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Print Your Coupons
The end of the month is just two days away. Print your coupons before they're gone. New coupons will be listed on November 1, 2010. I've printed some favorites and will hold them in hopes of a sale. Print this one out for some cheap sugar: Smartsource: Dixie Crystals Sugar $0.75/1 This will double to $1.50 at both Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter. The last time I had this coupon, ...
Kraft Shredded Cheese for $0.88 a Bag
I've told you before and I'll tell you again- I LOVE cheese! I don't think I go a day without eating some type of cheese. And usually I have 6-8 different types in my fridge at a time. Cheese is pretty pricey so anytime I can get a good deal on it, I stock up. This week there's a great deal going on at Lowe's Food stores. So here's the steal: All bags of shredded Kraft Cheese are on sal...
Harris Teeter Super Doubles!!
It's happening again! Harris Teeter is doing “Super Doubles” from November 3-9. With plenty of advanced notice, now's the time to gather all your high value coupons so that you are prepared next Wednesday. For those of you that are new to couponing, “Super Doubles” means that they will double any coupon up to $1.98. However, the upc barcode on the coupon must begin with a number ...
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
So my little "Harriet Potter" has been having a BLAST with the PS3 Lego Harry Potter game and as if that wasn't enough, my In-Laws got her the coolest Lego set around. It's the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This isn't the ordinary "Lego" set that I grew up with. This Lego set has hinges and doors, flames on torches, stairs that swivel, and much, much more. It's AMAZING! My In-Laws had as...
Happy 5th Birthday, Emma!!!
My baby is turning 5 today. She is SOOO excited about this age, and the fact that the dentist told her 2 days ago that her two bottom teeth were loose. I keep telling her she's going to look like a jack-o-lantern but she doesn't seem to mind:) I received the Picaboo book in the mail yesterday and it's all wrapped up and ready for Emma to open up. It came out REALLY nice. Can't believe I...
Free Picaboo Photobook!
I just found out from My Baton Rouge Mommy that Picaboo is offering new customers a FREE large Classic book from October 15 to 25th by using code FALLBK. I'm a little behind on my photobooks these days, so I spent the day today working on Emma's birthday party from last year. I've always loved scrapbooking but can't seem to find the time lately. Making a photobook is similar to scrapbook...
How to Get 5 Packages of Cheese for $3.38
I LOVE cheese! I should have probably been born a mouse:) It's one of those foods that I can eat every single day and I never get tired of it. I was thrilled to get 5 packages of it at Harris Teeter for only $3.38 today. I picked up 4 bags of shredded cheese and 1 package of Cracker Barrel Cheddar slices. All of them were on sale. The shredded cheeses were on sale 2 for $4 and the...
Groupon: Top Deals for September 3
I LOVE Groupon! I purchased 3 different ones this year.  The first was for a 90-minute massage from Massage Envy for only $49 (Retails for $114).  The second one was for a Gap store certificate for $25 (Retails for $50) and the most recent one was for Papa Murphy's Pizza.  This one was only $8 and it retails for $20.  Someone's having pizza in the next couple days! Here's the list of th...
Vita Mix Blender – The Kitchen Appliance No Home Should Be Without
I've got to be honest with you. I hate infomercials. I also don't care much for sales Kiosks where fast-talking snake oil salesmen wearing headset microphones attempt to mesmerize you with their clever words and trivial knowledge. In fact, the Vita Mix blender Kiosk at our local Costco had been up and running for several months before we finally approached it during one of our latest visits. Prior...
Today Only: Get $50 Worth of Gap Apparel for ONLY $25
Groupon is having a wonderful deal today. You can get $50 worth of Gap Apparel (including sale items) for ONLY $25. This deal is valid at all the Gap Stores. Don't miss out- you can use this for back-to-school shopping or even for holiday gifts. The certificate is valid for use through November 19, 2010.

Print Your Coupons

Posted By: Elena in Coupons, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods - Comments: No Comments »    

The end of the month is just two days away. Print your coupons before they’re gone. New coupons will be listed on November 1, 2010.

I’ve printed some favorites and will hold them in hopes of a sale.

Print this one out for some cheap sugar:

Smartsource:
Dixie Crystals Sugar $0.75/1

This will double to $1.50 at both Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter. The last time I had this coupon, Harris Teeter had a sale on Dixie Crystal Sugar. They were 2 bags for $5.00. I was able to score 2 bags for $2.00 using 2 of these coupons.

