A Taste Of Thanksgiving – 8 Holiday Travel Tips


A Taste of Thanksgiving continues, and today is all about travel!

Did you know AAA projects that 46.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Thanksgiving weekend? If you’re anything like me, that statistic is frightening! I prefer to skip holiday travel altogether, but if that’s not an option, these 8 holiday travel tips will make the process a whole lot easier.

1. Avoid Peaks

The two days prior to Thanksgiving and the two days after are the peak travel days. Avoid these if at all possible! The lines are insane, the traffic is insane, and you too may end up feeling totally nuts when traveling during peaks.

2. Pay Attention to Weather

Nothing can delay or even derail a trip like unexpected weather. As we saw last week in Buffalo, freak storms can and do occur—often without warning. Keep an eye on the forecast. If you’re planning to drive, you may have to leave earlier or later than expected. If you’re flying, check the flight status before you head to the airport! Most airlines have up-to-date info on their websites and social media. I also like to sign up for email alerts.

3. Stock Up

Every good traveler knows that it’s best to be prepared. Bring non-perishable snacks and water. Drivers should keep an emergency kit and winter gear in the trunk. Always start with a full tanks of gas. Check all fluids and the battery. (A note on batteries: If you live in a cold area, make sure you have enough cold-cranking amps. A dead battery can be prevented if the right one is purchased.)

Everyone should pack an extra set of clothes, medicine, and glasses/contacts in their suitcase. If you have little ones, extra diapers are a must. My extended family is famous for being forgetful and it has caused numerous headaches. You do not want to be 3,000 miles from home without everyday necessities, especially if you’re an insulin-dependent Diabetic!


4. Be Resilient

Schedules go awry, baggage gets lost, kids act up, family members push buttons and simple misunderstandings can become full-scale war. Tensions are high during the Holidays and chaos breeds conflict; remember to breathe, plan, and try to stay calm. Use whatever safe stress reliever works for you.

5. Fully Charge Devices

As a society, we’ve become dependent upon our electronics. Make sure all phones/tablets/Ipods/cameras are at full power before you leave home. Consider bringing an extra battery and don’t forget the charger!


6. Bring Entertainment

I always bring a book and magazines to read, if I’m the passenger. Kids should be provided with video games, DVDs, puzzles, toys, and/or reading material if parents want to make it through the trip alive! A fun idea is to pack age appropriate “Busy Bags.” Books on tape are another good alternative for the entire family.

7. Send the Gifts Ahead

If you’re visiting friends or family, ask if you can mail the gifts to them ahead of your trip. This will eliminate the need for extra suitcases and possible disappointment if those bags get lost.


8. Have a Checklist

When you’re racing out the door, having a list is crucial. I jot down travel times, items to pack, fill up the car, etc. Seeing it on paper is so much better than keeping everything in your head. Don’t forget ID’s, extra cash, insurance cards, and a detailed itinerary. If possible, have a separate checklist for each family member.


Will you be traveling for the holidays? Why or why not?

Super Savings Saturday – 11/22


Welcome to another edition of Super Savings Saturday!

This week was a bit slow, but Black Friday is around the corner and I need to conserve my strength anyway! I did find good deals by price matching, using coupons, and taking advantage of rebates!


I price matched the Market Basket sales.

2 Libby’s canned pumpkin, on sale $1.50. I used 2 $0.55 Target coupons stacked with a $0.75/2 Manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $1.15, plus a $0.25 rebate!

6 Barilla pasta, on sale $0.89. I used 2 $0.75/2 Target coupons stacked with 2 $1.00/3 Manufacturer’s coupons. Total: $1.84!

Rite Aid:

Mucinex tea, 4 ct, on sale $6.99. I used a free coupon from the weekly flyer. Total: Free!


Market Basket:

2 Huggies diapers, details here. Total: $3.72 for a huge pack!

4 Lipton tea, regular price $1.19. I used 2 $3.00/2 Manufacturer’s coupons (marked down). Total: Free!

Lavazza coffee, regular price $4.99. I used a $2.00 Manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $2.99, plus a $2.25 rebate!



Ocean Spray cranberries, details here. Total: $0.24!

Sweet potatoes, on sale $0.49/lb. Total: $5.71!


I was very excited to stock up on the super-cheap pasta, diapers, tea, and coffee. Buying items at their lowest price helps me to continually replenish my stockpile for very little.

$0.24 Ocean Spray Cranberries


This deal on cranberries is just in time for Thanksgiving. My New England readers can find it at Hannaford; everyone else, head to Walmart! (If you shop at Walmart, the price may be slightly higher, but very close to Hannaford’s. Figure a difference of only a dime or two.)

