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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! No Tricks Just Treats!

UPDATE: This deal has ended
For Halloween I have a bucket of freebies including the following items to give away:
1. 10 packs of 4 free drinks at Mangroves on South Howard
2. 10 packs of 4 free drinks at The Vine in Lutz
3. 6 packs of 4 free Skate Admissions at AstroSkate in Pinellas Park
4. 28 free passes to Gold's Gym and a free enrollment if you sign up for membership
5. 4 Free outdoor family photo session gift certificates

In addition to these items I'll see if I can find some more and if you fill out the form below you will receive one of these treats until I run out. When I get your contact info on the form below I'll pull out an item from the bucket and send it to you. No tricks-just treats!!!
Want a treat? Send me your info and I'll mail you a treat!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

My Darn Near Free Halloween Costume

 Halloween is Monday, but there is still time to get ready! It took one hour to make the costume above and it was only $2.50.  How did I make it? The wig was $2.50 on clearance after last Halloween. The jacket I already had then I made it 3-D by adding cardboard. I got the cardboard at a recycle bin and cut it into 14 mini pyramids. With staples, safety pins and black paint they were Gaga ready. The makeup was free with a coupon for $8 off 2 Cover Girl products and the black eye shadow was $3 making it free!!! Put it all together and I was like OH MY GAGA!!! This proves with a little creativity you can make a cheap costume!! 

If you are not very creative...good news... is there are plenty of Darn Near Free Halloween Costume Ideas HERE!!!
If you still need to carve your pumpkin be sure to check out the FREE Pumpkin Carving Templates post HERE!!!
If you would like to read about my experience making my own Halloween Costume for the first time please check out my article in the tbt* HERE

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

11 Ways to Watch Movies for Less

Frugal Family Fun: 11 Ways to Watch Movies for Less

this article was initially published HERE 

You can buy, borrow, stream, or rent movies nowadays. You can even go to a real theater and watch movies. But if you're not careful, all that movie watching can take an out-sized bite from your budget.
Here, from cheapest to most expensive, are 11 ways to watch movies in the 21st century:

* Borrow from the library. It's free, and you'd be surprised how many titles they have.

* Swap with friends. Another freebie! If you're the organizing type, get together a movie swap at work or playgroup. The more subtle types will just start giving movies away, hoping someone gets the hint and reciprocates.

* Free viewings. Community centers and other groups often show movies for free. Look in the newspaper or on the library bulletin board, for starters.

* Garage sales and thrift shops. Almost every garage sale has a box of movies for sale. If you still have a VHS player, you might find free movies! If you turn around and sell them at your own garage later, score this one as free.

* Amazon Prime streaming. For $79, you can stream from among thousands of movies and TV shows on any whim for a full year. That's $1.52 per week - hard to beat.

* Hulu. Watch TV shows and movies on your computer for free. For a couple of bucks per week, you can expand your selection and watch movies on game consoles and practically every electronic device you carry around. Hulu programming does contain commercials.

* Video rental stores. They still exist - and they're not a bad deal compared to buying movies or going to the theater. Their prices have come down, and some of them let you watch as many movies as you want for a monthly fee.

* Netflix or other DVD-by-mail companies. The attraction of Netflix is that you never pay late fees. However, if you're paying by the month and you have the same DVD on the counter the whole time, it might as well be a late fee.

* Buy it new. For less than $20, you can buy a movie - at the grocery store if you want. It's still not a bad deal compared to the next higher option.

* Cable. Here's where it starts getting pricier. $65 to $75 per month is an average bill, and the deluxe package can be twice that. And the temptation is to "get your money's worth" by watching too much. It's the cruise ship buffet line of video watching.

* Theaters. We hope you shop around, use coupons, and get the matinee pricing. Give yourself extra credit if you fill the kids up so they can't eat another bite before you go to the theater, and you find a Tuesday night $2 special. (Some of our kids never knew you could eat in a theater.) Going out to the movies is still an event. And the less often you indulge in it, the bigger that event will seem.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween is NEXT WEEK!!!! There is still time to prepare!

Halloween is one week from today, but there is still time to get ready! It took me two days to make the costume above and although I spent $50 to make it, there are plenty of Darn Near Free Halloween Costumes HERE!!!
If you still need to carve your pumpkin be sure to check out the FREE Pumpkin Carving Templates post HERE!!!
If you would like to read about my experience making my own Halloween Costume for the first time please check out my article in the tbt* HERE

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Darn Near Free Halloween Costume Ideas!

