A Chick’s Opinion: Scentsy Flameless Candles

When I was given a Scentsy Flameless Candle to try I wasn’t even sure what I would be getting.  I confess I was sort of picturing a big smelly ball of wax. 

So when local representative Danielle Jones showed me my lovely new warmer (which is covered in music notes AND matches my condo perfectly- its like she could read my mind) I was pleasantly surprised by how pretty it was!  Danielle gave me some different smells to try and told me it would be easy to use.

I took the warmer into my voice room and one of my students saw it.  She said “we have those at home- they work awesomely.”

Turns out neither of them lied.  I brought it home and set it up the next day.  I picked a smell that was supposed to be “clean” and dropped two of the little wax blocks in the top of the warmer.  A few minutes later my house smelled amazing.  So I left it going for the day until I was about to leave the house and then pulled out the directions on how to turn it off.

That was when I discovered the very cool frugal part of the warmer- you can reuse the wax!  I just take the hot wax and pour it back in the mold where I originally got it.  Then after it hardens I can use it again (which I did).  Plus it was super easy to clean.  So instead of having to buy wax over and over you can just buy your favorites smells in your first purchase and they should last a long time.

The whole time I was smelling it I kept thinking “why didn’t I have one of these in college?”  We couldn’t burn candles in the dorm because of the fire hazard but boy did we need to!  I wish I had something like this to drown out the smell of my neighbors.     

I also couldn’t help but think you could probably sneak one of these into a man room and since it’s not a “real candle” this might be a chance to mask some of the “special” smells that lurk there as well.

Want to try one for yourself?  Or just take a browse and look at their products (maybe a nice graduation gift)?  Check out Danielle’s site and see for yourself what the fuss is all about!

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June 2011 Coupon Class Dates

Since I have been getting so many e-mails I have attempted to get my June available dates together.  The available dates can change at any time so if you have been thinking about booking a class I would do it quickly.

I am looking for people to HOST classes.  These are not dates that there are classes open to the public.  If I book any classes at organizations who are willing to open their doors to the public I will post it as soon as I know.   If you are an organization who would be willing to open your doors than I would love to hear from you!

The dates available are June 3rd, 15th (depending on location), 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th and 29th.  (Can you tell my part time job is over during the summer so I have more time to hang out with you?)

I can teach classes for four people in your living room or 100 people at your organization.  The cost is $10 per person. 

I also do one on one tutoring for those of you who would like more individualized attention.  The rates are very reasonable depending on how much I have to pay in gas to get to you!

Please drop me an e-mail if you are interested and we will get your date confirmed!

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Kraft Newsletter

If you are looking for a great online resource for recipes I highly recommend Kraft’s website.  We have never had a bad recipe!

So now they have a newsletter where you can get those recipes as well as other tips from Kraft in your inbox! 

Be sure to use your coupon e-mail address to sign up!

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Kids Frugal Fun 5/10

Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz puts together a frugal, educational activity you can do with your kids! This week it is creating a Wish Tree!

Materials:
Various shades of construction paper
Markers or crayons
Scissors
Tape or glue

Directions:
1. Pick a background color. You can then draw a tree or cut one out and glue it on the background.
2. With your child, decide whether you want the tree to have leaves, fruit, flowers, etc. and decorate the sky as wanted. Will insisted on a cotton ball cloud.
3. Cut out the shapes of your choice. We cut out 8 but you can pick how many times you would like to reward the behavior. Will chose to make a “normal” tree.
4. Brainstorm with your child a list of rewards they would like for good choices/behavior. These do not have to be physical items, think outside the box. Some ideas are an extra story at bedtime, longer play time during bath, 5 more minutes outside, little girls may want their nails painted, etc.
5. Print these ideas on each leaf, fruit, flower, or whatever shape you chose. Put the completed shapes in a ziploc baggie and set it near the tree picture.
6. Choose the behavior you would like for your child to improve. Tell your child that each time they show improvement, they will get to choose a leaf from the bag and will get that reward.
7. Enjoy filling up the tree! When it’s full, you can save it and start another one with a diffent theme and desired behavior!

