Sunday, January 31, 2010

Whole Foods Coupons & How to Save Money Eating organic/naturally!

Whole Foods released new coupons that are available! Some Publix locations consider them a competitor which will save you BIG!

Would you like to learn how to save money eating natural and organic?  Go HERE!
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Optimize Swag Bucks: Tips and Tricks on WINNING!


As you know I am very excited about swag bucks.  I think it is a very easy way to earn FREE Amazon Gift Cards as well as cool prizes like the Kindle and iPod.  For those of you who would like to win more swagbucks, here is the information on how to optimize your experience! 


Tips:

  1. Download: Download your toolbar for your browser.  This will make it easy to do a quick little search here and there.  Also, there is a little spot where you will see a swagcode pop up. They will only be good for a few hours.  This way you know as soon as possible.
  2. Follow:   Follow swagbucks on your social networking sites like facebook and twitter.  They release more swagbucks on these sight so you have more opportunities to win them. 
  3. Search Limits: There is usually a limit of how many you can win a day 3-4 so do not stress out!  Try to spread out your searches.  This will increase your chances of winning. 
  4. Goal: Set a goal for this year.  Look through the Swag store and make a goal prize. My personal goal is to pay for MOST if not all of my Christmas presents through Amazon gift cards earned through swag bucks (45 Swagbucks = 1 Amazon Gift Card)! Don't worry I will update you about this in December!  This will help you to stay motivated! 
  5. Other than Searching: Remember you can win swagbucks for online shopping, watching video ads, completing special offers, recycling cell phones, using a prescription discount card and more! 
  6. Clicking on Ads:  Swagbucks makes money off of ads and they are sharing the wealth by passing on  prizes and rewards onto you.  You may get higher value swagbucks just for clicking on ads.  
  7. Mega Swag Bucks day:  You have a better chance of winning higher value swag bucks for doing on line searches on Friday which is Mega Swag bucks day!
  8. Refer friends and encourage them:  When your friends sign up, you earn swag bucks each time they search!  If you really believe that this is a great idea, why not share it :)
Tricks:

  1. 3-6 Quick Swag Bucks:
  • Register or Log in (if you have never registered before you win 3 swag bucks)
  • Go to the special offers page (left side)
  • Go to no obligation offers page and hit skip for every offer.  You will get a swag code worth 1 swag buck
  • Go back to special offers page
  • Scroll down a bit.  You will see "Wall 1, Wall 2, Wall 3"
  • Click on each wall until you see a video offer.  Watch a video and you will receive 1 swag buck. Some of the offers are for free trials which you can always immediately cancel. 
    2.  Winning?:  Log out of swagbucks and clear your browser history and cookies.  Now do a search.  

    3.  Home Page: Set swag bucks as your home page and use swag bucks to get to your e-mail or  
         facebook everyday.  That means you have already done a search for the day.
    4.  Slickdeals thread: Check this thread.  They always let you know when a deal is out!




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New Target Printable Coupons that CAN BE USED AT PUBLIX and OTHER COMPETITORS!!!!

Guess what?  There are new printable Target coupons available.  Why am I so excited?  Because most Publix locations consider Target a competitor as well as Save-a-lot, Food Lion, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens REGISTER REWARDS (they are man. coupons) and  Walgreen's coupon books (which can be found in store)!  By the way, all of the links above are to the competitor coupons to save you time.

Do you know your local Publix Coupon policy?  If not, CALL THEM RIGHT NOW!  If I were you, I would know the coupon policy of all of the Publix locations within a 5-10 mile radius, but that is just me :)  A little lost, check out the following posts:




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Friday, January 29, 2010

FRIENDLY REMINDER: Print your coupons before they reset & BUDGET

At the beginning of each month, the following websites reset their coupons.  That means you can go ahead and print the coupons from this month that you will need next month (to the print limit).

