4 Tips for Buying Quality Wedding Bands Without Breaking the Bank

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Are you ready to take your relationship to the next level but nervous about the cost of wedding jewelry?  If so, consider the 4 simple tips listed below for a more affordable ring shopping experience without sacrificing brilliance and quality.

Watch for sales.

One of the best ways to save money on wedding jewelry purchases is by watching for sales.  Many jewelers offer sales throughout the year, especially during holiday seasons (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc.).  Not only should you watch for sales, you should also look for store coupons or online promo codes to stack on top of the sale for even more savings.  If you have a favorite jeweler, be sure to check out their website.  Sometimes they will offer better prices online than they do in store.  Many jewelers also offer a clearance section with styles from last year or jewelry that is slightly defective.  There is no need to be ashamed if you bought your wedding jewelry at a discount price.  If I were you, I would tell everyone because they might actually be quite impressed if they knew how much money you saved by shopping smart. :)

Keep It Simple

When it comes to jewelry, sometimes more is less.  A great way to reduce the cost of your jewelry is by simplifying its design.  Elaborate patterns and shapes throughout the band can drive up the cost of the jewelry.   You can also save money by choosing more generic shapes of stone.  Popular stone shapes currently include round, princess cut, marquise, oval, and pear shaped.  In most cases, the rarer the shape and cut of the jewelry, the more expensive it becomes.  Consider choosing rings that have less diamonds or gemstones and more decorative metalwork.  And it’s no secret that the bigger the diamond, the higher the price.  Instead of buying one large diamond, consider buying a cluster of smaller round diamonds that when clustered together gives the illusion of a much larger diamond.  Diamond clustering is a fantastic way to get a stunning ring at a fraction of the price.

Purchase the Diamond and Band Separately

Another option for reducing the cost of your wedding jewelry is by purchasing the diamond and the band separately.  This option may not always save you money, but it can if you shop smart.  Consult an experienced jeweler to ask about creating your own ring package at a fraction of the cost of a pre-designed package.

Consider Other Options

Because of traditional beliefs, many people think that wedding rings or bands must contain diamonds.  That simply is not the case.  Many jewelers like Shane Co. offer a variety of options for unique gems other than diamonds that offer exceptional brilliance at a lower price point.  Rubies, sapphires and other gems are increasing in popularity because they have similar gemological characteristics as a diamond, but they cost less.

With so many options for wedding bands and other wedding jewelry available on the market, you are sure to find the perfect ring without having to break the bank.  Take some time to talk to your local jeweler to determine how you can purchase the perfect rings within your price range.

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Laser Pegs Runners Tank Review & Giveaway (Ends 12/10)

Disclaimer: I received the product below in exchange for a review and giveaway. This review is my honest opinion and may differ from yours.

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If you need a great gift idea for Christmas, check out Laser Pegs! Laser Pegs offers educational LED building sets that look similar to Legos but are much cooler because they light up!  I recently received the opportunity to try out the Laser Pegs Runners Tank. The set came with:

  • 2 Laser Pegs
  • 24 Construction Parts
  • Runner Power Base
  • Instruction Manual

Following the instruction manual, the tank took less than 5 minutes to put together. Because this is a 6 in 1 set, there are several other models that can be built including the Amphibious Runner, Reckon Runner, RI Tank Runner, Construction Runner and Snow Runner. Pictures for the other models can be found inside the instruction manual, directions for the models can be downloaded here. What’s great about this product is there is a switch on the bottom of the base that allows you to choose from 4 settings: power off, illuminate while still, illuminate while in motion and flash while in motion. Also, the speed of the tank can also be changed to fast or slow.

So far, my boys have only played with the model found on the box. They love it because it is motorized and it lights up. They select the speed and how they want it to light up, then they walk into a dark room and let the tank go go go!

Laser Pegs has teamed up with a few bloggers to give (1) lucky winner a Laser Pegs Kit of their own! Click on “Read More” below to enter the giveaway. Email subscribers please click here to enter the giveaway. Giveaway ends 12/10/13 at 11:59 pm EST. Good luck!

