Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/30/10

Use dryer sheets to clean floors.

Just attach them to your Swiffer as you would a normal replacement pad. It attracts the dirt and is a lot less expensive!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/29/10

BBQ sauce isn’t just for grilling!

BBQ sauce is one of those stockpile items that I have way too much of. During the summer, there always seems to be a BBQ sauce coupon available along with a sale resulting in FREE sauce. We grill a lot in the summer, but not enough to use up my overflowing stockpile. Here are some of the ways I use that extra BBQ sauce.

  • In the slow cooker –Just put some chicken in your slow cooker, cover with a bottle of BBQ sauce, and cook on low for 8 hours. This makes an easy meal.
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza – Use the leftovers from your slow cooker meal to make a tasty pizza. Use BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce.
  • Meatloaf – BBQ sauce gives meatloaf a great flavor. This is a simple recipe with ingredients that are probably in your pantry.
  • Dip – Use BBQ sauce instead of ketchup for dipping fries or add it to your hot dog. Wherever you would normally use ketchup, try BBQ sauce instead.
  • BBQ Baked Beans – This is a simple recipe from Whole Foods. They recommend using pinto beans, but I will substitute almost any kind of beans I have on hand. (Beans are another item that I tend to overstock my pantry with).
Do you have any favorite recipes that use BBQ sauce?

Thanks, Froogaloo!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/28/10

Are you a list maker?

I find that I get more things done when I make a list, but I don’t do it as often as I should.

Check out Listbean. It has lots of pre-made lists for things such as groceries, meal plans, babysitter info sheet, pantry staples, garage sale checklist, and more! It’s free to join and you can also create customized lists.

Maybe I’ll start making more lists now!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/25/10

Are you a coupon user or a couponer?

A COUPON USER is a shopper who collects a few coupons, usually they save only the coupons they know they will use, they head to the store and use the coupons on the items they need that week paying no attention to sales, deals, or Catalina’s.

A COUPONER is a shopper who actively collects and organizes coupons, and pays attention to and shops when there is a sale or special offer. Extreme couponers buy multiple coupons inserts/coupons, stockpile, and quite often will complete multiple transactions.

I’m a hardcore couponer! How about you?

See the rest of this article at Be Frugal, Be Happy, Save a Bundle to learn how to be a successful couponer.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/24/10

Is your town walker-friendly? Do you need to rent a car on vacation? Check out WalkScore to find out.

Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the “walkability” of any address.

Walk ScoreDescription
90–100Walker’s Paradise — Daily errands do not require a car.
70–89Very Walkable — Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50–69Somewhat Walkable — Some amenities within walking distance.
25–49Car-Dependent — A few amenities within walking distance.
0–24Car-Dependent — Almost all errands require a car.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/23/10

Use a ball of aluminum foil to clean your barbecue grill.

Thanks, Husband!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/22/10

Use a lint roller to clean the dust off of lamp shades.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/21/10

Use coffee filters to clean windows & mirrors.

They are lint-free so your glass will be lint-free, too!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/18/10

Here’s a fun idea for a child’s birthday party.

Use a Twister mat as a table cloth. It’s colorful and easy to clean.

Thanks, Real Simple!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/17/10

Go HERE to see what your favorite colors say about your personality!

This has nothing to do with saving money, but I had fun doing it!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/16/10

Does your store not accept printable coupons?

You can have Bricks printable coupons mailed to your house! Check out Couponing to Disney’s post HERE for more info.

Print Free Coupons

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

50 FREE Prints when you sign up at CVS Photo

Sign up for CVS Photo and get 50 FREE prints. You can pick up your pictures in-store to avoid shipping charges.

You could use your free prints to make a cool photo album for Father’s Day or get caught up on your scrapbook.

I love photo deals like these. I rarely pay to have my pictures printed.

Tip of the Day 6/15/10

Are you tired of getting unwanted telemarketing calls and junk mail?

