Happy Thursday! Grab a friend or family member to enjoy this bogo deal. But, plan to be home by 10pm – The Situation is getting punched out tonight on “Jersey Shore”!!
Workin’ on My Slice of the Pie
I am as tight as a tick… and it is GLORIOUS. For my readers who don’t know me personally, I totally just gave away the fact that I’m from the country. Hee hee. My daddy would be proud. Tonight, I took advantage of the two-day promotion at Pei Wei. An online order with the promotional code “BIRTHDAY” (not mine – I’m 29 and holding from here on out) knocked off 20% of the total bill. I was able to get two meals for $13.15, after tax. Not bad. And worth all 750 calories…
Speaking of dinner, are you in need of groceries? Tired of losing that list on a sticky note and trying to remember what was on it? Hello, FREE Out of Milk app! Thanks to that doll of a friend, Bluefish, my life just got easier. And when you get back home with your organic peanut butter, did you know that storing the jar upside down prevents the oil from pooling at the top? Thanks Trader Joe’s employee!
While we’re on a roll in the organization department… if I need to send e-invitations or e-cards, I typically use Hallmark (though the FREE pool of e-cards is quickly dwindling) and Evite. Watch out! Thanks to Samantha, Chavon’s matron of honor, I have been introduced to Punchbowl. This service provides both FREE e-cards and e-invitations that are adorable. The best part? Clicking on the mailbox and watching your “card” open. Even lets you customize your stamp!
I am sad to report that Borders is closing for good. The going out of business sales have already begun at all stores, with items up to 40% off. I am thinking of early Christmas gifts!
An Apple a Day
Hate that harsh chemical smell of your nail polish remover (and worry about skin contact)? Try Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover with Soybean Oil and Lavender. ($12)
Show up for FREE yoga classes and get your stretch on at North Regional Library on 8/4 and 8/23 at 7pm. Howie is hilarious and uses phrases like, “Isn’t that savory?” Who knew retired dentists were so flexible?
Whether it is a craving after too much partying or the “meat” of your Midol and chocolate sandwich… When ordering pizza, you can still go the healthy route: Ask for thin crust (less bread equals less calories); pile on the veggies (less room for cheese equals less calories); steer clear of pesto (has more calories than tomato sauce); if adding meat, choose ham or chicken over sausage or meatballs (less fat); and blot your pizza with a napkin.
Take advantage of Ornamentea’s Try-It-Tuesday class on 8/2. Learn a technique and leave with a cute accessory, all for $3!
I’m super excited to share my news – I am now on Etsy! My collection of TIT pieces was overflowing and I’ve even started making jewelry at home, so I compiled everything and created my very own StrawberryBlossoms store. Hooray!
Girls Just Wanna Have…
Need a creative birthday gift? Scentsy’s warmer of the month, Cupcake, is 10% off through July.
Rent 2 Redbox movies at the same time between now and July 31, verify your email address at checkout, and receive a FREE one-night DVD promo code good between 8/1 – 8/14.
Attend Raleigh’s FREE ComeUnityNow Festival on July 30 10am-10pm in City Plaza. Stop by the Logan’s Trading Company tent to get a coupon.
State Fair tickets go on sale at 10am on 8/1. You’ll be able to buy them online on the fair’s website at a discounted rate. Advance price tickets for adults ages 13 to 64 will be $6 (instead of the regular price of $8). The price is $2, instead of $3, for kids ages 6 to 12. And ride tickets will be $10 for a sheet of 18. They’ll sell for $1 per ticket during the fair. The advance price is good from 8/1 to 10/13. Tickets for concerts in Dorton Arena also go on sale on 8/1 (Tift Merritt performs on 10/16!). The State Fair runs 10/13 to 10/23, this year.
I have been thinking of incorporating this slight change to Fashion Cents on a Dime. There are four areas of life that remain high on my list of priorities – saving money, health, making jewelry, and having fun, and I’d like to touch on each area during most blog posts. Who doesn’t want to be rich, feel fabulous, look fabulous, and have fun doing all three?
No other words to describe this, but, “OMG”!!! Save money on dinner tonight by visiting Tijuana Flats at the corner of Milbrook and Falls of the Neuse. Awesome food, very cool atmosphere, and one person eats FREE! I’ll see you there!
What a scary day with tornadoes, high winds, and severe thunderstorms. Luckily, I saw only rain at my house, but the area around downtown Raleigh and Yonkers Rd was another story. There, the bad weather brought with it downed power lines, uprooted trees, and even an overturned truck. The Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” said it best… “Unusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?”
