Friday, June 10, 2011

Frugal Forum June 10

$2 coupon when you purchase 2 American Greetings Cards combine this with Rite Aid deal when you buy two cards get $2 UPs rewards making some free to cheap cards

Get 25% off any guy item at Old Navy coupon on their facebook page

Free Building Blocks for a Healthy Future Kit

Request $10 worth of Laundry Coupons from Bounce

You don't usually see a lot of produce coupons. At (use zipcode 77477) print out coupons for Fresh Express Salad Bag and Nature Sweet Cherry tomatoes

Friday deal at Whole Foods is Wild caught Sea Scallops for $9.99 a pound

$10 off $25 purchase at Yankee Candle coupon

Sign up for (associated with Amazon) when you do you can get $10 off your order at checkout when you enter promotional code MYHABIT1

Get two movie tickets for $9 at Living Social (this is a daily buying site)

Get a coupon from Lipton Ice Tea for a free bottle of their ice tea celebrating National Ice Tea Day.

Get a $10 Cars 2 themed Toys “R” Us or Babies “R” Us gift card when you spend $50 in select Kimberly Clark products (in-store only):

Huggies CARS Baby Wipes (64 ct)
Huggies CARS Diapers boxes (100 – 264 ct)
Huggies Pull ups CARS Training Pants (50 – 56 ct)
Scott CARS Towels (6 pack)
Kleenex Bundle CARS Tissues (3 pack)
Kleenex Pocket Pack CARS Tissues
Offer good June 10th – June 17th

Get Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy (Kindle Edition) for 99 cents at Amazon

Print coupon New Jamocha Oreo Shake from Arby's with combo purchase

Join Disney Store for fun events every Saturday in June as we celebrate the upcoming release of Cars 2 in theaters June 24.

June 11: Undercover Adventure
Race 1 at 10:30 am
Race 2 at 12:00 pm
Race 3 at 1:30 pm

*Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Outlet stores excluded. Call store for more information.

Check out all the events going on at Michaels to celebrate Father's Day,default,pg.html

Your kids can build a Goofy Golf kit this Saturday at Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics

Remember this week at Kroger's when you buy a gift card with the exception of Kroger Gift Cards, Green Dot Dot cards, MoneyPaks and Western Union you will receive 4x the points toward your gas purchase. After this week you still will receive double the points for example if you purchase a $50 gift card that will equal 100 points allowing you to get 10 cents off your gas price. Right now there also is a promotion that you can combine your points to get up to $1 off per gallon of gas at Kroger. If you have $1,000 points you get $1 off. I received 45 cents off a gallon last week.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fru-Gal Column June 9

Is the show Extreme Couponing damaging the everyday consumer deals? The Coupon Information Corporation expresses great disappointment with the show not addressing potential illegal acts that appear to have been portrayed on the show. What you are not seeing is many of these extreme couponers using coupons to obtain products other than those specified by the coupon offer. Does the coupon go through the register, it seems they do but remember the store will not get reimbursed for those coupons ultimately passing the expense to the consumer. I received a question from Maureen Peters whom asked me about fraudulent coupons. She had a bad shopping experience where the cashier suggested that her internet coupon was fake. I was very proud of her because she was cordial to the cashier and asked to see the manager who accepted the coupon. She had been couponing for awhile so she knew she had a valid coupon but how do you know? With coupon use on the rise especially since the airing of Extreme Coupon this does need to be addressed. Here are some tips for spotting fraudulent coupons:

1. Stay away from “FREE Items” printable coupons.
It is rare that a company will put out a pdf or jpg coupon for a free product. Many products or offers that seem too good to be true are more likely to be counterfeits. What happens is the coupon has been manipulated by changing the expiration date or size of product. I am not saying that you will not receive free coupons from a company but it will be on their own webpage and now I receive free coupons from liking a product on their facebook page. Many of these coupons will say supplies limited or to the first 10,000 people who like us.
2. Be very careful about pdf and jpg coupons you use.
Coupons cannot be copied. This is fraud. Each printed coupon carries a unique ID that is encrypted in a barcode, enabling each coupon to be traced from print to redemption.
3. Never pay money for coupons.
This includes buying coupons from companies/individual who “sell the service of clipping coupons”. You cannot ever be guaranteed that a coupon is legal.
4. Check with the Coupon Information Corporation that provides a list of fraudulent coupons.

