2014 Early Black Friday Deals

2014 Early Black Friday Deals

Posting a quick sample of pre-Black Friday sales to remind people that they don’t have to interrupt their post-Thanksgiving plans if they want to tackle shopping early this year.

Make sure that you check out my other blog posts where I have already shared some of my favorite Black Friday aggregation websites (find the best deals all in the same spot!) and tips and tricks for maximizing the day.

Leave a comment with the best early deals you have found or what you’re taking advantage of!

Retailers’ Early Offers

Some of the best deals I am seeing from Walmart are their LEGO sets although a lot of them have to be picked up in-store since they have sold out online.

Newegg is offering their lineup of computer discounts.

Macy’s Super Sunday sale is going on right now too!

Amazon for all their early deals.

Best Buy

30% off at Old Navy!

New York & Company

Ralph Lauren

2014 Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week

2014 Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week

My favorite time of the year is here and that’s Culinaria’s Restaurant Week!  Although we are a month out (almost exactly!), Culinaria is a local non-profit culinary organization that works towards creating opportunities to share food among friends, neighbors, and those in need.  It has helped put San Antonio on the map as a culinary destination not just layover.

Restaurant Week is Culinaria’s celebration of amazing San Antonio restaurants and this year there are almost 70 different restaurants and food trucks participating!  The participating restaurants and their amazing chefs have a set menu that you can take advantage of (much less expensive than ordering items a la carte).  I love it, this is literally my favorite time of year (besides the middle of May when Culinaria’s Festival Week occurs.)

When: Saturday, August 16 through Saturday, 23, 2014


San Antonio Restaurant Week benefits Culinaria, so your dining experience during Restaurant Week will be a charitable one. With each meal ordered specifically for San Antonio Restaurant Week, restaurants will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria and the programs it supports.

2014 Culinaria San Antonio Restaurant Week

How much for a fantastic meal supporting your local non-profit organization?

Participating restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu – encompassing a three-course lunch and dinner for three different tiers:

  • $15 lunch and $35 dinner.
  • $10 lunch and $25 dinner
  • Restaurant Week on The Move: $8 lunch and $15 dinner

*Reservations are not required to participate – but, are a good idea – and can be booked directly with the restaurants.


Here are the restaurants participating with an easy map to all of them to optimize your trip!

Make sure you follow Culinaria on Twitter here:  https://twitter.com/culinariasa and Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/CulinariaSanAntonio

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs


10 FREE Summer Reading Programs


10 FREE Summer Reading Programs

Check out 10 FREE Summer Reading Programs below some even encouraging adults to read!  In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers book, the author highlights the main negative education difference between demographics including race happens during the summer when “learning loss” occurs.  He explains how the kids who don’t have education support, incentive, etc. to continue learning lose a lot of the material their learned during the year.  Encourage your kids and their friends to read nonstop during the summer!

 Houston Public Library

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Houston Library

REGISTEREarly registration began May 1, 2014 and continues through August 1, 2014 at any Houston Public Library location during operating hours or remotely from a computer. Receive a free book, courtesy of Rosen Publishing, upon registration!*

READ or listen to books, enter book titles or reading time online and in your Badge Log booklet (be sure to ask your librarian for one). Go to your local Houston Public Library to pick up your prizes at the various book reading levels.

ATTEND hands-on workshops, enjoy performances and take part in activities to earn your Camp STREAM sticker badges (collect them in your Badge Log booklet)! Participate in at least 5 library programs ** and read a minimum of 5 books, to receive a special prize pack: a book bag and Chipotle meal coupon!*

REWARDS for reading include:

  • Registration: one free book and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 5 books or 5 hour level: reading certificate and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 10 books or 10 hour level: one free book and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 20 books or 20 hour level: additional free book, one coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 30 books or 30 hour level: one admission voucher for the Houston Zoo, and entry into a Grand Prize drawing to win a Nintendo DSi or a LEGO 8MP digital camera, and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.

Pottery Barn Kids

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Pottery Barn Kids

Books a Million

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Books a Million

Download the reading form from Books a Million here.

Borden Milk

BordenSummer reading Program Borden


Borden Milk is offering FREE books redeemable by entering the code on the milk jug.

Sylvan Learning Center

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Book Adventures

Sylvan Learning Center is offering another reading program option here.  Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your reading adventure! Site tour here.


10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Scholastic

Scholastic’s reading programThe Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2014! (May 5 – Sept 5, 2014).  Kids can register here.  Educators can learn more here.  Parents learn more here.

