Birthday Freebies

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ACE Hardware: Sign up for ACE Rewards and get a $5 off coupon on your birthday.

American Eagle Outfitters: Sign up for AERewards and get 15% off during your birthday month.

Aveda: Become a member of Aveda.com and get a free gift every year on your birthday.

Bare Minerals: Become a Friends and Benefits member and get a gift customized to your personal profile on your birthday.

CVS: Register for a CVS ExtraCare Card and get $3 in ExtraCare Bucks every year on your birthday.

Disney: Register for Disney Movie Rewards and you’ll receive a credit for a free Blu-ray movie on your birthday.

DSW: Join DSW’s rewards program and receive a $5 gift certificate on your birthday.

Old Navy: Sign up for Old Navy’s email newsletters and you’ll receive a free surprise on your birthday.

Sephora: Sign up for Beauty Insiders and receive a complimentary gift during your birthday month.

Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for their mailing list and receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $10 or more on your birthday.

Restaurants, Fast Food, Ice Cream and Coffee

Baskin Robbins will send you a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday when you join the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club.

Marble Slab Sign up for Marble Mail and receive exclusive offers, birthday surprises and more. Kids under age 13 can join the Marble Slab Kids Club and get a free ice cream cone on their birthday.

When you register a Starbucks card, they will send you a free drink or food reward on your birthday!

If you have a child ages 2-10, sign them up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club at Toys R Us. They will receive a birthday card and surprise gift from Geoffrey.

Enjoy a free sub on your birthday when you join the Firehouse Subs Birthday Club here. Or, just show an I.D. with your birth date on your birthday and you’ll get a FREE medium celebratory sub.

Join the Fudds Club to get the latest news and perks from Fuddruckers – Like a special gift for joining, plus a birthday treat and a surprise on your anniversary date!

Join the So Connected club at Ruby Tuesday’s and you’ll get an email for a free burger on your birthday.

Join Jason’s Deli’s email list and you’ll receive a $5 gift card on your birthday.

Subscribe to IHOP’s email list to receive a free meal on your birthday. You will also receive a free meal just for signing up.

Keep your Chick-fil-A Email Insiders information up to date for exclusive promotions to your inbox.

Abuelo’s: Join their eClub and receive a free gift for signing up, plus gifts on your birthday and anniversary.

Applebee’s: Sign up to receive their email updates and you’ll get a dessert shooter on your birthday.

Atlanta Bread Company: Join the Atlanta Bread Company VIP eCLub and you’ll get a free cookie on your birthday.

Baker’s Square Restaurant & Pies: Sign up for their email newsletters and you’ll receive a coupon for a free entrée right away, plus a free slice of pie on your birthday.

Ben & Jerry’s: Become a Chunk Spelunker and you’ll get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

Bennigan’s: Become a Bennigan’s eClub member and receive a free dessert and buy one, get one entrée on your birthday.

Black Angus Steakhouse: Join their Prime Club and receive a free steak dinner (with purchase of a second entrée) on your first birthday as a member.

Brio Tuscan Grille: Sign up for Posta Toscana at Brio Tuscan Grille and you’ll receive a coupon for free food on your birthday.

Buca di Beppo: Register for their eClub updates and receive a free brownie on your birthday and a free dessert on your anniversary.

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen: Become a Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant Insider and receive a free fish or chicken dinner for joining, plus more freebies on your birthday.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse: Join their Handshake Club and receive a free gift on your birthday.

Chili’s: Sign up for their email list and get a free order of chips and salsa or guacamole or queso just for joining, plus a brownie sundae on your birthday.

Cold Stone Creamery: Join their club to receive a coupon for free ice cream on your birthday.

Dairy Queen: Join their fan club and receive a free Blizzard on your birthday.

Del Taco: Join their Raving Fan eClub and receive a free premium shake on your birthday, plus two free Grilled Chicken Tacos just for signing up.

Denny’s: Join their rewards club to receive a free Grand Slam on your birthday (includes two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links and two pancakes).

Don Pablo’s: Join their Hab Club and receive a free $10 gift card on your birthday.

Famous Dave’s: Join the Be a P.I.G. (Pretty Important Guest) Club and receive something free on your birthday.

Flat Top Stir-Fry Grill: Join their eClub and get a free stir-fry dish on your birthday.

