Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Albertsons: Fabule$$ Gift Card Promo!

I posted about this awesome promotion last time they had it a few months back but its back again and just in time for the holidays! Now a days it seems like gift cards are the way to go for a lot of people, the good 'ol days of racking your brain for that one perfect gift has seemed to go by the wayside and now everyone just gives gift cards. I personally am a big fan of the old fashioned way of giving actual gifts but there are quite a few people on my list this year that are getting gift cards and here is where I am going to buy them!

Buy $100 worth of participating gift cards and receive a coupon for $20 worth of FREE groceries!

Here is a list of gift cards that work:

Regal Cinema
AMC Theaters
Bass Pro Shop
TGI Friday’s
Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s, On the Border
Outback Steakhouse
California Pizza Kitchen

This deal is running now through 11/26.

Not giving gift cards this year? Where are you going to be shopping at? If you plan on buying any of your gifts at any of these locations why not buy yourself a gift card and buy the gifts with the card and then use that $20 in free groceries for your baking supplies, holiday dinner supplies or even some other gifts you can find at the grocery store like kitchenware or greeting cards?!

Fine Print: The $20 coupon will print at the bottom of your receipt and you can only earn 1 coupon per transaction. This means if you want to buy $200 worth of gift cards you need to split it up into 2 transactions to get $40 in groceries and so on. Also, the $20 coupon expires in 7 days so you need to be prepared to shop within that amount of time to get your free food.

This is an awesome deal for this time of year!

Great Wolf Lodge on Groupon!

Here is a picture of Miss Naomi on her 1st trip to Great Wolf Lodge earlier this spring! She LOVED it and still talks about wanting to go back there again. Only problem is this place is pretty spendy and discounts are few and far between!

WELL on Groupon today you can get a great deal for a stay at GWL! Only $219 for a 1 night stay for 6 people in a suite! This also includes all of your water park passes, a late checkout and a pizza dinner!

We seriously had a blast when we stayed there, the water park was too much fun, the hotel itself is full of kid-themed goodness and the rooms were cozy, there is even a Starbucks in the lobby! I am thinking this might be a fun thing to surprise Naomi with for her 4th birthday in February.

The Groupon is good for travel between 11-28 and 2-15-12, make sure you read all the fine print before you purchase!

If you are going to purchase this deal you can get an extra 3% cash back through Ebates!! Plus new members to Ebates get a $10 gift card!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Calling all Bakers! CHEAP Butter at Fred Meyer!

Sorry I don't have a photo of my butter haul tonight because I am out of town but I just couldn't pass up this great deal on butter at Fred Meyer this week and I wanted to make sure everyone knows about it!

Buy 2 Challenge Butter, 1 lb: $3.00
- use weekly in-ad coupon to make it $2.00 each {Limit 2}
- stack with $.75 off 1 blinkie box coupon available at the butter
Final Price: $1.25/lb.
Since it is a limit of 2 per transaction/customer, take a buddy with you to the store and you can each buy 2.

My stock up price on butter is usually $2.00 per pound so to get it for $1.25 this close to holiday baking season is AWESOME! I generally go through at least 4 lbs of butter each christmas with all the different cookies I make!

Here is one of my new favorite cookie recipes, I have been told they are like little pieces of Heaven haha!


2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
granulated sugar

Mix flour, butter and cream into a dough and chill for an hour. Roll out half at a time to 1/8" thick and cut in 1-1/2" rounds. Carefully dip both sides of cookie in sugar and place on ungreased baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Poke with a fork 4 times and bake 7-9 min. at 375 F. When cool fill with filling and sandwich together.

Creamy filling:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (or other flavoring such as almond or peppermint)
1/4 cup butter
food color if desired

Mix all filling ingredients until smooth, add a few drops of water if needed.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

ALWAYS Check the Clearance Section!

