PhotobucketWhy Be Frugal?

I consider frugality an art form and a religious conviction. I learned about paying cash for purchases, recycling and reusing just about everything and being generous to friends and those in need from my parents.

My faith instructs me all things are gifted by God and so I am compelled to be a good steward of my gifts. [The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man. Psalm 115:16]


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

CVS coupons 3/29 - 4/3/10 with sale price matchups

Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid toothpaste or Oral-B Advantage toothbrush $2.99 (Limit 1)
Get $2 ECB
(03/07 P&G) save $0.75 Crest toothpaste
(03/07 P&G) B1G1 FREE Oral-B
Final Price, $0.24 Crest or FREE Oral-B

Listerine Antiseptic 500ml or Pocket Paks $1.99 (Limit 3)
or (12/6, 1/3 or 3/7 RP) save $1.00
Final Price, FREE after stacking both CVS and MFC coupons

Folgers Coffee (11.3oz), $1.97 (Limit 6)
(03/21 RP) save $1.00/2
Final Price, $1.47 each

CoverGirl Deal (starting at $2.99) Limit 1
Spend $20 - Get $8 ECB
(02/07 P&G) B1G1 FREE (expires 03/31)
(02/07 P&G) save $1.00 (expires 03/31)
Final Price, as low as $1.49 each

ThermaCare Heatwraps (excludes 1ct.) 2/$13.98 (Limit 1)
Get $5 ECB wyb 2
(01/31 or 03/28 RP) save $1.00
Final Price, $1.49 each

Huggies or Pull-ups Jumbo Packs 2/$17.98 (Limit 1)
Get $5 ECB wyb 2
(02/28 SS) save $1.50/1 Pull-Ups
Final Price, $3.49 each Diapers/$4.99 each Pull-ups

Scott Bath Tissue 12 pk. $6.88 (Limit 3)
March All You save $1.00
Final Price, $5.88

Clean & Clear Deal (starting at $4.99) Limit 1
Spend $15 - Get $5 ECB
Printable Coupon save $5.00 Clean & Clear Advantage
(03/28 SS) save $1.00

Get more coupons here or here!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I'm giving away a set of 3 canvas tote bags!

I recently participated in Good Housekeeping's Good Deals and Smart Steals sweepstakes and won these 3 canvas tote bags. **

My bags arrived on Monday (less than week after I sent in my receipt:-). They are a great size, and the two larger ones are expandable. The smaller one (still a nice size) is so cute with a pocket on the outside (I'm thinking coupons. cell phone. car keys)

Even if you're not a cloth bag grocery shopper these will come in handy - and you can toss them in the laundry when you need to!

As much as I like these bags, I've decided to "share my wealth" with one lucky reader! Yep, I'm giving away this set of canvas bags!


1) Become a follower of Just Be Frugal

2) Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite good deal or smart steal from your own life.

3) If you're already a follower you can earn up three total entries:
-----leave a comment as described in #2
-----leave an additional comment telling me you're already a follower AND/OR
-----tell someone else about Just Be Frugal and ask them to follow (be sure they tell me you sent them!)

I'm going to leave this give-away open until Wednesday, March 31 at midnight (EST). That will still leave plenty of time for everyone to participate by making the qualifying purchases detailed at the Good Housekeeping site HERE whether you win this set or not!
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**Good Deals & Smart Steals: Shop from 3/9/10-5/2/10 and spend $25 or more in a single transaction on these participating brands to receive a 3-piece shopping tote set courtesy of Good Housekeeping. Check out the April issue of Good Housekeeping for details on how to redeem or go HERE to the Good Housekeeping Website.

New printable Whole Foods coupons!

New printable Whole Foods coupons have been released. Go print yours here. But print them now if you want them, because they change them out every week, and the old ones disappear. Thanks, Carrie.
$1/1 365 Everyday Value Organic Peanut Butter
$1/1 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk (refrig./aseptic)
$1.50/2 Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bars or Hot Oatmeal items
$1/2 Lifeway Products
$1/1 CLIF Quench Sport Drink
$1/1 Organic Valley Yogurt
$1/1 Method item
$1/2 CLIF Builder’s Protein Bars
$0.55/1 San-J Tamari, Cooking Sauce or Salad Dressing
$1/1 Kashi Heart-to-Heart Product
$0.75/1 Dagoba Organic Chocolate product
$1/1 Odwalla Juice (32 oz.)
$1/1 Cascadian Farm Organic Granola Bars or Cereal
Remember you can also print out coupons for many of your favorite Whole Foods items here at HealthESavers and here at Mambo Sprouts.

See the latest Whole Foods deals and coupon match-ups here.

