Homemade Christmas Gift Experiment 2011

This Christmas my older sister and I are starting an experiment- homemade Christmas gifts.  You see, she has four daughters and soon I will have four sons-that is a lot of gifts!

We were having a hard time coming up with present suggestions this year.  Then we decided they do not need anymore toys than the grandparents are already planning to buy.

So, we decided to start a tradition. A tradition of making gifts. I think it will be fun to watch the presents grow and change over the years. (Hopefully for my nieces’ sakes THE HUSBAND will teach the boys some of his woodworking/building skills. They could eventually end up with some great presents!)

It was fun to sit and talk to the boys about what they thought the girls might like. They came up with some pretty funny ideas. My two favorites- buying them a pony or catching them a frog.

I decided to start off slowly. I mean, the boys are 5, 4 and 1 plus I am not the craftiest person you are going to meet. The plan is to make the girls no-knit scarves and no sew drawstring bags.

I will definitely keep you all posted on our progress. I have bought some of the yarn for the scarves so we are on our way!

Those are my ideas, I would love to hear what you are making this Christmas season! Feel free to share your past crafts or future plans- it will be great for inspiration! If this experiment goes well we will have many years in the future we will need ideas for.  Here is a the post and pictures of the craft we tried last year– the old standby Cinnamon Ornaments.  You can sort of see them hanging on our tree from last year.


Chili’s: Free Chips & Queso (Facebook Offer)

If you like Chili’s Chips and Queso head on over to the Chili’s Facebook page .Posted on their Facebook wall is a link  to request your coupon valid for Free Chips & Queso. The coupon will be  emailed to you and  is good through 11/24.

Free ebook: Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving cookbook

Another Free eBook! Download a free copy of Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving cookbook.
My sister-in-law and I were just discussing our Thanksgiving menu today, this may help me with a few decisions!


Thanks, Money Saving Mom

Saving on Thanksgiving Dinner: Coupon Katie's Deals from WBIR 10 News at Five

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation the classic Thanksgiving dinner will cost 13% more this year over 2010. Here are all the coupons and ideas I shared this evening on WBIR’s 10 News at Five to help you save on Thanksgiving dinner.


Honeysuckle White Grade A Frozen Hen Turkey (10-14 lb average weight)-$.78/lb
$1 off Honeysuckle White fresh or frozen whole turkey  printable

Green Giant Canned Vegetables-$.50
-$.50/2 Green Giant canned corn, peas or green beans from the 11/13 SS
Final cost=Free

Swanson Chicken Broth (14.5oz)-$.60
-$.50/5 Swanson broth can from 11/06 SS
Final cost=$.40

Sweet Potatoes-$.43/lb

Laura Lynn Pumpkin (15 oz)-$.78

Green Giant baby Peeled Carrots (1lb)-$1.50

Dixie Crystals Sugar (4lb bag)-$1.98

White Lily Flour (5lbs)-$2

Green Giant Idaho Potatoes (10lb bag)-$2.98 ($.29/lb)


Market Pantry Frozen Turkey-$.79/lb

Butterball Premium Frozen Turkey-$.97/lb

Heinz Jarred Gravy (12 oz) or Stove Top Stuffing (6 oz)-$.89
-$3 off Butterball whole turkey fresh or frozen when you buy (4) Heinz Homestyle gravy, Pillsbury Crescent rolls or Stove Top stuffing mix from the 11/13 SS or printable

Market Pantry Frozen Turkey Breast-$.99/lb

Green Giant Extra-Sweet Niblets Corn or Niblets Corn 11 oz Can-$.66
-$0.50/2 coupon from the 11/13 General Mills insert
Final cost =$0.41 each

Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup-$.59
$1/5 Campbell’s Condensed Great for Cooking soup printable coupon
Final cost=$.39

Ocean Spray Jellied or Whole Cranberry Sauce (14 oz)- $1.19
$1/2 Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce printable coupon
Final cost=$.69 each

Cool Whip Whipped Topping-$.99

Libby’s Pure Pumpkin (15 oz)-$1.69

Market Pantry Russet Potatoes (5 lb bag)-$1.99 ($.39/lb)

Market Pantry Salted Sweet Cream Butter (1 lb)-$2.49


Food City

Food City Frozen Turkey-$.89/lb

Butterball  Frozen Turkey-$.99/lb

White Lily Flour (5lbs)-$1.99

Cranberries (12 oz)-$1.99

Handi-Foil Roasting Pans-on sale Buy One Get One Free-$1.49

Pumpkin Pie- Kerns for $2.99 or Sara Lee for $4.99



40% off One Item at Hobby Lobby

40% off One Item at Michael’s

50% off One Item at AC Moore

50% off One Item at JoAnn’s


50% Off Two Fandango Movie Tickets at Half Off Depot

It is back again!

Half Off Depot has a great deal going on for all of you who love to go to the movie theater.  Today you can get two movie tickets for only $12 (a $24 value).

This is a great way to save half on a date night or a family trip to the movies or a girls night-so many possibilities!

The Fine Print:

Valid until January 14, 2012 and are good for one-time use only
• Redemption: Step 1 – Within 48 hours after the close of this sale, you receive an email from that will include a code that you will enter on Digital Doorstep’s website. You will also enter your email address. Step 2 – Your Promo code will be posted as well as emailed to you. Step 3 – Use your Promo code on the website to select your movie and redeem your ticket
• Valid for redemption on only and not redeemable at individual movie theaters
• Valid for use towards two tickets with maximum value of $12 per ticket (maximum total value $24)
• Not valid on IMAX or 3D movies

If you are looking for a unique Christmas present they also have a deal going on two personalized Disney Books.

