And all you have to do is watch a 37 second video! Just go to www.peiweimarket.com, watch the short clip, and enter your email addy to receive a BOGO coupon, via email. Helloooooo, Pad Thai!
Is it the pollen that’s making everyone so crazy?! Just this week, I spilled coffee in the car and put my contacts in the wrong eyes. If this wasn’t bad enough, there were pigs stopping traffic on I-40 and, now, Donald Trump is toying with the idea of running for President. Unbeweavable…
Pollen or not, the warmer weather has gotten me in the mood for butterflies and flowers. So, I rummaged through the bins in the attic and found my darling Easter egg tree and rabbit that talks and moves its cottonball tail. Just in time for spring, I signed up to receive FREE “Creative Ideas” magazines and various newsletters (e.g. weekend projects, energy solutions) through Lowes. (www.lowes.com/subscribe)
I finally visited the new Whole Foods on Six Forks Rd and fell in love. What other store can brag this way? “Water in our toilets comes from our 10,600 gallon cistern, which harvests rainwater.” My family rolls their eyes even more now that I have ventured further into greenness by trying my first organic/green glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, shampoo, and facial cleanser. When you’re there, grab some 2% Fage yogurt and get an easy 17 grams of protein! And say hello to Dwayne with the ponytail. But skip the bacon and egg Easter candy – a chocolate egg with a bacon and chocolate truffle center. I can’t give my honest opinion since my anti-pig stance prevents me from tasting the stuff, but even my cousin Tommy, who owns a bacon wallet and bacon wall clock, turned his snout up to it. The hot bar and salad bar offer tons of choices for $7.99 per pound. Monty suggests getting no bone-in meat and to limit starches, as these increase the weight and price of the plate. But don’t leave without a white chocolate raspberry brownie.
Still chipping away at the ol’ consumer debt, like with my federal income tax refund, I put all of my state income tax refund towards my credit card with the smallest balance. I am proud to say that the smallest balance is now under $1k! I just might have to crack open a bottle of Three Wishes to celebrate! (Three Wishes wine is carried by Whole Foods at $2.99 per bottle.)
Recently, I used a manufacturer’s coupon for $1.50 off of Tide laundry detergent, redeemed an Asian Grill Groupon coupon ($10 for $20 worth of food), and enjoyed a FREE appetizer at The Flying Biscuit Cafe. I was unable to use a Filtrate coupon at Target because they didn’t have the size air filter I needed, but Filtrate filters were on sale $2 off AND a register coupon printed for $3 off a Filtrate filter. Imagine my luck! Nikki, Dave, Andrew, and I were able to redeem coupons for $1.50 off our dinner buffets at Sweet Tomatoes.
I finally tackled the organize-the-pantry project. I purchased from Walmart three plastic containers – $2.64 for the large one and $1.97 for two smaller ones – to separate light bulbs and batteries. No more cardboard boxes and bulky packages. My daily planner was bursting at the seams with coupons, so I invested in a purple expanding file to house them. I found this at Walmart, also, for $4.47.
Dave Ramsey is now on Twitter! (www.twitter.com/daveramsey)
Twisted Fork offers BOGO desserts every Friday night. (www.thetwistedfork.com)
Borders Central Raleigh’s store (Six Forks Rd and Wake Forest Rd intersection) Final Days Sale is still underway. Prices have been slashed 60-80%.
Got an extra $25? Check out Kiva – a nonprofit organization that connects people around the world through lending to alleviate poverty. (www.kiva.org)
LL Bean offers FREE shipping – no minimum price and no expiration date. (www.llbean.com)
Get $5 off of a “Real Simple” magazine subscription (through Bed, Bath, and Beyond). (https://subscription.realsimple.com/storefront/subscribe-to-real-simple/site/sm-bbbem5offb0411.html?xid=bbb4.5email5dollarsoff&link=1003290)
Borders now has cuddle toys made from soy. Just in time for Earth Day, buy a Greenzy’s stuffed animal and the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in your honor. (www.greenzys.com)
During the month of April, kids 12 and under eat FREE everyday from 4-10pm at IHOP. With the purchase of an adult entree, receive one FREE kid’s meal from the Just for Kids menu.
The Midtown Farmer’s Market is now open (April – November). Enjoy local entertainment while purchasing from local farmers every Saturday from 8am-12pm. (www.northhillsfarmersmarket.com)
I mentioned in my last post that Sherwin Willliams would have another paint sale 4/8-10. Unlike last time, this sale is for 40% off (versus 30%)!
