Archives for May 2011

20% off Gymboree coupon code — HURRY EXPIRES TODAY!!

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Gymboree coupon codes

On the small chance that someone out there could use a 20% off Gymboree coupon code, I have one that expires TODAY (5/31/2011)!  The code is 111XCJSG5683441  First come, first served! But, please, if you use it, please post on the blog, so others will know it’s gone.  :o)
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50% off at Lenny’s Sub Shop

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Lenny’s Sub Shop has teamed up with Double Take Deals, to offer you an awesome deal!  For $10, you get a $20 certificate.

Valid at the Kennesaw location (440 Ernest Barrett Pkwy; Kennesaw) — Certificates are valid FROM THE DAY AFTER PURCHASE until 7/5/2012.

Click here to get this deal, and explore the other great local deals available at Double Take Deals!

As a bonus, when you use my referral link, you’ll get $5 credit to your account — making this an even sweeter deal!!  (Remember how I discussed ways to support AFM?  This is one of them!)

Also, through Double Take Deals, there are deals ALL over town to be had.  Check them out now!

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$1.00 off Coupon for Fred’s Diapers

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In my constant quest to help y’all find cheap diapers, I feel compelled to pass this on to whomever could use it.  


I got a coupon in the mail yesterday for $1.00 off Fred’s Kids diapers.  I don’t have a Fred’s near me, nor do I need any more diapers at the moment (thank you, effective potty training!!), so I’d like to send this to someone who could use it.  (exp 4/30/2012)  

Email me (AtlantasFrugalMom@gmail.com) if interested, with the subject line: Fred’s coupon.  First come, first served.  :o)

Go here to see if there’s one near you.  I see there are locations in Austell, Forest Park, Conyers, Douglasville, and Cartersville; but also around the southeast.  And if you ARE lucky enough to have a one near you,, please note Fred’s double coupons up to $0.70 every Saturday. Woo hooo!


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UPDATE: Northside Baby Alumni Club & Zoo Atlanta

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I got quite a few inquiries about yesterday’s post (see below), so I tried to do a little more digging on the event at Zoo Atlanta.  …I’ll be honest, I couldn’t find much, but I found a number to call at Northside and spoke with someone in the Northside Hospital Foundation department, and the event IS open to “all Northside babies, and their families and siblings”.  Please do just keep in mind the donations you are asked to contribute.   You can register for the event by emailing foundation.RSVP@northside.com.  If you’d like further information, call 770-667-4483.

If your little one was born at Northside, you may get an invite in the mail for a free evening at Zoo Atlanta.  Our little monkey was born there two years ago, so we are apparently part of the Northside Hospital Baby Alumni Club. Here’s the gist of what the postcard says:
* Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Admission is free, but you are encouraged to bring a donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (canned goods or diapers).

* There will be arts and crafts, DJ, face painting, and cookies in the Ford Pavillion.

* Honoring the Northside Hopsital Baby Alumni Club (I don’t know what specific ages this covers…)
For more information, contact Zoo Atlanta or Northside Hospital.  Not sure yet if I’ll bring my daughter for this one, the zoo may think she belongs there.  ;o)

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Northside Baby Alumni Club & Zoo Atlanta

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If your little one was born at Northside, you may get an invite in the mail for a free evening at Zoo Atlanta.  Our little monkey was born there two years ago, so we are apparently part of the Northside Hospital Baby Alumni Club. Here’s the gist of what the postcard says:

* Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

* Admission is free, but you are encouraged to bring a donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (canned goods or diapers)

*there will be arts & crafts, DJ, face painting, and cookies in the Ford Pavillion

* honoring the Northside Hopsital Baby Alumni Club (I don’t know what specific ages this covers…)

For more information, contact Zoo Atlanta or Northside Hospital.  Not sure yet if I’ll bring my daughter for this one, the zoo may think she belongs there.  ;o)
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Storing & Organizing Your Coupons – The Evolution of My Coupon Organization

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Many of you have asked me how I store and haul my coupons.  I’m not going to lie: I have yet to  perfect my system(s), but with each attempt, it seems to be getting easier as I go!  I’ll take you through my coupon storage evolution, and perhaps you will find a system that meets your needs along the way.

