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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Free Quart of Clark & Kensington Paint on August 4, 2012

Free Quart of Clark & Kensington Paint on August 4, 2012 at Ace Hardware

Link to printable coupon: HERE

Why Should You Shop Online?

Do you know why you SHOULD shop online?

Reason # 1:
Coupon Codes or Promo Codes

Lots of Retail Stores have special Coupon Codes/Promo Codes available
Wiki definition of Coupon CodeA code consisting of letters or numbers used to identify an offer associated with a coupon

Coupon Codes can range from:
  • Free Shipping on specific dollar amount purchases (sometimes even with NO Minimum required)
  • Dollar's Off when you spend certain dollar amounts
  • Percentage's Off when you spend certain dollar amounts
  • Free Item with specific item purchases or certain dollar amount
How do you get Coupon Codes/Promo Codes?
  • Sign up for the Retailer's Newsletter
  • Purchase items from the Retailer (many will send out codes to previous customers)
  • Search for Coupon Codes (see below)
 Here are some AWESOME web sites to search for Coupon Codes:
 Reason # 2:
Sales & Clearance Sections on Retailer's Websites

Trends show that some Retailer's place certain products on Sale/Clearance on their websites BEFORE they do in their Retail Stores.

At times, Retailer's place items that do NOT normally go on sale in stores at a discount price on their website only.

Combining Retailer's Websites Sales & Clearance along with Coupon Codes can get you the very BEST DEALS around! Which helps in stretching the almighty dollar and staying frugally minded!

Reason #3:
Larger Selection

Most Retailer's carry a Larger Selection of products on their websites compared to what they carry in their Retail Store's.
This gives you a better selection, more variety, and the options for different colors/styles/sizes.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Is Money Tight For The Holidays? I Have A Solution!

Is money tight in your household? Do you have a hard time stretching every dollar to afford the necessities? What's left for gifts and holidays like Christmas? If nothing or very little, I have a solution for you!

I have been using Swagbucks for over two years! I LOVE it! With very little time and effort, seriously, I can earn Swagbucks that I redeem for Amazon gift cards. I add my Amazon gift cards to my Amazon account and store them in there until I am ready to purchase a gift. 

For those of you in doubt, this is not a gimmick, this does not cost you a penny, just a little bit of time. I am being 100% honest with you. This is EASY to do and set up!

Search - Whenever I need to search the internet I use Swagbucks - this allows me to earn quickly. You can set it up so it is your homepage or you can just pull up the website each time. 

Daily Polls - are posted every day, you answer one question and earn 1 Swagbuck.

Widget - you can add this to your blog, webpage, or site. It makes searching easy as you can search directly from the widget, as can others that visit your page. Occasionally, you can click on where it says Swag Codes and there may be a secret code just for clicking.

There are many other ways to earn Swagbucks including Trusted Surveys, Coupons, Daily Deals, and more! All are very simple to do and don't require a lot of time.

Redeeming your Swagbucks is easy. There are many things you can redeem for. Actual items like puzzles, stuffed animals, and electronics (mp3 players, etc). Swagstakes entries, kind of like Sweepstakes. Even various gift cards. I choose to get gift cards. My favorite to redeem for is Amazon. Right now, you can redeem for a $5 Amazon Gift Card with just a mere 450 Swagbucks!

How long does it take to earn 450 Swagbucks? Well, that does depend on you. If you are a casual user and only use the search function to earn, I would say it may take you 2 to 4 weeks. If you are a hardcore user and earn Swagbucks various ways, I bet you could earn a 450 Swagbucks to redeem for a $5 Amazon Gift Card in as little as 1 week! That is how long it took me to earn my last gift card that I redeemed for yesterday. 

Time to solve your holiday gift giving troubles! Time to start earning! Free to sign up! Join Swagbucks today: HERE

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Febreze Set & Refresh Review

Do rooms in your house need a new scent? Does your restroom ever have unpleasant odors? Is your pantry kind of musty smelling and needs refreshed? Then Febreze Set & Refresh is for you!

Febreze Set & Refresh can be purchased in a variety of scents. Including Apple Spice & Delight, Thai Dragon Fruit, Hawaiian Aloha. and more!

NO plug-ins or batteries required! That makes it ideal for small spaces and also reasonable on the wallet with no extra electricity costs or batteries bought.

I have Febreze Set & Refresh in Apple Spice & Delight scent.

Febreze Set & Refesh is simple as pie to set up for use! Just open the package and place the scent cartridge into the holder. Then set it in the room that needs refreshing!

