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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Super Savings Saturday!

This is what I got at Fred Meyer for $21.90!
I have my YEARS SUPPLY of deodrant! Only $.79! w/ in store coupon!

Happy New Years Eve, looking forward to sharing and saving in 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Friday!

Remember it's MEGA SWAGBUCKS DAY!


I have already won 10 Swagbucks this morning in only 2 searches!
Good luck and happy searching!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Today's Tidbits


Now thru Saturday December 31, Walgreens is offering 25 free 4x6 prints! Use code PRINTNOW (exp 12/31). Choose in-store pick up and pay nothing.

Use coupon code 25172 to get $15 off a purchase of $15.01+ at Staples. Select in-store pick up to get free shipping. Remember to shop thru Ebates for another 2% cash back! (Thanks Chief Family Officer)

Happy Birthday Ronni's Resources!

That's right, it's been 1 exciting year for Ronni's Resources. I have grown and learned and I hope you have too!
Thanks to everyone who supports me in doing this!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WFMW- Cleaning up Christmas


Cleaning up Christmas? Here is an easy way to help your ornaments survive another year:  Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Happy Day After Christmas!!
It’s almost the NEW YEAR!

On the menu this week we have:

Monday:                       eggs, toast, and sausage

Tuesday:                       fend for yourself

Wednesday:                 ham sandwiches

Thursday:                     fend for yourself

Friday:                          DATE NIGHT-- PIZZA!

Saturday:                      New Years eve: finger foods, relish trays, deviled eggs. Anything                                               that can be easily snacked on for the WHOLE evening!      

Sunday:                        Not sure.. probably soup.



What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Super Savings Saturday - Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve to you all..

No shopping today, after all it is Christmas Eve, I will see you back next week with more savings!
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Mega Swagbucks Day!

So for awhile now I have been expressing the benefits of Swagbucks, don't get me wrong, I love Swagbucks, but one of my loyal readers has expressed some concerns that they have with Swagbucks.

This reader is very unhappy with SwagBucks right now. They have been saving their Swagbucks to get Amazon gift cards for Christmas. Just like I have been advising them to do.

The problem, First, they would only allow her to redeem two gift cards a day. This is pretty standard with Swagbucks. It is a little frustrating, but with planning can still work.

My reader then asks: "Then what was the point of saving them all up?" I completly understand the frustration.
She is also frustrated by the way Swagbucks "delivers" the giftcards. "They will not credit the ELECTRONIC gift codes to me for 2 to 3 WEEKS - AFTER Christmas!!! WHY? I don't have to wait for shipping, and I need them now. That's the whole point of electronic gift cards, the immediate reward."
This is where the planning comes in:
So you have been saving Swagbucks all year so you can redem them for Amazon gift cards for Christmas Shopping? Well when you start making your lists, check your Swagbuck balance and start redeeming them.

I have a calander reminder set up to reminde me early NOVEMBER to start cashing in my bucks. That way I can cash in the 2 a day limit, and they will be credited to my account when I need them. I know that this probably won't be useful advise this year, but hopefully can work for you whenever you are saving Swagbucks for a special shopping occasion.

I hope that my readers won't stop using Swagbucks, after all they really do add up and you really get your prizes. (Sometimes takes a bit of planning.) I hope that this readers experiance doesn't detour anyone from earning some great prizes!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Works for me Wednesday


Wrapping presents can be a big event. One way to make this a little bit easier is to make sure I have all my supplies within arms reach. I have plenty of bags, bows and paper. I gather several rolls of tape and a black marking pen. (I don’t really use gift tags, I just write directly on the paper).

I find that this is easier on my brain :) if I just wrap for one person at a time. I gather all the presents for that person, and just go to town. I make sure I use a combination of gift wrap, of bags and bows. By wrapping all the gifts for one person at a time, I can check off my paper list what I bought vs what I wrapped and make sure I have everything. I also make sure that all little Johnny’s presents are not all wrapped in the same paper. – just adds some spice!

