Thursday, December 31, 2009
I had a plate for sale in my eBay store that was priced at $9 for shipping (USPS Parcel Post). A customer emailed me, thinking the $9 I quoted to ship in the listing was way to high for a $12 plate, and they asked for a better quote. Since they lived so far away from me, I knew my $9 quote was pretty close, but was happy to give it a shot.
Here's what I found for a 3 lb box going from Texas to New Jersey:
-$8.65 FedEx Ground
-$8.85 USPS Parcel Post (quoted in eBay listing)
- $9.51 UPS Ground
- $9.90 USPS Priority (not Ground shipping, but I threw it in for comparison)
Yup, FedEx Ground was the cheapest. It was $.20 cheaper than Parcel Post, which runs real slow, and $.86 cheaper than UPS Ground! So, I e-mailed back the customer, they bought the plate (selecting FedEx Ground), and I got to open a FedEx shipping account. It was super easy, taking less than 5 minutes. Plus, I should get a 8% discount since I paid for the label through my account at home.
In this case, I learned something new, and made an eBay sale at the same time! Oh, and in case you are wondering, the plate was a Christmas plate, purchased 2 days after Christmas!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
First become a Airborne fan on Facebook and next simply fill out this request form.
Be sure to fan Wylie Mom on Facebook!! And, a big thanks to My Dallas Mommy for the freebie post.
Participating brands include:
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Be sure to print the $25 ConAgra Coupon Offer from the All You website now and place it in your "rebate" section of your coupon binder.
Have a Merry Christmas Eve!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We started off by learning a bit about FedEx as a company. They did indeed get their start in sending documents across the country overnight as Federal Express, but there's so much more to it these days. They shortened their name to FedEx, acquired Kinkos a few years ago, and have now become FedEx Office!
One of the Wrap Party activities was to wrap a gift and send it to a friend or family member as a bit of a holiday surprise. I decided on sending some chocolate covered pretzels to my Aunt Mary. She lost her husband a few months ago, and was top on my list for holiday cheer. Before we started, FedEx sent in a packing expert to give us packing tips. I'll admit I ship a lot with eBay, and even I learned a few things!
Here's a few packing & shipping tips:
- Wrap items with bubble wrap 1-4 times depending on how fragile they are.
- Use the right sized box, but still allow for about 2 in. of packing all the way around.
- Newspaper and plastic bags make great packing.
- Tape in a "H" pattern, down the middle and secure the outside edges as well (basically tape all seams)
- Fill boxes up full with packing so it doesn't collapse under the weight of other boxes in transit (stacked on truck or plane)
Now, even though FedEx does allow you to use your own materials, they also have everything you would ever need to ship right in the store. Boxes and bubble wrap do cost a little, so look around the house first. Also, if packing and shipping really stresses you out, FedEx can pack it for you. They can even make a custom box for odd shaped items. And, they mentioned at the Wrap Party that if a packing expert packs and ships your stuff for you, it's insured. Certainly something to think about with fragile items or if you're a frazzled parent of little ones. The few extra bucks will be worth the piece of mind.
A few other exciting things I learned:
- FedEx ships worldwide, 365 days a year (so there's still time to ship for Christmas, today is the LAST day to ship).
- They DO NOT ship to APO addresses.
- FedEx Ground usually runs cheaper than UPS (awesome news for me....I'll be checking that out very soon).
- If you set up a FedEx account online you'll save about 16%, and it's so easy to use!
After we were done munching on snacks and packing up our boxes, we took a look around the store. Since I'm a bit of an office supply freak, I was in heaven! It's really a one stop shop for home or business needs. For instance, in addition to downloading pictures for printing photos to pick-up, did you know you can send documents from home (or work) to FedEx Office to print for you? For instance if you prepared a document at home but needed 1000 copies or wanted it printed on pink paper, FedEx is your place. My husband used this feature a lot at his previous job. It saved him money and time!
So, back to my package for my aunt. I got it ready to go, and it was already on the truck and on the way before I even got home. Tracking the box was easy online. I could "see" it leave Dallas and go through Memphis (FedEx home) and head on to Missouri. Since my box was shipped FedEx Express (not FedEx Ground), my aunt was munching chocolate covered pretzels with 24 hours of the Wrap Party. Impressive!
Lastly, we learned about the new FexEx blog called Out Of Office. Cute name, huh? It's a spot to find "Unexpected ideas for creative projects". Even though the blog is pretty new, there are already some great ideas being tossed around on the site.
