World Cup Shopping

While everyone was watching the Womens World Cup Soccer match, I was riding motorcycle around visiting the Hillsborough State Park, dodging rain clouds and stopping at a couple stores. We managed to pick up the flyer from WD with the milk bone coupon that would stack with the MQ (5/22 RP) at Publix. I also was looking for the elusive $5 GC P&G tearpad that always was ripped clean on all the displays we saw.
I felt like the World Cup soccer women at one store when I happened to score some Gas-x ($10 off 3 MQ 7-17ss), some Always ($5 GC wyb 3 tearpad), and lots of the papermate pens, Bic pencils, Scotch tape and Scotch scissors. I knew my order would take a bit longer to checkout so when the employee was encouraging people to step to an new line, I mentioned I had a bunch of coupons and maybe they could open a line for me. The customer service manager gladly did that and smoothly handled all my stuff until he came upon all the TQ's. Then he decided to enforce the "one per transaction" wording which was okay, except it meant my whole order calculations were off. It was like getting a penalty in the World Cup! I suggested just starting over with what I could buy without TQ's, which wasn't much – certainly not all my moneymaker pens. This store has always been very coupon friendly and has always accepted any number of TQ's I've had. They also waited to scan my GC til the very end and of course the total was in the negative which doesn't really help one fly under the radar. I think when he realized I was getting a good amount of overage is when he decided to enforce the one per transaction wording.
Anyway, I didn't contest any of it and just merrily got my remaining deals knowing I can easily get the product at another friendly store. The hardest thing about extreme couponing is when you have a plan and it gets foiled. The dejection is almost enough to make you not want to go back into a store, even if you know you are right. I just really hate any conflict with staff about coupons and I think most people are like that too. It's actually why a lot of people I know just don't bother with it – it's too much trouble at the store. To me it was like the end of the World Cup soccer game for the women, they were so close to a win but then in the end, it just didn't work out.

How To Get Free Amazon Gift Cards

I'm sure a lot of you have joined Swagbucks for free by now and are on your way to your rewards. But did you know there are lots of ways to earn points besides just searching on your swagbucks home page?
Did you know that every Friday is MEGA Swag Bucks Day? SwagBucks has increased your chances of scoring BIG #Swagbucks on Fridays. Swagbucks is a fabulous program that rewards you with AWESOME prizes just for doing your everyday searches online.

Since I've joined Swagbucks I have earned tons of $5 Amazon gift card codes. Don't have a Swag Bucks account? Why not sign up today and earn 30 SwagBucks to get you started. Swagbucks just updated their policies and now allows each individual per household to have an account!
Here are some tips to get more swagbucks everyday.
 -Make homepage, or add it to your favorites. Doing this will help you remember to use the swagbucks search engine everyday. Did you know that you can win multiple swagbucks each day? I usually do searches throughout the day and try to use different computers. I have two words that I enter and ALWAYS win at least once on each computer with those words. So if you find a word that works for you, try it regularly. Keep in mind though, don't over search. The swagbucks search engine is designed to detect weird search patterns. If it feels you're searching too frequently you will be shown the rules screen. I've never seen the screen but have heard about it happening to others.
1. If you are using your personal computer, install the toolbar to make your searches easy to do.
2. Make it a point to do some Swagbucks searches on Fridays for sure. On Fridays, you can win as many as 100 Swag Bucks in one search.
3. Become a fan on Facebook and a follower on Twitter. Swagcodes are released daily through these sites.
4. Do the Daily Poll every day to earn 1 swagbuck.
5. Do the Special Offers (click RED square) every day but just select NO THANKS for each offer, click through a few until you are awarded 2 SBs.
6. Earn Swagbucks by using the Swagbucks Shop and Earn site. By using this portal site to shop you will earn 1 swagbuck for every $5.00 spent.
7. Trade-in your old cell phone and electronics and exchange them for swagbucks!
8. Set up a Google Reader page, and install the widget on your feed page, or install it on your blog. Lots of codes are posted on the widget.
9. Check the Swagbucks Blog for clues and codes, usually there are codes a couple times a week posted there.
10. Check this forum discussion for codes that are currently active that other users have posted.
Give it a chance. It took me a while to develop routines of doing my searches through Swagbucks and figuring out how and where to find swagcodes.
11. Click on the tab TRUSTED SURVEYS everyday to earn 1 Swagbuck. You don't even have to do a survey, just click the tab.

Frugal Travel to Improve Your Health

Even though gas prices have stabilized, there is still great incentive to ride your bike as a means of commuting. Riding a bicycle is a great, frugal way to travel and also improves your health. Remember, your health is your greatest wealth. Having a bunch of money isn't that much fun if you aren't healthy to enjoy it.

If your destination is less than ten miles from your home, it wouldn't take much effort to bicycle as a regular occurrence. Five miles is only twenty minutes of riding and you don't get sweaty enough to negate the cleanliness of your morning shower. I do recommend you wear different biking clothes for the ride (preferably a high visibility color shirt, and your black spandex biking shorts for comfort) and just change clothes in the rest room or a private room when you get to your destination. It's also important to wear stiff, thick soled shoes like my Keen Commuters (which I absolutely love!!) which you can get for a discount with Shoebacca Coupons. Proper shoes will help avoid foot numbness from the road shock, along with biking gloves.

