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19 Jun 2008   ·   44
Money Saving Mom

What have you made yourself?

Simply Thrifty has a post up here (hat-tip to Lavonne!) with links to directions for 100 different things you can make yourself.

Just for fun, I’d love to know which of these items you’ve made yourself. Check out the list here and then tell us in the comments section!

Here’s what I’ve made from the list (not necessarily using the same directions, though):

Wedding Cake
Pancake Mix
Laundry detergent
Rubber Stamps

Now, not all of the items from the above list were great successes, but I have tried my hand at making them at least once. What about you? Oh and feel free to tell us if there are other things you’ve made which weren’t on this list, too!

I have a hunch that there’s probably at least a reader or two who has
made just about every single one of those 100 things. Some of you are
just amazing!

19 Jun 2008   ·   2
Money Saving Mom

Dillards: Free Makeup Workshops and Clinique Products

Dillards stores around the country are holding Summer Coolers makeup workshops at the Clinique counter from June 12-21, 2008 (I’m assuming these are free?). More details here.

You can get a free skin-typed travel size of
Superdefense™ Triple Action Moisturizer SPF 25 plus a trial size of
Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in your choice of Grapefruit or Ginger with a Dillard’s consultation. Print your coupon here.

More freebies:

Free packet of wildflower seeds from Burt’s Bees (Thanks, Marcy!)

19 Jun 2008   ·   5
Money Saving Mom

Free Iced Coffee at Tim Hortons (Columbus, OH) and more regional deals!


Lindsay wrote:

I just saw on our local Fox TV station that Tim Horton’s will be giving away free iced coffees today only (Thursday) in the Columbus, Ohio area.

More Restaurant Deals:

Gretchen wrote to say that at least at her Chick-fil-a, they are celebrating Customer Appreciation Week and giving away something free every day. I’m not sure if this is nationwide or a local deal, but it might be worth checking into.

Register for the Melting Pot’s Club Fondue and receive a coupon for free Chocolate Fondue for Two on your next visit. Valid when you purchase any combination dinner or any four-course feature.  Cannot be used with any other promotional offer or for gratuity.  Limit one coupon per table. (You will have one-time access to a printable coupon.  The coupon prints landscape so change print settings so the entire coupon prints.) (Thanks, Ruby!)

19 Jun 2008   ·   20
Money Saving Mom

Reader Tips:,, and What To Do With Expired Coupons Find the Lowest Gas Prices and More! – From Katie: is a brand-new website that provides cheap
gas alerts (searchable by zip code) and hotel and flight price alerts, among many other things (like schedule reminders and more!). Say Good-bye to Library Fines – From Wendy:

Have you heard of
It will notify you of due dates, overdue items, and items on hold at your library. It
can track several different card numbers at once! No more library

Expired Coupons? Send Them to Service Men and Women – From Michelle:

Service men and women overseas can use expired coupons for up
to two months past the expiration date. So if anyone has
unwanted/unused coupons they can send them to.

ATTN: Coupon Connection Program
Unit 5200, Box 105
APO AE 09464-0105

I lived in England for 8 years and I know how much it helps when people donate. For more info you can visit

Note from Crystal: I have been told that most overseas commissaries will accept coupons for up to six months past their expiration date. Is this correct? I always save my expired coupons for a few months and then stuff them into a flat rate mailer and send them to a woman I know in Germany who distributes them to other families on the base there.

18 Jun 2008   ·   15
Money Saving Mom

Send a free postcard and more!


From Karen:

I recently discovered Hippopost, which allows you to upload a picture of your choice to be used as a postcard (you can also add a message).  Hippopost
will then print the postcard and the postage is covered by advertising
(mailed to the US and Canada only–I’m guessing you could send them if
you are located internationally, but would have to send them to a US or
Canadian address).

They are able to do this for free by placing a small advertisement
on the postcard. So long as you don’t mind sending a postcard t

hat has
an advertisement on it, this is a great freebie!

(Note from Crystal: I’m curious to know if anyone has successfully used this service before? If so, what were the advertisements on the card like?)

Those of you in the Green Bay area will want to check out the Free Kid’s Day on June 25. More details here.

