Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Free Subscription to Family Fun Magazine

I had previously posted this Plum District deal for a one-year Family Fun Magazine subscription for only $5.  Well the deal gets better - if you are new to Plum District and sign up through a referral email I send - you can get $5 in Plum Dollars to use toward your first purchase which would make this deal FREE for you!

If you would like this deal please send me an email at to request an invite to Plum District.  I'll send the invite ASAP. The only way to get the $5 credit is to sign up through the email I send you.  Once you sign up through the link in the email you'll have $5 Plum Dollars in your account that you can use toward the Family Fun Magazine Deal.

**Hurry - this offer ends Friday**

(Thanks to Nicole's Nickels for sharing this deal!)

Swag Bucks Code Hunt in the Swag Store

There is a Swagbucks code worth 6 until 7:40 CST.  To find this code you need to search the Swag Store for something related to fish and click on the various items until you find the one with the code hidden in the description.

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!

Save $0.50/1 Old Orchard Juice Coupon

This great coupon is back!  Print this coupon then pair with a sale to get some cheap juice!  (Find it under the Beverages category)

Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards - New Code Worth 1 Point

Here is a new Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards code worth 1 point.  You can always use your points on the site to enter their sweepstakes and instant-win games.  There is also a new video to watch and a new poll to vote on to earn a few more extra points.


(Thanks Couponing to Disney!)

Swag Bucks Code on the Toolbar

Go check your swagbucks toolbar for a code worth 4 until 12:20 CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can go HERE to sign up and start earning swagbucks to redeem for things like Amazon gift cards.  You'll get 30 swagbucks just for signing up!

Sweepstakes of the Day - Traditional Home Outdoor Room

Head over HERE to enter the Outdoor Room Sweepstakes from Traditional Home Magazine.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

2 Movie Tickets from Fandango for Only $9

Today's Living Social deal for Des Moines is great!  You can get 2 movie tickets on Fandango for $9.   Here are some of the details: Limited to tickets with maximum face value (including Fandango’s convenience fee of up to $2 per ticket) of $15. Both tickets must be purchased for the same movie and show time in a single transaction.  Promo code expire 6/6/11.  I don't think you can even get 2 matinee tickets for $9 anymore, so I love this deal!

If you are new to Living Social you can sign up HERE to start receiving daily deals for your city.

Wordless Wednesday - Is It Almost Halloween?

Does anyone else get asked this question?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Free Sample of Purina ONE Dog or Cat Food

Head over HERE to request your free sample of Purina ONE brand dog or cat food courtesy of Walmart.

(Thanks Mojosavings!)

Hy-Vee Deals March 1- 7

Here are my favorite deals I see at Hy-Vee this week from the advertised prices good through next Monday:

Dannon Yogurt $0.50 (use $1/10 Dannon Yogurt Cups 1/30/11 SS Insert)

Hy-Vee Canned Fruit $0.77

Post Cereal select varieties $2.50 (use $1/1 Post Honey Bunches of Oats Raisin Medley 2/27/11 SS Insert)

50% Off Kellogg's Snacks, Cereal and Pop Tarts (sign up for Kellogg's deals to print $10 worth of coupons) (use $1/3 Kellogg's Cereals 2/13/11 RP Insert, $1/2 Kellogg's Pop Tarts Toaster Pastries 2/6/11 RP Insert, $1/1 Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Cereal 1/23/11 RP Insert - many more coupons out there!)

Kool-Aid Drink Mix 10 for $1.00

Hy-Vee 100% Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.88 lb.
Hormel Little Sizzlers $1.00
Hormel Pepperoni $3.00 (use $0.55/2 HORMEL Pepperoni packs or $1/2 Hormel Pepperoni 1/23/11 SS Insert)

Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables select varieties $1.00
Hy-Vee Southern Style Hash Browns $2.00
Hy-Vee Ice Cream 1.75 qt. $1.68

Gain Dish Detergent 11 fl. oz. $1.00 (use Save $1.00/1 P&G Everyday Savings to make this FREE!)

3-Day Sale - Thursday, Friday, Saturday March 3-5

Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna $0.48 (limit 2)

Hy-Vee Milk gallon $1.98 (limit 2 - best price I have seen in a while)
Hy-Vee Shredded Cheese $1.25

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

Fareway Deals March 1-7

Here are my favorite deals I see at Fareway this week from the advertised prices good through next Monday.

