Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mark your calendar for free disney passes!

Free Admission to Disney in 2010 – Give A Day, Get A Disney Day
via Hunt4Freebies by Michele on 9/29/09

Disney Day -Read details here.

Starting January 1, 2010, Guests can go to to search for volunteer opportunities made available through HandsOn Network and sign up for a day of volunteer service. As the nation’s largest volunteer network, HandsOn Network has 250 on-the-ground volunteer action centers across the country and connects volunteers to more than 70,000 nonprofit agencies that need their help. Many of the opportunities will be projects that entire families can participate in together.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Saving money on a home

One of my friends is moving back up to North Florida from the Orlando area. She has been looking into some nice homes for rent. She said that it is pretty much a renters market right now since so many people are buying homes up really cheap since the economy is so bad. She actually thinks that she will be able to rent a house nicer than the one that she had back in Orlando. She thinks that it might actually be a way for her to save some money at least for a while.

Free Music Downloads

Free Music Downloads Walmart
Krista - Temporary Insanity
For this week only, download the first single from up and coming artist Krista’s debut album.

Jet - Black Hearts (On Fire)
Australian rock band Jet present this free track from Shaka Rock, their newest album

Chris Young - The Man I Want to Be
Download the title track from country music star Chris Young’s latest album.

Kany Garcia - Cuando Tu No Estas (Acoustic)
Here’s your chance to grab an acoustic version of a song by award-winning Latin artist Kany Garcia.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Everything gets broken

Living in a house full of boys (5 including the hubby), things are always getting broken. I really do feel like we needs some really strong industrial supplies around here sometimes. I mean, you should see our furniture, our knobs etc... It is the one thing that makes me glad to see my boys growing up. It feels like we will never have anything nice that is not partially broken. I am sure that I am not the only one that feels this way either. But for all other reasons, I want my boys to stay small.

Free Fax!

If you sign up for efax at the link below, then you can get free faxes to your email.

You can use the link below to send them for free

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Short term Health Insurance

My hubby grew up in Raleigh, NC and still has a friend there from childhood. Recently he had to get some short term health insurance NC when he was between jobs. But he said that it really was not too expensive. It was better and cheaper than having to get the COBRA plan through his old job. I was really glad to hear this. Not that my hubby will be going anywhere any time soon, as he already has a really good job right now.

$5 off coupone for Build a Bear Workshop

This is a coupon that can be used until September 28,2009 for $5 off the price of a bear that is $10 and up at Build a Bear. I am thinking about trying to take both older boys to make one (my oldest one made one last year and LOVED it!

below is the link for the coupon. Enjoy!;194631;9928825;22;02&R=T1_CPN_50129&A=1007&ci=50129

Never to early to start looking

It is starting to get closer to the holidays now and my hubby and I have been trying to figure out what to get his bosses for business gifts this year. It will be a little easier this year because one of his higher ups is a female so I can help pick that one out at least. I guess we still have a little bit of time to think about it but it is never too early to start thinking about it I guess.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Free Magic School Bus Book!

If you have small kids, you know the Magic School Bus. My son gets to watch it in health class at his elementary school and he LOVES it!
Anyway, here is a link where you can actually get a free copy of The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up book. You call an 800 number and just tell them what you want and they will take your name and address and it will arrive in the mail within 3 weeks (but I have read of others getting it in 5 days.) Their site says that it will be sent out within 2 days as long as it is in stock. You will also get a confirmation email as well.
So this is a great kids freebie:)

Just some thoughts

You know, sometimes there are things that are just a good idea to have even if you think you will not ever need them. Some things that come to to my mind are Dental insurance. Sure you can probably afford the now and again cleaning, but what if you need that root canal? Substantial savings there. Good auto insurance is another. You need to make sure that the insurance company is reputable and will actually pay if you end up in an accident. Don't just get the minimum unless you have great health insurance and if you have a spare car. Another thing that people don't really think about much is rv extended warranty. If you have one, you know that you put a lot of miles on it. You do not want to be out in your RV on the other side of the country and break down and not have the money to fix it.

Free Portrait Package from the Picture People!

