The Friendly Frugalista


Blogging about coupons, discounts, freebies, sales, and more!

Food Lion: Ad w/ Coupons and a FREEBIE Offer

Click here for the new Food Lion ad.

This weeks’ printable Food Lion coupons:

~$1 off $5 purchase of Butcher’s Brand Beef

~$1 off Tombstone Pizza

~$1 off 2 jars of Mount Olive Pickles

~$1 off one box of Grape Nuts cereal

Also, get FREE Food Lion pasta when you purchase three (3) Ragu 26oz Pasta Sauces. (Valid in a single transaction January 20-26, 2010. Participating products include: Any Ragu 26oz Pasta Sauce, Food Lion Regular or Thin Spaghetti, and Elbow Macaroni.)

And use your Ragu sauce to make the weekly recipe, Ragu No Frying Chicken Parmesan.


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Blog Recommendation:

One of the bloggers I follow, Penny Raine, has her own line of eBooks called Creatively Simple with a variety of  home-maker-friendly titles .  She also sells other eBooks specifically related to cooking.  Late last year, I purchased a package of her Creatively Simple eBooks for a ridiculously low price.  The eBooks are easy-to-follow basic instructional books with helpful pictures.  One of the titles that I particularly liked and plan to use soon is Creatively Simple:  How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap.  I have already purchased several of the items needed to make the soap and am just waiting for my current supply of eco-friendly laundry soap (purchased in bulk from Costco) to run low.  Other tiles from the series that really caught my attention were How to Make Homemade Bread and How to Make Chocolate Cobbler.  I have been making homemade bread for several months now and have a couple of favorite recipes, but I’m looking forward to trying the recipes in Penny’s eBook.  As for the Chocolate Cobbler recipe, I’m pretty much game for trying anything chocolate at least once.  (OK, maybe not chocolate-covered bugs!)

Penny has special subscriber-only sales.  Check out her store and, if you’re interested in ordering from her, be sure to sign up for her newsletter subscription for all of her great specials!

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Patchwork BLITZ!

Spa Cuisine from Lean Cuisine:  Click here for printable coupon. (Coupon printer required.) If the coupon printer tells you that the coupon has already been printed, you will need to register for Lean Cuisine emails here.

Delsym:  “Join our e-mail list and we’ll send you great recipes, tips and advice for family, food and fun. And don’t worry, you can choose to unsubscribe at any time. By signing up, you will receive helpful home advice, tips, recipes and great offers from the makers of DELSYM®, LYSOL®, ELECTRASOL®, and AIR WICK® brand products plus terrific sweepstakes.  Register to receive money-saving coupons and a mail-in rebate offer.  (Once I registered, a new page opened to  If you’re already a member of, you won’t need to register at, a site owned by Johnson &  Johnson.)  Enter coupon code JAN15 to receive 15% off through January 31, 2010.  [I have used this company and I love saving 15% off their already low prices.  I maximize my savings by ordering a Combo deal, using the coupon, and qualifying for free shipping.]

Barnes & Noble:  Click here for a printable coupon to use in the store, or write down the coupon code for use online, to receive 10% off the cost of ONE item.  (Coupon expires January 25, 2010 at 2:59 am ET.)  Click here to enter their 10th Birthday Sweepstakes for a chance to win great prizes such as a Dell Studio 15 laptop, a Garmin Nuvi 1690 GPS, a flip Mino HD Camcorder, etc.

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Download a FREE Healthy Recipe eBook from Recipe Lion

Click here for the download link.  To download, right click with your mouse and select Download Linked File or  Download Linked File As.

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Vision Forum: Year-End Liquidation Sale, 30-70% Off

I’ve mentioned Vision Forum here before (see post here), so I’ll just get straight to the cut & paste from their email:

“Year-End Liquidation Sale — 250+ Items at 30-70% Off! Don’t forget! There are only four more days to save 30-70% during Vision Forum’s year-end liquidation sale! Help us reduce our inventory overstock, and enjoy great savings on products that will encourage your family. Save 30-70% on 250+ Books, Movies, Toys, and More Sale ends at midnight (CST) on Thursday, December 31, 2009. Offer is good only while supplies last, and may not be retroactively applied to past orders.”

If you’re a subscriber, click here to log in.

If you’re not already subscribed, click here to sign up for free.

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Blog Recommendation: Daily Essentials and Deals

Megan, author of Daily Essentials and Deals, has a family friendly blog site with (in Megan’s words) a three-fold  purpose:  “First to help me get my daily dose of the Bible (and be accountable), second to focus on family, and of course to talk about THE COUPON DEALS!”  I subscribed to Megan’s blog several weeks ago and have found her coupon links very helpful.  I also enjoy her posts and pictures.  If interested, you can subscribe to her blog.  Or, just drop in and visit her site once in a while.  I recommend subscribing because, as does mine, her blog has some time-sensitive offers.

