Monday, November 30, 2009

Free shipping on ANY order at Oriental Trading

I got an email today from Oriental Trading Co. that states they have free shipping on ANY order now through December 3rd. the code is TKSSHIP. There are some cute crafts for kids you could order for the holidays. My little ones love the magic scratch ornaments and the sticker pictures.

Philosophy Sale

Are there any other Philosophy girls out there? I LOVE Philosophy! Their Inner Grace body wash is my favorite, it smells wonderful, and is my destresser when I need a moment to myself. I also have their make up. It is similar to the other mineral make up out there, except for having to do the swirl tap it has a nice puff applicator. I also love the Supernatural Superglossy lip gloss.

Anyhow, if you order today Monday, they have free shipping on all orders and if you spend $75 you get a messenger tote filled with $100 worth of products. The code is magicandhope.

They have some cute holiday gift sets starting at $15 and stocking stuffers that start at $6.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Victoria's Secret Sweaters 3 for $30.99 SHIPPED

You can go here to choose 3 sweaters for just $30 at Victoria's Secret. Use code 3for30 at checkout. It also says you can get a free scarf with sweater purchase using code scarf09. There is also a code for 20% off your purchase using VSSAVE20. Remember that with Victoria's Secret you can stack up to 3 of their promotional codes so make sure you check the offer code box on your shopping cart page. If you order by Monday they will throw in a mystery Victoria's Secret Reward Card with every purchase of $10 or more. Each card will be worth at least $10 and can be used after December 1st.

Thank you It's Hip to Save

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Day after Turkey Day!

Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving?
Did you take a moment to remember to be truly grateful for all that you have been blessed with?
I did, and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family, friends, good food, and memories shared and made. Plus we had a surprise announcement that our extended family is growing! Malissa and Ken will have their latest addition join our world in July. I can't wait. Congratulations guys!

We, of course, made way too much food. We had 5 adults and 5 kids, with the oldest child being five and the youngest, my Allie, being five weeks, so they don't eat too much. We had 3 pies and pumpkin bars and that was just for dessert. Needless to say we will be eating left overs for a while.

I made a very yummy Mexican chicken corn chowder the day before Thanksgiving. Silly me! I wish I would have waited and I could have used some leftover turkey instead and changed things up a bit. So if any of you have way too much turkey leftover and you are not sure what to do with it, give this a try. I think the only modifications I made was I used some of my own chicken broth instead of bouillon, I added two cut up potatoes, and a can of regular corn . I omitted the tomatoes because my hubby doesn't like them and saved the hot sauce for the table so the kids could still eat it. This was delicious. I liked it both with and without the added hot sauce. Ryan liked it too so it is one I will add to my soup rotation.

I just found this recipe and if you ever looked at the blogs I follow you might have seen it already. It is for Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel. This looks incredible. I like pumpkin pie but it's not a favorite. I enjoy having a piece for traditions sake but would never just make one for the heck of it. My Mom did start changing it up though and instead of milk she uses egg nog and it is pretty tasty. I think I would like to try this recipe for Christmas though or maybe the bake sale at church. If any of you give it a spin let me know I would love to hear how it turned out for you.

Well, it is late, and I have rambled on enough. Thank you everyone for sharing this new journey with me I am so very lucky.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Razor Ripstik

Any boys on your Christmas list. Macy's has the Razor Ripstik for $20.00 regular $99.00. It says the age is 8 and up. I have been looking through the Black Friday ads quite a bit and don't remember seeing this for cheaper anywhere else. Shipping is free with $99 purchase.

Thanks commonsensewithmoney

Tag books from Leapfrog $5.00

Did anyone score the super cheap Tag system from Target a while back? If so Leapfrog has some of the books priced at $5.00. Here are some of the titles

Tag™ Junior Book: ABC Animal Orchestra

Tag™ Dr. Seuss Special Edition The Cat in the Hat

Tag™ Classic Storybook Fancy Nancy at the Museum

Tag™ Classic Storybook Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise

Tag™ Activity Storybook Kung Fu Panda: Po's Tasty Training

Shipping is free if you spend $50
Thanks commonsensewithmoney

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A different kind of stain remover

I have a baby shirt I have washed and washed and washed and have never been able to get the stain out of it. I don't remember what the stain is now, but every time I bring a new stain cleaner home I try it and nothing has gotten it out. The shirt is part of a set so that is why I have been so persistent. Well the other day I poured Hydrogen Peroxide on it and threw it into the pile of kids clothes to be washed. The pile sat a few days and I forget it was in there and washed and dried it. Well, when I was folding it I remembered what shirt it was and couldn't believe it when all the stains were gone. SO now I will keep a bottle of this next to the washing machine for those stubborn stains.
I'm sure this is something similar to Oxy Clean but that didn't work on this shirt either. I have only had Oxy Clean work once for me and that is when I boiled a shirt in it :) but that's a different post.

