ZonePerfect Bars Deal for the Busy Lifestyle!

by A Frugal Friend on May 24, 2016

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This shop has been compensated by CollectiveBias, Inc. on behalf of its advertiser, ZonePerfect. #SnackandRally #CollectiveBias

Do you have a thousand things going on each day? Do you try to juggle all the tasks that life throws at you? Do you get the job done and try to stay fit while doing it? ZonePerfect® bars can help in your fitness routine and busy lifestyle. Life doesn’t slow down just because you are tired or hungry. These nutrition bars are not just a pick me up. ZonePerfect® nutrition bars are a straight up, all-in, get after it, lift me up!

ZonePerfect® gives you the 2nd, (3rd, 4th, or 5th) wind that you need to have the vitality and energy that keeps you going for your busiest days.


With high quality taste, no less than 10 grams of protein, a variety of flavors and a good source of fibers, ZonePerfect® bars are a great snack that help you feel good about yourself.

Right now you can save up to $4 when you buy 2 boxes of ZonePerfect® at Walmart.

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Pennzoil Platinum Deal at

by A Frugal Friend on May 24, 2016

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Pennzoil at Walmart

You can save money on just about anything – and that includes your oil too! Check out this Pennzoil Platinum Deal!

In today’s busy world, there is little time to make a trip to the store. Why fight the crowds?

Save time and money by fulfilling your DIY oil needs on Their amazing selection of items, including exclusive specialty automotive items, can be found just a click away.

On you can find many Pennzoil Platinum products currently on rollback (for a limited time), including Pennzoil Full Synthetic and Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage. Based on your car’s needs and the number of miles, one of these two oils is right for you.

  • Platinum Synthetic: With Pennzoil’s PurePlus™ Technology, the Platinum® motor oil is proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard. (Use if < than 75,000 miles)
  • High Mileage: Perfect for the vehicle with over 75,000 miles as it helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in a well-used car.

Save yourself a trip to the store and get your oil on rollback at today!

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I have been compensated as part of the Sodapalooza social media campaign with RaceTrac! All opinions are my own.


It’s that time of year again – Sodapalooza Time!

If you happen to be lucky enough to live in one of the following states (TX, FL, GA & LA), you likely know exactly what I’m talking about.

But just in case you don’t, let me tell you all about Sodapalooza!

Each summer, RaceTrac introduces Sodapalooza – a summer tradition in these parts where you can purchase a special Sodapalooza cup and get unlimited free refills (aka FreeFills) on all fountain and frozen drinks. Here in Texas, that’s a big deal!

And let’s talk about how much of a DEAL it is really!

Sodapalooza 2016

Here are the facts:

  • Each Sodapalooza cup costs $11.99
  • Download the Free RaceTrac app and get $2 off the cup = new lower price of $9.99
  • Get unlimited free refills on all fountain & frozen drinks from May 4th through July 31 (2016)

That’s 13 weeks of free refills!!!

But there’s more!

Sodapalooza Selfie Contest

RaceTrac is making it extra fun this year with a #SodapaloozaSelfie contest!

Now through June 5th, post your best #SodapaloozaSelfie (using that hashtag and also #contest) on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win a summer road trip for you and up to 3 friends! Just think about all the places you’d love to visit! Yes – Grand Prize is the trip but there are also runner up prizes of $200 RaceTrac Gift Cards! You’ll find all the details at!

Sodapalooza - what would you

Knowing all the benefits of having your own cup…….tell me, what would you do for a Sodapalooza cup?

  • Would you face your fears and ride the coaster?
  • Would you sing karaoke in front of your co-workers?

Tell me!

I’m about to do something really unusual here.

Pay special attention if you live in one of the following states…..TX, FL, GA & LA.

FLASH GIVEAWAY: TEN (10) Winners will each receive a RaceTrac Sodapalooza Cup!

HOW TO ENTER: For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me what you would do for a Sodapalooza cup (and don’t worry, I won’t make you do it!) That’s it. Super easy!

