Archives for November 2014

Hilton HHonors – Double the Rewards!

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So my husband has traveled quite a bit this past year, mostly for work.  The last time he calculated, he had spent more than a MONTH away from home.  Thankfully, he’s managed to rack up an extensive amount of frequent flier miles in the process – but wasn’t able to really capitalize on the hotel stays.  …..until now…..

If you’re traveling this holiday season, or any time during the year, it pays to join a good rewards program.  Hilton HHonors is offering double rewards on your second stay.

Hilton HHonors

The perks of joining the Hilton rewards program include: [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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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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5 Free (or Cheap) Hikes for Thanksgiving Weekend

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Thanksgiving Hikes in Atlanta

You’ve feasted on turkey, cheered during football, and succumb to a tryptophan-induced nap. What else can you accomplish over the extended Thanksgiving break? I recommend a “Goldilocks” hike. You know, not too short and not too long….it has to be just right. In addition to easing any guilt over that extra slice of pecan pie, it’s the perfect way to enjoy Fall’s weather and spend time with the kids. Here are five of my family’s favorite hikes for Thanksgiving. Bonus: They are all free (or cheap!)

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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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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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Keep on saving!  :o)
--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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