Friday, December 31, 2010

Get Deals & Earn Money with MooLaLa

There's a brand new daily deals site called MooLaLa. It's so new, the daily deals haven't even started yet. You will want to sign up right away, though. Here's why: You can earn money via MooLaLa.

They call it the PayMatrix. When you make a purchase, they will pay you 2% of your purchase price. When you a friend you refer signs up, you earn 2% on their purchases. You'll also earn 2% on purchases made by your friends' friends, your friends' friends' friends purchases, & your friends' friends' friends' friends' purchases! It sounds more confusing than it is; it's a 2% 5 tier payment level.

Here's the best part: the 2% payment isn't a 1 time deal. They will keep paying you 2% on those purchases forever. I suppose that could change at some point, but as it stands now, that's their policy.

My advice is to sign up for MooLaLa right away & start inviting your friends. Earn 2% off their purchases & not the other way around!

Thanks, Heather for the heads up!

10 Lessons We Learned in 2010

As I reflect on 2010, here are 10 lessons I think we, as a society, have learned this year.

  1. Clipping coupons is cool again. People no longer assume the only ones clipping coupons are 75 year old grannies with 11 cats. Couponing has become socially acceptable across the socio economic spectrum.

  2. Bartering is cool again. People have embraced the concept that they have skills that are valuable. Trading services such as income tax filing for yard maintenance is a win/win for everyone (assuming it is an equitable trade).

  3. Imaginary money is just that...imaginary! Raiding retirement plans or using the equity in homes "because it's a sure thing" isn't a sure so many people painfully learned this year.

  4. Downsizing doesn't mean downgrading. Whether it was a smaller living space, smaller car, or a shorter commute many have realized that bigger isn't always better.

  5. Free is cool again! Free movies, kids eating out free at restaurants, public libraries, etc...we're no longer ashamed to take advantage of freebies.

  6. Be grateful for the job you have. With so many unemployed people waiting for a job, the idea that "they can take this job & shove it" has become a distant, faded memory.

  7. Luxuries are just that...luxuries! People have realized that designer purses, exotic trips, home theater systems, etc. are nice...if you can afford them. Going camping is better than losing sleep trying to figure out how to pay for that trip to Maui.

  8. Cooking is cool again. Americans are eating out less & relying on processed foods less. Real honest to goodness meals at home are not only healthier, they cost less. And we're lovin' that (unless of course, you work in the food services industry!).

  9. Repairing items is often better than replacing them. People are keeping their cars longer, having tailors mend garments, refinishing furniture. etc.

  10. Save is no longer a 4 letter word. If you had told someone 5 years ago to increase (or simply start) their savings, they likely would have called you a worrier. Oh what a difference 5 years makes! People are saving money now; it may not be a lot given the current economy, but the notion of a savings account or emergency fund is something most of us have embraced.

These are just my observations. Feel free to agree or disagree with any of them. If you have another lesson you think we've learned in 2010, leave a comment & let us know!

(Image courtesy of North Folk Parents.)

Start Swagging Now For Next Christmas!

The end of the holiday season is here...along with the end 2010. If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, now is the perfect time to do so. Why? Because you have the entire year ahead of you to earn Swagbucks!

Imagine that all of your presents for next December were free. Yes, free. If you start saving your Swagbucks now, that could be a reality. I know several people that experienced that this Christmas (or at least, the majority of their presents were free). How would your family benefit from that financial relief? Personally, I used over $160 in Amazon gift cards this past year (not all at Christmas) & still have enough Swagbucks for $60 more.

You're probably asking "What's the catch?" I can honestly tell you, there isn't one. You create an account, use the search engine as usual, & earn Swagbucks (there are other ways to earn them as well, but searching the web is the main way). You then convert your Swagbucks into gift cards, prizes. etc. There is no annoying spam, no hoops to jump really is that easy.

If you want to reduce your budget for 2011, sign up for Swagbucks. You can buy virtually anything from Amazon, so get your stuff free using gift cards that you earned at Swagbucks. If you're going to be searching online anyway, why not get rewarded for doing so?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

$10/$50 at Loft Through Sunday

Go "like" LOFT (formerly Ann Taylor Loft) on Facebook. Once you do, you will be able to print off a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase that is valid through Sunday. Considering they likely still have items on sale after the holidays, you should be able to score some great deals!

$1/1 Coffeemate Coupon

Print out this $1/1 Coffeemate coupon & score some free or inexpensive creamer. Rumor has it that we're getting Albertsons doublers this weekend, & this would be a great coupon to pair with a doubler!

Possible Baby Alive Doll $1.24 at Target

It's being reported that some Targets have Baby Alive dolls on clearance for $6.24. Use this $5/1 Baby Alive Simple Care for Me coupon & get the doll for $1.24!

Target seems to have no rhyme or reason to how they clearance items across the nation, so YMMV (your mileage may vary) with this deal. Also, you may or may not find the correct Baby Alive deal on clearance.

Why would you want a toy deal so soon after the holidays? Valentine's Day, Easter, etc. are all coming up. Or stash this away for the inevitable birthday parties your children will get invited to all year long. Or Toys for Tots for next year!

Thanks, Mama Cheaps for the great find.

BMIM in 2011

Change is a comin' in 2011 for BMIM & I'm excited about it. In addition to what I already have planned, I'm working on my business plan for the next year.

