Saturday, December 5, 2009

King Size Mattress Deal

In case anyone is looking for a mattress, I have a deal for you. Occasionally Haverty's donates brand new furniture to the American Council for the Blind Thrift Store (on 34th & the Interstate). I was there today and they have several brand new in the bag king size pillow top mattresses for $300! What a deal.

Andy and I actually bought our mattress this way several years ago and it's an amazing mattress.

Family Promise of Lubbock

some of the deals we find are for products we don't really use. for instance i don't have a need for diapers at this point in time, but the bargain at target was too good to pass up. although i am learning how not to be brand loyal, there are still some things i'm not willing to sacrifice. however, a deal is a deal whether i choose to use the product or not. as our supply cabinet began to fill, the perfect opportunity arose for us to share those extra products with people who don't have the luxury of basic toiletries. family promise is a local organization that provides for the homeless and needy in lubbock. they are always in need of various household items that they supply to the families they assist. our small group has been collecting stuff on their wish list for the past few weeks. check out all of the stuff we were able to give to those who don't have!!!

Being Frugal

I found this article on Yahoo! Finance yesterday. Most of us know that the credit crisis and what is going on right now was caused by American's, including our businesses, living well above our means. We have all heard that if you want to be able to save for the future and stay out of debt that you should live within your means. What would happen if you decided to live below your means? A good example of this is Warren Buffett. Here is a clip from "Some billionaires don't even bother to flaunt their wealth. For instance, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett--with a net worth of $36 billion--famously lives in the same home in Omaha, Nebr., that he bought in 1958 for $31,500. " Just click here to read the article.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Target Clothes Sale

In case you need another reason to visit Target (I usually don't), Target has a great clothes clearance going on right now in the woman's section. There are several racks here that are 30-75% off. I found an adorable shirt for $3.50.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Coinstar Deal

If you're looking for a way to stretch your holiday budget, this is a good one. Coinstar is offering a deal right now where if you cash in $40 worth of coins, you can mail in a rebate receipt to get an additional $10 in e-certificates. If you choose to change your coins for an e-certificate, the coin cashing is free. There are several companies you can get e-certificates for, including Amazon - which is practically a goldmine in our house!!! Since we were already planning on making a Christmas purchase at Amazon, this worked out wonderfully for us.

So, here's what I did: Got $40 in quarters from my bank account at the bank. Went to the First United Bank at 4th & Frankford (it's the only Coinstar in town where you can get e-certificates & cash coins for free). Chose to change my coins for a $40 Amazon e-certificate. Wallah!

Now all I have to do is submit my Coinstar receipt, and they will mail me an additional $10 e-certificate in 4-6 weeks.

If you want to do this deal you had better act quick, the offer expires on 12/6/2009 (this Saturday), and First United Bank is open from 9am-3pm (I'm not sure what their Saturday hours are). If you want to read the Coinstar deals, check them out here.

12 Days of Whataburger

Here is the gang enjoying some complimentary fries from Whataburger on the way home from Carol of Lights. If you would like to sign up to participate in the 12 Days of Whataburger just click here

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Krazy Coupon Lady

If you do not receive the Sunday paper and you are looking for coupons you may want to check out the Coupon Database at You can also look to the right at My Blog List.

CVS Deals - 11/30/09

Here are the deals that we took advantage of at CVS this week. They are limited due to the great deals they had over the holiday weekend.

Buy 1 Accu-Check Aviva Monitor at $14.99, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $10 coupon

Buy 1 Oral B Manual Toothbrush at $2.49, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)

$1.00 coupon for the Oral B Zooth

Total purchase was $4.99 plus $1.49. We used $6 in ECB's making my total purchase only $0.52 after tax and we received $7 in ECB's.

You may wonder why someone that does not need to check their blood sugar would care to buy an Accu-Check monitor. We have started helping a non-profit in town that benefits the homeless and working poor. A lot of the items we get through these CVS deals are donated to them. We dont have children either so the Zooth will also go to them.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Living Large on Less in the LBK

Welcome! This blog was created as a collaborative effort to share all of our Lubbock specific deals with you and money saving tips. Since Lubbock isn't necessarily what we'd call a thriving metropolis, some of the deals here are different than those in large cities.

Please join in and participate! We'd love your comments, tips, ideas, and deals you might see around town.

Getting Started

For those of you who are new to couponing, I would highly recommend checking out several of Money Saving Mom's posts
  1. Start here for an overview.
  2. Go here for a lesson on how to get a nice stash of coupons.
  3. Definitely check out "CVS 101" and "CVS: Making it Work for You'! And plan to stick with this for a month. It will pay off, I promise.
  4. Once you've mastered these concepts and if you have time, check out "Walgreens 101".

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If you're new to this, leave us a comment with any thoughts or questions.