Monday, February 27, 2012

FREE Lotion Sample from Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees has a new line coming out called 'Gud'. If you'd like a FREE sample all you have to do is 'like' their page and fill out the form! You have a choice of these fabulous scents:

Floral Cherrynova Cherry Blossom & Almond Milk
Floral, feminine, pretty, without being a pushover.

Orange Petalooza Blood Orange Flower
Hyacinth meets vibrant orange. We bottled wooohooo!

Vanilla Flame Vanilla & Rice Milk
Soft and sultry. Think nice with a little naughty thrown in.

The fine print: One sample per household, while supplies last. Sample will take 6-8 weeks to arrive by mail. I love getting anything in the mail that isn't a bill!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

75-90% off Clearance at Kohl's

Kohl's is having a HUGE sale right now. You have two options to save big.

1. Shop with Ebates and get an additional 3% cash back, and save 20% with coupon code FEBSHOP20
*additionally, they offer FREE shipping on orders over $50.
PS. If you're NEW to Ebates, you'll get a $10 Reward with your $25 purchace, making this an even thriftier deal!

2. If you're an email member, Print off your coupon and save 15% in store

I just ordered 2 pairs of Pajamas for Kitty and a new pair of nursing shoes for me.
  • Original prices = $102.50
  • FREE Shipping saved $8.95 *or that is what it would cost in gas to get to and from the store for me*
  • Sale/Clearance Prices = $65.32 ($37.23 in savings)
  • Additional 20% off = $13.06 in savings
  • 3% back from Ebates = $1.56
  • Total for a pair of nursing shoes...okay, okay, Sketchers Tone Up shoes...and two pairs of Kitty's jammies = $50.07
All in all, not a bad deal. I saved over 50%.

Stock up on thrifty gifts, or next years sizes for your kiddos. Enjoy the savings. As always, feel free to let me know of any great deals you come across.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Looking for Advertisers

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I have TWO LARGE spaces available for $4 a month and THREE SMALL spaces available for $2 a month. In addition to your ad rental, I will blog about you a minimum of twice during the month. Please contact me at luckyducksavesabuck@gmail dot com for more details and we'll make plans to promote you.

FREE Pretzel at Auntie Annie's

 Oh nom nom nom. Hot. Salty. Pretzel. Annnnnd FREE makes it that much more tasty! It also makes it calorie free ;)

If you would like a FREE Pretzel from Auntie Annie's, just scoot on over to your local Auntie Annie's on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 from 10am to 3pm.

$15 dollars to spend at Plum District

Found a little gem of a deal...if you like movies, then this is for you. NEW Netflix members can get $15 to spend at Plum District. New to Plum District? No problem, you'll get $5 additional dollars when you sign up. I adore Netflix. It's gotten me through so much of nursing school...or just needing to veg out when Kitty is napping. It is super affordable and convenient. Give it a try today and earn your FREE Plum District Dollars.
Want your deal? Just click on any of the hyperlinks in this blog. Once on Plum District, look in the upper right hand corner and find the deal! Here's a math problem you might actually like

Take $15 FREE  Plum District..Add in Netflix

One Month of FREE Netflix...Equals...

ALL equaling ONE HAPPY CAMPER. Especially if you camp on the beach

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Free Crochet Shawl Pattern-SUPER cute!

For all you crafty people, I found a FREE Crochet Shawl pattern.

It says even beginners can do it! If I had 1. Time and 2. Space from some little "helper" hands, I just may attempt to make this! Perhaps when nursing school is over in 2 months time, I'll get to this. :)

Until then, craft away. Take a picture so I can see how awesome these adorable shawls look!

Clearance Diapers, wetbags and liners

Thanks to Lucky Duck friend Jamie of Max and Meena for this tip! Mega clearance on wet bags, liners and diapers at Wazoodle. For example, they have liners on clearance for 99 cents! Hurry on over and stock up!

PS. While you're browsing, make sure to check out Max and Meena for adorable diapers, diaper bags, coats and much more! They are having a sale right now! Let Jamie know you heard of her through Lucky Duck!
Look at this A.DOR.ABLE. diaper from Max and Meena!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Make your own foaming soap for pennies!

