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Spring Cleaning

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Wasn’t it Sheryl Crow who sang that a change would do you good?  Well, Sheryl would be proud of me.  Since I last wrote, I’ve had my hair cut and dyed, began reading “Oprah”, started painting the master bedroom Showstopper red (two out of four walls), and changed my blog theme to “Bueno”.  That’s my version of spring cleaning!

I’ve still been pinching my pennies.  I found a “Jungle Babies” book at Barnes and Noble for $4.88, just in time for Jeremiah’s birthday.  (Barnes and Noble is having great sales on Easter books for children.)  I tried Chipotle for the first time ever with Chavon and, boy, was I impressed – great food at great prices and super healthy.  (www.chipotle.com)  Did you hear about the new Whole Foods store opening in North Raleigh at 8710 Six Forks Rd?  I signed up to receive email newsletters from them.  Check out the “What’s on sale?” icon in the top, right-hand corner of the local store’s website.  (www.wholefoodsmarket.com)  I tried Tijuana Flats with Grace Ann and have gone back twice since!  I enjoyed BOGO coupons 2 of the 3 times.  Think of a cross between Moe’s speedy service and Armadillo Grill’s trendy atmosphere.  (www.tijuanaflats.com)  Andrew and I enjoyed a FREE appetizer at Brixx, a BOGO deal at El Rodeo Grill, and $6 off at Shish Kabob.  Brixx offers an awesome late night special of all appetizers and pizzas BOGO when ordered after 10pm Sunday through Thursday, and after 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  (www.brixxpizza.com)  I also redeemed a coupon for a FREE fruit and maple oatmeal cup at McDonald’s.  Through Living Social, I donated $5 to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake Pacific Tsunami fund and Living Social matched my donation 100%, totaling $10.  And, just today, I purchased from Lowe’s a Schlage doorknob/deadbolt combo at 30% off.  Andrew purchased a wireless router for $49.99 ($10 off) at Target, which will save $11.95 per month on the Time Warner Cable bill as a home networking charge.

Speaking of painting, Sherwin Williams runs a sale on paints and stains about once every month and a half or two months.  This past weekend, I was able to get 30% off.  Remember, you can buy paint when it is on sale and have it injected with the chosen color at a later date, in order to get the sale price.  The next sale will be April 8-10.  (www.sherwin-williams.com)

Ulta is offering a BOGO MicroZone Skin treatment through 4/2.  $20, 20 minutes, immediate results.  (www.ulta.com)

Like Old Navy on Facebook and get a coupon for 15% off a single item purchased through 4/7.  Also, like Suave Professionals on Facebook and receive a coupon for a FREE Suave Professionals product.  You’ll receive the coupon in the mail in 6-8 weeks.  (www.facebook.com)

Borders Final Week to Save – with the central Raleigh store closing (404-101 E. Six Forks Rd), get 50-70% off everything in the store.  At all other Borders stores that are remaining open, 4/16 is the Springtacular special kids’ event for children ages 3-8.  There will be FREE storytime, games, and crafts.  Show your Borders eReading app and get a FREE small brewed coffee in the cafe.  (www.borders.com)

The Race for the Cure registration fee will be $25 through 4/1.  This is part of the early bird special, which expires on 4/2.  Once expired, the fee increases to $30.  Join Team Pink Floyd and help save some tatas!  (www.komennctriangle.org)

Get a free men’s Dove sample delivered in 4 weeks.  (http://see.walmart.com/dovemencare)

Sign up for the new Living Social Raleigh-Durham Family edition to receive deals on family fun outings such as visits to museums, zoos, and aquariums.  (www.livingsocial.com)

We all love Trader Joe’s, but now that spring is in the air (well, it was and hopefully it will be back soon), stop by for amazing deals on gorgeous flowers – just a few examples are $4.99 for cut tulips and $2.99 for potted begonias.  (www.traderjoes.com)

For all you folks with kids, Barnes & Noble is offering a grand deal on “Parents” magazine – a one year subscription (12 issues) for just $1.  Enter code K4M8W9D at checkout.  (www.barnesandnoble.com)

Continuing to support those affected by the Japan crisis and those interested in staying up-to-date, Time Warner Cable is allowing the FREE viewing of channel 880 TV Japan to digital customers through 3/31.  (www.timewarnercable.com)

Shop for a good cause…  For every pair of shoes purchased from TOMS, a pair of new shoes will be donated to a child in need.  This is part of their “One for One” movement.  (www.toms.com)

Too sick to leave home?  Kerr Drug now delivers prescriptions for FREE.  (www.kerrdrug.com)

In the mood for some Italian food, but don’t have much cash?  Hungry Howie’s has 10 inch subs for $6.99 and salads for $4.99.  And, they are open until 3:00am on Friday and Saturday nights – just in case you stay up late playing a mean game of Uno.  (www.hungryhowies.com)

Love coffee?  Check out It’s a Grind.  With fun names like Nutty Cow, their drinks are tasty and cheaper than our beloved Starbucks.  (www.itsagrind.com)

In a recent issue of “Reader’s Digest”, there was a list of popular gadgets and the 2011 price prediction.  Not seeing these amounts yet?  Wait a little while and pay less!  Blu-ray Player – $39; Kindle eBook Reader – $99; 55-inch HDTV – $599; Full-size Digital SLR Camera – $299; 15- to 16-inch Dual-core Laptop – $199; Portable GPS – $40; and iPhone 3GS – $49

Lowes feeds kids’ curiosity with FREE Build and Grow clinics every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.  (www.lowes.com)

Feeling creative?  Stop by Ornamentea today between 10am and 8pm to give the Lovely Leather Necklace a whirl.  (www.ornamentea.com)

So, as the weather finally warms up, think about what to plant in your garden.  No yard?  No problem.  Many veggies grow nicely in pots on decks or porches.

