The holidays are officially upon us, and let’s admit, with “the most wonderful time of the year” can come a good amount of stress. Grocery lists and gift lists are growing, and the pressure of sticking to a budget can often be shoved aside to worry about in the New Year. So let’s get ahead of the budget walk of shame in January and save some money now! We want to know: What’s your #1 money-saving tip for shopping around the holidays? Entries should be typed into the comments field of this blog post for a chance to win one of 10 prize packs, including:
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Holiday Tips & Recipes brought to you by Dairy Makes Sense Dairy Makes Sense has fabulous money saving recipes and ideas to help you stretch your holiday budget without sacrificing taste or nutrition brought to you by the Midwest Dairy Association. Here are just a few of the menu and entertaining tips from moms who work and live on Midwest dairy farms. · To save money, buy cheese in block form and slice or cube it yourself. Or use holiday cookie cutters to create festive shapes, and save the scraps for casseroles. · Expecting overnight company? Serve a berry breakfast smoothie instead of empty-calorie gourmet pastries to maximize nutrition without breaking the bank. · Plain, low-fat yogurt makes a great, calcium-rich base for holiday dips! Buy yogurt by the quart and save, then flavor with dry ranch seasoning or soup mixes and serve with veggies. · Remember to serve milk with every meal, not just holiday cookies. At about 25 cents a glass, it packs a lot of nutrients for the money. And if you are looking for a wonderful way to feed a lot guests during the holiday season, try this Pepper & Egg Brunch Bake. Doesn’t it look delicious? The best part is it can be made ahead of time. It will feed 12 people at only $.79 per serving! I love anything that can be made in advance so I can enjoy my guests versus spending all my time in the kitchen cooking for them. Don’t you? The Midwest Dairy Association would like to offer my readers a gift bundle to start your new year off right! Included is a $25 gift card for Cub Foods, apron, coupon holder, cheese knife, measuring spoons, grocery pad, refrigerator magnet, recipe booklet and free product coupons from Crystal Farms, Land ‘O Lakes and Kemps Dairy! All of these brands are prominent within Minnesota and the Midwest. The Midwest Dairy Council would like to give FOUR of my readers a dairy prize pack as shown above! MAIN ENTRY: Visit Dairy Makes Sense and tell me something you learned! Want more entries? (How can you resist?) After answering my question do any of the following and leave a comment telling me what you did. Each is worth one entry unless otherwise noted. Your comment is your entry so please leave the appropriate number of comments for each extra entry. -Tell me why you’d like to win this! -Follow my blog publicly -Subscribe to my feed in a reader or by email -Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway Win a $25 Cub Foods GC, Apron, Cheese Slicer, free dairy products & more @babylovingmama *4 win http://tinyurl.com/y8we2px #giveaway PLS RT! -Add my button to your blog -Blog about this contest and link back here and to Dairy Make Sense (3 entries) This contest will end on 1/4/10 at 11:59 pm CST. US residents only. Please be sure that you live in an area where you can redeem these coupons or have a Cub Foods. (or at the very least know someone who does) The winner will be drawn via random.org and will have 72 hours to respond to winning notification email before I draw another winner or do a live giveaway. Disclosure : I received the same prize pack as will be provided to the winners. This has no bearing on my completely honest post above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation.
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Never skip your pantry before creating the holiday menu and setting on a shopping trip. The chances that you already have most of the ingredients for simple recipes are enormous. Hence, check your kitchen cabinets for sugar, baking soda, and flour if you had a pie in mind for a holiday meal. You might have also saved some olive oil, chicken stock, and spices for the savory dishes.
Once you know what supplies you have at hand, create the menu and see what’s missing. This way, you won’t end up with duplicates. Undoubtedly, having fewer products on your shopping list saves you more cash. Plus, the items you already have in your pantry can give you an insight into possible meal ideas.
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The following is a guest post from Mel at brokeGIRLrich
I think a savings spree sounds way better than a shopping spree, especially when it means that you get to go shopping! As a personal finance blogger, most of my time is spent scrimping and trying to figure out where to cut back without too much of a pinch, but if there’s a week of the year to cut a little loose and spend a little to save overall throughout the year, it’s this week, and here’s how to get the most bang for your buck.