Some tips on proper use of coupons.
1. Use a coupon for the item or size that is written on the coupon. Remember that many manufacturers will put a picture of their product on the coupon but that is not necessarily the product you have to purchase. For example: Starbucks has a coupon which pictures there new Fusion brand but the coupon says $1.50 off any Starbucks brand coffee. This means you can use the coupon for any size Starbuck coffee product.
2. Don’t try to use an expired coupon. I know it is frustrating when you missed the date by a day or just plain forgot about the coupon.
3. Most valid internet coupon sites like will make you install the Coupon Printer, an industry-standard browser plug-in. A coupon never appears on the consumer’s screen. Instead, it is sent directly to their printer, to prevent duplication of the coupon. The Coupon Printer also provides each coupon with barcodes that can scanned at the point of sale.
If you have more questions please go to my facebook page for answers. Together as a saving society we will be able to reap the rewards of couponing.

Staycation deals:
All Fayette Libraries have just launched their summer reading program for adults and kids. Go to your local library to put up a reading and activity log. Read anything thing you like- NEWSPAPERS, books and even listen to audio books. Keep track in your log of your reading time then after you have read 15 hours; bring the reading log into the Library before July 31 for a free prize. If you have a Kindle one our famous local writers, Jan Watson’s novel “Still House Pond” was handpicked by Amazon for their summer reading program enabling you to get the download for just 99 cents until June 15.

Father’s Day Special Workshop at Home Depot on Saturday, June 18 starting at 9am to 12pm. Have the kids make a special Lil Toolbox for Dad.

Play Skee Ball online at Chuck E. Cheese’s website to win free tickets

Enjoy bringing the kids to different restaurants in the area throughout the summer for kids eat free meal deals.

Fazolis- Tuesday nights kids eat free from 5pm to 8pm when you purchase one adult entrée get two kids 99 cents kids meals free.

Denny’s- Tuesday and Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm kids 10 and under eat free with an adult entrée purchase of $2.50 or more.

Perkins- Friday from 4pm to 9pm kids eat free and on Sunday from 4pm to 7pm kids eat for 99 cents.

Chick-Fil-A- Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm in Hamburg kids free 4 pack with adult combo purchase. Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at Turfland Mall off Harrodsburg kids eat free with adult combo purchase from 5pm to 7pm.

Zaxby’s- Kids eat free all day on Saturday and Sunday. One free kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.

Mancino’s Pizza, 1590 Leestown Rd- Tuesdays starting at 4pm kids can get one free kids meal pizza or spaghetti per adult entrée purchased.

Abuelo’s, 3395 Nicholasville Road-All day on Mondays kids meal are only a penny per pound the child weights.

Smashing Tomato, 3801 Mall Road- Mondays from 6pm to 8pm kids meal are $1.99. Limit two kids meals per adult purchase.

Moe’s Southwest Grill, 141 Rojay Drive- Tuesday’s kids eat free all day with an adult combo purchase. Dine-in only.

Lexington Legends at Whitaker Bank Ball Park – Monday home games all kids age 12 & under receive a free hot dog, ships and a soda.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Frugal Forum June 7

Free Father's Day Card from Papersnaps plus free shipping - very slow

I told you this morning about Walgreens deal on free Omega Smart Fish Oils use this $2 printable coupon to make this a MONEYMAKER.
Here it is again.
Omega Super Smart Critical Ultimate Fish Oils – 30 ct. $10 Receive $10 in Register Rewards
Final Price: FREE

Silver-Plated Pocket Watch (Personalize It) originally $29.95 now only $7.99 Great Father's Day Gift

Look under Watches

Six free gifts for Dad from Vista Print you do need to pay for shipping

Buy a bag IAMs cat food send in for a coupon for a free bag of IAMs cat food

Like Shield Inmunity Defense on their facebook page for a free sample

Barnes and Noble Store Coupons good this week. One is for buy one get one free Smoothie coupon.

$5 off $5 Dockers coupon at Kohl's
Sign up for CiCi pizza EClub and receive a coupon for buy one get one free adult buffet

I taught a class this morning in Winchester and one woman was asking me how those extreme couponers get free diapers. I don't have babies but I did give her some suggestions. Here is a start print out this high value $3 Huggies Diapers coupon to match up with a sale

Free 8 x 10 Canvas just pay shipping at Canvas People

Like Kool-Aid on their facebook page and receive a 50 cents coupon when you purchase five packets

Like Popchips on their facebook page and get a coupon for buy one get one free

$1 Snuggle fabric softener sheets when you like them on their facebook page- use this at Walmart for a great deal

I always like to have clean sponges in the house for backups. There is a time when a sponge just needs to be thrown away. Here is a 75 cents coupon when you buy two Cello sponges. Save it for a sale.

