Free Stuff Friday (May 8-14, 2009)

May 8, 2009
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Looking for Mother’s Day freebies? They’ll be in a separate blog posting tomorrow. In the meantime, here are four fantastic freebies in this week’s installment of Free Stuff Friday. Enjoy! Complimentary Career Advice Participate in a free, four-hour online career webinar on May 14, courtesy of LivePerson.com, a community of experts providing advice in real-time. This free workshop is designed to help people reinvent their careers, turn their passion into opportunity, and find employment. To participate in the event, log on to www.LivePerson.com on May 14, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET. Freebies for Mets Fans Mets...

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3 Penny-Pinching Pampering Tips

May 7, 2009
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According to a new survey conducted by Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Shave and Opinion Research Corporation, more than 40 percent of American women are cutting back on beauty expenses and other self indulgences. The survey also suggests that the key to staying happy is to indulge in a few affordable luxuries each day as remedy for the “beauty blues.” I like this idea of finding a way to indulge a little every day without breaking the bank. And thanks to the experts from Skintimate, here are three penny-pinching pampering tips that, hopefully, you can put to good use soon: Infuse...

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Listen to Leah Ingram on BlogTalk Radio

May 5, 2009
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Listen to Leah Ingram on BlogTalk Radio

I was a guest on Blog Talk Radio on Tuesday night. It was an all Suddenly Frugal, all the time show. If you’d like to listen on the web, check out the Blog Talk Radio site here.

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Free Stuff Wednesday? Get a Free KFC Meal Today!

May 5, 2009
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Just found out about this great deal that can’t wait until Free Stuff Friday. Between 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 5 and 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, you can download a coupon for a free KFC meal here. It’s the Oprah Winfrey Show Kentucky Grilled Chicken Two-Piece Meal Coupon. This coupon is good between now and May 19th, excluding Mother’s Day on May 10th. Yeah, that would be a little too cheap, even for me, to take Mom out for a free meal like that. Nonethless, I like the idea of a free meal on any other day, you dig?...

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6 Ways to Save Money When You're Sick

May 5, 2009
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Sickness has been traveling through our house these past two weeks–one of the reasons I had been inspired to write that swine flu prevention tips post. And while none of us ended up having swine flu, it was no fun feeling ill. You know what else isn’t fun? Feeling like you’ve got to spend a ton of money on medications just to get your health back up to speed. That’s why, as I’m laying on the couch today, hoping I feel better tomorrow, I’ve come up with these 6 ways to save money when you’re sick. Get a flu...

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Leah Ingram on RecycleBank.com

May 4, 2009
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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve joined forces with RecycleBank, the company that partners with trash haulers and municipalities nationwide to reward customers for recycling. As of last month RecycleBank began sharing my words of wisdom on green-and-frugal living with its hundreds of thousands of customers. This will occur via RecycleBank’s monthly e-newsletter and by re-publishing my blog posts on RecycleBank.com. You can see the first repurposed post here on thrift-store shopping tips. In case you don’t know how RecycleBank works, here’s a quick RecycleBank 101: The RecycleBank program is offered to households through city governments and haulers who...

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10 Frugal Ways to Treat Mom on Mother's Day

May 3, 2009
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A week from tomorrow is Mother’s Day. You knew that, right? Well, even if you didn’t, now is a good time to make plans for how you’re going to celebrate. Given the economy–and the fact that the National Retail Federation reports that Americans will be spending $15 less on Mother’s Day gifts this year than last–I thought you might appreciate these 10 frugal ways to treat mom next Sunday. These are courtesy of Market Day. Make the Heirloom Cinnamon Sugar Coffee Cake from Market Day – a tradition that’s sure to make Mom’s day! Do the dishes when done....

