Free Coupon: Capri Sun Big Pouch (Safeway)

July 10th, 2013

Capri Sun coupon

Click here to “Like” Safeway on Facebook and you’ll be able to sign up for a coupon good for a free Capri Sun Big Pouch, valid at Safeway stores only. Thanks, Free Hot Samples!

Free Coupon: Betty Crocker Cookie Mix or Rice Flour – First 25k

May 27th, 2013

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cookie Coupon

Click here to “Like” Betty Crocker’s Gluten Freely on Facebook, and you’ll be able to register for a free coupon good for their Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend or Cookie Mix. There are 25,000 coupons available, so hurry! Thanks, Money Saving Mom.

Free Coupon: Friskies Cat Food

May 22nd, 2013

Free cat food from Friskies

If you like watching cat videos, here’s a new Friskies offer for you: Click here to visit their website and watch three 30-second ad spots. Then, rate the videos and share them via Facebook or Twitter. Once you’ve done this for all three videos, it will unlock a form which you can fill out to receive a free product coupon for a can of cat food by mail. Thanks, Free Hot Samples!

Coupon Apps: Saving With Your Smartphone

May 21st, 2013

As smartphones become more and more ubiquitous, we’re seeing all kinds of innovations being designed for mobile technology. One category that is growing is the mobile coupon front, with a lot of people are using their smartphones to snag and redeem deals. Naturally, I will explore any and every new avenue of saving money, so I’ve been intrigued to see this area develop. Last year at the Safeway Just4U event, for example, they unveiled the accompanying savings app that you could use while on the go to load deals to your card. Up until last week, I was using a first-generation iPhone (In true frugal fashion!), but unfortunately Apple doesn’t allow older devices to upgrade past iOS 3.1.3, so I hadn’t yet been able to try any of coupon apps out there. Last week, I received an iPhone 3GS as a gift, so one of the first things I did was install several coupon apps that I’d been anxious to try. App

One of the apps I’ve been experimenting with is the app. This is an extension of their website, and basically gives you a hub on your smartphone from which you can browse and select printables. Once selected, you can either email the coupons to yourself for printing later, or if you have a select new printer, you could print them wirelessly. The app also lets you browse through savings card offers, which you can add to your various club cards when you login with your account. You can also browse smartphone-specific offers to add to your iPhone’s “Passbook” app, which you would then pull up on your phone and present to the cashier to scan the screen. This is probably the most unique feature of the app, since these coupons are unique to mobile devices. I have yet to try redeeming one of these coupons, but I’ll report back once that happens! The app is pretty straightforward and easy to use – it’s really just a supplement to the website, another way of making it more convenient to access and save coupons that you want to use.

Grocery IQ

Another app powered by is the Grocery IQ list app. This app is pretty neat and has a lot of functionality; you can create your own mobile shopping list, search for products to add, browse relevant coupons, use the GPS to pull up local store information, use the voice memo to add products to your list, or even utilize your phone’s camera to scan a barcode for an item you’re running low on to add to your list. You can also sync your list with someone else, which I could see being really useful – a smartphone shopping list is the ideal thing for someone like Jai, who will lose a paper list in 30 seconds. 😉 When I go grocery shopping, I usually have a notebook or large piece of paper with me so I can work out the total as I go – I treat my coupon shopping almost like a longform math problem, so my lists have running totals for cost before coupons, after coupons, and so on. I don’t know that I could make the transition to using lists on a smartphone unless maybe they built a calculator into the list (You can input prices, however). I know I’m the minority with that though! However, I will totally use this for outsourcing lists to Jai.

Do you use mobile coupon apps, and if so, which ones?

Free Coupon: Melt Buttery Spread

May 14th, 2013

Free Melt Buttery Spread

Click here to “Like” Melt Buttery Spread on Facebook, and then sign up for a free product coupon. You are required to share the offer on your wall and allow limited posting access in order to receive the coupon, which is a printable. FYI, it will display both your full name and Facebook profile photo on the coupon. Not all stores accept printables for free items so keep that in mind when redeeming. I’ve never heard of this product before so I’ll be curious to see where it is sold. Thanks, Free Fun & Fab!

Spring Shopping & Savings

May 7th, 2013

This has been quite a memorable spring for us! As you know, Jai and I have been on the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel since June 2012. I’m pleased to say that we just wrapped up the program and lost a combined total of 86.9 pounds, 13.9 BMI points and 55.7 inches! Yeah! Currently, we are transitioning off the program, eating Nutrisystem dinner entrees with our own lunches and breakfasts. Prior to our last week, I placed an order on Amazon in anticipation of our transition:

Breakfast & lunch bars

I ordered a Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Peanut Granola Bars – 48 Count Box (Amazon Associates Link) for $20.45 and two orders of Kashi TLC Cereal Bar 6-Count Boxes (Amazon Associates Link) for $12.80 each. I had some Amazon gift cards saved up, so it didn’t cost me anything out of pocket. I chose these because the portion size/calories and nutritional information match up with the type of things we’ve been eating on Nutrisystem, so these make for effortless breakfasts & lunches. Initially, I planned to do a big batch of freezer cooking before phasing off Nutrisystem; however, we are remodeling our kitchen this month, so I realized it just wasn’t going to be practical. Having the kitchen torn up is going to make food preparation a lot harder, so I wanted to go easy on myself the first month with pre-packaged foods that will be ready to go without any prep.

