Being Resourceful

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

A Pre-4th Vacation June 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Meg @ 3:16 pm

Hi all! Thanks for stopping by! I’m taking a little Pre-4th Vacation with my kiddos and will be back to Being Resourceful after the weekend. Hope you all have a fabulous holiday weekend with your families. Use those coupons and be resourceful! And drive safely too.

 

$9 (or less) for $15 at Elke’s Market Cafe June 28, 2010

I usually stick with national deals, but this is one Dallas deal that was TOO AMAZING to pass up — and is worth the drive to Allen, TX! Elke’s Market Cafe is one of those little local gems that every town needs (located at the NW corner of McDermott/Main St and Greenville). You step into the store and everything is sparkly-clean, the aromas are enticing, and you just need to take one glimpse of the food and you’ll fall in love… One bite of their pork tamales (get them from the to-go case for dinner) and you’ll never look back!

Right now on Twongo, you can get $15 gift certificates to Elke’s Market Cafe for up to 53% OFF! At this moment, they’re at 40% OFF so they cost $9. However, the more folks that hop on this deal, the lower the price goes for everyone! You can buy 2 certificates, and use one at a time. (Note: they’re good for one-time use only, so you have to spend the full value in one transaction.)

I plan to head to Elke’s for lunch and dine in their cafe, and use the rest of the certificate to pick up dinner to bring home! See you there?

Expires: The voucher expires 10/1/2010.

 

40% OFF at (Ann Taylor) LOFT June 25, 2010

Word on the street has it that Hobby Lobby already has some Christmas stuff out, and I’m expecting mittens and hats to appear at Old Navy any day now…. Take advantage of this! Summer is officially here, yet the stores have summer clothes on CLEARANCE already!

Get thee to the nearest (Ann Taylor) LOFT store to score some killer deals while EVERYTHING IS 40% OFF in-store! No, I’m not just taunting you. This is for real! That 4th of July party coming up next weekend? I know you have a cute white top in your closet, but it has a stain on it; you know, the stain that you have to fold your arms just so to cover up. Time to get a new one!

Find an (Ann Taylor) LOFT store near you.

Expires: Unknown

Thanks, NeverPayRetailAgain!

 

$15 & FREE shipping 16″ Talking Woody or Jessie Action Figures June 24, 2010

Normally I stay far, far away from talking toys, but this one is just too darn cute! Besides, I like the Toy Story movies and love the vintage pull-string on this 16″ Talking Woody Action Figure. (Am I giving too much away about my age? Pull-strings on toys? Anyone remember those?!?)

Regularly $24.50, the 16″ Talking Woody Action Figure is on sale for $15 and FREE SHIPPING from the Disney Store! Just use code TOYSTORY at checkout to snag that free S&H.

Is your kiddo more of a Jessie fan? No worries! She’s on sale too! Regularly $24.50, the 16″ Talking Jessie Action Figure is on sale for $15 and FREE SHIPPING! Don’t forget to use code TOYSTORY to get free S&H.

Even better, your shipping is free on your entire order from DisneyStore.com when you buy any Toy Story item and use that code!

Expires: Shipping offer expires June 30, 2010; end of action figure sale is unknown

 

$39 & up for Southwest Airlines flights 9/8 – 11/17/2010 June 23, 2010

If you’ve been in an elevator or to the dentist recently, you know this song, so sing it with me! “I’m leav-ing on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again…”

Time to book your flights to take advantage of Southwest Airlines’ Birthday Bash Sale with $39 flights! Most flights under 450 miles are just $39 for travel September 8 – November 17, 2010. The key is you have to book your flights by TOMORROW, June 24, 2010. Click here to view cities & fares!

Now there’s no excuse not to visit that old friend, spend Halloween in your favorite city, or plan that guys’ or girls’ trip!

Expires: Tomorrow, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thanks, SlickDeals!

 

$40 family membership @ The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary June 22, 2010

I’m just going to start with a little grumble, grumble… You know when you’ve already bought something and then you see it on an AMAZING SALE and you just want to kick yourself? Well, good thing I’m not in pointy high heels right now!

Right now you can get a family membership to The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, TX for just $40. That’s right! The membership that is normally $75 is on sale for JUST $40! (Yes, I paid the full price several months ago…) This deal is through Savvy Source, and at least 20 memberships need to be sold in order for the deal to go through. (You lose nothing if the minimum number of memberships is sold.)

Here’s what is included in the family membership:

  • Free admission for 2 adults and all children 18 and younger living in the same household or grandchildren 18 and younger
  • 10% discount at the Heard Nature Store
  • Discounts on classes, camps, birthday parties, and facility rentals
  • Express entry into museum for crowded special events
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Discounted admission passes for your guests

If you live anywhere in the DFW area or North Texas, this deal is one you should seriously consider. The Heard is a gorgeous expanse of land complete with hiking trails, wildlife galore, an indoor museum, learning labs, guest speakers, traveling exhibits, and more. They have star gazing walks at night, guided hikes year ’round, and it is a primo spot for kids’ birthday parties. The Heard is staffed with highly educated folks who love to share nature with guests of all ages through classes for the youngest ones on up!

