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Make Mother’s Day Magnificent (and Budget-Friendly)

U.S. Mother’s Day is in May, on the second Sunday of the month.

You can make mom feel appreciatedand give her a marvelous day without breaking the bank or draining your wallet with these Mother’s Day ideas that any and every mother would love:

Make Mother’s Day Special - Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day without breaking the bank. The Shopping Queen, Fatima Mehdikarimi gives ideas on flowers, dining, luxury and a top tech idea to make Mother’s Day special.

Outside the Box Mother’s Day Gifts - Mother’s Day with a twist. Not-so-typical gift ideas that can also be budget-friendly. Six Minute Style’s Susan Doherty presents five fabulous outside-the-gift-box ideas for mom. She’s gonna love this.

DIY Mother’s Day Spinners - An easy, bright and cheerful DIY project for young children to make. Perfect for Mother’s Day and will continue to delight mom all Summer long from Crayola Creative Workshop.

Duck Tape Roses for Mom - Make a Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers out of duct tape! Easy, fun and pretty DIY from Duck Brand duct tape for mom! Simple tutorial shows how. Make it useful by using a pen for the stem!

DIY Paper Photo Wallet - Every mom loves sharing pictures of her family. This easy DIY papercrafted tri-fold wallet will display all her favorite pics in style. Crafter and author of Christmas Papercrafts, Corinne Bradd, shows how to create a brag book using paper and a series of simple creases.

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Fresh Food Saving Ideas to Stretch Your Produce Dollars

This post was inspired by BargainBabe.com’s third annual Frugal Festival which was held in Los Angeles, CA. The festival’s theme was “Food” and also provided support to the L.A. Regional Food Bank.

In general do-it-yourself is always the more economical way to go. Sometimes, like in the case of plumbing, electrical work, or car mechanical tasks, attempting DIY may end up costing you big in trouble and bucks unless you’re a seasoned veteran. But once you learn a few simple rules about cleanliness, preparing your own food will rarely – if ever – get you into any real trouble (Just don’t forget to turn off the stove).  It’s an undisputed fact that even if you do not use coupons, and even if you pay no attention to sales and markdowns, preparing your own meals is  healthier and will end up being a real money-saver.

Our Food, Cooking, Drink, Recipe Channel and Coupons & Grocery Channel are loaded with amazing tips on how to get the most gourmet bang for your supermarket, couponing, dining-out, and cooking dollar, but in this post, we’re focusing on some unique “frugal” food preservation strategies.

I consider myself a “nothing cook.”  Just as an artist may need to see the paint colors or the collage pieces before getting inspired to put something on the blank canvas, I draw inspiration from what I see in the fridge and pantry to create dishes. Essentially, I take what is there and make something from nothing. When my children were toddlers, a friend mentioned to me that she saves every leftover, no matter how small. She said, “To them (the toddlers) this 1/8 cup of rice and peas is a whole meal.”  Ever since then, I save just about everything, no matter how small, even now with the kids long gone from my kitchen. There are some occasional times when I don’t end up using the leftovers, but most of the time, those little leftovers serve as inspiration to create a whole meal. A tiny bit of fresh basil leaves get slivered into an omelet. A few pieces of bell pepper edges, celery ends, and a raddish or two becomes a slaw. A little piece of ginger gets sliced and put in the freezer for a stir-fry at another time.  Tired cilantro stems get blended up and frozen in an ice-cube tray for future sauces. And, one of my all time favorites: air dried grape tomatoes, all shriveled up with concentrated sweet flavor, perfect to slice up and top off some cream cheese or goat cheese on crackers… you get the idea.

For me, it’s really more about creativity and respect for nature and it’s gifts that drives my focus on a “waste not” attitude in the kitchen… but no matter what the inspiration, nature or money-saving, the pay-off is: DIY in the kitchen is a far more budget-friendly and healthy way to go.

