Experience the Power of Scrub Dots Sponges

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Come into my kitchen on any weeknight and you’re sure to find a pile of dishes and see happy bellies around a table. The pans and pots have likely cooked three or four different meals – all for our various palettes.

Confession: I’m not big on doing the dishes because I just hate the time it takes from the family and all the other things that I’ve signed myself up for. All too often, I’m leaving the dishes and messes for Greg to handle when he’s home during the day.

Scotch-Brite Scrub Dots SpongesSo you’re probably wondering why me, the dish maker not the dishwasher, is excited to share a Dollar General coupon deal with you for Scotch-Brite™ Brand  Scrub Dots sponges, right? I’m excited because they help to quickly tackle the mess that my kitchen is so I can get back to the things (and people!) I love…or ease the stress I put my husband through!

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Haven’t heard of the Scrub Dots sponges? Here are some details:

Experience the Power of Dots! Scotch-Brite’s new Scrub Dots sponges feature Scrubbing Dots technology that will help you clean away kitchen messes as they scrub fast and rinse clean. The new Scrub Dots sponges will tackle kitchen messes without trapping food.

Heavy-Duty Scrub Dots sponges (green) will help eliminate those baked on messes and the Non-Scratch Scrub Dots sponges (blue) will safely clean all cookware without scratching. Use the right tools for each surface and cleaning your home will be easier and faster!

Visit your local Dollar General and save $1 off any 2 on Scotch-Brite Scrub Dots Sponges!

With that coupon to save on these innovative sponges, I’ll be trying both versions – the blue on my glass stove-top and the green on the eggs that I baked (or burnt, depending on who you ask) into the casserole dishes.

What is your current kitchen hack? Which of these Scrub Dots Sponges do you need most in your life? 

3 Tricks to Change the Way You Groupon

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Have you ever wasted money? It feels awful, doesn’t it? As a family of six, we’re always looking for ways to save money, and Groupon is one of those ways. Problem is, we all too often forget to check them as a site for savings, so I’m going to share with you three tricks to change the way you Groupon and keep money in your pocket.


3 Tricks to Change the Way You Groupon

Trick One: Sign up for their subscription(s), and opt into ones that are meaningful to you.

I like to follow the Pittsburgh listings and then add locations I’m traveling to (opting out when we’re home). You can choose how little or how much you want to get, but I find these emails are at the least a reminder (daily or weekly) to go out and review what they are offering. Since Groupon is always changing their deals, you are more likely to see those one-off specials if they are straight to your inbox.

Bonus tip – If you have a spending issue (like me, which is why I’m trying SO HARD not to spend in August), set up an email rule to put them in a folder and then a calendar reminder to check out the deals once a week.

Trick Two: Use it to buy products or book getaways.

Groupon Goods is a service that deeply discounts thousands of fun items (think birthday gifts or treats for yourself as a reward for saving money). As you can see above, I found a bunch of things that caught my eye today – but if I don’t act fast, they’ll be gone.

Use Groupon Getaways to find a vacation on the cheap at quality locations. Plug in your destination and find hotels, experiences, and even air travel packages. With thousands of options, you just might find your next dream trip!

Trick Three: To get the most value, don’t forget to redeem your Groupon.

While many Groupons will hold the original value you paid, you don’t want your Groupons to go unused. Get the full advantage and spend them when you buy them. I’m preaching to the choir here – I have one for ice cream that I let go past the redeem by date, so now it’s just like a gift card in the value I paid. Had I redeemed in the redemption period, it would have meant two trips for ice cream, not just one!


Now that I’ve shared my tips and tricks, follow Groupon on Twitter or visit them on Facebook. Before you go…tell me…how do YOU Groupon?

Saving with Groupon Coupons

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If I thought four mouths to feed was costly, can you imagine how things changed when the twins switched over to eating real people food? Forget us and feeding six mouths, life in general just comes with costs, right?

As you know, we’ve tried the couponing thing and it works. We still have some of those strategies in place, but technology has made it even easier…like how we’ll be saving this summer with Groupon Coupons!

