A Frugal Reader: Our First Month Without Cable

Amy and Jason live in Macon, GA with their two sons Josiah and John David.  Amy runs her own spray tan business.  I went to college with both of them.  Amy and I both studied in the music department and lived in the same hall in the dorm.  So if you ever track her down she has some interesting Frugal Chick stories.

In case you missed it about 5 weeks ago I got a bill from Cox Communication and wasn’t amused by the increase.  And as I do whenever I get really frustrated I wrote a post about it.

That day I noticed in my personal facebook feed that one of my friends had forwarded the post to her husband and asked his thoughts on it.  About a day later I saw in his status that they were turning all their equipment into Cox and beginning a new life cable (bill) free.

So I asked Amy if I could interview her and Jason about their first month without cable.  I know many of you have seriously considered eliminating cable in your homes (including myself) and want to know what it’s like.  Usually the people I talk to who have no cable tell me “we aren’t really television people anyway.”  I knew the Murphys actually watched their television so I wanted to see what the adjustment was like for them and WHY they chose to even try life without cable.

The Murphy’s bill for Cox Communications was $191.00 a month. This included cable (with DVR), internet and a home phone.  Each month they paid it slightly groaning at the money being spent (as so many of us do).  So after talking about it they took the plunge and the box went back to Cox Communications.  They also cancelled the home phone because they were RARELY using it anyway.

As you can imagine their kids were NOT very excited.  They had many shows they watched on The Disney and Discovery Channels  and were sure they would not be able to find them.   Amy had several shows she really enjoyed watching she thought they would never be able to find since they were on cable networks (I won’t reveal what these are as several of them are my guilty pleasures as well- college dormmates must keep some secrets for each other).

Then I asked the question I considered most important- have there been any shows you have been unable to find?  Amy laughed.  She said she makes Jason a list and when she gets home from working it’s all ready to be watched.  Jason is pretty computer savvy but he swears he hasn’t had to illegally download anything.  He has even been able to watch all of his sports games on ESPN.com.  Their kids have not missed any shows.  Amy mentioned that she has a soap opera she watches that is easily available on line.  I had no idea that soap operas could be watched online!

Amy did mention one thing that disappointed her watching her shows on line- she has to watch commercials and with the DVR she could fast forward through them.  (Remember commercials?)  I asked Amy if they were watching LESS television then they did with DVR and she said no.  But she did point out that they watched much less BEFORE the DVR.

Right now they utilize several tools to get their television shows.  The first is a FREE trial to Amazon Prime which gives them access to tons of shows and movies.  When we spoke their plan was to continue that after the month was over.  Amazon Prime is $79 a year and gives them access to tons of shows, many free books and free shipping for all Amazon purchases (except for items sold by third party vendors).  They are also paying $9.95 a month for Netflix.  I asked if they were using Hulu and Jason said they had not needed to as of yet.  They are also looking into buying a Roku Player.  They do have an Xbox as well which has allowed them to stream Amazon onto  their television.

This month is their first month without paying for cable (they also got rid of the home phone).  Their bill went from $191.00 to about $45.00.

I could do a lot with an extra $150 a month!

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.


Did You Lose Me On Facebook?


I try not to complain about facebook too often because they are offering their services for free and they are my number one referral source for my website. But I will tell you- timeline has taken some real getting used to.

One of the side effects of timeline is that I have had many readers e-mail and tell me they can’t find my anymore in their news feed (the big list on your main page).

After asking around one of my fellow bloggers was nice enough to show me how to make sure I get everything I want in my news feed and it’s SUPER easy!

All you have to do is head to A Frugal Chick’s Facebook Page. If you haven’t “liked” me already go ahead and do that.

Once you have just hover over the “Like” button and a menu will appear.

Select “Show in News Feed” (there should be a check mark in front of it).

That’s it!

This will guarantee that the posts I do on facebook end up in your news feed!

Thanks to Savings Lifestyle for the pic and information!

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.


Good Housekeeping Research Institute Visit #EEinNYC


Yesterday we had the chance to head to the beautiful Hearst building in New York City and check out the Good Housekeeping Reseach Institute.

You know those jobs that you always wonder if they really exist? Like the guy who can tell you which paper towel really soaks up the most water or the girl who knows which wrinkle cream is the best?

