Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Free Crest Complete Sample Pack


You can request a free sample pack of Crest Complete products courtesy of Walmart.com.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

(Thanks Freebie Shark!)

Save $0.55/1 Sara Lee Wheat Bread

You can print a coupon to Save $0.55 on any one package of Sara Lee Wheat Bread.  I'm excited about this coupon!  We've been having more toast and sandwiches lately now that we finally have tomatoes from the garden.

Swag Bucks Code on the Widget until 5:00pm CST


Check the Swag Bucks widget on the right hand side of this page for a code worth 6 until 5:00pm CST.  Just copy & paste to enter the code.  

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up to start earning swagbucks to redeem for things like Amazon gift cards.  You'll get 30 swagbucks just for signing up!   This is the easiest way to earn in my opinion! 

(Note: My referral link is used in this post. View my disclosure policy.)

Save $1.00/1 Dove Body Wash


Print a coupon to Save $1.00 on one Dove VisibleCare Body Wash.

Snapfish ~ 8x11 Photobook for $15 Shipped


You can get a great deal on photobooks right now on Snapfish.  Create a custom 8x11 photobook for only $15 including shipping when you use coupon code 2011BOOK at checkout.  You can create up to 5 20-page books for yourself or to give as gifts.

Offer is only available through tomorrow August 25th!

Sign Up for Special Offers from Disney

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Outback Steakhouse ~ Steak Dinner Giveaway 8pm CST


Tonight at 8pm CST Outback Steakhouse is giving away 1,000,000 steak dinners for free.  Be sure to head over to the Great Aussie Steak Out site at 8:00pm CST to claim yours.

Sweepstakes of the Day - Hamilton Beach Coffee Brewer


You can enter the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffee Brewer Giveaway from WomansDay.com for a chance to win one of 20 of the machines that will be given away along with with one bag of 18 Senseo coffee pods.  You can enter daily through September 6, 2011.  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Visit Texas On Tour

Texas Tourism is out on the road this year with the Texas on Tour Exhibit.  This traveling exhibit features a 5,400 square foot interactive experience, a 30-foot dome enclosed theater, green screen and video photography, games, live music and more.
My family had a chance to visit Texas on Tour when it was at the Iowa State Fair recently. The exhibit looked interesting and we were curious, so we had to check it out.  First we registered and were given an all access pass to the exhibit experiences.  We weren't quite sure what to do first, but the kayak setup to take a virtual tour of Texas waterways looked cool so we headed that way.  However our 2 year old and 5 year old had other ideas and didn't allow us to wait in line to experience it.  Instead, one of the friendly Texas tour guides directed us inside so could "picture ourselves in Texas." 
My son picked out the background for our Texas family portrait.  Both of the kids were wearing green shirts that day which would have made most of them disappear from the green screen so that explains their picture attire.  If you like to dress up they've got you covered!  After getting our picture taken we wanted to check out the dome theatre and while we were waiting outside my son and hubby were entertained playing cornhole.  They could have stayed and played a lot longer!  We enjoyed watching the Discover Texas feature and the trivia game that followed.  The kids got their own Texas bandanas for playing!After the dome experience though our time in Texas had to come to an end.  It was the Iowa State Fair after all and there was still lots to see and do! 

If you get a chance you should definitely check out the Texas on Tour exhibit.  It will be at the Minnesota State Fair starting tomorrow August 25th through September 5th.  Additional tour dates include the Kansas State Fair from September 9-18 and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta October 1-9.
I've only been to Texas once. I traveled to San Antonio on a service trip as a teenager.  I absolutely loved what I saw of the city and hope to go back someday.  If a trip to Texas sounds good to you enter the Texas on Tour Sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip for two to Texas. 

To start planning your Texas vacation visit TravelTex.com. Follow @texastourism on Twitter and visit Texas Tourism on Facebook for more information.

Disclosure:  I was compensated for this post from Fanscape and Texas on Tour.  However, we visited the Texas on Tour exhibit on our own and all opinions are 100% mine.

