Friday, July 30, 2010

Groupon Deal Available to Anyone – Shabby Apple

  1. Click HERE to go Groupon.
  2. Sign in or create a new account.
  3. Select Memphis as your city.
  4. Purchase $100 to Shabby Apple (redeemable online) for only $40!

Shabby Apple sells very cute dresses, jewelry, accessories, shoes, & bags for women, pre-teens & little girls. Check them out!

Tip of the Day 7/30/10 – Cool website – This to That

Have you ever wondered how to glue two things together?

Well, if you have, there is a cool website called This to That which tells you what adhesive works best.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/29/10

Check out this post by Madame Deals that discusses good buy prices for produce.

I don’t buy a lot of fresh produce because it always seems to go to waste, so I never know if I’m getting a good deal or not. This is a helpful list.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/28/10 – $10 Tuesdays at Banana Republic!

Shop at Banana Republic on Tuesdays!

I just discovered this yesterday and am so excited! I stopped in Banana Republic to browse the clearance racks and found a pair of pants that were originally $59.50 marked down to $19.99…and they fit perfectly! Now, $19.99 is usually more than this cheapskate will spend on pants, but since they fit perfectly I couldn’t say no.

When I got to the checkout, the cashier told me that everything in the store was an extra 30% off (offer good until 8/1). Score! Then, she told me if I paid with my Banana/Gap/Old Navy card, I would get a $10 reward card. Score again! Apparently you get a $10 rewards card when you make an in-store purchase on Tuesday. So, those $59.50 pants actually cost me $13.99 and I still have $10 to spend. You know where I will be next Tuesday.

I’m assuming this promotion is at all Banana Republic stores, but I don’t know how long it lasts. If you’re in a mall on a Tuesday, it’s worth checking out. They had some great clearance prices. I used to shy away from this store because everything was so expensive, but lately I’ve discovered that it’s actually very affordable if you wait for a sale.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/27/10

Spend $50 (before coupons) on Olay facial moisturizers, facial treatments, and/or facial cleansers and get $20 back by mail.

Click HERE for rebate form. Purchases must be made between July 23 & September 3 and submitted by September 17.

To maximize your savings, combine this rebate with sales and coupons.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New RueLaLa Members get $10 credit!

RueLaLa is offering new members a $10 credit just for signing up!

RueLaLa is an invitation only shopping site. Members get exclusive access to amazing sales on designer brands. Some of the sales featured at RueLaLa now include Puma, ThomasPaul, Three Dots, Rafe, & Kate Spade Home.

Sign up today and get your free $10 credit!

Tip of the Day 7/26/10 – DIY Button Necklace

Do you have tons of buttons in your sewing box and no idea what to do with them?

Check out this super easy & cute necklace at Yellow Blackbird. I can’t wait to make one of my own!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/23/10 – FREE Pancakes!

Join the IHOP Pancake Revolution HERE and get a coupon for a FREE meal just for signing up. You will also receive a coupon for a FREE meal on your birthday and sign-up anniversary.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/22/10 – Expiration Dates

I have a fear of mold and rotten food. I check expiration dates before I eat anything (right, Mom?).

That’s why I love this article from . It will teach you everything you need to know about expiration dates. I thought I already knew everything about food freshness, but even I learned something.

I laughed when I saw these day counters at The Container Store. I can just see one of these ticking time bombs attached to every item in my fridge. However, that would cost a small fortune and we all know I’m too cheap frugal for that. I’ll stick to reading the expiration dates.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Donating Travel Size Items

Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) is one of the charities that I love to donate my extras to. When I was a kid, my brother was a patient at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, so I know just how much these small items can mean to a family. RMHC offers families complimentary snacks, laundry detergent, and toiletries, but they depend on donations for these items.

Travel size items are frequently FREE after coupon, so it’s really easy to throw some of these extra items in your cart. I also save free samples that I receive in the mail and travel size items from hotels for RMHC. See a full list of requested items HERE. This list is for the St. Louis area, but please contact your local RMHC if you are interested in donating.

I would estimate that I spent a total of $5 for everything in the two pictures below. It’s amazing how powerful coupons are. Just by picking up a few extra items each time I shop, I can really make a difference in someone’s life. That’s pretty amazing for only $5. I encourage you to seek out your own charity and make a difference with your couponing skills.

Tip of the Day 7/21/10 – Uses for vinegar

I’ve already told you that I use vinegar in my flower bed to kill weeds. Here is a site that shares 1,001 uses for vinegar.

I’m going to try using it to deodorize my garbage disposal next. Are there any ideas you are going to try?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

$2.99 Quiznos Deal

This is a fantastic Quiznos deal!

For less than the price of a small sandwich, you can get an entire meal deal with this coupon. Print this NOW, because it won’t be around long. Click the logo above to print the coupon.


