Archive for September, 2010

September 30th Groupon Deals for Orlando (Altamonte Springs), Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale (Hollywood)

Orlando (Altamonte Springs): $35 for a Massage or Customized Facial at Eternal Youth Health Spa ($75 Value)

Tampa: $15 for $30 Worth of Bistro Cuisine and Drinks at The Toasted Pheasant

Miami: $29 for Three Fresh, Healthy Meals and Two Snacks from The Fresh Diet ($60 Value)

Jacksonville: $24 for a Standard All-Day Play Package Plus Field Fee and 500 Rounds of Ammo at Paintball Adventures

Fort Lauderdale (Hollywood): $7 for $15 Worth of Pub Fare and Drinks at Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Even if you don’t live in these areas, you can still purchase them and send them as gifts to people that can take advantage of them. Just make sure that they use the Groupon before the expiration date (usually 6 months from the date that it was purchased).

End of September Coupon Printing Marathon Time.

Hello everyone. One ritual that Kathy and I have is the monthly review of coupons that we might use soon, but have yet to print from either Coupons.com, Redplum.com or SmartSource.com

Yes, sometimes you have to juggle the thought of ink/paper vs savings at the register, but I would rather print a coupon (and pass it along to a neighbor, friend, or family member a week or two before it expires) than to know there was a coupon and I didn’t print it. Don’t forget that you can almost always print 2 coupons PER computer simply by clicking on your web browser’s back button.

If you want to look over the sites above, just click on either their links above, or on their icons:


How to EASILY Get a Copy of your Florida Birth Certificate.

I just deleted the entire back story as to why I decided to go to the Florida DMV Office located at 4101 Clarcona Ocoee Rd in Orlando to purchase an original certified copy of my State of Florida Birth Certificate.

For me, paying the $14.00 fee made so much more sense as opposed to spending an entire day going through all my folders and hoping I find it. YES, we had it in a folder filed away, but none of the envelopes that holds each person’s papers contained my magical proof of actually being born.

From the time I parked to the time I drove away, with a crisp certified copy of this most official piece of paper, was LESS THAN 10 minutes.

So, if you need a copy of your State of Florida Birth Certificate, check your with your local DMV office to see if they offer this service yet.

September 29th Groupon Deals for Orlando (Mt. Dora), Tampa, Miami (Miami Beach), Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale

Orlando (Mt. Dora): $4 for One Youth Admission or $5 for One Adult Admission to the Corn Maze and Adventure Area at Long & Scott Farms

Tampa: One Ticket to a Tampa Bay Lightning Game. Choose Between Two Options.

Miami (Miami Beach): $15 for Three Visits to Russian & Turkish Baths ($90 Value)

Jacksonville (Hilliard): $12 for Two Tickets to Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres

Fort Lauderdale:$5 for a One-Year Subscription to “Florida Travel + Life” Magazine ($11.97 Value)

Even if you don’t live in these areas, you can still purchase them and send them as gifts to people that can take advantage of them. Just make sure that they use the Groupon before the expiration date (usually 6 months from the date that it was purchased).

Albertsons $5/$50 Coupon in September 29th Newspaper

Just received my Albertsons weekly insert via the US Postal Service and THERE IS a $5.00/$50.00 coupon. Which means that there will be one in the 9/29/10 Orlando Sentinel, which is available all other Central Florida.

If you are lucky enough to live within 5 miles or so of an Albertsons, there should be a $5.00/$50.00 coupon on the front page of their insert. This coupon is valid 9/2-5 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

If you are tired of driving to the corner market just to purchase the Orlando Sentinel, why not sign up for home delivery (at up to 65% OFF)?

Read this POST from the other day for all the details.

Have a great day today, and I will have the complete Albertsons, Winn-Dixie, and Publix deals with match-ups online soon.

September 28th Groupon Deals for Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville (St. Augustine), and Fort Lauderdale

Orlando: $20 for $40 Worth of American Small Plates and Cocktails at Eleven in the Reunion Resort and Club

Tampa: Luxurious Spa Services at Sandava Spa. Choose from Three Options.

Miami: Latin Fusion Cuisine and Drink at Morena Restaurant & Lounge. Choose from Two Options.

Jacksonville (St. Augustine): $10 for $20 of Irish Beer and Deli Fare at Ann O’Malley’s in St. Augustine

Fort Lauderdale$59 for $125 Worth of Services at Heavenly Spa by Westin

Even if you don’t live in these areas, you can still purchase them and send them as gifts to people that can take advantage of them. Just make sure that they use the Groupon before the expiration date (usually 6 months from the date that it was purchased).

September 27th Groupon Deals for Orlando (Lakeland), Tampa (Lakeland), Miami (Aventura), Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale

Orlando (Lakeland): $65 for One Adult Gold Season Series Subscription Package to the Imperial Symphony Orchestra ($130 Value)

Tampa (Lakeland): $65 for One Adult Gold Season Series Subscription Package to the Imperial Symphony Orchestra ($130 Value)

Miami : $20 for $40 Worth of Vitamins and Supplements at GNC

Jacksonville: $119 for Three Laser Hair-Removal Treatments at Foland Chiropractic & Spa (Up to $375 Value)

Fort Lauderdale (Wilton Manors)$6 for $12 Worth of Sandwiches, Soups, and More at The Painted Pickle

Yes, The Orlando and Tampa deals are for the same thing, considering the distance that Lakeland is from either of the two cities, makes sense.