You can chose between two 10.9″ x 8″ Disney Princess- or two 10.9″ x 8″ Cars-themed adventures: either Cars and My Adventures with Disney/Pixar Cars 2 or My Adventures with Disney Princess Collection and My Adventures with Disney Princess Collection You then get to personalize the actual stories with your child’s name, birthday, neighborhood and friends!

Long List of Veteran's Day Deals and Freebies

Here is a really long list of deals and freebies available this week to celebrate our veterans! Remember, you should always call your local store to make sure they are participating.

If you know of any other deals going on locally or nationwide please leave a comment and share!

On November 11th, 7-Eleven, Inc. is saluting active, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel and their immediate families with Free, small Slurpee drinks between 11AM and 7PM. Must present proof of current or former U.S. military service for free drink.

Come into any Applebee’s restaurant on November 11th and show proof of service and get a Free Signature Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Entrees include Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, 7 oz. House Sirloin, Chicken Tenders Platter, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger, Oriental Chicken Salad, and Double Crunch Shrimp. Beverages and gratuity no included. Proof of service is required. Participating locations only.You can see more information and find an Applebee’s near you here.

Bed & Breakfast Promotion:
Veterans and active duty military can get a Free night’s stay at select bed & breakfasts on November 11th.

Brides Across America:
Nationwide Military 2011 Wedding Gown Giveaway Event from November 9th-20th (varies depending on location). If you are military bride, you can get a free bridal gown in select areas if you meet these criteria. Each store will be preparing a select number of gown to give away. Most of the gowns are samples and overstocks and are worth approximately $500 to $3000. Dresses range in sizes from 4-22 and will be given away on a first-come, first serve basis as long as you qualify. You can read all the details here.

Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount November 11th-15th on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Receive employee discount to all Veterans, active-duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel November 11th and 12th. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%, depending on the item. Contact your local Cabella’s store for more details.

Car Wash Promotion:
Find participating locations of where Veteran’s can get a Free Car Wash on November 11th.

On Friday, November 11th, Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 Free meals. This offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2011 at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service. Find a Chili’s near you.

Dollar General:
On November 11th, all veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families will receive a 10 percent discount at Dollar General. The coupon may be found in store circular ads or by asking a sales associate.

Famous Dave’s:
On November 11th, in honor of Veterans Day, Famous Dave’s would like to thank all former and current military personnel for their dedication and commitment to our country. Please see the list here for offers and deals by location. (For Knoxville the deal is-Free Two Meat Salute – choose two different meats served with corn bread muffin, corn-on-the-cob and your choice of one side

Fashion Bug:
Get 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or spouse’s military ID. Contact your local store for more details.

Foot Locker:
Veterans, Service members (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20% discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports, even on sale items.

Golden Corral:
The 10th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 14th, 2011 from 5PM to 9PM in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. See details for free Golden Corral here.


Home Depot:
Receive a 10% discount to all Veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Hooter’s is serving up a free meal to military veterans all day on Veterans Day, November 11th. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Choose one of the new specialty items on the Hooter’s menu. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required.

Krispy Kreme:
Get a Free doughnut on Friday, November 11th! Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Friday November 11th. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.

All veterans receive the 10% discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only and is limited to in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000.

National Parks:
To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veteran’s Day weekend November 11th-13th, 2011. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.

Olive Garden:
On Friday, November 11th, all veterans and active duty military are invited to enjoy a Free entree during regular business hours. ID required. Go here to see Olive Garden menu options and for more details.

Outback Steakhouse:
Outback is honoring our Veterans and Active Military with a Free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola from November 7th-November 11th in celebration of Veterans Day. The Free Bloomin’ Onion® and Coca-Cola® promotion is open to Military Personnel who have one of the following forms of identification on November 7-11, 2011: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW), DD214 Certificate, Veteran Identification Card (VIC), Photograph in Uniform or Wearing Uniform.

Sam’s Club:
Sam’s Club® locations nationwide will distribute 36,000 Hugo® canes Free of charge on November 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2011 to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Limited quantities available, while supplies last. Sam’s Club® Membership is not required, but proof of military service may be required. Go here for more information.

Bring a veteran or active duty military to Shoney’s on Friday, November 11th from 6AM to 2PM receive a Free Buffet with the purchase of a regularly-priced buffet! Go here to find a Shoney’s restaurant near you.

Sport Clips:
Get a Free haircut to active-duty military & veterans. Offer only available at select locations. Contact your local store to verify local participation in this promotion.

Select Subway locations will offer a Free six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Call your local store to verify participation in this promotion.

Texas Roadhouse:
Veterans can get a free meal on Friday, November 11th. Offer varies by location. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.

T.G.I. Friday’s:
Buy one get one free meal from November 11th through November 14th at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. Contact your local store for more details.

Thanks, Hip2Save

13 Free Blockbuster Express Rental Codes

Here are 13  Blockbuster Express free rental codes! These are good for a free $1, one night DVD rental at a Blockbuster Express near you. Each code can be used once per debit or credit card. These codes should be valid through 11/11/11


Thanks, Free Snatcher