October 29, 2009

Free Food on Mini Vacation

I have it all planned out to where my husband and I can eat for REALLY cheap this weekend while we're on our mini-vacation!  It's going to be awesome!  Check out our cheap/free meals this weekend:

TGIFriday's - $0.01 appetizers from 9pm-close TONIGHT, 10/29/09, if you dress up and purchase a drink from the bar (alchol or non.).  Must order at bar.  

Einstein Bros. - Before 11am on 10/30/09 ONLY, enjoy a free Bagel, just print this coupon and bring it with you.

Chipotle - Free Burrito if you dress up like one (even if you just put a piece of foil on your head!) on Saturday, 10/31/09, from 6pm-close.

Boston Market - Coupon for $1 meal, includes 3 piece chicken meal with mashed potatoes, and cornbread. (exp. 11/01/09).

Macy's - Free $10 G.C. if you're one of the first 100 people to come in the doors on Saturday, 10/31/09!

And don't forget about that sweet deal on restaurants.com where you can buy gift cards for 80% off with the code TREATS at checkout.  

October 28, 2009

Farmers Market Findings

The boys and I went to the Farmer's Market today and we were a little skeptical of what we would find.  You see, we had forgotten that the Health Department gives out Farmer's Market Coupons to those on the W.I.C program.  And we had forgotten about them until now.  And we had quite a few coupons left that expired on Halloween....so off we went to see what we could find.  It turned out to be a pretty productive visit!

We got a TON of tomatoes (which I had no idea were still in season), a bunch of green peppers, a handful of green beans, acorn squash, butternut squash, and 6 baking pumpkins!  (the other pumpkins are not pictured, because I'm using them to decorate outside until I'm ready to bake them).   

I'm not quite sure how we'll end up using the squash, any ideas of what you like to use them for?  

Amazon: Free Music Album

Thanks to my friend Scott, there's also another Amazon Free Album today.  Check out The Orange Mountain Music by Philip Glass.  From what I can tell, it's mostly Classical music, some Dance & DJ, Opera & Vocal, and Sound Tracks.  Total length of album is a little over an hour long.  Can't beat free music! 

Amazon: Free Music Downloads

Check out Amazon right now for free music downloads from The O'Neil Brothers Wedding Music.  Just click on this link and it will take you straight there.  I've already downloaded the songs because they are classic ones that are always enjoyable.  So for those of you who are getting married in the upcoming days, or even having a baby, these songs are nice and relaxing.  Enjoy, and thanks O'Neil Brothers!

October 27, 2009

Check out Restaurant.com

Okay, so last night I decided to check out Restaurant.com because they are having an 80% off sale if you use the code TREATS when you check out.   All you need to do is go to their website and type in your zip code, and it should bring up the restaurants in your neighborhood that have partnered with Restaurant.com. 

Once you do that, then you choose a restaurant to your liking and then purchase a $25 gift certificate for that restaurant.  When you check out, don't forget to use the code TREATS (80% off code) and you could score a gift certificate for $4!!  What a cheap meal!

Want to make it an even sweeter deal?  Sign up with Ebates.com and you can earn cash back for buying items online!  

My husband and I will be traveling to Ohio without the kids and I got $60 worth of gift certificates for $4.80!  What a steal!  

Check out Common Sense with Money's blog, and get a better scoop on what I'm talking about.

October 24, 2009

Last Minute Ideas for Halloween Costumes

I forgot how much fun Halloween can be....finding a fun costume to wear, and a chance to get out in your neighborhood and meet your neighbors!  Here's a photo of us last year, trick-or-treating:

For those of you who are like me and looking for funny, cheap Halloween costumes, I found this list of costume ideas from this website.  I think that I like #14 and #20.  Stay tuned and maybe you'll get a glimpse of what I decided to be!

And here's another cute picture from last year.  My two boys sitting in a pile of sugar that was going to be quickly donated to the church trunk-or-treating event! 


1) Dress up as you normally do. If someone asks what you are, tell them you're a werewolf. If they ask why you have no hair or fangs, explain that it's not a full moon.

2) Get a bag of white balloons and a box. Put the box over your head and cut out holes for your arms. Paint the box a bright color and the word "soap" across it. Then tape the bubbles to the top of the box around your shoulders and head.

