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Recent Mailbox Presents

Another collection of my mailbox gifts is here!

I love to send out for freebies and samples. It’s like getting surprise gifts in my mailbox every day.

But I have reasons for sampling too. I have hypersensitivity and am very easily overpowered by strong scents and tastes. Even sitting next to someone wearing a lot of perfume can trigger an asthma attack. Due to this, I like to try out the samples before I waste my money on things it turns out I can’t use. Also, most samples come with high-value coupons to buy the full size in stores. Most of the coupons that came with the samples were for 3 dollars or more off.

Here are the things I have received the last 2 weeks. I added a little review of the stuff I got because you might be interested, but also because I was itching to write something other than a list.

A free 8 pack of Deer Park Sparkling Water. This is in coupon form, but I can pick it up at any supermarket.

I haven’t redeemed this yet, but it sounds good to throw in a lunch bag for work or school, so I’ll give it a try.

A packet of Ricola herbal Immunity gummies, citrus flavor.

These didn’t have a bad flavor. They weren’t gummy bear good, but definitely not medicine-y at all.  I don’t know how well they work, immunity wise, but they probably wouldn’t hurt, especially during flu season. I don’t plan on buying them though.

A packet of Garnier Whole Blends hair repairing mask.

Because of my hypersensitivity, I usually go toward the grooming things that are made for sensitive skin or are more natural, since chemicals (even those meant to smell nice) tend to have scents that can be too strong. Unfortunately, this was a little more scented than I would like, so I had to toss it.

Packets of Garnier Whole Blends shampoo and conditioner in Oat Delicacy.

                I haven’t opened this yet, so can’t say anything about it.

Some packets of Truvia sweetener

                I  prefer real sugar, but I will keep them for company coming over. 

Packets of SkinCeuticals skin cleanser cream and gel

                There were three packets so I opened one to test the scent. The scent is pretty mild, so I’ll toss them in my travel bag for my next trip. (Sample packets often come traveling with me, it’s easier than carrying around big bottles of shampoo and stuff)

A packet of Loreal pure sugar skin scrub

                Lightly scented and it worked. However, the coupon that came with it was already expired.

A packet of Natural Vitality Anti Stress Drink mix

                Not as unflavored as they claim, but I put it in water. The flavor would not be noticed if mixed in juice or something, especially with someone who’s not so sensitive to taste. I couldn’t tell any difference in my stress level, but that’s probably because after a sip my cat suddenly jumped on me to crawl up for snuggles. After cleaning the spill, I figured a purring cat on a lap was better for calming than any drink mix.  

Hard water testing strips from Morton Salt.

                Turns out we have moderately hard water. Interesting to know, but I’ve lived here for 10 years, so I will probably just deal with it. It came with a coupon for softener pellets if I change my mind though.  

A toilet paper holder extender for the mega size rolls from Charmin.

                It fit on my TP holder. That’s it, what else can I say about this?

A small cookbook of a variety of recipes using Jiffy baking mix from Jiffy.

                Not much of a review needed here. It has recipes in it, what else can I say?  Actually, there are some decent recipes in here, I’ll try out a couple soon.

A small deodorant from Native All Natural Deodorants

                Since this was all natural, I thought I would give it a try, but unfortunately, the coconut scent was very strong when I took off the cap. I never used it so I might give it to a friend.

A razor from Schick Intuition Fab, this also came with a sample of Skintimate skin conditioner.

                Haven’t used it yet, but I’ll add it to my bathroom cabinet.

A men’s razor, shave cream and aftershave from Bromley’s for men.

                Note: Of all the samples I’ve gotten recently, I am most impressed by this one. Star hasn’t used it yet, but the company knows how to make samples to impress. The razor handle is sturdy and heavy, not cheap plastic, and the cream and aftershave came in amounts larger than average than a typical sample. This makes it easier to see if it really works, so we’ll see if he likes it.

There are plenty of freebie websites out there if you want to get your own “mailbox gifts”. Some of the ones I like are Freebie SharkHunt 4 Freebies, and Freefly’s, but there are so many out there. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Keep a separate email just for couponing from one of the many free email engines. To get the samples, you often have to enter your email, so just use that one to keep your main email free of ads. You can also unsubscribe from any mailing list if you want, but this will keep them out of your regular email until then.

Here’s to full mailboxes!

 

 

 

 

Posted in DIY, Wedding

Fantastic Weddings and How to Make Them- Part 1- Decorations

171I know I promised more blog posts and YouTube videos last year as my New Years resolution, but this time I really mean it. I do. I got distracted over the last year with trying to find a new job while working freelance and temp work and of course, planning my wedding. But now I have both full-time employment and a new last name, so it should make it easier to find time to keep up with the blogging. So here goes the first post of 2019. And hang on, it’s a long one.

When people talk about wedding decorations, they might as well be saying reception decorations. The reception is what it’s all about, people quickly refer to the ceremony as being “beautiful” or something similar. But the reception is where it’s at. People will talk about the tables, the food, the DJ, and any fistfights or screaming matches that happened. The reception is usually the most expensive part of the wedding. Of course, most of the money goes toward the catering, and our wedding was no different, so we’ll just skip that discussion. (If you’re curious we offered a choice of steak in port sauce or salmon in rosemary citrus sauce with garlic mashed potatoes and julienne veggies). I will say that we got a package deal from our hotel venue that included the ceremony, cocktail and reception rooms, catering, basic décor, discounted rooms for our out of town guests and of course a day of coordinator to take a lot of worry from me on the big day.

Our reception was beautiful if I say so myself. Or, should I say magical. It was a Harry Potter theme wedding after all. And here is how we decorated for it. A lot of our decorations were DIY because we’re a crafty couple and not only did it save money, but it felt more like us, and definitely unique. I recorded most of our DIY projects so there will be a YouTube video eventually.

We got married at the Fairfax Garden Inn. They do the weddings outside in an absolutely beautiful garden with a stone fountain and ivy-covered trellis for the couple to stand under. We were so excited and thought it would be so beautiful. Unfortunately, the morning of the wedding got freezing cold and windy and although it was sunny, the cold and the wind caused us to take the guests into consideration and moved it inside to the backup room. We were a little disappointed. Also, due to a communication error the fabric streamers, garlands, and other backup décor didn’t make it to the ceremony room. An error I didn’t know about until I was literally in the middle of the wedding ceremony. (While walking down the aisle I was a bit distracted.) After the wedding, I did allow myself a little bit of upset about having a completely bare ceremony room, but I got over it quickly. (Literally, the only things were the chairs and the chuppah.) The chairs were provided by the hotel, and the décor, both outside and in were also provided. The chuppah was from a local synagogue that lends it out to any Jewish bride who needs one. They don’t charge (since it’s considered essential to any Jewish wedding) but you need to reserve it early because it’s first come, first served with all the basic common sense rules that make perfect sense for such a big favor that we loved. They even had a choice of covers and one of them was purple with glittering stars. Now, tell me that’s not perfect. Decorations for the ceremony final cost-free.

