Tips to Control Your Holiday Spending

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Tips to Control Your Holiday Spending

The holidays have snuck up on us. In a few weeks we will be exchanging gifts with friends and family. Luckily we have time to ponder the best gifts for the women in your life (including homemade gift ideas for her), the best gift ideas for your favorite men, and the latest and greatest in toys and technology for the kids.

When shopping this holiday season here are a few tips to be in control of your holiday spending

1) Make a list and check it twice. Write down everyone you need to purchase or make a gift for this holiday season. Include your family, friends, and coworkers. Remember, gift giving is a thoughtful process. Gift giving is not a chore that drains your bank account.

2) Set a limit. Creating a budget and sticking to it is the only way you will not overspend this year. The presents you give do not need to send you into a financial spiral. In my house we try to have a low key Christmas where the girls get 4 presents: want, need, wear, read. Yes, deals come up that I know would be huge hits in our house, but those extra purchases add up quickly and before I know it my whole budget is blown on small, insignificant things that don’t matter.

3) Talk to family about your gift spending limit. This can be an uncomfortable subject, but chances are afterwards you will feel much better. You may even discover that both parties involved are relieved to know there is a limit. Remember, a thoughtfully chosen present is much better than an expensive present.

4) Make your own gifts this year. Consider gifting cookies in a jar, hot chocolate in a mug, a crocheted scarf, homemade vanilla, or homemade bath salts. Check Pinterest for inspiration and YouTube for tutorials.

5) Account for everything. When you are creating your holiday budget remember all the categories you will spend money. In addition to the actual gifts themselves you may need to budget for:

  • Stocking stuffers
  • Holiday cards
  • Postage/Shipping
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Holiday Meals
  • Baking Supplies
  • Decorations/Tree
  • Entertaining
  • Clothing
  • Travel
  • Charitable Donations
  • Tips and service gifts

If money is really tight, consider delaying Christmas by a few weeks. It sounds craaaazy, but you are bound to find crazy good deals on all things Christmas or Hanukkah related after the big day has passed. Another option is to delay Christmas a year.

The holiday season is great at making us feel stressed and anxious. Create your lists this year and take control of the season!

About Leandrea Voskanian

Leandrea is the blogger behind Coupons Are Great. Leandrea loves to share crafts, deals, and frugal living. Her family is able to save money with coupons and spend that saved money on fun memories that they will cherish forever.
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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How I Made Money Buying Bread

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Yes,  this is all about how I made money buying bread today.  Not a whole heck of a lot, but anytime you can make money, that’s a good thing, right?  :)

First, you need to understand how my husband and I buy loaves of bread: on clearance.  Today, my husband found a loaf of bread for 59¢ at Kroger.  (Before you ask, yes, we always check the bread carefully to make sure it’s not moldy or anything…  And it either goes in the freezer or the fridge to help preserve it…)

Smartphone Apps that Pay - Kroger bread [Read more...]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Quick! I Need Diapers! Diaper Deals for 11/17/14

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Weekly Diaper Deals Round-up

Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambling to snag a pack of diapers?  Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here!  And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up.  Huge thanks to Moola Saving Mom for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon, and use your Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom perks, too!  Finally, don’t forget my own, automatically updated list of printable baby coupons!

CVS

**Get a $10 Gift Card wyb $30 in participating products**

CVS brand Baby Wipes, 64 – 72 ct – $1.99

Huggies Pull Ups, OverNites, GoodNites or Tru Fit Refills – $8.99
$2.00/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, Jumbo pk or Larger
$2.25/1 Pull-Ups Training Pants, Jumbo pk or Larger; DND (Zip Code 77477)
$1.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, Jumbo pk or Larger; DND

$2.00/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Learning Designs Training Pants, Jumbo Pack or Larger; Cannot Be Combined With Any Other Coupon; Email registration required
$2.00/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Night TIme Training Pants, Jumbo Pack or Larger; Cannot Be Combined With Any Other Coupon; Email registration required
$3.00/1 Huggies Diapers; Must Share To Access This Value
$1.50/1 Goodnites Tru-Fit Refill Pack – 11-16-14 SS – (exp. 12/13/14)

$2.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, or Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger 11-16-14 SS – (exp. 12/13/14)

Pampers, Jumbo Pk – $8.99

RITE AID
Desitin, 3.5 – 4 oz – $5.99 $0.75/1 Desitin Diaper Rash Product; Excludes 1 oz
$1.00/1 Desitin Diaper Rash; Excludes 1 oz – Facebook Coupon
Huggies Diapers, jumbo pk – $8.99 $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers Package
$1.50/1 Huggies Little Movers Diapers; DND
$1.50/1 Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers; DND

