WIN a Spring Skincare Pack Plus a $100 Shopping Spree at BeautyStoreDepot

BeautySupplyDepot Sweepstakes


My friends at BeautyStoreDepot are running a sweepstakes valued at $200, and I wanted to share it with you.  I have won a fair share of sweepstakes over the last 10 years.  You can’t win them all, but you can win enough of them to make the time worth it. :-)

Enter beautystoredepot’s Spring Sweepstakes for your chance to WIN a Spring Skincare Pack filled with over $200 in luxury beauty products from Avene, Dermalogica, EltaMD, glotherapeutics, glytone, iS Cosmeceuticals and more — plus a $100 shopping spree!

Enter before 5/12/14 at or click here:

Enter the Spring Sweepstakes now!

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JCPenney Printable Coupon – $10 Off $25 In Store


JCPenney has a new in-store printable coupon for your next purchase through March 1, 2014.   This JCPenney coupon is good for apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry, and home purchases.  This is perfect timing for new spring clothes for the family, or a new outfit for Easter Sunday.

Please read the details fine print to make sure your favorite brands aren’t excluded.

Details: $10% off select original, regular, sale and clearance-priced apparel, shoes, accessories fine jewelry and home purchases of $25 or more. Extra 10% off select original, regular, sale and clearance-priced purchases of furniture, mattresses, and custom blinds & shades. Offers good in store and at, excluding taxes and shipping charges, 12/26/13 – 3/1/14

Exclusions: Does not apply to Best Value, Levi’s,Disney Shop, Assets Red Hot Label by Spank, Nike, Converse, Clarks, Athletic Shoes, Jewelry Trunk Shows, the Diamond Vault, TechnoMarine Watches, Sephora, Le Creuset, Sophie Conran, Royal Doulton, Celebrations, Food, Kitchen, Electrics, Floorcare, Joseph Joseph, Hunter Douglas, In-Home Custom Decorating, Baby Gear, Services, Service Plans, Gift Cards, Furniture Outlet purchases, current orders and prior purchases, or in combination with other coupon(s). Additionally, in Puerto Rico, discount does not apply to Cosmetics Department, Optical, Bassett furniture, mattresses and accessories, music department, Gift Wrap & More and Universal Sunglasses in Plaza las Américas. Can be combined with earned jcp rewards. Coupon cannot be used for payment on account. Coupon cannot be redeemed as cash or merchandise credit if merchandise is returned. $ off savings applied to all qualifying items or prorated basis; any refunds will be given the prorated amount No cash value.

TomatoInk Sale – Get Ink Cartridges for $1.00

Lexmark 150 XL Black Ink
My friends at TomatoInk are having a $1 ink sale!  For a limited time, browse TomatoInk’s list of $1 inks.

I know what it’s like to go through ink cartridges.  Sometimes they last like candy in front of a toddler.   And who likes to go to the local office supply store and spend your week’s savings on new cartridges? The feeling is mutual.

Take this time to stock up on your printer’s compatible ink cartridges this week at TomatoInk.  And if your specific printer’s cartridges aren’t listed in TomatoInk’s $1 Clearance sale, you can still save $10 off a $60 order + free shipping with the coupon code J2014.

Don’t let this deal slip through your fingers!  Shop now!  Deals end February 20.

U.S. Stamp Price Jumps 6.5% on January 26, 2014


The USPS announced last month that first class mail rates will increase starting January 26, 2014.  The first-class stamp will go from 46¢ to 49¢ at midnight.  That’s a 6.5% increase over the previous price.  And for each additional ounce, it’s now 21 cents more each ounce, compared to the 20 cent per ounce cost.

And for perspective, here’s a historical rate chart, just for kicks.

So please take this as a last minute reminder to pick up stamps before Sunday, January 26, 2014.  I picked up a couple booklets myself while I was out and about today.

Savings Tip! If you have a rewards card that gives you 3-5% cash back, pick up a book or a few booklets at your local grocery store.

Feel free to share this with your friends!

Stamp photo credit: Flickr - kuddlyteddybear2004

Review: iOttie One-Touch Smartphone Car Mount

Credit: iOttie

I travel. I travel a lot.  Living away from family will ensure you a life of traveling.  And if you need to see specialists or want to take the kids to a zoo or aquarium exhibit, living in a small town will also help you to get your fair share of traveling.  And because of all of these things, I travel across most of the United States.

