Target toy deals for the week of 9/20

Yesterday I highlighted some great toy and game deals at Toys ‘R Us. I did the weekly Target match-ups on Sunday, but thought I’d highlight a few of their toy and game deals today in case you’re starting your holiday shopping early!

Family Game Night Deal: Buy Hungry Hungry Hippos Game, Connect 4X4 game, Bop It! game, or Monopoly Championship Edition game – on sale for $15/each, get a 2 liter Pepsi drink and free Doritos item

There is a $4/1 printable coupon for Hungry Hungry Hippos and Connect 4X4 hereget the whole package for $11 using this coupon!

Get Pictureka Flipper, Giraffalaff Limbo, Clue Secrets & Spies, or Guesstures for $20. There are printable coupons for $5/1 Clue Secrets & Spies, $5/1 Pictureka Flipper, and $4/1 Giraffalaff Limbo here making these $15-16/each after coupon.

“Classic” games such as Othello, Rummikub, Yahtzee, Mastermind, and Rubik’s along with preschool games such as Cootie, Let’s Go Fishin’, Eric Carle From Head to Toe, and Yahtzee Jr are on sale for $7. In previous years, the cheapest I have seen these is during the Black Friday sales when they are usually about $5, so this is a great deal!

This is not in the ad, but the regular price on the Cranium preschool games is $9.99. This includes Puppy Pals Bingo, Polar Bear A-B-C, and Duck Duck 1-2-3. There is a $5 off printable Target coupon here making these $4.99/each. You can also get the regular version of Cranium for $14.99 using this coupon.

Right now, all Tag and Tag Jr. books are on sale for $9.99. There is a printable coupon for $4 off the Tag books and $3 off the Tag Junior books here. If you don’t have the Tag reading system yet, there is also a $10 off coupon making it $29.99.

Start your Christmas shopping early: Toys ‘R Us deals

In looking through the ads yesterday, it looks like a lot of retailers are trying to jump start Christmas shopping. I usually try to have all of my shopping finished by Thanksgiving, so this works for me! There are some pretty good deals that you might want to take advantage of, especially if these things are on your list anyway. Don’t forget to take advantage of some of these good deals to give items away to local charity programs around the holidays.

At Toys ‘R Us, they’re celebrating Geoffrey’s birthday this week. The following “brands” are buy 2, get 1 free. All of the participating items are: LEGO, all books, all video games, all LeapFrog, all Barbie, all Star Wars Clone Wars, all PlaySkool, all Melissa & Doug puzzles, all GeoTrax, all Imaginext, all Thomas wooden engines, all K’Nex, all Mega Bloks, all Crayola Color Wonder/Explosion/Surge, all You & Me, all Disney Princess Dolls and playsets, all Just Like Home, all My Little Pony, all Littlest Pet Shop, and all Play-Dog.

The Sesame Street and Baby Einstein videos are buy one, get one free. Prices start at $5.99.

There are also some great manufacturer’s coupons and offers that will match up with these deals.

Right now, when you buy a Fisher Price TRIO building set, you get an instant $5 off. There are some sets that are priced at $5.99 that are part of this offer, so after the instant $5 off, you only pay $.99! This is one of the sets you can get for $.99:

There is also a printable manufacturer’s coupon here for $5 off with a minimum pre-tax purchase price of $10 (you can print 2 per computer). With the coupon and the instant discount, this police station would only be $4.99.

Check out all of the sets that are part of this offer here. ETA: It sounds like this deal may only be available online now 🙁 Check with your store for sure before going in.

The following Leap Frog printable coupons are available here:
$5 off any Tag Junior Book Pal
$3 off any Tag Junior Book
$10 off any Tag Reading System
$4 off any Tag Books
$10 off any Leapster Learning System
$5 off any Leapster games
$10 off any Didj Gaming system
$6 off any Didj games
$10 off any ClickStart My First Computer
$3 off any ClickStart games
$4 off any LeapFrog Learning Toys
$4 off any LeapFrog Fridge toys

For example, you can get a ClickStart My First Computer and two games for $42.98. The combined “list” price of these items is $101.97, so you’re saving over 50%! When doing the Buy 2, get one free offer, the least expensive item will always come off as the “free” item. It’s best to try to buy items that are similar in price to get the most bang for your buck. Also, if you are interested in the Tag books, they are a better deal at Target this week. You can see all of the participating Leap Frog items here.

