Blog Changes + Update (Finding your Store Shopping Lists)

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You may have noticed – we have some changes!  The last month we have been working on a new design for the site to make it easier for you to find things.

We took the items off the right hand side and put them in drop down menus at the top.Capture

You’ll find the grocery store matchups under “Store Coupons” up at the top of the blog.

The search box is at the very top right of the blog, and the resources (Restaurant Round Up, Retail Round Up, Sweepstakes Round Up) are at the bottom in the lower left corner.

As always, I’m sure it’ll take some time to adjust – we have more adjustments to make, font size a bit bigger, hopefully it makes it easier for you to navigate.

Easy DIY Felt Board

A felt board is like a reusable blank canvas just waiting for little hands to create a story, it’s a wondrous tool to strike any child’s imagination. A felt board is not only for play but can also be a great tool to teach letters, numbers, shapes, patterns, and much more without  using any paper and the best part is you can reuse it over and over again for many years even.

A few years back I went to a local teacher supply store and found a large 4 foot long felt board and instantly knew I wanted it, until… I saw that price tag. A whopping $75 for a long piece of felt. :-/ Looking at it I thought, hmm…this might be easy to make. So I set off to the craft store and purchased a piece of felt for $1.15 a yard. I grabbed some glue sticks for my glue gun and a few pieces of scrap felt in various colors ($1 for a large bag of those scraps) and home I went determined to make a felt board. Did I make it? Of course, did the kids enjoy it? Yes they did, so much that after 3 years of use I decided to make portable felt boards to keep in the car for those longer than usual car rides. [Read more...]

Update: New Mobile Site + New(er) Android App

 

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If you haven’t yet picked up on this new feature to the site, I’d like to let you all know tonight since I’m working on some ads & things are slow.

Several months ago – late last year, I had put together an Android app for the site – many of you took advantage of it.. I know it had it’s quirks. The app was a plug-in that was free as a WordPress add-on, which means that because I did not develop it, I couldn’t really change how it worked.

Fast forward to this last weekend.. we were in the mall, and I was trying to get on my site & I just got tired of not having a mobile site. So I came home & went to work on finding a vendor who could do that – Conduit.  Those of you who have been on my site the last 2 days – you have seen it, each time you visit my site from your device you’ll be prompted.

Conduit also made a new app for the app-store for my site – so head HERE to grab it. Delete the old Android App & add this one – it’s better.  I merely provided them the info, & picked colors – I did not make this myself so once again it may not be perfect.

I know feedback on this is wavering – some of you don’t like the “prompt” each time you come to the site, some of you can’t see the grocery lists, etc – the prompt is there unfortunately & cannot be changed – and the mobile site is & app are not a substitute for coming to the “real” site to do your grocery lists. They are merely an aid for those of you that are away from the regular computer.

With that said – I hope you find it helpful – the iPhone app is in the approval mode with Apple and for now I am at their mercy – lets hope it gets approved the first round.

Happy Easter from My Family to Yours!

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I want to wish all of you a very happy Easter Day – hopefully you spend some quality time with your family today – and the kids, and enjoy the beautiful weather.

I had to share this sweet story with you – I will say that we made very small baskets for the kids – just a few things in each. We ran out last night very late to Fry’s & Target in hopes to capture some of the deals I posted earlier in the week (Marley & Me DVD… Nestle Jingles Eggs, Peeps, Cars 2 Cars).  Not the best move – next year I need to be better prepared.

I did find the Laugh & Learn Puppy at Target that I had a rain check for – thought “Score! For the Baby!” Had managers initials on the expired Target coupon, and still had issues at the register; we moved on….. to Fry’s – this is where it got sticky.

I took in the baby + my 5 year old, but alas – minutes later I saw this guy with a 2 year old pushing a car cart around the store – my daughter screams “Mom! It’s my DAVID!”  I gave Dave half of the instructions – get this, down aisle 9 – “Roger that! Moving out!” 

My 2 year old has to have my Fry’s store mapped out….. because just a few feet later, he jumped out of the car cart and took off down the Seasonal Aisle – screaming CAI! CAI! Daddy vroom go CAI!”   All while I was in the candy display up front – thought to myself….could this be “MY” son?! Oh gosh – imagine that!

My husband paid for his order & met me outside with a huge, huge wad of receipts. There was no way these were his….he only purchased Cadbury Eggs + Cheetos for the kids.

“Oh, well the lady in front of me left her receipt, and her paper catalina.  And here’s my receipt too. And one from the floor. It’s a coupon. I took the other two because there are coupons on the back of the receipt….” – they are important!

The catalina was a 20% off coupon for Sports Authority that all of us have been getting.. I just though it was amazing that he was so excited to help…I had to smile.

And on the way home – “I think I need to start writing to companies to get coupons”. Hmm – sounds good….who are you going to start writing to first?  “I think I’ll start with my favorites – everyone who makes BEER.”

Educating Yourself on Fraudulent Coupons

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Yesterday as I was in Fry’s, I couldn’t help but notice a paper taped to the shelf showing that a high value $8/1 Huggies Diapers coupon had surfaced in my local store – and my store had caught it.  I have to say I was a little sad .. knowing that a store that is so coupon friendly had been taken advantage of.

These high value $8/1 Huggies Coupons have been floating around the last few months – making their way into emails to those of you who may be new to couponing – or, even to some of you who have been couponing for some time.

