Entries from May 11, 2014 - May 17, 2014


30+ Amazing Disney Freebies

After the planning is done and you are at the park, here are some FREE souvenirs to pick up!

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Free Souvenirs and More at Walt Disney World

  • Resort newsletters.
  • Free Disney postcard
  • Park maps
  • Soaps & Shampoos from WDW Resorts
  • Countdown to Disney Free Printable
  • Some resorts have free resort postcards
  • Walt Disney World Resort pens
  • Email postcards at Innoventions
  • Military Park Hopper Ticket Deal
  • Free souvenir pin when you take the Undiscovered Future World Tour at Epcot
  • 'Clean Plate Club' sticker from 50's Prime Time Cafe
  • Character autographs
  • Leis from the Polynesian Luau
  • Free Disney Autographed Photo
  • Birthday button (from park guest services on your birthday)
  • Stickers, sometimes given in shops, ask when you're paying
  • Children's menus that have coloring pages on the back
  • Drinks coasters from resorts
  • Perspex Mickey ornament, character costume fabric swatch & badge, given to each person who takes the Backstage Magic Tour
  • Resort ID cards
  • Disney wedding freebies
  • Things kids make at Epcot Kidcot stations
  • Free family photo from MVMCP or MNSSHP
  • Some drinks are served in souvenir glasses
  • You get a free pin when you take the backlot tour at the Animal Kingdom
  • The glow in the dark frisbees from the kids meals at the Sci Fi Dine-in Theater restaurant at MGM
  • Video postcard from Innoventions, send one to yourself and you have a great memory.

Be sure to check out our Disney Pinterest board too!


Free Things to do at Walt Disney World

  • Visit the different resorts, walk around & take in the details and atmosphere.
  • Ride the monorail - ask to ride up front in the driver's cab, & don't forget to ask for your free co-pilot license.
  • Go to Downtown Disney, you don't have to go in any of the shops, just sit back & take in the atmosphere, look at the lego sculptures, people watch, let the kids play in the fountains...
  • Go to the Fort Wilderness campfire. Take your own marshmallows to roast over the fire, & a blanket to sit on while you watch the film.
  • Go to one of the Magic Kingdom resorts & watch the electric water pageant from the beach.
  • Watch the MK fireworks from the beach of the Grand Floridian or Polynesian, or from the California Grill at the Contemporary.
  • Spend time on the beach at one of the MK resorts, paddle your feet in the lake or relax in a hammock.
  • Take the free tour at the Wilderness Lodge, or ask for the list of hidden Mickeys, & go on a hidden Mickey hunt.
  • Visit the petting farm at Fort Wilderness.
  • Take a boat ride from one of the resorts - Wilderness Lodge to MK; Boardwalk to Epcot or MGM; Dixie Landings to Downtown Disney, etc.
  • Take the free garden tour at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort, or the free tour of the Grand Floridian.
  • Visit the BoardWalk in the evening to watch the entertainment & take in the atmosphere.
  • Watch the MK fireworks from outside the California Grill on the 15th floor of the Contemporary Resort.
  • Walk along by the Sassagoula River from Port Orleans Riverside to French Quarter.
  • Go on the nature walk at Fort Wilderness.
  • Free souvenirs from Disney. At Innoventions East, guests can send a 10-second, video e-mail message to friends back home (Video D-Mail booth located at the Innoventions Internet Zone). At Innoventions West, guests can send a picture postcard of themselves by e-mail, provided by IBM's Networked Living Exhibit.

Did I miss any great freebies? Please leave a comment!


10 Easy Skills To Learn to Save Money

Here are some skills you can learn quickly that will help you save some big bucks in the long run.

1. Change Your Car's Oil

Cars have become increasingly complicated in the past 20 years. What's under the hood now resembles a small nuclear power plant. Butchanging the oil has not changed one iota. Usually the lowest component of the engine has a threaded plug you remove to let the oil out. You need a pan to catch the oil and a cheap specialty wrench to remove the oil filter. Refilling takes knowing the car's oil capacity and the ability to pour liquid into a funnel. That costs $15 to $40 around most of the country and takes less than a half hour. Three or more oil changes a year times 10 years, you save up to $1,200 in a decade at the cost of 15 hours of work.

