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$4.99 Leapfrog Tag Books

Target has a sale on LeapFrog Tag Books this week for $9.99 each. Use the $4/1 printable coupon from and you can get a Tag Book for only $5.99.Deal:LeapFrog Tag Book $9.99
-$4/1 printable coupon (can print twice)
=$5.99 after couponThe Amazon deal on Tag Books is still available, too.

Yankee Candle Labor Day Sale

Yankee Candle is getting ready to start their Labor Day sale.  Beginning tomorrow, their votives will be $1 each (select varieties), and you can use this $10 off $25 coupon to get 25 votives for $15! 

The votives are actually a better deal than the large jar candle because:

1 Jar Candle - $24.99
25 Votives on sale for $1 each - $25

Typically the jar candle burns 110 – 155 hours while each votive burns up to 15 hours each. If the votives only burn for 10 hours, then 25 votives would burn a total of 250 hours!!! So you get more than double your money with the votives AND you can get a variety of different kinds.

Thank you Ten Talents!

More FREE Gifts to Grow Points

Here are a couple of Pampers Gifts to Grow codes that are new to me:HangOn2Summer20 for 20 points
CAREFORNEWBORNS for 10 pointsIf you didn’t use these yet, there is also GTGCOUPONPOINTS for 10 points and GTG5FREEPTS0810 for 5 pts!

The UPS Guy

I’m not that kind of girl, but if I was, the UPS guy and I could have a thing. He visits my house ALL the time and I just get giddy when I see him pull up. He knows just how to push my button and the gifts he brings me are awesome.The problem is – besides the fact that I’m not that kind of girl – that half the time it’s actually the Fed Ex guy who comes. Although sometimes they both come. And the Fed Ex guy actually happens to be a girl. I think I’m going to have to just end this now awkward analogy.But this is what the UPS guy brought me today . . . Now do you see why I love him?. . . and I might just help you fall in love with your mail carrier too. Subscribe to my feed so you don’t miss out on any AWESOME giveaways in the near future!

Win a Trip for Two to Amish Country

Have You Entered to Win a FREE Shirt?

It ends today . . . at midnight! And it has incredibly low entries. So enter right now – YOU could be the has larger sizes and smaller sizes, so no matter what your size this is a giveaway for you!

50% Off Disney Merchandise

The Disney Store has 50% off a variety of items - including backpacks for $10 (originally $19.50). There are also great deals on towels, watches, luggage, toys and more. If you buy more than $50 of merchandise, you can get FREE shipping with code SHIPFIFTY.

Kudos/Komplaints 8-30

If you missed my original post on how this works and why I do it, catch up here.Here are today’s three places:Reynolds WrapShoutStarbucks Ice creamLet us know how they respond or if you have contacted another manufacturer that responded well.

Don’t Wanna

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hampton Hotels. All opinions are 100% mine.Do you ever have days where you just don’t want to live in the realities of life? I do.Like today. I’m sure some of you have noticed that I was absent much of the weekend – due to a lack of available, working computers in our household – and today, when I should be hitting it hard? Yeah, I’m not. Total dilly-dallying over here. That’s me.Joey and I have been talking about how much we just want to “get away.” Not that we don’t love our children. Not that we aren’t incredibly blessed. But I just want to sleep. Sleep until I want to get up. Sleep until my eyes open 100% on their own. Sleep until I feel like I couldn’t possibly sleep another wink for at least 12 hours.Unfortunately, even if you offered to take my kids for an entire weekend, I wouldn’t sleep. I would stay up late enjoying being alone with my hubby. Watching movies, laughing at each other, surfing the Internet, you know. Then I’d …

Stayfree Money Maker at Target

Stayfree Pads Ultra Thin Regular with Wings, $5.29
-Use B1G1 Free Coupon from 6/27 RP
-Use $1/1 Stayfree Coupon
= $.71 Money maker (Pay $4.29, get a $5 Target Gift Card when you buy 2!)