Here in these videos are some amazing tips on food preservation that are easy to do, and with summer and fall’s bounty soon to surface, it’s a perfect time to hone up on ways to preserve now, so you can take advantage of in-season lower prices and produce’s peak freshness, to enjoy abundant inspiration all year long.

Food In a Frugal Lifestyle – Writer W. Hodding Carter has written a series on frugality for Gourmet Magazine which stemmed from his facing the truth about his family’s living beyond their means. See how the family tackles the food budget.

Making Fruit Leathers – Stop wasting food; preserve the height-of-the-season bounty for later by making fruit leather for pennies compared to what the store-bought costs! Step-by-step guide to making fruit leather from the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service’s Julie Cascio, gives details.

Drying Vegetables – Drying your own Vegetables is a great way to stretch your grocery dollar & enjoy fresh seasonal flavor all year. Julie Cascio from the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, shows step-by-step instructions.

How to Dry Herbs - Easy DIY to enjoy seasonal prices and preserve the flavors of summer by drying fresh herbs & spices to use through the rest of the year. Author & host of PBS’ “Garden to Table,” P. Allen Smith shows how.

Freeze Fruit, Save Money – Buy fruit when it’s on sale, freeze & enjoy all year! You can use the technique shown in this video for all types of fruit – we’ve even done it with grapes! Try it with veggies, too! Dani Spies from CleanandDelicious.com shows how simple it is.

How to Freeze Tomatoes - Save money or stretch your own garden crop while you enjoy garden-fresh tomatoes all year long by freezing them! Simple to do.

Ready to Use Frozen Pepper Patties – Freezing is a way to take advantage of in-season prices for fresh produce, but freezing partially prepared recipe ingredients in small ready-to-use batches not only is good to keep your savings going all year long, but shortens your food prep time, too! This example from rebuild-from-depression.com is a bright addition to any freezer pantry.

Stretch Your Groceries, Stop Tossing Tomatoes - Donna Miller from Miller’s Grain House shows how saving a little here and there will add up to a lot on your table and in your piggy bank! This simple kitchen tip is a perfect example of kitchen frugal!

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Road Trip Money Saving Travel Tips

ROAD TRIP!! There is something about the allure of the road;the freedom to be spontaneous, to take that side road just because you decided in the spur of the moment that you couldn’t possibly miss the world’s biggest ball of string or the museum of gum wrappers, or you just have to taste some local barbecue or explore that hidden waterfall. The opportunity to view the world and enjoy the scenery close and up front is often irresistible.  But even though it may seem like a more affordable mode of travel, a road trip can still be more pricey than what you had anticipated, especially with gas prices on the rise.  Well, we can’t steer you clear of potholes, but we can help you avoid some of the steep prices with these tips on how to save money while keeping your eyes on the road.

Off season. Just as it is with any other mode of travel or vacation planning, traveling during the “off season” will be a big money-saver on everything from lodging to renting a vehicle to park admissions and tourist attractions.

Book Early. Especially during the “on season.” This applies to hotels, parks, camp grounds, etc. It also applies to renting an RV. The earlier you book, the better deal you may be able to secure.

Consider a travel agent. Travel agents often have special promotional packages available to them that you cannot find elsewhere.

Go for smaller when renting a vehicle. Consider the size of your party and the amenities you’ll need, then determine the smallest vehicle you can rent to accommodate that. The smaller the vehicle, the more you’ll save on rental costs and fuel costs.

Rent RV time in bulk. Check the rental packages for buying your time in bulk, they are often better rates.

Check the RV or car rental company’s terms on mileage. Know before you go. There may be limits and penalties. Some discounts may apply to in-state only travel. Ask if any mileage discounts or specials may apply to the trip you are planning.

Avoid Purchasing Extra Equipment. Unless you are going to be doing this type of travel often, it may not be worth it to purchase extra equipment like bike racks and camping equipment. Check with your RV or car rental dealer to see if they offer packages which may include such equipment. You may be able to find good deals on this type of gear from other sports and camping equipment rental companies as well.