SmartSource.com


Plus, it is time to set up your Zero-based budget (then negotiate with your spouse) for February! If you are single, put together your Zero-based budget and get an accountability partner.  No excuses!
  • What is a zero-based budget?  A zero-based budget is one where your total income minus your total expenses equals $0. In other words, it forces you to assign every dollar of income to an expense (or savings) category. As Dave Ramsey puts it, you’ll be “spending your month’s income on paper” before you spend it in real life.
  • But my husband handles the finances!  My husband had a ton on his plate. I asked him if it would be okay if I, the unorganized spender, could do the budget.  With a smile, he said yes.  HELP him by helping your family make a budget.  Yes, numbers make my head hurt too. 
  • Isn't the word budget a four letter word? No, I love my budget.  I have FREEDOM like you will never believe with a BUDGET!
  • Overwhelmed? Sign up for Financial Peace University or buy Dave Ramsey's books!


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How I Taught My Son to Read, Basically

I am a blogger, but I am also a mom!  I consider the day I found out I  was expecting my first baby a HUGE PROMOTION! As a mom, I am also very passionate about teaching my little ones to read and to be good learners.  My son has a natural interest in letters and thinks they are lots of FUN. I am not an educator nor am I an expert. I just want to share what I have learned.  I know this is a HOTLY debated subject, but this is my blog and I want to share :)  This is how I taught him to read at a basic level by 3 1/2:
  1. ABC Song and Read to him at least 30 minutes a Day: I sang to him the ABC song ALL of the time when he was a baby.  We are now teaching him the ABC song in spanish using the same tune.  We also tried to read the recommended 30 minutes a day. 
  2. Playtime Letters: My sister-in-law bought him Bath Tub Letters when he was a baby.  He still loves to play with them in the bathtub. At 2 years old, we gave him Alphabet Flash Cards that he would play with ALL of the time. I like them because they are sturdy and not easy to destroy! There are others out there like HERE!
  3. Dr. Seuss's ABC book: I read to him the book Dr. Seuss's ABC from 6 months on! He LOVES this book!
  4. Learning DVDs: A friend of mine suggested I start him on these Leapfrog videos: Letter Factory Talking Words FactoryCode Word Caper  and Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory.  I LOVE these DVDs.  He learned so much!  (I saw 2 bundles as well Leap Frog Bundle of 6 DVDs plus 26 Flash Cards and Leapfrog Learning DVDs 5-Pack  but I bought the DVDs  individually. ) I personally do not like the Your Baby Can Read because I think it is a little dull and I like phonics personally.  Some find that they have great results with that program.
  5. Sing and Learn EVERYWHERE: In the car, we sing the songs from the Leapfrog DVDs!  I also taught him some silly spelling songs that I know, like "it's bananas, b-an-an-as".  We just try to have fun with learning! We look at words and letters everywhere we go!
  6. Fridge Phonics: I also bought him the  Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set.  He loved to "play" letters ALL of the time. I never forced him to "play letters"! He LOVED it!  We bought the  Word Whammer Fridge Phonics but I am not crazy about this product.  
  7. 100 Library books in 100 days: To increase his interest in reading, I started my own campaign called 100 books in 100 days at 2 3/4!  We read 100 books in 100 days together in hopes that it would help to increase his desire to read, increase his vocabulary and keep me accountable as a SAHM.  I went to my local library and checked out books instead of buying them.  
  8. Games: Once he knew his phonics, we would go to the grocery store together.  I would say, "this is a b-b-b-banana.  What letter does this start with? " This is a game that you can take with you everywhere.  You can say, "we are going to stop at a s-s-s-stop sign.  What does stop start with?"
  9. Bob Books: Right now, we are reading through the Bob books!  I love them and they have increased his confidence that he really does know how to read words.  
  10. Tag Reading System: At night, we let him "read" his books through the Tag Reading System (32 MB).  He loves the fact that he can "read" by himself! 
Some of my favorite websites on Reading are: Starfall and Reading Rockets if you would like to read more!  Now back to finding deals :) .....

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Today is MEGASWAGBUCKS FRIDAY!



