Kohl’s: Extra Savings on Women’s Handbags and Accessories – Vera Wang Scarf, Bag, Gloves + Hat for $44 Total

Kohl’s is offering an extra $10 off your $50 purchase of women’s handbags and accessories with coupon code ACCESSORY10 through Sunday, 12/21. You can stack this offer with sitewide coupon codes (listed below), plus you’ll get free shipping on orders of $50+ as well as $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.

Sitewide coupon codes:

  • 15% off with coupon code JOLLY15
  • 20% off $100+ with coupon code HOLIDAY
  • 20% off for cardholders with coupon code WISHLIST20

Kohl's Vera Wang

Like Simply Vera by Vera Wang accessories? Here’s a deal scenario for you:

Buy (1) Simply Vera Vera Wang Striped Twisted Infinity Scarf: $17.10 (reg. $38)
Buy (1) Simply Vera Vera Wang Alicia Pleated Hobo: $29.99 (reg. $69)
Buy (1) Simply Vera Vera Wang Sparkle and Fade Tech Gloves – Women’s: $13.50 (reg. $30)
Buy (1) Simply Vera Vera Wang Plaited Cuff Beanie: $12.60 (reg. $28)
Use coupon codes ACCESSORY10 and JOLLY15
Pay $53.71 (+ tax) and get FREE shipping
Plus, you’ll earn $10 in Kohl’s cash = like paying $43.71 (+ tax) for all four items – a 74% savings!

There are lots of other items on sale at great prices, so head to Kohls.com to check out all the great deals!


Wish Granted: Teacher Requests Books, Coats for Students


A few weeks ago, I asked you a question: how would a Fred Meyer gift card help make your holiday wish come true this year? I received many wonderful submissions and am now pleased to share with you the wishes that have been granted. I’ve been sharing these daily on my blog (please scroll to the bottom for links to any you stories might have missed).

While I received many wishes, none quite touched me the way that this email from a 5th grade teacher did. She asked that I keep her name – and those of her students anonymous. I completely want to honor her request today. With that, here’s the letter I received:

Dear Angela,

I am a 5th grade teacher at a local elementary school and we just finished our parent teacher conferences last week.  As a teacher, you learn that the holidays mean different things to different families.  For some, it’s a wonderful time of year that they are really able to enjoy and celebrate.  For others, it’s a stressful time where it’s another year where their children’s wishes won’t be granted.  From talking with my families, I have a few special wishes that would really help some of my students have a special holiday.

One of my students loves to read and I learned last week that she doesn’t own any books.  She used to have a large collection of books that she treasured, but they had to go into storage when they moved here.  When her mom didn’t have the money to pay for the storage unit, they lost the storage unit and all of her books.  My student would LOVE to be able to buy some new books to call her own.  The winter break can be long for some students and a collection of new books would help her enjoy the holiday break.  Being able to buy some new books would mean so much to her.

I have another family in my class that is also in a difficult place right now.  Mom is a single mom of twins and she’s out of work and waiting for unemployment to kick in, as she recently lost her job.  Her daughter is in my class and desperately wants an umbrella (she walks to school).  The mom would also love to be able to fill her son’s prescription as she recently lost her insurance and is in the process of getting her kids on the Oregon Health Plan.  In the meantime, that’s an important need for the family.

I can’t send you any pictures or more specific information due to confidentiality, but I would love to be able to bless these families this holiday season.

Thank you for considering making a difference in their lives,

A 5th Grade Teacher


Dear “Teacher,”

It’s clear your heart is for your students, and your email was so touching! I love that you’ve taken the time to really get to know your students and their families. What an impact you must have in their lives!

I’m so pleased to extend to you a $100 Fred Meyer Gift Card, so you can buy some books for the student who lost hers and an umbrella for the girl in your class who walks to school. I’m hoping that you’ll have money left over after that, that you can continue to just jump in and help out as you see fit.

Thank you for all that you do for these kids – and others. We need teachers – and people – like you in this world.


You may want to read about other wishes that have been granted: 

Disclosure: This contest is sponsored by Fred Meyer and they have graciously provided all winner gift cards. All opinions are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information. You may also wish to read my original post about this contest and its goals.


Best Amazon Holiday Deals: Toys, Movies, Gifts & More

Best Amazon Holiday Deals: Toys, Movies, Gifts & More! (Updated daily mid-November thru shipping cutoff dates in December)

Best Amazon Prices & Deals

Starting November 10, 2014 and running through shipping cutoff dates in December, I’ll be posting the best deals I can find for a number of categories on Amazon. The idea is that no matter when you’re ready to tackle holiday shopping – earlier or later, there will be amazing deals waiting for you. Rest assured, I’ll still highlight stellar deals as stand-alone posts as I see them, too! Scroll to the bottom for additional tips about this list and shopping on Amazon.