Then came the cocktail hour. Ahh, the cocktail hour. The time when everyone calms down for a nice glass of wine and mingling while the bride and groom take a breather. Well, not so much of a breather as a quick change of my train and then a photo session in the freezing cold and wind, cramming as many photos as possible in the shortest amount of time. (I tried not to be a bridezilla, but I was NOT going to let my vision of a garden wedding completely go away).

We did want to have a nice cocktail hour before the reception. It was in the large hallway between the glass wall of the garden and the ballroom where the reception was going to be. We made sure there were several tables and chairs for people could sit and chat, but a lot of them stared through the glass at us smiling and waving and (I’m sure) wondering when we lost our minds to purposely go out into the cold. Anyway, we had an open wine and beer bar, a candy buffet and some places for people to chat. Here is also where we had the place card and gift tables. All the tables were draped in hotel provided white cloths, but we ordered some purple silk overlays for them from tableclothsfactory.com. At the same time, we ordered runners for the dinner tables, linen napkins, and organza bags for the candy. The total for 10 overlays, 15 runners, 100 napkins, and 100 bags, (all in matching shades of deep purple) was around 35 dollars, including shipping.

barWe did a fair amount of small decorations for the cocktail hour. The bar itself only had one of the overlays over the cloth, but we did add a small sign. There were several cute signs around the place. On the bar, the card table, the gift table, and a few others. The signs we designed and printed ourselves at home (some with templates found on Muggle Magic and added to with Microsoft paint) and all the frames came from the dollar store. Total cost for signs, only the frames which were 5 bucks.

Since we called the gift table “The Owlery” we decided to add some owls to the fun. After a quick check on craigslist, we found some ceramic owls for sale and picked them up for 10 dollars. They are very pretty and we kept them, they’re now on top of our bookcase in our living room. Total cost, well, I just said. 10 dollars.

candySome people are starting to think to have a candy buffet is a little silly, but I am known among my friends for always having a variety of hard candy in my purse and having a candy dish on my office desk. Not to mention the large one on our coffee table at home. So, a candy buffet didn’t just make sense, it was almost a given. Obviously, the table was “Honeydukes Sweet Shoppe”. We didn’t have a real sign, but we received a large box with a Honeydukes logo some time ago in a Wizarding World subscription box that Star subscribes too, so we simply propped that up. The vintage looking glass jars are beautiful, aren’t they? Can’t believe someone was selling the whole set at a garage sale for 25. We are keeping a few for personal decorations around the house. Each jar had a label propped in front using templates that we found on Muggle Magic and printed out at home, using our own made-up names in the template. By the way, if you’re a crafter and a Potterhead, you need to check out their site and YouTube channel. Just saying. Total cost- 25 for the jars and about 13 for the various candy, all which was bought at the dollar store.

It was the card table that was the star, and it was due to one thing. Sorting Hat! Yes, we were going to buy one anyway, because what home is complete without a sorting hat? But then Target gift cards began arriving in bunches as wedding gifts, so the 25-dollar hat became a wedding gift. Although most of our guests knew which house they were in, they had fun trying on the hat and seeing where the hat would place them. The cards themselves were again made with a template from Muggle Magic and took the form of the collectible wizarding cards found with chocolate frogs in the series that Harry collects. Each one had a name and table, as well as a random Potter quote. There were chocolate frogs as well, but those got moved to the place settings at the table. Star easily made them with frog candy molds he already had and candy melts bought from Michaels.  There was a sign here too, of course. Total cost- 6 bucks for the candy melts. (Hat was counted as a gift.)

Since wizarding chess is mentioned in the books in several places, we decided to start a game. We saw a cool chess set on eBay with clear and frosted glass and set up a small table in the corner. There are several great pictures of my step-kids engrossed in a match. (They’re both competitive chess players). Cost- 10 bucks.

cocktailWe had a small table of decorations near the door of the reception room. On it were a rubber duck (“Tell me, Harry, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?”- Arthur Weasley) a framed “autographed” picture of Gilderoy Lockheart found online and printed out, a boggart, and some Hogwarts detention notices. The boggart was a simple find of a small old-fashioned looking trunk at a local thrift store. Figuring out most of our friend’s worst fear was easy and a large picture of Donald Trump was taped to the inside to rise when the trunk was opened. The Hogwarts detention notices were from a template from Muggle Magic and were filled out by me based on my new family. Cost-1 for the ducks (dollar store) and 4 for the trunk.

Now for the biggie- let’s talk centerpieces. When people come into the reception venue, they will head to their tables first and that will be the first thing they see. Now, for a Harry Potter wedding, of course, we didn’t have your traditional centerpieces. First of all, we’re not some muggles with plain table numbers, our tables were each named after a Hogwarts classroom. We also decided not to have the same centerpieces for everyone, each had a small difference. We were hoping that this would encourage people to mingle.

Every table had a golden snitch, a textbook, and a potion bottle. But the bottle on each table was slightly different color or shape and had a label of a potion directly related to that class. The textbooks also were made for each class.  Then each table also had a small item or two that also was directly related to the class. All centerpieces were DIY’d by Star and me. The table cards were simply printed on our home printer onto cardstock with a free Harry Potter font we found and downloaded.  The centerpieces were each arranged on a pretty circular mirror that was provided by the hotel venue.

The snitches

snitch 2

The snitches were easy. They were made with a bag of foam balls we got at the dollar store and a bag of white feathers from the craft department at Walmart. We also grabbed a small bottle of gold acrylic craft paint. Total cost, about 5 dollars.snitch1

When hand making snitches, a lot of people use ping-pong or golf balls, which is fine, but these were going to be on a crowded table. When we saw the foam ones, we realized we could slightly flatten one side to keep it more stable on the table, which is what we did. Then we just painted them with a couple of coats of the paint and stuck the feathers in the sides. Total time (including paint drying) about 15 minutes. But this was with some assistance from my 2 step kids. Teenagers will do anything when you promise to take them to the video game store.

The textbooks

Easy. Hitting the library book sale and used bookstores for the cheapest copies of Harry Potter books we could find. Then I found online creations of Hogwarts class textbook covers and printed them. The only exception was using our personal copy of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them” from our personal bookshelf. We made book covers out of brown paper bags from the grocery store. (Remember doing that when you were kids?) and pasted the images onto the cover. That way, we could remove the cover and sell the books back to a used book store. (Either the same or a different one). We spent 12 on the books but got 6 back in future credit when we resold them. And trust me- we will use the credit. The paper bags were from the grocery store and we printed the images on our home printer no cost for them.

The bottles and items.

Finding the bottles was no problem, the Dollar Tree has a variety in some really cool shapes, and we also hit the Goodwill next door. Originally, we were going to put water with food coloring in clear glass ones, but I was worried about spilling, even with cork stoppers, so we opted to just get color glass ones and leave them empty. Total cost for bottles- 8.

I went online and found some free templates of blank “vintage bottle labels” and put them in Microsoft paint to add the text. I tried to make the ingredient labels humorous. I can’t seem to find the file I wrote the labels with or I would put up what each label was, but when I do, I’ll make a quick “update” post.

Then we added a class related item or two to each table. Snitches, bottles and books aside, this is what we ended up with for each centerpiece.

