Monday, September 15, 2014

McDonald's Free Coffee September 16-29

During breakfast hours at McDonald's you can get a free small McCafe coffee between September 16-29. No purchase necessary. You can get more details at the McDonald's newsroom.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Target: Dollar Spot 30% off with Cartwheel Coupon

Target has a new Cartwheel Coupon for 30% off any items in the dollar spot. These items retail from $1-$3 so only $0.70-$2.10 after coupon!

At my local Target today I found lots of Halloween goodies, Frozen school supplies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bowls/plates and more!

Shutterfly: 10 Free Photo Cards Just Pay Shipping

Through September 16, Shutterfly is offering 10 free personalized greeting cards with coupon code: SNEAKPEEK 
This offer is valid for new and existing customers and you can choose from 6x8, 5x7, 5x5, 4x8, 5x7, or 5x7 trifold cards. There are tons of cards available including holiday, birthday, baby shower, invitations, and more. If you want to get a jumpstart on holiday cards this is a great deal. 
I have my son's birthday in October so I ordered some adorable invitations that would normally cost $3.43 each (I added a color background which upped the price $1.50), but with coupon code I got 10 for free! You do need to pay shipping for this deal which is $5.99. 

Hurry over to Shutterfly since this offer is only good through September 16.

When I Won't Be Frugal: My Son's Safety

As a parent we all want our kids to be happy, but more importantly we want our child to be safe. That's why I'm sharing this story about something I won't be frugal about.

Last year my son had outgrown his current car seat and I purchased him the Evenflo Chase Harnessed Booster Car Seat. I liked the booster for various reasons including the 5 point harness, the price, the reviews, and even the cupholders.

I did note at the time of purchase that the harness could only be used up to 40 pounds, but at the time of purchase that didn't mean anything to me. I just assumed after that I would be taking the harness out and simply using the seat as a high back booster and buckling my son in using the seatbelt in my car.

Fast forward until this summer when I came across a wonderful and informative Facebook group titled Car seats for the Littles (they have an equally amazing and informative website found here).

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Through this site I learned a plethora about car seat safety. Including that it's best to rear face until age 4 (check out the studies, the statistics make sense) as well as when to switch to a booster seat. 

I thought I would be switching my almost four year old son to a high back booster soon with just my cars safety belt, until I read about the safety issues with this. My son doesn't sit still in the car. If he didn't have his harness he would be sleeping hunched over, leaning down to pick up a toy of the floor,  slouching, etc. These things are safety issues. If he's moving around or sleeping hunched over he wouldn't be in the seat belt properly and therefore at risk for unnecessary injury if a crash or accident occurred. 

Even though my son meets the height/weight requirements for a high back booster, or even the requirements of a cheap, low-back booster seat, they are not the safest option for him while he's in the car. The low back booster above may be small and convenient, but it's by far the safest and he's prone to slouching, incorrect belt position, etc. while seated in this seat. I highly recommend the article "Harness or Booster: When to Make the Switch" 

After some research on combination car seats I have decided to purchase my son the Kids Embrace Batman Deluxe Combination Toddler/Booster Car Seat. Not only is it Batman (one of his favorites), it will also allow me to keep him in a 5 point harness until he reaches 65 pounds. He's almost 40 pounds right now so this will easily a year. After he reaches 65 pounds he'll still be able to sit in the seat as a high back booster so it's definitely worth the investment and knowing he is safe in my car is priceless.

So although I could simply continue using the Evenflo I previously purchased for my son and remove the harness, I'm going to invest in a new seat to continue to ensure he is as safe as possible while in my car. It's not frugal, it's not convenient like the low-back booster others use, but it gives me peace of mind knowing I'm ensuring my son's safety.

If you're still unsure or want more details about car seat safety I highly recommend reviewing Car Seats for Littles Website. They  post reviews for car seats, boosters, and more. If you have any car seat questions definitely ask the wonderful moderators of the Car Seats for Littles Facebook Page. They have techs on the site that can answer any car seat question!

Swagbucks: Sale on Walmart, Best Buy, and Old Navy Gift Cards

Swagbucks is currently offering $5 Walmart gift cards for just 440 points. These normally are 500 points so a savings of 60 points.

