Sunday, May 6, 2012

Debbi's Frugal Forum May 6, 2012

Have you ever opened your wallet and thought where did that $100 dollars go? Most of us don’t even realize what our daily spending adds up to. Social spending situations – dining out, grabbing drinks with friends are some of the places that your money disappears into thin air. Take a cash sabbatical. Go a day or more without spending any cash or using your credit card. This exercise will help you work through your sale stockpile. Getting all these great deals with coupons will only be productive if you use everything. Remember sales come around every six to eight weeks so even if you use your stockpile you will be able to replenish it soon. What this will also do is make you use your products that are getting close to expiring. Dealing with money can trigger many emotions like anxiety and greed which makes it hard to get perspective. So from time to time when you arrange a day when you don’t buy anything at all it will be a satisfying feeling.


· Bring your lunch to work

· Make your own coffee in the morning

· Be creative with what is in your pantry for dinner

· Enjoy free Big Band & Jazz Series Tuesdays 7pm at MoonDance Amphitheater from May 15- June 26

· Walk or ride your bike when you can

· Use food from your freezer

· Go to the library check out a book

Mother’s Day Goodies-

CVS Deals:

Russell Stover Chocolates $5.99 receive $2 extracare bucks making final price $3.99.

Mars Chocolate Singles 75 cents receive 75 cents extracare bucks making final price FREE

Free summer tote ($24.99 value) with purchase of $30 or more of any Maybelline cosmetics or Garnier skin care or hair care products.

$10 extracare bucks when you spend $25 or more on Beyonce, Heidi Klum, Faith Hill, Shakir or Halle fragrances.

Wet ‘n Wild Nail Pail $9.99 receive $4 extracare bucks making final price $5.99.

Get $10 extracare bucks when you spend $50 on any combination of Spa & Wellness, DSW, iTunes or Panera gift cards.

Receive a $10 rebate when you spend $30 on Neutrogena facial moisturizer, cleansing or acne only products.

Rite Aid Deals:

Buy two jewelry items receive $4+UP rewards.

8x10 Photo Collage $1.49 receive $1+Ups rewards making final price 49 cents.

Buy $10 of any Sally Hansen Cosmetics, Depilatories and Beauty Tools receive $5 +Ups

Mitchum for Women $3.99 use $1 Sunday paper coupon plus send in for $1 Rite Aid Single Check Rebate making final price just $1.99.

Hershey’s Pot of Gold chocolates $3.99 receive $2+UPs reward making the final price $1.99

Today get a free Mother’s Day card from when you enter promotional code LUVMOM. Valid for one free Mother’s Day card includes shipping.

Get a free Mother’s Day Card from treat when you enter promotional code FREETREAT. Try this promotional code TRYTREAT for another free card.

Free Pink Water Bottle with any Pink purchase at Victoria’s Secret

Get a customized photo Mother’s Day card at Walmart for less than 40 cents when you pick it up in store.

If you are a VISA Signature Cardholder this summer each Friday until August 17th you can purchase Fandango Movie Ticket and get a second ticket for free.

Today only get free shipping and handling plus $25 off $50 purchase at Gurney’s Seed & Nursery. Co.

Free custom reusable grocery bag ($8.99 value) from ink garden just enter promotional code FREEBAG good until May 31. You do have to pay shipping and handling.

Make a free custom placemat for Mom with promotional code PLACEFREE ($3.99 value). Offer expires May 22. You will need to pay shipping and handling.

Make a personalized coffee mug from InkGarden for just $1

Get a free 8x10 from RitzPix when you enter promotional code BIGPRINT.

Taste of Home is having their popular $5 cookbook sale. Use promotional code LS114 to get free shipping on orders over $25.$5-Sale/5sale,default,sc.html

Get Mom a $50 Gift Card at Applebee’s and receive a $10 bonus card for yourself.

Use Ebates to order your Mother’s Day gift getting twice the bonus cash back towards your purchases.

Joseph's Beth is celebrating Mom today and next Saturday from 12 to 4pm where your child can get a free Mother's Day picture and fram keepsake or Kids Mother's Day Flower Card craft from 11am to 1pm.

Buy one 5x7 folded Mother's Day card at and get another one free just enter promotional code BOGOMOM ends up being two for $1.99 with code.

Free small drink and small curly fries at Arby’s coupon with purchase of any Market Fresh Sandwichs.

Sign up for CraverNation at White Castle for two free slider coupon

This summer get half off real ice cream shakes at Sonic after 8pm.

Check out Oscar Mayer Selects website to receive a $1 coupon but share the page with ten of your friends to get a coupon for a free product.

Through May 13th, Starbucks is hosting the Frappuccino Happy Hour Photo Challenge. Each day, Starbucks will post a daily photo challenge on their facebook page. Once you know the challenge of the day, you’ll want to take a photo or select a photo that may be taken previously which demonstrates what the daily challenge is looking for. Each day, 10 entrants will be selected at random to receive a $25 Starbucks Gift Card.

Until May 13th Starbucks is offering your Frappuccino blended beverage for 50 percent off from 3-5pm. Check out your Starbucks if they are participating.

Every Tuesday this month, Hanes is giving away 100 pair of women’s socks. Just like Hanes on their facebook page and click on the “Women’s” tab for every entry Hanes wil randomly select 100 winners every Tuesday until May, 29, 2012.

Show a military ID, VFW Membership card or Return the Favor card anytime in May at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations will make donate 10% of your food purchase to the VFW Foundation’s Return the Favor campaign.

Get your hearing aids cleaned and checked for free from a local, qualified hearing professional.

Upload your child’s artwork and receive a free Rudi’s Organic Bakery sandwich box designed with their artwork.

Sign up for exclusive coupons from Thorntons when you like them on their facebook page. Check their free coupons.

Get a free Australian Lamb recipe book A World of Flavor

Visit Just Me Music and use promotional code MYELMO to get a personalized song with your childs name sung by Elmo. You also can use promotional code VEGGIE to get a personalized song sung by the Veggie Tales.

Starting today Cinnabon is celebrating Nurse’s week by giving all nurses a Cinnabon Classic Roll for free. Just show your healthcare ID badge at your local Cinnabon.

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