Through 4/10, get a coupon for $5 off of a $40 purchase when you like CVS on Facebook.
Harris Teeter has one pound of strawberries on sale for $1.25 through 4/12.
Don’t fee like slaving in the kitchen on Easter (4/24)? The Flying Biscuit Cafe is open from 7am-10pm. The menu offers something for everyone at reasonable prices.
On 4/8-10, WRAL’s SmartShopper (Faye Prosser) will be conducting two classes at The Southern Women’s Show – Let’s Bake a Meal Deal and Cut Grocery Bills. Each class will be taught on all three days during the event. (www.southernshows.com/wra)
Logan’s Trading Company is holding Logan’s Spring Fling on 4/9. There will be promotions throughout the store (buy any 3 packages of bulbs and receive 25% off; Easter egg surprises from 11-2pm with Logan’s bucks, coupons, and candy) and FREE classes – Square Foot Gardening at 9am and Japanese Maples at 3pm. (www.logantrd.com)
The 13th Annual Lebanese Festival occurs 4/9-10 at the NC State Fairgrounds. Admission is $2 for adults and FREE for children age 6 and under. The Arabian Night Party on Saturday night is FREE for all. (www.tlanc.org/documents/lebFestival2011_UPDATED.pdf)
Ornamentea’s Try-It-Tuesday $2 class on 4/12 features a Domed Disc Necklace.
On The Border has begun its Cinco de Mayo Countdown Party, unveiling a new, introductory-priced drink each Thursday in April from 4-7pm. Tonight’s drink was a CoronaRita – a frozen House Margarita infused with an ice-cold Coronita. (www.ontheborder.com)
The 2011 Fourth Annual Planet Earth Celebration is on 4/16 from 11am-5pm. This FREE event is hosted by Burt’s Bees and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. (www.raleighearthday.com)
Subway’s Customer Appreciation Day is also 4/16. From 7am-10pm, buy one footlong sub, get one FREE.
4/16 is the North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Festival. The Pit sponsors the event with barbeque and bluegrass music. Your $5 admission fee is donated to North Carolina farmers via Animal Welfare Approved (AWA). (http://cuegrass.com)
On 4/17, Target hosts its Earth Day Exclusive – a FREE reusable bag (with purchase) to the first one million guests. When you use a Target reusable bag 10 times, you’ll keep 25 plastic bags out of landfills.
At Starbucks on 4/22, bring in your own travel cup and receive a FREE coffee or tea as an Earth Day promotion.
4/29-5/1 is the 2011 Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. To enter the festival is FREE, with individual event prices varying. (www.faydogwoodfestival.com)
The Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival is on 5/7. Like the Dogwood Festival, entering is FREE, with individual event prices varying. (www.hamandyam.com)
I’m hoping for a fabulous weekend, beginning with waking up Saturday morning to find the federal government still operating. I’ll be busy attempting to remove the high heel shoe shaped paint stain on the carpet in the master bedroom. The walls look amazing in their new Showstopper Red, but the spotted tan carpet is questionable. Oh well, I can always buy a rug!
Hallelujah! The five loads of laundry are done, with only one basket left to fold and put away. What’s that? A new pile? Oh, the joys of being a responsible adult. Besides conquering the dirty clothes, I marked something else off of my to-do list – covering up my skunk line. On Thursday, Tammy at the Ulta Salon converted me to a strawberry blond and Zahra gave me the best eyebrow treatment ever. Gals, you’re gonna love this – Anastasia tinted brow gel (I tried brunette). Did you know that everyone’s brow color is always a shade darker than your natural hair color? Anyway, I have three coupons for $20 off salon services if any of you would like to give it a whirl. But, the best part of my visit was the chuckle I had when I read one of their many marketing signs… “Curls just wanna have fun.” Indeed.
On Thursday, I filed my taxes for FREE through a tax adviser at work and heard about Zenni Optical (www.zennioptical.com). Search for trendy prescription frames by type, style, shape, color, etc. I also received an emailed BOGO coupon from Smoothie King and took advantage of a $12 Living Social deal for $25 worth of food at Cafe Asia. Bogart’s (www.bogartsamericangrill.com) also emailed their latest deal. To celebrate 10 years of service, on Wednesday 2/23 through Sunday 2/27 all entrees are $10 and 10% of all sales will be donated to the Foundation of Hope.
