The 5 Best Online Christmas Deal Sites

1. –¬† is a free, user-driven deal sharing site with a mission to provide consumers an avenue to collaborate and share information in order to make the best shopping decisions. They also have over 800 coupons for all your favorite online stores. Browse around and you’re bound to save more than a few bucks! They also have a deal alert you can sign up for so that you never miss a deal again.

2. – Dealio is your source for the best deals on anything, anywhere. Search for deals directly from the Web site or use the arsenal of FREE deal hunting tools to find the best deals while you’re on the go.

3. Deal Catcher – DealCatcher is an online community that helps shoppers save money and make educated purchases. On the site you will find online coupons, products, sales, reviews, and rebates. The site is updated throughout the day by its staff and forum members. They are dedicated to providing you with the tools needed to find the best deals online.

4. – is updated daily with new bargains, clearance items. online shopping deals, sales, coupon codes and other discount offers.

5. Deals Plus – DealsPlus is an online social shopping website that offers a unique setting for users to share deals, coupons, shopping tips, and organize their shopping lists. DealsPlus is socially-driven, which means the best deals are hand-picked by our users.

Best Gift Card Deals for the Holidays

Everyone loves to receive a gift card, making them the easiest gift to give. We also like to get something in return, so I’m here to share with you the gift card deals that I found where you not only get to give but you also get to receive.

Costco is offering many gift cards at a reduced price. $100 worth of Starbucks gift cards for $79.99. $60 worth of itunes gift cards for $54.99. Two $50 gift cards for McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Restaurant for $79.99. And the list goes on. Check out the great deals at your local Costco.

Denny’s – Free $5 Gift Card when you buy a $25 Gift Card.

Red Robin – Receive $5 in Bonus Bucks for every $25 in Red Robin Gift Cards Purchased or receive a 20% discount for every $500 in Red Robin Gift Cards Purchased.

Outback Steakhouse – Purchase $100 in Outback Gift Cards and get a bonus $20 Gift Card.

California Pizza Kitchen – Purchase $100 in CPK gift cards and receive a $20 CPK rewards card.

Mortons Steakhouse – Receive a $100 bonus gift card for every $500 in gift cards purchased.

Buca di Beppo – Earn a $25 Reward Card with every $100 purchase!

Papa Johns – Get a free medium 1-topping pizza when you purchase $25 in gift cards.

Benihana – If you purchase a $100 Benihana Gift Card you’ll receive a complimentary “Benihana Delight” entr√©e on your next visit to Benihana. If you buy a $50 gift card, you’ll get a complimentary Benihana Roll on your next visit to Benihana.

10 Hottest Toys For The Holidays – Best Price Comparison

Countdown to Christmas – 48 Days!

Already items like Elmo Live and U-Dance are on Ebay being sold for more than you can buy them for at the stores or online. These items may be sold out if you wait too long but with a little planning and some comparison shopping you can get those Hot Holiday Items your kids are wanting. We did the research for you and compared the prices at the three most popular online toy stores.

  1. Fisher Price Elmo Live: Amazon – $64.87 with Free Shipping. Toys R Us – $67.98 with Free Shipping. eToys – 69.99 with 3.99 shipping and .85 per pound.
  2. Bakugan Battle Brawlers Series 1 Battle Pack of 6: Amazon – $49.45 with Free shipping. Toys R Us – Out of Stock. eToys – Out of Stock.
  3. Bratz Girls Really Rock(choice of 5 different dolls): Amazon – $19.99 with free shipping if you spend $25. Toys R Us – $14.99 with Free shipping. eToys – $21.99 with 3.99 shipping and .85 per pound.
  4. Gourmet Cupcake Maker: Amazon – $19.88 with free shipping if you spend $25. Toys R Us – $29.99 with free shipping on orders over $49. eToys – $29.99 with $3.99 shipping and .85 per pound.
  5. Crayola Glow Station: Amazon – $24.88 with free shipping if you spend $25. Toys R Us – $24.99 with free shipping on orders over $49. eToys – $29.99 with $3.99 shipping and .85 per pound.
  6. U-Dance: Amazon – $64.99 with Free shipping. Toys R Us – $74.99 with Free shipping. eToys – They do not offer it.
  7. Wild Planet Animal Scramble: Amazon – $25.99 with Free shipping. Toys R Us – $14.99 with free shipping on orders over $49. eToys – $19.99 with $3.99 shipping and .85 per pound.
  8. Lego Agents: Mobile Command Center: Amazon – $69.99 with Free shipping. Toys R Us – Out of Stock! eToys – Sold Out!
  9. Disney Fairies Clickables Fairy Charms Starter Set: Amazon – $19.99 with free shipping if spend $25. Toys R Us – $19.99 with free shipping on orders over $49. eToys – They dont offer it.
  10. Sit To Stand Alphabet Train: Amazon – $39.99 with Free shipping. Toys R Us – They don’t offer it. eToys – They dont offer it.

