Saving on everyday items to reach a goal

You will find helpful hints to save on everyday items so you can make the most of your money whether it is for Disney or for any other goal.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tasty Tuesday--great snacks at WDW

Today's tip is all about the tasty treats you can find at WDW.  While it won't cover all of them, it will cover some of the best.  I'm sure another Tasty Tuesday will cover more. 

1.  Popcorn in a bucket--this has to rank as my number one favorite treat at WDW.  I also love the buckets (shhhh... don't tell my family I have a ton of these in the cabinet!).  It sells at the entrances of each park and makes a great portable snack that you can carry back to your resort.  This has to be the best popcorn of all.  It's great hot, but it's also really good on the long ride home when it's cold.  I also use the buckets for saving change for my next WDW adventure.

2.  Turkey legs--I know this sounds awful, but you just have to try one!  They are awesome!  If you love ham, then these turkey legs will make you so happy.  It must be something in the way they smoke them, because you just can't find them like this anywhere else (I've tried!).  They are huge, juicy, wonderful treats that are too big for most people to eat so you might want to think of sharing.  You can't imagine how many times I've been asked where did I buy that huge thing while sitting around eating them.  YUM!

3.  Chocolate covered strawberries-- Now, if you need a sweet treat, then this has to be at the top of the list.  These aren't just any strawberries--they are huge!  They are about three times the size of normal strawberries and are covered in the most awesome chocolates.  You can find them at several places, such as Goofy's Candy Company at DTD, the candy store on Main Street, and many of the resort buffets and/or concierge lounges (such as AKLtaht I will be trying out in only 49 more days!!)

Now that I'm hungry, I think it's time for some breakfast while I think of the next installment for Tasty Tuesday!

Friday, May 27, 2011

If you like Etsy, you'll love Heartsy!

Heartsy - Daily deals on fabulous handmade items, at least 50% off.

Heartsy is a new way to purchase Etsy items for up to 60% off.  There are many great options of items to buy, and the members of Heartsy decide which items will be offered next.  Today's featured deal is $9 for $20 credit at Karmachrochet.  There are many other deals offered today too but since all deals are limited, check them often so you don't miss your favorite Etsy store. Check them out and see what great items you can find.

Do you like receiving magazines and want them for cheap?

I don't know anyone who wants to pay full price for magazines.  I know I sure don't.  If you love receiving magazines but want to get them for a reduced price, then Tanga is the place for you.  Every day, Tanga offers several items at reduced prices.  The normal Tanga price is already reduced, but if you look at the Tanga button on the left sidebar of this blog, you will see a link to Tanga.  That link provides the coupon code to get the daily magazine deal for super cheap.  Just click on the link and purchase the magazine for the reduced rate.  You may buy up to 3 or 4 years (depending on the magazine) at the reduced rate.  Check out the link to the left for today's deal--Scholastic's Parent and Child magazine for only $3.99/year.

Do you love Soft Scrub?


If you love Soft Scrub cleaners, then the Soft Scrub Club just might be for you!  By joining the Soft Scrub Club, you can get all the inside information about the newest Soft Scrub products as well as join the online community and have access to great coupons off your favorite Soft Scrub products.  Right now, there are several high value coupons you could print for your next shopping adventure.  Check it out!

Frugal Fridays--The Boardwalk

Not everything at Walt Disney World costs as much as tickets and staying at the Grand Floridian.  There are many free or cheap things you can do at WDW to have fun and most importantly, make memories.  Unless you've stayed at one of the EPCOT area resorts, today's tip may be one you didn't know was available.  Although you may have heard of Disney's Boardwalk Inn, you may not fully realize what is available there-especially if you've been by there in the day time. 

If you've been in the evening, then you have seen the fun side of the Boardwalk!

Disney's Boardwalk comes to life in the evenings and there are many fun things to do and see there.  There are carnival type games to play, snacks to buy like popcorn or a donut from the Boardwalk Bakery, and even surrys that you can rent to ride around the EPCOT area resorts.  You can watch a magician or see the man that climbs the ladder--without it being propped on anything! (that part was most interesting, but kind of scary watching him!)  If you are over 21, you can go to Jellyrolls or Atlantic Dance Hall.  Just past there, on the way to the Swan and Dolphin, you will find an area that looks like a bridge.  If you stand there at the right time of the night, you just might get a glimpse of the EPCOT fireworks from Illuminations.  If the game is on and you want to see it, head on over to the ESPN Club and get your game on! 

