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Hi, I am from Oregon, OH also known as Oregon on the Bay, I work full time as an RN with hope to semi retire and write books on saving money. I am married to Jeff for 25 years and have 3 beautiful daughters, Jessica 25, Kara 23 and Kristie 16. My main goal is to be debt free!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Smokey Bones $10 Off $20

New Smokey Bones $10 off $20 coupon. Go Here to print yours. Hurry coupon expires March 3rd.

The Party Has Begun...Swagcode Alert Till 12pm EST

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Happy Birthday Swagbucks

Its Swagbucks third birthday and it promises to be full of codes for us. Be on the look out all day today!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Warm Wonderful Areas

As I look outside of my own little world I am finding great new places. Many are aware I don't feel "settled". I'm always looking for a great place to move to or retire in. A dream area would be Kauai Hawaii. Now can you imagine this Northwest Ohio gal living in Hawaii? Aloha! The scenery is great and do I even need to mention the great weather? There are many affordable properties and rentals right now. The hardest trick will be me fitting into my grass skirt! I can only imagine looking at the ocean while drinking my morning coffee.

At the opposite end of the spectrum would be Fort Myers in Florida. The area is sunny and warm, a true retirement community. However will I ever be really ready for that? I would enjoy the weather, but really I'm fifty not eighty, maybe I'll have to think about that one a little more. On the other hand properties are at their lowest right now and I could miss a great opportunity.

One last great place would be Miami. This would be so close to my daughter! I love how they have"sweater alerts". The temperature right now is around seventy degrees. I wish my thermostat could be set to that. Decisions, decisions, I guess I'm really not quite ready to move yet.

Shaking My Purse For a Pen

Have you ever searched and searched your purse for a pen? Trust me I have. After digging to the bottom I found this neat personalized pen . Why can't I be so clever to promote my blog with a great pen or great custom pencils? When I pulled out the pen I thought the design was really cool. Of course, only I would really study a pen!

I think in this day and age there are just so many ways to promote your site. Everyone knows that I love Twitter and Facebook. Social networking is really a new market for me. Remember I didn't grow up with computers, however I am learning. Even us baby boomers can rock out a great blog post.

Now don't get me wrong, while social networking is great nothing beats that friendly reminder you get when you pull out a few advertising pens from the bottom of your purse. Don't forget everyone loves to take a free pen.

House of Meats Free 1 lb Ground Chuck W/$20 Purchase

Go Here to get your coupon for 1 free pound of ground chuck with a $20 purchase.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hurry There's a Swagcode Out-EXPIRED

Hurry there's a Swagcode out! Its on the Swidget and it's worth 8 bucks. Expiration time is unknown.
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The Tax Refund Cometh!

I know, I'm the only one in the US who didn't know the tax refunds were delayed. Be just wanted to do a quick updated and say I did receive mine yesterday! I e-filed on Feb 4th.

What's Up With Twitter?

I know I can be a smuck at times, but what's up with Twitter? I haven't been able to bring it up all morning, yet alone sign -on. Sorry Tweet fans! Feel free when its up to follow along @marilynjaegly .

If you haven't been on or are not a follower, I post contests I enter, Swagbucks I've earned, and other blurbs on life. You wouldn't want to miss them!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snow Storms, Work and Coupons

Let me start with, I'm catching a cold and I'm not feeling well. Oh and I just worked two twelve hour shifts. My nose is runny and NW Ohio is predicting another "One to Watch" snow storm. I hang my head in shame, but sick and all right after work I went to the grocery store.

Like most people who shop without a mission and late at night before a snow storm, I got very little for alot of money. I actually had no coupons with me.The shelves were empty, no hamburg and I snagged the last loaf of white bread at $2.49! (See Frances you're not the only one!)

Show me no pity, but at least I can say I'm human.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yankee Candle $10 Off $25

Go Here to get your coupon for $10 a $25 purchase for Yankee Candle. Coupon expires 3/20.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Smokey Bones $10 Off $20

Smokey Bones is once again offering $10 off $20. Hurry coupon expires 2/24. Go Here to get your coupon. This couldn't have come at a better time, we are there tomorrow.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

House of Meats 4 Free Pork City Chicken W/$20 Purchase

Go Here to get your coupon for 4 free pork city chicken with a $20 purchase. My pick, rib eye steaks $2.99 each for an 8oz. steak!

