getting free stuff



Thirteen ways I get free stuff in my mailbox almost everyday:

1. Sign up for free samples. These are my two favorite sites:

2. Host a House Party.  My most recent one is a Velveeta Game Day Party, to share with my friends this Sunday. I’ve also done one for Arm & Hammer cleaning products, Scholastic Toys and a Fear Factor kids party. They are  a lot of fun & you get a HUGE box of goodies to share.

3. Join Vocalpoint. It’s a site for moms run by Proctor & Gamble. They send out great samples and coupons.

4. Be a BzzAgent. You get to test products, share coupons with friends and report back on your experience. I’ve gotten so many free things from this, including a Sonicare toothbrush and sanitizer.

5. Join the One2One Network.  It is a woman’s word-of-mouth marketing network. Right now they are offering me a free CD to review on my blog.

6. Join MomSelect. Another marketing network. My most recent email was about free tickets to the Thomas & Friends Live! show. (not in my area yet)

7. Join the GARB panel. Test-wear things like socks & underwear (which you get to keep) and then get paid for filling out a survey about your experience.

8. Sign up for MyPoints. Earn points for reading emails, then redeem them for gift cards. You can also purchase items through the site for extra points. This is super fast & easy and I earn a $25 gift card every year just by reading emails.

9. Join KRAFT First Taste.  Choose a food item to review and they will send you the product or a coupon for a free item.

10. Sign up for Redbox Insider Updates.  Redbox is a movie vending machine that only costs $1 a day. They are located inside stores & fast food restaurants. Inside Redbox lists free codes, and also sends out a code for a free movie every Monday. Check here to see if there is a Redbox in your area.

11. Sign up for Birthday Clubs. Lots of stores & restaurants will offer you free stuff on your birthday – just check out their websites. Some also offer free stuff for joining their fan club. Here is a big list to get you started.

12. Email companies about products you use and let them know how much you like them. Or let them know of a problem you have with their products (but don’t abuse this!). They enjoy hearing your praise and will often send you coupons for their products that are a much higher value than you get in the paper. Be sure to include your mailing address.

13. Swap books on Paperback Swap. This isn’t really free since you have to pay a little shipping, but it can save you tons of money and the site is free to use. Here’s how it works: List books that you want to get rid of. Someone can request one of your books and you send it to them by media mail. You earn a credit when they receive the book and you can then order any book you want from the site. You can also fill out a wish list so that books you want will be held for you as they become available. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars by getting lots of our homeschool curriculum this way.

There are many more programs out there, but these are the ones that I am a member of and can verify that they are the real deal. So tell me, how do you get free stuff?

This post is a part of

3 Moms Thursday {Thirteen}


Frugal Friday

take a tour tuesday


I thought I would start a little thing called Take A Tour Tuesday, where I share all of the neat things I’ve found on my tour around Bloggyworld.

Godly Things

Crafty Things

Yummy Things

Planner Things

Check back next Tuesday for another tour!

bloggy giveaway

Comments are now closed. I will be gone most of the day tomorrow, but the winner will be notified by Monday morning. Thanks for stopping by!!


Yay, hooray, it’s time for a Bloggy Giveaway!! Motivated Moms has graciously donated one of their wonderful planners for me to give to one lucky winner. I’ve used this planner for three years now and enjoy the simplicity of it.

Some things I love about it:

  • Daily reminders for things like taking vitamins, exercising & reading to the kids
  • Monthly/seasonal reminders for things like changing the furnace filter
  • Everything is included, so I don’t have to think about when to water the plants or change the bathroom hand towels (I have 5 kids, so yes, I forget basic stuff like this  LOL)
  • Big decluttering tasks are broken down into little daily chunks so that everything gets done but it’s not overwhelming
  • There are several different styles of the planner to choose from: weekly, daily, full size, half size, with or without scheduled Bible readings
  • It is affordable. If you don’t win, you can purchase one for just $8!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  1. Visit Motivated Moms and take a look at the sample planners at the bottom of the page.
  2. Leave a comment letting me know which style is your favorite. Be sure to include an email or blog link so I can contact you if you win. (I will close comments on Saturday the 31st.)

Run over to Bloggy Giveaways and join in the craziness!


cool school links


Are you looking for ways to save on homeschool curriculum, or want to move away from so many textbooks? Or maybe you are a teacher with limited classroom funds. The internet is a wonderland of fascinating resources and they are FREE! I like to gather up cool school links as I browse and I would love to share my ever-growing collection with you. My links are listed at the top of the third column of this blog. I will be adding more subjects in the coming weeks, so bookmark this site or add me to your reader.