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Soon, I’m going to be in the market for an updated wardrobe (more on that to come), so I headed over to see what savings with Groupon Coupons I could find. I’m super excited that Macy’s and Kohl’s (my two current department store addictions) are on the list of savings options. Yay to lower clothing bills! I’m definitely eyeing up a certain 50% off on shoes that I saw out there earlier!

Don’t worry, the family will be benefiting, too. There are deals out there for Shutterfly (to finally get the girls’ first birthday photos framed), Carter’s (for new school clothes – or clothes to fit the summer growth spurts), and Travelocity for our summer travels.

And not only are there coupons listed, there are users like you and me out there verifying that they are real, usable coupons. Plus, you can click to see what’s on sale with the coupon you are picking, grab coupons exclusive to where you live, or find coupons that you can’t find anywhere but on Groupon Coupons.

Are you looking to save money and make your wallet a little thicker this summer? We know the answer is yes. That means you definitely should see what saving with Groupon Coupons you can do.

So tell me…what coupon are you itching to redeem? Share this post with the links below.

Visits to my sponsor’s Facebook and Twitter pages are always appreciated. xoxo


With twins on the way, we really have no option but to find opportunities for saving. It’s been awhile since we’ve done some serious couponing, but now that we are back in our own home and have the space to build up a new stockpile, it might be time. Here’s a few tips I have for basic money-saving matters.

1. Always check to see if there’s a coupon. I recently discovered a coupon site that has a ton of places you can find and print a coupon for. Check out AnnCoupons.com before your next oil change, dinner and a movie, shopping trip or online shopping spree. Don’t be kicking yourself later when you find a coupon after you bought something (guilty lately). Thanks to online outlets like AnnCoupons, you don’t need to subscribe to a paper or spend hours clipping coupons (that you’ll likely never redeem – also guilty).

2. Borrow it. I’m not talking about money. Nope, got myself in too much of that trouble in my earlier life! What I mean is borrow things that you will only need for a short time. Like maternity clothes. There’s a traveling box that I’ve been carrying with me and a few co-workers have added to it throughout the years. It’s come in handy for quite a few pregnancies and you might as well borrow something you’ll only need for a little bit.

3. Automatically move the money from checking to savings. I have a set amount that goes from “spend” to “growth” each week. It’s like a regular bill directly out of checking and into saving. That money will then be there for emergencies. You could even start small with one of those 52-week saving plans (start at $1 a week working up to $52 and see how much you have saved at the end of the year).

4. Ask around. Don’t always go for the biggest and best. We learned this when getting our dishwasher recently. Had one in mind (a low budget one) but then talked to the specialist at the store. He first showed us the high end models and explained what they did, but told us his best seller wasn’t the low budget or the high one. For $50 more, we got high end features that were more necessary for our size family but avoided sparkles we didn’t need. Seriously talk these things out.

5. DIY. If you have time, go this route. I’ve been doing more research on essential oils and seeing things I spend too much money on that I could make at home for the fraction of the price. Want tacos? Thaw some chicken versus hitting up the drive through. Simple changes can lead to big change in your pocket.

Ok, these are basic, but you get the idea. Now share – what’s your  best saving tip?


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Pittsburgh Tip: Aamco of Zelienople

Disclaimer: I just HAD to write about our experience at Aamco of Zelienople. We got a deal through Living Social and paid for our services. This is not a compensated post, just a post about good service and hoping to help pay it forward. As usual, all opinions are 100% my own.

We are a family who loves our deals, and with two cars needing registered, inspected, and oil changes all by the end of July, I simply couldn’t pass on a deal found on Living Social this week. For $21, you could pick up an oil change and PA State Inspection through their deal. (psst…interested? You can still get the deal until Monday night 7/22!) We had to add The Emissions being from Allegheny County and some extra oil for Greg’s guzzler of a Durango. How could I pass that up? For just around the price of one Inspection plus Emission, we got both cars up to date and running clean.

Okay, at first I would admit that I second guessed it before buying. Zelienople is about 30 miles from Tarentum and would mean both of us driving there. We also have to take the turnpike, so that took about another $10. Greg and I talked about it, and decided it was totally worth it. We didn’t really have plans for Saturday, so he called to see if he could get an appointment.

