Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rascal Flatts "Changed" Album Review


It's hard for me to believe that Rascal Flatts has been around for over 10 years.  I was in college when their first single "Praying for Daylight" was released. At that time I listened to country music a lot more often than I do now.  I actually felt a little nostalgic listening to their new album Changed for the first time.  They are still the great sounding band that released one of my favorite songs "These Days".  That is one thing that hasn't changed.

Cardstore ~ Free Personalized Card Shipped


You can get another free personalized card from Cardstore.com right now. Be sure to use promo code CSFREE12  at checkout.  The promo code includes free shipping. I'm not sure how long this promo code is valid for, but I was just able to order one.

(Thanks Hip2Save!)

Weekly Menu Plan ~ April 15-21

I'm not sure what happened last week, but we must not have stuck to our plan very well because I have several meals that we're carrying over this week. Here's what we are planning to have for dinners:


If your weekly meal plan goes bust do you try to carry over ideas or just start fresh?

Head over to Menu Plan Monday to see what others have planned for the week.

Save $1.00/2 Post Kids Cereals

$1.00 off two Post Kids Cereals
Print this new coupon to Save $1.00 off any two Post Kids Cereals.  Personally I love Cocoa Pebbles, but I wish my son could eat them without getting them all over the kitchen floor!

Free Book Download ~ The Canals of Venice (Vacation Explorer Series)


Amazon has the kindle edition of the children's book The Canals of Venice (Vacation Explorer Series) available to download for free today. The digital list price of this book is $2.99. Many of these books are only available for free for one day only, so be sure to verify the price before buying. I better think before I read this one to my son.  He'll be asking me to take him to Italy after the first few pages.

Menards Deals Through April 29th


Menards deals are brought to you courtesy of my husband. There are 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.

Sand Paper 25 pack FREE after $5.00 mail-in rebate

Cabinet Hardware FREE after $2.49 mail-in rebate

House Wash FREE after $6.98 mail-in rebate

Blacktop Crack Filler FREE after $4.00 mail-in rebate

Smart Caulk Tool FREE after $6.00 mail-in rebate

8" Linesman or 7" Diagonal Pliers on Sale for $1.99 each after $6.00 mail-in rebate

3 Pack Sanding Sponges or 14" Plastic Mud Pan on sale for $0.99 each after $3.00 mail-in rebate

My Weekly Walgreens Trip ~ Spent $0.93


I had an excellent trip to Walgreens this morning thanks to having some register rewards on hand today.  I spent $0.93 out of pocket and got back $6.99 in Register Rewards for a future trip.  Here's what I picked up today:

Bought:  Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste on sale for $2
Used:  Save $1.00/1 Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste or Training Toothpaste
Used:  Save $1.00/1 Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste (Walgreens April Coupon Book IVC)
Final Price:  FREE after coupons

Bought:  Pepsi Next 20 oz. on sale for $0.99
Got:  $0.99 Register Reward
Final Price: FREE after Register Reward

Bought:  Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief Spray .68 oz. on sale for $6
Got:  $6 Register Reward
Used: Save $1.50 off any Similasan Product (All You April '12)
Final Price:  FREE plus $1.50 money-maker after coupon & Register Reward

Bought: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on sale B1G1 $1.79 (with in-ad coupon)
Used: Kraft Macsurance Free Product coupon (up to $1.60)
Final Price: $0.19 for both after coupons

Bought:  2-  Ivory Soap 3 packs on sale Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off $1.99
Used:  Save $1.00/2 Ivory Soap (P&G Insert 4/1/12)
Final Price:  $1.98 for both

One Year Subscription to Car and Driver $4.29


The Deal of the Day at Best Deal Magazines today is a one year subscription to Car & Driver for $4.29.

Sweepstakes of the Day ~ Win a Trip to Jamaica

Enter Ecover's Earth Month Sweepstakes for a chance to win a getaway for two at an eco-chic resort in Jamaica.  There is a limit of one entry per person and sweepstakes ends April 30th.  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes ~ Find more sweeps here!

Free Coffee from Seattle's Best (Facebook Offer)


**This sample offer is still available if you haven't requested yours yet**

Head over to Seattle's Best Coffee on Facebook and click on the Great American Coffee Refund to claim your free sample. Limited to the first 100,000.

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

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

One Year Subscription to Reader's Digest $3.99


DiscountMags is offering a 1-year subscription to Reader's Digest for $3.99 today when you use coupon code 3729 at checkout.

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship Book Review & Giveaway


The Howard B. Wigglebottom series of books were created to be entertaining while still teaching important life lessons like how to listen and feel good about yourself.  Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship:  Winning Isn't Everything was my first exposure to the series.  I enjoyed reading it with my 5 year old son.  Although he has not been on a conventional team that has wins or losses yet I know the time is coming.  He is at an age where he soaks everything in and if we are reading about what it means to be a team player the story from the book will stick with him.

