Thought for Today ~ Gas Prices!

We've focused on this topic before, but unfortunately, it's still a concern for all of us. Luckily there's a wealth of information available to help you curb costs.

Check out these two new articles for ideas and cost-cutting solutions:

10 Ways to Find Cheap Gas

The Price of Gas Is $3 per Gallon?!

Trim Your Fuel Bills

The Best Day to Get Gas

Featured Frugal Articles

Is That A Fake Coupon In Your Hand?

10 Ways To Save Money On Movies

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FREE Samples from Playtex

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Today's Featured Articles

Frugal Tips For Saving Money On Photos

The Frugal Gal's Guide to Low-Carb Dieting

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FREE Samples from Club Intuition

FREE Sample from Jergens Skincare

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Today's Featured Articles

Working From Home: Call Center Representative

Frugal Scrapbook Ideas

Thought for Today ~ Protect Your Children Online

This is a tough challenge for every modern-day parent. Prevention Magazine has some great advice to help you out. Be sure to check it out!

Six Steps to Protecting Your Child Online

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News Flash

The Mom's Guide to Earning and Saving Thousands on the Internet is featured in the September issue of Redbook Magazine!

Flip to page 158 for a great article, Make $$$ From Home by Sarah Lorge Butler, containing online auctioneer tips from Barb Webb. This issue of Redbook is chock full of money-saving advice, you won't want to miss it!

Frugal Articles

More from our Savvy Mom Collection:

Dettering Identity Theft

The Scoop On Free Sample Clubs

12 Websites for School Success

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FREE Adora Chocolate Calcium Chew Sample

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FREE Sample of Garden Dressing

FREE Pull-Ups Way to Go! Success Guide

FREE Post-It Sampler Pack

FREE Healthy Habits Activity Booklet From Lysol


Thought of the Day

While the pay off of college is huge, the up front costs can be as well. Here are some articles to help you take a bite out of college costs before they take a bite out of your wallet.

Cut College Costs:

Find Free Money For College:

The Insiders Guide to Scholarships:

The Insiders Guide to Student Loans:

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FREE Beauty Sample Kit for Your Teen from Teen Freeway

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Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

Featured Frugal Articles

Extra Freebies? No Problem.

The Truth About Free Credit Reports

Tiny Bubbles

Newsletter Note

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To subscribe, send an email to or subscribe directly through the Yahoo group website at

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CONTEST: Fairfield Inn Road Race

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Today's Articles

These are part of the "shopping savvy" collection:

Frugal Tips For Saving Money On Photos

The Frugal Gal's Guide to Low-Carb Dieting

10 Ways To Save Money On Movies

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REBATE: Electrosol Product Guarentee

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FREE Subscription to GRAND Magazine

Note from Barb

The articles I wrote for ClubMom went live today! I'll be posting the links throughout the week.

Hope you enjoy the topics and find some cost cutting, frugal tips to put to use!

Internet Resources for Rainy Day Fun

10 Government Websites Moms Need to Know About


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Thought of the Day

Protect your savings! We all work hard to save our money, let's face it, that's why we are here. We can't just save it, we have to protect it, too. There are things we never even think about that threaten our financial security every single day. Protect yourself now, so the future stays bright!

Don't delay saving for your retirement. We often think we have forever to save for our future, but that's really not so, in this fast paced world, retirement is really sneaking up on you, as soon as you turn around, it will be staring you in the face. Are you ready?

  • Take advantage of employee offered retirement programs
  • Save now, buy later- now is a critical time to help your wealth grow
  • If you have to save on your own, put as much as you comfortably can towards your retirement. It will pay off in the long run

Get covered! An unexpected illness without medical insurance can be financially devastating. Hopefully, if you are working, you have medical insurance through your job, or your spouse's. If not, consider a personal plan. If you ever find yourself without insurance, read this article so you can protect yourself.

Take care of yourself. While we can't help getting a common cold, we can stay in shape, exercise, and eat right. Control the potential health hazards that you can, and stay as healthy as possible!

Update your job skills and contact information. Stay marketable and valuable to your employer. Take classes or seminars when you can to stay at the top of your game!

Fun & Freebies

Free Avon Anti-Aging Sample for Startsampling Members

Free 2007 Rosenberg Recipe Calendar

Free Backpack with a $50.00 purchase from Osh Kosh (Printable Coupon)

Free Child Identification Kit

Free "A Day in the Neighborhood" anti-gun violence CD game

Free Sample of Old Spice OS Signature fragrance

Free wristband from Kellogg's (code: M1ghty T1g3rs)

Free Russian River Wine Road Map

Free Reach Access Flosser Sample Pack

Thought for Today ~ Go Red!

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association movement to wipe out heart disease. When you join the movement you'll have access to information, discounts, merchandise, events, and you'll even get a free red dress pin to wear. For more details, visit and encourage all the women in your life to check out this worthy effort!

Note from Barb:

Do you have a great freebie, deal, or idea to share? Why not add it in today's comments? We'd love to hear from you!

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FREE Sample of Swiffer Dusters

(Guys ages 13-25) FREE Subscription to Sporting News

OFFER: Join the Nestle Butterfinger Advisory Panel

FREE Sample from Poise

CONTEST: The Advil Ownership Experience Sweepstakes

CONTEST: "Find The Pink Spoon" Baskin Robbins Sweepstakes

Note from Barb:

It's official now, I've just been added as a ClubMom Expert in the Coupons & Cost Cutters category. Check it out. How exciting!

