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5 Natural Ways to Beat a Cold or Flu Quickly

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 5:30 PM
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5 Natural Ways to Beat a Cold or Flu Quickly

It’s cold and flu season.  And Texas is being throttled by sickness right now.  When you don’t want to medicate yourself, and have to get to feeling better quickly, here are 5 natural ways to beat a cold or flu FAST!

*Stay Hydrated

Here’s what happens when you stay hydrated while sick – your body is able to easily detoxify pathways that are needed to stimulate the enzymes that help flush out the virus or pathogens that are making you sick.  Basically, the more hydrated you are, the better your body can combat the icky viruses!

Herbal teas like this Traditional Medicinals Tea that I keep stocked up, will really help out in keeping you hydrated, plus offers some comfort for that sore throat and cough.  Lemons, apple cider vinegar and broths can help your immune system, as well and keep you hydrated when you mix them with water.

*Snacks, Not Meals

When you’re sick, your body needs to focus all of its energy on the healing process. When you eat a large meal, your body uses its resources to digest, taking away from that process of fighting the illness.

Snack on immune boosting foods, instead of eating large meals. Things like citrus fruits offer a ton of vitamins AND will help your tummy digest easier.  If you need to eat more than fresh veggies and fruits, opt for protein bars to help keep up your strength.  My favorite is Tiger’s Milk Protein Bars.  They are delicious and give me that energy I need when I’m sick.

*Use Essential Oils

Aromatherapy can do wonders for your immune system.  Essential oils have antiseptic compounds that fight viruses, bacteria and other ickiness. Whether you inhale them directly, massage them on your skin, put them in lotions or your bath, or add them to your diffuser, essential oils are a wonderful way to naturally help you heal.

This Cold & Flu Essential Oil set is absolutely wonderful!  It has all of the great oils you’ll need to get to feeling better quicker.

*Get in the Sun

15-45 minutes of direct sunshine per day is the rule of thumb…for healthy people.  When you’re sick and in bed all day, chances are the sun won’t be reaching you.  If you can get outside and absorb some sun, your body will thank you!  Vitamin D helps detoxify pathways and healthy immune stimulating responses your body needs even more when you’re sick.

If you can’t get outside, consider grabbing some vitamin D in pill form. For maximum efficiency, take it with a small amount of healthy, fatty oil so it can absorb quickly.

*Laugh

It’s simple.  When you laugh, healthy enzymes are released into your body.  You need those to keep your spirits up and keep your immune system working properly.  So, laugh!  One of the best natural ways to beat a cold or flu is releasing those healthy vibes into your body. Watch some funny sit-coms on TV, read a book that makes you giggle, call a friend that can always put a smile on your face….whatever you need to do, get yourself laughing and you’ll feel better in no time.  Healthy mind, healthy body, right?

 

 

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

Top 10 Ways to Save at Walgreens

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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Top 10 Burger Joints in Dallas

Welcome to our new series, “My Dallas Mommy’s Top 10”!  Each week, we’ll highlight a top 10 list of our favorite things!

Top 10 Ways to Save at Walgreens

If you’re a drugstore shopper, chances are you visit Walgreens to catch the weekly deals each week.  Here are some ways to save at Walgreens that you might not know.  Get the most out of that money you spend, by saving more of it and scoring more deals!  Find even more ways to save HERE!

1. Join the Balance Rewards Program

If you aren’t taking advantage of the Balance Rewards Program yet, you’re missing out on some serious savings.  You can join for FREE at your Walgreens store, via the Walgreen’s app OR at Walgreens.com.

Balance Rewards Members earn 10 points for every $1 spent on almost everything in the store,, plus you’ll get bonus points on featured products. Fill a 30-day prescription and you’ll get 100 points! Even better, you’ll score 300 points for 90-day prescriptions and 100 points for immunizations given at a Walgreens store.

When your points total 5,000, you’ll get a $5 reward to redeem on your next purchase!  Collect those points and get bigger rewards for the best savings of $50.  You’ll have 3 years to use those points, and they’ll also expire if you don’t use your Balance Rewards card for 6 months.

2. Use Register Rewards

One of the best ways to take advantage of Walgreens deals is with Register Rewards. These are coupons good for a specific dollar amount that you’ll score at checkout when you buy qualifying items.  To find items that offer Register Rewards, just check your weekly ad or browse the store.

These coupons have a short lifespan, so always note the expiration date.  Use them like cash when you hand over your payment, Balance Rewards Card and other coupons.

3. Combined Savings

Stacking rewards and savings will get you the most bang for your buck.  You can use 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupon when you shop at Walgreens, and even use the Register Rewards, as well.  Note that the number of coupons you use (including Register Rewards) cannot exceed the number of items you are purchasing.  Sometimes, it will benefit you to pick up a 10¢ piece of candy from the counter, in order to use a $1 Register Reward, when you already have more coupons than items.

4. AARP Member Benefits at Walgreens

If you’re a member of AARP (adults 50 and older), you’ll get more points on your Balance Rewards account when you link it to your AARP membership online.  You can alternatively link it by calling 855-225-0400.  Benefits include 50 points for every dollar spent on Walgreens brand health and wellness products.  You’ll also get 1.5 times the points for Healthy Choices activities.

5.  Healthy Choices Program

Take advantage of Walgreens Healthy Choices Program.  Link your Balance Rewards account to the program online and start earning more points for setting and achieving health and wellness goals! Track your blood pressure, lose weight, participate in activities, and you’ll get points added to your Balance Rewards Card just for doing those tasks.

You can even sync your Fitbit or other fitness tracking devices to earn points!  Get 250 points for setting goals, 20 points per day for tracking blood pressure and much more.

6. Store Coupon Book

Walgreens has amazing new store coupons that they release in a coupon book at the front of the store each month.  You’ll score hundreds of dollars in coupons to use on products you use the most.

If you don’t want to carry around or keep track of the coupons, you’ll find them on the Walgreens app, or go online and “clip” the coupons directly onto your Balance Rewards Card for more conveience.

7. Rain Checks

These are definitely one of the best secrets to savings on hot items that are on sale at Walgreens.  When an item is on sale and out of stock, get a rain check!  You’ll be guaranteed the same sale price, when the item is back in stock. These rain checks are valid for 60 days.

You may have a Walgreens store that will go even further.  If you have a coupon or Register Reward that is set to expire before you are able to use your rain check, sometimes, the cashier (with manager approval) will accept your coupon at the time of the rain check being given, for the price you would have paid, should you have been able to deduct the coupons!

8. Shop Online

Shopping at Walgreens.com might surprise you.  There are constantly deals and bonus rewards points being offered for online purchases that you won’t find in the store.  It’s always worth a look, and could save you even more money than going inside the store.

9. Schedule Deliveries

Did you know that you can subscribe to recurring deliveries at Walgreens.com?  You’ll save at least 10% on the items you need and 20% off most Well at Walgreens products, plus have them shipped to your home for free! You’ll find these items in the Auto-Reorder & Save Program.  Worried about Balance Rewards points?  When you purchase your first recurring shipment, you can use your points, plus you’ll continue to earn more points for shopping online and in-store.

How to you save at Walgreens?

 

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Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

Free Tax Filing Options + Tip & Tricks To Make Them Easier

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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Ugh.  Taxes.  Unless you can count on getting money back, this is not a fun activity. Even when you know you’re entitled to money, the process can be frustrating, confusing and aggravating! Here are some quick and easy solutions for you.  It sure feels good to know you got them completed!

FREE Tax Filing Options

  • Turbo Tax

TurboTax lets you file Federal (1040A or 1040 EZ) AND State tax returns for FREE with the TurboTax Federal Free Edition. Prepare, print and electronically file your Federal and State tax returns for free. You’ll also get a free credit score.

  • H&R Block

* File your Federal AND State tax returns for FREE with H&R Block. Other tax preparation packages are 40% off on the site. With H&R Block, you get FREE preparation, printing, e-filing, live tax advice, in-person audit support and more. You also get a 100% Accuracy Guarantee & Maximum Refund Guarantee.

  • FreeTaxUSA

* FreeTaxUSA.com lets you to e-file directly to the IRS for FREE. You can choose to do a FREE Federal e-file OR score the Deluxe Edition for $6.99.

  • E-File

E-file.com is offering FREE Federal Tax Returns for taxpayers who qualify for a 1040ez. You can also save $6 off your State Taxes with the code 6OFFSTATE OR 30% Off E-Filing with the code SAVE30 OR  40% off E-Filing for Facebook Users with the code COUPON40 at checkout.

  • TaxACT

TaxACT lets you to sign up for a FREE Federal + FREE State edition where you can prepare, print and e-file your federal return for free.

Tax Filing Tips & Tricks

* We always like to check out Groupon, because they will generally always have nice deals for your specific area on tax preparation!  Head over HERE and keep checking back if you prefer to go local!

