Saturday, June 17, 2017


As always, we try to keep our info current, but please check to be sure these are valid before you go.

Applebees: Get a free kids meal for straight A's

Krispy Kreme: offers 1 free donut for every "A" on your report card up to 6 A's, up through the sixth grade. This only applies to Krispy Kreme stores - not Krispy Kreme displays you will find in convenience and grocery stores.

Chuck E. Cheese. Have your child bring in their most recent report card and they will receive FREE tokens for good grades. Valid only with a food purchase. Up to 15 tokens maximum per child. All grading systems accepted.

Flying Squirrels .  The Flying Squirrels and AXA ADVISORS have teamed up to reward your hard work and positive results this school year. K-12 Students earn a FREE General Admission ticket to a Flying Squirrels game for each A they earn during the 3rd and 4th Grading Periods. Each A on your report card is good for one ticket per game, up to a maximum of 8 tickets (to 8 different games)! Receive your tickets by bringing your report card to the Flying Squirrels Front Office or Box Office. Score an A tickets are good for students only. Tickets are based upon availability.\

 Bowl America :Free game coupons for good grades For each “A”, or “B” (or the equivalent grade) a student earns on their final end of the year report card, Bowl America will reward them with one free game of bowling. Students also will be automatically enrolled in the Rolling Rewards Honor Roll program, which encourages them to keep up the good work and lets them enjoy free bowling throughout the next school year.

Melting Pot:Bring in your report card with all A’s and you will be rewarded with the free Straight A’s Club Fondue Dinner at The Melting Pot Restaurant. The K to 8th grade feature dinner will be the Three-Course

Color Me Mine: For every S , E, or A, take a $1 off your studio fee! Incentive is valid for one month from report card issue date. Bring your report card into Color Me Mine and be rewarded for all your hard work in school.

Incentive good for children

12 and under. Limit of $6 off.

S = kindergarten.

E = Grades 1 - 2

A = Grades 3 - 6

Pizza Hut – Each marking period, any child who has 3 A’s or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only. Student must be present and the original report card must be presented. Available at participating locations.

McDonalds – If your child has a straight “A” report card, he/she can receive a FREE Happy Meal. This may vary by location so call ahead first!

Whole Foods Short Pump. Children receive a free small gelato for having all “As” on their report cards (Limit one gelato per child per report card. Grades K-12.) Sonic Drive-In: Offers free goodies for good grades and incentives for teachers and schools as well!

IHOP: Offers free kid’s meal with a good report card grades.



Here Is How:
Barnes and Noble summer reading program is back . Summer Reading Triathlon, gives out a free book to each child who complete 3 reading triathlon activities.
There are many free books to choose from and there's something for every kid in grades 1-6.

Scholastic is offering a summer reading challenge where kids  can read and then go online to record the minutes they've read this summer. They'll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards.

Book It! ( Pizza Hut's Program)
This is a new one for me! Check out the site later this month for more info. Kids who participate in the Book It! Pizza Hut's Spark Your Greatness Summer Reading Challenge can enjoy fun activities, play games, and have the chance to gather some  prizes.
This summer reading program starts June 1. 

Book Adventure through Sylvan 
Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read 
them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your 
reading adventure below!

Pottery Barn Reading Club 
Another fun one!  Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge at  Pottery Barn Kids and present it to an employee to receive your free book.
Check with your local Pottery Barn Kids to find out which books are available and see what other Free Fun is happening this summer . Some things are character appearances, healthy snacks from Happy Family, and activities and giveaways from PBS Kids.

Chuck E Cheese 
Chuck E. Cheese has a summer reading program where kids can earn free 10 Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks. The site has lots of printables too 

PLUS, Every County has a Library Summer Reading Program . Check out the site below for the  County you are in. If I have forgotten one, let me know! 



Monday, May 1, 2017


Happy Hour 3-6:30 M-F  

Teachers + free burritos = stellar math. On Tuesday, May 2nd we're having our Teacher Appreciation Day, so we’re saying thanks by offering Buy-One/Get-One FREE burritos, bowls, salads, or orders of tacos for all teachers with a faculty ID at any Chipotle location in the U.S. from 3pm til close. Learn more:

Thursday, April 13, 2017


My daughter who has provided me with hours and hours of make up advice and products has found a new job.  She will no longer be in the "make up" business and I don't wear really much at all or do much face care to her shagrin....with that being said.... I have a lot to learn.  So this is a multipart series that the frugal freelancer will be learning right along with others in the same boat.  

