Saturday, April 13, 2013

Jolly Time Koated Kernels – Gourmet Popcorn (Half Off). Two Options Available.


Jolly Time Koated Kernels – Gourmet Popcorn (Half Off). Two Options Available.
Log in or sign up for GROUPON to grab this deal.
You can choose option 1: $16 worth for only $8
or option 2: $30 worth for only $15

Thanks Reader Jennifer for the info! Pin It

Free Schick Hydro Silk Razor! - text offer must have a smartphone

Text SCHICK to 24444 and follow the instructions
to grab yourself a free Schick Hydro Razor!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Ten Ways to Help You Save and Become More Frugal


I'm going to let you guys in on a little secret:  I haven't always been "frugal".  I *thought* I was.  I would go to girls night out with just $20 in my pocket (poppin' tabs, not tags), hit the clearance aisles for clothing and buy generic foods.  While I was still being "cheap" in the eyes of my peers, I knew I could do better.  I still had cable, debt and zilch in savings, even while working 60-70 hours per week.  AHHHHH!  So, for the past several years, I've been on my journey to a higher level of frugality.  I feel so much more secure in my finances now!

Ten ways where I like to save money:

1.  I use Netflix instead of cable.  It's cheap and has plenty of stuff for me to be entertained.  I always regularly check the Facebook swap pages and Craigslist for movies that may not be on Netflix.  If I can get a DVD or Bluray for $3 or less, it's mine!

2.  I cook at home as much as I can.  Along with this, I shop weekly sales and stock up at lower prices, and with coupons of course!  But, we do like to eat out on occasion.  When we do, we try to have a coupon from Restaurant.com, Sioux City Journal's Deal of the Day or the like.

3.  I do my own nails.  Pedicures and manicures are insanely expensive.  A $10 foot bath with some warm water and bath salts can help loosen the calluses and a $5 foot kit helps you to scrub them.  Check the Dollar Tree for even better deals!  I only get a pedicure about once a year as a treat for paying off a bill or getting a bonus.  I also rarely have my hair cut.  A great place to get your hair and nails done when you want to pay is the Iowa School of Beauty (check your area for a local beauty college for their discounted rates!).

4.  I keep the air conditioning and heating at a modest temperature.  If it's between 50-80 degrees, I keep the windows open instead of running the AC or heat.  Warm clothes during the winter and summer dresses in the summer keep me comfy at all times.  Ceiling fans work great too!  Check out your local power provider's saver program to see more ways to save.

5.  I make sure my dishwasher and washing machine are loaded efficiently.  I don't put pots and pans in the dishwasher as they take up more space than several plates and bowls might.  I wash my clothing when I have a full load only.  Less running = less electricity/water.

6.  I (we...) do our own lawn care.  I'm too frugal (cheap? sure, cheap) to spend $20 on a cut by the neighborhood kid (sorry parents).  I did it twice and each of them missed a spot.  I'll do it myself, boys! :)  I also don't want a bunch of chemicals in the yard that may hurt my dog or vegetable garden.

7.  Gardening!  I buy a lot of veggies, but during the summer I plant zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, peas, eggplant and more.  One eggplant at the store might cost me $1.99/lb, but I can buy 4 plants for that (and seeds for cheaper, if I have the time)!  Gardening definitely helps with the late summer frugality.  I freeze tomatoes whole for recipes in the wintertime and I also make pasta sauce to freeze.

8.  Thrift shopping, of course!  If my jeans are starting to fall apart, or I just broke my favorite mug, I hit the thrift stores.  I always find something fun.  I don't always buy, but I do enjoy the experience.  It's a pretty frugal hobby for me and it's relaxing.  Here's a list of local thrift stores in the Siouxland area.

9.  Paying off the credit cards every month.  Paying interest isn't worth it.  I used to do it, like most people, but decided that if I couldn't afford to pay it off each month, I didn't need to buy it.  I paid the credit card off quickly and never looked back.  I then applied this thought process to the car interest and paid my car off two years early.  I hate paying interest.  I also hate late fees.  If you're paying the minimum on your cards, put an extra $20 as you can so you can pay it off quicker.  Pro tip:  If you're late on a payment, call the company and ask for the late fee to be removed.  A lot of times they'll do it if it's your first time, or even once a year!

