Wednesday, December 21, 2011

HOT - Old Navy $20 for only $10! HURRY!

OLD NAVY - Click here and get $20 for only $10 from Groupon - HURRY!

(listed under Roanoke deals but good nationwide)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Target GC - HOT HOT HOT!

HURRY and take advantage of this awesome deal!

Plum District has a $25 TARGET gift card & a $50 gift card for ONLY $20.00 TODAY.

Here’s how -

New members: sign up through this link to get your $5.00 credit

Then, head over here to snag this deal!

Quantities are limited and in the past when they’ve had gift card deals like this you were able to use your credits at the beginning of the day but mid-day they changed it to a “plum steal” which wouldn’t allow you to use your credits. You should buy now if you are interested!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

National Consumer Panel is OPEN!! Sign up today!

Sign up with National Consumer Panel and get a free hand-held scanner. Every time you or members of your household shop, you'll use the scanner to scan the barcodes on your purchases.
You'll earn gift points that are redeemable for name-brand merchandise, including electronics equipment, jewelry, household items, toys, and much more.
Voice your opinions to help manufacturers and retailers make decisions on what products to develop or improve!

Monday, December 12, 2011

NoMoreRack for the BEST deals!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HOT deals on personalized Christmas Gifts!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Back to Basics

Just for the heck of it, I went back and read some posts from a few years ago when I first started this blog. When I changed the name to "Frugal Grace", it was a way of combining two of my passions: saving money and my faith (not necessarily in that order, of course).

Lately, the "grace" part has been scarce here (though not in my mind)... I think it's time to get back to basics and blog more about what God is doing in my life instead of just quickly zipping off money-saving deals. This is not to say I won't post deals, but I need to start looking inward more than outward... I'm babbling again.

More later! Matthew 6:19

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Great magazine deals! Think Christmas Gifts!

Readers’ Digest magazine for $4.99 per year with coupon code 5325

Weight Watchers magazine for $3.99 per year with coupon code 7726

You can get up to 4 and 3 years subscriptions respectively. Neither of these is auto-renewal, so you do not have to worry about that.

Thanks to CommonSenseWithMoney for the heads-up!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Super-HOT Deal - freebie at Ink Garden!

**HOT Deal**

Hurry over to Ink Garden and get a $13 credit toward any of their customizable products,
so you just pay a small shipping charge (from $3.29-$5.29 depending on the item you choose)!

Choose from 10 Holiday Cards, 1 Notebook, 1 Ceramic Mug, 100 Business or Personal Cards, 1 Mousepad, 1 Placemat, 1 Notepad, 10 Invitations or Announcements and 12 Folded Notecards for free. Customize the color, text and design with photos, clipart, logos and more.

Great gift for a special person on your Christmas list!! (think grandparents, aunts/uncles, teachers....)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Over 1/2 price - cash back on All You Magazine!

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I finally hopped on the ShopatHome bandwagon and got 56% cash back on my favorite magazine - All You - which is full of great coupons every month!

Click the banner above (or here) and save on your favorite magazines and books!

Monday, August 01, 2011

I am not ashamed...anymore.

***This is a re-post from 2009. I've been doing a Bible study recently and feeling led to share my story again for someone out there who needs to see it. I hope you find this, whoever you are, and are blessed.***

My friend, Michelle, told her story yesterday at
RaisingLittleWomen and inspired me to post about my own journey through life with a disease that affects millions of others, but which we rarely talk about.... I believe, like Michelle, that we need to openly discuss our struggles in order to effectively help others through their own. My only hope is that sharing my story will help someone else and prompt you to seek help. Would you ever tell someone who has cancer to just "Buck up and get yourself together" or "Just snap out of it"? Would you ever tell them not to accept medical advice or drugs that could treat them, improve their quality of life, or even save their life? Of course not. Mental illess is just that - an illness. And just like other illnesses, it needs treatment by a professional.

