Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Cards

Thanks to Shutterfly, I was inspired to write a post about my favorite Christmas cards.  While a traditional Christmas card is always nice to get, especially if there is a letter inside (even it's a form letter...that's okay....I forgive you!), my favorite kind of Christmas cards are photo cards.  While it's easy to stay connected online in today's day and age, it's fun to get a photo card with recent family photos from either a photo session or family event during the year.  We've been having fun putting all of them on our fridge.  We are running out of magnets though!  (A good problem to have)

I'm planning to create this year's Christmas photo cards through Shutterfly.  They have SO many options and honestly, sometimes too many!  :)  (Again, a good problem to have.)

Here's what the subject of our cards will be this year...can you guess where this is?

With Shutterfly, not only can you do photo cards, but you can do photo books (we've done this for grandparents in the past) and desk calendars (I've never done, but they look like a neat idea).

Let me know what you create, or better yet...send it to my mailbox!  I love mail :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

$5 off $30 iTunes Gift Card


Get $5 off $30 in iTunes gift cards at various grocery stores around the country.  I verified and Cub Foods in Minnesota is a participating store.  Hurry, coupon expires 11/13/2010!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Free $3 Music Credit on

Add coupon code STUDENT3 to your Amazon Music Account and you’ll get an instant free $3 credit to use on anything in the Amazon MP3 store.

Example ~ The Taylor Swift MP3 album is only $3.99 so only 99¢ after the coupon code!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CSN Stores Review Preview

I was recently introduced to CSN Stores and was surprised at the large amount of offerings on their websites and related affiliates.  They sell everything from bar stools to remote control and electronic toys, to furniture, to patio and garden items, on their site and their 200 related stores!

Now that garage sale season is nearing its end here in Minnesota, I'll be looking out for good retail deals on toys for our little guy.  I was wondering recently if he would enjoy playing with remote control and electronic toys now that he's a little older.

I'm off to check out CSN Stores to see what kinds of remote control toys I think our little man would enjoy.

Free First Aid Kit


Complete this simple form to receive a free first aid kit from Good Samaritan Hospital.  This offer does not mention that it is only valid for certain individuals or states, so it appears to be a valid offer.  Use the code KIT in the promo code field.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Free Travel Pillow from Select Comfort

I don't feel comfortable ordering this as my husband is an employee, but I hope you'll give it a shot!

Check out the Sleep Number Facebook page for the following promotion:

Sleep Number Hey fans, we want to hear from you! Please visit and take our short survey. We’ll even send you a free travel pillow for participating! Sleep well and have a great weekend.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Free Rechargable Energizer Batteries!

Who doesn't need batteries?  Just ‘like‘ Energizer Batteries on Facebook and get a Free 4 pack of AA Energizer Recharge Batteries, a $13 value. First 30,000 respondents.  You will receive the coupon in 3-4 weeks.  I just signed up for mine!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

$10 Caribou Coffee Gift Card for Just $5!


Wahoo!  I'm super excited about this deal!!  Today, Thursday, August 26th, only - you can get a $10 Caribou Coffee gift card for only $5!  I do love me some coffee.  Just go to Plum District (it's a Groupon-like site) ~ the process is really easy and your gift card will be mailed within 2 weeks.!

Since I know that if you're reading this blog, you must like to read, so I wanted to share one of my favorite websites with you!

Do you have any used books lying around? Ones you've already enjoyed, but you're never going to read again? I did, and I finally found a great way to share them with other people!  It's called and it's really fun.

Let me tell you how it works -- because it is so easy! I listed 10 books on the site and I got 2 free book credits to get started. So you can order 2 books right away - free of charge -- and have them mailed directly to you! No strings attached. No gimmicks. No spam mail. Nothing. You just have to love reading books. 

When another member selects one of my books that I have listed, I mail it to them. Yes, I pay for the postage. But then I get another book credit and I can select a book that I want. So another Club Member returns the favor and mails me one of his or her books free of charge. For every book I mail out, I get another book in return - a true shared system!  As long as the book you are requesting is "worth" the postage cost that you spend to send out one of your books, it's a win-win!