Half Price Books

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Half Price Books

Half Price Books talks about their program here.  Once of my favorites!

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed log to earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month.
  4. We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

Barnes and Noble

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Barnes and noble

Barnes and Noble offers kids FREE books.

Step 1.  Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).
Step 2.  Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.  Find a Store.
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!
More activities for parents and teachers here.

San Antonio Public Library

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library offers programs for non-readers, readers, and teens!

For Kids:

  • By reading 8 books this summer, you can earn a Certificate signed by Mayor Castro — and — receive a free paperback book to keep!
  • First day to turn in your log: June 15
  • Last day to turn in your log: August 31


  • Welcome to Teen Summer Reading Program where you can connect with friends via Facebook, share book reviews and comment about what’s going on at your library this summer. PLUS, you can do it all on your smartphone. Register here


  • San Antonio Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge is to read 4 books, any 4 books (ebooks and audiobooks included), between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2014.
  • All adults who finish the challenge before 5pm on Aug. 31 will be eligible for a drawing for a chance to win an eReader. 
  • Beginning June 1, you can create a record here to keep track of your reading, and you can post reviews of the books you’ve completed. 


Download and print out this summer: 2014-english-summer-reading-club_heb

  • Grab a pen and fill out the form on the back side of this flyer.  Just pick out 10 books and get started.
  • After you finish reading each one, log it in the form. Be sure to have a grownup put their initials by each book you’ve read.M
  • Mailing the form to:
    • H•E•Buddy® 2014 Summer Reading Program
    • 10530 Sentinel
    • San Antonio, Tx 78217
  • Your form must be postmarked by October 1, 2014.
  • In 3 – 4 weeks, you’ll receive the cool prizes for reading all 10 books.

50+ free things for kids and families to do in San Antonio this summer

Check out San Antonio Mom Blogs for 50 FREE things to do in San Antonio!



Pleygo | LEGO Netflix

As the mother a 10 year old daughter who has been obsessed with LEGO products for probably three fourths of her life, I was ecstatic when I received an email about an opportunity to experience three months of a Netflix like service, Pleygo, that allows kids to add LEGO sets to a wish list, and by a monthly subscription, receive new sets once the initial set is returned.

Pleygo | LEGO Netflix free LEGO coupon code

Awesome Features:

  1. You’re not charged if your child loses a couple of pieces…
  2. They send a bag of common misplaced pieces
  3. If your child desperately wants to keep the set…they can for retail price!
  4. Everything is ultrasonic cleaned before shipping!


Payment Plans


Get small/medium sets (up to 250 pieces)

$15/month, free shipping

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Get small/medium/large sets (250-500 pieces)

$25/month, free shipping

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Get small-large/ huge sets (access to ALL LEGO sets)

$39/month, free shipping

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Start FREE Trial Today!

Click on the image to start your FREE one month’s trial today! Start your wish list and choose sets from Pleygo’s huge inventory of LEGO products and get them delivered right to your door a la Netflix style!


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Kids Eat Free San Antonio

A post that I have thought about writing for years, recently requested again by a couple different people, was a centralized listing of all the places parents could enjoy a meal while their children ate for FREE! (My sequel post will be Best Kid Meals in San Antonio…) Click on the image or link to visit the websites and get more details about these FREE offers! (Always double check before heading out with a quick phone call though…sometimes restaurants change!)

See any favorites that I didn’t include? Let me know and I’ll add them.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Acadiana Cafe

Acadiana Cafe

Kids under 6 eat free every day off of the kids menu, with each purchase of an adult meal.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Babes Hamburgers

Babes Hamburgers

Kids eat free, Monday through Thursday!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Dickey's Barbeque


Kids eat free on Tuesday s and Saturdays from 4pm-10pm.

Dickey’s Barbeque

Kids eat free on Sunday and Wednesday!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Double Dave's Barbeque

DoubleDave’s PizzaWorks

Kids love pizza, and parents will love the free buffet with adult purchase on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Only children 6 and under can take part, though 11 and under can get the same deal on Sundays only. Drinks are not included in the promotion.

