Saturday, October 31, 2009
I just won another great Giveaway over at Blonde Mom Blog. I am super excited and now I have to decide what to get with my $100 gift card to Cambria Cove.
Happy Halloween everyone and enjoy your day..Check back tomorrow for an AMAZING giveaway I have for you. Enjoy!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Get in early to Macy’s this Saturday for Halloween as they are giving away a FREE $10 Macy's gift card to the first 100 people at each location. Get all the details here. This is awesome!!!! Check out their Home Sale while you are there..Enjoy!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Happy Thursday and I wanted to continue wedding tip # 21 on Tipping. If you missed last week's wedding tip- check it out here.
There are some wedding vendors who you will be expected to tip and there are others who while not expecting a tip would greatly appreciate it. Below are some tipping guidelines which suggest amounts each service provider should be tipped according to wedding etiquette:
Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Beautician - You should expect to tip these service providers just as you would on a normal visit to a salon. Usually between 15-20%.
Transportation Drivers - Usually a tip is included in your contract (read the fine print), but if not 10-15% would be normal.
Valets - Tips are based by per person or per car. The Country Club we used, had us pay $1 per person. We did not want our guest to tip, and the valets were told not to accept tips( I am sure they still did if a guest gave them, but it is customary for the host to pay).
Band- It is customary to tip $15-$20 per band member. You can give this to the main band leader at the end of the night.
Florists and other delivery services(i.e Cake bakery)- An extra tip is not necessary as there is usually a service fee built in to the price.
Wait Staff (All your servers)- Their tip is usually in your contract price already. I would be shocked if it wasn't already included, usually 20%.
Bartenders - This is usually part of the contract as well, with the wait staff.
Wedding Planner - In my opinion, you really do not need to hire a wedding planner, not to mention their fees are CRAZY Expensive. They usually get anywhere from 10-15% of your total cost.It is best to assign a member of your family to be the one to handle tips at the end of the night. Set up your tip envelopes prior to the wedding and label them so it is easy to give out that night. Enjoy!
So it has been confirmed that you can get a FREE Burrito on Halloween after 6pm at any participating Chipotle when you dress as a burrito, burrito bowl, taco, or salad. I believe this deal is at all locations, but I would call your local store first. Check out all the other Halloween deals here. Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Tonight I went with my husband for $1 Real Chicken Meals at Boston Market. You can get either a Quarter Chicken White Meat or a 3- Piece Dark Meat served with Mashed Potatoes and a Cornbread for ONLY $1. Yes- this has to be the best deal out there for the Money. It cost us $2, plus we shared a Drink for $1.79...Our total was $4.02 and we both ate..You should have your coupon in your email if you signed up for the Boston Market email club. You can print your coupon here as well. There must have been at least 25 other people who came in within the 1/2 hour we were there with this coupon as well. What a bargain and the food was VERY Tasty. We were impressed with the quality and portion size....Enjoy!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I am sure you have all seen the commercial for the FREE BlackJack Taco on Halloween. Get all the details here.
T.G.I. Friday's will host America's Largest Halloween Party on Thursday, 10/29 from 9pm-close at nearly 600 participating restaurants. They will offer penny appetizers with the purchase of a beverage in the bar only after 9 p.m. by any guest in costume.
If you are in the Give Me More Stripes program(which you all should be by now) you get an even better treat: a coupon via email good for penny appetizers with the purchase of a beverage in the bar after 4pm from now until Halloween.
There usually are tons of great deals and once I get more details on others I will let you all know.
I think Chipotle will also have a FREE Burrito on Halloween, just haven't got all the details yet from them. They did it last year!
If you know any other great deals- please share. Enjoy!
Less than a Week til Halloween. We still need to carve our pumpkin- hopefully my husband will take care of it early this week. I have been looking for great pumpkin patterns. There are so many to choose from. I'll let you all know what I decide.
Now, I still need to stock up on my candy supply for all the trick-or-treaters. I'm planning to stop into CVS today to get the 3 day Halloween Candy Sale. They have Hershey’s, Mars or Nestle Snack size 10.5-22 oz or fun size 9.34-12.5 oz on sale for 2/$4= $2 EACH. Sign up for a $1 off coupon from Nestle here. There was also a coupon for Buy 3 get 1 FREE bag of Hershey's in last Sundays paper. Enjoy and happy candy shopping!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
KFC is having another FREE Grilled Chicken Day for its customers tomorrow (10/26) . This is the third time in 6 months that they have had promotions for its Kentucky Grilled Chicken. Stop by any participating KFC location for a FREE piece. One per customer. I hope they have enough for everyone this time..Enjoy!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
There is another stop you need to make at the mall this weekend. Stop in to Sephora inside JCPenny and choose from these two great Freebie samples with this coupon.
- Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer
- Lorac Mini Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Glam
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I am so happy it is Thursday already and I have some family coming in town this weekend =)
And now for your wedding tip of the day. Wedding tip #20 is all about tipping etiquette. Who do you tip and how much? This is a really tough question as depending on where you have your wedding it makes all the difference.
Traditional wedding custom is to tip a wedding supplier if you think that they did a great job or provided you with outstanding service. Tipping should be based on the quality of service provided in the months leading up to your wedding as well as the day of. If you get married at a Country Club (which I did), where they give you a "free" bridal consultant/ day of help, then you would base your tip on all that they helped you plan. By tipping them you are letting them know that you are happy with the service they provided you with prior to and/or on your wedding day.
Wedding tips are commonly overlooked when couples set up their wedding budget. Tipping is an additional cost which you should calculate before hand so that you ensure that you have money allocated. You are not obligated to tip extra, as most vendors already include a certain percentage. Look in your contacts for terms such as "service fee", as this is usually where they add a little extra. My florist had a 15% service fee aka TIP. I still gave her a small tip at the end of the night since she did an AMAZING job, but I didn't feel obligated.
The best tip you could provide your vendors is a recommendation of them to others. I also sent all my vendors PERSONAL Thank You's with Pictures!
Next week I will get into more detail on tipping (as there is A LOT to cover). If you have any specific questions for me or have any advice, please leave a comment or feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you miss last week's wedding tip and GIVEAWAY- Check it out here, you still have time to enter..Enjoy!
Take this coupon to any Panda Express location and get a free single serving entree item free when you purchase any 2 or 3-Entree Plate. I have been a BIG fan of Panda Express the last few months and can't wait to stop in this weekend. This coupon is good through10/27...Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
You still have time to enter the $50 Moments of Elegance Gift Certificate Giveaway. You will love all the wonderful products they offer. Enjoy!
I just got back from Publix and they have Snuggle on sale for only $3. If you still have your $3 off coupon from a few weeks ago in the Sunday paper- this is a GREAT DEAL. And remember the best deals to stock up on is things that DON'T Expire- Just like Snuggle. I have about 5 detergents and 3 bottles of fabric softener already, but I can always use more...Enjoy!
Domino's Pizza is celebrating Customer Appreciation Week through October 25th with a great PIZZA Deal. You can order a Large, 1 topping Pizza for only $5.99 (Carryout only).
It would be best to order this deal ONLINE and you can score a FREE 8-piece CinnaStix with coupon code ONLINE. What a great deal within a deal...Enjoy your pizza!
It is the season of great rebates. There’s a new rebate offer from Nabisco. You can get back $10 when you purchase any 10 participating Nabisco crackers (e.g., Ritz, Wheat Thins, Triscuit, Honey Maid, etc.), Easy Cheese or Planters nuts by 11/30/09.
Just mail in this rebate form by 12/15/09 along with original dated register receipts. You do not need to purchase all 10 products in one transaction, so you have a few months to buy the goods.
P.S.-Remember the SC Johnson $5 Rebate is still going on here...Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Once the codes are exhausted in any given phase, a 40% off discount code will be given away in its place. You can still get a $15 Gift Code during the next phase if you get a 40% this time.
The phase dates are: Oct 20-Oct 28; Oct 29- Nov 5; Nov 6- Nov 13.
Hurry up and sign up here..Enjoy!
Monday, October 19, 2009
-Glade Reed Diffuser $6.99- $3 coupon from 10/4 SmartSource, got back $6.99 in ExtraCare Bucks
-3 Advil, $4.50 each and used $ 2 coupons off each. If you spend $20, you get back $10 ECB's (I need to stop at another CVS later in the week to get my $20 total- I got the last 3 boxes).
-2 Progresso Soups, BOGO $3.29. Used 2 $1 off coupons
-2 Neosporin lip products $5.49 each. There is a $2.50 clip free coupon this month when you use your CVS card. This took off $5.00. I used a $3 off coupon as well as a BOGO FREE coupon from the Publix BIG FALL Saving coupon book. The coupon is in the Publix ad, but it is a manufacturer coupon. The coupon expires 10/25/09.
My next stop was @ Walgreens- I had to do 2 separate transactions for the Gillette Fusion MVP Register Rewards Deal.
-1 Gillette Fusion MVP Razor $8.99- $4 coupon from 9/27 P&G, then got $6 back in RR
-Chapstick $2.99, then got back $3 RR
-Airwick was on sale 50% off= $3.99 after 50% off- $4 AirWick coupon
-1 Gillette Fusion MVP Razor $8.99- $4 coupon from 9/27 P&G, then got $6 back in RR
-Airwick was on sale 50% off= $3.99 after 50% off- $4 AirWick coupon
My Target trip- Skippy Peanut Butter and another Air Wick. The Skippy PB was on sale for $2.09. I used a $1 off Target coupon as well as a $0.40 manufacturer coupon. The Air Wick was on sale for $5.99. I happen to still have a $6 off 1 coupon from a few weeks back that was set to expire next weekend. The Cashier was VERY Impressed since I spent under $1!
