Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Home Depot Kids Workshops

Nothing planned for Saturday morning?  Why not head over to Home Depot for their free Kids workshop. 

It's a free "how to" workshop designed for 5-12 year olds.  This week (April 3rd) they will be making a real working butterfly house to take home.  In addition to the project to take home, each child will receive a kid sized apron and an achievement pin.  The workshop is between 9 and 12 at all Home Depot stores.  Check it out here for more information.  What a great activity to take your child to for a little parent/child one on one time.  Maybe you will both learn something?  :-)

Curious George Live

Probably not the most frugal thing I'll post on here, but this would be my son's idea of a fun day. Curious George Live is coming to West Virginia. There will be shows in Huntington on April 6-7 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and the tickets range from $12-$25 each. I have never seen this show so I can't say if it's good or not . . . let me know if you go and if it was worth the money.

Check out the website here for more information and to buy tickets.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Treasure Hunters Roadshow comes to Parkersburg

Starting TODAY Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be at the Comfort Inn in Parkersburg.  They will be set up there until Saturday.  This is a free event Tuesday-Friday from 9AM-6PM and Saturday from 9AM-4PM.  If you have antiques, gold, silver, guitars, coins or any other collectible you think might be worth some money bring it over and get a quote.  Sounds like one of those TV shows where someone comes in with something they bought at a yardsale and it's worth hundreds now.  :-)

Here are the details.
1. No appointment necessary
2. The item you bring is put into a collectors database and an offer is made to you on the spot.
3. If you decide to accept the offer you are paid right then and you leave your item to be shipped to the collector at their expense.
4. Entire process takes only a few minuts.

see for more details

Monday, March 29, 2010

Toys R Us Deals 3/28-3/3

I am not normally going to post Toys R Us deals here but these are too good to pass up this week. 

Fisher Price Toys are Buy one Get one (under 24.99) FREE
--I hope to get the bike pictured above for my son for Easter and then buy him something else to save for his birthday.

Hasbro Games-Spend $20 get a $5 gift card
+ rebate forms can be found in the store for $2-$3 off each game (up to three)
+ coupons are available here for many of the games.
My plan for this deal is as follows

Operation $8.99
-$5 coupon
-$3 rebate

Connect 4 $8.99
-$4 coupon
-$3 rebate

Cootie $4.99
-$2 rebate

Total cost for 3 games-$5.97 and then get a $5 gift card (can be used as early as 6 hours later)

My plan is to do the game deal tonight and the Fisher Price one tomorrow so I can use my giftcard toward the bike!  I hope it works out as planned-I'll let you know in the comments after I get back.

See other deal ideas for the games here and a complete list of games in the sale here.

CVS Deals 3/28-4/3

I am planning a post on how to make the most out of CVS Extra Care Bucks later, but if you are already familiar with CVS there two of the deals that I thought were really great this week.

Coke (12pk cans)-3/$10.00--(limit 1) (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday only)
-$3 Extra Bucks reward on 3
=3/$7.00 ($2.33 each, not bad at all for my not frugal guilty pleasure!)

Always Pads-$2.99
-$1.00 coupon from P&G insert
=$1.99 a pack

Huggies Diapers-2/$17.98 (limit 1)
-$5.00 Extra Bucks Reward on 2
-$3 Huggies coupon here
-$3 Huggies coupon here
=$3.39 a pack (What great diaper deals we have had recently on name brand diapers!)

Buy 1 Crest Toothpaste or Oral B Toothbrush at $2.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
-$0.75/1 coupon from the 3/7 P&G insert
=$0.24 after coupon and ECBs

You can check out all the deal ideas this week here (no sense me reposting them all when she already did such a great job).

More free music downloads

Wombsong is offering some free Mozart for babies and toddlers music downloads.  Seems pretty cool as they are divided into three "sections" Wake Up, Play Time and Sleep Time so you can create just the playlist you need for certain times.  Or, just download the songs you like.  Head over here for the downloads (just scroll down for the complete songs list).  Also, if you missed it last time the downloads I mentioned over here are still available as well.  Thanks moneysavingmom for the heads up

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Behavior Chart with free tokens from Chuck E Cheese

Could you use better behavior from your child?  Do you live near Chuck E Cheese (only Charleston Area in WV)?  Check out this new behavior chart available from Chuck E Cheese.  Perhaps you and your child can print it out and use it and at the end of two weeks (when the chart is full) head over to Chuck E Cheese for your free (with pizza purchase) tokens.  Go around report card time for even more free tokens with your good grades!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bored this weekend?

