Sunday, November 18, 2012

Frugal Forum November 18, 2012

Right now all the stores are having a sale on holiday items to help you have a wonderful dinner on a budget. This is the time to create a stockpile to help you save money in 2013. How long do products last if they are stored properly, they can last over a year. Canned vegetables need to be stored in a cool, dry area check out the best if used by dates that are on the product most canned vegetables will be good for up to 5 years. If you have frozen vegetables make sure you keep frozen until you are ready to use. These will last up to 12 months if they are kept in a properly frozen freezer of 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Cake and Cookies mixes are good for up to 18 months. Once it is opened make sure it is tightly sealed and if the mix develops an off odor throw it away. Cookie dough from the stores refrigerator is good until two month. Box of crackers that are opened can keep for one month if tightly sealed in your pantry. You can extend their storage life by freezing them. Just wrap crackers with heavy-duty aluminum foil or use freezer bags and you now can keep them up to four months. If you are making cookies using chocolate chips you can keep the extras in a cool, area tightly sealed for up to 16 months. If they get exposed to overly warm or humid temperatures, chocolate may develop a white film this affects it appearance only the chocolate is still safe to eat. Butter that has been continuously refrigerated will usually keep for about one month after the good to date on package. Butter may be left at room temperature for one to days, but it will begin to spoil fast after that. If you store your butter in the molded butter compartment of the refrigerator located on door it will only last a week it will last much longer when stored in the main body of the refrigerator. Frozen salted butter will generally keep longer (up to 9 months) than unsalted butter (up to 6 months). If you have any questions about storing and cooking your holiday items you always can call the Fayette County Extension office they will help you with your questions (859) 257-5582. Butterball has a Turkey Talk-Line where they are ready to answer questions on how to cook your turkey plus other holiday items at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.

Flood Preparation and Safely booklet on how to protect yourself during a flood.

Download Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Cookbook

Free Building Blocks for a Healthy Future Kit from SAMHSA.

Visit the Sun-Maid Girl Facebook page and enter to win one of 1,600 prizes. Plus you will receive a free recipe booklet just for entering.

Enter to win a one-year supply of Pure Matters vitamins, minerals, and supplements plus receive a $10  

List of all your Black Friday ads to start your preparation towards your Black Friday.

Free Diabetes Silicone Bracelet to celebrate National Diabetes Month.

Get a free SevenSlings Baby Sling using the promotional code BABYSAVINGS at checkout. You do have to pay for shipping.

Free UdderCovers Nursing Cover when you enter promotional code THANKSGIVING2012. You do have to pay for shipping.

Catch up with a friend over a holiday beverage. When you buy one, we’ll give you a second one of equal or lesser value for free at participating stores. Thursday, November 15 to Sunday, November 18, 2 to 5 p.m. at your local Starbucks

Get a free personalized card from Cardgnome.

Buy one Classic Photo Book get one free at Picaboo just enter promotional code FALLFREE at checkout. Offer expires November 20, 2012

Be one of the first 200 customers in line at Toys R Us on Thanksgiving and you will receive a Complimentary Toys R Us Great Big Good Bag filled with $30 worth of stocking stuffers.

Sign up for Pampers Gift to Grow and enter these codes for lots of rewards. Remember you can get additional codes off of any Pampers Diapers/Wipes. Codes: WELCOMEGTGPTS10,CONGRATS2NEWMOM, GTGWELCOME10PTS, 2BEGINEARNING50, GIFTSTOGROW4MOM.

Free 10 x 13 Wall Portrait from Olan Mills when you like them on their facebook page

Free 15 Photo Gift Tags from PictureMe Portrait Studios located in Walmarts

For your Vera Bradley fans

Get 20% off Clearance plus free shipping on orders over $75.

Plus, use coupon code: DEALS20 and get $20 off $75 You will need to add $75 worth of sale items to your cart. 20% wil automatically come off. Once you have your items in your cart, remove the coupon code they added for you and replace it with DEALS20. This will take and additional $20 off!

Enroll your eligible American Express® Card to GET $25 BACK ONE TIME WHEN YOU SPEND $25 OR MORE at a qualifying small business location on November 24th. Enrollment is limited so act early before enrollments run out. Corporate and prepaid cards are not eligible

Great Holiday Gifts from Amazon – DVD’s

CVS Deals:

Depends Silhouette or Real Fit $3.99 use $1 Sunday paper coupon receive $2 extracare bucks

Lots of freebies this week at CVS you don’t even have to go on Friday.

RiteAid Deals:

Buy Schick Hydro razor use $2 Sunday paper coupon receive $4 +UPs rewards

Starbucks has their annual 12 days of Gifting for 2012 !! The Starbucks 12 Days of Gifting will run from December 1st thru 12th! Here is a sneak peak of what will be on sale for 2012:

December 1st – Buy any Tumbler or Mug and get a FREE Grande Beverage!

December 2nd – BOGO Starbucks VIA Ready Brew 12 pack BOGO Tazo Tea Tin!

December 3rd – Buy the featured Brewed Coffee Tumbler and get FREE COFFEE ALL JANUARY!

December 4th – Get a Stainless Steel Tumbler for $9.95 and Get any 1LB Christmas Blend and a Red Stainless Tumbler for only $19.95 (this would regularly cost $30!)

December 5th – Get a Red, Blue, or Gold acrylic tumbler for $5.95

December 6th – Buy a Merry Moments Cocoa Gift Set for $12.95!

December 7th – Buy any 1 LB or Christmas Blend Coffee or K Cup 12 pk for $9.95! Buy a Starbucks VIA Christmas Blend 12 pack for $7.95 and buy one Christmas Verismo Pod Pack for $8.95!
****Usually they also give you a free beverage (any) with any bagged coffee purchase too!!!!

December 8th – Buy a 16 oz Cold Cup Filled with Frappuccino inspired flavored chocolates for $10.95!

December 9th – Buy a Starbucks 12 oz Red Cup Collection Mug for $3.95!

December 10th – Save 30% on gift packs!

December 11th – Save 40% off on Cold Cups and Cold Cup Straws!

December 12th – Save 40% on a Cranberry Bliss Bar Tray!