This Week Only! $5 off $5+ at Michaels!

Screen Shot 2019-06-17 at 8.15.46 AM.pngJust in time for summer crafts! Now through 6/22/19, you can find and use a $5 off $5+ (restrictions apply of course) on the Michaels website here.

This coupon is valid in-store only. If you need to shop online, there is a 40% off any one regular price item here. It also has restrictions.

I’m taking the kids this morning to find supplies for a project to work on this week! And don’t forget that Camp Creativity is in full swing! $3 craft classes where kids can make and take a project! Details can be found here.

Save Time & Money This Summer with Online Shopping!

e6d40b7bc536c9a8b6f32ebd3b6730efDo you dread taking your kids shopping in the summer? I love my two weirdos, but I dread taking them to Target, Wal-mart, basically any place I need to run errands that has toys, candy, treats, impulse buy items.

I can stick to my list and budget while shopping solo, but add my two smalls into the mix, and stuff “mysteriously” makes its way into my cart. The whining, crying, begging. It’s enough to drive me to day drink.

So, I try to shop online and do in-store pick up as much as possible. I use all of the tools available to me to save money:

Smartphone Apps 

A lot of the stores available through Mypoints and Topcashback  offer in-store or curbside pick up.

Target has their Redcard which has tons of perks. I save 5% every time I shop by using my Target Red Card.  It’s a debit card and it’s Target branded, so I can only use it at Target, just like an ATM card (with a PIN).

Today I’m running to Target to pick up an order of stuff (face wash, cotton balls, stuff like that).

Then it’s off to 99 Cents Only to refill the snack box!

Talk Back: How do you Navigate the stores in the summer while staying on budget? 

 

Earn Cashback in-store and online with Rakuten!

Ok, so I love me some cashback sites, but most of them are for online only purchases… Enter Rakuten!

Earning Cash Back at Rakuten is as Easy as 1-2-3! Sign up for free, shop at your favorite stores and earn Cash Back on every purchase.

Join free and get a $10 gift card after your first purchase of $25 or more.

And it gets better- If you are a lazy online shopper, you can install the Rakuten Extension Button (available for Edge, Chrome, Safari and Firefox ). It will activate Cash Back directly at store sites and automatically apply promo codes at checkout.

In-Store Cash Back:

  • Get started by adding your credit and debit cards to your account.
  • Find an In-Store Cash Back offer you like and link it to your card.
  • Pay with your linked card in stores and get Cash Back.

$10 Cash Back When Shopping at Sephora with TopCashBack!

$10 cash back for feeding your skincare or cosmetic addiction? HELL YES! This is such a great deal!

*Purchase is Required to Obtain Deal*

How to get this freebie:

 

  1. Visit the offer here
  2. Create your account with an email and password
  3. Click on the “Get Offer” button and it’ll take you to Sephora.
  4. Add 1 “worth in products” priced for $10.00 to your cart and shop as you would normally then checkout. If the price changes or anything happens to the stock, the deal is officially over.
  5. This is a Free Standard 3 Day Shipping on orders $50 and over offer.
  6. Once you checkout, in about 14 days $10.00 will post in your TopCashback account.

    Congrats on your freebie!

    * New TopCashback members only. Ends December 31st at 23:59 PST!

    FREE Standard 3 Day Shipping on orders $50 and over Offer!

    Who qualifies for this deal?
    This offer is available to new TopCashback members only. However, as TopCashback doesn’t limit accounts to one per household, if you’re an existing member now’s the perfect time to tell your husband or wife, mom or dad, roommate, neighbor or anyone else about TopCashback and perhaps they’ll share their freebie with you.

    Is there anything else important to know?
    Transactions must contain at least one worth in products from Sephora priced at $10.00 to ensure $10.00 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If another item is purchased under $10.00 the cashback amount awarded will be 112 or less (depending on the item(s) purchased) instead of $10.00.

    The deal is:
    – open until 23:59 PST on Monday, December 31st
    – available while the product’s price is $10.00 – subject to Sephora’s Stock supplies and pick-up availability
    – applicable for online sales only, for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback.com

    Only one:
    – TopCashback account is permitted per member
    -Please check out our Terms and Conditions for any other information

New Offers From Dosh!

