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KitchenAid Professional 610 Stand Mixer – Williams-Sonoma’s Deal of the Day

Today’s deal of the day at is a KitchenAid Professional 610 Stand Mixer for $299.95 with a $50 rebate, making it only $249.95!

I think this is the best price I’ve seen for a 6 quart KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer since I started pricing them. I checked all the cash back sites I belong to (,,, as well as, but I couldn’t find any with a cash back option for Williams-Sonoma. You can get 2 points per dollar at though.

There’s a limited quantity available and you only have four color options to choose from, but I hope this helps someone who is looking to buy one!

What We’re Eating: Yogurt Leathers & OXO Food Mill Review –

SCD Yogurt Leather

Since my daughter can no longer eat candy or gum, I wanted to come up with a sweet alternative for her.

I read that yogurt leather was like “Laffy Taffy”, which I have since discovered isn’t really accurate, but the yogurt leather is still a tasty, healthy, chewy treat.

Here’s how I make it:

– 1 cup SCD Yogurt (instructions here)
– 1/2 cup cooked fruit puree

Mix both items together and pour onto Paraflexx or parchment paper and put into a dehydrator (I use a 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator) at 135 for 4-8 hours depending on how thick your mixture is. The first few times I made yogurt leathers, I used a blender to mix the fruit into the yogurt, but I found the mixture became too thin. I prefer a thicker consistency so it is chewy instead of crunchy.

Since we are in the early stages of following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) (we just passed the six month mark!), I still need to cook all fruit (except raw bananas) that my daughter eats. I also need to remove as much of the skin and seeds in the fruit as possible.

SCD Yogurt Leather

I have been using frozen organic blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to make the yogurt leathers, which means lots of little seeds and no easy way to remove skins. Until I get the Vitamix, my OXO Food Mill is the next best solution I know of for removing the bulk of the seeds and skin.

SCD Yogurt Leather

I saw this food mill demoed at a cooking techniques class last summer and immediately added it to my list of kitchen gadgets to buy.

SCD Yogurt Leather

What I like about the OXO Food Mill:

– Study, well-made
– Easy-to-hold handle
– Folding “feet” to allow you to set the food mill on a pot or bowl up to 11 inches in diameter and folding feet means easier storage!
– OXO brand (I have been happy with 90% of their products)
– Three grinding discs for fine, medium and coarse textures
– Easy to clean and dishwasher safe!
– Easy to use

What I don’t like:
– It took me a little time to figure out how to put the product together. I rarely read instructions, but gave up and had to with this product. Once I figured out how to assemble and disassemble it, I haven’t had any difficulties.

– The first time I used the fine grinding disc, I did not realize that fruit pulp was stuck to the bottom of the disc. Only juice fell into the bowl. This is great if you only want juice, but a bit more work if you want the pulp. I just use a spoon to scrape the pulp into the bowl. This is not a major issue, but I felt like I wasted pulp the first time I used it because I didn’t realize it was sitting there.

SCD Yogurt Leather

In addition to how I use the food mill, other uses include making homemade jellies, baby food, applesauce, vegetable soups, mashed potatoes and salsa.

The OXO Food Mill retails for $49.95 at, where customers gave the product rave reviews.

About was formed in 1998 and has become a leading online marketplace for cooks. They sell more than 60,000 kitchen products!

I have purchased other products from, including the Vacu Vin Pineapple Slicer and a Stainless Steel Crescent Pot Strainer. My orders have always arrived quickly and well-packaged.

Become a fan of on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

I also recommend signing up for their email alerts. I signed up last summer and occasionally receive online coupon codes for discounts on their Web site. These coupon codes are one-time use, unique codes, not general codes that you can sometimes find on coupon sites.

$25 Gift Card Giveaway!

I will be giving away a $25 gift card during the Holiday Blog Hop. To thank you for being a reader of this blog, I want to give you an extra five entries in the Holiday Blog Hop giveaway! To receive these extra entries, please leave one comment below letting me know what your favorite kitchen gadget is and why. Please leave only one comment.

I will close comments on November 28. Anyone who has left a comment here before the comments area in this post closes will get five bonus entries in the blog hop giveaway when it is posted. I will provide instructions in the blog hop post on how to ‘redeem’ your bonus entries.

If you have any questions, please email me at susan (at) cravingthesavings (dot) com.

Disclosure: will provide me with a $25 gift card in exchange for this post. I am going to give the gift card away at the Holiday Blog Hop from December 1-5. No other form of compensation was given for this post and all opinions are mine.

