Sunday, December 2, 2012

Frugal Forum December 2, 2012

Remember what the holiday season means to your family. I know that as a parent you want to get everything on your child’s list or you may overspend trying to get that perfect gift for family or friends. A women told me a story about her grandma box. She says that her grandmother is on a fixed income so all year long she has a box that she fills with canned goods, toiletries, cleaning supplies and health and beauty items. Her grandmother looks forward to this box every year. When I teach my classes I hear many stories of people who have gotten laid off from their jobs or something has happened leaving them in a bad situation. A woman told me she felt terrible she couldn’t go to the store to buy presents but what she did get for everyone was a stocking filled with lots of personal grooming items plus other daily use products. The stockings were the hit of the morning, everyone was so excited going through all the items she said it was such a good feeling.  One holiday memory I have is baking cookies with my mother and putting them on platters to give out as presents. It was a gift that took time but not a lot of money but everyone waited for those cookies. If you have a large family try to do a gift exchange rather than asking for members of the family to buy gifts for each and every member of the family. In a gift exchange, each member of the family draws a name out of a hat and then only buys a gift for that specific person. It is also perfectly reasonable to share the cost of a gift with a friend or relative. The recipient won’t mind if the gift is from one or two or more people they will be happy they got what they wanted.  Don’t forget to use the talent that you have. If you are a knitter people would love to receive a scarf or mittens. Remember isn’t the price of the gift it is the thought that goes into it.

December is Customer Appreciation Month at Subway starting December 1 you can get 6 inch Cold Cut Trio or Meatball sub for just $2.

Free sample of Sumatra Toba coffee

Get $40 off a new pro hair dryer or flat iron at Folica when you recycle your old one. You also will receive a full year of SELF magazine with a $25 or more purchase.

$10 mail in rebate when you purchase Disney’s Brave Combo DVD pack and two Kellogg’s Cereals products. Expires December 31, 2012.

Don’t forget free shipping day December 17, 2012. Over 1,000 merchants will offer free shipping and other discounts with delivery by Christmas Eve within the United States.

Sign up for your free UPS My Choice account to have UPS send you an email or text when your package is going to arrive.

Celebrate the holiday at Chili’s with a special offer coupon everyday until December 24.

Get $5 off with a minimum purchase of $25 when you shop at The Home Depot Stores and you checkout using paypal

The American Heart Association is offering a free Will/Estate Planning kit while supplies last.

Send a free personalized video message from Santa.

Free personalized phone call from Santa to your child.

Target just put out some new toy coupons at match the store coupons with the manufacturer coupons at to make some great toys deals at Target.

Have any old batteries in your garage bring them to Advance Auto and they will give you a $5 gift card. See store for more information.

InkGarden is offering new customers ten free holiday personalized cards just enter promotional code WInterCards at checkout. You do need to pay shipping this deal expires December 17, 2012.

Get your childs picture taken with Santa at participating Walmarts December 1 – 2 from 10am to 2pm. Find a participating store near you.

Retail Coupons:

30% of your entire purchase at Yankee Candles coupon ends December 2, 2012.

$5 off your purchase of $10 or more at your local Hallmark store coupon ends December 19, 2012

Buy discounted gift cards on to over 3,000 major retailers. Right now use promotional code GIFT4U to receive $5 off $50 purchase. You can even sell your gift cards that you receive and don’t want.

Get a free product valued up to $13 with any $10 purchase at Bath & Body Works expires December 24,2012

Calling all you Old Navy shoppers! Starting today and running through 12/8, in-store only, you can score an additional 10% off Old Navy gift cards! Even better, if you are an old Navy, GAP, or Banana Republic cardholder, you’ll score an additional 15% off gift cards (maximum gift card value of $250). This means you can score a $100 gift card for as low as $85 or a $200 gift card for a low as $170!

CVS Deals:

Buy two Planter Peanuts $8 use $1 Sunday paper coupon plus receive $1 extracare bucks

Curel Lotion $7.79 use $1 Sunday paper coupon plus receive $2 extracare bucks

Buy Gillette Fusion ProGLide razor and cartridges 4 or 8 count use $10 Sunday paper coupon plus receive $5 extracare bucks

Buy $15 on any Glade products use multiple Sunday paper coupons plus receive $5 extracare bucks.

Kleenex on sale for 99 cents a box use 30 cents Sunday paper coupon

Rite Aid Deals:

Claritin $22.99 use $4 Sunday paper coupon plus receive $3 +UPs rewards







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