SUPER Super-Couponing DVD deal: Just $5.00 - lowest price ever!

Let's celebrate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Social Sunday AND Cyber Monday all in one! As I am especially thankful for the many ways I have been blessed with a job that I love, I want to thank you for your readership, your loyalty, and your shared love of couponing!

For the next four days, grab my Super-Couponing DVD and/or my Super-Couponing 2: Saving On Everything! DVDs for just $5.00 each! Flat-rate shipping is $5.95 no matter how many you order, so this is a great opportunity to pick up additional copies for gifts this holiday season!

You (or your friends) can enjoy my Super-Couponing and Super-Couponing 2 live workshops from the comfort of your living room! I'll walk you through understanding how to put deals together, match coupons to sales, and cut your grocery bill in half... or better.

Super-Couponing 1 DVD: Only $5.00!
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Super-Couponing 2 DVD: Only $5.00!
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I've never offered my DVDs at such a low price before! Whether you're looking for Black Friday bargains, wishing to support a small business this Saturday (this small business owner thanks you!), sharing deals on social media this Sunday, or shopping solely from home for Cyber Monday, this deal is the same all weekend long. It's just $5.00!

I'm excited about this, and I hope you are too. Imagine what you could do with $5.00 -- grab a latte, pick out a generic grab-bag gift for the office gift swap... or give the gift of saving money this holiday season!

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Little People gift set: Just $9.99 shipped from Target!

How CUTE is this set? I think this appeals to both young children AND Disney lovers! Right now, this Fisher Price Little People Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gift set is just $9.99 at Target. Shipping is FREE!

Thank you to reader Jennifer for spotting this deal!

LivingSocial Shoprunner deal: One year of free shipping for $6.75!

Want two-day FREE shipping from over a hundred online retailers this holiday season? How about for the entire next year?

Shoprunner is a subscription service that gives you free two-day shipping when you shop online with no minimum purchase. There are additional perks available to Shoprunner members too, including free return shipping when you need to return an item you bought online. An annual membership to Shoprunner is normally $79/year, but Living Social has a deal today that will give you one year of Shoprunner membership for just $6.75!

More than 100 online stores participate in Shoprunner, including:

- Toys R Us and Babies R Us
- PetSmart
- Carson's
- Tiger Direct
- Lord and Taylor
- Neiman Marcus
- The Limited
- Anne Klein
- Claire's
- Nine West
- Eddie Bauer
- Under Armour
- Superstore
- NBA Store
- NFL Shop
- Domino's Pizza

If you plan to shop online at all this season, chances are that you'd probably pay $6.75 to ship one order.

LivingSocial's Shoprunner deal is already bargain-priced at $9. However, through 1:00pm Central time 11/28, get another 25% off ANY LivingSocial deal with code "SKIPTHELINES"! After 1:00pm tomorrow, the discount code drops to 15% off, so if you want in on this deal, grab it sooner than later.

Then, anytime you're shopping at a participating retailer and you see items with the Shoprunner logo, you'll know that you can have those products shipped FREE with your membership:

Go get your 1-year Shoprunner membership for $6.75 (a $79 value!)

Bonus: If you're an American Express cardholder, your annual membership to Shoprunner is FREE - you don't need to buy this deal! Click here to sign up.

$10 boxes of diapers at Babies R Us - about .13 per diaper!

Babies R Us is having a crazy-good sale on big boxes of diapers! Babies R Us brand diapers are just $10.00 per box!

Choose from:

- Size 1 80ct. (about .13 per diaper!)
- Size 2 76ct. (about .13 per diaper!)
- Size 3 84ct. (about .12 per diaper!)
- Size 4 72ct. (about .14 per diaper!)
- Size 5 56ct. (about .18 per diaper!)
- Size 6 48ct. (about .21 per diaper)

PLUS, each box of diapers comes with $23 in Babies R Us coupons, including $5 off your next value box of Babies R Us diapers and $5 off Simple Organic baby food jars.

Babies R Us Unscented 800ct Wipe Refills are also $10.00!

These ship free with orders of $49 or more! Or, ship to store with free store pickup available in 5-10 days.

These are GREAT prices! Go get your $10 diapers and wipes at Babies R Us!

Special thanks to reader Lynn for spotting this great deal!

Black Friday randomness from Kmart's ad

Kmart has a surprisingly large selection of good deals in their Black Friday ad. In no particular order, these are the deals that caught my eye...

Intex Inflatable Pull-Out Sofa is $39.99 -- this is a GREAT price for this if you need one. We got one earlier this year for camping and absolutely love it. (Talk about living large in our tent!) It was $69 at Menards...

Northwest Territory Twin Fashion Air Beds are $9.99 each.

Route 66 girls' and boys' T-shirts are $3.00!

Two-pair sets of Joe Boxer boys' and girls cotton/poly blend long-sleeve pajama and pants sets are $9.99!

Joe Boxer women's thermal shirts and pants are $5.00 each, and men's are $5.50 each.

Cosco Play Yard playpen is $35.00!

Orders $59 or more ship free, or ship free to store. Browse Black Friday deals at

Rolling carry-on suitcases at Carson's: Just $19.97 shipped!

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving! Carson's released a bunch of doorbuster sales last night, and this is a great one -- many styles of rolling luggage are just $19.97, shipped!