And now for my pumpkin. I found this Pumpkin for $4.99 at BJ's. The cheapest I have seen for this size was $6.99 at Publix. And I have my FREE 4-in-1 Carving tool from my last CVS trip. I am almost ready for Halloween. Now, I need to find more Candy deals. My hunt is on. Enjoy!
Have you been to a Picture People? It is a wonderful place to get portraits and family pictures taken. In college (GO GATORS), I would go every few months with my then fiancee to get our pictures taken.
Now through October 31, you can get a free 8x10 or 10x13 portrait with this coupon. No purchase is necessary, but if you decide to buy any pictures, you can also get 20% off with the same coupon.
This would be a great place to get your engagement pictures taken- as they do have a few different backgrounds to choose from. They take about 10-15 different poses, and then you can choose which ones you like. There is no obligation to buy, so you can just get your 8x10 or 10x13 portrait FREE. They also set up your pictures on-line so you can view them all and share with friends and family. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I am so exhausted and can't find my camera charger since I cleaned the house yesterday. I'll post all the details (and pics) hopefully tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great day and weekend..Enjoy!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Bath & Body Works has yet another great coupon this week. Take this coupon with you to the mall for a FREE travel size item with any purchase. I love the travel size anti-bacterial products. I always have hand sanitizer with me to keep the germs away. Coupon expires 10/21...Enjoy!
Friday, October 16, 2009
There are two new great coupons from T.G.I. Fridays.
Free Appetizer with purchase of any beverage at the bar from 4p- close.
$5 Salad or Sandwich for lunch. Only valid Monday- Friday 11am-4pm!
Print both coupons here, they are valid through 11/1/09..Enjoy!
Saks Fifth Avenue is having their Friends & Family Sale this weekend through Sunday. Just enter code FRIENDS2 at checkout to receive 25% off your total purchase (20% off on jewelry, and 10% off on cosmetics and fragrances). Start shopping here..Enjoy!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
$1 off one box of Klondike bars
$1 off any 1.75 Quart Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream
$1 on any Haagen Daz 14.oz ice cream product
$1 on Skinny Cow ice cream cones
Wedding Tip #19- Start early, I had a year and a half to plan my wedding and it was the best decision to have a long engagement. Make sure you shop early for all your reception accessories. It is best to have everything in advance, so the month prior to your wedding you don't have any added stress. Moments of Elegance has the solution. Getting all your reception needs from one place saves time and money.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Do I need to even say more- Nothing spreads the joy like confetti and I love the bride and groom on the front- super cute!
The heart shaped topper can be decorated with two of your favorite photos inserted into the frame back to back. You can use TWO great pictures from your engagement shoot and ta da!
These are the perfect solution for your table number cards. What a beautiful way to light up your reception tables and also illuminate the way for your guests to find their tables. These luminaries can be designed for you with your custom monogram and wedding date. They're unique, pretty, and useful as well!
Moments of Elegance also has MANY unique wedding favors at very affordable prices.
Now for the best part: Moments of Elegance is offering one of my lucky readers a $50 gift certificate to buy whatever their heart desires.
How to enter: Take a look around momentsofelegance.com and let me know your favorite item or come up with a unique idea that incorporates one of their products. Then come back here and leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas. This question must be answered to gain an entry in the giveaway. Each of the following will give you an extra entry in the giveaway:
-Subscribe to my blog
-Post about this giveaway on your blog, linking back to Saving Money for a Wedding.
-Grab my blog button for your blog
-Become a Blog follower
If you do all of the above, you will get 2 Extra Entries, for a TOTAL of 7!
Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do. As always, please either leave your email address or make sure it is easy to find on your blog.
The giveaway will end on Sunday, November 1st @ 11:59 pm EST. I will pick the winner randomly and will send them an email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email. Good Luck..Enjoy!
At the beginning of the year, every time I filled my car up at 7-11, I got a FREE Drink. There used to be a sticker at the pumps that said to bring in your receipt and get a free 12 oz. Drink. They took the sticker off about 2 months. Now, I have a reason to head back to 7-11.
All you need to do is print this coupon and bring it into your participating 7-11 store and get a FREE 12 oz. hot beverage. You can choose from: coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate or tea.
Coupon expires 10/31/09 and it says one per person per day!!
When I tried to print the coupon, it said: "Drawing error". Try clicking File and Save As to your desktop, and then it should work. Enjoy your Hot Beverage!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I am a BIG Chick-fil-A fan. On October 17th, Chick-fil-A will be coming out with their 2010 calendars. The calendars sell for $5, but this year they will be mailed for free to the first 100,000 requests or until October 21st, whichever comes first. The calendar is great because each month you will find a new coupon.