I wasn’t around for the appointment making call, but just from sitting in the waiting area, I assure Brad (the Center Manager) delivered superior service on the call. Next thing I knew, Greg texted that we had both scheduled in for 8:30 AM and we were good to go.

On the way there, I did get us lost in a GPS trap. If you are coming from the south, I advise taking the Evans City exit if it tells you to go to the Zelienople one. Then come to 19 and head south, it’s literally right there near a shed company.

We fully expected to sit in a hot, greasy room off a shop; however, it was quite the opposite. We were treated to a gorgeous space with hardwood floors and no window to the shop. Noise and fear of “did it pass” stayed outside. An ADA Accesible bathroom will all the details (soft toilet paper, automatic soap dispenser, and paper towels that actually dry your hands) is off the waiting area. Good thing, because the Center includes a Keurig and water cooler for your refreshment. Other amenities include plugs, free WiFi, magazines, decent chairs, space, and a board with transmission parts to explain what they may be repairing for you. (They don’t just do oil changes and inspections, you can come here for a/c tune-up, diagnostic testing, and transmission needs, too.)

During our stay, we witnessed interactions with other customers and were told stories of how they went above and beyond for some out of state folks who broke down and came to them.

While it may be a distance from us, I can definitely say the service and support (as well as the great Luvung Social deal) made Aamco of Zelienople a huge win in our books. My advice? Stop in and see what Jim, Brad, and the team at Aamco of Zelenople can do for you.

Check out http://aamcozelienople.com to see what they have to offer and what others are saying about their work. I think you will be glad you did. 

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Source: Aamco of Zelienople’s Facebook

Purex Promotions for You! #win

As a Purex Insider, I get a heads up on many great Purex contests, promotions, and new products. Here are a few great things you should go check out:

Purex’s Pinterest “Pin It to Win It!” sock count guessing game–5 winners will get a years’ supply of Purex!

Crystals Coupon: ‘Like’ Purex on Facebook for a $1 off Crystals coupon.

Dry Idea Sweepstakes ($1000 in Prizes). Sign up as you can from now until July 13th using my code here (please share with friends!): http://insiders.purex.com/dryidea?id_4902

Honey Bunches of Oats #Giveaway #HBOats #Coupon

Don’t mind me, I am just up early bringing you another review and giveaway! Oh, and enjoying my bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats – Honey Roasted!

I was given a sample box of Honey Bunches of Oats – Honey Roasted to try out. Unlike Greg, I never really ate the cereal much growing up (he actually would have his mom buy the “Just Bunches”), so I can’t say I know how to compare this improved version with more granola bunches, but I can tell you the amount of granola bunches versus flakes was a great ratio. It made me understand why he was all “get me the Just Bunches”!

How did I enjoy my Post Honey Bunches of Oats? Well, the first thing I did was look at the nutrition facts. I loved that they have 10 grams of whole grain (I always look for the seal, if a box of cereal doesn’t have it, I don’t eat it). The sugar content was a good match, too, just 6 grams. The grains in the bunches are a huge help to “shock” the system by eating different foods. Honey Bunches of Oats “bunches” include wheat, oat, corn, and rice. And, it’s a heart healthy cereal with 0 grams Trans Fat. Wins all around for Mama. On the downside, I had ‘lil Miss A by my side asking for her breakfast, too. Unfortunately, the next thing I look for is the ingredients. If it has the nice bold milk listed, she can’t eat it. Unfortunately, she can’t give this one a try. 🙁

You see in the picture above that I enjoyed about a cup and a half of the cereal. This was a double serving at 120 calories per 3/4 cup (I needed the calories, so I went for it). I added in 1/2 cup of my plain greek yogurt (figured it would be good because I usually enjoy that “seasoned” with honey anyhow) and a handful of raisins (to get my fruit in). It was absolutely delicious. I am sure you milk drinkers would enjoy it with your favorite version of milk, too. I am just not a milk drinker.

This cereal will definitely be worked in to my meal rotation, and I am interested to taste some of the other flavors like “Pecan Bunches” and “Fruit Blends”. Hopefully you’ll think about picking up a box next time you’re at the grocery store!

