1/2 Price Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory

Jul 30, 2010

Happy Cheesecake Day!!

Head over to the Cheesecake Factory to get a slice of their YUMMY cheesecake for half price today!

Details here.

Old Navy $2 Camis

I don't know about you - but I love wearing camis.  In fact, I wear them under ALL my shirts.

So, I was super excited to learn that Old Navy has a FABULOUS sale going on until this coming Saturday (July 31).

Their camis (regularly priced at $8.50) are only $2!!

Limit 5 and while supplies last.

Either print this coupon or say "Cami 4 Me" to the cashier to get the deal.

See you there!

Staples Changes Ink Recycling Program

Jul 29, 2010

I am happy to say that I am not only going to pay NOTHING for school supplies this year, I am actually going to end up "ahead." 

I have been turning in my used ink cartridges at Staples and receiving $3 per cartridge in store credit.  I have accumulated $39 thus far.  Yesterday, I went to do our back-to-school shopping this year.  Combined with their sales, I purchased nearly everything on the school's list.  In addition, three of the items had rebates attached to them.  Thus, not only did I shop with my "free" store credit, I am also expecting to get $25 back in either the form of a check or some more store credit.  Yeah!

The sad news, though, is that, while I was there, I learned from the cashier that Staples has changed their store ink cartridge policy.  Starting this month, they will only be giving $2 per cartridge.  I guess they were losing money by giving $3.

It's still a good deal to get $2 for an item I would have just thrown away, but I'm sad that they've lowered the amount.

FREE Blockbuster Express Movie

Blockbuster appears to be attempting to compete with Redbox.  They have expanded the locations of their Blockbuster Express machines and are sending out various coupon deals.

Here's one of them.  Type in the code GT17A when you go to rent a movie at thier kiosk and you will get a FREE one night movie rental.

Coupon is good until August 13.

One coupon code per person - which really means one per credit card.  So, if you have more than one credit card, you can get more than one FREE movie.

Click here to find a location near you.

You can also go to their website to reserve a movie in advance to make sure it's ready for you when you get there.


Baskin Robbins BOGO Soft Serve Cone

Here's a coupon for Baskin Robbins to Buy One Get One Free on the soft serve ice cream cones.

It's good until August 8.

Click here for it.

Thanks, Julie, for sharing it!

9 Pairs of Name Brand Sunglasses for about $15

If you missed this deal last week, it's BACK!

Go to Gravyard Mall and today's deal is for 9 pairs of namebrand sunglasses for $9.  With shipping, it comes to about $15.  (They say that retail price of all pairs about be $179.99.)

I just got mine last week.  Here's the post about it.

It's anyone's guess what kinds of sunglasses you'll get, but I've heard from others that the one they got were also all really nice.

And, since I pay $10-$15 for sunglasses (that my kids constantly break or lose) at Target, even if I just get 1 or 2 pairs I like, then I'm ahead!


Coldstone Creamery Coupon

Jul 28, 2010

I am sad to say that I cannot use this coupon for Coldstone Creamery because it seems we no longer have any in Austin.

But, for those of you who are lucky enough to live near one . . . click here.

The coupon is for two ice creams plus 1 mix-in for $5.

The deal says it's the "like it size." Not sure what that means.

Enjoy!  Thanks, Chris, for sharing this with me!

College Scholarship Website

Jul 27, 2010

Before I became a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom, I was employed as a high school counselor.  A big part of my job was to research college scholarships for my students.

I wish I'd had the website School Scholarships when I was doing all that research!

This is a great resource when using college scholarships.

In addition, if you are looking for college grants, or specifically, minority scholarships, you should check out their site. 

Having all that information in one location could save you a lot of time!

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Kid Speak - Old and Squooshy

Jul 20, 2010

A lot of the funny and interesting conversations I have with my kids occur in the car. (I guess we spend a lot of time in there.) The one that follows is no exception.

My kids and I were driving somewhere last week when my 3-year-old son, Bennett, began to discuss a family friend (who I am going to rename “Ms. Ann” – for reasons that will become obvious in the next few sentences).

Ms. Ann is a relatively large, middle-aged woman. (A lovely woman, but a tad bit portly.)