Check out Froogaloo’s post on how to stop unwanted solicitations.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/14/10

Save $88/year on your electric bill

From your normal thermostat setting, lower your setting 3 degrees in the winter and raise your setting 3 degrees in the summer.

Thanks, Froogaloo!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/11/10 – EXPIRED


Quiznos has released an awesome coupon!

Click HERE to print a coupon for a small sub, chips, and regular fountain drink for $2.99! It doesn’t get much cheaper than this. Print this NOW, because it won’t last long.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/10/10

Did you know that rental cars are nearly twice as expensive at the airport than other locations?

We are trying to plan a little vacation, and I was shocked to find this out. I knew airport rentals were more expensive, but had no idea it was that bad. Since we’re travelling with a toddler, I’m willing to pay the “convenience” fee, but I still think it’s ridiculous. I know some rental car companies, such as Enterprise, will pick you up. The catch is that they won’t pick you up from the airport, you must be within a certain radius, and you have to take the driver back to the office. Luckily, my husband can get a corporate rate through work, and I have rewards that I can redeem for rental car vouchers. So much for a “cheap” vacation!

Do you have any tips for saving money on travel?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/9/10

Click HERE for a coupon for a FREE Limeade Sparkler at Taco Bell. Expires 7/11/10.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/8/10

Need a greeting card?

Take a look at all of the FREE printable greeting cards available at Canon’s Creative Park. Choose from over 600 designs!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/7/10

Use vinegar to kill weeds.

Put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray weeds liberally. It’s best to do this on a sunny day, so the sun will cause the vinegar to burn & kill the weeds. It might take a few applications, but the weeds will die after a few days.

My flower garden always needed to be weeded, but I didn’t want to use weed killer because of my toddler. This is a great harmless alternative, and vinegar is cheap!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/4/10

It’s National Donut Day! Check out the following deals.

  • Krispy Kreme is offering one FREE donut of any variety at participating locations HERE from 6am-6pm. No purchase required.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a FREE donut with any beverage purchase. Details HERE.

  • Lamar’s Donuts is offering a FREE Ray’s Original Glazed Donut. Details HERE.

    Thanks, Froogaloo!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/3/10

I love shopping at The Children’s Place. I always find great clothes for my son at great prices.

Here are some tips from Baby Cheapskate for shopping TCP.

Welcome to the latest installment in BC’s Shopping Secrets series. Here’s
what you need to know to maximize your savings at The Children’s Place:

  • The Children’s Place offers well-priced clothing and shoes for newborns and
    kids through size 14. 15%-off coupon codes are frequently issued. Try not to
    shop without one. The current code is C4A4A, and it’s good through 5/12.
  • Sign up for the TCP Birthday Club and you’ll receive one-time use coupons for
    15% or 20% off on your birthday and on your child’s.
  • When you’re shopping in store, ask for a free shipping coupon that you can
    use online.
  • Prices can be a bit lower in store than they are online.

The Children’s Place has four major clearance sales per year. Reductions
start at 25% off (priced as marked) and generally increase to 30% off and then
50% off. Expect website traffic to be heavy (i.e. the site is slow) on the first
day of major reductions. Here are the approximate dates of each, based on past

  • The Fall Sale starts in early September and lasts through through late
    December. Goes to extra 50% off in mid October.
  • The Winter Monster Sale (fall and winter clearance) starts around Christmas
    and lasts through the end of February. Goes to extra 50% off in late
  • The Spring Sale starts in early March and lasts through late May. Goes to
    50% off in early to mid April.
  • The Summer Monster Sale (spring and summer clearance) starts in early June
    and lasts through the end of August. Goes to 50% off in late July.

    Thanks, Baby Cheapskate!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/2/10

If you’re like me and still don’t own a smart phone, you can use Google 411 when you’re out and about & need to find a phone number.

It’s free! Watch the video HERE.



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tip of the Day 6/1/10

Do you ever need a filler item for your order?

Go to Type in the amount you need to reach your total and this site will return a list of options.
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