Being Resourceful

A Savvy Shopper's Guide to Bargains, Deals, & Freebies

FREE Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta November 22, 2009

Filed under: Software — Meg @ 6:00 am
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Here’s a chance to download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta for FREE! You’ll get Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, OneNote, Access, Publisher, InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace, and Communicator.

This is especially good for folks with a second PC who like to fiddle with things. You’ll be a part of Microsoft’s evaluation team, so you can critique away, and may actually even be listened to!

Thanks, SlickDeals!


TODAY only: 20% off Gourmet Cheese balls November 21, 2009

Filed under: Gifts — Meg @ 8:36 am
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UPDATE 11/21, 5pm: I just tasted these first hand. WOW! Not only does Granma make appetizer cheese balls but there are dessert ones too!


Get those taste buds ready! Everything is better as a ball! I just got the scoop from a friend who is a foodie extraordinaire that Granma’s Gourmet makes the MOST amazing cheese balls around.

TODAY ONLY, Granma is offering her scrumptious cheeseballs at 20% OFF, so now they’re only $8 each. Her storefront is new, but her business is not. She’s a famous vendor at craft fairs across North Texas.

So, if you’re not able to get to their location at 410 N. Greenville in Allen, TX (this is a town north of Dallas), give her a buzz TODAY at 972-530-8168 or shoot her an email TODAY at They’ll ship your cheese ball(s) anywhere in the country, perfect for holiday parties and gifts!

This deal is good only TODAY, November 21, 2009!

Thanks, Michelle P.!


$7.50 for 1-year subscription to Oprah’s O Magazine November 20, 2009

Filed under: Magazines — Meg @ 6:00 am
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‘Tis the season for GREAT deals on magazine subscriptions – and lots of BUY ONE GET ONE FREE deals like this!

Right now you can get two 12-issue subscriptions to Oprah’s O Magazine for $15 total — that’s $7.50 per subscription on a magazine that costs $4.50/issue on the newsstand. I have NEVER seen a price so low on the O Mag. Wow.

I’m so glad I waited until now to renew my mom’s subscription… and now to renew mine as well!


FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich! November 19, 2009

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Folks north of Dallas! Just got the scoop on FREE Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches being given away through Saturday at the Chick-fil-A in Allen. Bring in a canned food donation and walk away with a FREE chicken sandwich. YUM! The store is at 902 W McDermott Dr, Allen 75013. This is just west of 75 on the north side of McDermott. Just don’t beat me to the drive-thru!

If you’re not near this CFA location, find one near you and give them a buzz to see if they’re running this promo too!

Thanks, Crysti!


$30 to save your life?

Filed under: Safety — Meg @ 6:00 am
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I love this time of year! I get to pull out my sweaters and snuggle under blankets. The temperatures are dropping and the heater is kicking on. Did you hear that? The heater is kicking on. Well, let me tell you something that happened to me.

When my first child was just one week old, we lived in an old house in a cold part of the country. I was at home with our baby in the middle of the day and suddenly our carbon monoxide detector started going off. I grabbed our baby and dashed across the street to the safety of a neighbor’s home. Long story short, thank goodness we had that carbon monoxide alarm to detect that odorless deadly gas! Do you have one (or two) in your home?

If you don’t, here are some good deals on a carbon monoxide detector made by First Alert that operates using AC power and also has a battery back-up.

If you already have a carbon monoxide detector for your home, PLEASE consider buying these as gifts this holiday season. Don’t wait to put it under the tree… Wrap it up now and give it as an early holiday gift to be opened and used NOW.

Be resourceful. It may only cost you $30 to save a life, and that life may be your own.


20 FREE holiday cards! New England photographer: Jessica Hughes

Now HERE is a business I wish I’d known about exactly 4 years ago when I lived in Central MA!

I’ve recently heard about Jessica Hughes, a fabulous photographer based out of Central MA. I love that she works with natural lighting and travels to YOU. Check out her site to see some of her sample work… it is amazing.

So, how do you get those 20 FREE holiday cards? Just book your photo session by December 5, 2009. It’s that easy!

Some ideas for photo opps include couples/engagements
, high school seniors,
, children of all ages, maternity, newborns
, glamour/fashion, and don’t forget those holiday pics! (Having a photographer that travels to you for newborn photos is especially helpful. I’m talking from first-hand experience here. Just imagine photos of your sweet newborn in the natural light of his or her nursery in your arms!)

So, all you New Englanders (and I know we have lots of readers across the region), now is the time to give her a buzz to book your photo session! And just think how appreciative someone would be if you gave a photo session with Jessica Hughes as a Christmas or baby gift!


FREE Martha Stewart Thanksgiving cookbook November 18, 2009

This FREE cookbook might just save your sanity next week as you prep for the Thanksgiving festivities! Martha Stewart and her extensive team of chefs (including Emeril Lagasse and others of note) are sharing with you – for FREE – their Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Hotline Recipes cookbook. Click here to download the entire cookbook as a PDF. They’ll save your backside when it comes to soups & starters, sides & salads, turkey & entrees, desserts, wine & liquor, and general entertaining.

Before you read it, though, you may want to put a napkin down on your desk. You’re going to start drooling when you see the photography of the food in there.


100 FREE 4×6″ prints TODAY ONLY November 17, 2009

Filed under: photo printing,Photography — Meg @ 7:49 am
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This is great for those scrapbookers out there, folks wanting photos to stick in holiday cards, or printing all of your summer vacation pics!

This just arrived in my inbox from

For one day only, get 100 FREE 4″ x 6″ mail-order prints with any purchase of $5 or more. It’s that easy. Just use coupon code FREE5 by midnight tonight.

Got it folks? Go order them now!

Expires: Midnight tonight, 11/17/09


FREE movie tickets to Everybody’s Fine

Filed under: Entertainment,Movies — Meg @ 6:00 am
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Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and YOU. Yep, that’s right, the 5 of you are going to be hanging out this week, laughing it up, just like old chums.

No, wait. I mixed that up. You’re going to be watching – FOR FREE – the 4 of them in the new holiday flick “Everybody’s Fine” and YOU’RE the one that is going to be laughing at them! Of course, you’ll be the one licking that ooey gooey popcorn butter of your fingers. They only wish they could have some!

Click here to see a list of the 50 theaters across the country that are hosting FREE ADVANCE SCREENINGS of the movie this week! RSVP and get a free night out.

Thanks, Buxr!


“Thrifty is the new Sexy!” – November 16, 2009

Did you know that Thrifty is the new Sexy? That’s the truth according to the folks at! If they’re calling me sexy, well, I’ll take it!

A friend recently introduced me to this fabulous site and I’ve since become a BIG fan. Enter your zip code or city name, and will tell you oodles of restaurants that offer specials, discounts, coupons, etc. Looking for happy hour specials? They’ve got it. Free kid meals? Bingo. Lunch, dinner, or date night spots? Pazaam. Senior discounts? The early bird gets the worm!

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Hmm… I’m getting hungry… Time to hunt down today’s lunch spot!

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