While talking about her, in what context I do not remember, Bennett said, “Ms. Ann is old and squooshy.”

“Really?” I said. I honestly couldn’t think of what else to say. “Old and squooshy, huh?”

“Yes,” he said. “She’s old and squooshy.”

We drove without speaking for a few moments.

Mommy,” Bennett said, breaking the silence. “You’re not squooshy.”

I smiled quietly. That’s a relief, I thought.

Not a moment later, though, my smile was gone.

“No, you’re not squooshy,” Bennett repeated. “You’re just old.”

Free Bagel at Einstein's on Fridays

Einstein's has a resuable coupon for a FREE bagel on Fridays until July 30 (before 11 AM).  So, you can basically go this Friday and next week, too. 

There is also a coupon for Tuesdays to get a bagel, schmear and a coffee for $2.

Click here for the coupon.

Great Quizno's Coupon - Print it Quickly!

Jul 19, 2010

I have a great Quizno's coupon for a small sub, chips and fountain drink for $2.99.

They only give out so many coupons, so print it quickly or they'll run out.

Click here for the coupon.

99 cent Sundaes at Sonic

I was driving by a Sonic the other day and saw a sign that said that, after 8 PM, they have sundaes for 99 cents!

I googled it and it's true. You can chose from hot fudge, caramel, chocolate, strawberry or pinapple toppings.

I don't know about you, but once the kids are in bed, I'm heading to Sonic one night soon to enjoy some ice cream in the peace and quiet!

10 Pairs of KIDS' Sunglass for $15.98

Jul 18, 2010

I was so happy with the sunglasses I just received from Graveyard's Deal of the Day - and they just put up another FABULOUS deal!

10 pairs of KIDS' sunglasses for $9.99 - with shipping, that's $15.98. 

You can pick the age range of the child and the gender.  I just ordered 10 pairs for my daughter - with the way kids lose/break sunglasses, this is about $1.50 a pair.  A GREAT deal!

Hurry!  It's just for today.

My Sunglasses Have Arrived!

Jul 16, 2010

Last week, I purchased the Graveyard Mall's Deal of the Day.  It was for 9 pairs of sunglasses (sight unseen) and the total came to about $15.

They just arrived and I'm posting a photo of them!

I'm really happy with my purchase.  All of the sunglasses were sold at CVS and still have the tags on them (most are priced $19.99).  They are brands such as Revlon.

My daughter and I are having a great time trying all of them on! 

Since I usually pay $10 plus tax for just one pair at Target and I'm happy with at least half of these sunglasses - if not more - this was a great deal for me!

I'll let you know next time they do the same deal.

$1 Flip Flops at Dollar General

Jul 15, 2010

Dollar General has flip flops for $1 and sandals for $4.

Personally, I think the 'sandals' just look like fancier flip flops!  But still, if you have kids who go through flip flops quickly, this is a good deal!

Click here for details and photos.

EASY Homemade Ice Cream

Jul 14, 2010

I have to admit up front, I have not yet tried this recipe.  But, I plan to do so in the next week.  I'll let you know how it goes - and please, if you make it, email me or comment on this post about how it turns out!

I not only write a blog, I also love to READ other blogs.  I came across the recipe today and thought I'd send some of my traffic over to Cook Like Your Grandmother!  He has the whole recipe posted with photos!

The recipe is for homemade ice cream - and ALL you need is bananas and MILK! AND, get this, the milk is OPTIONAL!!

You can also "jazz it up" with chocolate chips and strawberries!

I bet the kids will have fun helping out with this one (making it AND eating it!)

Sonic's New Drink Prices

Jul 13, 2010

I was driving by a Sonic last week (and then another one today) and they both had a big banner outside saying that all large soft drinks and iced teas are now 99 cents. 

I couldn't find anything about this online, but I imagine they are trying to compete with McDonalds who now sell all of their drinks (no matter which size) for $1. 

I am, personally, very happy about this news.  When I'm in "need" of some caffeine, there are always numerous Sonics around but it seems, in Austin, very few McDonalds.  This will make my life easier (and a little cheaper!)