These are the (very smart people) with those jobs.

They work for the magazine “Good Housekeeping” and they determine if a product receives their stamp of approval. I had no idea this was such a hard thing to get. They have lots of tests and funny machines to determine if your bathing suit really will hold it’s color after 50 washes.

This machine was in their section that tests the beauty products. Each year they buy tons of human hair (all kinds too- color treated, sun damaged etc) and test things like shampoos and conditioner. That machine allows them to precisely control the water temperature and can access everything from salt water to pure water.

This machine allows them to take swatches of fabric and wash them over and over and over and over and over to see what happens. They can see if material shrinks or fades, if it frays or there is any other damage.

These towels used to be the same size. The one on the left was what it looked like when they started. The one on the right was after 25 washes. It shrunk 6 INCHES! (Turns out the towels are just shrinking- we aren’t gaining weight!)

This is where everybody wants to work- the test kitchen. They not only check to see if things taste good but they also confirm nutritional information to see that it is correct. Have you ever eaten Pirate’s Booty? When it first came out it was labeled as a nutritious kid friendly snack with 2.5 grams of fat per serving. Good Housekeeping independently tested it and discovered it had 8 grams of fat! They have since reworked the formula and met at a comfortable 5 grams.

Right now they are working on items for the Thanksgiving issue so I am sure turkeys and cranberry sauce will be soon!

This is the area that checks household items- all kinds of products! Currently they were testing skillets.

They also had a big room full of vacuum cleaners- with a machine that grinds dirt into the carpet just so they can see how much it sucks out.

All in all, it was a very interesting tour. I promise you I will never look at the Good Housekeeping seal again without some much due respect!

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 great people on 92.9 The Wave thank you!

Please come in a take a look around.

If you like what you see consider following me on facebook, twitter or signing up to receive my daily e-mail.

Here are the deals we talked about today:

National Flip Flop Day- Free Tropical Smoothie

$2 in Free Amazon MP3 Credits

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.


It’s A Bird… On A Plane… It’s a Chick!


God willing and the creek don’t rise as you read this I am on my way to the airport to head to New York City. For a whole day.

I am so fortunate to have been chosen by Super Valu for a trip to the Big Apple to do some pretty amazing things for the launch of the new in-store line “Essential Everyday.” (For those of us who don’t say things so pretty “their generic line.”)

Listen to some of the cool stuff they have invited me to do:

– Tour of Good Housekeeping Research Institute. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute lab and test kitchens to see how products and recipes are tested. You can also see the Good Housekeeping dining room, which has been host to dozens of presidents and celebrities.

– A make it yourself dinner! We’ll have a fun, hands-on experience cooking dinner Essential Everyday and other SUPERVALU private-brand products. (Expect pics on facebook if I can- I am a HORRID cook.)

– I get to hang out with Antonia Lofaso, Executive Chef at Black Market Liquor Bar, fan favorite and finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars,” Bravo’s “Top Chef” and author of “The Busy Mom’s Cookbook.”

I also get to meet a small group of fabulous bloggers from around the country. While lots of bloggers like to go to big conferences and meet lots of people I REALLY enjoy these small meetings where I can spend time with everyone.

Hopefully you won’t notice much difference on the site but I will try to take pics and such on Facebook. Our hotel is near the famous “Canal Street” shopping district so I may post some pics. I wonder if they take coupons?

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.


June and July Coupon Class Availability


If you have been interesting in hosting a coupon class I finally have all my dates available for June and July.

I am looking for people to HOST classes- as of right now I don’t have any open to the public. Once I am finished with 1776 I will be looking into scheduling another one!

All you need for a class is a minimum of 6 attendees. The cost is $10 per person. If you would like to host with less than 6 people it is expected that the host makes up the financial difference.

Generally class is just a bunch of us sitting around a table with snacks and wine (I don’t drink the wine, don’t worry), sort of hanging out and learning about coupons. It’s a very laid back endeavor and we always have a good time!

Here are the available dates:

June 9th, 11th and 18th.

July 16th, 20th, 21st, 23nd, 27th, 28th and 30th.

Class takes between two and two and a half hours depending on how talkative we all feel! Everyone receives a workbook and the host receives a coupon related “thank you” gift.

