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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

FLIP Camera GIVE-AWAY!!!


Yeah!! I finally found a moment to sit down and write this up! =)

If your just popping over, I am one of Walmart's 11 (okay, 12) moms. Walmart has launched a new Money Saving Mom community with lots of videos for you to view... but also to inspire you! They want to inspire you to make your own videos so that we can all spread the good news about saving money! (And help each other out!). If you haven't viewed my videos already, be sure to check them out HERE on my blog or over at the Walmart page HERE.

The really cool part is you can start submitting your own videos on Oct. 3rd. AND, the best video will win its owner a year's supply of groceries! Yipppee!

Feeling inspired now? Need a video camera to tape your money saving know how? You're in luck! The folks over at Pure Digital have sent me another Flip video camera (just like the one I am using to film my videos) to give away!! I It is a $150 value. YIPPEE!!

It includes a case and Duracell batteries. You can slip it in your purse, or pop it on a tripod. The best part? It is simple to use. I AM TALKING EASY PEASY GURLS! Even if you are not particularly tech savvy, I promise you will enjoy this camera! It has less buttons than your cell phone! =)

Key Features & Benefits:


  • 640 x 480 resolution

  • Records video at 30 frames per second in the AVI format


  • 2x digital zoom

  • Allows you to bring your subjects closer for better composition


  • 1.5-inch color LCD screen

  • Lets you easily compose and review your videos


  • Interfaces

  • Connects to TVs using the video output or to computers with the USB 2.0 port


  • 2 GB of internal memory

  • Stores up to 60 minutes of digital video for playback or uploading


    Wanna win it? I need some help! I need to film more content so if you've got an idea, leave it in the comments section here and you'll be entered to win! Here's some things I am thinking particularly about.... money saving tips for tail-gating/game day, or holiday saving, including how you save money entertaining.

    Got some ideas on these topics or others? Leave a comment and maybe you'll be my lucky winner!! I'll randomly choose a winner on Monday, next week (September 29). So enter to win by Monday at NOON. Good luck! =)

    290 Comments:

    Jessica said...

    Stockpiling is a great way to save on entertaining! Shop with those coupons and get snacks for free or almost free (think Chex Mix). You can also make your own trail mix with all these free Cheerios and peanuts we've been getting...add some raisins (which have been on sale at Walgreens) and you're good to go! :-)

    Angie said...

    I have a bit of a sweet tooth...so my tip is to shop the day after Halloween and Valentines Day to get CHEAP candy. Then you can save it for quite a while before it gets old, and share it in a candy jar/dish when you are having a party.

    Jen said...

    Maybe how to throw a dinner party from start to finish on a budget. Preparing a menu, clipping coupons, etc. for the big day.

    Margaret said...

    You should do a video about making different gift baskets from cvs/walgreens stash, such as a new home for a bridal shower, or a baby theme one.

    kindredspirit said...

    How I save for the holidays is buy spreading out when I buy presents. I usually buy 1 a paycheck until they are all bought. And for my kids I usually stop in the clearance section at Walmart or Target to see if there are any good bargains on toys. I have already found several Christmas gifts this way.

    t.scott said...

    How about a video on how NOT to spend? About how to utilize what you have before rushing to the store...even if there is a sale or a coupon. Just the other day we ran out of window cleaner and my husband wanted to zip out and get some. No no, I MADE some with stuff we had...and I tell ya, it works better then ANY I have ever bought! :)

    April said...

    How about something to do with pregnancy? Signing up for diaper coupons, formula clubs, whittling down the registry... stuff like that?

    Or -- what about Halloween/ Harvest creativity? Costumes, decorations, etc. I bet you encounter some great games/ crafts at school that a mom would like!

    Awesome giveaway, Denise!

    Becky said...

    For entertaining, food can be so expensive. I recently hosted a baby themed party in which one of the gifts was a recipe collection. As part of the gift, everyone brought in their favorite dish, had the corresponding recipe nicely typed up to put in a book and it served two purposes: it provided a nice gift and provided extra food for the party!

    Gretchen Magruder said...

    How about frugal road trips? We can't do anything about gas prices, but what about other ways to save?

    Dixie said...

    To save for holidays, I usually do goody bags full of all the stuff like lotions, make-up, and body washes that I've gotten for dang near nothing through out the year. I give those as gifts for the kids' school teachers, my secret santa at the office and have a few on hand if someone that was unexpected shows up at at my Christmas party (which happens almost every year)!!

    Becky said...

    I'm gonna pray every night between now and Monday that I win this! How incredibly lovely would that be?
    My ideas ... I'm gonna glean just a bit from one comment about buying candy after the holiday. Its a bit time consuming, but I like to buy the left overs from whatever holiday M&Ms and take out the colors that I need for whatever particular situation I'm hosting for. For example, white and red M&Ms went super for my DH's Ohio State themed b-day party I threw a couple years ago.
    A recorded trip to CVS would be incredible too!

    Kristi said...

    Since you're expecting, what about a "preparing for a baby" video about how to save on getting ready for the new arrival. It might have to be a couple of videos, but maybe some giving tips on where to shop, how to know what you need and how to get a great deal.

    Patricia @ From Wags to Riches said...

    This being my first Thanksgiving coming up, I would like to get ideas on how to put on a great Thanksgiving Dinner on the cheap!

    In fact, anything to do with doing food on the cheap - especially for parties is something I'm very interested in.

    fromwagstorichesATentemporeDOTcom

    Anonymous said...

    Being frugal on game day...

    1) Check the rules for the stadium that you are visiting, and find out what sort of food/beverages are allowed in.

    1a) Almost all will allow you to bring one sealed bottle of water. Bring one bottle for each ticket purchased, even the kids. Bring Crystal Light singles to mix in if you don't like plain water.

    1b) If you can bring in your own food, bring food that is fun for the kids and/or similar to what the concessioneers are selling. (i.e. peanuts, buttered popcorn, cotton candy)

    1c) Give each kid "splurge" money. They can spend it on food or a souvenir, but when it's gone, it's gone.

    2) If practical, eat a meal right before leaving the house, or leave something in the crockpot to eat upon returning home.

    3) Many discount stores (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) sell team t-shirts, and they are much less expensive than shirts at the game.

    3a) Smaller women can buy kids' sized t-shirts in place of baby tees.

    Anna in IL

    Lisa said...

    I'd love to see you do a video about menu/budget planning for the holidays. From presents to the meal, any frugal ideas/tips would be great! :)

    Ashley Flores said...

    For Christmas gifts (I'm usually done with my shopping before Thanksgiving) I shop early and buy clearance. CVS will randomly put Essence of Beauty items or gift sets on clearance throughout the year. Stock up on those!

    Ashley

    daniel.ashley @yahoo.com

    Kim C. said...

    I would love to see something on holiday shopping...I always feel like this creeps up on me and I'd like to get tips on how to buy early, stretch my dollars farther, etc so I can be better prepared and save money at the same time!

    Jim and Maria Hart, Realtors said...

    You always do your scenerios for weekly sales, so why not video it instead of just typing it out. You could visually show the sales ads with manufacturer coupons and store coupon matchups. As an added bonus, you could then do a show-and-tell with what you bought and show your receipt for proof of the savings! Video is always better than still pictures, and you could narrate the whole trip.

    Jamie said...

    What about how to budget?
    -Envelope system
    -Not using credit cards
    -Meal Planning

    Ways that people can be more money-conscious around the holidays!

    Great videos so far by the way!

    Brandy said...

    I think it would be great to do a video about how to shop at the after Christmas sales for gifts for the following year. I do this every year and it saves so much money. Last year I was able to buy all of the gifts for my family (except the big things for my kids) for this year. It would be funny to actually video some of the sales. It can get a little crazy there.

