Monday, February 21, 2011

Thomas Easter Egg Car Only $9.49 on Amazon

I'm debating getting my son this Thomas Wooden Railway Easter Egg Car for his Easter basket. He would love it and it's very cute. Right now you can get it on Amazon.com for only $9.49.  I did some comparison shopping online and this is a pretty good deal on this!

Swagbucks Birthday Bonus


I know I post about Swag Bucks a lot and I'm sorry if it gets annoying, but I wouldn't do it if I didn't like it so much!  I have been able to use my Swag Bucks to collect Amazon gift cards which came in handy last Christmas season and just today I used for baby wipes on Amazon.

Swag Bucks is celebrating its third birthday next week.  (I wish that I had been collecting swagbucks that whole time).  One of their birthday offers is starting right now.  If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up HERE and enter code 3rdBirthday10 for a bonus 50 swagbucks!  You automatically get 30 for signing up so your total would be 80 then you only need 370 more for your first $5 Amazon gift card.  There are many other prizes you can redeem your swag bucks for too including Starbucks and Restaurant.com gift cards.  It really is an easy way to earn and I'll keep posting about ways to earn more.

Ocean Spray Samples Are Back Again!


If you still haven't gotten your free sample from Ocean Spray you have another chance!  Head over to Ocean Spray's facebook and "like" them to request a free sample of their sparkling cranberry juice.

Swag Bucks Code Hunt on the Blog


Head over to the Swag Bucks blog and check out the 12 PM post to find out how you can find a code that's worth 9 until 3:00 CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can join HERE.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card!

Pampers Gifts to Grow - New 10 Point Code


NC3XPM9YRD49EMT is a code that will get you 10 more points in your Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards account. 

If you are new to Gifts to Grow you can sign up HERE.  Gifts to Grow is a Pampers rewards program where you accumulate points with every Pampers purchase you make.  There are great rewards offered including children's books and toys and Shutterfly products.  I have earned free photo books and prints through this program.


(Thanks hip2save!)

Free Sample of Kirkland Shampoo & Conditioner from Costco

Head over HERE to request your free sample of Kirkland shampoo & conditioner from Costco.  You do not need a membership number to request this sample.

(Thanks Common Sense with Money!)

Free Sample of Miracle Whip


Head over HERE and click through to request your free sample packets of Miracle Whip.

(Thanks Money Saving Mom!)

Sweepstakes of the Day - $25,000 Dream Home Makeover


You can find today's sweepstakes over at BHG.com.  Better Homes and Gardens is giving away $25,000 for you to improve any area of your home.  If I won I would be getting a new mudroom!  What would you do with the money?  You can go HERE to enter.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Ericka T the winner of the magazine subscription giveaway.  The winner was chosen using random.org.

Thanks to everyone that entered.  I hope I will have more giveaways for you soon!


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Free Sample from Kotex

Head over HERE to request a free sample from Kotex.

(Thanks Mojosavings!)

$50 Worth of Photo Mugs, Invitations & More for Only $10

$50 to Spend on Business Cards, Invitations, Photo Books, and More
I love it when the daily deals site offers a discount more than 50%.  Today on Living Social you can get $50 worth of items from Vistaprint for only $10!  You can personalize just about any type of item you can think of over at Vistaprint.com.  Tax and shipping are not included in this deal and it expires on 5/21/2011.

This deal is being offered for Des Moines, but since it is an online deal deal anyone can take advantage of it.  The only exceptions are it is not valid for shipment to NY, NC or outside the US.  If you are new to Living Social you can sign up HERE to start receiving daily deals for your city.

$16 to Spend at Retro Diner for $8


Today's Groupon deal for Des Moines will get you $16 worth of food and drink at Retro Diner in West Glen for only $8.  My family has ate there a couple times and the kids really enjoyed it.  They liked their Mickey Mouse pancakes.  I liked the cheese curds and breakfast. The only issue I have with this deal is that it expires so soon - March 23, 2011.

