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Sam's Club Open House Weekend August 3-5 - No Membership Fee Required

Join Sam's Club this weekend, August 3-5, for their Open House weekend. During this time you can shop without paying a membership fee. It just so happens that it falls on Louisiana's Tax-FREE weekend as well.

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Another FREE Quart of Clark + Kensington Paint at Ace Hardware Stores Today (8/4)

It's back!! Head over to Ace Hardware on facebook and print your coupon to get a completely FREE quart of Clark + Kensington paint of your color choice on Saturday, 8/4!!

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Papa John's Buy One Large Pizza - Get One FREE Today Only (8/4)

Today only, participating Papa John's locations are offering Buy Get One Free large pizzas when you use the promo code BRBOGO to order online. I tried and it worked for my in Prairieville!

Thanks Michelle!

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CVS Coupon Matchup 8/5 - 8/11

If you are new to shopping at CVS or just need help with some of the lingo in this post, visit my CVS 101 first. Make sure you print their coupon policy and keeping in your coupon binder.

You may also want to check out Couponing 101 if you are new to using coupons.

Get $1 in ECB for every fourth time you remember to use your "green bags".

**Keep in mind that most ECB deals exclude clearance items**

Extra Care Bucks Deals

Zantac 150 24 ct. or Zantac 75 30 ct. $8.99 (Limit 1)
Get $3 ECB
(7/8 SS) save $5.00/1
Final Price, $0.99

General Mills Cereal and Bar Deal (Limit 1)
Get $3 ECB wyb $10
General Mills cereal 10-14 oz. 3/$10
$0.75 off ONE BOX Total cereal
$0.75 off ONE BOX Fiber One cereal (if included in sale)
$0.50 off Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
$0.50 off ONE BOX Original Cheerios cereal
$1.00 off 2 select Cheerios cereals
$0.50 off ONE BOX Lucky Charms cereal
(7/16 or 6/24 SS) save $1.00/2 select General Mills
Final price, as low as $1.58 each (Total cereal) wyb 3

General Mills o…

What Happened to the Zip Code Box on

Like me you may have wondered this because as of today the whole site has changed. Thankfully it's still there, but you'll have to make a few clicks to change the zip.

Here's how:

Head on over and click on the Local Coupons tab. When you do the zip code box will appear.

After entering your zip code and clicking the orange circle to upload the coupons, click the coupons category on the left side of the page and the coupons will appear.

Also starting today thru August 9th, will be giving away an iPad a day.

All you need to do is head over and enter your email address. After entering your email you are automatically registered for today’s drawing.

The winners will be announced on their Facebook page and via email.

Good Luck!!

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*HURRY* $0.55 Nature's Own Sandwich Rounds Coupon is Back!!

Hurry and print the $0.55 Nature's Own Sandwich Rounds Coupon before it's gone again. This one always goes quickly!!

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FREE Back to School Haircuts in Denham Springs Saturday, August 4th

Christ's Community Church in Denham Springs is offering FREE back to school haircuts tomorrow from 8am-noon. They will also be doing FREE uniform alterations on site, distributing school uniforms, shoes, etc. from their huge Clothes Closet, crafts, popcorn, lemonade & lots of other things while you wait for your haircut.

If you don't need a back to school haircut but are in need of school uniforms, checkout their Clothes Closet. They will have uniforms available in most sizes. If they have your size and the fit isn't perfect, they will have someone doing FREE alterations on site while you wait.

Where: Christ's Community Church
8139 Florida Blvd (corner of Eden Church Rd and Florida Blvd)
Denham Springs, La

When: Saturday, August 4th

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Help For a Local Family in Need: Lawson Hebert

I received an email from a fellow reader asking for help for her friends Mindy and Kyle Hebert. Their son Lawson, born on June 6th, has a rare genetic discorder called Zellweger Spectrum Syndrome. Unfortunately the outcome is not good.

Below you'll find information about a couple of fundraisers that will help this local family with the medical costs for Lawson.

Chili's in Denham Springs will donate 10% of their profits on August 6th from 11am-11pm.

There is also a raffle with tons of great prizes, including (5) $100 Rotolo's gift cards, a $250 gas card, a "Spa Day" at Le Rouche Bleu and more, for only $5 per ticket. You can pick up your tickets at:

Drawing September 15th 8pm

Bass Pro: August 4th 10-2/ August 5th 12-4 (no longer available here)
Oak Point in Central: September 9th 10-1
Hunts Tire & Car Care: Greenwell Springs Rd.
Bayou Pawn: Zachary

For more information contact: Justin Oufnac 225-806-5310 or Scott Sanchez 225-936-2306

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REMINDER: FREE Haircuts at JcPenney in August for Back To School

Have you booked your kid's appointment yet? We went Wednesday!

JCPenney’s Salons are offering a Free Haircut to Kids grades K – 6th in August! Just visit the salon locator at to schedule you’re appointment before they fill up.

