Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why I Coupon

Sometimes I get nervous at the checkout counter. Will my printable coupons scan? Will the cashier be rude? What if my catalina doesn’t print?

Then I tell myself – “You are doing nothing wrong by using coupons! The manufacturers print them for a reason.”

I think most new couponers have some kind of fear of the checkout lane. Most people think that coupons are for poor people, but I’ve discovered that is not the case. Coupons are for everyone! In fact, most coupon users are middle class. This is probably because they have easier access to the internet and newspapers.

For me, the hardest part of couponing was getting over my fear that a deal might not work the way I thought it would. As long as you aren’t doing anything illegal and you remain confident and calm, most situations will work out in your favor. If not, you can always leave the items at the store or ask to speak to a manager.

So, why do I coupon? It’s not because I have to, but because I want to be able to save money on everyday items so my family can afford to splurge on other things. Things like taking family vacations, going out to dinner, saving money for college, splurging on a new purse I really don’t need (but only if I have a coupon!), etc, etc. The extra money I’m saving on groceries is helping our family reach these goals comfortably, without much sacrifice. A few extra minutes in the checkout lane is worth it for that kind of return. And it’s pretty addicting, too!

Each individual or family has different goals. Why do you coupon?


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Walgreens 15% off Coupon

Go HERE to print a coupon for 15% off your entire purchase at Walgreens (some exclusions apply, of course!)  You will also get 20% off W Brand products.  This coupon is good tomorrow (3/31/11) only!



Frozen food is a great way to save money, but it doesn’t always make for a quick meal if you forget to defrost.  The Kitchn has 3 tips for defrosting food.  What are your tips? 

If I forget to move something to the fridge in the morning, I use the microwave. 


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Interior style – what is yours?

Young House Love has 3 tips for figuring out your interior style.

Great advice!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Weird Baby Products

Do not buy these products. Just laugh at them.

Thanks, !


Sunday, March 27, 2011

$2.99 Quiznos Coupon! Print NOW!!


 Go HERE to print a coupon for a $2.99 small sub from Quiznos.  This will go quickly, so print now!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Building your accessory collection


Here’s another great post from Sal at Already Pretty about building your accessory collection.

I definitely need to take inventory of my necklace and earring collection.  I have a tendency to hit the clearance section at Kohl’s quite often and am always bringing home something cute and cheap.  I’ve also been known to impulse buy a few things here and there on Etsy.  I probably have stuff hiding in drawers that I completely forgot about.  And my belt and scarf collection is kind of large thanks to rummage sales.  I love a good bargain.

If you’re not already a regular reader of Already Pretty, you should start now.  I’m off to get organized!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

What’s in the freezer?

Kitchen Stewardship shares 10 easy prep foods that are always in her freezer.

I love to freeze shredded carrots, cooked ground beef, & shredded chicken.  It makes dinner time go so much faster.  I love her idea #4 of freezing chicken broth.  I always hate it when I don’t need a full can for a recipe, but never thought of freezing it.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles



Smashed Peas and Carrots shares her recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.  The cookie dough is made without eggs….great news for us cookie dough addicted pregnant ladies!

My mouth is watering now.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Necklaces and Prints

Imogen from Inside Out Style shares her secrets for choosing a necklace to go with a printed top.

I tend to wear a super simple necklace with a loudly printed top.  This article just might help me get out of my comfort zone a little bit!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Facebook Deals for People Who Are Anti-Facebook

There are so many great coupons and contests available for Facebook users.  But what if you don’t want a Facebook page?

Penny Pinchin’ Mom tells you how to get those awesome deals if you don’t want to share your personal information.

I have to say that Facebook offers are definitely worth signing up for.  I’ve received many free product coupons, high value coupons, and even won a $100 Target gift card all from my Facebook account.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

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I’ve purchased from in the past and was very impressed with their selection and super quick shipping.  The cool thing about is that you can mail your manufacturers coupons to them and have them applied to your order.  They also have e-coupons that you can use toward your purchase. 

Check them out – I’m sure you will like them, too!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Fun Shoes for a Friday


These shoes made me smile, so I had to share. Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

DIY Wall Art

Check out the cool DIY art projects at Better Homes and Gardens DIY website.

The picture above consists of 9 pretty greeting cards glued to foam board and hung on the wall.  You could paint a square around the arrangement like the picture or just hang them on the wall.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

24% Cashback at Gap!

