Fun Friday: Freebies and Fun Things to Do – The 2/27/15 Edition!

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Hard to believe next week begins the month of March. That brings hope to me that Spring is nearly here!! I can’t wait to be able to get outside more with my family and not come back inside frozen to the core.

So here’s the “Fun Friday” for the week of 2/27/15:

Kroger Affiliates: Free Mountain Dew Kickstart – 2/27/15 only

SavingStar: Free Domino or CH Brown Sugar – Thru 2/29/15

Free Redbox Code – No new ones but you can see if any of the “ongoing” ones will work for you.

Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Code: SCOOBYSWEEPS4YOU – for 50 Points. Should be valid through 3/31/15. Code KELLOGGSREWARDSU for 100 Points. Not sure on expiration date on that one.

Free Disney Movie Rewards Codes: FEAST and BIGHERO6 worth 5 points each.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow Clinic on 2/28/15 – kids can make a Monster Truck. Check to see if there are any registration spots open!

Home Depot: Kids’ Workshop on 3/7/15 – kids can make a book ends. Starts at 9AM. Make sure you register!

Williams & Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on 3/7/15 for kids ages 5-13. They are learning about Sandwiches and Wraps. For adults, a Technique Class on 2/28/15 for Spring Baking: Bundt and Layer Cakes. Call your local store to register.

Barnes and Noble: Free Storytime (I Am Jackie Robinson and I Am Rosa Parks) at 11AM on 2/28/15. Don’t forget about their free online storytime, too! There’s also a celebration on 3/2/15 for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday at 7PM featuring Oh the Places You’ll Go, The Cat and the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

Field Museum in Chicago: Free admission in February for IL residents! Only a few days left for this one!!

Free Printables: National Geographic A to Z Animals Coloring Pages. You can also select them individually at A to I or J to Z

Free Sample: Sign-up for Advil PM while supplies last! There’s also a way to get a free box via rebate!!

Free Sample: Sign-up for Zarbee’s Naturals Elderberry Immune Support, while supplies last. Facebook Offer

Chick Fil A: Free Hot or Iced Coffee during the month of February

Arby’s Freebie: Free Roast Beef Classic with Drink Purchase and sign-up

Wendy’s – Purchase a Frosty Tag for $1 donation and you’ll get a Free Jr. Frosty with each purchase in 2015!

Lego Stores: Free Monthly Mini Model Build on 3/3/15 beginning at 5PM. They’ll be making a robot this month.

FaveCrafts: Free St. Patrick’s Day Crafts/Recipes eBook or Garden Crafts eBook

FaveHealth: Free Healthy Recipes eBook

And a few Free eBooks: (Keep in mind prices flip fast on Amazon so be sure to check current price before purchasing!!)

100 Favorite Animal Stories for 3-7 Year Old Toddlers. Perfectly Written and Illustrated for Young Ones

Habit Stacking For Cleaning And Organizing: How To Organize, Clean, And Keep Your Home Spotless

The Bliss Of Minimalism: Experience The Joy Of A Minimalist Lifestyle

4 Ingredient Cookbook: 150 Quick & Easy Timesaving Recipes

Whale Life Funny & Weird Marine Mammals – Learn with Amazing Photos and Fun Facts About Whales and Marine Mammals (Funny & Weird Animals Series Book 8)

The Greatest Bread Recipes In History: The Ultimate Collection Of Delicious & Easy Bread Recipes You Will Simply Love

Hoparoo The Kangaroo Tells His Story: A Childrens Book About The Life of the Kangaroo

Perfect Homemade Baby Food. 151+ Recipes

How To Get Organized: Plan It Then Do It

925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World

Hearty Soups: A Collection of Homemade Soups

Diabetes Diet: The Best Diabetic Foods To Eat, Herbs To Take, And Drinks To Swallow

DIY Protein Bars: Homemade, Natural and Easy to Make Protein Bars

Essential Oils: A proven Guide for Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Weight Loss, Stress Relief and a better Life: Essential Oils

The Unbelievably Low-Carb Slow Cooker: 50 EPIC Low-Carb Crock-Pot Recipes To Kick Start Weight Loss!