To make this bicycle commuting a healthy habit, it's important to have good solid equipment. Make sure your bicycle is tuned up and lubed, with fully aired tires. Also a strong rack is necessary so you don't have to wear a back pack with your stuff, which just makes you sweaty. Along with proper clothing, shoes, and equipment you need to wear your helmet. My hair is damp in the morning from my shower so when I get to work, I just comb it and it springs to life and looks great. With all the bike and motorcycle helmets I wear, it helps to have permed hair that bounces back from the helmet.
Its also important to make sure you know the rules of the road - ride with the traffic as far to the right as possible - but not on the sidewalk if you can avoid it. Your bike is considered a motor vehicle so make sure you follow all traffic signals at intersections, and give pedestrians the right of way. Signal with your arms to let drivers know you are turning, and use your bike bell to warn people you are coming along.
You will love the fresh air biking allows you to enjoy, get off your phone and get outside and live life.

How Would You Like To Be In Casey Anthony's Shoes?

Just think of it, your life is not really in your hands - it's in the hands of a bunch of strangers who may judge you based on some information presented to them, valid or not. It would not really be a great feeling, to be in Casey Anthony's shoes at all. But now she has her life back, but what will it be like?

The feelings she may have could be similar to ones we share when we are relieved of a great debt, or when we finally come to a frugal decision. Sometimes we have to make decisions we know nothing about, so we have to learn about the factors involved to come to our decision. Like for instance, DH needs to get some new walking shoes. Almost all his current shoes are uncomfortable since he broke his foot in that motorcycle collision last September, and his foot healed with a bump where the break was on the top of his foot. So now almost all his shoes hurt when he wears them.

So the plan is to try on some shoes in a store to make sure they fit, but then to go online and find a deal or coupon. DH may feel a little like Casey Anthony, after almost losing his life in an accident, he has a fresh start and can walk again and get some good shoes.

Photo Caption: Casey Anthony talks with her attorney Jose Baez during a recess in her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla. on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. (Credit: Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel)

Publix Sneak Peek July 14-20 (or July 13-19 in some areas)

President Feta Cheese, 6 oz tub, save up to 5.19

Hebrew National Kosher All Beef Franks, Original, Reduced Fat, 97% Fat Free, Jumbo, Bun Length or Knockwurst, 11 or 12 oz pkg, save up to 4.99

Chef Boyardee Pasta, 14.5 or 15 oz can, save up to 1.49

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, Ritz Bits Sandwiches, Munchables Pretzel Crisps or Thins, 9.5 to 16 oz box, save up to 3.19

Dropps Laundry Detergent Pacs, Fresh Scent or Scent + Dye Free, 20 ct bag, save up to 5.99

Rainier Cherries, 16 oz pkg, save up to 5.99

Muffins, 4 ct, 10 oz pkg, save up to 2.99

Ken's Steak House Dressing, 16 oz bottle, save up to 3.19

Eight O'Clock Coffee, 11 ro 12 oz bag (excluding Whole Bean Decaf), save up to 5.17

Vlasic Stackers Dills, Pickles, or Spears, 16 to 46 oz jar, save up to 2.89

Kraft Barbecue Sauce, 16.25 or 18 oz bottle, save up to 1.32

Hershey's Syrup Chocolate Flavor: Regular, Special Dark, with Calcium or Lite; or Strawberry or Caramel, 18.5 to 24 oz bottle, (excluding Sugar Free), save up to 2.19

Del Monte Tomatoes, 14.5 oz can, save up to 1.29

Post Cereal Pebbles, Alpha-bits, Honey-comb, Golden Crisp or Churros, 11 to 14.75 oz box, save up to 4.49

Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal, 15.8 to 20.4 oz or Unfrosted Mini-Wheats, 18 oz box, surprisingly low price

Gia Rusa Select Pasta Sauce Hot Sicilian, Alla Vodka, Marinara, Cherry Tomato, Tomato & Basil: Regular or Low Sodium or Alfredo Sauce, 15 or 24 oz jar, save up to 5.79

Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Packets, Regular or 1 Gram of Fiber, or Essentials, 80 or 100 ct box, save up to 4.39

Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn, 12 to 19.8 oz box, or 30 oz jar, save up to 4.89

Ruffles Potato Chips, 8.5 to 10 oz bag (excluding Baked!, Light and Natural), save up to 4.29

General Mills Chex Mix, 8.75 oz bag, or Gardetto's 8.6 oz bag, or Bugles, 6 or 7.5 oz bag, save up to 2.59

Planters Peanuts Cocktail, Redskin Spanish, Lightly Salted or Honey Roasted, 12 or 12.5 oz can, save up to 3.19

Entenmann's Donuts, Pop'ems: Glazed or Rich Frosted Donut Holes, 16 oz box, or Mini Frosted Donuts, 12 ct, 13 oz box, save up to 3.99

Arnold Bread, 24 oz loaf, save up to 4.29

Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt, 4 pk, 4 oz cup, save u to 2.79

Smart Balance Spread, 13 or 15 oz, or 2 pk, 7.5 oz tub, or Spray, 8 oz, (excluding Organic), save up to 2.63

Fat Boy Ice Cream Sandwich or Fat Boy Jr, 4 to 9 ct, 22 to 30 oz pkg, save up to 4.89

Yoplait Smoothie Mix, 7.6 oz bag, save up to 3.19

Breyers Ice Cream or Blasts!, 48 oz carton, save up to 5.99

Kellogg's Eggo Pancakes, or Cinnabon, Eggo Nutri-Grain Fruit Pizza, French Toaster Sticks or Mini Muffin Tops, 5.3 to 16.4 oz box, save up to 2.79