If you have some free time one afternoon and are looking for something fun to do for cheap, head on over to the Boardwalk for some great Frugal Fun!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crowdtap-a new way to earn rewards and sample new items!

Do you love to try new products before you buy them?  Do you like to know the scoop on items coming out soon?  Do you like to earn Amazon gift certificates?  If so, Crowdtap may be just what you are looking for!  Crowdtap is by invite only right now, so click on any of the links in this post to go straight to the sign up page.  It costs nothing to join but is a great way to earn points that you can cash in for your favorite charity or for Amazon gift cards.  I signed up two days ago and already have over 2,000 points by answering quick questions!

Check out Crowdtap for a great way to earn a little extra for yourself today! 

Tips and Tricks on Thursday

Today's tip is a good one for when you are planning your Disney trip and when you arrive and first see that beautiful castle standing in front of you.  The tip is RELAX!  It sounds so simple, but is the hardest thing you will do. 

Planning your trip can be super overwhelming whether this is your first trip or your thousandth.  There are so many choices to make with the resort types, themes, on site, off-site, which parks, what time of year, etc...  It just goes on and on and as much as you want this to be THE perfect trip, you also don't want to miss a thing.  Well, just know ahead of time, you will miss lots of things!  Even after I've been there over 200 times, there are still things I haven't done and seen yet and that is what makes it so special-that I can go back time after time and it never gets old. 

The best way for you to relax when you get to WDW is to plan by the theory of what is most important, not seeing and doing it all.  You will stand a better chance of relaxing if you plan this way.  Make a list of what is important.  Start with the things you must do and go down in priority.  If it's important that you see Haunted Mansion, put that at the top of your list and make sure you get it done.  If it's important that your resort choice have a pool slide, then choose from the moderate or deluxe categories. 

So for today, your plan should include relaxing.  Just relax and know that there will be more to see on other visits and take your time doing the things you must do.  Anything extra is just a bonus! 

Have a magical day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

BuyWithMe--a new daily deals site

BuyWithMe is a new daily deals website that will have up to 90% off your favorite places.  Right now, the locations are limited to Boston, NYC, San Diego, DC, Phoenix, Philly, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Austin, but more locations are coming soon.  Some deals are online, so even if a city close to you is not listed, check them out see all the great deals they offer.

A reminder--Swagbucks fun this week

Search & Win

Swagbucks, the best place to get free stuff from searching and more is celebrating Memorial Day next week with a special Score Four and Twenty Swag Bucks promotion - they'll have 4 special Limited Edition collector's bills available, and if you can snag all four by the end of Thursday, you'll get a bonus 20 Swag Bucks. ALSO, this Thursday they're have a Swag Code Extravaganza, a day filled with fun, games and the opportunity to snag over 40 Swag Bucks worth of codes throughout the day. Be sure to visit Swagbucks all this week for opportunities to win big!

Not a member yet? Sign up through my referral link and enter the code MEMORIALDAY when prompted - it'll pad your account with an extra 50 Swag Bucks on top of the 30 that everyone starts with. Get started earning your reward points today!

Wild Wednesday!-Animal Kingdom

Wild!  That's what I think about when I get to Animal Kingdom!  Animal Kingdom is always so much fun and my favorite part of Animal Kingdom has to be Festival of the Lion King.  I love that show!  It gives me chill bumps to think about it.  It's so refreshing and fun.

If you haven't been before, stop by and it will be something you will never forget.  The four main cast members make it very memorable with their larger than life personalities and the other cast members know how to back them up perfectly.  From the beginning to the end, it is mesmerizing making Festival of the Lion King our Wild Wednesday moment of the day.  For more information, check Disney's site here.

Tip:  Sit down front if you have small children that would like to participate. 

