Jan
29

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts & Rewards Sweepstakes {Giveaway}

This post is Sponsored by Wyndham Hotels but my opinions are 100% my own!

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It’s really cold here in New England right now.  The states are covered in beautiful white snow.   In case you hadn’t heard, we had a sort of “blizzard” here this week.  It wasn’t as bad as they expected but we still got 18 inches where I live and more in other areas.  Our schools were closed for 2 days and some towns are closed for a 3rd day too because they haven’t been able to plow all the schools yet.   There is so much snow that they don’t even know where to put it!  I know there are places that get snow like this all the time, but not here so it’s not something we are set up for.  A few inches here and there is normal, but not 18 inches!

None the less, it is beautiful and will be for a few days.  And then we are supposed to get more snow over the weekend.  By next week I’ll be wishing I was somewhere else warmer… and far, far away from the beautiful white snow.

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And on that note, I’m happy to share with you today the DO NOT DISTURB sweeps offered by the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brands. But first a little bit about Wyndham and their rewards program.

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Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is an upscale hotel brand with more than 180 properties around the world – including top travel destinations like Orlando, Hawaii, New York, Istanbul, Shanghai and more – which offer the comfort and amenities you would expect in a world-class hotel, including beautifully appointed public areas, thoughtfully detailed guestrooms and distinct dining options. It is part of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of brands.  Brands that are probably pretty familiar to you already!

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Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company, encompassing approximately 7,590 hotels in 71 countries under brands such as Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, TRYP by Wyndham and more.

You know me, always looking for a way to save!  Whenever I stay at a hotel, I always join their rewards program.   Even if you think you may not stay at that brand again, you never know.  Each time you stay, you’ll earn rewards towards a free nights stay.  With the cost of travel being so high, why not work towards something to help cut the costs?!   Wyndham has a great rewards program.

And now about the sweepstakes…

Do Not Disturb Sweeps

Everyone deserves a little undisturbed time. Now through March 13th, Wyndham is giving fans the chance to win a complimentary 7-night stay for two at any of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ properties around the world – more than 180 to choose from, including top destinations like Orlando, Hawaii, Philadelphia, Istanbul and more – plus 100,000 United Airlines MileagePlus® Award miles to get you there, and $1,000 cash for living it up on your dream vacation. With only one lucky grand-prize winner, eight (8) weekly winners (one per week) will also receive 25,000 United Airlines MileagePlus miles each to get away from it all!

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Enter on the Wyndham Hotels Facebook page and then share with your friends and family!

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Rewards

Be sure to sign up for Wyndham Rewards as well.    It is the free-to-join loyalty program offered by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and parent company Wyndham Hotel Group. Points can be earned and redeemed at more than 7,000 hotels in more than 50 countries throughout Wyndham Hotel Group’s 12 worldwide hotel chains.

After just one qualified stay, you can earn enough points to redeem for a reward!   I like the sound of that.  Plus, Koupon Karen has teamed up with Wyndham Rewards to give you a chance to win 50,000 Wyndham Rewards Points, which depending on where you stay, you can cash in for up to 5 FREE night stays!

 

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(1) Koupon Karen reader will win 50,000 Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Rewards points!!!

To enter the giveaway, use the Giveaway Tools widget below. Email and feed subscribers will need to click-through to the site to enter the giveaway.

To Receive Your Wyndham Rewards Points

  • To receive your points, sign up (it’s free!) for the Wyndham Rewards Program if you have not already here.
  • In order to receive 50,000 Wyndham Rewards points, we’ll need your full name, phone number, email address used to sign up, and Wyndham Rewards membership number
  • After we receive the above items, a member of the Wyndham Rewards team will deposit 50,000 points into your account.
  • Points typically take around 7-14 business days to clear
  • Points are valid for 18 months (inactive account) or 4 years (active account)
  • Once points are in your account, you’re free to use them as you please! To browse redemption options, please visit WyndhamRewards.com and select the “Redeem Wyndham Rewards” box at left when searching – this will show all available hotels under the Wyndham umbrella.

As a reminder, comments left on Facebook or Twitter will not be included. You must follow the instructions on the widget about the proper way to enter. Of course Facebook is in no way associated with this giveaway!

