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Holiday Gift Giving Guide (0-1)

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With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to think about WHAT to give. There are so many products out there, that it seems impossible to choose. How do you know what to give a 1 year old? 2 year old? teenagers? grandma? I could keep going, but you would be here all day :)

I know how time consuming it can be to do the research. Don’t worry, i’am going to save you the time and do it for you! So look out for the “Holiday Gift Giving Guide” every week and i promise i will do thorough research. I will ask every person i come in contact with, i will scour the internet, i will use my own personal research with my own two kids and family and i will leave no stone unturned!

Remember to visit Swagbucks and sign up to search and win. This will help you earn those Amazon gift cards fast and help you purchase these great gifts for less! For more info, look at my previous post here.

Let’s start with the babies! Age 0-1 can be tough, right? What do you get a little one who does’nt do much yet? Well here’s a list:

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube – I have found two amazing shape sorting cubes and this is one of them.. Personally tested stamp of approval!

Prince Lionheart bebePod Plus Kiwi- We loved this sitter! Helps support babies back muscles as they are learning to sit up on their own. We even used this to feed her when she was too small for the highchair. Personally tested stamp of approval!

Chicco Music ‘n Play Table – This little toy received amazing reviews! So much to do for little hands in one toy!

Skwish Classic (Boxed) – This toy does’nt look like much, but i promise you this will become one of their favorites! Both of my girls love it to this day and i love that you must use your imagination with this one!

Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper – This toys will give the parents a break while their little one is busy with all of the fun activities.

Brightlings Exploration Station – I don’t believe you can ever go wrong with a product from Leap Frog. This exploration station is no exception. Shhh…Siena will be receiving one for Xmas!

Hasbro Playskool Busy Ball Popper – This is one of my all time favorites! This will also be listed in the 1-2 year old category. This ball popper is so much fun and the kids laugh out loud at this toy. This is what all of my mommy friends receive from us for their little ones birthdays. With the price, you just can’t go wrong.

Fisher-Price Amazing Animals Sing and Go Choo-Choo – Shhhh… this ones in the closet too :) This little choo choo will keep them moving as it zooms around. This train can also be used in stationary mode and you can purchase extra animals to extend the fun.

If you have any great suggestions, leave a comment and let me know. I would love to hear your ideas!

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Rite Aid Deals and SCR’s 9/28 to 10/04

Here are your weekly Rite Aid Deals!

Diabeti-Derm $6.99
Heel and Toe Cream, 4 oz.
$6.99 SCR

Gillette Razor $9
Fusion: Power or Manual
-$5.00 SCR
-$4 Gillette Fusion Power or Manual Razor any 09-28 PG

Crest $2.69
Pro-Health Whitening Toothpaste, 4.2 oz.
Up to $2.69 SCR
-$.75 Crest Toothpaste any 4.1 oz. 08-31 PG expires 09-30
-$1 Crest Toothpaste, any variety 4.1 oz or larger 09-28 PG2
-$1 Crest Toothpaste any premium variety 4.1 oz. 09-28 PG

Maalox Chewable tablets, 65 ct =
+ $ 4.99 Buy one ($5.49 in some stores, ymmv)
+ $ 0.00 second free
- $ 4.00 (2) $2.00 MQ
- $ 2.00 SCR #16
=$ 1.01 profit
Maalox Chewable, Any $2.00 06-01-08 SS Exp.09-30-200
Maalox Chewable, Any $1.50 07-13-08 SS
Maalox Chewable, Any $2.00 07-13-08 SS
Maalox Chewable, Any $1.50 08-17-08 SS
Maalox Chewable, Any $2.00 08-17-08 SS

dove skin and bath care b1g1 50% off
VALID ONLY ON PURCHASES FROM 09/28/08 to 10/04/08**
$5.00 Rebate
Purchase Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) Worth of Any Variety Dove Products
-$3.50 off Dove Vitalizer
-$1 on 4 pack or larger Dove Beauty Bar or any one 10 oz or larger Dove Beauty Body Wash
-$1.50 off dove cream oil body wash
Dove Beauty Bars, any $1 on 6 bars+ (11-17-08) V 8/17/08
Dove Beauty Body Wash, any 10 oz.+ $1 (11-17-08) V 8/17/08
Dove Cool Essentials Clinical or Original Clean Clinical, any $2 (10-12-08) V 8/17/08
Dove Cream Oil Hand or Body Lotion, any $1.50 (11-17-08) V 8/17/08
Dove Hair Care Product, any $2 (11-17-08) V 8/17/08
Dove Lotion, 8.5 oz.+ $1.50 (10-31-08) TARGET 8/3/08
Dove Skin Vitalizer, any $3.50 (11-9-08) V 8/17/08

