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Free: 3 Months of Interactive Math Lessons- access to all grade levels!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

FREE Summer Math!

I am so excited to bring you this deal!  A+ Interactive Math is offering 3 months of Interactive Math for FREE(grades K1 to Algebra 1) to my readers!  What an easy way to help your child keep their math skill sharp this summer!A+ Interactive Math is a complete math program that offers a lot of flexibility for your child.  It includes colorful, interactive video lessons, lesson plans, online or printable worksheets for practice, templates to create your own worksheets/exams, printable progress reports/certificates and more!

To get started, use their Free Placement Test to give you a comprehensive report and show any weak areas or learning gaps that your child might have. You can then move your student to lessons that will fill in learning gaps and attain mastery.  Or you can easily review past lessons and concepts as well.
For instance, if your child is struggling to understand fractions and they are 4th grade, you can back them up to grade 2′s beginning fractions chapter for a couple of weeks or days, then to the 3rd grade fractions chapter, then up to the 4th grade where they NOW have a solid understanding of how fractions work & can begin working at their own grade level or beyond!  No one else offers this kind of flexibility!

While the 3 months free offer is good for one child per family, A+ Interactive Math is generously allowing my readers to add any additional students at a discount of up to 90% off when you sign up here!

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Weekly Spending Summary (6/15-6/21)

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use:, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

This past week felt like one of those weeks where all you do is just get enough done to survive!  It was the week for Vacation Bible School at our church and so every evening found us rushing out the door to get there in time.  My husband taught the adult class for part of the evening so in addition to the usual busyness those kinds of weeks bring, that made it extra full.   We really enjoyed Bible School though and the children’s excitement was so contagious!  Every day Logan, our 5 yr. old, would wake up and pretty much count down the hours until it was time to leave.

Saturday afternoon we went on a date while my husband’s four younger siblings baby sat for us.  Then we came back home and enjoyed dinner and some game playing with them and a family friend.  Good times!

I did manage to get a bit of shopping done one day though was happy to score several decent deals.  Read on for the details!

Favorite buys:
* Better than free Dial men’s body wash
* Free toothbrushes
* Eggs for $0.97/dozen
* Utz chips for $1.00 each

Total Spent: $17.43
Total Saved with Coupons: $29.77
Total Saved with Sales: $44.11
Total Saved: $73.88

CVS: $1.10
Saved with Coupons: $6.00
Saved with Sales: $6.98

I had a $5 CVS gift card that I earned through Recyclebank that I used to pay for part of this purchase.

The toothbrushes and deodorants were all free after coupons and sales.


  • 2 Colgate toothbrushes $2.99 each
  • Right Guard deodorant $3.00
  • Dry Idea deodorant $3.00

Coupons Used:

  • Two $1.00 Colgate coupons from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1.00 Right Guard coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1.00 Dry Idea coupon from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

  • $4.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Colgate toothbrushes (can be used on next purchase of any item)
  • $2.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the Right Guard and Dry Idea (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $10.89
Saved with Coupons: $5.98
Saved with Sales: $17.20

Yes, I truly bought 11 dozen eggs!  Or 132 eggs if you like how that sounds better.  I saw this deal early in the week and kept trying to decide if I was crazy to do it or not.   I mean, that’s a lot of eggs, after all but they were only $0.97 a dozen.   The more I thought about it, the more I really felt like I should go for it.  Here’s why:

1.  Eggs here are anywhere from $1.50 to $1.99 dozen so this saved me at minimum $5.83.  That’s pretty significant savings.
2.  We can use eggs pretty fast around here.  If I have a lot of them I’ll make breakfast for dinner, egg salad and/or homemade egg custard, all of which use up eggs pretty quickly.
3.  The expiration on these eggs are the end of July.  That’s quite a ways off and besides, I’m not scared to use eggs several weeks past their expiration date since that date is really just a “best if used by” date.

So, I’m having fun making lots of egg things with my cheap eggs.  Honestly, the worst part about the whole deal was how much space they took up in our fridge!

Oh, I also got BBQ sauce too.  Not that we needed it- I still have a couple of bottles from when I got them free last summer.  But I figured I’d either give them away to friends or donate them to the food bank.  How could I pass up free when I was going to be at the store anyway?


  • 2 KC BBQ Sauce $0.99 each
  • 11 Egglands Best Eggs $1.99 each

Coupons Used:

  • $7.00 instant savings for purchasing $20 worth of Egglands eggs
  • Two $0.50 KC printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Four $1.00 Egglands coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts

Got Back:

Weis: $5.43
Saved with Coupons: $17.79
Saved with Sales: $19.93

I decided to head to Weis this week since they had a deal that I was hoping to do and get ham steak for $0.78/lb.  Unfortunately they didn’t have the flavor in stock that my coupon was for and so I couldn’t do that deal.  But I got some other great bargains anyway.

