Thursday, July 28, 2011

Frugal Forum July 28- column and extras

I can remember my child’s first birthday with the big decorated cake along with a clown for entertainment. We had all the family there along with lots of kids. He had fun but looking back he would have been fine with all the kids playing ball outside. When did this phenomenon happen that everything has to be over the top? I have heard parents say my daughter wants a princess party so they purchased a cake that was equivalent to a wedding cake along with renting out a limo. Have we stopped using our imagination or are we just too busy? My sister-in-law is the master of parties. I am sure that the neighborhood children can’t wait for her kid’s birthdays. Last year I bought lots of pirate themed Halloween items that were marked down 90 percent. She made treasure maps and the kids searched for buried treasure dressed up like pirate right down to the parrot on the shoulder. They had a ball. Her child and their friends will probably always remember that party. Being creative and proactive is one huge way to save money. Buying items from previous seasons that have been marked down can give the impression of spending lots of money. Let’s start now with the next purchased you need to make for your child-back to school supplies. Grab that list and check out the sales. Don’t wait until the last minute. Buying an extra pack of pens or paper now with the back to school sales will only save you money when you child turns to you one night saying, Oh by the way I need a file folder and paper for school tomorrow. Right now I cannot even list all the sales going on just go to CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, Staples, Office Max and Office Depot to get school supplies for $1 and under.

Don’t forget to come to my next coupon class where we will talk about saving on school supplies plus other everyday expenses at Northside Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road on Thursday, August 11 starting at 6:30pm. No reservations required just come and learn.

Get 100% back in Maxperks bonus rewards on your purchase of backpacks, messenger bags, laptop bags and totes at Office Max.

Buy one pack of qualifying 3M products and get free Purse Post-It Note Disperser with mail-in rebate

If you don’t want to go around to all the sales but want just a box of school supplies now you can get a school supply kit that originally is priced at $50 for $24.99 at Office Max.

Check out Staples facebook page for coupons on Bic Mark-It up to $7.

Staples are now giving the college student a little bonus when they purchase any HP inkjet printer over $199. If you have a valid .edu email account you will get the college survival kit plus $50 back with printer purchase. The kit contains four movie tickets($40 gift card), Free custom poster from Snapfish ($11 value), eBooks, SparkCharts and more from Barnes and Nobles ($110 value)

Print out coupon for $5 off $25 or more purchase at Staples.

Get Zebra Z-Grip retractable ballpoint pens on sale for $4 at Staples then send in for $4 easy rebate making the final price FREE after rebate.

CVS has Paper Mate Grip pens 8ct on sale for $1.99 but receive $1.99 in extracare bucks making this item FREE after extracare bucks.

Get 50% back in Staples Rewards when you buy any backpack at Staples.

Walmart has Artic Zone Lunch Boxes starting at $3. Make sure there is a form inside to send away for free Parents Magazine subscription or if you don’t want the magazine get a refund for $4.96.

Students can get a 4GB Xbox 360 for free with the purchase of a select Windows 7 PC for $690 or more. Call HP sales center to redeem or for more information at 1-800-230-5752.

Buy a backpack at Toys R Us for $12.99 or more and get a free lunch kit valued at $9.99.

Lysol wants to help you make your child’s school healthier. When you buy any two Lysol products and one Lysol Wipes receive a full rebate for the wipes. Give them to your child’s teacher to make cleaning easier.

Don’t forget to sign up for your Upromise account. This free service allows you to actually accrue money when you shop at over 800 online stores and over 8,000 restaurant and grocery stores. It will take a percentage of what you purchase to contribute toward college tuition, expenses or loans.

Teachers check out Teacher Appreciation day at Staples where you will get a free thank you gift bag for the first one hundred teachers, great coupon savings and a sneak peak at must-haves new items for your classroom. In Lexington, the day is August 20 starting at 9am to 12pm.

Office Max is offering Teacher Appreciation Days for two days, July 31st and August 1st. Stop in for savings and free giveaways just for teachers. Make sure you sign up for MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers and get a free reusable tote, plus 20% everything you can fit inside. They also are doing free giveaways for the first 150 teachers.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Office Depot. Get 20% off instantly on qualifying purchases with your Star Teacher Member Card. This Saturday from 9am to 11am at Lexington, KY stores teachers receive a free breakfast, free tote bag, samples and giveaways. If you are not a member of the Star Teacher program join online today or join in store.

Big Lots is having a Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 13. Check out the deals and savings.

Teachers can also get discounts at local retail shops by showing your school ID.
Ann Taylor Loft
Fashion forward educators are rewarded for their posh style through the Loft Loves Teachers program. Register to get 15 percent off all in-store purchases, plus an introductory discount for new members.

The Limited
Show a school ID or valid pay stub when you shop at any The Limited location and snag 15 percent off your entire order. The offer is good for all items on the racks, walls or tables. In other words, everything.

J. Crew
Visit the local J. Crew, flash your school ID, and be rewarded with 15 percent off designer duds.

Banana Republic
Banana Republic offers a 10 percent off deal to any teacher with a valid school ID. It's only good at participating locations. Call before you shop.
Half Price Books
Sign up for a Half Price Books' Teacher and Librarian card and be rewarded with discounts of 10 percent year-round. Visit any Half Price Books location and show your school ID for the free card. As per usual, the card is only valid for in-store purchases.

Apple Store
They are surprisingly generous to teachers, offering 5 percent off all in-store purchases with proof of employments as an educator. This includes librarians, home schoolers and university professors.

Other deals:
As a result of a traffic crash involving a 13 month boy named Chad, receive free identification stickers that can be placed on your child’s car seat.

Get a free Portrait Collage at Pictureme studios located in Walmart plus other money saving coupons.

Healthy Women is offering some unbelievable free publications. These fine quality information booklets.

Kmart is offering double manufacturer’s coupon up to 99 cents. You have to be a Shop Your Way Rewards program member you are not just go to customer service and sign up for the card. This means that say you have a 75 cent coupon they will double it to $1.50. This is in select Kmart’s but Lexington is on the list. This program will expire on July 30. There also is a coupon in their weekly sales flyer for a free American Fair 8oz hand sanitizer with any purchase.
Get 40% off a single item at Half Priced Books coupon

Free sample of Depends

Free subscription to Working Mother

Tiny Prints is offering personalized friendship, thank you and thinking of you card for 99 cents shipped. Shipping is free when you send to yourself or just pay the 44 cents to send to your addressee. These are really cute cards. Use promotional code FRIEND99 when checking out.

JCPenny is offering $10 off $25 or more purchase this Friday and Saturday. Just print out coupon and bring to store.

LLBean Junior Backpack originally $24.99 now $9.99

Print off $3 coupon for Sally Hansen Crackle Combo Nail polish

Sign up for and get a $10 credit which will get you today’s deal for free. Fabulous Nails decorative Nail Shields value $12 now $6 and use your credit to purchase. Free shipping included.

Sign up for Kohls mobile alerts and get a text coupon for an extra 10% off. Text SAVE01 to 56457 you will get five texts a month. Text and Data rates apply.

$1 coupon for Kikkoman product.
When you buy three bottles you can submit for a gift with purchase and get $5 worth of grilling utensils free by mail. I did this last year and got a beautiful sauce brush.

Free sunscreen when you like TeenFreeway on their facebook page (it is for younger adults so I put in 22 for age)

Free trial issue of SCOUTER Magazine- all about the history of the American Scouts

Free issue of Adventure Cyclist Magazine

Get free sliders at White Castle if you are the first of 90 customers to bring in coupon everyday until August 31

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