Mar 182011
 

All You magazine has a $10 rebate available here when you purchase any two Cottonelle Ultra Toilet Paper 12 pack ($6.97), Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Family Size ($3.42) or Zicam Cold Remedy ($8.97) from March 11 to April 5th. (My stores prices)

Today, I took the new coupon policy and rebate on a run and purchased the following:

2 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Family Size @ $3.42 = $6.84

White Cloud Toilet Paper @ $2.00 – $1.00/1 = $1.00

2 Air Heads 6 pack @ $0.82 = $1.64 – (2) $0.50/1 = $0.64 or $0.32 each

2 Mentos @ $0.62 = $1.24 – (2) $0.50/1 = $0.24 or $0.12 each

4 Frigo Cheese sticks @ $0.33 = $1.32 – (2) $0.50/1 – (2) $1.50/1 = FREE + $2.68 overage

Venus Razor $7.94 – $5.00/1 = $2.94

Steak @ $5.00

Total Spent $15.26

Total Saved $10.50 or 40%

After I send in for my $10, this cart comes down to a whopping $5.26 AND an addition to the donation stash [we will never consume two family size boxes of Frosted Flakes before expiration, we’re still working on Special K!]!

Happy Friday and Happy Shopping!

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Mar 162011
 

Have you received your tax refund yet? I hope so because another opportunity to purchase your new spring bag has arrived! This cutie-pie of a tote will be $139.50 after discount!

Click above for your additional 30% off coupon to Coach Factory Outlet. Good through March 27, 2011.

Happy Shopping!

 Posted by at 4:00 pm
Mar 162011
 

 

Yesterday, the FedEx guy dropped of the most adorable paint kit I have ever seen. I suppose I am to paint a really tiny wall or maybe a doll house… Just kidding, this is a complementary color to one I already have on the bedroom wall. More Painting!!! Yay!

The kit includes:

  • Valspar Satin sample in Porcelain Shale
  • Valspar mini roller set
  • Valspar Complementary Colors Palette [to the Porcelain Shale]
  • $5 off any Valspar gallon coupon

Click here to enter to receive your sample, samples are limited.

We love Lowe’s [they sell Valspar] and Valspar paint. The store is always clean and inviting and the paint is always durable and provides great coverage.

Thanks Valspar Paint!

 Posted by at 9:44 am
Mar 152011
 

Did you hear about Wal-Mart putting a new coupon policy into effect? Well, they did, and it is to our great advantage friend!

They are now accepting manufacturer coupons [even if over the shelf price], internet print coupons, competitors’ coupons [that feature a specific item for a specified price], coke caps and catalina coupons [must have "manufacturer's coupon" printed on top].

Today, I took the policy on a test run and purchased the following:

2 Gain Fabric Softener 40 sheets @ $1.87 = $ 3.74 – (2) $3.00/1 = FREE + $2.26 Overage

Mrs. T’s Pierogies @ $1.98 – $1.00/1 = $0.98

Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice $1.46 

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice @ $1.16 = $2.32 - $1.00/2 = $1.32 or $0.66 each

Venus Razor $7.94 – $5.00/1 = $2.94

Honey Buns $1.50 (These are better than the Wal-Mart brand for $1.00)

French Bread $0.90

Mrs. Baird’s bread $1.98 (This is the best price around without a coupon)

Total Spent $8.88

Total Saved $13.00 or 60%

Looks like the coupon policy works, I did not get any questions as to the value of my coupons or the size of my purchases compared to the coupon. Perfect!

Happy Shopping!

Update: We tried the Louisiana Red Beans and Rice tonight with ground beef and red crushed pepper and a side of Sweet Corny Cornbread… pretty tasty! The red beans and rice are kind of high in sodium, so if you are watching your intake, consider this before trying!

 Posted by at 4:00 pm
Mar 152011
 

I just can’t seem to slow this crafting roll down, every where I turn it looks like a new idea is popping my head. This past weekend I received the CUTEST picture of my niece peeking from a tree and that needs a special home.

Monday, I stumbled upon a featured post at Tatertots and Jello with an amazing idea for quick and easy decor-friendly chore chart. All you need are time, an old frame and fabric that matches your style, done, done and done. [I really had no idea that I had so many unused frames stashed in this house!]

