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]


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bath and Body Works Freebie! Woo Hoo!

Get a free full-sized body care item at Bath and Body Works with any purchase of $10 or more (up to $13 value).

Click HERE to print the coupon and be sure to use it before June 10, 2010!

While you're there, check out these savings opportunities:

Buy 3 Get 3 FREE Signature Collection
Buy 3 Get 3 FREE Signature Classics

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rite Aid Rebates: Duracell, Huggies, Allergy Treatments

You can enter all the information on line to receive rebates on products purchased at Rite Aid!

Find information on Rite-Aid Rebates, including this high value deal at the Rite Aid Rebates Page.

DURACELL - Valid from 04/25/10 to 05/29/10 $5.00 Rebate

Offer valid 04/23/10 - 05/27/10 in select California stores and 04/25/10 - 05/29/10 in all other stores.


Check out these additional rebates currently available at Rite Aid:
Huggies 2010 rebates are valid 04/23/10 to 07/24/10. Please enter your receipts by 08/23/10.
May 2010 rebates are valid 04/23/10 to 05/29/10. Please enter your receipts by 06/28/10.
Allergy 2010 rebates are valid 03/26/10 to 06/26/10. Please enter your receipts by 07/26/10.
(unless otherwise indicated below)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Free samples of Nature Made products

Go here to log-in or register with Nature Made to request a free 7-day sample of Nature Made Omega-3 Fish Oil, and go here to request a free 4-tablet sample of Nature Made Chewable Vitamin D. Go here and request a 7-day sample of Nature Made Cholest Off.

Thanks to Lea Ann at Mommy's Wish List!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Find your owner's manual for free at Diplodocs

I'm a subscriber to Lori Felix's website, More With Less Today. Lori is such a sweetie and we've struck up a "bloggy friendship." Lori's blog byline is "More With Less Today finds ways to save money, help others and give from our surplus." Lori shared this information with readers:

Find your owner’s manual free on this website. Often we have to replace an item because we can’t find the users manual to fix it, or to simply get a replacement part. is the web address and Diplodocs is the name of the website. You can download and print out the user guides that you need.Lori read about this site on, a fantastic source of money-saving information.

Diplodocs has over 1,870,000 user guides from 5,600 brands. There are user’s manuals for appliances, TV & audio, cars & motorcycles, phones, computers, cameras & video, software, toys and more.

HERE is the link to the website. You might want to bookmark this post for future reference.

I hope you'll stop by Lori's blog. Tell her I said "hi."


Friday, May 21, 2010

Download free appetizer recipes and slow cooker cookbook

FREE COOKBOOK: For easy meals, you might be breaking out the Crock Pot. Here's a site where you can download and print a 55-page cookbook featuring 33 slow cooker recipes. You can also print individual recipes.

FREE RECIPES: Download this free Appetizer Recipe Cookbook. Everything from Hot-n-Easy Buffalo Chicken Wings to Bacon and Garlic Shrimp and Football Spinach Dip, 39 recipes for every occasion and level of cooking skill from RecipeLion.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Birthday Freebies List Update

Heather at Freebies for Mom just updated her list of birthday freebies HERE.

My son, husband AND son-in-law have summer birthdays coming up so you know we'll be checking out this list!

Thanks, Heather!

Rules of the Road for Yard Sales


Park 2-3 houses away from the yard sale location - the exercise is good for you and you have time to repeat over and over - I'm only looking today . . . I' m only looking today.


Leave your money in the car - if you want something enough to walk all the way back to the car, it's probably a keeper. Besides, you might change your mind and just head on to the next yard sale.

On Friday night get plenty of quarters and $1 bills. If you have $10 bills, you're more likely to spend them!


Never, ever pay the asked-for price. Even if it's something you really like and you honestly think it's priced fairly. You are not in Wal-Mart. These folks have no overhead. They don't want to haul it back into the house or the garage--or even worse--the dump.

Make an offer--they'll probably take it. It's okay to haggle a little. If they don't accept your offer - leave and come back in an hour - if it's still there: meant to be and at a lower price. If not, you didn't really need it anyway.


I'm not talking about racial profiling here! I'm referring to "scoping out" a yard sale before you get out of the car. If the front yard is full of baby clothes and toys and your youngest child is 12, you're probably not going to find anything you can use -- or should be spending your money on.

If you see electronics and you want to get your child a second hand something -- go for it! My husband is a huge music buff so he scouts out old LP's and other music media, records it for his personal use and then re-sells the original LP, CD or whatever.

Pick a neighborhood/area

This weekend our neighborhood of about 500 homes had no fewer that 6 yard sales!! I was thrilled! The neighborhood across the street had 4 and two separate neighborhoods on my way to the farmer's market had 5 and 6 respectively! This saves gas and especially time when you concentrate your efforts in one geographic area.

No kids allowed

I know, they've been saving their allowance- for weeks. But you know they're going to pick out something that will fit very nicely in that huge tub of "stuff" that no one ever goes into -- or frankly talks about. They don't need it and you don't have room for it!

Take small vehicle

Do not take a pick up truck with an empty bed or mini-van (empty because you left the kids home) unless you have no other option. A smaller vehicle will discourage you from buying (a) large items and (b) too many items.


