Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Swag Bucks Code on Facebook until 7:00 CST


Head over to Swag Bucks facebook page to find out how to get a code worth 6 until 7:00pm 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! 

Save $0.50/1 Chex Mix Still Available to Print!


If you haven't reached your print limit on this great coupon it is still available on Coupons.com.  You can Save $0.50 on any one flavor of Chex Mix.  We normally see $0.50 off 2 coupons in the inserts, so I'm excited to see this one!  You can find it under zip code 77477.

Sweepstakes of the Day - Parenting 101 Days of Giveaways

You can enter the Parenting 101 Days of Giveaways for a chance to win a different prize every day this summer.  Yesterday the prize was an Orbit Baby Stroller.  Enter once a day through September 7, 2011.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

My Weekly Walgreens Trip

There weren't any smoking deals at Walgreens this week for me, but hubby needed shaving cream since that's something I've failed to stockpile yet for him.  Since I needed to go in for that I picked up a couple more things, so I could use a register reward I had on hand.

Bought:  Walgreens brand shave cream $1.79

Bought:  2 Oral B Indicator Toothbrushes on sale 2 for $2
Used:  Save $2/2 Oral-B Indicator Manual Toothbrushes 7/3/11 P&G Insert)
Final Price:  2 for FREE

Bought:  2 Milky Way candy bars 2 for $1 (with in-ad coupon)
Used:  Save $1/2 Milky Way candy bars (no longer available)
Final Price:  $0.25 each

I used a $2 Register Reward from a previous trip and paid $0.58 out of pocket.  Total savings was $9.27.

FlipFlop Wines ~ Try the Chardonnay


I had a chance to taste some more flipflop wine recently.  Since I enjoyed the samples of Riesling and Pinot Grigio I tried last time I am happy to share another review with you - this time of flipflop's Chardonnay.

Product:  flipflop wines

Product Price:  $7 each and can be ordered from Underdog Wine Merchants

Product Description:  flipflop wines are a newly launched collection of great tasting wines that don't break the bank.  The collection includes Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir wines.

My Review:  Now to be honest Chardonnay is not usually my first choice when it comes to picking out wine.  I tend to prefer sweeter varieties, however the flipflop Chardonnay made me think twice about Chardonnay.  It is without a doubt the best Chardonnay I've ever tried.  It is very flavorful.  I definitely picked up on the pineapple and vanilla and thought it was delicious.  It is recommended to pair with wood-fired pizza or a chicken Caesar salad, but  I enjoyed a chilled glass of it with a BBQ dinner and it paired wondefully.

Other great things about flipflop wines include their adorable wine bottle labels that make the bottle a great gift to a summer party hostess.  Also remember that flipflop wines have partnered with Soles4Souls Inc., an international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in need. This partnership will provide one pair of flip-flop sandals for each bottle of flipflop wine purchased (up to 100,000 pairs for the first 100,000 bottles sold). You can learn more about Soles4Souls at www.soles4souls.org/.  

Be sure to visit flipflop wines on Facebook  to learn more about the company and the wine varieties they offer.

Disclosure:  I was provided a bottle of flipflop Chardonnay for the purpose of review at no charge. No further compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Frugal Tuesday Tip ~ Week 24 ~ Link Up Your Frugal Tips!


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 with the linky tool. Be sure to link directly to your blog post and not the main page of your blog. Your post will appear on all of our blogs! Everyone can follow the submitted links and find new ways to embrace the frugal life. Not a blogger? Just leave your frugal tip in the comment section.

Please use our Frugal Tuesday Tip button on your post to link it back. 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! 
Confessions of a Frugal Mind

Hy-Vee Deals July 5-11


Here are my favorite deals I see at Hy-Vee this week from the advertised prices good through next Monday.  Please keep in mind I only share my favorite deals from the printed and online ads and not the entire weekly ad.  For a full list with match-ups please visit Sara at Learning the Frugal Life.

Dannon Yogurt $0.50

Pillsbury Classic Brownies $0.99 ($0.40/1 Pillsbury Frosting or Brownie Mixes 6/12/11 RP Insert)

Hy-Vee Pasta select varieties $0.88

Hunts Pasta Sauce $1.00 ($0.88 at Fareway this week)

Hy-Vee Light Apple Juice Cocktail $0.99

Two Day Sale Friday-Saturday, July 8 & 9

15% Sack Sale on Meat, Cheese, Deli and Seafood Items

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

Fareway Deals July 5-11


Here are my favorite deals I see at Fareway this week from the advertised prices good through next Monday. Please keep in mind I only share my favorite deals so be sure to check out the weekly ad and visit Sara at Learning the Frugal Life for a full list with match-ups.


