A Reader’s Wise Fortune | To Buy, or Not to Buy?


Emily shared this funny experience with me just yesterday:

It may not be a shopping photo but I thought it fitting for all of us couponers who just can’t resist a sale especially when we have a coupon to match! :)

My hubby brought home Chinese food for dinner. He insists my fortune it’s trying to tell me something. I’m yet to be convinced ;)

I thought it was perfect…    are you the type of person who can’t resist a sale? Or do you buy only when you need to?

thanks, Emily!

Many Trips to Fry’s & a 2-Year Old’s Pride & Joy

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See that?  Those matchbox cars resemble many, many trips to Fry’s….

And he has two more buckets to go.

I just thought it was cute; had to share…. this occupied him today since Mom was sick – it made his dad proud, but watch out – step on one of these and you’ll never ever forget to watch were you step again!

Try to turn one the wrong way & he’ll yell at you, try to take one from the line and you’ll never hear the end of it.

Do your Kids do this too?

A UHaul?! Now That’s One Serious Mega Shopper!


Oh gosh I’m laughing SO hard! Just got this from Michelle L. – read on:

I’ve been reading comments all week about how excited everyone is about the Fry’s Mega Event.  When I pulled into the Fry’s parking lot and found a U-Haul I had to chuckle…Now that is one serious shopper!

Thanks Michelle L.!

Happy Friday! Lets Put that K-Y To Use!


Happy Friday you guys. I’m so excited Friday is here. I have been waiting for it’s arrival all week. I have lots of things to do today; but one of them was finding an alternative use to ALL this K-Y.

I know we all went over board in purchasing K-Y. I mean… I want more kids but right now hubby says it’s not in the cards… (little does he know it will be in the cards eventually!)

So until that time, I had to find some alternative uses for all that K-Y in my cabinet. I figured I’d share with you so you can enjoy the tips too:

  • 1 20 x 30 tarp laid flat on a slight hill, + 1 case (72 tubes) of K-Y = one very AWESOME Slip and Slide!!
  • Make Fake Glowing, Green Blood by mixing it with a glow stick or food coloring– such as the old Sci-Fi flick “Predator” :)
  • Remove Tight or Stuck-On Rings
  • Lubricate Sticky Zippers
  • Loosen Sticky Price Tags and Product Labels
  • Shine Your Patent Leather
  • Untangle jewelry chains
  • Fix squeaky doors
  • Use as hair gel
  • Polish leaves on plants
  • Use as shaving gel
  • Tint with red food coloring for fake blood
  • Remove gum from furniture

Any other suggestions out there?!

Why you May Not Want to Follow My Site.

You’ll probably scoff your head at this post…..but yes. The last few weeks I have endured emails. and suggestions from people on what I can ADD to my site. Some of you have just simply told me that you were late to a deal because I was not fast enough.

I know many of you read a lot of other blogs; some of you don’t mix well into the blog scene, you stick with one or two and call it a day. But some of you are on the computer ever more than I am (is that even possible?!) so you may or may not find my blog to be “the” most interesting out there.

Some reasons why you might just want to pass on reading my site:

1. I am not always the fastest at posting every last little deal, coupon or freebie. Yep – Hey, at least I admit it. I have 3 kids 5 and under tearing up my house, dumping whole boxes of Cheerios on the carpet…..  scaling countertops to get to the cookies on the top shelf. Between loading laundry, washing dishes, feeding/showering kids, cooking  meals, and posting…. I simply can’t quite get “everything” that’s out there. I have motherly duties, wifely duties… and gosh – sometimes I just have to take a shower.

2.  I tell you crazy stories about my kids…… our expeditions to the store, and even sometimes – I give you a glimpse of what the “circus” is really like in the Cuevas household. Many of you probably don’t care to hear these stories, or simply aren’t interested.

3.  I make mistakes.  I’m the first to admit – I will sometimes have gamatical erors & splel things the worng way. Sometimes I will miscalculate a price. Hey – we’re human. I’m human, and with a ton of workload on my plate, 3 kids to make happy and many things going on at once it’s bound to happen.