If you are new to Groupon you can sign up HERE to receive the daily deals for your city.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Free Gain Dish Soap at Walgreens this Week


Were you able to request the coupon book from Proctor & Gamble's facebook giveaway 2 weeks ago?  If you have yours you will be able to score some free Gain dish soap at Walgreens this week.

Gain 11oz Dish Liquid, On Sale for $0.99 (w/in ad coupon)
$1/1 any Gain Dish Soap – P&G Everyday Savings Booklet x2/28
Final Cost: FREE

Dawn 10.3oz Dish Soap also on sale this week for $0.99 (w/ in-ad coupon)
$.50/1 any Dawn – P&G Everyday Savings Booklet x2/28
Final Cost:  $0.49

Weekly Menu Plan

Here is what my family is having for dinner this week:

It's getting cold here again so we have soup on the list this week.  We typically have leftovers at least once during the week and we'll be going out to dinner with friends on Friday night.

If you need some more ideas check out the many blogs that participate in Menu Plan Monday over at I'm an Organizing Junkie.


What's for dinner at your house this week?

Free 2-Liter of Sun Drop Coupon in Sunday's Paper

Sorry for not getting this posted earlier today, but hopefully you will catch this before your paper goes out to recycling.  In the Des Moines Register's Sunday paper today there is a great coupon for a free 2-liter bottle of Sun Drop.  It is in the main section on page 12A.  Make sure to cut it out and get yourself some free pop!

(Thanks Lori!)

Free Online Recipe Management with RecipeNut

Recipe Nut

Since Sunday nights are my usual nights for sharing recipes for the week it is a good time to share this offer as well.  RecipeNut is a website that allows you to collect and manage all of your favorite recipes online in one place. You can save them from any website and also add your own personal recipes.  It can act as your online recipe box.  It is FREE to use plus they have coupons!
You can sign up for RecipeNut HERE.

Recipe - Nacho-Style Chicken & Noodles

Nacho-Style Chicken & Noodles

This recipe came from the back of a package of Hy-Vee egg noodles many years ago-


1 T. vegetable oil
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into thin strips
1 1/4 c. milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups shredded taco cheese
1 can diced green chilis
1 small can sliced black olives
1 package wide egg noodles

In large sauce pan over medium heat oil then add chicken.  Cook 5 minutes.  Stir in milk and soup.  Heat just to boiling.  Reduce heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese, olives and chilis.  Stir until cheese melts.  Cook noodles separate.  Toss noodles and sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Recipe - Chicken Santa Fe Soup



Chicken Santa Fe Soup

1 large onion - chopped
1 large carrot - chopped
1 stalk celery - chopped
2 T. oil
2 cans chicken broth
1 box cooked wild rice
1 cooked chicken breast shredded
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 can evaporated milk

Heat oil in 3 qt. sauce pan and saute onion, carrot and celery.  Add 2 cans chicken broth.  Add cooked wild rice.  Then add cooked shredded chicken and bring to a boil until thickened.  Add salt and pepper.  Stir in evaporated milk.  Heat through.

You can use fat free options for the chicken broth and evaporated milk to make a healthier version of this recipe.

Recipe - French Dip Sandwiches



French Dip Sandwiches

3-4 lb. rump roast
2 cans beef broth
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 package onion soup mix
sliced provolone
hoagie buns

Put beef in slow cooker.  Add broth, soy sauce and onion soup mix.  Cook on low 6-8 hours.  Crumble meat. Place cheese on hoagie buns and cover with meat.  Serve with remaining juice.

Free Sample from Ocean Spray


It looks like this offer is back right now!  Hurry and head over to Ocean Spray's facebook and "like" them to request a free sample of their sparkling cranberry juice.

California Pizza Kitchen Coupon

California Pizza Kitchen Coupon
Love this coupon you can get right now!  Head over and "like" California Pizza Kitchen on facebook to be able to print this Save $1.25 on any one California Pizza Kitchen Pizza.  The Sicilian is my son's favorite, so I know I'll be using this one!

(Thanks Surviving the Stores!)