Save $0.50/1 Formula 409 Cleaner


Print a coupon to Save $0.50 on any one 32 oz. or larger Formula 409 Cleaner.

Free Sample of Shout Color Catcher

You can request a free sample of Shout Color Catcher

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

$10 to Chili's, Macaroni Grill or On the Border for $5 ~ Deal Available to All!


The awesome Saveology deal I shared with you the other day is now available for everyone not just first time Saveology buyers! You can get a $10 Brinker International Restaurant Gift Card for only $5. The gift card is good at Chili's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, On the Border and more.  We love to pick up chips & salsa to go from On the Border and this gift card will cover that several times!

Limit of 1 per person, household and credit card.  After you receive your voucher in your Saveology account you will have 60 days to redeem your voucher for a gift card that will be mailed.

Frugal Tuesday Tip ~ Week 31 ~ Link Up Your Frugal Tips!


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.  Your post will appear on all of our blogs!  Be sure to link directly to your blog post and not the main page of your blog.  Your post may be deleted if you do not link directly to the page you want to share.   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

Save $1.00 on Rayovac Batteries

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When you join the Rayovac eClub you will receive a coupon to Save $1.00 off Rayovac.

HyVee Deals ~ August 23-29


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

Colorado Peaches $0.99 lb.

Hy-Vee Garden Salad or Cole Slaw Mix $1.00

Hy-Vee Sliced Bacon $2.49

John Morrell Meat Franks $0.68

Kashi Cereal $2.58 (misc. coupons available - check yours!)

Planters Peanut Butter $1.48 ($0.75/1 Planters Peanut Butter 8/21/11 SS Insert)

Hy-Vee Pasta $0.79

Hunt's Pasta Sauce $1.00

WhoNu Cookies $2.49 (Save $1.00 on One Box of WhoNu Cookies)

Hy-Vee Tortilla Chips $1.25

Ritz or Nabisco Snack Crackers $1.99 ($0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers 8/7/11 SS Insert; Save $1.00 on Wheat Thins)

Coke Products 12 packs 4 for $11 (with in-ad coupon)

Hy-Vee Pop 12 packs 5 for $10

3-Day Sale Thursday - Saturday, August 25-27

7-Up Products 2 liters $0.69

Keebler Club or Town House Crackers $1.77 ($1/2 Keebler Club Crackers)

Hy-Vee Split Top Bread $0.99

Please keep in mind I only share my favorite deals from the printed and online ads so be sure to check out the weekly ad and you can visit Sara at Learning the Frugal Life for a full list with match-ups. 

What's on your Hy-Vee list this week?  See any deals I missed?

Fareway Deals ~ August 23-29


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 you can visit Sara at Learning the Frugal Life for a full list with match-ups. 

Celery stalk $0.79 each

Green Onions 3 for $1

John Morrell Hot Dogs $0.69

Rotella Honey Wheat Nugget Bread $1.29

Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes 4 for $4 (with in-ad coupon) ($0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks 7/17/11 SS Insert or $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks 8/7/11 GM Insert)

Blue Bunny Ice Cream 4.25 ltr pail $4.99

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

Dahl's Deals ~ August 23-29


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

Peaches & Cream Iowa Sweet Corn $3.99 dozen

Dole Cole Slaw $0.99

Palermo's Hand Tossed or Rising Crust Pizza $4.99 (Save $1.00/2 Palermo's Premium Pizzas)


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

Dove Moneymaker at Walgreens ~ Act Fast!


Thanks to Wild for Wags for sharing this deal and to my hubby for grabbing it for me on his way home from work!  If you are interested you may want to act fast and grab this.  My store still had plenty of the Dove White Soap available.

Bought:  3 Dove White Bar Soap $0.99 each with in-ad coupon
Got:  $6 Register Rewards
Final Price:  Free plus $3.03 moneymaker after Register Rewards!

