Free Paper? Staples says Easy!

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Free Paper?  Staples says Easy! 

You can get a  5 ream CASE of paper free with coupon and Easy Rebate.

I was not a lover of rebates before but after doing this with Staples a few times I’m a Beliver!  They are fast and easy.  We go through a lot of paper at home but with a deal like this its really easy to help out our schools.  So if you don’t need it maybe think about a donation for your child classroom .

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2014, Now What?

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I don’t do resolutions but the start of a New Year is a good time to take a good look at yourself and take care of some housekeeping.  With that in mind I want to share one bit of advice.  As some of you are aware of I work a real gig in the outside world that has to do with consumer credit.  I can tell you a lot of people are SHOCKED when they are denied for credit and do not have any idea what is on their credit report.

So before we think about Tax Season and of Refunds lets take a minute and check our credit health.  Now is a good time to take a good hard look at our circumstances and take the necessary steps to end 2014 on a more positive note.  We all get behind or make mistakes, trust me I sure have and so instead of paying someone to help fix your credit its a good idea to see what free resources we have available to us so we can improve our standing.

Take a moment and get your free annual credit report.

The website has a lot of really great information that in this day and age of hackers and stolen identities we need to keep tabs on for our own future.  If you have something to clear up or pay down its a good time of year to take positive steps to reach these goals.

Oh and keep up with us at the Couponista Queen.  We will be helping you all year long save as much as you can so you can not only take control of your finances and live with more wiggle room but maybe pay and fix some blemishes on your credit report.

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Busy Kids, Happy Meals – Make a DIY Placemat Puzzle Craft

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DIY Placemat Puzzle

Make meals more fun with this interactive placemat puzzle.  Easy to make with supervision from ages 3+.  Cheap and fun craft for kids.

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This is the time of year when you have more kids over to your house for dinner or snacks.  But sometimes you don’t have little ones anymore so what are you going to do? Hand them your iPad while taking a few Advils for the migraine you are going to have worrying about your tablet?  LOL  you need a more creative entertaining solution.  When my kids were little I always carried around a lot of stuff but sometimes you just can’t bring the right things with you.   If you are the  hostess you want to make even the youngest guest feel at home so Mom and kick back and relax a bit.

Have a placemat that will keep them busy and won’t set you back $10 ☺!

I’ve seen this made only with the foamy placemats the flat plastic ones will have sharp edges so don’t use those.

I stopped by the 99 Cent Store today and they had lots of festive ones to choose from for 99 Cents so the price is right, especially if its not a present, and you are going to have more then one child over so you don’t want to break the bank.  I’ve seen people draw out pieces that look like puzzles so it will depend on your level of craftiness.  If you are a novice crafter like me this will be perfect.    I’d use cookie cutters and shapes you have or can easily draw, larger pieces for younger kids and kids 3-5 maybe smaller shapes or letters?  If you choose a snow flake pattern like this how about using circles to make a snowman?

What are you going to need?

Cheap foamy placemats

exacto, utility or craft knife and a safe surface to cut on

marker

cookie cutter, ruler, anything you can use to make a shape

15 minutes ☺

Make sure to cut out the shapes for all of the younger kids, and closely supervise the older ones.

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I made a real simple one, 4 shapes I think for a young toddler.  You can run with this craft and make it your own.  Once it all fits back in place to the frame of the puzzle they can eat on top of it and then take it home!  I like this method because it holds a frame to pop in the shapes but you can draw interlocking puzzle shapes for a preschooler.

Tada!

 

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Shutterfly Free Calendar Offer!

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Shutterfly Free Calendar Offer!

Perfect Gift for Family!

Something they can treasure all year long.

Use code FREECAL

You will need to pay Shipping, but still a great offer.

LCD Screen LED Projection Alarm Clock/ Weather Station Clock under $12 SHIPPED!

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LCD Screen LED Projection Alarm Clock/ Weather Station Clock under $12 SHIPPED!

