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TODAY ONLY: 58% OFF TurboTax & Quicken Bundle PLUS Up To 10% On Top of Your Federal Tax Refund

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TODAY ONLY: Amazon has a really great bundle offer  ~ get BOTH TurboTax Deluxe and Quicken Deluxe 2014 for $51.94  (retail is $124.94)!  Plus, right now, they are offering one of the best bonuses that we’ve seen anywhere ~ receive up to 10% bonus on top of your Federal Tax refund* (more details below). 

If you plan to use this do-it-yourself tax and money management software, jump on this, as this bundled price is only valid today, and we’ve not found a better deal.  

:: Go here to get TurboTax Deluxe & Quicken Deluxe 2014 for PC or Mac for $51.94 (58% OFF, MSRP $124.94 ~ when purchased separately) ~ bundled discount price valid today only.  

*Get Up To 10% Tax Refund Bonus!  Use some of your federal refund to purchase an Amazon.com Gift Card from TurboTax and they will tack on an extra 10%!  That means a $500 gift card purchase would become a $550 gift card. While we like to encourage people to save their tax refunds as a family finance priority, if you already have a purchase from Amazon budgeted, this is a great way to significantly stretch your buying dollars.  Learn more about the refund bonus here.

The 10% bonus offer small print (only made larger): Amazon.com Gift Card offer is for federal refunds only. Limits apply ($2000 per e-card, maximum $10,000 per customer). Offer available only for TurboTax Online or CD/download versions sold and shipped, or downloaded directly from Intuit or Amazon. Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Amazon.com Gift Cards (“GCs”) sold by Intuit, an authorized and independent reseller of Amazon.com Gift Cards. Except as required by law, GCs cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods at Amazon.com or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions go here.

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We “Heart” These Creative Valentines Day Ideas From Picaboo – Plus 30% OFF Promo Code

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Save Up to 30% on Personalized Valentine’s From Picaboo

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Picaboo has created 5 new really cute 5×7 card templates that allows you to easily add a custom photo to the front and a variety of designs for the back. It’s a perfect size for your little Valentine to hand out to their classmates or to give as a gift to someone special. Go here for “how to” tutorials and to see more creative Valentine’s gift ideas from Picaboo.

Plus,  get FREE shipping and up to 30% OFF personalized photobooks and 25% OFF personalized cards when, you use promo code SWEET2014 before February 10th.

Not familiar with Picaboo? Check out their collection of customizable photo products at their website here.

How to get up to 30% OFF & FREE Shipping at Picaboo:

  1. Go here to sign up for a Picaboo account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Select and design a card (25% OFF), photo book (30% OFF), or canvas (30% OFF) before February 10, 2014.
  3. When you checkout, be sure and use promo code SWEET2014 to get the discount and FREE shipping.

Savings Tip:  If you miss this deal, be sure to check out Picaboo’s “Specials” section of their website.  They almost always have a coupon code for some sort of savings on their products. 

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Hot DIY Savings: 50% OFF Select DEWALT Tools

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If one of your 2014 resolutions includes a DIY project, this 50% OFF sale might just be the ticket to getting that checked off the list…

For a limited time, you can save over 50% on select DEWALT tools and products purchased at Amazon.com. Most of these tools also qualify for FREE shipping, making this an incredible deal!

:: Go here to visit Amazon’s 50% OFF DEWALT tool sale.

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REMINDER ENDS FRIDAY: Up to 45% OFF Select Refrigerator Water Filters

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We’ve heard from several of you (love it!!!) about the savings you made on your refrigerator water filters through this recent offer. In case you missed it or forgot, we are re-posting this as a reminder that this deal ends this Friday…  

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Here’s a great deal if that pesky time-to-change-your-water-filter light is blinking on your refrigerator (or about to be):

Once again, we are overdue for replacing the water filters on our refrigerator, so it was nice to discover that through January 31st, Amazon is giving an extra 20% OFF refrigerator filter replacements for select Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Kenmore,  and Maytag refrigerators.  That savings is on top of the current discounted price you’ll see from Amazon, bringing some of the filters to 45% OFF the retail price you would normally pay.

For my purchase, that meant I received from Amazon, 2 Water Filters for more than 35% off the price of the same filters we used to purchase from Sears.  Depending on your filter model, you might save up to 45% off the retail price.