Foaming soap...awesome stuff, but too expensive. Foaming soap has been proven to be more effective for hand washing, as it covers more surface area of the hand, increasing the likelihood that one will wash more of the hand vs. liquid soap which just tends to get localized to one spot on the hand...unless you are just a super hand washer! For kiddos, the foaming soap is fun, and also something that they are more eager to spread all over their hands. It's an instant gratification for them-it's foaming straight away, no need to rub to get foam like with traditional soaps.

Educational piece aside, frugal point now...Foam soap is expensive. If you get designed soaps, like Bath and Body works, you can easily pay $5 each. Foam soap from your every day brands run around $2. Call me cheap, but that's just too much money. I figure out how to make my own for pennies.Gather round as I'm about to enlighten you to the frugal side.

To start, this is what you'll need:
  • A foaming pump bottle (I bought a foaming soap, happily used it knowing when it was all gone, I would make my own)
  • Any liquid soap-antibacterial soap that has the little beads in it, like the antibacterial soap from bath and body works, will NOT work
  • Some water
  • A happy helper to shake your bottle of soap
Step 1: Have an empty foaming bottle ready and some soap you'd like to use 
Notice the level on the softsoap it to the next picture

 Step 2: Fill the foaming bottle a bit...there is no real measure here, just eyeball it.

I used about a fourth of the bottle? It doesn't have to be an exact amount.

Step 3: Add warm water
Step 4: Have your happy helper shake a bit. Let it sit about 5 mins and shake again. And viola! You should have foaming soap!
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Proof that it foams and just isn't purple liquid!

Now for the frugal money lesson...*IF* I paid retail for the softsoap, it would have been around $1.50 If I had a foaming soap from fancy places, it would be around $5. I used about 1/4 of a bottle, making the cost of my refill 37 cents. But I know I got this particular bottle of soap on clearance, with a coupon for 25 cents. Now my refill has cost 6, yes s.i.x cents. :) Even if your refill was a full price refill, it is SO much cheaper, and more environmentally friendly to do it this way!

I plan on blogging about making your own cleaning products and laundry soaps. Let me know what else you'd like to learn how to make!

Swaddlebees and Blueberry Diapers on Clearance

OH SQUEAL. Blueberry and Swaddlebee's Diapers are on clearance again. Sigh.

These are some of my favourite diapers. They can be a bit pricey, but on clearance, they are a great deal.

They hold their resale well, if you are interested in selling them once you're done with diapers. If you buy some fluff, let me know what you get!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

53% off Kung Fu Panda 2

Today only, you can score yourself, erm your kiddos Kung Fu Panda 2 Blu-ray Combo for $13.99, including FREE shipping! Here's how to get yours:
  • Start with Ebates. to score an additional 1% cash back. New to Ebates? No problem-get $10 gift card with a $25 purchase.
  • Type "Best Buy" into search bar, a new window will open
  • Half way down on the right hand side, click on "Deal of the Day"
  • Select Kung Fu Panda
  • Add to cart and check out!
Make sure you're signed up for their Rewards Zone to get points from your purchases.

The deal is valid for today (Saturday February 18th) only.

25% off your total at Michael's-including sale items!

Feeling crafty? Want to save even more money? Then hurry on over to print out this coupon! Save extra at Michael's today, Saturday February 18th with this extra 25% off your purchase-including sale items!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chance to win $1000

Do you use Gerber products? Would you like a chance to win $1000? All you have to do is fill out this anonymous survey and you are entered to win $1000! From Gerber:
Dear Gerber fans, we’d like to learn more about you and your opinions so that we can tailor our page to be a better resource for you. We’d also like to give you a chance to win $1,000! Please help us by answering this short 5 minute survey. All answers will be used for research only and grouped anonymously. Thank you for your help! Click here for survey and official rules:
I figure I may as well head on over and fill it out...the money tree I planted isn't quiet ready yet. ;)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FREE subscription to Baby Talk and American Baby Magazines

Two new freebie offers for you...if you have a little one (or two or three or eighteen), you can get a six month subscription for FREE to American Baby Magazine and a 12 month subscription for FREE to Baby Talk Magazine.