I was really excited to get Utz chips for just $1.00.  We don’t eat just a lot of chips but in the summer we tend to more because they are so handy to take along on picnics and eat with hotdogs and hamburgers.  And the Grandma Utz ones are my husband’s absolute favorite so that was a double score!

The Dial body wash ended up being a $2.00 moneymaker after coupons and sales.  I was very excited about getting this since it seems my husband goes through body wash incredibly fast.  (He has a construction job and gets filthy, so it takes a lot of soap to get him squeaky clean.  Don’t hear me wrong, I’m not complaining about it.  I’m grateful that he is particular and cares about being clean!)

The Truvia and the Pompeian vinegar were both $0.99 each.   The Malt-O-Meal cereal was free.  They contacted me and wondered if they could send me some free product coupons and of course I didn’t turn that down!  I was happy to see they carried something comparable to Lucky Charms since that is one of the children’s and my husband’s favorite bought “junk” cereal.  We haven’t tried it yet, but in the past I’ve always been very happy with Malt-O-Meal!


  • Truvia $2.99
  • Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar $1.99
  • 4 Utz Chips $2.00 each
  • Malt O Meal Cereal $4.29
  • 3 Dial Mens Body Wash $1.83 each
    - priced at$3.50 each but saved $5 instantly when you bought 3

Coupons Used:

  • $2.00 Truvia printable coupon
  • $0.50 Pompeian printable coupon (doubled to $1.00)
  • Four $0.75 Utz printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Free Malt O Meal product coupon received from manufacturer ($4.29)
  • Buy 2, Get 1 Free coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts ($3.50)
  • Free Dial body wash from Purex Insiders (only took off $3.00)

Got Back:

  • $1.00 via Ibotta for purchasing Dial Men’s body wash

Misc.: $0

A friend gave us 2 beautiful heads of lettuce from their garden.  So kind of them!

Some friends from church gave us this “smore ingredient” gift as a thank you.  Isn’t it such a neat, creative idea?  Should make for a fun, family night sometime this summer!

And another friend blessed us with fresh sugar peas and a scrumptious chicken lasagna.  We are quite blessed with kind, generous friends don’t you think?

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Amazon: Get $15 Gift Card when you spend $50 on Household Essentials

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

For a limited time, you can get a $15 Amazon gift card when you spend $50 on select household essentials.  That’s like paying $35 for your purchase!

Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.  Get all the details here.

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4 Frugal & 4 UnFrugal Things I Did Recently (June)

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Most of the time I share about the different things that I (we) do to help us save money because that’s what this blog is all about: inspiring you to save money and live well.

But even though I love to save money and am passionate about it, I sometimes do un-frugal things too.  Sometimes I mess up on a coupon deal.  Sometimes I just simply don’t have the energy to do the thing that I should do to save money.  And sometimes I might decide that saving the money isn’t worth it this time around.

So just for fun, I do posts about 4 frugal and 4 un-frugal things that I did recently- you know, let you see a little bit of both!

4 Frugal Things
1.  Defrosted our chest freezers.
This is a job that I do not enjoy doing, but I figured before I fill them up with all the fruits and veggies I’ll be preserving this summer and fall, I’d better go ahead and do it.  Because afterall, freezers do run more effeciently when they are defrosted.  And honestly, it was rather appalling how jumbled they had become!  It felt very fulfilling to get them both nice and organized again.

Speaking of freezers, you might enjoy this post: When should you buy a freezer? (And 4 ways our freezer saves us money.)

2.  Bought clothes for the children second hand.
It’s no secret that it’s much cheaper to buy clothes used.  And I’ve been blessed to be able to get the majority of our children’s clothing secondhand.  I am finding though, that as our son gets older it is harder to find nice used pants for him.  It can be done though, if I’m persistent enough.

A couple of places that I’ve had good success getting used clothes in the past:
- online yard sale (you can often find a local group on Facebook)
- Freecycle
- consignment sales and stores
- yard sales
- Thredup (especially when they have sales)
(update 7/19/14: they currently have a promotion for a $20 account credit which allows you to get 4 pieces of kid’s clothing for just $1.61 each, shipping included!)
- from friends

3.  Made butter from farm fresh milk.
In reality, I wasn’t even sure if this was frugal when I did it.  I did it more because I had always thought it would be fun to try to make my own butter.  And it was!

Turns out it actually was rather frugal too.  We get fresh milk from a local farm for $2.00/gallon.  Out of 2¼ cups cream I was able to get ¾ cup of butter plus close to a pint of buttermilk!  So the cost of the butter alone was just roughly $0.34/lb.!  If you include the expense of electricity, you could be generous and say that it was $0.50/lb.  Either way, it was super cheap and it’s really quite easy to do.  And did I mention fun?  I kind of felt like Ma in the Little House on the Prairie books!