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Retail Deals for Your Weekend Shopping

Here are your weekend retail coupons courtesy of Your Retail Helper:
Ace Hardware – Facebook Exclusive Free Quart of Paint Valid 8/4 OnlyAeropostale – $15 off $75 Exp 8/31Baskin Robbins – Quick survey for $1 off $4 couponBath & Body Works – 20% off purchase Exp 8/5bebe - 15% – 20% off purchase Exp 8/12Bloomingdale’s Outlet – 10% off purchase Exp 8/6Cacique - $25 off $75 Exp 8/29Carter’s – Facebook Exclusive 20% off $40+ Exp 8/8Coach - 30% off items under $100 Exp 8/5Express – $25 off $100 Exp 8/5Fashion Bug – Facebook Exclusive - Flutterbuy Coupon GameGap Outlet - 10% off $75 Exp 8/5Goody’s – 25% off purchase Exp 8/6Hobby Lobby - 40% off regular priced item Exp 8/4Hot Topic - $10 Gift Card for $5Kohl’s – 20% off purchase Valid 8/3 – 8/5Lane Bryant - 25% off purchase Valid 8/2 onlyLane Bryant – $25 off $75 Exp 8/29Lord & Taylor - 10% – 20% off purchase Exp 8/7Michael’s – 20% off purchase Exp 8/4Old Navy – Facebook Exclusive $15 off $75 Exp 8/2Sears – Facebook Exclusive $75 off …

Upcoming Walgreens Deal: FREE Carmex Healing Lotion or Cream

Looks like this FREEBIE is back again starting 8/5 at Walgreens. Print your coupon now:

Carmex Skin Care Lotion, Cream, or Ointment $4.99
Get $4 Register Reward
$1.00 off Any Carmex Skin Care Item
Final Price, FREE!!

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50% Papa John's Pizza When You Order Online

Thinking about lunch? Papa Johns is back with another online offer to get 50% off.  Simply place your order at and use the promo code SUMMER50 to get half off of your order. Valid through August 12th!

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Friday = Mega SwagBucks Day!!

It's Mega Swag Bucks Friday! What does that mean? When you search online through Swagbucks today you will have a chance at winning higher than average bucks, for instance: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or 500! These Swagbucks can then be turned in for fun gifts like Amazon Gift Cards - it's free money in your pocket!

Not a member of Swagbucks? Why not? It is an easy and fun to earn free money! Go here to learn more about Swagbucks and to join, plus you'll earn 30 Swagbucks for joining!

What is Swagbucks?

Swag Bucks is one of the easiest ways to earn free gifts on the web. All you do is use the Swag Bucks website as your daily internet browser. Instantly as you are searching the web you can and will win Swag Bucks. As you earn more Swag Bucks you can start trading them in for prizes. My favorite gift from the Swag Store is a $5 Amazon Gift Card and all you have to do is trade in 450 Swag Bucks for it!

How to Swag easier?

For the easiest Swagging expe…

I'm in The August Issue of 225 Magazine!!!

The August issue of 225 magazine is now on newsstands and yours truly is featured in their "Show me Yours" section!

Here's the link to read the article online!

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What's for Breakfast? "Best Fluffy Pancakes Ever"

I'm a bit of a pancake snob and have tried almost every recipe just hoping to find that perfect fluffy pancake....and I've finally found it courtesy of All Recipes!

If you want that nice buttery crispy ring around the edge, add about 1/3 tablespoon or more butter in the pan before cooking each batch.

Best Fluffy Pancakes Ever (makes about 10-12 pancakes)


3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon white sugar (original recipe called for 2 tbsp but I found it sweeter than we prefer)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
cooking spray or butter for cooking


-Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to "sour".

-Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into "soured" milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.


$1.00/1 Jif Hazelnut Spread Coupon

Does anyone know if this tastes as good as Nutella? Grab this coupon to try it out:

$1.00 off any Jif Hazelnut Spread

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Here's your monthly reminder to sign up for these Birthday FREEBIES:

Frank's Restaurant - get a FREE meal on your Birthday (Choice of Catfish or Shrimp Platter). Total of Meal Ticket must be a minimum of $6 & include 18% Gratuity

Copeland's - join Copeland's eclub and you'll receive a $10 off $25 coupon. You'll also receive a gift on your birthday and other offers throughout the year.

Louisiana Lagniappe - sign up in the restaurant to receive a FREEBIE on your birthday.

Jason's Deli- sign up for Jason's Deli email list and receive a $5 Gift Card on your birthday.

Chili's - sign up for Chili's email club to get a welcome Freebie within 48 hours and a birthday FREEBIE

IHOP- join the Pancake Revolution and you'll receive a FREE meal when you sign up, a FREE meal on the 1 year anniversary of signing up AND a FREE meal on your birthday!

