FREE Baby Sling, Carseat Cover, & More For Parents!

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We have quite a few readers who are having children or grandchildren in the next few months. I am always asked about gifts, savings, and more for these moms to be. Here is a roundup of a few of my favorite freebies. All of the following have been verified to be legitimate freebies. I in fact just ordered from one of these for a few friends who are expecting babies in the next few months!

Free Baby Sling:

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Get a stylish baby sling for FREE! You only have to pay for shipping and handling. I keep one of these on hand for baby showers!

Click on ‘Shop Now”, select any baby carrier you would like. Be sure to go to the sizing page so that you can get the right size carrier for you. Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “ENBABY“. This promo code will take 100% off of the baby carrier purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees. You can use the code more than once- simply open a new browser window to do so. These make great baby shower gifts!

 

FREE Carseat Carrier Cover:

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This would make a great gift for a new mom!

Click on “Shop Now”, select any canopy you would like (be sure to go to their sizing page so you can get the right size carrier for you). Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “MYSAVINGS” This promo code will take off 100% of the canopy purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees. You can use the code more than once – you just have to open a new browser/window to do so.

 

FREE 5 Pairs of Baby Leggings

Check out this great deal for the little ones in your lives. Right now you can get 5 pairs of baby leggings for FREE. You only have to pay for shipping and handling. These make great gifts and there are so many different choices.

These sell for $10 each. Here is how to get 5 for free. Pick 5 pairs (they can be different pairs and add them to your cart. Put in Discount Code: MYSAVINGS. This will take off $50 (your total for 5 pairs). You only have to pay shipping and handling. I tried it to make sure!

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Your total for all 5 is FREE, and only $12.95 for shipping and handling!! That is an awesome savings!!

Freebie for Nursing Moms: Free Breast Pads!!

Do you know a new mom or are you, yourself a new mom? Grab yourself 10 Free pairs of Breast Pads:

  1. Go Here
  2. Select your favorite pairs of Breast Pads – you will then be automatically directed to your shopping cart.
  3. Enter the promo code “ENBABY” and we will deduct 100% off the cost of your Breast Pads – a $35 value!

*Remember, you can use the promo code “ENBABY” more than once, just open a new browser to do so!

SUBTOTAL: $ 35.00
CODE DISCOUNT: ($ 35.00)     
SUBTOTAL: $ 0.00

*Offer valid while supplies last.

 

Free Nursing Pillow! Great Baby Shower Gift!

Enter promotional code MYSAVINGS to receive free Nursing Pillow. You only have to pay for shipping and handling!

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There are some really cute designs! These would make great gifts for a mom to be! I used mine almost every day, when my little one was born.

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If you prefer the higher price Minky pillows, the discount code will take off $40, so you only pay $4.95 +shipping and handling.

Here is  a picture of what the higher price Minky pillow looks like:

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FREE Pregnancy Belly Button Bands!!

 

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Am I the only person who didn’t know these things existed?! So I could have seriously have worn one of these instead of going out and buying maternity pants?!  I love that you can still wear your pre-pregnancy pants unbuttoned and this belly band will hold tight and keep those unbuttoned pants in place!!

Right now you can get 2 of these belly bands or one FREE Body band!! What a great gift for a mom to be!!!! Here is how to get these for free.

  1. Click here.
  2. Add 2 belly bands OR 1 body band to your cart
  3. Add promo code ENBABY at checkout.

You only have to pay for shipping and handling!!!

 

 

FREE Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards Program

Join the free Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards program and receive 100 free points toward your purchase of Pampers goods, gift cards, and more!

 

Read my article on how to prepare for a Baby On A Budget

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Transaction vs. Purchase – Explaining it Once and For All

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It is the bane of all coupon users’ existence. They get to the store, hand the cashier a coupon that says “one per purchase” and the cashier tries to tell the customer that  they can’t use 2 coupons on 2 items because it says “one per purchase.” Has it happened to you?

The purchase vs. transaction debate is likely as old as couponing is. When it happens to you, the absolute worst thing that you can do is get mad at your cashier and fight with her. In truth, the exact reason that you are having that issue is because the cashier simply does not know the difference.  It is better for you to educate them than to fight them.I have found that the majority of the time, the cashier was given the wrong explanation of transaction vs. purchase.  If you teach them the difference, you will (and other couponers) will have less problems in the future with that cashier. Most importantly PLEASE remember to be polite and kind to cashiers!!

 

So what IS the difference?

It is actually quite simple. A purchase  is the item you are buying and a transaction is when you pay.

When a coupon says 1 per purchase that literally means 1 coupon for 1 item. If you have 4 items and 4 $1.00 off 1 coupons, you can use all 4 coupons. The only reasons you would not be able to use all four coupons is if the coupon or the store itself forbids it with a limit. (i.e. “limit 2 like coupons per day”)

If a coupon says “1 per transaction” it means that you can only use one coupon every time you pay. In other words, if you wanted to use 4 of these coupons, you would need to pay four separate times. Again, this is provided that the coupon itself doesn’t forbid being used over a certain amount of times.