Friendly’s: Join their BFF Club and get a free three-scoop sundae just for enrolling, as well as free birthday offers for your entire family.

Fuddruckers: Join the Fudd Club and get a free treat on your birthday.

Genghis Grill: Become a member of the Khan’s Club and get a free birthday stir-fry bowl.

Gold Star Chili: Join their eClub for free surprises on your birthday.

Great American Cookies: Join their Cookie-Mail Club for free birthday surprises.

Houlihan’s: Join their email club and get a free appetizer for joining, plus a free entrée on your birthday.

IHOP: Join their Pancake Revolution and receive a free meal for signing up, on your birthday and on the one-year anniversary of joining.

Johnny Rocket’s: Join the Johnny Rocket eClub and receive a free hamburger on your birthday.

Krispy Kreme: Join the Friends of Krispy Kreme eClub and get a free doughnut and coffee on your birthday.

Menchie’s: Join the mySmileage rewards program and recieve a $5 credit towards frozen yogurt on your birthday.

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Join their eClub and receive a free gift on your birthday.

Outback Steakhouse: Join their rewards program and receive a free dessert on your birthday.

P.F. Chang’s: Sign up for their email updates and get a free dessert on your birthday.

Qdoba Mexican Grill: Sign up for their rewards program and receive a free chips & salsa or a free regular drink for registering, plus a free gift on your birthday.

Red Lobster: Join their rewards club and get a free gift on your birthday.

Red Robin: Join their eClub and get a free burger with bottomless fries on your birthday.

Rita’s Ice: Join their birthday club for a free treat on your birthday.

Schlotzsky’s: Join their eClub to get a free small sandwich on your birthday.

Sonic Drive-In: Sign up to become a Sonic Cruisers member and you’ll receive a free surprise on your birthday.

Spaghetti Warehouse: Join the Warehouse Club and get a free appetizer for signing up, plus a complimentary meal on your birthday.

Starbucks: Join their rewards club for a free drink on your birthday.

Taco Cabana: Become a TC Fanatic and get a free fajita taco for joining, plus a free TC Fanatics flauta plate on your birthday.

TCBY: Sign up for the myTCBY eclub and recieve a free small yogurt on your birthday.

UNO Chicago Grill: Join their rewards program and get a free meal on your birthday.

Freebies for kids

Barnes & Noble: Sign up for their Kids’ Club and your child can receive a cupcake on their birthday.

Bashas’: Register your child in their Birthday Club and they’ll receive a free cake every year through age 10.

Bob Evans: Sign your children (12 and under) up for the Bob Evans Birthday Club and the’ll receive free kids’ meals on their birthday.

California Pizza Kitchen: Sign your children (10 and under) up for the CPKids Birthday Club and they’ll receive a free meal during their birthday month.

Chuck E. Cheese’s: Join their email club and receive special offers and freebies for your child’s birthday.

Kmart: Join their Birthday Club and get a $5 gift card for your child’s birthday, plus a birthday gift pack.

Local freebies

Make an account at BirthdayFreebies.com. You can search for freebies at retailers and restaurants in your area by typing in your zip code.

 

 

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21 Easy Tips to Saving Money

There is definitely a sense of satisfaction from going to the store with nothing but a few dollars and a handful of coupons and coming home with a sack full of stuff:)   Sometimes I even have more coupons than groceries!  Playing the “coupon game” is a fun challenge with some great benefits.  For Russell and I it’s allowed us a little more freedom in our budget to do fun activities with the kiddos.  It’s also allowed us to share our savings and blessing with others.  We’ve been able to take some of our savings and donate to our local food bank.  The great thing about using the couponing technique is we can give so much more.  It’s a great feeling.  If your interested in learning how to save on your shopping experience, check out our links below and give it a try!   Who knows…you might look this excited the next time you grocery shop:)DSC_0168_edited-1

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Frugal DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Next week is Teacher appreciation week at the kiddos schools and we wanted to post a few of our favorites from the past years we’ve done.  It’s always exciting to find cute frugal gift ideas for the those special teachers who shape the minds of our children.  There really are no words to express gratitude for all they do.  So don’t forget to send a note or gift of appreciation to the teachers in your life.

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Homemade Magnet Fabric Bulletin Board

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Color My World Thank You Gift

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M&M Teacher Appreciation gift

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Do you have any you want to share? We would love to hear about them!

DIY Heat Transfer

Put on your seat belt ya’ll… you’re about to see some extreme cuteness!!

