Thought for Today ~ De-Clutter for the New Year!

Have Internet Freebies taken over your home? It's time to clean house and start the new year on the organized freebie track.

Find out how:

Deal of the Day

FREE Chick-Fil Bowl Cow (Hurry! These won't last long!)

70% off at Use Code CHEERS

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FREE Sample of Advil Liqui-Gels

FREE Pedometer & DVD from Tylenol

FREE Sample of Airborne On-the-Go

FREE Sample of Eucerin Calming Cream

FREE Scented Bookmark

FREE Sample of Scoop NYC Perfume
Thought for Today ~ Deterring Identity Theft

The beginning of the new year is a great time to get organized. With a few simple steps, you can take measures to keep your records in order and your identity safe. The few minutes it takes you will be well worth the peace of mind!

The Best Steps for Deterring Identity Theft

Deal of the Day ~ Coupon Codes for Holiday Photos

Kodak EasyShare Gallery Use Code POSTMYPHOTOS for 20% off your order, or Code WEB2CELL for Free Cell Phone Wallpaper when you purchase $5 or more in prints.

Snapfish Use Code SH25AFF11 for FREE Shipping on Up to twenty-five 4x6 prints, Use Code AFFOFF2506 for $5 off any order over $25, or Use Code FREESHIPJAN for FREE Shipping on up to one hundredd 4x6 prints.

PhotoWorks Use Code C621-38-5104-91 for 25 FREE Prints (my be new customers only,) or C851-38-5145-21 for 15% off Photo Books, Keepsakes, Calendars, and Photo Cards

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FREE Subscription to Dog's Life Magazine

FREE Sample of Soft & Dri Clear Glide Invisible Solid

FREE Sample of Sunsilk

FREE Sample Of Zhena's Gypsy Tea

FREE Sample of Pork Chomps for Dogs

Holiday Clearances

50% off at Godiva

Up to 75% off at Bath and Body Works

FREE Shipping and Holiday Sales at Avon Use Code CONFETTI

Year-end Clearance at Yankee Candle

60% off Sale at LLBean, Use Code 2324840 for FREE Shipping
Thought of the Day: Frugal Fix

If your dishwasher is anything like mine, you may find that it doesn't always get your dishes as clean as you'd like. This may not be your dishwashers fault. It could simply be that your washer arms are clogged with mineral deposits.

Sprinkle baking soda over the washer arms, making sure that the baking soda goes directly into the holes. Pour white vinegar over the arms and allow the mixture to bubble. When the bubbling stops, run the rinse cycle on your machine, and voila! Clean, clear washer arms mean cleaner dishes for you!

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Free sample of Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Free Pur Minerals sample

Free Arm & Hammer Advanced White sample

Free Prilosec OTC sample

Free subscription to Tips & Tricks magazine (FreeBizMag)

Free Nix Comb sample kit

Free Purina Naturals Cat Food sample

Free stickers and magnets from Foodler

Creme Savers Instant Win Game

Free Tazo Tea sample from Quality Health

Free Pork Chomps sample

Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday weekend!

PS: Be sure to visit us next week... We'll return after Christmas with the best tips, freebies, and post-holiday deals!

Love from,

Maureen and Barb
Thought of the Day: Trifle!

Looking for a beautiful and simple dessert this holiday season? A trifle may be just what you are looking for. Layered in a clear dish or bowl, these desserts are elegant and delicious!

Here are a few delicious trifles you may want to try this holiday season:

Black Forest Trifle

2 packages brownies (prepared)
1/2 cup Rum or as desired
2 cans Cherry pie filling (19 oz)

2 packages Chocolate pudding & pie Filling, cookable
4 tablespoons Cocoa (unsweetened)2 cups Whipping cream
6 tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Maraschino cherries

Note: you can make your own brownies or use chocolate muffins or cupcakes.

Pudding: follow directions adding cocoa, cook until thick. Cool. Cut brownies into 1 inch cubes; line bottom of 2 quart bowl of trifle dish with brownie cubes; sprinkle with 2-4 tbsp. rum.
Spoon half of cherry pie filling over brownies; top with half of chocolate pudding. Repeat procedure with remaining brownies, rum, pie filling and pudding. Cover and chill.