YOUNIQUE was #1 to try  ...... with just the right presenter an I think I found her.... GIVE HER A SHOT IF YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT TRYING THIS GREAT PRODUCT YOU HAVE NOTHIG TO LOSE ....its FREE!

THEY SAY A PHOTO IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS so lets start with that and save me some time!  Below is the BEFORE (my regular looking self) and the one under is the AFTER  (my YOUNIQUE self after Courtney played with me for a while)  ... I wish that we had stayed the same difference away from the camera for both but that hindsight you know is 20/20

What I liked:   Courtney is REAL and intuitive....she cares about making you feel good and a lot of fun to hang with.  I can see us working together in the future with beautiful brides  (DO YOU HEAR ME MINDY?)  and other shoots..... the make up FEELS GREAT AND LIGHT on my skin and she was careful to have me all matched up before we even started.    I especially liked a few products , namely the contour .... the primer and the foundation.

WHAT I WOUD DO DIFFERENT:  I would have tried a few more lip stains.   I would have asked to be more dramatic on the eyes and less dramatic on the brows.   I have always been told to play up my cheekbones and eyes but haven't been taught or seen the way I "imagine" it and certainly don't know how to do it myself without looking like a clown.    

NEXT TIME I need to get my girl DEB to take care of my brows first ...too.  


Beautiful Courtney is passionate about make up and I can't wait to work with her more!!   

BEFORE...... and no that is not my fingers behind her head......


NOW EVERYONE KNOWS THAT I AM NOT A BIG SPENDER ON EVERYTHING ..... really ANYTHING these make up prices seem unrealistic ... compared to what I can get with coupons and deals ... you know us FRUGAL PEOPLE the question or hypothesis is ... that spending the extra $$$ not only makes you look better but also has ingredients that are GOOD for your skin.

NOTE:   I had no outbreaks from using these products this one day.

I WILL BE Spending $99 plus tax today on the KUDOS GET TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS THAT ALSO SUPPORTS MY OWN ...this "idea" or "concept" is one I highly believe in.... we have to support EACH OTHER ,   Courtney is needing only 8 more sales to earn her FREE DREAM CASE if you are her friend HELP HER OUT ,  GET A KUDOS GET!!! I DID......if you are wanting more products and that fab MASCARA..... then be a kit napper!!!!

read the deals, go see courtney ( in midlothian) and have some FREE fun at the very least....I bet she would love to do a girls make up party,  just a thought?   



NOWWWWW  this is the DEAL that I am Interested in most because of three reasons,   I NEED some new foundation #1 and I don't use the "cheap stuff" mine is normally $40 but lasts me a very long time!    and I loved how this felt on my face ....and #2  Courtney is trying to sell 10 of the KUDOS to help people save money and earn herself a makup box....  #3  PROCEEDS HELP CHILD ABUSE (specifically sexual , which is one of my CAUSES that support whole HEARTEDLY!)


if you are interested.....

Directions for check out if you have trouble:
Click shop, scroll down to kudos, add to cart- click taffeta for your color in concealer, click taffeta again for your foundation and then you'll see a little box in the right corner of the screen, hit that and proceed to checkout. I just did it and it worked ok.


April 'kudos'-the Flawless Four comes with full sizes of the touch liquid foundation in your shade($39), touch perfect concealer in your shade($29), a liquid foundation brush($32) and a touch glorious face primer($39) all for $99 til supplies last
Here is the current party link-

BUT YOU MAY WANT SOMETHING ELSE like that BAD A$$ mascara and ROSE WATER TONER (smells so good)
if that is the case...this may be the deal for you,  its a START UP KIT BELOW..... that INCLUDES a $15 GC to spend ANYWAY YOU LIKE!!!   

if this is right..... you may be a KITNAPPER!!!!  go grab a kit and nap it and run if you just want a great deal on a lot of product to use and maybe even share....


 This is for real, there really are no hidden agendas other than I want to share this opportunity with you!   NO FURTHER OBLIGATION and you can receive 20% off your future orders "IF YOU CHOOSE TOO"  you can just save the money and run if you want!   


you can get this just give her a holler and she will HELP YOU OUT!

NOW IF YOU HAVE SOME TIME ....there is the full hour video of the makeover and the fun... now just FYI the makeover is FREE and Courtney is available for make up sessions for Prom, Weddings etc....   I am putting her on my list for photo sessions that request a MUA...... :) :) and can't wait to see her do her thing! 

I will see Courtney and her BEAUTIFUL FAMILY SOON we have a family shoot booked and a HEADSHOT!!! .... and I cannot wait !   

VIDEO:    Here I am BARING ALL for you and HER ...see what you think and if there is anything to learn!!!!