Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Reminder: Savings Seminar with MyCNYMommy Sunday!

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Reminder that Savings Seminar with MyCNYMommy (ME!) is this Sunday, March 6th! There are 2 Sessions:

(1) Basic Couponing Skills 1-3:30PM

(2) Advanced Couponing Skills 4:30-7PM

Location:

North Syracuse Community Center
700 South Bay Rd
North Syracuse, NY 13212

If you would like to attend, please register on THIS FORM!

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A Book Review: Resurrecting Anthony - "A Don't Miss Read"

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Do you like to read books? I grew up with my “nose always in a book” - there wasn’t a pastime I enjoyed more than reading. While my younger days were filled with mostly reading fiction and the occasional book on Volcanoes and Earthquakes (I know - I was a weird kid) - these days I usually read non-fiction. Although books that used to take me a day and half to read now take me a week or two with all of my time limits.
So, when I do get the chance to read I like it to be a quality read - something that will help me (The fiction books can help with relaxing too!) grow as a mom, a wife, or just as a human being. Resurrecting Anthony is one of those books.
At first glance I didn’t think I would like a book about a family that deals with the ramifications of a traumatic life changing event for their 12 year old son, Anthony. As a mom, wathcing the news about heart wrenching emotional stories involving kids is hard enough - I almost declined to read the book because a book you can’t “turn off” the image in your head - you are choosing to read the pages.Here is why I like what I do - writing this blog. Without it, I never would have read this book and been able to tell all of you how great this book is.

I don’t want to give away too much of the specifics of the book - for that would take away the impact it will have on you…mentally, and emotionally. Here is what I will say:

Resurrecting Anthony is written by Parents Linda & Anthony Cole (in the persepctive of Tony Cole - how unique) and how their family dealt with their son Anthony’s sudden helath crisis. 12 year old Anthony collapses on the school playground and is left without oxygen to his brain for several minutes - forever altering his life. The book takes you through the months after the crisis and through each moment - sad and happy as they work with Anthony rebuilding his life. In the midst of learning the story of their son, you find yourself rooting for his recovery, and at the end of the book realize you have learned many valuable lessons.

The book is an absolute “page turner” - I stayed up way too late many nights reading when I should have gone to bed. I don’t think I have ever read a non-fiction book that I have been that interested in. One of my favorite parts of the book is near the end - where Tony uses an ice-cube as an analogy to how Anthony lives now.

“Early on, this ice cube prevents him from having control over anything at all.” “I see him too, frozen in this ice cube, staring back at me, not at first recognizing who I am. I try to break through the ice, jump up and down in front of it, in front of him. When that doesn’t work I jump on the ice, hit it with my fists, kick it and otherwise continue to pound away at this fa├žade that separates him, my boy, from me.”

Wow - this is just one of the powerful messages in the book - a story of courage from parents, from Anthony and Anthony’s little Sister Alex.
There was another quote in the book - one that I immediately folded the corner of the page to go back to - knowing that I would need to remind myself of it again.

“Linda’s philosophy was that each of us has a limited amount of time and energy. We could choose to spend these valuable assets positively or negatively. Either way the time and energy would disappear.”

I feel like I know this and live like this - but to put it in the context of the story brings a whole new meaning to the words.

Here is my review of the book - I wish I had millions of dollars to send this book to everyone I know. How’s that for saying I really, REALLY like the book? J I always check the prices of books out on amazon - (It’s $10.17 for a new copy) but this time I also wanted to see if it had been reviewed. Yep - and all reviews gave it 5 Stars out of 5 Stars. Enough Said. :)


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AMF Coupon Buy One Game Get One Game FREE

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Right now AMF is offering a BOGO FREE coupon good for up to 10 people.  This coupon is good through March 7, 2011.  And you can also get a Large One Topping Pizza and your choice of an Xtreme Platter or Deluxe Platter for $19.99. Find your nearest AMF Lanes.

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FREE Victoria’s Secret Rewards Card Worth $10-$100 with $10 Purchase

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Between now and 3/31/11 you can get Victoria's Secret Rewards Cards for FREE with every $10 spent at Victoria's Secret!  For every $10 you spend you will receive a mystery rewards card worth $10, $50, $100, or $500!  All you have to do is return to the store between 4/1/11-4/30/11 to find out what your Secret Reward is worth!

Thanks, Deidre
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Price Chopper Meal Deal Tonight

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Today is Wednesday which means you can get a $10 meal deal at Price Chopper.  Tonight's meal includes:

Roasters Chicken Cacciatore over Linguine
+
Fresh Baked Italian Bread
+
2 Liter Price Chopper soda, seltzer or 3 liter of spring water

And for a little extra money you can get:
Family Tossed Salad for $3.00
Central Market Classics 24 oz. Italian Wedding Soup for $5.00
Angel Food Cake for $2.99

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Walgreens: FREE PediaCare Products Next Week

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Walgreen's deal scenario next week:
Buy 2 PediaCare Infants Fever Reducer Infant Drops (5oz.) @ 5.99 each
Total of $ $11.98

Use $5 off in-ad coupon (should take $10 off since bought 2)

Final Cost is FREE + possible $1.02 money maker towards other products

You can also get the Children's PediaCare products which are $6.99 this would make them $0.49 each.

