Pay Cash For Christmas: 17 Simple Ways to Earn $500 By Christmas Day


Wouldn’t it be fun to use only cash for Christmas this year? With a few months (ahem, weeks?) to go before the Holiday season arrives, you still really do have plenty of time. Determine this year to pay only cash, and I promise your January budget will thank you for it.


Note – you can also choose to spend less on Christmas this year. We’ll talk more about that in the upcoming weeks, but I want you to start saving for Christmas first!


Sell your stuff.

1. De-clutter your home and make a buck (or two. or $200.)

Go through your home and see if there’s anything available to sell. Just yesterday I sold a couch that we were no longer using for $100 via an online yard sale Facebook group, and I recently made $70 selling my kids clothes as well. Not only will you make some money to use for Christmas, you’ll de-clutter your home too!

2. Sell books, electronics, and more on Amazon.

Amazon makes it super easy to sell things on line – just type in what you’d like to sell, ship it to them (for free!), and get paid with an Amazon gift card. Easy!

3. Sell gift cards you won’t use.

Do you have gift cards you won’t use? Visit where you can sell your gift cards. You won’t get the full face value but you will get a decent rate, so this is a great way to save if you can’t use a gift card you’ve been given.

4. Sell plasma.

This is a great way to help someone in need and earn a little cash. Check out this article to learn more.

5. Sell stuff on Ebay.

Guys, you can sell just about anything (anything!) Sell used baby food jars, empty paper towel rolls, used toilet paper rolls or an old laptop on ebay.

Sell your services.

6. Babysit.

Have kids at home? Offer to babysit for a working mom to earn extra income.



7. Paint a room.

Love to paint? Charge $100 to paint a room – odds are someone else would love to have that project done for them, and it’s an easy way to learn some extra cash!

8. Clean houses.

9. Do yard work.

As the leaves are starting to change, lots of folks have yard work that needs to be taken care of. Offer to mulch flower beds, weed, or bag leaves, and charge $100 for your work.

10. Walk a dog, or two.

Live in a neighborhood with many pets? Offer to walk your neighbors pets while they’re away at work each day. Average rate is $10 per hour, so in just 10 hours you could make $100! Try out sites like and to find someone in your area (or find a local networking group for your community on Facebook and offer your services there.)

11. Take online surveys or try out Swagbucks.

You won’t quickly earn $100 through online surveys, but each time you take a survey you can earn a dollar or two. The only site that I’ve consistently heard excellent reviews about is Pinecone Research ~ and don’t forget to take advantage of ways to earn for free on Swagbucks too!

12.  Mystery shopping.

If you shop regularly (and don’t have small children), you can sign up to be a mystery shopper at local stores in your area. Check out ways to earn as much as $25 per shopping trip over HERE.

13. Take advantage of rebate apps.

Apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Snap by Groupon offer you the ability to earn gift cards on items you’re already purchasing. Save the money you receive in those accounts for the next few months towards gift cards at stores like Amazon, Walmart and more, and you can easily earn a little extra spending money before Christmas. Learn more HERE. 


Save some moo-lah.

14. Take a spending “fast”.

For 5 to 10 days, determine as a family to spend nothing. No eating out, no grocery shopping, no entertainment, no nothing. Odds are you’ll come up with a nice little bit of extra change in just a few days, which can definitely come in handy during the Christmas season. (We recently worked on seriously cutting back our expenses for one month, and it was amazing how much we saved simply by really focusing on trimming our budget as a family!)

15. Skip meals out for 2 weeks and add any money you would normally spend to your Christmas fund.

16. Give up cable.

If you’re willing to cut cable, you can save a bundle every month. With free movies from Amazon Prime or Netflix, you may be able to do it without missing many of your favorites, and you’ll save several hundred dollars over the course of one year too!

17. Cut back on housing expenses. 

Call your local internet provider and ask for a discount. (It works – I saved $485 in a 20 minute phone call that way!) Skimp on your cell phone plan. Cancel a home phone if you don’t need it. Look at all of your monthly bills, and see if there are any bills you can change by either getting rid of them completely or making a phone call to get a reduced payment.


What other suggestions do you have to save extra money before Christmas? I’d love to hear what’s working for you – leave a comment to share!