Chilean Red Seedless Grapes $0.99 lb
Fresh Avocados $0.67

Yoplait Yogurt $0.50 (use $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt or $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 2/13/11 GM Insert)
Island Sun Mandarin Oranges $0.50

Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna 2 for $1 (with in-ad coupon - must purchase 2)

Kool-Aid Drink Mix 10 for $1.00

Kellogg's Special K Cereal $2.88 (sign up for Kellogg's deals to print Save $1/2 Special K Products or Save $2/3 Special K Products or Save $3/5 Special K Products)
Kellogg's Pop Tarts 12 ct. $2.50 (use $1/2 Kellogg's Pop Tarts Toaster Pastries 2/6/11 RP Insert)

Reames Frozen Noodles 12 oz. pkg $1.69 (use $0.55/1 Reames Frozen Product 2/13/11 SS Insert)
Tony's Crispy Crust Pizza $0.98 (use $0.50/2 Tony's Pizza 2/13/11 SS Insert)

What's on your Fareway list for the week?

Frugal Tuesday Tip w/ Linky Week 6

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

Sign Up for Kellogg's Newsletter to Receive Coupons (Pair w/ Hy-Vee Sale This Week!)

You can sign up for the Kellogg's newsletter and you will receive money-saving coupons and other special promotions and offers.  You'll receive a monthly newsletter and also be able to log into the Kellogg's site for printable coupons.

You'll want to sign up now because Kellogg's snacks, cereal and Pop Tarts are all 50% off this week at Hy-Vee.  Pair with coupons to get some deals!

New Month = New Coupons on

Printable coupons have been restocked on Coupons.comHere are some of my favorites.

$.55 off ONE bag of NESTLE NestEggs™
$1.00 off TWO bags of NESTLE NestEggs™

$.55 off ONE bags of Wonka Jelly Beans
$1.00 off TWO bags of Wonka Jelly Beans

$1.00 off one Kashi TLC Soft Baked Cereal Bar
$1.00 off any one Kashi Berry Blossoms™ cereal
$0.55 on two (2) HORMEL Pepperoni packs
$0.50 off Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
$0.50 off Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
$1.00 off General Mills cereals
$0.30 off Pillsbury Sweet Rolls

$0.75 off Cheerios cereals
$0.55 off Lucky Charms cereal
$0.50 off Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries
$0.55 off Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
$0.55 off Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
$0.75 off Yoplait products

Free Photo Magnet from Kodak Gallery for New Members

Kodak Gallery

Right now when you sign up for Kodak Gallery you can get a free photo magnet.  You will only have to pay $1.00 for shipping and handling.  I got one of these a while back of my daughter and I think it's really cute!

Swag Bucks Code on Your Chat Bar

Check your chat bar at the bottom of the Swag Bucks homepage for a code worth 7 until 3:00 CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can go HERE to sign up and start earning swagbucks to redeem for things like Amazon gift cards.  You'll get 30 swagbucks just for signing up!

Power Capes Deal is Back on Jasmere! $16 for $35 (or Less!)

I love to see deals from Power Capes.  I just think these are so cute for your little super-heroes.  You can get custom made kids' superhero capes, masks and more.  Today's Jasmere deal will get you a $35 voucher to use and right now the price is $16 (price could lower depending on how many people get this deal).  Voucher expires 7/2/11.  Power Capes charges $4.95 shipping for your first cape and $2 for each additional cape.  Accessories ship for free with the purchase of a cape.

Jasmere is a group buying site that highlights specialty retailers and gives them national attention.  They don't charge the company for the exposure but ask that the company provide amazing discounts to Jasmere customers. They have a deal available for 24 hours and the best part is the deal gets even better the more people that order it.  The price will keep dropping as more and more people order and you don't get charged until the 24 hour time period is up. 

Free Sample of HealthiDent Dog Treats

Head over HERE to request a free sample of HealthiDent dog treats courtesy of Walmart.

(Thanks Frugal Living and Having Fun!)

