Sunday, January 31, 2010

Drugstore Deals

Check out this week's CVS deals and coupon matchups with Frugal RI Mama (Thanks, FRIM!)
Get her Walgreens' deals HERE.

Coupon Katarina has the Rite Aid deals HERE. (Thanks, CK!) AND,

Couponing to Disney posted HERE how to get a new $5 off $25 Rite Aid coupon on (Thanks, CTD!)

Friday, January 29, 2010


Congratulations Victoria!!

She said, "I subscribed to your blog! Congrats on your first giveaway!"

Thanks to all that entered and participated in my first blog. You were all very encouraging!! Be on the lookout for upcoming giveaways!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

CONTEST CLOSED _ Last Day to Enter the Julie & Julia Giveaway!

There is still time. Enter by posting your comments HERE before 11:59 EST tonight. Good Luck!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Perfect Princess Party 1/30/10 @ The Disney Store

Visit your local Disney Store on January 3oth for THE PERFECT PRINCESS PARTY. Choose from 2 "parties".

From the Disney Store Website:
Session 1--11:00-11:45 a.m and Session 2--1:00-1:45 p.m
Wear your favorite princess gown and learn how to be a perfect princess!

I'm not sure what activities are planned for this event but we did attend the Disney Store's Halloween party and my daughter had a blast. The only downfall was that it was really crowded. This should be better because it will be all (mostly, I guess) girls and is broken down in 2 sessions. What to do, what to do? Dinosaurs vs. Princesses - My daughters absolute 2 favorite things in life are going head to head on the 30th. We are planning on going to the museum for an event that day that I posted about HERE. Knowing me, I'll attempt both. Spoiled much? I just love the fact that she is able to love both Princesses and Dinosaurs!

One Small Step for Man, One Great Leap for Savings...

Congratulations to my sister who finally learned how to print coupons online! Love you!!

Kraft Printable Coupons

I thought I'd share some less frequently seen coupons I found on Couponing to Disney. Frankly, I'm sick of some of the same old coupons and I like to see some new ones in the rotation. Login/Register to click on "Kraft Products" then, "Supervalu" for Capri Sun & Claussen Pickles printable coupons! Claussens - Yum! And, no I am not pregnant.

$1/4 Philadelphia Cream Cheese
$1/1 Velveeta
$1/2 Planters Mixed Nuts
$1/2 Capri Suns
$1/1 Grated Parmesan Cheese
$1/1 Oscar Mayer Meats
$1/1 Oscar Mayer Bologna
$1/1 Claussen Pickles
$1/2 Kraft Deluxe or the creamiest, the dreamiest Velveeta Shells & Cheese

(Thanks, Couponing to Disney)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Payless Discounts

My little lady has grown out of her first pair of tap shoes. I'm not sure why I feel so sad about this but I do. I need to pick up a new pair for her before her class tonight. I called Payless and they are holding what seems to be the only size 8 1/2 toddler in the tri-state area. That gave me a couple of hours to find a coupon. I found 2 options.

1. If you are a AAA member, they offer a 10% discount off of regular priced merchandise - just show your membership card at checkout. This is a good last resort savings.

2. I signed up for email notifications at and they instantly sent an email with a coupon for an additional 15% off. I'm obviously going with this option :) Now, if they can offer anything for the sting I'm feeling due to my baby growing out of her first pair of tap shoes....

Recipe Ravin' - Creamy Potato Soup

Photo Credit: Kana Okada

I made this hearty soup for the 2nd time last night. It is a must try if you like creamy soups. I would rate the skill level for this recipes as EASY.

Creamy Potato Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: Serves 6


  • 6 slices bacon (about 6 oz.), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 baking potatoes (about 2 lb. total), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives


1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp and browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble.

2. Discard all but 2 Tbsp. fat and return pot to medium heat. Add onion, garlic and thyme and sauté until onion is soft, about 7 minutes. Add potatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer until potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Working in batches, process in blender with sour cream until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Ladle soup into bowls and top with chives and bacon.

Nutritional Information

13g (sat 7g)
All You, NOVEMBER 2009

Mamas New Shoes Recipe Notes- I don't have a blender (long story) so I used a mini food processor and it works just fine. I also used more than a cup of sour cream. I eyeballed it and I would say I used an extra 1/3 cup. I also added cheddar cheese for garnish. Why not, right?

