Monday, November 30, 2009

Post It Note Tuesday

Sunday, November 29, 2009

CyberMonday Sales


Here's some of the deals I've found so far. I'll update as I find more!


  • 15%-30% off giftcards (AWESOME!!)
Stride Rite
  • 25% off entire purchase CODE GIFT25


  • 15% off any order (Mon.)- CODE CYBER15
  • Spend $75, get 15% off any order and FREE shipping (Mon.) - CODE CYBER15
  • Spend $100, get 20% off any order and FREE shipping (Mon.) - CODE CYBER20

  • Free shipping on $10 orders (Mon. & Tues.)- NO CODE
  • Buy one, get one 60% off - ALL items (Mon. & Tues.)- CODE BCM1219B
  • 50% off priority orders (11/30 - 12/6)- NO CODE

Piggy Paint



  • Free shipping on ALL orders (now through Monday) - CODE SHIP4FREE

Victoria's Secret

  • 20% off entire order (ends Wed.) - CODE VSSAVE20

Don't forget to go through Ebates, Cashbaq or ShopAtHome to get a percentage of your purchase back. Whenever I buy online, I look at each site to see which will give me the most money back. Be aware that you may not get money back if you use codes that are not found on the site, but it never hurts to try! (New members to each site get a $5 bonus!)

I found this at My Frugal Adventures.

Get Up, Monsters, Inc. and Cars on Blu-ray for only $30.97 TOTAL from! Get all the info here.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Download Michael Buble's Latest CD for $3.99!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday to ME!

(This is one of the few parties I really remember...and I only remember being so excited that my [half] brother was there!)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Post It Note Tuesday

I saw this on Mommy Is in the Bathroom, and I thought it would be fun!!

Organizing for Black Friday

I am behind on my Black Friday planning!! Luckily, I have an easy organizational system in place that will help me get everything ready quickly.

To get ready for Black Friday, I do the following:

  • Make a list of the items I want to find. (Electronics, toys, and winter clothing are always on sale on Black Friday.)
  • Save the .pdf files of the ads right away. (They may disappear.)
  • Look at the ads and make a list of the stores carrying my items, the times they will open, and the times that the items will be on the best sale. (A lot of stores will have the several of the same items on sale. If Store A has three items I want, and Store B has only one time, then I will mark Store B off my list, even if the price of the item is better. The amount I would save at Store B is usually not going to be significant enough for me to try to work it in my schedule. However, if Store B opens at an hour before Store A, I may go there before going to Store A.)
  • Find coupons for the stores I want to visit.

As I gather all my BF info, I place it in an accordion folder. Each section will contain the ads, coupons, and any information I have for the stores I plan to visit. On BF, I'll keep the accordion folder in my car.

I plan to keep my list in a pocket folder that I will take into each store. Before I go in, I will take the ad and coupon for the store out of the accordion folder and place it in the pocket folder. The folder might seem like an unnecessary step, but last year, I just stuffed everything in my purse, and I don't want to do that again. Once I am back in the car, I'll place my receipt and ads in the accordion folder.

The accordion folder worked great for me last year! I was in and out of the stores faster than I've been. I'm hoping that the pocket folder will make my day even easier!

I'd love to hear your Black Friday organization methods!

Amazon's Magazine Deal of the Week: ESPN

This would be a great gift for the Sports Lovers in your life!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Santa Buddies Blu-ray Combo - $9.99 at Target after $10 Coupon

The Santa Buddies Blu-ray Combo will be on sale for $19.99 at Target this week, so you can get it for only $9.99 by using this $10 coupon.

My son is anxiously awaiting the release of Santa Buddies, so I will definitely be picking this up. I love these combo packs -- and of course the awesome coupons Disney has been having for them!! We don't have a Blu-ray player, but my mom does. We plan to leave the Blu-ray copies with her so the kids can watch them there. The digital copies are on my laptop and iPhone for when we travel, and the DVD stays at home.

Visit Moms Need to Know to find out about a $5 rebate for Santa Buddies!

Free Personalization @

This Weekend, get FREE personalization on tons of items at Personalization is usually $7.95, so that's a great discount! There are also lots of sale items included in the free personalization promo.

