10/2/2020 Friday Freebies & Deals

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This Friday’s freebies and deals: This week is chock full of Freebies! I’m stoked. Both kids are back to school (part-time), so I’ve got a little wiggle room in the morning to get some writing and deal-hunting done! Also, now it’s October- Time to get Spoopy!

If you find a cool deal or freebie, please leave a comment!

Free Chips and Guacamole at Rubio’s

Free Red Chocolate Bar at Walmart

Free Digital Issue of Clean Eating Magazine

Free Ice Cream at Baskin Robbins

Free Sample of Wanderer Eau de Parfum

Free MegaFood Women’s One Daily Multivitamin Soft Chews

Make Money from Home

Free Taco at Rubio’s

Free Tub of Enfamil NeuroPro

Free $3 VUDU Movie Credit

Free Cards Direct Greeting Cards

FREE Amazon Baby Box Samples Back in Stock

Free Beauty Spatty Tools Spatula

Free Sample of Giorgio Armani My Way Fragrance

Free Sample of La Roche-Posay SPF 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk

Free Pint of Nightfood Ice Cream

Free 1 Year ShopRunner Membership

Free Copy of Amazing Me It’s Busy Being 3! Book

Free Coloring Book for Adults App

 

Deals:

Get A Slice for $5.00 on October 1st at The Cheesecake Factory

3 Grilled Chicken Tacos for ONLY $2.49 at Del Taco

Starting Friday 10/2, Get $10 Off $40 at Cheesecake Factory

Buy 2 Get 1 FREE Footlong Subs at Subway

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Boneless Wings at Buffalo Wild Wings

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub ONLY $3.69 (Reg. $9)

Germ-X Hand Sanitizer In Stock – Large 32oz Bottles NOW $3.99

LEGO Disney Frozen II Olaf Kit ONLY $7.99 (Reg. $15)

Essentials Cotton Bath Towel ONLY $2.80 (Reg $8)

Disney Toy Story 4 Add-A-Charm Jewelry Set ONLY $5.99 (Reg $15)

Gaming headsets with Noise Canceling Mic ONLY $16.99 (Reg $30)

Melissa & Doug Luke & Lucy Twin Dolls ONLY $20.99 (Reg $40)

 

Shopping Smartly: Using the Cycle of Sales to Save Even More!

Manufacturers and stores use holidays or events to entice people to spend more in their stores by offering sales, coupons, cashback offers. I have listed below, by month which types of items are on sale. Not only food, but home goods, furniture, and electronics.

I recommend checking out sale flyers (most can be found online) and cashback apps (A list of my favorites can be found here) before each shopping trip.

JANUARY

  • Diet Food and Weight Loss Equipment (New Year’s Resolutions)
  • Gyms have sales and free trials
  • Healthy Food including Veggies
  • Television and other Electronics (Super Bowl Sunday)
  • OTC Medications (FSA’s expire in Jan./Feb.- Use it or Lose it!)
  • Winter Clothing and Shoes (Formal clothes are usually 75%+ off)
  • Organizers (totes, Christmas ornament storage containers)
  • White Sales (Sheets/Towels)
  • Snack-y food for Super Bowl parties: chips, dip. Velveeta, salsa, taquitos. There are often times really great rebates for snack food and beer or soda around the Super Bowl.

FEBRUARY

  • Diet Food and Weight Loss Equipment (New Year’s Resolutions)
  • Healthy Food including Veggies
  • Furniture and Housewares
  • Candy and Chocolates

 

MARCH

  • March is National frozen food month. Many Stores like Albertson’s have a “fill a bag” sale where you are given a paper or plastic bag and you receive a discount (typically 15-25%) on each frozen item in that bag.
  • Spring Apparel (Easter Dresses and Suits)
  • Depending on when Easter falls, look for sales on Easter Dinner food: Ham, Prime Rib, stuffing, veggies, eggs, and Easter Basket Supplies.
  • Luggage and Travel (Spring Break)
  • Spring-cleaning sales will start and there will be rebates for cleaning supplies- especially with SC Johnson Products.
  • Between March 13-17th (St. Patrick’s Day) Corned Beef, Potatoes and Cabbage are all Dirt Cheap. Stock up!
  • During Lent, seafood is inexpensive.

 

APRIL

  • More Spring cleaning sales and rebates
  • Paper products (plates, napkins) start to have really good sales.
  • Paint & Wallpaper (In the same vain as spring cleaning, a lot of people start to spruce up their homes in the spring)
  • Jewish Foods and Eggs (Passover)

 

MAY

May is the start of picnic season. Barbeque food, Hotdogs, hamburgers, ribs, condiments will all be on sale throughout the summer and will be until September.

