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Friday, July 10, 2009

My Deals From Yesterday

I had a very kind friend who volunteered to babysit for me so I could go grocery shopping last night. I had so much fun between the deals I found at K Mart and Walmart! Of course, I already told you about the toy deals here, but here are a few of the other deals I got:

K Mart

Huggies and Pampers diapers
$5.99 (After doubled $2.00 off coupons)

Huggies Wipes
$ .99 (After doubled $1.00 off coupons)

Bic Soleil Razors
FREE (After $3.00 off coupon - razor was in the clearance section)

Pantene Full & Thick Shampoo
FREE (After doubled $2.00 off coupon)

Suave Body Wash
$1.00 each (After doubled $1.00 off coupon)

Clean & Clear
$ .19 (After doubled $2.00 off coupon)

Kids' Crest Toothpaste
$ .50 (After doubled $ .75 off coupon)

*Here's a great tip from a reader: Look around while you are shopping for K Mart Store can combine these with your doubled manufacturer coupons for even better deals! They won't double the K Mart coupon, but you can stack it with the manufacturer coupon for the same item!


Nestle Pure Life Purified Water - 6 Packs
FREE - located up in the Dollar Section of the store. (Go here for a coupon for $1.00 off)

Eggo Bake Shop Products
$ .94 (After $1.00 off coupon here.)

*Our local Walmart has been having a great aisle of clearance items...I picked up some great birthday party gifts for just $ .25 - $3.00!! Also, the ice cream has been really cheap!
Then, to top my evening off, I took my survey receipt from Arby's through the drive-thru for a FREE Beef and Cheddar! Don't throw away those receipts!!!

Free Sample From Bodycology

Here is a great FREE sample for Bodycology's Hand and Body Lotion in your choice of Cherry Blossom or Raspberries and Cream.

Great Bath & Body Works Coupon

Here is a great Bath & Body Works coupon for a FREE True Blue Spa item with any purchase of $15.00 or more.

Free Chocolate All Summer Long!

Don't forget to go here to get your coupon for a FREE chocolate bar from Mars today.

In case you haven't heard about this yet, every Friday this summer, Mars is giving away 250,000 coupons for free candy bars. There is a limit of four per household.

P.S. Every week that I have won, it has been around 1-2:00pm, so you don't necessarily have to be an early bird to grab one of these! I am not sure, but it seems they are giving out more than four per household also!

Toy Clearance Going On at K-Mart!!

*Update: Thanks to Anonymous for commenting...I had the wrong link up for the K Mart toy coupon, but it should be corrected now. This one does not expire until 8/31/09.

I usually only blog during my children's nap time in the afternoon, but I HAD to get on here this morning and let you know about the TOY CLEARANCE going on at K-Mart right now!!

They have a lot of their toys on clearance - they have some "clearance" sections of toys, but they also have various toys scattered throughout the toy aisles with yellow clearance stickers - then they are giving an EXTRA 50% off all the clearance toys!!

I got some amazing deals on toys for Christmas presents (got my son's Christmas shopping totally done), and got some great birthday party gifts ($ .75 - $1.00 each!!).

To make the deal even sweeter, there is this coupon for $5.00 off a $20.00 toy purchase right now!

Also, K-Mart has a Pictureka Card Game for just $5.99. Use the coupon at here for $5.00 off to get this card game for just $ .99!!

Now to find a good hiding spot for all of these Christmas presents...

*I got some great Double Coupon deals as well...including a pack of Huggies diapers for just 9 cents!! I'll try to blog about all those deals later!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Free Aveda Samples

There are two coupons available right now (here and here) good for FREE samples of Aveda Hand Relief and a Smooth Infusion Set (Shampoo, Conditioner and Style-Prep Smoother). Just take them to your local Aveda salon.

This Weekend's Coupon Inserts

Go here to see a preview of what coupons/inserts we can expect in this weekend's paper. It looks like there will be a Red Plum (also called Valassis) and a Smart Source.

(To view the coupons for each insert, just click on the title under this weekend's date.)

More Printables...

Here is a coupon for $1.00 off Baked Lays. (Click on the floating dollar sign.) Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Go here for a coupon for $1.00 off Nestle Pure Life Purified Water Multipacks. (Could make the six-packs free at some Walmarts this week!)

An Inspiring Target Shopping Trip

You all have to go over to Money Saving Mom to see all the stuff she got at Target for just $6.00 this week! I always find posts like this inspiring!!
Also, The Thrifty Mama has an interesting post here asking for readers' links to a list of good prices for the general items we purchase frequently. Scroll through the comments for some great links. I find these lists helpful in knowing if the sale prices I come across are really "stock-pile" worthy, or if I should hold out for a better sale.

