Sunday, September 6, 2009

Changing directions....

I have been so busy lately I have all but abandoned this blog. I think I am going to shift a little to more inspiration, less couponing. I love coupons and the frugal lifestyle and if I find a really awesome deal I'll post it but for the most part I think I want to stick to inspiration and commentary. There are so many great couponing blogs out there I can't possibly keep up with them. I would encourage all the coupon lovers to follow one of my favorites, www.hip2save.com. This is a great blog for finding deals! There are several others as well but for now, I'll stick to mentioning that one and mention others at a later date.

Todays inspirational quote comes from a great book I just bought, The Celebrate-Your-Life Quote Book by Allen Klein

"Try to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made 3,650 persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment." ~Sydney Smith

Making someone else smile is a wonderful way to brighten your own day and the day of someone else, you never know what they are going through that day and the benefits you get from it make it one of the best investments you can make in your own happiness.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Free White Castle Slider

Print the coupon directly from
this page
In honor of their 88th birthday. Exp. 7/12

Sunday, June 7, 2009

3 weekends to visit national parks for free!

The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees during 3 weekends this summer.

June 20-21
July 18-19
August 15-16

For more info visit: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

Go to nps.gov to find a park near you! Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park are included in this offer!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Free Nexcare "Give" bandage sample

Nexcare will send you 2 free "Give" bandages to help inspire others to donate blood. Just fill out this simple form.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Free Fruitea at Arby's

Go into any participating Arby's on May 6th and say "I'm parched, Fruitea me!" for your free Fruitea!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Free Frozen Yogurt

Tomorrow, May 2, Red Mango is unveiling a new flavor, Tangomonium and you can try it free from Noon-4pm in their stores. Stop by for your free frozen yogurt!

Find a location:
www.redmangousa.com

Mimi's Cafe deal

Sorry that I haven't been great at updating this blog lately. Finals are coming up and I have had family in town which has been wonderful but hectic at the same time.

I wanted to tell you about the new 3-course deal at Mimi's Cafe, one of my favorite restaurants. Its $12.99 and you get your choice of several appetizers, entrees and desserts - Click here for the special menu.

Remember that Mimi's serves breakfast all day long so if you sign up for their e-club and get the coupon for a free breakfast, pair it with this special for a cheap dinner out for you and a friend or your sweetie!

This is a May promotion so it is only good this month!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Marine Moms Bethesda

Every month or so a group of extraordinary Marine Moms visit Bethesda Naval Hospital to bring support, love, and lunch to the wounded heroes, their families and the staff. Its a small way to show big appreciation. It means so much to me because I am too far away to do it myself. If you want to learn more about these great people Click Here.

If you wish to send a word of encouragement or support via email, these great Marine moms are happy to pass it on.

Thank you Marine Moms Bethesda, for showing so much love and support for our wounded heroes and the staff who take care of them.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Free Cone Day tomorrow!

April 21st 2009 at Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops!

As a way to thank our customers for their support and to celebrate 31 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are happily giving it away!

Around the world, Scoop Shops are opening
their doors from noon to 8:00 pm, to serve
up a free scoop of your favorite flavor.

Find a Scoop Shop Near You

Friday, April 17, 2009

New sample from NatureMade

Free sample of NatureMade Triple Flex Softgels here. This is a great freebie for people who suffer from joint aches and pains.

Free: Bayer Contour Meter (Diabetes Care)

Just go Here and fill in your info. This is by prescription so you do actually have to have a need for the product to get it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Free Huggies!

Sample pack of 3 comes with a high value coupon.
http://www.huggiespureandnatural.com/FreeSample.aspx
Click Here For Free Sample

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Weekly Did You Know? Post

Potty Training? Bed-Wetting? Did you know that Goodnites has a new training pant for overnight that look like boxers? You can get a free sample from Wal-Mart Here.

Did you know that Kroger has a sample site now similar to Wal-Mart Samples? Samples are available in select states, Click Here to see if your state is one of them and sign up for samples!