I typically purchase the $5 Amazon gift cards for 450 points through Swagbucks, but this deal is a bit better and I can use a Walmart gift card in-store to avoid shipping fees.

Swagbucks is also featuring some other gift cards on sale including:

  • $5 Walmart eGift Card = 440 SB
  • $10 Best Buy eGift Card= 970 SB
  • $25 Best Buy eGift Card= 2,425 SB
  • $50 Best Buy eGift Card= 4,850 SB
  • $100 Best Buy eGift Card= 9,700 SB
  • $10 Old Navy eGift Card= 930 SB
  • $15 Old Navy eGift Card= 1,395 SB
  • $25 Old Navy eGift Card= 2,325 SB
  • $50 Old Navy eGift Card= 4,650 SB
  • $100 Old Navy eGift Card= 9,300 SB
  • If you aren't a member of Swagbucks yet it's one of my favorite ways to earn free gift cards. Read more about the Swagbucks program at this post.

    Target: New $10 off $40 Up and Up Coupon and Deal Scenarios

    Photo Credit: Totally Target

    Target has a new $10 off your $40 Up and Up products coupon. This coupon can be found in the weekly ad or by texting SAVE to 827438. Up and Up is the Target generic brand of products and they make everything from toilet paper to diapers. Use this coupon to grab some great deals on necessities like paper towel or diapers. 

    Here are some ideas for this coupon:

    Buy 3 Up & Up Bath Tissue 36 Double Roll Pack ($13.99) = $41.97
    -$10 Off an Up & Up Purchase of $40+ In Ad Target Coupon (valid 9/14 – 9/20)
    -$2.09 (use 5% Off Up & Up Bath Tissue Target Cartwheel 
    = $29.88 for 3 or $9.96 per 36 double roll pk or like paying under .14 per regular roll.

    Buy 2 Up & Up Paper Towel 12 pk Giant Roll (= 18 regular rolls) ($14.99)
    & Buy 1 Up & Up Laundry Detergent 150 oz – 96 load ($10.49) = $40.47
    -$10 Off an Up & Up Purchase of $40+ In Ad Target Coupon (valid 9/14 – 9/20)
    -.52 (use 5% Off Up & Up Laundry Detergent Target Cartwheel 
    -$1.50 (use 5% Off Up & Up Paper Towels Target Cartwheel

    = $28.45 for all 3 or $9.48 for each of these value size items

    $24.64 Up and Up Diaper Box (on clearance)
    $24.64 Up and Up Diaper Box (on clearance)
    Use 5% off Up and Up Diapers Target Cartwheel (will deduct $1.96)
    Use $10 off $40 Up and Up Coupon
    Final price: $37.32 or just $18.66 each for a HUGE box!

    Shutterfly: Free Personalized Photo Mug - Just Pay Shipping

    Shutterfly is offering customers a free 11 oz personalized/photo mug this weekend when you use coupon code: CHEERS
    You will need to pay shipping on this mug which runs about $7. Fill this up with a gift recipients favorite coffee/tea/cocoa and you have a cute personalized gift. Remember, only 14 more Friday's until Christmas!

    You can choose to upgrade and get an 11 oz colored mug for just $2 plus shipping, a white mug with chocolate for $4 plus shipping, or a 15 oz colored mug for just $5.

    Head on over to Shutterfly to create your personalized mug. This offer is good through 9/14/14.

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Nesquik: Five Free Samples and High Value Coupon

    Weekend Mall Deals and Printable Coupons

    If you are headed out to the mall this weekend make sure you print these coupons to save even more.