    Pheobie said...

    I would love to learn how to entertain without breaking the bank. Also, hosting cheap/easy playdates that have educational activities.

    Thanks!

    jenn said...

    I would like to see a video on savings for a new baby. Baby stuff can be so expensive.

    Lori said...

    Holiday shopping is upon us, so some timely videos would undoubtedly be a hit!

    I think videos on how to shop clearance toys and clothing throughout the year would be important.

    Also, here's my tip: my daughter has a lot of friends, and it's always nice to exchange gifts. But somebody always has food allergies, so candy exchange can be a bit dicey. We save crayons from restaurants and broken ones and some that are cheap at back to school time (mostly red, green, and white or blue, silver and white since we do both Hanukah and Christmas) then we melt them in a big baking dish and use holiday cookie cutters to cut them out as they are cooling. Then we have holiday themed crayons for all the classmates and friends! Add a fun holiday bag and some bows and you have cheap gifts and an activity all in one.

    E and B: We're married. We love each other lots. said...

    How about "How to throw baby showers, wedding showers, and bachelorette parties on a budget while still having a blast"

    Anonymous said...

    I love the holidays but they get expensive. How about baking ideas for gifts or some homemade gift ideas/crafts.

    I keep all of my holiday lists in a notebook that I always have with me. Lists for each person with ideas so I don't over buy and keep it all together.

    Possibly a video on where we can find helpful websites that save money and with black Friday coming up ways to save and get some great gifts.

    Heather
    melody806@yahoo.com

    Jennifer said...

    I love the holiday suggestions. I would also love to see suggestions on what freezes well. Does anyone know? That way we can save when things are on sale, but don't waist them either :) You'll need to stock up on freezer meals soon :) Congrats on the new baby!

    Mrs. Schmid said...

    Lately we've been getting invited to a ton of kid's birthdays, I'd love to see a video on how to stockpile and save on children's presents. It would be nice to have a stash in the closet that I got for a great price, to grab when the need arises! Thanks!!!

    mrs.schmid@gmail.com

    Kelly said...

    How to make fun Halloween costumes from items you have laying around the house. And using coupons and clearance items at craft stores to stockpile your craft drawers and make those fun Halloween costumes.

    Heather said...

    One way I save money for the holidays is to buy my wrapping paper, tape, decorations and all other things a year in advance. I wait until after the holidays and buy marked down items to then allow me to use my money during the holidays on actual gifts!

    debbielynne said...

    How about a video on how to make a workable coupon organizer and also how to keep it up to date. I'd like to see how to make one so that I could give them to a few friens for Christmas - stocked with coupons to get them started.

    Kirsten said...

    I'd love to see a video on how to combine all of your coupon savings into a way to earn additional value....clear as mud?!? Well, our Kroger gives 10 cents off per gallon of gas on a fill-up when you accumulate $100 in purchases. This "purchase" price is your pre-coupon total. While I never spend $100 at Kroger, those little trips with coupons add up! Since Kroger doubles coupons up to 50 cents, my pre-coupon total adds up quickly! So, your coupon purchases at Kroger help to save money on gas for your car....and if you pay with a credit card that earns cash back or miles (for example), you just did a TRIPLE DIP using your Qs.

    (Love the giveaway!!!! *fingers crossed!*)

    b.k.parr@netzero.com

    kronca said...

    I love learning new ideas for recycling old products. Saving the pull tabs on OJ containers - you can have kids paint them - they make great rings. Using baby socks to make a mobile for your nursery. (I did this and it came out great!!) We also reuse old containers (Gerber Graduates work great), glue paper around them (decorated by the kids, of course) and fill them with homemade goodies. Great stuff for the holidays!!

    Melanie said...

    I would love ideas on how to make kids birthday parties on the cheap but still cool as heck!

    April said...

    how about showing how to divide things in half to save money(like cut magic erasers in half, dryer sheets, etc) or repurposing items

    FunkyFrum said...

    sometimes i feel like money saving is my second job and that the effort i expend to save money is keeping me from other things. i would love some tips on streamlining saving money, like where to look in stores and so on.

    Amy T said...

    I would love to see an article on black friday showing or when to save/buy certain gifts..electronics,clothes, etc during the holiday season. I always debate whether it's better to buy on black friday or a week before Xmas.

    kiravens at yahoo dot com

    Carrie said...

    I would love to see a video on what you do with all of the items that you end up with but you really don't need. I myself have been putting together baby baskets, get well baskets, feel good baskets, etc. for our Air Force Base wives group to sell as a fundraiser. I am just curious what others do with their stuff.

    Helen said...

    I would love it if you would do a post/video on saving money when you're having people over. In the past few weeks I've hosted dinner, two breakfasts and provided dinner for a family with a new baby. Those weeks totally blow my grocery budget. Help!

    Sandi said...

    I think it would be great to see a video on preparing for and hosting a successful yard sale. As a new SAHM I'm always looking for ways to earn a little extra $$$. Thanks!

    willisfamily04(at)gmail(dot)com

    DealMamaBelle said...

    To save money for the holidays we make up baskets of goodies to give away rather than buy a gift. Fancy looking chocolate covered pretzels, cookies, sweet breads, pies, or popcorn drizzled with all manner of yummy-ness... I get tins and baskets from the goodwill, wash the tins, decorate the baskets and voila.. a great gift.

    Jill said...

    It would be great to see a video on how to save on baby items such as diapers and formula, but also on all the needed essentials for baby, such as furniture and decor, baby equipment (stroller, car sear etc.), baby food, etc.

    Lindsey said...

    I think a video on a childrens birthday or Halloween party. complete with savvy gifts and activities!

    Gail said...

    Entertaining on the cheap - Some of the Dollar Stores now carry refrigerated and frozen food in addition to the canned and packaged goods. You can be very creative and cheap with a dollar store menu! You can do a whole theme with decorations, gift wrap and favors, too.

    When I still had family at home I used to often do cooking one Sunday a month. Not as hard as it sounds, and you can find ideas on the "net".

    Briana @ Bargain Briana said...

    Saving money while pregnant tips?

    Stephanie said...

    He Denise! I love your videos so far! Our family always has stockings hung in addition to the presents under the tree, etc. If we're all here, that's about 22 stockings!! It's always kind of been my job to have candy for the stockings. One of the things I try to do every year is stock up on candy the day after Halloween. The candy is good for months, and you can find a lot of individually wrapped candy bars, sweet tarts, etc, that have no halloween pictures or decorations on them, and they're at least 50% off!!! You can also catch some during the days after Thanksgiving, but there's not nearly as much then. One other cheap stocking stuffer idea is to go to Menard's the day after Thanksgiving. They have TONS of stuff they don't usually carry and very good deals on it.

    Meg said...

    What about saving money while decorating.

    There are lots of things you can do to save money by shopping for these items at dollar stores and thrift stores. A can of spray paint goes a long way :)

    http://onourwayonline.com

    Chris said...

    WOW - so many great ideas! I would like to a video on how you minimize the time spent to be a frugal shopper. How much time do you spend clipping coupons, searching the sale flyers, and shopping.

    Thanks!

    Brittney said...

    I would love to hear more about planning and saving on groceries for two people. It's just my husband and me, and I often find our food going to waste because the two of us can't eat it all and I am not always the best at planning meals so we can eat/use all the food. Most portions are designed for families, so cooking for just the two of us can be hard sometimes.
    Thanks for all the great tips and deals!

    Amy said...

