Saturday, June 25, 2011

Great Mail Day!

I love getting fun things in the mail -- especially when they're free.
Today I got:

Free HomeMade Simple Coupon Booklet
Free Sample of Huggies Wipes (not shown) and $2 off coupon 
Ok! Magazine (Don't hate, I like trash occasionally and it was only $2/year for the subscription; I don't remember where it's from though)
Whole Living Magazine ($3.76/year , use code WKLYSPEC)

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Natural and Organic Coupon Round-up


$1 off 1 Alexia Product (we love the sweet potato fries!)

Stonyfield Farms Printables:

Mambo Sprouts:


Personal Care
**RARE** $2/1 Weleda Facial Care coupon when you "Like" Weleda on Facebook

FREE NetiPot when you "Like" NeilMed on Facebook

Don't forget Amazon! There are deals on:

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Free Disney Parks DVD!

Right now you can take advantage of this free vacation-planning DVD from Disney Parks!

Even if you're not planning a trip in the very near future, it's still fun to dream!


$2 Tanks at Old Navy Tomorrow!

Old Navy is having a huge blowout on tanks tomorrow, Saturday the 25th.  Basic tanks will be only $2, and no tank will be over $8.  I'm definitely going to head there tomorrow with my Groupon because these tanks make a great layering piece.


Kleen Kanteen Giveaway!

In honor of my 2 month anniversary in the blogosphere, I'm thrilled to be able to give away a brand new, 12 oz brushed stainless steel Kleen Kanteen.  It's dishwasher-safe, fits in any cup holder, and is completely free of BPA, pthalates, lead, or other toxins. 

It's so easy to enter! Here's what to do:

  • Mandatory Entry: Follow me with Google FriendConnect -- 1 entry. Make sure you come back here and leave a comment telling me you did this!
Increase your chances of winning by doing any of the following:
  • Follow me @MindfullyFrugal on Twitter -- 1 entry
  • Like Mindfully FrugalMom on Facebook -- 1 entry
  • Post one of your favorite posts from Mindfully Frugal Mom on your own Facebook page (up to 5 times) -- 3 entries
Make sure to come back here and leave a comment in this post letting me know what you did so I count your entry!

The fine print:
  • The winner will be chosen using number generator
  • Make sure to leave your email in the comment or have it available in your Blogger profile so I can contact you if you've won
  • Please respond to my email notification within 48 hours or I will choose another winner
  • This giveaway will end Thursday, June 30, 2011


80% off at

This week you'll get a $25 gift card for for only $2 when you use code SUMMER at checkout.

This deal expires June 30.

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Even lower prices at Amazon Grocery Today

Earlier this week I posted about low prices on Amazon grocery items for kids. The prices have gone down even lower for today only (June 24!)  Here are some of the phenomenal deals you can scoop up:

Earth's Best Organic Fruit Yogurt Smoothie, Peach Banana, 4.2-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12) -- $10.50 ($.88 each) when you choose Subscribe & Save and use code EBSMOTH3 at checkout.
Plum Organics Super Puffs Orange, Mango & Sweet Potato, 1.5-Ounce (Pack of 4) --$7.70 ($1.92 each) when you choose Subscribe & Save and use code PLUMPUF2 at checkout.
Gerber Graduates Sweet Potato Puffs, 1.48-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 6) -- $7.70 ($1.28 each) when you choose Subscribe & Save and use code GERBR434 at checkout.

And some great deals for the adults, too:
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Gluten Free Cereal, Whole Grain Brown Rice, 12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4) --$11.92 when you choose Subscribe & Save and use code GFRKMAYI at checkout.

Remember, you can cancel Subscribe & Save at any time after your order ships


$5 Dinners: CSA Week 2

This week was a great CSA week. We got scallions, baby spinach, bok choy, and fresh strawberries, among other things. New this week is arugula.  As a fresh salad green, I've mostly only made -- you guessed it -- salads with my arugula. Not this week. I've come up with a beautiful Arugula Frittata for an easy weeknight $5 dinner.  Now, for some people (like my husband), a slice of frittata is not a complete meal.  Adding some breakfast sausage or croissants would be nice ideas for sides to go with the whole "breakfast for dinner" theme.

