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Don’t Take a Wrong Turn Down Aisle 5: ALL YOU Helps Consumers Save Money on Groceries

Save Money on Groceries: Avoid Spending Traps at the Store[Source: Daily Savings from All You]

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.

If you would like to subscribe to this magazine (12 issues/$19.95), please click HERE

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5 Special Needs Girls Taking Pop Warner Cheerleading by STORM!

Please take a few minutes and watch 5 girls (one is my daughter Anna) compete during the 2011 Pop Warner Cheerleading competition at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. Even if you have seen it already, please watch it again, you will pick up on a couple of things that maybe you didn’t see the first time. They won their division (Challenger) and I am still a proud (becoming a “cheer Dad”) though clinging to Sammy’s flag football victories as well. Share this video with your friends. Thanks.

Come to ESPN Wide World of Sports on Sunday 12/11/11 & Cheer on 10 Special Needs Boys Playing Flag Football.

Though Sam Mutz, who is the National Football Commissioner for Pop Warner Little Scholars simply refused to allow the West Orange Wildcats Challenger Football team to take part in the Pop Warner Super Bowl this week (see the post below for the backstory), ESPN has opened their doors so that the 10 boys, who have been fighting for their lives since before they were born, will be able to take to the field and play flag football.

The game will take place on Sunday, December 11th at 2pm. Admission is FREE!!

Please spread the word. These boys practiced at least twice a week as a team so that they could play during the PWSB, and this is their moment on the field. WE NEED YOU to help cheer them on from the sidelines and in the stands.

PLEASE COME OUT. Did I mention that it is FREE ADMISSION? Just show up and CHEER your head off!

The Pop Warner National Champion West Orange Wildcats Challenger Cheerleaders will be there supporting their favorite team. See their 12/7/11 performance on youtube HERE.

10 Special Needs Boys Need YOUR help to play Pop Warner flag football on Thursday, 12/8/11

Due to a paperwork mix-up at several levels of the Pop Warner Football League, 10 boys, born into a life of facing challenges everyday need YOUR help.

For the past few years the West Orange Challenger team has received and then submitted their paperwork for the team to play during the Pop Warner Super Bowl, which for the past few years has been held on Disney property at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The team would receive the paperwork a couple of weeks prior to the start of the event.

This year we found out over the weekend that our boys were not allowed to play this year because the paperwork had not been submitted. When our board members spoke to the Mid-Florida Region leaders they were told that it was too late and that we should have known to submit the paperwork months ago.

The Winter Garden Wildcats provide the MAJORITY of all the volunteers that do the “grunt” work during the entire Super Bowl week. This year the Winter Garden Wildcats provided 38 volunteers. How many did the next group provide, MAYBE a dozen, but more than likely less than 10.

Our boys, who have spent their entire life fighting for everything, and for most, that includes their very life while they were still in the womb. We are talking kids that face the challenge of downs, autism, microcephaly, skeletal, mental, genetic, or other physical issues. Life is not a joy ride for these kids.

The Pop Warner Challenger division is set up for these boys so that they can still play football, and yes, it is flag football, but to these boys, it is just like the football they other kids play. They get to hold the ball and run. People cheer. They are happy campers. After the game, they get together for a post race snack, and then see each other at school (several are in the same classroom) and they look forward to practice (twice a week) and the game on the weekend.

Here is the problem, after finding out that there was a paperwork mix-up, our West Orange Wildcats president and directors both tried several avenues in order to get our boys out on the field and play this Thursday.

We have hit a brick wall and possible back office roadblocks with the powers that be, which include Sam Mutz, the “National Football Commissioner for Pop Warner Little Scholars”, who can be contacted via his PUBLISHED email address He has stated that it would be unfair to let our kids play since the paperwork had not been submitted. End of discussion according to him.

Reminding him that the West Orange team provided 38 volunteers for this year’s event, and is always the leader in providing volunteers does not mater to him. He simply sees that the paperwork was not submitted.

For the past few years our team HAS submitted paperwork AFTER receiving it from the head office a couple of weeks prior to the start of the series. Last year the paperwork was submitted the week prior to the start. NO ONE stated that they were submitting it late, so we had no idea that it was late. Last year our team played a team from New York and the kids loved being able to play someone other than themselves.

PLEASE send an email to and plead to Sam so that our boys can play on Thursday. He is answering emails, and at this point they do not seem to be simply cut and paste auto replies though he will most likely simply reply back stating that it is too late to do anything, though we know otherwise via several sources, BUT HE IS THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN LET OUR KIDS PLAY! He will also say that we are on the top of the list to play for next year. That is great, but what about the boys THIS YEAR!