Dole Head Lettuce $0.79

Fastco Canned Vegetables $0.29

Hunts Spaghetti Sauce $0.88

Kool-Aid Packs Buy 10 Get 10 FREE (with in-ad coupon)  (B2G1 Kool Aid Drink Envelopes All You, July 201l)

Fastco Tortilla Chips $0.99

What's on your list this week?  Let me know if you see any deals I missed.

Dahl's Deals July 5-11


Here are my favorite deals I see at Dahl's from the advertised prices good through next Monday:

AE Yogurt $0.39

Knorr Sides $1.00 ($0.50/2 Knorr Pasta and Rice Sides 5/22/11 RP Insert)

Nabisco Teddy Grahams $2.00 ($1/2 Nabisco Crackers or Cookies 6/19/11 SS Insert)

Nabisco Snack Crackers $1.50 ($1/2 Nabisco Crackers or Cookies 6/19/11 SS Insert)


What is on your Dahl's list this week?  See any good deals I missed?

Mail Call Monday


(You can tell the long weekend threw me off - I just remembered today is not Monday!)

I haven't shared a mail call post in a while, but today was a particularly good freebie day.  I'm sure the long holiday postal weekend helped.  I received Crest and Pantene samples from Procter & Gamble Facebook giveaways, $5 Bounty coupon, Free Suave Body Wash coupon and Nexcare bandages sample and coupon.  Hubby also received 4 magazines I subscribe him to for FREE today including Car & Driver, Super Street, Motor Trend and 4 Wheeler.  Our mailbox was jam packed.

What about you?  Did you have a full mailbox waiting for you today?

Swag Bucks Code on Twitter Until 6:00 CST


Head over to SwagBucks on Twitter to find out where to get a code worth 7 swagbucks until 6pm CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up now.  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!  All these swagbucks add up!

Free Sample of Quaker Oatmeal Squares


You can request a free sample of Quaker Oatmeal Squares right now on their Facebook page.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

70% Off Restaurant.com Certificates

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Now through Thursday you can get gift certificates at Restaurant.com for 70% off.  That means you can pick up a $25 gift certificate for only $3.  

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.  Be sure to enter code SHARE at checkout to get the discount.  This code is valid through 7/7.

Sweepstakes of the Day - Dove Close Up


Enter the Dove Close-Up Sweepstakes for a chance to instantly win the new Dove VisibleCare Body Wash.  You can enter once a day through September 30, 2011.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Last Chance to Enter Mixbook Photo Book Giveaway


My Mixbook Photo Book Giveaway is ending tonight - entries are extremely low so there is a good chance you could win this!  Prize is your own 20 page 11x8.5 landscape hardcover photobook along with free shipping!  ($40 Value!)
Please take a moment to enter. 

Free Chips & Queso Coupon from Chili's


When you sign up for the Chili's Email Club you'll start receiving special offers and coupons.  Right now you'll be able to print a coupon for FREE order of Skillet Queso & Chips.

Save on Socializing with House Party


Are you signed up at House Party yet?  I was one of the many people that were chosen to host a Budweiser sponsored House Party over this past weekend.  Hosting the Budweiser party gave us a great reason to have people over and thanks to the sponsor we received the following in our house party package:  $30 rebate for Budweiser beer and $5 rebates for our guests, a $10 prepaid Visa card for Budweiser beer, a Budweiser platter, beach ball, apron, Budweiser BBQ sauce, frisbees and a few t-shirts.  They also sent koozies for all of our guests.  It made having a party affordable and fun .  My hubby had been wanting to have a party, so he was very excited when this opportunity came up.  Who can argue with free beer?

This was the second time I've hosted a House Party and I've only been signed up for maybe 6 months.  Many times I don't apply because the timeframe or window in which the party should be hosted doesn't fit into our schedule.  You can currently apply for a Norton Back to School House Party and a Thai Kitchen Deliciously Different BBQ House Party.  The freebies you and/or your guests will receive in your pack will always vary depending on the sponsor, but I've found it's a great way to score some goodies and socialize at the same time!  You can join House Party and apply to start hosting your own events.


Confessions of a Frugal Mind

Monday, July 4, 2011

Pampers Gifts To Grow - New 10 Point Code


FAC711PHWGNXRD7 is a code that will get you 10 more points in your Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards account.  

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. 

You can also check out these posts to collect some more Pampers Gifts to Grow points!

Free Shipping at DisneyStore.com

You can get free shipping at DisneyStore.com today only 7/4 when you enter promo code FREESHIP at checkout.  There is no minimum so this is a great time to check out their sale items.

Plus if you go through Ebates today you'll earn 5% cash back on your purchase!

(Thanks Couponing to Disney!)