Get a free bottle of Country Bob’s sauce here (if you haven’t already–Thanks, Karen!)

Free subscriptions available:

Woman’s Day magazine (you have to qualify–Thanks, Shannon!)
Good Housekeeping and more from AdPerk (requires watching commercials to qualify–Thanks, Joan!)

18 Jun 2008   ·   12
Money Saving Mom

Regional Store Deals: Dillons, Winn Dixie, Shaws, Publix

Dillons (Kroger): Free Rice Krispies with Strawberries – From Cara:

Dillons has Rice Krispies with Strawberries on sale
for $2.77 a box. You can get two coupons here for $1 off.  The best part of the deal is there is a peelie on the box for a full
rebate. Limit two requests per name, address or
household. More Dillons deals here.

Winn Dixie Sales – From Cristy:
Although the sales do not match many coupons, Winn Dixie has a $5 off $40 purchase in my weekly ad. Also red seedless grapes are $0.99 a lb from $2.99 regular. Large
Tide is at $11.99 from $16.49.  Hope this helps some people out.

Shaws – Chex Mix and Cereal – From Erica:

I just wanted to let readers know that Chex mix is on sale at Shaws for
$1 each. I printed out a bunch of 65 cent off coupons (here and $1/1 coupons here) and bought 4 bags
of Chex–the coupons got automatically doubled because of Shaws coupon
policy and so I had an overage of $1.20 that got applied to the Shaws
cereal deal!

Here is what I got:                              

4 bags Chex –$4.00                  

5 boxes Cheerios–$10.00
2 boxes Near East Couscous–$2.00
4 coupons Chex ($0.65 doubled) -$5.20   
2 coupons Near East ($0.50 doubled)  -$2.00
1 General Mills Catalina that printed while I was scanning cereal -$1.50 (off 3 boxes)
1 General Mills coupon -$1.00 (off 2 boxes)
Total: $6.30
And I received a Catalina from General Mills for a free gallon of milk- up to $4.50!
Publix: $5/$35 Purchase – From Jenn:

Print your coupon for $5/$35 purchase at Publix here. With the special of buying Conagra products and getting a
gift card from Home Depot this might help out on that too.

18 Jun 2008   ·   14
Money Saving Mom

$1 off any Wendy’s Hamburger and more!


Get $1 off any Wendy’s hamburger with this coupon (can be printed twice per computer). Includes the 1/4lb
single, double, 3/4lb triple, and the Baconator (coupon does not state whether it’s accepted on the value menu burgers). Good through July 18, 2008. (Thanks, Laura!) 

More coupons:
Get a coupon for Luigi’s Italian Ice when you sign up here. (Thanks, Lacy!)

There are some new Betty Crocker brand coupons here. (Thanks, Becky!)

Go to and
click on "rebate" to get a $1.50 mail-in rebate or go to
"free coupon" (on the left side) and fill out a short survey to get more coupons! (Thanks, Rachael!)

18 Jun 2008   ·   37
Money Saving Mom

Wal-Mart: Deals for this week

Here are some of the great deals
currently running at Wal-Mart. As always, remember that these prices
and deals may vary somewhat at your local store.

Glucerna Shakes – $4.94-$5.94
Use $10/1 coupon from the Glucerna website. For those of you with diabetics in your family, here’s how to get yours:

1) Go  here and click "Join Now"
2) Enter personal information (use CATALINA as promo code) and click "Create Account"
3) Enter details then click on "Calculate Body Mass"
4) Select "lose Weight" from option, click on "NEXT"
5) Fill in required details and click ‘FINISH"
6) Click "Return to your personalized home page." Glucerna $10 coupon is on this page and can be printed twice. 

Free plus possible $5 overage! (Thanks, SlickDeals!)

Zantac 8ct – $3.98
Use $5/1 on Zantac here
Free plus possible overage after coupon!

Gillette 2in1 body wash (trial size) – $0.79
Use $1/1 coupon from 06/01 P&G insert
Free plus possible overage (Thanks, Bethany!)

Powerade is $0.75
Use the $0.75/1 coupon from insert two weeks ago
Free after coupon!

Oral B. Dental "Essentials" Floss – $0.97
Use $1/1 coupon from 06/01 P&G insert
Free after coupon (Thanks, Denise!) 

