Friday Freebies

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Saving money is awesome!  Free is even better!!!!  Here are some of my favorite freebies that are currently available or that will be available soon.

FREE Froyo at Menchies

Grab Free Froyo (up to 6 oz) at Menchies on 2/6 in honor of National Frozen Yogurt Day.

Free Coffee at Chick-Fil-A

Free coffee at Chick-Fil-A during the month of February! No coupon necessary – More details here.

Free eBooks!

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon – Sophia Hudson

Fruit Infused Water: 60 Thirst Quenching Recipes – Aubrey Azzaro

Hearty Soups: A Collection of Homemade Soups – Dennis Weaver

10 Easy Homemade Natural Lip Balm Recipes – Diann Bright

Cleaning and Home Organization Box Set: Cleaning And Home Organization + Speed Cleaning And Home Organization – Lisa Johnson

Free Printables!

FREE Valentine’s Day Mad Libs

Free 365 Day Penny Savings Challenge Printable

Free 52 Week Savings Challenge Printable

State Notebooking Pages

Football Scoring Sheet (use for Homeschool Math or for fun!)

More Fabulous Freebies!

Free Shea Butter Light Comforting Face Cream at L’OCCITANE

Free Sample of Emergen-C

Free 2015 Beretta Calendar

Free Seeds of Change Certified Organic Rice or Sauce Product

Free Samples of Schwarzkopf essense Ultîme Omega Repair & Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste Sample

BioTru Contact Solution Sample

Rolo Chewy Caramels 1.7 oz

Dove, Degree or Axe Dry Spray Antiperspirant Sample

Gooseberry Patch Kid-Friendly Recipe Booklet

Still Available!

Mambo Sprouts coupon book – Available to the first 100,000 entries. They will be mailed April 15, 2015.

Paper Shredding up to 5lbs at Staples – expires 5/2/15

10-Day Supply Clinique Smart Serum – must stop by Clinique counter (while supplies last)

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Sample

Safety Latch Starter Kit

California Carrots Dog Food Sample from Powder 4 Paws

 

Retail Coupon Roundup {1/30/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Bealls – 20% Off 2 Single Items (exp: 2/2/2015)
Bonton - 30% Off a Yellow or Black Dot Womens, Mens & Kids Apparel Purchase (exp: 1/31/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 2/4/2015)
Eddie Bauer - 25% Off Entire Purchase When You Buy Motion Activewear (exp: 2/11/2015)
Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Justice – 40% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 15% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 2/3/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/4/2015)
Rue 21 - 30% Off $30 Purchase (exp: 1/31/2015)
Yankee Candle - Buy 2 Large Jar, Tumbler or Vase Candles Get 1 Free (exp: 2/16/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {1/30/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Au Bon Pain – $1 Off $5 Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak & Grilled Prawns Meal (exp: 2/12/2015)
Blimpie - Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Carrabbas - 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Cup or Cone (exp: 2/2/2015)
Corner Bakery – Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 3/11/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe - $5 Mediterranean Family Feast (exp: 2/2/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – $3 Off Family or $5 Off XL Family Pack (exp: 2/2/2015)
Maggianos - $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/24/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/15/2015)
Old Country Buffet – $8.99 Dinner & Dessert When You Buy 1 Drink + More Coupons (exp: 2/22/2015)
Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 2/1/2015)
Souplantation – $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 2/4/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

5 Ideas to Make Your Workplace More Fun #QoL

Disclosure: This post is part of International Quality of Life BlogIt Day, sponsored by Sodexo.

5 Ideas to Make Work More Fun SimplifiedSaving.com

I’m really fortunate to have a job that I love with a company I love working for.  I know that’s not the case for many of you.  And I’ll be honest, it hasn’t always been the case for me either.

In the past, I’ve worked for bosses who made every day at work miserable.  I’ve worked in environments that were completely stressful.  I had one job where I enjoyed the work, but was miserable because my co-workers were constantly gossiping, backstabbing, and complaining.  I’ve had jobs where I loved my coworkers, but didn’t enjoy the work I did.

