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SmitCo Gifts for Girls + Savings Code

SmitCo gifts for girls + savings code

SmitCo Gifts for Girls + Savings Code | Money Savvy Living

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Do you have all of your shopping done?

Guys, we know it’s important to not forget your wife or girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, but this year, make the day a bit more special for the little ladies in your life too.  SmitCo has adorable and affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12—not just for Valentine’s Day, but for birthdays or other special occasions too!

SmitCo has several different diaries with lock and keys and diary sets for girls in Emoji and Diva themes, as well as several different nail art sets to provide hours of fun. A huge hit is the brand new Mermaid themed scrapbook kit as well as 3 unique princess dress up sets.

SmitCo products also include rose gold, gold or rhodium plated jewelry and sets, as well as very popular stretch sets for little girls—all packed in cute gift boxes.

Find all the great products here.

Oh, and did I mention… that my readers get to save!  Get 15% Off your entire purchase of gifts!

Go to: https://www.smitcollc.com/ and use promo code: ACART15% to save!

SmitCo Gifts for Girls + Savings Code | Money Savvy Living

Cyber Monday: Hot Amazon Deals!

Cyber Monday Deals | Money Savvy Living

 

Thanksgiving is barely over and Christmas shopping is well underway!  If you didn’t get everything you needed on Black Friday, you can still pick up some great deals today… Cyber MondayAmazon has tons of great deals today, and I’m going to share a few of the best ones with you, but click here to shop all of Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals!

 

One of the hottest sellers this season is The Magnolia Story, so if you love watching them on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, you should definitely pick up their book.  Less than $5 makes this a great stocking stuffer!

Need a TV?  You literally cannot beat the price of this one:  $89 for this Acer 23.8 inch HD TV!!

Need faster internet?  You might want to pick up a new router or range extender… and Netgear is making that so easy to do day, with 50% off!

Toys.  If you are a parent, getting the toys that your kids want is a big deal at Christmas… so here’s a great Cyber Monday deal for you: Hasbro has 50% a huge selection today! Check out this Pie Face Showdown game, Trivial Pursuit, Nerf, Furbys, and more!

If you plan on baking Christmas cookies this season (and I know you are!), you will definitely need a table mixer for that!  KitchenAid has a great deal on their 6 Qt Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer today for only $219!

Want to decorate for Christmas without climbing on the roof to put up lights?  Here’s your answer: Star Shower Motion Laser Light Projector, save 29% today…priced around $35.

And, of course, the hottest item of the season:  drum roll, please!!  HATCHIMALS!  Okay, these are not a Cyber Monday deal, but if your kid just has to have one, you can still get them on Amazon…

Happy shopping… and happy saving!

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There are a lot of gift guides this time of year, however, this one truly has something for everyone. Covering everything from gifts for the new mom, to the grill master or baker in your family, to book ideas, educational toys, fashion, beauty, and even health and gluten free gift ideas…

So sit back, have a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy getting your shopping list checked off from the comfort of your own home…

*Many of the links are affiliate links, however, that does not change the final price of the product for the consumer.

Enter Restaurant.com Sweepstakes: Plates of Thanks

 

I love to eat out, but it can get expensive for just my husband and I to dine out, not to mention when our whole family eats out– and my kids are still young enough to order off the kid’s menu!  I don’t even want to think about how much it will cost to feed them when they are teenagers.

I was first introduced to Restaurant.com several years ago by my sister.  When I heard about it, I thought it was too good to be true… there had to be a “catch.”  But there’s not.  Not with this website. You can buy gift certificates—to use for yourself when you eat out, or to give as a gift—at discount prices. You simply enter your zip code and it will give you a list of nearby restaurants to choose from.  When you find one you like, you can buy the gift certificate and get anywhere from 50-75% off the face value!  For example, gift certificate values and discounts are different from restaurant to restaurant, but you could pick up $25 gift certificate, but pay only $10!

