Archive for December, 2011

Udi’s Gluten Free products on Manager’s Special at Kroger

I got a big box of Udi’s Gluten Free products via FedEx today (from a Facebook promo last week) and inside was a box of gluten-free Snickerdoodle cookies. I wasn’t expecting too mch, since they were gluten-free, but they were fantastic! I noticed at the Maryville Kroger today that they have the same cookies on manager’s special for $2.99, so I bought some more. If you’re shopping there tonight or tomorrow you might want to pick up a box and try them at that price! They also had a number of other gluten-free items marked down, too.

Add comment December 23, 2011

Last minute gift: Faerie Tale Theatre 58% off

Do you need a gift for someone who you won’t see until after Christmas? I just ran across this deal while searching for something else: Amazon has Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Collection for $24.99, which is 58% off (retails for $59). I loved this show when I was a kid, and it would make a great present both for someone who was an 80s baby or a child who loves fairy tales!

Here’s what it includes:

Contains 26 Spellbinding Stories Digitally Restored and Re-mastered! Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp Beauty and the Beast
The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers Cinderella The Dancing Princesses The Emperor’s New Clothes Goldilocks and the Three Bears Hansel and Gretel Jack and the Beanstalk The Little Mermaid
Little Red Riding Hood The Nightingale The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Pinocchio The Princess and the Pea The Princess Who Had Never Laughed Puss in Boots Rapunzel Rip Van Winkle Rumpelstiltskin
Sleeping Beauty The Snow Queen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Tale of the Frog Prince The Three Little Pigs Thumbelina

ALSO INCLUDES ENCHANTING EXTRAS: Lost Episode: “Faerie Tale Theatre’s Greatest Moments” (“Grimm Party”) Vintage Faerie Tale Theatre Presentation Reel with Shelley Duvall B-Roll Promo Footage

AND EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR’S ITEMS: Photo-Rich 112-Page Storybook
“3-In-1” Faerie Tale Theatre Game (custom playing cards, memory match and trivia)

Add comment December 23, 2011

Watch Downton Abbey Season One for free, for a limited time, plus Season Two arrives soon

As many of you know, I don’t watch television. There’s just no room in my schedule to commit to watching something. However, last year I made an exception for a fantastic miniseries on PBS called Downton Abbey. I was not alone in loving this show; in fact, the reception was so great that they’ve decided to do another season, which will start January 8. I AM SO EXCITED!

In order to catch those of you up who’ve not yet seen this show, PBS is showing Season One of Downton Abbey again. The first episode was last Sunday night, but the other two will be on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Or, you can go here to watch the first two episodes for free on PBS’s website. You’ll want to see season one before season two begins, and I promise you’ll enjoy it!

Add comment December 23, 2011

Free $5 to spend in the Heavenly Homemakers shop! Cookbooks, homeschool curriculum, etc.

Through midnight on Christmas Day you can use code CHRISTMAS5 to take $5 off any purchase in the Heavenly Homemakers shop. There are a number of things that are under $5, so they’d be free! Plus, she has some really great cookbooks and homeschool curriculum items. Check out the store here.


Add comment December 22, 2011

Win a copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget!

I posted a review yesterday of the new book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine. I’m so excited to announce that Crystal is letting me give a copy of her new book to one of you! The book won’t be released until January 10, so I’ll be keeping this giveaway open until January 9. (If you want to go ahead and order a copy of the book for yourself or a friend, you can preorder it on Amazon for $11.09.)

Here’s how to enter:

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know your favorite “thrifty” tip, or if you’re new to frugal living, just state, “I’m new to all this!” (If you’re reading this post on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 6 entries. Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday January 9. I will choose one winner on Tuesday January 10 using and will contact them via email.

Giveaway open to US readers only. I received a copy of the book for review plus one to give away. All opinions are my own.

366 comments December 21, 2011

Print this rebate now for free Theraflu next week!