* Sometimes, your local colleges, universities, libraries and even book stores will offer free services for filing taxes!  Check around, and if you spot a sweet deal, please do let us know!

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a great way to help senior tax payers and lower income residents finish their taxes.  Go HERE to find one in your area!

* Military members can get free tax advice and filing, or you can also go to Military One Source to see what great offers they have available!

* The ever dreaded IRS.gov is still an option, as well!  File your federal taxes for FREE here.

** Don’t stress out!!  There are so many wonderful resources to help you out now, it’s much easier than doing your taxes like it was in the 1990s!

** Keep a box with your passed year’s tax information.  Most of the basic info can be used on taxes every year.  You’ll also know what options you chose the year previous, so if nothing has changed in your income, you’ll have an easier time figuring out what to pick this year!

** Take a break! If you get confused or stressed while filing your taxes, take a break, go for a walk, vent to a friend, or just walk away from them for a bit.  Coming back with a fresh mind and clear head will do a world of wonders for you!

** Start early in the year (like now!) and get them done early, so that you don’t feel the stress of completing them by the April 15th deadline in a panic.

GOOD LUCK!

 

Thrifty Tips

SEPTEMBER DEALS: WHAT TO EXPECT TO FIND ON SALE
MEAL SOLUTIONS FOR TURNING LEFTOVERS INTO NEW MEALS
CHOOSING QUALITY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AT THE GROCERY STORE
WHAT FOODS CAN YOU FREEZE? SAVE TIME & MONEY
TOP 10 WHAT TO BUY DURING END OF SUMMER SALES
80 NON-TOXIC DIY CLEANERS
10 USES FOR MUFFIN PANS
10 ITEMS WORTH BUYING AT THE DOLLAR STORE
SIGNATURE MINI MEALS + 21 MEAL SUGGESTIONS

11 Unconventional Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 6:30 PM
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reuse coffee grounds

If you are a coffee drinker, you might not consider just how many grounds every week that get dumped in the trash. Did you know there are some pretty neat ways to use those grounds? Reuse them to   Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, you may just start buying it after you read these unconventional uses for coffee!

  • Fertilize Plants

Sprinkle coffee grounds around the roots of your acid loving plants!  Since coffee is acidic, they will soak it up and be more brilliant and beautiful!

  • Destroy Refrigerator Odor

Coffee is great for absorbing refrigerator odors! This works similarly to baking soda, but we agree that it works much quicker!  Soak up those stinky smells emitting from your refrigerator with coffee!  You can also pour some grounds into a sock, add a few drops of vanilla extract, then tie it off into a ball.  Throw that in your car or truck, under a seat, and your car will smell coffee-fresh!

  • Touch-up Furniture

Instant or ground coffee is a wonderful tool to touch-up scratches on your wood furniture!  Mix a little bit of hot water with coffee grounds to make a paste, and rub on the scratch.  It works immediately and blends in nicely!

  • Hair Sheen

Want shinier hair? Simply brew a STRONG pot of coffee, then let it cool to room temperature.  Apply it to your DRY hair and leave it on for 20-40 minutes, then rinse it out.  You won’t see immediate results, but keep doing it for about a week and you’ll notice a nice sheen!

  • Fat Be Gone!

Caffeine is recorded to enhance fat metabolism, which in turn reduces the appearance of  cellulite (we prefer to call them “dimples.” You can make a homemade cellulite treatment by mixing warm, used coffee grounds with coconut oil.  Rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing.

  • Better Than Soap

Stinky hands from the kitchen?  Get rid of smells from onions, garlic, fish or whatever else you’re touching that leaves that trace smell on your hands!  It’s simple – rub coffee grounds in your hands, then rinse.  Now take a whiff, and we bet the smell is gone!

  • Repel Ants

Sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas where you notice ants in your home or yard and they might just pick up and leave. To tackle huge ant mounds, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.

  • Richer Compost

Phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, and copper are all attributes of coffee.  They release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade and they’re a little bit acidic, which is great for certain soils. Throw grounds in your compost to make it even richer!

  • Exfoliator

Make your own coffee-based scrub!  Combine a tablespoon of coffee grounds with half a tablespoon of olive oil and, if you want, some essential oils.  Bam!  That’s it!  

  • Repel Fleas

UGH!  Fleas are the worst!  To get rid of them, go to the source.  Rub used, damp coffee grounds through your pet’s fur after bathing to repel fleas.  This is a great “green” way to get ride of fleas, without worrying about chemicals.   It will also help to remove the “dog smell” from your furniture when your pup jumps on it!

  • Fireplace Helper

Cleaning your fireplace gets easier and less dusty with coffee!  Wait until the embers are cool, then sprinkle damp coffee grounds all over the ashes.  Let them sit for about 20minutes and then scoop out the whole mess into a metal ash can. The coffee grounds cling to the ashes, so they don’t kick up dust nearly as much as they would otherwise.

How would you reuse coffee grounds?

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

What’s On Sale In February? You May Be Surprised!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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What's on sale in February

Wow!  Can you believe it’s been over a month since Christmas?  February is here, which brings us President birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Black History Month and many more celebratory days!  So, what’s really on sale in February?  What should we be looking to buy this month?

This is the first month for Early Spring Sales, so watch for items that we post – you may not need them quite yet, but they are at their cheapest now!  Chinese New Year brings us great deals on Chinese frozen foods and Asian fast food restaurants.  American Heart Month gives us awesome deals at the drugstore on daily dose aspirins, heart healthy foods and more.

But what else is on sale this month?  Here you go –  you may be surprised!

Winter & Fall:
The first 3 months of the year are the best times to grab those scarves, hats, mittens, ski gear and any Fall or Winter stuff you can think of.  The new items came out in October, and retailers want the leftovers gone off the shelves!  Skis and skiing equipment will be on sale,  as well as athletic shoes, under the same concept – new stuff came out later last year and the shelves need room for the Spring products.

Our favorite places to shop winter and fall sales:

Super Bowl:
Although the game is at the beginning of the month, we will see rockin’ prices on all football related items through February.  From jerseys to memorabilia, it’s all on sale during this football-crazy month.  It’s a great time to score some gifts for the rest of the year for the football fans in your life (consider putting them in your Gift Vault!).  Snacks, sodas and appetizer fixings will also be rocking the stores!  We will already have seen great deals in the grocery stores starting the last week of January, but it will continue through the first week of February, too!

Valentine’s Day:
Candy, hearts, flowers, jewelry, fragrances…..yep!  It’s all on sale this month!  We get some of the best prices on jewelry this month, and have already seen great bargains on flower delivery services, too!  We will see those again in May, and one more push in December, too.  The obvious items like candies and Valentines are all on sale, but you will also want to watch for great coupons for these items. Rare coupons that only come out this time of year will be released, including coupons for greeting cards, too.  Be sure you are watching the blog for the best deals on all of these things!  Flowers and potted plants are all on sale, but the REAL sale comes on February 15th – when they need to get rid of the stock they have on roses, tulips. lilies and the like.

Our favorite places to shop for Valentine’s Day items:

Spring:
It’s not warm enough outside to even begin thinking about Spring (although in Texas, we’re a little different), but many people are!  They are getting their houses ready for Spring, with new draperies, carpets, housewares, appliances and bedding.  This means we see rockin’ sales on those items, and can take advantage of it!  We’ll see nice carpet cleaner and steamer deals, along with the start of organization products like totes, ottomans, baskets, box shelving and more!  Score great, vibrant colored sheets, towels, drapes and more.

Our favorite places to shop for new spring items:

The Presidents:
Although the birth of some wonderful Presidents gets lost in the HUGE Presidents’ Day sales that we’ll see, it IS the reason for the sales.  We’ll get rockin’ deals on furniture, cars, electronics, laptops, TVs, appliances (big and small), Winter clothing, tires, linens, and even Summer vacation trips this month!

Popular retailers with awesome Presidents’ Day sales:

The Butcher Block:  
We’ll see the cheapest prices of the year, in most cases, for stew meat and roast meats.  Beef and pork for crockpot cooking will be on sale at great prices this month, so grab it and get ready to make some stews and roasts!  Chicken breasts are $1.99/lb most of the time this month, and that’s our stockpile price!  We’ll ALSO see great deals on chicken wings, but only after the Super Bowl, when the excess needs to be sold at discounted prices.

National ___ Month:
This month, we see great deals on food, because February features several food months!  It’s National Canned Food, Grapefruit, Snack Food, Hot Breakfast, Fiber, Cherry and Pie Month in February, so watch for sales involving all of these items!