Accu-Chek Aviva Glucose Monitor $75.99
$40.00 MIR
-$75.99 RAQ from Inner Strength Magazine
$0.00 FREE
Moneymaker with the MIR is unlikely.

Freestyle Lite Glucose Monitor $9.99
$9.99 MIR
-$45.00 RAQ from Inner Strength Magazine
$0.00 FREE
Moneymaker with the MIR is unlikely.

Omron Blood Pressure Monitor$29.99
-$10.00 RAQ from Inner Strength Magazine

Revlon Mascara (3d extreme pictured)
- $1.00 SCR #154 (Valid from 09/28/08 to 10/25/08)LIMIT ONE (1) $1.00 REBATE
- $2.00 coupon (Revlon Color Cosmetic, (exp 11-16-08) SS 7/20/08, (exp 1-14-09) SS 9/14/08, OR (exp 12-28-08) SS 8/24/08)OR $1.00/1 exp 10-3-08 SS 8/3/08
= $0.99 or $1.99

Tena/Serenity Pads BOGO
$5.99 reg price
- $3.00 ($1.50/1 x2) 8/3 SS, exp 11/30/08
= $2.99 for 2 ($1.50 each)

Gas-X Thin Strips (BOGO sale)
-$1 Gas-X Thin Strips exp 10/31/08 07/13/08 SS
-$1 Gas-X Thin Strips exp 12/31/08 09/21/08 SS

Tylenol PM 20-24ct(BOGO sale)
-$2 Tylenol PM exp 12/31/08 09/07/08 RP

o.b. Tampons 18ct / Stayfree Maxi Pads 14 – 24 ct. (excludes Stayfree Maximum Protection 22 ct.)/ Carefree Pantiliners 38 – 60 ct. 2/$5
-$1.00 wyb 2 SCR #32 LIMIT 2
-$1 o.b. Tampons exp 11/30/08 09/28/08 RP
-$1.50 off o.b.
-$1 off 2 Carefree Product, any 34 ct.+ V 9/28/08
-$.50 Carefree Feminine Products
-$2 off 2 Stayfree Product, any except trial size V 9/28/08

Zostrix Neuropathy Cream
-$5.00 SCR #25 LIMIT 1 (also counts for #500 Free Tote bag)
-$5 off any Zostrix Neuropathy product

Hershey’s Bliss 9.6oz
-$2.50/2 Hershey’s Bliss Reese’s Clusters or extra dark tasking squares exp 12/31/08 09/14/08 SS
=$2.50 for two

Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9.3-11.6oz (BOGO sale)
-$1/3 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9.3-22oz exp 10/31/08 09/28/08 SS
-$1 on any 3 HERSHEY’S Snack-size bags 9-22oz.
=$2.50 for two

Hershey’s Candy Bars 4.25-4.5oz
-$1 Hershey’s Extra Dark Bar 3.6oz+ exp 11/30/08 09/28/08 SS

Hershey’s Single Serve Candy Bars
-Free Special Dark bar 1.45oz wyb Hershey’s Bar 1.45-1.55oz exp 11/30/08 09/28/08 SS
=$.50 for two

Ghirardelli Bars 3.17-3.52oz
-$1/2 Ghirardelli Bars 3oz+ exp 12/31/08 09/21/08 SS
=$2 for two

♥ alpo or pedigree canned dog food / whiskas cat food 2.25 oz pouch and multi-snacks bogo
Pedigree Butcher’s Select 13.2 oz can food BOGO
Whiskas Purrfectly Pouch Cat Food Buy 1 Get 1 Free up to $.60 09-07 RP
Pedigree Butchers Selects Canned Dog Food, 13.2 oz. B1G1F up to .99 V 8/24/08

♥ kotex lightdays 18 – 22 ct $.99
-$1 off any kotex
-$1 off any kotex
-$1 Kotex Pads, any 09-07 ss

Thankyou to I heart rite aid

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The Holiday Hound

I’am a Holiday Hound! Well, actually i’am always on the hunt for a good deal, even when it’s not christmas season! Oh, but there’s something about the holidays that just makes me want to shop! Bad idea, i know!

