Friday, May 30, 2008

Planning a Hawaii Vacation?

ALOHA! Are you planning to visit the islands soon? Be sure to get your get your FREE Hawaii Visitors Guide from! While you are at the website, be sure to click on History and Travel Tips, as well as register to create your own Hawaii Planner.

Another great site to check out is Go Visit Hawaii- a source for unbiased Hawaii vacation advice, news, and reviews.

The LA Times Daily Travel & Deal Blog also features a great post about saving while you are here on vacation.

More Hawaii travel tips:

Hawaii Vacation Blog

FREE Coffee sample!

Sign up now to receive a FREE sample from Folgers Gourmet Selections. No purchase necessary. One(1) sample of Lively Columbian per address. Beginning in April through June 30th while supplies last.


Free Sample of Gillette Body Wash

Free Sample of Sweat Block

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

FREE $5 Target Gift Card!

I've been contacted by, a popular parent website, to start up an online group...similar to a Yahoo group. What's cool is that the first 10 people that join my group will be sent a $5 Target gift card from!

Visit the group link here. You have to register for a username first. After you register, you can then join my group. As a registered user on you can also submit online review of local stores or children products, and when you submit 10'll get another $5 Target gift card! I did my 10 reviews, and I then got an email that my gift card is on it's way! Woo hoo!

Go and register for a user name and join Hawaii Bargain Moms.

Here's the group description: A group for moms living in Hawaii that are watching their wallets and looking for (and can share about) great deals on.... grocery shopping, dining out, entertainment, childrens activities, etc. If you'll be visiting the islands soon and would like to know how to save in Hawaii, you may join us too!
I have 2 other groups that I also started if you're interested:

Hope you'll join us!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Handmade is best!

Need a gift for someone that seems to already have everything? Why not give a gift from the heart and create it yourself! I know I appreciate handmade gifts! I'm a craft supply junkie so this year I will try to stay away from the craft stores and make gifts using what I already have. I also have my children jump in and help me, especially if it's a gift for their grandparents. Here's a great site with lots of craft ideas that children can help you with.

The Simple Dollar also says that Gifts That Matter Don't Come From Walmart.

If you're a scrapbook lover, I know you have tons of paper lying around (like me!)! =) Paper Crafts also has wonderful ideas!

Okay... so if you are not crafty, but you want to give something that is unique and handmade, check out Keiki Gift Ideas. Offering whimsical and fun gifts for children (keiki) and adults too. These gifts are wonderful all year round.

Visit her blog here where there is currently great markdowns being featured!

Do you give out handmade gifts? I'd love to hear what your favorites are!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Cooling Down the House

It's getting warmer here in the islands (and humid!), and I find myself turning on the A/C when those wonderful trade winds seem to disappear. That of course sends my electric bill sky rocketing! Here is a great article from The Dollar Stretcher with tips about keeping it COOL.

More home cooling articles:

The Frugal Life

MSN Money Central

What do you do to keep you and your home cool during the summer?

FREE Yoplait Kids Yogurt!

Fill out this easy form and receive a coupon for a FREE pack Yoplait kids yogurt!
One coupon per mailing address.

More Freebies:

Free 20oz Smoothie with the purchase of Smoothie King Gladiator Meal Replacement
(sorry no Hawaii location)

Free Playtex® Gentle Glide® Slender Applicator Sample

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Our Blog's new Header!

I love giveaways, and I enter a few here and there when the opportunity arises. Well, the other week I visited Handprints on the Wall, and they happened to be doing a giveaway for a new blog header by Sashwhy's Studio.

"Hmm... I could use a new blog header!" I thought. So I entered my comment, and I was one of the 5 chosen winners! Woo hoo! Sashwhy did a fantastic job!

How do you like our new header? I'd love to hear what you think!

Thanks again Sashwhy!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kids eat FREE!

Yesterday was my oldest daughter's 13th birthday, and to celebrate, the whole family went out to eat. She requested Gyotaku in Pearl City, which I don't mind at all for 2 reasons. I LOVE Japanese food, and kids eat FREE on Mondays and Tuesdays! One free keiki (child) meal per adult entre. What's also great is there meal comes complete with a soft drink and a dessert! See Gyotaku's kids menu here.