10.  Walking instead of going to the gym.  I may not have heavy equipment here, but I do have a treadmill (a splurge at Christmastime, which I paid for with saved money from being frugal in other ways).  Walking outside is great for you.  Having a gym membership, plus driving to the gym just takes more time out of your busy day.  Take the whole family for a walk when it gets warmer!  See the Sioux City Blue Zones Project and learn more about how to be healthy and improve your lifestyle without breaking the bank. :)

These are only some helpful savings tips.  Saving money may seem hard at first, but trust me, it's worth it.  If people call you cheap, tell them "thanks". ;) Pin It

Swagbucks Swagcode Alert 5 Swag Bucks by 7am PDT



SWAGBUCKS SWAGCODE ALERT
5 Swag Bucks  by 7am PDT
location:  Swagbucks Blog 

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WHAT IS SWAGBUCKS?
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*Contest*: Guess Jessica's Piggy Bank Amount & Win $10!

CONTEST OVER, THANKS FOR PLAYING!



I decided it was time to clean out the piggy bank.  This is change I've collected over the past year or more.  If you can guess the closest amount to the nearest cent without going over, I will send you a $10 certificate to the store or internet site of your choice (if available).  Would you like $10 to Target, Walmart, Amazon or Starbucks?  Post below for a chance to win!!

This contest will be open until 9:00 p.m. CST Sunday, 04/14/2013.  One guess per person.  Guesses must be posted on this blog page, in the comments section.  If duplicate amounts are commented, I will go by the first commenter.

Note that not all the quarters in the box are counted out front.  I was putting some out to help with the guesses. :)

When the contest is over, I will post my receipt with the exact amount of change.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Woot: Cuisinart Kitchen Pro 10 Pc Nonstick Cookware 73% Off




Woot:  Cuisinart 56-10BK Kitchen Pro 10-Piece Black Aluminum Non-Stick Cookware Set $69.99, 73% off list price. Pin It

SCJ Deal of the Day: CherryBerry gift certificates $10 value for $5




Sioux City Journal Deal of the Day:  CherryBerry gift certificates $10 value for $5 Pin It

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fareway Coupon/Sale Matchup 4/10/13-4/16/13

This is our own coupon matchup for the week for Fareway food stores - this ad is for Sioux City, and may vary by location.  You can see the full ad HERE.  We are not affiliated with Fareway, just fans of couponing there :)  Below are some of the best weekly deals!  If you're shopping for something not on the list below, be sure to check out the tabs at the top of our blog to see the printable coupons available.  Remember to print two each of the printable coupons - you can do this on every computer!  Check out the deals below:  

CANNED/DRY GOODS:

Free soda!  Get the coupon in the paper ad in-store








Busch or Busch Light 12 packs 2/$12

Gatorade 6 pk bottles 2/$5

Fareway Chillers 2/$1

Vlasic Dill Pickles 80 oz $3.59

Bush's Baked or Grillin' Beans 3/$5

Fareway pasta 99 cents

Prego $1.88
-$1/3 SS 3/3/13

Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies 10/$10

Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats $2.88
-$0.50/1 printable

Post Honey Bunches of Oats 2/$5
-$1/2 SS 3/10/13


FRIDGE, FROZEN AND MEAT:

Fareway cottage cheese 99 cents

Chobani Greek Yogurt 10/$10
-$0.30/1 printable

Gogurt $1.99
-$0.35/1 printable 
-$0.75/2 SS 3/3/13

Pork Steak $1.49/lb

Hillshire Smokies 2/$5

Jimmy Dean Sausage Rolls $2.99
-$0.75/2 RP 3/17/13

Jimmy Dean Sausage links, etc. $2.99
-$0.55/1 RP 3/17/13

Lean Cuisine Entrees $2.19
-$1/4 printable
-$1/3 RP 3/3/13

Fareway frozen potatoes 2/$4

Fareway 2# shredded cheese $5.99

FRESH STUFF:

Strawberries $1.38

Asparagus $1.48/lb

Fuji Apples 88 cents/lb

Yellow or red peppers 88 cents each

On the vine tomatoes $1.29/lb - great price!

