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!

Join the My Sweet Savings Holiday Deals Facebook Group!

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I just wanted to let you all know that I am sharing most of the Holiday Deals over in my Holiday Deals  Facebook group and not here directly on the blog. There are way too many deals to post and they go quickly so it is easy to post them all in one place! Please come on over and join me! I have bee sharing many deals today and will continue to do so through the holiday season!

Walmart Cyber Monday Deals!

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The Walmart Cyber Monday deals are live!

GO HERE to check them all out, but here are a few deals that I noticed:

Bounce Pro 14 foot Trampoline with Enclosure $178

Hoverboards $79

Barbie Dreamhouse $154

Kid’s Character Weighted Blankets $25

Nintendo Switch Bundle $299

Keurig $40

Dyson V7 $179

Hot Wheels 50-count pack $29.99

Coleman 8 person tent $99

+ so much more!

 

Tips for a Budget-Friendly Holiday

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A warm welcome to WTSP viewers! I am so glad to have you here at My Sweet Savings! A huge thank you to Jenny Dean for the feature! During the Good To Know segment, we discussed tips for a budget-friendly holiday, so I thought that it would be helpful to list those for you right here on the blog for reference.

Did you know that the average American spends around $1000 on gifts during the holidays?  But, many people don’t budget that amount and often go into debt. This can take up to 6 months to pay off! One of the main reasons that people go into debt is because they don’t plan ahead.

Set a budget and stick to it! Plan how much that you spend for each person and don’t go over. Set expectations and stay with them! One tip is to use cash and the envelope system. This allows you to delegate each person in the family their own envelope. Each envelope will have your set amount of cash for each person and will help you to not overspend. You can also use the envelope to keep track of each person’s receipts and rebates if applicable.

Ask yourself: “Who am I shopping for?”

How much do I want to spend for each person on my list?”

“What is my total gift budget?”

Use coupons and money-saving apps. Sign up to your favorite retailers email lists for coupon and special promotional offers. Many times they will send you coupons that you can’t find elsewhere. I also love the app Retail Me Not as it will show you coupons and coupon codes to use when shopping in-store and online.

Buy gifts online. Purchasing online allows you to buy only those things that you are searching for and not to make impulse purchases. Also, many stores are offering free shipping right now so you don’t even have to go to the store. Consider adding items to your cart now. Log out and then come back a few days later. Many companies will email you a discount to complete your checkout.

Buy discounted gift cards to help lower your holiday budget– Use online sites like Raise.com that offers discounted gift cards. Sam’s Club and BJ’s offer gift card discounts year round. Even the drug stores will offer promotional gift card discounts. A gift card is just another form of payment. You can really get some great deals when you stack the discounted gift card with coupons and promotions to your favorite stores.

Credit Card purchases– If using credit cards, use one that will give you cash or rewards back. If you are going to purchase items you might as well get something back in return. You might be surprised at how quickly these rewards will add u and some cards will even offer incentives during the holidays. Store cards such as the Target Red Debit and Credit card give you 5% off your purchases as well, so this can be helpful to get the most bang for your buck! Also, be sure to check and see if you have available rewards points to use right now for your holiday purchases. Through December 12, Target is offering a store coupon to save $40 off your purchase of $40 or more when you sign up for the Target REDcard!

Don’t overlook the dollar and discount stores– The Dollar stores and discount stores (like Five Below) offer name brand items that you may be surprised to find. Create a gift basket around family or friend’s favorite things. (Coffee, Cheese, Sports, etc…) I also love to utilize the dollar stores for my wrapping paper, gift bags and holiday cards. Their selection is fabulous and you can’t beat the price!

Photo Gifts– I find that photo gifts are always the most received of any of the gifts that I give. The drugstores often offer majorly discounted deals on these items. You can often get a Free 8X10 photo print. I like to add a nice frame from Michaels or Hobby Lobby that I bought with a 50% off coupon, and voila you have a beautiful and affordable gift idea.

Be Creative– Make gift baskets with items that you already have or from items that you got on sale throughout the year. I have made some fantastic gift baskets for friends and family with items that I scored on sale during the year. When I find sales on items I stock up during the year as my budget allows. This way at Christmas I am not going to break my budget trying to find gift items.

The Four Gift Plan for Kids– Consider buying the kids just 4 gifts this year. Something they need, something to read, something to wear and something that they want. This plan will really will help to keep your budget on track!

Wrap your gift in a gift– You can make a loaf of your favorite bread or muffins and wrap in a cute towel. Wrap a set of sheets and put in a pillowcase with a big bow. Place a bag of coffee or coffee gift card in a coffee cup. The options are endless!

Have fun! Having a holiday budget is important, but remember to cherish that moments that you have with your family and friends. Don’t stress out! You will remember the memories more than any item that you purchase. If you stick to your budget you will have extra reason to celebrate!

*HOT* $40 Off $40 or More Purchase Target Coupon with REDcard Sign Up!

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If you have been thinking about signing up for a Target REDcard, now is the time to do so! Through December 12, when you sign up for either the Target REDcard debit card or the Target REDcard Credit card, both in-store and online, you will receive a $40 off $40+ purchase coupon! (see coupon for exclusions)

When you are approved for the Target REDcard, a coupon valid for $40 off a $40+ purchase will be mailed to you along with your REDcard and will be valid to use through will be valid to use through January 18th, 2020!

Some of the perks to having a Target REDcard include:

  • Free 2-day shipping on most items on Target.com (no minimum purchase!)
  • Early access to special events
  • Save 5% when you use your REDcard at any in-store Starbucks location (of course I love this!)
  • Save an extra 5% when you pay with your REDcard
  • + more!

This coupon will come in handy with holiday shopping!