Beat whipping cream until foamy; gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until soft peaks form. Spread over custard; garnish with maraschino cherries.

Chocolate Trifle

1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup water
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and cool completely. Cut into 1 inch squares. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces whipped topping until no streaks remain.

In a trifle bowl or glass serving dish, place half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture and half of the 12 ounce container of whipped topping. Repeat layers. Shave chocolate onto top layer for garnish. Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Raspberry Trifle

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup white sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup white sugar
1 (10.75 ounce) package prepared pound cake
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen raspberries, thawed
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

In a medium bowl, beat cream with 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, cream together cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and 1/2 cup sugar. Fold 2 cups of whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Reserve remaining whipped cream.

Slice pound cake into 18 - 1/2 inch slices. Drain raspberries, reserving juice. Line the bottom of a 3 quart glass bowl or trifle bowl with one-third of the cake slices. Drizzle with some raspberry juice. Spread one-fourth of the cream cheese mixture over cake. Sift one-fourth of the cocoa over that. Sprinkle with one-third of the raspberries. Repeat layers twice.

Top with remaining cream cheese mixture, whipped cream and sifted cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours before serving.

Mmmmm, mmmmmm! Bad for the waistline, sure, but great for the soul. ;)

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Thought of the Day: Traveling

Are you traveling this holiday season? Let's face it, unless you have a 4 door sled, and 8 flying reindeer, holiday travel is tough! We'd like to share a few tips with you to help de-stress your holiday travel plans, ensuring happy holidays for all.
  • Pack Smartly Don't wait until the last minute to pack. Take mix and match outfits, and plan your needs long before you open that suitcase. Remember, the less you take, the easier that suitcase is to cart around.
  • Get Some Rest! Don't burn the candle at both ends, like so many of us do, leading up to the holidays. This is bound to leave you tired and crabby, making you a less than perfect travel companion. Be sure to get plenty of sleep leading up to your traveling days. Everyone will thank you. ;)
  • Book A Room While this may not be the most frugal way to travel, sometimes it is the sanest. Even if friends and/or family have offered to put you up, think long and hard before you accept. Sometimes it's nice to have a place that allows you to escape the hectic holiday atmosphere. A little peace and quiet can be worth its weight in gold.
  • What Am I Forgetting? Don't forget your prescription medications and your medical insurance cards- you never know when you might find yourself in a difficult situation. Take your emergency numbers with you, and let your neighbors know you will be out of town. Don't forget to charge your cell phone, and be sure you have a charger that will work in your vehicle, just in case.
  • Timing Is Everything Watch you departure and arrival times, to be sure that they do not correspond with rush hour either at home, or at your destination. The last thing anyone wants to be doing before the holidays is sitting in bumper to bumper traffic.
  • Stop Often If you are taking a long car trip, be sure to stop every couple of hours to stretch your legs and back.
  • I Can't Travel Anymore Can't travel? Host the holidays at your house and bring your family to you. Have the meal catered, or head out to a favorite restaurant. It's not what or where you eat, but the family traditions we create through the years that matter. If you can't manage the old traditions, start new ones!

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Aveeno Sweepstakes- Giveaway and Free Sample

Free Post-It Sortable Cards Sample

UPS Coupons

Free Barrell of Plochman's Mustard for a Photo

Free Crystal Light Sample

Free Olay Definity Sample

Free Quit Smoking Brochure from Pfizer

Thought of the Day: Frugal Frugal Frugal!

Need some last minute inexpensive gift ideas?? Here's a few suggestions that will keep you within your budget while making everyone on your list smile!
  • Frame your child's artwork for grandma
  • Homemade, a nice spread- be sure to include a handwritten recipe
  • Pretty stationary and a book of stamps
  • A pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
  • Movie theater gift certificates
  • Fill a basket with inexpensive bath soaps and shower pouf
  • Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
  • Muffin mixes and a muffin tin
  • Extra warm fuzzy socks (usually under $10)
  • Prepaid long distance phone cards
  • Video rental certificates
  • Pretty glass jar filled with candies
  • Craft supplies

Check out your local dollar store for baskets or decorative boxes to help pull some of these ideas together. You'd be surprised what a well thought out, and beautifully presented gift, can mean to people- regardless of the cost.

