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Wow! Can you believe it? Christmas is just a few days away! Have you been busily scurrying here and there looking for the perfect presents or have you long completed your Christmas shopping, having taken advantage of a variety of coupons codes, online savings opportunities and , perhaps, some Black Friday or Cyber Monday Sales? Regardless of your preferred method of shopping, we hope your season is filled with savings! If you are still looking for ways to save, then be sure to check out Coupon Claim.com for more saving, than those mentioned here! And, should you find a deal that demands to be shared, be sure to visit our Facebook page and share the news with others! https://www.facebook.com/couponclaim
This Week’s Savings from Coupon Claim:
Do you have someone on your Christmas shopping list who loves shoes? Then check out this deal from Shoes.com. You can get free shipping plus 15% off by using the code 15off on your order.
Need a gift for that person (or perhaps people) who loves gadgets? Then Check out Tiger Direct where you can get Free Shipping on all orders over $100.
Do you need a gift for that budding mechanic or auto buff? Then be sure to check out Advanced Auto Parts. Use the code A124 to save $40 on $110, $25 off of $70 or $10 off on $30.
Get a free sample of Finish Dishwashing detergent when you like them on Facebook. Click here to receive your free sample.
Print this coupon for $1 off Ecotools products then stop by your local Walmart. Walmart has Ecotools loufas for only $0.88 (prices may vary by store). There coupons are actually money makes. So you’ll get the difference off any other item you purchase while you are there. Be sure to check out this site for other great money saving coupons!
Folgers has free samples of their Gourmet Coffee available. You can choose from either Traditional Blend or Vanilla Biscotti. Visit their Facebook page to claim yours!
Shallow Pocket Tips:
For many people the holiday season, while fun, is also a time of stress. After all, there is the busyness of shopping, the visits with family and friends, Christmas programs to attend and much, much more. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some great tips from Real Simple.com for saving money and lowering stress:
- Make a List – Write down everyone you plan to buy a gift for, no matter how small the gift may be. Include ideas of what to give each person, along with the maximum amount you’re willing to spend.
- Do Online Research – If you’re unsure of which specific item to buy (for example, you want to buy your husband a digital camera but don’t know what brand or model is best), search for reputable online reviews.
- Get No-Cost Holiday Shipping – Last-minute shoppers, here’s a gift for you. On December 17, 2012, more than 1,000 online merchants, like Best Buy and L.L.Bean, will offer free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve. (Go to freeshippingday.com for details.)
- Do It Yourself -There’s an abundance of homemade pickles, hand-knit hats, and handcrafted stationary these days, thanks to a growing obsession with all things crafty, artisanal, and homespun (just look at all the unique things for sale on Etsy.com).
- Think small – Several creative stocking stuffers in lieu of one big (costly) gift affords you more of a chance to speak to the personality of the recipient while also stretching out the gift-opening process.
Recipes for the Month:
With still more holiday gatherings rapidly approaching, having some easily assembled and relatively inexpensive appetizers, snacks and side dishes can help. Add in a protein or soup prepared in the slow cooker and you have an easy meal. Here are a couple of holiday faves to get you started:
3 cups carrots, diced bite size
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
salt to taste
Chop carrots into uniform pieces, about 1/4 inch thick.
Melt butter on high heat.
Add carrots, stir to coat all the carrots with the butter. Stir often enough to keep the butter from scorching.
As soon as the carrots start to change color( they’ll get a little darker), add the sugar and stir until its dissolved.
Add enough water to just barely cover the carrots.
Reduce heat to simmer.
Stir occasionally as the water reduces, until there is almost no syrup left in the pan, and it is all on the carrots.
Transfer carrots to serving dish.
Pour any remaining syrup over carrots.
From Food Network Magazine
Serves: 20 meringues
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Coarse sugar crystals and/or silver nonpareils, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat the egg whites and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until frothy (use the whisk attachment if using a stand mixer). Add the cream of tartar; increase the speed to medium high and add the superfine sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the meringue (or add the extract) and continue beating until the sugar is dissolved and the meringue is thick, glossy and forms stiff peaks, about 6 minutes.
Fit a piping bag with a large star tip. Fill the bag with the meringue and pipe spirals on the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with the coarse sugar or nonpareils.
Bake 1 hour, then turn off the oven and let the meringues stand in the oven until dry, about 2 hours. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Here at Coupon Claim we trust that you will have a wonderful Christmas season! We are so glad that you are a part of our family! If you have any ideas that you would like to share with others for how to save money, want to pass along a favorite recipe or have learned of a great way to add coupons to your coupon file, we would love to hear them. Please share them at Coupon Claim on Facebook , Twitter or on Coupon Claim blog post page.
–Mo and Z