Gold Bond Lotion (trial size) – $0.99
Use $1/1 coupon here
Free after coupon (Thanks, Wendy!)

Old Spice Body Wash (trial size) – $0.94
Use $1/1 coupon from 06/01 P&G insert
Free after coupon (Thanks, Bethany!)

LiveActive cereal is $2.98
Use this $3/1 coupon (you can print two)
Free after coupon!

Honey Bunches of Oats cereals are $1.98/box
Print $2/1 coupons here, here, here, here
Free after coupon!

Kashi cereal is $2/box
Use this $2/1 coupon (you can print two)
Free after coupon!

John Freida Frizz-Ease Mouse (trial size) – $0.97
Use $1/1 from the May All You magazine
Free after coupon
(Thanks, Denise!)

Johnson’s Buddies – $0.94-$0.97 each
Buy 2 and use this $2/2 coupon here
or buy 1 and use this $1/1 coupon here
Free after coupon! 

o.b. Tampon (trial size) – $0.97
Use $1/1 coupons (04/13 SmartSource and elsewhere)
Free after coupon! (Thanks, Angel!)

Schick value packs of 10 razors – $1.97
Use $2/1 coupon for any Schick disposable razor in the 5/11 insert 
Free after coupon! (Thanks, Denise!)

Travel-sized (16-ct.) Kotex – $1
Use the $1/1 coupon here or from the May issue of All You
Free after coupon! (Thanks, More Than Enough!)

K-Y Jelly (2 oz.) – $2.59
Use the $3/1 coupon from a recent insert
Free plus possible overage after coupon (Thanks, Anna!)

Purina Cat Food – $3.97
Use $4/1 coupon here
Free after coupon! (Thanks, Denise!)

Purina Puppy Chow 4lb bag regular price – $4.12
Use $4/1 printable here
$0.12 after coupon
(Thanks, Denise!)

Ken’s Salad Dressing (small bottles) are priced at $1.14
Use the $1/1 coupons from the 05/11 newspaper insert
$0.14 after coupons (Thanks, Marion!)

Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes – $1.22/can
Use this $1/1 coupon or this one
$0.22 after coupon

Bush’s Grillin Beans – $1.25
Use $1/1 from 04/10 SmartSource insert

$0.25/can after coupon
(Thanks, Denise!)

Farmland Sausage Rolls – $1.38
Use $1/1 from 05/04 SmartSource insert

$0.38 after coupon (Thanks, Denise!)

New York Croutons are $0.98/bag
Use the $0.55/1 coupon from a recent insert
$0.45/bag after coupons (Thanks, Heidi!)

Tava 4 packs – $1.98
Use $1.50/1 coupon here
 $0.48 after coupon (Thanks, Denise!)

Dr. Pepper 2 Liter bottles – on sale $1
Use $1/2 coupon here
(Register, then at the bottom of the screen you’ll see "Need a code?",
a code will be sent to your email address, then when entered you will
be directed to print the coupon.)
$0.50 each after coupon (Thanks, Wendy!)

Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise (45oz) is priced at $1.50
Use this $1/1 coupon
$0.50 after coupon (Thanks, Abbie!)

Kashi crackers are $2.50/box
Use this $2/1 coupon
$0.50/box after coupon!

Cheerio Snack Mix – $1.50
Use $1/1 coupon here
$0.50 after coupon
(Thanks, Denise!)

Farmland Bacon – $2.50
Use $2/1 from 05/04 SmartSource insert
$0.50 after coupon
(Thanks, Denise!)

Farmland Ham regular price $2.88
Use $2/1 off Farmland Ham from 05/04 SmartSource insert
$0.88 after coupon (Thanks, Denise!)

HP Printer Paper – $3.97
Use $3/1 here
$0.97 after coupon
(Thanks, Denise!)

V8 Acacia Berry Fusion – $2.98
Use $2/1 here
$0.98 after coupon

Yo Plus Yogurt regular price $2.00
Use $1/1 coupons from recent inserts or printables here or here 
$1 after coupon

Polly from Nevada emailed me with this deal:

have been buying the Cascadian Farms Organic Purely Steam packages at
Wal-Mart for $1.22. After using the $1/1 Cascadian Farm coupon ($1)
they cost me $0.22! They make an excellent lunch and a yummy side dish.

