December 3, 2011

FREE Small Popcorn at Regal Cinemas.

If you are going to Regal Cinema this weekend make sure you click here to visit their Facebook page click LIKE and get your mobile coupon for a free small bag of popcorn! Just show your mobile coupon at the ticket booth when you get there. It's that easy!

Make Ahead Monday!

Make Ahead Monday is coming back Monday, December 5th.  We were so busy over the last 3 months that even making a meal ahead didn’t work because we didn’t have time to eat it.  By the time we got home, we only had a chance to change, gather up everyone and head out the door to youth football and cheerleading.  Needless to say, we frequented McDonald’s and Subway a lot during this time or ate later in the evening when we got home.  I have missed Make Ahead Monday’s and sharing my families reviews on the meals.  I would like you to have the opportunity to cook the same meal as I am on Monday and comment on how your family liked or disliked the meal also.  So I am going to post the ingredients for Monday’s meal on Sunday morning so you can shop for the items you don’t have in your pantry.  On Monday morning I will post the recipe.  In the evening on Monday, I will post my families review.  Feel free to post your families reviews of the meal in the comment section of that post.  My family also gives the meal a number of 1 – 10.  1 meaning…Please don’t make that again!  5 meaning…That was ok we can try it again!   10 meaning…That was so AWESOME can we have it again!

 
As a busy mom on the go having all or part of dinner ready when we get home is a huge time saver.  I hope you join me in making a new crockpot meal every Monday.  If you have a crockpot recipe you would like my family to try, please share it with me.

See you in the kitchen,
Katie

Going shopping at Target?

Don't forget to print off your Target coupons before you go shopping. Right now they are offering $291.35 worth of coupons on their website.  Click here to visit there website and search for coupons.  While you are on their website check out the great online sales in every department.

Happy Shopping,

Katie

December 2, 2011

Name the Penguins!

Hostess is looking for the perfect names for their Holiday Penguins and they are asking for your help.  Come up with the perfect set of names and you could win.  You can only enter onces, so make it good!  Get your kids involved in helping you think of names for the Penguins.  You could win $2,500 and FREE Donettes for at year.  Click here to visit their Facebook page, click LIKE and enter.

Good luck!

Katie

Subway shows appreciation with $2.00 Subs!

December is Customer Appreciation Month at Subway and they are offering $2.00 subs (Cold Cut Combo or Meatball) all month long at participating stores.  I am doing the Happy Dance! I go to Subway at least once a week and get a Cold Cut Combo. Now I can save money each week. I love Customer Appreciation Month!

Save $1.00 on Herr's Chips!

My family really likes Herr's Chips.  My favorite is the Sour Cream & Onion.  I recently found a great coupon from Herr's for $1.00 OFF a bag of chips.  Visit their Facebook page by clicking here.  Click "LIKE" and you will see an icon for the coupon, click and print.  It is that easy!

Happy clipping,

Katie

I always love the beginning of the month!

Why you ask?  Because that is when the new coupons come out.  Make sure you hop over to Coupons.com and get the coupons you will use.  Maybe there are coupons you won't use but a friend  will.  It's always nice to share the savings with your family and friends.  You can get to the Coupons.com  site right here on my site.

I hope you save a lot of money this month using coupons!

Enjoy,

Katie

December 1, 2011

Today is the last day left to enter my Thirty-One Little's Carry-All Bag Giveaway!

Do you love Thirty-One Purses, Totes and Bags? So do I and I am going to share one of my favorite little bags with one of my followers. I am giving away one new Thirty-One Little's Carry-All Bag. This giveaway is powered by Rafflecopter. See below for contest details. You can get up to 6 enteries into the giveaway.  The giveaway starts December 1st and ends December 8th.  If you have any questions, please post a comment.

Good Luck!
Katie





Save money with Nestle Coffee-Mate coupon!

Oh the choices!  There are so many flavors to choose from.  My all time favorite is Hazelnut.  But right now they have so many holiday flavors I don't know which to choose, Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread Latte or Warm Cinnamon Sugar Cookie just to mention a few.  If you are having the same problem choosing what flavor to try, then you better click here and print off a $.75 coupon from their website.  The coupon offer is for $.75 off when you buy any two (2) 15 oz. or larger liquid or powder.  When you buy your creamer and try it, let me know what flavor you liked the most.

Enjoy,

Katie

Cracker Barrel Holiday Sweeps!

Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite restaurants.  I could say I love it because of the food, which I do like, but I love it more for the store.  As soon as I walk in I always check out the clearance corner.  After the holidays, they have the greatest sales.  They have unique products you don't see in every store.  Make sure you stop in after Christmas and see for yourself.  I am sure you will leave with a bag!

Now back to what I was blogging about.  Don't miss your chance to get into the "Great Gifts" Gift Basket Holiday Sweepstakes they are holding.  Click here to get to their sweepstakes page.  You could win one of three Holiday baskets with toys and treats for boys and girls, plus a Cracker Barrel $250 Gift Card.  You could also win 1 of 50 instant prizes.

Good luck!

Katie

November 30, 2011

FREE COFFEE ON THE FIRST!

REMINDER: Get your FREE fresh brewed cup of coffee on the 1st of every month at Xtramart. Visit their website for more monthly specials by clicking here.

Enjoy,

Katie

You could WIN the Ultimate At-Home Game Day Party!

Click here to visit Reese's website to enter the contest!  Enter for your chance to win instantly a Reese's Leather Orange Recliner and one of thousands of Premium Stadium Cushions.  You'll also be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for the Ultimate At-Home Game Day Party.  No purchase necessary!

Good luck!

Katie

November 29, 2011

Do you know how to choose the PERFECT Christmas Tree?

A friend of mine owns Morgan Hillside Tree Farm in Windsor, NY.  I asked her, how do you pick out the perfect Christmas Tree?  This is her reply.

How to pick a perfect Christmas tree

Decide when the right time is to place your tree, then gather your family to go visit a tree farm. Make sure you are dressed appropriate for the weather. And bring a camera, this is a perfect time for great pictures!
Before you leave home, measure the height of the ceiling in the room where you will display your tree, remember to leave about a foot of space, for your tree topper as well as the tree stand.
Decide what kind of tree you prefer, Balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir and Scotch pine hold their needles well. When selecting a tree, run your fingers along the needles and give the tree a shake. If the tree is fresh, the needles should be pliable. Some will fall off, this is a natural shedding, especially with the warmer weather we are experiencing this year. Make sure the base of the tree is straight and long enough to fit easily into the tree stand.

If you buy a pre-cut tree, have about an inch cut off the base to make it easier for the tree to take in water. If you don’t plan to put the tree up right away, place it in a bucket of warm water and stand it in an unheated garage or porch away from the wind and cold.

How to maintain your Christmas Tree
Make sure your stand holds an adequate amount of water, usually at least a gallon. Keep your tree well watered. The first day it may drink up to a gallon of water, then several quarts a day, so check often to prevent the cut from sealing over, which will prevent water intake. There is no need to add anything to the water, plenty of fresh warm, water is best.

Do not place your tree near a heat source. If you have pets or small children, trim lower branches to prevent eye injuries. And hang all fragile ornaments, as well as those with small parts on higher branches, if you prefer with florist wire. Secure your tree to the ceiling, wall or floor to prevent it from tipping over, by itself or aided by children or pets.
After you checked the lights to make sure they work, and have no frayed wires, make sure you place them so you can secure the wires out of sight if possible, to prevent pets from chewing on them. Turn lights off when you go to bed or leave the house.

When it is time to take down your tree, you can wrap it in an old sheet, to help catch shedding needles, or before you place the tree put a tree bag you can easily pull over tree when the time has come.

Please check with your local government for tree recycling.  Broome County website for more info: http://www.gobroomecounty.com

If you live in Broome or Delaware County  and would like to cut down your own tree, stop by Morgan Hillside Tree Farm, 2135 Old Rt. 17, Windsor, NY.  For more information visit their facebook page Morgan Hillside Tree Farm or call 607-467-3297.

Great Savings at Jo-Ann Store!

Today I stopped into the local Jo-Ann Store and found many items at 50% OFF.  Everything from Christmas florals, fabrics, decorations, ornament and accessories.  The sale ends on December 3rd.  Make sure you stop into your local Jo-Ann Store and get some savings for yourself.  Check online before you go to see if their website has any in-store coupons. 

Happy Shopping!

Katie

Holiday Exclusives from Folgers!

Folgers Wakin' Up Club is giving away eight weeks of wonderful holiday prizes! Become a Wakin' Up Club member today and enter for your chance to win this week’s exclusive prize.  Click here to visit Folgers and enter the giveaway!

