Friday, August 12, 2011

Frugal Forum August 12

Free subscription to Horse & Rider magazine

Save $5 off $20 purchase at O’Charley’s coupon

Teachers receive 20% off your purchases at Joanne Fabrics this Saturday and Sunday.

Famous Dave’s BBQ is celebrating Dave’s Day on Sunday, August 14 anyone with the first name Dave can get a free entree if your middle name is Dave get ½ off you meal.

Buy One Get One Free Photo Books at MyPublisher.
This Saturday at Big Lots teachers will receive 10% off their purchase

Friday’s Deal at Whole Foods is boneless and skinless chicken originally $6.49/lb now $3.99/lb.

Great back to school fun project at Lowe’s this Saturday the kids can build a School House Photo Holder

Michaels has a couple of classes this weekend- Duck Tape Folder Event for Back to School, August 13 12pm to 2pm, Clay Pot Event- August 13 10am to 12pm (do have to purchase clay pot), Collaborative painting event August 13 and August 21 10am to 2pm and 11am to 3pm.

Don’t forget the Blockbuster store deal where you can get a 20oz Coke and $1.99 movie rental for $1.49. Good only Monday thru Friday starting 11am to 3pm. They also offer $1.99 movie rentals for 49 cents on Sundays all day long.

Kids can still do Barners & Nobel’s Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination. Kids earn a free book when they read any 8 books.

Chuck E Cheese’s coupons

Print out high value and great deal coupons from Office Max

Hasbro is offering a $3 coupon for new game called Scrabble Turbo Slam on their facebook page

Free prescription glasses today at Coastal Contacts. Just click on the left of the facebook page for FREE GLASSES. You do have to pay shipping and handling.

Free subscription to SKI magazine

Free adult workshops at Home Depot

Be Tobacco Free Kit

Sign up for SeeHere to get your free 20 photo cards with envelopes for only $1.49 shipped. Just create a 4 x 8 single photo card and add 20 of them to your cart then enter promotional code 25cards.

Sign up for email offers or sign up for text offers or sign up for both at Papa Johns. When you do get a free medium cheese pizza with a pizza purchased at regular menu price when you sign up to receive offers from Papa John’s.

Hill’s Science Diet ideal Balance try it free rebate.

Grand Opening at Unlimited Spirit on 404 Southland Drive enjoy wine tastings, liquor tastings and Jim Beam BBQ starting at 4pm.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Frugal Forum August 11 Column and Extras

When you make a purchase whether it is a small purchase like a phone or larger purchase like a television if it doesn’t work or do what it is supposed to do you should get your money back. You should always know the stores return policy before purchasing anything. Believe it or not some people don’t go back to the store with the defective product. What I tell people all the time is a store generally wants to have you as a customer so they will do whatever they can to make you happy. Don’t try to scam the store; if you dropped it you own it. I would check with my credit card company to see what warrantee policies they have, some will get your money back in a specified amount of days even if you dropped it. Keep your cool. When you are confronting the salesperson whether it is in person or on the phone getting angry will only make the situation worst. Just stick to the facts and be respectful. The sooner you complain, the better your chance of getting a refund or resolving the problem. Do you belong to any “best customer” or rewards programs that the company offers? If they see that you a loyal customer you could get special treatment. Know what it is going to take for you to feel right about the situation. If the salesperson says “What can I do set this right?” know what compensation you are looking for. First ask the company what they are willing to offer then make your counteroffer. Keeping records of your purchase is a key element of getting your money back. Holding on to your receipts or any other paper will only help. Keep a record of who you spoke to on the phone, what they said, when they said it and what actually happened. If nothing comes of this write a firm but polite short letter to the CEO. If you don’t hear back in a month, call or write again to follow up. As a last resort, file your complaint with the BBB (, which will forward your grievance to the company and may act as a mediator. Because unresolved disputes become part of public record, the company is motivated to cooperate.

I use the above philosophy even when it comes to coupons. Each store has their own coupon policy that they post on their website. I print it out just to reference when I am told I cannot use a certain coupon. There have been situations where I have been wrong or where the manager just won’t accept a coupon so I put the product back and calmly walk away. I do want to state that most of the time all my area stores really want you to be happy and come back again. Here are a few tips to make your checkout an uneventful experience.

1. Any Internet coupon should be legible.

2. Coupons have to say Manufacturer coupon or store coupon on the top.

3. Must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer.

4. Must have a scannable bar code.

5. Must have an expiration date.

6. Internet coupons can be printed just in black and white. (save money on your color cartridges)

Rebate deals:

Purina Pet Gear Training Pads 20 count full purchase mail-in-rebate

Buy any two Welch’s Spreadsand receive a FREE sandwich keeper.

Buy any three Scotch-Brite Botanical Disinfecting Wipes and get one of them free.