Thanks to Lea Ann from Mommy's Wish List for this heads up!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Princess and the Frog, Toy Story 1 & 2 - HIG VALUE COUPONS

Disney Movie Rewards has some discount coupons on their website for $10.00 off the Princess and the Frog (expires 3/28/10) and $5.00 off Toy Story 1 and $5.00 of Toy Story #2, (expires 3/30/10.)

You can print the coupons HERE.

The new Blu-ray/DVD combo pack version came out today.If you join Disney Movie Rewards, you will have access to more savings on Disney Blu-rays and DVD’s.

If you already a member and you own either Toy Story 1 or Toy Story 2 on VHS or DVD, you can enter the UPC codes in your Disney Rewards Club account and get a coupon for $10 off the new Toy Story Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.Lo0k for the specially marked packages that will have a coupon to the Toy Story 3 movie which comes out this summer!

Thanks, Lori @ More With Less Today!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

High dollar coupons on Campbell's products

Check out these great coupons from Campbell's!

Save $1.00 on any two (2) Campbell's Condensed Soups

Save $1.50 on any three (3) varieties of Campbell’s Chunky soup

Save $1.00 on any one (1) 6-pack slim cans/46 oz. bottle of V8 V-Fusion

Save $0.55 on any one (1) Pepperidge Farm bread

Click here to print off these great coupons and save tons of money on Campbell's items.

Some Ohio & WV Kroger stores are offering TRIPLE coupons

Kroger is running their Triple Coupon Promotion in select Ohio & West Virginia stores starting tomorrow (3/25) through Sunday, 3/28/10!

Sadly, I live in Virginia and can't take advantage of this!! But I'm thrilled to share with my readers!

Here is how the Kroger Triple Coupon Promo Works:

Coupons up to and including $0.50 will triple to $1.50. If your store doubles up to $0.99, coupons from $0.51-0.99 will continue to double. If your store does not double over $0.50 that will still be the case.

This promo runs Thursday (3/25) through Sunday (3/28). There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use, and internet printables WILL also triple provided they have unique serial numbers (which is almost always the case unless someone is making illegal copies).

Now would be a great time to print off coupons! Click on the rectangle below and you can print off coupons for dozens of items.

Here is partial list of stores that are participating. I can’t list every single city, but if your store is near one of those listed below it would be worth a trip to see if they are running triple coupons as well:


* ALL Central Ohio Stores
* Mt. Vernon
* Marion
* Delaware
* Mansfield
* Chillicothe
* Circleville
* Sandusky
* Toledo
* Washington Court House
* Portsmouth
* Jackson
* Lancaster
* Bellefontaine
* Saint Clairsville
* Martins Ferry
* Bellaire

West Virginia

* Weirton
* Wheeling
* Moundsville

As always, please call ahead to your local store to confirm if they are participating. (If you store was one of the ones participating recently, they should be participating again). And if you live near the store, you may even have better luck stopping in to see for yourself.

Thanks so much to Marcy at Stretching a Buck for this exciting news!

Get The New Home Made Simple Coupon Book

Sign up for the latest Home Made Simple "Refresh Your Nest" coupon book again (with $30 in coupons for home cleaning products) by signing up here.

This is a new link! The theme of this booklet is Decor Done Right. Product coupons featured in this booklet include Cascade, Swiffer, Dawn, Febreze, Mr. Clean.

These are available several times throughout the year, so if you've requested this before, chances are they'll let you have it again.

Thanks for this great information from Lea Ann at Mommy's Wish List!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cellfire: the green way to "clip" coupons

Cellfire coupons are e-coupons. That means there's nothing to print. You simply need to sign up for a Cellfire account, register your grocery store savings card and pick the coupons you would like to load onto it. When you purchase a product for which you have a Cellfire coupon, the coupon amount is automatically deducted from your total.

You do need to register a phone number with Cellfire in order to initially set up your account, but the grocery store coupons do not require you to use your cell phone at all. Cellfire e-coupons are redeemable at participating grocery stores including Kroger, Bakers, Carrs, City Market, Dillons, Dominicks, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Genuardi's, Gorbes, Hilander, Jay C Food Stores, King Soopers, Owen's Pay Less, Pavillions, QFC, Ralph's, Randalls, Safeway, Scott's, Smith's, Tom Thumb and Vons.