Your Own Worthy Cause

As you know the whole point of the MelissaStuff blog is to help you as readers save money so that you are able to give more money to worthy causes in order to help other people. I think it is critical to start teaching your children these principles.September 11 has been officially set as a national “Day of Service.” You can check out to adopt a cause in your area and begin teaching your kids the concept of Paying it Forward. Once you adopt a cause, you can see if there is a charity in your area with an opportunity to volunteer at. (If your business or charity isn't added, you can click on the link at the bottom to get added.) Plus, there will be a “Pay it Forward” Twitter Party on 8/31 at 7:00pm CST. Twitter parties like this are a great chance to win awesome prizes and you can share your Pay it Forward venture with others.

Sunday Coupon Preview

Find out what coupons are in this weekend’s paper. Anything we need to stock up on?

REMINDER: Early Entries for Blogmania

You can get a TON of early entries into the Blogmania Giveaway with prized totalling more than $1000!!!!

There are upwards of 140 blogs participating, each with a minimum of $100 in giveaway prizes. The event will be held September 15 and 16. You will be able to enter the giveaways at all 140 blogs if you like.

Each blog will have only one easy way to enter that will enter you in each of the items they are giving away. That way you can move through the list of blogs much more quickly.

If you missed the list of Blogmania sponsors, it’s immense and I am excited to be working with each of them. In order for you to be able to get a head start and some extra entries into the Blogmania giveaway on my blog, I am going to list the sponsors and allow you to gain extra entries by following them. If we get any more sponsors after this, you will see additional Google entry forms appear. You will only need to fill out each of the forms one time.

Good luck! And be honest. I’ll check the winners th…

Belated Giveaway Linky

Sorry, again, I am WAY late with this today . . . but it really stays up 24/7, so I don’t know if it can technically be late.We have four great new giveaways:Alight Designer Top
9/3FREE Clothing Swap
10 pk Shutterfly Custom Cards
9/11List your’s and enter our’s!!

Buddy Fruits

Even though Blogmania is just around the corner I am still having sponsors jump on board. One of them is Buddy Fruits. I know one of my mom’s favorite “gifts” is some sort of sweet treat, but that has produced a grown child – me – that LOVES to eat stuff that is not good for me. Now as a mom myself I want to find a way to treat my kids without creating lifelong bad habits.Buddy Fruits is a great treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Made of 100% fruit with no additives, no preservatives, and no added sugar, these snacks are healthy and delicious.We were sent samples of multiple flavors and my boys love them all. They are super easy since they can be sucked directly from the package. And they are so basic, I can feed them to my 4 month old who just started solid foods!They are sold at a variety of retailers. Check for one near you here.

No Laptop

Sorry guys! No blogging today as my laptop has been loaned out. Hopefully I’ll have it back ASAP and be back up and running.Thanks for hanging with me.

Shutterfly Deals

I told you yesterday that I frequently use Shutterfly to not only print pictures, but also to get some great deals on everything from Christmas cards to photo books. Today you have the chance to win a set of 10 custom cards . . . there will be 4 winners. (Shipping and taxes are not included.)You could order:Christmas CardsBirth AnnouncementsParty InvitationMandatory Entry: Must be a Google follower of MelissaStuff and tell me what you are going to use these cards for.Extra Entries: (Please leave a separate comment for each of these that you complete so you get the maximum number of entries.)Place my button on your blog (righthand sidebar). Follow MelissaStuff by RSS feed or email subscription (box to the right). Follow MelissaStuff on Twitter. Post “Win FREE custom cards from Shutterfly on” List this giveaway on a linky or post it on your blog and leave the link. Become a friend of Melissa Stuff on Facebook. Enter any other giveaway on MelissaStuff.Please mak…

$110 P & G Coupon Book

For those of us that buy P&G anyway, this is a great deal. If you buy $50 worth of P&G products and mail in the receipts, you will get back a coupon book with $110 worth of coupons for P&G products. I bought Charmin at CVS this week and it was $20 by itself. It won’t take long to get to $50 worth of P&G items.Just mail in your receipts with this form.If you need a list of what products qualify, go here.

70% off Designers

Just a reminder, if you didn’t sign up, you should check out Beyond the Rack.Beyond the Rack is a site that sells designer clothing for up to 70% off. That still doesn’t make it cheap enough for this penny pincher, but some of you fashionistas might be all about it. Also remember, if you ever come across a crazy cheap deal, email me about it and you’ll get 5 extra entries into the giveaway of your choice.

