Thursday, September 30, 2010

FREE John Frieda Product

Here is a link to a FREE full size sample of John Frieda Root Awakening shampoo or conditioner at any ULTA store (not available on-line) offer ends 10/02 so hurry in!  Also if you prefer to buy your products on-line, Ulta offers 3 free samples with every order.  Just click their free sample tab to select the samples you want before checking out.  Ulta also provides great coupons in their Sunday ads.

Coupon
Ulta Coupon

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Updated Freebies Tab

I'm excited to announce I finally updated the Master List of Freebies (under the Freebies Tab).  Please check it out and start receiving your FREE stuff today!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

FREE Tickets to the Theater

Looking for something to do in October that is FREE of charge?

Theatre Communications Group's
FREE NIGHT OF THEATER program is back this October and coming to a theatre near you!

Tickets will be offered to performances between October 1st and October 31st.

Tickets will begin going live on September 20th. Tickets release dates vary by region.
The Free Night of Theatre program introduces people to the thrill of live theatre - absolutely FREE of charge!  So schedule a date night, a family outing, or a night out with the girls or guys.

Click the link below to reserver your tickets now! (only in select cities)
http://www.freenightoftheater.net/shows/index.cfm

Thursday, September 23, 2010

5 Steps to Becoming a Pro at Using Coupons

1.       Gather the RedPlum and SmartSource coupon inserts from the Sunday newspaper.
a.       The Sunday paper is cheapest at the dollar store
b.      Save all inserts – DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY – start filing them.
2.       From the paper, pick out these ads: local grocery stores, Wal-mart, Target, Walgreens, and CVS.
a.       And/or other stores you like to shop
3.        Now flip through the store ad and find out what is on sale.
4.       Flip through your SmartSource and Redplum coupons and match the coupons to the products that are on sale.
5.       Coupons are also available on-line through smartsource and redplums website, Coupons.com, Groupon, AllYou.com, and most of the time at your favorite products website.
*This is how the pros do it…. The other trick is to find a website you like that provides a list of matchups already done.  So all you have to do is gather your coupon inserts and clip away! One of my local favorite websites is Jillcataldo.com.  Check out her Weekly Deals Post, you will find matchups for grocery stores, Walgreens, target, and more!  She also has a DVD you can buy that teaches you the ins-and-outs of becoming a pro at using coupons!
Couponing can be a great way to save money, and once you get a hang of this new technique you will find out quickly that you can actually start to get things for FREE and start to make money back! 
Good Luck and Happy Couponing

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quick Tip: DIY Face Wash

Stop wasting your money on overpriced, harsh, commercial face washes.  You can easily make your own face wash with ingredients you already have at home.  I’m going to include my favorite recipes for face washes and tips on how to get an easy natural glow.  Here is a quick list of items you will need. 

Milk
Measuring Spoons
Honey
Small Bowls
Oatmeal
Cotton balls
Salt
Wash cloth
Orange Juice
Luke warm water
Baking Soda
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice

#1 (sensitive skin)
§  ¼ oatmeal
§  1 tsp baking soda
§  1 tbsp warm water
Mix all ingredients together, apply gently to face, use warm wet washcloth to rinse.

#2 (Dry Skin)
§  ¼ Milk
§  1tbsp honey
§  1 tsp olive oil
Mix all ingredients, apply gently to face, after 1-2 minutes use warm wet washcloth to rinse.

#3 (for oily skin)
§  1 cup plain yogurt
§  1 tsp honey
§  1 tsp lemon juice
Mix all ingredients together, apply to face, use warm wet washcloth to rinse.

#4 (For A Quick Natural Glow)
§  Orange Juice

Apply a few drops of OJ to the area of your face you want to add a little shine, and then wash it off.
#5 (exfoliate)
§  ½  tsp Salt
§  ¼ cup Milk
Mix ingredients, soak a jumbo cotton ball in mixture, apply to face in circular motion, rinse after 2 mins.


For a flawless face keep these tips in mind:
Don’t touch your face: This can cause unwanted dirt, oil, and bacteria to gather on your face
Don’t pick at your acne:  This will just cause scaring
Wash your face at least twice a day
Use a moisturizer at least twice a day
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
Eat those fruits and vegetables… they really do help!

Do you have a homemade face wash recipe you’ve either created or tried?  If so feel free to add it in the comments along with your website or blog name!











Saturday, September 18, 2010

Making Your Own Hair Products

Making your own prodcuts (like shampoo and conditioner) can be really fun, save you some money, and is a very green way to live.  One of the best products to do this with that is also very versatile is Dr. Bronners Castile Liquid  and flakes Soap.  This product can be used in so many ways and you can pretty much add whatever you’d like to it to give your own personal touch.  I will provide a few do it yourself shampoo and conditioner recipes.  Next week I will share some DIY face wash recipes and share my tips on how you can become a PRO couponer!
Shampoo Recipes:
#1 (You can add different herbs or oils to this recipe to add your favorite scent)
·         4 ounces castile soap flakes
·         One quart of boiling water
·         Pour boiling water into the flakes, stir to dissolve, cool, and store in plastic bottle.  

