Being Resourceful

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

$2 for $25 restaurant gift certificates October 31, 2010

Last night was “date night” with my husband. We hired our favorite sitter for a few hours, the kids were smiling & happy when we left, and we saved $25 on our dinner out at a fancy restaurant! Oh, how did we accomplish that last part? Easy!

I bought a $25 gift certificate for us to use at a fabulous restaurant in town for just $2 on Restaurant.com! Hop over there TODAY and use code TREAT at checkout to snag this deal. I was excited to see several new restaurants added to the list in and close to my zip code. See what is new in your area.

Skeptical? Sound too good to be true? I was a skeptic too. So, I figured $2 was worth losing to try a deal this good. I’m a beliver! Give it a try. A link to the gift certificate is emailed to you (or you can print it immediately after making your purchase), and you print it at home. No need to wait on something to be mailed to you.

Be sure to read the details on each deal before you buy it. The restaurant I selected had a minimum $35 bill before the $25 was to be applied, which was easy to meet with an appetizer and 2 entrees!

Now, call your sitter and schedule that date night. 🙂

Expires: The deal expires TODAY — 10/31/10. Your gift certificate is usually good for a full year.

 

$3.99 custom name stamp & FREE shipping October 28, 2010

Yes, I’m a sucker for just about anything personalized, but this deal just screams “gifts!” to me! Just $3.99 and FREE shipping for a custom stamp? 7 colors to choose from and oodles of optional illustrations to add? Yes, this is part of this year’s teachers’ gifts from our household! (I just ordered 4 custom name stamps for a total of $15.96. You can apply this code to multiple stamps in one order!)

Step 1: Click here to create your ArtsCow account (free and easy to do) if you don’t already have one.

Step 2: Hop over to ArtsCow to create your custom self-inking rubber stamp for just $3.99 with FREE shipping. Choose from their pre-designed templates or create your own. Pick your color — red, purple, black, green, pink, yellow or blue.

Step 3: Enter code STAMPME at checkout and you’re all set!

Think outside the box here. You could really have your stamp say anything! Have a wedding coming up? How about creating a stamp to use on your wedding paper goods? Or perhaps, “Happy Birthday! Love, The Smith Family” or something like that?

Expires: Halloween! 10/31/2010

 

FREE drink at Taco Bell – Orange ‘n Creme Swirl Frutista Freeze October 19, 2010

Filed under: Dessert,Dining Out,Fast Food — Meg @ 7:12 am
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Do you remember those amazing orange creme popsicles from elementary school? The orange on the outside, the creamy vanilla on the inside? Well, it seems Taco Bell has taken this memory and turned it into a drink — one that you can TRY FOR FREE!

Print this coupon and take it to your nearest Taco Bell to try their Orange ‘n Creme Swirl Frutista Freeze for FREE! No purchase necessary… my kind of coupon. 🙂

Find a Taco Bell near you.

Expires: 11/25/2010

Thanks, SlickDeals!

 

Over 50% OFF for family 4-pack to Dinosaur World October 18, 2010

Filed under: Education,Entertainment,Museum,Travel — Meg @ 2:02 pm

This past summer I took my kids on a road trip to Glen Rose, TX, just southwest of Fort Worth. We visited Dinosaur Valley State Park, went on a safari at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and even had a pizza & movie night in our hotel room. As it turns out, WE MISSED THE BEST PART of Glen Rose, when you’re in the dinosaur-wonder age group… DINOSAUR WORLD!

Now I have no excuse not to take the family back! Here’s a deal for a family 4-pack of tickets to Dinosaur World for just $22 (regularly $45, 2 adults & 2 kids).  The tickets are good for a full year (through 10/22/2011), so why not get them now to use next summer?

** When you make your purchase, there’s a spot just below where you enter your credit card information. It asks for a Referral Code. Enter code 4A84C.

Expires: The tickets for Dinosaur World expire 10/22/2011, but the deal ends on 10/21/2010.

 

50% OFF Halloween costumes!

So, if the early bird gets the worm, what does the wait-until-the-last-minute bird get? Well, if you’re talking about Halloween costumes, that bird gets the GOOD DEAL!

For just $20 you can get at voucher worth $40 to spend online at Costume Kingdom! That’s 50% OFF! The voucher is good until 4/18/11, so you can snag an even BETTER DEAL if you wait for those post-Halloween sales to stock up on costumes for next year (or your kids’ playroom). And, get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $65 or more (that’s just $45 for you, my friend, when you use this voucher!).

Your voucher starts the day AFTER you purchase it, and Costume Kingdom says the last day to place your order for Halloween arrival using regular shipping is October 26 (4pm PDT). So… be sure you ORDER YOUR VOUCHER BY 10/23/2010 just to be safe! (Note that the voucher is for product purchase only, not shipping.)

Expires: The $40 for $20 voucher is for sale through 10/24/2010, but you’ll want to purchase it sooner if you want your costume(s) by Halloween 2010. The voucher is good through 4/18/2011.

 

FREE Halloween postcards – custom photo digital postcards! October 12, 2010

What to do? What to do… You have all those fabulous photos of the kids in their costumes (because you know they’re already wearing them around the house), Fido in his costume, and don’t forget the ones of your sweetie by the fall flowers at your local arboretum.