Care of Magical Creatures- This was the most expensive and elaborate of all our tables. Since it was our families table, we wanted to go all out. Well, part of it was we didn’t want to hear about it from our parents about the decorations. My parents had to be assured a theme wedding would be nice in the first place. We found figurines of a Phoenix and a small dragon egg, with a hatchling dragon. These were found at Michaels during a sale and I had a coupon from Michael’s weddings discount club. Star also wanted to make a Monster book of Monsters for this table. He found a book shaped piece of wood and pieces of fur and red felt in the remnant bin of a fabric store. Some quick gluing and adding googly eyes from our craft closet and snap! A monster book. The total was about 12 dollars, the most expensive of our tables.

divinationDivination- We found a teacup with pink flowers (Like the ones Neville breaks in Prisoner of Azkaban) at the thrift store for 50 cents. We were originally going to put tea leaves in it, but that somehow got forgotten so it was just the cup. We also added a small crystal ball that has been on my dresser forever and a few tarot cards from a decorative deck that we had on the bookcase as well. Total cost- 50 cents.

potionsPotions- A small ceramic cauldron we found at the big Dollar Store while shopping for Halloween decorations. We also used a larger glass jar we got at the goodwill while shopping for bottles and filled it with the leftover feathers from the snitches and used a vintage label to say, “Adolescent Harpy feathers” As far as we know, they weren’t mentioned in the books, but it sounded cool.  Note- If you’re having a Potter/magic themed anything, best to do it right before Halloween, you can get the greatest stuff. Cost- 2 dollars

transfigurationTransfiguration- We got a silver goblet at a thrift store and found a cat’s tail in the Halloween section of the dollar store. I let my stepdaughter pick it out, so leopard spots it is. A dab of superglue and all done. Total- about 3 bucks.

lamp1Defense Against the Dark Arts- The most complicated DIY project, but the one we’re most proud of.  A Cornish pixie lamp. First, we found an old-fashioned lamp at the thrift store, the kind with 4 glass panels on each side. We got some tissue paper from the dollar store (purple to match the wedding colors) and taped it to the inside of each panel, making sure the tape was only on the metal so you couldn’t see. Then I printed out some images of Harry Potter pixies, cut them out and pasted them to the inside of the tissue paper, so you could only see the silhouettes from the outside. lamp2We added a flickering electric tea light (also from the dollar store) and done! A really cool Cornish pixie lamp. Total cost was about 5 bucks.

herbologyHerbology- Another DIY project. A mandrake. Star created a mandrake shape with aluminum foil and found some brown modeling clay and put a thin layer of it over. He carved out the face with craft tools and stuck some fake leaves at the top of the head from an artificial plant. (I love flowers, but they don’t love me or my sinuses, so I have many artificial plants around the house). As a bonus, we were shopping at 5 below and we spotted some PINK FUZZY EARMUFFS!!! (Just like Professor Sprout’s in Chamber of Secrets) 3 bucks for the earmuffs, but we had everything else around the house in our arts and crafts closet.

charmsCharms- This one was a little tricky.  The large white feather we originally wanted didn’t come so we ran by Michaels again and found some peacock feathers on sale. We also found an unusual decoration at a thrift store and we thought it looked magical, but we didn’t know where else to put it. It was a metal open sphere with an arrow poking through. Total cost- about 5 dollars.

quidditch (2)Quidditch field- Although, not really a class, we couldn’t leave this one out. We found some miniature brooms at Michaels in the dollhouse section and then we created the quidditch hoops. We used leftover wooden dowels from the wand project (more on that in another post) and a few wooden embroidery hoops in different sizes. Two I had around, the other cost about a dollar at Walmart. The hoops were glued on the dowels and sponge painted black. I tried to tie the brooms to the hoops, so it looked like they were flying through them, but it looked stupid, so I gave that up and just glued them to lean against the poles. Total cost – about 4 dollars.

cakeThe wedding cake table was simply decorated with more purple overlays that we had. Since we went with several smaller cakes instead of one big one, they were on columns. Well actually, they were on large baking pans and bowls turned upside down and covered with fabric, but it looked really cool. The topper was bought from Etsy for 10 dollars. I will talk about the cake itself in another post about the wedding.

sweetheart

The sweetheart table. Yes, we went with that instead of a family head table mainly due to the size of our families. Between parents, siblings (all who were in the bridal party) and spouses and kids of siblings, the head table would have been too crowded. We ended up having to split the bridal party and put them with my cousins at a second and ended up with 2 family tables next to each other, with one table of 10 and another of 12. But we had a table all to ourselves. Well, what little we saw of it. Yes, the saying is true, we didn’t get to sit down much, and we really only got to eat a few bites. We ended up ordering room service hamburgers afterward. We obviously didn’t have a centerpiece. What we did have were Slytherin and Hufflepuff banners from Wish.com for 10 dollars proudly hanging behind us.

And that’s it, the centerpieces and decorations from our Harry Potter wedding. Total cost for ALL wedding décor. Around $180. Not bad.

 

Posted in Freebies, Frugal Shopping

2018 Veteran’s Day Free Meals!

Well, with all the hubub of getting married, I admit to have let my blog fall by the wayside. But now, the stress is over, and soon I’ll be doing posts on how I used savings and all the DIY projects I did for the big day.

But I have missed posting and for my first post in a while, I offer you the following restaurant deals, good for veterans and active duty military members. Bring along your military ID and bon appetit!

Applebees- free meal from a selected menu.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse- Free entree and Dr. Pepper.

Bob Evans – Free meal from a selected menu.

California Pizza Kitchen- Free meal from a selected menu AND a buy one get one free card to use later.

Cracker Barrel – free crafted coffee or Coca-Cola Cake.

Denny’s – on MONDAY, get a free grand slam from 5am to noon.

Glory Days Grill – Free appetizer or order of wings.

Golden Corral – On MONDAY, free dinner buffet between 5 and 9pm.

Little Ceaser’s Pizza- Free Hot & Ready pizza- ONLY between 11am and 2pm

Logan’s Roadhouse – Free meal between 3 and 6pm.

Olive Garden – Free meal.

Outback Steakhouse- Free Bloomin’ Onion and Drink.

Red Lobster- Free appetizer or dessert.

Red Robin – Free Tavern Double Burger with Steakhouse Fries.

Ruby Tuesday – Free Appetizer.

Sheetz – Free turkey sub and drink.

Starbucks – Free tall coffee.

Texas De Brazil – 2 Veterans eat free PLUS all other members of your party get 20% off!

Texas Roadhouse – Free lunch entree from a selected menu.

Some of these offers are only in participating locations, so you might want to check before heading over. And don’t forget your military ID, several places require it to get the discount. This list is by no means all the restaurants and stores offering discounts for our men and women in uniform. You may want to also search online for Veterans Day offers for more specific offers in your area.

Thanks for your service!

 

Posted in Wedding

Frugal Fandom Wedding- The Plotting (I mean Planning) is now underway.

I do love the idea of a fall wedding. The temperature is just right, not too hot, not too cold and the leaves and flowers are so beautiful.

Of course, I would probably have to be married indoors, since the last thing I need during the wedding is for me to be gasping with an asthma attack and then spending my wedding night in the ER. Hmmm, how romantic.

