Club Cards: An Easy Way to Save Money

Every time I teach a couponing class, there is one person who announces that they are too busy or important to print or clip coupons. They need to save money but it can’t be too hard or involve any actual work.  Basically they are lazy but won’t cop to it.

For those people, I ask them if they are too busy to spend 5 minutes filling out a form that can save them thousands of dollars over their lifetime. Most people say that they would spend 5 minutes to save thousands. I present…. The store club card.

This is my keychain. img_9216Yup. I have tons of club cards. Grocery stores, drugstores, restaurants, office supply stores, department stores, movie theaters. There are even more in my wallet for those stores that don’t have a key fob. I save money where ever I go, and you can too. These cards are free to apply for and use.

Stores utilize the information they gather when consumers scan their cards to look at shopping trends. Grocery companies look at sales trends to help them decide what items should be sold, put on sale or completely discontinued. Cards also offer information about what each consumer purchases, and coupons tailored to the individual cardholder can be mailed or emailed to each card holder.

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Two of the coupons I loaded to my Shop Your Way Rewards Card

Most stores allow you to link up your card number to an online account, and you can add coupons to your card (via the store website or app) to save you even more.

Sears and KMart have a great program called Shop Your Way Rewards. You earn points on every purchase and points are converted to dollars off future purchases. They have coupon on their website all the time!

Both Vons and Ralphs have easy to navigate apps where you can load coupons to your card, including quite frequently freebies (Ralphs has a Free Friday Download most Fridays). Ralphs sometimes has games you can play online to win free grocery items. I won Goldfish crackers and BBQ sauce last week, which just two clicks of the mouse!

Regal Cinemas has the Regal Crown Club. Download their app or visit a local theater to pick up a card. Present the card to be scanned at the box office and when you buy concessions and earn points that you can redeem on free snacks or tickets. The points add up really fast!

Some clubs like the Ikea Friends and Family card offer discounts and extra perks.. check it out:

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With these clubs, if you do not present the card or your phone number, you will not receive a discount, which is usually advertised at the sale price.  Some stores don’t even require that you present your card, you can just punch your phone number into a Credit Card terminal or give it to the cashier.

Later in the week, I’ll share with you my favorite club card and how I use it to get free gas every month!

What is your favorite club card?

 

 

National Coffee Day, 9/29/16

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Thursday is National Coffee Day, and while the free coffee doesn’t flow freely here in San Diego, I was able to find a few deals we can take advantage of!

Krispy Kreme- Free Coffee and a Donut. Details on their Facebook Page.

Dunkin Donuts- Not free, but 66¢ Medium-sized Hot Coffee all day. Details on their Facebook Page. 

Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Starbucks and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf aren’t doing any in-store freebies or deals.  There are other places back east, like WaWa and Pilot Flying J have free coffee offers, but they are no where near me.

screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-7-50-43-pmOh, and not this week, but October 3-9, 7-Eleven is giving away free coffee when you present their app on your phone!

Don’t you know I’ll be there every day that week!!

 

 

Life is… Shirts from Cents of Style!

I love the great deals from Cents of Style- Recently they sent me a Life is an Adventure shirt.

They have a whole line of Life Is shirts on sale today for Fashion Friday!

img_8968 img_8967 img_8966I chose the Adventure shirt because being the mom of two busy kids really is an adventure. I had planned on wearing my shirt on the day were were going to hike at Old Mission Dam, but it was raining and not too safe (the rocks are really slippery when wet, not fun to traverse while wearing a 25 lb. baby).

img_8983Instead we started the day with donuts, Lil’ Man headed to school and Bitty Bird and ran errands. Bitty and I got into the outdoor play while Big Boy was at School. She wanted to spend some time outside in the “waa-woo” (water), so we tidied up the patio and splashed in the rain collection bucket.

I also baked some cookies during nap time.

img_9007 img_9004 img_9002 img_8999 img_9003After school we went to the YMCA for exercise and play time, and then headed home to play on the patio in the rain. We have a hand me down water table (It’s this one). It was a perfect adventure to end a fun day. Lil’ Man and and Bitty Bird splashed, measured, and made “science potions”. Afterwards the kids cleaned up in a warm, bubbly tub and had some yummy milk (hot cocoa for Lil’ Man and warm white milk for Bitty)…

My adventure is that each day is never the same! And plans change- The weather thwarted our hiking plans, but we were still able to make the day fun! We were able to be active and play in nature!

img_9013Covered in flour from baking cookies and raindrops, my day was full of hugs, laughter, and love. And that’s a pretty great adventure!

If your life is an Adventure, check out the awesome shirts Cents of Style has available for their Fashion Friday this week!

With five styles and phrases, you are sure to find your “life is…” Shirt! This weekend, the coupon code is LIFEIS1 and it will make the new Life Is Tees for $15.95 + FREE SHIPPING!!

I received this shirt free to facilitate this post, all opinions are my own. If you happen to buy a Life is… Shirt I will receive a small commission, which I will spend on another adventure with the kids!

 

Sweet Photo Gift Deals from York Photo!

It’s never too early to start stockpiling photo gifts for Holiday gifts- You know I love to give photo gifts. They are great for relatives, especially those who live far away!
Custom Photo Fleece Blanket – Just $19.99 – Save $38 On Each! Use Code: FLBLANKET. Open to All Customers. S&H Not Included. Order Quantity Limit 3. Ordered Online.

