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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Carvel- FREE Ice Berg Today from 3-7 PM

Carvel Ice Cream is celebrating their 75th anniversary, which means FREE Ice Bergs for you. They are offering a free 8 oz. Ice Berg to all customers today from 3-7p.m. Here are the details. Ice Bergs are your choice of soda blended with ice and vanilla and topped with a scoop of ice cream. I haven't tried them yet- so I am excited for later. It will be a nice after work treat. Have a great day and I hope you enjoyed your $0.31 Baskin Robbins scoop yesterday. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And the WINNER is...Mika

Mika is the winner of the Marla J Designs giveaway for 5 Elegant Pearl and Swarovski Crystal Hair Pins. Check out her awesome Blog. I sent you an email- Please respond within 48 hours- otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks to everyone that entered and Marla J Designs has decided to offer all my readers a 20% discount through the end of May!! Please contact Marla while you are placing your order and mention "Saving Money for a Wedding" as the code. Enjoy!!

Wedding Bouquets

Here are some gorgeous wedding bouquets I love from weddingchannel.com:

White Calla Lily Bouquet

Pink Roses and White Stephanotis

Red Rose Bouquet

Which is your favorite? I would love to hear about your wedding bouquet..Enjoy!

FREE Hallmark Card

Are you ready for Mother's Day? I still need to get my Mom a gift and a card. Well- I have the solution for the card and it's FREE and it is a Hallmark card. Click here and create a 5x7 paper card up to $3.49 in value from Hallmark.com. Personalize your card and add photos if you'd like. When you go to check out enter the code "CARD4MOM". You'll get the card for FREE plus FREE shipping.

You can have the card sent to yourself to give or you can have it mailed to your recipient. You can set up the date to have the card shipped too!! Enjoy!

P.S.- The winner of the Marla J Designs Giveaway will be posted tonight- so check back later! Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dominos: FREE breadbowl pasta - 4/29

Want more FREE food? Monday was KFC FREE grilled chicken and tomorrow you can score some more FREE food at Dominos. They will be giving away a FREE breadbowl pasta to everyone who comes in on 4/29 between 11am and 2pm. Not valid for delivery - only Carryout. As always- call your local store to make sure they are participating. Enjoy!

Monday, April 27, 2009

KFC: Grilled Chicken

KFC restaurants nationwide will be giving away one free piece of their new grilled chicken to every customer who stops by today! KFC is letting customers know they do not only serve Fried Chicken. Get all the details here. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

$0.31 Baskin Robbins scoop night- 4/29

Baskin-Robbins is offering 31-cent small ice-cream scoops this Wednesday, April 29th to honor America’s firefighters with a $100,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program. What a great cause! Get all the details here!

I would suggest to call ahead to find out if your local store is participating. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tomorrow is National Pretzel Day- FREE Pretzel

Sunday April 26, 2009 is National Pretzel Day - a day to celebrate the art of pretzel making and the history of the pretzel - the world's oldest snack!

Celebrate National Pretzel Day at Pretzelmaker & Pretzel Time. They will be giving away FREE Original Soft Pretzels. Participation and times vary by location. Check with your local Pretzelmaker / Pretzel Time store for details. (limit one per customer)

Find a location
near you! Enjoy!

Friday, April 24, 2009

thelittlegiraffe Giveaway and Review!

I found another great Etsy store, thelittlegiraffe!!!

thelittlegiraffe has all the best custom frames for the holidays, birthdays, and any special occasion- especially weddings. They will work with you on any design you have in mind. The frames are 8" x 8", and fits a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" picture.

Look at this adorable frame for a little boy:

Check out this custom frame for a GREAT Big Sister!!

Any my favorite- for a wedding. thelittlegiraffe sent me a custom wedding frame with my new initials. I love the cream stripe paper. It is accented with a black satin bow and black raised lettering. I love the bow, as it really makes the Frame stand out. Nothing like it is stores!!

Now for the best part: thelittlegiraffe is offering one of my readers this custom "I DO" wedding frame and coordinating gift bag with one letter on the front.

Here is how you can win: Check out thelittlegiraffe Etsy store and leave a comment with your favorite frame or let me know what custom design you would like to see.

