Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Book Freebie

I ran across another good freebie this morning for all of you who may be expecting or trying to get pregnant. What to Expect When you are Expecting is a good read especially if this is your first child! Go here to fill out the sign up information and they will send you the book for free!
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Ben and Jerry's $3 coupon!

I found a fantastic offer this morning! It's for a $3 coupon off one pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I love there ice cream- especially the "Chunky Monkey"- and this coupon makes it a little more affordable. Hurry though because it says there are limited quanitites of the coupon available! COUPON
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Hello! I'm very sorry for neglecting my blog for the past few days. It's Christmastime, what can I say? Between the last minute shopping, wrapping of gifts and the oldest being out of school on Christmas break, there has been no extra time in my day. I hope to get back to a semi normal posting schedule soon, I promise. In the meantime, I hope you and your families enjoy a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. One deal tip to remember, almost all stores will have Christmas and gift items on sale at least 50% off on the day after Christmas. Don't forget to stock up for birthdays and holidays for next year!
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Monday, December 15, 2008

The boys with Santa

Okay, I didn't expect miracles with the Santa picture this year. In fact, I was almost certain their would be tears so I refused to pay the large amount that the malls charge. I found out that Bass Pro Shops have a Santa as well as a "winter wonderland" for the kids to play in, not to mention that the picture is FREE!! We got there yesterday and there were only 3 people in line ahead of us- SCORE! We got the picture taken- not too bad- made candy cane reindeer, played with RC cars, and colored a Christmas themed coloring page- all for FREE! Woohoo! Jackpot! I encourage you to check it out if you have little ones and dread the mall scene (and prices) like I do. Happy Holidays!
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Friday, December 12, 2008

Kota the Triceratops Dinosaur

I don't normally advocate such large purchases at Christmas time, and we don't normally have the money, but Toys R Us has got this thing on sale right now for $99.98!!! If you have seen this thing and had your kids drool over it then you know they normally retail for over $300!! This is an awesome deal! I called my local TRU store and they have them in stock for that price, but you may want to verify it with yours before you head out. They have them online for the same price, but shipping is almost $80. Bummer. I wanted to miss the crowds! Russ is going to go on his lunch break to snag it for the kids. This will be their only "BIG" present and they will only receive a few other small ones. But to me it will be worth it to see the looks on their faces on Christmas morning!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Things you Didn't know about Me!

I thought I would share a little bit more about me today with everyone! I’ve been reading about some of my other blog friends this morning and they have inspired me to write this post, so here goes.

50 Things About Me (because I don’t have time to do 100!):

1. I am a mother to 3 boys.
2. I am a wife to a British husband. ( I bought him off eBay! LOL)
3. I love the color pink.
4. I love roses.
5. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart.
6. I LOVE Starbucks!
7. I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy.
8. I love Mexican and Italian food.
9. I love to cook.
10. I like comedy movies.
11. I like scary movies!
12. I am a daughter.
13. I am an aunt.
14. I am a sister.
15. I am the oldest of 5 children.
16. Christmas is my favorite time of the year.
17. I love to take pictures.
18. Owning my own business has always been a dream of mine. I would like to own a wedding planning/catering business.
19. I attended college at the University of Memphis.
20. I clip coupons religiously.
21. I love to find a bargain or good deal. I’m all about being frugal!
22. I hate Home Depot and Lowe’s. Not girly enough for me I suppose.
23. I know more about cars than A LOT of men.
24. I love to shop!
25. I love candles and other home “smell good.”
26. My new favorite scent is Pink Buttercream Frosting by Jaqua. YUMMY!
27. I have blue eyes.
28. I love jewelry. (Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! J)
29. I love an eclectic mix of music. Anything from country to rock to classical and everything in between- everything except rap.
30. My favorite book is Gone With The Wind. (Can you tell I was raised in the South?)
31. I love good sweet tea.
32. I love to watch Nascar- Dale Jr. is my favorite!
33. I was born in Savannah, Georgia.
34. My favorite dessert is cheesecake in any variety.
35. I hate doing the laundry!
36. I balk at new technology, much to Russ’s horror. I figure if the old version, item, computer is good enough and not broken- why fix it?
37. I enjoy getting dressed up and going out for dinner.
38. I love Dr. Pepper!
39. I am a minimalist in some things. I regularly throw things away that I end up needing 6 months later. I just hate clutter and junk!
40. I like to read suspense novels.
41. My favorite adult drink is rum and coke.
42. I like quiet. (like that EVER happens around here!)
43. I enjoy a hot bath when time and children permit.
44. I would love to go back to school.
45. I like getting mail.
46. My favorite song is Wonderwall by Oasis.
47. I bite my nails.
48. I love getting pedicures!
49. I love wrapping presents at Christmas!
50. My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight (and finally do it.)

