Sunday, October 31, 2010

Groupon: BACK AGAIN - $20 Coupon to for ONLY $10 (10/31 ONLY)

This AWESOME Groupon is available again, this time in Washington DC.  BUT - you don't have to be from DC to get this deal - it's online!

Today's Groupon Deal is: $10 for $20 Worth of Everyday Essentials from

They have TONS of stuff from paper products, makeup, deodorant, soap, medicine, moisturizer, household cleaners, etc.  They even have electronic coupons to help you save even more money.  AND shipping is FREE!!

Previously, I got 72 rolls of toilet paper for ONLY $.18 each roll!! My target is $.25 each, so I done good haha.  My mom also got in on this deal.  $.18 TP!!

I like this because I don't have to clip coupons, get in my car, stand in line, etc. I just have to sit on my bum and click away!

Here's how to get this deal:
* Go HERE and login/sign up for a Groupon Account
* If you don't see Washington DC, go to the “Visit More Cities” link to find DC  Then you should see " deal" on the right hand side
* Click the “Buy” button and complete your order

**NOTE - if you already bought this Groupon from another city, you cannot get another one. is not letting you.**

Happy Savings.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Financial Friday - Our October Cut Backs, Results!

Well…we made it to the end of October!

It took a lot of sacrificing, but we managed! I’m SO glad we cut down our expenses this month because I know we are going to want to spend a little bit more in November & December. And now – we can!

We got our water bill in today, and it is 16% LOWER than last month. I really think it's because I limited our laundry loads each week. Now I’m anxious to see what our TXU Energy bill will be in November for October. We definitely did not spend nearly as much eating out this month! We only went out a couple times. I spent less than $50 on grocery & staple items because I wanted to use up the food we had. I did have to buy chips & fruit, but that kept us from going out to eat for lunch. Now because our pantry is getting low, I have a long list of grocery items that we ran out of that I will need to stock up on again…which is fine with me! We ran out of peanut butter, ketchup, soups, syrup, baking mix (I use this for pot pies), and much more.

What I Learned:
- We dirty WAY too many clothes! My husband contributes mostly to that because his Kinesiology classes keep him active, then he comes home, showers and changes into clean clothes. Even though we dirty a lot of clothes, if I limit our laundry loads, we can still keep our expenses down.

- Keeping a window open at night makes me FREEZING COLD! There were some nights we turned the A/C off and opened a window, and I woke up FREEZING. Oh well! I would honestly rather be a little cold FOR FREE than spend money on electricity.

- We eat out WAY too much! Even though we eat a lot at home, I think we still eat out too much, especially on the weekends. We need to be more creative with our meals and better prepared. We saved so much money this month by not eating out as much.

- I am pretty creative! We had some random food items that were going to expire soon that I managed to use up.

** Tuna Casserole - FREE Tuna + $.40 Cream of Mushroom Soup + FREE Noodles + $.40 Peas = (4) $.20 Serving Size Meals for ME!! (My husband refused to eat this!) This actually didn’t taste that bad.

** Chicken Pot Pie – used up some frozen, mixed vegetables, left over chicken, Cream of Chicken soup and topped it off with the last bit of baking mix as a crust. SUPER CHEAP MEAL! (Brian said this tasted AWESOME!)

** Oatmeal Pancake Mix – This was already expired, so to be safe I wanted to use it up. I bought 17 lbs of EXTREMELY reduced bananas. So I made 2 dozen cinnamon, oatmeal, banana pancakes and froze them.

** BBQ Chicken – I had a ton of FREE BBQ sauce, plenty of $.20 cans of Green Beans, and FREE Betty Crocker potato pouches. ANOTHER SUPER CHEAP MEAL!

** Dressing Mix – Last year, I bought a FREE box of dressing mix and just never used it. All it required was some onion, celery, butter, etc., which I had all those on hand. We had a meal with a FREE side!

** We used up a LOT of our cereal, which was GREAT because Aldi still has their 1 gal Milk for $.99!!

** Hot Dogs – I had a package of hot dogs in the freezer I bought for $.38, and I had a package of buns on hand I bought at Aldi for $.30. That made each hot dog only $.09!!

** Homemade Pizza – Each pizza probably cost us $.50 to make. ANOTHER SUPER CHEAP, TASTY MEAL!!

Overall, this was a positive experience for us!