GE Extra Light Bulbs, Soft White, 40, 60, 75 or 100 watt, 4 ct, limit three deals, save up to 2.59

Playtex Living Gloves, Small, Medium or Large, save up to 2.99

Purina ONE Adult Dog Food, Lamb & Rice or Chicken & Rice, 4 lb, save up to 7.59

Milk-Bone Chewy Dog Snacks Chicken Drumstix Special Recipe Treats or Filet Mignon Flavor Chewy Treats, 5.6 oz pkg, save up to 3.19

All Small & Mighty Laundry Detergent or 2X Ultra, 32 or 50 oz bottle, save up to 5.99

2000 Flushes Automatic Bowl Cleaner, Blue Plus Bleach, Chlorine Clear or Blue, 1 ct pkg, save up to 3.49

Colgate Toothpaste, 6.4 oz box, save up to 2.69

Noxzema Disposable Razor, 4 ct pkg, save up to 4.99

Paper Mate Clearpoint Starter Kit, save up to 5.99

Sharpie Accent Highlighters, Smear Guard, 4 ct pkg, (excluding Mini Highlighters), save up to 2.99

Instant Krazy Glue, save up to 2.79

Scotch 5" Scissors, Pointed or Blunt Tip, save up to 1.99

Pilot G2 Gel Ink Rolling Ball Pens, Fine or Bold Point, 2 ct pkg, save up to 2.99

Kaiser Rolls, 6 ct, 12 oz pkg, 3.29
Decadent Dessert Slices, 2 ct, 3.99
Chicago Hard Rolls, 6 ct, 9 oz pkg, 2.29
Harvest Grain Loaf, 16 oz (select locations), 4.49
Brownies, 8 ct, 3.99
Banana Walnut Loaf Cake or Butter Pound Cakes, 3.49
Apple or Cherry Turnovers, 4 ct, 14 oz, 4.79
Seven Sisters Meltaway Buns, 13 or 18 oz, 4.79
100% Whole Wheat Bread, 16 oz loaf, 2.99

Publix Cheese Slices, Provolone, Monterey Jack with Jalapeno, Muenster, Medium Cheddar, or Swiss, 16 oz pkg, 4.99
Publix American Singles, 12 oz pkg, 2.99
Pillsbury Rolls, Breadsticks, Pizza Crust or Loaf, 8 to 13.9 oz can, 3/$6
Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt, 6 oz cup, 10/$8
International Coffee Creamer, 16 oz bottle, 2/$3
Egg Beaters, Original, Egg Whites, Garden Vegetable, Southwestern, or Cheese & Chives, 15 or 16 oz carton, 3/$5
Publix Milk, Whole, 1%, 2% or Fat Free, gallon, 2.99
Publix Chunk Cheese, 8 oz pkg, 2/$5
Kraft Shredded Cheese, 14 or 16 oz pkg, 4.99

Publix Deli Domestic Brie, 6.99/lb
Boar's Head Black Forest Ham, 8.49/lb
Boar's Head Havarti Cheese, Regular, Jalapeno, or Dill, 9.39/lb
Publix Deli large Turkey Cobb Salad, 4.99
Publix Deli 2 Piece Chicken Dinner, 4.39
Publix Chicken Tender Half Sub Combo, 5.99
Publix Deli Old Fashioned Beans, 16 oz container, 2/$4
Kangaroo Brands Pita Chips, assorted, 8 or 9 oz pkg, 2.49

Kashi All Natural Pizza, 11.9 to 12.7 oz box, 2/$10
Tyson Chicken Nuggets or Breast Tenders, Patties or Mini Sandwich, or Country Fried Steak Patties or Fingers, 20 to 32 oz, 4.99
Perdue Chicken Breasts, Boneless, Skinless, Individually Wrappped, 32 oz pkg, frozen, 6.29
Armour Meatballs, Original Homestyle or Spaghetti Beef, 28 or 35 oz pkg, 5.99
Home Run Inn Chicago's Premium Pizza, 27 to 31 oz box, 2/$11
Lean, Hot, or Croissant Pockets, 6.5 to 9 oz box, or Hot Pocket Snackers, 10 oz bag, 6/$10
Kashi All Natural Entrees, 9 or 10 oz box, 4/$10
Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Sundae Cones, or Frozen Yogurt Bars, 12 to 24 oz pkg, 2/$7
Publix Crispy Chicken Fritters, 25 oz pkg, 6.99

Cascadian Farms Cereal, Granola or Granola Bars, 6.2 to 17 oz box, 2.69
Food for Life Bread, English Muffins or Burger Buns, 16 to 24 oz bag, 2/$7
Swanson Certified Organic Broth, 32 oz box, 2/$5
Chicken of the Sea Solid White Tuna, Albacore, 4 pk, 5 oz can, 3.99
Juicy Juice All Natural 100% Juice Blend, 64 oz bottle, or 8 ct, 6.75 oz box, 2/$5
Publix Apple Juice, 64 oz bottle, 2/$5
Gatorade Thirst Quencher or G2, 128 oz bottle or 6 pk, 12 oz bottle, 2/$6
Publix Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup, or Pineapple in Lime Gel or Diced Peaches, 4 pk, 4 oz cup, (excluding Orange Segments), 2/$4
Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, 8.5 or 8.8 oz pkg, 3/$4
Coca-Cola 12 pk, 12 oz cans, 3/$13
Dasani Water, 24 pk, 0.5L bottles, (see coupon booklet on each 24 pk), 3.99
Pepsi Products, 2L bottles, 4/$5
IBC Root Beer, Diet Root Beer, Cream Soda or Black Cherry, 12 pk, 12 oz bottles, B2G1F
Lance Crackers, Cookies or Wafers, 6 to 14 oz pkg, 2/$4
Hershey's Kisses Big Bag, Hugs & Kisses, Miniatures, Nuggets or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, or York Patties, 17 to 19.75 oz bag, 3.99
Publix Club Soda, Tonic Water with Quinine: Regular or Diet, or Ginger Ale, 6 pk, 12 oz bottles, 2/$4