They DO have time to allow our boys to play a simple 30 minute game. It is NOT rocket science.

Repeat after me, let them play! Let Them Play! LET THEM PLAY!


Friday? Mega Swag Bucks 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 Swag Bucks 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.

Coupons in the April 2011 All You magazine

I received an email from a PR rep at Time Inc (they publish All You Magazine for WalMart). They sent me a sneak peek of the coupons that are included in the upcoming April issue, set to hit newstands, OK, your nearest WalMart on Friday, March 25th.

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.

If you would like to subscribe to this magazine (12 issues/$19.95), please click HERE or the logo above above.

Advertiser Coupon Value Expiration Date Page #
Compact Starter Kit


06/03/11 p. 161
AIR WICK® Scented Oil Refill


06/03/11 p. 161
Brita® Products


05/30/11 p. 67
Claritin D


06/30/11 p. 84
Clorox®, Formula 409® &
Tilex® Cleaners & Glad® Trash


05/30/11 p. 67
ColgateTotal® Gum Defense


05/30/11 p. 155
Colgate® 360°® Surround


05/30/11 p. 100
Colgate® Wisp®


05/31/11 p. 62
Country Crock Shedd’s Spread +Lender’s Bagels


06/17/11 p. 139
Country Strong


05/31/11 p. 91
DiGiorno® Pizza & Wyngz or
DiGiorno® Pizza & Cookies

$0.50 on any 1

04/30/11 p. 1
Driftwood Cottage by Sherryl


p. 195
Folgers® and International

$1.50 off with the
purchase of both

05/31/11 p. 10
REVEAL® CFL or Halogen
lighting product

$1.00 on any

05/31/11 p. 97
göt2b® hair styling products


06/01/11 p. 27
Häagen-Dazs® (excluding
3.6 oz. cups)

$1.00 on any 1

05/31/11 p. 1
HALLS® Cough Drops


06/30/11 p. 174
Hamilton Beach® Stay or Go®
Personal Cup™ pod


05/31/11 p. 153
Hungry Jack® Pancake/Waffle
Mix & Syrup

$1.00 off 2

04/30/11 p. 115

$5.00 off 2

05/31/11 p. 44
KLEENEX® Facial Tissue uprights

$0.50 off any 2

06/25/11 p. 148
Lean Cuisine® varieties,
5–153/8 oz.

$1.00 on any 3

05/31/11 p. 1
Magnum® 3-pack


04/29/11 p. 146
Mars Easter Products

$2.00 off 2

04/24/11 p. 109


05/31/11 p. 59

$0.50 on any
Mezzetta® or Napa Valley
Bistro® product

06/30/11 p. 170
Michael Angelo’s Entrée,
8–16 oz.


06/30/11 p. 132
Michael Angelo’s Entrée, 20 oz.
or more


06/30/11 p. 132
Nature Made® CoQ10


04/30/11 p. 111
Nature Made® Fish Oil


04/30/11 p. 111
Nature Made®Vitamin B


04/30/11 p. 111
Nature Made®Vitamin D


04/30/11 p. 111
Nature Made®Vitamins


04/30/11 p. 111
Nestlé® frozen snack (excludes

$1.00 on any 1

05/31/11 p. 1
Neutrogena Healthy Skin


05/31/11 p. 17
New York Color

Save $1.00 on any NYC
Color Mascara $1.72 or more

04/30/11 p. 48
New York Color

Save $0.50 on any NYC
Color Liner $1.72 or more

04/30/11 p. 48
Odwalla Juice or Bar


08/15/11 p. 56
Olivari® Mediterranean
Olive Oil


06/30/11 p. 179
Orville Redenbacher’s®
Pop Up Bowls™

$1.00 off 1

07/01/11 p. 25

$2.00 off any 1

12/31/11 p. 166
Rimmel London Day 2 Night


05/31/11 p. 40
Rimmel London Glam’Eyes
Eye Shadows


05/31/11 p. 40
Sally Hansen Beauty Tools

Save $1.00 on
any Sally Hansen Beauty Tool
purchase of $2.00 or more

04/30/11 p. 38
Schick Quattro for Women
Disposable Razors


07/31/11 p. 50
Sister Schubert’s


06/25/11 p. 130
Skinny Cow™ branded product
(excluding 5.8 oz. cups)