EZ Restaurants - Kids Eat Free San Antonio

EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill

Children 12 and under can enjoy a free meal on Wednesdays with adult purchase from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Firehouse subs

Firehouse Subs

Kids eat free from 4pm-9pm on Wednesdays.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - goomba's pizza

Goomba’s Pizzeria

One child eats free with each adult meal that is purchased. Valid Monday through Saturday after 5:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - grant st pizza

Grant St. Pizza

Little-known pizzeria has great food and a Monday evening 5:00 p.m. to close offer for kids 12 and under to eat free with each paying adult. Drinks are even included!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - jim's pizza

Jim’s Restaurant

A San Antonio establishment, many of the Jim’s Restaurants and Coffee Shops offer kids a free meal for each adult meal purchased from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - luby's pizza

Luby’s Cafeteria

Purchase one adult meal and one child eats free on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. until closing time.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - mama's cafe

Mama’s Cafe

Each adult who purchases a meal gets to have one kid eat free all day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - marie callender's

Marie Callenders

Kids eat free on Tues and Sat with a purchase of an adult entree.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - mcalister's deli

McAllister’s Deli

Kids eat free on Tuesdays with paying adult. Call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - perico's

Perico’s on Bandera

Kids eat free on Tuesdays, call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - porky's burgers

Porky’s Burgers

Kids eat free on Wednesday after 5pm, call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - rome's pizza

Rome’s Pizza

Traditional pizzeria allows kids 9 and under to eat free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with each adult purchase.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - texadelphia


The adults can grab a Texas Cheesesteak, and a kid can eat free with each purchase on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - texas land and cattle

Texas Land and Cattle

Kids eat free on Saturdays before 4pm!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - the egg and i

The Egg and I

Kids eat free every day, call for details!




2013 Mother’s Day Deals from Best Buy

This Sunday, May 12, 2013 is Mother’s Day! Are you ready? Looking for good gift ideas? What’s better than a photo frame that is 25% off!? For those who have moms who aren’t the most tech savvy in the world, a pre-loaded photo frame is a GREAT gift! (I also think this is a great gift for Father’s Day…especially for those working dads who don’t always remember to change out the pictures on the desk.)


best buy mother's day deal photo frame coupon

Even if you don’t have time to load the pictures before Mother’s Day, I think an “IOU” is a nice touch to make sure she knows you’re going to work on it later. (Remember, mothers always remember when you say you’re going to do something!)  This is also a great gift idea for grandmothers, teachers, and other loved ones!


best buy mother's day deal digital camera deals


Save 25% off these photo frames at Best Buy with the following coupon code: MEMORYMAKER


*Offer valid 5/5/2013 through 6/22/13


For those that are already thinking about buying their mother or a mother in the life a digital or SLR camera, check out these deals from the Best Buy that include a lot of freebies and discounts!


Did you know?



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FREE Shutterfly 8×8 Photo Book with select purchases of Best Buy cameras as well, details here


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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Kitchen Vagabond Book Signing | The Monterey

The Monterey and the San Antonio Chef Coalition are hosting a book signing for one of their own, Chef David Gilbert this Sunday, December 2nd from 10:30 to 2pm. People can enjoy the witty banter and sometimes explicit mulling of the band of chef brothers while sipping bottomless mimosas to those who purchase the incredible chronicles of David’s beginning years as a chef. (Review of the book to come soon!)

beyond the kitchen chef david gilbert kitchen vagabond

For those still looking for the perfect foodie or bookworm Christmas presents, a personally autographed 1st edition page turner is always appreciated! Brunch, bottomless mimosas, and book signings are the perfect way to start any Sunday.




Learn all about Chef David Gilbert at his website or better yet, follow him on Twitter @beyondthekit and start a conversation.

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2012 Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday has morphed from a day dedicated to post-Black Friday deals into a weeklong continuation of the shopping splurge! Here are some well known and lesser known Cyber Monday deals worth checking out this year!


Click on images to take advantage of offers!

2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • TODAY ONLY! Offer valid only Monday, November 26, 2012
  • 40% off everything
  • Free Shipping on all orders
  • Promotional Code: ICE


2012 Cyber Monday Deals


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • In-store and online, all week long
  • Discounts on clothes, equipment, GPS devices and more


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Kids sail 50% off in Europe
  • $1000 airfare credit
  • $250 credit onboard


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Ends Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Free shipping on orders over $30: SHIP30
  • Save up to 50% off, add an additional 20% off: EXTRA20


  • FREE SHIPPING* on orders over $100 with code: HOLIDAY


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 40% off select items
  • Free bonus items on select gifts
  • Free personalization
  • Ends 11pm EST, Monday, November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Free shipping, no minimum, ends Monday, November 26, 2012
  • Girls clearance here
  • Womens clearance here
  • Men’s clearance here
  • Black Fleece clearance here
  • Boys clearance here



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 7am to 7pm 12 hour Cyber Monday sale
  • SAVE UP TO 50% off any Spurs game in the month of January. Act Now! The earlier you buy, the more you can save!

