Coupons Decoded! How to Read Manufacturer, Catalina, Store, and Printable Coupons

How to read coupons

For anyone whose ever stared blankly at a coupon wondered what on earth it all means:

How to Save: When Shopping Online

Discount Dame University

Here are some of my favorite ways to save big when shopping online: Be sure to remove your credit card number from all of your online shopping accounts.  It’s easy to overspend when everything is just one click away, but if you have to hunt down your credit or debit card and enter in all [Read On]

How To Find Your Slow Money Drips


Are you a coffee addict? Can you pass a drive through with a green mermaid above it without getting the shakes? Well that Soy White Peppermint Mocha extra hot with Whip and a double shot of espresso might be setting you back more than you think… Most of us are blissfully unaware of how much [Read On]

DIY Parchment Paper Candle Holders

diy candle holder parchment

Every other week, Anna Hezel talks about the innovations, decorations, and other quiet touches that make a party memorable. Today: Get your candles into party gear with just some parchment paper, glue, and a pair of scissors.    If you’re anything like me, you spend the week before a big party walking in the same circles around [Read On]

After Christmas Shopping Tips

Reynolds Aluminum Foil

 ’Tis the season for Christmas left overs and 75% off!  We all know that Christmas decor is on clearance now that the holiday has passed, but what else can you score on the cheap this week? -Clothing is the most returned gift, so while you’re returning that Rudolph seater with the blinking nose Nana gave you scope [Read On]

Merry Christmas to You Frugal Fans, See You in 2014!


The Discount Dame wants to wish you a Merry Christmas and let you know that I will be on a much-needed vacation until January 3rd.  Enjoy all of the great after Christmas sales, but more importantly enjoy these last few days of 2013 with those you love.

5 Travel Tips Everyone Should Know this Holiday Season

Santa riding on christmas light

Are you headed over the hill and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas?  Or maybe your leaving on a jet plane?  Either way here are my top 5 travel tips that everyone should know this holiday season: -Traveling by car to Grandma’s house this year? .  Pulling into the first station off the interstate [Read On]

Party On! Friday: Throwing a Holiday Party on a Budget

Discount Dame Trim the Tree Contest!

Looking to throw a holiday bash but low on cash?  Well the Discount Dame has you covered.  No I’m not footing the bill, but I do have a few  tips to help you tame your budget and impress your guests. -Timing is everything!  If you don’t want to shell out big bucks on food plan [Read On]

Happy Thanksgiving!


*The soft cheer of the Macy’s Day parade wafts in from the front room, The Discount Dame is standing at the kitchen counter in her apron* Happy Thanksgiving guys & dolls!  This year I am thankful for my God, my wonderful little family, and all of you who read and support me here at [Read On]

A Message from The Discount Dame


The Discount Dame is re-cooperating,  re-grouping, and re-charging while she nurses her turkey hangover with coffee and shopping today. Enjoy your Black Friday and remember, more deals are on their way this holiday season, if you don’t get it today you will survive, promise!

McDonald’s: 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know

Field to Restaurant

 “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McDonald’s. I attended an event to facilitate my review and received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” . I recently had the chance to get up close and have a good look at McDonald’s, and when I say close I [Read On]

McDonald’s: 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know

Field to Restaurant

I recently had the chance to get up close and have a good look at McDonald’s, and when I say close I mean in the lettuce fields close.  Not only did I have the pleasure of seeing where their lettuce comes from (FYI it’s kind of in my backyard) I also got to chat with [Read On]

Daily Deal: Intex Krystal Clear Solar Pool Cover

Pools are fun…unless they make you feel like a member of the Polar Bear Club!  Warm up your pool, be it kiddie or in ground for less.

Daily Deal: Summer Infant Tiny Diner

I have one of these and up until about a year ago my son used it constantly.  At home, in restaurants, it really is one of those baby products that is worth its weight in gold!

Daily Deal: 80′s Style Wayfarers (12 Pack)

“I wear my sun glasses at night…” Now that song is stuck in my head, it’s going to be along day.

Daily Deal: Infant Tubside Seat

When I saw this seat I smacked my forehead with my palm.  Where has this seat been all my sons life!  No more sitting on the bathroom floor getting soaked at bath time for me! Yipee…yeah, it’s the little things that bring so much joy as a mom.

Daily Deal: Swim Set – Dora The Explorer

Encourage under water exploration with this adorable Dora set…this would make a great incentive for a little gal to learn how to swim!