You are able to put in one entry per person, per day!  They have a lot of great prizes don't miss out on your chance to win.

Good luck!

Katie

Recycle Trash to Treasures!

I found a great blog to share with all of you. If you are crafty and want to save money by turning your trash into treasures, click here.   I love her creativity! I hope you learn new ways to recycle and create beautiful items for yourself and your home.

Enjoy,

Katie

November 28, 2011

Pampered Chef Cyber Deal!

Pampered Chef is offering a Cyber Monday FREE Shipping deal with a $75.00 online purchase. They have great gift items for everyone on your shopping list.  Click here to see all the products.

Partylite Cyber Monday Deal!

Don't miss out on the Partylite Cyber Monday deals. Save 30% off the Online Outlet.  If you are a waxaholic now is the time to get your wax.  Click here to see the Online Outlet.

My Cyber Monday wish for you!


I wish your coffee cups is always full of hot coffee or tea, your inbox full of awesome Cyber deals, your wallet full of money to spend and your chair comfortable to sit in all day while you shop!

Hope you have fun shopping!

Katie

November 27, 2011

Get great deals on name brand items!

I am excited to be a member of Ideeli. Ideeli offers limited-time sales that feature incredible brands at exceptional prices. Every day at 12 Noon EST, more than a dozen new sales showcase fashion for men, women and children, home d├ęcor and travel, offering the thrill of discovery and the satisfaction of a deal. Sign up to become a member and you too can receive notification of all the daily sales. It's FREE to join, make sure you click on the link below to visit their site and see for yourself all the great deals on name brand items. Invite your friends and receive a $25.00 credit when they make a purchase.

Thanks to Style n' Decor Deals for sharing this deal.

Click here to sign up for your FREE membership.

Followers - Join this site!

I originally didn't have the Followers listed on my blog.  I just recently added this to my blog.  Please feel free to click on Join and start following my blog.  I hope you get some money and time saving tips from being a follower. 

Don't forget to click "LIKE" for my Facebook page as well.  If you have a money or time saving tips you would like to share, I would love to share it with my Facebook friends!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Katie

Save money with a Knoebels Gift Certificate!

Knoebels Amusement Park is offering discounted Gift Certificates for ride tickets and food vouchers for next years season!  If you love Knoebels like my family does, then don't miss out on the savings.  Get your gift certificates now.  Click here to visit Knoebels website to learn more.  They offer 3 great ways to get the Gift Certificates.  You can stop by the park, call in your order or print off the form below and mail it in with your payment.


I am sure they will scream like they are on a roller coaster when they receive a gift certificate from Knoebels.

Enjoy the savings,

Katie

Don't forget Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday is tomorrow, November 28th.  Are you ready to get those Cyber deals?  Here are a few tips I found to help us all with shopping on Cyber Monday.

I found these recommendations and tips on CBSNews.com.

Best Overall:

Amazon and Zappos


Amazon really pioneered online-only shopping and they continue to do so. We connected with the company and they'll have a range of offers throughout the day along with "Lightning Deals." They show you the percentage off, which is a nice way to really get your head around how good a deal something is. Amazon Prime makes checking out incredibly fast, because you'll have a one-click buying option and free shipping on most items. Once people join Amazon Prime, Amazon tends to become their shopping default, meaning they'll check there before trying anywhere else.

You've got to hand it to Zappos. They offer free shipping both ways 365 days a year. I've never had an issue with them, and that includes returning several big boot boxes this fall. I should point out, they're known for shoes, but they now sell apparel, too, and offer free two-way shipping offer holds.


Best Electronics:

Walmart and Best Buy

Walmart's whole mantra is "everyday low prices" and that holds true online. This year they're reporting they'll have 250 online-only Cyber Week specials. Walmart.com actually has tons of items you won't find in their stores.


Best Buy is pulling out all the stops online this year. Their stores are known for having really helpful guys and girls in blue shirts to answer all your tech questions, and this year online, the site is pretty well organized to give gift giving suggestions. Electronics is such a hot category, so it's an area where people really do want to know what's hot for men, women, teens and kids. They've even got a tech gifts section for sports fans - win-win.