*Offer excludes the Jan. 9th LA Lakers game. Click Here


  SAVE 50% 7:00am – 8:00am
  SAVE 40% 8:00am – 10:00am
  SAVE 30% 10:00am – 12:00pm
  SAVE 20% 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Rampage tickets on sale here
  • Silver Stars tickets here
  • Globetrotters here (Promo Code: CYBER)


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Free shipping
  • Save up to 30% off winter items
  • 50-70% off clearance items
  • Online only, ends Monday, November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Save 15% off with SAVE15
  • Free shipping
  • Ends tonight 11:59 pm PST on 11/26/12
  • Additional sale items here


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Up to 50% off cute notepads, magnets and great stuffing stockers
  • Free shipping: FREESHIP


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Need a new website? I used this site for my wedding website and loved it!
  • Free domain and $250 in ad vouchers
  • 50% off
  • Monday, November 26, 2012 only


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Extra 15% off
  • Free Shipping at $75
  • Promo code: CYBER
  • Extra 25-40% off clearance items
  • Ends Monday, November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 25% OFF $100+ & Free Shipping
  • Code: 25CYBER
  • Sale ends November 27, 2012



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Offer valid through 11/26/12
  • Free shipping on any order
  • Code: PCXZPP


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Take an extra 20% off with code: BLKFRI
  • Free Standard Shipping applies to book orders over $25
  • Offer ends 11/26/12



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • $5 deals
  • Up to 40% off
  • Free shipping: JOY
  • Ends 11/29/12, 11:00 PM ET



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 20% offer online: CYBER20
  • Ends November 27, 2012
  • Free shipping no minimum


2012 Cyber Monday Deals



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Spend $49, get FREE SHIPPING!
  • Spend $99, get free shipping plus FREE EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY SET!
  • Spend $149, get free shipping, holiday set & 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE!


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 50% off EVERYTHING online
  • Promo code: TODAYONLY
  • Free shipping valid for a limited time only on all orders placed at LOFT.com with standard shipping and a $125 minimum purchase.
  • $8.95 flat-rate shipping will be applied otherwise


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 30% off appliances
  • 20% off Christmas trees
  • Deals on heaters, lighting, and more
  • Ends Monday, November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Offer expires on November 27, 2012, 9 a.m. E.S.T
  • Save 50% off for 26 weeks subscription



2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Click on the image to take advantage of all the BLUE FRIDAY sales!
  • Offer ends at 11:59 CST Monday, Nov. 26
  • Save $20 off season pass
  • 50% off tours
  • 30% off camps
  • Interactive programs starting at $99


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Choose 5 Free Samples
  • Free Standard Shipping with all orders $25.
  • Offer ends on November 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • 300 values
  • Free shipping
  • Ends November 26, 2012


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Save 30% off entire order: CYBER
  • Works at Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy
  • Ends 11/26/12



  • Offers valid November 26, 2012 ONLY
  • Tons of offers!


2012 Cyber Monday Deals

  • Free shipping on orders over $75
  • 25% off holiday colors
  • Temporarily reduced bags


  • View all deals here – over 1000!
  • Ends 11/26/12

2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Although Black Friday normally starts on the crack of dawn the Friday after Thanksgiving (or sometime Thursday evening these days), here’s a list of retails who have already started their Black Friday sales!  Don’t forget to also check out my top 11 tips for maximizing your Black Friday shopping potential!

Click on any of the images for a direct link to the Black Friday details!

2012 Early Black Friday Sales Kohls

  • Preview Kohl’s Black Friday sale and add items to cart for immediate check out on Black Friday (I imagine this is to prevent Kohl’s annual Black Friday website outage…)
  • Promotional Code: BLACKFRI additional 15% off your order
  • Free shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent between November 21-25, redeemable November 26 through December 3.