2. Sew a Button

Button-down shirts cost $30 to $100 and up. Pants cost roughly the same. To sew a button and save an unnecessary throw-away, you need to learn how to thread a needle, tie a knot in the thread, and stick the needle through cloth. A button might take a total klutz 15 minutes or so, and it's a skill that almost teaches itself. If all else fails, trial and error costs nothing more than a little thread, 15 minutes and a few of those small, round bandaids. Piece of cake.

3. Give a Haircut

What does a trip to the hair stylist cost these days? Scissors, some forgiveness, practice or even just knowing how to change the depth setting on some electric clippers, and you can pretty much cut your hair yourself. (Just watch the ears, please.) That will save you an average of $25 per trim or $75 to $100 per year.

4. Make a Sandwich (Or Learn to Cook)

Americans spend an average of $936 per year or $18 per week on lunches bought in restaurants, a survey released in September 2013 by Visa said. So imagine what you could save just learning how to make one new interesting sandwich that would prompt you to cut that expenditure in half? Need some ideas? How about a different sandwich every day?

In addition, a consumer survey by AlixPartners, released in March said that 57% of American eat dinner in restaurants once a week, spending an average of $13.55 per meal or $704.60 per year. It's not free to eat at home, but you could still save plenty if you do.

5. Dog Grooming

You pay what to have someone shampoo your dog and give it a fluffy brushing? Anyone with bored kids at home and a dog that needs a bath is blowing an opportunity and money, too, by taking the dog to the mall to see a canine stylist. (And while we're on the subject, learning to clean a dog's teeth is not beyond the realm of possibilities, either.)

6. Read a Contract

True story: When I bought a house, I went to a seminar on "How To Buy A House," at a local bank and for a half an hour listened to a realtor tell the audience that it was seven steps past impossible to think about buying a home without a realtor. What do they do that is that hard? First, they are more impartial than the buyer or the seller, so they are useful as cool, calm, and collected brokers, but beyond that, here is their biggest skill: They know how to read. Well, it turns out the contract was in English, go figure, and I saved $6,000 by reading it myself, showing, in the end, one small paragraph that I didn't understand to a lawyer, and he gave me some advice on that, for free, because he was a friend and he owed me one.

7. Learn a Little Plumbing

Open the back of a toilet and a wondrous world of simple tinkering awaits you. Most of them have those float-arm things or one of those trip lever things — it really isn't rocket science to figure this out. Fixing a toilet is kind of like playing the game "Mousetrap," but partly submerged in water. Meanwhile, your local hardware store sells a trip lever for under $12, while "I've never seen a plumber under $80 per hour," a response on Yahoo! Answers says.

The situation gets more absurd when you call a plumber to fix a leaky sink, which requires replacing a rubber gasket that used to cost pennies. Yes, you usually need one of those wrenchy-thingies, but that doesn't sound too difficult to operate.

8. Design a Website

A plausible online story says that a small business in New York gave three Web development companies the same set of criteria and came up with bids of $2,800, $5,500 and $13,000 from the companies to do the work. And the same work can be done for free with one of the simpler web design programs, like PageBreezeKompoZerWordPress, and the like. Yes, not long ago it took a pro to code a website together, but nowadays if you can use Microsoft Office it is likely you can learn to create a website.

9. Negotiate

"How to negotiate" tapes and tutorials are easy to find and the outcome may be securing a bigger raise then you might have otherwise gotten or getting a better starting salary. Negotiating well can also save you hundreds of dollars on your next car and thousands of dollars on your next house. Some people have fair luck negotiating lower fees from doctors or for services around the house. When you learn a specific approach to negotiating, you might also try to negotiate in situations you might not have done so in the past, because you have a system that could boost your confidence. 

10. Tax Preparation

The National Society of Accountants did a survey in 2013 and found the average cost for tax preparation was just under $200 and the average return for taxpayers was about $260. Do you see the problem here? Of course, complicated business taxes are generally best handled by professionals, but it is possible to learn how to fill out your income tax return if it fairly straight forward, rather than giving most of your return to the a tax service — especially when there is so much help online for getting it done yourself.

