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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thrifty Tips for October 25, 2012



With Christmas coming, I thought now would be a good idea to cover website portals.  A website portal is basically a site that pays you back for shopping through their site.  If you plan to do any holiday shopping over the Christmas season, you should definitely consider going through a portal.  There are lots of different portals that will give you varied amounts of cash back when you  go through them to the site you are going to shop at.  Because there are so many,
it can be hard to find the one that is going to give you the best bang for your buck which is why you should totally check out  When you are planning to shop at a certain store, go to, enter the store in the search bar and it will show you the portal with the best deal.  If you aren't sure what store to shop at, I suggest checking out where you can look up items and find the stores that sell the.  Then head over to for your search. 

I love getting a good read for free.  These eBooks were free at the time of my posting.  Be sure to check the price when you order, because it can change.

Prodigal Nights by Lisa Buffaloe (AMAZON)

The Food Allergy Mama's Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats for the Whole Family by Kelly Rudnick (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE


I'm a member of the Tyndale Rewards program, where I earn points toward FREE books and Bibles, and you can as well. Join today using my code: evce-o9fx-tlx3-cgsz, you'll automatically get 25 points for signing up. Click here to join: (With full disclosure in mind, I want to be sure you know that if you sign up via my link with my code I will get 10 points and you will get 25 points.  You can sign up at the site without a code and get 10 points).


During the month of October, JCPenney is offering free haircuts to breast cancer survivors.  Call your local  JCP for details and an appointment.


FreeCCM has ten free song downloads including FFH's song "First Love."

New Release Tuesday members can download seven songs, and right now members can also enjoy a listen to Bebo Norman's new album "Lights of Distant Cities."


EdAlive is giving away 10,000 downloads of Ultimate Math Invaders ($49.95 value).

JCPenney is going to be blessing families with children in grades K through 6th with free hair cuts on Sundays in the month of November.  You have to have an appointment so be sure to contact them to make that appointment and get the details.


Sign up now for a free Winter issue of Garden Design magazine free from ValueMags.  When I signed up for this I also got the opportunity to get a year's free subscription to Working Mother magazine too as well as others (some paper some digital).


While supplies last, sign up for a free sample from Folgers coffee via Facebook in Traditional Blend or Vanilla Biscotti flavor.

While supplies last, sign up for a free sample of Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream.

While supplies last you can request four samples from Airborne.  You can get Airborne Plus Energy, Airborne Effervescence, Airborne Chewables, and Airborne Hot Soothing Mix.  Click through from this link on the Walmart site.  If you have already gone there, you can try their Facebook page for free samples.  :)

Also look into your chance to get a free sample of Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely dry lotion while supplies last. 

While supplies last you can request a free sample of Tri-Calm steroid free gel for skin discomfort from irritations and rashes.



Foster Farms Chicken Fresh USDA Grade A, Select Varieties Buy 1 & Get 1 of Equal or Lesser Value Free
Boneless Half Pork Loin $1.97 lb
Honeycrisp Apples $1.27 lb
Fry's Buns Select Varieties 8 ct 99 cents
Barilla Pasta Select Varieties 12-16 oz 99 cents 
Progresso Soup Select Varieties 2/ $3
Dole or Fresh Selections Premium Classics Salads Select Varieties 9-12 oz 99 cents
Farmer John Bacon Select Varieties 2/$6
Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc or Red Pears 99 cents lb
Green Onions, Radishes or Cilantro 2/$1


Whole Boneless Pork Loin Sold Whole in the BAg $1.88 lb
Rancher's Reserve Boneless Beef Bottom round Roast $2.99 lb
Red Delicious, Gala or Granny Smith Apples 77 cents lb
Campbell's Chunky Soup or Bowls  Select Varieties 2/$3
Hass Avocados 99 cents lb
Arm & HAmmer Laundry Detergent 60.5 to 75 oz Liquid or 24 ct Packs Select Varieties
Ball Park Beef Franks or Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage 13 to 16 oz Selected Varieties Buy 1 Get 1 Free


Lean Ground Beef 80% Lean 3 lbs or More $1.99 lb
Assorted Pork Chops Bone-in $1.27 lb
Dole Bananas 39 cents lb
Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.59 (limit 2)
Hebrew National Beef Franks 11-12 oz Buy 1 Get 1 Free
New Crop Texas Grapefruit 2lbs for $1
Fresh Garlic or Cilantro 3 for $1
Fresh Red, Green or Romaine Lettuce 99 cents each

MIX & MATCH BUY 8 SAVE $4 (Prices reflect discount when 8 participating items are purchased)
General Mills Cereal Select Varieties 12-12.3 oz $1.49
Gold Medal Flour 5 lbs Select Varieties $1.99
Jet-Puffed Marshmallows 10-10.5 oz 99 cents
Albertsons or Essential Everyday Apple Juice 64 oz Select Varieties $1.49 each
Totino's Party Pizza 9.8-10.9 oz 69 cents each
Kraft Handi-Snacks Pudding 4 pack 69 cents each

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thrifty Tips for October 18, 2012



With pumpkins for sale EVERYWHERE, you simply must take advantage of the healthy benefits of pumpkin seeds and make some of your own.  Also if you know anyone who will be doing lots of pumpkin carving (my youth group used to have a big pumpkin carving night), you might want to see if you can get your hands on the seeds.  Once you do, I've got a simple recipe for you.  Toasting pumpkin seeds is also a really nice family activity to do together.  I learned how to toast seeds before I knew how to cook much more than ramen noodles. 