  • Auto Maintenance (tires, oil changes, tune ups)
  • Beverages, Hot dogs, Ground Beef, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ribs (Often times there are some really great rebates WYB beer or soda)
  • Bug repellents – Sprays and Candles
  • Home Maintenance (carpet cleaning, duct cleaning)
  • SPF and After Sun products (like Aloe)

 

JUNE

  • Summer Clothes
  • June is National Dairy Month- Dairy Products
  • Summer Activities (local attractions sometimes have “locals only” days or rates)
  • Beverages, Hot dogs, Ground Beef, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ribs (Often times there are some really great rebates WYB beer or soda)

 

JULY

  • Air Conditioning units
  • Summer Sports Equipment & Craft Supplies (things for families to do together)
  • Beverages, Hot dogs, Ground Beef, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ribs (Often times there are some really great rebates WYB beer or soda)

 

AUGUST

  • BBQ and Patio Equipment (Just in time for Labor Day!)
  • White Sale – Linens and Towels
  • Back to School Supplies – Sales may Start in Late July, Depending on when school starts in your part of the world)
  • Bathing Suits and the last remnants of summer clothes
  • Back to school clothes
  • Jackets and light coats for fall
  • Beverages, Hot dogs, Ground Beef, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Ribs (Often times there are some really great rebates WYB beer or soda)
  • Breakfast foods (cereal, oatmeal, juice, bars) Cereal sales will start this month and continue into September as school starts up.
  • Lunch box food- juice boxes, lunchables, snacks, chips, yogurt

 

SEPTEMBER

The traditional Back to School Sales will start. For most schools, classes begin the Tuesday after Labor Day. This is a great time to stock up on snacks that are healthy and shelf-stable. 100 calorie snack packs, fruit leathers, 100% juice boxes, bottled water, peanut butter. Watch the inserts for Lunchables coupons too- they will start going on sale!

  • Back to School Supplies (Office Depot, Staples, and Walgreen’s often have Freebies)
  • Canned Goods. Canned soup and spaghetti sauce also starts to go on sale in September.
  • Frozen Pizza

There are LOADS of rebates and special cashback offers through apps like Ibotta and Checkout51 in the last quarter of the year. Why?

The last three months of the year are packed full of holidays and entertaining possibilities. Sales, rebates, and cashback offers will most likely be for the types of food and beverages that are associated with entertaining: crackers, cheese, wine, beer, candy, nuts, etc. Many of these food items are shelf-stable and it can be a good opportunity to buy a few extra to stock up, especially if it’s something that your family consumes regularly.

OCTOBER

  • Home goods such as serving dishes, and glassware (to prepare you for the onslaught of entertaining you will be doing for the holidays)
  • Candy, nuts
  • Baking/candy-making items (choc chips, sprinkles, vanilla, corn syrup, nuts, etc)
  • Fall/Winter clothing
  • Fabric, Patterns, sewing machines (Halloween)
  • Coats/Jackets

NOVEMBER

  • Winter Clothing
  • Blankets and flannel sheets
  • Heating Devices
  • Turkey, ham
  • Canned goods (soup, chicken broth, condensed milk, veggies, etc)
  • Baking goods (flour, sugar)
  • Baking wear

DECEMBER

  • Toys- there are usually deals through Target’s app, and online as well
  • Gift Items-Stock up and fill your stockings and keep your wallet full.
  • Post-Holiday Sales- I like to stock up on plain colored paper goods after each holiday and stockpile them to use throughout the year for parties and events. No one will know the red napkins are from Valentine’s Day, not from Christmas. Light Blue gift paper from Chanukah will wrap a present for a baby shower gift just the same.
  • Party Foods, Baking Goods, and Various Meat There will be a lot of rebates, keep your eyes open!
  • Canned goods (broth, soups, etc)
  • Prime Rib, Turkey, Ham

 

Year-round after a holiday, you can always pick up cheap cookie dough. Cookie dough freezes really well for about two months.   You can also find plain colored paper goods, including plain-colored wrapping paper and tissue paper after each holiday in the clearance section.

 

 

9/25/2020 Friday Freebies & Deals

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This Friday’s freebies and deals: This week is chock full of Freebies! I’m stoked. Both kids are back to school (part time), so I’ve got a little wiggle room in the morning to get some writing and deal hunting done!