Freebies & Fun

~Free Temporary Tattoo From Disney- Earn rewards for your buying your favorite Disney DVDs

~Free Tea Sample

~Free California Raisins Calendar

~Free sample of Dove Nourishing Hand Wash

~Free Aspirin Sample from CardioEA

~Free Coffee Sample and Travel Guide

~Bacardi Instant Win Game

~Gamefly Instant Win Game

~Calgon Instant Win Game

~Butterfinger Follow the Finger Sweepstakes

Thought of the Day: Mailing Deadlines

Still need to get your Christmas cards out? Haven't mailed that package to your Aunt Mary yet? Check out this article for this holiday seasons mailing deadlines, you may still have time. :)

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Free Zostrix Sample

Free Subscription to Old House Magazine (FreeBizMag)

Free Trial Pair of Acuvue Contact Lens

Register at CooksCentral for a Chance to Win a Kitchen Aid Mixer!

Free Purell Sample (From Quality Health)

Free Poster from the ASPCA

Free Women's Health Kit

Free Sample of Cheer True Fit
Thought for Today ~ Twenty Sexy Resolutions to Make this Year

(Okay, so this deviates a little from frugal living, but a little spice is good too!)

For over two thousand years people have been making New Year’s resolutions. Many use the marking of the New Year to break bad habits or begin healthier ones. Some reflect on the past year and think about renewal or improvements for the year ahead.

This year, while you’re mulling over or writing down your resolutions to exercise more, stick to a budget, or find a new job-why not add a new resolution?-one that will be easy to keep.

Read the rest of the article here:

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Thought of the Day: Homemade Holiday Gifts

Sometimes our holiday shopping lists seem endless. Person after person to buy gifts for- family, friends, bus drivers and teachers. The money- oh the money we spend! Here are a few gift ideas that won't break the bank, and since they are made with love, they really are priceless.

Bean Bags and Sachets

Custom Coasters

Mouse Pad

Family Photo Books

Key Holder

Personalized Magnets

Bath salts

Brownie mix in a jar

Cookie mix in a jar

Freebies & Fun

Free Tazo Tea Sample from Quality Health

Free Purina Pro Plan Selects Sample

Free Pedigree Puppy Pack

Free Subscription to Computer Shopper (FreeBizMag)

Free Eucerin Redness Relief Sample

Free Doggie Dental Care Package From Greenies

Free Herbal Expedition Kit From Herbal Essences

Free Soft N Dri Sample From WalMart

Free Sunsilk Sample From WalMart

Free Subscription to Hollywood Life from Teen Freeway

Free Sample of Woolite Liquid Cold Water Care From Quality Health

Free Sample of Dove Ultra Clear Smooth Cashmere Deodorant

Free Schick Quattro Razor
Thought for Today ~ Work At Home Jobs : Call Center Representative

Do you enjoy helping others? Do you have a gift for gab? Do you have pockets of quiet time available to talk on the phone? Then, you may want to consider employment with a call center service.

This growing field of opportunity for the at-home worker typically involves answering in-coming calls ranging from taking customer product orders to coordinating maintenance repair services. Many companies will allow you to work as little as fifteen minutes a day to full-time hours each week.

Read the rest of the article here (includes a listing of companies who hire At Home Call Center Representatives):

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FREE P.J. Bear "Time to sleep" Booklet

FREE Sample of Swiffer Duster

FREE Sample of Always

FREE Sample Maximum Strength Pepcid AC

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FREE Sample of Olay Definity
Thought for The Day ~ Plan To Shed a Few Pounds for the New Year?

To quote an article from USA Today, “Americans in huge numbers — 15 million to 30 million, industry watchers say — are tossing medical caveats aside and shedding weight on low-carb, high-protein diets.”

The statistics are staggering but let’s face it, while low-carb appears to be the current path to follow diet-wise, the products hitting the market are less than pocketbook friendly. When a box of Twinkies® is half the price of a box of CarbWell® bars, how does a person living on a tuna budget afford a lobster low-carb lifestyle?

