50% Off Vera Bradley Canvas Backpack

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Save big on this Canvas Backpack in Pink Swirls from Vera Bradley! Regularly priced at $98, this backpack is on sale for only $49! It features secure pushlock and drawstring closures, and there is plenty of room inside for notebooks, text books, and even a laptop.

Details

  • Pushlock and drawstring closures
  • Inside, one zip pocket and two slip pockets
  • Side pockets are great for water bottles
  • Can be personalized
  • 13″ x 16 ½” x 7 ½” with 33 ¾” adjustable shoulder straps

Carry this color and show your support for breast cancer research as part of Vera Bradley’s Foundation for Breast Cancer.  Shop now!

Join the GiveForward ALS Ice Bucket Prank Campaign

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We’ve been taught since we were young to live by the golden rule:  Treat others the way that you’d like to be treated.  Everyone is special and deserves to be treated fairly.  When people take advantage of someone or treat them poorly, it is just heartbreaking.

Are you familiar with the story of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge prank?  A 14 year old autistic boy in Bay Village, Ohio was convinced by a few other boys to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  However, when the bucket was poured down on him it wasn’t containing ice or ice water – it was full of urine, spit, and feces.  The entire nation became outraged and disgusted by the terrible mistreatment of this young man, and GiveForward has stepped in to help by creating the ALS Ice Bucket Prank Campaign.

GiveFoward is the world’s #1 fundraising site for helping people in need.  They have helped raise over 120 million since 2008.  GiveForward came across this story and had the same response as the rest of us – pure outrage.  GiveForward started an ALS Ice Bucket Prank Campaign to show this young autistic boy love, and let him know that he is a hero for coming forward and telling everyone about how he was mistreated.

The money raised during this fundraiser will go directly to this young man’s family.  You can also leave a comment on the GiveFoward page telling the young man how awesome he is and how special he is.  There is a goal of 1,000 comments on the page.

If you’ve been bullied, or if you are outraged by the mistreatment of this young man, or if you believe that love is bigger than hate, please consider taking part of this fundraiser.  Don’t just sit idly by thinking about what a shame this situation was.  Consider stepping up and making a difference in this young boy’s life.  Help get the word out by sharing >this fundraiser with all of your friends and family.

80% Off Extra Long Layering Tops – Just $5.99 Each (Reg. $28.99!)

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Stock up on a fall and winter wardrobe essential – basic long sleeve tops! These extra long tops are perfect for layering, and are easily dressed up with the addition of a scarf or a bold accessory. Choose from Scoop Neck, V-Neck, or Crew Neck, and a variety of colors in each.

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These tops run about a 1/2 size smaller than true-to-size, so they recommend going up a size if you are between sizes. A small is a size 0-2, a medium is a size 4-6, and a large is size 8-10.

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Shipping is $3.99 for the first item and $1.99 for each additional item. The tops are estimated to ship out on October 9th.

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Stock up on these great basics now, but hurry – this deal disappears tonight at midnight!

How to Save Money Shopping Online + $50 Reader Giveaway

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My family lived for five years in Las Vegas, Nevada and then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah for a year. Now for the past year and a half we have lived in a tiny town in Mississippi that is adorable and quaint and small…and definitely not the city life. One of the number one things I miss about city life is the shopping options.

Now that I am really limited on places to shop – the Piggly Wiggly is nice and all but pretty limited choices – I have become an avid online shopper. I purchase anything from clothing to text books to groceries and more all online.

And I’ve learned lots of tips along the way as to how to save money while shopping online. There is often a stigma that with shopping online you will pay extra for the convenience factor and shipping charges, but that is often not the case at all.

