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  • Morning Coffee: Shopping deals at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

    T.J. Maxx and Marshalls sent me a couple of gift cards to check out their stores. I didn’t have time to look for clothes for myself, but I did pick up some Star Wars action figures for the boys at 35% off regular retail price, and a boy’s winter jacket for almost half off regular retail. If you’re still looking for bargains, it’d be worth checking out these stores for discounted holiday gifts. You may also want to enter their “Carol-Oke” contest, which will give one lucky winner a $5,000 shopping spree, just for singing their favorite holiday carol (ends 12/20).

    Amazon’s Holiday Lightning Dealstoday include quite a few toys, DVDs and jewelry again. You can see all of the day’s Lightning Deals in Toys hereand Electronics here.

    Staples is offering $10 off any digital picture frame 7 inches or larger, today only. You can use this coupon in store or online.

    For most retailers, tomorrow is the last day for standard shipping orders to arrive by Christmas so many are offering free shipping. FreeShippingDay.com has a list of retailers who are offering free shipping tomorrow (minimums may apply).

    I got an email yesterday from P&G eSaver stating that starting January 1, 2010, their coupons will no longer be available for Kroger-affiliated shopper cards, including Ralphs. Although I rarely used the P&G eSaver coupons, I’m still a little disappointed. I do hope it doesn’t mean that P&G is going to start cutting back on coupons in general!

    For locals: The LA Times reports that through December 23, you can get a free cupcake when you donate a new, unwrapped toy at any SusieCakes.

    Being Frugal reminds us that the most important thing about holiday parties are the people, not the things. Having just attended the fifth annual Christmas party for what started out as a breastfeeding support group, I can attest to the truth of that! I am so grateful to still be in touch with women I first go to know when our oldest children were only weeks old.

    I love the message in this post at The Happiness Project: Let go of perfection and do it anyway. I struggle with perfectionism myself, so I could really relate. I too have found that life is still good even when things aren’t perfect.

    No Purchase Required is giving away a $25 American Express Gift Card. Ends 12/18.

    My Four Monkeys is giving away a $100 gift card to Kids Foot Locker. Ends 12/18.

    There are some fascinating ways of saving money. Over at Under $1000 per Month, they’ve stopped by buying soda and tonic water and instead are making their own “soda” using kefir.

    It’s illegal to throw batteries into the trash here (since 2006, I think), so I’ve been collecting the used alkaline batteries as we recover them from toys and such. Until recently, I’d planned to take them to IKEA, but I discovered that they no longer accept such batteries. However, it turns out that you can take them to these Jiffy Lube locations in Los Angeles. You can also search Earth911 for a disposal location in your area (though it may not include all locations; it didn’t list Jiffy Lube for me). (Hat tip: GovGab.)

    NYC Recession Diary is giving away $50 American Express Gift Cards. Ends 12/18.

    Kroger shopper card holders can load $6 in Huggies coupons onto their card from Softcoin.

    Get a printable coupon for $1.50 off 2 Rosetto frozen pasta (coupon link is at bottom right; expires in 30 days). (Via Printable Grocery Coupons and Deals.)

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    Comments

    1. Yeah, what's up with P&G? They don't put there coupons in our Sunday paper. Like Red Plum, only certain ZIP codes in our area gets their coupons (not mine!). And now I can't even use the ecoupons. Not that I ever remembered them, but still. Perhaps they'll start putting out printables! :-)

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