Did You Vote? Visit Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Ben & Jerrys For Free Items Just for Voting!

Did you Vote? I hope so! Many retailers are giving away free items just for letting them know you voted.

Starbucks will give you a free tall coffee for voting. Check out Ideas In Action Blog for more details and a video.

Krispy Kreme will give you a sticker and a free star shaped doughnut for voting.

Ben & Jerrys will give you a free scoop of ice cream for voting.

Starbucks Gold Card – November 4th, 2008

On November 4, a new way to save will be landing in Starbucks. It’s called Starbucks Gold. Join Starbucks Gold for $25, and here is what it can do for you:

  • Get an automatic 10% discount on most items in store
  • Free Wi-Fi access (a two-hour session every day)
  • Surprise indulgences, like a treat on your birthday
  • Share your discount on friends and family days

In this article, Starbucks hopes to reheat sales from the August 13, 2008 Denver Post, it tells about how the Seattle-based coffee titan has unveiled a pilot program in Denver and Vancouver, British Columbia, called Starbucks Gold Card, in which customers who have registered their Starbucks cards are invited to sign up to get perks such as a free birthday drink and friends-and-family discounts.” I guess it worked in Denver and Vancouver because now its coming for everyone to enjoy.

I am excited to get on the Starbucks Gold band wagon and enjoy those discounts over the holidays. Check out your local Starbucks on November 4 for all the details!

Best Photo Print Sites

Summer is over and you probably have a ton of vacation photos downloaded to your computer waiting for a chance to put them on a disk or memory stick to take to the nearest print center to have them printed, only to take them home and get them into a photo album. Why not save time and usually money and try out some of these photo sites. It so much fun to put albums together and its so simple too. Many of them have great deals for new members, so you end up getting FREE prints or special prices on photo items.

Shutterfly – 4X6: 15 cents, 8X10: $3.99, Photo Book: 8X8 size $29.99 for the first 20 pages, then 70 cents for each additional page. *Right now they have 30% off each additional book when you purchase the first one at regular price. They also have Christmas cards and calendars. Shipping: 30 prints for $2.49.

Snapfish – 4X6: 9 cents, 8X10: $2.99, Photo Book: 8X8 size $24.99 for 20 pages double-sided color pages. They have mini flip books starting at $4.99. If you’re new to Snapfish you receive 20 FREE prints the first time you upload. * Save 25% off the second item when the first item is purchased at regular price.

Artscow – 4X6: 6 cents, 8X10: 49 cents, Photo Book: For new members only 8X8 size with 20 pages only $4.99, regular price $9.99. Get 400 FREE prints when you register. Shipping: 40 prints for $3.99.

Winkflash – 4X6: 8 cents, 8X10: $1.49, Photo Book: Classic 8X8 size $12.95, Custom cover 10X8 size $30.95 up to 20 pages. 50 FREE prints for all new members. Shipping: 20 prints for $1.49.

Dotphoto – 3X5: 9 cents, 4X6: 9 cents, 8X10: $2.89, Photo Book: 8X10 size $26.95. 50 FREE 4X6 prints for new members. Shipping: 26 prints for $2.49, Free on orders of 39.99.

SmugMug – 4X6: 19 cents, 8X10: $1.99, Photo Book: 8X10 size $19.95. Shipping: 50 prints for $2.95.

Some of these sites even offer you the chance to make some money off your photos, by selling them online.

