Thursday, December 27, 2012

Endorse - My New Favorite App

Recently I found out about Endorse, a cash back phone app.

Endorse offers cash back offers to earn anywhere from 10%-100% cash back on items you already purchase.  There is a free mobile app for android and iphone users.  It offers personalized offers by suggesting to them what kinds of products you already normally purchase.

To start redeeming offers, download the Endorse app to your phone.  Each week, they offer a select amount of cash back offers.  You can upgrade some of the offers to a higher percentage cash back rate when you share the deal with friends.  Please read the fine print for each offer - some offer a dollar amount limit, some offer a quantity limit and still some offer a combination of the two.  When you are ready to redeem an offer, simple click on upload receipt, take a picture of your receipt (if you have a long receipt you will need to take pictures by adding segments to your receipt making sure that you include the top and bottom corners of the receipts and that the amounts are readable), then select the offers you are redeeming on that receipt (you can only redeem the offers once, so make sure you have the same items on one receipt), when you are finished click done and your receipt will upload and will be processed and that is it.  In a few days you will notice that your cash back offer was either approved of there denied.  Please remember that you need to upload your receipt no later then six days after you make your purchases or your receipt will be denied.

The first day I learned about the Endorse app on December 19, 2012, I made a purchase to try it out.  I purchase two Pop Chips 3 oz. bags for $2.79 each.  I believe the offer was for 20% cash back with a limit of 10.  I made my purchase, uploaded my receipt that day and a few days later received a confirmation that I had earned $1.00 cash back and 5 points in my account.

The second offer I redeemed was from our shopping for our Christmas dinner on December 24, 2012.  I redeemed the 50% cash back your holiday ham, 50% cash back on Mountain Dew and 10% cash back on any ice cream.  I made my purchase, uploaded my receipt the same day and a few days later received a confirmation that I had earned $12.00 cash back and 5 points.

The third offer I redeemed yesterday was for 10% cash back on any brand toothpaste and 50% cash back on any champagne or beer.  I made my purchase, uploaded my receipt the same day and today my cash back says that it is processing with status pending.
My purchases:
2 Lay's Salt & Vinegar Chips $3.00 x 2 = $6.00 (in-store special)
1 Cough Medicine $3.49
2 Crest Tarter Gel toothpaste $2.50 x 2 = $5.00 (in-store special)
2 Kit Kat & 1 Watchamacallit $1.98 (in-store special)
1 Sour Punch Blue $.79
1 5-pk Cushioned Envelopes $2.59
2 Corona Extra 6-pk Beer $8.49 x 2 = $16.98
Total: $37.46
Projected Endorse Cash Back: $8.99
Total after projected Endorse cash back: $28.47 ($8.49 for a 12-pk Corona Extra long neck bottles which is better then the sale that is going on for $10.99 for a 12-pk Corona Extra long neck bottles.)

The fourth offer I redeemed today was for 10% cash back on any fast food ($2.00 limit).  I uploaded our receipt from Taco Bell for $26.29 (10% military discount already included) the other night.  Right now, my transaction says converting picture to receipt, processing and status pending.

One of my 2013 New Years Resolutions is to utilize my Endorse app on my phone to help us save even more money on things we already purchase.  I already use traditional paper coupons, ecoupons on the deca commissary savings card and other grocery store loyalty cards, cash back websites when I shop online and now this Endorse app will help us to save even more money.  I love saving money on things we already buy because it puts more money back in our pockets.  Endorse will definitely be able to help us achieve our savings goals for the rest of this year and moving forward into 2013.  I recommend Endorse to my any of our friends who wants to put money back in their pockets.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012's Harry Potter Complete DVD Collection Deal

Calling all fellow Harry Potter fans, has the Harry Potter Complete DVD Collection (1-7) on sale for $23.89 (75% off the list priced of $98.92).

Plus if you shop through an online ebate site you can put even more money back in your pocket. is offering a 12% ebate back (regularly 6%) back until September 16, 2012 offers up to 6% ebate offers a 3% ebate

Scenario 1: Shopping with
$23.89 x 12% = 2.87
23.89 - 2.87 = 21.02 + applicable tax and shipping

Scenario 2: Shopping with
$23.89 x 3% = .77
$23.89-.77 = 23.12 + application tax and shipping

Pizza Hut's Free Pepsi Product Deal

When you order a Big Dinner Box online at, you get a free 2 liter Pepsi product.  This order is valid online only and is available for a limited time.

