Friday, July 15, 2011

Frugal Forum July 16

This is a new computer workstation display at the Kroger’s in Versailles. I haven’t seen this anywhere else yet but what it lets you do is scan your loyalty card and load coupons instantly. It also gives you recipes and more. Now people without computers (there are some) will have the ability to load coupons on their card. It will also help people who forget and it was very easy to do in store. New toys to play with at Krogers. It seems they are also working on mobile coupons where you can scan from phone.

The free Staples pen coupon that put out a couple of days ago is not working. The coupon has a scan code but does not have a coupon code so they are not accepting the coupon. I talked to the manager who was very nice she said if she had received a coupon with a code already she would of scanned that for me. I just want to say sometimes things do not work like they say they will. Many of the deals I put out I do the deal first just to be sure but things do slip by. It is always nice when a reader emails me back to tell me it doesn’t work so I can spread the word out to all of you. Sometimes a cashier doesn’t know about certain policies and just simply says we don’t take those. I have been in plenty of situations where you nicely ask for the manager and it usually always goes through. My daily deals are something I do. Please email me if you have any questions or remarks. I am always open to ideas and criticisms. They say that is how you learn and become a better person.

Expressionary free 8x10 photo is today starting at noon. They are having some issues with the site being to busy and not working. I am still trying. Give it a shot.

Should be able to type in FAMILYNIGHT at Blockbusters Express for a free movie until 7/17

High value coupon $1 off Elmer’s XTREME School Glue Stick (print out now and wait for sale)

Like Benjamin Moore on their facebook page and receive a coupon for 1 free ArborCoat pint sample at participating stores

$5 coupon for Filtrete Water Station or Water pitcher coupon

$5 rebate for Filtrete Water Station

Sign up on Kellogg’s website to print off some high value coupons for breakfast products.

Print this coupon for sale at Walgreens starting this Sunday.- I can’t confirm this
Milka Chocolate bars on sale for 2 for $3
Printable $1 coupon (hit the back button to print two)
Use $1 off two Milka bars in Walgreens July coupon booklet
Final price = two for FREE

Ultra is offering another free event. Wednesday, July 20 from 3pm to 8pm and Thursday, July 21st 1pm to 4pm get a free shampoo and sleek style.
You do need to call for an appointment.

Free Bloomberg Businessweek magazine

Select Harley Davidson stores are giving away free Captain America Collectable posters
click on bottom right to see what is close to you

Frugal Forum July 15

Get a buy one get another one free Skinny Cow Candy coupon

Babies R Us is having a Tote Sale. Go to the customer service desk and ask for a tote bag whatever clearance apparel items or clearance shoes items you put in tote you will get an additional 30% off. The tote is free and it is yours to keep 20Clearance

Free burger at Ruby Tuesday when you like them on their facebook page. They are giving away 10,000.

Target is doing Black Friday’s in July. Checkout some of their great deals.

Sign up for two free samples of Red MonkeySeasoning Rub on their facebook page

Don’t forget about Big Lots 20% off your total purchase coupon for 7/17 only

Free sample of Nivea Touch of Cashmere Cream Oil Body Wash

Sports Authority coupon get 25% off one single item

For a limited time only at Amazon you can 99 cents standard shipping on all groceries items.

Today only at Whole Foods get Coconut Water for $1 a bottle. I never had this before but a cheap way to try a new product.

Buy a Premium Sandwich at Captain D’s get one premium sandwich for free coupon

Every Monday from 4pm to 8pm enjoy two entrees and two regular fountain drinks for only $12 then bring your receipt to Orange Leaf for 15% off your dessert.

Free 8x10 photo printlink from Expressionables tomorrow starting at 12pm.

