Sunday, January 30, 2011

FREE Sample of Maybelline Fit ME Foundation from Target

Awesome! I love Freebies!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: My Frugal Adventures

"There is a free sample available from target this morning- get a free packet of Maybelline Fit ME Foundation.

You just need to fill out a quick survey to get the sample."

Walgreens Photo: 40% OFF ALL Photo Products this week

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

List of top 100 DJs of 2010

My New Favorite Channel: JLTV on 268

Wow! I am so excited. I have set my DVR for at least 10 shows.

I had fun watching Bubbe, Feed me. My mom is enjoying The Goldbergs, and I can't wait to see Infected Mushroom and Astral Projection next week.

Here is a link to their website:

My Shopping Day: 1/28/2011 (WALMART, HEB, and CVS)

I used one of B1G1 coupons on Spenda. 100Ct are at $3.59 and 200 Cts are near $6.
I have another to use within the week. Someone else want it?

I grabbed one of the specialty breads for under $3 with in store coupon.

Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese
It was 2 for $4 and I had a $1 off manu coupon. Woohoo!

$1 off brown rice spicy tuna so less than the white rice this week.

They were out of chocolate mootopia again.

The McDs there still is doing $0.50 ice creams and $1 regular shakes.
I picked up their 2011 calendar for $1. It is well worth it! I am happy to find them since I missed the December promotion.

We found 2 really awesome flashlights, which were not on sale.

Motts for Totts Apple Juice jug $1.88 I didn't see any fruit punch, which they usually carry.

I saw some magnetic dry erase boards for cheap. I am being drawn to the craft supply section, a lot these days.

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate for $1

I got free mouth wash when I did 2 transaction when
I did the 5 Coca Cola 12 packs for $15 plus $5 ECB back.
I also used up my $10 ECB that I needed to use.

They are doing B1G1 on their bargain bins. Nothing exciting.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Subway FebruANY: Any regular Footlong is $5

February is now FebruANY
SUBWAY® eat fresh.

Silverado 19 Tomball: FREE Family Movie every Saturday morning at 10am, plus $3.99 Pancake Breakfast.


FREE Family Movie - "Alpha and Omega"

When: Saturday, January 29, 2011 10:00 AM

Silverado 19 Movie Theatre
24720 HWY 249
Tomball, TX 77375

Silverado 19 Tomball now offers a FREE Family Movie every Saturday morning at 10am, plus $3.99 Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy Unlimited Pancakes for only $3.99 and this Free Featured Film: Alpha and Omega; More information:"

Free Family Morning Movie!

Thanks, Lori from SMB.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Club: You Can Heal Your Life

The book that I am reading and loving right is called

You Can Heal Your Life.

I love it! It is completely speaking my language. Excellent reminders and affirmations. I recommend it to all. I love the beautiful images, too. Amazon has it on sale at 32% off right now.

Happy Reading and

How to help your children resist the lure of overprices prize games at restaurants.

Have a reserve of inexpensive prizes at home that you can access instead or offer them the choice between spending a dollar on that nonsense or going to the dollar store and picking out an item of their choice.

Remind them about the buddy bucks machine at HEB.

Offer to take them to Chuck E Cheese where they can have the dollar equivalent of tokens.

Places to get better inexpensive prizes:
Party City
Dollar Stores
Target dollar section
Borders books bargain section/clearance
Candy sections of grocery stores.
Even Lakeshore learning has a few things under a dollar, but not really deals.

Tip of the Day: Get Ahead

Whatever you are doing, try to get ahead. I find it really helps me to feel like I am on top of things versus playing catch up. My day totally changes if I arrive some place early vs late.

When it comes to deal finding, anticipate your needs. Buy before you need something so you aren't running out at midnight and paying full price.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wanted: Ideas on How we can improve the restrooms around The Woodlands

So, I am taking a class this semester at the school of public heath. I have chosen my research topic for the semester to be on improving our restrooms. I want your opinions. Please email me your ideas, thoughts, comments, and observations. Which bathrooms are you favorites and least favorites? Why? Why would you like to see changed?

I will keep y'all updated as the semester progresses on what I learn (and do!).

Thanks for your contributions.

Frequent B1G1 Bread at Hubble and Hudson before closing.

So, tonight I ran in to order the "Elizabeth" sandwich before closing after my class. Yum! I happened by the dessert/bread section. I learned that when they have a lot of bread left, they make it B1G1 or B1G2 free depending on how much is left. Tonight, was B1G1. I asked what time and they said anytime after 7:30pm -8pmish.