Here are some of the topics we discuss:

Sources for Coupons
Coupon Organization
Coupon Policies
Price Book
Meal Planning
Shopping Preparation
Drug Store Deals
Uses for Expired Coupons
… and much more!

If you would like to host just drop me a message and we can get the dates figured out!

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.


TLC Extreme Couponing Season III Premiere- Fradulent Coupons and Policy Violations


I half watched the first 30 minutes of Extreme Couponing last night while I was working and I didn’t hear any huge blunders. No one got into a fight in the store or photocopied coupons. I thought perhaps it was an uneventful evening. I thought wrong.

Sigh.

It’s not like we haven’t told TLC this stuff is going on. You would have to live under a rock to not have noticed your network being harassed by e-mails. To quote from an article in the Chicago Tribune “Matt Sharp, executive producer of TLC’s Extreme Couponing, said in an email that the show, which begins its third season in May, does not plan any changes despite the allegations. “Extreme Couponing continues to document real people and their extreme couponing methods. It’s up to each of the couponers to follow store policy and coupon rules,” Sharp wrote.”

Let’s look at some of the fradulent coupons used last night:
$5/1 Lysol Healthy Touch coupon (I remember these from the paper) but it was used on Lysol wipes last night
$1/1 Kleenex Cool Touch coupon used on regular Kleenex
A $6.50/1 cereal coupon? (yeah cause those exist)
$7/1 Hefty Product Coupon (on the CIC fraudulent coupon list)
FREE Quilted Northern Coupon (on the CIC fraudulent coupon list)
Free Doritos Bags Coupon

One of the people last night stated she had bought coupons online for the show and a few seconds on ebay shows that many of these counterfeit coupons are available for purchase!

And then there was the trip to K-Mart with just insane violations of their coupon policy. Kmart only doubles 5 coupons per day in real life. AND they gave overages on coupons (which they don’t do in real life).

Instead of getting all worked up about it I want you to see these as learning opportunities. If a coupon seems too good to be true check the Coupon Information Center- they have a list of all the well known counterfeit coupons.

Be sure to know the coupon policies for the stores you enjoy shopping and that way you will be sure to never unintentionally violate their rules!

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.


The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Extreme Couponing Season 3 Begins Tonight


(In order to really get the full effectiveness of this post I have placed the theme song from “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” on the bottom of the post. If you hit play and allow it to run during your reading it REALLY gives you the proper atmosphere.)

Oh my. I really thought there wouldn’t be any stores left in the US who would let them film.

Clearly I was wrong.

For better or worse Extreme Couponing is back tonight on TLC at 10 p.m. EST.

I have to admit as a coupon blogger this show is a mixed blessing for me. Many of you are reading my site because of what you saw on Extreme Couponing. Hundreds have taken my coupon classes because of it.

So I wanted to point out The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the show so that you know exactly what I think.

The Good
There are absolutely good parts of Extreme Couponing. MANY of the people shown, even if they don’t air it, donate to local food banks and shelters. They also show that “normal” people can save money using coupons. Most of these people are not rocket scientists. They are just average people who figured out how to use coupons to make their lives better. If they can do it, so can you. They are EXTREME but on the whole they have good hearts and good intentions.

The Bad
Please remember these are EXTREME trips. Just because you see them get $1,000 worth of groceries for $30 does not mean their grocery budget each month is that $30. If you can survive on Milky Way Bars, BBQ sauce and toothbrushes- this is the way to live. If you want to eat fresh fruit, fresh veggies or meat you have to understand that saving 95% at the grocery store all the time is NOT realistic. As a frame of reference I usually shoot to save between 50% and 70% when I grocery shop. I just hate when I talk to people who are disappointed they are not saving like they see on the air. Do you expect to fall in love by having 20 guys come and fight over getting a rose at the end of the night? Then don’t expect to save like you see on “reality television” either.

The Ugly
Here’s the problem with this show. The ugly is SOOOO ugly. It’s not much ugly but when it raises it’s head it’s so bad. We have seen coupon fraud on the show over and over again. In no way it is okay to photocopy coupons and present them at the store. It is NEVER okay to steal coupons from a newspaper or a neighbors driveway. It is NEVER okay to walk into a store and buy out their entire inventory of an item when you have more than enough.

