The Life You Live

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We’ve all heard the expression, “Live Life to its Fullest.” The Groupon team truly believes in this philosophy, so we were thrilled to come across The Life You Live. Maria, who runs this fantastic site, offers recipes, crafts, and more to help you make the most of the life you live.

Crafts

Craft projects are fun for the whole family, and they also make thoughtful, personalized gifts. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Maria has posted a great gift idea for that special someone: DIY magnets!

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Recipes

While we’re on the subject of Valentine’s Day…get ready to drool when you see Maria’s suggestions for Valentine recipes. Between Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies, Chocolate Amaretto Swirl Fudge, and Strawberries & Cream Miracle Cookies, we guarantee you will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Celebrate

Holiday or birthday coming up? Need to grab a great gift without breaking the bank? No problem. Just check the Celebrate section! Find deals on purses, toys, phone accessories and more, plus ideas for easy, homemade gifts.

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Living

In addition to craft and recipe ideas, the Living section has ideas for healthy meal plans, birthday parties on a budget, links to great savings, to name just a few. (We particularly loved the idea for the LEGO Birthday Party on a Budget- 10 kids for under $40!)

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Reviews

Do not underestimate the importance of reading reviews! While you can use reviews to avoid purchasing something that isn’t up to par, reviews are also a great way to discover products/services that are worth shelling out the cash for.

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Shop

The Shop section has over 280 pages of products for you and your family. Treat yourself to a little something special, whether it’s a flirty new dress, a case for your phone, or a game for the kids to keep them busy while you relax.

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Save

And finally, our favorite category: Save! Maria constantly updates her site with deals, coupons, and savings to help you live your life with your wallet at its fullest.

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This Mama Knows!

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We’re always looking to save, so we love This Mama Knows. New to the site? No worries- we put together a cheat sheet of everything you can find there!

Giveaways

Don’t just learn about discounts- win free tickets and products! Lucky readers have opportunities to win food packages, gift cards, and tickets to events like Monster Jam. Visit Giveaways to see what you could win.

Coupons

We have a great selection of coupons, but you can find even more in This Mama Knows’ Coupons section. This section has a great selection of Printable and Sunday Coupon Inserts for your saving pleasure.

Grocery Store Deals

Groceries can quickly add up, so it is always a good idea to hit the store ready to save! Look out for weekly deals from major grocery and drug store chains: Hannaford, Market Basket, Shaws, Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens.

Yummy Recipes

Now that you have saved on groceries, grab the ingredients and cook up something tasty! The Recipes section features instructions on how to make delicious meals, like Smokey Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs, Garlicky Zucchini Noodles, and Crockpot Minestrone Soup.

Family Fun

Find amazing deals on events and activities.  that are fun for the whole family. This Mama Knows has featured discounts like Wild Kratts Live, Storyland, Big Bus Tours and Home Depot Kid’s Workshops. See what you can find in the Family Fun section!

Family Travel

Looking for family fun that lasts for days? Check out Family Travel to see how to save on fantastic family vacations- hotels, resorts, tours, travel activities and more!

Reviews

Don’t waste your savings- make purchases that are both financially sound and that you will enjoy! In the Reviews section, do some research before you spend. Read reviews on restaurants, hotels, toys, cleaning products, and more.

 


Brrrr, it’s Cold Out There!

Groupon headquarters is in Chicago, where temperatures are falling to -4 degrees, and windchill making it feel like it’s in the -20s. Schools are closed, offices have instructed employees to work from home, and no one wants to go out. Being stuck at home can make you go stir-crazy, so beat the boredom with a little bit of shopping! These deals will help you save on products that can make staying indoors productive and enjoyable.

