Kelly’s Thrifty Tips 12/15/2011

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WEBSITE



It has been a while since I have shared a cool website.  Well, a cool website to me.  Hopefully you have enjoyed them as well.  I thought you might like to check out GreenUPGRADER.com.  GreenUPGRADER is a do-it-yourself GREEN style.  They will show you simple alternatives that you can incorporate into your own life to live a greener and really more frugal lifestyle.  I love having alternative uses for items, and GreenUPGRADER makes it easy and fun.  Check them out.


LINK:  GreenUPGRADER.com



FREEBIES



I do not know how long this will last, but while supplies last, you can join Rewards Gold and get a subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine.  Martha is definitely a talented woman who knows how to get the most out of her garden, her home, and a recipe.  I have been often intimidated by this magazine, but I love it anyway.  I had a free subscription last time thanks to Rewards Gold.  All I had to do this round was recommend Rewards God to two friends and review four breakfast products.  Super easy!  These go fast.  Hopefully you’ll get a chance.


LINK:  Rewards Gold Martha Stewart Living Magazine


Don’t forget to pick up your own free Burger King french fries this Friday.  Yes, they are french fries…meaning ugh…fried, but maybe you can take a nice walk afterward to work them off or take advantage of a free week at a local gym.  Check around.  There has to be someone offering a free week.  No?


LINK: Burger King Free Fries


Yay!!!!  24 Hour Fitness is offering a free 7-day pass.  There are plenty in the Phoenix area.  Follow the link below to check out details and then look up locations for one near you.  Sorry Quad Cities area.


LINK:  24 Hour Fitness Free 7 Day Pass


YAY Part Deux!  Check it out ladies!  Curves also has a free one-week guest pass.  Wouldn’t it be nice to kick in the end of the year with a new workout plan?


LINK:  Curves One-Week Guest Pass


Snap Fitness is also offering a 7 Day pass.  Check them out at one of their many location.  Follow the link below to see if there is one near you offering this great chance.  When you go to the page, click on your city.  This will open up the map and to the right will be the city.  Click on that link and it will show you a link to their website as well as if they are having any deals.


LINK:  Snap Fitness 7 Day Pass

FREE ACTIVITY



Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic for Saturday, December 17th is a wooden train engine.  If you haven’t signed up yet, get your kids in on it now.


LINK:  Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic






FREE EBOOK



If you have been pondering making some fabulous gingerbread  housing for your Christmas spread, then you definitely want to download the free eBook from Recipe Lion and FaveCrafts.com (note that they will ask you if you want to sign up for their newsletter…it is not required).  I have bought kits in the past, but making your own fabulous house trumps that every time.


LINK:  23 Gingerbread House Designs and Recipes


If you neglected to download it the last time it was available, now is the time to download A Simple Amish Christmas via Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble online for your Kindle, Kindle application or Nook or Nook apps.


LINK:  A Simple Amish Christmas by Vanetta Chapman (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)


FREE BLOCKBUSTER CODE



Get a free Blockbuster $1 rental by entering the code DOLLARDAYS.  This code expires today (12/15) so get your free movie while you can.

FREE MUSIC DOWNLOADS



Amazon has 25 different Christmas music downloads.  You can pretty much please anyone with this line up.  The 12th is Laura Story’s “Emmanuel.”


LINK:  Amazon 25 Free Christmas Song Downloads


iTickets free music download this week is Brad & Rebekah’s song “Ever Wonder” and “Timing Is Everything” by The Homecoming.


LINK:  iTickets.com Free Christian Music Downloads


Members of New Release Tuesday can download some great songs today.  If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t hesitate.  Not only do I get great reviews and free downloads through New Release Tuesday, they also have great contests.  Follow the link below to sing up and check out this weeks’ download offerings which include Hawk Nelson’s “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “This is Christmas” by Courtni, “What Child Is This” by Plumb (love this one!!!!) and “The Heart Of Christmas” by Josh Caterer.  Such great tunes.  Don’t miss out.  Some downloads expire on December 19th.


LINK:  New Release Tuesday Free Music Downloads


FREECCM has free music downloads from Phillips, Craig & Dean, 33Miles, Stellar Kart, Decyfer Down, Mike Farris, Addison Road and Chasen.  And of course that great set of ten songs too!  If you aren’t a member yet, sign up right away.


LINK:  FreeCCM free Christian Music


RANDOM CRAFTY GIFTS


This will be the last week that I will share gifts that you can make and give.  There will be a collection of several types to cover almost anyone you have on your list.


Crayon Monogram – I think this adorable monogram is really a great gift for any teacher or perhaps even something that would be fun for a child’s wall.  This can be quite inexpensive as well as you just use simple crayons.  There are tutorials everywhere so if you forget to look here, just hunt one down.  This link will take you to Chic & Cheap Nursery’s tutorial.  Follow the link, you’re going to love it!


Teachers come ups with some of the best ideas for simple gifty crafts.  This one for a five finger snowman candle holder or Christmas ornament is a great gift to give to family or even a great activity to measure how your child grows and changes through the years.  Check out the simple tutorial at Full of Great Ideas or check out the ornament using a take on the same idea at That’s What {Che} Said.


Snow globes are captivating.  They are also incredibly easy to make and versatile.  Martha Stewart has a very simple tutorial that you can use to make your  own very pretty snow globe gifts with simple jars that you can pick up anywhere.  My son made these when he was little, and the teachers always used baby oil.  According to Martha and other crafters, the key is glycerin (and just a wee bit of it too).  Check out all the details at Martha’s website snow globe tutorial.


Snowball Surprise Soap is another dual gift.  I shared the directions for this gift a few years ago.  These cute little snowballs make great stockings stuffers and when the kids use them in the tub, the snowballs will melt and reveal the toy you hide inside.  Follow the ridiculously simple tutorial at Escapade Direct.


I have seen book marks and cards that have seeds in them.  You can plant them and in no time, you have a beautiful garden of wild flowers.  Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to give this blooming gift to someone else?  Check out Val’s blog for simple and awesome directions on how to make seed bombs.  This is the coolest recycling gift I have seen in a long time.

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