Monday, November 30, 2009

Free Coffe for Everyday Heroes

Do you know someone that is a nurse, police office, fire fighter, teacher, or active military member? I'm honored that my brother is currently in the Navy stationed in Iraq, my husband and brother-in-law are fire fighters, my father-in-law is a retired police officer, and my mother-in-law is a retired nurse. Phew that is a lot of heroes in my book!

Dunkin Donuts is giving away free coffee for those everyday heroes mentioned above. Starting November 24, Dunkin Donuts in Phoenix is starting their “Thanks to You” program to recognize local everyday heroes. This program will run through April 2010 and will acknowledge five distinct groups: firefighters, police, teachers, nurses, and active military personnel.

Each month, one group will receive a FREE medium hot or iced coffee every Tuesday of that month. To receive the promotion, customers need to show valid ID or proof of employment.

“Thanks to You” recipients are as follows:

* Nov. 24 – December 2009 – Firefighters
* January 2010 – Police
* February 2010 – Teachers
* March 2010 – Nurses
* April 2010 – Active Military

This is an incredible program honoring wonderful people, so make sure you tell all your friends and family in the Phoenix area so they participate.

Thanks, Erin!

$3.50 Christmas CDs

I just got a really great tip on cheap holiday music from They've got a great selection of Christmas music from artists such as Bebo Norman, Steven Curtis Chapman, Barlow Girl, Chris Tomlin, and more for only $3.50! Click here and then click on the top red box "Exclusive Music Specials from $3.50.

And use the code FREESHIP to get free shipping.

Thanks, Nancy!

Tuesday: Free photo product to first 20,000

On Tuesday morning, the first 20,000 people will get a code for a free clutch photo book, a 25ct pack of holiday cards or 11″x8″ calendar from PhotoWorks. I just received a photo book I made for free here and it is great. Codes will likely go fast so don't forget! Here's what to do:

1. Visit American Greetings and click on the PhotoWorks graphic on the home page

2. Enter your email address and select your gift

3. Receive your coupon code and enter it during checkout on the Photoworks website

Offer good while supplies last. Free shipping included when ordering the clutch photo book, 25ct pack of holiday cards or the photo calendar. You can also get a $25 credit in leiu of these gifts that you can use for a future photo gift, excluding prints.

Remember this doesn't start until Tuesday, December 1 so you won't find anything on the website now.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Walgreens moneymaker for 11/29-12/5

Thanks to Mercedes, here is an awesome deal to make money at Walgreens this week!

Ecotrin will be on sale for $1.99 each after in-ad coupon.
Use the $2/1 coupon from the 10/11 RP insert to get it free, or use two other coupons to get an even better deal.

In the 10/11 RP insert, there are two coupons for $10/3 and $7/2 Advantage Brands products (Ecotrin is included) to use as follows:

$17.45 when you buy five Ecotrin 45ct boxes (Reg price $3.49-3.79)
-$10 when you use one $10/3 coupon from 10/11 RP insert
-$7 when you use one $7/2 coupon from 10/11 RP insert
-$7.50 deducted by the in-ad coupon to bring the price of the Ecotrin down to $1.99
=$7.05 in overage!

(Remember you have to have a filler in your cart to make up for the overage since they won't give cash back. How about Christmas cards for someone or travel size toiletries that they are sending to the troops? Also, remember to hand the manufacturer coupons first and the in-ad coupon until the end.)

A few other deals to mention:
Toblerone bars 2/$3
Use two $1/1 coupon from 11/22 SS insert (regional)
Use $1/2 coupon from December Coupon booklet
= FREE after coupons!

Buy 6 Nivea Lip Balm
Buy two Nivea Lotions
-$2.97 when you use (3) Buy One Get One coupons from 11/1 RP insert
Use two FREE lotion when you buy 3 lip balm coupon from 11/1 RP insert
= $2.97 for 6 lip balm and two Nivea lotions

Revlon Eye Tool $4.99
use $1.00/1 in 11/15 SS
use $3.00/1 in Walgreens December Book
= $0.99 each after both coupons

Walgreens Deals 11/29 -12/5

Check out all of this week's great deals at Walgreens here!

