8/10/22 & 8/11/22 Free 66pc Lego Brick Set!

We love Legos, and we love free stuff. Check out this amazing freebie, available  8/10/22 and 8/11/22 at your local LEGO store. A limited quantity will be available on each day.

Build a LEGO® Red Brick and take it home with you!

Terms and Conditions
LEGO® Red Brick build model will be available on a first come first served basis.
While stocks last.
Suitable for ages 6+
LEGO® Red Brick build model offer valid on 8/10/22 and 8/11/22 only.
Limited to one LEGO® Red Brick build per person.
LEGO® Red Brick build model cannot be purchased.

Free Back To School Haircuts at Raymond’s Barbershop (San Diego, CA)

My guy gets incredible haircuts at Raymond’s Barbershop from Larry the Barber. I love supporting local businesses, and Raymond’s is the best barbershop in East County.

Their annual free haircut event is back!

  • FREE back to school haircuts for kiddos grades K – 12.
  • Raymond’s Barbershop- 225 Town Center Pkwy Suite C, Santee, CA 92071
  • August 14, 2022.
  • From 9 to 1 PM.
  • First come first served (no appointments)

Because it’s a barbershop, they primarily work on boys, but if your kiddo needs a rockin’ short style, Raymond’s is the place.

8/5/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals

This week was warm and sticky. I am so done with this monsoon humidity. We swam, went for a drive, and generally hung around the house.

If you are looking for some frugal adventures for this summer, check out this post.

Mask Mandates are changing constantly in California and can vary by city and county, so please do your part if you are going to any in-person freebies.

2022 Birthday Freebies are here!


Free Tweezerman Emerald Shimmer Nail Care Kit
Free Slurpee for Your Birthday at 7-Eleven
Free Subscription to Bon Appetit
Free Woolite Darks Laundry Detergent at Select Stores
Free Sample of Sasmar Personal Lubricant
Free Lost Coast Roast Organic Cold Brew Coffee
Free Bio-Oil Skincare Oil
Free Subscription to GQ Magazine
Free Veeam T-Shirt
Free Pizookie at BJ’s
Free Milkshake at Steak ‘n Shake
Possible Free $125 Healthy Foods Research Study
Free Chocolate Chip Pizzert at Pizza Inn
Free LOCTITE Threadlocker Samples
Free Issue of SchoolArts Magazine for Teachers
Free Cross Stitch Craft Kit at Joann
Free Sample of Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops
Free Tweezerman Lash Set
Free Summer Camper from Home Depot
Free Organyc Feminine Care Pads Samples
Free Sample of Harry’s Body Wash
Free Storypod Screen-Free Learning Fun Party Pack
Free Subscription to Vogue Magazine
Free Body Skin Gel or Body Lotion
Free L’Oreal Le Color Gloss Sample
Free Roe, Roe, Roe Your Vote Sticker
Free Screen Staycation Kit
Free Canon IVY Back to School Party Kit
Free Jar of Gooey Hazelnut Cocoa Spread



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Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Rainbow High Color Convertible Car ONLY $14.97 (Reg $54)
Morphe Multi Palette Glitz & Glow ONLY $5.76 (Reg $16)
Ceramic Curling Iron at Walmart ONLY $26.49 (Reg. $70)
Target – Save Up to 60% OFF Amazon Devices
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Edison Ellis Modern Corner Gaming Desk ONLY $67.14 (Reg $245)
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Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 ONLY $19.30 (Reg. $31)
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Kid’s Gardening Set ONLY $9.98 (Reg. $17.99)
CamelBak with Straw Top ONLY $7.99 (Reg. $17.99)
Ozark Trail Oversized Camping Chair ONLY $30 (Reg $73)
Morphe Blue Ya Away 18A Palette ONLY $3.60 (Reg $20)
Bella Pro Series Espresso Machine ONLY $34.99 (Reg $60)

SDG&E: Get Paid To Plant a Tree!

This popped into my inbox this afternoon and I thought I would share. This is such a great idea and you do not have to be a homeowner to do it!

Trees and plants provide important environmental, health, and community benefits. SDG&E’s Community Tree Rebate Program is designed to build our region’s tree canopy in neighborhoods where trees are needed most to clean the air, conserve water, and provide shade canopy to help reduce energy usage.

Qualifying SDG&E customers can receive a $35 rebate for planting or potting 1- or 5-gallon tree/plant species, up to five (5) rebates annually. You do not need a yard to qualify, as trees or other plant species can be planted in large containers on outdoor balconies or patio areas.