Toys ‘R Us 10% back for Rewards ‘R Us members through 12/24

Toys R Us promotion - 10% back for Rewards Members

If you’re a member of the Toys ‘R Us rewards program, be sure to use your card whenever you make purchases in stores and online from now until December 24. You will receive 10% ‘R Us Dollars (up to $50) that you can use to buy more items at Toy ‘R Us or Babies ‘R Us.

If you’re not a member, enroll for free.

Be sure to check all the exclusions

Another benefit of being a Rewards ‘R Us member is hassle-free returns! As long as you scanned your card at the time of your purchase, you can present your Rewards ‘R Us card and the product(s) without a receipt to get your money back.

Saveur Magazine or Parenting: The Early Years – 2 years for $5 (or less!)

Unfortunately this deal appears to be dead now.

I just noticed on that has a special on 2 year subscriptions to Saveur Magazine (18 issues) and Parenting: The Early Years.

I then went to several cash back sites and found that by using your account, you can get 8% cash back.

If you don’t have an account, sign up for one, and get a $5 sign-up bonus, making your subscription better than free!

For Saveur Magazine, add the 2 year subscription to your account (after you click through the link) and check out. Enter code 3745.

For Parenting: The Early Years, add the 2 year subscription to your account and check out. Enter code 5936 during the checkout process.

I have three magazine subscriptions through and haven’t had any problems.

More $5 magazine subscriptions from has more $5 magazine subscriptions, available from December 6 – 12:

Country Living
Good Housekeeping
Harper’s Bazaar
House Beautiful
Marie Claire
Popular Mechanics
Smart Money
Town & Country

These are one-year subscriptions that you can give as gifts, renew your own subscription(s) or subscribe for the first time. Learn more at

$5.00 Magazines at

Through December 1, you can subscribe to, renew or gift any of these magazines through for only $5.00 each:

Real Simple
Sports Illustrated Kids
Smart Money
PEOPLE StyleWatch
Popular Science
Travel + Leisure
Food & Wine
House Beautiful
Southern Living

Go to to order

(Dead) Great deal on Leapster 2 system

This is dead…

ANOTHER UPDATE! has the Leapster 2 as their deal of the day (11/30) for $24.99 + free shipping!

Use to get 2% cash back (and the $5 if you are new to Ebates).

Go directly to ebay, or here’s how to do it to get the Ebates cash back:

1. Go to and sign in (or sign up).
2. Select Ebay from their stores to initiate the 2% cash back.
3. Click on the “Daily deals” graphic.

Quantities are limited, so this deal may go quickly!

This deal is over – UPDATE 11/27
– not sure how long this one will last, but just saw this on LeapFrog Leapster 2 Special Edition Star Wars Gift Pack – $35

PLEASE NOTE: I have seen a HUGE interest in this post lately…probably from search engines. My original post was for a deal I got at Kohls on November 14. This was not originally intended to be a Black Friday deal post. I read some leaked deals and thought there would be some Black Friday deals coming up for the Leapster 2, but as Dadof2 points out in the comments area, my information is not correct. This deal is now dead.

UPDATE: The Toys R Us Black Friday Ad shows the Leapster 2 system will be available for $29.99. So if you took advantage of any of the gift card deals this week, you could use it toward the purchase of the system. Not a huge savings over the Kohl’s price (if you get the free shipping), but definitely another option!

UPDATE 2: I just saw it will be $29.99 at Kohl’s too on Black Friday. If you have a % off coupon or if the online coupons still work, that will be a really good deal!

Get a pink or green Leapster 2 system for around $31 + tax & shipping at (or less if you use! And, if you have a Kohl’s credit card, you can get free shipping!

I have been collecting Leapster games as I find deals on them, but started thinking I might have to use some gift cards from Swagbucks searches to buy it for $49.99 if I couldn’t get the system on sale by mid-December. Fortunately today I found a pretty decent deal for the system mentioned on Slickdeals.  I don’t know if this is the best deal (maybe there will be some on Black Friday), but it’s by far the best deal I have seen in the past two months that I have been watching the price.

Here’s how to get it:

1. Go to and get 4% cash back (if you haven’t signed up for before, you can get an additional $5 sign-up bonus!) – this wasn’t mentioned on Slickdeals, but something I always do to get a little money back.

2. Search for and click through to the site

3. Search for Leapster – you should get a page that shows the Leapster L-Max. Look to the right of that page for the “more to consider” column and you’ll see the two Leapster 2 options (for some reason they don’t show up in the results). Click on the Leapster color you want.