3) Tape a bunch of green or purple balloons all over yourself (wear green or brown clothing underneath). Go as a bunch of grapes.

4) Wear brown clothes. Get a package of fall silk leaves for decorating (you can get 50 in a pack for about a dollar at craft stores). Tape them all over your arms and on a hat. Get a stuffed bird and perch it on your head. Go as a tree.

5) Wrap yourself in a roll of orange felt. Cut armholes and put an orange ski cap on your head. Go as a carrot stick.

6) Safety-pin a bunch of cheap watches and costume jewelry on the inside of your coat. Go as a con man.

7) Get a large box and paint it white, green or tan. Make a hole at the top for your head and armholes. Glue on some magnets and some post-it notes with shopping lists and phone numbers. Go as a refrigerator.

8) Get a roll of orange yarn and a few bags of roasted pumpkin seeds. Glue them all over a cheap orange sweat suit. Go as pumpkin guts.

9) Wear a t-shirt displaying your favorite brand of booze. Get a foil pie plate, punch two holes in it at either end, and run string through it. Put it on your head like a hat and tie it. You're a bottle of your favorite drink.

10) Glue some (clean) garbage all over a sweat suit. Go as a trash heap.

11) Throw a white sheet over your head, and cut a hole for your head to come through. Wear a yellow hat and paint your face yellow with make up. Go as a fried egg.

12) Get a poster board, make up a funny advertisement and paint it on. Hang it around your neck and go as a billboard.

13) Put on your rattiest clothes and get a toy shopping cart. Fill it with junk. Go as a shopping cart/bag lady.

14) Dress like a mailman. Get a stuffed dog and sew it's mouth to your pant leg.

15) Get an gorilla costume. Get one of those headbands with the springs on it, but remove the silver balls from the end and glue on tiny toy air planes. Carry a little Barbie doll in an evening gown and you're King Kong.

16) Get a large box. Cut a hole for your head and arms. Wrap it with gift wrapping paper and put a big bow on your head. Make a large gift tag out of construction paper that says, "To: Women, From: God." This year, you can honestly say you're God's gift to women.

17) Wear all black and a pair of dark sunglasses, or glasses with a rubber nose. Get a strip of fabric you can fashion into a sash (like a beauty queens) and use fabric paint markers to write, "Bless you," across it. You're a blessing in disguise.

18) Get a box and paint it white. Make holes for your head and arms. Paint or draw black spots on it and go as a die. If you have a partner, make two and go as a pair of dice.

19) Get an old black sweat suit. Get yellow fabric paint and paint a double-line down the middle, vertically, front and back. Glue some tiny toy cars up and down your front and back and go as a highway.

20) Get a clear plastic bag, and a bag of assorted colored balloons. Step into the bag and make leg holes and arm holes. Fill it with balloons half-blown up, while you're still in it. Tie it off at the neck. Get a piece of paper as a label and write,"Jellybeans" across the front. You're a bag of jellybeans.

21) Get a bunch of Barbie dolls and a black sweat suit. Attach the dolls randomly all over the sweat suit. You're a babe magnet.

22) Get a medium sized box. Cut a hole at the bottom for your head, and a large, square opening in the front. Put pipe cleaners as antennas and glue soda bottle caps on as knobs. Put it over your head and wear all black. You're a TV announcer.

23) Wear a black sweat suit and randomly attach single socks all over your clothes. You're the sock thief from the drier.

24) Get some yellow yarn and brown pom-poms. Glue them all over an old sweat suit. Put an old colander over your head as a hat. Go as spaghetti and meat balls.

25) Wear a clown costume top and paint your face. Get a large box and paint it a bright color. Make a hole for your waist and put it on as if the bottom of a skirt. Go as a jack-in-the-box.

26) Glue a bunch of newspapers to old clothes. Go as paper mache in progress.

27) Get a bunch of small, single-serving sized cereal boxes. Glue them all over some old clothes and bring a big, rubber knife. Go as a cereal killer.

28) Get a box, cut arm holes and a hole for your head. Wrap it in pretty patterned gift paper. Stick a bunch of tissues coming out of the neck, and put on a hat covered with tissues glued all over it. Go as a box of tissues.