When someone requests one of your books, all you have to do is print two pieces of regular paper from your printer which includes the mailing address and the recommended postage. Apply the postage, and drop it in the mail. I am familiar with printing postage at home, so it's really easy to do.

I will admit that it's not ideal if you are only requesting new releases, as those have LONG waiting lists and you'll likely be waiting years to get it.  But if you're looking for an older book or something not as mainstream, this may just work well for you!

I strongly encourage you to check this out. If you do sign up, please use the following link: 

If you use the link above to join, I'll get a free book when you post your first ten books (and you'll still get free books for posting them!) 

Let me know if you try it out!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Get a $20 Lunds/Byerly's Gift Card for $15 - Today Only!

Today only (Tuesday, August 24th), you can get a $20 gift card to Lunds or Byerly's grocery stores for just $15 when you order it through Plum District.  This is a cool, "Groupon-like" site that offers daily deals.  Another cool thing is that you will get a $5 credit when you place your first order.  I will also get a referral credit if you order through my link.

Free 9 Song Country Music Sampler

Right now, you can get a free 9 song country music sampler iTunes download from People magazine!  I'm really excited about this awesome freebie - I love listening to new music!  You will recognize several of the artists that are featured here.

Apparently this sampler changes every week, so check back next week for new songs.

Rock On!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Free 8x10 Print at Walgreens - Today Only!


Today, Sunday, August 15th only, you can order a free 8x10 print at Walgreens.  This is part of their 7 Days of 7 Deals promotion.  It is SUPER easy to create an account, upload a photo and have it processed at your local store.  You don't need to pick it up right away - usually I will just get it when I make my next Walgreens run.  Go here to order yours today.  Hurry, offer is only good today!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WINNER! Good Earth Giveaway

Sorry for the delay, but I am pleased to announce the winner of my FIRST giveaway sponsored by Good Earth!  I put all the contest entries in a basket and my darling husband drew the winning name.......Congratulations to ~~~~Meagan~~~~ !  Meagan is a fun gal who I met on the Bump message boards and is oh-so-helpful when it comes to all things pickles :)  Meagan, I will be contacting you shortly to get your contact information so your gift pack can be sent out straight away!

Thanks to all who entered on both the Fun Finds blog and my personal blog!  This was a lot of fun and I hope I can offer up another giveaway sometime in the near future.

Thanks again and stay tuned for more fun finds!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Good Earth Review & Giveaway!

I was recently provided the opportunity to try one of the new Good Earth dry dinner kits, thanks to a generous offer from Good Earth & MyBlogSpark.  Not only did they provide a Good Earth Mediterranean Chicken dry dinner kit, but they also sent two sets of bamboo flatware, two bamboo dishes, a bamboo utility board and a 100% recyclable grocery tote!

We received the package awhile ago, but we finally had a chance to try it tonight.  It was very simple to do and both my hubby and I participated in the preparation of the dinner.  My hubby prepared the chicken and got it cooking, and then I took over with the sauce and making the pasta.  It was very easy to do and probably took about 20 minutes total (if that).

While our 2-year-old didn't care too much for the dish, we thought it was pretty good.  The chicken turned out really tender and moist.  It was a good meal, but we thought it could use a bit more seasoning. Maybe some salt & pepper or a bit of garlic would do this dish good.  It also has lots of healthy things like whole grain pasta and whole wheat flour, which admittedly aren't things we usually eat, so that may be part of it too.  It was a well-rounded dish that paired nicely with a salad and bread.

(Here's a picture of the dinner cooking!  Can you see the steam?  Yummy.)