Secret Sauce Buying Tip: Do note, that you won’t see the extra 20% discount subtracted from the selling price until you get to the final “Review Your Order”/Order Summary confirmation page (which is the last page you’ll see after you input your shipping and credit card details) ~ right before you actually approve the order to be placed.  It will look something like this (click picture to make it bigger):

Go here to view all the water filters that qualify for the extra 20% OFF sale.  The extra savings sale does expire January 31, 2014.

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Up to 45% OFF Select Refrigerator Water Filters — Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag, and Kitchenaid

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Here’s a great deal if that pesky time-to-change-your-water-filter light is blinking on your refrigerator (or about to be)…

Once again, we are overdue for replacing the water filters on our refrigerator, so it was nice to discover that through January 31st, Amazon is giving an extra 20% OFF refrigerator filter replacements for select Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Kenmore,  and Maytag refrigerators.  That savings is on top of the current discounted price you’ll see from Amazon, bringing some of the filters to 45% OFF the retail price you would normally pay.

For my purchase, that meant I received from Amazon, 2 Water Filters for more than 35% off the price of the same filters we used to purchase from Sears.  Depending on your filter model, you might save up to 45% off the retail price.

Secret Sauce Buying Tip: Do note, that you won’t see the extra 20% discount subtracted from the selling price until you get to the final “Review Your Order”/Order Summary confirmation page (which is the last page you’ll see after you input your shipping and credit card details) ~ right before you actually approve the order to be placed.  It will look something like this (click picture to make it bigger):

Go here to view all the water filters that qualify for the extra 20% OFF sale.  The extra savings sale does expire January 31, 2014.

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Frugal Fun: How to Make Snow Ice Cream (a.k.a. Winter Bliss in a Bowl)

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We are getting lots of traffic on our Snow Ice Cream recipe from a few years ago ~ thought we’d pull it out of the archives and “dust it off” for all of our readers…

Something New to Try
On this fluffy-white, beautiful snow day, I thought it would be fun to make snow ice cream for the first time.  I remember my parents sharing memories about making the treat when they were kiddos (they grew up where snow was a more frequent occurence than Fort Worth), and I always thought it sounded like the ultimate “fun food!”

I do believe this is just the thing to try on this wonderful winter day, and have already set my largest bowl outside to catch a container-full of winter bliss.

Following is the recipe I used, which comes with great reviews from allrecipes.com:

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (or half and half for a richer taste)

Directions

  1. When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes.
  2. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.
  3. Serve at once.

Options:  Personally, we like ths recipe best, as is, but you can also try mixing other favorite ingredients such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut, or chocolate chips. Get creative and the kids (big and small) will have a blast making it.

Do you have a special winter memory?  We’d love to hear about it
in the comments section.

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FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils & Jack-O-Lantern Patterns ~ Over 200 FREE Downloads & Creative Ideas

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Pumpkin Carving

Don’t you love this weather?  It’s a welcome reminder that the beginning of fall is here (I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready!). It is the perfect time to make a fun family memory by carving a jack-o-lantern to decorate your home. Here are some free templates to get your creative wheels rolling.

Pick up a couple of inexpensive pumpkins and try you hand at a fun design with one of  these FREE pumpkin stencils!  

  • The Texas Rangers fan club  has 4 FREE Texas Rangers and Texas themed FREE printable jack-o-lantern templates hereShow your support for our favorite baseball team!
  • Southern Living inspires with 31 free pumpkin carving ideas – from elegant to jolly–to ready your house for the fall.
  • Better Homes and Gardens provides over 100  creative ideas and templates for decorating pumpkins hereThey even offer free customized stencils when you answer a short quiz based on your carving ability level, decorating desires, and project involvement needs.
  • Hesheys.com offers a wide variety of 30 different patterns from easy to advanced, with printable carving instructions.
  • DisneyFamily.com has over 40 templates including many Disney character patterns ~ Mickey Mouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Toy Story, and Doc McStuffins.
  • Nick Jr. offers 25 favorite Nick Jr. TV show character patterns like Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, and many others.
  • Kraft.com has 6 different pumpkin face patterns as well as an easy-to-follow guide for carving pumpkins, here.
  • PumpkinLady.com provides a wide selection of clever design templates, most for less than $1.50. Click around the site for some great ideas.  You’ll also find 12 designs for FREE  here.  Follow the pumpkin lady’s Facebook or Twitter pages for other free designs and discounts, too.