 While you are over there, you can sign up for a few other offers like coupons and mailings.

Other things you might be interested in:
How to make your own baby wipes wash
How to cloth diaper on a budget
$10 free to spend on anything

Want $25 for FREE?

Do you cloth diaper? Are you willing to cloth diaper for a few days? There is currently an offer available to try 20 cloth diapers for about a week, wash them, review them...if chosen, you are sent the diapers and at the end are given $25. Sounds pretty cool to me. I signed up. Fingers crossed I get picked. Hopefully you will too. Head on over HERE to sign see if you get selected. Good luck! Let me know if you are lucky enough to be chosen!

Monday, February 13, 2012

40% off a Photo Book at Shutterfly!

Yippie Skippy! 40% off a Photo Book is back at Shutterfly. I love these books. I look back at the ones I've made of Kitty and I can't believe how fast he's grown. He's almost a year old!

40% off is good, but I have some ways to get an even better deal, so follow along!
  • Start with Ebates and get an additional 4% cash back. New to Ebates? No problem. New members get a $10 reward with a $25 dollar purchase.
  • Once on Ebates, sign in and type "Shutterfly" in the search bar. A new window will open, begin creating your book.
  • Enter code BOOK40 at checkout for 40% off. Offer ends Feb. 16th, 2012 
  • FREE Shipping on orders over $30 with code SHIP30

Please tell your friends to come and by and 'like' Lucky Duck on Facebook. It's getting kinda lonely stalled out at 79 likes. There *must* be more frugal friends out there that would  like love to save some lucky duck bucks!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Frugal Pets-ways to take care of your pet for less

Kitty and I have quite the zoo. We have two pugs, Zoey and Potato, as well as two cats, Spooky and Kate. Taking care of the animals can be expensive, especially in respect to food and treats. I have done what I can to get things on clearance for the dear critters, but sometimes I find it cheaper, and more fun to make things myself. Here are some of the awesome things I've done for my little fur children.
Potato in her homemade costume...but that's a blog for another day.

Puggy Pops
-This is a simple recipe using stuff from around the house to make little treats for a hot summer day.
You will need:
  • A quart of juice
  • A banana
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
All you have to do is mix the ingredients together, freeze and viola! Fancy treats for your canine or human friends.
*For a fancy flare, I make mine into fun ice cube trays, like hearts
Zoey, the best pug ever

Barkin' Good Treats
-These are some easy to make treats your pet will like if they enjoy a crunchy treat. Sadly I can't make these for Zoey as she's aged and missing a bunch of teeth. Potato much enjoys them though!  

What you'll need is:
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (flavoured or not)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (crunchy or regular)
  • 3/4 cup regular flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
To bake:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Mix liquid ingredients together well. 
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients bowl and mix until smooth. 
  • Roll into a ball; place ball on floured surface. Roll out to 1/2" thickness. Cut into desired shapes 
  • Place on un-greased cookie sheets. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes
You *must* put something down, like flour or parchment paper or this will stick and not roll out. I floured my hands to roll out, as my rolling pin got stuck. But I like working with my hands. If you like your rolling pin and are better versed in the rolling pin arts, go for it.

These treats will last for awhile, but not forever as they don't have any preservatives in them. Freeze any extra.

All my's called 'fur'niture for a reason!

My last frugal idea for now...was a genius idea for a pet bed. Pet beds are WAY too much money, I think. I had a great idea. With a yard or so of fabric and an old pillow, I was able to make a bed all the pets love.

If you don't sew, no problem. Just get two pieces of fleece, cut about 2 inches larger than the pillow, cut strips around it, place another fleece on top with matching strips and tie them together. Another bonus to this bed, it's easy to wash! Of course, my favourite detergent to wash my pet things in is Rockin' Green!

Zoey and her friend Rosie, the Puggle on the thrifty pet bed

What frugal things do you do to help keep the cost of caring for your pets down?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cloth Diaper Calculator-Watch the savings add up!