With Christmas Carols playing in the background and a cup of hot chocolate by my side this last step for Christmas morning is much more enjoyable!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

6 Days till Christmas!!!
Still have a few things to do this week so I am trying to keep meals simple:

On the menu this week we have:

Monday:                       Chicken patty sandwiches and chips

Tuesday:                       fend for yourself

Wednesday:                 chicken salad with crissonts

Thursday:                     fend for yourself

Friday:                          DATE NIGHT-- PIZZA!

Saturday:                      Christmas Eve: pulled beef tacos          

Sunday:                        Christmas Dinner at Mom’s house, I am bring the potatoes and                                                 rolls.



What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday
Don't forget!

Today is the last Swagbucks Extravaganza of 2011!
There wil be 8 codes throughout the day for a total of 70 Swag Bucks for you if you get them all.
 If you haven't signed up yet, now is the time!
And if you are new to Swagbucks and use promo code: HOLIDAYSWAG.
This promo code is only good for new sign-ups and must be used when signing up to get the free points. You’ll also get an additional 30 points when you sign up, so altogether you’ll start out with 100 points.

Happy Hunting!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Super Savings Saturday... cereal!

So Fred Meyer was having a sale on cereal. Chex was on sale for 2/$4, but with in store coupon it was 3/$5.  (limit 3). So my first 3 boxes were $5 + $4 for the other two, total $9. I then had 2 manufactures coupons for $1/2- so my total went to $7. Then I added a catalina in that was $2 off 5 boxes for a grand total of $5 for 5 boxes!

Christmas candy was on sale for 2/$6 and I had 2 coupons for buy 2 get one free. So I got 6 bags- Total $18, after coupons $12 or $2 a bag. Now I still have some candy left over from Halloween, but somehow the little mice I call children in my house have been snacking on it! LOL!

But all in all $17 for all of the above.. not bad!

Swag Code Extravanga!!! TOMORROW!!!

Get ready! Tomorrow- December 19 will be the last Swagbucks Extravaganza of 2011!
There wil be 8 codes throughout the day for a total of 70 Swag Bucks for you if you get them all.
 If you haven't signed up yet, now is the time!
Thanks for signing up under my Referral Link!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Today's Tidbits--- FREE STUFF

It’s Free Shipping Day, so thousands of merchants are offering free shipping (minimums may apply). Remember if you do shop today online, to shop thru a portal like Ebates! 






Don’t forget to stop by Burger King to pick up your free fries today (December 16, 2011). No purchase is necessary. One free order of value-size fries per person.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Letter Writing..

So it's a week and half before Christmas and your halls are decked, baking is done, the stockings are hung with care. What's left you ask? The annual Family Christmas Letter......

I have written a family Christmas letter for almost 20 years. Some are funny, some are short and sweet and some have a theme. Point is, I would match rather hear about how your year was than a card with only a signature. That's why I write a letter. (The Golden rule in effect here!)

But writing the letter can be time consuming. It is also hard to be creative year after year. Here are a few tips on different ways to write your letter.

1) Keep it short and sweet. A one sided page is great! If you want to include pictures that is fine also, or have them printed on a second page.

2)Top 10 list – What are the 10 most important things that happened to your family this year? How about the most humorous? Or most unbelievable? A top 10 list can be a fun and easy way to describe your family’s year.

3) A variation of the top 10 list would be the 12 months of 2011. Just a quick highlight of your families events from every month of the year.

4)Try writing your Christmas Letter from an unique point-of view. For example, the dog, the baby, the new house etc.

5)Write a fun Christmas rhyme. (Think Dr. Suess!)

If you do summurize the year keep copies, in future years it will be great to look back and remember just how much fun 2011 really was!

Just remember to Keep it Simple, Keep it Upbeat & Happy, and Have fun with it!I hope that some of these ideas have started your creative juices flowing. Now, I have to go write my annual letter!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Today's Tidbits

Duracell Batteries Free!

Need batteries for those Christmas presents? Here's a way to get FREE DURACELL BATTERIES!

Staples is having a FREE Duracell Batteries after Staples Rewards through December 31st. This is a great way to stock up on batteries.  ( I usually give a pack or two to each of my boys as a gift, then they know where their batteries are and use them for their toys.)

