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Beat The Holiday Stress: Feel Your Best!


The holiday sprint dragging you down a little? Don't worry - you aren't alone! Holiday stress is real. However, if you want to feel your best we have a few tips for how to not just make through these next few weeks, but to actually thrive.

Take Time for YOU

Between shopping for gifts, social events, and year-end deadlines, most of us are pushed to the max of our limits right now. That's why it's more important than ever to carve out some time for yourself. Take a bath, go out with friends, or try a new yoga class. Don't put yourself last on the priority list or your own fuel tank will be too low to power through these jam -packed days.

Fuel Properly

There are more tempting foods than ever right now and there is no reason not indulge your sweet tooth occasionally. Just stay mindful that you are filling up with enough healthy food too. We notice this time of year many people start to skip the meals and just graze instead, which is not a great plan. Those handfuls of peppermint bark mixed with a few Christmas beverages are loaded with sugar and calories that aren't going to sustain you long-term. Though it may require additional prep, take the time to enjoy a real meal before hitting the holiday drink and dessert bars at parties.

Get Good Rest

Some of us are staying up later than normal helping kids cram for final projects and exams, or sewing costumes for a final performance. So, we understand that sleep gets a little scarce over the next 30 days. Yet, it is more necessary than ever to help tap into our body's natural healing system. On the nights when we can't get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep, we steal a few moments during lunch for a power nap. It's amazing how helpful a refreshed mind is in getting through these long days.

Add Supplements

The truth is even with the right amount of sleep, healthy eating and proper self we still need help optimizing our health this time of year. That's why we are big fans of supplements. Getting the right amount of vitamin and nutritional supplements is a game changer for longevity and wellness.

Now - before you start conjuring up images of pills overflowing from those weekly pill boxes, look into Patch MD for your supplements. They provide patch supplements that are worn directly on the skin for slow release absorption throughout the day. With Patch MD, not only can you skip swallowing horse sized vitamins, you can rest assured that what is put in your body is 100% natural.

Patch MD also offers a solution for almost every holiday stress issue. Can't sleep? Try their Sleep Starter Patch. Not enough energy during the day? Look into their B12 Energy Plus Patch. Want to lose a few pounds before New Year's Eve? You will love Garcinia Patches which help to naturally suppress appetite without any nasty side effects.

Right now you can get select Patch MD patches for only $19.99 or for up to 33% off with these coupons. Why wait to feel your best?


How To Celebrate Singles Day This Year


We know once the Halloween decorations come down, Americans pivot straight into turkey talk and Christmas decorating. If you are a shopper (or even just on a budget) then you are also looking forward to the Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday bargains starting to circulate. This weekend is certainly the largest shopping day in America.

However, what if we told you there was an even bigger shopping day for the world-- AND it's a day all about honoring being single!

What Is Singles Day?

Singles Day began back in 1993 at Nanjing University in China, where some bachelors decided to flip the script on being single. They picked November 11th as the day with the idea that rather than feeling down or bored with being single, it should be a time to celebrate. Even more importantly, it should be a time to treat yo'self! Apparently, this sentiment resonates with many across the world as there are now Singles Day events and deals. Believe it or not, retail sales are higher during this time than Black Friday & Cyber Monday combined.

Celebrate With Luxury

If you are single right now, don't dread the impending holiday season. Get into the spirit of Singles Day instead by buying yourself something luxurious.

Why not? After all, during holidays like Christmas and Valentine's couples are busy lavishing gifts on each other. Why should singles miss out on that kind of fun? Isn't gift giving one of the 5 major Love Languages anyway?

So, go ahead and buy yourself that one amazing item that you've been waiting on purchasing. Think about what amount you might spend on a gift for someone else and then buy yourself that special something instead. We generally don't endorse overtly selfish behaviors; however, there is something incredibly powerful about giving yourself permission to not only enjoy but provide your own bit of luxury.