$12 for $30 to Spend on Eco-Friendly Clothing, Gifts & Home Items

I really like today's deal on Deal Pulp.  You can get $30 to Spend on Eco-Friendly Clothing, Gifts, and Home Items from for only $12.  I love that it is a 60% discount and even though shipping is not included in the deal they offer flat rate shipping of $4.99 which is great.

Sweepstakes of the Day - HGTVpro Product of the Day

This is another sweepstakes my husband would be happy to know that I enter. hosts a product of the day sweepstakes.  You can enter once daily for a chance to be the weekly winner.  The winner gets to choose from all the prizes featured on the days they entered that week.  You can enter to win HERE.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Free Sample of Kirkland Household Surface Wipes

You can also request this free sample from Costco and do not need a membership ID.  Head over HERE to request your free sample of Kikland brand household surface wipes.

(Thanks Coupon Pro!)

Free Sample of Fekkai Hair Care from Costco

To receive a free sample of Fekkai Glossing Collection or Fekkai Techncian Color Care Collection from Costco copy and paste the following link in your browser:

You do not need to be a Costco member to request this. 

(Thanks Common Sense with Money!)

$10 for 4 Pop-In Play Times at Pump It Up

I also like today's Groupon deal for Des Moines.  You can get 4 pop-in play times at Pump It Up in Urbandale for only $10 ($24 value).  Although this isn't as good of a deal as when it was first offered I like that they changed the rules so you can use it across multiple visits which works better for me.  My kids love going to Pump It Up.  This deal must be used by 9/3/11.

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

$50 to Cosi Cucina for Only $25 on Living Social

$50 to Spend on Food and Drink

I'm so excited for another Living Social deal today.  You can get $50 worth of Italian food and drink at Cosi Cucina in Clive for only $25!  We love Cosi Cucina, but don't get there very often.  Now we definitely get to go.  Deal must be used by 9/2/11.

If you are new to Living Social you can sign up HERE to start receiving daily deals for your city.

Frugal Tuesday Tip

Here is my tip of the week!  We tend to cook in the oven more often in the winter and we like to take advantage of the extra heat it produces.  Once our meal is done and the oven is turned off we leave the oven door cracked open so all that leftover heat isn't wasted away.  I know this may seem a bit dangerous if you have little ones around, but once they are seated at the table it is a good time to open the door a crack and warm up the kitchen.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Swag Bucks Code Hunt on the Home Page

There is another code out worth 18 until 5:30 CST.  You will find this one hidden somewhere on the Swag Bucks home page.

$1 for 3 Redbox Rentals Plus 80 Swagbucks!

**This deal is still available plus if you go through Swag Bucks to get this deal you will get a bonus of 80 swagbucks.  When getting a $5 gift card 90 swagbucks = $1!**

If you rent movies from Redbox there is a great deal on Groupon that you can get until the end of the day Tuesday.  You can get three one-night DVD rentals for only $1.  Just click on the yellow box under the deal city.  This deal expires 6/1/11.

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

Sweepstakes of the Day - Almond Joy & Mounds Tropical Cruise

Head over HERE to enter to win a your choice of a six night/seven day Caribbean cruise or $10,000 cash from Hershey's Almond Joy & Mounds.

Free Sample of Shout Color Catcher

Head over and "like" Shout on Facebook to receive a free sample of Shout Color Catcher.  There is a short form to fill out.  You can also request a $1.00 off coupon.

5 Free Cards from Shutterfly

Right now you can get five free photo cards from Shutterfly.  Just enter promo code 5FREECARDS at checkout.  This offer ends March 7th.

Swag Bucks Code on the Blog

**The code has moved to the Swag Store - check the widget for the clue and search for birthday***

Swag Bucks is celebrating its 3rd Birthday today.  That means lots of codes headed our way.  You can get the first one on the Swag Bucks blog that's worth 10 until 11:00 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!  This is the easiest way to earn in my opinion!  Plus right now if you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up HERE and enter code 3rdBirthday10 for a bonus 50 swagbucks!

Purex Crystals Review and Giveaway!