Did you cut anything down in October? How did you come out?

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Don't forget about your Swagbucks today!!

I have been able to earn over $110 worth of Amazon giftcards.  And with those giftcards, I have been able to purchase cables/cords, books, movies, etc. - all for FREE!  It does take patience & time, BUT is WELL worth it in the end.  I plan to use a good chunk of my Swagbucks now for Christmas.  This will help keep my holiday costs down.  What will you use your Swagbucks on?

What are Swagbucks?? can earn points ("swagbucks") by searching the web through their Swagbucks site. Then you can redeem those points for free stuff like giftcards, cash, other items.

Every Friday is Mega Swagbucks day! You can earn MORE swagbucks by searching on Fridays. I usually get a FREE Amazon giftcard about twice a month!! Go and REGISTER NOW.

If you have not started using Swagbucks, I would highly suggest you start now. It is so well worth it. You are probably on the internet searching everyday anyways, so why not win some free stuff while you're at it!

Now...with all those Giftcards, go BUY something and NOT pay for it!! hehe

Don't forget to read my post on 10 Ways to Maximize Your SwagBucks.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hobby Lobby 40% off Coupon

Go HERE to print a coupon for 40% off any 1 item at Hobby Lobby. Expires October 30th!

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Graveyard Mall: Christmas Mystery Boxes for $19.99 + Shipping

Graveyard Mall is offering a Christmas Mystery Box for ONLY $19.99 + $5.99 shipping.

If you are not happy with the mystery box, you can return it to Graveyard Mall at their expense and they will even refund your original shipping charge. These Christmas Mystery Boxes are set to ship on November 15th; 1 box per household.

Some of the items that WILL be in each box include:
* Ceramic Christmas Musical Trees - and beautiful ones at that. They wind up, rotate to the music, are 6" to 8" tall and hand painted. Each retails for $30 - $40.
* Mary Engelbreit Mini Plates s/4 - These sets of 4 mini plates by Mary Engelbreit come in beautiful gift boxes and are perfect to give away as gifts. Each set of 4 retails for $20.
* Set of 3 ceramic Candy Dishes - These candy dishes look like gift boxes, and there are three of them all in a beautiful looking gift box itself. Retails for $40.
* 50" x 60" Fleece blanket - it's one solid color, but why not use a fleece blanket to protect the valuable goods inside instead of packing materials? Retails for $7.99.

Plus, their usual hodgepodge of extras we have lying around that fit the theme or can be used for a stocking stuffer or gift.

I have heard great things about their mystery boxes. BUT, if you don't like it, at least you can ship it back for FREE and get your money back. It's worth a shot!  Go HERE to get this deal!

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Groupon: $25 for $100 Worth of Furniture at Ashley Furniture HomeStore

This would make for a great, inexpensive Christmas gift!  Or a HUGE discount on a furniture item!

The Fine Print
* Expires Mar 1, 2011
* Limit 1/household. Redeem starting 10/30. In-store only. Valid only at listed locations. Not valid for Stearns and Foster or Sealy Spring-Free mattresses, sale items, accessories, or floor samples. Not valid for delivery. Not valid w/ other offers.

Here's how to get this deal:
* Go HERE and login/sign up for a Groupon Account
* If you don't see Fort Worth, go to the “Visit More Cities” link to find Fort Worth. Then you should see the deal.
* Click the “Buy” button and complete your order

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Walgreens: FREE 8x10 Collage Photo

Walgreens is offering a FREE 8x10 collage print with promo code "8x10TREAT" at checkout. Deal good thru 10/23. Make sure you choose in-store pickup to avoid shipping charges.

These would make great Christmas gifts for parents and/or grandparents. We gave these as part of our gift last year, and they loved them!

Go HERE to get started.

Thanks, Kimberly!

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Studio Movie Grill: FREE Movie Passes thru 12/15

Say it isn't so...

Become a Facebook Fan of Studio Movie Grill and get a FREE admit TWO movie pass. They are giving away 10 passes every hour until 12/15. Click on the "Are you a Fan tab" to get your tickets. (BUT - you can only get 1 ticket per facebook account.)

Brian and I already have our 2 FREE date nights!!

Thanks, Amanda!!

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