The Picture People are offering a Free Portrait Package from now until October 4th. Print out a coupon and bring it in with you to receive:

1 8x10
2 5x7s
8 wallets
NO sitting fee

Nothing needed to buy! They will of course try to soft sell you some portraits and it is always a little hard knowing that pics of your kids will be destroyed if you do not buy them, but hey free is free right? Just tell them that you will have to have the out of town grandmother that is going to be buying them look at them online to see what she is going to buy:)

Here is the link to the online coupon:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Selling things on eBay

My husband and I sold a few items on eBay this past week. We made pretty good money doing it too. It was great! But we would have made more if we could have found our box cutter, had saved some of those boxes that come with all of the computer parts that he is always ordering and didn't have to run out to buy packing tape (kids got a hold of the last one.) So, if you are going to sell items on the internet, make sure to factor in the other costs involved when doing so.

Helping cutting down on costs

One thing that can pretty easily be done to cut down on money out of pocket is to make less trips to the store. You can save a lot of money if you plan your trips where you can do more than one thing in a trip. I have saved lots of money on gas doing this as well as wear and tear on my car. Sometimes it does make for a long day while dragging the kids along but it is worth it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Still wanting to get into shape

I am still sitting here thinking about what sort of fitness equipment I should purchase. It has to be something pretty small so that it doesn't take up too much space in our already over crowded home and something that the boys will not tear up or kill themselves on as well. I know that there are so many things out there, which really makes the decision even harder really. But, it is not like I have to make the choice by tonight or tomorrow or anything. I think I will take my time and pick the best thing for our entire family.

Free babyfood!!!

Here is a good deal that I just found. Too bad that my youngest is already done with baby food:) Hope it helps someone out:)

Free Beech-Nut® Stage 2® Next Steps Kit

Sign up for the free Beech-Nut e-newsletter and get a coupon for four free jars of Beech-Nut Stage 2 baby food. Already signed up? Click here for your free Next Steps Kit.

Sign Up for the Beech-Nut E-newsletter HERE

*One offer per customer while supplies last. Offer expires 3/31/10.

What do you think?

One thing that I was thinking would help me loose weight is a nice treadmill. Most of my day is so sedentary. I sit in a chair to work and to go to school. The only real exercise that I actually get is when I am chasing my little rug rats around. Don't get me wrong, that is a lot of work, but I need something where I can work out for a longer amount of time to get my heart rate up. I also need something where I can stay indoors because it is so hard to get out of the house and do any meaningful exercise with 3 little kids.

Free Autographed Disney Picture!

FREE autographed picture of your favorite Disney Character from Walt Disney Co. (mail in request)
You can get a free autographed glossy photo of your child's favorite Disney character (person, animal, fish, bug, car or whatever) by writing to:
Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Personalization (your child's name) is not available.
No SASE required (just the postage on your request).
Make sure to include the name of the Disney character in your request.
*I got this from a book, Reader's Digest: Free Money, Free Stuff

(Thank you Rainydays over at

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Haven't decided yet

I have been trying to come up with something to wear for Halloween (since it is only about 6 weeks away). To tell you the truth, I am not sure what I want to be this year. I want to try to stay within our family's budget. One thing that I had though of, is buying some equestrian apparel. I think it would be cute. But I still haven't made my mind up yet. Maybe we will all go as a theme. I guess I still have some time to think about it after all.

Color your own pictures!

free coloring-book page printouts of your real photos/ make your own comic strip
Found this code in my recent Parents magazine, page 27

Go to

When the page asks you to "try me" or "enter code," click on enter code, register, and then enter code PR24QCHT

With this code you will have 24 hours to upload and print your coloring book page created out of your actual photo. You can upload and save five photos at a time, but after printing, you can replace any of the saved files with a new uploaded image. You also can scale the image and adjust the darkness of the page.

Otherwise, you get a code to print out pictures from specially marked boxes of Crayola crayons, but then you have to make a purchase to get your prints that way.

Piece of mind

I love our little house. It is just the right size and it is really built to last because it is made out of block. Whenever a hurricane comes near, we will not have to go to a shelter like someone in a mobile home in our area will. That was one of my MUSTS when my hubby and I were looking to buy a home. One of the problems though was that we could not afford a new house (could have gotten a new mobile home though). So we do have outdated cabinets, tile and also bathroom faucets but those are all easy to change and we can take our time doing it. That is a small price to pay for a little piece of mind.

Enfamil $5 Printable Coupon!

