Two Good Reads

Every once in a while I read an article that makes me want to give the writer a big high five.

Today there were two:

An 11-Year Olds First Budget

I Don’t Have Time To Be Frugal (I wish I could have written this- it is how I feel deep down inside)

Enjoy!

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Kohls: 20% off Entire Purchase

Today only (2/15) stop by Kohls.com to save 20% on your entire online purchase today.  Just use the code ONEDAY20OFF.

This discount is valid on sale, regular and even clearance-priced merchandise!  Some of their clearance is marked off as much as 80% and there is FREE shipping on all orders over $50!

I personally saw some boots I thought were pretty cute

Also be sure to check out Kohl’s rebate section.  Just type in the words “mail in rebate” in the search field and you can see everything that has mail in rebates.  Get your item 20% off and then apply for the rebate!  I just got my first Kohls rebate check in the mail this week!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Reader Shopping Trip: $1.78

This past Saturday (2/5) my co-teacher and I had the pleasure of teaching a coupon class at Melissa’s house in Virginia Beach.  She e-mailed me yesterday to show me how her first post-couponing class trip went (although she has been messing around with coupons for a bit).  I asked her if I could show you.

After all the store credit and coupon use, she received everything in the picture for $1.78 out of pocket!  Here is how she did it:

Rite Aid

Halls Cough Drops $1.00 each. Earn a $1UP! with purchase of 2. I had a $1 off (2) Halls coupon. OOP $1 Earn $1UP!

Betty Crocker Frosting and Cake Mix $2.00 each. Coupon for 75 cents off the purchase of both. Earn $4 in UP! with purchase of both. ($2UP! advertised, plus unadvertised $1UP! per item) OOP $3.25 Earn $4UP!

Mentos on sale for 50 cents. 50 cents off coupon. OOP $0

(2)Excedrin Menstrual 20 count on sale for $1.99. Each box had a $1 off coupon. OOP $1.98

Excedrin Extra Strength 20 count $1.99. Used $1.00 off coupon. OOP $.99

Excendrin PM 20 count $1.99. Had a $2.50 off MFR coupon. OOP -$.51

Old Spice Deodorant on sale $4 each. When you buy 2, you earn $3UP!. I had a BOGO FREE coupon. OOP $4.00 Earn $3UP!

Lysol Neutra Air Fabric Mist $2.50 each. Earn $1UP! when you buy 2. I bought two, and used (2) $1.00 off coupons. OOP $3 Earn $1UP!

(2) Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner $3.49 BOGO FREE, so $1.75 each. I also had a $2 off (2) Scrubbing Bubbles. OOP $1.49.

I cashed in my $15 in expiring UP! Rewards I previously earned.

Total OOP- $1.08 EARNED $9UP! Rewards

Walgreens

(3) rolls of Walgreens Aluminum Foil $.69 each when you use in-ad coupon OOP-$2.07

2 Gain dish soaps on sale $1.00 each. Used (2) $.25 off coupons OOP-$1.50

2 Febreze Fabric Refresher $4.71 each

2 Febreze Neutra Air $2.50 each

I had (2) BOGO FREE coupons. The way the coupons worked out is one free Fabric Refresher and one free Neutra Air. Plus, when spending $10, you earn $2 RR

Total OOP-$11.70 PLUS $2 Register Rewards

So her actual total spent in cash was $12.78. BUT she now has $11 in store credit to use on her next visit making her Out Of Pocket cost $1.78!

Thanks so much for sharing Melissa!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Advertisements

I advertise on my blog using Google Adsense, as well as a few other advertisers.  I have TONS of categories blocked including political and religious ads, as well as other things I consider inappropriate material.

Unknown to me it looks like an advertisement for a company called Quibids had made it onto my blog.  I have gone into my settings and tried blocking additional advertisements.  In addition I will be working with my computer guy tonight to make sure we can get rid of it.

I REALLY appreciate the people who e-mailed today to let me know.  Especially on Sundays I am usually at church until about 2 in the afternoon so the blog is running without my supervision.  PLEASE let me know if any inappropriate material pops up so I can get rid of it immediately!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Food Lion Coupon Policy

I have had many readers and coupon class attendees tell me that they have had a hard time using coupons at Food Lion.  And while Food Lion doesn’t double or triple coupons, occasionally they have good deals that make a stop by your local store worth it.  So I wanted to post their coupon policy for your reference:

They do not take expired or competitors coupons.

They do accept manufacturer’s coupons, internet coupons, and  catalina checkout coupons.

They do not give cash back.

You can not coupon stack and they will take a maximum of ten coupons for the same type of item.