*Money Savvy Living Tip: Check out the zip code for your next vacation destination on Restaurant.com and save money eating out when traveling too!

Restaurant.com #PlatesofThanks | Money Savvy Living

 

In addition to the already great savings that you can get at Restaurant.com, right now, you can enter their #PlatesofThanks giveaway:

Restaurant.com is celebrating 20,000 partner restaurants across the nation with the Plates of Thanks Sweepstakes! Twenty (20) winners will be selected randomly to receive a free party for up to six people at a participating Restaurant.com restaurant.

 

How to enter:

1. Visit www.restaurant.com/sweepstakes

2. Get social!

  • Follow Restaurant.com via Twitter or Instagram
  • Snap a photo dining out
  • Tag either Restaurant.com’s Twitter or Instagram with a caption that indicates the photo is part of the Sweepstakes
  • Use #PlatesofThanks to enter

3. Don’t forget: Sweepstakes end June 21, 2015

 

*This is a sponsored post; however, I have been a Restaurant.com customer for years and truly love the service and can honestly recommend their website/product.

10 Ways to Avoid Overspending this Christmas

10 Ways to Avoid Overspending this Christmas

Shopping for everyone on your list, attending all of the holiday parties, and taking in all of the sights and sounds of Christmas can get expensive—but it doesn’t have to.

There are a few steps that you can follow to ensure that you don’t end up with the winter blues, a whole lot of regret, and a huge credit card bill come January.  Here are 10 ways to avoid overspending this Christmas:

  1. Make a list. Don’t just set out to shop without a game plan. Write down who you are buying for and what you want to get for them. And remember, if it’s not on the list—don’t buy it!
  2. Set a budget. Decide ahead of time how much you want to spend on the gifts you will buy. The easiest way to not overspend is to set aside a certain amount of cash, when the money is gone, your shopping is done. If you are buying online or using a credit card, save your receipts and make sure to keep track of your spending.
  3. Don’t get drawn in by “biggest SALE of the season” advertising. Just when you think that Black Friday has the best sales, then Cyber Monday comes along with a whole new plethora of items on sale. Really, until Christmas Eve, you can count on retailers trying to entice you onto their website or into their store so you can take advantage of the Christmas savings. Don’t get me wrong, the 52” flat screen HD TV is a great buy for $300, but if you don’t really need it, then that was $300 that you didn’t really need to spend.
  4. Focus on the true meaning of Christmas. It is so easy to get caught up in buying the perfect gift for that special someone or making sure everything is checked off the “Santa” list, but gifts, decorations, and holiday parties are not the reason we celebrate Christmas. Remembering that we celebrate Christmas because of the birth of Jesus helps get things back in perspective.
  5. Make gifts. As much as Grandma and Grandpa enjoy getting a new pair of slippers under the tree, they would probably enjoy getting a homemade gift from their grandkids even more.
  6. Wait until the after-Christmas sales. This won’t do you very much good this year, but planning ahead can save you 50-75% off for next year. Wait to buy lights, wrapping paper, and other decorations once they go on sale the day after Christmas.
  7. Take advantage of gift card specials. Many stores offer a free “gift” with purchase— $10 free gift card with a purchase of $40 of gift cards, for example. If there are items that you know you want to get from a store that offers this, buy the gift cards first, then use them to buy your gifts—and pick up a bit of extra spending power along the way.
  8. Comparison Shop. With most stores having an online presence, it is pretty easy to look up current sales and compare from site to site which retailer has the best deals or offer free shipping.
  9. Shop consignment stores for holiday clothes for the kids. If you want to have the perfect holiday outfit for your kids for the annual Christmas picture, card, or school program, it can get very pricy. If you aren’t careful, you can sink quite a bit of money into a complete outfit that your rapidly growing child will only wear one or two times over the holidays.  Many consignment shops offer “nice as new” and name brand clothing for a fraction of the original cost.
  10. Attend FREE holiday events. Many churches, individual venues, or communities offer free events such as plays, light displays, Christmas tree lightings, caroling, and festivals. These free events can offer a lot of great family fun—and it doesn’t cost you a thing!

