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What to buy at Ikea: top five beautiful, practical, frugal kitchen finds

Ikea has a great reputation for one thing:  attractive, low-priced furniture.  The "low-priced" part is great, but unfortunately, their furniture is also famous for having a life span of about 3-5 years, until it falls apart.  I had some great modular Ikea furniture in my first post-college apartment, and if anecdotal evidence means anything, it too fell apart after about three years.

So if you're a few years past the post-college stage, maybe you should think about foregoing the furniture departments at Ikea.  I'm not saying all of their furnishings have short life spans, but I've yet to meet anyone with an Ikea bookcase that is twenty years old.

That said, a well-kept secret of Ikea is their fantastic housewares department.  I love love love Ikea housewares, kitchen stuff, cooking utensils, glassware etc.  They do seem to be well-made and you can purchase many of them for a song.

Ikea recently opened a new store in the Denver area, and last week, I reacquainted myself with their fabulous housewares department.  Here are five Ikea kitchen/table items, priced between $3-$10, that I have bought from Ikea and would recommend buying, based on 1) aesthetic beauty, 2) practicality and 3) unbelievably low price (the frugal trifecta).  You cannot get these online;  you can only purchase them at an actual Ikea store.  Here goes:
This large glass "Trygg" serving bowl is $2.99. I have never seen a glass bowl this size or quality for such a low price. Major steal.  It's actually prettier in person than in the picture, because the shape is more striking.  I picked up a few and set them aside for Passover.  I don't think you can ever have enough large glass bowls.  Mixing bowl, serving bowl, salad bowl, fruit bowl, you name it, this will do it.
This Rektangel glass vase for $4.99. A few years ago, I donated all of the two-dozen ugly florist vases I'd been saving to a wedding gemach and replaced them with four of these Rektangel vases.  They are beautifully cut, easy to clean (they go in the dishwasher), substantial enough to hold a large bouquet, and if they break, I'm out a mere $5. (Of course, many of the florist vases have reappeared over the years...I need to be better about giving them away.) 
Pruta Food Savers, 17 in a set, $3.99, BPA-free clear tupperware-type containers. They stack up inside of each other and they beat out the price of Ziploc or Hefty containers by more than five times.  I did pick up an extra set of these for Passover as well.  The value here is unbelievable.
Tokig salad spinner for $2.99  I have never, ever seen a salad spinner priced this low. Ever.  Search for a salad spinner on Amazon and you'll see what I mean.  I've had my Ikea salad spinner for about 8 years now and it still does the job.  And these things are absolutely essential when you'll be cleaning and drying large amounts of lettuce (Passover seder anyone?).

6 Mjod beer glasses with stems, $9.99. A selfish part of me didn't want to post this one and almost hopes you won't buy these, because I love to put out unique, singular items on my table. But because these are such interesting glasses, I wanted to share them with you. We have three sets, and we actually set them out each week on our Shabbat table (except when I want a more formal table) instead of regular water glasses. They have such an unusual, low-slung profile and they mix and match with any kind of china or table setting. 

Those are my current favorite top five Ikea frugal kitchen finds for now.  What are yours?

Free sample from Post-it Perks

Join Post-it Perks for a free sample of a Post-it product.  Click here to join and request your free sample.

Frugal food: Rhodes garlic knots

Before I hit you with the recipe, here's a little factoid of Jewish history and culture for you:  tonight, the first night of the Jewish month of Av, starts the period that Jews call "The Nine Days." It is the last part of the "The Three Weeks" (Bain HaMetzorim in Hebrew) of national mourning, when Jews all over the world lament the loss of their Temples in Jerusalem. Both of our Temples (Bait HaMikdash in Hebrew) were destroyed on the same day of the Jewish calendar, the 9th day of Av, the first Temple in 586 B.C.E. and the second Temple in 70 C.E. The days leading up to the Temples' destruction were terrible ones in Jewish history, and even though the destruction took place thousands of years ago, observant Jews refuse to forget, and take on mourning rituals, one of which is to refrain from eating meat or drinking wine during The Nine Days.  (We suspend this ritual for Shabbat.)

So for the next nine days (excluding Shabbat), we'll be eating either dairy or pareve ("pareve" means containing neither dairy nor meat) dishes.  I and some of my fellow blogger friends will be posting some frugal, interesting and easy recipes for The Nine Days.

Here's one to start you off that is so easy, it's barely a recipe.  Rhodes dough garlic knots go great with any kind of pasta dish, though truth be told, I just eat them with anything; they are so easy and delicious.  I make them with Rhodes dough because a) I'm too lazy to make dough from scratch and b) if I use Rhodes dough, I know that they will come out perfect.  The versatile consistency of Rhodes dough is amazing and adapts to many different types of crusts and breads.  This recipe calls for about half a package of Rhodes dough white bread loaves and yields about 40-45 or so knots.  The total cost to make them is around $3, which is ridiculously frugal compared to buying frozen pre-made garlic knots.

