Wednesday, March 30, 2011

50% off on Selected Super Duper Products

Serious sale at Super Duper. They are awesome for speech and language development and early education materials. Free shipping for orders over $20. You can save $100s with this sale.

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From: Super Duper Publications

Super Duper Publication - Fun learning materials for kids with special needs!

SAVE 50%
Select Super Duper Products!
March 28 - April 3, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Open Jump at Pump It Up: April 7th 6-9pm Donations

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From: Pump It Up

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Atlas Shrugged the Movie in Theaters April 15

I know, lots of strange emails. I have to share my love of Objectivism with the crowd. I am looking forward to seeing the movie.

Side note: Houston has a meetup group if any one is interested

ps. I don't want to create a debate on here, but I have quite a few thoughts on the theory.

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From: Cato Institute

New Book

March 28, 2011

Atlas Shrugged the Movie

Atlas Shrugged
On April 15, Atlas Shrugged: Part I will be released in theaters in select cities around the country.

Based on Ayn Rand's epic 1957 novel, the new movie plots the collapse of American society after men of the mind (thinkers, industrialists, scientists, artists and other innovators) go on strike and vanish, refusing to contribute to a collectivist world.

To learn more about the film and to get involved, please visit the official website at


The Woodlands CVB Calendar

The Woodlands CVB has a nice calendar:

More Project Websites

Saturday, March 26, 2011

MIA again

I am working on the project for my class so I haven't been deal hunting (much). Here is the UN declaration. See if you can spot how it is related to improving our restrooms. Cool points if you. Hint. think of childrens rights and health and sanitation.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, therefore,

The General Assembly,

Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11

  1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13

  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.
  2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14

  1. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
  2. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15

  1. Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16

  1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17

  1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20

  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21

  1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  2. Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.
  3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22

Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23

  1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25

  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26

  1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27

  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29

  1. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
  2. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
  3. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30

Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Freebies at Walgreens and CVS this week

I know, I have gotten out of my rhythm for posting. Since I am feeling guilty, I am sneaking in one post before I go on to do other things tonight. :)

Here is a link to a relatively local blogger who has a good list of Walgreens and CVS link ups:

Almost all the bloggers post about doing drug store deals. If you haven't heard of them yet, then do a google search. On any giving day, I will turn to Money Saving Mom or Couponing to Disney for matchups. Check out a few to see who you prefer.

I look at the ads usually on Sundays with the rest of the paper. I then pull out the match ups I wanna do, and then I try to go as soon as possible since the stores might sell out of the freebies.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Free Fishing in State Parks

Go to our state park website to learn more about it:

I suggest visiting the Texas State Parks web site every few months as the seasons change to learn about what is going on within driving distance.

There aren't many national parks nearby, but there are tons of state and local parks. You can find links to local parks in my archives (The Woodlands and Spring).

Wildflowers are here!

I will post when I hear about the Blue Bonnets at Rob Fleming being ready to visit.

Reminder to everyone, think safety when stopping on a roadside.

If anyone knows the names of flowers, please take a picture and post where you spotted them and the name of the flowers so we all can learn.

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From: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Subject: The Spring 2011 Edition of State Parks Getaways is Here!

Wildflowers on Parade 

Roadside Wildflowers5,000! That's the number of wildflower species in Texas. And if it's springtime in Texas, it's time to go scope them out, so pack a picnic and grab your camera. While winter cold snaps and rainfall (or lack thereof) influence their appearance, experience tells us that yes, there really will be wildflowers.

Meanwhile you can celebrate wildflowers by enjoying a visual bouquet or download a Texas wildflower image for your desktop background.

Wildflower lovers can find 700,000 acres along Texas highways to indulge their passion. Find safe stops to admire, photograph and smell the flowers at more than 90 state parks. Some of the most prolific wildflower crops traditionally are found in rolling, verdant Washington County along twisting rural roads and at places like Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park. Before taking the family for a drive to view the wildflowers, encourage your kids to learn what they may see on their next road trip.

