Photo Calendar Special Deals

A photo calendar is always a good gift idea this time of year.  Consider looking into Walgreens.  You can load all of your potential pictures into your account and design the calendar from there.  You can use a free internet program if you want to mash a few photos together.  At 40% off with same day local pickup, Walgreens is hard to beat.  And your recipient will enjoy your photos year round.

Wood cutting gets easier with the Remington Limb N’ Trim 14″ Electric Chain Saw. It is a useful machine for cutting, trimming and felling trees or firewood at the job site or around the house. It features an easy adjustment screw to accurately tension the equipment in a matter of seconds. With an eight-amp motor and a lightweight design featuring just 9 lbs, it offers maximum horsepower and low kickback in a compact size. This 14″ chain saw also includes hand guards in the back and front for operator security, a trigger lock-out, a power cord, push-button oiler and a low-kickback bar. It shuns away the problems of air and noise pollution, and offers an environmentally-friendly solution. It can be lubricated manually with an easy-to-push button. The Remington chain saw comes fully assembled.

So much easier than the gas-powered cousins.  You just plug it in and it is ready.  The easy adjustment screw is so appreciated.  Good product.

Sometimes, you need a hatchet or a hand saw to take care of the smaller branches/pieces:


Make sure you are ready for winter:  fireplace supplies, firewood, snowblower, shovels, ice melt (before an impending storm.)

If you like shrimp at all (who doesn’t), check out Popeyes popcorn shrimp.  It comes in a basket or as a o’boy.  Only $4.99 and so so good.  Use the opportunity to buy a gift card.  You can take care of a gift and guarantee a future date or two.  Now that’s frugal!

Check into “Taco Tuesday” with some of your local Mexican Food Restaurants.  Many will have $0.99 or $1 tacos – and free chips.  Now that’s frugal!

Any size large pizza at Pizza Hut – carryout – for only $10.  Now that’s frugal!

Don’t forget to check out thrift stores for reduced-price clothes and gifts.  Let someone else pay full price.  Now that’s frugal!

Consider taking your vehicle to the dealer past those free oil changes.  Make sure you do not go past the recommended mileage or you could void a warranty.  Timely maintenance could avoid costly repair later.  Now that’s frugal!

Did you know that O’Reilly Auto Parts can custom mix your car paint?  This will help you potentially save on a paint job with touch up paint.  Now that’s frugal!

Looking for pantyhose at a reasonable price?  Consider Wal*Mart.  Great selection and great prices, and one near you.  Now that’s frugal!

Gildan socks at Wal*Mart – reasonably priced and lasts well.  12 pair for $7.50.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are having jaw/tooth discomfort, consider consulting your dentist to see if a sleep guard will take care of it.  For $20 at Walgreens or Wal*Mart, you may be able to eliminate this issue without large dental bills.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are in the market for nice silk rugs for your home, check out AS Quality Rugs.  They have their own website as well as an Amazon storefront.  They have high quality rugs, in just about any size you need, at fantastic prices.  As a first time customer, they sometimes will send you a discount email for your next direct purchase.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are looking for Tom’s Shoes for a gift, Amazon has a large number of merchants that have a combined vast selection.  The prices do vary somewhat, and some of the more popular sizes are hard to find, but they are out there.  The prices and selection also change daily, especially this time of the year.  So do your research and save!  Now that’s frugal!

If you are having trouble finding Brita water filtration supplies, they are always waiting for you on Amazon.  As soon as you put your last one on, Prime home another one!

For the person that has everything, get them an Amazon gift card for Christmas.  Millions of choices and instant delivery.  Now that’s frugal!

Sunrolan through Amazon has a great selection and prices ($35) of high quality women’s pumps.  It comes directly from China, so it takes bout 5 weeks.  As long as you factor the shipping time in, all will be great.  The shoes look and feel great.  Now that’s frugal!

Big box store items are also waiting for you on Amazon.  Items such as socks, underwear, rubber boots, shoes.  With shoes, the only trick is getting the right size.  If you get a fulfilled by Amazon item, returns are much easier.  No gas used either.  Now that’s frugal!

