I'm BaaaAAAaaack!!

After a somewhat lengthy, ok, REALLY lengthy break, I'm back and ready with fresh inspiration to bring back this little 'ol blog of mine.

Life kind of got busy and other priorities took hold (and took time) and I found myself not returning to my corner of the web. Having both kiddos in elementary school and playing sports, getting crazy and becoming a Cub Scout leader for my son's den, assisting with my daughter's Girl Scout Troop, and my hubby coaching my son's baseball team, left me with little time to pour myself into this blog.

But! There is a light at the end of this tunnel. My two kiddos are now 10 and 12 and so much more self-sufficient. And that leaves time for ME! Who would have thought it possible???

I've felt this blog calling back to me many times and I'm so very happy to be writing again. It may take a few turns, but will mostly stay the same... with money saving tips, amazing deals, freebie alerts and of course, my favorite, updates on any money that I earn in my side hustles. Though, they aren't exactly side hustles, since I don't have a main hustle... I'm still a stay at home mom and we still live on my husband's one income.

So anyway, I'm happy to be back and I hope you'll continue to follow in my frugal adventures. Thanks for being here!


FREE sample of Suave Professionals Natural Infusion

Suave Professionals Natural Infusion

Snag a free sample of the new Suave Professionals Natural Infusion!

You will receive a sample of the Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner as well as the Strengthening Light Leave-In Cream. All contain no parabens or dyes.

After you sign up for your free samples, you will have the option to send the sample offer to a friend through Facebook, Twitter or email! Also, you can print a coupon for $1.50 off and even enter their sweepstakes, if you'd like.

Want more freebies?  You can always find the Freebies tab up top or see my sidebar for a current list!

Savings & Earnings Update 3/9 - 3/15

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It's fun to see your savings/earnings amounts all added up. It clearly shows that it's time well spent when you use coupons and make little bits of money here and there. This update includes the week of 3/9 - 3/15.

Cash/Checks/Gift Cards Received
$1.00....... Amazon gift card from mPoints Apps (get paid to use apps!)
$15.00..... Amazon gift card from Swagbucks (paid to use their search engine and more)
Total: $16.00

Coupon Savings
$50.50..... Kohl's (30% off code + $5 Promo free gift card)
$24.70..... Papa John's pizza
Total: $75.20

Freebies Received
Real Simple magazine
Nivea Men Sensative Shave Gel (Still available - Choose from 4 different Nivea samples!)

Total 2014 Cash/Checks/Gift Cards Received: $296.06
Total 2014 Coupon Savings: $371.59

Find my previous weekly updates here.

Feel free to post in the comments or post a link back to your blog and share your own weekly earnings and coupon savings.


FREE sample of Jergens BB Body Cream

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Sign up for a FREE sample of Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream.

Answer just a few super quick questions and you're freebie will be on its way to you!  Allow 3-5 weeks for shipping.

Want more freebies?  You can always find the Freebies tab up top or see my sidebar for a current list!


Five Frugal Friday Things

Welcome to Frugal Friday! In an effort to concentrate on being wise with our spending and saving, each Friday I'm sharing some of our latest frugal efforts or activities here on the blog.

1.  My daughter often comes home from Girl Scouts with plastic zipper baggies with her name printed on them, containing newly earned patches for her uniform. I always save the baggies and today used two of them when she needed money for two seperate things at school.

2.  Paid all of our bills online. I do this every month and hardly ever buy checks, stamps or envelopes!

3.  We've finally had some nice weather days here in New Jersey, so every day after school we've been playing at the playground. Yay for free entertainment :)

4.  My kids have been bringing home massive quantities of notices and returned papers from school. So I've been busy turning my paper clutter into a money saver!

5.  The Hubby and I have been rewatching the series 24, on Netflix, since we ditched our cable once again.  We originally cancelled cable TV in 2012. We only had it back for a short time with a promotion that gave us both cable and internet for cheaper than we were paying for our internet alone. Once that promo was up, we cut the cable again.


Free Sample of Nivea Lotion

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Sign up for a free sample of Nivea lotion! Choose between Smooth Sensation or Extended Moisture.

You'll need to Like Nivea on Facebook and then watch a short video. After that, the free sample form will be available and you can sign up for your freebie!

Your sample and a coupon will arrive in 6-8 weeks.