Sunday, February 28, 2010

Catching up -- $841 in savings this week!

While I can't roll prices back to 1960s levels, it's been another good week, with 27 posts that included $841 in savings. We're also up to more than 330 fans on Facebook -- pass the word so we can keep growing.

In case you missed something, this weeks deals were:

More than $100 in Target coupons here.
FREE photo book for active duty military here.
FREE music here.
FREE coupons for the asking here.
FREE pancake breakfast (sorry, this one has EXPIRED)
$1 cookie coupon (thanks Facebook) here.
FREE portraits here.
FREE Olay Total Effects sample here.
FREE Saveur magazind (sorry, this one has EXPIRED)
FREE burger and fries here.
Better than FREE outlet shopping here.
FREE bottle of Excedrin here.
$33 in Roc coupons here.
FREE all-purpose cleaner sample here.
20 percent off Oriental Trading here.
FREE 8x10 photo (sorry, this one has EXPIRED).
FREE Beech Nut starter kit here.
FREE baby announcements here.
Update on FREE cookies (available TOMORROW) here.
Two FREE issues of Real Simple magazine here.
$365 in FREE tunes here.
$4 back in Scott products purchases here.
$1 in yogurt coupons -- thanks Facebook -- here.
KFC and Hardee's coupons here.
FREE bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser here.
FREE weekend events for kids here.
12 FREE personalized cards here.
FREE T-shirt here.
FREE coloring books here.

Friday, February 26, 2010

FREE coloring books

Norfolk Southern will send you a copy of its "Toby the Train" coloring book by request. Just go here and fill out the form. In it, kids will find pictures to color of Toby and friends at the railway station.

Books are limited to one per mailing address, and are available while supplies last.

You can also get a free coloring book from the Georgia peanut peanut commission. Go here and send them an email requesting the book. Be sure to include your mailing address.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human development offers a free coloring book titled "Milk Matters with Buddy Brush." Order that one online here.

FREE T-shirt!

Choose from 36 free designs (usual prices starting at $8) available here from the folks at Vista Print.

The shirts come in white, may be personalized and are available in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL.

You will have to pay shipping, which starts at $4.41 (for slow, which can take up to 21 days). It's hard to find a new T-shirt for less than that.

Now I just have to decide which of the seven kids is getting the shirt I ordered.

12 FREE personalized cards

Shutterfly is offering 12 free personalized cards (usual price $17 + $5 shipping). You can choose from 46 styles, and have them customized with your name (or a short phrase).

At check out, enter the code CARDS4U. You'll still have to pay shipping, but where else can you get 12 personalized cards for $5?

I just ordered mine. I had my soon-to-be husband's and my names engraved on a set of Thank You cards. It was kinda exciting to see our names there together for the first time like that!

FREE weekend events for kids!

Today is your day!
You're off to great places.
You're off and away!
-- Dr. Seuss, "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

On Saturday, Feb. 27 Target stores across the country are celebrating Read Across America day (which coincides with Dr. Seuss' birthday) with a Story Fun Time event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The free event will include a reading of Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Dr. Seuss-inspired activities and give aways.

You can read more about Target's program here.

And find your local store here.

Looking for another activity for the kids?? Every Saturday at 10 a.m. Lowe's offers its Build and Grow program. You can find out more about it here. Participants get to build a free wooden project, and get a free apron, goggles and other stuff. This Saturday's project: a free Lowebot car. Find your local store here.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

FREE bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser

Go here for a coupon for a free travel size bottles of Downy Wrinkle Releaser. Coupon is good for either the 3 oz. or 3.4 oz bottles, and expires on June 1. As with many products, there is a limit of one coupon per purchase.

Got a freebie you want to share? Looking for a coupon for a favorite product or to a favorite retailer? Pass it along!

KFC and Hardee's coupons

Need a fast food break? Go here for coupons for $1 off the fish supreme, grilled cheese bacon thickburger, jalapeno thickburger, jalapeno chicken sandwich and a double sausage egg and cheese biscuit combos.

More in the mood for chicken? Go here for coupons valued at $3 to $29.99 for everything from the 12 piece meal to the 16 piece feast.