I then was shmoozing with the staff. I had fun. I love Hubble and Hudson.

Free Tiramisu Ice Cream Sample at Marble Slab Creamery on Valentine’s Day

Free sample of tiramisu ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Valentine's Day.

Thanks Cities on the Cheap

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fractals for Kids Lesson Plan

Mandelbrot Set     Fractals

Pictured: A Famous Fractal - The Mandelbrot Set

A Fractals Unit for Elementary and Middle School Students

That Adults are Free to Enjoy

Idea of the Day: Diary

Start a Diary! Remember, when you were a kid and you kept one. Try it out. I have started it up again, and I feel like it helps me release a lot of the thoughts that keep bouncing around in my head, especially before bed.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Inexpensive Valentine's Ideas

Make your own Valentines:
Print templates off the computer. Do a search for Printable Valentines.
Cut out Hearts from different color Construction Paper. Paste.

Get Red Heart Stickers

Get a candy and wrap it wrapping paper or construction paper. Make it look pretty.

Figure out your budget. And work from there.

Make a goodie bag from the dollar store or party city.

Reminder: Search My Archives for Ongoing Deals and Reviews!

Just a friendly reminder to check out what I have posted in the past! Look to the right hand side of and click month by month in the archives. You can also search the blog.

Also, please tell your friends to sign up for Deal Finder E! Thank you!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics $47.99 SHIPPED

Wow! It looks like 17 DVDs, so that comes out to about $3/DVD.

Tip: Look at the review for the exact titles and then look at YouTube for the individual videos.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mama Cheaps

*HOT* Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics $47.99 SHIPPED (Was $99)

Amazon has the Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics 2 marked down to just $47.99 with free shipping.  This is down from $99.95 (52% off).

Hurry – prices on Amazon can go up or down at any time.

Best Playgrounds for Big Kids

I have been meeting a lot of older kids, so I thought it was time to compile my list of the best playgrounds to go for older kids in The Woodlands. They all have elaborate climbing structures.

The Playground in front of the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center
Harpers Landing Playground
High Oaks
NorthShore Park (watch out for the younger kids)

Most playgrounds have something for bigger kids. These are just the ones that have a lot of good upper body things.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Restaurant Retail Round Up

Surviving the Stores compiled a nice list of the current coupons out there for restaurants and retail stores.

Go here to see her list.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Barnes and Noble! Up to 75% Off in Our After Holiday Sale

Now they are claiming that the sale is up to 75% off, but I didn't see anything new since yesterday.

Imagination Movers February 11 -12 in Houston

Tickets start at $10 plus fees.

More Texas Independence Celebrations

Washington on The Brazos is about 1 hour from The Woodlands, Conroe is about 25 minutes, La Porte is at least an hour, San Antonio is about 4 hours.


Calendar of Events

San Jacinto Monument
Photograph by Robert Plocheck

February 2011

25 The Siege of the Alamo Candlelight Tour – San Antonio
The Alamo

Washington on the Brazos
Photograph by Robert Plocheck

25-27 Revolution Comes to Washington/Texas Independence Day Celebration – Washington

25-27 Glory at the Alamo – San Antonio

March 2011

2 Sam Houston's Birthday & Texas Independence Day Celebration – Huntsville
Sam Houston Memorial Museum

4-6 First Saturday – San Antonio
The Alamo

4-6 Remember the Alamo – San Antonio

5-6 Texas Independence Day Celebration – Conroe
Heritage Park
936 788-5800

25-27 Fannin Massacre – Goliad

April 2011

8-10 Runaway Scrape – Richmond
George Ranch

The Our Lady of Loreto Church at Goliad's
Presidio La Bahia
Photograph by Robert Plocheck

16 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment – La Porte

16 San Jacinto Symposium
Hilton University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center
713 237-8997

21 Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park grand opening – Conroe
936 520-8941

21 Official State of Texas ceremony marking the anniversary date of the Battle of San Jacinto.
La Porte, San Jacinto Monument

Celebrate Texas Independence at a Free, two-day festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26-27 at Washington-on-the-Brazos

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Major Celebration of Texas Independence Slated for Feb. 26-27
WASHINGTON, Texas – Close to a thousand historical re-enactors and descendants of the original signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, including special guest U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, are expected to gather on the banks of the Brazos River next month to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the state's independence.

