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While I believe that couponing is the best way to save your family money, I would like to introduce you to my other frugal love on a bigger scale.  I have posted a couple of the best freebies here and there, but now that you have been diligent coupon shoppers and are learning the ropes…Its time for a little reward!  And what does the a this Frugalista love more than a great bargain….a freebie that pops up in her mailbox 6-8 weeks later (long after she remembers signing up for it).  After you get in the habit of signing up for freebies here and there, you will eventually get to the point where you are getting a steady stream of them a couple weeks after you begin.

Things to remember…

Always use an emal address that you don’t mind giving out to companies.

Many freebies give you the option to opt out of their email list.

Decide what information you are willing to give out and don’t waver.  For familiar reputable companies I give out my address (necessary for most freebies), “other” email address, date of birth (necesssary to confirm you are an adult, name, and some other basic information.  I do not give out my phone number.

Here are links to some REALLY great blogs with extensive lists of freebies.  Many of the freebies will overlap, but you should be able to find some gems on each list.

(The first link is to their site home pages and the second link in the title takes you to their specific freebie post.)

Affluent PauperSample Sunday

Mom AdviseFreebie Friday (from July 31st, but you should be able to find quite a few that are still available)

Attention Target ShoppersFriday Freebies

And of course Freebies 4 Mom is always a great source of freebies (and other bonuses) throughout the week.

Did you sign up for anything fun? Have you recieved any of the freebies I have posted recently?

Twin Mama LOVES your comments!

Fun Offers and Coupons:Chevy’s, Walgreens, and free LeapFrog book.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex- $5 off $20 Couponchevys-coupon

Go HERE to find a coupon that is good for $5 off your total purchase of $20 of more.  Coupon good through 8-22-09

Chevy’s is one of our favorite restaurants and I am really excited about this coupon.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

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15% off Coupon for WALGREENS.  Good on July 31st.

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Go HERE for a great one day coupon for Walgreens good for 15% off of eligible  items and 20% off Walgreens and W brand products. It looks like they would like you to take your purchases the the photo or cosmetics counters (I always choose the cosmetics counter).

Thanks Mojo Savings!

Here are a few links with some good match-ups and deals for Walgreens right now.

Money Saving Mom-Walgreens Deals good from July 26th-Aug 1st.

Mommy Snacks-Walgreens Snack: Sale week of July 26th.

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Free Book Offer From LeapFrog

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You can get a FREE “ABC Animal Orchestra” book by signing up HERE if you own a LeapFrog toy.  This looks like a really fun freebie.  I signed up and it only took me a couple minutes.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Did you take advantage of any of these great offers?

Free lately. I think my mailman hates me.

I gave my mailman some homemade chocolate covered pretzels for Christmas. Do you think that makes up for all this stuff he has to lug around for me? No, I didn’t think so either.

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Here are a couple pictures of some of the things I have received lately (some more recently than others). I received most of the items in the mail after filling out forms online for free products or coupons for free products.  As you can see, some of the samples even come with high-dollar coupons.  Although not all samples come with coupons, many do.  Because of this, I always sign up for samples for the products I know that we like in hopes they send a coupon or two my way with the little sample.  It’s so fun to go to my mail box every day and see what is waiting for me.  As you can see, I also receive many magazine subscriptions or free single issues in the mail.  Since taking the picture I have even received a copy of “Traditional Home.”

A few tips regarding freebies:

Get an email address to use for when you sign up for freebies, offers, clubs, word of mouth programs, etc.  Decide what information you feel comfortable giving out and what you don’t.  On a few occasions I was not comfortable with the amount of information they were wanting or I did not feel that the site looked very reputable and I passed on their offer.

Try to only sign up for samples that your family or a close friend could use.  Many of these samples have limits so I refrain from signing up for them if I am not very interested in them (in order to save them for someone else).  Also, because of their packaging, they can create some waste.  Always be sure to recycle the packaging and get the sample to someone who can use it.

This is also true with magazines.  I have passed up a few free magazine subscriptions because I knew that I would not be interested enough in the magazine to justify the waste they create.

Have you gotten anything free lately?  I want to hear about it!

Also, let me know if you have any questions at all!

Order your FREE book from “Read It First”

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Here is a fun offer for a free book.  You can follow THIS link to to select your book.  This offer is from Random House and is apart of their “Read It First” program. They want to get these new books into readers hands and encourage you to pass it on after you are finished with it.

The titles to choose from are:

  • SOMETHING MISSING by Matthew Dicks
  • THE CRYING TREE by Naseem Rakha
  • WHERE THE RIVER ENDS by Charles Martin

Thanks “Deal”icious Mom!

Were you able to sign up for this offer?  Which one did you pick?

Free Right@Home Gift Pack-Ziploc

Its time for another Right@Home gift pack!  They are giving 10,000 away (which might go quickly). This time it contains one box of sandwich bags and one Twist N’ Lock container.  To be eligible you must not have received one of their gift packs within the past 180 days and also must be a member of Right@Home.

You can find out a little more information about this fun offer at Freebies 4 Mom. She has a great blog that I have been reading for quite some time.

Couponing 101 Part 1: How to Build Your Stash

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I have been asked quite a few times where I get my coupons from. Having a good stash of coupons is half the battle when it comes to saving your family money. There are a few different types of coupons and many places to get them. I will outline the main ways I get my coupons and include links to some of my favorites.

Inserts– These are the little multi-page fliers that come in the Sunday paper with all sorts of coupons (and some really tacky ads) in them.

