Disney Movie Rewards: 30 Spring Points

Disney Movie Rewards Logo

Have you heard of Disney Movie Rewards? It is a program where you redeem points from Disney movies, cds and tickets for free Disney merchandise – such as Disney dvds. Whether you own Disney movies or not, you can still earn Disney Movie Rewards and redeem them for free products!

Here’s how it works. Periodically, Disney releases free point codes. I am going to start sharing those here on my site. When the codes are given, simply add them to your account and watch them accumulate. It takes some time, but it is possible to earn free Disney dvds with only your free points. If you have Disney dvds in your movie collection, you may already have some codes that will help you earn a reward even quicker.

In the past two years since I’ve been collecting free codes, I have redeemed them for three free Disney dvds. My favorite reward being the Polly and Polly Comes Home dvd set, featuring Keisha Knight Pulliam, in a musical version of Pollyanna. I have enough points to redeem for another dvd but I haven’t decided which one I want yet. Maybe Enchanted?

To start earning your rewards, sign up for a Disney Movie Rewards account. Then, add these codes (TRAVERS, DOTTIE, RUMBLY, ZARINA, MELTING, CLOVER, CLOVER2) to your account. Each of the codes is worth 5 points f0r a total of 35 points. These codes are good through April 30th.

Update: You can also add the code BEARS for an additional 10 points. The expiration date of this code is currently unknown. 

Recyclebank: Two New Earns

Since our taxes were due earlier this week, learn how small adjustments can produce big dividends. Earn 10 points along the way!

This 30-point quiz can help you find a bathroom recycling solution based on your answers.

Free Samples from SampleSource

Sample Source

Sign up for a SampleSource account and answer a short survey to request free samples. The samples are customized to your responses so we all receive different offers. I got offers for Colgate and Garnier, as well as a couple others.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

$3/3 Kellogg’s Coupon

$3.00 off any THREE Kellogg's Cereals

There’s a new printable coupon available for $3/3 Kellogg’s Cereals. What a fabulous deal that can be used on any Kellogg’s cereal! This is already a high value coupon, but watch for a good sale to pair it with for an even better deal.

5 Simple Ways to Be Ready for Freebies

5 Simple Ways to Be Ready for Whatever Freebies Might Come Your Way - A Great Frugal Tip So You Don't Miss Out on Freebies!

Have you ever encountered a freebie deal on a website that you didn’t have time to do? I know I have! Freebies are quite exciting – but it can also be disappointing to miss out on one that you didn’t have time to complete. Freebies will come around again, but I’ve learned five simple things I can do ahead of time to be ready for future freebies. I want to share these with you so you can plan ahead for good free deals, too!

1. Set up a separate email account for all the online offers you will complete. It doesn’t have to be a new account but a separate junk email account is very helpful when you are requesting freebies. I still use my maiden name account for all the freebie offers I register for online. This keeps your regular email account from getting cluttered with various newsletters and offers.

2. Request all the free samples of shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries that you come across. Store them in a basket or bin so you can quickly pack for a trip without the hassle of big containers. This is especially important if you fly regularly, but it’s just as handy for driving vacations. Of course, keep requesting those free laundry products and food samples, too, because who doesn’t like seeing something other than bills in your mailbox?

3. Download the pictures and printables you want to print into one folder on your computer. Yes, you might spend an hour doing this now but it will save you so much time in the future. This way, every time a free 8×10 print offer rolls along, you can easily choose one from this folder to redeem without trying to remember what you wanted to print – and where it was. I keep a board on Pinterest for my favorite printables and periodically download them from the various sites to one folder on my computer. If you are extra ambitious, you can take it a step further and upload the entire folder of pictures to print to the Walgreens site, which is where we get most of the free 8×10 offers. Now you are really ready to redeem free prints in only a minute or two!

4. Create a 8×8 Shutterfly photo book. We often see deals that need to be redeemed in a day or two for free 8×8 books. Shutterfly photo books are absolutely beautiful and since they are normally $29.99, this is a fantastic freebie deal! If you create the book ahead of time, you won’t have the pressure of hurrying to create a book before the offer expires. I like to create a book for each of our family vacations. It is a nice keepsake of our time away and looks so professional. I create the books when I come home from vacation and leave them in my Shutterfly account until I see a free deal. You could create some beautiful Christmas presents for others, too, simply by creating a book early in the year and watching for a free deal.

5. Start searching on Bing and / or Swagbucks today. Don’t wait any longer to take advantage of the free money you could be earning. It’s easy to say I’ll start searching next month or even next year, but why wait to earn free money? Even at the most basic level, you can easily earn $5 a month in Amazon gift cards by spending a couple of minutes each day searching on Bing and / or Swagbucks. Who wouldn’t like an extra $60 to spend this year at Amazon? While Bing is my current favorite, if you use both Bing and Swagbucks, you could quickly double that amount to $120. That is quite a few presents you can purchase for free! No more excuses. Go get started so the free money will continue to grow.

These five ideas all take varying amounts of time, but as you can see, doing these simple things ahead of time will help you to be ready for future freebie deals. To me, being prepared for the Shutterfly freebies is where I get the most savings. Which one of these tips will you start doing?

Start of April Shopping

After church on Sunday, I went grocery shopping. I figured I wouldn’t have time to grocery shop later – and I was right! Even though it was still March, I’m counting this as my first shopping trip of April.

Meijer - 3/30/14 - $19.83

There were two main deals that I wanted to pick up at Meijer. First was the 10 for 10, with the 11th free. I went through a regular check-out lane and the cashier scanned my juice last. For that reason, one of my juices was free and she wouldn’t use my coupon. She tried to tell me it was a better deal this way, but it really wasn’t. I was just too tired to fight it. If she would have scanned my items in the order I placed them on the cart, it wouldn’t have been an issue. Sigh. Still, juice for $0.90 each is a great deal!