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May Blog-a-thon

May 2, 2009
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And they’re off. For the next 31 days, a merry band of freelance writer are teaming up to take part in the second annual WordCount blogathon. We’ll be testing the limits of our blogging endurance to find out if we can successfully post every day in May. How hard can it be, right? Well, pretty darn hard. Those of us who make our living writing have those pesky paid assignments to attend to in addition to hanging out on our much more fun blogs. And...

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Free Stuff Friday (May 1-7, 2009)

May 1, 2009
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Free Stuff Friday (May 1-7, 2009)

Well, the freebies keep coming. Here’s the latest roundup of free stuff to be had in the next 7 days. And I thought the debut post was jam packed with good deals. This one is even better! Free Food Every Monday through Thursday, Atlanta ice cream shop Morelli’s will be offering a complimentary scoop of ice cream to anyone unemployed and struggling to find a job. During the ‘Hiring Freeze’ the economy-driven ice cream choices will change often and include flavors such as The Pink Slip and Unemployment Bana-fits. Additionally, Morelli’s is happy to provide complimentary Wi-Fi access to...

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Swine Flu Prevention Tips

April 29, 2009
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What are swine flu prevention tips doing on a frugal-living blog? Easy! I want to provide you with advice for keeping yourself healthy so that you don’t incur any unnecessary medical bills and/or don’t lose any paid days at work. These swine flu prevention tips are courtesy of Marijke Vroomen-Durning, a clinical resource nurse and a terrific writer to boot. (When not doling out health advice, Marijke is the person responsible for the Montreal on the Cheap website.) Before you go out and invest in some masks, take Marijke’s swine flu prevention tips into consideration: Masks are really not...

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Entertaining on a Budget

April 28, 2009
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We were expecting a house full of guests. The occasion? My eldest daughter’s confirmation. With 18 people coming to town to celebrate, we knew we were going to have to do some entertaining. Our original plan was to say the heck with frugality and take everyone out to eat at our new favorite restaurant in town. But then fate stepped in–the restaurant refused our reservation. Their reason? They don’t take reservations so that they can keep tables available for walk-in diners. (Hmm, turn away 18 confirmed paying customers in hopes that you’ll get on-the-fly folks who happen to be...

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4 Ideas for Keeping Energy Costs in Check

April 27, 2009
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Have you been staying home more these days, you know because of the economy? Cooking at home instead of eating out? Renting movies or watching them on demand instead of going to the movies? Washing your clothes instead of bringing them to the cleaners? All of those money-saving changes could be having a positive effect on your pocketbook but an adverse affect on your energy bills. In addition, now that you’ve made some green changes to your lifestyle, like swapping out old-fashioned, energy-sucking incandescent light bulbs for the compact fluorescent kind or replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones, you...

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Free Stuff Friday Debut

April 24, 2009
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The frugal tribe has spoken. According to the results of yesterday’s poll, asking if you were interested in a new feature called “Free Stuff Friday,” an overwhelming 93% of you would like to see regular posts on freebies. I mean, freebies and frugal go hand in hand, right? That said (drum roll, please)… Welcome to the debut edition of Free Stuff Friday, which will be your guide to freebies and giveaways going on in the next 7 days. As long as I can continue to track down information on free stuff, I’ll continue to keep these posts coming on...

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Want a Sneak Peek at How I Work?

April 23, 2009
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My writer friend Michelle Rafter, founder of the WordCount–Freelancing in the Digital Age blog, profiles me in her recent blog posting “WordCount Q&A: Suddenly Frugal’s Leah Ingram.” It gives you a quick, sneak peek into how I work, including how I got my Suddenly Frugal book deal and turned the manuscript around in eight weeks.

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New Suddenly Frugal Poll: Free Stuff Fridays?

April 22, 2009
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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Payless Green Shoes

April 22, 2009
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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Payless Green Shoes

Normally, I do my Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval posts on Thursday. And while I realize I haven’t given one of these out in quite some time, I’m tweaking my system just a bit this week to tie it in to Earth Day, today. That’s because this time around I’m giving my Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval to Payless ShoeSource’s new eco-friendly line of shoes called Zoe & Zac. These green shoes truly do save you green–especially since nothing in the line costs more than $30–definitely affordable in my book. In addition to the Zoe & Zac shoes,  the...