 Cool gift idea.  Order Early to Ensure Delivery!

 

LCD screen

Displays the time, week, temperature, humidity and weather

Projects the time on the top

Colorful LED backlit

Sets alarm clock with snooze mode

Powered by 3 x AAA batteries (not included)

Power Supply: 3V

Butterfly Flower Leaves Crystal brass Hair Clips Hairpin For Hair $1.99 SHIPPED!

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Butterfly Flower Leaves Crystal brass Hair Clips Hairpin For Hair $1.99 SHIPPED!

 

 Gorgeous Stocking Stuffer!

At this price this won’t last!

Order Early to Ensure Delivery.

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Starbucks Share Joy Event this Week! BOGO Holiday Drinks!

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Starbucks Share Joy Event this Week!  BOGO Holiday Drinks!

Great time to pay it forward, surprise a friend or just hoard the 2nd one LOL

Starting the 13th and going through the 17th you can score a BOGO of Starbucks Holiday Drinks from 2-5pm

Pretty Awesome!

Something else you can do on the Starbucks Site?  Well have you registered any of your gift cards?

If you do you will be emailed pretty awesome coupons and all you need to do is use the card that is registered.  You can register multiple cards or transfer balances, etc.  I had $2 off salted mocha caramel drinks last week and saving on one of my vices is always a good good thing ♥  You can go here to register your card:  Starbucks Card Register 

Tips to Protect Your Credit!

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Protect Your Credit!

You see the headlines, you watch the news Identity Theft happens to OTHER people right?  Wrong!  Identify theft can happen to you or me today, tomorrow or at any time.  I don’t mean to scare you but when you least expect it and especially during the upcoming Holiday Season we are all walking around with big targets on our backs.

I’ve always worked in finance but it was not until recently that I’ve started to work in consumer finance and I’ve come to realize we are NOT as safe as we think we are as we go about out business.  We need to take an ACTIVE roll in how we monitor and protect our credit and our credit score.  Our credit  is more important then ever, not just to get loans or credit but even prospective employers are pulling our credit reports to get a full picture of us when we apply for a job.

The other day at work I received a call, it was a call about a person applying for credit but as a credit analyst I had to take certain steps before the credit application was approved.  This person wisely had a FRAUD ALERT on his credit file.  What is a Fraud Alert?   It is an alert on your credit file that requires potential lenders and banks to take extra steps to protect YOU.  You can specify that you require someone to contact you BEFORE any new credit accounts are open or credit lines increased.  This person had this on his file and I contacted him at the number specified in his credit file.  He informed me that not only was he not applying for credit he had also received a similar call over the weekend from another major retailer.  This man was being attacked and some criminals were trying to buy lots of merchandise using his good credit!    Each financial institution will then put in place their own procedures for when an application comes in as fraudulent but the important bit of information that I want to share with you today is that because of this alert two different instances of potential fraud were STOPPED.

There are 3 types of Fraud Alerts that you can set.

Initial Fraud Alert. This is if you are concerned about the possibility of becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft. It generally is good for 90 days.

Extended Fraud Alert. This is what you file if you are a victim of fraud or identity theft. This will stay on your credit report for seven years.

Active Duty Military Alert.  This alert available if you are on active military duty . The active duty alert is similar to an initial fraud alert except that it lasts 12 months and your name is removed from preapproved firm offers of credit or insurance (prescreening) for 2 years.

Where can you get more information and learn about placing a fraud alert on your credit file?  At any of the three or all three credit reporting agencies.  You do not have to pay anyone anything to do this for you.

Equifax:  http://www.equifax.com/answers/set-fraud-alerts/en_cp

Experian:  http://www.experian.com/credit-education/victim-assistance.html

Transunion:  http://www.transunion.com/personal-credit/credit-disputes/fraud-alerts.page

I am in no way trying to be chicken little, but I did feel compelled to share this information with you so that you can have the tools you need to defend your hard earned reputation.   Now this will mean that if you do go open new lines of credit the whole application process will take a bit longer but please keep in mind its all to take care of you.  And one more thing, if a sweet sounding gal comes on the phone and tells you she needs to verify your identity by asking you some questions, don’t get annoyed, I’m just doing my job to PROTECT YOU ☺. ~ Princess T

Hamilton Beach 22 Qt Roaster Over, Rolled Back to $39.98 and Free Ship to Store!

