25 Days of Spring Cleaning Hacks Day 15: Clean Your Washer Drain


Anyone dreaming of Spring like I am? This has been a crazy winter, so I’m hoping that maybe by starting Spring cleaning, Mother Nature will realize that Spring really needs to get started around here!

For the next few weeks I’ll be sharing 25 super easy Spring Cleaning hacks to make your life just a wee bit easier. (And since most of them will use ingredients I’m betting you already have on hand, you’ll pinch a penny too!)



Check out this tutorial for how to clean out your washer drain from Angela at Kiwi Services!  Unless you’ve gotten an error code like Angela, you may have never thought of doing this but seems like a great maintenance tip for all washers!

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LEGO Juniors Construction Set $11.99 (Lowest Price) + More LEGO Deals

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Amazon just dropped the price on this LEGO Juniors Construction Set to $11.99, which is by far the lowest price it’s ever been at! It has excellent reviews, and ships free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping. Here are a few product features:

  • Includes a construction worker minifigure; Features an Easy to Build construction truck, crane with wrecking ball and a wall section
  • Accessories include a wheelbarrow, cones and building accessories; Comes in an iconic and sturdy LEGO container that is great for storage or travel
  • Be inspired by the included building instructions to rebuild into a tough SUV and alternate wall section with scaffolding
  • LEGO Juniors is the perfect introduction to LEGO brick building; Includes age-appropriate building instructions
  • Iconic LEGO container measures over 5″ high, 7″ wide and 7″ deep; Car base measures 3″ long, 1″ wide and under 1″ high

You can also get these LEGO City sets for Amazon’s lowest price:

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LEGO City Space Port for $83 (regularly $119.99)

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LEGO City Space Port Starter Kit for $7.94 (regularly $9.99)

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LEGO CITY Fire Ladder Truck for $18.45 (regularly $24.99)

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St. Johns Bay Mens Puffer Jacket $20 (Regularly $100)

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Right now you can get this St. Johns Bay Mens Puffer Jacket for $20 after coupon code SHOP4U at JCPenney.com! It was originally $100, so that’s a huge mark-down. Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs. Here is a little bit about the jacket:

Stay well insulated in colder weather with this fleece-lined puffer jacket, featuring a snap-on hood that affords extra protection when needed.

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Free eBook Download: The Best Slow Cooker Meals Cookbook Set

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Download The Best Slow Cooker Meals Cookbook Set right now for free to your Kindle! This includes 5 ebooks and tons of recipes for your slow cooker. It’s regularly $7.99, so grab it while it’s free if you’re interested!

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Gymboree: Up To 75% Off + Free Shipping!

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Head over to Gymboree where everything is marked an extra 40% off right now (including sale items)! Plus you’ll score free shipping with the code COLORFUL at checkout today only (4/28). That makes for some great savings on sale items, with tees, onesies and more as low as $4.19, shipped.  Here are a few deals I see . . .


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Boys’ Tees and Tanks as low as $4.19

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Girls’ Dresses as low as $11.39

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Onesies as low as $6.59

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Boys’ Cargo Pants as low as $5.99

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42 Deals You Can’t Miss at Walmart This Week


Note that Walmart prices vary some by area – these are what we found at our local stores and we hope you find similar pricing in your hometown!

Here are 42 deals you can’t miss at Walmart this week, thanks to Paul at I Heart the Mart for some of the deals!


1. Bush’s Best Cocina Latina Machacados – $0.98

2. Degree Men Antiperspirant Deodorant 2.7 oz, $2.47

3. French’s Ketchup – $1.20

4. Good Earth Herbal Tea – $1.98

5. Rave Hairspray – $.99

  • Use FREE Rave Travel Size Hairspray – 4-10-16 SS, Maximum Value $1; DND; Size 1.5 oz Only (exp. 05/08/16)
  • Free after coupon

6. Spam Snacks – $1

  • Use $1.00/1 Spam Snacks Product – 3-6-16 SS (exp. 05/02/16)
  • Free after coupon

7. Curad Bandages – $.96

8. OUT Pro Wash Detergent – $5.98

  • Use Free Mail In Rebate
  • Free after rebate

9. Maruchan Bowls – $.73

  • Use $1.00/2 Maruchan Bowls – 4-24-16 SS (exp. 07/31/16)
  • $.23 after coupon wyb 2

10. Ortega Taco Seasoning- $.73

11. Maruchan Yakisoba Noodles- $.58

  • Use $1.00/3 Maruchan Yakisoba Products – 4-24-16 SS (exp. 07/31/16)
  • $.25 after coupon wyb 3

12. Bic Soleil Razor- $3.27

  • Use $3.00/1 BIC Soleil Disposable Razor – 5-1-16 SS, Excludes Trial and Travel Size (exp. 05/29/16)
  • $.27 after coupon

13. Mahatma Rice -$.78

  • Use $0.50/1 Mahatma or WaterMaid Rice – 4-24-16 RP (exp. 07/31/16)
  • $.28 after coupon

