Being Resourceful

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

We’re still here! June 29, 2011

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Looking for the fabulous bargains, deals, and freebies you’ve loved from Being Resourceful? They’re still being found and shared, just over on Facebook and Twitter now. Join us there!

Why the change? Well, my kids are getting older and I’m going in a million different directions. I still love finding deals, sharing them, and promoting organ and tissue donor registration (PLEASE click here for more info), but just have less time to do so.

Not a Facebook person? No worries! You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see our page there or access the deals! Just think of it as another website.

Please bookmark us!

Thank you for your continued support and readership! See you there.


$8 OFF Toy Story 3 DVD/Blu-Ray combo – on sale today! November 2, 2010

My nearly-5-year-old and I listened to an interview with one of the writers of Toy Story 3 on NPR. I enjoyed hearing the way in which they came up with the story line, how they developed the characters, etc. What was my son’s response? “MOM! Toy Story 3 comes out on DVD on November 2nd! MOM! We HAVE to get that! Can we? Can we? Pleeeeeeease?”

Well, TODAY is THE day… THE day that Toy Story 3 comes out on DVD & Blu-Ray in the stores! Click here to head over to Disney Movie Rewards for a printable coupon for $8 OFF the Toy Story 3 DVD/Blu-Ray Combo!

If you’re not already a member, you’ll need to sign up (free and quick). (If you took advantage of the deal I posted last spring that got you free tickets to see Toy Story 3 in the theater, you’re already a member!)

Don’t have a Blu-Ray player? We don’t either. However, I’m buying the DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack because, chances are, we’ll get a Blu-Ray player in the future… AND with this $8 OFF coupon, the combo costs just $1 more than the DVD alone! (Target has the combo pack on sale right now for $24.99 and the DVD for $15.99… Making the combo pack just $16.99 + tax after the couponFind a Target near you.)

Expires: The coupon expires November 8, 2010.

Thanks, SlickDeals!

Public service announcement: VOTE! Today is the day to VOTE!!


Out for a week August 2, 2010

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We’ve had a family emergency, so Being Resourceful is going on hiatus for about a week. Please don’t delete your bookmark or stop checking back — just bump us back a week in your calendar. Enjoy your FREE Whataburger on 8/3/2010, and keep us in mind. We’ll be back with some fabulous deals, but right now we need to celebrate one heck of a lady who was my grandmother and passed away in her sleep at the wonderful age of 94.  Your support of this site that honors my father’s memory means more to me than you’ll ever know. Thanks, all.


TODAY: FREE Frappe at McDonald’s July 9, 2010

To quote Robin Williams’ character in Good Morning, Vietnam, here’s today’s weather forecast: “It’s hot! Damn hot! Real hot!” Yep, that seems to hit the nail on the head right about now…

TODAY ONLY, cool off with a FREE frappe at McDonald’s — in mocha or caramel!

Now, I have to tell you I haven’t personally tried these yet, but just take a look at that mocha frappe in this post. McDonald’s site describes it as “one frosty cup of love: the coffee-chocolate goodness of mocha blended with ice, topped with whipped cream.” To me that sounds pretty darn close to a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, which I know I love!

My sources say this deal is good at “most” McDonald’s around the country, so it might be a good idea to give your local McDonald’s a holler before stopping by if the FREE frappe is your only reason for the visit.

Find a McDonald’s location near you.

Expires: Good only today, July 9, 2010

Thanks, Cha-Ching on a Shoestring!

Note: So, what made me think of the Good Morning, Vietnam reference? Memories of my dad and a movie we both loved. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He wasn’t drafted — he enlisted to serve our country. That’s just one of his amazing accomplishments. I write this blog in his memory, in hopes of getting more people to register to be organ/tissue donors or at least start the conversation with their families. To learn more about this, please click here or visit the “Why do I do this?” tab at the top of the page.


A Pre-4th Vacation June 30, 2010

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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.


A little vacation June 10, 2010

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In honor of our 11th wedding anniversary, I’m taking a few days off from deal-hunting, but I’ll be back with you on Monday! Have a great weekend, all!


TARGET: How to double your savings! June 5, 2010

If you’re a Target shopper like I am, I have just one question: do you match up your manufacturer’s coupons and Target store coupons to (often) more than double your savings? If not, lend me your ear…

We’re about to load up the car to head to SuperTarget and I’m about to save over $27 in coupons! Before shopping, I always check the sites for printable coupons. In particular, I always make sure to check this site. Some of the coupons that print are Target store coupons, which you can often match to manufacturer’s coupons and use TWO coupons on one item (one store coupon, one manufacturer’s coupon). Having trouble with the link? Try this one.