Best Jewelry Deal:

LivingSocial with Blue Nile

Living Social and Groupon are known for providing local deals. Watch for Living Social to really break out with some national deals. For instance, it's already been announced that BlueNile - the online jeweler - will be partnering with Living Social to offer $200 worth of merchandise for $100. So, right off the bat, you'd DOUBLE your buying power if you go this route. Then, using the $200 voucher on Blue Nile means you'll get more bling - and we're talking the real thing - for your buck. This is a Cyber Monday power move!


Best Creative Gift:
GetMaineLobster and Restoration Hardware


What's the point of having millions of items to select from online, if you don't get a little creative. This idea will really get the recipients attention! You can deliver live lobsters or give a gift certificate to order live lobsters - and to be clear - they arrive moving in the box. The only issue is you need to be sure the recipient is around to receive the order and that the dog - having learned from experience - doesn't discover the package first. I like the idea of giving this gift and then enjoying it on New Year's. If you order on Cyber Monday, they're offering 40 percent off their Surf & Turf special. Good stuff.


Every year the Restoration Hardware stocking stuffers get better and better. They're not always cheap, but they're really unique - and there are hundreds of them - everything from Slinkys to survival kits in sardine cans.


Best Free Gift Wrapping:

Neiman Marcus

This is one of the best-kept secrets, especially if there's someone on your list you're trying to impress - a boss or an in-law perhaps - you can order an item on NeimanMarcus.com and they'll gift wrap it for free. They don't even offer that in the store. And, trust me, the gift will look like a million bucks. So, if you purchase an ornament that's $25, by the time Neiman's does their thing and it arrives, it'll look like the Royal Family sent it.


CYBER MONDAY PLANNING TIPS:

1. BE READY TO MOVE FAST

One of the things people get burned on is not understanding that it's not enough to have an item in your virtual shopping cart. Usually it's not yours until you actually complete the checkout process. In the case of "flash" or "lightning sales" - a limited quantity of a certain item being offered for a limited time at a certain price - minutes can matter. Amazon even has a ticker to show you how much time left you have to make final decision before you let go of the item. Here's what you can do to get ready: Consider registering with your favorite online shopping sites if you haven't already, because it makes the checkout process a lot quicker. Amazon even has one-click buying - it doesn't get faster than that. Of course, keep in mind, the whole "flash" concept is designed to create a sense of urgency. I am not suggesting you fall for that, but if you need a certain size in a particularly popular color and you find it at a price you like, hustle. Some of the best deals can go in a matter of minutes.


2. PICK YOUR CURRENCY

Not to ruin it for everyone, but even though online shopping feels like "magic" sometimes, there's no "magical" way to pay for the items. So, think ahead to what "currency" you want to use. You may have airline points or rewards points that can be used to increase your shopping budget or offset the cost. If you go this route, consider buying gift cards for yourself and then using them to shop, as the redemption rate is better -- sometimes twice as good -- as it is if you buy merchandise directly using points. Another power move that's even more popular this year is to make sure you're using a card that's earning cash-back rewards. In the case of Bank of America's BankAmericard, you can actually have the cash back deposited directly into your checking or savings account, so there's no change in behavior -- just shop as you normally would and then when you go to pay your bills, the cash-back you've earned will be there to draw on.


3. KNOW THE CODE

Coupon codes use to have an element of "secrecy." Now, they're widely available and can mean up to 15 to 40 percent off your entire purchase or be the difference between getting free shipping or not. Sometimes you have to seek them out. If you also get catalogs in the mail, check the catalog inserts for codes. Here's an insider tip: If you are not usually a real bargain bee or have not insisted on free shipping in the past, don't expect your catalog to be sprinkled with stickers offering the very best incentives. Offers are based on your shopping behavior to date and the incentives are calibrated accordingly. You can call the retailer or email their customer service to check if you have the "best" available code. Bottom line: If there is a box for a "promo code" as part of the checkout process that means it exists.


Many sites gather coupon codes or by googling the "name of retailer + coupon code." Some sources are RetailMeNot.com, CouponSherpa, CouponMountain, FatWallet, BradsDeals. There have been some scams in this arena. Remember: you should never have to pay for coupon codes.

It's also smart to sign up for email newsletters from your favorite retailers or "follow" them on Twitter and "friend" them on Facebook. Sometimes they'll reveal coupon codes there and you may have first-mover advantage on special offers revealed on the fly. You can always unsubscribe after the holidays. 

I hope you find many great deals that save you a lot of money!  Thank you CBSNews.com for all the great information.

Happy Shopping!

Katie