Start Your Holiday Prep NOW!

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Discount Debbie

holiday prep

The holiday season can be a time of stress for many households, rather than a time of joy. It’s not because our minds are in the wrong place. It’s because we have the desire to give more than we actually have. It can be very discouraging to discover that we don’t have the means to give our loved ones what we want to. This is why we need to think about the holidays now instead of November or December.

Plan Ahead

What traditions are the most important to your family? Do you want to have stockings? Is there a pajama tradition for your family? What do you plan to have for a holiday dinner?  Will there be traveling during that time? It’s best to plan for these expenses long before it’s time to pay for them. At least then you know what your financial goal is for the end of the year.

Saving Now

Now that you have a number in mind for the holiday season and it’s time to make a savings plan to achieve your goal. Some people have more difficulty making money during the winter season. If you work as a gardener, pool cleaner, or even a diesel mechanic, you know what I’m talking about. Summer is a time of abundance, but if you don’t save up for the winter you have a few hard months ahead of you. It doesn’t have to be a large amount that is saved every month, just so long as you are saving up.

Buy It Now

Not all items that need to be brought are difficult to get outside the holiday season. Even gifts aren’t time sensitive. It is especially easy to shop for younger children throughout the year. I just use the age appropriate markings on the packaging for how old my children will be during the holiday season and buy these items months earlier than Christmas. Then I store them in a closet and wrap them when December comes around. I don’t have to worry about getting them all at once and making a huge dent in our budget. Best of all, I can snag them on sale or clearance. :)

Crafting

One of the more time consuming money savers during the holidays are crafted gifts. Blankets, toys, and clothing all take time to make. So do scrapbooks and picture albums. The holidays are a busy time, often too busy to start and finish any project. It’s best to start early in the year when there is time to actually produce a quality gift, especially if you’re planning to make several gifts.


What’s Free With Coupons This Week

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

FREE

 

There are plenty of great freebies on this week’s list of freebies you can get by just using your coupons or store rewards. However, I think that when I’m out running errands today, I’m going to HAVE TO stop by Walgreens to get some Almay make up. I have to admit that with $5 off, I may just splurge and pay a dollar or two to pick up some of my favorite Almay eye liner! Check out this week’s list here.

WALGREENS

Buy 1 Almay Intense I-Color Shadow Softies Single $4.99, regular price
Use one $4.00/1 – Almay Cosmetic Product, Including Makeup Removers from SS 4/13
And use one $1.00/1 Almay Makeup Remover or Eye or Lip Cosmetics from Walgreens April Savings Book (exp 4/26)
Final Price: Free

CVS

Buy 2 Almay Shadow Softies Eye Shadow $4.99, regular price
Spend $10.00, Receive $3.00 ExtraBucks through 4/26, Limit 1
Use two $4.00/1 – Almay Cosmetic Product, Including Makeup Removers from SS 4/13
Pay $1.98, Receive $3.00 ExtraBucks
Final Price: $1.02 Moneymaker, when you buy 2

RITE AID

Buy 1 Depend Fit Kit $2.00, sale price through 4/2
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Up Reward through 4/26, Limit 2
Use one $1.00/1 – Depend Product from SS 3/16
Pay $1.00, Receive $2.00 Up Reward
Final Price: $1.00 Moneymaker

TARGET

Buy 2 Starbucks Bagged Coffee, 20 oz $3.49, price cut through 5/10
Buy 2, Submit for $5.00 Starbucks eGift Card
Use one $2.00/2 – Starbucks Coffee Bags, 10 oz or larger from SS 4/13
Pay $4.98, Submit for $5.00 Starbucks eGift Card
Final Price: $0.02 Moneymaker, when you buy 2

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$5.99 Photo Mug!

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Discount Debbie

Looking for an awesome gift for:

Mother’s Day

Father’s Day

National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 6)

Graduation

Birthday

Baby Shower

You can make a custom photo mug into the perfect gift!

Use Coupon Code SIP to get a mug for just $5.99!

Plus, if you’re a new customer to Vistaprint, they’ll give you free shipping.