This is not a frugal tip, merely a suggestion on how to treat people. Always greet the yard sale host. Even if they have absolute junk (in your opinion) find something nice to say about their stuff. When you leave, whether you purchase something or not, tell them "thank you." It's just nice:-)

What are your frugal yard sale tips?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Free movie from Fandango and Hershey's

FREE MOVIE TICKETS: Earn a free movie ticket from Hersheys . Click here for the rebate form, send in four UPC's from bags of Hershey's brand candy and get a coupon for one free movie ticket valued at $12.00 or less.

The "fine print":

Collect and send in four (4) UPCs from 10oz. or larger packages of HERSHEY'S KISSES Chocolates, REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, HERSHEY'S MINIATURES Chocolate Bars or YORK Peppermint Patties to receive one (1) Fandango Promotional Code good for one (1) movie ticket valued at up to $12.00 sent via email.

Offer valid between 4/1/10 and 6/30/10.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

B1 G1 Deals plus 50% off Starbucks Frappuccinos!

Visit Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs on Facebook and "Like" them to print two coupons to "Buy 1 Get 1 Free Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs" (up to $3.29 value).

You need to go to the "Coupon Offer" tab and then click on the purple "Print Coupon:" button to access a "bricks" coupon. Hit the back button to hit this coupon a second time. You'll have about 1 month before your coupons expire. Thanks to Giselle at Saving Addiction for sharing this hot coupon !

Get a free wrap when you buy a wrap, side, and beverage at Bob Evans Restaurants from their Facebook page when you "Like" them. Thanks, Bob. And Crystal.

Your kid can get a free kid's meal for their birthday here when they sign up for the kid's birthday club (for kids under 12).

Find your nearest Bob Evans Restaurant on their website, just click on "Find a Bob Evans" on the main menu, left-hand side. Bob Evans are located in OH, DE, FL, IN, IL, KS, KY, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA and WV.

Visit your participating Starbucks from May 7th to 16th, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm for Frappuccino Happy Hour, and get your favorite for half-price. Details here. And please call ahead to your local Starbucks to make sure they are participating. Find your nearest Starbucks here.

Thanks, Lea Ann at Mommy's Wish List!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day


Today Jeff is 21 and Jen is 25:-) This is one of my favorite photos of them in their "younger" days.

My latest Frugal Friday post is up at Life Coaching for Christian Women. The theme is fasting. I hope you'll pop over to read my thoughts about how our frugal lifestyle honors God and points others to Christ. Just click on the icon above.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Buying in bulk - pro or con?

Seth Fiegerman, MainStreet says, "Sometimes it's smart -- even thrifty -- to resist the lure of the 'deal.' You may end up spending less in the long run if you buy some items in smaller quantities."

His post, 15 things not to buy in bulk is a great cautionary read. While I don't agree with eveyrthing Fiegerman says, he does make some good points. Most perishible items can be frozen to extend their 'shelf life.' But we do each need to consider our own situation before making a purchasing decision.

Check out these related previous posts:

Revisiting my pantry
Tips for stretching your dollar

How about you? Are you a bulk item buyer?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kids get $10 for reading 10 books!

Who: TD Bank's Summer Reading

What: $10 deposited into your Young Savers Account when you read 10 books. Details here.

When: Now until September 30.

Where: Find your nearest TD Bank here. Available in CT, DC, DE, FL, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA and WV.

How: Fill out this form with the names of your books and bring to your local TD Bank here.

Bonus: If you don't already have a Young Savers account, you can start one with this $10.

This is a repost from Mommy's Wish List - Thanks a bunch Lea Ann!

Monday, May 3, 2010

New batch of organic food and products coupons!

New printable Whole Foods Coupons have just been released. There are some awesome deals this week, so go HERE to print off coupons for these items:

$2 off 3 CLIF BAR, MOJO, CLIF Builder’s or CLIF C Bars
$1 off 1 Ben & Jerry Pint
$1 off 2 Rudi’s Organic Products
50¢ off 1 20oz. Vitamin Water or Vitamin Water Zero
$1 off 1 Pacific Natural Foods Hemp Milk
$1 off 1 Earth Balance Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter or Creamy Almond Butter
75¢ off 1 Annie’s Naturals Product
$1 off 1 box any flavor/variety Cascadian Farm Granola Bars or Cereal
$1 off 2 Pints of Ciao Bella Gelato or Sorbet
$1 off 1 Scharffen Berger or 2 Dagoba Chocolate Products
$1.00 off 1 Kashi Organic Promise Cereal
50¢ off any 1 Tazo Zero Calorie Ice Tea

While you're at it, check out Health E-Savers for printable coupons from all natural brands for food, groceries, natural remedies, natural beauty, nutritional supplements and pets.

Then stop by Mambo Sprouts and Earth Fare for more coupons on natural brands and organic products.

Beginners to Whole Foods shopping, get lingo, background, and strategies here at Mommy's Wish List. Lea Ann reminds us that we get a discount of 10% when you buy a case of anything.

Finally, stop by The Thrifty Mama for the Whole Foods coupon match-ups and deals.

Thanks, Lea Ann for such great information! I'm going to do some grocery list making this afternoon -- using all this great information!