Sunday, October 31, 2010

Living - Barnes & Noble Kids Club

Barnes and Noble has a new Kid's Club!  It's free and offers some fun rewards!  Go over here to sign your kiddos up!

Kids 12 & under can sign up and get the following benefits:

30% off the list price on any one kids’ book or toy (coupon sent via email).

$5 reward for every $100 you spend on kids’ products online and in stores (qualifying products include most children’s books, toys, games, puzzles and workbooks).

Special Birthday Offer: You’ll receive a coupon via email for a FREE cupcake or cookie from the Barnes & Noble CafĂ© that you can use anytime during your child’s birthday weeks, and a FREE create–a–book project on (their partner website that allows children to create their own books).

Every month, you’ll receive an email newsletter with additional offers and savings. Just for signing up, you’ll be able to get 25% off every day on

To join the Kids’ Club, fill out an enrollment form at your local store and then hand your completed form to a Bookseller. You can also sign up for the program online by clicking the “FREE! Join Now!” button here. Your loyalty card will arrive approximately 10 days after it is requested.

Living - Shopping For The Holidays!

Well, hopefully you are all home snug in your warm houses after a cool night of trick or treating with your kiddos.  Hopefully you didn't snag too many treats from their buckets! 

With the end of today, brings the beginning of a new month tomorrow.  Can you believe it is already Novemeber?  Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us and even more quickly, another year will be behind us.

We all know how busy the next few months can get.  As you begin your countdown to the holidays, we will count down the days to Christmas together on Living,Laughing,Saving!  I will try to provide you with some frugal tips for shopping, baking, decorating, etc AND provide you with some gift ideas that offer great savings or just ideas for those hard to gift people on your list.  You can reference all of the upcoming articles at any point by typing Christmas Shopping in the search box at the top right of the site.  It should bring you to links with articles that are labeled as such.

I also ask that if you have any tips on saving money while shopping, baking, decorating or have gift ideas to please pass them along via comments or email me at!

Together we will help make a financially stressful season a little less stressful and keep you Living, Laughing, Saving!  What more could you want during the beautiful holiday season?

Saving - Wow! SEVERAL New Target Coupons! Including Reset on $1 Produce!

There are several new Target coupons available here!  This is the most new ones I have seen in a while.  Keep in mind that you can stack Target coupons with manufacturer coupons on the same product!!!

A few new ones to choose from:

$1 off Produce - reset!
$5 off Shaun White shoes
$1.50 off pretzels with purchase of cheez-it crackers or crispix cereal (great one for holiday snack mix baking)
$10 off Guitar Hero Warriers of Rock bundle with guitar or complete band kit
$.75 off Wishbone salad dressing
Several Up & Up brand
$.75 off multi pack Kleenex
$4 off 2 TGI Fridays complete skillet meals

Saving - Walgreens Top Picks This Week!

These are the top picks for the week. 

Zarbee's Cough Syrup $5.99, receive $6 RR
use $3/1 coupon I told you about here (gone now)
= Free, plus $3 mm

Buy $30 in pictured P&G products, receive $10 RR

Deal Scenario (this is how I stocked up on deoderant today!)
Buy 4 Secret deoderant, sale $3.99 (included clear - oh so excited) = $15.96
Buy 4 Olay ribbon bodywash $3.74 = $14.96
= $30.92
Use 4 $5 off Olay product when you buy Secret 10/31 P&G
= $10.92 OOP
Receive $10 RR
= $.92 for all 8 or $.12 each!

Head & Shoulders Shampoo $3.49, Receive $1.50 RR
Use $1/1 from 9/26 P&G (expires 10/31)
= $.99

Ricola cough drops $.99
use $1/2 10/17 SS
use $.50/1 November booklet coupon (will deduct per item)
= 2 free bags

Vick's cough drops (by the register) $.99
use $1/1 P&G 9/26 (expires 10/31) or 10/31
= free

Want to see a full ad matchup?  Go over here to Hip2Save!

