25 Days of Summer Savings: Penny Pinched Patriotic S’mores

Looking for a fun little this 4th of July? Here’s an easy way to penny pinch some Patriotic S’more’s for your family:

Here are the best deals I see on everything you’ll need for S’mores this week:

  • Dollar General & Giant Eagle Kraft Marshmallows $1
  • Publix Kraft Marshmallows $1.99
  • Kroger Hershey Bars 6 pack $3
  • Giant Eagle Hershey Bars $3.50
  • Kmart and Target – Buy Hershey’s 6 Bar Pack and Honey Maid Graham Crackres, Get Marshmallows Free


$0.75 off 2 bags JET-PUFFED Marshmallows$1.00 off JET-PUFFED, HONEY MAID, and HERSHEY's


And you’ll want to take these coupons with you when you shop:

Enjoy! ;)




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25 Days of Summer Savings Day 1: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Looking for some fun things to do this summer to frugally beat the heat? This is a great time of year to enjoy some savings, as there are tons of penny pinched activities to enjoy in the summertime (and my kids are always looking for new something to do!)

Here’s a fun and super easy activity for your little ones if you’re looking to keep them busy. Take just ten minutes to mix together a batch of homemade sidewalk chalk (they’ll love the goo) and then let them play with it ’til their heart’s content.  Here’s how to make it:



  • corn starch
  • water
  • food coloring


  • Mix together equal parts water and corn starch.
  • Add food coloring (you’ll need to add quite a bit to change the color ~ I actually used cake decorator’s food coloring paste.)
  • Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze until solid, then take outside to play with.
That’s it ~ so simple! I found the ice cubes above at the Dollar Tree (my favorite store. . .) and the kids loved playing with the side walk chalk “goo” once it melted probably more than the chalk itself. Let me know if you have any other tips on how to make this at home!

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25 Time Saving Computer Tips Day 24: How To Print Coupons

I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far into our 25 Days of Time Saving Computer Tips series and haven’t shared yet how to print coupons. (Eek!)  This is one of those things that will save you so much time while hunting down deals on the computer, and while I’m no expert, there are ways to make your life easier.


Here we go. ;)

  1. Sign up for all the basic coupon sites before printing coupons.  Different coupon sites offer different methods of printing, so I recommend installing the coupon printers at Coupons.comSmart Source, Hopster and Red Plum to access the majority of coupons available.  Once you’ve installed the coupon printer, you *should* have no problems printing your coupons.
  2. All of the sites that I mentioned above are safe for your computer.  If you’re ever unsure if a website is safe for you to use, always use your good judgement!  But coupons posted here on Passionate Penny Pincher are ones that we feel are safe for you to use, and print ourselves.
  3. If you’re having problems printing coupons, try a different browser. I’ve had better luck printing most coupons with Google Chrome, however for the life of me I can’t get Red Plum coupons to print (ughhhh!)  If you’re having issues in Google Chrome, try Internet Explorer or Moxilla Firefox, and hopefully one will work for you.  (I can print Red Plum coupons in Internet Explorer without any problems.)
  4. If you’re still having problems printing coupons you may want to try downloading an updated version of Java to your computer.
  5. Most of the major coupon websites have filters that will make finding your coupons easier.  For example, on Coupons.com, you can choose which coupons you’re looking for by selecting a category in the left sidebar.  Smart Source coupons are very easy to locate because they allow you to sort by manufacturer or product to find just what you’re looking for (I love that!)  When you go to a new coupon site, be sure to look over the entire page to find any hints on how to filter your coupons and make searching a little easier.

Please remember that as you’re printing coupons, you may never (ever, ever, never), copy a printable coupon.  Typically a manufacturer allows you to print two of each coupon, so by clicking your back button after printing the first coupon you’ll be allowed a second print.  However, most printable coupons have separate bar codes, and manufacturers are only required to reimburse a store for one coupon per bar code.  Learn more about ethical coupon usage HERE.