Many Texas State Parks will host spring nature walks, such as Dinosaur Valley State Park's Two-Step Across Texas Wildflower Walks in March and April.  Check the events calendar for these and other hiking and plant walk opportunities that will take you up close and personal to Texas' native blossoms.   

Easy Egg Salad Recipe

Take whole hard boiled eggs, mash them up, mix in mayo and mustard to taste. I like to mix in something extra spicy, too, like siracha sauce. Voila!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Conroe's Incredible Pizza Weekly Line Up

This is the same line up every week. I think Wednesday 4pm-9pm and Thursday 11am-4pm are the best deals. In other words, these 2 deals beat their advertised birthday packages if you are available to host a party either Wed or Thurs.

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From: Conroe's Incredible Pizza

Jewish Deals Blog

Now that there is a new Chabad in The Woodlands, I expect to do a lot more posting about Jewish Deals. I started this blog awhile ago for national and local Jewish Deals. I will do my best to post everything related to The Woodlands, TX to Deal Finder E and Jewish specific deals to Jewish Deals. Feel free to post your own deals on the meetup group. Also, remember you can search my archive through the home page of my blog. If you are looking for anything in particular, that is the way to go. If not, then I suggest looking at the content organized by date on the right hand side.

So here is the summary:

Sign Up by adding your email address where it says subscribe via email.
Deal Finder E Blog:
Deal Finders Meetup Group:
Jewish Deals Blog:

Search my Archive at

Tell all your friends the above information

Donations: Spring Cleaning Sale

Post a comment or email me and I will send you more info.

From reader Heather:
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From: Heather Simon
To: Deal Finder E

Hey! If you are doing your spring cleaning in the next couple of weeks, my LLL Group is doing a fundraising garage sale. We're looking for donations of items we can sell and I can provide donation receipts! We use the money to purchase breastfeeding materials to hand out to new moms and to keep us Leaders trained. Just a thought if you're looking to donate items anyway! :-)

Spring Cleaning with Machar Hadassah

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 01:51 PM PDT

Just a reminder to give away to a charity any stuff that you don't want/need. Now that the weather is nice, I am doing my spring cleaning. Here is an example of a group that will pick up for you. You can also post you stuff on or in order to cut out the middle man.

Now, to attack the trunk of my car. Those of you who know me, know what an ordeal I have. I think it will be fun to go down memory lane.

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From:Machar HadassahMarch 13, 2011 at 9:07am
Subject: Donate to Hadassah's Closet Fundraiser
This year, the Machar group will be hosting our 2nd Annual Hadassah's Closet at the JCC Merfish Center on April 10, 2011. We are asking our friends to help make this fundraiser a success by donating new or gently used items to our sale. We are looking for clothes (women, men, & baby), shoes, purses, jewelry and any other item that you think would sell well.
We all have unwanted items in our houses that we no longer need and now is a great time of year to clean out our closets to get rid of clutter. You can get your spring cleaning done and help a great cause at the same time by donating new or gently used items to our sale. All donations to the fundraiser for Machar are tax deductable. A form can be provided to those who donate.

We are happy to arrange for someone to pick up the items from your home or you may drop off your items starting at the Hadassah Office located at 4654 Beechnut.

Thank you!!

Spring Break Deals

There are tons of specials everywhere. Please post them either to this thread or to the Deal Finders Meetup group Forum.

What are y'all doing for Spring Break?

What are your ideas on how to maximize your fun while at the same time minimizing the money spent? I am sure many readers of this blog would like to know.

One thing I am doing is cleaning up the house and revisiting all the fun things that we already have to play with.

We even have things that are opened that we bought with the idea that one day we will want to play with this item. I am trying to clean up the house so the more we play with things, the more we can move on past them and clean them out. I feel like my life is going through a restructuring and I want to go into it with minimal weight from the past. We'll see if it works.

What to do with a Grump?

Good question.. (that means I don't know all the answers)
My simple answer is to give them space.

What are your ideas? Please reply to this thread with your comments!

Keep our Parks and Trails and Playgrounds and... Clean

You get the picture. I try to pick up litter when I see it, please do the same. Even better, if you know people who litter please spread the word. It is against the law here in Texas and it makes things ugly and dirty.