There are multiple things that can make or break your work experience.  Sodexo focuses on 6 unique things that contribute to your quality of life at work:  social interaction, ease and efficiency, physical environment, personal growth, recognition, and health and well being.

While I think the company I work for does a pretty good job in most of these areas, they hit the ball out of the park in the social interaction division.  Today I’m going to share 5 things that they’ve done that have created a great social atmosphere.  And if you implement them at your workplace, I think you’ll find that your work is much more fun!

Social Interaction are things that strengthen your bond at work.  Last year, my company implemented a social committee and it has made such a big difference in interaction between coworkers.  While we’ve had a few people at work who have been spearheading fun things for years, having a committee has taken it to the next level.

Here are five things we’ve done in the last 6 months that have made our office a lot more fun!  I’ll start with the most recent:

1.  Office Olympics

Wednesday was National Fun at Work Day and in honor of that day, our company had our first annual office Olympics.  We spent an hour doing 3 legged races, having a trivia challenge, moving cotton balls using only our noses and vaseline, and lots of other fun, team building activities.  To top it off, our company had lunch catered for us. We got rave feedback.  We even had an employee who sent a company wide email with the 10 things he about his coworkers during the Olympics. It was a silly event and the winning team captain got a garden gnome trophy.  {She’ll have to relinquish the trophy to the captain of the winning team next year, although she’s hoping her team will win again next year.}

Olympics at Work

2. How Well Do You Know Your Coworkers Game

A few weeks ago, we were given the option to participate in a “How Well Do You Know Your Coworkers?” game.  We each submitted a fun fact about ourselves to HR and then one of our HR reps compiled the list of fun facts along with the  names of people who submitted them.  We had to match up the fun facts to our coworker and the one with the most correct answers got a Starbucks gift card.

Here are some of the fun facts that were included:

One time I washed & blow-dried a live chicken.

My mother was a doctor before she married my father.

My first “real” job was working at Dairy Queen, earning $1.05/hr.

I passed the Guiness Book of World Records in the category of consecutive pogo stick jumps.

I used to work for a dating service.

I once drove our station wagon through our garage door.

I used to be a radio DJ, and even had my own show.

I used to be a ski instructor.

I once locked myself out of my hotel room in Las Vegas, with nothing on but my underwear.

There were lots of other interesting facts as well.  I had a great time trying to figure out who went with each fun fact and when we got the real answers, I laughed hysterically.  I was really surprised to find out which coworker worked for a dating service and which one washed and dried a live chicken.  I wasn’t quite as surprised to find out which coworker locked themselves out of their hotel room wearing just their undies.  Some things just aren’t that surprising! :)

3.   Plan monthly or quarterly carry-ins.

For years, our company has done carry-in lunches.  Sometimes they’re themed (like around the Super Bowl or Thanksgiving) and other times we do them just because.  While not everyone chooses to participate, it’s a fun way to get to know people in other departments.  Send out an email announcing your carry-in and place a sign-up sheet in your breakroom.  Send out regular reminders about your carry-in.  If you have an agreeable boss, see if you can allow him to dress for a themed carry-in.  We have a carry-in during football season where we all wear jerseys or shirts sporting our favorite football teams. Just remember, it’s OK to start small.  Not everyone will participate at first, but once they see how much fun you’re having, they’ll eventually come around (or maybe they’ll quit…and no one likes a spoil sport anyway, so that’s OK)

4.  Plan a white elephant gift exchange during the holidays.

When our company was really small, we would have Christmas parties at one of the executives houses.  And we would have a white elephant gift exchange.  Over the years, our company has grown a lot, but we still do a white elephant gift exchange.  Participation is optional, but it’s oh-so-fun and most of our office participates.  We draw numbers and then we have the opportunity to steal gifts as we go.  Some gifts appear year after year…and they’re usually the bad ones! :)

5.  Have a holiday decorating contest!

In December, I had the privilege of judging our office decorating contest.