The free, two-day festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26-27 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site to celebrate the birth of the Republic of Texas.

Guri Do Sul: 10% off this weekend

This is a good reminder to sign up on the mailing lists of all the restaurants that you like to eat at. If you have gmail, you can set up a folder so they don't clutter up your in box. I think Guri Do Sul is very family friend. It works for us because we don't have to wait to eat.

If you missed the news, they had an employee die on New Year's.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Guri do sul Brazillian Steakhouse
Date: Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Subject: 10% off weekendk.
Hope everyone is recovering from the Holidays! To help with the financial hangover, I have decided to run a 10% off weekend. Simply say the password "Victor" (in honor of our lost employee) to receive the 10% off your TOTAL bill.
So come celebrate life, food and fun! Hope to see you.

Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Valid only this weekend.

Guri do Sul Brazilian Steakhouse
Guri do sul Brazillian Steakhouse
1400 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
P: 281-907-4146

Houston Arboretum Arbor Day 2011: January 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Arbor Day 2011


Arbor Day 2011: January 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrate Arbor Day in Houston and learn all about native trees that are great for the landscape.

Tree seedlings will be available for a small donation and larger native trees and shrubs will be available for sale.

Arboretum staff and volunteers will give tree planting demonstrations and tree tours.

Members of the Woodworkers Club of Houston will be on hand demonstrating their crafts.

Kids' activities will include papermaking, face painting, puzzle hikes, recycled paper hats, leaf rubbings and more.

Arboretum mascot HANC the Owl and other costumed characters will be stopping by.
Admission to Arbor Day Celebration is free; donations are appreciated.

Storytelling: "The Man Who Planted Trees"
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Fwd: Deal Finder E

Thanks Desireah for sharing! That is definitely a stock up price! I like your quotes, too!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Desireah

For what it's worth, Randalls has a 4 day sale going thru Monday and selected varieties of Goldfish crackers are .88 cents per bag, that's a savings of $1.31 per bag limit 10.
Laugh out loud, love like it doesn't hurt & dance like nobody's watching.
Tomorrow is not promised! 
"A team is a group of people who may not be equal in experience,
talent,or education but in commitment." -- Patricia Fripp

Forbidden Gardens in Katy is Closing

From Peggy of the Houston Museums Meetup:
"Forbidden Gardens in Katy"

A museum in Katy, Forbidden Gardens, will be closing to make
way for the Grand Parkway.  They are extending their hours so
that more people can make one last visit.  Visit for more info.

Not Even Past Website: Learn more about Texas, American and world history.

From UT Austin @Texas Newsletter - 20 January 2011

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Historians at the University have introduced a first-of-its-kind Web site to help the public learn more about Texas, American and world history. The Web site,, showcases new articles each month from history professors writing about the time periods and areas of history they study. The site provides history aficionados globally a user-driven community and an inviting, highly regarded nexus for historical inquiry and sharing.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Barnes and Noble: 50% on Books, Toys & More!

Woohoo! At least one of the book stores is finally doing a big toy sale. I found quite a few toys that were 50% off. It is worth looking at.
Toys & Games - Clearance Sale: Up to 50% on Hundreds of Item. Visit a Store / Shop BN.COM

Also, Barnes is doing a big Book Sale. Book prices start at $1.99.

I am still waiting for the Big Borders $1 clearance sale in a couple of weeks. I found quite a few books for under $2 already at the Galeria Borders in their 75% off section. Ours isn't so exciting, but they have a lot of paper stuff.

Reminder: Sign up for your Village newsletter

Grogan's Mill's Village eNewsletter can be found here:

Free Trial: Kindermusik

I was just reminded about classes starting next week for the spring semester. If you haven't already, you can go for a free trial at any Kindermusik location around the world. I am completely biased and LOVE Kindermusik of The Woodlands. They are located in the front of The Woodlands right where Grogan's Mill Rd becomes Sawdust Rd.


Listen and move. Play and grow. This is Kindermusik, the most trusted music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. Kindermusik® is about kids, parents, and teachers -- coming together and having a great time! It's about helping you grow closer to your child. Enriching her environment and her development. Giving him a lifelong love of music and a foundation for learning.


New Univ of Texas TV Network

So, in last night's class, we talked about being innovators. Innovators are those who hear things or adopt behaviors before everyone else. Here is an example of the inside information I receive every now and then. I am excited about a TV Netwon from UT Austin.