I recommend a couple of great tools for making your pumpkin carving project easier:

Pumpkin Carving        Pumpkin Carving

  • For the more serious pumpkin carving project, I recommend the Messermeister Pumpkin Carving Kit which includes a chef quality Pumpkin/Melon knife, scoop and carving tools in a storage case.  The special blades are designed to carve intricate designs beautifully (not for the kiddos, though)!   They’ll give a great grip when cutting and carving pumpkins and thick melons, too.
  • If you want one really good tool, I recommend getting a special Pumpkin/Melon Carving knife. We really like the Warren Pro Pumpkin Carving knife. It is well made with a walnut handle and comes with several sturdy replacement blades that have a fine saw like cutting action ~ they will not bend or break as with the cheaper versions.  Again, this is not safe for kids.

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DIY Savings Deal: 50% OFF Select DEWALT Tools

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If you have a DIY project planned for fall, this 50% OFF sale makes for a great time to update your power tools…

For a limited time, you can save over 50% on select DEWALT tools and products purchased at Amazon.com. Most of these tools also qualify for FREE shipping, making this an incredible deal!

:: Go here to visit Amazon’s 50% OFF DEWALT tool sale.

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Up To 30% OFF One Kings Lane ~ Site wide Additional Discount

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This deal really caught our attention…

One of our favorite daily discount home accessories sites, One Kings Lane, is applying an extra 20 to 30% OFF your total purchase, through September 17 ~ for current members’ purchases.  I am not sure how they are choosing who gets which discount, but there is not a promo code this time.  You do have to log-in to your current One Kings Lane account to get the discount.

Not a member?  Get a $15 OFF credit when you sign up to become a One Kings Lane member (membership is FREE).  You can use this $15 credit towards any One Kings Lane order of $30 or more (woo-hoo)!  It looks like you have 30 days to use the credit before it expires, but other than that, there are no other strings attached. Please note that the $15 credit is only offered for new account sign-ups and that it is FREE to join.  Also, new accounts do not qualify for the additional 20-30% off discount.

Here are some of the goodies we swooned over:

 

^This fun flower pillow ~ $33 after 30% OFF discount (reg. $115).  I started thinking about how to make this to save a bit more, but after considering the effort to cut out and sew all those little pieces, I could not justify the time & materials (and potentially losing my mind ~ ha!) vs. this discounted cost. (I found this in their “Pillows to Inspire” boutique).

^Set of 3 Wire Organization baskets ~ $33 after 30% OFF discount (reg. $115).  These are a bargain at an average $11 a piece.  The smallest looks like the perfect size for corralling magazines and mail.  I love the rustic look, and removing the liner would give these a modern industrial look.  (Found in their “Get the Lodge Look ~ Alpine Accents” Boutique).

^Chevron Travel Accessories ~ Starting at $9 after Additional 30% OFF discount.  That big pop of bright graphic chevron is found on yoga bags, personalized iPad and iPhone cases, totes, and more. (We found this in their “Chevron Travel Accessories ~ Zig Zag” Boutique).

:: Go on your own One Kings Lane discount hunt here.

 

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40% OFF Personalized Classic Photo Books From Picaboo

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Save 40% With Picaboo’s Labor Day Photo Book Deal

Just in time to preserve your summer vacation photos and memories in a coffee table quality photo book, Picaboo has launched a great offer of 40% OFF the regular price of any of their Classic photo books from their site To get the offer, use promo code FTY3112 before September 4th.

Not familiar with Picaboo? Check out their collection of customizable photo products at their website here.

How to find and get the 50% OFF offer:

  1. Go here to sign up for a Picaboo account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Select and design a classic photo book (go here) before Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
  3. When you checkout, be sure and use promo code FTY3112 to save  40% OFF your Classic Photo Book purchase.

Savings Tip:  If you miss this deal, be sure to check out Picaboo’s “Specials” section of their website.  They almost always have a coupon code for some sort of savings on their products. 

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