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Kids Eat FREE at On the Border Tonight

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Run by On the Border for dinner tonight before the kids go trick or treating and your kids will eat for FREE!Children dressed in their Halloween costumes will receive a FREE kids meal from On the Border when an adult meal is purchased. (You will likely want to make sure your location is participating before you head over.)Have fun! And stay safe!

What I Got: $42 House Cleaning

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I posted about this deal over the weekend, but I had to finally give in and grab it for myself. Life is CRAZY right now. I am blogging, working with Clean It Out where I am spending a couple of days a week working on inventory and then we have sales the next two weekends in a row, and just took on a part time job that I will tell you more about soon. On top of that, I have three boys, a husband, a crazy house, a youth group I try to spend time with and extended family who we love and enjoy being with…All that to say – MY HOUSE IS DIRTY! – and it’s driving me crazy. My husband worked overtime yesterday too, another reason my house is dirty and I am tired. So I told him I was using some of his overtime to pay for this housecleaning. At least it’s such a good deal it won’t eat up much of his OT.$42 for a Full House Cleaning from 3 Moms & a Mop

ENTER TO WIN: DownEast, Postcardly, Clean It Out

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Today is the last day to enter to win the DownEast and Postcardly giveaways . . . hop over and enter. Then go to the Clean It OutFacebook page and “like” them – when they reach 100 likes they will be doing a $25 giveaway towards any of the funky vintage stuff in their Facebook photos or at any of their sales.
Win a Fall Clothing Item of Your Choice (Ends 10/31)

10 FREE Custom Postcards + Shipping - 10/31You can find Clean It Out’s Facebook page here! Like it and then click on the “Enter Here” link on the left of the page!

LAST CHANCE: Extra 30% Off Makes Beauty Deal Just $16

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$40 at Image Beauty for $20 $14 after 30% discountI grabbed a couple of these to use to buy Christmas gifts with – they have all kinds of perfumes, colognes, cosmetics, hair care, and more.You can get an additional 30% discount on this deal by using the code SPOOKY30 at checkout. But the code expires soon , so don’t wait if you’re interested.If you’re a returning Plum District customer you can use this link and part of your purchase will go to help support MelissaStuff.

300 Prints for Just $3!

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Snapfish: 300 Prints for $3.00 or 100 Prints for $1.00Love these deals. The last time they came around, I ordered like 600 pictures with them. Please remember that you will still have to pay shipping, but that still makes the cost much lower than the $.09-$.10 a print they usually are.Order before November 6 and use the code SPOOKY300 or SPOOKY100 at checkout to get your discount.

HOT: $30 to Major Sporting and Arts Events for just $9!

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$19 for $30 at ScoreBig = $9 after $10 Sign Up Creditor $30 for $60 at ScoreBig = $20 after Sign Up CreditWhen I can find a deal for ScoreBig, I always jump on it. I’ve used them to buy tickets twice to the Rangers and I’ve been able to go for no additional charge after using the voucher.The voucher can also be used on fun tickets to concerts and even Cirque de Soleil!You get a $10 credit FREE just for signing up, so make sure you take advantage of that to make this deal unbelievably good.If you’ve used SaveMore before please use this link to make your purchase and support the MelissaStuff blog.

Wholly . . .

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Guacamole!If you aren’t familiar with this product, you ought to be.I love avocados. I love guacamole. But I hate that it gets bad so quickly. It seems like you either eat it all in one sitting or it’s yucky and you can’t ever come back to it again. Bleh!However, I have found a solution – Wholly Guacamole. They sent me a sample pack and we have put it to quite good use. One of the best parts about Wholly Guacamole is if you are invited to a party, you can whip out a package or two and have instant They specially prepare the avocados through a high pressure process that keeps them from browning and preserves them so that you can buy fresh made avocado at any time. They’re also a local – the founder was a Dallas business owner and their headquarters are still located in the Metroplex.Try them out today. Go here and register in order to print coupons!