The good news is that Good Earth & MyBlogSpark also gave me another Good Earth gift pack to give away to my loyal readers!  :)  This gift pack (pictured below) includes the dinner kit, flatware, dishes, cutting board & reusable bag   All you have to do is e-mail me at, or comment on this post with your name, e-mail address and what your favorite kind of pasta dish is!  Comments will be taken until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 10 when a random winner will be chosen.  One entry per person, please!  :)

Good luck!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Free Subscription to Woman's Day Magazine

This couldn't be easier!  Just go here and fill out the simple form to receive a free 1-Year subscription to Woman's Day magazine.  Even if you don't normally read this magazine, it is sure to have some money-saving coupons.  I cannot remember the last time I have actually paid for a magazine subscription, as there are so many offers for free subscriptions out there.  I keep a stash of magazines in my car to read over lunch or when I have to wait for something.

You'd Be Surprised Who Uses Coupons

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Free Digital Jump Rope!

Wahoo!  Another awesome Fairview Clinics freebie!  Just go here, fill out a quick form, and they will send you a free Digital Jump Rope.  At the same time, you'll be entered in a contest to win a Wii and Wii Fit.

Please note this offer is for MN & WI residents only.

Coborn's Deals - Week of 5/16

I am actually pretty excited about this week at Coborn's!  There are a few really HOT deals!  There are some good coupon match-ups this week, mostly with coupons from this Sunday's paper, so I'd recommend you pick up a copy or two to aid in your Coborn's shopping!

If you see any other notable deals, please let me know.

Good luck & let me know how you do!


7-Up/A&W/Diet Rite, 2 Liter Bottles - $1.00 each

Coke Products – 24 Pack Cans – 2/$10.00 or $5.00 each
*Use in-ad coupon (I'll be stocking up!)


Hunt's Canned Tomatoes, 14.5 oz can - $1.00 each
Final price = 66¢ each

Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce, 26/26.5 oz can - $1.00 each
*Use in-ad coupon to get free Creamette Spaghetti wyb 4 cans

Hunt's Tomato Sauce, 15 oz can, Regular Only – 3/$2 or 67¢ each

Van Camps Pork & Beans, 15 oz Can – B2G2F – 55¢ each


Hunt's Ketchup, 35/36 oz bottle - $1.49
*Use in-ad coupon to get $1.00 off Coborn's hot dog or hamburger buns when you purchase 2 bottles
*Also, this would be a good time to use the free Hunt's ketchup coupon if you got one from All You (bummer that I already used mine!)


Hunt's Snack Pack Pudding, 4 Pack - $1.00 each

Oscar Mayer Meat Weiners or Turkey Franks, 16 oz - $1.00 each
*Use $1/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, exp. 7-11-10 (SS 05/16/10)
Final price = 50¢ each (HOT deal!)

Food Club Sour Cream or Chip Dip, 16 oz – B1G1F - $1.00 each


Old Orchard Frozen Juice Blends, 12 oz, Asst Varieties - $1.00 each

Food Club Frozen Potatoes, 20-32 oz Asst Varieties – B1G1F – $1.50 each


All Laundry Detergent, 50 oz - $2.99
*Use $1/2 All Liquid Laundry Detergent, exp. 7-11-10 (RP 05/16/10)
Final price - $2.49 each (Seems like a decent price for a name-brand detergent)


Suddenly Salad - $1.00 each
*Use printable coupon here for 40¢/1
Final price = 60¢

Post Raisin Bran Cereal, 20 oz – B1G1F - $2.07 each
Final price = 7¢ each! (Wow!)



Dole Classic Iceberg Salad Mix – 99¢ each

Fresh Pineapple - $1.97 each
*Use in-store coupon from Grilling Gone Wild coupon book for 50¢/1
Final price = $1.47 (This is an excellent price for pineapple!!)

