Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $61.18 worth of groceries for $27.04, or 56% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 12/17 Publix Trip – $61.18 for $27.04 or 56% Off


Best Gift Ideas for this #HintingSeason

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Need some last minute gift ideas? There are some fabulous tech gifts available at Best Buy like the Xbox One, JBL speakers and headphones, Garmin and TomTom that are sure to please everyone on your holiday gift list. There are several different Garmin and TomTom GPS units available with terrific features like bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, large touchscreen displays, traffic and weather updates, lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates, voice recognition technology and spoken turn-by-turn directions.

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The Xbox One was at the top of my kids’ wish list last year, it was built by gamers, for gamers and has lots of great game titles, many exclusive, like Halo, Sunset Overdrive, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Madden 15, Just Dance 15, and the kids’ favorite Skylanders. In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects you to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.

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Portable bluetooth speakers from JBL are a fabulous idea for all the music lovers on your gift list. Use them indoors and outdoors and have your favorite music everywhere you go. We like to use ours while we’re grilling out, it’s got a great sound, super long battery life, and you can even charge another device like your phone or MP3 player with the speaker while listening to music. Your friends and loved ones will be thrilled that got them one of these hot gifts from Best Buy!

My 12/17 Publix Trip – $61.18 for $27.04 or 56% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

This week’s Publix list looks a lot like last week’s but I was happy to get some more bacon and garlic bread and very glad to see the Diet Cokes on sale since I’m down to my last 12 pack. I have a few more $5/$30 Winn Dixie coupons to use before the end of the year so I’m hoping to get another Publix trip in to get some juice, cooking oil and more cheese before the qs expire. Today I bought $61.18 worth of groceries for $27.04, or 56% off after coupons. Here are the deals:

Smithfield Hickory Smoked Bacon, Regular or Thick, or Lower Sodium, 16 oz, BOGO $6.99
-$1/1 Smithfield Bacon, exp. 1/5/15 (Blinkie)
-$1/2 Smithfield Bacon printable
-$1/2 Smithfield Bacon, 12/07 SS (exp 2/7) [DND] (I used one of these)
Final Price: $3.00 per pound

Cole’s Breads, 10.5 to 16 oz (Excluding Mini Loaf and Mini Toast), BOGO $2.99
-$0.50/1 Cole’s Brand Product, Any
-$1/1 Cole’s brand That’s Dinner!, any 43oz – found on Cole’s Garlic Bread Peelie
-$0.30/1 Cole’s Item, Any Tearpad
Final Price: $1.50 each loaf

Kraft Shredded Cheese or Chunk, Assorted Varieties, 6 to 8 oz, BOGO $4.29
-$1/1 Kraft Cheese peelie
-$1.50/2 Kraft Cheese Or Dairy Product, Any AND Velveeta, Any (Participating Brands: Kraft Singles, Kraft Natural Cheese (Shreds, Chunk, Slices), Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese, Kraft Deli Deluxe Slices, Kraft String Cheese, Polly-O Cheese (String, Mozzarella and Riccotta), Cracker Barrel Cheese, Kraft Grated Parmesan, Breakstone’s Sour Cream and Cottage Cheese, Knudsen Sour Cream and Cottage Cheese and Cheez Whiz) Tearpad (exp 12/31/2014)
Final Price: $2.15 per bag

Simply Potatoes, Assorted Varieties, 20 oz, BOGO $2.85 or $1.43 each

Wish-Bone Dressing, 16 oz, or Dressing & Seasoning Mix, 2.1 or 2.6 oz, Assorted Varieties, BOGO $2.67
-$1/1 Wish-Bone Dressing Mix, exp. 12/19/14 (Publix Coupon Publix Grocery Flyer ) [2-oz. to 2.6-oz.]  (I used two of these)
Final Price: 34¢ each box

Coca-Cola Products, Assorted Varieties, 12 pk, 12 oz cans or 8 pk, 12 oz bottles, 4/$12 (Buy 3, Get 1 Free)
-$1/3 Coca-Cola Product, any 12-pack of 12 oz. cans – found on Coca-Cola Zero Peelie (exp 12/31/2014)
-$1/2 Coca-Cola product, Any 8-pack 7.5 oz. cans OR 8-pack 12 oz. bottles, AND Nabisco Cookie or Cracker product (4.5 oz. or larger) Tearpad (exp 1/17/2015)
Final Price: $3.00 each 12-pack

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Capture Your Holiday Memories with a Canon from Best Buy

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I was in the real estate appraisal business when digital cameras first became popular and affordable. I remember how much money it saved my office to be able to provide digital photographs of properties in our appraisal reports rather than having to have photos printed, not to mention how much time it saved us in not having to wait for the photos to be developed. Since that time I’ve been passionate about digital photographs and now that I have five young children I find myself taking TONS of pictures all the time. It amazes me that my children won’t even remember a time when film photography was the only option, but I recall that Canon cameras were my favorites then just as they are now.