This offer is only in-store, and look for the 16packs of AA or AAA Duracell Batteries. They're usually around $12.99/pack, but occasionally they're on sale for less. Here's how it works:
  1. Sign up for Staples Rewards if you haven't already. 
  2. Purchase either the AA or AAA Duracell Batteries. Be sure it's the 16-pack. Limit 2 per customer per week.
  3. You'll receive the full purchase price* back via Staples Rewards, which you will receive via email about one month later. You can either print out your Rewards coupon to spend in-store or use it as credit online. I used my last set of rewards to buy Charmin Basic TP at a great sale price.
You can get up to two packs per week until December 31st. I've been using the Staples Rewards program for years and have been very happy with it. *Note: If you use any coupons for the purchase, you'll only receive the price after discounts. I tried to use Rewards from a previous sale, Staples won't allow that.
Thanks MoneyWise Moms!



Target’s Daily Deal today is Mossimo Jr. Bootcut Jeans for $16.00 and Buy One Get One Free – that means you can get 2 pairs for $16, or $8 for a pair of jeans. Daily deals always ship for free.

Get a Rayovac Hands free Reading light for $9.74 at Amazon ($18.99 value)
Thanks Chief Family Officer!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mega Swag!

Wow 9 days into December already!
And to make it even better, today is MEGA SWAGBUCKS DAY!!!

Just a reminder, 
Swagbucks is a search engine, it’s powered by Google and it rewards you for doing something I bet you do every day- search the internet!

Here’s how it works:
Sign up for Swagbucks (thanks for using my referral link) then every time you need to search the web, use Swagbucks. You will be rewarded with “digital dollars” save them and buy Amazon gift cards. I use my Swagbucks  to redeem for Amazon gift cards, which I  NOW am using for the holidays!  It’s easy to get at least 3 Swagbucks a day! Do the daily poll, and the NOSO (no obligation, special offers).

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Today's Tidbits

How to get 14 Swagbucks quickly:
1) Sign up for Swagbucks, or Login to your existing account
2) Click on “Earn” and then “Special Offers” and then “RadiumOne”.

3)You should see an offer to earn 14 free Swagbucks when you create an e-card on the Greenies Facebook Page. Click through, create your card, and send it to a friend.
4)Your free 14 Swagbucks should show up in your account within 30 minutes.
Quick, easy and painless!
Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sorry Dear Readers...

I am sorry I have been absent for a while. I promise to do better in the future.
To explain my absence, I will tell you this sometimes we all need to take a break from things in order to come back strong.

I love the Christmas season, the lights, the cold, the fun, the surprises. I also remember the reason for the season. A time to celebrate Jesus and his birth.

But sometimes the season can be overwhelming. Even when you have your lists, :).
This week has been one of those weeks.

I work two jobs for those of you who don't know and then I also have this blog to help support my family. I have been so busy with work, with decorating, with looking at and checking off my lists, that I simply didn't have the time, energy or ideas to write. And sometimes you gotta take care of yourself so you can take care of others.

But I'm  BACK!

If you have any topic you would like me to cover, please comment and I will do my best.
Thanks for being loyal readers and thanks for sticking with me!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Chores..

Yup, that's right I said chores. The chores of pulling out the boxes of decorations, unpacking them, hauling them back to storage, shopping, wrapping, trips to the post office, etc.

Yes, those (and more) are all necessary parts of Christmas. But if you make a list, (and check it twice), you can plan your holiday so that it isn't so stressful.

I have a master list of what needs to be done, decorating, delivering, cleaning, baking, shopping. wrapping.
I then have sub lists under those: who I have to buy for (family, friends, Secret Santa at work), who is getting baked goods. What/who I am buying for etc.

I know it sounds like even more work, but I promise, if you just take 20 minutes and jot down everything you want/need to do, and then work your way thru the list it will all be breeze, and hopefully less stress!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Get a KINDLE FIRE!

If you are shopping for a KINDLE this year, Saving Dollars and Sense has a great way to get one for $179 with a $20 gift card.


check it out here