Saturday, March 5, 2011

Reminder: Free Smith's e-CouponToday @ 1:00 PM MST

Each day between now and March 12th, Smith's will be giving away an e-coupon for a free item to the first 1,000 people on their site. Simply login to your account every day at 1:00 PM MST and load the e-coupon onto your Smith's card!

I'll put a reminder up every day at 12:00 so you don't forget!

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Printing Site -

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of printinghq for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

There is a new online printing company for businesses that I thought I'd mention  -- it's called They specialize in business card printing, brochures, presentation folders, envelopes, gift tags, custom postcards, labels & stickers and greeting cards. You can order online 24/7 and upload your own design for any of their products, which is pretty cool.  They don't use premade layouts or templates at all, and uploading your own design is free (sweet!). So you end up with a unique product that doesn't look like everyone else's.

My favorite product on their site are their business cards. I think having unique, custom business cards are important to make a good impression.  Since my new blog look, I've been looking for somewhere to get some new business cards made with my new logo.'s prices are much cheaper than anyone else, especially considering you get to upload your own artwork. Plus, new customers and businesses get 10% off their first order when they click the banner at the bottom of the page!

Print marketing is important for businesses large and small, because it makes a first impression. So if you need to get the word out about your business, let help you make a good first impression!

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All You Magazine 1 Year Subscription - $9.79

Right now Ebates is offering 51% cashback on purchases from, so you can score a 1-year subscription to All You Magazine for only $9.79.

(If this is your first purchase through Ebates, you'll get a bonus $5 credit, which makes it only $4.79!)

  1. Go to Ebates and login or make an account.
  2. Search "" in the searchbar.
  3. Click on the first result that says 51% cashback.
  4. Search "All You" in the searchbar.
  5. Select 12 issues for $19.97 and check out.

Your 51% Ebates cashback should show up in your account in a few days!

{Thanks, Hip2Save!}

Reminder: Free Smith's e-CouponToday @ 2:00 PM MST

Each day between now and March 12th, Smith's will be giving away an e-coupon for a free item to the first 1,000 people on their site. Simply login to your account every day at 2:00 PM MST and load the e-coupon onto your Smith's card!

I'll put a reminder up every day at 1:00 so you don't forget!

What To Cook With Ground Beef: Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza
(Recipe courtesy of my aunt, in our recently published family cookbook.)
1 pizza crust
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 can refried beans (15 oz)
1 can diced green chiles, drained (4 oz)
1 jar Ortega mild taco sauce (8 oz)
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare pizza crust on a baking sheet, and bake for 5 minutes. Brown the ground beef, onion and garlic until cooked through. Drain, if necessary. Spread refried beans to the edge of baked crust. (I mix my beans with a little sour cream to make them more spreadable.) Layer meat mixture, taco sauce, cheese and chiles onto the beans. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Serve topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, olives, guacamole, or whatever your heart desires!

Win Up To a $3 Cellfire Coupon Today! (3/4/11)

Login to your Cellfire account today between 4AM and 7PM MST and you can load either a $0.50 or $3 e-coupon onto your Smith's card!

There won't be a popup when you login, you just have to look for the coupon and load it. But everyone is a winner!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you get!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

$0.10 Books at *DEAD*

Right now at Totsy, you can get a $15 credit when you enter code 15CREDIT at checkout. If you're not a member yet, join HERE.

This makes some books under the Sterling Publishing sale as low as $0.10 shipped to your house, and some learning DVD's under the Baby's First Impressions sale as low as $0.75 shipped to your house! These would make great presents.

Find any item on their site under $7.15 and you'll get it for free like this:
$7.15 Book
$7.95 Shipping
-$15 credit code

{Thanks, Tightwad in Utah!}

10 New Pampers Gifts To Grow Points

Here is a new 10 point Pampers Gifts to Grow code!

500000Pampers10 (10 points)

If you're not a member of Pampers iVillage yet, join HERE first. You'll get on their mailing list to receive lots of valuable coupons!