Treat Yourself with d'aniello

Our favorite store that offers luxury items for men and women is d'aniello Boutique. They have an unbelievable selection of designers like OffWhite and multitude of items from which to shop. From high- end trainers to once-in-a-lifetime bags, d'aniello offers historical brands and new talents with special attention paid to current trends. This Italian-based company brings the refined taste and tailoring that exemplifies European style and makes it available worldwide, including US shoppers.

If you are single currently, maybe one reason is because of your own preference for a higher standard and refusal to accept the mundane. Don't lament that - celebrate it! Buy that name-brand belt or designer pair of shoes and relish the fact that unlike many relationships, they are built to last a lifetime!

Right now d'aniello is offering these amazing coupons to help you save on that Singles Day gift!


5 Best Halloween Costumes (Inspired By Movies & TV of 2019)


Are you anxiously awaiting October 31st or does the mere thought of trying to get the perfect costume fill you with horror? Either way, we've got you covered!

Here are our top 5 picks for Halloween costumes this year, inspired by the great TV and movies we've seen so far in 2019:

1. Stranger Things

We loved the idea of Six as a costume last year, but after Season 3 we've found all kinds of character inspiration. Dustin, Steve, and Jim all have easily identifiable costumes from the most recent season, which you can get at Spirit Halloween right now. Our favorite part? All of these costumes are crazy comfortable and require no face painting. Use these coupons through the end of September and get 20% off 1 item.

Need a budget version? Channel Billy Hargrove with a pair of red lifeguard trunks, swim whistle and bad wig - and you're all set!

2. Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel will be huge this year, thanks to this new dynamic female superhero. This full-length costume is sure to empower any kids looking to fit into the the Marvel Universe this Halloween. It's also an absolute steal at Wholesale Halloween Costumes right now, so don't wait to order yours today!

3. Aladdin

The big blue genie is back! That means kids and adults alike will be rocking some pretty great versions of Jasmine and Aladdin. For those willing to paint themselves in blue, the Genie makes a super fun costume as well. Halloween Express has options for the whole family and right now you can get up to 30% off your purchase with this coupon.

4.Toy Story

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Another family favorite, Toy Story, also had a new movie that came out this year. It's also another opportunity to dress fairly comfortably for the night, which is why we love these costumes. For those who love crafting and creating their costume, watch the video above for a tutorial on getting a No Sew Jessie costume in time for the big night.

5. Pokemon

Finally, we predict Pokemon will be HUGE again this year for Halloween costumes, thanks to Ryan Reynold's Detective Pikachu movie earlier this year. Get what you need from Amazon, and don't forget your coupon codes!


Don’t Miss Last of Summer Sales


Anyone else struggling through the end of summer? Maybe it's from the recent heat waves rippling throughout the country, but our brains are a little frazzled these days. Summer is practically over and back to school is already here and we are just starting to to get organized again.

As every frugal shopper knows, retail is all about mark-up. That means when you shop for summer items at the end of season you get deep discounts. That winds up saving you money in the long run because you aren't paying full price on items you need. Or want - because let's be honest sometimes a sale is the only time you'll buy that big-ticket item you've had your eye on all season.

Here are some of the best end of season sales to hit right now that can actually help you jump start your fall season. Sure, Labor Day is around the corner, but if you wait too long you'll find inventory low and picked-over.

Here's What To Buy

As always, approaching shopping with a plan will save you the most money. Start by knowing WHAT to buy during an end of summer sale. For August the best deals are on the following:

  • Back to school supplies - Sales are everywhere for back to school supplies. Load up, stock up and save money because rarely will you find better deals
  • Outdoor everything - From patio furniture to garden supplies, anything and everything outdoor related will be at it's lowest price over the next couple of weeks. These coupons will also help.
    Bonus - If you are organized enough to plan your Fall Break adventure, you may be able to scoop up amazing deals on hiking, camping, or outdoor gear too! Not only will you save on a trip, but you will have this stuff to look forward to next spring again too.
  • Wine - September is traditionally when vineyards harvest grapes, which makes wine cheaper in August to clear out inventory. Great news for mom and dad as back to school stress may just mean make that glass of wine even more enjoyable this time of year.
  • Summer clothes - Sure, you may be fantasizing about tweed and wool, but chances are good the weather isn't there yet. Take advantage of summer clearance sales on clothes and fill your cart with t-shirts, jeans, and other staples that are all-season.