Thanks again Facebook -- $1 coupon for yogurt fans

I love Facebook. I've found and reconnected numerous friends from all points of my life there. I even have Facebook to thank for my fiance -- the love of my life at 16 and my soul mate now.

So I really love it when I get paid for my Facebook addiction. This morning it's thanks to Fage Total Yogurt. Become a fan here and you'll get a coupon for $1 off a 5.3 oz., 6 oz. or 7 oz cup of the Greek yogurt. Since many of my family members are also on Facebook, I got them all to sign up as fans and we scored multiple coupons.

Up to $4 back on Scott brand purchases

Scott products is offering new rebate coupons: if you buy up to four items, you'll get $4 in coupons. Purchases must be made between Feb. 22, 2010 and March 10, 2010, and each purchase must be from different Scott product categories, which are: bath tissue, paper towels, napkins, flushable wipes and scrub cloths.

Get your Scott Products Coupon Reward form here. In addition to the form, you will need your original dated store receipt, original product UPC codes. You must also submit the form both electronically and via snail mail, post marked on or before March 17, 2010. Allow four to six weeks for delivery.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

$365 in FREE tunes!

VolumeVote gives away one free MP3 from a different band every day. Today's offering: Johann by The Breaks.

Chances are, if you download every song they offer over the year, some will not be to your liking. But heck, that's easy enough to remedy using the delete button. And chances are, you'll find a few songs you like too.

Go here daily to download your free MP3.

Two FREE issues of Real Simple magazine

Sign up here for your two free issues (a $4 value), thanks to Bed Bath and Beyond. The offer says you can choose between the two free issues or instead you can buy a year subscription and get the "Real Simple Solutions: Conquering Clutter" booklet instead.

This is a "no risk" offer, and if you do not have to enter a credit card number. After you receive your two issues you will receive a bill, and if you want to continue to receive the magazine you can pay it, or if the two issues were enough for you just write "cancel" on the bill and send it right back. According to the sign up page "The cancellation is effective immediately, and any trial issues I receive are mine to keep free."

More free cookies (original post 2/15) -- An update

Back on the 15th I told you about Nabisco's plan to give FB fans a special offer on the first of each month. At the time I didn't know what kind of cookies we'd be getting. But I have since confirmed that March offer will be for a free package of Chips Ahoy when you buy two gallons of milk.

But first you have to be a fan of Nabisco on Facebook (become a fan here). Sign up so you are ready for Monday!

FREE baby announcements

While we're on the subject of babies, you can create your own FREE digital baby announcements here at You can choose from 12 designs and include a photo of your little one and a personal message. Then simply upload the email addresses for your friends and family and hit send.

FREE starter kit for babies and toddlers

The folks at Beech Nut are offering a free starter kit for signing up.

Go here to register for your baby starter kit, which has rice cereal and two jars of baby food. Go here to register for your toddler starter kit, which has two toddler meals and a package of crackers.

Both deal also include a subscription Beech Nut's e-mail newsletter and coupons for Beech Nut products.

I'm not in the market for baby and toddler food at the moment, but I figured some of you would be.

FREE 8x10 photo

Walgreens is offering 7 days of "picture perfect savings" this week.

Go here to print out your coupon for a free 8x10 print tomorrow (Feb. 25). The deal is only good in the store (not for online sales). To find your closest Walgreens, go here.

While you're there, if you have been wanting to buy any of the "As Seen on TV" products, they are offering 20 percent off those items with the coupon code ASTV20. However to use that one you better get there quick: the coupon expires today.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

20 percent off Oriental Trading

This is where I go anytime I need craft supplies, birthday party goodies or other items. In general, their prices are impossible to beat.

That is, until now.

Go here to shop, and you can get 20 percent off your order if you use the discount code BIRTHDAY2010 when you check out.

FREE all-purpose cleaner and cleaning shams

Those who know me and my family know that anything that's green and has a monkey on it will be an immediate hit. And if it's any good at cleaning up the messes that the family is so good at making, even better!

So I can't wait to get my free sample of The Mystical Monkey all purpose cleaner!

