Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mamasource: As Low as $8 for a Year's Worth of Organization!

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When you use code ABOUTONE20 today on Mamasource, you can get a 1-Year Subscription to Online Family Management System ($30 Value) for just $8.   I'm dying to try this: AboutOne is a complete online resource to store milestones, health records, photos, appointments, and more. 

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Natural & Organic Coupon Round-Up



Coupons.com
$.75/1 Cascadian Farms Item
$1/4 Larabars
$.75/1 Sargento Naturals
$1/1 Silk Half Gallon
$.75/1 Newman's Own Dressing (Organic Varieties included)


Stonyfield Farm





Brown Cow
$.50 off Brown Cow 32 oz yogurt
$.50 off 3 Brown Cow 6 oz yogurts
$.50 off Greek yogurt multipack


Mambo Sprouts





Seventh Generation








Facebook

**RARE** $2/1 Weleda Facial Care coupon when you "Like" Weleda on Facebook
$1.50/1 AND $1 off 1 Wholly Guacamole product when you "like" them on Facebook.
$1 off 1 Alexia Product when you "like" them on Facebook



Amazon
Silk Pure Almond Original, 32-Ounce Aseptic Cartons (Pack of 6) -- $13.79 when you use code SILKSOY3 at checkout
Annie's Homegrown Organic Cheddar Bunnies, Family Size , 11 Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4) -- $10.44  when you use Subscribe & Save with code ANNIEJUN at checkout
Pacific Natural Foods Organic Soup, Creamy Butternut Squash, 16-Ounce Cartons (Pack of 12) --$21.63 when you use use Subscribe & Save and code PACIFIC5
Head over here to find more good Amazon grocery deals.


Wegmans' Nature's Marketplace Magazine: $1 off 2 Kashi cereals or snacks coupon

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New Coupons in Wegmans Nature's Marketplace

The July Nature's Marketplace Magazine is out in Wegmans now, and it has some good coupons in it!  I was so sad in June when there were no coupons. What was Wegmans thinking? :)
Pick up a copy during July and you'll find:
$1 off 1 Family Size Popcorn, Indiana Kettlecorn
$1 off 2 Kashi cereals or snacks
$1 off 1 Bach's Rescue Pastilles (I could use these!)
$1 off 1 Bakery on Main Fiber Power Gluten Free Granola

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Vistaprint: Free Note Cards

Today is the final day of Vistaprint's free promotions week.  These are notecards that could be used as business cards, "mom" cards, or for contact information.


Go here to start creating your cards.

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$5 Friday: Summer Barbecue

The Fourth of July weekend is a great excuse for grilling out. The recipe for today’s $5 Friday is not earth-shattering by any means, but it’s one of my family’s absolute favorite meals in the summer time. It’s flavorful, satisfying, and really inexpensive to make.
Barbecue Chicken with Homemade Russet French Fries
4 small chicken Breasts =$1.50
1/2 cup + 2 tbs barbecue sauce =$.25 (I usually pay $1 per bottle, so I’m guesstimating)
1 lb russet potatoes =$1.33 (3 lb/3.99 at Wegmans)
Rosemary, Sea Salt, Pepper -- $.25
Olive Oil -- $.50
1. Marinate the chicken  in the barbecue sauce for at least one hour, but preferably overnight, in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, grill on medium high for about 5-7 minutes on each side.
2. To make the fries, first wash the potatoes and peel them -- this is a great task for kids to help with (although mine always try to eat the raw potatoes -- yuck!)
3. Cut them into thin wedges -- I like mine as thin as possible because they’ll cook faster and get crispier.
4. Par-boil the potatoes for about 5 minutes. This will help with the cooking time in the oven.
5. Spread the potatoes in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle generously with olive oil (about 2 tbs), sprinkle with salt, pepper, and about 1/2 tsp dried rosemary.
6. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 35 minutes, turning once. I have also cooked these in the toaster oven on a hot day, but check them more frequently -- they’ll burn much faster.
Total Cost= $3.83
A fresh salad of greens from the garden would round out this meal if you have them available. Dress with a little olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and you’ll still have a complete meal for under $5!