One thing that has allowed for easier travel over the years is GPS.  I used to think that driving with printed directions was nice, but looking for that next road sign at night only added to the stress of long-distance travel.  As soon as a deal on a GPS showed up, I rushed to the store and purchased one.  It has forever changed travel for me.

Fast forward 7 years and now most of us don’t have or no longer use a dedicated GPS unit.  Our phones do a great job – maybe even a better job – than the GPS devices we had years ago.  I used the pre-installed apps for directions for years, until I realized there were even better apps, like Waze Social GPS, available for iPhone & iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.

The iOttie One-Touch Car Mount

Once I realized how beneficial a GPS app was, I realized how much I missed the GPS that was mounted on the car dash or window.  I tried a cheap car mount, but it kept falling off, and eventually broke.  For about an hour, I researched and read review after review, and concluded that the iOttie One-Touch Car Mount was the best smartphone car mount on the market.

When I received it, I immediately put it to the test.  I was amazed at how well the suction cup stuck to the top of my textured dashboard.  It literally just sticks and suctions in place.  The heat & cold have yet to cause it to un-stick.  The adjustments were simple – an axis for changing the direction it faces, and an axis for rotating it portrait & landscape.  The simple-designed rotating discs make it very easy to tighten and loosen the 2 directional faces.

There’s a sliding ‘cup-like’ holder for the bottom, so that you can plug in a power cord, and it never gets in the way.

The best feature is the clip.  There’s a button on the front-face of the clip.  When you place your phone into the clip, it pushes the button, and the 2 grasps on the sides immediately clamp down on the phone, and it will hold it until you intentionally un-clip it.  To pull the phone out, simply push the 2 spring-buttons on the side, and it releases the clip/clamps.

The iOttie One-Touch Car Mount is the best smartphone car mount that I’ve ever owned.   The 4.5 star rating it holds on internet retailer sites proves that I’m not the only one that believes this.  Get your iOttie car mount today!

Deal Alert!

If you have a large phone, like a Galaxy Note II, Note III, Galaxy S4, HTC One Max, etc., Meritline has a limited-time deal on this larger model iOttie car mount.  Normally $19.99. Only $13.50 after coupon code MLCQ20XN + Free shipping!

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Hulu: This Video Isn’t Available – Yet

Have you come across this message on Hulu or Hulu Plus yet?

This Video Isn’t Available – Yet

Some videos – like this one – are not available to Hulu users immediately after broadcast. However, you may be able to watch today by connecting to your paid TV provider account.



I watch the news and a couple TV shows on Hulu.  Being a Generation Y, also known as Millenials, my husband and I never purchased Cable or Satellite TV.  The expense did not justify the cost.  After researching cord-cutting, my husband purchased a $55 HD Channel Master Antenna.  A few more bucks getting some coaxial cable and a splitter at Monoprice, and we had over-the-air TV in crystal clear high-definition.  Most of the channels are in 1080p HD.

Since I didn’t have a DVR, there seemed to be a convenience to watch, pause, and enjoy streaming TV from Hulu Plus.  We’ve enjoyed watching some of our favorite news & TV series from Hulu whenever we want — usually by the next day they were aired – until now (January 6, 2014).

Hulu recently changed their ABC programming in agreement with ABC, ABC News, & ABC Family.  The new agreement states that ABC and ABC News will now only be available 8 days after it’s aired.  Even further, ABC Family content will now only be available if you already have a paid, participating TV provider.  Really? That’s why I have Hulu, and pay paid for Hulu Plus to begin with – because I’m a cord-cutter.  If I had paid cable or satellite TV, I wouldn’t need Hulu Plus.

I’m a paid I was a paid Hulu Plus subscriber until I cancelled this morning.  Let’s be honest – news episodes will no longer be as relevant 8 days later.  And I don’t plan on paying for a cable provider any time soon (at which point I wouldn’t need streaming TV).

For more information about Hulu’s “Locked” Episodes, see this help article, or read the quote below:

What are These “Locked” Episodes I’m Seeing?

Below you will find the answers to several common questions regarding the availability of current season shows from FOX, ABC, ABC Family and NBCUniversal. These particular content providers have decided to enable even quicker access to catch-up episodes of current shows to viewers who have subscribed to a participating pay-TV service. By authenticating your account with one of these pay-TV services, eligible subscribers will now be able to watch episodes for several shows online, on PCs, the day after they air.

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