Be sure and click on my stuff to do tab on the right side for LOADS of stuff going on this weekend all over the state.  Enjoy your weekend with your family!

Panera Double Dollar Deals

Edit:  Gone in less than 30 minutes . . . sorry.

Today at noon opens up Panera Bread double dollar deals for the first 50 people to sign up.  In short version . . . you get $50 of Panera Gift Certificates for $25.  The long version (with all the restrictions) is available here.  I just thought I'd give you a heads up a couple hours before the bidding actually opens.  We have done this before with another restaurant and they are really convienent and really nice.  PLUS, since they are given in $10 denominations . . . you can actually give them to other people as gifts if you want.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kroger Special Events starting TODAY

Thursday March 25th ONLY-Bunny's Night Out One Day Sale
(All stores using the Mid-Atlantic sales flyers)

Hershey's, Reeses or M&M Candy $2.49
Cherry or Apple Pie (baked in bakery) $2.50
Butterfinger or Nestle bagged Easter Candy $1.88
Sweetart Jellybeans bag $1.39
Egg Decorating Kit $0.99
Lifesavers Easter Candy- $1.00

( is showing printable coupons for many people for the Lifesavers and Sweetart candy-check it out and see if you are one of the lucky ones with a coupon to sweeten the deal)

Thursday, March 25-Sunday, March 28th TRIPLE COUPONS
Wheeling, Moundsville and Weirton stores ONLY (in WV, many OH stores participating)

Kroger will triple all coupons up to and including $0.50 (making them worth as much as $1.50 off EACH)

In addition to your regular coupons, be sure to check out;;;; and for any additional coupons to print and take along with you.  Unless they say "do not double or triple" at the top they are included in the deal as well.

Sams Club Free Sample Event

EDIT--While you are there, check out philly swirl Sweet 16 ice cream treats--Go to PhillySwirl on facebook and click on the notes tab for instructions on how to get a complete rebate on the purchase price of these!!!!

This is one of our families favorite frugal Saturday activities (I know, we are strange).  We visit our local Sams club (which you must be a member of) and try the samples.  We find that our 2 year old (and myself for that matter) are willing to try lots of new things when they are being offered to you in bite sized samples. 

On Friday and Saturday, March 26- 27 they will be having their "Catch the Game Grilling Event" with an extra large number of samples all based around the grilling theme.  Taste some new things, get recipie cards for great grilling foods, and maybe come home with some deals as well!  The event will go from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM at most Sams Club locations. 

My advice is go early if you want to try lots of stuff because each booth will close early if they run out of samples BUT, we have gotten there late and scored TONS of extra freebies (like a whole bottle of Gatoraide for each of us) when they have a certain number to give away and not enough interest.  Click here for official info.

Michaels free spring craft

If you have a Michaels near you then head on over there on Saturday (March 27) for a free craft event.  Bring your kids and create spring projects with NEW Crayola® Model Magic® Presto Dots™! While supplies last so head out there early for good seats and to make sure you get in. 

Event starts at 10:00AM and goes until supplies run out or 1:00 PM.  Go here and click on Free Family Event for more information and to locate the store nearest you.  Triadelphia, Barboursville, and South Charleston stores all have advertised on their websites that they are participating in this free event, but as always, you might want to call them first.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wood County (Parkersburg) YMCA Healthy Kids Day

If you can't find anything to do this Saturday you are crazy . . . especially in the Parkersburg area.  Wow, a ton of events going on.

YMCA healthy kids day is free to the public and will teach kids and their parents the importance of physical activity.  It will be from 9:00-12:00 on Saturday (March 27) at the YMCA on Broad St.

