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.

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Jan
28

Five Valentine’s Day Gifts {that Won’t Break the Bank}

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

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It’s almost February so lets talk about Valentine’s Day Gifts that won’t break the bank.  Valentine’s Day is coming and it’s the perfect time of the year to tell those around you, just how much you love and appreciate them.  It’s not a day just for lovers, it’s a day for friendship too.   While you may tell your kids, parents, husband/wife, significant others and friends all the time that you love them, why not do something to show that you do too!

That being said, I think it’s good to stay within your budge when buying Valentine’s Day Gifts.  You may recall the other day I posted Eight Ways to Save in 2015 – you could blow that entirely just on this holiday if you don’t do it right.   While a dozen roses is a great idea and they look amazing, they are also extremely expensive on Valentine’s Day.  If you really want to get her roses, why not do that out of the blue another time of the year when she won’t expect it, and save yourself a ton of money!

Five Valentine’s Day Gifts {that Won’t Break the Bank}

Here are 5 Valentine’s Day Gifts you could do/make/get for your loved one, friends and your children as a token of how much they mean to you.

Make Valentine Heart Crayons

If you have little ones, then you have a lot of broken crayons.  This is something fun you can do with them, or not.  It’s up to you.   You can do this one of two ways – use a silicone heart pan or heart-shaped cookie cutters.   Break them all up in small pieces first.

If using a cookie cutter, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Put the cookie cutters on the cookie sheet and then put the broken pieces inside the cookie cutter and bake in the oven at 230 for about 15-20 minutes.  Watch them to see when they are completely melted and have taken on the heart shape.  Let them cool completely for up to an hour, then pop them out.

If you are using a silicone heart pan fill each heart with an assortment of colors of broken crayons and bake at 230 for about 15-20 minutes as well.  Let them cool for about an hour then pop them out.

You can wrap these up in clear plastic bags and tie them with a red/pink/white ribbon or tape them to a cute a card and give them to your little ones and their friends.

Baked Goods

Everyone loves baked goods.  You could make the recipient’s favorite dessert whether from scratch or from a box, and decorate it with a Valentine’s twist of color, shape or decorations.  Use frosting and food coloring to get it the right color you want.  Use sprinkles to add dimension and if you are very talented, pipe frosting on to make them look fancy and perhaps even store-bought!  But they will be made with love.

Create a Rose from Money or Paper

If you really want to give your loved one a rose for Valentine’s Day, you could make one with 5-7 dollar bills or paper shaped like dollar bills.  You can find a step by step tutorial here.  I think it’s a super cute idea and I bet the recipient would think so too!

Recreate Your Favorite Restaurant Meal at Home

We all have our favorite restaurant meals, so why not save a little bit of money and recreate it at home rather than going out to eat.  A lot of the more popular recipes have already been copycatted and you can find them online.  By cooking your loved one their special meal, and staying home to do it, you can set up a more romantic environment if that is what you are looking for.  That will also show them just how much you care.

LINDOR Chocolate

If you really want to give some chocolate to show how much you love someone on Valentine’s Day,  LINDOR is the perfect one to give!  (And it’s not just because they sent us some chocolates to enjoy)  I’ve been a HUGE fan of Lindt chocolate for a very long time and if you’ve ever had it, you know how it melts in your mouth in an amazing why that just warms my heart (and my belly!).   LINDOR Chocolate is so smooth and the flavors they have are absolutely the best.

Right now in stores you can find the following LINDOR products that are perfect for your loved one and these are all within your budget.

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LINDOR Truffles Milk Chocolate Gift Heart: Give a piece of your heart with the classic LINDOR Truffles Milk Chocolate Gift Heart.  Surprise your Valentine with this elegant and festive heart, filled with smooth Milk Chocolate LINDOR truffles.   These sell for about $9.99.

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NEW! LINDOR Truffles Strawberries & Cream Bag: A new twist to the classic LINDOR Truffles bag! A soft white chocolate shell infused with strawberry pieces encloses an irresistibly smooth white truffle filling – an indulgent treat for your special Valentine. Available exclusively at Target locations for about $3.99.

Valentine's Day Gifts

LINDOR Truffles Milk Chocolate Bag : This signature Lindt gift bag is filled with delicious LINDOR Milk Chocolate truffles sure to melt the heart of your Valentine. This sells for about $4.99.

