Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling (FREE Webinar!)

Heather from Living on Love and Cents has  partnered with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on Thursday, March 17th from 9-10 PM EASTERN Time/ 8 – 9 PM Central Time.
Amy is a mom and has formed strategies to help us all immediatly with our children.You may have seen Amy on The Rachel Ray Show or MSNBC and she has been on TODAY many times. Moms everywhere LOVE Amy and now Living on Love and Cents readers- and This Mama Loves Her Bargains readers- can get a LIVE and personal webinar with her.

This FREE Session is …Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling.

Is that possible? YES it is! Amy McCready promises that we’ll walk away with concrete tools we can use the next day and see results. I know I will be especially interested in learning the 5 R’s of Fair and Effective Consequences.
Heather said she recently started using some of Amy’s strategies inher home with her  1 and 4 year old and she’s been VERY pleased with the results! She says she has learned so much already and is THRILLED to bring you Amy’s techniques for FREE! Amy is amazing and a great teacher.

This exciting Webinar is THURSDAY NIGHT March 17, 9-10 PM EASTERN Time .

Webinar seating will be limited so learn more and RSVP now! You will be sent a reminder email that day so you will not forget. The RSVP is just to be sure you get the the details to log on quickly and correctly. I hope you will join me! It will be so much fun! I look forward to chatting and learning with you!
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Kmart this week

Here are a few highlights for this weeks Kmart ad. To see the full list check out Just Trying To Save Money.
***Special Note for Kmart***
Kmart has a Shop Your Way Rewards Member Loyalty Card that you will want to make sure you are signed up for. It is FREE and just like any other loyalty card you will receive coupons and special offers. You can sign up at Kmart’>”>Kmart!!

Looking for certain coupons? Just don’t have the time to cut coupons? Then you need to check out The Q Hunter. Purchase just the coupons your want, pre-cut and in your hands in just a few days!

Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler $3.33 each
-$1/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, exp. 5-6-11 (RP 02/06/11)
or use –  $1/1 Garnier Fructis Styler Product, exp. 5-6-11 (RP 02/06/11)
or use – $1/1 Garnier Fructis Hair Care Item, exp. 5-6 (RP 02/06/11)

=$2.33 each after coupon

Irish Spring 8 Bar, Body Wash or Deodorant $3 each
– $0.50/1 Irish Spring Body Wash or Bars, exp. 4-2 (SS 03/13/11)
or use – $1/1 Irish Spring Deodorant, exp. 4-2-11 (SS 03/13/11)

=$2 each -$2.50 each after coupon

Dove 6 Bar, Body Wash, Shampoo or Conditioner $5.49 each
– $1/1 Dove Visible Care Body Wash printable (if included)

=$4.49 each after coupon

Glad Trash Bags $6.99 each
– $0.75/1 Glad Trash Bag, exp. 4-24-11 (SS 03/13/11)

=$6.24 each after coupon

Windex or Wipes, Scrubbing Bubbles Aerosol or Wipes or Fantastik $2.50 each
– $0.75/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Wipes printable
or use – $0.75/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer printable
or use – $1/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaners printable
or use – $0.55/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner printable

=$1.75 each – $2 each after coupon

Pledge Aerosol, Multi-Surface or Wipes $3.99 each
– $1/1 Pledge Product, exp. 6-30-11 (SS 03/06/11)
or use –  $1/1 Pledge Aerosol Product, exp. 3-27-11 (SS 02/13/11)
or use – FREE Pledge Multisurface wyb Furniture Care Aerosol (SS 02/13/11)

=$1.99 each – $2.99 each after coupon

All Liquid Detergent 96-150oz $11.99 each
– $1/1 All Oxi-Active Laundry Detergent printable (if included)

=$10.99 each after coupon

Maxwell House 33-34.5oz $6.99 each
– $1/2 Maxwell House Product (SS 02/13/11)

=$6.49 each wyb 2 after coupon

Select Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaning Products $5.99 each
– $1/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Power Sprayer Refill printable
or use – $2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner Refill printable
=$4.99 each after coupon 

Contact Us

Contacting companies is a great way to get coupons!  Why? Because 99% of the time, they will reward the time you took to provide them with feedback with coupons!!  Read more.
Here is a recap of who Saving Toward a Better Life contacted this week:






Buddy Fruits

You can follow the contact us program daily or just check in on Sunday’s for the weekly recap!