I had such a great time last week thanks to Mom Central and FedEx. I even got to meet Stacy DeBroff CEO of Mom Central! I enjoyed learning new things, sharing a little holiday joy and meeting some very cool Dallas area bloggers. Thank you everyone for a great time!
Monday, December 21, 2009
International Delight Free Pint of Coffee Creamer Offer
Today's code: snowman
Just enter the code at Disney Movie Rewards for 5 points! Then head back to the 25 Days of Christmas site tomorrow for another 5 point code.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
First, I won a $5 Starbucks gift card, just for following SnazzyWin on Twitter. How easy was that? And, it came with a cute Christmas card and magnetic calender. Thanks SnazzyWin!
Second, I won a $50/100 Old Navy coupon from Brandy Ellen at Happily Blended. It was a blog giveaway, and the first 10 peeps to comment won. Since I also follow Brandy on Twitter, I saw her new post right away and was able to snag the coupon. Thank you Brandy for the great giveaway and the Twitter updates!
Friday, December 18, 2009
-Free Blockbuster rental with promo code KIOSK (expires 2/1/10)
- Free Sandwich at QuikTrip - Good for a QT Kitchen sandwich, wrap, or salad. Expires 12/28/09.
- 25 Days Of Free MP3 downloads from Amazon...18 FREE songs available as of today!
- Free Weight Watchers Magazine
- Free Hill's Science Diet Dog Treat Sample
- Free Downy® Liquid Fabric Softener
- Free 10 Pregnancy/Ovulation Tests- pick any combo of 10 from Sacred Heart.
- Free Kashi® TLC® Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bar- I have posted this in the past, but the offer expires 12/31/09.
- Two free bottle of Olay Quench with the rebate I posted here.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
2 Packs of Bows $5.98
2 Packs of Labels $3.98
2 Packs of Tissue Paper $3.98
3 Suaves $6.00
2 Revlon Nail Colors (B1G1 Free) $4.99
Olay Body Wash $7.49
Olay Quench Body Lotion $9.99
$.75/2 Suave Body Wash newspaper coupon
(2) $2.00 off Revlon
B1G1 Free Body Lotion P&G coupon (the computer would only take off $7.49 not $9.99)
$6.00 in ECB from last month's trip
$5/30 CVS coupon (quiz about Medicare Part D)
Total Cash OOP = 23.23 and I got back $15.94 back in ECB
Olay Body Wash $7.49
Olay Quench Body Lotion $9.99
B1G1 Free Olay Lotion P&G coupon (again, only $7.49 taken off)
$9.96 in ECB from trip #1
Total OOP = $.02
So, I've spent a total of $23.25 in cash out of pocket but I'll submit the Olay Quench rebate for $19.98 back. You can request up to 2 rebates, as long as they are submitted together! So, it pays to read your rebate before shopping! Anyway, that will leave me with a grand total of $3.27 in cash spent and a total of $68.03 saved. Also, I ended up with $5.98 in ECB, and that's just a $.02 loss. All in all, an awesome week for me at CVS!
Monday, December 14, 2009
We cut Christmas cards in half (to make them post card style) and taped the soup directions on the back. This is a great way to recycle old cards. Although for this craft my daughter picked out a pack of 8 new cards from the $1 bin at Target. It was super frugal and she has 3 left over. We also found lots of ribbon and cool ornaments in our Christmas supply stock. I save everything! So, attached to each jar was the directions (on a cute card), an ornament, and a gift card.
Other ideas are attaching a wooden spoon, a cute dish towel, a pack of recipe cards, etc. to the jar. Also, you can use cute holiday fabric on the top, between the lid and the ring. My kids just added bows (free from CVS), since I forgot to "borrow" holiday fabric from mom. All in all, this was an awesome idea for holiday gifts since the kids were able to do a lot of it. The whole thing means so much more to both the giver and the recipient when the kids worked on it themselves!!
What items are you hand crafting this year? I'd love to hear about them!!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Free eBook – Mason Jar Recipes: 34 Holiday Ideas for Gifts in a Jar
Two of my favorites are the M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar on page 12 and the Hearty Soup Mix in a Jar on page 21.
Have a great weekend!
My favorites already are:
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, 17.5oz $.40 off/1
Betty Crocker Potatoes, box or pouch, excludes Potato Buds $.35 off/
Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls $.25 off/1
Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls $.50 off /2
Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits, any size/variety $.30 off/2
Pillsbury Refrigerated Sweet Rolls $.40 off/2
Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups $.40 off/4
Campbell’s Condensed Soups (excluding Chicken Noodle, Tomato and Creams) $.40 off/2
Cottonelle Ultra or Aloe & E, 4pk+ $.50 off/1
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, 7.25oz or smaller, B3G1 Free
Planters products, 9-21.25oz $1.00 off /2
Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast cans $.50 off/2
Have a great (and frugal) weekend!!