4. Add the item to your shopping bag (the price should change to $44.79 once in your cart)

5. Go through the checkout process.

6. Use code: NOVKC30 to get 30% off

7. Use code: FREE4MVC for free shipping (if you have a Kohl’s credit card)

My total was around $33 after tax, plus I’ll receive 4% back from Ebates.

Kohl’s Credit Card

I have found Kohl’s to be overpriced except when they have a sale. But because their items are marked up quite a bit, many of their 50-75% off sale items are really only 25-50% off other retailers’ prices, so you have to comparison shop to make sure you’re getting the best deal. I did discover that having a Kohl’s credit card has its rewards… like the free shipping on the Leapster 2 and occasionally higher discounts during sales. I don’t like signing up for retailer credit cards, but this is one that has been worth it.

Leapster Game Deals

Look in Parenting and Parents magazines for a $5 off Leapster games coupon and use it at Target on the Black Friday sales to get games for $10! There were also some $4 printable coupons, but they appear to be gone now. If you have them, keep them handy for the Target sale.

You can currently get Ni-Hao Kai Lan and Star Wars for $10 at Walmart and Target after using the $5 coupon. This pricing may end today (Sat. 11/14), but I’m not sure.

My Walgreens Trip (7/31)

I stopped by Walgreens to get Photo Stamps ($6.11 each) and found two in the photo department (more on my experience creating stamps can be found toward the end of this post). I also picked up a Petquarium with two fish ($1.69) and 15 packages of stickers for my daughter’s birthday party favor bags ($0.30 each).

I then went to another Walgreens to kill some time before my daughter got out of camp and found that the pool and summer/seasonal items were 75% off! They were just starting to mark everything so when I checked out, the prices rang up incorrectly. Once that was straightened out, I was able to use the 15% off coupon to purchase a bunch of toys.

Spent: $15.08
Saved: $54.29

I got:

20″ Swim Ring – $0.49
Water Squirter – $0.49
Float Lounge – $3.18
Table Top Ping Pong game – $1.27 (because I need another distraction at work)
Dive Sticks – $0.84
Floating Bubble Chair – $2.12
Kid’s Baseball Glove and Ball (pink) – $1.27
Slalom Pool Hoops – $4.41

Photo Stamps
I purchased two boxes and went through the process of ordering stamps when I got home. Here’s what I did:

1) Installed the CD and found you really don’t need it. They would have been better off using gift cards you can scratch off.
2) Went to UPromise and searched for Clicked the link in case and read the fine print – no $8 is credited unless you spend money. I noted the free shipping code.
3) Uploaded a photo at and designed the stamp.
4) Entered the code from the Photostamps CD package and the free shipping code from UPromise.
5) Checked out – no credit card required!

I tried again with my second box. I realized that the first box included the shipping & handling charges (I missed the “free shipping” mention on the front of the box) so I had a credit of $2.99 from using the free s&h code. I got a bit confused because the site shows the s&h options unless you enter the free code from UPromise, and I thought I was going to be charged for it.

I read through the comments at Common Sense with Money and Mercedes said that people are getting the $8 credited to their UPromise accounts. We’ll see if it comes through. Someone else suggested going through MyPoints, which would be a great alternative if they’ll really credit 1000 points to the account!

The Coupon High left a comment on on this previous post that you can also get $8 cash back through Coupon Cactus. You need $10 in your account to get the cash back, so you’d need to do two boxes of Photo Stamps.

This deal seems way too good to be true so I’m not going to count on getting cash back without spending any money in the transaction, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

Here’s the breakdown:
$6.11 x 2 packages + $1.01 (tax on two boxes) = $13.23/40 stamps = ~$0.33 per stamp (a savings of ~ $0.11 per stamp)

150 Fun Songs for Kids – $0.99

You can download the entire MP3 album of 150 Fun Songs For Kids by Countdown Kids for only $0.99 on! The songs are sung by children, and you can listen to the previews on before you purchase the album. I plan to put these songs on my iPod for car trips with my daughter.

You must first install the MP3 Downloader, and then purchase the MP3 download. You’ll want to download the album when you plan to be online for a little while since 150 songs takes some time to download.

Purchase the album.

75% off gift baskets

The Wisconsin Cheeseman is having a 75% off sale on gift baskets, starting at $6.24 + shipping. If you order more than $50 worth of gift baskets, use 8C5off50 or 8131AF50 to get an additional $5 off. You can also order the same gift baskets through with the same shipping charges.

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