Thursday, October 2, 2014

USF: Free Frozen Screening and Sing-a-long with Chris Buck

From University of Saint Francis' website:

The University of Saint Francis will team with Fort Wayne Cinema Center on “A Weekend with Chris Buck” Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5. The event will bring a free screening of “Frozen,” the highest grossing animated film and number-five movie of all time, and free presentations by its Oscar-winning co-director to the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center.

The public is invited to the “Frozen” screening that evening at 7 p.m., with Buck engaging in a sing-along immediately following the film. He will deliver a lecture after the sing-along. On Sunday, Buck will speak for the university’s continuing Closer Look lecture series at 1 p.m. He will discuss his career and creative evolution and offer advice on beginning a career in creative industries to the region’s students.

Salomon Farm: Fall Harvest Festival (10/3- 10/4)

Fall Harvest FestivalFree celebration of the history and culture of the American Farm with grain threshing, food concessions, hay rides, antique farm equipment displays and more 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct 3-4 at Salomon Farm.

We've taken the kids to this festival a few times and it was really fun!  The hay ride was especially appealing to the kids.  It is not a huge event, so it is nice to show up, have an hour or so of fun and be done!

Kandoo Wipes for 50 Cents

Buy 1 Kandoo Wipes soft pack $1 at Target
Use $0.50/1 Kandoo Personal Care Item coupon here
= only $0.50

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pampers Gifts to Grow


Add 50 free points to youPampers Rewards account when you use this coupon code.  The expiration date is unkown.


      Meijer mPerks: Free Dannon Creamery Dairy Dessert


      Register or log in to your mPerks account to get a coupon good for a FREE Dannon Creamery Dairy Dessert (5.3 oz.). Enter the promo code Creamery14 to access this free coupon.

      Monday, September 29, 2014

      Free Sample Yogi Tea

      FREE Yogi Tea Sample Pack – Send 2 FREE Samples to a friend. Want a sample too? Ask them to send one back to you!

      Target Sample Spot: Free Sample Dial Ane Control Face/Body Wash


      Head over to the Target website and fill out a quick form to see if you qualify for a free sample of Dial Acne Control Face Wash and Body Wash.

      Dunkin' Donuts: Free 12 oz Dark Roast Coffee Today (9/29)

      Dunkin’ Donuts – FREE 12 oz. Dark Roast Coffee to celebrate National Coffee Day today, September 29th!

      From the DD press release:

      Dunkin’ Donuts also today announced a special National Coffee Day offer to help America run on Dunkin’s newest, boldest brew. On September 29, National Coffee Day, guests can walk into any participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant across the country and receive a free medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot Dark Roast Coffee, with a limit of one per guest. Then, beginning September 30 through October 5, guests can enjoy a medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot Dark Roast Coffee for the special price of only 99 cents.

      Friday, September 26, 2014

      McDonald's Free Coffee Giveaway ends Monday, 9/29

      Just a reminder, McDonald's free coffee event ends Monday, September 29.  So, get your small coffee for free while it lasts!

      The Coffee Mateuccino

      This morning I had the chance to indulge in one of my favorite money-saving creations. The Coffee-Mateuccino! If you make coffee at home (which frugal people do) and occasionally get Nestle brand Coffee-mate (which is sometimes on sale), then you know how tragic it can be when you turn over the Coffee-Mate Fat Free French Vanilla only to have piddly drips come out. Fear not, for this frugal tip will allow you one more day of creamed java. To confess, this creation came out of a desire to have one final moment with the Coffee-Mate instead of actually saving money, but thankfully it does both.

      First, brew your coffee however you please and get your empty cup...


       Next, confirm that Coffee-mate is in fact reaching the end...
       Now, for the tricky part. Pour your coffee into the creamer bottle. You have to go slow. This whole concept works for two reasons. One, the creamer itself is extremely thick so it sticks to the bottle. (We usually have fat-free, regular may be even thicker). Second, the Coffee-mate bottle has little dents and crevices in the bottom that retain even more extra creamer after the last drip has dropped. Fill the bottle halfway or with however much coffee you want. Secure the lid tightly and give it a good martini shake.

      When you open the lid, you should get a delightful "psst" sound meaning you frothed up your coffee perfectly. Pour into the cup and enjoy your frugal, creative creation. The Coffee-mateuccino!

      Thursday, September 25, 2014

      Shelf Life: Decoding the Expiration Lingo

      Stocking up on items when you find great prices is a way to reduce your grocery budget.  How long do things really last?  In their March 2011 issue, Parents Magazine did a small piece about what some of the expiration date lingo means. 
      • Sell By:  Use the food within 2-3 days of this date.  However, milk and yogurt kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit can last up to a week after this date.  Eggs are good up to an additional five weeks.  ( I don't know why they don't just extend the expiration date of these...)
      • Use By:  Eat (or freeze) food by this date.  Parents also says, "Never use baby formula or baby food beyond this date, since it can lose nutrients." 
      • Best if Used By:  Usually on non-perishable items, and using post expiration date won't necessarily make you ill, the product just may be stale or have lost color and nutrients.  Parents states, "If it remains unopened in your pantry, peanut butter can last up to 9 months, cereal a year, canned fruit 12-18 months and canned veggies for up to 5 years." 
      Expiring food is not an issue around here, it gets eaten too quickly!  However, this is a good reference to have, just in case you find something at the back of the fridge that you had missed.