Sunday, May 31, 2009

We love to read (and we love rewards too!)

We love reading at our house! This summer there are lots of ways to reward kids for reading.

Local library - At our Danville branch - pick up the reading record, turn it in after you read 20 books, receive a free book (and usually a stack of free coupons for local events)

H E Buddy Reading Club - (open to all Texas residents) - print off the reading form. Once your child reads 10 books, send in the form and they will send your child a free t-shirt!

Barnes & Nobles - Children read 8 books, bring in their list and receive a free book. (Thanks Starr!)

Half Price Books - Kids 12 and under can earn a $3.00 gift card for each week they read at least 15 minutes a day starting June 1. (There is 1 location in Lexington and 2 in Louisville - a ton of them all over the country. Find a store here)

3 free audiobooks for download has 3 free kids audiobooks available. I will download these tonight. We listen to alot of stories on cds when we travel so I love finding these free!

Rikki Tikki Tavi
The Emperors New Clothes

I haven't downloaded them yet but I don't think you need a credit card to create an account.

Gift Card offer for Verizon Customers

I'm not a Verizon customer but some of you might be. If so, you might want to take advantage of this offer:

Register for My Verizon and sign up for automatic billpayment with any American Express® card by June 20, 2009 and we'll give you an American Express® branded rewardcard worth $25.

Friday, May 29, 2009

I just swapped an old gamecube game for a Wii game!

I hate having stuff sitting around the house that I no longer need or want. What do I do with extra DVDs, CDs, Books, Game system games? I post them on Swaptree.

You post the titles of what you have, make a quick list of what you want and Swaptree does the rest.

(Important hint about swaptree: the more you put on your lists - the quicker you will get a match. I try to add tons of things on my want list even if I only have a few things on my have list. That way the odds of swaptree finding you a match go up much higher! Several of you have joined swaptree but you need to add more things to your list so you will get a swap faster!)
Last night I posted a Star Wars Lego Gamecube game that we no longer needed on swaptree. Today I received an email saying I will receive Super Paper Mario Wii game in exchange. All I have to do is mail the gamecube game (media mail rate only costs about $2.00) and I will go to my mailbox in about a week and get my new Wii game.

Need more information? Read my earlier post about swaptree.

Ready to sign up and start swapping your unwanted media for something you really want? Click here.

Become a Parenting Product Tester

Sometimes I find something that just looks like it would be fun. This is one of those things. I don't know if I'll ever be chosen to test products for Parenting magazine - but it's worth 3 minutes to sign up.

Here's the link to sign up. If they find that you match products that they want to test with real families, they'll contact you. -"Items we’ll need you to test could include: Toys and games; Books, DVDs, CDs, or Video Games; Health products for babies, toddlers, or kids; Bath products for baby, toddlers, or kids; Health and beauty products for Mom; Gear: strollers, carriers, furniture, items for feeding and diapering, etc. "

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hurray for Nesquik!

I have been looking for coupons for Nestle Nesquik for almost a year and today I found them!

I called 1-800-637-8536 and requested a coupon. They are sending me a .50 coupon in the next 7 days. You can call every 6 months and request another coupon. I have already marked my calendar for November 27 to make another call!

For those of you who can't drink milk without nestquik - better go make a call!!!!!

Enter for a free $10 Subway gift card

Giveways are a fun way to get something extra - for free of course. Blog Giveaways offer great odds for winning. I love to find out about little giveways that the whole world is not going to enter (what are the chances of my winning a full Disney vacation :-) but this is a great opportunity for a chance at something free!

Win a $10 Subway gift card just by posting a comment on Your Coupon Buddy's blog.

Have you won anything recently? I'd love to hear!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dove Dimensions

Join Dove Dimensions here and print immediate coupons. + sometimes they send members free samples. Last month I received a Dove Deodorant in the mail.

Free Quiznos sandwich

Join the Quizno's email club here and you'll get a coupon in your email inbox for a free Flatbread Sammie, plus a free cookie on your birthday and periodic coupons in your inbox.

Todays Samples & Coupons

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Old Navy flip-flops $1 this Saturday

Supposedly Old Navy is selling all their summer flip flops this Saturday in store for $1.00. If you are an Old Navy fan, this might be interesting to you.

I don't plan to be there since the closest Old Navy is 1 hour away..... but hey, I can't be at all the sales!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New readers - Have you tried swagbucks?

I have had some new readers asking about swagbucks....