They do not accept internet coupons that appear to be fradulent or FREE coupons (meaning the coupon is specifically for a free item).

To see their actual coupon policy, click here

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Save Up 2010

** In the picture from left to right: Tiffany from My Litter, Jasmine from DEALiscious Finds, Me and Jessica from This Frugal Life. **

I want to thank each and every one of you again who voted for me to attend Savings.com’s 2010 Conference in Chicago this past week.  There is absolutely no way to tell you how helpful and uplifting my time was.  Not only was it a beautiful city with amazing weather, but the bloggers were the most incredible, giving, generous, normal people I have ever met. 

Although I was a bit starstruck around some of the very successful people, they were so nice and gave me great advice on how to make this blog both a better business and a better tool for you to use for savings.

You will probably see their names pop up from time to time by publishing guest posts and hopefully many will contribute to helping get free items to those in need

Thank you again and don’t be surprised if I start asking next year to send me to Save Up 2011!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Chicago- Here I Come

When this post goes up, hopefully I will be on my flight heading to Chicago for the Savings.com Deal Pro Conference.   A big THANK YOU again to all who voted for me, I promise to work very hard to learn how to make this blog even more valuable!

My mom and I are going a day early so I can see Chicago (I have only ever been in the airport!)  I am looking forward to pizza,  the Museum of Science and Industry, and bargain shopping at Feline’s Basement

Then starting Thursday night I will be with some of the best savings bloggers in the country picking their brains and learning from their experience. 

So my posts may be a bit thin until Sunday but I will do my best to keep the deals coming in between seminars.  Thank you again for this amazing opportunity!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


I Am A Savings.com Deal Pro!

So you guys helped me to get to Chicago for the Save Up conference, but I haven’t had much time to talk about who is sending me!  So I wanted to take a moment and give them some love today!

Savings.com is the company sponsoring the Save Up 2010 Conference.  While their website has many cool features I wanted to show you what I think is the coolest one today.

When you get to their site, click on the Get Advice tab.  In it, people post questions about certain items and let us Deal Pros go scouring around for the best answer!

So let’s say you want a copy of the newest Halo video game and want to know the best price.  Just post the question and sit back to watch the answers roll in!  What could be easier than that?

Go ahead and give it a shot!  You may be surprised at the answers you get!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Missed Me On The News? Watch It Now

One of my favorite Rite Aid employees sent me a great video link that has my clip for WVEC on Sunday morning, 10/10/10.

So, if you have always wondered what I do on the news, click here to watch!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Welcome 92.9 The Wave Listeners

If you are stopping by because you heard me with the amazing people on 92.9 The Wave, thanks so much for coming to check out my site! If you like what you see, please consider following me on facebook or twitter!

Please take just a moment to vote for me to go to Chicago to the Save Up conference by clicking here! There is no registration and you don’t have to download anything. Thank you!

Here are the deals we talked about today:

Free Ice Cream at Cold Stone

Free Package of Kleenex

$1 off Hebrew National Hot Dogs

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Food Lion Deals of the Week 9/1

Get $1 for every four (4) Home 360 or Healthy Accents items purchased up to $10. Promotion valid September 1 – September 28 at participating stores!

Click here to see the whole list of deals!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Happy Birthday A Frugal Chick.com!

I can’t believe it, but today is the 1st birthday of A Frugal Chick.com!

A year ago with trembling hands I hit the “publish” button and wondered if anyone would even care. I wondered if I could keep at it- somewhere on the internet I have a personal blog which I am horrible at remembering to update. I wondered if I would ever figure out how to use WordPress.

I pulled up my blog’s statistics tonight to see where it has been: the blog has been read in all 50 states, and 59 countries. Almost 20,000 different people have visited atleast once. So to all of you who have ever told someone, thank you.

If you had told me the immense blessings that would have come from connecting with all of you, I never would have believed it. I am completely humbled by all who visit my blog- thank you for joining me on this frugal journey! I still have so much to learn. And as long as you are willing to travel with me, I will continue to try to learn as much as I can about “Living Well Without Going Broke.”

To celebrate, please remember to register to win a free massage (if you are in Hampton Roads).

Here is hoping for many more years of learning and growing together!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Welcome 92.9 The Wave Listeners

If you are stopping by because you heard me with the amazing people on 92.9 The Wave, thanks so much for coming to check out my site! If you like what you see, please consider following me on facebook or twitter!