The Conclusion
I tell people all the time- if you have never seen the show I think you should watch it once. For me it has a similar affect as watching “Hoarders” makes my house feel spotless. I hope that you can see the good in things and avoid those who do things unethically. And if you have seen the show before there probably isn’t a need to watch it again- you’ve seen it all before!

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.


Meal Planning Class: June 4th in Virginia Beach


I have joined up with Sharon from Mom on Dealz to present menu planning classes in Chesapeake and other cites.

Now it’s time for a Virginia Beach Meal Planning Class! The class will include menu planning strategies and also a brief introduction to coupon basics.

Here are some of the topics we will be discussing:

  • Couponing Basics/Harris Teeter Coupon Policies
  • Once a Month Cooking
  • Once a Week Cooking
  • Everyday Cooking
  • Cooking From Your Stockpile
  • Maximizing Your Slow Cooker
  • Menu Creating
  • Freezer Storage Times
  • Organization Methods and Tools
  • Planning Your Menu Using Sales Ads

All participants will need to bring a three ring binder as we will have LOTS of paperwork to hand out.

This informative class will be June 4th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Harris Teeter located on Virginia Beach Blvd. in Virginia Beach.

The cost of the class will be $10. It must be paid to reserve your seat and there are no refunds or transfers.

If you are interested please e-mail Sharon at momondealz (at) gmail.com.  From there Sharon will give you the address to pay via paypal or to mail a check.

I hope you all are as excited about this class as we are- I think it can really make a difference for some Hampton Roads families!

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.


Recovering From The Hacker: Step One Done

So did you miss the news about my wonderful Hacker Experience this week?

It’s going to take a lot of work to get this all fixed (and cost me a lot of money) but the most important stuff is done now.

A great company has gone through and cleaned out my site for me.  I believe part of the issue was the tool we were using to upload pictures so that’s why there are no pictures on my site currently.  Hopefully we can get that cleared up on Monday and my site will look as pretty as usual soon.

The other thing that is good is that the links on google work now.  So if you google my site name and your cache doesn’t have an old link in it, the link will work fine and take your safely to my site.  You can also get to it through www.thefrugalchick.com and www.afrugalchick.net.

The bad thing is that there is still a warning on google that my site was hacked.  I have sent in all the paperwork to google but it could take up to six weeks to get that removed.  But please be sure it’s completely safe to click on my site- everything has been fixed!

Thanks for your patience and please spread the word about all the great 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.


Where Has A Frugal Chick Been



Have you missed me?

The last 30 hours have been completely insane so I wanted you to know where I have been (since I haven’t been here).

It began Tuesday morning around 10 a.m.  You know how when you are leaving town you have every moment planned?  You know what you need to pack, have half the bags laid out and the other things in a list in your mind.  Oh and your cat is stalking your suitcase because she has now figured out you are leaving town and her only defense is to lay on top of your clean clothes so that you do not forget her while you are gone.

I get an e-mail and find out that my site had been attacked by a hacker who placed a worm in the guts of my website.   At that point I had two hours to get everything done and get out the door while freaking out about the hacker.

Basically what this worm does is ensure that whenever a person googles my site they get a nice big link that says my site is spam.  They have created a mirror site that messes me up five ways to Monday.  Thankfully it’s a nice safe worm for my readers- since I don’t keep any of your personal information it has no idea who you are.  While to a hacker this may be amusing this website is my main source of income.  They are jeopardizing my relationship with many companies and in a worst case scenario I could have to rebuild my site from scratch.  I e-mailed my web guy to have him start looking around and tried to finish up my posts for the day, shower, clean my house, get cash and not forget to pack anything.

So during the 3.5 hour drive to DC (with Sharon from Mom on Dealz and Dana from The Coupon Challenge) I was on the phone with my web guy trying to get things worked out.  As soon as I got to the hotel I locked myself in the business center and worked on the Food Lion deals.  Two hours later we left to head to American Tap Room to meet a friend of mine for dinner.

While I am not a beer drinker I did take this great picture at dinner- do you want to guess if the beer was big or the Tabasco sauce little?

After dinner we went walking around Arlington and found this AMAZING gelato place.  I have never had real gelato before so I was thrilled to try it.

They had so many flavors- including Rose and Violet!  They actually soak the flower in water and remove the essence to flavor the gelato.  I tried violet- it tasted like exactly what you picture violet to taste like.  Someone in the store said it tasted like bathroom air freshener.