Did you know that if you sign up for email updates from Michael's they will send you bonus coupons? Great for the crafty people out there!
I just got my Easter bonus coupon for 50% off one regular priced item.

Feeling stressed about how much you are paying in taxes and how Government is handling your money? Did you know that there are several Tax Day T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) rally's being planned? See if there is one in your area Here.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Getting too many catalogs in the mail?

Visit DMA Choice to stop receiving the ones you don't want. Good for your mailbox and good for the environment!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

America's Unhealthiest Restaurants

Yahoo Health has a new article/list out compiling America's unhealthiest restaurants. Most of them are no surprise but a coule shocked me, including Baja Fresh. Check it out here.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weekly "Did you know?" post

Freebie

Did you know that the EPA is offering a free kit for kids?

"Your Planet Protectors Club kit includes:
An official membership certificate
An official Planet Protectors Club badge
Activity booklets for grades K-3 and 4-5 "

What a great way to teach your kids about protecting the environment. Click here to sign up!

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Contest

Thinking about visiting Colorado? Did you know that you could win a trip there?
Colorado.com is sponsoring the contest!

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Want to visit San Diego (North County) or do you live here and want ideas on what to do for your "staycation?" Did you know that you can get a free visitor's guide here?

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Did you know that you can turn a used coffee can into an awesome vase? Here are the
instructions?


Thanks for reading this weeks "Did you know?" post!

Free sample of Dunkin' Donuts coffee

Just go Here and click on "free sample" up top!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What do you know about pollution?

I'm all about living green (lucky for me, living green and living cheap are extremely compatible). The Earth is a sacred place to me and I believe it is our responsibility to care for it. I found this pollution quiz from National Geographic very interesting. Sad to say, I did not know as much as I think I did, but am now more knowledgeable after taking the quiz!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Staples Dollar Days are back!

There are several dollar deals this week (starting 3/15) at Staples and even a pack of ballpoint retractable pens FREE after easy rebate. Go on Over Here to see the deals!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Free one-day pass to Sam's Club

Allstate is offering a free printable one day pass to Sam's Club good til March 31, 2009. Just go to the website and click on "Sam's Club Special Offer" to sign up. Yes they want to solicit you for insurance so use your "alternative" email if you have one. They will email you the pass.

Visit Sam's Club Online to find a store near you.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sizzler in Oceanside

I have shared my comments with Sizzler, now I'm sharing them with you.


I have visited this Sizzler twice and been disappointed both times.Instead of one menu there are several menus plastered all over the walls, it is not efficient, customers were confused and the line to pay was moving extremely slowly while people tried to figure out the menu.

I ordered the salad & appetizer bar (both times) because the rest of the menu lacked appeal. The selections were minimal and looked like they had been sitting out all day. The meat for the tostada shells was at the bottom of the tray with only a layer of oil at the top, the vegetables were wilted and the chicken was very dry. For the same price I can go to Soup Plantation or Sweet Tomatoes and get a much larger selection with higher quality food. The restaurant was very dark. I will not be returning to this Sizzler.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Great Freebie from FedEx Office, today only!

FedEx office wants to help you find a job! Bring your resume into one of their stores today and they will print you 25 free copies on high quality paper. This offer is only good today, March 10, so hurry in!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Free Kitten Care kit

FamilyTime.com is offering this Free kitten care kit when you sign up for a free account.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Give Wildlife a Brake

Click Here to get your free bumper sticker from the Humane Society of the United States.

Monday, March 2, 2009

11 Ways to Find Extra Money Now!

This is a great article from Dolans.com full of simple ideas to save money. Dolans.com is one of my favorite money management/budgeting sites.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Free gifts at Ulta this week:

ULTA
Receive a FREE 14 piece set with any $17.50 purchase of ULTA Cosmetics, Minerals, Formativ Skincare or ULTA Professional. Some exclusions apply
A $65 VALUE

Ahava
Receive a FREE eco-tote reusable bag with the purchase of a new Botanic Shower Gel.

