Friday

Starbucks - $10 eGift Card for Only $5 (Groupon)


Groupon is offering a $10 Starbucks eGift Card for $5.  That's half price!  Hurry, click here to get in on this offer will end later today.  Limit one per person. Voucher must be redeemed by 9/30/13.  Use the Mobile App to redeem the Starbucks eGift Card on the go or print it out.

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How To Make Your Marriage Last by Talking About Money

Photo Credit: MoneyTalkNews
Money conflicts are the number 1 reason for divorce.  If you and your spouse are on the same page with finances, your marriage is more likely to last a lifetime.   

I came across this excellent article written by Dori Zinn on MoneyTalksNews.com.  She wrote about how to succeed in a marriage based on her grandparents 53 year marriage. 

Here's her grandmother's advice:

1. Unite bank accounts

When a couple marries, they aren’t only united by law, they’re united by money. Sharing a car, home, kids, and bed isn’t enough. According to Grandma, you’ve got to share bank accounts too.

“One person in the marriage will want to say, ‘What’s mine is mine and not yours,’ and you can’t do that with money in your marriage. If you’re going to be bound together for life, that includes your finances.”

While some experts disagree on this point, suggesting couples are better off with at least some money to call their own, combining savings creates common goals. So at least open a savings account together and discuss how much you both can contribute regularly.

2. Live within your means

“Handle money together,” says Grandma. “Sit down and decide how much money you are going to spend on your mortgage or rent, electric, dry cleaners, and food.” In their first few years of marriage, my grandma says she had $20 a week budgeted for them and their newborn daughter (my aunt). “We ate a lot of hamburger,” she says.

3. “We never fought about money. We both knew exactly what there was.”

When she told me this, I was surprised. Fifty years is a long time. How can a couple never fight about money when so many married couples apparently do?

“From the time we were married, he handed me his paycheck,” Grandma said.

It’s good to have at least one person in the marriage handle the finances. If you’re not going to do it together, one of you should know every bill and obligation. My grandfather – out of habit from watching his parents live the same way – worked five days a week and when he got paid, he gave it to my grandmother. She paid the bills, gave him a weekly allowance for cigarettes and car fare ($10 a week in the ’50s), and took $20 for food. What remained was saved, with the occasional splurge on a vacation or dinner out.

4. Buy only what you need

While the cost of living was much lower 60 years ago, the importance of putting something aside hasn’t changed. What has, however, is what many consider “necessities.”

I’ve convinced myself I need the latest technology: an iPhone, a MacBook, and an iPad. So I worked a little extra and hustled a little longer to support my premium gadgets. But that also means I spent less elsewhere, or as my grandma puts it, ate a lot of hamburger. It also means I saved less.

My grandparents? The only extra they budgeted for was cigarettes.

If you want someday to own your own home, or pay down debt, consider what’s really “necessary.”

5. “A marriage is a business. You have to learn to be honest.”

When you get married, you essentially become a partner in a business. If you’re hiding money (spent or saved) from your spouse, you’re undermining your partnership. Would you hide money at work?

Before getting married, learn if your potential partner is financially stable and has a handle on saving and spending. There’s nothing wrong with talking about it, and there shouldn’t be secrets.

Discovering who your partner is doesn’t stop at favorite color or the shampoo they like. It also means uncovering personal issues, including finances. If you’re prone to keeping secrets, you aren’t ready to begin a 50-year partnership.

Click here to read the entire article.

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Yankee Candle - Buy 2 Get 1 FREE Large Jars, Tumblers & Vase Candles Printable Coupon


Click here to print a Buy 2 Get 1 FREE coupon valid for All Large Yankee Jar Candles, Large Jar Tumbler Candles & Large Pure Radiance Vase Candles (up to $27.99 value).  Valid through March 14, 2013.  

Keep in mind that Easter baskets are not just for kids.  Surprise your kids' teachers or someone special with an "adult" Easter basket with a Yankee candle and other goodies!

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Fresh Express Veggie Medleys - $0.55 Printable Coupon


Click here to print a coupon for $.55 off of your next purchase of Fresh Medleys Salad or click here to become a fan of Fresh Medleys on Facebook and print a coupon from their Facebook page.  I purchase Fresh Medleys Salads quite often.  We eat them fresh with salad dressing or saute them with garlic and onions.  In the summer, we pick strawberries from our garden and top our salads with them.  Enjoy!