I settled for a small bowl with banana and wedding cake.  On our continued walk while eating our gelato we stumbled across a Whole Foods and like the good tourists we are went inside and exclaimed happiness over everything.  Since we don’t have a Whole Foods in our town it’s a nice treat to look around.

After a lovely evening I got back to the hotel to deal with the website craziness some more and be sure that all the grocery deals you all know and love were posted.  Then I fell asleep on the couch in our sitting room.

After calling in to 92.9 The Wave this morning we headed out to our conference.  A quick metro ride followed by some misdirection around town and we arrived at the conference.  I will skip all the boring work stuff except to say that I didn’t have internet access during the entire presentation!

At the conference we also got to hang out with fellow bloggers Amee from Madame Deals, Brandi from Must Love Coupons and Charlotte from My Active Child so after we went to the Pot Belly Sandwich Shop.

During this whole thing I have been e-mailing back and forth with a NEW company trying to get some answers on the hacking situation.  Then it was back in the car to fight DC and Hampton Roads traffic.

After teaching piano and voice tonight I am finally home to begin posting deals.  I am sorry I wasn’t able to do more today and I promise to continue fighting the evil hacker until all is well in google world.  Just know for a while you may want to use www.thefrugalchick.com to get to my site rather than www.afrugalchick.com.  They will both get you to the same place.

Thanks so much for sticking with me while we work out all the craziness!

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.


It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year


Every year it happens- December comes after November.  It is a month full of craziness, diet breaking food and bank emptying expenses.  And yet every year we are surprised.  We can’t believe that it snuck up on us so quickly.  With resources already stretched tight just to get basic bills paid the additional holiday costs- gifts, clothes for company holiday parties, travel- are now going to blow the budget.

So we pull out the plastic and make poor decisions that we spend the next six months paying back.

Why not make this year different?  Some simple steps can completely change your situation when Black Friday comes around.

  1.  Use coupons and save on things you already purchase- Using coupons does not have to be a complicated process.  In its most simple form take the coupon inserts out and cut the coupons for products you already buy.  Then take the money you save each week and throw it in a jar or drawer.  At $5 a week you should have a nice nest egg for some Black Friday shopping.
  2. Start shopping now- Just because a gift is given in December does not mean it cannot be purchased in April.  Set aside some space in your home and start storing toys, candles, body lotion and gift cards.  A $20 gift card costs $20 in June or December.
  3. Start now using companies that give you store credits- Imagine how easy holiday shopping would be if you had a big stack of gift cards for payment.  Websites like Swagbucks.com and Recyclebank.com let you earn gift cards for watching videos and taking quizzes.
  4. Shorten your shopping list- Ask your family about drawing names this year instead of purchasing multiple gifts.  Agree with your spouse in advance to focus on the kids and not each other.  Instead of buying gifts for each of your friends maybe take a night to go out to eat instead (plus you can use a coupon for the meal).

Take these simple steps now to ensure December does not surprise you this year!

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.


Finding Froggy


If you have spent any time with me you are aware of my complete love for my nephew P.  He is easily the funnest part of my life.

A very important part of P’s life is his friend Froggy (whose picture I have placed above).  Froggy is his bedtime buddy.  During the day he remains in P’s room waiting to help him at nap time and bed time to sleep well.

As all of you who are parents can imagine not having Froggy at home when it’s time for bed is a pretty traumatic experience.   There is wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Not to mention the tears outside of the washing machine as his little body goes round and round in the water when he needs a freshening up.  My nephew is convinced he is drowning slowly in front of his eyes.

Today we want to a local neighborhood that was having a community yard sale.  It was fun to walk from house to house looking for potential treasures.

As we walk up to one house P yells “Froggy!” and points to a pile of stuffed animals.  Lying on top of the pile in all of his green silky glory is Froggy’s identical twin brother.

My sister has been checking regularly at stores for a while now for a back up Froggy with no luck.  How much easier would it be to have a back up Froggy in the event he was left somewhere?

So my sister gladly coughed up the spare change to buy the back up Froggy.  Money well spent and my nephew proudly placed him in the stroller to be taken home and washed.

