Mark the First Day of Spring with FREE Italian Ice!

For the past 16 years, Rita's has been giving away a free, regular size Italian Ice to each and every guest to mark the first day of spring! This is a sweet date for Italian Ice lovers, as each year, hundreds of thousands of our guests visit Rita's in search of the first taste of spring.

A Philadelphia-born springtime tradition, the 17th annual Rita's giveaway will be held on Friday, March 20, 2009 from noon to 10 p.m. at participating Rita's locations.

Hope to see you at Rita's!!


HIPAP has moved!

Just in case you are wondering where I have been....You can now pinch pennies with me at www.howipinchapenny.com.  I have my own domain name!  Be sure to click on the JOIN tab and let me know you made it over!


Free Spring Samples!

Who wants some free samples for spring!? I do!! I do!!  Click the above link and get a enjoy some freebies.


Get $4.99 back from Kellogg's when you take the 10 Day Challenge

Try the Kellogg's All-Bran 10 Day Challenge and get a rebate on one of the products shown up to a $4.99 value. Complete the form provided and mail all of the requested materials in with the form to receive your FREE rebate. FORM


Walgreens Sunday Shopping .12 out of pocket!

I feel like I have hit the mother load.  I know there are other couponing mom's out there who have done better but for me this is a big deal.  What you see on my couch I got for .12.  That is right.  Less than a quarter.  My husband tells me they are going to ban me from Walgreens!

Here is how I did it.

Fruitics shampoo and conditioners
on sale for $2.99 each
In store coupon $2.00
Coupon from the sunday paper$1.00 ( I had 5 of them!)

Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Lasting Impressions 
$7.99 each
B1G1F coupon found HERE
In store coupon for $4.00 of each one!
*print 2 of the coupons ( that is the limit ) 
**be sure to give the B1G1F THEN the in store coupon

Glade Sense Spray Motion Activated
B1G1F coupon found HERE
In store coupon for $4.00 of each one!
*print 2 of the coupons ( that is the limit )
**be sure to give the B1G1F THEN the in store coupon

Huggies Wipes
On sale for $6
$5 coupon found Here: Coupons.com

Johnson & Johnson Red Cross travel kits
$1.50 each
$3 off any J&J Red Cross purchase found Here
*I think that coupon is no longer available but it is a great resource!

Colgate Toothpaste
$2.50 coupon found in the Sunday Paper

Here is the bottom part of my receipt:

I had an overage...see the sub total at -2.10?  Then there was tax....6%  My total out of pocket was .12.  My savings was $115.93.  That is pinching pennies my friends!

MMM Warm Delights

Click the link above to get a free sample of Betty Crocker Warm Delights.  Ohhh I could go for some right now!

FREE Popcorn at IMAX Theaters

If you are like me you have the mid winter blues.  Get out with the kidos or your sweetie and go see a movie with free popcorn!
Print and redeem this coupon at your local IMAX AMC theatre to receive a FREE popcorn. This coupon expires April 16, 2009!  LINK


$5 Off Any Bag of AvoDerm Dog Food - Printable Coupon

Print out coupon for your $5 savings on AvoDerm dog food. Coupon expires April 30, 2009.  Don't have a dog? Donate it to your local animal shelter.

Save On Pampers

Pampers Coupon
Fill out short form to receive a free coupon for $1.50 towards your next purchase of Pampers. Click on the image above to go straight to the site.


Want a sneak peak?

The Coupon Clippers
Want a sneak peak of what the coupons will be in this Sunday's paper?  Click the icon above and it will give you a peak of what will be in your paper. Once you are there click on the paw print that is labeled "TRACKER".  Start planing! 

FREE Kashi Frozen Entree

Coupon Good For a FREE Kashi Frozen Entree

Complete the form provided for your coupon for a FREE Kashi frozen entree. Limit one coupon per family, household, address, or email address. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.  HERE is you link.