If you find a cool deal or freebie, please leave a comment!

Freebies

Free Sample of IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation
Free Sample of MMMints
Free Walmart Welcome Baby Registry Box
Free Sample of Suave Professionals for Natural Hair
Free Atelier Cologne Perfume Stories Mini Set
Free Snickers Bar (Walmart Gift Card) for Essential Workers
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free FandangoNOW Credit for Roku Users
Free Loaf of Schar Gluten-Free Bread
Free Unbun Foods Keto-Friendly Baguette
Free Enspice Seasonings & Spices
Free Eye Drops
Free Uncle Bud’s Hemp Product

Deals:

Green Toys Flower Maker Dough Set ONLY $12.65 (Reg. $25)
Fisher-Price Baby Bunny Massage Set ONLY $15.99 (Reg. $30)
Green Toys Train ONLY $15.59 (Reg. $30)
Touchless Digital Infrared Thermometer for ONLY $9.99 RUN DEAL
LEGO Creator 3in1 Twin Rotor Helicopter ONLY $39.97 (Reg $60)
HP Chromebooks on Sale for $144 RUN
Asus 10.1-In Convertible Chromebook Flip ONLY $149.99
Acer 11.6-In Dual-Core 16GB Chromebooks From $129.99 – $144.99
Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger Game $13.49 (Reg $25)
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Building Set ONLY $14.90 on Amazon (Reg $25)
MUK LUKS Morty Ragg Wool Slipper Sock ONLY $23.99 (Reg. $40)
Harry Potter Pop-Up Advent Calendar ONLY $27.99 (Reg. $40)
Kalorik 12qt Analog Air Fryer Oven ONLY $49.99 (Reg $120)
Premium Original Saltine Crackers 6-Pack ONLY $11.50 Shipped
Christmas Pearl Earrings ONLY $1 Shipped
Baby Shark Kids Weighted Blanket ONLY $14.97 (Reg $50)
Disney Frozen Magical Discovery Elsa Doll ONLY $13.31 (Reg. $25)
Baby Alive Shimmer n Splash Mermaid ONLY $10 (Reg. $20)
Converse Shoes as Low as $16.00 at Kohl’s (Reg. $40)

 

9/18/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

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This Friday’s freebies and deals: This week is chock full of Freebies! I’m stoked. The big kid has gone back to in-person school, and the little one is doing distance learning for another week. I am looking forward to getting back to a schedule where I can have more time to write and work, and the kids get some sort of normalcy with our new normal.

If you find a cool deal or freebie, please leave a comment!

Freebies

3 Free Meals Every Day for Any New Yorker (While I live on the West Coast, I know some of you are in New York or have friends who live there)
Free Brainiac Kids Yogurt Tubes
Free Derek The Dinosaur Coloring Book
Free 5pc. Chicken Nuggets at Jack in the Box
Free National Parks Pass for Military & Dependents
Free Sample of WowButter Creamy Peanut Free Toasted Soy Spread
Free Pepsi Zero 2-Liter at Walmart
Free Tru-Nut Peanut Butter Powder Sticks at Publix
New Sampler Samples – Finish Rinse Aid, Airwick Mist & More
Free Red Baron Pizza Melt After Rebate
Free Subscription to Town & Country Magazine
Free Care Packages for Students
Free Digital Issue of Family Handyman Magazine
Free Acne Patches
Free Subscription to Field & Stream Magazine
Free Chosen Foods Guacamole or Salsa at Sprouts
Free Sample of Nexwear Pads
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday

 

Deals

GUND Glitz Pandacorn Panda Unicorn Plush ONLY $10 (Reg. $20)
The First Years Disney Mickey ONLY $2.48 (Reg $5)
Small Kitchen Appliances for $11.04 – Over 50% Off
Wonder Nation Sleeve Pajamas 4-Pack ONLY $9.92 at Walmart
Giggle McDimples Plush Toy ONLY $1.98 (Reg $10)
Expo Dry Erase Fine Tip Markers 8-Count ONLY $5.79 (Reg. $14)
Papyrus Christmas Cards as Low as $4.81 (Reg. $15)
Rainbow Unicorn Cuddleez Plush ONLY $6.98 (Reg $35)
Water Beads Rainbow Mix ONLY $6.79 (Reg. $14)
Kinder Fluff Car Sun Shade 4-Pack ONLY $11.87 (Reg. $30)

Tryazon: Apply to Host A CurliGirls Hair Styling Party

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Tryazon has a new party that is accepting applications!