This is a rather inexpensive meal that heats up well for leftovers. Here are printable coupons for Kraft cheese and Breakstone sour cream. (Thanks for the coupons, Saving with Shellie)

Weekend Shopping Share-Walgreens

My Walgreens Trip

Transaction 1:
Total OOP $19.48
Got $5 RR

Took advantage of the spend $25 on select baby items get $5 RR

(2) Huggies Diapers on sale $8.99 each
(3) Huggies wipes on sale 2/$5.00

Used (2) $2 printable Huggies coupons HERE (Thanks, Nicoles Nickels)
Used (2) $.75 printable Huggies wipes coupons HERE (Thanks, Nicoles Nickels)
Used (1) $.50 Huggies wipes coupon I had hanging around

Transaction 2:
Total OOP $0.48
Used $5 RR from previous transaction

ALL $4 sale price $2 off Q
BIC BOGO in store and used (1) BOGO any Bic Disposable Q (Got 2 for free)
Johnson & Johnson floss In ad Q $.99 and $1/1 Reach floss Q (Got it free)
Coffee Mate in store BOGO $2.49 used (2) printable coupons HERE (.49 for 2) (Thanks, Nicoles Nickels)
Walgreens brand dryer sheets $2.99 No Q and not on sale - just needed badly

*The ALL, Floss & BIC coupons were all regional coupons found in previous Sunday Papers

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sample Saturday

Sign up Here for a sample of Dove Intense Damage Therapy.

While you're there check out all of the offers and coupons they have. They even have an instant win game. Click HERE for all of the special offers Dove is currently running.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Victoria's Secret Pink Nation - New Member Promo

If you haven't joined the pink nation yet, the promo for new members is "get a free solid tank with any purchase" and "$10 off any $50 purchase". Join the VS Pink Nation for freebies and goodies.

Note: I wasn't paid for this post. I just like spreading savings one panty at a time :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dr. Scott at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

My daughter is a huge dino fan. Like, she could name dinosaurs most adults can't pronounce when she was two. Her 3rd birthday party was a Dino party and when asked what she wanted to do on her "real" birthday, she opted for the museum for the umteenth time. This fall, we were so excited for the premiere of "Dinosaur Train" on PBS. We love it! The way the mesozoic period is represented is such a great idea! The main characters are dinosaurs and pterosaurs that lived in the Cretaceous period. They encounter dinosaurs from the Triassic and Jurassic period as well, but they board a train and travel back in time. This is a great visual for kids! And, if I've lost you with the different periods, it is a great visual for adults, too! It is very important to me that dinosaurs (and science in general) be realistically represented. Despite having talking dinosaurs that play games and travel on a train, there is real science behind this show. At the end of each episode, Dr. Scott Sampson talks to real kids about the info that was presented. We have found out that Dr. Scott will be at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on January 30th. I've contacted Dr. Scott and this is a child friendly lecture where he will also be signing a copy of his new book. Because my daughter has taken such a serious interest in dinosaurs, I've become a Dr. Scott groupie too! If you haven't checked out Dinosaur Train, you really should! If you have and you are Dr. Scott fans too, you might want to check out the lecture.

This info was taken from CMNH's website:

Dinosaur Odyssey
Scott Sampson, PhD
Saturday, January 30, 2010
CMA Theater, 2:30 p.m.
Free with museum admission

One hundred million years ago, the American West was separated from Pennsylvania by the Western Interior Seaway. This “lost continent,” Laramidia, was the home of giant and often bizarre animals. Dr. Scott the Paleontologist, host of Dinosaur Train on PBS and renowned scientist/educator, takes us on a journey into this lost continent and addresses a variety of mysteries, such as the enigmatic presence of so many giant, plant-eating dinosaurs, and the evolution of the tyrant king, Tyrannosaurus rex.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Free Baby Einstein Mozart Download

In honor of Mozart's birthday on January 27th, Baby Einstein is offering a free Mozart download for your baby. Download HERE. You will need to sign in or register to take advantage of this offer. Offer ends 1/27/10

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

IMO-Freebie Worth Your Time Signing Up For

A couple of weeks a go I came across a signup for The sample includes 1 pad, 2 pantyliners, 1 wipe & 3 different tampon sizes. I signed up because I hate spending money on feminine products. It is like I'm flushing money down the commode. But, if I must deal with such things I like to have a nice assortment. That said, my sample arrived today and it also included a $2 Tampax coupon and a coupon for a FREE Always Infinity 18 ct package.

