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January 21, 2010

Walgreens: Free Ricola cough drops


You can get free Ricola cough drops at Walgreens this week:

Buy 1 bag of cough drops and use the printable coupon here to get it for $0.99
Use $0.50/1 manufacturer's coupon here (or buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the 1/17 SmartSource insert)
Stack with $0.50/1 Walgreens coupon from the Diabetes and You booklet
Free after coupons

Thanks, Coupon Katarina!

See more deals and freebies at Walgreens this week here.

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January 20, 2010

48-Hour Giveaway: Delicious Gift Basket from Cracker Barrel

One of our family's very favorite places to have our weekly dinner out is Cracker Barrel. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, and--my favorite!--the prices are just right. In fact, our family can eat there for under $25 including a tip. It's a fun family "splurge" that doesn't bust our budget.

We've always been partial to Cracker Barrel, but in the last few months, I've become a whole lot more excited about this restaurant. Why?

It all started back about five months ago. I was talking with a few frugal bloggers who are attending the Blissdom Blogging Conference in Nashville in a few weeks. We were saying how fun it would be if we could coordinate a frugal blogger's get-together.

Well, one thing led to another which led to another and pretty soon, we'd brainstormed up the idea of the Savvy Blogging Round Table Dinner and Discussion. We mapped out the event--which now had morphed into a dinner for 75 people!--and we got ready to contact potential sponsors since we knew an event of this size wasn't really in our grocery budgets.

Cracker Barrel caught wind of our idea and, before we even thought to approach them about sponsoring us, they generously volunteered to be one of the main sponsors of the event! We were floored and we quickly accepted their idea.

The 75 tickets for this event were spoken for within a few hours, and many of you who wanted to attend weren't able to get in. However, never fear! We're hosting a Savvy Blogging Twitter Party on Thursday evening (January 21, 2010) from 9-11 p.m. EST and you are invited to come.

There will be loads of information on how to become a Savvy Blogger and there will be prizes--lots of prizes! In fact, once you check out the prizes being given away, I think you'll know why everyone's abuzz about this Twitter Party.


But wait--there's more!

Cracker Barrel has also donated a gift basket for me to give away on my blog. This gift basket includes Cracker Barrel Coffee, a box of their Corn Muffin Mix, a box of Cracker Barrel Buttermilk Pancake Mix, 100% Pure Maple Syrup, Dickinson's Wild Main Blueberry Syrup, and some other fun goodies.

They sent our family one of these gift baskets and the girls and I made a really delicious batch of pancakes the other day for lunch. If there ever was such a thing as Cracker Barrel in a box, this was it!

Would you like to enter to win a gift basket from Cracker Barrel? There are four ways to enter. (If you'd like more chances at winning, you can do each of them for three separate entries into the giveaway!):

::Leave a comment on this post.

::Leave a separate comment telling me one of your favorite things about Cracker Barrel.

::Follow me on Twitter here and then leave a separate comment in the next 24 hours letting me know you've done so. If you're already a follower, just leave a comment telling me you already follow me.

::Subscribe to the MoneySavingMom feed by RSS or email and then leave a separate comment in the next 24 hours letting me know you've done so. If you're already a subscriber, just leave a comment telling me you're already a subscriber.

This giveaway ends at 6 p.m. CST on January 22, 2010. One winner will randomly be selected from the entrants and will be notified and posted on Monday, January 25, 2010.

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A year's supply of Pampers to 25 winners and more baby freebies

Pampers logo

Pampers is giving away a year's supply of diapers every day for the next 25 days on Facebook. All you have to do is go here and become a fan and then enter the giveaway.

I don't know about you, but I'd LOVE to win this giveaway. We go through Pampers like they are going out of style around here!

Thanks, Fiddledeedee!

More baby/toddler freebies:

Get a free Baby Einstein Mozart Music download here. (Thanks, The Thrifty Couple!)

Sign up for a free subscription to American Baby magazine.

Download a free HappyFamily Nutrition Guide here.

Play the Suave Kid's Wash Them Grow Them Game and you'll be able to print a coupon for $0.50/1 Suave Kid's Body Wash after playing. (Thanks, Bargain Loving Mom!)

Join the Huggies Baby Network to get free coupons and samples from Huggies.

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Free $10 coupon booklet from Betty Crocker

Betty crocker $10 coupon booklet

Sign up here as an email subscriber to the Betty Crocker newsletter and you'll get a free coupon booklet from Betty Crocker with $10 worth of coupons in it.

Thanks, Utah Deal Diva!

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Free sample of Cream of Wheat--choose from 7 varieties


Get a free sample of Cream of Wheat here. You can choose from seven different varieties.

Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!

