TLC Extreme Couponing: Debut April 6th

Some of you caught Extreme Couponing on TLC in the fall.  It was one stand alone episode to test the waters and see how people would react.

Well, it worked.

So now the show has been picked up for a 12 series option and they have been scouring the country for Extreme Couponers to participate.  They had no problem finding them.

If you want to take a look at what is coming, you can click here to watch the teaser. 

I want to be clear that while the show is highly entertaining these people are not your average couponers.  A normal mom trying to save on groceries is not exciting enough to watch on television. 

Couponing is a day to day learning curve but it should not control your life.  The joy in couponing is the celebration of a great deal that puts food on your table and allows you to save to pursue your dreams.  It’s the wife who wants to save enough in her grocery budget that she can afford to get a manicure once a month.  It’s the mom who cuts back on what she spends so she can stay home full time.  It’s the man who wants to minimize bills so he can buy a motorcycle with cash.

Couponing should be a thing that helps you to live well- not the thing you live for. 

And it shouldn’t be a full time job couponing.  My primary goal in this blog was to create something that helps make your life easier.  That’s why I post the store deals- so you have somewhere to come and find everything you need in one place. 

If you are interested in learning how to coupon to save some money, be sure to keep coming back to A Frugal Chick.  “Like” me on Facebook so you can get updates on deals.  Or if you want to dive in, take a coupon class.  These are simple steps to big savings- it doesn’t have to be complicated.

You don’t have to be extreme to save big!

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Frugal Kid’s Activity

Every week Sharon at Mom On Dealz provides a great frugal activity you can do with your kids!  Yesterday when I was out I saw these plastic Easter Eggs all over the place so they would be easy to find right now!

Language Arts:
1. Contractions: Label one half of egg with the contraction (example-I’m) and the other half with the 2 words that make the contraction (example-I am). Have your child match the parts.

2. Upper and lower case alphabet: Label one half of the egg with the capital letter and one half with the lower case. Then have your child match them.

3. Rhyming words: Label the egg halves with ryhming words.

4. Label halves of eggs with different vowel sounds (short a, long a, short e, long e, short o, long o, etc). Label the other halves with words that contain the vowel sounds. Have your child match the words to the sound.

Math:
1. Label egg halves with numbers and you can add, subtract, or multiply them.

2. Label one half of egg with math problems and other half with the solution. Have your child match them.

3. Label one half of the egg with a number and the other half with the number word (example-one and 1). Have your child match them.

Social Studies:
1. Label small sheets of paper with famous people’s names and put them inside the eggs. Have your child open the eggs and tell what the person is famous for (Example-Betsy Ross made our American flag).

2. Label small sheets of paper with directions (behind, in front, left, right). Have your child open the eggs and tell you an object that is located in that direction.

Science:
1. Label halves of eggs with our 5 senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell) and the other halves with the body part we use for the sense (eyes, hand, ear, mouth, nose). Have your child match them.

2. Label halves of eggs with habitats (ponds, forests, oceans, etc) and the other halves with animals found in those habitats (frogs, bears, dolphins, etc). Have your child match the animals to the habitat.

Here is another site I found some great ideas for activities as well Teaching Heart Mom.

Thanks Mom on Dealz!

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I Got Laid Off Today

**At the request of a few people I have made this post “sticky” which means for the next day or so it will always be on the top of my blog.  If you have already read it, just ignore it.  If not I would love to have you join me in the journey of blogging full time!**

Today I joined the millions of Americans who have gotten laid off as a result of the economy.  I had no warning that it was coming, so I am still digesting the information.  I figured I would write this post when I am in calm mode instead of freaked out mode!

And while I am not thrilled about the loss of my secure income I am excited about the possibilities that this opens up for the blog.  I will have more time to devote to finding deals and spreading the frugalness!

However I can not make the blog successful without you (and since the blog is FOR you that works out beautifully)! 

People want to know how to help, so here is a list of what you can do for me:

1.  Tell a friend about A Frugal ChickSpread the Savings Around

2.  Book a Coupon Class or Tutoring Session– If you like what you see here and want to learn more I would love to teach you.  I offer a coupon class and one on one tutoring.  Also now that my days are open I am available for MOPS groups or any other small group during the day who would be interested.  There are nominal fees for these classes and I would be happy to discuss them.  Just shoot me an e-mail

3. PR/Advertise with Me!– If you have a product or service that fits with the theme of A Frugal Chick I would love to do a giveaway or have you place an ad on my site.  Just drop me an e-mail and we can chat about it!