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Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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Jan
26

ALDI is Rebranding Their Coffee & Win a Month’s Supply of Coffee {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Aldi but my opinions are 100% my own!

I love to shop at ALDI and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you already know that.  Just last night I was with my girlfriends and one of them said she recently tried ALDI and couldn’t believe how much money she saved and what great quality everything was.  Another friend chimed in and said she does 60% of her shopping at ALDI every single week.

And if you shop at ALDI then you know the quality is there, but with a much lower price.   That goes for coffee too!

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ALDI is rolling out its new Barissimo premium coffee products and I’m helping them spread the word! A number of their Beaumont Coffee products will transition to the new Barissimo brand in early 2015. While the name may be changing, nothing else will.  The coffee will taste the same and the pricing will also be the same.

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If you are a coffee drinker, I’ve probably got your attention now.  I’m a HUGE coffee drinker and love to try new products but love even more when they are priced nicely because I love getting a good deal.  Plus I drink a lot of coffee so I need to find deals on it.  But not everything cheap, tastes good.

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The new Barissimo line of coffee will features nine bagged and single serve coffee items, along with additional seasonal and Special Buy items that will be available for a limited time.  I love seasonal coffees and look forward to them every year.  So I’m glad they will still have those.  And who doesn’t love a Special Buy!  This girl sure does!

If you are familiar with the Beaumont Coffee brand from ALDI, the following items are now sold under the Barissimo brand name:

  • Ready-to-drink Iced Coffees (French Vanilla, Mocha and Coffee) – $1.19
  • Whole Bean Coffee (Morning Roast and Donut Store) – $3.99
  • Fair Trade Coffee (Medium and Dark Roast) – $3.99
  • Donut Store Ground Coffee – $3.99
  • 12 oz. Bag Coffee (Breakfast Blend, House Blend, and French Roast) – $3.99
  • Assorted Flavored Coffee (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.99
  • Flavored Coffee Cups (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.79
  • Regular Roast Coffee Cups (Breakfast and Donut) – $4.79
  • Specialty Roast Coffee Cups (Fair Trade Colombian and Dark Roast) – $4.79

So look for the new name next time you shop.  Remember, the product is still the same, must the name is different.

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Please note: Prices listed above are based on retails on 1/7/2015. Prices are subject to change and may vary by store location.

Not sure if you have an ALDI store near you?  Check the store locator on their website.

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(1) Koupon Karen reader will win a Three-Month’s supply of Barissimo coffee from ALDI.

To enter the giveaway, use the Giveaway Tools widget below. Email and feed subscribers will need to click-through to the site to enter the giveaway.

As a reminder, comments left on Facebook or Twitter will not be included. You must follow the instructions on the widget about the proper way to enter. Of course Facebook is in no way associated with this giveaway!

If you are looking for more giveaways, be sure to follow my Fun Giveaways Pinterest board!

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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Jan
23

Eight Ways to Save Money in 2015

This post is Sponsored by LowestMed but my opinions are 100% my own!

Eight Ways to Save Money in 2015

It’s a new year and a new start to get into a better financial state.  Each year you work towards your goal, the closer you’ll get.  Being debt free is a nice feeling and with a little work and organization along with a lot of determination, you can be debt free too!  Here are some ways to save money in 2015 that I wanted to share with you.

Eight Ways to Save Money in 2015

Use Coupons & Sign up for Rewards Programs

Believe it or not,  I don’t see a lot of people using coupons at the grocery store.  Even after the last few years where more and more people are talking about using coupons to cut the costs of groceries, I still see a lot of people who DO NOT use them!  It’s crazy not to because it’s just like cash.  Coupons work the same way as cash do!  I challenge you to look through the Sunday paper or even your favorite magazine and cut out a few coupons for products you use and see how fast the savings add up.  Trust me, it really is a great way to keep more money in your wallet!

Pack Your Lunch EVERYDAY

Brown bagging your lunch is a sure way to save money every single week.  If you work outside the home,  you are probably ordering out for or going out for lunch at least once a week if not more.  I know I did it a lot when I was working in an office.  But if you bring your lunch from home you’ll probably save at least $6 a day (if ordering out, more if you are actually going into the restaurant).  That money will add up over the entire year.  Plus you’ll be wasting less food because chances are you have food in your fridge right now you could have taken to work, but instead will toss in the trash by the end of the week.