My depression probably started when I was very young, though I didn't even know what "depression" or "anxiety" or "bipolar disorder" was at the time. My father is an alcoholic, and from what I've been told it wasn't exactly the best life at home when I was growing up. I don't have many memories of my childhood up until I was 10 years old and my mother finally left him and brought my two brothers and I back to NC to live. The "daddy issue" is another post for another time, though I'm sure it contributed to my depression in a HUGE way. The fact that there was mental illness and drug addiction on his side of the family probably didn't help in the genes department either.

I'd always had "ups and downs" all my life. Short periods of time when I was either severely depressed or totally "high", hyperactive, and felt like the world was my oyster. But when my 3rd child was just a few months old, I got angry with my husband and threw *my* new digital camera at the wall because he didn't take the trash out one morning. (No, I wasn't aiming for him, just in a rage over the garbage!). I don't know why that particular incident prompted me to finally call my family doctor and make an appointment, but I did. After I saw him and discussed my previous history and my current feelings, he said I had severe postpartum depression. He gave me Prozac, the antidepressant du jour of the time, and I felt better for about a year. He changed my meds so many more times that I can't even remember the names of them all.

However, it never really went away as the kids got older. As a busy mom of 3 kids (2.5 years apart each), it got worse and better in a roller-coaster way that was so unpredictable that it was scary. I never had thoughts of hurting my children - they were the truly only thing that kept me going and still are... When I was really depressed, though, it was "Mommy has a migraine." and I'd be in bed, if my husband was home to watch them. If he wasn't, I'd put a video on tv for them to watch and curl up on the couch just so I'd be "with" them. (but I really wasn't there mentally or emotionally...)

When I was on a "high" we'd go shopping, to the park to play all day long, have water balloon and food fights - all sorts of fun stuff! I remember once when we were REALLY broke, I got a substantial check in the mail from my insurance company. I didn't pay the mounting bills with it, I loaded the kids up and took them to Kmart and bought them whatever they wanted. Stupid, expensive stuff that we couldn't afford, and I knew it. I pushed the whispered warnings to the back of my mind... and we had a blast! The car was literally PACKED when we got home with toys, clothes, games... We were barely scraping by financially at the time, and I blew over $1,000 at KMART of all places.

Years and years of horrible ups and downs, mistakes made during both that caused a LOT of pain to people I love, countless medications (along with quite a bit of self-medicating, especially in my teen years - not after I had my kids). There was a period in 2001/2002 that I literally curled up in bed with the covers over my head every single day for several months. Mommy had a very long-lasting migraine then... :( Words can't express how I wish I could go back and have every moment
that I was debilitated by this disease back to spend with my children. There was so much time lost, my heart literally aches to think of it now.

About 2 years ago, I had a really bad bout of depression and ended up in the hospital for a weekend. I should have stayed longer (probably a few months), but I wanted to be home with my kids and honestly - I couldn't face the shame of having to call in to work or tell anyone why I was there. It was at the hospital that I was diagnosed as bipolar. Of course, I had all the symptoms for 20 years, but I guess I just never went to a doctor who could diagnose it properly. (ok, and the fact that was ashamed to tell even my doctors about a lot of things that I probably should have. BTW, please be honest with your physicians. They can't properly treat you if you withhold important information from them)

I used to say "I suffer with depression.", but I refuse to allow myself to suffer now...when I know I need help, I get it so I won't have to suffer - and so those around me won't anymore. I won't say I have overcome it, because it's still a daily struggle and I know that I can be hit again at any time. Being aware of this has helped me a lot in being able to tell when I'm getting too "high" or feel myself sinking into a low. I call my doctor and make an appointment as soon as possible when I feel like I'm losing control over this disease. It makes all the difference in the world.

I still pray to be miraculously healed one day, but I believe that God did not cause this disease in me - He *allowed* it so that I can reach out to others who are in the same pits I have been in. God has provided me with opportunities to do this, especially in my church family. I feel very strongly that we have to speak out, to remove the stigma that still remains in our society - and especially in our churches - regarding mental illnesses of all kinds. So many Christians live with mental illness - they need compassion, understanding, and advice from those of us who have been through the same things.

