Friday, October 30, 2009

My Worst Halloween Costume EVER

Halloween is tomorrow and as much as I love what this holiday revolves around... candy...I've never been into it that much. Growing up we didn't celebrate it at all. Instead, we went to the fall festival at church. We still got candy and bobbed for apples...but no ghosts, witches, devil costumes, etc were allowed.

Somehow though at around age 10 I found a child-size french maid costume at Roses and just had to be that. So I went as a french maid TO CHURCH! And my mother let me! At the time, I just thought it was a cute little maid costume but now I can only imagine what the preacher thought when I strolled in with my face covered in makeup...bright blush...red lips...and my feather duster in hand. Oh the embarrassment.

I'll never be able to figure out 1. why companies make sexy costumes for kids and 2. why my mother let me go like that. Probably so we could have this story to laugh about 20 years later :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Slickdeals and more!

Halloween Savings:
Taco Bell is offering one free Black Jack taco to every customer who stops by between 6 p.m. and midnight on Oct. 31.

Free BOO-Ritos at Chipotle Oct 31st - All Stores. Good Saturday from 6 pm to close. Dress up at a burrito and you can get a free burrito. According to www.frugalfreebiesanddeals.com you can get away with just wearing a foil hat to get the freebie.

Rita's Italian Ice
shop on Warwick Boulevard in Newport News is also offering a free treat to customers who show up in costume. If you head to the location on Halloween, you'll get a free regular Italian Ice. The restaurant is located at 12286 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. If that doesn't fill you up, head to Sonic for some Halloween night corndogs, discounted to 50 cents from 5 to 10 p.m. Thanks to the Daily Press's Savvy Shopper for the slickdeal.

Oprah has posted a coupon to Save 50% off your entire purchase at Payless ShoeSource. This coupon is valid through the end of the day Friday, October 30 and can only be used in-store. If you don't want to print the PDF coupon, you can also text OPRAHSHOW to 242424 to get the coupon on your phone and present it in the store (please be aware of what your cell phone contract charges for text messages).

Free YoCrunch Yogurt Coupon
- For up to two weeks after Halloween, you can send in any candy wrappers in exchange for a coupon good for any YoCrunch yogurt. Yea! Eat candy and then get free candy yogurt! You'll probably want to include a note with your address on it as well. Wrappers can be sent to the following address: Shaina Zalma YoCrunch. 9507 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300. Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Free Mattel Toy
while supplies last Oct 31st for Children in Costume at Sears (plus a Printable Toy Coupon for $5 off a $20 purchase)

Sears is giving away a free Halloween-themed portrait collage worth $44! You’ve got until Saturday, October 31 to use the coupon and the fine print says nothing about making an additional purchase. According to Freebies 4 Mom, some people have had mixed success with this. If you’re interested, make sure to call your local store and confirm they’re participating.

Huge savings on plane tickets from Southwest Airlines! For 72 hours (Oct. 27-29 only) you can score some of our most incredible deals of the year for travel Dec. 2 - Dec. 16, 2009 and Jan. 5 - Feb. 10, 2010. Fares as low as $25 one way! Lots of flights available out of Norfolk. I saw a one-way New York for $25. The one-way flight back is only $25 too so for $50 spend the day in New York and check out the tree in Rockefeller Center!

CVS currently has Campbell’s soup on sale for 2/$1. Plus, use this coupon for $1/2 coupon, meaning you can get free Campbell’s soup!

Sony offers a $2 off coupon for select movies. Part of their Movie Staycation promotion. I downloaded the coupon and got a kid's movie for only $3 from Target! Saving up some stocking stuffers for my niece.

Veterans Eat Free at Applebee's this Veteran's Day-In recognition of your service to our country, all veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to eat free at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restaurants this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. All U.S. veterans and active duty military with proof of current or former military service will eat free. Proof of service includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform. For additional details, visit: http://applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx

Denny's BOGO. Buy One Burger and Fries, Get the 2nd Free, with the purchase of 2 drinks. Click here for the coupon. Expires Nov. 23.

Something cool for the kids--make your own photo coloring pages. Crayola has a section of their site where you can upload a photo and make it into a coloring page. You an try it for free for 24 hours with the code- PRRVBTR2. I printed out a bunch for my niece and am going to use it to make a coloring book for her for Christmas. Love free Christmas gifts!

