Archives for September 2012

UPS My Choice FREE Membership – Don’t be a SLAVE to delivery services!!

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UPS My Choice

Don’t be a slave to delivery services!!  Sign up for a FREE UPS My Choice, and get delivery options to fit your busy life!  Benefit perks include: 

* get alerts before packages arrive, 

* electronically authorize packages for drop-off,

* re-route to other locations,

* and much more!

You must enter a valid name, username, password, and address in order to legitimately sign up.  Don’t miss another delivery package again, or be left waiting around for it to arrive — sign up today!

While you’re at it, sign up for FedEx delivery manager, and USPS  updater.com services, too!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Oven Baked Shrimp

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If you are on Pinterest, you have most likely seen the lemon butter shrimp picture that’s been going around.  For lunch today, I made my own version, check out the recipe below!

Oven Baked Shrimp

Oven Baked Shrimp

Ingredients:
8-10 shrimp (I used jumbo deveined, shell on)
1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
1/2 c. cherry tomatoes
1/2 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1/2 stick of butter (4 Tbs)
2-3 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 Tbs minced garlic
3/4 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley flakes

Oven Baked Shrimp
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2.  Melt butter, pour into 9″ round cake pan.
3.  Add in diced onion, garlic, and tomatoes, stir to coat in butter.
4.  Spread lemon slices around the inside of the pan.
5.  Place shrimp in single layer in pan, flipping once to coat both sides.
6.  Sprinkle with Old Bay, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley.
7.  Bake for 15 minutes, remove and toss with pasta to serve.

Oven Baked Shrimp

This makes an easy, delicious meal and can easily be split between two people.  You could also do an Italian style with capers, artichoke, and parmesan, or even Cajun with peppers and cayenne!  I’m going to play around with the recipe in the next few days and see how it comes out if you substitute broth for the butter, I’ll be sure to link up to that recipe as well.

Oven Baked Shrimp

Do you ever use Pinterest for dinner ideas?  What is your most recent Pinterest inspired dish?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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SIgn up for Shopkick {FREE 50 "kicks"}

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Have you tried Shopkick yet?  It’s a fun shopping app that rewards you (gives you “kicks”) just for walking in to your favorite stores.  It gives you rewards and insider deals (think: giftcards and COUPONS!) at Target, Best Buy, Old Navy, Macy’s, and many other stores. 

Sign up here, and you’ll get 50 “kicks” on shopkick – use them for rewards or donate to causes.  And let me know once you’ve signed up!

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara
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{Free Sample Alert} Prilosec OTC

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PrilosecSee if you qualify for this free sample of Prilosec OTC: it’s great to have on hand if you want to test it out, if you already use it, or just to have handy — just in case!  

<----  Go here to snag this free offer, while it lasts!  You’ll need to register with the company first, then you’ll get the sample.  


Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Frugal Family Fair Outings

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We have a large county fair that comes in town each fall, and we always take our family on a Saturday and spend the whole day there.  Going to the fair can be rather expensive, especially with a large family.  We plan for several months in advance, so we can be sure to have money saved and be fully prepared for that day.  I’ve listed a few tips below on how to get the most for your money, and to make the day as fun (and less stressful) as possible.

Frugal family fair outings

 

Frugal Family Fair Outings

1.  Buy all access passes, in advance if possible.

Our local fair (Gwinnett County) offers the option to purchase tickets or all inclusive hand stamps.  Tickets are $1 each and each ride is at least 3 tickets.  For a flat fee of $20-25 (depending on the day), you can purchase a stamp that will allow you to ride everything.  For our family of 8, that can cost us $200!  We were able to purchase hand stamps in advance this year at a local drug store for $17 each, which saved us $64!  Even without the advance purchase discount, $200 is still a good deal for a family of our size.  We would have only been able to ride 6-8 rides each if we purchased $200 in tickets.  Instead, we were able to spend 8 hours there and ride as many things as we wanted.

Frugal family fair outings

2.  Bring your own snacks and drinks.

Fair and festival food is not only greasy and unhealthy, it is also very expensive.  Some fairs will let you bring in a bag with drinks and food.  We chose to eat a good lunch and head over around 2:00pm.  I packed beef jerky, peanuts, chips, cheese cubes, and water.  We carried it in a backpack that we took turns holding.  I also have water bottle holders that I made from old ties that my kids were able to use to carry their own drinks (see picture below).  12 water bottles get really heavy, really fast, when one person is carrying them!  Our fairgrounds also have a nice, cold water fountain, so we were able to refill bottles as they were emptied.  If you are particular about the taste of water from a fountain, you could always bring packets of flavoring, such as Kool-Aid or lemonade to add to your bottle once it is refilled.  If you don’t have the option to bring in food or water, look for a booth that will allow you to purchase a reusable cup that can be filled at a discount.  Ours offered fresh lemonade for $5, with a $3 refill option, and $3 cokes with a $1.50 refill.  Also be sure to check and see if you can leave and get a stamp for re-entry.  If so, you could always leave a cooler in your car and take a break to have sandwiches before going back in for more fun.

