Weekly Deals:Be Sure To Throw Away Used Gift Cards

>> Saturday, January 16, 2010

My brain seems to have been M.I.A. this week. I made countless mistakes and oversights this week in all areas of my life; not just shopping. So many in fact it's downright comical. I did manage to grab some good deals at Publix though.

I spent: $18.55
I saved: $34.55

I bought:
4 Cascadian Farm Granola Bars B1G1 $7.98
minus (2) $1/2 Target printables= $1.49 each
4 Lenders Bagels B1G1 $3.99
minus (2) $1/2 Qs = .49 cents each
4 Quaker Life Cereal B1G1 $9.26
minus (2) $1/2 Target printables = $1.81 each
2 Hunts Ketchup B1G1 = .87 cents each
4 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest pasta B1G1 $3.58
minus (2) $1/2 Qs = .39 cents each

Bakery Thrift Store:

I bought:

1 loaf Nature's Own Wheat bread $1.49
1 pkg. hamburger buns .79 cents
Total: $2.28

WalMart: Okay, this is where I made one of my mistakes and it took me all week to figure it out. I knew I had $25 left on my Walmart gift card so I went to Walmart to get some things we needed including some items for my husbands birthday dinner. I went to pay and there was no money on my gift card. I was certain there was money left but it didn't show up. So I paid the money out of pocket and went home disappointed because I knew there was money on this card. I tried all week to figure out where that money went. Finally last night I was looking through my receipts and found a Walmart gift card. You know, the one with the balance still on it. I had used the wrong one at the store. D'oh! That's what I get for not tossing that old gift card when I used it up. So I still have that $25 so it all worked out. I just learned a lesson in the process.

I spent $34.66 at Walmart on items we needed for the week.

Total spent this week: $55.49

2010 total: $94.24

For more shopping inspiration stop by
Southern Savers, Money Saving Mom and Cha-Ching On A Shoestring.


World Market: Free Tote With $10 Purchase *Saturday Only*

The first 50 customers who make a purchase of $10 or more today at World Market with get a free tote bag. Offer good today, 1/16/10, only.


Help For Haiti

>> Friday, January 15, 2010

It's impossible not to be moved to tears when you see the pictures and hear the stories of the devastation in Haiti. When you see that kind of devastation, it's hard to know where to begin to help. It can leave you feeling helpless.

But we aren't helpless. There are ways we can help. First of all, we can pray. God hears our prayers. Lift up to people of Haiti to Him. Pray that they will feel His comfort, that rescue efforts will not be hampered, that they will be able to get the food, water, shelter and medical care they need, and that they will find hope in a hopeless time.

If you have the means, please consider giving financially as well. There are so many organizations out there that are helping this very moment.

Samaritan's Purse dispatched a team within just a few hours of the quake to help with water, medical care, shelter and other emergency needs. You can contribute to their efforts to help the people of Haiti here.

The Red Cross immediately released $200,000 in aid to assist the people of Haiti and is prepared to take further action after local responders assess the situation. Contribute to the Red Cross

Through World Vision you can not only contribute to emergency relief but you can also sponsor a child and provide long term support to a child in need. To contribute to World Vision go

The blogging community has also come together to help raise money. Crystal at
Money Saving Mom has rallied together a whole list of bloggers who will make a donation for every comment and link left on their blogs. Read about this effort here and be sure to stop by as many of these blogs as possible and leave a comment or link today.

Even with our very tight budget my husband and I feel called to give. Yesterday I gave the balance in my Paypal account to Samaritan's Purse. We have had some extra money come in over the last few days and after discussing it, we have decided to give an additional amount as well. We will donate $1 for every link left and .25 cents for every comment left between now and 1/20/10 up to a total of $100.

So please pray, leave your comments & links below and spread the word on facebook, twitter or your blog.


Big Savings At Coldwater Creek

You can find some sweet deals at ColdwaterCreek.com right now with savings up to 80% off.

Here are a few of the deals I found.

