January 2012 Archives

January 31, 2012

valentine's_tipsTraditional Valentine's gifts can be fairly pricey. In order to save money, check out these tips for your Valentine's Day purchases.

1. Flowers Don't buy flowers from a flower shop on their busiest day of the year to be delivered to your significant other. Instead, buy flowers from your local grocer, arrange in a vase, decorate with a bow, and deliver the flowers yourself.

2. Chocolates Instead of buying an expensive box of chocolates, buy your love's favorite candy bar and wrap it in a pretty bow.

3. Homemade Desserts Try making some homemade Valentine's treats and desserts, such as chocolate covered strawberries. These types of goodies are easy to make and are a lot less expensive than traditional boxed chocolates.

4. Cards Sure, it's easier to buy a card from the store, but homemade cards are more endearing and are a great way to save money while still being romantic. Write or copy a poem, or get your kids involved for a fun Valentine's craft.

5. Jewelry Skip on the diamonds and go for colored gems, such as rubies or emeralds or even moissanite stones, if you want to save money on jewelry. Check out eBay and pawn shops to find the best deals.

Casey Slide is a contributor for Money Crashers Personal Finance where she discusses lifestyle and money topics.


January 30, 2012

The big day is right around the corner. You can earn Cash Back on everything you need to make Superbowl Sunday the absolute best.superbowl.jpg

1. Grab a new TV - Target is having great deals!

2. Commemorate the game with festive apparel

3. Don't miss a moment of action with a new Tivo

4. Keep cleanup simple with durable plastic plates

5. Pickup some fun mugs to keep all your beverages cool


January 27, 2012

Wish Valentine's Day right around the corner, there are great sales going on and plenty of time for them to arrive in time. Don't let Cupid get the best of you - have a budget-savvy Valentine's Day.

Friday-Sales-Round-UpThe Children's Place is offering 25% off any order. Use code U9F2012. Plus 2.5% Cash Back! 

Franklin Mint is offering 20% off any order. Use code LOVEMINT. Plus 6.0% Cash Back!

Get Organized is offering 20% off any order. Code AG012612. Plus 7.0% Cash Back! 

Lenovo is offering an additional 15% off Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptops. Use code THINKX1. Plus 3.0% Cash Back!

Gifts for You Now is offering 10% off any order. Use code 10GFYN. Plus 7.0% Cash Back!

The Knot Wedding Shop is offering $15 off $90+ order. Use code 15XTRA. Plus 6.5% Cash Back!

Loft is offering 30% off Full Price Styles. Use code SAVENOW. Plus 3.0% Cash Back!

Steve Madden is offering 20% off $100+ order and Free Shipping. Use code SHOP20. Plus 4.0% Cash Back! 


January 26, 2012

While store may begin stocking up on spring items, it is a great time to snag deals on boots. Ebates offers tons of Cash Back options on chic winter footwear.boots.jpeg

1. Pickup some cool knee high wedge boots for easier walking and added height

2. Classic knee high brown boots will always look great

3. Grab some fun new rainboots and stay dry all year 'round

4. Some chic ankle boots look good in cold and warm months

5. Shop for some edgy combat-esque boots


January 25, 2012

As I mentioned before, one of my resolutions is to cook more as eating out tends to be a budget buster. I was recently given a Le Creuset french oven, and this single item has single-handedly elevated my mood while cooking. 

This is amazing piece of kitchen equipment for many reasons. First off - it is pretty. As childish as it may sound, I will be honest and admit that I find myself more motivated to cook when I am using pretty tools. It is easy to clean: the interior enamel makes cleanup shocking quick. Best of all you can get 6.0% Cash Back from Sur La Table when you snag your own!



January 24, 2012


January 23, 2012

It has become that time of the year when I start to forget about my resolutions and need an extra kick for workout motivation. Luck thing that new workout accessories will usually do the trick. There are tons of pretty and functional workout accessories that will surely be motivating me all the way to the gym!

