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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Today's Rockford Groupon!

Today's Rockford Groupon is $5 for $10 worth of Coffee, Donuts, etc at Dandy Donuts on E. Riverside. I stopped in there last week because I had . . . a coupon of course! Buy a coffee and get a half dozen donuts free - this came in the blue Valpak envelope full of coupons. The donuts remind me of donuts you would get at the fair - they are mini donuts and they make them when you order them . . . nice and hot. It is a cute little place to stop in and they serve New England Coffee. They have soups and sandwiches, cheesecake and smoothies as well.

Check out the Groupon deal here!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Zulily! Deals - Zoobooks year subscription for $15!

Zulily.com is a website for daily deals for moms, babies and kids. One of today's deal is Zoobooks, Zootles, or Zoobies one year subscription for $15. We love animals here and I have always wanted to purchase a subscription however 12 magazines for $30 is out of my league. This is a deal for me and I am going to purchase a subscription - check it out here. Go here to register with the site to see their daily deals and receive emails.

Zulily has everything from clothes, toys, books, educational products in different languages at discount prices. Check them out!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Need Eyeglasses?

Are you in need of new eyeglasses but just can't spend the money? Recently, my husband needed a new pair of glasses as his current pair would just randomly fall of his face in pieces. Luckily, he is talented enough to catch and find all the pieces to put them back together but it was becoming rather annoying for him . . . I've been told.

We decided it would be a good time to try Zenni Optical online . . . quality prescription glasses starting at $6.95 . . . yep you read that right $6.95! Now of course he picked out a pair of frames that he has wanted for awhile - half rim, hingeless (view them here) for $9.95 adding on single vision lenses for $9 and the anti-reflection coating for $4.95 and shipping for $4.95 for a total of $28.85! I must say I am impressed with them. They look great and he is very happy with the quality and they are just what he wanted. We will definitely order from them again - no complaints. The only drawback I would have is you can't try them on but if you know what style works for you then you are set. Check them out!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Deeply Discounted Airfest 2011 Tickets!

Starting today through Christmas Eve Rockford Airfest Tickets are going on sale for $4 for adults and $3 for kids ages 5-12; kids 4 and under are free. Regular prices are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. This is a great deal that they are repeating from last year.

Even better they are selling tickets at the terminal and 5 area Culver's locations! You can also order online but there will be a convenience charge. Go here to check out all the details and see the locations!

We love to go to this event, however this year they moved it back to June which makes it very difficult for us to attend due to my husbands work schedule. At this price, I am going to risk it and hope he can break free and attend for the afternoon because for less than the regular price of one adult I can buy tickets for us all now.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cheap Wrapping Paper and Tissue Paper!

Today is the last day to get a great deal at Walgreen's on Hallmark wrapping paper and tissue paper. I am not a Walgreen's shopper but I did check this one out yesterday as I was out of tissue paper! This was evidence at the wedding shower I attended Thursday night. I used one sheet of green and one sheet of pink in my pretty silver holly gift bag . . . oh well sorry to the bride to be but that was all I had. . . now I am restocked!

Go here to Money Saving Mom as she lists to scenarios for you
! Good luck! I found the $1.99 wrapping paper in the checkout isle not in the gift wrap isle!

A Fun Free Advent Activity!

We try to have lots of fun Christmas traditions at our house but last year I wanted to make sure I worked in something new on a daily basis that focused our minds on Christ. The day after Christmas last year I hit Target for their 50% off Christmas sale and found a beautiful silver advent box with etched glass doors counting down the days of Christmas. Then I hit the Bible bookstore and grabbed a paper advent calendar with the number and a verse behind each day. So, this year we read the day on the calendar and then open the corresponding day on our pretty silver box for a delicious surprise. The kids love it and it is a good reminder first thing in the morning on where our focus should be.

I want to change it up each year and of course make it more age appropriate as the kids get older. This morning I found this on Bible Story Printable's (a free site with all sorts of great coloring pages and crafts) . . . The Names of Jesus Ornaments/Crafts which goes along with the Names of Jesus Advent Countdown. I want to read through it more and we may not do the notebook, craft etc each day that she is suggesting for homeschoolers but just read through the Scripture and talk about the meaning of the names for our Advent activity. I don't want to make it too complex because then I might have the tendency not to do it at all. Keep it simple is my moto!

My suggestion is to put it all together so it will be ready to go next year when you pull out your decorations. If you are like us this time of year is filled with activity as soon as Thanksgiving passes. When I pulled out the Christmas decorations, I was set to start on December 1st I just had to buy candy and even then I already had that, I mean who doesn't have a stash of candy just in case! Now if I could just remember what on earth the red and green strips of paper where for!? They are all cut up neatly and in a ziploc bag in a Christmas box. I am sure I had good intentions!

60 Photo Christmas cards for $4.90 with FREE Overnight Shipping

Check out this deal from SeeHere if you haven't ordered your Christmas cards. I was contemplating not sending Christmas cards this year but saw this deal and changed my mind!

I would recommend doing this deal today as I think the 50 free cards code is good through the end of today and the free overnight shipping is good through tomorrow 12-12.

Go here and chose a 4x8 card (single sided flat photo card), design it and place 60 cards in your cart. Then click place your order and enter the promo 50cards and check overnight shipping. Your total with tax will be $5.30! Production time is 5 days but with the overnight shipping you will still have them at least 5 days before Christmas.

This would be a great offer to if you need birth announcements!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Free Preschool Chrismtas Printable Activities

Go here to Confessions of a Homeschooler (one of my favorite sites for preschool activities!!) and download a FREE Christmas Preschool Activity pack. It is loaded with fun Christmas activities all for printing all for FREE!


Groupon is now available in Rockford! Sign up for Groupon here and you will receive emails with great coupon deals in the Rockford area. You can also sign up for other areas too, Chicago etc.

Rockford's Groupon just open yesterday!

Groupon is a great way to save money on hotels, restaurants, jewelry, museums, etc! The Groupon's are generally around 50% off!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Back . . . Amazon's 25 days of FREE Christmas Music

Amazon ran this offer last year and I am happy to see it again this year. Everyday they offer a FREE Christmas song! It is a great way to get a good variety of Christmas music. Each song will be available for download through Christmas so if you forget to look for a few days you can still download previous days music.

Go here to start downloading and to keep track of the list they will be offering.