Today only – Starbucks BOGO Drinks!

According to, Starbucks is having buy one get one free drink size must be grande and larger!  Starts at 3 and ends when they close today.  So go get your warm drink on this cold day!

This pic is not starbucks!!

people coffee meeting team
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#bogo #starbucks #buyonegetonefree #coffee #hip2save




Free Hotel Rooms

Free Hotel rooms – YES PLEASE!

I love staying at Hampton Inn because the beds are so comfortable plus you get a free breakfast in the morning. The breakfast bar is large with eggs, toast, bagels and make your own waffles.  Plus an assortment of other food. If you don’t have time for breakfast they have to go bags that you can take.

If you are going to try and use credit cards to get free hotel rooms, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.  The most important is the credit needs to be paid off every month. It does not make any sense getting a credit card for free hotel rooms and then pay interest.

Hilton Honor is my favorite credit card for free hotel rooms. Hilton Honor has four different credit cards through American Express that you can use to stay free! I love free!  There are only two I would actually use because the other two are too much money a year.  I try to stay away from any credit card that will have an annual fee unless it is a Hilton Honors. I signed up for the Hilton Honor Ascent card.  You pay $95 but get 125000 free after spending $2000 on the card.

Breaking that down – there are times I can get a hotel room for 25000-35000 points. So that could be five days or less. Also, this summer I had planned a trip to Nashville and the hotel was stay 5 with Hilton Honor points and get the six night free. That is a great deal!   I do not pay anything, but it does depend on the town you are staying. Different town and hotels have different rules.  Make sure you pay attention to the fine print.  I cannot tell you how many lessons I have learned when I do not and by lessons, I mean paying money.

Once you have paid off the $2000 cancel that card and then get the next Hilton Honors card that has no annual fee.   Now you get another 75000 bonus points and no annual fee. I would wait for the sixth month to do this. Also, I was given a refund for part of the annual fee when I canceled my American Express ascend card.  I did not expect that, so that was a nice bonus.

What is your favorite hotel?  Where do you like to travel?

#free #freehotelroom #creditcard #hack #saving #hiltonhonor #hamptoninn #travel

This pic is not of Hampton Inn

apartment bed bedroom comfort

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It’s National Pasta Day – Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Bowl/Salad/ Breadsticks 10.99

You made it to Wednesday!  Go celebrate Pasta Day at Olive Garden!

Look at this deal at Olive Garden! Neverending Pasta Bowl PLUS neverending salad and breadsticks!

Go get your carbs on!  This deal lasts until Oct 18, 2018!

#pastaday #saving #discounts #carbs

This pic is not olive garden-

pasta noodles tomato sauce spirelli
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New Gig!!!! Monthly Columnist!

I am so excited I was recently asked to do a new column at Pandora Box an online magazine!  The name of the column is Hacking Life. Here is the link to the online magazine!

My first column is advice on couponing!  I love couponing but there are pros and cons to doing it!

Here is the link!

Thank you so much to Joanne Troppello the Publisher of Pandora Box. I am so thankful for this opportunity!

First Column pic

National Taco Day – Taco Bell $5 Box!

It’s National Taco Day!  Taco Bell has a gift box!

According to their website, they have a gift box of 4 taco’s to celebrate today!

Crunchy Taco, Fiery, Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese Locos Tacos!

Go out and celebrate!


Taco Bell


Smashburger – 100 days for $100

Smashburger is having 100 days for $100!  That means you spend $100 in 100 is like getting $600 worth of burgers! Wow!  Thanks, Smashburger!

This burger is one of the best burgers I have had and my friend says it’s number 2 on his list.

It starts Nov 5, 2018 and goes to Feb 14, 2019!

Enfield Ct is one of the locations participating in this deal!

This is not the Smashburger – I ate my burger to fast to take a picture!  Maybe next time I go!

hamburger with egg and vegetable
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$3 Movies, popcorn & soft drinks – MGM Springfield Regal Cinema Sept 23- Sept 25!

$3 Movies, popcorn and soft drinks at MGM Springfield Regal Cinema Sept 23- Sept 25!

We all know I love a great deal!

Found this on Masslive “During the three preview days, Regal Cinemas at MGM will feature $3 movies, popcorn and soft drinks to benefit Square One and Head Start, both based in Springfield.”

So cool – I love spending money for a purpose!

I have not been to the MGM Springfield but the theatre looks fantastic too! So go check out

food snack popcorn movie theater
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their movies on Sept 23 – 25!


Why do I use an at-home vet?

I try to be a pretty thrifty person always looking for the best deal. Using an at-home vet for me was not necessarily a financially smart move, but it was a physical and emotional smart move for me.

I recently got a new dog who is 7 her name is Jasmin.


I have fibromyalgia, so everything hurts.  I decided to use an at-home vet which allows me to avoid stressing my body.  If I worked, I think I would use an at-home vet too.  It is so much less stress for the animals and humans!

I ended up using Dr. Lisa Peterson because I didn’t like the previous at-home vet.   Dr. Lisa talks to me her client to make sure the I understand, and I am making the best decision for my pets. She will educate me and give me her opinion. She is extremely compassionate and is great at talking or texting on the phone. I prefer texting, but sometimes I do need to talk to her.

All of my animals loved her because she brought them treats!

Her website is right below

She also works hours at Southwick VCA on Friday.

Putting Baxter was the first dog I ever had to let go. She talked to me for days because I would keep changing my mind. Then when I made it up, she scheduled it quick. I want to say the next day.  She came to my home and put soothing music on. She talked me through the process telling me when she was going to put him down.  She let me have as much time with them as possible.  She took Baxter with her and brought me back his ashes with a paw imprint.

I will continue to use Dr. Lisa whether it be in my home or at Southwick VCA:)

#athomevet #pets #dog #cat #animal

Can’t believe Big E opens TOMORROW – Veterans get in FREE!!! Thanks, Big E!

Big E opens tomorrow – Friday the 14th!  It officially makes it fall for me!  Even though Fall isn’t until Sep 22!

Veterans get in free!  Being a Vet myself I appreciate the Big E always thinking of us! Thanks, Big E!

Also, its $10 for everyone else!  Great deal!

This is from the Big E’s official website!

Opening Day, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Be A Kid for a Day – All ages $10 (also sold online in advance)
Military Appreciation Day – ID required for free admission for:
~ Active duty and retired military personnel
~ Dependents of active duty military personnel
~ Veterans (no dependents)

Thank you Veterans