As most of you know, I am a member of Influenster.  Influenster is an online site that sends out boxes of FREE, complimentary products for it’s members to try and test out at home (depending on if you qualify or not).  It is FREE to join and I love getting boxes of goodies from them.  The Spring Vox Box just arrived the other day and I am excited to share some info on the goodies that they sent me this time!

    • Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara (retail $5.99) * This stuff is AWESOME!  It really lives up to it’s name!  It thickens lashes and makes them lush and gorgeous and it doesn’t flake off! * @RimmelLondonUS / #Retroglam

 

    • Kiss Everlasting French Nails (retail $6.49) * I can’t wait to try these out (if Shelby doesn’t get hold of them first!)  Nothing looks better and more polished than a gorgeous, well kept French manicure *  @KissProducts / #EverlastingFrench

 

    • Peach Pie Car Freshener from the “Labor Day” movie * this should make the minivan smell great! * #LaborDayMovie

 

    • Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons (retail $3.99-4.99) * even through the box, these have a nice, clean citrus type scent sure to keep you smelling fresh all day * @Playtex_Sport / #PlayOn

 

    • NIVEA Skin Firming Hydration Lotion (retail $2.49 for 2.5 oz) * what can I say about this?  Should be interesting to see if it helps all that cellulite I have on my thighs.  Would be nice if it really works! * @NiveaUSA / #NIVEASkinFirming

 

    • Softlips Cube (retail $3.49) * I have wanted to try Softlips for a while so I am super excited about getting this! * #SoftLipsCube

THANK YOU INFLUENSTER! Can’t wait to try everything out!

 

 

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Recently Influenster sent me a Jolly VoxBox with some Puffs To Go as one of the complimentary items to try out.  Since Ben has had a serious case of the sniffles this week, it was the perfect opportunity to see just how good these tissues are!

I threw them in my purse and they have come in handy many times over the past few days.  They are strong enough to keep up with even the runniest of noses!  The ones I got have lotion in them that makes them  gentle enough to keep your nose from getting rubbed raw from using so many tissues.  I love this!

Ben is Autistic and his most sensitive areas have always been his face and hair and so these tissues are much easier to use on his nose than regular plain tissues that are too rough for his face and sensitivity issues.  The “To Go” packs make these easy to take anywhere we go especially since the packages are small enough to easily fit into my purse.  It is definitely worth grabbing some of these To Go packs and keeping them in the car, different rooms of the house, in his backpack, etc.

@Puffs       #PassThePuffs     @Influenster

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In my previous post I wrote about the great new goodies I got in my complimentary Influenster JollyVoxBox.  One of the items I received was the NYC HD Color Trio eyeshadow and I got the chance to try it out last night before I went out to dinner.

The eyeshadow kit is very simple to use to create a smoky eye effect.  You use the lightest color on the area between your eyelid and your brow.  Then you put the medium color on your eyelid. You finish up by putting the darkest color in your eyelid crease and along your upper eyelash line to create the smoky effect. Blend the colors to your liking until they look the way you want it to.

The color set that I received was #781 (Long Beach Sands).  I really like that the color set was a nice neutral that looks nice in the daytime but can also be applied heavier for an evening look.  There are also other NYC HD Color Trio eyeshadow sets that achieve a more dramatic look.

The New York Color website has tips on how achieve different smokey eye looks and you can check them out here:  NYC New York Color Smokey Eye Tips

 

@NYCNewYorkColor     #HDColorTrio      #JollyVoxBox     @Influenster

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Sooooo excited! I just got my #JollyVoxBox full of complimentary goodies from Influenster last week and it has some FABULOUS products in it for me to try out this holiday season!

This time around it included:

  • Skinny Cow Divine Filled Chocolates (peanut butter creme)
  • NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow
  • Rimmel London NEW Show Off Lip Lacquer in the shade Aurora
  • Ducklings mini rolls of cute patterned duck tape
  • Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong To Go tissue pack

I can’t wait to try out these fun new products!

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I recently received a complimentary sample of Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese Microwavable Cups from Influenster in my Mama VoxBox that was sent to me.  I have never tried the Annie’s brand before so I was curious as to how it would compare to the regular brand of mac & cheese that I usually buy.