Some of the main ones are:

  • Red Plum
  • Smart Saver
  • P&G Saver –Contains coupons for Procter and Gamble products only (Tide, Pampers, Pantene, Cover Girl, Herbal Essence, Charmin, Crest, etc.)

Internet Printables-These are the coupons that you can find and print out from the internet. This is the category of coupons that has been gaining the most popularity. Companies have seen the success and consumers love the convenience of printing out the coupons they know they can use from their own home.  Many stores accept printable coupons, but before you plan a big trip, be sure to call the store first.

Some of the main sources of coupons are sites like:

  • You can also many times fine coupons on specific companies sites. These are usually temporary and I often find out about these by looking at blogs that notify their readers. When I find great coupons like these I will post about them like I did in THIS post.

Coupon Books sent out in the mail– Some companies send coupon books containing coupons for their brands (the coupons in these would be considered manufacturer coupons). Some stores also send out coupon books with coupons that can only be used at their store (the coupons in these would be considered store coupons). These are sometimes a little harder to get ahold of. Many times you have to sign up for the coupon books for the specific companies. Whenever I see an offer online to submit a request for a coupon book, I jump on it. Many times these have higher value coupons than the insert coupons for the same brands, and some booklets even have coupons for free products.

  • Example of company coupon book-Home Made Simple <- SIGN-UP! CURRENTLY AVAILABLE!  (also for P&G brands)
  • Example of store coupon book-*Target

*Target (they send out two types of booklets; a regular one and a baby one)- These coveted little coupon books have left people wondering why some people get them and some don’t. Some theories are that people get them from registries, ordering online, after talking to customer service on the phone, etc. After some research and reading many people’s experiences, I eventually came to the conclusion that they are mainly triggered by in-store purchases (possibly within certain categories) made on your credit card. This was somewhat confirmed after THIS trip to Target with a friend who tried using her credit card as her form of payment and got their next (and her first) coupon book soon after. (Remember to always pay off your credit cards every month and don’t use this form of payment if it tends to get you in trouble.)

Word of mouth programs- There are many programs available online and they are a GREAT source of coupons.

Freebies- Often when I receive samples in the mail that I signed up for, they come with a coupon for the same or similar product.  These are often fairly good coupons.  I always sign up for samples of products we regularly use hoping that I will also get a coupon bonus out of the deal.

Blinkies- Those little red boxes that you can sometimes find in the aisles that spit out coupons.

Catalinas- The coupons or vouchers for money off your future purchases (often based upon what you purchased on that trip) that print off with your receipt.

Peelies- The coupons that are stuck to the front of the packaging of some products.  Easy to use and fun to find!

Magazines- Don’t forget to look through your magazines for coupons! I am not sure I have ever paid for a subscription.  All of the current magazines I receive are through free subscriptions or free issue offers that I have signed up for online.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Free Veggie Tales DVD (with 2.99 shipping)

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Do your kiddos like Veggie Tales (better known as “Beggie Tales” in many families)?  Here is a really great offer to get one of the three  DVD’s listed below for free, when you pay $2.99 shipping after signing up for their newsletter.  We don’t buy many DVD’s for our kiddos so I am really excited to add something fun to our small stash for a great price.

Looks like your choices are….

  • Larry-Boy & the Fib from Outer Space
  • Where’s God when I’m S-scared
  • The Ballad of Little Joe

Go HERE to sign up!

Here is what their site says:

*$2.99 Shipping applies. Offer valid while supplies last. One free DVD per customer with valid account and newsletter sign-up.

Thanks Kindom First Mom!

Did you try this deal? Leave me a comment to let us know!

My Picks for Todays Best Deals: B1G1 Jamba, Organic Valley Coupons, and FREE Paint.

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HERE is a sweet coupon for buy one get one free smoothies at Jamba Juice.  Sounds like the perfect bargain treat for Summer! Good through 7/12/09 and you can use one coupon per visit.

Thanks The Frugal Find!

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I was super excited to see that the Organic Valley coupons are still available.  Because the babies drink so much milk we think it is important to buy organic for them.  We purchase Organic Valley milk almost exclusively for our babies because we can sometimes find coupons like these.  Locally we buy this brand of milk at Roth’s, but if you are looking for some of their other products you may have better luck at a store like Whole Foods.

Like many printable coupons it looks like you can print two of each coupon per computer.  Choose the coupons you want by clicking the boxes and then print.  After they have printed hit your “back” button to print a second set.  They will likely expire 30 days from when you print.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

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Go to Money Saving Madness to see how to order a FREE quart of Glidden paint (through July 2nd….although I would not wait too long incase they have a cap).  I am a big fan of ordering freebies that our family can use and this is one of the most fun ones I have seen lately.  I tried it yesterday and It worked great.  If you enter your information and it does not seem to be going through just try re-entering it and pressing “send” or whatever the button says again.   There are tons of fun colors to choose from!

Feel free to ask any questions you have about them.

Which of these deals are you doing?

Some Freebies and a Coupon

Here are a list of some of the best freebies that are new out there right now.

  • Moneysavingmom also had a post about signing up for a free Yoplait Whips coupon go HERE to see that post.
  • Go HERE for a coupon for a free 12 oz beverage at Seattle’s Best at Borders (expires the 25th).

Coupon to print

  • Go visit CommonSenseWithMoney.com to see a post that contains a coupon for $1.50 off a box of Kashi cereal or TLC bars.  If you wait for a sale you should be able to get some great healthy food for a good price.