Pop-Oh-Ver | BEST Kids Toy for Pretend Play! + a GIVEAWAY!

Calling ALL parents of the world!

Role call, roll call!

I have come across something spectacular, something amazing, something that will make your kid’s pretend play hour 1 MILLION times better for YOU!

I know, you’re already dying to know what it is, sitting and waiting for me to tell you all about it. Here’s the thing: this magical chair-covering toy is so awesome that I probably don’t even need to tell you WHY we love it so much. Just look and see for yourself!

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Introducing, Pop-Oh-Over!

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Check this out- all you have to do when your kids are ready for pretend play is grab a couple dining chairs from your kitchen table, tie a few bows, and voila! You have a mess-free, space-saving, mythical creature of a toy!

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So, what did I tell you? This thing is awesome, right?!

SAVE the space a huge, plastic, noisy kitchen set would make with this simple, easy to store, folding kitchen!

Not only does this adorable set fold up and install with ease buttt (HUGE BUTT-see what I did there?1 bahaha) it’s made with high quality fabric, magnetic doors for the microwave and oven, clear pockets for all of the appliances, and it keeps the littles entertained for seriously long lengths of time. Yep! You’re welcome, I’ve just turned your 60-minute max pretend play distraction into several hours of busy fun!

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So, what’s our scoop? Do our kids prefer it over the bulky kitchen set they’ve had for years from IKEA?

Well, does an image in your mind of it currently sitting at the end of our driveway with a sign that says FREE on it, answer your question?

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We’ve had this beauty for about 2 days and K has woken up and gone to sleep standing in front of it SINCE DAY 1. At this point, I think I may actually need to get a set of chairs to delegate for his kitchen play since I don’t see us using the space-saving option any time soon!

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Now, I know you’re convinced and any parent-kid duo would love a FULL set of their own!

Want to know how you can win the Pots + Pans set, Oven + Stove Pop-Oh-Ver, and Microwave + Countertop Pop-Oh-Ver?!

(*Chairs, food, and other items not listed on the pop-oh-ver website are not included.)

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First, make sure you comment on this post and tell us the single most reason you would like to win!

Second, grab additional entires by following all of the Pop-Oh-Ver and The Happening Housewife social media pages via the Rafflecopter link below!

Third, for even MORE entries: See that Pin down there? Give it a click and save it to your favorite Pin Board!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER! Pop Oh Ver | Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Baby’s Best Friend + A Giveaway!

Hey mamas!

This one’s for you and that sweet, squishy-cheeked little baby you have!

Read below for the deets on an amazing online boutique and your chance to win a $50 credit for yourself or your little!

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Have you ever purchased an outfit or plush for your baby that is just PERFECT all around? Everything about it screams, “I have to have this in all of the available sizes and colors!” That’s the exact thought I had when we opened our box from Picket Fence! It was like Christmas all over again for our baby Linc and the packaging alone made me want to hop online and order everything available in baby size from their shop! I know you’re dying to know-what was in our box? A charming romper with fish on it’s front and my personal favorite, a Woodland Jelly Cat bunny!

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The fabric of his adorable romper is soft, stretchy, and breathable (making it the perfect match for our on-the-move little guy!). The colors are vibrant and even the tag on his butt puts that extra stamp of “feel good” on it!

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And check out those fish! Aren’t they great for summer? We’re going on a family vacation this July and I can’t wait to show Linc off in this newest addition to his wardrobe!

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I know I know, I could go on about his darling romper and I may be biased because I have my own but, seriously-who’s heart doesn’t melt for a baby in a romper?

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Now, for my favorite item in our box: Linc’s new Jelly Cat bunny. It has him cuddling and kissing all day long! If you have yet to feel a Jelly Cat plush, you’re totally missing out. These things are like the Messiah of stuffed animals. A Jelly Cat bunny has the softest fur you’ll ever pet and the most floppy, easy to hold arms and ears! Linc has carried his bunny around the house since it found it’s new home and it’s ears have become his most prized teether these days!


I know what you’re thinking now, “how can I get my hands on a Jelly Cat of my own or one of these rad rompers?” (For your baby, right?) Here’s the scoop:

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I’m giving away a $50 credit for Picket Fence to one of my followers! All you have to do is head on over to their site and let me know what YOU would like to see in their shop! Once you browse through their collection, I know you’ll want to give them a follow and BONUS, you’ll get extra entries into our giveaway just by following!

HEAD HERE TO WIN!

 


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10 Things No-one Tells You About That Are Essential in Your Hospital Bag, For a Better Post-Partum Stay!