Living - SD Students 9th-12th Grade Could Win Elitebook Tablet PC Package!

If you have a South Dakota student currently in 9th through 12th grade, you can have them go over to South Dakota My Life here to regsiter to win an Elitebook Tablet PC Package with Printer or other prizes such as: iPad, mini netbooks, electronic dictionaries, eReaders, printers, cameras and more!

South Dakota My Life appears to be a good resource for planning out educational and job futures for high school students.  The main sponsor of the program is South Dakota Department of Education.

Saving - Kmart Super Doubles TODAY ONLY!

I don't know how "super" it is, but Kmart is offering Super Doubles today only on coupons up to $2.  There are quite a few "rules" to be followed in order to take advantage of this event.  This is what the ad says today:

*Must hae your Shop Your Way Rewards card (can sign up in store)
*Must purchase $25 or more of grocery or drugstore merchandise
*Limit 5 coupons per customer per day (it's only a day thing, so I guess that means 5 coupon limit)
*Event is today only, October 31st.

There is another offer in the ad that you get a $10 catalina good on your next visit when you buy $35 or more of hundreds of Proctor & Gamble brand items.  Now, if you could figure out a way to combine both deals it may end up being a GREAT deal.

Come back and let us know of any scenarios you come up with!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Living - New Pampers Gifts To Grow Points!

Here is another code for your Pampers Gifts To Grow Account.  Enter the code below for 5 points!  Go here to sign in or register for a free account.


You can also go here to see previous codes listed on this blog.

Saving - End of Month Print Reminder!

Just a reminder that tomorrow ends the month, so if there are coupons you would like to print you should do so before end of tomorrow.  Typically coupons are taken away at month end and replaced with new ones.  Let's hope for a few resets too! :-)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Saving - Sunshine Foods Deals!

Just a few deals to make mention of at Sunshine this week. 

Hormel Compleats, Dinty Moore or Chi Chi's Fiesta Meals 6/$10 ($1.67 each), with in-ad coupon when you buy 5 you get one free!
Buy 5 Chi Chi's Fiesta Meals = $8.35
Pick out 1 meal = Free
Use 5 $1/1 Chi Chi's from here or 9/12 SS (may need 2 plus computers without inserts)
= $3.35 for 6 meals or $.56 each (note: might be possible to use a 6th $1/1 cpn on the free one)

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes 4-oz Packet $1
use $1/1 coupon here on Facebook or from Sept All You mag 
= Free

Hormel Chili 5 for $6 or $1.20 ea
use $.50/2 9/12 Redplum (will double)
= $.70 each wyb 2

Coke product 24 packs 2/$11 with in-ad coupon

Living - Just For Fun: Jack-O-Lantern Pizza!

I think most of us have probably seen advertisements for Papa Murphy's seasonal Jack-o-lantern pizza.  Well, just for fun while I was making homemade pizza lastnight, I decided to add a special little twist for the kiddos and made it into the shape of a jack-o-lantern!  It was so easy and the kids really got a kick out of it!  As you can see it is not as cute as the Papa Murphy's version, but it was a whole lot cheaper...and well, homemade!  Thought sharing this with you might get some more creative ideas stirring!

Now what are you waiting for?  Go enjoy a dinner with your family!
Papa Murphy's Version

Living - LOCALS: 8-Year Old Throws Fund-Raiser Saturday!

I read on a Sioux Falls mother's forum regarding an 8-year old that is throwing a fund-raiser this Saturday to help a family, who she doesn't even know, who had their home, car and personal belongings destroyed by flooding in August.  I wanted to pass along the fund-raising information to the blog, so maybe you can consider running by her house on Saturday to help her with this inspiring project! It is great to see someone so young reaching out to others in their time of need.  What proud parents she must have!

Saturday, October 30th
2:30-4:30 PM
4604 S Tomar (57th & Tomar, go North 1 block)
She will be selling cookies, popcorn balls and kool-aid. 