How to Have the Best Christmas Card This Year

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Christmas cards are an interesting part of the holiday season . . . they’ve definitely evolved since the days of snowy scenes and cheesy cartoons wishing us a “Mewwwy Cwismas!”Now, we have options like this one from Shutterfly:(Also available are other greeting cards,calendars, and photo gifts.)But it is possible to spend WAY too much on Christmas cards and/or end up with pretty cards that aren’t so attractive once you insert some flat snapshots that aren’t quite in focus.Here are a few tips to prevent that from happening:1. Start preparing early. The longer you wait, the more you will have to pay because you are backed into a corner and then there will be extra shipping fees to rush the order, too. 2`. Watch for deals! There have been lots of Christmas card deals already and there will be more to come. The card shown above from Shutterfly is on sale right now for $1.72 each if you purchase more than 5 cards and FREE shipping on orders more than $30 with the code SHIP30.3. Use profess…

Cut the Cost of Your Cell Phone in Half!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of my readers asked me the other day about why I've been posting regularly about Tracfone. Well, one reason is because they're a sponsor of the MelissaStuff blog, the other is that it's really a smart way to keep your cell phone service a frugal choice for your budget. My parents are too cute with their new smart phones. They love the new features and the technology that allows them to text, surf the Internet and store lots of information in their phones. But they are always and forever having issues with the tiny keys - they can't see them and they can't keep from hitting the wrong key or more than one key at a time when dialing or texting. Tracfone actually has something new called - Senior Value! It's designed just for seniors who want a simple, inexpensive phone that they can see and dial without any extra helping aids. I love that this allows my p…

Exciting News and a Spooky Contest

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{Deep Breath} I was chosen to be on the brand new Coupon Advisory Board created by the parent company of Catalina couponsCoupon Network! See I have proof:See it’s super official, huh?Seriously, I’m thrilled. There are some incredible people on this advisory board and I still find it a little crazy that I’m doing anything that partners me with them. If you are interested in checking it out, you can see the whole press release here.Well, one of the first things we are getting to help with is the Halloween Costume contest Coupon Network is sponsoring over on their Facebook page. You can enter a picture of your homemade costume and possibly win $500!I’m going to be one of the official judges, so I’d love for you to comment and tell me which costume is your favorite. You can also vote on the site and help us narrow it down to the Top 10 Costumes.

Great Read - Fun Christmas Gift

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I might have mentioned a time or two that my favorite author is Ted Dekker. He writes books in a variety of genres, but his latest is a fantasy reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series.Written in conjunction with Tosca Lee, Forbidden is written in a world where emotions no longer survive. All that is left is fear . . . “love” has become duty and imperfections are immediately remedied by death.But hidden away is a vial of blood that can return full emotions to those that drink it. Five people drink and it changes their lives and the lives of everyone in their world forever.I would encourage you to purchase this book as a gift for anyone who enjoys reading, especially if they are fans of fantasy. It was a great read and I can’t wait until the second book in this Book of the Mortals series comes out!

Great Deal: $42 for a Full House Cleaning

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$42 for a Full House Cleaning from 3 Moms & a MopI know we could all use this, especially with the holidays coming up.This covers any home up to 2,000 square feet. Homes over that size or deep cleans will be an additional

No Trick! This Treat Just Got Better

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$20 for $40 at ShoesOnline = after 30% = $14 for $40 at ShoesOnlineIf you are in need of some new shoes – maybe snow boots for a ski trip, or some great boots for this lovely fall, or maybe some tennis shoes to start working out – here’s a deal for you.There are quite a few pairs of shoes that are just about $40 on this site and some really nice shoes that it would be great to get a discount on.Returning Plum District customers can use this link and help support MelissaStuff and the deals we bring you.