This post contains affiliate links which help me fund the free + fun posts on the blog and sometimes, Friday night pizza nights!

We’ve all been there: stalking Pinterest for the best, most secretive must-haves for your hospital bag, only to find the same results each time you scroll down. You then turn to rely on friends, family,  or New-Mom Facebook groups for answers. Well, I’m here to save you from middle of the night Pinterest scrolling and sanctimommies of the Facebook world, with this single post! As a mom of 2 with a third arriving any day now, I’ve had my fair share of experience with hospital bag packing!

Congratulations mama + get ready for the best ride of your life!

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1. Pads but, not just any pads, THESE pads:

During the first 12-24 hours you’ll bleed ALOT, like more than I’m sure you’re actually picturing in your mind right now so, the adult diaper style pads the hospital supplies you with are great during that time but, afterwards when you’re not bleeding from what feels like your vagina to your butt, you might want something a little more comfortable. After two babies and a third just days away, I’ve had my fair share of pad trial and error and THESE are by far the best for medium to heavy bleeding!

2. Boy Short Underwear like these: MAMIA Women’s Seamless Stretch Boy Shorts Panties (Pack of 6)

If this is your first pregnancy, then you haven’t yet experienced the joy of mesh undies after birth. They’re great, really, if you don’t plan on moving from where you’re sitting at any time to feel a gush leak out one side. Boy shorts are AWESOME, they keep your pad in place, tightly confined to its appropriate and carefully adjusted area, and you won’t feel awkward when a nurse comes in while sitting in nothing but boy shorts and a nursing bra versus mesh undies and a pad sticking out on the side!

3. An actually COMFORTABLE nursing bra (or several). This one is my FAVE: A Pea in the Pod Full Coverage Nursing Sleep Bra

With my first, I didn’t know the absolute need for a nursing bra. Things changed when round two came. I promise you won’t regret investing in just a couple of comfortable, easy to manage nursing bras. The Pea in the Pod Nursing Sleep Bras are my personal favorite. They’re ultra soft, light weight, pull down easily, and don’t have weird clips or straps. They’re soft enough and without lining that you’ll have no worries cuddling your new babe while wearing it or sleeping in between feeding sessions.

4. A legit heating pad
You won’t regret this one. Your hospital probably has heating pads available, SOMETIMES, as long as there’s one not in use by other new moms. Even so, the heating pads they offer are okay but, ESPECIALLY if you’re on baby number 2 or after, you’ll likely want a heating pad that gets hot and stays hot. Of course not to be used when cuddling baby or feeding but, when they’re sleeping or away at the nursery, you’ll want some warm relief. The Sunbeam Heating Pad is top rated and for good reason. It’s already packed in my hospital bag and is off limits to anyone in our home until after baby is here and mama fully recovers.

5. House shoes. Not slippers, Not socks

Okay, I’m talking: easy to slide on, rubber bottoms, that your grandmother used to wear when she cleaned house or got ready in the morning. Socks, ewe unless they’re keeping your feet warm in the hospital bed. Slippers, just the same. Someone will likely come in and mop and clean your room once or twice during your stay but, if you decide to walk around the baby floor or down to get fresh air in the hospital courtyard. You’ll want the rubber bottoms.

6. Something to keep you occupied after baby arrives

There are only so many channels on the hospital’s cable network and only so many Law and Order SVU episodes you can watch before wanting to pull your hair out. Bring a book, magazines, cards, a board game for you and hubby, or something else you enjoy doing in a tiny, quiet space. *Also, snacks that can be eaten in between meals.

7. Something to help you fall asleep…
Fast! Practice meditating, bring Lavender Essential Oil and your Diffuser, your favorite pillow, anything. You’ll need it. Once things become quiet and everyone leaves you alone with your new baby for the first time since he/she has made their arrival, the exhaustion and tiredness will quickly set in and so will baby’s next feeding time or diaper change. The adrenalin will settle and your body will soon start to remind itself that it needs rest after all the work you put in for however many hours. Your team of nurses will visit periodically to make sure you’re awake and feeding your baby when it’s time, they’ll help with diaper changes and charting urine and bowel movements if they’re due, and anything else you or baby may need. So, take the time to rest when baby allows.

8. A short, light-weight robe

Don’t get something that will drag on the floor. A nice, light weight, knee-length robe will do the trick! One like THIS ONE (which I own and love) will make feedings easier without making baby hot and visits from friends and family more comfortable. Not to mention, your hospital bed is only so big, there’s no room for all the extra fabric of a long, heavy, terry cloth or fleece robe!

