Melissa & Doug Toys – B1G1 1/2 Off

md2I just thought I’d mention that I noticed TRU is having a buy 1, get 1 1/2 off sale on all Melissa & Doug Products.  Amazon is usually a good place to find these toys but with the B1G1 sale at TRU, you might want to check them out as well.

For those of you concerned about toy recalls and compliance with lead in toys, check out M&D’s compliance info below

Thanks for your inquiry about our products in regard to compliance with the new CPSIA regulations. In August 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) made a number of changes to consumer product safety laws in the USA. Under the new law, effective February 10, 2009 the lead limit for any children’s product is 600 parts per million (ppm) total lead content by weight for any part of the product. The lead limit will be lowered again to 300 ppm total lead content by weight effective August 2009.

We are pleased to tell you that YES, Melissa & Doug products are compliant with the new CPSIA regulations. From day one, we have had a comprehensive testing program in place for all of the products we produce and sell. Our testing programs have always been in compliance with all US consumer product safety regulations, and we will continue to stay compliant even as some of these laws evolve and change.

As a result, you can continue selling our products with confidence knowing our products comply with the new total lead standards imposed under the CPSIA that became effective February 10, 2009. Of course, we also have General Conformity Certificates readily available for products produced after November 2008 as required under the CPSIA guidelines as further assurance of our products’ compliance to CPSIA.

Amazon – Tons of discounts on Eco Friendly Products

If you don’t mind buying in bulk, Amazon is a great place to order eco friendly cleaning supplies and paper products.  I recommend normally signing up for subscribe & save as it saves you an extra 15% off Amazon’s price.

I just came across this $20 off $79 coupon and thought I’d pass it along to everyone.  I’d normally post this on DealCatcher but we are having “issues” with Amazon right now and are not posting deals for them this month.  I can’t pass up passing this along to friends & family though 😉


Dell PC w 23″ LCD Monitor, 1TB Ext Drive & More – $557

delldealI just posted another really good deal on a dell desktop to the catch of the day section on DealCatcher.  If anyone is in the market, this looks like one of the best deals I have seen in a while.  It comes with a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, dual DVD-ROM/DVD Burner drives, 250GB hard drive, 23″ LCD monitor and a 1TB external hard drive!  I’m not sure how long this deal will last but Dell normally adjusts their prices on Thursday mornings so this deal will most likely be gone by tomorrow.

*Note – If it’s no longer in the catch of the day spot, the deal is most likely gone but you can check here as well.

Why is this a good deal?
The above system comes with a Samsung 23″ Widescreen LCD Monitor which alone sells for $238 at It also comes with a Western Digital 1TB External Hard drive which sells for $118. Basically you are getting a dell desktop with core 2 duo processor, 2gb of memory, 250gb hard drive and dual dvd burner drives for $201!

Dell 15.4″ Laptop w/ Core 2 Duo CPU + Office Small Business – $499

picture-32If you are in the market for a budget laptop and need word, excel, powerpoint this is by far the best deal. Dell is offering their Vostro 1510 15.4-inch laptop for $499 with Microsoft Office Small business. MS Office small business alone sells for ($200 – $280 on Pricegrabber.  I bet this deal will be gone by mid week at the latest if not by the end of the day on Monday.

Visit DealCatcher for the complete stats.  I apologize in advance if the deal is gone by the time you read this post.

Old Navy – 50% off 1 Item

I just posted a 50% off any one item coupon on DealCatcher and thought I’d share it here as well.


  • Click through
  • Vote for “best legs” on the mannequins (all stars must turn blue)
  • Wait up to a minute for a kite to appear in the background
  • Click on the kite to get the coupon

Make sure you follow the directions and wait for the flying kite in the background to get the coupon to appear 🙂

New Still in Beta

dealcatcher_newWe are still making minor changes to the site.  We added a poll on the right nav bar for users to tell us what they think of the design / functionality.  Feel free to check out the new site and let us know what you think.  Hopefully we will transition over to the new site in the next few weeks once we make a few more adjustments.

New DealCatcher Coming Soon


We are in the process of relaunching DealCatcher with some cool new features. Below are just a few of the changes we made. Feel free to check it out and let me know if you find any bugs!

Today’s Deals

Today’s deals is the featured section on the main page of our site.  It is defaulted into popular order meaning the best deals are right at the top of the page. We add hundreds of coupons as well so we have filters set up on the right hand side of the page so you can see all the coupons and sales that have been added to the site. Each one of the sorts (popular, newest, store and category) can also be filtered by deals, coupons and sales.  There are tons of ways for you to find what your looking for or you can just use the main page to get the best deals.

Catch of the Day
Our catch of the day section has sometimes been primarily for top Dell deals as they are usually what people are looking for on our site.  We have added an extra 5 hot deals to the side of the catch of the day so you will not miss out on our most popular offers.