    Abercrombie and Fitch
    Save 15% off one item, 20% off two items, or 25% off three or more items printable (expires 9/14)

    Save 20% off your entire purchase printable (expires 9/30)

    Bath and Body Works
    Free Signature Collection Item with purchase of $10  printable (expires 9/28)
    Save $10 off your purchase of $30 or more printable (expires 9/14)

    Children's Place
    Save 15% off your entire purchase printable (expires 9/14)

    Save $15 off a $50 purchase printable (9/14)

    JC Penney
    Save $10 off your $25 purchase or $25 off your $50 purchase printable (expires 9/13)

    Save 15% off any purchase or 20% off your purchase of $100 or more printable (expires 9/17)
    Save $10 off a Women's Apparel purchase of $50 or more printable (expires 9/21)
    Save $10 off a Women's Shoes, Accessory, or Handbag purchase of $50 or more printable (expires 9/21)
    Save $10 off your maternity, baby, or toddler purchase of $30 or more printable (expires 9/21)

    Lane Bryant
    Save $25 off a $75 purchase, $50 off $150, or $75 off $225 purchase printable (expires 9/28)

    Rue 21
    Save 30% off your entire purchase printable (expires 9/14)

    Save $3.50 off a $10 purchase printable (expires 9/21)

    Yankee Candle
    Save $20 off your purchase of $40 or more at Yankee Candle OUTLET printable (expires 9/16)

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Sam's Club: Open House Weekend - No Membership Required

    Sam's Club is having an open house this weekend which means anyone can shop even if you don't have a membership card. Just visit your local Sam's club September 12-14 to take advantage of this offer.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Living Social: $13 Qdoba Voucher only $8!

    Wahoo! If you're a fan of Qdoba Mexican Grill Living Social is featuring a $13 Qdoba Voucher for just $8!

    The voucher is good through September 17, 2014 so order now. If you don't use the voucher in time the price you paid doesn't expire until 2019!

    Mystery Shopping Trip: Thrift Store

    I had the opportunity to complete another thrift store mystery shop this week. They are one of my favorite type of mystery shops because you never know what treasures you might find. The shop requires you to drop off a donation which requires you to actually get rid of stuff and then reimburse for up to $5 in purchases. 
    Here's what I found this trip:
    • $0.99 Bag of pens/pencils (for my classroom
    • $2.00 Wine Rack
    • $1.99 Children's Fleece Jacket

    Shopper Reimbursement for items/services purchased: $5.00
    Actual Amount Spent: $4.98 plus tax
    Shop Pay: $12
    Mystery Shop Company: Reality Based Group

    My goal is to post about all my mystery shops so if you're interested in mystery shopping you can gain some insight from an experienced shopper. If you would like to learn more about mystery shopping check out this post.
    View the other mystery shops I've recently completed here.

    Disney Movie Rewards: 75 Free Points

    Disney Movie Rewards has reached 2 million Facebook fans and in honor of this accomplishment they are giving away 75 Disney Movie Rewards.  Just sign into your Disney Movie Rewards account and enter the promo code DMR2MIL

    Checkout 51: New Rebates on Bananas, Blueberries, Yogurt and More!

    Here's a sneak peek of the Checkout 51 rebates that will be going live on Thursday, September 11.

    I LOVE Checkout 51 because you can earn rebates for purchasing items at ANY store and simply uploading the receipt using your phone. I especially love the rebates on fresh fruits and any brand yogurt. Here are the newest rebates:

    *$0.25 Bananas (any brand, excludes frozen varieties)
    *$0.25 Blueberries (any package of fresh blueberries)
    *$0.25 Yogurt (any brand, any size, any variety)
    *$1 for purchasing $1 Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa (any variety)
    *$1 Aleve Pain Reliever (any variety, excludes trial and travel sizes)
    *$1 Berocca (any variety)
    *$1 Alka-Seltzer Plus (any variety, excludes Alka Seltzer products)
    *$1 Alka-Seltzer (any variety, excludes 6 count and Alka-Seltzer Plus products)
    *$1 Citracal Products (any variety, excludes trial and travel sizes)
    *$1 One A Day Multivitamins (any variety)
    *$1 Flintstones Vitamins (any variety, excludes trial and travel sizes)
    *$1 Midol (any variety, excludes trial and travel sizes)
    *$0.50 Mrs. Cubbison’s Croutons & Salad Toppings (4 oz or 5 oz, any variety)
    *$1 Alberto VO5 Hot Oil Therapy or VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works Conditioning Treatment
    *$0.75 SnackWell’s products (3.9 oz or larger, any variety)
    *$1 Nature Valley Protein Granola (any variety)