The scent is perfect! It's not overpowering like you get in some room fresheners. I have this one placed in a restroom and it's been doing a fantastic job of keeping it unpleasant odor-free. It smells similar to baked apple pie. 

I DO recommend Febreze Set & Refresh to all my readers! Pick one up while you are at the store next. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Birdseye Steamfresh Review

Last night, my family had the opportunity to try Birdseye Steamfresh Chef's Favorite Lightly Sauced Broccoli with Cheese Sauce.

Birdseye Steamfresh Chef's Favorite's are EASY and quick to prepare!
1. Pull the bag out of the freezer.
2. Place the bag face down on a microwave safe plate.
3. Into the microwave oven it goes, times needed are on the back of the bag. Our microwave is small, so the bag took 5 1/2 minutes to cook.
4. Remove it from the microwave and let it stand a couple minutes. Then tear it open at the tear-spot already on the bag.
5. You can serve it from the bag on to plates or pour it into a serving bowl

Some key points about Birdseye Steamfresh Chef's Favorite Lightly Sauced Broccoli with Cheese Sauce:
~ It's a good source of Calcium and Antioxidants
~ All natural
~ No preservatives

While the Birdseye Steamfresh Chef's Favorite is cooking, you can finish the preparation of the rest of the meal.

Here is how I dished up these scrumptious, nutritious vegetables:

I LOVED the broccoli! My kids LOVED the broccoli! I do recommend Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetables to all my readers! It would be good as a side dish or even on top of a potato or some pasta.

One recommendation: purchase TWO bags! We ran out with just one bag for a family of four, and the kids wanted seconds! You can find Birdseye Steamfresh in your local grocery store's freezer section.

Febreze Coupons ~ $10 Worth

New Febreze Coupons!

Fill out this form and submit your information to get $10 worth of coupons - including a $2 Off Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator!

Link to form: HERE

Request yours today! Coupons should arrive in 4 to 6 weeks!

500 FB Fan Giveaway over at Products & Reviews!

Check it out! Over on my friends blog, Products & Reviews, she is having a 500 Facebook Fan Giveaway!

She is giving away a HUGE amount of samples - 101 Various Samples - AND a $10 Subway Gift Card w/ 2 coupons from Simple Savings for Atlanta Moms.

Products & Reviews 500 FB Fan Giveaway!!! <--- click there to enter the giveaway today or enter in the Rafflecopter form below.

You must check out the picture of all the items in the giveaway - it's HUGE! Make sure you enter her giveaway today!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

10 Pampers Gifts to Grow Points

Today, Pampers released a Pampers Gifts to Grow Points Code on their Facebook Page. Make sure you grab your points today! (I did!)

Pampers Gifts to Grow, link: HERE

10 Pampers Gifts to Grow Points, code: FBOLYMPICS72712

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Real Style Network Twitter Contest - Enter to win!

Real Style Network Twitter Contest

Follow the directions and enter to win: Summer Beauty Gift Set worth over $150

Link to full details on how to enter: HERE

Here is a snippet of the directions to enter:
To win all you need to do by August 7th at noon is:
1. Follow @realstylenet & @tweetswin on Twitter (
2. Tweet this message exactly:  Follow @realstylenet, and RT this for a chance to win a Summer Beauty Gift Set worth over $150 #giveaway #contest
3. Winners will be notified via Twitter Direct Message (DM), you must be following @realstylenet to receive the message.

Make sure you follow @FrugalMidwest when you are on Twitter too! (not part of the contest)

$1 Off gud from Burt's Bees Coupon

"Like" gud from Burt's Bees on Facebook, link: HERE

"Like" the gud from Burt's Bees coupon on Facebook, link: HERE

Print out your $1 Off gud from Burt's Bees Coupon
Monday, July 23, 2012

Reluctant Reader Giveaway at The Life of a Home Mom

My friend and fellow blogger over at 'The Life of a Home Mom' is having a Reluctant Reader Giveaway!

Reluctant Reader Reading Guide - Reluctant Reader Giveaway (linked directly to the giveaway)

Enter to win a giveaway pack of 4 books that are in the  Reluctant Reader Giveaway  (ends August 3, 2012)

Make sure you enter today to win these fabulous books for your little readers. Reading encourages all types of growth in children and adults. It is also something you can do for free if you go to the library.

Madelaine Chocolate Review

Do you like good chocolate? Like the melt-in-your-mouth, creamy milk chocolate kind? I do!