Saving - New Scotch Brand Coupons!

There are a couple new Scotch Brand coupons available!

Scotch Fastener $1/1 here

Scotch Reusable Strips or Tabs $1/1 here

Saving - New Target Coupons!

There are a few new Target coupons available on their website today. 

Sonicare for kids $10 off
Garnier Brusher $1 off
Garnier Ultra Lift $3 off

Remember that you can stack Target coupons with a manufacturer coupon on the same item for additional savings!

Saving - Coupon Grab Bag!

Hopefully you can find something to grab from the miscellaneous coupons below!

Frigo Cheese Heads Product $1/1 here

Mrs. T's Pierogies $1/1 here

St Ive's Lotion $.75/1 here

Starburst Gummibursts B1G1 free here

Glucerna products $2.50/2 here

Clabber Girl Baking Powder $.75/1 here

Saving - LOCALS: Salon Revolution, $5 Kids Cuts!

Through Saturday, you can get kids hair cuts done for just $5 at Salon Revolution. Good for kids 10 years or younger.

Check out their website here.  Please note that although it says they are closed on Saturday, one of the partners (Abby) will be there from 9-2 on Saturday!  Call them now to book your kids cuts!

Saving - Good Grades = Free Blockbuster Rental!

It's that time of the school year around here, when conferences start or have recently been completed.  My husband went to our family's first conference last night for our preschool aged daughter.  Although she does not receive grades, all seems to be going well.

For those of you with children in Kindgeraten through 12th grade, you can take their good grades (B average or above) in to your local participating Blockbuster and score them a free movie rental!

More info here.

Saving - Buy 1 Get 1 Blockbuster Express!

Thanks to reader, Jen, for passing along this great movie code.  Find your nearest Blockbuster Express and take code: 3HLLWN

With the above code you can score a free movie rental when you rent another one!  Hurry, code expires 10/31.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Saving - Neti Pot $3 Coupon!

If you missed out on the free Neti Pot, you can atleast grab a $3 coupon here.

If you have used a Neti Pot, what do you think?  If you haven't tried one yet, why?  I know I hadn't heard of them until last year...I'm always a little behind. :-)

Living - 2 More Free 2011 Calendar Offers!

You can request a free 2011 Calendar from Eating Better America and Betty Crocker.  Just click on the respective links and fill out the information.  If you are not a member yet, you will need to sign up.  It's free and easy.

Saving - Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray and DVD Set Coupon!

Go over here to grab an $8 off coupon good for Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray and DVD set!  I have yet to see this movie and am looking forward to getting this one!

The movie will be released next Tuesday, 11/2.  There are sure to be deals advertised this weekend, so stay tuned for deal scenarios. 

Living - Free Dance & TaeKwondo Class Open House!

Star Performance Complex is offering free dance and tae kwondo classes this Saturday.  Check out the times available here.  Classes are available for ages 2 on up!  Be sure to RSVP, if interested!

Saving - Frugal Getaway To Omaha!

Although this is a local deal offer through Keloland Spotlight, anyone interested in traveling to Omaha may find this deal hot!

The following offer is only available today!

For $99 you get a one-night stay in Omaha, Nebraska at the Courtyard by Marriot AND a $50 voucher for food and beverage good at Spezia of Omaha.

Imagine the possibilities....a Mommy and Daddy getaway!  A nice gift for someone you love!  Maybe a family trip on a budget!

Grab the deal here.

Note:  Voucher must be used by 2/28/11

Laughing & Saving - Kmart Deals This Week!

So my children and I went out to Kmart today, despite the horrible winds.  Well the toilet paper deal highlighted below must have been so hot it was litterally flying out of the stores!  Okay, so an explanation.  After leaving the store, I placed the toilet paper on top of the trunk of my car so that I could put my son in the car.  While buckling him in, the toilet paper was lifted in the air by the wind and flown across to the other side of my car where my daughter stood.  Had there not been another vehicle parked there, I am not certain I would have been able to recover the toilet paper! all I can say!

