Kroger: Free South Beach Box of Bars

Kroger Free South Beach Bars

Today’s Friday Freebie at Kroger is for one box of South Beach Diet Snack Bars. The coupon is only available today but you have until February 15th to redeem it.

End of January Shopping at Kroger

Before I taught on Tuesday, Nathan and I stopped by Kroger to shop the current “Buy 6, Get $3 Off” promotion. As I mentioned on “Frugal in Fort Wayne” post, there were lots of great deals that I wanted to pick up. I was thrilled that all the deals on my list were in stock. Here’s what I bought.

Kroger - 1/27/15 - $46.69

There’s a lot in this picture so let’s cover the highlights. I started with the Kleenex boxes that were on sale for $0.99 and I had three coupons for $1/3. That took the price down to $0.66 each. I should have received a catalina but it didn’t print and I didn’t have time to check it out. Since it was still a good price ($0.66 is more than half off the regular price) so I let it go this time.

The Plum baby food pouches might have been my favorite deal because after the sale and printable coupons, they were only $0.25 each! The tuna pouches were $0.50 so that was a good price, too. Ritz crackers were on sale for $1.79 and yes, I bought 4 boxes. Our MOPS group is doing a freezer cooking session next month and my recipe is poppyseed chicken. So, I’m planning ahead because I can’t even buy generic crackers for this price!

There was a coupon for $1.50 off when I bought 2 pops and a Pringles. Since all the items were on sale, I basically spent $0.33 on each of the items. The tomatoes were $0.49 a can and the Lipton soup mix was $0.60 a box. The popcorn was $0.99 a box and the Barilla pasta was $0.56 a box. The deodorant was only $0.39 after a sale and coupon.

The two packages of yogurt were free as were the Colgate toothbrushes. I bought Misson tortillas at $1 a package. Since I can’t buy homemade tortillas at the grocery store like I did in San Antonio, these are my tortillas of choice. I freeze them because it’s a great price! I also bought 3 gallons of milk. The skim milk was for us to drink. The chocolate milk was a treat since I had a free milk coupon. Finally, the 2% milk was to make homemade yogurt in the slow cooker. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

My biggest purchase was on the Emergen-C. My husband’s catching Nathan’s cold and he’s finally decided that the extra boosts of vitamin c are a good thing. It was on sale for $9.99 and I had a $1/1 coupon. Plus, I used my remaining catalinas to purchase it.

At Kroger, I spent $46.69. It was my only shopping trip of the week because I knew I was slightly over budget, because of the Emergen-C. My total for January was $202.54 which is just slightly over my $200 budget. How did you do budget wise this month – the first month of this new year?

5 Free Redbox Movies

Redbox Rental

Wow! Here are 5 new Redbox codes that should be valid through February 16th. All of these codes can be used once per credit card and will take $1.50 off your purchase (ie one free DVD rental). Here are the codes.

  • 5DKH9WZQ 
  • 29T7MWGX  
  • VXHTNG54  
  • 92494TK3  

Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!

How I Paid for Our Christmas with My Online Earnings

How I Paid for Our Christmas Using My Online Earnings - Here's how I managed to pay for our Christmas with $0 taken from our budget. Start now and you can do it too!

This year, I became a stay-at-home Mom. I’ve always done my best to supplement our budget with my online earnings. From the beginning of the year, we needed every penny in our budget so I was extra-motivated to find “free” money to help fund our Christmas purchases. For that reason, I decided to set aside my online earnings to help pay for our Christmas.

We do have a fairly large family for which my husband and I need (and want) to shop – 4 parents, 6 siblings, 3 siblings- in-law,  5 nieces & nephews, and 4 godchildren. Andy and I shop simply for each other, as well as for Nathan. Since Nathan was only 9 months this year, he only received a couple gifts from his Dad and Mom. Even at $25 a person, that adds up quickly! I shop year around for deals to find special gifts at good prices for everyone. Yes, that means starting right after Christmas to shop for the next one. Here’s exactly how I helped fund all my Christmas shopping.

Bing - $60 (Amazon)

Bing is my search engine of choice. Why? Because I earn an Amazon gift card each and every month just for spending 2 minutes quickly searching on Bing in the morning. When I first check my email, I also open up Bing and search for my 15 daily points plus any additional ones that are available. Just by doing this daily, I earn enough for a $5 Amazon gift every month.

Swagbucks – $30 (Amazon)

Swagbucks is another search engine that works similar to Bing, however, it takes a bit more patience since points are awarded randomly. Once or twice a week, I log on to Swagbucks and answer the daily polls, the NOSO offers and do a couple searches to be awarded points. By doing this throughout the year, I added more Amazon money to my Christmas account.

Ipsos I-say Surveys – $25 (Amazon)

I-say is my current favorite survey company because all of the surveys will result in points. Even if you don’t qualify for a survey, I-say gives you 5 points for your time. Like other things, all these points add up. I wait until I receive a couple surveys and sit down to answer them in one sitting as I watch TV.

Opinion Outpost Surveys – $15 (Amazon)

Opinion Outpost is another reliable survey company to use. I like using Opinion Outpost because you can cash your rewards at only $10 Paypal or $5 Amazon, both of which are handy for online Christmas shopping. As with all surveys, I go through spurts in answering them or not but it is nice to be able to cash out for something I do at night while I’m watching TV.