Other than that, Star and I think a fall wedding would be great. So, this fall it is. Specifically, October, since our favorite holiday is already in there. One problem. It’s May. (Ok, by the time this is up, it will be June, but when we made the decision, it was May, so let’s go with that)

Many people will say five months is not nearly enough time to plan a wedding. But then, none of them are major couponers.

“What does that have to do with it?”, you may ask. Organizing. You can’t spend very little money with coupons if you can’t organize and make specific plans really fast so you don’t miss the deals. The same will probably go for wedding planning too.

Five months? Pffft. Plenty of time. So, let’s get down to it.

Ok, so here’s our very first wedding planning problem. I don’t know how to do it. I have never planned one. I don’t have that many female friends, and those I have were either married when I became friends with them or still single. So, I never got to help anyone plan or been a bridesmaid. I haven’t even been to that many weddings, only three come to mind. A friends’, a colleagues’, and my cousins’.

But there is help. I’ve always been a big reader and will always hit the books to learn anything that interests me. (Why I wasn’t sorted into Ravenclaw, I’ll never know) So, off I went to the bookstore to spend about 300 bucks for books all about how to plan a wedding.

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Sorry about that, I couldn’t even type that last sentence without laughing my butt off. What kind of frugal blogger do you think I am? Hello, Fairfax County public library! There are many, many wedding planning books out there, and the library had a lot of them. I love the library. Like I said, I am a reader, and any way to get free books is a win. I really don’t know why more people don’t use the library, it’s there, and it’s free. And it has a whole lot of stuff. Books, movies, CD’s. No, I don’t work for the library or anything, I’m just one of those people who love to extol the virtues of it. I do host some of my couponing classes there, but that’s different.

Ok, rant over, back to topic. Wedding books. I have no idea how many wedding planning books brides tend to buy, but I’m going to guess that it’s at least 2 or 3, probably more. I got 16. Not all at once, but that is the total so far. Some are general wedding planning, a couple are specifically about Jewish weddings, a couple are collections of passages, readings, etc. that can be said during the ceremony. I also got several DIY books just about wedding crafts. I’m sure some of them can be made Potter-ish. All in all, 16 books. At an average of 20 bucks each, I just saved $320. Not bad for the beginning of my planning quest. My library allows for several renewals if there are no holds on it, so in total, I can keep each book for about 3 ½ months. Since the wedding is only 5 months away, I better have all the planning done by then, or else I’m knee deep.

So, in my living room, there is now a large stack of books, all with either the word bride or wedding in the title. On to the next part of planning, making a binder.

You can’t plan a coupon shopping trip without a good binder to organize, and the same for a wedding.

I already have a bunch of binders for several reasons lying around the apartment. Most of them I find on clearance at stores or at garage sales of recent grads, or wherever. I feel they are infinitely useful, so when I see one really cheap I pick it up. Most of the ones I have are already in use, so to get a large one for the main planning, I combined some of Star’s autograph collection together and took one.

Next, I hit the dollar store and bought some notebooks, folders, and divider tabs. That’s really it, that’s all you need.

Now, it’s best to put your binder into sections to make finding things easier. To help you out, my sections included: welcome brunch and rehearsal dinner, venue, catering, dress and beauty plan, men’s attire, flower plan, wedding and grooms cake, photographer, DJ, Bridesmaids and groomsman’s needs, guest list, seating chart, and registry.

Now the tabs you need might be slightly different, and that’s fine. It’s your wedding, and you need to make your own plan to make it your day. But with folders and some paper in each section, you can keep all your notes for your needs together, including information sheets when comparing vendors and receipts after you’ve made your deposit.

For all the wedding websites I was using, I used the same email and password, which was different from passwords I usually use. I wrote the password on the inside of the binder and kept a list of websites I was using in the front pocket. This would also help Star, so he can grab the binder and help with the planning too if he got an idea or something he wanted to add. Mostly he’s coming up with DIY ideas (he’s also pretty crafty) and anything he wants to do is helpful. I am determined to have a lovely wedding, but I am also very determined NOT to become a bridezilla and it’s his day too, so why shouldn’t he help plan?

I also printed out a timeline checklist from TheKnot.com at the front and added a small pouch with pens, paper clips, etc. so everything would be together. And now you’ve got a great help in keeping your wedding planning from driving you insane. Or at least keeping your insanity to a minimum. Of course, you probably didn’t have to keep your head while convincing your groom that the groomsman wearing Jedi robes and the bridesmaids wearing Starfleet uniforms was not a good idea. (I really didn’t want an inter-fandom barfight at the reception).

I did make a second smaller binder to hold all my DIY notes and stuff, just because I was running out of room in my larger one, and that seemed like it was going to be the largest section.

So, now I have many books and a binder to help with planning. Great, now all I need is time to do it. Well, here is where fate stepped in.

Newsworthy levels of pollen (literally), my history of severe asthma, and bronchitis at the same time become a perfect storm of attack on my lungs. Suddenly, I’m stuck in a hospital bed on oxygen (again) for 5 days. 5 days with absolutely nothing to do. With a bunch of wedding planning books, my laptop, my planning binder, and a bunch of nurses who went wild when they realized I was planning a wedding and kept coming in to help and give me advice. I was probably the most attended to patient on the floor, never left alone for a second.

5 months? Not needed. I’ll probably have this done by the end of the month. Maybe. Hopefully. Ok, probably not, especially since we need all the time for actually making all the DIY crafts. But it’s a good start.

Posted in Frugal Living, Wedding

New Frugal Series category- WEDDING!!!!

Ok, so I have a ring. I keep looking at it too. I keep seeing it and wondering, “Wow, where did that come from?” Or I suddenly realize that my finger feels different and I check and see it and think. “Oh, yeah, that’s right, I forgot!” This is something I honestly didn’t think would happen in my lifetime. And although I tried to stop it, I have become one of those women other women hate, who seem to be talking about nothing else but an upcoming wedding, and all those little things that go into planning one and all the hoopla surrounding it.

But in my case, I’m talking a lot about a certain wedding aspect. Money.

It costs an average of 25,000- to 30,000 to put on a wedding in the United States. In Fairfax County, Virginia, where we live, the average rises to 35-40,000. Yeah, I know, apparently, we live in a “rich” area. I had no idea.

My parents have generously offered to pay the venue/caterer as their wedding gift. The rest will be DIY, services bartered, and other ways.

But both Star and I are organizers by nature, so with some planning, my art supply closet, and many friends with a variety of creative talents, we’re going to pull off one heck of a Hogwarts celebration.

Yes, I said Hogwarts.

HARRY. POTTER. THEME. WEDDING.

Yes, we are.

I am the Frugal Fangirl, after all, and no fangirl worth her salt is going to have a completely traditional mundane wedding. There are some wedding traditions I’m going to keep, some are just going to get tossed right out the window, but most will be changed to fit me and Star. We are a geeky, nerdy couple. And we relish in it. If the wedding wasn’t geeky and nerdy, it wouldn’t be ours.

So for the next several months, I will be having a lot of posts on my blog, FaceBook page, and my YouTube channel all about planning a wedding on a tight budget, how to negotiate and barter wedding needs, and how to (and there will be a lot) of DIY wedding crafts with a Harry Potter theme.

