Last week I mentioned how you can get 50 free prints from Snapfish. Now you can 75 free prints from Kodak, according to Freebies4mom. Go to Freebies4mom to find out how to get them. You'll have to pay for shipping, but they offer local store delivery for less. You're well on your way to compiling an album full of 2008 pictures for next to nothing!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Make any purchase at Chick-Fil-A on January 1 (10:30 am to 6:00 pm) and get a coupon for a free chicken biscuit on your next visit. Valid in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY.
According to Convenience Store News, participating 7-Eleven stores in select regions will give away free 12-ounce cups of coffee to anyone who stops in between midnight on Dec. 31, and 6 a.m. Jan. 1. Regions include Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; greater Austin, Texas; Utah; Colorado; Arizona; Washington; Oregon; Idaho; Northern California; Nevada; Florida; Illinois; Indiana; Ohio; Michigan; Kansas; Missouri; Central and Southern Virginia; Maryland; and Washington D.C.
Additionally, Cumberland Farms stores in the Northeast and Florida will give away cups of its new Farmhouse Blend and original hot coffee on the house from 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 5 a.m. New Year’s Day. The free coffee offer is available at all stores except for those with Dunkin Donuts service.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Here’s this week’s free samples. To check out other samples that may be available from previous weeks (many are still available!), visit my Sample Sunday page.
Don Francisco’s Breakfast Blend Coffee
Xylimelts for Dry Mouth
Degree Men’s Deodorant
Pantene Pro V
Vaseline Clinical Therapy Lotion
(this takes about 2 minutes – you enter to win a trip to Alaska and if you’re one of the first 45,000 to enter, you’ll get two free samples of lotion. This has been going on for a couple of weeks and it looks like they have about 1,000 free samples left)
Bausch and Lomb Cleaning Tissue
Curamin Anti-Inflammation/Pain Relief
Kerasal Foot Lotion
Crock Pot Soup Recipes Booklet
Last week I wrote about a bunch of magazines that you can get for free by simply providing your address (no credit card needed). Here’s another one… Get 2 years of Traditional Home magazine for free by going here.
I took advantage of the free 8x10 prints from Walgreens last week and mentioned to my husband that I wished that someone was offering free 4x6 prints so I could start on another scrapbook. Lo and behold – here it is… Sign up to Snapfish and get 50 free prints. Freebies4mom mentions that you'll also get a free flipbook (an album that you make with 4x6 prints). You'll only pay the small fee for shipping. That will get me started on my book! Head over to Snapfish to get yours.
Head to Home Depot for fun activities with your kids. The Home Depot Kids Workshops teach children from ages 5-12 do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Overall, a great time! In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin. On January 3rd from 9am-12pm, you can make helmet-themed bookends and on January 7th, you can make a trinket box. Find out more on the Home Depot site.
Over at Lowes, on January 10 from 10-11am, you can make a time capsule and on February 14, you can make a jewelry box. To sign up at your local store, go to the Lowes Build and Grow site.
Entertainment Weekly, Netflix and Showtime are offering a free advance screening of the United States of Tara (a dark comedy about a woman with multiple personalities) in several cities nationwide. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis depending on the capacity of each movie theatre. Go here for your tickets.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here’s this week’s free samples. To check out other samples that may be available from previous weeks, visit my Sample Sunday page.
Hearts and Minds Peanut Butter
Soft Sheen Carson Optimum Care Dandruff Solutions Shampoo
Blue Spring Natural Pain Relief
Aveeno Lifting and Firming Cream (coupon with free sample) – new link
Eliminate the line item on your budget for magazine subscriptions this year! Free magazine subscriptions are readily available as the publisher hopes that you’ll enjoy the sample and end up purchasing a subscription. The below is a list of magazines that you can get for free without handing over a credit card and worrying that they’re going to bill you…
5 free issues of Cosmopolitan magazine
10 free issues of More magazine
7 free issues of Spa magazine
6 free digital issues of Marie Claire
1 free issue of Bridal Guide
If you order free issues for any of the above, it will pop up a link enabling you to order other magazines covering topics about surfing, yachting, boarding, motocross, the Caribbean, Florida, and more.
