a time-line

Not only did I keep on track with what I should be doing and when, but making sure I got things done early kept the budget in check and helped when life got busy in the last weeks before the party. By the time party weekend rolled around I all I had to do was bake!

It may have seemed daunting and impossible at first, but I made it happen. I got some flack for planning her party 6 months in advance, but I'm glad I did and it was so worth the effort.

Happy Birthday, Abigail!

10/31 Walgreens Money Maker!

Head over to and print out a $3/1 coupon for ZarBee's all natural children's cough syrup.

Starting 10/31 it will be available @ $5.99 with a $6 RR and $3/1 coupon = $3 Money Maker!

For more info and a second coupon check out their website.

With little Abby being so young I'm super hyped about this deal!

Thanks, thekrazycouponlady!

$2 Cream of Wheat coupon

There's a high value $2/1 Cream of Wheat coupon available HERE.

This product is not yet available at all stores but would be very affordable after the coupon.

Thanks, thekrazycouponlady!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Coming Soon: Frugal First Birthday

Look forward to tomorrow's post all about how early planning and shopping wisely helped get me the cupcake themed first birthday party I wanted for our little girl.

CVS: Unadvertised ECB Freebie

Neutrogena Split End Mender $7.49 free after 7.49 ECB (limit 1)

Thanks, iheartcvs!

Free Lip Product at Bath and Body Works

Bath and Body Works has a coupon out for a free lip product up to $8  with ANY purchase. Print it HERE.

I'll be there looking for this one!

$2/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Coupon

There's another $2/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal coupon available HERE. 

Act fast, these run out quickly and can be used to score free or very inexpensive oatmeal when paired with a sale.

Thanks, MoneySavingMom!

Free Sample of Pain Reliever

There's a free sample of Miralex available HERE

Thanks, MoneySavingMom!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Free kids clothes at Old Navy!

Old Navy is having a special through Oct 21st. Buy any adult item and get a kids item of equal or lesser value for free! This can be combined with one other special and excludes clearance items. I went saturday and made out great with their $10 sweater and $5 t-shirt deals.

New sweaters for me and hubby and tons of stuff for little Abby.

This is for cardholders only and no coupon is required. This also works for new accounts. They're also giving their earned points at a higher value through this promotion.

Happy Shopping!

Town and Country 10/14-10/20

Pretty good deals and Town and Country this week. 

Select Kellog's and Quaker Cereal 5/$10
     Use $1.50/2

1 Dozen roses $7

Centrella canned vegetables 25 cents (limit 12)

Don't forget T&C store coupons can be printed directly from their site. Also, the high value $0.75/1 Cheerios is still available from that site. I used this last week to get Cheerios for 50 cents a box.

Al's Deals 10/18-10/24

10/21 Almost Midnight Madness sale 9-11PM

     Features deals like lunchables for 88 cents (limit 10) and Totino's for 59 cents.

View weekly Al's ad HERE

     Select Kellog's Cereal for $1.79
        Use $1.50/2 = $1.04 each

     Banquet Family Entrees $2.39

     YoCrunch Yogurt $0.69