Monday, November 21, 2011

Earn FREE Gift Cards While Shopping for Black Friday Deals at CVS/pharmacy

Black Friday Store Opening

Store Opening:  Leaked via Buxr

BestBuy    12:00 AM               Really? WOW!
Big Lots    6:00 AM       
CVS    6:00 AM       
Gap    12:00 AM                     
Really? WOW!
JCPenney    4:00 AM       
Kmart    5:00 AM   
Kohl’s    12:00 AM                
Really? WOW!
Lowe’s    12:00 AM               
Really? WOW!
Macy’s    12:00 AM                Really? WOW!
Office Depot    6:00 AM   
PetSmart    7:00 AM       
Rite Aid    7:00 AM       
Sam’s Club    5:00 AM       
Staples    6:00 AM   
Target    12:00 AM                 
Really? WOW!
Toys R Us    9:00 PM (11/24) Really? WOW!
Walgreens    7:00 AM       
Walmart    10:00 PM (11/24)   REALLY? NOT SURPRISED :(


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bargain Alert Middle Tennessee Thanksgiving Day Paper Discount .99 cents

The long anticipated Thanksgiving sales advertisements:  Walgreens & Mapco Sunday Papers discounted $1 for Thanksgiving day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Sugar Gifts: Home Demonstration


Granular Sugar
Vanilla Beans (Madagascar or Tahitian)


Funnel sugar into airtight containers.  Cut beans down the middle, scrape caviar and mix into sugar.   Add beans and secure jars.  (Approximately 1 vanilla bean per two cups sugar)  I used very large Tahitian beans ( 1 1/2 - 2 beans per jar) .  Allow jars to sit for at least a couple of weeks which will  allow sugar to infuse with vanilla (a couple of months would be better if time allows).  Vanilla beans can then be removed and used for other purposes.  Sugar may be used for baking, to flavor drinks and sprinkled over cookies and pies. 

To decorate use ribbon, yarn whatever strikes your fancy.  Add homemade tags with ingredients and directions if desired.

Bargain Alert: Publix Mystery Penny Item for Wednesday 11/16 or Thursday 11/17, is:

Middle Tennessee Publix penny item Day is Wednesday, in some areas it shall be Thursday (check your local store to be sure)  This week it is Publix cheese singles.

 To obtain the penny item purchase $10 of merchandise. Most stores require that you clip the coupon from the newspaper; our local Publix did not require that you have the coupon, however, changed their policy.  The penny item is usually found near checkout or ask customer service.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Vanilla Sugar: Food Network

Photo Credit "The Kitchen"

This morning I found another good Vanilla Sugar Recipe (below-referenced) at the Food Network Vanilla Sugar. I'm going to try it this weekend and will post results.


1 vanilla bean, whole or scraped
2 cups granulated sugar


If vanilla bean is whole, slice down side of bean with back of knife and scrape seeds into airtight container with the sugar. Bury bean in sugar and seal tightly with lid. Let sit for 1 to 2 weeks. Use as regular, granulated sugar.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pomander Fragrant Ball Gift

Historically used to ward off germs and evil, later used for aromatic smell and good luck gifts (history link below)


One medium size orange, clementine, lemon or apple free of brusing
Box whole Cloves
Ground Cinnamon

Pomander will dry in approximately a month in pristine condition, however, those w/ blemishes shall  rot. Cover entire surface with whole cloves (or make pattern if desired) leaving leaving app. 1/4 between cloves.  Sprinkle cinnamon over fruit.  Wrap cord around fruit and hang in dry location.  Wait one month - six weeks to ensure fruit is totally dry.  Tie ribbon around pomander to be displayed as decoration, stored in closet or for gift giving.

For historical perspective click below-referenced link

50 Homemade gift ideas

The below-referenced like is to a Christian missionary blog with fifty DIY gift ideas, enjoy

50 Homemade Gifts

Bargain Alert: WooHoo Black Friday 2011 Website

This is awesome, most of the work is already done for you and may of the deals are up now!!!!! Best site I've found to organize all of your Black Friday deals.  BF2011where you may research for the best utilize the deals.  They include leaked Black Friday Ads, tips, deals, and news.  You can also sign up for their iPhone application.

Bargain Alert: Victoria Secret's Free Tote With Pink Purchase will supplies last: Pre-Christmas Sale

Select qualified pink purchase, enter code PINKTOTE11 at checkout and choose your free tote.  Go to or click link:  Victoria Secret


Limited Time!
Free Tote

with Victoria's Secret Pink
Purchase (item 279-330)

Thanks Victoria Secret:  Victoria Secret

Bargain Alert: Victoria Secrets: Pre-Christmas Sale: 7 panties for $26

To receive this awesome price click on the link below, select your undies and enter the code 7FOR26.  Less than $4 each, awesome!

Victoria Secret Panty Offer

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bargain Alert: Micheal's One day sale: November 11, 2011 Only 25% off entire purchase w/ coupon

Bargain Alert:  Micheal's One day November 11, 2011 Only 25% off entire purchase w/ coupon including sale items with coupon available at link below-referenced:

Link To Sale

Bargain Alert: Victoria Secrets: FREE SECRET REWARD CARD WORTH $10, $50, $100 OR $500

This is a great deal!  A couple of years ago I received several cards from Christmas shopping trips (my nieces love the flannel PJ's and bags.... believe it made them feel like grown-ups)  and through the mail.  Yippee, I hit a few good ones and was able to get some cuties for me for an upcoming vacation gratis!!  Can't beat free!  See details below from V/S website:

  • Purchase in-stock item(s) totaling $10 or more now through November 30, 2011.
  • Your Free Secret Reward Card will be included with your order.
  • One Secret Reward Card per order.
  • Valid while supplies last through 11:59pm EST on November 30, 2011, online, by phone and in select stores.
Not valid on previous purchases. Secret Reward card is redeemable December 1-21, 2011 online, by phone or in stores; excluding outlets. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico stores or for customers in Canada. Secret Reward card has no value until December 1, 2011. We regret that we cannot divulge card’s value; it will be revealed at checkout. We cannot replace lost or stolen cards. See back of Secret Reward card for more details. Gift cards, gift wrap and kits, shipping & handling, and taxes do not qualify toward the offer. Offer subject to adjustment due to returns, cancellations or exchanges. Offer’s value will not be refunded on a merchandise return and/or exchange. Offer may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice.
Thanks Victoria Secret:  Victoria Secret Website

Awesome Blog, Great Deals on Pet Needs

Check out the below referenced blog.  She is a very nice lady and currently is featuring some awesome
deals for pet needs. 

Thou Shalt Not Pay Retail  
Blogger is Lea

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bargain Alert: The Mystery Penny Item at Publix for Wednesday 11/2 or Thursday 11/3

Middle Tennessee Publix penny item Day is Wednesday, in some areas it shall be Thursday (check your local store to be sure)  This week it is Publix Old Fashioned or Quick Oats.

 To obtain the penny item purchase $10 of merchandise. Some stores require that you clip the coupon from the newspaper; our local Publix does not require that you have the coupon.  The penny item is usually found near checkout or ask customer service.