Dear Friends,

I'm delighted to announce the creation of a 24-hour television network dedicated to covering intercollegiate athletics, music, cultural arts, and academics at The University of Texas at Austin.

At UT Austin, we want to define what it means to be the public research university of the 21st century. One of the challenges we face is creating new forms of revenue to support our mission. The UT network is one example of this effort.

The new network is a partnership among UT Austin, ESPN, and IMG College, our multimedia rights marketing partner. We have signed a contract that will guarantee $300 million over 20 years to UT Austin and IMG College.

The UT network will not only showcase all our athletics programs — it will give the world an unparalleled view of our academic enterprise and the creative and innovative people within it. The network will produce television that shares our programs in the performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and other disciplines.

During the first five years of the contract, UT will receive about $10 million per year. For these five years, half of that income will be devoted to academic and faculty support. The remainder will support UT Athletics. We will determine at a later date how the funds will be used beyond the initial five-year period.

We plan to use the academic half of the royalty payments to support faculty excellence. To start this process, today I am announcing that we will create two $1-million endowed faculty chairs — one in the Philosophy Department and the other in the Physics Department. In this way, the UT network will generate millions of dollars for academic and faculty support, and it will strengthen the ability of UT Athletics to be self-sustaining.

This network would not have been possible without the contributions of many people, especially without our strong and enduring bond with our friends, alumni, and fans. The UT family has no equal — and it's a family that extends to almost every corner of the world. It is this loyalty and support that will make the network a success.

Our Men's and Women's Athletics Directors, DeLoss Dodds and Chris Plonsky, were essential to the creation of the network, and I thank them. This network is the result of a vision DeLoss has pursued for many years. Creating this network is the culmination of that vision and is emblematic of the enormous contributions he has made to our University.

There is no model for the kind of network we're creating, so we have our work cut out for us before the launch date in September 2011. I hope you will enjoy this opportunity to view a much wider assortment of programming from UT Austin. For more information about access to the UT network, contact your local television provider.

Hook 'em Horns!

Bill Powers
The University of Texas at Austin

About this email: Message from the President is a periodic electronic letter for alumni and friends of The University of Texas at Austin.

The Woodlands Target Update

I went tonight. It is true that almost every section of the store has quite a bit of things on clearance. There are still toys left. The bad news is that it is pretty picked over. The only thing I got on clearance was a Secret Deoderant 2 pack for $4. 50 ish. That is about $0.50 more than the price I paid for 1 a week ago when I ran out and had to pay retail. I found a couple of good $1 items. So, I guess I didn't really need anything either besides the undies for my little one that I went into to target for. So, my advice is that you shouldn't make a special trip to go just for the clearance at this point. Only go if you were thinking about doing a normal target shop and keep your eyes open for deals.

ps. There were still some baby items on clearance.

Local Non-Profit: Friends of Texas Wildlife

Now, I know who to contact when I find injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife.

From The Woodlands E-newsletter:

The Friends of Texas Wildlife is a wildlife rescue group consisting of trained and permitted volunteers, who care for injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife in Montgomery and North Harris Counties. This non-profit organization is the only rescue group in Montgomery County with rehabbers permitted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments. The Friends of Texas Wildlife receives no agency funding and relies solely on donations and memberships.  Many of the rehabbers frequently pay for vet bills and wildlife care.   For information on how you can help, visit

Free Touch-a-Truck: Saturday, February 26 from 9 am – 11 am

Touch-a-Truck is a free event scheduled for Saturday, February 26 from 9 am – 11 am in the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center parking lot.

At least it wont be so hot in February. I suggest going early to beat the crowds.

Also, FYI, you can go anytime you want to a local Fire Station to check out their trucks and gear. No appointment necessary. If they are there, they are happy to show you around.

I have seen a lot of emergency vehicles at community events for kids to explore, so don't feel like you have to go to the Touch a Truck event as your only opportunity. Tip: while you are in creekside, check out the george mitchell preserve and the playgrounds there.

More Advice: Get organized

I just cleaned out part of my bathroom. I am attacking the whole upstairs. It is much easier to know and use your stuff if you can find it when you need it. I feel like I accomplished something by cleaning up.

Free Gyboree Trial Class, FREE BUBBLE OOODLES + $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE if you sign up

In case anyone is interested in Gymboree, here is their current promotion.