$5/$25 Dollar General Coupon

If you shop at Dollar General you need to grab this $5 off $25 coupon, good for this weekend only!  "Like" them on Facebookto get yours.Thanks MyDFWMommy!

FREE Mrs. Fields Cookies?

This one has a catch – you have to refer three friends. But if you can get three friends to simply sign up for the Mrs. Fields mailing list, you’ll earn a box of 24 cookies shipped directly to your door.I’d love for you to sign up under me and then recruit three of your friends so that you can get free cookies, too. Sounds like a win-win situation to me :)If you would like to take part in this, please comment here or email me and I will send you the referral link directly.

Power Capes – 60% Off

Remember Power Capes? There one of our Blogmania sponsors and they make incredibly cool capes.And today on Zulily you can get 60% off their capes, masks, gloves, etc. Support them today AND get a great deal.

Mega Swagbucks Friday

I just won 39 Swagbucks!! I LOVE Mega Swagbucks Friday! It makes all of my internet searching much more enjoyable because I know for every search, I have a good chance of winning some Swagbucks!So search, search, search! You can earn double, triple, quadruple what you normally earn. If you haven't signed up, start today!I've already redeemed $115 worth of Amazon giftcards and points still left in my account. You could be reaping the same rewards. I promise I don’t do anything but use Swagbucks to move from one site to another and as my search engine.Go here to read full explanation of how Swagbucks works.

FREE Mini Lip Gloss or Eye Primer

Go here to get your FREE Mini Lip Gloss or Eye Primer. Freeflys is not a gimmick and you don’t have to fill out multiple offers, just register and you’ll receive a link directly to the freebie.

Shutterfly Goodies

I love Shutterfly! I love being able to send my pictures off and immediately print them for scrapbooking. (Sometimes I leave them there until a good print deal comes along and then I print, print, print.) Then when I need to make a gift the pictures are already there waiting! I’ve made all kinds of things – collages, mugs, mouse pads, books, frames, the list could go on.Shutterfly has all kinds of goodies and I am registered as one of their affiliates so I’ll be bringing them to you frequently. Writing this post enters me to win 100 Shutterfly cards.

Hurry! Pinecone Research Accepting Apps

Pinecone Research is a great survey site that pays $3 for each survey you complete. They’ll even deposit it straight into your Paypal account.They are specifically looking for women 18-24, and 35+ right now. But I don’t fit into those categories and I still applied. It can’t hurt, right?

Win FREE Swaps at ThredUp

Remember ThredUp? You can read the entire original post but it’s a great website where you can exchange the clothes your child has outgrown and get clothes in the next size. It costs $13 per box. But if you post boxes with sizes they are low on you can earn credits to offset that cost.Well, ThredUp has offered to give two of you FREE shipping on your first box exchange! I’m totally jealous, by the way. I’ll have to see if I can earn me a free exchange.And I just found them on Facebook – this is the place to get the scoop on which boxes to grab. Pictures, details, anything you might need!Mandatory Entry: Must be a Google follower of MelissaStuff and register for a FREE Pro Membership at Thred-up.Extra Entries: (Please leave a separate comment for each of these that you complete so you get the maximum number of entries.)Place my button on your blog (righthand sidebar). Follow MelissaStuff by RSS feed or email subscription (box to the right). Follow MelissaStuff on Twitter. And tweet thi…

Amazon: $4 off Leapfrog Tag Books

Today at Amazon you can get $4 off select Leapfrog Tag books sold by Amazon directly. Go to this page and click on the ad in the middle of the page.Then you can select all the books you want that qualify for the $4 off promotion – both Tag Reader and Tag Jr. are included. This makes most of the books between $5 and $10.

HEB Deal

I don’t normally post HEB deals because I don’t have one close enough to try the deals out . . . but this one is too good not to share:
Buy 2 Ball Park hot dogs ($2.78 each)
- 2 $2/1 coupons
Get FREE:1 bag of chips
2 Liter= $.23 per item!!!!There are also reports that there are Tyson frozen chicken items on sale for B1G1 Free and priced at $2.50. $1.25 each is a great deal and you may be able to find some coupons to make that deal even sweeter.

HOT: Fandango Movie Ticket Deals!

