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Posted: May 31, 2018


Get 1 year for only $45 - Over 60% off!

Get 7 months of free when you do a one year subscription. That’s 60% off. So just $45 for a full year subscription. This sale only happens twice a year – and right now before your kiddos get the summer boredom blues is the perfect time to get them started! ABCMouse offers over 5,000 learning activities, including books, songs, games, animations, puzzles, art activities, and printables for ages 2-8.

Why Pay??
For me, it’s all about NO pop up ads or ads of any kind for my kiddos to click on when you sign up for Before I posted this I thought I’d try it out on my 3 year old and my 5 year old. I don’t like my kids playing on the computer where they can click on risqy-ads or content, so that is the #1 thing I was looking for. Educational is a bonus – but to me, not as important as fun. Because if it’s not fun, then they won’t do it. But if it’s fun they’ll want to do it and learning is a great bonus.
Choose Your Childs Level
You can take an assessment, or just choose your childs skill level. Once they pass it off, ABCMouse will automatically move your child to the next level.

Multiple Children
If you have multiple children, you use ONE account, but click on swap kids and it pulls up the other children and their data, so they can all be at different levels at the same time. I have two computers, and my kids each play at the same time at their own skill level.

Kids earn tickets when playing and/or passing off tasks, and can use those tickets to get items for their virtual room, hamster, or fish tank. Surprisingly, this is my child’s favorite part!

Play on Phones, Tablets or PC’s
You can download the app to your itunes or android compatible phones and your child can play on the go, but they will need wi-fi. My kids prefer to play on the tablet or laptop.

Posted: October 30, 2017

Best Mobile Smartphone Apps for Couponing 2017

I had people request what are the best mobile apps for couponers, so here are my favorites! Please leave a comment with yours too!


Ibotta is a FREE Android & iPhone app. I find it easier to navigate than Shopkick and typically use it the most out of all apps. Use code dgjvseq when you sign up for FREE $5! Here’s how to use it:

  • First, login to Ibotta and select the deals you are doing.   Just click on them with your phone, so easy!
  • Perform small tasks, like reading about how Chapstick works, taking 1-question polls, or sharing on FB to get $ added to the value of the coupon
  • To redeem your cash back, you will need to take a picture of your receipt and scan the barcode of the product you purchased. Ibotta will credit your account within 24 hours (it usually only takes 24 seconds).
  • Once you have earned $20.00 cash back you can choose to transfer it to a Paypal account or donate it to a charity.

Ibotta is offering a FREE $10 bonus when you sign up right now!


Shopkick is a FREE Android and iPhone app. It gives you access to exclusive deals to stores like Best Buy, Target, Macy’s & Toys ‘R Us. You will get a free $25 gift certificate when you sign up!

Steps to get the gift card:

1. Sign up online first via the Cuckoo landing page
2.You will get a text message to download the app – click this to download it
3. The gift card gets dropped into your account the first time you do a ‘walk-in’ to a partner store. That is, you walk into one of the partner stores with the app open on your phone.  Best Buy, Old Navy or Crate and Barrel, or more!  When you visit, say Best Buy, you’ll open the app inside at the entrance and wait a few seconds – the points will get credited and so will their gift card! The gift card will appear under the “me” tab and should be pretty instant.

Here’s some coupons we’ve seen Target on Shopkick:

  • $1.50 off Archer Farms Snack Trail Mix or Nuts
  • $5 off Merona apparel $20+
  • $5 off Liz Lange for Target apparel 20+
  • $2 off Champion kids tops or bottoms
  • $1 off Archer Farms Chips 8 oz +

Checkout 51:

Checkout51 is mobile or you can use it on your PC.   The best part about this is you can use it at ANY grocery store! This gives it a big advantage over Ibotta.

How to use Checkout 51:

  1. Browse store offers, buy at any store
  2. Upload your receipt
  3. Get cash back
  4. Cash out when you reach $20! They will mail you a check

Target Cartwheel Mobile Coupons

Download the Target Cartwheel Coupons App and get coupons sent directly to your mobile phone! No need to print, just scan your smart phone at Target for the savings!

CVS Mobile App

View ExtraCare information – send offers to card, view Weekly Ads, sign up for offers, deals and more on the CVS Mobile Android app or the

Let me know if you know of any others as well.

