Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 25 Update

Not sure if it is every GAP store but it is worth a try if you are in the neighborhood of a store.
Today from noon to 3pm get 50% off a pair of jeans at GAP stores with coupon

Get $5 off your purchase at The Avenue Store when you try on a pair of denim or boots good until October 3
There is a store on Richmond Rd. Lexington plus more all around

Free Fall Favorites Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch

Today at 3pm Nature Made is giving a free month's supply of daily supplements (until suppies last)

Teachers request a free Go Green Night Kit from the National Parent Organization. This kid will help you create a night out for families to teach them fun ways to live green and save energy.

Coupon for 25% off your purchase at Aeropostale can't be used for markdowns or clearance

This Saturday only Sears is having a Salute to local heroes day. Get an extra 10% off regular, sale and clearance prices for police, military, veterans, firefighters, teachers and hospital staff

Until September 29 shop at Charlotte Russe's secret sale with code SECRET5
and score items for $5 or less

Uncle Ben's Rice is on sale for 2/$3.00 I found a blinkie coupon for $1.00 off a box. Final cost = 50 cents a box
Mission Chips on sale for $1.99 there is a peelie on the bag for $1.00 Final cost = 99 cents

September 24 Update

Some weekend activities
Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic Saturday 25 at 10am
Kids will be building a Fire Truck
Michael's Knack FREE Family Event- Make everything you'll need to throw a doll sized American Girl party.
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Saturday is Smithsonian Museum Day print out a ticket to visit qualifying museums
Visit the Disney Store this Saturday first session at 11am second at 12:30pm to celebrate the release of Disney's All-New Movie Tinker Bell and The Great Fairy Rescue. Call your local store to confirm participation.

Get a coupon for a free package of Pampers flushable wipes. They are giving away 10,000 packages

Seven Everyday Slings is giving away a free baby sling. Just type in code "onefree" but you do have to pay shipping.

Like Sunbelt on their facebook page and receive three buy one get one free coupons

Target deal-
Glade Tough Odor Solutions Carpet and Room Deodorizer
$1 manufacturer coupon$&om_mid=_BMmf9yB8UzO2JW
$1 Target coupon on
should be close to free Carpet deodorizer

Today and through the weekend, September 24th through Sunday, September 26th, stop into The Limited, and they will hand you $10 in Fashion Cash to use in-store! Look for a $10 item and you could potentially score a FREE item. May exclude clearance or sale items!.

Get a free sample of Nature Path granola bar. Just click on 3PMmmm Contest tab and then click the green Hungry tab then look at the bottom to get your free sample

Free sample of Garnier anti-dandruff shampoo from Walmart

Become a fan of Edible Arrangements and receive $25 worth of gourmet dipped fruit for only $10 when you pick up your order in-store

Sign up for Godiva Chocolatier Rewards and receive free piece of chocolate every month, free gift each month when you spend $10 or more, free standard shipping for one online order and exclusive online specials each month

Get a $15 credit when you become a member of One Kings Lane. Right now there are some nice core bamboo products on sale. Sort by lowest price there is a nice small and medium cutting board sent for $7. The $15 will cover shipping also. I haven't tried this yet but others have and it works.

