10 Ways to Save Money this Christmas

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017

Christmas is coming up fast: only 39 shopping days left! Here are our top ten ways to help you save money this Christmas. Do you have your own frugal Christmas tip to share? Let us know about it!


1. Sign up with Swagbucks!
Use Swagbucks to earn gift cards to help pay for gifts. You would be surprised how quickly you can earn gift cards. I average 2-3 $5 Amazon gift cards per month. And that’s not putting in a lot of time or effort. That means you could earn $150 or more per year for just a couple minutes a day! Not sure what Swagbucks is? Check out our Swagbucks 101 post.

2. Make a list
Make a list now of who you need to buy for and then brainstorm gift ideas. Then you can watch for deals on those gifts instead of running out on Christmas Eve to grab the present they want at a price you don’t.

3. Shop for deals!
I know this is the no brainer, right? But sometimes we get carried away getting excited to be done with our shopping and forget to shop around to find the best deal. The internet is an amazing thing. It’s super easy to research prices and find the best deal without ever leaving your house. One of our favorites for this is Amazon’s Movers and Shakers. They are updated often with the hottest deals right now and you can score big on everything including baby, Kindle, electronics, toys, and more.

4. Go homemade
I’m not necessarily super crafty. But I also don’t want to shell out big bucks for neighbor, teacher, or co-worker gifts. So instead I get my kids involved and we make cookies or cards or both and give those instead. All those receiving the gifts seem to love seeing the things from our kids and that helps me to feel like it matters. Plus, grandparents especially love these kinds of gifts.

We’ve found Pinterest to be the best source of ideas and inspiration. You can also follow our personal Pinterest boards if you so desire, but keep in mind these might not be as “professional” as the Mamas on a Dime Pinterest boards because we don’t necessarily censor ourselves there. We are more a bit more active with these though: Becky’s Pinterest and Jacki’s Pinterest.

5. Use coupons
Hello, this is a given, right? There are coupons or coupon codes all the time. Even for gift cards. We posted deals in the past where you could save 15% on iTunes gift cards. Take advantage of those types of deals. Or you can also use Gift Card Mall to get discounts on gift cards. And don’t forget to use coupons and stock up on grocery deals for dinner, breakfast, and parties for the upcoming holiday season. Crazy4Smiths is my go to site for the best grocery deals.

6. Get personal
Everyone loves pictures, scrapbooks, or maybe even unicorns. Whatever it is that your friend/relative is into, focus on that. You might be able to get a much better deal on the skillsaw your husband has been lusting after than you would on the gift card for him to buy it himself.

7. Set a budget and stick to it
It’s also a good idea to set a budget for each person. I find that when I write out my list and add up the amounts for each person I often realize just how unrealistic those amounts are. When you see the numbers written down it will make it easier to prioritize. Plus, you can make sure to stick to your budget! If you budgeted $50 for grandma don’t buy her a gift for $75 just because it’s a good deal.

8. Give Service
Instead of giving store bought gifts, give coupons for service. You could offer up babysitting, weeding a flower bed, organizing a closet, extra TV/video game time, or a million other ideas. Have fun with it and the recipient will be thrilled with the gift.

9. Picture perfect
There is nothing grandma likes better than pictures of the grandkids. Make a photo book, photo collage, or calendar and give it as a gift that will keep on giving all year long. Check out sites like Shutterfly or Artscow to look for great deals and spend very little out of pocket.

10. Buy after the Holiday for next year
As soon as the holidays are over the clearance begins. Most stores mark down holiday decor, toys and more at least 50% the day after. And the prices just keep falling from there. So head out and snag, plates, cups, and some gifts for next year at a killer deal.

Our Generation Dolls are a Fantastic Option for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015


We often joke that our youngest daughter was born to be on the stage. Ella does not talk, but sings her way through life and is musical is every aspect of the word. Her favorite pastime is to rock out with music and just last night was seen head banging to Katy Perry… I know…I don’t get it either. However I DO get her, and love her to pieces. Every girl dreams of having a doll of their own that looks similar to them…or was that just me as a girl? Anyway! My two girls certainly do and I was beyond thrilled to have the chance to make that wish come true with the Our Generation Deluxe 18’ Doll- Layla.


Rock on with “A Song from My Heart” and your new Our Generation Deluxe 18″ Doll – Layla. Layla was made for music with a guitar, headphones, stellar sunglasses and so much more. Your little one will adore reading the new adventure with Layla and then, inspired, create her own new adventures that will keep them both intrigued for hours. As you expect from this great collection, the Our Generation Layla comes loaded with different outfits and accessories for more involved play that’s packed with fun.

If you have not been introduced to the Our Generation Deluxe 18” Dolls, you are certainly missing out! These are quality made dolls with very realistic looks and there are so many to choose from you will be able to find the doppelganger to your cutie and make her day!

Layla is just the right doll for us and now our little Ella has own head banger to rock out with. They come with the best accessories and a book to tell their own story. One of my favorite parts is the doll, accessories and clothes go right along with the story in the book. There is also a lot of other Our Generation outfits and accessories as well, and the price is well within reason. I would definitely recommend this doll as an alternative to a more expensively priced version. After all, when it comes to MY daughter- the doll won’t be a collectible…were going to rock it.