Mark your calendars for Saturday morning and register here. Enjoy!
*UPDATED: Chick-fil-A will NOT be giving away FREE Calendars!!!
Wow- I am very excited that there were so many entries for my $50 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway.
The winner is...Paline!! Congrats on your new home and have fun installing new lights. Your gift card is on its way.
Thanks to everyone that entered and I hope to have another Home Improvement giveaway in the near future..Enjoy!
Have you tried the new Stuffed Saladwich with Chicken at Einstein Bros Bagels yet? You can choose from Caesar Chicken or Chipotle Chicken. I tried the Chipotle Chicken and Loved it- My Husband had the same! Head on over and use This Buy One Get One coupon. Expires 10/20. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Make sure you stop into CVS today and get started on your Halloween shopping. They have 3 items in their 3 day SALE, and the SALE ends TODAY!
4-in-1 Carving Tool- $1.99, get $1.99 ECBs (limit 2)= FREE after ECBs
Halloween Nylon Treat Bag- $0.99, get $0.99 ECBs (limit 1)= FREE after ECBs
Start stocking up on Candy:Brach's Candy Corn, 2/ $0.88 - I plan on bringing these into the office the Friday before Halloween as a nice treat!
Now I need to find a Pumpkin..Enjoy!
The Holiday's will be here soon and there is a great new promotion when you buy 5 Frozen Food products, get $5 Back by Mail. Participating brands include Hungry-Man, Mrs. Paul’s, Van de Kamp’s, Duncan Hines Oven Ready, Aunt Jemima and Lender’s Bagels. Get all the details here. Allow 6-8 weeks for coupons to arrive by mail. You need to buy 5 frozen food products by 11/9/09- it does not look like you need to purchase them all at once. Enjoy!
Monday, October 12, 2009
So then I was thinking, what should I put in it to spice it up. I stopped into Michael's craft yesterday to pick up some scrapbook stuff. While I was there, I found these River Rocks ($2.49 a bag). There was a 2 day Columbus Day coupon for 60% off a bag. Making each River Rock bag only $1. I decided to pick up 4 bags.
Look at the final product..
Have you done any crafty projects lately on a budget? I would love to know..Enjoy!
I recently won the "LOVE BOTTLE" Giveaway from The "Cent"sible Sawyer. I drink a lot of water throughout the day and this bottle is super cute to have around the office. They have many different bottle designs- of course I picked the Orange and Blue design. GO GATORS!! Thanks again to The "Cent" sible Sawyer for hosting this great giveaway.
Remember to enter the $50 HOME DEPOT Gift Card Giveaway if you haven't already done so- it ends TONIGHT...Enjoy!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This month, PRVCY is going the extra mile on spreading the word about Breast Cancer Awareness. They're offering a free bracelet to anybody who fills out the form here. After you fill out the form with your information, just share the link with one or more friends and they will send you this lovely bracelet. Enjoy!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
IKEA has done it again. Today through Monday (10/10-10/12) at IKEA stores nationwide get a FREE Breakfast. Offer includes one small breakfast and one small coffee. This breakfast offer is not valid at IKEA stores in Hicksville, Houston or at IKEA Direct. No purchase is necessary, so stop in today..Enjoy!
Friday, October 9, 2009
The Rainforest Cafe $10 off coupon is back by popular demand. The best part of the coupon is that it is good through the end of the year. Print your coupon here. My husband and I love the food and it is a great place to bring the kids. They will love all the rainforest sounds and animals..Enjoy!
Head on over to Panda Express and Buy a 2-entree plate and get a FREE single serving of SweetFire Chicken Breast at Panda Express with this coupon. I tried the SweetFire Chicken two weeks ago when it was FREE, and I loved it. This coupon is good through 10/17!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Deciding on where to go for dinner tonight? P.F. Changs is giving away FREE Lettuce Wraps today. Just say “I Acknowledge the Craving” to your server when you order a dish & they will add lettuce wraps FREE. Deal is only valid for dine in and 1 per table. My husband and I usually order one dish and lettuce wraps to share- so this deal really is great. Enjoy!
Wedding Tip# 18- Make sure you look like yourself on your Big Day. Don't wear your hair all pulled back if you never wear your hair up. You don't want to look back at your pictures and not even recognize yourself. I know a bride who wore bright RED Lipstick, and she never wears lipstick, but she thought it would look great on her wedding day. WRONG- She didn't even look like herself and people were wondering if she was the bride. A more neutral lipstick with a nice shiny gloss would have been better. I would recommend you do a trail run for your hair and makeup.
Did you miss last week's tip on your first dance? Check it out here. Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here is a great coupon from White Castle: Buy One Cheeseburger Slider and get one FREE.
These are a great snack. One coupon per person per visit. Coupon is good through Halloween..Enjoy!