Arugula
Asparagus

Artichoke
Beets
Bok choy
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Carrots
Celery
Cilantro
Clementines
Dill
Fennel
Grapefruit
Kale
Lemons
Lettuce
Leeks
Oranges
Onions
Parsnips
Pears
Shallots
Sweet Potatoes
Tangelos
Tangerines
Turnips
Rhubarb

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

Stores That Price Match AFTER Purchases

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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Stores That Price Match AFTER Purchases

Stores That Price Match AFTER Purchases

It has happened to all of us. We see that to die for dress in the shop window or the perfect lamp for the bedside table and without shopping around first, we purchase it. Only to find out a week later that it is $20 less at another store. Thanks to price matching, we can recoup what we lost. We have gathered a list of stores that price match both in store and online AFTER you have made your purchase!

Advance Auto Parts
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s prices

Link to policy: http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/o/pricingpolicy

Details: Must provide a print advertisement, mobile device screen from a competitor’s website, or a printout from a competitor’s website. If matching an online price, the price must include the shipping cost of that item. The cool thing about Advanced Auto Parts is that they will match both identical and comparable items. A comparable item is one of the same quality, size, weight, color, and quantity with a similar warranty

AJ Madison 

Policy Type: Price matches competitor’s prices and in some cases beats them. Price matching and in some cases offering a better price than competitors pricing
Link to policy: https://www.ajmadison.com/pages/price_match_policy/

Details: Will meet or beat competitor’s prices when you contact customer service via phone at 1-800-570-3355 or via e-mail at sales@ajmadison.com. Prices to be matched must include shipping, handling, delivery, and sales tax. You must request a price match prior to making the purchase

Alaska Airlines
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s website within 24 hours of booking AND offers a Low Price guarantee (in the form of airfare credit) with Alaska Airlines until your departure
Link to policy: https://www.alaskaair.com/content/deals/special-offers/price-guarantee.aspx
Details: 
Will refund a difference of $10+ if you find the same flight and itinerary on a competitor’s website within 24 hours of booking. Alaska Airlines also has an amazing policy that they will give you airfare credit for the difference in price if their website drops the price prior to your departure

Amazon
Policy Type: 
Prices matches competitor’s prices on eligible televisions within 30 days of purchase

Link to policy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200726210

Details: Will refund the price difference if a television you buy directly from Amazon.com (not a third party seller) drops to a low price on a competitor’s website within 30 days of purchasing.

Click READ MORE to a HUGE list of more stores that price match after purchases!

Bass Pro Shops
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s prices in store; Price matches Bass Pro Shops catalog and online prices in stores; AND offers a Low Price guarantee within 30 days of purchase

Link to policy: https://basspro.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29/~/price-matching
Details:
 Will match a competitor’s price in store when you bring in a sales ad. Will match Bass Pro Shops catalog and website prices in stores. If the price of an item you purchased from Bass Pro Shops drops in their stores within 30 days of purchase, they will refund you the difference

Bed Bath and Beyond
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s prices

Price matching in store and online 
Link to policy: 
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/static/pricematch#pmg-mainContent3

Details: Matches competitor’s prices in store and online. Will price match Amazon.com! In store, take an ad or website print out to customer service. For online price matching call 1-800-GO-BEYOND. You CANNOT use both a price match AND a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon on the same item

Best Buy
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s prices AND offers a Low Price guarantee within the return period.
Link to policy: 
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/help-topics/best-buy-low-price-guarantee/pcmcat297300050000.c?id=pcmcat297300050000
Details: 
Matches competitor’s prices in store and online. Will match prices with Amazon.com and Newegg.com. To price match in store, visit the customer service desk. To price match online call 1-888-237-8289. Best Buy cannot do online prices in stores, only over the phone. Best Buy has an awesome policy that if they lower their price between the time of purchase and the return period date for your item, you can request a price adjustment by stopping by a customer service desk or calling 1-888-237-8289

Big Lots
Policy Type:
Price matches competitor’s price in store and online within 30 days of sale.
Link to policy: 
http://www.biglots.com/page/price-promise
Details: 
If you find a lower price for an identical item at a competitor’s local store, Big Lots stores will match that price. The competitor’s item must be identical in all respects (e.g., the same brand, size, weight, quantity, color, flavor and model number) and have the exact same features, accessories and status (e.g., new or refurbished) as the Big Lots item. The item must be in stock at Big Lots and offered at the lower price by the competitor on the day you request the price match.
Our Prices vs. Our Prices: 
Big Lots strives to provide low prices at your local Big Lots store, as well as at BigLots.com. Merchandise and promotional offers available online at BigLots.com may vary from those offered in our stores. If you order a product online at BigLots.com and notice that your local Big Lots store price is lower than the online price, in most instances, we will match the lower price.

BrandsMart USA
Policy Type:
Price matches the product 110% on a gift card.
Link to policy: 
http://www.brandsmartusa.com/guarantee


Buy Buy Baby
Policy Type: 
Price matches direct competitor’s price in store and online.
Link to policy: 
https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/static/pricematch
Details: 
The manufacturer and model number of both products must be identical. Our direct competitors include any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same name. They will also price match on any items sold by Amazon.com, but not third-party marketplace sellers or membership clubs. Read the rest of this entry »

Internet Safety + Apps To Monitor What Your Child REALLY Does Online

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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Internet Safety

It is important to teach children about internet safety, but more times than not peer pressure wins out over what children have been taught. We have compiled a list of apps to help you on this journey called “tweenagers and teenagers.”

Nowadays, kids, tweens, and teens have some sort of electronic device. While the younger kids will have a tablet or even their own computer, the older kids may have a cell phone. It is important to teach your kids and internet safety, but there are still ways for hackers to get into their devices without your knowledge.

The online world can be scary and be intimidating for younger users and it is easy for them to think they are downloading their favorite games and it ends up being a spy program. Worse case scenario, they are talking to what they think is a “friend” and ends up being someone who wants to do them harm. Thanks to today’s technology, there are many apps to track phones, monitor what your child is doing online and see who they are talking too. Here are a few of our favorite apps to ensure internet safety for kids.

Internet Safety + Apps To Monitor What Your Child REALLY Does Online

  1. Norton Family Parental Control is an app that is available across PC’s, Android and iPhone devices. This app helps teaches your child internet safety habits while they are browsing around online. Also, with a simple touch, you can know exactly where your children are. *Please note, not all features are available for free*
  2. Net Nanny is a clever app for all devices. With this app, parents can set up boundaries for what their child can and cannot watch. If a child tries to pull up a website with one of the keywords previously determined, Net Nanny lets them know the page has been blocked. Prices start as low as $9 per device.
  3. mSpy is a great app to track a phone and it’s activity. This app is pretty much a jack of all trades! Not only can it monitor a child’s text and call history, but also see where your child is, what type of pictures they are taking, receiving and sending, monitor social media networks and much more. It is available across all devices. Prices start as low as $16.67 a month.
  4. Kids Place is a great app for younger kids that are just starting their venture into the online world. With Kids Place, parents can restrict what apps can be watched and protects personal data. This app is available on Android and iPhone devices.
  5. SecureTeen Parental Control is a must have app on a teenager’s phone. This app will prevent your child from pulling up websites that are mature and have adult content. Also, this app will let parents see what their teen is doing and allows remote shutdown of any app.

With the help of a few simple apps, and texting acronyms every parent should know, it is easy to keep children, teens and tweens safe while browsing around online and texting with their friends.

 

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TOP 10 WHAT TO BUY DURING END OF SUMMER SALES
80 NON-TOXIC DIY CLEANERS
10 USES FOR MUFFIN PANS
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SIGNATURE MINI MEALS + 21 MEAL SUGGESTIONS

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The Life of Your Makeup – How Long Should You Keep Cosmetics?

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 4:45 PM
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How long should you keep your makeup

How long should we use our everyday makeup?  Is there a sign that it’s going bad, and how can I make it last longer?  When I do replace my makeup, how much should I pay?  These are all questions that we wanted to know!  As frugal shoppers, we want to be sure we’re getting the most out of the products we purchase – and get the best deal we can on them. Note that the suggested prices are those using coupons on drugstore cosmetics. If you’re mascara is more than 3 months old – dump it!  Read on about common products below:

How long should you keep cosmetics?

How long should you keep your makeup?

Max time for use:  1 year

What happens to it:  The longer it is exposed to air (every time you open it), it breaks down and will become cakey.  Color may change after 1 year.  Bacteria builds up and it dries out.

Make it last:  Keep out of direct sunlight.  Store in cool, dry place.  Keep lid on tightly.

How much to pay:  We like to see high end foundation prices at $5 or under, and the general. drugstore brands like CoverGirl, Revlon and the like, at under $3 per bottle.

How long should you keep your makeup?

Max time for use:  2 years

What happens to it:  Powder products like face powder, blushes and eyeshadows can last much longer than creams, because they contain very little water.

Make it last:  When your palette or tub of powder starts cracking and crumbling, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and let it sit to evaporate.

How much to pay:  $1 or less for eyeshadows and $2 or less for blush or face powder.

How long should you keep your makeup?

