Friday, October 29, 2010

Review of Elmer's® Craftbond™ and X-ACTO® Designer Series products

I had the opportunity to try Elmer's® Craftbond™ and X-ACTO® Designer Series products  recently, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you:

-Elmer's Tape Runner-I absolutely loved the tape runner. So simple to use, no mess and it seemed to stick really well

- X-Acto Design Scissors- The scissors are pretty old-school and there are so many other newer technologies to cut fancy lines that I wouldn't use these too often; however they are great for adding a last minute touch to something without having to go through all  of my fancy cutting paraphenalia. Very simplistic but nice to have around!

-Elmer's glue dots - LOVE these!. These things are my best friends. I let my kids use these on all of their craft projects. They hold really well and NO MESS.

-X-Acto Corner rounder- this is a tool that gets a lot of use. I use it on all of my photos in my scrapbook to round out the edges. And I use it on my handmade cards-it adds a really nice touch. I've used corner rounders in the past, and this one worked well for me. It had nice, clean cuts and was easy to get completely even

You can sign up for the CraftIt with Elmer’s and X-ACTO newsletter  to receive craft project ideas, product information, and more!

 I'm a BzzAgent and  I received a product sample from BzzAgent to facilitate this review.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

$30 tickets on Southwest Air

Right now, Southwest has some fantastic deals on select flights. Flights start at $30 each way for travel between December 1-15, 2010 and January 4-February 16, 2011
Sale ends Oct. 28, 2010

$14 Canvas Print Shipped

Wow, the photo deals just keep coming...this is a good one.
Pick out your favorite picture and get a free 8x10 canvas print (a $50 Value!)
Just pay shipping and handling of $14

Finding the healthcare plan that is right for you!

Because my husband is self-employed, we've been paying the full health insurance premiums for over 2 years now and it isn't cheap! Since we just had our 3rd child we are sitting down and going over our health insurance plans to see if there is a way to save money by switching plans (maybe eliminating maternity??)

So when Twitter Moms told me about this article  entitled "Be Smart about your Health" it was perfect timing for me and my family to read through and it had some great information that I plan on using as we navigate through what I find to be an overwhelming and sometimes confusing task.

I'll try to recap some tips that I found to be extremely helpful:
1. The most obvious is: what is important to your family. Do you travel a lot and need more out of network benefits? Do you get a lot of prescriptions so you want a cheaper prescription plan?
2. What can you afford?  Make sure you can really afford the premiums and realize they may go up. I was so shocked when 2 months after getting our new plan it went up!!! When you are on a private plan it will go up every year.
3. There are wellness incentives. Check with your plan to see, but some of them offer savings for gym memberships!
4. Some plans cover online visits! I never even knew there was such a thing as online visits-this could be a major time saver if you are comfortable with technology enough to utilize it.
5. Often times you can get your prescription drugs cheaper online delivered to your door than at a local store. This would also be a time saver if you are on a prescription drug regularly you can cut your bill by 1/3 and not even have to go to the store ( you just have to be able to plan ahead)

I'm still overwhelmed by the cost of health care these days, but I'm really excited to try out some of these ideas above. I'm DEFINITELY going to be checking out the wellness incentive to see if I can get a discount to a gym membership so I can finally shed some of these post-baby pounds. Bonus-some of the gyms even have free childcare while you workout!

Full Disclosure:
I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Aetna blogging program, making me eligible to get a $30 Target gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

$1.99 shipped photo ornaments

artscow photo ornaments HOT!  Artscow Photo Ornaments for $1.99 Shipped!
Right now ArtsCow is offering single-sided photo ornaments for $1.99
Use code ONMT2010.
Expires 10/23/2010
Additional ornaments are $2.99 each-these look like great Christmas presents!
Thanks, Thrifty Mama!

Sell on Ebay right now for 1 cent!

For the rest of the week, you can list an item to sell on Ebay for just 1 cent. I have a whole bag full of stuff I've been meaning to sell, but haven't gotten around. This is the perfect time to tackle it! I'll be de-cluttering the house and hopefully bring in some extra cash for Christmas!!!

Free Healthy Halloween Recipes

22 Healthy Halloween Recipes featuring over 30 pages of tasty and healthy Halloween recipes. FREE!

Office Depot - $10 off $20

Give Office Depot your email address and get a $10 off $20 coupon!

I am running out of ink cartridges from printing all of my coupons, so I'm excited to get this one!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Free photo book from Kodak Gallery (Pay $1.99 shipping)

Right now get a free 5x7 photo book from Kodak Gallery. Just use code: TARGBOOK at checkout!
Expires Nov. 6, 2010

Thanks, Thrifty Mama!

Coupon codes for Buy Costumes

Use these coupon codes for costumes at Buy Costumes.

VAMP10 - 10% off Any Order

Skull20 - $20 off Halloween Costumes

MAD10 - 10% off $40 or more

bogo20 - Buy One Get One 20% off

Monday, October 11, 2010

Free $5 Rack Room Gift Card

Sign up for Rack Room's newsletter and get a $5 gift card emailed to you. You will receive it within minutes and it is good on anything, including sale and clearance items.

Thanks, Coupon High

Winner-Yoplait Whips Giveaway

The winner of the Yoplait Whips Giveaway is #71 - Homemaker!

$4 shipped- Customized Halloween canvas tote bag

I think these are too cute and they are free, just pay shipping!
Here's how to get yours:
1. Create your personalized tote -choose from a large selection of graphics & put your own personalized name on it
2. Check out - you will be offered different opportunities-just opt out if you aren't interested!
3. Pay only for shipping and handling (appx. $4)

Free Reach Toothbrushes @ Walgreens this week

This week at Walgreens get 2 free Reach toothbrushes, plus overage.
Here's how:
Buy: 2 Reach Total Care Toothbrushes @ $3.99 each
Use: 1 B1G1 Coupon from 10/10/2010 RP
Use: 1 $1/Reach Toothbrush
Use: $2/1 Walgreens in-ad coupon (will automatically double it to $4)
Total : Free + $1 overage!
* Remember you will have to buy a filler item to use that many coupons!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

CVS weekly deals

I'm sure you noticed that I haven't posted the CVS/Walgreens deals in a super long time. That's because there are so many other sites that do a great job doing these lengthy matchups, and it seems silly to re-invent the wheel. However, I can't help from telling you about a few of these deals that I think are great!

This week 10/3-10/9

Revlon nail polish
$3.99 each
Get $3 ECB
Use $1 off Revlon coupon (SS 9/12/2010)

Bausch & Lomb Re-nu sensitive eye solution, 12 oz. $7.99
Get $7.99 ECB
Free after ECB

Spend $25, get $10 extra bucks
Participating items are:
Duralcell batteries, $6
Puffs, $1
Charmin toilet paper $10
Bounty paper towels $13

My Scenario for this week:
Buy 2 Bounty paper towels @ 13 each = $26
Use $4/$20 that I received in email this week =
Total is $22 plus get back 10 ECB = $12 for 24 rolls of paper towels

For a complete list of weekly matchups, check out Deal Seeking Mom!

Cheap Apple Juice & Apple Sauce at Target!

Get a $5 Gift card with purchase of any five Mott's items below:

-6 Pk. apple sauce ($1.75 each) or
-64 oz. apple juice ($1.75 each)

Buy 5 of the above = $8.75
Get back a $5 Target GC
Total cost is $3.75 or ($.75 each)