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Great freebies found online

Free Women’s Health Screening

This is a great find from my beautiful friend Saskia Mitchell.
It’s not that hard to find a health screening that gives you a blood pressure and height/weight check, or even a glucose check, but a pap smear and clinical breast exam? And skin screening too? That’s awesome! I’ve got a new mole I’d loved to have screened for possible skin cancer.

Click on the thumbnail below to see the poster for the event. It’s going to be October 19, 2013, 8am-12 noon at the FLoyd County Health Department in Rome, GA.

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$10.00 Free Amazon Gift Card, Redbox Codes & More

REDBOXTonight I found a great deal online I want to share. AOL has started a service that bundles together popular web deals and then charges a discount price for them. The neat thing is – it’s free for ONE month! Translation – free $10 Amazon, Redbox, Pandora, I-Tunes, and maybe more!

They also have some pre-bundled services or you can make your own. I got a pre-bundled service, because it included a lot of things I like, such as a Pandora Subscription, Redbox movie and game codes, and it comes with a $10 Amazon Gift code for $15 a month – again- FREE for your first month.

You do have to submit a credit card. I love winning pre-paid Visas and Mastercards to use for deals like this. However, I suspect I will keep this one, because we usually spend more than 15.00 between Amazon and Redbox anyway.

However, site reviews are generally saying that canceling isn’t hard, and some people that cancel are reporting getting a survey for why they canceled with a 25.00 gift code as a thank you. That’s not everyone, but appears to be a random sampling.

Here’s the site:

Check out their bundles or make your own. I personally found the pre-bundled items to be a better value. Note that a few of the things expire after a month, such as the 10.00 Fandango gift cards – those seem to have a expiration date. So read the details. That’s a Fandango deal killer for me, because I would rather save up 2 months so I wouldn’t have to go to the movies alone. The Amazon codes though – the one I got went RIGHT to gift card balance. Of course I am buying more and more at Amazon lately so I rarely have a gift code last more than a day, lol. There’s also computer security products, ID protection products, and other things to choose from.

There doesn’t seem to be any affiliate bonus at this time – it’s a shame, my friends and I could have had fun with that!

Remember to cancel after you get your goodies if you don’t think continuing with the subscription will save you money. Also, be a bit leary of those magazine offers – most of the magazines can be had for free if you follow this site regularly!

Saturday Freebies & Finds Roundup

It’s early Saturday Morning, and here are some Freebies and Finds. Remember, supplies of some of these ARE limited. They are all live and active when I post them. I am very picky about my finds and deals. Wiresplice is a labor of love primarily for low-income people, so I try to make a judgement on what to include that I think can be of some practical value or bring a bit of joy. I do my best NOT to include a lot of coupons or finds that might encourage frivolous spending, and the sweepstakes that I add in these posts should have good odds and practical prizes.

  1. Redkin Curvaceous Kit – Shampoo, Conditioner, and Reactivator Spray trial samples, for curly headed girls.
  2. Got Pets? Purina is giving away 25,000 $3.00 coupons. These are GREAT when you can find a drug store deal to match. Plus, it’s a really cute and easy sweepstakes to play, with great odds if you play daily.
  3. How about a free 1 year subscription to Latina? This magazine always has some good coupons in it.
  4. There’s also a free 20 issue subscription to JET magazine here.
  5. Print out a shopping pass for 20% off at Big Lots for Sunday. They already have low prices. Last year I picked up some gardening items super cheap this time of year.
  6. 40% off printable at Michael’s. Oh my, there’s some Halloween Decorations calling my name…but I also like to buy bakeware and garden pots with these coupons. All my big terra-cotta pots that I grow peppers in were bought with them – with the coupons the prices are much lower on those than at Wal-Mart or anywhere else I’ve found.
  7. 40% off Printable Coupon at Hobby Lobby.
  8. Play the Cacique Spin to Win game. Why? Great odds! I’ve won maybe 30 free yogurts, but also..the coupon prizes are good too! Kroger sells the Quesadilla Cheese for 2.49-2.98 at Kroger. (Depending on if it is on sale or not.) It is great. The 1.00 off coupons are great to win. I use it grated in grilled cheeses, quesadillas, and mushroom and cheese omelets-anything I might use Monterrey Jack for. Wal-Mart also sells it.
  9. Ms. Dash Sweepstakes – Easy to play, and lots of free samples to win.
  10. Text the keyword SAINTS to 727272 & get a free Redbox code for a video game rental. The code is good until October 7th!
  11. Try to win Free Milk. Odds are pretty good – I’ve won twice. It comes as a coupon good for $4.00 off that you print out.
  12. Free Redbox Video Rental Code – Good for 1 day’s movie rental. MCPC413S – Good until October 23, 2013.
  13. There’s also a sample of Free Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo and conditioner to be had.
  14. There’s 3 Atkins Bars and Starter kits up for grabs. There’s no obligation or purchase requirement to get these.
  15. Free Android Application – it’s the puzzle game Azkend. Free today, Saturday only.