Get a free bowling coupon to celebrate National Bowling Week July 30 - August 6

Free Trucking Magazine subscription

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Frugal Forum July 13- Column and Extras

How much does it cost The Fru-Gal to feed a family of four for one week? I get asked a lot how much I save on groceries so I thought I would tell you how much a typical week worth of breakfast, lunch and dinners would be for my family. Telling you what I prepare for the week will have to start with my stockpile of groceries that I always have on hand. My stockpile consists of cereals, pasta, pasta sauce, frozen vegetables, barbeque sauce, peanut butter, jelly, water and drink mixes. These items go on sale often when using coupons I can purchase them close to free. On Saturday I stopped at my Walmart Neighborhood store (small version of Superstore Walmart) and got some great deals on meat that was marked down. I bought a rack of ribs, rib roast, four steaks, full chicken, and two small packages of hamburger for $25. Now I was on my way to preparing my dinners for the week. I go through two gallons of milk a week and I bought a 32 pk of water at Kmart for $2.50 but had a $2 mail-in-rebate when you purchase a case of water (found the rebate at RiteAid). Last week at Krogers they had Jimmy Dean breakfast sausages on sale combined with the mega deal for 69 cents and eggs for $1 a dozen this took care of breakfast for the week along with my stockpile of cereals. I make my coffee at home saving me lots of money. For lunch I always check out the marked down bread where I bought two loaves of wheat bread for 25 cents each plus I purchased four cans of tuna for 88 cents each at CVS along with Fischers bologna with 50 cents coupon at Krogers (doubles) making the bologna just 79 cents. I purchased two bags of Lay chips at Kmart for just $1.88 each. We all bring our lunch to work, school or eat at home so I purchased 4 – 12pks of Pepsi soda at CVS for $2 because I had $8 in extracare bucks from previous purchases. These purchases took care of our lunches for the week. What I also want to mention is this is the first year I actually have a garden that is producing wonderful vegetables. It has been a great experience along with a money saver. Sunday I cooked a whole chicken with mashed potatoes and a salad using items from my garden. I had a loaf of garlic bread that was marked down to 99 cents at Krogers making a nice addition to the meal. I bought a 10lb bag of potatoes for $5 at Krogers to use throughout the week with all my meals. We did have Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for dessert that I bought at Walgreens for just $1.50 each. They were on sale for buy one get one free and I had six $1 coupons. We had different ice cream all week for dessert. We love to grill outside so one night we had steaks, baked potatoes, corn on the cob that was on sale for 5 for $1 at Krogers then one night we had BBQ ribs with cucumbers and pasta. I did go to Fazoli’s for the meal deal using the coupon they sent me when I joined their email club. I got spaghetti, meatballs, salad, chicken parmesan, and breadsticks for just $20. I used two buy one $5 KFC meal deal get one free coupons for dinner. Instead of grilling the hamburg I used it to make two meatloaves with potatoes and frozen peas. I usually make at least three trips to Krogers a week just to see what goes on sale on one of my trips they had on special flat iron steaks for $4. I bought one and grilled it with peppers, onions, jalapenos from my garden. Here is a breakdown of my purchases for the week. Remember having your pantry full is a necessary part of saving money. When certain items go on sale and I have coupons, I add to my stockpile.

· $5.50- two gallons of milk

· $4.50- coffee

· $25.00- meat

· $3.76 – Lays potato chips

· $2.00- soda

· $1.00- case of water

· .99 cents- loaf of garlic bread

· $9.00 – six pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

· $10- KFC dinner

· $20- Fazoli’s Family Deal

· .50 cents- two loaves of wheat bread

· $1- eggs

· $1.38- two packages of sausages

· $3- three boxes of cereal

· $1- peanut butter

· $1.50- jelly

· FREE pasta

· $1- tomato sauce

· $1- five ears of corn

· $4- flat iron steak

· $1.50- rice

· 50 cents- Green Giant frozen peas

· $5- 10lb bag of potatoes

· Country Time Lemonade mix for FREE using Kroger Digital coupons and mega deal

One week of groceries to feed a family of four The Fru-Gal Way = little over $100

I am seeing a bad trend coming with higher priced groceries. Here is a way to get some extra goodies from your purchases. There is a new program call SavingStar where you can load ecoupons on your CVS, RiteAid and Kroger loyalty cards. You won’t get money taken off your checkout but money will automatically be loaded to your SavingStar account. Once you use $5 worth of coupons you can get a check, PayPal deposit or gift cards.