Here is how to get extra entries:
-Subscribe to my blog
-Become a Blog Follower
-Post about this giveaway on your blog, linking back to Saving Money for a Wedding.
-Grab my blog button for your blog

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

This giveaway will end on Thursday, May 7th @ 11:59 pm EST. I will pick a winner randomly and will send them an email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email. Good Luck and thank you all again for checking out my blog.

P.S.- There is a special discount for all my readers- Get all the details here. This offer is good for the first 5 of my readers- so hurry and order your FRAME today. Just enter my blogs name "Saving Money for a Wedding" for the discount!! Enjoy!

Bath and Body Works-FREE lip product with any purchase!

If your heading to the mall this weekend, make a stop at Bath and Body Works for a FREE lip product (up to $12) with any purchase. Print your coupon. The coupon is good through April 26, 2009. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday- I am starting a new Friday tradition to lighten your day. It's called:

How the Fight Got Started....

Let me know what you think!!

My wife walked into the den & asked "What's on the TV?" I replied "Dust".

And that's how the fight started.....


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Who Sits Where At a Wedding??

Previously I discussed seating cards- but first you need to decide who sits where.

Should you sit your single friends with married friends or what about cousins and children. Here is some great advice from weddingchannel.com.

The Bridal Table: The bride and groom may sit at a long rectangular head table or round table at the focal point of the room, or alternatively, at their very own "sweetheart" table. Some couples choose to have no table at all, but to leave a few seats empty at every table so they can mingle throughout the reception. No matter which configuration you choose, the bridal table is usually set apart from the others by some type of decoration, such as flowers. Classically, the groom sits to the bride's right and the best man sits to her left. The maid of honor sits to the groom's right. Depending on how large the table is, the other attendants should be scattered around. In the old days, spouses and significant others were relegated to different tables, but let's think about that for a minute… It seems rather unfair to separate couples during an entire wedding dinner and dance, so be sensitive. If you can only fit the best man and maid of honor -- along with their significant others -- at your table, do so. Seat remaining attendants and their "other halves" at another table.

Family Tables: Often, the parents of the bride and groom sit opposite each other at a large family table, with grandparents, the officiant, and other close friends. An alternative is to have the bride and groom's parents "host" their own tables, consisting of their family members and close friends. In the case of divorced parents, each parent may also host his or her own table, smoothly diffusing any awkwardness or discomfort.

Mix or Match: As for the rest of your guests, should you put friends together or seat them with "new" people? The answer is a bit of both. While it is a great idea to mix in a few new faces at each table, remember that people are most comfortable when they know some of their dinner companions. Be considerate. Not even your most gregarious friend will want to sit at a table full of complete strangers, so put acquaintances together when you can. If you have guests who don't know anyone, seat them near guests with similar interests. If you have a group of friends that cannot fit at one table, split them down the middle, and fill in each table with other guests. Whatever you do, don't leave one of the gang out.

If you have no idea what to do with your parents' friends, let your mother and mother-in-law arrange those tables. They will be thrilled to be involved, and this may keep them from trying to control of the rest of your seating plan.

If you've been dying to fix your old roommate up with your fiancé's cousin, you might take this opportunity to discreetly seat them next to each other. Resist the urge to create a separate "singles" table, though, as this might embarrass your guests. By the same token, don't seat that unmarried girlfriend at a table full of gushing newlyweds. A little sensitivity and some good old common sense are the best guides.

If you have several children at your wedding, seat them together at a separate kids' table. If your flowergirl and ringbearer are the only children present, seat them with their parents.

Find all your answers on weddingchannel.com...Enjoy!


MY favorite book ever(and movie)!! If you have had the chance to read this fun AMAZING book- sign up a friend so they can share in the fun. Sign up for a FREE copy from Random House. If you haven't read it yet- you can sign yourself up instead!! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

And the WINNER is...Jackie

Jackie is the winner of this months ALL YOU Magazine and $10 WalMart gift card. Congrats!!

Please respond within 48 hours to the winning email so I can get your prize out to you.

Thank you to EVERYONE that participated and I enjoyed reading all about your Easter/Passover traditions. Remember to check out my latest giveaway from Marla J Designs.

Hint Hint: Check back for some more AWESOME giveaways later in the week. Enjoy!

FREE Glade Fragrance Collection at Walgreens

At Walgreens the Glade Fragrance Collection 4.9 oz is on sale for $5.99. Use this $4 printable coupon stacked with the $2 coupon in the April EasySaver Rebate booklet = FREE!!