You'll need:
  • 2 1/2 loaves of Rhodes white bread dough
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 T. of dried basil
  • 1/4 c. of marinated chopped garlic or a few good shakes of plain old garlic powder
  • 1 beaten egg for basting

Spray down a cookie sheet with the olive oil cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Defrost the Rhodes dough until pliable and slice into 1/2" wide, 3" long strips.  No need to be neat about this.  Roll the strips into little ropes and make simple knots out of them, tucking the ends under.  Spread the knots out on the cookie sheet and spray the tops with olive oil spray to keep them from drying out.  You should have about 40-50 knots.
Let the knots rise for about one hour.  Baste the tops with the beaten egg, and then depending on what you've got in your pantry, top with either dollops of the marinated chopped garlic (push the garlic gently into the knots), or sprinkle very liberally with the garlic powder (or both).  Sprinkle the dried basil on top of garlicky knots.  Be very generous with the basil and garlic....you can't overdo them.  Spray the tops again with the olive oil cooking spray and pop the knots into the oven.  Remove when the tops are golden brown (about a half hour).  Serve warm.  Scrumptious.

Save money through American Express Link, Like,Love

Do you have both an American Express card and a Facebook account?

If you are an AmEx cardmember, and you link your card to the "Link, Like, Love" application on the American Express Facebook page, you'll be connected to a personalized Link, Like, Love (LLL) dashboard through which AmEx will deliver deals, content and experiences based on your Facebook likes and interests, as well as the likes and interests of your friends. You can choose the deals you want and then use your card as you usually do. American Express will send statement credits to your card accounts – no coupons, no print-outs.  Program details are here.

For example, if you liked Whole Foods Market on Facebook or have checked in to Whole Foods on Facebook Places, you will probably see a "Spend $20 Get $5 Back" Whole Foods Market deal in your dashboard. Cardmembers can share deals with friends, choose the deals they want and then use their card as they usually do to claim the offer.

Here's how you set up your AmEx card on Link, Like, Love (LLL):
  1. Click here and like the American Express Facebook page
  2. Click on the Link, Like, Love tab (on the left-hand side).
  3. Click on the "Get Started" button.  Allow the application to access your profile.
  4. Click on the "Link Card" button.
  5. Fill in your name, email address and your American Express card number.  You may only link one AmEx card per Facebook account.
  6. Once your card is linked, you can start taking advantage of  LLL deals.  There are two types of LLL deals:  the kind you add to your card and the kind you click through to use.  The ones that you click through to use are straightforward (get 30% off, free shipping, etc.)
  7. The LLL deals that you add to your card are generally time-limited (expire after 30 days, etc.) and you will not see the reward when you actually execute the deal. Rather, it will show up on your statement as a credit between 2 days and 2 billing cycles after you've paid for the deal.
  8. If you have multiple AmEx cards, be aware that you can only link one card per Facebook account and you must use the card you linked in order to get the deal.

Here are some fantastic deals currently available from LLL.  I've already done the Whole Foods LLL deal and the $5 showed up on my online statement a week after I used my card. On the Whole Foods deal, I actually bought $52 worth of items and used $29 worth of coupons, so the extra $5 on my statement credit was just the cherry on top.  Please note, the minimum amounts required to get the deals are after any coupons.  These LLL deals, especially the ones you add to your card, add a layer of money-saving to your shopping.
  • Whole Foods-spend $20, get $5 back
  • Blue Nile-10% off eligible jewelry + free shipping
  • Walmart-shop online and get free shipping
  • Sears-get $35 off online purchases of $300 
  • H&M-spend $75 or more, get $10 back
  • Best Buy-spend $100 or more, get $10 back
  • Lord & Taylor-spend $100 or more, get $25 back
  • Sheraton Hotels & Resorts-spend $100 or more, get $40 back
  • Travelocity-spend $350, save 20% on Hotels
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts-spend $100 or more, get $40 back
  • Dunkin' Donut- spend $10 get $2 back
  • Sports Authority-spend $50, get $20 back (40% savings!!!)
  • 1-800-FLOWERS-spend $50, get $15 back