Arby's Printable Coupon

Go here to print a great coupon for a FREE BBQ Bacon Cheddar Roastburger with any drink purchase. (Expires 7/12).

Rainforest Cafe Coupon

Go here to print a $10.00 off a $25.00 coupon for Rainforest Cafe! (Expires 7/31). This is such a fun restaurant!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Welcome to Spend Freely!

I just want to take some time to welcome my new readers from the Brooke's Sweet Shop Giveaway to this site!

At first glance, all of this coupon-frenzy might seem a little crazy, so I thought I would link you to some of my blog entries that I wrote mostly for "coupon beginners:"

Where Do I Find My Coupons?

Organizing Your Coupons

Coupons: Fact or Fiction?

Printable Coupon Reminders

Hopefully, this will give you a little insight into what Spend Freely is all about...if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me!

Also, make sure to subscribe to my blog with your Google Reader or whatever other RSS feed reader you use. You can also choose to get my updates sent straight to your e-mail inbox.

A Few Printables...

Go here to save $1.00 off Yo-Baby Yogurt. Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Go here to save over $16.00 in Pillsbury coupons!!

Go here to save over $16.00 in Betty Crocker coupons (same coupons as Pillsbury site)!!

Free Tall Coffee at Barnes & Noble

Download this application HERE to your iPhone or iPod touch and get a digital coupon for a FREE tall coffee from the Barnes & Noble Starbucks Cafe.

Thanks, The Thrifty Mama!

Try Products For Free!

There are several great companies out there who want you to be on their "advisory panels." By signing-up to be on these panels, they will periodically send you their new products or coupons for their new products so you can try them and give feedback on them. I have personally had a great experience with all of them, and was excited today when I found out about a new one:

The Pringles National Consumer Advisory Panel - gives you the opportunity to be the first to sample new products and share your opinions!

Here are the other panels that I am a part of:

Vocal Point

Kraft First Taste

Pssst....General Mills

These are all easy to sign-up with, and give great benefits to their panel members! Have fun!

Why Get Free Samples?

I LOVE free stuff! Especially USEABLE free stuff - that's why I am always telling you about the free samples that you can sign up for around the web.
However, I have not always loved these free samples. I used to think that free samples were only good for cluttering up my bathroom drawers and kitchen cabinets.
When I began my journey to start saving my family money on our grocery budget, I realized that free samples are actually very valuable items. Here's why:

1. First of all, the most obvious reason: it will save you money on your toiletry purchases. I have gone several months using deodorant, toothpaste and shampoo samples that I have received...making it unnecessary for me to buy those things at the store.

2. Many times the free samples come with coupons for their products. I have received some of my favorite coupons in the mail with the samples...especially diapers coupons!

3. It is just plain FUN to get free stuff to try in the mail. I really enjoy trying out different kinds of shampoo, make-up, cereals, etc. that I would not normally purchase. My kids love it too!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

A Few of My Favorite {Free} Things...

I got to thinking the other day about how much I enjoy many of the FREE resources I use online, and then I realized I should share them with you. You may have already heard of some or all of them, but I thought I would pass them along to you.

The first one is Family Life. I have always enjoyed listening to their broadcasts on my local Christian Radio station. They have inspiring testimonies from believers that love God and want to share what they have learned with the rest of us. The topics are always on some part of the home - from marriage to children, and are encouraging and insightful. They have all of their past radio broadcasts available to listen to online - absolutely FREE. Just click on "Radio" and "Past Broadcasts." Since our computer is usually on our kitchen counter, I usually listen to these while I am cooking or doing dishes.

Also, if you have not attended one of Family Life's Weekend to Remember Marriage Conferences, I would highly recommend it!! They are terrific!! Also, if your husband is the Senior Pastor of your church, you can go for FREE to one of these conferences! What a great deal!