Health.com recently rated the Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants.  The list includes Panera, Jason’s Deli, Noodles and Company, Chipotle, and… McDonald’s??  Yep.  McDonald’s is making changes to the menu to make it easier on the ol’ waistband.  I am excited to learn that so many of our inexpensive favorites made the cut!

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Those Greeks Sure Know Their Way Around the Kitchen

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What a long and fun week of savings!  As you have noticed Andrew and I aren’t fans of cooking, but he is more willing to fire up the oven than I am; the extent of my contribution is using the trusty microwave or handy Keurig (savings of 20% at Bed, Bath, & Beyond).  To give you a better idea of how much I despise the domestic task, I purchased a magnet in Arizona in 2009 that reads, “I only have a kitchen because it came with the house.”  Hilarious and, yet, so true.  That being said, we look for ways to find tasty, healthy, and affordable options on weekends and weeknights (we brown bag it during the week).  Going out is fun, but seeing how much money you can save while going out on the town makes it even more fun.  Two Saturday nights ago, we used our best resource – the Citipass book that I mentioned in an earlier post.  We used a buy one get one free coupon to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner (an $8 and change savings).  The following night, we used a $25 gift card to Olive Garden that my brother had given me for Christmas.  Thanks William!

Monday night brought snow, ice, and free pizzas!  We had a coupon for a free large pizza from Hungry Howie’s.  (Never had it?  They offer pizza with flavored crusts – try the garlic herb.)  When Andrew went to pick it up, they were afraid we wouldn’t be happy with the first pizza because it was a little done on one side, so they made us a second one and let us keep both.  Score!  This worked out wonderfully, since the parking lot on Tuesday was a sheet of ice.  We already had a meal for the night and didn’t have to go out to get it.

Remember the $50 gift card that I opted to receive through BCBS, last week?  Well, it came in the mail on Thursday!

On Friday, I took my precious black winter boots to the shoe repair store.  This isn’t just any shoe repair store – not for my pointy toe heels.  This place (Watkin’s) is locally owned and charges only $7.00 to have the heels redone for BOTH shoes.  Prior to finding this jewel, I was having my babies worked on at another shoe place, which charged $7.00 PER shoe.  And, the best part?  They are ready to be picked up tomorrow.  Talk about inexpensive and quick service…  More good news was shared with me on Friday.  For the past few years, I have participated in the Race for the Cure to raise money for the research and prevention of breast cancer.  It is an awesome experience to sweat it out in the heat of a June day and see more than 30,000 other volunteers all around you.  I received an email reminding past participants that registration was now open for the 15th annual 2011 Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 11.  Not since I began participating has a discount been offered.  This year, if you register and join a team before April 1, you’ll receive $5 off of your $25 registration fee.  What’s that you say?  You’d like to sign up, but don’t know of a team to join.  No worries – team Pink Floyd to the rescue!  Pink Floyd was created last year in honor of a co-worker and breast cancer survivor.  If you’d like more details on the event, just let me know.  I’d be glad to share.  Friday night, Andrew and I took friends of ours (Dave, Nikki, and Aaliyah) to Shish Kabob (you’ll hear about this place over and over and over and over….).  We never tire of it.  We used a coupon, of course – $2 off of a $10 purchase.  Those Greeks sure know their way around the kitchen.  Andrew loves his coffee and I adore the occasional chai tea latte, so we used a coupon for a 99 cents coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts and saved over $3.

On Saturday, we were treated to the “Discover the Real George Washington” exhibit at the Museum of History.  My dear friend, Grace Ann, volunteers there and gave me two free tickets (a $20 savings).  I’ll have to say, the most interesting and disgusting part of the exhibit was the display of animal and human teeth on a metal frame, the only surviving set of dentures worn by Washington.  I was excited to find a birthday gift for my great Uncle Carl in the museum gift shop.  Even though his birthday isn’t until September, I’d rather purchase a gift early that he’ll love rather than shop like a mad woman later and feel like I’m settling for a so-so gift.

Sunday, Andrew and I headed for Smithfield.  On the way there, we used a buy one get one free coupon for smoothies at Smoothie King (a $4 and change savings).  Smithfield is home of the Carolina Pottery and Outlets.  I always make a trip there to buy my Yankee candles and Bath & Body Works liquid hand soaps.  Both outlet stores offer amazing prices compared to non-outlet stores in the mall, for example.  In the outlet stores, large and medium size candles are $12 and $10 respectively and hand soaps were 6 for $20!  Two special editions of hand soap were $1.99.  I was able to take home 8 hand soaps for around $25.  After the steals at the Pottery, we opted for a matinee viewing of “Tron”.  Of course, we were at the theater before 6pm and received the discounted price (and were able to keep the super cute 3-D glasses).

Today, we’ve enjoyed a day off from work and took more friends (Miles and Farrad) to Shish Kabob.  I know, I know – we were just there!  We were able to redeem another coupon of $1.00 off.  (Hey, every dollar counts!)

I hope your week has been as chock-full of savings as mine and that you are taking advantage of coupons and discounts.  I am excited to burn my new Fresh Mint candle and to learn more about the new 13th Zodiac sign, this week.  I’m hoping the short work week will be a good one…