So....what would you like to see from BMIM in the upcoming year? Are there features you would like added to the site? Do you have a story idea you would like me to cover? A series that you would like to read that would where I take one subject & break it down in a more in depth way? I'm open to all ideas.

Let me know what you think would be valuable to you in 2011. After all, my goal is to help you!

(Image courtesy of Office OFFline Comic Strip)

Today Only: 50% off Body Shop Orders

UPDATE: SheSaved found a code for free shipping with a $25 order! That makes this deal even sweeter! Just enter the code: NEWYEAR25 at checkout.
I missed this deal yesterday, so unfortunately you only have today left to take advantage of it. However, it's a fantastic bargain, so it's worth considering.

The Body Shop is selling reusable tote bags for $5 (who couldn't use an extra tote?). When you purchase the tote bag, you get 50% off your entire order. Plus, there are a ton of things on sale, some up to 60% off. Purchase the sale items & get an additional 50% off when you buy the tote!

Here is some aluminum free deodorant for $2 (cheaper than drug store brands!) that normally sells for $8. Or banana shampoo for $1.50 that normally retails for $8.99 (I've used this shampoo before & it smells divine!). Or soap for $1 that typically sells for $4.

This would be an excellent time to stock up on your eco friendly or organic products. 50% off can't be beat!

50% Off Everett Silvertips Tickets!

I am not a big sports fan, but I love hockey. This deal is exactly my type of deal! Through Sunday you can purchase 2 tickets for lower level seats at an Everett Silvertips game for $20 (normally $40). There are 6 games to choose from.

Here is the fine print on this HeraldNet Daily Deal:

  • Dates available: January 7,16,21, February 11,13,16 of 2011! Hurry for the action! Seating based on availability for your selected game.

  • Maximum of 2 Deals (4 Tickets) can be purchased

  • One coupon per transaction (one per visit).

  • Tickets can not be exchanged once purchased.

  • No cash redemption.

  • Can not be combined with any other offer.

  • Coupon MUST BE redeemed at the Everett Silvertips Office.

  • Coupon CAN NOT be redeemed at the Comcast arena Box office .

  • Expires 2/16/2011

This might be my first HeraldNet Daily Deal purchase. I told you...I love hockey! Purchase your voucher now to get in on the action, too.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Thoughts on Extreme Couponing

It appears my trepidation about Extreme Couponing was justified. While some of what was shown makes perfect sense, a lot of what was shown will likely cast couponers in a bad light. Let me share a few of my thoughts about this special with you:
  • Donating items you can get free (or very inexpensively) is always a great thing to do. I do it myself. I don't buy 1100 boxes of cereal, but hey...that's just me. If you can pick up an item for free, consider getting it, even if it's a brand you don't use. Food banks need donations now more than ever, especially on non food items.

  • Only buy what you need for 3 months. Unless it is a screamin' deal, don't go overboard. There will always be a similar deal approximately 12 weeks down the road. Buy what your family can realistically use for 3 months at a time. There is a fine line between stockpiling & hoarding.

  • Show others how you do it. Give a coupon to someone in a store if you aren't using it. Be generous not just with your donated goods, but with your couponing knowledge.

  • You can save money on healthy items using coupons! If I had a dime for every time I heard "there are never any coupons out there for things that are healthy" I would be so rich I wouldn't need to clip coupons (HA!). My family primarily eats only organic products. We almost exclusively use eco friendly cleaning products. Yet we save anywhere between 25-40% utilizing coupons.

One thing I want to make very clear is this: You do not need to devote 70 hours a week to couponing. That's insane. I write a coupon/bargain blog & I don't spend that much time on it. The very notion is both laughable & disturbing at the same time. Suggesting you need 70 hours to coupon does a disservice to anyone starting out because it will likely prevent them from starting.

Along the same lines, put your couponing in perspective. When I first started, I quickly got hooked on the thrill of a deal. A few months into my couponing adventures, I got sick....really sick. Like, in bed for 2 weeks, some of the days are a foggy memory because of the fever & medicine type sick. However, I do remember being slightly panicked a few times because I was wondering "What type of deals am I missing?" I'm pretty embarrassed to admit that. So take it from me, the sun will continue to rise even if you miss a deal. I promise!

Lastly, I debated on whether or not I should take any of the people featured on this show to task or not, but I'm going to do it. This is my blog, & I'm going to call 'em as I see 'em. Here goes: Amanda, shame on you! You would rather spend time running to stores for 1 deal than spend time with your husband or friends? You buy 40 years worth of toilet paper, yet you mention nothing about donating anything to charity? You purchased over 200 boxes of pasta, which you brought home to your own stockpile, rather than donating it? Now more than ever food banks need donations, & yet you have $15,000 worth of stockpiled items in your home. You have a $35,000 insurance policy on your stockpile. I'm going to call a spade a spade: You're being selfish. And a little crazy.

Amanda, now that I'm done chastising you, I implore you to seek help for your addiction. You seem to have a compulsion to shop; it appears you will never be satiated. Your comments "the bigger it is, the better I feel" about your stockpile or "when I look at my toilet paper, the feeling it brings to me is absolute joy" make me question your reasons for couponing. Is your self worth based on the size of your stockpile? Please, please, please consider seeking the help of a professional. You deserve to live a healthy, happy life...regardless of how many tubes of toothpaste you have.

If you have any thoughts about Exreme Couponing, I'd love to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment here or over on BMIM's Facebook wall!

Extreme Couponing on TLC Tonight

TLC will be airing a special tonight at 8pm titled Extreme Couponing. I am somewhat apprehensive about this special.