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Hamilton Beach 22 Qt Roaster Over, Rolled Back to $39.98 and Free Ship to Store!

Gearing up for the Holiday Season?  This makes a great gift or a great addition to your kitchen!

Hamilton Beach 22-Quart Roaster Oven:

Double your oven space

Perfect for the holidays

Roasts, bakes, cooks & serves

Removable pan

Easy lift-out rack

Now Rolled back to $39.98 from $69.00 and free shipping to your local store!

Frugal and Easy DIY Baby Wipes!

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Frugal and Easy DIY Baby Wipes!

Next to diapers these are a must have when you have a baby, heck my kids are older and I still buy baby wipes to have in the car or at home for any messes.  They are not cheap and the cheap ones are not worth the money so if you want to cut back on expenses what do you do?  Well many will say to use washcloths but I’m not into washing poopy pieces of fabric or washcloths but if you are okay with that then more power to you.  I want to pick up the mess and throw it away never to see or touch it again.

As with many DIY ideas it really depends on the person what they want to put in, but if you are a mom you already will have the ingredients to this DIY method and that’s what I want.  To DIY with stuff you already have or will buy regardless, nothing you need to go buy special to make it and incur an extra cost.

What will you need?

2 1/4 cup of water.  Some use distilled, I’m not that hard core

2 tablespoons of baby oil.  Yep you have that already!  I don’t but I have a bunch of samples.

4 tablespoons of baby wash.  Another something you already have or can get cheap.

1 roll of paper towels cut in half, two ply don’t try this with a one ply

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You can get the baby supplies at the Dollar Tree for $1 each if you don’t want a specific brand.  Now about the paper towels 90% of the people that make their own wipes swear by Bounty.  I have Sparkle, cause it was free not so long ago, so that’s what I used.  I will not use Viva, I don’t even buy that when its free cause for me personally I get to much lint and we didn’t like each other but that’s just ME.  You can NOT use CHEAP paper towels cause it won’t work.

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Some people don’t add oil, they like to add Aloe Vera for soothing, or some add witch hazel.  I didn’t add either because I wanted to present just a basic DIY wipe recipe that you can make as soon as you finish reading this post. Some also add fragrance but the oil and the baby wash are enough of a clean scent for me.  You can go take this and tweak it to suit you.

You mix everything up, you cut your paper towel in half and you pull out the cardboard from the middle.  When you do that then you can pull from the inner roll and have it come out continuously.   I poured the mixture in and covered it.  I shook it well, heck I did the Harlem Shake to make sure it was all nice and mixed in.

Do they work?  Well I don’t have a baby so what did I do?  Well I smeared Nutella, nice wonderful sticky sweet Nutella on my fore arm to take these baby wipes out for a spin.

Yeah it was gross but for the cause I tell you ☺

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It worked!  Off it came I wiped forward and then back again and my arm is clean no stickiness left from the Nutella, also no stickiness from the soap so good on that aspect as well.  I used one wipe.  For big messes I’m sure you will need more like you do when you use regular wipes.  I’m not saying these are exactly like the pretty ones in the cute plastic boxes, what I am saying as its a great substitute if you aren’t super picky as to what you use to wipe up messes and want to save money.

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Will I make more of these?  Yeah its easy enough and I didn’t need to buy anything!   They work, I actually like them to have handy cause my kids like to do crafts and stuff so this is something I’d have handy for them to clean up after themselves.   I cut a slit on the top of the cover of the plastic container but you might have something at home already.  I had these, that I bought a 3 pack at Walmart last week for $1.97 so its up to  you, I’m thinking that I can make a bigger size and recycle the plastic coffee containers I’ve been hoarding…ah er, saving for the right time.