DIY Household Hacks: The Ultimate Guide To Effective, Affordable And Practical Household Hacks That You MUST Learn

Freedom From Sugar Cravings: A Step by Step Guide to Beat Sugar Addiction Using the 21 Day Sugar Detox Plan (Sugar Detox Diet)

Beginning Homesteading: Your Path to a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle (Prepper’s Survival Gardening & Pantry Stockpile)

Vietnamese Cookbook: The Most Popular Vietnamese Recipes

The Nightingale who Lost and Found His Song: A story of courage and the power of friendship.

Fun Friday: Freebies and Fun Things to Do – The 2/20/15 Edition!

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Can you all believe that’s there’s just one week left of February already. Where does the time go?! I hope you all get to enjoy the weekend with your family and friends.

So here’s the “Fun Friday” for the week of 2/20/15:

Kroger Affiliates: Free Russell Stover Easter Egg – 2/20/15 only

SavingStar: Free Almond Joy or Mounds – Thru 2/22/15

Free Redbox Code for 2/20/15 – 5654UUUU – You should be able to reserve online, too.

Facebook Offer: Free Reese’s Product Coupon. Just pick your “line-up” by choosing your 5 favorite Reese’s products. While supplies last.

Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Code: KFRSTACKOFPOINTS – 25 points. Expiration unknown. Was working as of 2/20/15.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow Clinic on 2/28/15 – kids can make a Monster Truck. Check to see if there are any registration spots open!

Home Depot: Kids’ Workshop on 3/7/15 – kids can make a book ends. Starts at 9AM. Make sure you register!

Williams & Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on 2/21/15 for kids ages 5-13. They are learning about Homemade Chicken Fingers. For adults, a Technique Class on 2/22/15 for Cooking with Cast Iron. Call your local store to register.

Barnes and Noble: Free Storytime (Click Clack Peep) at 11AM on 2/21/15. Don’t forget about their free online storytime, too!

Field Museum in Chicago: Free admission in February for IL residents!

Chicago Auto Show: 2 Free Tickets when you fill out a form and bring it to a Chevy Dealer. (see site for details.)

Free Sample: Sign-up for Advil PM while supplies last! There’s also a way to get a free box via rebate!!

Free Sample: Sign-up for Zarbee’s Naturals Elderberry Immune Support, while supplies last. Facebook Offer

Free Sample: Sign-up for a free Cottonelle Sample Pack, while supplies last.

Chick Fil A: Free Hot or Iced Coffee during the month of February

Wendy’s – Purchase a Frosty Tag for $1 donation and you’ll get a Free Jr. Frosty with each purchase in 2015!

Printable Coupon: Buy One Get One Free Horizon Organic Mac & Cheese. Look for it halfway down on that page.

Google Play: Free Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt album. Make sure it says Free at the top before you download.

Google Play: Free Download of Hunger Games: Catching Fire (book 2). Limited time. Make sure it says Free before downloading!

And a few Free eBooks: (Keep in mind prices flip fast on Amazon so be sure to check current price before purchasing!!)

How to Keep Your Home Clean… The Smart Way: Save Time, Money and Reduce Stress by Learning How to Clean Intelligently

Dutch Oven Cookbook. Easy Recipes about the art of Slow Cooking

Health and Fitness: 21 Simple Tips to Burn Fat, Get Stronger, and Increase Energy: Weight Loss, Strength, and Energy Boosting Techniques

The Book of Barkley: Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever

Knitting: Knitting for Beginners: Beautiful Knitting Patterns that Everyone Can Do on a Daily Basis

The Magic of Baking Soda: Everyday Magic for Everything from Cleaning to Beauty Tips

How to Make Probiotic Drinks for a Raw Food Diet: Kefir, Kombucha, Ginger Beer, and Naturally Fermented Ciders, Sodas, and Smoothies

Healthy Desserts – 30 Healthy Recipes Dessert Cookbook: More Than 30 Delicious Recipes from a Real Kitchen (Cookies, Cakes, Desserts, Fudge, Pie, etc.)