Yay, Don't Mess with Texas Campaign!

Great American Cookies: Brownie Samples - Tuesday, March 15th!

It is hard to tell what size these "samples" are from the ad. If you are in the mall anyways then I suggest stopping by.

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From: Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies

Woodlands Mall
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 363-4410

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Cleaning with Machar Hadassah

Just a reminder to give away to a charity any stuff that you don't want/need. Now that the weather is nice, I am doing my spring cleaning. Here is an example of a group that will pick up for you. You can also post you stuff on or in order to cut out the middle man.

Now, to attack the trunk of my car. Those of you who know me, know what an ordeal I have. I think it will be fun to go down memory lane.

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From:Machar HadassahMarch 13, 2011 at 9:07am
Subject: Donate to Hadassah's Closet Fundraiser
This year, the Machar group will be hosting our 2nd Annual Hadassah's Closet at the JCC Merfish Center on April 10, 2011. We are asking our friends to help make this fundraiser a success by donating new or gently used items to our sale. We are looking for clothes (women, men, & baby), shoes, purses, jewelry and any other item that you think would sell well.
We all have unwanted items in our houses that we no longer need and now is a great time of year to clean out our closets to get rid of clutter. You can get your spring cleaning done and help a great cause at the same time by donating new or gently used items to our sale. All donations to the fundraiser for Machar are tax deductable. A form can be provided to those who donate.

We are happy to arrange for someone to pick up the items from your home or you may drop off your items starting at the Hadassah Office located at 4654 Beechnut.

Thank you!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New CHABAD Center in The Woodlands

How cool is this! I will update y'all as I learn more! Get on their mailing list if this applies to you. Go to the Purim to start networking! You want to get in early with a new center. It is a special opportunity.

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From: Chabad Lubavitch of Texas

New Chabad Center opens in The Woodlands

Rabbi Mendel & Leah Blecher Chabad Lubavitch of Texas, directed by Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, has announced the opening of a new Chabad center in The Woodlands; servicing Spring, Conroe, Tomball and the surrounding areas. The new center will be directed by Rabbi Mendel and Leah Blecher.

With their welcoming and non-judgmental approach, the Blecher's are eager to share the joy and inspiration of Judaism with others, enhancing Jewish life in The Woodlands. "Since 1972, Chabad Lubavitch of Texas has been servicing the Jewish needs of individuals of every walk of life, wherever they may be, while facilitating the enhancement of every local Jewish organization, with love, truth and a caring heart", says Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff. "In an effort to continue to reach every Jew, this center will be the ninth location in the Houston metropolitan area and the twenty first in Texas".

"We have been received quite warmly by the various individuals that we've met as well as the existing communal organizations," reports Rabbi Blecher. "I believe that with a spirit of unity, there is much that can be accomplished for the betterment of Jewish life in The Woodlands, Spring and the surrounding areas."

Rabbi Blecher grew up in Melbourne, Australia and graduated with honors from Yeshivah College in both secular and Hebrew studies. He spent the next few years studying in rabbinical colleges in Israel and the USA. He received his rabbinical ordination in Melbourne, Australia from the renowned halachic author Rabbi Feitel Levin, and subsequently was involved in the research and development of a cutting-edge Judaic curriculum for Jewish day-schools.

Rabbi Mendel has had extensive experience in outreach.  From Purim in Tasmania, to voluntarily spending summers visiting Jews in Oregon and Germany, or leading services and classes across the USA. Rabbi Mendel's pleasant demeanor and listening ear ensures an amiable encounter.

Leah Blecher grew up in Winnipeg, Canada as a child of emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. After graduating the Beth Chomesh School for girls in Toronto, Leah received her diploma in education from Machon Shoshana seminary in Jerusalem. She then spent a year directing extra-curricular programs in the Chabad high school of Los Angeles. Enduring relationships were formed with the students, through her warm, outgoing approach.

