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Now eCONEmic Living is SamiCone.com!


I’m pleased to announce that you can now find all the happenings of eCONEmic Living over at SamiCone.com ~ plus so much more!

Now, all my articles, freebies, deals, health facts, Disney insider tips and general family musings can be found all in one site: SamiCone.com

I hope you’ll stop by, say hi & join in the conversation!

New Site – same great deals!

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eCONEmic Living has a new website! Please visit us at www.eCONEmicLiving.com for more great freebies, deals, tips and fun!

Watch Sami on Talk of the Town: 9/8


Make sure to catch Sami on Nashville’s Top Rated Talk Show, Talk of the Town, Tuesday, September 8th at 11am CST!

This time she’ll be highlighting Cost-Effective Family Meal Planning. If you don’t live in the Nashville area, check back later Tueday for a video link and a summary of the tips she shared.

Monday’s Menu Plan: September 7

Happy Labor Day!
I know many of you will be celebrating with family at BBQ’s and cookouts – enjoying this holiday that signifies the end of summer. My hubby is working, so while we won’t be eating the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs today, make sure you make enough of whatever you’re creating so that there are leftovers to share or turn into a second meal later in the week.

I’ve linked to a couple recipes for our dinners, but that doesn’t mean that I follow those recipes exactly. For example, I like doing the penne on Sunday with just green beans and I even throw some Feta cheese into my pesto to add another layer of flavor and creaminess. With the chicken rollatini, I like to put sundried tomatoes, feta and spinach inside (can you tell I like Greek food?!). As always, use this plan as an inspiration, not as a boundary.

I’m also realizing that as we’re still getting used to an everyday school schedule, cereal, yogurt, and/or oatmeal are becoming are weekly breakfast staples. However, don’t let that limit your morning creativity! (Plus we’re still stocked on free yogurt from last week!)

If you’re looking for more of my tips and tricks when it comes to Family Menu Planning on a Budget, be sure to turn into Talk of the Town tomorrow (9/8) at 11am CST on Nashville’s NewsChannel 5.

Week of 9/7 BREAKFAST   LUNCH   DINNER
Monday Cereal & Yogurt   Salami & Cheese sandwiches   Spinach Salad with Strawberries
Tuesday Fruit Oatmeal   PB&J, apples   Rotisserie Chicken with roasted potatoes & veggies
Wednesday Cereal & Yogurt   Chicken Noodle soup & crackers   Cheesy Taco Bake with salsa fresca
Thursday Cheese Toast & berries   Ham & Cheese roll ups, applesauce   Chicken rollatini with sauteed spinach & garlic
Friday Cereal & Yogurt   BBQ sandwiches with chips   Homemade Pizza & green salad
Saturday Eggs in a Nest   Sandwiches   Chicken Vegetable Stew over egg noodles 
Sunday Pancakes with PB & Syrup   Nachos   Penne Pesto with Green Beans and garlic bread

*Click HERE to see more of my favorite recipes or get new ideas for your menu plan this week!

Today’s Free Samples – 9/1

You know I normally don’t just list samples, but I know a few people who’ll love some of these, so I thought I’d put them out there for everyone!

*FREE Kashi Cereal Sample
*FREE Betty Crocker Potato Sample – Expired
*FREE Quality Thyme tea sample
*FREE Venom Energy Drink
*FREE Fancy Feast Appetizers Sample
*FREE issue of Baseball America magazine
*FREE Scrubbing Bubbles gift pack (first 10,000 to sign up)

Friday’s Freebies: August 28, 2009

I am so excited to introduce my new page: ONGOING DEALS

While still in its formative stage, I’ve finally created a place where you can go to see deals that are ongoing, including birthday freebies, kids eat free locations, and more! I’m currently gathering national deals, as well as local deals for TN & FL. If there’s something you’d like to see, just post a comment below and let me know! Otherwise, enjoy the Friday Freebies below!

A&W: Free small limeade with purchase coupon HERE

ACE Hardware: Click HERE for a list of items you can get (some for free) with rebate at Ace Hardware this month (Thanks to Moms by Heart)

Beech Nut: Free Starter Kit by filling out the short form HERE

Ben & Jerry’s: Every Monday through August, they’re offering Buy one get one Free Sundae’s on MONDAY’s…just mention the promotion at the register.

