Archive for October, 2010

5 Minute GMC/Buick Test Drive = $15.00 Lowe’s Gift Card

Kathy and I loaded up the kids this morning and after going to the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market for our weekly veggies. We then headed on over to the Lowe’s at the Winter Garden Village at Fowler’s Grove to pick up some supplies for our veggie garden.

We picked a great day to go to Lowe’s because it is annual test drive time again. Al you have to do is fill out a liability waiver, and show your Driver’s License and chose which vehicle you want to test drive. The kicker to the deal is this, A $15.00 LOWE’S GIFT CARD. Yes, I said that right, fill out a liability waiver, test drive a vehicle around the parking lot, and after that get your gift card. We did this last year and there was never a post test drive phone call. So no pressure. Since Kathy and I both did a test drive we got our pine bark mulch for FREE!

The test drives last until 4pm today, and then until 6PM on Sunday, October 31st. We will be buying top soil with the cards tomorrow. Limit one card per person per day.

Have fun taking your test day.

October 25th Groupon Deal Across America

Groupon is offering one national deal across America:
$20 for $40 Worth of Natural Skin Care, Bath and Beauty Products at The Body Shop

FREE Sample of Wisk Courtesy of

Yes, you read the headline right. Head on over to’s Sample Spot and answer three questions. Plus, you will need to hand over your shipping info, and in 4-6 weeks or so you be the proud owner of a sample of the new Wisk with Stain Spectrum Technology.

Just wondering how many people will be saying “Say Hello to my little friend” as they pour their sample over some stained laundry.

I have no idea how large the sample is.

FREE Sample of Emergen-C

Not only is the Emergen-c website a fun place to visit, there s a ton of useful info there. BTW, they have a form to fill out for a free sample. When I know that I am not getting my daily quota of vitamin C, usually because I did not have an orange or some other fresh fruit, I tear open a packet and stir it into a glass of water.

No, I am NOT being compensated for this on the spot review.

Go HERE to find out why I like this stuff so much, though I do prefer to get my vitamin C from a tree.

FREE Breathe Right Strips

Go HERE to get a FREE sample of
Breathe Right Strips. Does not say
how many strips you get, but this
offer is from Breathe Right.

Because this offer being listed on today (10/16),
the site is VERY
slow right now.

Do you have some spare free time on October 21-24th?

As many of you know by now, I have taken on the Director of Social Media position at Sommer Sports in Clermont, FL.

Next weekend we will be celebrating the 20th Annual Great Floridian Triathlon at Waterfront Park in Clermont, FL. There are several events taking place throughout the day on Saturday.

Ultra Distance: 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike, followed by a marathon (26.2 miles)
Long Course: 2K swim, 62K bike, then 15K run
Super Sprint: 200 yard swim, 8 mile bike, 2 mile run

There are a couple of other events that include Aqua Bike (aqua velo) and relays for the two longer course events.

All of the triathletes that participate in this world famous event train ALL YEAR for what they hope will be they turn to be victorious.

Now imagine what it takes to produce this type of event. This is why I am calling out to all my readers that live in the Central Florida area, and if so inclined to travel (we have several volunteers flying in from out of state) to volunteer for this event.

We need help across the board, whether it is passing out race packets during registration, helping rack bikes during the race, to passing out water along the course or at the finish line, we need your help.

If you have any amount of time to spare, and BTW if you live in Lake County, FL, and have children in high school, their volunteer hours count towards their community service in order to graduate.

Go HERE for the form you need to fill out and send in.

To all that decide to volunteer, THANK YOU and PLEASE let me know that you have sent in the form.

Why We Love Coupons on 10/18/10, 68% Savings

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

Publix: Total Spent $25.03, Saved $53.28, 68% Savings

Here are the coupons we used:
1 – $5.00/$50.00 Albertsons Coupon from 10/13 Orlando Sentinel
1 – 35¢ Eggland’s Best Coupon from SS 9/12
1 – $1.00 Mott’s Medley Coupon from
10 -$1.00/10 Meow Mix Cat Food Coupons from RP 9/26 (Donating ALL of this)
13 – $1.00/2 Mueller’s from SS 10/10 (Donating a portion of this)

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.

SAVE 5% at 3 Florida Winn-Dixie Stores on 10/16

If you live in Casselbery, Fernandina Beach or Green Cove Springs your local Winn-Dixie is having hosting a “Discover Winn-Dixie” day on Saturday, October 16th from either 11am – 3pm (Casselberry location only) OR 1pm – 5pm for the other two locations.

I quote from their flier, “Come and enjoy fresh fruit dipped in our chocolate fountain, face painting, a balloon artist, demonstrations throughout the store, music, raffles, and use your Customer Reward Card or sign up for one and get 5% off your entire grocery bill.*” The mice type then states, “* Offer valid during business hours on October 16th at this location only. 5% discount limit of $1,000 purchase per transaction.”

The addresses for the 3 locations are (click on link to view in google maps):
1750 Sunshadow Drive, Casselberry
947 Amelia Plaza, Fernandina Beach
3260 Highway 17, Green Cove Springs

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.