Amazon

Amazon always has great offers, but you can maximize your savings- and convenience- by joining Amazon Prime. You can enjoy unlimited screening of TV shows and movies, hours of commercial-free music, early access on lightning deals, and more. And the best thing about Amazon Prime? FREE 2-day shipping on thousands of products. If you want to stay home in the warmth of your bed, then this is the time to try out Amazon Prime.

amazonprime2Amazon Store Sale: Free 30-day Amazon Prime Trial

 

 

Dominos

Okay, so it’s only seven days into the new year. But this might be a good time to cheat on that “eat healthy” New Years Resolution. (And of course, go right back to it in a few days). One of the best ways to take a break from that diet? A hot pizza delivered fresh in 30 minutes! Dominos offers many coupons to help you save on all of your favorites, making delivery both delicious and affordable.

dominosDominos Store Coupon Code: Pick Two of Any Following Menu Items for $5.99 Each with Coupon Code “9193″: Medium Two-Topping Pizza, Oven-Baked Sandwich, Stuffed Cheesy Bread, Eight-Piece Chicken, or Pasta in a Dish.

 

 

 

 

 

Nutrisystem

Alright, now go back to the diet. Luckily, Nutrisystem makes it easy to quickly get back into the swing of things by delivering healthy meals right to your door.

nutrisystemNutrisystem Store Coupon Code: $30 Off Nutrisystem Order with Coupon Code “30OFFWEIGHTLOSS”- January Only!

 

 

MyGofer

Take a break from the grocery store and have your groceries delivered to you! MyGofer is a service that can deliver your groceries plus anything else you might need, like pet food and cosmetics.

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MyGofer Store Sale: Up to 40% Off General Grocery

 

Comcast

No need to brave the cold to see a movie. Just make some popcorn, pick a flick, and enjoy!

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Comcast Store Sale: Xfinity TV- Pick a Premium Channel for $10/month for 12 months

 

 

 

Heater-Home.com

Staying inside and still cold? No problem- let Heater-Home.com ship you everything you need to stay warm.

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Heater-Home.com Store Sale: Free Shipping on Electric Heaters, Garage Heaters, Space Heaters, Wall, Baseboard, and Other Portable Electric Heaters.


Ellie Kay: America’s Family Financial Expert

Ellie Kay

Picture this: You are a new spouse and a new step-parent to two children. You have $40,000 in consumer debt. In only two and a half years, you are debt free, while on one military income. Fifteen years go by and you have five more kids. In those 15 years, you are able to pay cash for cars, buy and furnish five-bedroom houses, take amazing vacations, dress well, build a nest egg for retirement, send the children to college loan-free, and donate over $100,000 to nonprofit organizations worldwide. Sounds like a dream, right? But with the right saving and spending strategies, it’s an attainable dream. Ellie Kay, America’s family financial expert, made it happen.

Ellie Kay has written books, has appeared on hundreds of media outlets, has led seminars, and more. But you don’t have to attend a conference or buy a book to learn from Ellie- all you have to do is visit her fabulous website!

The Tool Center

The Tool Center provides dozens of resources for saving money and spending wisely. Find tools for specific categories, including Auto, Debt Management, Family Finance & Budgeting, Investments/Retirement/Savings, Credit Cards, Mortgage & Home, and Insurance. Each of these categories contains calculators to help you be financially savvy.

Blog

Want tips and advice from Ellie herself? Visit her blog to learn about easy ways to save on all types of products and how to keep your wallet full. The posts include “De-stress for Less,” “Recession Proof Retirement,” and “Lean Body, Fat Wallet: The Health and Wealth Connection.”

Bookstore

Do you love what you see on the website as much as we do? You can purchase Ellie’s books, including, “Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America’s Military Families,” “The 60-Minute Money Workout,” “Living Rich for Less,” and “Shop, Save and Share.”

Be sure to check out Ellie Kay’s Website so that you can be on your way to a debt-free life!


Happy New Year!

It’s that time of the year when we make promises to ourselves that we may or may not keep. This year, we’ve put together some great savings to help you keep up your New Year’s resolutions for as long as possible.

So what are the top resolutions? Here are the Top 10 from Statistic Brain!

10) Spend More Time with the Family

Family Circle Magazine offers hundreds of tips for family-friendly activities, recipes, travel, and more.

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Family Circle Magazine Sale: Full Year Subscription Now $9.99 + Free Digital Edition of Family Circle Hometown Favorites Volume 6.

9) Fall in Love

Feeling blue about not having someone to kiss at midnight? Don’t worry- it will never happen again once you find your true love at Match.com!