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More often than not I can find items that I need or want for the same amount or quite a bit less than I would pay in stores and I don’t even have to get dressed or leave my house to purchase those items! Here are a few ideas for saving a significant amount of money while shopping online:

  • Coupon Codes: Before you ever purchase any item online, you need to see if there is a coupon code that you can apply to that purchase. The stores at Frugaa is a great place to check for current coupon codes for hundreds of different online retailers.
  • Free Shipping: Make sure to see if the retailer offers free shipping with a specific purchase amount. For example, Walmart and Old Navy offer free shipping with a $50 purchase, for Kohl’s it is $75 and so on. And quite often major retailers will have free shipping with no minimum purchase for a day or entire weekend!
  • Newsletters: If you really love a specific retailer make sure to sign up for their newsletter to get the latest details of their current sales, coupon codes, free shipping days and more.
  • Catalogs: There are still retailers that send catalogs by mail to their customers when requested. And these catalogs almost always have coupon codes in them for you to save on online purchases.
  • Gift Cards: Most major retailers allow you to use gift cards as a form of payment. So, if your retailer ever has a gift card promotion in stores – for example to earn so many rewards points with gift card purchases, you can use those cards to save on online purchases as well!

There are so many great ways to save on online purchases! Just this year I have gotten a huge shipment of brand new fall clothes for my son for only a couple dollars a piece from a great high end retailer. I’ve gotten a months worth of our favorite cereal for several dollars less per box than I would pay in stores. I have purchased my text books from an online location for WAY less than I would have paid on campus.

And all of the purchases had the added benefit of my not even having to leave my home! Online shopping is an incredible way to shop both conveniently and on a budget.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Jinxy reader will win a their choice of $50 PayPal Cash. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 10/15/14. Good luck!

Selfie Series Premiere Tuesday Night – Check Out this Video Clip

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ABC’s new comedy, “Selfie,” starring Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and John Cho, premieres tomorrow! Have you seen the commercials? I think it looks super funny, especially for anyone who is into social media. (And maybe also for those who HATE social media!) About the show:

Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks her co-worker marketing guru, Henry, to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect.

Check out this video soundbite from Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“Charmonique”) talking about how she prepared for her role by talking to real-life moms and single moms.







Gorgeous Personalized Hand-Stamped Necklaces only $8.99!

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I love these gorgeous hand stamped necklaces! Jane.com has these on sale right now for only $8.99 and you can personalize the engraving and choose between silver or gold toned.

These are so trendy and dainty and I love the personalizations options. These would be a great gift for an anniversary, bridal shower and more!

Shipping is only $2.99 for the first and $1.25 for each additional one that you purchase. That makes these as low as $10.24 shipped – such a great price! Head over here to grab this great deal and here are a few details from the listing:

These gorgeous necklaces make great gifts for birthdays, bridal parties, & any special occasion. Or, just because! Each necklace is stamped by hand. Due to the nature of hand-stamped items, initial qualities such as alignment, spacing, depth, and darkness will vary. This is not considered a flaw and only adds to the uniqueness of your one-of-a-kind necklace!

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Crazy 8 Children’s Clothing Starting at $2.71 Shipped!

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Crazy 8 has a great sale going on right now on their adorable children’s clothing! This is a sister company of Gymboree so their clothing is stylish, durable and really adorable but at really great prices!

Today and tomorrow (through 9/30) you can get 15% off your entire purchase and free shipping with code CELEBR8 at checkout. Shop the incredible prices in the markdown section for these great deals:

  • Girls’ Dresses Starting at $7.99 = $6.79 Shipped
  • Girls’ Tank Tops Starting at $3.19 = $2.71 Shipped
  • Infant Bodysuits Starting at $5.59 = $4.75 Shipped
  • Boys’ Dress Shirts Starting at $7.99 = $6.79 Shipped
  • Boys Tank Tops Starting at $3.19 = $2.71 Shipped
  • and More!

They also have some incredible sales in the regular priced departments that you can combine with this coupon. Head over here to shop these great deals!

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Tips for Planning a Dinosaur Dig Party

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It’s a fact—little boys love dinosaurs! If you want to design a party your dinosaur-loving boy will really dig, consider planning a dinosaur fossil dig party. Start by channeling your inner caveman and think prehistoric in terms of party decorations, favors, invitations, activities and even refreshments. We’re sharing our top 5 tips for planning a dinosaur dig party so you can easily piece together one rock solid celebration!

