Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Free Stuff through MyCoke Rewards Points

MyCoke Rewards points is a program in which you can earn free stuff by collecting and entering the codes that come with Coca-Cola purchases.

On a 12-pack, the code is on the end of the cardboard carton. On 2-liter bottles it's on the inside of the cap.

Sign up at then enter the codes and you will get points to spend on stuff.

You can earn all kinds of stuff, but I'm interested in just two things: magazine subscriptions and free Coke products. (Though there is plenty of other things to spend your points on.)

It doesn't take long to collect points and some things aren't that expensive points-wise.

I subscribed to Bon Appetit magazine for just 250 Coke points. Last I looked, you could get a 12-pack of Coke for just 240 points.

I get my points sometimes from generous people at work or other friends who do not use the points themselves, but are willing to throw them my way. Sweet!

So, to keep myself caffeinated and get a fun read delivered to my house each month, that's how we're gonna do it!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Guest blogger: Joannie, on water bottles

I brew sun tea every day, then take it to work so I have plenty to drink and don't have to pay for it. (Sonic treats excepted.) Here's what my friend, Joannie, does.

This guest post is courtesy my friend Joannie. (Thanks, Joannie!)

You are probably familiar with the new plastic cups that Starbucks invented (but failed to patent) and now EVERYBODY sells. The ones where they have the screw on lids and plastic straw are washable and reusable, are clear or come in see thru colors or patterns. Well, Target and BB and Beyond has them for an inflated price of like $12.99, but TJ Maxx has them for $4.00 and I would bet Big Lots has them cheap too.

So we bought a couple of them (the Aladdin brand is dishwasher safe, but other brands are not). We make our own ‘to go’ drinks at home and not spend the inflated cost for soda, tea, etc. at McD's and other places.

The glasses somehow have that fun ‘just bought it’ feeling, but being reusable helps keep our expenses down, plus we can now take our to-go glasses so many places we didn't before, like dancing, filled with homemade sweet tea. Yeah, I know – really no different than the old water bottles, but because of the screw on lid and straw, it just makes is so much more fun!

Before these cute glasses, we’d be going dancing and say "oh, let’s stop and buy a sweet tea to take to dancing," then when we pull up the cheeseburger aroma would waft into our car and we’d leave McD’s about $10.00 lighter!

Water bottles just don’t do it for me, they are all athletic-ly and make me think of drinking something because you have worked up a sweat, so I pass on the water bottle thingys.

I am sure you have seen these glasses, but on the outside chance you havent, let me know and I will take a picture of the glass of water I brougt from home today. Our home water is soooo much better than office water. And now I am Miss Technology with my new smart phone……sometimes.

Anyway, just thought I’d pass on the suggestion of a way to not spend. You use your coworker’s McD. coupon and bring your own drink in a snazzy cup and smile that lunch is totally free!

Take care, joannie

Monday, June 27, 2011

Free Sandwiches at McDonald's

There has been a promotion in the Denver area lately that gives customers a coupon for a free Big Mac(R) or Egg McMuffin(R) if they have to wait in the drive-thru line for more than 3 minutes. Truly -- when do you NOT have to wait in the drive-thru line for more than 3 minutes?!

One of the ladies at work was given four of these free coupons because she has teenagers. BUT the coupons must used at one of three McDonald's locations on this side of town. She does not come by any of them on her way to/from work, and she lives on the other side of town. I drive right by one of these McDonald's every day on my way to work. So, she gave me the coupons. (Thanks!)

That means I can have four free breakfasts or lunches sometime before June 2012.

Today, that's how we're gonna do it!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Shop the Cupboards and the Refrigerator

I stopped on the way home from work to get the usual things we run out of: milk, eggs, butter, bread.

When I got home, we needed to decide what to have for dinner. We went "shopping" in the refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards together.

Nugget (our sweet doggie) LOVES to have Steak-umm. For those of you who don't know, Steak-umm is very thinly sliced beef that comes separated into sheets of two pieces, and cooks up in moments. Seriously! Moments!

I saw the Steak-umm box in the little freezer, and thought Nugget might like a treat since he hasn't had them in awhile. I thought there was just one serving, but we still have 5 servings in the box. So, not only did Nugget have Steak-umm, but his people did, too.

We put them on the front part of the griddle on the stovetop, then put some onions on the back, and Jim did these up in no-time. We sliced Swiss cheese to melt on the top. Jim had his on bread with Miracle Whip. I grilled bread for mine (like grilled cheese). YUM!

So, shop from your cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer. That's how we're gonna do it!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sonic Drinks: I don't want to live without 'em!

Drinks from Sonic are my favorite indulgence.

Actually, they are more a necessity for my mental health and for the happiness of my tongue. I would choose a Sonic drink over other treat options.

And I don't want to do without them.

There are two good strategies for me to get my Sonic Drinks for less than full price.

The first is: go to Sonic's Happy Hour, which is from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. When you go then, you get your drink for half price. Half price!

The second is this: Sonic sometimes issues surveys on their receipts. If you will follow the instructions on the receipt and phone to record your answers, they will give you a code to put on the receipt that entitles you to a FREE Route 44 Sonic drink.

Either way? A bargain!

If you are not a Sonic regular, I highly recommend:
Diet Coke with Lime
Half Diet Coke, Half Fanta Orange
Diet Sprite with Strawberry and Vanilla
Diet Watermelon Limeade
Diet Cherry Limeade
Those are my favorites, and I can't get enough of them.

That's how we're gonna do it today!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Keeping and Using Pocket Change

My husband is in the good habit of cleaning his pockets out every night, and putting any change he has in an old metal coffee can.

Every once in awhile, we take the can to our credit union and run it through their coin machine to turn it in to real dollars.

This time, we really need that money for basic "getting by" money.

A half of a coffee can usually comes to around $200.

This week, that's how we're gonna do it!

Monday, June 20, 2011

How We're Gonna Do It

I just got a job. Yay, right?

Unfortunately, because my new job comes with benefits, I'm getting a 40 to 50% paycut.


I need to get creative about how we do things.

How are we gonna do it?

I don't know.

I'll let you know how it's going to happen, OR if we can't make it so.