What questions do you have about printing coupons?  And, more importantly, if you know any great tips on how to print coupons, this not-so-technologically-advancedpenny-pincher would love for you to share them!


New to using coupons?  Start HERE.

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .



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Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD Cover Just $9.99

Right now you can get this cover for a Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD for as low as $9.99, shipped! Prices vary by color, but there are a few colors available for just $9.99. These have excellent reviews, and ship free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping!

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25 TIme Saving Computer Tips Day 22: Use Google As Your Calculator

Ready for another new computer trick to make your life just a little easier? Here’s just a fun little trick that you may not know, and is a great way to quickly do math without pulling up your calculator while using the internet!



If you need to do some math quickly, just type your equation into Google, and it will automatically pull up your sum. Try it out and let me know what you think – and save time pulling out a calculator when you’re in a hurry!


*(Note that you do need to put spaces in between your numbers for the Google calculator to work.)

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .



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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Cute Logos On Facebook (Any Other Ideas?)

Okie dokie, I don’t know that this is really a “time-saving” tip, but if you’re on Facebook and always wonder how people make super cute logos on comments, these tips are for you! I’m so technologically behind that these have taken me forever to learn, so maybe they’ll help you out too. ;)


Facebook has some special things you can do (pretty easily), but you’ve got to learn the right codes to do them. Here are a few you probably see all the time, and they might come in handy when you “love” something instead of just like it! ;)


Facebook Tricks:

Make a smiley face (three different options) –        :)    :-)  =)

Make a sad face (three different options)-       :(  :-(  =(

Make a heart-     <3

Tag a person in a post (this took me forever to figure out!)-    type the “@” symbol before their name

Since I’m not incredibly savvy when it comes to the cute codes, I would love to hear other suggestions on different items to add to the list.  If you know any, take a minute and share your favorites in the comments section!


Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .



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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Use Bookmarks To Easily Find What You’re Looking For

Do you use bookmarks on your computer? If not, you will love them as they’ll help you to easily access the websites and pages you love most every day! 


So, what are bookmarks? Bookmarks are pages you can add to your browser (I’m sure they work in Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer – let me know if I’m missing any), and they’ll allow you to essentially “tape” that page to the top of your browser so you can find it when you need it again.


The kinds of pages I love to bookmark are the ones that I use frequently – including Coupons.com, the coupon database, Amazon, PPP Facebook page, my email accounts, my Feedly feed, PPP posts that are set in drafts, and (of course) Passionate Penny Pincher. ;) It saves me a ton of time to easily see the pages I really need, and not waste time searching down a page when I can quickly access it from anywhere!


What’s the trick?

Bookmarks for your web browser


How to use it?

Depending on what browser you use, you should be able to fairly easily set up bookmarks by dragging them to the bookmark section of your browser. To make things simple, here are a few tutorials to get you started:

When should you use it?

If you have websites that you visit daily (or want to be reminded to check out daily), add them to your bookmark bar so that you don’t waste time searching and those pages pop up quickly for you. 

Do you have certain sites bookmarked that you check up on each day? I’d love to know which ones you use ~ it definitely helps so much for me to easily access the pages I use daily as I’m here on the computer, and I’d love to hear how they work for you too!


Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .



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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Easily Zoom In and Out

Here’s a super easy computer tip that you may or may not know, but can come in handy (especially if you’re getting old like me and the words on your computer screen are sometimes just too small!) 


With a simple click of your command keys, you can make the words and images on your computer screen bigger or smaller, which can come in oh-so handy sometimes. (I thought everyone knew this one, but a friend of mine actually called and asked me for the tip a few days ago because she’d accidentally made her font all tiny!)


What’s the trick?

Use Ctrl + to zoom in (on Mac computers use Command +)

Or use Ctrl  - to zoom out (on Mac computers use Command -)


What does it do?

Allows you to easily zoom in or out of the computer screen that you’re on

When should you use it?

Goodness – I use it for seeing font that is too small, looking closely at a picture (especially for a coupon deal) to see what the size of a specific item is, and any other time I need to see sizes on pictures that are too small to figure out!