Health & Beauty:
Mucinex Fast-Max Liquid Cold Medicine, 6 oz bottle, 9.99
Pantene Pro-V Hair Care Products, 1.7 to 13.5 oz pkg, 2/$7, Pro-V, 25.4 oz bottle, 5.49
Dial Liquid Hand Soap, 9.38 oz bottle, 10/$10
L'Oreal Facial Moisturizers or Facial Cleansers, 0.4 to 8 oz pkg, or 30 ct pkg, 25% off
Q-Tips Cotton Swabs, 300 or 375 ct pkg, 2/$4
Neosporin Ointment, Cream or Spray, 0.26 or 0.5 oz pkg, or Lip Health Care, 0.3 or 0.35 oz pkg, 3.49
Atkins Advantage Shakes, 4 pk, 11 oz can, 2/$10
Zantac 150 Acid Reducer Maximum Strength: Regular or Cool Mint or Zantac 75, 24 or 30 ct box, 6.99
Citracal Calcium Citrate Supplement, 60 to 200 ct pkg, 25% off
Icy Hot Medicated Patch or Sleeve, 3 or 5 ct, 2/$10
Gerber 2nd Foods, 2 pk, 3.5 oz container, 10/$10
Huggies Diapers Snug & Dry or Supreme, 48 to 96 ct, GoodNites, 26 or 33 ct or Pull-Ups, 44 to 58 ct pkg (excluding Jumbo packs), 19.99

NaturalAire Air Cleaning Filter, 2/$7
Glad Bags, 8, 13 or 30 gallon, 14 to 28 ct, 2/$9
Publix Super Soft Bathroom Tissue, Double Roll, 4 roll pkg, 1.99
Publix Instant Light Charcoal Briquets, 12.5 lb bag, 6.99
Kleenex Viva Paper Towels Choose-A-Size: Mega or Regular, 4 or 8 roll pkg, or White, 8 roll, 6.99
Kleenex Cottonelle Toilet Paper, Ultra, Regular or Aloe & E, Double Roll, 12 roll pkg, 6.49
Vanity Fair Premium Disposable Plates Dinner or Dessert, 11 or 7 inch, Everyday Bowls, 20 oz, or Hot or Cold Beverage Cups and Lids, 16 oz, 10 to 20 ct, 1.79
Snuggle Exhilarations Fabric Softener or Snuggle Fabric Softener with Fresh Releast Blue Sparkle, 32 oz bottle, 2.99
Finish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Fresh Scent All in 1 Powerball Tabs or Orange Scent GelPacs, 20 ct box, or Quantum Powerball Capsules, 10 ct box, 2.99
Fabuloso Liquid Cleaner, 22 or 28 oz bottle, 4/$5
Lysol Disinfectant Spray, 19 oz can, 4.99

Porterhouse or T-Bone Steaks, 7.99/lb
Center-Cut Pork Rib Chops, 3.49/lb
Center-Cut Pork Loin Chops, 3.59/lb
Pork Loin Back Ribs, 4.49/lb
Whole Chicken, 1.19/lb
Pork Loin Country Style Ribs, or Pork Sirloin Chops, 2.89/lb
Perdue Short Cuts Chicken or Turkey Breast, 9 oz pkg, 2/$6
Ground Round, 3.99/lb
Boneless Chuck Pot Roast, 3.69/lb
Boneless Chuck Steaks, 3.99/lb
Top Round London Broil, 3.99/lb, Steakhouse-seasoned, 4.49/lb
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets, 3.99/lb
Publix GreenWise Market Chicken Fillets, 5.99/lb
Oscar Mayer Lunchables, 11.4 to 14.7 oz pkg, 3/$10
Hormel Black Label Bacon, Original, Maple, or Thick-Sliced, 16 oz pkg or Center-Cut, 12 oz pkg, 3.99
Publix GreenWise Market Bone-In Ribeye Steaks, 9.99/lb, Boneless 10.99/lb
Hillshire Farm Deli Select Lunch Meat, 8 or 9 oz pkg, 3/$10

Purina Cat Chow Cat Food, Indoor or Complete Formula, or Kitten Chow, 3.5 lb bag, 3.99
Purina ONE Wholesome Dog Food, 13 oz can, 4/$6
Publix Gourmet Cat Food, Seafood or Poultry Entree, 24 pk, 3 oz can, 8.99

Publix Salad Blends, 5 to 12 oz bag, 2/$4
Blueberries, pint, 2/$5
Sweet Cherries, 1.99/lb
Premium Strawberries, 16 oz pkg, 2/$5
Tomatoes on the Vine, 1.69/lb
White Mushrooms, Whole, 16 oz pkg, 2.69
White Seedless Grapes, 1.99/lb
Sweet Onions, 0.99/lb
Publix Baby Cut Carrots, 16 oz bag, 1.29
Georgia Peaches, 0.99/lb
Broccoli or Cauliflower, bunch, 2/$4
Sweet Potatoes, 0.79/lb
Premium Plums, 1.29/lb
Yellow or Zucchini Squash, 1.49/lb
Mangos, each, 0.89
Green Avocados, each, 1.29
Publix Orange Juice, Original or with Calcium, 128 oz, 2.99