The series of articles I wrote should be available soon too. I'll keep you posted! If you'd like to learn more about ClubMom, simply visit

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FREE T-shirt from 99 Schnapps

FREE Toilet Paper Extender

FREE Sample of Golden Moon Tea

FREE Sample of Baby Oxiclean

FREE Sample of Lactaid Fast Act Dietary Supplement

CONTEST: Spike TV Game Use Code wednesdays@10

Thought of the Day
Have you ever wanted to play around with those expensive photo editing software programs, but the thought of dropping $100 or more kept you at bay?

Many software developers offers free trial periods to consumers so they can try the product without dropping a boat load of money.

One of my favorites if Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006. It's fun and easy to use, offers tutorials and videos, and gives you a 60 day free trial period! That's a long time. I used it for the trial period and liked it so much, I purchased it. :)

So remember, if you have a software you are dying to try, search the net for a trial version, you may just get to try it for free!

Freebies and Fun

Dove Advanced Color Care Sample from Wal*Mart

Chance to receive a Senseo Coffee Pod System

Free 12oz sample of Purina ProPlan Dog Food

Free Blockbuster Movie Rental with the purchase of 3 Hallmark Greeting Cards

Free Kodak Gallery Welcome Kit

$15.00 off $15.00 in store only printable coupon for Lane Bryant (also online coupon codes, see offer)

Enjoy your weekend!
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COUPON: Printable Coupon for Crest ProHealth Toothpaste and Rinse

CONTEST: Spin to Win a Gift Pack from Calgon

SPECIAL OFFER: Pre-Order Disney Pixar Cars DVD & get $10 Online Disney Store Gift Card

FREE Special Offers and Updates from Bounty

FREE Sample of Post-it Pop-up Notes

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FREE Subscription to Beautiful Woman Magazine

FREE Sample of Olay Definity

Website for Today ~

ShoeTrader has free shipping, a free return/exchange policy, and oodles of sizes and widths. Be sure to check out their Special Savings too for deep discounts.

Thought for Today ~ Nice Day for a White Wedding
(Yes, we love the 80's! )

Are you planning a wedding in the near future or know of someone who is? Check out this list of free bridal magazines for inspiration and information!

New England Bride Magazine
Wedding Bells Magazine
The Perfect Wedding Guide
Central Florida Bride
Vegas Vows
Today's Bride Magazine (Ohio)
Rocky Mountain Bride
Rhode Island's Monthly Bride Magazine
Kohl's Bridal Guide
Outer Banks Bride
Love & Marriage Bride Guide (New Jersey)
The Bride's Book
Wedding Sourcebook

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REBATE: Free Desperate Housewives T-Shirt with qualifying P&G POP's

FREE Sample of Arabica Gourmet Coffee

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REBATE: Free Lunch Box from Quaker with Qualifying POP's

FREE Sample of Downy Plus Whitening

Thought for Today ~ Cool, Cool Summer

Don't we wish? Wow- this has been a scorcher, hasn't it? Worse, with our air conditioners, fans, icemakers, swimming pools, and other "keep cool" items running full blast, our electric bills are going up, up, up!

So, I thought today we'd explore some ways to trim the electric bill without sacrificing our "cool."

Turn out the lights. During the day, if you have enough natural sunlight (and there's plenty of it right now,) keep the lights off unless you need them to do detailed work. The bonus, your area will stay cooler without the added light. Also consider having a few desk lamps handy with energy-saver light bulbs that you can use for your detail work (they'll use less energy) and a few candles if you just need a little light for the room, or for use at night.

Change the Temperature on your Hot Water Heater. If your water heater has an energy saver setting, be sure to use it. Or, turn the temperature down to around 115-125 degrees farenheit. This step can trim multi-dollars off your electric bill. Also, try washing your clothes using cold water to avoid having to continuously re-heat a hot water supply.

Turn up Your Thermostat. While 65 to 70 degrees might seem ideal right now, consider turning your thermostat up to 72-75. Experts estimate that you will save an average of 3% per degree on your electric bill. If you can live comfortably in your home with an 75 degree temperature, your pocket book will thank you!

Do you have an energy saving tip to share? Email or let us know in the comments section!

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Too hot to think. Hope everyone else is staying cool!

25 Cheap Ways to Cool Your House

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Degree Ultra Clear sample from Wal*Mart

Ban Deodorant sample from Wal*Mart

Biore Beauty Sample from Wal*Mart

Save 20% at The Children's Place
Use code: CLUBE86 at checkout

6oz sample of Purina Naturals for cats

Lee Jeans Instant Win Game

Free Do-It-Herself Workshop at Home Depot

Free sample of Lacoste Inspiration

Bausch & Lomb Wear & Care kit and $4.00 off coupon

Backyard Adventures DVD and catalog

Have a great weekend!
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FREE Sample of Olay Definity Cream

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FREE Ragu Kids Favorites Cookbook

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FREE Sample of Armor All Cleaning Wipes (Click on OFFERS)

More Author "Fan" Spotting and a Note from Barb

Thanks for you kind notes, I'm glad you are enjoying the pictures I was able to snap and share. I wish I had the opportunity to catch a few more, but I'll be listing some of my favorite authors I missed capturing on film in the next day or two for you.

Also, thanks for asking to see a pic of me, but alas, as I was behind the camera, there's not a whole lot of those... still curious... just visit my author website where you'll see my smiling mug. The picture on the front page was taken about two months ago at a BooksAMillion book signing for The Mom's Guide to Earning and Saving Thousands on the Internet.

So, without further adieu...'s a lovely side shot of Rachel Gibson.

If you haven't read any of Rachel's fun, sassy romances, I suggest you either begin with Daisy's Back in Town or her latest release, Sex, Lies, and Online Dating. Very enjoyable reads!

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FREE Herbs of Life Herbal Tea Sample

CONTEST: Mentadent Teeth People Sweepstakes

EVENT: Host a Fear Factory House Party

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