And what rocker does not need a snack break… or two… or a neck massage? Well one of the great accessories that you can customize with your Our Generation Deluxe 18” Dolls is The Our Generation Clip on Chair. In a word- adorbs!

Now there’s a place at the table for your child’s best friend with the Our Generation Clip-On Highchair. This cool doll highchair is quite a bit like the one she used to use herself, simply snap it securely in place and her OG dolls can now share in family meals. One of the best parts of these dolls is that they come with so many realistic accessories that your child’s imagination is sent soaring for hours of creative play. The highchair is designed to fit all 18” dolls, but especially the OG dolls collection.

My daughter LOVES to carry this chair around. She will set up Layla at the table, at restaurants, at other people’s houses… yeah. You get the idea. What I love about it? It’s a great teaching tool! We remind her to make sure Layla uses her utensils, her napkin, doesn’t spill her drink, etc. And as a lady, always uses her manners. Hehehe. Ahh. The subtlety of teaching my girls.

The Our Generation Clip on Chair is well made it attaches quite easily which is nice for Mom so I don’t have to do it for her every time we end up dining. It just attaches to the table with some sprints and clamps under the arm rest. Easy Peasy! It’s not heavy, so my 7 year old can carry it around if she chooses to and will not be complaining of her arms hurting after just a few seconds. It’s a win win. I get to watch my baby girl’s eyes sparkle and her wide smile as she feels very grown up, and she get’s to be a little Mama at mealtime.



Swag Games – Winter Edition Collector’s Bills are Here!!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014

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The Winter Olympic Games are on tomorrow (Friday, Feb 7th), and while it may be exciting to watch world-class athletes compete for the gold, isn’t there something we can do too? Well, thanks to Swagbucks.com, we can win some Swag Bucks gold of our own. Starting Friday, Feb 7th, through the end of Monday, Feb 17th, Swagbucks brings you another great way to earn more Bucks: the Swag Games Winter Edition Collector’s Bills!

What are Collector’s Bills? They are 5 limited edition bills that you can win by using Swagbucks Search. Each Bill ranges in denomination from 7 SB up to 14 SB, and they are inspired by the Winter Games PLUS a Swagbucks twist, with event names like Alpine Surveys, Short Track Speed Shopping, and Cross Country Searching. Collect all 5 Bills before the end of Feb 17th and on top of all the SB you earn from each Bill, you will earn a 15 SB bonus!

There are so many ways to use Swagbucks Search: click on “Search” in the topbar of the site, use the toolbar, download the free mobile app/search on the go with the Swagbucks.com mobile site, or search straight from the Swagbucks.com homepage. Don’t miss out on these great bonus SB offerings and get started now to earn your next free gift card even faster. Not a member yet? Sign up here and start earning Swag Bucks.

**If you’re new to Swag Bucks, you can check out our Swag Bucks 101 post to get the scoop on this awesome, easy to use site where you can get FREE stuff!

Chiffon Scarves: Only $2.99 Shipped!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014

scarf deals

You can get a cute chiffon scarf through Amazon for only $2.99 and that includes free shipping! There are 10 different styles to choose from.

Thanks Money Saving Madness!

$30 off Amazon Kindle Tablets – Limited Time

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014

kindle fire offer

Right now you can get $30 off Kindle Fire tablets when you use code MAYDAY30. This offer is only good until January 11.

This is a great deal! And would be a great way to spend any Amazon gift cards you or your kids may have received for Christmas!

Free Samples of Pantene & Kotex

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014

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Get a FREE sample of Pantene Shampoo & Conditioner.

kotex free sample

You can also request a FREE sample of U by Kotex (personally, my favorite pad!). There are 8 different sample packs to choose from. There’s also a link to a coupon at the bottom.

All while supplies last.

Thanks Freebie Shark & cha-ching on a shoestring!

Giveaway: Win a Doc McStuffins All Better Game

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013


About the Doc McStuffins All Better Game:

Make the boo-boos go away like Doc McStuffins with the Disney Doc McStuffins All Better Role Play Game! Each slap bracelet bandage is a different mystery ouchie. Take turns trying to figure out which doctor tool will make things all better! It’s a fun game of pretending and playful problem solving that kids love!

  • Designed for 2 or more players
  • Encourages creative thinking and imagination
  • Enhances matching and memory skills
  • Develops physical dexterity and problem solving skills
  • Includes 1 storage bag, 6 slap bracelet bandages, 6 foam tools, 8 scoring tiles, 1 spinner and 1 rules manual


My girls, ages 4 & 6, adore this game! It’s a bit of twist on the classic memory game. Instead of just flipping tiles, players spin the spinner and take turns placing bandages (slap bracelets! My girls loved this detail!) on each other. Each bandage has a tool pictured on the bottom. When you spin a tool on the spinner you get to pick a tool and try to remember who has the matching bracelet so you can “fix” their boo-boo and collect a tile if they match. Whoever has the most tiles at the end wins.