I know how expensive it is to have a baby on formula especially Enfamil. So, I just found this really great online coupon and thought that I would share it.
I hope that it helps some of you formula moms out.
Enfamil $5 Printable coupon

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Thinking of dental insurance

We are trying to figure out how to save money but still be able to go to the dentist for our 2 cleanings and to be able to get any other necessary work done as well. I am thinking about signing our family up for some dental insurance again. We had it in the past, but things were juts to hectic to get to the dentist to be able to use it. Someone suggested a southpark dentist for our family. I will have to check into it. I just haven't had the time yet. I can't wait to be able to go to the dentist at a reasonable cost though.

Thomas and Friends Play Date Sept 12, 2009!

If you have a Thomas the Tank Engine fan, you really need to check out the Thomas the train playdate on September 12th 11am-1pm.

Toys R Us Store Locator


We are going to be getting a new puppy soon. I know that there are a lot of hidden costs involved with getting one though. I know that there are vet bills, a collar, a leash, bowls, toys, a crate and the all important, one of those cute little pet beds. I am sure the puppy is going to want to sleep with the boys, but I am sure that they will get better sleep if we just have a bed in their room for her. I am starting to get excited just like they are about it.

Reminder about Free Chocolate Friday!!!

From 9:00:00 AM ET to 11:59:59 PM ET on the Friday only of each week beginning 5/8/09 and ending 9/25/09 ("Offer Period")you can get Free chocolate through the Chocolate Relief Act. It is from the makers of Mars, M&Ms and more! All you have to do is sign up through the link above and you will get a coupon in the mail. I have gotten 3 of them so far. Hurry up and sign up though because this offer ends on 9/25/09!

Never to early

I am already starting to think about what I want to get my ol' hubby for Christmas this year. He is pretty hard to shop for. He doesn't really care about clothes anymore or stuff like that. He is more into computers, computer games and things like that. I was thinking about maybe one of those really nice Custom flash drive. I guess I still have time to think about it though since it is only the beginning of September and all. I just like to get a good head start.

90% off Certificates!!1

90% off Certificates (because it's 09/09/09)
Save 90% with code NINETY, pay only $1 for a $25 certificate

These last for a full year, so stock up at this unbelievable price!
This is a REAL deal. For example, a $1,000 certificate would cost $40, and you'd get 40 certificates for $25 each over the year. You could also stock up on gifts:

Just go to and order and make sure to put in code NINETY to get your discount!

My family loves to go out to our local seafood restaurant which just so happens to be on this site:) We go Monthly and use our certificates. Can not beat it!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Buying Video Games

As a mom to boys, there are lots of video games in our home. I NEVER buy them new either. I always buy online. My favorite place to buy them is actually on eBay. I have found that as long as you are selective, you can get them cheaper than you can at a video game store. Another place that I have found is Craig's list. Again, you have to be sort of picky so that you don't end up spending more than you would at the store.

Cable receivers

We just renewed our cable and added some channels. My sons LOVE to watch Nick and Disney. I got the free HBO for 6 months and I am going to try to get it again once the 6 months are up. I have been checking into different receivers lately as well. One that I found online was bell tv they do look pretty good. For right now, we are just going to stick with what we have but at least I can keep that in mind for when we do upgrade.

Christmas shopping!

Now is the time to go ahead and start your early Christmas shopping. Every year, I start shopping around August for Christmas for my boys. It makes it a lot easier to grab a few things each month instead of trying to cram to get things a couple of weeks before and everything that they would like is already sold out or outrageously priced. It is also nice, because you never know what might come up financially between now and then and at least you will have bought some things for your little ones, even if you don't get to buy everything that you had hoped:)

Still wanting to loose some weight

I have been really trying to find a well working cost effective way to loose weight. Someone suggested Stimerex ES to me. I am thinking about a diet aid, just because it is hard to get out of the house to exersize like I should because I would have to tote either 2 or 3 kids around with me and also schedule it around my classes and study time as well. Decisions, decisions, I am sure that I will figure something out though.


I am still doing pretty good in school with either an A or very high B in every class. I am very glad that I am back in school, it is making me feel a lot better about life in general. It also gives me just a few hours a week outside of the home and away from the boys. Don't get me wrong, I love my boys and spending time with them, but Mom still needs her break. I also think that this will show them that it is important to get an education, especially with the unemployment figures as high as they are right now.