Until next time Savers!

Have you ever wondered? Dollar Tree Left Overz Disposable Dusters, worth it or not?

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Have you ever wondered?  

Dollar Tree Left Overz Disposable Dusters, worth it or not?

Monday is usually a happy day for me because I go to the Dollar Tree (yes stalkerish situation here) and I score my newspapers and all is right with the world.  This Monday I woke up in the Twilight Zone (tell me you are not young enough to automatically assume its that movie and you know about the TV Show in black and white).  I went and there were no papers, I had to go to a 2nd store and no papers again!  I was about to lick my wounds and head home but I had to cut my loses and at least meander around the store a little.

Well I’m glad I did!  I had forgotten they had the $1 version of the disposable dusters.  I had been wanting to clean, its always at the top of my list, every week.  Honest it is but one thing or another distracts me and well my house is in a good ‘lived in’ condition.  Also over the weekend I got wind that my mother in law might be swooping, ahem I mean stopping by soon, so now it has become something I really want to accomplish sooner rather then later. ☺

I decided to put these to the test.  The name brand is too much for me to even consider buying because its something I’m going to throw away.  I took it out of the package and right off the bat I will tell you that its smaller and not as fluffy looking.   But hey I’m not going to base this on looks, I’m going to base it on results.

I needed a good dusty place.  Not hard to find here in the desert let me tell you, between the Haboobs (yes real word) and the fact not a lot of people have grass I get an abundance of dust without even noticing.   Since we are like family I’ll show you the top of a light, I know this will stay between us.  I’m a little embarrassed but at 5’2 I never see this area, yep that’s my defense and I’m sticking with it.

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See all that dust?  Did a great job for 33 cents per duster!  (3 in a box with one wand)

Now the name brand you can shake and the dust will stay attached, yeah don’t do that with this one.  But that does not take from the ability it has to pick up the dust.  I shook it into my wastebasket and gave it another go and I was pleased with the results.  Then I tackled the ceiling fan in my room cause you know this is the week I’m going to totally rock the house cleaning!  Oh look is that a Criminal Minds marathon?  Oh ok maybe after I watch a few episodes ☺

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Fashionable Trendy Accessory, Skull Print Scarf under $4 SHIPPED!

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Fashionable Trendy Accessory, Skull Print Scarf under $4 SHIPPED!

You know what they say…accessorize!  accessorize!  accessorize!

Easier said then done, we see them in the magazines and we would love to dress like a celebrity or at least accessorize but how can we without breaking the bank?  Well I just found this trendy skull print scarf that will let you accessorize like young Hollywood without breaking the bank or a sweat!  Great gift idea too!

Hurry at under $4 shipped it won’t last long!

No Service Fee for Kmart Layaway through 11/23/2013!

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No Service Fee for Kmart Layaway through 11/23/2013!

Its a great time of year to use Layaway and with no service fee its an even better time!

Right now at Kmart you can even score a 5% off select toys when you open your Layaway.  I use layaway at least twice a year.  I love to go in and put the basics like underwear, socks and towels on layaway before we actually need them.  But the best part is that they are so competitive with pricing this time of year on the toys and gifts your family wants that its totally worth checking out.  Now you can also start your layaway online and manage it online as well!  Gone are the days of having to go to the store to make your payments.

Go online today and and check them out or go to your Kmart local store.

No Service Fee Layaway is just smart shopping for all of us that try to stretch the dollars more and more.

The Children’s Place Sitewide Clearance Event! Up to 75% Off

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The Children’s Place Site wide Clearance Event!  Up to 75% Off

It’s time to stock up and save!

Free Shipping on EVERY order

Save 25% on Orders over $50 with code: E942514H

OR Save 20% on Everything!  Code G9H2014H

Items Starting as LOW as $1.19!

Ends Tomorrow so HURRY!