Tip #1: Send an Exciting Dinosaur Invitation

Build enthusiasm for the fun by sending an exciting dinosaur invitation. Whether you cut dinosaur shapes from cardstock and write in the party details or use a printable invitation, consider adding something extra to generate excitement. The possibilities are endless, but you could include dinosaur treats, a pith helmet, small shovel or dinosaur toy and attach it to the invitation.

Tip #2: Set the Scene for an Exciting Excavation

Design a space that reflects the natural environment in which dinosaurs once lived. Focus on earthy tones of green, brown, tan and orange. Look around your home and gather real or fake plants/trees or even consider hosting your dig in the great outdoors. Tropical foliage can be inexpensively created from butcher paper or cardstock and strung as garland.

Next, raid your child’s toy chest for dinosaur toys and models that can be used as party décor and as play items. Oriental Trading Company is a great source for dinosaur skeletons and other items that need to be purchased to help tie in the theme. Gather rustic looking baskets, boxes and crates for activity centers or food displays.

Tip #3: Plan Party Activities That are Both Fun and Educational

A dinosaur dig party without actually digging would be pretty dull, wouldn’t it? Fill a sandbox or large plastic storage bins with sand and hide plastic dinosaur skeletons. Teach the kids about the work of a paleontologist (or consider hiring one to come talk to the guests). Pass out shovels for digging and small paint brushes to be used for the more detailed excavation work.

Other activities could include a dinosaur match game to identify different species of dinosaurs, or pin the horn on the triceratops game. Dinosaur puzzles and coloring pages are also fun options.

Tip #4: Serve Dino-riffic Refreshments

Refreshments are a highlight of any great party, but especially a dinosaur party! After all, you don’t want guests to become extinct! Use your creativity to give clever names to party food. Juice can be renamed “prehistoric punch”. Malt balls become “dinosaur eggs”. There could be “triceratops treats”, fossil cookies or brontosaurus birthday cake. Dinosaur or bone shaped cookie cutters or molds can add more excitement to the party food.

Tip #5: Cause Guests to Roar about the Party Favors

As guests leave, include a themed favor such as dino candy, stickers, activity book or toy.

All of the resulting smiles and fun will make planning a dinosaur fossil dig party using these 5 easy steps totally worth it!

Contest Corner for 9/29 – Find and List Blog Giveaways

Welcome to our weekly Contest Corner! If you’re a blogger, feel free to share your giveaways with Thrifty Jinxy readers by entering your info in the form below. Also, take a few seconds to use the “Tweet” button below to help spread the word and have more people see all the giveaways!

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Here are the current giveaways on the Jinxy blogs:

Jinxy Kids LeapFrog Letter Factory Giveaway (Ends 9/29)

Thrifty Jinxy Palmolive $50 Walmart Gift Card (Ends 9/30)

Thrifty Jinxy Harvest Snaps Giveaway (9/30)

Thrifty Jinxy Transformers Giveaway (Ends 10/8)

Jinxy Beauty CapriClear Moisturizer Giveaway (Ends 10/8)

Jinxy Kids Strawberry Shortcake DVD Giveaway (Ends 10/8)



 

Witch’s Broom Snacks – Fun for Halloween!

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These Witch’s Broom Snacks are a fun non-sweet treat for the Halloween season. They look so adorable, but are very easy to make and only need three ingredients! Put a few in an October lunchbox as a special surprise or serve them with the appetizers at your Halloween party. You can use any flavor of cheese stick, but the cheese stick swirls add a fun multi-color effect to the brooms.

You can eat theWitch’s Broom Snacks “as is” or serve them with dip. This green creamy avocado dip is a great choice. Serve it in a little black cauldron (find them in the party store or dollar store) and it will look like a tub of witch’s brew!

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INGREDIENTS
3 String Cheese Sticks
9 Pretzel Sticks
Fresh Chives

Witch’s Broom Snacks Ingredients

DIRECTIONS
Cut each cheese stick in thirds (about 1 1/2″ each).
Lengthwise, make cuts around the stick to about half way up.
Insert a pretzel stick in the uncut end of the cheese.
Wrap and tie with a chive and cut off excess.

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