Last Sunday, Andrew and I celebrated 2 years together. You can imagine my surprise when I received 2 dozen roses delivered to my office on Friday! What a great way to start the weekend. The surprises continued on Saturday with dinner at Second Empire and tickets to the new “Hop” movie. My treats to him on Sunday were massages at Massage Envy for both of us and dinner at Kanki. Who said you can’t find deals for special occasions? You’ll be proud to know that the massages were a special introductory rate of $49.99 each for one hour and Kanki offered a 5 course meal for 2 for $39.99. Sure, we don’t like to spend that kind of money for any ol’ meal, but that was a decent price for an anniversary meal of soup, salad, appetizer, entree, and dessert (plus the fake ketchup squirt and volcano onion). Speaking of Kanki, triangle sushi chef and Japanese native Yuya Chiba of the Durham Kanki restaurant designed a special sushi roll to raise money for the earthquake victims in Japan. Three triangle Kanki restaurants are selling the $10 rolls, with $5 going to the Japanese Relief Fund established by the United Nations Children’s Fund. These restaurants are also selling the chef’s original artwork and T-shirts to raise money for the cause.
Spring is in the air and Easter is quickly approaching. Are you ready? Costco has 21 cute and delicious frosted spring sugar cookies for $3.89 versus 8-10 cookies of the same type at any typical grocery store for about the same price. This would be a super easy way to contribute a festive dessert to an Easter gathering. Just place the cookies on a pastel plate and sprinkle flour in your hair. Voila! Also at Costco are braided azalea trees (2.65 quarts) for $21.65. With rich color options like red, white, light pink, and hot pink, you can’t go wrong. Andrew’s grandmother loved the light pink kind for her birthday. For Miss Morgan, I decided on Build-A-Bear’s Make-And-Play Hoppy Spring Bunny ($10 from Wal-Mart). She’ll be able to sew, stuff, decorate, and dress her bunny with the included stuffing, safety needle, clothes, and accessories.
Well, so far the carpet paint cleaning failed! Even with Justin’s steam cleaner and the special Lowes solution, the new red designs just aren’t budging. At this point, I’m willing to try anything. With Mama’s and Kendrick’s suggestions, I purchased from Wal-Mart Clorox ($1.22) and WD-40 ($3.27). If the paint doesn’t come up, I’ll either have a white or black spot where the red once was. Oh well, at least the accent colors are red, black, and white, already!
There will be no more decreased sale prices to report at the Borders central Raleigh store, as it has officially closed. Luckily, the Six Forks Rd location is still fairly close to both my house and office, so the weekly coupons will still be appreciated.
Since you last heard from me, I redeemed a coupon for $1 off at Shish Kabob. I enjoyed a FREE vanilla concrete with bananas and Reese’s peanut butter cups at Goodberry’s with my gift card. I redeemed a Groupon coupon to The Pickled Onion ($10 for $20 worth of food). Try the ahi tuna steak and enjoy the laid back atmosphere and sports trivia (http://thepickledonionrestaurant.com). I received another $50 gift card from Blue Cross Blue Shield via their Points system. I enjoyed a BOGO FREE meal deal at Cafe Carolina. Thanks Donna! Speaking of Cafe Carolina, try their new coconut cream and strawberries and cream cupcakes. Also courtesy of Donna, I am now reading “All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan” by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi. And I received the Dove men’s samples of deodorant and body wash that I registered online for several weeks ago. Andrew reaps the benefit of that freebie!
As summer approaches, do you wish for fresh produce but can’t always make it to your local farmer’s market? Check out The Produce Box at www.theproducebox.com. Have your box delivered to your home or office, decide to skip a week or even an extended period of time, and choose the contents of your box.
I was actually able to listen to The Dave Ramsey Show this week. I was running errands when it dawned on me that perhaps I could hear the man who provides such inspiration for this very blog. Of course, William responded to my text in a nanosecond with “680A.M. 11am-2pm”. This witty line stuck with me for the rest of the day: “The man who became a gazillionaire by being so cheap,” a reference to Dave by a colleague being interviewed by him.
