Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Save $10 off of $50 at JcPenney thru 6/10

JCPenney - $15 off $50 Printable Coupon

Save $10 off of $50 at JcPenney when you text the word : NEW10 to 527365
Offer Valid thru Friday, June 10.
Use discount to save on a great gift for Dad or Grad!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Flag Cake Recipe: Helps Support the Troops

Looking for a dessert recipe for Memorial Day? Want to help support our Troops?

Every time someone visits Taste of Home and views their Flag Cake Recipe, $.10 will be donated to  the USO.

Flag Cake Recipe

Photo by: Taste of Home

Sunday, May 29, 2011

FREE Android Apps

Have an Android?

HTC Inspire 4G Android Phone (AT&T)

Want FREE Android Apps? Amazon has a ton.

Choose from such titles as:

Go here to find more.

FREE Kindle eBooks, Great Beach Reads

Are you headed to the beach this weekend? Want a good book to read? Try one of these FREE Kindle Books.


Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry. You can get FREE Kindle app software that you can use on numerous devices including the iPod and iPad. Go here get the details.

*Reminder: The FREE ebooks are only FREE for a limited time. Be sure if you select to “purchase” the above mention free book, that it is still priced at $0.00.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Shop Taste of Home Deals Under $9.99

Shop Taste of Home

 Huge Sale! Newly reduced items now under $9.99. ShopTasteofHome.com

Choose from items such as:

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Top 5 CVS Weekly Deals 5/29–6/4


Thanks to Faithful Provisions for this week’s CVS Deals.

  • Preparation H wipes 10 ct - $3.99
  • Mars Chocolate Singles 1.08-2.15 oz - $0.50
    • *Get $1 ECB wyb 2 (Limit 1)
      Final Price: FREE!
  • Crest Baking Soda & Peroxide, Cavity, or Tartar Protection 6.4 oz, Kids 4.6 oz, or Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush - $1.99
    • *Get $1 ECB (Limit 2)
      -$1/1 Crest Toothpaste 5/1/2011 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
      -$1/2 Crest Product 5/1/2011 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
      -$1.50/1 Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage OR (2) Indicator or Cavity Defense5/1/2011 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
      Final Price: As low as FREE after coupons & ECB
  • Bic Soleil Shimmer Razor Starter Kit or 4 ct Cartridges - $6.99
  • Pepsi 12 oz, 12 pk - $3.25
    • *Get $3 ECB wyb 4 (Limit 1)
      Final Price: $2.50 ea/ wyb 4

For more CVS deals go here.

Friday, May 27, 2011

FREE Weekend Activities

Check out these places for a few weekend activites:

AC Moore – Saturday 1-3pm, FREE Make & Take: create a masterpiece for dad! If you want, they will custom frame it for $69.99 (up to 12×16).

AC Moore – Monday 1-3pm, FREE Make & Take: Crayola Model Magic Stars n’ Stripes.

Dave & Buster’s – Through 5/31, FREE $10 Game Play!

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores - Saturday FREE Demos: 11am-1pm is Xyron Machines, 1-3pm is Fabric Crafting with EK Success, 3-5pm is Marvy Uchida Fabric Markers.

Lakeshore Learning – Saturday 11am-3pm, Look at Me! Mirror: kids create a safe mirror with colorful collage materials.

Lowes Build and Grow – Saturday 10am-Noon, FREE: Kids build a Biplane with two complete sets of stickers and punch out pilots! Be sure to sign up for this event here.

Target – select a city to find free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events in your area, sponsored by Target.

Toys R Us – Through May 31st, Pokémon Secret Egg Download: Bring your Nintendo DS system and your Pokémon Black or White Versions to a DS Download Station at Toys R Us to get a secret egg that hatches to reveal one of three characters from Ash’s traveling party on the new Pokémon TV series.

Walmart Event Finder – enter your zip code to see what is going on in your area.

(Thanks, Keeping Cents!)

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Sunday Coupon Preview


There are no coupon inserts this weekend because of the holiday. However, you can always print the coupons you need online.

sunday coupon preview

Visit these coupon sites:

Smart Source

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Top 5 Rite Aid Deals 5/29–6/4


To learn how to save the most at Rite Aid, check out Rite Aid 101.
Click on the ad to get a sneak peak of next week’s ad.

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(thanks, iheartriteaid for Ad Scan for 5/29 – 6/4)

Thanks to Faithful Provisions for this week’s Rite Aid deals.