Kmart Deals:
Angel Soft Toilet Paper 12-pk double roll with in-ad coupon $4.99
use $1/1 coupon here (may need to switch zip to 10011)
= $3.99!

Also - be sure to check out the clearance in store!  Summer shoes are an additional 75% off clearanced prices.  There were several sandals, flip flops and high heel shoes that I saw.  Many were around just $1.49-$2.99!  This included kids shoes as well.

Another clearance alert.  They have advertised in store that they have Spring/Summer clothes as low as $.99.  I did not find any of these hot deals in the store we visited today.  But keep your eyes open!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saving - New Crayola Rebate & Toys R Us 1-Day Deal!

Crayola is extending a great Crayola Holiday Rebate offer.  Several products have rebate money available.  Go here to view and print the rebate form.

Combine the rebate offers with tomorrow's 1-day sale for Rewards R Us members at Toys R Us!  Crayola products are on a buy 1 get 1 50% off sale, tomorrow only!  Not a Rewards R Us member?  Sign up in store.

And if you have a $10 off $50 purchase coupon, even better!

Deal Scenario based on online prices
Crayola Beginnings Color Me A Song $19.99 ($3 rebate)
Crayola Glow Explosion Spin Magic $16.99 ($2 rebate) - half price $8.50
Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush $13.98 ($2 rebate)
Crayola Color Explosion Glow Board $13.98 ($2 rebate) - half price $6.99
=$49.46 - buy something small to get to $50
Use $10 off $50 purchase coupon (via mail)
= $40 (or a little more based on filler item)
Submit rebates indicated above - $9
= $31 for all 4 or $7.75 each

Saving - HyVee Coupon Matchup This Week!

As far as deals go, it is a quiet week at HyVee.  Might just be a week to stick to the basics and hold off until next week's ad.  If you spot any deals, let us know.  Otherwise below are just a couple catalinas going on and one possible deal worth grabbing if you are out.

Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn, sale 10/$10
use $1/1 Orville product from August All You Magazine (expires 10/31!)
= Free

Catalina deals
Tombstone Pizza - Sale 4/$10 Catalina promotion runs 10/25 – 11/3
Purchase 4 or more – get $2.00 off of your next purchase
Purchase 5 or more – get $3.00 off of your next purchase
Purchase 6 or mroe – get $4.00 off of your next purchase
In-Ad Coupon promotion this week - Buy 4 and get a free fun size bag of Nestle Candy
Scenario: Buy 6 Tombstone Pizzas @ $2.50 = $15Get a Free Bag of Nestle Candy
Pay $15 out of pocket
Get a $4 Catalina coupon good for your next purchase
Final Price: $11 for 6 pizzas + candy

Post Pebbles, 2/$5Catalina Promotion good through 11/7
Purchase 3 participating products and recieve $2.00 off of your next purchase
Purchase 4 participating products and receive $3.00 off of your next purchase
Purchase 5 or more particiapting products and receive $4.00 off of your next purchase
Potential coupons available (I did not find these in the local area papers)

Post Marshmallow Pebbles $0.75/1 9/12 Smart Source
Post Marshmallow Pebbles B2G1 9/12 Smart Source

Sample Scenario: Buy 3 Marshmallow Pebbles @ $2.50 = $7.50
Use 2 $0.75 coupons from 9/12 Smart Source = -$1.50
Use 1 Buy 2 Get 1 coupons also from 9/12 Smart Source = -$2.50
Pay $3.50 out of pocket
Get $2 Catalina back for your next purchase
Final Price: $0.50 each after catalina and coupons, without coupons $1.84 each :-(

For a full coupon matchup, check out Penny Pinchin Mom!

Living - Free Neti Pot - HURRY! Also Free NasoGel!

This probably won't last long, go over here and "like" Neil Med Neti Pot on Facebook.  The go to the Free Neti Pot tab to request yours free!  Again, hurry as this surely won't last long!

