Being Resourceful

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

3 FREE Custom Photo Cards August 31, 2010

photo cardThere’s nothing like getting a personalized greeting card in the mail. Someone took the time to pick out a card for you, sign it (maybe even write a note in there!), address it, stamp it, and mail it — so much more effort than a simple email! Here’s a way to make THREE FREE custom photo cards in under 5 minutes (plus about $2.97 shipping & tax). That’s less time and cost than it takes to zip to the grocery store!

Just hop on over to Shutterfly to upload your photo(s) and create your cards. Enter code SUMMERCARDS at checkout to score this deal. Their cards are normally about $2.99 each, so you’ll save about $9 with this code!

You can make one card and print three of it (the fastest way to go; you’ll need to save 3 versions of the card — just rename it — then add them to your shopping cart) or mix and match three different cards. Think about upcoming birthdays. Who do you have embarrassing photos of? Or perhaps thank you cards for upcoming holidays.  I love making “thinking of you” or blank cards to have custom photo note cards to use for any occasion!

One more thing! GRANDPARENTS DAY is September 12th! Make cards (go to “Everyday Occasions” and choose from their designs) for those deserving grandparents!

Expires: Hurry! This expires TOMORROW, September 1, 2010.

Thanks, “Cents”able Momma!


FREE SHIPPING – Toy Story 3 Leap Frog books & games May 4, 2010

Be the coolest adult around! Toy Story 3 comes out this summer and the promos for it are running like gangbusters right now. Leap Frog has hopped on the bandwagon with a whole new line of books & games with the Toy Story 3 characters! These would make the perfect “Welcome-to-summer-end-of-school-keep-on-reading!” gift for that kiddo in your life.

Get FREE SHIPPING on any order that includes one (or more!) of the Toy Story 3 books & games from Leap Frog — Toy Story 3 Tag Junior Book (ages 2-4), Toy Story 3 “Together Again” Tag Book (ages 4-6), or Toy Story 3 Leapster Game (ages 4-7). Simply use code FSNEW to get the FREE SHIPPING!

Be sure to hit the Clearance Section on the site to stock up for future baby/kid gifts from Leap Frog. You’ll find some great deals!

Expires: 9/30/2010


30% OFF EVERYTHING at Old Navy – in-store & online May 1, 2010

Woah… This just in. Time to get stocked for the summer & for next winter (hit those clearance racks!). Old Navy is the place to shop this weekend!

Old Navy has EVERYTHING at an additional 30% OFF — in-store (no coupon needed!) and online (use code ONBIG30 at

Find an Old Navy near you.

Expires: Sunday, May 2, 2010


EXTRA 20% OFF at Stride Rite April 26, 2010

Time to get those little feet ready for summer! Did you realize May starts THIS WEEK? Yep, that’s what my calendar says. Hard to believe.  So, pass along those old sandals from last summer to someone who can use them, and get your kids ones that fit right for their ever-growing tootsies!

Get an EXTRA 20% OFF your purchase of $50 or more at when you use code SUN20 through May 13, 2010. This is good on all their shoes — sale, clearance, and, yeah, those full-priced ones!

Happy shopping!

Expires: May 13, 2010


TODAY: Extra 20% OFF @ JC Penney Friends & Family Sale April 18, 2010

You’ve got to love JC Penney’s Friends & Family sales! Take your printable coupon for an EXTRA 20% OFF with you when you’re shopping today (4/18) in the store and today & tomorrow (4/19) online to score some fabulous deals!

Click here to get your printable coupon for an EXTRA 20% OFF when shopping in the store TODAY. You can use it over and over, so no need to print more than one. Yeah for saving paper! Be resourceful and print it on the back of some scrap paper.

The sale lasts through tomorrow online & via their catalog! Use code 4DSCOUNT at checkout when shopping online or by phone for catalog purchases.

Find a JC Penney store near you.

