MOTHER’S DAY, OLD NAVY FINDS, MY KLUZINESS AND A QUIET HOUSE!

First of all… Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there! I hope all of you had as wonderful a day as I did!


Secondly….  I don’t think I have got a chance to tell everyone about my klutzy story, but since my house is completely silent (my kids are both in bed, and husband is back on the road) you guys get to hear about how I managed to fall and possibly fracture my elbow!

I think klutziness is just something I was born with … I have been walking into things and tripping over my own feet since I can remember! I have broken, fractured, or sprained just about all the bones you possibly can! Okay, so maybe not ALL, but it sure feels like it!

Anyway…. on to my story! I went outside to check the mail, and the feed the dog at nap time as I usually always do… (because I just love checking my mail for freebies!) I retrieved mail, and pet the dog for a minute….. proceeded up one step when I decided I had better put the dog in because she tends to bark at the kids when they get off the bus…. I stepped ONE step down and my ankle just gave out on me causing me to fall towards the ground in which case like any normal person I tried to stop myself from falling by catching my fall, and my arm then twisted, gave up, or just decided it would be funnier if I fell on my butt…. and so I did…. landed on my butt I did!

I could barely make it back inside because my ankle hurt pretty bad at first, and then I tried to move my arm…. and couldn’t! At first I thought, “oh I’ll just tough this out”, and after not being able to pick up anything with my right arm or move anything to do with my elbow I decided this was NOT an option, or I was not tough enough! I told my husband (who was headed to Texas) that I had to go to the doctor or do something to fix this problem. (He is so wonderful he came home and took care of me this week by the way….yes, he’s perfect!)

BUT, I say I POSSIBLY fractured my elbow because after they x-rayed my arm they told me that the type of fracture they think I might or might not have doesn’t always show up on an x-ray for as long as 2 weeks! Oh goodness…. so I am in a sling (or suppose to be because I cannot hardly stand to wear it), and a ace wrap until early this week, at least, and if it doesn’t start feeling better then I will have to go see an Orthopedic doctor, and get a full cast!

ANYWAY, back to my perfect husband! (perfect enough for me anyway) This morning he let me sleep in, made me breakfast, and watched the girls while I shopped with my Mom and older sister! We had a great time shopping…even though I did totally forget to grab my FREE travel size coupon from Bath & Body Works! I hope some of you snagged it this weekend! (If not it’s valid until May 18!)

I may have forgot that, but that doesn’t stop me from hunting down a good deal! I didn’t buy much today, but I have just as much fun looking as I do buying sometimes!

We headed into Old Navy today, and of course I made a bee line for the kids section, and the CLEARANCE kids section … surprise surprise right?

  • First, I found out Old Navy’s Clearance clothing is ALL BUY 1 GET 1 FREE ( I am not sure when this began or when it ends)

**Then I found these:

Aren’t they adorable!!!

Priced at:

So, for two matching swimsuits it was ONLY $4.49 or $2.24 EACH!!

I was pretty excited!!

  • Then, as I was checking out I ran across this:

The paper doesn’t say when this ends or begins, but it says that military family members qualify too! Cannot be combined with other offers!

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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH EXPIRED COUPONS??! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!!

IT DOES NOT COST ANYMORE TO MAIL OVERSEAS TO THE BASE THEN IT WOULD TO MAIL TO YOUR NEIGHBOR BECAUSE U.S MILITARY BASES ARE CONSIDERED AN AMERICAN TERRITORY!

With all the coupons that I have that expire it seems a waste to throw them away! Well, it is! So THE FRUGAL LIFE OF A TRUCKER WIFE has adopted a military base to send our coupons to!

You can do it too! This is for all THE FRUGAL LIFE readers and I hope we can show our service men and women how much we appreciate them by helping them and their families save money!

U.S. Military can use coupons up to 6 months after expiration. So, gather your coupons that expired in the last month or 2 and send them to…

  • CAFAP
    ACS
    CMR 427, Box 19
    APO AE 09630

This is a U.S. Army Military Base in Vicenza, Italy!

(You will always be able to access this information directly from anywhere on my page by clicking the link at the top that says EXPIRED COUPONS?!)

MAILING:

  • The cheapest way to send your coupons is via “Parcel Post
  • A fast method of shipment is to use the Priority Mailer that the Post Office has. They have envelopes/boxes that allow you to place as much in them as you can for a fee.
  • Contact your local post office for the current prices per pound and best suggested methods of mailing. They will give you this information by phone.

