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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Healthy you 3/31/11

I'm doing great right now at dropping the pounds. I'm at a new goal I haven't seen since my last son was born. In September he will be 5! Its always so motivating to reach a new goal. In this book I'm reading, very slowly I might add, Made to Crave. She suggests to have a friend that you can journey with on the Healthy You path. This is a great suggestion. You can hold each other accountable for doing great. She can pray for you and you for her. Hopefully the temporary pleasure of one brownie won't be worth having to tell your accountability partner that you made the choice to mess up.

Home school "wednesday"...

Well obviously the week totally got away from me becuase I meant to post this yesterday!

We have been posting sentiments about home schooling our kids and this week is our Home School Science Fair - I have been running the Science Fair for three years now and it is continually growing.  This year we have 32 projects entered!  Pre-k all the way up to High School.
I want to put out an invitiation for any one who home teaches who might be interested in entering a project next year (open to all homeschoolers) or to any one who is interested in home teaching and would like to see how some families teach science. 
The Science Fair is this Friday, April 1st at 6:00-8:00pm at First Baptist Church in Silvis (1101 10th ave)
We will be serving dessert as you view the projects - hope to see you there!

These are my boys with thier rocket project
Don't forget if you're shopping at Walgreens today you can get an additional 15-20% off. Just go here and print out the coupon.
Discount for Hasbro. Use code SPRING20 at checkout.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Follow me Tuesday 3/29/11

This Follow me Tuesday I wanted to highlight how you can be frugal by making your own laundry soap. It really isn't hard at all and only takes a few minutes! I posted a few weeks ago that I wanted to do this, here. I got my recipe from here. A friend called me and thought I would want to know about his cousin that makes her own laundry soap, so I checked it out.
It only requires you to by 3 ingredients! Borax, Washing soda, and Naptha soap. This soap smells so clean and refreshing! These are all found in the same isle, laundry soap isle. I posted the prices I paid for them here. It only ends up being about $.35 for a 33 load container of laundry soap. And I didn't use a single coupon!! Check out the video.

Needed Ingredients
1/3 bar Fels Naptha
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team borax

Needed Utensils
You will also need a small cheese grater ,a 4 qt sauce pan, water, and a 3 gallon bucket for mixing (got mine at Wal-Mart for $1.98).

Grate the soap in the sauce pan with a grater.

Add six cups of water to the pan, heating until the grated soap melts. I had some pieces of soap I didn't grate to well and they floated to the top. I just picked those out.

Add the washing soda and borax, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat.

Pour 4 cups of hot water into your empty bucket. Add soap mixture to the bucket. Stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups (or 22 cups) of water; stir.

Pour into gallon containers. (Some people use empty water jugs; I use old laundry soap containers since they have the measuring cup built in the lid.) Recipe makes about 2 gallons, which is enough for 64 loads of laundry when you use 1/2 cup of detergent for each load. The pouring process is a little messy. I'm sure once you do it often it may get easier but I spilled about half of what I poured. Maybe get a funnel to make it easier!! Also the batch I made didn't fit into 2 33 load containers of laundry soap. If you are using these containers you may need 3. If thats the case the cost I figured out is less.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Free kids meal again at Chilis 3/29

Free kids meal again tomorrow! Seems like this is a weekly thing lately.

Target daily deal 3/28/11

Todays Deal at Target is the water boots. $16.99 and all daily deals ship for free.

Qc times Daily deals 3/28/11

Todays QC times Daily deal is for a bouncy house! $45 for a $100 value. Bouncy house for the day!

You invite the people, we will bring the fun! We have over 50 Jumpy's to choose from priced $100 per day. We also have character Jumpy's like Dora the Explorer, DIsney Princesses, Shrek & Madagascar, plus tons more! Character Jumpy's are priced at $125 per day. Slides and obstacle courses are also available.
Delivery is $49.99 for drop off and pick up in the Quad City area. Customer pick up and return is also available at no charge.
Visit our website to see all our Jumpy's!
Delivery Not Included
Customer May Pick Up
Cash back for unused portion? NO
No cash value.
Not valid with any other promotion
Tax and gratuity not included
Expires 03/28/2012
No refunds. All sales are final.
Coupon will be activated 24 hours after your credit card has been charged. Subject to Get it Today Terms and Conditions which may be found at May not be redeemed for cash and may not be used with any other offers or promotions. Coupons for events must be redeemed/used by event date. If Coupons for non-events are not redeemed by the expiration date, redemption for amount paid but unused may be received for up to five years from issue date. For questions, contact us at 1- 800-880-8075 or, (563) 383-2388 for more information.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Congrats to our winner!

Be*** is our winner! The winner has already been contacted. Thank you to all who entered. Have a great weekend.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jcpenny coupon

$10 off $25 purchase at Jcpenny. I love these coupons! Just go here. To order online just use code SALEDAZE at checkout.

Target daily deal 3/25/11

Todays daily deal is Blue jeans! Theres a $5 off code that expires tomorrow. Just use TGTMQS6U to bring your cost down to $7. It looks like theres limited sizes so you may want to hurry for this deal. Daily deals ship for free!