I love how they are highlighting people using coupons to stretch their budgets. I think it will show a lot of people that yes, you can in fact save money...a lot of money...clipping coupons. What worries me though, is that these people are not the norm. Nor are these shopping trips their normal shopping trips (at least, I hope they don't shop like this on a regular basis!). Here is an excerpt from TLC's show description:

"TLC will introduce four of the country's most coupon-obsessed savers who will do anything for a deal. Their game is simple - get as MUCH as possible for as LITTLE as possible. But these extreme couponers aren't just looking to save a few dollars here and there. Instead, they're looking to cash in on some serious savings and they're doing it by any means necessary - dumpster diving for coupons, charting weekly store circulars, creating elaborate math formulas and stocking up on as many products as possible."

This is what troubles me. The idea of "getting as much as possible as little as possible" simply for sport casts a bad light on couponers. There is a fine line between creating a stock pile of items that your family needs & hoarding free stuff.

I am looking forward to watching Extreme Couponing tonight. I plan on having an open mind when I do. If nothing else, it should be entertaining. Free S/H on $20 Orders!

Head over to Facebook & "like" Then click on the Weekly Deal tab; you'll get a code for free shipping on any $20 order.

If you think you can't save on orders at, think again. They have online coupons. Simply click them & they are applied to your order. Additionally, check out the sale items. Lastly, pay special attention to their fantastic Green & Natural selection. They have brands like Avalon Organics, Burt's Bees, Method, Seventh Generation, & more.

If you score a great deal, leave a comment & tell us about it!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

$40 Voucher as Low as $15

UPDATE: This is ONLY good for Pampers. I'm so sorry guys; I thought it was good on any items sold at My bad!

At 9pm PST, Plum District will start a hot deal: Purchase a $40 voucher for $20. If you're a new Plum District customer, you will get a $5 credit to use on your first purchase (must use within 7 days). That would bring your total down to $15 for $40 worth of merchandise!

Don't need diapers? No worries. sells all kinds of great stuff. How about this 18 oz. Klean Kanteen on sale for $12.99 (already a fantastic price!)? Or Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Soap in Lemongrass Lime for $8.99? Look at this cute JJ Cole Blanket for $29.95; it's 5'x5' & folds into an included travel case. This would be the perfect blanket for picnics, the beach, or to have in the car in case of an emergency.

Create your Plum District account now & get ready to buy this voucher right away. I'm guessing it will sell out very quickly!

If you've never ordered from before, they have lightening fast shipping. I received my order within 1 day when I ordered from them previously.

Free 64oz. Carton of CoolJuice

If you want to score some free juice, head over to Facebook & "like" CoolJuice (go like BMIM while you're there!). Then email letting them know you liked them on Facebook & provide them with your mailing information. CoolJuice will send you a coupon good for a 64 oz. carton of their juice.

While this juice isn't organic, it contains no HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), no preservatives, no added sugar, no artificial colors, & no artificial flavors.

Cottonelle Toilet Paper 42 Cents Per Roll

It's slightly embarrassing how excited when I find a great deal on toilet paper. One that is a great deal & is delivered to your door is even better; no schlepping required!

Amazon currently has Cottonelle Aloe & E double rolls on sale for $23.88 for 48 rolls. Use the subscribe & save option & save 155, bringing your total down to $20.30 or just $.42 per roll. This also includes free shipping (free 2 day shipping if you join Amazon Mom).

Toilet paper deals aren't very exciting. However, it's a necessary purchase & getting it as cheaply as possible is worth it in my opinion!

Thanks for the tip, Frugal Coupon Living.

Wow: 3 Years of Parents for $5.99!

This is a smokin' deal! Head over to Tanga & add a 3 year subscription to Parents magazine to your cart. Then enter the code: PARENTS at checkout & your total will drop to $5.99...for all 3 years! Note: This is for new subscriptions only.

Parents has been having 20% off diapers coupons every month for the last few months that allow you to get fantastic deals on diapers. If you have children in diapers, this deal would easily pay for itself.

Thanks, Mama Cheaps!

Monday, December 27, 2010

200 eBooks $5 Each

If you received an eReader this holiday season, pay attention! Borders currently has 200 eBooks for just $5 each. Go a few & start reading!

20% off Organic Prairie Steaks

I'm not a huge steak eater, but if you are, Organic Prairie has their ribeye steaks on sale for 20% off. The sale is only good today & tomorrow, so order now if you want to take advantage of this.

More Free Excedrin!

The free Excedrin deal is back! Fill out this online request form & get a coupon for a free bottle of Excedrin Extra Strength (max. value $5.99) mailed to you.

Thanks, Rockin' Deals!

Hanna Andersson: Up to 70% Off!

The big Twice a Year HannaSale at Hanna Andersson just got better! You can now save up to 70% off both in store & online!

Additionally, receive a Spring Savings card from an associate in store or with an online order placed before 1/2/11. Then redeem your card for 20% off Spring hannas (regular price) January 10th – January 30th.

This is a great way to save on organic cotton or Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton items. Hanna Andersson uses European sizing, & I’ve often found my daughter can wear their clothing for 2 seasons. Plus, they look amazing wash after wash!

I highly recommend Hanna Andersson & at these prices, you cannot go wrong.

Mexican Organic Produce: Is It Really Organic?