Rent an RV direct from an owner. You may be able to save mark-up fees and extra charges by renting a vehicle directly from the owner. One site which does this: 2RVGuys.com. Another which may also have mobile homes available is homeexchange.com which specializes in swapping homes, apartments, boats, and sometimes recreational vehicles.

Be sure you’re getting the most out of your vehicle. Before you leave and frequently during the trip, make sure your vehicle is in good condition, some estimates indicate that a poorly tuned engine uses up to 50-percent more fuel than one which is running well. Make sure your tire pressure is correct; low air pressure can be a considerable gas waster.

Easy does it. You’ll save wear and tear on your vehicle, and save on fuel costs (and traffic tickets) if you keep your speeds under 60 mph; make your accelerations easy and smooth, and ease into stops. Heavy on the pedal and blasting quickly from traffic signal to traffic signal burns up the fuel fast!

Overpacking the car can be a real fuel drain.  The heavier the vehicle, the more fuel it requires, so keep it light.

Food and snack shopping at pricey service stations and convenience stores add up; shop from farmer’s markets or grocery stores to create your own light meals, snacks and drinks.

Watch out when using your debit card at gas stations, they may withdraw more than the amount of your purchase to hold on deposit until after the transaction is completed by the bank.

Use the proper grade fuel for your vehicle. It’s not worth using a supreme-grade fuel if the manufacturer doesn’t specifically require it  or if the car is performing well on regular-grade fuel without engine knocks or lugging.

Service stations in the U.S. change prices between 10:00 am and noon. So keep in the know on price trends; if prices are on the rise, get there before 10:00 am, and if prices are dropping get there after noon.

Gas prices usually rise on the weekends. If you can, try for weekdays to fill your tank.

Use gas finding apps to locate cheaper stations nearby, andkeep in mind if you’re driving a heavier vehicle like a camper or RV, it may not be worth driving too far out of your way.

Gas discounts can be had from various sources. For example, some super market shopper loyalty programs have partnered with gas companies and your accumulated grocery shopping reward points are good toward fuel discounts at those stations. Another discount resource: save an easy 10% off your fuel bill if you purchase gas gift cards in advance from a discount gift card site like ShopAtHome.com or GiftCardGranny.com.

Lodging. Even though you might be staying in your vehicle you may still need to secure a reservation in a campsite, trailer park, hotel or motel along the way. Try to plan ahead for those, particularly during the traditionally busier times of year as parks can often be booked several years in advance.  Check the internet, or road assistance groups like AAA, for coupons and special discounts.

Make sure you have a good road-side assistance program. The small monthly premiums of these programs can save you thousands of dollars in towing and repair fees, and can be well worth it for the convenience alone.

Insurance. Check with your car and homeowners or home renter’s insurance company to find out specifically what you and your vehicle will be covered for. Depending on your existing coverage, you may or may not need an additional Traveler’s policy for the trip.

Anytime you are making a reservation for anything – ask, ask, ask. Ask if that’s the best they can do for you, and if there are any special offers or discounts that are being offered which you may not be aware of.

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Save Money on Travel Lodging, Hotels, Cruises

As the cost of travel continues to rise, the price of lodging can run up your expenses quicker than you can keep track of.  Even if you do secure a great price on a hotel room, consider that if you’re traveling with a family you may need more than one room. And the tally for dining, parking, tips, surcharges, phone, minibar, entertainment, sightseeing, and transportation… can really add up.

Hotels are masters of creating an environment where your value judgment can be quickly clouded. In this excerpt from an article by for Wired.com, “The Curse of Mental Accounting” author Jonah Lehrer addresses how this happens and the ways in which our assessment of worth can be easily manipulated:

Needless to say, mental accounting also explains my expensive internet connection. In the end, expensive hotels are able to charge insane amounts of money for Cheerios and wifi because these exorbitant charges get posted to the mental account of the hotel bill, which will be hundreds of dollars anyways. As a result, the charges don’t seem quite so crazy. (This also helps explain why cheap hotels are so much more likely to offer free internet and breakfast buffets. Sometimes, we get more when we pay less.)

