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Here are the deals we talked about today:

National Flip Flop Day- Free Tropical Smoothie

$2 in Free Amazon MP3 Credits

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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