  16. There’s a BOGO coupon for Baskin Robbins Cones. Gosh I wish I had one closer to home….love the double chocolate!
  17. $15 off Amazon Coupon makes for a lot of free or low-cost software right now. Enter promotional code MACR0913. This is good for digital downloads of this software – check the prices, they update frequently and may change from what I list. This is what it is currently. I am not sure how long this promo code will last, but it is live at this time.

    Here are a few very low-cost or free titles to be had:
    Free- Corel PhotoPro for PC

    free- Crayla Art Studio

    free-Typing Quick and Easy

    $5 after promo Norton Antivirus
    This is for 3 computers!

    $.62 after promo Typing Instructor For Kids Platinum Edition

That’s it for this edition. I wish you all the brightest blessings for a comfortable life and a happy family. 🙂

Sunday Night Free Stuff Roundup

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It’s time for another ‘Free Stuff Roundup.’ Hope everyone’s had a great weekend! 🙂

  1. At Walmart, you can get FREE panty liners or, if you’d rather, 1.00 off store brand larger pads.
    Print here to get the coupon. You should be able to use this link twice per computer.
  2. On the side of this page is a link to SAVINGS STAR. Go there, and get your offer for FREE KROGER GUM PICKS. SELECT Markets ONLY.
  3. If you shop at Kroger, go log in now, go to DIGITAL COUPONS, sort by RECENT, and you will see a free strip of Platinum Yeast. I’ve tried this, it is very good yeast. It activates quickly for those times you might be a bit hurried. Now, I generally advise people to buy yeast in larger quantities, as that’s the cheapest way to buy it. I have the larger bags listed in the Frugal store, and they are much bigger and about the same price as a jar in the grocery store. However, you can’t beat free.
    Here’s the link to Kroger.
  4. Get 50 free points at My Search on K-Mart. (Sunday night only.) Click the banner with the autumn leaf, and you’ll get 50 free points! I’ve belonged to mypoints for a few years now. I get a gift card from them every month or two. They are totally legit!

  5. Free Subscription to US Weekly Magazine. There’s a very short survey- it’s very easy, then just enter your address and get your free subscription. It’s great entertainment news! The magazines come from Rewards Gold, my favorite place to get magazines, because they never spam or send bills.
    Go HERE to get your free subscription to US Magazine.

  6. 30 day free trial to Amazon Prime! For 30 days, you get unlimited free streaming of movies and videos, as well as 2 day free shipping! It’s very easy to cancel if you don’t want to continue, just sign in to Amazon, click on MY ACCOUNT, then cancel from there. You don’t have to call anyone and there’s no hassle at all. Click below to get started now! Another thing I like is the Kindle Owners Lending Library. If you have a Kindle Fire, you get to borrow 1 free book a month, and they often have best sellers. I read the entire Hunger Games series this way!

Well, that’s all I see tonight. I’ll keep you posted if I see some more good ones!

Advice on Saving on Food Costs for Families with Teenage Boys & Men

The Barfield Family, Pam, Richard, Luke, Logan, and Bradley.  James also lives in the household, but is not pictured.

I often see blog posts bragging about feeding large families on a tight budget. When I look, the kids are all 3, 4, and 5 years old. While that’s a challenge on a low income, as a mom of a 17 year old, I know it is heck of a challenge to feed teen boys! I still wonder at times where my son PUTS it all, though overall his appetite is starting to level off somewhat as he’s reaching full maturity. When he was growing so fast, at 14 and 15, there were times I wondered how I was going to be able to afford to feed and clothe him if it got any worse!

I recently talked to Pam Barfield, who is a homeschooling mom with 3 teenage boys, and 2 grown men to feed on a daily basis. I asked her how she manages to afford to cook every day for 6, with 5 of the 6 being either growing teens or men! Her sons are 13, 15, and 16 years old. She often puts 2 stoves to use at once to cook daily meals!