There will be relays, Dance Dance Revolution, Police cruiser tours and many other free active activities to try out wtih your family.  contact Lott at 304-485-5585 for more information

Doddridge and Harrison County Easter Events

Doggy Easter Egg Hunt-March 27th - Bridgeport and Clarksburg 10:00AM
WVDogs has organized a Doggie Easter Egg Hunt Saturday March 27th at the Bridgeport Softball field behind the school and at the Clarksburg Dog Park at VA Park. Two events will be held the same day, so being your well behaved pet for a fun event. There will be plenty of eggs with doggie treats for your pet to find as well as some special prizes. All pets must be on a leash at all times. Times for the events are as follows: 10am Registration by donation. Egg hunt begins at 11am at Bridgeport Softball Field. Registration by donation will be from 2pm-3pm and the Egg Hunt begins at 3pm at the Clarksburg Dog Park. Proceeds will go toward improvements & development of the area dog park. For more information, contact Anna Montgomery at 304-622-3760.

Toys R Us 3D Easter Adventure-Saturday, March 27th from 12:00-2:00 PM (Bridgeport location)
Try out Crayola's new 3D products and take some samples home.  Click here for more info.

Tucker County Easter Events

April 3, 2010 Easter Egg Hunt
Blackwater Falls State Park
An old fashioned egg hunt for children 12 and younger. Hunt is at Harold S. Walters Nature Center. No fee.
Contact: 304-259-5216

April 3, 2010 Easter Egg Hunt and activities
Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center
9am: Egg Coloring
10am – 10pm: Game Room Open – Board Games, Cards, Puzzles, Corn Toss & More (Pine Room)
10:30am: Scavenger Hunt
12pm: Cupcake Walk
3pm: Easter Egg Hunt & visit from the Easter Bunny

STAND Strength Team comes to Parkersburg

STAND Strength Team is coming to the Elite Sports Center in Parkersburg.  This team will demonstrate feats of strength.  If it's anything like the teams I have seen like this before it is an AMAZING show and very upbeat and entertaining.  Shoneys  by Camden Clark Hospital (and likely other places as well) has VIP passes at their front desk that will get you a free autographed poster when you attend.  This appears to be a free show (accepting donations).  They will be at the Elite Sports Center (2000 First Ave., Parkersburg)

March 24-26 at 7:00 PM
March 27-28 at 6:00 PM
Check out their website here.

Charleston Area Easter Events

Governor And First Lady To Host Annual Easter Egg Drop On Capitol Lawn

Gov. Joe Manchin and First Lady Gayle Manchin invite children from across the state to join in the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, on the East Lawn and West Lawn of the State Capitol.

Children between the ages of three and 10 may participate, but tickets for the event are limited to the first 1,000 children. The free tickets are available by calling 304-558-3588, and they can be picked up at the State Cultural Center Tour Desk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of the event.

Eggs and prizes will be provided for the kids and refreshments will be provided for all visitors. The Easter Bunny is expected to join in the day’s activities and the event will continue rain or shine.

Charleston Parks and Rec Easter Egg Hunt on Magic Island Park-101 Kanawha Boulevard W.
Saturday, April 3, 2009 beginning at 11am for all the fun!
Magic shows by Gary Boothe, Hoppy’s Little Express Train Rides, inflatables, celebrity mascots & the Easter Bunny! Join us in the hunt for 15,000 eggs beginning at 1:02pm! Ages 3-10. Info available here

Toys R Us 3D Easter Adventure-Saturday, March 27th 12:00-2:00pm
come try new Crayola 3D items and take home some interesting samples of activites. Go here for more information.

Huntington Area Easter Events

Toys R Us 3D Easter Adventure-Saturday, March 27th 12:00-2:00pm
come try new Crayola 3D items and take home some interesting samples of activites.  Go here for more information.

ANNUAL EGG HUNT-April 3, 2010 @ Ritter Park
Starts at 10:00am Rain or Shine
Toddlers to 12 Year olds
Come meet the Easter Bunny and the Chicken! Entertainment by BOB FM 101.5
Thousands of eggs, lots of candy and prizes!
For more information: 304-743-5268

Woody Williams Field next to Veterans Memorial Field House

Parkersburg Area Easter Events

Easter Parade - Mar 27, 2010 2:00 pm-Downtown Parkersburg-Market Street
Mid Ohio Valley Easter Parade endorsed by the Mayors of; Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre and Williamstown, all of whom are scheduled to participate.