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$1.50 Maybelline New York Printable Coupon = FREE Makeup At Target!

Here's a chance to try a new color for the Spring without dishing out the dollars!  You can stack the printable coupons below to score free to cheap makeup at Target this week!  Here's a sample scenario:

Maybelline New York Brow Liner, $1.72
$1/1 Maybelline Target Printable Coupon - click here
AND
- $1.50/1 Maybelline New York Shadow or Liner Printable Coupon - click here
= Free
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Wednesday

FREE Rita’s Italian Ice (March 20th: 12pm-9pm)


Rita's is celebrating the first day of Spring with FREE Italian Ice TODAY, Wednesday, March 20th from 12pm to 9pm!  At participating Rita’s locations, you can get a FREE regular size Italian Ice!  No coupon required!  Click here for details on their Facebook page.


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Ball Park Hotdogs - $1 of 2 Printable Coupon (Facebook)


I agree, it's never too early to start grilling!  Click here to become a fan of Ball Park on Facebook and print a coupon for $1 off of 2 packages of Ball Park Hot Dogs.


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Nerf Rough Cut Elite Blaster - $7.60 after Printable Coupons

Is there an upcoming birthday party that you need a gift for, do you need to stock up your gift closet or do you want to surprise your kids just because?  Here's a deal scenario on a Nerf gun at Target this week:

Nerf Rough Cut Elite Blaster, $18.00 (Price Cut)
- use 30% off NERF Toy Target Printable Coupon
AND
- use $5/1 Nerf Rough Cut Elite Blaster Printable Coupon
= $7.60 after coupons


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Campbell’s Go Soup $0.49 at Target after Printable Coupons

Head over to Target this week with the following coupons to get Campbell's Go Soup for just $.49 after coupons.

Deal Scenario: 

Campbell’s Go Soup, $2.49 each
- Use $1/1 Campbell's Go Soup Target printable coupon
AND
- Use $1/1 Campbell's Go Soup printable
=$0.49 after coupons


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Walgreens Photo - FREE 8×10 Collage Print + FREE In-Store Pickup - Ends Today

This deal ends today, March 20th.

Visit  Walgreens Photo to order your FREE 8×10 photo collage ($4.49 value)! 

Create your collage with up to 20 pictures and enter the following promo code at checkout:  COLLAGE4FREE.  Choose FREE in-store pick up at a Walgreens near you.


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Monday

Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter ONLY 75¢ w/ FREE Shipping #DisneySMMoms


Click here to order this Mickey Mouse cookie cutter for ONLY 75¢ plus FREE shipping!  This would make a great addition for any Disney lover, such as myself!  Stay tuned for Mickey Mouse sugar cookies!

Click here to view pictures from my 2011 Disney Social Media Moms trip.  My family and I experienced the ultimate trip to Disney.  We left with so many wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.  Disney is a place where dream do come true... for all ages!



 

  
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Oriental Trading - FREE Shipping (no minimum) through 3/12

Through today, March 12th, Oriental Trading Company is offering FREE Shipping on ANY order (no minimum!). Use the following promo code: FSFW50 at checkout. This is the perfect time to get goodies for your kids' Easter baskets.

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Papa John’s Promo Code - 50% Off ANY Large Pizza


Now through March 19, 2013 you can get 50% off ANY large pizza! Click here to sign in or register for an account, then click on “Order Now”, enter promo code 50PIZZAYou can get a large Cheese pizza for $6 (+ delivery fee & tax) or a large The Works pizza for only $8 (+ delivery fee & tax) after the 50% off code.

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Best Buy Reward Zone Members - 16 FREE Points (Facebook)


If you’re a Best Buy Reward Zone program member (FREE), click here to redeem 16 FREE Reward Zone points by signing in or registering from their Facebook page.  Then click on “User Poll” and scroll down to take the poll.  You only need 250 points to score a $5 Rewards Certificate!  They have been offering these polls on a regular basis, so it shouldn't take long to score a $5 Best Buy Rewards Certificate!



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