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Posted: December 30, 2010
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As 2010 comes to a close, I am wondering what your favorite deal you scored in 2010 was.  Mine was my tonka dump truck that seats two kids and goes 5 MPH.  $90 for a regularly priced $349 power wheels, and it works great!

I had to laugh after watching TLC’s Extreme Couponing because it really didn’t mention that the deal is more important than the coupon.  Sometimes, you can get amazing deals without coupons!  I hope that people realize you can be a cuckoo coupon lady without spending 70 hours a week couponing.

Also, I hope people who watched the show understood what a big help people are who donate their coupon stashes to local charities are.

If you are new to “extreme couponing”, make sure to read my coupon training guide to learn how to save time and money couponing.  Don’t forget about my extremely popular video on organizing coupons.

Ask CCD Readers: What did you think of TLC’s take on couponing? Also, what were your favorite cuckoo deals you scored in 2010?

Posted: December 23, 2010
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Merry Christmas!

It is almost here; I feel like a little kid again.  I love teaching my daughters the real meaning of Christmas.  But I also love all the fun traditions too!  I read on another site about a lady who puts wrapping paper up over the entry way to the living room, so her kids have to bust through it on Christmas morning.  – it looks like so much fun! I’m thinking of picking up that tradition when my kids are a little older.  I’d love to hear about your traditions.

My family has been so blessed this year.  I love reading all your comments and helping you save money.  I love your emails and your support.   Sometimes I get confused and don’t know if I am heading the right direction with my site, so it is still a work in progress, but I feel it is starting to come together a little better.  I also had a huge blessing of going to SaveUp 2010, which taught me a lot about blogging.  I hope to attend more conferences next year and learn even more.

I just can’t express enough my gratitude to my Savior for this amazing year.   No major illnesses, no major tragedies, and our dismal financial situation has started to turn around.   Knock on wood.

I hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright and that good times may shine on you as well.

Favorite quote this year:  “Come what may and love it!”  – Joseph B. Wirthlin (more…)

Posted: December 4, 2010
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Here’s an email I just got about online fraud:

Deidre, I went to our bank today and our banker was encouraging me to open up a new account with new debt/visa account with just enough money in it for online orders. Like if I order a purse for $22 put $25 in account via online transfer. There is a lot of Fraud online this season and money is being stolen out of personal accounts. She said this way you are protected and can shop online safely.. What do you think?

I think it’s a smart idea.  Especially considering many banks will give you $25- $100 just for opening a new account with them (often a deposit is required).

ING Direct – $50 for opening a new checking account

Chase – Open a Chase checking account with Direct Deposit and get $100

NuVision Get $150 when you open a new free checking account at NuVision Federal Credit Union.

Also, check with your local banks.  Bank of American Fork in Utah is giving new customers $50 + donating $50 to the Utah Flash if you open an account with them.

Do you have any other tips for protecting yourself online this season? Or any other banks offering up great deals?

Posted: December 3, 2010
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What do you think? I think that’s pretty awesome.

Posted: November 25, 2010
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I’m featured on the homepage of Savings.com today! Check out my tip for getting alerted about that one item you want to price drop on Cyber Monday!

I don’t know if this counts as a TV Debut, but I’m stoked!

Posted: November 22, 2010
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16.7 million children in the USA live in households where food is insecure (from FeedingAmerica.org).  They don’t know where their next meal will come from.  I look at my two children and can’t imagine the pain other mothers must feel not being able to fully feed their children.  Some of you reading this may have been in their situation before.

When it comes to giving, as couponers and cuckoo dealers we are much more capable of giving what is needed on a regular basis.  Not just during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we are able to get items weekly for free.

When I post a deal about free razors, I hope you don’t skip over it if you are overflowing with razors (I know I am!) but you instead take the few extra minutes in your shopping trip to get those free razors, and then donate them to charity.  Many woman’s shelters are in need year round for supplies.  I wish I remember the blog I was reading, but I forgot, however I remember the story.  The lady told about how women were using toilet paper for tampons.  I remember being in high school and being so afraid of a leak.  Could you imagine using toilet paper?   Tampons and pads are things we can regularly get for free with coupon deals, so I hope if you are stocked up (me again!) that you would consider still doing the deal, and then donating the items to your local charity. Most of the things we get at Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS each week would be greatly appreciated year-round.

Now I am not going to list charities since there are hundreds of  terrific ones, but some areas to start are at your local church or maybe  a local shelter.   Once you start digging around, you will find people to point you in the right direction.  What a fun family activity that can last all year.

I did not start donating right when I started couponing.  I had no stockpile.  I got my stockpile, then I started much more giving. I don’t know if that’s the way to go about it, but I am saying that not everyone is always able to give, and I understand.

Also, often stores will say “Donate $5 for 6 cans of food for a family!”  As a couponer, I never donate.  I instead donate 12 or more cans of food that cost me less than $5. So don’t feel bad about not taking every opportunity to give that is offered to you at every store; we can give in greater ways.

For a Holiday-related family activity, Walmart has set up barrels outside of their stores to collect goods during the holidays; here’s what is needed most:

  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, stews)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles
  • Canned Beans (baked, garbanzo, kidney)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits (in light syrup)
  • Juice Boxes (100% juice)
  • Cereals (boxed, oatmeal)

I am going to have a very fun giveaway coming up soon for a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate. But I want the winner to use the money to give back in their community, take a picture (video would be awesome!) and send us the results of what they were able to give to a family for Christmas.   I know this isn’t a gift certificate for food, which would be better, but this is what I have to give.  Subscribe for reminders about giveaways so you don’t miss it.

Please leave a comment and let me know of any great tips you have to fight hunger or fun things your family is doing this year to help others.

Posted: November 19, 2010
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I recently attended SaveUp in Chicago.  The conference was for bloggers who love to get deals on a variety of products, and we are the Savings.com DealPros.

I have a confession.  Shhhhhhh!!! Don’t tell, but I am a blogger who does not own a laptop.  Going to a blogging conference, I knew laptops would be vital and I asked to take my husband’s. My husband’s Macbook Pro.

I took my mouse from my desktop computer.  You know, the kind with a right-clicker.   But there were times during the conference when I just wanted to pull up my computer and do some quick work, not fumble and plug in the mouse.   But work was not quick.  Command+C was bugging me – I really like the way I copy and paste quicker with dragging my mouse and right clicking.  I know this sounds like a little deal but it annoyed me the entire conference.  I am a blogger who genuinely missed her PC.

I am also a deal blogger.  I looked at deals for HP laptops on Amazon.com vs. Mac laptops.  For less money, you can get a lot more upgrades (larger screen, more RAM, more hard drive) on an HP laptop.  Plus you’ll get a right-clicker.  I just logically can’t see any reason to go with a Mac.  I never even had a reason to use the drag-around-the-screen feature on Macs that my husband thinks is glorious. Now my husband is going to hang his head and sob at this post; he is a die-hard Mac lover.  But I’m a lover of deals, and HP is not only a better deal, but much easier for this mommy to use.

Speaking of deals, Walmart will have HP laptops starting at $298 on Black Friday.  The one I think is the best deal though, is the $398 HP with Windows 7 Premium Home, 3 GB memory, 320 GB hard drive and 17.3″ diagonal HDdisplay.   Now I’m just drooling, excuse me…

Posted: November 13, 2010
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Most of you know, because you helped vote for me, that I am a DealPro at SaveUp 2010 this year in Chicago!

I’m a small-city girl and stoked to be going to such a big place.  Got my mace!

Anyways, wanna have your holiday questions answered? Join us Saturday, November 13th at 10AM CST (9AM MST) for live streaming here– for DealPro Q&A: Anyone can tweet their holiday shopping questions with hashtag #SU10, and the 2010 DealPros will answer them live!

Then join us Saturday November 13th at 11AM CST live streaming here– Learn how to get the most out of your money this Black Friday with tips and tricks for saving and planning given by DealPros in a wide range of categories of expertise (travel, electronics, apparel, kids/baby, general finance).

Posted: October 28, 2010
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Halloween is once again on a Sunday.  Are your kids trick-or-treating Saturday or Sunday night?

I asked my neighbors, and we all agreed on Saturday.  What are you doing?

Side note: This morning I thought I was being super-awesome mom when I got a can of orange hair spray and sprayed my daughter’s hair orange, then put in tons of glitter.  I dropped her off at her preschool Halloween party and ALL the girls had their hair dyed too!  Hehe.

If you have any questions, email them to me and I might post them on Thursday’s Ask Cuckoo Readers segment!

Posted: April 21, 2010
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UPDATE: After posting on their Facebook Page, they did get back to me and sent me my dress! It’s pretty cute too.

I ordered a dress back in February from Shabby Apple – it’s now April. And I don’t have my dress. After several phone calls to the company, around 20 emails, I have no dress. I am not sure if they went out of business or what happened, but I would recommend you NEVER order a product from them. Worst customer service EVER!!!!

I haven’t gotten a new dress in 4 years.  I’m just not a dress up person and I wear the same skirt to church every Sunday. So for me to buy a new dress was a big deal.  And their dresses looked so cute, I was very excited to have my husband help me pick one out for my birthday.  Yet here it is, two months later and still no dress.  I’m beyond upset and I wish I had paid with Paypal so I could file a dispute and get my money back.

I was mostly excited to find stylish, modest dresses. These are not easy to come by.  So if you can recommend another company that makes dresses like these, let me know!

Ask CCD Readers: Any companies that have rubbed you the wrong way?

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