14. Lunchable Uploaded – $1.10

15. McCormick Taco Seasoning – $.66

  • Use $0.50/2 McCormick Taco or Mexican Seasoning Mixes – 4-24-16 RP (exp. 05/29/16)
  • $.41 after coupon

16. Wet n Wild Eyeliner or Nail Polish – $.93

17. Bounty Basic Paper Towel – $.97

  • Use $.25/1 printable, $0.50/1 Bounty or Charmin Basic Product – 4-3-16 PG (exp. 04/30/16) or $0.50/1 Bounty or Charmin Basic Product – 5-1-16 PG (exp. 05/28/16)
  • $.47 after coupon

18. Alka Seltzer – $1.47

  • Use $1.00/1 Alka-Seltzer Product – 4-10-16 SS (exp. 05/08/16)
  • $.47 after coupon



19. Simple Green Cleaner -$1.97

20. Old El Paso Seasoning – $.82

  • Use $1/3 printable or $1.00/3 Old El Paso Products – 4-17-16 SS (exp. 06/11/16)
  • $0.49 after coupon

21. Werther’s Candy – $1

  • Use $1.00/2 Werther’s Original Caramels – 4-10-16 SS, DND (exp. 06/30/16)
  • $.50 after coupon

22. Garnier Shampoo – $2.50

  • Use $2.00/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment – 4-10-16 RP, Excludes 1.7, 2, and 3 oz (exp. 05/07/16)
  • $.50 after coupon

23. V05 Shampoo- $.75

  • Use $0.50/2 Alberto V05 Shampoo, Conditioner, or Body Washes – 4-10-16 SS, DND (exp. 05/31/16)
  • $.50 after coupon

24. Chef Boyardee – $.76

25. White Rain Body Wash – $.98

26. Barilla Pronto Pasta – $1.38

  • Use $0.75/1 Barilla Pronto Pasta – 4-3-16 RP (exp. 05/31/16)
  • $0.63 after coupon

27. Joy Ice Cream Cones – $.96

28. Palmolive Soap – $.96

  • Use $0.25/1 Palmolive Dish Liquid – 4-10-16 SS, Includes 10 oz or Larger Only (exp. 04/30/16)
  • $.71 after coupon

29. Ivory Body Wash – $.97

30. St. Joseph Low Aspirin – $1.76

31. Tena Pad – $2.86

  • Use $2.00/1 Tena Product – 4-10-16 SS (exp. 05/01/16)
  • $.86 after coupon

32. Suave Kids Shampoo – $1.88

  • Use $1/2 printable or $1.00/1 Suave Kids Hair Care Product – 4-24-16 SS (exp. 05/14/16)
  • $.88 after coupon

33. Covergirl Eye Liner Pencil – $3.94

  • Use $3.00/1 Covergirl Lip or Eye Product – 4-10-16 RP, Excludes Accessories or 1 Kit Eyeshadows (exp. 04/30/16)
  • $.94 after coupon

34. Colgate Toothpaste Optic – $2.96

  • Use $2.00/1 Colgate Optic White High Impact White, Total Daily Repair, Enamel Health, or Sensitive Smart White Toothpaste – 5-1-16 SS, Includes 3 oz or Larger Only (exp. 05/14/16)
  • $.96 after coupon

35. Poise Bladder Impressa – $2.97

36. Garnier Whole Blends Shampoo – $3.47

  • Use $1/1 printable or $2.00/1 Garnier Whole Blends Shampoo or Conditioner – 4-3-16 RP (exp. 04/30/16)
  • $1.47 after coupon

37. Playtex Pads – $3.97

38. Dulcolax Pink Laxative – $4.98 (great donation item)

39. Centrum Vitamins (60 ct) or Miulti Gummy (70 ct) – $6.76

  • Use $4.00/1 Centrum Vitamints, $4.00/1 Centrum MultiGummies – 4-24-16 RP, Includes 70 ct or Larger Only (exp. 05/15/16) or $4.00/1 Centrum Vitamints – 4-24-16 RP, Includes 60 ct or Larger Only (exp. 05/15/16)
  • $2.76 after coupon

40. Scott Tube Free Toilet Tissue (12 Double Roll) – $5.98

41. Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese 2 pk – $4

42. Kraft Cheese (16 oz) – $4.78 Tide Detergent – $5.24


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Dollar Tree Deals

Planning to head to the Dollar Tree this week? Here are several deals you won’t want to miss!  Remember that the availability of items from store to store will vary a bunch, but hopefully you’ll be able to find many of these at your store.
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Starbucks Rewards Members: Half-Priced Frappuccinos through May 2nd!

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Starbucks Happy Hour official kicks off next week, but Rewards Members are able to get early access! Starting today and running through May 2nd, Starbucks Reward Members can score Frappuccino Blended Beverages for half-price when you pay with your Starbucks App or registered card from 3-6pm. (You can try the limited-edition Birthday Cake Frap through 5/2!)

