Category Archives: Deals

Possible Free Vidal Sassoon Hairspray at Target!

I have gotten some awesome deals couponing lately. But one unadvertised (or un-blogged, I should say) deal that I found was while I was shopping at Target a couple days ago. I stumbled across a great little deal on a clearance end cap! They had Vidal Sassoon hair spray for $1.14, on clearance marked down from $4.99!

free vidal sassoon deal at targetI grabbed my coupon binder and sure enough, I had these $2/1 Vidal Sassoon Styling Product coupons making the hairspray completely free!

I believe you can find this coupon in the 3/2 P&G insert. But it expires 3/31/14, so make sure to get out and check your stores this week!

I know it won’t be the same at every Target, but it doesn’t hurt to check, right? :)

Happy savings!!


30 Cheap or Free Couples Date Ideas

It’s so nice to be able to still date your spouse, but sometimes you just don’t want to spend a lot of money to be able to have a unique night out with them. That’s what inspired this post. I wanted to share 50 creative date ideas that are either super cheap or free, so that you can focus on spending time together instead of worrying about how much it’s going to cost you!

30 cheap free date night ideas

  1. Find a new park that you’ve never been to and take a nice walk. You’ll be surprised at how nicely it allows for great conversation.
  2. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food shelf. Here is a list of available places in Minnesota, sorted by towns:
  3. Play bingo or trivia at a local restaurant or bar. Many places hold these games (free of charge) for customers on a weekly basis. Google your town and bingo/trivia to find a place near you!
  4. Hold a couple’s board game night with friends or family. Partner up as spouses and take on other couples in classic games like Sequence, Charades, Pictionary, Cranium, etc.
  5. Tour a brewery or winery. Many times, places will offer a free tour through their plant to show you how they make their delicious brews. If you live in Minnesota, here are a few places that offer free tours:
    - Surly Brewing Co. (Brooklyn Center, MN)
    - Summit Brewing (St. Paul, MN)
    - Flat Earth Brewing (St. Paul, MN)
  6. Go to a sporting event at your alma mater. This could be a high school football game, hockey game, baseball game, etc. Or if you went to college, attend their homecoming for a fun blast from the past.
  7. Visit your library and find a how-to book on something you’d both like to learn. This could be a self-help book, a computer or technology book, a hobby like sewing or pottery.
  8. Work out together. Whether you have a gym membership or not, you can lift weights, go for a jog, or take a ‘stroll’ on the ellipticals.
  9. Go for a bike ride. It can be around your neighborhood or at a nearby park. It’s a fun way to get some exercise and spend time together.
  10. Binge watch shows on Netflix or Hulu Plus. Find a series show and start from the beginning. Some suggestions are Desperate Housewives, Orange is the New Black, Mistresses, Pretty Little Liars, or Breaking Bad.
  11. Create a YouTube video of something you are both experts at. This could range anywhere from how to make the best omelette ever, how to repair an appliance, or even how to make your favorite drink. Get creative and have fun. You’ll enjoy watching it even a year later!
  12. Create custom mugs for each other. This is fun and easy, just pick up some plain white coffee mugs at your dollar store and use Sharpies to decorate a mug for each other, then bake at 350° F for 30 minutes to set.
  13. Go sledding (if it’s winter) or go skip stones (in summer). Pretend you guys are kids again!
  14. Make homemade pizzas together. This is so easy! You can purchase pizza crust at the store or you can make your own, there are tons of recipes online. Then use pizza sauce, cheese, and all the toppings that you could ever want!
  15. Make delicious ice cream sundaes together. Complete with hot fudge, caramel sauce, sprinkles, and of course a cherry!
  16. Go thrifting! Hit up your local thrift store and see what treasures you can find for under $10. It’s all about the hunt.
  17. Go out geo-caching! If you haven’t done this before, you’ll have a blast. Download a geo cache app on your phone and go out in search of caches near you! It’s basically a treasure hunt to find a hidden box or canister. You’re supposed to bring a little item to put in once you find it, and you can also pick one item to take with you. Then be sure to put it back right where you found it!
  18. Pick flowers and hand them out at a nursing home. You might also be able to stop at a florist at the end of the day and see if they have any flowers they are about to throw out. Let them know you’re going to be stopping by the local nursing home and handing them out. When you get there, don’t be afraid to stop and have conversations with residents there. You will make their night!
  19. Tour Open Houses. Even if you’re not in the market right now, it’s fun to check out open houses! It’s even more fun when you go to a luxurious town and tour big houses!
  20. Attend a free outdoor concert or movie. Many times in the summer, cities will put on free concerts in the park or free kids movies projected onto a big screen at the park. Check out your town’s website to see what kinds of events are being put on in your city.
  21. Go skating! Whether it’s winter or summer, you can go ice skating or rollerblading. Find a park that has an outdoor ice rink, or go rollerblading at a park that has trails.
  22. Attend a farmer’s market. Check out the locally grown, fresh produce and other hand-made products and maybe even bring some home for a very healthy dinner!
  23. Go to an amateur comedy night. You can find these usually on off-nights at the comedy clubs like Monday or Tuesdays. If you’re in Minnesota, Acme Comedy Club has Mondays as open mic night and it’s free to watch.
  24. Take a class together. Communities sometimes have programs that run classes one night a week for different skills or hobbies. This can include pottery, wine-making, or even a nutrition or fitness class. They typically last about 6 weeks and cost around $30/person.
  25. Go to a painting class. These seem to be popping up left and right around the Twin Cities, but basically you can attend a class put on by an artist, and you progressively paint a picture together. Many times they also provide wine and snacks as well. To do this on the cheap, keep a watch for these on sites like Groupon or LivingSocial.
  26. Do free yoga. Many men don’t realize that yoga is not just for women. It’s a great exercise to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. Once a week, you can attend a free yoga class at a Lululemon store near you, check out their schedule here.
  27. Create a bucket list together. Write down a list of the things you dream of doing someday. Then make a goal of completing those one by one!
  28. Go rock climbing. The only cost associated with this is usually the entry fee. Find coupons online to save money and then have a fun adventure!
  29. Play cards with each other. You can play Go-fish, Uno, Cribbage, or any other 2-person game that you can think of. Here’s a list of popular two-person games.
  30. Make art together. This is easier than you’re thinking. Grab some magazines and a 8×10 piece of paper (plus a frame). Both of you can cut out pictures of things you love, things you want to do, or words that describe you as a couple. You can even include your faces on the pictures of people in the magazines. Get creative and have fun. When you’re all done, put your art in the frame and admire it!