$3 credit towards MP3's at Amazon

If you click here you can get a $3.00 credit to your account for MP3's. Most of them are $.99 so it's three new songs for your play list. You have to sign into your Amazon account first. I did it last night and received me confirmation email and it went through just fine. You have to use the credit up by the end of the month.

More ways to get free stuff

Today I remembered that I have a Swagbucks account. Have you heard of Swagbucks? It's a search engine that gives you points randomly for searching the web like Google. Now I don't use it every time or even daily, but I sure wish I did. You can cash in your points for Amazon gift cards. Right now I have enough to get $25.00 in Amazon gift cards. It's not much, but it will buy one more present on my list. I just wish I had been using it faithfully since I signed up, who knows how much I would have by now.
Signing up is easy, I don't get junk mail from them so there is no need to worry about that. You could bookmark them so you remember to use them or you can download their toolbar so you have easy access to the search function. I am going to do that today. Occasionally their are special codes leaked you can enter to get more points and if you refer a friend you get points when they do up to 100. So lots of friends equals lots of points for you.

Here's my referral link if anyone wants to give it a try. Thanks. Now I am going to go do some shopping on Amazon. Have you checked out their Black Friday lightening deals yet, they are happening daily.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Free Paper Plates at Walgreens

Free Vanity Fair plates at Walgreens

Vanity Fair plates are buy one get one free at Walgreens this week. If you have the All You magazine from October there was a buy one get one free coupon in there. You should be able to take it to Walgreens and get 2 plates for free. Some stores won't let you, but I asked the manager at my store and she said according to Walgreens policy you can do it.

Thanks commonsensewithmoney

How to get more free stuff

I want to share another way that I am able to get free things today. Since I started following blogs and reading what the internet world has to say at the beginning of the year, I have won 3 different give aways. These contests usually just involve leaving a comment, for an extra entry they may ask you to become a follower of them and or their sponsor, they may ask you to tweet about their contest for another entry, or to make a post about it for another.
I usually enter 1-2 contests a week from blogs that I follow regularly. At one time I entered every contest and who knows maybe I won one of them but not all email you, sometimes they write a post and you have to respond. Well I couldn't keep track of who I had read or what I had entered so that's why now I just do those I follow.
I have won a twilight gift package that had the DVD, the book, a book bag, a messenger bag, dog tags, key chains, and more. I'm sorry but I don't remember from where but I think it was Keeping the Kingdom First. I won samples of lotions from a boutique in Portland from I won tickets to the Parade of Homes in the Pearl from another blog. And I just won a coupon to Old Navy from
That's 4 contests in 10 months for just a little bit of my time. So if there are any blogs you visit don't be scared to enter their contest you never know you might be the lucky one.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mr. Potato Head $1.99 at Toys R Us

Starting Friday at 3pm Mr Potato Head will be on a door buster sale price of $3.99. There is a $2.00 coupon you can print off here
Click on toys in the list on the left to find it quicker. You should be able to print it twice.

There is also a coupon for $5.00 off $20.00 on My Little Ponies. These are on sale at Toys R Us until Saturday for buy 2 get 1 free. So with the coupon and sale you should be able to get 6 for $3.49 each if you stick with the least expensive ones.

These would be great toys for the Giving Trees if you don't have anyone to gift them too.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

50% one item at

You can find some cute nativity scenes or a Willow Tree figurine and get half off at using code 1256899. There is also a Veggie Tales nativity scene if you want to pick one up for the kiddos. I am going to leave this info lying around for my hubby and see if I can get one of the new baby figurines for Christmas. He bought me one for Mother's Day last year and I just LOVE it!
EDIT- this code has been changed to be a buy one get one at half off. Hope you didn't procrastinate like I did :(

STEELERS crocs $9.00

Okay I just found Steelers crocs for just $9.99 with free shipping. I have been looking for a pair of slip on shoes for the boys and this will be perfect!,default,sc.html
You can use code customerloyalty09 to get 10% off and free shipping.
Thanks commonsense with money!
Edit- code secondchance gives you 15% off and free shipping, the shipping will come off after you register.