    Wal-Mart might not like this one, but I've found that white vinegar, baking soda, and lemons can be used to do just about all household cleaning. There are other natural ingredients, but just those are sufficient for just about everything.
    I just zip by all the coupons for cleaning products because I don't need them. So my spending for cleaning products has been just about to nothing since I keep vinegar and baking soda and usually lemons on hand. The lemons aren't necessary, they just add a nice scent and extra reassurance that the bacteria is dead. The vinegar and baking soda go a LONG WAY!

    Leigh Ann said...

    I love your videos so far! Could you do one on how to have family fun without breaking the bank?

    Going out to eat cheaply, for example - if you use the coupon on the back of a Burger King receipt, you can feed 5 for $8. Or how to get the same food at McD's for way less by not ordering the "Happy Meal", but getting the dollar sandwich & splitting a large fry. Or, at least where we are, ordering the ten piece nugget box for $2 instead of the 4 piece bag for $1 - gets me how they do that!

    Maybe a list of cheap family field trips & how to get the most out of them spending the least amount of money? Like poking around on the internet to find out the cheap days to visit the zoo, etc.

    Mardi said...

    A key to saving money when entertaining, and during the holidays, is planning ahead. That way you will be able to look for those items you need ahead of time and get the best deal. Don't be afraid to ask your friends to bring a side dish. That will help with the variey of food you have to offer, you get to try others' food, and you don't have to spend so much money! I love sharing my salads with friends and love it even more when they ask for the recipe.

    Jen said...

    Maybe you could do one for your deals at CVS. From clipping the coupons to getting the deals.

    Beulah said...

    For holidays, I shop year round. Literally. I grab up the after holiday clearance at places like Hobby Lobby and Target for the next season. We also give homemade gifts. These generally go over much better. This year I made homemade jelly for the adults. I make no-sew blankets and scarves for the kiddos. We also give gift baskets or bags out of the stockpile of bath, beauty, health products from CVS/Wags.

    Rebecca said...

    Wedding planning on a budget!

    Tammy said...

    The best idea I have for a video is how to utilize the coupon forums like Hot Coupon World, A Full Cup, and Slick Deals. It takes a long time to figure out how to navigate the forums, summarize all the deals listed, and organize for a shopping trip. I think that would be VERY popular. I know I have a lot of gals I could refer to your site, just to watch that video or series of videos!

    The Homemaker's Resource said...

    I would suggest ways to save on car maintenance or fuel costs. Might not be the easiest thing, but would be VERY relevant.

    Anonymous said...

    How 'bout - an article about being Frugal vs. Cheap. I've always wanted to do this one because you wouldn't believe the stories I have!
    littlebphotographycompany@gmail.com

    Anonymous said...

    Or I was just thinking about doing an article about how to do "trades" for stuff. I can also help you with this! Isn't this stuff exciting?
    littlebphotographycompany@gmail.com

    Anonymous said...

    One more and I'll zip it, I promise! Maybe do an article about decorating on a budget. And yes, I can show you first had what I've had to do to live Pottery Barn-ish while hubby is in school. This would be a fun one to video about, don't cha think?
    littlebphotographycompany@gmail.com

    Tricia said...

    How about frugal ways to use your stockpile for Christmas gifts?

    I plan on making travel bags jammed packed with all my free samples and freebies/cheapies from CVS.

    Below is another excellent idea!
    http://infarrantlycreative.blogspot.com/2008/03/free-sample-gift-idea.html

    Tricia

    KEVIN said...

    How about using all those samples and "gifts" we've received throug the year as prizes for small games at holiday get togethers. You could number them and use them as prizes for "Holiday Bingo" or any games that your family or friends might enjoy.

    Anonymous said...

    Okay I fibbed, I guess. The ideas are flowing! I actually would like to hear your thoughts on saving money and loosing weight or eating healthy. Because a lot of the stuff that we get coupons for are for prepackaged things. There's got to be a better way, no? I am starting the research on this and I'll be back to let you know! Thanks! I'm done. For real. :)
    littlebphotographycompany@gmail.com

    Chief Family Officer said...

    I would love to see how you organize your coupons! This is one area I am struggling with now so I am hungry for inspiration :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Cathy

    Bobbi said...

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I shop all year long for great buys so that I'm not strapped for the holiday! I also write out my xmas cards in October(one less item to worry about). I make handmade soap every year and get requests for it too.

    How about a video on creating a baskets or bags for your out of town overnight guests with all of your cheap or freebies.

    As a teacher they rarely give you the supplies that you crave for projects and I know many teachers spend out of pocket. How about thrifty teacher teaching us moms how to purchase craft/school in handy.

    Bobbi
    lobbyoil@sbcglobal.net

    Carols said...

    I would love to see a video blog about preparing holiday dinners before the big day. That way we spend time enjoying the day instead of cooking.

    The Kahumokus said...

    I would like you to do a video on how to use those holiday leftovers so not a bit is wasted but we're not eating the same thing every night!

    candace said...

    I would love to see "How to decorate your home on a budget" or "How to decorate your home for the holidays on a budget". I love decorating, but my gosh, it's expensive. Hope this helps!

    Kristie McNealy said...

    Homemade Halloween costumes on a budget, coupon scenarios for free/cheap Halloween candy, hand made gift ideas that are thrifty for Christmas. As a homeschooling mom, I'd love to see more inexpensive items you use in your classroom too.

    anticommagirl at hotmail dot com

    Cristiane said...

    Fall is here! Time to start thinking about Halloween & Thanksgiving. I'd love to see some great tips.
    Babynho@optonline.net

    Anonymous said...

    I think I get excited because it means Christmas is around the corner! More ideas ladies!!!!
    raceracegirl@yahoo.com

    Kerrie said...

    I think a video on being frugal while shopping for holiday gifts would be awesome! I always try to prepare myself, but somehow I always get stuck buying stuff at the last minute. By then, I'm usually not paying attention to what I'm spending because I just have to get it done! Any tips for that would be greatly appreciated. =)

    keeerried216[at]aol[dot]com

    Lynn said...

    When shopping for teacher gifts for christmas, I usually shop at the dollar tree where all items are $1. I purchase a cute and colorful plastic basket and fill with items that the teacher can use such as computer paper with cute school designs or themes, post-it note pads, pack of pens or pencils, and a large bag of candy. I then use colored tissue paper (which I already have) to line the basket with and fill with items purchased. This makes a cute teacher gift for only $5.

    Frugal Mommy said...

    I would love to see holiday stuff. Help you stretch the holiday dollar. Like make home made gifts that dont look cheesey!

    Thanks
    Karen

    Lesley said...

    Iguess that I'm one of the few that love leftovers. I think so many foods taste even better the next day. I would suggest a video showing how to use the leftover Thanksgiving dinners in different recipes. Turkey Fried Rice - turkey, rice, corn etc. Mashed potatoes make great potato pancakes, turkey, white sauce and green peas over biscuits, turkey pot pie and oven faced hot turkey sandwiches.

    Chris in TN said...

    When my son was younger, he really liked Thomas the Tank. For his birthday party, he helped me make a Thomas pinyata (this turned into double the fun since my son got to help.. what child doesnt like getting elbow deep in glue) and I also painted a pin the coach car on Thomas game (a spin on pin the tail on the donkey). I already had the paints and used mostly cardboard for the rest of these. I just bought candy to fill the pinyata. The kids loved it and it kept them entertained.

    This whole concept can be geared for baby or bridal showers or even that tailgate party.

    Thanks again for all you do and offering such a GREAT giveaway item!!

    TNCM@twlakes.net

    Eden C. said...