If you plan a little ahead of time, and arm yourself with the knowledge of what to expect and the many approaches you can use to help bring those expenses into your control, you can have a wonderful time enjoying, dining, touring museums and historical sights, or just lounging and relaxing without paying astronomical prices to do it wherever your are staying.

The key is to think ahead about what your real desire is and what your real needs will be, and then follow the travel pointers and video tips we’ve assembled here from some of the best travel experts out there… and then go for it!

Lodging:

Hotels can be pricey, we all know this. The place to start is online. Compare prices and deals through sights like tripadvisor.com, hotels.com or cheapoair.com. After you find a few prices, check the hotel’s website for special offers. Then, check sites that offer promotional discount coupons like yeahtravel.com. or FabulousSavings.com And finally, call the specific hotel directly (not the central booking agency if you can avoid it, though it’s becoming more difficult to do this). You have a better chance at negotiating or receiving price-matching, perks or upgrades and securing more favorable cancellation terms when you speak directly to the hotel. Hotels can pay a commission of up to 30 percent to online booking sites, so ASK if they have a better deal than what you’ve found online or if they can match it.

Our number one top solid sure-fire way that consistently gets discounts, deals or extras on hotel stays is to simply ask. There are almost always discounts available, but they will not volunteer that information. However, if you ask, they are usually more than happy to try to accommodate  you. It will never do you harm to politely ask.

  • Ask the hotel directly if there are any specials or discounts available that you may not be aware of.
  • Ask if they accept membership discounts for organizations like AAA, AARP, veterans, seniors, frequent flyer loyalty programs, etc.
  • Mention that you’re a loyal customer if you have frequented the hotel or the chain before.
  • If the hotel has a loyalty program of their own, you may be entitled to receive a savings or promotional deal. If you are not a member, you can sign up on the phone when making a reservation or right then and there during check-in, and if it is free to join, you have nothing to lose.
  • If you’re at the front desk in person, either at check-in or checkout, and you are asking for special considerations you won’t get very far if you are inconsiderate with your request; ask quietly to avoid putting the agent “on the spot” when other guests are within earshot.
  • The hours between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. can be particularly busy for the reservation desk. It’s check-out time, and the agent may not be able to take the time to try to work with you, so try to avoid calling with special requests or attempting to negotiate between those hours when you can.
  • Some requests are better made at check-out, for example: it’s easier for an agent to remove Wi-Fi charges from your bill than it is to wave them in advance.
  • If you need more than one room, ask if they could give you a break.
  • Ask politely if an upgrade might be available, or if the parking might be included, etc.
  • Want a more spacious room without paying more? Request a corner room.

Bidding on a room can bring huge savings through websites like priceline.com, but we advise to use this only if you are familiar with the area where you will be staying, because it is not until after you confirm the non-refundable purchase, that you  find out which specific hotel you have purchased.

Get to know a new or unfamiliar location by searching websites like tripadvisor.com which offer user reviews and photos. But don’t rule out travel agents. They will often be your best bet for accurate information as well as inside deals.

“Ask for Unpublished Rates” says GetARoom.com founder Bob Diener. He suggests to call the hotel directly and ask for the “Unpublished Rate,” which can save you 20% or more.

You can avoid many extra hotel fees. Be aware that  there are many items that may incur a fee which you may not have been informed of. Ask at check-in for an itemized list of everything they may charge you for, for example: daily newspaper delivery or an extra bed or crib.

Minibar expensescan add up quickly. Some minibars are equipped with a sensor, and you end up with a charge when an item is simply moved – even if you don’t use the item. Find out first before you check-in if that’s the case for your hotel.  Better yet, ask them to remove the mini bar contents and any other “offers” that look like they are “gifts” but aren’t, like that bottle of wine or water, the bag of snacks, or the enticing “gift basket” sitting on the counter. You can even request this to be done before you arrive.