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Shopping Trip: Savings at Target

    I hopped into Target on Sunday to grab some groceries. It wasn't a huge savings trip, but I did manage to save almost $20. Here's my trip:

    $2.00 Annie's Homegrown Organic Bunny Crackers (bought 2)
    Final price: $1.25 each

    $3.32 Honest Kids Organic Juice Pouches
    Used 5% off any Honest Kids Target Cartwheel
    Used $0.75 off any Honest Kids Juice printable
    Final price: $2.40

    $1.00 Oscar Mayer Lunchable (bought 2=$2)

    $1.25 Annie's Homegrown Organic Mac and Cheese (bought 2=$2.50)

    $1.50 Campbell's Chunky Soup (bought 3=$4.50)
    Used $1.00 off THREE Campbell's Healthy Request soups
    Final price: $1.17 each 

    $2.79 Slow Kettle Campbell's Soup
    Final price: $2.04

    $2.00 Go Go Squeez Applesauce 

    $3.09 Market Pantry Milk
    Redeemed $0.25 Ibotta Rebate
    Final price: $2.84

    $2.49 Yolpalit Gogurt
    Final price: $2.14

    $2.99 Baybel Cheese
    Final price: $1.99

    $2.69 Up and UP Plates

    $0.99 Value Greeting Cards (bought 4=$3.96)
    Used two Save $2 on any 2 greeting cards Target printable
    Final price: Free

    $5.99 Kellogg's To Go Breakfast Shake
    2.04 PopTarts
    Received free Pop Tarts for purchasing To Go Shake
    Final price: $5.99 for both items

    Price before coupons: $44.36
    Used $8 in Shopkick gift cards
    Price after coupons/gift cards: $24.72

    Children's Place: Up to 70 Percent Off and Free Shipping on Any Order

    Children's Place is once again offering free shipping on any order today only. You can also receive an extra 15% off when you use coupon code: ONLINE3

    If your kiddo needs any clothes this is a great offer, especially if you find some goodies in the clearance section.

    Christmas 2014 Savings Challenge Week 37

    Only 106 more days until Christmas!

    I have used Swagbucks for the past 2 years to earn gift cards and the gift cards earned have been used solely as Christmas presents. In 2012 I earned $135 in Amazon gift cards and in 2013 I earned $175 in Amazon gift cards--for free!

    This year I will continue chronicling my savings with  Swagbucks each week with a goal of earning $200 in gift cards to buy presents for Christmas 2014.

    If you're not familiar with my Swagbucks Christmas Savings Challenge I'll be posting every Tuesday about how much  I've earned through Swagbucks. Everything I earn will be traded for Amazon gift cards to purchase Christmas presents. I trade in my Swagbucks for $5 Amazon gift cards which cost 450 bucks.

    Swagbucks Week 37 Information:
    Current Swagbucks: 13,574
    $5 Gift Cards Earned: 30 (yay, that's $150!)
    Swagbucks Needed for Next Gift Card: 376

    If you aren't familiar with Swagbucks it is one of my favorite online earning programs. You can read more about Swagbucks at this post.

    I've chosen to use the gift cards earned from Swagbucks earned solely for Christmas presents. There are many other programs and survey sites that I participate in to earn extra money and gift cards check out the complete list.

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    ThredUp New Member Credit: Free Baby, Kids, and Women's Clothing!

    ThredUp is offering a $20 credit for new members when you sign up through this link. I love this deal and wanted to remind everyone of it! This $20 new member credit offer is good through September 15.

    If you aren't familiar with ThredUp they are an online consignment shop that sells gently used baby, toddler, kids, AND women's designer clothing!

    This means you can choose $20 worth of gently used and new baby/toddler/kids/women's clothing from ThredUp for free -- just pay $4.95 shipping! Many items are priced at just $2.99  and up meaning you can get at least 5-6 clothing items free with your $20 credit. 