    I few ways we save on holiday stuff is 1) we like to shop at Ocean State Job Lot. They are a lot like Big Lots & they do not always have the same thing every week. Just whatever came in. The greatest thing we found this year that we REALLY stocked up on was those little kits that you normally see at Borders or something like that. They are just tiny little kits with a book that goes with them. They are probably less than 3 X 3 boxes & are so much fun! We got them on soap making, gingerbread house making, penmenship, etc. For instance, the gingerbread one came with a little booklet on gingerbread houses & some tiny cookie cutters to make a tiny gingerbread house. It's adorable! Another way to save is 2) we like to make a gingerbread house every year. This year I have been setting aside some of the free candy from CVS etc to use on the gingerbread house. We were just going to eat it all & I happened to think about Christmas & how if we saved just some of it, how we wouldn't have to buy candy for the gingerbread house (or for stockings, small gifts, candy dishes, etc.) We are glad this year we have a lot of free peppermints! 3) stockpiling on the cheaper deals during the year can really save you money & time when it comes down to the holidays. We just keep a sharp lookout for cheap good deals during the year so we don't have to spend the holiday prices or a lot of time worrying over "What can we get Bob" because we were keeping a sharp lookout during the year & found the perfect gift for Bob already!

    That's about all I can think of for now. Sorry if I rambled too long!

    I love your videos & thanks for the giveaway!

    Tina said...

    I would love to see a video on organization. With all of the coupon websites, blogs, etc. out there, its hard to keep up. Also, at home...how to organize you house, kid's room, holiday supplies/storage ideas, pantry, etc. -Tina

    chris said...

    I think holiday decorating parties are fun and it is a good way to save money and time during the holidays. Invite your friends and family over to help make decorations. Last year I made cinnamon christmas tree ornaments (I have the recipe somewhere if you need it) I had my son and his friends help make them and then we gave them out as presents. They were a huge hit!

    Nancy said...

    Hi, It would be great to see organizing tips - pantry, bathroom, closets and such - I gain quite a few ideas seeing how someone has organized. Another area that would be great is bill paying - how do you handle bill paying and how do you budget for the shopping stockpile trips.

    Thanks for a great website - I've learned tons in the short time I've been hanging out and I've been passing it along to my friends. - Nancy

    lerinleigh said...

    Shopping for gifts all year round. Whether it be or Christmas or birthday parties, showers, or almost any occasion, stock up all throughout the year. That way you always have a gift on hand for the unexpected party. But also, and even more important, shop when things are on clearance. Get items for a great price (buy more than one if it's a really great deal) and save them for when you need them. It makes Christmas or birthday time much lighter on your wallet and your stress level!

    Becky said...

    We live in a major Big 12 University town! Would love to see more about tailgate party savings! We of course have everyone joining bring a little something so that one person is not doing it all!

    Felicia said...

    Here is a tip if you have growing children! We like to shop the clearance rack at clothing departments such as Kohl's. It is always out of season, so I rack up on the next size up for when that season rolls around again! I have gotten pajamas for 50 cents and name brand jeans for $1 or less! It is a great way to save and it is less than a consignment store! When buying from the Internet I ALWAYS do a search for coupon codes. 9 times out of 10 you can find something. These are just a few things I do to help save on the cost of clothing for kids who seem to grow more and more every minute!
    feliciajcarter(at)bellsouth(dot)net

    Milk Donor Mama said...

    My tip is to go to the fall rummage sales that churches often have. Also, in Columbus Ohio is Bargain Box, which will be October 4th at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. It's free admission, and it's like a humongous garage sale with everything from furniture to clothing and toys. All proceeds go to the Junior League!

    I'd like to see a video on garage sale-ing or thrift store shopping.

    Mrs. Bargain Hunting Wife said...

    How to save money on Christmas baking! Some recipes are SO good but call for expensive/rare ingredients. A tip that I use is to share expensive stuff. Say I only need a little bit of something. I'll see if my mom, friends, etc need some and we'll split the cost.

    Also I bake ahead of time and freeze for later. And we try to do a cookie swap at work with the knowledge that many of the items will go into gift baskets for others (non-coworkers). And we set a minimum on cookie costs, that way nobody is bringing in cookies that are really pricy and somebody else is bringing in slice n bakes!

    Anonymous said...

    I save money on gifts by using gift cards I earn on mypoints. I also do gift bags with things I get from cvs and other stores.

    Cindy said...

    HI Denise, I have really enjoyed your little tutorials, but I would love to see a little one done on the CVS savings. Seems everyone is talking about it, and it's hard to grasp it all. I am more visual than anything, so thinking that this might help me (and alot of others) grasp the concept better.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cindy
    www.homesimplehome.blogspot.com

    Amanda said...

    How about doing a video on making your own baby food? It's cheaper, healthier, and you are in control of what is in it...

    Rachel said...

    To save money on Christmas gifts, I'm going to give various photo gifts. I have found some great products and things at http://www.artscow.com/default.aspx?Ref=383595 they have some excellent deals and the grandparents always love pictures of their grandkids :).

    Catver said...

    I would love to see a video of ......"In the day of a frugal/coupon/bargin shopper" ........or "In the week of a frugal/coupon/bargin shopper". For anyone who is new to this whole idea, it seems to me that it isn't so overwhelming when you have watched someone go through all the money saving measures. "If someone else can do this......then so can I!" .........In fact, maybe this could turn into a contest also??? MMMM??

    Ginny said...

    What about frugal ways of throwing a kids birthday party

    Cheryl said...

    I would love to see a video on your site on how you handle Christmas on the cheap, especially shopping for all members of the family.

    Cheryl
    cupcakechick(at)aol(dot)com

    Heather said...

    I would love to see a video on how you budget! I SOOOO need help there!!!

    Anonymous said...

    I am sure this is "preaching to the choir" but I think it is a great idea to plan next years Christmas (or any holiday) this year. What I mean by that is buying decorations and other holiday items when they go on DEEP discounts after the holidays!! I would love to win!!! When I do, contact me at jtmkcm (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks for all you do!!

    Jenn said...

    I have a couple of ideas for Holiday planning on the cheap :) Both include get togethers with friends!!

    1)Have a wrapping party with friends and their kids... wrap all presents in brown paper sacks (Get paper at the store instead of plastic for a few weeks)...then use school supplies you buy on CLEARANCE and let the kids decorate with paints or glitter glue or stickers. If you have some gifts you want to look special or extra nice you can use raffia ribbon from the craft store to decorate the plain wrapping.

    2)Cookie party...early in the season have all the girlfriends over. Each one brings a baked dozen of their fav holiday cookie and X (however many people are invited) bags of frozen cookie dough... say a dozen each. You make one batch of cookies and get prepped for the Holidays and many different cookies to put out. At the get together you can decorate tins or boxes if you want to for people to give out Holiday cookies when the season arrives.

    sassy stephanie said...

    Holy giveaway Batman! I so need it. My ancient cam still has pics from a baby birth three years ago b/c I am so the OPPOSITE of computer savvy, I have not gotten them out of there!

    How about meal planning, snack making and cooking from stockpiles!

    Seanna said...

    This is first time I posted a comment, but the holiday gift saving is one that I have used year after year. I don't normally ask everyone on my list what they want, but buy age and interest appropriate gifts throughout the year. I have a spreadsheet that lists everyone I buy for during the holidays as well as birthdays - we a lot around the holidays. I have their name, age, interests and amount that I spend on them based on our budget for the gifts and shop all year long. As I find deals, I enter them into my spreadsheet and store them in our basement. I usually have 80% of my gifts purchased by November 1st leaving Nov and Dec to do fun stuff with the kids instead of shopping. If you are not pressured to buy gifts by a certain time, you are more likely to find deals all year long and that really match that persons interest/hobbies and not something they will just throw into a closet. Hope this helps.

    Andre'a said...

    How about frugal ideas for taking care of the elderly parents.

    Andre'a

    MrsAdams06 said...