Like Fast Fixin on their facebook page and receive a $1 coupon

Remote control Helicopter from Amazon was $129.95 now $20.50

Like EZLashes by Kiss on their facebook page for $2 coupon they said they are around $3 at Walmart

Request a sample of Tub O Towels

Like My Publisher on their facebook page and receive a free mini photo book plus free shipping

Free issue of Ideal Living Magazine

Free sample of Creme for Beautiful Beach Legs on their facebook page (just put down that you are in your twenties for age)

This is a great coupon to print - 50 cents off any variety of Green Giant frozen vegetables. If your store doubles like Kroger you could get some free boxes of veggies

Go into any Great Clips salon during the month of June and receive a free Schick razor along with coupons for Schick products. It also say in certain Quattro Titanium products there is a $2 coupon off a Great Clips haircut

Get free download from Amazon for Kids Patriotic Songs

Frugal Forum June 8

I told you about my fun canoe trip down the Kentucky River on Saturday, if you still have your Monday Herald Leader that is me on the front page far left in picture - extra bonus free food, free canoe, free exercise but made the front page.

Cuisinart 14-Piece Deluxe Grill Set from Amazon originally $49.99 now $28.97 and it comes with a $20 Omaha Steak Gift Card
Great Father's Day Gift

Regal Cinemas are giving away one million bags of popcorn. Get a coupon via your smartphone

Walgreens Deals-
Healthy Woman Soy Supplement – 45 ct. $8
Receive $8 in Register Rewards
Final Price: FREE

Omega Super Smart Critical Ultimate Fish Oils – 30 ct. $10 Receive $10 in Register Rewards
Final Price: FREE

SoBe Lifewater 99 cents Receive 99 cents in Register Rewards Final Price = FREE

Gillete Fusion Proglide Razor $9.89 Receive $5 in Register Rewards Use $4 coupon from 6/5 Sunday paper Final price = 89 cents

12 pack of select sode 4/$12 Use $2 in store flyer coupon Making final price = $2.25 each

Walgreens has the same $10 in Register Rewards when you purchase $30 of participating P&G products (look at below Rite Aid deal) has a 75 cent coupon for Starbuck Ice Cream this week at Walgreens they are buy one get one free print out two coupons making two Starbuck Ice Cream just $1.75 each.
(if you can't see the coupon use zip code 90210)

Rite Aid Deals-

Blink Tears- $7.99
Use $1.50 printable coupon
Send in for Rite Aid Single Check Rebate
Final price= MONEYMAKER

Crest, Oral-B Advantage or 3D manual toothbrush- $2.57
Get $1.60 in UPs rewards
Use $1 or 75 cents coupon from 6/5 Sunday paper
Final price = FREE or 22 cents

Gillette Fusion ProGlide – $9.97
Get a $4 +UP (Limit 2)
Use the $4 coupon from the 6/5 Sunday Paper
Final price = $1.97

Oral B Crossaction Power Toothbrush & Refill – $5.99
Get a $2.99 +UP
Use $3 coupon from the 6/5 Sunday Paper
Final price = FREE

I have been telling you about all these high value Veet coupons here is a great deal to use them
Veet Products – $4.99
Get a $5 +UP when you buy two
Use the $2 in ad coupon
AND use the $3 coupon from their facebook page!/veet?sk=app_124492437625654
or use $2 coupon printed from facebook page
Print out both
Final price = FREE

Buy one get one free Raisin Bran cereal use $1 coupon I gave you yesterday

Ok if you haven't designed your Fathers Day card yet shame on you. I have given you so many links it is CRAZY!
But if you have been busy here is another deal-
Buy three American greeting cards receive $3 in UPs rewards (cards can start at $1.29)

$10 UPs reward when you buy $30 of participating P&G products
Good time to use your P&G coupons you got in 6/5 Sunday paper
Buy one Old Spice Deodarant get one Old Spice Body Wash free
Buy one Gillette Bodywash get one free
(You will receive the UPs reward based on the original price before coupons)

Here is a list of the current Blockbuster Express coupon codes for a FREE DVD Rental that I am aware of. . You can use them once per credit/debit card. (I haven't tested all of these yet so I am not guarantying they all work)

Promo code 22JMEB4 (expires 6/8/11)

Promo code LPF0UXVS (expires 6/12/11)