If your going today- use this additional 15% off Earth Day coupon!!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee $0.50

Dunkin Donuts has their small (16 oz.) iced coffee for only 50 cents today. Pick one up on your way to work this morning..Enjoy!

Monday, April 20, 2009

FREE Cone Day @ Ben & Jerry's

Tuesday, April 21st is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. As a way to thank customers for their support and to celebrate 31 years of scooping the funkiest, chunkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are happily giving it away FREE!

Around the world, Scoop Shops are opening their doors from noon to 8:00 pm, to serve up a free scoop of your favorite flavor.

Get more details here!!

I usually do this every year and LOVE it. Call your local shop to make sure they are participating. Enjoy!

All You Event @ WalMart this Weekend

All You magazine will be hosting a special event at participating WalMart stores this weekend: Saturday, April 25th or Sunday, April 26th (date varies by location) from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There should be many FREE samples to pick up. Find a WalMart near you that is participating.

Remember to sign up for my All You and $10 WalMart Gift Card giveaway going on now!! Enjoy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Arby's FREE Roastburger

Text the word ROASTED to 74700 and you’ll get a text reply good for one free Roastburger with the purchase of any size drink. Just show the text message to the Arby’s cashier. Offer good through 4/30. Enjoy!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Friday

It's been one of those CRAZY weeks. Here is a cute email I received that made me feel better. I am not a BIG fan of chain emails- but I think you will all appreciate the message it brings. Have a wonderful day!


John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins!' He was a natural motivator... If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, 'I don't get it!' 'You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?' He replied, 'Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or...you can choose to be in a bad mood I choose to be in a good mood.' Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or...I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life. 'Yeah, right, it's not that easy,' I protested. Yes, it is,' he said. 'Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life.' I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it. Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident When I asked him how he was, he replied, 'If I were any
better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?'
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had
gone through his mind as the accident took place.

'The first thing that went through my mind was the
well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,' he replied. 'Then, as I lay on
the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live
or...I could choose to die. I chose to live.'

'Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?' I
asked. He continued, '...the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when
they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the
doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead
man'. I knew I needed to take action.'

'What did you do?' I asked.

Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at
me,' said John. 'She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.'
The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took
a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity''

Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to
live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.'
He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also
because of his amazing attitude...I learned from him that every day we have
the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will
worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Simply Stamps Review and Discount

Wedding season is upon us and you will soon be receiving those GREAT wedding gifts. Now a days, most couples live together prior to marriage, but they don't share the same last name YET. For all your wedding Thank You's, you will need to have a return address that includes your new MARRIED names. Well, I found the solution- Simply Stamps.

Simply Stamps is an online retailer for rubber stamps. They have been online since 2002 and strive to present you with high caliber stamping goods at low prices. All of their rubber stamps are made in house and to order so there isn't any delay and you can begin doing what you came here for - using your rubber stamps!

I have been searching for unique return address labels. What better than a Custom return address stamp, as unique as you are. There are dozen of return address stamps on Simply Stamps and they sent me the Round Letter Address Stamp to review. This is my favorite-as I feel it is elegant enough for a wedding return address stamp as well as to use for everyday use. They really do have wonderful service- I received my return address stamp the next day. I have a long address and was worried it might be difficult to read, but the stamp came out beautiful and is very clear. Self-inking stamps last for thousands of impressions and re-inking is hassle free.

Round Letter Address Stamp

Simply Stamps is offering all my readers a 10% discount on your entire purchase, just use coupon code: "WEDDING10" at checkout. Check out all their wonderful rubber stamps. In addition to the return address stamps, they have deposit stamps, signature stamps, date stamps and so much more. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

5 Things I need to get done today!!


I have been so busy this week (and it is only Wednesday). Here are my Top 5 Things To Do Today:

-Clean the House
-Call the Florist
-Pick out Hairstyles for my bridesmaids
-Cook Dinner
-Catch up on 24- YES, my favorite show!

Enjoy your day!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

BJ's Wholesale Club: FREE 60 Day Shopping Pass

Have you ever been to BJ's? It is a wholesale club that accepts COUPONS. You can print this coupon for a free 60-day Shopping Pass!

You need to activate the coupon in store by 7/6/09 to receive full Member benefits for a minimum of 60 days. Check out the details here.