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New Coupons for Kelloggs Products


Kelloggs is offering new, exclusive coupons when you sign up on their website.

Some of the featured coupons are:

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HOT! New Printables at Coupons.com

Since it's July 1, Coupons.com has reset their coupons. There are some great ones for natural foods too. Here are the best:
$.75/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars
$.75/1 Cascadian Farms Item
$.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios
$1/4 Larabars
$.40/6 Yoplait Yogurts
$.75/1 Sargento Naturals


Make sure to print these out soon because they might disappear!

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And the Winner is. . .

KRISTIN    has won a brand new 12 oz Kleen Kanteen!!
Congratulations!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered!


Kristin, you should have an email from me telling you what to do to redeem your prize.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cascadian Farms Organic Granola Bars: Under $3/box

Cascadian Farms Organic Chewy Granola Bar, Chocolate Chip, 6-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)Cascadian Farms Organic Chewy Granola Bar, Chocolate Chip, 6-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)
These are some of my family's favorite granola bars.  This week Amazon is offering Cascadian Farms Organic Chewy Granola Bar, Chocolate Chip, 6-Count Boxes (Pack of 6) for just $17.85 when you use Subscribe & Save. Remember, you can cancel Subscribe& Save at any time after your order ships.


Amazon also has all varieties of Nature Valley Granola Bars on sale, including Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats 'n Dark Chocolate, 12-Count Boxes (Pack of 6) for only $2.50 per box.

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FREE Hot Dogs at Wegmans

Head over here to print off a $.75/1 Oscar Mayer Hot Dog Coupon from the Oscar Mayer facebook page.  Hit back after it's printed to print it a second time.


Wegmans has these hot dogs on sale for 2/$3. Use 2 coupons and they are FREE!


Thanks, I am That Lady!

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65 NEW RecycleBank Points!

Recyclebank has added a new section to their "Green Your Vacation" promotion. You can earn up to 65 points by clicking on one of the 7 ways to green your beach vacation.


Look for the Green Your Vacation link on the Recyclebank homepage to get your 65 points which can be redeemed for coupons or prizes.


Go here to learn more about Recyclebank.

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$5 at thredUP

thredUp is running a great new promotion: earn $5 when you post and send a box that is rated 3 or 4 stars (which is completely free to do).  Also, if you post and send 5 boxes, you'll earn $50.  If you are new to thredUp, click here for more information.

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New Coupons Reset today

Coupons.com has just reset some of their HOT coupons! Make sure to print them off soon because we never know how long they'll last.

$.75 off Newman's Own Salad Dressing (good on Organic varieties too)

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Vistaprint: Free Notecards!

Vistaprint has yet another great freebie today: Free Postcards that you can just slap a stamp on and send out. Great for kids away at camp or vacation. Click here to get them!

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Recyclebank: Save the Earth, Save Money!

Recyclebank is a win-win if I ever saw one!  If you haven't heard of it, basically it is a site where, in exchange for completing simple tasks, you earn points which you can then redeem for high value coupons.  Examples of tasks include:

  • Reading a paragraph about recycling
  • Taking a 1-question quiz
  • Recycling your Kashi Boxes
  • Recycling Ziploc Bags

It's super-easy to earn points -- here are some ways to start:

  • Join RecycleBank -- 25 points
  • Take both of the P&G Future Friendly Neighbors Pledges -- 20 points
  • Play the Green Your Vacation Game -- up to 65 points
Check the Recyclebank Homepage for new opportunites to earn.


Here is an example of how to use Recyclebank to earn high-value grocery coupons: 
1.Click on the "Get Rewards" Tab at the top of the page.
2. Click on "Food & beverage."  You'll see that today there is a coupon available for $1/1 Honest Tea Product -- for only 25 points. If you redeem your points for this coupon, it will make for FREE Honest Tea at Tops this week.


Another good current offer is 125 points for a $2/1 Kashi product coupon. This will make Kashi granola bars $.50-$.99 at most stores.  For 200 points, you can receive a FREE Happy Baby product of your choice.  I'm looking forward to using Recyclebank coupons in my upcoming Deal posts!