Even if you don’t live in these areas, you can still purchase them and send them as gifts to people that can take advantage of them. Just make sure that they use the Groupon before the expiration date (usually 6 months from the date that it was purchased).

Why We Love Coupons on 9/24/10, 67% Savings

Below is our reason why we love using coupon this week.
Please share your successes.

Publix: Total Spent $45.09, Saved $84.15, 67% Savings

Here are the coupons we used:
1 – $5.00/$50.00 Albertsons Coupon from Orlando Charity Coupon Book
4 – Coupons for FREE Publix Water (.5Ltr/6pk)
1 – 35¢ Eggland’s Best Coupon from SS 9/12
B2G1 – Ore-Ida Coupons from Toss 4 Cash FLA Edition
2 – 75¢ Wishbone Coupons from Target.com
2 – 50¢ Wishbone Coupons from PRINT
2 – $1.00 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Coupons from RP 9/12
2 – 50¢ Mt. Olive Coupons from SS 8/1
2 – 50¢ Krusteaz Coupons from SS 8/22
2 – $1.00 Jimmy D’s Coupons from RP 9/12
4 – $1.00 Emerald Trail Mix Coupons from RP 8/15
2 – $1.00 Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce from Toss 4 Cash FLA Edition
2 – $1.00 Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough Coupons from PRINT
1 – $1.00/2 Keebler Cookie Coupons from RP 8/15
1 – $2.00 OFF Milk WYB 2 Keebler Cookies from Fuel for School Booklet
2 – $1.00 International Delight Coupons from BLINKY
2 – $1.00 Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce from Toss 4 Cash FLA Edition
1 – $1.00/2 Bush’s Beans Coupon from Toss 4 Cash FLA Edition
2 – $1.00 Gorton’s Coupons from PRINT (no longer available)

Please share how your shopping trip went this week.
Even if you are just starting out, that is OK,
we and your fellow readers are here to help.

If you have never filled out a Mister Linky before, simply state how much you SAVED this week (We use “FrugalFloridian SAVED __%” for the name, and then if you have a blog, feel feel to post a link DIRECTLY to your blog’s post for this week’s savings.

My Life Has Changed…

Hello everyone. I am still figuring out how to juggle a new job (need to help pay the bills of life after all) and keeping FrugalFloridian.com alive.

One change I have had to cut back on is the store lists. I know that FrugalFloridian.com was one of if not the ONLY site(s) that would post the entire list of weekly featured items. The biggest thing is that I manually would type the lists, which took too much of my time away from other daily activities in my life. I tried all but paying someone to do the typing for me. Currently I am still in discussions with some of the companies to offer me a major hand in this task. The major obstacle is that they have never had a partnership with anyone else like I am offering them. It is a long shot, but I tossed it out to them and they are mulling my offer over.

As for finding and then reporting on the tearpads, blinkies, and more, that I find in the stores, that will not change, as you can see by the posts below.

I mentioned a need to help pay the bills of life at the beginning of this post. FrugalFloridian.com, just did not make the kind of money that I needed it to make in order for me to remain the stay at home Dad that Kathy and I envisioned.

When we created FrugalFloridian.com Kathy and I knew that we did not want to turn it into a site that so many other site have morphed into. One thing we wanted the site to be easy on the eyes, no eye-straining color schemes, offer the info in very easy to find areas, BUT above all, we wanted to help you know Where and How to Save Money in the Sunshine State. I would like to think that though we do not tell you about every single opportunity to save money at stores that we know do not exist in Florida, that we have helped you save a decent chunk of change.

One last thing in regards to FrugalFloridian.com, I am still tweaking one area that I know will continue to help our readers save money, and make it easy to do so. It is proving to be tougher then I thought it would be to port from a behind the scenes resource that Kathy and I use daily to a resource that we can host on this site. It IS do-able, just needs some work before it is ready for the big reveal.

Kraft Salad Dressing $1.50 Tearpad Coupon at Publix

I found this tearpad coupon on 9/23/10 at several SW Orlando Publix stores.

This MANUFACTURER tearpad coupon
for $1.50/1 Kraft Dressing, 16oz
expires on 10/6/10.

September 24th Groupon Deals for Orlando (Lake Wales), Tampa (Clearwater), Miami (Aventura), Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale

Orlando (Lake Wales): $30 One-Year Family Membership to Bok Tower Gardens

Tampa (Clearwater): $30 Two-Hour Guided Tour from The Segway Adventure

Miami (Aventura): $99 for Three Laser Hair-Removal Treatments at Tropicalaser ($600 Value)

Jacksonville: $8 for a 90-Minute Play Pass to Jungle Quest ($16 Value)

Fort Lauderdale$90 for a Two-Hour Kite-Surfing Lesson from Fort Lauderdale Kite Surfing School ($185 Value)

WOW! The above deals today are like a page from my life, except for the Laser Hair Removal.