Frugal family fair outings

3.  Bring along a friend or family member.

Last year, my parents joined us at the fair to lend a hand with the kids.  They didn’t want to ride anything, so there was no charge, and they enjoyed spending time with their grandkids.  They stayed for a few hours with the little ones in the kiddie land, which let us take our older kids to ride some of the larger rides.

Frugal family fair outings

4.  Let your kids earn money to buy their own treats.

We started a month before the fair with a system for our kids to earn money for goodies.  We do not give our kids a regular allowance, but instead offered them extra tasks they could do for pocket money.  We gave them the option of $1, $3, and $5 tasks, ranging from cleaning out our van to organizing the pantry shelves.  The younger ones were able to earn money buy doing simple things like sweeping the stairs or neatly organizing their bookshelf in the playroom.  They were very motivated to earn cotton candy money, and we didn’t have to listen to whining about what they wanted once we got to the fair.  And of course, it’s a great learning opportunity as well!  My oldest earned $13 to spend, while my 7 year old (not so motivated) only earned $5.  The younger one was kicking himself when he saw how much his brother was able to buy with his extra earnings.

Frugal family fair outings

5.  Plan to stay for several hours.

If you purchase an all inclusive pass, then plan to stay as long as you can so you can really get your money’s worth.  We left after lunch and arrived at around 2:00, and stayed until 10:30 that evening.  Normally my children are in bed by 8:00 at the latest, but some of the rides are just more fun to do once the sun goes down.

Frugal family fair outings

6.  Take a picture of your kids before entering the gate.

This is a great tip for any outing to a crowded venue.  If you happen to get separated from your child, you can show the security exactly what they look like and what they are wearing.  It is also important to discuss with your kids what they should do if they get lost.  My younger ones knew to stay where they were and tell an adult in uniform that they could not find their parents.  My older children knew to meet us by the restrooms, as they have a large yellow balloon above them that can be seen from anywhere on the fairgrounds.  Of course, be sure to go over the rules about strangers, and point out to children what the police officer and fair worker uniforms look like.

Frugal family fair outings

Going to the fair can be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with your family, and give them something to look forward to each year.  With the right planning, you can save money and stress, and be able to just relax and enjoy the time with your family!

Do you have a local fair that you go to every year with your family?  What are your tips for a fun outing with the kids?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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QUICK! I NEED DIAPERS!! — Store Diaper Deal Roundup- week of 9-24-12

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Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambing to snag a pack of diapers?  Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here!  And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up.  Huge thanks to Simply Frugal Living for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon, and use your Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom perks, too!

Target

**These diaper deals are each part of a $5 giftcard offer, when you buy two.**

Luvs Diapers box – $17.99 each


USE THIS: $1/1 Pampers Baby Dry or Luvs Diapers, exp. 9/30/12 (Target They Keep Growing Baby Mailer) WITH THIS: $1/1 Luvs Diapers (LuvsDiapers.com)

As low as $15.99 each after stacked coupons!


Huggies big packs (Diapers or Pull-Ups) – $19.49 each

* USE THIS: $3/1 Huggies Diapers, 44 ct+ AND Wipes, 56 ct+, TARGET COUPON, pg. 24 – pg. 25  Parents, JULY Issue WITH THIS: $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-Ons from 09/16/2012 SS Insert (exp 10/13/2012)
As low as $14.49 each after stacked coupons!
Pampers Super-Pack Diapers (Cruisers, Swaddlers, Baby Dry, Easy Ups and Luvs) – $24.99 each
* $3/2 Pampers, bag, box or pants from 08/26/2012 P&G Insert (exp 09/30/2012)
As low as $23.49 each after coupons, when you buy 2.


Walmart

Huggies Slip On Diapers: $8.97 (Rollback)
$2.00/1 Huggies Diapers, exp. 10/13
As low as $6.97 after coupons!

Walgreens

Pampers Swaddlers, Cruisers or Baby Dry Jumbo pk diapers – $20/2 ($10 each)
Pampers Baby Wipes 192 or 216 pk – $5.99

**Get $5 RR WYB $25+ participating Pampers products listed below**

* $3/2 bags Pampers Diapers, exp. 9/30/12 (P&G 08/26/12)

* $0.50/1 Pampers Wipes, exp. 9/30/12 (P&G 08/26/12)

You Pay $22.49, and you’ll receive $5 RR.