Ask the hotel for a referral to a nearby grocery store, and supply your own snacks and drinks at a fraction of what the hotel charges.

Hotel videos and DVD rentals steep prices can be a drain, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Try renting from a nearby shop for far less.

Hotel Alternatives:

Staying in a home can be a real money saver.You get to experience a location as a resident would, an enriching addition to any travel experience. You can prepare your own meals and snacks and dine in sometimes. A family can be together without needing to secure separate or additional room rentals. Friends can all stay together and share expenses. Deposits are usually required, but would be refunded after your stay if there has been no property damage. Catch the video from the Better Business Bureau for safety pointers.

  • Rent a house or a condo. Home owners list their homes, vacation homes, or timeshares for rent.  Some resources: homeaway.com, vrbo.com, resortquest.com, and interhomeusa.com.
  • Home Swap. If you are a renter or owner of a house, condo, yacht, villa, apartment  or RV consider a home swap, or staying in a home as a guest. Often a vehicle is included in the swap. You pay nothing more than the membership fee.  Some resources:  homeexchange.com charges a minimum enrollment of three months which runs about $47.85.  homelink.org offers a yearly membership fee of about $119.00.
  • House Sitting. If you don’t have a home to swap, it is still possible to stay for free by house sitting. Seasoned traveler Nora Dunn writes about her house sitting experiences for CareOne Debt Services blog and lists three house sitting job listing Web sites.

Smaller sometimes is better. Consider a smaller hotel, pensione or bed and breakfast, ranch, or guest house. Many are privately owned and operated with detailed and friendly pride. They are usually less expensive than a major hotel chain or resort. Often a meal is included. A resource: BedandBreakfast.com.

And, even smaller: Micro Hotels. Ultra small hotels are popping up all over. Typically these offer very, very tiny paired-down rooms, with starting rates as low as $75 a night.  When they began showing up they were often geared toward the younger traveler, but with the growing budget-savvy trend for travelers, there are now many “luxury micro” hotels emerging which provide luxurious amenities. If you aren’t going to be spending much time in your room anyway, this option can offer you tremendous savings. Do an online search using the term “micro hotel” and you’ll find many. A few examples: NYC’s The Pod and The Jane. NiteNite is in London. Yotel, is in London, Amsterdam and just opened in Times Square in NYC, Spring 2011.

Location, think outside the perimeter. If your vacation plans are taking you to one of those popular busy tourist spots or attractions, try this: find your destination city on the map, but before booking your hotel there, check for outlying areas and towns a short distance from that spot. The hotel, dining and shopping rates may be considerably less, but you’ll still be very close to where you want to tour.

A word about all inclusive and Cruises:

All inclusive destinations or cruises can often be a bargain, not only in price but if you’re looking for just about as “worry free” a time as you can get, this is probably your best bet. However, it pays to plan ahead, and that also includes all inclusive vacations. There can be many pitfalls and there are always hidden costs. Find out before you go exactly which services and products are included in the “all inclusive” fare, and which will run up extra charges, like salon and spa visits, top shelf drinks, higher end restaurants, and yes, even disembarking charges. And be advised that port-of-call tours provided by the cruise line are “offered” at premium high-end prices compared to local tour operators you could secure on your own.

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10 New Year’s Eve Bash on a Budget Ideas

It’s time to ring in a new year, and these bash-on-a-budget New Year’s Eve Party ideas give you everything you need to celebrate with easy style and affordable fun – that are great for any year!  Best wishes for a bright and happy new year!

New Year’s Eve Quick Party Set Up – Quick inexpensive touches  to warm up & decorate your home, welcome guests, set up a bar and prepare your dining table from designer, Stephen Saint-Onge.

New Year’s Eve Affordable Fun - The Creative Juice show’s Cathie Filian,  shares easy fashionable & affordable ways to kick off a New Year’s Eve party with tips on hats, clocks, decor, signs, kids activities & more.

