Best Place to See Fireworks in Northern California


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Looking for the best places to view fireworks this 4th of July? If you are in Northern California, there are some great places to view them this year. Cal Expo - Cal Expo proudly joins the City and County of Sacramento to produce the largest-scale pyrotechnics display in the area’s history. The Independence Day Celebration is a family oriented collection of activities focused around our Nation’s birthday. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display, the Celebration also includes … [Read more...]

Dress Like a Cow and Eat For Free at Chick-Fil-A


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Dress like a cow and Eat for Free at Chick-Fil-A! Mark your calendars for the annual Cow Appreciation Day on Friday, July 12, 2013! In honor of cows, Chick-fil-A will give a FREE combo meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) to any customer who comes in fully dressed from head to hoof as a cow. Don’t want to go all out? You can get a free entree for going in partially dressed in cow attire. Decision of what qualifies as fully-dressed versus partially-dressed is at the discretion of each … [Read more...]

Coupon Stacking at CVS Shopping Trip


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Needed to get some colorful markers and not wanting to pay too much out of pocket, I headed to CVS for some coupon stacking magic! I was able to use a 20% off in-ad coupon, a $5/$30 e-mailed coupon and ExtraBucks to lower my cost. Figured that with the Secret raincheck and markers, I would be close to the $30 needed to use that coupon. Total before coupons: $34.46, total paid OOP: $0.97 and received $5 ExtraBucks! Coupon Stacking at CVS Shopping Trip 3 Secret Clinical Deodorants - $9.49 … [Read more...]

DIY: Father’s Day Collage


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As a stay-at-home mom to 5 kids, the youngest being a set of 4 year old triplets, I'm always looking for frugal ways to make meaningful gifts for loved ones. With Father's Day less than a week away, I thought I would share with you my favorite Father's Day Gift! You don't have to be super crafty to make this picture collage and it makes for a nice keepsake for dad. We did this in one day, so you still have plenty of time before Sunday to make your own! I used 4 sheets of poster board to draw … [Read more...]

CVS Shopping Trip: Coupon Stacking Plus 25% off


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Had a great CVS shopping trip last night! Since the 25% off e-mail coupon was expiring, I headed to grab some regular priced deals. Got some formula for my niece, bottled water, laundry detergent and more for less than $6.00 out of pocket. CVS Shopping Trip Details 2 Nestle Pure Life 24-pack - $2.77 each Bottle Deposit for 24-packs of water - $1.20 each 1 Gain Detergent - $5.94 1 John Frieda Conditioner - $6.99 1 John Frieda Hair Color - $13.29 1 Enfamil 16-ct. - $11.79 1 Claritin … [Read more...]

A Year’s Supply of Secret Clinical & More for Less Than $6


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This is what a year's supply of deodorant for me looks like at our house. Well, almost a year, I may have to go back and get 2 more. To some in the couponing community, this may seem like a small haul, but for us, this is right on track. Since the only other female in our household is five years old, this will be plenty for me. Due to the coupon limits, (limit of 4 like coupons per household per day), this shopping trip was done over two days. In case you missed it, here's the details on the … [Read more...]

Easy Coupon Organization Ideas


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How to break down your inserts and clip "most used" coupons in less than 45 minutes a week. Make sure you have a big area to work on. If you have little kids, I highly recommend they are taking a nap. I've had a child mess up all of my piles of inserts and it was no fun putting them back together. Break down the Inserts: The first thing I do is break down the inserts. Sometimes you can open them up and separate down the middle, other times you may need to go through the whole insert page by … [Read more...]

Stocking-up on Basics at CVS


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This week was a stocking-up on basics week at CVS for me. There were several items that we were running low on that are part of the spend $30, receive $10 ExtraBucks deal. I was able to get $130.28 worth of products for only $18.74. Transaction #1 1 Palmolive 10 oz. - $0.99 4 Sparkle Paper Towels 8-pack - $4.88 each ($19.52) 2 Angel Soft 12 Big-rolls - $4.88 each ($9.76) Part of Spend $20, Get $5 ExtraBucks or Spend $30, Get $10 ExtraBucks on Select Products. 2 Toddler Wipes CVS brand … [Read more...]

Frozen Yogurt Cups


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With the weather heating up, my kids are always asking for a frozen treat after school. Wanting to offer them something that's good for them and delicious, I made some frozen yogurt pops! You can even use homemade yogurt for even tastier pops! Frozen Yogurt Pops Recipe 2 cups Lowfat Plain Yogurt 2 cups Frozen Berries (strawberries, blueberries or raspberries) Thaw in microwave for about a minute. 1/2 - 3/4 cup Sugar (depends on tartness of fruit) Combine the yogurt, fruit and … [Read more...]

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag


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Join me on MeWe! See everything I post. Your friends too! No censorship. No tracking. The best part is live chat! Chat with me or other members in real time. Easy signup here. I'm loving this so far. The best part? It's always FREE!   We made homemade ice cream last night after dinner and it was a hit! This recipe is perfect for when you just want to make a small portion of ice cream or "wow" your kids! Only takes three ingredients and no need for an ice cream maker. Homemade Ice … [Read more...]