Recently I won some Madelaine Chocolate from Christy's Reviews and More.

Madelaine Chocolate was established in 1949; they are a American family owned and run company, based in New York. Madelaine Chocolate makes and sells a large variety of chocolates for major holidays (like Easter and Christmas), for special occasions (like Mother's Day), and your regular everyday chocolates (like the Gold Milk Chocolate Cigars & Boxed Golf Balls that I was lucky to try).

You can purchase Madelaine Chocolate at various online retails and local retail stores. Check out the locations: HERE

Chocolate 101 (linked) will teach you all about chocolate.

Here is a picture of how my chocolates were packaged when they arrived. They were beautifully packaged!

I received the Gold Cigars Gift Box that is solid milk chocolate and Semi Solid Milk Chocolate Golf Balls.

The Gold Cigars would be perfect for any type of celebration - like Retirement Parties, Bachelor Parties, Birthdays, celebrating the birth of a child, and many more life's events!

The Gold Cigars Solid Milk Chocolate are: smooth, creamy, sweet (not overly, just perfectly sweet), melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Madelaine Chocolate can be VERY addictive, I suggest buying some extras so you do not run out.

I DO recommend Madelaine Chocolate to all my readers, all chocolate lovers, and anyone looking for that perfect gift!

Madelaine Chocolate website: HERE
Follow them on Twitter: HERE
"Like" them on Facebook: HERE (Tell them Frugal Midwest sent you, please)
Find out where you can buy Madelaine Chocolate: HERE

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Album for Mp3 Downlaod for FREE

Order Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Album for Mp3 Downlaod for FREE!

Link to details on how to get it FREE: HERE

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pepsi Moments to Save coupon booklet

Pepsi Moments to Save coupon booklet will be in the Sunday Newspaper on July 22. Make sure you pick yours up - there will be over $25 in savings!

Purex Detergent Giveaway is Over - Check your emails!

The Purex Let's Be Honest Detergent Coupon Giveaway is now over! Make sure you check your email inbox - all three winners have 48 hours to respond, otherwise I may be forced to choose a different winner. I will announce the winners once they have responded!

Congratulations to all three of you! And thank you to everyone that entered and all the new Frugal Midwest followers!

Upcoming reviews: Biore, Axe, Mia Mariu, and Glyde
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Free Cini-Sopapilla Bites @ Taco Johns

Free Cini-Sopapilla Bites with a Meat & Potato Burrito Purchase

Print out the coupon: HERE

Valid at: Taco Johns (Participating locations)
Expires: July 25, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Polish - $5.99 & Free Shipping - TODAY Only!

Walgreen's Facebook page just posted this deal for today - make sure you get yours TODAY!

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Polish

TODAY ONLY: $5.99 with FREE SHIPPING (reg. $9.99)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Let's Be Honest - It's time to enter to win! (LOW Entries!)

Make sure you get your entries in to win a coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex Detergent - LOW entries, only 100 at this point.
Enter today: HERE
Saturday, July 14, 2012

FREE Kids Haircuts in August!

FREE Kids Haircuts in August for kids of JcPenney Rewards Members 

Who: JcPenney Rewards Members
What: FREE Kids Haircuts (Kids in Grades K through 6th)
When: August 2012
Where: JcPenney Salons

Sign up for JcPenney Rewards: HERE - it's FREE to sign up for!
Find your local JcPenney Salon: HERE

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hamburger Helper to the Rescue! (Review)

Do you ever find yourself short on time and needing to get a kid-friendly dinner on the table quickly? I know I do! That’s why I turn to Hamburger Helper for assistance.

I was asked to join an exclusive new community from Hamburger Helper and MyInsite.  They sent me an awesome welcoming package. It included two boxes of Hamburger Helper to try J Cheeseburger Macaroni & Italian Supreme Cheese Pizza, along with a stuffed Helping Hand! My kids have claimed the Helping Hand!

On a busy night with only an hour to get the family fed and out the door I decided to give the Italian Supreme Cheese Pizza Hamburger Helper a whirl. If you don’t already know, Hamburger Helper is easy to make and requires very few ingredients; most meals only require milk and water. They also require very few dishes, I think of Hamburger Helper as one-pot meals.

As I was cooking this, I had two of my three kid’s pipe up and ask if I was making pizza for dinner. I told them I was making something better! I’m sure they asked because our house did smell like pizza; yummy, cheesy pizza. In less than 30 minutes dinner was done cooking. Onto the plates it went as I crossed my fingers that they would all enjoy this meal. Dinner was served!