Hakuna Matata!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Magic Kingdom Monday

Mondays are always a little wild so I thought we could start off the week with the Magic Kingdom to brighten the day.  Nothing puts me in the mood more than seeing Cinderella Castle bright and early in the morning. 

Did you know you could get into the Magic Kingdom before it opens and be just about the only ones taking that awesome walk down Main Street?  For an extra special way to start off the day, you can book an early breakfast at Crystal Palace or at Cinderella's Royal Table an hour before the park opens and have it all to yourself.  You can't go around the park checking things out, but if you want to stop and take that most perfect picture of the castle with your family while there's not much chance of having unknown people walking in front of your camera, this is a great opportunity.  The breakfasts are always great too and you would have a great time with the characters at these character breakfasts.

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, Crystal Palace is one table service credit and Cinderella's Royal Table is two table service credits.

Happy Monday!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Levi's and Dockers Friends and Family-30% off!

Levi's is celebrating the 138th birthday of jeans by offering a 30% off code until 5/23/2011.  When ordering on either or on and entering code FRIENDS at check out, you will receive 30% off your purchase. 

Happy birthday blue jeans!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Swagbucks fun all next week while earning great prizes

Search & Win

Swagbucks, the best place to get free stuff from searching and more is celebrating Memorial Day next week with a special Score Four and Twenty Swag Bucks promotion - they'll have 4 special Limited Edition collector's bills available, and if you can snag all four by the end of Thursday, you'll get a bonus 20 Swag Bucks. ALSO, this Thursday they're have a Swag Code Extravaganza, a day filled with fun, games and the opportunity to snag over 40 Swag Bucks worth of codes throughout the day. Be sure to visit Swagbucks all this week for opportunities to win big!

Not a member yet? Sign up through my referral link and enter the code MEMORIALDAY when prompted - it'll pad your account with an extra 50 Swag Bucks on top of the 30 that everyone starts with. Get started earning your reward points today!

Friday blog hops- Do you want to hop with us?

What fun for a Friday!  Join us and like as many as you can :)  Have a great day!

Smart and Trendy Moms

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What coupons are in the newspaper this weekend?

Do you wonder what coupons are in the newspaper each weekend and want to know if it's even worth your time to get them?  I am always wanting to know this and have found a great place to find out what is coming up each week.  We Use Coupons has a list of coupons before they come out so you have plenty of time to plan your strategies and know just how many papers you will need.  Most weeks, I buy 4 papers, but some weeks I buy many more and may order inserts from an online source.  Click here to get to the lists of coupons for this weekend's paper.

You can also find information on what the next week's ads are for most stores so you can plan where to best use all those coupons from the next newspaper.  Happy Shopping!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Getting married soon? Tanga can help!

Today's Tanga magazine deal is for Bridal Guide magazine.  You can get it for only $3.99/year if you use the code BRIDAL as the discount code when checking out.  I order lots of magazines from Tanga.  It's almost like getting them for FREE!

Tanga is a daily deals site that changes items at 10 PM EST each day.  Check them out for some great deals.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Better Homes & Gardens from Tanga for $3.99

Tanga is always a great place to find magazine deals.  Today, there is a great deal on Better Homes & Gardens for only $3.99 when you use  the code HOMES.  Check out Tanga daily to get more great deals every day!  The deals change daily at 10 PM.

You can also find a link to check Tanga daily on the left sidebar of Loving Disney's home page.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waking Up Disney

Waking up at Walt Disney World is one of those Ahhh moments.  When your eyes open and you see that distinctive resort decor, you just know you have arrived.  It's relaxing and exciting all in one and you wake up with a smile on your face.  Then it dawns on you!  You can't be laying around in that bed all day--you have a theme park to go to!  It will open in less than two hours and you must be at rope drop.  It's time to get a nice warm shower (let that water hit those feet a little extra today-they're going to need that TLC) and finish getting yourself ready so you can get the rest of the family ready.  No matter how old they get, they will still need you to get them ready too. 

With only a little over an hour to spare, you rush down to the restaurant or food court and grab a quick but nutritious bite to eat and that all important cup of coffee.  Mickey Waffles seem to start the day off with a bang and atleast one person in our family always ends up ordering that.  After the family is done eating, it's off to the bus, boat, or monrail.  Isn't it great to know you don't have to navigate anywhere but right back to Disney transportation?  After a long day in the parks, I don't want to think about driving! 