I have never been to BJ's- but plan to stop by one not too far from me later in the month. We personally use Costco, but they do NOT accept coupons. Find a BJ's near you. Enjoy!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Marla J Designs Review and Giveaway

Have you heard of Etsy? Well I am a new member to this wonderful handmade world. Marla J Designs is a great store that makes birdcage veils, vintage and bridal jewelry. Yesterday, I found some great wedding hairstyles, but there is more to a hairstyle than the hairdresser. You need an added accessory to make your hair stand out. Marla J Designs has everything a bride could want for their wedding day hair. Take a look around her store for all the latest styles. I have seen many brides lately using hair pins to add a sparkle to their big day. Marla J Designs sent me 5 hair pins. Not just any hair pins- Elegant Pearl and Swarovski Crystal Hair Pins.

To be honest- they are the most GORGEOUS hair pins I have seen. I looked at the mall a few weeks ago and they all looked "cheap". This is your wedding day- you need hair accessories that stand out and shine. Each hair pin from Marla J Designs uses three genuine Pearls with eight Swarovski Crystals AB on each hair pin. The center Pearl is circled by 6 4mm Swarovski Crystals AB and 2 6mm Swarovski Crystals AB. Also, two more Pearls are added to the sides. There is a secure wire wrapped to the tip of each hair pin. These hair pins will last all night and for years to come.

Marla J Designs has offered to giveaway 5 Elegant Pearl and Swarovski Crystal Hair Pins to one lucky reader.

How to enter: Take a look around Marla J Designs and let me know what item you love! Then come back here and leave a comment. This question must be answered to gain an entry in the giveaway. Each of the following will give you one extra entry in the giveaway. Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

-Subscribe to my blog
-Become a Blog Follower
-Post about this giveaway on your blog, linking back to Saving Money for a Wedding.
-Grab my blog button for your blog

The giveaway will end on Monday, April 27th @ 11:59 pm EST. I will pick a winner randomly and will send them an email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email. Good Luck and thank you all again for checking out my blog. Enjoy!

Tax Day Deals- 4/15

Tax Day will be here on Wednesday- April 15th!! I hope everyone has their taxes done by now.
There are usually some GREAT FREE deals on tax day to relieve the stress. Here are a few so far. I will update the list as I hear about others.

Cinnabon is offering FREE Bites from 5pm-8pm. Get the details here.

MaggieMoo's Ice Cream is giving out one free single-scoop of ice cream. Get the details here.

P.F. Chang's is giving a 15% off discount on your bill. Get the details here.

Let me know if you see any other deals out there for TAX DAY. Enjoy!

CVS deals 4/12-4/18

I scored some great deals at CVS:

Buy 1 Colgate Enamel Protect, Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste at $3.99, Get $3.99 ECBs -Limit is 2
Used (2) $1 off printable coupons= FREE plus overage after coupons and ECBS

Buy $15 worth of select Garnier products, Get $5 ECBs

I got 3 Garnier face scrubs for $5 each. I used (3) $2 off coupons= $15-$6=$9-$5ECBS back= $4 for 2 face scrubs

2 Kellogg's Cereals(Corn Flakes)-on sale for $2 each

Used (2) $1/1 coupon from the 4/5 RedPlum insert= $1 each

CVS Batteries BOGO FREE- $6.49 for a 12 pack= $6.49 for 24 AA batteries

CoverGirl eyeliners were on sale BOGO 50% off. The first one was $3, and the second was $1.50.
Used (2) $1/1 coupons from the 4/5 P&G insert

I wanted to get this deal: Buy 1 Softsoap Scrub Body Wash at $4.99, Get $4.99 ECBs, but they were out! Enjoy!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Mall Trip

I know many of you went to the mall yesterday for all the great deals. Here is what I got:
Our first stop was New York & Co.: I went with my fiancee, so I was able to use two $15 off coupons.

1)I got this gorgeous Blue Scarf, it was $16.95- $15= $1.95 + tax.

2) White flip flops (which I have been looking for to wear with my wedding dress while dancing), and two pairs of earrings= $15.75-$15= $.075 + tax.

Our next stop was Victoria's Secret: I got my two FREE natural mini body lotions. Also, in the mail yesterday I got a coupon for a FREE signature underwear and $10 off any purchase. So I got a pair of underwear and a $10 body butter. I didn't pay anything!!!

Everything in the picture above cost me about $3!!!! I hope you all did as well. Enjoy!