1- Rinse clean two cups of pumpkin seeds (or whatever you have).  Leave on a brown paper bag to dry overnight. 

2- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (not necessary but clean up is a breeze).

3- Lightly drizzle pumpkin seeds with olive oil and then toss with sea salt (you can add more spices if you like).

4- Spread seeds onto lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes stirring the seeds occasionally (I stir about every 10 minutes.  Bake until lightly toasted. 

Simple right?  You can switch this up with a few other recipes I located like TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS WITH SUGAR AND SPICE, MARYLAND PUMPKIN SEEDS, and SPICED MAPLE PUMPKIN SEEDS

Oh and how can you cook that Brisket that is on sale at Fry's?  Try this recipe from the Pioneer Woman


Sends your kids off to school with a joke inside their lunch box.  320 Sycamore shares loads of printable jokes that you can cut up and slip into your child's lunch.  Don't forget a little note from you on the other side.  This link will take you to 320 Sycamore where you can download those notes.  You can also print up some free Bible Verse CardsJoke Cards, and Note Cards at Cap Creations.


Keep your tall boots looking good this season by keeping rolled up magazines in them.  This will keep them tall and not slumpy which will help them stay nice longer.

FREE EBOOK (This ebook was free at the time of my posting.  Always check the prices before you order your book).

Patchwork Dreams (The Amish of Seymore) by Laura Hilton (AMAZON) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM)


Get up to nine free music downloads at FreeCCM including "Love Your Neighbor" by Todd Agnew.


Sign up with the  Tyndale Rewards program for an opportunity to earn points towards Tyndale products like books and Bibles.  Just for signing up you get 10 points.  You also can earn points when you share your birthday with them (get a free download on your birthday), do reviews, sign up for newsletters, refer friends and more. Sign up with my referral here, and you get 25 points and I get 10 (full disclosure here).  No offense if you don't sign up under me.  I'd appreciate it, but this opportunity is too cool not to share either way.  Their featured product is the Chronological Life Application Study Bible NLT which can be redeemed for 250 points (I just signed up and already have 70 without a referral link).  It looks like their books are on average under 100 points.  

FREEBIES (These freebies were available at the time of my posting.  They can come and go.)

Watch the video at their Facebook page and get a free sample (while supplies last) of Green Mountain ground coffee or K Cups. You can also get free coupons.

While supplies last sign up for a free sample of Cepacol Sensations lozenges.  They have a couple of new flavors that could take the edge off of that sore throat. 

Mrs Dash is giving away samples daily on their Facebook page until 11/29/2012 or their sample supplies run out.  Check back daily after 12 pm EST to get your sample. 


Red Seedless Grapes 88 cents lb
Red or Yellow Bell Peppers 88 cents each
Bartlett Pears 88 cents lb
Coffee-Mate Coffee  Creamer Refrigerated Select Varieties 32 oz $2.99
Banquet Meals Select Varieties 5-10.25 oz 88 cents
Fry's Milk Whole, 2% Reduced Fat, 1% Lowfat or Nonfat, Gallon Limit 2 $1.67 (limit 2)
Kroger Frozen Turkey Grade A 10-20 lb Average 79 cents lb (limit 1 turkey per transaction & $25 additional food purchase while supplies last).
Kroger Boneless chicken Breasts or Tenderloins $1.88 lb (limit 4)
Large Pomegranates $1.98 each (love these!)
USDA Choice Boneless Beef Brisket Sold Whole in the Bag $2.29 lb (limit 2)

Cross Rib or Bottom Round Roast or Pork Loin  Roast Buy 1 Get 1 Free Of Equal or Lesser Value
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Fresh $1.67 lb
Pork Sirloin Chops or roast $1.67 lb
Whole Body Chicken 67 cents lb (limit 3)
Hunt's Ketchup 24 oz 10/$10 (love these there is no corn syrup!)
Albertsons Large Eggs 12 ct Grade AA 99 cents (limit 2)
Yoplait Yogurt 4-6 oz Select Varieties 3 for $1 (limit 12)
Blue Bell Ice Cream 64 oz $3.99
Russet Potatoes 10 lb Bag $1.77
Coke 12 pk, 12 oz Select Varieties 4 for $10 when you buy 4 (limit one reward per transaction)

Fresh 80% Lean Ground  Beef $1.99 lb
Rancher's Reserve Boneless Beef Top Round London Broil Steak $2.29 lb
Pristine Seedless Grapes $1.28 lb
Sweet Yellow Onions or Russet Potatoes 99 cents lb
Avocados 99 cents each