Coupons.com has Playskool/Hasbro Coupons available . They range from $2-$10. The $10 Sit and Spin coupon- Some Walmart stores are selling this toy for $16.52 to $19.96 putting it under $10 (thanks Freebies4Mom) The Mr. Potato Head coupon- Dollar General may be selling a Mr. Potato Head for $3 making this a $1 toy with the $2 coupon (Thanks My Frugal Adventures)

Visit the new Kodak Gallery for a chance to get one of 300,000 $15 gift cards between October 29 and November 13. You'll get your $15 gift card code almost instantly by email. Here's how they are distributing those $15 gift cards (starts at 12 am ET): Another batch rolled out today and the first 10,000 to register before Nov. 5th get the $15 gift card. Another batch will be given out Nov. 6- Nov. 13. If you aren't one of the first 10,000 to sign up, you'll still get something- a 40% off code.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Dierks Bentley music video out

Always been a Dierks Bentley fan...even more so now that he's singing with Patty Griffin! Check out their new video together. Loving it?!

Not what you want to find in bed with you...

It was about 2 this morning when my cat hoped up in bed with me. As he settled into a spot I reached over to pet him and felt something hard beside him. Thinking he might have brought one of his toys into bed, I picked it up to try to feel what it was...and I mean I really felt around on it! Still not sure exactly what it was, I figured I'd leave it til the morning. So I reached above my head and put it on the headboard of the bed. I guess I must've caught a whiff along the way and realized just what it was that I was just holding...and in a panic I flipped the light on to be sure. (Didn't really think about my husband sleeping next to me until he jumps up saying "what is it? what's wrong?")

I scream "I touched poo! I touched poo!!!!" It took his half-asleep brain a minute to fully wake up and start laughing at me.

Guess this was pay back from a few weeks when he woke up to find some on his pillow and was so freaked out he had to go shower while I laughed and laughed. Karma is a bitch.

And on another note- we are switching back to the old cat litter since the vet thinks this may be the cause of our new unwelcome guests in the bed.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Costumes- what's your best one?

Everyone is looking for cheap but good costume ideas for Halloween this year and I just got a call about a good one. A woman is going to go as Balloon Boy and although there's a website selling a costume kit for it for $20, she's going to make it herself for a few bucks using a paper box, baby doll, hangers and aluminum foil. I told her to have her boyfriend dress up like the media hungry dad and she'd be good to go :) Maybe throw in a few friends as paparazzi as an added bonus.

What's your best costume idea?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Slickdeals

Free Mattel Toy Oct 31st for Children in Costume at Sears (plus a Printable Toy Coupon for $5 off a $20 purchase)

Free Edible Arrangement--Become a fan of them on Facebook and receive a coupon via e-mail for a free Edible Arrangements 6-Piece Dipped Fruit that retails for $15. The coupon is valid through 11/21/09. Choose to pick it up yourself to save the shipping fee.

Barnes and Nobles has a coupon for a free small hot chocolate and kid's cookie for this Saturday, Oct. 24.

Veterans Eat Free at Applebee's this Veteran's Day-In recognition of your service to our country, all veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to eat free at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restaurants this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. All U.S. veterans and active duty military with proof of current or former military service will eat free. Proof of service includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform. For additional details, visit: http://applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx

Denny's BOGO. Buy One Burger and Fries, Get the 2nd Free, with the purchase of 2 drinks. http://dennys.com/en/emailblast1009.html

TGIFridays coupon for free appetizer with the purchase of a drink at the bar between 4pm – close. There’s no limit on the drink (it can be alcoholic or non). Expires on November 1, 2009. Plus, a coupon for a $5 sandwich or salad for lunch is attached. http://tgifridays.com/promos/woodyoffers

Join or log onto Victoria’s Secret Pink Nation for a free Pink cotton panty plus $10 off a bra for new members. Valid through Nov. 9. https://secure.vspink.com/pink_nation/login.jsp

Smartsource.com has movie for Ice Age, Spaceballs, Flicka, Aquamarine, Bend It Like Beckham and more. coupons

Coupons.com has Playskool/Hasbro Coupons available . They range from $2-$10. The $10 Sit and Spin coupon- Some Walmart stores are selling this toy for $16.52 to $19.96 putting it under $10 (thanks Freebies4Mom) The Mr. Potato Head coupon- Dollar General may be selling a Mr. Potato Head for $3 making this a $1 toy with the $2 coupon (Thanks My Frugal Adventures)

Visit the new Kodak Gallery for a chance to get one of 300,000 $15 gift cards between October 20 and November 13. You'll get your $15 gift card code almost instantly by email. Here's how they are distributing those $15 gift cards (starts at 12 am ET):
* first 100,000 to register between Oct. 20 and 28
* first 100,000 to register between Oct. 29 and Nov. 5
* first 100,000 to register between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13
Great Christmas gifts for the family...photo calendar of the grandkids for your parents, maybe?! Me, I'll use it on my annual photoshop calendar for my husband. Our heads on the bodies of famous people...what can I say, we have a simple sense of humor lol.