Promoting Your Business on the Cheap

Do you have a small business you'd like to promote? Perhaps you're just looking to promote your web site? What a great way to bring yourself some low cost advertising with engraved pens. Everyone wants to take one! I don't know how many times I've grabbed a pen and looked at it later to once again see that advertiser. Its funny how many of these pens we come across, but do you ever think about how your business would look on that pen?

Looking for a bigger promotion for your business? How about custom envelopes? Your business will be the first thing people see even before they open the mail. I don't know about you, but I like to sort my mail by the company they represent. I open the ones where I think I'm getting a free sample or a coupon from first. Of course, all bills go last! I'm only human.

Need some other great ideas for your business? GOPromos promotional items are sure to have them. I don't know of anyone who can pass up a coffee cup or a cute key chain. Come on fess up, we all tend to pick up and use the great freebies small businesses' offer.

Remember these great promotional offers can be used for your organizations too. What better way to promote your favorite team or school.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tropical Traditions Give-away Winner

Sorry I'm a little late in announcing my winner! I used Randon.org to pick the winner.The winner is number 32 Scott! As usual Scott you have 48 hrs to respond to my email. Thanks again to all who entered.

Cute dorm room chore chart

Guest post by Jewel Cole

I'm a freshman in college and one of the things that really stressed me out even more than schoolwork last semester was how messy my dorm room was. I talked to my roommate about it at the end of exams last semester and we both knew that we had been slacking really badly and waited until our room got terribly messy to clean it up, which was even worse. So we decided to make a chore chart together.

I went looking online while I was at home over break to find a tutorial on how to make a chore chart. While I was online doing that I randomly found a comparison of wild blue vs dial-up and after I showed it to my parents they switched their home internet service from dial-up.

I bought all the materials and when we came back for the semester we put our cute chore chart together while we ate delivery pizza in our dorm room catching up after break. I think that it will keep us motivated to do all of our chores.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Hurry There's a Swagcode Out Till 5:25 pm EST

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Where's My Refund?

First of I humbly hang my head and say this post is NOT part of Precious' Money Saving Challenge! Yes, I do get a tax refund. I let Uncle Sammy have my money all year for free. No lectures please, I like my refund. Where did I miss that if you file the long form with itemized deductions the IRS won't process it till Feb 15th?

Well you've guessed it, I save some of my big bills each year to pay with it. My car insurance for example. Now I'm asking, "Where's my refund?" Its due soon and the refund is delayed. Oh I know, I'll get it from that great emergency fund I've saved for all year. Not! Guess again, depleted with the first emergency. You know I have so many. Just another lesson in the life of frugality!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Maixim Magazine Free Subscription

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Low Entry Give-away: Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Cream Ends 2/17

2/17 is the last day to enter my give-away for Tropical Tradions Moisturizing cream. There are very few entries right now. I'll be at work all day tomorrow so be sure to enter! Go Here to enter.

Diet Coke $1/2 Coupon

Go Here to print your coupon for $1/2 Diet Cokes. Can make a great deal!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yankee Candle BOGO Free Large Size Candle or Tumbler

Go Here to get your coupon for a BOGO free large size candle or timbler.

Smokey Bones $10 Off $20

Smokey Bones $10 off $20 coupon. Hurry this coupon expires 2/17. Go Here to print your coupon.

Cinco De Mayo $10 Off $20 Toledo Area Only

Wow what a great deal Toledo and vicinty go to Living Social to buy your half off deal. Can't beat half off maragritas. See you there!

Monday, February 14, 2011

House of Meats $16.99 Valentine's Special

Go Here to print your coupon. Don't worry, the coupon is good till 2/19!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Free Muscle and Fitness Magazine

Free subscription to Muscle and Fitness magazine from Rewards Gold. Hurry this one won't last long! Thanks Hip2Save

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Boy I Really Need a New Purse

Not only do I need a new purse, but I need a new camera to show you! I thought my camera just needed new batteries, but even with new batteries it still doesn't work! Oh, back to the purse. Both of my purse straps broke and are now just dangling, so I to carry it I have to clutch it. Now I don't know about you, but my purse is big and crammed full of junk! This certainly can't last long.

Kristie thought it was really funny, because I actually told her I pre-shoped the other day. Meaning I won a $50 giftcatd to Macy's, but haven't received it yet. Little does she know, a mom can pre-shop too. I'll show you  what purse I bought if I ever get a new camera. I don't know how long I can clutch my old purse.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Caribou Coffee BOGO Free 2/13 and 2/14

Go Here to print your coupon for Caribou coffee BOGO on 2/13 and 2/14 only.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Working Mother Free 18 Month Subscription

Free 18 month subscription to Working Mother. Go Here to get your free magazine. This is a great magazine for young mothers.