Smashbox
Receive a FREE O-Glow deluxe sample with any Smashbox purchase.

If you are shopping online at Ulta.com Enter coupon code 28395 in the provided shopping bag space during your online checkout to save $3.50 on your purchase of $10 or more. (thru 3/14/09)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Feminine Hygiene Sample Pack

This is a great sample pack from beinggirl.com, I received mine a couple of weeks ago. There is a lot in it and mine even came with a bonus coupon for a free 18 pack of Always Infinity pads. Get Yours!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hotels to stay away from!

Do you stay in hotels a lot? TripAdvisor has compiled a list of the USA's dirtiest hotels? Stay away from these. TripAdvisor
is a wonderful site because you can read reviews written by actual travelers (I am a member and write reviews on my own hotel stays) and see photos taken by travelers which are usually much more realistic than the polished photos available on hotel websites. Click on the review from "Hotel Carter" in NYC and click on a specific review. Once you do you will see a link at the top for "traveler photos." Click on that and you will be totally grossed out.

Did you know? weekly post.

Did you know that you can get a free Juicy Juice sippy cup by registering online at their site? Check it out

Can't afford your prescriptions? Did you know that their is a program to help you get free medicine?

Get informed before you donate to a charity. Did you know that Charity Navigator evaluates the financial health of many charities so you can see exactly how your money will be spent?

Did you know that you can earn Swagbucks simply by searching the web using their site? Swagbucks are redeemable for gift certificates and prizes via the SwagStore.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Photo deal at CVS

CVS has a buy 1 get 1 free deal right now (thru 3/1) on photo enlargements. Just type code ENLARGE at check out. Offer good when you buy 2 5x7 or 2 8x10 enlargements.

Game Crazy Sale

All used XBox, PS2 & Game Cube games are buy 2 get 1 free this week (through 3/1).

Freebie for the horny goats out there.

Horny Goat Brewing Co. will send you a free condom if you sign up for their mailing list here.

Click on "where to get horny."

Monday, February 23, 2009

File your taxes for free.

Anyone can file their taxes for free via The IRS free file alliance.

Military families, you can access a free version of H&R Block TaxCut software via Military OneSource. Just scroll down to "tax services" on the homepage.

Going on vacation? Moving?

You can request FREE travel guides Here to make the most of your trip.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Did you know? Weekly post

I'm going to try to post one of these each week with a few deals and ways to help our neighbors in need.

Did you know that Enterprise offers a pretty big discount to people renting on weekends only (from neighborhood, not airport locations)? I have used this deal quite a bit in the past for weekend road trips.
Check it out here.

Did you know that an organization called Soles 4 Souls will take your old shoes and give them to people in the poorest regions of the world AND the United States? You can read more about what happens to your donated shoes here.

Did you know that through the end of 2009 you can get $30 off any online purchase of $150 or more at Office Depot when you use coupon code 80932878? And if you shop through Ebates you can earn 2% cash back on your purchase (current rate at posting).

Did you know that Soup Plantation and Sweet Tomatoes are essentially the same restaurant? And did you know that if you join their Club Veg you will get coupons in your inbox? Most of these coupons are for buy 1 get 1 free, which is great if you eat there a lot with friends like I do!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Quote of the day....

"Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new."
Albert Einstein

Make a goal to try something new today, and if you make a mistake, you will learn a lesson. =)Happy Monday.

Rite-Aid's new online store

Rite-Aid has launched their online store and they are offering some introductory deals,
~30% off RiteAid brand products (coupon code RiteAid30 thru 2/28/09)
~up to 50% off on OTC medications and vitamins (thru 2/28/09)
~Free shipping on your 1st order of $25 or more

FYI - online purchases do not count towards the single check rebate program.