Leah then turned to what would become her true passion, teaching. She has taught a wide range of ages in day-schools and Hebrew-schools. Her devotion to the students, coupled with a profound insight into a child's mind, has earned the admiration of parents and students. Leah has also directed summer camps in the USA and Canada, including a successful overnight bat mitzvah camp.  

The Blecher's are hosting a Purim celebration, offering a great opportunity to greet and meet them, on Sunday, March 20th at 6 Rockridge Drive in The Woodlands, 77381 at 4 PM. For further information visit or call 832-510-6079.

Chabad of The Woodlands is an affiliate of Chabad Lubavitch of Texas, serving the greater Houston Community with nine branches and twelve Rabbis, offering an array of Jewish outreach, education and social services. For more information visit and


Click here for a full list of services we provide

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About Chabad of Texas

 Texas is home to over 100,000 Jews, the majority of whom have felt the positive influence of the state's twenty Chabad-Lubavitch institutions. For many Jews in Texas, Chabad-Lubavitch is the only place they can learn about their Jewish tradition.

Our Mission Statement

Twenty-one centers in Austin , College Station  Dallas , El Paso  Fort Worth , Houston  S. Antonio  and now The Woodlands service their respective communities with schools, synagogues, day camps, mikvaot and a growing variety of classes for all ages.

Chabad Lubavitch worldwide is dedicated to serving Jews of all ages with Ahavat Yisroel regardless of religious background or affiliation.

Comprising multiple organizations and programs. Chabad Lubavitch of Texas provides the education and means to promote Jewish awareness, knowledge and practice through outreach, education and social services ensuring Jewish continuity.

Chabad encourages positive action on the part of every Jew and facilitates the efforts of every organization or group to increase Jewish knowledge and observance.


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Neurotypical Humor

Hehe. One of the funniest things I have heard in awhile.

Reminder: Maslow's Hierachy of Needs

Reminder to all: Look at the base of the pyramid. Have your needs been met recently? Imagine if they weren't?

Let's help each other !

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Philosophical question of the night: Ok?

When is it ok not to be ok?

I just had a conversation with one of the most insecure people I have ever met. She kept going on and on about how much she cared about what other people think.

I don't really care. I do believe in being honest and providing good quality service in my personal and business dealings. I guess I learned a long time ago about finding the right fit and do the best you can with what you have.

That might explain my tendency not to take action. I love gaining more knowledge. Until I see the big picture, I have fear about making the wrong decision or getting rejected.

How do I help myself and help others at the same time. I don't want to hurt someone who is already hurting by telling her that she is hurting herself the most by thinking that people aren't so selfish or so busy to spend all this time thinking about her. Her response will be that I am wrong and she is right, of course.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Please Rank and share messages from

It helps get my blog ranked higher in google.

Fwd: [Deal Finder E] New comment on Money Saving Tip: Don't go shopping.

I had to share this comment with the group! It made me smile that someone is actually picking up on my new style of dry humor. Let me know if it works for y'all or if my jokes are dropping like lead balloons.

Do y'all think I have the makings of a stand up comedian? I have always admired them for their courage, now I think it is just a matter of what working on my delivery and I will have enough courage to do it myself.

I am finally  mastering my fear of rejection. (by accepting myself as is)

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From: RadioShack Coupon
RadioShack Coupon has left a new comment on your post "Money Saving Tip: Don't go shopping":

I like the first and fourth point that are always try to buy essentials things and use online coupons to save money.All ten points are useful for us but some points are quite funny such as Don't leave the house if you want to save your money.

Stress in Life: Coping Skills

Anyone have any stress in their life?
What are your coping skills? Let's help each other with ideas. I definitely use my blog as one way that I cope with my financial and emotional stress.

Things I am happy for: 5 Things a day

I suggest that everyone pause and think about 5 things they are happy for. This could be a good going to bed exercise, too.

My list:
My meshugas family (aka crazy in yiddish)
My lovely home
This fabulous weather
my friends
freedom of speech and the technology to help

Call for Deals

Please email me your deals and I will forward them on to the group.

ps. Also, remember to sign up for our free meetup group where you can post yourself.

