Kohls.com has lots of Christmas Clearance items. You can snag this monogram kitchen towel for just $0.90. Use code TWENTY4U to take off 20% and pay just $0.99 shipping per item.
They also have Christmas placemats for $1, candles and other decor items for $2, and much more!
If you have a smart phone and don't mind downloading/installing something to back up your contacts, you can get a Free $10 iTunes gift card!
Go to iDrive.com and follow the instructions!
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Do you want to 2011 to be the year you spend less and save more? Do you want to learn to be savvy in your spending?
I decided to kick off the New Year by sharing my top 11 tips for Frugal Living and Savvy Spending! I want to persuade you the being frugal is NOT the same as being cheap or going without. Frugality actually means "to avoid waste; using discretion; be economical".
So, for the next 11 days, I'll bring you a new tip each day. These tips are based on things I practice everyday and what makes me a "frugal" person. I don't feel I'm cheap (I sure hope not!) and we definitately do not go without. We just choose to use discretion in what we buy, avoid wasting our money, and work how to stretch that dollar as far as it can go!
I'd love to hear your thoughts or helpful tips too! Leave me a comment below if you want!
TIP #1: Savvy Spending when Dining Out!
I love going out to eat as much as the next person, but we all know that it is definitely not easy on the pocketbook! Going out to eat is a treat for our family and usually only happens a few times a month; rarely do we all go out every week. When my husband and I were first married, we would easily go out 2-3 times a week! Our restaurant bills probably easily cost us over a thousand dollars a year in those first years!!
So, now when we go out to eat, here is how we are savvy with our spending:
1) Order water to drink.
If all 4 of us ordered a drink, that could easily cost $5 alone! That's like the price of five 2 liters of bottles of pop! Not savvy spending at all! So, we order water (well, hubby doesn't, but that's okay). Water is better for you, it's free, and you're not as tempted to fill up on the sugar and calories of a pop you paid for. We also sometimes bring sippy cups from home for the girls to drink if we go someplace where a drink is not included in a kids' meal.
2) Use a coupon!
I would guess that 75% of the restaurants in your area offer some type of coupon. Check Valpak.com for coupons to print, clip them from the newspaper, invest in your city's Entertainment Book, get a coupon from Restaurant.com, etc. We only visit a restaurant that offers a Buy One, Get One Free deal or other type of good deal, like $8 off $20. We also try to go places where the kids meals are either a) free, b) cheap, or c) large enough for our girls to share.
You may think this will cut down on your restaurants options, but you'd be surprised! Even when we double date with friends, if another couple throws out a few names of places, I will see what coupons I have for those places. We can usually agree on a restaurant we all like and we can save money! Even if it's just a Free Appetizer, it will help a great deal!
3) Join the Rewards Club!
This is especially beneficial around your birthday! Restaurants will reward you for dining with them (for example: Max & Erma's increases your percentage off with your Rewards Club for every so many visits), send you great coupons in your email, and usually will give you something totally FREE on your anniversary and/or birthday!
4) Share a Meal or Take Some Home
If you visit a restaurant where you can get a free appetizer with a coupon and then share an entree, you'll save lots of money and still have plenty to eat! Let's face it- those portions are usually plenty big, especially if you count the free bread, chips, etc. you had to begin with! Try to cut yourself off when you've eaten half your meal and take the rest home. We love to have leftovers for the next day and turn 1 restaurant dinner into a leftovers lunch the next day! Some people will actually box up half their meal before they even begin eating!
5) Fast Food Dollar Menus
If you pick up Fast Food, order from the Dollar Menu! You can get the same amount of food as you would in a Meal Deal for less. Most fast food restaurants have a Dollar Menu now. We also follow the above tips for Fast Food as well- skip the pop and get water, or take it home and drink your own pop, share a meal (for example, we'll order the 20 piece chicken nuggets and $1 fries and all share), and use coupons.
6) Skip the Dessert
I personally think that desserts at restaurants, like pop, are very overpriced! I could buy a carton of ice cream for the same price as a small sundae! We are usually too stuffed after eating to order dessert anyways, and we have a stockpile of desserts that we got for free at home, if we get a sweet tooth later!
I am seriously thinking about buying today's Eversave deal. It is for 6 months of detailed meal planning from Relish.com. For $16, you'll receive a comprehensive Menu (you choose your picks from lots of options) and grocery list. A one month subscription is normally $7, so $16 for 6 months is a great deal! All recipes are kitchen-tested and take 30 minutes or less!
What I really like is that they also offer Freezer Meal options. I think 2011 will be the year I decide to start Freezer Meal planning and cook a whole bunch of homemade meals in one day to store in the freezer! No more scrambling at 4 pm to figure out what to make for dinner! They also offer Gluten Free menus, which I know could be beneficial to a lot of families.
Has anyone tried Relish.com before or a similar site? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Did you get a Borders Gift Card for Christmas or have a book you'd like to get? Well, stretch your dollar with this 50% off Borders coupon! You can use it today and tomorrow only (through 1/2). You'll need your Rewards Club card, but you can join for free in the store if you aren't a member.
Nabisco has a new coupon on their Facebook Page. Just click on the "Cookies & Milk" tab for $1.00 off one Nabisco Cookies when you buy one package of Nabisco Cookies and one gallon of milk. Coupon print offer ends 1/31/11 at 11:59 PM ET or while supplies last.
