Tax Day Deals


Visit a participating restaurant today and hang onto your receipt. The “Tax Relief Day Special” lets you return before April 30 to receive the same order for free!

Stop by Cinnabon from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 15 for free cinnamon-roll bites (regularly $2.49 for four).  Yum!

PF Chang ’s China Bistro
Dine at one of P.F. Chang’s 130-plus restaurant locations, and save 15% on the total bill.

T.G.I. Friday’s

On April 15, diners receive a $5 gift card when they spend $15 to $25. They earn a $10 card for a purchase of more than $25.

I love free stuff!


Important Document Organization Can Save Time, Money and Grief

Consumer Reports’ blog had a great article today about having your documents  organized in case of emergency.  I’m reproducing their included table here and linking to them.  I figure if maybe I link enough times they won’t ask me to remove it.

The  good news is that I already do most of this.  Spending so many y ears as an insurance agent I saw the value in these preparations.   Something I also recommended that I don’t see here is a written and video inventory of your possessions, including as much detail as possible (where bought, how  much paid) expecially for the big ticket items.

SAFE-DEPOSIT BOX Birth and death certificates; marriage license; adoption, citizenship, divorce papers Yes Home file
Inventory and photos of household property Yes Home file
Deeds, titles, bills of sale, car title, mortgage Yes Home file
List of location of important papers Yes Home file
HOME FILE CABINET Tax returns; supporting documents for past 3 to 7 years No
Passport No
Bank-account information Yes Friend’s or relative’s home or at your office
Insurance policies No
List of all assets, including brokerage and mutual-fund accounts, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, real property, and employee-benefit accounts Yes Friend’s or relative’s home or at your office
ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Will, durable power of attorney Yes Home file and executor or personal representative
Funeral instructions Yes Friend or relative
Living will, health-care power of attorney Yes Home file, physician, personal representative
Location of safe-deposit box Yes Joint owner, friend, or relative
WALLET Driver’s license or other photo I.D. yes Home file
Auto insurance card Yes In car
Emergency contacts No
Blood type, list of allergies, medications No

I don’t know about you, but I know it would help calm me in the time of an emergency to know that much of the information I need is safe and sound, organized and easily accessible.  And when we lose someone we love our grief is tempered slightly by the knowledge that they cared enough to prepare and make the logistics of dealing with the aftermath as easy as possible.

Go forth and organize!

Free Cinnabites on Tax Day!

Cinnabon is offering free bites on April 15th from 5-8 PM. Offer is for one per person, while supplies last. Only valid at participating locations. Click here to find a location near you.


Military Freebies Make Me Happy

Our men and women in the military sacrifice so much for us.  That’s why it makes me so happy to hear about freebies companies make available to them.

Anheuser-Busch is doing just that. Throughout 2009, active duty military and as many as three dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place free of charge with a single-day complimentary admission. The offer is valid through 12/31. Military must register for the Here’s to the Heroes program to participate.


JC Penney offers additional 15% off coupon!

JC Penney sent me an e-mail offering an additional 15% off sale prices.  It is only good in store, and it’s not good on fragrances or cosmetics.  Valid April 1-4, 2009 only.  Here’s the printable coupon.

Go forth and shop!

Old Navy 30% off entire purchase coupon!

I found this deal on my local newpaper’s website.

Old Navy is offering 30% off your entire purchase through tomorrow, April 2, 2009.  Here’s the printable coupon.

Son is outgrowing clothes quickly these days.  I’ll definitely be checking this out!

Friendly Fire

On a much happier note than the past few days post, here’s a special treat!


When I was in high school we’d go to Friendly’s and I’d get a Reese’s Pieces Sundae.   I’m not even that big of a fan of Reese’s Pieces, but these are to die for.  Yum!

Sign up for Best Friends of Friendly’s and get a FREE three-scoop sundae.   It’s not the Reese’s Pieces, but how bad can it be?

Click here to find a Friendly’s near you. Thanks to My Good Cents, and the other blog (I don’t recall which one – sorry) that I also saw this on.

Free Chocolate Cake at Toojay’s!


If you are lucky there is a Toojay’s near you.  They have absolutely terrific food, and their sandwich breads are out of this world.

We go there occasionally, and Son always orders their peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  It’s huge, and he manages to eat the entire thing.  Me?  Any excuse for good hot corned beef on rye is a good one.  Put a little cole slaw on the sandwich and some steak fries on the side and you have my absolutue favorite lunch.  I love me some Jewish sould food!

Well, I just found out they are offering a printable coupon for free slice of their chocolate cake “to share”.

As if.

This is the same chocolate cake I drooled over a few weeks ago (well, not the same exact one, Cammie), and I can’t think of a better place to enjoy lunch on my birthday, just 15 short days away.

Who wants to join me?  You’re welcome to come!  But bring your own dang coupon.

Credit Card Reward Gives Surprise Bonus!

I have had a Capital One Visa card for many years, and it’s one of the ones that mostly sits idle in my drawer.  I used it recently just to keep the card current, as it will hurt my credit score if they decide to close the card.

Today I read that Capital One is raising the interest rate on thousands of their customers, so I signed into my online account to see what my interest rate is.  For me it doesn’t really matter, as I always pay off my cards every month, but if I ever did need to carry a balance I want to make sure I do it smartly…

I couldn’t  find my interest rate, but I did notice a rewards section, and clicked on it just for giggles.  I do have rewards on my other credit cards, and I’m always very aware of how close I am to redeeming points – usually for cash.  After navigating the Capital One Rewards section for a few moments I saw that I had enough points (just over 20,000) to redeem then for a $100 gift certificate from one of numerous retail outlets, use it for travel, shopping, make a donation to charity, get a statement credit or have them send a check.

$100 buckeroos!

They must have offered a 20,000 bonus for signing up for the card, so this money has likely just been sitting there for years.  I’m kicking myself for not taking advantage of it before, but I’m thrilled that I’ll be getting a check for $100 of “found money” in just a few weeks.

Check your rewards programs, folks.

Restaurant Deals Galore!

Restaurants must really be hurting,  at least if the number of offers I’m seeing are any indication.  Here are just a few of the offers I’ve seen lately:


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