You can sign up for yours here.

The company also provides a link to a FREE offer for 8 Sham Wow cleaning cloths. Try signing up for yours here. I gave it a try, and entered my email address, but I can't tell if it worked. Let me know if it works for you.

$33 in coupons from "the French anti-aging skin care experts"

The folks at Roc is offering three coupons worth a total of $33 for their skin care products.

You do have to provide a mailing address and email address to qualify. But once you register (here) you can print out your coupon immediately.

Oh, and you can print out two of each to double your savings. Just hit the "back" button before you close the print window.

FREE bottle of Excedrin

Go here to answer a quick one-question survey about what kinds of pain relief medicines you have used in the last year. If you answer anything but Excedrin you should qualify for a coupon for a free bottle! Coupons will be sent in the mail, so expect to see it in six to eight weeks.

Outlet shopping club -- better than FREE

Do you live in (or plan to visit) one of the 22 states with a Tanger Outlet mall (find locations here)?

If so, you can join their shopping club for half price ($5 instead of $10) by going to their cub page here and entering the discount code 1734310M.

Membership gets you:
* A free tote bag. I got mine today, and it's quite nice, roomy and sturdy!
* A coupon book with $1,200 worth of coupons. Not that anyone is going to shop in every store, but it's likely you'll find a coupon or two you will use.
* Seasonal member specials and gift cards.
* Exclusive web offers.
* A $10 gift card for your birthday.

The way I do the math, I'm already in the black on this one. I used one of the coupons (saved $3), will get my birthday perk in time for Christmas ($10) and got a free tote (gotta be worth at least $10). That makes a grand total savings so far of $23 -- $18 more than the $5 I spent on the club membership.

Monday, February 22, 2010

FREE Burger and Fries

Denny's is offering a coupon for a free burger and fries to the first 500,000 people to join their Denny's Rewards program.

Go here to sign up.

The sign up page does not tell you if you are within the first 500,000 to register, so I guess you'll have to wait and check your email Feb. 28 to see if you receive the coupon in your email inbox.

I'm hoping I will.

FREE Saveur Magazine

I have to thank Lori at for this fabulous freebie. It's so good that I think it will go quickly, so good luck.

Go here to sign up for a free 12-month subscription to Saveur magazine. This is one of my favorite cooking magazines, with both fabulous articles and great photos.

The offer says to expect your first magazine to arrive in six to 10 weeks.

Good luck. I hope you get this one!!

FREE Olay Total Effects sample

Olay says its Total Effects line "fights the 7 signs of aging, and gives you softer, smoother skin in one shower."

And they want to prove it to you.

Go here to request your sample.

And if it convinces you to buy a bottle (regular price about $10), remember that Olay has a satisfaction guarantee, and if you are not satisfied, they will refund the purchase price.

FREE portraits at Sears!

Go here to print out your coupon for the portrait studio at Sears.

Coupons expire June 30, so you have some time to schedule a portrait sitting. You'll find coupons for:
A FREE character collage and free session (a $44.98 value).
A FREE 10x13 wall print and free session (a $34.98 value).
A portrait package (one 8x10, one 5x7, four 3 1/2x5s, four wallets and 16 minis) including session fee for $7.99 (a $54.95 value).
And 20 percent off entire purchase (a $14.99 value)

$1 coupon -- thanks again Facebook!

I do just love it when I can justify my time on Facebook by finding good coupons on products for the family. Fans of Oreo (become one here) can print off a coupon for $1 off any flavor of Oreo Cakesters. I was able to print the coupon twice by hitting the "back" button once the first was done.

Even better, my Food Lion is currently selling these for 2-for$5, which means if I use both coupons, I can get them for $1.50 a package!

Oh, and don't forget -- Oreo is promising a good deal to fans on March 1, so now is the time to become a fan!

FREE pancake breakfast (or lunch, or dinner)

When I told you about this one back on Feb. 15, I promised I would come back and remind you when the time came.

