Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Right now you can get $25 Gift Certificates at for $2 through 11/16/09 – Use code ENTRÉE (80% discount!)

And in honor, I am doing a giveaway. It has a very short time span, but the prizes are excellent!

You guessed it, a Gift Certificate. But not just any Gift Certificate, Alternate Insight is giving away a 3 month Dinner of the Month Club for one lucky reader.  Additional readers will get a chance to win prizes, as well, when contest entries reach more than 50. (read under giveaway for more information.)


1 – 3 Month Dinner of the Month Club

When you receive you Dinner of the Month Club gift, you will automatically receive a $25 Gift Certificate for 3 months via email.

These gift certificates are easily redeemable online for an available restaurant-specific gift certificate from one of thousands of restaurants nationwide.

And after the first 50 entries-

I will add a $25 Gift certificate, for each additional 25 posts.

For example, when we have reached:
1- 50 entries - Dinner of the Month Club
51-75 entries - Dinner of the Month Club, 1 $25 Gift Certificate
76-100 entries - Dinner of the Month Club, 2 - $25 Gift Certificate
And so on...

One prize per winner, total amount of prizes/winners based on entries.

Enter to Win:

(This is a must before any extra entries will be accepted)
1. All you have to do is take a look at and post your favorite restaurant.

Optional Bonus Entries:

Earn up to 7 extra (or more) entries by showing some ‘Alternate Insight” blog love!
-Please post yourself a separate comment for each, letting me know which ones you do.

2. Follow "Alternate Insight!" with my Google Friend Connect side bar widget

3. Follow me on Twitter here and I'll follow ya back! =)

4. Tweet about this giveaway, copy this: Win Dinner of the Month Club Gift Certificate on Alternate Insight's Giveaway! @AlternateEgo

5. (earn 2 bonus entries!) Blog about this giveaway on your blog & post your link here

6. Mention this giveaway link on your Facebook

7. Purchase a $25 Gift Certificate between 11/13 (2:30PM CST) – 11/16(2:30PM CST), using this link. (each purchase equals an entry – with proof of purchase may be required)

Remember, please don't forget to leave me contact info!*

This Giveaway ends: 2:30 PM CST, Monday, November 16, 2009.
Please read the fine print:
-Open to ALL! (this is an online special)
-If it's not already in your profile* please leave your email!
-I will verify links/names to be fair
-Winner(s) will be posted on my Blog & Twitter, by the following day
-I will choose my winner(s) using
-Amount of winners will be based on entries
-One prize per winner

Bath & Body Works Antibacterial SALE!

Bath & Body Works has a really great sale on anti-bacterial soaps this week. Normally they are $5 each but when you go through this link, you can get them 4 for $10 (look for them on left side of page).

Plus, if you buy 12 you can use the code TENTHIRTY and get $10 off your $30 order and pay $26.95 for 12 (includes shipping!).

That makes them $2.25 each. These make great gifts for teachers, day care providers, bus drivers, etc… for the Holidays!

If you can't cook with the Big Dogs...

Then Stay Out of the Kitchen!

I opened my email to find this funny t-shirt listed at I thought, how perfect for Thanksgiving! Prices start at $8.99 for S-XL (extended sizes are $1 and $2 more). 

I think the price is right on, so I hope you can grab one for your favorite Turkey day host!

Everybody that knows me, knows that I love Disney World.

It started back in '92 when my parents took us three girls to Disney World. I instantly loved everything about it... well except the part where my parents wouldn't let me ride Splash Mountain. :(

So of course, in 2007, I took my three girls to Disney. We had a split stay between a condo in Madeira Beach and the All Stars Music Disney Resort. The girls were young (two under three) so we planned one very long (and exhausting) day at Magic Kingdom.

At the end of the day, my life was never going to be the same... I knew I had to have another Disney vacation and the sooner the better. Well finances never did allow me to plan that second trip. Lots of things changed, we moved, and I met my husband, Jeff.

So I started doing a little honeymoon research and guess what I found... yup, Disney World. I remembered a few years back how I thought it was so weird that a guy I knew was going to Disney World on his honeymoon. I thought, isn't Disney for kids?? (What was I thinking, lol) And of course, my wonderful husband (then fiancé, obviously) agreed to my Disney Honeymoon fantasy.