Hopefully you’ll find something above that speaks to you! If I missed any good ideas, leave a comment below. I love to hear your ideas!



A Holiday Gift He Will Enjoy All Year

Shaving Set from Mercer and JamesThe holidays are fast approaching, and you’re checking off the mile-long list of cards, baked goodies, and presents for your family and friends.  Between Black Friday madness and holiday parties, have you gotten something special for your husband? Mercer + James has some unique gifts that will be appreciated every morning, year-round. Can you say the same about last year’s sweater?

For the special man in your life, a well-designed shaving regimen can elevate the morning shave from a hurried task into a cherished ritual. To start his day off right, Mercer + James offers a collection of traditional and modern classic razors and shaving sets that not only improve his morning routine, but look great in your bathroom.

Mercer + James was started by native Minnesotan husband and wife team Michael Schlotfeldt and Elizabeth Von Lehe, who believe honest materials and impeccable quality in everyday products can elevate a task to a memorable experience.

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For the fans of the Real Housewives of Minnesota, they are offering a special holiday promo for 15% off all shaving sets, razors, and shaving brushes. Use promo code REALHOUSEWIVESMN during checkout through Dec. 20th, and you’ll also get a free classic shaving oil thrown in with your purchase; a great stocking stuffer to go with a great gift!

Browse the full collection on their website ( and find the perfect shaving upgrade for your husband. Happy holidays! :)

This guest post provided by the good friends of mine at Mercer + James.

Minnesota Black Friday 2013 Store Opening Times

Every year, I head to the mall at an insanely ridiculous hour in the morning to score great deals. After all, isn’t that what life’s all about? lol okay maybe not, but it’s what I look forward to every year.

Minnesota Black Friday Store Opening Hours

It seems that each year, we move on to a progressively earlier time in the morning (or Thanksgiving night, depending on who we’re talking about). So it’s nice to have a list of when all the stores are opening on Black Friday. So to help out my fellow shoppers, I wanted to put together a list of opening times so you can be ready. Don’t you just love being organized? Me too. Here we go.

If I missed any that you deem important, leave a comment and I will add it to the list!

Albertville Outlets 8:00pm
Babies ‘R Us 5:00pm
Best Buy 6:00pm
Big Lots 7:00am
Cabela’s 5:00am
Dick’s Sporting Goods 12:00am
Gamestop 12:00am
Gander Mountain 8:00am
Herberger’s 8:00pm
Home Depot 5:00am
JCPenney 8:00pm
Joann Fabrics 6:00am
Kmart 6:00am
Kohl’s 8:00pm
Lowes 5:00am
Menards 6:00am
Michael’s 4:00pm
Old Navy 7:00pm
RadioShack 8:00am
Sears 8:00pm
Target 8:00pm
Toys ‘R Us 5:00pm
Walgreens 8:00am
Walmart 6:00pm

That’s all for now! I’m excited, less than a week to go!


Cardstore Coupon: 30% Off and Free Shipping on Holiday Cards

This post contains affiliate links.

Okay, so I know it might be a little early to be thinking about this but I had to share in case I have some early-bird, on-the-ball kinds of readers and you wanted to get a good deal on your Christmas cards! I use Cardstore every year because they print, address, and ship my cards and I never have to even touch a pen, stamp or lick an envelope.

It’s ingenious.

Today, they released a coupon code for 30% off your holiday cards, plus free shipping on orders over $30!

Just follow the banner to use promo code CCN3203 to receive the discount:
30% off Holiday Cards & Invites + Free Shipping on Orders $30+ at Cardstore! Use code: CCN3203

Valid through 11/26/13.

After you’ve ordered your cards, leave a comment on how amazing you feel, now that you don’t have to sit at your kitchen table for hours, getting carpal tunnel and paper cuts on your tongue :-P