1.) Rock After Christmas Sales – Retailers try to clear out their stock by President’s Day, which is when you’ll notice spring fashions hit the floor. By midFebruary, everyone is craving sunshine and flowers so much that spring items fly off the shelves with very little discount needed. This works in your favor because come December 26 th , most stores need to unload a lot of merchandise to make room; as a result great deals start turning up. The week after Christmas is the most notable time to see extra savings dumped on top of the last minute Christmas savings from the previous week, so if the crowds don’t bother you too much, that is the time to hit the mall. And if the crowds do bother you, that’s the time to hit the net deals range from clothing to toys to electronics. It’ll even give those gift cards you got a little extra buying power. One note though is that anything New Year’s Eve geared will not be on sale yet – so hold off buying the sparkly party dresses until January 2 nd .
2.) Stock Up on Holiday Supplies – I know it doesn’t sound super exciting, but throughout the season keep half an eye on what you’re consuming. Did you drop and break a dozen ornaments this year that you’ll want to replace? Did the menorah catch fire (oh gosh, I hope not, is that even a real possibility? I have no idea. But it does seem like a lot of fire… roll with me here, I’m making a point)? Did you use up the very last of your holiday wrapping paper, give up and flip over some birthday wrapping paper for the final stocking stuffers or last day of Hanukkah as you wrapped your last gifts? If you usually have a holiday party, pick up those paper goods now. Wrapping paper, ornaments, cards and decorations go on sale like CRAZY starting December 26 th . Seriously, I’ve seen $5 packages of wrapping paper go down to $.50. Boxes of gorgeous cards for a buck. Holiday jewelry, socks and tchotchkes for a song. If you stock up on these things the week following Christmas, you shouldn’t even have to wonder where you’ve put them because you can pack them away with everything else and be ready to go next year.
3.) Stock Up Gifts for Next Year – If you Google “people who buy Christmas gifts all year long” you wind up getting quite a few frugal and personal finance bloggers. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Planning ahead is a key strategy in maximizing your money and the holidays are no exception. Check out this years holiday gift list – are 95% of those people likely to be on there again next year? There’s no reason to not keep half an eye out for something they might really like. This especially applies to spouses and children – people you’re likely to stockpile several gifts for. If your 6yearold loves Legos, odds are good that your 7yearold will too and there will be awesome sales on items like that the week after Christmas. I hope you have a good hiding space (totally related tip, if you have a smart phone, like most folks do, open your calendar app, and enter a reminder in October, November or December – right before you usually start buying gifts – about what you bought and where you put it. My mother is the queen of buying a few things she sees throughout the year and completely forgetting about them. How completely you ask? A year ago she found a CD of my favorite band from high school that she bought when they were popular. I am 29).
4.) Stock Up on Gifts for This Year – Use those sales to your advantage and keep an eye out for birthday gifts, teacher end of year gifts, even trinkets for Easter baskets – whatever events you’d usually buy a gift for. Take special note of cosmetic or bubble bath sets that are several items bundled together in a holiday themed packaging. Remove the packaging and you can repurpose those items into your own gift baskets all year long (and schedule another calendar reminder on your phone for these items too). Candles and food gift sets are another big item that go on sale the week following Christmas that can be used year round as well. And don’t forget your kids’ friends – do you usually hit 10䎣 birthday parties a year? Now is the time to toss some generic games, Barbies, GI Joes, etc. into your shopping cart and then into your closet.
5.) Little Things to Save More $$ Check for coupons - If you’re online shopping, use a rebate portal like ebates.com to get some cash back on top of your purchase. Create an email address just for loyalty clubs and then sign up for them using it. Check that email address before heading out shopping, since they’ll often send you printable coupons especially right after signing up. If you’re hitting the mall in person, shopping with cash will keep you within your budget, make sure you’re not tired and eat something before you enter the mall or store. Believe it or not, your mood heavily affects your shopping patterns.
6.) Get Your Bake On – If you bake often, another item to find on sale are all those holiday cookies kits or even gingerbread house kits (why can’t it be a gingerbread beach house? Just add some blue food coloring to the icing and put swimsuits on the gingerbread men). Double check the expiration dates, but most of those kits are going to last for several months. The only thing those boxes of cakes and cookies have going against them is that they have snowman or a menorah or even just a red and green color scheme on them. Plenty of them could be thematically repurposed for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. As for prepackaged goods – all those red and green or blue and white foods still taste just as good after the holidays for a fraction of the price. Just check the expiration dates even more carefully on things that are already made.
A few final notes:
Keep in mind that the sales tend to grow throughout the week. They definitely start on December 26 th , however you’ll find better sales but smaller selections as the week progresses. With the spending frenzy that is the holiday season in mind, I wouldn’t be doing my job as a personal finance blogger if I didn’t remind you that making and sticking to budget will save you a TON and this applies to your purchases the week after the holidays. Thinking about what you want to purchase before you walk out of the house and then sticking to it will be the best money saving trick of them all.