If you’re loyal to a particular magazine and can’t find it for free, check with your local library. You may find that although you can’t check out the most recent issue, you can borrow older copies.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
If you're on the lookout for Horizon Organic coupons, Silk Soymilk coupons or Apple and Eve Organic Juice Coupons, be sure to get the Winter 2009 Publix Greenwise flyer from your local Publix store this month. The flyer contains these coupons along with several others. The $1 Silk Soymilk (exp. 1/31/09) and 50c Apple and Eve coupons (exp 3/31/09) are manufacturer's coupons so can be used in any store. The $1 Horizon coupon is a Publix coupon (exp. 1/31/09). Where can you get other coupons for organic products? Check the list on my previous post here to see which manufacturers frequently issue coupons. If you don't live near a Publix, it's still worth getting a free subscription of the magazine for the coupons. We usually buy Horizon milk and between Publix coupons and those on the Horizon website, we never pay full price!
Sheet music can be expensive. Why pay for sheet music when you can get it for free? Check out 8Notes where you can download sheet music from a variety of genres. You can get the sheets in a variety of file types (although you must subscribe for $20 a year for the pdf versions).
Usual prices at Restaurant.com are $10 for a $25 gift certificate. Use code CELEBRATE through 12/31 and get 80% off that price. So you'll get your $25 certificate for only $2. If you purchase any certificates as a result of clicking on the Restaurant.com links on my blog, you'll not only save big on dining out, but you'll also be supporting my blog. My fave is the dinner of the month club: Three month club - Three $25 gift certificates ($75 value) for only$6; six month club – Seven $25 gift certificates ($175 value) for $12; twelve month club – Twelve $25 gift certificates and a $50 gift certificate ($350) for $24. Now that's eating out like an Affluent Pauper!
Teach your child healthy habits that will last a lifetime—from starting the day with a good breakfast to the importance of bedtime. The best part is these stories feature your child's favorite characters. You can get your book by mailing in 2 UPC's from Earth's Best Sesame Street Products, plus $.99 for shipping and handling and submitting the Earth’s Best redemption form. Click here for coupons on Earths Best Organic products.
Purchase any Sure Max Clinical Power or Sure with Natural Extracts anti-perspirant and deodorant that has the little yellow “try me free” sticker on it and fill out the Sure rebate form between now and 3/31/09 for a rebate up to $2.99. Week of 12/18/08 - if you live near a Kroger, you'll see that it's on sale for $1 and if you have the $1 coupon from the 10/19 Smartsource, you'll get it for free. So after postage, you'll make a few cents.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here’s this week’s free samples. To check out other samples that may be available from previous weeks, visit my Sample Sunday page.
Happy Baby Food – Coupon for Free Box from Target expires Dec 21
Rice Works Snacks – Coupon for Free Bag
Lancaster Anti-Aging Crème
Cosamin DS Double Strength
I noticed this morning that "The Dark Knight" Batman DVD is for sale this week at Publix. The sale price is $12.99 and there is a $5 coupon in the current Publix Happy Holidays Savings flyer which would make it $7.99. But then Candace mentioned that she bought a pizza from Papa Johns this week and they are currently sticking a manufacturer’s coupon on all boxes for $3 off! So if you stack the coupons, you’ll get it for $4.99! Target is selling it for $17.99 this week. Nice detective work Candace!
The kids are happy because we ran out of waffles last month and I refuse to pay more than 50c for a box of Eggos waffles (they usually retail for $2.39). In today’s paper, there were two 75c coupons, so after the buy one get one free sale and the coupon, they were 44c a box. After I realized that each double bundle of papers has $3 worth of Eggos coupons in it and that a bundle of two papers is $2.50, I went ahead and bought two more sets. I’ll consider all the other coupons in there a bonus.
What I have learned is that persistence and a change in attitude really pays off. Yes, we had to go on a waffles hiatus for a couple of weeks, but we managed. Then there was the toddler toothpaste. Last night, I noticed that the tube was almost empty. A few months ago, I would have simply gone out and purchased a new tube for around $3. But I couldn’t bring myself to pay full price. This morning, after cutting the tube in half, scraping out one half to brush the kids’ teeth and putting the other half in a plastic baggie so that the gel wouldn’t dry out, I looked in the paper. And there it was in all it’s glory – combining a coupon in the current Publix Fall Winter Savings flyer with a 55c coupon that was in the previous box – I was able to get two tubes for 95c each! I often hear people say that they tried the “coupon thing” but it didn’t work out. Simply clipping coupons is not enough. It really takes a shift in attitude to make it work.