Renpure Organics Shampoo or Conditioner 8-13.5 oz - $4.99
*Get $4.99 +UPR (Limit 2)
-Final Price: FREE!

Crest Toothpaste Twin pk, Glide Floss or Oral-B Indicator or Advantage Quad pks - $5.99
*Get $4 +UPR
-$1/1 Crest Toothpaste 5/1/2011 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
-$1/2 Crest Toothpaste 5/1/2011 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
-$1/2 Crest Product 5/1/2011 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
-$1.50/1 Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage OR (2) Indicator or Cavity Defense 5/1/2011 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
-$0.75/1 Oral-B Satin Glide Floss or Floss Picks 5/1/2011 P&G Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
Final Price: As low as $.99 after coupons & +UPR

Irish Spring, Speed Stick 24/7, or Speed Stick Stain Guard Deodorant - $2.99
*Get $2 +UPR (Limit 4)
$0.50/1 Speed Stick Antiperspirant or Deodorant Rolling
-$0.75/1 Speed Stick Antiperspirant or Deodorant 5/22/2011 SS Insert (exp 6/12/2011)
Final Price: As low as $.24 after coupons & +UPR

Kellogg's Cereal, Pop tarts, or Rice Krispies Treats - $1.88
-$1/2 Kellogg's Krispies Cereal 4/17/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/29/2011)
-$1/3 Kellogg's Pop Tarts 5/15/2011 RP Insert (exp 6/26/2011)
*More Kellogg's coupons available on my coupon database
Final Price: Varies

M&M, Mars, Hershey's, or Reese's Single Candy Bars - $0.50
-B1G1 Hershey Dark Chocolate Bar WYB Hershey Chocolate Bar 5/1/2011 SS Insert (exp 6/17/2011)
-$1/3 Hershey's Candy 5/1/2011 SS Insert (exp 6/15/2011)
Final Price: As low as $.25 ea/ wyb 2

For  more Rite Aid deals go here.

Extreme Couponing: A Way of Life?

clipping couponsCouponing has become a way of life for many, like those of us who are looking for ways to save money for our families and maybe share our deals with others.  Many more people are getting into the swing of things thanks to TLC’s new “reality” show, Extreme Couponing.

Whenever I mention to anyone that I use coupons and get things for free or close to it, they immediately ask, “Oh, like that couponing show on TV?”  I tell them, sort of. The concept of pairing up coupons with sales to get great deals is where the similarities end.  I don’t have a storage shed outside my house with 70 jars of sauce and 100 bottles of shampoo.  Nor do I have 65 rolls of toilet paper stuffed under my kid’s beds. 

In my case, I buy a few extra of certain items if they are on sale or free. If I have more than my family will use in a couple months, I share with family, friends or donate to local charity. For those folks who do have a huge stockpile of items? That’s ok for them. For me, not so much. One reason being, I simply don’t have the space to house that much stuff. I have a cabinet in my basement that I use to keep any surplus non-food items. A second reason I limit my stockpile is that I don’t want to become a hoarder. When I first started out doing serious couponing, I found that it could easily have become an addiction and a hoarding problem. I reigned things in a bit and realized it was OK if I missed a great deal or a sale. I knew another one would be around next week.

Couponing can be a fun and smart way to save money and get great deals. But my advice is simple: All things in moderation.

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If you want to get started saving money with coupons, check out my Top 10 Tips for Couponing.

*HOT DEAL* Entertainment 2011 Books as low as $4.00 for a Limited Time Only

Here is a *HOT* deal just in time to save you money this summer!

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  • Right now you can Buy One Entertainment 2011 Book ($19.99) and Get One FREE! These are filled with coupons and discounts to your favorite local restaurants, entertainment venues, adventure activities, travel and more!

  • To make this deal even better, Ebates is offering at whopping 35% cash back on your purchase thru Memorial Day Weekend.

  • After all is said and done, it’s like getting 2 Entertainment 2011 Books for only $6.50 each.

  • And if you are new to Ebates you’ll save even more. When you sign up, you will automatically get a $5 credit to your Ebates account. It’s like getting them for only $4.00 each!

Buy one for you and get one for a friend or family member. Makes a great gift for the Grad or for Dad.

*How does Ebates work? Go here to find out all about it.

Rite Aid Coupon Policy Change….

