Restaurant Coupons

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If you plan on eating at a restaurant any time soon you will definitely want to check out this list of coupons to save on your bill.

5 Ways to Save on Your Restaurant Bill

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Bertuccis – $10 Off $25 Carry Out Purchase (exp: 3/29/2015)
Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/31/2015)
Buca Di Beppo – Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015)
Carrabbas – $3 Off Any Dinner Entree (exp: 3/29/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Cup or Cone (exp: 3/31/2015)
Cocos – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 4/10/2015)
Del Taco – Free Turkey Taco with Any Purchase (exp: 4/2/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/5/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 3/29/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $3 Off Any Family Pasta (exp: 3/29/2015)
Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 4/1/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 4/1/2015)
Village Inn – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 4/10/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this list!

5 Ways to Scrub Up Your Spending for Spring

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Despite a lack of spring-like weather in some parts of the country, the season of renewal and rejuvenation is officially here. That means it’s time to stop putting off your spring cleaning tasks and get things done!

While it’s important to keep your home tidy, it’s equally important to keep your financial home in order. Key to this is gaining control over your expenditures, which you can easily do when you follow this advice to scrub up your spending.

1. Polish Your Budget
As a rule, you should be reviewing your budget frequently. Spring is a great time to take a comprehensive look at where your money is going and make changes to meet your goals. You might find a recurring membership or subscription is no longer necessary, or that you’re spending way more than you realize on dining out or retail therapy. Ultimately, digital tools like Mint will help you quickly identify areas for improvement.

2. Eliminate Impulse Buys
Making unnecessary purchases represents a huge leak in your budget and must be plugged immediately! Recognize when you’re most likely to make an impulse buy, and on what; do you always grab a treat at checkout, or find yourself at the department store after a stressful day at work? If so, eat something before running errands and call a friend or go for a long walk to blow off some steam (without blowing up your bank account!).

3. Scour for Savings
By now, most consumers realize paying full price for anything is pretty foolish. Eventually, everything goes on sale, whether it’s a car, big appliance or the latest fashion trend. Before you buy anything, always look for a coupon or discount to reduce the cost. This can be as easy as finding a coupon code through sites like CouponSherpa.com, or holding off for a big sale weekend or end-of-season clearance to make your purchase.

4. Uncover New Strategies
In addition to coupons and sales, there are several ways to save money on purchases, and now is a great time to add them to your arsenal. While shopping online, you can use Ebates to earn cash on items you already plan to buy. Discount gift cards represent a great way to enhance savings, especially when you shop for the deepest discount through sites like GiftCardGranny.com.

5. Soak Up Rewards
Many of us use credit cards on everyday expenses to rack up reward points and offset travel plans or earn gift cards. This is a great strategy (as long as you pay off those balances!) but it’s hard to know which credit card will give you the most rewards for specific purchases. Enter Wallaby, a digital tool that analyzes your credit cards and recommends the best card to use to optimize rewards.

Guest post by Andrea Woroch, a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. As a sought-after media source, she has been featured among such top news outlets as Good Morning America, Today, CNN, Dr. OZ, New York Times, MONEY Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes and many more. For more information, visitAndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Learn How to Start a Blog

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I started blogging in 2008 and had no idea what I was doing to be perfectly honest with you.

My mom was moving 8 hours away and I wanted a way to keep her up to speed on the things that were going on with the kids throughout the year, and so I entered the world of blogging.

Saving Dollars and Sense – This Side of Eternity had an audience of 3 which included my mom, my sister and my one friend.savingdollarsandsense8x10 (1)

While I had started out sharing my kids artwork that they did in art class each week or homeschool projects like the chicken mummies we were making that were sitting on top of the fridge for weeks, this blog eventually turned into so much more than I ever could have dreamed.

I always loved writing and always dreamed that one day I would become a writer. I never imagined it would be blog posts. It didn’t take long before I realized this was a great way to share the things that were in my heart to write and I loved the creative outlet I had found.

When my husband received a fairly extended layoff I began to look for any and every way to cut corners and save money. Naturally I started sharing our journey on the blog as I had anything else going on in our lives.

And then from seemingly nowhere at all, I started getting comments from those of you who could relate to the things I was going through too.

Everyone was feeling the financial pinch of a busted economy and looking for ways to make their money stretch. And so Saving Dollars and Sense grew to what it is today, a place where we can learn to live a full life.

I have received many email messages from you asking how to start a blog, and I didn’t feel like I could even begin to explain it.