Well we took that trip this past September... and you guessed it... every minute since, I have been dreaming of our next trip, this time with the three girls. They are ages 4, 5, & 7 now, so it will cost a little more. Plus I have stars in my eyes and want to eat at Cinderella's castle. What better way that to make it seem like it’s all planned for them?? :) I want them to have the best trip and get to do all the things I wish I would have been able to do when I was little. Are we thinking Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Hehe.

I don't know if we can financially pull out all the stops, but I have been working on it. One thing I have done is join Sunshine Rewards. This is a wonderful site, made up of (mostly) Disney lovers who take surveys, read emails, get paid clicks, tons of offers, cash back on shopping, and contest. The best part is that you can cash out at $20 increments for Disney Gift Cards (plus PayPal, Wal-Mart Gift Cards, Restaurant Gift Cards, etc.)

I have been really excited about them and have managed to save up $69 in two months. I have a goal of $400 before September.

Another thing I have been doing is purchasing items at Disney Store (through Sunshine Rewards and get 4% cash back). I have ordered princess costumes (to soften the BBB bill times three girls) down to pajamas to wear at Disney.

I have even worked on making them customized Autograph book through Kodak Gallery (Click here to get your $15 gift - limited time) and just paying $2 shipping!

Oh and one of the best things, I plan to book my Disney package through Mouse Unlimited. They are an affiliate with Sunshine Rewards ... which will net me 1% cash back on my package. Where can you get a deal like that?

Overall, I am really excited about our Disney vacation. I have 10 months to go, but boy does time fly when you are saving money the Sunshine way :)

PS - If you sign up for Sunshine Rewards through my link, you will get a $2 bonus and once you reach the $5 threshold, I will receive a $2 referral credit :)

More Target sales?? Yup! Woohoo

Hint – Print Target's Coupon Policy and take it with you to the store. That way you'll have it handy if any questions arise about the coupons that you are trying to redeem.

There is a new coupon released by Target. You can get $1 off any Up and Up baby wipes (excluding trial size). Prices vary by store, but you should be able to find tubs of wipes priced at .97 - $1.27 making them free or really cheap.

Hint – Even if you don’t have a baby at home, these come handy in so many ways. Even the girls’ teachers request them on school supplies lists.

Also, you could get $4.25 off 2 pounds of cheese at Target. They have a $1.50 off any pound or more of Archer Farms Deli cheese. You can combine this with the $1.25 off 2 pounds coupon. Use two target coupons along with your one manufacturer coupon!

Bumble Bee Tuna (3 oz) - $1/ea
Use $1/1 here
Final Price = FREE

Hormel Compleats - $1.89/ea
Use $2/1 in October All You magazine
Final Price = FREE

Air Wick I-Motion Starter Kits - $5.99 (prices vary)
Use $6/1 in 9/13 Smart Source insert
Final Price = FREE

All Laundry Detergent (travel size) - $1/ea
Use $1/1 when you sign up here
Final Price = FREE

Tide Detergent (travel size) -$1/ea
Use $1/1 in 9/27 P&G insert
Final Price = FREE

Rolaids (3 pk) - $1.57/ea
Use $4/2 in 10/4 Red Plum insert
Final Price = FREE when you buy 2

Dove Deodorant (travel size) - $0.97/ea
Use $1/1 in 10/4 Red Plum insert
Final Price = FREE

Chex Mix (3.75 oz - near registers) - $0.99/ea
Use $1/1 Target coupon here
Final Price = FREE

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls - $2.02-2.29/ea
Use $0.75/1, $1/1 or $1/2 in 8/30 Red Plum insert
Use $1/1 Target Coupon here
Final Price = $0.02-0.79/ea

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta - $1.19/ea
Use $1/2 here
Final Price = $0.69/ea when you buy 2

Columbia Movies (select) - $5/ea
Use this $2/1 coupon
Final Price = $3/ea

Febreze Noticeables Starter Kits - $4.79 (on clearance at some stores)
Use $4/1 in 9/27 P&G insert
Final Price = $0.79/ea

I have also posted Target toy deals here.

Have you found any deals I haven’t posted? Let me know how your shopping trip went!

Happy Shopping :)

Free Sample - Kotex Ultra Thin Overnight Pads

While supplies last, you can get a free sample of Kotex Ultra Thin Overnight pads here.  They usually come with a $1/1 coupon which can be used at Wal-Mart to net Free pantyliners!