 

Target: Women’s A New Day Sweaters Only $10 Shipped!

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I personally own the Leopard sweater pictured and love it so much that I went back just now for the Gray leopard! Hurry on over to Target.com where you can snag these A New Day Sweaters for only $10 + Free Shipping! And if you have the Target REDcard you will save an extra 5% off your purchase!This sale is valid through tomorrow, November 30.

CVS Photo: 11X14 Photo Canvas Only $9.99 with Free In-Store Pick Up! (reg. $39.99)

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Photo gifts make the best gifts! Take a cherished photo and turn it into a memory that will last a lifetime! CVS Photo is offering an 11X14 Unframed Photo Canvas for Only $9.99 with Free In-Store Pick Up! (reg. $39.99) Just use promo code SPECIAL75 at checkout.

Top Cashback: Free $25 to Spend at Walmart!

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If you haven’t yet joined Top Cashback, now is the time to do so! They are offering Free $25 to spend at Walmart! Yes, it is totally legit and I have used this site many times! If you are buying gifts, why not get paid for doing so? $25 is a lot of money to save!

Here’s the deal:

New members to Top Cashback can take advantage of this offer. If you already have an account, sign up your hubby or another family member. Offer is only valid through November 30.

1) Simply click the “Get Offer Now” button to go to the Walmart website. (you must use this link for you cash back offer to work)

2) Purchase anything for $25.00 or more from Walmart (*exclusions apply), and get $25.00 cash back. (*Cashback CANNOT be earned on Walmart Grocery service, Food, Household Essentials, Purchase and Redemption of Gift Card, Cellular Purchases, Prepaid Phone Cards, Sam’s Club, Pharmacy, Travel, Tires, Optical, Newer Model Apple Products)

3) Within 7 days of purchase you’ll see your transaction post to your TopCashback Account.

4) Once confirmed, your transaction will become payable within 14 days.  Note: cash back may fluctuate in between that period, but will be the correct amount once payable.

5) Cannot be combined with other TopCashback promotions.

Kohl’s: Fitbit Charge or Versa Only $99.99 + $30 in Kohl’s Cash!

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If a Fitbit Charge or Versa Lite is on your wish list, Kohl’s has them on sale for $99.99 shipped! And, you will receive $30 in Kohl’s Cash!

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.

Sephora: $27 Naked3 Palette + $10 Urban Decay Perversion Mascara!

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Sephora is offering some really awesome deals to kick off holiday shopping! Pick up the Naked3 Palette for 50% off making it just $24, and Urban Decay Perversion Mascara is only $10!

Black Friday Shopping Tips + Welcome ABC Action News Viewers!

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A warm welcome to ABC Action News viewers and a huge thank you to Jackie Callaway for the segment on Black Friday shopping!

Feel free to join me here on My Sweet Savings as I search for the best deals this Black Friday and into Cyber Monday! Also, I want to encourage you to join the My Sweet Savings Holiday Deals Facebook group as I will post many deals directly to that group and not here on the blog. You can join the group HERE.

Are you a die-hard Black Friday shopper? I know that some people treat it like it is an Olympic Sport and they are racing all over the store to get the deals! For me, while I do love to shop in-store, I find that most of the best deals are now available online so I never even have to leave my house! Unless the items that you want to purchase say Special Purchase or Doorbuster, more than likely you can grab those deals from the comfort of your own home! I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be sitting on my couch with a cup of coffee and shopping online than facing those crazy crowds!

Here are a few tips to consider for shopping the sales this holiday season:

Don’t forget the drugstores. They offer great deals that people often bypass. For example, CVS is offering 8 items for Free after Extra Care Bucks. Many of these items are personal care products, which could be donated to a local shelter.

Don’t overlook stores like ULTA and other beauty stores as they can offer some great discounts this time of the year. For example, ULTA has $1 stocking stuffers right now (when you buy 5 items). In addition, there is a coupon HERE to save $3.50 off your purchase of $15 or more. When you buy 15 items and use the coupon, it makes them just $0.77 each! These are also great items to donate to your local women’s and girl’s shelter.

Shop the Television Shopping Channels like HSN and QVC. This is a hidden gem that many people overlook. They have the best deals when it comes to electronic devices, computers, etc…. as they offer bundle deals (you get more for your money) and flex-pay options which allows you to break up your purchase in several monthly installments. If it is your first time shopping at QVC , use promo code HOLIDAY to save $15 off your first order!

Use money-saving apps and sign up for newsletters to your favorite stores. They will often send coupons and discounts that you can use with the sales. When shopping both online and in-store, I love the RetailMeNot app as they offer coupons for many of the major retailers. I always check this app especially when shopping at the mall.

Use a credit card that gives you rewards/money back on your purchases. You might as well get paid for buying items that you were already planning to purchase.

Buy discounted gift cards to help lower your out of pocket expenses. Not only are gift cards the number one gift to give, but they can also help lower your holiday budget when you buy them at a discounted price. Consider sites like Raise.com and stores like Sam’s Club and BJ’s for discounts year round on their gift cards. Amazon and the drug stores will even offer discounts from time to time so be on the lookout for those. Even if it just a few dollars savings, remember you can stack a gift card with coupons and other promotional offers. When you add all the savings together it can really add up!

For online shopping, go ahead and have items already in your cart that you know are going to be on sale. You can even have multiple windows open on your device for all of the stores that you will be shopping at. When the deals go live, double check to make sure that your items and pricing are correct before you hit purchase. It is also a great idea to make sure that your shipping and billing info is up-to-date the week before so that you are ready to go!

Check out all of the Black Friday ads in one place HERE

Here are some of the most popular stores that I cover here on the blog and the direct links so that you can start shopping!