I would spend hours and hours searching on Google to learn every single thing I needed to do for the first couple years. I started doing everything large bloggers like Problogger.com said to do.

A lot of the things that happened were me being in the right place at the right time.  I made some amazing online friends that were willing to share what we were all learning to help each other build our blogs and that helped a lot.

We have come a long way from those early days, and today I am blessed by the community we have here as well as the opportunities I have been able to share that came because of this blog.

Because I would never be able to tell anyone the steps I took to create and grow this blog , I was SO excited when I was asked if I would want to share an amazing offer for Saving Dollars and Sense readers that really want to get started with their own blogs.

For a limited time you can sign up for this 4 week blogging class for just $0.99!

This same class is usually $25, so I highly recommend grabbing it today if you’ve ever wanted to learn to start a blog.

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Here’s what’s included for $0.99:

4 weekly online class sessions where you can ask your questions and get personalized feedback

A FREE Year of Web hosting! I’m also pleased to announce that Blogelina is able to provide each person who registers for Blogelina’s Online Class complimentary year of web hosting ($84 value)!

FREE Blog Set-Up – We take care of the techy details – so you can just get started blogging!

Blueprints, Step-by-Step Tutorials, Networking With Other Bloggers - Everything you need to grow your blog!

The Class Manual – packed with 60 pages of information that will help take the overwhelming out of starting your own blog

The 60-page Class Manual includes:

  • How to Get Your Blog Started on the Right Foot
  • Questions to ask as you begin blogging
  • How to Choose a Web Host for Your Blog
  • Why Your Blog Design is So Important
  • 9 Different Ways to Easily Monetize Your Blog
  • How to Draw Visitors to Your Blog
  • and so much more!

I really wish I had this when I was starting off, it would have saved me so much time!

Sign up and get started here.

If you end up taking the course and starting your own blogs, please come back here and leave me a comment so that I can check it out!

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Birthday Freebies Available for You!

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Birthday Freebies

Today is my birthday!

I thought that I would share my birthday celebration with you and let you know of all the things you can pick up FREE when it is your birthday.

The list is HUGE!  I suggest choosing your favorites from the list and sign up today so you can take advantage of all the birthday freebies when it is your special day too!

If you know of any other Birthday Freebies that you think I should add to the list, please leave me a comment with the details and I will add them in.  Thanks!

Restaurants

Applebee’s Birthday Club = FREE Dessert!
Arby’s Birthday Club = FREE Birthday Surprise!
Auntie Anne’s Birthday Club = FREE Pretzel!
Austin Grill Birthday Club = FREE Birthday Surprise!
Baskin Robbins Birthday Club = FREE Ice Cream Cone!
Bashas’ Kid’s Birthday Club = FREE Birthday Cake!
Ben & Jerry’s Birthday Club = FREE Ice Cream!
Black Angus Birthday Club = FREE Steak Meal w/ purchase!
Bob Evans Kids Birthday Club = FREE Kid’s Meal!
Bojangles Birthday Club = FREE Birthday Biscuit!
Boston’s Gourmet Pizza Birthday Club = FREE Birthday Surprise!
Buca di Beppo Birthday Club = FREE Brownie!
Burger King Kids Birthday Club = FREE Birthday Surprise!
California Pizza Kitchen Kids Birthday Club = FREE Kid’s Meal!
Captain D’s Birthday Club = FREE Meal!
Captain D’s Kids Birthday Club = FREE Kid’s Meal!
Caribou Coffee Account = FREE Birthday Drink!
Cattlemen’s Birthday Club = FREE Birthday Surprise!
Cheeseburger in Paradise Birthday Club = FREE Birthday Surprise!
Cold Stone Creamery :: BOGO Ice Cream Coupon!
Claim Jumper Kids Birthday Club = FREE Kid’s Meal!
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit :: Buy 1 Sandwich, Get 1 Free!
Dunkin Donuts :: Free Coffee!
Dunn Bros Coffee :: FREE Birthday Surprise!
Fatz Restaurant :: FREE Birthday Surprise!
Firehouse Subs :: FREE Sub on your Birthday!
First Watch Cafe’ :: Free Birthday Meal!
Fuddruckers :: Free Birthday Burger!
Friendly’s :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Gold Star Chili :: Free Birthday Meal!
Gordon Biersch :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Houlihan’s :: Free Entree!
HuHot Mongolian Grill :: Free Dessert!
Island’s Restaurant :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Island’s Restaurant :: Free Kids Jr. Sundae!
Jack-in-the-Box :: Free Dessert!
Jason’s Deli :: Free $5 Gift Card!
Jersey Mike’s :: Free Sub + Drink!
Joe’s Crab Shack :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Krispy Kreme :: 1 Dozen Free Donuts on your Birthday! (participating locations)
La Madeline French Cafe’ :: Free Pastry!
Logan’s Roadhouse :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Lone Star Steakhouse :: Free Appetizer!
Maggie Moo’s :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Marble Slab Creamery :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Marie Callender’s :: Free Birthday Surprise!
McAllister’s Deli :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Mimi’s Cafe :: Free Entree w/Purchase!
Moe’s Southwest Grill :: Free Entree!
Moe’s Southwest Grill :: Free Kid’s Birthday Meal!
Noodles & Company :: Free Noodle Bowl!
Not Your Average Joe’s :: Free Entree + Dessert!
O’ Charley’s :: $5.00 off Birthday Coupon
Old Spaghetti Factory :: Free Kid’s Birthday Meal!
Olga’s Kitchen :: Free Kids Birthday Meal!
Olive Garden :: Free Birthday Surprise!
On The Border :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Orange Julius :: Free Birthday Drink!
Outback Steakhouse :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Papa Murphy’s Pizza :: Free Cookie Dough!
Planet Smoothie :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Red Hot & Blue :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Ruby Tuesday :: Free Birthday Burger!
Sheridan’s :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Sonic Drive-In
SouperSalad :: Free Birthday Meal!
Souplantation / Sweet Tomatoes :: Buy 1, Get 1 Free Coupon!
Sticky Fingers :: Free Entree!
Steak ‘n Shake :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Taco Cabana :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Taco John’s My Town Mania :: Birthday Coupon!
Taco Time :: Free Kids Meal!
Tony Roma’s :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Tucanos Brazilian Grill :: Free Birthday Meal!
Uno’s Chicago Grill :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Weinerschnitzel :: FREE Birthday Corn Dog!
Which Wich :: Free Birthday Surprise!
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth :: Free Birthday Dinner!