Cue the maniacal giggling and finger rubbing now.

 

Posted in Freebies

Sampling some goodies.

So, I was just doing some intense frugal living research on the internet. (Or I was just browsing Wish because I was bored) But I found some new really cool freebies and samples for you to try. Click on the links for some mailbox presents. Don’t forget to use your special couponing only email when signing up so your inbox doesn’t get flooded.

 

Free 10oz. sample of Enfagrow Toddler Next Step from Enfamil.

Free sample of Splenda Sweetner Packets

A new pain cream sample from Mind and Body Matrix

A sample of Brushee pre-pasted disposable toothbrushes

Olay Regenerist Whips face cream

Minute Mixology Single Serve Cocktail mixer

Sample of a new Mugler perfume  

When I first saw it, I thought it said Muggle perfume and I got all happy at the idea of a Harry Potter makeup line, even if I can’t wear it due to allergies. I was disappointed.

Some incontinence products from Discreetly Dignified

Some incontinence products from Equate

Free Gardens Idea book from Proven Winners

A free packet of spinach seeds to plant from Tasty Bite

Sample of women’s cleansing lotion from Lubrigyn

Free DVD from Together With Baby.

Free DVD from Together With Baby. Choose from either You and Your Baby or Caring for Your Late Preterm Infant.

Free sampler CD of choral and sacred music from GIA music

A coupon for a free box of a stop smoking aid by Zonnic

 

Hey, free stuff is always nice!

 

Posted in Frugal Shopping

Counting down, T minus 45 days………

Despite what many people think, Passover doesn’t sneak up on you, it just feels like it does. Well, here is your alert….

IT’S COMING!!!!!!  The first evening is March 30!!!!!!!

Loud enough for you? Good. Now, let’s get down to business. The dietary rules of Passover are strict, much stricter than even the everyday kosher rules. Families often end up spending a lot of money on last-minute replacing their pantries with kosher for Passover goods. It’s not only avoiding anything bread-like but anything that can rise or leaven. Many people include corn on that list, which means no corn syrup.  If you want to know more, you can check out my Passover post from a couple of years ago: How to budget for Passover

 

Well, here is where advanced planning is to your advantage. Now is the time to start gathering your Passover groceries.

The main thing is matzah. Get it now. Not kidding, go now. Most stores have it on sale now and will remove the sale prices on Passover, hoping that people will have forgotten to plan ahead and will have to buy at their regular price. You can wait a little while to see how cheap it will go, but don’t wait too long, the price will start going up soon.

Now that you know that it’s coming, start keeping an eye out for sales on meats and produce. If you wait until Passover starts, you will have to pay whatever the price in the store is. When you plan ahead, you can get them now (or whenever they’re on sale over the next six weeks) You have the next six weeks to buy stuff as it goes on sale and store it. The same goes for produce. Since a lot of Passover meals are made fresh, you might want to see if any frozen fruits and veggies go on sale or buy fresh things on sale and freeze, can, dry, or otherwise store them yourself.  You would be surprised how easy it is to do yourself, there’s a lot of sites that explain how to do it, check them out.

And speaking of cooking fresh, to avoid the panic of having time to cook during Passover, you now have six weeks to make a meal or two to freeze in your spare time. Now, I’m not suggesting casseroles for eight days straight. It’s bad enough to go without both pasta and cake. Besides casseroles, you can make up veggie and meat mixes to freeze now and toss in the crockpot later.  Ok, you don’t need to pre-prepare every meal but having at least a couple ready to thaw is a great way to avoid stress if you need to work late or just are too tired (from lack of carbs and yummy desserts) to make a huge meal.

I’m going to be using the next six weeks to plan my Passover too. The Passover will be the first time I will be feeding not only myself but my boyfriend and his kids too so it will be a learning curve for all of us. I’ll be posting my planning, shopping, and preparing so stay tuned.

Posted in Couponing

Happy New Year! Now, go save some money!

A lot (and I mean a lot) of your coupon collection probably expired at the end of the year, and as always, RedPlum and SmartSource coupon inserts are here to the rescue. The first Sunday of the year is always a huge coupon extravaganza and here are what’s going to be released this weekend. This is just what has been reported that will be in the inserts and your local paper may have some slight differences, but you should get a lot of good ones.

