It’s better to give than to receive

Are you looking for a great way to give to others during the holiday season? I know it can be difficult with the economy the way that it is now to give to others when you may be struggling yourself. Well, you’re in luck. This week at CVS there is a great opportunity to donate a brand new (and very popular) toy to a child in need.

Have you heard of Zhu Zhu Pets? They are these little hampster toys that look like this:


The Four Zhu Zhus


Cute, right? See the little button on their nose? They make noise when you push it. And after educating myself further (ahem, watching YouTube videos) I found out that they move and kids make little hamster runs for them just like a real hampster. Honestly, some genius thought these little guys up. What parent wouldn’t love their child to have a “pet” that they don’t have to clean up after, take to the vet, feed, etc? And they can just turn them off at the end of the day! Genius!

Anyway, let’s get to the deal! Head over to CVS this week and scan your ExtraCare Card. If you don’t have one, sign up for one at a register. Then head over to the scanning kiosks and scan your card. The kiosk will print out coupons for you to use in your next purchases. Scan your card as many times as you can until it stops giving you coupons. You should have a coupon for a $0.99 Zhu Zhu Pet! These little hampsters cost $9.89 at regular price! What a great deal!

Now, this deal gets even better on Dec. 18 when Zhu Zhu Pets are Buy One Get One FREE! That means you can buy 2 Zhu Zhu Pets for just $0.99! That’s just $0.49 cents each. A savings of $18.97. What a great way to get two great toys for two kids who might otherwise not have gifts on Christmas.

Now, where should you take your donation? Click here to see all of the Toys for Tots donation stations in Santa Clara County.   (Or, click here if you don’t live in Santa Clara County.) There are tons of drop-off stations all around the county and multiple in each city. You shouldn’t have to drive more than a mile or two to find one close to you. Make sure you check the collection dates on the website. Most collection stations collect until Dec. 20, but some don’t, so make sure you choose one that is still collecting. Also, Toys for Tots requests all toys be new and unwrapped so there’s no need to wrap the gift!

Unfortunately I’m not sure how long this deal will last. I found this deal tonight and the coupon was going to expire tomorrow. It’s also possible that the coupon will only print through tomorrow, Dec. 18. So if you can, don’t wait to grab this deal!

If you have any questions about how to get this deal or if you know another great way to make a donation this holiday season, please comment below!



December 17, 2011. FruGal Fix. Leave a comment.

Coffee Lovers Rejoice! Starbucks Deals Galore!

This post is especially for my wonderful friend Christine. Not only did she host a fantastic girl’s weekend at her apartment in San Francisco, but she is the reason I am writing this post. She encouraged me to keep up with this blog and continue to bring readers fantastic ways to save money. Also, she is from Seattle and LOVES coffee. Starbucks coffee in particular. Christine, drink to your heart’s desire 🙂

First of all, you must go to to view their adorable Holiday themed welcome page! And have your sound turned up! So cute! Click on a few of the links in the top menu. Each one has a different holiday animation. Love it!

Okay, now it’s time to give and SAVE! Click on “The Perfect Gift” tab at the top of the page and when the menu pops up, click “Send an e-gift.” What you’ll need to do is add four $5 gift cards to your shopping cart and you will earn a FREE $5 gift card for yourself! Go ahead, send them to your mom, dad, sister, brother… Okay, who am I kidding? Send them to yourself 🙂 However, if you do want to send them to friends/family members, you can have the e-gift sent at a later day so it arrives in their inbox on Christmas or another special day! Cool, huh?

Once you have added all four e-gifts to your cart and inputted your billing information (you will not be charged yet) there will be a note at the top of the page that says “Congrats! You have qualified to receive your own $5 Starbucks eGift from Visa.” The e-gift will be sent to you email within 24 hours. Yay! Free coffee! Or in Christine’s case, Caramel Apple Cider!

(Bottom line: Pay $20, receive $25 worth of gift cards! That’s 25% more coffee! And let’s face it, you were probably going to spend $20 at Starbucks anyway.)

NOTE: Some people who have tried this deal have said it only works when using a VISA. However, others have used PayPal and have said it still worked. I used a VISA just to be safe.

Now, don’t think that’s all the coffee goodness I have for you today! Go to Target before Dec. 10 to score this great deal on bagged Starbucks coffee:

Starbucks Roast Ground Coffee, 12 oz $7.99, On Sale thru 12/10 
Buy 3 bags of Starbucks coffee, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card automatically at checkout
Use $3.00 off 2 bags of Starbucks Coffee coupon from Smart Source from Dec. 4
And use $1.00 off 1 bag of Starbucks Coffee coupon from Smart Source from Dec. 4
Pay $19.97, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card AND go here to redeem for a $5 starbucks gift card! Woot woot!

Final Price: $3.32 each when you buy 3 – That’s more than a 50% savings!

(Note: to receive the $5 starbucks gift card on this deal, you must purchase either three of either 10,11, 12 or 20 oz. ground or whole beans OR 6, 7 or 8 count Stabucks Via Ready Brew. All purchases must be made in the same transaction between the dates of 11/1 and 12/31)

And here’s one more way to get your Starbucks fix for cheap! Text MERRY to 697289 to get daily deals at Starbucks through December 12th! If you don’t want to receive text messages, you can go here to view each daily deal. Tomorrow’s deal is $9.95 for a Sampler Gift Pack of Starbucks Coffee (Regular Price: $14.95) And Tuesday’s deal is $7.95 for Holiday Tumblers (Regular Price: $10.95-$11.95).

That should keep your java buzz going at least until Christmas, right?

If you have any questions about how to get these deals, comment below! I am happy to help!

December 4, 2011. FruGal Fix, FruGal Foodie. 1 comment.

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