New Giveaway: $25 Visa Gift Card ends 4/30

We know saving can be hard work, especially on things we DON’T often see coupons for like gasoline or produce.  So to stretch your household budget a bit, enter our new giveaway!

In honor of the new changes to the blog, we are sponsoring a $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

To enter simply use the Rafflecopter form below!  There are several easy ways to enter!  Good Luck!

 

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Freebie: Big Hunk Candy Bar

Head on over to the Big Hunk Facebook page, “like” them and click on the Free Big Hunk tab to snag a FREE Big Hunk Bar. You’ll want to be fast as this freebie is limited to the first 10,000. Note that this freebie is only open to residents of the states in which Big Hunk candy bars are sold. I have seen these here in OR so I’m excited to get my freebie!  Be sure to “like” Cherry Blossom Savings while you are there and then come back to enter the giveaway!

(Thanks, Freebie-Link and Freebie Shark!)

Posted on September 3, 2012, and tagged .

BOGO Coupon for Gum

This time of the year, we will start seeing lots of coupons for candy and gum to get us all sugared up for Halloween! Here’s a nice BOGO coupon for you!  Just head back on over to Coupons.com and use zip code 62946 if needed (although this link should take you directly to the coupon) to print a high value Buy One Get One Free Stride iD Gum 14-Piece Single Pack (up to $1.28 value) coupon! Has anyone tried this yet?


(Thanks, Printable Coupons and Deals!)

Posted on September 3, 2012, and tagged , .

$2/1 Centrum Flavor Burst Vitamins + Target Deal

Print a brand new, high value $2/1 Any Centrum Flavor Burst Multivitamin coupon.  Just fill out the form to access and print your coupon! Even better, there is also a $2 off Centrum or Caltrate Dietary Supplement or Multivitamins Target store coupon found here (under “Healthcare”) that you can combine with the coupon above. Combine the two coupons to get this awesome deal at Target. Not super cheap, but not a bad price for specialty vitamins.
Centrum Flavor Burst Adult Chews 60 ct bottle $7.99
Use the $2/1 manufacturer’s coupon found here
Plus, use the $2/1 Target store coupon found here
Final cost only $3.99!

(Thanks for the heads up on the coupon, Printable Coupons and Deals!)

BOGO Macaroni Grill Entree

Grab your sweetie or a friend and go to Macaroni Grill on the cheap side!  Just head on over to the Romano’s Macaroni Grill Facebook page, “like” them and click on the BOGO offer tab to snag a buy 1 Get 1 FREE Entree coupon! This coupon is valid through 9/3. Don’t forget to read the fine print below.

* Coupon required. One coupon valid per party, per table.  Free entree will be of equal or lesser value. Not valid with any other discounts. Coupon has no cash value, may be used one time only and applied to one check only. Taxes and gratuity not included.

(Thanks, Hip2Save)

Freebie: Whole Living Magazine

Rewards Gold is offering up this magazine freebie once again! Just head on over here, fill in your info, and then take a survey to score a FREE subscription to Whole Living magazine! No strings attached! I have many magazine subscriptions that I’ve gotten for free from RewardsGold in the past. Also, don’t forget about the free subscription to Working Mother magazine here.

 

(Thanks, Free Stuff Times)

Rare $1/2 Popsicle Coupon

With the hot summer months almost behind us, its time to savor every last summer memory..  Head on over to the Popsicle Facebook page and click on the “Popsicle Coupon” tab (if needed) to print a rare $1/2 ANY Popsicle products coupon! Safeway occasionally has great sales on these, pricing them as low as $1 per box, or $.50 after coupon for two!

High Value $1/1 Nestle Frozen Treats Coupon

Head on over to the Nestle Facebook page, “like” them and click on the Drumstick Coupon tab to print a high-value Bricks coupon valid for $1 off any one box of Nestle Drumstick Cones or Nestle Frozen Snacks 4 count or higher (expires 10/29/12). The boxes of Nestle Drumsticks often go on sale for $2.50-$3 per box so just $1.50-$2 after the coupon. Anyone know the price of these at Walmart?

How Coupons Can Pay for Your Babysitter….

 

Date Night–for anyone whose been married longer than about 5 minutes, its something you hear constantly. “You should have a date night.” Sure, time alone with your sweetie to rekindle those romantic feelings sound amazing, but…what about the kids? With an average babysitting tab running between $50-100 for a typical movie-and-dinner-date, its an expense most of us just can’t afford, especially when times are tough and we are stretching each dollar to the fullest.  Have no fear…here are some sure fire tips to save your hard earned money on babysitting–without ripping off the babysitter.

1. Go out in the afternoon. If you have school-aged kids, or even if you work full time and have kids in daycare, consider taking an afternoon off work and hitting an early matinee or grabbing lunch at your favorite bistro. Your kids will still be in school/daycare, so no need to make extra arrangements. Bonus–a matinee and lunch is way cheaper than an evening movie and dinner.

2. Barter. Consider trading goods or services for babysitting.  Can you cut hair, repair an engine, organize a kitchen cupboard, or even tutor a child? These are all services that your neighbors or friends might be very willing to trade you babysitting for.  Alternately, put that stockpile to use. Consider trading a set amount of goods from your stockpile for babysitting. That extra laundry detergent and toothpaste wont be missed (since you’ll be able to grab some for free or cheap next Sunday anyway being the coupon maven that you are), and you’ll score some alone time with a much needed friend or spouse.

3. Join a babysitting co-op, or create your own. Have a group of friends with children? Offer to watch each others kids on a night when you don’t have anything planned.  Having 4 or 5 kids over isn’t as stressful as it would seem–Netflix, a bowl of popcorn and sleeping bags are a mom’s best friends during a babysitting “slumber party.” Bonus–this allows for all-night retreats for your honey and yourself, so you could get away for an evening out of town or even just stay home and snuggle up sans-kiddos.

4. Stay in! Put the kids to bed a little early and set up a romantic (and frugal) date night at home. A bottle of wine, some candles for ambience…you get the idea ;-)   Or, spread a blanket on the living room floor and have a mini-picnic of your favorite desserts.

5. You do dinner, I do dessert….Switch off with a couple that also wants to do a date night on the same night. One couple can take the kiddos while the first couple goes out to dinner and a movie, and that couple can then watch the kiddos while the second couple grabs drinks and dessert. By combining an early-evening date and a late-night suare, both couples are able to have their kids attended to without the stress of finding a sitter.

6. Group Date? No Problem! Shuffle all the kids over to one house (this works best if there are 3 to 4 families) for a slumber party and hire 1-2 really reputable sitters to watch the entire group of kids. You can then split the cost of paying the sitters 4 ways, which makes it much more affordable for each couple.

7. Put the Daddy’s on duty.  Need a ladies night out? Have the Dads take the kids to one house for an evening of xbox and pizza. They’ll get their “man-time” in and you’ll get your “girl’s time” in, and everyone walks away happy at the end of the night!

Regardless of how you choose to frugalize your date nights and ladies nights out, babysitting will always be an expense. These are just a few ideas for how you can cut that expense while still paying the babysitter a fair price.  What are your suggestions for saving money on babysitting?