$50 Gift Certificate toward enrollment or class fee(1). Give to a friend or to yourself! Free Bubble Ooodles upon enrollment(1). Gymboree Bubbles are like no other!

Offer valid for new families only at your local participating Play & Music locations. Must take free class by February 28, 2011. Must bring in coupon and enroll on the day of your preview and by February 28, 2011, in order to receive gift certificate and Bubble Ooodles. Existing Play & Music customers are not eligible. Gift certificate and Bubble Ooodles will be given at the time of enrollment. Gift certificate only good towards enrollment or monthly class fee. Gift certificate not valid on product or birthday parties. Gift certificate will expire on May 31, 2011. Offer is not redeemable for cash or credit. Gymboree Play & Music may change or cancel this promotion at any time in Gymboree Play & Music's sole discretion. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Void where prohibited by law.

Deal Finding Tip of The Day

Shmooze with the sales people and the checkers. Ask them if they know of any upcoming promotions going on. What is their favorite deal? Ask them for advice. They are a wealth of information.

Words of Wisdom

Everything has it's place
Do one thing at a time
Smile, be happy.
Don't worry, everything will be ok.
You can do it!
Just keep swimming!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TUT Mike Dooley to speak in Dallas and Houston!

TUT is one of my favorite inspirational email lists. 

Here is the email they sent me about the Tour.


Playing the Matrix... And Getting What You (Really) Want

Let's step things up together with my latest and most practical material ever, in a program that revolves around 6 hours of manifesting revelations!

  • Dallas, TX - Saturday February 12, 2011
  • Houston, TX - Sunday February 13, 2011

During my last tour "Manifesting Change," I created and introduced "The Matrix," which is unlike anything ever shared by other teachers, past and present, and it was consistently rated by participants as among their favorite parts of the day. The Matrix reveals the interconnectedness of all your dreams, and how they flow together, which when played "properly" will ultimately bring you your greatest happiness and fastest life changes. It explains why manifesting sometimes works with incredible ease, and why at other times it seems virtually impossible. Here's a preview of all we'll cover together:

  • How We (and How To!) Program the Circumstances of Our Lives
  • The Matrix - A "Whole-Life" Approach to Change
  • Understanding What You (Really) Want
  • Defining Your End Results without Attaching to the Details
  • Taking Action without Worrying about the HOWS
  • Express Delivery!
  • Dancing LIFE's Ultimate Dance

This workshop includes brand new material, stories, and exercises. Our shared experience will leave you convinced of your power, your worth, and how easy life can be once you begin working with the Universe instead of against it.

Everything else you need to know, including location, price, and how to sign up can be found here: World Tour III

If you have specific questions, just email Angie at:

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

Mike Dooley

P.S. Elizabeth, I guarantee you will hear things during our time together that you have not heard from others, anywhere, ever. And that you'll gain new insights and possess new tools to begin creating the life you always dreamed would be yours.

P.P.S. This material will also be delivered during TUTs Mayan Jungle Cruise and African Safari. Check the schedule for locations that may interest you! World Tour III

Thoughts become things... choose the good ones! ®
© ®

Lake Shore Learning on Post Oak

I have always liked Lake Shore Learning. Yesterday, I went to the location on Post Oak next to Kenny and Ziggy's. Can I just "Wow!". It was amazing. They had what we have plus more! If anyone is looking for teaching/educational supplies this is THE place to go. Remember to bring your coupons and sign up for the educator's club. Every Saturday they have crafts. 

Houston Lakeshore Learning store

2405 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, TX 77056 713-355-1893

Deal on NY Deli?

Ok, so my family is big on NY Deli. Really, we are big on food of all sorts. My mom rationalized this deal. 

Kenny and Ziggy's will deliver anything for a $75 deliver fee. (which is what we usually do for big events we want to have catered)

My mom discovered that Zabar's does overnight shipping for $85 from NYC. Sweet! 

Of course, it is cheaper just to go to either place and not have to pay shipping. 

Zabar's Deals: Free shipping when you buy 4lbs of coffee, free shipping on gift baskets, free shipping if you live within 150 miles of NYC, it looks like they are having a 50% off sale and a free tote with $50 purchase. 

Kenny and Ziggy's Deals: Take out is cheaper then sit down. 

Tips for Creating your Price Book

Here is a nice post from Common Sense With Money about Creating a Price Book. This is a great way to keep track of when a deal is a deal. I suggest making yours electronic if you can for easy editing. If you can access google spreadsheets, then maybe we can all share our price books. 