Friday, March 4, 2011

McDs: Best restaurant to eat cheap without coupons

Their dolllar menu is pretty satisfying. Plus, they still do the $1 drinks and the $1 small fries so you can make your own value meal. Large Fries are $1.99. So, before you look at the menu board, look to see if it pays to make your own value meal.

My favorite sandwich is the spicy mcchicken sandwich. It's the mayo that gets me.

So, if you can order water and resist the fries, I suggest going for 2 $1 Spicy mcchickens instead for lunch! That is only $2 oop without coupons! They have a few other choices, now, you get the idea of economizing.

Deal Finder E Withdrawal

So, tell me the truth! Were y'all missing me? A little bit or a lot?

Let me know your thoughts!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Woodlands E-Neighbor: Live Music at Waterway Starts Up again

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From: ENeighbor

"Live at Night" at Waterway Square, the popular free fountain-side concert series, begins this Saturday night, March 5 and continues every Saturday through March 26 from 6 – 9 pm. Enjoy live music amid the spectacular setting of the Fountains at Waterway Square, featuring multiple water features accented with colored lights at night and choreographed to music. This Saturday's featured performance is Maximus with Special Guest Kollin Bauer. It's a pop rock happening that's sure to please music lovers!  Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome.

For more information about the "Live at Night" Concert Series including parking locations, visit

Free Concerts at Northshore Park

FWD from E-Newsletter:

The Woodlands Township's
annual Concert-in-the-Park series every Sunday evening beginning this Sunday, March 6 through April 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Northshore Park. Featured this Sunday is jazz performer Gary-Michael Dahl. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner and lawn chairs to enjoy leisure time in the park with your family. All bands are family-friendly.

For the complete line-up of performances, visit and click on Recreation or call 281-210-3900.

Money Saving Tip: Don't go shopping

It is much easier to resist spending money when you aren't presented with the opportunity.
There are a quite a few ways to do this.

Here are my ideas:
1. Leave the house with only enough money to buy the essentials.
2. Let someone else  do the shopping
3. Go with them, but lock your purse in the trunk.
4. Only bring in the coupons so you don't have cash to spend
5. Give yourself permission to spend some trivial amount like $5. You can then go crazy using coupons and rewards, just not with "real" money.
6. Don't leave the house
7. Go shopping less times per week
8. Only go to the stores that you have to go to, not the stores you want to: or the opposite.
9. Learn to be creative
10. Make challenges with yourself or friends (or bets) and

Free: Upcoming Environmental Lectures March 8 and 10

Look who is giving the lectures! I sure would learn a lot from them!

They are starting to give more and more of these lectures. Plus, they are free! Take advantage while you can!

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From: woodlandsalert

Community Information - Upcoming Environmental Lectures

The Woodlands Township Environmental services department has  two upcoming lectures scheduled.  The first is

Going Green:  What's Green About The Woodlands                 

 Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
  South County Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Drive 
  Presented by Bob Bruce, Landscape Architect for The Woodlands  Development Company

The Woodlands is known for its leadership in environmentally sustainable lifestyle practices.  Bob Bruce, landscape architect, will talk about how the real world green concepts are an important part of these practices and how all residents can incorporate these into their own residential landscaping.


Knock on Wood:  Woodpeckers of Texas

A Walk in The Woods Nature Lecture
Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Jr. High School
3800 S. Panther Creek Drive

From sparrow-sized backyard visitors to reclusive endangered species, woodpeckers fascinate and entertain.  Cliff Shackelford, ornithologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, shares a close-up view of the eight species of woodpeckers that occur in East Texas.

Lecture Series Information

   Lectures will resume in Fall 2011.  For more information, visit or call Environmental Services at 281-210-3900.

FREE: PJ Library Story Time Sunday, March 20, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

FWD from Newsletter:

PJ Library Story Time

Sunday, March 20, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.Grogger

Celebrate Purim with your PJ Library friends! Join us at Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Holcombe for our next PJ Library Story Time. We will learn about Purim through stories, crafts, snacks, and songs. Be sure to wear your best Purim costume!! Bring your friends and family for a fun-filled morning!