Purchase any three Band-Aid Bandages, Neosporin, Listerine anticavity mouthwash and Reach kids toothbrush receive a free Phineas and Ferb Pencil Case.

Receive a free movie ticket when you enter two codes from any two specially marked boxes of General Mills cereal.

Buy any three products from these participating brands: Band-Aid, Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Brand, Neosporin, and Benadryl send in UPC bar codes from packages to receive a free First Aid Kit.

Purchase $50 worth of Olay Facial Cleansers get a mail in rebate for $20.

Stay for at least one night a paying guest at any participating KOA in August and receive one additional night during that stay absolutely free. /

Order your 2012 Women’s Health Calendar. The calendar provides information on women’s risk factors, ways to take charge of your health and information about common health concerns.

Take the Pledge of Health and Happiness by eating more fruit and Edible Arrangements will give a free Pineapple Pop to celebrate.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases is giving away a free Diabetes Motivational Refrigerator Magnet

Walgreens is offering their photo deal of a day. Check out the rest of the week’s photo deals.

American Express is giving you the opportunity to get dollar credits awarded to you when you use your card at selected places.

Join Offermatic and connect a credit card to your account you will then receive offers to shop at selected stores and receive cash back directly to your card.

A Matter of Balance class offered at Fayette County Extension Service, 1140 Red Mile Place. This award winning program is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels for older adults. The program is 8 sessions, each session is 2 hours and FREE. Limit to 20 participants starting on September 1 and ending October 27. Call (859) 257-5582 to register.

Join Chick-fil-A for Fairy Tale Night 5pm to 7pm where they will treat your child to a horse drawn carriage ride, pictures with Cow, Miss Kentucky or Prince Charming and a great meal. Children under 12 will receive FREE Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid’s Meal (4 piece) with purchase of any meal. The Horse Drawn Carriage Ride (limo ride) will only be available at Fayette Mall. August 15th at Hamburg, August 16th at Turfland, August 18th at Nicholasville Road, August 22nd at Richmond Centre, August 23rd at Fayette Mall and August 28th at Georgetown.

From August 8-September 8 T.G.I. Friday’s will be collecting non-perishable pet toys, treats and items for the Lexington Humane Society. Consumers who donate receive a free appetizer upon donation.

Phillip Gall’s on E. New Circle Road is having a movie night Thursday, August 25 from 7pm to 9pm. They will be showing the 1966 Bruce Brown’s surfing documentary “The Endless Summer”. Get 15% during the event and cool door prizes and umbrella drinks.

Lexington Healing Arts Academy offers every second Saturday of the month a free Personal Fitness and Nutrition Class. Learn the 12 steps that take an overall look at the physical and nutritional aspects of the body. Check out their website for more information and other free classes offered.

Free subscription to Salt Water Sportsman magazine

Free tape measure at CottonWork

Free sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish just 6 premium dog food

Free 9 issues of Sailing World Magazine

Free Spin Magazine subscription

Like Denizen Jeans on their website to get rebates, gift cards or free jeans. These jeans are sold exclusive to Target. They are on sale for $19.99. Some people won free jeans , I only received a $3 mail in rebate but I checked out the jeans and they were good quality.

Pre-order your Trick or Treat Unicef collection boxes for Halloween. They will also send additional material like door hangers, stickers and decorations to help with you collecting.

Today only Dairy Queen will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for each Blizzard Treat sold. Treat your family to some special tonight plus give back to a wonderful cause.

This weekend Directv is offering free preview of Cinemax. If you have Dish Network I would check it out to see if they are participating also. Starting today through August 14th.

Join Pink Nation at Victoria Secrets or if you are a member get a coupon for free Mini Mist with any PINK purchase.

Like Schick on their facebook page to print out high value $3 coupon for Schick Extreme 3 razors

Today through Saturday get 50% off Collage Curved Glass Prints at Walgreens just enter promotional code BRIGHTPIC at checkout.

Free Blockbuster Express codes:

Good through 8/12:


Good through 8/15:


$15 off $45 purchase at Yankee Candle Stores or online use HAP15 promotional code

Today’s Save More deal is $8 for Teeth Whitening Pen ($29.99 value) if you haven’t signed up yet do so today and get a credit for $10 on your account making this deal free. I have ordered other items and had no problems. What this site does is you buy the voucher with your credits then it will tell you when the voucher is in your account which will allow you to go to the products website with voucher’s code to purchase item some time you do have to pay for the shipping. Nice gift to give someone.

Free subscription to Cruise Travel

Free Cancer Project’s Recipe Bookmarks

Sign up for Mobile Coupons sent right to your phone from JCPenney. I just received one on my phone for $10 off $25 purchases this weekend.

