Get Ready For Black Friday

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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Does anyone remember the time when Black Friday was a one day (or maybe weekend) event that actually began on the Friday after Thanksgiving? It now begins, for some people, before they have even had their slice of pumpkin pie. Black Friday has shoved its way into our holiday feast and called itself grey Thursday. What a sad way to blur our beloved Thanksgiving holiday. Can you tell how I feel about the whole thing?

I don’t go out Thursday night and I hardly ever go out on Fridays anymore (except to go get my clearance turkey). ;) However, I do understand that it’s possible to get some amazing deals. And, I love a good deal. So if you’re a grey Thursday/Black Friday shopper, more power to you. Here are a few tips to make sure your time and money are well spent.

1. Do Your Homework. Scour the ads and websites of the stores you think you may visit for the specific items you’re looking for. There will be plenty of items marked “sale,” “price cut,” or something more dramatic to get your attention. Just check the prices and you decide on the best deal.

2. Prioritize. It’s going to be crazy out there. I know. Just call me “Captain Obvious.” I say that to say that if you have a list, start with the item you want most just in case you can’t get to everything.

3. Divide and Conquer. Go with friends or family and divide up your list to get a better chance of snatching all the good deals you’re after. Plus, if you make sure you each grab a hot cup of something, then it might feel a little more festive while you’re out there in the frigid temperatures!

What do you do to plan for your big Black Friday adventure?

Making Art Supplies Last Longer

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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Artistic people go through art supplies quickly. They create wonderful works of art that bring happiness to others, but at a cost. Here are a few ways to reduce the costs that go with creative and artistic work.

Drawing to Stippling

Changing the style of art you do can also change the amount of resources that you use during your projects. I used to draw, but was constantly sharpening my pencils down to get the best look and using a great deal of pencil “lead” to create shading. Then I switched to stippling. The use of dots reduced the amount of colored pencil that I used in both shading and sharpening. Creating dots don’t always require a fine point. Shading is just adding more dots, and sometimes just in a darker color. It keeps me from going through quite as many colored pencils but allows me to still enjoy my art.

Proper Care

One of the simplest ways to save money on art supplies is to treat them with care. Don’t leave clay out to dry. Don’t crush your paint brush bristles by pushing too hard into your painting. Wash them out when you are finished with them. Put crayons away where they can’t be broken. The better care you take with your art supplies the longer they will last.

Both Sides of the Paper

This tip is more for those with artistic children or draw in a sketch pad. Use both sides of a piece of paper. For children this will extend the use of a piece of paper that is going to end up on your fridge and reduce the amount of paper your child uses. This works pretty well in sketch pads as well, just so long as you aren’t working with a wet or oily product.

Free 1 Year Subscription to Rolling Stone Magazine

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

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Free 1 Year Subscription to Rolling Stone Magazine – Do a short survey and fill out the mailing form to get this freebie.

Get a Head Start on Christmas Prep With These Coupons!

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

Holiday Candy:
$1.00 off OFF 2 MARS Holiday candy
$1.00 off (1) DeMet's TURTLES Holiday package
For Packaging Goodies:
$1.00 off any two Ziploc brand bags
$1.00 off any two Ziploc brand containers
Set the mood with Glade Holiday Collection:
$2.00 off any THREE Glade products
$1.00 off any Glade product
$1.00 off any Glade Premium Room Spray
$1.50 off any Glade Automatic Spray Refill
Buy One Glade Wax Melts Warmer, get refill Free
$1.25 off any TWO Glade Wax Melts
$1.25 off any TWO Glade Jar Candles
$1.25 off Glade Plugins Scented Oil twin refill
Buy Glade Plugins Oil Refill 2pk, get Warmer Free
$2.00 off any Glade Automatic Spray starter kit

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Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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The Calm Before Thanksgiving

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Discount Debbie


This coming week is a time when women all over the United States will be stressing out and scrubbing every square inch in their home. They will be planning their Thanksgiving menu, buying everything, and then coming home and stressing over what they forgot. This is why it’s important to take a day to just be calm before the storm that Thanksgiving can be. What do you do on this day of calm? You make sure you don’t overspend by thinking your way out of your panic state.