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Looking for a cheap and easy Halloween costume?!? Well, you're in look. I found a bunch of darn near free costume ideas. Some can even be made with stuff you might already have in your house.

Go as an ipod
Posterboard, black and gray markers and scissors is all you need to create this cute costume.

Kitty Cat
Adorn black clothes with a white cardboard belly, facepaint and purchased ears and tail (or create ears out of construction paper and tape or glue to a head band)

A purple sheet and sash puts a fresh spin on the traditional black witch costume

Maid Marian
Pair a flowing dress with flats, a headband and exotic silk flowers for a feminine feel this holiday

Leap towards your greatest green getup to date in green sweats, googly eyes and gardening gloves

Chocolate Chip Cookie
Two pieces of posterboard cut out in circles and colored to look like cookies is all you need.

Create this simple look by topping a plain white button down and apron with a charming white chef's hat

White sidewalk drawing chalk drawn on black long sleeve shirt and black pants creates the perfect skin-and-bones effect. Best part is it will come out in the wash to be used again after Halloween

Ms. Dracula
Create she-Dracula's gold medallian out of cardboard to adorn her black cape and daintily painted-on fangs

Grab a cardboard box, red spray paint, glue and red solo cups. Spray paint the bod red and glue the cups on to look like a lego and you've got a costume!

Dress in white and wrap in toilet paper. Tape it down to keep it on. What could be easier?

Ace of Hearts
Draw an ace of hearts on two pieces of poster board. Connect them with string and wear it like a street salesman. Wear with a white top and a white pair of pants.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Details on the promotion below image:

Yosemite National Park, Photo by DanNg
NPS/Dan Ng
Yosemite Falls can be seen from numerous areas around Yosemite Valley. A one-mile loop trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall.

Promotional Details :
America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*
Mark your calendar for the final fee-free days in 2011:
  • November 11-13
    Veterans Day weekend

Make plans now to visit the national parks on these 2012 fee-free dates:
  • January 14-16
    Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
  • April 21-29
    National Park Week
  • June 9
    Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12
    Veterans Day weekend
To make the fun even more affordable, check out these discounts and special offers from park partners and neighboring businesses:

Here's a tip - many of your 395 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Monday, October 17, 2011

FREE Html Lessons

I have been LOVING learning HTML lately. It helped me get a huge client earlier this year and its been helping me make my blogs better. Even today I've been learning how to upgrade this site. So, as the days go by if you see changes it's because of what I'm learning!

If you have been wanting to learn HTML I highly suggest W3Schools because it's got tons of FREE information on building and improving your own websites and blogs. The best part is you can apply HTML code to ready made templates like I have with the Blogger templates. Check out W3 Schools HERE

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Coupon Database to Find Every Coupon

Ever sat down with your grocery list and began looking through your
coupons only to get frustrated that you are going page by page hunting for
a coupon for green beans or biscuits and just wished there was a place to
go the find out if the coupon exists at all?!? Well, I took one of those
awesome savings classes and learned about the Hot Coupon World Database
(check it out here:

It turns out lots of people know about this page as I'm finding it on
several coupon websites!

So, the next time you have a grocery list and want to know if there is a
coupon for the items on it, simply plug it in and you will find out if one

Thanks to Addicted to Saving for mentioning this site although she's got a
pretty awesome database herself. See it here:
Check out Addicted to Saving's website here:

Sunday Coupon Preview

Ever wondered what coupons were going to be in the newspaper before you
buy it?!? Well, there is an awesome website that gives a pretty accurate
preview each week a couple of days before the newspapers are even
available for purchase! The website
has consistently been my go to site to see what's available and then
determine whether or not I want to get the newspaper!

A side note-always get two newspapers if there is a coupon you want
because when an item goes buy one get one free at Publix you can generally
use two manufacturer coupons...

Cheerios are $4 and there is a coupon for $2 off 1 box. Publix has a sale
on Cheerios buy one get one free for $4. Buy 2 boxes and use 2 coupons for
$2 off 1 box and you get both boxes for free!

2 Free Baby Clubs to Get FREE Stuff for Baby!

babies image from savebabies 

Did you know that Publix and Winn Dixie both have baby clubs to get free stuff for your little one?!? These clubs are completely free to join and offer some amazing deals for babies and their parents! To get the most value for your baby I strongly suggest signing up while you're still preggers! Just add your due date to the sign up form and you will start receiving coupons quickly! Check out the details about both baby clubs below!!