Free coupon book with over $35 in savings from Home Made Simple.

Kellogg's new $10 Bonus Bucks promotion. You have until 09/30/10 to do the following: Buy three (3) specially marked boxes of Kellogg's® cereal and collect the codes inside each box. Enter codes at Kellogg Bonus Bucks. Receive your $10 Bonus Bucks certificate by mail. Redeem your certificate at a variety of participating retailers like Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and more. The four participating cereals are Frosted Flakes, Froot (sic) Loops, Mini-Wheats and Raisin Bran. Also, Redplum has a $1.50/2 coupon for Mini-Wheats that can be applied towards this!

Kraft is getting into the rebate game too, offering $10 back when you buy any 10 partipating Nabisco crackers, Easy Cheese or Planter's Nuts. Here's the rebate form. Plus, a coupon for $1 off 2 Nabisco crackers.

Free downloads from some of your favorite Country stars and some up and comers too like Jason Aldean, Big Kenny, Terri Clark, Bucky Covington, Easton Corbin and more. https://www.peoplecmg.com/countryplaylist/

Monday, October 19, 2009

Welcome to the family

With blogger, facebook, myspace, etc it didn't seem necessary to Brian and I to announce our wedding in my hometown newspaper. I figured anyone who I wanted to know I got married, knew, and were either there or saw the pics online. But my parents aren't on facebook or myspace...which I guess I should maybe be thankful for lol...and they wanted us to put it in the paper. So we did to make them happy.

The paper sent us a few extra clippings so I thought Brian's grandparents might like to see it too. So I addressed, stamped and stuffed the envelopes and asked Brian to write a note to his grandmother to put in with it. Here's how the conversation went after that.

Brian: "Why?"
Me: "Because you can't send something and not include a note."
Brian: "Well we're sending the clipping, that's enough."
Me: "No it's not, she's your grandmother and you don't talk to her that often, you should write her a note."

I go and get him a piece of a paper and pen to try to encourage him.

Brian: "Well, what should I write?"
Me: "Just say, I thought you might like to see this. Hope to see you soon. Love, Brian"

He sets the paper and pen on the coffee table and proceeds to keep watching T.V.

Me: "Can you please just write a quick note so I can send it?"
Brian: *sigh*

So he writes the note, I mail it out and we get a forwarded email from his mother today that his grandmother sent saying...

I received the paper clipping and a note from Brian and bride. He's is a thoughtful son.

He's thoughtful and I don't get a name?! That's just wrong! Needless to say, Brian found this hilarious and is now strutting around saying how thoughtful he is. I don't want to burst grandma's bubble though so I'll let her think that...but I'm certainly not going to let him live this one down :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Slickdeals

Free downloads from some of your favorite Country stars and some up and comers too like Jason Aldean, Big Kenny, Terri Clark, Bucky Covington, Easton Corbin and more. https://www.peoplecmg.com/countryplaylist/

Join or log onto Victoria’s Secret Pink Nation for a free Pink cotton panty plus $10 off a bra for new members. Valid through Nov. 9.

On October 17th, Chick-fil-a will be coming out with their 2010 Calendars. They will be mailed for free for the first 100,000 requests or until October 21st, whichever comes first, limited to one per address. Click here to visit the website to order yours.


Bestbuy has $50 iTunes gift cards for $40 with free shipping.

Free Asthma Storybook for Children. Read a story and help your child learn about managing asthma.

Ruby Tuesdays is offering a four course brunch on Sunday now and a Buy One Entree Get One Free coupon to go along with it.

Kellogg's new $10 Bonus Bucks promotion. You have until 09/30/10 to do the following: Buy three (3) specially marked boxes of Kellogg's® cereal and collect the codes inside each box. Enter codes at Kellogg Bonus Bucks. Receive your $10 Bonus Bucks certificate by mail. Redeem your certificate at a variety of participating retailers like Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and more. The four participating cereals are Frosted Flakes, Froot (sic) Loops, Mini-Wheats and Raisin Bran. Also, Redplum has a $1.50/2 coupon for Mini-Wheats that can be applied towards this!

Free BOO-Ritos at Chipotle Oct 31st - All Stores. This one is not confirmed (on the website) but they do it every year. So we recommend you call your local store to confirm. This offer is good Saturday, October 31st - from 6 pm to close. Dress up at a burrito and you can get a free burrito. According to www.frugalfreebiesanddeals.com you can get away with just wearing a foil hat to get the freebie.

If you are looking to start a family soon- you probably know how expensive pregnancy and ovulation tests are. So how about 10 free ones?! Click here to order yours.