**Entry Period is Over - Announcement of Winners Coming Soon**

Product:  Purex Complete Crystals Fabric Softener

Product Price:  from $3.99 to $5.99 depending on retailer and is available at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide

Product Description:  Purex® Complete Crystals Softener is a purer way to get laundry that smells clean and fresh for weeks. 92% natural, this product’s unique crystal form works differently than traditional oil-based softeners that coat fabrics with oily residue, because it infuses fibers with long-lasting fragrance. In addition, since you add it directly with your laundry, this means no more waiting for the rinse cycle, no messy residual gunk in your washing machine, and no more stains from spilling liquid fabric softener.  Visit to learn more!

How to Use It: Simply add Purex Complete Crystals Softener directly with your laundry at the beginning of every wash cycle to infuse fabrics with long lasting freshness.

My Review:  I was excited on Friday when I got the mail to see I'd received a sample of Purex Crystals just as I was starting my weekend laundry duties.  I have to be honest I have only used fabric softener sheets my whole life.  I have never tried liquid fabric softener so just adding softener to the wash was a new experience for me.  It's so easy to use - measure the product using the cap & pour into your washer.  I like scented fabric softener and this product smells really nice.  I tried the fresh spring scent and love how clean and fresh my pillow cases smell.   The most noticeable difference in using these crystals vs. my traditional sheets was on my favorite tank tops.  I have several tanks that are a nylon, spandex mix and are usually quite clingy to the dryer sheets and each other when I pull them out of the dryer.  With Purex Crystals I didn't have the static issue and my clothes felt softer.  I'm definitely anxious to use this product again.
The Giveaway:  Purex has provided me with coupons so you can try this product for yourself! 
3 Readers will each win 1 coupon for a FREE full-size bottle of Purex Complete Crystals fabric softener.

To Enter the Giveaway you must be a follower of this blog.  You can enter one time or multiple times (up to 5 entries) - just be sure to enter a separate comment for each of the ways you follow. Make sure to leave your email address in the following format so I can contact the winners!  JulsB20(at)aol(dot)com

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6.  Vote for my blog at Circle of Moms Money Saving Blogs.  Go HERE and click on the yellow thumbs up to vote.  Leave a comment letting me know you voted!

This giveaway will end Monday, March 7th at 11:59 pm CST.  Must be a US Resident to win.  Winner will be chosen using 

Disclosure: I received free product as a member of the Purex Insiders program. No further compensation was received.

Simple Shoes up to 75% off at has some of my favorite shoes on sale today.  I ordered my first pair of Simple shoes this past summer in preparation for our Disney trip.  I needed a pair of shoes that would be comfortable for all of the walking and these shoes worked perfectly. You should check out the product information for these sustainable shoes.  Shipping at is a flat rate of $6.95 regardless of the order size.

80% Off Certificates Ends Today Weekly Promo Offer 468 x 60

Today is your last chance for the month to get gift certificates for 80% off.  That means you can pick up a $25 gift certificate for only $2!  Be sure to enter code DINE at checkout to get the discount.  The code is valid through the end of today 2/28.

Some Des Moines area resturants you'll find on there include Gino's, Felix & Oscars, Dos Rios, Christophers and many more.  Be sure to read the stipulations for each deal as they might be a little different.

Save $3 on Eversave Deals Until 11 AM CST

Eversave's  Facebook Fan Appreciation Week is coming to an end today.  THANKYOU is a promo code that will save you $3 off any save today only until 11am CST.

You could get a subscription to Working Mother magazine for only $2 after using the promo code!  Go HERE to get this deal.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weekly Menu Plan

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

We typically have leftovers at least once during the week and we'll be going out to dinner this weekend.

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?

Recipe - Bowtie Pasta w/ Garlic & Grilled Chicken

Bowtie Pasta w/ Garlic & Grilled Chicken

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package bowtie pasta
5 T olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 c chopped tomatoes
1 c green onion
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 can chicken broth
1/4 c cilantro

Grill chicken, let cool then cut into bite size pieces.  Cook pasta.  Heat oil in large skillet.  Cook and stir garlic, onions, red pepper flakes and tomatoes.  Add broth, simmer to reduce slightly.  Add chicken, pasta and cilantro.  Heat through.