When you sign up for this Muir Glen coupon,
you’ll also get a $1/1 any Cascadian Farms product coupon. You can
select that coupon only (just click to select which area of the page to
print) and print as many as you’d like! There are also $1/1 coupons here. Note: Not all stores have them at this price so be sure to take note of the price before buying. 

 Carrie sent in this deal:

often has insert coupons for $1 off any size lotion. The 3.25 oz. size,
which is bigger than a trial size, costs $0.97 at my local Wal-mart,
thus making it free! It’s a great way to stock up on lotion.

Did you find any other great deals at Wal-Mart? If so, let us know!

17 Jun 2008   ·   58
Money Saving Mom

Extended Warranties: Do you think they are worth the money?

My laptop broke last week for at least fifth time since I’ve had it.

Gratefully, I have an extended warranty on it, a backup laptop, and almost all of my business stuff is virtual (not computer-dependent). As you can tell, I’ve been around this track one too many a time to not have a back-up plan in place.

The fix just took one phone call and a short consultation with tech support and in minutes they promised to send a new adapter–all free of charge. Two days later, the adapter arrived on my doorstep and my computer was fixed… yet again.

When I bought the laptop, it was my first laptop to purchase and my first time to decide to fork over the extra money for an extended warranty. Knowing how often I use my computers and knowing my track record with breaking them, my husband and I felt it was a wise choice.

That extra $300 or so for the extended warranty felt like a lot at the time, but it’s paid for itself many times over in the last two years. I’ve had my keyboard replaced, my adapter replaced twice, the motherboard replaced (a tech came to our home to do that; I didn’t know anyone still made "house calls" these days!), and spent more than five hours put together on the phone with tech support.

If I had had to take my computer in and get it fixed each of these times, I do not doubt it would have been quite a bit more than that initial $300 for the extended warranty. And I would have also had to hassle with taking it in and picking it up, not to mention finding a reliable tech store in the first place.

When I bought my second laptop, I didn’t blink twice when the associate asked if I wanted to buy a warranty. He was all prepared to explain the different warranties to me when I blurted out confidently, "I’ll take the three-year extended warranty." And guess what? We’ve already made good use of it on the second laptop.

I’ve come to the conclusion that at least for us, buying an extended warranty on laptops is a no-brainer. It saves headache, it saves time, and it saves money.

Do you buy extended warranties or do you think they are a waste of money?

17 Jun 2008   ·   4
Money Saving Mom

Reader Tips:,, and more!

DriverSide: Free Vehicle Information and Help:

DriverSide is the first full service Web site with the mission of saving consumers time and money through resources that make owning or leasing an automobile hassle-free. Unlike other automotive Web sites, DriverSide has brought together every available car and truck-related resource in one place and made it accessible and free.

Focusing on saving consumers money, DriverSide eliminates fees, including used car listings, helps consumers maintain the value of their vehicles, and ensures users know what to pay for typical repair jobs, parts and accessories. DriverSide is building a community of mainstream consumers who can participate in forums, meet other car owners, and post reviews on mechanics and dealers.

Free Directory Service – From Becca:

Program 800-FREE-411 (800-373-3411) into your cell phone.This
no-cost directory service works like 411…sort of. After you dial in, you’ll
hear a brief 10-second ad before a recorded voice asks the usual "What
city and state?" Savings up to $3.50 per call.

Excedrin Rebate – From Mike: 

I was
paging through my coupon inserts from last week and came across a rebate form up
to $4.99 for 24ct Excedrin Back & Body. I know there are lots of
Excedrin coupons floating around from pervious inserts, as I still have a couple
$2.00 coupons specifically for any Excedrin Back $ Body product. I thought
this might be a good item to use at CVS to reach your $15/$20 total, and in
return make some money at the same time.
Red Robin Coupons – From Audrey:

My family and I recently discovered how much we enjoy Red Robin
burgers. After filling out the comment card at the restaurant, I
received a $1 off for you and a friend coupon in the mail, and a $3 off
coupon by email. We plan on using them to return to Red Robin for
Father’s Day. – From Eunice:

We have used various times to check our landline rates and I just did it again today. I checked with our current company to see if they could match the rate, which they wouldn’t. So, I switched, and will save the $1.97 monthly service charge plus we’re getting a lower instate and out-of- state rate. We are charged a $5.00 one-time fee to change, but will recoup that in no time at all.  Some companies will credit the switching fee, so just do your homework.

