Friday, April 29, 2011

This And That

It's been a super busy week! It started off great by winning two different blog contests that I had entered. I won $100 Walmart gift card from Savings & Stewardship blog and Plasticjungle. I can't wait to get it so I can put it toward a new lawn mower! I also won $50 in dog food coupons through My Pet Savings! I was truly blessed this week. My recent good fortune has motivated me to enter more giveaways and I have found quite a few. I just entered a giveaway on for Dora’s Bath Time Buildable Playset. I am crossing my fingers on this one!

I finally got my new printer from Cannon yesterday and it is all set up in working order. Yay! I can print coupons again!

Last week I sent Blue Bell a product compliment email and today received 6 $.55 coupons from them. My Bi-Lo will double them, so I will definitely be using them. They mentioned in thier letter that I can write again in 6 months and they will send me more coupons. I will be doing that.

Got 2 free bags of Frito Lay chips for mom and me from the Frito Lay FB page today. I called my 12 year old niece and walked her through ordering her coupon. Her mom will be so proud of her!

I hope to get some followers to this blog soon. I joined the BlogFrog group and hope to get some interest there.

I think it's time to heat up some left over spaghetti and get ready for the weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mother's Day Giveaways

I have been very busy the last couple of days entering various Blog Giveaways and sweepstakes. I entered a great Mother's Day Giveaway through the blog Christian Clippers! Check it out at :

Monday, April 25, 2011

Frustrating Afternoon

A couple of weeks ago my Dell All In One stopped working. I felt so bad when I did my shopping last week without the benefit of online coupons. They really make a difference in adding to my coupon stockpile. We finally made the trip to nearby Thompson over the weekend and picked up a new Cannon Pixma MP250 printer. I just spent the last couple of hours attempting to install it. After installing and uninstalling the driver a couple of times and exhausting the online help tools, I broke down and called Customer Support. I spoke to Mike who basically walked me through everything I had already done and it was finally determined that I have an equipment malfunction. So, Mike was kind enough to arrange for a new printer to be shipped out to me tomorrow. I just hope it will get here in time to print my coupons for shopping later this week! This new printer needs to start paying for itself!

On a high note, I got my Sample Showcase sample box in the mail today. It included a sample of Secret deodorant, Noni's Biscotti, Wisk, Coffeemate Vanilla creamers, and Sunstar Gum Soft Pics. I look forward to trying out these products and providing my feedback!

The dogs let me sleep in this morning, so I missed out on the Gillette Fusion giveaway on FaceBook. I should not complain though, as it is not often they let me sleep in. 

This evening I plan to participate in a live chat with Frugal Living through Blog Frog from 8 - 9 PM EST. One lucky participant will get a $250 Philosophy gift basket. I love Philosophy and am crossing my fingers for this one! Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

He is Risen! Happy Easter to all. I had a lovely Easter get together with my family over the weekend! Although, now that my son is grown I do miss the days of Easter baskets and egg hunts. Our children grow up much too fast.

Earlier this week I took the time to send out a couple of emails to restaurants that I have recently had a poor service experience with. I was surprised by the quick response I got from KFC. They sent me a letter of apology, an assurance that the general manager was made aware of the problem, and a $5.00 gift certificate. Kudos to KFC for thier excellent customer service!

On Friday I took my Bichon Frise Winston in for much needed grooming. The groomer buzzed him but left his head a little too poofy. He looks like a bobble head dog! It is hard to look at him without laughing!

I visited the Kraft First Taste web site a couple of days ago and received an offer for a FREE bag of Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese With A Touch of Philly. Can't wait to try it!

I am going through a little withdrawal today. Since it is a holiday, there are no coupon inserts. :(

Good Night All and God Bless!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Internet Overload

I have been scouring the internet for several days searching for couponing, frugal living and free sample web sites. It is amazing how saturated these areas of interest have become. There have been some winners and also a lot of losers. My new twitter account has been a great source for finding freebies and deals.
This week I have "liked" a few Facebook pages in these areas of interest and look forward to finding more quality bloggers.

 I tried out a couple of the survey web sites, the ones that reward you with points that are exchangeable for cash or prizes. I cannot say that I am very impressed with what I have found. When you compare time spent with the reward offers, it just isn't worth it.

Yesterday, I ordered my PG&E sample box for this quarter and look forward to getting it in the mail. By checking a few favorite sites daily, I have been able to order new free samples just about each day. Even if it is not something I will use, I can always find someone who can. 

My weekend trip to the grocery store was pretty good. I spent $61 for $108 worth of groceries. Matching up coupons with the advertised sales paid off pretty good. I shopped at Bi-Lo and they had a lot of BOGO items. They also double coupons up to $.60.

I will continue to search what is out there on the web and share my favorite finds with you real soon! 

Friday, April 1, 2011


Well it's the end of the week, but Friday does not hold the same reverence it once did. For all of the years that I worked, friday afternoon was sought after all week long. When in my 20's and early 30's it was all about Friday happy hour. Here it is Friday evening and I have no plans but to get caught up on watching my DVR programming. Friday may as well be Tuesday these days. I don't have a set schedule anymore and really nowhere that I have to be. This was something once dreamed about, but now that it is here prematurely, I want nothing more than to go back to work. I guess we don't always really know what we want.

I got a couple of free samples in the mail today. About once a week I sign into a couple of favorite freebies web sites and request any new free samples that are being offered. Hey, it's free and I have the time! Anyways, it's always a nice suprise when you get something free in the mail. One of my favorite samples web sites is

Unfortunately, I received an email today from advising that I was not selected for thier latest program for Hormel Complete kids meals. What a bummer, as I was looking forward to passing these on to my nieces. Last month though I got to participate in a Johnsonville Italian Sausage program and received 3 FREE packages of sausage and 5 - $1.50 coupons. I found a great deal at my local Ingles supermarket for $3.00 a package and used a couple of the $1.50 coupons for a great deal. I shared a few coupons with my sister-in-law and her mother. The sausage was delicious! In fact, I used some this evening to make spaghetti. 

I guess it's time to start watching my shows. More to come....