Friday, April 30, 2010

May is PGA Free Lesson Month!

Play Golf America is offering free 10 minute lessons from a PGA/LPGA Professional! Some areas also have free family golf clinics. It's easy to sign up: 
  • Go HERE to search for a participating PGA/LPGA Professional near you. When I did the search, I found a PGA professional less than 10 miles from where I live.
  • Schedule and take your free 10-minute lesson or family clinic during the month of May.
  • Register after your free lesson to be eligible to win a trip to the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance for you and a friend, a set of golf clubs and more.

Free Download of "Underworlds" game for iPhone/iPod Touch!

Today Only! Click HERE for free download.

Free Bowling at Brunswick!

When you enter to win a free year of bowling from Brunswick, you will automatically get a coupon for buy 1 game of bowing, get one free. If you are like my family, you always have to bowl more than one game! After you enter the contest, a coupon will come up that you can print. Click HERE.

Free Craft for Mother's Day at Pottery Barn!

Pottery Barn is having a Mother's Day Craft Workshop for kids on May 8th and 9th from 2-4 pm. I forwarded this info to my hubby so hopefully he will take the kids! If it's from Pottery Barn, I'm sure it will be cute! Click HERE for info.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mother's Day Craft Workshops at Micheals!

Michaels is giving dads and kids a chance to make great gifts for mom with FREE workshops every day beginning May 1 through May 8.

Here’s the full schedule of Mother’s Day gift events in all Michaels stores:

Saturday, May 1 (1 – 3 p.m.): Kids can create gem earrings or a glass bead bracelet to keep Mom stylish. Cost: FREE

Sunday, May 2 (1 – 3 p.m.): Kids can personalize an ordinary coffee mug with paint markers. Cost: FREE decorating supplies with purchase of a $1.99 mug kit

Monday, May 3 (6 – 8 p.m.): Kids can make Mom a flower corsage to complement a favorite outfit using silk flowers. Cost: FREE corsage supplies with purchase of silk flowers, $1 and up

Tuesday, May 4 (6 – 8 p.m.): Give Mom a spa day with a home spa package wrapped in a painted clay pot. Cost: FREE painting supplies (does not include spa stuffers, $1 and up)

Thursday, May 6 (6 – 8 p.m.): Kids can decorate a Mother’s Day t-shirt with fun designs made from handprints. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of $2.50 t-shirt

Friday, May 7 (6 – 8 p.m.): Kids can personalize and decorate a wooden picture frame to hold a favorite memory of Mom. Cost: FREE decorating supplies with purchase of $1 frame

Saturday, May 8 (10 a.m. – Noon): Kids can make a personalized card to wish Mom a Happy Mother’s Day. Cost: FREE

Saturday, May 8 (Noon – 1 p.m.): Kids can decorate a sweet treat at the Wilton cookie decorating event. Cost: FREE 

Thanks, My Memphis Mommy!

Frugal Tip: Best Time to Buy

  • Best time to go to a restaurant: Tuesday night. Restaurants are least crowded on this day and will offer their best deals (like "kid's eat free").
  • Best time to go to the grocery store - Wednesday. For most grocery stores, Wednesday is the start of the week so you can get a good discount on the previous week's items. Not all stores have the same schedule so ask your store when they do their markdowns.
  • Best time to book a hotel room: Sunday at 4pm. You should call the hotel directly, not the 800 reservations number and not through an online site. Tell the manager you are shopping for a great rate and ask what they can do for you. 
  • Best time to book a flight: Tuesday afternoon. Most major airlines announce their sales on Monday nights and this triggers other airlines to try and match those discounted prices on Tuesdays. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are usually the cheapest days to fly. The earliest flight is the most cost-effective followed by lunchtime or dinnertime.
  • Best time to buy a car: Last Tues or Weds of the month. Salesmen are interested in meeting their sales quota for the month and are more willing to "deal". The best time of year to buy a car is from Sept to Dec when you can expect to save 10-20% on the previous year's model. If you can hold off until the end of December, your savings will be even larger.
Some information for this post was obtained from the Dallas Morning News.

Your Shape for Wii on sale for $19.99!

Your ShapeAmazon has Your Shape (Wii) for $19.99. Was $49.99. Great price! Click HERE.

DIY Project: Darling Tissue Paper Flowers for Mother's Day!

Instead of spending big bucks to buy flowers for your mom on Mother's Day, how about making her these super cute tissue paper carnations? They sure will last longer than the real ones (and they will save you some bucks)! And moms love, love, love handmade presents from their children - no matter how old they are. It shows that you took the time to make something special. Click here for the easy instructions!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Frugal Tip: Shop for Art on Ebay

A little known secret is that there are hundreds of very talented artists selling their paintings on Ebay. You can get original paintings for very little money. I have purchased several paintings this way and they are as nice as the ones I have seen at any art show. Owning the original painting is so much better than a poster or print. When you go to Ebay - search for "paintings". Then after you get the results, click on "Direct from Artist" in the left hand column. I usually search for "large painting". I have a lot of big walls to fill!

Here is an example of a painting that currently has a high bid of $49 and it is HUGE!