ALL of my kids enjoyed the Italian Supreme Cheese Pizza Hamburger Helper! I heard exclamations of "this takes like pizza but with a fork!" and "can we have this again?". This made my busy night much better, that I was able to feed my family something they really enjoyed & that was healthy, I was able to do it quickly, and with very few dishes to clean up.

Thank you Hamburger Helper & MyInsite! Hamburger Helper to the RESCUE!

Make sure you print out a $0.75 off coupon: HERE

Check Out the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for FREE!

Check Out the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for FREE!

Do you need something inexpensive/free to do with the kids' this summer? Make sure you include the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in your summer schedule - it's FREE until September 2, 2012!

A few of their current exhibits:
Looking Forward: New Architecture in Downtown Cedar Rapids
Looking Back: Vintage Post Cards of Downtown Cedar Rapids
A Show of Hands: Ceramics from the Collection

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA)
410 Third Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids

CRMA's website: HERE

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

FREE Kids Movies this Summer!

Are you racking your brain trying to come up with inexpensive or free ideas of things to do with your kids this summer? Check this out:

FREE Kids Movies this Summer at Collins Road Theaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kids under 18 are FREE to get in, and adults are just $1 - now THAT is affordable!

What: Free Kids Movies (Adults pay just $1)
Where: Collins Road Theaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
When: 10 AM Monday through Thursday - arrive early to ensure seating

Kung Fu Panda 2 is the FREE movie this week; Next week is Zookeeper - I HIGHLY recommend Zookeeper, it is an excellent family movie (adults will like it too!)
To view the list of movies, check out their website: HERE


Wehrenberg Theaters is also offering FREE Kids Movies this summer! Note, they only show their free movies two days each week.

What: Free Kids Movies
Where: Wehrenberg Theaters
When: 10 AM Wednesdays & Thursdays - arrive early to ensure seating

Today they are showing Mr. Popper's Penguins (excellent movie!) and next Weds/Thurs is Kung Fu Panda 2.

To view the list of movies, check out their website: HERE


BOTH Theaters offer discounted snack trays, ask for details when you arrive for the show.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FREE Starbucks Refresher Beverage: Friday Noon to 3 PM

What: FREE Tall (12 oz.) Starbucks Refresher Beverage
Where: Your local Starbucks
When: Friday July 13 from Noon to 3 PM

Link to details: HERE
Monday, July 9, 2012

Purex Let's Be Honest Giveaway - Enter to Win!

Do you do laundry? Several times a week? I know I do!

I am part of the Purex Insider community* and have been given the opportunity to share the Let's Be Honest campaign with my readers and to host a GIVEAWAY! (details below)

Let's Be Honest campaign motto:
It's time to come clean about life, laundry and whatever.
Make sure you check out the campaign's main page: HERE ~ you will find 17 short video clips about coming clean, a laundry help guide with great tips on getting out the worst stains, a list of products Purex makes, Purex promotions, and more!

My favorite video is Let's Be Honest - Lost & Found

I love the idea of a vacation fund for money left in the pockets – I especially like her reaction & response with large amount of pocket ‘change’ she found ~ smart thinking

Time for a GIVEAWAY! 
Purex has sent me THREE Coupons - each is for: a FREE bottle of the NEW Purex Triple Action Detergent (these expire at the end of 2013!)

Who/What: There will be THREE WINNERS who will each receive ONE coupon!
How to enter:  allow the Rafflecopter form below to load fully, follow the directions on the form and enter today!
Ends: July 20, 2012

You MUST complete at least the following three Rafflecopter entries - which are:

1 - Leave a Blog Post Comment of your favorite Let's Be Honest Video
2 - Be a Frugal Midwest Facebook Fan
3 - Follow Frugal Midwest on Twitter

*Open to United States entrants only - sorry.

*I am a Purex Insider. While I do receive complimentary sample products from the Purex® brand, my opinions are my own.

My First Giveaway ~ Upcoming Today!

WOW! I am very excited to share with my readers that I will be sharing My First Giveaway TODAY!

If you do laundry, this is one giveaway you will WANT to enter! (okay, doesn't EVERYONE do laundry?)

Keep your eyes on the lookout ~ details will be shared later today!

Free Sample of Woolite Extra Dark Care Detergent

Free Sample of Woolite Extra Dark Care Detergent (some qualifying questions)

Link: HERE - via Target (BEST to use Internet Explorer)
*Sample delivery takes 8-10 weeks

What is it? (quoted from Woolite's website, link: HERE)

How does it work?