Here’s the steal:
Sugar sale price $2.50
Use $0.75/1 coupon (which will double to $1.50)
Pay $1.00 for a 4lb. bag of sugar

Sweet!!

Kraft Shredded Cheese for $0.88 a Bag

Posted By: Elena in Coupons, Lowes Foods - Comments: No Comments »    

I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you again- I LOVE cheese! I don’t think I go a day without eating some type of cheese. And usually I have 6-8 different types in my fridge at a time. Cheese is pretty pricey so anytime I can get a good deal on it, I stock up. This week there’s a great deal going on at Lowe’s Food stores.

So here’s the steal:
All bags of shredded Kraft Cheese are on sale for $1.88 each

Buy:
5 bags of shredded Kraft cheese (flavor of your choice)= $9.40
Use $5 off of 5 Kraft cheese products coupon
Pay: $4.40 for all 5 packages or $0.88 per package

Just a reminder: you can freeze cheese and it will last a LONG time.

Did you get an awesome deals at Lowe’s Food store this week?

Note: Sale ends on November 2, 2010.

Harris Teeter Super Doubles!!

Posted By: Elena in Harris Teeter, Super Doubles - Comments: No Comments »    

It’s happening again! Harris Teeter is doing “Super Doubles” from November 3-9.

With plenty of advanced notice, now’s the time to gather all your high value coupons so that you are prepared next Wednesday.

For those of you that are new to couponing, “Super Doubles” means that they will double any coupon up to $1.98. However, the upc barcode on the coupon must begin with a number 5. If it begins with a 9, the coupon will NOT double.

I’m looking forward to Wednesday…..I LOVE SUPER DOUBLES!!

For the lasted list of coupon match-ups, visit Hot Coupon World.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

Posted By: Elena in Harry Potter - Comments: No Comments »    

So my little “Harriet Potter” has been having a BLAST with the PS3 Lego Harry Potter game and as if that wasn’t enough, my In-Laws got her the coolest Lego set around. It’s the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This isn’t the ordinary “Lego” set that I grew up with. This Lego set has hinges and doors, flames on torches, stairs that swivel, and much, much more. It’s AMAZING!

My In-Laws had asked my husband what Emma wanted for her birthday and Mark sent them the link to the Lego Harry Potter Quidditch Match set that Emma had seen at Target and wanted. Then, my Mother-in-law went to the store and decided to SUPER UPGRADE her to the top of the line Harry Potter set. Needless to say, Emma was floored when she received it and hasn’t stopped talking about it nor playing with it. Today, she wanted to stay home from school to play with it. Obviously we didn’t let her but that’s HUGE for her considering she LOVES going to school.

I know most people aren’t going to go out and buy this set, being that the price tag is steep and all. But, just wanted to share it with you as we were lucky enough to receive it for a gift. Those Harry Potter fans should keep an eye out, perhaps it will go on sale during the holidays.

Right now you can get it for 8% off on Amazon.com.

Happy 5th Birthday, Emma!!!

Posted By: Elena in Uncategorized - Comments: 1 Comment »    

My baby is turning 5 today. She is SOOO excited about this age, and the fact that the dentist told her 2 days ago that her two bottom teeth were loose. I keep telling her she’s going to look like a jack-o-lantern but she doesn’t seem to mind:)

I received the Picaboo book in the mail yesterday and it’s all wrapped up and ready for Emma to open up. It came out REALLY nice. Can’t believe I was able to get it for just $9! It’s definitely a gift she’ll treasure for years.

My husband and Emma have been playing Lego Harry Potter on the PlayStation 3 for the last few days and Emma now thinks she IS Harry Potter. She’s been walking around the house with a dowel (as her wand), the manual from the game (as the marauders map), and wearing Harry’s glasses, which an owl delivered just yesterday (whole other story).

Above is a picture of her yesterday, on her way to Preschool. I’m so proud of her for being confident enough to wear the glasses and not worry about what others might say or think. She walked into class thinking she was Harry and continued to role play throughout the day. I think she’d make a great Harriet Potter. There’s an idea, J K Rowling:)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMMA. May all your dreams come true, my baby. I love you, Mommy

Free Picaboo Photobook!

Posted By: Elena in Savings Opportunity, Uncategorized - Comments: 1 Comment »    

I just found out from My Baton Rouge Mommy that Picaboo is offering new customers a FREE large Classic book from October 15 to 25th by using code FALLBK.