Here are some of the upcoming subjects:

  • Handwriting
  • Language Arts
  • Preschool
  • Games
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Lesson Plans
  • Music
  • PE
  • Health
  • Notebooking
  • Holidays
  • Planners

Head on over to Biblical Womanhood for tons of frugal ideas!

geography links

It’s time for another round of cool school links. Have some great Geography links of your own? Leave them in the comments, or link to a post of your own, & I’ll add them to the list.You can view all my school links at the top of the third column of my blog. Enjoy!!

Discover America State by State

50 States shockwave game

50 States Book List

KidsArt USA Map

Postcards From America

State Names

Place the State

Explore the States

Geo Game

Mama Lisa’s World

National Geographic Kids

The Virtual Cave


Planet Ocean

Postcards From Buster

View from Satellite

Google Earth


Outline Maps

Montessori Materials

wfmw – lookybook



Lookybook is a really cute online picture book reader. You can search by author, illustrator or subject. I don’t think online books come even close to the real thing, but it is a handy tool for entertaining little ones or finding something last minute to go along with a unit study. Not having to drag 5 kids back to the library because we forgot a book works for me!

Tips I Want To Remember:

DIYs every homemaker needs to know

Extending battery life

Jelly Telly

Book lists for kids

homeschool memoirs abc


Theme: This week use the ABC’s to describe your character, your life, your homeschool, and your family. Next to each letter of the alphabet put a word that describes you or has something to do with you.



Charlotte (Mason)




Giggling girls




















Share your own ABC list here.

snuggle up with a book


These are some of the books patiently waiting on my nightstand:

Educating the Wholehearted Child


The Ministry of Motherhood

Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats

DK Art School

Dress Your House for Success: 5 Fast, Easy Steps to Selling Your House, Apartment, or Condo for the Highest Possible Price

Razzle Dazzle Writing

So Much Stuff, So Little Space: Creating and Managing the Learner-Centered Classroom

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind

wfmw – restaurant menu planning


I haven’t tried this idea out, but I’m hoping it is something that will work for me! I get in a food rut from time to time and don’t have a clue what to fix, so we end up eating the same things week after week. I decided to look up the menus to some of our local restaurants for some menu inspiration. For the recipes I can’t quite figure out, I’ll either Google them or try to find them on the copycat sections of Razzle Dazzle Recipes, Recipe Goldmine or Recipe Link. I’m sharing one of my favorite copycat recipes at the bottom of this post- Baked Potato Soup from Bennigan’s (which has gone out of business in our area).

Here are some menus to get you started:





Johnny Carino’s

El Fenix

Olive Garden

Red Lobster

Panera Bread

On the Border



Cracker Barrel

Baked Potato Soup

2 c. chicken stock
2 c. milk
4 T. butter
¼ c. flour
3 bay leaves
¼ t. white pepper (I just use black)
1 large Idaho potato, peeled & finely diced
½ t. salt
1 c. sour cream
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
½ c. green onion, finely sliced
½ c. crumbled bacon

Heat chicken stock & milk in large saucepan over medium-high heat to almost boiling. Remove from heat and set aside. Reduce heat to low. In a large soup pot, melt butter. Add flour, stirring constantly 3 minutes to cook flour and make a roux. Gradually add milk mixture to roux, pouring in a slow steady stream, while stirring vigorously to blend and eliminate lumps. Add bay leaves and pepper. Add diced potato & salt and continue to simmer over low heat 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender and soup thickens. Remove bay leaves. Lightly mash potatoes in soup and stir to blend well. Pour soup into individual bowls and top with sour cream, cheese, onion & bacon.
Serves 4.

Run on over to Rocks In My Dryer for tons of great tips!

free – today only

Hurry & grab these freebies by the end of the day!

Full Size Suave Shampoo

Presidential Inauguration Lesson Plan

Here are some more free goodies:

Kiwi magazine subscription

Cream of Wheat Sample download of the month

Total Cranberry Crunch cereal

Dunkin Donuts coffee sample at top of page

Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Gourmet Popping Corn

Always Infinity

Kotex Lightdays

Parent’s Choice baby formula sample

Febreze Sport sample

Pull Ups potty training dvd