Pile of goods:

Pile of goods combined:

Completed photo/memo frame:

Isn’t that girl just as cute as a button?

This project took about an hour, and it was really simple; the hardest part was choosing which ribbon or string to use. There’s no use in me reinventing the craft wheel here, the instructions on how to create your own frame/memo/chore chart can be found here.

I chose to use spray adhesive over the hot glue when mounting the upholstery fabric to the cardboard back, it provided a smoother surface and cleaner lines than with the hot glue. When I was finished gluing all the ribbon in place, I sprayed the back again with adhesive and stuck on another cardboard cut out to cover up all of the “work”, so all you see from the back is cardboard and staples, nice and clean!

Happy Crafting Friends!

PS – Here is a look into my current large project:

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Mar 152011
 

Christian Book Distributors is offering more FREE eBooks through their website:

Happy Reading!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Mar 122011
 

Our mantel has been a sore spot for a while now. We just do not know what to do with it. The room is not as large as the height suggest, so it is hard to imagine what to put in the space… besides absolutely nothing.

We tried painting the wall a light steel blue color and adding canvases [which were supposed to be painted with a chosen design] to draw the eye upward. A focal point, maybe. The room [and house] is just not large enough for this kind of detail and the color was way too cold for the space.

Before:

So, we repainted the wall a darker grey with a hint of brown, the color looks amazing and it actually makes the wall look even taller, but in a much better way…  Now we are left with a “what to do with the space” issue.

We have floating shelves in the entry way that B has been threatening to demolish as soon as Mom isn’t looking. He got his wish last night, all of the shelf dwellers made their way to the mantle, a more stable situation for all involved. Especially for my Father-In-Law’s service flag; that bad boy is really heavy!

After:

It is still pretty simple, but we like it.

PSA: Thank God and a service[wo]man for setting and keeping you FREE. The ultimate Frugal find!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Mar 112011
 

My sis, Sarah, came over today with a super cute craft in tow – clay ninja creation.

I created my “Big Guy” out of lime green clay and cooked him up for ~45 minutes. He has the most awesome lean and his arms are all “Sup”-like. He is fantastic. He is ninja.

I made three bead heads, I suppose they will make it to the Christmas tree this year with their glittery goodness. What says “Merry Christmas” more than three green ninjas? They will be like our three wise men, only without the gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Sarah made her beads in to dangle earrings, they are uber cute!  I should have got a picture, no use telling you if you can’t see them, right? Well, take my word for it, they are pretty amazing.

We had a really fun time being creative and I especially enjoyed our discussion over the structure and importance of same size ninja clay eyeballs… mini eyeballs are surprisingly difficult!

UPDATE: I got pictures!

See, I told you they were amazing!

 Posted by at 5:56 pm
Mar 112011
 

We have three wood panels, which I purchased quite a few years ago for our apartment; they have been living in our dining room and kitchen. Since we received an amazing piece of art for Christmas last year, they need to repurpose thses babies and find them a new home.

Before:

After:

Pretty sweet, huh? I had planned on “aging” them with glaze, but I really liked the crispness of the grey by itself.

Now, we just need to get our furniture picked out so these don’t look so out of place!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Mar 102011
 

Were you able to commit to your 2011 philanthropic goals of donating to the Do Something organization?

Didn’t it feel amazing to do something good for somebody else with jeans you[r kids] would never wear again? Yes! Didn’t it feel good to get an extra 25% off jeans, which were already on clearance, because you donated? Double Yes!

This year the organization collected over 500k pairs of jeans, thanks to you. I am so proud of you for taking the time to help them out!

If you weren’t able to donate this year, start stocking up, it is going to roll around again next year and you REALLY want to be ready. Hit up your friends, sisters, brothers and neighbors; now is the time for spring cleaning, maybe watch for items along the road-side if you are feeling extremely frugal.

Happy pilanthroping fellow frugalers. [Not an alliteration, more of a tongue twister]

PS – No one sent me jeans from Minnesota, sort of a bummer, but I will survive… there is always next year!

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