Call Your Utility Companies

If you have cable, a cell phone and a land line, chances are if you call them and ask them to give you a deal, they probably will.  Especially if you can easily take your business elsewhere.  If you get them all to cut your bills by even $30 a month, you’ll save $360 a year!

Weekly Savings Account (52 Week Challenge)

If you pay yourself every week, you can easily save up money.    You can sort of think of it as ‘paying yourself’ and look at it as another bill and add it to your weekly budget.  You can use something like the 52 week challenge I posted earlier this year where each week it’s a different amount, or set up an automatic transfer each time you get paid for money to go into a separate account.    Even just saving $5 a week will give you $260 a year.  If you double that it’ll be $520.  It adds up quickly.

Round Up and Put in your Savings Account

If you just cant do a weekly savings account, how about rounding up whenever you buy something or pay a bill, and put the rounded up money into a savings account.  Depending on how strict you are in your checkbook, you could just round it up when subtracting out and leave the money there.  You won’t see it so you won’t really know how much is there.  Then it’s like surprise money.  At the end of the month, when you balance your checkbook, you can move over that surprise money into a savings account.  Add all your loose change to it as well and you can build it up faster.  This may be a slower way to save money BUT if you do more than one thing on this list, it’ll add up quickly!

Drink only Water for the Entire Year

Challenge yourself to stop drinking soda, lemonade, iced tea, iced coffee and even wine and just drink water for the entire year (minus coffee because I couldn’t go without my coffee – but make that at home!).  If you are a big soda drinker, not only will your waist line thank you, but your bank account will do.   Using soda as an example, if you buy 4 one liter bottles of soda a week at about $1.50 a bottle, you’ll save $312 a year by switching to water.  And you’ll probably… no you will definitely lose weight too!  Water is so much better for your body and your wallet.

Inquire about Lower Interest Rates for your Home

If you own a home, there is a good chance you can lower your interest rate.  Call around to all the local banks in your area and see what their interests rates are for refinancing your home.  Even if it’s only a small different, depending on how long your mortgage is, you may be able to save a lot of money in the long run.  It will cost money to get an appraisal, but you can easily recoup that money after a few months of saving.  If you area paying PMI on your mortgage, you also may be able to get rid of that cost.  You’ll need to pay for an appraisal but if it works,  it’ll probably cost you about 1-2 months of PMI for the appraisal and then the cost will be gone for good!

Save on Prescriptions with the Rx Savings App LowestMed

Chances are you have a smart phone.  If you have a smart phone then you probably use apps everyday.  There are a lot of great money savings apps including a great Rx Savings App.  If you ever had been prescribed a prescription,  you know how expensive they can be.  And there isn’t much you can do about it if you need to take it.   LowestMed is a free Rx discount app and program. It doesn’t require a membership or fee to use.   You can potentially save anywhere from 10-85% off retail prices.

It’s super easy to use.  Once you download the app, search for the prescription by name…

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Then you’ll see a list of pharmacies near you along with the cost of the prescription with the lowest one being on top.  (As long as you have the “use my location” turned on,  it’ll find local stores).  You can tell it to search within so many miles of you.

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You can even search for the generic brand if you want to save even more.    If you take just one prescription drug a month and find a significance savings, imagine if you have to take more later on in the year.  The savings can really add up without any effort on your part other than searching on the app.  Healthcare costs are high enough so if you can save on prescriptions with the LowestMed app by finding the store that has the best price, it could be a huge help.

These ideas may not fit everyone’s lifestyle but utilizing some of these ways to save in 2015 could halp save you an extra $1000 a year or more!  Think about what you could do with that savings and challenge yourself to at least try.

Do you have any other ideas for Saving Money?

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Jan
22

Look for Banquet and Chef Boyardee on Rollback at Walmart #LowPriceMeals

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LowPriceMeals #CollectiveBias

Look for Banquet and Chef Boyardee on Rollback at Walmart #LowPriceMeals #CollectiveBias

I’m so excited to tell you about Banquet and Chef Boyardee on Rollback at Walmart!  Even though the holidays are over now, it’s still the busy time of year for us and I’m making it easy in the kitchen with Banquet dinners and pot pies and Chef Boyardee.  I love to find ways to save time and money in the kitchen and the rollback prices on frozen Banquet dinners and pot pies and Chef Boyardee cans makes it easy.

