FREE $25 at Minted.Com: Cheap personalized stationary, business cards, and more!! is a website offering unique personalized stationary.  Right now, when you join, you’ll receive $25 off your first purchase of $30.  Think holiday or graduation cards, personalized stationary, mommy (business) cards, or even personalized journals!  The possibilities are limitless and we both make out.  Go here to get your coupon.



Free $10 at Plum District Daily Deals Site

Sign up for Plum District, a daily deals site, using this link and get $10 to use towards your first deal.  It is not valid on Plum Steals, but it is bound to get you something free or cheap.  And who doesn’t like free or cheap?

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Tide You Over Tuesday: Peach Cobbler Muffins w/Pecan Streusel Topping

Tide You Over Tuesday: Peach Cobbler Muffins w/Pecan Streusel Topping.


Sounds yummy!  Too bad the produce here sucks and it pretty much rotten by the time it hits the store.  I may see if I can find peaches at a farmer’s market to make this…then I’ll pray and hope I don’t eat the whole batch alone!

FREE 2oz Charmed Life Body Lotion at Bath and Body Works 09/09/11-09/11/11

This weekend only, get a free 2oz Charmed Life Body lotion at Bath and Body Works!  Go here to print your coupon 🙂

FREE Clothing at Target

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Being the frugalista that I am, I am always on the lookout for the next best deal.  I dream of good deals and free stuff.  On occasion, I crave “free shopping”.  This week, my craze has been the free clothing at Target.  They have coupons out for $5 off Merona Bottoms excludes swimwear, $5 off any Mossimo apparel item, $3 off any Xhilaration item excludes swimwear, $3 off any Mossimo item, $3 off any Liz Lange item (mostly maternity) and $2 off Newborn to kids denim items.

Since summer is quickly becoming a thing of the past, there are lots of deals to be had.  The $5 and $3 Mossimo item coupons can get you free shorts, jean capris, and various shirts and tank tops.  The $3 off any Liz Lange item can get you free and very cheap maternity tops, reasonably priced maternity dresses, shorts, capris and pants.  The $5 off Merona bottoms can get you free shorts and capri pants for less than 50 cents.  I haven’t found any cheap Xhilaration clothing, but they do have sandals on clearance for $1.98 and $3.24.  The coupon includes footwear, so you can get free and cheap sandals if you can find them.

All of my finds are clearance finds, which means you may or may not find them at your stores.  If you do find them, there may be a lot or a little and sizes you find will vary.

I’m stocked on summer items for myself.  I’ll probably end up donating some of it since I got things that may be too small or just plain ugly.  Hey, free is free and who am I to pass it up?

In one Target location I was in today, I saw some lady taking several pairs of Merona capri’s  off the racks.  I am pretty sure she was going to buy them with coupons.  It irritates me how people are so open with employees about how many coupons they have.   Target’s site allows you to print two coupons per computer.  However, there are alternate methods of obtaining more copies of the coupons.  It’s just irritating for someone to use a questionable amount of coupons on one shopping trip.  In my opinion, it brings attention to couponers and can give them a bad name.  I do use a lot of their coupons, but I make several trips.  It may seem like a waste of gas, but I rather do that then have the cashiers referring to me as the coupon lady and hassling me every time I use coupons.

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Havaianas Flip Flops

The flip-flop sandal, worn both by men and women

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I consider myself a frugalista.  I love to shop, but I want nice, quality items for cheap.  The last time I went shopping at Gap, I found a pair of Havaianas flip-flops.  I had heard the name before and after the coupon I had, the flip-flops cost about $3.  I knew the retailed for more, so I bought them to see what they hype was about.

Fast forward to me being pregnant during the summer.  I couldn’t see my feet anymore and wearing shoes with laces was not an option.  I pulled out my Havaianas and put them on.  I saw what they hype was about!  I have never worn a flip-flop so comfortable.  I wore them all summer and through the duration of my pregnancy (even when it rained lol).  I always felt safe in them, but became sad when I noticed I was wearing them out.