If you haven't entered them before, these old codes should all still be valid for you:
  • NC3XPM9YRD49EMT (10)
  • XK6JT33PRDRAK6W (10)
  • pampersgtg10pts (10)
  • 2BEGINEARNING50 (50)
  • 10PTSFREECODE4U (10)
  • PUNTOSPARAMI123 (10)
  • WELCOME2GTG2010 (10)

Smith's e-Coupon for a Free Item Every Day @ 2:00 PM MST

Each day between now and March 12th, Smith's will be giving away an e-coupon for a free item to the first 1,000 people on their site. Simply login to your account every day at 2:00 PM MST and load the e-coupon onto your Smith's card!

I'll put a reminder up every day at 1:00 so you don't forget!

My Budget: February

Total spent in February on groceries & household supplies: $170.55
Total saved in February on groceries & household supplies: $607.90 (78%)

We did great this month! Hmm - maybe it's because this month was 3 days shorter than usual? This total included some meat stock up during the great Winco sale (ground beef, pork, chicken, bacon). It also included a $10 donation to a family humanitarian project we'll be doing in 2 weeks. I think it also helps that The Bambina is now on whole milk (instead of soy), so we're much cheaper there. I also managed to stock up 3 packs of diapers this month. Score!

Total spent in February eating out: $49.01

I'm actually pretty pleased with this number. It's even $10 cheaper than last month! And we used our BOGO Chipotle coupon at the last second on the 28th. This month included a sushi night with my brother & sister-in-law and a trip to Barbacoa (full price!) when The Bambina & I were sick and the hubby was keeping us together.

I was really proud of my hubby -- he didn't eat out at work even once during February! We're going on a cruise in April with some friends, and we've been joking about being on "cruise diets." Maybe he's a little more serious about it than I thought! Either way, I'll take it. :)

How are you all doing with your budgets? Have you set goals for this year? If not, do it! I predict that writing down what you spend will help you spend less, too!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dr. Seuss's Birthday Celebration @ Dan's (3/5)

Dan's is hosting a Dr. Seuss Birthday SALE-ebration this Saturday, March 5th. Activities include decorating cookies, coloring contests, creating your own Dr. Seuss character, and reading time. I recommend calling your local store before you go to make sure they are participating.

Things Worth Pricematching @ Walmart (3/2 - 3/8)

Here's a list of a few items that might be worth pricematching at Walmart (or Target!) this week:

  • Apples, 3 lb bag - $2.50
  • Broccoli - $0.69/lb
  • Western Family Napkins, 250 ct - $1.19

Fresh Market:
  • Chicken - Drumsticks or Thighs - $0.99/lb

  • Boneless Country Style Beef Ribs - $1.99/lb
  • Gold n Soft Margarine, 15 oz - $1.25 (Use $1.50/2 MFQ SS 11/21 == $0.50 each wyb 2)
  • Marie Callenders Frozen Dinners - $1.67
  • Ziploc Sandwich Bags, 100-120 ct - $2.00 (Use $1/2 MFQ SS 2/13 and SS 1/9 == $1.50 each)
  • Old Orchard Frozen Juice - $1.00 (Use $1/4 MFQ HERE == $0.75 each wyb 4)

  • Cauliflower - $0.78/lb
  • Oranges, Large Navel - $0.38/lb
  • Gallon ShurSaving Milk - $1.89
  • Western Family Orange Juice, 64 oz - $1.67
  • Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light tuna, 5 oz - $0.66
  • Sapori Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 17 oz - $3.79
  • Western Family Pasta, 48 oz (Elbow, Thin or Long Spaghetti) - $1.59

  • Bar S Jumbo Franks, 16 oz - $0.99 (Use $1/2 MFQ RP 1/30 == $0.49 each wyb 2)
  • Kelloggs Pop Tarts, 8 ct - $1.67 (Use $1/2 MFQ RP 2/6 == $1.17 each wyb 2)