All of the My Little Pony items are also buy 2, get 1 free. There is also a $5 off $20 My Little Pony printable coupon on You can get all of this for $19.78 (after coupons and discounts):

Check out all of the participating My Little Pony items here.

Thrifty Thursday: Christmas on a Budget

Each year, I start budgeting for Christmas in January. This enables me to buy things throughout the year when they go on sale. I was a little stressed this year because I really hadn’t come across many exciting deals, but then the Amazon deals came along and I made up for lost time.

I am still receiving boxes. I don’t think I will give the kids all of this for Christmas (I will probably put some of it away for their birthdays), but I just wanted to share that a little bit can go a LONG way and you don’t have to spend a lot of money for Christmas. I actually came in under budget for Christmas this year and will have money to start out my Christmas fund for next year.

Total OOP: $113.78 (before rebates), $108.79 after rebates
Total retail value: $380.78

Disney Bike – Total OOP was $6 exactly, regularly $79.99. On sale for $20 off at Toys ‘R us. Used 20% off coupon. Used $10 off Toys ‘R Us gift card. Used $30 Toys ‘R Us gift card (did a prescription transfer @ Randalls and got it for free).

Leapster – Total OOP was $3.88, regularly $49.99. On sale for $28.88 at Used $25 e-certificate earned from Britax carseat deal that fell through, earned $2.02 back from Ebates.

Leapster games: Dora Pinata Party (regularly $17.99), Letterpillar (regularly $17.99), Kindergarten (regularly $24.99), Scooby Doo (regularly $17.99), and Numbers Raiders (regularly $17.99), total regular price $96.95. Purchased during Leap Frog 50% off sale , spend $49.47, earned $2.97 back from Ebates.

Leap Frog Tag reading system (regularly $49.99) and Disney Princess book (regularly $13.99) – $21.98 for both during Amazon Gold Box deal

Dr. Seuss I can Do That Game – $5.99 during Amazon deal (regularly $19.99)

Hannah Montana doll – $3.24 (purchased on clearance at Target) (regularly $9.99)

Hannah Montana Jake doll – $3.24 (purchased on clearance at Target) (regularly $9.99)

Barbie & The Diamond Castle dolls – $9.99/each (purchased through deals, regularly $24.95/each)

Total OOP: $110.64 (before rebates), $109.72 after rebates
Total retail value – $214.89

Fisher Price Musical Fingerpaint – regularly $19.99, purchased from Etoys for $14.99 (received .32 from Ebates)

Clipo Creativity Table – regularly $32.99, purchased for $19.99 on

Clipo Activity bucket – regularly $19.99, purchased for $5.99 through Amazon deal

Imaginarium blocks set – regularly $19.99, purchased for $9.99 through Toys ‘R Us deal

Mr. Potato Head Themed Value Pack – $7.99 through Amazon, regularly $19.99

Playskool Talk ‘N Scan Cash register – $5.99 through Amazon, regularly $15.99

Tonka Front loader truck – $3.99 through Amazon, regularly $12.99

Leap Frog fridge Farm – $9.99 through Leap Frog 50% off sale, regularly $19.99 (received .60 from Ebates)

Little Einsteins character set – $1.49 clearance at Target, regularly $7.99

Tonka Truck – $3.24 on clearance at Target, regularly $9.99

Fisher Price Rock, Roll & Ride trike – $26.99 on Amazon, regularly $34.99

My CVS trip for the week. I went in with the intention of buying just the Contour monitors. They are on sale for $14.99 this week and you earn a $5 ECB. I have a coupon good for up to $30 off. So, the cashier scanned my monitor and then my coupon and told me I needed $15 more in merchandise. This is NOT supposed to happen and I TOLD the cashier that she was supposed to adjust the coupon down, but she insisted she couldn’t. So, I ended up with all of these for some change OOP and earned $15.99 in ECBs.

My Walgreens trip. I lost count of how many Turtles I purchased. They are on sale for $.99 this week and there are $1.50/1 coupons. I bought them in sets of 11, used 7 coupons (you can’t use one coupon per item because then it beeps because of the overage), and paid .39/each. I went to different stores and did not clear shelves (there were still plenty left). I even shared leftover coupons with the cashiers!

Pottery Barn Monogrammed Christmas Stockings – reduced even more!