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

CVS Deals 11/29-12/5

It's crazy that we're already into December this week! Check out all the CVS match ups here.

I've been taking a bit of a break from my usual couponing. In fact, I haven't stepped foot into CVS or Walgreens for several weeks now! I had so many other things going on in life that something had to give and that was the easiest. But, thanks to great stockpiling I've been able to do, I only had to go to the store for the daily staples like milk, eggs, yogurt, and a few other things. It's such a blessing to have the things our family needs on hand without paying full retail for them. Plus we were able to donate several bags to Neighborhood Ministries and Operation Christmas Shoebox. How have you been able to help others with your stockpile?

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Reminder - 100 Free Cards from SeeHere Expire Monday

Remember the 100 free photo cards from SeeHere I posted about a few weeks ago. I received mine in the mail and I'm thrilled with them. The quality & color came out great and I love that I don't have to go buy envelopes for my Christmas letters!

If you haven't made them yet, you still have 1 day left! You'll have to make 2 separate orders but totally worth it in my opinion! Go here to create your 4X6 photo cards.

1st order:
Use the code newbaby for 50 free 4X6 photo cards. Check out and just pay shipping ($3)

2nd order:
Use the code freebies4mom-1109 for another 50 free 4X6 photo cards. Check out and pay shipping ($3)

You can use these for birth announcements, thank you cards, invitations, Christmas cards, or anything else you can think of :) Be patient as the site might be pretty busy since it's the last day!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Free 8x10 Photo Collage at Walgreens

Today only (Friday, November 27, 2009), get a free 8x10 photo collage at Walgreens.

Go here to create your 8x10 photo collage.

Use coupon code FINDJOY and choose in-store pickup at checkout. Total should be $0.00!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Free Photo Book from Photoworks

The Bonnie Hunt Show is giving 25,000 a free Personalized Cover 8.5x11 20-page Photoworks photo book ($39.95 value).

Use the coupon code BONNIE.

The bummer is there's no way to find out if all 25,000 codes have been used until you checkout with your book. I just finished mine at 10am on Wednesday morning and it went thru for free. It's worth trying if you have time and some pictures ready!

I can't wait to see the quality of this and compare it to shutterfly & snapfish.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

***HOT*** 50% off Photo Gifts at

Today and tomorrow (11/22 & 23) only, get 50% off and free shipping on all the photo books and gifts. This isn't good on prints but you can use it on 60 + photo cards if you need more than the 100 free cards you already ordered.

Use the code 2DAY

Here are a few of the half-price deals you’ll be able to grab at SeeHere:

-Mini Photo Book (24 pages): $2.50
-Onesie: $7.50
-Puzzle (7” x 10”): $6.50
-Soft Bound Photo Book (20 pages): $3
-Wall Calendar (12 month): $10

These make awesome gifts for family members! Do it before the deal is done!!!

$2.99 Saladwich at Einstein Bagels

Use this coupon to get a Saladwich from Einstein Bagels for just $2.99. These looks so yummy and easy to eat on the run. Something I'll need in the next few days! Find a location here!

Good thru 12/1. (Can you believe it's almost December!?!)

Visitors, Remodeling, and Adoptions

I apologize for being non-existent for the past several days. It's been a whirlwind of a week for us and it's only going to get busier. On Thursday, my dad & step-mom came to visit us from Colorado. We haven't seen them since May so it was a great chance to hang out and catch up. They will be leaving on Monday and we hate saying good-bye.

We're also in the process of extending our patio so we can play outside now that it's so nice. But it's meant a lot of people working and a lot of noise outside. They've done a great job and it's coming together so well.

Lastly, Thursday also gave us a call from our adoption agency letting us know some birth parents want to meet us! This is what we've been waiting for and praying for and we are thrilled beyond belief. We have been preparing for our meeting on Tuesday and we know this is only the first step in a lifelong journey for us.

With all these thing going on, I've hardly had a chance to sit down to our computer. We're trying to fill out a grant application thru Lifesong for Orphans, an agency that provides financial help and ideas for adoptions. We're trying to fill out the application as quickly as possible so we can get it in the mail this week. It takes a while to get approved and we don't have a lot of time in this situation.

Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement and I love knowing that our family has all of you cheering us on. I'll try to post a few thing between now & Tuesday but we will be so busy and I know all of you will be busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. Remember that this is a time to be thankful for who and what we have so keep that thought in the back of your head as your preparing a meal for visitors or traveling to visit loved ones.

May we all be grateful for what the Lord has provided and the great ways he gives us to stretch our money to honor Him!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pre-Order New Release DVD's at WalMart

Did you know you can pre-order new release DVD's at WalMart? I certainly didn't so I was quite impressed when Tracy told me that she had done just that. And it turns out that most of the prices are cheaper online than in the stores. You can even place an order for a video that's not yet relesed and it will ship as soon as it's released, plus get free shipping to your home. What a great idea!

Check out the options here.

4 Pampers Points

Are you a member of Pampers Gifts to Grow? Here are 4 points total for everyone to add to their account. I've got enought points for my Shutterfly photo package, now I'm just waiting to meet our future adopted child!!!

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50 Totally Free Photo Cards

Have you made your Christmas Cards yet? How about birth announcements or thank you cards? SeeHere has paired up with Freebies4Mom to offer 50 Free 4x8 Photo Cards thru Monday, November 30, including shipping! We made family thank you cards last year and write personalized notes on the back and they were a big hit! Let me know if you're doing something special.

*Use code freebies4mom-1109 and be sure to order by 11/30.

*Get another 50 free cards when you use the code NEWBABY.

*If you're new to SeeHere, use the code PRINTS to get 100 free prints, shipping is extra.

Once again, don't forget to shop thru Ebates and earn a $5 sign up bonus and 12% cash back!

Thanks, Freebies4Mom!!!

Free $10 Shutterfly Credit

Register at Baby & Child Model Search and instantly get a unique coupon code for $10 off any Shutterfly order. You can use your $10 off anytime before November 15, 2010!

Simply complete the registration form and you'll get your coupon code on the next screen and via email. At the bottom of the form it automatically puts a checkmark in the box that says "Yes, I want to receive future special offesr from Shutterfly via email and save $10 off my order at".

Go to your Shutterfly account to load your $10 coupon!
*Click on "My Account" at the very top right.
*Find "Enter Special Offer Code" at the bottom of the page to load your code.
*Click on "My Special Offers" and it will appear.

That $10 is only valid on merchandise totaling $10 or more and does not apply towards shipping. Don't forget to go thru Ebates to get 15% cash back! New to Ebates, sign up here and get a $5 sign up bonus!

Thanks Freebies 4 Mom!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ann Taylor Loft 30% off Coupon

It's Friends & Family time at Ann Taylor Loft. Print this coupon and take it with you to get 30% off your entire purchase! Offer good 11/17 - 11/22.

Plus get free shipping at when you spend $100 or more. Don't forget to shop thru ebates to get 3% back.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Books-A-Million: Kids Books for $1.77

My daughter loves to read. She doesn't actually read yet, but she could sit & make up stories while flipping pages all day long. I had a passion for reading at a young age and I hope she develops the same love.

Right now you can get tons of kids books from Books-A-Million starting at just $1.77. Use the code BLKVFREE to get free shipping as well.

Go to Books-A-Million
Click "Bargains"
Click "Juvenile Fiction or Nonfiction" on the browse books by categories
Sort by price and start shopping.

Don't forget to shop thru Ebates to get 1.5% cash back for your purchase! Don't have an Ebates account yet? Take 30 seconds to start one here to earn a $5 bonus just for signing up!

Thanks She Saved!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gap Brands 30% off Coupon

Don't forget, today is the start of the Gap Friends & Family 30% off sale. Use this coupon at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and the Gap & Banana Republic Outlets! This is a quick sale only thru this Sunday, 11/15. Print your coupon here.

Thanks for the reminder, Lauren!

$5 off Coupon at Hallmark in Women's Day, Martha Stewart living

Yesterday I had a chance to sit and read a few of my magazines and got a nice surprise. Inside Women's Day and Martha Stewart Living, I found a Hallmark coupon that is $5 off any $5 purchase! Just in time for the holidays! These can't be combined with any offer. Keep your eyes peeled for other magazines these might be in. Above is what the coupon looks like and it also is slightly smaller than the magazine pages and made with thicker paper. Just in time for some holiday cards!