So we’re again stockpiled on waffles, frozen and canned veges (the canned veges are great for throwing in a pie with leftover chicken for pot pie).
This week, we’re combing today’s purchases with previously stockpiled items and vegetables that are still sitting in the fridge from last week and we’re having chicken, beans and rice, pork chops with sweet potatoes and other vegetables, linguine with lemon clam sauce and fried rice.
If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend signing up for the Grocery Game and you’ll see how simple it is to save this much!
Thanks to Freebies4Mom for mentioning that Del Taco will send you a coupon for 2 free chicken soft tacos upon sign up plus a free premium shake on your birthday if you sign up for Del Taco's Raving Fan eClub.
Filippo Berio Coupons - Matt, Michelle, vwestermeyer, Cynthia Dickens, Julie, Patricia, ZombieMommy (thanks for posting the $1 coupon for flour on your site - I wish I had that this morning when I was at Publix - I'm going to print it out and go back for more! You can't beat 99c flour!), Greenbean and Tina Jennifer - e-mail your addresses to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the Filippo Berio Coupons. Glad we could put these to good use!
Walmart Coupons - Ellen - send me your address and your coupons are on their way.
Thanks to Diana for letting me know about CraftBits. Want to get your family out from in front of the TV this winter? CraftBits is an easy to navigate site that has simple instructions on a multitude of crafts. Ever wanted to make soap, a bath bomb, gifts in a jar or engage your kids with some paper crafts? CraftBits has not only written instructions but also links to online craft videos. Sure, you could go to the library, but this is so much easier!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Q. I’ve been enjoying your blog for a few months now, but am trying to get to the bottom of this “coupon stacking” thing you talk about so often. I am assuming that means that you use multiple coupons for a single product? I’m just wondering how that works when most coupons say that they cannot be combined with any other offer/coupon. Do you just use them anyways and disregard the rules?
A. Most coupons do indeed contain the words “no other coupon may be used with this coupon.” So in order words, if you are about to purchase a box of Cheerios and you have two $1 manufacturer’s coupons, you may not use both coupons towards the purchase of one box of cereal. You may only use one manufacturer’s coupon. However, let’s say you’re at Publix and you also have a $1 Cheerios coupon that is issued by Publix (store coupons are often available in store ads, flyers, monthly magazines, by subscribing to their website etc. You can recognize that they are store coupons because they do not have a barcode and may only be used at that store). You may stack the $1 Publix coupon with the $1 manufacturer’s coupon in order to get $2 off one box of cereal. Combine that with a sale, and you’re sure to get a really inexpensive box of cereal!
Some store coupons state limits, but sometimes your local store manager may permit you to purchase in excess of the limit. This is common at Walgreens. Walgreens usually stipulates limits on their items, but many stores will allow you to exceed the limit with no questions asked. I contacted the corporate offices of Walgreens to get a copy of their coupon policy, only to be told that it is up to the discretion of each local store manager.
If in doubt, ask your store manager. Although most stores allow stacking, some do not. Some have limits, some do not. This may sound rather complicated up front, but once you establish the rules for each of your local stores, you’re well on your way to saving big on products you buy every day!
The folks over at Felippo Berio sent me some coupons for their award-winning olive oils. Leave a comment on this post letting me know why you love olive oil. Eight randomly selected people will receive two $1 coupons and a handy dandy recipe booklet (yum… flank steak carapaccio style, double chocolate biscotti and more). I’ll select the recipients on Sunday.
I have four $3 Parents Choice formula coupons to give away. This formula is available exclusively at Walmart. If you want the coupons, leave a comment letting me know why you prefer this formula and on Sunday I’ll randomly pick someone to send the coupons to. You can also order a free sample here.
