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New coupons at office supply stores, to help with back-to-school shopping

LAST CHANCE: Today is the last day to get a free $10 gift card when you get a pre-paid $50 American Express card.

UPDATE:   Today, 7/31/12, is the very last day to take care of this awesome offer (best one of the month!!)

Two weeks ago, I received my two FREE $25 American Express gift cards from the previous AmEx offer.   (They are going directly into our iPad Savings Fund.)  These American Express offers don't come around too often, and they are such fantastic freebies. Just a reminder to take advantage of this no-brainer offer.  It's also a great idea for traveling, sending kids off to college or seminary or yeshiva, or even a last minute wedding present!

If you have any hesitation or question regarding this offer, please feel free to contact me.
I loved the American Express prepaid card offer in June; easiest money I made all month.  Some of your wrote to me saying that you would have loved to take advantage of the offer but $200 was too much to even move around for a reward. Well, guess what?

American Express has come out with a brand new offer for July.  Order an American Express Prepaid Card, load $50 or more at the time of order, and receive a free $10 gift card.

I love these supereasy offers.  For the price of moving around fifty bucks, you get an extra ten.

The American Express pre-paid card spends just like cash wherever regular American Express cards are accepted, with no fees. (I have been using ours at Costco.)  You even get the fraud protection and roadside assistance programs of regular American Express memberships. Standard shipping on the prepaid card is free.  There are no annual fees, no monthly fees, no customer service fees, no overdraft, inactivity, or foreign exchange frees, and no credit checks to get it (though you will need to enter your social security number), no overdraft fees (you spend what you load on the card), no transaction fees, and you even get one free ATM withdrawal per month. As with the other offer make sure that your card is still active (leave at least $1 on each card) until you receive the free gift card, as the card needs to be active in order to receive the bonus gift cards.  This offer is one of those rare No-Brainers.

(Even better, in the terms of the offer, they state "Offer valid for all new Card orders with a single $50 load, including additional/supplemental accounts associated with an existing Card purchaser’s account."
That means that even if you took advantage of the June offer and bought a card, loaded $200 on it and qualified for the $25 free gift card, you can still qualify for this offer and get a new prepaid card, load $50 on it and receive a $10 gift card.    I wanted to be sure, so I called American Express and they verified that you could qualify for the new offer even if you took advantage of last month's offer.)

The special $10 gift card offer ends 7/31/12. You do not need to already have a American Express card to qualify for this offer. You do not need to enter a promo code as long as you click through this link.  Limit one $10 gift card per user named on the card.   There are zero hidden charges.  Click here to order your prepaid AmEx and get your free $10 gift card.

Annual subscription to Country Living magazine for $5.99 a year, today only

Subscribe to Country Living magazine, (normally $12.00 per year,) for just $5.99 per year (for up to three years) from Tanga when you enter promo code DAILYCHEAPSKATE at checkout.

Click here to get started. This offer is good for today (7/31/12) only.


UPDATE: Free 40 points on MyCokeRewards

MyCokeRewards now has three four new codes that will get anyone 10 points each for a total of 30 40 free points.  These codes work for everyone, and it has been reported (I haven't been able to test it yet) and I can confirm that you can re-use these codes once a day.

Log into your MyCokeRewards account (or create a new one) and enter these codes:
  • 10096122897198
  • 10096071476917
  • 10095913378567
  • 10095827987467-new code

Entering these codes will also get you 1) a free entry into a Sweepstakes to meet LeBron James and 2) will open up an "Exclusive Family Dollar Rewards Catalog."  This catalog contains 7 4 items with very low redemption requirements, like a Sprite baseball cap, tshirt, or drawstring bag for 50 points each.  (By contrast, a Sprite baseball cap or tshirt is 550 points when you redeem it from the regular catalog.) Also, if you've been hoarding points for a while, you can snag a $20 Visa card for 1,000 points.  If you want to get something from the special rewards catalog, make sure you redeem your points while you are still logged in.  If you want to get back to the catalog after you've left the session, log in again and click on My Special Offers.