Free Greenies at PetsMart

Sign-up or login to PetPerks send a coupon for free Greenies to up to four friends. The coupon can be printed twice and is good for a free Greenies product (up to $4.49) that can be redeemed at any Pet Smart store.

Thanks Good Deal Gal!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Amazon Coupons on Leap FrogTag Systems

Do your kids have the Tag Reader or Tag Jr. systems or were you able to jump on the awesome clearance deal at Target a few weeks back? If so, checkout the great Amazon savings on many popular items from LeapFrog. Each coupon may be used only once per customer, on up to five of the same product, and are only applicable to items sold by and not a third-party seller.

Take advantage of FREE Super Saver Shipping (restrictions apply) and Amazon Prime (restrictions apply). Check out ALL the details and see the products and coupons available HERE!

And don't forget to use the $3 coupons on the leap frog books. These are $9.99 at Toys R Us this week and they often go on sale at Kohl's.

Thanks, Rachael!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Urgent Prayer Request for Shirly Dobson

I received this request via email from Kay Arthur, noted author of many Christian books and CEO of Precept Ministries. Please take a moment to pray and then pass this along to anyone you know that will also pray for Shirly Dobson.

Shirley Dobson, wife of Dr. James Dobson, will be giving a deposition tomorrow (11-10-09) from 8:30-4:30 PM. She is being sued by a group “Freedom From Religion” because she asked the President and other political leaders to pray for our nation…as leader of National Day of Prayer. I prayed with her tonight, but told her would have the staff and others praying for her tomorrow…this is so important. I am praying they will be stunned by the Spirit of God…convicted…convinced they will lose…and that if any of them are His lost sheep, that they will get convicted and saved because the Spirit of God will be so strong in that room. She is a valiant warrior…thanks

Kay Arthur
CEO of Precepts

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Do you order things online? I've never been a big online shopper with the exception of a few places. I order my photo prints/books online, I take advantage of a select few awesome deals, and I buy certificates online. Having said that, I still end up with a good amount of money in my ebates account each quarter. With the holidays right around the corner, there's a good chance that many of you are going to be doing shopping online. Take less than 1 minute to sign up for your own account to get paid back some of what you will spend this year. It's so easy to get your own account & I'm going to tell you exactly how to do it:

1. Go to
2. To create a new account, simply enter your name and create a password - literally takes 15 seconds!
3. Once that is complete, simply enter the website you want (ex: and that's it - really!

Upon your first order, your account will now be credited with a $5 sign-up bonus as well as a varying percentage back from your order. For example, I recently bought a comforter for my daughter's bed. I signed into my ebates account and then entered It took me directly to JCPenny's webpage where I ordered the comforter. Ebates was offering 3% cash back, so after my order was complete I instantly received an email notifying me of the credit I received in my account! Truly it's that simple!

Here are a few examples of online retailers and your cash back earned: 21% cash back 15% cash back 10% cash back 15% cash back 15% cash back

And there are thousands more retailers. Even if you don't do a lot of shopping, an unexpected check in the mail is always a blessing when you aren't expecting it. and if you do shop online frequently, you can earn a good chunk of change to put back into savings or use somehow as part of the 30-Day Giving Challenge.

Regardless of how you shop, taking the 15 seconds to sign up for your account will pay you back more than you think and it's always nice to have unexpected money in the mailbox every few months :)

Let me know how much you have received from ebates by leaving a comment below.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cheap Wipes & Potato Santa Spud for $.99 at Target

Too cute! Head to Target this week to pick up Mr. Potato Head Santa Spud for $5.99. Use this $5/1 printable coupon (Mr. Potato Head Spud Buds) and get it for less than a buck.

While you're there, pick up the tub of baby wipes (72-ct) for just $.27. Here’s how:

Buy 1 tub of Up & Up Baby Wipes (72-ct) for $1.27
Use $1/1 Target web coupon
Final Price = $.27

Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!