Hey Woodlandsers, we need to pressure our book stores to do the same. I know they want to if we express enough interest.

Subway News

From the Newsletter:

FREE Buca's new Baked Ziti for free!

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As a loyal eClub member, we're inviting you to preview our new Baked Ziti for free* before it appears on the menu! Just click for the certificate and redeem at any Buca di Beppo.


*Present a printed copy of the certificate at time of purchase to receive discount off your total purchase. The Buca di Beppo free Baked Ziti offer is valid thru March 31, 2011. To receive a free single portion of the Baked Ziti, guests must purchase any pasta, baked pasta or entrée. The free Baked Ziti is not valid on Buca To Go orders, but may be boxed and taken home by dine-in guests. While supplies last. May be combined with other offers. Expires 3/31/11. eZiti.

19075 I-45 South
Conroe, TX 77385

Free Day at 7 Acre Wood April 16th 10am-2pm

Ok, so I have lots of thoughts about this event.
1. this is a great time of year to go.
2. I dunno if it is religious in nature
3. I dunno how much religion
4. I dunno how busy it will be.
5. the busiest time will be at 11am-12pm.
6. egg hunt poised before lunch tme on purpose?
7. Best time to go is probably at 1:30pm.
8. The mass of people is probably clearing out.
9. Lots of kids will go home for nap time
10. Not food time.
11. Before end of free time over.
12. Apr 16 is a Saturday

Fwd from owners:

FREE EGG HUNT: 6th Annual Egg Hunt with Bunny Photos, Kids Park, Rides & more.
April 16th 10am-2pm (Egg Hunt 10-11am)
7 Acre Wood & Carrie's Coffee Mill
4401 N. Frazier St
Conroe, TX 777303

HEY KIDS! I'm Grace the Bunny, and I want to invite YOU to come to An Egg Hunt with all of my barnyard friends at 7 Acre Wood! We're going to have over 9,000 eggs!!! Wow! This is so exciting... you can visit the petting zoo and see me, play mini-golf, play in the Old Town West, zip down the zip-line, play on the playground, watch & listen to the musicians & dance teams, and oh my, I'll just leave the rest up to you!!!

This is one of 3 free annual community events that 7 Acre Wood & Carrie's Coffee Mill does. All of the following are free: admission, egg hunt, petting zoo, mini golf, zip lines, Old Town West, many other play areas, & live music. Tickets may be purchased for pictures with the Easter Bunny, pony rides, hayrides, the barrel car train, face-painting, food, and more. Family Fun park admission before 10am and after 2pm is $6/person.

Michaels: Lots of free crafts this month!

I love doing crafts. The older I get, the cooler I think they are, too. I am always impressed by a creative idea.
It is about making the ordinary extra ordinary (ahem, extraordinary! )

Ps. I am adding some more humor to this blog. Let me know if it is like lead balloons as my dad says of ir you think it is funny. I am feeling insecure so please please please comment or mail me!
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In celebration of National Craft Month, Michaels is hosting several free Make-It take-It Events

FREE Fries at Chick-Fil-A on Friday!!

I like this promotion! I am a little entertained by the idea of saying good bye to ketchup packets.

Also, I am going to take this opportunity to say that I am overwhelmingly pleased with all of kids meal prizes that I have received over the years. They are awesome. I also think it is brilliant to offer the trade in your prize for an ice cream deal. We love it! Some how it seems we are doing way bettter getting it free than paying a $0.25 at McDs.

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FREE Fries at Chick-Fil-A on Friday!!

Stop by your local Chick-Fil-A this coming Friday, March 4th, 2011 between 2 - 4pm and request your FREE waffle fries!! This is all part of a promotion to test out the new Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup.

Click HERE for details.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fwd: DAILY DOSE: Helpful Knowledge

Like, I get daily inspirational emails from Chabad. Tzvi Freeman is one of my favorite writers.

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Helpful Knowledge
Adar I 26, 5771 · March 2, 2011
By Tzvi Freeman

The very fact you know about someone who is in trouble means that in some way you are able to help. Otherwise, why would this knowledge have entered your world?