Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I'm Sew Excited!

No, I didn't spell that incorrectly. That's right, I got my sewing machine! My goal was $200, but my mom alerted me of a deal that ended Monday at Target. This Brother XL3750 sewing machine was on price cut for $99.99. It had all the features I wanted and seemed to be a pretty good machine. So, I bought it. I haven't used it yet, but I'm crossing my fingers that it won't break on me and it'll be a good machine for a while. I'm so happy!

Now my next goal is to get a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. Oh yeah, that's right - the mother of all Stand-mixers. Isn't she beautiful? I'm either going to get the Artisan or a higher model. My goal will be to save up $300. I'll keep my eye out for a deal though! I'll keep you updated on my $ making progress in posts and in the top right hand box on my blog.

I'm starting with $106.13. That's $11.13 left over from my paypal account (from e-baying) after buying the sewing machine and $95 left over from the $125 I made from the focus group. So, that's only $193.87 to go and 35% of my goal!

Are you saving for anything? Do you have any more ideas on how to make money????

Monday, June 22, 2009

Great Focus Group Today!

Vocalpoint came to Louisville to hold a focus group and I was selected as one of the participants. It was pretty fun. I met a lot of great women, many of them that had their own frugal blogs! Someone wrote down everyone's e-mail address, so hopefully we can stay in touch. (If any of you lovely women read this...please leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you.) Anyway, it was only 2 and a half hours and I made $125! Awesome.

Besides holding focus groups, they send you free stuff and coupons. It's so worth it! Click here to learn more and to sign up.

Happy Monday!

Friday, June 19, 2009

$2 Tank Tops Old Navy Saturday!

Just got the word on Twitter. This Saturday at Old Navy, Women's & Girl's tank tops will be ony $2 on Saturday. I'm sure it'll be crazy (worse thank Christmas). If I wasn't doing my yardsale on Saturday, I'd be there...what a deal!

Monday, June 15, 2009

$100 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway

Over at, she's giving away a $100 Home Depot Gift Card. Who couldn't use that? I live in a 100+ year old house. We REALLY could use it!! :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I love going to yard sales, but this coming weekend I will not be able to go. Why? Because I'm having my own yardsale with at least 5 other friends. A very talented one created this flyer. Isn't it cool!

If you're in Louisville, you should come and say hello! (and buy stuff!) I oh so hope I make a lot of money. It will go towards my sewing machine fund! Any suggestions?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Earn Points & Redeem for Prizes!

Search & Win

A super easy way to get free stuff is to sign up for swagbucks. All you do is use the site as your search engine and randomly as you do searchs you win swagbucks. You can go to the website to do the searches or download a search tool bar to your browser. I usually just go to the website. Rack up the swagbucks and redeem them for prizes. My favorite thing is that you can redeem swagbucks for gift cards!

Please use the link on the above swagbucks picture or click here to sign up because I get referral swagbucks! I would be appreciative. Good luck and happy searching!

E-bay/Sewing Machine Update

I've been doing pretty well with selling stuff on e-bay. I just sold a hiking backpack infant carrier that gave me a huge boost. I'm at 62% of my $200 goal! I've only been at it about a month, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!

I know there are a lot of you out there that want to sell stuff on e-bay, but keep putting it off because you've don't know how and are a little intimidated by it. Don't be. It's very easy and they lead you along step by step. Just do it, you'll be happy you did.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hidden Treasure

I found this in my car today. I forgot I got it at a yardsale for $1! It's a large cross stitch piece of Kentucky framed. The matte and frame need to be changed, but what a great piece. Totally Kentucky chic! Have you ever forgot about one of your treasures?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday Yardsale Finds

My sister, sister-in-law, myself, and my 2 month old baby girl went yardsaling today. (I have to bring her as she's pretty much attatched to me for food!) We had a great day. I found 4 things for gifts that I can't post in case the receiver reads this post. Here are the things I found for myself.

This is a piece of Louisville Stoneware. It's a little pitcher with the recipe for a mint julep. Totally Kentucky chic! I'm sure this thing is worth about $50 new. I paid $10. Steep for a yardsale, but I love it!

