Frackie's Road to Frugality


“her left breast has now done more for humanity…”
April 24, 2010, 11:28 am
Filed under: Good Karma | Tags: , , , , ,

www.swapmamas.com —>I just happened to fall upon this site via google, and let me just say that this is a great website. I wish I would have known about it when Arianna was younger and racking up the formula. This site is all about good karma and giving away stuff that people don’t use or need anymore. There’s a lot of mamas on here that swap coupons too. Last night I posted a comment that I was looking for a particular coupon and I already have another mama who is sending me one!

In this day-in-age, it’s encouraging to know that there are still people out there that value the idea of giving stuff away or swapping it. We all know how this economy is doing at the present moment, so I think we all should start helping others out a little bit more. I think that the dynamic of individuals, giving away things that other people need, can be one of the strongest characteristics of mankind. It can change lives. It can change present circumstances. Why are we all so greedy? Why don’t we look out for the better good of mankind?

One of the most touching and selfless acts I think I have ever seen is this…

Salma Hayek breastfeeding a newborn, baby boy from Sierra Leone. One reporter calls Salma cool “because her left breast has now done more for humanity in a few minutes than I’ve done in roughly my life.” How true! Salma had something to give…and she gave. I’m sure she thought of the ratifications that might come because of it. She got reamed by bloggers, reporters, comedians worldwide. Why is nourishing a starving baby funny or awkward? One of the natural impulses of a mother is to feed a hungry child. I guarantee you this…if I was on a mission trip to Haiti or Africa and was holding a starving baby and I was lactating…I wouldn’t even think twice about nursing that child. I’d give that baby the best meal he/she has had in awhile.

 I think what led me down this path was I saw a picture of one of my best friends, Erin, holding a Haitian baby. I couldn’t help but wonder when the last time that baby has eaten. I’m sure this is the natural mother in me coming out because before I became a mother, I probably wouldn’t have thought that. As I was looking at the picture I remembered Salma Hayak and her selfless act to nourish a life. And if I was there with my friend Erin…I guarantee you I would have pulled out a boob and given that baby a good meal! 🙂



Earth Day Freebies and Sales!

I copied this from www.southernsavers.com .

I’ts Earth Day, which I guess is a special thing, but for us it means a lot of great deals!  This is going to take a plan, excuted perfectly you should have a blast and rack up.

First gather what you need before leaving:

  1. Empty Color or Black ink cartridge
  2. Clean & Empty Travel Coffee Mug
  3. (6) Empty Soda Bottles or Cans
  4. Empty or mostly used bottle of face wash

Since I don’t know the layout of your town this is my plan:

  • Drop ink cartridges by Walgreens for $1 color and black refills!
  • Head to Books A Million, fill my new Babies R Us Bag will books and get 20% off everything
    • Drink my free coffee
    • Contemplate where to plant my free seeds

If you have extra energy you can also:



More free light bulbs (plus overage)…from Target!
April 20, 2010, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Couponing | Tags: , , ,

I guess once you start getting free stuff from couponing…you are addicted. I becomes a game. A hunt for the best deal. Well, I am no pro…yet…but I am learning and am loving the deals I’m finding. This deal today is from Target. All of Target’s GE Smart light bulbs are on sale. It’s for Earth Day. So, the single pack is $2.69 right now. Target has a coupon for $2 off any GE Smart bulb. You can find it on my post from yesterday. You can print out as many coupons as you want, I think. I’ve printed off 4 so far and it hasn’t called in the coupon police :). GE also has a coupon out for $2 off any Smart light bulb. Bingo…you just made $1.31 in your pocket. Ok, here’s the catch…Target won’t pay you any money they owe you, so you gotta get something else worth the overage. Also, if you already printed out the GE Smart coupon for $2 twice, then you are done. You can’t print more than 2. But, GE also has another $1 off coupon so you can use that instead (http://budgethelpers.blogspot.com/2009/01/ge-energy-smart-bulb-100-coupon.html). This is what I had to do because yesterday I used the $2 GE coupons at Publix. I might have to get some more tomorrow but I promise not to blog about light bulbs anymore!



Free Energy-Saving Light Bulbs
April 19, 2010, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Couponing | Tags: , , , ,

I had to go back to Publix today for this deal. I grabbed one pack yesterday but thought it was such a good deal…hello, it’s free…so I printed my coupons to get 2 more boxes. These are the GE Energy Smart bulbs. So, this is a double, frugal wammy! Not only are they free but they will save me money in energy in the long run…oh, and you get a free Publix bag as well!