Three-lamp set for $25 shipped, from Home Depot

Get this Perfect Home Essentials 3-piece Coffee Bronze Urn lamp set for only $25.10, shipped. You could easily pay more than this for just the floor lamp.  Here's how to get the set at this great price:
  1. Click through the Shop at Home link to Home Depot to make sure you get your 3% cash back.  (Remember, you must be a member of Shop at Home and signed into your account to get your cash back. Not a member of Shop at Home yet?   It's free.  Click here to join and get $5 cash just for signing up and using their site to make a purchase within 30 days.)
  2. Once you're on the Home Depot site, add this 3-piece Coffee Bronze Urn lamp set to your shopping cart. The lamp set is on sale for $25.88.
  3. Shipping is free.
  4. With your sale price, free shipping and cash back, your grand total on this 3-lamp set will be $25.10.
Product info:
This Perfect Home Essentials 3-Piece Coffee Bronze Urn Lamp Set provides coordinated lamp lighting for a whole room. It comes with a 71 in. tall floor lamp, a 26-3/4 in. tall table lamp and a 19-1/4 in. accent lamp. The lamps feature a durable, easy-to-clean finish.
  • Floor lamp: 12-5/8 in. diameter plastic shade
  • Floor lamp: 3-way switch
  • Floor lamp: uses 1 type A bulb, 100-watt maximum or equivalent CFL bulb (not included)
  • Table lamp: 13 in. diameter fabric shade
  • Table lamp: on/off switch
  • Table lamp: uses 1 type A bulb, 60-watt maximum or equivalent CFL bulb (not included)
  • Accent lamp: 10 in. diameter fabric shade
  • Accent lamp: on/off switch
  • Accent lamp: uses 1 type A bulb, 40-watt maximum or equivalent CFL bulb (not included)
  • Durable, easy-to-maintain finish
  • UL listed

Two "fat-free" lightweight frying pans for $8.63 shipped from OneStopPlus

Get these "fat-free" frying pans from OneStopPlus for only $8.63, shipped.  As food cooks, fat collects in the raised bottom ribs of these fry pans, then drains out the side spout. Food won't cook in its own grease, grease won't get absorbed in your food! It's a healthier way to fry and creates less splatter. Includes an 8" and 10". Non-stick carbon steel; hand wash. These pans got 4 out of 5 stars based on six customer reviews.

Here's how to get them at this great price:
  1. Click through the Shop at Home link to OneStopPlus first, to make sure you get your 4% cash back. (Remember, you must be a member of Shop at Home and signed into your account to get your cash back. Not a member of Shop at Home yet?   It's free.  Click here to join and get $5 cash just for signing up and using their site to make a purchase within 30 days.)
  2. Once you're on the OneStopPlus site, add these "fat-free" carbon steel frying pans to your cart.  There are on clearance for $8.99, reduced from $29.99.
  3. Use promo code WW57300 to avoid the $5.99 shipping charge. By the way, if you're not happy with the pans, this code also allows for free returns.  It's good until 8/30/11.
  4. With your sale price, cash back and free shipping, your grand total on this healthy cooking item is only $8.63.  Total steal.

New Office Depot in-store coupon: $15 off $50, good until 8/6/11, plus free backpack and lunch tote with $15 purchase

Click here to print your Office Depot in-store coupon for $15 off $50 (equal to 30% off, a great discount), good until 8/6/11.  Here are the exclusions:
Valid in-store only. Must present this original coupon to cashier at time of purchase. Photocopies/reproductions not valid. Cannot be combined with Store Purchasing or Procurement Cards. Cannot be used as an account payment. Not valid for purchases: 1) made in Office Depot outlet/clearance stores; 2) of Gift Cards; 3) of any technology or consumer electronic products and accessories or media and software products; 4) of performance protection plans; 5) of postage or mailing/shipping services; 6) of HP ink or toner; or 7) of Tech Depot Services or third party services. Coupon is good for one-time use only, is not transferable, is not for resale or auction and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. We reserve the right to limit quantities sold to each customer.

And don't forget to check your Office Depot flyer for this great deal:  from now until 8/6/11, you can get a free Office Depot backpack and lunch tote with your $15 purchase!

Reminder: the end (of the month) is TODAY, so print those coupons

Where on earth did the summer go?  The last day of July is today.  This means we can look forward to some new coupons popping up in the changing of the (coupon) guard.  It also means that many of your favorite coupons, you know, the ones you've been meaning to print but haven't gotten round to, are going bye-bye.  If you've got any coupons on Coupons.com, SmartSource, Red Plum, Whole Foods, Target, Kellogg's, Betty Crocker, or Cellfire that you've been eyeing, now is a good time to put some paper in the printer.

Upcoming state sales tax holidays

There is nothing more frustrating to me than to put together a great deal with stacked coupons and sales to get some free or near-free products, only to have to pay a hefty sales tax when I check out. Click here to see if your state is having a sales tax holiday coming up (sadly, Colorado is not).  Shopping for clothing and other items on days when you will not be charged sales tax is like having an automatic coupon for whatever your tax rate is.  When you stack it with actual coupons and sales, you can snag some great bargains. Click here to check when you can take advantage of this nice consumerbreak in your state. 