Gluten Free Slowcooker Recipes: Easy And Delicious Recipes You’re Sure To Love!

Incredible Manatees: Fun Animal Ebooks for Adults & Kids 7 and Up With Facts & Incredible Photos

Homesteading Handbook vol. 5 Food Drying: How to Dry Vegetables (Homesteading Handbooks)

GIRAFFES: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Book 15)

Essential Oils: Essential Oils Hacks: Amazing Miraculous Essential Oils Remedies, Hacks, and Cures

Children’s Books: THE PRINCESS IN MY TEACUP RETURNS – Ages 2-8)

Dumplings, Dumplings, All the Way: The Best Dumplings Cookbook in Town

How To Sew: The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Sewing For Beginners – Master The Art Of Sewing And Start Creating Great Products!

Breakfast Ideas Value Pack II – 200 Recipes For Waffles, Omelets, Coffee Cake and Quick Bread

Fun Friday: Freebies and Fun Things to Do – The 2/13/15 Edition!!

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More articles will be coming next week. But until then, here are this week’s freebies. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s weekend with your loved ones!!

So here’s what you can find for the week of 2/13/15:

Kroger Affiliates: Free Juicy Fruit with Starburst – 2/13/15 only

SavingStar: Free Ben & Jerry’s Mini Cup!! – Thru 2/15/15

Facebook Offer: Free Reese’s Product Coupon. Just pick your “line-up” by choosing your 5 favorite Reese’s products. While supplies last.

Redbox Code: Codes valid at kiosks through 2/16/15: NDNQM3QK, 5DKH9WZQ, 29T7MWGX, 92494TK3, or VXHTNG54

Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Code: EVERYONESAWINNER – 25 points. Expiration unknown. Was working as of 2/13/15.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow Clinic on 2/14/15 – kids can make a Sweetheart Picture Holder. Check to see if there are any registration spots open!

Home Depot: Kids’ Workshop on 3/7/15 – kids can make a book ends. Starts at 9AM. Make sure you register!

Williams & Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on 2/15/15 for kids ages 9-13. They are learning about Stir Frying. For adults, a Technique Class on 2/15/15 for Stir Frying, as well.

Barnes and Noble: Free Storytime (I Can Love You Like This) at 11AM on 2/15/15. Other activities involving Sesame Street characters. Don’t forget about their free online storytime, too!

Field Museum in Chicago: Free admission in February for IL residents!

Chicago Auto Show: 2 Free Tickets when you fill out a form and bring it to a Chevy Dealer. (see site for details.)

Free Sample: Sign-up for Advil PM while supplies last!

Free Sample: Sign-up for Zarbee’s Naturals Elderberry Immune Support, while supplies last. Facebook Offer

Chick Fil A: Free Hot or Iced Coffee during the month of February

Wendy’s – Purchase a Frosty Tag for $1 donation and you’ll get a Free Jr. Frosty with each purchase in 2015!

Crayola Color Alive: Download a Free Page and watch it come alive via their App. Great way to get some free art and fun into your kids’ week!

Valentine’s Day Offers: Free Burger at Krystal with Coupon. Free Sweethearts Candy Coupon for Ralph Stores. Free Valentine’s I Spy Game Printable. Valentine’s Day Free Coloring Pages.

Chinese New Year 2015: is the Year of the Sheep and 2/19/15. You can see some things I’ve rounded up on Pinterest for fun things to do with the kids. Maybe plan some Chinese food into your meal plan for that day!

And a few Free eBooks: (Keep in mind prices flip fast on Amazon so be sure to check current price before purchasing!!)

Positive Thinking Handbook: Motivation & Inspiration For Success & Happy Life

Crock-Pot Magic: Delicious Low Carb Slow Cooking Recipes for Healthy Living

A Beginner’s Guide to Raised Bed Gardening

DIY 7 Day Household Cleaning And Organizing – De – Clutter Your Life To Become Stress FREE In Just 7 Days!