The rollback prices are just $0.80 for each frozen Banquet dinner and pot pie now through February 24, 2015 and $0.75 for each 14.5-15 oz can of Chef Boyardee January 20 – March 16, 2015.  Tasty meals like Banquet Salisbury Steak and Chef Boyardee raviolis make dinner easy and delicious!

Banquet and Chef Boyardee on Rollback

See the entire list of Frozen Banquet dinners here and Chef Boyardee cans here.

While shopping at Walmart, be sure to look for the Rollback signs for Banquet in the freezer section and Chef Boyardee in the Canned Food aisle!

Look for Banquet and Chef Boyardee on Rollback at Walmart #LowPriceMeals #CollectiveBias

Be sure to head to Walmart and stock up on this great deal while supplies last! Find out more about the rollbacks by visiting the Walmart website here.

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Jan
21

10 Things to Look At on Pinterest & Win a Visa Gift Card {Giveaway}

This post is Sponsored by When I Work but my opinions are 100% my own!

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest.  It’s what everyone is talking about.

Pinterest is the place to hang out.  It’s where all the cool kids hang… or the cool moms.  It’s the place to get great ideas, to learn new DIY skill’s, to get inspired, to find great recipes (and sometimes bad ones),  and to waste a lot of time.  Haha.  Seriously I am sure you’ve all wasted time getting sucked into Pinterest at least once or twice.  I know I have about 100 times a week.

But that’s not so bad.   Pinterest inspires me to do things, to make things, to try things and to blog sometimes too!  I get ideas and think to myself (being a blogger that is) “I can do that too and I can blog about it!”.  I have a list of things I want to do and blog about and I will get it them.  And all thanks to Pinterest.

My younger cousin is getting married and she asked me to be her maid of honor (really I’m the matron of honor but we don’t really have to call me a matron, do we?).   Before she asked me, she turned to Pinterest and found some really cute ideas including a nice card she gave me asking me to be a part of her special day.  I loved it!  When I asked her where she found something so unique, she said Pinterest – of course!

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10 Things to Look At on Pinterest

Recipes

I get a lot of inspiration to cook from Pinterest. Now granted, I don’t cook everything I want to after seeing it on there, but I do print out recipes and file them for someday.  And then some things I do make right away and my family thanks me for it.  It’s just so much easier than pulling out my pile of recipe books (that I’m not sure why I still have) and looking through them.  Its quick, easy and the pictures are inspiring.  Search for recipes if you are just looking for new ideas or specific recipes like “chicken recipes” or “low-calorie recipes”.

Home Decorating Ideas

I wish I had a knack for decorating, but I don’t.  I’m not very creative and I really believe that is the key to decorating.  I’m also not organized and that plays a part as well.  So when I’m looking for ideas to decorate my home, I surf Pinterest….. and then I want a new house.  LOL  Search for “decorating ideas” or more specifically for a specific room.  You’ll find ideas from furniture, to painting, to wall hangings and even ideas for those on a budget!

Themes for Kid’s Parties

My kids are still at the age where they like to have themed parties.  But seriously, buying all that stuff costs more than their presents do sometimes.  Pinterest is FULL of great ideas for kids parties that you can do your self, along with tons of printables to help offset the cost, while stilling having that theme that they love!  Search for “kid parties” and you’ll find inspiration for food, table scaping, party favors, games and even invites and thank you notes!

Organizing Ideas

I mentioned above that I’m not organized, but I strive to be EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  And someday, I believe I will be, once I find something that works for me.  And sometimes I have the tools in my home to become organized, I just don’t know how to use them.  So I turn to Pinterest for some ideas and I always find something.    Search for “organizing Ideas” or a specific area like “organizing a closet” and you’ll find things like creative home office organizing ideas, how to organize legos, shoes and also Dollar Store ideas if you are on an organizing budget!