Makes Momma a Little Happier

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And, no, I’m not talking about Momma’s Little Helpers or any kind of special drink.I’m talking about having three boys . . . and a husband who broke multiple bones trying to do tricks on his skateboard and still sports a crooked nose to prove it.In general I feel like a pretty laid back mom. I hurt when my boys hurt, but I don’t want to prevent them from doing all the little things boys dream of and it seems most, if not all, of those involve a certain level of danger.So when we went somewhere recently and my boys sat in rapt attention just like this the whole time, I knew we had found something they would enjoy doing.And it involved half-pipes, ramps and high speeds. Skateboarding is a little too much for this momma still and we live in Texas so snowboarding is out. But there’s a new thing in these parts called wakeboarding!It’s based on the same concepts as skateboarding or snowboarding, but it’s on water. At the new Hydrous Wavepark in Allen has a rope and pulley system that tows t…

FREE Count Spatula Scary Pancakes at IHOP Today!

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Take your kids into IHOP any time today between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and get them a FREE Count Spatula Scary Pancake!No purchase necessary, but I’m sure you or your kids will at least want something to drink.Valid at participating locations.Thanks, TripleSmiles!

Congratulations Jamie Trisler!

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Congratulations Jamie, you’re the winner of the Boo! Popcorn Tin from the Popcorn Factory. If you also liked them on Facebook, you’ll be upgraded to the Mr. Jangles Snack tin!Please check your email.There are several other fun giveaways going on and more to come in the next few days.

The Best Holiday Offer . . . for FREE??

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I’ve been trying to make sure I share the best deals on Christmas cards and Christmas gifts. This deal from Kodak Gallery is cool because you have the chance to actually get it for completely FREE! You can get 30 5x7 Christmas cards (you can even split them up and get three different designs or get a set of thank you cards for after Christmas!), 2 custom photo calendars and a photo note pad – a $107 value for 30% off right now!It gets better – if you share this deal with at least three friends, you can get your package for 50% off.AND if you can get three of your friends to purchase this package, you get it for FREE!!!Doesn’t get better than that.

HOT! 2 Fandango Movie Tickets for $12

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Seems like there have been lots of good moviedeals lately. Here’s another one.Two Fandango movie tickets for $12 – $6 for a movie ticket is really good. And I love Fandango tickets because the flexibility they offer makes them worth even more than other movie tickets in my opinion.This is an offer you can’t refuse! $12 For 2 Adult Movie Tickets From Fandango.com ($24 Value)

LAST CHANCE: Unique Picture Collages for Christmas Gifts

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If you love photo gifts as much as I do, you’ll know that you can only give the same kind of item so many times before everyone has it. If that’s a struggle for you, I think you should check out these photo collages. I’ve never seen these before – you can pick a shape, choose the pictures you want to use, and then it creates a unique collage out of those pictures. Or you can use a variety of pictures to communicate a message in one big collage.Definitely a unique Christmas gift for just $15 right now at Mamapedia.  Shipping is $5.99 or FREE with a $50 order. If you are a returning Mamapedia customer, you can use this link and part of your purchase will go to support MelissaStuff and the deals we share.

Halloween Sale at Once Upon a Child McKinney!

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If you have procrastinated on finding Halloween costumes, I have a solution for you!This weekend – Saturday, October 29 only - in McKinney, Once Upon a Child is offering 50% off ALL Halloween costumes and accessories.If you have the vouchers that they offered not too long ago, this could be an incredible deal.

Half Off Shoes for YOU! Treat Yourself . . .

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$20 for $40 at ShoesOnlineIf you are in need of some new shoes – maybe snow boots for a ski trip, or some great boots for this lovely fall, or maybe some tennis shoes to start working out – here’s a deal for you.There are quite a few pairs of shoes that are just about $40 on this site and some really nice shoes that it would be great to get a discount on.Returning Plum District customers can use this link and help support MelissaStuff and the deals we bring you.