If you’ve been on the fence about ordering the monogrammed Christmas Stockings from Pottery Barn, this is a great time to go ahead and get them because the prices have been reduced even more:

small (11.5″) – now $4!

medium (19.5″) – now $7
Check this deal out here. Get 3% cash back when you shop through Ebates.

Deals for the day 12/16/08

Here are the daily deals from my inbox:

Barnes & Noble: Enjoy Extra Savings at Barnes & Noble
Save 25% on one item with Coupon Code: P7P7Y9N. The 25% discount will be applied to the most expensive eligible item in the order – not the entire purchase – and will be deducted after all other discounts, including (if applicable) the standard Member discount, are applied.Run dates: 12/15 – 12/18

Bath & Body Works: Exclusive online special (ends today) – take 20% off everything when you enter promo code TWENTY at check-out. Guaranteed delivery by Christmas on all orders placed before midnight today. Print a coupon for a free signature collection travel size item with any in store purchase here.

Crazy 8 – 25% off your entire purchase plus free shipping (through Tuesday). Use code FREE10 for an additional $10 off a $30 purchase. There are also 20% off codes out there from home mailers.

Eddie Bauer: They are having a holiday sale where their prices are up to 50% off. They also have free shipping, no minimum purchase required when you use code GIFT8 at check-out. Shop through Ebates and get 4% cash back.

Gap is offering $20 off your purchase of $100 or more at (December 15-16 only) plus free shipping. Use code GIFT at check-out. Get 6% back when you shop through Ebates.

Gymboree: Get an extra 25% off your entire purchase. Combine with mark downs or Jingle Deals and your 20% home mailer or Parenting Magazine coupon for great deals! This week the Jingle Deals are hoodies. They are $11.25 without a coupon and $9 if you have a 20% off coupon. They are also offering free shipping! Earn a $25 Gymbuck for every $50 you spend.

Kohls: The deal of the day is 50% off selected Barbie dolls & accessories or a nextplay True Blue CD player for $19.99. Tuesday and Wednesday is their “Ultimate Holiday sale.” Get 50-60% off winter coats & accessors, 50% off playwear for toddlers, and 50-60% off selected sweaters for juniors. Free shipping on orders of $75 or more. Get 4% cash back when you shop through Ebates.

Macy’s Friends and Family Sale: Take an additional 20% off and get free shipping using code MACYSFRIEND at check-out. This sale is in effect through 12/18/08. Also, get 8% cash back when you shop through Ebates.

Old Navy – save 10% off your entire order when you spend $75 or more on Old Navy merchandise when you use code ONHOLIDAY at check-out. Get free shipping with code JOY at check-out. Get 6% cash back when you shop through Ebates.

Omaha Steaks: Great deals on a variety of steak packages. Here’s one that is “hot” right now:
The Gracious Gift (#7055XLK)
4 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins
6 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers
1 (4 in.) Carnegie Cheesecake
Regularly $85.00, Save $55.01. Now Only $29.99
Shop through Ebates and get 6% cash back.

Sears – Free shipping on orders of $99 or more (ends Thursday). Save 5% instantly on your electronics purchase of $299 or more with your Sears card. Up to 60% off fine jewelry and watches, all Craftsman on sale, 15% off all appliances and floor care. You get 6% cash back when you shop through Ebates. They also have a Heroes at Home page where you can purchase items off a wish list for military members and their families or leave thank you messages.

The Children’s Place: They have many items that are on sale for under $10 right now. Use code K38S7D3CC8 to get an extra 15% off your online purchases or print your coupon to use in store here. The code/coupon are valid through 12/23/08. They also offer $5 flat rate shipping and guarantee delivery by 12/24 if you shop by 12/17. Shop through Ebates and get 3% cash back.

Victoria’s Secret: Last day for 25% off your entire order. Use code MOREVS at check-out. They are also offering free shipping on orders of $100 or more and earn 4% cash back when you shop through Ebates. Here are the details on the promotion:

Add qualifying merchandise to your shopping bag. Enter offer code MOREVS at checkout. Discount will be deducted from your order after offer code is applied. Valid through December 16, 2008. One discounted order per customer. Offer subject to adjustment due to returns, cancellations and exchanges. Gift Cards, Egift Cards, gift wrap, gift kits, shipping and handling charges and taxes do not qualify for discount. Offer excludes UGG® Australia, Frye® and the 2008 Fantasy Bra. Not valid on previous purchases, purchases made in Victoria’s Secret stores or with any other order-level offer. For orders outside the United States, additional taxes and duties may apply.