This week at Krogers get two 3 Musketeers Candy Bar for FREE when you use the 50 cents coupon in 6/26 Sunday paper.


Purchase qualifying office and school supplies online at and you will earn 100% back in MaxPerks rewards to use on other purchases at OfficeMax. If you are not a MaxPerk member you can create a free account online.

· Purchase Sharpie Highlights (yellow, 12ct) $7.29 and get $7.29 back in MaxPerks rewards

· Purchase Avery starter kit for $12.49 and get $12.49 back in MaxPerks rewards

· Purchase Paper Mate point guard felt tip pens (assorted colors, 12ct) for $15.49 get $15.49 back in MaxPerks rewards

· Purchase Smead FasTab Hanging Folders (legal or letter) for $12.99 - $19.99 get up to $19.99 back in MaxPerks rewards

Office Max also has in store savings purchase Basic Pencil Sharpener or Schoolio 2 pocket folders for just 1 cent plus check out other savings with coupons in this week’s flyer.

Office Depot has a Worklife Rewards program. Sign up now and get 100% back in rewards on select products purchased in store with reward card.

· Purchase Mr.. Sketch Scented Markers for $7.99 get $7.99 back in Worklife Rewards

· Purchase PaperPro compact stapler for $9.99 get $9.99 back in Worklife Rewards

· Purchase Office Depot brand file folders for $6.99 get $6.99 back in Worklife Rewards

· Purchase Uni-ball Vision Rollerball Pens 12pk for $17.99 get $17.99 back in Worklife Rewards.

Target has a coupon on their website for $1 off Sharpie Markers making them FREE.

Check out Staples this week for one cent deals on erasers, pens and glue. They also have a bunch of twenty five cents deals for mechanical pencils, pen cases, post-its and more.

Save 20% off your purchase at Big Lots on July 17 only

Lysol wants to help you make your child’s classroom cleaner. Buy any two Lysol products, get one Lysol wipes for free with mail-in-rebate.

Check out the Dipped Fruit deal from Edible Arrangements this week only. Get a box of gourmet dipped fruit for just $10. You just need to pick up your order in store.

Whole Foods at Lexington Green is having another VIP tour on Wednesday, July 20th from 6pm to 6:45pm to teach you how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to preparing healthy meals for your family. Pre-registered attendees will receive a goodie bag full of great products and money saving coupons. Just email .

Free Pilot B2P Retractable Gel-Ink Pens from Staples coupon$NE-lDGA9/coupon.html?n=764

Sign up for Home Depot's Garden Club - they send some amazing coupons in the mail

Free Kindle download from Amazon "Live Like you Mean It: The 10 Crucial Questions that Will Help you Clarify Your Purpose"

Amazon will help you load this on your iPhone, PC, Mac, Blackberry, iPad for free

Get your trial pack o.b. tampons

Get a FREE movie rental from Blockbuster Express when you enter one of the 6 codes listed below at checkout! Codes expire on 7/15.

Free one year subscription to Shutterbug magazine

Get a coupon for buy one get one free Athenos Feta Cheese coupon when you follow them on Twitter

Coupon for $10 off $25 at Yankee Candle

High value coupon - get 75 cents coupon for Nestle Powder drink mix

High value coupon- $1 off Lipton Recipe Secrets Product

High value coupon- $2 on Scotch Pop-Up Tape Dispenser (combine with a back to school sale)

High value coupon- $1 Kasha Pita Chips

Participating Starbucks is offering a free Tall Drink when you purchase any pack of Starucks VIA Iced Coffee

Free sample of Alpo canned dog food from Walmart

Get a free personalized journal from Papercoterie just enter promotional code WRITEITDOWN at checkout. You do have to pay shipping and handling.

