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Eddie Bauer FREE gift card

July 12th, 2006 at 03:39 pm

Eddie Bauer is having their summer clearance, actually ENDING their clearance (and it's only July!). To mark the occasion, they are offering a $25 g/c for any $75 purchase. Add in the 50 - 70% savings...and that's my deal of the day.

Now...do I NEED anything...no. But hopefully someone else can use the info!


today's savings...whoops!

July 12th, 2006 at 03:31 pm

Last week I placed my quarterly order with drugstore.com. They have a quarterly 5% back, plus it was gold card week for GNC items...and I went through eBates for another 5%. Several items we still can't purchase locally...

And, they had a offer, buy two soy nation products, get a $50 sample pack of all the different products they offer. It "sounded" reasonable.

I received it today. Whomever priced this at $50 worth of samples...well, hmmm...let's say I have NO interest in buying anything that would be THAT expensive. I'd have just said free samples myself.

I usually like drugstore.com's free with purchases. I'm adjusting to their new online manufacturer coupons...albeit I have not used one! And their online manufacturer rebates...well, okay, maybe.

But, this was a WASTE of my money. I purchased two packs of soy protein nutrition bars to get the sample pack, and yes, we do eat protein bars every day. But soy protein is not optimal, and we already know our favorite bars.

I KNEW better, if it's too good to be true to it usually is...but curiousity and savings greed got the best of me.

Yes, SAVINGS GREED. The greedy obsession to SAVE, even if you don't need to.


We all make mistakes. We all learn (hopefully).

So, on to the next saving adventure.

Zoe coupons and samples...

July 12th, 2006 at 03:21 pm

Zoe Foods is running their promotion again, Break the Donut Rut.

Last year they sent me two large boxes of granola bars, and several dozen small bags of granola, healthy and delicious. Loads of coupons, too, plus a coupon on every bag.

The bars weren't my favorite, but the granola was YUMMY.


Break the Donut Rut With Complimentary Zoe's Cereals and Bars!

Break the Donut Rut - bring healthy snacks to your next office meeting courtesy of Zoe Foods. Change the sugar blues to whole grain energy with complimentary Zoe's Bars or Cereals for your next office meeting. On company letterhead, please fax Zoe Foods at 781-453- 9990, or send an email from your office email address. Tell us that you want to break the donut rut and serve Zoe's cereals or bars instead! Please remember to include your name, email, company shipping address and telephone number (for UPS).

Not All Organic Milks are created equally

July 12th, 2006 at 01:11 pm

or at least scored equally.

The Cornucopia organization recently released a report rating the quality of commercially available organic milks. While the article is quite long (38 pages), the alphatical scorecard is available at:

Text is Organic Milk ratings[/url]

Surprisingly, or perhaps not to those who follow corporate transitions and take overs, Horizon's parent company, Dean Foods, refused to participate in the survey. While they received only one "cow", for failing to provide the information, issues regarding their product are discussed throughout the article.

Organic Valley did somewhat better, but even they did not receive the coveted 5 cow rating. A list from best to worst is provided at

[url=http://cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html]Ratings and Link is http://cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/Ratings_Alphabetical.html
Organic Milk ratings[/url]

Surprisingly, or perhap...

It just can't be simple, can it?

More Thumbs Up -- and FREE Organic coupons!

July 12th, 2006 at 11:19 am

Well, I'm continuing to reap the rewards for an hour of emailing organic manufacturers a week or two ago.

From Hain Celestial Group -- 10 coupons, including some FREE products,

from Bolthouse Farms, two 50 cents off coupons,

and from After The Fall, two $1 off coupons, which is a great discount on their juices!

So, to Jeffrey, who noted that US stores are full of JUNK FOOD (we have an equal number of junk food coupons to match!), yes, good coupons are available on healthy, organic foods, too! And frankly, almost EASIER to find, no digging through inserts, and no "thanks for playing" emails from the companies who can afford to mass market their coupons in other venues and can't afford to respond to every coupon request they receive.

Of course, many kudos to the mass marketers, too, we all appreciate their coupons, and those inserts are fairly important.

It's important to have a balance, though, and for those of us who do try to maintain a more natural, organic, or simply healthy lifestyle, and support the organic farmers, it's nice to know they are supporting us right back. Full circle.

Taco Salads and Quesadillas from the stockpile

July 11th, 2006 at 04:18 pm

Dinner tonight -- using up the remains of the lettuce (romaine and baby greens) and tomatos from the burger fests. Toss in some olives, corn, fritos, cilantro dressing (aging), sour cream (also aging), shredded cheese from the freezer...this and that...and O organic kidney or black beans, from the $1 O coupons (5 cents or less!).

Add in some flour tortillas from the freezer, they thaw right out without sticking on the defrost microwave setting...hmm, who knew it had more than one power Wink with the LoL cheese and more aging non fat sour cream...voila! dinner.

Tomorrow, well, I'd really like to do some manicotti, but I need to fry up chicken for a meal first, as I use the left overs for manicotti. Nonfat ricotta, handmade traditional pancake wraps...sigh.