Crescent Pumpkin Cheesecake Rolls

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Crescent Pumpkin Cheesecake Rolls

Its the season for pumpkin everything!  I’ve seen this recipe all over with a few variations but using plain pumpkin.  I didn’t have plain pumpkin I had pumpkin pie filling and since I’m going to use what I have I decided to improvise.  I sorta liked using the pie filling because I didn’t need to go buy pumpkin spice since I won’t use it again I really didn’t want to add it to my little spice bottle collection.  As it is my cabinet needs spanx on certain days.

What will you need?

2 cans crescent rolls

4 oz cream cheese softened

4 oz pumpkin pie filling

2-4 oz sugar, as you prefer I used about 3 but some might want it sweeter

cinnamon and sugar to dust with before baking

plastic bat to beat off the people trying to eat them all ☺

Mix the cream cheese, sugar and pie filing together, unroll the dough like you normally do when you are going to bake crescent rolls. When extended spread the filling all over and then roll normally (try to not get any on your fingers I dare you LOL)

bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes.

One baker made a glaze for it but we passed.  My hubby likes subtle sweetness with his morning coffee not a dessert type bread so we didn’t go down that path.

I love treats that we have coupons for or usually score deals on.   How many of us don’t stock up on the refrigerated dough variations when we have coupons?   So realistically you will make 32 of these with a whole package of cream cheese and a whole can of pie filling (small one).  This is a great Autumn treat that won’t break the bank!

We have a printable coupon for crescent rolls right now if you go to the printable coupon tab on the page, here is the link: http://couponistaqueen.com/coupons/  Print and surprise your family these are so so good, it will be something they ask for all the time from now on!

DIY Frugal De-Wrinkler!

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DIY Frugal De-Wrinkler!

Now just cause I’m a SAHM doesn’t mean I’m Mrs Cleaver.  How many times do I restart the dryer cause I forgot about that load and my clothes all look disastrous?  I won’t say but its more times then I’d care to admit.  I try very hard to be frugal now that I no longer work a full time job outside the home, and one thing that I’d occasionally splurge on is a certain brand of de-wrinkle spray that costs a little too much then I’m willing to admit I pay ☺  but you are looking at about $5 for a 16 ounce spray bottle or 31 cents an ounce!   Combine that with not so many coupons out there for this and I needed an alternative pronto.

I had bumped into the concoction for the DIY version on-line enough times to wonder if it works or not.  Will I have to iron?  Will my family be destined to walk this earth with wrinkled clothes???  Well today was the day I was going to find out.

What will you need?

Fabric Softener, for this I bought a small 28 oz bottle at the 99 cent store

White Vinegar, I had some but y’all know where to score this cheap.

Water

You will use equal parts of all three.  I used 8 oz of each making 24 oz of this de-wrinkler spray.  The bottle of fabric softener will be enough for 3 batches so this batch will cost you 33 cents.   Hold the press!  This batch will cost almost what ONE OUNCE of the store bought kind will cost.  1 OUNCE vs 24 OUNCES.  Hmmmmm…

But does it work?  In the words of the Monkees (oh come on you know who they are right?  I’m not that old ☺) I’M A BELIEVER!

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You spray your piece of clothing, smooth out and let dry.  PRESTO NO IRON NEEDED!

 Now if you are in a rush you can also spray this and throw it in the dryer and it will also work but I’m trying to get away from all that.  So it works, how does it smell?  Like Vinegar?  NOPE and that’s huge in this house cause the hubby can’t stand the smell of vinegar so this is PERFECT!  It will smell like vinegar a little when you spray but once it dries you can’t tell.  You can add essential oils if you wanted too but this is just something to take the wrinkles out so I didn’t want a heavy scent or anything like that but its up to you.  I always use warm water. Its my thing, I feel it helps everything mesh together more but that’s just me.  You will see a lot of different variations to this online some using less fabric softener some using alcohol, but I saw this enough to want to try it and I’m very pleased with the results of today’s little experiment.