God heals us - often through those to whom He has given the gift of healing (our physicians and pharmaceuticals available to help us treat our disease). If you're struggling - please call yours today.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

HOT Deals on Your Fave Mags!

I’m so excited!!

Ebates has their special going on again!

Just use this link & get 52% cash back on every magazine order!

I love having magazines laying around the house for a quick read…

A quick little story which I’m sure you’ll find fascinating (haha!) – I returned to college at age 27 – with 3 kids under 6 years old at home. Needless to say, reading novels was not high on my priority list at the time having been a stay-at-home mom for awhile. I took my placement test and the Dean said I had “the highest score for reading” that he’d ever seen for my age group. He asked if I read a lot at home. I replied “Only if you count ‘Goodnight Moon’, Dr Seuss, & grabbing a magazine when I have a minute!

He said that reading magazines daily, even for a few minutes, actually keeps your mind as sharp as reading War & Peace. :)

So what are you waiting for… get those brain cells crankin’!

These are GREAT for gifts for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family.

Get a little something for yourself, too!

Here’s a few of the awesome deals today –

Remember – these are for a full subscription!

Good Housekeeping – $3.83 after rebate

Sports Illustrated Kids – $4.78 after rebate

First for Women – $4.79 after rebate

Better Homes & Gardens – $4.79 after rebate

Weight Watchers – $7.18 after rebate

Field & Stream – only $2.87 ! after rebate

These are just a very few of the hundreds of titles available at DEEP discounts!

If there’s a hobby or interest,there’s a magazine for it at!

Check it out and find your favorites and give some great gifts without leaving the house!

NOTE: the discounted price you see does NOT include the cash back – subtract 52% from the listed price and you’ll see what your bottom line will be when your cash back posts to your account in 2-3 days.

(Cash back can be received via Paypal or check mailed to you – your choice!)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Please spread the word - for Caylee

I'm sure we all probably assumed that there was some law on the books that said "If your baby is missing, you must report it to the police." but as we saw today - apparently that's not the case.

Let's make it so -
click here to contact your representatives:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

For my OCD - I mean organized friends!

If you like labeling & organizing (everything!) like I do,
this is a great deal on customized stickers!
All you pay is a small shipping fee.

I've ordered from this company MANY times over the years
and the products are always great quality!

I label just about anything that doesn't move in my house -
craft bins, kitchen canisters, tool boxes, desk drawers, you name it.
I no longer label my kids' clothes since... well, they are 23, 20, and 18 and I figure they can keep up with them on their own now. ;)

These stickers are AWESOME for labeling camping gear, toys that travel to friend's houses, sports equipment, electronics, and of course -
all Mom's goodies that she needs to keep track of, as well.

Use the 2" x 3" stickers for all sorts of things - Use them to coordinate your home-office, label boxes, organize your pantry and more.

The 3.43" x 1.93" size make great labels and name tags,
perfect for school supplies and overnight bags.

And did I mention they are SUPER CUTE???

Take a look and pick out your favorite design/s and only pay shipping!
The only problem you'll have is deciding which ones you like best!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

11 Frugal Tips to save you big bucks!

11 Frugal Living Tips That Can Save You LOT$ !

Did you know…?

1. Rotisserie Chickens at the grocery store are half price after 7:30, so it’s the perfect time to stock-up, chop-up & freeze! (Reidsville folks, just leave me some please!)

2. Mix your mouthwash with peroxide (50/50) for an inexpensive teeth whitening rinse!

4. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to your load of laundry along with your regular detergent to brighten colors & whiten whites without bleach (ie. Disgusting chemicals!). I promise, they won’t smell like vinegar…they’ll smell fresh and clean!