Entertainment

Chuck E. Cheese’s Birthday Club = FREE Tokens for Kids!
Enchanted Castle :: Birthday Club!
Harkins Theatres :: Free Medium Popcorn with your ID!
Haunted Trails :: Birthday Club!
Medieval Times :: Free Feast & Tournament!

Stores

Anthropologie Birthday Coupon = 15% off!
Barnes & Noble Birthday Club = FREE Cupcake for Kids!
Benihana Birthday Club = FREE $30.00 Birthday Gift Certificate!
Columbia Sportwear Birthday Club = 20% off Birthday Coupon!
Famous Footwear :: Free Birthday Surprise!
The Children’s Place :: Coupons during your Birthday week!
Ulta Beauty :: Free Birthday Surprise!
World Market :: Free Birthday Gift!

85 Breakfast and Snack Freezer Meals $140

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Breakfast Freezer Meal Plan



Mornings can be so hectic for busy families already without trying to decide first thing what’s for breakfast.

Take the guesswork out of it and you’re bound to have a much less stressful morning.

My friend Erin has put together this amazing Breakfast and Snacks Meal Plan with 85 freezer meals and is now offering it for the very low cost of $5!!

You will get Recipes & Shopping List with Assembly Instructions, Exclusive Access to Instructional Videos, plus Printable Recipe Cards for when assembling & Printable Stickers for your freezer baggies – all for just $5.00! 

Not needing to think about what’s for breakfast all month long is totally worth five bucks in my opinion!

This complete package includes:

  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer & pantry
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Instructional Assembly Videos – exclusive access to special tips and tricks I don’t share anywhere else! {Watch a Preview Here!}
  • Full Recipes
  • 2 Sets of Grocery Shopping Lists
  • EXTRA: Make Ahead Baking Mixes Calculation Spreadsheet
  • EXTRA: Pantry Cheat Sheet – to post in your pantry for quick and easy reference to preparing the batters for the make ahead baking mixes. Tells you eggs, milk & oil quantities for each mix.
  • EXTRA: How to Half, Double & Triple Recipes, A Measurement Guide
  • EXTRA: 5 Grab n Go Breakfast Muffin Recipes

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I am telling you this is the way to go if you want to make meal times less about deciding and preparing food and more about enjoying time with your family this year.

I LOVE freezer cooking!

Being able to grab a freezer pack and dump it into the slow cooker each day makes me feel like a super mom and wife.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, check out this one that Erin recommends and works well with all of the recipes in the plan.