Max time for use: 1 year

What happens to it:  Although lipstick doesn’t really go “bad,” it does have an awful lot of germs on it, from touching your mouth.  It can dry out and become difficult to apply after about a year.

Make it last:  Keep the cap on tight when you aren’t using it.  Apply with a Q-tip to keep germs down (especially when you’re sick)!

How much to pay:  $1 or less for brands like Revlon, NYC, Wet n Wild, CoverGirl, etc.  $3 or less for higher end  brands.

How long should you keep your makeup?

Max time for use: 3 months after opening

What happens to it:  This is really important to replace, because bacteria LOVES a nice mascara tube!  It will dry out, harden and give you spider eyes after a few months.  Once it starts doing that, get a new tube.

Make it last:  DO NOT pump the wand into the tube before applying!  This brings in oxygen, which dries it out much quicker.

How much to pay:  $1 or less for brands like Revlon, NYC, Wet n Wild, CoverGirl, etc.  $3 or less for higher end  brands.

How long should you keep your makeup?

Max time for use: 3-6 months for liquids, no max time for pencils

What happens to it:  Liquid eyeliners are similar to mascara, in that they harbor germs and bacteria. Pencils can generally be used until they are gone.

Make it last:  Keep the cap on liquid liners, and, if possible, put a cap on the pencils to keep them from drying out.

How much to pay:  50¢ or less for the cheaper brands and less than $2 for the more expensive products.

How long should you keep cosmetics?How long do YOU keep your cosmetics?

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80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

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11 Apps Everyone Needs On Their Phone

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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11 apps everyone needs on their phone

In a technology and information driven age, apps are popping up everywhere, for every purpose!  With limited space on your phone, which apps do you think everyone needs on their phone to make life easier?  Here are our top 11 suggestions:

11 Apps Everyone Needs On Their Phone

*Fooducate

Fooducate allows you to scan the barcode of an item and view its “grade.” The database for the app grades food items based on everything from calories to controversial ingredients, giving you a clear picture of what you’re actually buying. It will even explain why an item has a particular grade and educates you on that item’s health value.

 

*Relax Melodies

This Relax Melodies app is my favorite.  You create your own custom sound to fall asleep to, or just relax.  From a campfire effect to rain on a tin roof sound, you combine the sounds that comfort you the most, and the app puts them together for you!

 

*Wunderlist

From reminders to shopping lists, this amazing Wunderlist app helps you keep your lists in order.  It’s especially cool because you can share your list with others, and it can also be downloaded on your Mac, and synced.  It’s super easy to use and a great way to stay organized!

 

*Quick Scan Bar Code Reader

This inventive Quick Scan app will save you the time of running from store to store for price comparison!  Use the camera on your phone to scan the barcode of any item you want to purchase.  Need more dishwashing tabs?  Scan the bar code and the app will let you know all of the places you can purchase it, with the prices!

 

 

*TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio app is a great resource for those that love listening to sports, news and music on the radio.  When you aren’t around a radio or can’t get your favorite station to tune in properly, use the TuneIn Radio app!

 

*SafeTrek

SafeTrek is an amazing app that can give you added comfort.  When it comes to safety, you can never be too cautious.  Whether walking to your car late at night after work, or finding yourself in an uncomfortable situation with a stranger, just press the button that says, “Hold until safe.”  If something happens, let go and the police are automatically and instantly informed of your location.

 

*Waze

Worried about traffic?  You don’t have to with the Waze app!  It’s the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app that joins drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info.  That will save you tons of time avoiding traffic, and with gas prices, who wants to cruise around aimlessly wasting it?

 

*AroundMe

“What do you want to eat?”  “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” – sound familiar?  With AroundMe, you’ll never be indecisive again!  No matter where you are, or what you need, this app easily and quickly lets you know where the closest restaurants, hospitals, gas stations, banks, movie theaters and more are in reference to you!

 

*Mint

This neat app, Mint, helps you manage your money – all of your money.  It combines your balances and investments, and even your bank account balances in one place so you can keep track of your spending and savings easier.

 

*Burner

Sometimes, giving your phone number out leads to unwanted calls, texts and SPAM!  With Burner, you’ll get a temporary number that can be texted and called, and expires after a specific time that you set.  Pretty brilliant, right?

 

*Slice

The Slice app will help you keep track of all of those awesome deals you purchased from My Dallas Mommy and anywhere online!  It automatically grabs tracking numbers from your email account, when you receive confirmations that your packages have shipped.  It will alert you and let you know when to expect your package – leaving you more time wondering, researching and worrying about those packages!

These are the apps we have on our phones – what are your favorite apps?

 

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80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
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10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
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Meal Planning Tips For Busy Moms + FREE Printable

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 5:45 PM
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Meal Planning Tips

One thing families struggle with is keeping the grocery bill under control. Going in without a list and buying the first thing that looks good is no fun, and ends up costing way more in the end. Learning how to meal plan and sticking to it is easier than you think. Follow these simple tips to easy meal planning and a cheaper grocery bill.

  • Assign Each Day A Theme – This could make meal planning so easy! Salad Sundays, Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesday, Wild Rice Wednesday, etc. There are so many options and making out your weekly grocery list would only take a few minutes. Make it fun for the whole family by asking the kids to pick their favorites!
  • Pinterest – This deserves it’s own category. Spend a few minutes daily searching around on Pinterest for great recipes. Pin these to a board called “Dinner,” or something similar. When it is time to prepare your grocery list, all of the recipes will be pinned in your folder.  You may also find great ideas in our recipe posts!
  • Prepare Your Meat Ahead – When you are cooking, it is easier to prepare almost all of your meat at once. If you are going to be using a lot of chicken, it is easy to clean and dress it all at once, properly freeze and pull out what you need for dinner. This saves time during the week, especially for busy moms.
  • Don’t Forget the Sides – While making out your meal plan for the week, also include side dishes. There is nothing worse than having every night’s main dish planned out, but no sides. What I like to do is make side dishes that can use a lot of the same ingredients.
  • Get Help – It get’s hard trying to figure out something to cook every night of the week, get the kids and spouse in on it. Ask them what their favorite meals are or if they have any suggestions for dinner. You would be surprised at how many great ideas they can come up with!
  • Keep Stocked Up – Keep a stock of basic supplies, both in your freezer and pantry. A few extra bags of frozen veggies or extra rice and cream of mushroom soup can make a big difference. No matter if it’s extra company or an emergency backup, it is great to have a nice stock.  Consider getting a deep freezer and a nice stockpile of freezer bags.
  • Write Your Meal Plan – Having your meal plan listed in a central location will stop the confusion of everyone asking what’s for dinner. A great idea is to print out a free meal planner printable, frame it and hang in the kitchen. Easily fill it in every week and you are ready to go. You might also like to write your plan on a meal planning whiteboard like this!
  • Subscription Services – Another idea is to take advantage of subscription services that offer grocery delivery.  You’ll save money, be able to buy larger quantities for cheaper prices, and plan your meals around the current sales the services offer.  Check out our list of Grocery & Household Subscription Services we suggest!

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I hope these tips help make planning dinner and cooking dinner just little bit easier. To help you prepare this coming week’s meal I am going to share with you a sample of one of my weekly meal plans. You can also print this PDF “What’s On The Menu” that you can print out and put on your refrigerator or hang in the kitchen. Hope you enjoy!

Monday – Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Tuesday – Healthy Beef Stroganoff

Wednesday – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Thursday – Chicken Marsala with Fresh Garden Salad *I use chicken stock instead of wine*

Friday – Southwest Stuffed Acorn Squash

Saturday – Chicken Fajita Pasta

Sunday – Grilled Ribs with French Fries and Steamed Broccoli

Print your Free Meal Planner Here

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80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

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10 Winter Energy Saving Tips

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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10 winter energy saving tips

Brrrrr!!!!  With the crazy weather that Texas brings us, it’s hard to keep our energy bills in check. You can save a ton of money by following 10 Winter energy saving tips that will help lower that energy bill and keep you warm and toasty all Winter!