Well, it's here. Tomorrow is the day IHOP will celebrate National Pancake Day (do they make cards for that?) by giving away a FREE short stack (three) of buttermilk pancakes to customers between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

IHOP asks that in return customers consider making a donation to children's hospitals through the Children's Miracle Network.

You can find more information here.

And you can find a restaurant close to you here.

P.S. -- Don't forget to tip your server as though your bill was full price. IHOP is generously doing this fund raiser for children, but the servers are still working and deserve to be paid.

FREE for the asking!

Mama Cheaps (no relation -- lol) has a fabulous list of more than 100 manufacturers who will send you coupons if you just ask. The list is broken down into organic/natural food companies, other grocery manufacturers and companies that respond to feedback from their web site.

You can check out the list (and bookmark it so you can come back to it on a rainy day) here.

Thanks again!

More FREE music!!

Cheap Cheap fan Teresa told me about this one. And fans should know my feelings about free music -- I think it's a great way to try some new stuff and if I don't like it, it's no biggie since you can just hit the delete button.

Every Monday Urban Outfitters offers five free downloadable songs here.

They also periodically offer free sampler albums, and currently there are two available for free download on their web site here.

That's 45 songs you could add to your collection today, which have a value of about $25!

Thanks again Teresa!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Make a FREE photo book for active duty military!

You can upload your photos and make a FREE custom photo book for your family or friends serving in the military (a $17 value).

The USO will cover the cost of a 20-page book (including shipping) to anyone with an APO/FPO or MPO mailing address. Each free 5x7-inch book can include up to 20 pages with up to 60 photos (additional pages and photos are available for an added cost).

The books are designed to be lightweight and fit easily into fatigue cargo pockets.

Go here to sign up and create your book. The number of books available is limited, so order yours right away.

More than $100 in Target coupons

When my fiance and I put our family of nine together, we both moved to what's kindly called "Lower-Slower Delaware." And I must say, there are lots of things to like about living in a town with a population of just 259 (er, make that 268 now, eh?) there are one or two things I miss.

I must admit, one of those is my Target. In fact, I miss it so much that when I travel, I often schedule to hit the Target in the place we are visiting.

I hope I can do that before the $115 in store coupons Target just released (available here) expires. These are good, high value coupons, most worth $1 or more, for grocery products I use every day: including crackers, snacks, cheese, pizza and other items. You should be able to stack these store coupons with manufacturers coupons, but if you have any problems, you can refer to the store's coupon policy, posted online here.

I wanted to be sure to share these in case you had a Target closer to where you live. You can find your closest store here.

Catching up -- $405 in savings!

Wow. What a week! Thursday afternoon we launched our fan page on Facebook, and in less than four days we're already up to more than 140 fans! This week we also posted more than 30 deals, valued at more than $400 in savings!

In case you missed something, this weeks deals were:

FREE Fresco taco from Taco Bell here.
$58 in coupons for cold remedies here.
FREE Hallmark kids card here.
Two Olay rebates worth $35 here.
FREE photos here.
FREE full-size bottle of Pantene (sorry, this one has expired).
$1 coupon for Wheat Thins -- thanks to Facebook -- here.
$4 in coupons for your bagged lunch here.
FREE hair samples here.
Four free magazine subscriptions here and here.
More than $20 in FREE music from iTunes here.
FREE fish from Long John Silvers here.
FREE meal planner and coupons here.
FREEBIES and coupons for Pink lovers here.
FREE pen here.
FREE pizza here.
$1 off seafood here.
$72 in FREE photo books here.
FREE toothpaste sample here.
FREE men's body wash sample (sorry, this one has expired).
$11 in coupons for baby products here.
FREE pretzel from Auntie Anne's (sorry, this one has expired).
70 percent off dinner out here.
Clean up with $50 worth of coupons here.
FREE coffee at Borders bookstore here (expired today).
$15 in savings on Aveeno here.
FREE Glade Plugins gift pack here.
$2.84 in Pepperidge Farm coupons here.
FREE one night movie rental here.
FREE chocolate fondue for two here.
$2 coupon for L'Oreal Paris here.
FREE samples of feminine products here.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ladies: This (FREE) One's For you

Sorry guys... you can ignore this one, or pass it on to the lady in your life.