 

10 Ways to Avoid Overspending This Christmas | Money Savvy Living

 

Cyber Monday Deals on Amazon

If you didn’t find all of the gifts you needed on black Friday, there is still time to get great gifts and save a bit of money too! Visit the Money Savvy Living Amazon Store to take advantage of Cyber Monday savings.

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Don’t forget to check out Amazon throughout the month of December for new deals everyday!

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Other great Cyber Monday Deals:

Target: deals on electronics and buy one get on 60% off clothing

Swanson Vitamins: 20% vitamins and $0.99 shipping

Children’s Place: 60% off cold weather gear and 50% off everything else online, free shipping

Hotels.com: 50% off + additional 10% select hotels, discount code: CYBERMONDAY

Toys R Us: Savings on hundreds of toys and free shipping

Family Christian: $5 Matthew West CD’s, $5 What’s in the Bible DVDs, 50% off select items

Walmart: up to 50% off and free shipping on select items

Express: 50% and free shipping

Elder Beerman: $50 off $100 purchase, use code: ZCYBER50MON
35% off regular and sale price merchandise, use code: CYBERSALE30
free shipping, use code: FREESHIP

Kohl’s: 20% off, use code CYBER20
free shipping with $25 purchase

Maurices: 30% off online, use code CYBER1214

Bed, Bath & Beyond: save up to $150 on Dyson vacuums and much more, free shipping on orders over $49

Banana Republic/ Gap/ Old Navy: 40% off, use code CYBER

Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: extra 20% sale items, use code: CYBMON14

Barnes & Noble: extra 25% off your choice of any item, use code: CMONDAY14

Golfballs.com: Save 20% off purchase, use code: CYBERMONDAY

Macy’s: extra 15% off and free shipping with $50 purchase, use code: CYBER

Save $10 off $40 purchase at Target, ends August 2

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Get in on the money savings at Target! Now through August 2, 2014, you can order a $40 purchase online and receive $10 off! If you use your Target card, you will also save an additional 5%.

You must choose in-store pickup (which is free!), and each guest is limited on the amount of times that they can take advantage of the savings. Visit Target’s website for full details.

Simply Saving? Or Simply Shopping?

I just had to share Heather’s blog post (from Simply Save) because she brings up such a good point about being money savvy when we are shopping… just because something is a good deal, should you buy it if you don’t actually need it? Definitely something to think about. Ask yourself: does buying this keep me from reaching my financial goals or paying a necessary bill?

Trendy fashion look for less than $100

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Get the look for less than $100:
Merona® Women’s Sweetheart Neckline Ponte Dress – Black $14.98 at Target
Erica Lyons® Goldtone Necklace $24.00 at Elder Beerman
Chinese Laundry Lucky Charm Evening Sandals $59.00 at Macy’s

Looking like a million bucks doesn’t have to cost a million bucks. By carefully picking a few “classic” pieces that can be used in several ways, you can really stretch your wardrobe… and your budget. To start our money savvy wardrobe, we look at a classic black dress, traditional gold necklace, and versatile neutral-tone sandals.

The Black Dress
A classic black dress is a must-have for any wardrobe. This type of dress is dressy enough for work, but can also be accessorized to wear for an evening out. Very plain and very sleek, this dress can take on several different looks with different color choice of scarves, bracelets, necklaces, or even a jacket/sweater.

The Gold Necklace
A chunky, gold necklace can really add a nice touch to a sweetheart neckline, like this dress has, or is even adaptable enough to wear with a casual outfit consisting of a summer blouse with capri pants.

The Neutral-Tone Sandals
I love neutral shoes– they literally go with any outfit, any colors. That means that you can afford to spend a bit more on the shoes because you will be able to get so much use out of them. What I really like about these sandals is the subtle gold sparkle on the heel. This makes them perfect for day-to-evening situations. You can wear them to work or to a cocktail party.

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