Frugal Activities for Kids

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

Frugal Activities for Kids

Kids are expensive even when they are young. We want to be able to give them the best opportunities as they grow. Most enterprising children’s companies know this as well and many teach by play experiences cost a good deal of money. Luckily, there are a few ways around the cost of some popular learning tools.

Event Calendars

Checking event calendars at stores or online can help fill up a schedule for a child without breaking the bank. There are activities at libraries that help children get into reading, some even give out prizes at the end of summer. Libraries sometimes host fun little activities like teddy bear picnics. Most of these events are free to participate in. Book stores and art centers in some areas also provide story time or mommy and me art classes. These are also usually free or very low cost. If a daddy would like to attend as well many of these events happen on weekends in addition to weekdays. Try not to go twice in one week though, or you may find yourself repeating the same activity.

Just The Toys Please

Some classes for children go all out to supply extras when a child joins up. It could be CDs  and instruments if it’s a music class. In an art class it’s free supplies. What most people don’t know is that these items are usually for sale without the class. In most cases they a quite a bit less expensive. With the internet as a tool, plans for age appropriate projects are also readily available. You don’t have to waste gas going to another place and could even invite friends over to work on projects all together.

Just Like Mommy

It’s no secret that our little ones like to mimic what mommy or daddy are doing. That’s why it is equally important to take the time to share our talents with our children. After this article I will be opening up our writing software so my two year old can write his article (just so long as he’s still sitting on my lap). In this time he will, no doubt, tell me he is working and it’s time for me to be quiet. We find time to do some light yoga and meditation. These activities teach my sweet little guy to be calm and gives us time together.


Diaper Deals This Week

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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If you think that the baby in that diaper at the top of this post looks happy, magnify that baby’s joy about 100 times and you’ll know just about how happy and excited I am that my son is now daytime potty trained!!!! It’s huge for our household. Weeks and weeks ago I thought I’d bought the last box of diapers (and I was very wrong). But, now the end is in sight! If you’re not there yet, just don’t pay full price :) Here are this week’s deals as you make your way to the joy of potty training ;)

CVS

Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks on Baby Care Products Listed, Limit 1
Remember, the $20.00 pre-tax subtotal must only be reached before you present any coupons. $5.00 back on a $20.00 purchase is a 25% savings. Final prices of each item below reflect the 25% discount, providing you meet the promotional threshold.

Any Huggies Diapers, Pull-Ups or Goodnites Jumbo Pack $8.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1 through 4/26
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Overnites Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Night Time Training Pants (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Slip Ons Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pull-ups.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Final Price: $3.74

Huggies Little Swimmers, 17-20 ct $8.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1, through 4/26
Use $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swinpants from SS 4/13
Final Price: $5.24

Huggies Wipes, 64-72 ct $2.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1 through 4/26
Final Price: $2.24

Buy 2 Huggies Little Snugglers Jumbo Pack $8.99, sale price through 4/26
Buy 1 Huggies Wipes, 64-72 ct $2.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1 through 4/26
Use two $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Pay $14.97, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks
Final Price: $3.32 each, when you buy all 3

TARGET

Pampers Diapers & Wipes Combo Packs $42.99, sale price through 4/26
Use $1.50/1 – Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (coupons.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (coupons.com)
Or $1.50/2 – Pampers Diapers or Pants Bags OR (1) Box from PG 3/30
And use $1.00/1 – Pampers Boxed Diapers, 168 ct or larger, Target Mobile Coupon, Text SPRING to 827438
Or $1.00/1 – Pampers Boxed Diapers, 21 ct or larger, Target Mobile Coupon, Text BABY to 827438
Or $2.00/2 – Pampers Wipes, 168 ct or larger or Diapers, 21 ct or larger, Target Mobile Coupon, Text THANKS to 827438
Final Price: $40.49

Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers & Training Pants
10% Off through 4/26
Use $1.50/1 – Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (coupons.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (coupons.com)
Final Price: Varies

