Entries from December 8, 2013 - December 14, 2013

Saturday
Dec142013

Smart Holiday Shopping 101

Our job this holiday season is to help you become a smart shopper.  Buying gift cards is always a safe bet when you don’t know what to get them. But what if you already have their holiday list? How do you shop smart? Gift Card Mall makes it easy at your local grocery store.
 

Let’s say your son is begging for the latest Call Of Duty. You’re probably going to Best Buy. Or your daughter really wants a sweater from Macy’s. Here’s how you get an A+ in smart shopping this season: BEFORE you buy those gifts, go to your local grocery store and purchase a Best Buy or Macy’s gift card and earn yourself things like cash rewards, bonus fuel points and other shopper perks through your local supermarket’s loyalty programs. THEN hit the mall use your new gift cards to do your shopping. 

That’s smart gifting 101, and you can apply to pretty much every gift-shopping destination imaginable.  Check out our handy brand partner page to see your retailer options and plan your trip.  

Saturday
Dec142013

Old Navy: $10 Fleece

Today only, Old Navy is offering Fleece Tops for the Whole Family for only $10 (regularly $16.94-$26.95!) – in store ONLY. Check the Old Navy Facebook page for more information.
Saturday
Dec142013

Shipping Gifts? Read These Tips

Here are really useful shipping tips:

Don’t mail anything that isn’t a piece of paper in a regular old envelope. Greeting cards, fine. It might seem like you’re saving money by just folding that thumb drive in a handful of sheets of paper and sending it off like a letter, but the mail doesn’t work that way. “The glue is not very strong and anything lumpy or irregular comes right out of them,” our tipster writes. How does she know this? “Every year someone mails a bracelet, necklace, car keys, thumb drive, etc., in an envelope designed for letters.”

Similarly, some items might be small and flat, but that doesn’t mean that they can make it through the postal system’s automated sorting equipment. Like gift cards. “We destroy thousands of dollars of gift cards each year,” writes our tipster. “Gift cards come out of envelopes all the time.” It’s not a vast USPS conspiracy to steal America’s gift cards, and there are two simple ways to avoid having your gift cards gobbled by a letter-sorter.

First: don’t think of it as an upsell when the postal worker tells you your envelope requires an extra non-machinable charge. The extra charge keeps your envelope out of equipment meant only for letters. Extra insurance: put an address sticker on the gift card. “If there is an address on the card, we will send it on to the destination or back to the sender,” our tipster notes.

Listen to your friendly local postal worker. Our tipster might be biased as far as this goes, but she wants our readers to know that she and her colleagues really don’t enjoy wrecking packages. “Trust that most of the people at the post office are professional and really do want to your packages to reach their destinations safely,” she advises. “We are paid very well to do so. When they advise that a box might not survive the shipping process or that a fragile item needs more padding, they mean it.”

Vintage Christmas cards are great and all, but be careful. We wouldn’t have thought of this one: it might be really cool to raid your grandmother’s old box of cards or pick them up at a thrift store, but consider buying a new envelope or sticking the whole thing in a larger envelope and putting the address on that, just to be sure. Why? Old paper and glue. “Paper gets very brittle, and the machines tear them up and destroy old envelopes,” our tipster notes. “then everything, cards, pictures, and gift cards come out of the envelope.”

Plan ahead, just a little. The Christmas stamps will most likely sell out by the week before Christmas. You should have mailed your cards before that anyway. Similarly, while your gift will probably make it across the country in time if you run to the post office on December 21, don’t count on it.

Source: Consumerist.com

Friday
Dec132013

Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Reese's chocolate peanut butter bars, these look amazing! Get the recipe here from Mom on Timeout.
Friday
Dec132013

Bath and Body Works: $10 off $30 Printable Coupon

Bath and Body Works is offering a printable $10 off $30 coupon. Pair this up with some of those awesome recent sales and you have a great deal!
Friday
Dec132013

Touchfire Keyboard Deal

This is an amazing deal, get this keyboard for just $39.99, down from its original price of $81! These are great for getting your work done on your iPad!
  • The world’s thinnest, lightest iPad keyboard – thin as two credit cards and weighs just 3/8 of an ounce
  • “Touchfire turns the iPad into a laptop killer” – Fast Company | “An ingenious idea!” – Time Magazine
  • Patented 3-D keys cushion your fingers and give you just the right amount of resistance and spring-back.
  • Attaches magnetically to your iPad. Instantly retracts when you want to see the full screen.
  • Stores magnetically in your iPad’s cover when not in use. Comes with its own slim storage case.
Friday
Dec132013

Win $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards

You could win $25,000 in Amazon gift cards! Click below to enter to win, good luck!
Friday
Dec132013

Family Circle: 1 Year Subscription $5.99

Give a 1 year subscription of Family Circle as a gift or get 1 for yourself! Click below-

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