Need a New Roof – Lowe’s is the Place

If you need a new roof, make sure to look into Lowe’s.  They will actually come to your house, with the dimensions already drawn from a satellite image.  They will give you a quote on the spot.  They will find the local contractor, take care of the warranty work for the materials and give you a 12 month labor guarantee.  Unlike dealing with most local contractors, you can put it on your Lowe’s credit card at 5.99% interest for 84 months.  They do stand behind the work and make sure you are completely satisfied.  Their prices are very competitive with other bids you will receive.  Definitely worth looking into! (Make sure to have plenty of snacks available for the construction crew to keep them happy and working well!)

If you love bacon, but not the mess; or if you need just a little bit of bacon at a time, try to Bacon Boss.  You even get to keep the bacon grease for future use.  GREAT IDEA:

Coffee pots seem to go down every so often. If your is getting close to that time, check out Mr. Coffee:

Make sure to get the permanent filter to save money.  It makes 12 cups in 12 minutes.  After 30 seconds or so, it is ready for you to sneak a cup.  Use your coffee grinder for fresh, fresh coffee!


Rush over to JC Penney for men’s turtlenecks – regularly $30, now just $11!  Great quality; great price. Now that’s frugal!

If you are a fan of extra virgin olive oil, check out Aldi’s.  Only $3.29 for a 500 ml bottle.  Great taste at a fraction of the cost of most grocery stores.  They normally have fantastic prices on produce, as well.  Now that’s frugal!

As we enter the Holiday Season, it is time to look for a Maple Leaf Duck.  It is somewhat difficult to find, so make sure to look every time you are in certain stores.  HyVee, Wal*Mart, and Aldi are the best places to find it at the best price.  At HyVee, take their survey for a chance to win $500!

Looking for a good Christmas gift idea?  Book a session at an old time photo place, put the photos in a nice frame, and perfect.  Make sure you research tourism and other local sites to get deep discounts and memories to last a lifetime.  Now that’s frugal!

As you change your clocks, remember to change your smoke alarm batteries, or the detector itself if it is 10 years old or more.  Make sure to buy supplies for winterizing your home as well – outside faucet covers, caulk, and so on.  This might save a major repair bill later on.  Now that’s frugal!

Consider an eco-friendly A/C-Furnace filter that will help the economy and save money in the long run.  When it is dirty, you just wash it, let it dry, and re-use!  Now that’s frugal!

Check out Sun dryer sheets.  40 sheets for around $1.  It works just as well as the more expensive brands for a fraction of the cost.  Now that’s frugal!

Believe it or not, JCPenney is an excellent source for mid-level jewelry of all kinds – precious, semi-precious, and costume.  Their jewelry looks really nice.  Some group of jewelry always seems to be on sale with other discounts being able to be used as well.  You can earn and use rewards points for even more savings.  Now that’s frugal!

For CZ jewelry, Amazon has so many choices and values.  Most are Prime.  Companies such as EleQueen, Landau, EnyaJewelry, and Amazon Collection are all excellent and inexpensive, but look exquisite.  Now that’s frugal!

Kitchen notions selection and quality at Amazon are unbelievable.  It is so much easier than going to all of the kitchen stores in your area to find small utensils and appliances.  With Prime, shipping is free.  Even if you have to pay sales tax, it is only state, so you save there also.  Now that’s frugal!

King Size Pillows – Hotel Luxury Suite Comfort

If you think a king size pillow is too big, it might be if you do not have a king size bed. If you do, you should look into buying some. Remember the last time you stayed in a hotel in a king size bed with king size pillows? It just seemed so comfortable and luxurious. You can have that feeling at home!

Don’t forget the pillowcases – Egyptian cotton:

And sheets:

Of course, you need a new mattress to go with your fancy pillows.  If you are waking up stiff and sore and your mattress is lumpy and a few years old, it is time.  If you find out that you and your spouse have similar sleep numbers, then you can save money and go next door or across the street to MattressFirm.  Since you have narrowed down your range and know whether you want soft, medium, firm, or extra firm, you can now try out the beds.  They are very interested in sales, so they will definitely negotiate with you.  You can even buy in an entirely different city or state and have it delivered to your home (as long as there is a warehouse close, which there more than likely is – make sure to confirm first.). They will even deliver and haul away for less than $100 extra.  Certainly worth it.  They normally have clearance beds and they even have a 120-day sleep happy guarantee.  There is even financing available for those that need it.  Save money and sleep better, now that’s restful and frugal!