Raspberries, ½ Pint - $2.50 each


Pillsbury Brownie Mix, 19.5 oz - $1.00 each

Food Club Pudding Mix – B1G1F – 45¢ each

Doritos Chips, 11.5-14.13 oz, Asst Varieties – $2.49 each

Chips Ahoy or Nutter Butter Cookies - $2.50 each

Coborn's Own Garlic Bread, 18 oz Foil – B1G1F - $1.50 each

Cottage Bread - $1.99 each

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rainbow Foods Shopping

I ventured into the world of Rainbow Foods double-couponing a few weeks ago.  Every Wednesday and Saturday, you can double up to 5 coupons, up to $1 each, when spend $25 or more (before coupons).  Occasionally, they have double-double days where you can double up to 10 coupons.

Anyway, I was able to make a quick trip to Rainbow after work yesterday.  I couldn't get the whole receipt in the scan but I thought I'd share the end result.  I doubled 9 coupons - silly me for not doing the whole 10, huh?  ;)

Bottom line, I got over $48.43 of groceries for $12.57!

Some highlights ~
  • Keebler Sandies Cookies - $3 less $1 doubled coupon = $1 each
  • Ken's Salad Dressing - $1.69 less $1 doubled coupon = (31¢) money-maker!
  • Frigo Mozzarella String Cheese - $3.00 less $1 doubled coupon = $1 each
  • Oscar Meyer Deli Creations Sandwiches - $2.00 less $1 doubled coupon = free!
  • Nivea Body Wash - $4.55 less $4 coupon = 55¢
  • Uncle Ben's Rice - $2.15 less try me free product coupon = free!
  • Totino's Party Pizza - 10@$1.25 each less $1/5 coupon doubled less $3 off your next order promotion when you bought 8 pizzas = 45¢ each!  [I know some people think these pizzas taste like cardboard, but we rather like them :)
Do you shop at Rainbow Foods?

More Holiday Stationstore Freebies

In addition to the free candy bar coupon I posted earlier this month, you can also print out a coupon for a free 20 oz coffee or cappuccino here, as well as a 5¢/gallon of gas coupon here.  May as well use these since you'll be there anyway :)  These both expire 5/23/10 but may have a "rolling"date depending on when you print it.

Dr. Pepper Coupon - Cheap 2 Liters!

Get a 60¢/1 coupon here for Dr. Pepper 2-Liter or 12 Pack of Any Flavor, Regular or Diet, Dr. Pepper!  This will make an inexpensive 2-liter when paired with a sale.

Hurry as this is sure to go fast!

Free Full Size Suave Product!

Suave is giving out 100,000 full-size Bottles of Suave Professionals. Just go HERE to like them on facebook and get your FREE bottle.  They will mail you out a coupon for a free product.

Hurry!  :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Coborn's Deals - Week of 5/9

This is a "guest post" of sorts from my Coborn's Blog.  I hope to eventually merge these two blogs together as soon as I figure out just what I am doing with this whole blogging thing.  :)

Let me know if you are a Coborn's shopper and if you find this helpful at all!

Welcome to the beginning of another shopping week! Nothing too exciting that will warrant a special trip for me. I do think the English Muffins and Simply Potatoes are pretty good deals though.


Pepsi Products –12 pack of 12 oz cans or 6 pack of 24 oz bottles - 3 for $10 or $3.33 each with in-ad coupon

Sobe Lifewater - $1.00 each
*Use B1G1 SoBe Lifewater printable coupon
Final price=50¢ each

7-Up/Diet Rite/A&W – 12 pack of 12 oz cans – 4 for $11 or $2.75 each


Shore Lunch Breading Mix – B1G1F - $1.35 each


Gold 'N Plump Chicken Fryer - 4.19 lb Value Pack – B1G1F - $4.00 each

Pork Sirloin tip Roast – B1G1F - $??? each

Crystal Farms English Muffins – 6 Ct Whole Wheat, Sourdough or Plain - B1G1F or 65¢ each

Simply Potatoes – Asst Varieties – B1G1F - $1.15 each

David's Deli Bagels – B1G1F – 80¢ each

Oscar Meyer Lunchmeat or Deli Creations Sandwich Kits - $3.00 each
*Like Oscar Mayer on Facebook, then enter to win a ride on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and print out a $2/1 Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat printable coupon.
Final price = $1.00 for lunchmeat