Wal-mart: Free Glade Fragrance Collection candles

There's a new coupon available here for $3.50 off any Glade Fragrance Collection candles (excludes 2 oz. candles). Wal-mart has the 4 oz. candles on rollback for $3 so you'll get them free with possible overage using this coupon.

Black Friday is coming! Get your plan together!

With Black Friday only TWO weeks away, the ads are starting to leak out.

I will be posting my favorite items mentioned and the link shows the full ad.

Today Best Buy announced that on Wednesday November 11th they will be offering an Acer laptop w/Intel Celeron 900 processor, 2GB memory and a 160GB hard drive for $249.99. This is their lowest-advertised-price laptop ever and the deal will be available both in-store and online. Unfortunately, Best Buy has not released the exact model number of the laptop, but we believe it might be the one linked below.

To view the $249.99 Acer laptop deal at Best Buy, go to:

Staples - incomplete ad

Garmin Nuvi 255W Portable GPS for $119.99
eMachines 21.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $89.98
HP 8GB Portable Flash Drive for $12.99
HP Laptop w/Windows 7 (unknown specs) for $299.98

100% Cashmere Gloves - $9.99 *
100% Cashmere Hats - $9.99 *
100% Cashmere Scarves - $9.99 *
$25 Nintendo Gaming Coupon w/Any DS System Purchase - $0.00
Attention Men's Leather Jackets - $49.99 *
Barbie Princess Doll - $9.99 *
Basic Editions Kids' Jeans - $5.99 *
Basic Editions Kids' Three Piece Sets Sizes 4-16 - $9.99 *
Basic Essentials 16 Piece Cookware Set - $24.99 *
Craftsman 42 Piece Tool Set - $19.99 *
Craftsman Two Galloon Wet Dry Vac - $14.99 *
Crystal Earrings 18kt Gold Over Sterling Silver - $9.99 *
Delstar 7 Inch Wireless Netbook 05 Windows CE - $119.99 *
Diamond Bracelet 18kt Gold Over Sterling Silver - $29.99 *
Disney Infants and Toddlers Sets - $3.99 *
Disney & Licensed Infants & Toddlers Sets - $7.99
Disney & Licensed Kids and Babies Cold-weather Sets - $3.99 *
Easy Bake Classic Oven - $16.99 *
Element 2GB Stick MP3 Player - $9.99 *
Essential House Down Comforter - $19.99 *
Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker With Any Sweets Candy Jewel Factory Oven Purchase - $5.00
Jaclyn Smith 100% Cashmere Sweaters - $29.99 *
Jaclyn Smith Traditions 400 Thread Count Damask Stripe Sheet Set Any Size - $19.99 *
Jaclyn Smith Women's Leather Jackets - $49.99 *
Joe Boxer 2-Pair Fuzzy Slipper Socks - $3.99 *
Kenmore 1.1 Cubic Foot 1100W Microwave - $54.99 *
Lego Building Sets - B2G1 *
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Raceway - $29.99 *
Nintendo DSi Bundle w/5 Pre-Installed Games - $169.99 *
Plush Animal w/Socks - $3.99 *
Route 66 Kids' Boots - $9.99 *
Samsung SL40 Digitial Camera - $79.99 *
Snuggie Blanket - $9.99 *
Sony Bravia L Series 32" Class 720p LCD HDTV (Model KDL32L504) - $379.99 *
Sylvania 7 Inch Portable DVD Player - $49.99 *
Wonderkids Infants And Toddlers Dresses - $7.99 *


