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Sarah Diodato

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Purchases must be of $30 or more. Use code 94476 at checkout through December 16. If you have a little person on your list who has a Build-A-Bear doll, this might give you a chance to surprise them with a new outfit or accessories, if accessories for a teddy bear sounds like […] [Read More]

30% off Gymboree online

Use code GYMCLUB. Expires November 8. See what’s available. [Read More]

Chilly? Sweaters on sale at Target

Buy one get one 50% off online. It looks like most offered (with the exception of cardigans) are $17.99. Find out what’s available. Spend over $50 and shipping is free. [Read More]
Categories: apparel, online sales

Home-buying tax credit could be extended

Originally set to expire at the end of November, the program gives first-time home buyers a chance to get a credit of up to $8,500 toward the purchase of a home. Congress will vote next week on whether to extend the bill until at least the end of April. In addition, current homeowners […] [Read More]
Categories: in the news, real estate

Necco wafers go all-natural

Based on the comments from our earlier post, it seems like people will be giving out less candy this year — either from a desire to cut back on spending or because they don’t feel all of that candy is really good for kids. Is there such a thing as healthy candy? I’m […] [Read More]

Do you have to wash it every time you wear it?

I have this argument with my daughters all of the time. If it’s only been on a couple of hours, and it’s not dirty, it doesn’t need to go in the hamper. Pajamas can be worn for a couple of nights – all you’re doing in them is sleeping!
I’m sure other […] [Read More]

Sam’s Club to cut costs


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In order to better compete with grocery chains and other warehouse stores, Sam’s Club plans to cut prices on popular items and offer more everyday items, like food and beauty products. They will also be cutting back on furniture and clothing items.
The plan is to offer more of a variety of brands, […]

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Rock Band 1 & 2 for less than $80

I heard about this deal over on If you know a gamer who has a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360, but somehow didn’t get swept up in the Rock Band craze the first time around, you can now get Rock Band 1 & 2, as well a guitar and drums for less than […] [Read More]