>Weekly Weigh-In with Nutrisystem #NSNation


Would you like to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem too? Visit
Nutrisystem today or call 888-853-4689

Well, here we are on week 6.  This post is hours later than I’d hoped for but hey, life got in the way.  So did the UCONN/Syracuse game (UCONN! UCONN! UCONN!!!!). 

I had ups and downs this week.  Downs, emotionally, and ups, relating to the scale.  I don’t weigh myself daily (omg.  I’d never get off the scale.  Can you imagine?  I’d be standing on the scale blogging and sharing just how much my laptop weighs!!) but I do weigh in on Monday mornings for a reality check and again Friday mornings (and that’s too often…1x/week is the right amount). 
Downs for me always mean sweets.  Lots of them.  This does not exactly equal success with Nutrisystem.  


I’m ON Nutrisystem.  I’m  Nutrisystem Blogger.  I’m REPRESENTING, y’all!!  So yep, I fell off the wagon a little bit.  But you know what?  I also got right back on.  And when I did fall off, I only fell off a little bit.  Pre-Nutrisystem, I’d have done a lot more damage and been far, far worse.  My falling off the wagon included a cadbury creme egg.  Not 6 of them. 

This afternoon, a much anticipated box showed up in my mailbox.  What was it?  My first bear.  A little red beanie baby style bear named Pound with the number 10 embroidered on his back.  I EARNED him.  My dedication and hard work and effort earned me that little guy, and I stuck him up on the shelf in the kitchen to watch over me, and to remind me, that hey, he’s probably lonely, and might want to have some friends to hang out with…like a bear with a 20 on his back…and a 30…and more. 

I did fall off the wagon.  But unlike before, when I just stayed off, I brushed myself off and climbed right back on.  I even grabbed a healthy snack when I did, to keep my belly full and resist temptation.  Its nice to know my wagon was right where I left it. 

So Monday…I weighed in and I was UP 2.5 pounds.  I wasn’t even “bad” over the weekend.  We’d gone out to dinner and I was really good about my choices and portions.  Bonk.  Off the wagon I went.  But I got back on.  I was better each day, all week.  (I’m trying hard to find something to do with the ‘downs’ in my life- suggestions welcome!! instead of eating not good for me things). 

This morning?

DOWN 0.5 lbs.  6 weeks, 16.3 lbs lost. 

I’m happy with that.  I am FEELING great about this program, about relearning how to eat- especially now, in March, which, by the way, is Nutrition Month!!  (What better way to celebrate THAT than by learning how to be healthy and eat right????) 

Most importantly, my clothes are getting bigger.  My family is supporting me.  I have more energy.  I feel more awake and like I can focus better.  I’m not QUITE exercising yet (does lifting the phone to call Emily count as exercise?  If so, I am exercising…) but I’m moving a LOT more- and moving with more ease. 

I’m going to stop now, because I’m getting all teary eyed.  I should really be the Mushy Mama who Loves Her Bargains.  I’m just feeling really grateful to have this chance to be healthy and MODEL good nutrition for my family, and for my health and for our future, and for the chance to share it all with each of you. 

If you got THIS far, well, bless your sappy heart.  You are awesome. I think you are awesome anyway, but for reading all of this?  Fantabulous you!! 

Maybe next week I’ll try the infamous “Shred.”  Or maybe I should start a little slower and do some Wii Fit stuff.  Then the kids can do it with me. One thing is for sure, tomorrow is a new day.  Tomorrow is a new “week” for me on Nutrisystem.  No falling off the wagon this week.  Upward (um, downward, scale) and onward!

Want to see more of how Nutrisystem is working for others just like me and you?

Check out some of my fellow Nutrisystem Bloggers’ pages for updates:  (Let’s show them some love and support too!!)
Dealicious Mom
Shining 2 Save

All products have been provided to me free of charge as a selected blogger of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. All opinions are 100% mine and no monetary compensation was given for my opinion.

Celebrate Nutrition Month with Dinosaur Train (Giveaway)


March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme, “Eat right with Color,” encourages everyone to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.
A healthy diet is important to us all, just as it was to Dinosaurs many years ago. With the month of March focusing on nutrition, it’s the perfect time to look at some great ideas and resources provided by The American Dietetic Association to eat a healthy diet! And, we invite you to to teach your child how to prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic filled with great food and fun by visiting Dinosaur Train.
To help parents, the American Dietetic Association provides many resources available at  They even have a downloadable PDF  listing 25 healthy snacks for kids, including these five great ideas:
1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.