Particularly if you are a couponing newbie, I know storing and organizing your coupons can be quite daunting and prove to be an overwhelming task, to say the least.  I’ll confess that I still find the process a bit too much at times, and I’ve been couponing my entire adult life.  Truth be told, most Sundays, I dread the task of clipping and organizing; sometimes it drags in to Mondays as well.  (Does that make anyone feel better???)

Please keep in mind that you will need to create your own system that works for you.  Feel free to borrow these ideas, but you’ll need to make your own tweaks to make it your own.  :o)

The Envelope – For years, I carried a small, laminated envelope around in my purse.  (I believe it was an extra “thank you note”-sized one.)  This worked fine for my needs at the time: it fit in my purse (which was exponentially smaller in my younger, pre-mommy days!), and held about two or three dozen coupons.  Being the hyper-organized person, I still had them in a categorized order, even within the small envelope.

NOTE: Some people use a more complex “envelope system” to store and organize their coupons.  Most will keep a set of envelopes in a shoe box, or similar sized container.  Each envelope will hold a category of coupons.

The Expanding Coupon File/Accordian – I found a plastic  expanding coupon accordian holder for about $3 at Big Lots a few years ago, and happily used this for quite a while.  Even with the small(er) pre-mommy purse, the coupon file was portable enough to fit in my purse.  It had about 13 sections, which I labeled based on categories that made sense to me.  This worked when I was still heavily buying store brand items, but occasionally kept my eye open for deals on select other products.  You can pick one up at Target for under $5.

The Petite Coupon Binder – Once my coupon file literally started bursting at the seems, I knew it was time to upgrade.  The need for something more occurred around the time I started picking up my parents coupons, and occasionally my mother-in-laws.  Also, around this time, I began to understand how to play the drugstore games, read the sales cycles at grocery stores, and exploring the blogosphere for deeper savings.  I found myself no longer boxed in to store brand versions, and in order to maximize savings, clipped coupons for multiple brands for the same product.  Oh, and I discovered the delectable joys of printable coupons!
The petite coupon binder was a find from Target.  (I know, I’m like a walking Target ad!)  Initially, I took some Ziplock freezer bags (because I thought they’d be the most durable), hole punched them, and made these my zipper pouches for each coupon category.  What I quickly discovered, however, was how darn THICK this system became: the bags filled with coupons, and the zippers themselves proved to be just too bulky for my needs.  I started searching around the house for old Day Runner-type planners, and found a handful.  Thus, I was able to replace the bulky Ziplocks with the zippered pouches that come with the planners.
But I still had a darn rubber-band holding it all together.  I reluctantly realized I needed something more….
The Full-Fledged Coupon Binder –  Equipped with some business card holder pages, baseball card holder pages, sheet protectors, and photo pages – all from Goodwill!- I stepped up to the Big Leagues!  As I said before, my organizational style requires that I categorize, and then subcategorize.  Plus, I’m highly visual.  Thus, having a page per subcategory (or a few subs per page) allowed me to better SEE my coupons.  I will post specifically about my coupon binder, complete with photos later and a category list.  :o)I digress.   If you do the bulk of your shopping with coupons, including restaraunts, general store coupons, and use printables, OR if you collect multiple copies of coupons, I highly recommend the coupon binder system.  With a coupon binder, you put your coupons in either picture sheets (wallet size, 4×6 size, or 3×5) or baseball card holders.  Each sheet comes three-hole punched and is a standard “sheet” size.  You can use dividers to tab off each category.  Again, there are several ways to categorize your coupons — some categorize by the isles in the grocery store, some go in alplabetic order.  You must find a way that makes sense to YOU.

If you haven’t the time, desire, or resources to create your own coupon binder, OR if you wish to surprise a couponing friend with a gift,  I suggest The Coupon Clutch.  It’s a super cute, highly fashionable binder, and available in various styles.  It remains on my wish list.

Another option is the Coupon Magic Organizer.  This is a system, including a 2″ zippered 3-ring binder, comes equipped with all the materials you’ll need to get started.   You can buy individual pieces for an existing coupon binder you may have, or purchase the entire system — all in one place.  With both The Coupon Clutch and the Coupon Magic Organizer, there are almost always coupon codes floating around — I suggest trying Retail Me Not, or a good ol’ Google search.