Sunflower Market:
  • Strawberries, 1 lb - $1.50
  • Blueberries, 6 oz - $1.50
  • Golden Pineapples - $1.50 each
  • Organic Jewel or Garnet Yams - $0.99/lb
  • Organic Bunched Broccoli - $0.99/lb


  • Red Seedless Grapes - $0.99/lb
  • Kroger Dips, Cottage Cheese or Sour Cream, 16 oz - $1.00
  • Totinos Party Pizza - $1.00 (Use $1.25/4 MFQ HERE = $0.67 each wyb 4)

Remember that Walmart will match any competitor's prices, and will even match store brand for store brand. I recommend taking your stack of ads with you just in case, and a written list just like this!

Smith's Deals (3/2 - 3/8)

Click HERE for the Grocery Smarts List.

Don't forget to add e-coupons to your Smith's Fresh Rewards card HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. (Keep in mind that Smith's no longer accepts a paper MFQ combined with an e-coupon MFQ.)

{Print the Smith's coupon policy HERE.}

Sale Prices:
  • Red Seedless Grapes - $0.99/lb
  • Navel Oranges - $0.50/lb
  • Kroger Dips, Cottage Cheese & Sour Cream - $1.00
  • Mountain Dairy Milk, gallon - $1.99
  • Coke, 2-liters - $1.00
  • Pepsi, 2-liters - $0.95
  • Kroger Granulated Sugar, 4 lb - $1.89 (cheaper than Costco!)
  • Nature's Pride Bread - BOGO
  • Dreyer's Ice Cream - $2.88

$1.99 Yoplait Go Gurt
-$0.75/2 MFQ (GM 2/13) or HERE
= $1.62 each wyb 2

$1.99 Yoplait Yo Plus, 4 ct
= $0.99

$1.25 Bar-S Meat Franks or Bologna
-$1/2 MFQ (RP 1/30)
= $0.75 each wyb 2

$1.25 Gardettos
-$0.50 MFQ HERE
= $0.75

$1.99 General Mills Chex Cereal
-$0.75 MFQ HERE
= $1.24

$0.97 Hamburger Helper
-$0.75/3 MFQ (GM 2/13) or HERE
= $0.72 each wyb 3

$1.99 Hostess SmartBakes Streusal Cakes or Muffins
-$0.75 MFQ (RP 1/23)
= $1.24

$2.29 Muir Glen Organic soup
-$0.75 MFQ HERE
= $1.54

$1.25 Pringles Multigrain or Super Stack
-$1/2 e-coupon HERE
= $0.75 each wyb 2

$0.99 Progresso Soup
-$0.50/2 e-coupon HERE or $1/4 MFQ (SS 1/16, GM 2/13)
= $0.74 each

$1.28 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers
-$0.50/2 MFQ HERE or e-coupon HERE
= $1.03 each wyb 2

$2.00 Lean Cuisine Entree
-$1.10/2 MFQ HERE
= $1.45 each wyb 2

$1.00 Totinos Party Pizza
-$1.25/4 MFQ HERE or $1/3 HERE
= $0.67-$0.69 each

$5.49 Wanchai Ferry Skillet Meal, 24 oz
-$1.50 MFQ HERE
= $3.99

$4.99 Downy Fabric Softener, 52-60 loads
-$1 MFQ (P&G 2/27)
= $3.99

$2.99 Gillette Body Wash, 16-18 oz
-$2 MFQ (P&G 2/27) or e-coupon HERE
= $0.99

If you live in Pleasant Grove, Orem or Payson -- check out the Grocery Smarts list for special pricing this week valid only at YOUR stores!

What To Cook With Ground Beef: Swedish Meatballs

Dan's has fresh 80% lean ground beef on sale for $1.99/lb this week. This is a great price for ground beef. (It's $2.79/lb at Costco.)

A few weeks ago when Winco had a great price on ground beef, I talked with a few of my friends and discovered most of them didn't know what to cook with ground beef, so as a result they don't eat it or buy it often!