Huggies GoodNites Bed Mats, 9 ct – $8.99 $1.00/1 Goodnites Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger; DND
$2.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, or Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger 11-16-14 SS – (exp. 12/13/14)

Huggies GoodNites Tru Fit Refill, 9 ct – $8.99 $1.00/1 Goodnites Tru-Fit Refill Pack; DND
$1.50/1 Goodnites Tru-Fit Refill Pack – 11-16-14 SS – (exp. 12/13/14)

Huggies GoodNites, jumbo pk – $8.99 $1.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, Jumbo pk or Larger
$1.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, Jumbo pk or Larger; DND
$2.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, or Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger 11-16-14 SS – (exp. 12/13/14)

Huggies Pull Ups, Jumbo pk – $8.99 $2.00/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, Jumbo pk or Larger
$2.25/1 Pull-Ups Training Pants, Jumbo pk or Larger; DND (Zip Code 77477)
$1.00/1 Pull-Ups Training Pants, Jumbo pk or Larger

Johnson’s Baby Care, 27 -28 ct – $5.99 $1.50/2 Johnson’s Baby Products; Excludes Sizes 1 – 4 oz; No More Than 4 Coupons For The Same Product In The Same Transaction
$0.75/1 Johnson’s Baby Head To Toe Wash, 15 oz; Excludes 1 – 4 oz; Limit of 4 Like Coupons For the Same Product In The Same Transaction; Limit 1 Per Person; Limit 4 Like Coupons For Same Product In Same Transaction - $0.75/1 Johnson’s Baby Oil Product; Excludes 1 – 4 oz

Johnson’s Baby Washcloths, 14 ct – $5.99 $1.50/2 Johnson’s Baby Products; Excludes Sizes 1 – 4 oz; No More Than 4 Coupons For The Same Product In The Same Transaction
$1.50/2 Johnson’s Baby Products; Excludes 1 – 4 oz Sizes
Pampers Baby Wipes, 180 – 216 ct – $5.99 $0.50/1 Pampers Wipes, 56 ct or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel sizes – Rite Aid Digital Coupon – (exp. 11/29/14)
$2.00/2 Pampers Diapers or Pants (1) AND (1) Pampers Baby Wipes, 56 ct or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size, Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 10-26-14 PG – (exp. 11/30/14)

Pampers Diapers, Super Pack, 54 – 112 ct – $24.99

WALGREENS
Buy 1 participating Well Beginnings product, Get 1000 Points (=$1.00) Well Beginnings Jumbo Pack Diapers – $16.99
$1.50/1 Well Beginnings Diapers, Bag or Box; Excludes Trial Pack, 2 ct; Limit 1 Per Person; Sold at Walgreens (Zip Code 77477) - $1.50/1 Well Beginnings Diapers, bag or box; Excludes 2 ct Trial pks (Manufacturer’s Coupon) – Walgreens Digital Coupon – (exp. 02/08/15)

Well Beginnings Jumbo Pack Training Pants – $16.99
Enfamil Infant Formula, 20.4 – 23.2 oz – $26.99
Gerber Good Start Infant Formula, 20.4 – 23.2 oz – $26.99

Gerber Graduates Lil Crunchies or Puffs, 1.48 oz – $1.75 $1.00/3 Gerber Graduates Puffs, Lil’ Crunchies, or Yogurt Melts Items
Huggies Wipes, 168 – 216 pk – $5.99 $0.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, 32 ct or Larger; DND
Huggies or Pull Ups; Mix & Match Goodnites Disposable Bed Mats, 9 pk – B1G1 50% OFF
$1.00/1 Goodnites Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger; DND
$2.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, or Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger 11-16-14 SS – (exp. 12/13/14)

Goodnites Disposable Bed Mats, 9 pk – $11.99 – B1G1 50% OFF
$1.00/1 Goodnites Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger; DND
$2.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, or Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger 11-16-14 SS – (exp. 12/13/14)

Huggies Diapers, 18 – 44 pk – B1G1 50% OFF

$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers Package
$1.50/1 Huggies Little Movers Diapers; DND
$1.50/1 Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers; DND

$3.00/1 Huggies Diapers; Must Share To Access This Value
$3.00/2 Huggies Diapers, 18 – 44 ct or Pull-Ups Training Pants, 18 – 26 ct (Manufacturer’s Coupon) – Walgreens Digital Coupon – (exp. 12/06/14)

Huggies GoodNites, 11 – 18 pk – B1G1 50% OFF
$1.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, Jumbo pk or Larger
$1.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, Jumbo pk or Larger; DND
$2.00/1 Goodnites Underwear, or Bed Mats, Jumbo pk or Larger 11-16-14 SS – (exp. 12/13/14)


Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, 18 – 25 pk – B1G1 50% OFF

Johnson’s Baby Care Products – $3.00 2/$6 ($3.99 Each)