The sample that I received was the White Cheddar kind.  It was simple enough to prepare and once I mixed it all up, I wasn’t sure what it would taste like. It was really thick and creamy!  Even though I am not used to really thick cheese sauces like this one, it was very good!  My kiddos really enjoyed it too! Maybe next time I will add a little more water than it calls for.  All in all, a good mac and cheese that can hold it’s own against the competition 🙂

 

#RealCheese

 

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So about a week ago I got an Influenster VoxBox full of free goodies for me to try (hint: if you are interested in becoming an Influenster member for FREE, click on my Influenster Member box on the right side of this page)!  The box had complimentary samples of belVita #SoftBaked Breakfast Biscuits (for breakfast on the go) , #PONDSBB cream makeup (which is awesome and affordable!), and Annie’s Homegrown microwaveable Mac & Cheese #RealCheese (YUM!).  There were also some Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Comfort Insoles in the box and I figured I would try them out.  They are AWESOME!  Let me count the reasons why:

  1. They make uncomfortable shoes feel SO much better
  2. They help my feet by giving them extra support
  3. The insoles can be put in any pair of shoes you are wearing that day; use them in high heels one day and flats the next
  4. There is no sticky messy residue left in your shoes from these insoles
  5. Easy to use!
  6. Affordable!  You can usually find them for under $10 (I got mine free from Influenster)
  7. Sometimes there are coupons floating around for these which makes them MORE affordable!

If you are looking for a shoe insert that is easy to use, can be use in multiple shoes, and will make your feet feel great then you should really do yourself a favor and try these out!

#DrScholls

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Just wanted to give my readers a heads up on this great sweepstakes!  The prize is a Haunted Hollywood Vacation trip to FOX Studios in LosAngeles, CA! You even get an instant Goosebumps DVD coupon just for signing up!  Click on the picture below to check it out! Good luck!

 

*** DISCLOSURE NOTICE *** I am a Bzzagent and was given the opportunity to have my family try their new Halloween TruMoo for free (and for the record Ben LOVED the orange colored vanilla flavored one!)

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Hello everyone!  Sorry I haven’t been posting very much but I have been super busy getting my presentation ready for the 15th Annual Family Cafe  (which started today)!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended my presentation!  As promised, here is all the information I covered in my presentation, with active links to websites (just click on the highlighted text to get to the websites).

If you are looking for something I talked about and it’s not on here, please feel free to email me by using the link under my “About Me” section on the right side of this page.

FINE TUNING YOUR EXPENSES:

FIND MORE RESOURCES:

FUN FOR LESS:

  • How to get FREE movie tickets
  • Summer movie camps:  Cinemark and Regal
  • Cheap Movie Night:  Redbox  *  Netflix  *  Hulu Plus ** NOTE: Hulu is offering 2 FREE WEEKS!
  • Free Bowling & $25 bowling pass for adults:  Kids Bowl Free
  • National Parks pass for $10:  Access Pass
  • Websites to get good deals on places to go and things to do:  Living Social  *  Groupon  *  Half Off Depot  *  Ever Save
  • Great website to check for discounts on eating out:  Eat Drink Deals
  • Free events at:  Lowes  *  Home Depot (click on the “kids” tab at the top)  *  Lakeshore Learning  *  Michaels (kids club is $2 * family craft time is free)
  • Things to do at Down Town Disney:  Free Ghiradelli chocolate samples * play with the bricks at Lego and take your picture with the Lego Dragon * Go into the Trex cafe to see the Dinosaurs, then dig up some bones in the pit * Take the boat ride across the lake * get wet at the splash pad * build some awesome Mr & Mrs Potato Heads over at Once Upon a Toy * watch the fireworks
  • Legos :  Free magazine subscription and Free lego builds on the first Tuesday of every month (see local Lego store for details)
  • Have people do fun or boring stuff for you for $5 (had a Batman video done for Ben here): Fiverr
  • Amazon Music cd’s that you have purchased in the past may be available on MP3 for you for FREE on the Amazon website. Go to Amazon.com and log in.  Click on “Your Account” on the right side of page * Click onto “Cloud Player” * once the Cloud Player page loads, there should be a pop up saying how much of the music you purchased is available to “auto rip” to your cloud player as an MP3 format
  • Sell your unused gift cards on :  Cardpool or Ebay
  • Find a Freecycle group near you over at Yahoo Groups
  • Check over at Craigslist for deals
  • Check over at Freecycle for free stuff
  • Video Games:  find them for cheap on half.com or ebay.com  *  be sure to check how much they are new on Amazon.com before buying them used * also, go to your local Gamestop store and ask for a printout of the games that they have priced at under $5

FINALLY PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

  •  Just Between Friends consignment sales are a great place to sell your gently used items and get great deals on stuff you need and also fun stuff for the kids!
  • Find great DIY information on just about anything over at: Pinterest  and Instructables
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Being uninsured sucks.  I still make an effort to stay on top of my medical care. I go to the dermatologist once a year, the dentist twice a year and I also go for my annual check up at my primary care doctor.  All of this, for the most part, is paid out of pocket.  Here’s how I do it.