17 Jun 2008   ·   4
Money Saving Mom

Regional Store Deals: Food Lion, Meijer, Rite Aid

Food Lion Deals – From Tina:

Food Lion has Curves brand cereal and bars on sale
this week for $0.99, and we have some Lysol wipes clearanced for 1.93. If you use coupons, you can get these for even less!

Meijer: Free Honey Bunches of Oats – From Lacey:

If you have a Meijer near you, Post Honey Bunches of Oats with Real
Chocolate Clusters are on sale for $1.75 each. Print $2/1 coupons from here, here, here, and here
to make them FREE! All of those links may or may not
work. If they do, also try to backspace and refresh the page, and some
of them might print a second time. YAY for free food!

More Meijer Deals – From Kristin:

Buy Purina Band Dog Snacks, any size, any variety between 5/30 and 6/21

Buy 2, Get $1 off your next shopping order
Buy 3, Get $2.50 off your next shopping order
Buy 4, or more Get $4 off your next shopping order

Buy four Purina Chew-eez sticks which are regularly priced at $0.99 cents. You’ll pay $3.96  out of pocket and get a catalina for $4 off your next shopping order. Free dog treats! (Thanks, to Jody for first finding this deal!)

Meijer ice cream is on sale for $2.50 and there is a printable $1 off on the meal box site which makes it $1.50 for 1/2 gallon or ice cream sandwiches etc.

Solo paper plates $2.50, use with the recent $2/1 insert coupon – $0.50 each

Meijer Pasta sauce on sale for $1 use with the printable $.50/1 on the mealbox site –  $.50 pasta sauce to go with that pasta from last week!

Rite Aid: $0.50 Nexcare Bandages – From Lucia:
RiteAid is having a sale on the kids character Nexcare bandages,
$0.99, which is a good price. Use this $1/2 coupon to make them $0.50 each! Not as
good as free bandages from CVS, but a great deal for these bandages if
you have kids that want them.

17 Jun 2008   ·   14
Money Saving Mom

Target: Deals for this week

Thanks to Mercedes and Sarah for giving me the heads’ up on this deal:

areas of the country got the coupon pictured above in the Sunday inserts. It is for $5 off any three Johnson’s baby, Band-Aid, Carefree, Stayfree,
Neosporin, or Tylenol products.

For those who got this coupon (and if your area got them, you might want to try and round up some more newspapers!) here are some deal ideas:

*Band-Aids Deal–Free Plus Possible Overage!*

This week Band Aids are on sale 20%. They are usually are
$1.97, so with the sale and coupon you end up getting them for free.
The coupon should self-adjust. You can use $0.75/1 Band-Aid coupons here or the $1/1 or $0.50/1 coupons from the 04/27 or 05/11 Redplum inserts and get up to $3 overage!

*Johnson’s Buddies Bodywash Deal–$0.08 each!*

can also use them to get Johnson’s Buddies Products for $0.08 each. It retails for around $2.74 so after this coupon and
manufacturer’s coupons, you will be paying $0.08 for one bottle. There is
a manufacturer printable here and there were manufacturer’s coupons on the 4/27 RP inserts.

Sarah wrote:

We got a buddies soap (.94) and buddies shampoo
(2.64) and a neosporin (3.11 – sale). I used a $1/1 Neosporin coupon and got all
three for $0.79! I could have gotten all free things, but we needed the Neosporin. Just wanted to let you know. The best part is that all of the
Johnson’s and Neosporin products are also on sale this week.

More deals for this week:

Little Debbie Snack Cakes –  on sale for $1
Use $0.75/1 coupon here
$0.25 after coupon (If the Family Pack snack cakes are the ones on sale, I’m wondering if perhaps it’s the smaller packages–Thanks, Denise!)

