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Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, from the Savings Queens!

Pinecone Research- Get paid to take surveys


Pinecone research is accepting new members.  Pinecone does not accept applicants very often, so apply as soon as possible HERE.  If accepted, you will earn $3 for each survey you complete.  I have been a member for 2 years now.  I probably only earn $30-60 a year but the best part is the full size samples they often send for feedback on a product.  The downside? Sometimes you find a product you love and they never release it in stores.

Home Made Simple Coupon Book

Click here to request your Home Made Simple Coupon Book.  It is filled with over $35 of savings.

Free $40 Gift Certificate for 1-800-Flowers

Here is a great tip to pass along to all the boyfriends/husbands out there: FREE $40 gift certificate from 1-800-Flowers

Just Sign up for the 1-800-Flowers Fresh Rewards program here.   Make sure to use an email address you don’t mind getting advertisement emails to

Add at least 10 reminder events to your account (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)

After you add 10 events, you’ll have 400 points in your account and you’ll receive a $40 savings pass by email within 2 weeks.

Don’t forget to shop through ShopAtHome or Ebates when you use your $40 Savings Pass so you can earn 10-16% back on your order!

Thanks, Surviving the Stores!

Compliments / Complaints

I received a coupon for a free jar of Progresso Sauce last week. Why? I attempted to print a $1 off coupon from their site and it failed. I emailed and asked them to send me that coupon and instead they sent me a coupon for a FREE sauce. I have always let companies know when I have been disappointed with a product and have received coupons and free items. 

Thanks to Couponing to Disney’s  5 A Day Mail Campaign I am no longer writing only with complaints, I am thanking and complimenting companies whose products I appreciate and enjoy. What an easy way to get some free products or great coupons! This week I began writing the companies of every product I used throughout the day via the Contact Us pages of their websites. After loading the dishwasher I wrote Cascade to thank them for making a great product. After eating my Yoplait yogurt I wrote to let them know how much I love their yogurt but how difficult it is to get all the yogurt out because of their packaging. After putting away my leftovers in Ziploc containers I wrote to thank them for helping me save money by keeping my food fresh and protecting my freezer meals from freezer burn.

Check out Couponing to Disney’s suggestions for contacting companies HERE and check out the spreadsheet of what her friend has received HERE

 Here’s my list of companies contacted so far:

  • Cascade (compliment)

  • Chex Mix (compliment & suggestion)

  • Starbucks (complaint)

  • Yoplait (compliment & complaint)

  • Ziploc (compliment)- promise of coupon for free Ziploc vacuum pump system

Welcome to our savings kingdom!

We are Autumn and Brooke, two women with expensive tastes on shoestring budgets living on the Central Coast of California.  We recently learned we share a passion for saving money and finding amazing deals.  We are starting this blog to save ourselves time and  money by organizing the sales and coupons we find and pairing them with recipes and shopping lists.  We hope this site helps you save time and money too!  Check back often for great deals and meals!  If you have some deals to share you can contact us at