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More Free Stuff for Earth Day

April 21, 2009
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Turns out that plenty of people are interested in finding out about freebies for Earth Day. I know this from the search terms that people have been using lately to find my blog–and click on my recent “Free Stuff for Earth Day” post. In fact, it’s been the most popular post this past week. Given that there is still a sustained interest in finding out about more free stuff on Earth Day (tomorrow), and many of the deals I’d highlighted previously were for this past Sunday only, I’ve decided to do this roundup of additional deals to be had...

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Update on Suddenly Frugal, The Book

April 20, 2009
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Update on Suddenly Frugal, The Book

I’m so pleased to be able to share with all of you the cover of my forthcoming book Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier & Healthier for Less. That’s the good news–that I have a cover to share. Now the slightly less good news: the pub date has been pushed back to January 2010, which means the book will be in bookstores in December 2009. While I wish the book was coming out sooner, the new pub date suggests that the book will be ripe for giving as a holiday gift and perfectly timed for all of those “I...

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Sun Sentinel Plugs Suddenly Frugal

April 19, 2009
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Guess who is spreading the Suddenly Frugal gospel? The Sun Sentinel newspaper in Florida, which reaches millions of readers in South Florida. I was so pleased to discover this, via the incoming links on my blog stats, that the paper had picked up my Free Stuff for Earth Day post to share with its readers in Florida. I’m sure my mentioning the Miami on the Cheap blog helped in this respect, but I’ll take the plugs wherever I can get them. Thanks, Sun Sentinel.

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Budget Bride Tips from Bravo Bride

April 17, 2009
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With wedding season nearly upon us, today’s blog posting is courtesy of Bravo Bride, an awesome website where you can buy and sell gently used wedding, prom and special-occasion attire. I first heard about Bravo Bride on Twitter, and now I’m bringing you some budget bride tips to help you plan a cost-effective and frugal wedding. 1. Wedding Attire Most of the big bridal shops have huge sales once a year, which are typically held at hotels or other venues like wedding shows. Look in your local paper or ask a wedding planner to find out what time of...

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Free Stuff for Earth Day

April 16, 2009
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Want Earth Day freebies? This Sunday April 19 and next week, in time for Earth Day, a number of retailers are running promotions that can help shoppers like you and me go green and save green, too. Some stores are providing freebies; others are offering discounts or money off on eco-friendly products. Here are a few of those offerings, which I thought you might want to check out this weekend. At Target this Sunday, the first 1 million guests at the checkout counter will received a $2.00 coupon on GE Energy Smart compact flourescent light bulbs (or CFLs) and...

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7 Ideas for Getting More From Less

April 14, 2009
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One of the lessons my frugal mother taught me was never to throw anything away or put a dish in the dishwasher until you were sure that a container was absolutely, positively empty. That meant scraping bowls with rubber spatulas to make sure I’d gotten every last drop of something I’d cooked–and was now serving–or adding a little bit of water to a soap dispenser so I could go just a few more days without having to buy a replacement. Turns out I’m not the only frugal person who uses creative tricks to make sure everything I own is...

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Frugality with Toddlers in Tow

April 13, 2009
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Frugality with Toddlers in Tow

Today’s blog posting is courtesy of Jen Singer, founder of MommaSaid.net, and the very funny author of many parenting books, including her latest Stop Second Guessing Yourself – The Toddler Years. Here are her three tips on maintaining your frugality when you’ve got toddlers in tow: Sometime near your firstborn’s first birthday, you start to realize, Hey wait a minute. I’m running out of baby shower gear. Your soon-to-be toddler has outgrown most of that free stuff you got months ago: the baby clothes, the cute bathtub, the toys, the baby swing, the baby blankets, etc. And now, you’re...

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