Lysol Cleaner – 22-40 oz bottle or 35 ct wipes - $2.00 each
*Use $0.50/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Pourable printable coupon
(also various other coupons are available at this site)
Final price=$1.50


Lipton/Knorr Side Dishes – All Varieties - $1.00 each
*Use in-ad coupon to score a free 2.5 lb Food Club Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast package when you buy 10 side dishes (value of $7)


Watermelon, Seedless – Whole (Avg 15 lb) - $4.97 each
(Let me know if you buy this watermelon & if is any good. I bought watermelon last week and it was awful. I had to throw the entire thing away. So mad as it was not cheap.)

Green Onions – Bunch – 48¢

Celery – 99¢ each

Red Leaf/Green Leaf/Romaine Lettuces - $1.25 each


Tostitos Tortilla Chips – 9-13 oz Asst Varieties - $2.49 each
*If you're planning to buy dip, use $1 off Tostitos Tortilla Chips AND Dip coupon, exp. 5-26-10 (SS 04/25/10)

Lay's Kettle Chips – 8.5 oz bag - $2.49 each

Ruffles Potato Chips – 9-10 oz Asst Varieties - $2.49 each

Brach's Pick-A-Mix Candy – Regular Price??
*Use in-ad coupon for $1.00 off when you buy one pound or more

Crystal Farms Snack Cheese – 8 oz can - $2.49

Going on an AirTran flight anytime soon?

Here's an easy way to save $10 on your flight!  Right now, you can to go to the Little Debbie website (um, on a related note, can I just say how much we love the Nutty Bars?  I bought them as a treat for my husband a few months ago and they have been on our grocery list ever since.  Oops! :)), and enter their Great American Getaway sweepstakes.  Not only will you be entered in the contest, but you will also be e-mailed a free $10 voucher towards any AirTran flight!

Please note that in order to use this discount coupon, you must book your flight before May 31st.  You will also need to go direct through their website and not any other travel websites like Expedia, Travelocity, etc.

Happy Jet-Setting!

FREE Beverage from Dunn Brothers Coffee!

I love coffee, so I was thrilled to find this deal...surprisingly through an advertisement on Facebook!  Just sign up for the daily e-mail list from Crowd Cut and receive a coupon for a FREE beverage of your choice, any size, from Dunn Bros Coffee!  This is so simple and fast!  You do not have to register if you do not want to, just provide your email address and they will send you a coupon for ANY size beverage.  Please note the coupon will expire in 5 days from when you sign up.

If you haven't heard of it before, Crowd Cut is a website that features a daily deal in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area each day.  Here's a bit about them from their website:

Every weekday Crowd Cut features a special deal for your city that can't be found anywhere else!

Watch the clock countdown because these deals are so exclusive that we can only feature them for a short amount of time.

Once bought, you will receive a printable Crowd Cut voucher in your e-mail within 24 hours.

Visit Crowd Cut again the next day for another amazing deal!

I'm excited to see what kind of daily deals that they will have to offer.  These types of websites/services really seem to be popping up lately, and I have noticed some great deals so far!

Free BIC Pens!

Here's a great coupon that I just read about, that will likely score you free BIC pens, pencils or other stationery products at Target, Walmart or other stores --  Save $1.00 off any BIC Stationery Product.

Remember you can hit your back button & print two copies!

If you haven't checked out yet, I highly suggest you do so!  You can print many money-saving coupons that can be used at a host of retailers!  You can usually print two coupons per computer; just hit your back button after you've printed your first copy, hit reload/resubmit, and a second copy should print!

They add new coupons all the time, and they usually "reset" on the first day of the month.  This means they will either remove the coupon entirely, or reset so you can print again even if you already have.

