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CouponKatie Giveaway & My Review of Waverly Collection by Hefty

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Just in time for the Holiday season Hefty has introduced their new line of Waverly tableware.  They contacted me and asked if I would like review them and then offer a giveaway to my readers. So, here are my thoughts. All opinions  are entirely mine.

First of all these are seriously cute.

They have a great color palate that can be used now through the New Year’s Eve party season. I really like that they are festive but not limiting.

For the review I tried the smaller plates and one set of napkins. (I am saving the bigger plates and other napkins for a Christmas get together we are hosting.) The napkins were absorbent and  cleaned my children with out falling apart. If you know my children that is saying a lot.

To test the plate, I loaded it with food and then walked around my house.  The plate did a good job, no bending or getting soggy. To me that is important. At large gathering not everyone is siting down, so I need a plate that can travel without making a mess.

Now, it is obviously cheaper (and greener) to use your own tableware for your parties. However, if you are considering buying disposable products I can honestly say the Waverly Collection products are festive and durable. I would definitely check these out.

To make them a better deal you can print a Buy Two Get One Free Waverly Collection coupon here.

Now to the giveaway! I was given two (2) Free Waverly Collection product coupons to giveaway. These two (2) coupons are valid for one package of ANY Waverly Collections Cups, Plates or Napkins. (up to $3.29 value) *Note these products are available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.
Here are the ways to enter:

1 – Leave a comment letting me know how you would use the free Waverly Collection products.

2 – Leave a comment letting me know you subscribe to the blog or follow Couponkatie on Twitter.

3 – Leave a comment letting me know you “Like” Waverly Tableware by Hefty on Facebook

That is a total of three possible entries per email address. Giveaway will close Friday, November 19th at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected.

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Staying Within Your Christmas Budget

We talked about Setting a Christmas Budget now it is time to talk about ideas for Staying within your Christmas Budget.

  • Use Envelopes- I got this from my mother. Every Christmas she would get out a pile of envelopes, write names on them and then put a certain amount of cash in each envelope. (She even had one for wrapping paper, ribbons, etc.)
  • That is what she took Christmas shopping with her. When the money in your envelope was gone she was done shopping for you.
    I do a lot of shopping online for Christmas but when I do hit the stores I use this system. Rarely in budgeting for Christmas do I add in tax but that can really add a lot of money to your overall budget. The cash envelope system takes care of that.

    It makes spending more concrete and I am not as tempted to cheat. If I want to buy something more for a particular person I have to take money out of someone else’s envelope and that just does not feel right.

    So, if you have a hard time sticking to your Christmas budget I highly recommend the cash envelope system. Plus, as you purchase gifts you stick receipts in each person’s envelope keeping them organized and easy to find if anything has to be returned!

  • Keep Track of Your Purchases. On your budget list (with names and amounts for each person you are buying for) write down each gift bought. Then adjust the dollar amount by that name. I usually subtract what I just spent and then write down the amount I still have to spend on that person. This is especially important when shopping online.
  • Consider Drawing Names- This works great with large or extended families. Everyone draws the name of another person in the family and buys a gift for just that person.  A reader had this good idea: My family decided this year we are doing Christmas Baskets. We all are supposed to purchase gifts that are 5-15$ each and place them in each others baskets.

Do you have any great tips for staying within your Christmas Budget? I would love to hear them. Next up, Stretching your Christmas Budget.


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Setting Your Christmas Spending Budget

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I know is it not even Thanksgiving but, I have been getting several questions lately about Christmas budgets. How much should they be? How do I set mine? How do I stay within my budget? How do you cut your Christmas budget?

All great questions. I will try to answers all of those in the next few days. We should start with first things first-Setting a Christmas Budget.

As a side note, I know everyone has different ideas/traditions around holiday gift giving. This is something THE HUSBAND and I had to work through early in our marriage. (I love to give gifts, he is more on the anti-commercialization of Christmas side.  We have come to appreciate each others ideas and we now have a good compromise.) I am not trying to talk anyone into change I just wanted to offer some tips to help you spend whatever amount of money you chose to spend on gifts the best way you can!

1.Set Your Christmas Budget. What have you saved for Christmas gift giving? What can you comfortably afford for Christmas gift giving?
As far as a dollar amount for your Christmas budget I would never try to throw out a number. It will be different for every family, for us it is different every year! Just make sure it is the right number for you or your family.

2.After you set your budget, make a list of all the people you would like to buy gifts for. If you have never written it all out here is a simple gift spending worksheet that might be helpful.

3.Make a list of all the miscellaneous Christmas items you will buy.
Wrapping paper, Christmas cards, stamps, baking supplies, etc. All these things add up and should go into your Christmas budget. Thinking of all of these things beforehand will help keep you from overspending.