I'll admit that as much as I've researched organic products, I knew little about products from Mexico that are labeled organic. I wondered if these items were really organically farmed & if they were subject to the same regulations as domestically farmed organic produce.

I'm happy to report, the answer appears to be yes. In order for any food to be certified organic, it must meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) regulations that went into effect in 2002. In 2006 the Mexican government published their Law of Organic Products & regulations will be issued soon. What I found most important was this: any produce labeled organic that is grown in Mexico must be certified from a USDA accredited agency (there are at least 15 organic certification agencies in Mexico).
I always recommend buying locally when possible. This supports your community & reduces your carbon footprint. However, getting fresh produce in the middle of winter means buying produce grown elsewhere (unless you live in a warm climate!). Now I feel confident knowing that the organic produce grown in Mexico is grown in the same manner as organic produce grown in the US.

For more information on this subject, read this very informative article published by PCC Natural Markets. Thanks for the info, PCC!

$30 Worth of Kidorable Items Only $15

I love Kidorable! I think they have the cutest items & now you can get $30 worth of products from Kidorable for $15. Mamapedia was giving out $5 in new customer credit last week, so if you're a new customer, you might snag this for just $10.

My daughter has the cute Kidorable fairy umbrella shown above & she is obsessed with it. She keeps wanting it to rain so she can use it! You will easily find a way to spend the $30, so purchase your voucher today!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Little Caesars: BOGO Free Pizza Coupon

Score a BOGO Free pizza coupon from Little Caesars (valid through 12/28/10). You can either print the coupon out or have it sent to your phone.

I think the Hot N Ready Pizzas are still $5, which would mean 2 pizzas for $5!

$10/$25 JCPenney Coupon

If you're heading out for after Christmas shopping, here is a $10 off a $25 purchase coupon for JC Penney. It's only valid through tomorrow, so don't delay!

If the idea of going to the mall tomorrow makes you want to shoot yourself, don't. You can use this online by entering in code: ITSOVER at checkout.

Thanks, Thrifty NW Mom!

Toy Story 3 DVD Just $6.98!

This deal is only good today, so hurry if you want it! Get Toy Story 3 on DVD for $6.98 from Amazon! There are a few steps required for this, but isn't that difficult.
  • First, go rent Toy Story 3 on Amazon via Video on Demand for $.99. (This is a 48 hour rental, so maybe watch it tomorrow to fill some of the time left while the kids are out of school.)

  • Under the black box with the Toy Story 3 trailer, you will see this: "Eligible for "On Demand Plus": From now until January 31, rent this title through Amazon Video On Demand and get $4 off your purchase of the DVD or Blu-ray."

  • Toy Story 3 is on sale today for $9.99. Add it to your cart & $4 will be taken off automatically.

  • Pay $5.99 for the DVD & add the $.99 rental fee for a grand total of $6.98!

Sign up for Amazon Mom if you haven't already (do this before you place your order) & get free 2 day shipping on this & any other order for 90 days!

Thanks, Couponing to Disney.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gap Outlet: BOGO Free Coupon

If you got a Chia Pet & really wanted some new clothes for Christmas, head to your local Gap Outlet on Sunday or Monday. Use this BOGO Free coupon with any after Christmas sales & save big!

Thanks, Penny Pinchin' Mom.

BMIM Winners

Oh my goodness....I totally forgot to announce the winners of the Pink Ribbon giveaway! Congratulations to Kristin & Melissa!

Thanks again to Sara for donating the earrings.

Merry Christmas

As adults we often lose focus on the real meaning of Christmas. However, the message of Christmas is really quite simple. Here's a great reminder that the most simple things can also be the most profound.

From the bottom of my heart, have a Blessed & Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Old Navy: 2 Day Denim Sale

If you are in need of new jeans, head to Old Navy December 26th-December 27th. Adult jeans will be $15 & kids jeans will be $10. It is unclear whether plus size or maternity jeans are included in this sale.

Here's the fine print right from Old Navy's Facebook wall: "While supplies last. Select styles only. Store hours may vary by location. Limit 5 pairs of jeans per customer. US stores only."

$2/2 Nivea MQ = Free Lip Balm

Head over to Nivea on Facebook, "like" them (& "like" BMIM while you're there), then click on the Coupon tab. You'll be able to print out a $2/2 coupon for any Nivea lip care products. Then head to your local Safeway.

Safeway has the Nivea Lip Balm on sale for $.99. Buy 2, use the coupon, & score 2 free (just pay the tax if applicable)!

Thanks, My Frugal Adventures.

$1/1 Green & Black's Organic Coupon

Go "like" Green & Black's on Facebook & click on the coupon tab. You'll be able to print out a $1/1 coupon for any Green & Black's product. If you haven't tried their organic chocolate warned. It's very, very good.

Free MP3 Downloads from Amazon

Don't forget to use code: MP3GIFTS through 12/26 & get $2 in mp3 downloads free from Amazon.

If you're looking for some new Christmas music, I highly recommend Elf's Lament by Barenaked Ladies. It's fun & silly....& features Michael Buble. They sing about Santa's elves going on strike; it cracks my entire family up!

$30 in Organic Kids Apparel as Low as $5!

Head over to Eversave where you can purchase a $30 voucher for $15 for bioME5 organic kids apparel. However, if you're a new Eversave customer, you will get a $5 credit just for signing up. Plus, if this is your first Eversave purchase, use the code: FIRSTBUY to get an additional $5 off. Which would mean you would be getting $30 in organic kids clothing for just $5! Orders of $30 or more from bioME5 ship free, so you will score free shipping as well!
If you look at the clothing, the words are written upside down. At first I couldn't figure out why, so I did some digging around. bioME5 prints them upside down on purpose so that when your child looks down at his/her shirt, the word is right side up. How cute & ingenious!