Medium Cooked Shrimp, 41 to 50 per pound, 7.99/lb
Fresh Sockeye Salmon Fillets, 9.99/lb
Matlaw's Stuffed Appetizers, 4 or 5 oz minimum, 10/$10
Medium White Shrimp, 41 to 50 per pound, 5.99/lb
Publix Haddock Loins, frozen, 10 oz pkg, 5.99
Dungeness Crab Clusters, 0.99/lb

In Ad Qs:
3.00 off Huggies Diapers Supreme, 48 to 84 ct, Snug & Dry 60 to 156 ct, GoodNites, 26 or 33 ct or Pull-Ups, 44 to 58 ct pkg (excluding Jumbo packs)
3.00 off Gerber Good Start Infant Formula Powder, 22 to 25.7 oz (select varieties)
Free LifeSource Pedometer wyb Publix brand blood pressure monitor.

School Supplies:
Crayola Crayon 24 ct, 3/$1
Dixon #2 pencils 10 ct, 3/$1
Elmer's Glue 4 oz, 3/$1
Top Flight Notebook 70 sheet, College or Wide Ruled, 3/$1
Paper Mate Pens or Top Flight Composition Book, Profile Pens 2 ct, Ball Point Write Bros Pens 10 ct, Black or Fluorescent Marble Wide Rule Composition Book, 2/$1
Bic Mechanical Pencils, #2, medium, 0.7mm, 10 ct bag, limit three deals, 3/$3
Arizona Blue Backpack or Sling Bag, or Zak, Thermos, or California Innovations Lunch Kits, 25% off.
via Slickdeals Publix Thread

How You Can Help Bicyclists & Walkers

Federal funding for bicycling and walking is in jeopardyWe need you to send a short email today to your members of Congress.
Today, Congressman John Mica of Florida, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, outlined his plans for the new transportation bill and called for the elimination of dedicated funding for biking and walking programs, which he suggested, "do not serve a federal purpose."
In the Senate, James Inhofe of Oklahoma is leading a similar attack. Inhofe, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said that one of his top-three priorities for the next multi-year federal transportation bill is to eliminate "frivolous spending for bike trails."
If Representative Mica and Senator Inhofe get their way, dedicated funding for three crucial programs — Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and Recreational Trails — will be eliminated. The cost-effective federal investment in bicycling that is making our nation better will shrink dramatically. We can't allow this to happen.
That's why we are asking you to reach out to the two U.S. Senators and the U.S. Representative who represent you in Congress. Ask them to support ongoing, dedicated funding for biking and walking in the next transportation bill. (You can find your representatives and send your note directly from the website. Click here to review clear, basic, suggested text for your email. Feel free to customize it and/or add a personal story.)
Your simple messages will make a difference. You can help refute Representative Mica's and Senator Inhofe's unreasonable, counterproductive cuts. You can help assure that progress will continue in all 50 states to make bicycling safer and better for people of all ages.

Free Pool Test Kits: Dip before You Dive!

Summer is here and the Water Quality and Health Council, in partnership with the American Chemistry Council, is once again offering free pool test kits to the public through its Healthy Pools Campaign. 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends swimmers check the pH and chlorine levels of swimming pools before getting into the water.  Adequate pool chemistry helps reduce the risk of recreational water illnesses like "swimmer's ear," which CDC says is responsible for over two million trips to the doctor each year and $500 million in healthcare costs.
Order your free pool test kit today at  You are invited to return to that website to upload your pool readings to a national data collection map.  There is even a smart phone-friendly view to make data uploading convenient poolside.

Have a safe and healthy summer!

How To Attend Concerts for Free

Tomorrow night we're going to see the Motley Crue and Poison concert and we actually paid money for tickets. While this might not be unusual for most, it is for us. Over the past several years we've seen a few hundred concerts and 99% of them have not cost us any money. The main reason is that we're frugal and as much as I love live concert events and sporting events, sometimes I leave feeling like it just wasn't worth it. Like for instance tomorrow's concert tickets cost $95 each, but with the $5.50 facility charge, and the $30.40 convenience charge, and the $4 order processing charge the total comes to $230 for an evening of rock n' roll. Add on $11 beers and maybe a snack and it soon becomes a huge non-frugal affair.

On the other hand, if we were working at the St Pete Times Forum as guest services staff or security, we would be making over $100, and see the show too. So the swing between paying $230 and not making $100 makes it a $330 opportunity cost to attend the show as a guest. But we don't work there anymore since the motorcycle accident last fall, so now when we want to see a concert - we pay. We've actually seen Motley Crue about three times in the past few years, but they put on a great show and we know its worth it to attend and party, rather than babysit work.

The point is, if you want to see events for free, one way is to work for the venue, or in some cases you can even volunteer. We also used to work for Sentry Event Services and they staff events at Tropicana Field (baseball), Raymond James Stadium (football), the USF Sundome (concerts), and the Tampa Amphitheatre (concerts). Sentry will let your civic, community or church group volunteer and the money that would have been paid to staff goes to the organization you represent. The cool thing is that if you volunteer you really don't work that hard and you get good spots in the front sections. You're not going to get rich volunteering or working for $8/hour, but you can see lots of events for free.