    How about how to save money on Christmas wrapping? I buy mine the day after Christmas for the following year, but you could also use paper bags from the grocery store, and things like small pine cones from outdoors to "garnish" the packages.

    Totally on a different tangent... I would love to see (and show my husband) a video on how to change the oil in our cars.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    icunursemicki said...

    Hi Denise...first of all I want to say I absolutely love your videos, it makes it so personal just seeing you and hearing your voice. I am always looking for ways to help the school and teachers out and since you are a teacher,lol.....I would like to know what things would really help out at the school as far as donating from our stocpiles. I know the basic school supplies, but is there other things that would help out with the classroom? Is there a protocol to donating? How about the school in general? Is there any thing that the school gets money for? I know Box Tops, but how about Campbell's labels? Like when I was a child decades ago, lol. Is it appropriate to set up a snack day and donate freebies? Do they still have gift card purchasing programs that help out schools? I would just like to help out the teachers who take the time to literally help raise and mold the children. Thanks!!!

    TexasPatti said...

    How about tips on getting coupons for meat, produce and dairy products?

    Susang said...

    I survive the holidays and entertaining by using my freezer. I try to plan ahead and double batch foods that will reheat easily when we are pressed for time. This is epecially nice when I can combine this with things that are seasonal or on sale. This might be a good topic for on of your videos. Thanks for all the great tips! Don't know what I would do without all your help.

    Susang said...

    I survive the holidays and entertaining by using my freezer. I try to plan ahead and double batch foods that will reheat easily when we are pressed for time. This is epecially nice when I can combine this with things that are seasonal or on sale. This might be a good topic for on of your videos. Thanks for all the great tips! Don't know what I would do without all your help.

    Megan said...

    I am going to be using my stockpile from CVS and Walgreens to make great gift baskets for the holidays this year. I figure this is going to save me over $500. Hope this helps!

    Leslie said...

    Tips on entertaining and/or holiday gift giving would be great! I entertain for less using the stockpile I have accumulated by using the tips you provide here and coupons stacked with Store coupons or great sales. We had a bonfire here one weekend and I was able to provide hot dogs ( Kraft coupons from ALL YOU) Smores (Fude covered graham crackers from the recent Target Deal, Soda ( recent CVS stock up) and Rice Krispy Treats ( also from Target Deal), for very little out of pocket. I especially need tips for the holidays as they have been weighing heavily on my mind. Also, we had a wedding come up unexpectidly and I was able to throw a basket full of air fresherners, cleaners, detergents, sponges, dish liquids...etc. together and make a huge gift basket for around $5 out of pocket....stockpiling is a wonderful thing!! Thank you for all of your help....I really don't know what I would do without you!!

    Kim and Ken Carlile said...

    I also spread gift buying over the year. Target had toys for 75% off last February and I bought all my son's birthday Christmas presents then.
    Another Holiday idea, my siblings and I all combine our $$ to buy my parents one nice gift. Instead of several smaller, less meaningful gifts, when we all combine our resources we can get them something really nice.
    On an unrelated topic, we save a lot of money by my learning how to cut my husband's and son's hair. It wasn't that hard to learn and the clipper set was only $30!!

    Shira said...

    It would be great to see something on cooking from the pantry and fancying up things you can get cheap/free like boxed pasta meals. It would make entertaining and get togethers much cheaper if you could use the things you already have.

    Kori said...

    If you like a product that rarely has coupons available, don't be shy, contact them and ask! I recently did this with Amy's Kitchen and they sent several coupons for their products.

    steph said...

    I don't know if you go to rummage sales , but I do and you wouldn't believe the things I get ! Home furnishings ,toys etc I'd love to show off all my bargains !
    smiley_2516@yahoo.com

    Gina said...

    I use stockpiling for parties, too. I'd love to see where you keep all your stockpile (we've seen your garage freezer, but where are all the non-perishables? Boxes, cans, etc.)

    webbeach said...

    How about information for new coupon users. I am fairly new and have been jumping from blog to blog and trying to figure it all out. Tips you found that helped you get on your way to where you are now. I have 2 kids and trying to keep things organized and shop with coupons is a challenge for me.
    Or what you do to get organized before you head out to a shopping trip and how to spot good deals once you get there.

    Michelle said...

    We use printable decorations for holiday parties. You can find matching invitations, banners, signs, place cards, napkin rings, party hats, and so much more. You can print out the exact number that you need instead of having to buy more or less in the store.
    michellerdodson@gmail.com

    Nicole said...

    I would love to see some videos on how to decorate on the cheap - of course we all know how to make a meal plan, use coupons, all that jazz - but figuring out how to set a table and the more creative aspects of entertaining can be difficult on a budget. You would be great at that!
    nsivens[at]yahoo[dot]com

    Brandy said...

    How about going one step further with your menu plan and show readers how to plan ahead for their holiday cooking.

    For example turkey is always cheap near Thanksgiving, but if you are planning on serving one for Christmas too it's beneficial to buy it ahead of time.

    I would love to win a FLIP!!! But your vlogs are great so either way I'm a winner.

    Thanks!

    jaymar20 said...

    How about something on how to juggle work and family with bargain shopping. Is there a trick to getting it all done? I never seem to have enough time.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that I'm the winner

    Finance Girl said...

    Since you're a teacher, what about a video for teachers about how to get their room decorated and get all their supplies cheaply? Or, tips on back to school shopping?

    Alesha said...

    I would love to see a video on budget cooking, how to cook a meal for a family on the cheap.

    Great give away I would sooooo love to win this, but who wouldn't.

    Thanks

    pam said...

    How about a video on shopping the day after Thanksgiving.....the lines, the deals, the fun!

    AnnofCarrie said...

    I plan ahead for the Holidays. I stockpile, ctahc sales (after Thanksgiving sales and clearance on Target Dolar spot for stocking stuffers). I buy wrapping paper, bows and tags the year before. I would love to have this camera to show how my friends and I shop and save together!

    Shelli said...

    Decorating on the cheap...some ideas...
    Find stores that take competitors coupons. You can find coupons for Michaels and Hobby Lobby in the Sunday papers pretty frequently. Also, recently went to Lowes and they took my Home Depot coupons, so I was able to get some great looking plants really cheap (the ones at Home Depot looked aweful!).
    I have found fabric at Walmart (not all Walmarts have fabric, but some do!) that I had previously admired at Calico Corners (a high end apolstery store). I think I got it for $3 a yard!! What a deal!
    I make my own wreaths instead of buying the already made ones. You can wait until the flowers are on sale at Hobby Lobby or Michaels and make your own for more than half the price you would spend on one.
    If you can find old furniture that is structurally sound (garage sales, hand me downs, etc), you can paint it. I did this with an old bedroom set...painted it white, and then changed out the knobs and handles to look more modern...and it turned out awesome! It looked like I bought it from Pottery Barn!
    Just a few ideas...there are so many things you can do with just a little creativity!!

    shellimoowho@yahoo.com

    Brandon and Lindsay said...

    I always start my Christmas shopping early. I'll hit the after Christmas sales to stock up on goods for the following Christmas (like decorations or clothes for family members).
    Starting in July, I make a list of things I want to give and buy a few items each month so I'm not broke during Christmas (and so I still have money for last-minute gifts or bills). It helps stretch my money way out and I enjoy the season a lot more w/out all that stress!

    Sarah said...

    For food gifts for the holidays stock up on after Halloween candy. I even have coupons that are good into Nov so it will basically be free. Then use it to make fudge or dip pretzels or whatever and you have yummy and veru cheap things to share!

    snorman460 at msn dot com

    Deane said...