In this story Howard goes from being a ball hog who sometimes cheats and calls his team mates names to a team player who shares the ball and says positive things to those he's playing with.  The story centered around a soccer game which my son especially liked since he plays.  He also really enjoyed the illustrations throughout the book.  The book was very easy for him to follow along with and understand. Personally I liked a lot of the wording used in the book.  For example Howard's coach tells him he is making poor choices which is something I hear myself saying quite often.  I also liked that at the end even though he doesn't win he's told he can be very proud of himself.  At the back of the book you'll find "Suggestions for Lessons and Reflections" that provides multiple talking points to discuss with your child.  I appreciate having that as a resource.

You can learn more about the Howard B. Wigglebottom series at WeDoListen.org Check it out for songs, games, posters and even animated books.  All of the Howard B. Wigglebottom books are available on the site on sale right now for only $6.00 each (RV $15) or between $10-$12 each on Amazon.

The Giveaway:  Thanks to the We Do Listen Foundation one lucky winner will receive a Howard B. Wigglebottom of their choice from the site.  Use the rafflecopter form below to enter.  Good luck!


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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free using Mom Blog Society. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

New Old Orchard Juice Coupons

Coupons.com added several new Old Orchard Juice coupons this morning.  Head over to print yours:






Eversave Offers for Sunday 4/15

If you're new to Eversave you can sign up today through this link and receive a $1 new member credit. Be sure to "share the save" after your purchase to receive another $2 in save rewards to use toward a future purchase.



Today's Save: PhotoBin

Today's Save:$19 to convert 200 photographs to digital from PhotoBin



Bonus Save: BabbaCo

Today's Save:$45 for a three-month membership to kid-project expert BabbaCo — plus free shipping!



Bonus Save: Paula's Choice

Today's Save:$15 for $30 worth of Paula's Choice skincare and makeup products



Bonus Save: Twin Sisters Productions

Save and learn:$23 for a 10-piece set of Sesame Street flashcards, wipe-clean books and CDs, shipping included



Bonus Save: Fashion Playtes

Today's Save:$20 for $40 worth of design-your-own girl's clothing from Fashion Playtes



Bonus Save: Hollywood Movie Money Restaurant.com

$22 Save for a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card + 2 movie tickets

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bloggers ~ Free Dyson Housewarming Giveaway


Mom to Bed by 8 is excited to present the Housewarming Dyson Event from June 1 to June 15. This is a free blogger event and accepting signups now.

Join the Housewarming Dyson Giveaway event today, grow your readership and offer one fantastic cleaning tool giveaway!

Fandango ~ Win Free Movie Tickets for a Year


Do you have a mom that loves movies like I do?  You may want to consider gifting her with some Fandango Bucks.  Fandango is running a promotion through May 14th where each time you purchase Fandango Bucks you'll be entered for a chance to win free movie tickets for a year ($360 Fandango promo code).

Free Children's Book Download ~ Whales (Our Amazing World Series)


Amazon has the kindle edition of the children's book Whales (Our Amazing World Series) available to download for free today. The digital list price of this book is $2.99.  Many of these books are only available for free for one day only, so be sure to verify the price before buying. 

One Year Subscription to Fitness $4.29


The Deal of the Day at Best Deal Magazines today is a one year subscription to Fitness for only $4.29.

Sweepstakes of the Day ~ Rubbermaid Bento Sets


Enter the Bento Sweepstakes from Rubbermaid for a chance to win a Rubbermaid Contemporary Circles Bento set or a Khaki Bento set.  You can enter daily through June 25th.  There will be one winner each week.  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 Advanced

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

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Free Eat Smart Bar Coupon


You can print a coupon for a free Eat-Smart Bar.  It can be redeemed at any particpating GNC or Vitamin Shoppe.  Coupon is valid up to $2.99 and doesn't expire until June 30th.

(Thanks Couponing to Disney!)

Walgreens Photo ~ Free Folded Card (Ends Today)


Walgreens Photo is offering another free 5x7 Folded Card when you use promo code FOLDFREE at checkout. Plus choose in store pick-up to avoid shipping charges. This offer ends today, April 14th.

Save $2.00/1 Cafe Escapes K-Cup Pack


You can print a coupon to Save $2.00 on any one 12-count box of Cafe Escapes K-Cup packs (any variety). Find this one under zip code 12345 if you're not seeing it under your zip.

