Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Being a good steward of what we've been given does not only involve money. It also includes being a good steward of the resources we have on Earth.

We recently received a list in the mail of everything that we can recycle. As usual, I tend to go overboard when I set my sights on a cause. I actually cringe now when I take along prepackaged applesauce for my kids' lunch and don't have a recycling bin to throw away the bottom plastic part. Obviously, I need to learn balance as well. Anyway, you may not realize how much we can recycle these days, so here's a list of what is allowed by most major recycling companies.

The following material is accepted on the curbside recycling program:
  • Pasteboard (cereal boxes, empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls, soda boxes, beer boxes, tissue boxes, gift boxes, pizza boxes, and shoe boxes)
  • Brown paper grocery bags (no wax, no wet strength material, no liners)
  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened and cut down to no larger than 3 ft x 3 ft)
  • Newspaper, supplements, magazines, and catalogs
  • Plastic #1-#7 (#s on bottom of plastic containers) REMOVE ALL LIDS
  • Glass bottles and jars (clear, green, and brown) REMOVE ALL LIDS
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans and tin household containers, such as food cans (Please empty and rinse. It is not necessary to remove labels. Empty aerosol cans are permitted if nozzle is removed.)

The following material is NOT accepted:

  • Plastic bags (Publix has bin at the curb for these)
  • Electronic devices
  • Motor oil or pesticide containers
  • Light bulbs or drinkware
  • Aluminum foil or pie plates
  • Paint or pesticide cans
  • Egg cartons and styrofoam trays (Publix has bin at the curb for these)

Please consider recycling what you don't need anymore. It doesn't cost you anything and it helps preserve the resources we've been entrusted with.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Free Post-It Notes

I sent some post-it notes and flags that I got for free to my kids' teachers at school today. I am always amazed (and pleased) at the way small things can make a big difference.

At CVS this week, they are running a sale on post-it notes. Here's the deal:
Purchase 4 packages of post-it notes that are on sale 2 packages for $5.
Use this coupon for $5 off a $10 post-it purchase
Purchase 2 packages of post-it flags, also 2 for $5
Use this coupon for $3 off 2 post-it flags
Use this coupon for $3 off a $15 CVS purchase.
You will get $5 in CVS Extra Care Bucks back.

To sweeten this a little more, download this form from the Post-It website and mail in your recipt for a surprise package.

RedBox Code for today

The code for a free rental today is LA45W7. 88 Minutes was a real cliffhanger if you're into that kind of movie.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

If you need a good reason to eat out, here's one: if you eat at Chili's on September 29, all the profits go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There you have it. Who's NOT cooking dinner tonight?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Treat a friend to a latte

This week at Panera, as part of their Tenth Anniversary Celebration in Florida, if you purchase any hot espresso drink at regular price, you will receive a second hot espresso drink for 10 cents. This would be the perfect time to treat a friend to a drink and spend some time together over coffee. This deal goes on through Sunday the 28th. To see what's coming up next week, check this out.

Monday, September 22, 2008

This Monday's Free RedBox Code

Todays' code to receive a free rental from Redbox is CR654D. To learn more about Redbox, go here. Also, you are allowed to return your movie at any RedBox location, not just the one your rented it from.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Discount at Yankee Candle

If you register at this site you'll immediately receive a coupon for $10 off your next purchase of $25 or more! Plus, just for registering, you'll receive regular, exclusive emails about great deals and new fragrances.
Yankee Candle is runnning a promotion right now and you can receive 50% off your second candle with the purchase of certain regular price candles. There are some nice fall-frangranced candles that are part of this promotion.
They have a handy flat shipping rate of $6 for all purchases under $100 and just 6% of your order total for any purchase over $100.
You HAVE started pulling out your fall stuff already, right?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Never hurts to ask...

So, Tom and I met at Panera for a breakfast date after my bike ride this morning instead of our weekly lunch date only to be told they were OUT OF EGGS. Eggs are necessary for an egg sandwich...the ones that are on sale for 10 cents after you purchase one at regular price. So, I asked if they could give us a quiche for 10 cents instead since it was their "mistake". The cashier said they didn't have the button on their computer to make a quiche 10 cents, but that she would let us buy one quiche and get one free instead. If you insist!! Like I said, it never hurts to ask! Thanks Panera!

Anniversary Celebration

Don't forget that Panera is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Florida and passing on great savings to us. This week you can purchase any egg sandwich and receive a second egg sandwich for 10 cents. I've tried them before, after a Saturday morning run of 10 miles with Christie and Brandi and they're a yummy mix of protein and carbs great for recovery after a large workout. Tom and I will be having breakfast there tomorrow after my Thursday morning ride (34 miles). However, if you don't care to exercise like a maniac, they're just plain yummy anyway.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I told you I'd tell you about swagbucks

http://www.swagbucks.com/ is a search engine that offers you the chance to win cool prizes from swagbucks.com every time you search. You earn digital dollars called "Swag Bucks", which can be redeemed for exclusive swagbucks.com merchandise. There are 4 ways to earn swag bucks: search, shop, invite friends, or go green. Once you earn enough swag bucks, you can use them to purchase items from the swag store such as gift certificates to Starbucks, Target, Best Buy, or amazon.com. The search engine is even powered by Google so you don't lose any searching power by using swagbucks.com.