2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”

3. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.

4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.

5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy


Next, Buddy can help you and your child prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic. The Have A Brachiosaurus Picnic activity helps young children to learn what foods fit into an herbivore’s diet (fruits and vegetables); reminds children about the importance of hand washing before eating; and also creates an opportunity to discuss why all animals need to eliminate waste from their bodies (a.k.a. “poop”).
The downloadable PDF file provides the ingredients to prepare Brachiosaurus Picnic, with fun food items on the menu, including:
o Brachiosaurus Super Salad: The kids will have fun tearing up green leafy veggies into bite-size pieces and mixing ranch dressing with green coloring to make a tasty topping.

o Sauropod Sandwich: With a plastic knife, cut pieces of whole wheat bread in the shape of a favorite dinosaur and spread with cheese spread or peanut butter.

o Herbivore Herb and Spinach Spread: Mix frozen spinach, dried onion soup mix, sour cream, celery sticks and crackers

o Green Juice – fill a child’s plastic cup with apple juice and add green food color to make a green beverage fit for an herbivore.
And as we all know, digestion is a very important part of keeping healthy for both humans…and dinosaurs back in the day! Watch the video clip of the song “Every Dinosaur Poops” and talk about why every animal needs to go, and what would happen if the animal didn’t poop out the parts of the food its body didn’t need.

(I know a sweet little boy named Will who is going to be OVER THE MOON for these picnics- I am publicly promising his mama we’ll do dino picnics soon!!)

Get on board the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, a Tyrannosaurus R ex, and his adoptive family of Pteranodons as they embark on a roaring, exploring world tour adventure to discover a variety of dinosaurs inhabiting the globe as they journey to Asia, Europe and Africa. From the world-renowned Jim Henson Company, PBS KIDS and Paramount Home Entertainment, the DINOSAUR TRAIN: PTERANODON FAMILY WORLD TOUR ADVENTURE DVD includes eight exciting edu-tainment adventures, interactive games, coloring pages, a dinosaur reference guide and parent information. Boasting incredible CGI animation and an average monthly viewership of 11.9 million, the “Dinosaur Train” is a Parents’ Choice recommended PBS KIDS TV series and is one of the top ten shows for kids 2 to 5. SRP $14.99

One of my readers will win DINOSAUR TRAIN: PTERANODON FAMILY WORLD TOUR ADVENTURE DVD, which will be released on March 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment and PBS Kids.

Mandatory Entry: Leave me a comment with your email and visit Dinosaur Train and tell me your favorite character on the show!


Extra Entries:
Like The Jim Henson Company on Facebook +2 entries

Follow me on GFC,  email subscriptionTwitter or Facebook (1 entry each)

Share this giveaway on any Social Networking site (I want to celebrate #nutritionmonth with #DinosaurTrain and @mamatomjr )- 2 entry/day (at least 1 hour apart)

Enter any of my other giveaways- 1 entry/giveaway (up to 5 extra entries allowed!)

This giveaway will end on March 25, 2010 at midnight, EST.   One entry per household.  Winners to be chosen using  US only.  Winner has 48 hours from my initial contact to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!!


I was not compensated in any way for this giveaway post. 