9. Your own towel

Have you ever stayed in a hotel with exceptional service but, hop out of the shower to a towel that only wraps halfway around your body? Well, that’s what you’ll get if you don’t bring your own. You’ll thank me for this one after your first shower post baby.

10. DISPOSABLE Breast Pads

If you produce a pretty fair amount of milk or more, you’re sure to leak…A LOT. You’ll be feeding your baby often but, some mamas are extra gifted when it comes to producing milk and have quite a bit of leakage in between feedings. Try the reusable ones at home if you desire but, during your hospital stay, the disposables will be so much easier and more convenient!

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6 Ways to Stroll with Evenflo Pivot

A huge thank you to Evenflo for gifting this stroller to our growing family in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

Florida, sweet Florida!

There aren’t many places that you can spend the first weekend of March in swim trunks and flip flops and for that reason, we’re so happy to raise our babies in this sweet Sunshine State! For us, March calls for open windows, fruit picking, diving into the questionable temperatures of the pool, and renewal of our annual passes to the Central Florida Zoo!

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Over the weekend, we hopped in the car and made the short trip to visit the zoo! I’ve been dying to test drive our new Evenflo Pivot Travel System since it’s arrival and knew the zoo and all it’s terrain would be the perfect spot (even though the cheerios on the tile and our super plush shag rug did offer substantial terrain on the night of our new stroller’s unboxing).

What I really loved about pushing the Pivot around all day is the “toddler seat recline to bassinet” action. (Side note: We have a luxury brand stroller that I had to have JUST for the bassinet and to tell you the truth, the whole seat removal and replace with a bassinet and vice versa, is a TOTAL pain.) With the Pivot, there’s a lever on the back of the seat which reclines it ALL.THE.WAY. down to a bassinet. I really just can’t get over how much of a time and energy saver that is. How do you get it back into seat mode? Pull that lever and lift up. Seriously, it’s that easy! There’s a buckle on the back side of the seat to give the seat shape and keep it stable. I’ve got to give it to Evenflo for making it so easy and affordable to leave the extra bulky bassinet behind and transform your stroller from sit to sleep mode in 2 easy steps, WITHOUT the hassle of unlocking, removing, and storing a bassinet!

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Not only does the seat transform into a bassinet but, it can be unlocked and reversed for a parent-facing stroll. This was perfect while we waited in the long line to renew our membership before entering the zoo! The belly bar is easily removable and has an awesome snack tray which occupied little K with carrots and cucumbers during our wait!

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Once we got into the zoo, we just flipped the seat around and he was content all the way until he needed to exercise his bitty legs when we entered the petting area!

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Going through two toddler stages, several strollers and wagons, tons of terrain and adventure, and the constant feeding of growing boys while on the move, I think it’s safe to say that we’re pretty experienced when it comes to knowing a good push to bad push in a stroller and the severe need for a well thought-out stroller basket.

Knowing that we’d be spending our entire day at the zoo, changing from play clothes to swim suits and back again, and snacking during our visit, the large and realistically functional basket on the Pivot, was a HUGE plus. It’s super easy to get in and out of, with a large enough space for two towels, a wet bag, lunch box, and more! I can’t thank Evenflo enough for creating this stroller with such an easy to access basket! TOTAL LIFE SAVER.

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Now, let’s talk about the push!

I’ve had my fair share of stiff wheels, blow outs, terrible turns, and squeaky strolls when it comes to strollers. Five years ago, being a first time mom, I was so excited to have an over the top, drop-in, majorly bulky travel system. BIG mistake, HUGE.

Going into our second baby with a toddler on the run, I REFUSED a travel system and instead told myself I’d be a baby-wearing feign. WRONG. (I mean, I love wearing but, I’m certainly not an 80% of the time baby-wearer. Heck, I’m not even a 30% of the time wearer.) Eventually, I caved and purchased a Sit and Stand…TERRIBLE. The idea was great but, the push was so difficult that we never used it.

Now onto my third baby, with TWO toddlers CONSTANTLY on the go and a storage unit full of mom knowledge acting as my brain, it’s easy to know what works and what doesn’t in only a matter of minutes (BEFORE purchasing and exiting the store to find you’ve made a huge mistake weeks later). Even my husband can appreciate a good stroller with an easy push and after our day trip, we both agreed that Evenflo has totally nailed it with the Pivot! Each of us had a chance to push through dirt and rocks, over boardwalk trails, water covered walkways, and mulch with ease!

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We wrapped up our long day filled with tons of snacking, playing in the sun, petting and visiting our favorite animals, and test driving our newest addition and I think it’s safe to say that every one came home a happy camper!

