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Skylander Saturday!!!

New Character: Birthday Bash Big Bubble Pop Fizz

This Saturday (1/9) is Skylanders Day over at GameStop! There are running some fabulous deals that are only good on Saturday.

– Super Charger Starter Packs: These are on sale for $39.99 for all the game systems! You can also pick up the Dark Edition for $59.99 and the 3DS version for $29.99.

-With every Super Chargers Starter Pack you get a free Starter Pack from a previous Skylanders system!

-Buy One Get One Free for any new Skylander character and vehicle!

-50% off Action and Combo Packs

This is a great day to take your favorite Skylanders nut out to GameStop. Or leave them home and do some gift shopping!!! What bit of Skylander’s goodness are you looking forward to picking up?

(I received nothing for this post, just wanted to share;)

Free Comic Book Day is Coming!!!

Previous year’s haul!

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday!!!! Yup, you heard me. The words free and comic books together!!! Free Comic Book Day is an event that happens every where on the first Saturday of May. The comic book industry provides a variety of comic titles to giveaway in order to not only encourage comic book reading but reading over all.

10comicbkdaycharacterSo how does it work? Just look online for a local comic book shop that is participating (we usually go to Heroes here in Fresno) and show up on Saturday. You may have to wait in a bit of a line, depending on your location, but it always goes much faster than you would think. Heroes (in Fresno) often has great costumed characters that interact with the kids.

Then when you get into the store you get to pick out at least 1 comic book (sometimes more). And that is it. You can of course look around and shop. Many comic book stores run some great sales on Free Comic Book Day but you are under no obligation to buy.

I do have one recommendation if you have youngish kids. Check out what is being offered ahead of time (they list them all) and have in mind what you would like. But don’t tell the kids until you get there because, depending on the crowds, they may not have your first choices.

I also recommend you wear something geeky but that is just for fun;). I mean, how often do you get to wear a super hero cape shopping;)?

Adorable and Free Baby Leggings

Ok, there is nothing much cuter than those little baby leggings! It is the perfect thing to protect little crawling knees and keep them clean. They are a great gift or need for your own babies! And they have never been more affordable! Right now you can go to Baby Leggings and get 5 pairs for free!

All you have to do is go to Baby Leggings and click ‘shop now’. After you add 5 pairs to your shopping bag just enter ENBABY and all you will pay is shipping & handling. That is it!

Even if you don’t have a baby get some! They are great gifts.

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Canvas People are Having a Sale!

Are you familiar with those gorgeous pictures that are printed on canvas? Many people have them hanging in their homes and they are wonderful but pricey! Right now the Canvas People are having a 60% promotion.

You basically upload a picture and they print onto canvas that is wrapped. If you don’t have a picture but are looking for a piece of art, have no fear. They have a gallery of images you could choose from. This is a great gift for Christmas so it can help you get a jump on that! So head over at start shopping! The 60% off will be taking at checkout. I understand it says 4th of July sale but it is still going on.

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Coupons, Get Your Printable Coupons!

$1.25 off ONE (1) KRAFT JET-PUFFED MarshmallowsJust imagine I read that title to you in a Newsboy voice. It is much cuter then;).You all know I love coupons and here are some you should grab before the month is up!!! (And yes, these are affiliate links. When you print these coupons you not only save money but help support this site!!!)


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Think Geek Sale!!!

It isn’t a secret that I love Think Geek!! I don’t just get things for NerdDad there but also things for my Nerdlings! There are great kids’ stuff that would be fun (and some educational) for Easter baskets!!! Things like the LED light up bricks (work with LEGOs), blow up R2D2, awesome onsies, even a DIY wooden knofe!!!

You can get 20% off sitewide but only until Monday!!! Make sure to check out the clearance sales.

PS Jacie, this is a perfect time to get those geeky socks!

Cyber Monday Strategies

Cyber Monday has become as legendary as Black Friday but more shrouded in mystery! But what is the deal? Is it really a bargain day? Are there specific things to look for? Is it all phooey?