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers & Training Pants
10% Off through 4/26
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Night Time Training Pants (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Slip Ons Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pull-ups.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers, 42 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers from SS 3/23
Or $2.50/2 – Huggies Diapers, 20 ct or larger AND (1) Huggies Wipes, 56 ct or larger, TARGET Coupon from SS 3/23
Final Price: Varies

 

WALGREENS

Huggies Little Swimmers, 10-12 ct $9.49, regular price
Buy One Get One 50% Off through 4/26
Use $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants (huggies.com)
Final Price: $5.62 each, when you buy 2

Spend $35.00, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points When You Buy the Following Products

Huggies Baby Wipes, 320 or 400 ct $9.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $35.00, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points through 4/26
Use $1.00/1 – Huggies Baby Wipes, 300 ct or larger (pickupthevalues.com)
Final Price: $8.99

Huggies Big Pak Diapers or Pull Ups $18.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $35.00, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points through 4/26
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Overnites Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Night Time Training Pants (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Slip Ons Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pull-ups.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Final Price: $15.99

Buy 2 Huggies Little Snugglers Big Pak Diapers $18.99, sale price through 4/26
Spend $35.00, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points through 4/26
Use two $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Pay $31.98, Receive 5,000 Balance Rewards Points ($5.00)
Final Price: $13.49 each, when you buy 2

WALMART

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers, 40-60 ct $9.47, regular price
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Final Price: $6.47

Huggies Pull-Ups Learning Designs Training Pants, 26 ct (reg $9.47) $8.97, rollback price
Use $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pull-ups.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pickupthevalues.com)
Final Price: $6.97

Are you potty training one (or more) of your children right now?


Free Subscription to Outdoor Life Magazine

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

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Sign up HERE to get a FREE subscription to Outdoor Life Magazine!

 


Diaper Deals This Week

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

 

Alright, thrifty mama divas, here are your diaper deals for the week. Check out the sales and the coupons you can use with with them…because a thrifty diva never pays full price! :)

CVS

Spend $30.00, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks on Baby Care Products Listed, Limit 1
Little Swimmers, 17-20 ct $9.00, sale price through 4/12
Spend $30.00, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks through 4/12, Limit 1
Pay $36.00, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks
Final Price: $6.50 each, when you buy 4

Huggies Wipes, 168-184 ct $6.00, sale price through 4/12
Spend $30.00, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks through 4/12, Limit 1
Use $0.50/1 – Huggies Baby Wipes, 40 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Pay $27.50, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks
Final Price: $3.50 each, when you buy 5

Buy 3 Huggies Goodnites Jumbo Pack $9.00, sale price through 4/12
Buy 1 Huggies Wipes, 168-184 ct $6.00, sale price through 4/12
Spend $30.00, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks through 4/12, Limit 1
Use three $2.00/1 – Goodnites Underwear, jumbo pack or larger from SS 3/23
And use one $0.50/1 – Huggies Baby Wipes, 40 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Pay $26.50, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks
Final Price: $4.13 each, when you buy all 4

RITE AID

Buy 4 Huggies Little Snugglers Jumbo Pack Diapers $12.49, regular price
Buy One Get One 50% Off through 4/12
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 Up Reward through 4/12, Limit 2
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers, 42 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Pay $25.47, Receive $5.00 Up Reward
Final Price: $5.12 each, when you buy 4

Pampers Super Pack Diapers $24.99
Buy 1, Receive $7.50 Up Reward, Limit 2
Use $1.50/1 – Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (coupons.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (coupons.com)
Or $1.50/2 – Pampers Diapers or Pants Bags OR (1) Box from PG 3/30
Pay $23.49, Receive $7.50 Up Rewards
Final Price: $15.99

TARGET

Buy 2 Select Diaper Packs, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Pampers Super Pack $24.99
Buy 2, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Use $1.50/1 – Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (coupons.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (coupons.com)
And use $2.00/2 – Pampers Wipes, 168 ct or larger or Diapers, 21 ct or larger, Target Mobile Coupon, Text THANKS to 827438
Or $1.00/1 – Pampers Boxed Diapers, 168 ct or larger, Target Mobile Coupon, Text SPRING to 827438
Or $1.50/2 – Pampers Diapers or Pants Bags OR (1) Box from PG 3/30
Pay $44.98, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $17.49 each, when you buy 2

