Weekend Coupon Roundup – Free Fries at Wendy’s, Free Bath & Body Works Candle, Pet Coupons, Retail Discounts & More!


Free Wendy’s New Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt (no purchase necessary) – Click here to print!

Smart Ones Frozen Meals (by Weight Watchers) – $5.00 off the purchase of Twelve – Click here to print!

Nestle Football Game Day coupons – Tombstone Pizza, Nestle Tollhouse Cookies, Juicy Juice, Edy’s Icecream, etc.  – Click here to print!

Similac Infant Formula Coupon – $3.00 off –Click here to print!

Hamburger Helper – $.50 off – Click here to print! (This will be a good one for stores that double coupons).

Pet Coupons (Pedigree, Friskees, Alpo, Fancy Feast, etc.) – Click here to print!

DVD Coupons (Walk the Line, Alien Anthology, Sound of Music 45th Anniversary, Shrek Forever After, The Last King & Others)  –Click here to print!

Bath & Body Works – Free 1.6 oz. Home Collections Candle (no purchase necessary) – Click here to print!

Valentine’s Day Candy Coupons (Nine of them) – Click here to print!

Old Navy is having in-store winter clearance up to 90% off today through Sunday.  I bet some great bargains will be found if you hurry in soon!

T.G.I.Fridays – $5 off Order of $15 or More (valid through Feb. 21) – Click here to print! 

Finally, if you are going to be retailing it in the shopping malls this weekend, click here to view a GREAT list of store discounts.

Have a great weekend!

Babies on a Budget Series – Perfect Time to Sign Up for Pampers Rewards!

If you are expecting or have little ones in diapers, now is the perfect time to sign up for Pampers Rewards!  Why now, you may ask?  Right now, when you register for this free program you will receive 100 rewards points to get you started.

Plus, there is currently a 42 point rewards code that you can enter to boost your reward points even higher.  Just think, you will already have 142 points before entering any codes from the Pampers products you purchase or will be purchasing in the near future!

Here is How to Get Started:

1. Click here to go to Coupons.com.

2. Next, locate the “coupon” box that says “Join Today – Pampers Gifts to Grow.” By going through this link to sign up you will receive 100 points!

After you become a member, visit Pampers.com and enter the following Gifts to Grow code:  VMF776C7HMXXT4A

Here are a few other codes that may still be valid (not totally sure):


You are well on your way to earning items, such as free Starbucks, Walmart and Sam’s Club gift cards, magazine subscriptions, toys and of course, Pampers products! Lets face it, diapers aren’t cheap. So, if you are going to be buying Pampers anyway, you might as well get rewarded for it!

A Great Way to Save Money Purchasing Gift Cards (Plus, a Cool Valentine’s Day Gift Idea)


I was just introduced to the the website, GiftCards.com which offers discounted gift cards for hundreds of retailers and restaurants. Say you want to purchase a $50 gift card for someone.  You will likely find it on Giftcards.com for around $45.00 (maybe less). Plus, FREE SHIPPING is included with your purchase.

Here is the concept explained from GiftCards.com:

How it Works

“GiftCards.com buys unwanted gift cards from over 500 retail locations. We pay cash for these gift cards and then we resell them to you at discounts of up to 25%. So, for example, you go into one of our retail locations with a $100 Best Buy gift card and you want cash for it. We pay you $65 cash. We then take that card and send it to our secure fulfillment facility. We list it on GiftCards.com for sale at $75. You get a $25 Discount, and we make $10. It’s a win for everyone. In an economy like this, every savings counts.”

Keep this in mind the next time you need to purchase a gift card. You can save some cash, order it from home, and don’t even have to crank up your car and take the time to visit the store to purchase the gift card. I love free shipping and that each purchase is guaranteed 🙂

Check out the concept below…you can even create a special custom photo gift card of you and your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.  Very cool!

Create your own Valentine's Day Gift Card!

High Value Valentine’s Day Candy Coupons (Dove, M & Ms, Wonka, Butterfinger & More)

If you plan to purchase Valentine’s Day candy this year, check out the printable coupons currently available on Coupons.com! 

I would go ahead and print them ASAP because when the maximum number of prints has been reached on Coupons.com they will no longer be available.

$3.00 off any two Wonka Exceptions Chocolate
$3.00 off Wonka Exceptionals Assorted Chocolate Tin Heart
$2.00 off Wonka Exceptionals Assorted Chocolate Heart Box
$1.00 off any two Wonka Exceptions Chocolate
$1.50 off Nestle Valentine Fun Size Exchange Pack
$1.00 off Wonka Sweetarts Lollipop Bag
$.75 off Nestle Crunch or Butterfinger Hearts Bag (any size)
$1.00 off two Mars Valentine’s Day Candy (any product, any size)

There are also quite a few high value DVD coupons on Coupons.com right now, as well.

$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Spent $67 for $161 Worth of Groceries at Harris Teeter and Food Lion!

What is the $60 Weekly Grocery Challenge?