Something cool for the kids--make your own photo coloring pages. Crayola has a section of their site where you can upload a photo and make it into a coloring page. You an try it for free for 24 hours with the code- PRRVBTR2.

Free food! Get a full Rebate for Marie Callender's Pasta Al Dente- up to $3.49. Click here

Free Photobook from Overnight Prints. Get a free 5x5 photobook (or $10 off any other service) from OvernightPrints.com- Just click the Photo Books Button on the right (middle of the page) and use the code: ONPFREE5L1 on checkout. Limited Time Offer Expires October 19, 2009

If you're into classical music, amazon.com has a free download of the CD "The Best of the Most Relaxing Classical Music in the universe."

50 free prints when you sign up for CVS photo center.

Teachers can order a free Random Acts of Fitness Kits from Subway. It teaches health and fitness. Click here to get yours.

If you buy Spot Shot Instant Stain Remover now you get a rebate for Hollywood Movie Money to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Here's a coupon for $1 off Spot Shot. Download this form and send it in with your receipt.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

For the animal lovers

My dad sent me this today...so sweet! It was a 6 year old's perspective on why animals lives are so much shorter than humans.

He said "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

As a cat lover, I'd have to say they know how to love everybody all the time too...well for some cats only when they feel like it, but I'll take whatever they give :)

I'm walking in the Virginia Beach SPCA's Virtual Cat Walk this year to raise money to make sure the cats in the shelter can enjoy their lives and find forever homes. It costs the SPCA $50 just to house one cat for a day. Please sponsor me and help the SPCA give these cats a home. If I can get just 20 more people to donate $5 I can reach my goal of $200. http://vbspca.com/modules/pageworks/index.php?page=27&id=348


Slickdeals Thursday!

Free download of the new Luke Bryan CD! The first 5,000 people to sign up here http://www.lukebryan.com/index.php?page=albumdownload get a free download of Luke Bryan's new CD courtesy of Longhorn Steakhouse. The code is LONGHORN.

Ruby Tuesdays is offering a four course brunch on Sunday now and a Buy One Entree Get One Free coupon to go along with it.

The annual Energy Star tax holiday starts tomorrow in Va. For four days you can get qualified appliances and home repair accessories tax-free. They have to be marked with Energy Star or WaterSense labels and cost $2,500 or less.

50 free prints when you sign up for CVS photo center.

Teachers can order a free Random Acts of Fitness Kits from Subway. It teaches health and fitness. Click here to get yours.

If you buy Spot Shot Instant Stain Remover now you get a rebate for Hollywood Movie Money to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Here's a coupon for $1 off Spot Shot. Download this form and send it in with your receipt.

October is National Cooke month! Darn, guess I have to eat lots of cookies this month. And a free one too? Ok, if you twist my arm. During Oct. Great American Cookie will give you a coupon for a free regular Original Chocolate Chip Cookie if you sign up for their email fan club “CookiE-mail.” Ok- that’s so darn clever, I’m in. As if I wasn’t already with the mention of cookies and free in the same sentence. There is a Great American Cookie in Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News. www.greatamericancookies.com

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's Thursday and you know what that means

Slickdeals!

October is National Cooke month! Darn, guess I have to eat lots of cookies this month. And a free one too? Ok, if you twist my arm. During Oct. Great American Cookie will give you a coupon for a free regular Original Chocolate Chip Cookie if you sign up for their email fan club “CookiE-mail.” Ok- that’s so darn clever, I’m in. As if I wasn’t already with the mention of cookies and free in the same sentence. There is a Great American Cookie in Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News. www.greatamericancookies.com

From Oct. 2 - 5, Free Tall brewed coffee from Starbucks. Starbucks invites customers to join the Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew Taste Challenge at their favorite U.S. Starbucks location. Participants can taste Colombia Starbucks VIA™ next to fresh-brewed Pike Place™ Roast and challenge themselves to guess which one is Starbucks VIA™. Starbucks VIA™ Taste Challenge participants will receive coupon for a complimentary Tall brewed coffee on their next visit as well as an offer for $1 off a Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew purchase.’ Find out more at http://news.starbucks.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=271

Join the Dollar General Savings Zone email club and get a free scattertunes gift card for any Trace Adkins single.

Amazon.com has a free download of Miranda Lambert “What are You Going to Do” and exclusive song. Says today only, but said that Tuesday and it’s still available so not sure how long it’s going to last- get while the gettin’s good.

Dairy Queen- Join the Blizzard fan club to get up to 6 Buy One Get One Free coupons.

Some Wendy’s have a coupon booklet on sale for $1. In exchange, you get 10 free Jr. Frosty coupons valid between 11/1/09 and 2/1/10! Sounds like a pretty good trade off to me. Check with your local Wendy’s to see if they are offering these.