2012 Early Black Friday Sales Kohls

Notable Kohl’s Deals (items must be in cart to see price reflected)

Ebay's 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


NY and Company 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Everything is 50-70% off
  • Free shipping, no minimum



American Eagle AE 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • American Eagle and ae.com is offering 40% Off Entire Purchase
  • Coupon Code 35787891.
  • Free Shipping on all orders to the United States and Canada
  • Now through Sunday, 11/25


Express 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Express is offering 50% off entire purchase now until noon, on Black Friday

  • $8 shipping flat rate
  • No coupon code required


Lands End 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • WONDERLAND with the PIN code 2126 to receive 30% off your entire purchase and free shipping with no order minimum!
  • Last through Monday, 11/26
  • Daily doorbuster deals too
  • No minimum


Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


  • Known for their VIP Tote, you can purchase for $20 with $40 purchase:
    • Valued at $111, VIP Tote includes Signature Collection Shower Gel (10 oz.) and Body Lotion (8 oz.) in the new Cashmere Glow, a Paris Amour Body Lotion (8 oz.) and a Paris for Men 2-in-1 Hair + Body Wash (10 oz.). This year’s beautiful bag also comes with a red shower sponge, a mini Cranberry Bellini candle (1.3 oz.), and our Anti-Bac Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Sparkling Pink Champagne (8.75 oz.)!
    • Promotional Code: VIP12

    Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


Newegg 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • 72-hour Pre-Black Friday Frenzy guaranteeing products featured will not drop lower on Black Friday

Some Deals include:


The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • get any 3 Items for $30 (up to $78 value)
  • Every $30 order, includes option to purchase the Joy in a Bag Mistletote, a 14-piece collection valued at $100, for only $30
  • Free standard shipping on orders of $50 or more, flat-rate shipping starts at $5.95.


The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


Target 2012 Early Black Friday Sales


Best Buy 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Best Buy is offering a handful of deals on sale from today through Wednesday
  • Check back daily!

Best Buy 2012 Black Friday Online Sales


Amazon 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Check out their lighting deals and upcoming deals!
  • Subscribe to their email, limited supplies

Walmart 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

As I will never step foot in Walmart on the actual Black Friday day, here are some great online deals to take advantage of

  • Free shipping
  • Various deals


Office Depot 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Save on printers, scanners, and other office supplies


Toys R Us 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Details about Black Friday here
  • 8pm Door Busters Thursday night
  • Check out their Daily and Flash Deals every couple of hours here

Free Treat Card Promotional Code

The past couple of years have been a blur. The past year especially, I have been working on work/life integration…that is making sure that I’m not let any of the really important things in my life slip through the cracks. Although I have been getting better with family stuff, my next goal is to really be a better friend. Be better about keeping in touch, sending little thoughts to let my friends know I’m thinking of. With only a couple days left before Thanksgiving, what better time than now than to send someone you love a card made specifically with them in mind. If it’s free, all the more better!

Treat.com is letting me share this incredible promotional offer with you! Only good today, Monday, November 19 through tomorrow Tuesday, November 20, 2012, create a totally FREE card for someone who means a lot in your life!

 Promotional Code: TREATBLOGR

Valued at $3.49 a card, this is a GREAT deal! Let’s face it too, we’ve all overpaid for a card that we settled on…that didn’t capture the emotion we were going for but got it anyways. Now is the time to make a card for someone that actually means what you want to say.

Check out these cute options and many more!

High quality images printed on high quality paper and send directly to you!  (My picture is a little fuzzy…their’s definitely are not!)

Socialize with Treat:

You don’t even have to be on a computer to customize a card for a friend or family member! Download their free iPhone app today!


{ Although Treats.com encouraged me to blog about this offer, I am always happy to share freebies with my readers! }

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Although I pride myself on being a good shopper, the holidays is a hard time for even the most professional shopper. It’s one thing to be the parent of the children you’re shopping for…shopping for someone else’s kids can be even harder! What will they like? Is it age appropriate? Will it drive the parents nuts (though I find that people who don’t have children worry about this one less…) Luckily Melissa and Doug take out all the guess work with their top 20 list for great 2012 holiday gifts.

And don’t feel limited to these awesome options. I really like a lot of the games and puzzles they come up with. My daughter has the hangman game which is very cute and great for long car rides to grandma’s house this year! You’ll no longer have to deal with paper and crayons getting smashed into the car seat!

Another gift for older kids that I saw recommended on another parenting website was the Suspend Family Game which is an aerial version of Jenga!

Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page here to learn more ways that you can win one of their daily contests! And you don’t even have to go that far!

Geekette Bits Giveaway!

I will be giving away the following gift from Melissa and Doug that has been a favorite of my daughter and I for a very long time!

Not only do you get an absolutely adorable Trunki, a portable suitcase that your kids can also sit on or “ride” during long walks across airport terminals, you’ll also be able to decorate it! I picked one that I thought would be great for a boy or girl.

