Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Great Freebies on Photos and Magazines

I am super busy this week - so sadly I can't write up all the details on each of these. But I don't want you to miss out. So here goes - you'll have to visit the links to get the codes and details - sorry :)

1. FREE Working Mother year digital subscription - here

2. FREE Parenting Early Years Subscription - here

3. 5 free 8x10s ($2.99 shipping) - good only Thursday

4. Shutterfly 12 free cards (shipping varies) you pick the size - good thru Sunday

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Forfot to mention - snapfish deal ends today.

Back to School & Pictures

With school starting up again, now is the time to stock up on school (or office) supplies. This week, I saw 25-cent crayons, 1 cent printing paper and much more. My favorite places for back to school deals - Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Staples and Office Depot. Make sure to check out their ads in your area to see what's on sale!!

Some really great photo deals are happening now too!! Check this out:

1. Snapfish - You get a free 8x10 collage print AND free shipping if you order a full price item (works if you order a 9-cent picture). Use code GRANDSHIP to order.
2. Walgreens- 25 free 4x6 prints! Use code 25FREECREDIT.

Walgreens is also offering a deal of the day on photo gifts every day this week.

And have you gotten your free Shutterfly 5x7 greeting cards yet?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Diaper Deals

Jake has been getting closer and closer to walking! He's up to 4-5 steps at once. Only a matter of time now... we are both excited and scared!! has coupons for certain Pampers Diapers. When you sign up for subscribe and save (which you can unsubscribe before your next shipment) you save 30% (limited time only) and you can stack it with a 20% off coupon from Parents August and September issues (orange coupon in the magazine - postcard size). I just got 108 night time diapers for only $16!

August is World Breastfeeding Month and BabiesRUs is offering great deals on Breastfeeding items. I'm not breastfeeding anymore, but here were a few of my favorite items when I did!!

1. Medela Milk Freezing Storage Set - who wants to wash containers to pump into continuously? With these you have 12 containers to go through... and you can attach a nipple directly to them if you want. $14.99 usually - only $11.99.
2. Sensible Lines Milk Trays - freeze an ounce of milk in each little ice-cube-like tray, then put in a freezer bag and only use defrost as much as you need, when you need it! The guessing game of how much to put in the freezer bags was always frustrating for me (although I did both). $22 on Amazon, $18.39 at BabiesRUs now.
3. Nursing covers - nice if you are breastfeeding in public a lot, although a blanket would work too. $15.99 and really cute designs.

And I would always suggest to have an extra set of pump parts (valves and breast Shields) so you don't have to wash between each pumping! Try to borrow a pump, but if you can't I'd suggest looking in consignment shops for lightly used pumps or keep an eye out for good deals!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Using Social Media to Find Bargains

As you may have noticed, Thrifty Lane is now available on twitter too. I have added a live stream of my tweets on my blog too. Believe it or not, there is a reason for this :)

I don't consider myself to be an expert at finding deals but I do want to share the great bargains that I find. Unfortunately, having a full time job, 1-year-old, and a house that constantly needs cleaning, I don't have the time to constantly update my blog. But twitter allows me to re-tweet some of the great deals I find - and you can either follow me to hear about them - or check my blog for the most recent deals.

I have to admit, when I first started dealing with twitter - I was not a big fan. You really only heard of people following their favorite celebrities and hearing about their daily life... not for me. But for my job, I still had to use it. Now I've come to see all the potential twitter has to offer. I think of it as a bargains newswire. I follow bloggers who constantly post deals and freebies on their blogs/twitter pages - and that gives me an instant list of the best deals to weed through. The best part is that my phone has an app that allows me to look through my twitter stream. It is much easier for me to browse twitter briefly throughout the day - while I'm waiting for my computer to turn on, while I'm cooking dinner, etc.

Facebook is quite similar, but I find the brevity of twitter much easier to weed through for bargains. And most of the major retail outlets have facebook and twitter pages too.

Here are a list of some of my favorite twitter bargain-hunters:



And don't forget to follow @ThriftyLane

Here are a few regional, but they find a lot of online so anyone can follow them!
@tbotweetdeals (Tampa)
@MyDFWMommy (Dallas)

And if you are big on travel deals ect. try these guys!

Also, as I mentioned, almost all retailers are on twitter. Every morning, I look through my tweets to see what @woot and @wootkids are offering. But you can follow @huggies, @pampersvillage and many more!!

Go ahead and give twitter a try :)