Well, it is a little complicated. Everyone doesn’t put everything on sale;). It takes a little planning, investigation and watching your money!

3 types of things seem to be on sale across the board.
1) Tech/entertainment (tvs, laptops, phones, game systems, etc)
2) Toys
3) Tech accessories (games, movies, ipad holders, mice) that generally run under $100.

Then there are specific stores and their strategies.

Big box stores like Best Buy and Walmart are advertising sales. There will be a few door busters but in some cases those were already sold out on Sunday. They also have other things on sale but if you read the fine print, they say that those prices may extend;).

Almost every store will be running some sort of sale today. They can be 20% – 30% off across the board and some will have shipping deals too. They are good sales but not barn burners.

The stores that are the must shops are ones that have a primary existence online. Places like Amazon, ThinkGeek, and Etsy are having great sales!!! Ebay is even have great sales from Toys R Us and Best Buy (they have stores on Ebay to sell off their extras). The other stores that tend have a great sale are brand stores. For example Ahava brand products. They sell it in stores but they have a stand alone online store! And they are having a great sale today!

A couple before you buy reminders:
1) Know what you are looking for before you begin looking;). Even if it is just a “type” of gift.
2)Have a budget!
3)Check out the return policy. You can still have things not measure up to your expectations. You need to make sure that you can also return it after Christmas if the recipient doesn’t want it!

Cyber Monday can have some great deals! Just be on the lookout for them and shop smart!!!

Melissa and Doug Toy Bargains

I think just about everyone agrees that Melissa and Doug toys are the gold standard of toys. But being the gold standard means they usually aren’t cheap;). If you are a Melissa and Doug toy lover you need to go get some from Amazon asap because the are Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day!

They have a variety to choose from including puzzles, stamp sets, plush bowling sets, and play kitchen stuff! Run, don’t walk because it is a one day only deal!!!

Black Friday Shopping Strategies

Above all things: Be reasonable!!!! If there are 500 people in line for 3 items, don’t have your heart set on those things!!! In seriousness, like all other things you just need as smart strategy.

1. Do your research! You can already start reviewing Black Friday ads online (I will have links to ads on my blog) and can pour over them on Thanksgiving! Also see what is available online. Some stores don’t do any of the big deals online (like Old Navy) but some (like Best Buy) have a lot online.

2. Make a list of everything you would want that is on sale. Organize it by store and make sure you write down the price.

3. Organize your list by priority and or time frames. A big Black Friday thing that Michaels does every year is a %off coupon for your whole purchase if you are in the store by a set time (this year it is 30%). So while I don’t have a high ticket item from Michaels, I do a a few things and need to be in the store before that time!!!

4. Order what you can online!!! Some things you can order on Thursday and somethings you can order before you go out on Friday.

5. Figure out a relatively reasonable time that you should get started. For example, I usually head out about 6am. It is early enough that I can hit all the deals that are bound by times but just late enough to miss the real die hards/crazies;).

6. Buy everything you might possibly want. The example I always use is jeans. Target and Walmart both usually do a kids’ jean under $10 every year. Walmart may be cheaper but I hit Target first. I will buy 2 sizes for each kid at both stores. I would love to think that the cheaper pairs would work but you never know about cut and each brand sizes different. You can always return the extras next week!!!

7. Have fun & plan breaks! After my first store I always hit Starbucks. Then I meet a friend for lunch every year. She and I don’t shop together but we set a time and meet up. You would be surprised just how empty restaurants are at lunch time.

7. Process everything next week! Get it done and get it out of the way. Wrap the presents, set out the decorations and wash the clothes!

Final note, think about a job your family can do while you are shopping! My husband sets up our fake tree and gets out the Christmas decor boxes. Then I decorate with everyone over the weekend;).

Free Homemade Gift Ebook

The Happy Housewife (better known as Toni;) has compiled a great ebook with 60 Homemade Christmas Gifts that is free right now!

These are great gifts from a variety of bloggers. They don’t even look homemade (always my struggle;).

I think I might make the cake plate or the etched vase or the tea cup candles….

Go grab it while it is free and you have time to make a few gifts;).

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