Fraudulent coupons not only hurt the store, but they also hurt you as well – they are most often tied to your shopper card – if you are shopping at Fry’s, Safeway or Bashas your store loyalty card can keep track of the coupons you use on the shopping trips you take.

How do you know what coupons are fake and which are real?

Coupon Information Corporation — a not-for-profit association of consumer product manufacturers dedicated to fighting coupon misredemption and fraud. They maintain a list of fraudulent coupons that you can reference.

Too Good to be True If a coupon seems “too good to be true” more than likely it is.  You will never find a printable coupon for $5 off Pampers Wipes, or $7 off Olay Soap.

Emailed to you as a PDF – If you have friends that have sent you a coupon via a PDF, more than likely it is not legitimate.  Although some manufacturers put coupons in PDF form, they do so on their site – and for a reasonable amount.

Coupons should never be saved in google documents, or saved as multiple coupons to a sheet.

As always, use your best judgment when using printable coupons from an unverified source.

Instagram–Coming to Android (Sign up Now!)

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Do you have instagram? If you have an iPhone or an iPad, it’s the BEST invention …  I have it, and it’s hooked to my Twitter account. It allows me to send pictures, through Twitter, to my Facebook or my Twitter account.

Great news…… instagram is coming to Android – if you want to get on the waiting list, head over & punch in your email.

Once you hook yourself up to instagram, search for people you know.. you’ll find me, and a multitude of others there. I often times will go shopping & take pictures of my finds – straight from the aisle at the store :)

Viggle: Earn Gift Cards + More from Watching TV on your Apple Device

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Just a few weeks ago, a few good friends of mine at Drugstore Divas let me in on “Viggle” – for those of you who follow me on Twitter, we talk about stuff quite long into the night – if you are not on twitter, you should be…… because I often times will send pictures of deals I find at the grocery store too :)

Maria & Lisa let me know that they were using Viggle to earn gift cards … from doing simple things like watching TV on their Apple device. Sounded different – so I downloaded Viggle on my iPad from the app store and have been glued ever since.

Viggle allows you to earn rewards for watching particular Television shows or ads on your Apple device. You simply “check in” to a show, which can be any time during the program, and you will then receive points from the time you watch the show on forward. You earn 2 points per minute and shows (below) will give you bonus points.

You can also earn bonus points by answering trivia during a show… or watching trailers & ads – sharing your check-ins on Facebook or participating in Viggle Live.  You can earn a total of 12,000 points per day (as of 12 a.m. EST).

Here are some “Bonus” shows that will give you bonus points today 03/21:

8 pm:
American Idol – FOX – 8:00-10:00 – 300 pts
One Tree Hill – CW – 8:00-9:00 – 200 pts
Survivor: One World – CBS – 8:00-9:00 – 200 pts

9 pm:
Bent – NBC – 9:00-9:30 – 250 pts
*2nd New Bent at 9:30-10:00
Criminal Minds – CBS – 9:00-10:00 – 250 pts

9:30 pm:
Happy Endings – ABC – 9:30-10:00 – 225 pts
Lakers at Mavericks – ESPN – 9:30-12:00am – 200 pts

10 pm:
Duck Dynasty – A&E – 10:00-10:30 – 275 pts (replay at 11pm, 2am & 3am)
*2nd New Duck Dynasty at 10:30-11:00 (replay at 11:30, 2:30, 3:30)
The Soup – E! – 10:00-10:30 – 200 pts (replay at 1am)
South Park – Comedy Central – 10:00-10:30 – 200 pts (replay at 12am)
Psych – USA – 10:00-11:00 – 200 pts (replay at 1am)

Since you are earning a monetary amount, you are required to report the income you earn once it reaches a specific amount – therefore, if you earn over $500 in prizes/cash, you will be issued a 1099 from the IRS for tax purposes.

Do note that you will need to confirm your email address with Viggle BEFORE you will get your rewards. You can do this through the profile screen.

I encourage you to check it out – especially if you have an iPad, iPod…. or iPhone. I’m fairly intrigued with it-  you can earn an Amazon gift card for just 7,500 points – which for me took only a matter of a day.

New Dish Network Promo + Savings on your Cable Bill (As low as $19.99/mo)

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The last few months we have been lucky enough to have a pretty thoughtful reader come forward to offer many of you savings on your cable bill –

A good many of you have taken advantage of the offers in past month, and kept him super busy on the phone.

Reader Josh just got some new promotions and wanted me to pass them along to you in hopes that it will encourage you to think forward in terms of reducing your cable expense – if you are willing.

Are you paying too much for cable? Did your DirecTV bill just go up? Have you ever thought about Dish Network?  Dish Network offers packages at a promotional price of only $19.99 a month. Current promotions include free HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime, and Blockbuster Movie Pass for 3 months. Free HD for life and free installation for up to 6 TVs.

Are you big on recording your favorite shows? Just released is DISH NETWORK’S WHOLE HOME HD DVR called the HOPPER. It comes with a 2 terabyte memory (over 250 hours of HD recording), and can record 6 programs at once during primetime hours. The whole home DVR service gives you full DVR functionality on every TV in HD, so you can pause, rewind, and record live TV in any room. Plus, access your DVR library from any TV, so you can record a show in one room and then watch it in another.

Sign up thru Elite Digital Services and receive $50 when you mention that you are a Freaper with Cents’Able Shoppin. Call or email Josh today at 480-707-1182 or elitedigitalservicesllc@gmail.com for more.

Make sure you mention you’re a reader – he’s a reader too… he will pop over on Facebook once in a while – you can check out his page HERE.