Sunday, January 27, 2013

Frugal Forum January 27, 2013

When figuring out your monthly budget, what percentage should you set aside for entertainment expenses? Many experts say setting aside five to ten percent of your monthly income is a reasonable starting point. Remember that entertainment covers a wide array of expenses like cable, movies, going out for ice cream, etc. Anything you do for fun. If you plan a yearly vacation this category is where you should put an expense for vacation fund. When cutting back or looking for extra money this category is one that you could decrease each month. If you are working towards a family vacation take a look at other monthly entertainment expenses that you can eliminate for your ultimate goal. This category lets you be creative with your fun. There are many places in the area that offer low cost or free events.

Home Depot offers children ages 5 -12 hands-on workshops on the first Saturday of each month between 9am and 12pm. The workshop teaches kids do-it-yourself skills, tool safetly and instill a sense of pride. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Home Depot also offers workshop geared toward the Do-It-Yourself adult from tiling, replacing your facets, home gardening and much more. Check out their website for weekly times.|THD|G|BT2|Resources&skwcid=TC|14272|home%20depot%20kids%20workshop||S|e|26765389773

Check out the schedule for Lowe’s Build and Grow classes offered twice a month on Saturdays from 10am to 11am. The kids can build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, patch and much more.

Take a free tour of West Sixth Brewery at 501 West Sixth Street. This local brewery offers a tour Saturday at 2pm. Tour includes samples of their flagship beers, and an opportunity to learn about West Sixth Brewing and the brewing process in general. Get their 30 minutes before hand to register.

William and Sonoma offer cooking classes every Sunday starting at 11am. They usually last about 1 hour with generous samples of featured dish and printed recipes for you to take home. Participants receive a 10% discount on store purchases the day of the class. This Sunday is featuring flavors of Morocco.

Movie night’s free when you cash in $5 or more at Coinstar in Kroger and pick a NO-FEE eGift Card! Check your voucher for a promo code for a free 1-day Redbox DVD rental. Stop by any Redbox location to redeem your code – then enjoy the show! Offer available 1/20-2/16/13 at Krogers.

Check out Lexington’s Public Library for a wide range of classes offered for young children to adults for free. On February 20th at Beaumont Branch Library 6:30pm to 8:30pm come see me The Fru-Gal talk about saving money using coupons and shopping strategies. Just register online to join the fun.

Get ready for the spring gardening season by taking a free class at Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Road on Vegetable Gardening for Beginners, The Early Spring Crops you will also receive a packet of seeds for you to start your garden. Call (859)257-5582 to register. Check out their website for additional classes available.

Join Whole Food every last Tuesday of the month for a free Value Tour. They will share how to choose healthier choices without spending lots of money. Each registered guest will receive a goodie bag and one person will win a $50 Whole Foods gift card. Register email also check out other free events being offered on their website.

The Arboretum at University of Kentucky is offering a Greener Lawn Care class on Tuesday, January 29 at 10am. Learn how to “greener” your lawn care maintenance. Call (859)257-6955 to register.

Free 5x7 20 page Soft Cover photo book ($12.99 value) from Snapfish when you enter promotional code HPreward at checkout. You do need to pay $1.99 plus tax for shipping. Expires January 31, 2013.

Free Generation Know bracelet from U by Kotex.

Free Atkins Quick-Start Kit which includes three Atkins Bars, a Carb Counter Book, a Quick-Start Guide and a $3 Atkins Workbook rebate with $1 Atkins coupons also a free Atkins frozen meal coupon.

Vote for either Heads or Tails for the coin toss at SuperBowl XLVII if you choose right get a free Papa John’s Pizza.

Panda Express, is offering a free educational program for your school. Educators can sign up online to receive a free kit geared for students in the second to fourth grade. It includes Year of the Snake Fact Sheet, Jade Emperor’s Game and Activity Sheet, Chinese New Year Decoration Art Activity and Lai See Activity Sheet.

Leave a taste-a-monial for Oscar Meyer Carving Board Pulled Pork to print a coupon for $1 off product. If enough people leave comments and share this offer, Oscar Meyer will send everyone who participated a coupon for free Oscar Meyer Pulled Pork.

Fru-Gal Tip:

Most of the time when you attend a workshop or class they will ask for your email. Give it to them to get information sent directly to you on additional classes offered.

CVS Deals:

ZzzQuil $4.99 use $1 Sunday paper coupon receive $1 extracare bucks


Buy two Pepto Bismol for $11 use two 50 cents Sunday paper coupon receive $2 extracare bucks


Prilosec $24.99 use $1 Sunday paper coupon receive $2 extracare bucks


Buy two Downy $5.99 use $3 Sunday paper coupon receive two $1 extracare bucks


Rite Aid Deals:

Buy two Pantene shampoo and conditioner for $7 use $3 Sunday paper coupon plus receive $2 +UPs rewards


Buy Crest Rinse $4.99 use 75 cents Sunday paper coupon and two Crest toothpaste for $7 use two 75 cents Sunday paper coupon receive $3 +UPs rewards

Luv Diapers family pack $16.99 use $1 Sunday paper coupon receive $2 +UPs rewards

Walgreens Deals:

Crest 3D White Whitestrips $49.99 use $10 Sunday paper coupon receive $10 register reward



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