Click here to sign up and start earning FREE rewards!





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Last Chance to Win A Kleen Kanteen!

Today at 8:00pm EST I will be picking the winner of the Kleen Kanteen Giveaway!


Head over here to enter!

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Wegmans: $1 off Fresh Seafood

Wegmans has a new coupon for $1 off a $5 purchase of fresh seafood.  Seafood is something we only buy rarely because of the cost, so I'm happy to see a coupon for it! Looking forward to indulging!

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Garden & Gun Magazine: $3.76/year

I'm not really sure how the two title items of this magazine go together, but if you want to check it out, Garden & Gun magazine is on sale for $3.76/year. Just use code WKLYSPEC at checkout. Despite the passive aggressive title, this magazine has some great articles about the Southern Lifestyle.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

$1.50 off Wholly Guacamole

Wholly Guacamole keeps resetting this awesome coupon. If you like Guacamole, this is a great deal on an all-natural product -- I could probably eat a whole package in one sitting. 


Login or register HERE for you $1.50 off Wholly Guacamole coupon!


Thanks, Hip2Save!

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How to Create a Gift Closet

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You know the routine -- you’re about to walk out of the house for a party or celebration and you realize that you don’t have a gift.  Everyone is dressed nicely, and you leave the kids in the car with your spouse to circle the parking lot while you run into Target to pick out something the giftee will love, which is also in your price range.
Yeah, like that ever works.  
We’ve all done it (right? Tell me it’s not just me.). Make a last minute scramble due to forgetfulness or procrastination and end up spending way more that you planned. But there is a better way to give gifts: a way to give better quality gifts AND save money doing it. That’s the beauty of the gift closet.
My “gift closet”  is a big misnomer because it’s not even a closet, just a box I keep in our finished attic where I store items I pick up throughout the year that I think would make great gifts.  The beauty of a gift closet is that you are totally saved from the mad dash trip described above. 
If you’re like me, you have a variety of gift-giving occasions throughout the year for a huge variety of recipients, from babies to kids to your 86 year old grandmother.  The cost of these gifts add up, and not everyone has the time or ability to painstakingly craft beautiful homemade goodies (I still have materials for 4 “no-sew” fleece throws in my attic from 2 Christmas’s ago).  
If you’ve been stockpiling gifts as you find them on sale throughout the year, you will always have something to reach for when an unexpected (or forgotten) gift-giving opportunity comes up.  I have three favorite ways to stock up on gifts for a wide variety of recipients and occasions.
1. Daily deal sites like Groupon, DealPulp, or Mamasource are all great ways to save over 50% on gifts; in fact, with a few exceptions, that is how I get most of the gifts I buy.  For example, in February there was a Barnes & Noble Groupon -- $20 worth for $10, and I had a discount code that brought that price down to $7. I was able to get my mother’s birthday present -- a Kate Spade cover for her new Nook -- for just $7, since it was marked down at the store to from $79 to $19.99. In fact, my mom was angry with me because she thought I spent full price on the Nook Cover, so I let her in on my secret.
2. Don’t forget to scour the clearance shelf any time you are out shopping.  Two weeks ago I got a 52-pc. set of Crayola Sidewalk Chalk for $2.69 from the markdown bin at Aldi’s. I have a few 3-year old birthdays coming up in my circle of friends and family, and this would be a perfect summer gift.  I also have a number of fancy bath products -- bought on clearance -- in my stockpile that I can put together in a recycled gift bag to make a pretty and useful gift.
3. I like to keep on hand a variety of small gifts for kids from Amazon. If you don’t have AmazonPrime, it’s always a challenge to get your order to $25 to get free shipping. I keep a number of small $5-$10 items for kids in my shopping cart so they’re right there when I am ready to check out. It’s easy to do especially if I pick out items that are good for kids my children’s ages -- we are always going to a birthday party for someone.

4. I am really outing myself here, but I have found great gifts at yard sales! How? You might be surprised how many "New with Tags"  or "New in Package" items can be found among piles of other people's stuff.  And, as always,  I make sure the item is something that someone I know will use and love.