I’m a little behind on my photobooks these days, so I spent the day today working on Emma’s birthday party from last year. I’ve always loved scrapbooking but can’t seem to find the time lately. Making a photobook is similar to scrapbooking whereas you choose pictures, backgrounds, text, borders, etc. I’ve made about 4 of these books for Mark and Emma in the last 5 years. Emma loves looking at them from time to time.

Grab one for yourself now…you’ll be happy you took the time to make it.

Please note that the cost of one 20-page Large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom photo book (up to $39.99) will be deducted from the order total. If the book contains more than 20 pages, you will be charged for the additional pages. Ground Shipping runs around $9 and takes 3-5 business days for delivery.

Thanks Baton Rouge Mommy!

How to Get 5 Packages of Cheese for $3.38

Posted By: Elena in Harris Teeter - Comments: No Comments »    

I LOVE cheese! I should have probably been born a mouse:) It’s one of those foods that I can eat every single day and I never get tired of it.

I was thrilled to get 5 packages of it at Harris Teeter for only $3.38 today.

I picked up 4 bags of shredded cheese and 1 package of Cracker Barrel Cheddar slices. All of them were on sale. The shredded cheeses were on sale 2 for $4 and the Cracker Barrel slices were on sale for $2.38 (normally $4.49).

I was lucky enough to get an e-vic this week for a BOGO deal on shredded cheese, so I automatically got one of the bags for Free.

So here’s the steal:
2 bags of shredded Kraft Cheddar $4
1 bag of shredded Kraft Mozzarella $2
1 bag of shredded Kraft Mexican blend cheese FREE (e-vic)
1 package of Cracker Barrel Cheddar slices $2.38

Sub-total: $8.38
Use $5 off of 5 Kraft cheese products coupon
Final price: $3.38 for all 5 packages or $0.68 per package

Remember you can freeze cheese and it will last a LONG time. Being a mouse, I’m sure I can get through all 5 packages before they expire:)

Did you get an awesome deals at Harris Teeter this week?

Groupon: Top Deals for September 3

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I LOVE Groupon! I purchased 3 different ones this year.  The first was for a 90-minute massage from Massage Envy for only $49 (Retails for $114).  The second one was for a Gap store certificate for $25 (Retails for $50) and the most recent one was for Papa Murphy’s Pizza.  This one was only $8 and it retails for $20.  Someone’s having pizza in the next couple days!

Here’s the list of the Groupon’s available throughout the states for September 3rd. Special thanks to Savings & Stewardship for compiling this list.

Atlanta - $12 for $25 Worth of Asian Fare at Tin Drum Asia Café

Austin - $119 Helicopter Lesson for One or Tour for Three from Veracity Aviation in New Braunfels

Baltimore - $10 for $20 Worth of Fresh Roasted Coffee, Eastern Shore Teas, and More at Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company

Birmingham - $25 for $50 Worth of Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, and More at The Pants Store

Boston - $149 for a Tandem Skydive from Skydive Pepperell

Brooklyn - $20 for $40 Worth of Personalized Paper Products and Invitations Online from Between the Sheets Co. (ONLINE)

Buffalo - $10 for $25 Worth of Authentic Italian Fare and Drinks at Amaretto Italian Bistro

Charlotte - $25 for $50 Worth of Drinks and Merchandise with Included Cover Charge at Howl at the Moon (Up to $58 Value)

Chicago - One-Year Membership with Discounted and Free Tours to Chicago Architecture Foundation. Choose from Two Options.

Cincinnati - $10 for $20 Worth of Food and Drinks at By Golly’s Bar & Grill

Colorado Springs – $15 for $30 Worth of Dunked Fare at The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant

Dallas – $30 for $75 Worth of Services at Tangerine Salons

Denver - $65 Photofacial at Acomoclitic Laser & Wax Studio

Detroit - $5 for Three Games of Bowling Plus Shoe Rental and a Small Drink at Community Bowling Centers

Grand Rapids – $28 for an 18-Hole Round for Two Plus a Cart at Arrowhead Golf Course (Up to $64 Value)

Houston - $99 for a Full Set of Classy Lady Eyelash Extensions at Etsetera Lash Studio ($200 Value)

Kansas City – $30 for $60 Worth of Fine Dining at Benton’s Prime Steakhouse

Las Vegas – Teeth Whitening, Dental Exam, Basic Cleaning, and X-rays from Cheyenne Dental Group. Choose Between Two Options.