Update: We have redeemed this deal a few times.

Blockbuster Express $1 off of 2 Movie Rentals

Blockbuster Express has a new coupon for $1 off of 2 movie rentals when you use coupon code: SEPTDVDS, valid until September 16, 2012.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dairy Queen's 100th Oreo Birthday Celebration

Dairy Queen's 100th Oreo Birthday Celebration!
  Now through September 23rd, buy one regularly priced Blizzard® Treat and get a second Blizzard® Treat of equal or lesser value for 99 cents!*
*At participating locations. No coupon necessary.

We love Dairy Queen!

Walmart's Free 5x7 Back to School Print

Walmart is offering a free 5x7 Back to School print coupon, valid until September 30, 2012.

We Give Books Bug Squad

Join the Bug Squad to show your support for early childhood literacy at We Give Books and by reading free online books, they donate books to needy children.  

Help set a new world record on October 4, as we all read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The newest deal site I recently found is

How it differs from other deal sites is that it offers a large number of incredible deals (up to 90% off) whose prices are only good for a day, plus they offer a $2.00 flat rate shipping to anywhere in the U.S.A..  They are always on the hunt for overstocks and closeouts of the coolest products and pass on the savings to their consumers.  It is really that simple.  Go check it out!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jamba Juice $1 Sixteen Size Smoothies

Jamba Juice is offering $1 Sixteen Size Smoothies from 9am-11am this week only, August 13-17, 2012, valid only in California, New York, New Jersey and Idaho at participating locations only. 

The fine print:
" Offer valid 9am - 11am, 8/13/2012 - 8/17/2012 for $1 sixteen size smoothie at participating Jamba Juice stores in the following states: CA, NY, NJ, ID. LIMIT ONE OFFER PER PERSON PER VISIT. Offer specifically not valid at Downtown Disney, Safeway, Vons and Pavilions locations. Offer may not be combined with any other offer or discount, and may not be sold or transferred. Offer not valid for Jamba employees. No cash value. ©Jamba Juice Company 2012. TEAM MEMBER: Use “Dollar Days Promo” button on Current Promo screen."

Monday, August 6, 2012

Starbuck's Turn Your Morning Receipt to an Afternoon Treat

Treat Receipt is back! 

Bring your morning receipt in after 2 p.m. at participating stores and we'll serve you up a Grande cold beverage for just $2.

That's any cold drink: iced coffee, tea or Frappuccino® blended beverage – a Caramel Frappuccino® blended beverage sounds pretty good to us on a summer day. Or try a new Starbucks Refreshers beverage. Treat yourself, or share with a friend. From now until 9/3.

Quizno's August 2012 Coupon

Quizno's has a new coupon for $1 off a regular sub or regular salad or $2 off a large sub (excludes create your own subs), valid until August 31, 2012.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Saving Money at the Movies

Summer is just a good a time as any to see movies with your family.

Here are some ways you and your family can save money at the movies.

1. See matinee showings and you can save you about 50% off.

2. Get two free tickets when you try and buy from one of their favorite brands:
I purchased an online game and received a code for a free movie ticket.
3. Visa Signature 2-for-1 Signature Movie Tickets Friday on Fandango between May 4, 2012 - August 17, 2012:

4. Get a free Fandango movie ticket (up to a $14.50 value) when you collect two promotional codes inside specially marked packs of Schick ST2 or Slim Twin Disposable Razors:
There was a coupon in a recent Sunday paper to help you save money on these purchases.

5. Fandango's One Stop Solution for Movie Ticket Promotions:

6. Use movie theater gift cards to offset the cost of admissions.

7. See movies at a Drive In, often times ticket prices are less then movie theaters and you can stay to watch both movies for the price of one.  Sometimes there are coupons for snack bar items at Drive In Theaters on their online websites.

8. Often times signing up for movie theater reward card can earn you freebies after so many point are earned and they also have other promotions throughout the year.

9. Go see movies at theaters that offer summer movie programs.

10. Purchase candies at discount stores prior to going to the movies or split larger bags of candies in snack size bags.

11.  Bring your own popped popcorn, sweets and drinks to the drive in theater, this always saves us a bunch of money.

12. Purchase tickets at military MWR or ITT offices to save money on movie tickets and snacks.

13. Often times if you purchase a large sized popcorn or drink, it comes with one refill.

14. Military families can see free movies at on base theaters with a few exceptions where on base theaters charge admission.