Shopping Trip - 3-3-13

In addition to the pre-prepared meals, we’ll be continuing to supplement with fresh foods as we have been on Nutrisystem. The photo above show an example of the type of things we’ve been picking up – eggs, brown rice, fruit & salad supplies. I snagged some savings on the Minute Rice and Dole Pineapple using coupons from the February issue of All You Magazine – I’ve been getting press copies of the magazine in the mail all year, which has been really handy. Since I run this site, I will often receive promotional items in the mail for review consideration; and I can’t think of anything more frugal than getting free coupons in the mail. 😉 I also used the January issue of All You to save on some cream cheese I bought at Walmart for a recent birthday party I hosted. Many of the coupons in All You are for products sold at Walmart – naturally, since the magazine is only sold in Walmart stores! – so it can be hit or miss whether I can use them or not, since I can’t get to Walmart often due to the distance; but I have still gotten some useful coupons from it. And of course it’s always fun reading the frugal articles and recipes!

Readers: Gotten any good deals this spring?

Free Coupon: Doritos Locos

April 17th, 2013

Free Doritos

Click here to “Like” Safeway on Facebook and sign up for a coupon good for one free bag of Doritos Locos chips. Thanks, FHS Freebies!

Free Coupon: Can of Friskies Cat Food

April 10th, 2013

Free Friskies Cat Food

Click here to enter the “Breakfast For a Year” contest on the Friskies Facebook page by uploading a photo of your cat, and you’ll be able to print a coupon good for a free can of cat food just for entering. Thanks, Inspiring You 2 Save!

Free Coupon: Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal

April 10th, 2013

Free Frosted Mini-Wheats

Click here to head over to the Safeway Facebook page, “Like” them and fill out the form to receive a coupon good for one free 14 oz box of Frosted Mini-Wheats. I have heard that this offer is not valid in New York, but I didn’t look closely at the page when I signed up myself. Thanks to FHS Freebies for the tip-off!

Have a Frugal Valentine’s Day: 5 Tips

February 8th, 2013

Have a Frugal Valentine's Day: 5 Tips

We’re less than a week away from Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re thinking about a gift for your significant other or just shopping for candy to take to your child’s classroom, it’s likely that many of you will be doing some shopping for gifts this week.

1. Make a Gift:

When I was a child, I remember reading a short children’s story about a farm girl who starts at a new school right before Valentine’s Day. She was upset because she didn’t have the money to buy special valentines like her classmates, so her mother suggested using the resources they had on the farm – eggs, milk, flour – to make a batch of heart-shaped cookies. Her class loved her personalized, yummy cookies better than any other valentine, and the story finished with the recipe to make your own cookies. After all these years, that story still sticks will me, and I think it’s a timeless message! Whether it’s homemade treats, handwritten cards, a bouquet of wildflowers, or a craft idea you found on Pinterest, I firmly believe that DIY presents result in some of the most cherished memories.

2. Give Your Most Precious Resource – Time:

But what if you don’t have the funds or materials to even make a homemade present? Then you can create memories and do something special for your loved one by giving the most valuable gift of all, which is your time. With everyone getting busier and busier, quality time is getting scarcer than ever. Take an afternoon to just hang out and visit the park, watch a movie, go for a walk, play video games – whatever you feel like doing! The time we spend with others is what we remember all our lives, long after the chocolates have been eaten and the flowers have wilted.

3. Use Online Coupons….

If you have a larger budget and are planning on shopping online for something specific, take a few minutes before you place your purchase to do a little comparison shopping, then check for online coupons or rebates that may be available at the vendor you decide on. For example, if you’re shopping for jewelry, Red Envelope has a page of coupon codes including 20% off their jewelry, $30 off your order of $135, 15% off your order of general merchandise, or free shipping on order of $49 or more. Their diamonds aren’t exactly in my budget, but they do have some other more modest offerings. The clearance section had some items around $10 that would be a little more my style if I were shopping for gifts there! 😉 No matter how much you plan on spending, a bit of quick research on available coupon codes can quickly shave money off your order.

4. …And Offline Coupons!

A few years ago, I used some in-store coupons at Walgreens to pick up some bags of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts for .50 cents each. I tucked them in my gift box and pulled them out to give to Jai on Valentine’s Day. Spending $1 for V-day: It might not be diamonds, but it was delicious!

5. Finally, Hit The Clearance For Next Year!

No, clearance candy probably won’t taste good in 2014, but there are plenty of other things you can find marked down now that can save you some time and cash next year – decorations, craft supplies, or other non-perishable Valentine’s themed items are all good buys for next year if you can pick them up at a steep discount February 15th.

How do you save money on Valentine’s Day gifts?