Just go here

Walgreens deals 3/27-4/2/11

These are my favorites. Go here for the full list.

Colgate 2/$6 get back $4 Register Reward. Use 2 $1 off Colgate from 2/27 SS Free
Edge/Skintimate Shaving cream 2/$4 get back $2 Reg Reward
Charmin Basic $2.99 If you got the big PG coupon book theres $1 off coupons inside!
Easter chocalote eggs $.29 (great filler item if you need it. Just be careful to not eat them all!)

Cvs deals 3/27-4/2/11

These are the deals I liked from the ad. To see the full list go here.

Band-Aid brand bandages 8-80 ct, Johnson & Johnson Red Cross, Neosporin .5-1 oz, or Neo To Go spray .26 oz get $5 eb wyb $10 Limit 1 use the coupon here to sweeten the deal!

Whoever wins the coupon contest today may want to do this deal!

household products get $4 eb wyb $12 Limit 1:
Pledge spray 9.7-12.5 oz or Fabric Sweeper 1 ct $3
Scrubbing Bubbles toilet gel discs 6 ct $3
Scrubbing Bubbles 16 oz $3
Shout, Fantastik, or Windex 22-32 oz $3
Glade scented oil candle refills 4 ct or holder $3
Glade scented oil PlugIns refills 2 ct 1.42 oz total $4

Giveaway Friday 3/25/11

Who likes coupons!

This is over 170 coupons!! Most are for cleaning or air freshener products but as you can see there might be a few others included. There are a few that will get you free products. The $1 off Tide for example!

So today I'm going to giveaway a ton of cleaning coupons. All you have to do is comment below your email address so I can contact you if you are a winner. I can't even list all of the coupons but you won't be disappointed! I'd like to get these out Saturday morning so this giveaway will only be open til midnight tonight 3/25/11. Good luck!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cost Cutters

In the coupon book that was in the paper today theres a coupon for $10.95 hair cut at Cost Cutters. If you're planning on doing the Tangled rebate for Cost Cutters you may want to hold on to this coupon!

Need a little sun to get ready for summer!

TanWorld has the 5 tans for $5 running again.
Duck creek mall
844 Middle rd
Bettendorf, Ia

2920 E 53rd St
Davenport, Ia
If you didn't get the Quad city coupon book in the paper heres TanWorld website.

Menards 3 day only crazy day sale 3/25-3/27/2011

Lots of things on sale this week but I will list my favorites!

Door sale $1.99 after $8 mail in rebate NO LIMIT
All Detergent 32 load $.99 after $3 mail in rebate
30 pack Heavy Duty contractor bags $2.99 after $6 mail in rebate
Stainless steel soap with holder FREE after $4 mail in rebate
Magazine rack $.99 after $15 mail in rebate

The rebate checks are a lot like using register rewards at Walgreens but you don't get it right away. You fill out a rebate check that you can pick up at the front of the store. Fill it out and send in your receipt. A few weeks later you will receive a check in the mail you can only use at Menards. Once you start doing these deals you can just keep rolling your rebates. What that means, once you get your $15 rebate check from buying the Magazine rack (for example) you can use that to purchase items that you're going to get money back for.

Target daily deal 3/24/11

Order Summary 3 items
3 item(s) Subtotal $24.00
Promotion(s) Applied
Opens in New Window -$11.40
Total Cost $12.60
You Save: $11.40 (48%)

Get a Load o' Tees
The more you get, the better the price. Buy one, it's $7. Buy two, $6 each. Buy three, $5 each. That "third time's a charm " thing — so true.

Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Pocket V-Neck Tee Collection - Assorted ColorsFree Shipping

$8.00 List price

Add code TCA23BMA

To get an additional 10% off and if you have a Target card you get your additional 5% off!
Hurry while supplies last

Healthy you 3/24/11

     I feel like I'm on self sabotage mode this week. I am eating all kinds of really unhealthy foods. I have lost about 6 pounds in the last couple weeks. I haven't worked out at all in a week. It's been so busy for some reason. I havn't gained any back yet but I need to stop before I do.
     These few lines stick out to me in 'Made to Crave'.

 I relied on food more than I relied on God. I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness.

Why do we do this. We have an accomplishment and we celebrate by having a feast or going out to eat. We are sad about something and we pull out the chocolate. It's never ending!!

They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved. Psalms 78:18
(She says in the book) Each time I craved something I knew wasn't part of my plan, I used that craving as a prompt to pray. Instead of wallowing in what I can't have , I'm making the choice to celebrate what I can have.

How is everyone elses week going?! Tearing down those bricks one by one (:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Grocery Ad sweep 3/23/11

These are the items that stood out to me when going through the ads. Make sure you check out the full ad yourself to see if I missed a good deal.

Pineapple $1.49
Bananas $.39
Strawberries $.99
Cantaloupe $.99


Whole Chicken $.69/lb


Coupon on front of ad for $1.50 off 3 Kraft Cheese. Not sure what these are priced at but it could work out to be a good deal?