Sign Up HERE.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Giveaway Link Up!

In honor of my first giveaway, I'm adding a linky to link your giveaways. Please post the direct link to your giveaway and not to your blog's homepage. Please leave a comment after linking! Thanks!!

CONTEST CLOSED_My Very First Giveaway, Ever!! Julie & Julia DVD and Book!! -1/28

I'm really happy to be hosting my first giveaway! I watched Julie & Julia this weekend and couldn't help but notice some similarities with myself and Julie & Julia. No, I'm no Julia Child but like Julia, I'm an American taken with French culture and like Julie, I'm going to turn 30 this year, just started a blog and have been trying to grow as a cook. So, I thought that an appropriate giveaway would be the Julie & Julia DVD and book. (1) lucky reader will win a copy of each. Giveaway ends 11:59 EST January 28, 2010. A random winner will be chosen on or around January 29, 2010.

1. Mandatory Entry- Subscribe to Mama Wants a New Pair of Shoes and leave a comment letting me know that you do!

2. Additional Entry- Include a link to this giveaway in your blog. Make sure to leave a comment including the link. If I've placed this giveaway on a linky on your blog, you can include that in a comment for an additional entry.

As a new blogger, I'd like to thank everyone that enters and want to wish you good luck!!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The teacher inside of me couldn't resist posting this. If your kids are wondering why they have a day off of school, why not share some of these activities with them? Click HERE for MLK activities from KABOOSE. Enjoy.

Attention Moms: Pittsburgh Area Consignment Opportunity

If you're a mom in the Pittsburgh area you may have heard about Snuggle Bugs & Co. Instead of a store, they have 2 consignment events a year. I received notice that the spring event is coming up in March. I registered to be a consignor for the fall/winter event last year and registration was easy. I did not, however, participate. Unfortunately, we were on vacation during the drop off period. I have talked to several moms in the community that have participated as both consignors and patrons and some of them have made some serious cash - like, a huge chunk towards your vacation fund! (or, anything else worth saving for!) I'm going to register and plan on participating. For more info, check out their website HERE.

The details (taken from their email notice):

Sale Dates: March 13th - 20th
(Volunteers, Consignors, and Guests shop BEFORE we open to the public!)

# of Consignors: 700 Maximum (so don't delay!)

# of Items per Consignor: Up to 150 High Quality Items

# of Items for Team Snuggle Bugs participants: Unlimited High Quality Items

Clothing Sizes: Newborn to kid's Size 12

We do not handle maternity fashions or car seats, but just about everything else under the sun!

EARN a shopping spree or a higher consignor payout by referring NEW consignors! See the 'New This Sale' tab on our website for contest details.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Save 20% at Build A Bear Workshop this Weekend!

There is a good deal at Build A Bear Workshop this weekend. Save 20% your total if you create 2 friends! This works out great if you have 2 kids who each make their own friend! This deal is valid Saturday, January 16-Monday, January 18 and is valid in store and online. (Use code 94732 for online checkout)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Publix Highlights 1/14/10

While I'm no longer a Publix shopper, I thought I'd still post the highlights outlined by Bargain Briana for my southern peeps (Mom & Sis- this means you). Check out her highlights HERE.

Thanks, BB!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My ($.11!!) Rite Aid Trip 1/13/10

I mentioned before that I'm loving Rite Aid lately. Tonight my love has grown deeper. Going into this transaction, I cashed in a $2 instant win from the "Game of Life" promo, so that's a plus. I went tonight to take advantage of the Johnson & Johnson $10 with a $30 purchase rebate. With store sales, in-ad coupons, manufacturer coupons and a Rite Aid $5 off $20 coupon, my total came to $13.11 OOP!

After the $10 J&J rebate and the $3 SCR for the Theraflu, my purchase cost $.11! So, with the $2 instant cash, I made money tonight at Rite Aid!

Free 8X10 Collage at Walgreens - TODAY ONLY

Still looking to get some prints that took during the holidays?

Check out Couponing to Disney's post for a free 8x10 Collage at Walgreens. (Today Only)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Giant Eagle Ad 1/14-1/20

If you like to check out the ad before you shop, find it HERE.