A few of the great deals:

This hat is $10.50 + $7.95 for personalization, but you can get it this weekend for only $7.99 (+s&h)!

Pay just $24.99 (+ s&h) for this personalized coat

$12.99 (+s&h) is all this personalized polo shirt will cost you.

Of course, your savings are even greater when you use Ebates! Right now you can get 5% of your purchase back through Ebates, and if you are a new user, you'll receive a $5 bonus.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Looking Good

JCPenney - Salon Care Holiday Sets $15 Now or 40% off on Black Friday

This week, Penney's Redkin and Matrix holiday gift sets are only $14.99 (about $5 off), but if you wait until Black Friday, you can get the same sets for even cheaper at 40% off!

I'm very excited about this deal:

The Biolage holiday gift set pictured above sells for $19.99, so on Black Friday, it will be $12. That is basically the price for a bottle of shampoo by itself!

Products vary by store, but the ad shows Biolage, OPI, Biosilk, and Big Sexy Hair.

NEW Leona Lewis for only $3.99 - TODAY ONLY!

Monday, November 16, 2009

DEAD - Download the Latest Album from Pink for $3.99

I LOVE this album. The songs are different and edgy, yet very fun to sing.

FYI: This is the Explicit version, which means (in this case) that the F word is included in a few songs.

UPDATE: The price has gone up to $9.99, but I think the album is totally worth the $$!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Are You Ready for Black Friday?! I am!!

If you visited me last year at this time, you know that I LOVE Black Friday!! Something about the anticipation while standing in line at 4:00 a.m. and the rush of excitement when you get those sales items...!

To fully take advantage of Black Friday shopping, you have to plan, plan, plan, and that means you can't wait until the ads are in the paper. That's why I love sites like and that post ad scans and highlight deals ahead of time.

Right now you'll find ads from Target (!), Kohl's, Old Navy, Sears, Lowe's, and many more. I highly suggest that you save the ads to your computer in case the companies ask that their ads be removed.

Just for fun, I want to share the post about my experience last year. I have to say it was quite a lot of fun and made for a fun story!

I have to say that my Black Friday shopping was a success. I was able to get all the items on my list, as well as a bunch of items that weren't on my list. (Yes, I am a Black Friday impulse shopper!) Luckily, several of the impulse items are perfect gifts for some of the people on my list...and some are perfect for me. Ha!

Here's a brief rundown of my experience:

12:30 a.m. - Took a nap on the couch. Held my phone so that I would not miss the alarm.

3:00 - Woke up, took shower, and threw on clothes.

3:40 - Left for Walmart. Ate two organic waffles and drank some Dr. Pepper on the way.

4:05 - Got to Walmart. Saw that people already had items in their carts, so I started "grabbing" t00.

4:05 - 7:30 - Wandered around Walmart looking for my items, waited in a wrong line for an hour, tried to avoid being filmed by the local station, almost got jumped for moving a woman's cart 1/4 inch for someone else because it was blocking the aisle...

7:30 - 7:45 - Wandered around the parking lot IN THE POURING RAIN looking for my car because I totally forgot where I parked. Finally went inside and called a wonderful friend who left Target to come help me find my car. Her wonderful daughter and her bff's wonderful daughter (who is also my wonderful student) helped too.

8:00 - 12:20 p.m. - Visited Target, Best Buy, Children's Place, Walgreens, and NY & Company.

12:30 - Ate a whole pizza by myself then crashed.

2:00 - 7:00 - Slept!

10:30 - 2:30 a.m. - Shopped online at Target, Children's Place,, Best Deal Magazines, and Shoebuy. (Got double cashback from ebates plus great deals!)

(Btw, I shopped at CVS and on Thanksgiving Day.)

My friend and I still laugh about her having to "rescue" me in the rain! I promised her I wouldn't make her do it this year, but she said she was going to be on standby anyway. Ha!

Next Thursday, I'll tell you about my Black Friday organizational methods. I tried a new method last year, and I was quite pleased. I can't wait to share it with you!