Another great FREE resource online is CBH Ministries. I am always looking for ways to get God's Truth into my children's hearts and minds, and I have really enjoyed this website. They have free daily devotionals for kids on their website, games, and more - as well as a order form where you can order a free kids' devotional book, Keys for Kids. But, the area of this site that we use the most is here where you can listen to old recordings of the "Children's Bible Hour with Uncle Charlie." My kids BEG me to turn these on, and we often will listen to them while we are eating our lunch. Another FREE website that I love, on the home-decorating front, is Behr Paint's website. Why do I love it? Well, I am someone who does not like to pick a paint color for my house without first seeing it on someone else's wall first...Behr helps me with this by providing a "Inspiration Gallery" which shows pictures of tons of houses and rooms, listing the color that they used for each one! A few other fun things are the "Virtual Color Center" and the "Projects" sections. This is one that I have mentioned before, but I love it...Mr. Rebates pays me for shopping online! This is a site that will give you a certain percentage back on your purchases online. For example, recently I was going to be ordering something on Target's website. I simply went to the Mr. Rebates website, clicked on Target, which then took me to the Target website where I was able to make my purchase. A couple of days later, I was credited with 4% of my purchase! How great is that? Plus you get an automatic $5.00 for signing up!! (Of course, this only helps you save money if you are using it for things you were already going to be buying online :)!)

Have you tried Swagbucks yet? Okay, I know I am a little late in catching on to this great site, but I was a little skeptical at first...but let me tell you - it is GREAT!! Basically, it is a search engine that allows you to earn points for using them for your searches. As you are doing your normal web searching, it will periodically reward you with points. Also, they will periodically give you codes to enter to receive more points. With only 50 points you can get a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. Why is this so great? Well, I am doing something I would normally be doing on Google (earning NOTHING), and I am earning points toward FREE GIFT CARDS!! LOVE IT!! Go here for more information and to sign up absolutely free! Okay, so there are a few of my favorite FREE sites! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Another Dish Network Movie Deal...

Hooray! I love when Dish Network does this deal!
Right now, Dish Network will give you two free movies (up to $4.99 value) FREE! Go here to fill out the form and for more information! Expires 9/30/09.
Thanks, Moms By Heart!!

Free Food at Chick-Fil-A!

I posted about this once before, but I wanted to remind you:

Don't forget that Friday, July 10th is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A!! You can get a free entree item for wearing a "cow accessory," or you can get a free combo meal for wearing a full-cow-costume! Find out locations, as well as more details here.

McDonald's - Free Mochas!

Get a free 8 oz. Mocha or Iced Mocha on any Monday (7/13-8/3) from 7am-7pm. No coupon necessary. As always, I would call ahead first to make sure your local McDonald's is participating!! Go here for more information.

Tomorrow is Arby's Freebie Day

Don't forget about Arby's Free Wednesday tomorrow! Looks like tomorrow's special is a FREE Orange Cream Swirl Shake with any sandwich purchase.

Join Arby's Extras here to get these and other deals sent straight to your inbox.

Gotta Love Free Stuff!

Go here to get a free sample of Viva Paper Towels.

Go here to get a free sample of Nivea Touch of Sparkle Body Wash (I am using this right now and LOVE it!!).

Go here to get a free sample of Nivea for Men Active 3 Body Wash.

Get a coupon for a free box of Lipton tea by calling this number (1-888-435-3639) and following the easy instructions. Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Go here and Fiber One will not only send you free samples, but also $5.00 in coupons!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Giveaway Winner Announced...

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Brooke's Sweet Shop Giveaway! I was very excited by the response, and was glad to have shared such a cute hand-made product with you! My sincere thanks goes to Tamara - who makes these adorable wipe cases - for her generosity!

And now, drumroll please...the winner of the Brooke's Sweet Shop Diaper Wipe Case is...

#54, Bethany!!

Bethany, you have 24 hours to send me your mailing address. If I do not hear from you within 24 hours, another winner will be picked.

Many of you have mentioned that you would like to order one of these cute wipe cases for baby shower gifts, etc. Don't forget to go by Tamara's Etsy site and do so!

*The winner was picked using

Brooke's Sweet Shop Giveaway Ends Tonight!!

Only a few more hours to enter Brooke's Sweet Shop Giveaway!!

To enter this fantastic giveaway, and to find out how you can get three entries to win these adorable diaper wipe cases, go here.

*Don't forget to visit Brooke's Sweet Shop on Etsy here.

Giagantic List of Freebies for K-Marts Double Coupon Event!

I just came across this great list of FREEBIES available at K-Mart this week with the Double Coupon event!!

Check out these other great blogs for more K-Mart Double Coupon match-ups:

My Frugal Adventures
Common Sense With Money
Coupon Clippin' Mama

To find out if your local K Mart is having this sale, go to their website here, and click on "Weekly Ad" on the top menu. It will be on the front page of one of your store's weekly flyers if they are participating.

Also, don't forget they've added some new rules for this go-around:

Coupons up to $2 will be doubled. No overage will apply.
You can only double up to 4 like coupons per transaction.
You can only double 10 total coupons per trip.
Internet coupons are accepted.
Your total before coupons must be at least $25 in order for the computer to double your coupons.
Sales tax will apply to your pre-coupon total.