Downy Unstopables Giveaway (Facebook)


***Update - If you're a member of Vocalpoint you can also grab a free sample of Downy Unstopables from Vocalpoint.***

Head over and "like" Downy on Facebook then click on the Unstopables tab to request your free sample of new Downy Unstopables.  They are giving away 2 million samples!

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

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Free Sample of Burberry Body Fragrance

Head over and "like" Burberry on Facebook then click on the Burberry Body tab to request your free sample of Burberry Body Fragrance.

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

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Sweepstakes of the Day - Hit the Road


Enter the Hit the Road Sweepstakes at Family Fun for a chance to win a four-day trip for four at a Puerto Rico resort.  You can enter once daily through August 31, 2011.  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Free Rockstar Energy Drink at Kum & Go

You can print a coupon for a Free Rockstar Pink or 2X at Kum & Go.  Offer is valid through 8/29/11.

Free $10 Credit to Rue La La ~ Offer Ends Today!

Introduce a friend to Rue. And start them off with a $10 credit. You have until August 23. Send invites.

If you are new to Rue La La you can sign up now and receive a $10 credit in your account.  You must join by the end of today 8/23 to receive the credit.  The credit will appear within 48 hours.  Rue La La is an invitation only shopping site that features men’s and women’s fashions, as well as gifts for the home. 

Charmin Coupon Facebook Giveaway 10am CST


Head over and "like" Charmin on Facebook then be ready at 10am CST when they are going to give away 5000 $2.00 off any MegaRoll coupons.  These will go quickly!

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

(Thanks MojoSavings!)

Save $1.00/2 Clorox Clean Up Products

Print a coupon to Save $1.00 on any two Clorox Clean Up, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Tilex or Pine-Sol.

Eversave $10 Credit ~ Check Your Account or Sign Up Today!


Eversave is giving all of their members a $10 appreciation credit.  If you are already a member login to view the credit in your account.  If you're not an Eversave member yet, you can sign up for Eversave today and your $10 credit will be added to your account.  Be sure to sign up before midnight on 8/25 to grab this credit.  The $10 credit is only good through Friday 8/26 so I'll be keeping an eye out this week for a great deal to pick up with the credit!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Save $1.00/1 Wheat Thins Stix (Facebook Offer)

**These coupons are back!  My kids love Wheat Thins Stix!**

Head over the Wheat Thins facebook page to be able to print 2  coupons.  Just for liking the page you'll be able to print a coupon for $1.00 off Wheat Thins Crunch Stix.  If you share the offer on your facebook wall you'll be able to print a coupon for $1.00 off any Wheat Thins product.

$10 to Chili's, Macaroni Grill or Borders for $5


There is an awesome new deal for first time Saveology buyers available right now.  The daily deal site is offering a  $10 Brinker International Restaurant Gift Card for $5. The gift card is good at Chili's, Romano's Macaroni Grill & On the Border. 

Limit of 1 per person, household and credit card.  After you receive your voucher in your Saveology account you will have 60 days to redeem your voucher for a gift card that will be mailed.

Save $1.50/1 Wholly Product


Head over and "like" Wholly Guacamole on Facebook then click on the Coupons tab to be able to print a coupon to save $1.50 on any one Wholly Product. 

We love Wholly Guacamole!  We have been trying all the different varieties and have been loving them all.  I'll be sharing a review with you soon!

Reminder - Birthday Freebie from Barnes & Noble Kids' Club


This is a reminder to sign up your kids for the Barnes & Noble Kids' Club.  My son's birthday is this week so he was just sent a coupon for a free cupcake or cookie at the cafe plus a promotional code to create a free digital book.  You'll also receive coupons and other loyalty rewards for joining. 

Save $1.00/2 Uncle Ben's Rice


Head over and "like" Uncle Ben's on Facebook to be able to print a coupon to Save $1.00 on two boxes of Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Brown Rice.

