Registration is now available for free bowling during the summer through the Kids Bowl Free program. Sign up at this link. This registration includes 2 free games of bowling each day for kids, from April 30 through September 6. For an additional $25 you can add up to four adults to the registration. These games don’t include shoe rental, but you can always comb through eBay to try to find some cheap shoes. We’re hoping to do that too 🙂 Our family took advantage of this program last summer. Sign up and come with us!
February 10, 2010
For baby boy #3 (which we are still awaiting, btw) we really haven’t needed to make many purchases. A coming home outfit, an extra swaddling blanket, and we’re all set. The one splurge we made this time around was researching video monitors (mostly through Amazon.com and ConsumerSearch.com). In November we purchased the Summer Infant Day & Night Video monitor from amazon. This is an awesome monitor, and we are sooo excited to be able to use it with the new baby. We’ve tested it out with Jacob (he sleeps in the baby’s room for naps) and it works really well, with terrific night vision and daytime monitoring. We can see how it will be particularly useful when #3 learns to roll over and pull up to standing. You know, those times when you’re wondering “What in the world is going on in there?” but you don’t want to creak open the door to peek.
This monitor retails for $180, but we got it from Amazon.com for $107. How? Using a tool called Amazon Price Watch we listed the url and then over the course of a couple of months, any time the listed Amazon price would change, I got an email noting the new price. It’s always a gamble when to buy (will the price drop more?) but that’s part of the fun, just like eBay 🙂 This Price Watch tool can be used to monitor any Amazon item. Sweet.
February 2, 2010
My SIL turned me onto this great deal going on at Costco.com for a Phil and Ted’s travel cot. My little nephew uses one when they travel, and he and his parents love it. The cot only weighs 5.6 lbs, and it folds up VERY compactly (maybe 25-30% the fold-up size of our pack-n-play). This is a great option for traveling out of state, as the cot can easily be stored in the overhead bin instead of paying for another checked bag. Interested? Here’s the link.
September 23, 2009
Originally posted in September of 2008. Today Woot is having a “Woot-off”. Basically, a bunch of stuff gets sold throughout the day, some of it great and some not-so-great. Fun fun 🙂
A couple of years ago a friend of Kevin’s turned us on to a neat site for sale items, Woot.com. Woot offers one product each day, at a low price. That product is available for 24 hours, or until it sells out. The deal is usually great, sometimes amazing, and occasionally mediocre. Woot generally offers electronics, although that’s not set in stone. Past deals have included GPS units, cables, TVs, desktop computers, laptops, iPods, MP3 players, and telephones. Todays deal is a 37″ HDTV for $550. Shipping included. Of course, they don’t ship TVs to Alaska, but I can’t blame them for joining the ranks of 99% of other online retailers. WE’RE A PART OF THE UNITED STATES, PEOPLE!!!
Similar to Woot is the site 1saleaday.com. 1sale is more varied than woot, offering more than just electronics. We’ve ordered a couple of different products from 1sale. Just like Woot, the deal can run the gamut from amazing to mediocre (although you’re just about gauranteed that if you find a product on one of these sites, it’s the best price available). Shipping at 1sale is $5. Often they’ll advertise a product for free, but the total comes to $5 with Shipping and handling. Today you can buy a set of speakers that surround your iPod (or other MP3 player). With a “free” price, they’re around 5 bucks after shipping. We bought a set of these last time they went on sale, and we’ll be buying more this time.
Along this same line is the site MamaBargains.com, which also offers a 24 hour deal. These deals are on trendy, yuppie kid and baby stuff. From clothes to car seats, they offer a wide variety of items. I’ve never purchased from them, but I check out the site occasionally to make sure I’m not missing out on some great deal.
These sites can be great for gift-giving ideas. Even if you don’t want a new ipod shuffle for $29.99 (a recent Woot deal), someone on your gift list could be begging for one! There are other, similar sites out there, but these seemed the best to me. Let me know if you discover any other favorites.
July 22, 2009
There’s a new joint in town, Papa Johns. Don’t confuse them with the similarly named establishment, otherwise called “Papa I’ve got an oven, a craving for good cheap pizza, and I can wait 20 minutes for a full belly.” If you enjoy Evangelo’s-style pizza (non-greasy, thick crust) then check this place out. We decided to try PJ’s out last weekend and we were happy campers. The only downers: 1) their size large is a size medium elsewhere, and 2) they’re a bit spendier than the typical Alaskan greaseball joint. Our large (medium elsewhere) 3 topping pizza was $16. BUT, if you order online, which is super-duper easy, the same pizza is only $14. If you plan on being a regular, it’s worth signing up for their email specials. Four days after joining, I got an email coupon for an $11 three-topping pizza. Shweeeet. To reiterate, it’s more expensive than the other “Papa’s”, but it’s a nice alternative for when you’re craving a different style of pizza.
February 12, 2009
Couponing is such a roller coaster for me. Over the past year I’ve had fun spending some weeks cutting coupons and making deals, and other times I’ve not worried about getting the best deal, just enjoying the process of grocery shopping. Here are a few sites that offer printable coupons for organic foods. I usually check these before I head to Fred’s to see if there are any can’t miss match-ups with sales:
- HealthESavers – including Lundberg rice, Organic Valley diary products, brown cow yogurt
- Delicious Living’s eCoupons – including RW Knudsen Drinks, Health Valley, and Lundberg rice
- Mambo Sprouts – including Annie Chun’s, Odwalla, Biokleen, Method
- About.com’s organic grocery coupons list – this list contains links to popular organic grocery food companies, which often offer printable coupons on their own sites
- Coupon Mom’s coupon database – Occasionally I’ll just type sale items into the database and see if there is a coupon I’m missing. This is a great, quick tool to use if you don’t have much time. You do have to register, I couldn’t find any databases that didn’t require this. Another bet for a good coupon database is Hot Coupon World.
Any other tips out there?