EXTRA ENTRIES: You can earn one extra entry for each of the following (leave separate comments for each):

2. Follow A Frugal Friend on Pinterest (leave me your username)

3. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or in a reader

4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram (leave me your username)

5. Follow RaceTrac on Instagram (leave me your username)

6. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter (leave me your username)

7. Follow RaceTrac on Twitter

8. Tweet the following as is: TEN (10) Winners. Enter to win the #SodapaloozaSelfie Flash #Giveaway from @AFrugalFriend –>

9. Leave a comment on a Non-Giveaway post. Let me know which post it was (via new comment)!

Be sure to Like A Frugal Friend on Facebook to hear the latest giveaways and deals! (leave as separate comments please for each entry)

Giveaway ends at 3pm (central time) on Thursday, May 26th, 2016! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days (until midnight CST on Friday, May 27th due to time constraints) to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

#37 Sophie
#40 Brandi
#19 Renee
#25 Towanda
#16 Becky
#29 Gena
#33 Julie
#44 Dawn
#5 Giselle
#22 Betsy

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A Little Care for Dad……

by A Frugal Friend on May 23, 2016

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Thinking about Father’s Day and how a little care for Dad goes a long way with this Sponsored post thanks to Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.


This man.

A husband. A father. A daddy.

I’ll never forget the moment I knew he would be the most amazing father. We weren’t married or even engaged, but were only dating at the time. I just knew.

He had a different perspective than most 30-something guys I’d met. Truth be told, he had a different perspective than most anyone on this particular topic. We talked about what we were looking for in a spouse. The most important thing – he wanted a spouse who he would be completely comfortable with raising any children if God forbid anything were to happen to him.

I’ve never forgotten those words and how important it was to him. But then again, he’d been through a lot, having lost both his parents in his early adulthood. He’d faced death and the grieving process. He knew how important it was for children once a parent was gone.

I’ll be honest, that was something I’d never thought about, but then again, I had the luxury of having both parents and even 3 grandparents at the time we were dating. That different perspective was one I’d come to understand more the year after we were married, when my mother passed away unexpectedly.

This guy, my husband, he had his priorities straight. He knew what mattered in the end. That has influenced his life and has, in turn, made him an incredible daddy to one lucky little girl.

Dove Men + Care Father's Day

Even with having priorities straight, life is hard. From big picture things like losing parents to the small things each week that keep one exhausted. Dads need a little care…..

A little care fuels a dad’s heart.

A little care empowers a dad’s strength, aka, superhero capabilities.

A little care goes a long way.

For the dad in our house, that extra care might mean a little time to play a video game or a weekend trip to a golf tournament. No matter what, I know he’ll return to us, better able to care for us.

Dove Men + Care products

Dove understands that dad’s need that care and have created the Dove Men+Care product line just for them (available at Walmart)! Have you tried them out?

Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort Body+Face Bar

Infused with ¼ moisturizing cream, this body and face bar thoroughly cleanses for healthier, stronger skin compared with regular soap. It also rinses off easily, delivering total skin comfort with a clean, refreshing scent.

Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort Body and Face Wash

Featuring MICROMOISTURE technology, this ultra-light, hypoallergenic formula is clinically proven to fight skin dryness by locking in natural moisture and hydrating for healthier, stronger skin.

Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort Dry Spray Antiperspirant

Featuring a clinically proven non-irritant formula that’s tough on sweat, not on skin, this antiperspirant goes on instantly dry for a clean feel, combining 48-hour odor and wetness protection with ¼ moisturizer technology.

Dove Men+Care Anti Dandruff Fortifying Shampoo

This fortifying shampoo promotes scalp health by eliminating dandruff flakes, resulting in stronger, more resilient hair for an active lifestyle.

Dove Men+Care Hydrate + Post Shave Balm

This light, non-greasy, calming formula contains Vitamin B5 to relieve burning and irritation caused by shaving. It absorbs quickly and soothes skin instantly to give your face a relieved, comfortable feeling.

Dove Men + Care products

I found everything in the Dove Men + Care product line at my local Walmart store. Same Dove brand that I’ve used forever, with same great price, with a new customer base – the men in our lives.

TIP: I spotted special packages at my local Walmart which bundled items together for an even better price!

As I think about Father’s Day, these products would make a great gift basket or “care” basket for those we love. AND….not just for our husbands and dads, but for all the men in our lives who we honor on this great day. I know first hand that it’s not always parents who raise and support us over the years – this is also for the grandfathers, uncles, cousins, friends.

Tell me, how did you know your spouse would make an incredible father? Not married? Tell me how you CARE for the dad or father figure in your life!

