Being Resourceful

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

GREAT holiday gift for under $20: Road ID December 4, 2010

Thanksgiving morning I went for a short run in the neighborhood we were visiting. The sun had just come up, there was a nice cool breeze, and I was feeling strong. About 1.5 miles into my run, the tip of my running shoe hit an uneven patch on the sidewalk and I went flying — without my superhero cape — and crashed onto the concrete. My knee landed first, before my now-scraped hands could break my fall. Thankfully I had my cell phone with me to call my husband to come rescue me (there was no way my broken kneecap could have survived a crawl back to my in-laws’), but I can’t get out of my mind what might have happened had my head landed first.

Fortunately, I was wearing my Road ID wrist band with my name and emergency phone numbers on it (by now you know I’m Safety Girl). If I had been knocked out, my Road ID would have been an incredible help to the emergency personnel.

Road ID is something that I urge everyone to wear when doing anything outdoors — running, walking, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, etc. Their products range from the Wrist ID Sport (pictured in this post), for just $19.99, to a band for your ankle, a pouch to put on your shoe, or even a simple ID that fits on your shoe laces, and they come in a variety of colors. You can print up to 6 lines of text on the ID, and you can always order a replacement ID to fit on your strap if you ever move or need to change emergency contact info.

Right now, you can SAVE 10% OFF “all Road ID gear, including gift cards,” when you enter code PCFB10 at checkout. This brings the Wrist ID Sport, shipping and all, to just $19.48 (for an order shipping to Dallas). This is a GREAT holiday gift! (Order by 5pm EST December 14 for Christmas.)

If you know someone who doesn’t yet have one of these, I’d urge you to pass this deal along. I received the Wrist ID Sport as a Christmas gift from my in-laws last year, and it brings me great peace of mind. It even encourages me. The last line of text on my band says, “STRONG COURAGEOUS MOMMY.” If that doesn’t inspire you, I’m not sure what will!

Feel clueless as to what you’d put on your Road ID? Here’s what is on mine, to give you an idea:

  • MY NAME / YEAR OF BIRTH (Their site said having your year of birth is helpful for medical personnel.)
  • CITY, TX  USA (Just in case I am ever exercising on vacation – or in a sporting event – in another country.)
  • HOME 222-222-2222
  • HUSBAND 333-333-3333 (It literally just says “husband” instead of his name, and this is his cell number.)
  • SISTER 444-444-4444 (It literally just says “sister” instead of her name, and this is her cell number.)
  • STRONG, COURAGEOUS MOMMY (This helps me to keep going when I want to quit.)

Expires:  Their Facebook page just says that the code is good “through the holiday season,” so maybe it expires 12/31/2010?

Thanks, Road ID, for the code!

 

Enter to win a $20 gift card to Lulu Grace Designs November 17, 2010

Someone is going to win a $20 gift card to Lulu Grace Designs TONIGHT and why shouldn’t it be you?!? I just adore this holiday line of clothing. Tara at Lulu Grace Designs is so imaginative with her use of ribbon and googly eyes. What little boy or girl wouldn’t love these? I’ve just placed my order for holiday clothes for my little girl. I can’t wait to see her in her new red velvet knot dress

Here’s how to enter to win a $20 gift card to Lulu Grace Designs:

(1) Go to Lulu Grace Designs’ Facebook page and LIKE the page – click here.

(2) Go to the photo album titled “Vote for your favorite Christmas outfit!” – click here.

(3) Browse through the 14 holiday outfits and vote for your favorite one by clicking the “like” link on that photo.

The winner will be randomly selected at 6pm TODAY (Wednesday, 11/17/10), so HURRY AND VOTE NOW!

(The official site for Lulu Grace Designs is http://lulugracedesigns.blogspot.com)

 

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!

 

Deadline extended! UT Co-op FREE SHIPPING in Texas thru Sunday @ Noon! December 19, 2009

Well, Longhorn fans, it seems the UT Co-op has a little extra wiggle room with time. They’ve extended their FREE SHIPPING to Texas addresses through noon on Sunday! Still, no minimum purchase. Time to get your burnt orange fix!

Need some stocking stuffers? Here are some INEXPENSIVE items to choose from!

*The fine print is that the free shipping excludes drop-ship, crated items, furniture, and special order.

Expires: Sunday, 12/20 at noon

 

PERFECT holiday gift: “adopt” a zoo animal December 5, 2009

What do you get the person who really doesn’t need anything else? Here’s the PERFECT gift! “Adopt” an animal from your local zoo on their behalf.

I gave the gift of a pair of lovebirds to my grandparents last year (who had been married for 68 years!) and they thought it was simply fabulous. Check with your local zoo on their “adoption” program, or check out the one at The Dallas Zoo.

According to The Dallas Zoo’s site, “Parent Benefits” include:

  • “A personalized Adoption Certificate with a color photo of your animal.
  • A Zookeeper’s Report, filled with information about your animal.
  • Periodic mailings about the Zoo and the Aquarium.
  • A special invitation to the annual Adopt Parents’ Party.
  • A listing on the Adopt Parents’ Honor Roll at the Dallas Zoo.”

All of this for just $25 to $2,000 per year — something for every budget! And, your gift is tax-deductible. That’s a win, win, win!

Here are the “adoption” sites for some zoos across the country:

 

$24.99 & FREE SHIPPING on Little People Nativity Set December 1, 2009

If you have any little people in your life, you know they like, well, Little People. Right now, Toys R Us  has Fisher-Price’s Little People Nativity Scene on sale for just $24.99 with FREE SHIPPING! (If you shopped on Amazon, you’d find it for $49.99… )

This adorable set is great for kids of any age, but especially the toddler & preschool crowd. Perfect to keep the kiddos entertained while you’re decorating your house, addressing your holiday cards, or secretly watching them from around the corner as they make the figurines have the most hilarious of conversations.

At this price, I’d recommend buying a few sets and keeping them on hand for future gifts.

Expires: Unknown

Thanks, ShoppingBookmarks!

 

FREE $10 gift certificates to Restaurant.com for you AND your friends!

This one is a true humdinger of a deal!!! Restaurant.com is doing their annual “Feed it Forward” campaign. Every single day from now until Christmas you can send up to 30 people FREE $10 Restaurant.com gift certificates… at NO COST to you! Share this deal with your friends and ask them to send you FREE $10 gift certificates too.  With these FREE $10 gift certificates, you can buy $25 gift certificates to tons of restaurants near you. So, with the click of your mouse, you’ll get $25 gift certificates for FREE! This is a real “no brainer,” folks!

Here’s what their site says:

“Enter up to 30 different email addresses below every day until Christmas. We will send a free $10 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate to each recipient you choose. Have something special to say? Personalize a brief message to accompany every gift certificate. Want to help others? Send us your reasons for giving through Feed It Forward™. You might see your message on our site. Don’t forget to share the gift of giving with your friends and family.”

Expires: December 25, 2009