Kids jeans $8.50

Good Morning!
Children's Place has kids jeans on sale for $10.00. There is a coupon code for 15 % off using HHHA9 bringing them to $8.50. There are regular, slim, and husky sizes available. Shipping is a flat rate $5.00. These jeans are great because they have the adjustable waist inside so you can buy them a little big.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cute gift idea

Here's an idea for Christmas I found on slickdeals
You can order a photo baby quilt with pink or blue trim for $23.98 plus shipping. You upload up to 8 pictures and choose to have them printed in color or B&W. There's a spot for personalization but I read that might be an extra $3.50. It looks like shipping is $7.00.
The coupon code to use at checkout is: EBOOKS8
This would be a great gift for any Mom or Grandma on your list

Monday, November 16, 2009

I found this today, 50 FREE photo cards and free shipping.
This lady was offered a chance to promote her blog with coupon code freebies4mom-1109.
She has a link to some questions about the offer just in case you need a little help. I love the fact that it can be many different designs, so I think I will do half baby announcements and half Christmas cards. Perfect timing for me on this one, now if I can just find some decent pictures to use.

There is a lot of talk about other deals out there from the See here site but not all of them seem to be valid anymore. The code NEWBABY should still work for 50 cards also if you want to do two orders.

Tips for shopping at Walgreens

Since most of my deals are for Walgreens I thought I would link to this ladies site. She spells it all out for you on how to use their in ad coupon with a manufacturer coupon and how to use their Register Rewards. She also talks about some shopping etiquette. If you have any questions leave a comment and I will try to answer them for you, or you can email me at

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Polliwalks at for $9.95

I was looking for shoes for the little ones this morning and found these for $9.95

Someday I will figure out how to link a picture up :) Standard shipping is $6.95 and free if you order is over $100.

I have been looking for slip ons for the boys when they want to help run the trash out so maybe this is it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

For my Oregon City readers- $.20 off gas at Fred Meyers

For all of you in Oregon City, Fred Meyers is having their Grand Re-opening sale this weekend. In addition to the coupon you can use in the store, today, Friday ONLY, you can get $.20 off per gallon of gas. My hubby filled up this afternoon and it was $2.479 for regular unleaded. He used his reward card but the attendant said it was for everyone so even if you don't have a rewards card go try it out to see if you can get some cheap gas.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Free Juice at Walgreens

I am up feeding my little girl so I thought I would post about my trip to Walgreens tonight. I bought 8 Ocean Spray 100% juice cranberry pomegranate and a Clabber Girl Baking Powder for $.42. The Ocean Spray is on sale for $1.99 this week. This flavor had peelie coupons on it for $1.00 off, plus I used 1 coupon out of the Walgreens November savings book for $1.00 off, that coupon took off $8.00, a $.45 off coupon for the baking powder, and the in ad coupon for baking powder. Final cost $.42.

Here's the link for the baking powder coupon:


Monday, November 9, 2009

Walgreens and Maclaren

I have two things for you today. The first is a Kleenex deal at Walgreens. With flu season upon us here is a chance to get some free Kleenex. If you can't use it, get it anyways and donate it to your favorite school or child care.

Kleenex is on sale with an in ad coupon for $1.09, buy 3 boxes
Use the $.50 off 3 manufacturer coupon (give this coupon first)
Then use the $1 off 1 Kleenex coupon from the November Healthy Savings Booklet, it will deduct $3.00 and you only need 1 coupon. These books can be found either by the ad in front of the store or back in the pharmacy.
You will also need one other item of your choice to use the overage on.

So the break down: 3 Kleenex with in ad coupon $3.27
minus manufacturer coupon - .50
minus Healthy savings coupon -3.00
OVERAGE + .23 to be used towards item of your choice

You can print off a coupon from here for the Kleenex.

Okay and onto Maclaren, there's a recall on their strollers so if this is one you use check out their website to see about getting the piece to fix the problem. I have the twin so I will be contacting them today. Thanks Misti!,en/

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My first's a little scary. I have been holding back for a while because of this first post. I think I am ready to take the plunge. I'll tell you a little about me so we can get to know each other first. I am married to Ryan for just over 4 years now. We have two sons who are 3 and 19 months, and one sweet little girl who is 18 days old today. We live in Oregon and I am a stay at home Mom. I do my best to save my family money, find fun activities to do with my little ones, and to be a good example for my children and others. We are a work in progress and that's okay.
My goal for this blog is to share the deals I find, the activities I am doing with my children, and any tips I think might help someone else along the way. If you ever have any questions please feel free to email me at
Thanks for stopping by.