Monday, April 25, 2011

Available Coupons at

I'm always looking for coupons on the products I already use at home.
Go to to fill out a form and receive $3 worth of coupons for Tide products!

You can also choose an option to be notified about money-saving offers from OneCare.

Mailbox Monday: Sample Showcase, BzzKit and More!

It was Christmas in April when I opened my mailbox today!

Here's what I got:
Yoplait Greek 2x Protein Snack Pack
USPS Sample Showcase
BzzKit for Claritin's Children's Allergy

I got the Yoplait Snack Pack from pre-registering for a twitter party!
I got the Sample Showcase by signing up here.
I am a BzzAgent and signed up and received my BzzKit

Here is a list of what I got for the Sample Showcase:

Wisk Deep Clean Liquid Detergent - 1 Load
1 Biscotti
CoffeeMate French Vanilla Creamer - 2 samples
Gum Soft Picks - 1 Sample
Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant
$1.50 Coupon for Starbucks Via Coffee
.55c Coupon for Gum Soft Picks

Anyone else get some awesome freebies this week?

Mother's Day Gift Suggestion: The Night Night Book

The Night Night Book
by Marianne Richmond

Bestselling author Marianne Richmond, continuing in the vein of her other books such as "If I Could Keep You Little," creates vibrant, eye-catching art and beautiful verses in The Night Night Book. This tender, evocative picture book brings the entire family together as the perfect story before bed.

"Comfy bed,
all tucked in.
Cozy blanket,
toes to chin.

Night night sky.
Night night moon.
Dear tomorrow,
see you soon!"

This book takes readers on a tour of the house as everyone settles in. Whimsical artwork and comforting scenes show kids it's time to say goodnight. It's a must-have bedtime accessory for any parent. It would make a great gift to give to any Mother, Grandmother or caregiver for Mother's Day.

Now that my son is at the age where he loves to flip through the pages of his favorite books, this book was an instant hit with him. With the colorful pages and wonderful story, the book became part of our bedtime routine. After bathtime, I pull this book out and we sit in our reading chair and read about going night night. It's an adorable story about bidding farewell to the day and resting up for the next day.

You can purchase this book through Amazon for $7.95.

Disclosure: In exchange for my honest opinion, I was provided a copy of "The Night Night Book" for review purposes. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine. Thank you to Sourcebooks for providing the product for me to review. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Frugal Recipe: Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough


1 1/2 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Honey
4 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Yeast (2 pkgs.)


For this dough, I used my bread machine since I didn't want to do it by hand. I went by my manufacturer's suggestions on how to add ingredients to the bread machine for pizza dough. It was simple. It told me to add all the wet ingredients, then the dry (except the yeast) and then make a well in the middle of the flour and add the yeast in. Then, I set it on the pizza dough cycle and went about my day for about an hour and a half. When it was done, I took the dough out and put it into a bowl (first oil it) and covered it with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. I let it rise for about 20 minutes. Then I punched it down and let it rise for another 15 minutes.

Then I divided it into four parts. This made somewhat thick crust (eqivalent to hand toss at pizza hut) but if you wanted it thinner, you could roll it out thinner.

I rolled the dough out on my counter using my rolling pin and placed it on a greased pizza pan. I poked the dough with a fork so it wouldn't rise too much and then brushed it with a little olive oil.

Place in a preheated oven at 475 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

Thanks to Good, Cheap Eats for providing the awesome recipe!

My Target Trip - Diet Pepsi/People Magazine Deal

Here's what I bought:

2 - 4pks of Diet Pepsi in Skinny Cans - $1.99 each
1 - People Magazine - $4.49
1 - Mio Water Enhancer - $3.49

Coupons Used:

1 - B1G1 Diet Pepsi Coupon
$2 People Issue Coupon (printed through Target)
$1 - Mio mfr Coupon (exp. 4/30/11)
$1 - Mio Target Coupon
-$3 automatic deducation taken at register (People promo)

Total Spent: $2.97
Total Saved: $8.99

I Jumped on the Spring Cleaning Bandwagon! + $1 off Coupons!


Spring has sprung! For me that means spring cleaning begins. There are a few rules that I go by when cleaning my home:

1) Always clean from top to bottom
2) Use old worn washcloths as cleaning rags to reduce waste
3) Store cleaning supplies in a toiletry carrier with a handle so you can take it with you from room to room
4) Buy cleaning supplies on sale throughout the year so your not buying them last minute at full price
5) Create a cleaning schedule so you aren't overwhelmed by all the various cleaning tasks
       (i.e. Mon. - Fans, Ceiling Corners, Tues. - Blinds, Air Conditioning Returns, Wed. - Windows, Thurs. - Vacuuming and Floor Boards, Fri. - Couch Cushions, Furniture)

Some of my favorite products that I am using this Spring:


Wanna jump on the Spring cleaning bandwagon too?
Here are some coupons to get you started:

*Look for more coupons in the April 3rd inserts
as well as starting May 1st!

Disclosure: I received free samples and coupons to try out through my membership with BzzAgent. All opinions expressed above are 100% mine.  

My Quick Trips to Walgreens and CVS

My first trip was to CVS just to pick up some CHEAP toothpaste!

Bought two Colgate ProClinical White Toothpastes - $4.89 B1G1
Used two $2 mfr printable coupons (printed through, no longer available)

Total: $.89!

I love me some almost FREE toothpaste!
Now my stockpile is pretty big so I won't be getting toothpaste for a while unless I get it for free for donations.

Next, I went to Walgreens to pick up some cheap PUREX laundry detergent...

Here's what I bought:

1 - Purex (33 loads) Detergent - $1.99 (with in-ad coupon)
1 - Lylol Neutra Air Spray - 2/$5
2 - Air Wick Oil Refills 2/$5
1 - Blendy Pen Mini Book (filler)

Coupons Used:

$1.99 in ad coupon for Purex + $1 mfr coupon
$1 off two air wick refills
$1.50 off Lysol Neutra Air Spray
$1.50 off Walgreens Coupon

Total Spent: $7.48