If you have purchased deals from Eversave before & have to pay the full $15, half off organic kids clothing is a great deal. If you know anyone expecting a baby, buy the voucher & get a fantastic eco friendly baby shower gift!

Thanks Abby, for the new customer discount code!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

$.75/1 R.W.Knudsen Coupon

Just in time for your holiday celebrations, print out this $.75/1 R.W. Knudsen Celebration product coupon. There are numerous flavors, but I love the organic Sparkling Apple & organic Sparkling Pear the best.

If you have any Albertsons doublers left, use this coupon with a doubler & save $1.50!

Thanks, Organic Deals!

Burberry Torch for Women as Low as $17

I love No More Rack! I know I've told you about the $10 credit you get just for signing up (make sure to write down the code that pops up when you create your account; you'll need to enter it once you are in your account) & the deals are great!

Today they have Burberry Torch for Women (1.7 oz. Eau de Toilette) for $27 which normally retails for $67. Use your $10 credit & get this for just $17! Shipping is a flat rate of $2 per item, so your grand total shipped would be $19. Shipping can often ruin some of these daily deals, but at $2, that's totally reasonable. This is a steal for Burberry fragrance!

Invite friends & they can get the $10 credit as well. You'll get $5 in credit for each friend that signs up & makes a purchase. Check out No More Rack here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Albertsons Doublers + Organic Coupons

If you still have some Albertsons doublers to use up, consider printing out some organic coupons & pairing them with a doubler. Yes, organic & eco friendly products cost more. However, with a doubler, you can often get the products for less than conventional ones.
Here are a few places you can go to get printable organic or eco friendly coupons:

Obviously these are just a few sources for organic or eco friendly coupons. Print out what looks good & head to Albertsons with your doublers in hand. Any time you can save big on organic items is a stock up time!

Norad & OnStar Team Up!

I'm sure you're familiar with NORAD, but if you aren't, here's the scoop. It's a cute website that tracks Santa's progress on Christmas Eve, complete with videos of Santa flying over landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, Big Ben, etc. We have loved ones in Australia, so we're always looking out for Santa flying over the Sydney Opera House.

This year NORAD goes even more high tech: If you have an OnStar equipped vehicle, press the OnStar button any time on Christmas Eve & locate Santa! What a cute way to keep your kids entertained while driving to holiday events.

Fred Meyer Last Minute Coupons

Fred Meyer knows some of you aren't done with our holiday shopping & they want you to shop there. So they released some last minute coupons to entice you in the store.

These coupons are good December 23rd from 4pm-midnight. They are valid on items like toys, housewares, apparel, video games, eReaders, & more. This 20% off video game accessories coupon is valid all day December 23rd & December 24th. Lastly, these coupons are valid on December 24th from 7am-2pm only. They are good on apparel, shoes, & DVDs or Blu Ray discs.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

$5/$25 Top Foods Coupon

If you're hosting any gatherings this week, print out this $5/$25 Top Foods coupon. It's valid through 12/24 & there are a few exclusions, but it's still a great coupon.

Thanks, Queen Bee Coupons.

Tasty Tuesday

Today's recipe comes from my good friend & BMIM reader Leslie. She made the most amazing eggnog at a holiday party. It was so good I had to ask her for the recipe. This eggnog is sinful. It tastes nothing like the eggnog you buy at a store. It's decadent & frothy & yummy & I'm craving it at this very moment. Thank you Leslie for sharing your secret recipe with us!

Leslie's Eggnog

6 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar (separated into 1/2 cup & 1/4 cup)
1 pint whipping cream
1 pint milk
1 pint whiskey
1 ounce rum

While beating just the yolks, mix in 1/2 cup sugar. Beat the egg whites until very stiff & add in 1/4 cup sugar. Combine the egg white mixture with the egg yolk mixture. Then stir in the whipping cream, milk, whiskey, & rum. Serve chilled with a pinch of nutmeg on top.

Free 2 Day S/H with Any Origins Order

If you still need a gift & don't want to head to the mall, place an order from Origins. Any order will receive free 2 day shipping (look for something under $20 & make it super economical)! Use code: 2DAYFREE at checkout. This offer is valid through 3pm PST on December 22nd. Plus, gift wrapping is free (just pick the gift wrap option at checkout)!

$50 in Organic Bath Products Only $17

Mamapedia has another great deal this week! Right now you can grab a voucher for $50 worth of Babo Botanicals bath products for $22. However, if you're a new Mamapedia customer, you will get a $5 credit just for signing up, bringing your total down to $17.

It's worth nothing that Babo Botanicals don't have the USDA or QAI logos on them (at least that I can see), so they probably aren't certified organic. Rather, they are made with certified organic ingredients (confusing, I know). Regardless, they are tear free, vegan, biodegradable, sulfate free, & the packaging is BPA & phthalate free & is recyclable!

This would be a great way to try the product line & see how it works for your family. Or buy one of the baby gift sets & have an affordable, yet eco friendly baby shower gift! Either way, purchase your voucher before they sell out.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hot Deal on Seventh Generation at

Save $10 on a case of Seventh Generation diaper wipes WYB a case of Seventh Generation diapers at Use code: SGWIPE at checkout.