With minutes to spare, you arrive--I mean really arrive!!  You see that distinctive site--Spaceship Earth, Cinderella Castle, The Tree of Life, or Sorcerer Mickey's hat and the Earful Tower.  That's the next Ahhhh moment of the day.  You have made it.  All the rushing to shower and tying of shoes, going back to get the tickets that you left on the counter in the room is totally worth it.  Enjoy your day at Walt Disney World and tomorrow, you can wake up Disney and do it all over again!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

$20 for Girly-girl dress up clothes-$40 value

Mamapedia Jacksonville or Orlando has a great deal for your little angel.  Through 5/13, you can purchase $40 worth of frilly dress up clothes from Girly Things for only $20.  Shipping starts at $7.75.  This would make great party wear, dress up clothes, or even Halloween costumes.  Girly Things will even customize your purchases if you would like.

Mamapedia is an information site for moms that also has "Sweet Deals" each day.  Be sure to check them often to find the greatest deals for you and your little ones.  Many items are online and can be purchased for any region.

$40 for a photo fleece throw thru 5/12

Eversave Jacksonville has a great deal on a 50" x 60" polar fleece throw that you customize with the photo of your choice.  The throw is machine washable and would make a great Father's Day or graduation gift.  Either way, it's a great way to show off those favorite photos!  With this deal, you also get free shipping!  The throws are normally valued at $90 but you can get them for only $40 and can purchase up to 3 saves.

Be sure to check Eversave daily to see what great deals can be purchased.  There are many deals for each area, but Eversave also offers online deals that can be purchased for any location. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Disney World planning tips: A magical place for a lifetime commitment

Do you know someone that has been a princess all her life and deserves that most magical wedding?  If you do, then Disney World is the place to be for that most special event!  Whether she's the Snow White or the Cinderella type, Disney has just the touches needed to show her just how special of a princess she really is.  There are many special venues that can be used for the service along with some awesome places to have all those wedding photographs taken.  She can even have the "trash the dress" photos done!  Cinderella's Coach can also be rented to deliver her to that most important event complete with the coachmen.  Disney can provide the most basic to the most elaborate wedding, and even have a desert party at EPCOT during Illuminations, or have a ceremony on the Disney Cruise ship. 

To see all that Disney has to offer for this most special occasion, check out Disney Bridal and choose her favorite princess to see the gorgeous dresses or Disney Weddings to plan all those important details including an awesome Disneymoon.

Six free graduation gifts from Vistaprint

Vistaprint is once again offering some great gift items.  Right now, you can get six free graduation gifts from Vistaprint, including photo flip books, invitations, or announcements.  Every graduate would be proud to receive these great items from Vistaprint.  As usual with Vistaprint, all you pay is processing and shipping charges.  What better way to get frugal gifts that are definitely well received.

Free T-shirt from Vistaprint

Does the artist in you have a great idea for a t-shirt you want to give as a present?  How about the nephew that is graduating soon or your dad who deserves the World's Greatest Dad shirt as a Father's Day present?  These are just a few of the great ideas you can use to create a free t-shirt at Vistaprint.  The only thing you pay is shipping and processing.  Even the design is free! 

Have a great time designing your free t-shirt on Vistaprint and browse their other free items.

80 Days of Georgia giveaways!

Georgia now has a Facebook page to give away prizes!  You could win tickets to Georgia attractions or even a stay at Forsyth Mansion in Savannah.  There are more than $25,000 in prizes!!  This is a contest that you enter each day to win the prize(s) for that day.

To check them out, go to 80 Days of Georgia and post back here to let us know if you win something!

Nivea body wash for free!

Do you still have any of the Nivea body wash coupons from the 4/17 Red Plum inserts?  If so, take them on over to your local Walmarts and cash in for some free Nivea body wash.  The price on the body wash is $3 and the coupons are for $3 so you get free body wash with only paying the tax.  Enjoy!!

