I am not sure when these two Gifts to Grow codes expire so hurry and add them to your account before they do expire! DM13PA4NRWPRE14 and FBNY213EJFARY14 are two codes worth 60 points when combined together. If you are new to Pampers Gifts to Grow program, you can earn points on diapers, easy-ups, and wipes usually on the inside package or outside of the package. It is free to join and you can redeem your points for gift cards, toys, books, Shutterfly items, and they are always changing rewards. http://www.pampers.com is where you can sign-up for the program.
Pampers has a 10 point code available until 12/29: FBWTDEAWMA25H13. Pampers Gifts to Grow is a free program and you can earn points when buying diapers, training pants, and wipes.
If you have any shopping to do at Best Buy, you may want to check out and head there today since there is a yellow tag clearance event going on right now. Also, through Deember 28, you can also receive a $15 gift card for a future purchase if you spend $100 or more. You can also choose to shop online with in-store pick-up. There are some exclusions:
1 In store only from 12/26/13–12/28/13. Gift card good toward future purchase. Limit one $15 Best Buy gift card for this offer per person per day. Valid only at Best Buy stores in the U.S.A.; gift card offer not valid on any BestBuy.com order, including store pickup. Offer not available in Puerto Rican stores, at Best Buy Express kiosks and for items sold in Pacific Sales/Pacific Kitchen & Home or Magnolia Design Centers inside Best Buy stores. The $100 total purchase to receive the $15 Best Buy gift card requires the customers receipt to show a subtotal of $100.00 or greater prior to tax and excludes purchase of Best Buy gift cards, and prior purchases. Valid 12/26/13–12/28/13.
2 Offer valid 12/26/2013–12/28/2013. Valid on BestBuy.com orders placed Thursday, December 26, 2013 through Saturday, December 28, 2013 totaling $100 or more using Store Pickup at checkout. Get a $15 savings code via email on orders totaling $100 or more before tax. Limit one $15 savings code per customer per transaction. $100 total purchase to receive the $15 savings code excludes prior purchases. Valid email address must be provided when ordering to receive the savings code. Savings code will be emailed starting on Thursday, January 9, 2014 . Redeem savings code between January 9th and January 31st online and in store. Offer available for Friends & Family Pickup and Ship-to-Store Pickup options. Not valid if order is cancelled or on item(s) that are not available for Store Pickup.
Also, make sure to use your My Best Buy free reward program to earn points for your purchases (this was previously called the Reward Zone). If you choose to shop online for in-store pick-up, make sure to go through a cash back web site. Upromise is currently offering 5% cash back: http://www.upromise.com. Also, you can earn Shopkicks for your purchases at Best Buy. Shopkick is a free program and you can earn Shopkicks (points which can be redeemed for gift cards) just for downloading the Shopkick app. and then walking into a store and opening up the Shopkick app. Best Buy rewards Shopkicks for both checking into a store and also for your purchases. You can sign-up here: http://get.shopkick.com/georgia8368. When you check out at Best Buy, give the person your Shopkick phone number and let them know you would like to earn Shopkick points for your purchase.
If you have any shopping to do at a Target, know that they are issuing 10% off to everyone in-store on 12/21 and 12/22. There are some exclusions to this: *Excludes all gift cards, entertainment cards, airtime cards, prepaid cards, iTunes cards, Apple, Bose, all video games, Playstation 4 consoles, Xbox One consoles, Target Mobile(SM), prescriptions, optical, clinic, and alcohol purchases. Offer cannot be combined with other storewide or category/department coupons.
You may want to print a copy of the letter from the CEO to bring with you or be able to pull this up on your phone in the event your Target store does not know about this as I have read some comments about some Targets not being aware of this. For more details, read the CEO’s letter here: http://pressroom.target.com/news/a-message-from-ceo-gregg-steinhafel-about-targets-payment-card-issues.