What I Earned in 2012 ~ Week 15


Last year I made over $1300 just by doing things like clicking on emails, taking surveys and earning Swag Bucks. Every week I earned a little from different sources, but over the course of a year it really added up. It put a dent in our Christmas budget and also allowed me to purchase a big ticket item for myself without the guilt! When you get an extra $5 or $10 here and there it can also just help pay for some of the fun stuff ~ like taking the family out for ice cream.

I'm tracking my earnings again this year. I like seeing what I've made and hopefully it will show you some different ways that you can be earning a little extra too. It all adds up!

Here's what I earned this week:

$10.00 Amazon e-gift cards from Swag Bucks ($105 this year so far!)
$5.00 PayPal cash from Superpoints ($40 so far this year)

Total for the year: $ 302.76

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

What I Earned in 2012 ~ Week 10
What I Earned in 2012 ~ Week 11
What I Earned in 2012 ~ Week 12
What I Earned in 2012 ~ Week 13
What I Earned in 2012 ~ Week 14

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Eversave Offers for Saturday 4/14

If you're new to Eversave you can sign up today through this link and receive a $1 new member credit. Be sure to "share the save" after your purchase to receive another $2 in save rewards to use toward a future purchase.



Today's Save: Mini Bladeless Fan

Today's Save:$27 for a bladeless mini-fan + free shipping — four colors available!



Bonus Save: BabbaCo

Today's Save:$45 for a three-month membership to kid-project expert BabbaCo — plus free shipping!



Bonus Save: Twin Sisters Productions

Save and learn:$23 for a 10-piece set of Sesame Street flashcards, wipe-clean books and CDs, shipping included



Bonus Save: Fashion Playtes

Today's Save:$20 for $40 worth of design-your-own girl's clothing from Fashion Playtes

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bath & Body Works ~ Free Gift with Purchase Saturday 4/14


Tomorrow at Bath & Body Works you can get a free Shower Gel & Mini Body Lotion when you buy any one full size Signature Collection item on between 10am and 4pm.

Save $1.50/1 Magnum Ice Cream Bars


You can print a coupon to Save $1.50 off one package of Magnum Mini Ice Cream Bars off the Walmart.com site.

Everyday Family ~ Free Samples & Coupons for Baby


If you have a new little one or are expecting you may want to sign up for Everyday Family.  The site is a great source of free samples, coupons and information for babies. 

Free Sample of Carefree Liners

You can request a free sample of Carefree Body Shape Liners courtesy of CVS.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Free Children's Book Download ~ Hurry Up and Wait!


Amazon has the kindle edition of the children's book Hurry Up and Wait! available to download for free right now. The digital list price of this book is $3.99. Prices on Amazon can fluctuate, so be sure to verify the price before buying.

One Year Subscription to Taste of Home $3.99


DiscountMags is offering a 1-year subscription to Taste of Home Magazine for $3.99 today when you use coupon code 4155 at checkout.

Papa Johns ~ Papa Rewards 15 Bonus Points


If you have a Papa John's Papa Rewards account check to see if you are eligible for a free large pizza.  They added a bonus 15 points to use between now and April 17th.  It only takes 25 for a free pizza.  I didn't receive an email about this, but when I checked my account the bonus was there.

Sweepstakes of the Day ~ Win a Weekend in St. Louis


You can register to win a weekend in St. Louis getaway from Explore St. Louis.  Winner would get a 2-night hotel stay, Cardinals tickets and tickets to other St. Louis attractions.  Only one entry per person and sweepstakes ends June 1st.  I would love to win this for my family.  There is a Magic Tree House traveling exhibit that is going to be there this summer that my son would love.  He's a big fan of the books.

Love to enter sweepstakes ~ Find more sweeps here!

Coupon Inserts in Sunday's Paper 4/15


You can head over to Sunday Coupon Preview to find out what coupons will be in this Sunday's paper. We should see three inserts this weekend 2 SmartSource and a RedPlum.

Free Sample from Zevia


**This sample offer is still available**

Head over to Zevia and submit your information to receive "something cool" from them.  There is a limit of one per household. 

Beach Boys Greatest Hits Vol. 1 $3.99


Right now on Amazon you can download The Beach Boys album The Greatest Hits: Volume 1:20 Good Vibrations  for only $3.99.  The album has 20 tracks on it each priced individually for $0.99, so the album is a savings if you don't already have this music.

Kodak Gallery ~ $10 Off First Purchase


If you are new to Kodak Gallery you can get $10 off your first purchase when you join.  This includes prints, photo gifts and photo cards.  This offer is good through April 18th.

Save $1.00/1 Pepsi NEXT at Hy-Vee

Head over to Coupons.com and click on the Beverages category to be able to click through to a coupon to Save $1.00 off one 12 pack of Pepsi NEXT at Hy-Vee.  I was under zip code 50325.  Coupon expires in 30 days.