Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fru-Gal Column November 18

Here we are right in the middle of the holiday season. If you had heeded my advice most of your shopping is already done but those of you just starting here is a little advice.
1. Decide how much you are willing to spend, and stick to it. If you cannot afford it right now, consider that you cannot afford it at all.
2. Make your list. Decide whom you are going to buy for then decide on a dollar figure per gift.
3. Cut down your list. I know you want to buy for everyone but be realistic, look closely at who you are buying for.
4. Be creative. Some people would be just as happy with a nice card or maybe some home-baked cookies. Remember, the holidays aren’t about presents but goodwill towards others.
5. Carry your new shopping list with you at all times. Start shopping now with sales and don’t overspend on anyone.
BLACK FRIDAY DEALS- I am not a huge get up early Black Friday Fan, but if you want to get some great deals start with being organized. The website has many flyers from area stores for Black Friday deals. This is an ideal time to use your gift list. Match sales with a person then make a plan for your shopping day. If you want to shop online go to to get the great deals that will be offered on Monday, November 29. Don’t forget to use online coupon codes. Go to these websites before going to the checkout page. Remember many sites allow you to use multiple coupons per order, including where you can use a percent-off coupon, reap a dollar-amount-off savings, plus earn free shipping.
Don’t pay for shipping. On December 17, an anticipated 1,000 plus major retailers promise free shipping to your destination by Christmas Eve. Visit to see the list of participating merchants.
Stein Mart- Coupon for $10 off any purchase of $25 on Friday, 6am to noon only.
Half Price Books is offering a free tote bag and $5 off gift card to the first 100 people on 11/26/10 at 7am.
Begin your shopping at The Children’s Place by scrolling to the bottom of the homepage where you can purchase a $40 eGift Card and get $10 free. Then use code: M3C2010 to get an additional 20% off your entire purchase!
Sam’s Club will be offering members a free breakfast on November 26 from 5am to 10am.
Get 50% off any regular priced item on Saturday, November 28 at Ace Hardware or get $10 off $50 purchase on Sunday, November 29.
Buy any Butterball Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey and The Search for Santa Paws or Disney’s A Christmas Carol and get a $10 mail-in rebate.
Save $1 on any Butterball whole turkey, bone-in breast, or boneless turkey roast product If you have any questions on cooking your turkey call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line at 1-800-BUTTERBALL weekdays from 8am to 8pm.
Want Ham for your holiday meal get a $9 off Honey Baked Ham coupon emailed to you.
Trade in your old Christmas light sets and save $4 on a new LED light set at Sears and Kmart until November 20
This week at Office Depot join their Work Life Rewards program to receive 100% free shipping on your packages. You don’t actually get the money back but you do receive a store credit for a future purchase.
Amazon is offering an amazing new program called Amazon Mom. It’s completely free to join, and if you plan on doing any holiday shopping on Amazon you get three months of Amazon prime membership that includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of eligible items and upgrades to One-Day overnight shipping for just $3.99 per item. You don’t need to be a mom to join.
Get 365 FREE 4 x 6 mail-order prints at Snapfish with any $10 purchase. Just put 365 4x6 prints in your cart with a $10 purchase, and use promotion code 2010MY365 at checkout before November 30.
Save $10 on photo orders of $25 or more. Enter coupon code UNIQUE at checkout thru Saturday, November 20. Good time to make some holiday cards.
SeeHere has a hot deal on photo cards at 50% off an order of 60 or more plus free shipping using the coupon code cards-39(case sensitive) good until end of day on November 18
New users of Pixable get a FREE 8 x 5.5 photobook using promotional code PIXBOOK
Purchase one photo book from Snapfish get another one for FREE. Just use promotional code BKBOGODL. This deal expires November 25.
Download a free trial of Microsoft Office 2010 at With new features and tools in Office 2010 you can express ideas, manage holiday projects, connect with people and create amazing results.
Make your holidays and home projects great by downloading new holiday templates from Martha Stewart.
Get holiday tips right from Martha Stewart. Just text TRU1 to MARTHA and receive a voice message from Martha Stewart.
Big savings on Crayola products with mail-in-rebates, match these with toys sales to get a great deal.
Hasbro has some great money saving coupons to print. Match these coupons with toy sales to save even more. also has Hasbro coupons. Remember Target allows you to use a store coupon along with a manufacturer coupon.
Print out Ulta $3.50 off $10 purchase coupon. Ultra has a 5 for $5 mix and match sale going on this week. Purchase 10 items then use printable coupon making final price 65 cents per item.
Like Eucerin on their facebook page and sign up to receive a free sample
If you or someone you love is trying to quit smoking, here’s a great resource: Check out Become an Ex for lots of great tools and support to help you quit for good.
Receive a free sample of Sore No More, Natural Pain Relieving Gel
Free Potty Training Kit from Pampers.
Let a friend know you are thinking of them during the cold season by sending them a box of Kleenex
Sign up for your free subscription to American Baby Magazine. This magazine sometimes has great coupons for baby stuff inside.
Get a free sample of Mist8 All Purpose Cleaning Spray
Passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi for the holidays
November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011 This holiday season, Google Chrome has teamed up with AirTran Airways, Delta, and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011. These participating airlines have outfitted their entire domestic fleet with Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi, and we expect more connected passengers this holiday season than ever before! Just bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or mobile device and stay connected to family and friends while you travel. Lysol is offering $5 rebate if you have a flu shot between November 7 and November 30. All you need is your receipt.
Have the kids build a gift card snowman at Lowe’s this Saturday at 10am. This is a wonderful way to give someone a gift card for a present. Just sign them up online.

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