SMARTSOURCE #1

  • $1.25/1 Air Wick scented oil twin or triple refill (2/4)
  • 50% off Air Wick scented oil starter kit up to $1.50 (2/4)
  • B1G1 free Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra refill up to $5.49 (2/4)
  • $2/1 Airborne product (4/7)
  • $3/1 AmLactin Rapid Relief (2/10)
  • $7/2 AmLactin rapid relief products  (1/15)
  • $1/1 Aquaphor lip product or body product 3oz or smaller (1/20)
  • $2/1 Aquaphor baby product 3oz+ (1/20)
  • $3/1 Aquaphor body product 3oz+ (1/20)
  • $1/1 Bear Creek soup mix (4/30)
  • $2/1 Brita On the Go bottle (2/7)
  • $4/1 Brita pitcher or faucet mount system or filter 4ct+ (2/7)
  • $2/2 Carefree products excluding 18, 20 and 22ct liners (2/18)
  • $.75/2 Cheerios any flavor (2/17)
  • $2/1 Clairol hair color box excluding color crave, age defy, balsam, textures & tones and trial (1/20)
  • $3/1 Clairol age defy, Vidal Sassoon or Natural Instincts  hair color box (1/20)
  • $5/2 Clairol hair color boxes excluding Color Crave, Age Defy, Balsam textures & tones and trial (1/20)
  • $1/1 Colgate 360 or floss-tip manual toothbrush excluding plus, triple action, extra clean or classic lean (1/20)
  • $1/1 Colgate mouthwash or mouth rinse 200ml+ (1/20)
  • $1/1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Enamel Health or Sensitive toothpaste 3oz+ (1/20)
  • $1/1 Cortizone 10 product 1oz+ (3/4)
  • $1/1 Cortizone 10 psoriasis or eczema lotion (3/4)
  • $1/1 Cottonelle flushable cleansing cloths 42ct+ (2/18)
  • $1/1 Cottonelle toilet paper 6+ rolls (2/18)
  • $2/1 Covergirl eye product excluding accessories and trial (1/27)
  • $3/1 Covergirl + Olay product excluding accessories and trial (1/27)
  • $2/1 Delsym 12 hour adult or kids product (2/18)
  • $2/1 Delsym cough+ adult or kids product (2/18)
  • $.35/1 DenTek floss pick product 75ct+ (3/31)
  • $1.50/2 DenTek products $2.49+ (3/31)
  • $3/1 DenTek mouth guard (3/31)
  • $2/1 Depend product 8ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Depend real fit or silhouette products 8ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Depend shields or guards for men or bed protectors 8ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Digestive Advantage product (4/7)
  • $1/1 Dole dippers box (4/1)
  • $1/1 Dole fruit bowls in slightly sweetened coconut water (3/4)
  • $2/1 Dulco lax or ease 25ct+ or lax suppositories 4ct+ (2/28)
  • $.75/1 Easy-Off kitchen degreaser (3/24)
  • $.75/1 Easy-Off product (3/24)
  • $2/1 Efferdent 78ct+ (2/17)
  • $2/1 Finish max in 1 (2/7)
  • $2/1 Finish quantum max (2/7)
  • $1.50/1 Gold Bond lotion 13oz+ (1/27)
  • $1.50/1Gold Bond eczema relief, rough & bumpy skin, diabetics’ dry skin relief, strength & resilience, dark spot minimizing, neck & chest, psoriasis or lotion 13oz+ (1/27)
  • $1/1 Gold Bond anti-itch cream, anti-itch lotion or friction defense 1oz+ (3/4)
  • $1/1 Gold Bond cream or lotion 2.4-8.1oz (1/27)
  • $.65/1 Hills Bro 12oz+ cappuccino canister (2/28)
  • $2/1 Hills Bro single-serve cappuccino box (2/28)
  • $1/3 Huggies wipes 56ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Huggies diapers 10ct+ (1/27)
  • $.55/1 International Delight one touch latte (3/4)
  • $1.50/1 Kaopectate product (2/28)
  • $.30/1 Kleenex facial tissue 30ct+ (1/27)
  • $1/1 Kleenex bundle pack or 3 + facial tissue boxes ets (1/27)
  • $.50/1 Lysol all purpose cleaner or power bathroom cleaner (2/20)
  • $.50/1 Lysol disinfecting wipes 35ct+ (2/20)
  • $.50/1 Lysol toilet bowl cleaner product 24oz+ (2/20)
  • $.50/1 Lysol toilet bowl product (2/20)
  • $1/1 Lysol disinfectant spray or disinfectant max cover mist 12.5oz+ (2/20)
  • $1/1 Lysol laundry sanitizer 41oz+ (2/20)
  • $2/1 Megared product (4/7)
  • $1/1 Mitchum product excluding trial and twin (2/10)
  • $2/1 Move Free product (4/7)
  • $2/1 Mucinex 12 hour product 14ct+ (2/18)
  • $2/1 Mucinex product (2/18)
  • $.50/2 Nature Valley 5ct+ granola bars, biscuits, granola cups, layered granola bars or soft baked filled squares boxes (3/3)
  • $1.50/1 Nivea silk mousse body wash product (1/20)
  • $3/2 Nivea body wash products 13.5oz+ (1/20)
  • $3/1 Olly vitamin or plant protein excluding single serves (4/30)
  • $10/1 Philips essence+ or sonicare for kids rechargeable toothbrush (2/18)
  • $10/1 Philips Sonicare airfloss, airfloss pro or airfloss ultra (2/18)
  • $5/1 Philips Sonicare 2 series plaque control, 3 series gum helath, healthywhite+ or protectiveclean rechargeable toothbrush (2/18)
  • $5/1 Philips Sonicare brush head pack (2/18)
  • $1/1 Playtex gentle glide (excluding 4 and 8ct) or sport 14ct+ tampons or sport pads, liners or combo packs excluding 20ct liners (2/18)
  • $4/2 Playtex gentle glide tampons excluding 4, 8, 18 and 20ct (2/18)
  • $2/1 Poise impressa bladder supports sizing kit or size 1, 2 or 3 6ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Poise pads or liners excluding 14026ct liners (1/27)
  • $.50/1 POM beverage (2/18)
  • $1/1 POM juice 24oz+ (2/18)
  • $.50/2 Progresso products excluding pasta bowls (3/3)
  • $2/1 Pull-Ups training pants 7ct+ (1/27)
  • $1.25/2 Ragu sauces excluding 14oz jars (2/4)
  • $3/2 Refresh products (4/1)
  • $3/1 Refresh Optive advanced product (3/4)
  • $5/1 Refresh Optive gel drops or mega-3 product (2/3)
  • $.50/1 Rid-X product (3/24)
  • $.75/1 Rid-X product (3/24)
  • $1.50/1 Rolaids tablets or liquid bottle (2/28)
  • $4/1 Schick disposable razor pack excluding 1ct, slim twin 2ct and 6ct (1/28)
  • $1/1 Scott bath tissue 8+ rolls (2/4)
  • $1/1 Scott towels 6+ rolls (2/4)
  • $1/2 Scott Naturals flushable cleansing cloths (2/4)
  • $1/1 Selsun Blue product (4/28)
  • $2/1 Splenda naturals product (2/18)
  • $2/1 Splenda product excluding no calorie sweetener 50ct packets
  • (2/28)
  • $2/2 Stayfree products excluding 10ct (2/18)
  • $1/1 Viva regular or vantage 6pk+ paper towels (2/18)
  • $.50/1 Wonderful almonds product 5oz+ (3/7)
  • $3/1 Zantac product 20ct+ (2/28)

SMARTSOURCE #2

  • $1/1 Afrin product (2/3)
  • $2/1 Afrin product (1/21)
  • $3/1 Aleve direct therapy refill gel pads (2/4)
  • $3/1 Aleve pm 20ct+ (2/4)
  • $3/1 Aleve regular or pm 40ct+ excluding d (1/11)
  • $4/1 Aleve regular or pm 80ct+ excluding d (1/14)
  • $5/1 Aleve direct therapy tens device (2/4)
  • $1/1 Alka-Seltzer plus product (2/3)
  • $2/1 Alka-Seltzer plus product (1/21)
  • $1/1 Atkins bar shake or treat (3/31)
  • $2/1 Bausch+Lomb soothe eye drops (3/31)
  • $5/1 Bausch+Lomb ocuvite product (3/17)
  • $5/2 Bausch+Lomb soothe eye drops (3/31)
  • $1/1 Bayer aspirin product 50ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Bayer aspirin product 200ct+ (1/21)
  • $2/1 Biotrue multi-purpose solution 10oz (2/4)
  • $5/1 Biotrue multi-purpose solution 10oz twin pack (2/4)
  • $1.50/1 Born Sweet Zing organic stevia sweetener (3/10)
  • $1/2 Celestial Seasonings tea boxes excluding k-cup pods (4/8)
  • $4/1 Citracal product (1/20)
  • $10/1 Claritin 70ct+ (1/14)
  • $3/1 Claritin regular or d 15ct+ (2/4)
  • $2/1 Coricidin hbp product (1/27)
  • $2/1 Curel product 8oz (3/4)
  • $4/1 Curel hydra therapy wet skin moisturizer 8oz or 12oz (3/4)
  • $2/1 Dr. Scholl’s stylish step insoles $7.95+ (1/27)
  • $3/1 Dr. Scholl’s athletic series insoles $8.95+ (1/27)
  • $3/1 Dr. Scholl’s comfort & energy insoles $8.95+ (1/27)
  • $3/1 Dr. Scholl’s pain relief orthotics or custom fit orthotics $8.95+ (1/27)
  • $4/1 Flintstones/One A Day Kids product (1/20)
  • $1.50/1 Jergens moisturizer 7.5oz+ excluding soap and wet skin (2/4)
  • $2/1 Jergens natural glow product (2/4)
  • $3/1 Jergens wet skin moisturizer 10oz+ (2/4)
  • $1/2 Lance sandwich crackers 10-35oz (1/28)
  • $5/1 MiraLAX product 30 dose+ (1/14)
  • $.50/1 Mrs. Butterworth’s lite, original or sugar free syrup (4/7)
  • $4/1 One A Day product 60ct or smaller (1/20)
  • $3/1 Phillips’ fiber good gummies product (1/14)
  • $4/1 Phillips’ colon health product (1/14)
  • $2/1 Renu 12oz product (3/17)
  • $5/1 Renu 2x12oz product (3/17)
  • Buy 1 Rimmel London eye product, get 1 mascara free up to $9.99 (1/21)
  • $.55/1 Thomas’ product (2/18)
  • $4/1 TruBiotics product (1/20)
  • $1/4 Yardley bar soaps, 1 body wash 16oz, 1 honey lemon scrub massage 2 bar pack or 1 artisan bar soap 3pk (2/18)
  • $8/1 Zegerid OTC product 42ct+ (2/5)