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Don't forget to check your Dollar Tree!

Don't forget to check your local Dollar Tree (or other dollar stores) at least once a week for new deals. I went in to my store last week to pick up some wrapping paper and found Russ's favorite deodorant for a buck! This stuff is over $3 at Walmart even with a coupon. I ended up getting 8 cans, so that should last him a while. The moral of the story is you never know what deal you will find at your local dollar store!
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Late Night Kroger Run

I made a late last minute run to Kroger on Friday night for a couple of deals before Russ and I left town for the night. I posted several weeks ago about how Pedigree would send FREE pet food coupons to anyone who had adopted a pet. Since we adopted our dog from the shelter I sent in all of the paperwork. Friday afternoon I had a coupon for a FREE 20lb bag of Pedigree dog food as well as 4 FREE cans or pouches of dog food. I took these to use at Kroger and while I was there I checked their clearance shelves. They had dented cans of Chef Boyardee raviolis for .45 per can! My kids love these and get them for lunches on the weekends or dinner occasionally. I thought .45 per can was a steal considering they are normally well over $1 each. If I'd had some of the $1/3 coupons to use it would have been a better deal, but alas I did not. Here's what I ended up with:

6~ cans dog food

1~20 lb bag of dog food

7~cans of ravioli

Total Before Coupons: $24.18
Total Money Spent: $3.15
Total Saved: $21.03 (87%)
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Wacky Walgreens Deals

Wow! The Walgreens deals last week with the mid week ad were fabulous! I was able to take advantage of some of the good deals, especially the Coke deal. I had ordered some BOGO 12 pack coupons from eBay prior to knowing about the sale. Here's how it ended up with 3 trips:

7~Walitin 10 ct. box

4~Revlon make up

2~Reach toothbrushes

12~Coke 12 packs

1~gift bags 3pk

2~boxes Kleenex tissue

1~bubble knee highs

3~tissue paper

*Sorry- I ended up only taking a picture of one of my WAGS trips.*

Total Before Coupons: $105.20
Total Money Spent: $18.31
Total Saved: $86.89 (82.6%)

I actually got a better deal than this because I still have $10 in RR to spend! So, if you take those into account, I actually got everything listed for $8.31!! WOW!
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Target Trips and Deals

I made several trips to Target in the past 2 weeks to get all of these deals. I went back several times looking for the Archer Farms ham steaks to no avail. I finally asked the manager if they would consider substituting since I had been to their store 3 times and they still did not have them in stock. (We only have 1 Super Target here.) Much to my surprise he said yes he would and gave me the same price per pound on the substitution! Awesome customer service!

Since I have so many receipts, I am going to list everything I bought and then give you the pictures at the end. Here goes:

I ended up with:
20~ Pepsi 12 packs
1~ head of broccoli
15~ packs of various Sutton & Dodge beef (steaks, roasts, etc.)
14~ ham steaks
26~ Archer Farms small bags of coffee
1~ box of cold medicine
1~ Pillsbury cookie dough
2~ Archer Farms yogurt (If you have not tried the Sugar Cookie flavor- GO.TO.TARGET.NOW!)
1~ bag of gummy worms (had my son with me that day)
7~ Goody Ouchless products

Total Before Coupons: $228.92
Total Money Spent: $91.19
Total Saved: $137.73 (60.2%)

The percentage here isn't as great as I would like, but for meat products I think it's really good.
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Kmart Doubles Trip

I know, I am so far behind with posting! I am very sorry! I am trying to do better with my deals and getting them posted so you have time to get the same deals. Things just come up sometimes. Thanks for understanding. :)

I made 2 trips this last time for doubles. There weren't a lot of deals to be had since my Kmart is no only a Big K versus a Super K. They are no longer going to have groceries with the exception of a very limited amount of items. I was able to get some deals because what food items they did have were marked down 40% off. I had a bunch of $1 off coupons for Philly cream cheese, so that combined with the 40% netted me FREE cream cheese of all varities. I also got quite a few free Loreal eye shadows. These will come in handy for Christmas baskets!