On Friday, I got crazy and started my evoo regimen and so far, so good – no residue or pungent odor or expensive price. That $7 bottle will definitely last for months. I apply in the mornings, but my co-worker, Janice, suggested applying on the heels and sleeping in socks for pedicure-like results. In another attempt at moisturizing, I purchased a 6 cup Brita water pitcher for $14.88 to use at work. I changed from carrying bottled water to a reusable thermos, but still felt like I wasn’t quenching my thirst. There is no way I am going to get my lips near a water fountain, so I needed a way to have a never-ending supply of H2O. Also on Friday, I purchased an $8 Twongo deal to Napper Tandy’s for $15 worth of food (www.nappertandysirishpub.com). That night, Andrew and I took Andrea and Miles to Blue Note in Durham to hear Andy Coats and the Bank Walkers play (NO cover). Andrea shared with me http://www.restaurant.com, which offers discounted gift certificates. Their motto “Eat. Drink. Save Money.” is perfect.
Saturday was perfect weather for lounging outdoors on the patio of Armadillo Grill (www.armadillogrill.com) and strolling around NCSU’s campus. It was also part of the Wake County Public Libraries Booksale and Festival (http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/booksale/default.htm) at the fairgrounds, but the line to even get in the door was massive, so I was unable to search for any good deals. However, my sweetie pie of a friend Andrea snagged “Oprah: A Biography” at the Cary Border’s store closing for me for $7. When I got home that evening, Annick (my Scentsy consultant) dropped off the 4 plug-ins and 4 bars that I ordered at a 10% discounted price several weeks ago. I can’t wait to give these out as birthday gifts.
On Sunday, we were able to spend time with Andrew’s brother (Brian), sister-in-law (Sarah), nephew (Bryce, whom I affectionately call Brycie Poo), and his mother (Peggy). There’s nothing like a lazy Sunday afternoon of yummy snacks and playing outside. Andrew must be becoming brainwashed reading my blog posts; he made me proud by using a gift card AND a coupon to purchase new kicks at Dick’s Sporting Goods later that day.
On Monday, I was excited to receive an emailed BOGO coupon up to $9 off to Mimi’s Cafe (www.mimiscafe.com) for breakfast entrees. But, I was saddened to hear of the closing of the Border’s store at the corner of Six Forks and Wake Forest roads. Border’s sends out 33% off coupons weekly, making it the perfect store for birthday and Christmas gifts, and is practically walking distance from my office. R.I.P. Also on Monday, I researched a site that Andrea shared with me, Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database (www.cosmeticsdatabase.com). This is a wake-up call that makes you think twice before applying certain make-up, nail, and hair products. Find out if the products you are using are safe.
Today, I signed up for Qdoba Rewards (www.qdoba.com) and received an automatic 100 points (1,000 points gets you a free entree). I checked out Border’s on my lunch break and scored three birthday gifts for children – “The Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories and Rhyme” (15 stories), “Toolbox Trouble” (a Busy Bugz pop-up book), and a clothespin doll book and craft kit, all for a grand total of $18 and change. Just remember, the Border’s stores that are closing won’t accept coupons. My co-worker, Melissa, shared with me The Krazy Coupon Lady site (http://thekrazycouponlady.com). This site is like the island of misfit toys, but for coupons. Every coupon has a home here. You can even search by store (Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, etc). I wrapped up the day with a three-mile walk with Grace Ann at the ROC and grabbed dinner at Shish Kabob. Should I have been surprised when one of the employees thanked me for all of the business Andrew and I have given them?
I want to take this time to say thanks to those of you who continue to feed my hunger by subscribing to this blog, posting comments, or just checking in every once in a while. My latest update is to connect to Facebook, which will allow me to automatically share new posts with friends. By the way, check out what Heather has to say about Moving Mantra Yoga Studio. Thanks Heather!
Ugh. So, I have a good excuse this time for not writing in so long. Did you ever read the “Bubble Gum Monster” as a child? In this book, Sam saves pieces of old, chewed bubble gum and, before long, the pile has turned into a monster that is sticking to everything. Well, my adult version of this is the “Laundry Monster”. I am totally serious when I tell you that I procrastinated until I had five… yes, five… loads of laundry to do at once. It is a miracle that I wasn’t going to work wearing only my pointy toe boots!
Well, the desserts for the luncheon on Thursday were a hit. (Thank goodness for Costco!) If the old saying is true – “The way to man’s heart is through his stomach.” – then, I’m in big trouble. Maybe I can overcome this flaw by charmingly and gracefully finding restaurant deals. That same day, I signed up to receive The Flying Biscuit newsletter via email. Imagine how thrilled I was to be rewarded with a BOGO coupon just for signing up. I subscribed to Redbox and got a code for a free DVD rental, as a result. I also joined Living Social (www.livingsocial.com) and Twongo (www.twongo.com). Both function like Groupon, in that you are emailed daily deals in your area.