Fly from Colorado to New Mexico round trip for around $60 on Frontier

Rocky Mountain DailyCheapskate readers, did you know that you can fly from Denver to Albuquerque for $9.99 each way on Frontier Airlines?  The catches: you must book by end-of-day tomorrow and there are some taxes and fees that actually raise the price to around $28 each way.  Still, at around $60 round trip from Colorado to New Mexico on a mainstream airline, this is quite a bargain. Click here.

Here's The Fine Print:
  • Purchase by August 1, 2011
  • Travel valid from September 7 through November 12, 2011
  • 14-day advance purchase required
  • Choose travel days Tuesday and Wednesday only
  • Flights are operated by Frontier Airlines, Republic Airlines or Chautauqua Airlines. Some flights go through or connect in Denver, Kansas City, Milwaukee or Omaha. Fares and schedules are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
  • Fares do not include passenger facility fees of up to $9 each way, the September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 each way, or fees of $3.70 per segment (one takeoff/one landing), and are subject to change without notice. As of July 22, federal excise taxes are not being charged due to the expiration of the FAA Reauthorization law. The tax may be reinstated at any time, including during the course of this sale.

10% off OnlineKosherWine.com, today only

Today, 7/31/11 only, get 10% off your OnlineKosherWine.com order (minimum $75 purchase) with promo code LOYAL.

Macy's 15% off home items in-store pass

Click here to print your Macy's in-store semi-annual Home Sale extra 15% off select home items pass, good until 8/2/11.

Lots of Johnson & Johnson company coupons

Click on ValuesforHealth.com and create a new account to print some OTC Johnson & Johnson coupons that are mostly not available anywhere else.  The coupons print off a SmartSource printer driver.  They currently include:
  • $1/1 Johnson's Baby Bedtime Bath or Lotion product. (9 oz. or larger)
  • $2/1 K-Y® Brand product (excludes trial sizes)
  • $10/1 Rogaine product
  • $2/1Visine product (1/2 fl. oz. or larger or Visine Soothing Wipes)
  • $3/1 Monistat 1-Day (or) 3-Day product

Free samples of breast milk storage bags from Honeysuckle

Nursing moms can get free samples of breast milk storage bags. Click on the Honeysuckle Facebook page, then on the "Free Samples!!!" tab (on the left-hand side) and fill out a form to request your free samples.


Collect ten Kellogg's UPC codes (from select cereals), receive a $10 gas card

Here's a great Kellogg's cereal deal:  collect 10 UPC codes from any of the cereals listed below (10 oz. or larger, mix or match), submit them with this form before the end of the year and receive a $10 gas rewards card.  Limit 5 gas cards per household.
  • Kellogg’s All-Bran Original cereal
  • Kellogg’s All-Bran Bran Buds cereal
  • Kellogg’s All-Bran Complete Wheat Flakes cereal
  • Kellogg’s Smart Start Strong Heart Antioxidant cereal
  • Kellogg’s Smart Start Strong Heart Toasted Oat cereal
  • Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal
  • Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Touch of Honey cereal
  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran cereal
  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch cereal
  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Extra! cereal
  • Kellogg’s Crispix® cereal
  • Kellogg’s Product 19 cereal
  • Kellogg’s Mueslix cereal
  • Kellogg’s Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal
  • Kellogg’s Lowfat Granola with Raisins cereal
  • Kellogg’s Fruit Harvest Strawberry/Blueberry cereal
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
Please note that even though this is an AARP deal, you don't need to be an AARP member to take advantage of it; you do need to be a US resident over the age of 18. You should receive your gas card within 90 days after you mail in your UPC's.  You can check the status of your submission here.

Checking our cereal inventory from the last big buy when we took advantage of this offer, it looks like we are halfway to one free gas card. With the current price of gas (not to mention the US economy teetering on the edge of an abyss,  but ok)  I suspect that we will be sending away for more than one before the end of the year.  What a great way to extend your coupon savings on cereals! (BTW, click here to sign up for printable Kellogg's cereal coupons.)

Download the form for this promotion here.   Details are here.

Body wash set freebie from SkinCareforAthletes.com

Here's a nice skincare freebie:  go to the SkinCareforAthletes.com Facebook page and  like them, then click on this Travel Size Tri-Body Wash Promo on the SkinCareForAthletes.com site, add it to your cart and check out (shipping is free).

Free diaper sample from Costco (membership not necessary)

Click here to get a free sample of Kirkland diapers from Costco.com.  Costco membership is not necessary.


Free sample of Kashi cinnamon cereal or granola bar

Click here to request a free sample of either Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal, or Kashi TLC Peanutty dark chocolate layered granola bar.

Hat tip: Kosher on a Budget

Mambo Sprouts at the Capitol Hill Whole Foods!

I went over to the Whole Foods over in the Capitol Hill area of Denver today, both to score this great deal on coho salmon and to check out the Mambo Sprouts tour.  The Mambo Sprouts people were wonderful....there were tons of free organic samples and giveaways.  Heads up, Colorado DailyCheapskate readers, if you love great deals and freebies on organic food, try to catch the rest of the Mambo Sprouts tour in the Rocky Mountain area.