Since then, I've been preparing a few of my most favorite ground beef recipes to share with you and get you excited about cooking with ground beef. Without further ado....

Grandma Edna's Swedish Meatballs
(Recipe courtesy of my Scandinavian grandma, who was an amazing cook.)

4 lbs ground beef
2 packages Lipton Onion Soup
1/2 cup dry minced onion
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups cornflake crumbs
2/3 cup cornstarch
3 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 can evaporated milk

1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.

2. Roll into balls and brown in margarine or butter. (I use a cookie scoop to get them uniform.)

3. Layer on a sheet cake pan. Add 1-2 cups of water into the bottom of the pan and bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Variations: You can also hold out one package of Lipton soup and sprinkle it on top just before baking. (I choose to mix it inside because they freeze better this way.) You can also sprinkle 1/2 package of Knorr Pepper Sauce on top before baking.

When I make this recipe, I get about 80 meatballs and freeze them in batches of 20. That way I can get 4 meals per recipe. I serve them over teriyaki rice, make them into spaghetti & meatballs, or in a crockpot topped with BBQ sauce as an appetizer. They're so versatile and so delicious! Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Photo Magnet $1 Shipped

Kodak Gallery

Right now when you create a Kodak Gallery account, you can create a free photo magnet and have it shipped to your house (or grandma's house!) for only $1.00. Might make a fun gift!

FREE $25 To

When you sign up for Gaggle of Chicks (another daily deal site) through THIS link you'll get a $10 credit to your account. You can use it to purchase a $25 voucher to for FREE today! carries eco-friendly home goods, cleaning products, etc. Shipping starts at around $6, or it's free with a $49+ purchase. (I'm going to use my gift certificate to buy some CFL light bulbs! Hubby will be so proud.)

Free Sample Roundup


Here are a few free samples available right now:

CSN Stores Review

I got the chance a few weeks ago to do a review for I had a hard time choosing an item, because they carry so much! Ultimately I chose a white noise machine -- the Sound Spa from Homedics.

The Bambina is a super light sleeper. I've heard from other moms that this is common with a first child, because they are used to the house being quiet while they sleep (since there are no other siblings). She such a light sleeper that I can't do dishes, blowdry my hair or even open the front door while she sleeps. So I thought a sound machine might be able to help me be more productive while she's napping!

I'd read some reviews on various sound machines, and most of the baby ones said the main complaint was that they don't go loud enough. So far I have LOVED the Homedics Sound Spa. It has plenty of volume! I only turn it up about a quarter of the way, and it's plenty loud. Plus it has six sound choices (rain, heartbeat, ocean, summer night, waterfall and rainforest). They are all very natural and soothing sounding, but I use the rain most frequently because in my opinion, it has the least amount of distracting noises in it. (It's most consistent.) The Sound Spa also has a timer, so you can set the machine to turn off when your little one falls asleep. I don't use this feature because my daughter doesn't have trouble falling asleep ('s the staying asleep that's tricky). But I could see it being a useful feature for others.

So the big question is -- does it work? So far, I think so! I've been able to do some dishes and cooking the last few weeks without The Bambina waking up prematurely, which is great. I feel much more productive, and I know she's getting the sleep she really needs! I'd definitely recommend this Sound Spa if you're looking for a white noise machine.


The Halo SleepSack giveaway had 221 entries, and the winner is #221 -- Sara W! (judithelenore@)

The Itzbeen Baby Care Timer giveaway had 197 entries, and the winner is #68 -- Shawna! (mrs.pfaff.9.23@)

The Bravado nursing bra giveaway had 299 entries, and the winner is #237 -- Amanda Bourassa! (

Thank you to all who entered! The winners will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Drugstore Deals

Even though it was a slow week this week, I stopped by Rite Aid this morning. I'm on my last bottle of Tide, so the detergent sale this week was good timing! Plus I had a few +UP's that are expiring this week and I needed to use them.