Support CureDuchenne with Jody Dean at the Red Dog Right

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Time is almost up for CureDuchenne to win $150,000 in advertising funds from Cadillac Escalade. These last few days are critical.In order to help us get as many votes as possible, Jody Dean of KLUV will be serving drinks at Red Dog Right in Southlake today from 4pm until 8pm. If you’re not sure how to vote, the KLUV Crew will be onsite showing you just how to get it done. The 2012 Cadillac Escalade will be on display also.Red Dog Right
3311 E. State HWY 114
Southlake, Tx 76092But even if you can’t make it to this event, you can vote right now – once at each of the four Cadillac Facebook pages!Metroplex CadillacHouston CadillacAustin CadillacSan Antonio Cadillac

Good Food . . . Family . . . and Old Friends

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Last night On the Border treated me and my family, along with several other families, to a special dinner hosted by their catering department. It was fun. My boys never get to go to any blogging events with me for which I am generally thankful. But they thought it was extra special to be able to go eat dinner at a restaurant just because someone wanted Mommy to blog about it. LOLWhen we arrived, they had an entire room dedicated for our event. It was decorated super cute and there was a table of food and drinks along one wall. There was a guacamole cart where fresh avocados, jalapenos, onions and tomatoes were turned into guacamole right in front of your eyes. The boys liked that too, except they won’t eat it so their attention didn’t stick for very long.But there was lots to entertain them. We had the typical kids coloring sheet and colors, plus they brought them out a ball of dough from the kitchen. They were fascinated and played and played with that stuff.Over at the food line, th…

LAST CHANCE: $10 for Personalized Gift Labels or Return Address Labels

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Today is the last day to get $20 of personalized stickers for just $10 on Mamapedia. This is a great time to order personalized gift labels, return address labels for your Christmas cards, or even fun picture stickers so everyone can see your adorable loved ones.I love these kinds of stickers and use them on almost everything – sippy cups, backpacks, letters, cards, gifts, boxes . . . and more.You could also put together a fun stationery set with pretty paper, envelopes, a nice set of pens and customized return address labels.

Bouari Update

So I’m about 10 days into this now and some of it is becoming easy and some not so much.I haven’t weighed. We actually don’t even own a scale in our home, but I think I’ve lost some more weight or inches because my clothes seem to be a bit loser and all of the sudden I’m getting comments every time I turn around about how much weight I’ve lost.However, I will say the struggle for me has been the food part of this diet. I have an easy time with taking the spray in the mornings and evenings. The appetite suppressant works well and gives me extra energy. But there’s no official diet plan and definitely not prepackaged foods or anything so I’m having a really hard time figuring out how to gauge how many calories I’ve eaten or if I can eat something else. And then there are all the blogging events that happen – which generally food and drinks that I’m supposed to consume and then blog about it!I’m afraid I’m eating way over the recommended 600-800 calories a day. Because I had already reac…

HOT: $5 for a $10 CVS Gift Card

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Hurry! Run as fast as you can and SaveMore. Because I guarantee you it’s only a matter of time before it sells out.You can get such great deals at CVS that getting an additional $5 FREE is just going to help you get even more incredible deals!Note that you can not use sign up or referral credit to purchase this deal, but it’s well worth having to pay cold, hard cash for it anyway.If you are already a SaveMore customer, please use this link to make your purchase and help support MelissaStuff.

Hurry! Leather Sandals – Just $3

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Right now, there is a $3 blow out sale on kids sandals at Totsy.I almost always buy my shoes off season because they’re so much cheaper. At this price I could buy two sizes just to make sure I have the size my son is in next summer and still pay half of what I will if I wait until summer to try to buy these very same sandals.These are going fast. Jump on them . . .

Need Customized Christmas Cards?

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Seems like every one of my friends has moved to the Christmas card with a family picture printed on it . . . I have to tell you, I’m horrible about ordering and sending Christmas cards, but I love getting all the cards with our friends faces on them. Makes it feel more like we are all celebrating Christmas together.There are some great deals available right now if this is the route you’re going this year too:$25 for $50 from Erin CondrenModern, fun, chic card designs!You can purchase up to three of these deals if you have a larger Christmas card order.Returning Plum District customer link.Or you can get 30% off your order of custom photo cards at Snapfish. Use the code TRAD30 before November 15.Stay tuned and I’ll bring you more great deals as they’re released.

Hurry! FREE $10 LivingSocial Credit

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Login or register at Living Social.Then go to this page and enter the code Molly Cooper – if you’re one of the first 20,000 to do so, you’ll get a $10 credit.I thought surely it had hit its limit by now, but I just did it and it didn’t tell me it was full so it’s worth a try.