Go Here to visit the online store.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Good coupons in Cosmo

The February 2009 Cosmopolitan has a couple of great coupons. If you have the mag in your house, don't toss (recycle baby!) it without clippping these:

Free 2 Liter of Diet Dr. Pepper
$1 off ANY Carefree product

Friday, February 13, 2009

Free shake at Ruby's Diner

Click Here to join Ruby's E-club and they will send you a coupon for a free shake with the purchase of an entree. Ruby's shakes are really good!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Walgreens photo deal

Buy 25 4x6 prints, get 25 free online at Walgreens
Enter code TWICE at checkout.
Valid through 2/14/09

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

$7 in coupons for Pledge products.

I got this in my email today, high value coupons for Pledge products. Click Here to print.

Sign up for Bounty Emails

Bounty will send you coupons and special offers via email. Sign up for their mailing list here

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sally Beauty Supply deal for military

The Sally Beauty Club is SBS's loyalty club for non-professional customers. The Sally Beauty Club card costs $5 in store or online and entitles you to a special discount on all non-sale merchandise in the store.

The other day I went in there to buy something and the cashier asked me if I was military. I said yes and showed her my dependent ID card thinking they had a military discount. She then told me that I could join the Sally Beauty Club for free! Of course I did. If you are military or dependent go into Sally's (or call first to make sure the offer is available where you are) and join for free!

Membership is good for one year.

Friday, February 6, 2009

20% off at JC Penney

Good only Feb. 8 & 9, in-store or online

Click link for coupon: http://reg.jcpenneyem.com/c/s/tagfrm/hBJgX4nAlU$WKB7be7B$6KqRjIt/coupon.html?n=3

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes

Enter once per day for a chance to win 1000 bonus box tops for your favorite school. 28 schools will win.

Link: http://www.boxtops4education.com/Promotions/love/?WT.dcsvid=NDAwMzk1Mzk3OAS2&WT.mc_id=Newsletter_BTFEcons_020309

Auntie Anne's Pretzels

If you have an Auntie Anne's Pretzels near you (these are usually located inside shopping malls) sign up at http://www.auntieannes.com/ to receive their Twisted News newsletter and you will get a new coupon offer every month. I just got my February coupon to get a free pretzel with the purchase of Stix, good til the end of the month!

Coupons from Dinner Made Easy

Cereal, Progresso Broth, Granola bars, yogurt, etc. If you sign up at dinnermadeeasy.com they will send coupons to your inbox when new ones come out.

Here's the link for the coupons (I still haven't figured out the whole html link thing so I am resorting to posting the whole long link, just copy and paste it into your browser if you need to).

http://www.bettycrocker.com/coupons-promotions/coupons/default.aspx?WT.dcsvid=Mzk5NDc4Nzg3NAS2&WT.mc_id=Newsletter_DME_02_03_2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Rachel Ray Nutrish sample

Awhile back I signed up for the Rachel Ray Nutrish (dog food) sample from Wal-mart. I got it in the mail yesterday. The sample is pretty big, enough for 2 full days for my Chihuahua mix. He LOVED it, he began to gobble it down instantly. I will have to further check the ingredients (from the front of the package it looks healthy) but if they are good he just might have a new dog food. Seems like Rachel Ray is dipping her hands into everything. You go girl!

Friday, January 30, 2009

My free buffet at Valley View Casino

Well, here in San Diego County I always hear commercials on TV for Valley View Casino offering a "free lobster buffet" when you sign up for their players club. Since my mom is in town and likes casinos I thought it would be the perfect time to check it out. The buffet was incredible! The line was very long, we actually had to wait 45 minutes to even get in line (they gave us a ticket and time to come back so we went to play the penny slots while we waited - I spent a dollar and won 10). Once we got in line we waited about 30 minutes.

The buffet had king crab legs, steak, salmon, lobster, shrimp cocktail and just about everything else you can imagine. Regular price on the buffet is $26 and it was so good I am considering going back even if I have to pay this time. The food was quality. If you are in the San Diego area and the drive and wait doesn't scare you off, check out this buffet. It was so good.

All in all (playing only penny slots) my mom left $30 ahead and I left $1 down. Not too bad considering we got a great buffet for free.

www.valleyviewcasino.com for more info.