Yesterday you could get 22% cashback…now today you can get 24% cashback at through ShopAtHome!  Wow!  Gap also offers FREE shipping on all orders over $50. No code needed.

Just go HERE and sign up with ShopAtHome if you’re not already a member. Search for Gap and then continue to the website to complete your purchase. Easy!

ShopAtHome is one of my favorite cashback websites. They have a 110% guarantee. If you find a high cashback percentage on another website, they will beat it! Once your account reaches $20 they will send you a check automatically. You don’t have to request it!

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Entertaining Kids with Boxes


Who knew boxes could be so entertaining?  Kids!

Just take a box and give your kid some crayons, paint, or markers.  If the box isn’t white, you can cover it with white art paper.  Or you can just let them have fun with the plain old box.

Check it out at Ohdeedoh!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

22% Cashback at Gap!

You can get 22% cashback on your purchase through ShopAtHome March 15-16.  This is huge!  Take a look through the sale sections to make the most of your money.  Gap also offers FREE shipping on all orders over $50.  No code needed.

Just go HERE and sign up with ShopAtHome if you’re not already a member.  Search for Gap and then continue to the website to complete your purchase.  Easy!

ShopAtHome is one of my favorite cashback websites.  They have a 110% guarantee.  If you find a high cashback percentage on another website, they will beat it!  Once your account reaches $20 they will send you a check automatically.  You don’t have to request it!

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Simple to WOW!

Sal from Already Pretty has some more great advice – How To Make Simple Outfits Sparkle.

She offers great advice on accessorizing, choosing color combos, and selecting the right shoes to make your blah outfit exciting.  Take a look. I know you will learn something!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Smelly Shoe Solution

Audrey from Mom Generations has a tip for stinky shoes.

Put a dryer sheet in the shoe overnight.

I have also been known to put smelly shoes in the freezer, which is great during the summer but not so great during the winter.  I’ll try the dryer sheet idea next time.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Thrifting Tips

Thrifting clothing & accessories can be a lot of fun, and it’s super cheap!  One of my favorite belts was a garage sale find.  You never know what treasures are out there.

Sal from Already Pretty  shares her thrifting tips here.  You should also check out the comments for some great reader tips, too!

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Win a Baby Brezza from Mommy Words!

Enter at Mommy Words for a chance to win a Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker. 

These cool little machines steam and blend food in one easy step!  Giveaway ends 3/19/11.



Monday, March 7, 2011

What I’m Entering Daily

Irish Spring Legendary Giveaway – Enter daily until March 26, 2011 to win a trip to Dublin, Ireland.  You could also instantly win a gift card for Walgreens or iTunes worth up to $50.

Loft Vote & Win Sweepstakes – Pick your 5 favorite Loft styles daily until March 15, 2011 to win a $1,000 Loft gift card.

Stouffer’s Stuffed Melt and Soup Match ‘Em Up Instant Win Game – Play daily to win one of 10,000 FREE product coupons.  Ends March 13, 2011.

Dole “Aloha” Sweepstakes – Play daily until April 7, 2011 for a chance to win prizes like FREE Dole products, a $25 Gift Codes to Amazon, Nike, Home Depot and more. The grand prize is a $15,000 Hawaiian Retreat! 

Coke Zero NCAA Bracket Challenge – Enter to win Chili’s appetizers, NCAA gear, a trip to the Final Four, and more!  Play the Early Bird round daily until March 12, 2011.  Don’t forget to go back on March 13 and enter your first round bracket picks.


Friday, March 4, 2011

Shade Clothing is back…with 20% off and FREE Shipping!

Shade Clothing closed briefly last year, but now they are back! And I couldn’t be more excited!

I’m in love with their cap sleeve tees. I own three and ordered my fourth yesterday. In fact, I’m wearing one right now. They are great for layering, super stretchy, and longer than your average tee. I find that their sizes run a bit small. I’m typically a size medium, but wear a large in Shade. Just so you know.

Update: I just received my Shade order, and it seems they have adjusted their sizing! I now think I’m a medium. The cap sleeve tee has enough stretch that it still looks good in a large, but the maternity top is HUGE. Glad they have free returns!

I also picked up this cute maternity top. 

Now I’m just patiently waiting for the package to arrive.
Haven’t tried Shade yet? Now is a great time! They are offering 20% off with code THANKYOU until March 20. You will also get free shipping and free returns until March 31. So order a top or two and give them a try.

*Shade did not pay me for this post. I just really, really love their tees!

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