Check it out next time you need some artwork. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at what you can find!

Sports Illustrated Mag-1 year (56 issues) plus Free NFL Jacket: only $20!

Think Father's Day. My husband and dad would both love this! Click HERE.

Frugal Tip: Don't throw away money on Self-Storage Units

Self storage is a good idea when used temporarily. But when you keep your stuff in one for years and years, you are literally throwing thousands of dollars away. When is the last time you looked in all of those boxes?
One reader from told this story:
"I just cleaned out my storage unit that I have had for 7 years. (I think I opened it when I moved from the townhouse to my apartment.) What a bunch of crap! I saved a couple boxes of books I’d been missing, and some high school stuff I pulled out — medals, trophies and plaques. So, I did the calculations on what this storage unit cost me. 7 years = 84 months times approximately $120 a month = over $10,000!!!!! I am flabbergasted I spent so much on storing what was basically crap. It’s just so easy when it’s $120 a month. Think of what I could have done with $10,000! That’s a costly uncluttering lesson!"
If you have a self-storage unit, consider taking the time to clear it out and save yourself a good amount of money.  You can sell it or donate it to charity. You'll be amazed at how good you will feel for your accomplishment. If the idea of cleaning out the space overwhelms you, hire a professional organizer to help you. The fee you’ll pay to the professional organizer will be less than what you would pay to continue storing your stuff.

Frugal Tip: De-clutter and make some money!

The best place to sell your used books, CD's, DVD's and games, according to experts, is, which boasts tens of millions of shoppers seeking new and used items daily. “Media inventory turns over faster here than anywhere else,” says Michael Miller, author of Selling Online 2.0. What sells best? “Textbooks and recently published books,” says Priscilla Welbourn of Mendham, New Jersey, who has sold more than 6,000 (!) books on Amazon since 2005. Titles that have just been made into films, such as Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song, sell briskly, Welbourn adds. Like eBay, Amazon charges a fee and manages the transaction for you.

Selling Points:
  • Price your book at a penny less than the lowest-priced copy, then check your listing daily to ensure you’re still offering the best value.
  • Be honest about condition. If a DVD is scratched and you say it’s “like new,” your seller rating (a report card from buyers who have purchased your items) will go down.
  • At the post office, send items via “media mail,” which is about half the cost of first-class service.
I know everyone has some old books or DVD's lying around the house that they don't need anymore. Why not clear out the cabinets and make a little cash while you're at it? Click HERE to start selling your stuff!

Disney - 50 Days of Free Music!

Starting May 3, Disney will launch 50 Days of Disney Music. You'll get a different Disney song download each day for FREE! Music from Beauty & the Beast, Camp Rock, Toy Story, Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Aladdin, The Incredibles & more! How fun!

To download the music, you’ll need to find 
Disney Music on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or text “Disney” to 66937.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free Emeril 20th Anniversary Cookbook

Click HERE to get a Free Emeril’s 20th Anniversary Cookbook (PDF). It’s an exclusive collection of many of the best-loved recipes from Emeril’s "From Barbecued Shrimp to Banana Cream Pie to Sazaracs". There’s something in this cookbook for everyone…and best of all, it’s FREE!

Free Subscription to Money Magazine

Free Subscription - no credit card required. Hurry, because these go fast! Click HERE.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Children's Place Clearance PLUS an extra 15% off!

The Children's Place has lots of sale items right now at very low prices. Use code C4A4A to get an extra 15% off! Click HERE.

Hobby Lobby coupon - 40% off any one item!

Print coupon HERE. Good until May 1st.

Free Mineral Makeup Samples

Get 5 Free mineral makeup samples from Bellissima Trucco Minerale. Limit one sample set request per address. You can request specific products/shades by entering it in the comment box. This sample set includes one sample each of: Foundation, Concealer, Mineral Veil, Blush & Bronzer. Click HERE.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Mother's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your own Words- $10.39

A Mother's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words

This mother's memory journal takes you on a journey that will become a cherished family memoir. Designed in a 12-month format, each month features 12 intriguing questions with space to write a personal answer. Questions explore family history, childhood memories, lighthearted incidents, cherished traditions, and the dreams and spiritual adventures encountered in a lifetime of living. Her written words become windows to a mother's heart.

This is a great idea for Mother's Day. It is much more personal than a blouse or flowers. This will be something that can be passed down for generations to come. I bought my mom one a couple of years ago. Now I need to fill one out for my kids:) It is currently on sale at Amazon. Click HERE.

Free Parenting Guides - Helping Your Child Series

The U.S. Dept of Education offers these free publications to help your child succeed:
  • Helping Your Child Learn Science
  • Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics
  • Helping Your Child Become a Reader
  • Helping Your Child With Homework
  • Helping Your Preschool Child
  • Helping Your Child Succeed in School
  • Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence
Click HERE to download the free brochures.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Free sample of Grandma Bowser's Country Oven Dog Biscuts!

Get your pup a free sample HERE (go to bottom of page) They look pretty yummy!

Marie Claire Magazine - $4.00 for 1 year!