Check your eligibility
See what trees/species qualify
Purchase up to five eligible trees or plant species; only 1- or 5-gallon sizes are eligible.
Plant and purchase the tree(s) or plant specie(s) at your home by 10/31/2022 – make sure to keep your receipts!
Take one photo per tree/specie planted in the ground or in a sufficient container.
Upload application with receipt(s) and photo(s) to our tree rebate portal by 11/15/2022.
Receive $35 rebate per tree/specie.

While this program is for a limited number of San Diego County Zip Codes, if you live outside the Zip Codes for this program, you may be eligible for other tree programs. More information on other programs may be found here.

Cents of Style: Kimono CLEAR OUT Starting At ONLY $9.99!

Summer Sale ** This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Looking for a new cover-up for the beach, or do you really love kimonos?

Check out this sweet deal from our friends at Cents of Style. Kimonos are only $9.99 with a coupon code this week! There are 8 styles still available.

The coupon code for this deal is CLOSEOUT and it will make them ALL UNDER $20 and starting at $9.99! The code will be active until 8/8 at midnight. FREE shipping over $40!


Fetch Rewards: School’s back & points are everywhere!

I’ve been a fan of Fetch since 2017, and my love increases each day.

And now that Back to School season is in full swing, Fetch has some great deals and potential freebies!

Not long ago, I posted about the General Mills Good Rewards in the Fetch Rewards App. They are adding more (and better) deals, especially for the back-to-school season. Breakfast, lunch, snacks- Your kiddos are going to be noshing to their hearts’ delight, and you’ll be saving the big bucks.

If you aren’t already using Fetch Rewards, signing up is quick and easy! You learn more when you check out my post here. Find the Fetch Rewards app in your app store, and when you download it and scan any receipt, use my code ND2TB when you sign up and you’ll score 2,000 bonus points. I’ve earned $158 so far in 2022 just by purchasing my regular groceries and scanning all of my receipts (grocery, mass merchandiser, gas receipts, restaurants, you name it).


August Sprouts Farmers Market Monthly Freebies!

Sprouts is hooking us up and helping us stay healthy! Every month on the Sprouts app in the Digital Coupon section, there are between 4-6 free items (they are marked “SAMPLING PROGRAM”).

Quantities are limited on the app, so if you are interested in any of these, I recommend that you add these coupons (by opening the Sprouts app, click on digital coupons, and click on each coupon in the lower corner where the little green circle is) to your app ASAP.

Not all Sprouts locations will have these freebies, so I suggest trying larger Sprouts locations in your area.

These are full-sized freebies- not small sample-sized products. they are located in the store with the other products of the same type.

Not all accounts will receive all the same products.

7/29/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals

This week was a little slow for me. I have eustachian Tube Disfunction, my head is stuffed up and I feel like I’m underwater. Thankfully, one ear “popped” and the tube drained this morning, so I’m feeling a little more human.  I’ve been trying to follow doctor’s orders and relax and rest. It’s hard.

Big kid is done at camp and now we have 4 weeks of nothing to do. They are really looking forward to it.

If you are looking for some frugal adventures for this summer, check out this post.

Mask Mandates are changing constantly in California and can vary by city and county, so please do your part if you are going to any in-person freebies.

2022 Birthday Freebies are here!


Free Rosary
Free Zeal Creamery Fresh Grass-Fed Chocolate Milk
Free Infantino Baby Products
Free Sample of YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara
Free Organicville Organic Ketchup
Free Gatorade Zero with Protein at Kroger
Free Bang Cookies & Brownies
Free Vitamin C Clay Mask + $25 Amazon eGift Card
Free Like Air Puffcorn Snack from Sam’s Club
Free Sample of Clinical Skin Vitamin C Pro-Collagen Serum
Free 256GB SSD at Micro Center
Free Eggland‘s Best Superior Hero Party Kit
Huggies Rewards Free 4000pts for an Amazon Gift Card
Free VFW Still Serving Dog Bandana or Patch
Free B.Shaye Happiness Nail Polish
Free Makeup, Bath or Manicure Set
Free Timberland Products
Free $10 Every Friday with Samuel Adams
Free Wireless Zone Backpack & School Supplies Giveaway
Free Fragrance Samples from Macy’s
Free Key at a MinuteKEY Kiosk
Free Woolite Darks Laundry Detergent at Select Stores
Free Pink Bath Set
Free TruCup Coffee Sample
Free Access to MyHeritage Ancestry Tools for 2 Weeks
Free Makeup Brush Set
Free Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for Xfinity Rewards Members
250 Free Kool Rewards Points
Free Lawn Mowing Simulator PC Game
Free Cirque du Soleil 60 Minute Specials
1-Year Subscription to Apple TV+