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Traveling with Diabetes – Lessons Learned

by A Frugal Friend on May 17, 2016

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I have been compensated by Glucerna for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. Talk with your health care provider about a diabetes management plan that’s right for you. #GlucernaHungerSmart #CollectiveBias

We’d had an exciting day. Our first family trip to Mexico – my parents, my sister and I. While it holds a special place in my heart with amazing memories, it also taught me firsthand about traveling with diabetes.

While I’d had dreams of visiting a certain theme park for the first time, I was outvoted and we instead headed to the Yucatan peninsula for a few days of fun in the sun. It was in my 20s that we really started traveling as a family. Childhood summers had been spent mostly camping and visiting grandparents, but as my sister and I became adults, our travels changed dramatically. Places like Hawaii and Cancun became a reality.


Little did I know that these destinations would also bring with them health scares. Which brings me back to that day…….that first family trip to Mexico.

October 1999.

Dinner at Modern Art Cafe in Cancun, Mexico.

We were reviewing the menus and my mom started acting strangely. I was sitting next to her and she had a panicked look upon her face. She was searching through her purse for something. I kept asking her what was wrong, what was she looking for. She wouldn’t or COULDN’T respond.

Now, she had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes around 3-4 years prior to this. While she may have known a lot about diabetes, I’ll admit that I did not, and that is something I would change looking back. The entire family, even those who no longer live in the household, should really learn all they can about the care and management of the diabetic patient. I’d also recommend this for close friends and co-workers.

Though I didn’t have a lot of experience with her care, I knew something was seriously wrong. While I sometimes crater after the fact, it seems I’m fairly good in an emergency situation. I act quickly and take charge, and those two things can often make the difference in an outcome. It did that day.

My mom couldn’t communicate with us, though she was conscious. I determined that it was likely hypoglycemia (aka low blood sugar). She needed sugar and fast.

The problem was, we were in a foreign country, and in a restaurant where the waiters only spoke Spanish. Just our luck.

I quickly stepped away from the table and walked to the bar area – I had to take charge of the situation. I had a basic 2 years of Spanish in high school, not quite what I would have liked at that moment. I knew one word that helped – ORANGE “Naranja” – with that word and my vague attempt at communicating with my hands, the waiter quickly brought me orange juice.

Thankfully, my mom acknowledged the juice and drank it. In a few minutes, things were back to normal and we proceeded with dinner. No trip to the hospital or doctor necessary, though I’ll admit I was shaken on the inside by what happened. What had she been looking for frantically in her purse? Turns out, it was a squeezable vial of some sort to use in an emergency. I wish I would have known.

Traveling with Diabetes

I’m forever grateful for the lessons learned during that trip. Why? My husband has been recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. We are just months into this and as we travel often, it has spurred a lot of conversations about traveling with diabetes.

Traveling with Diabetes is Different!

Diabetes can be manageable and under control at home, but traveling introduces a few things that one needs to be aware of and plan for. This is important for both patient, caregivers and traveling buddies.

Time Change – Traveling can be tough on the body, especially when there is a time change. But if a diabetic patient has a serious time change, that can affect the timing of taking medicine.

  • TIP: Talk to your health care provider about the time change and how to adapt with any prescribed medicines taken daily.

Schedule/Routine Change – When you are at work and home, taking medicines at certain times of day becomes routine. That changes considerably when you are traveling. Meals are often eaten at varying times and because you aren’t in your routine, it’s easy to even forget to take prescribed medicine. (I’m guilty of this)

  • TIP: Set alarms to notify you of times to take prescribed medication.

Medical Care while traveling

Emergency Care – Visiting a new city or country can be exciting, but emergencies do happen and it’s best to be prepared.

  • TIP: Make sure to have all medication (prescribed and over-the-counter) with you at all times.
  • TIP: Carry the name and phone numbers of your personal doctors and pharmacy.
  • TIP: Research the name, location and phone numbers of doctors/hospitals in the area you will be traveling to. Keep it with you at all times. This is especially important in a foreign country. NOTE: This is one reason I love traveling to resorts that have medical staff on site. If you need recommendations for this, email me!

Stress – Preparing for a trip can add unexpected stress and anxiety to your routine. You know, packing til 2am or rushing to the airport. Stress can affect blood sugar levels, so plan accordingly to help reduce the stress and know the signs of diabetic distress.