*Make sure to ask your store manager if they are following all of these rules! Our store wasn't picky about the limits last time. If your store is carrying out these rules, try to plan your trips out ahead of time...making several trips to take advantage of all of these great deals!

Walgreens Deals for This Week

Pepsi 12 Packs - Get $3.00 Register Rewards, When You Buy 3
3/$12.00 (On Sale)
= 3/$9.00 after Register Rewards!!

Buy $10 worth of CoverGirl cosmetics, Get $3 Register Rewards
- $1.00 (6/7 P&G Coupon Insert)
- $2.00 (6/7 P&G Coupon Insert)
- 1.00 (6/28 Parade Magazine)
= $1.25 and up after coupons and Register Rewards!!

Buy 4 packages of Keebler Cookies or Crackers at $2.50 each, Get $5 Register Rewards
- $1.00/2 (Printable Coupon Here) - Use Two!
= $ .75 each after coupons and Register Rewards!!

Buy 4 Glide Floss at $2.50 each, Get $3.00 Register Rewards
- $1.00 (6/7 P&G Coupon Insert)
= $ .75 each after coupons and Register Rewards!!

Buy 3 Listerine, Reach Ultraclean Toothbrush or Reach Ultraclean Floss at $3.00 each, Get $3.00 Register Rewards
- $2.00 (Printable Coupons Here) - Use Three!
= Free to $2.00 each after coupons and Register Rewards!

24-pack of Nestle Bottled Water
$3.99 (After In-Ad Coupon)
- $1.00 (Printable Coupon Here)
= $2.99 after coupons!

Starbucks Ice Cream
On Sale for Buy One, Get One Free ($4.79/2)
- $2.00 (6/21 SmartSource Coupon Insert)
- $1.00 (Printable Coupon Here)
= $1.79 for two after coupons!

Target Deals For This Week

For a great list of coupon match-ups and deals for Target this week, check out Money Saving Mom's post here!
There are some pretty amazing deals this week on Degree Deodorant, Kashi products, and Eggo Bake Shop products!!

Tons of Freebies and Samples!!

The Affluent Pauper has a GIANT list of freebies and samples that are available right now! Many of these I have already blogged about, but there are some new ones as well!
One of those "new samples" is for a sample of Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste here. There are also many $1.00 off coupons for various Aquafresh products there as well!

Long John Silvers - Free Fish Taco - July 14

Baja Fish Taco Day is coming to Long John Silvers on July 14th (11:00am-2:30pm) which means you can get a free fish taco!

Go here for more information and for restaurant locations.

As always, call your local restaurant first to make sure they are participating in this freebie!

Get a Free Slurppe on July 11 at 7-Eleven!

In celebration of "7-Eleven Day," you can get a free slurpee on July 11th at participating 7-Eleven stores.

For store locations, go here.

(It is supposed to be at every store, but you might want to call to make sure!)

Snapfish - 50 Prints for $ .50!!

Woo Hoo! If you're needing to print some of your photos out (like I am!), then this is a great deal!

Go here to get 50 prints for just $ .50 using code PENNY! This coupon expires July 10. You still pay shipping, but it is still a great deal!

Another Free Movie Monday

Here is another Redbox free movie code good today only...4J7LF6.

If you would like to use this code, just click "Rent With Promo" on the first screen. Then, enter your code, choose your movie, and swipe your credit card. You then have until 9pm the next day to return the movie (or keep it for just $1.00 a day).

To find the nearest Redbox, click here.

Free Starbucks Ice Cream on Facebook

There is lots of buzz right now about this new offer on Facebook from Starbucks Ice Cream:

Apparently, they are giving away coupons for a FREE pint of Starbucks Ice Cream an hour through July 19. They say that they will give away 800 per hour, starting at the beginning of the hour. They are not available in Colorado, Louisiana or Tennessee. Make sure you're logged into Facebook, then go here to get in on this deal.
*I tried right at the beginning of the hour, and they still said that they were gone for that hour...not sure if there is problems with the site or what?! Let me know if you are able to get through and get one. Probably a very busy site right now...maybe trying late at night or early in the morning would be better!

Free Coupon Book

You have heard me talk about these before, but Home Made Simple is offering another one of their great coupon books again! Go here to get one.

The best part about these coupon books, is that they usually come with a coupon for a FREE product in them!

This seems to be a new link, so even if you have already requested one of these, you should be able to get another one.