SmartStart Cereal – on sale 2 for $5
Use $3/2 coupons
$1/box after coupons

More deals from last week which are still going on:

Powerade Zero is $0.79 at some stores
Use the .75/1 coupon from 06/08 insert
$0.04 after coupon (Thanks, Wendy!)

Use the $1/1 Archer Farms Deli cheese coupon here and buy cheese in $1 amounts to get it free!
You’ll need to figure out the weight which would make it $1. Based upon
the typical price of $4.99-$6.99 a pound, you’d ask for anywhere from
0.15 pound to 0.20 pound. You can get multiple bags per visit (some
stores have a limit of 3 to 5 of the same Target coupons per visit,
though) and end up with lots of free cheese!

Target also recently released a $5/2 coupon on Pampers wipes and

Since it is a Target coupon, you can also combine it with the
$2/2 manufacturer’s coupon which came out in the 06/01insert. If you
don’t have a CVS store, this is a fairly good price for a jumbo pack of
wipes and diapers:

Buy 1 Pampers jumbo pack at $9.99
Buy 1 wipes bag/box at $5.99
Use 1 $2/2 manufacturer’s coupon from 6/1 insert
Use 1 $5/2 Target coupon
$8.98 for both

Thanks, Mercedes!

Gillette Satin Shaving Gel (trial size)- $0.99
Use $1/1 coupon from P&G insert (not all areas received $1/1 coupons)
Free after coupon

Joint Juice Single Beverages – $1.09
Use this $0.50/1 Target coupon
Stack with the $1/1 coupon from the 4/27 insert
Free plus possible overage! (Thanks, Mercedes!)

Schick Razors (trial sized) – $0.97
Use the $2/1 coupon from the 5/11 SmartSource insert
Free plus possible overage! (Thanks, Angie!)

Band-Aids – (SpongeBob, Miss Kitty, and a few others only) – $1
Use $1/1 from 05/18 inserts or use $0.75/1 coupon here
Free after coupon (Thanks, Kristin!) or $0.25 after coupon (Thanks, Samantha!)

Clean and Clear (trial sized) – $0.97
Use $2/1 coupon here
Free after coupon (Thanks, Kristin!)

Banana Boat Sport SPF 30 (trial size)
Use $1/1 coupon
Free after coupon (Thanks, Tiffany!)

Johnson’s Buddies Soap – $0.99
Use $1/1 coupon here
Free after coupon

Bourdeaux’s Butt Paste (travel size – 3 one-use packs) – $0.99
Use $1/1 printable here
Free after coupon

All Small and Mighty (travel size) – $1.00
Use $1/1 coupon or printable here
Free after coupon

Degree Deodorant (travel size) – $0.99
Use $1/1 coupon
Free after coupon

Tylenol (trial sized) – $1
Use $1/1 coupon here
Free after coupon (Thanks, Kristin!)

Shout wipes (travel size) – $0.97
Use $1/1 coupon here
Free after coupon (Thanks, Kristin!)

Dove Deodorant (travel size) – $0.99
Use $0.75/1 coupon
$0.24 after coupon

Morningstar Farms products – prices start at $2.64-$2.69
Use this $2/2 Target coupon
Stack with two $0.75/1 coupon from the 05/04 insert (Thanks, Mercedes!)

Scotch Fur Fighter Hair Remover Kit – $10.99
Use $4/1 Target coupon here
Stack with $4/1 coupon here
(Thanks, Heather!)

Thanks to Jan for sending me this $2.50/2 Luvs diapers
Target coupon. This coupon can be stacked with a manufacturer’s coupon
for more savings. Also, most Wal-Marts will accept this coupon; Luvs
diapers are less expensive there so you might consider using it at
Wal-Mart instead of Target.

And a few more deals from Wendy:

Lea & Perrins Worchestershire Sauce is on sale for $1.79.  Click here to use this $1/1 Target coupon.  Combine with the .55 /1 coupon from the Sunday paper insert.  Final price is .24!

Thanks to Charlene for letting us know that Colgate Total is priced at 2.44 (regular price)- with the $1 Target coupon and a $1.50 MQ it is free! The manufacturer coupons can be found all over- last week’s insert, this month’s All You etc..

Find any other great deals at Target this week? Let us know!