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Living with One Car in a Two-Car World (Guest Post)


Guest Post by Liz from Frugally Blonde

When I tell new acquaintances that my husband and I share one car, I am usually met with a mix of shock and pity. In our affluent society, it is practically unheard of for each adult driver in a household not to have his or her own car. 

However, my family has managed well with only one car for four years, and we plan to continue to live this way as long as it seems necessary. While our lifestyle might not work for everyone, I hope that it demonstrates that living without a second car can be both possible and practical.

When my husband and I were first married and both working, it was easy to just have one car with the help of public transportation. However, a year after our wedding we moved to an outer suburb/small town bereft of a subway or bus system that we could use, and shortly after I quit my job to stay home with our newborn daughter.

There was no other way for my husband to get to his job 30 minutes from home except by driving--which meant that I was left without transportation during the day. So that's what we decided to do. Now, three years later, we have added a second daughter to our family, but not a second car!

The girls and I stay at home most days without a car. Once a week (occasionally twice), we get up early in the morning, drive my husband to work, and spend the entire day on errands and appointments. Then we drive 30 minutes to pick him up in the evening, and we all drive 30-45 minutes home in rush-hour traffic.

Why do we have only one car? The simple answer is that we do not feel that we can responsibly afford another one. At certain times during the past four years, we might have been able to squeeze a car payment into our budget, but it would have been at the expense of our other priorities.

For instance, we were blessed last year to be able to purchase our first home. We knew that doing so would seriously hamper our ability to get a second car in the near future, but we felt that a home was more needed as well as a much better investment. Further, although we would not rule out a car payment, we would much prefer to pay for a second car in cash, as we did for our first one.

Clearly, living with one car can be challenging and a sacrifice. However, after four years in this situation, we have discovered a host of unexpected blessings and benefits that have come with our unconventional lifestyle.

First of all, we easily save hundreds of dollars a year by not paying for gas, insurance, maintenance, fees, and taxes for a second car. It also helps us save money in other ways. Out of necessity, I have become extremely organized about my shopping trips. I combine trips and map out the route that is most efficient. I try to do most of my grocery shopping for a two-week period in one trip, and I can often go at least a week without going to the supermarket, except perhaps for fresh fruit. Limiting my shopping trips to once a week also prevents me from being tempted by impulse purchases.

On a more personal level, I feel that our situation has also blessed me with the opportunity to truly blossom in our home and to focus on my life there. At first, as a new mom, I chafed at being unable to get out of the house, and I admit that some days it is still hard. But now with two little ones, I have so much to do that I can’t get it all done even with being home all day! And my girls and I have developed a rhythm to our days, so much so that I feel very discombobulated if I take the car more than one day a week.
I believe that the day will come when our lifestyle and/or our growing family will require us to purchase a second car. God-willing, at that point we will have the money to do so. And quite honestly, I am looking forward to that day. I know that I will never take having my own transportation for granted, but rather see it as a wonderful privilege and gift.

Until then, I tell my friends, I may not get out much, but they're welcome to come over!
Liz lives in Nothern Virginia with her husband and two little girls. Her blog, Frugally Blonde, is a place to discuss frugality and celebrate living the good life on less.

Photo credit: Sports Car Workshops

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$1.50/2 Ziploc products, $1/2 Treetop products, and more printable coupons


There's a brand-new coupon out for $1.50 off any 2 Ziploc products. Pair this with a sale and you should be able to get a great deal. (Thanks, My Deal Frenzy!)

More printable coupons:

$1/2 Nestle Crunch or Butterfinger Hearts  (Thanks, Clippin with Carie!)

$1/1 Alka-Seltzer Cold and Flu

$1/2 Tree Top Products

$1/1 Frigo Cheese Sticks

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Walgreens and Walmart: Two free Olay Regenerist Facial Cleansers


You can get two free Olay Regenerist Facial Cleansers at Walmart or Walgreens right now. Here's how:

Buy 2 Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cleansers for $5.97-$7.99
Use 2 $3/1 coupons from the 1/17 P&G insert
Submit for the $15 mail-in rebate
Free plus possible overage after coupons and mail-in rebate

Thanks, Coupon Cravings!

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UPromise: Huggies ecoupons to stack with high-value printable coupons


There are new UPromise ecoupons available for the month of January--including coupons for $3/1 Huggies Pure & Natural, $2/1 Huggies Little Movers, $1/1 Huggies Snug & Dry, and $1/1 Huggies wipes.

If you're planning on buying diapers this month using the high-value Huggies coupons here, this is a way to make some extra money buying diapers. Go add these UPromise coupons to your account here!

And if you haven't signed up for UPromise yet, be sure to read why you should consider doing so here.

Thanks, Save At Home Mommy!