SMARTSOURCE #3

  • $1/1 BIC stationery product (2/17)
  • B1G1 BIC free disposable razor up to $7.99  (1/21)
  • $.75/1 Chips Ahoy! thins cookies 7oz+ (2/17)
  • $.50/1 Chobani greek yogurt with a hint of flavor (3/7)
  • $1/2 Chobani greek yogurt products 5.3oz cups and 10oz drinks dnd (3/7)
  • $.55/1 Crystal farms ready egg go product (3/8)
  • $.75/1 Del Monte fruit & chia or fruit refreshers 2pk (3/3)
  • $1/2 Del Monte fruit cup snacks 4pk (3/3)
  • $1/1 Energizer batteries or flashlight (2/10)
  • $1/1 Energizer hearing aid batteries (2/10)
  • $3/1 Ensure multipack (3/4)
  • $4/1 Florastor regular 20ct, kids 20ct sachet or max 30ct sachet (1/21)
  • $6/1 Florastor regular 50ct, plus 30ct or pre 30ct (1/21)
  • $.55/1 Hormel compleats product (3/3)
  • $5/1 Hydroxycut product $17.88+ excluding lean protein shakes, lean protein bars and drops (3/7)
  • $.75/1 Ken’s dressing 16oz+ (1/31)
  • $1/1 Ken’s simply vinaigrette (1/31)
  • $2/1 Kotex U cleanwear pads, barley there or curves liners, or fitness pads or liners excluding liners 14-22ct and trial (2/10)
  • $2/1 Kotex U security tampons (2/10)
  • $2/1 Kotex U security ultra thin pads or lightdays liners excluding liners 14-22ct and trial (2/10)
  • $2/1 Kotex U sleek, click or fitness tampons (2/10)
  • $1/1 Nabisco multipacks 8oz+ (2/17)
  • $1.50/1 Rubbermaid easy find lids product (3/4)
  • $3/$10+ Rubbermaid brilliance products purchase (3/4)
  • $1.50/2 Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaning products (2/17)
  • $.50/1 Welch’s fruit rolls or fruit ‘n yogurt snacks 8oz bag or 6ct+ box (2/17)
  • $1/2 Welch’s fruit snacks 8oz+ bag or 8ct+ box (2/17)

RED PLUM #1

  • $2/1 Abreva product (2/7)
  • $1/1 All product (1/27)
  • $3/2 All/Snuggle products (1/27)
  • $10/1 Alli 120ct product (1/21)
  • $5/1 Alli 60ct product (1/21)
  • $.50/1 Angel Soft bath tissue 4 double roll+ (2/7)
  • $1/1 Angel Soft bath tissue 12 roll+ or mega roll 6 roll+ (2/7)
  • $2/2 Aussie shampoo, conditioner or styling products (1/20)
  • $3/3 Aussie shampoo, conditioner or styling products (1/20)
  • $3/1 Breathe Right product 26ct+ (1/21)
  • $1.50/1 Cetaphil product excluding trial and single bars (3/3)
  • $3/both Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer excludes trial and single bars (3/3)
  • $1.50/1 Excedrin 80ct+ (4/8)
  • $2/1 Excedrin 20ct+ (1/21)
  • $3/2 Herbal Essences shampoo, conditioner or styling products (1/20)
  • $1/1 Nature’s Origin Aromatherapy product (2/28)
  • $1/2 Nestle pure life .5l multi-packs 15ct+ (2/5)
  • $1/2 Nestle pure life 8oz multipacks 12ct+ (2/5)
  • $1/1 Newman’s Own organics 9oz or 12oz salad dressing (2/3)
  • $1/1 Newman’s Own salad dressing (2/3)
  • $3/3 Pantene products excluding shampoo and conditioner 6.7oz, 7.9oz and trial (1/20)
  • $2/1 Purina Beneful dry dog food 13lb+ bag excluding grain free (/21)
  • $2/3 Purina Beneful wet dog food 10oz tubs or 3ct/3oz sleeves (1/21)
  • $4/1 Purina Beneful grain free dry dog food 4.5lb+ bag (1/21)
  • $1/1 Purina Cat Chow dry cat food 3.15lb+ bag (4/30)
  • $2/1 Purina Cat Chow dry cat food 13lb+ bag (4/30)
  • $2/24 Purina Friskies wet cat food 5.5oz cans (4/8)
  • $3/1 Purina One dry cat food (2/28)
  • $3/1 Purina One smartblend dry dog food (2/28)
  • B2G1 free Purina One smartblend wet dog food 13oz cans up to $1.59 (2/28)
  • B2G1 free Purina One wet cat food 3oz cans up to $.95 (2/28)
  • $1.50/1 Purina Tidy Cats clumping cat litter excluding lightweight (3/3)
  • $3/1 Purina Tidy Cats lightweight cat litter (3/3)
  • $1.25/1 Quilted Northern bath tissue 12 double roll or 6 mega roll+ (2/7)
  • $1/1 Quilted Northern bath tissue 6 double roll+ (2/7)
  • B4G2 free Renuzit adjustables air freshener cones up to $2.20 (1/21)
  • $.75/1 Reynolds Kitchens slow cooker liners product regular size 3-8qt and small size 1-3 quart (2/28)
  • $1/1 Sensodyne toothpaste (2/17)
  • 1/1 Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste (2/17)
  • $.50/1 Stainmaster carpet pet stain remover or high traffic cleaner 13oz+ (2/3)
  • $.75/1 Stainmaster carpet stain remover, pet stain remover, high traffic cleaner or pet high traffic cleaner 22oz+ (2/3)
  • $1/1 Theraflu product (2/3)
  • $1/1 Triaminic product (2/3)
  • $1/4 Uncle Ben’s rice products (3/4)