Yellow onions 59 cents/lb

5# bag Betty Crocker Potatoes $1.48

Dole Classic Salad or Coleslaw Mix 48 cents Pin It

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

JoDean's Steakhouse and Lounge – Yankton $10 for $20 Worth of Steak and Seafood

JoDean's Steakhouse and Lounge – Yankton $10 for $20 Worth of Steak and Seafood
Log in or sign up for GROUPON to grab this deal.

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Jolly Time Koated Kernels – Gourmet Popcorn (Half Off). Two Options Available.


Jolly Time Koated Kernels – Gourmet Popcorn (Half Off). Two Options Available.
Log in or sign up for GROUPON to grab this deal.
You can choose option 1: $16 worth for only $8
or option 2: $30 worth for only $15

Thanks Reader Jennifer for the info!
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The Sugar Shack Bakery – $20 worth for only $10!


Another awesome local item on GROUPON is The Sugar Shack Bakery – $20 worth for only $10! 

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Woot: Arrow Shed Steel Storage Shed - 10' x 12' for $380 - 55% Off



Woot:  Arrow Shed SR68102 Steel Storage Shed - 10' x 12' $380 - 55% Off Pin It

Restaurant.com $25 Certificates for $4, 30% Cash Back Through Shop at Home



Go to Restaurant.com now for a $25 certificate for just $4 when you use code "SPRING".  You just type in your zip code and there will be a list of restaurants that are part of the Restaurant.com community!  The code will also discount the $15 and $10 certificates!

Local restaurants with $25 certificates include Rudy Navarretes, Crystal Cafe, Doosky's and more!

*This is a nationwide deal, I'm just giving ideas for local restaurants.  Your area may have more restaurants available than ours.  I've used Restaurant.com certificates on several occasions and find them to be awesome!

GO HERE TO BUY!

Plus, if you go through Shop at Home, you'll earn 30% cash back!


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Monday, April 8, 2013

Swagbucks Swagcode Alert 4 Swag Bucks by 2pm PDT



SWAGBUCKS SWAGCODE ALERT
4 Swag Bucks by 2pm PDT
location:  Swagbucks Blog 

Sign up for Swagbucks HERE

WHAT IS SWAGBUCKS?
 Swagbucks. allows web users to earn virtual currency by doing the things they do every day - search the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, and by engaging in other activities such as phone recycling, submitting polls, and completing Special offers. Swagbucks is the only place on the web to get what you want without ever having to spend a dime.
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Woot: Blue Rhino Standup Charcoal Grill $29.99




Woot:  Blue Rhino CBC1210G Standup Charcoal Grill $29.99.  Woot has a $5 shipping deal - ship all you want for just $5 every day. Pin It

Free Folgers Sample - 350,000



get your free taste of fresh coffee, ready now with Folgers® Fresh Breaks™ coffee. Grab yours while they last!

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Jcpenney 4/8 $1.00 Flip Flops for the whole family - In Store


I got a Text this morning from JcPenney
Starting 4/8 In Store $1.00 family flip flops in every color to match every summer outfit.
while supplies last!
Limit 5 per customer.
Do you want Awesome JCP Texts as well?
Just text JCP to 527-365 to receive alerts and coupons.  Standard text messaging rates do apply.
They send text coupon all the time $10/$50, $100/$200 ect.

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The Sugar Shack Bakery – $20 worth for only $10!

Another awesome local item on GROUPON is The Sugar Shack Bakery – $20 worth for only $10! 

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Jolly Time Koated Kernels – Gourmet Popcorn (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Jolly Time Koated Kernels – Gourmet Popcorn (Half Off). Two Options Available.
Log in or sign up for GROUPON to grab this deal.
You can choose option 1: $16 worth for only $8
or option 2: $30 worth for only $15

Thanks Reader Jennifer for the info! Pin It