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Match.com Sale: 25% Off Match.com Subscription

8) Help Others in their Dreams

In case you missed it, Groupon Coupons piloted the #GrouponSaysThanks program this fall to thank charities for their generous work and to raise awareness about their causes. Read blog posts about these amazing charities here and visit the sites to donate!

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#GrouponSaysThanks Charity Blogs

7) Quit Smoking

Earlier this year, CVS announced that they would no longer be selling cigarettes. They are encouraging their customers to quit with them, so shop at CVS for Nicotine gum, patches, and anything else you might need to help you kick the habit. You can also check out their Smoking Cessation Program. 

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Groupon CVS Store Sale: $25 CVS Gift Card + $5 Back in Groupon Bucks

6) Learn Something Exciting

You don’t have to be in school to pick up a new language! Rosetta Stone features 30 different languages, including Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian and Hebrew.

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Rosetta Stone Store Sale: Free Three-Day Trial

5) Staying Fit and Healthy

Staying fit is easier than ever with affordable exercise equipment, sporting fear, workout apparel and more from Sports Authority.

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Sports Authority Store Sale: 10% Off with Email Signup

4) Enjoy Life to its Fullest

While there are many ways to live and enjoy life to its fullest, one of the most exciting ways is by traveling! Use Southwest Vacations to save on your dream vacation.

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Southwest Vacations Coupon Code: $50 Off Flight and Hotel Package of 3+ Nights with Coupon Code OCTHAPPY.

3) Spend Less, Save More

Is it surprising that we’re going to recommend using Groupon Coupons and Groupon for this?

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2) Getting Organized

Shop Organize.com to find the best organization tools for the office, the garage, and every room in your house.

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Organize.com Coupon Code: 5% Off Any Order with Coupon Code AFF5

1) Lose Weight

Weight Watchers is now more affordable than ever- just in time to shed those holiday pounds!

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Weight Watchers Store Sale: $20 Off 3-Month Savings Plan

We wish you a very Happy New Year and the best of luck with your resolutions!


Sweep Tight!

Sweep Tight

We just found a fantastic site that is sure to help you save big this holiday season and beyond! Sweep Tight offers more than just savings- check out reviews, recipes, and more. Here’s a rundown on what you can find at Sweep Tight:

Reviews: Read reviews on a variety of products, such as toys, shoes, and electronics. Thinking of grabbing a book or going to a movie? Sweep Tight has reviews of those too!

Family Fun: Discover new and exciting ways to spend time with the family- from vacation activity suggestions to unique birthday party ideas.

Travel: The “Travel” section is packed with ideas for vacationing, suggestions for smart packing, and the latest on must-have travel gadgets.

Health: You don’t have to be on a hardcore fitness or diet kick to enjoy these simple ways to remain healthy. Learn about exercise and diet trends, and find great products to keep your home clean and germ-free!

Recipes: Once you take a look at these recipes, you may as well shut down you Pinterest boards. Sweep Tight has some amazing recipes, including Pumpkin Spice Dip, French Toast Breakfast Muffins, and Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan.

Tech: Explore features on the hottest tech gadgets, learn how to utilize technology at a low-cost, and find the best ways to protect your baby…I mean iPhone.

Beauty: Sweep Tight offers great advice on all things beauty- stylish fashion trends, skin care and make-up products, and photography.

Sweepstakes: It’s always fun to get something for free, but it’s even more fun to win it! Check out all types of fabulous sweepstakes- food, fashion, electronics, and even cold hard cash.

Interested in learning more? Check out Sweep Tight today!


End of Year Super Savings!

December 18th is Free Shipping Day, and that means online retailers are throwing shipping costs out the window! It’s your last chance to make those online purchases and save an extra pretty penny…but here at Groupon Coupon, you’ll find that some of our largest retailers will give you till Super Saturday or even longer to save those extra bucks…

1) Amazon

2) Best Buy

3) Target

4) Lucky Brand

5) Ugg

And if you’re waiting for that last enormous shopping day of the year, SUPER SATURDAY, Groupon Coupons has got you covered. With deals galore, just come to us this Saturday for the inside scoop on where to shop.

 

 


ACT Today!

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Mission + Goal
ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential.