Texas de Brazil- join Texas de Brazil's eclub to get a FREE dinner on your birthday (with the purchase of ano…

Free Weekend Events

Photo credit: LASM
Louisiana Tax-Free Weekend August 3-5

Friday August 3rd

Highland Road Park Observatory's FREE events

Barnes & Noble Perkins Rowe - 7pm We Are in a Book! (Elephant and Piggie Series)

Barnes & Noble Citiplace 7pm - Fancy Nancy Stellar Stargazer

Saturday August 4th

Red Stick Farmers' Market - Downtown Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Arts Market - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Takes place at the Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-noon. Special arts activities for kids. For more information, visit

Barnes & Noble Citiplace - 2pm The Seashore Book

Whole Foods Market Baton Rouge - Back to School Bonanza - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

It’s Back to School time and Whole Foods Market has everything you need to put your kids at the top of the class! From multi-vitamins to lunchbox essentials, we have it all. Come in and try some of our fail proof, kid approved recipes!

Ace Hardware FREE Quart of Paint - Head over to Ace Hardware on facebook and print your coupon to get a completely FREE …

Starbucks Treat Receipt is Back!

Starbucks Treat Receipt is BACK! Today through the entire month of August customers who make a purchase in the morning can bring in their receipt after 2 p.m. and enjoy any Grande cold beverage (16 fl. oz) for just $2 (plus tax) at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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*NEW* $1.00/1 Smuckers Uncrustables Coupon!!

Here's a new $1.00/1 Smuckers Uncrustables Reduced Sugar on Whole Wheat Sandwiches coupon! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another hot Uncrustables deal to go along with this one. It would be nice to stock up for the beginning of school.

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Albertsons: Smart Balance Spread $0.15 This Week!!!

I added this deal to the Albertsons Coupon Matchup but wanted to point it out so you won't miss it. This deal will be available until 8/7:

Smart Balance spread 7.5oz 4/$5.00 or $1.25 each
Printable coupon save $1.10
Final Price, $0.15 each!!!

*If you watch the video next to this coupon, it will increase to a $1.60 value. Since Albertsons won't let you use a coupon whose value is higher than the product price, I would just print it as $1.10.

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Albertsons Coupon Matchup 8/1 - 8/7

If you are new to couponing you may want to read Coupons 101. Did you know that you can print coupons right on Albertsons site?

3 Day Sale (Friday-Sunday only)

Pork spare ribs $1.98/lb
Whole brisket $1.98/lb
3lb package Strawberries or 18oz blueberries $3.99 each


Green seedless grapes $1.19/lb
Fresh Express salad blends $1.99 each
Red Cluster tomatoes on-the-vine $1.99/lb
3lb bag yellow onion $1.99 each
Cherries $2.49/lb
Sliced mushrooms 2/$3.00
Mangos 3/$2.00
3ct Romaine Hearts 2/$5.00
Fresh Limes 6/$1.00
Large cantaloupes 2/$4.00


Sanderson Farms Drumsticks or Thighs family pack $0.99/lb 
Assorted pork chops bone-in $1.48/lb 
Boneless chicken breast $1.98/lb 
Boneless country style pork ribs $1.98/lb

Other Weekly Deals

Smart Balance spread 7.5oz 4/$5.00 or $1.25 each
Printable coupon save $1.10
Final Price, $0.15 each!!!

Borden Milk 1 gallon $4.79

Communtiy Coffee $4.99

Red Gold ketchup 24oz $0.99

Select Kellogg's cereals $2.50
$1.00/2 Kellogg's Raisin Bran, Kellogg's Crunchy Nut…

*HURRY* $1.00/4 Libby's Canned Vegetables and $1.00/2 Libby's Fruit Coupons!

These always go quickly so print them while you can -

-Save $1 on 4 cans of Libby’s Vegetables
-Save $1 on 2 Libby’s Fruit Products

Use zip code 77477 to find them.

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What's For Dinner? "Ropa Vieja" (Cuban Beef Dish)

A few years ago, while in Orlando, we stumbled upon this little "mom and pop" Cuban restaurant where the special of the day was a traditional Spanish beef dish called Ropa Vieja.

Ropa Vieja translates to Old Clothes in English, which I suspect refers to the way the beef is shredded. This dish always reminds me of the same type of comfort food that I grew up with. It's full of flavor and easy to make in your own home.

Best served over rice with a side of black beans.

Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef Dish)


2lb Flank steak or Lean Beef Roast
1 medium onion; 1/2 sliced thin and 1/2 chopped (separated)
1 green bell pepper; 1/2 sliced thin and 1/2 chopped (separated)
1/2 red bell pepper; sliced thin
1 tbsp. salt
4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thin (separated)
2 bay leaves
1 Tsp Cumin
3 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 6oz can tomato paste
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Cumin
1-2 cup of the broth (reserved from boili…