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Fellow blogger, over at For the Mommas is reporting that Rite Aid has changed their coupon policy. Two big changes are:

  • No longer accepting B1G1 Free coupon with a B1G1 Free sales
  • Limit of 4 like coupons per transaction


The limit restrictions won’t effect me much, but the B1G1 could be a bummer.  What do you think? Will this effect your Rite Aid shopping habits?

Go here to see the updated coupon policy. Print this out for your files and to take to the store in case any issues should arise.

Regal Cinemas Coupon: $2 Zap Pack

Going to the movies this weekend? Be sure to print this week’s Regal Cinema Concession Coupon.

  $2.00 Zap Pack (the kids love these!)


Valid only 5/27 –5/29.

Check out Regal Cinemas Weekly Coupon every week. They are available to print only from Tuesday at 6pm PST to Friday at 6pm PST.

O, Oprah Magazine just $9.00!

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We said Good Bye to The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, but you can still get your fix of Oprah either on her new network, OWN or by subscribing to O, The Oprah Magazine (1-year auto-renewal)for just $9.00 per year for a limited time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

*Valuable* Nexcare Coupons by 3M

NexCare: Multiple Printable Coupons 
  • $1.00 off of Nexcare Reusable Hot/Cold Therapy
  • $1.00 off of Nexcare Tegaderm Transparent Dressing
  • $1.50 off of Nexcare Coldsore Treatment
  • $.55 off of Nexare First Aid Tape

FREE David Cook Music Video on iTunes

Get a FREE Video by David Cook (from American Idol fame) entitled, The Last GoodBye from iTunes.

Want more David Cook? You can buy this video,

Come Back to Me for just $1.99.

$10 off of $50 at Staples

Use this printable coupon to save $10 off of your $50 purchase or more at Staples.


Valid thru 5/28/11

Certain exclusions apply.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

$9.99 Polo Shirts for Dad at Kohl’s

Father’s Day is getting nearer. 

Here is a gift idea for Dad from Kohl’s on sale now.

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Men's Polo Shirts for only $9.99  or   Big Men's Polo Shirts only $12.99

Choose from a wide variety of colors.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Benjamin Moore: FREE Paint Samples

Get FREE Paint Samples from Benjamin Moore when you LIKE them on Facebook.

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Go the the sidebar and select Arborcoat Coupon and/or Pint Sample Coupon. Redeem locally. Find a Benjamin Moore retailer near you.

While you are there, check out Many Money Savers on Facebook as well!

New Printable Coupons Available

Check out these new coupons available from Coupons.com.


$2.00 off On Any ICAPS Product
$1.00 off Ester-C The Better Vitamin C™ Product
$5.00 off Your $25.00 Order at Vistaprint
$2.00 off on any Slo-Niacin
$1.00 off ANY Campho-Phenique Product
$3.00 off Any Prevacid24HR Product
$3.00 off on any Senokot Tablets
$3.00 off Colace Capsules or Peri-Colace tablets
Up To 75% Off On Prescription Medication
Up To 75% Off On Prescription Medication
$2.00 off on any Triple Cream
$2.00 off any NASALCROM allergy product
$1.00 off any 2 Comet Bathroom Spray or Cream
$100 Visa Gift Card for Joining ADT
$2.00 off renu fresh™ or renu sensitive™
$0.30 off 4 oz. or larger HARIBO product
$1.00 off on any Triple Paste
$5.00 off any Tag™ Junior book pal
Free Portrait Package & 50% OFF
$0.50 off any ONE (1) Windex, Pledge
50% off Eyeglasses at JCPenney Optical
$4.00 off Non-Drowsy Claritin Allergy Product
FREE Collage & EXTRA 20% OFF your entire purchase
$2.00 off any one (1) LamisilAT product
$1.00 off on any Mitchum PowerGel Deodorant
$1.00 off HP ColorLok Paper
$3.00 off Windex Outdoor Glass Cleaning Tool
$1.00 off Dr. Scholl's CCB, Padding, Fungal Nail
$1.00 off 2 Any Spic and Span Product
$2.00 off on any L'Oreal Healthy Look Hair Color

Cheap BenGay at Rite Aid


Rite Aid has an in-ad coupon for $2 off of BenGay. Pair it up with this printable coupon or this one for $3.00 off to snag a great deal on this item.  The regular retail price varies from about $5.49 - $6.49.  If you are a wellness member you should be able to get an additional 10% off as well.