Search & Win
Today is MegaSwagbucks day which means you can earn 5-100 Swagbucks on one search!  What are Swagbucks.  Swagbucksis a FREE search engine that rewards you randomly when you search.  Swagbucks can be redeemed for prizes like AMAZON gift cards.  This is a search engine kind of like Google except you earn bucks for prizes like gift cards for Starbucks, Target, Amazon and many others! My goal for this year is to pay for Christmas almost completely with my swagbucks earnings.  If you are already a member, start searching!





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Thursday, January 28, 2010

FREE PHOTOBOOK OFFER Updated!

Right now, Mixbook.com is running a sale for new customers over the next 4 days. At Mixbook.com you can buy 1 photobook and get one photobook FREE as a new customer with code: BK4FREE!  This would make a wonderful gift.  Hurry this deal only lasts 4 DAYS!
Get FREE shipping with promotional code: JANSHP50
Thanks, Monica for your help! 

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Lightning Deals at Amazon!


Check out the Gold Box Deals at Amazon!  These EMU Hip and Hip boots are $39.90 (50% off).  Jewelry and fitness equipment are also Lightning deals.  Get these deals while supplies last!!!

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81% OFF-Touch Screen 4GB 2.8 Inch Movie/Music/Personal Media Player!


This would make a great gift for your sweetheart!   Touch Screen 4GB 2.8-Inch MP4/MP3 Movie Music Personal Media Player is on sale for $47.99 (regularly $249.99) and ships with FREE SuperSaver Shipping!  

Technical Details:

  • 4.0GB Built-in Flash Memory
  • 2.8" TFT LCD Color Touch Screen
  • Dimension: 3.75" x 2.20" x 0.55"
  • Play Music, Video, Store Photos, Voice Recording and FM Radio Stations
  • Built-in Mini Secure Digital SD Card Slot (Mini SD Card Not Included)

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Want to cancel your home phone? Ooma VoIP


As some of you may know, my family paid  2 mortgages for over 4 months.  We cut all of our expenses "to the bone" so that we would not be in debt. Yes, we canceled our yard treatment plan, satellite, began extreme couponing, budgeting and yes, eating potatoes once a week for dinner! 


Well, I just found a very interesting product that you might be interested in if you are considering canceling your home phone line so you can "cut the fat":  ooma with No Monthly Phone Service Bills.  Check out the video online to learn more! 


Here is the information from the manufacturer:


ooma is an award-winning product that gives you free home phone service. Quite simply, no more nickel and dime fees and no more monthly phone bills. Acclaimed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Business Week, and featured as one of the year's hottest products in Parade and In Style magazines, ooma offers premium home phone service as it was meant to be.

Your one-time purchase of the ooma system delivers:
  • Free calling in the U.S. with no monthly fees or contracts
  • Caller-ID, call-waiting, and voicemail
  • The reliability and crisp acoustic performance of a landline
  • Easy setup in just minutes
  • A new phone number from any calling area in the U.S.
  • The option to keep your existing number for a one-time charge ($39.99)
  • The freedom to hear your voicemail and control preferences online in the ooma Lounge
  • Voicemail notifications to your email and your mobile phone
  • Extremely low-cost international rates starting at a penny per minute
  • A 30-day money-back guarantee and an extendable one-year warranty
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100 Business/Mommy cards for $1.99!


100 Mommy Contact Cards for $1.99

I wanted to let you know about a deal that I am sign up for! 100 business/mommy cards for $1.99. I go shopping all of the time and people ask me for my business card. Now I do not have an excuse! Click on the picture above to order!

Need checks? Take advantage of the deal below!


FREE Checks & Business Cards


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Designer Maternity Clothes up to 70% Off!


On Amazon today, Designer Maternity clothes are up to 70% Off .  Designers included are A Pea in the Pod! Check it out!

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iTunes: Become a fan receive 20 FREE song sampler!



iTunes has an offer if you become a fan on facebook, you will receive a 20 song Starbucks Sampler.