The sign did say something that prices do not apply during Happy Hour.  I'm not sure what that means . . . maybe because drinks are 1/2 price during happy hour from 2-4 PM, they are saying that the drinks aren't half of 99 cents . . . ???



Free Panda Express Thai Cashew Chicken

Panda Express is giving away FREE entrees of their Thai Cashew Chicken - tomorrow only (July 14). 

No purchase necessary, but you need to have the coupon - click here to get it.

One per person.

Guess I know where my kids and I will be heading for lunch or dinner!

Thanks Savings So Sweet for making me aware of this!

Free Personalized Mousepad

Jul 12, 2010

Become a friend of Artscow on Facebook and they will give you a coupon code for a FREE personalized mouse pad and FREE shipping!

I just did it and mine is on the way.

Hurry, though, because last I looked, they were only giving away about 700 more today.

Thanks, Lynda, for the tip this morning!

Buy Discounted Gift Cards

I just discovered a new website that I think will come in handy for a lot of us.

It's called ABC Giftcards and they sell discounted giftcards to numerour major stores and restaurants.

I just glanced at the site and you can get Gymboree giftcards at 20% off, Express cards at 16% off, Borders ant11% off and Ruby Tuesdays at 8% off - amongst many others.

This is a great site if you are planning to buy a gift card for someone else or if you know you'll be making purchases at a particular store and want to save money.  For example, if you know you'll be doing a lot of home improvements in the near future, you can get Home Depot gift cards at 7% off - and then use them yourself.

In addition, you can sell or trade gift cards you have for others you may want.  So, if Aunt Eloise gave you a gift card to Build-a-Bear but you don't have any kids - trade it in for one to the Spa Finder!

Free Slurpies at 7 Eleven TODAY

Jul 11, 2010

I almost missed this deal, too! (Thanks, Julie, for emailing me!)

7 Eleven is giving away FREE slurpies today (7.11 oz) in honor of July 11 (7/11) until 11 PM tonight.

Make sure you call to see if your local store is participating.  I know that our closest one does not.

Click here for details.

Chick-Fil-A Dress Like a Cow for Free Chicken!

Jul 9, 2010

I don't know how I almost missed this this year, (but thanks to my mom who just sent me a reminder!) today is Cow Appreciaton Day at Chick-Fil-A!!!! 

Dress like a cow TODAY and head over to Chick-fil-A. 

If you are FULLY dressed like a cow, you'll get a free meal.

If you just wear some sort of cow paraphanalia - you'll get a free entree!


Click here for details and the "cow starter kit!"

Living Social

Jul 8, 2010

I put up a link to getting signed up with Adelio yesterday and here is another site you'll want to sign up with and get on their mailing list.

It's called "Living Social" and it works like Groupon and Adealio.  There's a deal every day mailed to you. 

My favorite deal so far?  $15 for 4 tickets to the Austin Zoo plus 4 bags of food to feed the animals!

AND, when you sign up with this link (click here) you'll automatically get $5 worth of Living Social bucks to use towards you first deal.

They are in a bunch of US cities!


Jul 7, 2010

I know I've talked about Adealio before, but at the time, I said it was just for Austin.  It turns out that they now are in many cities all across the US.

It works like Groupon - you get a "Deal of the Day" mailed to your inbox and you have until the end of the day to buy it.

I've gotten some great ones - half price haircuts, half price meals, half price massages.

The best deal I got with them?  Two weeks ago they were selling $50 worth of Adelio "bucks" for $25.  I bought that deal.

Then, the next week, they had Regal Movie tickets (never expire, no restrictions) for $5 each.  I bought 10 of them for $50 - but, since I had only spend $25 for that $50, I ended up just spending $2.50 per ticket!

Sign up for their mailing list by clicking here and then enjoy all the great deals!

Austin Beauty School Deals

Jul 6, 2010

I apologize to those of you who don't live in Austin, cause this is an Austin deal.

I was at a party this weekend and was speaking to a mom there about a beauty school in Austin (called Avenue Five) that has great reviews (see them for yourself here) and is reasonably priced. 

According to this mom (and the reviews) the haircuts they do a great job with stylish and trendy cuts (but only charge $12!), do color and highlight for between $30-$55 and are known for the fabulous $25 facial they give!