Green/Red seedless Grapes $.99/lb
Save $5 instantly when you buy any 10 of these products:
Oreo $2.49
Kraft Salad Dressing $1.99
Farm Stand Carrots $1.49
Pillsbury Brownies $.99
Juicy Juice $2.49
Powerade $1
Kraft Mayo/Miracle Whip $2.49
Nabisco Fig Newtons $3.29
Kraft Cheese singles, shredded, or chunk $2.49
Dannon Light and Fit/Activia $1.99
Hillshire Farm sausage $3.49
Kraft Deluxe or Velveeta Shells and cheese $1.99
Glaceau Vitamin water $1.25
Healthy choice mixers $2.49
Starbucks coffee $7.49
Nabisco snack crackers $2.49
Hebrew National Beef Franks $2.99
Jell-o pudding $2.49
Fresh step cat litter $6.49
You can use coupons to sweeten this deal. Just look at it as taking $.50 off w/o coupons


Split Chicken Breast $.79/lb
Peter Pan peanut butter $2.98 for 3 jars
Braeburn Apples $.88/lb
10/$10 Del Monte Fruit, Hyvee Garden Salad, Pillsbury Biscuits/Cinnamon Rolls

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Target shopping

I haven't been Target coupon shopping since the freezer deal! I had some time tonight and needed some 'me' time so I just wondered thru the isles looking at all the items and my coupons. I spent 2 1/2 hours and only bought 21 items. I didn't get any really awesome deals but sometimes this is nice to do when you have time just to see whats out there and what may be going on sale in the future.

It took me a while to find the LPLP Linea Pelle accessories. Theres a new Target coupon for this item. The cheapest thing I saw was $9.99 but this doesn't expire for a few weeks so hold onto it and I'm sure these will clearance out! They are on the end rack of the purses. The isle closest to the shoes, if you're looking for the LPLP Linea Pelle accessories.

If you like the Wheat Thins ,they are $2 and theres a buy3get1 free coupon on Targets site. Also use coupons here, here, here, and here. To make them really cheap!

I also left a few coupons around the store that I wasn't going to use! (:

Follow me Tuesday 3/22/11

We had some issues downloading to YouTube today so its on the Facebook page here! In this video we talked about stock piles. We have had a lot of questions about how to organize your stock pile. In this video you see Stephanie's organized pile. I also have some pictures posted of how I do mine. There are many different ways to organize. You need to do what works best for the space you have.
This is a metal shelf I have at the bottom of my basement stairs. I keep most of my stock pile here.

I am lucky enough to have a pantry in my kitchen. We added these shelves to the pantry wall and you could do that anywhere in your house. On these shelves you could keep body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, cleaning supplies, etc.

These are shelves that we put on our back porch that we had a whole shelf of kitty litter on. Also cat food and toilet paper stores well here. This is also where I keep my freezer.

I have a pretty big toy stock pile too. This is kept in my bedroom closet. If you have a toy stock pile make sure its put somewhere the kids aren't allowed.

We had a food video recorded also but I'm not sure we are going to be able to put that up now. I will just share some info on this post. I'm very lucky to have tons of cabinet space to put my food stock pile.

For those of you not so lucky to have this space. Some people store things in plastic totes in the basement or garage. Also if you have some desk space you can always stick things underneath the desk. I would recommend getting some shelves put in somewhere like in the pictures above if you can.
I also notice things tend to be placed through out the house sometimes. Note the 3 men deodorants in the above picture. This is in my kitchen and yes, they are all opened....

Feel free to share your pictures with us too on Facebook! Its fun to see how everyone else does it and there are so many different ways to organize.

Spring time! Garden ideas

This year we have our house on the market and can't do a garden like we do every year. I was really disappointed because we love having a garden. I just received a Lowes book in the mail today that gave me an idea!

We usually have a traditional small garden. We just plant the basics and have a little fence around it to keep out the animals.(this is not a picture of our garden. I just pulled it off the web.)

But who says we have to do a traditional garden, right! There are so many different ways to grow a garden. Some of you may be in an apartment or don't have much of a yard. You can still grow a garden and save your family money and eat organic veggies!!

This garden you can do if you do have a yard but not great dirt. Raised boxes, fill in your own dirt or compost. There are lots of websites to go to that would assist you in this process but here's one for you if you don't know where to start.

Now if you don't have the room for a garden or you're selling your house and not sure if the new owners will like the idea of digging up the yard here's the garden for you!

Now you can make these in pretty pots or just what ever you have. If you need ideas on how to do this you can go here.
So what is everyone doing this year for a Garden? Any good tips or ideas?!

Amazon deal 3/22/11

Amazon has a great deal going on today! Buy 3 Home and Garden items get 1 free. It looks like it includes anything in this section. I have not tried this yet, it was an email I received this morning from Amazon.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Anyone know any good tips to save on a Rotor-Rooter call!? The surprise trips are always the most expensive. UGH!

