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Gift Giving With World Vision

Disclosure: I partnered with World Vision on this post. All my opinions are my own.

Gift Giving With World Vision

I have a few people on my gift list that are impossible to buy for. They are world travelers who seem to have about everything they need. What do you get for these hard to shop for people in your life?

A few ideas come to mind. Things I have purchased in the past like handmade gifts or gift cards. Also, donating in the name of the recipient to charity. Finding a gift through World Vision makes this task a bit easier. There are several ways help others such as selecting items through the handcrafted gifts catalog. From coffee to coasters to clutches, there is a little bit of something for possibly any of the philanthropic friends on your list.

To help spread the word of their work, World Vision is gifting the necklace to one reader. The donation for this multi-strand necklace “provides for the unique needs of children and families worldwide – you will receive this artisan multi-colored necklace. Fight human trafficking through this beautiful semi-precious stone and glass bead necklace. Wear this unique, colorful strand long or short, as a bracelet or even a belt.”

RT our pinned post on twitter to be entered to win (And/or leave a comment below mentioning the hard to shop for person in your life. Not by name of course :).


Ends 12/1 at 11:59pm. RT is unlimited. One comment below per person. Limited to residents within the United States.

Thanks to World Vision for reaching out to us again this year. We appreciate their work and efforts to help others.

Maximize Savings on Your Next Grocery Bill

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post however all my opinions are my own.

$15 off Purchase of $25 or More at Albertsons/Safeway Stores


I will be the first to admit that sometimes the grocery store deals are a bit confusing. Often, I get asked if it’s worth it. My response to that is: in the past, I have managed to feed 6 people on a limited budget for several months with coupons and savings. So the easy answer is yes, it is worth it. Especially, if you need to stretch a buck or save up in general. The trade off in time pays for itself.

Here is another one of those deals that can seem a bit complex yet there are ways to stack savings. Right now, when you spend $125 or more on select gift cards at Albertsons or Safeway, receive a coupon for $15 off your next purchase of $25 or more. If Albertsons or Safeways stores are your regular stops, then take advantage of it.

A shopping scenario might look like this:

  • Purchase $125 in participating gift cards (ie itunes, Amazon, Fandango, JCPenney)
  • Apply store rewards card at checkout to receive fuel points (available through Safeway).
  • Use credit card with rewards to save additional on grocery store purchases (check with your card company to verify discount).
  • Receive a $15 off when you spend $25 (on your next grocery purchase) coupon after paying for the gift cards.

    On your next shopping trip to grocery store:

  • Use additional manufacturer coupons to lower your total grocery bill at checkout, combined with the $15 off $25 (total bill will still need to reach $25 minimum for $15 off coupon to work – from what I understand).
  • Repeat this process with the manufacturer coupons in conjunction with the gift cards (if you are using it for holiday gift shopping).

    *Savings will vary depending on coupons used. General savings are between $15 to $25 off when using all suggested discounts. See store for more details.

Happy holidays all! Don’t forget to enter yourself to win a $50 Amazon GC. Ends December 1, 2015.

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Earn More From Kroger During the Holidays

Disclosure: I partnered with Kroger Family Stores for this post. All my opinions are my own. 

It is unbelievable that the holidays are here. I know this is repeated by many each year but really — where did the year go? I have been scrambling around looking for budget saving ideas. Years ago, we signed up for a Kroger card for extra savings on the grocery bill. The nice bonus is earning fuel points for discounts at fill up. Generally the discount is .10 off per gallon. Right now, the discount is even better. From now until December 8th, buy gift cards* at any Kroger family grocery store and earn 4x fuel points.

So that adds up to 12 percent saved by taking advantage of Kroger’s Fuel Points promotion.  For example, here is a scenario where about $12 is saved with a $100 purchase of gift cards:
$6 in fuel rewards (.40 off 15 gallon tank)
$6 back if you earn 6% cash back on credit card grocery purchase
$12 total savings on a $100 gift card

With this type of deal, I make a list of places I need to shop and then purchase a gift card for that store. After that, I look for store coupons and promotions to further the savings. This is a process yet in some cases, it can save ten to forty percent off.

I am sure there are many other creative ways to stretch the dollars. This deal is available online as well.

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*Excludes Kroger family grocery store or open loop gift cards (like American Express, Visa, Mastercard etc).