Another tip is to add the date of when you noticed that price. Sometimes, you can observe trends and cycles. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Office Depot: $5 for Recycling Any Ink or Toner Cartridge

This is the biggest return I have seen to date.

CMH Kid's Birthday Club!


Register Your Child for The Kid's Birthday Club!

Image of Kid's Birthday Club at the Children's Museum of Houston

Celebrate your child's special day with us! Register your kid for our Kid's Birthday Club using the form below and on their first visit during their birthday month they'll receive a special sticker, a free balloon from Fiddle Sticks Toys and a frozen yogurt from our Kids' Café
(Birthday Club Members must be between ages 0 - 14 years old.)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cotton/Snow Ball Fight

Remember my post about this? Fun Winter Craft Item: Cotton Balls

Here are some more ideas:
Have a Cotton Ball/Snow Ball Fight

Office Depot Deals: $1 office Supplies

$1 100 Big Paper Clips
$1 Writing Pad
$1 Sharpies
$1 8' Scissors
$1 Binder Clips
$1 Composition Books (That is the max I would pay for one)

Free Umbrella at World Market with $10 Purchase.

A lot of stores have loss leaders just to get you in the door. I wonder if they have much from their holiday clearance left. I am sure you can stack this with their coupons, too.

I expect to see a lot more promotions like this everywhere this month to boost business.

Michaels Ad

Of all the Sunday Ads, the Michaels Ad caught my attention the most. There were quite a few things under a $1.

I have a new idea. Look in other sections for things you need. For example, sometimes it is cheaper to by "scrapbook" storage items for desk supplies or vice a versa. Be creative. Look beyond the packaging.

The best deal I saw were Valentine's Foam stickers for $4.

Gift Idea: Make your own craft kit to give to someone. Buy discounted supplies and put it in a cute container to give to someone as a present.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Chuck E Cheese Rewards Calendars = Free Tokens

Here is the link!

$1 Valentines at the Dollar Tree

on Sawdust Rd. They had quite a selection. It looks like the redid the store to make it more organized. They have a lot of Valentine's themed items out, as well as Mardi Gras and other party favors type things. I had fun looking.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tips for Saving Money Eating Out

Here is a good post about Saving Money Eating out by Couponing to Disney.

The tip that I use on a regular basis that has given me more free food with no strings attached more than anything is signing up for the places I eat at email lists. 

Host an "Iranium" Movie Screening or watch it for Free online

Here are the details to host a movie screening:

You can sign up here to watch it for free online on February 8, 2011

If you haven't seen "Obsession," yet, then I highly suggest checking it out. It helped me understand terrorism on a whole new level. 

I still really want to watch "The Third Jihad." It is on my movie to do list. 

Free Fajita Pita with any drink purchase at JIB

From Common Sense With Money:

Jack in the Box coupon for a free Fajita Pita with any drink purchase.  Coupon good through 1/31.

Cool Song: Don't Let Me be Misunderstood

I just heard the song "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by The Animals.
It really resonated with me.

To all my friends: ONLY LOVE To You all!

I love You Tube! You can find anything!

Deal Finding Tips: Learn your prices and buy ahead

My first tip to finding a deal is learning what is a deal. Watch prices. Pay attention to how much you spend on every single item that you buy. Pretty soon you'll notice that prices fluctuate and you'll see highs and lows. By buying ahead when the price is low, you don't have to buy it when the price is high.

If you need help remembering prices, you can keep a notebook. This is also a good way to keep track of the different prices of items at different stores.

HEB Stock Up items

From the Wed Ad I saw that Goldfish is $0.98/bag. That is a "buy me" price for me!

Also, Aquafina is $3.99/24 pack.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Free Artopia - 2011 Pre Party 1/21/2011 8pm -11pm

Sounds like a cool event to attend:

Here are some more details about Artopia:

Rice Village in Houston

Have y'all been to Rice Village in Houston recently? 

They have a lot of the same places that have popped up in The Woodlands recently. 

Free Sample of Cream of Wheat Cinnabon

The form took 2 seconds to fill out:

My mom likes to add butter and splenda to the original. Add cinnamon and I bet it is similar in flavor. 

Walmart's Free Sample Site

I just signed up to try the whitening strips. 

Double and Trip Coupons

Stores that do Double and Triple Coupons in our area:

Brookshire Brothers

From Heather
"Just wanted to let you know that !rookeshire brothers is doing
double and triple coupons right now for a limited timem"

Where else?

