Wednesday, December 7, 2011

$10 Target Giftcard through

It is the holiday season and it is time to get giftcards from Target!! is having great deal.  Go to their website and "like" their website to access a $10 coupon which entitles you to a $10 Target giftcard if you spend $10 at Target before the coupon expires on 12/10/2011.

This is the second time I have seen do this offer in the last few weeks.  They may do it again as we get closer to Christmas.

Make sure to check it out.

Here is the link:

Happy Holidays!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Winner!! And the winner is....

Congratulation!!  Rsbryswrrl  I just sent you an email to contact me receive your 

$50 Target e-giftcard.  Rsbryswrrl has 48 hours to respond to me.   If they don't 

contact me, we will keep drawing names until we have a winner.

Thanks to everyone that participated!!  

Here was the winning comment post.

rsbryswrrl said...

I could be saving about $30 on our wireless phone service.

rsbryswrrl at gmail dot com

Thursday, September 8, 2011

$50 Target e-GiftCard Giveaway! And a Chance to Save Even More!

I am giving away a $50 Target electronic gift card to one lucky winner.   The giveaway will be end at Midnight on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011.

The winner will be randomly chosen using and I will announce the winner at 9pm ET on Sunday, Oct 3rd.  The winner will receive the $50 Target e-Gift Card via email which can be used to purchase Target items online.

I have a favor to ask

I am launching a new career and it involves a company which offers great saving on home services which we all use every day such as home phone, digital phone service, cell phone, Satellite TV, gas and electric (in select markets), high speed internet and home security.  These services are offered by a company who has been marketing phone and partner services for over 10 years.  They offer phone and other essential services through their own company and through partners such as DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon, Sprint and ADT Home Security.

I am using my blog to generate interest in this company and what they have to offer.  If you see any services that interest you AND can save you money, see if they would make sense for you to switch to them.

I would really appreciate it.

I switched several services and I am saving $100 per month.  Who couldn't use an extra $100 per month in their pocket?

In exchange for you helping to get the word out about my business and possibly switching to some of their great services, I am having this giveaway on my blog.

How to enter:
Go to the following cost savings website 

Enter the state which you live and then check out the different services. Click on the different services they have to offer and see how much you can save.

Come back to my blog and post a comment of how much you can save on each service which is ONE entry in the giveaway.  If you can save money on five different services, you can make five blog posts for a total of FIVE entries in the giveaway.

If you decide to switch to a service such as DirecTV or Verizon Wireless, post a comment on which service or services that you switched to and earn TEN entries in the giveaway.   If you switched to two services such as local phone service and ADT Home Security and make two blog posts for a total of TWENTY entries in the giveaway.

For example:
Go to the website and put in your phone number and compare what you pay to how much they would pay for local phone service.  I checked out my local phone service compared to what this website had to offer and found that I could save $20 per month.  I would then go back to the I Love Target Blog and post a comment saying "I checked out the website and I can save $20 on home phone service".  This is worth ONE entry in the contest.  If I decided to change my home phone service (which I did), I would post a comment on the blog stating something like, "I just switched my home phone service and saved $20 per month" and earn TEN entries in the giveaway.  Post a separate comment for each service you could save money on or switch to to maximize the amount of entries in the giveaway.  

By the way, when I switched over my local home phone service, they handled everything.  No one came to the house, it was all done from their website and I even kept my existing phone number.  It was entirely painless and saved $20/month.  

It couldn't be easier.

How it works:
You get ONE entry for each blog comment on how much money you could save by switching and TEN entries for each blog comment on how you switched to one of their services and how much money you saved.  Also, don't forget to email me or put your email address in your blog comment or i won't know who to send the $50 Target e-gift card.  

This is a great win-win for everyone.  Switch and save money and you still have a chance to win a $50 e-gift card.  OR check to see how much you could save and don’t switch and still have a chance to win.  There is no purchase necessary to win.  This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and adults 18+ years of age.  Multiple blog posts by the same person and same service will not count as additional entries.

Good luck!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Great Father's Day Gift - Giada De Laurentiis 10 Piece Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set

I do love to cook and I love Giada De Laurentiis.  I make no secret of these facts to my family.  The love of cooking is quite obvious, since I cook dinner every night.  The love of Giada is more subtle.  No posters of Giada around the house, but I do have three of her cook books and a DVD of the first season of Giada's Food Network show.

Anyway, for Father's Day, my family surprised me with the 10 Piece Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set from Target.  

It is beautiful!  It is so mirrored that it looks almost to good to cook with....but I will.

Just so excited about my Father's Day gift, which wasn't a tie, that I wanted to get the word out!!

After using the set for a few weeks, I will give a full review of the set.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Third Time was NOT the Charm with these Sunglasses

Ever fall in love with a pair of cheap sunglasses? And by cheap I mean under $20. 

I have.

I bought a pair of Champion brand sunglasses at Target about 6 months ago. I think they were $14.99.  They were perfect! I wasn't looking for "practical" sunglasses that keep out harmful rays, oh no, I wanted something that looked good. Now admittedly this style may not be for everyone, but what I liked right away was the fact that it fit so well on my face. I like sunglasses that are slightly wide which works well with my squarish head. Another important feature is that the sunglasses are high enough on my face so that they cover my eyebrows.  

Bushy eyebrows should be hidden.

What really sold me on them were the red reflective lenses. I may be too old to pull these off, but at least they made me feel like I looked cool wearing them.

And isn't that the real purpose of sunglasses?

No question, I loved these sunglasses. I loved them so much that when they broke after 4 months, I wrote it off to continuous use. Sure, even cheap sunglasses should last longer than 4 months....but they just looked so good.

Back I went to Target for another pair. Plunk down another $14.99 for the same exact pair.  Same routine started wearing them every day the sun was high in the sky....which in S. Florida is every day.

This time they lasted 3 weeks.  They broke in exactly the same place.  The hinge which connects the front part of the frame to the arms that goes over your ears.  

Now, I wasn't happy.  But I wasn't ready to give up on these glasses, yet.  I just loved them, too much!

Back to Target.  A little reluctantly, I plunked down another $14.99 and went home with my third pair of these Champion sunglasses.  Now this time I was more cautious.  I wouldn't wear them every day.  In fact, I didn't wear them for a few days.  

When I finally started wearing them....they lasted THREE days.

Now, I could blame Target or the fact that they were made in China (but what isn't now-a-days).  However, I choose to just find some new sunglasses....not made by Champion.

A pair of Oakley’s is starting to sound like a better cost option.

What would you do?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lean Cuisine Free Lunch Bag & Coupons

I have heard it said many times that there is no such thing as a free lunch….so true, but what about a FREE lunch bag?  

Lean Cuisine is offering these cute lunch bags with purchase of 20 lean cuisine Entrees.

Starting January 1st thru March 31st, 2011 – when you purchase 20 Lean Cuisine Entrees you can get one of these super-cute, stylish lunch bags FREE!  To get yours, just set up your account HERE and then starting 1/1, enter your UPC codes. You can enter up to 10 UPC codes per day.
There is a limit of one free bag per household, and available while supplies last. Promotion excludes Lean Cuisine Market Creations. You can register, and view the complete terms of the promotion HERE.
-Thanks to Stretching a Buck and Totally Target for this offer.
In addition, there are some Lean Cuisine coupons to help you on your way to start buying your 20 Lean Cuisine Entrees.
-$1/3 Lean Cuisine Entrees HERE AND HERE

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Groupon: Cheap Gateway to Adventure

You may have heard of Groupon.  It has been around about 2 years and is growing into new markets all the time.  I first became aware of it about a year ago and I am glad I did.

What is Groupon?
Groupon is a “deal of the day” website.  You sign up and every day they send you an email with a new cool deal, usually about 50% off or more.   They have a wide variety of deals such as restaurants, spas, sporting events, retailers, etc.    I have used about a dozen groupons and have never been disappointed.

Why do I love Groupon?
Groupon is my “cheap gateway to adventure”!   What do I mean?  There are plenty of coupon sites for discounts on restaurants and e-retailers (and they can be pretty good), but only Groupon exposes to me to things I always thought were too expensive to try OR something I hadn’t never even thought of before.   

Here are some examples of recent Groupon that were available in S. Florida:
  • Eight laps of an IndyCar Driving Walt Disney World Speedway (Orlando)
  • Sunset Catamaran Cruise (2 hours) (Ft. Lauderdale)
  • Parasailing (Miami)
  • Kiteboarding (Ft. Lauderdale)
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride   (Orlando)
  • Deep sea fishing (Ft. Lauderdale)

Just fun stuff at big discounts…some of the types of things that you would like to do, but never get the chance.

Some of the Groupons I have purchased are salsa dancing lessons, sailing lessons, sporting events and great restaurants. 

The most recent Groupon I used was for a Jewelry Making Class in Miami.  Now, I know that sounds a little strange, but I thought it would be a great way to make a unique gift for my wife for Christmas. 

Jewelry Creations Workshop Review
The Groupon was for $45 for (2) three-hour beginners jewelry making class at Jewelry Creations Workshop.  A two-day class is typically $120 dollars.  In addition, the $45 tuition included the materials to make a silver ring. 

The first class goes by quickly as you practice on copper to learn jewelry making techniques such as creating textures through hammering, heating the medal to make is soft to work with (aneeling) and soldering.  Copper is a softer medal, so it is perfect to use for practice.  I even made a simple copper ring.

On my second class, I started by measuring out a strip of silver that I would need to make the ring ( I brought one of my wife’s other rings to use to get the right size).  The silver was slightly rounded and fairly thick.  I think most student make a simple silver ring which when complete would end up looking like a silver wedding band. 

I wanted to try something different. 

I had thought a lot about what I could hope to accomplish in this class and what my wife would appreciate in a silver ring.  I determined that if I hammered the silver, I could create some texture to the ring which would make it more appealing than a plain silver band.  My instructor, Steven Brownlee, agreed and encouraged me to try it. 

I hammered the silver first and then heated it prior to bending it around the mandrel (used to make the ring round and make sure it is the right size).  Once the ring is roughly round, it is critical to get the two sides lined up so they are tightly touching so you can solder the pieces together. 

This is a lot easier said than done. 

It took me a very long time and multiple attempts to get the ends correctly aligned.  To solder the ends together you have to heat small pieces of solder on the seam at about 450 degrees with a propane touch.  If you have never used solder it is pretty interesting.  You will be heating the metal and in an instant the solder liquefies to fill the seam.  Solid to liquid and back to solid in a blink of an eye.

Once the soldering is complete, you now have a ring.  A rough ring, which still needs work.

I put it back on the mandrel and hammered it more to make sure it exactly round and the right size.  Then I took some sand paper to remove any rough spots on the metal.  Once it is perfect, it is ready to polish.

They have a polishing machine which allows you to polish the inside and outside of the ring until it has a mirror like shine.

The instructor, Steven Brownlee,  shows you the techniques and you observe him creating a ring as part of his instruction.  He encourages questions, but wants you to figure things out on your own.  Every time, I would ask him if it looked right, he would respond “does it look right to you?”. 

Usually it didn’t.  So, I learned to keep working at it until it looked right.

Here are before and after pictures.     
Strip of Silver

I hope she loves the ring.

If you have an interest in learning jewelry making, I highly recommend taking a class at Jewelry Creations Workshop.

Also, I really like Steven Brownlee's jewerly.  He makes some unique pieces.  He makes some amazing rings, pendants, cufflinks, earrings, etc.  I especially like the pieces the jewelry that incorporate woods like red mahogany, Brazilian Macena or Brazilian Palm Wood.  You can see some of his eye catching jewelry at Etsy (the handmade craft community site).

Groupons – Something New Daily
Who couldn’t use a little adventure?  Try signing up for Groupon and see what catches your imagination!
Completed Ring

And they make great gifts, too!!

If you have bought some great “adventure” groupons, I would love to hear about your experiences.