Playtex, Carefree, Stayfree and Kotex are currently offering FREE samples of their products. You need to sign up for each individually, and each says samples will be shipped in six to 10 week.

Get your samples of:
Playtex Gentle Glide here.
Playtex Sport here.
Carefree Ultra Protection pantyliners here.
Stayfree here.
Kotex sample pack here.

$2 coupon for L'Oreal Paris

L'Oreal Paris claims that it's new 24-hour lash boosting power system -- a two pack of Double Extended Lash Boosting Mascara and Concentrated Lash Boosting Serum -- will give you more lashes in four weeks.

Go here for a $2 coupon to see if it works for you. You do have to register to qualify, but once you do, you'll get your coupon.

FREE fondue!

Join the Melting Pot's Club Fondue and you'll get a coupon for a free chocolate fondue for two (too bad I'm a week late, or this would make a fun way to celebrate Valentines Day with your sweetie).

Go here to sign up. With restaurants in 38 of the 50 states, chances are there is a restaurant near you. You can find one here.

FREE movie night

It's Saturday, which means movie night around here, when the nine of us pile up in front of the TV and watch a movie together.

Tonight I plan to do it for free with the coupon code I came across for Blockbuster Express, thanks to Coupon Geek.

BBXDVD1 (expires Feb. 28)

Remember: the code only gets you one free night (value $1). If you keep it longer you will be charged for the extra nights.

Find you closest Blockbuster Express kiosk here.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Nearly $3 in Pepperidge Farm coupons!

I love Pepperidge Farm products! But I often pass them by because I can buy other products for less money. Which is why I had to share these coupons for a total of $2.85 off Goldfish crackers, bread, puff pastry and Tam Tam cookies.

Go here to sign up and print out your coupons. I was able to print each coupon twice.

Still, I'm going to have to hide the cinnamon raisin bread so that mom and dad can get some toast in the morning. Because otherwise, it'll all be gone long before we get up for breakfast.

FREE Glade Plugins gift pack

I want to thank Keri Lyn over at She Saved for this one...

Glade is giving away a free fragrance gift pack -- one of it's Plugins air freshener and refill -- to the first 10,000 eligible people who register here (regular price about $10). But you need to act quick to get yours, although you won't find out if you did or not until it arrives (or doesn't). Glade says they plan to ship the gift packs on May 15.

$5 coupon + $10 rebate = $15 savings on Aveeno

Aveeno is offer a $5 coupon and a $10 rebate on it's new Ageless Vitality Elasticity Recharging System line.

The patented, 2-step system is said to restore your youthful look by improving the elasticity of your skin. "In just four weeks, 100 percent of women showed improved skin vitality with firmer, smoother skin texture, fewer lines or wrinkles or diminished age spots," it says on their web site.

For your coupon and rebate form, go here. You can choose from Aveeno's three Ageless Vitality products (regular price $35 to $40): Daily SPF 30, Night and Eye.

FREE hot coffee at Borders bookstore!

Looks like this weekend is a good one for free stuff if you are out and about.

First there's the free pretzels at Auntie Anne's (see details here).

Now there's free coffee at Border's book stores. You do have to bring in the coupon (available here) and be a Borders rewards member. But membership is free, and you can do it quickly online here.

The coupon is valid through Feb. 21.

Membership to Borders brings with it other perks as well, including in-store and online members-only specials.

More than $50 in coupons!!

I don't know about the rest of you, but now that the snow is starting to melt here on the East Coast, I'm ready to think about spring -- and spring cleaning.

Go here to get your $42.25 worth of coupons on Finish, Lysol, Air Wick, Woolite, Resolve, Easy Off and other products. You have to sign up, but as soon as you do you not only qualify for these coupons, but another $8 in coupons for food and personal care items.

70 percent off dinner out! is back with a 70 percent off deal on its restaurant gift certificates. For $3 you can buy a gift certificate for $25 to restaurants all across the country. Go here to see what's available in your area (or any place else -- these make great gifts to send to friends).