But if you're not into working and standing for six hours at an event, you can still try another method to avoid having to pay for your tickets. We used to do this a lot before the economy took a dive, but I think it would still work for the right event. We would just buy an extra pair of tickets to an event and list them for sale on Stubhub for some ridiculous price and they would sell. The profit from the sale of one pair paid for our pair of tickets so we essentially went for free. But keep in mind this is risky and you may end up with tickets you have to sell for less than face value, or you may have to attend the show yourself. We would often buy a pair of tickets and plan to work the event, but if the tickets didn't sell we would just go as guests. This never happened but it was our insurance. You could also buy tickets for an event you know would sell out, (like playoff games) and take the profit and buy tickets to a concert or event you do want to attend.

Publix Yellow Advantage Buy 7/9 - 7/29

Hot Summer, Cool Savings is the next Yellow Advantage Buy Flyer for 7/9 -7/29. Here is a list of the #Publix coupons expiring 7/29/2011:

$2.00 any Publix half gallon ice cream WYB Smucker's ice cream topping 5 oz. or larger

Free Coca-Cola 1.25 L WYB a small or large Publix deli popcorn chicken

$1.00 Sambazon acai superfood juice 32 oz. or acai blueberry & pomegranate superfood juice blend 32 oz.

$3.00 any Nescafe Taster's Choice 7 or 10 oz.

75¢ any Quaker soft baked bars box

Free Scott towels long lasting roll 1 ct. WYB Kingsford MatchLight charcoal 6.7 lb or Mesquite charcoal 6.3 lb.

$1.00 any Magnum ice cream bars 3 pk.

Free Kellogg's FiberPlus bar 6.3 - 15.5 oz WYB Kellogg's FiberPlus cereal

55¢ any Guilt Free ice cream bars or fudge bars 12 pk., or vanilla butter pecan ice cream pint

Free Kashi TLC cracker or TLC cookie item WYB any Kashi cereal 7.5 oz or larger AND any Kashi TLC bars 6.7 oz.

Free Clemmy's ice cream WYB 2 Murray sugar free cookies

$3.00 Publix half gallon ice cream WYB any 2 IBC 6 pk./12 oz.

Free GreenGiant frozen bag vegetables, Just for One, or Create a Meal! 14 - 24 oz. WYB 2 (buy 2, get 1 free)

$1.00 any 2 OnCor frozen entrees 27 - 32 oz.

Free Bagel Bites 9 ct. WYB 2 (buy 2, get 1 free)

$1.00 any Petey's Bing energy drink 4 pk.

$1.50 any Dr. Pepper cherry 12 pk. (regular or diet)

$2.00 any Off! product

$1.25 any Raid product

$3.00 any Combat ant or roach bait/gel kill

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Publix Sneak Peek July 7-13

Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice Blends or Light Juice, or 100% Fruit & Veggie Blends (excluding Cranberry Cocktails and All Grapefruit Juices), 64 oz bottle, save up to 3.13

General Mills Cereal Lucky Charms, Kix, Reese's Puffs, Trix or Cookie Crisp, 11.25 to 14.8 oz box, save up to 3.99

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps (excluding Chocolate and White Chocolate Varieties), save up to 3.19

Hunts 100% Natural Tomatoes, 14.5 oz can, save up to 1.25

Barilla Pasta Sauce, 24 oz jar, save up to 2.59

Barilla Pasta, 13.25 to 16 oz box (excluding Barilla Plus and Lasagna), save up to 1.17

Pasta Roni or Rice-A-Roni, 3.8 to 7.2 oz box, save up to 1.35
Quaker Oats Oatmeal, 18 oz tube, save up to 2.32

Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal, 13 to 16 oz box or Vanilla Clusters, 18 oz box, (excluding Family Size), save up to 3.20

Bumble Bee Premium Tuna, Chunk Light Tuna in Water, 4 pk, 5 oz can, save up to 3.99

Wish-Bone Dressing, 16 oz bottle, save up to 2.63

College Inn Chicken Broth, Light & Fat Free, 50% Less Sodium, or Chicken or Beef, 48 oz carton, save up to 3.59

Nissin Chow Mein Noodles, Chow Noodles or Bowl Noodles, 3.26 to 4 oz bowl, save up to 0.79

Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks Strawberry 8 pouch, 6.4 oz box, or Fruit Snacks: Berries 'n Cream, Mixed Fruit or Fat Free Gluten free Tangy Fruits, 10 pouch, 9 oz box, save up to 2.75

Crystal Light Drink Mix, 10 or 12 qt canister (excluding Mocktails, 10 qt), save up to 3.99

Rockstar Energy Drink, 4 pk, 16 oz can, save up to 7.99

Emerald Old Fashioned Honey Roasted Peanuts or Dry Roasted: Regular or Lightly Salted with Sea Salt, 16 oz jar, save up to 3.59

Entenmann's Little Bites, 8.25 to 6.6 oz box, save up to 4.49

Nature's Own Bread, 100% Whole Wheat, 20 oz loaf, save up to 2.89

Nabisco Munch Packs or Variety, Single Serve Tray or Kraft Handi-Snacks, 12 or 15 ct, 9.45 to 25.2 oz pkg, save up to 5.99

