Friday, May 20, 2011

Frugal Update May 20

Whole Food Lexington Green is having a Gluten Free Fair May 21 from 11am to 3pm. There will be raffle prizes, goodie bags and great gluten free food from many wonderful sponsors like Lexington's own Naked Pizza. I went last year and it was very informative. There is a workshop with Jan Falwell Health Counselor & Co-Founder of Gluten Free Lexington at 12pm and 2pm. Stop by learn something and have a free lunch with all the local restaurant samples.

Since I don't have little kids anymore I don't have to run around to stores looking for that gift that everyone must have. Last year I did notice that it was those Zhu Zhu Pets. Now at the Beaumont Kroger they are all marked down to at least 80% off. That would make an interesting birthday party favor or even a themed cheap party.

Don't forget to go to your local Old Navy store for $1 flip flops on May 21 only. You can only get 5 per person.

Tanga is offering Whole Living magazine 1 year subscription for $3.99. Just enter promotional code LIVING at checkout.

Get a free Sweet & Salty Zone Bar when you like them on their facebook page.

Your child can sign up to be a certified Sneeze Catcher then you can get a free activity kid for them as a parent.

Enter the Contest from ESPN to go to the 2011 ESPYS awards and receive a $5 coupon to SuperCuts.

Like Avery on their facebook page and get a rebate coupon for Avery Flexible Adhesive Name Badges plus 2 free sample badges.

Free sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food

Get $5 coupon for the 3-disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack of Gnomeo and Juliet

Like Crystal Light on their facebook page to receive $1 coupon

Free Spin magazine subscription

Little Tikes Hop & Scoot ATV was $49.99 now $24.99

Platex Sport Free Body Wipes Sample

When you bring your clothes to any Gap store they will donate them to Goodwill and give you 30% off your Gap purchases. Good until May 29.

Facebook Friends Special for The Sugar Free Shoppe ending May 27th, 2011. Mention you are a facebook friend and receive a FREE package of GG Bran Crispbread Crackers and FREE shipping within the continental United States with any purchase.

Sign up for Grocery Savy (Kellogg Brand Social Network Site) and take part in a quick survey to receive a special gift. I just did it and it took me around 3 minutes.

$5 off $25 purchase at Dollar General coupon this Saturday only.

High value $2 coupon for Renu sensitive multi-purpose solution

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Frugal Column Herald Leader May 19

Have you seen the show on TLC called “Extreme Couponing”? I think anyone that has ever used coupons has watched at least one episode. I watched two and that was all I could take. What bothers me about the show is it is a TV show. When is the last time you went into a store and saw a hundred bottles of mustard on the shelf or over fifty toothbrushes of one brand? You don’t. These are all staged for the show. I am getting more responses to my column because of the show but I want to put you back in real reality. What I am trying to teach you is a saving lifestyle, to think before you buy. You may not go into a store and get 90 percent off your shopping trip but I get you 50 percent off without spending a whole lot of time. Do you have to put time into couponing? I would love to tell you don’t, but you do. On the TV show some of the couponers put at least 40 hours a week towards finding shopping deals. I took a class in school called the One Minute Manager where you were accountable for all your time. You would not believe how much time is wasted throughout the day that you can sort your coupons, cut your coupons or simply just study your sales flyers to get ready to shop. This is where you need to get Extreme Couponing out of your head. Even a small savings a week can add up. This week at Rite Aid you can get toothbrushes for free, laundry detergent for $1 and air fresheners for $1 then go to CVS to get brownie mix for 50 cents, lots of different shampoo and conditioners for $1.50 plus much more. Take one lunch break a week to go out and get these savings. Save $5 a week. I know it is easier just to go out and buy what you need not looking at the price but I don’t know about you but my money is tight. It is important for me to spend and save it when I can. So don’t get frustrated that you save just 50% off because you are waiting for the day the crowd watches you at the register and cheers you on for your saving. Just put that smile on your face when you walk out of the store knowing you saved money and ready for your next deal. If you want a little help starting your couponing saving journey join me and the Fayette County Homemakers at Eagle Creek Library on May 26th at 6:30pm. We will help you learn the benefits of using coupons for purchasing things your family really needs. Call (859) 231-5560 to register. Let’s all get together as a community and start learning how to save.