Back to School Bargains This Week

Back to School Bargains

Here is a snapshot of the stores with the best prices on back to school supplies this week: Meijer Sales [ ] 2 Pocket Folder – $0.15 With or Without Prongs ~ Limit 30 [ ] Elmer’s Glue, 4 oz or School Glue Sticks, 2 ct – $0.50 Limit 10 [ ] Bic Round Stick [Read On]

Daily Deal: olly Jumper Auto Seat Back Protector – 2 Pack

Keep your seats looking fresh, and little feet from getting in trouble for less!

Daily Deal: Tube of 100 8″ Premium Glow Stick

Who needs 100 glow stick bracelets?  A better question is who doesn’t!  Great for camping, slumber parties, and more you won’t find a lower price than this plus they are offering ten additional bracelets FREE!

Daily Deal: Intex 117-by-76-by-53-Inch Rainbow Ring Pool Play Center

Are you ready to turn into a tot hot spot?  If you order this Rainbow Ring Pool with Play Center you will be.  So bust out the juice boxes and Cheerios!

Daily Deal: Silk Hibiscus Straws

Put those little umbrellas to shame!  No luau is complete without these straws.  

Daily Deal: nfant Secure Surround Play Safe Play Yard

This is a good deal on a must have for the proud parent of a crawler…or the proud parent of a furry child**aka a dog, not a very hairy kid

FREE Slurpee Today at 7 Eleven!


 On July 11th, also known as 7/11 head to your local 7 Eleven and grab yourself a FREE small size Slurpee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., while supplies last.

Daily Deal: Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game

In or out of the pool this little alligator will keep kids busy.  It would also work great for a kids party game.

Daily Deal: Summer Infant Deluxe Infant Travel Bed

Traveling with baby can be a challenge, but whether your camping or staying at a five-star resort this summer you’re going to want to pack this nifty portable bed!

FREE Chick-fil-A July 12th 2013!

eat more chicken

The time has come to bust out your cow-spotted apparel and leave your wallet out to pasture! It’s Cow Appreciation Day aka FREE Chick-fil-A Day! Hit your local Chick-fil-A on Friday, July 12th,  and get a FREE meal if you’re  fully dressed as a cow! “Guests dressed “head-to-hoof” in cow attire will be given a [Read On]

HUGE Back to School Supply Sales!

Back to School Bargains

Looking for the best deal on back to school supplies, goodies, and more?  Look no further doll! Dollar General Sales [ ] iMagine Pencil Sharpener – $0.50 [ ] iMagine Coloring Pencils, 12 ct – $1 [ ] DG Mini Stapler with Staples – $1 Kmart Sales [ ] RoseArt Crayons, 24 ct – $0.25 [Read On]

Daily Deal: Water Blasters

My friend Desiree is a genius!  She had these out at the family camp out she hosted and not only did the kids love them, the parents did too!  Why?  Because we didn’t have to keep refilling them like water guns, the kids could do it themselves leaving us free to relax.  

Deal of the Day: Summer Party Kit

Hosting a summer get together?  Here is the ultimate favor kit for a great price.

Freebie Time!

20 Freebies

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July, keep the celebration going with these fantastic freebies! 1 - All This For A King by David Crowder Band 2 - Matador Intended Play 2013 3 - How To Cook from Scraps by Higher Read 4 - How To Work for Yourself by Bryan Cohen 5 - Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know by Hamilton [Read On]

Week Seven: Impatience & the Heat Wave

Nutrisystem Week Seven BLANK

Five pounds down since last week and 1 and 1/2 inches lost! I lost five pounds *she sings as she does a happy dance*!  I have lost a total of 19lbs!!!  I am so excited!  I know if I had met my water requirements I would have lost more.  Did you know that your tinkle [Read On]

Happy 4th of July Girls and Boys and Happy Birthday America!


  Happy 4th of July Girls and Boys and Happy Birthday America! You may be turning 237 Land of the Free  but you don’t look a day over 172! You might notice a lack of deals today, well dear that’s because I’m at the fireworks show. Check back tomorrow for all of the usual goodies [Read On]

100 Wedding Favor Bags $4.15 + Free Shipping!

Wedding Favor Bags Cheap

Having a candy buffet at your wedding or looking for favor bags?  This is the best deal I’ve found!

