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Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's a Mystery Worth Every Penny!

How would you like to get the below products for a PENNY each?

Let's see ... that's glass cleaner, apple juice, toilet paper (four-pack) and vanilla wafers for a total of four pennies!

How much can you buy now-a-days for less than five cents??? I don't even think gum balls in bubble gum machines are that cheap!!

Disclaimer: I have not (and will not) be paid by Publix to tell you about this mystery of savings (although, it would be nice to get a kick-back ... hint ... hint ... Publix!)

I must have your attention if you actually scrolled down to solve this mystery! Well, if you live near a Publix and if you have a participating newspaper that carries the Publix "Mystery" coupons ... then you're in luck! 

(Sorry to all of my Florida readers ... I have heard y'all don't get the mystery coupon which is crazy since Publix is headquartered in Lakeland, FL!!)

Anyway, here in the Atlanta area, you can find the "Mystery" coupon (see a picture below) every Thursday in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (Living Section) and the Gwinnett Daily Post. You have to use it on the day it's in the paper and have to spend at least ten dollars to get the deal (which is NOT hard for me to do). 

Once you have the coupon in hand, you go to the store and find the product (it's sometimes in the front of the store which takes away from the mystery of searching isles and asking employees). And, by the way, I usually put the penny product at the end of my groceries on the belt because the cashier has to deduct the price leaving only a penny for that product. 

All the penny items are Publix brand which doesn't bother me at all. I have gotten anything from what you saw in the first pictures to bleach, cookies, paper towels ... etc. And, every Publix may have a different penny item! So, if you have several coupons ... you can go Publix hopping (I usually don't have the time for that and you've got to decide if today's gas prices are worth the penny saved).

The only penny item I'm NOT usually excited about is the Publix toilet paper. Not a big fan of the four-pack of sandpaper (I guess I'm spoiled by Charmin Ultra Soft -- I know ... too much information), but I get it anyway for a penny and put it in the guest bathroom (just kidding). 

One more thing about Publix ... they also send "Five dollars off if you spend $40" coupons in the mail (see above) and sometimes I find them in my newspaper. 

I'm not sure why I get these in the mail (I never signed up for anything), but I LOVE them! You can use as many as you want during one check-out as long as you ring up $40 per coupon!! So, if you spend $80 and have two coupons, then you just got $10 off!! That's my kind of shopping!

And since today is a Thursday ... I better stop blogging and head to the store for my mystery shopping trip!

Happy hunting!


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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Save up for FREE Holiday Cards

This blog is for all those Pampers parents! I know you spend a big chunk of your family paychecks on diapers and wipes, like I do, so you might as well get something back.

You may have noticed the "Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards" promotions on wipes and diapers.

If so, ya better start saving up those codes! I did and ended up with FREE Shutterfly Christmas photo cards (saving me more than 70 dollars last Christmas).

You don't have to use your rewards on cards, there are plenty of other things you can trade in your points in for (toys, books, coupons, sweepstakes and magazine subscriptions).

Here's what the codes look like ...

And ... the BEST part ... what for it ... you don't even have to be at your computer to enter the codes into your account!

Pampers has an I-phone app which makes the whole process that much easier! You type in the 15-digit code and submit ... it's that simple!

(I promise I'm not getting paid for promoting Pampers, I just wanted to share my experiences).


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Frugal Finger Painting Gifts

I know it has to be a "really" good day for all you parents out there to get the finger paints out of the closet! 

But, when you think about what kind of money you save in gift giving ... the mess will be a thing of the past once you see their cute keepsake creations!

This is the first time my daughter painted with finger paints (washable, of course). She made pictures for her grandmas (Dea Dea and Gee-gah)!

  I armed my daughter with a smock and the deck with newspaper! 

She's not too sure about getting dirty with paint.

And, for Father's Day we made the below card for free!
(Her daddy loved the first ever handmade card from his daughter.)

The "Hands Down" finger painting card can be tweaked for teachers, family and friends.

I hope this blog will encourage you to dust off those paints on a nice sunny day ... head outside and see what your kids can come up with!


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Gift Ideas

I have seen tons of cute ideas on Pinterest for easy and inexpensive gifts you can make for teachers at the end of the school year. But, since my 'lil girl isn't in school yet, I decided to take a few tips from others and add my own special touches for different occasions.

This first one is something we (activities committee) made for our MOMS Club board members/helpers to let them know we appreciated all the hard work they did for the club.

*If you're a MOMS Club member and you got one of these ... even though it didn't cost much ...  it's made with love :) ... just skim over the part about the freebies!

Since we didn't have money to spend on this project, we searched our houses for things. Okay, you may be thinking we just grabbed whatever we had hang'in around the house to re-gifted it ... sounds like fun, but that's not the case.

In my house, I have stashes of FREE (never-been-chewed and still in the plastic) gum and candy from my mother-in-law who used to work for a big time candy/gum company. And one of our other members had FREE boxes of lip balm from her husband's former employer. So, we created a little saying to incorporate all of our freebies. Ask around ... you never know what people have around their house to give away!

Here's what we had for free:

Extra gum 
Lifesaver Gummies 
Burt's Bee Lip Balm 
Gift bags (leftover from my 2008 wedding!) 
Scrapbook paper, ribbon and hole punch (craft supplies)

Here's what we bought:
(we spent about $10 for a dozen gift bags)

12 snack size Mounds bars 
12-pack of Mountain Dew (cans)
Plastic gift bags to hold everything (from Michael's with coupon)

Final gift bag tag:

"Mounds" of thanks for all you "Dew" as a MOMS Club board member/helper!

We appreciate your commit-"mint" and for going the "extra" mile!

You are a "lifesaver" and a "star" (burst)!

The MOMS Club wouldn't "bee" where it is today if it weren't for you!

Mommies and their lil "Skittles"

We had trouble coming up with a Skittles saying that would work for our situation, but I think it's kinda cute.


My cousin moved from Georgia to D.C. and we were invited to a send-off / congrats on becoming a doctor party. I wanted to do something special by giving her a piece of Georgia to take up north.

Here's what I came up with ...

From Bath and Body Works ... I bought "Fresh Picked" peach hand soap and hand sanitizer (added a peach mini candle later -- not pictured). I also put in a strawberry air freshener (they didn't have one that looked like a peach) with peach refills and a "Country Chic" bath wash.

The green fruit picking tray was free from the air freshener display (shhhhh .... don't tell anyone the manager gave this to me!). You can probably check your local farmer's market or farm for some.

I put everything in the green tray and put plastic around it and a hand printed tag. I failed to take a picture of the final gift, but the tag said something like this ...

"Here's a 'lil Jaw-ja to take up yonder way!"

Of course, you can adjust this gift to fit whatever state you want. Another idea or two for Georgia could be pecans (pee-cans or pah-cons), peach vodka ... etc.

Enjoy ...  ya hear!

Kathryn :)
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