Arugula Frittata
(adapted from Health Magazine)
2 tsp. olive oil -- $.25
1 cup arugula chiffonade (basically just cut it up into bite-size pieces) $1.50
2-3 large organic eggs  $.90
3 large organic egg whites -- $.90
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese -- $1.75
2 tbsp chives (fresh or dried) --$.10 
2 tbsp parsely (fresh or dried) --$.10
salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat broiler to high (yes, you have to turn on the oven, but it's only for a few minutes. You could use a toaster oven, but watch carefully for burning).
2. Saute the mushrooms and arugula in 1 tsp oil until just wilted, set aside
3. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, herbs, and cheese together
4. Add 1 tsp oil into the pan with the mushrooms and arugula, and mix until coated. Season with salt & pepper.
5.  Add egg mixture to the pan; cook on medium for 1-2 minutes.
6.  Pour the entire mixture into a glass pie plate. Broil for 2-3 minutes
7. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh parsely or chives if desired.

Total Cost: $5.50

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jillian's Back!

Jillian Michaels - 30 Day ShredJillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred  is back down to $6.99 on Amazon today.

I don't know how long it will be at this price so if you are thinking about shredding, snatch it up!


Wegmans: $1 off Fresh Pasta

Wegmans just released another $1 off coupon, this time for their refrigerated pasta.  This includes fresh tortellini and ravioli. Yum!

This coupon expires 7/9/11, and you can only use it once per transaction.

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Happy Baby Products 25% off at Amazon

Amazon continues to offer great deals on their Happy Baby products. 
HAPPYBABY Organic Baby Food Happy Baby Pouch, Apricot & Sweet Potato, Organic, 3.5ozI found  HAPPYBABY Organic Baby Food, Stage 2, Apricot & Sweet Potato, 3.5 Ounce Pouchs (Pack of 16) for just $11.88 when you choose Subscribe & Save and use code HAPPYBA3 at checkout. That is only $.74 per pouch!

HAPPYBABY Organic Puffs, Apple Puffs, 6 - 2.1-Ounce Containers

You can also get HAPPYBABY Organic Puffs, Apple Puffs, 6 - 2.1-Ounce Containers for only $2.31 per container when you choose Subscribe & Save and use code HAPPYBA3.

Remember, Subscribe & Save can be cancelled at any time after your order ships.

This offer is good until June 30, 2011.


HOT! Free RitzPix Hardcover Photo Books

For today (June 23) only, you can get a FREE RitzPix 20 page 6x6 Hardcover Photo Book.

Pick up in-store for a $1.99 handling charge, or pay $3.99 for 1-day shipping to your home. Either way, it's a $14.99 value. This deal is only valid through 10 pm EST today, June 23.

(Thanks, The Thrifty Mama!)


My Harrowing Wegmans Trip

Even though I wasn't feeling well yesterday, I ventured out with both kids around 9 am to try to do some of the deals I wanted to get at Wegmans. We first stopped at Aldi, and by the time we got to Wegmans, both kids were a little goofy, I was starting to feel worse, and I had a huge stack of coupons I wanted to use. You can see where this is going.

I love how Wegmans has a bin of cookies and fruit just for kids. It really does help. Unfortunately, the cookies are only about 1" diameter and both kids snarfed theirs up in about 2 seconds. The other 44.08 minutes of the trip were challenging, to say the least. 

Thank goodness I had my list & coupons organized. I generally write my list in order of where the product is in the store, and I sort my coupons the same way, so I don't have to go rifling through the whole stack to double check my prices. 

I was able to cruise through produce, Nature's Marketplace, and grocery pretty quickly, but the kids were losing it when we got to health & beauty. Emma was kicking Mason. Mason was kicking Emma because she was kicking him. I was yelling at Mason for kicking Emma for kicking Mason. We weren't a pretty sight. 

Finally we got to the register. I did some quick recon and found a register with a short line and a young teenage checker.  If I had looked a little closer, I would have seen the 15 (!) bottles of toilet bowl cleaner and 72 rolls of toilet paper the man ahead of me was buying.  Normally, I am really patient -- I am usually that crazy coupon lady myself, so I'm certainly not in the position to complain. But the transaction wasn't going through, multiple managers had to be called, and the kicking from all angles in my cart continued. 

Thankfully, our checker was unflappable, apologized for the hold-up, and scanned all my coupons through with no problems. I breathed a sigh of relief.

Forty-five minutes later, we walked out of the store. I was exhausted, and so were both kids. Unfortunately, it was only 10:30 -- too early for naptime. 