Crafts

My girls love doing crafts but like I said before, I’m not very creative. However I do love to scrapbook.   Crafts are a huge part of Pinterest and it’s just so amazing looking at the ideas that people come up with.  I mean seriously how do they do it?  I have no idea but I pin what I like and maybe someday we will try them all.  Do a search for “crafts” or a specific craft idea or age group like “crafts for toddlers” and you’ll find things like making Ombre Monogrammed letters,  Adding a Pop of Color to glassware, melted crayon art and even sensory crafts for toddlers and cupcake liner fish!

Weight Loss Ideas

I’m always looking to lose weight.  It’s an ongoing battle for me and someday, I believe, I will be the winner of this battle.  I just know it!  But in the meantime, I get great ideas from Pinterest for exercises, meal plans, recipes and even pictures to inspire me to want to look better!   Do a search for “weight loss” and you’ll find all sorts ideas like flavoring your water to help you drink more (love doing this!), rapid weight loss ideas, shopping lists and tons and tons of recipes that look so delicious from their pictures.  Yes, I just gained 7 lbs looking at the pictures!

Holiday Ideas

I love to decorate for the holidays and I like to change it up from time to time.  But again, I don’t want to run out and buy all new stuff every year.  There are lots of DIY holiday decorating ideas on Pinterest that inspire to use what I have, in a different way.  It also gets me in the mood for the current holiday.  Do a search for either “holiday ideas” or the specific holiday you are search for and you’ll see all sorts of things like crafts, gifts, decorating ideas and even recipes.

Printables

Valentine’s Day is coming up and the kids love to give their friends little “gifts” for this occasion and many others.  Pinterest is full of fun printables for every holiday and occasion to dress up a little gift.  It’s also a great place to find printables to help you organize your home, reward charts for kids (and adults!) and even fun activities you can print out of the kids.   I like to turn to Pinterest on a rainy day when they kids say “I’m bored” for something for them to do.  And they love it as well.  Just do a search for “printables” and you’ll find everything from charts, wall decor, home management, labels, letter and so much more!

Money Saving Ideas

I’m always looking for ways to save money.  And while there are lots of websites on internet about saving money (mine included) you can find them all on Pinterest.  Ideas that you may not have thought of to save a penny here and there, ways to help your children learn about saving money and so much more.   Just do a search for “saving money” and you’ll see all sorts of ideas – saving for a big Disney Trip, Saving $1000 in one year, Tricks to Saving money and so much more.

DIY help

Pinterest is the place to go if you are looking for some DIY ideas – Do It Yourself.  From removing wall paper, to building things, painting, making homemade play-doh, kinetic sand and slime to cleaning impossible stains and knitting an infinity scarf.  You name it, you’ll most definitely find it on Pinterest.  Do a search for either “DIY” or the exact thing you are looking to do yourself for miles and miles of inspiration, instruction and tutorials.  I like to look through these ideas to remind myself how “Unhandy” my husband and I are.  And dream of being able to do some of these things some days.

There is so much more to Pinterest than just these 10 things I mentioned.  Just search for whatever interests you and it’ll be there, I’m pretty positive.   But don’t just look, add to it because what you have to share, may be on the top of someones search list.  And if you are a blogger, it’s a great way to get your site out there and to gain traffic, followers and even an income.

{Now I do realize that anything you do find on Pinterest and you decide to recreate, will cost money even if just a few cents.  So look below for a fun giveaway to help cut the cost of a project you found on Pinterest}

 

What do you like to Look At on Pinterest?

 

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When I Work wanted to support you in your efforts to try something new you found on Pinterest this new year so they kindly donated this gift card for you.  If you know someone who schedules hourly workers – make sure you have them check out their online scheduling software.

(1) Koupon Karen reader will win $100 Visa Gift Card from When I Work.

To enter the giveaway, use the Giveaway Tools widget below. Email and feed subscribers will need to click-through to the site to enter the giveaway.

As a reminder, comments left on Facebook or Twitter will not be included. You must follow the instructions on the widget about the proper way to enter. Of course Facebook is in no way associated with this giveaway!

If you are looking for more giveaways, be sure to follow my Fun Giveaways Pinterest board!

Disclosure: I received a Free product for review. My opinions are 100% mine.

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