Savvy Stacy

Big Fun on a Small Budget

Photography Session + Pics for $35 April 5, 2011

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Get this deal today!


If you are a first time purchaser from, use code PP2011 to save $5 on your first order.


We used this photographer for family pictures last fall and couldn’t have been more pleased with the result!  The family photo on the “About Me” page was done by Tirisha!  Check it out.



For senior pictures, couples, families, business photos or your precious children and babies…Tirisha Dirks captures the moment like no other.

A sitting lasts for approximately 60 minutes, and there’s no limit to how many can be in your sitting.  Come to her Excelsior studio, or join her at the MN Landscape Arborateum.
Have a Regular session or Fantasy session (in a costume or draped, and includes special props and graphics).

You may also choose between a 10×20 mounted collage OR 3 copies of a magnetized mini accordion album (it holds 10-15 pics)…and all this for $35.
Tirisha has photographed everything from professional photos, to action photos, but she specializes in wedding, children, and babies.

The Details
  • In Studio or at the MN Landscape Arborateum
  • Capture the moment forever
  • The accordian albums make wonderful gifts
  • Try the fantasy sitting for something extra special
Heads Up!
  • By appointment only
  • No cash back
  • Not good on events
  • Expiration: 12/31/11



$10 for a $20 Creative Kidstuff Gift Certificate April 2, 2011

Filed under: Children,toys — stacycolson @ 10:02 pm
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Get this deal:

Creative Kidstuff Minneapolis / St. Paul Daily Deal

The Easter Bunny knows to hop over to Creative Kidstuff to shop for fun, useful, durable, toys that happen to be educational. Visit and shop for basket stuffers and gifts at these award-winning stores.

Puzzles, books, dolls, science gear, dinosaurs, games, and art supplies are among the toy treasures here. You’ll feel the difference with the Creative Kidstuff team and have a ball spending your $20 gift certificate for your in-store purchase. As a bonus, kids are known to behave here!

All of which makes us ready to visit again, and again, and ….

About the Company

“At Creative Kidstuff our mission is simple. We help families play. Why? Because play is joyful, educational, creative and inspiring.” Since 1982, parents, teachers, daycare providers, and kids have been thrilled with Creative Kidstuff’s hands-on, DO-touch, award-winning toy stores. You’ll find creative, innovative playthings, and each store is staffed by nicer-than-all-get-out parents, teachers, and kind-hearted people who truly like kids.

There are seven Creative Kidstuff stores:

  • Minneapolis: (612) 927-0653
  • St. Paul: (651) 222-2472
  • West End in St. Louis Park: (952) 540-0022
  • Woodbury: (651) 735-4060
  • Galleria: (952) 926-4512
  • Maple Grove: (763) 424-2576
  • Wayzata: (952) 249-1707
  • West Des Moines: (515) 440-1004


  • Gift certificate is good at any Creative Kidstuff location
  • Feel the toy love here
  • Toys, puzzles, dolls, games, and more goodies!


  • Limited quantities available
  • Certificate must be used in 1 transaction for a purchase at any Creative Kidstuff store
  • No cash value, no cash back
  • No expiration date
  • Not valid on sale merchandise
  • Not valid with other offers or promotions
  • Recipient must have a MN address
  • Can not be used to make online purchases
  • Limit 1 per person
  • Limit 1 per household
  • Plum Dollars may not be used to purchase this Plum Steal (Learn why >>)
  • You cannot earn Plum Dollars for referring this Plum Steal (Learn why >>)
  • Plum District promotional codes may not be used toward the purchase of this Plum Steal
  • Expires 04/02/16





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IHOP kids eat free



4 Ways to Pay Less at the Gas Pump

Filed under: Automotive — stacycolson @ 4:20 pm
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Posted: 01 Apr 2011 07:45 AM PDT

As gas prices skyrocket we are all paying a lot more at the pump. But, knowing a handful of tips and tricks can save you a bundle every time you fill up.

Fill Up Mid-Week

Gas prices are typically lower on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It makes sense, when you think that most people fill up on Thursday and Friday as pay day rolls in and they prepare for the weekend. Or, they stop at the station while running weekend errands. If not that, then Monday morning they fill up to start their week with a full tank. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are slower days and therefore, prices drop slightly.

Choose Your Station Carefully is a great resource for letting you know the gas prices at stations near you. They track prices nationwide and have a mobile app. Download their mobile app for iPhone, Android or Windows phones so you can always find the station with the lowest prices near you.

Warehouse Clubs

I am not a warehouse club fan, but their everyday gas prices are  lower than their competitors. Granted, using coupons at a different station might yield even deeper discounts, but for those that want a quick and easy gas pump solution, a warehouse club might fit the bill.

Two words of caution before you run out and buy a membership. First, be sure that you’ll fill up often enough to more than pay for the membership. For instance, if you save $0.05 per gallon and get 20 gallons of gas per week, that’s $1 per week of savings. You’d have to fill up 50 times in a year to break even on the cost of the $50 membership.

Second, have you noticed that warehouse clubs don’t post their gas prices on signs like other stations? You can’t tell how much gas is at a warehouse club unless you drive up to the pump and look. By then, you might decide that it isn’t worth the effort to go elsewhere, even if the savings isn’t that great.