My stats for this trip:
Total Before Coupons: $77.19
Total Out of Pocket: $53.30
Manufacturer Coupons: $9.55
Doubled Coupons: $4.55
Wegmans' Store Coupons: $7.00 
Shopper's Club Savings: $2.79
Total Saved: $23.89

Combined with my Aldi total of $19.59, I spent $72.89 total on groceries this week.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

$10 for$26 to Spend on Organic Tees at Dealpulp

One thing I struggle with on my frugal journey is how to get affordable clothes for the whole family,  yet stay true to my eco-friendly mission.  It's always easy to buy secondhand, which I consider a form of recycling.  Organically made children's clothes are much harder to come by, I've found.

That's why I was really excited when I saw this deal at Dealpulp today: $10 for $26 worth of organic cotton and bamboo tees from  The T-shirts they offer are adorable and completely sustainable.  All the designs are made from low-impact dyes and are free of synthetic chemicals.

This deal expires Friday, June 24.

The Fine print:

  • Limit 1 per customer
  • Doesn't include $6 shipping
  • Expires June 24, 2012

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HOT $2/1 Seventh Generation coupon

Seventh Generation is offering a great $2/1 baby product coupon. It can be used for diapers, wipes, or training pants.

I'm planing on using this for Seventh Generation Wipes: priced at $3.79 at Wegmans, they'll be only $1.79 for a 70 count package.


Borders: 30% off One Book

Use this coupon to get 30% off any book at Borders. This deal is good until Thursday June 23.
This coupon is good both in-store and online.


Aldi's Trip: Under $20 AGAIN!

I had both kids with me for my shopping this week, and since Aldi was only my first stop, I really wanted to get in and out.   I was thrilled to see that they had Lifeway Kefir (or “strawberry milkshake” as my kids know it!) for $2.49/bottle again.  They also had Bolthouse Farms 100% Organic Carrot Juice for only $2.69/bottle (normally $4.29 at Wegmans). I didn’t buy any though, because I’ve never tried carrot juice.  Is there a reason why I should?
I also found blueberries from New Jersey for only $1.99 -- I prefer to buy local, but both kids were with me and were dying for them, so I figured that would be a good treat for cooperating at the store.
The total was $19.59, and here’s how it broke down:
Whole Milk, 1 gallon -- $1.95
Lowfat Kefir -- $2.49
Wild Salmon, 1 lb -- $4.49
String Cheese, 12 oz -- $2.99
Smoked Ham, 1 lb -- $3.29
Blueberries -- $1.99
Butter quarters -- $2.39
Sadly, the price of butter is up $.10 since the beginning of June, but Aldi’s price is still cheaper than Wegmans price of $2.79.  I’ve been shopping at Aldi for about 2-3 months now and I definitely see a difference in my grocery bill. I need to scrutinize my receipts to come up with an exact amount, but I would say at least $10/week. But part of that may be a combination of menu-planning and shopping with a list.
Here’s what my trip looked like:

Oh, and as a side note, I saw the sidewalk chalk I bought for $2.69 a couple weeks ago at Aldi's at Wegmans today. It was "on sale" for $5.99. So glad I shopped around!

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Plan toys 60% off at Zulily

Zulily has an adorable selection of Plan toys on sale for 60% from now until Friday morning at 9 AM EST.  I found the above play kitchen for only $34.99

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Alex Toys at Totsy for 40-60% off!

Totsy has Alex brand toys on sale for 40-60% off just until Wednesday 6/22.

Using the daily deals site is a great way to build up your gift stockpile.  Shop ahead of time and avoid paying full price! Alex has a great variety of toys for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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NEW! Free Samples for this week

Freefly is offering several great free samples this week. Here are the best:

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Shampoo and Conditioner

Avon Anew Solar Advance Sunscreen Face Lotion.

Jif To Go Peanut Butter


How to get Earth-friendly Freebies!

Healthy Child, Healthy World is a wonderful organization that strives to help parents reduce the chemical load that children are exposed to on a daily basis.  Their website is an amazing resource for information on all kinds of healthier living, in addition to showing you how to form a grass-roots movement to change national policy on outdated chemical regulations.  I can't say enough glowing things about the organization and its efforts to make the world a cleaner, healthier place for our children.

To reinforce their mission statement ("We ignite the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals"), Healthy Child, Healthy World, is offering selected parents an opportunity to host a Healthy Home Party.