Cabin Fever Family Fun Day-Mar 27, 2010 12pm - 4pm Parkersburg City Park Pavilion
Lots of fun and games for the whole family. Free Admission and door prizes will be given out.  Game tickets will bee available at the door for $5 for 20 tickets-proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.  Contact Jenny McWilliams 304-488-1681

Easter Egg Hunt-March 27, 2010 1:00 pm-Wyngate Senior Living #1 (Wyngate Dr. Parkersburg)
Bring your easter basket and come hunt for the gold and silver egg. All kids will get a candy bag. If you find the gold or silver egg you will win a easter basket.  The easter egg hunt is for ages birth to 12 yrs of age. We will have cookies and lemonade provided for all the children. You may also meet the Easter Bunny.  Please call 304-428-2004 for info or directions

Toys R Us Easter Adventure in 3D-Toys R Us (Vienna, WV) March 27th 12:00-2:00
Explore Crayola's new product line of 3D items.  Free items will be given out.  Click here for more info.
Easter Egg Hunt-Mountwood Park-Saturday, March 27th at 10:00 off Route 50 in West Virginia.
Hunt is for children up to age 12 with four age groups having different areas to hunt. There is no charge for the hunt and prizes, candy, hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Registration will be at Shelter 1 at 9:00AM. Click here for more info or call Peggy Squires 304-679-3914 or Lorrie Arthur at 304-588-1403

Easter Egg Hunt-Mar 28, 2010 RESCHEDULED Apr 3, 2010 12:00 pm-Muskingham Park Marietta, OH Justice Motorcycle Club Easter Egg Hunt
Prizes, candy and over 10,500 eggs to be found!  155 BONUS gift baskets will be awarded.  Children will be divided into categories and each category will have one grand prize winner as well.
Contact Kevin Decker 740-374-8297 with questions

Easter Egg Hunt- Apr 3, 2010 Noon to 2pm-Word of God Ministries
Dixie Lane - Off of Rt 47 between I-77 and Rt 50, Parkersburg. Children of all ages are welcome. Will have crafts and carnival style games.

Easter Egg Hunt-Apr 3, 2010 3:00 pm In front of Parkersburg High School
sponsored by Parkersburg Urban Parish of the United Methodist Church.  Contact Freeda Canterbury
304-422-1300 with questions

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Foodland Deals 3/21-3/27

This is a great week to grocery shop at Foodland.  See deals with coupon matchups below.  Prices and sales are correct for the Mid Ohio Valley and appear to be correct for southern WV as well.  Double check your ad to be sure.
My Foodland does not accept printable coupons and doubles up to $0.55 so that will be what my numbers are based off of.  Also, all coupons listed are from the standard newpaper inserts (RedPlum and SmartSource) unless otherwise noted and will be listed as MFC (Manufactures coupons)  My personal picks for best deals are in red.

Spend $25 and use the in ad coupons to get these four deals. 
Shoppers Value Boneless Chicken Breast (3 lb bag)-$3.88

Russet Potatoes (8 lb bag)-$0.88 - This is an AMAZING deal as far as prices I usually pay for potatoes.

Country Crock Spread-$1.49
$0.40 MFC -$0.40 Doubled
= $0.69 each

Jif Peanut Butter-$1.49

Other Deals to note
Banquet Select/Value Meals $1.00

Flavorite Frozen Vegetables $1.00

Dunkin Hines Cake Mix $1.00

Armour Treet $1.00

Oscar Mayer Lunchables $1.00  

Hunts Barbecue Sauce $1.00

Idahoan Instant Mashed Potato Pouches $1.00

Stouffers Lasagna $9.99-$1.00 (coupon from March All You Magazine) $8.99 

Del Monte Canned Vegetables $0.80
$1.00 when you buy 8 MFC
$1 off any 5 (coupon from February All You Magazine)
$1.00 off any 4 Tomatoes
= as low as $0.55 a can

Betty Crocker Frosting $1.67
$0.50 MFC-$0.50 double coupon
$0.67 each

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel $2.00
$0.55 off two MFC - $0.55 double coupon
$1.45 each when you buy 2

Yoplait Kids Yogurt Multipack $2.50
$0.35 MFC- 0.35 double coupon
$0.75 off 2 MFC
as low as $1.80 each

Gortons Fillets or Sticks $2.99
$0.60 coupon (February All You Magazine)
$2.39 each

Also note that Foodland is starting to carry this brand. 

