Frugal Friday: A coupon a day

1 Jul

So, I used to have this little feature called Frugal Friday. I would post every Friday about the deals I found along with some tips but then it kinda slowed down. With all the traveling and packing I’ve been doing, I’ve been a little behind on posting. But not because I’ve stopped saving money,  I’ve actually been saving money in a big way. Mostly because I’m going through every coupon I have available to me and using them before I leave. No way I am letting my Groupons, Living Social and other deals go to waste!

*Bath & Body Works.

When I was in Commerce, GA last weekend, our hotel was located right next to the Tanger Outlet shops. I drove through there and didn’t see any stores that stood out to me and then I saw Bath and Body Works. I don’t need to accumulate stuff since I’m trying to get rid of items for the move but I saw their semi annual sale going on with 75% off and I knew I had to clean house.

I stocked up on lotions, body wash, hand soap, sanitizer and body spray. I was surprised to see they had Coco Cabana which used to be the scent I wore in college! Oh memories of summer time, ladies night free drinks and pizza at 2am!

Nine items for $21? Don’t mind if I do! I would be a fool to pass on a deal like this.

*Pedicure @ Nails of America

I bought a Groupon awhile ago for a pedicure but forgot that it was up in Mooresville, about 25 minutes north of Charlotte. I tend to stay in my neighborhood and in the Uptown area so going somewhere that far meant it was going to be a day trip for me. I stopped at a friends place in the area, got my pedicure and ran some errands. Always read the fine print with Groupons since this one had to be used with an appointment.

I always get pink or red on my toes and wanted to mix it up. I went with “Orange You Glad It’s Summer” by OPI

*Chick Fil A

I snagged a Free Chicken Mini coupon awhile back at Bark for Cancer. I completely forgot about it until I found it while cleaning the other week.

I got a soda along with that and brought my computer since they have free wifi. Never would I have thought Chick Fil A would offer wifi but they do and it’s quick. What makes it even better is that the employees will come up to your table and get refills on your drink for you. This may be better than Starbucks since there was only one other table in the place! Keep an eye out for businesses that have signs offering free wifi, this was better to go to for the the quiet and lack of people there factors.

*Café Monte

French stuff intimidates me—Chanel, Bastille Day, their food, wine, accents and the list goes on. 
Ask me what french food is and I will be either reply fries or croissants since it all seems too fancy schmancy for me.  As I vowed not to buy any more Grupons, I saw this one for Café Monte and toyed with the idea of getting it for a few hours. I decided to suck I up and buy it. I’ve heard about this place from many people in the past five years and wanted to see if it lived up to the hype.

My friend went on Monday morning right when they opened and there was only one other table in the restaurant. I absolutely loved the pale yellow walls but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting black and white walls in cramped quarters so seeing it’s spacious inside adorned with mirrors, images of France and natural light.

Even though there was only one other table in there, the service was lagging. Our server would come over and barely check back on us. This is not ideal when it’s morning and I’m having coffee since anyone who knows me knows I don’t do just one cup of coffee. To save some sough (and calories) we split the Eggs Benedict. They even brought out the half portions for us already split.

Quite tasty. They had other breakfast items such as the standard eggs, sausage, toast along with Belgian waffles, crepes and quiche. I wouldn’t go back because most of the breakfast items were $10 or more and that’s just too high for my wallet at this time. If I am going to drop some money on a meal, I would rather spend it on lunch or dinner. Add the whole service kind of sucking thing and yeah, I would rather go somewhere else. But then again, I think it comes down to

*Dunkin Donuts

America runs on Dunkin and so do I! I always go through my junk mail since they send out pages of coupons in the mail. The only downside to it is that they are only specific in the region you’re in so you can’t use them if you’re traveling.

What deals have you found this week? Do you have outlet malls in your area and if so, do you shop at them?

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10 Responses to “Frugal Friday: A coupon a day”

  1. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss July 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I totally spent $60 in BBW’s semi-annual sale. whoops? 🙂

  2. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Haha…I feel like I have very specific memories associated with certain Bath and Bodyworks scents…such nostalgia anytime I smell them!

    Have a great fourth!

  3. Juju July 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    I haven’t gotten any deals this week. Since we’re going to lake george, there should be 4 outlet malls nearby, so I’ll be checking them out! Woo hoo!
    Nice find on the bbw! Now I can’t get that coco cabana song out of my head! =]

  4. MelissaNibbles July 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    I need to start saving more money. I’m going to sign up for a few more of these coupon sites. Groupon never has anything I want, but you never know!

  5. OliePants July 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Well, someone had given me a gift card to Macaroni Grill and I saw a coupon for buy one entree get the other one free. Binks and I used it! Woo hoo!! 🙂

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I totally WAS going to take advantage of the Bath and Body Works clearance sale over lunch. But was running late and the woman in front of me asked about 10 questions before I gave up and left… 😦

    I like the current nail color, btw.

  7. Callie {Rawxy} July 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    Girrrl, you are queen of coupons – I seriously need to take notes! I mean, I can get down with bargain shopping (TJ maxx, anyone??), but I need to work on my groupon/living social skills – for reals!

  8. leashieloo July 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    I’ve been rolling my extracare bucks at CVS and getting a ton of stuff for “free.” I got laundry detergent, dish soap, and two packages of tampax for 40 cents. It was awesome.

  9. Diana@mymarblerye July 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    I loves shopping at the gap or banana outlet! I need to find the closest one now asap! Anyways damn girl you have a ton of groupons!

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