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FREE Personalized Tote Bag at Vistaprint

Today's Vistaprint deal is fabulous! You can get a personalized tote bag absolutely free! This would be perfect for kids, the beach, or the store.
This deal is good today only so hurry!

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$10 for $20 at Abe's Market



Today at Groupon Chicago, you'll get a voucher for $20 worth of eco-friendly goods from Abe's Market for just $10.
Abe's Market is a great online store that carries a wide variety of eco-friendly beauty, household, and pet items.
If this deal doesn't automatically come up, search under All deals.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wegmans Trip: $63 and Shopping Alone!

This is the first week of “summer vacation” for my husband who is a teacher. Of course, vacation is a misnomer because he’s working all summer doing various things, but it’s generally only half days so I have a little more time to do the things I need to do without a toddler and a preschooler underfoot. I was thrilled to be able to get to Wegmans yesterday and get some deals without the drama we had last week.
When I looked at my receipt, I realized there were only seven items for which I didn’t use coupons or Shopper’s Club. They were: 
Hot Dog rolls
Bread
Ricotta Cheese
Chocolate Chips
Bananas
Chicken Sausage
String Cheese
I’m kind of annoyed with myself because I know I could have gotten many of these items cheaper had I gone to Aldi’s this week, but I just didn’t want to make another trip. Overall, though, $63 for the week is well below my cap of $80/week, so I’m ok with it. For sure I spent the most money on cheese -- what can I say, we love our cheese in this house!


Here are some of the deal highlights:
French’s Worchestershire Sauce -- $1.49, used $.75/1 in 5/15 SS insert, Final Price=FREE
Stacy’s Pita Chips -- $3.99, used $.55/1 in 6/26 SS insert, Final Price=$2.89
Pull-ups Moist Wipes - $2.49, used $2 off coupon from Vocalpoint, Final Price=$.49
Colgate Whitening Toothpaste - $1.89, used $1/1 in 6/26 SS, Final Price=$.89
Dove Men+Care Deodorant -- $3.99, used $2/1 in 6/26 RP, Final Price=$1.99

My final tally for this trip:
Total Before Coupons & Discounts: $81.33
Manufacturer Coupons: $11.80
Doubled Coupons: $3.80
Shopper's Club Discount: $2.07
Total Out of Pocket: $63.66
Total Saved: $17.67 (28% off)

Who else had a great (or not so great!) shopping trip this week?

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Reminder: Kleen Kanteen Giveaway Ends Thursday 6/30

Want to win a brand new 12 oz brushed stainless steel Kleen Kanteen?  Head over here for a chance to win it!




This giveaway will end on 6/30/11 at 8:00 pm EST.

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Vistaprint: Free Personalized Labels


Vistaprint is offering another freebie today:  Free personalized labels for all your travels this summer.


Make sure to check back every day for new Vistaprint Freebies!!

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$13 for One-Size Cloth Diaper

Kelly's Closet and Mothering.com are partnering today to offer a great cloth diaper deal: just $13 for an itti bitti One-Size bitti Tutti Cloth Diaper -- that's 53% off!
This would be a great way to try out a new cloth diaper!


Click here to visit Kelly's Closet

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$1 Movies Start Today at Regal Cinema

Today is the first day you can see a movie for only $1 at Regal Cinemas!  The $1 movies play at 10 AM Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. 


Type in your Zip Code here to see what is playing near you -- all movies are rated either G or PG.


For other frugal summer activity ideas, see  12 Completely Free things to do with Kids this Summer. 

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Free Shipping at Organic Prairie

Here's another option for organic meat:
Until midnight CST on June 28, Organic Prairie will be offering free shipping on ALL their products when you use code FREE611 at checkout.


Organic Prairie carries a huge selection of  organic, grass-fed meats.  It's on the expensive side: $39.49 for 4 one-lb packages of organic, grass-fed ground beef from American family farms.


Typically, you only get free shipping with a $200 order, so this may be a good way to try it out and see if you like it.

FREE Sample & coupon for HoneyNut Cheerios


Head on over here to sign up for your FREE HoneyNut Cheerios Sample and $.75 off coupon!