In the meantime have a look at some of the goodies that the Mambo Sprouts folks were giving out:

  • Santa Cruz organic cinammon applesauce (OU kosher).
  • Nature's Path Organic Peanut Choco chewy granola bar (OU-dairy kosher).
  • Ecover ecological automatic dishwasher tablets.  Print coupons here.
  • Omega Surge fish oil adult gummies.
  • Coupon for a free can of Zevia, a calorie-free soda sweetened with stevia...what a concept! (OU kosher) Print another coupon from their Facebook page, here.  I tried the grape soda and it is delicious and does not taste like diet soda at all.
  • Coupon for a free bottle of any flavor Helios organic kefir (CRC kosher dairy).  More coupons are available here.

      In addition, the Mambo Sprouts folks gave out a high value coupon booklet including:
    • $3/1 Omega Surge fish oil adult gummies
    • $1.25/1 Ecover automatic dishwasher tablets
    • $1/2 32 oz.Helios organic kefirs
    • $1/1 box of Nature's Path Organic granola bars
    • $0.75/1 any Rudi's bread
    • $0.75/1 any Santa Cruz organic product
    • $1/1 Stonyfield frozen yogurt, or ice cream
    • $2/1 six-pack of Zevia soda
Much thanks to Andrea (pictured above with the Mambo van) and the crew on the Mambo Sprouts tour for some wonderful organic giveaways!

$1 coupon on Reach floss = FREE item

This is definitely one of my favorite recurring coupons on Coupons.com because it gives me a free product. Get $1 off Reach floss when you click here, and then click on the "Personal Care" tab (on the left-hand side). If you don't see the Reach floss coupon, use zip code 80224.  Get this one fast (print it twice using your back button), because it's a popular coupon. Reach floss is only $0.99 at Target, so this means two free flosses for you! I love free.

Hurry! Free Equate antibiotic ointment at Walmart through Shop-at-Home, today only, while supplies last

Shop at Home is having one of their "Wild Deals" today (7/29/11) only:  buy a tube of Equate first-aid ointment from Walmart for $2.34, and when you click through the Shop at Home link to Walmart.com first, you get a 100% of your purchase price in cash back, with free shipping.  That amounts to a free item.

So here's how it works.
  1. Click through the Shop at Home page for Walmart.com first, to make sure you get this Wild Deal cash back reward. Then click on the "Buy Now" blue button next to the Wild Deal graphic. (Remember, you must be a member of Shop at Home and signed into your account to get your cash back. Not a member of Shop at Home yet?   It's free.  Click here to join and get $5 cash just for signing up and using their site to make a purchase within 30 days.)
  2. That should take you to the Walmart.com item page for Equate antibiotic ointment. Add it to your cart and check out as usual.  The ointment is $2.34 and shipping is free.
  3. With this special offer, today, 7/29/11 only, you will get the $2.34 in cash back from Walmart, making this item completely free (excluding tax). 
Now use this free item to start you off on building your family first-aid kit!  (Always thinking...)

When Shop at Home gives away a free item like this, the supplies tend to sell out very quickly, so buy this NOW.

Please note, the $2.34 will appear in your account after a small delay.  First you might see the "regular" Walmart cash back, but after a day or two, it will be replaced by the full $2.34. 

Fresh Coho Salmon at $9/lb at Whole Foods, today 7/29/11 only

I'm going to treat us to some stellar fish for Shabbat.  Whole Foods Friday sale is on delicious, fresh, Coho Salmon, at $8.99/lb.   I've never had fresh fish from Whole Foods that didn't taste outstanding, and this price is very good.  Find your local Whole Foods here.

(Kosher-keeping DailyCheapskate readers, Coho Salmon is a kosher fish; just make sure it isn't sitting in the same liquid as the non-kosher fish, still has skin attached to the fillet, and if you prefer, bring your own knife to the fish counter.  Rinse and scrape before cooking.)

Denver DailyCheapskate readers, if you are going to the Capitol Hill Whole Foods today, stop by from 10:30am-1:30pm to get your Mambo Sprouts free goodie bag.

Free Paris Amour Body Lotion at Bath & Body Works this weekend (no purchase required)

Going to the mall this weekend?  Stop by Bath & Body Works for your free Paris Amour 2 oz. Body Lotion.  Print the in-store coupon here or you can just bring it up on your smartphone to redeem...much greener (I'm going to do that...so tired of wasting paper on coupons).  No purchase required, one per customer,  coupon expires 7/31/11.  Oui, oui.

It's freebies like this that are the reason my annual budget for lotions and other such goodies is......zero.