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How To Decorate for Fall {at the Dollar Tree}


y’all, I have a serious thing for etched glass.



and pretty words.


So when I can make etched glass words with a few bargains from the Dollar Tree (and make them reversible???)


You know I’m a happy girl. 😉


I knew somehow I could use these Dollar Tree glass containers for something, and absolutely loved how this little project turned out. :) 


Here’s what I used:

  • Etching Cream (one bottle will last you forever, but I think plain white crafting would probably work too!)
  • 10 glasses from the Dollar Tree
  • popping corn (on sale at Kroger this week)
  • votive candles (also from the Dollar Tree)
  • Silhouette Cameo Cutter and adhesive vinyl (if you don’t have a cutter just find stickers at your local craft store – you can do the same thing if you’re able to find a font you like!)
  • sponge brush

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And here’s what I did: 

  • Cut out vellum using Silhouette cutter (I really do love that thing – my favorite typeface right now is American Typewriter)
  • Put vellum onto glass jars (I did “boo” on one side and “give thanks” on the other so that I could use them throughout thanksgiving)

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  • Used sponge brush to paint over the glass with etching cream
  • Removed vellum
  • Added popcorn and candles. Done!







That’s it ~ fun! Once my Silhouette was up and running it probably took less than an hour to complete, and I’m so pleased with the results. Love it!


Looking for more ways to decorate for fall on a penny pinched budget? Here you go:

DIY Butcher Block Sign


I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!




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My Top 10 Favorite Home Decor Blogs

my TOP 10 favorite Home Decor blogs

You all know I love fluffing up my home. :) 


And whether it’s on a penny pinched budget or not, just taking a peek at beautiful DIY and decorating blogs makes me happy. (Although it does lend to a wee bit of jealousy . . . I’m working on that!) In my dreams one day I’ll grown up and become an amazing DIY/home blogger, but for the meantime I’ll keep sharing deals and living vicariously through these guys.


So, last week when I got a question from a reader about which were my favorite home decor blogs to follow, I knew I had to put together a list. A few of these are blogging friends I’ve made along the way, and many of them are ones I’ve found while perusing Pinterest but just keep coming back to. Here’s a peek . . .


{Note that these are in alphabetical order – there’s no way I could decide which one I love the most!}


1. Craftberry Bush

I heard Lucy from Craftberry Bush speak at the Haven Conference and started following her on Instagram, and goodness, every single picture she shares is AMAZING. She did a class on photography at the conference, and looking at her pictures make me want to up my photography skills so much!


2. Frugal Homemaker

I just love Christina from the Frugal Homemaker! She actually started years ago as a frugal blogger, but found that her DIY projects were getting more interest than deals, so she switched the entire purpose of her site.


I’ve had dinner with her and love seeing her amazing ideas, all on a penny pinched budget. The best part is that she truly is a frugal girl, so if you’re looking for inexpensive ways to decorate your home, you’ll want to follow her over HERE!

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3. Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

One of my favorite bloggers is Julie from Less than Perfect Life of Bliss. We met several years ago during a one-day conference at Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, Alabama, and I’ve so enjoyed following her ever since. Her heart is so evident in her blog and her home, and I love keeping up with how she updates her home virtually!

Be sure to see the book she made for her son as he’s heading off to college ~ I love this! 


4. Liz Marie Blog

I also listened to a class from Liz Marie at Liz Marie Blog while at the Haven Conference, and goodness I just love her site! Everything she does is just beautiful, and it’s been fun to follow her updates via Instagram. (The class I heard her speak at was on Instagram, be sure to follow her over there if you’re not already!)


5. Magnolia Homes

I’m betting you’ve heard of Joanna Gaines from the HGTV show Fixer Upper, and it turns out she has a blog where she shows her recent designs too! I love the show and absolutely love flipping through the images on her site.



6. Nesting with Grace

I’m not even sure where I happened upon this blog, but I love all the updates over at Nesting with Grace.


7. Shanty 2 Chic

Shanty 2 Chic has a new show as well on HGTV, and I’ve followed them off and on via Pinterest for the last few years. I love seeing their DIY crafts, and am determined to make this DIY Barn Wood Planter one of these days. 


