Being Resourceful

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

33% OFF at Borders or Waldenbooks September 13, 2010

BordersIt seems “birthday season” is upon my household. Our refrigerator is getting plastered with birthday party invitations and my 4.5yo is starting his cake obsession again… It happens every fall. So, in anticipation of all these gifts, I’ve started really paying attention to when the bookstores offer coupons. I think books make the PERFECT gift (no batteries needed!), and you can give them with a gift receipt if there’s any question.

Here’s a coupon for 33% OFF the list price of any one item at Borders or Waldenbooks. Print a coupon and take it with you to the store, or use code BAE8295M online at (and get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more). You’ll need to be a Borders Rewards member to use the deal, but it is free and easy to sign up.

Find a Borders or Waldenbooks near you.

Expires: TODAY! Monday, September 13, 2010


40% OFF at Borders/Waldenbooks May 28, 2010

Oh, this one tops yesterday’s deal — here’s a printable coupon for 40% OFF at Borders/Waldenbooks (in-store) or use code BYW7772A online!

I’m off to buy set 2 of those fabulous BOB Books… or maybe a great poolside novel for  me?

Find a Borders/Waldenbooks near you.

Expires: 5/29/2010


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!


20% OFF Leap Frog books & games March 24, 2010

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way! So, what do you have planned for those Easter baskets? There’s much more to filling those baskets than just candy. Candy may leave the lasting gift of cavities. How about leaving a lasting gift of learning?

Right now, when you use code FRESH20 you’ll save 20% OFF Tag books, Tag Junior books, Leapster games, Didj games, Zippity games and ClickStart games at

My kiddos give the Leap Frog products two thumbs up!

Expires: March 27, 2010


30% OFF at Borders & Waldenbooks for Current & Retired Educators March 19, 2010

Think back on all of those amazing teachers you’ve had over the years. Now consider how much of the stuff for their classrooms they ended up buying with their own money! Yikes…

In appreciation of all educators — current & retired — Borders and Waldenbooks are hosting “Educator Appreciation Week” March 19-27, 2010. During this week, all current & retired educators will save 30% OFF list price of almost everything in the store! Shoppers just need to bring proof of educator status (check with the store to see what they require) — no coupon needed.

There’s even a special reception on Saturday, March 20, 2-6pm at Borders stores!

Find a Borders or Waldenbooks near you or your favorite teacher, and spread the word about this deal!

Expires: March 27, 2010


$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 the PBS Store – great for gifts! December 6, 2009

UPDATE:  As a special offer just for PBS Facebook fans, from our friends at ShopPBS, you are entitled to a discount of 20% off your entire order and free shipping! Enter code FACEBOOK12 at checkout. Hurry, this offer expires 12/9 at midnight PST.

So, you’re working on that holiday gift list. Here’s a way to (a) check things off your list and (b) support PBS at the same time! Remember good ‘ol PBS from your childhood? The home of Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers? They also have oodles of other programs and goodies to appeal to everyone on your list.

Shop at their online store to score great deals on everything from DVDs to books, to so much more. You can shop by series, topic, issue, you name it! And, when you use code HAPPY15, you’ll save 15% off your entire online order through January 31, 2010. That’s a win-win, folks!

Expires: January 31, 2010


TODAY ONLY: 40% OFF at Borders & Waldenbooks November 2, 2009

Did you know that Borders & Waldenbooks sell MUCH more than just books? They also have music, toys, movies, games, calendars, and  much more!  TODAY you can get 40% OFF the purchase of one item by using this printable coupon or using code BRE1129H at Save time and get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more!

(Be sure to read the fine print on that coupon. If you’re not yet a Borders Rewards member, you’ll need to sign up to use the coupon. It is totally free.)

Find a Borders or Waldenbooks store near you.

Thanks, slickdeals!


$2 children’s books & free shipping! August 26, 2009

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This is a deal you can’t pass up if you (A) have a child, (B) know a child, or (C) know of a library, school, or organization that needs books…

Books-A-Million has oodles of children’s books on sale for $2 and get FREE shipping using code BKLVFREE. Stock up on classics for your household or stock up your gift closet for all of those last-minute gifts we seem to need.  (Remember that big brother or big sister could definitely use a gift when you bring something for the new baby!)

Expires: Unknown

Note: Some of the books are sold out, but many aren’t. Keep scrolling through the list. It may take a few minutes, but it is definitely worth your time. My shopping cart already has 10 books in it at $2 a pop!

Thanks, SlickDeals!


FREE book download – one of Oprah’s 25 books of summer! July 20, 2009

Filed under: Books — Meg @ 1:07 pm

This just in! Oprah’s site has “Heroic Measures” by Jill Ciment as a free download for the next 48 hours! This is part of Oprah’s 25 books of summer list, so odds are it is pretty good.

O, The Oprah Magazine says…
After a lifetime together, 70-something Alex and his wife, Ruth, are still smitten—with each other (“He has loved her for so long that he can no longer distinguish between passion and familiarity”) and with their elderly dachshund, Dorothy. About to sell their Manhattan walk-up, the couple is caught up in crisis: Their dog is suddenly paralyzed, a truck jackknifes in a tunnel, news channels click into terrorist-hype overdrive. Read Jill Ciment’s Heroic Measures (Pantheon) for its painterly depictions of a rattled city, its deliciously biting satire of media and real estate madness, its tender knowledge of the creaturely ties that bind.

Expires: 10:59 a.m. ET Wednesday July 22, 2009