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I personally own a Canon EOS Rebel digital camera and it is one of my favorite possessions, I carry it with me on trips and to every party or family function that I attend. Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories and this Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of their best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression. You can even capture Hollywood caliber full HD video and you get continuous autofocus while taking HD video. The camera features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images and the 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Now through December 20th you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy, visit the Best Buy website to learn more!

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Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $67.66 worth of groceries and toiletries for $19.84, or 71% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 12/10 Publix Trip – $67.66 for $19.84 or 71% Off


Adult Blemishes and My Proactiv+ Review

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Proacitv+. I received samples of Proactiv+ to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

When I was younger, in high school and college, I had really good skin – thank you mom for good genes! I rarely if ever had any breakouts at a time when it was a pretty big issue for many of my friends. My skincare routine back then consisted of washing my face in the morning and again at night to remove my makeup before bed. Now that I’m in my 40’s I’m getting breakouts on a pretty regular basis and it’s been driving me crazy. It seems like I’ve tried every product on the market and none has really been a good solution.

I still take pretty good care of my skin, I clean my face twice a day and exfoliate a few times a month, but my old routine isn’t working for me anymore. I’ve tried creams, ointments and masks to keep the breakouts to a minimum but the bumps keep showing up, especially around my mouth and on my cheeks. I have a full time job and it’s embarrassing to show up for a meeting with big zits so I keep concealers and powders on hand to hide them the best I can.

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I would much rather be able to control my acne breakouts than have to try and hide them so I was very happy to try out Proactiv+ and see how it would work out for me. Proactiv+ is a three step system – first you do use the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, next you apply the Pore Targeting Treatment and finally you use the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator.

The Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator has benzoyl peroxide in it and you can feel it lightly scrubbing your skin. After using it the first time my skin felt smoother and now that I’ve been using it for about a month I can really feel a big difference in the texture of my skin. The Pore Targeting Treatment is a light benzoyl peroxide cream that is spread on thinly after exfoliating. The Complexion Perfecting Hydrator has salicylic acid in it and is a heavier moisturizing cream that goes on last. Honestly, I was a little concerned the first time I used this cream because I thought it might be a little too heavy for my sometimes sensitive skin, but it feels great going on and absorbs quickly so it doesn’t feel like too much on my skin.

Although the breakouts haven’t completely gone away, they are much lighter and less frequent and I believe there will be fewer of them as I continue to use Proactiv+. I’m thrilled to have found a system that is easy to use, quick and simple to apply, and that has helped to brighten and smooth my skin while at the same reducing my embarrassing acne breakouts!

My 12/10 Publix Trip – $67.66 for $19.84 or 71% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

I love to stock up on broth around the holidays so I’ve got plenty on hand for making winter soups and this is the best deal that I’ve seen on bacon in awhile, usually it’s B2G1 free so I was thrilled to grab this B1G1 deal, especially since there is a matching coupon. I picked up the sausage to make these Sausage Balls for the office Christmas party next week. Today I bought $67.66 worth of groceries for $19.84, or 71% off after coupons and $5/$30 Winn Dixie q. Here are the deals:

Margaritaville Appetizers, Frozen, Assorted Varieties, 8 or 10 oz, BOGO $9.99
-$1/1 Margaritaville Seafood Item printable (I used two of these)
Final Price: $4 each

Progresso 100% Natural Broth, Assorted Varieties, 32 oz, BOGO $2.59
-$1/4 Progresso™ products (excludes Progresso™ Pasta Bowl) Publix Digital Coupon (I used one of these)
-$0.50/2 Progresso Product, 12/07 SS (exp 1/31) [Excludes Pasta Bowl]
-$1/4 Progresso Product via Upromise Deposit [Excludes Progresso Pasta Bowl]
-$0.50/2 Progresso Product, 11/02 SS (exp 12/27) [Excludes pasta bowl]
-$0.50/2 Progresso Product, 10/19 SS (exp 12/13) [Excludes pasta bowl]
-$0.55/1 Progresso 100% Natural Broths, exp. 12/11/14 (Publix Coupon Best Meals)
Final Price: $1.05 each