The moral of the story- you never know what (or who) you will find at a yard sale!  Be sure to keep an eye out for treasures- you may find an old friend.

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 Love My Kindle Fire


When it comes to technology I am usually the LAST person to have the newest gadget.  I was the last of my friends to get a cell phone, an MP3 player or a lap top.  I just got a smart phone in October 2011.  When it comes to electronics I am not a trend setter.

I have been mulling over the idea of an e-reader for a while.  I have this problem where I like BOOKS- the way they smell, the way they feel and the sense of accomplishment that comes from turning a last page.

BUT my little condo has become over run with books.  I am always just on the verge of returning a library book late.  And my night stand is overflowing so much that my alarm clock is having a hard time staking it’s claim.

About a month ago Amazon had a Gold Box Deal of the day I couldn’t resist- $139 for a Refurbished Kindle Fire.  Even though my frugal nature was screaming I bought it and anxiously waited for it to show up.

When it get here I pulled it out of the box, pushed the button on the bottom to get it started and everything was already done.  Amazon had synced the device with my account so all the books I had downloaded over the last 3 years were already there.  There was almost no set up required- it would be a great gift for someone who isn’t always good with technology.

It has been incredibly convenient having all of my books in one place.  Lying in bed at night I can read my Bible and then by pressing the screen switch over to my current reading for pleasure.  I can stream Netflix and plays Words With Friends while sitting on my couch.

I can not tell any difference between my refurbished model and my friends new models so save yourself the $30 if you are considering buying one!

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Today I Used My Whole Toothpaste Stock Pile


Today I reached the end of my current tube of toothpaste and had to use my WHOLE toothpaste stockpile to replace it.

Yes my toothpaste stockpile is ONE TUBE of toothpaste.

Here’s the thing- toothpaste is free almost every week somewhere.

It’s right up there with pasta and toothbrushes as items that are easy to get free.  So I don’t feel the need to have 5 tubes in my stockpile- it will expire before I can use it.

One tube per human in my household seems like a perfectly reasonable number to me.

So remember- friends don’t let friends keep toothpaste until it’s expired.  Don’t be a toothpaste hoarder!

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.


Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Saturday
  • 10:30am Pony Pedicures at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666
Sunday

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

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.


Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Saturday
10am-12pm Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop at All Lowe’s Locations
11am Swamp Stomp at First Landing Park Trail Center 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451
11am “Turtle Painting” ($2/child, Registration Required) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666
12-2pm Bluebird Country Hayrides– weather dependent at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666
12-3pm Second Saturday Family Day at Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
1pm Once Upon a Truffala Tree at First Landing Park Trail Center 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451
2pm Zootime at Barnes & Noble Greenbrier 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
2pm “A Ballerina” Storytime Barnes & Noble TCC at MacArthur Center 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510
2pm The Egg Seekers at Horace Downing Library 555 E. Liberty Street Norfolk, VA 23523
3pm Seaside Creations- Make a sculpture out of seashells! at First Landing State Park- Main Boardwalk 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Sunday
10am “Have Knots”  ($2/person, Registration Required) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

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.


Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Friday, April 6, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
  • 3pm Happy Bunny Day at Indian River Library 2320 Old Greenbrier Road, Chesapeake VA

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

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.


Coupon Class Open To The Public: April 14th Hampton, VA


If you have been trying to attend a coupon class near Hampton, VA there is a coupon class open to the public!

April 14th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will be teaching a Couponing Basics class open to the public.

The class will be at the Monitor Lodge No. 197 at 212 E. Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663.

The class is free but you must reserve your seat by calling Jan at 757-851-8985.

I look forwarding to meeting you all!

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.


Coupon Class Open To The Public- April 16, 2012


Are you interested in learning more about using coupons?  Or trying to figure out the mystery of the drug stores?

Come and check out Couponing Basics as taught by A Frugal Chick!

There is a class open to the public on April 16, 2012 at 6 p.m. and is being hosted by the Navy Wives Club of America Tidewater #190.

The cost of the class is $10 unless you bring a non-perishable food item and then there is a $1 discount.

The church will be held at Norfolk Church of Christ, 5801 Granby Street in Norfolk, VA.

If you wish to register you can do it through their website.   Childcare will be provided if requested.

Please RSVP by April 10, 2012 if you would like to use childcare!

I look forward to meeting 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.