101 Free 4×6 Prints– This is a great deal, and would be great for at least two gifts! 101 free 4×6 prints (use coupon code FREE101).  All you need to turn these prints into a gift is a cute photo album (keep your eyes open at Michael’s- they frequently have good sales on albums, or use a 40% off coupon from their website).

 

Custom Photo Mug Order your 11 Oz. Custom Mug from York Photo for only $.99. Use Coupon Code CUP. Shipping and handling starts at $5.99 These mugs are perfect for Grandparents!

Order your Custom Shopping Bag from York Photo for $1.00. Use Coupon Code FLTOTE. Shipping and handling starts at $3.99.

 

Oh, and the best part: All new customers get 40 4×6 prints, regardless of  what you purchase!

Fun Science Experiments from Little Passports!

We’re huge Science Fanatics around these parts, so when I found out about these cool experiments, I had to share them with you!

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30 Days of Science continues on the Little Passports blog with show-stopping experiments! Grab your kids and start exploring science!

Get messy
Get your hands messy and make an eggshell disappear! This fun and easy kitchen experiment answers the question, “Can you peel a raw egg?”


Get powerful
Let the power of polymers wow your kids! Try this simple experiment to make a leak-proof bag. Believe it or not, all you need is a zipper-lock bag and some pencils.

Get tasting
Have you ever had a cold and noticed that you weren’t able to detect a flavor in all of the foods you ate? Assemble your young scientists around a few of their favorite foods and ask, does smell affect taste? This delicious experiment will reveal the answer!

 

Get cool
Inspire your kids to learn about science by virtually visiting the coolest science museums around the world.

Get more

Craving more science experiments? Visit the Little Passports blog.

Be sure to read the bottom of the blog posts – Little Passports has something brewing in the laboratory!

And if you are looking for fun science kits for your littlest scientists, I’ll have a post later in the week with a few of Lil’ Man’s favs!

Two free offers at San Diego area McDonald’s!

Right now there are two great free offers at McDonald’s! Both of which are on the healthy side.

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-9-50-19-amThis week, Sept. 8-10 from 7 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit a participating San Diego County McDonald’s restaurant to sample a Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait made with nonfat vanilla Chobani® Greek Yogurt.

Combined with the sweet taste of strawberries and blueberries, and topped with granola, Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfaits are perfect for breakfast, as a side, or a mid-day snack – especially with the classic vanilla taste of Chobani® Greek Yogurt.  YUM! I think Bitty Bird and I will hit up our local McDo’s after the Y today and get a coffee and free Parfait!

And offer #2 is a favorite around these parts!

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On Tuesday, Sept. 13, participating restaurants will offer free breakfast from 6:30-9:30 a.m. to students in kindergarten through eighth grade when an accompanying adult uses the McDonald’s App. In San Diego County, students can enjoy an Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight, apple slices and milk.

To redeem this offer, an adult must download or have already downloaded the McDonald’s App, present the offer to the cashier and ask the cashier for the free back-to-school breakfast. Students younger than 13 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent/adult to redeem this offer at participating McDonald’s restaurants. This offer may vary throughout the state and only one breakfast is allowed per student.

The MCDonald’s App is pretty cool. You can earn free McCafe Beverages, and there are coupons that are only available on the app (like BOGO happy meals and free upgrades!).

So there you go! Two tasty deals. Thanks to my Friend Su for the heads up on the second offer!

Recipe: Crockpot Shredded Chicken

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 1.51.25 PMThis is a total time saver! I do this twice a month. It really saves time when it’s time to cook dinner. And on those days when you are just going going going, it’s nice to know that you’ve got something easy and tasty waiting for you!

It’s so easy, All you need is a crockpot, a food scale, and two forks!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs of chicken, whatever is on sale (I used chicken breasts- bone-in with skin)
  • 1 c. broth or water
  • Seasoning to taste- I use a little dehydrated onion ( I like this one from Penzey’s), a little garlic powder, and a little pepper.

Directions:

  1. Cook in the crockpot on low 6-8 hours. Allow to cool.
  2. Shred it with a fork (removing bones and skin).
  3. Grab ziploc bags (I like the snack size ones), our Digital Kitchen Scale, and a glass bowl. I use a measuring cup to scoop the meat (and juices) into the glass bowl, but I am measuring by weight.  The measuring cup is just my scooping tool of choice.
  4. Place the glass bowl on the scale, then turn the scale on- I only want to weight the food, not the glass bowl.
  5. After I weigh the chicken (into 4 ounce portions), I pour it into a snack size ziploc bag, seal it (and squeeze out the air), and put them in the freezer.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 1.55.43 PM Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 1.55.58 PMThen when it’s time to make quesadillas, chef salad, or pretty much any time we want chicken (Hubs like to top his frozen entrees, like this one with a little bit of chicken for added protein), just grab a bag and defrost it in the microwave!

Frequently, I’ll get a larger Ziploc bag and measure out 2 cups- this is just enough for a casserole. Just defrost, mix in the other ingredients and cook!

I also like to make and portion out ground turkey cooked with black beans and fajita blend frozen veggies flavored with Taco Seasoning. It’s great on salads, quesadillas, or in chicken broth for a quick tortilla soup!