Here's where it gets good -- if you are chosen to host a Healthy Home Party, you get a huge box of freebies and high-value coupons for popular organic and natural brands like Luna bars, Kleen Kanteen, Organic Valley, and Plum Organics.  There is a catch -- the kit costs $20.  Here's the really great thing, though -- every month, Healthy Child, Healthy World gives away 10 kits completely FREE!  Obviously, if you choose to pay the $20 you are supporting a worthy non-profit.  I was thrilled, however, to find out a few weeks ago that I was chosen to recieve a free kit!

The products I recieved in my kit recently certainly had a retail value of more than $20 -- it included 1 stainless steel Kleen Kanteen, about 20 mini Luna bars, and well over $100 worth of coupons, products, and other free items.

Here's what was in it:
I seriously couldn't believe how many awesome free samples were packed into this kit!  Eco-friendly cleaners, body products, Happy Baby and Plum Organics baby food, and there was even a collection of Earthbound Organics seed packets (for my girlfriends at the party -- I forgot to hand those out -- I'll get them to you. :) ).

A Healthy Home party would be a great excuse to get together with friends and sample some great earth-friendly products.

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FREE Iced Coffee or Tea at Tim Horton's today

Many locations (including central NY) are reporting that Tim Horton's is offering a FREE small Iced Coffee or Iced Tea to celebrate the first day of summer.

Go to your local Tim Horton's and ask for it with your order. 
Let me know if you get your free coffee! 

(Thanks, Happy Deal-Happy Day!)

Three FREE Photo Cards from Snapfish!

You can custom design three photo cards (up to $2.99 each) at, paying just $1.49 to ship all three.

Use promo code TRY3CARDS at checkout.

This deal is good until 7/31.


Monday, June 20, 2011

**HOT!** Free One-Size Cloth Diaper

Today at Kelly's Closet, when you spend $39, you will recieve a FREE one-size cloth diaper!

Just use code DADSDIPE at checkout. You may use this once per order, twice total.

This deal is only good today so hurry!

(Thanks, The Thrifty Mama!)


Aveeno Baby Products 30% off at Amazon

Aveeno Sun Natural Protection Baby SPF 50 Stick, 0.5 Ounce
Amazon just announced a new coupon code for Aveeno baby products.
I found one of my favorite products, Aveeno Sun Natural Protection Baby SPF 50 Stick, 0.5 Ounce, on sale for $6.19 after you choose Subscribe & Save and use code BABYAVNO at checkout.  This price is slightly less than I just bought it for at Target after coupons, and it's delivered straight to your house!

Other Aveeno Baby products are also on sale today.


Taste of Home Magazine: $5.40/year

This week, get Taste of Home magazine for just $5.40 per year (70% off!).
Click here to get the deal and use coupon code TASTE at checkout.


Menu Plan Monday

I decided to change things up a little today; instead of Make it Yourself Monday, we’re doing Menu Plan Monday!  Don’t worry, it’s not because I am at a loss for ideas for Make it Yourself items, it’s just been a busy week and I haven’t had time to try them out.
This week is going to super-busy as well, so I’d like my menus for the week to be simple and easy to prepare. As always, I’ll be shopping the sales and using what’s in my stockpile to round the meals out.
Breakfasts are easy: we have either:
Yogurt and Fruit
Cereal with Milk
Oatmeal and Fruit
Lunches are pretty similar as well (what can I say, my kids only want to eat the same three things!):
Ham & cheese sandwich
Grilled cheese sandwich
PB&J sandwich
Hummus & crackers
Dinners -- this is where things get tricky. The meal that takes the longest to make is right during the crankiest part of the day. Because of this, I purposefully like to plan things that are either really easy or can be made ahead. Here are my ideas for this week:
Monday -- Chicken Sausage and sweet potato fries
Tuesday -- Grilled Salmon and rice with salad using CSA greens and radishes
Wednesday -- Homemade chicken “nuggets” with homemade fries (frozen, bake in toaster oven)
Thursday -- Pasta with Greens & Beans using fresh CSA kale
Friday -- Dinner out to celebrate the last day of school
Saturday -- Grilled chicken with green salad
Sunday -- Dinner out with family


Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Week's Best Deals

Here are some of the best deals from last week that are still available:

Kiwi Magazine for $3/year

20% off Everything at Kohl's (Today only)

Free PDF: Herbs at a Glance

20% off all Annie's Products at Amazon

Have a wonderful Father's Day!


