Money Saving Monday: Treat Yourself To Betty Boop!

Are you a fan of Betty Boop? If you are, right now is the time to order all the things that are Betty Boop related. Here are some of my favorite Betty Boop items:


Show off your Betty Boop love every time you write a check. Get these so cute check from Checks Unlimited $5.50/Box, Free Lettering, Free Shipping & Handling 9TNT. These Betty Boop checks are as fun and playful as Betty herself! Coordinating return address labels and checkbook cover are also available. Use the code 9TNT at checkout to get the deal! 

Betty Boop Checks

Checks Unlimited has tons of other check styles so you will be able to find just the right one. Don’t wait and miss this great deal! 

Betty Boop Cotton Nightshirt

Betty Boop Fuchsia Gray Cotton Nightshirt for Juniors – $14.99

from is so cute! It also comes in red or black. 


Target has this Biography of Betty Boop on DVD! 

You can get it for $20.19 at

IHOP Extends Their All You Can Eat Pancakes Thru February 12! Win A Gift Card, Too!

The anticipation has been building since fans took to social media last year to beg IHOP® Restaurants to bring back ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes.’ So, to thank loyal Breakfastarians everywhere, today IHOP announced the extension of this wildly popular promotion, which lets guests dig into unlimited orders of its freshly made, world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes for a great price* until February 12!   

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How many can you eat?

Just in time to gather family and friends and celebrate the New Year, IHOP’s ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ offer features a great value on the fluffy, golden pancakes that set the breakfast standard almost six decades ago. After enjoying a full stack of five Buttermilk pancakes or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and choice of sausage, ham or hickory-smoked bacon guests can request additional short stacks of two Buttermilk pancakes until they’ve fulfilled their craving. ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ is available all day, every day for the month of January at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide.


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All You Can Eat Pancakes at IHOP Thru February 12. How Many Can You Eat?

all you can eat pancakes at ihop

All You Can Eat Pancakes at IHOP Thru February 12. How Many Can You Eat?

all you can eat pancakes at ihop

All You Can Eat Pancakes at IHOP Thru February 12. How Many Can You Eat?

“The best way we know to kick off the New Year is to offer our guests’ favorite freshly made breakfast at IHOP’s best value.  Almost six decades after serving our first stack of delicious, made-to-order Original Buttermilk Pancakes, IHOP continues to bring people together,” said Kirk Thompson, senior vice president, Marketing, IHOP. “Every year our guests look forward to IHOP’s ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ offer, asking for the return of a great value on our signature pancakes, to be enjoyed any time of day, every day, for the entire month.”


*Dine-in only. All You Can Eat offer valid per person, per order. For a limited time. Price and participation varies.

Win a $25 IHOP Gift Card!

One of my readers will win a $25 IHOP Gift Card so they can eat all they can eat pancakes! Just use the Giveaway Tools form below to enter. Giveaway is for US residents only. 

5 Ways To Save Money This Week

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I get emails every day, offering me great savings on all kinds of things. I decided that I should be sharing these great offers with y’all, just in case you may be thinking of buying something for yourself or as a gift. I hope that you find at least one thing that you were thinking of buying anyway, and can save money because I shared it with you. Here is what was in my inbox this Monday morning:


TopCashBack is a great way to save money. If you are not already a member, they will give you $5 just for signing up! To get the $5 signup bonus, just make your online purchases through their links. Once you earn $10 in cash back, you’ll get the $5 bonus. Nothing could be easier! You earn cash back on every purchase you make through TopCashBack’s links. Start earning cash back from over 3500 stores online today by signing up to be a member


Gymboree Free Shipping

Gymboree has some of the cutest clothes for kids. They are Grandma worthy for gifts for Valentine’s Dar, or just because you want to dress those grandkids up. Right now, get free shipping on your purchase with the code FANCY. Gymboree clothing for kids comes in sizes Newborn to size 12, with Slim and Husky sizes. Shop now and save up 30% to 70% with Free Shipping! 

Cookies By Design

Say it with cookies - Enjoy a wide variety of gifts & treats for every occasion from Cookies by Desi

$10 off all Valentine’s Day Gifts over $50 with promo code VDAY1050 at! Valid 2/6-2/12. If you haven’t decided on what to get your Valentine, why not send Cookies By Design? Save $10 on gifts over $50 and get them delivered by Valentine’s Day when you order by February 12. Use promo code VDAY1050 at checkout to get the savings. 


If your sweetheart is into crafts, sewing, quilting, or wants to learn something new, giving her (or him) a Craftsy gift card is just the thing for Valentine’s Day. She can pick the classes she wants to do, and possibly make something sweet for YOU! What a great deal that would be. There is so much more to Craftsy than sewing: Photography; Cooking Classes; Cake Decorating; Knitting; Crochet; Drawing; Paper Crafts; and much, much more. Visit Craftsy to purchase a class or a gift card and Gift Any Craftsy Class today.

CrossCountry Cafe

You love coffee, so why not treat yourself to some K-Cups or ground coffee for Valentines’s Day. CrossCountry Cafe has a Huge selection of Keurig K-cups and gourmet coffee pods at rock bottom prices! Give some as a gift! You can get a cute Valentine’s Day printable at CrossCounty Cafe to add to your Valentine’s Day Coffee gift! 

What do you buy online? I buy just about everything from cat food to coffee to cereal. I get good prices, and I don’t have to go to the store. 