29) If you're very pregnant, paint your belly with orange face paint and draw a pumpkin face on the front. Wear a shirt that opens in front and just fasten it above the belly so the pumpkin protrudes. When you put your arms down around your belly, you'll look like you're carrying a jack-o-lantern.

30) Paint your car or bicycle tires with black paint. Lay old clothes front-down on the street and drive over them. Let them dry, put them on and go as road kill.

31) Tie a sneaker to the top of your head, wear all pink and paint your face pink. Go as a piece of gum.

32) Get two large pieces of foam and strap them to your shoulders so one hangs in front, the other in back. Stuff some lettuce leaves coming out of them (or green felt), and on the underside of one glue a big, round, red or brown piece of felt that sticks out of the sides. Go as a sandwich.

33) Get a round piece of cardboard and cut a hole in the center of it. Get a large foil tray and cut a hole in it, as well as a table cloth with a hole in it. Put the cardboard over your head, then the table cloth so it hangs over your body, then the tray. Place lettuce leaves coming out from around the neck hole. You're a head on a platter.

34) Wear a raggedy old pair of shorts and t-shirt, and go unshaven if your a man. Mess your hair up. Get a garden tiki torch from the party supply store. Go as a recent loser from Survivor.

35) Dress as a dog and put a cardboard cone around your neck to keep you from scratching for fleas.

36) Dress as a dog and carry a bottle of your favorite liquor-- you're a booze hound.

37) Glue cotton all over a light blue outfit and carry a water gun to squirt people. You're a rain cloud.

38) Get a pair of angle wings and put them on your back, dressed in your pajamas, fuzzy slippers and bathrobe. Carry around a coffee cup. Your the "Angel Of The Morning."

39) Cut out a cardboard shape like a surf board and cover it with fake spider webs. You're a web surfer.

40) Dress in a business suit and carry around a big jar filled half way up with thumb tacks. Go as the "tacks collector."

41) Get a devil costume and throw over it the ugliest thrift-store blue dress you can find. Be the, "Devil In A Blue Dress."

42) Tape a bunch of white colored balloons to a a skin-colored body suit. Wear a shower cap and carry a scrub brush.

43) Wrap your body in aluminum foil and top your head with a beret. You're a french kiss.

44) Get a rubber pig's nose and wrap yourself in a blanket. Go as a pig in a blanket.

45) Make a green pumpkin shape out of felt and hang it over yourself. Paint a face on it. Go as Jack O' Lantern.

46) Get a bag of moss from the craft store's floral isle. Glue it all over some old clothes and hat and go as a chia pet.

47) Pin underwear to your torso and go as a chest of drawers.

48) Dress like a cat; carry a black bag stuffed with fake jewels overflowing. You're a cat burglar.

49)Attach gum wrappers, small pieces of pink clay to represent gum, soda cups and popcorn bags and a few kernels of popcorn to a black sweat suit, and go as a theater floor.

October 21, 2009

Parenting Magazine: Free 11 Month Subscription

 Right now there is a Free 11 Month Subscription to Parenting: Early Years!  Just click on this link and sign up today!  You can also get a free 2 year subscription to Bridal Guide as well.

October 14, 2009

Walgreens: Starbucks Frappuccino $1

For those of you who love Starbucks drinks, I suggest that you head over to your local Walgreens to get a sweet deal!  This week at Walgreens, Starbucks drinks are 2/$4, combine that deal with 2 of these $1 off coupons (IE link) (FF link) and you get a cheap drink!  The coupon states for a 13.5 oz, so those are the bigger drinks...YUM!

Also, if you are into frozen meals (which we are when we're in a crunch), print out these $2 off one Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers (Frozen Meal), and you can get them for $0.50 each at Walgreens this week.   I haven't tried them yet, but they look good. :)

Shutterfly book for the price of shipping

Get an 8x8 photo book from Shutterfly for the cost of shipping (which is around $9, the book originally cost $25).  Just click on this link through Facebook http://apps.facebook.com/familytree/shutterfly, download the Family Tree Application to your Facebook account, and get started on making your book!  There will be a code that you need to copy in order to get your free book, so don't forget to get that as well. 