Here's What To Skip

Just because things stores are clearing out inventory, doesn't mean everything is a good deal right now. Remember that Labor Day sales are around the corner and will present better opportunities on some items. We don't recommend buying:

  • Electronics: In general, you will almost always be better off catching a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal on laptops, phones, televisions and other electronics.
  • Appliances - Okay, really we just mean hold off until Labor Day, when appliances are found at DEEP discounts.
  • Fall/Winter Clothing - It's hard not to snap up a cute coat or new pair of boots, but truly you will get so much more for your money if you can shop your closet now and wait until next month.

Now that August is nearly behind us, be sure you take advantage of the lowest prices of the year for certain items. And of coarse, get ready for Labor Day when you can find even more sales for fall items.


Why Everyone Loves Nest Bedding


Have you been paying attention to the mattress industry lately? Just kidding - most of us aren't noticing that sort of thing until we need it. That's part of the reason we became so intrigued by Nest Bedding. Over the past few months, they seemed to suddenly show up everywhere we looked: blogs, reviews, friends and family conversations. We decided to investigate a bit more and learned a lot about this company, their products and why it seems like just about everyone loves nest bedding.

The Company

There are a number of reasons to like this company. Let's start with the fact they are family owned. As people who love to support small businesses, we adore that they opened in 2011 with the mission to offer organic sheets, natural and certified mattresses and bedding without pushy sales. As the company says, these products are offered by "just darn nice, well-trained humans."

Also, Nest Bedding sells American made products - at great prices. They make it easy to support even more small business owners with this model. This doesn't mean sacrificing quality in any way either. Their products are unique and high-quality, just more affordable than so many of their competitors. They are a wonderful example of going green and staying within a reasonable budget.

Finally, and this one is big for us: Nest Bedding has excellent customer service. They have thousands of verified reviews from users who give praise to their experiences with the company. They also have some stores in the US, which means clients can come try out a mattress in person or deal directly with live person if they so desire.

The Products

As stated above, Nest Bedding strives to bring eco-friendly, USA made products to customers at price points lower than most online retailers. These are the 3 main products that people can't get enough of:

  • Mattresses: Nest offers mattresses in 3 different material types which are coil spring, memory foam and latex. This is what allows greater price point range for the mattresses, with their top-selling Love & Sleep Mattress starting at just $499
  • Bedding - Made from earth-friendly fabrics like tencel, bamboo, cotton and wool these breathable bedding choices are luxurious and natural without costing ab absolute fortune.
  • Furniture - Nest also sells supportive, strong steel platforms and solid hardwood, sustainable platform beds sized for their mattresses.

Why Customers Love Them

Nest Bedding seems to have really figured out what people want in a retail experience: quality products at reasonable prices combined with choice and a highly enjoyable customer experience. Sounds simple, right? Maybe it is, but since so few companies are doing it, Nest Bedding really stands out from other mattress sellers. Apparently, this winning combo is resonating too as they have almost 90% of their reviews at 5/5 stars.

So, if you aren't sleeping well at night, maybe it's time to check what you are laying on first. Maybe it's time for a new mattress and/or more comfortable bedding. Right now, we have Nest Bedding coupons for up to $300 off and free shipping on select models.


5 Best Mother’s Day Gifts For $20 or Less


When you have a mom who shines you want to let her know just how special she is on Mother's Day. Thankfully, that can be super easy to do even on a budget.

Here's all you need to show your love and make her feel extra special this year...

1. Anything cozy or relaxing

The world is changing and dads are more involved and helpful than ever. Still, moms across the country tackle the majority of household chores, childcare duties and operations within running a home. That's why most moms will always appreciate anything cozy or relaxing. Try any of these and you can't go wrong:

  • Pajamas from Target (like the ones above) are well known and well-loved. Also, they can cost less than $20 on sale.
  • Soft socks or fuzzy slippers also fit the bill
  • Try one of Amazon's amazing shawl wraps - a huge selection of high-rated ones that come in as low as $13.49

2. Anything decadent

Know what moms tend to do most? Put others before themselves. Show mom how good it can feel to indulge in something special instead.