New Coupons:
Pillsbury Italian Meal Bread Save $.40
Betty Crocker Mix Save $.40
Pillsbury Frozen Grands! Save $.75
Nature Valley Granola Nut Clustrs Save $1
Betty Crocker Potatoes Save $.40
Green Giant vege's Save $.50
Nature Valley Granola Bars Save $.40
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Save $.55
Romano's Mac Grill kit Save $1
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks Save $.50
Yoplait Delights Save $1
Yoplait 32oz Save $.55
Honey Nut Cheerios Save $.55
Select Cheerios Save $.75
Yoplait Kids Zone Save $.80
Pillsbury Holiday Cookies Save $.75
Pillsbury Cookie Dough Save $1
Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Save $.75

Kroger AND ShopRite Only

Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Save $.50
Betty Crocker Warm Delights Save $1
(Yumm, my husband and son will be excited about these)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Get a Free Pastry at Starbucks on Tuesday, March 23

Tuesday, March 23 is free Pastry Day at Starbucks. Read all the details HERE.

Buy 2 books, purchase Easter Egg Puzzle Set for $4.99

Buy 2 books, purchase an Easter Egg Wooden Puzzle set (retail price $9.95) at Barnes & Noble on line:

1. Add any two (2) children’s books with the "Easter Puzzle Set Offer" icon to your cart
2. Add the Jan Brett's Easter Egg Wooden Puzzle Set to your cart and proceed to checkout
3. The cost of the Jan Brett's Easter Egg Wooden Puzzle Set will be amended at checkout

This puzzle set is appropriate for children ages 3-6 and includes 4 illustrated wooden puzzles -- 12 puzzle pieces total -- in a handcrafted wooden storage box. It's a fun Easter gift and a surefire way to help kids get into the holiday spirit.

Click HERE for all the details.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Time to "spring clean" my pantry

I haven't really been acquainted with my pantry since right before Christmas when my daughter was in town and we had a baking blitz. I'm not proud to admit that but I thought it might be helpful to reveal this truth to others who are having a pantry crisis!

When we bought our house 4 years ago, we converted one of the linen closets (we have a split foyer and only really needed one linen closet) to a pantry. The kitchen has Zero space for pantry items so I needed some place to keep things handy. Hence, the re-purposed linen closet! It's been a great space and I really maximized it with wire racks, turnstiles, graduated shelving and clip on-hanging shelves. But like I said . . . it's been a while . . .

Anyway, I'm swallowing my pride to share what I found and what I plan to do:

1 tortilla chip bag with about 30 chips in the bottom, along with some crumbs--not well sealed and so stale. These will be used when I make chicken enchillada casserole this week (which will also include the 3 cans of cream of mushroom soup that had been hiding way in the back as well:-)
1 bag of French's fried onions with about 2 casserole's worth of fried onions left in it. These will also be used up this week--my family is really going to be excited!
1 bag of Cheez-its with about 1/4 cup of crumbs in the bottom. These are now in a zip lock bag, ready to be used later - either as filler in a meatloaf or as a topping to a casserole or vegetable dish. (These items are stored (with the boxes of actual crackers and chips, etc.) in plastic baskets on the floor.)


2 batches of my oatmeal cookie mix now combined into one huge batch- I made one last week and didn't even know I had one already in the back of the pantry!


Lots of pieces and bit of baking supplies left over from our baking frenzy over Christmas. Combined, sorted - and yes threw out some of these. I had two bags of coconut open, 2 packs of baking chocolate (for my "world famous" dipped fruit) unused, 2 bags of marshmallows previously opened. I'll use the marshmallows up with the box of Rice Krispies just calling out to be made into Rice Krispie treats, various cans of evaporated and sweetened condensed milk.


Then I organized all the pasta and rice bags and boxes, pulled out all cans and organized and replaced in a logical order--not necessarily all together but by how they will be used--for example, the can of refried beans is next to the pack of taco shells. The canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste are next to the canned kidney beans and cans of ro-tel for one last end-of-the season batch of my husband's yummy chili, etc.

For small packs of seasoning mixes, like stir-fry and tacos, I have attached a gallon-size freezer bag with velcro to the inside of the pantry door. Easy to see, out of the way, and they don't get lost in the back of the pantry (in theory, of course:-)

I feel proud of my pantry again and will be able to be much more frugal because I won't be purchasing items I already have on hand.

Oh . . . I pulled out a couple of extra boxes of pasta and 2 jars of pasta sauce to take to our church next Sunday for delivery to an area food pantry.

What's in your pantry?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program of the Center For Disease Control provides free screenings and diagnostic services to low-income (could be defined as less than $44,000/year for a family of four), underserved and uninsured women. Their website indicates, between 8%–11% of U.S. women of screening age are eligible to receive NBCCEDP services.

The program helps low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. These services include
  • Clinical breast examinations.
  • Mammograms.
  • Pap tests.
  • Pelvic examinations.
  • Diagnostic testing if results are abnormal.
  • Referrals to treatment.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control Website for details of the CDC National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to get all the details and to determine whether or not you qualify for these potentially life-saving free screenings.

