Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Blue Ribbon Foods: FREE Chicken, pork chops, steak burgers and personal cooler!!!!

WOW, this is GREAT! If you live in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina , South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee or Virginia you can get some amazing FREE food samples! Blue Ribbon Foods will send you two lemon pepper boneless chicken breasts, two super-select boneless pork chops, and two gourmet steak burgers. Everything comes in a reusable, personal-size cooler too!  All of that is completely FREE! Just hurry on over here to request this freebie! I LOVE FREE!

(Thanks, FreeStuff!)


FREE coloring pages from All Aboard Deals

My friend, Erin from All Aboard Deals  and All Aboard Atlanta just posted a list of free coloring book sites.  Check it out HERE!


Coupon 101: Which coupon is more valuable?

Which coupon is more valuable at Publix or Kroger?
A. 2- $.45 off coupon for Yoplait Yogurt
B. $1.00 off on every TWO Yoplait Yogurts.

Right Answer:  A.  Did you know that Publix and Kroger doubles coupons every day that are $.50 or under?  The 2  $.45 off coupons double each to .90 which = $1.80 worth of savings vs. $1.00.  Couple that with a sale on Yoplait yogurt and you are saving BIG!


Amazon.com: Free ebooks

Amazon currently has a number of free ebooks available for download including In My Place Condemned He Stood by J.I. Packer. You can download it here.
These e-books are specifically for Kindles but you can download this software to read the books on your PC.  
Here is a list of additional books available:


Vera Bradley Super Tote (Various Colors) $31 + shipping

Vera Bradley has their Super Tote in various colors (see drop-sown for color selections) marked down to $34 - 10% off code winsale09 $30.60. Shipping starts at $8 and increases minimally with additional quantities. An alternative 10% off code is 10offsaledeal


Amazon: 70% or more off of Ben Sherman Clothes for Men and Women

Go here to find Ben Sherman clothing for 70% off at Amazon!  Also, Ben Sherman's online store has a huge sale up to 50% off.


FREE Sample of Post-it Durable Tabs

This is one for all my Type A, organizational fans out there!  Go here to get a FREE sample of Post-it Durable Tabs!


Free audio download of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter" (Today Only!)

Today only (Tuesday, January 5, 2010), you can go here to get a free audio download of "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
(Thanks, Money Saving Mom!)


McDonald's: What rock have I been living under?? FREE kiddie cones

Ok, so I took the kids to McDonald's because it is too cold to play outside and we all have Cabin Fever.  I bought a coffee to justify having my kid play in their indoor playground.  All of a sudden, I notice that there were kids holding the perfect size ice cream cones that were about the size of your thumb.  I asked the parents about it.

NEWS FLASH FOR ME:  Participating McDonald's give your kids FREE kiddie cones.  Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled deals...

**In case you did not know, Chick-fil-a will give your child a FREE ice cream cone or cup if they turn in their Kid's Meal Toy.

Any other kids deal that you know about? Please comment.


Hobby Lobby 40% off one item

GO HERE to get a printable coupon to Hobby Lobby for 40% off any one item. Expires 1/12/2010.


Our Story: Reflecting on 2009

Our story started many years ago in a cute little condo in a great area of Atlanta as newlyweds.   We decided it was time for us to move to a house to start a family.  We became landlords in hopes that we could make a profit on the condo in the future.   We moved to our house in 2004 and had a son in 2005 and another daughter in 2008. We were very careful about not being in debt and spending wisely.  We did live really tight every month as a single-income family finding that we had to live very carefully.  We did not do a monthly budget at the time. When the housing bubble burst in 2009, we were left paying 2 mortgages on one salary.  We were desperate to find a tenant to deliver us from this hardship.  

In August 2009, we started Financial Peace University (FPU) very shortly after we became a dual mortgage family.  We put together our first family budget and found out I was overspending in our grocery budget.  On a bad month, I spent $1000 in groceries.  After realizing this, I decided to become intense about trying to cut down our grocery bill through couponing and learning how to play the drugstore game.  Keep in mind that I had NEVER used a coupon in a grocery store a day in my life.  In less than 2 months, we were spending $200 a month on groceries for a family of four, paying 2 mortgages and living within our means.  Yes, God moved mountains in our life and used people to provide.  Ultimately, God provided and turned our “5 loaves of bread and 2 fish” into MORE THAN ENOUGH food to feed our family for a month. 

I hope to be able to share with my friends some of the knowledge I gained but also share what I have learned about the spirit of saving.  Yes, behavior modification is a start, but I believe you must get to the heart of wastefulness to change your life and lifestyle.  There are many websites and blogs online that teach about saving money at the grocery store and drug store.  My hope is not just to be a source of deals but wisdom on how to be a good steward.

This past year was a great year where our family realized how great of a provider our God is. Sometimes we need to get off of our couch and realize that God has already provided.  We need to do our part and be the answer to our own prayers using the tools that he provided. Now let’s begin our journey into 2010 ready to learn together…

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17


Crocs Deals

Crocs has some GREAT deals!  My son lives in his crocs during the summer!
Go HERE to check out their deals for today:
  • Beach* $14.99
  • Cayman* $14.99
  • Kids Cayman* $9.99
  • Jibbitz Bags, Straps and Straps starting at $1.00
You can also take advantage of their Buy One, Get One Free Outlet sale, running now through Friday! Remember to try the coupon codes: CROCSHOLIDAY and/or crocswinter09 to save even more!!


FREE Sample of Escada Marine Groove

Go here to snag a FREE sample of Escada Marine Groove!


Tulle: Clothes on sale for $2.99– HURRY!

Just go here and start scrolling through all the sale items. Lots and lots of items are just $2.99! Isn’t that sweet?!
Everything is selling out quickly, so you’ll want to hurry and order!
If your unsure what Tulle is, it’s an online clothing boutique!  The sizing is a bit strange. Some pieces seem to run on the small size, while others seem to run a bit larger. The good news is they have a great return policy. Returning any piece of clothing is simple and totally free! All you need to do is basically sign into your account and print the UPS return shipping label. Check out all the details here.
(Thanks, Hip 2 Save!)


Barnes & Noble Buy 2 Get 1 Free Blu-rays & DVDs + 20% Off + Free Shipping

Barnes & Noble has a promotion: Buy Two Get One Free on Blu-rays or DVDs. Prices start at $7.50. Save an additional 20% with code E9M4M9M (new account required). Shipping is free.

Remember to use Shop at home to get cash back on your online purchases.  


Free Download of Start Over, Finish Rich

You can download a free eBook copy of Start Over, Finish Rich: 10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010 by David Bach. You can always save the PDF version on your hard drive so that I can read it later. I find that reading about saving always helps me stay accountable!


Lowe's 10% off coupon

If you are doing any work around the house you might want to go HERE to request a 10% coupon from Lowe’s! The coupon will be delivered to your inbox within a few days of the request. You can also use the coupon at Home Depot since they accept competitor coupons!


CVS offers 50 free prints when you sign up for photo storage

When you open a free photo storage account at CVS Photo, you'll be rewarded with 50 free photo prints!

Go here to open your account, learn more, and get your free prints. Combined with free shipping to your local CVS, I think you've got a pretty sweet deal. 


Coldwater Creek-75% off entire site

I've got to call my mom.  She is a HUGE fan of Coldwater Creek.  Coldwater Creek has 75% off with no purchase requirement with coupon code "75SALE".  Shipping starts at $5.95.

BTW, don’t forget to go through Shop At Home and get 4% cash back!