  • Chocolate - gourmet chocolate is a delicious treat that's hard to beat. For under $20 you can grab a single bar or a few truffles and know that you've made the right choice.
  • Coffee - similarly, a great cup of coffee is hard to beat. Why not get a premium bag of coffee she can use all week or use discounts to get her a fancy milk frothing wand or french press?

3. Wine

How about getting mom a bottle of wine she can use to unwind the next time she needs to? At Wine.com there's a list of over 90 wines that are top rated and under $20. We'd say that's a win-win for everyone.

4. Flowers

Flowers are always right for mom. They are gorgeous, smell wonderful and immediately create a sense of beauty in any room. Bouquets can be expensive, but even a small selection from the local grocery store can look stunning.

If you mother lives farther away and you don't mind going over the $20 limit, these stores can help you send something truly stunning her way.

5. Perfume

There is nothing like the scent that reminds you of your mom. No matter what age or where you are in the world, one whiff of your mother's favorite perfume will immediately send you back to child hood and the safety of her warm embrace. Go ahead and help her restock or find a new way to use it - pocket sized rollers for travel, soap, lotion, etc.


Easter Sales You Don’t Want To Miss


Easter is just a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to snag some amazing deals for baskets, dresses, and flowers if you need them. After all, these holiday costs can add up quickly if we don't shop carefully. Nothing is more frustrating than blowing the budget trying to get everything in order for a holiday like Easter.

Here are some of our favorite coupons on the site right now. Be sure to click the links to get the deals while you can.

Easter outfits

There are a lot of stores with sales right now, but we love these Macy's coupons the most. That's because Macy's is a one-stop shop for the whole family. You can grab dresses for moms and daughters, sports coats or dress shirts for dad and sons and shoes for everyone.

To be honest, we sometimes skip getting the boys all new outfits for Easter, but we never fail to buy a new dress for the ladies of the house. If that's the case in your home too, these dress coupons will help you get something extra special for a lot less.

The other purchase that we pick up each year for Easter is a new pair of dress shoes. Thankfully, these coupons can ease the burden of cost here too.

Easter baskets

How old should your kids be to stop doing baskets? We don't know! We have friends still doing Easter baskets for adult children and while we might initially be tempted to judge, it's really a sweet tradition.

Naturally, we have lots and lots of Easter basket coupons if you need one already made or want to send one to someone. Some people prefer to DIY their baskets with special treats and personalized gifts; these are the coupons you need for that.

Easter food

The kids love the Easter egg hunt, but for the adults in our house it's all about the food. Omaha Steaks has some fantastic coupons for combos that we plan to use. Some of our friends enjoy going out to eat on Easter, and Groupon has 20% off already great deals on restaurants. Just be sure to get your reservations in early.

Back to the egg hunt though - time to fill those eggs with candy and small treats. Here are coupons to stock up without overspending.

Easter flowers

Easter is also one of our favorite days to both give and receive flowers. They are a beautiful symbol of spring and we love having them as centerpieces and decorations. Naturally, we have some coupons for you right here.

Easter is coming later than normal this year, but we aren't complaining because that just means we have more time to practice savvy shopping habits. Tell us, are you ready or happy to have the extra time?


The (Almost) Last Minute Wedding Checklist


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Coupon Roundup For Spring Break


Whether you get a couple of days or a whole week, chances are you will want to take advantage of your spring break without going broke. After all, there are still summer travel plans to make, right? If you haven't scheduled anything yet, here are some of our top posts and hints for how to get that spring break trip planned on a budget: Even better, here are our favorite coupons for making sure everything is in place and under budget, by category.