  • Use your ceiling fans properly.  Changing the rotation, alters the airflow.  Have your fan turn clockwise (counter-clockwise in the Summer to cool down your home) to keep the hot air in the room.  Keep it on a low setting and that will gently push the warm air down.
  • Blankets, robes, and heavy socks can definitely keep you warm inside.  Lay an area rug down in rooms you use often, as this will help insulate the floor.  Bundle up with blankets before turning up the heat.  An electric blanket can offer even more warmth, and not force you to heat the entire house!  This best selling heated fleece wrap is the perfect solution.
  • Only heat rooms you use. Close and seal off vents in the rooms you aren’t in like storage or guest rooms.  This will help the flow of energy focus on only the areas you want to feel it in. Space heaters in the rooms you use the most will allow you to turn the heat down in the rest of the house and save on the energy bill, too.
  • Open south-facing window curtains and drapes during the Winter, when the sun is out, and allow your home to soak up that heat it offers.  When the sun goes down, close them to keep the heat inside.
  • Keep the house cooler while you sleep.  Your body temperature will rise as you sleep, and you can bundle up much more under the covers to keep warm.  Electric blankets and microwaveable rice packs are a great way to keep your bed warmer, too. Allowing your thermostat to be turned down 10 degrees for about 8 hours can help you save on your energy bill by about 10 percent each year!
  • A humidifier will add moisture to the air.  When the air in your home becomes dry, it feels colder.  Moist air feels warmer and hold heat more efficiently.  Your humidifier can allow you to lower the thermostat by making it feel warmer!  Try these highly rated humidifiers!
  • Decorating your indoor areas and outdoor patios with lights are a great way to feel festive during the holidays.  Using LED lights can use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer.  That means they consume much less energy.  No matter what type of lighting you use, unplug them before going to sleep or leaving your home.  Even if they aren’t turned on, they will continue to draw power.
  • Sign up for Energy Ogre.  No, really – go sign up.  You’ll literally save 40-60% off your energy bill!  Read more about how Energy Ogre helps save Texans tons of money every year HERE!  Why pay a standard rate, when you can save so much money?  Sign up, switch and save.  It’s really THAT easy!
  • Your furnace needs a tuneup!  When it runs efficiently, it reduces energy consumption.  Schedule an appointment and get that furnace it’s yearly checkup.
  • Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms only when you have to. pull hot air that is rises to the ceiling out of the room. You’ll need that hot air to keep the area warm, especially after having a hot shower! Use them when you need them, and shut them off as soon as possible.

Thrifty Tips

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MEAL SOLUTIONS FOR TURNING LEFTOVERS INTO NEW MEALS
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WHAT FOODS CAN YOU FREEZE? SAVE TIME & MONEY
TOP 10 WHAT TO BUY DURING END OF SUMMER SALES
80 NON-TOXIC DIY CLEANERS
10 USES FOR MUFFIN PANS
10 ITEMS WORTH BUYING AT THE DOLLAR STORE
SIGNATURE MINI MEALS + 21 MEAL SUGGESTIONS

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Household & Grocery Subscription Services

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 5:00 PM
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Household and grocery subscription services

There are days when a simple grocery list seems so overwhelming.  Packing up the kids, driving to the stores that carry your favorite brands, and spending extra money on items you don’t really need can be a daunting chore.  Why not sit back, relax and order those household necessities online?!  With these subscription services, you’ll score all of the products you need, save a ton of money, and save time.  It’s a win-win-win situation!

Here are our favorite grocery and household subscription services:

Boxed.com

Candy, air fresheners, wine, condiments, laundry soap, diapers…. all of this and more can be found at Boxed.com at GREAT prices!  With their awesome referral program, free samples and bulk purchasing to save you more, Boxed.com offers perks you don’t want to pass up.

BENEFITS:

  • Score $15 off your first Boxed order of $60 or more with this link!
  • Create an account, and share $15 in savings with friends and family, and get $15 Boxed credit for each friend you refer after their first Boxed delivery.
  • Score 2 FREE samples with each box delivery!
  • Shop online OR use the convenient app.
  • Enjoy free delivery on your first order and all other orders over $49! Most orders arrive within 2 business days.
  • Get 1% in Cash Rewards on the total price of your order for every purchase.
  • No membership fees!
  • Buy in bulk and save more, plus that reduces having to shop as often!

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Amazon Subscribe & Save

Save on everyday products to fill up your pantry!  These are regularly scheduled deliveries of the items you want and need for your household from Amazon.  Get everything from cat litter to toilet paper and coffee to cleaners with Subscribe & Save!  Be sure to check out Prime Pantry for more savings, as well!

BENEFITS:

  • Get household items, food, beverages, pet supplies and MORE!  You’ll never run out or have to make extra trips to the store!
  • Subscribe to more, and save more! Get additional savings and deals on eligible subscriptions when you subscribe to 5 or more products!
  • Save 20% on diapers and baby necessities as an Amazon Family Member. Get a FREE 30-day trial HERE.
  • Coupons are available to virtually zip to save more on your purchases!  Combine these with the “buy more, save more” savings to really score.
  • Shipping is FREE on all of your orders!  Most will arrive to you within 2 days.
  • Skipping a delivery is easy, with just one click. You’ll also be notified before a subscription is sent out.
  • Cancel your membership anytime

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Jet.com

This unique site has a real-time savings engine that will drop prices as you shop!  You’ll always find fun games and toys, great household necessities and gift ideas at Jet.com.  From furniture to laundry detergent, this Amazon-like competitor offers some great perks:

BENEFITS:

  • No membership, annual or hidden fees! Just shop and save!
  • Get FREE 2-5 day shipping on $35 or more orders!
  • Get JetCash just for shopping, and use it towards future purchases!
  • Constantly updated with new savings offers, new products and new deals!
  • Save 15% off your first THREE orders!

Target Subscriptions

Shop til you drop with Target Subscriptions!  Pick the everyday products your family needs, and set a delivery schedule.  Even better, you’ll score 5% off just for subscribing, and get free shipping.  Target REDcard holders will also get an additional 5% off!

BENEFITS:

  • Once you’ve subscribed, if the price on any of the items drops or offers more promotional discounts, you’ll receive those discounts on your subscription!
  • Skip or cancel or subscription whenever you need to, with ease.
  • You get the best of Target’s great inventory, at great prices!

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

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What to Expect on Sale in January

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 5:00 PM
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On Sale in January

January is a great month for several awesome deals!  This is a great time to stock up on some gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and more – as we see some of the year’s best prices until Black Friday comes along again.  This is the perfect time to start stocking up with presents for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries throughout the year. In fact, savvy shoppers will begin stocking their Gift Vault with after Christmas sale items and more…..

On Sale in January

White Sales:  January is notorious for “White Sales” and we’ll see a lot!  Bedding, towels and housewares will all fall into this.  This is also the time that storage totes and containers and organizational products go for cheap, as we take down our Christmas decor and clean up a little from the chaos of the holidays.

Best online stores for White Sales:

On Sale in January

Clothing:  Even though winter just began, we’ll get some awesome sales on winter apparel and accessories!  Some of the best deals on jackets, coats, gloves & scarves are found in January.  Ski and winter sport clothing is also at its lowest this month.  Winter sleepwear, robes and slippers are also discounted big time in January.  Now is the time to purchase these items!!

Be sure to check out:

On Sale in January

Overstock:  Retailers tend to buy BIG on items like TVs, Blu-Ray players and electronics during the holidays.  In January, they are left with quite a bit – and we’ll get them at great discounts.  They won’t be, of course, as cheap as we saw on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but they’ll be discounted enough to make them worth the buy!  Since the iPhone and Android phones have been so popular, the sales of digital cameras has obviously gone down quiet a bit.  Retailers want you to buy them, though, so January is a great time to purchase camera accessories and digital cameras, especially when retailers overstock for the holidays!  We saw some awesome prices last year in January.

Best places to shop for overstock clearances:

On Sale in January

Holiday Clearances:  We’ve already seen some nice 50% and 70% discounts on holiday items, but in January, these items MUST leave the shelves so stores can replace with new products and Valentine’s Day seasonal stuff (it’s already up in a lot of stores).  This is a GREAT time to purchase holiday decor, gift wrap and more!  Watch your dollar stores, too, as holiday items are usually on sale for less than a buck.  Bikes are pretty popular items to go on sale, as well.  Electronics get clearanced out, as the new models start showing up on shelves.  Toys will be getting deep discounts with some amazing online codes – great for stocking up on gifts for the year (or start your next year Christmas shopping, too!  It’s never too early to save serious money)!

Healthy Lifestyles:  New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight and get fit are on everyone’s mind right now, and retailers know it!  Find deals on workout equipment and apparel…Wii fitness games and much more this month!  Slim Fast, Weight Watchers and other “diet” foods will be on sale, along with “good for you” foods like Kashi and Nabisco low calorie snack foods.

Cold & Flu: The drugstores start rockin’ some serious cold and flu remedy deals this month, as everyone seems to get the sniffles this time of year.  This is a great time to stock up!  We’ll see the same round of coupons coming out with high values that you can stack with store coupons and get rewards on, as we saw in October.

On Sale in January

Super Bowl:  The end of January gears us up for the Super Bowl with great deals on soda, snack crackers, party trays, chips, dips and more snack food items.  Watch for nice party items, like football decor, serving items, and more.  If you have an NFL fan in your life (or are one yourself), there will be killer online deals for gear, memorabilia and jerseys, too.

On Sale in January

Coupons:  This month we see more soup, hot chocolate, coffee, soups and stew fixin’ coupons. These come out more frequently this month and are paired with great sales in the grocery stores.  Keep your eyes on the displays at your local stores, as Super Bowl party end-caps and displays are really popular! Print coupons here!