$10 off $25 at JCPenney, and a little coupon math

Get $10 off your $25 purchase (40% off) today and tomorrow only, in-store at JCPenney, with no merchandise exclusions. Click here for the coupon.

My favorite deal when using this coupon is to buy my husband three short-sleeved St. John's Bay polo shirts at $10 each, and pay only $20 for the three of them with this coupon. This lowers the percentage value of the coupon slightly to 33%.   But there might be some better sales around that will allow you to take more efficient advantage of this coupon.

Today, JCPenney is having a buy-one-get-one-half-off (BOGOHO) sale on Men's underwear and socks. Some of the Adidas socks are going for $10/pack. Combine this sale with the coupon and it's like getting a straight buy-one-get-one-free on 4 packs of socks, raising your percentage value on the coupon to 50%:
1st pack of socks: $9.99
2nd pack of socks: $5.00 (BOGOHO)
3rd pack of socks: $9.99
4th pack of socks: $5.00 (BOGOHO)
Subtotal: $29.98
coupon: -$10.00
Grand total: $19.98 on $40 worth of merchandise
 Click here to print the in-store coupon.  Good 7/29/11-7/30/11 only.

More helpful links to putting together your family first-aid kit: Ace bandage coupons

I'm so pleased by the DailyCheapskate reader response to my post on building your family first-aid kit.  Quite a few of you have written in to tell me how the post was a bit of a kick in the pants to "taking this 'must-do' off the 'to-do' list and putting it on the 'done' list" (eloquent procrastination description courtesy of reader Eliana R.).  I'm really glad.  It's so important to be prepared for emergencies.

Here's another reader-submitted referral to a very helpful coupon link for Ace Bandages.  Thanks BoulderMom!  Love DailyCheapskate readers.

Click here to download the following coupons and use them to help you put together your family first-aid kit:

Mambo Sprouts tour coming to the Rocky Mountains! Free organic samples and more...

Heads up, Colorado Cheapskate readers:  the Mambo Sprouts tour will be in the Rocky Mountain area for the next three weeks!  The Mambo Sprouts tour will be handing out bags of organic free samples from Santa Cruz Organic, Helios Nutrition, Rudi's Organic Bakery, Ecover, Somersault Snack Co., Zevia All-Natural Soda, Country Life, Nature's Path Organic and more.  If you're in the greater Denver/Boulder area or thereabouts, definitely try to stop by at at least one of the Go Mambo appearances in Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage, or Sprouts and score some great organic sample goodie bags.  And if you see a woman live-blogging the event from her Iphone, well, that's probably me, so come over and say hi.  ;)

Here are some of the Colorado dates and appearances, but for more info, please click here.

  • 7/21/11, Whole Foods in Boulder, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • 7/22/11,  Sprouts in Boulder, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • 7/24/11, Whole Foods in Boulder, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • 7/27/11, Vitamin Cottage in Denver (Colorado Blvd), 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
  • 7/27/11, Vitamin Cottage in Denver (15th St.), 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • 7/28/11, Whole Foods in Denver (Cherry Creek North), 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • 7/29/11, Whole Foods in Denver (Cap Hill), 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • 8/3/11, Whole Foods in Denver (Wash Park), 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • 8/4/11, Sprouts in Aurora, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • 8/4/11, Sprouts in Centennial, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • 8/10/11, Vitamin Cottage in Denver (Leetsdale), 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • 8/10/11, Whole Foods in Denver (Wash Park), 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • 8/11/11, Whole Foods in Denver (Glendale),  10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • 8/12/11, Whole Foods in Denver (Tamarac),  10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


$1 coupon for plain milk

Got coupon?   Here's one you don't see every day.  Fill out this form to request a $1 coupon on any size container of plain white milk.  The coupon will be mailed to you in 6-8 weeks.  Pass the Oreos.

Free samples of Nescafe Clasico and Clasico Suave Coffee

Get free samples of Nescafe Clasico and Clasico Suave Coffee.  Click on the Nescafe Latino Facebook, like them, select English as your language (upper right-hand corner).  Click on the “Muestra Gratis” tab (left-hand side) to request your free samples. 

12-in-1 Combo Game Table for only $47, shipped, from Sears Outlet

Do you love air hockey as much as Joshua and I do?   Get this Halex 48in 12-in-1 Combo Table from Sears Outlet for only $46.98, including shipping.  Here's how:
  1. Click through the Shop at Home link to Sears Outlet to make sure you get your 2% cash back.  (Remember, you must be a member of Shop at Home and signed into your account to get your cash back. Not a member of Shop at Home yet?   It's free.  Click here to join and get $5 cash just for signing up and using their site to make a purchase within 30 days.)
  2. Once you're on the Sear Outlet site, add this Halex 48in 12-in-1 Combo Table to your shopping cart.  It's on clearance for $29.99 (!!!!), reduced from $179.99.
  3. Shipping is $17.95.  Your total on SearsOutlet.com will be $47.94 (excluding tax).
  4. With this great clearance price and your cash back, your grand total for this game table is only $46.98.  That is an awesome price.
Compare this deal to the identical item on Amazon for $169.95 + $16.99 shipping.