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All of these items cost under $10 but they taste so good, they should be priced higher!

I realize that 3 out of 5 of these ideas include some sort of food, but lets face it, food is part of our day and almost always part of our celebrations!   Now don’t just think about your husband/wife for these ideas,  it could also be for your closest girl friends.   I know my friends mean a lot to me and if I can find a way to show them how much they do mean to me on Valentine’s Day,  I will!

What will you be doing to celebrate those you love/care for/appreciate for Valentine’s Day this year?

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

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Jan
27

Having Fun with Disney’s FROZEN Sing-A-Long DVD on a Frozen Day in New England

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This post is Sponsored by Disney’s FROZEN but my opinions are 100% my own!

You may have heard on the news, or seen on Facebook that parts of New England were expecting a Blizzard this week… well today specifically.  In case you didn’t know, I live in New England and spent the day yesterday preparing my family for this impending blizzard.  I went and bought my bread, milk and eggs (well actually I forgot the milk) along with some staple items to have on hand in case of a power outage.  My husband says I’d still be able to cook if we lose power, I say why bother?!    I filled the gas tanks,  made sure the generator worked and that most of our clothes were clean, again in case we lose power.  The winds they were expecting, made power outages a huge concern.  And of courses we have batteries and flashlights ready to go,  all electronics are fully charged -  we are prepared!

That was yesterday.  I had no idea what we’d wake up to today and about 2am I woke up and all I could hear was the wind blowing, and my porch swing bumping against the porch rails.  Urrghh!  I never thought to take that down.   I laid there praying it didn’t break the side of the porch.   Of course at that point I was wide awake and couldn’t sleep. It was so quiet outside, other than the wind.   I peeked out the windows and it was beautiful.  Snow covering everywhere.  The house was bright from the moon reflecting against it.  I didn’t try and take a picture because I knew I couldn’t capture how beautiful it was.  Untouched snow is calming and I absolutely love it!   I couldn’t tell how much was out there, especially because the wind was causing a lot of drifts, but there was a lot, I did know that.

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This morning I woke up and remembered that our puppy Max would need to go out first thing in the morning so I bundled up and headed out the back door.   That was when I saw that I couldn’t actually open the back door, because there was about a foot of snow against the door.  I slowly pushed it open and thankful the snow was light and fluffy so it moved fairly easily.  Once there was a enough room to squeeze myself and my shovel out there, I was able to make a small path for the dog.

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This is what I was dealing with – CRAZY.  And would you believe once I did that he refused to do anything out there!  So I then went to the front and did the same thing.  He eventually found a spot that was good enough for him to do his business.  Oh how I love my dog!

Later on today, when the snow stops, I will shovel our way out there somehow and then cuddle up with the kids and my husband in front of the fire and probably watch some movies.  One movie that is at the top of the girls list is the new Frozen Sing-Along because what better movie to watch on a Frozen New England Day than Disney Frozen!

Disney’s FROZEN Sing-A-Long

In case you haven’t heard, your Disney FROZEN fans can now get the Frozen Sing-Along Edition on DVD.  My girls are still singing these songs weekly!   We love the music and we still love the movie.

Experience Frozen, the hit musical comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios, like never before in a new to DVD, full-length Sing-Along Edition! Follow the lyrics with a bouncing Frozen snowflake. Join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and a snowman named Olaf – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. It’s pure enchantment – and full of fun for the whole family!

Not sure how this Sing-A-Long DVD works?  Check out the trailer for “Frozen Sing-Along” here.

Voice Cast: Kristen Bell (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Hit & Run,” Showtime’s “House of Lies,” Broadway’s “The Crucible”) as Anna; Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked” and “Rent,” “Enchanted”) as Elsa; Jonathan Groff (2013 Sundance Film Festival’s “C.O.G,” “Taking Woodstock,” Fox’s “Glee,” Broadway’s “Spring Awakening”) as mountain man Kristoff; Josh Gad (“The Internship,” “Love & Other Drugs,” Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”) as the lovable snowman Olaf; Santino Fontana (Broadway’s “Cinderella,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Billy Elliot”) as Hans; Alan Tudyk (King Candy in “Wreck-It Ralph,” “42”) as the Duke of Weselton; Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones”) as Pabbie & Chris Williams (“Bolt,”) as Oaken

You can find it in stores now!

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.

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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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