Friday, January 28, 2011

Oberweis Groupon -- STL

Yum Alert! Today's Groupon in STL is for Oberweis Dairy (store, not delivery). It's $5 for $10 value in the store. The Groupon expires 3/31, so you'll have to use it quickly.
....treat the kids after school on a dreary day (coolest mom ehvAH, at least for a few minutes) a girlfriend for ice cream (calories don't count when you're having girl time, right?)
.... go on a pretty cheap ice cream date with your sweetie
....or don't tell anyone you have it and treat yourself while running errands, I won't tell. shhhh

Go HERE for the details.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Starbucks Coffee

If you have Starbucks coffee at home, check the bag. I have a Vanilla Infused bag that has small print on one side that says if I bring in the empty bag I will get a free Tall (aka Starter Size lol) brewed drink at Starbucks. Sweet! Even better is that I got the bag at Amazon for under $4...and I have three more in the cabinet. I love a deal within a deal all wrapped up with yummy coffee.

While we're talking about Starbucks, did you know there's a Short size? Yes, it's smaller than a Tall. It's not on the menu and I don't know if all locations/baristas will give it to you, but you can ask. It's a great option to try a new brew or get a smaller drink for kids.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Amazon GC 1/2 off -- 1/19

Living Social has a great deal on an Amazon gift card. Today you can purchase a $20 gift card for $10. Details HERE. Remember you can add a gift card to your Amazon account and it will stay there until you use it. You do not have to use the entire amount at one time, any remaining amount will stay in your account with no expiration date.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

CVS Beauty Club

It's no secret I love CVS. My friends know I love my nail polish and lip products. So you can imagine how happy I was to get an email from CVS about their Beauty Club. Sign up and receive a 10% off beauty shopping pass after enrollment, $5 ExtraBucks rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty purchases, and $3 ExtraBucks for your birthday. You'll need a CVS card number to register. If you don't have a card yet you can request one when you enroll in the Beauty Club HERE.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Children's Place

The Children's Place is having Monster Sale. Today, Jan. 12th, only get free shipping with the code FSSNOW.

On a personal note, I love love love TCP clothes. They wear fabulously, the colors don't fade, their jeans are the ones that fit TinyDiva perfectly.

STL alert -- My mom was in the South County Children's Place recently. They are remodeling soon and all in stock merchandise is deeply discounted. They are not bringing in the spring line, but still have fall/winter and jeans if you plan ahead. Mom got track pants, a skirt, a sweatshirt, and a sweater for less than one dress at another store. She brought me coupons for 15% off the entire purchase. It's unclear whether the coupons are valid on sale items so it might not work at the SC store, but if you're local and want one I will share. If you know me personally shoot me an email and let me know you want it. The coupon is valid Jan. 17-29th.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Coffee tips

Not a coffee drinker? Skip today's post. lol Yes, I'm speaking to you, A. Unless you want to share Diet Coke tips. ;-)

My real life friends already know this, but I love coffee. Hot, cold, plain or fancy, I love my java. And while I'm not opposed to dropping some bucks at 'Bucks now and then, my everyday coffee is of the cheaper variety from my trusty counter top friend, Mr. Coffee. Every night I set up Mr. Coffee with a full pot set to start brewing when my darling husband's alarm goes off. When he gets ready to leave, Darling Husband pours me a big mug....then takes the rest of the pot with him to work. Most days that one mug is enough. Some days (today for example) umm, not so much.

A year or so ago I read a tip that I didn't believe until I tried it. To make a second serving of coffee, add half as much ground coffee to the used grounds and brew. I tried it and it works. To make the first full 12 cup pot of coffee, I use 4 scoops of ground coffee. Then I make the second pot a half pot, only 6 cups. I leave the used grounds from the first pot and add 1 scoop of grounds on top, then add 6 cups of water. Yes, I'm only saving 1 scoop of coffee each time, but it adds up, right?

On days that I don't drink all 6 cups, the leftover coffee goes in a sealed mug in the 'fridge for iced coffee tomorrow. I've also poured it into an ice tray for a frappe.

I've been known to sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on the grounds before brewing. It adds a hint of flavor for a lot less than flavored coffee and smells amazing while brewing.

If you buy a cheaper coffee and it tastes bitter, sprinkle a bit of salt on the grounds before brewing. It improves the flavor. Or forget brewing it and just use it in an open dish to remove odors. We learned this one on an airplane. Someone got sick, the attendant opened a bag of coffee and in a few minutes the smell was gone!

Final tip - If you use a boxed brownie mix, add coffee instead of the water. It adds that extra level of flavor that makes a boxed mix better.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Excedrin coupons

If you ordered the Excedrin coupons a couple of weeks ago, watch your mail carefully. Mine arrived today in envelopes that looked like junk mail. They had return addresses, but didn't say 'Excedrin' anywhere on the envelope. Don't toss the 'junk' until you make sure you're not throwing those free product coupons out.