If you're just joining MyCokeRewards now, these three four codes will get you 75% 100% of the way towards my favorite reward, a coupon for a free 20 oz. Coke product for 40 points.  (These coupons are incredibly practical when you are traveling.)

MyCokeRewards is one of my hands-down favorite rewards programs.  We've cashed in hundreds of dollars of rewards since joining.

Amazon $1.29 MP3 credit available from Pepsi again

Get even more free Amazon MP3 credit: Make sure you follow Pepsi on Twitter, and then tweet the name of your favorite country song and include #PepsiMusicNOW in the tweet.  Pepsi will send you a direct message on Twitter with a code worth $1.29 on Amazon MP3.

Buncha Free music downloads


Fujifilm FinePix JX580 Digital Camera for $64.98 shipped

1SaleADay has got a new (NOT refurbishedFujifilm FinePix JX580 Digital Camera for $59.99 + $4.99 shipping = $64.98 shipped.  This identical camera goes for $102.98 on Amazon and $119.95 at Walmart, so the 1SaleADay price is definitely one of the lowest ones you will see.  Comes in three colors, black, blue, and red.
  • 16MP resolution (4608 x 3440 @ 4:3)
  • 3” LCD color screen
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 26mm wide lens
  • 720p HD video with audio captured in native 16:”9 HD mode for easy HDTV connection
  • 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • Digital image stabilization
  • SC/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
  • In-camera movie and image editing functions
  • Auto scene recognition
  • Face, blink and smile detection
  • Easy upload to Facebook and Youtube
  • Tracking auto-focus
  • Auto, 100-3200 ISO sensitivity
  • Built-in flash
  • JPEP still images, AVI/MJPEG movies
  • Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
  • USB (1.1) port
  • Color: Choice of Black, Blue or Red
  • Dimensions: 3.7” (W) x 2.2” (H) x 0.8” (D)
  • Weight: 4.2 oz.
Package includes:
Fujifilm FinePix Digital Camera, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (700mAh), AC power adapter, USB cable, hand strap, CD-ROM, owner's manual.

Get this excellent camera package for $64.98 shipped today, before this deal disappears at midnight EST.

Set of six jeweltone goblets on clearance at Brylane Home for $16.38 shipped

Look at this absolutely glittering set of jeweltone wine goblets: amber, ruby, sapphire, amethyst, turquoise and emerald, and imagine them on your table.   These goblets received 4-1/2 out of 5 stars over 186 customer reviews, which doesn't surprise me at all.

This jeweltone set of six 12 oz. goblets is on clearance at Brylane Home for $12.99 with $5.99 shipping = $18.98. $3.16 per glass shipped, not bad.

But wait.  Use promo code BHWELCOME at checkout and that price drops by 20% to $10.39 + $5.99 = $16.38.   $2.73 per glass shipped, much better.

(I'm trying to talk myself out of getting three sets for Passover, but I think I'm going to lose that battle.)

$0.50 off Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover

Here's a coupon you don't see everyday:  request your $0.50 coupon for Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover here.

Annual subscription to Working Mother magazine for $3.99 per year, today only

Subscribe to Working Mother magazine, (normally $12.99 per year,) for just $3.99 per year (for up to three years) from Tanga when you enter promo code DAILYCHEAPSKATE at checkout.

Click here to get started. This offer is good for today (7/30/12) only.

Politics! What is it doing on a frugal blog?

This is a complete deviation from my typical posts and I hope you'll forgive my stepping away from our usual conversation for a moment.  I feel that it's important and empowering to get involved politically and to have a voice in the election of our country's leaders.  Politics really does affect every segment of our lives, particularly the financial one, from the price of peanut butter to the amount of money that you earn that will go to taxes.   Get involved!  Work towards electing the leadership in which you believe, speak up regarding the issues that are important to you, volunteer in any way you can and, most importantly, vote!

The end is near! The end of the month, that is...

The end of the month is in just one short day! I have no idea where July went, but it went way too fast.  Why does the summer just fly?