:Marie Claire (1-year)Amazon has Marie Claire Magazine for $8.00. Use code APRMAG50 to get 50%, which means you get it for $4.00! Awesome deal. Click HERE.

Here are the other magazines you can use the code on as well:

Justice for Girls - 40% off!

Get 40% off you entire order when you use code 779 at checkout. This is a great deal! They have cute girl's clothes - sizes 6 and up. Click HERE.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Stein Mart - $10 of $25 Purchase!

Yippee - a Stein Mart coupon! Time to get those new summer sandals! Coupon valid until 5/18. 
Print coupon HERE.

DIY Project - Make your own ice packs for summer outings!

This is really a great tip. I am always using ice packs to take to soccer practice, on picnics, etc. Who knew you could make your own. It's easy! Click HERE.

Recipe: Dirt Cake for Earth Day!

Here is the recipe for the fun to make (and eat!) dirt cake made out of oreos and pudding. I made this a few weeks ago on April Fool's Day and the kids absolutely loved it! It's a great thing to make for dessert on Earth Day. It looks so real if you put the mixture in a foil lined flower pot. Don't skip the gummy worms - that's the cutest part! Click HERE.

Awesome Deal on Beatles Rock Band Bundle!

Amazon has a great pn Beatles Rock Band Bundle for Playstation 3 and XBOX 360. This is a hot deal so it won't last long!

Plus you'll get FREE Super Saver Shipping!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free Dave Ramsey Class Online!

Dave Ramsey is offering a FREE Financial Peace University class! The lesson will consist of Dave teaching his steps to get out of debt, build wealth, and save for the future. These principles apply to everyone—whether wealthy or struggling in debt. Click HERE.

FREE Subscription to Real Simple Magazine!

I LOVE this magazine! Click HERE to receive your free subscription. No credit card required. HURRY - there are limited quantities.

Free Online Job Chart for Kids

My Job Chart is a FREE online Chore Chart that teaches kids to work in a fun and productive way. Using an easy and fun online system, My Job Chart inspires kids to do their chores on time. An interactive point system tracks your child's progress, creating excitement and enthusiasm among kids. And the fully customizable chore chart allows you and your child to decide upon mutually determined rewards, fostering communication and developing responsibility. You even get an email or text message when your kids finish their chores or they earn a reward! Awesome!
Click HERE.

Free Subscription to Maxim Magazine!

You need to hurry on this one - these free subscriptions go fast! No credit card required. Click HERE.

DIY Project - Homemade Sugar Scrub (for Mom)

To make an easy homemade face and body scrub, simply mix: 1 cup of white sugar,1 cup of brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon or ground ginger. Add almond oil (found at craft stores) until you reach desired consistency. Whisk the mixture to break up any lumps. Spoon into a jar with a tight fitting lid, add a pretty label and voila, instant green gift for mom!

Fun Idea - Rainbow Pancakes!

These are the coolest pancakes in the world! This is a great idea for Mother's Day breakfast or a "job well done" treat! Just separate batter into bowls and make each one a different color with food coloring. Cook as usual. How fun is that?

Frugal How To - Clean a Diamond Ring

Is your ring looking a little dull? Just follow these 4 easy steps and your ring will sparkle like new!
How to Clean a Diamond
FYI - Did you know that wearing your diamond ring to bed can make it dull? The sheets scratch against the diamond and after years of continual friction, the diamond's surface will look scratched and dull. It is best to take your ring off before going to bed.

FREE Bridal Guide Magazine!

Know anyone getting married? Even if you don't, you should order this anyway to get great ideas for current color palettes, floral design, creative ideas, etc. ValueMags is offering one issue of Bridal Guide for free. No credit card needed. Click HERE.

Monday, April 19, 2010

FREE Kindle download - Living Organized (also for PC, Macs and more)

Get a FREE Kindle download of Living Organized: Proven Steps for a Clutter-Free and Beautiful Home right now. Owning a Kindle is not the only way you can enjoy these great free books. In addition to the actual Kindle device, you can download software for PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, iPods, and BlackBerry devices!

Frugillionaire - Living Richly While Saving a Fortune

Frugillionaire: 500 Fabulous Ways to Live Richly and Save a has this book called Frugillionaire. It is highly rated by its readers. There are 500 simple and useful ideas for saving money - mix and match them into your personal formula for financial success. For $11.95, it is worth reading! 

Dairy Queen - 25 cent Blizzard!

Buy 1 Blizzard at regular price, get second one for 25 cents! No coupon needed. Good until April 25th.

Reminder - Dollar General accepts coupons

Dollar General accepts coupons from the newspaper and printed internet coupons as well. To print coupons for some products they have in the store, go HERE. You can find some great deals at Dollar General!

Amazon - Radio Flyer My 1st Scooter-Pink $29.00!

Radio Flyer My 1st Scooter PinkIf you are REALLY organized and can buy Christmas presents this early or if you have a girl's birthday coming up - here is a great deal. The Radio Fyler My 1st Scooter is on sale for $29.00 (regularly $65.99)!
I wish my daughter didn't already have a scooter because this pink one is so cute!