Sling Offers Streaming Cable Channels with NO Contract- and a Free Amazon Fire TV Stick!

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I’ve been waiting quite a while for Sling TV to be released to the public and they sure came in with a BANG!

Sling TV is a streaming service that gives you access to channels such as ESPN, TNT, HGTV, the Food Network, and more!  The basic service is $20/month (for the channels shown above), with no contract or credit check.  The billing is similar to any other streaming service.  They are also adding AMC in the next few weeks!

You can also add packages with additional channels for $5/month.  Packages are in categories, such as kids, cooking, sports, or news.

It also allows you to watch any show that’s aired over the past three days- not just live episodes.

They are offering a FREE Fire TV stick or $50 off of Amazon Fire TV if you prepay for 3 months ($60).  Sign up here and you will receive a promotional code to redeem on Amazon.  The Fire TV stick retails for $39 and we absolutely LOVE ours.  It allows stream Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix straight to your TV- and now Sling TV.  Check out Amazon Fire TV Stick to learn more about what it can do.

If you’ve got a sports nut, Disney fan, or love HGTV, you can ditch the cable!


Our Used Pool Installation | Total Costs + How We Did It


We’ve always wanted a big pool, but never seemed to have the time or money to have one installed.  Instead, we stuck with the easy set pools that can be bought at almost any retailer.  We had to purchase a new one almost every year because they weathered and cracked or we didn’t have time to get it put away properly.  Don’t get me wrong, they worked very well when the kids were smaller, but they’ve definitely outgrown them.

We went without a pool last year, as it was our first summer in the new house.  We didn’t really have the time or energy to level new ground and put one up.  We decided this spring that we’d like to have a nice, big one, but it wasn’t really in the budget.  Most places quoted between $3,500 and $6,000 to have one installed.  We shopped around and looked at the easy set ones, but one in the size we wanted was over $800- and that wasn’t including sales tax!  We were still going to have to level the spot, and that wasn’t going to be easy to do with a 24’ circle.

I decided to start watching Craigslist for one in a reasonable price range.  I’d always heard that you should never pay for a used one and that they weren’t worth the effort unless they were free.  Well, I’d been waiting 13 years and had yet to have a free pool fall into my lap. I’m pretty patient when it comes to waiting for a great price, but that was a little long for my tastes.

There were several listed on Craigslist over the course of a couple of months, but most were priced extremely high, the owners didn’t have a lot of information on them, or they sold immediately.  I went to look at one and the man swore to me it was a 24’x48’x52” oval.  I’m pretty sure above ground pools don’t even come in that size!

We finally found a 24’ rou nd for $300 in a town just 15 miles away.  It had several accessories that would have cost us a fortune to purchase new.  I called minutes after it was listed, but it was going to be a couple of days until Brad could go with me to look at it.  This couple was SO nice.  They had several calls, but were going to hold it until we were able to make it to look.  When we looked at it, they showed us where it had been, told us everything there was to know about it, informed us how difficult it was to put up, and asked us to think about it for 24 hours before we made a rash decision.  

I knew that we could get our money back out of it if it didn’t work out, so we decided to buy it.  We picked it up, unloaded it, and it rained for two weeks.  When it dried up a bit, our neighbor was gracious enough to come over with a backhoe and level the ground for us.  Then it rained some more.  He brought us a load of sand on a Friday afternoon, and on Saturday, we got to work.  It took most of the day on Saturday and Sunday to get it erected, but by Sunday night, the pool was up.  Dry, but up.  Over the past week, I’ve added water a couple of hours at a time to avoid burning up the well pump.  On Saturday, we were finally full enough to hook up the skimmer and pump and go for the first swim.


This was definitely not an easy job, but we saved a fortune by putting it up ourselves.  We just had to ask ourselves how much work we’d do for the $1,500 it was going to cost to have it professionally installed. 

Our final costs were:

  • Pool: $300
  • Sand: $136.66
  • Liner: $106 (Liners are about 1/3 the price on Ebay as a pool store, including shipping.  This liner was $298 in store, before sales tax.)
  • Paver Blocks (to support rails): $10.20
  • Grand Total: $552.86- or $300 under what a disposable would have cost (and we’d have still had to level the ground)

There are still a few incidentals to purchase, which are not included in the cost.  These purchases would be required for any pool.  I’m ordering chemicals and a bag for the vacuum today.  Again, Ebay is MUCH cheaper than the pool stores!

This pool is going to save us a fortune this summer!  We didn’t purchase our typical season passes to the water park, won’t have gas expenses driving to a pool, and we’ll hold both of the kids’ birthday parties here instead of renting a pool elsewhere. 

Zaycon Foods is Bringing Chicken to 48 States- Missouri Ordering is Open!

I think this is the most requested deal I post!  Everyone loves the quality and price- it’s the best you’ll get short of the farm (and a whole lot easier) and the cheapest you’ll find in local stores. 

Zaycon Foods will be bringing fresh, boneless, chicken breasts back to Missouri at the low price of $1.69 per pound.  Delivery is the last week in October (actual date is dependent upon location).

You must buy in 40lb cases, but it’s fresh and can be refrozen.  It’s packaged in 4- 10lb bags per case, making it easy to divide.  Many of my readers have split cases or just bought one and have kicked themselves because they don’t deliver on a regular schedule.  Most are buying 3-4 now, just to get through to the next delivery!

