Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Amazon Deal on Windows 7 Home Premium (3 Licenses)

In case you aren't eligible for a free upgrade or a student discount, here's a good deal on Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (3-User) for $134 as of Monday, October 26.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Seventh Generation Diapers Deal

If you buy diapers, there is a great deal for Seventh Generation Diapers through the Amazon Subscribe & Save Program. Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers. You save 15% for subscribe and save and then another 10$ by using this code: 7GENIOO9 at checkout.  

Amazon.com cuts up to 45% off Seventh Generation baby diapers, via the directions below. Plus, all orders qualify for free shipping. With diapers as low as 15 cents each, it's not only the best deal we've seen on these chlorine-free, non-toxic diapers, it's also one of the best deals we've seen on any diapers.

Update 10/26

Click here to go to Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Diapers.

scroll down to "Checkout Your Coupons" and click on "Your Coupon Book"
click on the $4 off Seventh Generations diaper coupon
click on the size of diapers you wish to purchase
on the product page add them to your cart via Subscribe and Save"
proceed to checkout and apply coupon code "7GENIOO9" to cut an additional 15% off

This extra deal hasn't worked for everyone, but it's definitely worth a try.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Kohl's Sale

Did you know that Kohls sells carseats? In addition to the plethora of baby clothing they have a handful of other baby gear. So if you are looking to purchase a Graco Carseat or a Sunshine Kids Toddler seat this is a great place to look. And if you can do it during one of their sales you might be able to get a good deal.

Until October 7, you can use OCTOBER30 for a 30% discount. On a $149 seat you could save $44.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Buy a Wii Now

In case you haven't seen this great deal.
Wii with Giftcard

The Wii has been dropped in price and is now $199. If you buy it through Amazon you get a $25 gift card.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cheap AT&T Phones

In case you have been thinking about switching to a new phone. Amazon's deal of the day today is AT &T phones for .01.

Cheap AT&T Phones

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Old Court Giant

Have you been inside Giant lately? It's entirely confusing and my shopping trips are taking much longer then expected. In case you didn't know, you can get a sheet of where everything is located, but it won't be good tomorrow, since they are still figuring things out.

Another tip to save you money while you are there. Use the Scanner while you are going through the supermarket. It will save you time because you can bag as you are going. Also there are special deals under savings for just using the scanner.

During my last trip to Giant I was able to save even more money because as I was scanning, I noticed the scanner pulled up a higher price then what was listed on the shelf. I put the items to the side and then when I got to the self checkout I asked for help. They were able to correct the price for me. I probably wouldn't have noticed the price at the end of my shopping trip.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sale on Summer Infant Baby Monitor

The Summer Infant Day & Night Handheld Color Video Monitor 1.8 is on sale for $136.29. If you are looking for a baby monitor, this one is great. It's usually hard to find them on sale for this low. We didn't get a video monitor until much later on, but I love having one. My favorite part is if I have to step into the baby's room then I can check before going in. It has saved a lot of accidental wakeups.

Menu Planning

The hardest thing I have always found about planning menus is taking all the ingredients I have and planning a menu based upon the ingredients in the pantry.  My goal this summer was to try to reuse the items we already owned and limit our shopping trips to once every two weeks. It means trying to plan more efficiently ahead of time and then trying to actually use the items we have in our pantry.

Tools I used:
Google Calendar. I have set up a separate Google calendar for Dinner, where I list what we are planning for meals over the next two weeks and then it syncs with mine and my husband's blackberries. I put in the notes a link to the recipe if it is online or a note of where I can find the recipe.

The new tool I use is SuperCook. It's probably one of the best tools out there. I list all of the items I have in my pantry and then I put them in. I then list things I don't want to use. So Ham, Pork, Bacon, etc. is on the exclusions list since I keep kosher. The website is great if you are part of a CSA (community supported agriculture). I really had no clue how to cook chard or kale the last few years And this year we were much better at finding things to do with out produce.

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Saving Energy

A friend suggested a month ago that we have a competition amongst our friends for saving energy. The issue we quickly realized was how do you do such a thing when everyone has a different system. Some of us are fortunate to have gas heat and others have to pay the high costs of electricity for their heating. My suggestion is that we compare how much energy we used last year and see how much we can reduce this year. Clearly the weather outside can play a big part of things and this summer is already a much cooler summer, but trying to do things one step at a time is very important. The second thing, is start a conversation and share tips on saving energy.