1/2 Ct. Tw. Diamond Bracelet - $79.99 *

2-Pack Wii or DS Games - $14.99 *
All Kids' Canyon River Blues Boots - $16.99 *
Blu-ray DVDs - $14.99 *
Canyon River Blues Jeans for Kids - $9.99 *
Carter's Seasonal Layette Sleepwear & Playwear - 60% Off *
Coby 7" Digital Photo Frame - $29.99 *
Craftsman 10-in Compound Miter Saw - $69.99 *
Craftsman 204-Pc Mechanic's Tool Set - $99.99 *
Craftsman 2-gal Wet/Dry Vac - $14.99 *
Curtis DVD Player AR - $17.99 *
Disney Pix Micro Digital Cameras Designed For Just For Kids - $9.99 *
Dresses For Infants,Toddlers & Girls - 60% Off *
Fuji J29 10MP 3X Zoom 2.7" LCD Digital Camera Bundle - $89.99 *
GE A1250 12MP Digital Camera - $69.99 *
Guitar Hero World Tour For PS2, Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 - $49.99 *
Hi Pro Camera Kits - 50% Off *
Jazz T20 4X Digtal Zoom 1.5" LCD Camcorder - $19.99 *
KitchenAid 4.5qt Bowl-Left Mixer - $149.99 AR *
Kodak CD80 10.2MP, 3x Zoom Digital Camera 2.4" LCD 2GB Card And Case - $79.99 *
Magnavox DVD Player With VCR (Model DV225MG9) - $49.99 *
Men's 1/4-Zip Microfleece - $9.99 *
Men's Pierre Cardin Dress Shirts - $14.99 *
Nikon COOLPIX L20 Digital Camera - $99.99 *
Nintendo DS Games - $29.99 *
Nintendo DS Games - $19.99 *
NordicTrack Elliptical With 18-In Adjustable Stride - $399.99 *
Panasonic Blu-Ray Home Theater System (Model SC-BT200) - $399.99 *
Pronto Booster Car Seat - $21.99 *
Samsung C10 SD 1200 Digital Zoom 10X Optical Zoom 2.7" LCD Camcorder - $149.99 *
SanDisk 4GB Memory Cards Or Flash Drive - $8.99 *
Sets For Newborn, Infants, Toddler Girls & Boys - 60% Off *
Sharp 19" Class LCD HDTV (Model LC19SB27UT) - $179.99 *
Sony 32" Class LCD HDTV (Model KDL-32L504) - $379.99 *
Sylvania 7" Portable DVD Player (Model SDVD7015) - $49.99 *
Wool Coats For Her - $39.99 *


$10 Kohls Cash For Every $50 Spent - $0.00
16-Piece Bedding Set (Queen or King) - $99.99 *
7 Ft. Pre-Lit Green Tree - $69.99 *
Apt. 9 Bath Towels - $4.99 *
Bissell LITTLE Green ProHeat Portable Deep Cleaner - $99.99
Carter's Blanket Sleepers - $7.99 *
Chicago Cutlery Cortland 12 Piece Cutlery Set - $49.99 *
Conair Deluxe Fabric Steamer - $49.99 *
Digital Labs 7 Inch Portable LCD TV - $69.99 *
Dyson Animal Bagless Vacuum - $439.99 *
Dyson DC14 All Floors Bagless Vacuum - $319.99 *
Dyson DC25 All Floors Bagless Vacuum - $399.99 *
Entire Stock of Nintendo DS Video Games - 20%-30% Off *
Entire Stock of Nintendo Wii Video Games - 20%-30% Off *
Free Tote With Any $25 Fragrance Or Cosmetic Purchase - $0.00 *
Holiday Dresses For Girls, Infants And Toddlers - 60% Off *
Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Speakers - $79.99 *
Jumping Beans Winter Tops And Bottoms - 60% Off *
LeapFrog Tag Reading System - $29.99 *
Luxury Collection 600-Thread Count 100% Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set (Full - King) - $39.99 *
Mudd Five Pocket Basic Denim - $9.99 *
Norelco 7819XLB Razor - $69.99 *
Oneida 85 Piece Flatware Set - $47.99 *
Prodigy Hudson 5-Piece Luggage Set - $37.99 *
Pyrex 20 Piece Glass Storage Set - $19.99 *
Reversible Down Alternative Comforters (All Sizes) - $24.99 *
Reversible Down Comforters - $29.99 *
Snuggie for Dogs - $7.99
Vivitar 10.1MP HD Digital Camera 2.4" LCD 8X Digital Zoom - $59.99 *

Old Navy

Old Navy opens at 3:00am on Black Friday.

$10 Off Any $50 Purchase With Coupon - $0.00
5-Pocket Jeans For The Family - Adults - $15.00
5-Pocket Jeans For The Family - Kids - $10.00
Activewear For Kids and Toddlers - Mix and Match - $7.50
Adults' Jeans - $15.00
Free Lego Rock Band Video Game With Any $20 Purchase - $0.00
Free Rock Band Guitar With Purchase Of Rock Band 2 - $0.00
Holiday Stockings - $2.00
Kids' And Toddlers' Activewear - $7.50
Kids' And Toddlers' Frost Free Jackets - $15.00
Kids' And Toddlers' Jeans - $10.00
Performance Fleece Tops For The Family - $5.0

When the weather outside is frightful... head to Target!