So get out all your FREE product coupons from the paper before you head to the store to see if you can score some free paper products this trip.  Note that free product has to be less than $1.00 or they will just take off the $1 (still worked out to a good deal for me)

Click here for the complete ad for this week.  Feel free to post in the comments if you find another great deal I missed this week at Foodland.

Free Spaghetti at Fazoli's

Want some Italian tonight?  Sign up for the Fazoli's Italian Revolution here and get a free spaghetti meal coupon in your e-mail.  Also, head over to Fazoli's on Tuesday nights for $0.99 kids meals with adult meal purchase.

LOWES Build and Grow Clinic

Plan on being bored this weekend?  Why not sign your kids up for the LOWES Build and Grow Clinic?  This week they will be making a kaleidoscope from 10:00AM-11:00AM and best of all it's completely free!!  Each child will receive all the items needed for their kaleidoscope, as well as a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certificate when they complete their project.

Learn how to build something of your very own to take home and it costs you NOTHING!!  That's my kind of clinic.  :-)  Just go here to sign up.

Monday, March 22, 2010

CVS Deals 3/21-3/27

I am planning a post on how to make the most out of CVS Extra Care Bucks later, but if you are already familiar with CVS there two of the deals that I thought were really great this week.

Pampers Diapers $8.97-$3 Extra Care Bucks-$2 coupon found in my last pack of diapers =$3.97 a pack!

Colgate Total toothpaste $3.99-$3.99 Extra Care Bucks = FREE (if you have the $1.00 coupon from last Sundays' paper you can actually MAKE $1 on this purchase!)

You can check out all the deal ideas this week here (no sense me reposting them all when she already did such a great job).

Target Game Sale

I am super jealous of those of you with a Target this week.  They have many of their board games including those in the picture below for $7 this week.  These would go great in my gift bin for when we are invited to birthday parties or for Easter baskets.

To further sweeten the deal go here for coupons which makes the games. . . .

Monopoly $2 after sale and coupon
Connect Four $4 after sale and coupon

Thanks Saraboo's Savings for the heads up.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Do it yourself workshops at Home Depot

We are moving into a new house so these free workshops might just be what we need to help us learn how to do some simple at home projects.  These workshops are free how/to only and come with no supplies or take home things (that I know of).  Go here to register--they are all this Saturday (March 27) and would be fun to take with your spouse and then go home and try your new found skills.

Interior Painting (looks like a women only class?) 10:00-11:00 AM
Tiling walls and floors 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Installing door hardware 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Also, it looks like many of the WV stores will be offering an additional class on Sunday, March 28.
Crown Molding 1:00-2:00 PM

Mountwood Park Easter Egg Hunt

 Saturday, March 27th at 10:00 an Easter Egg Hunt will be at Mountwood Park off Route 50 in West Virginia.  Hunt is for children up to age 12 with four age groups having different areas to hunt.  There is no charge for the hunt and prizes, candy, hot dogs and drinks will be provided.  Registration will be at Shelter 1 at 9:00AM.  Click here for more info or call Peggy Squires 304-679-3914 or Lorrie Arthur at 304-588-1403
Why not plan to stay the entire day?  Mountwood has frisbee golf, hiking trails, playgrounds, a 50 acre lake, biking trails.  Bring your equipment and plan to spend the whole day as a family in Mountwood.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Free Rita's Italian Ice for first Day of Spring-Martinsburg, WV

Celebrate the first day of Spring with a free Italian Ice from Rita's TODAY only.  Check out this website for more information.  It appears that only those of you in Martinsburg, WV will be able to partake in this one-enjoy it for the rest of us!  Free medium Italian Ice from noon-10:00pm.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Host a Party for free with your Mom friends

House Party is a company that hires people to hold party's in their home to promote a new product and get the word out about it.  I was chosen to host one a few months back and it is super easy and you get lots of great free stuff in order to host your party.  This one is for a mom's pizza party.
Host a Red Baron™ Moms House Party!