3.Assign a dollar amount per gift for each person/ item on your list. Add those number up- if they are more than your budget you will have to cut numbers or people or items.

I know these ideas may sound a bit scroogeish to some of you, but setting a budget early on and committing to it will help you joyfully and freely spend whatever money you have allotted for each gift. You will not have to stress in the store about your budget and how you are doing, you will know. Christmas shopping will be more enjoyable.

Do you have any other tips ideas about setting a Christmas spending budget? How do you set yours? Do you have a budget?

I am excited to hear your ideas. I will post soon about ways to save on your budget.

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Procter & Gamble:New Coupon Limits

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Did anyone else read the fine print on the new Procter and Gamble coupons that were in Sunday’s paper?

I did not before posting my Walgreens weekly  deals because I had one deal in there using 5 of the same coupon.

Now it looks like Procter and Gamble is  limiting you to 4 like coupons in the same shopping trip. A “Like Coupon” is the exact same coupon from the same source, same value, same product, same expiration date, etc.

I am interested to hear your thoughts on this new policy. Here are mine (for what they are worth):

1. I do not usually buy coupons online or more than two  copies of the Sunday paper. (I have tried and find I usually do not get my money back.) So, this particular new rule will not effect me that much.

2. It may cut down on people going in and clearing the shelves when there is a good deal. (I am for stockpiling but you know what I am talking about.)

This does however move in the direction of tighter rules on coupon usage. I do not know why P&G chose to change the wording on their coupons but my guess is they felt like their coupons were somehow being misused.

Another reason why Coupon Ethics is such an important topic. There are plenty of good deals to be had without bending or side stepping the rules that manufacturers and stores set.

I know some people are much more concerned about this change than I am. So what do you think? Are you bothered by the new wording? Will this change any of the deals you were planning on this week?

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The Stinkiet Things You Throw Away & The WalMart Gift Card Winner

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Thanks to everyone who  shared all their stinky trash in the Hefty Kitchen Bags with Unscented Odor Block Technology WalMart gift card giveaway.

From all comments it looks like if you have potty trained children, do not eat chicken or vegetables and do not  then you will have a clean, fresh smelling home.  Since all of those things will be happening around here for a while looks like our trash will continue to stink.

Congratulations to Jennifer, the winner of the WalMart gift card.

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Hefty Trash Bag Review & WalMart Gift Card Giveaway

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I was asked if I would like to review Hefty’s new Kitchen Bags with Unscented Odor Block Technology.  I said sure.  Hefty sent me a box of their new bags to try and a WalMart gift card to giveaway to a reader in exchange for a review.  The following thoughts and opinions on the bags are completely mine, no other compensation was received.

1. They  do not have an overpowering air freshener smell or a gross “neutralizing” smell. They really are unscented. I like that.

2. They did an excellent job of reducing the smell of our trash. This was huge for me when THE HUSBAND decided to load the trash into the back of the van and take it to the dump on a family trip one evening. This has happened before and it is not my favorite thing to do (we have 2 in diapers!). I can honestly tell you while I do not want to become the one responsible for taking our trash to the dump these bags made it a more pleasant chore.

3. They did not tear. Neither the bag or the drawstring handles broke. I think that is my biggest complaint about the cheap trash bags we usually buy-they break. These bags stretched and did not tear. I really like that.

If you would like to try Hefty’s new Kitchen Bags with Unscented Odor Block Technology you can print a $1 off Hefty coupon here.

If you would like to be entered into the drawing for a WalMart Gift Card leave a comment telling us the stinkiest thing you throw in your trash.

1. The giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm Friday October 29, 2010.

2. The winner will be chosen by random drawing. The winner will be contacted via the e-mail associated with the comment.

3. Limit one entry per email address.

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Frozen Vegetable Recall: Kroger & Wal-Mart

Check you freezers if you have purchased frozen veggies from either Kroger or Wal-Mart recently. Apparently they may contain glass fragments. Here are the packages being recalled:

Kroger 12-ounce Green Peas (UPC 11110 89736). Production Codes of 1440BU, 1440BV, 1440BW, and 1600BD.

Kroger 12-ounce Peas and Carrots (UPC 11110 89741). Production Codes of 1960BD and 1960BE.

Great Value 12-ounce Steamable Sweet Peas (UPC 78742 08369). Best by dates of July 20, 2012; July 21, 2012.

Great Value 12-ounce Steamable Mixed Vegetables (UPC 78742 08026). Best by date of July 15, 2012.

If you have any of these you get all the information you need about the Frozen Vegetable Recall here.

Thanks to Judy for emailing me this, I can go days without catching the news!

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