You'll hear a lot of debate over if cloth diapering really saves money or not. This simple tool can show you how much you'll save over cloth diapering.

I spent about $150 on diapers for Kitty. I looked around for the best deals, started with a small stash and washed them more often until I could afford to buy more and build a bigger stash. On average, a disposable diaper takes 500 years or longer to break down. They are the third most abundant item in landfills.

Other blog posts that may interest you:
Have questions about cloth diapering?

Don't know which ones are for you?

Want to make your own cloth wipe solution?

As always, feel free to ask questions!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

$10 Free to spend on anything...I spent mine on Burt's Bees

I love Burt's Bees products. You've heard me rave about them before. I just found another deal where you can get them for half of by shopping through Vitacost. By signing up through this link, you'll get $10 off a $10 purchase, you just pay for shipping! Make sure to check out the FREE sample section. You can get 2 FREE samples with each order. I love the Burt's Bee Baby Kit for Kitty. For me, I love the Head to Toe Kit! Get one for yourself or stash away as a thrifty gift!

Enjoy your savings! Make sure to pass this offer on to your friends by clicking like on this post or recommending this page through the Lucky Duck Saves A Buck Fan page on Facebook!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FREE sample of Purex laundry detergent

It seems the theme of the day is FREE samples!

Another FREE sample has popped up for Purex.

Just click on the link and fill in the form and wait for your mail box to fill up!

FREE sample of Burt's Bees Sensitive Lotion

Want a FREE sample of Burt's Bees Lotion? Just click, fill out the form, and there you go! All these free samples can add up to saving you hundreds.

Here's an example of a list I made in March of 2011. This is why coupons, free samples, membership rewards, etc are all totally worth it.

Free items:
2 cover girl mascara (bought with Pamper Rewards) Value $12
Free movie ticket (coke rewards) Value $10
Free large pop (coke rewards) Value $5
Free crest white strip ( Value $1
2 free hot chocolate (coupon) Value $2.60
2 free packs of gum (coupon) Value $2.08
free bottle of water (coupon) Value $1.39
2 free purex 3 in 1 sheets (mail sample) Value $1
free vitamin water (coupon) Value $1.39
Sample pouch of dog food(mail sample) Value $1
Free gallon of milk (coupon) Value $3.19
Free hot sauce (coupon) Value $1.39
Free reusable bag (coupon) Value $1.07
2 free hot chocolate (coupon) Value $2.58
free gym bag (Used check card points) Value $25
free cat treats (coupon) Value $1.39
5 free organic yogurt (coupon) Value $6.25
free travel size toothpaste (mail sample) Value $1
free south beach bar (mail sample) Value $1
two free bottles of wine (coupon) Value $12
Total of stuff for free: 92.33

35 dollars off order with coupon
10 off eyebrow wax coupon
46.45 saved on groceries with coupons
60.75 saved with coupons on dog food, plus 6 bags towards buy 10 get one bag free
7.50 off photos (coupon)
74.46 in coupons redeemed at Target
2.54 off gas (coupons)
4 dollars off car wash
90 count fiber chews 1.01 (reg 15 dollars, on clearance for 4, plus 3 dollar coupon, equals a great deal!)
Total Saved with coupons:254.70

1.01 recycling

I saved $347.03 in the month of March. :)

FREE 2 year subscription to Disney Family Fun Magazine

I like getting things in the mail. Especially things that aren't bills. I signed up for a free 2 year subscription to Disney Family Fun Magazine.

Would you like a free subscription too? Just click on the link above, fill out the form. Enjoy your new magazine!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

FREE RenvitaLens Contact Solution

Oh the freebies just keep coming! If you need contact solution, here is a freebie for you! You can get a FREE 2 ounce bottle starter kit, print it off and take it into your local Walmart optical.

Even if this isn't the brand you use, it's great for travel or to try out.

Contact solution can be used for other purposes:
  • First aid- Can be used to irrigate out a wound
  • Nasal hydration/irrigation-many solutions are just saline, which is great for hydrating a dry nose
  • Cleaning eye glasses
Any other ideas of what contact solution can be used for? Let me know!