HOT! HOT! HOT! Make $$ by Ordering Maybelline Mascara!

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Deals like this are the reason I started sharing my “bargains” with my friends way back when . . . you can order a tube of Maybelline Great Lash mascara from Target and get it for $.08 shipped. And if you’re new to Shop at Home, you’ll get $5 cash back just for making this purchase – that’s a $4.92 money maker just for ordering some mascara that you can use, put in someone’s stocking or even donate.Here’s how: 1. Sign in or register at Shop at Home.2. Go to the Target ordering page on Shop at Home’s site.3. Order any Maybelline Great Lash mascara (priced at $3.84).4. Login to your Target account – you have to login to use this coupon code – and then enter the coupon code TGT75HFN.5. Shipping should be FREE, so all you will pay is tax which for me was $.08.It’s a great deal even if you’re not new to Shop at Home, but if you are . . . it’s the easiest way I know to make $5!Thanks, MoneySavingMom!

Boo! {Giveaway}

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Remember these cute Boo! Popcorn tins from The Popcorn Factory?

We received one to review and now I get to offer you the chance to win one of your own! (If you want to guarantee yourself the enjoyment of one of these lovelies, you can purchase one directly from the Popcorn Factory and get 15% off with the code LS15.)

If you win AND if you find the Popcorn Factory on Facebook and vote for your favorite flavor, you will be upgraded to the Mr. Jangles snack tin that also contains candy and cookies in addition to the popcorn!


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FREE Prilosec Sample

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Christmas Gift Idea: Half Off at Body Shop

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Sorry, I meant to get this deal up earlier today and life got in the way. Parent/teacher conference and all that.Groupon is offering 50% off at The Body Shop right now. They usually have some pretty good deals around the holidays and this would help make it an even better deal! (Please note it is good on sales, but not on Good Friday!)New customers need to register for an account with Groupon and then purchase this deal.If you’re a returning Groupon customer, please use this link to make your purchase and help support MelissaStuff and the deals we bring you!

HOT: 50% Off Fandango Movie Tickets

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Movie ticketdeals always seem to fly! And this is a good one.I actually prefer Fandango tickets to any other kind because I have the freedom to go see a movie at whatever theater I want to . . . and I can order my tickets online ahead of time and not have to worry about the show being sold out. We’ve come a long way since I was a kid and we had to have a back up plan in case there weren’t tickets left to the movie we were planning to see!Hop over to KGBDeals and get 2 Fandango movie tickets for just $12.

What I Got: $25 for Shopping and Lunch (and Dinner, even)

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$25 for $50 at Restaurant.com AND $25 at Michael’sI’ll be up front and tell you I bought this because I had a credit at Weekly Plus and I could spend $50 in Michael’s at the drop of a hat so even without the Restaurant.com portion this is a deal that works for me.If you know you’ll be working on a large craft project soon or that you will be buying Christmas gifts from Michael’s, then you should get this and the Restaurant.com certificates are basically just FREE.Restaurant.com is NOT gift certificates to restaurants, so please don’t be confused. You are purchasing high value coupons at local restaurants. So you might pay $10 for a $25 off of a $50 meal.

Christmas Gift Idea: Unique Photo Collage Gifts

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I love photo gifts, but you can only do certain things so many times before everyone has one and doesn’t need another.But I’ve never seen this before – you can pick a shape, choose the pictures you want to use, and then it creates a unique collage out of those pictures. Or you can use a variety of pictures to communicate a message in one big collage.Definitely a unique Christmas gift for just $15 right now at Mamapedia.  Shipping is $5.99 or FREE with a $50 order. If you are a returning Mamapedia customer, you can use this link and part of your purchase will go to support MelissaStuff and the deals we share.

Personalized Christmas Tags

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Today on Mamapedia you can get $20 of personalized stickers for just $10. This is a great time to order personalized gift labels, return address labels for your Christmas cards, or even fun picture stickers so everyone can see your adorable loved ones.I love these kinds of stickers and use them on almost everything – sippy cups, backpacks, letters, cards, gifts, boxes . . . and more.