New Year’s Eve Bash on a Budget - Create a successful elegant New Year’s Eve event: set a beautiful buffet & dinner table using repurposed items, easy DIY tips, & appetizer ideas from Senior Editor, All You Magazine, Amy Goodman

New Year’s Eve Decor, DIY - 2010, 2011, or whatever year, here are tried-and-true celebration DIY ideas from ThreadBanger.com for decor, streamers, noise makers, count-down clocks, food, drink & fun to bring in whatever year it is!

Appetizers Under $1 Each -  Celebrate with easy & affordable ideas from Myrecipes.com’s Holley Johnson. She shows how to create delectable New Year’s Eve appetizers for less than $1 each, perfect for every budget!

Quick No-Cook Party Foods -   Perfect for a New Year’s party; inexpensive no-cook appetizers, party favors, and a cocktail idea to keep your guests happy and keep you on budget from Author of “The Comfort Table” Katie Lee.

Bubbly Quick Tips - Add some sparkle to your party. Sogood.tv food & wine blogger Heather Johnston, presents a two minute crash course in picking the perfect sparkling wine or champagne for your budget.

Budget Bubbly - Kim Haasarud, author of 101 Martinis, stirs up a holiday cocktail & recommends champagnes, sparkling wines & non-alcohol festive drinks for any budget.

New Year’s Eve Party Activities – Ideas to celebrate  New Year’s Eve with fun party games that friends & family can enjoy from Paisleydoor.com.

Spruce Up New Year’s Eve With Costumes - Dress Up is a fun New Year’s Eve tradition. Include a wardrobe station for an inexpensive festive way to decorate, entertain your guests and spice up your party. GetSocial.com’s Allana Baroni shows how.

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15 Holiday Entertaining Ideas Your Friends, Family & Budget Will Love

15 Holdiay Entertaining Tips Your Friends, Family & Budget Will Love.. what more can we say? Happy Holidays!

Gifts, Hostess Gifts, and Party Favors:

Ideas for Hostess Gifts – Ideas for inexpensive gifts that say, “Thank you” to your event hosts, from author of  The Comfort Table, Katie Lee, on CBS The Early Show.

Creative Holiday Gift Giving – Tips from Mahalo.comto keep holiday costs in check with creative gifs, gift wrapping and gift-giving ideas that will keep your budget, your friends and your family all happy

Set Up, Food, Decor, and Party Favors:

Affordable Holiday Celebrations – Create an elegant stylish holiday party to delight your guests from the moment they walk in till they head for home. Affordable entertaining ideas from celebrity stylist Robert Verdi

Turn a Fall Wreath Into Holiday One – Event planner, designer & Celebrations.com expert, Shawn Rabideau, shows how to easily transform your fall wreath into a holiday one for budget-friendly decorating cheer.

Frugal Holiday Decorating – Designer  Debbee Daley specializes in redesign and offers tips for frugal and festive holiday decor from objects that my be in your own backyard.

Holiday Party Fab & Frugal – Holiday entertaining that’s kind to your budget! FabandFru.com creators Brandi Savitt & Stephanie Berenbaum share holiday party tips (mentioned giveaways no longer valid)

Holiday Party Ideas – Entertaining expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has easy festive holiday party tips on food, decor, and favors, that friends and family will enjoy and won’t break your budget.

How To For The Holidays - Evette Rios, Better Homes and Gardens.com contributing Holidays Editor, shows cooking, entertaining & decorating tips on how to do it right, do it better, & do it on a budget this holiday.

Creative Party Decor Ideas – Author of  Food to Flowers & Celebrations.com expert, Lulu Powers on the Nate Berkus Show gives three stress-free, elegant, easy ideas for any budget to entertain with style & brighten your table .

Food:

Mini-Sized Holiday Appetizers - A trio of party appetizer suggestions lets you minimize portion size while maximizing flavor – perfect for holiday entertaining from Jill Davie of Fine Living Network.

Easy Healthier Party Foods - Easy & healthier party treats that won’t break the bank but will make your party a delicious success from nutrition & fitness reporter, Lori Corbin.

