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Friday freebies and giveaway 3-5!

Posted March 5, 2010

Hurray for Friday, hurray for freebies and hurray for another giveaway! This month’s giveaway includes the following goodies:

  • 2 tickets to the Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half workshop (and food drive) I am teaching at WRAL on April 10 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. The workshop sold out in a few days, but I have a couple extra tickets to offer to the winner of this week’s giveaway.
  • 1 coupon for a free smoothie at Smoothie King from yesterday’s Groupon deal. These things look so good!
  • An assortment of manufacturer’s coupons for tons of different products

To enter: leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post telling us one of the ways that you save money on utilities. Feel free to include any ideas about saving money on heating and cooling, electricity, water, cable/satellite, Internet, phone, etc. The article I posted yesterday on the blog was about 50 ways to save on utilities all around the house and I would love to hear what you do to save.

I will draw the winning entry from those who post on Tuesday morning, March 9 at 10:00 am and post the winner shortly after 10:00 am.

Now…on to our freebies!

Coupon for free Yoplait YoPlus yogurt when you sign up for Betty Crocker e-mail newsletter (for new subscribers to the newsletter) Get the coupon HERE

Free biscuit and sausage gravy at Waffle House with printable coupon (expires 3/15) Get the coupon HERE

Free appetizer at Ruby Tuesday’s with a $10 purchase when you sign up on Facebook (thanks Southern Savers!) Get the coupon HERE

Free sample of Nescafe Taster’s Choice when you sign up with them on Facebook Get the sample HERE

Target freebies using sales and coupons:

Kids Band-Aids
Price: Approx $1.85
Store coupon: $1 Target printable coupon
Manufacturer’s coupon: $1.00/1 from 1/3 inserts
Total after both coupons = FREE!

Kid’s Crest Toothpaste
Price: Approx. $1.95
Store coupon: $1 Target printable coupon
MQ: $1/1 Crest coupon from 2/7
Total after both coupons = FREE!
(thanks to couponing101 for this deal!)

Click HERE for Target printable coupons

Upromise – Free college savings! Manufacturer’s and retailers will donate a percentage of the sale of their products into money market account when you buy their products. Just link your store and/or credit cards to start saving. I plan to use our Upromise money to pay for books for the girls’ first year of college. Get the coupon HERE

$1.00 printable coupon for Morningstar veggie lasagne and sweet and sour chicken Get the coupon HERE

Pace Picante Instant Win Contest – I didn’t win the free jar of picante sauce today but I did find a yummy looking recipe for chicken enchiladas that I will probably make next week with the $1.97/lb chicken I bought yesterday at Lowe’s Foods! Enter to win HERE

See the enchilada recipe HERE

$15 mail in rebate and $5 coupon for Neutrogena Clinical Anti Aging face stuff Get the coupon HERE

Free sample of Beneful IncrediBites Get the sample HERE



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 9, 2010

    So glad you liked the enchiladas! They are a great recipe to batch cook and freeze as well.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 9, 2010

    And the winner of the giveaway is....... carolinejosh!
    Congrats! I'll send you an e-mail so I can get your addy.

    Thanks to everyone for your fabulous ideas. Even the little savings add up!

  • j3434 Mar 9, 2010

    Tried the Pace Picante Sauce enchiladas last night with some corn and a simple salad with ranch dressing. YUM!!! Even my 7-year-old who can't stand chicken devoured it. Thanks, Faye! Good to meet you in person finally Saturday!

  • jjlbrown Mar 8, 2010

    We FINALLY got a programmable thermostat, use our fireplace, haven't had cable-ever (and after the digital conversion we have plenty of channel options), and in "tighter" times we have cancelled garbage service and taken our trash to the landfill ourselves (may be doing that again if the rates keep going up!)

  • barbiedoll1967 Mar 8, 2010

    We lower our temperature inside our house to around 68 during the winter. Also we leave the heat and air off for the upstairs of our home. I unglug everything that is not needed during the daytime while we are at work and I think we have saved a tremendous amount just by doing this. Also we bought our house 4 years ago and the windows were old and did not have thermal panes in them so we replaced all of the windows about a year and a half ago and I have seen a tremendous savings by doing this. We also made sure that our house was well insulated and added insulation under our house for the flooring. This has also helped alot. We also turn off the water to the outside and unplug all garden hoses during the winter months.

  • kol78 Mar 8, 2010

    We cut the thermostat back when we are not home. Run the dish washer to clean dishes and let them air dry after clean. In the shower get wet and cut the water off to soap up.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 7, 2010

    Fantastic ideas everyone! Thank you all for sharing!

    K - so sorry to hear about your job loss. It is nice to hear that the phone co. was willing to work with you. Thanks for the kind words about the blog, as well!

    Snakebite - you win the cold house award! Congratulations....I think. :-) Did you really get bitten by a snake? yikes! We watched an animal planet episode the other night about a guy who was bitten by a black mamba. He survived, but it wasn't pretty for a couple days.

  • KJewel Mar 7, 2010

    I wanted to let all of the unemployed people out there know that sometimes you do get a break! I called my land line phone company to disconnect my service and they went above and beyond my expectations by the time I had gotten off of the phone. They cut my existing phone bill in half which was a little over $100.00 to start,waived the $30.00 fee to suspend service and keep my phone number reserved for me till I get a job,and will charge $10 a month to keep my service on hold. They also did a recording that will forward my land line callers to dial my cell phone. It's nice to know that you can count on help when you really need it! Faye, thanks for all of your great ideas! I brag about you regularly to my friends and had bought your book and binder inserts when I still had a job. Keep up the great work!!

  • lwright Mar 7, 2010

    During the winter months we turn the thermostat back when we leave every morning and turn it back up in the evening.
    Over vacations we turn off all computers, the ice maker, and the hot water heater.
    During the spring and summer months we hang clothes on the line outside to dry.
    Thanks for the Friday Freebies!!!
    P.S. I LOVE your blog!

  • Snakebite Survivor Mar 7, 2010

    Well, we've got you all beat in the thermostat department: we keep it at 61 all winter. Do we feel cold? Not a bit. It's all a matter of what you're used to. Just put on a sweater and wool socks and turn on the electric blanket at night. My partner is from Britain and he says that 58 is a typical temperature for houses there! We visit friends and find the heat is oppressive (and when we check their thermostat... it's 70!)