Mel has survived off a theatre degree for nearly 10 years now, thanks to her prowess as a money ninja. From a childhood love of Hints from Heloise to an adult desire to not starve to death, she has become a jack of all trades, trying to master some. Mel currently works for the circus and blogs about personal finance over at brokeGIRLrich. You can also find her on Twitter @brokeGIRLrich.
To get your savings spree started I am pleased to announce Mel is offering a Holiday Hostess Survival Kit - $5 Gift Card to Five Below and package of Thank You Notes!! Contest ends next Thursday.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
This is America, Charlie Brown DVD Giveaway
The Fourth of July is coming up! Here's a giveaway for a great family DVD about our country's history to share with your loved ones. Enter below for your chance to win!
Snoopy and the Peanuts gang inspire viewers to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday with the release of This is America, Charlie Brown , available June 17, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). This entertaining collection is comprised of eight delightful animated Peanuts television specials that have been re-mastered for superior picture and sound quality. Each of the animated specials centers on various important events in the course of American history, as seen through the eyes of the Peanuts gang.
My little reviewers enjoyed watching the Peanuts Gang sailing into the NewWorld and had many questions. They were glued to the screen as they watched them endure how life was during the winter on the Plymouth Plantation. From Sailing on the Mayflower to watching Linus and Charlie Brown witness the Wright Brother's first flight. They truly enjoyed the episode called "The Great Inventors" as they watched each member of the gang reports on some of the greatest inventions of mankind. My Grandsons loved the episode on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad as Charlie Brown tells how two railroads combined to create the Transcontinental Railroad.
Each of My Grandchildren were mesmerized to the TV and watched all of the 8 entertaining episodes. Afterwards I asked them to rate the DVD on how much fun it was to watch and on new things that they learned while watching it. Needless to say they gave this DVD 5 Starts all around.
This DVD is not only entertaining but very educational at the same time. I would recommend this DVD to all parents for their Children to view and enjoy, especially on the upcoming 4th of July Holiday. This DVD will be made available on June 17, 2014 and has a SRP of $26.99
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Ebates Cash Giveaway
I love saving money. I signed up for Ebates years ago so I could save money on the things I would buy anyway. With three growing kids I’m always shopping for new shoes or pants for them. Am I right moms? These kids grow like weeds. It’s a good thing Ebates has my back. Check out how Ebates works below and sign up. Then enter the giveaway and win!
Now is a great time to sign up for Ebates. During the holidays, so many of the online merchants not only offer the best prices but also double cash back, so make sure to take advantage of that. Joining Ebates is free, so I invite you to Sign-up with Ebates using my link!
Ebates offers rebates for online purchases. At Ebates.com, you can receive extra savings of up to 25% Cash Back when you shop at their list of Over 1200 Online Stores. You don’t need to fill-up any form, just shop using Ebates link for the store and they will notify you once your cash back is ready. You even earn cash bonus for referring friends.
On Black Friday (11/28) Ebates is having over 500 merchants with Double Cash Back, make sure check out all of Ebates Black Friday coupons. Here are just some of the upcoming Black Friday Deals.
- Kohl’s – was 3.0%, now get 9.0% Cash Back
- Nordstrom – was 3.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
- Macy’s – was 3.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
- Lord & Taylor – was 2.5%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
- eBags – was 6.0%, now get 20.0% Cash Back
- Sephora – was 4.0%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
- Groupon – was 3.0%, now get 9.0% Cash Back
- Orbitz – was up to 6.5%, now get 11.0% Cash Back
- Neiman Marcus – was 4.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
- JCPenney – was 3.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
- Bloomingdale’s –was 3.0%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
- Saks Fifth Avenue – was 4.0%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