I found this adorable MA Hadley Pottery lucheon size plate with an adorable pig on it. MA Hadley Pottery is another Louisville local pottery company. I'm sure it's worth at least $20, if not more. I paid $0.75! So country chic!

It must be a pottery day! I found this great piece to hold my cooking utensils. (Ignore the mess in the kitchen, please!) It's much better than the one decorated with chickens that I'd been using since we've been married-8 years! It's pretty simple, but that's what I like about it.

My last find of the day was this electric kitchen knife. I've been wanting one forever to use when I bake bread or for when I cook roasts and such in the crock pot. Now I scored this one for $3 and it's never been used! Score!

I'm pretty happy with my finds. I wish I could show you the gifts...sorry! :) Did anyone else find any special treasures this weekend?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I've Been Chosen!

I've been chosen as a host for a Domino's American Legends House Party! I'm so excited. I get a $75 giftcard to order pizza for a party! Yay! I set up my party site:

I can't wait! Did anyone else sign up to do this? Does anyone in Louisville want to come?

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Few Deals at the Mall - Old Navy and The Disney Store

Just got back from the mall today and thought I'd share a few things with you.

First the Disney Store has it's kids flip flops and sun glasses for $2.99. Great deal! They also had some other deals on their summer items.

Second, Old Navy is selling their adult graphic tees for $3 tomorrow, Saturday, May 30 ONLY! If it's anything like their $1 flip flop sale, I'm not going! :) Anyway, when I bought my purchases today, a coupon spit out to fill out a survey and get 10% off my next purchase! They gave me a coloring page (some sort of contest for kids to design flip flips) and on the bottom of it was a coupon for 20% off an adult women's and child's item. Might be a good deal? Oh and they are doing a 50% off of their already marked clearance!

I'll be yardsaling tomorrow. Wish me luck!!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

No Coupon Inserts in this Sunday's Newspaper!

Just a quick reminder, it's a holiday weekend, so there will be NO coupon inserts in Sunday's paper. (5/24/09).

Friday, May 22, 2009

Weekend Deals!

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Here are the deals I've found for Memorial Day weekend. I'll update this post if I find more. Have a great one!

Free Blue Bunny Aspen or Sedona ice cream! Print out the mail-in-rebate here. Read carefully, it must be purchased between 5/23 and 5/25.

Old Navy Flips Flops are only $1 on Saturday, May 23 only! Call ahead to make sure your store is participating...and get there early. They may run out! (Limit 5 pairs per person.)

May 22 through May 25, save $5 instantly on Huggies brand diapers and training pants when you buy 2 mega or jumbo packs at Babies R Us or Toys R Us. I don't know what their price is, but combined with coupons, this could be a great deal.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Diaper Deals of the Week! Plus 100th post!

This is my 100th post. Wow, this has gone by fast! I've hesitated to post anything, because I was trying to think what I should post for my 100th post. I mean, it's an important milestone right? Well, needless to say, I've been crazy busy and never thought of anything cool to do for this post, so I figured I'd just get on to business as usual! Let's get to it!

First, make sure you check your $3/1 coupons for Huggies Pure & Natural. If you're like me, you are overloaded with them. I had a couple about to expire and needed to use them. Meijer has them for $9.49. I bought a couple there, then today I saw Wal-mart finally started carrying them and they're only $8.79...and they carry sizes bigger than size 2! (Prior to this I hadn't seen them in these larger sizes to be able to really stockpile!) That makes them $5.79 each!

Kroger has an awesome deal going on this week through Sunday (BTW, I haven't seen Huggies Pure & Natural here yet). Get $3 off instantly when you buy $15 worth of Huggies products, limit 2. I bought 2 Huggies Pull-ups at $8.99 (I great price) and 5 boxes of wipes at $2.50 each. I had $2/1 coupons for the Pull-ups, 3 $0.50 coupons (that doubled) and 2 $0.75 coupons for the wipes. That's $15.98 for $30.48 worth of products!