Choose from:
18" Carry-on upright: 18"H x 13"W x 6"D + 2.5"D; 5.5-lbs.
21" Carry-on upright: 21"H x 14"W x 7"D + 2.5"D; 6-lbs.
24" upright: 24"H x 16"W x 8"D + 2.5"D; 7-lbs.
27" upright: 27"H x 18"W x 9"D + 2.5"D; 8-lbs.
30" upright: 30"H x 20"W x 10"D + 2.5"D; 9-lbs.

Carson's also has rolling duffle styles and additional colors and styles of rolling carry-on suitcases too -- all for $19.97! What a great price if you need new luggage! Use code FREESHIP for free shipping.

Browse the $19.97 luggage sale at Carson's!

JC Penney doorbuster boots: Just $19.99!

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving! JC Penney has MANY $19.99 doorbuster boot sales going today! Ship-to-store is free for purchases over $25, and purchases $49 or more ship free to home.

Browse the $19.99 doorbuster boot sale at JC Penney

My black leather trenchcoat

I've owned this black leather trenchcoat for more than 17 years, but the coat is older than I am. This coat has a story, and this seems as good a time as any to tell it.

Shortly after I got out of college, I had been looking for a trenchcoat like this one. All of the styles in the stores at that time were very boxy in shape -- not at all what I wanted. I wanted a coat with a tailored waist and a belt -- a timeless, classic, vintage style, and yet I couldn't find one like that anywhere.

Around the same time, my neighbor was dying of breast cancer.

It pains me to write that, and it pains me even more that she's been gone so long. She lived across the street from the house I grew up in. My sister and I went to school with her children. One summer, her daughter, my sister and I pretended to be triplets named "April, May and June" -- three giggly brunette girls who could nearly all pass for sisters.

Her husband is one of my father's best friends. I don't think either one of those guys could resist seeing the other's garage door open or vehicle's hood propped up without walking over to see what the other one was working on.

My neighbor fought breast cancer and fought it hard. There was a time when we all thought she had beaten it, but it came back and ravaged her. She was alive to dance at her daughter's wedding, but she was gone before her first grandchild was born.

In the weeks prior to her death, my family visited as often as she was comfortable with. On one particular day when we went over, she was putting piles of loose photographs into photo albums for her son and daughter. I remember laughing with her at a funny photograph of her kids playing in the bathtub together when they were little.

She had been busy getting things in order for her children and husband once she was no longer with them. That's just the kind of person that she was.

Then, she brought out a beautiful black leather trenchcoat and gave it to me.

"I know you have been looking for one like this," she said, and then the tears came.

She told me she'd gotten the coat when she was a student and that the coat was older than I was. Like everything she took care of in her life, she also took meticulous care of that coat. I'm guessing it dates to the late 1960s or early 1970s, but you wouldn't know that to look at it. The leather is soft, supple and gloss black.

I wore her coat that fall, and I've worn it every year since. The coat is more than forty years old now and still as beautiful as ever, as I've lovingly conditioned the leather every season. Every year when fall rolls around, I take the coat out of the closet and I think of her. She was an amazing woman, mother and friend. She would have been so proud to see how handsome a man her son grew up to be and the wonderful mother that her daughter has become. How she would have loved her beautiful grandchildren. Those of us who knew her will never forget her.

Today, as you pause to reflect on all that you're thankful for, know that our lives are blessed in so many ways, big and small. Some of us will celebrate with friends and family today, and others will think of those who aren't here to sit at the table with us.

I'm thankful for good health. I'm thankful for my family and extended family, and I'm thankful that I get to see them often. They are a huge part of my life. I'm thankful for my home and for six years of being self-employed at a job that I love. I'm thankful for flannel sheets to snuggle in on chilly nights and warm cups of hot cocoa sipped with my kids in front of our fireplace. I'm thankful for our dog, whose rough start in life took a turn for the better the day he came home to live with us. I'm thankful that my 10-year-old vehicle starts every day and still runs well. I'm thankful for our church family, our thoughtful and spontaneous friends, and my children's excellent schoolteachers. I'm thankful for stocked pantry shelves and plenty to eat. I'm thankful our family has been able to travel this year and see the beauty of our country.

And, I'm thankful that when people leave our lives, they leave us with memories that can never be erased. My neighbor may not have realized it at the time, but she left me something else too -- the feeling of a hug every time I slip my arms into her coat.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Nakano Rice Vinegar New Tastes gift pack!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Nakano. I have been compensated for this post.

Happy Thanksgiving, Super-Couponers! Do you cook with rice vinegar? Nakano rice vinegars are a great way to splash your food with flavor! Splash them on salads, add a splash to marinades, or substitute them for regular vinegar in your favorite recipes.

Nakano has two new varieties of seasoned rice vinegar on the market - Mango Seasoned and Citrus Seasoned! Each is infused with fresh fruit flavors - perfect for lightly seasoning meats, seafoods, shish kebabs -- the possibilities are endless. In fact, my contact at Nakano recommended swapping the citrus vinegar for traditional white vinegar in your apple pie recipe for a sweet and tangy twist! (I've got that recipe for you at the end of this post...)

Want to try the new tastes of Nakano Rice Vinegars? For a chance to win a 2-pack, simply post a reply in the comments under this article! This giveaway begins today, November 27, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on December 3, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on December 4, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!