Today's Groupon deal for Detroit, Michigan is redeemable online, so anyone can purchase it! The deal is for 3 Days of Prepared Meals or 7 days of dinners from Seattle Sutton's for just $34! That works out to be just $4.85 a dinner! If your New Year's Goal is to eat more healthy, maybe try Seattle Sutton's out! Plus, shipping is included in this deal. If you don't have a Seattle Sutton's distributor near you, you can request home delivery!
The Fine Print
Expires Jul 4, 2011
Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Must call to schedule delivery. Must redeem all meals at once. Not valid with other offers. Shipping Included.
Swagbucks is rewarding new members with a BONUS 30 point code! You automatically get 30 swagbucks for joining, and now you can go here and use codeJoinIn2010 to get a bonus 30 swagbucks! (enter it on the registration page- case sensitive).
This is a great time to join. Not only will you start off with 60 swagbucks, but you can try to save all your swagbucks points to redeem for Amazon.com gift cards for next Christmas! I know it seems like a long ways off-- but I saved all of my swagbucks from 2010 and was able to cash them in for a couple hundred dollars in Amazon gift cards!!
If you do any daily or weekly "searching" on the Internet, then you really ought to be using Swagbucks! Swagbucks is a search engine (like google) that rewards you "swagbucks" for doing your online searching. You can then use these "bucks" to get rewards, like gift cards, apparel, electronics, books, and MORE. My favorite reward is the $5 Amazon.com gift card for 450 swagbucks.
You can also get more bucks on Fridays, which is Mega Swagbucks Day, for using their toolbar (download for free), by taking surveys or by completing special offers. Once in awhile they give out extra codes as well!
Have I convinced you yet? If so, give it a try! Just go here to register and start earning!
Need baby wipes for your little one or have a few baby showers in 2011? Right now at Toys R Us.com you can get 3 packs of Huggies Wipes (216 count) for $7!
Just add 3 packs of Huggies Natural Care Fragrance Free Refill Baby Wipes (216-ct) to your cart. You can also mix and match with the Extra Sensitive or the Shea Butter Refill wipes. These are all price $6.99, but you can get 3 for the price of 1 with the Toys R Us promo going on!
Now, once you go to check out, you'll need to make sure your store has the In Store Pickup option; if not, the shipping charges don't make it as quite as good of a deal.
Today's Eversave Deal is for $30 worth of skin care items at The Healing Tree Naturals.com for just $15! If you received the $10 Holiday Credit in your account on 12/21, you would pay just $5! Plus, the coupon can be applied towards shipping!
The Healing Tree Naturals sells all-natural insect repellent, healing lotions, creams, oils & lotions to prevent acne & more. Their products are made with premium natural ingredients including aloe, jojoba oil, lavender & St. John's wort.
Voucher Expires: May 31, 2011
Coupon Code available 2 days after purchase at 12:00:PM EST
May purchase up to 3 Saves for gifts or future purchases
One coupon code per purchase
Coupon code may be used toward shipping
Under Vintage Earth Organics they have some cute clothes for mommy and baby. They also have these oh-so-soft looking reversible 32x32 in. cotton baby blankets for $15. Use the coupon code merry10 for $10 off, and pay just $12 to have it shipped to your door!
Under Dav Rain Gear they have some cute rain boots and umbrellas. The umbrellas are $13, so just $10 shipped after the coupon code!
If you've been requesting all these free Excedrin coupons that keep coming up, you've probably received some in your mailbox by now. I know I've already received 3 and probably have another 1or 2 coming!
If you have yours, check out this moneymaker deal at CVS beginning Sunday 1/2!
Buy 2 Excedrin Extra Strength 24ct $4.79
Buy 2 Excedrin Migraine 24ct $5.29
Use 2 of the FREE Excedrin Extra Strength coupons
Use 2 of the FREE Excedrin Migraine Coupons
Get $10 ECBs for spending $20 on Excedrin
Final cost: 4 for Free plus a $10 Moneymaker!!
If you don't have 4 free coupons yet, you can still use what coupons you have, use these coupons here for $1/1 extra strength and $1/1 migraine and have either a smaller moneymaker or a good deal after the ECB's!
Next week, Rite Aid will have FREE Wet Ones! They will be just $0.99 after an Up+ Reward, so you can use this $1/1 Wet ones coupon HERE to get them free.
Remember to hit your back button and print 2! Need to really stock up? Print from numerous computers!
You can earn some easy Swagbucks right now in the "special offers" section. Just go to Swagbucks and click on "special offers" on the left. You should have three offers under "Do Free activities to earn Swagbucks". If you do all three free activities, you'll have an extra 23 swagbucks!
If you still haven't joined swagbucks, NOW is seriously the time! Start earning lots of free Swagbucks in 2011 and just watch how much free stuff you can get! I save my swagbucks up all year to pay for Christmas presents!
Plus, if you sign up HERE, and enter code JoinIn2010 during the sign up process, you'll start off with 60 swagbucks!
Hurry and GO HERE to sign up and get a cheap or free Random House book! They have a few different books about snow and ice and Valentine's Day that start at just $2.99. To use the Promo Code above, your order has to be at least $10, so add a few books to your cart to get to the $10 mark. Shipping starts at about $7.
They also have Maternity Clothes, Baby items like wraps, blankets, crib bedding, toddler clothes and accessories, and more!