Head over here to print out a rebate for a $5 gift card when you buy any 1 participating Theraflu product. Sort by the “healthcare” category to locate it quickly. This rebate is good at CVS, Kroger, RiteAid, Target, Walgreens or Walmart but I’ll be heading to CVS to do the following deal that starts 12/26:

Transaction #1

Buy 1 Theraflu Warming Relief Syrup or Caplets for $4.77

Total = $4.77 (Submit this receipt for the gift card)

Transaction #2

Buy 1 Theraflu Warming Relief Syrup or Caplets for $4.77

Use $3/1 Theraflu Warming Relief Syrup or Caplets coupon from the 12/4 SS

Total: $1.77, Receive $3 ECBs

Total out of pocket $6.54, and receive $8 in ECBs and GC

Final Price= $1.46 moneymaker

This is split into two transactions because of the fine print in the rebate that says it “cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon or discount card,” just FYI.

Thanks, Pirates of the Supermarket!

Add comment December 21, 2011

Free book: 23 Gingerbread House Designs and Recipes.

I’m spending today baking, and I have a feeling many of you are too! Here’s something that may interest you: a free e-book called 23 Gingerbread House Designs and Recipes.

Add comment December 21, 2011

Printable coupons from 12/20/11

Here are the latest printable coupons from Again, tons of coupons for baking supplies, and a few really good ones under healthcare (like Triaminic) which is to be expected this time of the year 🙂