I found the game timing to be almost perfect. I played with them the first time to help them understand the game. And then they played alone a couple more times immediately afterwards. The game is not so long that it seems to take forever or they get bored. But it’s also long enough to keep them busy and engaged (so I could make dinner!). The pieces all fit nicely in the doctor’s bag that’s included making storage easy.

My girls loved it! This would be a very fun gift to find under the tree on Christmas morning.

Buy It:

Doc McStuffins All Better Game can be found at most major retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Amazon, among others. It’s retails for around $24.99. Watch for sales and/or coupons!

doc mcstuffins game

Win It:

One Mamas on a Dime reader will win a Doc McStuffins All Better Game!

Just leave any comment on this post for a freebie entry and then leave your name and email address in the giveaway form below. If you’re reading this in our daily email or a feed reader, then click on the title of the post to be taken to the blog so you can enter to win.

You can also get up to 15 bonus entries!

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This giveaway ends Thursday, January 2 at 11:59pm MST, and the winner will be chosen randomly, contacted by email, and posted on the blog the next day.
The Rules:
*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
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Halloween without Sweet Treats?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013


Imagine a Halloween without sweet treats – Crest asked a group of young trick-or-treaters to try some healthy alternatives to traditional Halloween candy and the results were…scary. And hilarious!

Here’s a better idea. Dig into Halloween candy and keep your teeth cavity-free with Crest toothpastes and Oral-B toothbrushes. Plus, visit your dentist to keep away the scariest monster of them all: tooth decay. That means more candy and whiter fangs for all! And better yet, save with coupons! Sweet Halloween Coupon Page

This post was created in partnership with Crest & Oral-B as part of the #SweetHalloween Program.

Munchkin Radio Haunted House

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013

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If you’re in the Salt Lake City area and looking for a fun Halloween activity suitable for kids (and at a price that can’t be beat!) then you should definitely check out the Munchkin Radio Haunted House for Kids. My three kids (ages 4,6, and 9) had the opportunity to check this Haunted House out recently and we had such a good time that we went through twice!

Munchkin Radio Haunted House

Here are the details:

Munchkin Radio presents their 2nd annual Munchkin Radio Haunted House for Kids.

Haunted House Hours:
Thursday, Oct. 17th (7pm-9pm)
Friday, Oct 18th (7pm-9pm)
Saturday, Oct 19th (7pm-9pm)
Friday, Oct. 25th (7pm-9pm)
Saturday Oct. 26th (7pm-9pm)

14734 Cedar Knoll Circle (type in “Kanoll” for street if using Google Maps)
                                                             Herriman, UT 84096

Cost:  $3.00 per child, Parents are free with their children.

We know that Utahan’s LOVE Halloween! We also know that most Haunted Houses in the Salt Lake area are NOT appropriate for kids. They’re just too darn scary. So Munchkin Radio offers a Kid Friendly Haunted House for the second year. Owner of Munchkin Radio, Mike Peer, says, “You won’t have to worry about anyone chasing you with a pitchfork or chainsaw in the Munchkin Radio Haunted House. We make it so that it’s a little bit cutesy and a little bit scary… after all it is a Haunted House, so it has to be a bit scary.” After last year’s launch, most families walked out saying that it was the PERFECT first Haunted House for my kids.

 munchkin radio haunted house



Munchkin Radio also offers ALL Halloween Music During the Month of Oct. for listeners. “Let’s face it, Halloween is a Holiday for KIDS. So we just give them what they want: fun Halloween Music”, says owner Mike Peer. “Most radio stations are able to play a handful of Halloween Music as the Holiday gets closer. But there’s really only 3-4 that adults even want to hear for Halloween: “Thriller“, “Ghostbusters“, “Monster Mash“, and maybe an Oingo Boingo song or two. For the kids, we have hundreds of songs to play for Halloween, basically due to the fact that every cartoon character on the planet has a Halloween special with plenty of music for us to choose from.” Halloween Music starts on Oct. 1st.

www.munchkinradio.com is Utah’s only radio station for kids 10 years old and under. We stream 24/7 and have plenty of fun kids music, cool contests, and fun events just for the kids. Munchkin Radio has been around for 4 years now and continues to grow each year and terrestrial radio numbers continues to decline.

Celebrate Pets with Swagbucks (Swag Code)

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013


Swagbucks.com is celebrating Pets this weekend with a site takeover. The pets have turned it into Wagbucks and brought fun, games, and even savings for all your petcare needs. Here’s what you can find on Wagbucks from today through Sunday:


  • Shop & Earn Sales on Pet Supplies 
  • Fun Contests on Facebook & the Blog 
  • Charity Spotlight: The Humane Society of the United States 
  • A Weekend Game Challenge for all the animal lovers 
  • Multiple Codes each day

In fact, here’s a Swag Code to kick off this weekend for our furry, feathered and fishy friends:
Wagbucks – worth 3 SB – active from 12pm until 2pm Pacific Time

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can sign up for Swagbucks now and you’ll get 30 Swag Bucks just for signing up.

**If you’re new to Swag Bucks, you can check out our Swag Bucks 101 post to get the scoop on this awesome, easy to use site where you can get FREE stuff!