My Starbucks Strategy

So, whenever I go to Starbucks, I order a tall cup of pike place roast. I ask them to put it into a larger cup so I can add milk and sugar. 

I get a free flavoring and free refills because I have a "free" registered card. My drinks add up to another free drink. 

FYI: You can get a $1 cup of coffee at most fast food restaurants. So, I rationalize that by getting a free refill, it is about the same. 

Pike Place® Roast
Our smooth, balanced Pike Place Roast makes perhaps the perfect cup of coffee. We created this blend to meet a wide range of tastes. Whether you prefer it straight up or complemented with cream and sugar, we promise a satisfying cup that's rich in flavor yet balanced enough to enjoy every day. Drop by any Starbucks store and enjoy a Tall cup for just $1.50 every day at participating Starbucks or pick up a bag of our smoothest roast to brew at home today.

Tip of the Day: Get Organized!

In everything you do.

I feel much less stress when I feel organized.

Take the time to clean out that junk drawer. Get on top of your coupons. Do whatever it takes to bring order to your life!

Free Vegetable Gardening Class Saturday, February 5th


Free Vegetable Gardening Class
Saturday, February 5th
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 281-210-3900 to make a reservation.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Vegetable Gardening, a well-attended series is back again, just in time for spring planting. The seminar is led by Texas Agrilife agent, horticulturalist and author Tom LeRoy. The three-hour seminar will feature in-depth information on tomato varieties and other vegetables suited for the area. It will also focus on special planting and propagation techniques, preparing and amending soil, and other topics which seasoned gardeners as well as novices find interesting.

Date: February 5
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: View Facility
Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services
Address: The Woodlands, TX 77380
Contact: 281-210-3900

Monday, January 10, 2011

Discount Mom Websites List

From Krys:

"The discount mom websites I go to are:

Their deals vary - some are daily, some have more than one item
a day."

Share your favorite Deal Finding Blogs

Let's share our favorite blogs that we follow.

Hubbell and Hudson Deals

Here are the deals I saw today.

Multigrain Bread: $1.99
Rolls: $0.50 each
Rib Eyes: $9.99/lb
Teas still on sale.
Jaw breakers: $1.99
Cherries: $1.99/lb

Stack with coupon before tomorrow.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Amazon: Free Shipping for everyone!

Free 2 Day Shipping for Students, for Moms, and for everyone!

Just a reminder that these promotions are still going on!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Practice Writing Name Worksheets and More Kid Learning Stuff

IHOP: Free Pancakes March 1. From 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m

What's better than $5 pancakes? Free Pancakes on National Pancake Day!

National Pancake Day will take place on March 1. From 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., you can get a free short stack (three) of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes. There's a limit of one freebie per guest, and the offer is available dine-in only, while supplies last.

IHOP National Pancake Day, March 1, 2011

Flip for Free Pancakes!

March 1, 2011

Join IHOP on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., for National Pancake Day and receive one complimentary short stack!* In return for the free flapjacks, we ask you to consider leaving a little something behind for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities. Thanks to our guests' generosity, IHOP raised more than $2.1 million last year. IHOP began its National Pancake Day in 2006, and since then, has raised $5.35 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities and given away more than 10.1 million buttermilk pancakes.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

IHOP: Come Hungry.  Leave Happy.

Hubbell and Hudson Deals of the week! Coupon, flyer, and upcoming Events!

 '1' Great 2011 Coupon to start your new year's eating healthy resolution through 1/11/11.


This Weekend
  All Natural Cowboy
Rib Eye Steak
Artisan Six
Grain Bread
Simply Orange
Orange Juice

Certified Angus Beef. The "cowboy cut" is a more robust steak. With its generous marbling, it can take a little more heat and be served medium to medium-rare. $9.99/lb. (reg. $19.99/lb.)

Made fresh daily from scratch with the freshest ingredients including rye, wheat, oat, flax seed, millet and sesame. $1.99/ea. (reg. $3.99/ea.)

Five great varieties to choose from. 100% pure juice, not from concentrate. $2.79/ea. (reg. $4.99/ea.)

  Download the new Hubbell & Hudson Features Flyer (January 5-19)  
Coming Soon


  • Chocolate & Champagne Festival at Hubbell & Hudson Market - Remember Your Sweet Heart & Save the date: February 12, 2011.