4.  Read books for free on my phone.
I love, Love, LOVE the Amazon Kindle app on my smartphone.  I get so many more books read as a result of it because well, my phone is always with me and it’s much easier to take along than a book  Plus, I can get lots of great books for free as well.  Authors and publishers frequently drop their books down to free for special promotions and I take advantage of those times and as a result am able to enjoy many books without paying a cent.

Three of the books that I recently read and enjoyed for free:
- Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free by Amy Lynn Andrews…this is a great, helpful, easy to read book.
- Pinterest Savvy: Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest by Melissa Taylor….if you blog or have a business that could benefit from Pinterest traffic, this book is a useful read.
- Tiny Titan – One Small Gift (Journey of Hope) by Ann Yurcek….a fascinating, amazing story!

4 UnFrugal Things
1.  Allowed flower to die.
So, I had desperately been wanting to get a few flowers and plants to brighten up our outdoors but never got it done because, well, there were just always other things that were more pressing.  Then last Saturday we were driving to a dinner function and went right past this lovely little greenhouse that was still open, even though it was 7 pm.  I begged to stop, my husband kindly obliged and I bought several plants.

I knew I wouldn’t get them planted right away and had good intentions of watering them well the next day.  But I forgot about it until two days later when our son came running inside and desperately informed me that my plants were dying and needed some water!  Thankfully I only lost one of them and although they really weren’t expensive, it was disappointing.

Having fun at the fountain on our walk.

2.  Bought ice cream at a local ice cream shop.
If you follow my Weekly Spending Summaries you know that we have lots of good Turkey Hill All-Natural ice cream in our freezer that I got for $0.50 or less.  And in all reality, we could have just enjoyed some of that.  But we take one night each week and call it Family Night and on those nights we try to do something fun together as a family.

Our last family night together we went on a walk downtown and decided to stop by a local ice cream shop for a treat.  (They make it themselves and it is really, really good!)  No, it wasn’t the cheapest way to enjoy ice cream but sometimes the experience is worth something too!

3.  Left lights on when we were away.
Unfortunately, this happens way too often, mostly when I am going away during the day with the three children.  There’s something about getting everyone out the door single-handedly that just distracts me enough that I often miss turning a light off.  I do try, but it’s just one of those things that I do my best and don’t sweat the rest!

4.  Forgot coupons when I went shopping.
I mentioned in my Weekly Spending Summary that I forgot $4.00 worth of coupons when I went shopping.  I had printed the coupons right before I left and then promptly forgot about them and left them lying on the printer.  There was no way I was going to head back home to get them…wasn’t worth the time or gas!  The nice thing was, someone had left a $1.00 coupon for the product that I was buying on the shelf, so I took advantage of that.  I guess, really then I only lost out on $3.00.

What frugal or unfrugal things did you do recently?  I’d love to hear about it!



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Ibotta- Now Accepted at Weis + Save on Milk, Naked Juice, Dial, Reynolds Wrap & More!

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

If you like Ibotta, you might be interested in some of the other 8 Money Saving (and money making) apps that I recommend!

I’m so excited- Ibotta is now accepted at Weis!  And it’s super simple to use because you only have to link your Weis club card to your account and the offers will automatically redeem when you buy the correct product. Just yesterday I used the $1.00 Dial for Men rebate there and by combining a $1.00 Dial paper coupon with the Ibotta rebate and a sale, I got a great deal on body wash for my husband!

Here are some of the current offers on Ibotta.  If you think you are interested in them, be sure to load them now as they sometimes disappear before the expiration date.  Not sure what Ibotta is?  Read my post explaining it.

One Gallon White Milk – Any Brand – Limited time only. Excludes all flavored & non-dairy varieties $0.25.
Naked Juice® – Kale Blazer™ variety only – 15.2 oz. bottle. $1.00

Naked Juice® – 15.2 oz. bottle or larger. See details. Exclusions apply. $1.00

Naked Juice® Variety Pack – 12 pk. of 10 oz. bottles only. $2.00

Naked Juice® – Chia variety only – 15.2 oz. bottle. $1.00

Naked Juice® – Protein & Greens variety only – 15.2 oz. bottle. $1.00

Good Earth® Tea – Any variety – Any size. $1.00
Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil – Any variety – 30 sq. foot or larger. $0.75

Dial for Men- Any body wash or bar soap- Any size. $1.00
Dial Body Wash- 11.75 bottle or larger. $1.00
Dial Bar Soap- Any size. $1.00
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Lotion Sunscreen – 3 oz. tube or 0.47 oz. stick. $2.00

Neutrogena Wet Skin Lotion Sunscreen – 3 oz. tube. $2.00
Advil Congestion Relief – 10 or 20 ct. pack. $2.00
Advil Allergy & Congestion Relief – 10 or 20 ct. pack. $2.00
Pine-Sol – Any variety – Any size. $0.75

Triple Play Bonus
Redeem any three (3) rebates in-store only and earn an extra $.50. Hurry! This bonus ends Sunday night.

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