My Old Navy Trip: What?


I made a trip to Old Navy this weekend to do some summer clothes shopping for my kids. When we arrived there was a Spinning Wheel there that the associates were manning.  You spin the wheel and win a prize: Candy, a Tote, a $5 off of $30 coupon, a $10 off of $50 coupon or a $15 off of $75 coupon.  Everyone could spin, kids included. There was a line of people waiting to take there turn.

The wheel was placed near checkout but most were going to the wheel before checkout and then doing or continuing their shopping. I spun and I received a coupon for $15 off of $75. Yippe!  My daughter got the $5 off $35. I looked at the coupon and saw that it was good until 6/4/11. Great, I thought, We can use one later.

Figuring we would spend close to the $75, we made sure we did so we could save the $15. We gathered up all our purchases and went to check out. I handed the coupon to the cashier. “Oh, I am sorry, that coupon isn’t valid until next week.”

What??? I looked at the coupon once again and sure enough it wasn’t valid until 5/28.  I was a little unhappy to say the least. The fact that they made a point to hand out the coupons and not inform customers that they were not valid today. I am sure that I wasn’t the only person who may have spent a little more than planned in order to use the coupon.

Granted, I should have looked a little closer at the coupon, but c’mon now.  I felt a bit like I had been scammed. What do you think?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

CVS Weekly Deals 5/22–5/28

Thanks to Couponing4for.net for this week’s CVS deals


Revlon Nail $4.99 (Limit 6)
Get $4 ECB
Use $2 Color Cosmetic from 5/8 SS or $1 from 4/10 SS
Final Price: $1 Moneymaker!

Trident Vitality or Stride Spark $.99 (Limit 1)
Get $.99 ECB
Use $1/3 from 5/15 SS or $1/2 from 4/3 SS
Final Price: 2 Free! (with $1/2 coupon)

Colgate MaxClean, MaxFresh, MaxWhite Toothpaste or 360 Toothbrush $2.77 (Limit 2)
Get $1 ECB
Use $1 Toothpaste from May All You
Use $1 Toothbrush from May or April All You
Final Price: $.77

Irish Spring or Softsoap Body Wash or Deodorant 2/$7 (Limit 1)
Get $5 ECB wyb 2
Final price: 2/$2 ($1 each)

CVS Jumbo Pk Diapers or Training Pants $6.99 (Limit 1)
Get $2 ECB
Final Price: $4.99

Dove or Degree Deodorant 2/$5
Use B1G1 Degree from 5/22 RP
Use Dove coupons from 5/22 RP?
Final Price: 2/$2.50 Degree ($1.25 each)

Listerine or Reach Toothbrush 2 pk or Reach Floss $3.69 (Limit 2)
Get $1 ECB
Use $1 Listerine Zero or Total Care from 1/9 SS, 2/27 SS or 4/17 SS
Use $.50 any Listerine from 1/9 SS, 2/27 SS or 4/17 SS
Use $1 Reach Toothbrush or Floss from 1/9 SS or 4/17 SS
Use $2 Reach Toothbrush 2 pk from 5/8 SS
Use $1.50/2 Listerine and/or Reach Toothbrush and/or Floss from 1/9 SS or $2.50/2 from 4/17 SS
Final Price: $.69 Toothbrush, $1.69 Listerine or Floss

For all the CVS deals go here.

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Sign up for a FREE 1 year subsctiption to Suze Orman’s Money Navigator Newsletter when you go here and use this Gift Code: WENDY.


Olive Garde: $4 off Coupon

Save $4 off two dinner entrées at Olive Garden when you use this printable coupon.

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Find a location near you.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sunday Coupon Preview 5/22/11

Thanks to Sunday Coupon Preview for the heads up on the coupon inserts this week.

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It looks like we will be getting 3 coupon inserts this week, Smart Source, Red Plum & Unilver.

Remember, coupons vary by region not everyone will get all of these. Coupons and their values may differ.