On Sale in January

Produce in Season:

Avocado

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Citrus Fruits

Grapefruit

Leeks

Lemons

Oranges

Papaya

Spinach

Tangelos

Tangerines

On Sale in January

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

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10 Unique Gift Wrapping Alternatives

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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10 unique gift wrapping ideas

Skip the ordinary bows and wrapping paper this year and get creative!  Here are some budget-friendly gift wrapping alternatives you can try this year when you’re wrapping your Christmas gifts!

1. Comics

Comics are colorful and silly – and a great way to recycle your newspaper into something fun and decorative! You can re-use these funny moments on your gifts to make them more fun and way different than the normal red and green paper!

2. Sales Ads

This is something else that comes in your weekly newspaper – and you already paid for it!  You can reuse the add from the store you bought the gift from to give a hint, or just any old ad that you may have laying around. This is an especially fun way to wrap for couponers and savers!

3.  Homework

What a great way to really personalize and show off your children’s abilities and smarts! Use their old homework (or colored photo copies) as gift wrap to make any special gift even more amazing! My niece lives on the other side of the country, and getting a present wrapped in her schoolwork was a nice treat and great way to receive something so special!

4.  Balloons

Balloons are a very unique way to gift an item. It sounds strange, but on Valentine’s Day, you’ll see balloons stuffed with teddy bears and other treats. Why not do this for the holidays?  It may not be quite as easy to shove a bear in a balloon, but it’s the perfect idea for jewelry or a little trinket. Just stick the item into the balloon, blow it up and decorate it!

5.   Colorful Pillowcase or Old Clothing

What a great way to get some use out of that old thing in the closet.   We all have clothes that we rarely wear, if at all, and it’s a very smart way to wrap a few of your gifts.  Its a durable wrap, and you could even make a bow or two out of the scraps left over.

6. Scarves

Wrapping a gift in a scarf is an awesome way to give two gifts in one.   A beautiful scarf wrapped nicely around a box holding some jewelry, or clothing that matches would be a fantastic pair. To hold the scarf in place on the package, use a matching broach to pin it, or wrap a bracelet or necklace around it to secure it.

7. Family Pictures

If you have a small package, it is great to personalize it to the max. Grab some digital photos and print them out onto regular paper and use the paper as a wrap. Most gifts are in boxes that traditionally wouldn’t be small enough for a single sheet of paper, so you may need to use multiple.  You can also wrap the gift in butcher paper of any color and add the photo rather than a bow.

8. Jars

Jars are a neat way to showcase a gift when it’s not a complete surprise. You can roll a scarf and place it in a jar, or you can throw in your family secret spice combination for chili. The possibilities are endless for this commonly looked over way of gifting. Plus, mason jars are so popular and used for so many things, it’s like giving 2 gifts in one!

9. Maps

For anyone who loves history, or loves to travel, wrapping their gift in unused maps can be a very creative way to let them really know that you know what they like. If you don’t have maps around the house, AAA gives them out for free, or you could always print them out from your computer.  If you took a trip with a friend or family member that’s receiving the gift, you could highlight the map of your route, too!

10. Cookie Tins

After you’re done eating all of the shortbread cookies, don’t throw away the tin. You can re-use this for any gifts that might fit inside. Just place the gift inside, and wrap a ribbon around the outside. What a great way to fool the person receiving the gift!

What are your ideas for gift wrapping alternatives?

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

Holiday Meal Price Guide – Know Your Prices!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Holiday Meal Price Guide

The holidays are here, finally! It’s one of the best times of the year to stock-up on several items like boxed potatoes, canned veggies, baking items and more! But how do you know what you SHOULD be spending on these things? What’s the best price for a frozen turkey? What is a good deal on pot roast? It it cheaper to make my own pies than it is to purchase a frozen one? We’ve got you covered!

Holiday Meal Price Guide

Remember: These are stock up prices. This is just a guide for you to gauge what you are paying versus what you could be paying. Get as close to the listed prices as you can when you are shopping for your holiday meals. Watch the blog for coupons on these items!
Holiday Meal Price Guide
Turkey – whole, frozen 39¢-59¢/lb (under 99¢ per pound is a score)
Turkey – whole, fresh $1.39/lb
Spiral Ham – $1.69/lb or under $2 /lb
Leg of Lamb – $8.95/lb (varies depending on location)
London Broil – $1.99/lb
Rump Roast- $2.99/lb
Pot Roast – $2.29/lb
Brisket – $2.49/lb
Roast Beef – $2.49/lb
Pork Tenderloin $2.99/lb
Fish – fresh $2.99/lb
Holiday Meal Price Guide

Stuffing – we can score this for FREE with coupons, but if you don’t, under 75¢ is great

Box Potatoes – 50¢

Canned Veggies – 30¢ or under

Frozen Veggies – FREE – under $1

Gravy – dry packets will be under 50¢, and jars/cans will be under $1

Cranberry Sauce (can) – under $1 (the closer it gets, the more chances of scoring it for 50¢)

Chicken Broth (can) – 33¢

Chicken Stock – FREE – 75¢/box

Olives – FREE to 50¢

French’s Onions $1.50

Rolls/Biscuits (frozen) – 50¢ and under for a Pillsbury package

Rolls/Biscuits (fresh, dozen) – depending on the brand, watch for under $2.50

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Sweet Potatoes – 49¢/lb

Yams – 49¢/lb

Brussel Sprouts – $1.49/lb

Cauliflower – 88¢/lb

Broccoli – 88¢/lb

Potatoes – under $2 for a 10 lb bag (we even see 15 lb bags for $1.99!!)

Fresh Green Beans – under $1 per pound (these prices have changed, too)

Celery bunch – 89¢

Carrot bunch (1 lb) – 89¢

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Whole, frozen pies – we see these on sale with coupons for under $2 each

Milk – $1.99 (gallon)

Heavy Cream – $1 (1/2 pint)

Evaporated Milk – 50¢

Condensed Milk – 75¢

Sugar (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Flour (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Powdered/Brown Sugar (1 lb) – 89¢

Baking Powder – FREE – 50¢

Corn Starch – 50¢

Marshmallows – under $1/bag

Cool Whip – 50¢ for holiday flavors, under $1 for regular

Canned Pumpkin – $1 or under

Pecans – whole, $4.99/lb

Almonds – whole, $3.99/lb

Apples – depending on the type of apple– 99¢ – $1.49/lb

Chocolate Chips/Morsels – $1 – $1.50

Cream Cheese – $1

Cake Mix – 75¢

Frosting – 75¢

Cinnamon Rolls – 50¢

Cranberries (fresh) – we can get them for FREE, but about $1 per package is good

Butter (salted/unsalted) – $1.50/lb

Pie Crust (2pack) – $1

Pecans – The price of pecans has sky-rocketed! The cheapest we’ve seen lately is $7.99/lb

Top Ten Reasons to Do Your Holiday Shopping Online

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 4:45 PM
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Welcome to our new series, “My Dallas Mommy’s Top 10”!  Each week, we’ll highlight a top 10 list of our favorite things!

Top 10 Reasons to do Your Holiday Shopping Online

The holidays are very quickly approaching!  Have you started your gift shopping yet?    By shopping online, and grabbing the amazing deals we post daily, you’ll be saving time, money and frustration.  Plus, you’ll be getting some extra perks along the way!  Be sure to follow along on the blog, because we’re already posting awesome online deals.  Don’t miss a HOT deal we post, by getting free HOT text alerts! Here are 10 reasons to do your holiday shopping online:

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10. The crowds, lines, parking and holiday rush
Avoid the holiday crowds by shopping early.  That means grabbing the online deals that we post, when we post them.  Everything we post is something that one of us will buy, or is currently purchasing, because it’s the best deal anywhere online!  If you can’t shop early, you’re still going to find awesome deals online through Christmas.  You’ll also avoid seeing a sale in-store on the flyer, going to the store, and finding that it’s been sold out.  What a bummer!

Probably the BEST reason to avoid these things is that shopping in-store (especially during the holidays) might cost you MORE money.  Factor in the gas it takes to get from store to store, the breakfast, coffee or lunch you might pick up if you’re out for a while, and sometimes, you’ll even have to pay for parking.  If you take your kids with you to shop, you may be spending more money to appease them with treats, snacks or small toys.  Avoiding those additional costs by shopping online.

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9. Product Reviews
Scrolling through the product reviews online can make or break a deal.  Most online retailers have reviews, ratings and comments from previous customers that purchased the items. Product reviews are a lifesaver at times, because they are honest opinions from the people that have tried and tested the things you are considering buying.  You’ll find that most products receive some horrible reviews, and some exceptional reviews – it all depends on the user and their experience with the items they bought. Amazon is famous for their reviews!  In fact, if you don’t trust Amazon reviews because of free products given in exchange, you’ll be happy to know that Amazon changed their policy on reviews. When the majority of the users commenting and rating are giving an average of the same response, you can be pretty sure that your experience will be similar.  This is something that you can’t get by shopping in-store, and is an invaluable asset to shopping online.

