My Blog

My blog has morphed over the years into different things. It is a place to learn about saving money, product reviews, cooking, gardening, and homesteading. It can take you to whatever has my attention at the moment and then back to the day to day. I hope you will learn something here and come back often.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

For My Gardening Friends~~ Free Organic Seeds

I am a big fan of Seeds of Change and I have ordered a lot of my organic seeds from them.  Right now, they are giving away 100 million seeds.  You only pay $4.99 shipping for 25 packets of seeds.  You will receive vegetable, herb and flower seeds.

Check it out here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Free Easter Candy

Go here to print a coupon for $2 off any 2 Easter Candies.  It's off things like Snickers, M&Ms, Twix, etc.  You should be able to get these free at CVS, Walmart, Target and Walgreens this week.

Remember to hit the back button on your browser 3 times so you can print this twice!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Francine Rivers

Francine Rivers was my first favorite author.  I read a couple of her books and was quickly hooked.  Right now there is a big give away including a free download of her book Leota's Garden.  Just go here!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Best Kroger Day Ever!!

I am so excited about all of my deals that I got today at Kroger today!  I believe this couponing business is a little addictive!  You can see in the picture what I got on the first trip.  My second trip consisted of 16 cans of Red Gold tomatoes.  Go here for a coupon.  I paid $3.00 for all 16 cans.  I could have gotten them all free but I messed up on my happens...

Go here and print out 3 coupons for Ronzoni.  For you guys that are new to printing coupons, once you print your coupons, hit the back button on your browser 3 times and usually you will be able to print the coupons a second time.  If you have more than one computer in your house, you can do this at each computer and print multiple coupons.  I printed my coupons and then some nice person left some coupons on the shelf of pasta so I used theirs too.  I also had some regular coupons for Ronzoni.  ANYWAY...Kroger has a special right now...if you buy 10 items on the March Madness Sale you get $5 off.  This makes the Ronzoni $.49 each.  When used with the coupons they are FREE!!

You can also get Wheat Thins for $.99 by using this coupon plus the March Madness Sale.  And Triscuits for $.99 by going here.

I always check the clearance section of my Kroger before I leave the store.  Today they had Cinnamon Chex marked down to $1.09 and I had a coupon for $1.00 off.  They also had Old Spice Body Wash marked down to $1.29 and I had $1.00 off.  The milk in the picture is organic and marked down to $3.39, regularly $6.79.

Like I said earlier...I messed up a couple of times on my coupons today.  The special price is only good for sets of 10 items and I didn't realize it until after I left the store.  So I could have saved another couple of dollars but it's ok.  I'm still learning too!

So, here is the bottom line:

1st shopping trip Shelf Cost:  $159.78  .... I paid  $25.80

2nd shopping trip Shelf Cost:  $19.09...   I paid $4.49

That's $178.87 in groceries for $30.29!  83% Savings!  Yeah, I'm happy!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Money Maker Day

I MADE $2 profit on my shopping trip to Walgreen's today!  I love days like this!!  Here are a couple of things I did:
I had a coupon for Free Purex Crystals - I waited for this sale and got it free PLUS $2 register reward
Purex Detergent is on sale for $2.99 - I had a coupon for $3 off
I had a Buy One Get One Free coupon for Gillette Deodorant - It's on sale BOGO free so BOTH were free!
Irish Spring Deodorant is on sale 2/$6 and get a $4 register reward.  I had 2 coupons for $1 off - so they were free.
I had a BOGO free for Gatorade and it's on sale for $.69 each.  The coupon made these $.34 each

I also had a great shopping trip to Kroger this morning.  I saved $75.54 (47%).  Ideally, I would like to have a higher percentage saved but this trip included a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat so there are not as many coupons available.  I bought $49.10 worth of meat and $25.26 if fresh fruit and veggies!  That makes everything else that I bought basically free!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Another Way to Save $$$

I hope all of these little tidbits are helping someone!  These are little ways that you can save money and they all ad up!

I think I have told you about this before but I want to tell you again about EBATES.  I just got $56 deposited directly into my paypal account from ebates.  All you do is sign up, check to see if the store you are purchasing from has an ebates discount, click the link, and then place the order as usual!  It is really simple.

You can receive cash back on purchased from almost anywhere....even EBAY.  So why not get a couple of dollars back on your purchases?

If you need glasses, check out Coastal Contacts via Ebates.  I ordered by glasses through this and got a BOGO free deal through Coastal Contacts and then 16% cash back through EBATES.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Like Tea?? Try these FREE

Here is a nice way to sample something new:  Go to and select 2 sample teas that are priced at $3.15 each.  Add them to your cart and use the code TRYME to get them free.  Shipping is Free and you can select "free sample" and you do not have to enter any payment information.

I am trying the Tropical Green Tea and Chocolate Mint Rooibos Herbal Tea.  Can't wait to get them in!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Have you tried Groupon yet?  It's a great way to save money on local deals.  The most recent Groupon I purchased was 3 Redbox rentals for $1.  I had a $1 credit on my account so I got them FREE.  The deals vary every day so check them out.