If you have never been, or were there a long time ago, Bok Towers is a very relaxing place to visit. The drive from Orlando is sooo easy. Roughly one hour, but Bok is one of those places that you need to see to appreciate, and you will want to go again, and again.

The Segway Tour, yes, Segways appear to not be safe, but believe me, they are so stable it is not funny. After getting oriented to the Segway, it becomes second nature. Touring is a great way to take advantage of a Segway.

Who doesn’t like to SAFELY climb trees or rocks? Have not been to Jungle Quest, but I will be checking it out the next time I am in Jacksonville.

Which leads me to KITE SURFING! I my previous career in the media, I was part of a kite surfing exhibition a couple of years ago during Surf Expo. I wish I knew how to do it better, but WOW it was such a blast. Being an adult surf rat, kite surfing brought back some of the excitement that I had long forgot about. Yes, at first it does take some getting used to, but it is so worth it.

Even if you don’t live in these areas, you can still purchase them and send them as gifts to people that can take advantage of them. Just make sure that they use the Groupon before the expiration date (usually 6 months from the date that it was purchased).

FREE Zephyrhills or Deer Park Water WYB… Coupon at Publix

I found this tearpad coupon on Thursday,
10/23/10 at a SW Orlando Publix.

This STORE coupon is good for a
FREE 6 Pack of either Zephyrhills or Deer Park Water (.5ltr)
WYB 1 (one) Cheez-It Crackers Family Size (21oz+)
in the SAME transaction. This coupon will expire on 10/1/10.

This CAN be used with the Cheez-It Coupon from the
SnackPicks.com Booklet that I typed about HERE.

SnackPicks.com Coupon Booklet at Publix.


I found this coupon booklet on Thursday, 9/23/10 at a SW Orlando Publix store.

All of the coupons are MANUFACTURER and will expire on 10/31/10.

The Coupons Are:
$1.00/1 New York Brand Frozen Garlic Bread product, any

$1.00/2 Sunshine Cheez-It Crackers, 7.5oz+, any flavor, mix or match
$1.00/2 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, 8ct+, any flavor, mix or match
$1.00/2 MorningStar Farms Veggie Food Burgers, any

$2.00/1 Kingsford Charcoal, 6.7lb+, any

SAVE $1.00 on Store Brand Cheese WYB ANY 2 Keebler Town House Crackers, 7.7oz+, any flavor, mix or match
SAVE $1.00 on Milk, any brand, flavor or size, WYB ANY 2 Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies, 8.5oz+, any flavor, mix or match

SAVE $2.00 on Store Brand Chili WYB ANY 2 Keebler Club Crackers, 11oz+, any flavor, mix or match

The Cheez-It coupon can be used with the Zephyrhills/Deer Park coupon that I typed about HERE.

Welcome to Friday, aka Mega Swagbucks Day.


Every Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Day (MSBD), which means better odds of winning BIG Swag Bucks denominations – up to 10,000 in one search! It’s completely Free and Swag bucks can be traded in for rewards such as gift cards, electronics, apparel, household goods and much more!

For those that have no idea what swagbucks is, it is a search engine that pays you to use it. No, NOT EVERYTIME you search, but you will be surprised how often you will gain “SwagBucks” just for typing a few characters into their search bar.

Here is the painless method to join (and find out more prior to signing up):
1. Go here and register.

Both Kathy and I have enjoyed searching via SwagBucks, and like telling people about the company.

Hand Washing Dishes vs Dishwasher Challenge.

A couple of months ago Kathy and I knew we need to do something to save on the power bill. From a test last year we knew we could both survive with the AC set to 78 degrees. We just keep the ceiling fans on and I am happy. Only when we have company over to we go to a lower temp.

Though we have no control over the price we pay to the power company, we DO have total control over how we use the power supplied to our home. We have certain givens that can not be turned off, such as the spare stand up fridge/freezer in the garage, and the two AC units that run pretty much nonstop in our house during the summer months (set to 78 degrees TYVM). We also average a load of laundry per day and run the dish washer either every day or will skip a day or two.

So, with the above items, what one item could we do with out? We picked the dishwasher. I headed to one of my favorite stores, IKEA, and purchased a wooden plate drying rack. The agreement was that we would hand wash and air dry our dishes for a couple of months and see if the amount of power we used, based on our monthly bill decreased or not a dramatic amount.

Well, after two months of a water bill that was nearly DOUBLE of what it has usually been before the test, we expected to use more water then the amount needed by the dishwasher, but DOUBLE the amount? Not so much. Yes, the power bill did go down over the past couple of months, BUT no where close to offsetting the amount that the water bill increased.

During our testing period, the only thing we changed in our lifestyle was that I hand washed the dishes (btw that means filling one half of kitchen sink with hot water and dish soap, and then the over side as the rinse off area. We knew we were going to use more water. Cutting down on water use was not the point, saving a bunch of money on the power bill was.

Outcome of the test, anybody want to buy a used wooden IKEA Dish Drying Rack?

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