Some people went all out. I saw mini vignettes of ducks swimming in a snowy pond…

Mini tree with ducks

Doors that looked like gifts…

gift wrapped door

 

And pretty decorations.

merry jingle shine

 

We also had decorations that were a little more grinch like…

grinch like decor

 

While not everyone participated, the spirit throughout the office was festive and fun!

We chose to do our decorating contest in December, but you could do it for any holiday or for a company anniversary.

I know that there’s no perfect work environment, but by improving social interaction, you can make coming to work a whole lot more fun!

What makes your place of employment awesome?  Leave me a comment!

Strawberry Yogurt Dip

Strawberry Yogurt Dip from SimplifiedSaving.com

If you’re looking for a recipe that’s perfect for a Super Bowl party or a Valentine’s Day treat, you’ll want to whip up this Strawberry Yogurt Dip.  It only has 3 ingredients and pairs perfectly with fruit, but is also delicious with pretzels and bagel chips!  If you have leftovers (not likely, but if you make a big enough batch, you might), it’s also quite tasty on a toasted bagel!

This recipe has just 3 ingredients and can be whipped up in  no time!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Frozen Sliced Strawberries, thawed and drained (If you choose frozen strawberries without added sugar, you may want to add some sugar or sweetener to this recipe)
  • 1 cup Strawberry Yogurt
  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese

Here’s what you’ll want to do:

  • Whip together cream cheese and yogurt until well blended.Mix cream cheese and yogurt Strawberry Yogurt Dip SimplifiedSaving.com
  • Stir in strawberries until evenly distributed.Mixing Strawberry Yogurt Dip from SimplifiedSaving.com
  • Refrigerate til firm.
  • Serve with fresh fruit, pretzels, or bagel chips for dipping.
  • ENJOY!!!

Ultimate DIY Bundle $34.95 ($1200+ Value)

I love to craft and create, but I’ll be honest, it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to tackle all the fun projects I want to tackle.  And if I’m completely honest, I’m not a very good practical DIYer.  I’m great at making froofroo frilly fun projects for my own enjoyment, but things that are useful around the house tend to be outside my range of expertise.

Right now there is a great bundle of books and courses designed for the person who’d like to be more DIY savvy (like me) and it’s filled with step by step instructions and projects that will make you feel like a DIY rock star!

This ultimate bundle isn’t just for crafty folks though.  This is also for people who want to write or take better pictures or use an art journal.

Here’s what you’ll find in this bundle:

13 Photography, Scrapbooking, Writing & Art Journaling eBooks

22 Home Decor and Home Gardening eBooks

21 Crafts and Sewing eBooks

9 eCourses on All Things DIY

4 Bonuses Valued at $130+

Plus More…

You may be  looking at this list and thinking, that’s a whole lot of books and I don’t have time to read that many books.  Even if you only read a fraction of these books, you’ll get your money’s worth.  The bundle contains over $1200 of resources and you can get it for only $34.95.

I’m traveling this weekend, but I can’t wait til I have a chance to sit down and start going through the books and ecourses.  I’m really excited about some of the bonus classes as well!

I’m super excited about this bundle and I can’t wait to start going through the books. I know you’re going to love it too! Make sure to order it now because it’s only available for 2 more days!

Not ready to make the decision? That’s OK…click on the button below to learn more!