Qc Times Deal of the Day 3/21/11

 Only $49 for this wonderful deal! Value of $105. (I forgot to add the link..sorry!)

Deal is On!
You have until Mon, Mar 21 2011 11:59 PM to purchase!

After Image The Look, Inc
4711 Brady St
Davenport, IA 52806


AfterImage The Look hair salon and day spa in Davenport, IA offers premium hair, anti-aging massage and skin care, and nail services in the Quad Cities. Our complete line of beauty services leave you looking younger, helps you recover from tension and leaves you feeling rejuvenated. Stop in for an appointment today, and see how much a quick visit to our day spa can positively change not just your beauty -- but also your outlook and attitude.

When you take the time for yourself that you so richly deserve, you will discover our state-of-the-art salon services will leave you feeling reinvigorated. Take a quick vacation by visiting our spa. You will discover a whole new world waiting to inspire and pamper you.

Cash back for unused portion? NO
No cash value.
Not valid with any other promotion
One per person
No refunds. All sales are final.
Appointment Required
Expires 03/21/12
Coupon will be activated 24 hours after your credit card has been charged. Subject to Get it Today Terms and Conditions which may be found at May not be redeemed for cash and may not be used with any other offers or promotions. Coupons for events must be redeemed/used by event date. If Coupons for non-events are not redeemed by the expiration date, redemption for amount paid but unused may be received for up to five years from issue date. For questions, contact us at 1- 800-880-8075 or, (563) 383-2388 for more information.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Review Friday 3/18/11

 Bio True has allowed me to review their latest innovation. If you are a contact wearer you know how it is when you get those cleaners that make your contacts super dry! I've been using Bio true for a few days now (also in the past) and I haven't been having any problems with dry contacts. Also their prices are pretty comparable to other manufacturers. (10oz bottle online price is $7.99) Here is a $1 off coupon you can print!
Bio true is inspired by the biology of your eyes™. It goes beyond cleaning by being the only* solution to bring together three bio-inspired innovations:

Has a lubricant found naturally in your eyes
Matches the pH of healthy tears
Keeps certain beneficial tear proteins active
Bio true works like your eyes to provide you with the health and comfort your eyes deserve, helping to make lens wear easier on your eyes.

     To celebrate their latest innovation, Biotrue, Bausch + Lomb will be giving away 300 reusable tote bags a day beginning Sunday, February 27th. To enter, just visit to play the instant win game. Not a winner? No problem, just come back the next day to try your luck again! The game will be live for 30 days, meaning over 9,000 lucky Bio true fans will be winners! Contest ends Sunday, March 27th. (This game requires you to load the new Flash player.)
I received a sample from Bio true to review this product. And a nice tote bag.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Target Glade Candles

Wanted to remind you all of this deal!
Buy 5 Select Glade Seasonal Care Items 2/$5 = $5 Target gift card

Buy 5 Glade Spring Collection (including at least 1 Room Spray) $2.50 each

Total = $12.50
Use 2 $2/2 coupons found here
Plus, use the $1/1 Glade Premium Room Spray coupon found in the 2/27 SS
Pay $7.50
Get back a $5 Target gift card

Final cost $0.50 each!

Walgreens diapers

Just in case you guys missed this earlier.
Walgreens Premium jumbo pack diapers Buy 1 at $8.99 get 1 Free

Use the $2/1 coupon found in the Walgreens Infant Coupon Booklet (will deduct $4) these books are reported to be near the register
Final cost $2.49 each!

Shopping for Childrens Clothes

Did you know that our local Salvation Army on Brady street in Davenport, Iowa gets Target items that don't sell when they clearance out? I have known this for a while but since couponing haven't been to Salvation army alot. I just want to point out a few things. While there I saw this toy. Salvation Army is selling this for $6. If you look (right next to my sons grey shirt, sorry about that) they left Targets clearance tag on there. You could have gotten this at Target for $3.21. Not sure why you would want to buy it for $6 when you can see they were selling it for much cheaper....

If you look at their clothing items, however, you may have better luck. I did see this
$3 for a pair of brand new girls shorts. That's a little better. They also have used items that are very inexpensive too. I just wanted to point that out. They also have adult clothing that Target sends over.

If you're looking for some nicer kids clothes we also have lots of really nice consignment shops in our area. I really like Once Upon A Child on 53rd street. Its across from Chick-Fil-A. We just found some little boys shoes for $1 and some very nice boys jeans for $5.50.

Walgreens deals 3/20/11-3/26/11

This is what looks good at Walgreens, for the full list go here.

Celadrin InflameAway Joint Health 60 ct $10 get $10 Free
Neuragen PN Pain Relief $19.99 get $19.99 Free after Mail in Rebate
Plackers Flossers 90 ct $2 get $2 RR Free
Tena / Serenity ultra thins Pads 32 or 42 ct $9.99 get $10 rr money maker after $1.50 off from 1/2/11 SS

Cvs 3/20/11-3/26/11

So sweeping over the CVS deals this is what catches my eye. For the full list you can go here.