Here is yet another great reason that you should always always always check the clearance section at your grocery and department stores! You never know what is going to be in those "Fabule$$" little bins! Fred Meyer and QFC here in Washington almost always have something I want or need and a lot of times I even have coupons for them!

Today I went to my local QFC in Redmond to stock up on some essentials that are on sale this week for cheap but I happened to stroll by the "Manager's Special" area and saw a bunch of the new Huggies Slip-On diapers that they just came out with recently. They must have had an excessive supply at the store because there were about 8 bags of diapers marked down to only $4.79 per pack! Even without a coupon these are a good deal at about $.18/diaper which is less than Costco's price on Huggies.

BUT - there just happened to be a $3.00 off any pack of Huggies Slip-On Diapers in the 10/23 SS inserts! So I got 2 packs of diapers (49 in total) for $3.58 or $.07/diaper!

Coupon Connections is reporting a Catalina that's printing as well on Huggies, although I did not get this to print today when I bought my 2 packs so I am going to be calling Catalina about it to get my $3.00 catalina making both packs essentially $.58!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween! Thrifty Style!

How was everyone's Halloween last night? I have always loved this "holiday", maybe because it's the day before my birthday and I used to have Halloween/Birthday parties every year growing up. Trick or Treating and dressing up was my favorite! We would always go to the best neighborhood every year to get the best candy and see the most decorated houses!

I also always love shopping the Halloween clearance sales every year! Last year at Target I got a bunch of decorations for under $10 so I was excited to have Naomi help me put all the new stuff out this year. She also loves Halloween which makes it that much better for James and I!

Since we went to the Dominican Republic on our family vacation last week I didn't have a whole lot of time to plan for Halloween this year. I sold a couple of costumes on eBay before I left but I still had no idea what Naomi wanted to be or what we could afford. She had her heart set on Belle there for a while but everything I found at the thrift or consignment stores was too big. BTW - ALWAYS buy Disney store costumes when you find them for cheap! They re-sell for a minimum of $20 at Halloween so buy 'em up and save them til after Labor Day!

Mr. Mason was a little monkey, which is very fitting for him since we call him our little monkey! I found this Baby Gap costume for $2.99 at Value Village a few weeks ago! I should be able to re-sell his costume on eBay or at a consignment sale next year for around $10-15! Gotta love it when you can use something and make a profit on it too!

Now let's talk about my little drama queen, Miss Naomi Grace. Gosh I love my daughter to pieces but 3 years old - this is a hard age! She is in-decisive and for a bit there I thought for sure we were going to be going trick or treating in her ratty Sleeping Beauty costume as a Princess since we couldn't agree on anything else! Then we went to the good old thrift store a few days before we left for vacation and found a Disney Store Minnie Mouse dress for $2.99! YAY! She loved it and it had a good "twirl" too it so we were set! I just needed some ears... Luckily, my local consignment store had a pair in red and white for only three bucks! We had the red tights from last year's costume and the shoes from her flower girl debut this fall so the whole costume only cost $6.00!

The dress is obviously pre-owned but hey, for 3 bucks I figure she can play in it all year and we'll re-donate it next fall or I'll try and make a few bucks back on it at next year's consignment sales. If I sell it along with the ears I can probably make at least my $6 back. Win! Here is the same dress that recently sold on eBay.

I also didn't have a chance to coupon for any good candy this year, plus I am trying to avoid buying any candy as we just plain don't need it in our house! We took the kids to an event at my husband's work where they do trick or treating around the offices and they have pumpkin painting and a train ride. The people were literally shoving HANDFULLS of candy into Nay's bucket so we came home with a ton of candy and Naomi had fun when I let her "share" it with the few trick or treaters we got at our place last night.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of the candy besides eat gobs of it! Naomi's dentist office does a candy buy-back program that we might participate in. They will give her $.50 per pound of candy that she turns in and will donate the candy to our troops over seas, not bad for all that free candy and we don't have to worry about eating all those calories!

Wait... did I just manage to make money on Halloween this year?!