September 23 Column

Everyone can save money. I am not sure at what financial point in your life you don’t need to. I personally get asked where else I work, do I own my own home, and other questions relating to my income status. I tell people that I truly believe that no matter how much money I have I would always look for a deal. To me it is always better to save then pass along your savings to someone in need.
1. Coupons and e-coupons:
A coupon is twice as beneficial when the item is on sale. Start cutting out your Sunday paper coupons but be organized. This is the first step in couponing. I know of people that just put all their coupons in an envelope then when they get to the store they get frustrated because they can’t find the coupon. Do buy yourself a small accordion file. Look at the stores weekly flyer then match your coupons with the sale items. Always take a couple minutes a week to load electronic coupons on your Kroger card. These coupons will automatically be deducted at checkout.
2. Buying online or in retail stores.
The internet has giving us so many valuable resources to find the best deal on any product. First, use a shopping robot at or to find the lowest price for the item you want. Then go to a code site like or for free shipping offers or other discounts. If you shop often at certain retail stores go to their website. Many stores will send you deals via email or mail when you sign up for their newsletter or special club. Old Navy and Victoria Secret are two examples of stores that offer deals. Get free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime when you join Amazon Mom. This offer is not a free trial and you won’t have to cancel it when Amazon Prime ends after three months. You also do not have to be a Mom to join.
3. Restaurant deals.
Treat yourself to a nice dinner out. has many wonderful area restaurants that you can get a $25 gift certificate for $2.00. Right now enter promotional code SHARE for discount. Sign up on their website to get promotional codes sent right to your inbox. TGI Fridays, Ruby Tuesdays, Dunkin Donuts plus other restaurants give out coupons when you sign up for their special clubs. So once again if you frequent a restaurant or want to try a new chain restaurant out go to their website.
4. DVD’s, books and games
You now see kiosks at stores that offer DVD’s for a dollar. Sign up on or to receive a code for a free rental. Redbox sends a free code to you via text message every first Monday of the month. Blockbuster will also send you via email codes for free movies. Your local library also offers DVD’s for $1.00 rental or 7 day free rentals. I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a book. The library makes it so easy to go online and look for a book then put it on hold at your closest library. All I have to do is go and look for my name and there is my book. If you do want to purchase a book go to the lower level of the Central Library downtown on Main Street to Friends of the Library. They have an unbelievable selection of books that are greatly discounted and the money you spend goes to help programs offered at the libraries. This month Hasbro is celebrating family game night. What a great way to bond as a family by playing a board game together. Go to to receive some high value coupons for great classic games like Sorry, Monopoly and Clue. To make this deal even better Toys R Us is having a buy two get one free deal this week.
5. Photo prints, Personalized photo gifts, and more
New users of will receive 25 free 4 x 6 prints. Use coupon code ISTOCK75 to receive free 75 4 x 6 prints this can be used by existing members also. You do need to pay for shipping. is now offering buy a personalized hard cover photo book get a copy free until September 28th just enter promotional code BGFSEPT. Kodak Gallery is giving you 50 free Mommy cards and 2 sets of 10 free Birth Announcements cards. Just go their website and click on special offers. Receive free greeting cards for college students from Tiny prints. Just enter coupon code COLLEGE10 to receive offer. If you are a teacher Tiny Prints is also offering free welcome cards, thank you cards for parents or award cards for stellar students. Just enter coupon code APPLE2010 to receive offer.
6. Home Improvement
Now during the warmer months prepare your home for next winter. If you use Columbia Gas of Kentucky they just introduced a new program called WarmWise. They will come to your house and determine where your home is losing energy and provide solutions. To request a WarmWise home energy audit, call 1-800-300-8709 or visit Water leaks can account for, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year. For conservation ideas and a free leak detection kit, visit and, under the “Customer Service” menu, click “Detecting Leaks.” Register your Kentucky Utilities account on their Customer Self-Service site at to take advantage of the Self-Serve Audit and benefit from their expertise in energy savings. If you prefer you may schedule an on-site audit. There is a $25 fee but you receive a number of energy-saving products, including compact fluorescent light bulbs and water restrictors.
7. Entertainment
It always amazes me when people say it is so expensive to take my family out to do something fun. Look at your Friday Weekender in the Herald Leader for free or low cost events. also has a calendar to see what is happening around town. If you are traveling outside the area visit local chamber of commerce website they always have local happenings listed. Don’t forget that Lexingtonians have the best of that world with Spotlight Lexington, the FREE festival giving you “front row seats” for some great free musical entertainment, live video from the Kentucky Horse Park on a jumbo screen and wonderful shopping, arts and crafts booths plus more downtown from September 24 to October 10. To view the latest entertainment schedule go to Volunteer with the Rotary Club during the World Equestrian Games and receive credentials for an additional day of general admission entry to the Games to enjoy them as a spectator. Sign up at During the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, buy one round of golf at Griffin Gate Golf Club and get one free. Valid September 25 through October 10, 2010. Call (859) 288-6193 today to book your next tee time.
8. Fitness
Visit the just opened Legacy Trail a 12 mile walking, biking, interpretive trail and public art venue. The Trail begins in the East End of downtown Lexington, at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden and runs to the Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington also has over 50 public parks that offer many variety of healthy entertainment. You can play an 18 hole disc golf game at Shillito Park and Veterans Park or use the 12,000 square foot skate park at Woodland Park. Go to to see what is offered. If you want to sign up for an indoor gym look at your local YMCA they offer many different options along with some interesting programs. Older adults should see if their healthplan offers the Silver Sneaker Program. This is a free wellness program that is offered at local fitness clubs. Go to to see if you qualify. Remember when joining a fitness club it is not financially beneficial if you do not use it. One of my tricks is that I don’t take showers at home I have to take them at the gym. Not only saving water but making me go to the gym.
9. Health care
Nine out of ten health care bills contain errors. Always request an itemized statement from your provider to scan for redundant charges. If there are any unidentified or miscellaneous amounts, ask for the complete details. Make sure all of the procedures listed were actually done. If a price seems particularly high research the average cost. Go to The Center for Medicare and Medicaid site, to check prices. To see if your medical and dental expenditures qualify you for a tax deduction, track your expenses at When you reach 7.5% of your adjusted gross income, the site automatically sends you a report to help you fill out your taxes.
10. Never pay for shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and more.
Look at your CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens flyers to find deals using the CVS extracare bucks program, RiteAids single check rebate program and Walgreens register rewards program. If you match up manufacturer coupons with these deals you are likely to get many items free. Sign up on my website to have email updates emails sent to you showing you match ups for coupon savings.
· September 19-25 is share out strength’s great American Dine Out Week – to help end childhood hunger
P.F. Chang’s- Order one of their Lettuce Wraps and they will donate 50 cents
Buffallo Wild Wings- Order one item from their new table gating menu and they will donate 50 cents
· If your child already has a LeapFrog toy create a LeapFrog account online to receive a free LeapFrog book.

· Smuckers Uncrustable is giving away 400 coupons for free box of Uncrustables everyday until October 13. If you go on the website they will tell you what time they are giving them away.
9th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social at Cold Stream Ice Cream, 2337 Sir Barton Way on September 30 from 5pm to 8pm receive a 3oz. portion of Caramel Apple Ice Cream mixed with Chocolate Shavings and Graham Cracker pie crust for FREE

Smithsonian Museum Day is September 25. Print out a free ticket to participating museums.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fru-Gal Update September 21

If your child has a LeapFrog toy go online to create a LeapFrog account and receive a free LeapFrog book

If you are a Office Max Perks member then you can score a free Kodak printer at Office Max

30% off any copy or print order at Staples

Free sample of Quaker Life Bars from Walmart

Free sample of Crest Pro-Health for ME from Vocalpoint (If you are not a member of Vocalpoint I suggest you join they give great samples - full size samples through the mail)

New Blockbuster express rental code SSD19B I think it is good until 9/30 but not sure

Great site for printable healthy coupons- Mambo Sprouts

Walgreens Carmex Lip care
Print $1.00 coupon
Get $2 Register Reward
Final price = FREE

Teachers receive a free Family Reading Night Kit from Target to promote reading as a family

Receive 5 song tracks for free from the new movie Social Network