Pearlescent Rhinestone Necklace $14.99 (reg. $59.95) 75% off

Rhinestone Teardrop Earrings $6.99 (reg. $25.95) 73% off

Home For The Holidays CD $1.99 (reg. $9.95) 80% off

Floral Jaquard Dress $29.99 (reg. $119.99-$129.99) 75% off

Channel Quilted Jacket $13.99 (reg. $59.95-$69.95) 76% off

Check out the coupon codes at RetailMeNot for free shipping.


The Body Shop: Hot Deals $5 And Under

TheBodyShop.com has a lot of hot bargains for $5 or less. Great for stocking up for yourself or gift giving.

Some of the deals you'll find:

Merry Cranberry Lip Balm $2 (reg. $8)
Merry Cranberry Reed Diffuser $5 (reg. $22)
Merry Cranberry Hand Creme $2 (reg. $16)
Nature's Minerals Eye Color $5 (reg. $13)
Tea Tree Oil Cover Stick $2 (reg. $9)
Hot Brights Blush $5 (reg. $24)
Coconut Milk Body Wash $4 (reg. $16)
Cocoa Butter Everyday Body Lotion $2 (reg. $18)

You can also get the Merry Cranberry Seasonal Delights gift set for $10 (reg. $39.99)

Get free shipping on all orders over $60.


Coupon Preview 1/17/10

There will be two inserts in this Sunday's paper: 1 Smart Source and 1 Proctor & Gamble. Stop by Sunday Coupon Preview for a full list of available coupons. Remember coupons will vary by region.


Target: 75% Off Toy Clearance

Most of the clearance toys at my Target went to 75% off this morning so if you haven't checked your store yet hurry! There were still quite a few toys still at 50% while I was there as well. I saw board games, trains, Bratz, Smurfs, My Little Pony, Polly Pocket, Leapster games, High School Musical dolls, WWF sets and figures and more for 75% off. This is a great time to stock up for all your kid gift giving opportunities this year. These will go fast!


Build-A-Bear: 20% Off Your Entire Purchase This Weekend

>> Thursday, January 14, 2010

Get 20% off your entire purchase at Build-A-Bear this weekend when you make two furry friends. Offer good in store and online. Use code 94732 at checkout if purchasing online. Valid 1/16-1/18.


CVS.com: 20% Off Entire Order

Get 20% off your entire order at CVS.com when you use the code JAN20 at checkout. Go here for full details. Valid through 1/17/10.


Walgreens Photo: 33% Off Orders

Get 33% off orders of $15 or more at Walgreens Photo when you use the code SMILE33 at checkout. Valid through 1/16/10.


Giveaway Thursday

It's Giveaway Thursday here at The Money Jar. I host a MckLinky here each Thursday so you can share your blog giveaways. If you are hosting a giveaway, please leave your link. If you know someone hosting a giveaway, tell them to stop by and leave their link. Thanks! Please keep giveaway links family friendly.


Taco Bell: Free Fresco Taco

>> Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Go here to print a coupon for a free Fresco Taco from Taco Bell. One per person.


Bath And Body Works: $10 Off $40 Purchase Coupon

Print this coupon to get $10 off your $40 purchase at Bath and Body Works. They have lots of items on sale and clearance right now so this could make some good deals even better. Valid through 1/17/10.


Get 10% Off at Stein Mart When You Donate To Dignity U Wear

>> Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Make a $10 donation to Dignity U Wear and receive three(3) 10% off coupons to Stein Mart. One coupon for you and two(2) to share. Dignity U Wear is a national non-profit organization that provides new clothing to men, women and children in need. The 10% off coupons can be redeemed at Stein Mart January 17-23, 2010. Go here to make your donation today.


Menu Plan Monday 1/11/10

>> Monday, January 11, 2010

It's a birthday week at my house as my husband is celebrating his birthday on Friday. That meal isn't planned yet since he still hasn't decided what he wants other than the cake. Our pantry is looking better but I'm still seriously lacking in the meat department around here. Since one of my goals is to cook from scratch more, I've been looking up new recipes to try.

Sandwiches, chips, fruit
Slow Cooker Orange Chicken, brown rice, broccoli
Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup (I bought dried black beans for this, a first for me. I usually use canned beans in recipes.)
Birthday Dinner? and Red Velvet cake

For more menu planning inspiration, stop by I'm An Organizing Junkie.


*DEAD DEAL* Free Kitchen Idea Book

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