50 Free Photo Cards and Free Shipping Too!

Freebies 4 Mom has an exclusive coupon code available on her blog today for 50 free photo cards plus free shipping. Go check it out here. The cards include free envelopes so go get your Christmas cards or birth announcements made for free! The coupon doesn't expire until November 30, 2009 so you have some time to get photos snapped and cards designed.

Toys R Us: 7 Hasbro games for $3.97!

Daily Coupon Cravings has an incredible deal at Toys R Us on her blog. In a nutshell, you get 7 Hasbro kids games like Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Don't Break the Ice, and more for just $3.97 after gift cards and rebates. Check out the details on her blog.

Toys for Tots is just around the corner so think about this incredible deal for the 30-Day Giving Challenge.

30% off Gap, Old Navy & Banana Republic

It's time for the Gap Give & Get Program again and you can save 30% on your entire purchase at Gap, Old Navy, & Banana Republic. Get more details & print your couponhere.

Offer good November 12-14, 2009

Thanks, Tracy.

Opt Out for Yellow Pages

For those of you that don’t use phone books anymore, this is a great website to take yourself off all mailing lists for unwanted or un-needed phone books. I hate throwing these huge books out every six months to replace them with another set that just takes up room in my kitchen! I frequently use and to find this information.

Take a minute to click here to start the process. Once you are on the page, click “Opt Out” below the box with the mountains entitled "join us." They do all the work by calling the different companies to have you removed from mailing lists.

Note: You will receive a confirmation email from and you have to confirm your email to proceed. What a great way to save millions of trees that are sacrificed each year for our unwanted phone books!

While you're at it, check out this post to learn how to stop getting all that junk mail!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Help a friend win a cruise

Many of you will remember the little girl that we have been praying for, Kate McRae. She is the vibrant, beautiful, 5 year old little girl that was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. She has been undergoing chemotherapy for several months now and we continue to pray that the tumor is disappearing every week! You can see her website here and keep up with her story.

Kate's grandma has a sibling, Rick, that was recently diagnosed with the debilitating disease, ALS. You can read more about his story here. He has been entered into a contest with radio station Life 101.9 and is now a finalist to win a Caribbean Cruise!

I don't know Rick personally, but I have dear friends that are praying for him so I would like to support him too! How cool would it be if all of you went and voted for him - the radio station wouldn't know what hit them! Please go here to vote for "Rick from Traer." Simply click on his name and that's it.

Just another opportunity to participate in the 30 Day Giving Challenge!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Big list of retail Savings

Are you in the shopping mood this weekend. Check out all of the great deals and coupons available this week. Be sure to check the expirations as some are only good this weekend.

Bath & Body Works: $10 off $30 coupon
Aaron Brothers: Framing coupon and 40% off any purchase
Stein Mart: 20% off and 25% off clearance items
Lee: 50% off entire purchase
Kirkland's: $10 off $50 purchase

Thanks for all these deals, Tracy!

Borgata Holiday Sparkle Event

I love all the fun activities that start coming out around the holidays. I have a relative that works for a developer and she always gives us the inside scoop about things that are coming up. Here is one of those free events that we plan to attend!

"Make the Evening Sparkle" holiday event at the Borgata.
Get in the holiday mood on Sat, Nov 14th from 4-6pm by joining us at the Borgata for a free fun family event benefiting the Virginia Piper Cancer Center.

*Mini Fashion Show
*Free horse & carriage rides
*Free magnet pics with Santa
*Mrs. Clause visit
*Community school choir concerts
*Holiday treats & beverages
*Kids crafts
*Tree lighting by Santa
*Blood pressure & BMI screening by health professionals

The even is in the central courtyard and is free for all activities. Donations will be collected for the Virginia Piper Cancer Center inside Chico's and Twig & Twill. The Borgata is located at Scottsdale Rd & Lincoln Dr.

Free Pampers Gifts to Grow Point

I've finally collected the Pampers Gifts to Grow points I need for the Shutterfly photo cards. Now I just need our baby to come home so I can send their birth announcements! Maybe I should just use them for our Christmas cards.