Recipe - Cheesy Brunch Bake

Cheesy Brunch Bake

1 lb. pork sausage (or bacon)
1 med. onion chopped
12 large eggs
1/3 c. sour cream
1 can diced tomatoes
2 c. cheddar or colby jack cheese

Cook sausage & onion.  Drain.  Beat eggs and sour cream in medium bowl with wire whisk.  Add salt & pepper to taste.   Pour into greased 13x9 baking dish.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes until softly set.  Reduce to 325.  Spoon tomatoes over egg mixture.  Top with sausage mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake an additional 30 minutes.

Recipe - Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

3 chicken breasts cut in half
1 c crushed corn flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 T canola oil

Mix corn flakes, salt, pepper, garlic powder and oil in a small bowl.  Toss in chicken and coat each piece well with mixture.  Place chicken on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Recipe - Teriyaki Pork Roast

Teriyaki Pork Roast

3/4 c apple juice
2 T sugar
2 T soy sauce
1 T vinegar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
2-3 lb. pork loin roast
3 T cold water
1 1/2 T cornstarch

Combine apple juice, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and seasonings in a slow cooker.  Mix well.  Add roast and turn to coat.  Place fat-side up.  Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. 

Shortly before serving make gravy.  Remove roast from slow cooker into a small saucepan.  Skim fat if necessary.  Bring to a boil.  Combine water and cornstarch to make a paste.  Stir into boiling liquid.  Cook and stir until thickened.  Serve gravy with sliced roast.  We like to serve with rice.

(Thanks Kristy for sharing this recipe with us!)

Birthday Freebie from Texas Roadhouse

If you enjoy Texas Roadhouse (and from the crowds at the one in our city - it seems most people do!) you may want to sign up to be a Texas Roadie VIP.  You will receive various email offers and you can enter your birthday and kids' birthdays to receive some birthday freebies!

$1 for 3 Redbox DVD Rentals Groupon Deal

If you rent movies from Redbox there is a great deal on Groupon that you can get until the end of the day Tuesday.  You will find this deal under Abilene, TX, but anyone can take advantage of it.  You can get three one-night DVD rentals for only $1.  This deal expires 6/1/11.

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

Walgreens Deals Starting Today

Here are a few of my favorite Walgreens deals this week:

Baby Magic Lotion or Hair & Body Wash 16.5 oz. $3
Get $3 in Register Rewards
Final price: FREE after RRs

Colgate Advanced Toothpaste 4 oz. $2.99
Get $3 in Register Rewards
Use: $0.75/1 Colgate (in today's SS insert)

Final price: FREE plus $0.75 Money-Maker after coupon and RR’s

Motrin IB Pain Relief 20 ct. $3
Get $3 in Register Rewards
$1/1 Motrin Product printable
Final price: FREE plus $1 Money-Maker after coupon and RR’s

Aquaphor Lip Repair .35 oz. $4.99
Get $4 in Register Rewards
$1/1 Lip Repair Printable
Final price: FREE after coupon and RR’s

Lindsay Olives $0.99 (w/in ad coupon)
Use:  $1/2 Lindsay Olive Product Family Circle March 2011
Final Price:  $0.49 each

I also took advantage of this deal:

Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes 42ct+ $1.99 (w/in ad coupon)

Buy 4 Get $2.50 in Register Rewards
Use:  $1.00/2 42ct. tubs printable
Use:  $0.50/2 42ct. tubs (1/23/11 SS)
Final Price:  $0.99 each

Other Free items after Register Rewards this week:

Applied Nutrition Anti-Aging Total Body Defense 50 ct. $10
Get $10 in Register Rewards
Final price: FREE after RR’s

Nasogel Drip-Free Gel Spray 1 oz. $4.99
Get $5 in Register Rewards
Final price: FREE after RR’s

Super Poligrip Free .75 oz. $1.99
Get $2 in Register Rewards
Final price: FREE after RR’s

(Thanks The Frugal Find and Wild for Wags)

Valspar Paint Sample on Facebook

If you haven't requested your free sample from Valspar Paint yet you can do it right now.  Head over and "like" Valspar Paint on facebook and click on the color wall tab.  Your sample will include a $5.00 off coupon you can use at Lowe's.

Free Sample of Secret on Facebook

This is live again!  Hurry and head over to Secret on Facebook to request your free sample of Secret Natural Mineral deodorant.