How To Mail (best method):

1.  Obtain a “Priority Mail” pouch or box.

2.  Place base address (base page) and your return address on the mailer.

3.  Fill out customs form 2976-A (From, To, 1 = Manufacturer’s Coupons, 2 = Pkg, 4 = $0.00, 5 = Gift, 9 = $0.00, 10 = Return to Sender, 13 = sign & date)

4.  Take to Post Office and mail.


Customs Form Needed

The U.S.P.S. also requires Customs Form 2976-A be attached to the outside of the mailer when sending directly to a base overseas. Use the description “Manufacturer’s Coupons” and record the value as “–$0.00–”. Be sure to check the “Gift” box on the form and for them to return the coupons if there are problems if using Priority Mail. This will allow time to resend them to another base.

::::PLEASE READ::::

Military bases receiving the coupons ask that you neatly clip the coupons (which you will want to do anyway to save on postal charges) and sort them into “food” and “non-food” categories. The “food” category should contain coupons for anything that humans would eat while the “non-food” category would be everything else (pet food coupons would be considered an “non food” item)

Once separated, add up the value of all the coupons in each category. Place the coupons from each category into a zip lock plastic bag and write the category and the dollar value of all the coupons on the outside of the bag in permanent ink.

U.S. Military Shopper Community: Surveys and Focus Groups for Military Only

If you are a past or present U.S. military member and/or an immediate family member of a past or present U.S. military member, then you’ll want to check out this opportunity to join the U.S. Military Shopper Community. The U.S. Military Shopper Community (a service of Acosta Insights) is an online community comprised of U.S. military shoppers across America willing to share their opinions about their grocery shopping experience.

As a member of this military shopper community, you will have the opportunity to share your opinions about your grocery shopping experience through:
* On-line surveys about products, retailers, manufacturers, etc. Earn points by taking surveys that you can then redeem for Amazon gift cards.
* Bulletin boards where you’ll be able to chat with other community members about a particular topic
* On-line focus groups where you will share your opinion about current products, or learn about new products or concepts before they arrive on the shelves
* You will be compensated for any research you participate in while in this community. Keep in mind that the research will never focus on your military experience, only on your grocery shopping experiences.

Are you interested? Head over here to apply. Are you a current member of this community? If so, please share your experience below.

(Thanks, Hip2Save)

DONATE FOR FREE! SEND YOUR OLD CELL PHONES TO THE TROOPS!

Donate your old cell phones for the troops! Click here to print your free shipping label! Make sure to check out the data eraser instructions before sending your phone in.

It’s simple and FREE! Every phone you donate will help increase the amount of talk time we’re able to provide to our troops!

When donating your cell phone(s), please keep in mind:

  • You can help the charity even more by applying your own postage. If you pay for the postage, we can put more money toward calling cards for our troops!
  • Donated cell phones are sold to a company that recycles them. The money we receive from recycling cell phones is used to purchase calling cards that we send to troops in need.
  • Minimize weight and save on postage by mailing cell phones only. Batteries, chargers and accessories are not required but gladly accepted.

In Case of A Government Shutdown: Information for Military Members and Families

Government Shut Down Update: Short Term Loans for Active Duty

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will providing loans for Active Duty military personnel.

From the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society website.

If there is a government shutdown, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will remain open and operate normal hours. In the event there is an interruption to military pay, the Society will be prepared to assist with rapid, short-term, interest-free loans to avoid privation with essential items such as food, gasoline and other necessities.  This situation will be treated as we would a natural disaster, requiring rapid financial assistance without reviewing budgets or providing financial counseling.  We will respond to clients needs as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Pre-approved financial assistance ($300 for single Sailors and Marines; $600 for Navy and Marine Corps Families) will be delivered in the form of a check. To obtain assistance, the client need only show a military ID card and sign a repayment document.

(Thanks, Happy Housewife)

To find your local Navy-Marine Corps Relieve Society visit their website.

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BANK AT NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNIONREAD THIS:

IF YOU BANK WITH NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION THEY ARE WILLING TO CREDIT YOU THE FULL AMOUNT OF YOUR PAYCECK FOR APRIL 15,2011! FOR APRIL 30, 2011’S PY DATE THEY HAVE NOT WORKED OUT ALL THE DETAIS… FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT HERE!

*THIS APPLIES TO  DOD CIVILIANS WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT  TOO.

 

FREE SCION PRODUCTS! **MILITARY PERSONNEL ONLY

Scion is once again offering to send our troops stationed overseas and in the U.S. a Free Care Package! If you know someone who is currently serving, just go HERE to request a Care Package to be Sent to them! Scion Care Packages include some choice Scion items like beanies, a deck of cards and a complimentary hour of internet access – exclusively for military personnel only.

Thanks Scion for offering this for our troops!

(Photo credit: hip2save)

(Thanks,CouponPro)