If selected to host this pizza and pasta party, you'll invite over all the busy moms in your life on May 8th, 2010, to your very own pizzeria — in your own kitchen! You and your guests will enjoy the ultimate girls' night in, while you taste test all-new pizzeria-style Red Baron® Pan pizzas and Pan pastas.

As a host, you'll receive a generous party pack with all the pizza and pasta party tools, you'll need to treat all your Red Baron® Moms to a fabulous (and delicious) night off.

Sign up here if you are interested . . . this company is legit and sends you quality stuff if you are chosen.  Oh, and be sure and invite me if you win!  :-)

Pizza and mom's not your idea of a fun party?  Check out the House Party Website here to see what events are coming up that you might be more willing to host. 

Kids Consignment Sale (Wayne County)

Kids Consignment Sale CK Community Center 1200 Poplar St. Kenova, WV

Shoppers can shop--March 26th-Friday- 11am-7pm and March 27th-Saturday- 8am-6pm
A seasonal children's consignment sale. Spring and Summer clothes,toys,equipment, ETC.
Contact Melissa 740-479-1901 or Bridget 304-617-6949

If you want to sell things at the sale you can visit for more info on dates and times for drop off and pick up.

*AMAZING* Huggies diaper coupon

This is BY FAR the best diaper coupon I have ever seen available to print.  Don't wait too long, they have a set number of prints on this site and then they are gone.  It's for $3 off ANY 1 Huggies diapers.  Mine expires April 1.  Go here and scroll down until you find the Huggies one.  You can go back to the site and print it again (the second time it will be on the very last page). 
Thanks Budget Help$ for the tip.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Outback-Free Bloomin' Onion for military

A special deal just for you Veterans and Active Military. 

"At Outback, we appreciate our Veterans service to our country and we are proud to serve them. Now until March 31st, all Veterans and Active Military will receive a Free Bloomin' Onion with proof of military service."  check out the link to the e-mail I received telling me about it here.

Thank you for your service to our country!!

South Ridge Grand Prix Family Day's (Charleston)

Need a spring break activity that's close to home this year?  Why not take advantage of the South Ridge Grand Prix Family Fun Package in Charleston, WV.

For $44+tax you can get 4 go-cart rides, 4 laser tag sessions, 44 tokens, 4 drinks and a large 4 topping pizza.  That's only $11 per person in your family for an entire evening of fun!  That's a TON more entertainment and probably cheaper than heading to a movie with popcorn for the family.  Looks like it is only good on Monday's and Thursday's but you could call to double check.  If your kids have their report cards they can get extra tokens for good grades to add to the fun.  See all the details here.

$20 gift card with purchase of TWO boxes of Pampers Diapers

Saturday, March 20 Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations are having a Pampers giveaway day.  I got an e-mail about it that says you can get a $20 Gift Card when you buy any two pampers value boxes with their new "dry max" stuff. 

The e-mail says they will be giving out free samples and having giveaways from 12:00pm-4:00pm while supplies last.  I honestly can't find anything on their website about this promotion so you might want to call your local Toys or Babies R Us to be sure they are participating.  This could lead to a good price on two big boxes of diapers and some other free stuff so if you have a baby in the house it would be worth the phone call.

HIGH VALUE Planters Nuts printable coupon

This is a high value Planters Nuts coupon once again for facebook fans ($1.50 off 1 planters product).  (Seems every company is getting in on these recently).  Just become a fan on facebook here and then click on the NCAA Sweepstake tab for your coupon.  It should print twice per computer (hit the back button).  This would make for some cheap mixed nuts or maybe even free Trail Mix if you put it with a sale. 

Auntie Anne's Pretzels coupons

Wow, this is the first really great thing I have learned from doing this website.  Exactly what I had hoped for, Tracy (Parkersburg) let me in on a great deal that I had never heard about.  I can share it here for everyone else to read so we can all "share the wealth".  Exactly the reason I created this website!  Thanks Tracy for the first WV reader tip.