Enter to Win:

@geekettebits I want to win @MelissaAndDoug‘s trunki! http://bit.ly/TbU2di #TerrificTwenty


{ Although Melissa and Doug let me sample one of their products my opinions are definitely my own and I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t love the quality and creativity of all of their products! }

Malibu Grand Prix | San Antonio

Malibu Grand Prix | San Antonio


Malibu San Antonio has everything you need to celebrate birthdays, have a party, corporate parties, events and team building, and for family gatherings. It’s the perfect place for friends and families to get together and cut loose with fun, games, and great food. With Bumper Boats, Go Karts, Arcade, Miniature Golf, Batting Cages, and so much more, there’s every way to play at Malibu San Antonio!


Malibu Grand Prix | San Antonio


More Information:


Malibu Grand Prix | San Antonio

  • Get $10 free game play for signing up on their mailing list here
  • Also check out incentives for kids to get rewarded for attendance, homework, and good grades here!



3330 Cherry Ridge Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78230



Here’s a coupon (expires 12/31/2012):

  • $14.99 for Three Attraction Tickets and 10 tokens or points


*And for parents worried they might get bored? Malibu offers FREE wifi! J

Savings Nation | Erin Chase

What:  Savings Nation, a workshop hosted by Savings.com

When:  March 30 from 6:30-8:30pm

Where:   Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio

Cost:  $5 plus a canned good (both of which go to the San Antonio Food Bank!)

Erin will teach participants smart and simple ways to save BIG at the grocery store…basically how to spend less making small changes to the way you shop, use coupons and meal plan. She shares top tips and tricks for saving big…all while being healthier (she’s big on cooking from scratch and eating healthy).


Erin Chase, founder of $5 Dinners.com, been The ViewThe Rachel Ray Show and ABC News. She grew up in San Antonio, lived outside the country for a while, came back and started her little blog…which sort of blossomed into a national phenomenon which led to a gig on Rachel Ray and two best selling cookbooks.


Register:  http://www.5dollardinners.com/2012/03/san-antonio-coupon-class.html

Why should you go??

  • Learn how to save 50% on groceries with coupon strategies for  local stores
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15 Daily Deal Travel Sites

15 Daily Deal Travel Sites

Is your New Year’s resolution to see the world? Are you obsessed with daily deal sites? In no particular order are 15 daily deal travel websites! Many are invitation only…fear not, I have an invite for you! Click on the image or link in the “About” section. About half are dedicated to just traveling deals (including packages, hotels, airfare, etc.) while others are subsets of larger daily deal sites. Definitely keep an eye out on your favorites!

Best Travel Deal Websites

Sign up and become a member of the sites today! I bookmark them all and open all the sites in the same browser window at the same time. I can quickly scan each site’s page for the latest and great deals. Many sites offer significant savings and packages. Always look at the company’s website to make sure you’re getting the best deals possible!!

P.S. And once you know where you’re headed, sign up for all the local daily deals for that city so you can be armed with Groupons once you arrive at your final destination!

15 Daily Deal Travel Sites

P.P.S I have included the Twitter and Facebook pages…you’ll want to start following them to get additional deals and offers made only to those loyal fans!


Travel Deal Site About Twitter Facebook
Travel Deal websites - Amazon Local Subscribe for email alerts for the cities you’re travelling to! @amazonlocal Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Groupon Getaways From the people that brought you Groupon local deals, tons of great travel deals, some lasting 24 hours, some for a couple of days! @GrouponGetaways None
Travel Deal websites - Living Social Escapes Living Social Escapes @LivingSocialESC Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Eversave Travel Saves Division of the Eversave deal site offering travel and getaway deals! Click on the “Travel Saves” link. @TravelSaves Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - KGB Deals Click on the “Destinations” tab for additional travel deals! @kgbdeals_usa Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Urban Delight In addition to local daily deals, Urban Dealight also offers “Departures” for travel deals! @urbandealight Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Jetsetter Check out Jet Setter and check out their flash sales for your dream destination! @jetsetterdotcom Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Haute Look Getaways In addition to all the sales at Haute Look, click on the Getaways tab for fabulous vacations! @hautelook Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Rue La La Rue La La also offers “Travel” offers, destination packages, and hotel deals! @RueLaLa Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Snique Away Another private sale site dedicated to travel deals, Snique Away rocks (and looks great too!) @sniqueAway Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Tablet Hotels Another private sale site, use this link to sign up for fabulous travel experiences. @tabletHotels Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Trip Alertz Trip Alertz offers beautiful destination packages! Sign up and find your dream vacay! @tripAlertz Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Vacationist Vacationist is a partnership if Luxury Link and Travel & Leisure to offer deeply discount trips people actually want to take! @goVacationist Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Voyage Prive Voyage Prive is another private membership site that you can sign up for with the link! @VoyagePriveUS Become a Fan
Travel Deal websites - Ideeli Ideeli has their own Travel section where you can check out some more great deals! @ideeli Become a Fan


Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips | Chevy Haul

For an entire week, I had the luxury of driving around a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, courtesy of Chevrolet’s Driving in the Heartland team, dedicated to the heartland of America! You can check out their website or follow their tweets, @ChevyTexan, for their latest adventures, offers, fantastic finds, and more.