Source: Wisebread.com


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Coupon Preview: May 18, 2014

Red Plum 5/18

Free Axe shampoo, 12 oz, max $4.99 wyb Axe deodorant, 2.7 or 3 oz (exp 6/1)
$1 off Banana Boat sun care item, 3 oz+, excl lip balm and trial size (exp 6/28)
$3/2 Banana Boat sun care items, 3 oz+, excl lip balm and trial size (exp 6/28)
.50/1 Best Foods product, 16.5 oz+ (exp 6/15)
$1 off Best Foods mayonnaise dressing w/ olive oil (exp 6/15)
$3 off Boiron Arnicare gel, 2.6 oz or cream, 2.5 oz (exp 6/30)
$1 off Caress soap, 6 bar+ or body wash, 12 oz+ (exp 6/15)
$3 off Clairol Natural Instincts hair color box, excl trial size (exp 6/30)
$1 off Degree MotionSense or Clinical deodorant, excl trial size (exp 6/15)
$2.50 off Dove hair item, excl Men+Care and trial size (exp 6/15)
$1 off Hawaiian Tropic sun care item, 4 oz+ (exp 6/28)
.50/2 Knorr rice or pasta sides (exp 6/15)
.75/1 Land O’Frost Premium, Bistro Favorites or Canadian Bacon (exp 6/18)
$1 off Land O’Frost sub sandwich kit (exp 6/18)
.40/1 Lipton tea bags, k-cups, tea & honey or iced tea mix item (exp 6/15)
$1 off Lipton tea & honey liquid iced tea mix (Target coupon) (exp 6/15)
.55/1 Nathan’s beef franks, cocktail links, corn dogs or sausage (exp 7/31)
$2 off Nature’s Bounty fish oil or CoQ10 (exp 7/18)
$2 off Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions item (exp 7/18)
$2 off Nature’s Bounty vitamin or supplement (exp 7/18)
B1G1 Pedigree treats for dogs, max $4.05 (exp 7/12)
$1 off Pond’s product, excl trial size (exp 6/15)
$2 off Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ cream item or 7 oz+ jars (exp 6/15)
$2 off Sarna anti-itch lotion (exp 7/31)
$2 off Simple moisturizer or cleanser, excl gift pks. & wipes (exp 6/15)
$1 off St. Ives hand and body lotion, face or body wash item (exp 6/15)
$2 off St. Ives Fresh Hydration lotion spray, excl trial size (exp 6/15)
.50/1 Suave body wash, excl Kids and trial size (exp 6/15)
.50/1 Suave deodorant, excl 1.4 oz and trial size (exp 6/15)
$1.50 off Suave body lotion, 18 oz+ (exp 6/15)
$1.50 off Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion body lotion & oil (exp 6/15)
$1 off Suave Professionals item, excl trial size (exp 6/15)
$2 off Suave Professionals Visible Glow item, excl trial size (exp 6/15)
$2 off Tresemme shampoo or conditioner item, excl trial size (exp 6/15)
$2 off Tresemme styling item, excl 4.2 oz hairspray and trial size (exp 6/15)
$1.50 off Tums Freshers or Chewy Delights, 25 ct.+ (exp 7/17)
$1.50/2 Tums product, 24 ct.+ (exp 7/17)
$2 off Vaseline Spray & Go or Men spray lotion, 6.5 oz+ (exp 6/15)
$1 off Wisk product (exp 6/28)