Heat and Exercise – A favorite place to vacation may also expose you to more heat and exercise than your body is used to. I’m thinking of beach vacations and those trips to theme parks with all that walking. This can affect blood sugar levels, so once again plan accordingly and watch for signs of distress.

Low Blood Sugar (aka Hypoglycemia) – This is what happened to my mom in Cancun. Truth be told, this is something that can affect anyone, even my 8-year old. I can tell if her blood sugar has gotten low and it’s time to eat just by her behavior. While a great combo of protein and carbs is ideal for regular snacks, when one has low blood sugar as a diabetic, there is often a need to have something quickly accessible with a high level of sugar.

  • TIP: Keep something like orange juice (I always had small cans in my purse when I was with my mom) or hard candies on your person at all times.

Food Availability – When traveling, plans can change often. I’m thinking of getting stuck on the runway in an airplane, having all restaurants/shops closed when you land at the airport or arrive at the hotel. Normally it might not be a problem, but it could be.

  • TIP: While traveling, take food with you in a carryon (purse, backpack, etc).  A great option –> Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes.

Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes

Why do I love the option of having Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes on hand when traveling? It’s the combo of protein and carbs!

Each satisfying Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shake has 15 grams of protein to help manage hunger, and CARBSTEADY®, which includes slowly digestible carbohydrates designed to help minimize blood sugar spikes.

Glucerna Hunger Smart Shake

So here’s the scoop about  Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes! They are designed for people with diabetes and for use under medical supervision.

6 Packs are available to purchase – I find them at my local Walmart – in two flavors, Chocolate or Vanilla. Each shake has 6 grams of sugars and 1 carb choice per bottle plus they are an excellent source of 25 vitamins and minerals and provide a good source of fiber to help support digestive tract health.

If weight loss is part of your diabetes care plan (it not always is), it’s important to note that they have 50% more protein than the leading weight loss shakes AND also have 66% less sugar. A great option for so many trying to manage hunger while dealing with diabetes.

Best of all, Glucerna also contain CarbSteady, which allows carbs to be released slowly over time and prevents blood sugar spikes. This is perhaps the most important thing to my family as steady sugar is the goal.

  • TIP: If you are traveling via air, remember that the Shakes are liquid and should be packed in your checked luggage to make sure they get through security. Other options are best for carryons (backpack, purse, etc).

Glucerna Products Aisle

In Walmart, I found the Shakes in the Diabetes Care aisle, close to the blood sugar monitors. And…..right now there is an incredible deal available:

DEAL: Buy any 2 large packs of Glucerna and get up to $3 off

Travel is often a necessary part of a diabetic’s life, whether for work or play. There is no need to fear traveling, just a need to be prepared.

In my family, what I’ve learned over the years is to be flexible with plans and that everyone in the travel party needs to know and understand the care of the patient……the medicines, where they are, what signs of distress to look for, etc. It can make a huge difference and can help ensure a wonderful and event-free trip while traveling with diabetes.

Have you ever traveled with diabetes yourself or have you ever traveled with someone who has diabetes? What are you best tips?


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Win Dr Pepper® Summer Prizes! #SummerFUNd

by A Frugal Friend on May 11, 2016

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The countdown is on!

In our house, we have an official countdown to summer! Can you believe it’s just around the corner?

My daughter is imagining swimming parties, while I’m imagining swimming lessons. My daughter is dreaming of sleepovers, while I’m dreaming of sleeping in. Either way, summer means a win-win for us both.

And speaking of winning…………

Diet Dr Pepper in Ice

Dr Pepper® wants you and I to have the best summer ever and that means more than an ice cold drink, a necessity in Texas!

To help us out, they are having a one of a kind sweepstakes in honor of their one of a kind summer flavors!

How about prizes like:

  • $50 in Movie Cash, Gas Cash, and Dining Cash
  • $250 in Walmart eGift Cards, Amusement Park Cash, or Zoo Cash
  • $2,500 in Vacation Cash

Any of those prizes would go a long way to help make this the best summer ever! I mean zoo cash? So fun!

Summer FunD

Summer FUNd

We’ve talked about the prizes, now let’s get you started!

How to Play:

If you’re new to the FUNd, sign up with your Facebook account or email address at Summer FUNd Sweepstakes. Returning users simply sign in.

Instant Win Game

  • Instant Win Game – Once registered, you immediately have a chance to instantly win a $5 Walmart eGift Card. Check out the Scratch and Play game to discover if you are a winner!
  • You may play the instant win game once. Go ahead and play now!