Los Angeles – $18 for a Dozen Cupcakes at Mrs. Beasley’s (Up to $42 Value)

Louisville - $70 Microdermabrasion and Deep-Pore Facial at Skin Spa by Salzman ($180 Value)

Miami - $42 for One-Year Associate Plus Membership at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables

Nashville - $35 for $70 Worth of Waxing Services at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio and Day Spa Brentwood

New Orleans – $89 for One-Night Stay at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans with $20 Dining Credit

New York – $25 Mixology 101 Class at SideBAR ($50 Value)

North Jersey – $40 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing at Elite Picture Framing

Orange County – $30 for a Two-Hour Snorkeling Excursion from Riviera Yacht Charters ($91 Value)

Orlando - $14 for Two 18-Hole Rounds at Congo River Golf and Two Gator Feedings (Up to a $28.87 Value). Choose from Six Locations.

Philadelphia - $49 for a Microdermabrasion Facial Treatment at Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine

Phoenix - $25 for $50 Worth of Salon Services at Kohler Academy

Pittsburgh - $20 for $45 Worth of Upscale Eats at The Sewickley Cafe

Queens - $20 for $100 Worth of Eco-Friendly Rug Cleaning from PureGreen

Raleigh/Durham – $20 for a Hollywood Spa Manicure and Shea Butter Love Pedicure at Studio 714 West ($70 Value)

Salt Lake City – $15 for $35 Worth of Modern Cuisine at Spark Restaurant Lounge in Provo

San Diego – $7 for $15 Worth of Espresso, Smoothies, and More at Cuppa Cuppa Drive-Thru Espresso Bar

San Fransisco – Women’s Haircut or a Brazilian Blowout Hair Treatment at Head & Soul Salon. Choose Between Two Options.

Seattle - Membership or Admission to Nordic Heritage Museum. Choose from Three Options.

St Louis – $20 for $50 Worth of Classic French Cuisine and Wine at Chez Leon

Tampa – $10 for $20 Worth of New American Cuisine and Drinks at Boulevard Bistro in Seminole

Toronto - $60 for $170 Worth of Salon Services at Sugar ‘n Spice Studios

Washington, DC – $20 for One Airbrush Tan (Up to $50 Value) or $40 Toward Other Tanning Services at Body Rays Tanning or At the Beach Tanning

Vita Mix Blender – The Kitchen Appliance No Home Should Be Without

Posted By: Mark in Kitchen Appliances - Comments: No Comments »    

I’ve got to be honest with you. I hate infomercials. I also don’t care much for sales Kiosks where fast-talking snake oil salesmen wearing headset microphones attempt to mesmerize you with their clever words and trivial knowledge. In fact, the Vita Mix blender Kiosk at our local Costco had been up and running for several months before we finally approached it during one of our latest visits. Prior to that we would simply pass by the Kiosk paying little to no attention to it, waving-off invitations from the guy on the mic to try some of their “sweet cups of goodness”.

But something different happened on our last trip to Costco. Elena and I had recently purchased the Breville BJE510XL Ikon 900-Watt Variable-Speed Juice Extractor and were quite content with it. It was a superbly built machine with a fantastic industrial design. Built in Australia I believe. We were very much in love with this new machine and how it had started to change our lives by allowing us to create delicious raw vegetable and fruit juice smoothies.

Getting the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in our system has always been something of a challenge for us. One that we consistently failed at achieving. The Breville changed that by allowing us to extract the juice from carrots, peppers, celery, apples, etc. and make great-tasting drinks in the process.

In any event, for all its goodness the Breville had its weaknesses. Being a centrifugal juicer it was unable to extract juice from leafy greens like wheatgrass (which normally need to be squeezed through a press). It’s just not made for that. There was also a bit of waste created as nutrient rich skins and such get thrown into a waste bin during processing. You could compost or trash this material but either way your body does not get those nutrients. Lastly, clean-up is a bitch. The machine breaks-down nicely but there are several big pieces that have to be washed, rinsed and scrubbed, including the shredding disk that has multiple titanium blades sticking out of it.