70% Off Restaurant.com Certificates Starts Today

Restaurant.com Weekly Promo Banner 120x90

Now through Wednesday you can get gift certificates at Restaurant.com for 70% off.  That means you can pick up a $25 gift certificate for only $3.  Be sure to enter code DEAL at checkout to get the discount.  This code is valid through 8/24.

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. 

Life Savers Mints Coupon Release 11am CST


Head over and "like" Life Savers Mints on Facebook then click on the Mint Mondays tab and take the Carpool Pledge for your chance to claim a coupon  good toward $1 off Life Savers Mints 85 ct. bottle.  Giveaway will start at 11am CST and will go quickly!  If you don't get a coupon this week you can check back next week for another coupon giveaway on the facebook page.

Sweepstakes of the Day - Green School Makeover


You can enter the Green School Makeover Competition presented by Pureology for a chance to win your school a "green" school makeover.  There will be one grand prize winner and four schools will each receive $2,500 towards their green school renovations.  You have until September 30, 2011 to enter your school for a chance to win.  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Disclosure:  I was provided information about the competition through being an Influenster member and will receive product for posting.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Free KraftMaid Inspiration Guidebook



You can request a FREE KraftMaid Inspiration Guide on kitchens, baths, home office, entertainment centers, bedrooms, laundry rooms and more.

Free Photo Calendar from Vistaprint

Vistaprint
You can order a free photo calendar from Vistaprint.  You will only be required to pay shipping and handling.  Offer is good through Friday, 8/26.

Tips to Help Prepare Young Readers Heading Back-to-School

This post is brought to you by the Buddig Be A Reader Program.

Making the Grade:  Tips to Help Prepare Young Readers Heading Back-to-School


As summer winds down and children begin a new school year, research shows that families play an important role in children's reading success.
Parents can help their children build on important classroom skills with
reading and writing activities that nourish young minds.

Here are a few tips from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the Buddig Be A Reader campaign sure to get your young students on the right back-to-school track:

* Play word games associated with things in the classroom. Use your child's back-to-school
shopping list to prompt ideas.

* Establish a family reading hour. Set a time after school and on weekends when everyone in the family devotes an hour to reading.

* Make up your own story together and write it down. What was your child's favorite summer activity? Who was the most memorable person your child met and why? Help your child write down these memories and add illustrations to move the story along.

* Have your child become a pen pal with a special summer friend or long-distance relative. Supply them with stationary and envelopes, postcards, postage stamps, an address book and a box for saving letters.

* Use the Internet to promote interactive learning. Children reading online develop critical thinking and research skills. Start a Web search for favorite book titles or authors. Conduct a search for your child's favorite music videos.

* Read aloud to your children. Choose a favorite place and special time. Try using different voices for each character.

* Create a reading nook or out-of-the-way special place where your child can read without being disturbed.

* Put up some poster board to create your own word wall. Use this to share comments on favorite books and to tackle problem words your child may be having trouble reading.

* Visit Buddig.com/SandwichAndAStory for games and reading activities and a chance to win fun back-to-school prizes. Prizes include a Scholastic book library and a Buddig backpack filled with school supplies. Weekly winners will be chosen through a random drawing to receive an age-appropriate book.

Carl Buddig & Company - the lunchmeat brand that has been nourishing families for generations - is nourishing young minds through a partnership with RIF to raise a minimum of $100,000 for children's literacy programs. During the
yearlong Be A Reader campaign, parents and their children are encouraged to create their own reading and literacy experiences wherever they may be. For
more information about the Be A Reader campaign visit www.buddig.com. For additional tips and activities to help your child discover the joy of reading, visit www.RIF.org.