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If you live near a Meijer and have some shopping to do, you will want to clip the great mPerks coupons which are good on Friday 12/20 and Saturday 12/21 only! https://mperks.meijer.com/mperks/. If you have not yet signed up for mPerks, this is something you should do as you could be saving money off of your grocery bill. The coupons to be clipped are: 5% off groceries and health and beauty items, 10% off general merchandise and electronics, and 15% off apparel, shoes, accessories, and jewelry. Please note that you will need to answer “yes” to the question if you do indeed want to clip the coupons and the checkout register will ask you for each category since these are three different categories of mPerks and you will need to answer “yes” for your coupon to be clipped for that transaction.
Another favorite non-profit I have recently discovered is the Ribbon Spa for a Cause. I am choosing to highlight this organization because I enjoyed my service there. Also, if you are wanting to make a tax deductible contribution for tax purposes, please consider The Ribbon Spa for a Cause. If you have someone in your life you are looking to buy a last minute gift for, consider a gift certificate. Or if you are need of some pampering over the winter break, book an appointment for a manicure, pedicure, facial, or massage! I personally would recommend a manicure and the Paraffin treatment or a pedicure. 🙂 More details on how to donate or book an appointment can be found here: http://ribbonspa.com/.
I recently had a spa manicure and pedicure in October at The Ribbon Spa for a Cause. I have tried out numerous places for pedicures in the Indianapolis area and this was one of my best experiences. The owner, Carolyn Smith, took her time with me. It was a relaxing experience and my pedicure has barely faded from two months ago. I was also impressed by the mission of the organization, which is to provide treatments for cancer patients. Carolyn Smith closes the door to the public on Mondays and provides free services to cancer patients.
From the web site, this is the story behind The Ribbon Spa for a Cause:
The Ribbon Spa a story about the power of a dream.
Even more, it’s a story about the power of sisters—the ones we are given, the ones we have lost and the ones we choose to embrace.
It’s also a story of deep faith that takes place in an unlikely setting—a salon on the north side of Indianapolis that offers manicures, pedicures, facials and massages, a salon that also provides touches of hope, courage and love to the guests who come there.
Step inside the Ribbon Salon and meet Carolyn Smith, the woman at the heart of the story. For a long time, this member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Indianapolis wanted to have her own salon. Finally, in June of 2010, she took the plunge, inspired by two women who have touched her life.
The first woman is honored by the statue that Smith displays in a corner of her shop—a statue of the Blessed Mother that was the first thing that Smith brought into her new business. The second woman is remembered by the loving gesture that Smith and her staff provide every Monday—giving their services free of charge to people who have been diagnosed with cancer. “My sister, Ruth, died of cancer five years ago,” Smith recalls. “She was three years older than me. It was a treasured sister relationship.”
Like the story of most sisters, the story of Carolyn Smith, Ruth Anne Arajuo and Teresa Bryan is marked by shared memories and a powerful bond.
They shared a bedroom growing up, they were part of a family of eight children, and they stayed close even when the years and the miles separated them.
Ruth’s death on Aug. 13, 2005, was another devastating blow for their family, which has been hit hard by cancer. Two of their brothers, Thomas and Stephan Bryan, have died of colon cancer. Another brother, Robert Bryan, and Teresa Bryan are cancer survivors.
Thinking of her family’s history, Smith knew that she wanted to provide free services to cancer patients when she opened the Ribbon Salon in 2010. She began the weekly offer on July 26—Ruth’s birthday. “This has been such a huge emotional experience—opening the salon and making it available for people who have cancer,” says Smith, who is 48. “My husband was injured in a work-related incident 10 years ago. We’ve struggled financially. This is a work in progress, especially in these economic times. I can’t tell you how much the grace of God is working here. It can be emotional. It’s a way of grieving for me, but it’s also a way of experiencing the joy of healing.” Her sister, Teresa Bryan, often helps at the shop on Mondays. “I’ve been in remission for five years now,” Bryan says. “I’ve been blessed. Carolyn wanted to do something in honor of our sister, and she’s made it happen. It’s a rich feeling to be with the other patients and survivors.”