This craft can have several educational benefits:
1. Character development-your child will be given a definite goal and directions for behavior that will enable them to grow into a more responsible individual.
2. Language skills-By discussing the project and allowing them to help choose rewards, you are helping them learn how to express their thoughts orally. Also, when brainstorming rewards you can have them write down the list for you. If they are older, they can be the ones to write the rewards on the leaves.
3. Math skills-When making the leaves, be sure to count them out loud. Each time they earn a leaf, discuss how many leaves are on the tree and how many still remain in the bag.

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Couponing for Community: May 8th – May 14th

One of the great things about couponing is the chance to donate above what I ever thought I would be able to.  Now that I am finally figuring out my finances from being laid off I have a little bit of money for donating- like my trip to Harris Teeter this week. 

Bloggers across the country are taking this opportunity to give back by participating in Couponing for Community.  We are encouraging everyone to donate to their local food pantry or shelter. 

This year the goal is to give 10,000 items during the week of May 8th.  And they have a very cool site set up- you can click here and check the progress!  And once you make your donation, add yours in to be included in the total! 

And to make things even easier May 14th is Stamp Out Hunger Day.  Just leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox and the USPS will pick them up and make sure they get donated.  You don’t even have to leave home to donate!

Click here to check out all the information on Stamp Out Hunger Day.

So what do you think?  Will you be donating with me?

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Coupon Shopping for Tornado Victims- $125 for $23

No matter where you live in the U.S. you probably know someone who has been touched by the recent tornadoes that have devastated the Southern part of the country.  Many of these people have lost everything and are beginning their lives all over again.

So when Shannon at WVEC asked if I wanted to go grocery shopping at Harris Teeter to show their viewers the difference they can make with a few dollars and some coupons I jumped at the opportunity (for those of you in the viewing area this will be on the news Saturday morning).  The combined time it took to prep for the trip and to do the actual shopping was only an hour and a half.   Also each of the coupons was from the 5/1 Sunday paper except for one.

We had to do two transactions so that we did not violate the store’s coupon policy.

Shannon went first.  My goal was to make her transaction completely free except for tax.  She purchased 3 tubes of Crest toothpaste, 3 containers of yellow rice, two bags of Tostitos chips and one jar of Tostitos salsa.  Her total before coupons was $ 27.96.  After scanning the store card (on a smart phone!) and presenting her coupons the total was $.34!  Not too bad!

Next was my transaction.  My goal was to be around $22 with tax.  I bought 3- 32 oz bags of Mahatma rice, two jars of Tostitos salsa, one bag of Tostitos chips, 3- 64 oz bottles of Welch’s fruit juice, 3 tubes of Crest toothpaste, 4- 24 packs of 8 oz Nestle water, 3 tubes of Welch’s jelly and 9 bags of Quaker Quakes (rice cake snacks).  The total before coupons was $96.64.  A few weeks ago I had received a coupon in the mail for $10 off of $25 at Bloom (a local grocery store chain).  Harris Teeter accepts these coupons so I included that in with my store card and additional coupons.  My final total was $22.48.

So the total was $124.60 before discounts and after discounts $22.82!  Not bad!  And it’s for a great cause!

If you are interested in doing your own trip here are a few tips:

1- Check with your local foodbank but they most likely do not have facilities to keep things frozen or refrigerated.  Concentrate on items that can be kept on shelves without going bad.

2- Try to find foods that are pretty basic.  Pasta, rice, peanut butter and jelly are staples that most people like.

3- If you can get water, grab it.  Clean drinking water is a very basic need.

4- If you have the opportunity to grab health and beauty items free go ahead.  While the toothpaste I got today will not go to the food bank there are plenty of places to donate it.

With just a few coupons and a little bit of planning you can make a big difference in someone’s life!

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May Coupon Class Dates Available

I apologize that it has taken me so long to get these dates out- I was waiting for a few scheduling things.

Click here to see the dates I am available to come and teach a coupon class.  Please note that these dates are NOT classes open to the public- I am looking for people to host classes.

All you need to host is a minimum of 4 people and somewhere for everyone to sit.  The cost is $10 per person and I will handle everything else. 

So if you are interested check out the dates and then drop me an e-mail.

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.