#1  Smart Source 5/22

Save $4 wyb any (2) Advil, Advil PM or Thermacare (7/31)
Advil Save $1/1 any 40ct or larger (7/31)
Advil PM Save $1/1 any 16ct or larger (7/31)
Betty Crocker Save $0.75/2 any supermoist cake mix and ready to spread frosting (any flavors/varieties) (7/16)
Betty Crocker Save $0.50/2 any flavor/variety fruit shapes, fruit by the foot, fruit gushers, or fruit roll-ups fruit flavored snacks (7/16)
Breakstone’s Save $0.75/3 cottage doubles (6/30)
Breakstone’s Save $1/1 any 4pk of cottage cheese (6/30)
Bob Evans Save $0.35/1 any refrigerated side dish (7/3)
Bob Evans Save $0.35/1 any sausage item (7/3)
Calgon Save $1/1 any bath & body products – excludes 2oz trial sizes (8/22)
Chock Full O’ Nuts Save $0.75/1 any package (7/15)
Curad Save $0.50/1 any product (8/31)
Edge or Skintimate Save $0.55/1 any gel product excludes 2.75 cans (6/30)
Energizer Save $1/1 any batteries or flashlight (6/30)
Fiber One Save $0.50/2 any boxes, any flavor chewy bars or 90 calorie chewy bars (7/16)
General Mills Cereals Save $1/3 any boxes (many listed) (7/2)
Glade Save $1/1 any fabric & air odor eliminator product (7/2)
Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper or Chicken Helper Save $0.75/3 any flavor home cooked skillet meals (7/16)
Heinz 57 Sauce Save $1/1 any 10oz or larger (8/22)
Jergens Save $2/1 any natural glow moisturizer (excluding 2fl oz moisturizer) (7/30)

Rite Aid Deals Week of 5/22-5/28

Thanks to Beautiful Frugal Life for this week’s Rite Aid Deals. Below are a few of my favorites.

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New to Rite Aid? Check out Rite Aid 101 to learn how to save the most.


Carefree pantiliners 18-22 ct $1
- $1/1 (5-8 SS)

Febreze Noticeables warmer $2.50
- $1/1 (Home Made Simple coupon booklet)
Submit for full mail-in rebate
FREE + $1 moneymaker!

Colgate toothpaste 6.4 oz
Colgate Plus manual toothbrush
Colgate Wisp 2-ct $1
Buy 5
- (5) .35/1 Colgate toothbrush (5-1 SS, regional) OR
- (5) .75/1 any Colgate toothpaste 4 oz or larger (5-1 SS, regional)*
Receive $1 +UP Reward
As low as 5 cents each after reward!
* Our area didn’t receive this coupon, so I’m not sure if there are any exclusions

Alaway eye itch relief 10mL BOGO (reg price $12.99, based on online price)
Buy 2
- (2) $4/1
printable or (5-15 SS) or (All You, March 2011)
$2.50 each!
* Qualifies for “Spend $25, get $5 Allergy +UP Reward”

Speed Stick antiperspirant/deodorant 2/$5
Buy 2
- (2) .50/1 Speed Stick Stainguard
printable or (5-1 SS, regional)
Receive $1 +UP Reward
$1.50 each after reward!

Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap kit $7.99
- $3/1
Stack with $1/1 Video Values coupon (April)
Receive $2 +UP Reward (limit 4)
$1.99 after reward!

Suave lotion 18 oz $2.50
- BOGO Suave body lotion (5-22 RP, will deduct $2.50)
50 cents after reward!

Vaseline Intensive Care lotion 10 oz $2.50/$1.75
- $1/1 (5-22 RP)
75 cents after reward!

Suave Professional shampoo or conditioner 14.5 oz $2.50/$1.75
- .50/2 (5-22 RP)
$1.50 after reward!

Dixie plates BOGO (reg price $3.99)
Buy 2
- $1/2 Dixie or Dixie Ultra plates (Albertsons Summertime coupon booklet)
Stack with $2/2 Dixie Ultra 9-inch Video Values coupon (April)
49 cents each!

Vanity Fair cups, plates and bowls BOGO (reg price $3.99)
Buy 2
- (2) .55/1 (various magazines: Redbook, BH&G, Taste of Home)
$1.45 each!

For even more Rite Aid deals, go here.

More Money Saving Tips & Frugal Living Ideas

Looking for some new  ways to save money? Check out the following tips below, compliments of The Dollar Stretcher.

Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit TheDollarStretcher.com to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.


Cheap "Shade Cloths"

Buy old sheer curtains at garage sales for "shade cloths." I use mine to cover my blackberries. At the end of the season, I wash, dry, and put away for next year.

Neater Bird Feeders

We always bake birdseed in the oven on low for an hour or two before feeding the birds. This prevents sprouting completely and does not affect the nutritional value or the edibility of the seed. Prior to learning this trick, we had some awful surprises in the flower garden underneath the bird feeder!