Organic Gardening: A Quick Start Guide

Japanese Cooking: Simple Recipes – The Cookbook from Traditional to Modern Japan with Easy, Authentic and Healthy Ramen, Sushi and Bento Dishes

Apple Cider Vinegar: Discover the Hidden Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Fun with Plastic Canvas: Beginner’s Guide & 9 Useful Projects

Cool Beanie: Crochet Pattern

Simple Meals for Work (Eat Well, Feel Great Book 2)

The Caterpillar that Could (A Beautifully Illustrated Children’s Picture, Book Great for Bedtime Stories – Aged 3 – 8)

Freezer Meals: Delicious and Easy Make-Ahead Meals

Brain Over Grain Cookbook: Low Carb, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Recipes!

Fun Friday: Freebies and Things to Do!

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Whenever Friday comes around, my kids always say, “It’s Fun Friday!!” We try to do something special that doesn’t cost a lot of money. I’m going to try to round-up the current freebies and things to do as I see them each week.

Taking advantage of doing things together with the family that don’t cost a lot of money is a great way to help you stretch your budgets farther. And grabbing those free samples are a wonderful way to try new things without wasting any money if you don’t like them. (Check out my post on “Freebies: Worth the Time and What Do They Save?”)

So here’s what you can find for the week of 2/6/15:

Kroger Affiliates: Free Yoplait Greek Yogurt – 2/6/15 only

SavingStar: Free Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – Thru 2/8/15

Redbox Code: Code LOVE will work at Kroger stores through 2/12/14. Other codes: NDNQM3QK, 5DKH9WZQ, 29T7MWGX, 92494TK3, or VXHTNG54 valid at kiosks through 2/16/15.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow Clinic on 2/14/15 – kids can make a Sweetheart Picture Holder. Sign-up before it’s full!

Home Depot: Kids’ Workshop on 2/7/15 – kids can make a heart box. Starts at 9AM. Make sure you register!

Williams & Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on 2/7/15 for kids ages 9-13. They are learning how to make Asian Dumplings. For adults, a Technique Class on 2/8/15 for Asian Cooking: Dumplings and Noodles.

Barnes and Noble: Free Storytime (Ready Rabbit Gets Ready) at 11AM on 2/7/14. Don’t forget about their free online storytime, too!

Field Museum in Chicago: Free admission in February for IL residents!

Chicago Auto Show: 2 Free Tickets when you fill out a form and bring it to a Chevy Dealer. (see site for details.)

Free Sample: Sign-up for Advil PM while supplies last!

Free Sample: Sign-up for Zarbee’s Naturals Elderberry Immune Support, while supplies last. Facebook Offer

Chick Fil A: Free Hot or Iced Coffee during the month of February

Menchie’s (& More!!) – Free Froyo on 2/6/15 from 4-8PM at participating locations. Since it’s National Yogurt Day other places such as Race Trac, and Yotopia are also offering freebies. If you have a frozen yogurt store near you, see if they are running a promotion, as well! Whenever you see a “National ‘Food’ Day” look around to restaurants that sell those products as you’ll find a lot of freebies that way!!

Wendy’s – Purchase a Frosty Tag for $1 donation and you’ll get a Free Jr. Frosty with each purchase in 2015!

Crayola Color Alive: Download a Free Page and watch it come alive via their App. Great way to get some free art and fun into your kids’ week!

Printable: I love this adorable “Build an Olaf” that is actually a dice game!

Printable: New SpongBob movie releases 2/6/15. Here’s a SpongeBob Printable for some coloring fun!

And a few Free eBooks: (Keep in mind prices flip fast on Amazon so be sure to check current price before purchasing!!)

Off the Grid Living: Your Step-By-Step Off Grid Survival Handbook

Shampoo Making: Natural Homemade Recipes

101 Ways To Make Your Money Go Further – The Essential Guide to Surviving on a Budget

8 Different Crochet Stitches: Learn to Crochet Something New with Crochet Patterns

How to Crochet: 16 Quick and Easy Granny Square Patterns

Frugal Living: How to Save Money and Live on a Budget Happily

The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money Learn How to Save Money Effectively and Efficiently For Life

DIY Protein Bars: Healthy, Nutritious And Easy To Make DIY Protein Bar Recipes You Can Make Tonight!