$2 in MP3 Downloads from Amazon...Free

Use code: MP3GIFTS between 12/23 - 12/26 & get $2 in mp3 downloads free from Amazon.

Thanks, Julie!

Hanna Andersson: Twice a Year Sale

The big Twice a Year HannaSale is going on now a Hanna Andersson. You can save up to 60% off both in store & online!

Additionally, receive a Spring Savings card from an associate in store or with an online order placed before 1/2/11. Then redeem your card for 20% off Spring hannas (regular price) January 10th - January 30th.

This is a great way to save on organic cotton or Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton items. Hanna Andersson uses European sizing, so I've often found my daughter can wear their clothing for 2 seasons (& they look amazing wash after wash!). I highly recommend Hanna Andersson!

BMIM is 1 Year Old!

I can't believe it. Where did the time go? Time has a way of marching on, & today BMIM turns 1 year old.

It seems like just yesterday that I created this blog with no idea of what I was doing. My friends kept telling me "You should start a blog" so I did. (I secretly think they were sick of seeing me posting deals on my Facebook wall!) I had no idea what I was doing, but I took a leap of faith & started BMIM.

Guess what? You guys seem to like it. I'm so humbled that you come back, read the blog, comment on Facebook, & email me tips. As a blogger, we often wonder if anyone is reading; it can feel like we're alone in some alternate universe for us. However your comments & emails make the blog more interactive, & I appreciate them so much!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are the best readers a blogger could ask for. Bigger & better things are in store for the second year of BMIM. I hope you stick around for the ride!
(Photo courtesy of Amazon.)

Whole Foods: 20% off Gift Boxes + Free S/H

Whole I love you. I didn't think it was possible but this deal makes me love you a smidge more. Score 20% off & free shipping on gift boxes from Whole Foods Market. Enter the code: YAYFACEBOOK! then hit apply & the discount will be taken off & you can proceed to checkout.

Today is also the last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery. Free shipping & it's guaranteed to arrive by Christmas? See....I told you I was in love.

1 Year of ESPN Magazine Only $2.99!

This deal was around last December, & it's back again. Get a 1 year subscription to ESPN magazine for only $2.99. The price will be higher, but enter the code: ESPN at checkout & the price will drop to $2.99!

I bought this last year for my sister's boyfriend. It's a great last minute gift. Purchase a copy of ESPN at the store & add a note stating the recipient will receive 1 year of it, then wrap it up. Easy & affordable!

$20 Worth of Zoka Coffee Just $10

You guys know I love Rue La La. I love them even more because they are now offering deals exclusive to Seattle (& Boston).

Today for Puget Sound readers, you can score a voucher for $20 worth of food & beverages at Zoka Coffee for $10 (Seattle & Kirkland locations only). You may purchase 10 vouchers & they are valid through March 1, 2011.

Not familiar with Zoka? They offer award winning coffee, delicious paninis & pastries, tea, & even organic coffee! Their cafes offer free wifi, too. Organic coffee, pastry, & wifi? My idea of heaven.

Create your Rue La La account, then email your friends. When a friend you referred makes their first purchase, you get $10 in credit (which would be like getting this free). Go on....purchase your voucher & get your java half off!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

$17 for Organic Produce Delivered to You

Living Social has a great deal on organic produce! Purchase a standard size box of organic produce for $17 from Full Circle Farm (regularly $35)...& it's delivered right to your door! Full Circle Farm was voted the Best Farmers Market Stand in 2010 by Seattle Weekly, so rest assured this isn’t some fly by night operation.

You can check your zip code here to see if they will deliver to your door or to find a convenient pick up location. Full Circle Farms also offer CSA’s, so this would be an easy way to check out their produce & decide if you want to join their CSA.

Purchase your voucher today, save big on organic produce, & support your local economy & reduce your carbon footprint at the same time!

1 Year of Family Fun for $5

Mamapedia is at it again (seriously, I am in love with this site!). Get a 1 year subscription to Family Fun magazine for $5! Note that this is for new subscriptions only.

If you need a last minute gift, purchase the subscription & then buy the current issue. Wrap the magazine up with a note stating that they will be getting 1 year. How easy is that & it's something that will be appreciated all year long!

And 5% of your purchase price will be donated to a school of your choice. Grab your voucher today!
UPDATE: Abby over at Steals + Deals found a code that will bring the price down. Use code: fatwallet to get $4 off, making this just $1!!
UPDATE #2: if you are a new customer to Mamapedia, turn your pop off blocker up, head over there & get $5 to your acct just for signing up. Then you'd get this FREE!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

$100 Voucher to Merry Go Round Just $50

NW Readers: I love Merry Go Round in Bellevue, so I was thrilled to see this deal from Mamapedia! Purchase a $100 voucher to Merry Go Round for $50! Merry Go Round carries high end brands such as Britax, Recaro, Kettler, Orbit Baby, Clek, Ergo Baby, Dwell & more.

My daughter only has about an inch left of harness length in the car seat I have installed in her grandmother's car, so I think I'm going to purchase this voucher & get her a high back booster seat. I love saving on things that really matter! They also sell toys, crib linens, baby carriers...even some organic clothing!
You can only purchase this voucher through Tuesday, however it's valid through 6/21/11. As always with Mamapedia, 5% of your purchase price goes towards a school of your choice!

Hot KitchenAid Mixer Deals!