    The cheapest way to entertain is to sign up at houseparty.com. I just hosted a Lip Stick Jungle Preview party and they send great hostess packages, this one included makeup for guest, tons of popcorn, bowls, a lip stick jungle book and the DVD Preveiw. We had lots of fun. All I had to add was some beverages from my stockpile and I entertained 28 of my girlfriends and family.

    Christine in Iowa said...

    We LOVE the flip camera. Got one for Christmas and my 9yo has totally stolen it :) He films his lego people and playmobil people with his friends and puts it up on youtube to share with his friends at home too.
    Would love to see your video of you tailgating!

    Anonymous said...

    I think you can save money from tailgating by planning in advance so you can get the items that you need on sale with coupons. Then you can have lots of fun with little out of pocket!
    Tonya K
    countingpirate@hotmail.com

    Anonymous said...

    A video showing exactly how you organize your coupons. Or one showing how to do a weekly menu plan on a limited budget.

    Love your blog! :)
    Robyn

    mamafeelgood said...

    Maybe a video on how to use All for You coupons to score great deals.

    Thanksgiving on the cheap would be great.

    cheshiresmile(at)gmail dot com

    Amy said...

    Rewards programs can save you a lot of money if you'll spend the few moments to sign up! Even if you only use them once, they can reward you handsomely! Here are some tips I've used to make them work for us (so we don't get as much junk mail from them!): http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/19/five-minute-finances-13-sign-up-for-a-free-customer-rewards-program/

    Steve said...

    It looks like I'm the only MALE who reads this site!

    I would like to see a video on how to prepare nice gifts from places like the Dollar Store or the Dollar Spot on Target. Whether it's gifts for the kids' teachers, for a baby shower, a bridal shower, a birthday party, etc....it seems like there should be ways to give people something nice for under $5 or $10.

    annieck said...

    I have a lot of friends who are totally confused on CVS shopping. You could do a video on that (if you haven't already). :)

    Cortney said...

    How about how to make cheap Halloween costumes for the kids?

    ERK said...

    I save money by watching for coupons to craft stores for decorating. Hobby Lobby and Michaels have some really cute decorating items and they frequently have 40% off and 50% coupons.

    I also have a friend who decorates by shopping the dollar stores. I am always amazed at what she finds for a dollar. It does not look like she only spent a dollar on it.

    Wendy said...

    I would love to see a video of a shopping trip in action.

    Christian Frugal Mama said...

    I think holiday ideas are great- like how to get cheap/free christmas gifts. Thanks!

    Jessica said...

    I like doing "Spa Baskets" as birthday, Christmas, or Thankyou's. I use the lotions, candies, candles, and other freebies that I have gotten from Walgreen's or free with purchase, or free sample, etc. Looks nice, expensive, and always great to pull together for last minute.

    Teresa said...

    With my husband in the military and his oaycheck being the main source of our budget we are coupon crazy. I think more ideas on coupons would be great including a coupon swap in different locations since for example in Alaska we would get different coupons than you would in Georgia :) A BIG tip is if the store has coupons for an item you dont need, but your family often uses tae the coupon and use it later!

    Anonymous said...

    I always start shopping for gifts through the year at the after Christmas sales. I have been known to do all my Christmas shopping the day or two after Christmas.
    I also keep a closet full of gifts so I have one just incase.
    Thanks
    Annette'Auntnetto6@yahoo.com

    Anonymous said...

    I would like to ideas on how to eat out on the cheap and how to prepare holiday meals on a budget. my email is madelyn_marie at yahoo dot com thank you :)

    Crista said...

    Just wanted to say that I love your videos! I already do stock-piling and meal-planning, but I'm not nearly as organized as you are so I've received a lot of helpful hints from your videos!

    As for topic suggestions, I will echo some of the other posters as say that I'd like to see something on holiday meal-planning. With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I'm keen on saving money and still providing a good "spread" for my guests. I always tend to go overboard, so I'm looking to economize a little bit this year.

    Megryansmom said...

    Oh how I would love that Flip!!

    Here's my somewhat frugal tip for holiday shopping. Buy the Christmas present while shopping for the recipient's birthday present. Then holiday shopping is spread out over the year and not all in one month.

    Melissa said...

    This video thing would be wonderful for baby's first birthday next month. I would love to see a video blog about using your stockpile. It could be gift baskets, donations or around the house uses for extra things.

    Keep up the hard work, it's greatly appreciated!

    Melissa

    Rachel said...

    How about a video on the difference in prices when shopping at a wholesale club and a regular store with coupons? I would be very curious to see the difference since I used to shop at a wholesale club and just assumed I got the best deals. Maybe produce and milk are better priced, but things like cereal and snacks? Don't think so! Thanks!

    MJ said...

    A great video to do whould be about how to make frugal gift baskets in different themes. Like Wine baskets, baby shower baskets, gardening baskets, bride shower baskets and of course Xmas baskets. For example I did homemade hot chocolate baskets for Christmas for all my friends with a container of hot chocolate, mugs, napkins, holiday stir stiks, bisquits and cheese...they cost me about $20 each. I determine in Feb what backets I want to make for that Xmas and then scrounge around in yard sales, Big Lots, discount stores etc, for the items that would look great in them.

    EndureMyWorld said...

    How about a segment on Black Friday? Tips on how to plan your shopping, when to shop, what deals are worth the headache, and how to survive the day?

    I mentioned it in another post, but I would love a stockpile tour too! With tips on how to organize your stockpile and storage solutions!

    Please and pretty please?!

    The Stemps said...

    How about a video on "Firsts"? Like throwing a 1st bday party for your baby on a budget, celebrating your 1st anniversary with your spouse, having a special first Christmas together cheaply, making your childs 1st day of school special on a budget, preparing for your first baby...

    Melissa said...

    I like to start my holiday shopping in January and buy all year long. Right after the holidays you can get lots of toys and other products on sale/clearance. I budget in to buy $10-15 of products each grocery shopping trip and then as I see items on clearance I pick them and tuck them in the "gift closet." I usually have someone in mind, but it also comes in handy for those last minute birthday gift needs, etc. My Christmas shopping is always done early and I get to relax in the month of December and focus on why we celebrate Christmas. I also try to make gift baskets or other homemade goodies to save money :)

    Kelly said...

    I shop all year long starting the day after Christmas for birthday gifts plus Christmas gifts for the next year. Also starting in Sept I start making my menu up for what will be served at Thanksgiving and Christmas at my house and if I see a sale on an item I go ahead and get it and then each time I go to the gro store I try to buy a few things that I know I will need for the upcoming holidays.

    loves2shop712@earthlink.net

    Jennifer said...

    Instead of cookies, I tend to make dessert breads (banana, pumpkin, etc.) for Christmas entertaining. Sometimes people are cookied-out (if that possible!), and breads are a nice alternative. Dessert breads also freeze really well. You can make them when you have some time and freeze them whole. They are also less time-consuming to bake. You don't have to do multiple batches on cookie sheets. You can pop several in the oven, set the timer, and walk away until they're all done!

    Jill said...

    For the holidays I recycle last years cards for gift tags and give home made sweet nuts to teachers, day care providers etc.. I used the Planter's nuts coupons to buy the nuts this year :-)

    Great give away!!

    Jill

    Sheila said...

    Wow, I saw this at CostCo and I really want one. My tip is this... maybe a segment on dealing with couponing issues, like when you're Register Reward doesn't print out or a deal doesn't go according to planned?

    K said...

    When I was growing up my Mom would always have candy dishes filled with candy. She would buy the Christmas candy on clearance after Christmas and use the red wrapped candies for Valentine's day and the green wrapped candies for St. Patrick's day.

    LeAnna said...

