MCWD: Cozy Clothing & Costumes!

There’s less than a week until Halloween – can you believe it? I know I can’t. Here on the East Coast it went from an amazingly-warm 75 degrees in October to below freezing at night within a matter of seconds, and now it’s clearer than ever how much I need some new winter clothes. That and a Halloween costume of course!

We’ve got two awesome, new Verified offers at Ashley Stewart: 15% off your entire purchase & $10 off $50 or more! Find both coupons here. And check out some other great, Verified offers at Aeropostale & Delia’s.


After you’ve picked up some new clothes don’t forget about your Halloween costume and decorations. See our great bundle of coupons here! And, of course, have a GREAT weekend 🙂

Halloween + Post-Hurricane Sandy Mobile Meal Deals

Mobile meal deals sound especially good to me, blogging from the East Coast, while Sandy is having her way. Everything is closed! Even all Starbucks stretching north to New York City. So, I’ll be subsisting on bottled water and PB & J until at least Wednesday. If you’re not on the East Coast, celebrate by going out for a meal today (or Wednesday, if trick-or-treating isn’t your thing). Stuck inside like I am? You might be able to sneak out for a celebratory meal by Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the weather in your area. Claim these great Facebook offers and you’re good to go. Here’s the scoop:

Kids Eat for FREE at Chili’s

This is a pretty sweet deal, considering you can feed multiple kiddos with the purchase of just one adult entree. And the offer is good through Halloween, so, if you’re not in the mood for cooking after all the festivities, take the clan out for some real food to balance their sugar levels.

Take 20% off Your Check at Olive Garden

This is a pretty great Olive Garden offer. I love meal coupons that apply to groups (especially at lunchtime during the workweek). This offer discounts your entire check (excluding alcoholic drinks). If you don’t make it to Olive Garden until after 4PM, make sure you take advantage of the Dinner Today & Dinner Tomorrow promotion. You can choose from from of five signature pasta entrees for $12.95 and take home another for free.





Coupon Dandelion’s Heather Hazen Talks Coupons with Mo’Money

Recently, I got to chat about coupons with Heather Hazen, Coupon Mom Extraordinaire, who’s dedicated her blog to living a holistically frugal and, therefore, rich lifestyle. I love Heather’s couponing philosophy because it’s a part of her entire life. One of the first things Heather told me is that she’s always been a saver, not a spender. Which made me think we’re all savers at heart. Because saving is the way to get more out of life. That’s what we all want; some of us just go about it the wrong way.

Heather started seriously couponing when she lost her job and had her first baby. She and her husband decided that couponing would become her full-time job. “We realized that having every need met and spending very little to do so was much more valuable than being stressed out at a job that pays little and rushing around to make ends meet.”

Heather says couponing is key to a low-stress life style: “Since we know that, in general, we save so much, we are a little more relaxed and enjoy our money now.” And with all that peace of mind comes a new way of thinking: it is possible to save (read: make) money nearly every second of the day. Like me, Heather never, ever eats out without a coupon. And she makes it a point to re-purpose almost everything she would ordinarily throw away. “We reuse water bottles, we save bread bags for walking the dog, and any paper towel roll or soda bottle is saved for a craft project with the toddler. Couponing doesn’t just have to be about clipping pieces of paper; I consider it a way of life and a way to save for our future.”

Heather’s favorite frugal advice? Buy in bulk and freeze, freeze, freeze. She buys meat in bulk at warehouse stores or right at the butcher. “You can purchase 40 lbs of chicken breast for $1.50/lb, or you can wait for someone to open the box themselves and move the chicken (without repackaging it) to the shelves, where it’s $1.90/lb.” Heather advises frugal shoppers to find a second freezer for cheap on Craigslist and use it to store meat in individual family dinner portions (you can stockpile quart-sized freezer bags with coupons during sales for close to free).

Other groceries Heather loves to stockpile with coupons and freeze:

Creamer (except sugar free)

Heather shares her daily deals on Facebook and Twitter and she’s a huge fan of social media’s couponing scene. “Most companies have a Facebook page where they advertise new products, have contests, and offer coupons. It is a great way to interact with a company. If you have a complaint or concern, post it to their Facebook page. If the entire world can hear your issue, the company is more likely to jump in and fix it.”

Make sure you subscribe to Heather’s blog to get a heads up on seriously good deals. (Heather’s in the process of moving here.) She’s an expert in snagging drug store savings at Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid. (Check out Mo’ Money’s mobile coupon guides to these drug stores here.) She’s also got some great ways to save on Halloween goodies, like this free Krispy Kreme donut offer!