Red Plum 5/18

$1 off Advil PM, 16 ct.+ (exp 7/17)
$1 off Advil regular, film coated or migraine, 20 ct.+ (exp 7/17)
$1.50 off Alka-Seltzer product, excl Plus Cold items (exp 6/1)
$1.50 off Alka-Seltzer product, excl Plus Cold items (exp 6/30)
.45/1 Angel Soft bathroom tissue, max 12 roll (exp 6/18)
$1.50/2 Brawny paper towels (exp 6/18)
$1 off C&H Quick Dissolve sugar or pourable brown in a flip-top (exp 7/31)
.55/1 Dixie regular, Ultra or Moments plate, bowl, cup or napkin (exp 6/30)
$2 off Ester-C To Go or Gummies (exp 6/18)
$3 off Ester-C tablets (exp 6/18)
.75/1 Gillette Mach3 shave prep, excl trial size (exp 6/30)
$3 off Gillette female disposable razor, excl trial size (exp 6/30)
.55/1 Gillette Satin Care shave gel, excl trial size (exp 6/30)
$3 off Gillette male disposable razor, excl trial size (exp 6/30)
$1 off Hefty Clip-Fresh permanent food storage containers (exp 6/24)
$1/2 Hefty Slider bags, 12 ct.+ (exp 7/31)
$1 off Hillshire Farm smoked sausage links (exp 6/29)
$1 off L’Oreal skincare item, excl trial size (exp 7/12)
$2 off L’Oreal EverCurl, Creme, Sleek, Pure, Strong shamp or cond (exp 7/12)
$2 off L’Oreal OleoTherapy, EverStrong, Sleek, Creme, Curl or Style (exp 7/12)
$2 off L’Oreal face cosmetic, excl Magic Perfecting Base .17 oz (exp 7/12)
$3 off L’Oreal Excellence haircolor, excl To Go (exp 7/12)
$3 off L’Oreal Youth Code, Revitalift Triple Power and Miracle Blur or Age Perfect Glow Renewal (exp 7/12)
$1 off Mars Snickers, Twix, M&M’s, Milky Way or Dovebar ice cream (exp 6/29)
$1 off Organics RX item (exp 7/31)
$1 off Organics RX item (exp 7/31)
.50/6 Purina Friskies Saucesations cans (exp 8/31)
$1 off Purina select dog food, 4 lb+ (exp 8/24)
$1/2 Purina Beggin’ or Busy dog treats, 4 oz+ (exp 8/18)
$1/2 Purina Friskies dry cat food (exp 8/31)
$2 off Purina Puppy Chow, 4 lb+ (exp 8/24)
$2/2 Purina Beggin’ dog treats, 25 oz+ (exp 8/18)
$2/3 Purina Beggin’ or Busy dog treats, 4 oz+ (exp 8/18)
$1/24 Purina Friskies cans, variety pk., 24 ct. or (2) variety, 12 ct. (exp 8/31)
.45/1 Quilted Northern bath tissue, 6 double roll+ (exp 6/18)
$1 off Renuzit air freshener, 3 pk. (exp 6/17)
$1 off Skinny Cow frozen treat or candy item, 4 ct.+ (exp 7/15)
Free Skinny Cow single serve candy wyb frozen treat, 4 ct.+ (exp 7/15)
.50/1 Sparkle paper towels (exp 6/18)
$1 off Thermacare cold wrap, 1 ct. or heat wrap, 2 ct.+ (exp 7/18)

