Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

I have had such a blessed year surrounded by family and friends.

I pray that you all stay safe and happy today!

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Black Friday Twitter Party With Savings.com


Have you ever been to a Twitter party?  It is quite an experience, especially for a Twitter rookie like myself.

Monday night I am co-hosting a Twitter party with Savings.com and fifteen other Deal Pro bloggers!

We’ll all hop on Twitter at 6PM PT/9PM ET on Monday, November 21st for one hour to talk about all things Black Friday. @savings will send out ten questions about Black Friday over that one hour, and all you need to do is reply and discuss with the other folks attending the party. We’ll be choosing and announcing prize winners intermittently throughout the party, and you must be RSVPed in order to be eligible.

So if you would like to attend RSVP through the Savings.com blog.  From there you can check out the complete list of hosts, all the awesome prizes and some helpful hints about how to follow a Twitter party.  (I have one word for you: TweetGrid.)

I look forward to tweeting with you Monday night!

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Do You “Like” Me?


I don’t want to toot my own horn here but I think A Frugal Chick has a really great facebook page.

Some great things happen there-

My readers are the best and often have great advice and ask questions that you might want to know the answer to!

Not to mention there are some deals that go so fast I only have time to get them on the facebook page, rather than doing a whole post.

AND you can enter my great contests using facebook as well.

So if you haven’t yet will you like me?  I promise to not be annoying and only tell you the very best deals around!

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Locals: Donate To Help Hampton Roads Families


A few months ago I was contacted by Trish, the Executive Director of CHIP (Chesapeake Health Investment Program) who asked if I thought the couponers in Hampton Roads would want to help a great organization.  They operate in a larger area but their offices are located in Chesapeake. 

The mission of CHIP is to improve young children’s health and promote wellness and self- sufficiency in low-income families, through partnerships with local communities.  During the year the families that work with CHIP earn points for various activities (doctors visits, nutrition training etc). 

In December CHIP opens a store where their participants can come and cash in their points for items.  Most of these items end up being toys and gifts due to the time of year.  And while these gifts are great many of these families don’t need toys- they need things like toothpaste, toilet paper and shampoo.

That is where couponers come in.  We know how to get these items for free or practically free.  And odds are you have extras lying around your house you could donate.  Let’s do what we can to make this a happy holiday for local families!

Let’s CLIP for C.H.I.P.!

Our goal is 2,000 items by December 7th.  CHIP will also need volunteers to work at the sale if you are interested.

There are several ways to donate items.

1.  Pick Up.  If you have 100 items or more, you can call and CHIP will come and pick the items up.  To arrange for pick up call Blanca Ansbro at 757-543-9100 ext 212.  This will enable you to receive a receipt for tax purposes.

2.  Drop Off.  Several locations around Hampton Roads will be accepting items.  Here are those locations and their hours:

CHIP of Chesapeake & Portsmouth (this is the only location where you will received a tax deduction receipt)
1302 Jefferson Street
Chesapeake, VA 23324
M- F 9-4pm or by appointment

Great Bridge United Methodist
201 Stadium Ave
Chesapeake , VA 23322
M- F 8-3pm
Contact Person: Jennifer Williams
Phone: 757-482-1049
Monday – Friday from 10 to 4 pm.

Virginia Beach – Landstown Community Church
3220 Monet Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Contact Person: Ruth Sharpe 757-468-6509 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9-1)
Please call ahead of time before dropping off, Ruth Sharpe will make arrangements with the individual(s) if those times do not work. Please ring doorbell when arrive.

Newport News/Hampton area – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
100 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601
Contact Person: Tina Wandersee – Church Office: 757-595-0385 or Outreach Office: 757-599-3950
Outreach office is open Monday – Friday 9 to 5 pm, please call Outreach office first.

3.  Bring items to coupon classes.  If you attend a coupon class taught by one of the bloggers publishing these posts you can bring your items to the class.  We will be sure they get to the proper place.

If all of us come together we can make a huge difference in some people’s lives!  Let’s get these 2000 items in and show Hampton Roads what couponers can do!

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Fun & Frugal Hampton Roads Weekend Activities 10/28


If you live in the Hampton Roads area you know that we have so many great activities in our area.  And with Halloween around the corner, many more are popping up!