Sweepstakes of the Day - Tool Giveaway

Today's sweepstakes is from toolSeeker.com.  The tool lover in your family will thank you. My husband was thrilled when I won him a Freud Router from this site a while back.   Once you subscribe to their newsletter you can enter daily for their monthly tool giveaway.  Head over here to enter to win.

Good luck and let me know if you win!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sweepstakes of the Day - TNT Hotlist Sweepstakes

Today's sweepstakes is brought to you by TNT.tv.  This month you can enter to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card in the TNT Hotlist Sweepstakes.  I would love to add that to my Amazon fund!  You can enter once daily until 3/3/11.

Good luck and let me know if you win!

What I Earned in 2011 - Week 7


One of my goals for the year is to keep track of all the extra money I make from reading emails, taking surveys and collecting Swag Bucks.   Now I know this will not seem like much, but keep in mind the little things really do add up over the course of a year and $5 or $10 here and there can pay for some of the fun stuff. 

Here's what I earned this past week: 

$5.00 Amazon e-gift card from Swag Bucks (on track to earn over $250 this year!)
$15.00 Amazon e-gift card special project gift from Hallmark Mom's Panel
$10.00 Amazon e-gift card from MySurvey.com (my Amazon account is building up!)
$0.09 PayPal deposit from You Data 

Total for the week $ 30.09

Total for 2011
$ 252.93

Did you earn any extra "fun money" this week?  How did you do it?

What I Earned in 2011 - Week 1
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 2
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 3
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 4
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 5
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 6

Friday, February 18, 2011

Swag Bucks Code Hunt on Facebook


Check out Swag Bucks on facebook to find out how you can get a code worth 5 until 4:24 CST.   

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can join HERE.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card!  This is the easiest way to earn in my opinion!

100 4x6 Pictures from Snapfish for $5.00 Shipped

Right now until February 20th you can get 100 4x6 pictures from Snapfish and only pay $5.00 for shipping.  Just select 100 of your pictures and add them to your cart then enter promo code CUPIDPICS at checkout.  I ended up paying $5.30 with tax so just about .05 a print.

Free Sample from Ocean Spray


This offer is back right now!  Hurry and head over to Ocean Spray's facebook and "like" them to request a free sample of their sparkling cranberry juice.

Sweepstakes of the Day

I have already confessed my love of sweepstakes to you on the blog, but I have to also confess that I enter sweepstakes every day.  The problem is once I won something I realized that it's possible to keep winning, so I keep entering.  I know some of you have liked some of the instant-win sweeps I've posted before so I've decided to create a new blog feature and share with you a different sweepstakes every day you can enter.  Most sweeps I'll feature you can enter daily so you can increase your chances of winning!

I'm going to start with one brought to you by Woman's Day Magazine.  The warm up we had here in Des Moines yesterday was just a tease and I'm still longing for warmer temps.  You can enter to win a six-day, five-night all-inclusive stay at Wyndham Sugar Bay, St. Thomas, which includes all-inclusive luxury accommodations, a $200 shopping credit, a $100 activities credit and a spa for two.  Head over HERE to enter.  I've won a sweeps from Woman's Day before, so it can happen!


If you win I want to hear about it!  Let me know what you think of this new feature!

Des Moines Area - Free Activity at Creative Kidstuff on Saturday


Saturday from 1-3 pm you can stop by Creative Kidstuff at Jordan Creek and create a fun music maker.

You can find some more free activities around Des Moines for this weekend over at Frugal Playground.

Today is Mega Swag Bucks Day


Every Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Day which means better odds of winning our BIG Swag Bucks! Search normally through your toolbar or the Swag Bucks site and with a little luck, you'll be winning large bills starting at 20 Swag Bucks and up.  There is no guarantee that you'll win high value Swag Bucks, but I have noticed I tend go get 11 and 12 SB for searches on Fridays more than other days.