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Black Friday Shoppers: Night Owls vs. Early Birds

Black Friday is right around the corner. Millions of shoppers head out every Black Friday to fight the crowds and get their hands on some of best deals of the year. Find & Save wanted to know what drives these Black Friday shoppers so they set out to find how, when and why they shop. The results were announced in the 2013 Find&Save Black Friday Shopping Survey. You can view the full report here.

We all know that Black Friday is all about the deals. A vast majority of Black Friday shoppers say they fight the crowds to save some money.  What exactly are they trying to save money on? Black Friday shoppers are likely to be shopping for electronics, Christmas presents, clothing, household items and toys. A majority of those surveyed say the best deals can be found at super stores such as Walmart and Target.

So are you a night owl or an early bird? According to the 2013 Find&Save Black Friday Shopping Survey, Night Owl shoppers are more likely to research and plan ahead for their Black Friday shopping excursion. The Night Owl shoppers are also tend to get most of their holiday shopping completed. For the Early Birds, they still plan and get their Christmas shopping done, just not as much.

Do you plan your Black Friday shopping excursion? If you want to create a Black Friday shopping plan this year, check out Find & Save. They make it easy to research purchases and find great sales at your favorite retailers. You can create lists of sale items and save them for in-store viewing on your mobile device. Find & Save also offers timely alerts and reminders about expiring sales so you’ll never have to miss a sale again! Use Find & Save to prevent yourself from missing out on the top Black Friday deals this year.

Check out the Black Friday Shoppers Night Owls vs. Early Birds Infographic below.

 

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Disney’s Planes Review + Free Activities, Games & More

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Disney’s Planes hit the theaters on August 9th. Have you taken your kids to see it yet? If not, you’ll want to. Watch an action-packed animated adventure featuring Dusty, a crop dusting plane with big dreams of being a high-flying air racer. Besides his lack of speed, Dusty is also afraid of heights. With the support of his new friends, he sets off to make his dreams come true.

I found the movie to be visually appealing and fun. My kids loved it and were not disappointed! Disney’s Planes is an awesome movie for the kids to see because it’s an inspiring story teaching them to dream, work hard, and succeed! One of the many things we try to teach our children.

To help you get excited about this high-flying adventure check out some awesome stuff on Disney.com’s FlewTube including: activities

  • Planes Trailers & Clips
  • Paper Airplane Tutorials
  • Features on Remote Controlled Flyer enthusiasts
  • Introductions to parts of a plane
  • Flight-related Disney legacy content

Plus, give your kids the chance to take flight with two captivating games now available:

  • Propwash Pursuit – Take control of Dusty and fly around Propwash Junction in an adventure game for Desktop.
  • Jetstream Racers – Available on desktop, tablet, and mobile, help Dusty navigate courses and collect points to earn achievements and unlock characters.
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For more information, check out Disney.com/Planes, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Sears Has Millions of Items Online!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sears for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever found an item you like in the store only to realize someone snatched up the last one in your size? If so, Sears has come to your rescue with their exponentially larger selection of sizes and colors on their website than in store. If you need that cute new shirt for tonight, no problem! You can buy it online and schedule an in store pickup. Sears guarantees to have your item ready in 5 minutes or less, or you’ll get a $5 in store coupon. A nice guarantee if you ask me!

In addition to having more colors and sizes online, Sears carries many more brands and styles than they do in store. They have stepped up their game with top brands you never thought you’d find at Sears.com. Ray Ban, Steve Madden, Nike and DeWalt Tools, just to name a few. But it doesn’t stop there. Everyday, Sears is adding hundreds of new styles, colors and designers to their website. Sears is committed to ensuring every customer finds exactly what they want. So head over to Sears.com and see the new line up for yourself.

Oh, and I have a quick story for you. I had a bachelorette party to attend to last Saturday evening. I stopped into Sears that afternoon to see if I could find a black dress to wear (the bride wanted everyone to wear a black dress). I saw a few dresses but nothing I really liked. I ended up wearing a dress I already had. Today, I got on Sears.com and guess what? They had a huge selection of black dresses to choose from (351 to be exact). I guess I should have checked their website. Lesson learned.

I also saw a cute lace shirt I wanted to buy but I couldn’t find my size. I looked on Sears.com and find out a different Sears location near me has it! Yay! Looks like I will be getting it after all.