Thomas' Bagels, 6 ct, 20 oz bag, save up to 4.49

Luigi's Real Italian Ice, 6 cup, 24 or 36 oz box, save up to 3.19

Yoplait YoPlus Yogurt, 4 pk, 4 oz cup, save up to 2.99

Land O Lakes Pure and Creamy Margarine 15 oz tub or Fresh Buttery Taste Spread, 2 ct, 7.5 oz tub or 15 oz tub, save up to 2.49

Mayfield Ice Cream, 48 oz carton, save up to 5.57

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables, 7 to 10 oz pkg, (exluding Asparagus Cuts), save up to 1.79

Lender's Bagels, Frozen, 12 or 16.5 oz bag, save up to 1.99

Kibbles 'n Bits Dog Food Savory Chicken & Beef, Original or Mini Bits, 4 lb bag, save up to 4.99

Pedigree Dentastix Snack Food for Dogs or Jumbone, 6 to 7.1 oz pkg, save up to 3.59

Dove Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Invisible Solid, 2.6 oz pkg (excluding Dove Ultimate), save up to 2.99

Artisan Rolls, 2 or 3 oz each, 0.69
Key Lime Pie, Original or Mango or Pineapple Passion, 34 oz, 6.99
Sourdough French Bread, 16 oz loaf, 2.99
Hoagie Rolls, 4 ct, 11 oz, 2.29
Cinnamon Buns, 6 ct, 4.99
Angel Food Cake, 15 oz, 3.99
Lactaid Milk, 100% Lactose Free, half gallon, 2/$7
Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough, or Brownie Dough, 16 or 16.5 oz pkg, 2/$5
Nestle Coffee-Mate Flavored Creamers, 32 oz bottle (excluding Original, Low Fat Original and Fat Free Original), 2/$5
Publix Shredded Cheese, 6 or 8 oz pkg, 2/$5
Publix Mozzarella String Cheese, Part Skim or Reduced Fat, 12 oz bag, 2/$7

Publix Deli Chicken Family Combo, Rotisserie or Mixed Fried, 9.99 (Free Publix Deli tea with purchase)
Boar's Head Cracked Pepper Mill Turkey Breast, 8.69/lb
Boar's Head Monterey Jack Cheese, Regular or with Jalapeno, 6.69/lb
Publix Deli Cuban Pre-made Sandwich, 3.29, made with Boar's Head, 3.79

Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza, 9.8 to 10.9 oz box, 4/$5
Healthy Choice Entrees or Marie Callender's, 8.5 to 21 oz box, 4/$10
Amy's Organic Burrito, 5.5 or 6 oz pkg, 2/$4

Nature Valley Value Size, 14.8 or 17.8 oz box, 3.99
Chock full o' Nuts Ground Coffee, Original, Decaf, 100% Arabica New York Roast or 1/2 Caff, 24 to 33.9 oz can, 7.99
Chock full o' Nuts Ground Coffee 100% Colombian, 27.8 oz can, 9.99
Peter Pan Peanut Butter, 28 oz jar, 3.29
Nestle Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamer, dry, 35.3 oz can, 4.99
Gatorade Thirst Quencher or G2, 8 pk, 20 oz bottle, 2/$10
Pepsi Products, 12 pk, 12 oz cans, B2G1F (save up to 5.29 on 3)
Coca-Cola Products, 12 pk, 16.9 oz bottles, 3/$10
Coca-Cola Products, 2L bottles, 2/$3
Yoo-Hoo Chocolate Drink, 12 pk, 11 oz bottles, B2G1F
Tostitos Tortilla Chips, 9 to 13 oz bag, (excluding Baked and Natural), 2/$6
Tostitos or Fritos Dip, 14 or 15.75 oz jar, or 4 ct, 10 oz pkg, 2/$6
Nabisco Oreo Cookies, 15 to 18 oz pkg, or Fudge Cremes or Rings, 9.6 to 11.3 oz pkg, or Cakesters, 12.32 to 15.9 oz pkg or Stix, 5 oz pkg, 2/$5
Milky Way Fun Size Snacks, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, or Twix Cookie Bars, Big Bag or Snickers Peanut Butter Squared, 21.5 to 22.55 oz bag, 4.99
Health & Beauty:
Tresemme Hair Products, 4.25 to 32 oz pkg, 3/$10
CoverGirl Mascara or Lip Products, 0.04 to 1 oz pkg, or each, 2.00 off
Lubriderm Lotion, 16 oz bottle, 5.99
Tampax Tampons, 40 ct or Always Pads, 20 to 44 ct pkg, or Always Liners, 80 ct box, (excluding Always Infinity and Tampax Pearl), 5.49
Crest Toothpaste, 6.4 oz tub, 10/$10
Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush, 1 ct, 2/$3
Dove Bar Soap, 6 ct, 4.2 or 4.25 oz box, or Dove Body Wash, 18 or 24 oz bottle, 5.49
Advil Pain Medicine, 80 or 100 ct bottle, (excluding Advil PM), 7.99 look for $3 Q on pkg
Claritin Allergy Medicine, 24 or 30 ct box, 18.99
Visine Eye Drops, 15 ml box, (excluding Visine Lasting Relief, Tatality and Tired Eyes), 3.99
Atkins Endulge Bars, 5 ct box, 2/$9
Huggies Wipes, 184 to 216 ct pkg, 5.99
Beech-Nut Stage 2 Baby Food, 4 oz jar, 10/$4