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Cushioned Cloud Slides ONLY $23.99 (Reg. $36)
Glass Food Storage Containers ONLY $6.34 (Reg. $16.13)
Wireless Earbuds ONLY $19.99 (Reg. $39.99)
Bed Sheets ONLY $23.99 (Reg. $40)
Gap Home Bath Rug ONLY $12.90 (Reg. $19.98)
Ugg Women’s Slippers ONLY $35 (Reg. $120)
The North Face Apparel up to 65% Off
Birkenstock Dupes starting as low as ONLY $13.99
Barbie Pool Set ONLY $8.27 (Reg. $20)
Self Inflating Camping Mattress ONLY $25 (Reg. $60)
Segmented Velvet Ottoman ONLY $12 (Reg $48)
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Wild Sage Utility Cart in Iris ONLY $16 (Reg $80)
Amazon Basics Magnifying Vanity Mirror ONLY $13.78 (Reg $21)
Disney Kermit & Piggy 2-Piece Plush Set ONLY $8.02 (Reg $20)
Folding LED Desk Lamp ONLY $9.99 (Reg $30)
Igloo SpongeBob 7-Quart Cooler ONLY $18.88 (Reg $40)

7/25/2022 Weekly Meal Plan

0a5e9dab796cea8a07eabe4eb4795b9e.jpgSummer break is here! We’ve got all sorts of adventures planned, you can check out some of our adventures here.

This week the big kid is off each morning to Home Base Ranch. His class goes there throughout the year, and I thought it would be good for him to go this summer as well. Thanks to our caseworker at TMI, we got this camp funded for him. Regional Centers are supported to fund recreational activities for their clients, but that process was a disaster.

Despite having no voice and feeling run down, I went grocery shopping this morning. I started with a pickup order at Target (I had a gift card), then hit up Grocery Outlet (where I got the majority of the groceries for the week), and stopped into 99 Cents Only, but that was bust. All of the produce was overpriced and in really gross shape. Next, I hit up Vons. They are having a sale on Taylor Farms salads this week, and I really like them. I also grabbed grapes and strawberries.

No CSA boxes until the weather cools down and I can be home when the boxes are delivered. With the heat and the lack of shade on my patio, if we aren’t home when it’s delivered, some of the more delicate foods can spoil.

We’ve been trying a lot of new foods lately, thanks to the really great freebies from Social Nature lately too. It’s fun to try new foods. I’ve got a few coupons to redeem for snacks and treats from Social Nature this week.

For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.

I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I try to update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste.

I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day.

Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2  for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids. They are also into fruit and bagels for breakfast. Lately, the big kid has been digging protein shakes in the morning. This is his favorite kind. 

Lunch: I have a plastic tote in the cupboard full of self-serve snacks. I buy treats and snacks in bulk and fill up snack-sized zip-top bags. This is really helpful for the summer when for some reason, kids are starving all the time.

Dinner: It’s hot, I am relying on our crockpot and cold foods a lot this week.  I’m trying to keep the oven off. With the cost of food going up, you may notice that a lot of the food we are eating

  • Monday: Nuggets, fruit, cheese & crackers

  • Tuesday: Moosie’s Pot Roast, rice or noodles, veggies

  • Wednesday: Salsa Chicken, Rice, Beans, Salad (Didn’t end up making it last week)

  • Thursday: Protein shakes, fruit salad

  • Friday: Takeout night!
  • Saturday:  Leftovers
  • Sunday:   Cinnamon rolls, eggs, fruit

Getting Ready for Back to School: Health Edition

The Back to school shopping crazies will start in a few weeks with sales and deals, but one thing we’ve done this summer to help with Back to school is getting everyone in tip-top health!

I made sure the kids are seeing all the doctors/specialists over the summer to minimize appointments during the school year.

Here in California vision and dental insurance is included under health insurance plans for kids 18 and under. To learn more, check the back of your kid’s health insurance card for phone numbers.

The kids saw the dentist and had eye exams. New glasses were ordered through the optometrist that are part of the vision insurance (one pair every 2 years from a list of specific frames), and we get the paper prescription for our family binder. 

I order extra pairs of glasses through online discount retailers such as EYEBUYDIRECT. A lot of online discount retailers have inexpensive kid’s glasses that can be less than $20 a pair, which is great to have on hand because we all know, kids tend to break stuff.

EYEBUYDIRECT prices start at $6 for select frames!

I also had the kids see any specialists that they needed to, in our case they needed to go to the podiatrist.

And of course, we took care of behavioral/mental health appointments and medication checks over the summer as well. And all future mental/behavioral health appointments are after school or on weekends.

The next health component that I am working on is getting our family first aid kit up to snuff, and that will be a separate post over the weekend.