1. Head over to Twitter and start following Michael Angelo's .
2. Update your status with you favorite holiday tradition and tag/mention Michael Angelos' by using the @ symbol. Here's a tweet quote, "Follow and send us an @ reply telling us your favorite holiday traditions. We'll send you a DM with a link to your free meal coupon".
3. They will send you a DM (direct message) with a coupon link, follow link and print.
Mine's for B1G1 Free family serve frozen Italian entree (32-88oz) with a max value of $9.49. I'm sure they are all the same, but I have seen reports of people getting a free item coupon. Also, Twitter only allows 250 DM to be sent a day, so I advice trying early in the day and having patience. Thanks, Michael Angelo's!
Be sure to follow Wylie Mom on Twitter!!
Thanks for reading!!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Free Stacy's Pita Chips
Also, there's a Stacy's Pita Chips offer on Facebook. The Facebook offer is almost over, but the All You offer still had 30,700 left as of this post.
Have a great evening!!
Rewards Private Sale Coupons
Not yet a member? Join the Rewards"R"Us program here. Membership is free!
Also, the first 50 Rewards"R"Us members in line when the store opens at 7am on Thursday, will have the opportunity to purchase a ZhuZhu Pet!
Happy Shopping & Saving!!!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Once you're a fan, click on the "free Stacy's" tab. Fill out the info and they'll mail you a coupon for a free bag of Stacy's Pita Chips. Up to $3.99, coupon expires February 28, 2010. One per household. First 65,000 fans, so please hurry if you're interested!
Have a great night!
Then, you can order personalized packets of daily vitamins, minerals and supplements created just for you.
Click the banner below to take a peek! :)
Here's the official eBay scoop:
"December 8-9, 2009, sellers who list 1, 3, or 5 day Auction-style item(s), and have a 12 month Detailed Seller Rating of 4.5 or higher on all criteria, will receive 50% off the standard Insertion Fee per item listed. New sellers who don't yet have DSR ratings are also eligible. DSR rating criteria for this promotion will be based on the previous 12 months. To see your DSR ratings, go to your Seller Dashboard within My eBay. For more information on DSRs, click here."
Promo ends Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 11:59 PM plus 59 seconds ET.
Here's a bit of my own advice....when doing an auction style listing this close to Christmas, be sure to add the "buy it now" feature as well. For example, start the auction at $9.99 or they could "buy it now" for $17.99.
P.S. Here's my eBay store. :)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Become a Walgreens fan on Facebook so you'll be in the know for future offers!
-Joy To The World by Casting Crowns
-Snow Angel by Tori Amos
-The Coventry Carol by Mediaeval Baebes
-Slower Than Christmas (Explicit) by The Boxmasters
-God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen by Jars Of Clay
-Christmas Tree by Lady GaGa
-No Room by Todd Agnew (just added today)
Check out all the downloads at the 25 Days Of Free page. And remember to visit the link tomorrow, there will be a new FREE MP3 download added to the list. Thanks for reading!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Free Holiday Phone Calls
Happy Holidays!! :)
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Also, I'm not sure if codes can be stacked, but get 20% off with promo code 20FRIEND, expires December 6th. Receive 15% off with promo code PCTHANJC, expires December 31, 2009.
Remember to shop through EBates when shopping at JCPenny.com. You'll get 3% cash back (and a $5 bonus if you're new!!).
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received? I still have some really cute hangers I was given 20 years ago.
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle? I hate sewing, but keep thinking I want to make a quilt.
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child? Hmm....nothing really stands out. I guess I really liked my Snow White sleeping bag. I still have it!
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year? Imaginext Dragon Fortress, FurReal Kitty, Disney movies, anything Transformers, Spiderman car from Target, Baby Alive (that potties), skates, cute pink boots from Target, new batons...
6. What is your favorite holiday food? Fudge, although I never actually make it.
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays? I just finished a fake plate of cookies for a prop for my daughter's twirling routine. Does that count? I'd considered making peppermint bath salts...
8. What is your favorite holiday movie? Christmas Vacation and Elf.
9. Favorite holiday song? Elvis' Blue Christmas, although I'm that person who could listen to Christmas music year round. I love it!
10. Favorite holiday pastime? Drinking cocoa! Silly I know, but I love drinking it at home by the fire, in coffee shops, at the mall watching shoppers, etc...