    I had a family member create an account since I already had one and picked out four items for a total of $20.96. After the $20 discount my total was $0.96 plus $5.96 shipping. I picked out:
    • Gap Long Sleeve Henley Top $5.95
    • Old Navy Activewear Batman Swim Shirt $5.49
    • Old Navy Long Sleeve T-Shirt $4.99
    • NFL Detroit Lions Track Pants $4.99

    I've ordered from ThredUp numerous times and have always been extremely happy with the quick shipping and clothing received. Head on over to ThredUp to sign up.

    If you've already taken advantage of this offer consider having your spouse sign up with their email :)

    Julep: Free Fall Beauty Kit $62 Value - Just Pay $2.99 Shipping!

    Julep, an online beauty subscription site, is offering new customers a four  piece fall beauty box set for FREE just pay $2.99 shipping!  The box of makeup is valued at $62 and includes three high-quality nail polishes and a lip gloss.

    There are two options to choose from:

    To get your free box:
    1. Click Here to go to the Maven website
    2. Click Get Maven
    4. Enter the code: FREEFALL or FREECITY at check out
    5. Receive your FREE 4 piece Julep set from Maven (just pay $2.99 shipping)!

    I've previously ordered from Julep and LOVED the colors I received in polish. The lip gloss I received in my box quickly became a favorite too.

    Note: This is a subscription meaning you'll receive boxes in the future. Here's details on how to avoid future costs:
    We'll send an email previewing your upcoming Julep Maven Box on the 20th of each month. Love what we've chosen for you? Do nothing and your box is on its way. Want to try a new style, send your box to a friend or skip the month (and the bill)? Just log into your account between the 20th and the 24th to submit your request. We start shipping your Julep Maven Box the same day you're charged, on the 27th of each month.

    Redbox: 10 Days of Surprise Deals

    Redbox is featuring 10 days of deals. Simply text DAYS to 727272 to receive a special offer. You will receive one of the following offers:
    • A 50¢ discount on your first rental day of any disc
    • $1 off of a 1-day game rental
    • Rent one DVD and get another one free for your rental day
    I just tested this offer and received a coupon code for $0.50 off any rental.

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Target: Two Free Greeting Cards after Coupon

    Target has a new printable coupon to save $2 when you buy 2 greeting cards. This coupon has no exclusions so print the coupon and pick out two of the value $0.99 cards and they'll be free after coupon!

     I printed this coupon twice and picked up four free cards tonight and didn't have any issues at checkout. The coupon automatically adjusted down to take $1.98 off each.

    Pampers Gift to Grow 10 Point Code


    Pampers has released a new Gift to Grow Rewards worth 10 points (valid through 9/11) Simply enter code: 


    You can enter the code online, text it to 726-777 or you can download the new free app on your phone.

    If you haven't joined Pampers Gifts to Grow yet join now for free and receive 100 points!

     Pampers releases many points online and you can also earn them from purchasing Pampers products. You can exchange your points in for many different rewards including toys, magazine subscription, and gift certificates.

    You might be able to receive an additional 50 points after joining by entering code: JOINNOW4REWARDS

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Groupon: Big Savings at Great Wolf Lodge - 11 Locations to Choose From

    Groupon is offering stays at Great Wolf Lodge starting at just $149 (regularly $285). These resorts feature HUGE indoor waterparks that are free to visit every day of your stay. There are eleven locations to choose from including:
    I've taken my 3.5 year old to the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City twice now and both times have been a blast. If you can find time I recommend going in October since they have free Halloween themed events including trick of treating.

    MindField Online: Get Paid to Take Surveys

    There are a lot of survey sites out there and I'm a member of various ones, but my favorite is definitely Mindfield Online.

    If you aren't familiar with survey sites many require you to earn a lot ($25 or more) before you can request a payout. Mindfield requires only $5 in rewards before you can request a payout through Paypal!
     I receive 2-4 survey invitations in my email each week and if I have time I'll complete them, or just skip them if I don't. I love that each invitation gives you the payout as well as how long the survey will take.

    I just took a quick 3 minute survey and earned $0.50 and there are a ton of others available if/when I find some free time.

    If you like sharing your honest opinion and want to earn some extra money head on over and join Mindfield Online.