They are on sale at Publix right now for $4.99. FYI, Publix accepts competitor coupons. So here’s how I did it:

1) Target coupon: go to this website and print out $2 off coupon.  – http://coupons.target.com/mcp/pd.cfm?encp=Y7fCStzCZHbI9gCL3hGO92%2BxNGn9uLn8qYtFkQxBUVS5dm%2FTP6gz%2FymX8V0Zx%2BU4DIrrkgR9g8%2B6%0D%0AeN534LEbPQAb%2FvPPaixQNrSBfUv1M7W2uHsfuz38A8tbfsazpyNrsBBWZKnbDb4Zn%2Fz%2BTd6NFrSb%0D%0ApclKwnqLRYnXBQFFzhXuCCSGuMRJi1oyDf3lyr2Wvfh9URVwkqJ%2B1xoBSfJuEZ0MdlBh3TFKlGct%0D%0ATTLTjz%2FOzYQKZxtN%2FJEHaZVN53xC8qiiZiqSs6RAL4kqJxTakflcQND5%2BmpyUXYxD3BJDrPTytR1%0D%0AVvD7aJQOekjjqTiepHYccCzT2oCbKMLUHg%2BMMa%2Fm54I%2F7%2BPQZUxsNvFE3i%2BtYjPa%2BTbZ%2BmHLYxqe%0D%0AZ9DAc5lBmL9LND3ohVtUDEreHqSy2UZrxbNeZHAAwec%2F3QGw8nS0mjXo%2FlK8yx%2BSBfKe0WDDnu3O%0D%0Asrhou1yMy8kHi93Ea3fg9QRD8H9BQT1VDao%3D

2) Print out GE manufactor coupon for $2 off as well http://www.gelighting.com/na/home_lighting/coupons_offers/

3) Then print out target coupon for .99 off + a free Publix bag! http://sustainability.publix.com/get_into_a_green_routine/brighten_your_earth_day.php



My Publix Trip!
April 18, 2010, 7:49 pm
Filed under: Couponing, Publix | Tags: , , , ,

I am so excited about this trip because I saved a lot for what little groceries I had. I would have saved even more if I would have been keeping up with the Sunday coupons, but ever since I went home for the holidays I got out of my coupon groove. But, I’m getting back into it now. Here’s a picture of  $74.66 worth of groceries that I got for only $28.52!!!!!! That’s $46.14 in savings! Wooohooo! Check it out:

6 months ago I would have never thought that buying NAME brands could save me so much money. I used to always buy store brands and thought I was doing good. I am very proud of myself for this trip…it, honestly, was just a last minute trip because I needed coffee but I couldn’t pass up some of the deals and coupons I matched. I LOVE www.southernsavers.com and if you want to learn more about couponing, you should go there. She is great! She even does coupon workshops. Ok, I’m elated so I’m gonna go play with my daughter!



Reusable Swim Diapers
April 18, 2010, 12:51 am
Filed under: Cloth Diapers, Frugal living | Tags: , , , , ,

Summer is coming up and I have always been a beach/pool kind of gal. So, my daughter is also going to have to tag along, which I’m sure she won’t mind, but those disposable swim diapers are just so annoying. First off, the sizing doesn’t start till like 15lbs. Second, they sag when they get really wet. Third, they don’t contain the poop (if poop happens to happen). This is the reason why many public pools are mandating the use of non-disposable swim diapers.  And, lastly, they are just ugly. Oh wait, and also they are ridiculously expensive on top of all that! 

So, why not get adorable, reusable ones! I found these at our PX, but you can get them at a lot of  baby stores right now. This brand is iPlay and I hear great things about them. At $6.99 each I will definitely get my moneys worth. I bought 2 so when we go somewhere I will bring the extra just in case she does poop. And, also, these have an absorbant layer for pee if you are out of the water. Alot of other ones don’t have this and the pee leaks everywhere. So, for the car ride to the beach or pool, you should be safe! When you are in the water you don’t have to worry about the pee cause it magically disappears! hehe

Ok, enough talk…here they are:



My 1st Local Harvest delivery
April 16, 2010, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Couponing, local harvest | Tags: , , , , ,

One word to sum it up…disappointed. My box costed $19.50 and inside it was: 1 cucumber, 2 bananas, half romaine head, 2 pears, about 1/2 lb green beans, 7-8 small potatoes, pint of strawberries, and a pint of cherry tomatoes. Granted, it is all organic…but, I still don’t think it was a bang for my buck. I guess I had to give it a try but I don’t think I’ll be doing it again. I do better shopping at Publix with my coupons…speaking of…

I was happy to save $23.34 with my coupons! Only spent $60…and had a $5 off Rite Aid coupon and a $5 off CVS coupon. I really love it when I have a $5 off Kroger coupon and a $5 Walgreens coupon. That happened to me once and it’s an immediate $20 worth off my total! Love Publix!