Similac Infant Formula, 20.4 – 23.2 oz – $26.99 $2.00/1 Similac Powder, 1.38 lb or Larger (Manufacturer’s Coupon) – Walgreens Digital Coupon – (exp. 01/31/15)
$10.00/2 Similac SimplePac, 1.38 lb or Larger – 9-14-14 SS – (exp. 12/07/14)

$5.00/1 Similac Simplepack, 1.38 lb or Larger – 9-14-14 SS – (exp. 12/07/14)

Well Beginnings Baby Wipes, 42 pk – $1.79

TARGET
$25 Target Gift Card WYB 3 Giant Packs Listed Huggies Diapers, Giant pk – $34.99

$5 Target Gift Card WYB 2 Formulas Listed Similac Sensitive Formula, 1.41 lb – $24.99

Similac Advance Powder Formula, 1.45 lb – $24.99

WALMART
Gerber Formula, 8.45 oz 4pk – $7.28 $3.00/1 Gerber Formula, 22.2 oz or larger
Huggies Wipes, 184 ct – $5.47 $0.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, 32 ct or Larger; DND
PediaSure Shakes – $9.97 $3.00/1 Pediasure Product; Coupon Is Emailed

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Atlanta restaurant coupons

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Here are some great Atlanta restaurant coupons for this weekend.  Also, don’t forget to check Scoutmob, Groupon, and Living Social for additional deals near you!  Super special thanks to Surviving the Stores for contributing to this list!
Atlanta Restaurant Coupons

Atlanta restaurant coupons 11-14-14

  • Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 11/18/2014)
  • bds Mongolian Grill – 15% Off Parties of 6 or 20% Off Parties of 12 or More (exp: 12/23/2014)
  • Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Meal (exp: 11/17/2014)
  • Buca di Beppo – Sign up for the Buca eClub and receive special offers, coupons and a $15 Off coupon with purchase of any combination of two pastas or entrees.
  • Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Sundae Dasher or Shake (exp: 11/16/2014)
  • Chilis – Free Spiced Panko Onion Rings with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 11/16/2014)
  • Corner Bakery – Free Cup of Soup with Entree Purchase (exp: 11/18/2014)
  • Extreme Pita – Free Bag of Pita Crisps When You Buy a Pita & Beverage (exp: 11/30/2014)
  • Friendlys – Free 3-Scoop Sundae When You Buy Supermelt Sandwich (exp: 11/18/2014)
  • Goodtimes Burgers – Free Daz Bog Coffee with Breakfast Burrito Purchase (exp: 11/18/2014)
  • Hardees – FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
  • Jacks – $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 11/23/2014)
  • Long John Silvers – Free 20 oz. Drink with $2.99 Fish & Chips Basket Purchase (exp: 11/17/2014)
  • Macaroni Grill – Free Cookie & Drink When You Buy Express Lunch (exp: 11/16/2014)
  • Maggianos – Buy 1 Pasta Get 1 Butternut Squash Ravioli To Take Home (exp: 12/3/2014)
  • Marble Slab – Free Waffle Cone & Mix-Ins with Ice Cream Purchase (exp: 11/30/2014)
  • McAlister’s - Sign up for McAlister’s Deli email newsletter and receive coupon for FREE Cookie.
  • Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/30/2014)
  • Monicals Pizza – $12 for 14 Inch Thin Crust 1-Topping Pizza (exp: 11/23/2014)
  • Papa Johns – $8.99 Large 1-Topping Pizza (exp: 11/14/2014)
  • Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 11/14/2014)
  • Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 11/16/2014)
  • Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 11/19/2014)
  • Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 11/19/2014)
  • Taco TimeSign up and receive email with coupon for Buy One Item receive Same Item Free. Print coupon or present mobile device at purchase.
  • Tony Romas – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Free Story Times Around Atlanta

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Story Times Around Atlanta

Story times around Atlanta are just one of a gajillion perks of being a parent of little ones in this city.  Story time is an extended benefit of parents reading aloud to their children, as it also helps a child’s social side grow, as well as prepare/supplement listening skills for preschool and school.  Following a list of mostly retail places around the metro Atlanta are that offer story times, open to the community.

First, don’t forget, you can also check with your local library, as well – despite budget cuts these last few years, story times are still going strong.  Local counties have their times listed online: Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Cobb, Sequoyah regional and Forsyth. [Read more...]

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--Barbara

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Target.com Black Friday Ad Leaked!

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Ok, so maybe it’s a little misleading, but the Black Friday Ad “leaked” today on Target.com. To make things even better, Target.com is offering early access, today only, on 10 key Black Friday items. I encourage you to check out the amazing doorbuster deals today and remember to check out Target.com for Black Friday deals available all day starting Thanksgiving Day!