Our categories have multiplied as we were tired of putting everything in very unspecific categories like “home & garden”.  Mr. Baxter (Dan’s dad) , one of our most frequent visitors, will be happy to know there is now a tools section!  Within each category are the same sort features as the main page of our site with one addition.  We also have a price sort within the category / subcategories.

2nd Annual Green Expo Coming to Delaware

picture-16The 2nd annual Delaware Green Expo will be at the Chase Center on the Riverfront Saturday March 21st from 9am – 5pm. Admission is $7 per person (Kids under 12 are free). As always, I looked for and found a coupon for $2 off. Click through and print out the coupon below.

We went to this last year and got to meet Sara Snow.  This year, Ed Begley Jr. is the scheduled speaker.  As soon as I see a schedule of events online, I’ll post it here.

Home Refinance Drama…

At the risk of boring you with my personal issues, I thought I’d ramble on a bit about what’s going on with refinancing our mortgage. I had planned on writing about something eco friendly however I’ve been dealing with the refinance for over a month. I locked in to a 4.75% rate with 0 points on December 17th 2008. I was approved and went through the appraisal process at which point I found out our house was valued $30k less than when we purchased it 2 years ago. I decided to go ahead with the refinance anyway since we plan to stay here for many years and I feel that 10 – 15 years from now it won’t really matter what our house was appraised for during this refinance. With all the paperwork in to the mortgage company, all I was waiting for was a date for the refinance. As the lock date was looming, I got a few extra last minute requests from the mortgage company which I gladly complied with (ie my full tax return and a copy of my homeowners insurance).

A few days before the lock was set to expire I found out that the mortgage company, Provident Funding, was contesting the appraisal that had been submitted 3 weeks earlier. They said the appraisal only had 3 comps (comparable houses) in the report and they wanted 4.  After the mortgage broker got a hold of the appraiser, she went ahead and offered a fourth. After another day or 2 with no word, I found out Provident Funding was now saying the fourth appraisal was invalid since the fourth house had a basement and our house did not.

To make a long story somewhat short, I am now in a 12 day lock waiting to hear back the latest about whether Provident Funding will make good on their initial offer or if they will cancel my refinance for some bogus reason.

I’m wondering now if I should have just gone with a local bank that was also offering the 4.75% rate the day I locked in my mortgage. I feel if i had I might not be sitting in this situation but on the same hand I don’t believe this is the mortgage brokers fault as he also would like to get this refinance finished.

As with all other blog posts, I feel the need to offer up some deal advice even though my refinane is not going as planned. I’ve been updating the mortgage rates at a few local Delaware / national mortgage companies. This is by no means a complete list, but feel free to check DealCatcher daily (around 11:30pm) for the most up to date rates from the banks below


Get Rid of Your In-Home Water Service

A few years back my wife and I decided to stop drinking so much soda and switched to drinking mostly water. As a result we became much more aware of the taste of water. For a few years now we have been paying to have Deer Park water delivered to our door since our home drinking water tastes bad and refilling those small brita filters was a pain in the butt. When we moved to our new house, we inherited a fridge from the previous owners that had a water filter built in. I thought this would be a great way to get rid of our Deer Park water service since we could now just get filtered water from our fridge. There were 2 problems with this:
1 – the fridge does not also have a hot water feature which is really nice when making tea, hot chocolate, etc.
2 – My wife did not like the fridge water as much as it was not as cold

A few weeks ago my friend Dan and I were talking about water filters / service and he found the Greenway Water Filtration System.  Basically it looks just like one of the 5 gallon bottles that you put on the water cooler but you can pour tap water in the top chamber and it filters the water. I decided I would be the Guinea pig and test this new product. I knew if it were going to work for us it would have to be easy to replace the water, the water would have to be cold and it would have to taste good. Once we received it in the mail, I put it together, followed the directions soaking the filter for 30 minutes in water and then filled the top chamber. The water filtered through the top chamber surprisingly fast. Now came the real test….My wife and I both drank a glass of water and were extremely happy with the taste / coldness of the water. Even better is the fact that the Greenway bottle is BPA free, unlike the 5 Gal water containers from DeerPark.

Now for the best part….the savings

Our Current Water Plan
5 – 5Gal Bottles of Water – $36.25/month
36 x 12 Months = $435 per Year

New Water Plan

Greenway GWF7 Water Filtration System w/ 1 Filter – $50 (approx)
1 Addl Filter – $25 shipped (approx)
$75 for the 1st Year, $50 each additional Year


In all I’ll be saving $360 by using the water filtration system. There are a few things missing from the above including the cost of tap water but that depends on your location and would be maybe an extra $25 – $50 per year tops. There is also the water cooler which is normally offered by the water companies for free (as a rental…ie they take it back when you cancel the service). This would cost around $100 – $150 at Amazon, Home Depot or Sears. Even with these 2 additional features, the first year savings alone is worth $200.

I bought the Greenway GWF7 from when it was $39.99 + Shipping. As of today, they are not in stock at Target but are available from EverythingFurniture for $49 + Shipping.