FREE Aveda Damage Remedy

While Kitty was having a 4 am party, I found a great freebie. If you would like a free sample pack of Aveda Damage Remedy. The catch is, you need to bring it in to any Aveda store to redeem.

To get yours...just click on the hyperlinks above. The first one will give you the coupon, the second is a link to the store location form.

As always, please pass this offer on to friends through Facebook. I would like to do a giveaway, but would like some more fans first...I've got more great freebie offers coming soon!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Free Pasta Sample-Hurry ends Feb 4th, 2012

Oh yummy! Pasta! The only thing better than pasta is when it's FREE pasta! Want to get yours? Four simple steps. This sample ends tonight at midnight, ET.

1. Like Maras Pasta
2. Post this LINK on your facebook wall
3. Post on their wall letting them know you liked them and posted on your wall
4. Email them at with your address and your sample with come in the mail.

Comparing cloth diapers

I've had several requests to know the difference between Grape Apple and Sunbaby Diapers. They are an affordable to more pricey cloth diapers such as Fuzzibunz, Swaddlebees and Happy Heinys. I have all of them and like certain things about each. This post is specifically about the overseas Diapers, GrapeApple and Sunbaby. These diapers are between $6 and $7 each, but take about 20 days to arrive as they come from overseas.
Grape Apple Diaper-Velour

Sunbaby Diaper, silky fabric
 I like either fabric. I don't need them to be silky or minky. They are both pocket diapers. The GrapeApple diaper is much more soft inside, as the liner is thicker. It also stains easier.
Size comparison-not much difference
 The Sunbaby diaper has a bit more to the rise/tab section. Other than that, there isn't much difference in size.
Snaps on Grape Apple Diaper
 This diaper only has one row of snaps. This fits more like a Happy Heiny would.

Snaps on Sunbaby Diaper
This one has two rows of snaps, like Fuzzibunz, etc.

Other questions? Let me know. I'm happy to review/compare the diapers I have-Fuzzibunz, Happy Heiny, Swaddlebee, Lotus Bumz, Grape Apple, Sunbaby, Bumkins, Sew is your Baby.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

75% off Picaboo Photo Book

I love photo books. I was sitting at school today with my laptop on listening to lecture, when my screen saver of all of the pictures of Kitty and me came scrolling along. I thought to myself, wow, look at all we've been through, look at how much he's changed. I should really make another photo book. I came home, checked my email and much to my surprise, there is a great deal going on right now at Picaboo, you can get a Photo Book for $10, a $40 value!

Want to get your deal? Here's the scoop:
Have fun making your photo book! They make great gifts for loved ones or memories for you to keep.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Clearance Cloth Diapers

My friend Alison who made these lovely cloth wipes...has asked about what deals I knew of for cloth diapers. I have several cloth diaper recommendations that I have tried on Kitty and have been quiet pleased with.
My fabulous wipes from Trade from Scratch

Grape Apple
It is a velour diaper, super soft and fits my husky 25 pound baby well. They are super cheap if you buy in bulk, 10 or more will cost.....
You can also buy them on at a time for about $6 a piece. They take about 20 or so days to arrive as they are coming from overseas.

Sunbaby Diaper
These diapers fit well. I love the super cute prints. They are a little thinner than the grape apple diapers and a little less covering, but overall, they still fit well. They are $6 each, and you can choose the package you get. They also offer a slimmer cut for slender babies. If you have a slender baby, order size 1. For fatty babies like mine, get size 2. They take about 20 days to arrive as they come from overseas.
Looking dapper in his Bumkin diaper

Bumkins has super cute diaper covers on clearance for 75% off. I have several that I use for naps and car trips. I just put a regular liner and a hemp liner. Prefolds would work as well.

Three additional sites I found with cloth diaper clearance... Swaddlebees and Nicki's Diapers and CottonBabies 
Kitty looking fancy in his Swaddlebee diaper with his friend Zoey

Want to see how much cloth diapering can save you? Saving green makes you a lucky duck