Wordless Wednesday: They Don't Get it from Me!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Awesome Recipe - Jean's Chicken Taco Soup

Need an super tasty, very easy dish for these cool fall days? Well, I have one for you!

My momma created the following recipe and gave it to me the other day when I said I wanted some taco soup. She said it was yummy,and boy, was she right!!

Jean's Chicken Taco Soup


  • 1 1/2 cups of water and veggie bouillon cube OR 1 can of chicken broth(add water later if needed) **I used the water and a chicken bouillon cube.**
  • 1 large can of chicken, drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of whole corn, drained
  • 1 can of can of black beans
  • 1/2 env of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • 2 -3 tbsp of diced chili peppers


  • Seperate chicken with a fork so that it's not all clumped together.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
  • Heat until hot.

  • **Add cheese and sour cream as desired. I also add tortilla chips to the bowl before I pour the soup in.

    ***Makes about 6 servings

I promise it tastes a lot better than this picture looks!

Get Bon Jovi's New Album The Circle for only $3.99 at Amazon!

This is why Amazon is my favorite online store! $3.99 for a just released album?! Hot Dog!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cooking Light - Amazon's Magazine Steal of the Week!

I am super-excited about this "steal" because I've always wanted to subscribe to Cooking Light. I also think this would be a great idea for a few people on my Christmas list!

If you're not sure what the magazine has to offer you, check out Amazon's Cooking Light page. You'll find a list of features and pictures of the layout. This magazine is more than just recipes!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

FREE Magazines -- Shape & Muscle and Fitness

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Get a FREE $40 Gift Certificate to 1-800-Flowers!

Join the Fresh Rewards program at 1-800-Flowers, add 10 event reminders to your account, and you will earn a $40 gift certificate! Sign-up is super-easy, but you can get step-by-step instructions from Mercedes @ Common Sense with Money.

I think I'm going to pass my certificate to my husband so he can send me this gorgeous bouquet of my favorite flowers:

Btw, when you get ready to use your $40 certificate, be sure to go through Ebates for 10% back! (First time Ebates users will get a $5 sign-up bonus!)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wii Games Deal at Target - EVEN BETTER NOW!

This post is an update of a previous post.

If you are looking to buy some of the hottest Wii games for this Christmas, you will want to take advantage of Target's current deal -- Buy two games (choose from over 80 titles)and get the 3rd free!

I'd originally thought the best deal was buying them online using this information:

This deal is also available online, and it is included in the free shipping on orders over $50, so you'll pay $108.71 (includes my estimated tax) for three titles, which equals to $36.24 for each game! FYI: You'll get 4% if you go through Ebates.


I just read posts on My Frugal Adventure and It's Hip to Save! (thanks to "Deal"icious Mom for pointing them out!) that explain how to get 3 games for $20 and 6 for $69! Each scenerio involves using the $10/2 Wii games Target printable found here (scroll down to find it).

UPDATE - 11/4: I bought 5 $19.99 games and 1 $14.99 game, used 3 $10/2 coupons, and paid $49.96.


Wordless Wednesday: Sweet Siblings

Amazon's 50 Albums for $5 - includes Yo Gabba Gabba and The Black Eyed Peas

Check out the November list of 50 Albums for $5 at Amazon. My favorites -- including albums from Yo Gabba Gabba, Demi Lovato, The Black Eyed Peas, and Heart -- are on the widget on the sidebar. You can access the whole list here.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

GDA -- Wii Console for $179.99 and B2G1 Free Games!

Visit TODAY to get the Wii console for only $179.99 -- that's a savings of $20!. You will have to put the Wii in your cart before you can see the sale price because they can not advertise the Wii for less than $199.99. According to, you will not a see a Wii for less than $199.99 on Black Friday, though you will probably see bundles for that amount.

Be sure to go through Ebates if you take advantage of this deal so you can get 4% back!

Once you have your console, you'll need games, right?! Take advantage of Target's current deal -- Buy two games (choose from over 80 titles)and get the 3rd free!

This deal is also available online, and it is included in the free shipping on orders over $50, so you'll pay $108.71 (includes my estimated tax) for three titles, which equals to $36.24 for each game! FYI: You'll get 4% if you go through Ebates.


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