Please share your experiences or great deals you have gotten with printing your photos online.

Back to School Gadgets

Whats on your list? Chances are the kids will come home from the first day of school with many different lists of things they need that weren’t on the original list. Or they will come home with that “I have to have this” speech because they saw their friends all sporting one. Below are some smart products for your school bound kids.

No longer do you have to spend big bucks if a scientific calculator is on your supply list, the Activa AT-30SX offers all the necessary functions in a sleek package for only $16 at

When the kiddie lunch box is no longer cool, check out the Eco-friendly polypropylene containers from They come in eight colors and even have a hand dandy spork.

To get those kids out of bed and to school on time without that annoying alarm sound, came out with a Groove Toons clock. It works with any generation iPod nano. Great speakers for the price.

Check out the new version of Microsoft Student, it was great when it debuted in 2006 and is even better now. The new version has 60,000-plus encycolpedia articles and amazing step-by-step math solutions.

Need an external hard drive for all those book reports and notes? Western Digital’s My Passport comes in 11 colors and is preloaded with the Google Desktop Search and Picasa photo organizer. has come out with mouse pads that are just that, actual pads of paper for jotting down notes. Random Dawdle, Daily Mood Tracker, Information Center and 5 Days a Week are the four different ones that they offer.

4 Ways to Shop Smarter On-line

1. Get Rewards for Shopping – Are you missing out on e-tailor reward programs? Check out whether sites offer rewards before you shop. Best Buy gives you a $5 off coupon for every $250 you spend. 1-800-Flowers issues a $20 coupon for every $200 spent. Also see if your favorite store is listed on They reward you for shopping at participating stores such as Barnes & Noble or Ann Taylor. How it works is you rack up points for every dollar you spend and you can redeem them for cash. Right now they are offering a special bonus $10 gift card just for signing up.

2. Free Goodies – At you go through the Forums section to the Freebies section and you will find different freebies listed and users post tips on how they got them. This site offers more than just freebies, they have great coupons and great deals.

3. Protect Yourself from Store Bankruptcies – With so many stores running into financial troubles its smart to take precautions when you’re shopping. Always pay by credit card, especially if you’re leaving a deposit; if there’s a problem with an item purchased, you’ll probably have more recourse than if you paid with cash or debit card. Make sure and use up your gift cards if you suspect a store is in financial trouble.

4. Charge to the Right Credit Card – If you’re putting all your purchases on a credit card to rack up airline miles but you don’t travel much, you may be better off putting your purchases on a card that offers cash back. Discover More or American Express Blue Cash tend to be more generous with their rewards.

5 Book Sites You Need to Check Out

To get the best prices and find the books you need, you may automatically think of Amazon and that wouldn’t be entirely wrong, but I found some other amazing book sites that are often overlooked. Check out these sites for great deals and even some freebies.

1. – They offer Free downloads of over 100,000 titles. You can search by Author or Title Words. They also have a way for you to give back by volunteering, proofreading, cataloging, and more.

2. – They have thousands of bargain books to choose from.

3. – This is a great place to join a Free book club and receive 5 minute samplings of a different book each week in your email. Your sure to get hooked on a great book.

4. – This is a great site for Browsing. They have an amazing amount of interesting books. They offer out of print books and you can even sell them your old books on-line. If you are ever in the Portland, Oregon area stop by and visit one of the 4 amazing stores.

5. – For all your textbook needs, check out this site. They offer over 7 million new and used textbooks.

Watch Movies for Free!

Have you ever rented a movie from Redbox? You know that Red Box that is inside of Albertsons, Wal-Mart or outside McDonalds? For a $1 a night you can rent a movie and if you keep it an extra night, its just another $1. No late fees or hidden fees. Its pretty simple, just choose a movie on line from, reserve it, then pick it up at your nearest Redbox location and take it home and enjoy it.

I know the $1 a night is a great deal but did you know you can watch them for free some nights? If you Join the SMS Network at you can get a Free Movie on Mondays. Also you can check out for codes to use throughout the week for Free movies. You can click by state to see what codes work in your area. Its a great way to see the newest releases for Free. Make sure and read the comments so you know which codes are working and some general information about how they work.