Anyway, if you have a Gifts to Grow account, use the following code to add one more point to your tally. They've got some great rewards that would also make great christmas gifts! And if you don't have an account, sign up now for free!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Free 10x13 Picture or 12 greeting cards

Through the end of this month, make an appointment at Glamour Shots to get a free session as well as your choice of either a 10x13 portrait or 12 greeting cards, just in time for Christmas! I had these done several years ago with my mom and I still love the pictures!

Long gone are the kinda sleazy, leather jacket, way too much make-up shots. Now you can get really pretty individual, kiddos, or family shots that are perfect for every family need.

Check out this for more details and check here to find a location near you!

Thanks Holly!

Script Gift Card Program

This is a guest post from one of my friends and readers, Amy. She has been given the opportunity to further her child's education at a Christian preschool by selling gift cards for the places we shop everyday! Her school receives a small profit for each gift card sold and that money is set aside to help pay for her son's tuition. For those of you participating in the 30-Day Giving Challenge, please consider ordering gift cards from her as part of the 30-Day giving Challenge.

Christmas is getting close, can you believe it? Have you started thinking about that hard to shop for person on your list? Get them a giftcard! The giftcard program at Ryan's school is working out well and it is really helping with our tuition.

If you are ready to get some of your Christmas shopping out of the way, order a giftcard from me! There are hundreds of retailers that participate across the US. And if you don't find what you're looking for here, let me know and I'll find out if it's a participating retailer. For example, those of you who live in AZ looking for a Fry's grocery store giftcard won't find it on this link because Script is based in Michigan and there is not a Fry's in Michigan. However, when I log in to my account, it's specific to AZ retailers so I can get it.

One more thing, if you would like to order a giftcard for Christmas but aren't quite ready, you can do that through me at any time, it doesn't have to be this week's order. Orders that are placed by Monday mornings are available to pick up on Friday mornings. I will pick them up and deliver them to you.

Thanks for taking the time to consider this and let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to email me with questions or to place orders!
Seasons Greetings!

amyjenkins3 (at) gmail (dot) com

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Free Mascara at Walgreens

Stop by Walgreens this week for two FREE tubes of Almay One Coat Mascara.

These ring up as buy one, get one free this week, so here’s what you do:

Buy 2 tubes of Almay One Coat Mascara for $6.99 (BOGO)
Use 2 $4/1 Walgreens coupons (November coupon booklet)
Final Price = FREE plus $1.01 overage

Be sure that you have extra items in your basket that add up to at least $1.01, the overage. or the Walgreens coupon will beep. If you spend at least $8 total, the coupon will subtract $8 ($4 for each mascara) with no problem. Throw in a can of tuna fish or tissue paper or a candy bar to get your total above $8.

Thanks Daily Coupon Cravings!

Pumpkin Patch

As I mentioned before, we went to the pumpkin patch at the botanical gardens and had a wonderful morning. I took tons of pictures because I love using my new camera and because my daughter is too darn cute! They had great photo opps, hayrides, carnival games, a hay maze, a pumpkin patch (obviously), a petting zoo and more. We'll definitely go back again next year so maybe we'll see some of you next time!

Until then, please enjoy our pictures of the day!

Fall Update

I love the fall. I can finally wear jeans without sweating, we can open the doors in the early morning, and I can drink a cup of hot tea! I especially love all the pumpkin patches and the apple cider and the colors. We have taken full advantage of the season all winter long, but I'm hoping it gets out of the 90 degrees soon! Here are a few photos of what we've been up to.

Playing "Fancy Nancy" Dress-Up

Gymnastics class at the community center

Practicing my ballet stance with Miss Susie

Eating fresh blueberries!

30 Day Giving Challenge - Begins!

Sunday was Day 1 of the 30 Day Giving Challenge over at Keeping the Kingdom First! I'm so excited to be participating in this challenge so that I can be sure to keep the focus on others during this crazy holiday season!

I have always wanted a way to look back at times in my life to see when the Lord answers prayers or provided for our needs. This is going to be an awesome way to record that with my 30 day giving challenge journal. I'm using a cheap notebook I picked up for free during the back to school sales and I'm going to keep it in my purse so I can write blessings as soon as they happen. This will be so much fun and I hope that you will consider joining Alyssa and the rest of us!