Free Pet Exam at Banfield

Print a coupon HERE for a FREE exam for your new pet at Banfield (vet inside PetSmart stores).

Coupon expires 3 days from when you print.

Thanks Mama Cheaps!


Welcome and Thank You!

I'd like to say hello to the new visitors and subscribers! It really means a lot to me that you are interested in following my blog, I hope that I'm able to keep finding and sharing deals that you like!

Anyways...that's all, now back to searching for more things to post!

:) Michelle

Earth's Best Baby Coupons + Amazon.com Deal!

 Sign up for the Earth's Best newsletter and you will receive $4 in coupons

Also, check out the sale at Amazon:
Earth's Best 1st Fruit Starter Kit, 2.5 Ounce Jars (Pack of 12) only $6.79 with subscribe & save!

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Pampers Gifts to Grow Code!

Here's another Pampers Gifts to Grow code: HappyHolidays10
Enter this code to receive 10 points in your account! This code expires 1/2/10.


Thinking about making your own baby food?

Making your own baby food is a great way to save money and also ensure that you know EXACTLY what goes into your baby's tummy. I've compiled a list of a couple essential items and I've also included a recipe for muffins at the bottom. Anyone have any tips? I welcome comments and suggestions, and especially recipes!
Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food/Breast Milk Trays

These are great because each section is 1 ounce, and you can keep the food nice and fresh in the freezer by securing the lids on top. Once frozen, the cubes may be stored in ziplocs too.

Super Baby Food My friend recommended this book and gave me a copy at my baby shower. My impression is that this book is basically the "bible" for feeding your baby! I really love the variety of recipes, and the chapter on making other baby items such as wipes and diaper rash treatment.

Another book that had really good reviews is Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby.

Finally, and very importantly, you need a food processor or blender. The type and size you use really depends on you. I found the Black & Decker EHC650 2-Speed Food Chopper with 3-Cup Bowl for $19.99! This chopper has 220 reviews with 5 stars on Amazon, that's enough to convince me.

Baby Muffin Recipe (I've tried them, and they are YUMMY!)
1 cup iron fortified infant cereal (such as oatmeal)
1 4oz baby juice (any flavor or variety)
8oz of stage 2 baby food (such as sweet potato)
1/2 brown sugar, packed
1 whole egg (or 2 yolks if preferred)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400 and prepare baby-sized muffin tins with cup liners.
2. Mix all ingredients together, leaving four for last. The batter should not be very lumpy.
3. Spoon the batter into cups.
4. Bake until golden brown and it passes the "clean toothpick poke test"
5. The baking time will vary depending on the muffin size and type of tin. Approximately 10 minutes for baby sized muffins without juice or 14 minutes with juice. 

UPDATE: The care package arrived!

Wow only 6 days ago I requested a care package for my husband and it just arrived today! It had a t-shirt, hat, beanie, playing cards, ear bud headphones, a pen, keychain, and more in it. If you are in the military, or know someone that is, sign up for one asap! More info HERE


Mystery Shopping: Service Intelligence

I heard about Service Intelligence over 5 years ago when one of the stores I worked for used them to hire mystery shoppers, so I am positive this is a trustworthy company to sign up with. There are jobs available all over the country and they typically pay around $10 each job, plus allowance/reimbursement for expenses (like food or other items purchased). Fill out an application HERE, once approved, you can search and sign up for jobs in your area.


Here is another easy way to make a few bucks and clear out some clutter! Cash4Books.net will buy your used books and pay you for them by check or deposit into your paypal account. Just search by the ISBN on your books to find out how much they are paying, then box all the books up with the invoice they provide and slap on a shipping label (printed from their site) and take it to the post office, UPS, or Fedex. It's that easy! I got my shipment ready this morning and will be sending it out. Now I have another $10 to add to my earnings, and I can kick back and relax because I reached my $5 goal for today!


Military: Free Care Package

To all my military wife friends, and anyone how would like to send some freebies to a service member, you can request a free care package from Scion HERE!
Best part is it can be sent to your stateside duty station address :)


My challenge for the new year!

After adding up my survey totals yesterday I realized that I want to set a goal for myself in 2010, and that goal is to make $5 a day! If I reach this goal I will make over $1800 for the year (a few free days in there for holidays). Then, I'm also adding a second part to the goal: to save $1500+ using coupons and rebates (on average I save $30+ each time I buy groceries). If I were to add up the value of all of the free products I get from samples, giveaways, and product testing, I'm sure the savings would be closer to $2000!

Here's how I'm going to do it:
1. Swagbucks
2. Surveys
3. Start trying to find mystery shopping opportunites
4. Buy "money-maker" items (ex: free after rebate combined with a coupon at purchase)
5. Clean out my closet and sell online (ex: craigslist or half.com)
6. Odd jobs and photography
7. Any suggestions???

Ultimately I want to "make" my family over $3300 as a stay-home-mom in this next year. I'm pretty confident it can be done. I'll post a monthly update to show my progress.


Earning money online: My 6 month summary

Well I've hit about the 6 month point from when I first started doing surveys online and using SwagBucks. The best part is that I've found that the more surveys I complete, the more offers I get, so I think in another 6 months it's possible my totals could be double what I have below!

305 swagbucks earned (~$33.80), 225 cashed out for $25 in Amazon.com gift cards

$4.19 via PayPal (before PayPal transaction fee which is $.01 per deposit)
(earn money for viewing ads and websites, deposited to your paypal account weekly)

Survey Sites-

1. American Consumer Opinion:I joined a couple days ago, so nothing yet

2. Inbox Dollars:
$10.22, $30 needed to cash out

3. Lightspeed:
3576 points (or ~$32.50), 3300 cashed out for $30 in Amazon.com gift cards

4. MySurvey.com:
 905 points (or $9.05), 1000 needed to cash out for $10 check

5. Opinion Outpost:
133 points cashed out for $13.30 in Amazon.com credit (you can also request a check)

6. Pinecone Research:
$42 (in $3/per survey checks by mail)
* This is an invite only site, next time another recruitment goes out I will be sure to share the link

7. Survey Head:
$8 earned, $25 needed to cash out

8. SurveySavvy:
$4 not yet cashed out

9. Toluna.com:
41025 points earned (or ~$13.68), 60000 needed to cash out for $20 check

Earnings Grand Total: ~$170.74
Cashed Out Grand Total: $114.49 ($68.30 Amazon.com credit and $46.19 cash/PayPal)

Another survey site: American Consumer Opinions

I just signed up with a new online survey company and wanted to pass the link along...


My new coupon organizer!

On Saturday I got my quarterly credit in the mail for recycling ink cartridges and making purchases at Office Depot. It was almost $17! So my sister and I headed over to see what I could get to help organize some of my coupon mess and look what I found for only $9.99!

I'm guessing it's about 10" wide by 8" tall, so much roomier than the plastic coupon holder I was carrying in my purse (which was overflowing). My husband said he couldn't believe I was going to carry it to the store when I went shopping. I say why not? It's cute and I have a much easier time finding the coupons I need.

By the way, if you didn't know about Office Depot's Worklife Rewards program, check it out HERE. I get $3 per cartridge I recycle. With all the ink I use printing coupons online, it's nice to get a little reward back!