October 5, 2009

Big Lots Coupon

I was just heading out the door to pick up some goodies for our vacation, when I saw this coupon posted for Big Lots. If you become a member of their rewards program you can print out a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase! Just click here to sign up!

October 3, 2009

Groceries - County Market & IGA

Total spent on groceries this week = $66.87

Got the flour and sugar free from Grandma!!

I am stocking up our pantry for when we head out on vacation to Ohio later next week, so I don't think that I'll be doing grocery shopping next week.  

Meals we can have this week:

Pesto Pasta with Chicken
Chicken and Rice
Chef Boyardee 
Beans and Rice
Tuna Cakes

I learned this week that if you bring reusable bags to IGA, they will take 5 cents off your bill per bag!!!  Or you could opt to have those cents put towards the schools.  
Luckily I had 5 reusable bags with me!

IGA spent $26.47
RiceaRoni = $1 each
Kidney Beans = $0.59 each
Garbanzo Beans/Chili Beans/Refried Beans = $0.79 each
Diced Tomatoes = $0.95 each
Stuffing = $0.99 each
IGA Chili Seasoning =$0.39
Fajita Seasoning = $0.33
Taco Seasoning = $0.50 each
IGA Eggs = $0.69
Bananas = $1.90
Ground Beef = $2.43 & $2.45
IGA Cream Cheese = $0.99 each (bought to make cookies for the WELCA fundraiser)
IGA Frosting = $1.33 each (bought to make cookies for the WELCA fundraiser)

County Market
Pasta = $1.29 (had 2/$0.50 off coupons) = $0.70/box

Canned Goods
   Pumpkin = $0.99
   Olives = $0.99
   Chef Boyardee = $0.70 each
   Starkist Tuna = $0.80 each

Knorr Pesto Sauce = $1.19 each
Golden Delicious Apples = $1.79
Gala Apples = $1.85
Yellow Onions 3 lb. Bag = $0.88 (used in-store coupon)
Baby Carrots = $1.19 
Boneless Chicken = $7.95
Bacon from the deli = $2.07

Pillsbury Frosting with Sprinkles = $1.32 (bought to make cookies for the WELCA fundraiser)
Assorted Sprinkles (not pictured) = $2.99 (bought to make cookies for the WELCA fundraiser)

October 2, 2009

Become a Fan of Walgreens on Facebook

Hey everyone!  Become a fan of Walgreens on Facebook and then get a free (you pay $1.99 for shipping) photo book!  You have to become a fan today and then work on your photo book for  a little while, then you can continue it for the next 30 days.  

Become a fan here.  Follow their instructions on Facebook on how to start your photo book, and then you're on your way to a colorful, multiple page book to store your memories!

Just click this special link before midnight central time tonight, Friday, October 2:http://bit.ly/krNBV Then click "Continue" and Register, or Login if you already have an account.

Good Luck!

October 1, 2009

Walmart Trip saved $22 with Coupons!

The music class that I take our boys to is by a Walmart, so I usually look up the deals for Walmart that week and try to get some stuff for free!  Here's what we got this week for $24.95!

I also want to give credit to moneysavingmom for helping me find these deals.
5 packages of Kotex pads = $1.00 (had 5/$1 off coupons) = Free!

4 packages of Applesauce = $1.66 each (had $3 off in coupons) = $0.66 each

6 packages of Baby Wipes = $1.64 each (had 3/$3 off two coupons) = $0.14 each

2 packages of Shick razors = $4.98 each (had 2 $1 off coupons) = $3.98

2 packages of Snuggle Fabric Softeners = $1.87 each (had 2 $1 off coupons) = $$0.87 each

Yogurt = $4.12

Tortilla shells = $1.88

Kids Bubble Bath = $2.47

S C Johnson $5 Rebate = Freebies!

I just recieved word yesterday that if you buy 3 SC Johnson products, you can get a $5 mail in rebate for buying these participating products:

• Ziploc
• Glade
• Windex
• Scrubbing Bubbles
• Pledge
• Shout
• Fantastik
• Drano
• Raid
• Off
• Saran
• Nature’s Source

Just print out the form here and there are max. of 3 rebates per household!!  Awesome!!

The offer is good 10/1/09 through 6/30/10.  Check out commonsensewithmoney's blog to get some ideas on how to make this a moneymaking deal!