Wedding Hair Do's

Finding the right wedding hairstyle is very difficult. Here are some styles I like on weddingchannel.com.

Updo with Curled Ends and Side Swept Bangs

Updo, Swept Up with Barrettes and Veil

Have you found any other great websites for wedding hairstyles? I would love to know.Enjoy!



I scored some great deals at the mall yesterday and will let you know all about them later. I also have some great new giveaways coming this week. I will be spending time with the family today, but check back later tonight. Have a wonderful day. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Personalized Tote Bags by Simply Bags

Simply Bags is a specialty monogram shop offering personalized bags and monogrammed totes. Beautiful, personal and useful gifts. Colorful and bright combinations. Creative gift ideas ... unique laptop totes for women, couples wine tote, fashionable travel totes, monogrammed boat totes for the beach and so much more. Finished with fine detailing and professional monogramming.

Simply bags really does have it all. They have trendy bags at affordable prices. I recently had the chance to review this personalized tote bag.

Personalized Totes
Once I opened the box- I was so pleased at how big this personalized tote is. It is a perfect tote to fit all your essentials. I am planning to use it on my honeymoon. I can't wait to show off my new initials. =)

The personalized tote is made with quilted fabric and is so soft. I love how spacious the tote is. The inside is lined and has a zippered pocket as well as two smaller pockets, one which is perfect for your cell phone.

The handles are black with red stitching. The bag also came with an adorable detachable bow on the handle. The bow is Black with Red polka dots. The back of the tote also has a zippered pocket. This is useful to carry your passport or ID while traveling, as it is easily accessible. You can have it personalized with either your name or 3 letter monogram. I love how classy the 3 letter personalization looks. This bag is great for a bride, but would also make a wonderful bridesmaid gift or even the perfect bag for a new mom. It is an all around perfect bag for any occasion.

You can also get this tote in chocolate with medium pink or chocolate with turquoise. Simply Bags has many other wonderful bags as well, take a look around and I am sure you will find the perfect bag for you. Enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Shop this weekend for FREE

Well if you are heading to the mall tomorrow- I have two store you need to stop in to.

First stop: New York & Company- Print this coupon for $15 off any purchase- yes, even a purchase that is $15.

Second stop: Victoria's Secret- Print this coupon for a FREE natural mini body lotion.

Bath & Body Works

Third stop: Bath & Body Works: Print this coupon for a FREE signature collection body care item with any $10 Purchase. (yes- you need to spend $10, but you do get a FREE item).

All these coupons expire 4/12!!

Let me know if you find any other great deals this weekend. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hot New Wedding Colors

There are some Hot New Color Combos on WeddingChannel.com. Here are some unique colors I like:

Publix deals extended

When you open your newspapers this morning, you wont find a new Publix ad. The Ad's usually run Thursday-Wednesday, but this week the deals are extended from last Thursday through this Monday. Publix will be closed on Easter Sunday. New sales will start next Monday. Just wanted to pass along the friendly reminder- Have a wonderful Thursday..Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter/Passover Activities for the Kids

I have my niece all day tomorrow, so I am already planning our day. I went straight to the wonderful KABOOSE website.

I printed this Easter coloring page for her. Print your own here.
I printed this Passover coloring page too. Print your own here.

I can't wait to make Easter eggs and a basket with her.
Here is a fun idea we did last year: Write a letter on each egg, then you can have the kids spell words out after they find them.

There are also puzzles and crafts on KABOOSE, take a look- your kids will love all the fun activities. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Macy's 1 Day Sale

The Macy's 1 Day Sale is going on Online and In store Wednesday, April 8th! Get your $10 Savings Pass here. The savings pass is good on both sale and clearance purchases of $25 or More.

Here are some great deals for tomorrow:

Van Heusen Easy Care Pinpoint Oxford Dress Shirt, Big & Tall Sizes on sale for $16.99 (Original price $39.50). Great time to stock up on presents for the man in your life.

Tahari by ASL Form- Fitting Black Skirt Suit on sale for $79.99. (Original price $280).
This is a GREAT DEAL, I have been looking for a new suit and you can't beat the price.

If you are cooking this weekend for the holidays- then you might need to stock up on new pots and pans. There is a Martha Stewart Collection Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set on sale for $119.99 (original $199.99). I have this cookware set and it is WONDERFUL!

Remember to use your $10 off Savings Pass. Enjoy!