Tip of the Day 7/20/10 – Produce Freezing Tips

Check out Kitchen Stewardship for instructions on freezing different types of produce.

I love my freezer. I freeze vegetables, fruit, meat, leftovers, desserts, and casseroles to save time later and avoid waste. This is a great way to save money – especially if you have a garden. Freezing preserves more of the nutrients in vegetables than canning and is a lot easier. Just make sure to label & date everything and follow the first in first out rule (or FIFO for all of my accountant readers 🙂

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/19/10 – Free Printable Recipe Cards

Visit Tie That Binds blog for FREE printable recipe cards. You can either type the recipe and then print or print blank cards for later use. You could type your favorite recipe and include it with a wedding or shower gift.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/16/10 – Rebate Form

Click HERE to print a rebate form for Olay, Venus, Covergirl, Pantene, or Secret products.

Purchase $30 of these products between 6/30/10-9/12/10 and receive a $10 rebate. You do not have to purchase all of these products in the same transaction. Multiple receipts are OK.

Remember, the $30 is before coupons. Combine coupons with store sales and this rebate to get a really great deal!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Shop ‘n Save Trip 7/15/10 – I paid $4.95 for $51.26 of groceries!

4 boxes of Pop Tarts

2 boxes of Nutrigrain bars

2 boxes of Cinnabon bars

1 package smoked sausage

1 bag sundried tomatoes

1 bottle Hunt’s ketchup

1 bottle Suave shampoo

1 jar Taco Bell salsa

1 package Azteca tortillas

2 bags of cheese

3 cans of diced tomatoes

3 pints of Ben & Jerry’s

Total before coupons: $51.26
Total after coupons: $4.95
(and I have a $2 catalina for next time!)

Have I convinced you to start couponing yet? Check out CouponSTL for match-ups!

Tip of the Day 7/15/10 – Shoestring Magazine

Check out Shoestring Magazine.

I just discovered this cool site today. It’s an online magazine that features articles on fashion, lifestyle, DIY, home, kids, travel, food, money, & arts/entertainment. Their slogan is “Good for the wallet, Good for the planet.”

This article about thrift store shopping has some good tips.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/14/10 – Coupon codes

Before making that online purchase, make sure you search for coupon codes.

Just type the retailer and “coupon” into Google, and it will bring up sites like,,, and Then, check these sites for coupon codes to save some extra cash.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/13/10 – Ground Meat Tic-Tac-Toe

Don’t have time to brown your ground meat before freezing? Try this cool trick from Real Simple.

Place meat in a zippered bag, press it flat, and seal. Press a chopstick over the bag, like tic-tac-toe, to create a grid and freeze. When you need to use the meat, just break off enough for your recipe.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/12/10 – Free Magazines

Sign up here to become a new US Airways Dividends Member using the promo code NM15 and you will get 1,500 FREE miles. You can then redeem these miles for magazine subscriptions like these:

  • Sports Illustrated (56 issues) – 1,400 miles
  • Entertainment Weekly (52 issues) – 1,300 miles
  • Barron’s (26 issues) – 1,200 miles
  • Golf World (40 issues) – 1,000 miles
  • Money (12 issues) – 800 miles
  • Essence (24 issues) – 800 miles
  • Golf Digest (12 issues) – 700 miles
  • W (12 issues) – 600 miles
  • Cigar Aficionado (6 issues) – 400 miles

It can take up to 48 hours for your miles to be credited. Expires 7/31/10.

Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Giveaway Website: Sugar Pop Ribbons

Sugar Pop Ribbons Giveaway Logo

Are you looking for a blog that features great giveaways? Sugar Pop Ribbons might be exactly what you’re looking for. I’ve been following this blog for about 4 months and recently won the Alphabet Plates giveaway.

I ordered the personalized pancake plate and a place mat for my toddler, and he loves it! The plate is the perfect size for his high chair tray, and it has held up really well in the dishwasher. I’m really impressed with the quality. We haven’t used the place mat yet, but it will be great for when he gets a little older.

I highly recommend following Sugar Pop Ribbons and checking out Alphabet Plates.

Famous Footwear + Facebook = $10 off $10 coupon!

  1. Go HERE and “like” Famous Footwear on Facebook.
  2. Then click on the arrow on the right and then choose “Exclusive Offer.”
  3. You will be able to print a coupon for $10 off a $10 purchase.
  4. The coupon is only valid until 7/12/10. (As of this morning, the code was not working online).

    Thanks, Froogaloo!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven on 7/11

Get a FREE Slurpee at 7-Eleven on Sunday 7/11. Good while supplies last.

Be sure to check the store locator and call ahead to see if your store is participating.

Thanks, CouponSTL.

FREE subscription to Woman’s Day – HURRY!

Go to Mercury Magazines because right now they are offering a Free Subscription to Woman’s Day Magazine! Hurry – these offers don’t last long! (Please let us know if you try this and it doesn’t work anymore, so we can remove the link).