Since this was my first time doing this type of project and I wanted to do something fun for valentine’s day. The best thing about this craft is it turned out to be super frugal costing me about $4 dollars per shirt.  Tip…one of my favorite ways to save money on fabric at Joann’s is to dig through the remnant bin. “Remnants” are small pieces of fabric, anywhere from a few inches to up to a yard or so the cool thing about the remnant bin is that everything in there is 50% off. Better still, it’s 50% off  the current price for that type of fabric. I always go there first before purchasing fabric for projects similar to this.  I finished these shirts by sewing the patterns with my sewing machine for additional strength but it’s not necessary.

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Materials
T-Shirt
Pattern you want to use for shirt
Fabric scrap for your patterns
Wonder Under (I use Pellon 805 found in the fabric section of your craft store).
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1.  Fuse Wonder Under to wrong side of fabric using the directions on the product.  You can watch a video by going here if your a visual learner like me:)

2.  Print or draw the pattern and cut out ( If your image includes words or letters make sure to make your image backwards as it will read correctly later when you apply it to your shirt).  Place your design on your shirt shiny side up and then place a piece of cloth on top of it.

3.  Set your iron to “cotton” setting, allow to heat up, and then press firmly and iron your design onto the shirt for about 60 seconds.  Allow the design to cool.20140202-210714.jpg

Easy peasy jungle breezy.

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The best things in life aren’t things….Happy Heart day my friends!

Whole Chicken in Crock Pot

If you haven’t roasted a chicken in your crock-pot yet… you’ve got to try it!  Not only is it frugal, it’s also the easiest way I’ve found to make chicken.   Plus you can get a couple quarts of chicken broth from it too!   It seems like this time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the busiest days of the year and who doesn’t need a quick go to meal right?  This is the perfect recipe that keeps on giving.  Season a whole chicken with just about anything you’ve got in the spice cupboard then throw it in a crock pot and let it cook for a few hours on high, or low and slow all day. The result is perfectly cooked chicken that’s ready to eat whenever you are.

Turn the leftover chicken into a few other great dishes below!

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Creamy Chicken Primavera Bake
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes
Freezer Friendly Creamy Chicken Casserole
Copycat Corner Bakery Chicken

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Ingredients:

2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 1/2 to 4 1/2 lbs. roasting or fryer chicken
1 cup chopped onion, approx. 1 medium to large onion
4-5 carrots, scrubbed, no need to peel, chopped in halves or thirds
4 celery stalks, cut in thirds ( I didn’t have celery so I used 1/2 tsp. celery salt)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 lemon quartered

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Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl.  Remove chicken from packaging and remove neck and pouch with organs. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.  Rub garlic all over outside of the chicken. Put garlic inside the chicken. Rub the rub all over the outside and inside the chicken. Add quartered lemon to the inside of the chicken.  Place onions, carrots and celery inside the slow cooker. Place chicken on top of the vegetables. Cover slow cooker and cook chicken on low for 4-8 hours or until the chicken is very tender and the thigh bone easily twists off.

Remove chicken and place in a 9×13 glass baking dish. Place baking dish in the oven under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes. Allow chicken to rest after removing it from the broiler for 5-10 minutes.   20131215-224243.jpg

DIY Christmas Scent Potpourri

I made these cute simmering scent jars for the girls teachers last year for Christmas and they were a huge hit.  The cost (depending on what supplies you already have at home) is pretty inexpensive.  If your looking for a creative gift at a frugal price, this might be it!

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Items needed:
1 pint jar
2 lemon wedges
1 lime
2 orange slices
3 cinnamon sticks
2-3 tbsps. whole cloves
3 bay leaves
small fabric or scrap paper
small piece of twine/jute/ribbon.

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Directions:  Place ingredients in pint jar and fill with water.  Top with small piece of fabric or glue scrapbook paper secured by tying ribbon or twine around lid.  Attach tag (I hot glued tag to jar)  .

To be written on tag and attached to jar:
Pour contents into saucepan on stovetop and simmer
on low heat, add water as needed.
Refrigerate to keep fresh.

Kroger Mega Event

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If you have a Kroger in your area, this week is a great time to stock up on  a few staples!  Check out our Kroger Mega Event tips!  page and get your savings on!  I saved 55% on this shopping trip! We  would love to hear about your savings too!

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