Also, as a fun bonus, she sponsors giveaways.  The current giveaway is a bottle of lotion from Skin MD, which the company provided to Megan for the giveaway.  Click here to see the details and then leave a comment for an entry in the giveaway.  The giveaway is open to everyone!  :o)

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DIRTY THUMB COOKIES: Our Submission for the Cookie Exchange (See Post Below)

My mother used this recipe when I was a little girl and it has always been one of my favorites for a quick, easy cookie.  It’s also tasty, which is always a plus!  :o)  I have seen similar recipes over the years and the name usually varies slightly.  Perhaps, some folks are put off by the use of the term “dirty” and choose instead to call them “Thumbprint Cookies” or something similar.  You can use any flavor of jelly or jam in the thumbprint.  Perhaps you’d like a specific color or flavor to fit with a particular event (such as red for Christmas). That’s when varying the type of jelly/jam can be helpful.


Butter, 2 Sticks

Sugar, 2/3 Cup

Flour, 2 1/2 Cups

Egg, 1

Salt, just a pinch

Jelly or Jam, Enough to Fill the Thumbprints

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients, except jam or jelly, with your hands.  The dough is pliable and easy to work with.  Roll dough into equal-size balls; press a thumbprint into each ball; and fill each print with jelly or jam.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Helpful Hints:

This is a kid-friendly recipe because it has few ingredients and is easy to mix.  You can get the children involved with mixing, making the prints (just not too deep), and even filling the prints with jam.  I have found that a baby spoon holds the perfect amount for filling most prints.  When baking, I prefer to use my stoneware cookie sheet or a regular sheet lined with parchment paper.  The cookies are less likely to get too done on the bottom with stoneware.  With parchment paper, they will slide right off and into the cookie jar!  :o)

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On TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009, the Christmas Cookie Exchange launches at the site of the Hillbilly Housewife.  Each and every blog or web site that participates will be submitting a favorite cookie recipe for the virtual exchange.  I don’t know how many recipes that will be, but I expect it will be a large number.  This is a GREAT way to get a lot of wonderful recipes and all you have to do is VISIT THE SITE to get them.For each recipe submitted to Hillbilly Housewife, she will post the title of the recipe and a link to the site that sent it in.  This is just about the fastest way I know how to get a list sites that are family friendly and full of information that may be of interest to you. AND, you’ll find lots of cookie recipes in the process!  Several of Hillbilly’s friends will be helping her with the virtual exchange, so I checked out their sites as well.  Below, you will find links to all four sites and a short synopsis for each one.

THE HILLBILLY HOUSEWIFE:  Low Cost, Home Cooking from Scratch

SPECTACULAR EATS has a site dedicated to cooking, which includes the categories “Cook Once, Eat Twice;” “Cooking in Season;” “Make Ahead Meals;” and more.

MOMS IN A BLOG is like several blogs in one with sections dedicated to “Health & Wellness;” “Christmas;” “Decor & Design;” “Frugal Living;” and more.

JUST NOT MARTHA is a blog with recipes, lots of links, and even a board where you can post a button to “plug” your own family friendly blog or site.

Check them out when you get a chance and don’t forget to visit Hillbilly Housewife on TUESDAY to get FREE Cookie Recipes!

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Nestle Coupon–NEW Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels

I’ve mentioned Nestle before, but now seems like an excellent time to mention it again.  They are offering subscribers a coupon for .50 off two bags of their NEW Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels. They’ve included a recipe for Magic Mint Chocolate Bark.  The picture looks good enough to eat, so I can only imagine how tantalizing the real thing will be!  You betcha–I will be making this one!

To subscribe or search for the recipe, use the link below.  The recipe search box and the subscribe box are both in the top right corner of the main page.

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StartSampling will mail coupons to you for signing up.  The coupon book includes coupons for Febreze, Dove, Swiffer, etc.

StartSampling also has a page dedicated to e-coupons (you will need to download the free coupon printing software, which works with many coupon sites) and a page dedicated to Free Sample offers.  The coupons and special offers change from time to time, so it pays to check back on a regular basis.  You’ll also find recipes, craft ideas, helpful hints, and much more.

Here’s a list of a few of the brands with current offers at

Burt’s Bees, Dove, Enfamil, Febreze, Head & Shoulders, L’Oreal, Nature Made, Prilosec, and Swiffer.

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