Sweepstakes of the Day - Waterscape Beach Resort

Enter the SIBU Beauty/ResortQuest Sweepstakes from Elle for a chance to win a one-week stay for two at Waterscape Beach Resort, a ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals property, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  You can enter once a day through July 31, 2011.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Swag Bucks Code on the Blog until 7:00 CST


Happy 4th!  Be sure to head over to the Swag Bucks blog today and read the 7am blog to get an easy code worth 10 swagbucks until 7:00pm CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up now.  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!  All these swagbucks add up!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekly Menu Plan July 3-9

We are hosting a Budweiser House Party tonight!  Hubby was very excited to have a reason to hold a party and I was happy because we got a rebate for beer.  Every little bit helps and definitely made it a win-win!  More on that to come.  We're keeping it simple tonight with grilled smoked sausage, spinach dip, guacamole and a strawberry jello cake.

Here is what my family is planning to have for meals for the rest of this week:
We'll probably have leftovers once or twice during the week and may go out to eat over the 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?

Save $0.75/1 Blue Bunny Ice Cream

I always get excited when there are new ice cream coupons available!  There is a new one available on the All You Magazine site you can print to Save $0.75 on any one Blue Bunny Ice Cream carton.  Love it!

(Thanks Passion for Savings!)

Menards Deals Now Through July 10th


Menards deals are brought to you courtesy of my husband. Here are a few of his favorite deals this week. There are several items you can get for FREE right now after mail-in rebate.  Keep in mind your rebate will be in the form of Menards credit, so if you shop there and will use the credit it is a good deal. 

Roller Shade FREE after $2.00 mail-in rebate

Blacktop Crack Filler FREE after $4.00 mail-in rebate

6" Drywall Saw FREE after $3.50 mail-in rebate

Lint Roller 3 pack FREE after $5.00 mail-in rebate

Cat Pan Liners FREE after $3.50 mail-in rebate

Swag Bucks Code on the Blog until 4:00 CST


Head over to the Swag Bucks blog and read the 11am blog post to find out how to get a code worth 6 swagbucks until 4:00pm CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up now.  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!  All these swagbucks add up!

15% Off at Gap Today ~ Online Only

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You can take 15% off your Gap.com purchase today 7/3 only.  To redeem be sure to enter promo code GAPJULY at checkout.  There are some excusions, so you may want to review those.  I have my eye on kid's sale pajamas , but by they're not included so I'm bummed!

Be sure to shop through Upromise to get 5% cash back on your purchase or Ebates to get 2% cash back.

Save $2.00/3 Packages of Pop Tarts


There is a new printable coupon available to Save $2.00 off any 3 package of Pop-Tarts.  We've depleted our supply of Pop-Tarts at our house and my son has been asking for more.  I've been waiting for a decent sale to match up coupons to.  Hopefully one will be coming soon!  There is also a coupon available on Target.com to Save $1.00 off 3 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts that you can stack with this one.

(Thanks Hip2Save!)

Sweepstakes of the Day - Six Flags Family Fun Pack



When you "like" Rayovac on Facebook you'll be able to enter the Six Flags Sweepstakes for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets, meal pack and parking pass for Six Flags.  My family loves amusement parks.  I can't wait for the kids to be older/bigger to go on some roller coasters with me!  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Save $0.75/1 Kraft Mac & Cheese Veggie Pasta


Print a coupon to Save $0.75 on any one Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta.

(Thanks Heavenly Savings!)

Free Sample of Simply Right Infant Formula


You can request a free sample of Simply Right Infant Formula courtesy of Sam's Club.  Even if you don't need this item for yourself it is a great item to donate to local area food pantries.  Many family and women's shelters are always in need of baby formula as well.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

New Printable DVD Coupons

There are a lot of new coupons available for DVDs and Blu-rays on Coupons.com this month:


Sweepstakes of the Day - Early Retirement Vacation

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You can enter the Early Retirement Vacation Sweepstakes from eRollover.com for a chance to win an all expense paid trip for two to either Aspen, Costa Rica, Key West or Napa Valley.  I'd have to go with Key West or Costa Rica for sure!  Limit of one entry per person through July 9th.    Good luck and let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Home Depot Coupons and Special Offers


Register with the Home Depot Garden Club to receive valuable coupons, savings, and gardening advice.


You can also sign up for Home Depot Emails and receive access to special offers, promotions newsletters and more.

Save $3 On Any Eversave Deal This Weekend

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Eversave is celebrating Fourth of July weekend with a promo code.  You can save $3 on any Eversave deal they are offering sitewide this weekend.  Just be sure to enter promo code FIREWORKS at checkout.  This code expires 7/4.

If you are new to Eversave you will also receive a $3 credit on your account which you will be able to use toward a future save.