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8. Shop 24/7
With busy schedules and only so many hours in the day, shopping in-store can be difficult.  You may need to wait for the weekend – only to find the items you wanted are sold out, or the sale has ended.  Some of us work or go to school at night, and can’t make it to the stores during business hours.  That’s why shopping online is so great – the sites are open 24/7!  You’ll never have to worry about missing that sale because you couldn’t get to the store in time, when you shop online.  This is convenience at it’s best – without having to pay more!

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7. No coupons needed
We love our coupon binders, and when we shop the drugstores and grocery stores, you’ll always find our binders out and ready for price reduction battle.  But when we shop for gifts, clothing, household items and larger products, we shop online.  One of the greatest things about being frugal is that we aren’t limited to one method of saving money!  When you shop online, you don’t have to clip coupons, organize them, and take them with you to the store.  Shopping online with coupons is as simple as typing in a short coupon or promo code into a box, and clicking a button on the site.  Most online stores will display their sale prices or coupon codes on the homepage, so you don’t have to hunt them down.  Although we love our coupons, we don’t always have to have them with us, and shopping online cuts us a little break from the coupon chaos!

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6. Discreet purchases
Whether you’re a little embarrassed to buy your feminine hygiene products at the drugstore, or want to get something a little risqué for your significant other or favorite couple, shopping online is definitely the way to go.  You’ll get privacy and peace of mind for any of the items you want and need to buy, and you may even avoid the judgmental raised eyebrow of the cashier in Walgreens!  Buying online gives you freedom to shop around and buy without feeling uncomfortable.  If you’re asking your significant other to give you some sexy lingerie this year, they won’t have to feel rushed or red-faced as they browse in Victoria’s Secret.  You’ll be able to stock up on incontinence pads for your mom, without having to walk around Target with a cart full of Poise Pads.  No matter what you’re purchasing, you can feel comfortable doing so from the comfort of your own home.

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5. Ship to recipient
If you’re a procrastinator, this might be the best reason for you.  Instead of having the gifts you’re giving this year, shipped to your home to be wrapped, tagged and then shipped back out to long distance family and friends, have them shipped straight to their address!  This saves money on additional shipping, and something we do every year.  Once the recipient receives their package, they simply need to wrap it up in the shipping box, and stick it under their tree.

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4. More options & products
Shopping online offers retailers and stores that you don’t have in your local area.  You’ll have access to hundreds of thousands of sites and products that you can’t always find within driving distance. If you’re not exactly sure what you want to gift to that special someone in your life this year, you won’t be limited to the stores that your mall offers, and you’ll probably find some items you never thought about before!  Plus, online retailers often offer much more inventory, with more choices, colors, sizes and even customizations than their in-store counterparts.

Being “geographically free” also means that you can shop worldwide online – discovering some unique products, without having to travel to get them!  Shop local stores, or browse the items that other countries offer – either way, you’ll be unlimited in your options.

In fact, that brings us to another reason to shop online – the search box!  Shopping in your local store, you will have to look around for what you need, or ask a sales associate.  You won’t find a search box in-store for quick and easy shopping!

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3. Free shipping
A deal doesn’t get better than hitting a rock bottom price AND offering free shipping!  If possible, getting free shipping is the way to go.  Some stores even allow you to have the online purchases shipped to their stores for free, so you can pick them up at a convenient time.  What’s better than having the FedEx or UPS man stop by your house with packages?  Knowing those boxes contain GREAT deals, and were delivered to your home for FREE!

Having your purchases shipped to your door also means you avoid lugging around heavy, huge boxes and bags while you shop, making multiple trips through the crowded mall to the parking lot, and burning out earlier than expected.

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2. Perks
Many online retailers reward you with perks for shopping on their websites.  In fact, you’ll save even MORE money by purchasing online, rather than in-store, because of these perks.  Target.com shoppers with the Target REDcard (debit or credit) will get 5% off their purchase, plus free shipping.  They’ll also have more time to return items that were bought online and purchased with the REDcard.

Amazon Prime offers FREE 2-day shipping (a lifesaver for last minute shoppers), plus you’ll get to take advantage of the other perks that Prime members get, including free unlimited photo storage, instant video to watch your favorite movies or tv shows, unlimited music streaming, and early access to limited time offers at super cheap prices.  Did you know you can give the gift of Amazon Prime membership?!  Head over HERE to check it out!

Zulily.com offers FREE shipping for 24 hours after you pay your initial shipping fee.  This can make for some SWEET deals.

Groupon also offers some nice perks for their members.  Get their emails, and you’ll receive early access to deals, and other great sales that non-members won’t get!

Many online sites offer exclusive codes and discounts, too.  First time customers will generally save between 10-15% off, so be sure you’re watching for pop-ups when you hit the home page.
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1. Black Friday & Cyber Monday
Black Friday deals are some of our favorites, but instead of fighting the crowds and getting up super early on Black Friday, we prefer to sit in our pajamas, grab a cup of coffee and our laptops, and shop with comfort and ease for the week (or more) that online retailers are offering the same, or LOWER prices as they do on Black Friday.  Cyber Monday is also a great way to save money and shop from home.  There’s no rush to throw on your makeup, pack up the kids, stop to get gas in the car, fight the traffic and then search the stores for the items you want and need.

Every year, it seems that Black Friday starts a little earlier, and Cyber Monday lasts a bit longer than just one day – in fact, we’re still  seeing HOT deals for Cyber Monday (let’s just call it Cyber MONTH).  Some stores will stretch these popular sale days out for a few days. Online retailers will stretch them out for up to a month!  You’ll get better sale prices for LONGER by shopping online.  In addition, during these special sale weeks, we are busy posting deal after deal for you, so you don’t have to hunt them down!

We do price comparisons before posting our deals – checking other popular and reputable sites that are selling the same items, and making sure you get the best bargain on the web, whenever you’re ready to shop!  Grab a cup of coffee (or wine!), get the kids in bed, throw on your comfy jammies and come shop with us online!

Head over HERE and start scrolling through the deals!

Did we miss an important reason to shop online? 

Share your thoughts in the comments!

 

arrowCheck out the rest of our Top 10 Series!

Just a few of our favorites:

Want more?  Be sure to go here to checkout discounted ticket prices for events in Dallas and Fort Worth!  Also, keep in mind that Groupon and LivingSocial always have great deals on local shops, restaurants, spas and more.  GoldStar also offers half-priced entertainment!  For other ways to save on going out, try Pogo Pass or City Pass!

Guaranteed Delivery by Christmas Deadlines

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Guaranteed Delivery by Christmas 2016 Deadlines

Getting your packages sent out in the next few weeks can be pretty stressful.  That’s why knowing the guaranteed delivery by Christmas deadlines for shipping companies like USPS, FedEx and UPS are so important!  Here is a roundup of shipping deadlines for the 2016 year, plus deadlines for shipping from popular online retailers:

Guaranteed Delivery by Christmas 2016 Deadlines

UPS Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 18 – Deadline for 3-Day Select shipments.
  • Dec 22 – Deadline for 2nd Day Air shipments.
  • Dec 23 – Deadline for Next Day Air shipments.

USPS Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 15 – Deadline for Standard Parcel Post (regularly mail) shipments.
  • Dec 20 – Deadline for First Class Mail and Priority Mail shipments.
  • Dec 23 – Deadline for Priority Express Mail shipments.

FedEx Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 12 – Deadline for SmartPost shipments.
  • Dec 17 – Deadline for Home Delivery and Ground Delivery shipments.
  • Dec 20 – Deadline for Express Save shipments.
  • Dec 22 – Deadline for 2-Day and 2-Day A.M. shipments.
  • Dec 23 – Deadline for Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight shipments.
  • Dec 25 – Deadline for SameDay shipments.

Guaranteed delivery by Christmas deadlines

Amazon Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 18 – Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 22 – Express shipping option.
  • Dec 23 – Fastest shipping option

Best Buy Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 22 – Expedited shipping
  • Dec 23 – Express shipping.
  • Dec 24 – Store Pickup
  • Dec 25 – E-Gift Cards purchased at bestbuy.com

ToysRUs Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 19 (3 pm EST) – Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 22 (3 pm EST) – Expedited shipping option.
  • Dec 23 (12 pm EST) – Express shipping option.
  • Dec 24 – Free in-store pickup is available.

Walmart Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 19 – Guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery with Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 22 – 3-Day shipping option.
  • Dec 23 – 2-Day shipping option.

Target Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 17 – Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 22 – Premium shipping option.
  • Dec 23 – Express shipping option.

Kohls Christmas  Deadlines

  • Dec 22 (1pm CST) – 1-day shipping option.

Macy’s Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 22 (5 pm) – Standard 2-day shipping.
  • Dec 23 (5 pm) – Express shipping.

