Perhaps some of you are already familar with this, but if not here’s a huge list of printable Bricks coupons from Coupons Inc. Just scroll down a tad. I don’t believe I’ve seen some of these before, so if you come up with any great deals, please leave a comment or email me!
Join the Cold Stone Creamery Birthday Club to receive a coupon for free ice cream on your birthday. Best of all, you can register every member of your family for this! I kind of had to laugh when I noticed that it said you can only add five family members, because that just won’t cut it for us. But they do go on to say that if you have more than five family members, you just need to create another account with a different email address. So a big thumbs up to Cold Stone for recognizing that large families are still thriving these days!
Thanks so much to Brittany for letting me know about the club, and be sure to hop over and wish her a very happy birthday today!
I won’t kid you. Being a mom to five children under the age of six is by no stretch of the imagination easy. Rewarding, yes. Easy, a resounding NO! And by far one of the most trying times is dinnertime. Everyone is usually cranky and irritable, and of course, they’re all hungry and want their food immediately.
This is where one of my little secret sanity savers comes in. Oh, I have lots of these little tricks up my sleeve, and I’ll share them all with you in due time, but this is one of my favorites. Some are frugal, and then some are not so frugal, but sometimes Mommy’s sanity is worth more than saving a dime. However, I always do my research to get the best price!
On to my secret . . .
Yep, that’s right – my trusty KitchenAid All-Purpose Kitchen Shears. Of course mine are red to match all my other KitchenAid utensils and appliances! Yes, not so frugal but very durable . . .
I use these babies for every task imaginable. They’re great for chopping up still-frozen chicken for stir-fry meals or other recipes that call for diced chicken or any other kind of meat for that matter. I use them to mince herbs, chop celery, cut up grapes – you name it. And the great thing is you can cut stuff right into the pan you’re using.
But the very best use I’ve come up with is quickly cutting foods up into bite-size pieces for the kiddies. It makes quick work of any meal, including pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, etc. It lets me assemble their plates quickly and easily, getting them all served and ready to eat without the dangers of slicing or dicing my finger with a knife. (Who, me? I’ve never done anything like that.) My neighbor was an instant convert when she saw me quickly dice up a slice of pizza for my 2 year old at her birthday party.
I have at least four pairs of the shears so I always have a clean pair. I also have numerous pairs of their other styles, including the herb shears, poultry shears, bent shears, and utility shears, but the all-purpose kitchen shears will always hold a special place in my heart.
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Back when I was a novice couponer, I had NO idea that you could get items free using what I would call regular, everyday coupons, i.e., coupons that aren’t marked as getting the item free. Most stores will accept your dollar and cents off coupons on items that are less than the value of the coupon. This happens more frequently than you think if you use a coupon to buy a sample size item or if your store doubles coupons.
For example, you can purchase many Johnson’s sample size items with the $1 off coupons that they frequently have out and receive them for free. You do have to read the fine print on the coupons, because some specifically state the sizes that they’re valid on, but if it’s not stated, samples are fair game!
Better yet, many stores will apply the “overage,” the difference between the value of the coupon and the price of your item, to the balance of your transaction. I never count on this happening, as it can vary from store to store and even cashier to cashier, but it’s always a pleasant surprise when it does happen.
This doesn’t have to apply to just sample sizes. For example, a few weeks ago CVS had Excedrin 24-ct. bottles on sale for $1.99. I printed some $2 off coupons from online and was able to purchase them for free, and in this case the cashier did apply the one-cent difference from each to the rest of my transaction.
This little tip has saved me quite a bit since I learned it, so I love to pass the info on!!!
Even though I’ve won some really great prizes over the years, I’ve kind of slacked off on entering a lot of sweepstakes, especially the daily entry type, because it’s a lot of work to keep them organized, as well as to remember to enter them. I happened across Sweep! earlier this week, and it looks like it’s going to be a great tool. It organizes your entries and reminds you when it’s time to enter.
- Simple one, two, three method to enter sweepstakes!
- Sweep comes with hundreds of sweeps and freebies!
- Works great with the browser you already have!
- You decide how and when to enter what sweepstakes!
- Sweep is completely free forever! No hidden costs!
It’s working well for me so far, and I hope it works for you!