Here are the deals we talked about today:

Children’s Consignment Sale

Cheesecake Factory- free cheesecake with donation

Dollar General- 20% off for teachers

Cold Stone Creamery- 2 “Like It” Size creations for $5

$6 for $12 worth of Cupcakes in Virginia Beach

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Groupon Deals of the Day: Oil Changes, Board Games and Cookies

There are lots of great Groupon deals you can do no matter where you live. When you get on the Groupon page, just select the city you need from the drop down box to get your deal!

The deal from Hampton Roads today is $29 for a VIP Card Good for Seven Oil and Filter Changes, Three Inspections, and More at 757 VIP Card. This is a REALLY good deal for those of us who can’t do our own vehicle maintenance!

In Cincinatti today, you pay $22 for a 24-Cookie Gift Box from Insomnia Cookies ($50 Value). That cost includes shipping!

In Brooklyn, you can get $25 worth of games at TheGameShop.com for $10. This Groupon can be used for shipping.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Target: RARE Produce Coupon plus others

If you live near a Super Target you have a great chance to save on some produce. Target has a new coupon out for $1 off a produce item (I am crazy jealous as we don’t have a Super Target here). Just click on grocery on the left hand side and you will see it.

All of these coupons can also be used at regular Target stores as well. Also available to print are:

$1 off Archer Farms® Take & Bake pizza
$1 off Sutton & Dodge® steakhouse-quality choice Angus beef
50¢ off Market Pantry® or Archer Farms® Deli item
$1 off Market Pantry® frozen seafood item
$1 off With purchase of two 64-oz. Market Pantry® juices
$2 off Thirty or more 4×6 digital prints
$1 off Target Home™ shower curtain liner
$1 off Quaker breakfast item
$1 off Frito-Lay chips
$1 off Archer Farms® or Market Pantry® bakery purchase
$1 off With purchase of three 8-oz. or larger Archer Farms® chips
$1 off 12-oz. Archer Farms® bagged coffee
$1 off 9- or 12-inch Archer Farms® frozen pizza
$1 off With purchase of two Archer Farms® nuts or trail mix
$2 off Women’s belt
$2 off Merona® women’s apparel item
$3 off Merona® footwear
$3 off Merona® men’s top
$2 off Kids’ denim item
$3 off Women’s or men’s denim

There are MANY more coupons, so check them all out here!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Welcome WVEC Viewers

If you saw the interview on WVEC this morning and decided to stop by, thanks for checking out my site! Feel free to look around at all the great deals!

If you like what you see consider becoming my friend on facebook, following me on twitter or getting the deals e-mailed to you each day!

Here are the deals we talked about this morning:

Harris Teeter Super Double Coupons

Rite Aid Deals of the Week

Today Only: Free Lotion at Bath and Body Works

Old Navy: Free Lunch Box

Don’t forget to take advantage of the $1 Silly Bandz at the 39er in Virginia Beach!

Want to learn more about couponing? Live in Newport News? There is a coupon class open to the public. Click here if you are interested in attending!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Weekly Round Up of Random Wisdom

Every week I read some amazing articles on-line from some great bloggers. So on random Fridays, I like to share them with you! Here are the ones that jumped out at me from the past few weeks:

How to Find Unclaimed Money (and Unclaimed Property) from Get Rich Slowly

Productivity Lagging? Take a Siesta… also from Get Rich Slowly

Could You Wear Just Six Pieces of Clothing for a Month? from unclutterer

Recycle Crayon Pieces Into New Crayons by Bargain Briana

The Family That Saves Together from The Simple Dollar

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


A Global Walk Giveaway Winners and Show Reminder

Congratulations to Jennifer and Jana for winning the “Global Walk Photography” Giveaway! They have picked their favorite shots and should be receiving them in the mail soon!

For those of you who still want to enjoy Ashley’s work, don’t forget about her show this Friday night!

The show will be held at 2900 Ballahack Road in Chesapeake from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Check out all the info here!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


8/7 FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop

If you have a kid between the ages of 5 and 12, Home Depot is having a free workshop this Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 9 a.m. to noon at all Home Depot locations.

Your child will build a School Bus Pencil Organizer as well as a kid’s sized orange apron and an achievement pin.

This could be a great FREE activity!

Thanks Bargain Briana!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Welcome WVEC Viewers

If you saw the interview on WVEC this morning and decided to stop by, thanks for checking out my site! Feel free to look around at all the great deals!

If you like what you see consider becoming my friend on facebook, following me on twitter or getting the deals e-mailed to you each day!

Here are the deals we talked about this morning:

Don’t Forget- Today is the last day to enter the giveaway from A Global Walk Photography

CVS: Free SOBE Lifewater

Tax Free School Supply Weekend

Old Navy: $2 Camis

Free PocketBac from Bath and Body Works

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.