Lettuce Saver

To keep lettuce fresher in the bag, I take it out, wash it, let it drain, place a folded paper towel in the bottom of a zipper bag, and then place the torn lettuce on top of the paper towel. It stays fresher longer.
Pamela H.

Prom Dresses

I have to comment about frugal proms. I cannot tell you the amount of prom dresses that go on sale for 99 cents at thrift stores. A few are actually new with the tags still on them. And you know that nobody knows that they came from a thrift shop. So check those sales! You'll be glad you did.

Junk Drawer Clutter?

This is an easy way to clean out your junk drawer. Dump everything into a plastic bag. Clean out the drawer. When you need something out of the plastic bag, take it out of the bag and put it back into the drawer. After a few weeks, you will see what things you should keep in there. Anything left in the bag needs to be put somewhere else.

Grandma's College Fund

Having just arrived at the new stage of life known as "Grandparenthood," I wanted to begin college savings accounts for my grandchildren. However, I don't have access to a lot of extra cash, so I was not quite sure how I would accomplish this goal. I hit upon the idea of a jar or piggy bank for each baby on my dresser. As we have extra coins, we toss them in the piggy banks. When they are full, I will empty them and go to the bank to start college savings accounts for each baby. It's a relatively painless way to save for the future.
Carol I. in Horton, MI

Less Expensive "Face Wash"

Finding myself stuck in the shower without my face wash, I decided to try my daughter's baby shampoo as a quick alternative. To my surprise, it worked wonderfully. Not only did it remove my make-up, but also being tear-free, it gently removed my eye make-up. It left my face soft and thoroughly cleansed. Some baby shampoos even contain a light conditioner, which works great to moisturize extra dry skin. At under $3 a bottle, it's quite a savings over high priced facial cleansers. And I'm sure my daughter doesn't mind sharing her shampoo with mommy!
Jennifer G.

Before You Put Your Boots Away

I have had a lot of luck caring for boots by carefully brushing dirt from the area where the sole meets the upper and then applying leather cream generously. I then stuff the toes with crumbled newsprint. I recently read that a great way to store winter socks is to jam them into the toes of boots/winter shoes. The boots or shoes keep their shape, and you don't need another place to store the socks. If the calves of the boots are long enough to need support, I roll a piece of cardboard to the shape needed and insert it into the leg of the boot. Store them lying down; if you put the soles on the floor, wrinkles can develop in the leg/ankle of the boots as gravity pulls the leather down.

Little Coupon Clippers

To help our kids earn an "allowance" and learn the value of money at the same time, we encourage them to cut out food coupons from the paper on Sunday that we can use when we grocery shop. Any savings we receive is their "allowance." It encourages them to be wise about purchases and helps relieve us of coming up with regular allowance every week.
Wendy in Rochester, NY

Clothes Dryer Efficiency

I recently did something I should have done a long time ago. I removed and cleaned the lint trap holder in my dryer. What a shock and revelation! It was full of lint compacted over years of use. This also enabled me to reach inside the dryer and clean out the lint area more thoroughly. The dryer is working much better. I've always been careful about removing the lint filter as well as the outlet, but never realized that the actual lint filter holder could have trapped as much lint.

Also, my air conditioner is near my outdoor lint outlet, and the repairman told me that lint accumulates there and should be removed frequently for both safety and to save money. I not only clean out the outlet, but also the coils in the A/C. I've noticed a difference in my electricity bills.

Financial Questions for Kids

Kids got the gimmies? When my kids get the gimmies, I ask them to name three to five things that they have that they are thankful to have. This shifts their attention to what they have instead of what they don't have. This can also keep younger children's attention off a thrilling commercial until it (and the urges) pass.

If the gimmies are still bad, I ask my children to name something we bought that turned out to be much less fun or yummy than what the commercial said. Are commercials always true? This can put the commercial into context of a promotion, not necessarily reality.

If they still want it, I tell them to add it to a birthday/Christmas wish list or for their "savings" jar to get at the next store. Asking these questions first helps slow down the gimmies, and thus the spending on kids "gotta gets."

FREE Roast Beef Sandwich from Arby’s

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Get a FREE Roast Beef Sandwich from Arby’s (with drink purchase) when you sign up for Arby’s Extras. When you join, you will receive special offers and deals.