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Rite Aid Picture February 17, 2009

Filed under: Drugstores,Giving — frugalinfranklin @ 3:05 pm
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I thought you might like seeing my Rite Aid picture from yesterday.  I still can’t believe that Rite Aid paid me $2.36 to buy all this great stuff for Graceworks♥.  I won’t list out the deal for each, but the basic scenario is that all of the deoderant was on sale ranging from .82-$1.07 and I used $10.50 in coupons ranging in value from .75/1 to 1.00/1.  The shampoo was on clearance for 2.49 and I used a 2.00/1 Q.  Finally, there was a $5 SCR on 4 Speed Stick deoderants.


Free Book Download (Slightly off topic) February 12, 2009

Filed under: Giving — frugalinfranklin @ 5:40 pm
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not-for-sale-pb-cYou can download this book for free this month.  Get the details here.  (Thanks to Money Saving Mom for the heads up.)  It’s a book about modern day slavery, so it’s not an easy read, and I wouldn’t listen with kids around.  It received 5 out of 5 stars in 21 reviews on Amazon.

It’s my firm commitment that being frugal is about being freed up to give more than I ever thought possible.  Maybe this is an area where you will feel led to give.

On a side note, I also saw a free John Piper download at Christian Audio.  Enjoy!


Publix-For you penny item folks! February 8, 2009

Filed under: Giving,Publix — frugalinfranklin @ 1:45 pm

For all you penny item shoppers:   Jenny at Southern Savers is reporting that the penny item today is a bag of Publix sugar.  Remember that items may vary by store.  They usually have a large table or shelf full of the penny item by the door, you can check before you shop.

Also, I wanted to highlight a few deals that might fit into your Graceworks Shopping:


♥Ocean Spray 100% Juice $2.50 ea
-$1 off Ocean Spray Diet, Light or Sugar Free printable (IE) or printable (FF) or RP 01/11
-.55/1 any Ocean Spray Cranberry Drink RP 12/07 or in store dispenser
-$1 off any Ocean Spray Juice printable (Target)
(use with manuf coupon makes it .50¢ to .95¢ ea)

♥Arm & Hammer Detergent $3.99 ea (If your going to do the Daytona promo at Kroger this week, wait and buy Purex at $2.69)
-$1 off Arm & Hammer Detergent printable (makes it $2.99 ea)

♥Kleenex Tissues $1.71 ea
-$.40/1 off any Kleenex SS 12/07
-$1/2 off any Kleenex Celebrate Kimberly Clark booklet at Publix
(Use store coupon with Manufacturer coupon and get 2 items for .82¢)

♥Mitchum Deodorant $1.79 ea
-$1 off any Mitchum product printable (makes it .79¢ ea)


Graceworks–Get Ready to Give!

Filed under: Drugstores,Giving — frugalinfranklin @ 2:54 am

There was a notice in my church’s newsletter that Graceworks is in need of the following items:

  • boxed powdered milk
  • 48oz bottles of juice
  • crackers
  • laundry detergent
  • liquid dish detergent
  • toothbrushes
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • Kleenex
  • disposable razors
  • shaving cream

For the next two weeks or so, when I post deal highlights, I will mark deals from the above list with this symbol♥.  What I would like to suggest is that you set aside $5 and see what you can pick up off of the list with that $5.  If you have a large budget and would like to do more, that’s fine.  Keep track of your deals.  On Feb. 22, I will post my donation and you can leave a comment, sharing yours.   If you don’t live near Franklin, participate anyway and share with your local food pantry.

This is not a chance to boast.  Just an opportunity to try giving in new ways.  Have fun!

Update:  Don’t forget that if you make a profit on a purchase you can subtract that from your total.  Example: 

  • Toothbrushes $1.20 (after all rebates and coupons)
  • Shampoo -$1.00 (after rebates and coupons)
  • Current total .20

Radical Generosity January 26, 2009

Filed under: Giving — frugalinfranklin @ 6:32 pm

A good subtitle for this post might be,”Why Do You Need Six Bottles of Cough Syrup.”  One of the greatest things about practicing a frugal lifestyle and about extreme couponing is the opportunity to practice radical generosity.  Imagine if you had the ability to support crisis pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, pet rescue, low-income clinics, and disaster relief causes for pennies on the dollar.  Wouldn’t it be great if you always had a little stash of gifts that you could use to encourage friends and neighbors?

We’ll use my six bottles of cough syrup as an example.  I purchased six bottles of cough syrup on sale B1G1 at Walgreens for a total cost of 11.97.  They were running a rebate for $10, plus claiming the rebate in the correct way will net me another dollar.  Total cost to me for $24 worth of cough syrup was .97.  Siloam clinic in Nashville has a list of OTC medicines on their website that they can use to help patients.  Cough syrup is on that list.

You don’t need to run all over town or spend a lot of time to do this.  Even purposing to donate your Publix penny item to Graceworks each week is an easy way to give.  Like everything in life, you do what you can.

In addition to being able to give products away, frugal living frees up money in our budget to give away.  We are able to meet our goals in supporting the local church, mission work, and Compassion International. 

If you know us, you know that there are no Mother Teresa’s living at our house.  My heart is selfish and my need for security could easily drive me to stinginess.  Practicing generosity allows me the joy of sharing, even when I feel like we don’t have much.  It helps me to view frugality as a choice and not a necessity.  It forces me to confront my selfishness and push past it.


Why Blog About Frugality in Franklin January 23, 2009

Filed under: Giving — frugalinfranklin @ 12:01 am

Franklin is an incredible place to live and raise a family.  We’ve lived a number of places and always seem to come back to this place.  I think it is a warm, generous, and caring community.  That spirit makes it a desirable place to live, which over the years has also made it an expensive place to live.

I hate to see families struggling financially in the midst of all this wealth.  By saving and spending wisely, we can all worry less and share more.  That’s my hope for this blog.  I want to share my best deals, and I hope you will share with me.  Together, we can take those savings and share them with others in our community that need the help.