Also, “note that 5% of your purchase goes to a preschool of your choice and another 5% for scholarships for children who otherwise could not afford to go to preschool.”

Expires: THIS FRIDAY, June 25, 2010

Thanks, Christine!

 

$2 for $25 restaurant gift certificates – keep your kitchen cool! June 21, 2010

Time for some “Hot Summer Savings”! Keep your kitchen cool by skipping the oven and dining out wisely with this amazing deal. I just checked out Restaurant.com’s newest list of participating restaurants and found that a ton more have hopped on the bandwagon near me! Everything from Tex-Mex to French to Italian to the good ‘ol American fare!

You’ll pay a mere $2 for $25 restaurant gift certificates! And the best part?  The certificates come to your inbox and you print them at home… So you can use them tonight! Use code SUMMER to get 80% OFF restaurant gift certificates at Restaurant.com.

Be sure to read the fine print on certificates before you head out to use them. Some might have “black out” dates or times.

Find restaurants near you that have hopped on the Restaurant.com band wagon.

Expires: June 24, 2010

 

FREE tickets to Toy Story 3 – a reminder June 20, 2010

PLEASE NOTE: I have no affiliation with Toy Story 3, Disney/Pixar, or any movie theaters, and no matter how nicely you ask me, I can’t get you any free tickets. That’s something you have to do on your own. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day to all those great dads out there! What are you doing to celebrate? We’re headed to the movies!

Do you remember that deal we shared back at the end of March where you could get FREE tickets to Toy Story 3 when you bought Toy Story 1 & 2 on DVD? Well, now is the time to redeem those certificates at DisneyMovieRewards.com!

I redeemed ours last night online and it was VERY simple. Our vouchers are printed and ready to go for our local Cinemark Theater. I made sure to put the adults’ names on the vouchers since the kids cost less anyhow! The vouchers are good for up to $8.50 per ticket and even good for the “no coupons, no passes” showing of Toy Story 3.

In memory of my daddy who is celebrating up in Heaven today, I wanted to throw in a plug about the importance of being a registered organ and/or tissue donor. For more info on how to be the ultimate in resourceful, please click here. If you’re not ready to register, please at least start the conversation with your family.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

FREE 8×10″ photo collage at Walgreens June 18, 2010

What to do with lots of related photos without breaking the bank? Put them together in an 8×10″ photo collage — and get it for FREE! I made one of these with photos from last summer’s family reunion the last time I saw this deal, and this time I’m going to make a collage using photos from my son’s first teeball season!

These 8×10″ photo collages are SO easy to make, and you can get one FREE (with no S&H charge) when you choose in-store pick-up! Simply go to the Walgreens Photo site and upload your photos. Use code GOBIG8X10 to get your 8×10″ collage for FREE at check-out. If you prefer to have it shipped, shipping is just 99cents!

Here’s something to ponder… This is a fabulous FREE gift that you can have printed at a Walgreens that isn’t near you, but is near your dad or someone who’d like a photo collage from you? Have the collage printed at the Walgreens nearest the recipient and ask him or her to swing by to pick it up! Now that’s being resourceful!

Find a Walgreens near you (or someone you love)!

Expires: Order by midnight tomorrow (Saturday, 6/19/2010)

Thanks, Freebies4Mom!

 

FREE tall Starbucks drink of your choice! June 16, 2010

When I saw this deal, which serendipitously arrived in my in-box just as I was planning to pick up a bag of whole bean Starbucks coffee anyway, I pretty much did a happy dance! Yeah, it doesn’t take much these days, but I do LOVE my coffee!

Here’s how to get a FREE tall Starbucks drink of your choice! (The short version is that you get the drink free when you buy 1lb or more of coffee at Starbucks with your registered Starbucks card.)

Step 1: Dig in your wallet for that Starbucks card you either use ALL the time or that one you got back at Christmas but you’ve forgotten about. If you’ve come up dry, swing by your nearest Starbucks to pick up a Starbucks card (you can even do this via the drive-thru) or purchase one online right now.

Step 2: Is your Starbucks card already registered on their site? If so, skip to Step 3. If not, stick with me. Register that Starbucks card by clicking here. (If you don’t already have a Starbucks online account, they’ll walk you through that quick, easy, and free process.)

Step 3: Go to your nearest Starbucks location and purchase some fresh coffee — 1 lb. or more — to make at home or give as a gift. (Think about your journeys this summer! A bag of coffee makes a great host/hostess gift! Not sure what to buy?My favorite is Cafe Verona, but Breakfast Blend or House Blend are always “safe” for gifts. ) Be sure to use that registered Starbucks card to make your purchase.

Step 4: Order your FREE tall Starbucks drink of your choice when you purchase that fresh coffee. ENJOY!

Expires: unknown