After a little thought, hubby and I have both decided to let go of our luxury stroller (with the bassinet) and replace it’s spot in the back of the mom mobile with our new Evenflo Pivot!


Want a full list of the 6 Ways to Stroll with the Evenflo Pivot? (Of course you do, that’s why you’re here!)

  • Front Facing Carseat Drop In
  • Rear Facing Carseat Drop In
  • Outward Facing Bassinet
  • Parent Facing Bassinet
  • Front Facing Seat
  • Parent Facing Seat

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Because each system comes with a SafeMax Infant Car Seat which features an Anti-rebound bar, we can’t wait to install it in our family car to bring baby #3 home!

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Save Your Shopping Trips with Snap + Shop Tray! (+ 15% OFF CODE!)

Hey mama! Did today’s trip to pick up milk and bread leave you yanking your hair out? Are you finally pulled into your driveway with your little one passed out oh-so-sweet in the backseat while your heart is still racing from that terrible run to Target?

Listen, we’ve all been there, and I’ve got your back when the older woman behind you glares, or when the young couple in the aisle next to you comments about how their child “will never act like that in public,” I’ve totally got your back…and so does Snap + Shop.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have been waiting, desperately, to come across this mama miracle.

We all know what it’s like to:

a. Spend 35 minutes before even leaving the house or getting dressed, preparing snacks for  what should be-at max, an hour out of the house.

or  b. Packing said snacks and realize as you pull into Target that you’ve forgetten all of them on the kitchen counter.

If you’ve made it to c. and remembered you’re littles’ snack collection, you’re now moving onto the next dreaded step…

STRUGGLING WITH 5 BAGS OF CRACKERS AND CHEERIOS MANAGING TO (hopefully) ONLY DROP SOME ONTO THE FLOOR BEFORE YOUR (loving & beautiful) TODDLER SPRINKLES THE REST THROUGHOUT THE STORE AISLES.

On the other hand, you could save yourself all of the prep and Zilpoc waste, losing precious snacks to the floor before your toddler even gets ahold of them, and most importantly…occupy that sweet bundle as you shop your way through Target heaven!

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Introducing: Snap and Shop!

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This perfectly designed little tray comes in 3 solid colors: Pink, Teal, and Blue. It’s attachment can fit onto any size cart handle (or stroller), and comes off for easy washing!

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Let’s not forget the removable lid. The lid secures tighttt for travel and storage! Pack your snacks into the tray at night to easily grab and go in the morning! Just make sure to listen for the three “snaps!” when placing the lid!

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Take your shopping trips to the next level and save 15% on your Snap + Shop Tray by using this code: HOUSEWIFE15

Happy shopping mamas!

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A huge thank you to Snap + Shop Tray for sending us this one of a kind product!


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6 Shopping Apps You Should Make Space on Your Phone For!

This time of year always sneaks up on us. You know the time: when the boys are going out in public with shorts too tight and embarrassingly high above their knees, tee shirts and belly buttons playing peek-a-boo, and shoes that aren’t even passable for another kid’s hand me down collection. Living in Florida, we only see Winter for a few weeks and we’re just about out of that small speck of a cold season so, it’s a total purge of the kids’ closet…and dad’s wallet.

I’ve learned in my last 5 years of being a mother that nothing, ABSOLUTELY nothing should be purchased without a coupon, sale sticker, or discount, unless it’s necessary. As much as I wish that I was one of those moms who carries a binder full of coupons into the store with her, I just don’t have to time or patience to do so (*major kudos to those of you who do). BUT, unless my phone is dead or in someone’s hand under age 5, I can always be seen with a handful of snazzy mobile coupons taking anywhere from 20-50% off of my total bill!

That’s where this post comes in. I originally posted this in September of 2014, one month after the launch of The Happening Housewife but, it only included 3 of the 6 apps that I save with and I knew it was time for some major tweaking and updates. So, here it is:

1.Shopular- My absolute favorite shopping app is Shopular. It’s an easy to use, coupon and savings app.

Things to LOVE:

  • Very user friendly
  • Sign Up is simple You don’t have to go through a lengthy sign up process to use it
  • Select your favorite stores to store at the top of your feed to save time when shopping
  • Automatic sale finder (when Location Services is turned on) Set the app to use your location, when you pull into a shopping plaza or mall, the app will pop up with all of the deals available through the app in that location. & When you slide open your app, all of those deals will automatically move to the top so they’re easier to access!
  • Outlet Store Coupons available
  • Easy to Scan No zooming or downloading necessary
  • Search Bar Makes it easy to find and search for the store you’re shopping at
  • Shopular takes and uses your recommendations There was a time shortly after I posted the original content of this that I was really hoping for a small handful of stores to be added to the app. I sent them an email and within 60 days, the stores were all available in the app!
  • Available on Android + IOS

2.Shopkick- An app that gives incentives and rewards just for scanning select product barcodes in a store registered with the app.That’s right- you literally don’t have to buy anything to start reaping the benefits of Shopkick.