Now let’s sum it all up. Sears has an exponentially larger selection of sizes, colors and brands online. So next time you find something you like, but you can’t find your size, check the website. You can buy the item online and schedule an in store pickup. If your item isn’t ready in 5 minutes, you get a $5 coupon. Don’t forget about the luxury brands they carry either. :) Head over to Sears.com and check out their newest arrivals and featured marketplace offers. Tweet about the new lineup to your friends and family.

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SANUS TV Mount Increases Childrens Safety + Giveaway

For many Americans, a flat panel TV is a great way to enjoy family time and entertainment. However, most parents are unaware of the safety risks that flat panel TVs pose for kids. Due to increasing size and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death.

Acknowledging this risk, SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide. By educating consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV’s, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families across the nation by reducing TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities.

A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:

  • A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
  • Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
  • Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over
  • An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs
  • Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006  to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%.

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SANUS encourages you to join their efforts and advocate mounting of flat panel TV’s in your home. With that being said, SANUS is offering (1) Inspiring You 2 Save reader a complimentary flat panel Sanus VuePoint F180 Full-Motion TV Wall Mount (check it out here). The winner will receive a mount fit for their respective TV. Please note that this will not include the actual installation of the equipment.

Click on “Read More” below to enter the giveaway. Email subscribers please click here to enter the giveaway. Giveaway runs 6/28/13 until 7/3/13 at 12:00am EST. Good luck!

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The Gro Project – Join the Growing Movement

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you having trouble in the garden? If so, Miracle-Gro’s The Gro Project is here to help! The Gro Project showcases that garden projects should not be complicated and hard to do! Miracle-Gro wants to simplify gardening and show that it can be easy, fun and enjoyable! Head over and check out some effortless, fun garden projects with instructions, free printables and more! Show your colors while helping educate fellow gardeners. Spread the word about the movement to everyone you know!

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I am an inexperienced gardener myself. Back in May, I did try a little gardening project of my own. Try it yourself with the step-by-step instructions below.

What You Need

  • Large Planter
  • 2 tall, upright plants (such as Fountain Grass)
  • 2 trailing plants (such as ivy geranium or asparagus fern)
  • 1-4 short, colorful flowers
  • Shake n’ Feed Moisture Control All Purpose Plant Food
  • Moisture Control Potting Mix

Instructions
Fill your container with potting soil leaving 2-3 inches to the top.
Plant your tall, upright plant in the back of the container.
Install your trailing plants in the center of the container.
Plant your colorful flowers in the front of the container.
Add more potting soil to completely cover the roots.
Sprinkle Shake n’ Feed Moisture Control All Purpose Plant Food evenly over the soil surface.
Water thoroughly.
Place the pot in the desired position in your yard

Visit The Gro Project and share your own gardening projects and stories. Get ideas for new projects too. You can also follow the Miracle-Gro Pinterest page for even more project ideas. But it doesn’t stop there, check out Miracle-Gro online to access their expansive library of articles and videos full of expert gardening tips, online tools to help growers solve common garden problems, and find the right products to help you both create and keep a healthy and beautiful garden.

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Be Back Soon

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In light of recent events, my family needs my full attention. I will be taking a short break from blogging. I’ll be back soon with more posts, great content, awesome giveaways and much more. Stay tuned.

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BOGO Kibbles ‘N Bits Wet Dog Food Coupon

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There’s a new Buy One Get One Kibbles ‘N Bits Wet Dog Food coupon available to print. Up to $1.07 value.

Select the coupon to clip it and click on “Print Coupons” at the top of the page to print it. Each coupon can be printed two times per computer. Don’t forget to check out my Coupon Database where you will find all the current coupons to help you save even more.

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$5 Magazine Sale – Taste of Home, Shape, ESPN, Reader’s Digest & More

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Thru Sunday (4/14), DiscountMags is having an $5 Magazine Sale! You’ll save up to 80% off the cover price. Fourteen titles to choose from! Just select your magazines, add it to your cart and complete checkout. Magazine titles include:

Taste of Home
Weight Watchers
Wired
Family Handyman
Reader’s Digest
ESPN
Shape
Popular Science
GQ
Bon Appetit
Glamour
Car and Driver
Natural Health
The Atlantic

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