Here are my favorite articles for the week:
Stop Feeling Sorry for me, I’m Frugal Not Broke by Frugal Dad
Santa’s Cutting Back from Frugal in Virginia
minimalizing my electric bill / annoying my wife. Absolutely hilarious and eye opening!
Starting tonight at 11:30 EST through their facebook page, Herbal Essences will be giving away 18,750 free bottles of Herbal Essences for the next 5 days. That’s a total of 75,000 free bottles of shampoo!
If the facebook link won’t work (having some issues) you can get the link through their website.
Also, if you aren’t a friend of A Frugal Chick on facebook, please click on the link on the right hand side and join me! Every time there is a new post I will send out a status update so you can check it out if you like!
I have seen information on Upromise for a long time on blogs but have never gotten around to checking it out until yesterday. After looking over their website and seeing testimonials on-line, I think this has got to be the easiest way to save some money for future education, whether it be for you or someone else. Also, if you have a current Sallie Mae loan from past education, the money saved can be used to help pay down that balance.
There are two ways to earn money on Upromise once you register.
1- Register your frequent user cards. Most people have a frequent user card for their grocery store and drug store. There are thousands of products that will give you a percentage back if you purchase them using the registered card (all you have to do is use your card for great sales the same way you do now). Once the card is registered it automatically checks for that item. As long as your frequent user card is current this money will always be saved.
2- Upromise e-coupons. Every month upromise loads coupons onto their web site. You then log into your account and select the coupons you would like to load onto your card. Let’s say you get the $1.50 off Huggies coupon. When you go to the store and buy Huggies, $1.50 goes into your Upromise account, even if you are already using coupons in the store.
Here are the coupons that were added for this month:
$0.45/1 Little Debbie 100 Calorie Cakes
$0.50/1 Bounty Napkins
$0.50/1 King Arthur Flour Unbleached Cake Flour
$0.50/1 New York Brand Frozen Product
$0.50/1 Snyder’s of Hanover Sourdough Hard Pretzels
$0.50/1 Spray ‘n Wash
$0.50/1 Spray ‘n Wash Bright & White
$0.50/1 Wacky Mac & Cheese Dinner
$0.50/1 Wacky Mac Multi-Shaped and Multi-Colored Pasta
$0.55/1 Fisher Fusions Snack Mixes
$0.55/1 Sun Belt Hearty Grain Cookies
$0.75/1 Glass Plus
$0.75/1 Little Debbie Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
$0.75/1 No Yolks Egg White Pasta
$1.25/1 Cabot Cheese Bars
$1.50/1 Chiquita Bites Multipack or Family Pack
$1.50/1 Huggies or Huggies Supreme Diapers
$1.50/1 K-Cup Pack OR Bagged Coffee
$1/1 Blue Bunny Aspen Frozen Yogurt Granola Bars
$1/1 Blue Bunny Sedona Frozen Yogurt Granola Sandwiches
$1/1 Bounty Paper Towels
$1/1 Charmin Fresh Mates
$1/1 Charmin MegaRoll
$1/1 Charmin Plus Lotion
$1/1 Chiquita Bites Singles
$1/1 Everyday Fun Size Nestle Chocolate Items
$1/1 Gold Bond Baby Powder
$1/1 Gold Bond Lotion
$1/1 Gold Bond Medicated Powder
$1/1 Gold Bond Ultimate Powder
$1/1 Krunchers! Kettle Style Potato Chips
$1/1 Krusteaz Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast with CoroWise
$1/1 Weight Watchers Frozen Novelty
$1/1 Weight Watchers Ice Cream Multipacks
$1/2 Instant Krazy Glue
$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest
$1/2 Wonka Laffy Taffy or Wonka Nerds Grape/Strawberry
$2/1 4-Blade BIC Soleil System or Soleil Shimmer System Handle or Cartridge Refill
$2/1 Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion
$2/1 Gold Bond Pain Relieving Foot Cream
$2/1 Gold Bond Ultimate Soothin Lotion
$3/2 BIC Comfort 3 Men’s or Women’s Pivot
$5/2 Similac Infant Formula
I could write about all of this for a while, but I challenge you to take a few minutes and log onto their website and look around. If you are trying to save for an education imagine what could happen if a whole family came together and registered their cards to help send someone to school!