All You magazine + = FREE STUFF!!

If you are new to couponing, you really want to subscribe to all you magazine. If you have never seen all you magazine (exclusively at WalMart stores or various sites online), it is packed with money saving coupons and is one that I read every month as soon as it arrives in our mailbox. Kathy and I regularly find coupon match-ups weekly using this magazine.

As Billy Mays used to state, “But Wait, There’s More…” in this case I want to tell you about and their DAILY FREE SAMPLE page (the link goes to the FREE SAMPLE for October 15, 2010, and as of right now (8AM EDT) has not been unveiled.

Here is the awesome part about the giveaways. All you usually need to enter is your first initial, last name, email address, SOMETIMES your birth date month/year, and the address that you want the samples mailed to. Most of the items are health and beauty, but once in a while they do toss in household items. The other really cool thing, and what just cost me over an hour of my life because it has been a few weeks since I visited the site, is that you can go back a few months and still request the samples (if they are still available). So go sign up for some NAME BRAND FREE stuff from

Here is a list of the coupons that appeared in the October 2010 issue of all you magazine.
If you would like to subscribe to this magazine (12 issues/$19.95),
please click HERE or the cover image above.

Here are the coupons, all of which are manufacturer:
Buy 1 NYC New York Color Eye or Minute Nail Polish product Get ANY NYC product of Equal or Lesser Value FREE, exp 10/31/10

B1G1 SoyJoy Bars, exp 12/31/10

50¢/1 Gerber DHA & Probiotic Cereal, 8oz, exp 10/31/10
50¢/1 Sister Schubert’s product, exp 12/24/10
50¢/1 YoCrunch Fruit Parfait, exp 1/16/11
50¢/1 New York Frozen product, exp 12/24/10

50¢/2 Wonka Sluggles Gummies, 6.5oz, exp 12/31/10

75¢/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste, exp 11/30/10
75¢/1 Halls Refresh Bag or 3-Stick Pack, exp 12/31/10
75¢/1 SuperPretzel product, exp 12/31/10
75¢/1 Marzetti Caramel Dip, 12oz+, exp 11/30/10
75¢/1 Viva Towels Big Roll, 2pk+, exp 12/4/10
75¢/1 Colgate Max White or Max Fresh Toothpaste, exp 11/30/10

$1.00/1 Healthy Choice Steaming Entrée, exp 11/28/10
$1.00/1 Body Fortress product, exp 10/31/10
$1.00/1 Pure Protein Jillian Michaels Whey Protein, exp 10/31/10
$1.00/1 Pure Protein product, exp 10/31/10
$1.00/1 Met-Rx product, exp 10/31/10
$1.00/1 Wilkinson Sword Tech 3 or Oasis Triple Blade Razor, exp 10/31/10
$1.00/1 Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Dog Biscuits, exp 3/31/11
$1.00/1 Dole Real Fruit Bites, exp 12/31/10
$1.00/1 Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator, exp 1/30/11
$1.00/1 Nivea Lip Care product, exp 11/30/10
$1.00/1 V8 Soup, exp 12/31/10
$1.00/1 Marie Callender’s Fresh Flavor Steamers, exp 11/28/10
$1.00/1 Osteo Bi-Flex Liquid Joint Action, exp 11/5/10
$1.00/1 Disney or Marvel MultiVitamins, exp 11/5/10
$1.00/1 Colgate Wisp, 4 ct.+, exp 11/30/10
$1.00/1 El Monterey Mexican Snacks (taquitos, tamales, mini chimis, or quesadillas), exp 1/31/11
$1.00/1 Stouffer’s Farmer’s Harvest, exp 10/31/10
$1.00/1 Stouffer’s Sautes For Two, exp 10/31/10
$1.00/1 Success Rice product, exp 12/22/10
$1.00/1 Fast Fixin’ product, 20oz+ or Fast Fixin’ On The Go, exp 12/31/10
$1.00/1 Barber Foods product, exp 11/4/10
$1.00/1 Endust product, exp 12/21/10
$1.00/1 Trend Liquid Laundry Detergent, 100oz+, exp 11/21/10
$1.00/1 People Magazine, exp 11-19-10
$1.00/1 Pedigree Dentastix Treats For Dogs, exp 11/21/10
$1.00/1 Pedigree Marrobone Treats For Dogs, exp 11/21/10
$1.00/1 Simple Green, 22oz+, exp 12/31/10
$1.00/1 Ozium Air Sanitizer, exp 11/30/10

$1.00/2 Kid Cuisine, exp 11/28/10
$1.00/2 Banquet Boneless Chicken, exp 11/28/10
$1.00/2 Marie Callender’s Large Pot Pies, exp 11/28/10
$1.00/2 Healthy Choice Café Steamers, exp 11/28/10
$1.00/2 Healthy Choice Complete Meals, exp 11/28/10
$1.00/2 Fuze, 18.5oz, exp 10/31/10
$1.00/2 Wet Ones Canisters, Singles, or Wipes, exp 12/31/10
$1.00/2 Reddi-Wip Cans, 6.5oz+, exp 12/5/10
$1.00/2 Edy’s Branded product, 48oz+, exp 12/31/10
$1.00/2 Swiss Miss Pudding, 4pk, exp 11/30/10