If you’ve not done so already, I highly recommend signing up for your FREE 30-day Amazon Prime Trial. This will give you access to free 2-day shipping on items shipped by Amazon (which includes many, many items).

Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive list of Gift Guides if you’re in need of specific ideas for people or kids on your holiday shopping list.

Last Updated: Thursday, December 17th 4:00 pm

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Best Amazon Toy Deals
Today’s Top Amazon Deals & Discounts
Movies $10 and Under
Movies – New Releases
Gift Ideas $20 or Less

Best Amazon Toy Deals


NEW! 50% off Green Toys (Thurs, Dec 18 only)


NEW! Green Toys Dump Truck: $14.00 (reg. $27.00) - Thurs, Dec 18 only


NEW! Green Toys My First Tugboat: $6.50 (reg. $13) – Thurs, Dec 18 only


NEW! Green Toys Rocket with 2 Astronauts: $12.50 (reg. $25) – Dec 18 only


NEW! Fisher-Price Octonauts Gup C Playset: $5.04 (reg. $14.99) 

NEW! Fisher-Price Octonauts Gup-E Vehicle: $5.35 (reg. $15.99)

NEW! Fisher-Price Octonauts GUP-X Launch & Rescue Vehicle: $10.90 (reg. $36.99)

NEW! Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack – Tablet: $29.99 (reg. $79.99)


NEW! PLAYMOBIL 40th Anniversary Fire Rescue Operation Compact Set and Quad: $13.57 (reg. $19.99)

NEW! Legos – Save up to 30% 

NEW! Fisher-Price Mike the Viking Bath Set: $6.41 (reg. $14.99)

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Rarity, $6.70 (reg. $22) – best price!

rainbowrocksrarityWhile working on our Best Amazon Holiday Deals list today, I found a hot price drop I wanted to report right away: get the My Little Pony Rainbow Rocks Rarity Doll for just $6.70 right now! This doll retails for over $20 and the next lowest price I’m finding online is $13.99. I purchased a similar toy for my daughter at a store yesterday and paid a little more than $10. This is a great price – and currently the lowest it’s been on Amazon.

This toy ships free with your Prime account.

Remember, prices on Amazon may move quickly and without warning (particularly so this time of the year). Head to Amazon to snag it now!



*HOT* K’NEX 35 Model Ultimate Building Set (475 pc.) for $11.99 (or less) + FREE shipping by Christmas!

K'NEX 35 Target

**Update: This is no longer available to ship to your home, but you can still select the “find in a store” option and order it online to pick up in a store near you.

Here’s a great last-minute gift idea for the little builder on your list: Target.com has dropped the price of this K’NEX 35 Model Ultimate Building Set to just $11.99. This set includes 475 pieces with 35 potential model ideas and comes in a storage chest. (As a matter of price comparison, it’s currently $24.50 on Amazon.)

Plus, since it’s shipping from Target.com, you’ll get free shipping. If you have a REDcard, be sure to use that to pay as you’ll save an extra 5%, dropping your price to just $11.39!


Big Lots: 50% Off Christmas Clearance (already!)

Big Lots Christmas trees

Still have some Christmas decorating to do? Swing by your local Big Lots as they have Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments and trim, Christmas outdoor lighted decor, Christmas indoor decor and Christmas floral marked 50% off (a full week before Christmas!). I linked to the savings online, but you can’t actually purchase the items online – you’ll need to go to the store for that.

True story: One year I didn’t get our Christmas tree up until two days before Christmas (and a couple years ago I didn’t get it up at all). Such is the life of a freelance writer who works for deal blogs, I guess. :) I actually might swing by Big Lots this weekend to check out those wreaths as I’d like an artificial wreath for our front door.

What kinds of deals do you look for at Big Lots?


DaySpring: Christian Gifts under $5 + FREE shipping by Christmas!

dayspring free shipping day

If you’re a Christian (and/or have a Christian on your gift list), I encourage you to check out DaySpring today as they’re offering free shipping on all orders today only (Thursday, 12/18) when you use the coupon code FREESHIPDAY at checkout. Even better, your order is guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Eve – perfect for you last-minute shoppers out there!

You can check out Last-Minute Gifts under $5, under $10 or under $20 and also the Clearance section for some great deals at low prices. Here are a few I found:

Promises & Blessings - 365 Day Perpetual Calendar

Promises & Blessings – 365 Day Perpetual Calendar: $4.99 (reg. $10.99)

You Alone Are My God - Pillar Mug

You Alone Are My God – Pillar Mug: $4.99 (reg. $9.99)

Lyrics for Life - In Christ Alone - Wall Art

Lyrics for Life – In Christ Alone – Wall Art: $9.99 (reg. $12.99)

and lots more, so head to DaySpring today only to check it out!


Kohl’s: Extra 20% off Juniors’ Apparel – get 8 items for $44.33 shipped!