How to travel comfortably in coach.

A good article By Reid Bramblett from Yahoo travel with tips for staying comfortable while flying coach class.
Link:
http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-25089812

I think these are the best tips in the article:
"JetBlue offers a whopping 34 inches of “pitch” (airline-speak for legroom), compared with the standard 31 inches. And of course there’s free DirectTV on every leather seatback.

Stuck in the middle? “I’ll ask at the gate if there are any middle seats in between two people with the same last name,” says travel writer John DiScala, better known as Johnny Jet. They may well give up the aisle or window to sit together.

Another reason to check in early: Airlines routinely oversell flights, and the first passengers to be involuntarily bumped from an overflowing flight are those who check in last.

Pack your favorite things: American Airlines flight attendant Valerie Ricci carries her own tea bags because “sometimes being more comfortable is just having the things you’re comfortable with, and I like my orange spice tea.”"

Check out the article for even more great tips!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Walgreens.com deal

2-for-1 on select Walgreens brand items, plus free shipping on orders of $25 or more. Good thru 1/31/09. Enter code WEEKLYAD at check out.

More details from Walgreens.com
"Eligible products are those marked as FREE shipping eligible or Ships for FREE. When the subtotal of eligible items in your cart reaches $25 or more after discounts, these items ship for free by entering code WEEKLYAD"

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mimi's Cafe, Free Breakfast

If you have a Mimi's Cafe in your area (YUM!) head on over to their website and sign up for their e-club. They will send you (almost immediately) a certificate for a free breakfast (value up to $10, no purchase necessary) that is good for 15 days. Mimi's has GREAT breakfast meals. Enjoy!

I still haven't figured out how to link right but here is the website, http://www.mimiscafe.com/

Monday, January 26, 2009

Free Recipe Booklets from Sun-Maid Raisins

Just go to: http://www.sun-maid.com/en/recipes.html and select your free booklets (to the right of the screen.)

$20,000 Dream Kitchen Makeover

Brought to you by Jose Ole. Just go to http://www.joseole.com/ and enter your own original recipe using a Jose Ole product. Grand prize (1) $20,000 to create your dream kitchen, other prizes (15) gift cards for kitchen merchandise.

Ends 5/31/09

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Do you shop at Big Lots?

If you do, go to www.biglots.com and join their BuzzClub. I joined about a month ago and just got a coupon (good this week) for 20% off my entire purchase! At Big Lots that can really stretch your dollar.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Game Crazy specials....

20% off used football, soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball or boxing games 1/23-2/1 (no coupon necessary)

Starting Monday (1/26-2/1) get a free Live card ($20 value) when you purchase Gears of War 2.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Scam Alert: www.selectyourgifts.com

Last week a friend called me very excited. She said she had received a letter in the mail that she had won a $1000 shopping spree from a local car dealership. She had already driven 30 miles to the dealership to pick up her certificate. All she had to do was pay shipping and handling on the items. Being the skeptic that I am, I asked her if she had entered any contests for that specific prize. She didn't remember entering anything like that. She read the letter to me, it specifically said to enter http://www.selectyourgifts.com/ into your browser. I know why now, so you will not search for it and see the unsavory results.

I asked her not to order anything until I could do a little research. I went straight to my favorite site for rooting out scammers, http://www.ripoffreport.com/ and searched selectyourgifts.com. I found several ripoff reports. What this company does is market itself to car dealerships, vaccuum cleaner salespeople etc. Everyone wins this so called shopping spree but you have to come in and pick up the certificate or set up a vaccuum or (insert other ridiculously overpriced item or service) sales pitch in your home.

After you get your certificate you go to the site and find yourself stunned to see your "free" dollar store merchandise there with $4-5 shipping and handling charges and a very inflated retail value. In order to spend $1000 on this site you would likely pay $300-500 in shipping charges, which would equal the real (or even more than) value of the items.