You can also still get free NasoGel Spray at Walmart.  Go here for more info.

Living,Saving - Think You Can't Shop There...Think Again!

Ok, so this morning I put a post on the Living,Laughing,Saving Facebook page that I am starting a new series of articles.  Well, I don't know how...but I forgot to do it on the actual blog!  So here it goes....

The new series of articles will address how to save or get good deals in unlikely places! 

Do you drive by a store and wonder how people can afford to shop there?  Or are there specialty stores that you wonder how people splurge and fit them in their budget?  Well, hopefully the new series of articles will address some of the stores you may be wondering about and teach you how to stretch your dollars, even when you think you can't!

I NEED your help to make this series a success!  Please email me at or comment below with your tips for shopping places you think others may need assistance with finding deals, understanding sales, etc.  ALSO, please email me or comment below on specific stores you might like to find out more about!

And...stay tuned....

Saving - High Value Frigo Cheese Snacks Coupon!

Hurry and go over here to grab a $1.50/1 Frigo Cheese Snacks coupon!

Saving - ESPN Magazine 1-Year Subscription $2.99!

Wow, this is a great deal!  Just go over here to Tanga to snag a 1-year subscription to ESPN Magazine for just $2.99!

Add ESPN Mag to your shopping cart.  Then use the code SPORTS at checkout, which will update your subscription price to just $2.99!  The magazine typically retails for over $100 for a year, so this is a great deal to grab deal while it's available for those sports fans on your list!!

Saving - LOCALS: Great Gift Ideas - Today Only!

The local deals today offer up some great gift ideas for those special folks on your shopping list!

Do you have an avid golfer on your list?  If so...Check out Keloland Spotlights deal today!
Ultimate Golf & Academy is offering a $25 one-hour Golf Simulator session for just $12!

Do you have someone that works hard all year long and deserves a little pampering?  If so...Check out the Deals4All deal today!
Royal Table Massage is offering a 1-hour massage at half price, for just $35!

How about someone on your list that loves to be pampered or have a little spoiling?  If so...Check out the deal on Groupon today!
Artistic Nails by Sheila is offering up 3 different deals:
For $25 you get a Brazillian Wax ($55 value)
For $50 you get a Mani-Pedi ($115 value)
For $50 you get a full set of hypoallergenic gel nail enhancements ($100 value)

Be sure to read the restriction and expiration dates on each deal.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Saving - Top Walgreens Picks This Week!

Well, I am falling a little behind with my deal shopping this week...can anyone say, windy?! 

My initial Walgreens shop, pictured above, included:

***2 Tuf Kitchen Garbage Bags $2.99 ea, with in-ad coupon (if you haven't tried these, they work just as well as any others I have purchased.  And for the price, how can you pass them up?)
***1 Contac Cold and Flu $5.99, Receive $6 RR, use $2 coupon here = $2 MM 
***3 Mentos gum $.99 with in ad coupon, used 3 $1 coupon from 10/3 SS = Free!
***1 Colgate Sensitive (not pictured) $3.49, Receive $3.49 RR, use $1 coupon 10/10 RP or here = Free!
= $15.46, plus receive $9.50 in RR
total after RR $5.96!

Other great deals:
Huggies diapers sale $7.99, receive $1 RR
use $2.50/1 here, $2/1 here
= as low as $4.49!

Pill Glide Swallowing Spray $5.99
Submit for $5.99 rebate, receive at checkout
= Free

Children's Mucinex $6.99
Submit for $6.99 rebate, receive at checkout
= Free

4-day sale Wed-Saturday
Fullbar Fit Bar $1.99, Receive $1.99 = Free

Balance Bar $1.59, Receive $1.59 RR
use B1G1 Free cpn 10/10 SS
= 2 Free

For a full ad match up, check out Hip2Save here!

Living - How Do You Carve Your Pumpkins?

So do you carve free hand, use stencils or do you choose to paint, glue and stick things on to decorate?