But for today, the Corgi went to the vet, and he has a TREATMENT twice a day for pink eye (thanks sis!), and tomorrow, dentist. for a quiet week...it isn't!

This weeks challenge - hair color at home

July 11th, 2006 at 04:07 pm

I don't have much grey hair, but the red is fading with age, and the blonde is well, a bit ashy. At least, I think so. I've been having my hair highlighted for 15 years. Somewhere under there used to be gorgeous red hair.

Last year's savings, I switched to all over color. The cost for my cut and color, along with DH's, went from $250 every six weeks, to $150 every six weeks.

Still...once again, Diva Jen, well, you started me on Target...

They have swatches of synthetic hair next to each box of color (and there are shelves FULL of products), so I can actually see the color of the treated hair.

Hmmm...the hair color DOES look MUCH better on the model on the box.

But, it does seem ridiculous to waste so much money on a simple vanity that I should be able to do myself, and better, right? Right?


So, this week, sometime, I'm going to color my own hair, for the first time.

Like I needed the stress.

If I'm fluorescent, at least you can't see me in cyber space!

But the savings...over a year...without coupons, is still YIKES $120, over a year, that's...painful! (I'm skipping the hair cut this week out of fear, but DH still needs regular cuts, and we both have extremely wavy hair, so do it ourselves there is just not practical -- yet).

Free Kashi coupons!

July 11th, 2006 at 02:57 pm

Well, inquiring minds wanted to know, so of course I emailed Kashi, thanked them for the coupons, told them they were gone in 60 seconds, including my FREE product coupon! I admited I did know which promotion I had received them under, but obviously was a good ambassador for them, and was it possible to get, well, some more coupons...???

Today, I received a box, which contained a packet with one more set of 5 $1.50 coupons and one more FREE PRODUCT coupon! YEAH!

It does pay to ask!

On a related note, I wrote to Eden organic, which makes SO many different organic products, and asked for info and coupons. I received a STACK of brochures, recipes, coupons, and a recipe book containing another 8 coupons.

Also, GREAT information on their products.

It took ONE EMAIL each...and the web page to find their contact forms is UP, just select your brand, click on the link, and ASK.

(BYW, Kashi makes great products. And Eden has products for almost every food allergy...soy free, gluten free, etc...)

Dad's birthday and other lessons of love

July 10th, 2006 at 04:09 pm

I've been stressed all day, stomach chewing away, and no idea why. DH was the first to recognize it was because I needed to call my Dad and wish him (perhaps his last) happy birthday. I argued heavily, no, could not be it.

But I called, we called together, that WONDERFUL supportive DH I have. And, yes, I feel much more relaxed now.

Dad is so down to earth. He accepts dying as just another phase to living. He is so relaxed, calm, happy with his life, enjoying his family. Doctor appointments ON his birthday. And tomorrow, and the next day.

But he's happy. He's proud of his family, not himself. Such an amazing man.

Survival, I've learned that from BOTH my parents, in such different ways.

My mother, always motivated by the mounting bills, the need to have more and succeed and do better. Climbing out of poverty.

My father, the fulcrum balance. The one who made lemonade. Polio as a child...just an inconvience. Grape farm died in a drought...chickens had a disease...moved on to be a school custodian. He's a BRILLIANT mathematician, genius, but life didn't hand him the obvious way to exploit it. Instead, he passed his gifts, and his wisdom, on to his children. Humble, quiet, grounded. My touchstone in life, and now approaching death.

Whatever comes, he's content. While my mother has done a remarkable job striving to pull us out of poverty, he's done an equally remarkable job keeping us centered, grounded, aware of the greater things in life, and the frugal ways of planting a garden, chopping trees for heat in the winter, gleaning after the corporations have taken the best. Just part of living life.

Frugality, poverty, success, wealth, it's all relative to ones mindset. Life's a balance. You get what you get, and use it to the best of your abilities. Life changes, and you adjust.

No married couple agrees on everything, and finances is probably the most sensitive. What I've learned from my family...balance. My parents balance each other. They don't agree, they don't have the same stepping stones to achieving what they want. Yet they arrive there, balanced, grounded, and very real.

A Note on those Coupon Trains

July 10th, 2006 at 02:09 pm

Since we have reduced the new coupon train members to only established savingadvice/blog/DAGG or other proven track records, the stress is less...but I'm still overrun with coupons! More so than ever.

If you have a wish list...post a detailed list. Lisa's done a great job. 5 top items is great for sending around, but when I have 1000 coupons here, I need more guidance from everyone! What do you need?

DH is helping more...since he made all these categories for coupons (thanks Lisa, but don't give him any more ideas for categories!). He helped me fill out the welcome packets and new trains, and he went down everyone's list in great detail! He even pulled of few coupons out of MY private stash for someone, after deciding that WE probably wouldn't use them (that's one way to remove temptation Wink ). He really is that kind of a guy.

I've also started trading coupons our members can't use for one they need. Seems to be working fairly well.

So, let me know where to direct all these coupons!

And a reminder, email those companies! I emailed Pictsweet (thanks Lisa!) to compliment them on their products, and they mailed a thank you letter, with TWO coupons for free packages. (exp. 12.31.06)