$0.50 on any 1

05/31/11 p. 1
Skintimate Shave Gel


07/31/11 p. 50
Slim•Fast!® 3•2•1 Plan™


05/23/11 p. 168
Slim•Fast!® 3•2•1 Plan™ Snack
or Meal Bars


05/23/11 p. 168
STOUFFER’S® Farmers’
Harvest™ Family Size Entrée

$1.00 on any 1

05/31/11 p. 1
STOUFFER’S® Farmers’
Harvest™ Meals for One

$1.00 on any 2

05/31/11 p. 1
Success® Rice Products

$1.00 on any 2

06/30/11 p. 119
Truvia™ natural sweetener


05/31/11 p. 71

Volunteers are needed in Lake County, 3/6/11

What are you doing this coming Sunday morning (March 6th)?. I know for many of our readers the answer is going to church. But if you are not going to be at church or have free time this coming Sunday morning (March 6th) the company I work for, Sommer Sports, is having a Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk in Tavares, FL (Wooton Park) and we need a bunch of volunteers to help put the event on.

We need people to help with registration in the morning, pass out water along the course, hand out finisher medals, collect the timing chips, and of course helping with the post race food tent. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED. Everything you would need to work with will be provided to you at the race.

For more information, please visit send an EMAIL or call 352-1320, ext 100

Thank you very much for helping.


Winner of the Italian Days Publix Gift Card.

Sorry to be posting this a day later then I had hoped to, but I took our daughter to Cape Canaveral to see the launch. I lost count of how many shuttle launches I have seen over the years, but this was her first one that was up close and personal at the Cape. We usually watch the launch from our backyard.

I want to congratulate Shirley Walker, who typed “I like Progresso Soups” on 2/21, for winning our Italian Days at Publix $25.00 Gift Card giveaway. MyBlogSpark will be sending her the gift card which was provided by General Mills.

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I know, some of you are asking, “Mark, seriously, Alaska?” My reply is that because this is one of the states that I have wanted to visit for such a long time, that maybe, just maybe, you my faithful readers would be interested in traveling there also. The form to fill out is one page, and pretty much basic mailing info. So click on either the banner above, or HERE, and sign up.

Italian Days at Publix Gift Card Giveaway.

From February 17th through March 2nd, visit your local Publix to take advantage of the great savings on some of your favorite General Mills brands such as Progresso, Green Giant, Pillsbury, Muir Glen and Totino’s, and save $5 when you purchase 20 participating products.

While visiting Italian Days at Publix, you can also enter the Publix Italian Days Sweepstakes, sponsored by General Mills, for a chance to win one of four grand prizes of $10,000 worth of free groceries or one of 200 $100 Publix gift cards being given as prizes.

There are three easy ways to enter for a chance to win the Sweepstakes. Enter via phone, mail or at – a convenient one-stop website, where you’ll also be able to download great coupon savings on some of your favorite General Mills brands and other great offers from Publix.

Here’s how it works:
Click – Stay up to date with the latest General Mills promotions happening at Publix by visiting Once you’re registered and logged in, you can participate in any current promotions.

Call – If you’d prefer to enter the sweepstakes and participate in other promotions via telephone, feel free to call the General Mills/Publix hotline, at 1.800.627.6059, and be sure to say that you want to enter the Publix Italian Days Sweepstakes. Please be sure to provide your complete contact information (Full name/address/zip code/phone #).

Mail – If you prefer to participate via mail-in entry, print and mail your complete contact information (Full Name/address/zip code/phone #) to P.O. Box 43425 Atlanta, GA 30336 and be sure to write “Publix Italian Days Sweepstakes” on the outside of the envelope.

The above information, and the $25.00 Publix Gift Card that we are giving away are courtesy of General Mills and MyBlogSpark.

To enter to win the $25.00 Publix Gift Card provided to us by MyBlogSpark and Publix, DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING + LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS PAGE:

1. Become a fan of FrugalFloridan on Facebook, and leave a comment.
If you are a triathlete or interested in running events, please consider “liking” the following on Facebook as well, Sommer Sports, and TriFlorida Events. These are Facebook pages for Sommer Sports, Inc a great company that I have been involved with for over a decade and could use some Facebook love.

2. Subscribe to our feed via email (using Feedburner) and leave a comment.

3. Post about this giveaway on your blog and email us your direct link to the blog post.

4. Follow us via (must have at least 10 followers) then tweet the following: “@FrugalInFla is having a $25 Publix GC Giveaway. More info:”

Don’t forget to leave a comment about (or a tip on) how to use your favorite Italian Days item ON THIS POST only. This contest ends on Tuesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:59PM ET. The winner will be announced on 2/24/11.

Disclaimer: This give away is being sponsored by General Mills and MyBlogSpark. They provided the information, and the $25.00 Publix Gift Card to give to the winner of this contest and one for our use. All comments and opinions are my own.