Free Sample of Huggies Snug & Dry (Sam's Club Members)


**This offer is still available**

If you're a Sam's Club member hurry over to request your free sample of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Free Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt

Click. Print. Savor. Get the Coupon >. Click above to get your free coupon for possible the best yogurt in the world: creamy-thick Dannon Oikos

You can request a coupon to try a Free Cup of Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt.  The coupon will be emailed to you after submitting your information.  Offer is void in CA, LA and NJ.  Those states will receive a $1 off coupon instead.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

(Thanks Hip2Save!)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekly Menu Plan ~ August 21-27

Jim made the best fry bread tacos last week.  I'll have to get that recipe posted for you.  He also made up some homemade mini-donuts and of course those were a huge hit.  I didn't snap a pic, so that just means he'll have to do it again soon!  It is a big week at our house.  My son is starting kindergarten and has a birthday on Tuesday.  We're doing our best today to catch up from a busy weekend and it included menu planning for the upcoming week:
  • Sunday - Breakfast for Dinner (eggs, hashbrowns, sausage & toast with our friend Andy's blue ribbon winning raspberry preserves)
  • Monday - BBQ Chicken Pizza
  • Tuesday - T's Birthday Pick - Chinese take-out (he loves crab rangoon!)
  • Wednesday - Pasta with goat cheese & garlic bread
  • Thursday - Dinner out (tent.) using Living Social deal at Cosi Cucina
  • Friday - Leftovers
  • Saturday - Swedish Meatballs (recipe to be posted!)
What's for dinner at your house this week?  If you need some more ideas check out the many blogs that participate in Menu Plan Monday over at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Download 16 Free MP3 Songs


You can download a free 16 song compilation from courtesy of 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting.  The list includes songs from Wilco and William Elliot Whitmore.

(Thanks Couponing for 4!)

Save $1.00/1 Honey Maid Grahams

You can print a coupon to Save $1.00 when you buy one Honey Maid Grahams.  These are our favorite type of graham crackers!

(Thanks iGoBOGO!)

Free Sample of Zantac

Zantac

You can request a free sample of Maximum Strength Zantac 150 then click on the Coupons and Special Offers tab to print a coupon for $5 off Zantac 24 ct or larger.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Free Sample of Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner

You can request a free sample of Dove hair care Daily Treatment Conditioner

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Menards Deals Now Through September 5th


Menards deals are brought to you courtesy of my husband. 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 it's a good deal. 

Tape Measure 25' x 1" FREE after $4.50 mail-in rebate

Sandpaper 25 pack FREE after $4.00 mail-in rebate

Magnetic Torpedo Level 9" FREE after $2.50 mail-in rebate

Super Glue Gel 3 pack FREE after $2.50 mail-in rebate

My Weekly Walgreens Trip ~ Spent $12.90

My main purpose for this week's Walgreens trip was to pick up the Rice Krispie Treats that were on sale for my son to take to school this week for birthday treats.  I was pretty unorganized for my trip this week and spent more out of pocket than I would have liked because I didn't have my "filler" items planned out.  I did 2 transactions and spent a total of $12.90 out of pocket.  I used $6 in Register Rewards and ended up with $14 in Register Rewards to use on a future trip.  Here is what I did:

Bought:  4 Packages of Rice Krispie Treats on sale 4/$10
Got:  $5 Register Rewards
Used:  2 - Save $1.00/2 Rice Krispie Treats (RP 8/7/11)
Final Price:  $0.75 each after coupons & RR's

Bought:  4 Degree for Women Deoderant on sale 2/$4
Got:  $4 Register Rewards
Used:  4 - Save $1.00/1 Degree Deoderant (RP 7/31/11)
Final Price:  4 for FREE after coupons & RR's!

Bought:  Keri Lotion $6.99
Used:  $2/1 Keri Lotion (SS 7/17/11)
Got:  $5 Register Rewards

Final Price: FREE after coupon & RR's

Bought:  2 Butterball Chicken Broth on sale 2 for $1.00 (with in-ad coupon)
Final Price:  $1.00 for 2

Sweepstakes of the Day - HGTV Urban Oasis


Enter the HGTV Urban Oasis 2011 Sweepstakes for your chance to win a luxury apartment located in Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago.  You can enter once a day through October 7, 2011.  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Free Sample of Breathe Right

You can request a free sample of Breathe Right Advanced just go and fill out the short form to register on the site and receive your sample.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!