I am also speaking at The Somerset branch of Pulaski County Public Library on May 28 starting at 1pm and the Shopville branch in Pulaski County starting at 10am on May 28. If you are from Winchester, I will be speaking on June 8 starting 10am at The Clark County Public Library.

One other way of saving money is using mail in rebates. These rebates are offered by the stores as an incentive to buy that product. You do have to mail in the rebate form along with your receipt and any other paperwork they need. Remember about 80% of rebates do not get mailed in. Get in a habit of sending in the rebate the same day.

Kohls- offers many rebates every month on a wide range of products. Sometimes these products are even on sale giving you an added bonus.

Ace Hardware- Every month Ace offers new rebates. Look at what is being offered in May.

Activia- Receive up to $6 when you purchase any Activia yogurt.

Valvoline- Get a free case of Valvoline VR1 Racing Synthetic Motor Oil after mail in rebate (up to $50)

Tyson products- Purchase up to three Tyson Chicken Nuggets and or Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips and you can receive a free Kodak Photo Book, Free Fun Pass or a free Salon treatment.

Florida Citrus- Get a free Florida Citrus Cookbook when you purchase Florida oranges, tangerines or grapefruit.

Florida Grapefruit- Purchase 3 pounds or large of Florida grapefruit and receive a free grapefruit spoon.

Elmers- Receive $5 back when you purchase a Project Popperz Accesory and Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board.

NeilMed- Buy any two of the same NetiPot products at Walmart, Sam’s Club or Kmart and get one of them free.

Green Earth Technologies- Purchase a 5-qt bottle of G-Oil, SW-30 Bio-based, full synthetic “green” motor oil and get a rebate for the full purchase price (up to $26)

Woolite- Receive a free sample of Woolite Dry Cleaner when you submit a recent dry cleaner receipt.

Invisible Glass- Get $3 back with any purchase of Invisible Glass.

Kellogg’s- Get a two week Challenge Workout DVD when you collect five stamps from Kellogg’s Special K products.

Filtrete- Receive a $3 rebate when you purchase a Filtrete High Performance Filter with Microparticle.

Scotch Brite- Receive a free tote bag with any two purchases of Scotch Brite Greener Clean product. They even give you a $1 coupon to use.

Real Simple- Buy one of the qualifying products from Rite Aid to receive a free purse hook from Real Simple.

Thompson- Get up to $24 rebate when you purchase Thompson Deck and House Water Sealer product.

Pringles- Get a free Pringles Can Speaker by mail when you buy four Super Stack Pringles Cans.

Finesse- Buy any Finesse hair care product and receive $2 back by mail.

American Gas- Purchase a new AmeriGas propane cylinder and receive $5 rebate back by mail. Receive $4 back when you exchange a AmeriGas propane tank.

Blue Rhino- Purchase a new or exchange for a BlueRhino propane tank to receive $3 back by mail.

Bayer Advanced- Purchase any one Bayer Advanced lawn product and receive a $3 rebate.
By Nature- Purchase a 3.5, 4 or 6 pound bag of By Nature natural pet food and get it for FREE (up to $12.99) after mail in rebate.

Dickies- Buy a pair of Dickies short and receive a $5 rebate by mail.

Kellogg’s- Get a $10 Gas Reward card when you purchase ten participating Kellogg’s products.

TEXT Deals to 727272 every day thru May 25th for a new discount code to use at any Redbox kiosk.

Make Dad a nice Father’s Day Photo Book from Snapfish for just $15 shipped. Just use promotional code BOOK4MAY at checkout.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FruGal Update May 17

Walgreens Deal-
Glade Lasting Impressions $6.99
Print out $3 coupon from
Receive $2 in register rewards
Final price after rewards= $1.99

I just made a personalized card for my friend's birthday for free. I just paid 44 cents for postage. Go to create a card and put in promotional code TYOPRAH. I don't know how long this code is going to last but I just used it and it worked.

