I Finally Did It- I Bought My Television

If you have been following A Frugal Chick for a while you know that periodically in a post I mention that I have been saving for a new television.  I take FOREVER to make big decisions like this and research it until I know more than I need to.

Oh and my goal was to get the television just using gift cards I earned on-line. 

So for the last two years I have been saving Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks and other sites in hopes of getting a great deal on the perfect TV.

Today I finally worked up the nerve to buy it.  It’s a huge decision for me and I still sort of can’t believe I did it!  And I managed to have enough gift cards that I didn’t pay a penny for the television!  (If you are interested I bought this one – I thought $150 off regular price was pretty good.)

My new television should be here soon.  My old television will have a new home with a friend of mine who will love and appreciate it as much as I have.  It’s a great television- I have been using it for 11 years and with the exception of a few minor quirks it has been fantastic.

So please use this post as encouragement!  If you set your mind to it and are patient you can get a great deal with your frugal knowledge!

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Give Freely 1/5/11

Welcome to Give Freely!

One in five Americans deals daily with the issue of not having enough to eat.  Many of those are children.  As couponers, we have the unique opportunity to buy items at extremely reduced prices (or even free) to feed our families. 

The goal is Give Freely is to present you each week with freebies or near freebies from your local grocery stores. Because these items are so inexpensive we are hoping that you will spend the extra few cents to pick up a spare item to donate to your community center, church, local food bank or shelter.

If you are a blogger who does deals for a supermarket not on this list and would be interested in participating, please send me an e-mail!

Please take this opportunity to help stop hunger in this country!  

Here are the great deals this week:

Farm Fresh (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

No Yolks $1.50
USe $0.50/1 No Yolks Product, exp. 6-30-11 (SS 10/10/10)
Final: $0.50 each

Maruchan Yakisoba $0.89
Use $0.50/1 Maruchan from the 01/02 SS insert
FREE

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks $1.50
Use $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks printable
Use $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, exp. 2-26 (GM 01/02/11)
Final: 2/$2

Food Lion (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

Peter Pan Peanut Butter $1.50
$1.00/2 Peter Pan Peanut Butter, exp. 2-28-11 (SS 01/02/11 #2)
Final Price After Coupons: $1 each

Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding $1
$1.00/4 Snack Pack Pudding, exp. 2-28-11 (SS 01/02/11 #2)
B3G1 Snack Pack Pudding, exp. 3-31-11 (ALL YOU Jan ’11)
Final Price After Coupon: As low as $.75

Hunt’s or Rotel Tomatoes 10 – 14.5 oz $1
$1/3 Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes, exp. 3-27-11 (ALL YOU Jan ’11)
$1/2 Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes, exp. 3-27-11 (ALL YOU Jan ’11)
Final Price After Coupon: $.67

Giant (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

Kashi GoLean Bars – $1.00

Pasta/Rice A Roni $1.00
Get 1 FREE Pasta Roni when you buy 3 Rice-A-Roni 01/2 Red Plum (exp 4/30)
$.75 each after coupon

Harris Teeter (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

Rhodes Warm and Serve Rolls $2.25
-$1 coupon from Red Plum 12/12
Final=$0.25

Quaker Oats $2.65
-$1 coupon from Red Plum 1/2
Final=$0.65

Budweiser Wing/BBQ Sauce $1.64
-$1/2 coupon from Smart Source 12/5
Final=$0.64

Kroger (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal (8-16 ct) – $1.99
$1/1 Select Quaker Oatmeals from Red Plum insert 1/2/11
$0.99 after coupon

Barilla Pasta (12-6 oz) – $1.00

Kroger Bread (20-24 oz) – $1.00

Martins (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

 Peter Pan Peanut Butter 2/$3
$1.00/2 from 1/2 SS
$1 each after coupon

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest or Smart Taste Pasta 4/$5
-$1.00/2 Smart Taste Printable
-$1.00/2 Healthy Harvest Printable
$0.75 each after coupon

Target (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup, Cans or Microwaveable Bowls 4/$5
$1/2 Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup printable
$0.75 after coupon

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Assorted 5.5 – 7.3 oz 10/$10

Safeway (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

Progresso Soup – $0.99 ea
$1/4 Progresso Soup  (GM 1/2/11)
$1/4 Progresso Soup, exp. 1-29-11 (GM 12/05/10)
$0.74 each after coupon

 Mission Tortilla Chips – $1.49 ea (Limit 4)

Walmart (to see a complete list of deals, click here)

Idahoan Potatoes, $0.98
$0.40/1 Idahoan Product printable
$0.40/1 Idahoan Product printable
$0.58 ea. after coupon!

Martha White Cornbread Mix, $0.62
$1/4 Martha White Baking Mixes printable
$0.55/2 Martha White Baking Mix, exp. 2-28-11 (RP 11/07/10)
As low as $0.35 ea. after coupon!

Hormel Chili, $1.25
$0.55/2 Hormel Chili Product, exp. 1-3-11 (SS 11/07/10)
$0.98 ea. wyb 2 after coupon!

Winn Dixie (to see the complete list of deals, click here)

Gallon Pure Infant water – $1.00

Pasta Roni or Rice-a-Roni – $1.00
Buy 3 Rice-a-Roni get a FREE Pasta Roni from 1/2 Smart Source Insert
Final Price After Coupon: 4/$3

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese- $1

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Budget 2011: Organize Your Computer For Maximum Savings

There are several small things you can do on your computer to help maximize your savings when you shop!  Here are a few simple ones:

1.  Create a new e-mail address- Coupons and special sales codes are often sent through e-mail and can clutter your inbox leaving messages from friends and family lost in the middle of the deals.  By creating a new e-mail address you can keep all your sales in one place.  Gmail, Yahoo and AOL will let you create a new e-mail address for free.