If you are looking for ideas, you can take a look at these sites.

Minnesota Twins pumpkin stencils here

Want to paint?  Here are some very cute ideas in HyVee's Seasons Magazine

Better Homes and Garden - a site full of pictures and tips here

Ideas for kids here
Here is a miscellaneous listing of coupons available:

$.50/1 Bisquick product here

$1/1 Colgate toothbrush here

Free quesadilla with purchase @ Denny's here

$2/1 Boogie Wipes here

Saving - Arm & Hammer: $9 in Coupons!

Go over here and sign in to grab $9 in Arm & Hammer Coupons.  Coupons available:

$1 off Cat litter
$.50 off Scrub Free Bathroom cleaner
$.50 off Clean Shower Daily Shower Cleaner
$1 off Total 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths 
$1 off Power Gel Detergent
$1 off Whitening Booster
$1 off Toothpaste
$1 off 2 Laundry detergent or 100 ct fabric softener sheets
$.50 off carpet and fabric odor eliminater powder
$.50 off 2 - 2lb or 4lb baking soda
$1 off Floor protection pads

Saving - $10 in Johnson's Baby Care Products Coupons!

There are several new coupons good on Johnson's baby care items.  Just sign in here to get access to the following coupons:

$2 off any two Johnson’s Bedtime products
$2 off any two Newborn Skincare Essentials products
$1 off Johnson’s Baby Lotion
$2 off Johnson’s Baby Daily Face & Body Lotion SPF 40
$1 off Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash
$1 off Johnson’s Desitin products
$1 off Johnson’s Baby Oil

Saving - B1G1 Free Glade Reed Diffuser or 3-wick Candle!

Go over here to Right @ Home and you can grab a coupon good for Buy 1 Get 1 Free Glade Reed Diffuser or 3-wick Candle!

Not a member yet, it's easy and free to sign up!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Living - LOCALS: Halloween Festivities For the Kiddos!

My little Prince and Princess

Trunk or Treat 2010
Are you wondering whats going on in and around Sioux Falls for Halloween activities?  Below is a compilation of events.  If you have additional events you would like to add, please email me at

Museum of Visual Materials Kids Halloween Party 500 N Main.  6-8 PM.  Free!  More info here.

Boo @ CTU (Colorado Technical University) 3-6 PM, Free Trick or Treating

Baltic Haunted House 5-9 PM more info here

Bootastic Halloween Party 12-5 PM 8th & Railroad Center (401 E 8th) More info here

Family friendly Monster Mash at Yogi’s corn maze 12-3 at Yogi Bear Campground, cost involved

Trunk or Treat 5:30 in Tea, more info here

Baltic Haunted House 2-10 PM more info here:  Special lights on from 2-4 PM for younger kids.  More info here.

Sunday - Happy Halloween!
Sioux Empire Mall Trick or Treat 4-6 PM

Trunk or Treat – Trinity Baptist 6-8 PM.  More info here

Crosswalk Community Trunk or Treat 4:30-6:30.  More info here.

Saving - Free 9V Batteries from Rayovac Today?

Rayovac is giving away a limited number of coupon prints good on possibly free 9V batteries, in celebration of Fire Prevention month!  Not sure when these will go live, but they are sure to go fast, so be ready!

You can also grab a $1/1 Rayovac product coupon, if you haven't already done so!

Just go here.

Saving - LOCALS: Family Matinee Series = 7 movies for $5!

West Mall 7 in the Western Mall is offering a Family Matiness Series, which includes 7 movies for just $5!

Show times of the PG rated movies included are daily at 12:45 PM, 3 PM and 5:15 PM.
Movies included in the series, along with dates available:
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 (dates have already passed)

How to Train Your Dragon 10/22-10/28

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 10/29-11/4
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 11/5-11/11

Aliens in the Attic 11/12-11/18

Furry Vengeance 11/19-11/25

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 11/26-12/2