Don't waste your time on this. If you receive notice that you have won a $500 or $1000 shopping spree, call the sponsor and ask them what store it is for. If it pertains to http://www.selectyourgifts.com/, spare yourself the gas money and/or time it will take to obtain the certificate. If you want to see what kind of junk these so called prizes are, go to the website and type in "sample" for the cert. # and "sample" for the passcode. I feel that this qualifies as a scam but that is only my opinion, check it out and form your own!

Lesson for today: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

If you would like to repost this scam alert feel free, the more people who know about it the better. All I ask is that you include a link to my blog: http://simpleinspirationforeverydaylife.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Why wouldn't you want him to succeed?

Maybe I'm listening to too much talk radio lately, but I keep hearing people talk about Obama like they don't want him to succeed. While I have not jumped both feet into the Obama train, I will stand behind him as long as I feel he is doing what is best for this country and for my family. I love this country and want her to prosper, so of course I want my president to succeed. I don't understand why any American would want to see him fail, if he fails, we all fail.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Free shipping offer, underarmour.com

MAKE ANY PURCHASE BY JANUARY 30 FOR FREE STANDARD SHIPPING ON ANY ORDER. JUST ENTER THIS CODE DURING CHECKOUT:
RFXCR74T9

www.underarmour.com

How to save while dining out....

I got this great article from eversave.com about saving money and still dining out (something I love to do).

Here's a link to the article, http://www.eversave.com/mc/3/articles/1070/Save-On-Dining-Out?ref=302926849&zip=92049&sourceid=44051

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Crest/PG customer service

I wrote a complaint to Crest a few weeks ago and was disappointed by their response. I complained that my Crest Pro-Health tube cap had somehow came loose and the Crest leaked all over my medicine cabinet. This has both to do with the design of the cap and consistency of the product (it is "runnier" than regular Crest). Anyhow, they sent me a form letter response "sorry you had a problem, we'll forward this on to so and so" signed by "A P&G Customer Service Rep"

I was disappointed that they did not bother to address me or my concerns directly. I waited to see if I heard from a rep personally but nothing. I guess I just expected better customer service, which I am used to getting elsewhere. I would have liked for someone to write me back and acknowledge my individual concern and maybe even sign their name to the reply email.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Save money on drinks....

I keep a case of bottled water in my trunk at all times. This has served me well when I make unplanned stops at restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Rather than buying an overpriced and unhealthy soda or sugary drink, I simply grab a bottle of water out of my trunk. I spend about $4 on a case of 24 (including tax but not including CA CRV because I get that back when I recycle the bottles) so each bottle costs me about 17 cents. Much better than paying $1.79 or more for a bottle of water at a restaurant. If you like your water cold, ask for a glass of ice.

I should ad that I do not like the taste of unfiltered tap water which is why I don't order tap water at the restaurant. Many restaurants either don't filter or have what I consider "dirty filter tasting water."

Friday, January 9, 2009

San Diego Offer: Free 5lb bag of dog food

Just go to www.scooble.com and click on the picture of Dr. Laura to print your coupon for a FREE 5 lb bag of canidae dog food. As far as I know, this is a local offer.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Attention All Bakers!

Pillsbury is having their 44th annual bake-off and the winner gets a million bucks. Enter at:
http://www.pillsbury.com/BakeOff/Default.aspx?WT.dcsvid=Mzg2MDkwNzUzOAS2&WT.mc_id=Newsletter_PB_010809

If you win, don't forget me!

Free Museum Admission List

Another one from HeyitsFree.com

After what I can only guess was a lot of work, they have compiled a state by state list of museums offering free admission.
Be sure to check out the rest of their awesome site while you're there!

http://www.heyitsfree.net/wiki/index.php/Free_museums

Free Cereal Sample

Well my internet is back up! Yay!

Here's a link for a free sample of Barbara's Organic Cereal. I have purchased this before and was pleasantly surprised. Enjoy! Thanks to www.heyitsfree.com for the link!

For Sample:
http://barbarassamples.com/

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My internet is down....

Please bear with me, I am hoping we will get it back up and running in the next couple of days!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Big toilet paper rolls....