#2 (This recipe can last a long time because you will only need a little at a time)
·         1 cup Castile liquid soap
·         2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
·         ¾ tsp oil of your choice if needed for dry hair (tea tree, vitamin E oil, olive oil)
·         2/3  cup water
·         Mix and store in plastic bottle for use.

#3 (No Castile soap no problem)
·         1 egg (2 for longer or thicker hair)
·         ¼ cup olive oil
·         1 tbsp lemon juice
·         1 tsp vinegar (apple cider)

Conditioner Recipes:
#1
·         1 cup of water
·         1 egg yolk
·         1 tsp oil of your choice (olive oil, baby oil)
·         Beat egg yolk for about 2 mins (until you see it froth)
·         Add oil, continue to beat
·         Add water and use
#2
·         1 Mashed avocado
·         ½ Milk (any type of milk will do, coconut is most popular)
·         Massage into hair let sit 10 mins and rinse
#3
·         ½ Mashed bananas
·         1 tbsp Honey
·         Mix together leave on hair 30 mins and rinse
*Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap can be found at Trader Joe's, Target, other stores, or their website... It may seem a bit more expensive at first but remember a little goes a long way with these recipes I can tell you this from experience! And the Dr. Bronner's liquid soap has multiple uses; including household cleaners.  So one bottle can literally be used for all your personal hygiene needs and household cleaning needs!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quick Note: FREE Museum Admission Ticket

I just found out that September 25th is the 6th annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.  If you go to their website you can fill out a form to get a FREE admissions ticket to the museum of your choice.  Take the family, take your date, or enjoy a day out by yourself for FREE! 

Here is the link:
http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/admission.html?2010

Thank you Smithsonian Magazine and don't forget to support your local museums!

FREE: Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF Kit

It is the 60th anniversary for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program.  You can help support this foundation by ordering a FREE trick or treat kit, and gathering donations on Halloween.

The United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF - works for children's rights, their survival, development and protection, guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (their website info).

To obtain your free kit you can visit any Toys R Us or Babies R Us stores or visit the following link and fill out an order form.

http://youth.unicefusa.org/trickortreat/participate/

Together we can make a difference!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Quick Tip: Online Bill Pay

Online bill pay is becoming very popular and I recommend looking into it as most banks and service companies are offering the service for FREE.  Paying your bills online can help cut costs (buying stamps/envelopes).  It can also help save our trees that are dissappearing at a high rate. Help yourself and help the environment... go paperless!


*savings tip - for every bill you pay online, put the $0.40 you used to pay for the stamps in your piggy bank and at the end of the year treat yourself to something nice! 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Free Window Cord Retrofit Kit

Kids + Cords = Caution

The Window Covering Saftey Council is offering free window cord retrofit kits.  These kits are great, easy to use, and best of all keep the kids safe!

Please visit this website

http://www.windowcoverings.org/

Click on the link on the left labeled Order Free Retrofit Kit
when you get to the next page just find which window coverings you use and place that free order.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Free 2011 Calander

The US Department of Health and Human Services is accepting single copy requests for their women's health 2011 calanders.

Go to this link to request your copy:

http://www.womenshealth.gov/pub/calendar/

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kraft Mac and Cheese Coupon

If you would like to redeem a high value coupon for Kraft Macaroni and cheese follow these steps:

Go to this website:
 http://www.kraftbrands.com/macandcheese/Pages/default.aspx
Play a quick fun Spin the Wheel Game
Win points and Print your coupon (or you can have it mailed to you).

*To make this deal even sweater, use the coupon when you find Kraft Macaroni on sale (but make sure you use it before the expiration date)

Friday, September 3, 2010

How to Save on Your Electric Bill

Have you ever wondered how you could save money on your electric bill? It is very possible to lower your bill and at the same time help the environment! First we all know there are basic ways to save on our power bills so here is a quick list (including their approximate yearly savings):

• Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs = $125
• Turn off lights and appliances = $300
• Wash laundry in cold water = $160
• Hang dry clothes instead of using a dryer = $200

Another trick we have found to make a difference in our bill is to UNPLUG appliances when not in use. All of our appliances drain energy when plugged in (even if they are in the off position). If you would like to find out how much energy your appliances are really using you can purchase a watt meter and measure it yourself and then determine which ones are worth unplugging. Some watt meters that are available can actually calculate how much you could save by simply keeping appliances unplugged.

Some other tips:

• Use fans instead of air conditioning (or keep your air conditioning set around 76 in the summer and use fans to circulate the air).
• Use space heaters in the winter (or keep your heat set around 68)
• Purchase energy star appliances
• If applicable look into Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• Simply call your power company and ask for tips, payment plans, flat fee rates, offers, or inspections.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Quick Tip: Grow your own herb garden

Growing your own herbs can indeed save you money. You will have the opportunity to control which herbs you grow and can literally plant as much as you want. If you are new to gardening all you have to do is buy a planter, soil, and seeds, and you can watch your herbs grow right on your windowsill. Or for those who are more advanced go ahead a plant some herbs right in your garden.

Not only will planting herbs yourself save money and flavor your food, the aromatics will also help freshen your home. And if you get really into it you can start to look up how different herbs can help when you are sick (herbal remedies). So have fun, experiment, and remember every time you plant something green you are helping our environment. Happy planting.
Don’t forget to check back soon, I will be posting the electric bill slashing tips!