Straight or curly? CurliGirls don’t have to choose! Brand new CurliGirls dolls feature MagiCurl hair that curls instantly when you pull it. The longer you pull, the tighter the curl – it’s so easy! Curl with your fingers, or easy styling tools, then accessorize with hair clips and beads. Ready to change it up? Dip hair in warm water and watch it magically straighten! Then style and restyle over and over again. The styling possibilities are endless.

Get to know each of the CurliGirls! Charli, the Pop Star, is pretty quiet – except when she’s rocking out on stage! She’s a rebel with a heart of gold. Hayli, the Ballerina, is always on pointe – a poised, ladylike ballerina who is all sugarplums…with just the right amount of spice!! Bayli, the Birthday Girl, is the life of the party! This giggly girl is super organized and loves to plan the perfect celebration for her friends. No matter which doll you choose, you can express your CURL power, with CurliGirls!

Tryazon will select 100 hosts for this opportunity. Those chosen will receive a party pack with a variety of CurliGirls products to showcase with friends and family!

To apply or learn more about what each Party Pack includes, click here.

We’ve done several Tryazon parties- it’s a great way to try and share new products!

12/20/19 Freebie Friday!

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This is the last freebie Friday before Christmas! I’ve tried to include a variety of fun samples, events, and a couple deals.

Freebies:

Deals:

 

2019 Holiday Resources

I usually do this post later in November, but I’ve been getting a lot of requests for information for 2019.

The holidays are more than food and gifts, but no one should go hungry any time of year!

Here is my post with a list of food banks/pantries in San Diego. Many of the food pantries also have special holiday distributions, it is worth a call to find out of any additional food or gift distributions will be done.

As of now, I am not aware of any free Christmas tree giveaways, however, as I gather more information, I will update this post.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 1.53.34 PM.pngToys 4 Joy has 3 San Diego area events on December 14th. Toys for Joy is open to all children and families and no registration is required. One free toy will be given to all children attending the event ages 0 – 11. Free lunch will be provided in addition to free entertainment, kids activities and giveaways. All three locations have free groceries and one location has free gently used clothing available.

Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 10.24.34 AM.pngThe Cameron YMCA is hosting a free Cookies and Milk with Santa on Saturday, December 14th.
Bring the entire family and join us for our annual Cookies with Santa!
Enjoy Cookie decorating, ornament making, letters to Santa, pin the
heart on the Grinch and photos with Santa!
Pre-Registration Required. This event is not limited to YMCA members! To register, please call the Cameron YMCA in Santee at 619-449-9622. Check with your local YMCA- most San Diego area YMCA locations have an event like this.
santeesantas.pngIf you live in Santee and need help with food and gifts for the holiday, contact Santee Santas. You can download and print forms, check into eligibility (it is income-based and they are very strict from what I’ve been told), and see what forms you need addition to the application here.

 

The intake dates are November 21 or December 3, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rio Seco School on Cuyamaca St.

Representatives will be there to assist you in processing your application.

Once again the ladies of the  American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Post 534 are working with the VFW in Lakeside to host a super fun event for kids age 0-11.

In addition to meeting Santa, there will be crafts, snacks, and lots of fun!

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In order for your kids to receive a gift, please sign up your kids up to 12 years old via email to Jerrilynn: Kids_Christmas_Party@cox.net by December 9th please include name, age & gender and gift idea under $20.00.

If you know of any other holiday events or programs that can help those in need, please post links in the comments!

 

Talk Back: What is your favorite way to help others? 

Funovation Panel is looking for Members!

I’ve been a member of the Funovation Panel for a few years now, and we’ve tested several toys for them, and won a couple gift cards!

  • The Funovation Panel is a community of families that provide their feedback about new toys, videos, images, and much more. We’re looking for new members to help us understand what families want from toys today.
  • Members are invited to participate in projects such as in-home toy tests, early screening of TV shows, trend identification, and providing input on toys and ideas in the early stages of development. Help shape what will appear in stores and on screens across the world to better suit your family!
  • Also, to show our appreciation, for every Funovation survey you complete, you will be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards. That starts with this one, so click below!

9/13/19: Weekly Freebies and Deals!

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Woo Hoo! Friday means Freebies and deals!

Samples/Goodies:

In Stores/Events:

Magazines:

Deals:

8/30/19- Weekly Freebies and Deals!

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This week there are some good ones!

Samples

 

Events/In-Store

Magazines

Deals