Free Diet Dr. Pepper

Click the link and fill out the form and Dr. Pepper will send you a coupon for a free 2 liter or a free 20 oz. of Diet Dr. Pepper.  Can you guess which one I signed up for?  It takes 4-6 weeks for your coupon to ship.  I can wait can you?  If you are not a fan of Dr. Pepper you can always donate it to your local food bank.

Free Classical Baby Music Download

I can't remember where I found THIS link but click on it and you are able to download 2 separate classical music albums for baby.  They are just snippets of the whole song but it is nice to have it on as background music.  I am always looking for nice music to have on for my girls while they play.  This is a nice addition to my iTunes collection!

images from Munchkin.com

Get a FREE $10 Coupon Book From Dinner Made Easy!

Dinner Made Easy is offering a lot of savings on some of their most popular brands. Sign up for the Dinner Made Easy email newsletter and get tasty 30 minute meal ideas your family will love. As a bonus Betty Crocker will send a free booklet packed with $10 in coupon savings. Fill in the form and submit for your FREE coupon booklet.  Click on the image above to go to the site!


Week of 3/3 Walgreens - what I got for FREE

The above products are what I got for free from Walgreens.
The Axe hair putty was 5.99
FREE after rebate

Walgreens 20 ct. headache relief was 2.99
FREE after rebate

Dawn was 1.99
walgreens flyer coupon for .99
Coupon for 1.00 off 

As you can tell this was  FREE purchase after I get my rebate!  YIPPIE.  Free is my favorite 4 letter "F" word!

Red Box March Madness Wednesday Freebie Code

Redblog Free Movie Wednesday Code

Wednesdays just got a little better with redblog and Free Movie Wednesdays!
Every Wednesday in March, visit redblog to get a code for a free night's rental, good for that day only.

March 4th Free Movie Wednesday Code*
Stop by a redbox near you and enter code: 75EA16

Want a free redbox rental every Monday?
Sign up for Free Movie Mondays with redbox SMS alerts and get a free code sent to your mobile phone every Monday!  Great for when you are about and about and in need of a free movie.

*Good for one free night's rental. Code expires at midnight Central Time.

$10 coupon for the Leapfrog Tag Reading System

Here is a coupon for $10 off any Tag reading system AND $4 off any Tag book.  Great coupon!  Even better if you can find either of these items on clearance.  My 4 year old received the Tag system for Christmas and she LOVES it!  The 22 month old has even figured out how to get it started and have it make noise at her. While you are there, join the 1 million hours of reading pledge.


My Deals at Wal Mart Today

I was in Wal* Mart today and I got the above items for FREE.  Here is how I did it.
Purina Dog biscuits  2.84
I used THIS coupon for 3.50 off.  You do need to sign up and there is a short survey BUT they will also donate $1 worth of purina pet food towards a participating animal shelter in your area when you redeem the coupon.  Print the coupon twice.  

I got $1.32 as the remainder after coupon.  I was able to apply that to the rest of my bill.

The Yo Plus was on sale for $2.08
Printable coupon for $1.50 HERE
Total out of pocket  .58

The Degree deodorants were $1.97 each
I had 2 coupons for $2 off... 
I got paid .06 to take those out the door!

Restaurant.com Promo Code Included!

Restaurant.com has another code for you to save even more!  Use CHEF and save 50%!  It can be used on both of their most popular products, Dinner of the Month Club and the $25 Gift Certificates. This offer is valid March 3rd through March 9th!

Take 50% Off with every order of Dinner of the Month Club purchase. Use the code CHEF thru 3/9/09.

Take 50% Off with every order of $25 Gift Certificates. Use code CHEF and pay $5 thru 3/9/09.

Don't Cry... Smile A Word Art Freebie

I think this is a wonderful quote.  There are so many applications that can be used for.  When a loved one passes away, when the school dance you anticipated is over or the flowers you got for your anniversary die.  It is such a 'cup half full' quote.  

This is why we take pictures and put together scrap books.  Or at least that is why I do, to look back and smile at the memory made.  How do you plan on using this quote?


