Entries from December 8, 2013 - December 14, 2013


6 Holiday Shopping Tips at Target

Here are 6 money-saving tips to save on your holiday shopping at Target!

TARGET COUPON APP: If you have the Target App on your smartphone, all these features become even more convenient. You can learn more about the Target App HERE and add it to your phone for FREE. You can also text “APP” to 827438 (TARGET) to receive a download link. Target is also providing FREE Wi-Fi this holiday season in all its stores.

CARTWHEEL COUPONS: All you have to do is add the app to your phone and be sure to check frequently for new coupons! I have seen this holiday season many coupons for holiday items, groceries, toys and more. Here's how it works.

HOLIDAY PRICE MATCH: Although online prices won’t be honored past 7 days of your receipt- there is also Holiday Price Match. This special holiday policy allows anything you buy in-store at Target now to be price-adjusted all the way up until December 24th. (excludes online price matches and Black Friday ads). 

SHOPKICK: Sign up here, it's completely free! I've been using Shopkick for almost a year now and highly recommend it. They regularly offer new Target coupons and more, which can be stacked with printable coupons, mobile coupons, Cartwheel and more! Plus, collect kicks or points and receive FREE gift cards to Target, Fandango and more.

FREE SHIPPING ON ALL TOP TOYS: Target is featuring 20 top toys this year that all ship FREE regardless of whether you have a REDcard or not. Aside from FREE shipping when ordering on Target.com, you can also check out these toys in the store. Just look for the signs that say “Top Toy and on each one there will be a QR code that can be scanned with the Target App on your mobile device. This way you can purchase the toy directly with the app and ship it for free to anyone, anywhere in the U.S. This is also convenient for those of you who find yourselves having to shop with your children most of the time. You will be able to shop for a gift without them even knowing you’ve done it. 





Krispy Kreme: BOGO Donuts- Dec.12, 2013

Go here to print off a coupon for a BOGO dozen of delicious glazed Krispy Kreme donuts


Aquafina: Make It Merry Free Sample

Like Aquafina FlavorSplash on Facebook and request your Aquafina FlavorSplash FREE sample today.  Complete the form to request your FREE sample - which should arrive in 2-3 weeks. 

Meijer: Santa Bucks- Dec.11-12, 2013

Log in to your Meijer mPerks account today and load the Meijer Santa Bucks to your mPerks card! Your Santa Bucks are good towards your general merchandise, apparel, health and beauty items purchases made today and tomorrow only (12/11-12/12). Here's what you'll find:
  • $3 off your $14.99+ general merchandise, apparel, health and beauty items
  • $5 off your $24.99+ general merchandise, apparel, health and beauty items
  • $10 off your $49.99+ general merchandise, apparel, health and beauty items
  • $20 off your $99.99+ general merchandise, apparel, health and beauty items

M&M Oatmeal Cookies

Don't these look delicious? These cookies would be perfect for a cookie exchange too! Go here for the recipe from Something Swanky.

Home Depot: Free Clorox Freebie Pack

Home Depot is giving away an awesome Clorox freebie! Go here to receive:
Free Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes (9 count) and Glad® Trash Bags (1-count, 13 gallon size) by mail. 

Disney Princess Castle Deal

This castle features:
  • This is the total fairytale Disney Princess Castle that every little girl will want
  • Inspired by scenes from Disney's most classic princess fairytales
  • Castle is three stories tall and features iconic rooms themed to each of the Disney Princesses
  • Beloved character friends Lumière, Pascal and Suzy Mouse are also included
  • Features and areas of play for Princesses: Belle, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella

This is a $70 savings! Click below-


Cookie Exchange Party Tips

For several years now, I have been going to an annual cookie exchange and it’s always a lot of fun! Here are my best tips for having a memorable cookie exchange:

The Basics:

Ask each guest to bring a big batch of cookies. You’ll need to estimate 1 dozen multiplied by the total number of guests. We typically have 8 people at our cookie exchange, so that would be 96 cookies.

You may want to provide guidelines to each baker so that you get a good cookie assortment: rolled cookies, bar cookies, drop cookies, decorated cookies. Your friends may have family recipes they wish to share. You can also find tons of recipes online, like on Allrecipes.comLandolakes.com and Verybestbaking.com.

Packaging the Treats:

Each guest should also bring copies of their cookie recipe and containers to take cookies home. Heavy duty plastic freezer bags will work for sturdy cookies, but decorated cookies and more delicate shapes should be packaged in tins or sealable plastic containers. Provide waxed paper or parchment for separating layers of cookies.

Last year, I picked up a few inexpensive bakery boxes to package the cookies. You can find bakery boxes and more cute containers at Michael’s and other craft stores. And to add extra style to your cookies, print these adorable Land o Lakes gift tags.

Include Extras:

I got reusable tote bags on clearance last year and had a bunch of Glade candles and included those with the cookies. Everyone loved getting a little something extra. You could also include an assortment of candy, stickers or another small treat.

Tips for the Hostess:

Before the guests arrive, put on some holiday music and light a seasonal scented candle or spray a little holiday room. This will put guests in a holiday mood!

Besides snacking on cookies, set out big bowls of popcorn and chips, the veggies and dip and an insulated server of hot chocolate and a pitcher of cider for all the cookie bakers to help themselves.

Cookie Recipe Booklets:

Ask your guests to mail (or e-mail) their cookie recipes to you, or collect the recipes on the day of the party. Compile the recipes into a booklet for everyone to take home! Recipe booklets can be made in Microsoft Word or if you want to do something fancier, you can create a cookbook online.

Help Others:

Have guests to bring an unopened package of store-bought cookies or canned food. You can then collect the packaged food and bring them to a homeless shelter or food pantry. We also like to make extra plates of cookies for elderly relatives who couldn’t be at the party and we drop them off later.