$5.99 Tide HE
$5.99 Tide HE
$1.00 Nivea
$1.00 Nivea
-$2/10 RAQ
-$1 Tide MFQ (P&G booklet)
-$1 Tide MFQ (P&G booklet)
-$2/2 Nivea MFQ
-$2 +UP (previous)
-$2 +UP (previous)
-$2 +UP (previous)
-$1 +UP (previous)
= $0.98 + tax
(And I got back two $1 +UP's from Tide.)

Go HERE to see the rest of this week's Rite Aid deals.

Saving Big At The Zoo

As we break into spring now, it's time to start thinking about outdoor activities for the kiddos! I thought I'd give you heads up on how to save big if you're planning to go to Utah's Hogle Zoo this year. Purchasing a season pass can save you some serious cash! Adult tickets (age 13-64) are $9 and children's tickets (age 3-12) are $7.

A basic pass to the Hogle Zoo: $80
Includes access for 2 parents & all children under 18 to the zoo for 1 year.

A Household Membership to the National Zoo: $60
Includes access for entire household living at one address to the National Zoo and free membership to hundreds of reciprocating zoos and aquariums nationwide, including Utah's Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary!

So you can save yourself $20 bucks, plus get access to Tracy Aviary and other venues across the country just by purchasing the National Zoo membership. Now that's a sweet deal!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Walgreens Deals (2/27 - 3/5)

{Confused? Read the Walgreens FAQ HERE.}

{Print the Walgreens coupon policy HERE.}

$10 Applied nutrition Anti-Aging Total Body Defense, 50 ct
-$10 RR

$4.99 NasoGel Drip-Free Gel Spray
-$5 RR

$3 Motrin PM, 20 ct
-$3 RR
-$6/2 MFQ or $1 MFQ (SS 1/9)
= $3 profit wyb 2 or $1 profit wyb 1

$3 Baby Magic Lotion or Hair & Body Wash (love the smell!)
-$3 RR

$2.99 Colgate Total Toothpaste, 4 oz
-$3 RR
-$0.75 MFQ (SS 2/27)
= $0.75 profit!

$1.99 Super Poligrip Free, 0.75 oz
-$2 RR

$4.99 Theraflu warming relief caplets, 24 ct
-$1 RR
-$4.99 MIR (SS 2/13)
= $3 profit!

$4.99 Aquaphor Lip Repair
-$4 RR

$8.99 Schick Hydro Razor
-$2 MFQ (SS 1/30)
-$6 RR
= $0.99

$8.99 Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers
-$2 RR
-$2 MFQ (SS 2/27)
= $4.99

$0.79 Pringles Grab and Go (with in-ad coupon)
-$1/2 MFQ (P&G mailer booklet)
= $0.29 each wyb 2

Here's how I would go about getting cheap diapers this week: (do these transactions sequentially)

Transaction #1:
$3 Motrin PM
$3 Motrin PM
-$6/2 MFQ (SS 1/9)
= $0.00 + tax
(And get back $3 RR.)

Transaction #2:
$8.99 Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers
$0.29 Ramen noodles (or other filler)
-$2 MFQ (SS 2/27)
-$3 RR (from Transaction #1)
= $4.28
+ tax
(And get back $2 RR.)

Transaction #3:
$4.99 Theraflu warming relief caplets, 24 ct
$0.29 Ramen noodles (or other filler)
-$2 RR (from Transaction #2)
= $1.28 + tax
(And get back $1 RR & submit for $4.99 MIR from SS 2/13.)

Overall you will pay $5.56 out of pocket but will get back a $4.99 MIR for Theraflu and have an extra $1 RR in your wallet! Essentially FREE Huggies at Walgreens this week. :)

Rite Aid Deals (2/27 - 3/5)

Load e-coupons to your Rite Aid card at Upromise HERE. New March videos are up. No $4/20 this month, just a $2/10. :( But keep your eyes out for survey offers at the bottom of your receipts that could earn you up to three $3/15's per month!