If you shopped in-store at Target between Wednesday, November 27 and Sunday, December 15 and and used a credit/debit card, you will want to check those accounts to make sure your information has not been compromised. So far they are saying it does not appear to impact online purchases made at Target.com within those dates. Even if you do not see any fradulent activity now, you may want to consider getting new numbers since the information can be used/sold in the future. Here is more information about the security breach: http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/18/news/companies/target-credit-card/index.html.
During the season of giving, I wanted to highlight some of the local non-profits and the work that they do. I recently read an article in the Current in Westfield and learned about a new program through the Humane Society of Hamilton County. It is called Homeward Bound for the Holidays and for as little as $20, you can adopt one of the cats and dogs who have been at the Humane Society the longest and are also in most need for a home. To check out the Homeward Bound cuties, look here: http://www.hamiltonhumane.com/adopt/hb4th/. To view the web site to donate or see their Holiday Wish List or look at some of the other animals available to adopt, go here: http://hamiltonhumane.com/. The article I read details the information about the program listed below and also copy and pasted here:
By Nina Johnson
The Humane Society for Hamilton County hopes to find permanent homes for their Featured 50 pets by Dec. 31, and the community can help through two holiday programs.
The Homeward Bound for the Holidays program features 50 dogs and cats that have waited the longest for a home. The Humane Society’s website lists the Featured 50 with photos and personality profiles.
Manager of marketing and public relations Jennifer Judd explained that a volunteer writes a custom profile for every animal at the shelter.
“Having over 400 animals to write a profile for can be a challenge, so you try to find that one special thing about each cat or dog. One of our amazing volunteers, Rebecca Ebert, single-handedly writes all the profiles, and we truly think they make a difference,” Judd said.
All Featured 50 pets adopted through the Homeward Bound program will come with a Noah’s Animal Hospital gift package. This package includes a free annual exam, booster vaccines and a dental cleaning. Featured 50 dogs also come with either an additional Paws and Play or Ultimate Canine training package.
The Holiday Sponsor program offers another option to help a shelter animal. Sponsors choose between three levels of support and two ways to dedicate their gift. Sponsors who dedicate their gift in the name of someone else will have a card sent to their recipient.
Cards feature professional photos of six different shelter animals. Sponsors can also choose to honor their family, a pet or the memory of those who have passed away. Sponsored names will be displayed on an ornament decorating a shelter animal’s cage.
Judd reports the community has made the programs successful.
“We’ve had a dog adopted that has been waiting since August 2011, and a cat that has been waiting for almost two years,” Judd said. She encouraged the public to visit the wide variety of animals and pointed out that purebred pets are among those available.
“About 40 percent of the cats and dogs in our care are purebred,” Judd said.
The shelter also welcomes basic supply donations such as liquid laundry soap, trash bags, bleach, and canned cat and dog food. A wish list of more specific items can be found at http://www.hamiltonhumane.com.
Adoption hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday – Noon to 7 p.m. Visit http://www.hamiltonhumane.com to view photos of available pets.
Check out this web site if you have had a driver’s license in Indiana. It seems that the BMV may have been overcharging residents. I wrote about this earlier this year on my blog: https://economicalbear.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/do-you-have-an-indiana-drivers-license-its-possibly-you-have-been-overcharged/. The web site is now open for you to check. You will need to enter in your driver’s license number or your Social Security number to check: https://secure.in.gov/bmv/RefundsDLSettlement/Default.aspx. I was entitled to a $3.78 refund. It’s not much, but every little bit counts.
If you live near a Meijer, you may want to log into or sign-up for a Meijer mPerks account: https://mperks.meijer.com/mperks. There is currently an offer for a free gallon of white milk (not organic), which expires today. Sign-in and then enter code: HOLIDAYMILK to see the offer and then make sure to clip the coupon and redeem it today when you enter your mPerks at the checkout lane. Also, starting at 6 am tomorrow, there are Santa Bucks available for general merchandise, apparel, and health and beauty items priced $14.99-$24.98 ($3 off), $24.99-$49.98 ($5 off), $49.99-$99.98 ($10 off), and $99.99 and above receive $20 off. Limit of one Santa Buck per item.