Our goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families. Studies demonstrate that early and intense intervention is important when treating individuals with autism, yet sadly many children with autism must go without vital interventions due to financial restraints. ACT Today! strives to provide necessary services so that each child with autism can reach his or her highest potential.

Impact + Programs
ACT Today! ‘s Quarterly Grant Program has provided over 1,220 grants for autism care and treatment to individuals with autism across the country. The average household income of ACT Today! grant recipients is below $30,000.  In order to prevent misuse of funds, the grant is never distributed to the families; rather, treatment grants are distributed directly to recognized service providers. ACT Today! has provided grants for the following care and treatment services, including: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy, speech and occupational therapy, bio-medical testing and supplements, assistive technologies (i.e. iPad, communication apps), safety equipment (i.e. fencing, GPS tracking devices), autism service dogs, social skills groups, special needs summer camps, and much more.

In addition to direct service grants, ACT Today! has funded the Autism Film Program for Military Families to teach teens job skills in the filmmaking industry and Autismo y Familia, a free autism conference in Spanish to educate families from signs and diagnosis to community resources and how to obtain services.

A few of ACT Today’s major programs include Quarterly Grant Program, ACT Today! for Military Families, ACT Today! Español, ACT Today! SOS, and Safety Today!.

Testimonials

acttoday2“There are no words to describe the appreciation we have for ACT Today! and the members of your organization. One of our biggest worries was that the yard was not fenced. Having a child that works hard to escape and has wandered away numerous times, fencing is not an option. It is a necessity. ACT Today! awarded us with a grant to provide fencing for our home. It was an amazing blessing. Every day we experience so many trials it is hard to remember good things are still happening. This organization is one of those ‘good things’.” – Camille and Caragh’s Family

 

 

Acttoday3“Thank you so much for providing the grant for an iPad for my son Andrew. His father recently passed away unexpectedly and it has been very hard on our four children. Andrew is considered non-verbal. The speech therapist has been using the new iPad with Andrew along with the speech apps on there and we have started to see miracles in Andrew’s speech and behavior. He has even started to say “Momma” to me more now and I have waited over 10 years to hear him say that!” The iPad has been more than “just an iPad” but a new way of life for Andrew and our family. We are forever grateful for your grant during this most difficult and tragic time.” – Linda (mom)

 

 

 

How to Donate

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ACT Today! accepts online donations in any amount, one-time or recurring. Simply to go www.act-today.org and click     the Donate Now button.

    Checks
To send a donation by mail, please make checks payable to ACT Today!. Checks can be mailed to:

ACT Today!
6330 Variel Avenue, Ste. 102
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Stay Connected

www.act-today.org

www.facebook.com/autismcareandtreatment

www.twitter.com/act_today

www.youtube.com/acttoday

1-877-9ACT-TODAY

 

 


Bargain Babe

 

Bargain Babe

Here at Groupon, we love helping our customers save money and find fantastic products. We just came across a great site for savvy shoppers: Bargain Babe.

So what can you find at BargainBabe.com?

Freebies

For anyone looking to save money, the word “free” is music to the ears. In the “Freebies” section, you can find information on where to get free products on a daily basis. Recent products have included music downloads, wall calendars, holiday cards, giftwrapping, restaurant gift cards, personalized photo gifts, and crème brulee (yum!). What freebies will you find today?

Coupons

With a name like “Groupon Coupons,” could you guess that we love coupons? BargainBabe loves them too. In the “Coupons” section, discover coupons for that perfect holiday gift, from espresso machines to children’s DVDs.

Food

Now that you have saved on kitchenware and ingredients, what are you going to cook? BargainBabe has fabulous recipes in the “Food” section, such as healthy holiday snacks like banana snowmen and Santa strawberries. You can also discover ways to save on your weekly groceries, find coupons for your favorite restaurants, and more!

Money

In the “Money” and “Save Money On” sections, learn about saving strategies, read the latest news on finance and savings, and read up on ways to earn money from home. These sections are also wonderful if you have kids in house. BargainBabe suggests some great (and inexpensive) gifts for children and provide articles on deciding if your child is ready for a credit card.