Some of my favorite coupons that are up right now are:

Hefty One-Zip Bags - Save $1.00 on 2
Nexcare Bandages - Save $1.00 on 1 (makes free bandages at Target & elsewhere!)
Old El Paso - Save 60¢ on 2 (makes for cheap taco seasoning packets!)
Keebler Wheatable Crackers - Save $1.50 on 1
Right Guard Deodorant - Save $3.00 on 2
Stove Top Stuffing - Save $1.00 on 2
Roman Meal Bread - Save $1.00 on 1 (let me know what store you find this in)

Sometimes it can be hard to find a specific coupon - what I have found works best is if you click the "category" on the left side of the page, then the coupons will be sorted by type of product.

Happy Couponing!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Free Cami at Lane Bryant + More Coupons

Awesome!  Another great freebie from Lane Bryant.

This time you can obtain a FREE cotton sheered Cami (up to a $19.50 value!) with this printable coupon.  No other purchase is required! This coupon can be used at any Lane Bryant or Cacique store and is valid until 5/10/10. (Please note this cannot be used at the Outlet store, on phone orders or online.)

Also, when you print the coupon, it will also print out a coupon for 10% off purchase of $50 or more at Lane Bryant Outlet Stores as well as online.  That's at least a $10 value!  If you haven't been to the Lane Bryant Outlet, I definitely recommend it!!  They always have good prices on jeans and the size of the clearance section is impressive!!  I'm fortunate to have an LB Outlet not even five minutes away from my home.  I will be using this coupon for sure!

Free Nexcare Bandages

Use this valid PDF coupon for $1 off any Nexcare product to score free bandages if your local Target store carries these in the travel section.  There are no size restrictions on the coupon.  Or save and pair with a sale for inexpensive bandages.  The coupon doesn't expire until 9/1/2010.

You can also get a host of other Nexcare product coupons here.  These are all PDF coupons!

I did not realize Nexcare was a 3M product - yay for Minnesota companies!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

$2 off Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat Coupon

Get a $2/1 package of Oscar Mayer lunch meat printable coupon when you enter the sweepstakes via Facebook.  It is limited to the first 200,000 people to HURRY! Enter the sweepstakes and print your coupon here.  Keep in mind you can hit the back button after you print the coupon, and another coupon will print out.

You should be able to score some very reasonable lunch-meat with this coupon as it often goes on sale for $2.50 or $3.00 regularly.

Holiday Station Stores Freebie for May

Who doesn't love free chocolate?!  This is a great deal!

Get a free regular size candy bar (up to $1.09), any variety, with any purchase!  Expires 5/31/2010.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Heads Up: Nivea Body Wash

There is reportedly going to be a $4.00/1 coupon for Nivea body wash in this weekend's Sunday paper coupons.  Use this coupon to score free or close-to-free body wash!  I've used this brand before and really like it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Free English Muffin Melt at Subway on Friday 4/30

Stop by a participating Subway restaurant from 7-11am this Friday, April 30th, to get a free English Muffin Melt.  While all Minnesota locations are supposed to be participating, I'd suggest calling your local restaurant to see if they are participating.  Yummy!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Hot Coupons!

There have been several great coupons released lately.  Here are my highlights.

Happy Shopping!

Free Coke at Murphy USA Convenience Stores

Do you have a Murphy USA convenience/gas station nearby?  If so, you can visit their Facebook page and "Like" them to obtain a coupon for a FREE 20 ounce Coca-Cola product!  Just click on the "Free Coke" tab to get this great coupon.

The coupon will be emailed to you and expires on 5/3.

Only valid in AL, AR, FL,GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NM, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA. 

Free Panty from Lane Bryant

(Photo Credit: Lane

Suh-weeet!  Finally, a freebie for us "real women"!  Just go here & fill in a short form and print a coupon for a free panty at Lane Bryant.  [The coupon printed out really light for me - I'm not sure if it's my printer or not.]

Coupon is valid until 5/3 (next Monday).  You can use at both Lane Bryant and Lane Bryant Outlet stores.  I'm excited about this since we have an Outlet not even 5 minutes away from us.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Free NasaFlo Neti Pot

I don't know that I'll personally be trying this freebie out, but I'd like to know if any of you have ever tried this product?  I must admit I am too chicken to attempt it!  It sounds like many people have had success with it.  Have you?

