Oh baby! New August coupons for the little ones


Let’s start our first of the month coupon printing madness with… new baby, toddler, and preschool coupons!

Morning Magazine Deals — Country Living and Popular Mechanics


Today only, subscribe to Country Living Magazine for only $5.99 per year (50% off)! You can order up to 3 years at this price! Just enter coupon code MASHUPMOM


Today only, subscribe to Popular Mechanics Magazine for only $7.99 per year (33% off)! You can order up to 3 years at this price! Just enter coupon code MASHUPMOM

  • Get 20% off most other magazines with code MASHUPMOM

Food 4 Less deals week of 7/30/14 – 8/6/14

Anna from South Suburban Savings brings us the highlights of the Food 4 Less coupon matchups and deals each week!

Here are just the best deals for the week of 7/30/14 from South Suburban Savings — please see her full list of weekly Food 4 Less deals here.

Food 4 Less top coupon matchups and deals

Cucumbers, $0.39 each

Lettuce, $0.99 each

Green Bell Peppers, $0.69 each

Limes, $0.08 each

Aunt Millie’s Deluxe Bread or Buns, $0.99
$0.35/1 Aunt Millie’s hot dog or hamburger buns printable

Mazola Cooking Oil, $1.99 limit 2
$0.55/1 Mazola corn oil printable

Crest Complete Toothpaste (5.8-6.2 oz.), $1.49 (part of mix & match sale!)
$0.50 off ONE Crest Complete Paste 4 oz or larger
$1/2 Crest toothpastes 3 oz+, Crest rinses 237 mL+, Oral-B Glide Flosses 35 m or Glide Floss picks 30 ct+, excl trial size, PG 7/06 (exp 07/31)
$2/3 Crest toothpastes 3 oz+, Crest rinses 237 mL+, Oral-B Glide Flosses 35 m or Glide Floss picks 30 ct+, excl trial size, PG 7/06 (exp 07/31)
$0.20/1 Crest toothpastes 3 oz+, Crest rinses 237 mL+, Oral-B Glide Flosses 35 m or Glide Floss picks 30 ct+, excl trial size, PG 7/06 (exp 07/31)
$0.50/1 Crest toothpaste, 3 oz+ or liquid gel, excl Cavity, Baking Soda, Tartar Control and trial size, PG 7/27
$0.50/1 Crest toothpastes 3 oz+, Crest rinses 237 mL+, Oral-B Glide Flosses 35 m or Glide Floss picks 30 ct+, excl trial size, PG 7/06 (exp 07/31)FINAL COST: as low as $0.82 each

Old Spice Deodorant, $1.29
$1.00 off ONE Old Spice Antiperspirant/Deodorant

Reader deals 7/31/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


  • Outlander found: “Free apps on Amazon today and tomorrow- Oxford Dictionary alone is $30!”
  • On the bluetooth speaker, Jodi warns: “I actually have that same one….. Always cuts out on me, don’t know if it’s the speaker or signal or what.”

Back to school

  • Gale shares: ” Just wanted to let everyone know our church organization, Turn Center is having a Hope Fest on Aug 9, 2014 from 10am to 2pm at 35 E North Ave, Northlake IL
    • Free raffle for laptop & tablet (10am – 12pm)
    • First 400 children will receive a book bag with supplies
    • Free medical exam
    • Free dental & eye exam
    • Free haircuts for students
    • For free groceries register by 7/31, contact:  708-865-8876
    • For more info go to MYTURNCENTER face book page.”
  • She follows up: “Forgot to add  lots of fun and free goodies for the kids:  Turn Center Hope Fest
    • popcorn
    • cotton candy
    • bouncy house for play
    • lots of other fun activities”
  • Cindy posts on Facebook: “Learning Resources is having a tent sale next Wed-Fri. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, you may want to stop by for some good back to school products for teachers, students, and parents!”

Home Run Inn

  • For those considering the dock sale, DON says: “These are excellent pizzas”


  • Donna C emails: “Just an fyi about Strawberries at the jewl at North and Clybourne.  They are .79 per lb package and they look great!  Told it is all week.  Some were even Driscoll’s.”