2.  Create a list of favorites- Using your web browser take a moment to add websites you frequent to your favorites list.  (Make sure to add www.afrugalchick.com)!  If you don’t want to add favorites consider using Google Reader to check them all at once.

3.  Download coupon printing software- Coupons.com, Red Plum and Smart Source all have small software files that you have to download in order to print coupons.  I have the software (not the toolbars) downloaded on my home computer and have had no problems with them over the last few years. 

SIDE NOTE:  If you are going to print coupons on-line, please consider using the links on my blog.  They are located on the right hand side and on the tab labeled “The Masters.”  Every time I get a few cents for being the blogger who sends you to their site.  I use all the money to keep this blog running!

4- Utlilize Social Networking- Facebook is a powerful source for coupons and sale information.  If you don’t have (or want) a facebook page, consider creating a profile just for couponing.  “Like” your favorite bloggers and then check in periodically to roll in the savings!

By observing these simple steps, you can make your computer a money saving tool!

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Budget 2011 Websites: Eversave

I did a nice little post on Eversave when they offered a $5 bonus to anyone who signed up before December 31st.  At that point I didn’t have alot of experience with Eversave.  Now that I have researched it I have a little bit better idea of how to maximize the site to save some cash!

Eversave is a daily deal site that is in 57 markets and offer local saves from local merchants. They also offer online deals. The deals they offer are often 50-90% off so it’s definitely worth it to check out their site and see what deals they have.  They are very similiar to Groupon (except their site is much cuter).  Also, like Groupon, they often have deals that are good nationwide so no matter where you live you can take advantage of them!

Another great thing about Eversave is that their vouchers do not have the purchase price listed on them!  So you can give them as gifts! 

Just like with Groupon if a good deal pops up on-line I will be sure to mention it on my blog!  So welcome to using Eversave!  Sign up here to get started!

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Budget 2011: Shopping the Thrift/Second-Hand Stores

A good used clothing store is a gold mine.  I will tell you any money saving secret I have EXCEPT my favorite thrift stores.  Those are for me to know!

One of the big ways you can save in 2011 is to utilize thrift or second hand stores for clothing.  As a kid I loved going to the thrift stores because I could have ANYTHING in the store- none of it was too expensive!

Here are my tips for thrift store shopping:

Dress Properly:  Thrift stores usually don’t have dressing rooms.  Make sure you have on form-fitting clothes so you can slip stuff over them and make sure they fit!

Grab It When You See It: Most second hand stores don’t have multiple of the same item.  If you see something you like grab it and put it in the cart!  Once you have gone through all the racks, you can find a quiet corner and check all of your treasures.  Whatever you decide not to keep you can always put back!

Know the Store’s Sales:  Yes, thrift stores have sales too.  Call ahead and find out if they have sales!

Know the Neighborhood: Looking for suits for the office?  Make sure your store is near a high income area.  Generally people donate to the store closest to their home.

Consider the Date: There are some times of year that stores tend to get an influx of new inventory.  January is one of them- people are trying to get their year end tax deductions!  Another is in the spring- many people clean their closets out when it gets warmer and that leads to an upsurge in donations.

Utilizing these tips you can find some of the best bargains around!

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Budget 2011: The Great Clothes Hanger Trick

Hopefully by now you have cleaned out your closets, made your donations and are prepared to sell your valuable unused items.

However if you just can’t bring yourself to part with your clothing I have a suggestion you may try for the new year (remember the average female only wears about 30% of what is in her closet).  It’s very easy and won’t cost you a penny.

Take everything hanging in your closet and adjust the coat hangers so that they are hanging “backwards.”  (I can’t think of any other way to describe it than “backwards.”  If you look at the picture it is the peach hangers.) 

Once you have removed and worn an item from your closet, hang it BACK up the “correct way” (like the teal and red hangers in the picture). 

This way your closet is keeping track of what you ACTUALLY wear.  In a few months all the winter clothes that are still hung backwards need to be donated or sold.  These are items you really do not ever use and are just taking up room.

The same can be done with all summer clothes as well.  By removing these extra items from your house you are creating a better feeling environment with less clutter! 

I will be doing this as well- I know I have WAY too many clothes in my house.  So on New Years Eve I will get everything organized and let you know how many items I have hanging in my closet.  As the year progresses I will purge it down to smaller numbers and let you know how it goes.  Hopefully by this time next year my closets will be much emptier!

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Budget 2011: Check Your Bank Statement for Fees

This is the third in a series on things to do BEFORE 2011 to get your budget in order.  To check out my other posts click here and here

Sometime in the next week or so you will probably get a bank statement in the mail.  If you are one of those people who does stuff paperless you will probably log in to check your balance.

When you look at your statement, check it for fees.  If you are paying a monthly fee for your checking account, STOP IT!  Why on earth should you pay to have access to your money?  It’s YOUR money!

Punch Debt in The Face recently did a post about this.  He had banked at Washington Mutual for years fee free.  Then they get bought by Chase and BOOM- a $10 fee pops up.  $120 a year to get to his own money! 

So if you are paying a monthly service fee for your checking account, it is probably (and I am just being polite when I say probably) time to either switch checking accounts or switch banks. 

If they gave you one fee what’s to stop them from giving you another?  So save some cash and make sure your checking accounts are fee free!

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