Thinking About Snow Birding: Important Steps to Remember

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Most of us who are retired or about to retire might not appreciate the abundance of snow and cold that we may experience every winter. We may think you would like to snowbird every year, but your budget just won’t allow you to go, or you may think that you can’t leave because of friends and family.

You would be surprised to know that snow birding is indeed possible and won’t break the bank either. There are several options available, which depending on your budget from renting a property to buying a piece of land and building or putting up an affordable small home. According to the Cottage Depot, most cottages can cost $15,000 to $30,000 and when you factor in the normal home costing $100,000 or more, this makes the option of snow birding possible. 

Regardless, of your situation, you’ve worked hard all your life and deserve the chance to hightail it somewhere warm during the winter time. Unlike a lab rat who needs metal ear tags to identify where he belongs, you will voluntarily come home in the Spring, but just need a break from the cold. Today, we will remind you of those extra steps in preparation before you leave.

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Getting Transitioned

Most of the time when you head off to warmer weather for snow birding, you go from three to six months and it’s important to think about your current home and what needs to be done. Are you planning on flying or driving to your snowbird getaway? Will you be renting out your home when you’re gone? Despite these questions, you have to remember the following in order to have a smooth transition to your vacation property.


You have to remember to go to the post office and forward your mail to your next destination. If you aren’t going to be gone that long and have a family member picking up the mail.


If you happen to be driving to your next destination and will be there for some time you will want to notify your insurance company. Also, if you happen to be leaving a vehicle behind in your garage, the insurance costs go way down.

Water and Utilities

There are a variety of items you should remember to do when you leave  to go snow birding that include turning off your water. You can also turn down your water heater to vacation mode or even turn it off completely.

Make sure to unplug everything that takes electricity as even leaving it plugged in can cost you extra money. Remember utilities like the cable and the internet as having these deactivated could save you quite a bit of money as well.

Smart Choices

You will want to make sure it looks like if someone is living at home, even when no one is there. This can include having someone take out your garbage cans, keeping your driveway and sidewalks plowed, and using timed lights.  You want to make it look like someone is living at your house to keep away thieves. It might even be a smart idea to let family come over once and awhile. 


You have to decide what’s important to bring with you when snow birding. It might be warm at the next destination, but you have to consider you might go out with other couples, or have a couple of cold days you might have to face. It’s best to be prepared!


Snow birding is enjoyed by millions of people in the US, and you should join the crowd as it has become affordable no matter your budget. Sure your family and friends might miss you, but you will be back in the spring, and they can visit you then. Isn’t it time you spent a little time enjoying yourself in a warmer climate this winter?


Stress Free Weddings

Where does the stress of a wedding begin and end? It starts well before the engagement and lasts at least until all the bills are paid. But, there is hope in dealing with the best, most experienced providers.

Just think music!

You can shake hands with that friend of a friend who has a garage band. Or, you might have your nephew DJ. In either case, the stress will only mount.

Only the plushest weddings go for full orchestras anymore. Even fewer weddings opt for small bands anymore. For every band member, you have one more potential for equipment problems, behavior problems, or more.

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And, since disc jockeying has risen above the level of record playing, you can contract for a full flight of services. You want a DJ who knows the equipment and arrives with everything needed for performance and for backup. For example, the Northern California’s prominent DJ California Non Stop boasts, “We are computer-based and use Apple Macbook Pro and Windows Asus laptops with Virtual DJ and Serato software, the industry standard. We use QSC and JBL self-powered speakers, Shure Microphones, Dennon Mixers, and DMX lighting.”

stress free wedding


The best skills and equipment lets them move from beat to beat, fade and shade, and keep the crowd on their feet. But, the best DJ also knows all the customs, everything expected of introducing the bridal party, the parents, and the bride and groom. They know how to and when to run the father-bride dance and mother-groom dance. They know how to run the cake cutting, the garter pulling, and the bouquet toss. And, they can adapt to ethnic customs and specific family traditions.

Look for additional options.

More and more DJs come with wider capabilities and responsibilities, many of them taking on the role of wedding coordinators. You might look for the latest in services, like Karaoke machines, light effects, and video projection. Some provide limousine services and photo booth rentals.

What to ask for

As recommends, when interviewing DJs, you need to ask key questions. You cannot depend on their advertising and promotion only. You need to ask it their service is a full-time business and if weddings are the primary focus. And, you want an explanation of how they customize their presentations.

 Ask them just how they get the reception guests pumped up, and how they bring the evening to a close.

Ask for a demonstration CD that you can listen to in private where you can pay attention to the blending and fading. Quiz them on the equipment they use and what they do for backup when equipment fails.

And, of course, you need all the costs, direct and indirect. You want everything clear and upfront.

The more you know the less you have to worry about. You know the expectations and the budget, the quality and the reputation. Secure the testimonials and read the reviews, and turn the music over to the pros.

Win $100 In Paypal Cash Or Amazon Gift Code!

Don’t you just love giveaways? I know I do. This giveaway is for $100 in either Paypal cash or Amazon gift code, whichever one the winner chooses. I know $100 would come in very handy for me. What about you? I am so excited that one of my readers could be the winner.  


How to enter:

There are 20 Twitter accounts. Each account is worth one entry. Follow all 20 accounts for 20 entries into this giveaway. If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts February 5 at midnight EST and ends February 19 at 11:59 PM EST. Entrants must be USA residents and at least 18 years old. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from joannegreco at gmail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The prize is $100 in Paypal or Amazon online gift card, winner’s choice.

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Good luck! I wish every one of you could win but there is only one winner.