This is what I won for trying a random search.

I am trying to put a banner for swagbucks.com on my blog. However, I'm not all that blog savvy, savvy? If I don't manage to get it on their right away, leave me a comment so I can invite you by email as my friend so I can get credit while you get credit.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Making Wishes Come True

Don't miss the 7th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social at participating Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide, a special night to join together and share the simple pleasures of life with a FREE ice cream and family fun. On September 25th from 5:00 - 8:00PM, guests will be treated to a 3 oz. serving of Jack or Emily's Creation. All donations will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jack's Creation - Marshmallow ice cream with OREO Cookies, Chocolate Chips and Fudge
Emily's Creation - Nutter Butter ice cream with White Chocolate Chips, Kit Kat and Yellow Cake

While you are at Cold Stone's website, take a second to sign up for their Birthday Club and receive free ice cream on your birthday.

FREE RedBox Code

If you want to "rent' a movie for FREE tonight, input the code: 2THS48 at your local Redbox vending machine.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Voila by Birds Eye

Voila by Birds Eye is running a couple marketing/advertising campaigns right now that might be of interest to you.

I hardly ever rent movies at Blockbuster anymore (because I rent from RedBox instead), but I will if it's free. Send your husband an email and ask him to go here to send in a picture and short story about why you deserve to be recognized and you will receive a coupon good for one FREE movie rental from Blockbuster! He can even invent one if he needs to.

You can also get a FREE Charlie Brown DVD when you purchase any three (3) bags of Voila or Voila Family Skillets. Just send in your 3 UPC’s and the mail-in form for your choice of one of four great Charlie Brown™ DVDs! Be forewarned, though, if you are my friend, one of your kids MAY be getting this as a Christmas present. Click here for a printable mail-in form and additional details. You can even go to this site to print 2 coupons for $1 off a Voila purchase.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Coming Atcha

I just added an email subscription button. If you are interested in making sure you get all this FANTASTIC money-saving info that I'm putting out there. . just add your email address and click submit! They will come straight to your inbox!

Friday, September 5, 2008

American Eagle is giving away FREE Movie Tickets

American Eagle is running a promotion. It's a little unclear to me what the full story is. My local mall emailed me that you get a free movie ticket just for trying on a pair of jeans.

However, American Eagle emailed me directly (Aren't I special?) and didn't mention the free ticket for trying on a pair of jeans, but it did advertise 2 free tickets if you buy a pair. So, you will just have to test the waters. Or, make a date with me to come try on a pair at MY mall and then we can go to a movie after. O wait! I have kids :).

For more information, visit this site

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ann Taylor Loft has a special club just for teachers

Did you know that Ann Taylor Loft has a club spcifically for educators to obtain savings?

For more information, visit this site. I'm not sure if it applies to homeschooling moms as well, but it's worth checking into.

Do you always check the web for coupon codes before ordering online?

YOU SHOULD! Have you ever heard of the website called Retail Me Not? There are many websites devoted specifically to compiling a database of coupon codes that are primarily good for online shopping. I RARELY pay for shipping on online orders because I can almost always find a coupon code by doing a swagbucks search (Check back another day to see what THAT means.) or by going directly here and searching for a site's coupon code.

For example, an item on sale at Target that we decided to buy was not in stock at our local store. I asked for and received a rain check but it stated that the item was likely to not be restocked. So, we decided to look to see if the sale was at the online store as well. When I found out it was, I searched retailmenot.com for a coupon code and found a code for $5 off $50 purchase. It didn't make shipping free, but reduced it from $10.48 to $5.48 and saves me the hassle of trying to hunt it down all over town and having to drive who knows how far to locate the item.

Monday, September 1, 2008

10th Anniversary Celebration at Panera Bread

As if we need a reason to visit Panera (one of my favorites), they are hosting a Tenth Anniversary Celebration and passing the savings on to us.

Here is the lowdown:

Sept 1-7 Purchase any sandwich or salad and receive a kids meal for 10 cents.
Sept 8-14 Purchase any sandwich or salad and receive a fountain drink for 10 cents.
Sept 15-21 Purchase any egg sandwich and receive a second egg sandwich for 10 cents.
Sept 22-28 Purchase any hot espresso drink and receive a second hot espresso drink for 10 cents.
Sept 29-Oct 5 Purchase any cookie and receive a second cookie for 10 cents.
Oct 6-10 Receive a $10 gift card with and purchase of $50 or more. I plan to buy a $50 gift card and get an additional $10 gift card FREE.
So, if you visit any time in the next 6 weeks, you'll be able to take advantage of some deal. To locate the Panera closest to you, visit this site.