Despite this, we still loved and used this machine and would have kept it if not for the Vita Mix blender demonstration we saw at Costco three weeks ago. You know, the one we had been passing by and ignoring for months. Well this time we stopped. Not because we were at all interested in a new juicer, but because we were looking for some recipe ideas to take home. During the demonstration one thing stood out as the lady with the  headset microphone combined ingredients and blended its contents into a smooth delicious treat. There was NO WASTE. Zero, nada, zilch! The apple (skin, pits and all), the lime (with skin), spinach, kale, parsley, grapes, pineapple (along with its core), banana, ice was all effortlessly obliterated by the swirling blades that rotate at an astounding 249 MPH (That’s right Miles Per Hour). Needless to say we were impressed.

She then proceeded to make an ice cream sorbet with mint followed by a strawberry yogurt. Each sample as delicious as the last! When we told her that we loved our new blender but it didn’t do wheatgrass, she emulsified a handful of wheatgrass in the Vita Mix 5200 right before our eyes in 5 seconds flat. Once she demonstrated how quick and easy cleanup was we were sold. You essentially fill the main container half-way with water, add 1-2 drops of dish soap and blend for 30 seconds.

I am a germaphobe and never think things are really clean unless they go through a scalding hot wash cycle in my dishwasher, but when you see the lather that those blades create from 2 drops of soap you become a believer quick. Did I mention they spin at 249 MPH? Oh yeah.

Now this lady wasn’t the one that demonstrated the unit at our store, but she does an awesome job at showing you how this thing works. The video is a bit grainy for my taste but her presentation was so good I had to include it so you can see the power of this bad boy.

Since our purchase of the Vita Mix blender, Elena and I use it between 2 and 3 times a day. Considering we only used our Breville once a day that says a lot. That means our family is consuming 2-3 times more nutrient rich food daily! So what could we possibly be making that would require a turbo-charged blender? Good questions. We make a fruit/vegetable smoothie in the morning, a soup for lunch. Then at night we might make another smoothie or ice cream sorbet.

That’s right, you heard me correct, soup! All in the blender. For our creamy spinach soup we nuke about three potatoes in the microwave and then place that, with the rest of the cold ingredients like chicken broth, spinach, milk and some seasoning into our Vita Mix blender. Flip the switch and walk away for 4-5 minutes. When we come back steam is pouring out of the top of the container. The blades spin so fast that the friction they create can make a hot soup. Not warm, HOT. Not only that but you can create the creamy consistency found in restaurants. Want to make a creamy onion Walkabout soup from Outback? Now you can. The cool thing about that is I like soup, but usually we buy pre-made soups that are laden with sodium which acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life. When you make your own soup at home you control exactly what ingredients go into it. No more eating things you can’t pronounce and your body can’t digest.  It’s back to basics with simple fresh ingredients.

The range of things you can create with this thing is astonishing. It’s fast, easy, and best of all, opens up a whole new world of dining possibilities. Household staples in my house like white rice and pasta noodles have been replaced by vegetables that I rarely, if ever eat. Kale, ginger, spinach, carrots, parsley, wheatgrass, beets, etc. The interesting thing is that if I ate any of these things for dinner I would have to cook them and then slather them in oil or butter to make them palatable. With the Vita Mix blender the vegetables go in raw and when combined taste delicious. Of course I wouldn’t throw random stuff in the blender without consulting a recipe book first. At least not in the beginning. It’s better to try combinations that are known to work then to create your own monsterpiece and then drink something dreadful. The Vita Mix blender comes with a great cookbook to get you started.

In short, I love the Vita Mix 5200 blender. My only regret is that I didn’t discover it 20 years ago. It’s pricey, make no mistake about it. But considering that eating is something we do several times each and every day, getting quality foods into our bodies is clearly the most important thing you could possibly do for you and your family. If  you struggle with weight issues, find it difficult to get the 3-5 servings of vegetables each day, or the 2-4 servings of fruits your body needs, the Vita Mix blender WILL help you in achieving your nutritional goals. Why? Because it is quick, simple to use, easy to clean, and creates deliciously healthy foods that everyone in the family will enjoy. How do I know? Because when the most finicky person in the house (our 4 year old daughter who hates vegetables) is cheerfully drinking her raw spinach and kale smoothie and asking for seconds, you know you have something good.

Want to get your own? Click the following link and get FREE shipping (US and Canada Only) when you order now!

Today Only: Get $50 Worth of Gap Apparel for ONLY $25

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Groupon is having a wonderful deal today. You can get $50 worth of Gap Apparel (including sale items) for ONLY $25. This deal is valid at all the Gap Stores.

Don’t miss out- you can use this for back-to-school shopping or even for holiday gifts. The certificate is valid for use through November 19, 2010.

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