All of the work has been done for you, just head to Costco with your shopping list and pick up the ingredients you will need.

She takes you step by step through the process through video so you can see for yourself exactly how to be successful preparing 85 Breakfast and Snacks!

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That is breakfast for every week day for the next month or so done in less than a few hours!!

We all have those mornings. Some mornings run smoothly. Some don’t. But I tell you what…having homemade convenience foods stashed in the freezer really makes a HUGE difference and keeps me from pulling my hair out on those not-so-smooth mornings.

That is EXACTLY what this plan is about…homemade convenience foods. That will keep you ‘one step ahead’…of that kid that refuses to eat another bowl of cereal. For your spouse who has a LONG time between breakfast and their lunch break, so they need a protein packed brekkie. For you, who is on a mission to enjoy one smoothie a day (be in the morning, or an afternoon pick-me-up!).

Recipes Include:

  • 40 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Tacos – 5 meals for 4, 2 tacos each
  • 24 Sausage, Egg & Cheese ‘McMuffin’ Sandwiches – 6 meals for 4, 1 sandwich each
  • 31 Banana, Mango & Strawberry Smoothie Packs
  • 43 Make Ahead Baking Mixes
    • 15 Pancake Mixes
    • 6 Waffle Mixes
    • 8 Muffin Mixes
    • 6 Banana Bread Mixes
    • 8 Baked Oatmeal Mixes

Whatever it is, having these breakfasts & snacks put together ahead of time will help you reclaim and transform your busy weekday mornings!

You can find this Breakfast Freezer Meal Plan here.

100 Easter Basket Stuffer Ideas (No Candy)

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Easter is just around the corner and I know many of us are beginning to think about Easter Baskets.

I always like to include small gifts in my kids Easter Baskets. This way they are getting things that are useful and not just a bunch of candy, although I do include some candy too ;)

I’ve gathered a list of 100 Easter Basket Stuffer Ideas that do not include candy.

  1. Bubbles
  2. Sidewalk Chalk
  3. Movies
  4. Seed packets
  5. Sand toys
  6. Lego sets
  7. Basketball
  8. Coloring Books
  9. Crayons
  10. Markers
  11. Flash Cards
  12. Jump Ropes
  13. Craft Kits
  14. Knitting/Crochet stuff
  15. Earbuds
  16. Batteries
  17. Soccer Ball
  18. Trading Cards
  19. Water Balloons
  20. Frisbees
  21. Nerf Toys
  22. Water Guns
  23. Books
  24. Puzzles
  25. Hair Accessories
  26. Makeup
  27. Temporary Tattoos
  28. Football
  29. Instruments
  30. Gift Cards
  31. Video Games
  32. Travel Board Games
  33. Beach Toys
  34. Bathing Suits
  35. Beach Towels
  36. Rainbow Bands
  37. Card Games
  38. Chapter Books
  39. Playdough
  40. Bug Net
  41. Flash Light
  42. Board Books
  43. Bath Toys
  44. Socks
  45. Stuffed Animals
  46. Watercolors
  47. Art Pad
  48. Flip Flops
  49. Magazines
  50. Nail Polish
  51. Stickers
  52. Raisins
  53. Sunglasses
  54. Kites
  55. Wooden Airplanes
  56. Glow Sticks
  57. Personal Hygiene Products
  58. Bubble Bath
  59. Bouncy Balls
  60. Pinwheels
  61. Activity Books
  62. Popcorn
  63. Comic Books
  64. Slippers
  65. Money
  66. Lotions
  67. Jewelry
  68. Tonka Trucks
  69. Hats
  70. Fruit Snacks
  71. Science Kits
  72. Silly Straws
  73. Matchbox Cars
  74. Movie Theater Tickets
  75. Goldfish Crackers
  76. Silly String
  77. Sunblock
  78. Fun Toothbrush
  79. Jerky
  80. Barbies
  81. Silly Putty
  82. Hula Hoops
  83. Sippy Cups
  84. Dress Up Sets
  85. Pretzels
  86. Watering Can
  87. Gardening Kits
  88. Binoculars
  89. Baseball Mitt
  90. Beach Ball
  91. Play School Set
  92. Character Band Aids
  93. Action Figures
  94. Slinky
  95. Blocks
  96. Trail Mix
  97. Finger Paints
  98. Pajamas
  99. Magnetic Letters/Numbers
  100. Wiffle Ball & Bat