Final Price: $5.83 each wyb 2 diapers and 1 wipes container

CVS

Huggies Jumbo Packs – $9.50
**Get $10 ECB wyb $30 on baby care products included in sale.**
* USE THIS: (if your CVS accepts competitor’s coupons) $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on from 08/25/12 Walgreens IVC, September 2012 (exp 09/29/12) WITH ONE OF THESE:
*  $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-Ons 09/16/12 SS Insert (exp 10/13/12)
*  $1/1 Huggies Diapers $1/1 09/16/12 SS Insert (exp 10/13/12)
* $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers 09/11/12 Walmart printable (exp 12/31/50)
* $2/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants , Jumbo Pack+ 09/28/10 Pull-ups printable (exp 12/31/50)
You Pay:  $29.00, receive $10 ECB
As low as $19.00 total –$4.75 each- for Little Movers Slip-Ons if included in sale, after coupons.

Huggies Wipes Refills packs – $6.00
Get $10 ECB wyb $30 on baby care products included in sale.
Deal scenario:
* Use (5) $0.40/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, 56 ct+ from 09/16/12 SS Insert (exp 10/13/12)
You Pay: $28, receive $10 ECB.
As low as $3.60 each wyb 5 packs and use 5 coupons.

Rite Aid

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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NO Facebook "Offers" Will I Post, Y’all

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By now, you’re Facebook feed is probably blowing up with folks “claiming” an offer, right?  And by now, you’ve probably caught on to what’s going on, or are starting to wonder, right?  Well, most of these “free” offers aren’t free, and some aren’t even offers.  Facebook fan pages have the option of using a credit to try this feature out, and many are testing the waters.  Based on the feedback being shared in many of the frugal blogger groups I’m in, the overwhelming opinion about these things is consistently that they stink!

I will not utilize this Facebook feature.  Period.  The End.

…and honestly, it’s not because they’re shady, or annoying.  I’m just cheap.  (To be blunt: I’m not making more than a few dimes off this blog, so I can’t afford to pay for ANY thing blog-related!)

In any case, rest assure, Atlanta’s Frugal Mom will not post “offers” via Facebook.  You must wire me money first, then I’ll share the offers with you.  (kidding)

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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--Barbara

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Submit Your Idea for Using Post-Its with Your Kids

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Right now, you can login to Facebook, register a Like with Post-it Notes and submit your idea for how to encourage your kids at school, using a simple Post-It note.  :o)  Just click on the picture below to get started.




Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Printable Pet Coupons

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Here is a constantly updated list of printable pet coupons.  Be sure to bookmark this one, and check back frequently, since new ones are frequently added, and automatically updated to this list!  (And be sure to send a link to your pet-loving friends and family, too!)


$2.00 off ONE Iams Dry Dog Food
$2.00 off ONE Iams Dry Cat Food
$.50 off On One (1) Tank Nibbler
$0.75 off any one Nudges brand product
$1.50 off 2 Snausages or Snaw Somes! dog snacks
Buy 1, get 1 free 5.5oz can of ALPO Dog Food
Buy SIX (6) SHEBA entrees get ONE (1) free
$3.00 off Kaytee Fiesta Small Animal or Bird Food
$1.10 off 5 oz or larger Beneful Healthy Smile
$1.10 off (2) 5.5oz Purina brand Dog Snacks
B2G1 Free Purina ONE brand wet Cat Food, 3oz cans

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Printable Baby Coupons

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Here you will find the most  up-to-date baby coupons available to print from Coupons.com.  Bookmark this page, as the list automatically updates when new coupons become available!  :o)  (And also feel free to “share” this link with your friends and family, too.)


$0.75 off any one NUK Pacifier
$0.50 off ONE Pampers Wipes 56 ct or higher
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Extra Protection Diapers
$1.50 off ONE Pampers UnderJams Night Wear
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers
$1.20 off three (3) Ella's Kitchen products
$0.50 off ONE (1) Nestle Nestum Cereal
$1.25 off TWO (2) Nestle Nestum Cereals
$1.00 off one box of White Cloud Diapers
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides
$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends
$1.00 off any 2 Gerber Graduates Lil' Whoos
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Puffs
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Grabbers™ items
$1.00 off four (4) Gerber 2nd Foods 2-Pack Tubs
$0.75 off JOHNSON'S NO MORE TANGLES hair product
$1.00 off Any one (1) Kandoo Product
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Trainers
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Baby Dry Diapers
$1.00 off Any Boudreaux's Butt Paste Product

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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