  • In my monthly budget, I have $100 budgeted for “medical and dental costs”.  Some months it’s a little more and some months a little less.
  • Although I don’t carry medical insurance, I do have the Ameriplan dental plan.  It is not insurance but it is a discount plan that my dentist accepts.  It costs $20 a month for my entire family and saves me about $300 a year.  After the $240 annual cost, I come out about $60 or more ahead each year.  This plan saves me about $50 per cleaning and checkup and then another $40 or so per procedure (fillings, emergency care, sealants, etc)
  • My dermatologist is really expensive but he is THE BEST at what he does.  When I go in for my skin checks and all the other stuff he does, it is usually more than I expect.  I pay $100 that day (from the budget) and then once I get the bill showing the balance due, I IMMEDIATELY call the billing office and set up a payment plan to pay off the balance.  In addition, they do give me a “cash/self pay discount” which most doctors will do if you just ask (it is usually at least 10%)
  • With my primary care doctor, I pay an $80 “deposit” when I go in and then they bill me for the balance.  After I had my last checkup, I got the balance for the remainder of the bill and it seemed a little high.  After 3 phone calls (totaling about 1 hours worth of my time), they figured out that I had been billed on the wrong code and my bill for $175 was really supposed to be for $102 once it was coded correctly and my “cash discount” was applied.  I saved $73 by spending one hour of my time making phone calls. ALWAYS call and ask if you think something is wrong.  It doesn’t cost anything to ask! You should know what you are paying for!
  • Be honest with your providers.  I make it very clear that I am a self-pay patient.  All of my doctors have been very helpful in finding prescriptions that are on the free prescription list at Publix or on the $4 prescription list at Walmart.  One time I needed a prescription that was $175!  There was no other option available but my doctor checked their room of samples and found a full sized tube of the prescription for me and gave it to me for free !  As an added bonus, the package had an online survey for me to take and that got me a $25 Amazon gift card for taking the survey!  Don’t forget to ask about “over the counter” medications as well.  They often have lots of samples to give away so don’t be shy!
  • Ask your doctor about free clinics.  The primary care doctor group that I see also runs an after hours free clinic for patients without insurance.  While I go to their regular office for my checkups, all of my other visits can be done at the after hours clinic for free and they also have access to my medical records because it is run by the same group of doctors.  Going to this after hours clinic can also get me reduced fees on any necessary labwork that I need done.

Hopefully this post gives you a few new ideas on how to save some money on medical care.  Your health is important and you need to take care of yourself, even if you don’t have insurance.

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In today’s post I am going to spill the beans on one of my BIGGEST secrets:  How I get FREE movie tickets

I routinely go to FREE movie screenings and premieres.  This means that I get to see movies BEFORE they actually open in the movie theaters.  For instance, tomorrow night I am going to the Orlando premiere of “Fast and Furious 6” (four free tickets) and then Thursday I am going to see the Oviedo premiere of “The Internship” (two free tickets).  With ticket prices here in central Florida at $10 or more per person, this is over $60 worth of free movie tickets!

Kristen and I with Trevor Moore, from the movie
“Miss March”

There are usually two ways I get the tickets (both are totally FREE):

  • I registered at Gofobo.com and I check there regularly for screenings in my area.  Sometimes there are “open screenings” you just click and get the tickets.  Other times there are “ticket drawings” you enter and if selected, you get free tickets.  I have gotten a few emails from them telling me a special code to use on their site to get the tickets.  I usually check back daily and I always enter the drawings
  • I “liked” WildAboutMovies on Facebook and check back in there a few times a day.  They post notices on things like when Universal hosts their own movie screenings and starts offering passes.

In addition to the free tickets, there are often other “perks” at these events.  Free posters, sometimes you get to meet some of the stars, and a few times we have gotten goodie bags too!  The pictures in this post are of my friend Kristen and I at the premiere of “Miss March” a few years ago.  We got to meet the stars of the movie Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore (who are also stars of the TV show “The Whitest Kids You Know”).

Kristen and I with Zach Cregger, from the movie
“Miss March”

I do need to point out that we tend to show up about an hour before the time on the passes to make sure we get in and get seats!  These screenings are usually overbooked because they want to screen the movie to a full house.  Also, typically, you cannot take your cell phones, etc. in with you so be sure to leave them in the car or at home.  They are VERY serious about this!

 

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