15. Alternatives to seeing movies at theaters on the cheap is renting movies.  Redbox offers a free movie coupon code that cannot be shared, once a month.  Borrowing movies from friends.

Plum District's Kidsville Playtown Deal

Plum District has a 10 visit open play punch card at Kidsville Playtown for $49 ($100 value). 

You can save an additional 20% on your purchase when you use coupon code LONDON20 until July 26, 2012.

-$9.80 - 20% off

Plus if you shop through, earn an additional 2.5% back.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

2 for $10 Entertainment Books

Entertainment books are now 2 for $10 for a limited time.  Coupons valid until November 2012.

Click here to view all available books and then click view to see the discounts available for your specific book.

Plus shop now through and earn 35% back on your purchase.

Let's calculate the savings:
$10.00 for 2 Entertainment Books
-$3.50 cash back if you shop with
$ 8.50 Subtotal
+$2.00 shipping per book (10-14 day delivery time)
$10.50 for two entertainment books shipping included

With this kind of savings, you can easily make back your money and then some. 

Two years ago I purchased my entertainment book with this deal for $5.00 and with the redemption of my first coupon I made my money back.  This year, I purchased my entertainment book for $10 and easily made my money back. I have redeemed my coupons for everything from restaurants, online coupons,

Living Social's WhiteyBoard Deal $20 for $40

Living Social has a great deal spend $40 on WhiteyBoards for $20 to spend online on dry-erase boards. 

Plus shop through to earn 2% cash back on your purchase.  It may not seem like a lot but after awhile, the savings add up.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Marukai e-Store New Member Customer 5% Discount

If you become a new Marukai e-Store customer and register your account, you get a 5% coupon sent to your registered email instantly.  The 5% coupon can only be used once when you order $100 or more (excluding tax) at Marukai e-Store.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fandango's Free Movie Tickets and Special Offers

Check out the great opportunities Fandango is offering for free movie tickets and special offers.

I was able to take advantage of the trialpay offer by purchasing one of Big Fish Games Mystery Case Files game and almost instantly received my promo code for my free movie ticket via email.

Go check it out, I am glad that I did!

Regal Theaters Summer Movie Express & Regal Crown Club


Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.

Regal Crown Club members enjoy special savings as well.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monster Energy Gear is Back

Monster Energy Gear is back! 

Since Monster Energy drinks are common in our household, you can imagine how many tabs we collect.

Last year, we had enough tabs to get two Monster Energy Gear zippered jackets.  Their jackets are comfortable.  Now we can show off just how much we love our Monster Energy drinks with pride!

Monster Energy Gear is offering the following free Monster gear with tab redemption plus $4.95 shipping and handling per item:
Monster Energy Backpack - 60 tabs
Monster Energy Beanie - 30 tabs
Monster Energy Hooded Zip Sweatshirt - 75 tabs
Monster Energy Ladies/Junior Fit Tee - 30 tabs
Monster Energy Men's T-Shirt - 30 tabs
Monster Energy Sticker Kit - 15 tabs
Monster Energy Team Poster Pack - 15 tabs
Monster Girl 18-Month Calendar - 15 tabs

Don't forget to include your $4.95 shipping and handling per item because without it your order will not be processed.

This is a limited time offer so jump in on this deal while it's still around!

Cost Plus World Market Deals

Cost Plus World Market is one of my favorite places to shop.  They have a new coupon for an extra 10% off in store or online.  They also have a buy and fly special.if you shop with them through July 13, 2012, you can save 15% off your next Southwest Airlines round trip Wanna Get Away fare when you spend $20 or more.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Living Social's's Online Teen Driver's Ed Course and DMV Certificate of Completion Deal

Living Social's is offering an Online Teen Driver's Ed Course and DMV Certificate of Completion deal for $20 (regularly $65).  This deal entitles you to a DMV approved online teen driver's education course which includes unlimited tests until the exam is passed and a DMV certificate of completion that is required to apply for a driving permit.

I let this deal pass through my fingers the last time but this time I scooped up this deal because it is too good to pass up.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

School's Out Celebration at The Wave Waterpark in Vista, CA

From June 18-20, 2012, the Wave Waterpark in Vista, California is having their School's Out Celebration where all students with a report card from 2012 will get in for $9.95, or all teachers with a valid ID. Report card or ID must be shown at ticket booth for discount! Not valid for group admission.
Living Social has a deal for 2 general admission tickets for $16 (regularly $24).