There are, of course, many other ways to organize your coupons.  Some use an envelope and box system, as I mentioned earlier.  This is a modified version of the coupon binder, in my eyes; it just uses envelopes instead of binder pages to hold the coupons.  My friend Heather, over at Family Friendly Frugality, uses a large accordian folder to hold entire inserts — she eliminates the clipping all together by keeping track of her coupons on the Coupon Database!

Whichever way you choose,  you need to make it a system that works for you.  Don’t make it more work than it needs to be for you.  Most importantly, keep your eyes on the prize: having a method in which to store and organize your coupons, to help you save more money each and every time you shop!  :o)

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FREE Hefty Travel bags at Target!

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Today at Target, (yes, my toy store!), I perused the travel-sized products, as I usually do.  I noticed these Hefty One Zip “Travel Bags” (7 ct, quart size) for $0.99.  I paired it with my $1.00 off coupons ($1/2 Hefty One Zip Packages, exp. 5-31-11 [RP 02/20/11]).  The way the coupon was worded, it said “one count or higher”.  Thus, I was able to get the bags for FREE!  WOO HOO!

Have I mentioned lately how very much I love Target??!?  :*)  Speaking of which, check out their printable coupons — you can stack their store coupons with manufacture coupons for even deeper savings! 

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Weight Loss Help — Jenny Craig, Jillian Michaels, Great Shape Today, and "3 Easy Steps"

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Bathing suit season is upon us, and if the thought of being spotted in yours is frightening, I have a few offers to share with you, for anyone looking for some weight loss strategies.  Let’s start with some you’re probably familiar with, and then on to some newer programs:





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First, is the “3 Easy Steps” Follow their simple system and you could lose 30 pounds in 30 days! The benefits of the “3 Easy Steps” diet system are almost too numerous to mention.  I personally don’t believe you’ll have such rapid results, but it’s free to sign up.  Click here for more information.



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FREE Magazine Offers

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I have two opportunities for y’all to get free magazines. Well, trade magazines, based on your occupation or interests and aspirations.  Neither of these offers appears to be intrusive: no credit cards required, and basically no strings attached.  


(IF you find this not to be the case, please contact me ASAP — I don’t want to promote any offers under false pretenses.) 

Mercury Magazines – Select up to 3 FREE magazines of your choice from hundreds of magazines. Selections are based on how you fill out a brief questionnaire. No purchase necessary. No credit card required. No strings attached.  Click here to check it out.

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Comfort Zone Heating and Air

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Today seems like the perfect day to remind you about the awesome service I got from Comfort Zone!

When my husband and I decided we couldn’t endure another hot Atlanta summer, we called quite a few companies to get quotes to improve our heating and air system. I’ll spare you the details, but basically, we were looking to cool our two-story home, plus the basement, which we were in the early stages of finishing. The previous owners had put in a system that was a code-nightmare. In fact, just about every company we had out wanted to take pictures of the unit, so their co-workers could see it for themselves! (Yeah, it was that bad.)

We had some very reputable, well-known companies come out, and all four provided quite different solutions. But only Comfort Zone suggested REPLACING the current unit, and doing so at a comparable price as the other guys. We ended up getting a new unit installed in the basement, for the first floor and the basement; and another new unit installed in the attic, to cool and heat the top floor.

Headed by Wayne, who came out initially to give us a quote, the crew sent out was quite professional, and worked very hard to install the units in two days time. Although we were without air for one night, it wasn’t unbearable -especially knowing it was temporary. When the work was complete, the crew cleaned up their mess, which was largely unavoidable when installing a unit in an attic blown with insulation. As a mother with a small toddler, this was huge. Further, they even came back to reposition a vent in the basement, the very same day we called them.

As a bonus to their low price for the job, they also offered a 12-month no-interest payment plan. As of today, we have fully paid it off. Oh, and we have a COOL house to boot – the proof is in the air!

I highly recommend Comfort Zone, for your heating and cooling needs. They serve the Atlanta area, largely ITP, all the way up through Jasper, Cartersville, and Cumming. Check them out on their website, or give them a call (678-881-9263). Please tell them Atlanta’s Frugal Mom sent you. :o)

Here are some of their current promotions:

·         Free Service Call (M-F 8:00A – 6:00P)
·         $69 AC tune up
·         $200 off any complete system
·         $3,495 for a complete heating & cooling system – 2 ton 13 SEER AC, Coil , & 80% Furnace
·         $2,398 A/C & coil – ton 13 SEER AC & Coil


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