*It's a slow week. Everybody take a breather!*

Note: If there is no +UP limit stated in the ad, it is usually unlimited.

{Learn how to shop at Rite Aid HERE.}
{ Read the Rite Aid FAQ HERE.}
{Print the Rite Aid coupon policy HERE.}

$1.00 Nivea Lip Care
-$2/2 MFQ HERE
= 2 FREE

$1.00 Lays Stax, Burger King Snacks or Combos
-$1 +UP Reward (monthly unadvertised)

$1 Halls Cough Drops, 30 ct
-$0.50 MFQ HERE or (All You Mag, Feb or Mar)
-$0.50 March Video Values coupon

$1 BodiHeat Patches, 3-4 ct
-$1 +UP (rumored) (and keep your eyes out for peelies!)

$5.99 Afrin, 15 ml
-$2 Afrin Feb Video Values Coupon
-$2 +UP Reward

$5.99 Coricidin
-$2 Coricidin Feb Video Values Coupon
-$2 +UP Reward

$5.00 Air Wick Freshmatic Kit (50% off -- regularly $9.99)
-$1 March Video Values coupon

$5.99 Tide Laundry Detergent
-$1 +UP Reward
-$1 MFQ (P&G coupon booklet)
= $3.99

$9.99 Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers
-$2 MFQ (P&G 2/27)
= $7.99

$4.49 Stayfree Maxi Pads
$2.25 Stayfree Maxi Pads (BOGO50%)
-BOGO MFQ (SS 1/9)
-$1 MFQ HERE or Overnight HERE
-$2 +UP Reward wyb 2
= $0.75 each wyb 2

$9.99 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor
-$3 +UP Reward
-$4 MFQ (P&G 1/30)
= $2.99

$21.99 Similac Baby Formula, 23.2 oz
-$2/10 RAQ
-$1 +UP Reward
-$5 MFQ (SS 2/27)
= $12.99!

$6.99 Ensure 4- or 6-pack
-$3 MFQ (SS 1/9)
-$1 +UP Reward
= $2.99

Nature Made Vitamins are BOGO this week. Use Feb & March Video Value coupons along with $3 and $4 MFQ's from All You Magazine (Feb/March) for a sweet deal. These qualify for the Healthy Heart buy $30+, get $10 +UP promo.

Buy $25+ of Johnson & Johnson Skin Care or Neutrogena Costmetics and get a $10 +UP Reward. There are $3 Neutragena MFQ's in All You Magazine, Feb 2011 that could make a sweet deal.

Scenario #1:
$5.99 Afrin
$1.00 Nivea Lip
$1.00 Nivea Lip
$1.00 Lays Stax
$1 Halls Cough Drops, 30 ct
$1 BodiHeat Patches, 3-4 ct
-$2/10 RAQ
-$2/2 Nivea MFQ HERE
-$2 Afrin Feb Video Values Coupon
-$2 Afrin MFQ HERE
-$0.50 Halls MFQ HERE or (All You Mag, Feb or Mar)
-$0.50 Halls March Video Values coupon
= $1.99 + tax
(And get back $4 +UP Reward == $2 profit!)

Scenario #2:
$6.99 Charmin Ultra, 12 double rolls
$1.00 Nivea
$1.00 Nivea
$1.00 Lays Stax
$1.00 Halls
-$2/10 RAQ
-$1 Charmin MFQ (P&G mailer booklet)
-$2/2 Nivea MFQ HERE
-$0.50 Halls MFQ HERE or (All You Mag, Feb or Mar)
-$0.50 Halls March Video Values coupon
= $4.99 + tax
(And get back $2 +UP Reward == $2.99)
*That comes to $0.25/double roll, which is half the price of Costco!

Get Three Redbox DVD Rentals for $1!

Only $1 for three DVD rentals from Redbox at Groupon today!

Just in time to watch all the films from the Oscars that we never got around to. :)

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