There is a decent tuna pouch deal-8 for $10 with an instant $2 savings bringing the total to 8 for $8. Pair with this $1 off coupon found on Vocalpoint. (You can print twice) Login/Sign Up for Vocalpoint HERE. (Thanks, Freebies for Mom)


I thought you might be interested in    Vocalpoint provides some great benefits and it's all for free!   Here are some of the features:
  • Surprising product information
  • Great coupons/samples
  • Cool things to share with friends

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

My Points

I just redeemed my points at "My Points" for a $10 gift card to Target. I wrote a post about My Points HERE. $10 might not seem like much but I'll take it! Think of it like a a Christmas Club. Collect your $10 gift cards (or any denomination you choose to redeem) all year and have a decent chunk for Christmas presents this year.

B2G1 Milk Promo

It takes my family just under a day and a half to go through a gallon of milk. At times, I think we spend more on milk than gas. I found out about a milk promo on Freebies for Mom (Big Thanks!!) where you buy 2 gallons of milk and get a half gallon of chocolate milk free. Go HERE to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a year of free milk. I wasn't that lucky today but was able to print the B2G1 coupon. (Limit one per user)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Few Good Freebies

I thought I'd share a few good freebies/samples that I have found that you might want to take advantage of if you haven't already.

Kotex Sample Pack- Read about 3 different links HERE. Thanks, HHC!
Note: I never seem to have to purchase feminine products because I have tons of samples and freebies. This may also have something to do with being pregnant 2 times in 2 years.

Purex 3-in-1- Score a 2 pack sample of this HERE. Thanks, MSM!

iS Chemical Youth Eye Complex- Read about this sample HERE. Thanks, DSM!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Free Sample of Emergen-C

Click here to try Emergen-C Alert! fizzy drink mix free!

25 Free Prints @ Giant Eagle

Check out Spend Less 2 Save More to score 25 free prints at Giant Eagle.

Thanks, SL2SM!

Check Out Disney's Celebration Vacation Sweepstakes

Enter HERE, daily through January 31st, for a chance to win a Disney Celebration Vacation. You can also gain additional entries through texts. Speaking of Disney, my daughter just came out of her room with her Simba doll asking if she could come out and watch tv with Simba. Of course, I'm a sucker for my daughter and Disney so she's getting to stay up just a little bit longer.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

FREE $2 on your Dunkin’ Donuts Card

FREE $2 on your Dunkin’ Donuts Card

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Facebook Finds

I'm not on Facebook and, admittedly, I'm missing some great deals and freebies. For the rest of you that are, here are just a few of the deals outlined by Coupon Cravings. I will try and add them weekly.

Thanks, Coupon Cravings.

Sometimes it is Easy Being Green

We had a friend who is an audio/video guy at our house the other day and I was picking his brain about my tv and thought I'd share an interesting tidbit I learned. If you have a larger flatscreen tv, plasma or LCD, it could be a real energy sucker. I had never explored the features of my tv before but apparently my tv has an energy saver feature. What I got from him (in layman's terms), some of these tvs are energy suckers even when turned off. If you have an energy feature, you can play with it and find a level that you are comfortable with and save some energy and money. For example, mine had a low, med and high saver option. These do dim the picture but that isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on the lighting in your room. I stuck with the low setting~ it didn't make much difference in the brightness of my picture and I'm happy to know I might save a little, too.

My Rite Aid Trip 1/3/09

I'm loving Rite Aid right now. I went through a CVS phase and now I'm loving Rite Aid. I spent $8.00 OOP today and I got the following deals:

(2) Stayfree 18 ct. pads
used BOGO coupon from 1/3/10 insert and they are BOGO in store so these were FREE!

(2) Nivea Lip Care
used BOGO coupon from 1/3/10 insert and they are BOGO in store so these were also FREE!

Johnson & Johnson Baby Bubble Bath
on sale for $2.99 and used $1 off in 1/3/10 coupon insert

Viva 8ct. Paper towels
on sale for $6.49 and used $1 off

They also started a "Game of Life" Promo. Read about it HERE. I received 2 game pieces for my purchase today and each game piece comes with a money saving coupon or an instant win piece.

If you have the BOGO coupons in your stash, get to Rite Aid this week and get your free stuff!