Expires: Today (in stores) and tomorrow, 4/19 online & via their catalog


30% OFF at Barnes & Noble – select titles April 9, 2010

Ah, I love reading Shel Silverstein’s poetry to my kids. It just begs for goofy voices and tickles, and it brings lots of giggles and, “That’s silly, Mom!” His books make the perfect baby gift or birthday gift. I love giving baby gifts to those who are about to be first-time grandparents. They need fun books on hand too!

April is Poetry Month! Take advantage of this printable 30% OFF coupon to get 30% OFF the children’s book titles in their “April is Poetry Month” display in the kids’ section of the store! (The site also has 30% OFF coupons for other specific titles, including some new releases.) Or, use code F4J7N8Y to get 30% OFF the same books online! (Click here for details on this deal.)

Find a Barnes & Noble near you.

Expires: April 12, 2010

Thanks to Michelle B. & Emily T. for this deal!


$15 Best Baby Gift around – designed by children with cancer March 8, 2010

Good friends had their first baby last week and I’ve been hemming and hawing, trying to figure out a meaningful baby gift… And the answer literally arrived in the mail! This sweet Animal Parade Baby Romper immediately caught my eye when the latest M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Art Project catalog arrived in my mailbox on Saturday.

The animals on parade on this romper were drawn by Micah, Hunter, and Ale, three children with cancer. At just $15 per romper (available in sizes from 3-6 mos. up to 12-18 mos.), you’ll help your little one learn his or her animals and colors while helping many other children “go to camp, to college, on special outings and much more,” according to Eugenie Kleinerman, M.D., head of the Division of Pediatrics and the Children’s Cancer Hospital at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Pair the romper with the Animal Parade board book for just $8 more, and you’ll have a complete gift featuring the same illustrations as on the romper!

(You may be more familiar with the Christmas and holiday cards made by the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Art Project. They actually have beautiful goods available year-round!)

Just a head’s up on shipping: Within the U.S., shipping is $7 on purchases up to $15. However, it only goes up to $8 for purchases of $15.01 to $50, so it is worth it to order more than one romper, or to browse through their site to see what other gifts you might need/want!


15% OFF at Gymboree outlet — entire purchase! February 21, 2010

I LOVE shopping at outlet stores, knowing I’m getting a good deal, especially on kids’ clothing. Now, when I get a coupon for an outlet store? That’s even better!

Here’s a printable coupon for 15% OFF your ENTIRE purchase at the Gymboree Outlet Store. Get those Easter outfits now before they’re gone! And don’t forget baby gifts, birthday presents, and shopping ahead for next year.

Find a Gymboree Outlet Store near you.

Expires: March 7, 2010

Thanks, Jodi!


FREE info for pregnant & new parents: text4baby February 17, 2010

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Here’s an opportunity that every soon-to-be and new parent should consider… There are those emails that you can sign up to get, but sometimes you’ll find yourself swimming in emails. That inbox can be overwhelming!

Here’s a new way to get FREE helpful information to help you through pregnancy and your baby’s first year — via FREE text messages.  text4baby is a FREE “educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.”

To sign up, all you need to do is text BABY to 511411. It is that simple. For more info, please visit their site.

This is something worthwhile to forward to anyone you know who is pregnant, is thinking about becoming pregnant, or who has a new baby. Please send it on to folks who work with people in these situations as well. It is a free service that will hopefully help many babies to be born healthy and live healthy lives!

Expires: Unknown

Thanks, Jessica!


Expires tomorrow! $10 OFF at Party City! January 31, 2010

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REMINDER! This fabulous deal expires TOMORROW! Have you used your $10 OFF coupon at Party City yet? I did! We saved a bundle on birthday and Valentine’s Day supplies!

Ooh! Does anyone have a reason to celebrate in the next few months? Or, are you anticipating a baby or bridal shower, or a party of any kind in the next year???

Here’s a whopper of a deal! A printable coupon for $10 OFF your next purchase of $30 or more at Party City in stores or online is waiting for you! Use code PCVAL30 if shopping online.

Expires: February 1, 2010

Thanks, slickdeals!