Thursday is Bath and Body Gift Day

Did you get your Bath and Body free gift yet? I'm so impressed with this new program. Today I got a free body moisturizer, body wash and body spray in my choice of scent for free. It retails for $15! The clerk wrapped it up so nice, she said it was a gift to me. Imagine a gift for me! The bad news, if you didn't sign up earlier for this program it is no longer available.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Free Bayer Aspirin

Free Bayer asprin from Sam's Club. You do NOT need to be a member to get this one. Go Here to get yours.

Is a Wedding in Your Future?

No doubt if your getting married, you're already extremely busy getting ready for the big day. There is always so much to prepare for. First you have to make sure you get the bridal shower invitations out in plenty of time. I find that three to four weeks before the shower is the right time length. If you send them out too early people tend to lose them or forget. I had my shower about  seven weeks before my wedding. I think thats plenty of time, plus it gives you a chance to look through your gifts to see what you still might need.

Now when I got married I really wasn't too frugal, but what new bride doesn't look for cheap wedding invites . Every bride wants sophisiticated wedding invites on a meager budget, but is that really possible? Of course! The main thing is to shop around and look for deals. Decide exactly what you want the invitation to say. Think of ideas or what your theme may be. Don't forget your colors and make sure they compliment each other.

Now don't forget to get those wedding invitations out on time. Make sure you have proper postage and don't forget to stamp you RSVP card. Your guests will appreciate the gesture. Last but not least, save one of those invites to put in your wedding memory book.

Taco Bell Free Crunchy Taco Facebook Freebie

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Hurry its Back Free Chef Boyardee

Hurry go Here to claim your coupon for free Chef Boyardee. Only the first 50,000 will receive, from Walmart. Thanks ShiningtoSave

House of Meats $2 Off Any Roast with $20 Purchase

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Winter and the Big Car Repairs

You may not know this, but my husband is an auto mechanic. Of course he is mostly self taught, but  he knows how to fix a car. He doesn't have his own auto shop but rather works from the drive-away. We live in NW Ohio, but there are many reliable places where you can get your car fixed. If you live across the country San Diego auto repair may just be the place you need. From tire rotation to engine repair, a good mechanic can do it all.

I don't know about you, but I really get tired of seeing my check engine light being on. There are many reasons why this light can be on and its usually best to have this problem looked at early. My husband says this can be anything from a major engine problem to something simple like replacing the gas cap. It never fails, I usually have the bigger problem!

Older cars tends to always have the check engine light on. My new car luckily doesn't have the light on. Yes, I did purchase a new car in December, but it was a big decision whether I wanted a car or a Ford F-150 . My husband really wanted a truck, however I won out and was  able to get a car. Maybe next time I'll give in.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hurry Free Shape Magazine is Back

Wow, this one will go fast. Go Here to get your free 2 year subscription. Its from Rewards Gold which is a great company and I have never been billed. Ok, I confess, this for my daughter, really do I need Shape magazine? Thanks Hip2Save

Retire in Ohio, I Don't Think So

I live in NW Ohio and the weather here can be a fright. Over the past years I really been thinking about moving to another state. Something that has a little bit of better weather for me. I have several relatives from my father's side that live in California so that could be a possibility. The Santa Cruz area could be a possibility. Their are several condo communities there and the real estate market has held its own. How great it would be to live a little closer to these distant relatives.

Another area that I've been interested in is Hawaii. Who wouldn't love to own a condo or home in this area. Now my be the time to snag a bargain there. I'd love to live on the ocean! I can only imagine sitting out on my patio with my morning coffee. What a great area to retire in . I can smell the ocean breezes already.

Believe it or not, I've also been intrigued by Denver, Colorado . I do realize the weather there can be a little dicey, however I've always heard what a great community it is. The shopping there is fantastic.There are also great restaurants and local shops.As you know, I'm not much of a snow buff, but the scenery is beautiful. I think all the local entertainment will outdo the weather for me.

I still haven't decided yet, but I'm definitely exploring all the great areas that are available to me.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Cream Give-Away

From the Wesite: Our 100% pure moisturizing creams are especially useful for very dry skin. Highly concentrated, they work well for overnight use, and are great for massaging into the skin. Ingredients: purified water, organic virgin coconut oil, plant based emulsifying wax, palm stearic, grapefruit seed extract, organic beeswax, and organic virgin palm oil. Scented varieties contain organic essential oils.