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

NOVEMBER: What To Expect On Sale This Month!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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What’s on sale in November?

Chilly air, red and yellow leaves, the smell of cider and fresh pumpkin pie…..it’s definitely November!  This is the month that kicks off holiday shopping deals!  Black Friday is always popular, and so is Cyber Monday.  But, besides the obvious, what else can we find on sale this month?  Here you go!  If you’re looking for great gift ideas, be sure to head over to the blog to join our exclusive MDM Secret Savers Facebook Group, sign up for our FREE *HOT* text alerts and watch the blog for online deals and roundups!

 

Black Friday

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For the entire month, you’ll see great sales and “Pre-Black Friday” promotions!  These are wonderful ways to avoid the rushes and panic of Black Friday sales in-store AND online.  We’ll see everything from jewelry to digital cameras and appliances to TVs on BIG discounts this month!  We anticipate grabbing awesome deals on DVDs and Blu-Rays, tablets, Keep watching the blog so that you don’t miss anything!

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Get ready for WINTER!

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Before Winter hits, retailers like to begin putting seasonal items on the shelves.  You’ll see great deals on outerwear like jackets, coats, boots, thermals and much more all on sale this month.  Gloves, cold weather sleepwear, robes, mittens and hats will also be in abundance this month.  Another great buy will be cold medicine, chapsticks, cough drops and all seasonal allergy or cold & flu medications.  Read more about cold & flue essentials HERE.

Halloween leftovers

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All of those Halloween decorations, costumes, candies and party supplies will have to be off the shelves to make room for Thanksgiving and Christmas items. That means we see quicker markdowns on these things.  Stock up for cheap and save for next year, or grab some costumes for dress up when the kids want to get creative!  Don’t forget that candy corn is also enjoyed during Thanksgiving, so stock up now when they are on sale! Store your new decorations away until next year and feel awesome about saving so much money on them.

The great outdoors

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We’ve started to see nice deals on outdoor fire pits and chimenas, and those prices will continue to drop until they are gone from retailers warehouses.  Any other outdoor item like patio furniture, grills, tiki torches and hammocks will be greatly reduced, too.  This is a perfect time to save on these items.

Baking Season

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It’s in full swing now!  We saw quite a bit of activity in the baking world last month, but now it kicks into high gear.  Big sales, lots of coupons and neat promotions will be everywhere for items like chocolate chips, evaporated and sweetened condensed milk, cake and brownie mixes, nuts, coconut, sugars, flours, sprinkles, extracts and even Chex cereals!  Keep your eye on the blog for new coupons and deals at your favorite stores.

Thanksgiving

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Read about stock up prices for everything Thanksgiving meal and dessert related HERE!  We’ll see nice deals in the grocery stores on canned goods like soups, broths and canned pumpkin. We’ll also get nice sale prices on fried onion topping, cranberry sauce, marshmallows, hot chocolate, rolls, gravy, stuffing and more!

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Produce in season this month

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • avocado
  • beets
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • celery
  • chard
  • chestnuts
  • cranberries
  • daikon
  • fennel
  • guava
  • kiwi
  • kumquat
  • lemons
  • orange
  • pears
  • persimmons
  • pomegranate
  • potato
  • quince
  • rutabaga
  • squash, winter
  • sunchoke
  • turnips
  • yams

Thanksgiving Meal Price Guide

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 4:00 PM
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Stock-up price will vary depending on what region of the country you live in and how close to Thanksgiving you purchase your turkey.  Remember – you’ll pay nearly DOUBLE for a fresh turkey, that you will pay for a frozen bird.  This is important because we are thrifty shoppers and we want the best deal for the most value!   We will say that generally a great stock-up price for a frozen, whole turkey (always buy whole!)  will be between 39¢ and 59¢ per pound.  Finding a frozen, whole turkey under $1 per pound is a good deal.  Do the math and bring your calculator with you!  ALSO, be sure that the butcher’s calculations are correct.  If you are supposed to be paying 79¢/lb, and the total seems a little high, it may just be!

Remember:  These are stock up prices.  This is just a guide for you to gauge what you are paying versus what you could be paying.  Get as close to the listed prices as you can when you are shopping for your Thanksgiving meals.  Watch the blog for coupons on these items!

MEAT

Turkey – whole, frozen  39¢-59¢/lb  (under 99¢  per pound is a score)

Spiral Ham – $1.69/lb or under $2 /lb

SIDE DISHES

Stuffing – we can score this for FREE with coupons, but if you don’t, under 75¢ is great

Box Potatoes – 50¢

Canned Veggies – 30¢ or under

Frozen Veggies – FREE – under $1

Gravy – dry packets will be under 50¢, and jars/cans will be under $1

Cranberry Sauce (can) – under $1 (the closer it gets, the more chances of scoring it for 50¢)

Chicken Broth (can) – 33¢

Chicken Stock – FREE – 75¢/box

Olives – FREE to 50¢

French’s Onions  $1.50

Whole, frozen pies – we see these on sale with coupons for under $2 each

Rolls/Biscuits (frozen) – 50¢ and under for a Pillsbury package

Rolls/Biscuits (fresh, dozen) – depending on the brand, watch for under $2.50

Cranberries (fresh) – we can get them for FREE, but about $1 per package is good

Sweet Potatoes – 49¢/lb

Yams – 49¢/lb

Brussel Sprouts – $1.49/lb

Cauliflower – 88¢/lb

Broccoli – 88¢/lb

Potatoes – under $2 for a 10 lb bag  (we even see 15 lb bags for $1.99!!)

Fresh Green Beans – under $1 per pound (these prices have changed, too)

Celery bunch – 89¢

Carrot bunch (1 lb) – 89¢

BAKING ESSENTIALS

Milk – $1.99 (gallon)

Heavy Cream – $1 (1/2 pint)

Evaporated Milk – 50¢

Condensed Milk – 75¢

Sugar (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Flour (5 lbs) – $1.50  (under $2)

Powdered/Brown Sugar (1 lb) – 89¢

Baking Powder – FREE – 50¢

Corn Starch – 50¢

Marshmallows – under $1/bag

Cool Whip – 50¢ for holiday flavors, under $1 for regular

Canned Pumpkin – $1 or under

Chocolate Chips/Morsels – $1 – $1.50

Cream Cheese – $1

Cake Mix – 75¢

Frosting – 75¢

Cinnamon Rolls – 50¢

Butter (salted/unsalted) – $1.50/lb

Pie Crust (2pack) – $1

Pecans – The price of pecans has sky-rocketed!  The cheapest we’ve seen lately is $6.99/lb

Albertsons is launching a new Gas Rewards program and Tom Thumb is expanding their Gas Rewards program with Chevron in Dallas and throughout North Texas!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Albertsons is launching a new Gas Rewards program and Tom Thumb is expanding their Gas Rewards program, both with Chevron, in Dallas and throughout North Texas! That means BIG savings for us DFW folks! Shop the great deals in-store, then jump across the parking lot for more deal on fuel for your vehicles.  That’s one-stop shopping at its best!

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Shoppers can now earn points and redeem up to 20 cents per gallon in Gas Rewards at participating Chevron and Texaco locations or up to $1 per gallon at Tom Thumb and Albertsons gas stations. Existing Tom Thumb Reward Card members can earn and redeem points by using their Reward Card or phone number. New shoppers can enroll in the Gas Rewards program today by downloading the Tom Thumb or just for U® app, available for iOS™ and Android® devices. They can also enroll online at TomThumb.com or Albertsons.com/rewards. Once registered, you can earn one point for every dollar spent on participating items. Points are redeemable at the pump at Tom Thumb, Albertsons, and participating Chevron and Texaco gas stations.

Tom Thumb Gas Station Rewards

I live in downtown Dallas, and there is a Tom Thumb with a gas station attached to it, not too far from me.  This is where my boyfriend, Bryan, and I always stop for great deals on groceries and gas (p.s. this is Jeni’s boyfriend, Laura is still married to her man for 24 years :)).  It’s super convenient, and makes our grocery and gas outings much quicker with a one-stop-shop.  Not only do we save big time in the store on our purchases, we save money on gas, too.  We saved 20 cents per gallon on our last fill up – that’s under $2 per gallon!  Every little bit helps, and Bryan was pretty excited to see the total 🙂

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Rewards expire at the end of the month, following the one in which they were earned, which gives you plenty of time to use them. There is a limit of 200 points for a $0.20 per gallon Reward in a single fill-up at participating Chevron or Texaco stations, and a limit of 1,000 points for a single fill-up at a Tom Thumb or Albertsons gas station.  You can save up your points, and opt not to use them, like we do, too!

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

The next time you fill up at a gas station, shouldn’t you save more money?  With gas prices fluctuating so frequently, it’s nice to see some consistency and rewards for the money you spend.  Gas prices are up, down and all over the place, but Tom Thumb and Albertsons are consistent in savings!