As I’ve mentioned, some coupons do impose a limit other than per purchase or per transaction. Some of the ones that you will see are a limit per transaction, a limit per day, or even a limit per shopping trip. Recently we’ve also seen them impose limits against who can use the coupon based on the type of insurance they have.

Now you might be asking why you should pay attention to these limits. That answer too is quite simple. When stores accept coupons beyond the limits of what is stated, the manufacturer can refuse to honor it. The store then loses money and then the store is forced to pass those lost costs onto the consumer. That means you end up paying more for your groceries, even with a coupon.

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Top Money Saving Phone Apps!

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Updated: 6/21/15

I taught a class earlier today where someone asked what phone apps I recommended for couponers to maximize their savings, no matter what type of couponer they were (extreme, dedicated, casual, or the if I remember to bring the coupons with me to the store couponer). I have written about all of these apps before, but here are all of them in the same place.

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1. Favado  Favado is a mobile savings app that helps shoppers stop overspending by notifying them when their favorite items are on sale. Favado has money saving experts who hand select sales and coupons every week — in more than 65,000 grocery and drugstores nationwide — to enable discovery of the best deals for savings up to 70% on everyday items.

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2. IbottaIbotta is a fun and easy way to earn $20 or more each time you go shopping. The more you use it, the better and more personalized your offers become.

Here’s how Ibotta works:

  1. Get the Ibotta app HERE
  2. Pick out the coupons for products you want
  3. Buy your products
  4. Take a picture of your receipt and submit it.
  5. Ibotta will send you cash for your purchases, you can redeem for gift cards for Starbucks, Redbox, and more!
  6. Every time you redeem an offer Ibotta will send you another one!
  7. By using Ibotta it will learn what you like, and will personalize the product coupons it sends you.

3. CheckOut 51:

Here is yet another FREE tool that will help you save even more money while shopping! What if I told you they will pay you for buying the products you already buy!?!

Here is how Checkout 51 works:

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  •  Sign up Here (it’s FREE!)
  • See what offers are available on the offer page. New offers are added every Thursday at 12 am and expire the following Wednesday at 11:59 PM (see the offers that go live 1/16 below):

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  • After you go shopping, submit your receipt, and get cash back for any of the products that you bought that are on the offer page!!

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  • Get a check in the mail once your balance reaches $20!!

 

4.Snap

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Check this app out! A new savings app called Snap gives you money back on some of your every day purchases! This app will work no matter where you shop, and works for BOTH Android and iPhone users! I just scored a $1 for buying a gallon of milk! There are more hot offers like $1 off any loaf of bread (which will make this free at many stores), $2 on Huggies, Chobani savings, and so much more! What are you waiting for get yours now!

5. Walmart Savings Catcher

If you shop at Wal-mart you will like this program that works nationwide!

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“If a local competitor has a lower advertised price, you get an eGift Card for the difference”

It is actually very simple and only has a few steps

  1. Enter your receipt number or scan the barcode here
  2. Walmart will match the price of any local competitor’s printed ad for an identical product.
  3. If Savings Catcher finds a lower advertised price, you get the difference, back on a Walmart Rewards eGift Card!

You can submit up to 7 receipts per week to Savings Catcher.

There are a few promotions that Savings Catcher do not include: 

  • Items that require a separate purchase to get the advertised price (example: “Buy oatmeal to get cereal for $1.”)
  • Items with no actual price that require a purchase to get a free product (example: “Buy both oatmeal & cereal to get milk for free.”)
  • Items that require a purchase to get a gift card (example: “Buy a 12 pack of paper towels to get a $5 gift card.”)
  • Buy one get one free (BOGO) deals where no item price is listed (example: Peter Pan Peanut Butter, buy one, get one free. Save up to $2.50.”)
  • Going out of business or closeout prices.
  • Percentage off (example: “All mascara, 40% off.)
  •  Online purchases

 

 

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Thrifty Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Did you know that we have only been celebrating Father’s Day since 1910? While the idea behind it is awesome, honoring our Dad’s for all they do for us (or our husbands for what they do for our kids), sometimes it’s just not in the budget to go out and spend big bucks on a gift. There really is not a need to do something huge for him when you can gift Dad with a great gift that he will always remember, and still stay within your budget. Here are a few thrifty Father’s Day gift ideas:

Boy’s Night Out – My guess is that it’s been just as long since Dad went out as it has since Mom went out. As a thrifty Father’s Day gift, grab a gift card or two to Dad’s favorite spots and call up his best buddy. Send them out with a hug, a “Happy Father’s Day” and their gift cards in hand.