Wegmans Coupon & Deal Match-Ups 6/19

This is the last week for a number of good Wegmans' coupons, so plan your trip accordingly.

Produce -- deals will vary by location and store; I purposely did not post many produce deals because there are so many wonderful farm markets with great prices at this time of year.
Organic Bagged Apples, Selected Varieties, 4 lb -- $3.99
Organic Bananas -- $.69/lb

Wegman's Barbecue Sauce -- $1.99 exp. 6/25
Final Price= $.99

Wegmans Basting Oil -- $5.99
Final Price= $4.99

Ball Jelly Jars, 8 oz. 12-count -- $8.29
Use $.75 off 1 from 6/12 SS -- doubled
Final Price= $6.79

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Pint -- $2.99
Use $1 off 1 from 6/12 RP
Final Price= $1.99

Kraft Mayonnaise -- $3.69
Use $.75/1 from 6/19 SS
Final Price= $2.19

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Product -- $1.59
Final Price= $.09

Nature's Marketplace:
Bear Naked Peak Trail Mix -- $2.99
Use $1 off 1 coupon in May's Nature's Marketplace booklet
Final Price=$1.99
Luna Bar - $.99

Use this  OR this for $.50 off
Final Price= FREE after the coupon doubles!

Zone Bar – $1.29

Use $.55/1 Zone Perfect from 5/22 SS
Final Price= $.19

Kashi GoLean Protein & Fiber Bar -- $1.49

Final Price= $.49

Morningstar Farms Veggie Patty -- $3.59
Final Price=$2.59

Newman's Own Pasta Sauce - $2.19

Use $.50/1 printable from here – doubles
Final Price = $1.19 

Silk SoyMilk - $3.39

Final Price= $1.89

Stonyfield Farms 6 oz yogurt cups -- $.89/each
Use $1/4 printable from Facebook
Final Price= $2.56 for 4 or $.64 ea

Stonyfield Farm YoBaby 4-pack -- $2.49

Final Price= $1.49

Alexia Julienne Sweet Potato Fries -- $2.99

Final Price=$1.99

Cascadian Farms Organic Broccoli Florets or Edamame -- $2.69

Final Price= $1.69

Seventh Generation Baby Wipes --$3.79

Final Price= $2.79

Brown Cow Greek Yogurt -- $.99/ea

Final Price= $.98 when you buy 2, or $.49/ea

Health & Beauty

Dial Body Wash -- $3.99
Use $2 off 1 from 6/12 RP
Final Price= $1.99

Band-Aid Product, 20-25-count -- $.99
Use $.50/1 from 4/17 SS
Final Price= FREE

Reach Toothbrush 2-pk
Use $1/1 Reach Toothbrush from 4/17 SS
Use $2/2 Reach Toothbrush from 5/08 SS
Final Price= FREE for 4 toothbrushes

Natural Instincts Vibrant Hair Color -- $5.99

Use $3 off 1 from 6/12 RP
Final Price= $2.99

Colgate Toothpaste = $1.89
Use $.75 off 1 from 6/5 SS
Final Price= $.39

Bic Flex4 Razor 3-pk -- $5.99
Use $3 off 1 from 6/5 SS
Final Price= $2.99

Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner - $2.49
Use $1 off 1 from 6/12 RP OR $1/1 from 6/5 P&G 
AND $1 off 1 in Wegmans Summer Essentials Booklet
Final Price= $.49

John Frieda Foam Hair Color -- $11.99
Use $3/1 in 6/5 SS
Use$2/1 in Wegmans Summer Essentials Booklet
Final Price=$6.99

Neutrogena Suncare product $6.49-$9.99
Use $1/1 in 6/12 RP OR $1/1 in 5/8 SS
Use $1/1 in Wegmans Summer Essentials Booklet
Final Price= $4.49-$7.99

Aquafresh Kid's Toothpaste -- $1.99
Use $1/1 in Wegman's Summer Essentials Booklet
Final Price= FREE + $.50 overage

Note on the Wegmans Summer Essentials Booklet -- I have found this in 3 Rochester-area Wegmans in the past month, so they're definitely expanding this to more stores; you can search in or around the pharmacy section.  If you don't see it out, ask a manager! All the Summer Essentials coupons expire 6/25/11, so this is the last week to use them.

Thanks to Living Rich with Coupons, Happy Deal--Happy Day, and Coupons for your Family for help compiling this list!

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