Your Little Birdie has it all figured out for you, folks! Score some FREE Halloween postcards of the GREEN variety with absolutely no strings attached! Just pick your postcard design, email her your choices and your favorite photo, and she’ll send back your custom photo digital postcard! Not into Halloween? No worries! There’s a beautiful fall postcard available too.

Save yourself the cost of stamps and Halloween cards, the hassle of getting it all done, and just holler to Your Little Birdie for some help. She’s one smart (and creative) chickadee!

Expires: Unknown

Thanks, Anna!

 

$35 family membership to Sci-Tech Discovery Center (Frisco, TX) October 11, 2010

Sci-TechHold the presses! This is the BEST membership deal I’ve seen on the group buy sites! Just $35 gets your family a one-year membership to Sci-Tech Discover Center (located in Frisco, TX, southeast of the Dallas North Tollway & Main St.), hands-down the MOST FUN science & math museum and activity center in North Texas! If you have kiddos ages 0 – 12, or have family/friends with children in this age bracket, you NEED to check out Sci-Tech. Grandparents, I’m talking to you too. You can buy this deal as a GIFT or buy it for yourselves for when the grandkids come to visit!

I’ve been to Sci-Tech Discovery Center twice so far with my kids — once last year for their unbelievable Grossology exhibit (all things body-related and gross), and just this past week for their Math Midway exhibit (the kids were learning math and didn’t even realize it!). And, yes, I’m buying this membership and taking my family back there MANY more times in the next year! Sci-Tech fills a gigantic hole in North Texas… and I’m so glad they’re here!

So, here’s how to snag the deal and partake in Sci-Tech’s “mind stretching fun”:

(1) Create a Living Social account by clicking here. Just enter your email address and click the green button for “send me free daily deals” (you can turn this subscription off after snagging the deal – see step #4 below).

(2) You should now see the deal page for the $35 family membership to Sci-Tech Discovery Center. (If you don’t, click here.)

(3) Make your purchase! Here’s the fine print: “Limit 1 per person, buy as many as you’d like as gifts • Limit 1 voucher per family only • One voucher is valid for up to four family members only • Membership is for one year • Promotional value expires on 04/12/11”

(4) IF you want to unsubscribe from the daily deal emails, log in using your Living Social account you created while making your purchase (you may still be logged in if you *just* made your purchase). In the upper right hand corner, you should see “welcome back, [your name]”. Below that click the “my account” link. Next, click the “subscriptions” tab. Click the “x” on the right next to any of the cities for which you want to unsubscribe.  Voila! You’re done. 🙂

Expires: This deal is only for sale TODAY (10/11/2010), so hop to it! The membership is good for one year. I *think* you have until April 2011 to redeem the voucher (start your membership).

 

25% OFF at World Market – online or in store! October 10, 2010

World MarketTHIS is the granddaddy of all home decor coupons — the 25% OFF-nearly-everything-at-World-Market Friends & Family Sale coupon! Yep, it is here! This works on nearly everything in the store (and online) including FURNITURE! Now is the time to snag those big ticket items you’ve had your eye on all year, like their fabulous kitchen tables and desks. (We bought our kitchen table & chairs from World Market a couple of years ago and they hold up very well with my active family!)

Click here to get the printable coupon for 25% OFF at World Market, or use code FFEMAIL1010 when making your purchase at http://www.worldmarket.com. I love that the coupon says “discount valid on current selling price” so that you can stack it on top of their awesome clearance deals to save big bucks!

Find a Cost Plus World Market store near you.

HURRY, though. It EXPIRES TOMORROW, Monday, October 11, 2010!

Thanks, Thankfully Thrifty!

 

$5 for $10 @ The Salad Stop (Frisco, TX) October 6, 2010

The Salad StopThey had me at “organic, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.” You mean it won’t cost a million bucks and it is a family-friendly, order-at-the-counter kind of place? Why don’t we have more places like this?!? Sign me up!

For just $5 you’ll get a $10 gift certificate for The Salad Stop (Frisco, TX) on AdPages! That’s 50% OFF when you stop by the restaurant for a delicious salad, wrap, baked potato, soup, or some of their yummy homemade cookies. I’ve checked out their menu and this looks amazing… Fresh, nutritious food on-the-go.

Ok, now I’m hungry…

Expires: The certificate expires 12/31/2010 but BUY IT TODAY because this deal won’t last long!

 

$15 for $30 @ Costume Express — perfect for Halloween!

Costume ExpressOk, folks. There are 25 days left until Halloween. Do you have your costume yet? Don’t wait until the last minute because you know you’ll be left with slim pickings in the costume aisle! Save yourself the headache of schlepping to the store and buy online this year.

Spend just $15 to get a $30 gift certificate to Costume Express using today’s Living Social deal! You’ll need to hop on this fast because the deal is only being sold TODAY. The certificate is good until 12/31/10. Check out their Clearance site and snag lots of costumes for just $9.99 each!

Here are some coupon codes to stack on top of your awesome gift certificate savings! (Note: You can only use one code.)

  • Use code 50FREE for FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more. Exp 10/11/10. (Source)
  • Use code 25bogo to save 25% OFF one costume when you buy one. Exp 10/11/10. (Source)
  • Use code web10 to save 10% OFF orders of $50 or more. Exp unknown. (Source)

Expires: The gift certificate expires 12/31/2010 but you have to buy it TODAY 10/6/2010.