Here are the highlights from this weekend from My Active Child:

All Weekend: 
9am-5pm (Saturday & Sunday) Fall Festival – FREE Hayrides at White’s Nursery & Garden Center 3133 Old Mill Road, Chesapeake,VA 
 
5:30-8pm (Friday through Monday) Haunted Hospital at Peninsula Fine Arts Center Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 596-8175 

Friday

 
5-8pm   Masquerade in Ghent Halloween Block Party and Costume Contest at Ghent, Norfolk VA- Corner of 20th and Manteo Street  
 
5:30-7:30pm   Safety Town’s Safe Trick or Treat Safety Town 4404 Deep Creek Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA, 23704 
 
6-8pm Kids Free Halloween Fun Event at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 
 
6-8pm-   Free Haunted House and Hayrides at White’s Nursery & Garden Center 3133 Old Mill Road, Chesapeake,VA 
 
6:30-8:30pm   Hampton Family YMCA’s Annual Fall Festival at Hampton Family YMCA 1322 LaSalle Avenue Hampton VA 23669
 
Saturday
9am  Norfolk State University’s Homecoming Parade begins at Booker T. Washington High School 1111 Park Avenue Norfolk VA 
 
10am-3pm   Boo-Bird Spooktacular! at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4750  
 
10:30am   Pumpkin Palooza! at North Suffolk Library 2000 Bennett’s Creek Park Road Suffolk, VA 23435   757-514-7150  
 
11am-2pm   Halloween Extravaganza Event! at all participating Michael’s Store locations 1-800-642-4235  
 
11am-3pm   Pumpkin Patch Party at Virginia Beach Farmers Market – Corner of Dam Neck and Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach VA 
 
12-4pm   Fall Festival at The Klumsy Moose Orchard Square Shopping Center1400 Kempsville Road #123, Chesapeake, VA 23320  757-312-0970  
 
Sunday
12-4pm   “Town and Treat” at Fountain Plaza in The Town Center of Virginia Beach 
 
1-6pm   All Hallows Eve at Hermitage Gardens & Museum 7637 North Shore Road Norfolk, Virginia 23505 (757)  423-2052  
 
5pm   Virginia Children’s Chorus Concert at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church  212 19th Street Virginia Beach VA, 23451  (757) 428-7727
 
Halloween
3-5pm Facepainting! at ArtInspired Studio One 5007 D1 Victory Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693 757-768-9033  
 
3-7pm GHME Open House- Free Halloween Photos of the Kids! at GHME Productions, Inc. 809 Live Oak Drive, Suite 29 Chesapeake, VA 
 
5-7pm  Trick or Treat at Greenbrier Mall 1401 Greenbrier Parkway South, Chesapeake, VA 23320   
 
6-8pm Trick or Treat at Patrick Henry Mall 12300 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23602   (757) 249-4305
 
6-8pm Mallwide Trick or Treating at Pembroke Mall Food Court 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach VA (757) 497-6255 
 
6-8pm Free Night of No Fear at New Covenant Church 1079 Big Bethel Road Hampton VA 
 
6-8pm Malloween at The Gallery at Military Circle 880 North Military Highway Norfolk, VA 23502 
 
Check out the My Active Child activity calendar for tons of local fun! 
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How To Freeze Green Peppers

One of the easiest ways to save money on your groceries is to buy vegetables and fruit when they are in season and freeze them for later use.

This week at my local grocery store green peppers are on sale for $.50.  When I went the selection was good and they were crisp, green and bright.  I have a few recipes that use chopped up green peppers and they are VERY expensive in the winter months.  So I grabbed four to freeze so I would have them all winter long.

Freezing green peppers is surprisingly easy.  While you can blanch them before they are frozen it is not necessary. 

Step One: Select the green peppers you would like to freeze.  While I purchased mine at the grocery store, I could have bought them earlier in the season at the Farmers Market.  Additionally you can purchase them often at a discount if your local store has some that are not at the peak of freshness.

Step Two: Wash the peppers in cold or luke warm water and then dry them thoroughly.

Step Three: Slice the pepper while removing the seeds.  I sliced mine into long pieces.   

Step Four: If desired chop into smaller pieces.  I have an awesome food chopper so it only took a moment.