Smithfield Hickory Smoked Bacon, Regular or Thick Sliced or Lower Sodium, 16 oz, BOGO $6.99
-$1/1 Smithfield Bacon – Any – DND Blinkie (exp 1/5/2015)
-$1/2 Smithfield Bacon Products 12/07 SS (I used one of these)
Final Price: $3.00 per pound

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread, Assorted Varieties, 2 pk, 7.5 oz tub or 12 to 16 oz pkg, or Spray, 8 oz bottle, BOGO $3.19
-$0.50/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! printable (exp. 12/31/14) [$1/1 When You Share] (I used two of these $1 ones)
-$0.50/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Product (ALL YOU Nov ’14)
-$0.55/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Tub printable [15-oz.+]
-$0.50/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Product, 11/16 RP (exp 12/14)
-$0.75/2 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Product, 11/16 RP (exp 12/14) [Limit 2]
-$1/2 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Product, Any (Maximum of 2 Identical Coupons Allowed in Same Shopping Trip) – 11-16-14 RP (exp 12/14/2014)
-$0.55/1 Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Product, any (DND) (Maximum of 2 identical coupons allowed in same shopping trip) Blinkie (exp 1/18/2015)
Final Price: 60¢ each

Cole’s Garlic Bread or Toast Slices or Bread Sticks or Cheese Sticks, Assorted Varieties, 10.5 to 16 oz (Excluding Mini Loaf and Mini Toast), BOGO $2.99
-$0.50/1 Cole’s Brand Product, Any
-$0.30/1 Cole’s Item, Any Tearpad
Final Price: $1.50 each

Jimmy Dean or Patty, Links, or Crumbles, Assorted Varieties, 9.6 to 16 oz, 2/$7
-$1.50/2 Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sausage Rolls (zip 03103) (I used one of these)
-$0.75/1 Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Product, 12/07 RP (exp 1/4) [DND]
-$0.55/1 Jimmy Dean Breakfast Product, 12/07 RP (exp 1/4) [DND]
-$1.25/1 Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles, Any Variety 9.6 Oz. Pack ibotta offer
Final Price: $2.75 each

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Capture Precious Holiday Memories with a Great Camera

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Do you have any idea what you’re getting for Christmas? Well this is the “hinting season” and if you already know what you’d like to receive it’s probably a good idea to let your significant other, friends and family members know what you might like to see under the tree this year. I always like when people who have me on their gift list ask me what I want for Christmas and I try to have a few gift ideas in mind that I can share to hopefully make their shopping easier, like one of these fabulous cameras from Best Buy. I am constantly taking pictures of the kids and I think that precious holiday memories are some of the most important ones to record. I would love to upgrade my camera in time for all the many holiday photo opportunities!

These three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung all have built-in WiFi so sharing the amazing photos you take is easier than ever! The Nikon D5300 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens shown above is a great choice for sharp photos and video footage and it has optical image stabilization to prevent blurring and ensure image clarity.

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 shown above is a great compact digital camera that allows you to shoot, share and use Android apps. It has a 16.3 megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. It also has built-in WiFi and a 4.8″ touch screen to simplify operation.

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The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera is a compact system camera with the “World’s Fastest Autofocus”. It features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity, plus it has built-in WiFi that lets you share stored content across devices. Which of these awesome cameras would you like to see under your tree this year? Whichever one you prefer you’ll sure to get some outstanding pictures of holiday memories that you can enjoy for years to come.

How to Use Homemade Printed Tee Shirts

With the increasing accessibility of screen printing programs and materials, more people have been able to take advantage of screen printing in their own home. Making homemade printed tee shirts can be fun and easy when you have all of the right supplies on hand. Starting with a comfortable blank tee, you can turn your imagination into a one-of-a-kind creation. The following ideas are just a few examples of the many ways to use homemade graphic tee shirts.

Homemade Gifts

If you are finding it difficult to select a gift for a friend or loved one that really captures their personality or sense of humor, you may want to go the route of making a homemade gift. Although you may not consider yourself crafty or creative, a screen printed shirt made with a custom design, saying, or graphic can be a fun and unique way to give a personalized gift that they cannot buy in a store.

Team or Group Unity

When trying to create unity or cohesiveness amongst a large group, tee shirts are a great way to make a group into one unified body. If you find that custom logo printing is too expensive, you may want to try making printed graphic tees on your own. Starting with a basic shirt, you can create a matching logo to apply to all of the shirts you need made. Take a look at the following infographic to get more information about the basics of home screen printing.

Infographic below by ShirtSpace.com:

Screen Printing Instructions Infographic

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $69.37 worth of groceries for $20.90, or 70% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 12/3 Publix Trip – $69.37 for $20.90 or 70% Off

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