Here's the site.  Next time I need a cut, I think I might just check them out.

$1 Drinks and Popcorn at AMC Theaters

Jul 2, 2010

If you plan on going to the movies this July 4 (and, in Austin it's going to rain, so this might be a good plan), then you'll want to become a fan of AMC theaters on FB.

Then, you can print off a coupon for $1 popcorn and drinks (for July 4 only).

Good deal!

Click here to become their fan.

Happy Birthday to Me!!!

As I write this blog post, I am just a few hours shy of my 37th birthday. (Ssh. Don’t tell my daughter. When she asked me this week if I was going to be 26 or 27, I replied, “Twenty-six.”)
But alas, I lied to her. I am about to turn 37. Funny, though, I don’t feel 37. In fact, I still feel 17. But, the date on my driver’s license (which I will have had in my possession for exactly 20 years come tomorrow) says I really am.

I’ve already experienced 36 birthdays. I have to say that most of them have been really wonderful. At least, I think they’ve been. While driving the car today, I tried to come up with as many memories as I could of past years. It’s not easy to do – try it sometime. I did, however, compile a list of what I will call my “Top 8 Birthday Memories” (I couldn’t come up with ten!) and I hope you’ll indulge me as I share them with you.

1. I will never, ever, ever forget my 8th birthday. My childhood best friend, Jen, and I both received our first sleeping bags the Christmas before and we were anxious to try them out. My parents agreed to have Jen come over for a sleepover. The most exciting plan for the evening, though, was that we were going to go to a drive-in movie (a first for both of us). The film? ET.
I’m sure this initially seemed like a good idea to my parents, but it ended up not turning out quite as they had planned. Though ET wasn’t particularly scary, when you are 8 and sitting in a dark car in a field watching it on a big screen – and people are searching for ET in the dark woods - well, let’s just say that it frightened the living daylights out of Jen. From my recollection, she sat in the front seat between my parents crying her eyes out (while I sat in the back) throughout the whole movie. Then, when we finally got back to our house, she was so scared, she wouldn’t sleep with me on the floor of my room in our new sleeping bags. She ended up crying most of the night in my mom’s bed, my dad ended up in mine and I slept on my hard bedroom floor – all alone - wondering how this had happened.
To this day, I (of course), being the “true” friend I am, always make sure to tease her about it at least once a year – usually when my birthday rolls around.
2. On my 32nd birthday, my husband was in Iraq and I was visiting my parents in NJ. It could have been a very sad day, but turned out to be quite wonderful. My mom took me to a spa for the day (while Grandpa watched my two year old at home!) and then, as we ate lunch outside on a beautiful patio, my cell phone rang. Phone call from Iraq! What perfect timing. When I got home, there was a package from Amazon.com waiting from me – Rob had ordered my gift online and it arrived right on time.
3. My 24th birthday was celebrated at Ft Riley, KS. Rob and I were newly married and I had just become friends with my-soon-to-be best friend, Renee. Neither of us knew each other’s husbands very well, since they had both been away on different military adventures. Renee decided that my birthday would be the perfect time for she and her husband, TJ, to have me and Rob over for dinner. In those days, Rob was always incredibly exhausted from his Army work and my birthday was no exception. Though we barely knew Renee and TJ, Rob literally fell asleep at their dinner table during my birthday party! (And Rob wants me to clarify for him that he wasn't even drunk!)  :-)  To this day, Renee and I laugh hysterically every time one of mentions him dozing off.
4. My 30th birthday is memorable to me because it was the first one I spent as a mom. I remember going out to lunch with two of my close friends and their children (all much older than mine) and then, afterwards, we went over to my friend, Michele’s, house to swim. This birthday is particularly special to me because Michele’s sister, Marilynn (a dear friend of mine), came to join us at the pool. Marilynn would pass away just a few years later and so that would be one of my only birthdays spent with her.
5. The thing I remember most about my 26th birthday is that Rob and I had just moved to Austin two weeks earlier and I did not know a SOUL in town. No one. Rob went to work that day and because the school year had not yet begun (and thus, I wasn’t teaching), I had no one to spend my day with. I took myself to the Texas Governor’s Mansion for a tour and then spent the rest of the day shopping at the local mall (which I found after much trial and error). A few hours later, I called Rob at work to tell him about “all the great things he had just bought me.
6. I think I need to lump all of my childhood birthdays into one. That’s the great thing about tradition. Every early birthday, though uniquely special, was also comfortingly familiar. Every year, on the last day of school, my mom threw me a big party in our backyard (at our pool) for my entire class. The strongest memory? All the kids lined up on the edge, legs splashing in the water, posing for our yearly photo together. And, because my birthday is so close to the 4th of July, we always celebrated with a “family party” on Independence Day. I grew up thinking every kid got fireworks to celebrate that they were one year older!
7. In New Jersey, you cannot get your driver’s license until you are 17 – and so, on July 2, 1980 my dad took me down to the NJ DMV to get mine. I don’t remember the test much, but I do remember immediately dropping off my dad at home and heading over to pick up my 80-something year old grandmother, Mimi. She was the first person I wanted to take for a drive. I took her out to the lunch, to the local “Windsor Diner.”
8. Last year, my 36th birthday, was a particularly sad one. I flew to California the day before because our close friend, Major Jason George, was to be buried on my birthday. Jason had been killed in Iraq. Though, it was a terribly sad way to spend the day (not to mention being away from Rob and the kids), it was also a very special birthday because I was reunited with so many incredibly dear friends from our days at Fort Riley.