Moe’s Southwest Grill is offering free six ounce cup of Queso to each guest from 11am to 9pm at participating locations. No purchase necessary.
Buy one get one free McDonald’s smoothies, frappes, and frozen lemonade

Free seven issues of Parents magazine

Free sample of Tubs O Towels

Give a friend two free samples of Yogi

Get a free sample of Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Kentucky is not on the tax free weekends. If you are visiting any of these states do some back to school shopping
Alabama – August 5-7
Arkansas – August 6-7
Connecticut – August 21-27
Florida – August 12-14
Illinois – August 6 – 15
Iowa – August 5-6
Maryland – August 14-20
Mississippi – July 29-30
Missouri State -August 5-7
New Mexico – August 5-7
North Carolina – August 5-7
Oklahoma – August 5-7
South Carolina – August 5-7
Tennessee – August 5-7
Texas – August 19-21
Virginia – August 5-7

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Frugal Forum July 13 - Target Deals

Many people don’t think about Target for getting great bargains. Target’s coupon policy allows you to use a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon. Go to Target’s website to print out high value coupons or sign up for their mobile coupons that can be scanned directly from your smartphone.

Here are my deals from my trip to Target yesterday.

Pair of women’s denim jeans marked down to $4.98 used Target $3 coupon = $1.98

Graphic Tee marked down to $3.24 used Target $2 coupon = $1.24

Cardigan marked down to $6.24 used Target $3 coupon = $3.24

New Fig Newton cookies on sale for $3 used $1 manufacturer coupon with $1 Target coupon = $1

Ritz Crackerful on sale for $2.40 used $1 manufacturer coupon with $1 Target coupon= 40 cents

Sierra Mist 12 pk on sale for $2.25 used $1 Target coupon = $1.25

Market Place Fruit Snacks priced at $1.79 use $1 Target mobile coupon = 79 cents

Up Nail Polish Remover priced at 97 cents used 50 cents Target coupon = 47 cents

Target Standard Pillow priced at $2.50 used $2 Target coupon = 50 cents

Up Pantyliners priced at 87 cents used 75 cents Target coupon = 12 cents

Sharpie permanent markers on sale for $1 used $1 Target coupon = FREE

Paper Mate 10pk ballpoint pens on sale for $1.02 used $1 Target coupon = .02 cents

Scott Magic Tape on sale for 50 cents used 50 cents Target coupon = FREE

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Frugal Forum July 12

Buy 1 8x11 Photo Book from Snapfish and get 2 for free. Just enter promotional code MYSUMMERBKS at checkout. Deal expires July 19

Free movie admission to Disney’s Winnie the Pooh. Purchase any eligible DVD. Sign in or join Disney Movie Rewards and enter magic code in box to get ticket.

Like Lane Bryant on their facebook page and get a coupon for 30% off entire purchase JUly 11-17.

The Today Show has another Steals and Deals segment where they offer high discount on some great products.

Tanga has a deal on magazine subscription to Whole Living. Get a 1 year subscription (10 issues) for just $3.50 just enter promotional code WHOLE at checkout.

$1 off coupon for Dannon Light and Fit yogurt (high value)

$1 off purchase of any two Ore-Ida products coupons. Now through 7/16 Target has these on sale for buy two get one free use the coupon for extra savings.

Free one year subscription to Woman’s Day magazine

Get Free Harry Potter Collector’s Handbook for Kindle from Amazon (valued at $17.99)

Like Kraft shredded cheese with Philadelphia cheese on their facebook page to get $1 off when you purchase two packages coupon.

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que is celebrating Dave’s Day. If your name is day you receive a free entree on Sunday, August 14 from 10am to 10pm. No Famous Dave’s in Lexington but they are in Louisville and Florence.!/event.php?eid=243440922335616

Free wellness poster from SAMHSA

Check out Betty’s Crocker Best of 2011 Recipes ebook

Free “Because of the Brave” sticker

Snapfish has extended their 99 4x6 prints for 99 cents until today. Just enter promotional code JULYPENNY99 you do have to pay shipping and handling.