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Free sample issue of The Home Educating Family magazine


I posted this freebie a few months ago, but my sample just came in the mail and I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of this magazine and wanted to mention it again. If you didn't have a chance to sign up yet, go here to request a free issue of The Home Educating Family magazine.

Thanks, Coupon Saving Game!

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KMart: Glade Fragrance Collection Candles money-maker

What a sweet deal! You can make money buying Glade Fragrance Collection Candles at KMart this week. Here's how:

Buy 2 Glade Fragrance Collection Candles (2 oz.) at $2.50 each
Use $3/2 Glade Fragrance Collection printable coupon
Spend $2 plus tax out of pocket, Get a $3 catalina good for your next purchase

You should be able to roll this catalina, so if you have more than one coupon, you can use the $3 catalina to buy more candles and pay nothing out of pocket and earn another $3 catalina.

Plus, if you do this deal twice, you can submit your receipt for the $5 SC Johnson Rebate (limit 3 per household) making it an even greater money-maker.

Thanks, Passion for Savings!

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Safeway (and affiliates): Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot money-maker


Safeway (and affiliates) have Betty Crocker Fruit By The Foot on sale for $1 each when you buy 4. Plus, you'll get a $2.50 catalina when you buy 4. Here's how to get these free, plus turn them into a small money-maker:

Buy 4 Betty Crocker Fruit By The Foot (4.5-9 oz.) at $1 each
Use 2 $0.50/2 coupons here or here or $1/2 coupons here or here (there's also a $0.50/1 cellfire ecoupon here)
Spend $2 out of pocket, Get $2.50 catalina back

You can roll this catalina, so you can buy 4 more boxes for $2, pay with the $2.50 catalina, and you'll get another $2.50 catalina. And so on.

Thanks, Krazy Coupon Lady!

See the full Safeway coupon match-ups here.

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January 19, 2010

Free ebook: Smooth and Easy Days (Charlotte Mason)

Do you love Charlotte Mason like I do? If so, you'll want to download this free ebook on how to develop good habits in your home in order to create "smooth and easy days".

Thanks, Katherine!

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$2/1 Renu contact solution = free at Target

Print a $2/1 Renu contact solution coupon here (use your browser's back button to print it twice) and use these on the travel-size bottles at Target to get them free.

Thanks, Free Snatcher!

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BOGO Soft Scrub, $1/1 Bertolli, $1/1 Cascadian Farms


There are some great new Soft Scrub coupons available:

$1.50/1 Soft Scrub Total Bath & Bowl or Soft Scrub Total Kitchen Cleanser
$1/1 Soft Scrub Cleanser
$1.50/1 Soft Scrub Bleach Clean Gel Cleanser

Sign up for the Soft Scrub Club here and you will receive an email asking to verify your email address. Click on it and then go to the "Member Exclusive Offers" link and you can print a Buy One, Get One Free Soft Scrub coupon! 

Thanks, Coupon Kim!

More printable coupons:

$1/1 Cascadian Farms product (Thanks, Michelle!)

$1/2 Ball Park Franks (Thanks, Michelle!)

$1/1 Yoplait Yogurt

$1/1 Hidden Valley Dressing

$1/1 Bertolli Olive Oil

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Free ebook: Thriving on Less--Simplifying in a Tough Economy

Download a free copy of Thriving on Less--Simplifying in a Tough Economy here.

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Krispy Kreme: Buy a dozen doughnuts, Get 12 free Valentine's doughnuts

This is a fun promotion currently going on at one of my favorite restaurants! Buy a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts and you'll receive 12 Valentine's Cards which each have a coupon on them for a free doughnut. Yum!

See more details on this promotion and which stores are participating here.

Thanks, Coupon Saving Game!

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Bookin' It in 2010: My Reading Goals and Book List


"You'll be the same person you were last year except for the books you read and the people you meet."

Books have had a profound impact upon me since I first began reading many years ago. They've helped to shape the way I think and the way I live. They stimulate me intellectually; they challenge me to improve as a person; and they teach me new concepts and ideas.

I set a goal at the beginning of 2009 to read 50 books over the course of the year. I didn't quite reach that goal, in fact, I only ended up reading 26 books in total. However, aiming high motivated me to find the time to read more than I likely would have had I not set that goal in the first place.

In 2010, I've committed to attempt to read 4 books per month--a book which encourages me spiritually, a practical book (on homemaking or homeschooling), a business-related book, and another book of my choice.

I'll be joining in with FishMama's Bookin' It Challenge and posting an monthly update with the books I've read and a short review on each of them. This is not only for my own personal accountability, but I hope it also serves to inspire you to consider making time in your life to read. You just might be surprised at how much you learn and change as a result of reading!