And now, here were are, just two and a half hours away (as I write this) from my 37th.

I was hoping to spend the whole day with my kids, still under the guise of it being my 26th, but my mom “outed” me today.

When she came over, she said to my daughter, “Thirty-seven years ago today, I was very uncomfortable and pregnant!”

“With who?” Jordan asked.

My mom looked at her with a odd expression.

“With your mom,” she said.

Uh oh. I forgot to tell Grandma that I’m only going to be 26!


Happy Birthday to me!

Payless Flip Flops for $2 (Shipped)

Okay, if you can't make it to Old Navy on Saturday (or don't want to risk the lines and not getting any flip flops) Payless has a great deal right now.

Buy One Get One Free Flip Flops!

Many of their flip flops are $5.99. 

Then, use coupon code 27662 to take $2 off of your order.

You'll get two pairs for $4 - thus, $2 each.

If you have them shipped to the store, you get FREE shipping.

Deal is only good until July 5.


Wendy's Small Frosty's - 25 cents

Jul 1, 2010

Okay, I have been TRYING to cut back on soda, but today, I really, really needed one on my way to pick up my boys from school.

So, I drove through my local Wendy's drive-through.  As I was paying for my drink, I saw a sign on the cashier's window that said for a $1 donation (to what, I do not remember) you would get a coupon book with 4 coupons for FREE small Frosty's.  That comes to 25 cents a piece!

They have no expiration date.

I bought five of those books!!!

I'm thinking I should have gotten more.

25 cents to get my kids a dessert?  Are you kidding me?

"Hey kids, want to go get some ice cream tonight?  Let's head to Wendy's!"

Hurry!  I don't know how long this deal will last!

$1 Flip Flops at Old Navy

This Saturday (July 3) only, Old Navy will be selling their solid-colored flip flops for $1.

You need to print this Facebook page to redeem the offer.  Click here.

I don't know about you, but my kids go through flip flops like they are candy.  They are ALWAYS destroying them - in various ways!  It will be good to have a stash on hand for when we need a new pair!

ShopWiki website

Sometimes I find that I'm overwhelmed when I need to purchase a new product, such as a coffee maker or toaster oven, and there are so many choices.  I don't want to pay too much money for one, but I want to get one that lasts.

I usually Google for reviews on certain products, such as the new pots I want to buy, but that, too, can be a daunting task.  There are so many websites out there and so many various opinions.

I may have found a way to solve my problem, though.  It's a site called ShopWiki. They don't SELL anything, but instead, it's an online crawling engine which supplies product information and deals based on what consumers are searching for online.  Unlike other search engines, they don't accept any fees from merchants (such as those selling blenders or wine glasses) in exchange for listing their products. 

So, next time you're in need of a steamer or other electronic gadget, check out ShopWiki for to compare the latest deals from all the hottest retailers.

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