As a savvy deal finder, I definitely wanted Chevrolet to get their money’s worth, I tweeted #chevyhaul like crazy and during Black Friday I managed to make it to 20 different stores, starting at midnight with my friend and fellow blogger Gita of the uber-fashion blog, Mimi and Chichi.

Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips

In preparation of Black Friday 2012, here are 10 things that every savvy Chevy Haul shopper should know:

1 – Do the math! It is very easy to think you’re getting a good deal on Black Friday. You wait the entire year for sales like these. The only day of the year Apple deems worthy of offering a discount…but to feel good at the end of the day, make sure you’re getting a good deal on quality items!

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

Walmart was offering an Emerson 32? 720p LCD TV for $188 but who could beat the quality and discounts offered by Best Buy’s Sharp 42” 1080p LCD HDTV for ONLY $199.99. Plus, with the Walmart horror stories on the news and talking with other shoppers in line, I doubt I’ll ever  visit Wallyworld on Black Friday.

2 – Map it out! With many stores opening at midnight (and some even opening on Thanksgiving day — too early if you ask me…) you’ll not only want to make sure you understand where you’re headed but WHEN you need to head there. Before I hit the road in my Chevy Equinox, I made a list of all the stores that opened early, in the order they opened here. There tends to be a gap between the stores that opened at midnight, and the next round that opens at 4-5am…this will keep you busy.

*Another thing to consider, visit stores more out of the way. Although the drive might be longer, the wait will be shorter and more variety will be left untangled. Especially for high demand items, go the extra 20 miles to a remote location that you know won’t be as hectic!

**Many stores open earlier but end the incredible sales before 11am or noon. Get there early if you want to get the best deals!

Click on the Foursquare image below to see the stores that I stopped at and the deals at the time.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox |  Black Friday Shopping

3 – Bring a snack! If you’re always snacking like my friend Gita and I you’ll want to bring some holiday leftovers (brusselsprouts and cookies) as well as some water and energy drinks. At every store we visited, people were complaining of hunger pains, impatiently waiting for the food courts and other restaurants to open. Crabby people make impatient shoppers who are more willing to just buy things they don’t want. Give your wallet a fair chance.

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

4 – Leave the kids at home! We were waiting in line at Old Navy, for 30 minutes outside (so many people showed up for the free digital camera, fire hazards limited the number of shoppers allowed in at one time…) and it was fairly cold for us Texans. In front and behind us were were sobbing toddlers, begging to go home. Finally, seconds before being let into the store, the mothers staggered off with their children. MAKE CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS! There are a lot of children friendly daycares, gyms, and play places that offer moms and dads Black Friday shopping drop offs, starting early in the morning until the afternoon.

*With the new midnight shopping time, I also noticed a LOT of tweens running loose at the mall. Apparently their parents dropped them off with friends, while waiting for their stores to open, you could see some inappropriate makeout sessions going on. PARENTS – shopping is not the only thing that goes on at the maul…I mean mall.

5 – Go big or go home! Some of the best deals that I saw being offered were in department stores! For all your houseware needs, Macy’s and Sear’s were the way to go!

  • KitchenAid Pro 500 Series Mixer for $199.99 at Sears
  • Macy’s offered 20% off additional Black Friday sale prices! Gita got amazing sheets, retailed at $600 for less than $250!

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

6 – Fight the Crowds! With the explosion of online Black Friday sales, who in their right mind would consider fighting the crowds when all of your shopping can be done from the comfort of your own home? I’ll give you one reason why. Every year, without fail, there are significant online outages or slowdowns because of the crazy amounts of traffic generated from the 20 million other people who want to shop from the comfort of their own homes.

I remember one year I spent 3 hours painfully fighting Kohls website, adding things to the shopping cart, trying to checkout with them, being told they were sold out or having my cart emptied prematurely. In 2.5 hours I probably could have fought the masses, tried on clothes, AND checked out! Never again!