Here are some of the things we are doing?
If you live in Baltimore, I would suggest getting a BGE Energy Check-up. They installed CFLs, covers for our pipes to help absorb some of the heat that is lost, water aerators, and a new shower head (good thing, since I had to replace it anyway).
The next thing we have done is shopped for a new electricity provider. Many states have deregulated so it's up to the consumer to find the best deal. And the realty is I have been too lazy to look it up. And then when I did go through the vendors most of them wanted me to call. I don't really have time to do that. So we decided on Clean Currents for our electricity provide. Washington Gas & Electric is actually providing the electricity, but the funny thing is that they were cheaper.

I have to say moving into a house with a gas water heater was amazing. I saved at least $100 on my bill this month. What other ideas are there to save money, cut my energy uses?
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Baby Steals Turns 1

If you are looking for a deal on baby items, you definitely have to check out Baby Steals. They have a bunch of great items and we both turn a year older this week.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Today, I went to the the Wee-Cycle Semi-Annual Consignment Sale in Westminster, MD. It's a great way to find clothes that are mostly gently used or even new for nice prices. It's also a great way to reuse other peoples things that might otherwise end up discarded. You never know what you are going to find or who you might meet at one of these things.

The sale runs March 27-29 in Westminster. Wee-cycle will be Ann Arundle County next month.

Tot Swap will be in Baltimore next week, April 1-5. http://totswap.net/

To find a consignment sale near you: http://www.kidsconsignmentsales.com/

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Eco-conscious Pregnancy

There are so many resources about being eco-conscious with a new baby that I thought I would share a few just to get you started. 

I would say one of the best books I read was:
Raising Baby Green, by Dr. Greene. It is informative and gives you information about your house and thinking about things you might not have thought of.

Buying used stuff is a great way to not fill landfills.
Sign-up for Freecycle (they are constantly giving away Baby Stuff)
Baltimore Specific:
Check Craigs List and Ebay.
Things to be cautious about used is a car seat and not to get one manufactured more than five years ago. Also they say not to reuse a breast pump. Be sure to check safety recalls before purchasing anything.

There's also a eco-friendly registry system where you ask people to not buy new things, but I didn't look too much into it.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009


Would you like to earn a little bit extra cash? Well here's a great website that brings you websites to look at based upon your interests and you get paid for it. You get to decide what you want to look at and you get paid for it. Set up your own MeFile with YouData: http://www.youdata.com/join/ali254. My referral is "ali254".

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Recipes that Can be Used for Passover

Meal Ideas
Roasted Tomatoes, Onion, & Garlic (http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/print?id=12204)

Yellow Squash Recipe

We expanded upon this recipe and added zuchinni also. It's been a success!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ann Taylor Partners with Goodwill

In case you haven't seen it anywhere else. Ann Taylor Loft has partnered up with Goodwill and is giving you $15 to spend toward a new pair of pants for donating your old ones.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Umami, New Kosher Restaurant in Baltimore

Last night we went out to Umami in Baltimore. It's located in the same shopping center as Goldberg Bagels. It's great that their is another Asian food place in Baltimore. The food was good. My issue was the service. It took at least an hour before they took our order and then I think they forgot about us because it took a while before our food came out. I don't think they expected the amount of people so it is like other kosher restaurants in the area, too many people in too tight of a space. I might suggest take out.

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Deal at Amazon on Stainless Steal Knives

Amazon Deal on J.A. Henckle Knives

59.99 These knives are all one material and are made by a great vendor.

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Storing Cheerios, Puffs, Finger Foods

We are almost at the end of the time of using bottles. We are slowly making the transition to cups with out daughter, but what do we do with the Medella bottles. They are just small enough to not take up too much room and can be reused to store baby finger foods.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Reducing Household Waste

Do you think you could minimize your footprint on the world by only filling your trash can once a month? You could find alternatives to the trash such as recycling, reusing, composting, etc. 

Here is an interesting challenge: One Can a Month Challenge

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