Each week my goal is to spend no more than $60 for food, drinks, groceries, toiletries, diapers and medicine for my family of five! Then, I report on this blog the items that I bought, the best sales and coupon match-ups that I found and hopefully by doing so, help you stretch your family’s grocery budget, as well!

How Did I Do This Week?

Harris Teeter – Spent $52.43, Saved $87.57
Food Lion – Spent $14.77, Saved $7.13

Final Total – Spent $67.20, Saved $94.70

My goal is to spend $60.00 each week and granted, this week I spent $67.20. However, there were alot of items I needed and I feel I got a lot of groceries for the money.  As I have said before, it all averages out over time. I can’t complain when I only spent $67.20 for $161.90 worth of groceries!

The coupon matchups and deals I used for Harris Teeter and Food Lion are shown below.  However, be sure to visit Coupons.com, Redplum.com and Smartsource.com for additional coupons for items that are on your own shopping list this week. 

Harris Teeter Deals and Coupon Match-ups 1/26 – 2/1 

Breakstone Cottage Cheese 4 – Packs – $1.29
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – FREE

Breakstone Sour Cream (Large 16 oz. Size)- $1.19
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.09

Zone Perfect Bars – $1.25
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.15

Yoplait Original Yogurt – $.40 E-VIC Member Price ($.60 each for VIC card holders)
Coupon – $.50 off when you buy four X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.15 each when you buy four

Sunsweet Dried Apricots – $1.99
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.49

Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo – $1.99
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $.49

Delmonte Canned Vegetables – Buy 2, Get 3 Free
$.56 each when you buy five

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes (BIG Box) – $1.99
Coupon – $.70 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.40 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.59

Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes – Buy 2, Get 1 Free
Coupon – $.45 off when you buy three X 2 (doubled) = $.90 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.63 each

Harris Teeter Old Fashioned or Thin Sliced Sandwich Bread
Buy 1, Get 1 Free – $.74 each (GREAT PRICE)

Chex Snack Mix – BOGO free – $1.39 each
Coupon – $.50 off when you buy two X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $.89 each

Bird’s Eye Frozen Vegetables – Buy 1, Get 1 Free = $1.33 each
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert or click here to print!
Total – $.99 each

Newman’s Own Spaghetti Sauce – $2.00
Coupon – $.50 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert or click here to print!
Total – $1.00

Grande Tortilla Chips – $2.00
Coupon – $1.50 off when you buy two – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.25 each when you buy two (GREAT PRICE)

Herbal Essence Shampoo/Conditioner/Stylers – $2.50
Coupon – Buy one, get one free – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.25 each when you buy two

White House Apple Juice – $1.50

Snyder’s Multigrain Pretzel Sticks – $2.00
Coupon – $1.00 off when you buy two – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.50 each when you buy two

Kraft Dressing – $2.00
Coupon – $1.00 off when you buy two – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $1.50 each when you buy two

Keebler Cookies – Buy 1, Get 1 Free
Coupon – $1.00 off when you buy two – Click here to print!
Total – $1.60 each

Emerald Nuts – $3.24 (Reg. price is $6.49)
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert!
Total – $2.24 

Red Baron Pizza – $3.24 (Reg. price is $6.49)
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert or click here to print!
Total – $2.24 

 Food Lion Deals 1/26 – 2/1

 I did a quick stop in Food Lion mainly for the produce deals this week, but picked up a few other deals, as well.

Bananas – $.59/lb.

Head of Iceburg Lettuce – $.89

Tropicana Punch – $.99

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish – $1.09

Tomatoes – $1.29/lb.

Food Lion Brand Peanut Butter Crackers – $1.79

5 lb. Bag of White Potatoes – $1.89

3 lb. Bag Gala Apples – $2.99

Smart Option Gallon Milk – $3.48


Did you find any great grocery/drug store bargains this week? 

If you have a blog, link up below.  If not, feel free to comment on this post with your grocery savings!

Tuesday Tip – FREE Ebay Auction Style Listing Fees From January 25 – February 8

From January 25 – February 8, list Ebay auction-style items (up to 100 of them) for FREE!  Pay only if your item sells. If you have been thinking about giving Ebay a try, this is a fantastic time because you really have nothing to lose. 

If this new year has found you cleaning out your house and getting more organized, pick a few of your discarded items and give it a try. It can be an excellent way to make money from home and you truly never know what will sell on Ebay.

You May Be Interested In My Previous Ebay Posts:

Making Money From Home – How to Sell on Ebay

Making Money Monday – How to Sell on Ebay (continued)…

Making Money Monday – How I Made Money on Ebay Overnight (Literally)

Money-Saving Monday – My CVS Weekly Trip, New CVS Beauty Club (Free to Join) & CVS Reader Question

I went to CVS today to do my usual weekly diaper shopping trip.  Finally, after no great diaper deals the past few weeks, this week Huggies diapers are on sale for $8.99. Better yet, in yesterday’s Sunday newspaper coupon insert there was a Huggies diapers coupon for $2.00 off.  And, even better, when you purchase Huggies diapers this week, you will receive a $1.00 CVS Extra Care Buck (ECB) to use on your next purchase. Here are my transactions for this week:

Transaction #1

Crest ProHealth Mouthwash – $3.99
Paid  – $3.99
RECEIVED $3.99 Extra Care Bucks from the Crest ProHealth mouthwash that will be used for transaction #2 (shown below).