5. Add ½ cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle for reducing static cling and softening without making your towels less absorbent (which happens with regular fabric softeners) Can you tell I’m all about the white vinegar & cleaning? :)

6. E-bates - This is likely the easiest way to save money! Whenever you’re shopping on line, search for your store through the E-bates site, make your purchase and earn cash back!

Last week I got over 50% back (over $23!) on an already discounted magazine subscription for my husband for Father’s Day! Ebates really does seem to good to be true, but they are simply sharing a portion of the commission they receive from the retailers for sending them customers. Click here to sign up.

7. Slow Down, Save Gas – Driving 65 m.p.h. uses 15% more gas than driving 55 m.p.h…that’s like paying 40¢ more per gallon! Not to mention saving on speeding ticket charges and increases in insurance when you get one. (which I will admit I – I got one last year – ouch) :(

8. Save on Prescriptions Avoid medications known as “Combo Pills.” These medications combine more than one medication into a single pill. For example, Lotrel is a blood pressure combo pill that costs $70 a month (generic). However, if you get a prescription for each component, you’ll save a huge amount of money. The 30-day prescriptions of the two elements that make up Lotreal – Amlodipine and Benazepril – are only $6 each – saving $64 a month!

Ask your doctor if your prescriptions are for these “combo pills”, and if so ask him/her to write a script for the components instead. Then ask your pharmacy if any of your prescriptions are on their Discounted Generics List – which costs only $4.00 at most stores!

9. Affordable Travel – Have a friend that lives out of town/state? Say, at the beach or in the mountains? Organize a house-swap instead of paying for a hotel or cabin when you go on vacation! Coordinate your vacation schedules and let them use your place, and you use theirs. Even if neither of you live in a touristy area, a getaway from the everyday is always nice now & then.

10. Fix it yourself before calling the pros! The internet is an amazing resource, and there’s a video tutorial out there that will teach you just about anything! Want to save money by fixing your own toilet…want to recover an old chair instead of putting it on the curb? There’s a You Tube video for that and just about anything else you can think of learning!

11. Repurpose finding a new use for something old! Have an old frame? Spray paint it in your color of choice, Get a cheap piece of corkboard or whiteboard (which you may already have at home, as well and if not you can get at Dollar Tree for a buck), cut it to fit. You just saved $10 or more at a store by making your own, personalize corkboard with style! Use leftover buttons or scraps of ribbon/fabric to add even more pizzazz! Last year, I repurposed a coffee canister into a cute clothes pin holder that hangs on my clothesline – you can see how I did it here.

Have any more UNCOMMON frugal tips? Leave a comment & share your ideas!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

7 FREE Blockbuster Express rental codes!

FREE 1 night DVD rentals!

These codes are valid through 6/24/11 and can be used once per credit card.

When you go to rent your movie/s, click on "Enter Promo Code" at checkout and get 1 night FREE!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

5 Blockbuster Express rentals for 2 bucks!

The Groupon deal for $2 for 5 Blockbuster Express rentals

is back!

Stock up and you’ll be set for those “Mooom, I’m boooored.” days sure to come this summer! Limit one per person, but you can buy gifts – say…for your husband and/or kids.

Once you log-in or sign up (if you’re not a Groupon member already)

go to the Albany/Capital Region deals in the drop-down box

or come back to this email and click here:Albany/Capital Region

There are now Blockbuster Express kiosks at most Food Lion stores.

Codes don’t expire until 5/1/13,

so you’ll have plenty of time to use them!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

HUGE cash back on Magazines - TODAY ONLY!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Daily Deals site! Ten bucks free when you register!

$10 credit when you register!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A new friend!

I had the GREAT pleasure of speaking by phone with none other than Madame Samm of Stash Manicure this morning! I have been such a fan of Stash since I first started quilting and ran across this wonderful site. If you haven't visited, and you need some new inspiration, information, tutorials, and SUPER GREAT patterns - check out Stash Manicure and subscribe for daily updates and ideas. You won't regret it!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

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