I know there are more restaurants in Hawaii that kids can eat FREE on certain days, but I can't think of any at the moment. Please leave a comment if you know of any! I'd love to hear about it!

Follow up on 5/15: I also found that
Tony Roma's offer FREE meals for kids (for each adult entre ordered) every Tuesday.

My FREEBIES are slowly arriving!

I'm finally starting to see my freebies arriving in the mailbox. Today I got my free Huggies diaper sample from Walmart. Got a size 1...and just in time too because my baby is just about ready for size 2! He's growing SO fast! =)

I did get my free Fiber One sample a couple of weeks ago....well not really. The box arrived..but there was no sample in it...just a coupon. One side of the box did look like it was possibly opened. My 6 year old said, "Maybe the mailman got hungry!" LOL

Here are some new freebies to check out:

FREE sample of Benefiber

FREE sample of "Don't Bite Me Bug Patch"

FREE sample of Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power Clear Scrub

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Borders Coupon - 30% off!

If you are a Borders Rewards member, there is a coupon for
30% Off the List Price of One Item with Purchase of $10 or More.
Valid until 5/11
Find it here!

If you aren't a Borders Rewards member, go to your nearest store to request a membership card. Then go here to register your card online. As a member you will get:
  • $5 in Borders Bucks for every $150 of qualifying purchases.
  • Great coupons and exclusive in-store offers in your inbox weekly.
  • Additional savings on the brands you love with Borders Perks.

Homeschool Freebies!

Here's a couple of more Unit Studies compliments of Terri Johnson of Knowledge Quest, Inc.

The Schoolhouse Store of the Old Schoolhouse Magazine is also giving away a FREE E-Book:

Happy Handwriting – Theme Tablet by Barker Creek. Get it here now.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

"No Say Dat!"

How many times have you told your keiki, "Hey! No Say Dat!"? Well now, a local stay-at-home mom has creatively made a game from these infamous words and it is now available to you, your friends and family to play at potlucks, parties and home. "NO SAY DAT!" is a team game in which players get points for guessing places, people, events, or terms without saying the "Zzzz" words. You get 4 games in one and various editions to choose from including the money saving power point and PDF editions.

“No Say Dat!” games are for everyone on your gift list:

  • Kamaaina moving to the mainland – Local or Hana Hou edition

  • Graduating seniors – Local edition

  • Kids on summer break – Keiki/Visitor edition

  • High school and college students studying for exams – NSD template to create a fun way to study

“No Say Dat!” games are unique, nostalgic gifts that are simple and play-anywhere fun.

After purchasing a game and writing a review on the Local Kine Games forum, you can get $5 off your next game!

Visit Local Kine Games for more information.
A member of the Hawaii WAHMs team.

Free Meals and More....

Here is a cool website to check out! Basically it's an online source for restaurant (and more) freebie deals that members nationwide can have access to. You can then print coupons out at your own convenience. Here is what the website states: is here for both the business owner and the consumer. We have our goals set high to become THE ultimate supplier of FREE advertising for businesses across the country as well as THE ultimate resource for consumers to find the greatest offers of discounted and "FREE" dining, entertainment, products and services.

We do NOT sell coupons, but we do locate, publish and solicit new coupons for you. When you subscribe, you are receiving exclusive access to areas of this website that allow you to view and print coupons right from your computer.

As a subscriber, you will also have exclusive access to read and contribute to special forums with topics that focus on saving money when dining out.

FREEMEALSANDMORE.COM has partnered with restaurants, local businesses, coupon vendors, and other discount brokers to compile the best offers available to our subscribers. We want you to know that many of our sources are available to the general public with a little effort. However, as a subscriber, you don't have to search for anything. Simply login to, choose your state, select your offer and PRINT!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hamburger Vegetable Alphabet Stew

Okay, this has got to be the most easiest recipe that my mom had taught me, and I've been using it ever since I got married 17 years ago! I still make it atleast once a fact I just made it last night!

It only calls for 3 ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1 can vegetable soup

Directions: Brown ground beef and drain oil. Add soups and about 1 can of water. Heat to bubbling...then enjoy with rice and/or bread! Easy!

Recipe can be easily doubled/tripled. I also add chopped onion and one pressed garlic clove if I have them on hand. Adding some frozen mixed veggies wouldn't hurt either!

You can find more easy Campbell Soup recipes at