Transaction #2

Huggies Diapers – $8.99
Coupon – $2.00 off Huggies manufacturer’s coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Coupon – $3.99 Extra Care Bucks from transaction #1
Paid – $3.00
RECEIVED $1.00 Extra Care Bucks from Huggies diapers that will be used for transaction #3 shown below.

Transaction #3

PET Gallon of Milk – $3.59
Coupon – $1.00 off PET milk manufacturer’s coupon from Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Coupon – $1.00 Extra Care Bucks from transaction #2
Paid – $1.59

NEW! CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club

CVS recently unveiled a new way to save even more – The CVS Beauty Club!  Click here to sign up and link your existing CVS card to this free program. Benefits include:

-10% off shopping pass towards beauty products
-$5 Extra Care Bucks for every $50 spent on beauty products (even includes sun screen)
-$3 Extra Care Bucks on your birthday

From the Homemaking Mom Mailbox

I love, love, love to read comments on this website, receive email questions (info@homemakingmom.com) and get feedback on my Homemaking Mom Facebook page.  Please keep it coming! I received the question below in an email from a reader and I am sharing it because I thought many of you may also have the same question…

“I was just wondering how the multiple transactions go at say…CVS? Do they become irritated because you are doing three seperate sales or do they even seem to care? Maybe you go when they are not super busy as to not hold up the next in line? Let me know because I would love to save money, but dont want to become a bother to those waiting on me. Thank you for your time.”

Here is My Response:

“To answer your question, I have never had any cashier at CVS act annoyed at all about multiple transactions. The first few times I did multiple transactions I wondered, too, if it was bothersome and if the store minded.  But, anytime I have ever mentioned the multiple transactions to cashiers during the course of conversation, they have responded by saying they are totally fine with it and are used to it because customers do it all the time.  Many have told me they do the multiple transactions themselves since you can save so much money that way. 

I do try to time my shopping trips when the store isn’t so busy or wait to check out when there is no one in line. That way, I am not making anyone wait.  And, I have my CVS card and coupons organized and ready to go when I approach the cashier.

I would definitely encourage you to give it a try.  I held off for a long time doing the drug store deals, but once I got started with the CVS Extra Care Bucks, I became totally hooked and have saved A LOT of money! I hope this helps.”

HOT! One-Year Subscription to Fitness Magazine Only $3.73 or Shape Magazine Only $3.76!

Today Only – Special Deal of the Day! Click here to receive a one-year subscription to Fitness Magazine for only $3.73.  Enter coupon code PXCJ130 at checkout!

Weekly Special! Click here to receive a one-year subscription to Shape Magazine for only $3.76.  Enter coupon code WKLYSPEC at checkout! Valid this week only.

FREE Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta at Food Lion Through Tuesday

Today’s Sunday newspaper coupon insert has a coupon for $1.00 off any box of Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta.  Redeem this at Food Lion and receive it for FREE, as it is on sale through Tuesday for $1.00!

Savvy Saturday Quick Tip – The Tissue Paper Experiment

I have three little boys and they attend a lot of birthday parties.  I have an impressive “stash” of gift bags, gift wrap, cards, ribbons, etc.  However, I discovered this morning when I went to wrap (more like bag up) birthday gifts for the two parties my five-year-old is attending this weekend, that I was totally OUT of tissue paper. 

O.k., when I say “out,” I actually mean that I didn’t have any brand new tissue paper right out of the pack.  What did I have?  Lots of crumpled up tissue paper in gift boxes and bags from Christmas.  I tried to work with it…I flattened it…I smoothed it out…but, no…it wasn’t going to work.  As much as I tried to work with it, it still looked pretty rough (see picture below). 

I once read that you can use a warm iron to smooth out tissue paper to make it look good as new.  And, you know what, I put this tip to the test this morning and IT WORKS! As you can see in the following picture, the iron flattened it out and made it look crisp once again.   

I must say I am feeling pretty “green” right now 🙂  The tissue paper that could’ve hit the landfill is now getting to be used one more time.  I love when I find a resourceful way to use what I already have on hand here at home. Now, I am not saying that I am going to start ironing all of my tissue paper out as opposed to buying more, but it sure is nice to know this helpful tip that I can use in the future when in a pinch.  I hope it helps you out, as well…

You may also be interested in my previous birthday-related posts:

Simple Solutions – Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

Save Money on Greeting Cards

Hosting a Great Kid’s Birthday Party…Without Breaking the Bank!

Birthday Treats and Tips