The Sales Flyer also has some great coupons including:
Heinz Mayonnaise 30 oz $1.99 (limit 2)
Starbucks Frappuccino or Doubleshot 4 pack, 9.5 oz Frappuccino or 6.5 oz Double shot $3.99
(limit 4)
Safeway Crunchy Butterfly Shrimp 28 oz Value Pack Frozen $5.99 each
Precious String Cheese 12 oz $3.99 (can be used to make mozzarella sticks) (limit 4)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thrifty Tips For October 11, 2012


Recently I stumbled on a super cool tip, making dipping caramel out of sweetened condensed milk.  Here's what you do.  Take a can of sweetened condensed milk (remove the label) and put in a large pot of water completely covering the can.  Bring the water to a boil and let boil for 3 to 3.5 hours continually keeping the cans fully covered (I keep another pan of water on hand and boil it up to keep adding to the larger pot).  Let the cans cool over night.  When you are ready to enjoy, open up the can and stir the mixture up well.  I like to buy the kind with a pull top because they are easier to open.  You can keep these cans in the fridge for months and even label them all cute for gift baskets. PS - I have also read that you can do this in a crock pot if you foil the pot on the inside first, again cover the cans with water and let it cook for at least six hours to overnight on low.  I haven't tried that...YET.  :)

Do you dream of being the next cupcake diva or what's a guy diva?  Devo?  Get a head start by taking this FREE online class and learn to make buttercream, a total cupcake staple, from a Food Network star!

Through the month of October you have a chance to get a free sample of Cream of Wheat Instant Hot Cereal in Chocolate!  This offer goes fast, but it starts daily via Facebook at about 8 am EST. 

While supplies last, sign up for free samples of Bragg Sprinkle & Sea Kelp Delight seasonings, and Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast as well as information on Bragg products.  I haven't tried the seasonings yet, but I have used Bragg liquid aminos, and they are awesome!

(Keep in mind that these ebooks were free at the time of this posting.  Always check to make sure it is still free before downloading.)

The Sister Circle (The Sister Circle Series #1) by Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser (AMAZON)

The Hour That Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal by Stephanie Allen, Les and Leslie Parrot, and Tina Kuna (AMAZON) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (BARNES & NOBLE)


FreeCCM has eight free downloads including Chris Rice's "Great Is They Faithfulness." has two free downloads this week including Brandon Heath's song "The Harvester" from his new CD "Blue Mountain."

$2 Free dollars in Amazon MP3 credit.  Follow this link to Amazon and post what your best care package item would be for a student care package, share that choice on Facebook with the share and claim button, and you will get the free MP3 credit.  I don't know how long the credit lasts so I'd pick something fairly soon.



Sweet White or Yellow Corn 8/$2.00
Progresso Traditional or Rich & Hearty Soup 18.5 to 19 oz Selected varieties 4/$5
Honeycrisp Apples $1.48 lb
Hass Avocados 99 cents each
Primo Taglio Black Forest Ham, Chicken Breast or Pepper Jack Cheese $5.99 lb (deli)
Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies or Baked Naturals 5-8.5 oz Selected Varieties $1.99
Bush Best Variety Beans 15-16 oz Select Varieties 5/$5


Sanderson Farms Tray Pack Chicken  Breast Boneless, Skinless Buy 1 get 2 Free (retail $4.99 lb - so a fraction over $1.66 lb)
Pork St. Louis Style Spareribs Buy 1 get 2 Free (retail $6.99 lb - roughly $2.33 lb)
Super Lean Ground Beef 93% Lean 3 lbs or more $2.77 lb
Large  Size Cantaloupe Arizona or California 99 cents each
Red, Yellow, or Orange  Bell Peppers 99 cents each
Bar S Meat Bologna 12 oz 10 for $10
Kraft Handi-Snacks Pudding 4 pack 2/$1.00
Coffee-mate Creamer 16 oz 2 for $3.00
Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals, Albertsons or Essential Everyday Apple Juice 64 oz Select Varieties $1.49 (limit 2)
Jennie-O Deli Style Turkey Breast or USA Gold Virginia Ham in the deli $3.99 lb


Entire Selection of Fresh Pork Buy One Get One of Equal or Lesser Value of Like Item Free
USDA Choice Boneless Chuck Roast Buy One, Gert One Free
Foster Farms Whole Chicken Fresh USDA Grade A Buy One Get One Free
Strawberries, Raspberries or Blackberries 6-16 oz Buy One Get One Free
Crest Toothpaste Select Varieties 4.2 oz or Oral-B Cavity Defense Toothbrush 1 ct 10 for $10
Broccoli or Cauliflower 99 cents lb
Organic Bartlett Pears 99 cents lb
Lean Cuisine 6-12 oz or Stouffer's Entrees 6-20 oz Select Varieties$2 each when you buy 6 or more