Even More New Printable Coupons!

Posted on October 15th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

There’s no shortage of coupons around here! Start up your printer and get printing these new printable coupons!

$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Grabbers™ items
$2.00 off Pampers Cruisers Diapers and Wipes
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Trainers
$2.00 off Pampers Swaddlers Diapers and Wipes
$1.00 off any Burt's Bees Lip Crayon
$3.00 off any 2 participating Excedrin products
$1.00 off (1) Minute Maid Pure Squeezed bottle
$1.25 off any ONE Hefty Tall Kitchen Trash Bags
$1.00 off one (1) Jose Ole Snack
$0.75 off 1 Georgia Pacific Copy & Printer Paper
$1.50 off Air Wick Freshmatic Starter Kit
$1.00 off 5 Martha White Baking Mixes
$1.00 off Hillshire Farm Rope Sausage and Links
$1.00 off any 1 Kellogg's Breakfast To Go™ Shakes
$1.50 off one Ball Park Flame Grilled Beef Patties
Buy 1 9Lives Dry Cat Food get 2 free


How to Not Get Stuck Living in Survival Mode

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by Discount Debbie

Survival Mode

When living on a budget we sometimes end up in a state of mind that our family calls “Survival Mode.” It’s a state of constant worry about your finances that colors your mood about everything else in life. You feel your budget is tight now, so you feel your future is dismal. Cheer up! Nothing lasts forever. Not even Survival Mode. Here are a few ways to stave off those frustrating feelings until then.

Focus On What You Can Afford

Instead of focusing on not being  able to go to the movies, attend free or low price events. Rather than feeling guilty about not getting your child the latest and greatest toy take them camping in the backyard or canoeing at a national park. This won’t only brighten your point of view about what you can give your family, it will also teach your children to focus on the positive. Children are especially sensitive to Survival Mode and your example will reduce the chances of it affecting them.

Take Action

One of the best ways to beat the feelings of not having enough resources is to make a plan to make what you have last as long as you need it to. This could mean picking up extra hours, reducing what you use, or bartering with others in your community where both of you are getting something you need. It may even be that the only action you need to take is to tweak your budget. It’s a good deal better than tiring yourself out with worries.

Have Goals

Goals are more than just a way to give us a direction in life. They inevitably breed hope in something we don’t have yet. The object is not to get frustrated with not having your goal yet. Instead treat it like a puzzle that you need to work out and finish. Enjoy the process of getting to your goal as well as the goal itself.


You Know You’re a Thrifty Diva When…

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

Thrifty Diva

When you start out as a thrifty diva  you seem to just be a normal individual looking for a good deal. Eventually, however,being a thrifty diva can change you.

Bragging Rights

Yes, you bought that beautiful necklace and yes, it was a dollar and twenty five cents. When you start out as a thrifty diva you feel that this is your dirty little secret and feel no need to tell anyone else about your amazing purchase. After a while, however, you feel the need to brag about how much you didn’t spend and the outrageous small price you paid for your purchase. We like to call this the contagious stage of thrifting. The more you brag about your purchases the more your friends would like to have a purchase experience of their own in a thrift store. Before you know it there are thrifty divas everywhere.

Price Snob

You won’t buy an object at a thrift store for four dollars. It’s not that that the item is not worth four dollars, but you are convinced that you can find a better price. Perhaps if it was three dollars, or two fifty, but not four dollars. You know that you want to keep more money in your pocket than you pay at the register (which is funny because you planned to spend the whole twenty in your pocket at the beginning of your shopping excursion). You know the best way to do that is to turn your nose up at the price on the tag and look for the price that you want.

Haggling

Once a thrifty diva has started to haggle about thrift store prices, there is no going back. It’s one thing to snub a price. It’s another thing entirely to start actively trying to change that price. You will quibble about twenty five cents and feel the rush of victory when you succeed in lowering the price. You are no longer afraid or ashamed to confront someone over a price you don’t approve. Now that’s a thrifty diva!


National Quilters Circle – Free Newsletter

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

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Frugal Activities for Kids

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

Frugal Activities for Kids

Kids are expensive even when they are young. We want to be able to give them the best opportunities as they grow. Most enterprising children’s companies know this as well and many teach by play experiences cost a good deal of money. Luckily, there are a few ways around the cost of some popular learning tools.

Event Calendars

Checking event calendars at stores or online can help fill up a schedule for a child without breaking the bank. There are activities at libraries that help children get into reading, some even give out prizes at the end of summer. Libraries sometimes host fun little activities like teddy bear picnics. Most of these events are free to participate in. Book stores and art centers in some areas also provide story time or mommy and me art classes. These are also usually free or very low cost. If a daddy would like to attend as well many of these events happen on weekends in addition to weekdays. Try not to go twice in one week though, or you may find yourself repeating the same activity.

Just The Toys Please

Some classes for children go all out to supply extras when a child joins up. It could be CDs  and instruments if it’s a music class. In an art class it’s free supplies. What most people don’t know is that these items are usually for sale without the class. In most cases they a quite a bit less expensive. With the internet as a tool, plans for age appropriate projects are also readily available. You don’t have to waste gas going to another place and could even invite friends over to work on projects all together.

Just Like Mommy

It’s no secret that our little ones like to mimic what mommy or daddy are doing. That’s why it is equally important to take the time to share our talents with our children. After this article I will be opening up our writing software so my two year old can write his article (just so long as he’s still sitting on my lap). In this time he will, no doubt, tell me he is working and it’s time for me to be quiet. We find time to do some light yoga and meditation. These activities teach my sweet little guy to be calm and gives us time together.


Free Packet of BoomChickaPop Organic, Non-GMO Corn Seeds!

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

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Get a Free Packet of BoomChickaPop Organic, Non-GMO Corn Seeds HERE!


Save $10 off $25 at JCPenney this Weekend!

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

Print this COUPON and redeem in-store to save $10 off a $25 purchase at JCPenney this weekend (see fine print for exclusions). The coupons expires Sunday March 30th.


Back Again! Free Subscription to Family Circle Magazine

Posted on March 26th, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

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