1. New pair of Yoga Pants

3. A hoodie to stay warm

4. iPod shuffle - small and functional

5. Water bottle to stay hydrated


January 20, 2012

As you surely know, the New Year Closeout Sales are in full effect. There are tons of stores offering great specials, so grab your credit cards and stock up!

Get 40% off at Espirit! Use code JANSALE3. Plus get 7.0% Cash Back!

Express is having their End of Season Sale. Save up to 70% off. Plus get 2.5% Cash Back!

Life Stride is offering $10 off $50+ order. Use code LS10OFF. Plus get 5.0% Cash Back!

Philosophy is offering Free Gift of glamour and Free Shipping with $50+ order. Use code glamorous. Plus get 5.0% Cash Back.

Levi's is offering Free Shipping on any order. Plus get 4.0% Cash Back!

Solstice Sunglasses is offering 30% off regularly priced Sunglasses. Use code SUNDANCE. Plus get 4.0% Cash Back!

Chinese Laundry is offering 20% off any order. Use code FBSUGAR20. Plus get 8.5% Cash Back!


January 19, 2012

I will openly admit that my makeup routine is boring on it's best days. Often times it is reduced to merely mascara and bronzer. I have regularly found myself increasingly jealous of Hollywood starlets with perfect, long-lasting, bright pouts (see Zooey Deschanel). I recently discovered a complete game changer for those who want bright lips without constant reapplication.

First, fill in your lips with Sephora's waterproof lip liner, and then apply their cream lip stain and viola! Even better - both products come in loads of colors, so you can mix, match, and earn Cash Back through Ebates.


January 18, 2012

I keep reading Tangerine is the new 'it' color. While orange has never been my favorite hue, I have decided I need to embrace it. Luckily it's recent surge in popularity means that I have loads of options. Plus, I always get my Cash Back through Ebates!01_11.jpg

1. Orange Striped Scarf from Buy.com
2. Tie-Hem Shirt from Old Navy
3. Colorblock tote from The Gap
4. Bright orange suede pumps from Joan & David
5. Orange denim from Bloomingdale's


January 17, 2012



January 16, 2012


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January 13, 2012

The 2011 closeout sales are coming in rapidly and this week is no exception. Not only are there great sales, but you can maximize your savings even more with Cash Back earnings.

The Children's Place is offering 20% off any order and Free Shipping. Use code X7F2012. Plus get 2.5% Cash Back!

Shoes.com is offering 25% off Clearance Items. Use code 25SALE. Plus get 8.0% Cash Back!

Levi's is offering 25% off $100+ order. Use code TAKEOFF25. Plus get 4.0% Cash Back!

AllPosters is offering 15% off any order. Use code 15OFFJAN. Plus get 6.0% Cash Back!

Elizabeth Arden is offering 20% off any order. Use code NEW2012. Plus get 5.0% Cash Back!

Lord and Taylor is offering 20% off any order. Use code Sale. Plus get 3.0% Cash Back!

My M&Ms is offering 14% off $30+ order. Use code LUV. Plus 5.0% Cash Back!

Barnes & Noble is offering 30% off Moleskine. Use code B4V9E4U. Plus get 4.0% Cash Back!

Luggage Point is offering 20% off and Free Shipping on $75+ order. Use code JAN12. Plus get 5.0% Cash Back!


January 12, 2012


As I look forward to the upcoming Spring, I like to think about way's to incorporate some more color into my makeup routine. In the winter I find myself getting into a bit of a makeup rut, so I am looking forward to Cash Back and lots of fun new products.

1. Tarina Tarantino blush palette

2.Urban Decay eye crayons


January 11, 2012

Hey ya'll!  It's Kasey from Time 2 $ave!  I'm so excited to stop by today to share a message that is near and dear to our hearts.

First, you might be surprised to hear -we don't LOVE COUPONS. We don't wake up every morning excited to cut up coupons or jump on every deal that we can find. Simply put - couponing just happened to be the tool that brought hope to our family's finances. Most importantly it has afforded us the incredible opportunity to give into the lives of others in ways we never imagined.