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8. Thistlewood Farms

My mom actually mentioned the site Thistlewood Farms to me years ago, but I didn’t have much time to look closely at it until recently. When I was at the Haven conference though I met Kari Anne and she is so. stinkin’. cute. I only briefly said hello to her, but goodness I love visiting her website with so many beautiful ideas!


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9. The Nester (also Nesting Place)

Of all the home blogs I’ve followed, The Nester is undoubtedly my favorite, and oh-so-often I hear the words “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” (her tagline) ringing in my head when I’m working to fluff up our home. I love that she makes me feel like even just adding a little something special and quirky to my home really can be just right, and I how she can take a plain ordinary rooms and made it just gorgeous.


Reading her blog (and especially her book) have given me the courage to do things in our home that I normally would be kind of afraid to do. Check out her book over HERE, and be sure to keep up with her on her blog as well. 



10. Young House Love

Guys, I looooooove (like really, love) the blog Young House LoveMy neighbor back in Alabama mentioned to me that they’d linked to PPP as one of their money saving tips way back in 2011 (~squeal!~) but honestly at that time time I hadn’t heard of them. (I’d been typing hard at my computer for two years with small kids back then, and never had time to look at home decor blogs!)


But as I found a little more time I’d check out their site as often as I could, and goodness, their homes are amazing. (Our last house in Kentucky was a smaller and not quite as pretty version of their current house, so I love seeing how they’ve transformed that space!)


Even though they’re no longer blogging regularly, I love following them on Instagram and perusing their site for ideas when I have a minute or two – it’s amazing what they’ve done in the midst of raising two babies!


So, there you have it! Are there any other home decor blogs that you just love to follow? I know there are so many beautiful ones out there – I’d love to hear which ones you love! I’d love for you to leave a comment to share. :)

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How To Really Change Your Grocery Budget

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I posted this several years ago, but goodness they’re such good reminders and still work for us!  I have to confess that as I’ve gotten busier I have occasionally purchased (*gasp*) pre-packaged snacks, but this morning I was in the kitchen filling up my Dollar Tree containers for the kids. (And our grocery budget has gone up to $80-$90 per week as our kids have gotten older and I don’t have quite as much time to coupon.) I’d love to hear what other tips you all have for living frugally, beyond just clipping those coupons.


I’ve had friends ask me how I keep our grocery budget between $40 and $50 weekly (we have a family of 5, and this includes all toiletries, diapers, paper products, etc.) First, I think I’m a little genetically predisposed to living frugally. If you visit my Dad’s house he’ll probably tell you to use only half of the 2-ply toiletpaper – I think he’s kidding but I’m not completely sure!


Also, my husband provides very well for our family so that I can stay home with our kids, and I hate to see his hard earned money wasted on consumable groceries that don’t last.  So I work really hard to spend as little as I can on groceries, because I’d rather have money to do the things we really enjoy, like giving, fun things for our home, and vacationing (we love that one!)  Here are a few things that I’ve found work to pinch a few extra pennies in our home.


1. Constantly try to think of ways to use less.

We rarely use paper napkins (I have a huge stash of cloth ones) and we use rags instead of paper towels as often as we can (my hubby used to hate this one, but he’s finally come to a place where he sees the value in saving on these!)


The dishwasher doesn’t run until it’s completely stuffed (saving on dishwasher detergent, water and energy), and I use half a dryer sheet instead of a full one or a very small amount liquid softener (even that’s a luxury, when I’m being really cheap I just use vinegar!)  It’s rare that I even use disinfectant wipes to clean because they’re just too expensive, instead I buy cleaners at a really good price (less than $.50-$1 per bottle) along with good ole’ fashioned rags.  I also try to use grocery sacks (the plastic ones) as often as I can for trash bags so that I use fewer garbage bags (I can never seem to find a good garbage bag deal!)

2. When it comes to snack foods, skip the snack-sized bags.


My kids have to take a snack to school each day, so I usually stock up on the very cheapest snacks I can find (they’re getting a little tired of Chex Mix, but it’s just so stinkin’ cheap!) and pack it in small plastic containers that I found at the Dollar Tree so I don’t waste Ziploc bags. I also sometimes bake homemade muffins or snack mixes and they have those for snacks.