If a KitchenAid is on your Christmas list (& really....who doesn't want one?), pay attention. Amazon has various styles on sale & the deals are amazing. Here are a few worth noting:

These both come with free super saver shipping, however if you sign up for Amazon Mom, you get a 90 day trial of Amazon Prime....which gets you free 2 day shipping on all orders for 90 days! Trust me, I've put my Amazon Prime membership to very good use this holiday season!

I absolutely love my KitchenAid mixer & think it's an amazing investment. I love a deal, but I also love quality items. A KitchenAid mixer is worth the extra money. When you can get a quality item at such a reasonable price, you need to jump on it!

Thanks for the tip, Janelle!

Sunday Coupon Preview

According to Sunday Coupon Preview, we won't be getting any inserts this weekend. I'm guessing we won't get any next weekend, either. If you're like me, there is plenty to do this week; I'm not complaining!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Free Shipping from Greeno Bambino

I love Greeno Bambino. They provide great, eco friendly products & have amazing customer service. Right now get free shipping on any order of $40 or more through December 20th. Simply use the code: shipshape at checkout.

Here's a perk: Their email states "Not to worry; orders placed by then will arrive before Christmas - continental U.S. only.)" So order by Monday & get it in time for Christmas....for free!

Old Navy: Fleece Scarves Just $1

Remember....tomorrow is another 1 Day Wonder sale at Old Navy. This time you can get Performance Fleece scarves for just $1!

Here's the details straight from their Facebook page: "Legal stuff: While supplies last. Select styles only. Store hours may vary by location. Limit 5 per customer. In-store only."

I have to return an item to Old Navy & plan on going tomorrow. Hopefully it won't be too crazy.

Mandarin Satusmas $.69/lb Today Only

Don't forget to swing by Whole Foods Market & grab some satsuma mandarins for just $.69 per pound! This price is good through tonight, so take advantage of it while you can!

Don't Forget...It's Mega Swagbucks Day

Fridays are Mega Swagbucks Day! You can earn a LOT more Swagbucks than normal. Not Swagging yet? You should be! I just got $25 in Amazon gift cards added to my account today....all free from Swagbucks! Click here to start earning free stuff.

Free Eye Glasses (Just Pay Shipping!)

This deal will go fast (maybe all of the freebies are gone already?!), so hurry if you want this!

Go "like" Coastal Contacts on Facebook (search for & then click on the Free For All tab. You can then click the link to go to their website & the first 10,000 people who place an order will get a free pair of eye glasses.....prescription lenses included!

You will need to pay $15 in shipping, but this is a steal! Especially if you have a child wearing glasses, grab a pair as a backup (kids are always breaking glasses!).

Thanks, Cha Ching on a Shoestring!

Free Lotion from Bath & Bodyworks

This weekend get a free 2 oz. body lotion from Bath & Bodyworks with this coupon. Choose from Bali Mango, Hawaiian Coconut, or Fij Passionfruit. Use code: FBF10360 if you prefer to order it online (although I don't know if you'll get free shipping).

Panasonic HD Pocket Camcorder $79.99

This is hot! Today only over at Woot snag a Panasonic HD Mobile Camcorder for just $79.99. You can choose from grey, red or violet. Shipping is only $5....even if you order more than one.

I can't guarantee that you will get this in time for Christmas, but it might be worth taking a chance on. Worse case scenario, you create a handmade I.O.U. & wrap that.

Free Shipping Day!

Today is Free Shipping Day! Shop online at numerous retailers & receive free shipping today. Many will even guarantee Christmas delivery (verify before ordering!). Go on....skip the crazy mall & shop in your slippers today. You won't pay a penny for shipping!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Origins: Free S/H on All Orders

Origins just released a promo code for free shipping on any order (no minimum required). Use code: INTIME at checkout before 11:59pm EST, December 18th to ensure your gifts arrive on time.

Since no minimum is required, you can send a nice gift that won't break the bank. Here are 12 items all less than $30. Don't forget to search for their eco friendly & organic items, as well!

$50 in Organic Kids Clothes Just $22

Eversave has another great deal on organic cotton clothing. Purchase a $50 voucher for ScoutCollection for $22 when you use the code: TOYS at checkout.

ScoutCollection is based in Oakland, CA. The clothing is made from organic cotton & fair trade manufactured. Sizes go up to 7/8. Orders of $50 or more also get free shipping, so you won't have to pay for shipping when you use your voucher (because your order will be $50 or more).

Let’s talk conventional cotton. Here are a few facts about how conventional cotton is farmed:

  • $2 billion worth of chemicals are sprayed on the global cotton crop annually.

  • Almost half of those chemicals are toxic enough to be classified as “hazardous” by the World Health Organization.

  • Cotton is responsible for the release of 16% of global insecticides; more than any other crop.

  • Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land, yet it accounts for 24% of the world’s insecticide market & 11% of the global sales of pesticides.

  • Aldicarb, the second best selling pesticide for cotton production, can kill a human with one drop absorbed through the skin, yet it is used in 25 countries, including the US, where 16 states have reported it in their groundwater.

  • Processing cotton uses many chemicals including silicone waxes, ammonia, formaldehyde & chlorine dioxide.

Those facts are why I believe organic cotton is so important. However, it can be hard to find & usually costs significantly more than conventional cotton. So I'm excited to see this ScoutCollection Eversave deal!

Lastly, 5% of Save proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. What are you waiting for? Purchase your ScoutCollection voucher now!