Get five free cards from Shutterfly when you enter promotional code CARD4GRAD where it says enter special offer code at the bottom of the page. You do have to pay for shipping. This deal ends on May 25.

Get a free issue of Beneful's WagWorld magazine. The last one I received had coupons inside.

Take $50 off $150 purchase at Nautica if you use your American Express Card to purchase and enter promotional code AMEXDAD at checkout. Ends 5/28/2011 Could be a nice savings on a Father's Day Gift.

Get a free sample of LOreal's Youth Code when you register on their site then click on special offers to get free sample sent to you{userdata//d+d//diagnosticmain:homemedia:_blanknavoverlay:_blank}

Get 50% off photo mugs at Kodak Gallery. Great Father's Day Gift ends tomorrow

Send away for Dear Abby's Healthy Moms Advice Kit- you can get this as a download or to receive the kits in printed form, send your name and address to Healthy Moms Advice Kit, Pueblo, CO 81009, go online to or call (888) 8-PUEBLO (that's 888-878-3256) weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Target Deal-

Buy 2 Lipton Tea 12 Packs OR 2 Starbucks 4 Packs ($5.99) = $11.98
-$2/2 Lipton 12 pks OR -$2/2 Starbucks 4 pks Pepsico Moments to Save Insert 5-1-11
= $9.98
Receive $5 Target Gift Card
Final Price= $4.98 for 2 or $2.49 each after Gift Card

Buy two Schick Razors for $7.49 each
Use two $3 printable coupons
Receive $5 Target Gift Card
Final price= $3.98 for two after gift card

Get $10 off and free shipping on a 8x8 and 8.5x11 photobook at Picaboo. Just use promotional code MAYSHIP at checkout.

This is what SmashBurger has posted on their facebook page celebrating national FRYday.

Here is a great Coke coupon to print. $1 off when you purchase two 20oz Coke products.

Still available on is Buy One Get One Free Poster from Walmart. This makes your personalized poster only $6.86 for two. Another great Father's Day gift.
Look under Photography on the left side of website

We know its Tuesday, but don't you wish it were Friday? It's FRYday at Smashburger! Just say “Tuesday is Double FRYday” today and get FREE FRIES when you purchase another side. Not valid with any other offer and only valid at participating locations. Don't know if valid in Lexington but you can try.

\Like St. Ives on their facebook page for 75 cent coupon this is on sale this week at Walgreens for $1.99
Final price = $1.24

Test drive a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country now through June 1st and Chrysler will donate 5 books to the school of your choice plus an additional five books to a school in need.

Meijer Deal-
Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mountain Dew or 7up 24pk 2 for $10
Use $2 coupon for two from Pepsi Moment to Save coupon book 5/1 Sunday paper
Final price = $8 for two 24 pks

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fru-gal Update May 16

Now through 5/17 you can get 50% off all clearance items at Maidenform which will be applied at shopping cart also get free shipping by entering promotional code SHIPDUDEFREE at checkout. You should also be able to use code CMQ2A to get $10 off $50 purchase.

Text DEALS to 727272 to get a promo code good for a discount on movie rentals at any Redbox kiosk. I sent a text this morning and got a code to save $1 on any one-night rental The code is good for about two and a half weeks. You may text DEALS for a new code every day through 5/25.

Get a FREE Blockbuster Express Rental with the code MONDAYFUN. This code is good on 5/16/11 only.

Take the first step in learning more about the Lead Free plumbing movement. Get the Lead Free info kit includes our introductory DVD, "Lead Free - To California and Beyond..." as well as our Lead Free information sheet.

Canon wants to print your photo for free on one of their printers. You send them your photo they will send you the print.

Free sample of Pet 'n Shape healthy dog treats.

Long Shot Golf Inc. is offering free golf impact labels.

Go to to print up all of their brand coupon they are called Up and Up

50 cent coupon for Up & Up First Aid Item (Up & Up Hydrogen Peroxide 16 oz just 52 cents making it just 2 cents with coupon)