Interested in getting your own box? Great! I am giving away coupons for two free boxes…and there will be two lucky winners! Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below (enter often!), and I’ll be sending the winners two coupons to try this for free, too! 🙂 It’s easy, and you have one week to enter and share with others. So, what’s stopping you? Enter now!

Disclaimer: Post provided a free sample of their Honey Bunches of Oats – Honey Roasted for this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinions, as always, are my own.

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Oprah Winfreeeeeeeeey! #PurexInsiders #deal

Just wanted to share with you a deal from Purex and Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O! For a limited time, you can get 12 issues (1 year) of O Magazine for just $10!

This offer is sponsored by Oprah and Purex. You can sign up for your subscription here! Enjoy. 🙂

Thank you, Purex, for inviting me to participate in this deal! This is a limited time offer.

Couponing Magic Sneak Peek #StuffABus

Recently, Mr. Burgher hit up an amazing deal that has left our kitchen table full of various fruit cups and pineapple cans (most of which is for the Food Bank) and a handful of “Black and Gold Bucks”. We all have jerseys and plenty of Steelers stuff, but we didn’t want them to go to waste.

So, this afternoon, we turned some of these…

Into this magic for this year’s 96.1 Kiss FM Stuff a Bus benefit for the Marines’ Toys for Tots (please ignore my messy desk!):

When we added these toys to the growing box we’ve been collecting the past few weeks, tears came to my eyes. ‘lil Miss A asked who they were for and when would we be able to go out and give it to them. It breaks my heart to think that there are kids out there who will not have a portion of what ours will, so every little thing we can do to make some magic happen, we will.

PS–Mikey and Bob, if you are reading this, ‘lil Miss A demands that she has to see you again. She met you last year on the bus and her world will crash if she doesn’t get to see you this year. How could you melt this one’s heart?

If you are willing to help out with Stuff a Bus 2011, consider giving a new, unwrapped toy for the event. Collections will be from November 28 to December 2 at 10:00 AM in Monroeville. @FSMikey and @FSBigBob of the Morning Freak Show will be leaving out there for the week and sure could use us ‘Burghers to fill 25 buses this year. Can’t get out there? Donate at your local Walgreen’s or have us deliver for you–can we Stuff a Durango???? Read more about their awesome 21 buses filled last year, here.

That Darn Show!

I have to admit something to you, my dear readers. Awhile back, I swear I vowed that I was not going to blog about couponing because I work for an incredible company (one that if you are local is most likely your favorite grocery retailer) and I felt that sharing deals at other stories went against policy. While I remain loyal to my company for groceries, Rx’s, gas, and the like, sometimes I cannot pass up a good deal at the little pharmacy retailers. 90% of what we get at these chains goes as a donation, so in my heart of hearts, I don’t feel like I am doing a bad thing. I just didn’t want to write about it. I don’t mind having Mr. Burgher come online and tell you about his perspective, but tonight, I am going to tell you how I’ve been rubbed the wrong way by that darn show.

The other night, we were watching the show. An extreme couponer had a big haul to add to her already overflowing stockpile and it got Mr. Burgher pretty upset. He wrote a Facebook note:

watching the latest “Extreme Couponing” on DVR is making me sick. SO UNREALISTIC, stores rarely have EVERYTHING you want, the employees aren’t always that helpful….also, any “problems” that arise during the shop is always cleared up…if the register freezes in real life, the manager will now work that hard to fix it. they seem like they are making changes to make it more realistic, like showing that they have to preorder some things. now stores are changing their coupon policies because of the show and people using fake/illegal coupons which makes me ill since I bust my ass to collect all the coupons we get. Some people also use multiple store loyalty cards which is not exactly legal either. This makes it difficult for people like us who not only coupon for ourselves, but largely coupon for others.
Last week we donated 100 bottles of Similac to an organization that, among other things, gives resources and guidance to pregnant women who are trying to make a tough decision. Right now we are getting stuff together to send for disaster relief in Joplin and also a local food bank. Don’t just let crap sit on your shelves just to show it off for a tv show, give it to people who need it.