Grill Master – If Dad is a self-proclaimed grill master, put together a grilling gift basket for him. You can pick up a basket at the dollar store then fill it with things like tongs, different flavor BBQ sauces, grilling seasonings and of course, a funny grilling apron.

Funny ties – If you are buying for a Dad who wears a tie, make him a funny tie gift basket. Grab 6 – 8 funny ties, fold them up nicely, and throw in some tissue paper. Voila! A low cost and cute gift!

Get Outdoors – For the man that loves to hike, camp or fish, head outdoors. Pack the car with his gear and hand him the keys for a weekend getaway. Let him make the decision whether he wants to take the weekend off by himself (we all need alone time once in a while) or if he would prefer to take the entire family with him!

The Golfer – Wrap up Dad’s favorite putter with a new set of golf balls and a gift card for a round at his favorite golf course. Be sure to include a gift card for a quick lunch at the Clubhouse.

Read away – Kindle books are usually priced really well and if Dad loves to read? He will love a couple of new books! To make it a full gift, add an Amazon gift card, coffee or cocoa, a delicious snack in a basket and gift him with the gift of reading.

Photograph it – Photo collages from places like Walgreens are really inexpensive, sometimes even free! Pack up the kids and snap a few great and new candid shots. Order your photo collage and frame it with a spiffy new frame and bow. Have the kids write him a letter telling him what he means to them. Younger kids can draw a picture for him if they are not able to write.

Gifting does not have to be expensive and in fact, some of the most creative and thoughtful gifts aren’t. No matter what you get the Dad in your life for Father’s Day this year, he’s sure to love it. It came from his family after all!

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7 Things a Work at Home Mom Wants You to Know

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Do you know a work at home Mom? Chances are, you do. These days, work at home parents are becoming more and more common. The reasons for working at home vary from person to person, but may include health issues, the rising cost of daycare, the decision to homeschool, or a single Mom raising her kids on her own. Work at home parents, while more common now than in past years, still seem to have a shroud of mystery surrounding them. Hopefully, these 7 things a work at home mom wants you to know will help you to understand things a bit better.

We really are working – While it is absolutely true that we do have the option to sleep all day, watch tv, or hop in the shower at 1pm, the vast majority of the time we don’t. We have regular business hours (by regular I mean sometimes 60 hours a week) and actual offices just like you. We plan business projects, have business meetings and calls, have accountants and bookkeepers and everything that a brick and mortar employee does. The only difference is that your work is at an outside office and ours is in our spare room made into an office.

We don’t really wear pajamas to work – Okay, well most of the time we don’t. We do have our days where pj’s and a comfy shirt are our work attire, but for the most part, we get dressed and fix our hair just like the rest of the workforce.

We are jealous of you – You may be jealous of our ability to work without leaving home, but truthfully? We are just as jealous of you. While we get to stay home, you get to leave,  have conversations with someone other than a 2 year old all day, get fresh air and leave you job behind when you clock out. For us, leaving the job behind doesn’t happen as easily since the job is in the other room.

We miss adult interaction – Sure, we make business calls and speak with people that way and through email, but you know what we miss the most? Sitting down with another adult human and talking. Yes, we can talk with our partners when they come home from work, but it’s just not the same as getting true interaction from people that don’t live in the same house. While we may be really really busy, a simple call to ask how we are or a lunch date with us can go a long way in helping to keep us grounded to the outside world.

We are great at multi-tasking, but maybe not for you – Children often don’t understand that Mommy is working so because of this, we have usually become great at multi-tasking. We learn very quickly how to handle work, kids, school, husbands, and more all at once. With that being said, we don’t really have time to add your list of things to do to our lists. Why? Because we’re busy dealing with our own job, kids, school, husbands and lives and there is very little room for anything else. Don’t take this to mean we want to be left out though. We do know how to make room in our schedule for friends and playdates. Case in point: I left my “work” at home and went on a weekend road trip with three of my girlfriends.

We see (and sometimes hear) your judgement Get a real job!” “How’s your “hobby” doing?” “Well if she *really* worked,” My favorite line from a friend: “So all you do is play online all day?” Seriously??!!  If you think that we don’t see or hear how you look and talk about us, you’re sadly mistaken. For reference? See #1 of this post.

Our kids are not being neglected – It’s unfortunate that I even have to address this, but despite the fact we work from our homes, our kids aren’t being neglected. We still cook their meals, we still make sure they’re clean, we fold laundry and scrub floors right along with that business call and email. Our kids don’t watch t.v. all day and they do in fact get to school on time (we are in fact almost always early)!

While I’m sure that it can be hard to believe that between the morning cartoons and afternoon talk shows that we get anything productive done, I assure you. We do. A work at home mom is an employee (or business owner) just like any other. Please do not make the mistake of thinking otherwise.

All this being said, most of my close friends understand that I work 40 – 80 hours a week, depending on the time of year. They also understand that “my playing online” is my family’s paycheck. So before you judge that work at home mom, remember what you read above!

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