You might also be interested in this post: Free Vaccines for qualifying children and also this post:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Frugal Beauty Tips

Frugal Beauty Tips for Frugal Ladies by Sarah Peppel, is a timely article for women (and men!) whose skin has not enjoyed the cold, winter weather.

Frugal Living Tips has a great post, Frugal Beauty Tips for the Thrifty.

What's your favorite frugal beauty routine or tip?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sign up for recipes, menu ideas and free cereal

Sign up at website and receive $4 in coupons and be entered for a chance to win a free box of Cheerios (only 50,000 will be given away so hurry!).

Join the Betty Crocker site to receive a free monthly newsletter, hand-picked recipes including a customized recipe box you create, coupons and more! Try the Slow Cooker Old-World Corned Beef and Vegetables or four other St. Patrick's day meals at Join today to access over $15 in member-exclusive coupons on Betty Crocker products.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mommy cards for busy moms only $1.99

Mommy Cards Are Business Cards for Busy Moms! Are you a busy mom who’s always on the go? Check out mommy contact cards at VistaPrint.

These cards are a great way to share your contact info with coaches, teachers, other parents and babysitters.

Put your name, emergency contact number, your child’s allergies and other important information on the cards.

Select from a variety of layouts and design options.

I found this great deal at Frugal Living and Having Fun.

Quick Tip: Save a rusty cast-iron skillet!

Don't throw out that rusty cast-iron skillet! Here is advice from several sources on how to save your cast iron skillet once it's developed a bit of rust -- or if you find an old one at a yard sale.


--Use a stiff nylon brush, hot water and a little salt (a natural abrasive) to scour off the rust. You may have to throw away the salt and add more and repeat the scouring process if the pan is really dirty.

If that doesn't work, use hot water and steel wool. When you're done, coat the inside and outside of the pan with vegetable oil and place it on foil-upside down-in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour to re-season. Allow to cool before using or storing.

--To clean rust from an abused garage sale find of a cast iron skillet soak the item for 24 hours in a bath of 1 part molasses and 3 parts water. Clean with a bit of steel wool. (resoak as needed) Season and voila.

--To prevent future rust: After washing the pan, put it on the stove and let it heat until any water left in the pan has evaporated.

--Never use scouring powder or soap! The soap will suck out the good oils in the pan and the pan could absorb the soapy taste!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Giveaway and coupon for Mirra - new cosmetic line at Kroger

Sara atDealicious Mom has posted this:

Kroger is proud to introduce Mirra, their new easy to use, exclusive health and beauty care brand for family-focused women seeking effortless beauty. Mirra combines quality, natural ingredients with the latest science to meet 3 different needs: Daily – routine personal care; Renew – a rejuvenating time out; and Inspire – quick transformations for a night out.

Dealicious Mom

To read a review of Mirra products and be entered in a giveaway of a gift pack of Mirra Products, visit Sara at Dealicious Mom.

Kroger is offering a limited-time coupon for $5 off when you purchase 2 Mirra products.

What's your favorite frugal beauty tip?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cancel the gym and save $420 a year!

Cancel your gym membership and take advantage of frugal fitness resources!

Check out, modeled after the U. S. Marine Corps physical training. You can do workouts at home and save that $35/month fee!

The workouts at this site are designed for all fitness levels and can be customized to each individuals needs by increasing intensity, weight or time of the workout. This fitness program utilizes training methods that can be performed no matter where you are with limited equipment.

If you're just starting a fitness program, or are simply out of shape (like me!) try the 6-week program.

Hit all the muscle groups using dumbells and body weight exercises with the 4-week strength training program.

Push yourself to the limit with the Upper Body Blast.

When you create your free account you'll have access to Marine Corps style workout program, printable workout plans, a calendar for keeping up with workouts, on-line run tracking software and personal fitness test tracking.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Save money on glasses with these great deals!

Buy a complete pair of eyeglasses
or pair of prescription sunglasses
get one pair free. Get coupon HERE

Save 50% off at Lens Crafters
50% off lenses with frame purchase
including bi-focals and no-prescription
sun glasses. Ends April 3!
Print coupon HERE.

At J C Penny Optical get
50% off eyeglasses, all frames
all lenses, all options Click
HERE to print coupon.

After you get your new glasses, donate the old glasses and sunglasses to help someone in need:

(Sunglasses can be non-prescription. They are needed in countries near the equator to help protect people's eyes from sun damage.) Collection facilities include Goodwill Industries stores, LensCrafters stores, and Lions Club drop boxes. Items also can be sent in padded envelopes or boxes to:

New Eyes for the Needy
549 Millburn Avenue
P.O. Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lord Help Me, I've Got Too Much Debt!