My review: I've used the cream for about a week now, and find it leaves my skin soft and smooth. I especially like using it on my elbows because they tend to dry out over the winter months. The cream definitely softens them.

Tropical Traditions carries a wide variety of products. They have a great recipe section on using coconut oil in cooking which can be viewed  Here . I can't wait to try a few of their recipes.

Now on to the give-away:
Mandatory entry: Sign-up for the Tropical Tradutions newsletter Here and "Like" me on Facebook Here .

Want more entries? Each count as one entry, please leave an email address!
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This Give-away ends Thurdsday Feb 17th at Midnight EST

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Entrecard Top Droppers for January

Thanks to all of my Entrecard Top Droppers. Yes I'm well aware of the "downtime" we experienced recently, but hopefully this is a true representation of my Top Droppers!

My Kids Are My World : This is a blog about my life as a wife and mother of three kids, who are, obviously, my world.

The Ad Master : Tons of Tips and Tricks to help you advertise online. From lists of free traffic resources to advice on keyword placement and linkbuilding.

Be There 2 Day : A personal blog about anything and everything, fun, humour, randomness and rants.

Together With Dogs : A journey through the world of dogs. We talk everything dogs from behavior, to toys, to health and well being. Dogs are a gift I want to talk about and share

Funky Town Disco :Once upon a time the music of the 70s, Disco Music, Funky, Soul, Pop Music, who made the history of those years. I was born in the mid 60s, so i lived right in the evolution of these sounds. This blog wants to revive after more than 20 years, the music of those years, memories, friends, first loves ..... For those not familiar with these genres, is a good opportunity to approach these fantastic sounds.

Confessions of a Pyschotic Housewife :I am the Psychotic Housewife - a gothic Martha Stewart, SAHM, addicted to shopping and saving money while living in a Murphy's Law zone where everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. I love to give my opinion and share the deals I come across.

Nesting Buddy : Nesting Buddy is a site for existing and aspiring franchisers and home-based entrepreneurs. Here you will find information and articles to inform, motivate and assist you in your endeavours.

Seek No More :Seek No More is an online community whose main purpose is to provide a place where both experts and newbies can learn, interact and discuss business, career and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Unofficial Chart Blog :A blog site which updates the weekly UK Top 20 singles & albums each week, along with other posts including Chart Summaries, Eurovision, On This Day In History, and all things Music.

Hennies Travel :Hennies Motel in Samoa provides the best travel services and tips for travelers.

Want to be part of this free community? Click my link!

Snow Day Equals Baking Day

Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Cookies (Better than Snickerdoodles!)
Combine in bowl:
1cup dark brown sugar (I used light brown, hey its what I had)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 sticks semi melted margarine
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
Cream mixture
21/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
In separate bowl: Combine a cinnamin and sugar mixture, about 3/4 white sugar and cinnamon

Your dough will look something like this. Yes its a little sticky, so refridgerate for at least one hour.
Roll the dough into balls with your hands and roll in sugar cinnamon mixture. Bake for 7 to 8 min at about 300-350 degrees, depending on how ancient your oven is. No need to grease cookie sheet.
The cookies will look like this. They are soft and oh so good! Makes about 3 dozen fairly large cookies. Thanks to Sue who was a former co-worker of mine who gave me the recipe.

More Great Give-Aways to Enter

Some of my best bloggy friends are having great give-aways! Please help them out and enter, enter, enter!

CSN Stores Give-aways:
Looking Forward to Becoming More Frugal  $30, Frances would love if you stopped by!

A Mom, Money and More $35, SonyaAnn would love a visit!
Other Great Give-aways:
My Money Mission Online Orient Automatic watch, Alisa would love your entry!       

Raging Bear Ranch Yoplait Yogurt Give-away, Nancy is looking for more entries!

Don't Read This Its Boring! A great boring box give-away, where you get to pick the prizes! (As a side note, could you pretty please tell her MarilynsMoney sent you, as I shamelessly get another entry for it!) Sluggy is always looking for a few more crazy people!

Roses for Valentine's: (At least I have a Chnace of getting these!)
Deb's Here $50 GC to Proflwers . Deb has many great give-aways!

Guessing All the Way You determine how many dozens you will get! Stop by and meet Julie!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Oh No More Snow!

I made it to work and back today, really the snow is falling a plenty in NW Ohio. It took me and hour and 5 minutes to get home for a 17 mile drive! Why, oh why do I live in NW Ohio?The best thing about snow? I'm off the rest of the week so you can look forward to a few more posts! (OK, or maybe avoid them all togaether since I warned you!)