Yup, that’s right, the fact that we donated 100 bottles of formula to an organization called My Choice which had run out of formula to give to their clients is being overshadowed by our anger. Mothers who chose to keep their babies are given as much help and support as the organization can give, from providing an open ear to giving formula or diapers to those who can’t do it alone (and really, no mother can really do it alone). Last week, they had given their last bottle, then my dad pulls up with 100 bottles for them. We got the nicest thank you card ever, and I feel like we truly made a difference.

It gets better. Since I know a bit about the in’s and out’s of legality around coupons (working for a grocer and all), I have always made sure I know, carry, and abide by the store coupon policies. I do not like to clear a shelf unless I have a coupon that requires 2 items and there are only two items left. I have only got a handful of rain checks when other “Coupon Queens” clear the shelves just after the stores open or cashiers have hid items (I have overheard and witnessed this at a store and I really don’t even try to go back to that one). Rarely do I print coupons because that’s how some of those “extremists” do their thing–and often, the coupons out there can be fraudulent. I will print store specific coupons from their sites, but I always follow policy.

And knowing those policies, I was a bit taken back when Rite Aid issued a new coupon policy this week. After thinking about it, it’s a great policy because it limits people from clearing the shelves (putting a 4 item limit on all deals); however, the fact that there had to be an adjustment says that darn show had something to do with it. Well, following watching that show, I was bound and determined that we were going to give as much as we could to the people of Joplin and other cities ravaged by tornadoes this spring. I couldn’t sleep because I was so yanked up about it. I set out yesterday to coupon my heart out, getting supplies for free or cheap, telling myself that I’d deal with the new policy and do what I could for those in deed. I didn’t encounter any problems, but then today struck.

We went to the first store on our trip and only got 3 of the 8 things we had set out to buy. We knew getting up late this would happen, but usually you do better. At the second store, everything was out, so I settled on using my expiring store coupons to buy some water. The cashier who knows us as regulars, said she was expecting us earlier in the day because there were great deals, but that a lady came in early and cleared everything out of the store. It made me sad, because EVERYTHING we set out to buy today (minus the water–I drink wayyyy too much and some diapers) was going to be donated to Joplin. There were even signs up that said, “Due to manufacturer issues, we are out of stock of the item featured in this week’s ad. As a substitute, you can buy x product.” The ‘x’ product didn’t have a coupon (fraud if you tried to substitute it) and because they offered a substitute, there were no rain checks being given. Frustrated, I went to Rite Aid last, because I thought with the new policy, things would be better. They weren’t, and I walked out unhappy. The manager (who always gives me trouble and never wants my business) said, “Oh, there goes that coupon lady” as I walked out. No one greeted me or asked if I needed help as I browsed the empty shelves. It was awful. Luckily, I was able to get my diapers at another location, but I took the last of the sizes I needed and felt so guilty.

And customers are getting cranky with us. One lady was buying 3 Altoids and asked if she could go ahead of me and my water and pop just because she saw coupons in my hand. She then proceeded to pick up 3 more and count her change to the exact penny very slowly as if to make a point. When the register didn’t ring up correctly and I had to go switch a product at the cashier’s request, customers behind me were shaking their heads and sighing. I told the cashier to go ahead and process them because they were so impatient–they just laughed more.

Are we doing anything wrong? NO. Should we feel guilty? NO. Do we hoard? NO. But why is it so painful and stressful? Is our version of “extreme couponing” worth it while the fad wears off? In a way, I hope the show or the new policies and limited quantities help people see that what we do, while rewarding, isn’t cut out for everyone. We are in tough times in this country and everyone has a right to save some pennies, but there are too many people out there doing it the wrong way.

I can’t let today get me down. It’s time to pick myself back up, take the week to refresh, and go back to my merry shopping ways. It can be done, and I have a stack of receipts full of savings, a full pantry, a giving heart, and a healthy family to be thankful for.

By the way, don’t get me wrong–we love to share our tips and tricks with anyone who wants to hear! We just ask that you play fairly in the stores and follow policies so as not to ruin it for the rest of us. If you’d like to know more about how we coupon, feel free to comment!