Allgra Allergy 5ct $6.99 get back $6.99-money maker if you use these coupons! -$4 3/6 smart source
Cobroxin homeopathic oral spay for chronic pain 1 oz $18.99 get $18.99 Free
Crest or Oral-B Pro-Health Complete Rinse 16.9 oz, Clinical Gum toothpaste 4 oz, or Glide Clinical Protection floss 38.2 yds $3.49 get $2.50 eb Limit 2 -$1 from 2/27 P&G Free after coupon
Folgers coffee 22.6-33.9 oz $5.99 get $1 eb Limit 1

Healthy you 3/17/11

So I just picked up a new book from the library. A few of my friends started reading it and are really enjoying it. It sounded great from what they were telling me so of coarse I want to read it. I turned to the first page and WOW, off the bat it already hits the spot. The introduction is called 'Finding Your "Want To". How perfect is that? Most of us know that if we eat foods that are healthy for you, you're going to be healthy. Most of us know what foods are healthy. Its not a matter of, you must eat them or you could have major health issues or even you should eat them because they're better for you. When it comes down to it, it's all about motivation. Here's what it says in some of my favorite parts just in the introduction!'
   It's not the 'how to' I'm missing. It's the 'want to'..really wanting to make changes and deciding that the results of those changes are worth the sacrifice.
   The cycle continues day after day, week after week, year after year. A whole lifetime could be spent making excuses, giving in, feeling guilty, resolving to do better, mentally beating myself up for not sticking to my resolve, feeling like a failure, and then resigning myself to the fact that things can't change.
   And I don't want to spend a lifetime in this cycle.
She goes on to talk about the story in Matthew 19 about the rich young ruler. She says basically its like us asking how we can get closer to God? And in Matthew 19:21 it says 'If you want to be perfect (whole), go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me'. She says Jesus isn't only saying 'give up your treasures and follow me' . He's saying 'I want you to give up the one thing you crave more than me.(unhealthy food) Then come, follow me." Wow! I paraphrased this last part.

So how is that for the first 5 pages of a book! This book, if you want to look more into it, is 'Made to Crave' by Lysa Terkeurst. I'm really looking forward to reading more.

I have a really good recipe for some low calorie, high fiber, crave satisfying cupcakes. You take a box cake mix(any flavor you want), something sugar free if you can. Add 1 can of Pumpkin. Add 1/2 cup water. Mix well. Put into cupcake tin. Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes. Can add a little whip cream to the top and these are about 50 calories if you use the small cupcake tin and 100 calories if you use the normal size.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Grocery Ad sweep 3/15/11

So just going quickly over the ads for today and these are the things that stand out to me:
Asparagus $1.48/lb
Hy-vee Cottage Cheese $.69
Hyvee Whole Chicken $.69/lb
b1g1 free: Grimmway baby Carrots $1.58, Hyvee shredded lettuce $1.69

Banana's $.39

7up/Dr Pepper $.96 2 liter bottles
B1G1 free Gorton's breaded Fish $5.49
Regular/Diet 7up or Dr pepper 6 pack bottles 5/$$9.99
(I didnt see this in the ad but was just there, Ground Turkey breast was $1.99.)

5/$5 2 liter Pepsi get 1 Diet 2 liter Free(coupon on front of ad, should be by the door in the store also)
Boneless Pork Roast $1.99/lb
Washington Gala Apples $.88/lb
Seasoned Split chicken breast $1.99/lb

3 day sale: $.88 Progesso Vegetable Classic soup, Mini pretzels $1
Quilited Northern 4 pack $1.99
Save $5 when you buy any 10: Ragu pasta sauce $1.49, Propel Fitness water $.99, Sobe Lifewater $1.25, Maxwell Coffe $6.49, Heinz Ketchup/Hellmann's Mayo $2.49, make sure to grab an ad because the list goes on!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Follow me Tuesday - Making price points 3/15/11

Make sure you make a 12 week cycle so you know what the rock bottom price is. Just use a normal notebook and keep track of 20-50 items for 12 weeks so you know what time is going to be the best price for these items you use the most of. Once you figure out the rock bottom price, that's when you want to stock up on those items. Sometimes you may not figure it right and have to pay more when you run out but don't beat yourself up over it if that happens.

Remember if you have overage when using a coupon, the store will not give you money back!

You can almost always count on personal care items being free or close to free. This would be toothpaste, body wash, tampons, etc.

March-Freezer deals
May/June Swimsuit deals
August Back to school deals-School/office supplies, underwear, socks, undergarments
Oct-Dec Toy sales
November Electronics/video games
After all Holidays you can stock up on candy. Usually right after the Holiday it goes down to 50% but if you wait a week-3 weeks you can get it for 90%.

Clothing is usually towards the end of the season and you can always pair coupons with clearance items. Jcpenny almost always has $10 off $50 purchase. Old navy has where you can dig for bones. Younkers always has 20% off and sometimes has $10 of $25 purchase that you can now use on yellow dot items.