Perspective Check

You seemed to have forgotten the rolls on your last shopping trip. You plan to have rolls, biscuits, and various types of sweet bread. Take a deep breath and admit to yourself that it will be okay that you forgot the rolls. While someone may notice, there are plenty of yummy bread staples around to make your roll absence not a huge loss. You and your family will still have a great Thanksgiving without the rolls.

You Need Help

Ask your family for help. You do not have six arms and you do need sleep. Trying to do it all by yourself is only going to cause you frustration and waste ingredients when things don’t come together as planned. The best way for everything to come together is for everyone to take on some small part of your Thanksgiving planning. Trying to do it all by yourself will just cause stress and holiday drama.

Let People Bring Something

People offer to bring stuff to your festivities, but you keep saying no. You’re the hostess and you will do it all by yourself. Well, stop it. Let people bring something with them. It helps some people feel needed or feel good that a certain recipe is requested. It helps you keep costs down as well as work load.

 Now take a deep breath… and exhale. You will survive Thanksgiving!

Saving Money With Lazy Days

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

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Lazy days are some of the best days in human existence. They are days filled with silence or family, but not obligations and stress. They can be a little bit of a money sink though, because they aren’t really days of financial production. Here are a few ways to limit the costs of your lazy day and still come out of them worry free and refreshed.

What’s In The Fridge

Do you have a fridge full of leftovers? Do you have microwave dinners in your freezer or a bag of salad in your crisper? Instead of ordering out or going to a restaurant use up what you haven’t used in your fridge. This is also an easy way to prep your fridge for cleaning day. When scrounging in your fridge just throw out what looks bad.

Stay In

Don’t waste money at a landmark or at the zoo. Don’t waste gas by going for a drive or to the store. Just stay in your own home and watch a movie or have friends over. Spend the day on the porch watching your kids in the backyard. Work on crafts or gaze out the window or into the fireplace with a nice cup of hot chocolate.

Stress Relief

Do something small for your health without feeling bad. Take a nap. Have a bubble bath. Enjoy a wrestling match with your toddler. Do something that will actually relieve stress and allow your to feel better on an emotional level and therefore more productive on your non-lazy days.

Natural Light

Leave all electric or battery operated lights off. Use sunlight that come through windows and skylights. Use the fireplace or candle light. Both sunlight and candle light are linked to stress reduction. This is also a mild natural way to warm your home on chilly fall days. Just be sure to wear your favorite fuzzy slippers and pajamas.

 What do you do on your lazy days?

Sprouts Organic Deals–Thanksgiving Week

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy


It’s the sale leading to Thanksgiving at Sprouts. I encourage you to get whatever can be purchased early today and tomorrow because it’s already beginning to get too crowded for my taste out there! I also encourage you to see what’s on sale and maybe even experiment with a new menu item for your Thanksgiving feast :)

◾Organic Acorn, Butternut or Spaghetti Squash $.98/lb
◾Organic Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith Apples $1.48/lb
◾Organic Yellow Onions or Red Yams $.98/lb
◾Organic Table Carrots $2.98/each (5lb bag)
◾Organic Green Grapes $2.98/lb
◾Organic Green Beans $2.98/each (1 lb bag)

Earthbound Farm Organic Salads $1.98
Use one $.75/1 Earthbound Farm Salad Coupon
Final Price: $1.23

◾Spice Hunter Organic Spices & Extracts 50% Off
◾Wholly Wholesome Organic Pie Shells $3.99
◾Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes $2.49

Arrowhead Mills Organic Coconut Flour 25% Off
Use one $.25 cash back flour via Snap App by Groupon

Sprouts Organic Free-Range Turkey $3.99/lb
Use one $1 cash back on Turkey via Snap App by Groupon

Imagine Organic Broth $1.50
Use one $1/1 Imagine Coupon
Final Price: $.50

Immaculate Baking Products 25% Off
Use one $.75/1 Immaculate Baking Coupon
Final Price: varies

Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate Bars $3.00
Use one $.50/1 Green & Blacks Coupon (Facebook)
Final Price: $2.50

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flour $4.99
Use one $1/1 Bob’s Red Mill Coupon
Final Price: $3.99

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