To view ordering information for your area, sign up here: Zaycon Foods

UPS MyChoice is Open Again | This Saved My Christmas Sanity

UPS My Choice is now taking registrations again.  This is an amazing free service that allows you to electronically authorize packages for drop-of, re-route to other locations and many other options.

You may remember that we moved just before Christmas.  I had ordered several packages with slow shipping speeds before we closed on our house.  I didn’t want them left in the elements at the old house, so I was able to re-route them directly to us!

They only accept registrations occasionally, so I’d register now in case you ever need it!


*This is a sponsored post.  All views stated are my own personal views and are no way influenced by UPS.

$5 for a $10 Gift Card to BackYard Burgers and $10 for a $20 Gift Card to Barnes & Noble

Today’s Groupon deal is a $10 gift card to BackYard Burgers for only $5.  I love this place!

Don’t forget about the $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble I told you about on Thursday- it’s still available!  This can be used online or in store. 

To get either of these deals, click here:  Springfield, Missouri Groupon Deals

Walmart Amazing Electronics Event | November 6th and 7th

In years past, Walmart has run ‘Super Saturday’ sales for the first 2 Saturdays in November.  These sales boast some pretty good discounts, and some items are cheaper than they will end up being for BF (Black Friday).

This sale starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the best deal I see is a $50 iTunes card for $35.  However, there is a limit of 1-2 per customer.  Their site says a limit of 1 on the item page, but a limit of 2 on the page announcing the sale.  I’m not sure how they’ll enforce it, so if you get an ad today, let me know what it says!

The other items listed are:

Compaq Laptop: $288

26” Vizio LED TV: $198 (GREAT price on an LED)

PS3 bundle- console+game+PS3 Move AND a $50 WM gift card: $399

Vizio 32” LCD TV: $298

Vizio 42” LCD TV: $498

Vizio 47” TV: $698

Vizio 55” TV: $898 Pre-Black Friday Sales

Rotating Electronics Holiday Banner has just kicked off their Pre-Black Friday sale.  There are some pretty good deals, and remember that most items will ship to you for only 97¢ or to the store for free!

Some of my favorites are:

Viore 32” LCD TV: $299

Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer 12 Piece BakerEze Bakeware set: $49

PS3, Wii, DS, and Xbox games: 2/$30

Selected Video Games: B2G1

Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera: $379

Click here to see these and all 172 items!

Missouri Sales Tax Holiday August 6th-8th

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The annual sales tax holiday in Missouri will be held from August 6th-8th.  HOWEVER, the list of cities and counties that are not participating is HUGE.  I think they might be better off to list those that are participating. 

In our area, Lebanon and Buffalo seem to be the only cities still participating.  Branson, Springfield, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Marshfield, and Jefferson City are all on the list of non-participants.  You can view the list of excluded cities and counties.

If you live in an area that is still participating, here are the included items:

  • Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
  • Personal computers – not to exceed $3,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $3,500

You can get more information at the Missouri Department of Revenue website.

*NEW* Upcoming Workshops in Springfield, Missouri

Due to overwhelming response, I’ve decided to schedule two public workshops in the Springfield, Missouri area before school starts back up.  An Ultimate Couponing I workshop will be held on July 26th and a Christmas Shopping Workshop (Sensible Shopping) will be held on August 3rd.  You can register and view full details below or on the right sidebar (if you are reading this in a reader, you will need to visit to register).

If you register for both, you will also receive the ebook transcript to go along with each class at no additional charge (a $24 value).

If you have previously attended a workshop and would like a refresher, you’ll get in for free if you bring a friend.  Just have your friend type your name in the ‘notes to seller’ field when he/she registers.

You can view full details of each workshop by clicking the links below.

Ultimate Couponing I 

July 26th, 2010
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread, North Kansas Expressway
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 

Christmas/Sensible Shopping

August 3rd, 2010
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread, North Kansas Expressway
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15

Workshop Registration


Deal$ Dollar Stores to Accept Coupons


Are you ready for another big surprise?  As of yesterday, Deal$ started accepting coupons.  There is NO limit to the amount of coupons you may redeem.  A manager’s approval will be required for all coupons over $2.  This could be the start of great things, as Deal$ is owned by the Dollar Tree Corporation. 

This will be harder to keep a continuous matchup, as product varies greatly by store and from week to week.  I will try to swing by there the next time I’m in Springfield to get an idea of some prices.  There should be a lot of name  brand products filter through there.

Don’t forget- Family Dollar and Dollar General already accept coupons!

Click here to find a location near you.

Amazon: Wii only $149.99!

Looks like more video game price wars!!!  At Target last week, the Xbox 360 was $199 with a $50 GC with purchase.  This week, Amazon has the Wii rolled back to $149.99.  This is a GREAT price, as video games are required to stick to MSRP.  The only time I’ve seen it this cheap was last Thanksgiving, and it was $199 with a $50 Amazon gift card, so you still had to spend $199.  I can guarantee that this will be a short lived sale!

I know it’s a high priced item, but when shopping at Amazon, you’ll also get free shipping and pay no tax.  If you have one wanting it for the holidays, cash in your Swagbucks and snatch it!

Wii $149.99, was $199.99.