Salads To Go

219 Cooking Tips & Techniques you might find useful!

Frugal Cooking With Beans: 50 Incredibly Mouthwatering Easy Frugal Cooking With Beans Recipes

Children’s book: I Love to Eat Fruits and Vegetables (Children’s Book): (Bedtime stories children’s books collection) (I Love to…Bedtime stories children’s books collection Book 3)

Kids books: Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg: (Animal habitats) (values book) (Rhymes eBook) (Adventure & Education for children) (Preschool) (Beginner reader … Books for Early & Beginner Readers Book 3)

Kids Book: A to Z of Silly Animals

Kids Book: Spike the Dinosaur

Kids Book: The Kindergarten Progressive Reader – Book 1 (All Aboard for Kindergarten)

Hoping that you all can find a freebie that will make your Friday a “Fun Friday!” too!!!

Brainstorming Solutions to Stresses: Having Necessities on Hand

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In case you missed it, you can read this post to see what this series is all about.

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s having to pay full-price for something because I was disorganized and forgot to have a back-up of a product on hand. While I don’t stockpile to the extreme, I do like to make sure I have a 3-4 month supply of the things I use the most so I can usually catch the items on some type of sale, and hopefully find a coupon to pair with it! (You can see my post on How to Stockpile Sensibly.)

I usually do a pretty good job of keeping track of things but when I do forget, here’s why I don’t let myself get upset over it – Stop for a second and think about every product that you use. After about 5 minutes of going through a list in your head this is what you’ll realize: it’s a lot to keep track of! But here are the ways that I try to stay on top of always having our necessities on hand:

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1) You need to have an idea of how much of your most used products that you go through in a time frame. Pick up some small circle stickers (like you’d see used at a garage sale) – you can find them at most dollar stores – and keep some in your laundry room, pantry, bathroom cabinets, wherever you store your supplies. When you start, say a new bottle of dishwasher soap, write the date on the circle. When you are getting low on that product, check the date and it will give you and idea how long it takes you go through one. Try to keep a 3-4 month supply on hand. That should get you through your next sales cycle.

2) Keep a low inventory list. This can just be a simple piece of paper taped to your pantry or bathroom cabinet wall. Anytime you are getting low on things, jot it down on the list. When you go to make your grocery shopping list for the week, check to see if there’s a sale/coupon for those items.

3) Keep a list by the fridge. Jot down any items you need for the week as you think of them because more than likely, you won’t remember when it comes time to make your list later.

4) Get your family members involved! Make sure that they jot down on that low inventory/fridge list when something is getting low or you need a new one (for fresh food items.)

5) Make sure you always rotate your stock. Keep your soon expireds up front. This is especially important for food items. When it’s time to make your weekly menu plan, take a glance at what’s at the front of your pantry that may expire soon and try to incorporate them into your meal plan that week.

6) If there is a sale on something you use, make sure you check your stockpile. Do you have a 3-4 month supply already? You don’t want to overbuy or else you lose valuable space that you could use for other items. You could also be taking unnecessary money out of your weekly household budget that you could have used to save on something else.

7) Do your best to keep your fridge/freezer organized. If you try to keep items in a similar location each time, it might be easier to see what you are low on in case you didn’t update your list.

8) Besides checking soon expireds each week before you make your shopping list, make sure you do a quarterly check on all your items to make sure nothing has expired. You don’t want to go to grab an item and find out all your inventory has been depleted due to you not using them in time. An easy way to remember is to try to check inventory each time the season changes. This will help you get in 4 per year. The new seasons are often at the end of the month so it’s a great time to prepare for the next month, too!

I’m hoping these ideas will help you keep the necessities on hand to help you not have to ever pay full price for the products that you use, too!

Stay tuned for another day of brainstorming on another stresser! The series is almost done!! In case you missed them, you can check the recap to see what I’ve posted already.

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