Race for the Cure’s 15th anniversary challenge encourages participants to raise $300 for the cause to receive a $25 gift card to Belk. So, hound your friends and family for some funds to “Save Second Base”. (I couldn’t resist using this charming slogan.) (www.komennctriangle.org)
Today, 4/17, is the Wings Over Wayne FREE air show. Andrew and I are prepared with his new chair in a bag from Wal-Mart for $9.88 (NCSU red, of course) and ear plugs (6 pairs for $1.97). (www.wingsoverwayneairshow.com)
Also today, get a $6 Durham Bulls ticket for a Terrace Reserved or Diamond View seat and a Brightleaf hot dog. Just use promo code “TWC” at checkout, online. There is a limit of 8 tickets per household. (www.dbulls.com)
At Johnny Carinos, take part in their Pasta Harvest and enjoy all you can eat pasta and salad for $8.99 per person. (www.carinos.com)
4/17-18, Bruegger’s hosts a Tax Day Special of a baker’s dozen of bagels and 2 tubs of cream cheese for $10.40. (http://niuminc.com/brueggers/deals/bbtaxdayoffer_1040_exp041811/no_dup.jpg)
Through 4/18, Lowes has 2-quart perennials, 3 for $10. (www.lowes.com)
4/18 is a Tax Relief Special at PF Chang’s, with 15% off all orders. (www.pfchangs.com)
Like Chili’s on Facebook and get a coupon for one FREE appetizer or dessert per table on 4/18. (www.facebook.com)
On 4/18 at participating locations, Cinnabon will be giving out two FREE bites to each customer from 6-8pm. (www.cinnabon.com)
In honor of tax season, Office Depot is welcoming all customers to make copies of their 2010 tax returns, FREE, anytime through Monday, 4/18. (www.officedepot.com)
With Maggie Moo’s Sundae Stimulus, all customers get a FREE mini sundae from 3 – 6pm on 4/18. The freebie being handed out is a Crumb Cake Fundae, which consists of cinnamon ice cream, cinnamon cake, caramel sauce, nuts, and whipped cream. (www.maggiemoos.com)
While not tied directly to tax season, 4/16-24 just happens to be National Parks Week, when admission is FREE to all parks and monuments that normally charge fees. Some of your tax money goes to funding these parks, so here’s your chance to enjoy them without having to pay more at the gate. (www.nps.gov)
McCormick & Schmick’s offers $10.40 “Tax Relief Certificates” to guests dining in the bar on 4/18. Special entrees are priced at $10.40, too. (www.mccormickandschmicks.com)
Through 4/18 at Snapfish, buy one custom photo book and get 2 FREE. Use the code MOMMYBOOKS at checkout. Also, through 4/20, spend $25 and save $10.40 using code TAXDAY at your online checkout. (www.snapfish.com)
Ornamentea’s Try-It Tuesday class on 4/19 features Fabulous Floral Earrings, for just $2. (www.ornamentea.com)
Now through 5/12, Barnes & Noble’s latest offer is to buy 2 paperbacks, get the 3rd FREE. Selected titles only. (www.barnesandnoble.com)
The Kids Bowl Free program starts 5/1. This program allows 2 FREE games of bowling per child per day and lasts throughout the summer. (www.kidsbowlfree.com)
At 2pm on 5/7 is the Throne of Fire Release Party at Borders. Kids ages 8-12 are invited to celebrate the new Rick Riordan book with a FREE Lego Pharaoh’s Quest building set. (www.borders.com)
Vinos Finos & Picadas offers FREE wine tasting every Tuesday night from 5:30-7pm. (www.vinosfinosypicadas.com)
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Mirage, buy one sushi roll, get one FREE. (www.mirageraleigh.com)
Each week, Toys R Us holds FREE events for babies and older children, alike. (www.toysrus.com)
Each month, Barnes & Noble offers an online story time. Currently the story being read online is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, read by the book’s author Eric Carle. Beginning 5/3, the story read online will be “Charlie the Ranch Dog”. (www.barnesandnoble.com)
Whew! Lots for you to plan and do! If I don’t post again before Sunday, may you find lots of freebies and discounts in your basket. And don’t forget to stock up on half price chocolates on Monday, 4/25. Happy Easter!
Ahhh, pay day! Nothin’ like paying bills on a Monday morning. *sigh* But, seriously, thank goodness for it. I stayed up way too late last night, blogging away. Six a.m. came early this morning, along with grumpiness and burning eyes. All day, I have waited for this evening when I could lounge around in my PJs and go to bed early. So, why did I just finish a cup of french vanilla coffee?…
A tax filing service with no fee? Say it ain’t so. Oh, honey, but it is! Are you a member of SECU? Check out http://www.ncsecu.org to see if you qualify for the free tax preparation service. You’re a member, but don’t qualify? File your taxes via Turbo Tax and save 15%.
For all you techies, check out http://www.monoprice.com. This site offers deals on electronic gadgets such as HDMI cables at about 1/3 the cost compared to stores such as Walmart. That whole motherboard area behind the tv that connects the Blu-Ray to the tv to the stereo to the Xbox, etc is ridiculously insane to me. For those of you who have the kind of brain that can process this electronic chaos, I bow to you.
Do you love candles, but hate the nasty ring of black soot that collects at the top of the glass jar? Or do you have children or pets and prefer a safer alternative to an open flame? Check out Scentsy products at http://www.scentsy.net. I have two plug-in warmers in two bathrooms and absolutely love them (brown and rust, from the Groovy collection). They serve as nightlights and air fresheners, all in one. My favorite scents are Cinnamon Vanilla and Central Park Pralines. These are definitely unique and creative gift ideas. One plug-in warmer and one bar (that contains the wickless wax cubes that fit into the “cup” of the warmer) set you back only $20. Guess what? February brings a 10% discount to all products! So, instead of $20 for both products, you can get them for $18. I just placed an order for four plug-in warmers and four bars for four lovely ladies on their birthdays. My consultant is sweet enough to wait and order my items with other party orders, so I never have to pay shipping. (Thanks Annick!)
At Costco tonight, I was able to get five pounds of clementines for $6.99 and twelve Greek yogurts for $10.19. Hooray!
Tonight, Andrew and I were able to redeem yet another BOGO coupon, this time at Quiznos. The guacamole spread on the veggie sub makes it divine.
Happy February! Let’s hope Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow.