About Heather Brickell

Heather resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Keith of 19 years and their 2 boys Drew 13 and Brady 7. She loves to share savings advice for the smart and savvy lifestyle!

The Best Things to Buy in June

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Summer is in full swing and many of us are planning where to go, what to do and how to keep the kids busy during these busy months. With that being said, it is also a great time to find bargains on many things.

Swimwear/Lingerie– Most stores are offering great deals on swimwear for the entire family. I have discounts as much as 50% off.  Don’t forget to check warehouse clubs like Sam’s Club for swimwear deals. I recently purchased my son Drew a pair of Nautica swim trunks for $12.97 at our local Sam’s Club. While shopping, I also noticed adorable women’s 2 piece swim sets for under $30. I have also noted that many stores are offering promotional offers on lingerie right now so it may be a great time to replenish if you need to do so!

Father’s Day Sales– Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, you may be able to find some great deals on items for dad. Check stores like Harbor Freight, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s and The Home Depot. I often find that there are great bargains on items like tools and sporting equipment around this time of the year as most stores are trying to market around dads. I would especially be on the lookout for gift card with purchase promotional offers. Don’t forget about restaurant deals. Many restaurants will offer discounts or even freebies for Father’s Day so don’t forget to ask.

Dishes– June seems to be a popular month for weddings and retailers are competing for your gift budget. Prices will be slashed on many dishes and dinnerware items, so if you need to replace items this is a great month to do so! I have seen some great deals including gift card with purchase options so be on the lookout at your favorite department stores!

Semi Annual Sales– June is also a great month for semi-annual sales at stores like Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works. Many products are marked down as much as 75% off! I purchased hands soaps for $1.75 this week at Bath and Body Works so it definitely pays to stock up at these prices! I also like to buy items at the semi-annual sales for birthdays and the holidays. This is a great way for me to keep my gift closet stocked without breaking the bank.

Gym Memberships– Believe it or not, June is one of the best months of the year to buy a gym membership! The weather is at its peak so most people are enjoying the outdoors for exercise. With that being said, gyms want your business so they are offering incentives to get you inside their doors! In fact, you may even be able to negotiate a deal to your favorite gym! It doesn’t hurt to ask. I recently scored a great deal to my local YMCA. If you joined during the month of May, they were waiving the $100 Family Join Fee. That is a huge savings for my family of 4! I went ahead and joined during that time as I know that the boys and I will get so much use out of our local YMCA this summer!

Savings for the Great Outdoors– If you have been thinking about purchasing a new tent or other outdoor items, now is a great time to do so! Stores like Dicks’s Sporting Goods and even Amazon have had great deals on anything outdoor related. One idea is this Sport-Brella Vented SPF 50+ Sun and Rain Canopy 8 foot Umbrella for only $39.99! You can take this with you anywhere in the great outdoors! 

Captain Marvel Lands on on Blu-ray & Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD June 11!

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Calling all Captain Marvel fans! The epic film centered on Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel lands on DVD, Blu-ray & Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD on June 11! Did you and your family see this movie when it was in the theater? Here is a fun fact for you… this film not only electrified and inspired audiences worldwide, but surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales! Wow!

Here are a few thoughts of mine from reviewing the movie:

First of all, how could I not love the movie since it is a chick super hero? I live in a house full of boys so anything with a chick super hero is my jam! I really appreciate the film-makers focus on Carol Danvers super powers and the movie is filled with a female empowering storyline.

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the MCU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. When we first meet Danvers, she already possesses her superhero powers, having left her earthly life behind and become a member of an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by their enigmatic commander, Yon-Rogg. But after Danvers has trained and worked with the Starforce team, and become a valued member­, she finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. While on Earth she quickly lands on the radar of Nick Fury, and they must work together against a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls—the notorious Marvel bad guys made even more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities—and their leader, Talos, who is spearheading a Skrull invasion of Earth.

Is Captain Marvel right for kids?

While there is no nudity or sexual inappropriateness, there is some suggestive language. I would say that you as a parent should use your judgement here. There is of course, violence. The violence in this movie is not graphic. It is more action and sci-fi fighting with laser type of guns. Captain Marvel is rated PG-13 for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language.

Honestly, I think that the overall storyline of this movie is a very positive one especially for children in today’s society. It portrays not only positivity and perseverance, but integrity and confidence. These are all values that we as parents are trying to instill in our children on a daily basis.

If you have been waiting to purchase The Captain Marvel DVD, Blu-ray & Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, it is available on June 11! And, there are some extra features to note when you purchase these! Depending on which retailer you purchase at, they will feature Bonus material including deleted scenes, Gag reel, digital exclusives and more!

Have you and your family seen Captain Marvel? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments!

Free $10 to Spend at Jane.com!

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If you have been wanting to try Jane.com now is the time to do so! TopCashback is offering new members $10 cash back when you order $10 or more from Jane.com through Top Cash Back! If you have followed me for any amount of time you know that I love Jane.com and often post their cute clothing and other boutique-quality items! 

Here is how to get the deal:

GO HERE to create a Free TopCashback account.

Visit the Jane.com site through TopCashback.

Verify your new account and GO HERE.

Place an order of $10 or more at Jane.com through TopCashback.

Within 30-90 days $10 cash back will have posted in your TopCashback account!

Cowboy Caviar – The Perfect Appetizer for Any Occasion!

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If you need a fun, yet delicious recipe for all of your summer barbecues, Cowboy Caviar is going to be your new favorite appetizer! This delicious “salad” is comprised of some of my favorite items and is full of freshness in every bite! There are many variations of how Cowboy Caviar can be made, but this recipe is my version. Feel free to add some heat with a jalapeño, or you can omit the avocados. It really is super versatile and can be made to your liking! I am calling this an appetizer, but really you could add this on top of grilled chicken or pork and it would be the perfect compliment as well — The possibilities are endless!

INGREDIENTS:

4 roma tomatoes, diced

1/2  yellow pepper, halved and diced

1/2 red pepper, halved and diced

1/2 red onion diced

2 avocados, diced

1 bunch of fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1 15oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 15oz. can black beans drained and rinsed

1 can sweet corn drained

You will also make a sweet and savory dressing to immerse the Cowboy Caviar with. When you add this to this mix of veggies and beans, it sets the delicious factor over the top!

DRESSING:

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup sugar

1 Teaspoon onion powder

1 Teaspoon oregano

Salt/Pepper for taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients together except for the avocados. (corn, tomatoes, beans, cilantro, bell peppers, and red onion). 

In a smaller bowl, whisk together ingredients for dressing and pour over the salad mixture.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving so that the flavors can combine together. Just before serving add in the diced avocado.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or veggies and enjoy! It is so addicting, you will have a hard time eating just a few bites!

Amazon: Add-On Items Now Ship Free for Prime Members! (No $25 Minimum Purchase Required)

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I have some great news for Amazon Prime Members! You can now score add-on items shipped for free without having to reach a minimum order of $25 – you just need to choose Amazon Day delivery at checkout.

One thing to note: Add-on items don’t include the new one-day delivery option, so most of these items will be delivered to your door in around 4-5 days. 

Amazon Prime Members enjoy:

  • FREE Same Day, One Day, and Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
  • Watch thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video
  • Stream millions of songs and thousands of playlists
  • Also get free Kindle e-books, unlimited photo storage, exclusive access to deals, Twitch, and much more

I personally have Amazon Prime and use it several times per week. I love this service so much and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone!

3-pack Jif Creamy Peanut Butter at a Stock Up Price!

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Head over to Amazon to get 3 jars (16oz each) of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter for only $6.66 Shipped! If you opt for Subscribe and Save the price drops even more to just $6.33!

Made from roasted peanuts, Jif Peanut Butter is a great choice to go with you everywhere. Jif peanut butter is also a favorite for irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies and loads of other peanut butter treats.

NOTE: When you sign up for Subscribe and Save, you are under NO obligation at all and you can cancel at any time. To cancel or modify your Subscribe and Save items, just click on “my account” and then “subscriptions” and then you can cancel and/or modify anything you want.

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

National Donut Day Deals 2019

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Yum! National Donut Day is this Friday June 7! I have a list of where you can go to get your freebies! Pile the kiddos into the car for a summertime treat!

Dunkin’ Donuts– Receive a free classic donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme– Receive a free donut -no purchase necessary.

Walmart– Select stores will be offering free samples of Seattle’s Best coffee and donuts from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In fact, Walmart is giving away 1.2 MILLION donuts to celebrate with its customers! Wow- all that dough for zero dough!

Duck Donuts– Receive a free Bare, Cinnamon Sugar or Powdered Sugar donut at participating stores.

Lamar’s Donuts– Receive a free donut- no purchase necessary.

Huge Savings on Running Shoes!

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If you need some new running shoes, today over at Amazon they are offering some great savings on brands like adidas, Reebok, New Balance, Puma, Mazuna and more! Prices start at just $24 and there is something for everyone!

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

CVS Photo: 11 x 14 Canvas Print Only $9.99 with Free In-Store Pick Up!

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Do you have graduation, wedding, or end-of-the-year school photos that you want to hold onto? Turning them into a canvas print is one of the best things that you can do to treasure those memories forever! Through June 9, you can head on over to CVS.com where you can score an 11×14 Unframed Canvas Print for just $9.99 with promo code CANVAS10 at checkout. And, you can choose Free in-store pick up to avoid shipping charges! (please note that it will take approx. 5-9 days for your canvas to arrive to the store) We have a wall in our house with several canvas prints and they truly are one of my favorite things to look at throughout the day! With this deal I am going to add another one to the wall! 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.

Ninja 4 Quart Ceramic Coated Air Fryer for a Super Deal!

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Wow! If you have been waiting on a deal for the Ninja Air Fryer today is your day! Hurry on over to Amazon where they are offering the Ninja Air Fryer, 1550-Watt Programmable Base for Air Frying, Roasting, Reheating & Dehydrating with 4-Quart Ceramic Coated Basket on sale for $71.99 shipped! (reg. $130) This is the best deal that I have seen for the Ninja and the reviews are amazing! This sale is only valid today so grab it while you can! 

  • Now enjoy guilt-free food. Air fry with up to 75% less fat than traditional frying methods.* *Tested against hand-cut, deep-fried French fries.
  • Wide Temperature Range: 105°F–400°F allows you to gently remove moisture from foods or quickly cook and crisp foods with convection heat.
  • 4-quart ceramic-coated nonstick basket and crisper plate fit 2 lbs. of French fries.
  • Multi-layer rack: Increase your dehydrating capacity
  • Dehydrate: Create flat, chip-like dehydrated foods for fun, homemade snacks. The combination of low fan speed and low temperature enables thorough dehydration.
  • Dishwasher-safe parts: Easy-to-clean basket, crisper plate, and multi-layer rack.

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.