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FREE $5 Gift Card for being a fan of Babies-r-us on Facebook!


Wow, Babies-r-us has a deal where if you become a fan on facebook and fill out a form you will receive a $5 gift card.  This is for today only!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Contest: How much did I spend on Groceries? $62.87 (68% Savings)

UPDATE: The answer is $62.87!  Deanna you are the WINNER!I am not quite the "black belt" saver as you might believe :) I did save $137.75. That is 68% in savings. What matters is that you are spending SMART, not whether you are a PERFECT spender! I have only couponed for 3 months now. If I can do it, you can do it! Give yourself a RAISE and start couponing today!!!  






This is what I bought: 5 lb. bag of potatoes, 1 Stoffers Skillet meal, 1 Boston Market Steak Frozen, 2 Heinz White Vinegar, 6 Gerber baby food, 12 Beechnut baby food, 2 Oikos Greek Yogurt, 4 jumbo packs of Stayfree, 2 packages of midol, 2 Jollytime Popcorns, 2 French's Wors. Sauce, Publix 18 eggs, 2 Knox gelatin packets, 4 boxes of Ritz crackers, 4 Lysol cleaners, 2 quaker instant oatmeal boxes, 4 Arnold double fiber bread, 2 lbs of red seedless grapes, 1 Red Baron Pizza, 4 Rolaids packs,  4 Bertoli pasta sauces, 1 whole milk gallon, 1 pint international delights coffee creamer,   1 French's honey mustard, Publix OJ, 2 Musselman's apple sauce, 1 Stacy's pita chips, 2 Franks red Hot sauce, 2 NY bread Frozen, 2 sctotch fur fighters, 2.5 lbs bananas...I think that is everything!

*Note: We do eat meat and other vegetables, but I have that stockpiled from sales.  At Publix this week, I did not want to pay $3.79 /lb for chicken breast when I paid $1.79/lb at Kroger last week...LOL!  I bought 10 lbs. of chicken breast last week.


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FREE offers!

I don't know about you but one of my favorite words is FREE!  Whenever I receive a FREE item in the mail,  I get really giddy!  Here are the best offers that I have found:
Save 80% off Restaurant.com $25 Gift Cert. orders. Use code BONUS and Pay $2 thru 01/31/10.


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50% off coupon at Joann's Fabrics!


Joann's Fabrics just posted an amazing coupon!  Go here to print a  50% off any one regularly priced item! The coupon will expire after January 30th!

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Save 80% off Restaurant.com $25 Gift Cert. orders. Use code BONUS and Pay $2 thru 01/31/10.


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SeeHere: 29 Custom Photo Cards FREE with FREE SHIPPING!



SeeHere.comGet 29 FREE PHOTO CARD at SeeHere with FREE SHIPPING. Orders arrive within 2-3 days. You could use these as Valentine's cards, Easter cards, for your business or just to send out pictures of the family!  My mom is a real estate agent.  I know she could use these for her open houses or to market a house on the market!  Just think outside the box!


How to get 29 FREE photo cards:

  1. Go HERE and set up a FREE account with .  
  2. Upload your photos and make your card on  the website.  
  3. Save your card and then put 29 cards in your cart.  Use coupon code: newbaby at check out to get them free with FREE shipping.  If you need more than 29, you can get 50 for $4.99.  
SeeHere also has this deal that ends in 3 days: 50 Free* 4x6 Prints with promo code: prints-6. *Shipping Not Included


Want more Valentine's gift ideas/deals?  Go HERE


(Thanks, MojoSavings for sharing about the FREE Photocards!)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Target: How to pay $1.75 for a 12-pack of Coke Products (YMMV based on regional prices)


Recently, I posted about a $2 off coupon when you buy 4 12-packs HERE.  Right now Target has 12-packs on sale for $2.25 a 12 pack (based on southern savers prices posted)
Deal:
Buy 4 - 12 packs for the Super Bowl
Use the coupon HERE
Pay $7 for 4-  12 packs!
That is like paying $1.75 a 12 pack!  WOW!
**Update : your Mileage may vary based on location and store. Check local prices to confirm!