Hotels, rooms, and places to stay

We are enormous fans of the vacation websites VRBO, AirBnb, and HomeAway. It's been our experience that money is saved by having access to a full kitchen. Also, many times the rentals we've selected come with additional amenities like bikes, games, movies, and beach umbrellas. However, we know plenty of families who prefer to soak up the hotel stay, with all the perks that come from that experience.

Travel coupons

For those who must travel for a spring break trip, be sure to check the major travel sites such as Orbitz, Travelocity, and Priceline to find deep discounts on car rentals, flights, and even vacation packages. If you want a cruise for less, the number one tip is to wait for last minutes deals. While that involves some risk of missing out, most people find the best possible rate for a cruise that still has rooms to fill about a week or so before leaving port.

Clothing, accessories and gear

You may think that once the place is booked and the flights are purchased, most of the vacation costs are over. We can safely say from experience that is not often true for our family trips. Kids grow or gear gets damaged, lost or broken. Thus, we wind up spending more money than we expected on getting the necessities we need. If that's happened to you, try the following coupons to keep as much money as possible in your account for later: While this roundup may not be completely comprehensive, it's more than a good start to ensure that you maximize your spring break AND your budget!  

5 Common New Year’s Goals (And The Deals To Help You Stick To Them)

2019 New Year

We can't help but notice the increase in good behaviors lately. Friends and family alike all seem to be on a path toward healthy habits and the lines for the treadmills have doubled at the local gym. Of course, this makes sense as we are entering the second week of January and everyone is still motivated by the promise of a new year. It's an exciting promise of possibility and we are right there with you. So, whether your goal is intermittent fasting, becoming more mindful or just to slow down, isn't it nice to know you aren't alone in your efforts? Here's a look at the 5 most common New Year's goals and some of the best deals we have to help you stay on track to meet them. After all, it's the slow consistent path that yields the biggest results.

Get healthy

This is possibly the #1 resolution we all set come January 1. After all, by then we have over indulged for nearly two months on delicious foods and maybe had a few more drinks than we normally do. However, the specifics of "get healthy" are left to each individual. Sometimes it's quitting a bad habit, but often it means increasing physical activity and changing food habits. Planning, finding support and accountability are essential to shift these kind of behaviors into long term habits.  Right now Patch MD is offering 30% off sitewide with the code JAN30. That means you can load up on your vitamins and supplements for far less. It's an excellent opportunity to stock up and set yourself up for success. We've also got 53 stores offering over 200 coupons related to fitness, which means you can save a lot on shoes, gear, workout equipment and even online workout programs. These food delivery coupon codes are also an incredible way to make sure you don't have a reason to make bad eating choices.

Clean up finances

Post Christmas we usually experience a financial hangover. Despite our best efforts and every possible attempt at a budget, we overspend. That makes January feel rather long and harsh as we try to overcorrect our spending habits and get back to frugality. That means it's back to little savings strategies like checking our grocery spending and refusing to pay full price for anything again. Thankfully, these free shipping coupons make it easy to save on online orders.

Career goals

This could be the year for a big career move, right? According to US News, these are the top bets for careers in 2019. However, for business owners it may be time for new growth goals, or increasing those money-saving opportunities to enjoy the freedom of being an independent employer. Right now, you can save on big expenses like printing, business cards, tax prep and more with these business coupons.

Family time

For some, the new year represents a chance to reconnect with family relationships. Perhaps this is the time to plan that family vacation you've always dreamed of taking. If you have any flexibility, these cruise deals are pretty incredible right now. We are actually planning a trip to the Azores, which is surprisingly affordable for families.  If plane tickets are what keeps you from traveling too far, take advantage of these flight coupons and go!

Hobbies and education

Interestingly, New Year's seems to also spur people into action around hobbies. Perhaps the passing of another year is a wake up call to finally get started on that "thing" you've always wanted to try. Maybe it's time to activate the writer inside, or learn a new language . Whatever your interest may be, now is the time to explore it so that next year you can see the progress you've made.   What do you think, did we cover your New Year's goal? Let us know if we missed something on our Facebook page or join us on Twitter and tell us how you are doing so far!

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