Are you struggling with debt? Most of us don't intend to get buried in it. It seems as if it just happens over time. We charge something, fully intending to pay off the balance on pay day. Then something comes up - an emergency expenditure.

When the credit card bill comes, we don't have enough to pay off the balance so we pay only the minimum due. Then next month, we need to repair a car or pay an unexpected medical bill and we don't have the cash so we charge it.

Pay day comes, and now the balance has grown on the card, but we still pay the minimum due. Over time, the balance grows. When we max out the card, we apply for another card - applications arrive almost daily in the mail, don't they!?

At some point, we realize we need to get out of debt. But we don't know how. We don't even know where to begin. I'm not an expert. But I came across a common-sense, easy to apply way to begin the journey to being debt free.

Check out the details at my Frugal Friday's post at Life Coaching for Christian Women.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Save $2 - $5 on Twentieth Century Fox Movies

Save on Twentieth Century Fox movies on DVD and Blu-ray! has $2 off coupons on these great family movies:

The Pebble & the Penguin
Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang
Legally Blond
Dr. Doolittle: Million Dollar Mutts
The Black Stallion

You can save $5 on these movies on Blu-ray:

Cheaper By The Dozen 2

Click on the button on my sidebar to begin saving now!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Learn A-Latte - That what readers said they do at Just Be Frugal!

This evening I received a wonderful blessing! I opened an email that read:
"Congratulations! Every year Internet Café Devotions hosts
Blessed Aroma,
a call out to blog readers to nominate their
favorite blogs, in specific
categories, written by Christian
Women. Those with the most nominations are
compiled into
a list that gives us the TOP 100 Christian Women’s blogs
each year.

Your blog was chosen this year in the category of: “Learn-a-Latte Blog”. We hope this
blesses you as much as you have blessed others!"

The category description: Learn A-Latte Blog This is a lady who loves to see others learn. She might teach her kids at home or maybe she teaches you about: scrapbooking, sewing, knitting, crafts, photography, or anything of the like. The truth is you learn something almost everytime you visit her blog.

I am just delighted that readers have been blessed by their visits here! I have also been blessed by your support and willingness to offer advice, tips and feedback! Thank you so much for this lovely award!

$9 Air Fare!

For $39.95 a year, you can join the Spirit Air $9 Fare Club and have access to member only fares as low as a penny.

Your other passengers can receive the same fares as long as the member is booking the reservation. Spirit Air flies in the United States, South America and the Caribbean. HERE is their website.

At their site you'll also find great deals on hotels, car rentals, activities and vacation packages.

Thanks for this tip from Lori at More With Less Today.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Whole Foods Online coupons!

Susan at Organic Deals announced Whole Foods just updated their online coupons. Here are the new coupons available:
  • $1.00 off any (1) 365 Everyday Value Organic Peanut Butter
  • $1.00 off any (1) Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk
  • $1.00 off any (2) Lifeway Products
  • $1.00 off any (1) CLIF Quench Sport Drink or any 2 Builder's Protein Bars
  • $1.00 off any (1) Organic Valley Yogurt
  • $1.00 off any (1) Method item
  • $1.50 off any (2) Nature's Path Organic Granola Bars or Hot Oatmeal items
  • $.55 cents off any (1) San-J Tamari Cooking Sauce or Dressing
  • $1.00 off (1) Kashi Heart-to-Heart Product
  • $.75 cents off any (1) Dagoba Organic Chocolate product
  • $1.00 off (1) 32 oz. Odwalla
  • $1.00 off any (1) box of Cascadian Farm Granola Bars or Cereals
Are you an "organic shopper"? You'll love Susan's blog, Organic Deals!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Organize me! Please!

I don't know how many times I've arrived home from work, only to remember I forgot to do something on the way home! Grrr, I can't stand that! Well . . . modern technology to the rescue!

I just read about reQall,, a free voice recognition tool that allows you to send yourself reminders! You don't need to install any software to call and use reQall. You can use reQall from any phone (including mobile phones, iPhones and BlackBerry smartphones), web browsers, AIM, Jabber, Google Talk and Yahoo Instant Messenger. Get all the details HERE.

Just call the toll-free number from your cell phone to leave yourself reminders! ReQall organizes the recordings and plays them back to you as lists of to-do items, notes and shopping items. Never forget to pick up a prescription or send an email again!

If you have a BlackBerry or iPhone, the program transcribes your messages and automatically sends you reminders via e-mail or IM.