Black Friday Early Access Sale Items (today only):

Top Black Friday offers include:

Also, don’t forget, Target.com is offering free shipping on all orders, with no minimum purchase necessary, for a limited time

 

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Veterans Day Freebies 2014

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Veterans Day Freebies 2014

Veteran’s Day is this Tuesday, November 11 – and restaurants across the country are preparing to honor our military veterans, past and present with free meals – typically for the veteran and his/her spouse.  You’ll want to call your individual location to confirm that they’re participating, just to be certain.  I’ve compiled a list of places in or near the Atlanta area that are offering freebies and discounts for Veterans Day.  Unless otherwise noted, all deals are on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

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--Barbara

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Bacon, Bacon, and More Bacon Gift Ideas

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Bacon…bacon round-upBecause I know y’all are crazy about bacon, I’ve found some deliciously hilarious bacon-based/scented/flavored products you just might enjoy! Oh, and best of all, they’re all under ten bucks – so you can get your crispety on without breaking the -ahem!- piggy bank!  Which bacon-inspired products would YOU enjoy most? :)

So here you go: bacon gift ideas

    • Bacon-flavored jelly beans -Because jelly beans aren’t just for Easter anymore: sixty bacon flavored jelly beans come in a …..wait for it….  bacon-shaped tin.


bacon gift ideas - bacon jelly beans

    • Bacon GumballsIt’s 22 bacon flavored pieces in a shrink wrapped tin, 1.4 oz (40g),


bacon gift ideas - bacon gumballs

    • Savory Bacon Mints – Ok, I just love the name of this one: Accoutrements Food Uncle Oinkers Savory Bacon Mints Novelty.  Each one of these mints tastes like a delicious slice of crispy bacon with just a hint of mint flavor to give it that extra punch!


bacon gift ideas - bacon mints

    • Bacon Soap in Tin – Because, let’s face it: eating bacon just isn’t enough, you’ve got to WASH yourself with the scent of bacon.  Yep.  Comes in singles, or in a two-pack. …or if you prefer…


bacon gift ideas - bacon soap in a tin

    • Bacon Body Wash – So you shower with this, and your dog will love you even more after you shower with this meaty liquid soap.


bacon gift ideas - bacon body wash

    • Bacon-shaped band-aids – Nothing heals a nasty boo-boo better than a bacon-shaped band-aid, right?  As if that wasn’t enough, each tin comes with a “free prize inside” – one can only wonder…


bacon gift ideas - bacon bandaids

    • Bacon air-freshener – Enjoy the fresh scent of bacon with you all day long!  Comes with a handy-dandy string for hanging this 4″ tall bacon-shaped air freshener.


bacon gift ideas - bacon air freshener

    • Bacon Candy Canes – Why not start the holidays early (retailers seem to do so!) with bacon-flavored candy canes.  Comes in a pack of six 5.25″ tall piggy-tastic candy canes.  And what more appropriate place than when riding Atlanta’s pink pig to enjoy such a treat!


bacon gift ideas - bacon candy canes


bacon gift ideas - hot sauce

  • Perfect Bacon Bowl – For the bacon offiaciando who has everything. Except a bacon bowl.

    bacon gift ideas - bacon bowl

  • Bacon Lip Balm
    - Keep your lips soft and smooth, and smelling like bacon all day long!

    bacon gift ideas - bacon lip balm
  • Bacon Printed Duct Tape – We all know duck tape can fix everything; but now it can fix everything AND look tasty.

    bacon gift ideas - bacon duck tape
  • Bacon Gift Bag -  Well, what else would you gift all these amazing items in?!?

bacon gift ideas - bacon gift bag

Or, if you’d prefer to just bundle it all together:

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Making the Most of Virgin Mobile Custom Plans

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Sprint. I received a device to facilitate my review.  All opinions and bad puns, however, are all my own.

I am frequently asked about the best phone plans out there.  And, to be perfectly honest, my husband works for a major phone company, so I don’t actively seek out this knowledge for my personal use.  Tiffany shared information with y’all about a mobile plan a while back Walmart was offering.  However, I was recently invited to an event with other local bloggers to learn more about Virgin Mobile’s Custom Plans, and was rather impressed by it all. [Read more...]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Bacon Cookbooks

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If you just can’t get enough bacon, and have already checked out all the great bacon-related products floating around out there on the interwebs, then try out a plethora of bacon-inspired dishes, with these bacon cookbooks!

Top Bacon Cookbooks

  • Bacon Nation: 125 Irresistible Recipes by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama – So this may be the Bible of all bacon cookbooks.  I mean, 125 recipes ….with bacon…  I’m salivating just reading it!

Bacon Cookbooks - Bacon Nation

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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