Here are some of her tips:

  • With training in accounting, one of the first things she did when she started trying to save was to take a notebook with her as she shopped, and she listed the prices of her commonly bought items at each store, so she could determine who had the lowest everyday price.
  • Likewise, she started noting how much food was leftover as she cooked, and noting who preferred what dish. Then she started planning her meals around family activities. For instance, if she knows most of her family will be home on Tuesday, she will plan a meal that will yield extra leftovers on Monday. If, however, the family is going to be busy with social or church activities the next day, she will plan a meal that will be just enough for that night.
  • She uses lots of rice, dry beans, and spaghetti to round out meals. This is a great tip, because all these foods contain lots of protein. Rice and beans, together, form a complete protein set with lots of iron, vitamin B, fiber and some minerals. You still need some fresh fruits and vegetables, and a solid source of calcium to get complete nutrition for growing kids, but this is a winning combination for sure.
  • She stockpiles. I do this too. We both find it is an amazing way to save on food costs. When combined with coupons and sales, you simply purchase extra items that you use often during the sales, when you get rock bottom low prices. You buy and store enough to hold you over to the next sale cycle, which runs about every 2 months. Pam has 2 nice cabinets that she keeps stocked with dry & canned goods so that she doesn’t have to pay full price.
  • She does shop multiple stores. She focuses on 3-4 stores that are all within 2 miles of where she lives.
  • She shops The Dollar Store. She finds that the best items to buy there are juice, jelly, cleaning supplies, spices, and aluminum foil. Don’t forget, Dollar Tree now takes coupons too!

  • The Barfields are also home to several fur babies. She tells me that contrary to what one might think, Kroger is actually cheaper on pet food than Walmart, so she buys her pet foods at Kroger.
  • She likes to buy store brands, but only if they are good. Two items that she does NOT like at Kroger are the Kroger brand chicken noodle soup, and their pop tarts.
    (I agree with her on the chicken noodle, I don’t like it either. I do have a list of GOOD generic Kroger brand items here.)
  • She notes it is very important to compare per ounce price. That sometimes smaller is cheaper. I know I’ve noticed this at Walmart in particular. Be very careful buying the larger size, it is often more expensive! She says that if there is a sale, to STILL look at the price per ounce. Sometimes a larger item will be on sale, so you’d naturally think it is the best buy, but if you check, the smaller item is cheaper per ounce!

    I know that conventional wisdom has it that the larger pack is the best deal, but that’s just not always true, you really need to check COST PER OUNCE on everything!

    Meat costs, she says, are especially tricky. At times a recipe has called for 3 pounds of ground beef. She cautions to never grab the 2 pound back and the 1 pound pack, but to instead, look at your cost per pound. She says it is often cheaper to go ahead and buy 5 pounds, and freeze 2, than to buy a 2 pound and 1 pound package. If you notice, the one pound packages are VERY expensive. When I was last at Kroger, they had 1 pound packs for 3.69 a pound, but the 5 pound backs were 2.97 a pound. Watch the price per pound!

  • She prefers instant potatoes to fresh. She says that for her family, if she bought a 10 pound bag, she’d have to use 5 pounds of it at one meal. For a family her size, it’s just easier and cheaper to buy instant potatoes. She says that storage becomes an issue with potatoes, and she likes that the boxes store easily, and how convenient they are. Her family likes them fine, and it is a lot less expensive than fresh.
  • She likes to buy a whole turkey when she catches one on sale. One turkey will feed her crew for at least 2 days. Pan turkey and dressing is one of the options that she uses for leftovers.
  • She said she uses the Kroger website to get good digital coupons there, or sometimes free coupons when they offer free items. She also called 1-800-576-4377 and asked that she be put on coupon mailing lists so she could get coupons mailed to her home. She says that now she gets coupons almost weekly from them. While at the store, she notices if the meat is nearing an expiration date, but has not been marked down. She will take it to the employees of that department and ask them if it is eligible for markdown, and says that often they will mark it down if the date is getting close. She’s done this for dairy, meat, and vegetables.
  • There’s a few snacks she keeps around for the boys. They like the Kroger Brand microwave pizza, which are usually about $1.00. They like corn-dogs, and ramen noodles. I laughed – are there teenage boys that do NOT like these things? I don’t know of any!

    She also always buys up tuna when it is one sale, and makes tuna salad for sandwiches.