Publix Details:
When you sign up for the Publix Baby Club you receive:
Valuable coupons: For products you'll need and from names you trust. You'll receive something special from our family that will include coupons for name brand and Publix products and all for a great value at your
neighborhood Publix.  Think of it as a baby starter pack. What every parent needs: A lot of coupons and a little FREE advice. You'll also receive a free subscription to our Publix Baby Club® newsletter until
your baby's second birthday. Each newsletter, available in English or Spanish, is filled with practical tips and important advice on baby care, parenting, health and nutrition, even quick and easy recipes. Plus, each
issue comes with valuable coupons for the baby products you need most. A FREE gift for first-time parents: The authoritative guide to child care. If you're a first-time parent, you'll receive the American Academy of
Pediatrics' complete guide to raising a child, "Caring for Your Baby and Young Child"—a $20 value. It's full of invaluable medical and child-rearing advice from birth to age five. You'll turn to it time and
time again.

Sign up here:

Winn Dixie details:
As a Baby Club Member you will receive valuable discounts, coupons and gifts for you and your baby to enjoy. To enroll you must have a baby between expected and two years of age and you must provide us with a valid expected date or actual birth date.
Get $10 back for every 200 points earned on baby items purchased
Coupons for FREE products and Special offers in the mail
Special Pharmacy Offers:
Receive a $10 Gift Card with Baby's First Prescription
Free FLAVORx flavoring on all liquid child medications (filled at
Winn-Dixie only)
Sign up here:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Free drinks at GBar Tuesday 10.4.2011

Looking for something to do tonight? Tuesday at GBar is College Night and from 9p.m. to midnight everyone gets free drinks!
Address is 1401 East 7th Ave. in Ybor City

Free Sample of Emergen-C

Emergen-C is offering a free sample on their facebook page right now! Click HERE to get yours!

FREE 2012 Women's Health Calendar

Women's Health Calendar

Click HERE to order

calendar thumbnail Author: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health
Published: Expected December 2011
Languages: English and Spanish
Printer-friendly versions: Expected December 2011 Order this publication Order this free publication online or call 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446) to order. Availability and quantities are subject to change.
Description: Our 2012 Women's Health Calendar offers information about common health concerns for women, risk factors for disease, and ways to take charge of your health. It will help you stay organized and healthy. With so many ways to help you prioritize your health, you'll want to keep this handy, portable calendar with you all year round.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

10 Places to Drink FREE

Looking for a place to get a free drink?!? Well, it helps if you are a female! At least that is what I found out while shooting a gallery for Tampa Bay's Metromix!! Check out the 10 Places to Get A Free Drink HERE

5 FREE Activities from tbt* 10/1-4/2011

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Here are the 5 items for this weekend through next week that the tbt* is reporting are free events!!! Check them out below and then check out the entire Friday 9.30.11 edition of the tbt* HERE

5 under $5


Next Thursday's
Rock the Park brings a free show to the lovely waterfront Curtis Hixon Park. See the indie/electronic band The Pauses, electro-folk duo King of Spain, electro rockers Mrenc and Rec Center. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and you can pack a picnic or buy food and drinks there, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.


Hillsborough Community College's Ybor campus is hosting a special storytelling, dance and theater production
St. Lucy's School for Girls Raised by Wolves . It's based on a short story by Florida author Karen Russel, about anarchic wolf-sisters who are sent to St. Lucy's School to be civilized. 7:30 p.m., Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus, 2112 N 15th St., Tampa. Free.


The annual
New Port Richey Founders Day Fall Festival , which opens at 6 p.m. Friday in Sims Park and continues through 5 p.m. Sunday, has gained a reputation as being one of the most wide-ranging, familyfriendly and dog-friendly events in the area. Like many festivals, it has a carnival, live music, arts and crafts, and food. But it also has a cruise-in classic car show (on Saturday), beer garden, children's activities and riverboat tours. It's free (food and drink additional) at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey.

Saturdays at the Morean
FREE is a free day of art experiences designed for families with children ages 5-10. The art center opens for exploration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with open art stations and take-home projects. Instructors will be on hand to assist at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.


The first Saturday of the month, painter Arnold Martinez of Arnold Martinez Gallery and jewelry maker Dan Balk of Singing Stone Gallery open their studios to the public for
Art on 19th Street . Other artists will provide live art demonstrations, as well as live original music. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1903 N 19th St., Tampa. Free.