By "liking" NeilMed Neti Pot on Facebook, you will receive a FREE NeilMed NasaFlo Neti Pot with two packets!  Just fill out a simple form and you can receive this free item.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Trial or Travel Sized Items

Did you know that you can often obtain trial size items for FREE or better?!  There are several products that have trial-sized (or travel-sized) versions that you can you use coupons on!  You will need to read the size restrictions on the coupons, but many times there will not be any size restrictions meaning they are fair-game to use on travel size items!!  Wahoo!

I find that Target has the biggest travel size section, Walgreens has NONE (sometimes the trial size products are just intermingled with the regular products), and CVS and Cub Foods have some.  Your mileage may vary (YMMV), so take a look at your favorite store (or several stores) the next time you shop.

Some examples:
  • Renu Contact Lens Solution - I have got many, many bottles of Renu contact solution for free (or very inexpensively) with coupons that they quite frequently put out.  In fact, you can get a $2.00 coupon right here!  Target seems to be jacking the price of the trial-size version, but even with the price increase, you can get a very good deal on a nice sized bottle for your purse, airline carry-on, or work desk drawer.
  • Deodorant - I have a nice stockpile of travel sized deodorant that I have gotten for free after coupons.  In fact, in just this past week's paper, you can get a $1.00 off any Dove deodorant or body mist.  I know that they have a couple of Dove varieties of Target, so clip this coupon and bring the next time you go for FREE deodorant.  There is also a couple of Degree coupons that may score you free items as well! The small sizes are handy to bring on a weekend getaway or a couple in your airline bag.
  • Band-Aids - I have been able to get a purse-sized box of various sized bandaids.  With a toddler in tow, you never know when there will be an "owiee" to take care of.  Also nice to throw in your glove box in the car.
  • Toilet Paper - yes, it's true!  A year or so back, they had this small roll of toilet paper in the trial size section!  I guess you could bring it camping?  It's still sitting in my cabinet.  Hrrmmm....
  • Feminine Products - I am pretty sure that I don't need to buy any feminine products for a good couple of years. Kotex, for example, is very generous with their $1 off any product.  Use these for free pantyliners and the like.
  • Baby Wipes - I think I have gotten some free packages of baby wipes in the travel section after coupnons.  Again, handy for the diaper bag or your purse on those quick-trips around the neighborhood on your errands.
  • Baby Shampoo - Get a travel-size bottle of Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo for free when combining with a coupon!  Make sure it does not exclude trial sizes.
  • Laundry Detergent - Tide often releases $1 off any Tide coupons.  Well, I will be the first to admit that I don't often buy a regular bottle of Tide because I usually buy the inexpensive stuff like Purex, but you can get the single-use packets of Tide in the travel section and using a $1 off coupon is perfectly valid!  I save these for my 2-year-old's daycare clothing; I don't know HOW on earth he gets SO dirty in just one day!
Please note, that sometimes the coupon will "beep" at the register saying "Item not found" or "Invalid Item".  You should be able to prove to the cashier or customer service lead that you are buying the product listed on the coupon and there are so size restrictions on the coupon.  This has happened to me before and they always end up taking the coupon.  You are not "cheating" or doing anything wrong; you are buying a product that is listed on the coupon and utilizing the coupon that the manufacturer promotes.

Let me know what free items you score in the travel/trial section using coupons!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free Workout DVD from Kellogg's Special K

Did you recently take part in the Special K Low-Fat Granola cereal deal at Target?  If you did, here's a fun find for you!  You can turn in 5 of the "Special K" stamps found on the cereal boxes, along with this rebate form, to obtain a free 10-Minute Solution Workout DVD.

Offer is good until 6/30/2011 or while supplies last.

What a great way to make this cereal deal even better!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Did you buy a lawnmower from 1994 to April 2010?