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50% off at thredUp!

Today at BitsyBug, try out thredUp for 50% off. Until June 28 at 11:59 pm EST, you can get 2 boxes of gently used children's clothes, toys, or books for only $15.95, including shipping.


If you've been thinking about trying out thredUp, this is a great way to get your feet wet.



If you haven't heard of thredUp, it's a new site where members can swap boxes of outgrown children's clothes and toys with each other. It costs nothing to list and send a box. If you choose to pick a box, you pay only $5 plus $10.95  for shipping.

I have made two swaps on 
thredUP, with mixed success. The first swap was amazing -- the box came with a brand new pair of never worn Stride Rite patent leather mary janes in my daughter's size, among other cute things. The second box wasn't as great -- a couple shirts had light staining, but there were several usable and cute items as well.  The most important thing is to read the description carefully, and if you have a question, you can message the sender.



The Fine Print:

  • Valid for NEW customers only
  • Expires 7/1/12
  • Cannot be combined with any other offers
  • Must use entire voucher in one transaction

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FREE Photo shirt from VistaPrint



VistaPrint is offering a FREE photo shirt today. You can customize your shirt with 1 of 36 designs OR a family photo. What a great gift idea!


No coupon code needed, just click here.

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Great Zulily Deals Today: Trumpette

I love those adorable little Trumpette socks for babies.  But they are SO expensive normally. Today at Zulily you can find these socks at over 50% off -- like this Argyle Shoe Sock Set for only $7.99. I've paid $6.00 for one pair of these socks in the past (I know, not very frugal. But they're so cute.)

They'll sell out fast, and this deal is only good until 6/30!  They make a great gift!

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$5 Magazines at Amazon

From now until July 6, Amazon has a selection of Magazines for under $5/year.
They include:
Marie Claire (1-year auto-renewal) -- $5/year
Seventeen (1-year auto-renewal) -- $5 /year
Town & Country (1-year auto-renewal) -- $5/year
Parenting Early Years (1-year auto-renewal) -- $4.97/year
Boston Magazine (1-year auto-renewal) -- $4.95/year


And a few $10 and under:
Popular Science (1-year auto-renewal) -- $7/year
EatingWell (1-year auto-renewal) -- $8.97/year
Country Living (1-year auto-renewal) -- $7/year
Vegetarian Times (1-year auto-renewal) -- $7/year
Weight Watchers Magazine (1-year auto-renewal) -- $9.95/year
Rolling Stone (1-year auto-renewal) -- $9.97/year


Don't forget, magazines make great gifts!

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Make it Yourself Monday: Pancake Syrup

Growing up, I totally thought that Mrs. AuntJemimasworth Lite was the be-all and end-all of pancake syrups.  We always had it in the refrigerator (never mind how many months? years? it had been there), and, to me, it tasted, well, good.

I would have continued on with this rosy illusion if I hadn't turned the bottle over in the supermarket one day when my first child was about 1, and read the ingredients. This is what it said:
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, CELLULOSE GUM, SALT, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CARAMEL COLOR, SORBIC ACID AND SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVES), SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE.

Yikes. I had to take a minute right there in the aisle to mentally regroup.  There were only two ingredients I could actually identify as food (water and salt).  After I recovered from my shock and horror, I perused the shelves for a better alternative, and decided on maple syrup -- pure, 1 ingredient, and pretty easy to find locally made. Perfect.

Except I kind of missed that buttery rich (artificial) taste.  So I decided to doctor it up. And frankly, it could not be any easier.

Buttery Maple Syrup 
(adapted from SimpleBites)

1 cup Maple Syrup (I found Organic at Target for $3.99)
1 stick salted butter, cut into 1 tbsp chunks
1-2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Warm the syrup and water in a small pan.  Whisk in the butter and stir until melted.  Add the vanilla and cinnamon and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute, but not letting the mixture boil.

Best served warm but can be refrigerated for up to a week.  Make sure to warm it up on the stove before serving.

Warning: You will NEVER be able to use commercial syrup again after you taste this! It's that good.

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