Read the rest of the article here:

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FREE Copy of "Navigating Your Health Benefits For Dummies"

FREE Sample of Move Free Joint-Care Supplements

FREE "Let's Play Together" Magnet from Playskool
FREE Personalized Gift Labels for Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet®, Jacob's Creek®, Kahlua®, Mumm Napa® and Wild Turkey® Russell’s Reserve bottles

FREE Personalized Stickers from National Health
Deals of the Day

JCPenney 'Wednesday Only" Deals

12 Days of Christmas Deals at

Save Up to 80% on Holiday Gifts at Readers Digest

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Carebears at KB Toys

Freebies & Fun

FREE 14 Holiday Songs from Best Buy (downloads)

COUPON: Printable Coupon for Buy 1, Get 1 Free Glade Plug-Ins Scented Oil Light Show

FREE Samples of Candies Perfume

FREE Rentals at Blockbuster for Netflix Subscribers

FREE Printable Letters to Santa (very cute!)

FREE Cesar Dog Food Entree

FREE Gooseberry Patch Recipe Book

FREE Sample of 3M Printer Paper
Thought for Today ~ Questions About The Mom's Guide

Did you know you could email author, Barb Webb with any questions you have about
The Mom's Guide to Earning and Saving Thousands on the Internet, or even ask related questions on Frugal Living topics?

Just email

Deals of the Day

13 Hardcover Childrens Classics Books PLUS 13 FREE Audio CDs and Bonus Pack of Book Plates at Weekly Reader

Monopoly "Here & Now" for $15.97 Shipped at Walmart (Other board games are on sale too, be sure to browse)

$5 First Time Customer Discount at Family Video, use Code NEWMEM96

25% off at Disney Shopping, Use Code DISNEY25

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FREE Sample of Dove Haircare

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FREE Sample of MaryKay Microdermabrasion Skin Care (select "get a free sample")

FREE Address Labels from Maker's Mark
Special Gifts ~ Give The Gift of Cash & Savings

If you are looking for a special gift for a friend who could use a little income boost, consider gifting a copy of The Mom's Guide to Earning and Saving Thousands on the Internet this year. You know you've already dog-eared your copy so share the wealth with other moms :)

If you would like to give an extra special autographed copy, email for full details. We'll even gift wrap and send directly to your recipients.

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FREE Subscription to Smart Spot Magazine

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FREE Sample of Cheer True Fit

FREE Holiday Storybook and Recipe Offer - Limited States (WI, IL, MI, MN, IA and IN)

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FREE Sample of Gingerbread Body Wash and Lotion

FREE Sample of Zhong Guo Cha Tea

FREE Kidney Awareness Bracelet

FREE Cherry Recipe Cards

FREE Sample of Jovan Pink Musk
Deals of the Day

40 AA and 10 AAA Alkaline Battery Package for $8.99 at

ToysRUs Barbie Upright Piano with Bench on Sale for $19.98 (Was $49.99) PLUS if you need more Barbie items Save $10 on any Barbie or My Scene toy purchase of $50 or more

$10 off Bras Plus FREE Panty (Black or White colors only) at with Purchase as Victorias Secret, Use Coupon Code: SPECIAL

LeapFrog LeapPad Learning System plus 2 Spanish Books for $19.99 Shipped at KB Toys (Item number 864666)

Holiday Cheer

Xerox is sponsoring a "Let's Say Thanks" program for our US troops currently serving in Iraq during the holidays.

Visit to pick out a design and message of your choice to be sent to a soldier.

Note: You are not able to designate who receives the postcard, but it will go to a member of the US Armed Services.

Please take a moment to let our soldiers know we care about them.

Freebies & Fun

FREE Bag of Purina One Pet Food

COUPON: Printable Coupon for a FREE Bubble Calculator at Staples

FREE Sample of Swiffer Duster

FREE Coupons from Swiffer, Cascade, and other Products

FREE Sample of Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop Popcorn

FREE Naruto 2 Demo Disc for Nintendo Gamecube