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My Publix Routine with match-ups and links: 1/28-2/3

* For the week of 1/21 go HERE!


I am not a huge fan of "reinventing the wheel".  I Heart Publix does a fabulous job posting the match-ups of Publix deals with coupons.  These are the match-ups starting 1/28 (1/29 for some):
  1. Know your Publix stores coupon policy: If not, call them now!  Do they take competitor coupons? If so, do they take drugstores, food lion, walmart and target coupons? Do they double coupons?
  2. SUPER DEALS: I pick out items with their coupons from the Super Deals.  Try to buy enough of the item for 6 weeks or more if they are free.
  3. DOLLAR DEALS: I pick out items from the Dollar Deals and the other Dollar Deals section section.  Again, try to buy enough of the item for 6 weeks or more .
  4. Weekly Match-ups: Then I go to the Weekly Match-ups and pick out my menu for the week taking my stockpile of frozen meat and goods into consideration as well as get items that are needed around the house.  I also stock up 6 weeks worth of items that I can freeze or store since it is never a good idea to pay retail :)
  5. Competitor coupons and man. coupons: I also check through the Food Lion Printable Coupons Target Grocery Coupons and other competitors coupons for the items that are not on sale as well as Coupons.comRed Plum and Smart Source.You can save even if it is not the BEST DEAL.  I would only buy enough for 1 week since it is NOT the best deal.
  6. $5 off:  I print my $5 off for every $25 coupon (if accepted). HERE if my store considers CVS/Rite Aid a competitor.
  7. Rewrite list on envelope:  Break them up in separate purchases if using multiple $5 off coupons.  Paper clip coupons, place them in my envelope with my grocery list and head to the store.  Hand the cashier the coupons in the process of checking out with the $5 off on top.  I always hand them my Publix Upromise card to have them scan to save for my kiddos college fund.  If you have not signed up for Upromise, do it NOW!  Upromise is an EASY program to help save for your children, nephews, nieces and grandchildren's college fund with your simple purchases.   
I am no expert. This is just my routine which I am sure I will perfect over time as I know you will.  Let me know what you think!


*To get a little info on Publix, go to 10 reasons why I love Publix!


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Monday, January 25, 2010

Land of Nod-up to 70% off!

The Land of Nod

There is a great sale at Land of Nod on everything from toys, room decor, gifts and more.  I LOVE this store.   ALL for up to 70% off!  Click the banner to get to the website!

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is 37% OFF!




Are you serious about photography? Get what the pros have!  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2  is the professional photographer's essential toolbox for today's digital photography workflow. Yes this would make as EXCELLENT gift for an aspiring professional photographer! It is on sale for 37% off at Amazon!


  • Quickly import, process, manage, and showcase your images--from one shot to an entire shoot--so you can spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens.
  • Seamlessly integrates with Adobe Photoshop software (sold separately) for streamlined use of Smart Objects, panorama stitching, high dynamic range (HDR) functionality, multiple layer workflow, and more. 
  • See your edits automatically updated in Lightroom.  

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Cheerios Coupons & Chance to win!


Cheerios are an absolute staple around our house.  A few months back, I took advantage of this offer.  You will receive 4 - $1 off coupons through e-mail as well as a chance to win a FREE box of Cheerios.  I did not win the Cheerios but I did get a pretty sweet deal combining these coupons with a sale! Go HERE to snag this deal!


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FREE Movie Screening of Hot Tub Time Machine with John Cusack!


Snag yourself some FREE tickets to an advanced screening of the NEW John Cusack movie Hot Tub Time Machine by going HERE! Enjoy!   

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FREE AMC Movie Tickets to Facebook fans!


Who wants free tickets to the movies?  I know I Do!  Go HERE to become a fan of Be Our Movie Critic and you will get one free movie ticket to AMC movie theatres to see a movie of your choice.  Movie tickets will start being distributed beginning 2/25!

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