Swag Bucks is a search engine that rewards you for using it.  If you are new to Swag Bucks you can join HERE.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up!  It only takes 450 swagbucks to get a $5 Amazon gift card!  This is the easiest way to earn Amazon gift cards in my opinion.  You can read more about how to score some easy swagbucks in this post.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Free Shipping at DisneyStore.com

Now through February 20th you can get Free Shipping on any purchase at DisneyStore.com. Check out the sale section (I just love this Minnie Mouse hooded towel).  Enter promo code FREESHIP at checkout.

If you go through Ebates you'll earn 5% cash back on your purchase!

(Thanks Couponing to Disney!)

Coupon for Free 2 Liter of Pepsi MAX When You Buy Doritos

Right now when you "like" Pepsi MAX on facebook you can click on the Pepsi MAX tab and scroll down to get a coupon for a free 2 liter of Pepsi MAX when you buy Doritos Chips 11.5 oz. or larger.  This coupon doesn't expire until the end of the year so there is plenty of time to take advantage of this offer.

(Thanks Couponing to Disney!)

Swag Bucks Code on the Blog


Head over to the Swag Bucks blog and check out the 11 AM post to find out how you can find a code that's worth 7 until 2:00 CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can join HERE.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card!

Free Sample from Ocean Spray


This offer is back right now!  Hurry and head over to Ocean Spray's facebook and "like" them for a free sample of their sparkling cranberry juice.

Waveland Cafe Double Dollar Deal


The Double Dollar Deal today on ABC5 is for the Waveland Cafe.  You can get $50 worth of gift certificates for only $25.  They expire on 8/31/11.  We love going to the Waveland in Booneville for breakfast, but you can use the deal at either location.  They are on sale right now here.

Tide Giveaway Today

Tide has announced on their facebook page that they will be giving away 5000 full sized bottle of Tide Stain Release today at 2:00 CST.  Head over and like Tide on Facebook and be quick when they update their status with the giveaway link. 

$8 for 2-Year Subscription to Parenting School Years or Early Years

Mamapedia has a good deal today on Parenting Magazine.  You can choose between a 2-year subscription to Parenting Early Years or Parenting School Years for only $8 ($20 value).  This deal will be good from today until the 20th and you will automatically receive your subscription 6-8 weeks after your order is placed.

If you are new to Mamapedia you can use the promo code PMAG3A at checkout to save $3 off and make get the 2 year subscription for only $5! You can sign up HERE to start receiving their daily deals.  I love that Mamapedia gives 5% of your purchase to the school of your choice.  Be sure to select your school when completing the purchase.

$50 to Sam & Gabe's Today for $25 on Living Social!

I'm so excited about today's Living Social deal.  I love Sam & Gabe's!  It's always in the running when we want to have a special night out.  Their Italian Nachos are so yummy.  Today you can get $50 to Sam & Gabe's for only $25.  This deal expires August 18, 2011 and it says reservations are required so keep that in mind before you buy.
If you are new to Living Social you can sign up HERE to start receiving daily deals for your city.

Last Day to Enter Magazine Subscription Giveaway

Today is the last day to enter to win one of the magazine subscriptions below.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 CST tonight (2/17).  There is a low number of entries which means you have a high chance at winning!  
  • Outside Magazine (one-year subscription)
  • Elle (one-year subscription)
  • Elle D├ęcor (one-year subscription)
  • Cosmopolitan (two-year subscription)
  • Wine Spectator (one-year subscription)
  • Fast Company (one-year subscription)
  • Golf Digest (one-year subscription)
  • Seventeen (one-year subscription)
  • Entrepreneur (one-year subscription)
  • Shape (two-year subscription)
  • Working Mother (two-year subscription)
  • Travel + Leisure (one-year subscription)

Head over the giveaway post and leave a comment to enter!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Birthday Freebie - Buger King Kid's Meal

We do not eat fast food often, but if we let my son choose a lunch spot his first choice is usually Burger King.  I just signed up to create a Club BK account.  After my account was created I added my kids and signed up to get a free BK kid's meal on their birthday.  You can sign up here.  Be sure to check the box that says you would like the free birthday kid's meal.

Big Swag Bucks Code on Facebook


Head over to Swag Bucks on facebook  for clues to get big code worth 13 until 5:45 CST.   