March Madness ~ Red Box Style

It's March Movie Madness for redbox, so get in the game… on Wednesdays! Visit redblog every Wednesday in March for your Free Movie Wednesday code. Then visit your local redbox kiosk for your FREE 1 NIGHT's RENTAL.

I received the above in an e-mail and had to share it with you.  Check it out and pinch another penny with Red Box!

image from redblog.com

Click to Save Additional 10% on Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.

Click on the above image and save an additional 10% on already-reduced SALE items at verabradley.com. Use code SALE4SPRING during checkout. Offer beings on Monday, March 2 and ends March 8.

If you love Vera Bradley as much as I do you will see how this offer helps you pinch your pennies!

My Review of My Pic Tales Book ~ Belle this is for you!

I am quite pleased with my 8x8 book I orderd from mypictales.com.  The book came wrapped in a cello bag and was tightly fit in to its packing box.  The cover was so nice!  I wasn't sure what to expect when I did a custom cover.  I did  simple black cover with our names on the back and the title on the front.  Instead of being limited to a few standard fonts I was able to use a font that I had in my library of fonts.  Such personalization!  I would say the cover felt laminated but I know that is not the technical term.  It is comparable to the lovely coffee table books you are able to buy in a book store. I think this year I am going to play around with a few ideas and try something different and more challenging with my cover.

At first I was a little unhappy with the quality of the print of the pages at first glance.  I had saved everything in 300 DPI and the highest quality I could.  The pages had a bit of a grainy look to them.  I pulled out the Shutterfly book I had made last year and compared the pages.  The My Pic Tales book was equal if not better quality in comparison to the Shutterfly book. I guess technology for printing for the every day book maker had not caught up to my expectations.  I can live with that.

The pages seem to be securely affixed to the binding and the quality of the paper has withstood my 2 year old looking through it (with supervision).  The edges of the pages are cleanly cut and not jagged at all.  Nice and crisp.  The whole feel of the book just oozes quality. 

My 2009 family album will be slightly different.  I have learned about bleed, canvas size, trim and safety zone.  My Pic Tales has a wonderful tutorial HERE.  It lays out all the dimensions and cutting zones so your precious pages are able to be printed in all their glory.  I had a few questions in my uploading and ordering my book and the staff was super fast at getting back to me with an easy answer.  I was able to take advantage of a coupon code found on the front page and save even more on the already awesome value of My Pic Tales.

I will be ordering from My Pic Tales again in the future and will point all my digital friend to them for their printing needs.  Go check them out and have your memories printed and bound with quality.

Photo from Mypictales.com

FREE Movie Monday - Red Box

It is Monday!!!! You know what that means....FREE MOVIE FROM RED BOX!!!! Here is your code:MS72K3. Press the 'redeem code' button and use the code I gave you. you do have to insert a credit card but that is just so if you don't return it by 9 pm Tuesday they will charge you $1.

We are having a snow day at my house. As soon as my husband digs us out we are going to go to Red Box!

Don't Frown - Word Art

I found this quote and knew there had to be on someone out there that needed it to complete the perfect page.  Enjoy and show some love.


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Save That Hard Brown Sugar

Photo: Shutterstock

Yesterday my mom brought me a brick of brown sugar.  You could have hurt someone with it, that is how hard it was!  She was at a loss as to what to do with it.  She was going to throw it out but figured I could use it in a chili or something.  

This was a perfect opportunity to try a remedy I had heard of but never tried.  I used a cut piece of apple and added it to the sealed container.  With in a few hours the edge of the brick was softening.  It took just under 24 hours and it was better than new!

What a great way of pinching pennies!  Instead of tossing it I was able to save it and save my mom some money.  I am returning her sugar to her the next time I see her.

Jesus Loves Me - Word Art

Here is another word art for you.  I was thinking of my girls and what I would want to have  in a word art for their scrap books.   I hope you get good use out of it!