    My biggest holiday money saving tip is to start early! I start picking stuff up at the after Thanksgiving & Christmas sales for year-round entertaining. Grab up the solid orange, red and green napkins, plates, etc. They'll come in handy for many occasions down the road.

    I'd love to see a pregnancy edition video! There's lots of pregnant ladies out there who shop frugal, so I'd like to see some ideas.

    flowers7886 at yahoo dot com

    Nanci @ Brambleberry Cottage said...

    I love the holiday savings idea. It would be great if you did a post on a cheap thanksgiving meal.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Email: schoolmarm03@yahoo.com

    Rose Atwater said...

    You should do an all-around video on saving money on gifts. You could tie in stockpiling, clearance sales, couponing, gift baskets (with free goodies), and even things like buying wrapping paper after Christmas to use all year round (inside-out) for birthdays and other gift opportunities.

    Erica said...

    I think a video about stockpiling would be great. If you do this right, it can save a ton of money!

    Gina said...

    We use our credit card all year for most purchases and bills so our "points" accumulate. Several times per year, I go online and redeem my points to gift cards which I then use to buy my Christmas and birthday gifts! We also toss all our coins into a jar which we "cash out" in October using the Coinstar machine at Publix, and get an Amazon gift card (no charge for gift card vs. % charge for cash) then use that to purchase the few remaining gifts on our list.
    Love what your doing!

    Kiera Beth said...

    I would love to see your coupon organization system and how you sort coupons each week. This tends to get out of control for me easily! I would also be interested in your bill organization.

    Terri said...

    I have 4 children ages 5 and under. Rather than invest in 1st birthday party items for each of them, I bought a celebration set that included a banner, hat, tablecloth, t-shirt and use it for each of the kids. Rather than being "leftovers", using these items is a "family tradition". It's fun to compare how they all looked wearing the same birthday items!

    Terri

    Cory said...

    I think you could do a video on how shopping sales with coupons not only helps your family, but also your community. Since I've started "Extreme Couponing," I've donated all kinds of stuff like the blood glucose monitors, free deodorant, free razors, free/cheap pet food to the Humaine Society, etc. I feel good knowing I can help others in my community without spending any extra money!

    The McCanns said...

    Hi Denise. I'm surprised that the majority of these posts, while about saving money, are still about spending money. Our economy is in BIG trouble! I think it would be more appropriate to see some vlogging on being resourceful in troubled times. How to "shop" your pantry and create meals from what you have. Tips on living with less. Tips on frugal alternatives for cleaning supplies (i.e. homemade). I don't know if you are interested in those things, but those are things I'm interested in seeing. Things I think would be useful for a time such as this. Keep up the great work!

    Pinky said...

    I think you can try to show a video of how you can save money on your gas/electric bill since winter is coming and gas bill will be up like crazy.

    Robin said...

    I like all the ideas people have posted. My problem is keeping track of everything I have purchased. Like gifts from after Christmas sale. Pantry items. I can't even keep track of my coupons :(

    Stefanie said...

    How about a video about all of the things and places that you can donate? Stockpiling is great but you can only hold onto so much and so many more people could use the stuff too. With the holidays coming up, it's also a great time to remember to give to those who cannot help themselves.

    Gina said...

    Another idea for your vlog: It would be great to see a series of video with ideas of how for us to use our stockpiles & power shopping to bless others. Obviously, each of us benefits by our stockpile with reduced grocery costs which is to be expected. And, most of us use the stockpile to create cute gifts for showers, teachers and Christmas, which is also expected. I also imagine that most of us give freely to our local food banks with our excess.

    It would be great to see other creative ways to bless our communities with what we have accumulated. Maybe a demo of what items can be included in a goody box for a U.S. soldier (lip balm, lotion, Crystal Light singles), or a quick interview with a rep from a local homeless shelter or women's shelter listing needed items (soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes). Maybe you could include the elderly and/or shut in(Meals on Wheels might be a resource), and items that they might need (OTC pain relievers, canned fruits). Another idea could be local Free Medical Clinics and items they would appreciate for their low income clientele (free glucose monitors, anyone??).

    You (and several other bloggers) do such a great job teaching us how to carefully use what we have to better care for our families; it would be such a service to the webisphere to teach us how to think big and use our resources to serve Him.

    Thanks again for your great blog.

    flarffy2000 said...

    I would love to see holiday stuff. I am interested in small gifts like neighbor and co-worker gifts. Thanks so much!

    Anna K said...

    I love to shop at garage sales. This summer I found a development of houses, and almost eveyr house had a garage sale. Luckily, for me, there were a lot of young families selling new or gently used toys. I stocked up for my son and for gifts. I also found a house where the owner is a sales rep for beauty products. He was selling boxes and boxes of beauty supplies- shampoo, conditioner, hair tyes, hair color. A lot of the products were organic. So, I stocked up for giving as gift. For my friend's recent birthday, I made her a "Green" gift basket. I put in 1 bottle each of organic shampoo, conditioner, bath salt, bubble bath, foot lotion, and foot spray, plus a headband, and bamboo comb. If I would buy these products at full price, I would have easily paid at least $30.00 for everything. But at the garage sale, I paid $6.00. I have enough product to make a few more gift baskets for adults & kids, for the holidays. My point is, you never know where you will find a good deal, and if you have the time, I would check out garage sales. It would be interesting to watch a video on garage sale/flea market finds. Thanks for the chance to win!

    amcd76(at)yahoo(don)com

    icunursemicki said...

    Just thought of another idea....how about saving money on utilities. I already switched to Majic Jack and only pay $20/year, which includes unlimited calls and long distance. Would love to get ideas on gas, electric, phone, and cell phones. Thanks!!

    icunursemicki said...

    Also would love to see pet savings, from food and supplies, to pet meds and cheap sites. How about pet insurance, is that worth the money. Which have the best coverage? Thanks!!

    icunursemicki said...

    I am a member of freecycle.com in Cleveland, OH. We have several diffferent groups here for most of the surrounding communities. People over stuff for free that they no longer want rather than adding them to the landfills. It works out great!! I have given away tons of kids clothes and small appliances and have gotten things that I needed, like a kitchen table!!! It is excellent!! Also could do a blog about craigslist.com. I have also purchased and sold stuff at that site. Both sites really save a ton of money. Thanks!!!

    Courtney said...

    One thing I can't quite figure out how to save money on is Milk! I've heard that a lot of coupon-clippers out there get milk for cheap, if even free. How?? Thanks! And, I'd love to win this camera. Looks very cool...

    Michelle said...

    I would make a video of saving money for entertaining by buying cheap decorations at thrift stores. For example, Deseret Industries where I live has an isle of glassware that is VERY cheap. Buy a colorful plate and colorful vase or bowl, glue them together with glass glue and you have a very cute affordable pedestal serving tray. Or choose a color theme and buy thing of that clor. Like tablecloths. And sew some ric rac on the edge for flare!!

    Julie said...

    Here's how I save. I would make a video and show how I make cute little ice cream cones out of hot chocolate, chocolate chip, marshmellows, and a gum drop. Here's what you need. You take Cake Frosting Bags (the ones shaped like a triangle). You buy them at Michaels with a 40% off coupon. Then you Put 4 packs of hot chocolate in one. Then tie it shut. Then you put in another bag. It then looks like the bottom of a icecream cone. Then you put a little bit of chocolate chips. Then you add marshmellows. Last a gumdrop. Tie it shut with a ribbon. Add a paper that says add four cups of water, a quite afternoon and enjoy. Makes four cups of hot chocolate. It looks like a ice cream cone when your done and you can make 50 when you buy the box of bags at Michaels. It sold last year for 19.99. Then 40% off. Then you get the other supplies Walmart was the cheapest place I found. I made gifts for all my childrens teachers and friends everyone had a smile on there face. Plus it was so cute. Thats my idea. I hope I win. Julie@CouponSavingFamily

    Kelly said...

