Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Chatter: Finding Free Samples Online

Who says nothing in life is free? Through the help of other frugal bloggers, I have been pleased to find some great free samples online, either on the manufacturer's website or via Facebook. Recently, I enjoyed a free Kashi Dark Chocolate Coconut bar and South Beach S'mores bar. Plus, each sample comes with a coupon so you can buy additional products if the sample is to your liking. I am eagerly awaiting some free Pantene shampoo (through Vocalpoint), a box of Macaroni and Cheese (Thank you Kraft foods!), and some $3 off coupons for DiGiorno pizza (from their FB fan page).

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: Do you like getting free samples? If so, what is your favorite source for freebies?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Deal of the Day: Adorable Xhilaration Outfit

This is one of those "I wish it came in adult sizes" outfits. An adorable tank with a crocheted flower paired with a bright, flowy skirt with ric rac trim. Only $11.99 at Target. There was another set with an orange tank and orange and red skirt. Thanks Nana for snagging this adorable treat for your granddaughter. She was excited to wear it today.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Buy This, Not That: Caldrea Soaps

My mom introduced me to these great kitchen products -- hand soap, dish soap, and counter cleaner -- by Caldrea. The products come in three scents: herbs de provence, olive oil, and citron ginger. The three piece set is only $16.99 at Target and the items are available individually as well. Compare that amazing price to this set from Williams-Sonoma which contains only two items and costs almost $40! We selected the herbs de provence and the scent is awesome! Hey, maybe doing the dishes can be fun again? Or maybe not, but you can at least smell something nice while you scrub those plates.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Favorite Things: Ruffle Tank from Land's End Canvas

I'd like one in each color. Please. Thank you.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What is your summer uniform?
Mine is a skirt, tank or tee, and flip flops!
Hello, warm weather, I've missed you.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Favorite Things: Money Savvy Pig

My dear friend Meghan has just started using this special piggy bank with her six year old and three year old girls. It provides a clever and appealing way to teach children about money management and the value of giving. Of course, you could use four envelopes or four cardboard boxes too ... but you have to admit -- this piggy is pretty darn cute!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Challenge: "Save More, Give More, Live More"

I just started following The Frugal Find. Her blog header reads "Save More, Give More, Live More." I love this concept! My challenge for the month of May is to give away some of my net savings to a worthy cause, instead of stuffing it back in my own wallet. Since I've added more coupons to my grocery shopping trips, I've added about $14 per week to my savings at Safeway. At the end of May, I will donate at least $40 to a worthy cause. Maybe this is something you would consider this month?

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: How do you budget in your charitable giving? And, please tell me where you think I should send my donation. All ideas are appreciated.


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