Thanks, Jasmine
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Today's Saving Tip of the Day March 2: Buy Clothing a Season Ahead

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Buy your children's clothes a season ahead!

By now the stores are all full of summer clothing and most fall mercandise is gone. But online you can score lots of deals on Fall/Winter clothing for kids! Old Navy, Children's Place and Target have fabulous deals on Long Sleeve Shirts, Pants and Sweaters - generally 75% off or more. This is how I ALWAYS have shopped for my children and have been able to save a ton of money or buy ore than I would have been able to without the deals. I've paid less than thrift store prices and gotten brand new items! Now is the time to buy coats, witer accessories Holiday Dresses for Girls and Suits for Boys....take a look at some of the deals I found below!
Santa Dress $5.00 at target.com

Girls Disney Princess PJ's $5.24 at target.com

Boys Zip-Up Sweathshirt $8.99 at OldNavy.com

Boys Raincoat $15 (reg $29) at Oldnavy.com

Girls Sweater $2.99 at ChildrensPlace.com

Keep in mind that you can use coupons on these deals PLUS cash back sites to stretch your buck even further!

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Today's Save: $20 for $40 Worth of Eco-friendly Jewelry at Real-Jewels.com

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Today's Eversave Deal is for Real-Jewels.com.  This Save is available for 2 days.  You can get $40 Worth of Eco-friendly Jewelry at Real-Jewels.com for $20.

Highlights:
  • Choose from five lines of unique and sophisticated necklaces, earrings and bracelets
  • Products are made with 100 percent recycled precious metals and fair trade sustainable gems
  • Buy multiples and fill up your jewelry box or delight your friends with the perfect gift
Here are the details/fine print:
  • Expires: February 29, 2012
  • Code available 2 days after purchase at 12:00:PM EST
  • May buy up to 3 Saves
  • Use one code per purchase at real-jewels.com
  • Code cannot be used toward shipping
  • $6.50 flat rate shipping applies
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Dr. Suess Books today starting at $3 from Walmart!

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!! Today is Read Across America Day and in celebration of this special day, Walmart.com is offering beloved Dr. Seuss books up to 45% off - starting at only $3.00 plus FREE shipping!!

What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book?

Thanks, Mybatonrougemommy!
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Summer Fun at Fort Niagara Deal

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I know Summer seems eons away, but I am a big planner - one of the reasons I save so much money. I saw this deal come through my inbox and checked it out- perfect for a summer one day getaway!

Today from Groupon Buffalo you can get TWO Admission Tickets to Old Fort Niagara for $10. Admission for Children ages 6 and under is FREE. This is a national landmark with military history! The certificate expires September 4th - end of summer. :)

To find this deal - Click the down arrow next to your city - and look under New York, then Buffalo!

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National Mamapedia Deal: $14 for One Award Winning Personalized Storybook from FlattenMe ($28 value)

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Highlights:
  • Featured on Oprah, The View, and The Today Show
  • Unique, personalized gift idea and lasting keepsake
  • All you need is the child’s photo and name
Here are the details/fine print:
  • Redeem voucher code on Flatten Me website at checkout
  • Shipping and taxes not included
  • Expires March 5, 2012
  • Limit (1) voucher per person
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Syracuse Groupon: $12 for $25 Worth of Thai Fare and Drinks at Sweet Basil Thai House

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Today's Syracuse Groupon is for Sweet Basil Thai House.  You can get $25 Worth of Thai Fare and Drinks at Sweet Basil Thai House for $12.  Sweet Basil Thai House is located at 2803 Brewerton Rd. Mattydale, NY 13211.

Highlights:
  • Authentic Thai cuisine
  • Noodle, rice & meat dishes
  • Vegetarian & gluten-free options
Here are the details/fine print:
  • Expires Sep 3, 2011
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Limit 1 per table
  • Dine-in only
  • Must use in 1 visit, no cash back
  • Tax & gratuity not included
  • Not valid with other offers
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Mikasa Wine Glasses Today - $19.99 for set of 4!

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Attending a wedding this summer? This is a great deal from Mikasa today - a set of 4 Wine Glasses (Champagne Flutes, Goblets, Wine or Martini) for $19.99 (Reg $88)! $5 a Glass - that is a Good Deal! I need to get this deal - I've managed to break all my sets and no longer own a full set!

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$9 for TWO Movie Tickets from Fandango!

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Woot WOOT! This is such a good deal for us! Today's Living Social Deal for Syracuse is a HOT one - $9 for TWO Movie Tickets from Fandango! For an evening movie - this is more than 50% off!! LOVE it! What movie will you see with this deal?

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