We usually post any major sales on the blog so if you're unsure just make sure you check the blog. But get to know your price points for your staple foods that you use the most of.

Our next few videos we are going to talk about how to organize your stock pile. Keep in mind we are not extreme couponers.

Winner from 'Shop with Qccoupondeals'

The winner has been selected! sle********

This person has been contacted, look for our video of the shopping trip in the next few weeks. Also remember you need to enter in an email address, if I can't see one I can't contact you. Congrats to our winner (:

Monday, March 14, 2011

spring is in the air!

With the feel of spring and having the house up for sale I decided to go through our cabinets today and purge. I'm getting rid of all our plastic, except our water bottles for now.
Here's a before pic of one cabinet
Plastic lids everywhere, all of those plastic kids cups, papers just thrown in...the cabinet is the hide all place when you're having an open house..haha!

The kids loved helping with this chore. Malaki loved looking on the bottom of all the plastic to separate the recyclable things. Some of the nicer plastic, like the kids cups, we will be putting in our next yard sale.

Toby loves to sing. He's always begging to get his picture taken too..haha.

We have walls and walls of cabinets. This is just one wall of the finished product. It always feels so good to reorganize. I am not an organized person by nature but it still feels nice to be organized for a little bit.
So what is everyone else doing to get ready for spring. Any purging!?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Menards 3/13-3/20/11

I need to start shopping at Menard's more! Just glancing through the ads after our crazy Sunday and seeing great freebies to snag.

Interior Flat Paint $11 Free after mail in rebate (Limit 5 gallons per household)
Satin is $13 $2 after $11 mail in rebate
Semi-Gloss is $14 $3 after $11 mail in rebate

Physique Shampoo/Conditioner $6 Free after mail in rebate (Limit 4 per household)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Homemade Laundry soap

So yesterday I posted a link to a new friend of mine Luv2BFrugal about making your own Laundry soap. I went to the Hy-vee tonight and bought the things I need to do it. These items are all together in the laundry isle, close to the powder laundry soap. At Hy-vee in Davenport the prices are: Borax $3.38, Washing Soda $2.69, and the Naptha Bar Soap $.99. Which when figured out is about $.70 for 64 loads worth of laundry! I won't get to test it out til at least Monday though. I'll let all of you know. I may even try it for carpet cleaner.

You can go here for more info on why you should try to make your home environment a little healthier. Heres some info on how different cleaners affect you.

This website has some great insight on making your own cleaners. These would be much cheaper than your normal, full of toxin, cleaners! And it doesnt take a lot in ingredients. Let us know if you have a favorite.
Thanks to Steph for the motivation (:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Starbucks coupon book Reported at Target stores!

Target Starbucks locations have a new coupon book out. Look for it at the checkout counter.
Coupons Include:
$1.50 Starbucks Coffee Bag – 11 or 12 oz
$1 – Starbucks Via Ready Brew – 8 or 12 pack
$1 Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso and Cream – 4 pack
$1 Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Drink – 4 pack
$1 Taxo Filterbag Box or Tea Latte Concentrate – 20 ct
$1/2 Starbucks Ice Cream Pints
Ask for it if you don’t see it.

Don’t forget to sign up for Starbucks Rewards for a FREE Drink and the FREE Petite Treats they have going on right now

Thanks frugalcouponmom

Qc times Daily deals 3/11/11

This is a great deal! Fresh Fruit Bouquet $20 Gift Card for $8. Located at 2369 Cumberland Sq Bettendorf Ia 344-3322.

At the Fresh Fruit Bouquet Company, we offer an excellent variety of fresh fruit bouquets, fresh fruit smoothies and parfaits, chocolate dipped caramel apples, chocolate dipped nuts, fresh cut fruit bowls and boxes of chocolate dipped strawberries - and you can count on the best product quality and customer service!
Use your gift certificate to purchase:
One dozen of our largest and juciest chocolate covered strawberries
Or four of our fresh fruit smoothies
Or use it toward the purchase of a fresh fruit bouquet!
Fresh Fruit Bouquet has served the Quad-City region for four years from our convenient location in Cumberland Square. We're "growing and going strong", and look forward to serving you!
Stop in and enjoy one of our daily specials (50% off a select smoothie or parfait)
And, if you're crazy busy, we can deliver fruit bouquets anywhere in the Quad-City area!
Send a smile today, send someone a Fresh Fruit Bouquet..!
Coming Soon! Check out our new website -
Delivery not included
Cash back for unused portion? NO
No cash value.
Not valid with any other promotion
Tax and gratuity not included
One per transaction
No refunds. All sales are final.
Expires 03/13/12
Coupon will be activated 24 hours after your credit card has been charged. Subject to Get it Today Terms and Conditions which may be found at May not be redeemed for cash and may not be used with any other offers or promotions. Coupons for events must be redeemed/used by event date. If Coupons for non-events are not redeemed by the expiration date, redemption for amount paid but unused may be received for up to five years from issue date. For questions, contact us at 1- 800-880-8075 or, (563) 383-2388 for more information.