I know many of you were able to get in on the Groupon Fandango deal yesterday – it’s still available!!! You can get one Fandango ticket for $4!There is also a Weekly Cinema deal – sign up and you get one Fandango movie ticket FREE and then 4 more each month for $19.99 until you cancel your subscription. If you go to the movies a couple of times a month, you easily spend $30 - $40 on tickets. Fandango allows you to buy your tickets almost anywhere. You can check to see if your local theaters are available at Fandango here.Get a friend to join up as well and you will BOTH earn extra tickets. The Fandango tickets are good for 3 months, so you have plenty of time to use them. You can even save them up and take friends out with you!! Either way, I just signed up to be an affiliate with Fandango, so it would be great if you came back and used my link when you purchase your tickets. Thanks!

Aeropostale: 50% Off Online + $25 More Off

Aeropostale – and their kids store PSAeropostale - have everything on their site (with the exception of clearance and fragrances) at 50% off!

In addition, if you buy $100 worth of stuff, you can get another $25 off with 25FORU or PS25FORU.

So between now and 8/29, you can get $200 worth of merchandise for $75! And the 50% off continues through 9/1.

FREE Labels for Texas Moms

This is a great deal. I have already done it and can personally vouch for the process and the labels!Mabel's Labels is looking for BuzzMamas in Texas! BuzzMamas are moms who are willing to use their labels and help spread the word about how great they are. And it’s not hard because they ARE great! They are dishwasher and microwave safe. Mabel's Labels has an array of different kinds of labels made to help you simplify your life. Check out what they have available!But right now they are looking for Texas Mama's!!! Apply here for the Mabel’s Labels BuzzMama's Program. You will receive a FREE starter kit, including labels to try out, valued at $100! (They are also looking for moms from a few other places, so go take a look even if you aren’t a Texan.)

This Needs to Stop

HOT: Swagbucks Code in Swidget

Scroll to the bottom of this page to find the Swidget. In the bottom right hand corner there is a button that says SC – SwagCodes. Click on it and then click again to see if there is a swag code. I just pulled it off of there, so I know it’s there now. But I don’t know how long it will last.If you haven’t signed up for Swagbucks, you need to do it now. Fun and FREE stuff!

LOCAL: Speaking to Teenagers

Doug Fields. Duffy Robbins.If you work with teenagers, I probably don’t have to say anything else. These two men are premier in their field. And if you live in the DFW area, you have the opportunity to see them live in a small setting when they bring the Speaking to Teenagers seminar to FBC Mckinney on September 18th.If you don’t know anything about Doug and Duffy. Let me introduce you:Both Doug and Duffy have had the privilege of speaking to teenagers every week for over 30 years. Doug is the founder of Simply Youth Ministry and a veteran youth pastor who was most recently at Saddleback Church in Southern California for 18 years. He has authored over 50 books—including Speaking To Teenagers with Duffy Robbins. Duffy is Professor of Youth Ministry of Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. When Duffy isn’t teaching, he’s speaking at Seminars and workshops all over the world. In addition to his speaking ministry, Duffy has authored 17 youth ministry books and textbooks.Doug and…

Target: Schick Money Maker

Women's Schick Razors  (3-pack disposable) $5.49 [Buy 2]
- Use (2) $3 MQ's from the 7/25 SS OR (2) $2/1 8/22 SS
AND - Use (2) $2 Target coupons from the 8/22 SS
= Pay 98¢ out of pocket or $2.98 W/ $2 MQ
= Earn $5 Target gift card (Expires 8/28)
= $4.02 Money Maker or $2.02 w/ $2 MQ

15 Pampers Gifts to Grow Points

Just wanted to share two new Pampers Gifts to Grow codes - GTG5FREEPTS0810 and GTGCOUPONPOINTS. Those will give you 15 free Pampers Gifts to Grow points.Thanks Jessica!

HOT Groupon: $4 Fandango Tickets

Planning on seeing a movie before February 28, 2011? You’ll probably spend more than $4 on it!
But if you purchase this Groupon today, you can buy any movie ticket from Fandango between now and February 28th for only $4!

Here’s how:
Join Groupon here. After joining, come back and follow this link to see the Fandango deal. (It’s the Orange County Groupon deal today.)

Then once you receive your code, you simply go to and redeem it for any movie ticket.

I’m on my way to get mine right now.
Thanks Couponing to Disney!