You will have to answer a few questions about your profession to qualify. These magazine offers are my favorite! They are completely FREE! This is how I get most of my magazines.

Thanks, Froogaloo!

Tip of the Day 7/9/10 – Easier Nail Polish Removal

Instead of repeatedly swiping your nail to remove polish (and getting polish all over the surrounding skin), hold the remover-soaked cotton ball firmly on the nail for 30 seconds then wipe. All gone!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/8/10 – Fresh Herb Substitute

If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, substitute dried: for one Tbsp. of fresh herbs, use one tsp. dried.

I never have fresh herbs, so I use this tip a lot!

Thanks, Woman’s Day!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Quiznos Coupons – Exp 7/15

Quiznos just released a 2 new coupons. Both expire on 7/15/10.

$1 off a regular sub or $2 off a large sub
Regular chopped salad and regular fountain drink for $5.99

Click HERE for coupons.

Tip of the Day 7/7/10 – Tagless clearance items

Have you ever found something cute on a clearance rack, but it was missing the price tag? Maybe you just put it back because you thought it wasn’t worth the hassle to ask a sales associate about the price.

I’ve recently learned that it really pays to ask the price! Just last week I found a scarf at Old Navy that I fell in love with in early spring, but refused to pay full price for. The scarf was missing the price tag, but I took it to the register and got it for about 75% off! Score!

I also found a pair of pajamas at Target for my son that weren’t marked. I asked and paid only $1.48 for them!

So, now I always ask if I’m even remotely interested in the item.

Have you scored any great bargains this way?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Play-Doh Spin-to-Win….and I won!

Play-Doh has a new Spin-to-Win game. They are giving away 10 $50 Visa gift cards every day and a grand prize $5,000 shopping spree.

I played today and won $50!! Even if you don’t have kids who use Play-Doh, give it a try. You might get lucky like I did.

Tip of the Day 7/6/10 – Package tracking help

You can track packages by typing the tracking number for your UPS, Fedex or USPS package directly into the Google search box.

Google will then provide a link that says “Track package xxx”, click on the link, and you will be redirected to the shipper’s website.

This saves a few mouse clicks!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/5/10 – Cashback Websites

I love shopping online (with free shipping, of course!) Here are some of my favorite cashback websites. These sites also offer coupon codes.

Ebates – Sign up now and get a $10 sign-up bonus (normally the bonus is $5). Ebates pays you quarterly. If you earn more than $5 (not including the sign-up bonus), Ebates will send you a check.

– Sign up and receive 1%-30% cashback at over 3,000 top online stores. You will receive a check 60 days after the end of every month, provided that you have a minimum balance of $20 in your cashback account.

Cashbaq – Sign up and receive a $5 bonus. Once your account reaches $10 (does not include pending amounts), Cashbaq will automatically send you a check.

MrRebates -Sign up and receive a $5 registration bonus. You can request a check or PayPal payment when your available rebate account reaches $10.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

FREE Sandwich with Drink Purchase at Arby’s on July 5

Get a FREE Jr. Deluxe on July 5th at Arby’s You must purchase a drink (not including coffee or value sized drinks).

Saturday, July 3, 2010

$10 off $10 purchase at is offering $10 off $10 purchase with code TENOFFSSA. Also, shipping is FREE when you spend $25+.

Even better, if you shop through Ebates, you will earn 4% cashback. If you are new to Ebates, you will get a $10 bonus when you make your first purchase!

AND to make it even better, you can combine this offer with a mail-in rebate for more savings. Aveeno has this rebate available – Buy $25 of Aveeno products between 6/14/10 & 7/18/10 and receive $10 back by mail!

So let’s recap:

$25 of Aveeno products
-$10 with coupon code
= $15 out of pocket
-$0.60 4% Cashback via Ebates
-$10 Ebates bonus
-$10 Aveeno rebate
= $5.60 money maker!

Even if you are already a member of Ebates, this will only be $4.40!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/2/10

Another travel tip – Bring food to the airport.

Airport food is overpriced and not too tasty (in my opinion). I paid $7 for a sandwich with 2 slices of turkey and 1 slice of cheese. Not exactly filling.

Pack snacks in your carry-on or even bring along a sandwich if you will be there during meal time. If you are flying back home, you could also bring leftovers from last night’s meal.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tip of the Day 7/1/10

Don’t order kids meals for toddlers.

We don’t eat out that often, but when we do we used to order a kids meal for our toddler. He would eat less than half of it, so we would always be taking leftovers home. We went on vacation last week and decided to try sharing our meals with him. Restaurant portions are generally too big anyway, so this worked out great. We saved money, didn’t waste food, and he got to eat a variety of foods.

No more kids meals for us…until he gets a little older (or if kids eat free 🙂
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