Sweepstakes Game

Purchase any of the following products to enter:

  • Dr Pepper®
  • Diet Dr Pepper®
  • Dr Pepper® Cherry


  • Upload your Receipt – it’s super easy.

Summer FunD Game Board

Once your receipt has been successfully uploaded you can view the game pieces you have earned!

Collect 3 unique game pieces in a row to win a prize.

  • You may upload receipts to earn game pieces every day until 7/31.
  • NOTE: If you buy less than $10 of Dr Pepper product in a single receipt, you receive 1 game piece. If you buy more than $10 of Dr Pepper product in a single receipt you get 2 game pieces.

Diet Dr Pepper in ice close up

So tell me, which Summer FUNd prize is your favorite? Head to the  Summer FUNd Sweepstakes now!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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REAL – The Word I’d Use to Describe Her! #BeautyIs

by A Frugal Friend on May 9, 2016

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Sponsored post by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own. #BeautyIs

Yesterday - Mother’s Day.

I wish I could get through that day without tears, but the memories flood in. I often travel for the weekend, creating a new tradition to replace the old, but the reminders are still there when away from home. Three generations seen together in airports are harsh reminders of what I’ve lost. Though my mother has been gone for 10 years, I try to think of the women who have continued to impact my life since she left.

The ones who helped get me through the trenches of grief in those early days.

The ones who helped give my daughter a glimpse of the kind of grandma my mom would have been to her.

The ones who encourage me as I navigate this world as a mom.

I don’t know what I’d do without them. Many of them, friends, have seemed like angels sent down with a mission from my mom. It would be just like her to do that!

Great Grandma

I’m one of the lucky ones in life who enjoyed all four grandparents well into adulthood.

Still in her 90s, I have one grandmother still in my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful. In fact, we often giggle about how she has to live until 100 because she’s the stability in my family. Only thing is, she’s now approaching 100, so I think I need to “up” that age. I’ve needed her these past 10 years.

Dove #BeautyIs

When I think of Grandma, I wouldn’t describe her as the traditional grandma you’d expect to meet, though…..

  • Grandma does bake cookies. And oh, they are the best cookies hands down. Chocolate Chip Cookies that melt in your mouth. In fact, both my sister and I have tried to replicate her recipe and they never turn out right.
  • Grandma does sew. In fact, Grandma taught me to sew and embroider as a young girl, something I consider sort of a lost art. I don’t know many who can anymore.

Aside from these things, I wouldn’t call her traditional. If there was one word I’d use to describe Grandma, it would be REAL.

You see, Grandma isn’t much of a hugger. Most people wouldn’t characterize her as the sweet one. But she is very REAL.

She says it like it is. She is the embodiment of speaking her mind, even when it’s not the popular opinion. Peer pressure has never gotten to her. She’s not easily impressed with status, wealth or celebrity. These character traits made her an interesting lady of her era and I’ve always admired them in her.

The last ten years have taken their toll on my family. For Grandma, the decade has softened her in a way. Before Mom’s death, I never saw her cry at the drop of a hat. Now that’s all changed. In her 90-some years, she’s been through so much…..watched my grandfather go off to war, lost a brother and a nephew in those early years, survived a breast cancer diagnosis yet lost her daughter to the same, and buried a husband and daughter within 3 months time.

#BeautyIs REAL. That’s my Grandma in a nutshell. And I will cherish her for as many years left as I can.

You see that Dove bar soap above? It’s engraved with that word….REAL. Couldn’t be a more fitting word to put on a Dove bar as that’s the bar soap my Grandma has used for decades. It’s a smell I associate with Grandma’s house.

Dove LImited Edition

For the first time in nearly 60 years, the iconic Dove is changing its look to celebrate the women who inspire us. Each bar (available at Walmart) will be engraved with a word to symbolize the impact women have:

  • Love
  • Real
  • Kind
  • Care

I can think of women in my life who are the embodiment of each of these words. Can’t you?

Dove at Walmart



These limited edition Dove products are available right now at Walmart. I found a box of 6 for only $6.00. I have these throughout the house right now – wonderful for guest bathrooms or for inclusion in an extra special gift basket!

Dove knows how important women are in our lives.  And I couldn’t be more proud to support them.

What woman inspires you? What word would you use to describe them?


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