This week I received coupons in the mail from Bolthouse so I will be forwarding them to Tamra in Florida because she was the one who asked me to e-mail them. So if you like Bolthouse you may want to drop them a line!
I was having some difficulties with my web host last night so I wasn’t able to get the grocery deals up for this morning. As soon as I can get them together I will post them!
Visit the L’Oreal Paris web site to get free samples of L’Oreal RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair and L’Oreal EverPure. To get to the samples, click on “Special Offers & Savings” on the bottom left-hand corner. You should receive it in 8-10 weeks (just long enough to forget so it’s a surprise!).
You’ll also find several great printable coupons, including $2/1 any L’Oreal hair color product, $2/1 L’Oreal cleanser and $3/1 L’Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler Day SPF 15 or Day/Night Cream. These products are frequently on sale, so you might be able to get some great deals!
Free sample of The Original Chai Tea Latte Mix from Oregon Chai. Click here to register.
Check out this post from Deal Seeking Mom on how to get a great discount on the Snow White DVD! Could make a great holiday present for someone!
Want a free Redbox movie tonight? Use the code QNGJ7KD and return it by 9 p.m. tomorrow and your movie is free! Don’t know about Redbox? Check out this great tutorial!
Get a free I Love Bacteria t-shirt from Culturelle.
Free sample of Always Infinity
It’s the first of the month so your cell phone bill is probably due in the next ten days or so. When was the last time you sat down and looked at it?
Friday night I had dinner with a good girlfriend I haven’t seen since I started this website. She mentioned that her one cell phone cost as much as her sister AND brother-in-laws combined. Since we were by the mall we ran inside to the store that services her phone and had a chat with the customer service rep. By the time we left, about ten minutes later, her cell phone bill had been cut in half with no change to her service or normal usage.
So I wanted to make a list of the things we checked, so you can check too!
1. How many minutes do you actually use? When my friend’s cell phone was set up, the representative gave her unlimited minutes- the most expensive program. By checking her usage history, the new representative was able to figure out a plan that would allow her to continue talking exactly like she does now, but cost drastically less.
2. How many text messages do you send? Just like her minutes, my friend had been “given” unlimited texting by her representative. She was able to switch to a smaller, cheaper plan and keep texting the same.
3. How much are you paying for internet access? The company my friend has her cell phone with has two identical internet plans. On one (the more expensive of the two) the customer service rep receives commission and on the other they don’t. Guess which one my friend had? Yep, so she switched to the less expensive one.
4. What do you do for a living? My friend is a teacher. And on her carrier, teachers get a 15% discount on their cell phone plans if they provide proof of employment. (I also get a discount on my cell phone for being a student.)
So 4 simple steps and we saved her 50% on her cell phone every month. In her case it will be over $700 a year.
So before you pay your bill this month, take a look at it. Or next time you are in the mall, just drop into the store and ask someone to review your account. You may be surprised how much you can save!
Rite Aid- $19.99 for Big Pack
Use the $5 off of $25 coupon
Use the $2 Huggies coupon
Plus it makes you eligible for the Rite Aid Fall Savings Program Gift Certificate
And if you purchase 5 packages between 9/27 and 12/26 you will receive a voucher for a free bag of Huggies.
Jumbos are $8.99 at CVS, Kroger and Walgreens.
Use this $2 Huggies coupon
Don’t forget the upcoming deal at Rite Aid on Pampers products!
Make sure if you purchase enough at Rite Aid you take this $5 off of $25 coupon!
Plus remember any money you spend at Rite Aid will count toward the Gift of Fall Savings!
Items using Single Check Rebates
Super Poligrip, $2.99
$2.99 Single Check Rebate (Limit 1 per household)
FREE after Single Check Rebate!
Scalpicin Medicated Wipes, $4.49
$4.49 after Single Check Rebate (Limit 1 per household)
FREE after Single Check Rebate!
Kotex Pads, 2 for $5
$1 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2 (Limit 1 per household)
$2/2 Kotex Pads in today’s Smart Source insert
Final Price: $1 each after coupon and Single Check Rebate
Campbell’s Chicken or Tomato Soup, 2/$1
$1/2 Campbell’s Cooking Soups coupon
2 cans FREE after coupon