If you are having trouble fitting them on your standard toilet paper holder, sign up for this free Charmin extender: http://charmin.com/en_us/pages/extender_request.shtml

Ebates

Well I finally got with the program and signed up for Ebates. I wish I would have done it sooner, Residence Inn and Enterprise Rent-a-Car are on there and we have spent some good money with them. Would have been nice to get cash back. Better late than never though!

Here's my little referral message (copied from Ebates.com), if you sign up through my link it helps me out. No matter how you sign up though, if you shop online, please sign up so you can get cash back!

I wanted to tell you about Ebates, a shopping site that gives you up to 26% Cash Back every time you shop online. You can shop at over 1000 stores including Barnes & Noble.com, Gap, Target, Buy.com and Expedia. Plus you get additional savings with exclusive coupons, free shipping offers, and limited-time sales!
Sign up with Ebates today and we'll each get a $5 bonus when you make your first purchase!
Click here to sign up:
http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=ZOrlD3Gp4bU3JS59OJhXIw%3D%3D
Happy shopping!

Got Halls Cough Drops in the house?

Before you throw out the package, jot down the 10-digit UPC and enter it at GetHalls.com to see instantly if you have won $4,000 of maid, chef or handyman service. I tried today and didn't win but it says I can enter once a day so I'll try again tomorrow. There will be 100 winners. Ends 4/27/09.

If I win I will have a hard time choosing between maid and chef service, I love to eat but then again, cleaning is not my favorite thing to do!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Staples dollar deals and freebies!

Staples is having a big dollar sale starting tomorrow. I will be heading down there to get my $1 pack of 4 Sharpie markers as well as some other things. They also have a few "free after easy rebate" deals, and their rebates really are easy. You submit your info online and they mail you a check! If you are heading down there, don't forget to sign up for your Staples reward card, you can do it online.

To preview tomorrow's ad, go to www.Staples.com and click on
"weekly ad" under specials, then click on "sneak preview."

Enjoy! And don't forget this week's paper is going to have tons of coupons in it so you may want to pick up more than one copy!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Did you get gift cards for Christmas?

As always, be sure to search for coupons, coupon codes or store discounts/sales before redeeming your gift card to get maximum value!

Some tips for using gift cards from the FTC (www.ftc.gov)

Tips for using gift cards

If you have a gift card, be smart about how you use it:

Read the terms and conditions when you get the card, and check for an expiration date or any fees.

If you didn’t get the card’s terms and conditions, the original purchase receipt, or the card’s ID number, ask for them from the person who gave you the card, and then keep them in a safe place.

Treat your card like cash. If your card is lost or stolen, report it to the issuer immediately. You may be out the entire amount on the card. Some issuers don’t replace the cards, but others do if you pay a fee. If an issuer charges for a replacement card, you’ll most likely need to document the purchase and provide the ID number on the card. Most issuers have toll-free numbers to report lost or stolen cards.

Use your card as soon as you can. It’s not unusual to misplace gift cards or forget you have them; using them early will help you get the full value. However, should your card expire before you’ve had a chance to use it or exhaust its value, contact the issuer. They may still honor the card, although they may charge a fee to do that.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Disneyland for FREE!

Want to go to Disneyland (or Disney World) for free on your birthday?

Here's your link:http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/disneyparks/en_US/WhatWillYouCelebrate/index?name=FreeOnYourBirthdayPage&bhcp=1

San Diego Auto Show: Military Discount

The San Diego Auto Show is happening this weekend. If you are military and planning to go be sure to show your ID at the door for $7 entry (regular entry is $10).

For more info visit www.sdautoshow.com

Happy New Year!!

"Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to."~Bill Vaughn

I guess I'm not young anymore because last night I was in bed well before midnight! I figured it would still be New Year's Day when I woke up, lol. I hope everyone woke up thankful for 2008 and full of drive to make 2009 the best it can be. Like almost everything, it will be what you make it!

Now lets find some 2009 bargains!