Beneful: Get a free issue of Dog’s Life Magazine HERE

Blockbuster: Click HERE to get codes for FREE movies from their Express Kiosk in July & August

Books from Birth: Free books for kids from birth – 5 (Middle TN). Click HERE for details.

Cesar Bistro: Celebrate this new restaurant-inspired experience for small dogs on Saturdays from August 22nd–October 10th! Four-legged friends will enjoy free samples at intimate dining experiences in over 125 parks and beaches. Click HERE for details.

Chi-Chi’s: Get a FREE reusable bag. Check out my post HERE

Dior: Get a free sample of Dior Hydration Cream at Nordstrom with the coupon HERE

Domino’s: Get a FREE Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake from Domino’s pizza if your birthday is in August (no purchase necessary, but you will need to verify your date of birth). 

Enfamil: Free Breastfeeding Support Kit HERE

Famous Dave’s BBQ: If you live near a Famous Dave’s BBQ and your name is “Dave, David or Davy”, you get a FREE MEAL on August 30th to celebrate their birthday!

Friday’s: Click here to get $5 off for every buddy you bring in.

Greenies: Free pet samples HERE

Hallmark: Get a Free card HERE

Holiday Station Store: In August, you can get a free Breakfast Tornado or Hot Snack (up to $1.39 in value) with this coupon.

Home Made Simple: If you haven’t already, get this free coupon book PACKED with coupons (including some free products) HERE

Ihop: Kids eat free (with each adult entrée purchase) from 4-10pm now through September 13, 2009.

Inbox Dollars: Get paid to take surveys, read emails and more. Get $5 just for signing up HERE

Kraft: Get the inside scoop on the latest Kraft products, be one of the first to try New Kraft Products. Click HERE
Kraft Singles & Minor League Baseball: Bring your Kraft Singles wrapper to get a FREE ticket when you buy one. Click HERE for details (valid through September 1, 2009)

Lands End: Every Saturday from 8/8 through 9/12, collect all six Lands’ End Pack Pals for free when you bring your kids into the store (no other purchase is necessary). 

Marble Slab Creamery: Get FREE ice cream on your birthday when you sign up HERE

MARS: Chocolate Relief Act – The first 250,000 to sign up HERE will get a coupon for their choice of a free chocolate bar! (Starts at 9am EST every Friday through September) With all the BOGO sales, this could turn into two if you wait for the right sale!

Melting Pot: Free chocolate fondue when you sign up for their club HERE. They also send a lot of great specials throughout the year!

Nabisco: Free Calendar of Savings ($55 worth!) HERE

Parent’s Choice: Get your free sample of Immune support Baby Formula HERE

Pottery Barn Kids:

•   Story Time – Tuesdays @ 11am
•   Registry Workshop – Tuesdays @ 7pm

Publix Baby Club: If you’re getting ready to have a baby or have a child under two, you definitely want to sign up HERE for some fun freebies and GREAT coupons from Publix!

Race Trac: Get a FREE bottle of water when you print out THIS COUPON

Talbots: Click HERE for a coupon you can take into the store for a FREE pair of Flip Flops

Victoria’s Secret: Get a FREE 1 oz Pink Body Lotion with the coupon HERE. You can also sign up for their Newsletter, “Pink Nation”, to get more freebies, including a Free Beauty Kit!

Williams Sonoma
: Check out their August schedule of free culinary demonstrations HERE

Winn Dixie: Click HERE to get a coupon for a FREE photo book

Global Forgiveness Day: August 27


Are you holding onto an old grudge? Well, today is GLOBAL FORGIVENESS DAY, so what better time to learn what it means to truly forgive.

My spiritual mom and mentor, Jackie Kendall, has just released a revolutionary book entitled, “Free Yourself to Love”. If you’ve never heard Jackie’s testimony, you need to. In this book, she covers and possible excuse you could have for holding on to unforgiveness and kicks it in the butt!

If you’re struggling with any unforgiveness issues, whether they stem from abuse, past hurt, unmet expectations or all of the above, this book is for you! Click HERE to read her latest newsletter and get more information on the book.