Retail Coupon Roundup {1/23/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Bealls - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 1/27/2015)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/28/2015)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Already Reduced Items 50% or More (exp: 1/25/2015)
Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Justice - 40% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015)
Kohls - $10 Off $30 Baby Gear, Furniture, Apparel & Maternity Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 15% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 2/3/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 1/28/2015)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Large Jar, Tumbler or Vase Candles Get 1 Free (exp: 2/16/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {1/23/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Au Bon Pain - $1 Off $5 Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak & Grilled Prawns Meal (exp: 2/12/2015)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Breakfast Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 1/31/2015)
Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $2 Off Any Entree (exp: 1/31/2015)
Del Taco – Free Turkey Taco with Any Purchase (exp: 1/29/2015)
Dennys – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 1/25/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sandwich Plate (exp: 1/28/2015)
Einstein Bros Bagels – 20% Off Any Purchase (exp: 2/4/2015)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 1/25/2015)
Maggianos – $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/10/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/1/2015)
Quiznos – 99¢ Small Soup When You Buy Regular or Large Sub (exp: 1/28/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 1/28/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes - 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 1/28/2015)
Wendys - Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Gameday Bacon Ranch Cheddar Dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip from SimplifiedSaving.com

  The Super Bowl is less than 2 weeks away, so I thought I’d share this quick and easy Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip recipe.  This recipe is kid-friendly as kids not only love the taste, but they can whip it up on their own…it’s that easy! You only need 4 ingredients and it can be made in less […]

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {1/16/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 1/19/2015) Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak & Grilled Prawns Meal (exp: 2/12/2015) Blimpie […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {1/16/15}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!  I’m really excited about the White House Black Market coupon since it’s my favorite store AND I have a gift card!!! Ace Hardware – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Ace Hardware Air Filter […]

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Heart to Home Women’s Conference with the Ladies of Duck Dynasty February 6-7 #H2hconf15

Robertson Women Speaking at Heart to Home Conference

Disclosure: I am blessed to be a Family Christian Blogger and as such, I have the opportunity to share cool things with you! In exchange for this post (which I would have written without compensation because I’m really excited about it), I received the opportunity to watch the webcast of this conference. As always, all […]

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Easy Gluten Free Coffee Cake Muffins

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Muffins SimplifiedSaving.com

Our family eats the same thing for breakfast every single weekday!  We eat eggs and green smoothies.  The only real variation is what we put in the smoothies. I’ve been looking for a quick, easy and fun recipe to make on weekend morning and after a few tries, I think I hit the ball out […]

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Motivated Moms Chore Planner Sale

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I am NOT a naturally organized person.  I can also be scatterbrained at times.  I rely on lists to help me get things done…especially things I don’t enjoy doing.  One of the biggest game changers for me in the getting things done department is the Motivated Moms Chore Planner.  This chore planner is a daily […]

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Meet Mark Batterson: A FREE Event for Pastors

Meet Mark Batterson

Disclosure: I am a Family Christian Blogger and as such, often blog about events and items associated with Family Christian in exchange for product or gift certificates. While we were in New Hampshire over Christmas break, my mom had breakfast with a friend and came home with this book.  It’s a quick and easy read […]

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Thrive: My #OneWord for 2015

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  I used to set grand resolutions every single year.  They weren’t usually things I intended to do.  They were usually more like things I should do.  The list always included exercising more, reading through the Bible in 1 year, losing weight and other things along those lines.  I discovered something interesting a few years […]

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101 Resources for Your Best Year Ever

101 Resources for Your Best Year Yet

Every year, millions of people around the world set goals and unfortunately, many of them never reach those goals!  Often they lack the right tools!  I’ve put together a list of resources to help you reach each and every one of your goals!    I’ve divided this list up to include a variety of different […]

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Only $29.97 ($1140 Value)

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

Look back on 2014. What would you say was the best decision you made? January 1st will be here in less than 48 hours and with it comes your chance to change your life…seriously!  Have you started setting goals? Do you know what you hope to accomplish? What would be the best thing you could […]

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Find Gifts for Everyone On Your List at Gordmans

Gordmans Candy and Cookie Gifts

Disclosure: I received Gordman’s gift cards in order to facilitate this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This has been a strange holiday season for me.  After a super fun Thanksgiving with a large part of our family, we headed to Tennessee to take our oldest daughter to school.  She’s studying […]

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Get a Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy

Canon Holiday Image

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Are you thinking about buying a camera to capture your holiday memories?  Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. Three years […]

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