4.  Print Your Coupons With Me!–  If you see a coupon on my site that you will use, click directly on that link to print it.  I get a little bit of credit for coupons printed both by clicking in my posts and when people print from the coupon printing ads on my blog.

5.  Do Your Shopping With Me!-  If I post a deal and you want to buy it, click directly on the link in that post.  Sometimes they are stores that I have a special affiliate relationship with and they will pay me a percentage of what you spend.  The same applies for any deal of the day sites (Groupon, Living Social etc).  Also if you shop Amazon I would love it if you stopped by here first and checked out the Deal of the Day ad on the right hand side of my site.  By clicking on that not only are you seeing a great deal but any items you buy after that click I will receive credit for.

I promise that this blog never has been and never will be just about making money.  I try very hard to only find the best deals out there and not be swayed by inferior products or deals that aren’t really that good.  This blog is for you in hopes that the information you find here can make a better life for you and your family.

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 Valentines Day!

I hope you have a day surrounded by people who love you!

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.


Frugal Fun Kids’ Activity

Sharon over at Mom on Dealz does a great post every week with a Frugal Fun activity for kids!  The activity this week is using Beach Balls for learning fun!

“Anyone know a child that does not like to discuss the books they read? Or do you know a child who is having trouble with numbers or colors? Then these activities are for you! Not only are they learning games, they also involve physical activity AND they are frugal!

Materials Needed:
1 Beach Ball (check the dollar store) 
Markers

Directions:
1. Label each color of the ball with a different story element (title, setting, characters, problem, solution, etc).
2. Read a book with your child (make sure the story has the elements- some preschool books do not).
3. Play a game of catch! When your child catches the ball, have them look at the words their hands are touching when they catch. Then have them choose which element of the book they want to tell you.

For example: They catch the ball and their hands are touching title and setting. They can choose either to tell you the title or the setting of the book, or both!

Modifications:

For Math: Label the ball all over with numbers. Your child can add, subtract, or multiply whatever numbers their hand lands on. In the case of my 2 year old, he is working on number recognition so he just tells me the numbers he “catches”.

For Color recognition: Simply have your child tell you the colors the “catch”. You could also label the colors for them to recognize the color names as well.

For Science: Label the ball with the steps of the scientific method. When your child catches the ball, whatever step they “catch” have them explain what it means. Example: They “catch” hypothesis so they should tell you that a hypothesis means a guess.”

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.


Weekend Couponing Checklist

If you are learning how to coupon there are some things you can do to make your life much easier.  Since it’s sort of a rainy weekend where I live, I thought I would put together a list of useful things you can do inside to help you be a successful couponer this weekend!

1- If you haven’t already create an e-mail address just for couponing stuff.  Many coupons require you to register which is great because it usually means they will e-mail you more coupons.  But it can tie up your inbox and your personal e-mails may get buried- even though they are very important!  So take a few moments and create a new e-mail address you can use just for couponing purposes.

2- Register for Amazon Mom– it’s FREE!  If you are a mom and you haven’t, register for Amazon Mom!  Click here to see all the amazing benefits! 

3- “Like” A Frugal Chick on Facebook!  That way you always receive status updates when a new post goes up! 

4- Clean out your coupons!  It’s after the first of the month so you probably have a few expired coupons in your stash.  Take a few minutes today to clean them out and get yourself reacquainted with what you have available.  You may find some hidden gems you didn’t know about!

I think that list is a great start for anyone just giving this couponing thing a shot!  Hopefully this will be another step toward you saving some BIG money!

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.


Harris Teeter Recipes of the Week

Looking to cook with what’s on sale?  Click here to see the two recipes for the Harris Teeter deals this week!  (The picture is the other recipe- not the Mexican Crock Pot Recipe.)

I posted the crock pot recipe below because crock pots are amazing!

Mexican Crockpot
*1 lb Boneless Chicken Breast (on sale 2lb/$4.99)
*1 jar Tostitos Salsa=$1.59
*Bush’s Best Black Beans (rinsed) =$0.80
*Knorr Fiesta Sides-Spanish Rice=$1
*Breakstone’s Sour Cream=$1.19
-$0.55 coupon from SS 1/23=$0.09
Final price=$8.47

Directions:
1.  Lay chicken breasts on bottom of crockpot.
2. Combine beans and salsa and pour over chicken.  Cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours.
3.  Prepare Knorr rice according to package directions. 
4.  Serve chicken mixture over rice and garnish with sour cream. Enjoy!

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.