  • A reminder from Kathy in Hot Deals about the August 1 change: “not sure if this has been mentioned but my local Kohl’s is no longer taking expired Kohl’s cash after today”
  • Rhonda posts on Facebook: “wait until this weekend. Kohls is tax free (10% off) this weekend for back to school

Reader requests

  • Monique posts in Hot Deals: “Any deals on TI-84 plus or plus silver edition this year?”
  • Ann G is wondering: “Will the cartridges work on HP printers? HP is notorious for not working well with “fakes” and that’s the brand we have!”
  • Caroline on Facebook is wondering if any stores other than Kohl’s are running back to school tax free weekend this week.
  • Bonnie emails: “I am looking for or waiting for a great deal on the swifter wet jet, what was the best price you remember seeing? Have you looked or heard of any great deals like 1/2 off or coupons for free wet jet or anything like that?”


  • Kari O. reports: “The summer toy clearance has started at Target. Mundelein hasn’t dropped yet, but McHenry has. Plus the items ring in for the Buy One, Get One 40% Off Toy Sale too. Excludes Lego and the registers will match up like priced items, so you dont have to physically scan them in order. Saved over $200 and only spent $65.xx including tax. Santa is stocked.”

Ultra Foods

  • Amy in Hot Deals reports: “Stopped at the Ultra in Downers/Darien for the cereal deal. They also had the dark chocolate crunch Cheerios included in the sale and I was able to use the $.75 off one box coupon that we got with the sample in the paper a few months ago if no one has used it. Also found some Cinnamon Toast Crunch on clearance back by the bakery for $.99 expires end of August, there were at least 20 boxes left, probably more. Great deal if you pair up with coupons!”

DIY Lumbar Roll (lower back support pillow)

Lumbar collage

Welcome to Frugal Homemade! This week, I am featuring my DIY Lumbar Roll. It is an item that, although I wish I never needed, I really appreciate having. I saved a little money and prevented a bit of waste by making it with things I had around the house.

Like many people out there, I have suffered from back pain. About a year ago, I found myself almost incapacitated. I am not even sure what caused it, but I suspect it may have to do do with my old desk being too low and my posture being bad as a result. At first I tried to power through, sticking with my yoga practice, hoping it would just get better. But then the pain started interfering with my practice and I began having decreased freedom of movement. So off to the doctor I went…then the chiropractor…then to an orthopedist, and finally physical therapy. And it got better!

Plus, I now have the tools to handle it proactively should I sense it returning. One of those tools recommended by my physical therapist was a lumbar roll, or lower back support pillow to use when sitting for any significant amount of time. She showed me one that I could buy for about $15, but also said I could just roll up my sweatshirt, etc. to get the same result. I went home and found a way to have the convenience of a real cushion AND the free-ness of rolling up a sweatshirt by repurposing some things I had been intending to donate or throw away.

I am no seamstress, but I do posses some basic sewing items, which are mainly used for emergency mending. In addition to the thread, scissors, and needle, I scrounged up a piece of a drawstring (left over from when I made a yoga bolster using a similar technique to what I am showing you here), some unflattering cotton yoga tights that for whatever reason I had not yet donated, and some thick but fraying hand towels.

fold layers

In order to get the thickness I needed of about 14 inches around, I folded the towels in by a third and stacked them so that the halves came together to form a third layer of towel. Then I rolled it up tightly and neatly. The thickness was perfect! A single thick or a couple of thin bath towels would also work. The important thing is that you fold and roll it in such a way that your cylinder has a relatively uniform circumference.


I cut an end of the pants off, and since they are so stretchy, I really didn’t need the length to be any more than that of the towel roll. I snipped a little hole in the hem and threaded in my drawstring.

Using a (barely serviceable) whip stitch on the now inside-out pant leg, I sewed the other end closed. I doubled back and tied it off to make it secure. Not pretty, but secure.

stuff it

I turned it back out the right way and stretched the case around the roll of towels, smoothing it out as needed, then cinched and tied the drawstring to complete the pillow.

This thing works perfectly! It gives me the support I need at the dinner table, on the couch, in the car, anywhere. I use a yoga ball chair at my desk, so it doesn’t help me here, but would be perfect for an ordinary office chair as well. And I appreciate not having to find a sweatshirt to roll up whenever I sit in a chair that necessitates using something like this. Finally, I am happy to find a new life for my favorite towels that are finally too frayed to keep using in the bathroom!


Be sure to check back each week for something new! I will be bringing you how-tos, advice, and articles on everything pertaining to easy frugal living: From DIY, to recipes, to practical tips and tricks. To help balance out the couponing and deal chasing we do a lot of here, I’ll talk about easy ways to incorporate frugality into everyday life and to do more from scratch.