Here's a quick recap: Since Feb 25 my household has earned $75 in gift cards to use on

What's so special about We have purchased ink cartridges, wii games, books, our vacuum cleaner, coffee pot, software for the computer, anti virus software, leapster game and more and always had an excellent experience. They offer free shipping after $25 or you can buy items used (often for a very cheap price).

By earning gift cards on Swagbucks we have saved alot of money!

Want to start earning your $ today? Sign up for swagbucks here.

Want more info about swagbucks first? Read my original post here.

My free Off Mosquito Lamp and Clip-on!

I went to my mailbox this weekend and found a box with a free Off lamp and clip on! Yes - free! Why did I get this free? I am a BzzAgent. That means that I get to try products (and keep them of course) for free! I get to use the product then I give a report back to BzzAgent - the more reports I give, the more opportunities to try new products.

Interested in being a BzzAgent? Send me an email and I'll send you a free invitation. It is of course free. This is my first campaign but I am really excited about it!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Parkay coupons

We love Parkay spray butter and it is on sale again this week at Kroger for $1.00. So, I called Parkay's 1-800 number and requested coupons. They are sending them to me this week!

Here's the number - 1-800-988-7808

The customer service rep was very friendly. The call took less than 2 minutes.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I got a $500 Visa Gift Card for only $42!

Have you seen those email ads where you are offered a Visa Card just for answering a question. Then they say "participation required". You may have thought these were always scams. I did 6 weeks of research and discovered that they are sometimes legit BUT you have to follow the requirements exactly!

On March 20, I spent 3 hours and $42. Then I waited and watched for 8 weeks. FedEx came to my house on Friday and delivered me a t-shirt and a $500 Visa Gift card! I was so excited.

These are called online offers and they can be kind of stressful and take some work but it can be very rewarding.

If you are interested in doing the research, here's a link to the website that seems to have almost all the answers. Carrie at Money Saving Methods has done many online offers and has made a lot of money this way. I read her blog daily and really feel confident sending you to her blog.

With my $42 investment here's what else I was able to get:
  • 1 month of Gamefly
  • 4 big bags of decaf coffee (which we would have bought anyway)
  • 250 business cards
  • 2 pair of hose for next winter (which I would have bought anyway)
  • our credit score
  • a pink ring (that I plan to use for a christmas present for my niece who loves jewelry - if you know her....shhhhh - don't tell!)
Just a quick note - These offers should never be considered a way to make free easy money and they should not be done if you can not afford to lose your entry money. I waited till I had earned some extra money from a side job then we decided it was worth a try and it paid off great for us! I plan to do my next offer this next month.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Want to get some extra coupons this week?

Melissa at Saving Cents with Sense is having a giveaway of over $300 worth of coupons. All you have to do is go to her site and leave a comment.

Do you enter giveaways and sweepstakes? I do when I have down time. So far I have won hallmark recordable cards, and downloadable songs, velveeta cheese.

Somebody has to win.... might as well be me :-)

Free Salon experience on May 20!

What a great deal! Kerastase Salon is offering a free hair treatment and blow dry service on Wed May 20. Money Saving Mom has all the details. I won't be able to take advantage of this offer because the closest salon is in Lexington but if you are close to a participating salon this looks like a great treat. Here's the link to the Kerastase site.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Coupon book from the June issue of All You

The newsstand edition of the June issue of All you includes an extra booklet with $12.50 worth of coupons. If you are a subscriber and you would like to receive this booklet by mail, you can email

Please include in your e-mail:
1) Your account number, found on the mailing label just above your name and address. It is nine digits and is usually located between two asterisks, for example *123456789*
2) Your name and address as it appears on the mailing label
3) Your e-mail address
4) A specific mention that you are looking for the “Coupon book from the June issue of All You.”

Friday, May 1, 2009

Warranties are a great deal (esp. if they are free!)

We bought a Black and Decker coffee pot from (with gift cards from Swagbucks and credit card rewards) 8 months ago. One morning it quit working. I called the company, verified the info with my receipt (which I always keep on large purchases). They confirmed that there is a standard 1 year replacement warranty on all Black and Decker coffeepots etc. I sent them a check for $7.50 to cover shipping and received a $40 coffeepot as replacement.

Lesson learned..... keep receipts and always check to see if an item has a replacement warranty before giving up and buying a replacement item.

I also did this with scales I purchased last year. Same thing, I sent money for shipping and saved over $25 on replacement purchase.

I did not register for these warranties when I purchased the items. I just kept the receipts so I could verify the purchase if needed.