For example, this morning I printed a $1.00 OFF Shout products coupon (Target store coupon) and I have a 75cents OFF Shout products coupon (manufacturer’s coupon) clipped in my coupon folder.  I swear by the Shout Color Catcher to keep my brights bright and my darks dark (and not let my colors bleed), so I’ll save $1.75 OFF one box of Shout Color Catcher today!

Happy shopping!


Extreme Makeover Home Edition! May 21, 2010

Ok, folks. Normally I post sweet deals to save you dough and spread the word about great products and places. Today’s post takes a different twist on resourcefulness — and it will make you feel good for FREE.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could work together to help a family get an Extreme Makeover of their Home — for FREE?!?! Now, THAT would be resourceful!

I know some of you know about Bella Tucker, but for those of you who do not, she is an 8-year-old that goes to my friend’s daughter’s school. She went into a coma over Easter due to a serious bacterial infection and was not expected to survive. Miraculously she did survive but with extensive tissue damage and had to have both arms and legs amputated. The community of Londonderry, NH has been rallying to help her family and the latest effort is to get the show Extreme Makeover Home Edition to help out with modifying Bella’s home. Her family does not have the funds to do this on their own, and while the community is trying to raise money, it simply will not cover the costs.  (For example, a wheelchair lift alone is $30,000.)  And there are 4 other kids in the household, so you can only imagine how overwhelmed the family must be!

I am asking everyone a favor… Please go to the Extreme Makeover facebook page and leave a comment (you’ll have to “like” them in order to leave a comment, but then you can “unlike” the page) to nominate Bella Tucker’s family for an Extreme Home Makeover: (You can simply copy & paste this if you’d like: Please help Bella Tucker’s family in Londonderry, NH.)

If we get enough people, we will have a better chance of helping the family!

You can also go to the website that was set up to help Bella and her family and leave a message for Bella and a donation:

Thanks to Sonya F. for sharing this information with me. I hope we can help your friends, the Tuckers!


SOLD OUT — Perfect Mother’s Day gift: Silver nest necklace with freshwater pearls April 27, 2010


The secret is finally out! My godson’s mom wears the most beautiful necklace all the time, and I’ve been dying to ask her where she got it… Well, she’s been in touch with the vendor and they’re selling them as a fundraiser for ReadyStart (a nonprofit in Dallas). Half of the purchase price will go directly to support ReadyStart’s programs to help young children & their families through various therapies, early childhood intervention, and education.

This is THE gift to give your self/mom/grandmother/aunt/dear friend for Mother’s Day!

Here’s the scoop…

Each pendant is lovingly hand-crafted by an experienced Etsy artisan. She has conducted 140 successful transactions on, with 100% positive feedback. She has very generously agreed to make the pendants at a very reduced rate in order to raise maximum funds. You can choose items to be shipped directly to you or to someone else as a gift!

This pendant is created with tarnish-resistant silver plate wire wrapped and woven into a small nest and enhanced by small freshwater pearl eggs. You can pick the number of eggs (1 to 4) and the color of each (white, pink, and/or blue.) The pendant measures just under 1 1/4 inches long, including the hook, and is about 3/4 inch wide. The chain is sold separately. Please note the size of the hook is 1/8 of an inch if you wish to wear this with your own chain. Otherwise, purchase our silver-plate chain to go with it for a complete piece!

The best part is: Half of your purchase price will go to benefit ReadyStart’s programs!

Nest Egg Pendant: $17 for up to 2 eggs. $2 for each additional egg.
18 inch silver-plate chain with toggle clasp: $5.00
Direct Shipping per location: $3.00

(Please be sure to let her know you heard about this deal on Being Resourceful!)

NOTE: DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, DELIVERY BY MOTHER’S DAY cannot be guaranteed… However, why not make a certificate and print out the photo of the necklace and put it in a card? Better late than never, right? 🙂

Expires: Whenever the inventory runs out, so hurry up and place your orders!


Happy Birthday, Being Resourceful! April 24, 2010

Today is Being Resourceful’s first birthday! Many, many thanks to all of our readers, and especially to those who gave me the swift kick in the pants it took for me to get this started. I am so happy and thankful to be able to share with you the great deals I find, and, more importantly, to honor the memory of my dad by spreading the word about organ and tissue donation. I miss you, Daddy.