Use Coupons

Gas coupons typically save you $0.05 – $0.10 off per gallon of gas. If you make a habit of keeping a few coupons in your wallet or glove compartment, then you’ll always have one on hand when you go to the gas station. Don’t worry about needing to stop at a particular station to use their coupon, as most gas stations accept competitor’s coupons.

I’d recommend taking 15 minutes to make a couple phone calls to stations in your area. Ask if they accept competitor’s coupons. If so, what the maximum competitor’s discount is that they’ll honor. Plus, some stations accept multiple coupons per fill up. Ask if they do that at stations near you and you may be able to use a couple of the $0.05 off per gallon coupons at one time, on the same fill up.

Where to Find Gas Coupons

Gas coupons abound. I get them mailed to me. I find them on the back of grocery store receipts. I get them in the newspaper; in my area the first and third Wednesdays are the best days to find high-value gas station coupons in the paper. I can print them from gas stations’ websites. I get them emailed to me after joining gas stations’ email list. Some stations have joined the 21st century and will text you coupons when you join their email list.

Loyalty Programs

Most every station has some sort of loyalty program whereby you earn rewards or discounts when you purchase gas and/or products from them. Since there are a plethora of these programs, I can’t explain them each in detail (plus terms and conditions frequently change), but listen up for some general tips on how to maximize your participation.

Credit or Debit Card Programs

Many credit and debit cards offer you some sort of cash back when you buy gas. Certain cards are tied to specific gas stations, while others are not. This is a potentially dangerous option for those that aren’t hyper-disciplined in their finances, as the lure of cash back from gas purchases might tempt you into a new credit card that results in thousands of dollars in additional debt. That’s a bad idea.

However, this approach makes sense for the hyper-disciplined folks that pay their bill every month or those that use a debit card to earn cash back on gas station purchases. Many options exist in this credit card and debit card reward space. is a solid resource to find credit cards that pay rewards for gas purchases. PerkStreet Financial is an online bank whose debit card pays you cash back. Many gas stations have their own branded cards, which you’ll need to evaluate for yourself.

The beauty of this approach is that you can combine it with other cost-saving measures. You can buy gas on Tuesday or Wednesday, plus use coupons, plus earn cash back.

Store Loyalty Programs

Some gas stations have rewards program where you earn points or a percentage back for purchases you make at the pump and in-store. Near me, SuperAmerica has its Speedy Rewards program, for instance. One way to maximize earnings in this type of program is to buy a gift card for the gas station, which typically earns you bonus points. Then, use that gift card to pay for your gas. You earn a regular amount of points for buying gas, but you’ve maximized it by having earned bonus points on the gift card purchase.

Grocery Store Programs

An ever increasing number of gas stations have discount programs that are connected to grocery stores. These programs, like Roundy’s FuelPerks near me, offer you a discount per gallon of gas based on how much and/or what you buy at the grocery store. In the case of FuelPerks you earn $0.05 off per gallon for every $50 in groceries you buy.

Maximize your earnings in this type of program by watching for grocery items that are marked “bonus earnings” or something similar. When you buy these products during their “bonus earnings” promotion you will earn an additional amount off per gallon for buying the item, plus your regular $0.05 off for every $50 you spend (or whatever your regular earnings amount is).

Also, be on the watch in the grocery store for gift cards to the local gas station. BP is the station tied to Roundy’s FuelPerks program and Roundy’s sells BP gift cards within their store. I am able to buy a BP gift card at a Roundy’s store, earn money off per gallon for having made the gift card purchase on top of whatever earnings I have from my grocery purchases.



$3 Watch Me Grow – Growth Chart Kit – Limited Quantity Available for Boys and Girls ($7 Value) March 30, 2011

Filed under: Children,Stationery — stacycolson @ 2:28 pm
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GroupDealz (Daily Deal Site)

Great deal today if you’re looking for a growth chart for your child.  I picked up 3 of them!

Go to:



    They Grow Fast! Record their growth and relish the memories. Their first steps, birthdays, and milestones can escape our thoughts so quickly. Measure their accomplishments as they grow. This growth chart kit comes with the vinyl lettering numbers (2-6) and football or butterfly and the 3×3 wood topper. Mount it to a board or place it right to the wall. Don’t wait until the time has passed. They grow so quickly.


    The Fine Print

    Your coupon is your receipt. Do not redeem online. Will ship on or before March 31st 2011.

    $3 Shipping per household to anywhere in the U.S.

    Limit 4 per person




GREAT CLIPS – $2.00 OFF HAIRCUTS (3/9-3/15) March 10, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — stacycolson @ 7:10 pm



Normally their haircuts are $9.99.    They are offering them right now for $7.99.  No coupon needed.


If you are a regular there, they have a $1.00 off coupon on the bottom of their receipts, bringing the cost down to $6.99!


Bringing both my kids this weekend!




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Recycle Your Cell Phone and Receive Free Admission
March 7 – 31

Recycle your old cell phone at the Minnesota Zoo March 7 – March 31 and receive free admission.

One admission per cell phone donation.  Vaild for either child, senior or adult admission.  Free admission applies only on the day of your cell phone donation. Not valid with other promotions.

Learn more about Recycle for Rainforests.