The below is a list of coupons on the Affluent Pauper site at the moment (the Printable Coupons box is on the left hand side of the screen under the breadmaking video and Twitter box. If you see something you want, print it out and keep it in your coupon file. Just because it’s on my site today doesn’t mean it will still be there tomorrow! Unfortunately, my “see all coupons” button isn’t functioning properly - I’m working on it. But, you can still scroll through and easily print the following coupons:
My favorites - Domino Sugar (40c and 50c coupons – this is on sale at Walgreens this week!), Orville Redenbachers ($1 – this often goes on sale, so with a coupon you can get a box for mere pennies), Huggies ($2), Kelloggs Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Mini Wheats (remember the Kelloggs rebates). Others - Special K20, Formula 409, Opti Free, Gourmet Dining, General Mills Cereals (Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Chex, Trix) , ReNu, Pillsbury Products (Cookies, Savorings, Pie Crust, Grands and more), Litehouse Dressing, Lever 2000, Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, Sudafed, Natural Jones Dairy Farm, Wanchai Ferry, Bridgford Frozen Rolls/Monkeybread, Bonne Bell Products, Tabasco, LiceMD, CloSYS, Hylands Calms Forte, Neutrogena, Promise Supershots, Totinos Pizza Rolls, Bagelfuls, Breathe Again, Pedigree Dog Food, SheaFlex 70, Tilex, Success Rice, Kings Hawaiian Rolls, Bausch & Lomb Boston Simplus Solution, Progresso Broth and other Products. There are also some non-grocery coupons: Sears Portraits, Leapfrog, Kodak Picture Movie DVD (hold on to this because CVS often has sales on these!), Hasbro, Vistaprint, Kaytee Animal Products, Starwars Lightsaber, Free Dessert at Picadilly Restaurants with any purchase of $5.99 or more.
Also, remember to access the Bricks list, where they have direct links to almost 100 coupons on various sites online. My favorites are Pullups, Coffeemate, Seventh Generation Products, Barilla Piccolini, I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter!, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.
Monday, December 8, 2008
I know, I know…I’m posting Sample Sunday on a Monday again. Sorry folks – a headache prevented me from posting last night.
Here’s what you can get for free this week…
Chiquita Bites Single with coupon
Arm and Hammer Toothpaste
True Lemon Crystallized Lemon Substitute
Solemate Foot Pads (first 5,000)
For samples that may still be available from previous weeks, visit my Sample Sunday page. Enjoy your freebies!
Redbox is a red dvd-vending machine that charges $1 for an overnight rental (if you return it late, you pay $1 per day). You can find a Redbox at most Walmart locations.
Every Monday, Redbox issues a code that you input in to the machine for a free rental (today’s code is 23MJT7). This month, check out Centsible Sawyer for additional RedBox codes for the next four Sundays thru 1/14/09 and hints on how to get the most of your free Redbox codes.
So if you live near a Redbox location and are disciplined enough to return it by 9pm the following day, you may be able to eliminate or reduce the cost of your Netflix subscription! Ah! One less line item on your budget!
Friday, December 5, 2008
From Wednesday December 10 to Monday December 15, 2008, it’s Macy's Friends and Family Day! Get 20% off most purchases and an extra 10% off electrics, electronics, mattresses, furniture and area rugs. If you have a barcoded pass from a friend, you can take it to your local Macy’s store. If you don’t have a pass, you can simply use code MACYSFF online.
The smallprint - Excludes: cosmetics and fragrances, selected fine watches and Tempurpedic. Not valid on online Coach and toys purchases, Everyday Values, Macy’s Gift Cards and Gift Certificates, special orders, previous purchases, restaurants,or nonmerchandise-related services; on purchases from Gift Registry kiosks, maternity, fine jewelry trunk shows, fine jewelry bridal collections in ID, OR,UT and WA, eSpot, gift wrap or licensed departments; or as payment on credit accounts. Discount will be deducted from the current price (regular, sale or clearance, as applicable). Returns will be credited as purchase price less the discount, and you will forfeit the discount. Cannot be combined with other coupons/Savings Passes. Valid on transactions made Wednesday, December 10 through Monday, December 15, 2008.
Another great deal – right now enter code SAVETEN to get $10 off any $25 purchase on Dec 6 instore and online.
OK, I’m almost hesitant to write about this. In my attempt to live large on little, I rarely go to Starbucks anymore, opting to make my own Starbucks treats at home. However, I can see how this could benefit entrepreneurs who work from home and rely on Starbucks for client meetings and to utilize Wi-Fi when they simply aren’t able to work at home. Yes, there are a lot of places that offer free Wi-Fi but Starbucks is pretty comfortable and is often a preferred place to network with other small business owners. So here’s the deal… For an annual membership of $25, you can purchase a Starbucks Gold Card which entitles you to:
- 10% off most purchases in participating U.S. Starbucks stores
- A free drink when you purchase your membership in-store
Then when you register, you get:
- Free Wi-Fi access for up to 2 hours each day in participating Starbucks stores
-A free beverage on your birthday
- Exclusive offers and discounts throughout the year
Starbucks is in the process of transitioning from being a TMobile Hotspot to AT&T. If you only have occasional use for Starbucks Wi-Fi, you could always simply purchase a $5 gift card, make a purchase, register your card and you’ll then be entitled to use their hotspot each day for up to two hours for 30 days from the purchase of the card. If you already have AT&T for your internet service, you’ll already have free access to Wi-Fi at Starbucks and other nationwide hotspots.