Buy Ocean Spray cranberries, 12 oz, on sale $1.49. Use a $1.00 Manufacturer’s coupon and a $0.25 rebate. Total: $0.24!

I’m headed out to shop now, and later I’ll be sharing my recipe for homemade cranberry sauce. Yum!

Walgreens Black Friday Freebies & Deals


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Since I had so many requests for my Black Friday lists, I’m going to post them in full. This list includes every sale item that offers 100% rebate in numerical order from cheapest to most expensive and anything free with a coupon. By doing that, I can break my items into multiple transactions. Here is what I plan to buy at Walgreen, starting 11/27:


Purell sanitizer, 8 oz, $0.99. Use a $1.00 Manufacturer’s coupon. Total: Free!

Robitussin medi soothers, 4 ct. $1.00 with a $1.00 Register Reward. Use a $1.00 Manufacturer’s coupon. Total: Free, Plus $1.00 Moneymaker!

Urgent rx to-go, 1 ct. $1.00 with a $1.00 Register Reward. Use a Bogo coupon from the 10/26 Smartsource insert. Total: $1.00, plus a $1.00 Register Reward.

Oral-b indicator toothbrush. $1.50 with a $1.50 Register Reward.

Walgreens perfection tampons, 8 pk. $1.50 with a $1.50 Register Reward.

Listerine pocketpaks, 72 ct or floss 30-55 yds. $2.99 with a $2.00 Register Reward. Use a $1.00 Manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $1.99, Plus $2.00 Reward!

Dove shampoo or conditioner 12 oz, & select stylers and treatments $2.99. Use a $2.00 store coupon stacked with a $1.00 Manufacturer’s coupon. Total: 2 Free!

Relief otc antacid, 4 oz. $3.00 with a $3.00 Register Reward.

Scunci hair elastics, 18 pk. 2/$3.00 with a $3.00 Register Reward. 

Crest 3d white toothpaste 4 oz or rinse 8 oz, pro health mouthwash.  $3.00 with a 3.00 Register Reward. Use a $1.00 Manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $2.00, plus a $3.00 Register Reward!

Neilmed children’s nasal bulb, 2 pcs, $4.00 with a $4.00 Register Reward.

Gillette venus embrace razor, $4.99 with a $2.50 Register Reward. Use a $3.00 Manufacturer’s coupon from the 10/26 P&G insert. Total: $1.99, plus a 2.50 Register Reward!

Neilmed Sinufrin or Nasogel Drip Free Gel Spray. $5.00 with a $5.00 Register Reward. (Look for $2.00 peelies, possible moneymaker!)

Fungicure Liquid Gel, .35 oz. $5.00 with a $5.00 Register Reward.

MG217 therapeutic scalp treatment, 4 oz. $6.00 with a $6.00 Register Reward.

Healthy delights bites or chews multi vitamin, 30 ct. $7.00 with a $7.00 Register Reward.

Zim’s arnica max or max-freeze, 4 oz. $7.00 with a 5.00 Register Reward. Use a $2.00 Manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $5.00, plus $5.00 Reward!

Speed stick or lady speed stick deodorant, 2.3-3 oz. 2/$5.98 with a $4.00 Register Reward. Use a $2.00 Manufacturer’s coupon.

Outback pain relief, 1.69 oz. $10.00 with a $10.00 Register Reward.

Vivioptal Multivitamins, 30 ct. $10.00 with a $10.00 Register Reward.


Sample Transaction:

Buy 2 Dover Haircare, 2 Purell Sanitizers, 2 Urgent RX, and 1 Robitussin. Use the coupons mentioned above. Total: $2.00, plus 2 $1.00 Register Rewards! That’s 5 items for free and 2 with full rebates!


Some coupons tips exclusive to Walgreens:

* There is maximum of 20 transaction per day when using Register Rewards.

* A Register Reward is considered a coupon. Walgreens only allows 1 coupon per item. If you want to use a manufacturer’s coupon and a Register Reward on a single item, you will need a filler.

Cheap filler ideas:

Nestle .77-2.1 oz & air heads 2 oz, $0.49 with in-ad coupon.

Sunny smile paper towels bath tissue single roll, $0.59 or 2/$0.88

*  Register Reward is issued by the company, not the product. An example would be if you buy Cover Girl which is made by P&G and use the reward to buy Crest, you will not get another reward!

* If you buy two identical items that produce Register Rewards in the same transaction, you will only earn one reward—separation is key!


Wishing everyone a huge haul at the “Coupon Olympics,” AKA Black Friday!