RED PLUM #2

  • $1/1 Advil regular or pm 20ct+ (2/7)
  • $3/1 Advil 80ct+ (1/14)
  • $3/1 Advil PM 40ct+ (1/14)
  • $4/1 Centrum multi-gummies 70ct+ (1/31)
  • $4/1 Centrum regular or silver multivitamin 60ct+ (1/31)
  • $4/1 CeraVe baby product (2/10)
  • $4/1 CeraVe healing ointment product (2/10)
  • $1/1 Emergen-C 8ct+ (3/7)
  • $3/1 Estroven product (3/31)
  • $5/1 Estroven maximum strength+energy or weight management (3/31)
  • $3/2 Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner, treatment or styling product excluding 2-3oz (1/20)
  • $3/1 Garnier Olia box (2/3)
  • $2/1 Garnier SkinActive cleanser excluding trial and masks (2/3)
  • $3/1 Garnier SkinActive moisturizer excluding trial and masks (2/3)
  • $2/1 Garnier Whole Blends shampoo, conditioner or treatment excluding 3oz and care creams (2/3)
  • $1/1 L’Oreal cleanser product (2/3)
  • $1/1 L’Oreal magic root cover up spray (2/3)
  • $2/1 L’Oreal elvive or hair expert shampoo, conditioner, treatment or advanced hairstyle product excluding 3oz (1/20)
  • $2/1 L’Oreal paris moisturizer (2/3)
  • $2/1 L’Oreal superior preference, excellence or age perfect by excellence haircolor (2/3)
  • $3/1 L’Oreal paris voluminous lash paradise mascara (2/30
    $1/1 L’Oreal eyeliner, eye shadow or brow product (2/3)
  • $4/2 L’Oreal elvive or hair expert shampoo, conditioner, treatment or advanced hairstyle product excluding 3oz (1/20)
  • $5/2 L’Oreal superior preference, excellence or age perfect by excellence haircolor (2/3)
  • $1/1 Maybelline New York  face product (2/3)
  • $1/1 Maybelline New York shadow, liner or brow (2/3)
  • $2/1 Maybelline New York mascara (2/3)
  • $2/1 Nexium 24HR product (3/4)
  • $7/1 Nexium 24HR 42ct product (1/14)
  • $.50/2 Orbit/Extra/5 Gum single packs (3/31)
  • $1/2 Orbit/Extra/5 Gum 3pk multipacks (3/31)
  • $1/1 Preparation H product (3/11)
  • $1/2 Skittles 14oz laydown bags (2/20)
  • $1/2 Snickers/M&M’s snickers 7.2-35.09oz or m&m’s bags 9.9-42oz (2/20)
  • $3/1 ThermaCare heatwraps 2ct+ or cold wrap 1ct (1/21)
  • $10/1 UP4 product excluding kids (3/31)
  • $5/1 UP4 kids cubes probiotics (3/31)

RED PLUM #3

  •  $1/1 Best Foodsmayonnaise jar 30oz, squeeze 20oz, organic 15oz or vegan 24oz (1/21)
  • $2/1 Cold-EEZE product (3/31)
  • $1/1 Country Crock 30 or 45oz buttery spread (1/21)
  • $3/2 Dove hair care products excluding dermacare and trial (1/20)
  • $1/1 Dove Baby product 13oz+ excluding bar, wipes and gift sets (2/4)
  • $2.50/2 Dove Baby products 13oz+ excluding bar, wipes and gift sets (2/4)
  • $2/1 Dove DermaCare product (1/20)
  • $1.50/2 Dove Men+Care bar 4pk+ or body wash (1/20)
  • $1/1 Dove Men+Care bar 4pk+ or body wash (1/20)
  • $2/1 Dove Men+Care hair care product (1/20)
  • $4/both Dove/Dove Men+Care/Degree/AXE male and female dry spray antiperspirant product (1/20)
  • $.50/2 Knorr rice sides or pasta sides products (1/21)
  • $3/1 LipClear lysine+ cold sore treatment product (3/31)
  • $3/1 Oscillococcinum/Coldcalm/Chestal oscill 6 or 12 dose or any coldcalm or chestal product (2/28)
  • $2/1 Princeton Research Health apple lean (3/7)
  • $1.50/1 Rohto eye drops (2/11)
  • $5/1 Rohto dry-aid eye drops (2/11)
  • $3/1 Sambucol product (3/31)
  • $3/1 Schwarzkopf hair color product (1/28)
  • $6/2 Schwarzkopf hair color products (1/28)
  • $3/2 Simple/St. Ives/POND’S/Noxzema ace care products excluding pond’s 1.75oz jars, 5ct towelettes and sheet masks and st. ives and simple sheet masks ets (1/21)
  • $1/1 Suave Kids hair care product (1/21)
  • $1/1 Suave Men hair care product (1/21)
  • $1/1 Suave Professionals gold or silver hair care product excluding 2oz and twin packs (1/21)
  • $1/1 Suave Professionals styling product excluding 2oz and twin packs (1/21)
  • $3/2 TRESemme shampoo or conditioner products ets (1/21)
  • $2/1 Vaseline lotion 20.3oz+ (1/28)
  • $2/1 Whole Earth Sweetener Co product (2/28)

 

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Thanks for your service freebies!!!

Veteran’s Day is here, and I meant to have this up yesterday. Unfortunately, my asthma kicked in, and I spent the evening and night in the ER.   But here are some of the best completely free goodies for active duty service and veterans for today, November 11, 2017.  For most of them, you just have to show your military ID. Happy Veteran’s Day!

 

Restaurants

Applebee’s- Free Meal

Bonanza Steakhouses- Free Buffet

Brann’s Steakhouse and Grill- Free 6oz sirloin with 2 sides

California Pizza Kitchen- Free Entree

Famous Dave’s – Free 2 meal salute

Friendly’s – Free entree

Glory Days Grill- Free order of wings

Logan’s Roadhouse Free entree

Olive Garden- Free Meal

Ponderosa Steakhouse- Free Buffet

Red Lobster- Free Meal

Texas Steakhouse- free meal

Store Discounts

Bed, Bath and Beyond- 25% off entire purchase through Nov 12

Dollar General- 11% of both in stores and online

Firestone Complete Auto Care- 15% off automotive service through the 13th

Food Lion- 10% off purchases

Goodwill- 50% off all any apparel.

iPic theaters- Complimentary tickets with military ID

Home Depot- 10% discount for all veterans

Meineke- All veteran’s get a free basic oil change

Publix- 10% on all groceries

Rack Room Shoes- 10% off for military personnel and their dependents

Target- 10% discount

Toys R Us and Babies R Us- 15% off all in-store purchases

Walgreens- 20% off with Walgreens Balance Rewards card

 

 

 

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Today’s freebie finds!

Ok, here are some of the freebies and samples I found today. These are ones that are samples of new products that might have limited quantities. Freebies part of a long-term giveaway can be found under the freebies tab at the top of the page. Don’t forget to use your separate couponing email if the site asks for it. Or, you could just read all the sales emails, but who has that time? Enjoy your mailbox goodies!

Fire and Spice Smoked Jalapenos  or Fire and Spice smoked garlic

L’Oreal Revitalift Moisturizer

A 14 day supply

Poise pads

3 Free pads for light leaks.

GoodRX pillbox

Cool little box to keep all your pills so you remember if you took them today or not

Mijello Watercolor Paints

A watercolor paint sample from Mijello art supply company.

Voyage Candle Co.

You can get a free small tealight scented candle (burning time approximately half an hour)

Dew Amor perfume

I am allergic to perfume and don’t wear it, so I don’t know much about this perfume company. But hey, it’s free, so if you like smelling nice, here you go!