I had a $20 credit on Rue LaLa–a boutique sales site.  They have sales on high-end brands.  Anyhow, I had been looking to use this credit for months now and could never find anything cheap enough.  I was looking to find an item right around $10, so the other $10 would cover shipping (pay the $10 once and every other purchase ships FREE for 30 days).  I was ecstatic when I saw a Havaianas sale.  They had 2 packs of sandals for right around $6 bucks each and others for right around $10 each.  I was going to get (2) of the cheaper 2 packs but I would have had to pay about $2 out-of-pocket.  I opted for a $10 2-pack and with shipping, I still have a 15 cent credit.  I’m stocked that I’ll be getting 2 packs of my sandals for FREE and, if I decide to buy anything else within 30 days, it will ship for free 🙂

If you aren’t a member of Rue LaLa, check them out!

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CVS: Huggies Baby Wipes as Low as $0.34?! – Hip2Save

CVS: Huggies Baby Wipes as Low as $0.34?! – Hip2Save.


If you can find this deal at your CVS grab all you can!  Even if you don’t have the coupon, 84 cents is a great price for baby wipes!

Boys that wear pink shirts and play with dolls.

I was on freecycle this evening when I saw a post for a free pink JJ Cole Bundle me.  I love these things but am to cheap to buy one.  So I hopped on this item by e-mailing the user to see if it was still available.  It was! If you recall, I have four boys and no girls.

The lady offering the item also offered me other things.  As we were talking, I mentioned he.  She was confused.  She reiterated the fact that some items were pink.  I told her that it was fine.  It’s just a bundle me.  As long as it’s not a dress.

She didn’t seem to mind either.  I know there are some people out there that think that pink is for girls and blue is for boys.  It is my firm belief that pink is not just for girls.  My son took his preschool picture is a dark pink shirt.  I bought it for a school event (it was a must that he wore a pink shirt) and figured he could wear it at any time.  This same son of mine also owns a pink DSI–something he asked for.

While we are dispelling the myths that certain colors relate to certain genders, I would also like to say that I believe the same principle applies to toys.  My second to youngest son owns two barbies-something we found at a flea market.  He liked them and I figured what the hell?  Who is he hurting?  After all, he can play with “action figures”.  I consider these dolls by a different name.  My second husband used to refer to them as dolls and I always laughed.

Anyhow, I know that I am probably one of the few that feels this way.  Sound off!!  What’s your opinion?

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Half Sibling vs Whole Siblings?

Children in Jerusalem.

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While visiting a friend, I met a group of children.  All of them are related by their mother, but have different fathers.  I know what this is like as my only sister has a different father than I do.  Growing up, my mother always told me that my sister was my sister–there was no “half” sister.  Thinking about it, there is no way she is my half sister.  She is a whole person, has grown up with me, and is the only sister I know.  However, these children spoke of their sibilings in terms of half.  I was introduced to one sibling, by another sibling.  The girl said “This is my half-brother ____________”.  I was completely shocked and stunned.  I thought they were all raised by their mother and couldn’t see how any mother, baring children, would allow her children to refer to their brothers and sisters as half.

After talking to a friend of mine that knows them better, she explained the situation: the mother raises some of the children, the grandmother raises some of them, and some of the children’s fathers raise them.  It kind of made sense to me, but I guess I just don’t agree with it.  Not that it is any of my business.

I have four children, two of which share the same father.  They all live with me and are MY children.  When they talk about their siblings, they refer to them as “my brother” or “my brothers”.  It would hurt my heart if I heard my children use the term half.  Even when I had a step-child, I would tell people he was my son.  He was and I didn’t feel it was necessary for anyone to know he wasn’t related to me biologically.  He would occasionally refer to me as his step-mom when speaking to some of his friends, which was fine.

I’d like to imagine that all of my children will be close-knit and loving enough to look at their emotional ties, rather than their biological ties.


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Taco Soup Recipe: A New Take on Chili

As a busy mother, I am always looking for quick and easy meals to make.  I like for them to be as nutritious as possible too.  While on my daily hunt for deals, I came across this recipe.  It probably isn’t the healthiest with the high sodium content, but the nutrition is there with the beans, corn, and tomatoes.  Cheese is a plus if you decide to throw in it.  Put it over brown rice and I think it is the perfect quick, weeknight meal.  Reminds me a lot of chili, but the author calls it Taco SoupCheck it out and let me know what you think!



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