Smart Source 5/18

.50/1 Air Wick Aroma Sphere (exp 6/15)
$1.50/2 Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra refills (exp 6/15)
$1 off Air Wick Scented Oil refill, twin pk. or (2) singles (exp 6/15)
$2 off Airborne Everyday item (exp 11/18)
$1 off Arm & Hammer Ultra Power single-use or liquid detergent (exp 6/28)
.55/2 Barilla blue box pasta (exp 7/24)
$1 off Bic multi-purpose lighter (exp 7/31)
$1 off Brookside chocolate, 7 oz + (exp 7/13)
$1 off Brut classic fragrance or deodorant, excl Revolution 2.25 oz (exp 6/18)
$1 off Coppertone suncare, 2 oz + (exp 6/22)
$4/2 Coppertone suncare, 2 oz + (exp 6/22)
.50/1 Cottonelle flushable cleansing cloths, excl trial size (exp 6/21)
.50/2 Cottonelle toilet paper, 9 pk. + or (2) 4 pk. (exp 6/21)
.50/1 Covermate or 10 cover variety pk. (exp 4/15)
$1 off Depend product (exp 6/28)
$1 off Depend Real Fit or Silhouette (exp 6/28)
$2 off Depend bed or seat protectors, 8 ct. + (exp 6/28)
$2 off Desenex product (exp 9/30)
.75/2 Dole mandarin oranges or tropical fruit (exp 7/31)
$1 off Edwards whole pie, 22.4 oz + (exp 6/21)
.50/1 Energizer batteries or flashlight (exp 6/28)
$2 off Fiber Smart product (exp 7/31)
$1 off Huggies GoodNites bed mats, jumbo pk. + (exp 6/14)
$1 off Huggies GoodNites, jumbo pk. + (exp 6/14)
.50/1 Huggies baby wipes, 32 ct. + (exp 6/14)
$1.50 off Huggies diapers (exp 6/14)
$1.50 off Huggies Little Snugglers, Mover or Overnites (exp 6/14)
$2 off Infusium 23 hair care, excl 1.7 oz (exp 6/18)
.75/1 Jack’s pizza, 14.5-30.5 oz (exp 6/18)
$1 off Keurig K-cups, 12, 16 or 18 ct. (exp 6/18)
.50/1 Kleenex hand towels (exp 6/28)
.50/3 Kleenex product, 50 ct. + bundle pk. or (3) boxes (exp 6/28)
.75/2 Kraft flavored dressing, 15.8-16 oz (exp 6/15)
$2 off Lamisil product (exp 9/30)
$1.50 off Lancaster soft cremes bag, 8 oz (exp 7/13)
.50/1 Maruchan bowl (exp 7/15)
.50/1 Maruchan Yakisoba (exp 7/15)
$1/2 Milk-Bone dog snacks (exp 7/13)
.50/1 New York Brand frozen item (exp 7/31)
$1/2 Nonni’s ThinAdditives (exp 7/18)
.50/1 OxiClean pre-treater (exp 6/28)
.50/1 OxiClean Versatile stain remover 3 lb +, Power Paks or liquid (exp 6/28)
.75/1 OxiClean dishwashing booster (exp 6/28)
$1.50 off OxiClean Extreme Power Crystals dishwasher detergent (exp 6/28)
$1 off OxiClean White Revive (exp 6/28)
$2 off OxiClean laundry detergent (exp 6/28)
.50/1 Palmolive liquid dish soap, 12.6 oz + (exp 6/7)
$1 off Pert Plus 2in1 or 3in1, excl 1.7 oz (exp 6/18)
$1 off Playtex Sport or Gentle Glide tampons, 16 ct. + (exp 7/12)
$3 off Playtex Sport or Gentle Glide tampons, 32 ct. + (exp 7/12)
$10/2 Prevacid 24 hr, 28 or 42 ct. (exp 6/1)
.55/1 Reynolds Wrap foil, 35 sq ft. +, excl sheets (exp 7/31)
$1 off Rubbermaid beverage item (exp 7/13)
$1 off Rubbermaid Easy Find lids, Produce Saver, Lock-its, Glass or Premium container (exp 7/13)
.50/1 Sargento Natural Blends slices (exp 6/29)
.50/2 Sargento Natural Cheese slices (exp 6/29)
$1/2 Schick Hydro shave gels (exp 6/28)
$3 off Schick Men’s razor or disposable razor (exp 6/28)
.50/2 Scotch-Brite scrub sponges, scour pads, dishwands or refills (exp 6/30)
.50/1 Scott Naturals Flushable cleansing cloths (exp 6/28)
.75/1 Scott paper towels, 6 rolls + (exp 6/28)
.75/1 Scott bath tissue, 8 rolls + (exp 6/28)
$1/2 Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels or Korn Krunchers, 7 oz + (exp 7/31)
$1 off Sure product, 2.6, 2.7 or 6 oz (exp 6/18)
$1/2 Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce (exp 6/30)
B1G1 Tillamook Farmstyle Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz, max $1.33 (exp 6/22)
$1 off Turtle Wax Quick & Easy or Renew RX (exp 7/12)
$2 off Turtle Wax Ice or Jet Black (exp 7/12)
.50/1 Viva On-the-Go napkins (exp 6/28)
.50/1 Viva paper towels (exp 6/28)
.50/1 White Caste hamburgers or cheeseburgers, 6-16 ct. (exp 7/20)
$1 off White Caste chicken sandwiches or jalapeno cheeseburgers (exp 7/20)
$1 off Yardley shower gel or body wash 16 oz or 4 pk. bar soap (exp 8/10)


Looking for Brand Sponsorship Opps

Are you looking for someone social media savvy,11+ years of blogging experience and knowledgeable? I'm available to attend the following conferences:
  • BlogHer 2014, San Jose, July 24-26, 2014
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Sponsorship opportunities start @ $500, making my social media support services affordable and accessible to most sizes of businesses.

Each sponsor receives a high visibility ad on Savingsmania.com, as well as an additional suite full of creative and social media services in exchange for sponsoring me. 

Before the conference, we will offer:
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While I am at the conference, I will:
  • Offer Product placement in attendee goody bags
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I can be reached at diane@savingsmania.com.

I hope to work with you!



Strawberry and Cream Cake

Here is a really delicious strawberry and cream cake, from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
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