Here is a great deal if you are needing to buy gift cards for Christmas. Ruby Tuesday is currently offering $5 bonus coupon if you buy a $25 gift card and $15 bonus coupon if you buy $50 or more worth of gift cards. Click here for details. Offer available until December 31, 2010.
Every year I stress over what to buy 2 teenage girls on my Christmas list. I think teens/tweens are the hardest to buy for. This year I came up with what I think is an awesome idea that I got almost nothing. I really think they will enjoy it.
"Date Night" Gift Basket
$10 Pizza Hut Gift Card (Free - Ordered through Mypoints.com)
3 FREE Movie Rentals for $1 (Ordered through Groupon)
2 Popcorn Containers (Stacked Together, used as the "basket" - $1 Dollar Tree)
2 Bags of Popcorn (Pulled from my Popcorn order from the Boys Scout program that I order from my nephew every year - .90 per bag)
- Miscellaneous Candy (Pulled from Stockpile)
I made a card to include from my scrapbooking supplies that states:
"Date Night" Gift Basket
Enjoy a free dinner on us, movies and snacks!
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
(Also included on the card was the redbox instructions for using their code for the FREE rentals.)
To make it look festive, I pulled a piece of tissue paper around it and added a bow.
Total Spent - Less Than $5
"Kitchen" Themed Gift Basket
Each year I always make my mother-in-law a stocking. I usually just pull items from my hygiene products stockpile. This year I decided to do something different. I chose a "Kitchen" theme and this is what I came up with.
Basket - Purchased at the Goodwill for .50, brand new still had the tag on it
Grocery Bag - .50 Walgreens
Gain Dish Detergent - FREE
Scrubbing Sponge with Abrasive Side - FREE
These items came from a gift basket that I won from amother blog giveaway:
Recipe Card Box - FREE
Spoon Rest - FREE
2 Cooking Utensils - FREE
Rolling Pin Recipe Card Holder - holds recipe will cooking - FREE
Italian Dipping Sauce Mix - 2.50
Olive Oil - not pictured, still need to purchase - Under $5 with coupon
Basket Liner - Christmas cloth napkin that I bought a 4 pack last year on clearance (.50) - .13
I will put this in a Christmas bag that I already have.
Total Spent - Less Than $8
Do you make gift baskets for Christmas gifts? If so, what kind do you make?
(If the parents of the teenagers are reading this, shhhhhh don't tell what your daughters are getting! LOL)
Here is a list of my favorite deals at Dollar General this week. Remember you can combine a mfr. coupon with a DG coupon. Current DG coupons can be found here. You can also print a $5 off $25 purchase for Saturday,
Coke - 2L - $1.00
Irish Spring (7 bars) - $3
Enegizer Max Batteries - $3
Use $1/1 11/21 SS
Final Price - $2
Pedigree Canned Dog Food - $1
Buy 2 and use B1G1 Free coupon 9/19 RP
Final Price - .50 each when you buy 2
Garnier Fructis Hair Care - $3
Use .25 DG printable
Use $1/1 12/5 RP
Final Price - $1.75
Gain Laundry Detergent - $5
Use $1/1 11/28 P&G
Final Price - $4
Did you find any other great deals at Dollar General this week?
We are still counting down to Christmas each day. I admit I think I am having as much fun as Payton. So far I haven't spent any money except for Christmas pictures. Mema also treated her grandchildren to a nice surprise last week (I got treated too since Bryson is so small).
Dec. 7th - Payton and I made Rice Krispy treats shaped like Christmas trees. She loves to help in the kitchen.
Dec. 8th - My mom took us and my nephew out to dinner and to Tanglewood. My nephew is 14 and he got to choose where we go for dinner and I got lucky......he chose Red Lobster. Dinner was great and then we went to Tanglewood to see the Christmas lights. Going during the week is the trick, we did not have to wait in line.
Dec. 9th - Today we read Christmas stories. Afterwards, Payton decided to read to Bryson.
Dec. 10th - I took Payton and Bryson and had Christmas pictures made individually. Pictures to come.
Dec. 11th - Grandma Vicki came by and brought Payton and Bryson their Christmas ornaments. This is a tradition she has began when Payton was 1. She buys a new Christmas ornament and comes by to help hang it on her tree. Bryson will get a tree next year. She also bought them a Countdown to Christmas Santa.
Dec. 12th - Payton and Bryson watched Frosty the Snowman.
Dec. 13th - Payton and I made some Christmas candy - Chocolate Covered Ritz Crackers.
So, we have completed 13 days of counting down to Christmas and so far I haven't spent any money except for pictures. What a great thrifty way to get in the holiday spirit and I will be continuing this until Christmas and doing this next year.