Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Frugal Bargains-Deals-and Sometimes It's Free

 Everywhere I have gone this week it seems to be hot, hot, hot.  My sister lives in Virginia and for several weeks now she has given me almost daily reports of the heat index and although; I sympathized with her I was not feeling the effects of the heat until this week, when everyday has been in the 90's. So,  I looked for some relief tactics, here are a few tips to help you keep cool on these very hot days.  I hope at least one of them will help you.  We need all the help we can get this week, don't you think!

Trying to keep your air conditioning bill down? Here are 20 ways to stay cool without touching the thermostat:
  • Wear less clothing
  • Wear breatheable, natural fabrics like cotton, silk and linen
  • Wear light-colored clothing
  • Remove your hat and shoes when you go indoors to give your body a chance to cool off
  • Keep curtains/blinds closed during the heat of the day
  • If your house has multiple levels, try to spend most of your time on the lower levels where the temperature will be coolest
  • Minimize the use of your oven
  • Wait until after the sun has gone down to run your dishwasher, dryer and other heat-producing appliances
  • Line-dry your clothes to avoid using the dryer
  • Use ceiling fans to create a breeze and to recirculate air
  • Drink lots of cold beverages
  • Eat something cold
  • Run the bathroom fan after you shower to pull the humidity out of the house
  • Trade your hot shower in for a cold one
  • Let your hair air dry, and enjoy the cooling effect of wet hair while you wait for it to dry
  • Minimize the amount of bedding that you use
  • Set up a kiddie pool in the backyard, and take a dip
  • Make sure all air vents are free of obstructions. If they're covered with furniture, the cool air won't reach you – even though you've paid for it
  • Close your fireplace flue to avoid losing cool air
  • Head to the library or store to enjoy someone else's air conditioning for a while.
  • Thanks,

Looking for a  short vacation  where you can stay on the cheap and....earn some money!
Here are three hotel deals that you'll want to check out:
  • Book two consecutive weekend nights at Holiday Inn Express, and get a $75 prepaid MasterCard
  • Spend $75 at Advanced Auto Parts, get $50 in Hotel Cash. Use promo code EMCH
  • Stay two nights at a Choice Hotel before August 11, and earn enough Choice Privileges for a free nigh.
  • Thanks,

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK    Order one for your vacation destination.
Get any two 2011 Entertainment Books for only $10 (that’s just $5 a book) plus low $1 shipping! This offer is only good through July 31, 2011. Remember, all 2011 book coupons are good through November 1, 2011.
Click here:
Thanks, Joethecouponguy 

 Post Cereal Coupon

  when you buy ONE box of POST Shredded Wheat Cereal $1.00 off

POST Shredded Wheat Cereal
when you buy ONE box of POST Shredded Wheat Cereal go to   
and print the coupon.  This cereal is $1.00 at Walgreens so it will be free to you. While you are on the site print out other coupons you might need.  Saving money that's what it's about.


July is the time to buy the products listed below at great savings.  Gather your coupons and head to your store.  You can find the best price in your area at

Hot dogs
Ground beef
Hamburger and hot dog buns
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, barbeque sauce, relish)
Salad dressing
Ice cream
Bottled water
Iced tea mix and bags
Grill supplies (charcoal, lighter fluid)
Party supplies (disposable plates, cups, napkins and utensils)

Lunch anyone!

In honor of their anniversary, Arby’s is offering customers a coupon to get a Classic Roast Beef Sandwich for $0.64 with any 22 oz. drink purchase.  You’ll need to like Arby’s on their Facebook page in order to be able to print this coupon.  The coupon will be available to print on Friday, and will be valid for use on Saturday, July 23rd.Thanks, cincinnaticents

The $1/2 Bic coupon is available again! Hurry and print a coupon for $1/2 any Bic Stationery products.
If you have a Target nearby, here’s how to get 20 Bic pens for $0.04 at Target:
Buy 2 packages of Bic Pen Crystal Glide Pens (10-count) at $1.02
Use $1/2 coupon
Stack with $1/2 Target coupon
$0.02 per 10-count package after coupons
Thanks, MoneySaving Mom

 A helpful read:   Great bargains on lower shelves:  Manufacturers pay for the position of their products on the store shelves.  Well, who knew?
Bottom-Shelf Bargains at the Supermarket
There's more on the bottom shelf than bulk bags of cereal. Lower your sights to find overlooked deals.

Money Saving Recipes  is a great site with money saving ideas visit them and say hello.
Today's frugal tip & original recipe is from Ed T .: "They really drop the price of chickens right when the deli section is about to close. Since the breast meat can be a little bland and dry, I just cut that off and slice it into little cubes, place in a ziplock bag and freeze.
A few cubes of chicken, a half cup of frozen veggies and a packet of ramen noodles. For a little extra zing, I buy jars of Thai Tom Yom soup (lemongrass, chilies, etc), and drop a dollop or two into the mix. You got yourself a quick microwaveable meal (5 minutes, 3 if your workplace has a hot water dispenser) that is cheaper (probably about $1 of ingredients) and more delicious than any frozen dinner that you are likely to find. The breast from one chicken is probably good for 3-4 meals!"

Stay Cool, 

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