Frugal Friday!

8 Apr

Can I get a T to the GIF? This has been one of the longest weeks I’ve had in awhile and so happy it’s over! Along with my normal work drama, I think another contributing factor to the long week has been the gorgeous weather we’ve had in Charlotte this week. It’s been sunny with temperatures ranging from the 60s -80s outside which it makes it almost unbearable to be stuck inside of a gray cube.

Random savings all throughout the week for me though, starting on Saturday.  I went to Cafe Carolina for lunch.  I joined their e-club for the coupons alone since I heard they send you coupons for free breakfast and lunch items. I’ve never been to Café Carolina before but I used to live near their location and planned on using their coupons but never got around to it.  Good thing this coupon was good until April because I was in the mood for a free lunch! Well, almost free, you had to buy a drink to get the free sandwich but $1.81 for lunch isn’t too bad of a deal.

I  got the Carolina Turkey Breast and it was meh. I would’ve enjoyed a sandwich made at home more but I had hopes for their cracked wheat sunflower bread. The bread light and airy but would have been better toasted and the turkey quality reminded me of slimy, deli meat.

Oh well, I had high hopes for this place since everything on their menu looked wonderful. It reminded me of Panera…. A cold, unwelcoming Panera. There was a lot of natural light coming in but no comfy chairs, no music and just a mean feeling to the place so I most likely won’t go back unless I have a great coupon and am in that part of town again.

Tip: Don’t want to sign up for businesses emails lists because of them flooding your inbox? Create a folder specific for email deals and check it a few times a week to see if there are any coupons you can use!

I went to Bi-Lo shortly after lunch and found  a few good deals:

BOGO Earnest Eats bars two for $1.49

Jelly Belly Green Apple Pudding for $.59. Ok, so it sounds nasty but look at that atomic green color! It was too green not to pass up at only  $.59. It will either be really good or really bad. Not gonna lie when I say I’m a bit skeptical about trying it.

Wai Lana Yogi Chips-$.99. I’ve heard of this chips before but never knew you could find it stores. When I looked online, you can get them for $1.59 plus shipping and handling so I saved some money by buying at the store.

I got a coupon for a free container of Yoplait yogurt in the mail this week. I love coming home from work to find mail waiting for me, especially when it’s not a bill!

Tip: Like your favorite brands on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Sometimes they offer coupons just for being a fan!

Dinner Thursday night was courtesy of a Groupon deal for Sauceman’s, a restaurant that opened a few months ago in South End.

I called in my order, drove over and within the 10 minute time frame, the food was ready. Now, that, is what I like to see!

I got the white pizza and a side salad and only had to shell out $3 more.

Tip: Check your Groupon/Living Social/Half Off Depot deals to see if it includes both dine in and take out. If it’s take out, order a big dish or item and you can get two or three meals out of it!

What deals did you find this week?
Do you buy Groupon, Living Social, Half Off Depot or other deals on the daily?
I need to stop myself from buying so many!  I keep a folder with me at all times with my deals that I buy so if I’m out and about, I can use them instead of having to stop off at home to print them out.

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15 Responses to “Frugal Friday!”

  1. lookingupwhileslimmingdown April 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Okay seriously that pudding looks scary. Looks like Slimer from Ghost Busters took a crap and they packaged it. Can’t wait to hear how it is.

    I thought of you today b/c I got a good Frugal Friday deal. I had a 20% coupon for Ulta so stocked up on some Bare Escentuals and other stuff. I saved $27, then earned enough points to save another $9! So I essentially got a foundation and lipstick free.

  2. Barbara April 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    Please post pictures of that pudding when you open it! My friend swears it is amazing, which given the flavor profile, I don’t doubt (if you like apple). I would love maple walnut or Dad’s Goodie Ring flavored anything. I find that I prefer coupon books (physical coupons) to printable ones, as I rarely remember to use them, and I love having them handy in case I find something I want to try on a whim. I have been wanting to try blogdeals or groupon, but always hesitate. I think I may try it now, seeing as though you seem to have such success with it.
    Thanks!
    Barbara

  3. Vixter2010 April 9, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    Good pizza deal looks good! I think I need to get into vouchers more I’m a bit lazy with them but you get some great deals! Enjoy the sunshine 🙂

  4. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle April 9, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    I buy wayyyyy too many groupons/buywithmes/livingsocials. I actually had to stop because although I was technically saving, I was buying deals for places I wouldn’t even normally eat just because I got it for cheaper!

    They really are such great deals though.

  5. Suzy Eats April 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I love deals!! your tips are great. I hate giving out my email address b/c I do not want it to get flooded. thanks for sharing.

  6. MelissaNibbles April 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    I’ve yet to buy a Groupon. It’s never anywhere I want to go. I think sometimes people can spend more money because they’ll buy any deal.
    That pizza looks fantastic and I cannot wait to read about the pudding!

  7. Morgan April 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Please, please let us know how that pudding is, it looks scary!
    LOVE Groupon!

  8. Miriam April 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Boo on the crappy sandwich – I had a similar experience today. Looked like it should have been lovely but was very, very meh. And oily 😦

  9. Diana@mymarblerye April 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Omg that pizza looks yumiliciois! And u know I’m a hoe for deals!

  10. Jen@jensdaily April 10, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    I can’t stop staring at that pizza!!! It looks so freaking good.

  11. thefitacademic April 10, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Great tip to create a folder specifically for emailed specials/deals! Great way to un-clutter the inbox!

  12. Katherine: Unemployed April 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    ah I’ve been wanting to try yogi chips SO bad! I cannot believe you found them for a dollar!!!

  13. Jenn @ Peas & Crayons April 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    saucemans looks awesome!! sucks about the “cold unwelcoming panera” boo on them! It totally looks like a random deli sandwich. bah.

  14. Ashleigh April 11, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I serioulsy LOVE all of those group buying websites. I pretty much only eat out or take out when I have a coupon now! They are also great for hair dressers too.. Love them! I get sad when they have nothing good for a few days.

  15. According to Gus April 11, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I am a Groupon/Living Social addict. It’s killing me not to buy deals anymore. We’re only in SA for a couple more months and won’t have time to use them.

    Yay for free meals and free yogurt!

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