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can join HERE.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card!  This is the easiest way to earn in my opinion!

Free Sample from Ocean Spray


Hurry and head over to Ocean Spray's facebook and "like" them for a free sample of their sparkling cranberry juice.

New Coupons on Coupons.com


There are some great new coupons available right now on Coupons.com
You can print here.

$20 for $50 Worth of Kids Items at ShopZoolu.com

Today's deal from Eversave is a fun one.  For $25 you can get $50 worth of clothing, books, educational toys and more from brands like Melissa & Doug and Baby Legs at ShopZoolu.com.  The code cannot be used toward shipping.  Shipping prices begin at $4.95.  The deal expires 8/16/11.

If you are new to Eversave you can sign up here.  Today new members get a $5 credit to your account that you can use toward your first save - making this deal only $20 for you.

Hy-Vee Deals Feb. 15-21


Here's the deals I see at Hy-Vee this week from the advertised prices good through next Monday:

Dole Iceberg Lettuce $0.77

Hy-Vee Pretzels $1.00

Blue Bonnet Sticks $0.48

Kellogg's Cereals (Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies) $1.33 (use $1/3 Kellogg's Cereals 1/9/11 RP Insert)
Post Selects Cereals $2.50 (use $1/2 Post Cereals 1/9/11 SS Insert )

Knorr Sides $1.00 (use $0.50/2 Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides 1/30/11 RP Insert)
Ortega Taco Sauce $2.00 (Save $1.00 on any 2 Ortega)

Old Orchard Juice Cocktail $1.00 (use $0.50/1 Old Orchard Juice Product)

Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables 12 or 16 oz. $1.00
Mr. Dell's Frozen Hash Browns $2.00
Buitoni Pasta (use $1/1 Buitoni Pasta or Sauce 1/2/11 SS Insert)


What's on your list for the week?  See any good deals I missed?

Fareway Deals Feb. 15-21


Here's the deals I see at Fareway this week from the advertised prices good through next Monday - actually I struggled to find any deals this week at Fareway - let me know what I'm missing!


Yellow Onions $0.39 lb.

Post Cocoa Pebbles, Alpha Bits and Others $2.00 (use $1/2 Post Cereals Kids 1/9/11 SS Insert)

Pillsbury Toaster Strudels $1.67 (use $0.50/2 Toaster Strudel 2/13/11 GM Insert)


What's on your Fareway list for the week?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Frugal Tuesday Tip Week 4


What is the Frugal Tuesday Tip?
The Frugal Tuesday Tip is a linky blog hop, dedicated to encouraging the frugal lifestyle. It is hosted by:

Anyone with a frugal tip can share. Just post a frugal tip on your own blog, then come here to add your post (the permalink) with the linky tool. The topic of frugality is pretty wide. We only ask that you keep everything Rated G.
Your post will appear on all of our blogs! You can also share some internet love with our Frugal Tuesday Tip button. Just copy and paste the code below the button and add the button anywhere in your post in the html view. You could also put a “text” widget (WordPress) or an HTML gadget (Blogspot) in your sidebar. Thank you for spreading the word!
Everyone can follow the submitted links and find new ways to embrace the frugal life. Not a blogger? NBD! (No Big Deal) Leave your frugal tip in the comment section.

Confessions of a Frugal Mind


Swag Bucks Code Hunt on the Blog


Head over to the Swag Bucks blog and check out the 2 PM post to find out how you can get a code that's worth 5 until 4:30 CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can join HERE.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card!

Free Sample of Jergen Moisturizer

You can head over HERE to request a of Jergens Overnight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer and Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer, plus a $1.00 off coupon good on any Jergens Moisturizer.

(Thanks Mojosavings!)

Half Off at 801 Chophouse


Wow - I've never seen a half off deal for 801.  That is probably why I've never been there.  Today's Groupon deal for Des Moines will get you $80 worth of food and drink for only $40.  You'll need to read the restrictions - a reservation is required and it expires May 16, 2011.

If you are new to Groupon you can sign up HERE to receive the daily deals for your city.