Things to LOVE:

  • User friendly The app updates daily on how many “kicks” are available for certain stores making it easy to include Shopkick your shopping trips.
  • Reminders when on-site When you walk into a store that is registered with the app or has current “kicks” available, the app will remind you to “check-in” and use it (bluetooth enabled).
  • Easy to scan barcodes It’s very rare that I have trouble scanning an item that is ready for “kicks” when using the built in barcode scanner.
  • Incentives + Rewards The really great thing about this app is that the rewards are actually things that most people want or use. Oh, and don’t forget their referral program. Please feel free to sign up…HERE!
  • Double + Triple Points Several times throughout the year, Shopkick will offer it’s users double or triple earnings for scans.
  • Available on Android + IOS

3.Cartwheel- An app specifically designed for Target shoppers to easily save during their shopping trips.

Things to LOVE:

  • User friendly After adding your savings to the Cartwheel app, all you have to do at checkout is show the cashier the barcode in the “Checkout” tab at the bottom of the app. It will tell you how much you’ve saved since the start of your Cartwheel adventures!
  • Weekly new ad reminders 
  • Easy to scan barcodes The app has a built in barcode scanner which will search the entire app for discounts on your items. Headed to the register and forget to search and add a few items to your savings? Scan those last few items to make sure you’re not missing savings! (There are times that I’m scanning while things are on the checkout belt!)
  • Search Options Not interested in scanning with the barcode scanner or prefer to add your savings before even walking in the store? The search makes it easy to save your discounts without scanning.
  • Combine with Target coupons and discounts You can combine your Cartwheel savings with savings, sales, and coupons from the Target app.
  • Available on Android + IOS

4. Gmail- I know, this isn’t specifically designed for saving on the go. However, if you open an email account just for savings memberships and link it to your Gmail app, it totally works like a coupon charm.

Things to LOVE:

  • Search Option The one thing I have always loved about Gmail is that the search tool is the easiest and most useful of any email search tool in my opinion.
  • Easy to delete unused and outdated savings Gmail makes it easy to delete emails by checking them off and removing them in bulk.
  • Multiple uses This goes without saying but, the Gmail app can be used outside of a coupon or savings app.
  • Birthday Clubs Signing up for a membership with a brand or company that offers Birthday Clubs can lead to MAJOR discounts that you may not receive otherwise.
  •  Extra savings Similar to Birthday Clubs, enrolling in memberships and promotions from retailers can get you tons of extra savings and coupons that other apps may not offer.
  • Available on Android + IOS

5. Retail Me Not- This one isn’t my absolute favorite but, it’s my go-to when noone else has a discount code or coupon for a retailer that I know typically offers savings.

Things to LOVE:

  • Search Option Is it obvious yet that I would never use a discount app without a search tool?
  • Available online as well as mobile app The fab thing about RMN is that everything available on the mobile app is also available for use on the desktop.
  • Viewable recent usage Although RMN doesn’t delete all of the older discount codes it has, the most recently, successfully used deal will be available at the top of a store’s feed! It will tell you if the discount has been verified by users and how many times a certain discount has been used through RMN.
  • TONS of savings RMN offers more savings from each retailer than any of the other apps I’ve listed. I don’t know how they do it but, just today they have 35 available offers with 9 verified discounts for the Gap alone.
  • Available on Android + IOS

6.Flipp- This app is fairly new in my collection but, it’s been really great so far.

Things to LOVE:

  • Search Option Yes, again with the search feature. The Search tool in Flipp let’s you look for specific items and brands, not just stores.
  • Over 800 Big Name Retailers Think of an app that offers all of those “Big Box” ads in one place…that’s what Flipp gives you. No more flipping through huge circulars when you walk into a store to see what their latest sales are. With Flipp, you’ll know what your savings will be before you walk in!
  • Shopping Lists- This one makes it super easy to create a mobile shopping list before hunting down all of the ingredients for that delicious Pinterest recipe you’ve been craving!
  • Extreme Couponing without the big binder Clip coupons in the app for instant savings at the checkout. (For US user only)
  • Notifications before discounts expire Set reminders to use coupons before they  expire
  • Available on Android + IOS

Happy savings!

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