Here's my list of books I'm hoping to read this next year:

(Please note: My list is rather audacious and I don't necessarily think I'll actually find the time to read all of these in 2010, but I'm at least going to try! My husband and I are also reading through the Bible in a year using The MacArthur Daily Bible.)


Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers

Flipping the Switch...: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ!

Still Growing: An Autobiography

Treasuring God in Our Traditions


What He Must Be: ...If He Wants to Marry My Daughter

Hired @ Home

First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner

A Charlotte Mason Education

Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone Is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone.


America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money

How I Know God Answers Prayer

The Elements of Style

For the Children's Sake


The Complete Tightwad Gazette

The Heart of Homeschooling

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking


Put More Cash in Your Pocket: Turn What You Know into Dough

Womanly Dominion: More Than A Gentle and Quiet Spirit

Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship

Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half

Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman's Guide to Finding Contentment

Beloved Bride: The Letters of Stonewall Jackson to His Wife

For the Family's Sake: The Value of Home in Everyone's Life


Frugillionaire: 500 Fabulous Ways to Live Richly and Save a Fortune

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms

Revolution In World Missions

Creating an Intimate Marriage: Rekindle Romance Through Affection, Warmth and Encouragement


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Michael Phelps: The Untold Story of a Champion

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate

Professionalizing Motherhood: Encouraging, Educating, and Equipping Mothers At Home


The Financially Confident Woman

Honey for a Child's Heart



Living Rich for Less: Create the Lifestyle You Want by Giving, Saving, and Spending Smart

Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men

Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life


The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

Elizabeth Prentiss: More Love to Thee

A Mother's Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother


Living Simply: Choosing Less in a World of More

My biggest problem when it comes to reading books is actually finishing them. I'm really good at starting books--and often have 4 to 6 started at once!--but I'm much less disciplined about finishing them.

I'm going to aim to only start and finish each month's designated books during the specified month. If I finish them all early, I'm giving myself license to read whatever--but not until I've finished that month's books. Yes, I'm really working on following through with things I've set out to do this year. :)

Photo credit: Yves

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New $1/1 Quaker Oatmeal, BOGO Sunbelt Granola Bars, and more coupons


There's a new $1/1 Quaker Oatmeal coupon available here. Pair this with a sale and you'll get a great deal on Quaker Oats or Oatmeal.

Thanks, Bargain Briana! (Coupon has no reached print limit.)

More printable coupons:

$2.50/1 Aveeno Nourish hair product

$0.75/1 Hostess 100-calorie packs

$1/1 Weight Watchers cheese

$1/1 Scott toilet paper

$0.55/1 Real California Dairy product

$0.75/1 Keebler Townhouse crackers

Buy One, Get One Free Sunbelt Granola Bars coupon

$2/1 Gain detergent

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Joann's: 50% off any one item coupon


Print a coupon here for 50% off any one regularly-priced item at Joann's Fabric Store. This coupon is good through January 23, 2010, and can be used in-store or online.

Thanks, KC Penny Pinchin' Mama!

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January 18, 2010

Sears: Baby and Toddler clothing for $1.19 each!

Sears currently has a lot of different baby and toddler clothing priced at $1.19 each! Plus, you can shop through ShopAtHome and get 3% cashback!

I'm guessing they will be out of stock really quickly, so if you need baby or toddler clothing or know someone who does, hurry and check out the great deals here.

Thanks, Frugalista Cafe!

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Giveaways Galore

Are you giving something away on your blog this week or have you found a great giveaway elsewhere on the web? If so, post your link below and let all the readers here know so they can get in on the action! Your giveaway must be family-friendly and no-strings-attached. In addition, to make it easy to navigate, your link must go directly to your giveaway post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your giveaway post will be deleted.

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Free Winter Organic and Natural Coupon Booklet from Mambo Sprouts

Sign up for the new Winter Organic and Natural coupon booklet from Mambo Sprouts here. These should arrive February 2010.

Thanks, Rose!

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Free subscription to Home and Garden Ideas magazine from Lowe's

Sign up for a free subscription to Lowe's Home and Garden Ideas magazine here.

Thanks, Gaerte Gang!

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Printable coupons: $2/1 8th Continent Soy Milk, $0.50/1 Chocolate Cheerios, $2 off 4 Coke 12-packs

8th Continent Soy Milk Coupon
There's a new $2/1 8th Continent Soy Milk printable coupon available. See how to get yours here. This milk is often on sale for less than $3 making for a great deal after this coupon.

More printable coupons:

$2 off 4 12-packs of Coke products

$1/1 Edy's ice cream

Pepperidge Farm product coupons

$0.50/1 Chocolate Cheerios

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