CVS Shopping Trip Under a Buck


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Quick and awesome CVS shopping trip before picking up the little kids from school. With an older son who is sick at home and in need of pain medicine, I grabbed my 20% off CVS coupon from yesterday's paper and headed out. Got all of this with less than a buck out of pocket! CVS Shopping Trip Details: 4 Powerade 32 oz. - $0.88 each 1 Children's Jr. Chewables Tablets - $5.49 2 M&M's Big Pack 2/$5.00 1 L’Oreal Paris Infallible Never-Fail 2-step Lip Color - $12.79 1 L’Oreal Eye Shadow … [Read more...]

Child’s Handprint Art


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Looking to create a unique gift for Mom or Grandma this year? As a mom, there is nothing I enjoy more than to receive a handmade gift from my kids. I specially love it when the gift features their little hands or feet! Time goes by so fast and before you know it, they're off to college. Here is an easy DIY Child's Handprint Art idea. The Inspiration I saw a picture of a baby finger painting over a canvas that had the word LOVE on it with painters tape. I thought it would be a cute idea … [Read more...]

Red Bull Deal and Party Food Stockup at Target


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Yesterday my husband informed me that we were going to be having people over on Saturday for fight night. I quickly realized that we were going to need lots of snack foods! Not wanting to spend any extra money, I came up with a plan to use the free gift cards with purchase of Red Bull drinks at Target. Here's what I was able to get for a little over the cost of the drinks.   Red Bull Deal at Target Transaction #1 Bought (6) Red Bull 4-packs - $5.99 each Buy 2 Red Bull 4-packs, … [Read more...]

Earth Day Freebies 2013


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Earth Day Freebie time is here again! Every year, several companies offer free products in honor of our Earth. Check your local paper for activities, freebies and additional events scheduled near you. Note: Earth Day 2013 is April 22 but be sure to note the dates below because not all of these Earth Day Freebies are given away on that day. Here are some ideas to help teach your kids about our Earth. Help pick up trash on the playground or around your neighborhood. Help Mom and Dad … [Read more...]

Money Making CVS Shopping Trip + 2 Free First Aid Cases


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Earlier in the week, I mentioned how to get a FREE First Aid Case with purchase of select Johnson & Johnson products. I made sure to stop by CVS on our way home from running errands and attending birthday parties. I picked up a Neosporin and 2 packages of Band-Aid bandages & my Free First Aid case. I also grabbed the last Crest money maker toothpaste on the shelf. Got all of this for $1.07 + $6.00 ExtraBucks back! CVS Shopping Trip Details (2) Band-Aid Bandages – $3.49 each (1) … [Read more...]

What Happened to my Quarterly ExtraBucks?


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Made a quick run to CVS after dinner last night. We were running low on milk and son was out of his face cream, which was not on sale. Good thing I had ExtraBucks from previous shopping trips and a 20% off coupon to use. I was counting on $9.00 from my Quarterly Bucks to print, but nothing came out of the machine. Turns out my teenage daughter had been there earlier in the day and got them. That's okay, I'm sure the reason it was so high, had to do with her spending. I still ended up doing … [Read more...]

Walmart Shopping Trip and After-Easter Clearance Finds


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Husband called after work to ask if I needed anything from Walmart since he was already there. The conversation went something like this: Me: What exactly are you buying? Him: Milk, bananas, peanuts, Morningstar patties and Ore-Ida fries. Me: Put everything but the milk back, I have coupons and I am on my way! I already had the kids in the car and was planning on heading over to there anyways to checkout the after-Easter clearance. My local Walmart had plenty of leftover plastic eggs, … [Read more...]

Easter Candy Stockup at CVS


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So many good deals at CVS this week, that I finally got my coupons together and headed over there before picking up the kids from school. I am so glad that I went, since I got a good amount of Easter candy really cheap. In case you missed the posts, there are two great deals going on through Saturday night - Brookside Chocolate and FREE Easter Candy! I had $21 in ExtraBucks from my previous shopping trip and the Magic Coupon Center spit out a $5 Beauty Club ECB. Total before coupons: $83.86, … [Read more...]

CVS Shopping Trip – 88% Savings (not counting ECB’s back)


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Had a last minute CVS Shopping Trip last night to finish off the week. Earlier in the week, I had an Almost Free CVS Shopping Trip that included some items that were part of the grocery ExtraBucks promotion. I didn't realize that the Suave Professionals coupons had a "limit of 2 identical coupons allowed in same shopping trip" until I was in line to pay. Luckily, my 11 year-old tagged along with me so that he could rent a movie from the RedBox outside of CVS. I had him hand over one coupon (I … [Read more...]

Homemade Laundry Soap


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Homemade Laundry Soap So many have asked for a recipe for laundry soap. Your search is now over. I want to thank an awesome friend Leatta, for allowing me to share her perfected homemade laundry soap recipe.  It leaves a fresh clean laundry smell. Only costs $0.86 per 64 loads - and meets the h.e. requirements for energy efficient front loaders. If you prefer to use powdered laundry detergent, we have that recipe too! Stretch your money further with Valerie's Homemade Fabric Softener. You … [Read more...]