Holiday Baked Brie With Figs - You can create this impressive & affordable warm cheese dish for your holiday party using the easy insider tips from Annette Joseph, a food and prop stylist.

Libation:

How to Spot Quality Wine For Under $20 – Buying bargain wine doesn’t necessarily mean cruising the sales bins. Food and Wine editor Ray Isle gives tips and tricks to spot the bottle that tastes expensive, but really is a bargain.

How to Shop For Holiday Wines – Save money with savvy wine shopping secrets from expert, Michael Green of Acker Merrall & Condit in NYC,  the oldest wine shop in the USA. He gives tips for holiday celebrations, dinners, and gift giving.

Signature Party Cocktails – Diana Heather editor of Celebrations.com & Andrea Correale, Entertaining Expert, show how to make two signature cocktails that can be prepared in advance, leaving you with time to enjoy your party!

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Cheesecake! Choice Coupons and Deals

Recently we celebrated USA’s National Cheesecake Day.

We posted several deals, recipes, and coupon links to our Twitter feed (no pun intended!) The National day of honor has passed, but there still are some luscious cheesecake deals to be had! We’re providing them here, so you won’t miss out on these delicious opportunities to enjoy!

Many of these offers are ongoing – so posting updated status is impossible. If you are interested in any of the offers below, please click on the links to see if they are still in effect. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join Cheesecake Factory in fighting hunger – Cheesecake Factory is partnering with The American Idol live! Tour and Feeding America:  donate $5 and you get a FREE slice of cheesecake!

The Lite-Ful Cheesecake – Receive 10% off Online orders, 10% off In-Store for one cake, 15% off In-Store for two cakes, plus Free In-Store tastings. Coupon valid through September 30, 2010.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese – Free Cheesecake Recipes.

Junior’s Cheescake – The Original Brooklyn Location Only - Free Plain Cheesecake Slice when you purchase a lunch entree, eat-in or take-away –Or– $4.00 off any whole cake at their Retail Bakery.  Coupon valid through December 31, 2010.

Eli’s Cheesecake Company – Located in Chicago, Eli’s was named one of the “Sweetest Attractions” in the U.S.A. by TripAdvisor.com!  They are celebrating by offering this deal for a limited time: Stop in the Cafe for $10 off order of $50 or more, or Shop online and receive $10 off on all Eli’s Best Sellers with Coupon Code: BEST9

Cheesecake Martini ?  Yep… for real!  Here are recipes for, count ‘em: 15 different flavors of the Cheesecake Martini.

Louis Armstrong performs “Cheesecake” - Armstrong appearing on Bing Crosby’s Hollywood Palace TV show.

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Love on a Budget!

Love is in the air…

…and you’d like to enjoy it all and impress your sweetie.  Enjoying time together isn’t really all about what you spend, its REALLY about the relationship: relating and communicating with each other. So the key challenge is: how do you entice more communication, while hopefully enjoying an unforgettable activity in a setting that moves both of you further along in the direction of your ultimate desires? AND…  how do you give your date that rich classy time with a wallet running on empty?   Never fear! SpendLessTV has found some amazing ideas for any budget that give you what you need to wine and dine, be cozy, creative, get communicative, and … who knows?

The easy tips in these videos give you everything you need to take your date strolling along love’s path in style:

Rich Romantic Times for Less – Sean Stephenson, Relationship expert, therapist, speaker, author gives pointers to set the stage for unforgettable romantic dates that won’t over-burden your wallet, in this SpendLessTV.com Exclusive.

Street Food Smart - Daniel Delaney, Founder of the extraordinary food cart review web TV site, vendr.tv, shows how a dinner or lunch out can be unforgettable and kind on your budget in this SLTV Exclusive.

Wines to Cheer, Under $10 - Brooke Peterson, host of Yahoo! Food’s, Cheap and Easy features 3 wines: a red, a white, and a sparkling to top off your date without spending a fortune.

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