Posted: October 23, 2017

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Our opinions may differ on whether stores should be open or closed on Thanksgiving. Depending on if you’re a die hard Black Friday fan or a believer of family time, or perhaps you’re both. In any case we’ve compiled a list of the more popular stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving. Let’s take a look:

Stores Closed:

  • A.C. Moore
  • Ace Hardware
  • AT&T
  • Babies”R”Us
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Cabela’s
  • Christmas Tree Shops
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Dress Barn
  • Fred Meyer
  • GameStop
  • H&M
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Staples
  • TJ Maxx
Posted: February 16, 2017

How to SpotEvery now and then I post consumer alerts to help you out. Well, someone recently tried to “scam” me but luckily I knew what to look for and was able to avoid the scam. I wanted to post this information so you would know what to watch for because scammers are more cleaver than you think.  This happened to me a few years ago, but wanted to put it here for anyone who has not seen it.

Here is my true story:

I was selling an item on, a classified ads site similar to I always only accept cash and have my husband meet up with the people who are buying (as I don’t feel safe meeting anyone alone). One person wanted to pay via paypal since that was easiest for them. Paypal gives you full refunds if things go wrong, so I figured that was okay.

Well, I got an email from “paypal” saying money had been deducted from the buyer’s account, and as soon as I emailed them a receipt of  shipping confirmation I would receive payment.  Red flags are everywhere!

First, Paypal has buyer protection so if you pay for something and don’t get it you can dispute it.  I don’t believe they have a service of holding money such as this.

Also, the name said   Notice the extra dot at the end.  So I clicked on “show details”

And guess what I saw – it wasn’t from Paypal.  It said

Well I stuck the email in “trash”.  I didn’t click on any links.

If you get an email from any bank or paypal don’t click on ANY links in the email.

Because if it is a fraud email, this will happen: You’ll click on the link. Go to a site that looks exactly like Paypal.  Enter your email and password. Then BOOM.  You have just given a fake company that has setup a site to look just like paypal your email and password!

It is always safest to just type the url directly in the browser, and look for the https:// at the front.  The s means secure.

Ask CCD Readers: If you have any more tips on keeping yourself safe while selling items online, please leave a comment below!

Posted: January 19, 2017


8If you are new to couponing you should know that not all stores have the greatest deals.  You may get discouraged if couponing at your local grocery store doesn’t give you some HUGE savings.  You might be thinking “where do people coupon at?” One thing to keep in mind it that some people, like me, coupon mostly for non-food items (razors, diapers, shampoo, etc…) and then we buy fresh produce and good meats when they are on weekly sales.  I may be the minority though, as  many couponers coupon mostly for food items too.   For food items, I usually just watch for the lowest price produce etc… on the weekly ads.  I don’t buy much processed food unless it is an incredible deal.

Reader Poll

I coupon mostly at Kmart, but also at Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid.  If I had a Publix or CVS near me, I’d coupon there too.  I did a poll with my readers, and if you are new to couponing here are the stores you should look for in your area to coupon at, in order of most to least popular places to coupon at:

  1. CVS
  2. Walgreens
  3. Target
  4. Rite Aid
  5. Walmart
  6. Albertons
  7. Publix
  8. Kmart

Choose One Store to Start

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There are more local grocery stores which may have great deals, but if you are new and want to get started, I would read the store coupon training guide for one store above.  Just start with one!  It is too confusing to learn multiple stores at once.  Then do a trip at that store.  Get used to couponing there, then slowly add more stores to your weekly shopping trips.  For other stores, scroll over Find My Store at the top of my site to find the weekly deals for those stores.

Some Stores Have Hot Non Coupon Deals!

One store I really like to shop is Kmart because of their points offers.  They team up with Sears and Lands’ End for their ShopYourWayRewards (SYWR) Program.  Sometimes they offer 100% points back on items (see example here) where you get the items FREE after points!  Read all about 19 Kmart / SYWR Shopping Hacks (That REALLY Work!)

There is also my free ABC’s of Couponing guide that will help you get started too!

Posted: May 2, 2016

cuckoo-mobileWe have started implementing a few changes to the Cuckoo for Coupons mobile site – although we still have more coming.  We took off the pink background that made it hard to read comments, and we fixed the printable lists so you don’t have to tilt your phone sideways to see the full lists.