Through today (Thursday, Dec. 18) you can take an extra 20% off all juniors’ clothing at Kohl’s when you use the coupon code JOLLY20 at checkout. What makes this deal really cool is that you can stack this coupon code with other sitewide coupon codes for some major savings!

Use the coupon code JOLLY15 to take 15% off, or if you’re a Kohl’s cardholder you can use the coupon code WISHLIST20 to take 20% off (you’ll also get 20% off $100+ with coupon code HOLIDAY). Shipping is free on orders of $50 or more, and you’ll earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.

Kohl's juniors

I cooked up a scenario where you can get two sweaters, two pairs of pants/leggings, and four camisoles all for $44.33 shipped after Kohl’s Cash – not bad! Here’s an idea:

Buy (2) SO® Crop Sweater – Juniors: $12.99 each
Buy (2) Mudd® Ponte Skinny Pants – Juniors$12.99 each (you get this special price for buying the SO Crop Sweater, so add at least one of those to your cart first)
Buy (4) SO® Satin-Trim Camisole – Juniors$6.99 each
Use the coupon codes JOLLY15 and JOLLY20
You’ll pay $54.33 (+ tax) and get FREE shipping
Plus, you’ll get $10 in Kohl’s Cash, making your grand total $44.33 (+ tax) for 8 items!

Head to Kohls.com to check out these and other great deals on juniors’ clothing!


Fred Meyer One Day Sale: Thursday, December 18th – *HOT* Apparel deals!


Fred Meyer is having sooo many special sales I can’t keep up! My best advice for you: if you are making a trip on any given day between now and Christmas, please visit FredMeyer.com/ads and/or check with Customer Service before heading to checkout. Just last night I had shopping to do and BOOM, they were having a Wednesday-only sale. Taking the time to grab a flyer meant an extra 10% savings in home & toys, 15% apparel AND $20 saved thanks to a Savings Certificate! Don’t leave money on the table, people!

Today only (Thursday, December 18th), there are a number of things happening at Fred Meyer, and I want to make you aware of them.

Extra Savings Coupons:

  • 10% off Home & Toys Coupon (found in special ad)
  • 15% off Apparel (found in special ad)
  • Savings Certificate (Buy any mix of Home Electronics, Games, Movies & Music and instantly save $30 off $150 purchase; $20 off $100 purchase; $10 off $50 purchase)*
  • Coupon Countdown: Save $5 off your Apparel purchase of $14.99 or more (today only)

To put this plainly, if you have apparel to buy today, you could conceivably use the Coupon Countdown Apparel coupon, the 15% off Apparel coupon AND the Savings Certificate! Plus, there are special apparel discounts today only as well. (See why it’s important you stay in the know on all the discounts?)

Here are some highlights from today’s sale. Please note I did not include the Savings Certificate in my scenarios, but you’ll definitely want to use that if your total in apparel & home after other coupons totals $50 or more.

Men’s, Women’s & Kids’ Sleepwear
Save 50%
Use the 15% off Apparel coupon
Stack the Coupon Countdown Coupon

Kids’ Outerwear
Save 60%
Use the 15% off Apparel coupon
Stack the Coupon Countdown Coupon

Men’s & Women’s Outerwear
Save 60%
Use the 15% off Apparel coupon
Stack the Coupon Countdown Coupon

Women’s Cascade Sport® Activewear
Save 50%
Use the 15% off Apparel coupon
Stack the Coupon Countdown Coupon
(PS I own and LOVE this affordable brand! See my review from earlier this year to get a sense of the styles & pricing.)

Cold Weather Boots for Men, Women & Kids
Save 50%
Use the 15% off Apparel coupon
Stack the Coupon Countdown Coupon

Girls’ Fashion Boots $19.54 after Apparel coupon
Stack the Coupon Countdown Coupon

Great Northwest® Shirts & Fleece $15.29 after Apparel coupon
Stack the Coupon Countdown Coupon

Fisher-Price Little People
Save 30%
Use the 10% off Home coupon

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Today only: Save 50% on Select Green Toys

50% off Select Green Toys - Amazon

Today’s Amazon Gold Box deal is one worth considering: save up to 50% on select Green Toys! What makes them “green,” you ask? These toys are made out of non-toxic and safe materials (e.g., no BPA or phthalates). They are also eco-friendly in that they are made out of recycled materials. These toys are also highly rated by Amazon customers.

Here are a few highlights, from the sale:



Green Toys Dump Truck: $14.00 (reg. $27.00) - lowest new price was $13.99 – so you’re a penny off of that!


Green Toys My First Tugboat: $6.50 (reg. $13) - lowest price ever!


Green Toys Rocket with 2 Astronauts: $12.50 (reg. $25) – lowest price ever!

Make sure to head to Amazon to shop the entire selection. And remember, these deals are good today only (Thursday, December 18th).