I came across an advertisement in the USA Weekend section of our Sunday newspaper regarding a class-action lawsuit.  This lawsuit involves gas engine powered lawnmowers with 30 horsepower or more.  The lawsuit claims that the manufacturer's misrepresented and overstated the horsepower of their lawnmowers.  This is a big date range!  We definitely purchased a lawnmower in this time period when we purchased our home.  I will definitely be looking into the model number of our machine.  If your lawnmower is on the list (it appears that several are included), you may be eligible for a $35 cash settlement for a walk-behind mower, or $75 for a riding lawnmower.

It's worth taking a look at!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Holiday Station Stores

I am so pleased to bring you the first good deal alert of this blog!  Right now, you can score a FREE bag of TGIF Snacks at Holiday Station Stores.  These snacks are currently on sale for $1.50 and there is a $1.50/1 coupon here!  I recently tried the potato skin variety and they were very tasty.

Did you know that Holiday Station Stores take manufacturer's coupons?  They sure do!  I just re-verified this today at the Plymouth, MN location.  They often will have sales on candy and snacks (and sometimes grocery items) your coupons and pare with a sale for a good deal.

Another thing you should know about is the monthly Holiday coupon sponsored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune.  These coupons have been out for several months now, and I have been able to score some great freebies!  This month, you can get a FREE Mega-Grab bag of Doritos Chips with any purchase.  Any purchase could be gas, a soda, newspaper, or a 15¢ sucker!  The coupons change at the end of the month, so this particular coupon is good until April 30th.  I usually print out a few, put in my purse, and I can get a free snack every time I stop by.  Previous month deals include free coffee, free breakfast sandwich, free bags of candy, and more!  The great thing is that these coupons seem to work franchise-wide.  My mom uses these coupons in a small town in northern Minnesota, and while she says they look at them a little funny, when they punch the code in their computer, it works perfectly!

Holiday also has free coffee coupons on their own website that come out frequently as well.  Use it for a regular coffee or a yummy cappucino.  This coupon expires on April 25th, but check the link afterwards as it seems to be a recurring coupon.

Another thing I just found tonight, is a 5 cents off per gallon coupon on their website.  You may as well save on gas when you're getting a free snack!  You can use all of the coupons together!

Also, they take competitor's gas coupons as well!  This is very good to know, since gas seems to be on the rise once again.

Finally, be on the lookout for tearpads of manufacturer's coupons on the refrigerator doors of your neighborhood Holiday.  I have found some great coupons when browsing the stores!  I recently found some Coffeemate creamer coupons at Holiday for 55 cents off.  I used them at Rainbow Foods during their double-coupon promotion to score free coffee creamer.  Yes!  But, please, if you are going to take the tearpad coupons, do NOT take the whole thing.  Take a few or what you will use, and leave the rest for others to benefit from.

Let me know if you try shopping at Holiday.  Think outside just the typical grocery store and Sunday newspaper coupons to score some great deals!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I am starting this blog for you in mind!  I was introduced to the deal-blogging world about a year ago, and my life has been changed ever since!  While there are many, many blogs already out there, and although I don't want to re-create the wheel, my hopes in creating this site is to bring you only the best-of-the-best online and retail deals.  I am also planning to feature interesting articles and series that will improve your life.  I am just an ordinary, average, down-to-earth, relatable, busy, working mom who shares a home with a wonderful husband and a darling little boy in Minnesota.  You will learn more about me as time goes on, but I just wanted to take a quick moment to introduce myself.

You may wonder about the name of this blog - Fun Finds For You!  As I said previously, this blog is for YOU!  I want to focus on content that will help you...whether it be lifestyle articles, shopping deals, coupons, reality checks, or a host of other items.  I came up with this name many years ago as I was re-naming my eBay business.  While I am not as active with eBay as I once was, you can find all kinds of items that I am selling from time-to-time.

I hope you'll join me in this adventure I am about to experience!

Once again...

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