The second deal I wanted was on the Pillsbury flour and Crisco oil. The Crisco oil was $1.98 each, and I had a coupon for $0.75/1 of the Crisco sticks. The Pillsbury flour was only $0.99 for a 5 pound bag. Both of these were great stock-up prices!

Finally, I used a $5 electronic Mperks reward to pick up another package of diapers. Meijer diapers are normally $6.47 so I paid only $1.47 for 36 diapers. This is how I like to stock-up at low prices like these!

At Meijer, I spent $19.83 and saved $25.45. That was my first shopping trip of April – and my last one without the baby along! :-)

Kroger: Free Liberte Yogurt Download

Liberte Yogurt

Today’s Friday Freebie at Kroger is for a free container of Liberte yogurt. The coupon is available to download today only.

Free Coffee at McDonalds (thru 4/13)

Free Coffee at McDonalds


Through April 13th, McDonalds is offering a free small coffee to all their customers. There is no coupon required for this promotion. Here is what their promotion says.

“Wake up and taste the free coffee! McCafe invites coffee drinkers across the U.S. to stop by their local participating McDonald’s restaurant for a freshly brewed small McCafe coffee during McDonald’s first-ever national Free Coffee Event.  Free McCafe coffee is available during breakfast hours starting March 31 through April 13 in participating restaurants.”

Kroger: Birds Eye Friday Freebie

Friday Freebie Birds Eye

Today only, download a digital coupon for a free Birds Eye Recipe Ready Frozen Vegetable to use at Kroger. You can download the coupon today only, but you have until April 12th to redeem it.

End of March Shopping

I wasn’t sure if I would go shopping this week, but shop I did! It was too cold to walk outside so I spent time walking almost every day after school around different grocery stories and running errands. First, I picked up a couple of things over the weekend at our local Save-a-Lot to cook dinner. Then, Andy and I went to CVS and Kroger after church on Sunday to take advantage of the sales since I didn’t know if I’d be able to shop later in the week. Later on, I shopped at Meijer and Target. Here’s what I bought this week!

Save-a-Lot - 3/20/14 - $9.75

I started at Save-a-Lot where I picked up bacon ($2.50) and a green pepper ($0.99) for baked beans. I cringed to spend that much on one pepper but the baked beans did taste really good! Since I was there, I picked up a couple pantry items that were running low. The cheese happened to be $1.75 a bag and the brown sugar was $1.29 for 2 pounds – much cheaper than what I paid at Meijer last week. I need to remember that! At Save-a-Lot, I spent $9.75.

After church, I convinced Andy to go shopping with me. He waited in the car while I quickly ran into CVS. Our one CVS has been taking expired ECBs for a month afterwards and I had some that were approaching that mark. As I checked out, the cashier informed me that policy is going to be changing soon. Bummer! For this trip, I used up all my ECBs to buy the following.

CVS - 3/23/14 - $0.56

The CVS diapers were on sale for $6.99 and earned me another $3 ECBs, so the final price was really only $3.99. The paper towels were free, thanks to the free coupon of the week. I picked up the dish soap ($0.99) to use up my ECBs. At CVS, I spent only $0.56 – tax – and received $3 in ECBs. Now, I just need to work harder at not letting them expire!

Then, Andy and I went shopping together at Kroger. We managed to keep to my list and it was nice to have company as I shopped. Here’s what we bought this week at Kroger.

Kroger - 3/23/14 - $28.21

There were lots of good deals with the Mega Sale this week. Here were some of the best. Canola spray was $0.99. Lays were $1.99 and Cheetos were $1.49. I let Andy pick the flavors of chips I had on my list! Welch’s juice was $1.49. The new Post cereal was $0.88 after the sale and a $1/1 coupon. The Cascadian organic granola was $1.25 after the sale and a $0.75/1 coupon. My best deal was on the crackers, since I stacked sales and coupon. The Triscuits were $0.77 a box and the Ritz were $1.27 a box. Both amazing prices!

I picked up some marked down bread for only $0.59. The tylenol and Dr. Pepper 10 were free, thanks to Kroger free product coupons. The large blocks of cheese were $2.84, after sales and coupon. Plus, I decided to try the Horizon organic mac & cheese for $0.67 a box. I also picked up another 4 Snickers bars for $0.50 (total) after sales and coupons. Why don’t you buy more, Andy asked? Because those were all the coupons I had, I explained. :-)

At Kroger, I spent $28.21 and Andy asked as we walked out, “How much did you save?” My husband knows me so well! I saved $44.11 or 61 percent on this shopping trip.

Then, after school and piano lessons on Monday, I decided to walk up an down the aisles of Meijer and pick up a couple deals. Apples were on sale for $2.50 (per 3 pounds). The main sale was for Pace Picante Sauce and I wanted to stock up since it rarely is on sale. When you bought 10 Pace / Cambells products, you got $0.50 off each one, which made the Pace salsa only $1.39 a jar. I bought 7 jars to tide us over until I can salsa again. I’m a Texas girl in that I do like my salsa…as long as it’s not made in “Newwww York City?!?” At Meijer, I spent $19.82.

Meijer - 3/24/14 - $19.82

Finally, my preschool cd player died so I attempted to pick up one at Target  while I did some returns on Tuesday. The cd players were sold out, but I did pick up the great deals on frozen vegetables as well as the $0.49 baby products. Both were great deals! At Target, I spent $6.10 for the following.

Target - 3/25/14 - $6.10

This week, I spent $64.44 on groceries. For March, I spent $157.20 on groceries – $25 under my set $180 monthly budget! I shopped the usual amount so that means the sales were good this month. That makes me happy to save that much this month. Did you stay within your grocery budget this month?

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