Auntie Anne's Pretzels has a Pretzel Perk Club that gets monthly e-mails with free coupons in them.  Sounds like you get one free coupon a month!  All you have to do is go here and sign up.  As soon as I signed up I immediately got a coupon in my e-mail inbox for buy one pretzel or pretzel dog and get a free original or cinnamon sugar pretzel.  Sounds like a cheap date for my hubby and I.  He loves the pretzel dogs and it's cinnamon sugar all the way for me!  :-)  I can't wait to see what I will get in the monthly e-mails.

In West Virginia, Auntie Anne's are located at the Grand Central Mall in Parkersburg, Morgantown Mall in Morgantown, and Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wood County Kite Festival (Mineral Wells, WV)

I have never heard of this before but I just saw it advertised on and it sounded really fun.  Be sure to call the contact number for more info before driving there . . . I have not seen this advertised anywhere but that one website.   (Also saw it in the FREE TIME in the paper)

Mar 20, 2010 11am - 4pm at the New Era School, by Mineral Wells School, Mineral Wells, WV

fly kites, food, bounce houses, music, kite vendor, awards given, free kites to first 50 kids, safety class, and more.

Contact Max Barker, President New Era School Museum 304-481-4752

Copycat Restaurant Recipes downloadable cookbook

I am not usually an online cookbook type person but this one looks really neat and has my favorite Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits in it!!  It's a free download onto your computer and then you can save it to your hard drive, print it, or just use it as a reference when you are cooking.  This Third Volume has in it recipies from Red Lobster, Carrabba's, Cheesecake Factory and many more.  I can't wait to try them out!  Also check out Volume 1 and Volume 2 if you don't already have them downloaded to your computer.  Thanks Money Saving Mom for the information.

Free plus overage Monopoly Card game

Head over here and get the coupon for $5 off ANY Monopoly game.  Assuming you don't actually want to buy a Monopoly game with your coupon, why not try out the new Monopoly Deal card game?  This game is marked down at Walmart for $4 and if you find a nice cashier you can take the full $5 off your total bill and actually "make" a doller for buying these cards.  Even if your cashier isn't feeling quite that generous you should still get the cards completely free.  You can print the coupon twice-just hit the back button.  These would be great for Easter baskets for older kids or to put in a package for a college student.  I will probably use mine to send in a package to my pastor who is serving overseas in the military.
Thanks for the heads up Sarahboo's Savings

Free Music

Is your MP3 player on repeat because you don't have enough songs to listen to?  Check out the new list here at Amazon of 1,551 songs you can download to your MP3 player (i-pod) for FREE!  Christian music fans will be especially excited to see Big Daddy Weave, Jaci Velasquez, and Barlowgirl among the artists with free songs on the list.  Check it out, there is something for everyone.

AND, for the little ones in your life.  Check out this website for free songs for them as well.  Includes Twinkle Twinkle little star and songs from The Goodnight Show.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kroger 3/14-3/20 deals

This is a fantastic week at Kroger and you can get over 10 items completely free with just a computer and a printer to use before you head to the store!  They are running a March to Savings deals where you mix and match any 8 products and get $4 back.  You MUST buy items in multiples of 8 to get the deals.  Here is my favorite deal for the things we will use-price listed is after coupons and buy 8 prices.

1. Healthy Harvest Pasta - FREE-use coupon here-you can print it twice just hit the back button after it prints
2. Healthy Harvest Pasta - FREE-using above coupon (buy two)
3. Healthy Harvest Pasta - FREE-use coupon here-you can print it twice just hit the back button after it prints
4. Healthy Harvest Pasta - FREE-using above coupon (buy two)
5. Smart Taste Pasta - FREE-use coupon here-you can print it twice just hit the back button after it prints
6. Smart Taste Pasta - FREE-use coupon here-you can print it twice just hit the back button after it prints
7. Munchables - $.99 - use coupon from this past Sunday paper
8. Softsoap Hand soap - FREE- use coupon from March All You magazine (available at Walmart)

Cat treats, Tuna, and L'Oreal hair products are also among the items you can get free this week.  Check out my favorite source for Kroger deals here.  Note that she is using the Mid-Atlantic sale prices which I believe cover everyone in WV.  (you can check if you use the Mid-Atlantic by looking by the copyright at the bottom center of the ad)

REMEMBER-if you have time to do this deal but you don't need all that pasta you can always donate it to a food bank or make up a gift basket of food items to give to someone in need.