Hope you love the changes!

Posted: April 15, 2016

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If you are viewing my site on a Desktop or Laptop, we have been trying to get Recent Comments to work on the sidebar but they were hard to read there.  We have moved them to the left-hand side of the page, click the pink button.

Let us know what you think!

Posted: April 7, 2016


Check your emails because you may have received a 25% off Purchase CVS store coupon valid in-store. You have until Sunday 4/17/16 at 11:59pm EST to print or send to your ExtraCare card and the expiration date will vary depending on when you print (usually 4 days after).

Leave a comment if you received one (or another purchase-based CVS coupon) too and stay tuned for deal ideas!


Posted: April 6, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 9.42.48 PMIf it looks all messed up, please delete your cache and cookies. It shouldn’t have any yellow background at all anymore. Here’s what the top should look like.

This change is for Desktop users only.  Mobile and app will still look the same.

Posted: March 27, 2016

Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

This is my in-depth coupon clipping slicing & organizing  video.  It covers:

  1. Where to get coupons (I have negotiated the lowest multi-copy Sunday rates here!)
  2. Coupon binder vs. filing method
  3. Slice Coupon Cutter (no more scissors for me!)
  4. Pre-sorting categories as you slice coupons
  5. Showing my coupon binder & categories I use (view them HERE)

I have gotten so many emails asking about my Slice Coupon Cutter – you can scoop up a slice safety cutter here on for just $6 plus free super saver shipping!

UPDATE: I got a new binder cover from Coupon Clutch that you’ll love- check it out below!

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Note, I use the same organization system as seen in the video above, I just got a binder that looks cuter for shopping!
I hope you enjoy the video and leave me any questions you have or suggestions!

Posted: March 27, 2016

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How to Make Window Cleaner like Windex

Lately we’ve been making and testing homemade products to help save our readers money.   I have seen a Homemade Window Cleaner and after looking around found 2 different recipes (formulas) to try.  I wanted to let you know how to make them and what I thought about them. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get printable lists.

window cleaner recipe

The first one is very simple.  It only has a few ingredients and everything I already had in my home.  Just put all the ingredients in an empty spray bottle and shake.  I used a funnel to make it easier.  When done it filled about 1/2 my bottle and matched the color of the dishsoap which happened to be blue.

I used this on windows inside and outside my home.

It worked EXACTLY like Windex.

Not a cheap store brand, but seriously EXACTLY like the name brand product Windex.  There were absolutely NO streaks and it cleaned perfectly.  I also used it on some pretty dirty mirrors and got the same result.  It has a light sudsing when you spray, but does not hinder the way you use it.  It also has a light vinegar scent which was not bothersome at all.

diy window cleaner

The second mix I made was also simple, but took a few more ingredients.  Again I had all the ingredients in my home. I added the cornstarch after the warm water, but that was a mistake because cornstarch will make clumps.  Since I did it this way I had to shake it harder to get rid of the clumps.  I would recommend mixing the cornstarch with the cool vinegar ahead of time and then adding it to the warm water.  You probably won’t have the same issue I had.  This made about 3/4 bottle and is a white color.

window cleaner side by side

I used this on windows inside and outside my home.

It also worked EXACTLY like Windex.

Again, just like the name brand Windex.  There were a couple of differences.  When I cleaned the windows outside it worked better on built up grime.  I think it’s because the cornstarch gives it a scrubbing effect (texture.)  The other thing I noticed was the smell.  It smells like Vinegar and Alcohol more than my sinus’ appreciated.  When using it inside I had to back off a little after I sprayed because the smell was bothersome.  Outside it made no difference.  You do have to shake this up after it’s been sitting for a while because the cornstarch begins to sit at the bottom.  It’s easy to shake it back up.

No matter what I will use both bottles of DIY Window Cleaner I made.

My thoughts:

The first recipe is better for indoor cleaning and the second recipe is better for outdoor grimy buildup cleaning.  Both are simple to make and take ingredients I had in my home.  After making this I doubt I will ever buy the store bought Window Cleaner again – unless it’s a very cuckoo deal.  This is absolutely cheaper and works the same.  Share your experiences with these recipes if you try them out.

You can print the recipes here:

Posted: March 27, 2016

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From everyone at Cuckoo for Coupon Deals, we hope you are enjoying Easter Sunday!

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