4.  I won’t tell you a coupon is **HOT** if I don’t think it’s hot. Sorry – I just can’t do it. A Chapstick coupon that gives us free Chapstick = that’s hot. But a coupon for tampons that isn’t really going to get me free or cheap tampons = sorry, but I can’t fake the funk on that. I’m a pretty real person. I talk to you though my keyboard just like I talk to people in real life. Hopefully you have gotten to know me well, but I just can’t “fake” something I don’t believe in, even if I’m offered an incentive for it.

5.  I make money on my site.  You bet I do. AND I disclose that, as I am required, on every post. I spend a great deal of time finding deals, verifying deals, and living in this mode 24/7 – late at night, up early, even in my sleep – my mind does not stop. When you go so far as to have your iPad & phone on the counter in the bathroom when you shower you know you have a problem. Heck, I had an anxiety attack the other day because I left my iPad at home by accident. My blog has been a blessing to some of you – hopefully it has saved you money; it has also been a blessing to our family – and given me something to keep me very, very busy.

While you’re at it, you may want to stop following me on Twitter too…. heck, 2 years into my blog, I still can’t figure it out.

Funny Friday: Lighting Up the Dairy Case at Safeway!


Funny Friday – why would Safeway put a blinkie machine with a LIGHT BULB coupon…on the dairy case?

I think they need new merchandising experts =) This would make better sense in the Home Aisle.  


Thanks Susan for the funny pic!

Save More at YOUR Dollar Store: Now Open NINE Days a Week!


I can’t stop laughing! Seriously I am crying SO HARD!  Reader Anna gave us this hilarious picture today – she caught it at her Dollar Store….. Proof that dreams do come true!

It’s really real! We have TWO more days a week to coupon! WOO HOOOOO!

Anna Z. says:

My dollar store is open NINE days a week! LOL

You Matter! Hear Me?!


I saw this picture on the Facebook wall of one of my readers today (thanks Kelly!)

I just had to share, I just think it’s cute… a great way to wind down the day Smile

*Make a Statement*…. NEW “iFreap” Shirt!


Reader Stephanie just let me know her hubby made her a shirt – this truly made my day Smile

My husband ordered a shirt for me and I thought I’d share a pic with you…
Apparently, "freap" has become a popular word in my home.    :D

Funny stuff – I had to laugh!

Thanks Steph!

*HOT BLOWOUT SPECIAL* A Deal you Won’t Want to Miss!


Hope you are having a wonderful Friday! This is a funny picture I came across from one of my Facebook friends (and fellow reader) Laura.  I’m not sure what store this was at but it was in the Valley….and I find it pretty hilarious:

Blowout Specials

The (former) price of $4.99 NOW $4.99!

Whoever put the name on the display needs to be switched to a different department, either that or I read into things too hard!  Definitely a special that’s for sure!

Thanks Laura!

All These Clothes….. But Not One Thing to Wear….


I thought I’d toss this out tonight………why? Well, this morning is a great example. I’m pregnant and feeling FATTER every day. This morning? Total fatness. I don’t even FOLD my clothes. Know what I do? I have baskets. Haha Winking smile Lazy way to do it – get clothes dry (outside or dryer) and toss in a basket. Every one has their own. Easy! No work involved!  Love that.

I truly looked forever to find SOMETHING to wear. And Dave goes “what, you can’t find something? I mean, you have so many things….. Just pick one.”  But I can’t, my stomach is big, and my butt is fat and my pants are too tight. “Well then get something else to wear at the store”.

That, my friend, is the problem.

I am too cheap to buy clothes. I went to Savers the other day & found maternity pants for $2.50 (Old Navy) – REJOICE! ELASTIC WAIST! WOO HOOOO!   No problemo, bought them, came home, woot they fit. But seriously, if you ran into me in the store, you’d know I’m a victim of lame fashion.

I ran into a Male Freaper at Fry’s 2 weeks ago in Flipper Floppers with SOCKS.

Yep, I’m that lame. Luckily I doubt he noticed, but maybe I got lucky. I am not a clothes girl, whatever fits is what I wear. So when I head out to buy “stuff” to put on my body, it’s clearance Target, Savers, or (if I get really lucky) Kohl’s $10 off $10.

I’m curious to know, though……..am I the only one who is like that? Because my hubby sure isn’t. He buys what he wants, when he wants. Not sure if that’s a guy thing, maybe another guy can weigh in – my dad sure wasn’t like that, he was FRUGAL.

