Saturday, January 1, 2011

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Follow The Frugal Free Gal

Welcome, 2011! It's a brand new year! If you have money saving goals in mind for the new year, be sure to follow "The Frugal Free Gal" so you can get the latest money saving tips, coupons, free samples, and the option to sign up for several free giveaways.  

My goal is to reach 2011 fans in each category by the end of the year: GFC, Facebook, Twitter, and Email Subscribers!

You can help out!

1. Join via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar)
2. Become a Fan on Facebook: The Frugal Free Gal
3. Follow me on Twitter: frugalfreegal
4. Subscribe and confirm by email (top right sidebar)

Be sure to come by often because you do not want to miss out on great deals and offers!

"Happy New Year and Blessings to All!"


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Do You Have Trouble Logging Off?

Do you find yourself on the computer often during the day? Do chores get put aside because you'd rather be online? Are you having trouble logging off to spend time with family? Let's face it. Online activities can be fun. But sometimes, they can become addicting and can be a huge distraction in your life.

I enjoy using the computer. My activities on the computer include:

1. Blogging and researching
2. Checking email and responding if necessary
3. Facebook and Twitter
4. Participating in forums
5. Online rewards programs such as Swagbucks
6. Banking and Finances
7. Reading blogs/commenting
8. Couponing
9. Editing photos
10. Looking up topics of interest

...and the list goes on. There is so much information available online that I do find it fun. However, I can admit that it is a huge distraction in my life and I want to take control of it this year, and I think that a few of you may feel that way, too.

During the new year, my goal is to "log off" more often. I am putting myself on a strict "personal" program that I have used before, but now I am using it daily. It's easy to do. I am using the "Timer Method." All you need is a timer of any kind. I prefer the old fashioned timer like you see below.

On days where we spend the majority of time at home, I am only allowing myself 30 minutes on the computer and 30 minutes off, and repeat this as often as I need to if I feel the urge to get on the computer. The only way this will work is to follow this strictly. As soon as your timer buzzes, stop what you are doing and log off. Walk away from the computer. Then, start tackling that to-do list, or spend quality time with your family.

For example, I set my timer for 30 minutes this morning for computer use. I was able to check and respond to emails and start this post. I was in the middle of this post when the timer went off. When the timer buzzed, I immediately got up, left the post to continue later, and went to take care of housework. I could have stayed on to finish, but knew that it could have taken another 30 minutes.

My biggest project that I needed to get done today was unpacking my suitcase from the holidays. Everything was scattered around my bedroom. When I set my timer for 30 minutes of cleaning time, I was able to tackle that huge task along with giving my daughter her snack, with time leftover. Most days, these tasks seem hard to tackle, but with the timer method, I am amazed at what I can get done when I am "timed."

I enjoy using the timer method and think that it may help anyone out there that is easily distracted by the computer. I would love to hear your methods on how you "log off" during the day. Please share by leaving a comment below.

I now have 15 minutes left on my timer now before its time to hang out with my daughter!


Friday, December 31, 2010

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Giveaway: Gift Card

Happy New Year! I am giving away a $20.00 Gift Card to to start off the New Year to one lucky reader.

Mandatory Entry:

Tell me one way you would like to save money in 2011.

Bonus Entries:

-Like The Frugal Free Gal on Facebook.
-Follow The Frugal Free Gal on GFC (right sidebar).
-Follow The Frugal Free Gal on Twitter
-Subscribe via Email (right sidebar).
-Blog about this giveaway and leave link.
-Tweet this giveaway and leave link.
-Post this giveaway on Facebook and leave link.
-Grab my blog button and leave blog link.
-Grab my Frugal Fridays button and leave link.

Giveaway ends January 11, 2011 (1-11-11) at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be chosen at The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.


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Mega Swagbucks Day

I have been a member of Swagbucks for six months. It is my favorite online rewards program. I have earned $245 in Amazon Gift Cards so far and have already redeemed most of my earnings. This year, I was able to purchase gifts for all of my nieces and nephews with my earnings, and I still had some leftover to buy myself a little something! When you sign up for Swagbucks, you will get 30 Swagbucks to start with. Today is Mega Swagbucks Day, where you can earn lots of Swagbucks for searching and more! I already have friends that have earned several gifts cards also and are fans of Swagbucks. After signing up, you can read my tips for earning Swagbucks at the top of my homepage.


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Set Goals for the New Year

I hope that you have enjoyed 2010. Now, it's time time to welcome 2011 and start fresh. It's a brand new year! I want you to take a few moments to reflect back upon 2010. What were the highlights of 2010? What did you accomplish?

I want you to think about 2011. What do you want to accomplish in 2011?

Take some time to compile a list of your goals, as an individual, and/or as a family. This can be a fun activity for the entire family. Grab a piece of paper and pencil and think about the following areas. Then write down your goals under each category. Have your family members contribute to the list. Be specific about your goals. For example, instead of writing, "save money," list how you will save money. Instead of writing, "lose weight," list how you will lose weight and what you will do to help yourself to live a healthier lifestyle.


Post your goals on the refrigerator, a mirror, in your car, or any other area so that you can see them often.

What are some of your goals for 2011?


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Frugal Fridays Blog Hop 12/31

*You do not have to submit a frugal blog. All blogs welcome!
1. Follow the hosts: "The Frugal Free Gal" and "Inspiring You 2 Save"
2. Grab the "Frugal Fridays" Button for your blog.
3. Add your blog link(s).
4. Follow any blogs below that you are interested in.
5. Tweet this blog hop as active so we can get others on board!
6. Grab the linky code and place it on your blog in a new post.


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Where Are My Coupons?

I have been receiving the Sunday newspaper for months. During the month of November, I started noticing something strange. There were NO coupon inserts in the paper. I kept hearing about everyone else getting coupons, but not me. I started to think that someone was swiping my coupons!

During the month of December, I was not home. I was traveling and visiting family in my home state. I was taking a break from couponing at my own home, but still found great coupon inserts where I was visiting. When I came back home recently, I had five Sunday newspapers to go through, hoping to find my coupon inserts. None.

I knew I needed to investigate! I called the newspaper company and told them the situation. I was told that they were trying to negotiate with the companies that are in charge of the coupons inserts. She said they were receiving several calls about it and that they would hope to get the inserts back in by January.

Interesting, huh?

In other news, did anyone watch "Extreme Couponing" lastnight on TLC? I recorded it and plan to sit down tonight to watch. I have heard many interesting comments about it!


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Money Saving Tips



Check for Coupon Codes

I needed to buy a new water filter for my refrigerator today, so I went to the site that I always purchase one from and shopped around. Before I checked out, I was curious to see if there were any coupon codes for the store. I really didn't think I would find a code, but I wanted to check. I headed to my favorite place for coupon codes,, and searched. I did find one, for 10% off of my purchase, knocking $4.00 off of my total! The last three times I have purchased items online, I have found coupon codes from RetailMeNot. It pays to check on coupon codes!