$4.00 off one Evenflo SimplyGo™ Breast Pump

$10.00 off one Evenflo Breast Pump

$1.00 off ANY 1 Balmex Diaper Rash Product

$1.00 off on Similac large sized powder


$1.50 off on one BOOST Kid Essentials Drink


$1.50 off one bag of Seattle’s Best Coffee

$1.00 off two Welch’s Sparkling Juice Cocktails

Books & Magazines

$1.00 off December People StyleWatch


$1.00 off TWO (2) Wonka Candy Canes

$0.75 off any Delizza Patisserie product

$0.80 off one package of Truvia natural sweetener

$0.40 off one package of Treasure Cave cheese

$0.50 off 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated pie crusts

$0.50 off 2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls

$2.50 off one BON APPÉTIT™ Steam-Baked meal

$1.00 off any TWO (2) Pebbles Treats

$0.40 off Diamond Crystal Sea Salt

$0.40 off 2 Pillsbury Sweet Rolls

$1.50 off 2 Life Savers or Starburst

$1.00 off two Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough

$1.00 off 2 Divisional General Mills cereals

$1.00 off three Tombstone Large Size Pizzas

$1.00 off two boxes Chex cereals

$1.00 OFF 2 ARMOUR Meatball Products

$1.00 off ONE ICBINB! Tub product

$0.50 off Any of Carla’s Steam in Bag Pronto Pasta

$0.30 off 2 Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits

$0.40 off 2 Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads

Health Care

$2.00 off 1 Excedrin Extra Strength 20ct

$5.00 off Centrum ProNutrients™ Omega-3

$3.00 off Two (2) Triaminic Products

$5.00 off any Centrum Specialist™ Vision

$5.00 off Centrum ProNutrients™ Probiotic

$5.00 off one Centrum ProNutrients™ Fruit & Veggies

$1.50 off Maalox Advanced product

$1.00 off (1) Gas-X Product

$1.00 off One (1) Triaminic Fever Reducer Product

$1.00 off Nature’s Bounty Vitamin or Supplement

$1.00 off on any 1 (ONE) Advil Congestion Relief

$1.50 off 1 Excedrin PM 20ct

$1.00 off Sundown Naturals Vitamin or Supplement

$1.00 off any one PediaCare product

$1.00 off any one (1) Delsym Product

$2.00 off any NASALCROM allergy product

Home Entertainment

$5.00 off KUNG FU PANDA 2 DVD or Blu-ray™

$3.00 off Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

$3.00 off Barbie: A Perfect Xmas

$5.00 off one Switched at Birth Volume 1 DVD

$5.00 off any one ABC Originals DVD set


$3.00 off two BISSELL Stomp N Go

$1.50 off BISSELL Stomp N Go


$1.00 off 2 packages of Vanity Fair Napkins

$3.00 off Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet kit

Office Supplies

$1.00 off HP ColorLok Paper

Personal Care

$1.00 off (1) 4-oz. Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief

$2.00 off Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips

$4.00 off Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy

$1.00 off any LISTERINE for Kids product

$5.00 off Sarna Anti-Itch Lotion

$3.00 off 1 BOTTLE OF 16 oz. BreathRx Mouth Rinse

$3.00 off AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion

$10.00 off 1 Philips Norelco Stubble Trimmer Pro

$5.00 off BC178 Infiniti Pro Conair Spin Brush

Pet Care

$1.00 off of TGLR Main Meal entrèes

$1.00 off two (2) bags of TGLR Treats

Professional Services

$5.00 off Your $25.00 Order at Vistaprint

Toys and Games

$10.00 off Little Mommy My Very Real Baby Doll

Add comment December 20, 2011

Printable coupons from Coupon Network and Redplum 12/20/11

Are you headed to the grocery store to get ready for all your Christmas baking and cooking? Have you printed all the coupons you need? Here are the latest printable coupons from Coupon Network and Redplum. I’ll do a list of the ones soon…

Catalina’s CouponNetwork Grocery Coupons


60¢ off when you buy any ONE (1) box of Beech-Nut® Baby Cereal

$1.10 off when you buy any FOUR Beech-Nut® Stage 2 1/2™ Baby Food Glass Jars

$1.85 off when you buy any FIFTEEN Beech-Nut® Stage 2 1/2™ Baby Food Glass Jars


50¢ off when you buy ONE LouAna® Product

40¢ off when you buy any ONE package of Stevia In the Raw 100% Natural, Zero-Calorie Sweetener Products

50¢ off when you buy any TWO Pillsbury® Crescent Dinner Rolls

30¢ off when you buy TWO CANS any size/variety Pillsbury® Refrigerated Grands!® or Grands! Jr.® Biscuits

40¢ off when you buy any TWO Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pizza Crust, Breadsticks, Loaves or Dinner Rolls

40¢ off when you buy any TWO Pillsbury® Sweet Rolls OR Grands!® Sweet Rolls

$1.00 off when you buy two any flavor/variety Betty Crocker® Box Muffin Mix or Fiber One® Box Muffin Mix

50¢ off when you buy ONE 28 OZ. OR LARGER Bisquick® Baking Mix or Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix

$1.00 off when you buy TWO POUCHES any flavor 17.5 OZ. OR LARGER Betty Crocker® Cookie Mixes

$1.00 off when you buy TWO PACKAGES any variety Pillsbury® Refrigerated Cookie Dough

75¢ off when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor Betty Crocker® Supreme Brownie OR Dessert Bar Mixes

50¢ off when you buy TWO packages of Pillsbury® Rolled Refrigerated Pie Crusts

Books & Magazines

$2.00 off when you buy any PEOPLE® Magazine


$1.00 off when you buy ONE box of POST GREAT GRAINS Cereal

$1.00 off when you buy any THREE BOXES select General Mills cereals


$1.00 off when you buy any TWO Wonka® Holiday Sugar Candies (7.5-12 oz)

Health & Nutrition

$1.75 off when you buy any TWO Ester-C® Items

95¢ off when you buy any ONE Slim-Fast® Ready To Drink Shake Multipack

$2.00 off when you buy any TWO GoodBelly® Quarts

$1.60 off when you buy any TWO Slim-Fast® Ready To Drink Shake Multipack

$2.00 off when you buy any THREE Slim-Fast® Ready To Drink Shake Multipack

$3.00 off when you buy ONE REFRESH OPTIVE™ Product (any size)