Monday, April 23, 2012

Olive Garden's free kids menu Item with purchase

Olive Garden has a new coupon out for a free kids meal item with purchase of adult entree for ages 12 and under or for ages 13-18 $4 off an adult entree, valid on April 26, 2012 only for Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day.

Free Card Sample from Treat

Treat, Shutterfly's newest partner, is offering a free card sample when you use code FREETREAT.  Limited to one card per household.  This sample came out at a wonderful time - perfect for Mother's Day, Graduations, etc...  Get your free card now!

Jersey Mike's Subs

We love Jersey Mike's Subs because they are always so fresh and delicious!  If you sign up for Jersey Mike's email, they send you great money saving coupons and if you sign up for Jersey Mike's Sub Club at any location near you, you receive points on purchases that you can redeem for free subs.

Guitar Center Rebates and Coupons

April is a great time to check out what Guitar Center has to offer.  Now, we all love saving money on things we normally purchase and now you can at Guitar Center with their rebates and coupons.  Go check them out now!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cost Plus World Market 20% off All Outdoor Printable Coupon

Cost Plus World Market has a new 20% off all outdoor printable coupon that is valid until April 29, 2012.
I love World Market and I know that I love this coupon.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

Vistaprint's 25 Free Mommy Cards

Vistaprint is currently offering 25 Free Mommy Cards (just pay tax and shipping).  Mommy cards are for handing out to friends when you want to keep in touch, organize play dates, etc...

Papa John's Free Pizza and Two Liter Pepsi Max

The Super Bowl coin landed on heads and Papa John's is offering  all customer's enrolled in Papa Rewards as of 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2012 Free Pizza and Two Liter Bottle of Pepsi Max.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Blockbuster Express $1 off Two Movie Rentals

Save $1.00 off of two movie rentals with Blockbuster Express when you use promo code BYTHEFIRE, coupon valid until January 15, 2012.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Free Windex Electronics Wipes

Windex Electronics Wipes ~ 1 free package to the first 3,000 that respond:

Try the new Starbuck's Blonde Roast January 12-14, 2012

Go to Starbucks to try a sample of the new Starbucks Blonde Roast January 12-14, 2012 at the Find The Roast You Love The Most Event. If it's your favorite they'll give you a 2 oz. sample for you to brew at home:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Cleaning Spree

Since before 2012 started, I have been on a cleaning spree.  While our youngest is on Winter Break, I thought it would be a great time to clean and reorganize our home for a fresh start to our New Year.  I clean because I like to clean and I like to have our home clean.  Until our youngest goes back to school, I'll see how much more I can get knocked off my list preferably before Chinese New Years on January 23, 2012.

I have knocked the following off my to do list:
1. Reorganized the entryway closet
2. Put all the linens in one cabinet and organized them
3. Reorganized the overflow area
4. Cleaned and reorganized master bedroom closet
5. Organized my Independent Consultant Business Materials, Supplies and Stock On Hand
6. Steam cleaned our carpets
7. Assembled our Ikea shelf
8. Combined all of my art supplies on our Ikea shelf
9. Organized part of my crafts
10. Weeded out our container gardens and trimmed dead stuff

My Still To Do List:

1. Organize the rest of my crafts in nice matching bins, containers or baskets
2. Find a better way to organize under our bathroom sinks
3. Clean and reorganize the other half of the garage
4. Clean and reorganize our bookshelf
5. Organize our cleaning supplies area
6. Clean out our entryway shelf
7. Clean off our coat rack
8. Somehow reorganize our kids' closets to make it look more organized
9. Weed out our kids' closets

iCarly Premier

Our youngest boy loves watching iCarly episodes, often times we watch them together.

On Monday, January 9, 2012 we took our youngest to the iCarly Premier at the Bob Hope Theater on MCAS Miramar Base as part of the Joining Forces Program supported by Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden.  We left home at 4:00pm to stand in line for about an hour before we even found out if we were able to get a wrist band for preferred seating.  Around 5:00pm, the theater staff handing out the wrist bands were coming around and we were not sure at that point if we would make it before the first one thousand.  We met a nice woman named Julia who stood in front of us with her four kids.  We got to talking and I told her that she looked really familiar to me.  We found out we lived in the same housing area, had the same Walmart in common and eventually I found out that she looked familiar to me because I see her walking around the neighborhood when school is in session.