Recyclebank - $5 (Amazon)

Recyclebank added Amazon gift cards as one of their rewards this year which was very exciting for me! I hadn’t cashed out many of my points in the years past and I added the free points every time I shared them with you. One month, I discovered an Amazon gift card and quickly redeemed some of my points for one. Unfortunately, the Amazon deal did not return for the rest of the year, but I kept checking! As soon as I received the electronic gift card, I added it to my Amazon account where it waited for me to go Christmas shopping.

Mars Movie Sweepstakes – $30 (Amazon)

This was a surprise source of earnings! It was a great sweepstakes that could be entered daily. Do some of you remember this one? Andy and I entered daily and won 5 times. Each time we won a $6 Visa card, I immediately used them to buy Amazon cards and applied them to my account. This was a great reminder to always be on the look out for ways to add to your online earnings.

Topcashback Referrals – $69.24 (Amazon)

I wasn’t expecting this source of earnings either but at the beginning of the year, shared a great flash deal that Topcashback offered for a free DVD of Frozen. Quite a few of us snapped the deal up and I earned $60 in referral credits. The rest of the money was bonus money from free Topcashback deals that I completed myself – because you earned 2.5% more when you redeem your money as Amazon gift cards. That was perfect since I do a lot of Amazon shopping anyway.

Jingit – $30.90 (Amazon)

Jingit used to be a program that paid you for watching ads. Unfortunately, they revamped their program mid-year so I cashed out all my earnings and yes, once again, bought another Amazon gift card.

Saving Star – $6.90 (Paypal) 

I double dipped some of my coupon deals and earned this extra bit of money through Saving Star. It wasn’t much but as I hope you are seeing, every little bit counts!

As a matter of fact, all these little bits added up to an impressive $272.04! In minutes a day, throughout the year, my time was amply rewarded! This was more than I expected but covered most of my Christmas shopping. What I still needed, I paid for with one final source of “free” money.

Discover Cash Back Awards – $100+

We pay for many things every month with our credit card, but then we pay it off each month too. For us, the convenience aspect of a credit card is nice plus it allows us to build up cash back awards. This is our main reason for using Discover. You can get your awards back in the form of a check, apply them to your balance or redeem them for certain gift cards (which is my favorite). Plus, when you redeem cash back awards for gift cards , you pay only $20 for a $25 gift card – which is an even better way to stretch your free money! If I’m going to use a credit card, I appreciate Discover for this reason.

There you have it! Those are the ways I earned over $400 throughout the year – and completely paid for our Christmas. My mission was a success! Now, I’ve already started to earn money for next Christmas! In fact, I just cashed out my first two Amazon gift cards from Bing. Would you like to join me? Start today and you’ll be amazed how quickly you can earn money to pay for your Christmas!

Friday Freebies on January 30

Friday Freebies - Featuring Free Ebooks at Joyfully Thriving

It’s Friday and time to share another Friday Freebies list with you. Thanks to Shelly at Frugal Family Home for her help in compiling this list!

Remember that Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at ANY time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase. Also, some of the links below are my referral links. You can see my disclosure policy for more information. Now, let’s get to all the free ebooks!

Out of the Storm


Out of the Storm

Choices of the Heart


Shattered Rose

Appalachian Serenade

Non Fiction

How To: Frugality Is Not Being Cheap

House Cleaning Secrets

Budget Traveling 101

Tomato Planting, How to Grow Tasty Tomato

DIY Liquid Soaps for Beginners


DIY Breakfast Hacks

The DIY Kitchen Cookbook

Freezer Meals

Barbecue Cookbook

Healthy Soup

Kids Books

A Moat is Not a Goat

My Crazy Pet Frog


The President Did What?

400+ Funny Jokes for Kids

Pampers: 25 New Points

Pampers Rewards

There are two new Pampers codes available to add to your Gifts to Grow account. Enter the codes REGWM5U3MRPA7X9 for 10 points and TWIT89898DVNV14 for 15 points.

Free Parents Magazine Subscription

Yes, I have another free magazine subscription for you! Now, you can subscribe for a year’s subscription to Parents magazine. If you’re already receiving it, subscribe again and the time will be added to your subscription. At least, that’s what has always happened to me. Value Mags is a completely reliable way to request magazines. I promise you will never receive a bill!

There is also a free year’s subscription available to Star magazine. This one is a digital subscription that you can read on your PC or tablet – if you are so inclined!

Free Subscription to Midwest Living

Midwest Living

Fill out a short form for a completely free subscription to Midwest Living. There are no strings attached and you will never receive a bill. This is why I never have to pay for magazines! I love these free offers. While you are there, you can still get a free subscription to Better Homes and Garden, if you haven’t already.

Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!


Recyclebank: Rules of Recycling

When you learn the rules of recycling, you can recycle right and earn 15 points. Click on the image above to learn more and add points to your Recyclebank account.

You can also earn an additional 25 points learning about the 4 basic recyclable materials. Again, click on the image above to earn your points.

Pampers: 15 More Points

Pampers Rewards

There’s a new code available to add to your Pampers Gifts to Grow account. Enter the code Fb7ckennneklk14 for 15 more points.

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