Osceola, Orange, Lake, Polk Readers: Help Raise Money for American Heart Association on 2/12/11

If you are looking for a VERY EASY way to help raise money for the American Heart Association, PLEASE enter the 3rd. Annual Kiss-im-mee 5K To Pound Out Heart Disease on February 12, 2011.

Enjoy running, walking, or just plain strolling through historic downtown Kissimmee, past the beautiful lakefront, and through historic neighborhoods in the third annual Kiss-im-mee 5K Run! The race is Chip Timed and awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers.

To register for this event, click HERE.

I sincerely hope that you will help make this event a huge success.

Thanks, Mark

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Coupons in the 02/8/11 All You magazine.

The February 18, 2011 issue of All You magazine landed in our mailbox on 1/18/11. 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.

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:
B1G1 Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail or Moisture Renew Lip Gloss (exp 2/28)

B1G1 Glade Fabric & Odor Eliminator (exp 6/30)

50¢/1 Halls Cough Drops (exp 3/31)
50¢/1 Starkist SeaSations product (exp 3/31)
50¢/1 New York Brand frozen product (exp 4/18)
50¢/1 Reames Egg Noodles (exp 4/21)
50¢/1 Minute Rice (exp 4/30)
50¢/1 Mezzetta or Napa Valley Bistro (exp 6/30)

55¢/1 Smithfield Bacon (exp 3/31)
55¢/1 Eggs carton WYB Kikkoman product (exp 6/30)

75¢/1 Colgate Wisp product (exp 3/31)
75¢/1 Eight O’Clock Coffee (exp 3/31)

$1.00/1 Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs (exp 2/25)
$1.00/1 Whey Protein Plus (exp 2/25)
$1.00/1 Nature’s Bounty product (exp 3/4)
$1.00/1 Disney or Marvel Multivitamins (exp 3/4)
$1.00/1 Ester-C product (exp 3/4)
$1.00/1 Osteo Bi-Flex Liquid, 6 pk (exp 3/4)
$1.00/1 White Cloud bathroom tissue (exp 3/21)
$1.00/1 Woolite All in One Carpet Cleaning Tool (exp 3/31)
$1.00/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal (exp 3/31)
$1.00/1 Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Dog Biscuits (exp 3/31)
$1.00/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste (exp 3/31)
$1.00/1 NYC (New York Color) product (exp 4/1)
$1.00/1 Taco Bell Home Originals (exp 4/30)
$1.00/1 Quaker Life Soft Baked Bars (exp 5/31)
$1.00/1 Campbell’s V8 Soup (exp 5/31)
$1.00/1 Downy Wrinkle Releaser (exp 6/1)
$1.00/1 Mucinex-D (exp 9/30)

$1.00/2 Fit Me product (exp 4/21)

$1.50/1 Olivari Mediterranean Olive Oil (exp 4/1)

$1.50/3 Hormel Chili, Hash, Bacon Toppings, Spam, Dinty Moore, Chicken Breast or Compleats (exp 4/18)

$2.00/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh WYB 1 Van de Kamp’s or Mrs. Paul’s item (exp 3/18)
$2.00/1 K-Y product (exp 4/30)

$3.00/1 Flexamin product (exp 3/4)
$3.00/1 Neutrogena Cosmetics (exp 3/15)
$3.00/1 Nature Made Vitamin D (exp 5/31)
$3.00/1 Nature Made Vitamins (exp 5/31)
$3.00/1 PreserVision Eye Vitamins (exp 5/31)

$3.00/2 Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons (exp 4/30)

$4.00/1 Osteo Bi-Flex softgels, caplets or powders (exp 3/4)
$4.00/1 K-Y Couples Lubricant, Intense, Kissable Sensations or Intrigue (exp 4/30)
$4.00/1 Nature Made CholestOff (exp 5/31)
$4.00/1 Nature Made Fish Oil (exp 5/31)

$6.00/1 Nature Made Coenzyme Q10, 100 mg (exp 5/31)

There you have it, all the coupons from the February 18, 2011 All You magazine. Remember, you can have this magazine mailed to your home. Click HERE for more information.

Just earned 39 Swag bucks! I love

I just did a search online, and BAM! look what I earned:

Every once in a while I will earn 50 Swag bucks, and once in a while I will hit 100 Swag bucks. Lately it has been harder to get those numbers again, so I am happy to make the 39 Swag bucks. BTW, I like redeeming 450 Swag bucks for a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Funny thing is is that I just did this post about a few minutes ago

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 “Swag Bucks” 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.

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