When I say giving I'm not referring to giving just at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  You see, as we learned how to coupon effectively a light came on one day.  Every week there are items that are free or nearly free at grocery stores and drug stores.  What if we started looking for items each week specifically to give?  We began to look beyond our own family's needs for opportunities to bless others.  


Now, we have become purposeful givers.  It has become a lifestyle that is just as important to us as shopping for our family's needs.  

To give you an idea how much of an influence you can be I've listed items just from yesterday's posts that would make great donation items.

• Alpo Dog Food - $0.52 ea
• Johnson's baby Wash or Lotion - $0.09
• Reach Floss - Free

• Reach Floss - Free
• Uno Pictionary Card Game - $0.88
• Schick Disposable Razors - Free
• Bic Cristal Pens - Free

• Avery Binders - Free after Rewards
• Bic Mark-it Permanent Markers 5 Pk- $1 after Rewards
• HP Everyday 100 Pk Photo Paper - $1.00 after Rewards

What goes where?  Donation suggestions:
• Grocery/ Personal Care Items / Household Items - Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Battered Women's Shelters, local church pantry, Salvation Army, United Way

• Pet Food - Animal Shelters, Churches 

• School Supplies - Schools, Day Care, Salvation Army, Churches

• Baby Items - Teen Pregnancy Centers,Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Battered Women's Shelters, Churches, Salvation Army, United Way

Time 2 $ave + Time 2 Give = Time 4 Hope
It's not just about getting a deal; it's about making a difference...


January 10, 2012


As I plan my budget for this year, I hope to spend less money going out to eat. This means spending more time preparing my meals, and planning grocery shopping in a better way. There are some great fun tools that I plan snagging (and earning Cash Back on!) to help my achieve this goal.

1. A cute new apron

2. A juicer for the freshest juice

3. A waffle maker for sweet, hearty breakfasts

4. A slow cooker for one pot meals


January 9, 2012



January 6, 2012

Now that all the holiday hoopla has subsided, there are phenomenal sales going on. It is a great time to scoop up some stellar savings AND Cash Back!

Get $20 off $100+ orders at Burpee! Use code JTA12. Plus get 7.0% Cash Back!

At Ann Taylor you can get 40% off any order! Use code NEWYEAR. Plus get 2.5% Cash Back!

Bellacor is offering 10% off any order! Use code NEWYEAR. Plus get 5.0% Cash Back!

Melissa and Doug is offering 15% off any order! Use code NSAVE15. Plus get 7.0% Cash Back!

Get $10 off $50+ order at Vitamin World! Use code TAVWNY3. Plus get 5.0% Cash Back!

FragranceNet.com is offering $10 off $70+ order! Use code WINTER10. Plus get 6.0% Cash Back!

Auto Parts Wharehouse is offering $10 off $199+ order and Free Shipping. Use code AFFAPWTEN. Plus get 6.0% Cash Back!

e.l.f Cosmetics is offering a free 144 Piece Eye Shadow Palette with $25+ order. Use code COLORS. Plus get 5.5% Cash Back!


January 5, 2012

Are you ready for school to start back up again? Ebates can help you stay within budget with Double Cash Back at loads of different bookstores and rental shops. Check it out!


January 4, 2012

One of my personal resolutions for 2012 is to get more organized and stay that way. One of my favorite stores that will surely help achieving this goal is The Container Store. I have found their products to be pretty and functional. Added bonus: I get to earn Cash Back too! Here are a few products that I will be scooping up to help keep myself organized.


1. Display your jewelry in a fun and functional way with this canvas jewelry organizer

2. Track your miscellaneous papers and photos with this cork board (it has that great rustic look to it)

3. Use these nickel hooks to display my scarves and more bold necklaces

4. Clear out some space in my closet by hanging my coats on this adorable over-the-door rack

5. Get some pretty boxes to hold some of my miscellaneous knick knacks


January 3, 2012

One of my resolutions is to pay more attention to my finger nails. This was absolutely inspired by all the amazing nail art options that have been popping up everywhere - from the runway to the drugstore.


January 2, 2012

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