April 1, 2009

Crossing Over

Okay, my friends. This week I have crossed the threshold. I am officially one of those coupon queens, a money-saving mama, the broke girl extraordinaire.

I have tapped into the world of free-ness. Not buy-one-get-one-free, or deeply discountedly cheap, but really free stuff and on rare occasions, after rebates, have ended up with more money than before I started buying the stuff.

I shall warn you; to do it successfully, it requires:
  • a bit of time
  • organization / attention to detail
  • Internet access
  • printer
  • convenient proximity to national chain stores
Worth it? you decide. I've gotten products over the last few years (retail value at several hundreds of dollars) in products I would normally buy and use anyway. I went full-throttle yesterday and got maybe $75 in free (rebated, or couponed or whatever) products in the last day alone.

I'll blog tomorrow on just how I accomplish this.

In addition to free products, In the last 24 hours, I rented two just-released DVDs for an average of 54 cents each. Reader warning, a rabbit trail follows:

Yes, in my ADHD-saddled manner, I am actually half-way through "Quantum of Solace" as I write this. My MacBook Pro has only a 15" screen, but there is enough room to blog via the Firefox browser and still view the film in another corner of my screen. At this moment, James Bond is knocking on the door of a villa in stunning Talamone, Italy.

So, clinging to the excuse of my need to heal a severe sore throat and laryngitis, I sponsored a personal two-day Nurse Myself To Health Movie Festival and watched "Paris, Je T'Aime" last night, followed by James Bond tonight.

Yes, anyone, anywhere can rent a movie from Redbox, free every Monday; just sign up and get the passcode. I rented the movie for tonight at the regular fee of $1.00 plus 8 cents tax.

Living large on pennies over here, folks! (Just got to remember to return that bad boy tomorrow.)

NOTE: For today only, Wednesday, 1 April, 2009, you can use this code MMM401 to rent a Redbox DVD free today (just be sure to return by 9:00 p.m. on Thursday). Movies can be rented for free, lately, so it seems, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Check for location at redbox.com.


  1. I just signed up for these "Groupons" and they were so irresistible I've bought three without yet using them...hope it's legit:

  2. Adam, I just cashed in my first Groupon this morning!! A dental cleaning and 4 X-Rays for $49 (normally $220). Already booked it for two weeks away, and it is convenient to my home. My friend Todd put me on to this, and he already received excellent dental work from another dentist who was sponsored on Groupon.

    But what's the deal with leasing a monkey as a companion for a week-- for the apparently cut-rate price of $49.00?

    Anyone doing this? We'd like to hear about it and see the before and after photographs of your home...