$10 off $50 qualifying purchase at Office Depot

Free sample of Flexitol Therapeutics Foot care item (look on the left of the website)

Free book club kit from Kerry Gold

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Frugal Forum August 10

Like Deer Park Brand Sparkling Natural Spring water on their facebook page and get a coupon for buy one get one free

Sign up for Pampers Kandoo newsletter and receive a $1 coupon in the mail. Pair this with a sale and you may end up with free wipes.

Free subscription to StrokeSmart Magazine

Free sample of Splenda when you like them on their facebook page

Your invited to exclusive Drew Launch party at your Aerie store (there is one at Fayette Mall)
Meet their new Drew- push-up bra that adds 2 cup sizes and be one of the first 100 party-goes and pick up a free Aerie tote. Party starts tonight from 6pm to 9pm. Check out locations.

Here are the rest of Walgreens Photo Deals for this week.
Thursday: 50% Off Curved Collage Glass Prints
Coupon Code: BRIGHTPIC

Friday: 60% Off Brag Book
Coupon Code: BRAGABOUT

Saturday: 66% Off Desktop Calendar
Coupon Code: DESKCAL

70 cent coupon for Keebler Fudge Sticks Jumbo Cookies

Get 10 cents off a gallon of gas today only at Thorntons when you use your debit card and pin to purchase gas

I just went to test this deal and it worked.
Purchase four travel size Degree deodorant for 99 cents each get $4 back in register rewards.
I also purchased four Lysol disinfectant wipes and two Lysol toilet bowl cleaners for $2.50 each use three $1 coupons from Sunday’s paper then received $5 in register rewards. Send away for mail in rebate when you purchase three Lysol wipes you get one free so you will be getting $2.50 back. Final price after rebates, coupons, and register rewards = 75 cents each when you buy all six above items.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Frugal Forum August 9 extra

I have not confirmed this but one of my readers said that if you don’t have a Meijers near you to do the Capri Sun 77 cents a pack deal bring the ad into a Walmart and they will price match.

Get a free small drink and small curly fries with the purchase of any Prime-Cut Chicken Sandwich

Print out two $1.50 coupons (hit the back button a couple of times for reprint) for Colgate toothpaste. This week at Walgreen it is on sale 2 for $6 and get a $4 register reward. Use both coupons for a moneymaker.

Free sample of Sauve shampoo or conditioner from Walmart

Free Activia French or Greek Select Yogurts

High value $2 coupon for BIZ laundry detergent

Get 40% off all posters at Walgreens today only

300 Instant labels for free from Staples coupon. Use these for return address or nameplates for books use your imagination

Get a free Redbox rental code from Tropicana Juicy Rewards. This club gives you points when entering your codes from Tropicana bottles. You can end up with free stuff by redeeming your points. The free Redbox doesn’t cost you any points all you have to do is sign up and they will send you a free promotional Redbox code that you can use when renting out a DVD.

Join club Skinny Cow to get free samples, coupons and more.

Get Ironman Performance drink for Free

This week only when you like Pizza Hut on their facebook page and make an online pizza purchase you will get a free P’Zone.

Frugal Forum August 9

Get a coupon for a free full-size moisturizing body wash from CVS just for liking them on their facebook page.

Free subscription to TENNIS magazine

Free subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine

Target has new coupons up on their website don’t forget to print out the $5 off Women’s Jeans coupon. I have gotten jeans for 50 cents when I used this coupon to buy clearance jeans.

Check out Meijer’s sale this week where you buy eight qualifying products you get $8 off your order. The Capri Sun 6oz pouches 10 pack are $1.77 each buy eight and they are only 77 cents each.

Don’t forget to check out CVS website for coupons. They have a high value $2 coupon for Huggies

Monday, August 8, 2011

Frugal Forum August 8

Free Capezio Ballet Slippers
(you do have to pay for shipping)

Get a free sample of Eucerin lotion when you pledge to put your skin first.

Teachers get welcome cards, thank you cards or award cards for 49 cents each at just enter promotional code apple11.

Print out coupon for $25 off $50 worth of Copy and Print services. This includes many different services even shipping.

Rewards Gold is offering four new magazine subscriptions. Forbes, Barrons, Maxim and Businessweek

Keep an eye on Sierra Mist facebook page they will be giving away free Cranberry Splash before it hits the shelves.

High value $1.50 coupon for Hormel Canadian Bacon on just use zipcode 44254

High value $1.50 coupon for Scott Natural Toilet Tissue on just use zipcode 12345

I just received my free can of Ocean Spray diet sparkling drink in the mail today. Get a $1 coupon off Ocean Spray diet sparkling drink when you like them on their facebook page.

You don’t offend see egg coupon so print this one off. Get 55 cents off two dozen eggs when you like Incredible Edible Egg on their facebook page.