Plus, from May 6th – 15th, everyone can enjoy 50% off any Frappuccino beverage at Starbucks between 3PM – 5PM (or 6PM for Starbucks Rewards Members!).

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Don’t forget you’ll score 60 Bonus Stars when your friends join Starbucks Rewards right now, and the 25% Off Frappuccinos Target Cartwheel offer has been extended through 5/1!

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5 Garage Sale Shopping Strategies

Garage Sale Shopping Strategies

The days are getting warmer, which means folks are cleaning out their garages and it’s about time for yard sale season to begin!   I get so excited when I have a free morning to hit up some garage sales – they’re just chock full of fun deals and treasures.
So often you can snag an inexpensive piece of furniture that’s seen better days – and turn it into JUST the thing to complete a nook in your home. (Like these fun end tables that were just perfect for our guest bedroom update!)

But before you head out to treasure hunt – you may want to brush up on these 5 Garage Sale Shopping Strategies.




1. Plan Your Route

Before you even hop in the car – find out when and where the yard sales are taking place.  Enlist the help of Craigslist or (my favorite) Garage Sale Finder – which will allow you to view and print a map of allll the garage sales going on in your area.  It even has them sorted by colored flags to tell you if it’s a single family, estate sale or neighborhood yard sale!  (Don’t you love that??)
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Once you have your yard sale map in hand – save gas and time by planning a route through town that hits all the sales first.  Focus on neighborhood and multi-family yard sales for the biggest selection.  Choose church rummage sales and group charity sales for the cheapest goods.  For single family yard sales, you might want to keep in mind that nicer neighborhoods may have nicer stuff to offer.



2. Shop Very Early – or Very Late

This is pretty much common sensebut to find the real gems before they get snatched up – get to the yard sale right as they open!  On the other hand – arriving close to the end of the yard sale is great strategy too.  The folks who are hosting it are usually ready to call it a day by that point and you can get great deals on anything they don’t want to pack away for next year!  (I can totally relate – I’m just ready to give everything away come noon on the second day . . . )



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3. Be Ready to Haggle

Haggling at yard sales is pretty much expected, so don’t feel weird asking for a deal.   (Especially haggle for big ticket items, which are often priced a little high specifically to give shoppers an opportunity to talk them down a little.)   Also, know what prices to expect – take a look at this guide for a starting point on pricing.  Here are a few strategies for getting those prices down:
  • Start by being friendly.  It’s so much easier to haggle when you strike up a bit of a rapport from the moment you walk up the driveway.  No need for lots of conversation – just ask how they’re doing, comment that they’ve got nice weather for a sale, etc….
  • Bring small bills –  that way if you’re able to talk a $7 item down to $5, you won’t offend them by brandishing a crisp $20 😉
  • Ask how much an item costs –  if the answer seems too high, let it show on your face as you put the item down.  The seller will often notice and try again with a lower asking price.  (It seems so simple – but this really works 50% of the time!)
  • Group things together.  If you’ve found several items – ask the seller if they’ll accept a certain amount for your whole pile.  Let’s say you found 5 shirts marked at $2 each – just ask “Would you do all five for $8?” or something along those lines.
  • Walk away if you need to.  When the going gets tough – it’s okay to just walk away.  If the price is too high, it’s too high!  Actually seeing you walk away will sometimes prompt the seller to reconsider his stance.
  • Leave your number.  If you’ve got your eye on a pricier item that the seller won’t budge on – here’s one last chance tip.  Scribble down your name and number and let them know that at the end of the day, if they still are looking to sell it, you’ll be happy to take it off their hands for “x” amount.




4. Keep an Open Mind

While browsing through other people’s castoffs, try to think outside the box.  Look beyond ugly paint or upholstery fabric (those are things you can fix!) and seek out items with potential !  For instance, this chair had very humble beginnings – but it’s so sweet now!
Buy nice name brands – because even if you decide they don’t flatter you later at home, you can probably resell them at your OWN yard sale much easier if it’s a good brand.
And hey – while you consider if your instinct is right – carry it around with you so no one else takes it! 😉



5. Test & Try

Be thorough before you take something home.  Ask to plug in electronics, try on something if you can (jackets, etc), check battery compartments for corrosion, feel the edges of dishes for chips and cracks, and generally take your time assessing before you buy.
Yard sales can be such goldmines when you go in with a good plan – I’d love to hear any garage sale shopping strategies you might have as well!
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Keebler Cookie and Cheez-It Variety Pack $.33 per Pack, Shipped To Your Door

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If you missed this deal last time, it’s available again!

You can get a sweet deal on this Keebler Cookie and Cheez-It Variety Pack right now on Amazon! Just the ticket for snacking on the go, or school lunches.


Here’s how to get the best price:

Even better, if you reach 5 or more subscriptions this month, you’ll pay only $5.89 ($.30 per bag). Check out this great list of extra subscribe and save deals under $5 if you’d like to get some additional savings! 



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