On another note, if you’re buying a beverage from 11/27/08 to 1/2/09, make it a Red Exclusive Beverage (Peppermint Twist Mocha, Espresso Truffle or Gingersnap Latte). For every Starbucks Red Exclusive beverage purchased, Starbucks will contribute five cents to the Global Fund to invest in AIDS programs in Africa.
If you’re planning on eating at Captain D’s, you may want to consider purchasing a gift card and paying for your meal with the gift card. Put $20 or more on a Captain D’s gift card and you’ll receive a free fish and fries meal.
Remember to also sign up at the Captain D’s site – each new member gets a coupon good for a free Fish & Fries or a free Chicken & Fries. Remember also that kids eat free each Thursday at Captain D's. Get two free kids meals with any adult entree purchase at regular price, dine in only. Lastly, check out your Sunday paper because there are often Captain D's coupons in there.
Monday, December 1, 2008
When I’m standing in the grocery isle and realize that there’s a readily available freebie that anyone can take advantage of, I feel impelled to tell someone. So last night, I’m standing in the cosmetics isle and I turn to the lady next to me who was buying mouthwash and I exclaim, “hey, did you know you can get free makeup here today?”. I explained that the Happy Holiday Savings flyer at the front of the store has a $2.50 off any Covergirl cosmetics coupon in it and that the same $3.59 product is on sale for 40% off, bringing the total to $2.15, so there’s actually money to be made on the product (some Publix stores will adjust down the amount, most will simply take the entire $2.50 off if you have other items in your cart). She looked at me in amazement and told me that it was a great deal and kept looking for mouthwash. The next lady looked at me like I was crazy. At that point, I figured I’d better keep this amazing deal to myself in the store and simply come back and blog about it. It never ceases to amaze me how many people simply don’t believe that freebie deals like this exist - that they must be too good to be true.
Anyhow, I ended up with the following freebies: 4 blushes, 2 foundations and 4 packs of emery boards (yes, the same Publix flyer has a $2 off coupon on any Revlon beauty product and the emery boards are $1.69 and $1.89). In the newspaper, there were recently some Covergirl coupons which are stackable with the Publix coupons. So Publix essentially paid me around $4 to buy $32 worth of cosmetics! The cash I made went towards my groceries.
If you have a Publix near you, check out and see if they have an in-store special on Covergirl items. If they don’t, get a few copies of the Happy Holiday Savings flyer from the front of your local store and save them. The coupons are valid through Dec 26, so the product will probably go on sale again before the end of the month, so you too can get free makeup!
As for all the other groceries, all the items were on sale and I of course used coupons. The pizza was the “penny item” – so it was only 1c! I used Stouffers and Electrasol coupons from the paper. There were 55c coupons off Coffeemate right in front of the product on the shelf, several Arnold bread packages had a “buy two, get $1 off a gallon of milk” coupons (and the bread this week is buy one get one free). I’m also a member of the Publix Baby Club, so they sent me coupons for $1 off any dairy product, $1 off any meat item and $1 off any produce item. I almost got to use all my Vocalpoint tuna coupons on the Publix buy one get one free sale this week, but they ran out of tuna. So I got a rain check (which will give me more time to accumulate more tuna coupons to take full advantage of the deal). I love coupons!!!! If you also have been able to get free makeup at Publix this week, let me know…
Finally – a great deal for families at the Georgia Aquarium! We had family in town last week who wanted to check out the Titanic Exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium, but we decided not to go due to the cost. Then I stumbled on this info. at Centisible Sawyer… For only $20, you can purchase a Me & Mommy ticket that includes Georgia Aquarium admission for one adult, free admission for children age 5 and under (maximum four children per paid adult) and free parking ($10 value). This offer is valid Monday-Friday, Oct. 15 - Dec. 31, 2008, and can only be purchased online. Blackout dates are Nov. 28, Dec. 26 and Dec. 29-31. You also have to bring the little ones along to take advantage of this great offer! - This offer has been extended thru March 31, 09.