The end of the month means we can look forward to some new coupons popping up in the changing of the (coupon) guard on 8/1/12.  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 to disappear.  If you've got any coupons on Coupons.comSmartSourceRed PlumWhole FoodsTargetBetty Crocker, or Cellfire that you've been eyeing, now is a good time to put paper in the printer.

Without question, the absolute best deal of July was the American Express free $10 bonus gift card.  If you haven't taken advantage of it yet, it's not too late.  Deals this easy and lucrative from reputable companies like American Express simply do not come around often enough, and when they do, jump on them!  This excellent offer expires after 7/31/12, so hurry up.

Summer is (sadly) two-thirds of the way over and it's time to start thinking about back to school, home repairs, Rosh HaShana/Yom Kippur/Sukkot.   Did you spend a little too much on summer vacation?  Let's get back on track as autumn peeks around the corner.  

Gerber coupons galore! Got baby?

$1.00 off 2 Gerber Graduates Puffs Snacks$0.75 off 1 Gerber Organic Pouch Product
$0.75 off Gerber Graduates Grabbers$1.00 off 1 Gerber Graduates Yogurt Melts Snack
$0.75 off 2 Gerber 2nd Foods


Sesame Street 2GB USB Flash drives, $5 with free shipping + Avengers Collection 8GB flash drives starting at $9.99 with free shipping

Buy.com has got a few "novelty" (that means FUN) USB flash drives in the shape of Sesame Street and Avengers characters at great prices with free shipping.  I'm such a softie for these fun flash drives.  I stocked up on a few for Chanukah gifts (and got one for myself).  These are awesome prices and I love free shipping.

Thanks to the commenter below for reminding me to remind you that for some of the items below, you need to select the Budget Free shipping (the shopping cart will default to the Standard $4.99 shipping).

The Hulk 8GB flash drive for $9.99 with free shipping (I bought this one for myself).

Ironman 8GB flash drive for $10.99 with free shipping

Craft store coupons

These coupons are good through 8/4/12:

Oral care coupons: toothbrushes, half price floss, mouthwash

$2.00 off any two (2) REACH Toothbrushes$1.00 off 1 LISTERINE Kids Rinse or 1 REACH Kids
$1.00 off any TWO (2) REACH Floss Products$1.00 off any 1 LISTERINE Mouthwash product
$1.00 off any LISTERINE WHITENING Rinse

Disney steel string acoustic guitars for kids, $15

Walmart has got two acoustic Disney guitars for kids at only $15.  Choose free ship to store (find your local Walmart here) or shipping is $3.97.  These are real, steel string acoustic guitars that are especially made for kids. The patented string post covers protect your child's little fingers, while the thin frets and low string action provides for easy playing. These steel string acoustic guitars have got real tuning gears and are suitable for children ages 4 years and up. These Disney guitars are comfortable starter instruments for your budding musician. 

Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable, FREE with free shipping, today 7/29/12 only

Daily Sale has got a FREE Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable today, 7/29/12 only.  The connector is free and shipping is free.  Get it before midnight EST, when this deal goes away.  They do require a credit card, but your card will not be charged.  (Pre-paid credit cards work here.)  Limit one free cable per person.

After you submit your order for the free USB connector, you'll be asked if you would like to buy the plug-in power adapter for $1.99 with free shipping.  It's totally optional.  (I said no.)

Annual subscription to Family Circle magazine for $3.99 per year, today only

Subscribe to Family Circle magazine, (normally $19.99 per year,) for just $3.99 per year (for up to four years) from Tanga when you enter promo code DAILYCHEAPSKATE at checkout.

Click here to get started. This offer is good for today (7/29/12) only.


$2 off Pom Wonderful 48 oz.

$2.00 off one 48 oz bottle POM Wonderful

Free sample of Huggies Pull-Ups

Get a free sample of Huggies Pull-Ups from Costco, here.  Note: you do NOT need to have a Costco membership to request this freebie. Sample includes one Pull-Ups Learning Designs Training Pant and one Night Time Training Pant.