HURRY, HURRY – November 1st through November 6th:

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Make sure to sign up for Sonic’s Text Alerts, so you can get special info about 50 cent corn dogs, for example.   Weekends (Friday through Sunday) after 5 p.m. and on October 31st.  Now that’s frugal!

If you enjoy Extra Virgin Olive Oil, you probably gripe every time you have to buy it since it is rather pricey most places.  Aldi has awesome prices: less than $3.50 per bottle!  Pick up some other inexpensive items while you are there.  Remember your “Aldi’s Quarter.”  Now that’s frugal!

For some of your other import grocery needs, Amazon probably has it.  Their supply is there almost always, the selection is better than just about any import store, and the prices are very competitive.  Even if it is not Prime, some will have free or very reduced shipping.  Now that’s frugal!

Popeye’s Fried Shrimp Basket is spectacular.  Those perfectly fried Cajun Shrimp, in large quantities, with two sides for only $4.99!  Now that’s frugal!

If you are an AARP member, make sure to check out Outback Steakhouse.  Great food, with a 15% AARP discount.  Just show them your membership card.  Now that’s frugal!

If you, or anyone who know, is planning a wedding, make sure to contact the hotels next to the wedding location to arrange for the wedding special block of rooms.  Narrow it down to three and have them bid against each other.  Make sure they are at least Holiday Inn, Marriott, etc level. is an excellent resource.

Make sure to frequent your local restaurants.  You are bound to see potential customers for your own business and have an ally in the restaurant owner.  Great for your own business.

If you are trying to be healthier with a low carb diet, try Mission Smart Balance Tortillas.  They only have 6 grams of carbs each and actually taste like regular tortillas (unlike some of the other thinner kinds, that do not.)

If you need a probiotic drink, try Lifeway Kefir.  It is like a yogurt drink, but better.  In comes in about 10 yummy flavors and taste great.  Not too bad for carbs wither!

If anyone in your family is allergic to peanuts, try Almond Butter.  Jif has the best tasting variety.  No need to stir and great taste.  Shop around for the best price, including Amazon.

Consider using Borax in your washer to brighten clothes as well as a paste to keep away bugs around doors and windows.  Bleach works well to clean slow-draining pipes.

Orscheln’s currently has cinder blocks on sale for only $1.75 each!  Make sure to bring your “loading” gloves, which they also sell.  Now that’s frugal!

If you need glasses, consider JC Penney’s optical department.  Make sure to check your vision insurance first, but most have it on their lists.  They have a great selection, great prices and service.  Your purchase also qualifies for rewards if you are a JCPenney Rewards Member – for future savings throughout the store.  Now that’s frugal!

Nostalgia and future all rolled up in one:  LED Edison light bulbs!  They have a nice amber glow and look like the original light bulb.  Since they are LED, they will last practically forever and use almost no electricity.  (Better thrash CFL lights, and safer.) Now that’s frugal!

If you need to cover up some imperfections on your ceiling, or you want to make it look like you have old-fashioned tin ceiling tiles, consider purchasing foam ceiling tiles.  Ceiling Tiles by US is a great place to check out.  The prices are a fraction of the cost of tin, so much easier to install (instant glue in a caulking tube), much safer (no cut hands and fingers), and they even double as insulation for the weather.  Now that’s frugal!

While you are taking care of your ceiling, do not forget about the walls.  Exotic-looking and stunning wallpapers at knock-your-socks-off prices are available at Steve’s Blinds and Wallpapers.  Now that’s frugal!

Bifold Glass Door – Can be converted into French Doors

You can order this is many different styles, with glass options, finished or unfinished – you name it.  You can even convert this into FRENCH DOORS by taking the hinges off from the middle and putting them on the sides – while adding four more hinges, of course!

With Wal*Mart’s new alliance with, it is now a great competitor with Amazon as far as prices, availability and shipping options/savings!  Check it out!

If you need to add some furniture to those doors, check out Furniture Row.  They have an incredible collection of living room, bedroom, baby’s room furniture.  It is relatively easy to get one of their credit cards.  They have no interest specials, various get one free items, and high quality furniture.  Their dining room tables and chairs are definitely recommended!


Take advantage of Sonic’s BOGO boneless wings, from Mon-Thu, after 5 p.m.  And BOBO Corn Dogs.  Sign up for their text alerts to stay in the know.  Hard to beat good food for free. Now that’s frugal!