Seasonal Deals

The “Seasonal Deals” section is updated throughout the year to help you find the best deals on anything from stocking stuffers to Halloween decorations. With Christmas and Chanukah around the corner, it is the perfect time to check out “Seasonal Deals” and find the ultimate holiday gift.

As the holidays approach, don’t wait to visit BargainBabe.com to find amazing savings!


Guest Post: Five Meaningful Christmas Gifts for Extended Family

We are pleased to bring you a post from a fantastic guest blogger: Kara Teel of “Kara’s Deals & Steals”. We hope you enjoy her post!


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Five Meaningful Christmas Gifts for Extended Family

My daughters don’t hesitate to give me a lengthy Christmas list, as well as one for Santa. It’s also pretty simple to determine what my mom, dad, sister and husband want because I spend so much time with them and know their likes and dislikes. One of my biggest struggles during the holidays is deciding what to buy for extended family and in-laws. I don’t want to be the one who gets a present that someone mistakes for a gag gift or go down in family history as the worst gift giver EVER! I rely heavily on suggestions from other family members and online gift guides, but sometimes even both of those options can be overwhelming. Deals will pop up that catch my attention, and sometimes I can pull the perfect gift from the crowd of coupons I receive in my e-mail throughout November and December. All of the gift searching hassle typically ends up with a smile on everyone’s faces because of the efforts involved to find the most meaningful gift possible to put under the tree.

Homemade cards, ornaments crafted in art class and a kiss for grandpa are always the sweetest gifts, but here are my five favorite extended family gifts for this holiday season:

1. Custom Photo Canvas – Go out to the backyard, put your camera on the tripod and snap a quick family Christmas photo. I captured some great holiday photos of my daughters downtown with a few “Happy Holidays” chalkboards from Walmart and a lovely quaint downtown background that will make a perfect gift for the in-laws and extended family this year. Photos in any form are always a gift full of meaning. My mom has old sepia colored photos of my great, great, great, great grandparents in the 1800s, pictures of her parents growing up, herself as a child and lovely photos of my sister and I from the 1980s as babies. I love that she has been able to add to that rich family history with photos of her grandchildren. We found a great deal on $5 canvases at Groupon!

2. Blu-ray Disc Player – One of my favorite things to do is get my kids and I into some comfortable pajamas, have my husband pop one of his famous bowls of homemade popcorn and put in the latest Disney movie to enjoy together as a family. My extended family shares this love for being together. It’s the simple things! However, many of them are still stuck in the dark ages with VHS players and all of that nonsense. A Blu-ray Disc Player is the perfect “tech” gift to purchase for your family during the holidays, and you can find a ton of great deals here on Groupon.

3. Harlem Globetrotters Tickets…or any other tickets to a family friendly event: Who doesn’t love a bunch of guys spinning basketballs on their fingertips and doing fancy footwork before using their “born with” foot springs to entertain a crowd? I remember seeing the Harlem Globetrotters as a kid and now I’d love to take my kids to one of their shows just to see the smiles and excitement on their faces!! This would make a perfect gift for grandma and grandpa to take their grand kids to one of these fun shows, and share those smiles and excitement with some quality time together. This goes for any family friendly shows, whether it be the Ringling Bros. circus or a local basketball game.

4. SpaWish Gift Card – I have longed to be pampered for a day. Luckily I have a husband who will pamper me on occasion but when you’re a busy working mom, you don’t get a lot of downtime for a relaxing spa day. Cousins, sisters, moms and grandmas in the same busy life situation will love a SpaWish gift card for Christmas to choose from one of over 7,000 eligible spas to get a facial or a much needed deep tissue massage. It almost makes me drool thinking about it {hint hint hubby}.

5. Personalized Jewelry – One of the most meaningful gifts you can give is one that you can wear around each day and be reminded of something wonderful in your life. A few years ago, we purchased a necklace for my mother in law with birthstones of each of her grandchildren. My mom actually made me cry last Christmas. I was pregnant with my third daughter and she gave me a beautiful necklace with all three of my daughters’ names hanging on a sterling silver chain. For dad and grandpa, you can get personalized shirts, mugs, wallets and more.

 


Learn more about “Kara’s Deals & Steals” and read more of her great blog posts here!

Thanks for sharing with us, Kara!