What I Earned in 2011 - Week 26


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 cards from Swag Bucks ($150 for the year so far!)
$0.50 PayPal deposit from FGI Research
$0.10 PayPal deposit from YouData

Total for the Week:  $5.60

Total for 2011: $ 591.16


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

What I Earned in 2011 - Week 20
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 21
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 22
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 23
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 24
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 25

Friday, July 1, 2011

Save $1.00 on Nabisco Cookies & Milk


Head over and "like" Nabisco Cookies on Facebook to be able to print a coupon to Save $1.00 on Nabisco Cookies when you buy one package and one gallon of milk.  This coupon is only available today - July 1st and is limited, but I was just able to print mine.

Swag Bucks Code on the Blog Until 7pm CST


Head over to the Swag Bucks blog and read the 10am blog post to get a code worth 5 swagbucks until 7:00pm CST in honor of Canada Day.
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! 

Coupons in Sunday's Paper


You can head over to Sunday Coupon Preview to find out what coupons will be in this Sunday's paper.  There will be 1 insert this weekend - P&G Brandsaver.  We usually determine where we fill up with gas based on the coupon inserts.  If I want an extra paper we head to Kum and Go.  If not, we take advantage of the gas discount at Hy-Vee.  Where do you get your Sunday paper?

Sweepstakes of the Day ~ Trip to LA from Baskin Robbins


Head over and "like" Baskin Robbins on Facebook to be able to enter their Super-Soldier Sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP trip to Los Angeles or instantly win other Captain America themed prizes.  You can enter once a day through July 31, 2011.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Last Chance for Frito Lay Giveaway


My giveaway for this Frito Lay Summer Snack Pack is ending tonight.  Be sure to enter for your chance to win!

Walgreens Photo Offer ~ $0.09 4x6 Prints

Get the shots only a friend can take. 9 cent Prints on 4x6 orders of 100+ Order online, pick up in as little as an hour thru Saturday, July 2. 3 DAYS ONLY! Get coupon code

Right now through tomorrow July 2 you can get 4x6 prints from Walgreens Photo for $0.09 each when you order 100 or more.  So if you have a lot of pictures you've been wanting to print this may be a deal for you.  Use Coupon Code NINECENT at checkout and be sure to use in store pick-up to avoid shipping costs.

Printable Coupons Restocked ~ Print Your Faves Now


It's the first of the month which means new coupons have been added to Coupons.com!  Be sure to print your favorites while they are available.  Here are a few you should be able to find today:
  • Save $0.75 on 2 Nature Valley Granola Bars
  • Save $0.75 on 3 Better Crocker Fruit Snacks
  • Save $0.50 on 1 box of Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Save $0.75 on one box of Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch
  • Save $1.00 on one Gerber Graduates Lil' Entrees

Time for Mega Swagbucks!


Swagbucks is a search engine that rewards you with swagbucks for using it to do your normal day to day searches on the internet.  You'll randomly be awarded between 7 to 12 swagbucks (sometimes higher!) once or twice a day.  You can then redeem these swagbucks for rewards like Amazon and Starbucks gift cards.

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.

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. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last Chance for Free $2.00 Amazon MP3 Credit


You can get a free $2.00 Amazon MP3 credit between now and June 30th.  Enter your code CLOUDMP3 then the $2 credit will be applied to your account for MP3 downloads. You must use your credit before it expires on the 30th!  Gotta love free music!  I just used mine and got 3 songs for $0.69 - so I paid $0.07 using after my credit!

Free 11x8.5 Hardcover Photo Book from Mixbook


**This offer has expired - be sure to enter my Mixbook giveaway for a chance at a free photobook**

You can get a free 11x8.5 photo book from Mixbook today June 30th only, so if you have time you might want to work on this tonight!  Be sure to enter promo code FREEBK at checkout.  You can also get free shipping if you keep your book to under 20 pages!  I just did a review on Mixbook photobooks and I'm very pleased with how my book turned out!

(Thanks Passion for Savings!)

Swag Bucks Code on the Blog until 3pm CST


Head over to the Swag Bucks blog and read the 10am blog post to find out how to get a code worth 6 swagbucks until 3:00pm CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up now.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card! Plus today is the last day you can enter code JuneBoom at sign up for an additional 50. This is the easiest way to earn in my opinion!  All these swagbucks add up!

Free Sample of Ocean Spray Sparkling Juice


**This freebie is available again if you haven't requested it yet**

You can request a free sample of Ocean Spray Sparkling Juice drink.  Head over and "like" Ocean Spray's facebook then click on the sparkling samples tab.

While on Facebook please head over and "like" Confessions of a Frugal Mind!

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

(Thanks Hip2Save!)