A great way to do a good deed and get a discount is to support a local booster club or non-profit Christian radio station that has discount cards.  Places like Sonic or McDonald’s commonly have BOGO specials.  Now that’s frugal!

Check out your local RibCrib to see if they have an all-you-can-eat rib night (Tuesdays, perhaps).  Great price, great ribs, as many as you an eat.  Now that’s frugal!

Go for a “coffee date” with your spouse.  Go to your local grocery store that has a coffee bean center, mix your own special blend and bring it home.  If you are a purist, you can grind your own coffee daily.  it will be much cheaper than the famous chains.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are looking for low-carb taco shells, check out La Tiara. Only 4 carbs per taco shell (remember minimal carbs for ground beef, taco sauce, sour cream,  lettuce and cheese) and a great taste.  Less than $2 for an 18 shell box.  Now that’s frugal!

Check out Sun dryer sheets if you want a good product for about half the price of some of the others.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are remodeling, try doing some of it yourself.  A good staple gun will go a long long way – and save money.  Make sure you have plenty of caulk/silicone, brushes on hand.  Now that’s frugal!

When you need a new headphone/headset for your computer:

If you are remodeling, ask around your church and the community to see if a handyman can do some of the work for a fraction of the cost of a large company.  Get references first and see samples of the work.  Now that’s frugal!

Who says a bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel has to cost $40,000-$50,000 each?  Be creative with the ideas above, search online for the perfect frugal materials, go to local places, big box stores, flea markets, just invest a little time and research.  You will be able to do it for 5-10% of the cost!  Now that’s frugal!

Make sure you have a detailed list of the project and needed materials.  Do research online and watch Youtube videos.  This will help with the complete materials list as well as the procedures.  Lowe’s, Home Depot and Amazon will be your best friends.  If you have a small vehicle, lean toward Amazon with the larger pieces.  All of your ceiling tiles – regular and foam, molding, inlays, wallpaper, paint, electrical adapters/switches, shower base, faucet, shower head, drains, sliding barn door hardware, small tools, and so much more are there for the buying and free shipping to your door.  No gas required.  Now that’s frugal!

Shopping for birthdays or Christmas? Gift cards to their favorite stores and restaurants are always in season.  Make sure to hunt for deals where you receive something free when you buy the gift card, or get it at a discount (Sam’s sells a few like this).  Now that’s frugal!

When you change your oil or need or repairs, try going to a local business.  You will help your local economy, probably get some free advice, have a ready business in case you need support for your ministries or business.  Make sure to explore loyalty discounts.  Now that’s frugal!

If you need jewelry repairs, check out your local jeweler.  You will be less concerned about being taken and you can look forward to a good deal on your net jewelry purchase.  They may even give you an insurance appraisal for free if you are a regular.  Now that’s frugal!

If you need new shoes – even dressy ones – consider Payless.  They have very comfortable shoes of all kinds that look nice as well. Normally, they have BOG1/2 specials or BOGO specials and they will send you coupons if you sign up for their email club.  Now that’s frugal!

Speaking of cars, keep those engines going well with oil and fuel additives.  Also, look into a K&N lifetime air filter.  All of this will save you money in the long run.  Now that’s frugal!

If you have limited room in your car and need a tire lug wrench, consider a folding one  to save room.  Less than $13.  Now that’s frugal!

Pioneer Woman Cake Stand, now less than half price, only for a limited time. Go get one today!

If you need to repair anything that is steel, check out JB Weld’s Steel Stik:

If you have a dog cage outside for your dogs, check out pine shavings at your local farm and home store (like Orscheln’s) for a fraction of the cost compared with even the big bo stores.  Now that’s frugal!

Casio 76 Key Portable Keyboard with Headphones and Stand

This high quality keyboard from Casio also comes with noise-cancelling headphones, a stand, and power supply. It is also MIDI compatible. Best Buy has a price-match guarantee. Definitely worth checking out for those that need portability and lack space, but still want the piano sound. 4.8 stars!  Get the pedal and accident protection if you purchase it from Amazon.

If you are looking for classic area rugs, Steinman Magic Carpets is the place to go.  Great traditional colors and high quality and fit convenient shipping.  They will even make a deal with you – just take advantage of the chat window that appears.   Now that’s frugal!