HT:  Hip2Save

4-piece printed Full or Queen Sheet Sets $24.98 shipped, today only

  • 4-piece printed sheet set  includes flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases
  • Egyptian comfort microfiber
  • Exceptionally breathable sheets
  • Wrinkle-free and soft smooth feel
  • Lustrous finish
  • Deep pocket to fit extra thick mattress up to 17 inches
  • Sizes: Full or Queen
  • Available prints: Turquoise, Brown Stripes, Lila, Licha, Nata Leaves, Sandra, Gold Stripes, Black Leaf, Rojo Leaf, Purplish, Turquoise Stripes, and Blue Stripes
Hurry and snag these sheet sets, because this deal disappears at midnight tonight (7/27/12).

Chobani Champions 4-pack, $0.50

Get Chobani Champions 4-pack for $0.50 at Target.  Here's how.
Final cost:  $0.50 for the 4-pack.
(Coupons are void in CA, LA, MN, NV, NJ, ND, TN and WI.)
Remember, this $2.50 sale doesn't start at Target until Sunday, 7/29/12.

HT: Totally Target

8 oz. of Wonderful Pistachios $1.99 at Walgreen's

An 8 oz. bag of Wonderful Pistachios is on sale at Walgreen's this week for $2.99.  Use the $1/1 manufacturer's coupon here and lower that price to $1.99.  That's about $4/lb., a great price on quality pistachio nuts.

Subscription to Elle Magazine for $4.50 per year, today only

Subscribe to Elle magazine, (normally $14.00 per year,) for just $4.50 per year (for up to three years) from Tanga when you enter promo code DAILYCHEAPSKATE at checkout.

Click here to get started. This offer is good for today (7/27/12) only.


High-value $1.50 coupon for Dove conditioner

Print your $1.50 coupon for Dove conditioner here.  At the Denver Target, these go for $2.69, so this will be more than 50% off the item.

Six free e-book downloads: The Vow, Sex & the City, Brave, Map of Bones and more...

Barnes & Noble is giving away six free Nook e-books that can be read on most other devices.  I haven't had the chance to download them to my Kindle yet, but I can definitely confirm that they are readable on my PC.
The books include:

  • The Vow by Kim Carpenter
  • Perfect Island Getaways by Patricia Schultz
  • Sex and the City by Candice Bushnell 
  • Map of Bones by James Rollins 
  • The Boxcar Children: Summer Special by Gertrude Chandler Warner 
  • Brave by Tennant Redbank

Just click through each book title at the bottom of this page,  then click where it says "NOOK book $0.00" in the upper right-hand corner, confirm and buy the book for $0.00  They are free, but you'll need to enter your credit card number.  Your credit card number will NOT be charged, though.  Do this for each book, and download to your computer so that you'll be able to read them on other devices.

Great freebie!  Perfect for my upcoming plane ride.

The King of No-Brainer Ways to Get Free Stuff

Sometimes, saving money takes effort. This is not one of those times.

I'm always surprised to meet anyone who hasn't joined Swagbucks yet, but apparently, you guys are out there. Swagbucks  is the King of No-Brainer Ways to Get Free Stuff. Swagbucks is effortless to join, use, and the rewards come quickly and easily.  Basically, you get points for searching through the Swagbucks search engine (which is Google-based) and after 450 points, you get to redeem a $5 Amazon e-gift card. The points accumulate very quickly; I currently have hundred of dollars sitting in my Amazon account because of Swagbucks and have gotten a ton of free stuff that way.   If you are more ambitious with extra time (I'm not) you can do other things to earn points, like take polls, surveys, refer friends, etc., but the fantastic thing about Swag Bucks is that you can earn points by doing something you would already be doing. No. Brainer.

Swagbucks starts you off with 30 Swagbucks when you first join up.  Once you sign up, you are going to kick yourself for not joining sooner...earning free Amazon gift cards is pretty effortless once you get the party started. You want to join this program.

Regrowing celery

I came across this interesting post about how to "re-grow" celery that you've bought from the store.  Fascinating idea. Anyone ever do this or something like it?

I'm headed out to Sprouts now and celery is on the list.  I'm intrigued.