$1.25 off when you buy any ONE LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® Anticavity Flouride Rinse 500ml

$1.10 off when you buy any Children’s Advil® product

$2.00 off when you buy any Osteo Bi-Flex® Supplement or Powder

$1.50 off when you buy any TWO Sundown Naturals® Product

$1.10 off when you buy any ONE Nature’s Bounty® Vitamins or Supplements

$1.40 off when you buy any NatureSmart Ester-C® item

Personal Care

$3.00 off when you buy any ONE TUCKS® product

$1.35 off when you buy any TWO AXE® 4oz Bodysprays, 2.7 oz Anti-perspirants and Deodorants or 3oz Deodorants (Excludes Trial & Travel sizes and Bonus packs)


$1.50 off when you buy any TWO Snausages® or Snaw Somes!® dog snacks

$1.00 off when you buy any ONE Snausages® or Snaw Somes!® dog snacks


50¢ off when you buy any ONE YoCrunch® 100 Calorie Pack or Fruit Parfait Multipack

50¢ off when you buy any FIVE YoCrunch® Cups (Parfait, Granola or Candy/Cookie Crunch)


Redplum Coupons

SAVE $1.00 on ANY Sundown Naturals® Vitamin or Supplement product

SAVE $1.00 on the purchase of any FERRERO ROCHER® or FERRERO COLLECTION PACKAGE 5.5 oz or larger.

SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme.

SAVE $0.50 on any ONE (1) SNUGGLE® Fabric Softener Liquid or Dryer Sheets

$0.50 OFF any ONE (1) all® Laundry Detergent (28 Load or Larger)

Up to 75% OFF On Prescription Medication at Your Pharmacy

$1.00 OFF Buy any TWO (2) Dorot products and receive $1.00 off your entire purchase

SAVE $0.35 On the purchase of any SUPERPRETZEL® product (In Your Grocer’s Freezer!)

SAVE $1.00 when you buy TWO (2) boxes of Quaker Life® Cereal

Add comment December 20, 2011

Book review: the Money Saving Mom’s Budget

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you know that I am a huge fan of Crystal Paine, a.k.a. the Money Saving Mom. Money Saving Mom is one of my go-to blogs for coupons, recipes, and educational freebies, among other things. Crystal has a new book called The Money Saving Mom’s Budget coming out January 10, and it’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon. All of her proceeds from sales of this book are being donated to Compassion International, which rocks. Plus, right now it’s on sale for $11! (It retails for $14.)

I was excited to receive an advance copy of this book to review. Here are my impressions.

If you’ve been couponing for any length of time, or if you have taken Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace class (or both) then most of the information in this book will not be new to you. Crystal discusses how to set a budget (thus the name of the book), use coupons to reduce spending, manage your time, and other helpful changes you can make to improve the financial health of your family. Even though I’ve been living frugally for years, I still found a few new ideas, and was reminded of many things that I know I should be doing but have neglected.

If you’re new to couponing, budgeting, or really giving any thought at all to your financial health, this this book, along with a copy of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, could change your life. Seriously.

One thing that was new to me: Crystal’s idea that you can’t get your financial house in order until you literally get your house in order. In other words, clean. Now, I hate cleaning, but she makes a convincing argument that living in clutter leads to having a cluttered mind, so to speak. I liked this concept, and while I haven’t completely purged my home of clutter, it has motivated me to do a little better in this area.

My favorite part of the book comes at the end where she offers printable charts and worksheets to help you budget your money and your time. My favorite worksheet is a weekly time budget worksheet that breakes each day down into columns. Crystal is a planner, and she encourages readers to plan our both their time and money so that they can see where it all goes. I am a visual person, and using this worksheet to plan out my week has really helped me manage my time more wisely.

All in all, this book is a great read from a mom who I consider an example to us all. If you’re needing a gift for a mom in your life, consider picking up a copy! (Remember, it’s all for a good cause!)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.

1 comment December 20, 2011

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