Faux Crystal Knife and Server Set, $4.00 + $2.77 shipping!

inexpensive cake cutting set

Okay, okay, I have a bit of wedding fever…

12 Flickering Candle Set Runs on Batteries $5.35 + Free Shipping

cheap flame less candles

Whether your afraid of fire like my mother, your wedding venue won’t allow real flames, or you just prefer the flicker; the price on these flame-less candles can’t be beat!

Week Six: Retreats & Treats

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Two more pounds down and 1 and 1/4 inches gone since last week.  That’s a total of 14lbs lost!   I did a bad bad thing…two days in a row…Friday night I had the pleasure of visiting the home of the lovely Marlo Schalesky an amazing and inspiring Christian author (check out her work here, [Read On]

Healthy Graduation Cap Snacks

diy graduation snacks

When my handsome little fellow graduated from preschool I scoured the internet for healthy snacks I could bring for he and his fellow tassel turners under five feet tall.  I found nothing.  The cutest idea out there was a marshmallow, dipped in chocolate, with a chocolate dipped graham cracker on top to make a grad [Read On]

Toys R Us One Day Sale: Pools, Slip’n Slide, Games, and More $4!!!

Toys R Us $4 Deal

Toys R Us is having a one day sale on these items: Pink and Blue Pools Wham-O Slip N Slide Wave Rider Beyblades Battle Single Tops Chutes & Ladders and Gator Golf These are only available “while supplies last” and are going to move pretty fast if past one day sales are any indication!

20 Freebies For Summer & 4th of July!

20 Freebies

Temperatures are rising here in California, I’m staying cool indoors today and hunting for freebies! 1 - Breathe Right Nasal Strips 2 - Sandy Wipes 3 - 10 Mealtime Devotions from Adventures in Odyssey 4 - Donald and Goofy 4th of July Coloring Page 5 - 4th of July Coloring Pages 6 - Georgiana Darcy’s Diaries by Anna Elliott 7 - Ultimate Bluegrass MP3 8 - Cetaphil [Read On]

Beer Bottle Opener Ring + Free Shipping

beer bottle opener ring

For the party animal on your list…

Engagement Ring Ice Cube Tray with FREE Shipping!

Engagement Ring ice Cube Tray

My sweet & talented sister-in-law is getting married next year and I think some ring-shaped ice cubes might make an appearance at her bridal shower. Discount Dame Fact:  The Discount Dame logo is the original art work of my sister-in-law, girls got talent!

Cell Phone Windshield or Dash Mount Under $5 Shipped

phone holder

This is a neat looking mount to help keep you phone handy and hands free.

Yellow Rubberized Case for HTC Evo 4G Phone with FREE Shipping!

yellow evo case

My hubby’s Evo is about to get a makeover…

Armband for Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation & iPhone 3G 3Gs $3.00 + Free Shipping

iphone arm band free shipping

I saw this and thought of all my MOPS pals in the King City Running Club

Blue Bling Crystal Peacock Case for Apple Iphone 4 and 4s with Free Shipping

peacock phone cover

How pretty is this peacock phone cover?  Love it, almost makes me wish I had an iPhone…almost #PC  

20 Freebies to Start Your Weekend Off Right!

20 Freebies

Rough week?  Well lets switch gears and get you ready for a fun filled weekend!  Grab these great freebies while they last and get pumped for the first official weekend of summer. 1 - Lysol Touch of Foam (Available to Select Areas) 2 - Apple 2013 Summer Camp 3 - Ice Cream Social Party Pack Printables 4 - Potty Break [Read On]

Waterproof Case for Kindle, Camera, iPhone and More UNDER $2 with FREE Shipping!

Water Proof tablet phone cover

I’m grabbing one of these to take to my sons swimming lessons…my greatest fear is water+my Kindle!

Week Five: Swimming Fun & Fudge Pops

Nutrisystem Week Five

Three more pounds down this week and 2 inches gone! I must say that I am loving Nutrisystem.  Now that my son is out of school and we are running from swim lessons to play dates the convenience factor of just popping my meal in my purse or grabbing a bar is such a luxury!  The [Read On]

SODIAL(TM) Red / Earphone jack accessory / Bow Dust Plug / Ear Cap / Ear Jack For iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch / 3.5mm

phone bow accessory

I want I want gimme gimme!  How cute & kitch is this little red bow for your cellphone?  You can’t beat the price at $1.13 + Free Shipping either!

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