>Restaurant Coupon Roundup

Going out to eat this weekend? Make sure to take these restaurant coupons so you can dine out for less:
Starbucks: Tribute Days – Get free starbucks Petites with any drink, valid 03/10-03/12 from 2-5pm
Baja Fresh: Save $2 off $7 purchase, expires 03/11
Baja Fresh: Save $5 off $15 purchase, expires 03/11
Friendly’s: Free Happy Ending sundae with adult entree purchase, expires 03/13
Save $5 off $25 purchase, expires 03/15
Hooters: Free appetizer, 03/17 & 03/18 (thanks, Just trying to Save Money)
Chevy’s: Buy any entree at regular price, Get a 2nd for $3.99, expires 03/19
TGI Friday’s: Save 25% off Your Entire Purchase, expires 03/21
Corner Bakery: Free sweet with entree purchase, expires 03/20
Bucca di Beppo: Free Baked Ziti, expires 03/31
Steak Escape: Purchase any sandwich, get free fries, expires 03/31
Boston Market: Save $1 off $10 purchase, expires 04/09
Melting Pot: Free Cheese Fondue, reservations required & space is limited, valid 04/11-04/15
Carl Jr’s: Free small beverage with purchase of handbreaded chicken wrapper, expires 04/12
Maggiano’s: Free classic pasta & cookies to take home, expires 04/15
Checkers & Rally’s: Free Milkshake, expires 12/31
Shoney’s: Get a Free appetizer when you join the email list, expires 12/31
Deals with unknown ends dates:
Chili’s: Free Chips and Queso, sign up
Chili’s: Dinner for Two for $20, appetizer and 2 full-size entrees (select menu items only)
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Kids Eat Free with adult entree purchase, 5658 remaining
Pizza Hut: Free breadsticks with online order, must “Like” on Facebook
Del Taco: Free Shrimp Taco with purchaseon Facebook
Häagan Dazs: Join the Ice Cream Social and get a FREE Midnight Drizzler
One Day Events:
On April 27th from 5 pm to 10 pm, participating Baskin-Robbins stores will have 31 cents ice cream scoops as part of its annual event to honor the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Thanks to The Coupon Challenge!
Beef O’ Brady’s:

>Save BIG on Bowling with AMF!!!


Bowling is such a GREAT family activity- they can do the bumpers for kids (or people like me who can’t stay out of the gutters…) and all ages can be involved!!  Hurry and take advantage of this offer because it doesn’t last long once they put it up!!

Sign up quick to get your coupon!! I just did mine!!

Save some money on your cellular bills- and save yourself from a contract!!

Recently, I decided to start “shopping” for a new cell provider.  Mind you, my service is ok, but the pricing is outrageous for what I get for service with my current provider, and it is quite honestly not worth the money.  At all. I pay more for a low level plan with no bells, no whistles, than most people pay for a smartphone with bells and whistles.  We get a small discount due to my husband’s employer, too.

Let me start with the phone.  Unlike contract plans, you don’t get a “free” phone with 2 year service agreements.  But, then, you don’t have to stay with the plan for 2 years, either. I received the Samsung Intercept for this review. Buying this phone is $199.99- it is an Android smartphone, so you have all of the bells and whistles of  a smartphone.

Homemade Yogurt

The price of EVERYTHING is so high these days- including yogurt.  I prefer to buy the organic brands whenever possible but that cost is kind of becoming out of reach for us.  I’ve been starting to make my own homemade yogurt and so far, so good.  Looking forward to experimenting over the coming months with different flavors and addins….and perhaps dipping frozen blueberries in for the kids for a hot summer day’s breakfast- they LOVE frozen blueberries in yogurt!

homemade yogurt


  • Turn your crock pot to low and pour in 1/2 gallon of milk.
  • Heat on low for 2 hours and 30 minutes. (for 2 quart crock pot,  add an extra 15 min. for bigger crockpot)
  • Once 2 hours and 30/45  minutes have elapsed turn your crock pot off and unplug it. Let the milk cool in the crock with the lid on for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours remove 1-2 cups of the warmed milk and place in a bowl. To that add 1/2 cup of yogurt with live active cultures and mix very well.
  • Pour the yogurt-milk mixture back into the milk and whisk thoroughly.
  • Place the cover back on the crock and wrap the entire crock pot in a thick bath towel or two.
  • Let it culture overnight, 8-12 hours.
  • In the morning stir yogurt (if desired) and store in glass quart jars or a container of your choice.
  • For optimum texture, refrigerate for at least 8 hours before using


Total work time for you: about 5-10 min!  the crock does the rest!
The first time you will need to buy 1 cup of  plain yogurt (I used the greek plain), after that, you simply take out 1 cup from the batch you made and set aside for the next batch.
after you set aside the cup for the  next batch, you can add different flavors.  I mixed mine with some vanilla extract, and some with frozen blueberries thawed.
the cheapest organic yogurt is about $3.99/quart (on the cheap side)
I used 1/2 gallon (2 quarts) organic whole milk $3


Thanks, Triad Deals for the inspiration to start making my own yogurt!!

>Toluna- Get Rewarded for Surveys & Polls

>One of the best paid survey sites I’ve worked with to date is Toluna, and I will continue to do surveys for them (when I have time!!) for sure.  Paid surveys are such an easy way to bring a little extra cash in!!