Its a contest!! Want to go shopping with QC coupon deals?

We have had some people show interest in taking a shopping trip with us. For this Fridays Giveaway/Review Friday we are going to have a contest for who gets to come shopping with us! Sorry - we can't give away any gift cards or give you money to shop with but we can provide a plan and maybe even a few coupons to help you out.

This contest is limited to people in the Quad City area. Sorry to those of our followers else where. Also we would like to use this trip as a future Follow Me Tuesday video, so you have to be willing to be taped and put on the blog.  Days and places are flexible although we had some ideas in mind.  (what couponer doesn't LOVE Target!)

To enter this giveaway click on the comment at the bottom of this post and let us know what kind of shopping trip you would want to go on. Would you want more clues on Toys, groceries, clothes, etc? Let us know your email address so we can alert you if you have won. This is very important, or we cant contact you. Contest ends Sunday (3/13/11) at 12 AM Central time.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Better than free cereal!

Okay guys! I just got back from getting the Fruity Pebbles deal thats been going around. I bought 5 Fruity Pebbles for $3.95 and got back 2 $4 register rewards at Walgreens. So they paid me $4.05 to buy 5 cereals. I used the Walgreens coupon in the ad I picked up at the front of the store its on the 3rd page I believe. I have heard the other varieties are working also! There were tons of cereal left still. I may go and get more...I did do 2 transactions (:

Possible free Target gift card

All you have to do is get 4 of your friends to sign up at Plum District and you get a $20 Target card. It doesnt look like anyone has to even buy anything!! Lets help each other out. Post your link if you want and get each other your referrals!

Healthy you 3/10/11

     So I have been thinking alot this week about 'Weight loss Thursday' and I decided I would rather call it 'Healthy you'. I don't want it to be about weight loss but about being healthy. Losing weight isn't really about losing weight or it shouldn't be. If you make it purely about losing weight than in the long run you aren't going to succeed. Eventually you are going to put the weight back on and still be unhealthy. It's all about the choices we are making for our lives. The food we put into our bodies. And I know some of you reading are not trying to lose weight, just trying to make healthy choices.
Colossians 2:8 Don't let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding non-sense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world. and not from Christ.
     With that being said I want to highlight something I read a while ago in a book. If we understand how our bodies work and the way God designed them to react maybe it can be easier to make different food choices. In 'Suzanne Somers Fast &and Easy' she has great insight on our bodies and the way we process different foods. She has a list of  'Funky Foods' that she says you should just take out of your diet (or if you don't like that word you can say eating). These foods raise our insulin level in our bodies. Insulin determines what foods will be stored as fat in our bodies or burned off as energy.
     Here's a list of some 'Funky Foods' :

  Beets           Maple Syrup                                                                          
  Carrots        Molasses
  Corn syrup  Sugar

  Bananas                      Potatoes
  Corn                           Sweet Potatoes
  Pasta (made from         White Flour
semolina or white flour)    White Rice
  Popcorn                        Winter squashes(Acorn, butternut)

This is a small list of what she says are 'funky foods'. If you take these out of your diet completely you will loss weight very fast. Now the point is to be healthy though. So I would say if you just focus on replacing White with Wheat for now and try to cut out eating a large amount of these items you'll be on the track to a healthy you.

Qc times Daily deals 3/10/11

Todays QC Times Daily Deal is for Respiro Boutique and Gifts. You pay $10 for a $25 Gift card, not bad!
Respiro Boutique and Gifts
3618 18th St
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Mon – 11-6
Tuesday 11-6
Wed 11-7
Thurs 11-6
Friday 11-5
Sat 12-5
Sun Closed

Respiro specializes in a unique selection of semi-precious handmade jewelry, accessories and linens from around the world, including Jordan, Spain, India and Peru to name a few. Offering a selection of scarves, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, handbags, belts & finger cymbals/zills for belly dancing, pillow cases, and tablecloths, there is sure to be something that will appeal to your senses. Great as gift ideas too.
Stop in today and find a new treasure for your collection!
Cash back for unused portion? NO
No cash value.
Not valid with any other promotion
Tax and gratuity not included
No refunds. All sales are final.
Expires 03/10/12

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Camera deals

According to ALLYOU now is the time to buy cameras! Go here for the full story and some promo code discounts.

Qc times Daily deals

For those of you in the QC area our newspaper has a daily deal. Todays daily deal, only offered til midnight tonight, is $15 gift card to Fireworks Coffeehouse & Pottery for only $5!

We specialize in great coffee, mochas, lattes, smoothies, muffins, cookies and more!
Come in with friends, family, or a date and paint your choice in pottery with one of the largest color selections in the area! You can even throw a party or have your meeting here! Don't forget to check out our new bistro, Nana J's, inside Fireworks!

NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM!
Good for Fireworks Coffeehouse, Pottery and Nana J's.
Cash back for unused portion? NO
No cash value.
Not valid with any other promotion
Tax and gratuity not included
One per customer per visit
No refunds. All sales are final.
Expires 03/09/12
Fireworks Coffeehouse
2139 16th St
Moline, IL 61265
7 days a week

Daily Deals Target

Summers coming, nows the time to get some new gaucho pants for only $6!
Target has several different colors available. Buy 1 at $12 get 1 50% off and all Daily deal items ship for free. Go here to find a pair that you like.

Like Duck Tape!

For my younger friends or friends with kids in high school!
Wear Duck tape to prom and you could win one of three scholarships!
Entry ends 6/13/11
1st place wins $5,000
2nd place wins $3,000
3rd place wins $2,000
Go here to fill out your form. or here for more info.

Grocery Ad sweep 3/9/11

So doing a sweep of the ads today:

pineapple is $1.29. If you love fresh pineapple like my husband Aldi is usually the best place to get it!

Cabbage $.19
B1G1 free Philadephia cooking creme. I haven't tried this yet but I know there have been coupons going around.
Buy 8 General Mills items get $4 off!
eggs $.89 (I know not an awesome price but the cheapest I've seen for awhile.)

Hyvee butter $1.99 (Thursday/Friday sale)
Pepsi 6 pack bottles 4 for $10 (Thursday/Friday sale)
Red seedless grapes $.99/lb(Thursday/Friday sale)
Starkist chunk tuna $.39 limit 2

Chicken breasts bone in $.99/lb
7UP/DR Pepper 2 liters $.87
Oscar Mayer Bologna/Salami B1G1 free
Buy 5 General Mills products Get $3 for your next visit

(I'm not sure if this is a good deal, it depends how much 1 is..Let us know!)

These are all B1G1 free items!
Driscoll Strawberries
Deans Ice Cream(if you bought the freezer deal, you should be able 2 get 2 for free!)
Nature Sweet Tomatoes ($3.99 for 1)
Indian Sumer Apple Juice ($3.49 for 1)
Farm Stand baby peeled carrots ($1.99/1)
Marzetties salad dressing ($4.49)
Tribe Origns hummus ($3.99
Rondele Pub cheese spread ($5.99)
Chef's Kitchen salsa ($3.49)
Jewel instant oatmeal ($2.49)
Thomas New york bagels ($5.09)
Healthy choice soup ($2.49)
Cilli man chili with beans ($2.39)
Wet n Wild cosmetics (identical item only)
Natures bounty, flex a min or ester c vitamins(identical item only)

Let us know if you saw something we missed!

$25 gift certificates for $2!! has another promotion going! Enter promo code SAVE at check out and you can get $25 worth of food for $2. In our QC area theres only about 4 restaurants but if you know you're going to be traveling this summer its a great time to search and see what you can find! I've gotten the Wise Guys pizza one and they work, if you're a little scared at doing it.

Homeschool Wednesday

Homeschool Messes (copied from the AOP website.)

"Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin" (Proverbs 20:9)?

   Do you ever feel like you pick up messes all day? As a homeschooling parent, I quickly learned not to wait until the end of the day to clean the house. Walking through each room throughout the day, I continually organized and put a few things away as my children were studying. If I didn't, I knew I wouldn't have enough energy left to tackle the mountains of laundry, dishes, and clutter before bed.
Keeping our lives clean from the messes of sin also takes a continual effort. In the Old Testament, only the clean were allowed in the temple to worship before the Lord. Today, we must come before the Lord daily and allow Him to cleanse us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Keeping short accounts with God keeps the messes of sin from building into mountains and destroying our relationship with Him.
    Is your spiritual life full of clutter and messes? Are there issues that God has prompted you to clean, such as seeking forgiveness from a family member or disciplining yourself to live a healthier lifestyle?(hmmm...kind of goes with our weight loss Thursday!) Don't wait until tomorrow, next week, or next year to start obeying the Lord. Start today and rediscover the joy, power, and strength that come from living a clean life before the Lord. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).
I got this weeks 'Homeschool Wed from  AOP. Go here if you arent familiar with this company or want more info! We use AOP for Language arts, History, and Bible.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Starbucks free treat 3/10-3/12/11

What are Starbucks Petites? They're super-delicious Cake Pops, Mini-Cupcakes, Sweet Squares and a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie And at just $1.50* and less than 200 calories each they're a deliciously well-deserved afternoon treat.

Try one free during Starbucks Tribute Days**

Come into a participating store between 2-5 p.m., March 10-12 2011, purchase any handcrafted beverage and enjoy a Starbucks Petite treat on us!

Double coupons for Schnucks

Calling all couponers!! One of our readers has gotten through to, what sounds like, a decent manager at Schnucks. He has agreed to met with her and talk about a double coupon day! Call and ask for the manager and lets show we are really interested in a double coupon day. This will show them how much business they will actually get!

858 Middle Rd
Bettendorf Ia

Follow me Tuesday

We had some problems uploading the video this week, sorry! Hopefully we'll get it worked out for next weeks video.


New to Redbox! Go thru this link for a Free rental code and each person you refer that rents, you get more free rentals. Offer ends 3/17/2011.