I write about Dosh last year when it first arrived on the scene. 

Dosh has some new offers, and they can really help you earn cash back!

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.40.48 PM.pngBed Bath & Beyond is in the app! Get 2% back on all your indoor and outdoor household essentials for cooking, dining, decorating and more.

Feeling Hungry? Denny’s is back on Dosh!

Need some office supplies? Staples in new on Dosh too!

Click here to download Dosh, and use my referral code AbbyH123 to score your first $5!

Family Event: Queen Bee Market – Spring Shopping Expo 4/26-4/27!

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Looking for some fun shopping this weekend? Head up to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and get ready to shop and support local, small businesses!!

Have you ever wished Etsy was a real store, filled with talented artisans and specialty crafts you could shop for in person? North County natives and sisters, Allison Gharst and Kellie Dooley, the owners behind Queen Bee Market, take that idea and turn it into reality. The two-day shopping expo takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 and will feature nearly 100 hand-selected artisans, including local and regional crafters. And, entry is only $3!

Queen Bee Market _Sketchy Notions.jpgKellie and Allison, took over operations and ownership of Queen Bee Market in 2015 after participating as vendors for several years. Both mothers themselves, they first got their start selling products on Etsy. Now, they hand-select each of the vendors that showcase at Queen Bee Market,

A few of the standouts for the April event include Bare Naked Botanicals, a line of artisanal vegan skin and body care; Momma Pots, maker of handmade and hand-painted concrete pots; Lu+Elle, a line of handmade bags; Chalk Couture, a chalk-centric line of DIY home décor; Blessed Little Bird, maker of customizable jewelry and trinkets; and more.  A full list of vendors is available at Queen Bee Market,

Queen Bee Market_Shoppers Browse Burma Boutique.jpgBut it’s more than shopping… Aside from all the spring shopping opportunities, Queen Bee Market will also offer interactive make-and-take stations and workshops where you can learn how to create your own hand-stamped jewelry, personalized chalkboard and how to blend essential oils to keep pets healthy and pest-free, among others.

Each Queen Bee Market event selects a local charity to support. This event will support the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank with on-site donation barrels to collect non-perishable food items and a virtual food drive where people can securely donate funds before they arrive at the market. Shoppers who donate five items will receive a Queen Bee Market shopping card worth 10 percent off their purchase at the expo. Not sure what kind of food items the food bank needs? Check out my post here with a list of items that are commonly requested.

Thinking about Cutting the Cord?

file1201268366483With the price of cable going up, and dish offerings that can be sort of… meh depending on where you live, cutting the cord may be right for you. If you are one of those people that has to watch “their shows” as soon as they are available, or you need a specific kinds of sports ball, this may not be for you. In that case, try shopping for a better deal with your cable provider or check out a dish provider.

We’ve been without cable for about 15 years, and Mr. Husband has been without cable for almost 20 years! My kids have never had cable. They don’t miss out, we’ve got an Apple TV, so they can still watch PBS Kids, and we’ve got Hulu too (which I love because it’s $5.99/month for limited commercials).

With Apple TV, we can watch YouTube (Once the big kid learned about Rube Goldberg machines, it’s all we watched on TV for a week), Hulu, Netflix (we also have a streaming only subscription). We also have an antenna (like this one), so we can watch local over the air TV.

Depending on how strong the signals in your area are, you should be able to receive:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • CW
  • Fox
  • PBS (We get three PBS channels)

There are additional networks that are available in various areas of the county.  Here in So Cal, we also get:

Plus we get a few more Spanish language channels, and one Korean language channel.

The thing I like about not having cable is that the kids are not bombarded with commercials for toys, junk food, basic consumer shit that a lot of us were exposed to as kids on TV.  I like that the commercials on Hulu are 30 seconds or less and it’s usually only 1 or 2 per break.

And we spend time doing other stuff. Crafts, science, playing with toys, etc. Yesterday we played stuffed animal clinic and built a Lego zoo.