7 – Keep it social! Above was a list of all my foursqaure check ins. Make sure you take advantage of all the social and in-store promotions being offered! Many Foursquare venues offered additional discounts to shoppers. At Old Navy, Gita won an additional coupon for being the first to bring up a nail file during a contest. Many retailers on Twitter offered their followers Twitter only coupons AND additional #hashtag contests. With everyone else busy shopping, the chances of your winning is increased greatly!

8 – Chevy-sized vehicle for haul! This year I was blessed to have a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox to haul around all our deals! Buy a new car, borrow a friends, clean out your trunk before hitting the road!

Our Equinox offered:

  • great gas mileage so we could go the distance
  • plenty of storage space for our shopping haul
  • comfy seats when we needed to give our feet a rest
  • hiding places so we didn’t get mugged (always be wary of your surroundings, don’t be sitting ducks…)

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

9 – Additional tips and tricks! Here are some more helpful tips and tricks for making the most out of Black Friday:

  • Sign up for email alerts from your favorite stores ahead of time
  • Buy the newspaper on Thanksgiving for printed coupons and tons of store ads (nice consolidated view for the last minute shopper)
  • Download a Black Friday mobile app like BF Ads that gets updated with new ads all the time, is easy to use, and works without an internet connection (mall 3g can be shady)
  • Shop the off hours! Old Navy was CRAZY and had a long line at midnight, but everywhere else we visited between 2am to 7am had virtually no lines! Traffic starts to pick back up around 7am…
  • Make sure you get a place in line. If you’re battling it out for the best Best Buy offer, get there early and get the ticket. Ask for one. You need proof you were there at 24 hours before midnight and not some random person who waltzed up when the clock struck 12.
10 – Shop with a buddy! Bring a willing and able friend (one who won’t make you feel rushed) to:
  • Stand in line while your searching for clothes
  • Run to the car to get coupons or snacks while you’re waiting to check out
  • Give you a second opinion on impulsive purchases
  • Let you borrow your phone if yours starts to die
  • Think of stores you might not have gone to
  • Keep you safe in numbers!
+1 more – BEST tip of all! I almost didn’t want to share this secret. I’m afraid that once it gets out EVERYONE will take advantage of it. But because I love my readers so much, I will share the best Black Friday shopping tip in the entire world:
This year, on the Wednesday BEFORE Black Friday, at my leisure, I went to several retailers and tried on the clothes that I wanted to buy on Black Friday. Waiting to try on clothes during Black Friday, especially at busy stores like Old Navy, Kohl’s, etc. is adding an additional hour to each store, at least. I tried on all the close that I liked, at my leisure, without them being picked over…and then I *gasp* placed them on layaway. On Black Friday, I waltzed into the store, headed straight to the counter, asked for my clothes, and walked out in about 15 minutes (the time it took to wait in the long line.) I received glares from other shoppers and looks of envy from others.
*There are some risks. Only one store that I went to had better deals the Wednesday before than the Friday of, but it did happen. Also, the people can always accidentally put the clothes back on the shelves (happened once on a non-Black Friday shopping trip…)

Driving in the Heartland invited me to:

So, what better way to ease some of that holiday shopping stress than by taking a brand new Chevy for a spin to get all of your shopping done in comfort and style? This year, Chevrolet will be giving five fabulous bloggers a Chevy vehicle to drive while they take on their holiday shopping throughout the Heartland. Three bloggers from Texas and two bloggers from St. Louis, Missouri, will be riding comfortably in Chevy cars and crossovers in the next few weeks, and you can follow along as they navigate the madness on Twitter using the hashtag #ChevyHaul.

Check out all the details here.

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways

Although the “12 Days of Christmas” normally occurs the day after Christmas, December 26 leading to the Feast of Epiphany, on the twelfth day, on January 6, the following retailers and talk show hosts are offering 12 days of giveaways, discounts, and prizes to get you in the holiday spirit!

Check back daily from now until the 12 of December (depending on the website…) and take advantage of their that day only sale or surprise. Enter to win giveaways or use special coupon codes! Online only.


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Godiva Chocolate


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Starbucks

Starbucks 12 festive holiday gifts



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Dell Computers


12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Netted



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - the Ellen Show

Ellen Show Tune in to see these fantastic prizes and watch all show long to see the names of the 25 lucky winners.

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Oprah

Oprah Twelve lucky readers will win the Favorite Things chosen by Oprah



12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line

12 Days of Christmas Sales and Giveaways - Thai Airways

Thai Airways 12 days special fares