Where do you buy your clothes?

Is it a splurge area for you?

Or do you suffer from “I have to buy for everyone else first” syndrome?

Is this YOUR Purse?!


The purse of a couponer (or, at least looks like mine!)

I got this from a reader today, she finally cleaned out her purse……..

Does this resemble YOUR purse? Or are you a neat freak? I’m pretty clean, I’ll admit, but my purse? NO WAY. Total disaster. Why is it that when we get older we get BIGGER purses????

When I was a kid, my mom had a MONSTER of a purse, and I laughed every day – and now? I am that lady……………

It’s 4 a.m.–Who’s Up?!


I can see you………

You’re up early, planning your “attack” to acquire inserts.

Admit it! I know it!

Who else would be up this early?

Definitely not me. I’m in bed.   Getting up on a Sunday to drive to find inserts is not my thing……haha Winking smile  Have fun finding your papers today……..I’ll be catchin my ZZZzzzz’s! 

My Late Night Session with…..Kool Aid.


I have to tell you this story…….not so much because it may be funny now, but as a warning for you all that have this summer item. It’s kinda funny……but it sure wasn’t last night.

I was so excited last week to shop Target summer clearance, I came home with that “drink jug” with the spout that you lift up and down as a lever – less than $0.75. You know…that tea jug thing. My daughter coined it as hers, and it got filled with Kool Aid multiple times this week. She loved it because she could get her own glass of juice without asking Mom.

Last night I needed to clean, I hardly ever get time to do my own household duties, so I stayed up to clean after the kids went down to rest. I was finishing up dishes at 3 a.m. when Rylan woke up…..walked in the kitchen and opened the fridge to “point” to Kool Aid. Fine with me, we were out of milk so hey, whatever works. Filled up the said sippy cup, and went back to dishes.


I heard it……strong drips. I thought “huh. I closed the spout. Not a big deal. Prob just the fridge defrosting or something.”  30 sec later, drip noise worsens. I turned around to see a HUGE red puddle of………nothing other than Kool Aid. Apparently the top shelf must have come just in perfect alignment with the jug spout, and pushed down on it AS I CLOSED THE FRIDGE DOOR…….it was everywhere. Freezer. Food. Shelves. Drawers. Rubber molding in between. 3 quarts of Kool Aid.. empty. 

AAAACKKKKK. So much for 3 a.m. bedtime. I asked Rylan, “Baby get mommy towels”…..ha – smart little guy brought me THREE. After spending an hour sopping up the mess, I bleached ever nook & cranny of my fridge and tossed out TONS of food that got spoiled with Kool Aid. Now a day later, my fridge is clean as a whistle, though I must admit I need to make a trip to Fry’s.

Ahhh, folks.  I have to say – that jug – I never realized when I sat it on the top of the shelf in the fridge that the door “may” interfere with the spicket, I mean, after all, the jug had been living in the fridge for a week already.

But gosh, sure  makes your love for Freapy Kool Aid turn into a high dislike for the red powdered creation!

I am a Freaper Because…….


So I was at the doctor and returned home to find a barrage of emails from Bev. This and that and this and everything else.

But this one was the most pleasant. And Amanda R. on Facebook needs props for this. She is a true POET in disguise.

I’m a freaper because….

F- Fabulous and Frugal, because saving money is "hot" (THAT’S HAWWT!)
R- Responsible, for our savings and our reputation.
E- Ethical, always, because breaking rules hurts everybody!

A- Ability, to save, to budget, to be fantastic.
P- Paying it forward, sharing what we can, where we can.
E- Envelope, we share, we care, we single handedly keep the USPS in business :-)
R- Real trips, real savings, REALISTIC expectations! Because who needs 400 boxes of pasta?
S- Sheryl- Our savings savior. Without whom none of this would be possible ( and Bev too!)


Now I don’t know about that last one (Surprised smile) after all, y’all are the ones that actually shop. I just type. A LOT.  Haha Winking smile  I try my best, I really do. I’m a minimalist, I just got an Acer Netbook, but I have no smartphone, and no way to post when I’m not home. Which makes me feel VERY nervous when I am not home (ha! Imagine that)………..

I hope you all appreciate the poem and really take it to heart. I can’t wait until we all start wearing our arm bands. I bet there are more Freapers out there than we really know……….