Costco offers Free Samples

Head here to the Cosco site to sign up for some free samples to be sent to your house.  You can get a great sample of Lever 2000 soap that sounds like it will be a small bar perfect for travel.  I have also used these small bars as filler in boxes of stuff to send to the college students at my church . . . they always appreciate the gifts large or small.  You do NOT have to be a member of Cosco to get the sample (which is good since there are no Cosco's in West Virginia).


Monday, March 15, 2010

Free Sample of new Ritz Pretzel Crackers

Wow, it pays to be on facebook recently . . . I just became a fan of Ritz Pretzel Crackers on facebook and signed up for a free sample sent to my home.  Just click on the box that says sample after you become a fan.  This size free sample is great for a little surprise in your husband, kids, or your own lunchbox to break up the routine a little.  :-)

K Mart Clearance Winter/Fall clothes $3.99

See the little yellow triangle in the top right corner of this ad?  Says all their winter clearance stuff will be on sale for $3.99.  Time to stock up for next winter!  I stopped by the Vienna K-Mart today and I was actually impressed with the amount of stuff lowered to this price.  Womens flannel pajamas, kids sweatshirts, womens shirts, MENS SWEATERS! . . . seemed to be clothing in all sizes and lots of options.  Keep your eyes open though, the stuff is not all together and is not all in the center aisles--you have to really search to find all of it.  The sale does NOT include winter coats or shoes though but those are marked down (looked like $9.99 and above) but I didn't see a great selection of these type items at the Vienna store.  If you go to a different K-Mart post a comment and let me know what deals you found so others can head to the store that benefits them most.  This ad/these prices seem to be across the entire state of WV click here to see if your store is included.

High Value Bacon Coupon

If you are like me and LOVE bacon then you will certainly want to print this coupon.  It's one of the highest value Bacon coupons I have ever seen.  Coupled with a sale, this could result in some really cheap bacon.  Head over to this site and tell them what you love about morning (man, I had trouble coming up with something on that one) and they will let you print your coupon. 

These coupons are NOT valid at Foodland (they don't take printable coupons) but Walmart, Kroger, Giant Eagle and most other grocery stores will take printable coupons just as easily as any other coupons.

Thanks for the heads up

Texas Roadhouse in Parkersburg--St. Patty's Day specials

This Wednesday-St. Patrick's Day-head on over to Texas Roadhouse in Parkersburg from 7-10 PM for half-priced appetizers and ice cold drink specials. (This deal may be available at other Texas Roadhouses as well but I have confirmed it only at the Parkersburg location.)

Free Day at Party Hoppers in Grand Central Mall

Party Hoppers in the Grand Central Mall (Parkersburg) is having a Wear Green, Save Green promotion! Stop by on St. Patrick's Day (Wednesday the 17th), wearing something green, and your kids will receive FREE admission!  Free admission is until 5:00PM.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Curious George Live

Probably not the most frugal thing I'll post on here, but this would be my son's idea of a fun day.  Curious George Live is coming to West Virginia.  The show will be in Wheeling at the WesBanco Arena Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (tickets are not sold out yet) and the tickets run from $9-$35 each.  There will also be shows in Huntington on April 6-7 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and the tickets to that one range from $12-$25 each.  I have never seen this show so I can't say if it's good or not . . . let me know if you go and if it was worth the money.

Check out the website here for more information and to buy tickets.

Dunkin Donuts Coffee Sample

Coffee drinker in your home?  Click here for a free sample of Dunkin Donuts Coffee (mailed in a 1.1oz sample pouch).  No coffee drinkers in your house?  Why not make a get well basket for a sick friend and include this pouch?  It will mean a lot to the friend and cost you just enough for a couple other trinkets to fill the basket.

Free Diaper Sample from Cosco

Click here for a free Huggies Snug and Dry diaper sample from Cosco.  You do NOT have to be a member to get a sample.  Fill out a quick form and it will be mailed to your home.