Was this one that you already knew about? Try it out and let me know what you think, and share any other tips that you have in the comment section so I can share those too!


Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .



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25 Time Saving Computer Tips: Use Time Tracker To Monitor Time Online

Are you ready for another time saving computer tip? I took last week off (we were traveling while my kids were on Spring Break and I knew I wouldn’t have time to keep up with everything), but I’m so ready to start these again!


I am really excited about the new trick I just found today, and think it will help you stay more focused when spending time online. I’ve found recently that I am spending way too much time online distracted by information on the internet, and have been looking for a way to stay focused here on my work, so I can get off the computer and actually have time for life. (Anyone else with me?)  Unfortunately all too often my biggest time waster isn’t the computer, it’s my choices, so this is a great way to monitor time online.

This little Extension available for Google Chrome or Firefox sets a timer that allows you to see exactly how much time you’re spending on each website you visit daily. For me, just knowing that the clock is ticking is highly motivating to keep myself on track!


If you’re new to Google Extensions, they’re the little logos above that help me manage just about everything I do online. I’ll share more about those later this week, but for now when you add Time Tracker to Google Chrome, you’ll see the little timer above on your page, and when clicking on it you can see exactly how much time you’ve spent (or wasted ~ eek?) each day.


If you use Firefox as your web browser, go HERE to download the version for Firefox to your computer. Those are the only two browsers that I know of that support this program, but already I can see how much more efficient I am just by knowing that something’s tracking me!

What’s the trick?

Time Tracker for Firefox

Time Tracker for Google Chrome


What does it do?

Allows you to monitor how much time you’ve spent on various websites while online 

When should you use it?

If you struggle with staying on track online, this will help keep you focused and monitor your time. It’s also great to have if you have children who spend time on your computer, as you can see exactly where they’re spending their time!


Stop back by tomorrow night when I’ll have another tip for  you, and if you have any other great time saving computer tips to share, leave a note in the comments section so I can include them!



Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .



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25 Days of Computer Time Saving Tricks: Store Coupon Matchups On Phone Or Printable List


{To sign up to get this free Favado app, start HERE.  Signing up through this link helps make Favado possible for you ~ thanks so much guys! I’ve been using it along with our 10 Minute TargetKroger and Publix Printable Lists and it takes me less than 15 minutes to get ready for a trip to the store using coupons!}


If you spend a lot of time planning for your grocery trip (and it overwhelms you like it sometimes does me too), here’s one more tip on how to (easily!) save money and time!  Be sure to check out last night’s tip as well ~ I promise you can save money without spending a ton of time preparing to shop each week.

Here are a few things to get you started:

You can select which stores you shop most frequently and find the sales at your favorite store.

Basically, you can use the printable list feature here on any of our store coupon matchups to easily print off the deals you need, edit your list, and print the coupons you’ll want to use. But, if you’re like me (and spend way too many hauling kids around to extracurricular activities), you can use the Favado App to pull up all the deals on our grocery lists, right on your phone!

Add items to your mobile shopping list.

Email yourself the coupons that you’ll want to print before you shop & even share your list with friends.  

Cross things off while you’re shopping (love that!)

And even find extra ways to save while you’re shopping.

Here’s how to sign up and get yours:

  1. First, you must go HERE to sign up and create your account.
  2. Then watch for your confirmation email (it should come within a minute or two.)
  3. Once you’ve created your account, you can download the app in you phone’s app store.


Let me know if it helps, and as a favor to me, please sign up through this link before downloading it to your phone (I know it’s an extra step, but I do appreciate the help so much!)  


Have you tried out Favado before? I really have enjoyed using it to find the best prices at my store each week, compare the prices on specific items, and keep my list all in one place without having to print extra information. And, I love that you can email the list to yourself so you can print the coupons once you’re back at home!  Go HERE to try it out yourself, and let me know what you think.

Looking for more time saving tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .



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