Step 5: Bag them for freezing.  If you have a food saver you can seal them.  If you don’t (like me) get some high quality freezer bags.  Be sure to label the packaging so you know when they were sealed.  Fill the bag as full as you would like it and let out as much air as possible.  Most people recommend sealing it almost all the way and inserting a straw.  Suck the remaining air out and seal. 

The peppers should last about 9 months in a freezer bag. So you should be able to use them until the price on peppers goes down again next year!

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Coupon Class Hampton, VA 10/22


I am sorry for the short notice on this one but chances to take my class for $5 don’t pop up too often!

The Hampton Family YMCA is opening their doors to the public for people to come and learn about coupons this coming Saturday, 10/22.

Class begins at 9:30 and should be out right before noon.  You won’t need to bring anything with you except an ink pen- everything else will be provided.

Hampton Family YMCA
1322 LaSalle Avenue
Hampton, VA 23669

To sign up for your $5 seat you MUST go to the YMCA to sign up.  You do not have to be a member.  You can take a chance and show up Saturday morning but there are only 15 seats remaining in class.  You will be better served to stop by if you live near the location and sign up!

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I Saw Harry Potter For Real In New York

In case you missed my post last week I got to spend a fantastic 4 days in New York City at a blogging conference.  It was an amazing opportunity to learn alot more about blogging and see some of my incredible blogging friends that I love so much!

Another local blogger and I got up insanely early on Wednesday morning (my alarm was set for 3 a.m.) and flew up to New York.  We took the scariest shuttle ride in the history of the world to our hotel, unpacked and walked the twenty blocks to Times Square.  After looking through insanely overpriced stores we stopped at The Roxy and split one of their famous sandwiches (they have one pound of meat on them).

After lunch we went back to the hotel and slept until we met everyone for dinner. There was much squealing and many hugs (as some of us who chat online have never met each other before). Then it was off to what was a surprisingly tasty BBQ dinner- many of us were skeptical of NYC’s ability to create good BBQ since we live near or in North Carolina or Texas.  Below is a picture of the apple pie they served us!

 

After dinner we had the pleasure of doing New York Style karaoke.  Basically you go inside and instead of it being one big room with lots of random people singing karaoke, it was a small room with just us in it.  Throw a bunch of people who are pretty comfortable with each other and some alcohol (I didn’t partake) in a room with a karaoke machine and you have about three hours of all of us laughing uncontrollably.  I sang “Ironic” by Alanis Morrisette and closed out the evening with a lovely rendention of “Friends In Low Places.” 

The next day we were in seminars but that night we had a cocktail party with a red carpet and lots of cosmos.  Since there wasn’t much food at the party we decided to go out and grab dinner.  The concierge told us about an Italian Place right around the corner with reasonable prices so we headed out.

“Right around the corner” was over 20 blocks and “reasonable prices” were $25 appetizers.   After we sat down and looked at the menu and the prices we had the big conversation.  “Do we get up and walk out?”  “Do we stay?”  “If you get up, I will get up” etc.  We ended up walking out after waiting for someone to take our order for about 10 minutes (yes I left a small tip on the table).  Around the corner we found a diner with $9 omelets and sat down for a much more frugal style meal (although the $9.25 kids menu was a bit much for me).  Then we walked back to the hotel in the rain!

The next morning we went on a cool bus tour, finished up the seminar and then went to change to go see “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.”  It is a fantastic show and currently stars Daniel Radcliffe (yes, Harry Potter) and John Laroquette (think Night Court). 

I had been the one in charge of ordering the tickets weeks before and had ordered one ticket too few.  So I ended up sitting by myself (ordering a single ticket) and made the supreme sacrifice of sitting in the center seat in the first row of the balcony.  My seat was amazing.  And at the very beginning of the show they pull Daniel Radcliffe up out of the orchestra pit and there he is, about 15 feet in front of me, staring right into my eyes.  I am suddenly surrounded by screaming people- many of whom are grown women. 

Afterwards we hung around while several of my friends decided to hang out at the stage door and wait for John and Daniel.  And there was more screaming and cameras flashing everywhere.  My new blogging buddies Ruth and Brittany were right in the mix, screaming “I love you Harry Potter” as the star flew out to his waiting town car. 