$1.25/1 Fast Classics Bag, exp 12/31/10

$2.00/1 Nivea Body Wash or Shower Gel, exp 11/30/10
$2.00/1 göt2b Styling product, exp 11/30/10
$2.00/1 Nature Made Fish Oil, exp 11/22/10
$2.00/1 Ester-C Vitamin C, exp 11/5/10
$2.00/1 Pedigree Jumbone Treats For Dogs, exp 11/21/10

$3.00/1 Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara, exp 11/21/10
$3.00/1 Osteo Bi-Flex Caplets, Softgels or Powders, exp 11/5/10
$3.00/1 Flex-a-min Supplement, exp 11/5/10

$4.00 OFF Dr. Scholl’s For Her Fast Flats AND Insole, exp 12/31/10
$4.00/1 Zegerid OTC, 14ct+, exp 12/31/10

$5.00/1 Gerber Good Start Formula, 24oz+, exp 10/31/10
$5.00 Mail-In Rebate on a Libman Freedom Spray Mop

There you have it, all the coupons from the October All You magazine. Remember, you can have this magazine mailed to your home. Click HERE for more information.

October 15th Groupon Deals for Orlando (Sebastian), Tampa (Wesley Chapel), Miami, Jacksonville (Fernandina Beach), and Fort Lauderdale (Aventura)

Orlando (Sebastian): $120 for a Tandem Skydive Jump from Skydive Sebastian ($195 Value)

Tampa (Wesley Chapel): $99 for a Zoom! Teeth-Whitening Treatment at Wesley Chapel Dentistry ($599 Value)

Miami: $25 Paintball Outing at Bigshot Paintball Fields ($51 Value)

Jacksonville (Fernandina Beach): $125 for a Tandem Skydive at Skydive Amelia Island ($179 Value)

Fort Lauderdale (Aventura): $99 for Six Laser Hair-Removal Treatments at Pascual M.D. Med Spa (Up to $500 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 the 10/13 Orlando Sentinel

Time to go to the corner market, which around here usually means the 7-Eleven, CVS, or Wags, and look at today’s Orlando Sentinel.

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 10/15-17 (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.

Why We Love Coupons on 10/08/10, 61% Savings

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

Publix: Total Spent $32.38, Saved $50.30, 61% Savings

Here are the 2 coupons we used:
4 – FREE Publix Water Coupons
2 – 50¢ Swanson Broth Coupons from SS 9/26
2 – $1.00 Kashi Cereal Coupons from Kashi Booklet
1 – $1.00/2 Kashi Cereal Coupons from Whole Foods Whole Deals, Aug/Sept
2 – 50¢ Yakisoba Noodles from SS 8/29
1 – 35¢ Eggland’s Best Coupon from SS 9/12
2 – $2.00 Hidden Valley Coupons from PRINT
2 – $3.00 John Frieda Coupons from SS 8/22 (exp 10/9)
2 – $1.00 Buitoni Pasta Coupons from
1 – $1.00/2 Yoplait GoGurt Yogurt Coupons from Better At Home Booklet

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.

2 Wonderful Events in Winter Garden on Saturday, October 9th.

There are two wonderful events happening really close to each other on Saturday, October 9th, at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves (near the 429 and 535).

First event is a 5K Run at 7:30AM, with race day registration beginning at 6:30AM followed by a Fun Walk at 10AM. Please go HERE for more info.

Then, from 10AM – 2PM is an adoption drive by the group at PetSmart, which is also in the Village. In fact, if you are participating in either of the earlier events (which are being held to raise money for women’s health education), the course goes right in front of PetSmart. Visit their website tonight, so that you can get an idea of which rescued dog you would be interested in possibly adopting. Also, while on their website, you can apply so you can be pre-approved before tomorrow.

So, they you go, two events, both of which support wonderful causes. You can help fund women’s health education as you run, walk, stroll or roll through the village, or welcome a new furry friend into your home.

October 9th Groupon Deals for Orlando, Tampa (Safety Harbor), Miami (West Palm Beach), Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale

Orlando: $50 for a Four-Day VIP Pass to the Orlando Film Festival

Tampa (Safety Harbor): Day Passes or Suite with Spa Services at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. Choose from Two Options.

Miami (West Palm Beach): $35 for Two Tickets from Live Nation to Sugarland at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ($70 Value)

Jacksonville (Ponte Vedra Beach): $20 for $40 Worth of French Cuisine and Drinks at JJ’s Liberty Bistro or JJ’s Bistro de Paris

Fort Lauderdale: $45 for One 16″x 20″ Gallery-Wrapped Canvas Work of Art Including Shipping and Handling from Canvas on Demand ($126.95 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).

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