On Friday, I celebrated the end of the work week with a BOGO coupon to Bruegger’s (tuna salad… mmmm) and by using yesterday’s code for a free DVD rental through Redbox. If you have not seen it, “Salt” is a roller coaster ride from start to finish.
Saturday was a day of fun from dress shopping and lunch with Chavon and her girls to game night with Andrea and Rob. It is so refreshing to know that spending time with friends doesn’t always have to cost an arm and a leg to be enjoyable. I was super excited to learn that the sash I will wear at the wedding is only $15 at David’s Bridal. So, that plus a solid black cocktail dress (hello Steinmart!) is well within reach. Only 6 months until the big day… The game night menu consisted of another giant pizza from Costco (this time, the tomato basil mozzarella), Trader Joe’s white cheddar popcorn, and Trader Joe’s maple cream cookies – a yummy, healthy, and affordable meal. Note to self – less wine equals more wins.
On Sunday, Andrew and I enjoyed a nice visit with his grandmother and father. I love going to her house on Sundays because I don’t have a subscription to the N&O and she always saves the boatload of coupons that comes in the Sunday paper. Oh, how I loved hearing her say to take any coupons I wanted. I clipped everything from Sherwin Williams to Suave to Tide. Later that night, we were able to use a BOGO coupon at The Diner (tuna salad again!) and even received a free triple berry milkshake because the wait was a little longer than usual. Score!
So, here’s the big question of the week – How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you take advantage of the free raspberry cheesecake cookie at Subway or the dozen roses for $9.99 at Trader Joe’s or the free Redbox rental (the Valentine’s Day code was listed on their website) or the BOGO half off Massage Envy gift cards? Whatever you did, I hope it was lovely. I was lucky enough to receive a treat at work – roses, chocolates, and a card. I was very surprised. To avoid long lines and crowded restaurants, Andrew and I decided to celebrate the holiday later. I attended my yoga class that night and scored on a BOGO deal at Cafe Carolina. (Their Cafe Carolina Signature salad is a must – complete with strawberries and mandarin oranges.)
On Tuesday, I made my first ever appointment at an Ulta Salon. I am super excited about becoming strawberry blond tomorrow. The prices are affordable and the salon service counts towards the points system, so cross your fingers that I’ll be pleased with the results. I also did my weekly three mile trek with Grace Ann. The gossip and the exercise does a body good. After walking, I grabbed a sandwich from Panera Bread (If you guessed tuna salad, you are right!) and was given a loyalty card to receive deals via email. Also, I learned that day from my friend Bluefish that from 5-7pm on Tuesdays, Chick-fil-a offers a FREE 4 count kid’s meal with the purchase of any combo.
Today, I was checking out Ornamentea’s website (www.ornamentea.com) for classes and saw that the project offered from 6-9pm on the first Friday of each month is FREE. This coordinates with Raleighwood’s First Friday event in which many downtown businesses offer specials and extended hours to encourage art, music, and dining appreciation. Also, head over on any Tuesday for Try-It Tuesdays. You’ll leave with a cute project, having learned a simple technique and all for about $2. I registered my Panera card from last night and… drum roll… was rewarded with a FREE coffee, hot tea, or soda automatically loaded to my card. Call me crazy, but I think I’ve found an inexpensive and natural moisturizer – EVOO. A co-worker told me about her neighbor, who uses extra virgin olive oil externally in the morning and at night and has beautiful skin (http://www.naturalskincaresecrets.com/olive-oil-skin-care.html). My Aunt Caroline suggested that I wear a rosemary sprig behind my ear and a garlic necklace. C-dub sounds skeptical of my idea… I just hope I don’t leave a trail of grease behind me. Tonight, Andrew and I cashed in on the BOGO deal (from signing up to receive the newsletter) at The Flying Biscuit Cafe. The smoked salmon scramble was scrumptious.
I’ve recently added a new email subscription feature that allows you to subscribe to the blog. If subscribed, each time a new post is added or the blog is updated in some way, you will receive an email notification. While I am adding items for you to do, here are two items to put on your calendar: now – half price Valentine’s candy; and on 3/1 – FREE pancakes at IHOP. For National Pancake Day, IHOP is serving up one complimentary short stack per person in hopes for a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The timer on the dryer just buzzed and I’m up to my ears in hangers, baskets, and lone socks. Sounds like that Tide coupon is going to come in handy….