Good luck!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


I bought 6 things of BBQ sauce for $1.08 each at Kroger and used 6 $1 coupons from and paid $0.48. I did this because I thought I would get a $3 catalina. Well, it didn't happen. I was sad.

You can get it free at Wal-mart and Target around here as it's priced $0.98!

Huggies for $1.99

Transaction #1
Breeze 2 $14.99 (will donate)
-Use free coupon in 3/22 SS
=FREE and get $5 ECB!!!

-Use $2 Pull-ups printable coupon or whatever you have
-use $5 ECB from transaction #1

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

B1G1 Free Snapple Coupon!

Snapple Peach Iced Tea is my FAVORITE!!!! Click here to become a facebook fan of Snapple and print coupon for B1G1 FREE!

Thanks Surviving The Stores!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Meijer Savings!

I went to Meijers today for the first time in a long time. It's not really that far, it's just not really convenient, which is why I don't really go there on a regular basis. The deals seemed pretty good this week, so I went and boy was I happy I did! Here's how I did: (not everything is in the picture!)

4 Kraft Dressing - $1.58
-used 2 $1.50/1 from 5/10 insert and 2 $1/1 IP from
= $0.08 and $0.58

Crystal Light - $3.29
-used Meijer Mealbox Q $1/1 and $1/1 from recent insert

2 Easy Mac Singles - $1 each
-used $1/2 I got from Orthodontist (there are IP's from
=$0.50 each

Banana's - $0.38 a lb!!!

Aunt Millie Hamburger Buns and Bread - $1.19
-used 2 $0.35/1 doubled 5/10 insert
=$0.49 each

Meijer Milk - $1.98!!!

4 Oscar Mayer Hotdogs - 4/$5
-used 2 $1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupons and 2 $1/2 from 5/10 insert
=$0.25 each!!!!

8 Electrasol dishwashing tabs - $3.00
-used 8 $2.50/1 from recent insert (I only had 1 coupons, but some lovely person left a stack of them on the was my lucky day!!!)
=$0.50 each!!!

4 Kellogs Cereal - $1.80 each
-used 4 $1/1 from recent insert (there are specific $1/1 coupons at
=$0.80 each

Beeach-Nut baby cereal - $1.99 (There was a $1/1 peelie on it and I forgot to point it out. I'm going to take it back with the receipt and see if I can get that $1 back!!!!)

Jello for my son because he wanted to make it!!!- $0.51

Total = $59.26
Coupon Savings = $39.90 or 67%!!!!!
OOP = $19.36

Diaper Deals of the Week! 5/11/09

CVS has their Hugggies Diapers and Pull-ups for $8.99. There are tons of $1.50/1, $2/1 and $3/1 still out there making these diapers $7.49 - $5.99! Try here for $2/1 Pull-up and $3/1 Huggies Pure & Natural printable coupons.

If you don't mind store-brand coupons, Walgreens has theirs buy one get one free! Should be a great deal!!!!


There are a ton a great coupons that KRAFT just released. Go to I AM A MONEY MAGNET for the details. Print all you can now before they're gone!


-$1.00 off of KRAFT DRESSING - It's only $1.58 at Meijer and Wal-mart.
-$1.00 off of 2 OSCAR MAYER Hotdogs - Combine it with Meijer's Mealbox Coupon of $1/2 and get them for $0.25 each
-$1.00 off of KRAFT BBQ SAUCE - It's only $0.98 at Wal-mart
-$1.00 off of 2 Easy Mac Singles - They're only $1 at Meijer, so that's $0.50 each!

Lot's more deals to be had!!!! I'll post my shopping trips soon!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

E-bay Update!

I sold a few more coupons on e-bay and a damaged chi flat iron (I listed that it was damaged!). I'm up to $11.43 or 6% of my goal. That means only $188.57 to go!

I have a few more things up for auction right now and a ton more just waiting to be posted. I'm off to a slow start, but I'm sure I'll make it!

Friday, May 8, 2009

National Goodwill Week - 20% off on May 9th

If you are local to Louisville/Southern Indiana, the Goodwill in Clarksville will be offering 20% off your entire purchase on Saturday, May 9th to celebrate National Goodwill Week! I can't wait!