Quilted Northern Bathroom Tissue Unscented Double Rolls: Soft & Strong or Ultra Plush, 12 roll pkg, 6.49
Brawny Premium Performance Paper Towels Prints, White or Pick-A-Size White, Big Rolls, 6 roll pkg, 5.99
Publix Tall Kitchen Bags with drawstring closure, 13 gallon, 22 ct pkg, 2.99
Publix Decorated Paper Pates, 7, 8 1/2, 10 1/4 inch, 24 to 55 ct pkg, or Decorated Paper Bowls, 20 oz, 25 ct, 2.19
Kleenex Tissues, 75 to 200 ct box, 4/$5
Ziploc Bags, 8 to 30 ct pkg, 2/$5
Duracell CopperTop Alkaline Batteries, AA or AAA, 10 ct pkg, C or D, 4 ct pkg, or 9 Volt, 2 ct pkg, 25% off
Resin Wicker Stack Chair or 24" Round Bistro Table, 19.99
Tide Laundry Detergent, 50 oz bottle, 5.99
Ultra Downy, 62 to 77 oz bottle, 6.99
Renuzit Air Freshener cone, 7.5 oz pkg, 4/$3
Cascade Dishwasher Detergent, Gel or Powder, 75 oz pkg, or ActioPacs, 16 or 20 ct, (excluding Cascade Complete 45 or 75 oz pkg), 4.49
Fantastik Cleaner, 26 or 32 oz bottle, 2/$4
Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge, all purpose or heavy duty, 5/$5
Disney Princess Bookes, 3/$10
Princess Wrist Watch, 14.99
Princess Charm Bracelet, 9.99
Princess Color Puzzle, 4.99
Princess Glitter Stickers, 3.99

Boneless Ribeye Steaks, 7.99/lb
Lean Ground Beef, 3.99/lb, Patties, 4.29/lb
Sirloin Tip Roast, 3.69/lb, Sirloin Tip Steaks, 3.99/lb
Top Sirloin Fillets, 5.99/lb, Montreal-Seasoned, 6.49/lb
Chuck Short Ribs, 3.99/lb
Ground Beef and Ground Pork for Meatloaf, 3.69/lb
Tyson Chicken Breast Roasted, Diced, Grilled or Fajita Strips, or Seasoned Steak Strips, 8 oz pkg, 2/$5
Boneless Pork Loin Chops, 3.99/lb, Southwest-Seasoned, 4.49/lb
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Cutlets, 3.99/lb, Tenders, 4.49/lb
Publix Naturally Hickory Smoked Bacon, Original, Lower Sodium, or LS Thick Sliced, 16 oz pkg, or Center Cut, 12 oz pkg, 3.99
Publix Thin-Sliced Lunch Meats Ham: Cooked or Honey; Turkey Breast: Roasted or Smoked Honey, 16 oz pkg, 2/$8
Oscar Mayer Selects Angus Beef Franks Smoked Uncured: Regular or Bun Length, 16 oz pkg, 2/$7
Publix Jumbo Franks, 16 oz pkg, 1.99

Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food, 3 oz can, 20/$11

Publix Spinach, 9 oz bag, 2/$4
Baby Portabella Mushrooms, Sliced or Whole, 8 oz, 2/$3
Cherries, 2.49/lb
Strawberry Cherries, 16 oz pkg, 3.99
Publix Premium Salad Kits, Italiano, Makoto Honey Ginger, Waldorf, or True Bleu, 7.5 to 10.5 oz bag, 2/$5
Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice or Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, 59 oz container, 2/$6
Georgia Peaches, 0.99/lb
Grape Tomatoes, 1 pt, 2/$4
Fresh Broccoli, Bunch, 2/$4
Georgia Sweet Corn, Yellow, White or Bi-Color, 4 ct pkg, 1.99
Mini Sweet Peppers, 2 lb each, 4.99
Strawberries or Blueberries, 16 oz or 1 pint pkg, 2/$5
White Seedless Grapes, 1.79/lb
Hot House Cucumbers, 1.49 each
Publix Fruit Salad, 2.99/lb

Small Lobster Tails, 3 oz minimum, 4.99 each
Fresh Tilapia Fillets, 5.99/lb
Publix Finishing Sauces, 10 oz pkg, 3.69
Publix Sockeye Salmon Fillets, Frozen, 12 oz, 8.99
Extra Large White Shrimp, 21 to 25 per pound, 8.99/lb
Extra Large Cooked Shrimp, 26 to 30 per pound, 9.99/lb

In Ad Qs:
Similac Infant Formula, $5 off Two, select varieties

New Essentials:
Stouffer's Entrees, Family Size, 28 to 40 oz box, limit four, 3.99
Maxwell House Ground Coffee, 11 or 11.5 oz bag, 2.99
Maxwell House Decaf or Colombian, 10.5 to 11.5 oz bag, 3.99
CapriSun Juice Drink Blend, Lemonade or Roarin' Waters, 10 ct, 6 oz pkg, (excluding 100% Juice, 10 pk), 1.79
Publix Steam In Bag Vegetables, 12 oz pkg. 0.99
Publix Cereal Raisin Bran, Wheat Bran, 20 oz box, 1.49
Publix Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, 7.24 oz box, limit four, 0.50
Publix Chunk Cheese, 8 oz pkg, 2/$5
Two Dozen Cookies, Chocolate Chip, Sugar, or Oatmeal Raisin, 16 oz pkg, Bakery Fresh, 2/$4.50
Suave Body Wash, 12 oz, 3/$5

Thanks to tn_native at Slickdeals for the sneak peek