Rock & Republic Jeans as Low as $59!

No More Rack has Rock & Republic jeans on sale for $69, which is a great price. However, if you're new to No More Rack, you get a $10 credit applied to your account, which would bring the total down to $59! Shipping is a flat $2 per item as well.

Snag a pair of Rock & Republic jeans for $61 shipped, which is a steal. These normally sell for upwards of $250! Sign up for No More Rack now to see the other great deals (like Stila lip color for $2!).

Whole Foods: Satsumas $.69/lb!

Tomorrow only (Dec. 17th), score a great deal on satsuma mandarins for just $.69 per pound. My husband was just complaining that we didn't have any in the house, so I'm going to stock up!

Win $100 Worth of Food from TastyBrand

I love TastyBrand; I cannot say enough good things about them. My daughter loves their organic fruit snacks & I have to admit....they are yummy. So head over to their new Facebook page & "like" it, then leave a comment that you do so before 1/1/11. They will select a winner at random to win $100 worth of their organic food!

$2/1 Burt's Bees Coupon

Head over to Facebook & "like" Burt's Bees (& BMIM, too!). Then click the Give Some Good tab & send a friend a $2/1 Burt's Bees Natural Body Lotion coupon. When you're done, you can print a coupon for yourself!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Eddie Bauer: 1/2 off Denim Today Only

BMIM reader & my friend Colleen emailed me this earlier today, but I just got home. I realize there are only a few hours left to take advantage of this offer, but it's worth sharing. Today only, score 50% off denim from Eddie Bauer.

Thanks, Colleen!

$1/1 Lil' Drums Coupon

Head over to Nestle Drumstick on Facebook & "like" them. Then click on the Exclusives tab & print out a $1/1 coupon for Lil' Drums.

HOT! $3/1 Zarbee's Coupon

This coupon is insanely good, so print it now before it hits it's print limit! Zarbee's released a $3/1 coupon for their cough syrup. Pair it with a sale & you should easily get some free, all natural cough syrup!

Tasty Tuesday.....Late Again

OK, so I forgot to post a recipe yesterday...again. My bad. I chose one today that you will either love or hate: fruitcake.

I'll admit it: I love fruitcake. Good fruitcake is outstanding. Bad fruitcake is, well....bad. There is a huge difference between a good fruitcake & a bad one.

In the spirit of disclosure, I will admit I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I plan on it. I saw Josh making it on The Fabulous Beekman Boys Holiday Special & went & found the recipe online. If I remember correctly, Josh used 1 cup of rum in the recipe (1/2 in the batter & he poured 1/2 over the finished loaves to soak in) vs. the 1/2 cup of rum that is called for in the printed recipe. Hey, more rum can never be bad, right?

Check out the recipe & a photo of the fruitcakes (you'll drool!) at Beekman 1802.

YoBaby 99 Cents at Fred Meyer!

Angela over at The Coupon Project came across a great deal for YoBaby at Fred Meyer. Through December 26th there is a Catalina deal on YoBaby: Buy 2, get $1 off your next purchase; Buy 3, get $1.50 off your next purchase; Buy 4, get $2 off your next purchase.

Here's how to work this deal:

Buy 2 packs of YoBaby @ $2.49 each = $4.98

- $1/1 MQ (9/26 SS) or $1/1 printable x2 = -$2

- $1 Catalina

= $1.98 for both (just $.99 each) after coupons & Catalina!

This Catalina is reportedly working at other Kroger stores & Albertsons. If QFC is easier to get to, my assumption is the deal will work there as well, however the price may be slightly higher.

This is a fantastic buy on YoBaby. 4 packs of organic yogurt for less than a buck? It's a crazy good price. My daughter loved YoBaby when she was an infant. Admittedly, there is a lot of sugar in it, but it's an organic yogurt & I'd much rather have my child eating real, organic sugar & whole milk than another product filled with ingredients that I can't pronounce!

Thanks for the tip, Angela!

Free 2 Pack of Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Purchase $40 or more from Burt's Bees & get free ground shipping & a free 2 pack of Beeswax lip balm though 12/18/10. Use code: facebook (case sensitive) at checkout.

Grab some great, eco frindly stuff for gifts....or for yourself! With free shipping & free lip balm, why not?

New Target Mobile Coupons

OK, so the latest Target mobile coupons are really new-ish, since they were released late last week. There are $20.50 worth of coupons & they are valid until 12/24/10. Here's what was sent:

  • $5 off Men's Merona Ultimate Flat front pants
  • $5 off Kodak 8.5x11 photo book or Photo Movie DVD
  • $1/1 Real Simple magazine
  • $5 off Brita water purifier item (Brita system or filter multi pack)
  • $1/1 Glad 4 oz. candle
  • $1/1 Archer Farms frozen appetizer
  • $.50/1 Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese
  • $.50/1 up&up paper towels
  • $.50/1 up&up hand & body lotion
  • $1 off Target Cafe kids meal

Remember these can be stacked with a MQ for even greater savings. Just take your phone in with you & have the clerk scan the bar code from your phone. If you want to sign up for Target’s mobile coupons, click here (standard text messaging rates apply).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

$5/$10 Ulta Coupon

BMIM reader Luciana posted a great coupon over on BMIM's Facebook wall. Go "like" BMIM if you haven't done so already, so you don't miss out.

Anyway, here's the $5 off a $10 purchase coupon for Ulta. It's valid through 12/24/10.

Thanks, Luciana!
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