Woolite® Extra Dark Care has a special formula that cleans and helps maintain the original color intensity of your dark clothes. It won't cause fading, shrinking or stretching, so dark colors stay vivid and clothes look like new for longer.

I tried & tried to get this to work with Google Chrome, to no avail! Take my advice, use Internet Explorer, and it should go through (if you qualify) without problems.

Keep your eyes on Frugal Midwest for a review of Woolite Extra Dark Care Detergent - I will post my thoughts after I receive & try it out!

Possible FREE Samples of Biore Skincare Products

Possible FREE Samples of Biore Skincare products!

  • "Like" Biore Skincare's Facebook page, link: HERE
  • Click on "New Look" on their Facebook page tabs, link: HERE
  • Scroll down and click on the "Join The Clean Skin Movement"
  • Submit your information and answer questions about your skin & skincare to see if you qualify.

I QUALIFIED! Looks like they will be sending me 3 samples of Biore Skincare's products to try! They do ask that you let them know your opinion on how they worked! (8-10 weeks for delivery)

Like I said, you do have to qualify, so no guarantee you will get them, but you WILL know after you submit your info and answer the questions if you do or not.

Keep your eyes on this blog for my review of the Biore Skincare products they send me to try ~ I can't wait!

Free Sample of Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash

Free Sebamed Sachet of Liquid Face & Body Wash & $3 In-Store Product Coupon (for use at CVS)

"Like" Sebamed on Facebook, link to their profile: HERE
Next, click on their "Free Sample" page on Facebook: HERE

Sebamed description, quoted from their Facebook Page:
Soap-free product line with same pH as healthy skin - pH 5.5 Does not strip the protective layer of the skin like soap can. 

SebaMed is extremely mild and allergen free for sensitive skin. It works to supports the skin’s natural healing process for problematic skin.

Sebamed's Website: HERE

* After submitting my info, it did not state how long until the sample is received ~ most companies say to allow 4 to 6 weeks; it does state 'while supplies last' - so keep your fingers crossed!
Sunday, July 8, 2012

Enter This Giveaway for Chance to WIN!

Do you like to enter giveaways and win things? I know I do, it takes very little time, and the opportunities at prizes are HUGE!
Here is a BIG Giveaway to enter, make sure you check it out and get all of your entries in today:
Saturday, July 7, 2012

Attention Beauty Bloggers ~ Make Up & Humidity, What do you do?

Attention Beauty Bloggers:
I need HELP! How do you apply and wear make up in humidity & heat and not have it sweat right off? What are your tricks of the trade?
Whenever I apply foundation and powder, then step outside, it sweats right off from the humidity & heat; it seems pointless to even put it on, but I want to look nice outside too!
Can you share your tricks & tips please?

Please reply on this post, or reply with a blog post of your own and leave a link in the comment section.
Thanks in advance for helping me out! :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Subscribe to Frugal Midwest's Blog Post via Email

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The Ultimate Giveaway Ever Hosted @ Tiffany's Reviews

The Ultimate Giveaway Ever Hosted!! – 50 Winners

Make sure you enter this awesome & huge giveaway!
Thursday, July 5, 2012

Free Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Body Lotion Samples

Free Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Body Lotion Samples - 2 Samples

Link: HERE
*Facebook required

Samples should arrive in 4 - 6 weeks.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven on July 11

Happy 7-Eleven Day!

What: Free 7.11 Ounce Slurpee 
When: Wednesday July 11, 2012, from 11 AM to 7 PM 
Where:  7-Eleven Gas Stations

More info & to find your local 7-Eleven, check out their website: HERE
Monday, July 2, 2012

FREE Tall Brewed Coffee at Starbuck's on July 4, 2012

Starbuck's - FREE Tall Brewed Coffee on Wednesday July 4, 2012

Link to story on Starbuck's website: HERE
Link to Starbuck's Facebook event: HERE

To spark the conversation in our stores, your local Starbucks will proudly serve everyone a free tall hot brewed coffee on the Fourth of July.
Make sure you swing in to your local Starbuck's and pick up your free hot coffee!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Free Chips & Queso w/ Entree Purchase at Chili's July 2 - 4

Free Chips & Queso w/ Entree Purchase at Chili's
When: July 2 - 4

Link: HERE

Find your local Chili's Restaurant, check out their website:

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