So i decided to put together a little something called “The Holiday Hound”! This will be a weekly posting on the best deals i can find to fill your gift giving closet! If it’s not a good deal, i won’t post it!

My idea is to help you check off your christmas list while keeping a little money in your pocket along the way! So let’s get started with this edition of “The Holiday Hound”!

Big Bus Activity Center – $69.99 – $40 instant savings = $29.99 + Free Shipping
This is such a great present for the little ones on your list!

Vtech V.Flash Learning System - $99.99 – $70 instant savings = $29.99 + Shipping

I-Sing – Pink
- $129.99 – $100 Instant savings = $29.99 + Shipping

Disney Pirates Of The Caribbean Mix Max Audio/Video MP3
- $99.99 – $70 Instant savings = $29.99 + Shipping

Crunch Art Set – $24.99 – $17 instant savings = $7.99 + Free Shipping

OCZ Technology 1GB Secure Digital Card (60x) – $5 – $5 Mail in rebate found here = Free + Shipping

NOVA LABEL FACTORY DELUXE 3.0 – $25 – $10 MIR- $15 MIR= Free + Shipping

Zvue Spirit 1 GB MP3 Player – $59.99 – $47 = $12.99 + Free Shipping

Athletic Oxford Shoes $89.99 – $74.99 = $15 + Free Shipping (coupon code 941036)

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My New Button and Your Ideas!

Did you see my new button? Briana at Bargain Briana was kind enough to make me a button! Briana is not in the business of making buttons, although she was nice enough to take the time and help me out in a department i knew NOTHING about! Thankyou so much Briana!

Please feel free to copy and paste the html under my button and place it on your site/blog. Please Note: If you place my button on your site, leave a comment on my current giveaway post with a link to your site/blog and i’ll give you two extra entries into the giveaway!

Do you have a great idea? Did you find a great deal, freebie or coupon you would like to share? Email me and tell me about it and i’ll give you credit! You can find my email button on the top, right of my blog! I would love to hear from you!

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My "Great Idea"!

Search & Win

A few months ago i had this “great idea” to get everything for xmas and spend no money out of pocket! Sounds crazy, right? I did’nt believe that it was possible either, but i am a firm believer in the power of suggestion! :)

3 months later, i am almost completely DONE with christmas and guess what? No money out of pocket! I can’t believe it either. I wait for amazing deals to come up at many places, although Amazon is one of my favorites! For instance, awhile back they marked their Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Makers from $25 to $10 or so and they were running a 4 for 3 promotion along with that. In the end i received 4 Ice Tea Makers for $30 or so shipped! I used Amazon gift cards that i had saved and BAM! Free Xmas presents!

I shared some money makers here, however i really want to point out one money maker in particular.

Swag Bucks has been a great tool for me in my “great idea” endeavor. I have averaged about $50 a month in Amazon gift cards. The best part is, i really don’t do anything to get them. I search and use their “go green promotion” and i have logged into swagbucks when i have to purchase something online to see if it is one of their participating stores.

Majority of my swagbucks come from searching! I downloaded their tool bar (this is optional) and i use it to do my online searching. When you search, you win! Not everytime of course, but i win often. The best part is, they use google and, so i’am getting the same results as i would be if i was using my normal tool bar.

If your looking to add to your christmas budget for Free, this is your oppurtunity. Sign up and win with me! Just click the banner above and get started!

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BabiesRus $5 off $25 Printable

Click here to print a $5 off $25 BabiesRus Coupon good 9/26 to 9/29! ToysRus also accepts these coupons.

Bonus: Now thru October 16th, take 20% off all clearance merchandise. You can also combine the printable with the current 20% off Q’s they were giving out a few weeks ago. So if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one of these, you can find some great deals!

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