Huggies Super Packs $24.99
Buy 2, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Slip Ons Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $3.00/1 – Huggies Diapers, 42 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers from SS 3/23
And use $1.50/1 – Huggies Diapers, 20 ct or larger, TARGET Coupon from SS 3/23
Or $2.50/2 – Huggies Diapers, 20 ct or larger AND (1) Huggies Wipes, 56 ct or larger, TARGET Coupon from SS 3/23
Pay $40.98, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $15.49 each, when you buy 2

Luvs Value Packs $24.99
Buy 2, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Use $1.00/1 – Luvs Diapers, 90210 (coupons.com)
Or $1.00/2 – Luvs Diapers Bags OR (1) Box
Pay $47.98, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $18.99 each, when you buy 2

Buy 1 Pampers Super Pack $24.99
Buy 1 Huggies Super Packs $24.99
Buy 2, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Use one $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
And use one $1.50/1 – Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (coupons.com)
And use one $1.50/1 – Huggies Diapers, 20 ct or larger, TARGET Coupon from SS 3/23
And use one $1.00/1 – Pampers Boxed Diapers, 168 ct or larger, Target Mobile Coupon, Text SPRING to 827438
Pay $42.98, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $16.49 each, when you buy both

WALGREENS

Huggies Baby Wipes, 320 or 400 ct $9.99
Use $0.50/1 – Huggies Baby Wipes, 40 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Final Price: $9.49

Huggies Big Pak Diapers or Pull-Ups $18.99
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $3.00/1 – Huggies Diapers, 42 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Or $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers, 42 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Or $2.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Slip Ons Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling  (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pull-ups.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Night Time Training Pants (pickupthevalues.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers from SS 3/23
Final Price: $15.99

WALMART

Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes, 42 ct $1.64, regular price
Use $1.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes, excludes trial size (pull-ups.com)
Final Price: $0.64

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers, 40-60 ct $9.47, regular price
Use $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers (huggies.com)
Or $3.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers, 42 ct or larger from SS 3/23
Or $1.00/1 – Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers from SS 3/23
Final Price: $6.47

Huggies Pull-Ups Learning Designs Training Pants, 26 ct (reg $9.47) $8.97, rollback price
Use $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling (pull-ups.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, jumbo pk or larger, NO doubling  (pickupthevalues.com)
Final Price: $6.97

Will you be buying diapers this week?


Caution When Loaning Money

Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

money

We all share our money from time to time. Sometimes we share more than we should. Sometimes we share with those that would take advantage of us. It can be difficult to deny help to those we care about, but it can also be difficult when we lend more than we can really afford to write off. How do we balance our needs and the needs of our friends? Here are a few tips.

Ask For Their Budget

If you are going to be helping a friend or family member financially it can be awkward asking them about their budget. Instead ask what they need the money for. Your friends may view what a need is differently than you and your family. It’s okay to find out if you are keeping their Netflix subscription active when dipping into the grocery money to help them. If you find that their need isn’t really a need, you don’t need to justify not lending them money. Simply say that you wish you could help but that your budget is tight as well.

Buy It Personally

When you have a friend or family member that may not spend your money as they have said they would, but have a valid reason to ask, consider making the payment or purchase personally. For example, if  a sibling claims to need diaper money, but you know that diaper money has gone to something else in the past, don’t give them money. Buy them diapers. Should they have a bill that needs to be paid, pay it online for them personally, rather than putting money into their account.

CYA

Military members are familiar with this acronym. In this case we’ll say it means cover your assets. Do not leave your account information on  a friends computer. Do not give them access to your credit card information. While all of us would like to believe a family member or friend is trustworthy, it is better to be safe with your assets than proven wrong.

Payback

When financial help is not a gift set a specific day that you expect the money to be paid back. Do not loan more money to the same friend unless previous loans have been paid back. Remember, you have a budget that you need to live with as well. It’s not mean to say no, it’s caring for your needs and your family’s needs first.


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