- ULTA – was 3.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
- Ralph Lauren – was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back
- Lancome – was 5.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
- Estee Lauder Online – was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
- Philosophy – was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back
- L’Occitane – was 4.5%, now get 9.0% Cash Back
12 Fantastic Holiday Giveaways You Don’t Want to Miss!
1. The Grand Christmas Gift Giveaway The Thrifty Couple is celebrating big time by offering its readers a whopping $700 giveaway! 22 Lucky readers will win some really great gifts this year. Like the $250 baby monitor, to sports equipment, gifts for her and him and the kiddies too! Enter to win here! 2. Star Wars Darth Vader Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Giveaway Calling all Star Wars Fans! This is the coolest humidifier I’ve ever seen. Any boy or girl who is a Stars Fan will love this! Enter to win this incredible humidifier by visiting Shop With Me Mama. 3. Win A $50 Outback Steak House Gift Card Fun With A Message is in the gift giving mood! They want you to win this $50 gift card to the Outback Steak House – no rules, just right, right? Enter to win this gift card and use it for your family or give it away as a gift. Enter to Win Here. 4. Bramble Box Giveaway WIN a $75 Bramble Box GIFT CARD! This will cover three single kits, a 3-month subscription, or can be put towards a longer-length subscription. Your children’s imagination will be fueled with this nifty little gift. Just head over to One Committed Mama and enter to win! 5. Win A $100 Visa Gift Card! Who doesn’t love gift cards, particularly when it’s $100! You can get a lot of shopping done with this prize. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to see the instructions on how to enter. Visit Honest and Truly to Enter! 6. $75 Gift Card to Cate and Levi Cate and Levi is a small company, based in Toronto, Canada. Each product is lovingly handcrafted by owner Josh Title from reclaimed wool and stuffed with recycled materials. Their products are eco-friendly and one of a kind. Go visit The Wise Wife and enter to win your $75 Gift Card! 7. Win A 7″ Fire and Blog Planner Calling all bloggers! Here’s one for us! Win a 7″ Fire and Blog Planner by entering to win at Health Matters Media. If you’re looking to add some structure to your blogging activity, then you’ll love the planner and oh ya, the Fire will be a nice bonus. Go here to enter! 8. $130 Target Gift Card, Plus A Whole Lot More! My Reflection of Something is giving away a fantastic group of prizes including a $130 Target Gift Card. I mean who doesn’t love Target? I know one lucky winner will really love this giveaway. Go here to enter today! 9. Republic Wireless Moto E + 3 Months of Complimentary Service Are you in need of a new phone? Tired of overpaying for phone service? Maybe you want to get someone in the family a phone? Well, The Budget Mama has just the giveaway for you. Make sure you scroll all the way to the end of the post to enter. You can enter to win this great prize by visiting The Budget Mama! 10. Kate Spade Bag Retails for $400 Christine from Boston Mamas bought this bag and never used it! Now one lucky winner will get this absolutely gorgeous bag for free! I know I’d love to see this under my tree this Christmas. Visit Christine’s blog at the Boston Mamas and enter to win! 11. Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversary Collection This is a great giveaway for all the Charlie Brown fans out there! I mean those of us of a certain age, grew up with Charlie and the whole Peanuts gang. This prize will surely put a smile on someone’s face. To enter, visit Mom and More. 12. Domino Pizza $50 Gift Card I know a couple of folks who would love, love, love this giveaway. They practically live on pizza! If your kids eat a lot of pizza, then this giveaway is just for you! Head on over to Dorky Deals and enter to win! Disclosure: I received free tickets to the show in order to provide this review. Do you love Cirque Du Soleil performances? My hubby and I saw one in Vegas about 4 years ago and loved it. We mentioned the fact that our boys would love a performance but we were not taking an 10 and 8 year … [Read more. ]
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Have you been to a Freddy’s for Family Night? There is a Freddy’s close to us in Milford. They are popping up in a lot of Suburbs around us (Amelia, Winton Rd, Redbank Rd, Harrison, West Chester, & Centerville)! You should check and see if there is one close to you! Family night is from 4-8 every Tuesday night. They have activities for the kids and they each get a free dessert at the end of their meal.
The burgers remind me a lot of Steak and Shake. The thin, fresh. flat-top grilled burgers served with shoe string fries and made to order.
You can have any chicken sandwich or burger sans the bun and wrapped in tomato and lettuce. Instead of fries you can get baked lays to try for a healthier option! So then you can splurge on the yummy Custard!
Instead of a blizzard they have what they call a Concrete. You can chose from several toppings that they pair with their creamy custard. I LOVE frozen custard.
Freddy’s is made to order, FRESH. All the ingredients appear to be better quality than your normal fast food chain, and it all definitely tastes better. If you have a quick burger craving, I strongly recommend a Freddy’s Steakburger. At around $8 for a burger and fries, it may cost a bit more, but the better taste and experience is well worth it.
Ava loves all things Pumpkin flavored! She LOVES their Pumpkin Pie Concrete, which is made with their famous frozen custard, blended with a whole slice of pumpkin pie, topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon!
Austin loves Nutter Butter’s! They have delicious Nutter Butter & Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches!
Their kids meals are the same size portion as the adult meals. So if there is something on the kids menu that you like, you can order that and save yourself some cash!
Would you like to try Freddy’s for FREE? Enter below to win a $50 gift card! Winner will be chosen on Saturday 10/20. Good luck!