Product info:
Have a field day with a 48in crossover 12-in-1 Combo Table. The table converts into air hockey/ knock hockey/ bowling/ shuffleboard/ finger football/ ring toss/ tic-tac-toe/ basketball/ magnetic skee ball/ magnetic golf/ magnetic billiard/ magnetic dartboard. Accessories: Hockey pusher - 2pcs, hockey puck - 2pcs, hockey stick - 2pcs, bowling pin - 1 set, tic-tac-toe - 1 set, shuffleboard pucks - 6pcs, football pucks - 2pcs, football goal - 1pc, ring toss - 1 set, magnetic dart - 4pcs.

Free sample of Ball RealFruit Pectin

Do you like canning fruit?  Canning is on my long list of frugal-skills-I'd-like-to-learn-someday, along with sewing my own clothes and making my own furniture.  Sigh.  It's a long list.

Click here to request a free sample of Ball RealFruit Classic Flex Batch Pectin.

For those of you DailyCheapskate readers who keep kosher, this pectin is supervised by the CRC, but make sure you doublecheck the sample for a hechsher.

Hat tip: Hip2Save

Ta Da! Cheapskate gets a new domain name; welcome to DailyCheapskate.com

After eight months of writing this blog, I think I can finally say that it's all grown up now.  I've listened to a lot of well-justified kvetching and complaining about how hard it was to have to type in "frugalskate.blogspot.com," and I've finally settled on a domain name (with a little help from a friend...thanks MS). 

Readers, I'd like to introduce you to www.DailyCheapskate.com.  It's not too different from the former moniker, and I hope you will take the name to heart and check in each day, so that I can help you keep your money in your wallet as we weather these difficult economic times together, one day at a time.

If you've grown attached to my blogspot url, no worries, that will continue to work for a long while.  And for the 400 faithful Readers currently on my once-a-day email list, thank you for allowing me into your inbox; I'm honored to be there and your subscription will continue to work as well.

The Facebook page will still be called Cheapskate, as Facebook won't let me change the name, but I think it's close enough for you to figure it out, yes?  If you haven't joined my FB page yet, please, let's connect.

So, without further ado, let's go save some money...

40% off Ann Taylor Loft, in-store, today 7/28/11, 12-6pm only

Click on the Ann Taylor Loft Facebook page  and then on the "40% off in stores only July 28, 2011" tab (on the left-hand side).  Go ahead and print your coupon for 40% off your full-price purchase, today only, from 12-6pm.  I'm thinking new High Holiday outfit, yessirree Bob.

Free Samples of Mary Kay Eau de Toilette Fragrances

Click here to request four free Samples of Mary Kay Eau de Toilette fragrances

New OfficeMax coupons: $5 off $25 and 20 cent specials, good from 7/28/11-7/30/11

Office Max just came out with some great in-store coupons and offers, good from today, 7/28/11 through 7/30/11. Click here for the following:
Trms and exclusions: valid 7/28/11 through 7/30/11. Valid in store only. Coupon valid on regular, sale, promotional and/or clearance priced supplies items and ink. Excludes HP ink & toner and calculators. Limit one per customer. Minimum purchase of $25, before taxes, required. Void if copied, sold, purchased, transferred, taxed or where prohibited. Cannot be combined with any other coupon, with the exception of coupons featured in this flyer, associate discount, OfficeMax® Customer Perks and/or Retail ConnectSM pricing. Not valid on purchases of gift cards, general-use prepaid cards, phone cards, Sprint® devices and service plans, shredding services, MaxAssurance®, Ctrlcenter®, OfficeMax Essentials Kits, assembly or FedEx® shipping services. Not valid on prior purchases or for credit card payments. Coupon must be surrendered at time of purchase. No cash or credit back.

Terms and exclusinons for these three coupons: Valid 7/28/11 through 7/30/11. Valid in store only. Limit one coupon per customer. Void if copied, sold, purchased, transferred, taxed or where prohibited. Cannot be combined with associate discount, OfficeMax® Customer Perks and/or Retail Connect(SM) pricing. Not valid on prior purchases or for credit card payments. Coupon must be surrendered at time of purchase. No cash or credit back.

Save 20% on a toy at Toys R Us or Babies R Us

Save 20% off any one regular priced toy items at your local Toys R Us or Babies R Us store. Click on the Toys R Us Facebook page, and then click on the "20% OFF Fan Coupon!" tab (on the left-hand side). Click and print your coupon.