 Standing Patiently In Line

To our positive thinking we made it and received our wrist bands.  The line started moving up to the front as the doors opened and we finally made it into the movie theater about 5:45pm.  We had our restroom breaks first and my husband and our youngest sat and waited until the iCarly cast came out on stage to introduce their new episode that featured Mrs. Obama.  By the time I got back from my bathroom break and gotten through the line at the concession, the episode was just getting started.  My husband said he got some pictures but they were too far.  At that point, we watched and enjoyed the episode together!

To my delight, the iCarly cast came back out on stage for questions from the Master of Ceremonies.  While they were asking the cast questions, almost everyone made their way up to the front of the stage to get their up close pictures of the cast and I was no exception.  I got a few good pictures for our son and came back to my seat and enjoyed the rest of the question and answer portion of the show prior until our departure from the theater.  Upon departure from the theater, the theater staff gave everyone a free iCarly bag.

The iCarly cast clearly wanted to give back to the military community and more importantly wanted to say Thank You to military service members and their families.  My video is blurry because we were sitting toward the back of the theater but the message is clear.

Half Price San Diego's Great Deal

Half Price San Diego has a great deal on now where you can get $40 worth of liquor at The Boulevard Wine & Spirits for $25 here:, who wouldn't want to get $15 in free liquor?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our Adventure to Pacific Beach, California

This past Saturday was a bit of an overcast, windy day when we headed over to see what Pacific Beach had to offer.  I had previously heard from a few sources that the Pacific Beach Boardwalk was worth checking out, so this was the perfect time to go on an adventure together.  When we arrived, amazingly we immediately found a free parking stall on Garnet Street good for two hours.  At the end of Garnet Street is Crystal Pier.

We were walking along the boardwalk and decided to check out the waves.  The best place to do it was up close and personal, so we went down on the beach.  There were a few others on the beach, some surfers catching the great waves and some kids digging with their shovels.  We walked mostly on the beach and on the way back we walked on the Boardwalk.  The Boardwalk was full of people strolling and taking it all in and there were quite a bit of bicycle riders.

Here are a few photos we got of our day at the beach.

While there, we saw the shops that line the Boardwalk.  The Pacific Beach Boardwalk was cement different then the wooden Boardwalks in Ocean City, Maryland and Atlantic City, New Jersey that we had previously visited.  The concept is the same ~ a beach community with a Boardwalk lined with small shops catered more toward tourists and restaurants to suit all tastes and flavors.  

We decided that we wanted to finally try Joe's Crab Shack.  We had seen them all over but never got around to actually trying them out until now.  It was casual dining complete with bibs to protect your clothing from flying crab meat and dripping butter. We did not use them of course. After our hostess and server explained to us how things work and talked about a few dishes, we sat their pondering on what we wanted to try.  We decided to try the Classic Crab Pot while our youngest had the chicken fingers meal.  Our meals were so delicious, we had to get a picture of it.

This was the view from our table.

Our meals were delicious and we were really full when we left.  After we ate lunch, our free two hour parking was up.  While walking to our car, we saw hula hoopers toward Garnet Street.

Our adventure was complete, our stomach's were full and we were tired when we got home.  That is a sure sign that all had a great adventure. 

In December 2011, we checked out part of Garnet Street.  Garnet Street is full of life, restaurants and shops.  People are out and about living their lives.

Pacific Beach is definitely worth taking another adventure to.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

We Give Books Free Kids eBooks

We Give Books offers free kids eBooks to read online.  If your kids like to read, this is the place!

McCall's Dog Accessories Pattern for less then $3

Don't spend excessive amounts of money on your dog accessories, instead make them your own and check out McCall's has their Dog Accessories Pattern (beds, vests, leash and coat) for less then $3 valid until January 8, 2012.

New Hasbro Coupons

In the mood for playing board games, need to replace one or love giving them as gifts?  Now is the time to stock up on the new Hasbro coupons before they run out.

We love board games and our family game night!  We have not had a family game night in awhile but it looks like it is time to fire it up again this year.

Free 2012 Coupon Savings Tracker

Happy Money Saver is offering a free 2012 Coupon Savings Tracker Spreadsheet to assist you in tracking your coupon savings all year long.  Go check it out and see how much you are saving.