Star Tours-The Adventure Continues

Have you ever been on Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios?  Star Tours opened on December 15, 1989 and has been a favorite for many Star Wars fans and many that don't know anything about Star Wars (like me).  It is an attraction that immerses you in a simulation ride on the way to Endor.  Well, not any more.  A new Star Tours opens on May 20, 2011 much to the delight of Star Tours fans and those attending Star Wars weekends at WDW.  The new Star Tours features 3D effects with more Star Wars characters present.  The old Star Tours went only to Endor, but the new Star Tours goes to several different places, so riding once won't show you all there is to see.  You could be on a magical journey to Tatooine or even Naboo.  But be careful!  You might run across Darth Vader or the Storm Troopers!

If you will be at Disney's Hollywood Studios before May 20, be on the look out for soft openings as there very may well be a chance to get a sneak peek while they are working all the kinks out.  May the Force be with you!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mickey loves the Military!

If you or an immediate family member are a service person, then Walt Disney World has just the "ticket" for you! 

First of all, members of the US Military can purchase 4 day park hopper tickets for only $138 each.  You can get the 4 day park hoppers with the water park and more option for only $165 each.  This deal is good through September 28, 2011 but another deal will be coming out immediately after that will run through September 2012.  The military member or their spouse ( but not both) can purchase up to 6 of these tickets all at one time, but not separately (like buying 2 now and going back to buy 4 more later).  The tickets can be purchase by calling Disney directly or by purchasing them at select Military outlets.

Disney World is also offering up to 40% off of resort stays through 9/28/11.  This offer is good most nights through 10/1/11 for active duty or retired military members.  To book this deal, contact the military ticket outlet or call Disney at 1-407-939-7830.

And as usual, Shades of Green is available for a reduced rate and only for military servicemembers.  Shades of Green also sells the discounted tickets and is a great place to stay when you want to be inside the Disney World confines but not actually at a Disney World resort. 

I hope you enjoy your time at Disney World but mostly know that we thank you for your service! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Free dining is back!!

What could be better than having a great meal at your favorite place?  Having that meal for free!!  If you have been wanting to go to Disney World soon and save money on yourtrip, now is your chance to book for free dining.  The new package is called Memories Vacation Package and you get a great keepsake along with your free dining-- a 20 page Disney's Photopass Photo Book (valued at approx $99--I got one a while back on sale for $74!).  This would be a great inexpensive way to do all those character and special dining moments for free!

What you get:
a 20 page Disney's Photopass Photo Book
Free Disney Dining Plan for Moderate resort, Deluxe resort, or Deluxe Villa stays (1 table service meal, 1 quick service meal, and one snack)
Free Quick Service Dining Plan for Value resort stays (2 quick service meals, 2 snacks, 1 refillable mug)

Must book by August 27
Available for stays August 28-September 24
Trip must be atleast 3 nights and have 2 day Magic Your Way park tickets for each person in the party
Ask for booking code QUH for value resorts or N23 for Moderate or Deluxe resorts or Villas

If you already have a vacation planned and would like to apply this deal, just call a wonderful CM at 407-W-DISNEY and ask to apply the code to get your savings today.  Hurry though because the rooms available at this great deal will book up quickly. 

To see more deals at Disney World or to find tips for planning your trip, please see my Disney World- deals and tips page.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mega sale is on again at Kroger!

Kroger is having anothe much-loved Mega sale with $5 off your total when you purchase 10 of the listed items.  There are many items listed in each department and combined with the coupons that were in Sunday's papers, the coupons from, and the coupons you can add to your Plus card from Cellfire and the Kroger website, the prices on the Mega sale items can save you a lot of money.   There are even items that will be free after the Mega sale price and coupons, like Nivea body wash, Ronzoni pasta and Kraft BBQ sauce.  Kroger does double coupons in most areas up to .50 or $1 so be sure to check with your store to see what the coupon policy is.

You can get a list of all the great Mega sale items for your area by checking out We Use Coupons.  There are match ups for each area (since Kroger has different prices for different areas) as well as match-ups for many other grocery stores across the country.  It's a great place to look when looking for any kind of deals, including drug stores or online shopping.