neti pot. Just download this form and send it with your original cash register receipt before 7/31/2013. You will get up to $14.99 back by mail as a rebate.
If you haven't yet discovered them, neti pots are simply magical. Check out this article from WebMD called "Neti Pots - Do They Work?" They use saline and gravity to gently and safely cleanse, without force, the entire nasal passages. They are a godsend for people with sinus infections, chronic sinusitis, rhinitis, allergies, colds and dry noses. They not only loosen and remove mucus but they also wash out pollens and other irritants that are sitting around in the nose waiting to make us sicker. They are safe for children as long as they're old enough to voluntarily blow their nose after using it. Our 10 year old recently let us neti his nose for the first time when he was sick and he loved it. Using a neti pot for the first time is a strange experience (the water goes in one nostril and out the other!) but once you get the hang of it it's easy, comfortable and even kind of fun.
This neti pot freebie comes with some packets of saline mixture that you simply mix up with water in the neti pot. There are instructions online for using just sea salt or a sea salt / baking soda mixture to make your own saline, but we tend to buy the NeilMed's Sinus Rinse Pre-Mixed Packets because the convenience factor makes us more likely to actually use the neti pot regularly.
From a budget-related perspective, neti pots are a fantastic investment (or in this case, a fantastic freebie) because they result in fewer sinus infections and fewer allergies. They can also reduce postnasal drip, thereby reducing chest congestion and sore throats. Ultimately they may result in less antibiotic use and fewer doctor's visits... if that's not budget-friendly, I don't know what is!