If you need an inexpensive solution to your mattress need, delivered to your door:

Add a mattress foundation:


Make sure to have plenty of baking soda for cleaning around the house – pipes, silver, frog odors, general cleaning.  It is much less than you think as so much cheaper than all those cleaners.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are looking for a fantastic selection of drawer pulls, go to House of Antiques Hardware.  Their selection is overwhelming and their prices are even better than the big box guys.  Now that’s frugal!

If you credit is not the best, Credit One will help you build it back up.  Their monthly fee is worth it to increase your credit score, so you can save money with lower interest rates on bigger purchases.  Patience, and it will work out.  Now that’s frugal!

Make sure to check out your local Wal*Mart or grocery store for pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.  It is normally around $5 for a small and $8.50 for a large.  It is ready to eat and can feed so many (and sooo good!).  Now that’s frugal!

If you are trying a low carb diet, Wal*Mart and Amazon both have great selections.  Breads, soy pasta are waiting for you.  Decrease those carbs and love those numbers!

Make sure to check out your local Chinese restaurants to see if they have a buffet, especially one with a Mongolian grill.  Unlimited meats – steak, chicken, shrimp – at the grill and traditional Chinese food for around $10.  Now that’s frugal!

Hamilton Beach Coffee Grinder

If you love the. taste of fresh ground coffee, this Hamilton Beach Coffee Grinder is definitely for you. It is electric, grinds fast, and sets up fresh taste delivery once it is brewed. Great price as well:


Lowe’s currently has deep discounts on all brands of appliances, and free delivery over $400.  Their GE Dryer is huge, reliable, and efficient.  Make sure to buy the extended warranty, and all hook-ups for it.  When it is delivered, they will set it up and make sure it works.  That will save even more money.  Now that’s frugal!


Consider getting a multi-pack for padlocks.  All you need is one key to open all of them.  You will have spare keys no matter how you use them.  It is great if you have them in four completely different places or if they are in the same general area!


If you have ever priced mirror glass or plexiglass at a framing shop, you may have passed out.  Your local glass shop will give you a much better deal.  Now that’s frugal!

Check out your local food outlet.  They will have salvaged foods as well as cost plus items.    Now that’s frugal!

If your dogs are frightened by fireworks, thunderstorms, or certain gusts, consider getting Stress Away Soft Chews from your local vet.  They work great, and we believe, taste great.

Consider getting a weed eater with a polycut attachment if you completely dislike struggling with the traditional plastic line.  Make sure you have extra blades on hand so you do not run out in the middle of your project, since they are slightly harder to find.  Wait for a sale on them so you can save money.  Now that’s frugal!

If you need spare keys, check out the Minute Key kiosk at Lowe’s.  Very cheap, very quick and so much fun to watch.  Now that’s frugal!

If you need fancy and exotic looking, but inexpensive lighting, consider going to Pier 1.  It will look like you spent a fortune, but you didn’t.  Now that’s frugal!

Portable Air Conditioner Deals

If you are in the market for an air conditioner, consider a portable air conditioner.  They work so much better than q traditional window unit.  You will avoid putting the strain of its weight on the window frame.  It only need a small hole, so it can be used even in apartments.  Perfect solution.

If you cycle or just need a thin and foldable raincoat/poncho to carry with you in your car, backpack or briefcase, this is for you. It is sturdier than a disposable poncho and will work better.

If those cute dogs are trying to bust out of their outside cage, pick up a link chin and multiple padlocks, as well as bungie cords to keep them safe. Much less heartache than finding an empty cage.  Also, make sure they have “dog tags” with your info and talk to your vet about a microchip.  Get those best friends home safely!


If you are trying the Mediterranean diet, try going by your local import store to be able to pick up olives, olive oil, and cheeses.  Healthier body save money.  Now that’s frugal!

Sign up for those restaurant email and set clubs.  They normally send coupons – even BOGO – for birthdays and anniversaries, as well as random times.  Just go through the phone book, or Google, for your local area, and look up each one to see if they have one.  (Fuddruckers, Chili’s Sonic, Red Robin, Steak ‘N Shake, TGI Fridays, Applebee’s, Culver’s, Ruby Tuesdays, Colton’s, Logan’s, Longhorn, Ziggie’s, RibCrib)  Now that’s frugal!

Check with your local dealer for tire values.  They normally have price matching with local outlets, and they will make sure all sensors are reset.  They will even fin coupons that you did not even know existed (% off or buy 3, get 1 free).  Now that’s frugal!