Promo Code 26RRAP8 (expires 6/13/11)

Promo Code 25ASJA9 (expires 6/13/11)

Promo Code 25JBHS7 (expires 6/13/11)

Promo Code 29BACC2 (expires 6/13/11)

Promo Code LP6VHLAE (expiration unknown)

Like Ann Taylor Loft for a $10 coupon off $50 purchase (not bad but not great) on their facebook page

Free Aveeno Hair Care Sample

High Value coupon for Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breast (find them in the freezer section) my kids love these

Little fun test from Dr. Oz to find out your real age

Print out $3 coupon off Pictureka from their facebook page - I didn't print out myself but I have purchased in the past the travel game that was a lot less expensive. Could end up being a great price.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Frugal Forum June 7

Since I missed a couple of days, I am sending you another update today.

This was just sent to me from RIteAid
We continue to offer our weekly (at least!) Facebook coupons. Watch the "Celebrate Lipstick" tab today on for an exclusive $3 beauty coupon, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Later this week there will also be a second beauty coupon that we're hoping will stick around a bit longer than some of the past ones. It will also be $3 off, but on a product not yet featured.

Staples has a coupon out now $3 off any purchase. There is some exclusions check out on coupon.
Use it to get free paper
Staples 8.5 x11 copy paper $5.99
$3 Staples easy rebate
$3 coupon
Free after coupon and rebate

New Raisin Bran Cereal coupon from Kellogg

Craftsmen tool bag from Sears good Father's Day present was $24.99 now $12.49 (an extra $1.87 comes off making final total just $10.62)

ship to store to avoid shipping costs

Today at 2pm HotSox will be having a giveaway on their facebook page. Worth a try to get something free.

High dollar coupon at Lysol facebook page- $1 off Lysol all purpose cleaner!/Lysol?sk=app_7146470109

Huggies Flushable Moist Wipes sample from Walmart

Having a summer party Party City has 50 ct. Lunch Napkins on sale for $1.40 originally $3.99 with printable coupon

$5 off $25 purchase at True Value Hardware coupon

Frugal Forum June 7

This Saturday myself and my family went to celebrate National Trail Day at the Kentucky River. This was one event among 2,000 that were offered all over the county. I posted the day in my previous column so you could find all the free events. We went to the Riptide Restaurant and when I introduced myself to the leader she informed me that there was free soft drinks and water available at the bar. We listened to some informative speakers while they fed us free nachos, beer cheese and fried banana peppers. All of us then jumped in kayaks or canoes that were provided for free and enjoyed the Kentucky River for the afternoon. I just want to say you never know when you go to events what you are going to encounter. It was a great afternoon with my family that didn't cost me a dime.

Until 6/13 you can get another free card and free shipping from The Card Store. Just use promotional code FREECARD at checkout.

Create a customized Gentleman Jack Label. Just type in your special message, address and a label will come in the mail to affix to a bottle of Gentleman Jack Whiskey

Free one year subscription to Four Wheeler magazine and 4-Wheel & Off Road magazine

Free one year subscription to Cruise Travel

Free subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek

Take a little test on Suave website and receive a coupon for free products. I did this and already received my coupon. They said they reset so if you already tried it you maybe able to do it again

Get 10 free song for summer when you purchase any Frappuccino blended beverage

Coupon for $10 off $25 purchase this weekend only at JCPenney

Get $1 off coupon for Wendy's new Berry Almond Chicken Salad on their facebook page

$5 rebate on Smirnoff Vodka

Buy one large Mountain Dew get one FREE at Arby's

Free sample of Lacoste Parfums

Like Chips Ahoy on their facebook page and receive a free sample of their new Chewy Gooey Fudge Filled Cookies

Disney Store is having a huge clearance sale. Use promotional code TOY25 to receive an additional 25% off your purchase.

Order the Free Healthy Habits Activity Booklet for Kids

Target Deal-
Nivea Body Wash for Men- $3.04
Print out $1 Nivea Body Wash Target coupon at
Use $2 coupon from 6/5 Sunday paper
Final price = 4 cents

A1 Steak Sauce
Use $1 coupon from
Use $1 coupon from 6/5 Sunday paper
Making this a good deal

Buy two Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor $9.89 each
Receive $5 Target Gift Card
Use two $4 coupons from 6/5 Sunday paper
Final price = $3.44 each when you purchase two

Don't forget about your free coupon in 6/5 Sunday paper for Seattle Best Single Can Coffee