When Christmas time comes, I often start racking my brain to find the best deals for all the children in our family. Well I am hoping this year, Target has handed me the answer... all in our Sunday paper.

It was already like Christmas, when I opened my paper to find a Target toy catalog with Target toy coupons inside! As I started going through this book I was thinking about all the savings these store coupons and manufacturer coupons would be bringing me.

If you didn't happen to grab a copy of this catalog, don't worry, you can still print them out here, but don't depend that these coupons will stay posted forever.

Baby Alive Whoopsie Doll – Final Price $16 or $16.99 - $29.99 at Target – $8 Target coupon = $21.99 at Target
Price match the Walmart ad (11/8) at $24.00 and use the $8 Target coupon to get it for $16!!
Price match the Toys R Us Big Toy Book (11/1) and use the $8 Target coupon to get it for $16.99!

Playskool Kota & Pals Monty Rex - Final Price $54 - $68.99 at Target – $10 Target coupon = $58.99 at Target
Price match the Walmart ad at $64, use the $10 Target coupon to get this for $54!
($59.99 w/ free shipping on – this would be good if you are giving the gift to someone far away, you save on shipping because you can having ship it right to them for FREE!)

Furreal Lulu My Cuddlin’ Kitty - Final Price $28 - $49.99 at Target – $10 Target coupon = $39.99 at Target
Price match the Walmart ad at $38 – $10 Target coupon = $28.00 at Target!
Price match the Toys R Us Big Toy Book (11/1) and use the $10 Target coupon to get it for $29.99 at Target!
($41.68 with FREE shipping on

Fisher-Price Handy Manny Workshop - Final Price $79 - $99.99 at Target – $10 Target coupon = $89.99 at Target
Price match the Walmart ad at $89 – $10 Target coupon = $79 at Target
($89 with FREE shipping at – Again, if you want to get this gift for someone and you need to mail it, pay $10 more on and save yourself the postage and hassle of mailing it! will ship FREE to what ever address you choose (sometimes this excludes Alaska and Hawaii)

Razor Spark Scooter - Final Price $39.20 - $59.99 at Target – 20% Target coupon = $47.99 at Target
Price match the Walmart ad at $49 – 20% Target coupon (-$9.80) = $39.20 at Target

Leap Frog Tag system - Final Price $19.99 - Price match Toys R Us Big Toy Book at $39.99
Use the $10/1 coupon from here
Plus, use the $10 Target coupon
Final cost $19.99!

Scatterpillar Scramble - Final Price $10.99 - Price match with Kmart ad at $14.99
Use the $5 Target coupon makes it $10.99

Playskool Step Start Walk ‘n Ride – Final Price $12.79 - $17.79 in Target Ad
Use $5/1 coupon from to get this for $12.79!

Mr. Potato Head - Final Price .99 - Target price is $5.99. Use this $5/1 printable coupon (Mr. Potato Head Spud Buds) and get it for less than a $1.

And while you are at Target, check out these deals posted last week.

It's Game Night!

Toys R Us has a Hot deal on Preschoolers board games averaged out to .57 each! These make awesome Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, and even donation items!

There are 7 games priced at $3.99 each and when you spend $25, Toys R Us will give you a $10 gift card (one per transaction)

$3.99 Hasbro Games:
Ants in Pants
Candy Land
Chutes and Ladders
Don’t Break The Ice
Hi-Ho Cherry-O

(Note that the sale is only valid on the standard versions of the games. Character versions like Dora the Explorer, etc., will ring up at a higher price point.)

Buy one of each and you can submit for a $2 rebate on each of the games, found here. For a total of $14 rebate.


Buy one of each $3.99 Hasbro Game = $27.93
Get $10 gift card wyb $25
Get $14 Hasbro Mail-In Rebate
Final price for all seven = $3.93!

If you have older children, or already have some of these games, there are a number of games priced at $7.99 and $9.99, some of which have $3 rebates. You could add those games to the deal with a higher out of pocket cost.

$7.99 Hasbro Games:
Boggle Jr.
Monopoly Jr.
Scrabble Jr.

$9.99 Hasbro Games:
Connect 4
Mouse Trap

In addition, there is a coupon in the ad for $10 gift card when you spend $75.  If there are other items, even gift card deals that you are interested in, you could end up saving a lot on Christmas gifts.

Happy Shopping :)
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