Please forgive me, but I have misplaced my receipt. I do remember that I ended up paying less than $30 for everything here.

**I have more deal posts coming this afternoon and evening, so come on back by and check them out!**

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Christmas Lights @ Graceland

Russ LOVES any and all things Elvis or Graceland related. Sadly I don't feel the same way. *GASP* I know, I know- how can you live in the city of "The King" and not be in love with him? I don't dislike Elvis's music, I actually like quite a bit of it. I simply am not quite as enthused about as some people. I've been to Graceland twice and that's enough for me. Russ on the other hand could go daily and it not be enough. We are total opposites- go figure. Anyway, because my husband is as awesome as he is, I give in occasionally and make the drive out to Graceland so Russ can get his "fix." :) We went the other day since they have turned on the Christmas lights. Here are the pictures that ensued:

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cool Toy Giveaways over @ Momma Findings!

Go check out the the awesome toy giveaways going on at Momma Findings! Sara and her children have reviewed and blogged about some of the coolest toys of the season! Don't forget to check out V-Tech's KidiCreative line of toys as well.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Awesome Avon Giveaway!

Do you have a special friend or family member that you are still trying to shop for? Or, how about getting a holiday treat for yourself? The Jillian Dempsey Signature Collection bag is all the indulgence she, or yourself, will need!

Who is Jillian Dempsey? First and foremost, she is a make up artist, but she is probably more well known for being the wife of Grey's Anatomy hottie Patrick Dempsey. Jillian has created the perfect winter collection for your busy holiday season! Why stand in the cosmetics aisle at Target, trying to match eyeliner to eye shadow when you can get this incredible bag, all ready to go for you!

This gorgeous little red bag comes with:

Anew Clinical Instant Face Lift
Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Black/Brown Mascara
Jillian Dempsey for Avon Eyeliner
Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eyeshadow
Ultra Rich Color Lipstick

I've always loved Avon and this collection is no different! My favorite piece in the collection would have to be the eyeshadow-it comes with a cream as a base, so your eyeshadow lasts all day!

You can buy this incredible $84 value collection for only $25.00! What a steal! But right now, you have the chance to win one for free! Just visit the Avon site here and leave me a comment on your favorite product(s). This contest ends at midnight December 16, 2008. I will draw a winner using on December 17th. I will notify the winner via email, so please leave your email address with your comment! For extra entries, follow my blog, post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to this post, or follow me on twitter. if you do any of these things, be sure to leave me an extra comment letting me know!
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Kajeet Phone Giveaway

Just in time for the holidays Kajeet brings you an awesome giveaway for one lucky reader! You've heard me talk about Kajeet before and all of the awesome phones and features they offer for teens and tweens including GPS! Now it's your turn to see just how great they really are! You can win one of their Samsung Clam M300 Camera Phones for your son or daughter, just in time for the Holidays! How cool is that? It's a great phone and I think your child will love it. All you have to do to enter is visit their website here and then leave me a comment about your favorite feature AND favorite phone. The contest ends at midnight on December 16, 2008. A winner will be drawn using on December 17th and I will email the winner to get their information so you can get this awesome giveaway in time for Christmas! For extra entires, follow my blog, share this contest on your blog and link back to me, or follow me on twitter. If you do any of these extra things be sure to leave me a separate comment telling me about them!
**Remember if you don't win, or are interested in purchasing a phone check them out here. For a limited time, all my readers can take 15% off their kajeet purchase. (Promo code: 1115)Plus, get $10 additional airtime when you activate your phone!(Enter: BONUS10 at activation)**
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30 Photocards for .48!

Have you procrastinated and not ordered holiday cards yet? (Like me.) Maybe you have been waiting for a sweet deal to come around. Well, your patience may have paid off. Carrie from Money Saving Methods has found a deal that will help you get 30 Photo Cards for 48 cents! She doesn't know when the codes expire so if you are ready you may want to order today! They also offer 75 FREE prints to new customers- so double score! Hurry over and check it out!
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Free Rayovac Batteries at Target

Many thanks to Mercedes over at Common Sense With Money for this tip!

Use this $1 off any pack of Rayovac Alkaline batteries internet printable to get free batteries at Target. Target usually carries the 2-count pack of these batteries at the Dollar Spot. The Dollar Spot is usually found near the entrance of the store. The coupon doesn't expire until 2/28/09 so you have plenty of time to take advantage of this great deal. Free batteries would defintely come in handy for all those toys at Christmas!
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