Thanks to Brandy Ellen at Happily Blended for tagging me in this meme/giveaway! I'm tagging:
Heather at Savings So Sweet - Miss Mommy at The Thrifty Mommy - Brandy at Brandy's Big Bargains to keep the love going!!
Check out the giveaway here.
Free Holiday Postcard (mailed for free too) from Google, cute designs!
Free 1 Yr. Subscription to Bridal Guide Magazine
Free Pillsbury 2010 Calender
Free Sample of Benefiber Orange Sticks
Free "The Coventry Carol" MP3 download from Amazon
Free Pint of International Delights coffee creamer via printable coupon.
20% Off Sale at ToysRUs for Facebook fans!
**update** These are already gone! Only took an hour....that was fast! Free Tide Swash sample...first sign up with Vocalpoint and then fan them on Facebook for an exclusive Tide Swash sample.
Find another awesome freebie? Please send me the link! Thanks for reading and be sure to share this post with a friend if you liked any of the freebies!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
- Simpler points: your Gifts to Grow points will change to 10X their current value (if you had 12 points, they'll automatically convert to 120). This is to make redeeming points easier—no more left over fractions of a point, and all your points have a redeemable value. Learn more.
- New bonus point opportunities—look for offers that are just for you when you log in to Gifts to Grow.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The fun starts at 10am with the Wylie Arts Festival in Olde City Park. You can shop for fine art and handmade crafts, listen to the sounds of the season, watch holiday cooking demonstrations, and enjoy festive foods. There will also be a children's area!
At 5:30 pm the Festival Of Lights Christmas Parade (sponsored by First Baptist Wylie) will head through downtown Wylie, down Ballard Street, between Jefferson St. and Oak St.
Finally, finish off the day with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:30pm in Olde City Park. There will be pictures with Santa, Mayor Hougue with read The Night Before Christmas and there will be choirs and carolers. All the festivities will wrap up at 8pm.
Check out all the scoop here at the City of Wylie website.
Check out Right At Home's December offer!!
Here's what included in this week's basket:
• 1 Ziploc® Brand Medium Snap 'n Seal Container
• 1 25-count box of Ziploc® Brand Storage Bags
• 1 15-count box of Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bags
• 1 pack of Ziploc® Brand Big Bags (with 3 different sizes of Big Bags)
• 1 package of Pledge® Natural Beauty Wipes
• 1 Glade® Scented Oil Candles Tin
• 1 Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel
-Save $5.00on the purchase of (1) Mr. Potato Head® Spud Buds™ toy
-Save $5.00on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® Busy Ball Popper™ toy
-Save $5 on any Hasbro Star Wars toy purchase totaling $20 or more
-Save $2.00on the purchase of (1) MR. POTATO HEAD® or MRS. POTATO HEAD® toy
-Save $10.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® DinoRoars™ Stompers toy
-Save $3.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® LULLABY GLOWORM™ toy
-Save $5.00 on a My Little Pony purchase of $20 or more
-Save $10.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® Dance Cam™ toy
-Save $5.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® Tumble 'N Twirl Top™ toy
-Save $5.00 on the purchase of (1) MR. POTATO HEAD® Silly Suitcase™ toy
-Save $5.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® Activity Ball toy
-Save $3.00 on the purchase of (1) Talkin’ Sid the Science Kid™ Plush toy from Playskool®
-Save $5.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® STEP START WALK’N RIDE™ toy
-Save $5.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® DinoRoars™ Hatchlings toy
-Save $5.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® SWING ‘N SCORE BASEBALL™ toy
-Save $10.00 on the purchase of (1) PLAYSKOOL® Musical Sit 'N Spin™ toy
Coupons might vary slightly by area, the above list was found when I used my zip code (75098).
Take the pledge!
I originally posted it here. Basically, use promo code newbaby for 50 free 4x8 photo cards! I ordered mine on Monday and they were shipped yesterday, I can't wait to get them!! All that will be due is $3.19 to ship them.
Since the promo code was due to expire on Monday, I have no idea how much longer it will work, so don't procrastinate! :)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
They are Andrea Bocelli's and Mary J. Blige's duet of "What Child Is This" and Sugarland's "Silent Night".
What Child Is This and Silent Night Music Download from Oprah.com.
Click the banner below and shop all things Oprah. You'll get free shipping on orders over $75 with promo code ohholiday. There's lots of clothes, jewelry, books, DVDs and even transcripts from the show!
Expires December 2, 2009. I'm happy to report that the promo code is valid and I was even able to share the coupon love by giving the code to the gentleman behind me this morning.