Earthbound Farms coupon at RecycleBank

Are you a member of Recyclebank yet?  What is Recyclebank? It's a rewards program that gives you points for engaging in recycling-related activities. Those points can be cashed in for great coupons and rewards. I've belonged for over a year and a half now, primarily for the rare Coca-Cola coupons that they offer as rewards. Sign up for free, here.

Recyclebank is having a "special" today where you can redeem a high-value $2/2 Earthbound Farms Organic coupon for only 25 points (normally 75 points).  If you're not familiar with Earthbound Farms products yet, click here to see the many fantastic produce items in their organic line.  I buy their bagged spinach at least every other a week.  Earthbound Farm products are also widely available at many retailers.

All this adds up to make this a pretty practical, valuable coupon. If you haven't signed up for RecycleBank yet, you can do it here.  Points accumulate very easily and quickly.  You can redeem just one of the Earthbound Farms coupons from RecycleBank each month.

Coupon update for this week

Here are a bunch of great miscellaneous coupons that popped into my inbox this week:

Free Depend sample pack

Click here to request your free Depend sample pack (if not for you, then perhaps for a parent or grandparent who doesn't have access to online free sample offers).

Norton 360 free download for one month (no credit card required)

Tired of your current anti-virus software? Install a free, fully-featured version of Norton 360 Antivirus software for one month (no credit card required). Download it here. After the month is up, simply delete it (or if you like, purchase it at a promotional price).

Two new $5 off $25 coupons, good at Family Dollar and Dollar General

There are two high-value dollar store coupons available for this weekend.

You may stack either of these with manufacturer coupons, but  the $25 total purchase requirement is after the coupons (and before tax).

For more of the dish on dollar stores, please click here.  You can read Family Dollar's coupon policy here and Dollar General's coupon policy here.

Hat tip: Sarah’s Deals

High-value Nexcare coupons to help you put together your family first-aid kit

Have you started to build your family first-aid kit yet?  After writing that post and mentioning that I still needed to buy first-aid tape and large gauze pads to complete the kit, a reader contacted me with a link to valuable coupons for Nexcare first-aid items.  Thanks Marcella!  Love Cheapskate readers.

Click here to download the following coupons and use them to start you off on putting together your family first-aid kit:

Fifty 4x6 Snapfish prints for only 6 points on My Coke Rewards

Are you a member of My Coke Rewards?  If you drink any beverages from the Coca Cola company, you should be.  During the week, my husband and I save the caps from all of our Diet Cokes and stash them in a drawer in our kitchen and then once a week, usually Sunday night, we enter all the cap codes and empty the drawer.  For about 10 minutes worth of weekly effort, we have scored dozens of coupons for free Cokes, our reward of choice.  You can too.

Today, Wednesday 7/27/11 only, MCR has put out a new reward....redeem just six MCR points (the equivalent of two bottle caps) and get 50 free 4 x 6 Snapfish prints.  This reward normally goes for 50 MCR points, and will be redeemable for 6 points today only. Nice free deal if you've got some photos to print.  (Be aware that it looks like you'll still need to pay tax and shipping.)  Click here to join My Coke Rewards.

The Fine Print:

Limit of one (1) redemption per member. Limited quantities available. The 50 4 x 6 print offer is for My Coke Rewards members only and is only available by mail order. Credit Card is required. Snapfish reserves the right to de-activate coupon codes if fraud is suspected. Snapfish coupon code can be used through December 31, 2011. Unique pin code is valid for one time use. Limit of one (1) redemption per member. Offer is for US customers only. Tax, shipping and handling are not included.Limited quantities available. 50 Snapfish prints offer for 6 points valid only 7/27/11.

My Pier1 haul

Were you able to print the Pier1 $10 off of $10 coupon on Monday?  Pier1 has always been such a prohibitively overpriced (but fun) store, that I rarely ever shopped there, even though they had beautiful and unique merchandise. Now that they are doing this Daily Dealy (not sure for how long though), I'll be checking it out more often.  Nothing will get me into a store more quickly than a good coupon!

Look at what I bought yesterday with my $10/$10 coupon:  3 blue swirl dessert glasses (originally $4, on the clearance rack for $2.98) and a teal tinted cordial glass (originally $4, on sale for $1.25; we collect interesting cordial glasses).  I usually buy my tableware in some shade of blue, because our wedding china is a blue pattern. These four pretty pieces cost me a grand total of $0.99 (mostly tax) with my coupon.

If you still have your Pier1 $10 off of $10 coupon, today is the last day to redeem it. Find a Pier1 store near you here.

I'm going back today with my husband's coupon to get some more goodies.

BOGO on Sun Drop soda

Print a buy-one-get-one free coupon for a 20 oz. bottle of Sun Drop soda by clicking here.

Kosher-keeping Cheapskate readers, please note that Sun Drop is made by Dr. Pepper/SevenUp and is on the Star-K recommended beverage list.