    I'd love to see more specific advice for people that live in Lands Of No Doubles. I try to offer ideas on my blog (kissingmycoupons.blogspot.com) (shameless plug, I know, lol) , but I would really appreciate it because you seem like a couponista that really knows her stuff!

    So that's my suggestion Diane, thanks for asking us all. :-)

    Lindsay said...

    Ideas for videos: cooking for a frugal dinner party, making homemade gifts (or gifts from your stockpile), frugal party ideas?
    Ways to live better (and cheaper) everyday?
    I'd also love some ways to save money on dairy products and produce, as these seem to eat up my budget!

    Love your site! Thank you for the generous giveaway!

    megeddins said...

    I love to stock up on clothes for the next year, presents for upcoming birthdays or christmas, and even stuff to donate. I would love to see a video on how to organize all of this!

    Saving Cents in the City: said...

    I am a teacher and I am always stockpiling candy and school supplies so the kids are happy and I'm not broke. Actually, I stockpile everything. It really is the best way to save money in the long run.

    Anonymous said...

    I think that you should do a video about how to get cheap stuff for baby! So many of my friends think that there are no deals on baby stuff. This would be a great savings for a family adding a new member!

    brenda b. said...

    how about coupons for "dinners-4-2" being my children finally moved out..it's just me and papa...we love it!!

    brenda b. said...

    I mix pieces of bags of chips,pretzels,popcorn,goldfish,and whatever else i may have,my grandkids love it!!

    Em and her BOYS!! said...

    You should do a video showing how you organize your coupons. That was the most important thing for me when starting out. As far as entertaining goes, I find that if I have my freezer well stocked, that entertaining is much less stressful. I am ALL about doubling or tripling a recipe when I am cooking and freezing most of it for later. Especially if it's a dish that I know I can pull out for easy entertaining later!!

    Anonymous said...

    How about charitable thriftiness for the holidays? Like, donating coupons to organizations that can give them to families in need etc.

    Thanks for the give a way!
    Christina
    csestero@hotmail.com

    Bird Grove said...

    I love the idea about finding famiy fun on the cheap. One summer we were short on money, well, particularly short on money. With 3 young kids it was tough not to spend money. One of my tricks was to prepare a picnic lunch, check the maps for parks in the area, within 25 miles and off we would go for a day at a park with lunch and snacks. Each week we found a new treasure. Now we will end up at or by one of the parks and they will say - I remember this place.

    Ashley H said...

    My husband and I each have huge families and we send cards to each of them on their birthdays. We shop at cheap card stores and try to keep the cards at 50 cents or less, but it still costs a dollar to send each one with the stamp. We don't mind spending a dollar, but we wish we could do something more creative for the little nieces and nephews because we don't think they really care about cards with nothing in them! :) So-I'd love to hear ideas to go cheaper on cards (cheap ways to make cards perhaps?)! Or I'd like to hear cheap ideas to make cards more exciting?

    katherine said...

    Wow! There are some really great ideas here. I don't have any additional ideas for what to vlog about but I love several of the ideas here and I hope you pick them! I do have a great, easy game day meal we make around here and that it a pork roast of some kind (we've tried several cut and they all work--whatever is on sale of course) and a bottle of BBQ sauce (cost 50-88 cents recently here) and a package of buns (also about 88 cents). We also like pickles on ours. You just toss the meat and sauce in the crock pot and cook on low all day and then pull apart with two forks. It's delicious and fairly frugal, too.

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I'm looking forward to seeing all the videos, too!

    dylanandkatherine/at/hotmail/dot/com

    Anonymous said...

    I am interested in holiday entertaining--saving on Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas trees, holiday decor etc..

    charlenegale AT yahoo DOT com

    Main Street Mom said...

    Just watched your video regarding meal planning, taking inventory of the freezers. So much to implement! I would love to see a video regarding frugal organizing ideas. I sure would love to put one of these cameras to good use! Looks lovely!

    Sandy said...

    I agree wwith making baskets with coupon and sale items- great gifts at a budget price

    jenb said...

    How about a video on how you keep your coupons and offers organized, so you don't miss out on the opportunities you've collected. Thanks.

    Maria said...

    I love your videos.

    I would love to see a video on things you do around the house to save money. To me the small things really add up and I have now started cutting my dryer sheets in half.

    Rhonda said...

    You are obviously a very busy lady, teaching, blogging, being a wife & soon a mother, and taking care of your home. I don't know how you do it. I'd like to see how you stay organized in order to fit it all in. Do you have a "command center" in your home where you keep mail, etc. How do you keep so organized day to day in order to have time to do this amazing blog?

    brandy w said...

    tailgating. you can get a mini bbq at walmart for 20, a package of bar s franks for 67 cents, hot dog rolls for 1.19. go to a game and enjoy.
    cheap ways of entertainment are instead of renting movies, check them out at the library. yeah there is not going to be nudity or swearing, but who needs them.
    go to a local baseball game minor leagues in stead of major. cheaper tickets.
    or you can just have people over for a cook out.
    my birthday is the 28th and i'd really love this as a present. i've wanted this so long. please
    bwalleshauser at yahoo dot com

    CrystalGB said...

    How about something on one of these topics:
    frugal decorating
    organizing your stockpile
    frugal gifts

    Nancy said...

    Anytime you serve food - whether you're tailgating or entertaining in your home for the holidays or just for every day - you can save money by shopping at the local farmer's market. Our local market is open year round with open stall markets for the spring, summer, and autumn, and a huge permanent climate-controlled building that is always filled with permanent small shops. You can save about a third to a half over what you would pay in the grocery store and you know your food products are fresher. It's also a fun family outing to shop at the farmers market. You can buy fruit, vegetables, meats, cheese, breads and bakery goods, jams and sauces, plants, fresh cut flowers, crafts and more at our farmer's market. I think this would be a fascination video segment.

    Nancy
    allibrary [at] aol [dot] com

    dawn said...

    It would be great to see a video on how to make holiday goodies with all the great bargain items we've all stockpiled (ie chocolate chips, peanuts, cereal, popcorn). From the end of October to the beginning of January, there are so many family and friend gatherings where we have to bring a dish or a treat. It would be nice to be able to use things we already purchased at a bargain price than have to buy more stuff everytime.

    freebeezndealz said...

    One way I save on the holidays is to make homeade gifts like pretty boxed cookies and I also like to shop the dollar store for stocking stuffer gifts.

    Momma2Mia said...

    I thought I left a comment but I don't see it ..

    This year we trying to save money by utilizing something that we would be doing anyways and everyone wants, and making it our primary or only gift for basically everyone. We are having new family pictures taken and going to get nice frames from the dollar tree and give them to people framed, insted of getting a bunch of stuff that doesn't get used fo gifts and throwing a wallet picture into a card. For our family pictures mean more than most other items.

    Discount Bento Mama said...

    We have been eating more frugally. More rice and beans, less meat.

    jodithurman said...

    How about a video on organizing coupons and deals for the week..i personally use a "coupon bible" that is a double trapper keeper to keep organized, and it has a strap that makes it easy to carry in to the stores

    Heather said...

    I am interested in meal planning but for one person. My biggest trouble is buying food and then most of it wasting away because I can only eat so much of one food.

    Andrea V said...

    How about gift basket ideas from the extra freebie items from CVS/Walmart/Walgreens.
    We save money at our holiday dinner by asking family to bring a certain dish. That way all i have to do is the turkey.
    vickers at comcast dot net

    Holly said...

    How about how to throw a party on a budget or menu ideas from coupons or free items.