Saturday morning I headed over to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to meet my dear friend Mike for Mass.  Mike lives in DC but ironically happened to be in New York the same weekend!  We went to college together and usually only see each other every few years so I was thrilled we were in the same city.  And while I am not Catholic I think Mass is beautiful.    

Alas all great trips must end and after another nail biting shuttle trip Dana and I returned home back to reality.  I had an amazing trip and learned so many incredible things. 

Thanks so much for being patient with me while I was gone and I promise to find you lots of great deals to make up for it!

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

Are you looking for something fun and frugal to do with your family in Hampton Roads this weekend?  Charlotte from My Active Child puts together a great list every week! 
 
Friday

4pm- Mariachi with Robin Domingo y Amigo at Horace C. Downing Branch Library 555 E. Liberty Street Norfolk, VA 23523 (757) 441-1968  

6-8pm- Free Haunted House and Hayrides at White’s Nursery & Garden Center 3133 Old Mill Road, Chesapeake,VA

6-8pm- Pizza & Movie Night- “The Spiderwick Chronicles” at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 247-8950  

7pm- Barnes & Noble Friday Evening Storytime at Barnes & Noble- Town Center, 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 671-2331

Saturday

9am-1pm- Old Beach Hallo-Green Market at 1909 Cypress Ave. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 200-5600

9:30am-3pm- Seatack Community 200 Year Celebration: Community Day at Law Enforcement Training Academy 411 Integrity Way, Virginia Beach, Virginia (757) 437-4858

10am-5pm- Stockley Gardens Arts Festival at The corner of Stockley Gardens and Olney Road in Norfolk, VA

11am- Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads presents “Sherlock Holmes” at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts 110 West Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 923-0003 

2pm- Virginia Beach Zombie Walk at Town Center Plaza in front of the fountain, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 

2-6pm- First Landing Fall Festival at First Landing State Park-Picnic Shelter 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300

3-7pm- Eagle Tribute Plaza Dedication & Fall Festival at Norfolk Botanical Garden 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, Virginia 23518 (757) 441-5830

Sunday

10am-4pm- Military Appreciation Day at Norfolk Zoo (Admission is FREE with proper ID for active duty, retired military, DOD civilians, reserve/guard members and eligible family member) at Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 764-5232

12-5pm- Stockley Gardens Arts Festival at The corner of Stockley Gardens and Olney Road in Norfolk, VA  

Thanks My Active Child!

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How I Saved My Financial Situation From Savings.com

So did I mention I am in New York City?  Hopefully I haven’t gotten lost, misplaced my wallet or injured myself  (I am writing this on Tuesday evening). 

I am attending the Save Up 2011 Conference with a bunch of bloggers- half of which I still get giddy around because I am a huge fan.

Make sure to also tune into the Savings Story live streaming session on the Save Up Ustream page at 4:15PM ET today to hear some of the DealPros’ stories live!  You don’t want to miss all the fun planned!

We are supposed to share our Savings story with you but mine has been laid out for you many times so I thought I would share my five simplest tips for saving money!  These tips (plus alot of hard work and having multiple jobs) allowed me to pay off almost $20,000 in student loans in 12 months and be debt free (except my mortgage). 

1.  Pay for everything with cash.   Did you know on average people spend 12% less when they spend cash?  If you do your shopping with cash (clothes, food, electronics) you most likely will spend less if you have to give them the green instead of swipe a card.

2.  Make a shopping list.   You have GOT to have a plan when you shop, whether you are shopping for clothes or for groceries.  If you can’t walk out of Walmart or Target without spending over $100 you probably need to make some changes.  Create a list before you leave the house and then do NOT deviate from it.  You can do it!

3.  Start saving something.  Studies have shown that people experience SIGNIFICANT stress when they do not have a savings account.  Women especially NEED to feel that security that is something happens you have that cushion.  Even if it just $5 a week you will have over $250 at the end of the year. 

4.  Do not go into debt for holiday shopping.   Your friends and family do not want you to go into debt for their gifts.  If you have big plans for a gift either start saving now or decide on something else.  It’s not worth starting the New Year with regret.

5.  Start teaching your kids about money.   Start teaching your children the value of a dollar now.  They are going to be one of your biggest expenses.  And if they don’t learn their lessons now, they will be living back with you later in life still trying to figure it out!

These simple steps can help make some BIG differences in your life!  And not one of them involved a coupon!

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