Use the code ENJOY and you'll get a $25 gift certificate for $3, a $50 gift certificate for $6 or a $100 gift certificate for $12.

I found some of my favorite restaurants on my local list, which included Italian, Mexican, Indian, American sushi, and seafood places. But be sure to read the fine print, as the restrictions vary from restaurant to restaurant. Most require you to spend more than the amount on the gift certificate (I bought a $25 gift certificate, and the restaurant required a minimum purchase of $35), and most do not count the purchase of alcohol toward that total. But I think the two of us can manage that!

FREE pretzel

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the day for free pretzels at Auntie Anne's!

Choose from original or cinnamon sugar (limit one per person).

Go here to find the store closest to you.

Stock up on baby products

Here are eight high-value coupons for baby wash, shampoo and other products.

First up, go here for $3 off two 8 ounce bottles of Aveeno Baby Essential Moisture shampoo (expires March 20).

Then go here for $8 worth of coupons from Johnson's and Johnson's for seven baby products, including body wash, baby oil and Desitin creams.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

FREE sample for the man in your life

So often the deals I list here are for the family, or on the rare occasion something I splurge on for me. Finally here's one for the guys.

Go here to sign up for your free sample of Axe shower gel for men. It's offered through Sam's Club, but you don't have to be a member or enter a member number to get the deal.

The company says samples will be sent within eight weeks.

FREE toothpaste sample

The folks at Burt's Bees are offering free .5 ounce sample tubes of their Natural Multicare Toothpaste (usual price for a 4 oz tube: $5). Go to their web site here to sign up for yours.

The company says samples will be sent within eight weeks.

What's better than ONE FREE photo book?

How about 12 FREE photo books?

At $6 each (including shipping -- which is also free), that's $72 worth of books to chronicle your year.

Now, I do have to tell you that the way Hot Prints is able to do this is your book will come with an advertisement from one of their "partners" in it. But they promise the ad will not be on your photos, but instead is a full page insert, which is easily removable.

Go here to sign up and create your first book.

$1 off seafood

I eat a lot of seafood. But rarely find coupons for it, so when I found this one, I had to share! Go here for your $1 off Crab Classic or Lobster Classic (you can use it on any size or any style). To print it twice, just hit the back button.

Expiration date: April 30.

I regularly see the 8-ounce package of this product (usual price about $4) on sale for Buy-1-Get-1-Free. Use your two coupons, and that brings the price down to $1 per package.

Not sure what to do with it? Here are a few of my favorites:

Simple Crab or Lobster Scampi
1 pound (2 8 oz. packages) crab/lobster
2 T butter
1 tsp. chopped garlic
salt/pepper to taste
Rice or pasta (for serving)
Melt butter over medium heat in a saute pan. Add garlic and cook until golden, about 5 minutes (be careful not to burn). Add crab/lobster and toss to coat, cooking lightly until the outside of the crabmeat is golden, about 5 minutes.
Serve over rice or pasta

Brett's Crab Dip
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. minced ginger (I like the "fresh" in a jar that you can buy in your produce section)
1/2 tsp. dry cilantro
3 T soy sauce
1 pound (2 8 oz. packages) crab meat
Put everything in a food processor and pulse until combined.

Crab Imperial
1 lb. (2 8 oz. packages) crab meat
2 T mayonnaise
1 egg
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
6 crackers, crushed
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix everything together and place in a baking dish. Bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

FREE pizza

In my book, pizza is the most perfect food.

It's even more perfect (is that possible) when it's free.

Go here to see if you qualify for a coupon for a free package of DiGiorno's new 200 calorie pizzas (maximum value $3.30). I've seen others say they weren't able to get one, but it worked for me. The site says the coupon will be sent via mail and will arrive in six to eight weeks.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

FREE pen

Uni-Ball is giving away 10,000 free "Super Ink Technology" pens a day. Sign up to get yours (regular price about $9) here.

Uni-Ball claims it's "Super Ink" forms an "unbreakable bond" with paper fibers, which helps prevent check fraud.

I don't know if that's true or not. But I do know I can never find a pen around here when I need one. So having another one around, in particular one I got for free, can't be a bad thing.