My kids don’t get often get juice boxes or water bottles, instead they get plain old tap water in re-usable plastic bottles. (I did pick up some of the BPA free ones in the fall, so I feel a little less anxious about that whole plastic thing!) We really do stick to milk and water in our house and very occasionally orange juice when I find a great deal on it.


3. Stock up on meat when you see a good price on it.

When I find chicken breast or ground beef for less than $1.99/lb., I buy as much of it as my grocery budget can afford.  I also stock up on any basic pantry items when they’re really cheap, such as pasta, canned goods, frozen veggies, and frozen bread.


If I have leftovers of meat that won’t get eaten, it gets frozen to re-use in another meal. It really does hurt me to see food wasted, so I constantly think of ways to eat up everything we cook (another one that my hubby doesn’t always enjoy, but he’s willing to sacrifice to reach our long term savings goals!)


I sometimes worry that my kids will have way too much to talk to their therapist about after growing up with this penny pinchin’ mama, but every once in a while I see glimpses of penny pinchin’ even in them. They love it when I come home with a new fun freebie (the free Nesquik was a big hit last week!), and they’re always excited to sample something new when I find a coupon on an item we haven’t tried yet.


I really hope to teach them that we don’t always need everything all the other kids have, even when we sometimes could afford it if we chose to. And along the way maybe they’ll learn that we’re called to use wisely what God gives us, and to share with others, hopefully creating lasting, meaningful joy (you can’t get that in a juice box, even though my 2 year old would disagree!)

 aldisamscostcoDownload the Ultimate Aldi, Costco & Sam’s Club Price Comparison Sheet to easily compare prices before heading out to the store. 

These are a few things that work for our family, but I know they won’t work for everyone.  I also know that a lot of you do way more than this to save money – do you have other penny pinching tips that help your family?  I’d love to hear them ~ leave a comment to share


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How To Decorate For Fall {On A $3 Budget}


A few months ago I attended the Haven Conference (so inspiring!) and started following a few amazing home bloggers on Instagram


And over the last few weeks as I’ve watched them add some incredible pictures of their homes all fluffed up for fall, I’ve felt more than a twinge of jealousy because I just didn’t think I could do what they’re doing. Especially on a penny pinched budget.


But in all honesty, spending a bundle to fluff up my home (which is really only seen by my little family!) for just a month or two always seems a little silly to me ~ no matter how much I love beautiful spaces. I know that in a heartbeat I could easily shell out $100 (or more!) to make my home look oh-so-perfect, but I just can’t justify the expense all that often on something that feels oh-so-frivolous.


So I decided instead to get a little creative.


I picked up a pumpkin at Walmart for $2.58, then took a walk through our backyard.


I noticed this.


And these.


And hunted down an old bowl and mason jar I already at home.



I gathered up a bunch of stems and made this . . . 
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Not too shabby, right? 😉

Folks, I know good and well no designer or decorator is ever going to rant and rave about the gorgeousness of my little penny pinched project.


And there’s probably some floral design rule that says you shouldn’t use hydrangeas and pumpkins all in one bunch.


Or maybe that pulling grasses indoors are a no-no.


And there are a ga-jillion-million-amazing-oh-my-gracious-you’ve-got-to-see-them-pinterested homes that mine won’t measure up against.




This little bunch of hydrangeas mixed with a pumpkin and some weird funky grass are just perfect for me.


I spent a whopping $3.


It fits my budget, it fits my home, and it makes me happy. :)

So often we (ahem ~ I!!!) see things on Pinterest or Instagram or wherever, and think our homes (or cars, or clothes, or whatever?) need to look just like that too. But we’re all in different places financially, and what we choose to value today may not be what someone else values too.


If you don’t have extra moo-lah to spend on a bunch of fluffing this fall, take a walk through your garden to see what you can come up with for free. (You may be inspired by what you see there!)

You may just be surprised with what you find ~ and if you don’t have a yard to walk through, see if you can find a friend who’ll let you steal a few clippings from theirs. So much fun to create a penny pinched home ~ especially when fluffing for free!

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)


See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!




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Formal Dresses As Low As $4.99 At Goodwill? Wow!

  Goodwill $4.99

I absolutely love this! Two of my favorite folks on the planet sent me pictures of their formal Goodwill dresses that they found last week for as little as $4.99.

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Aren’t they beautiful?


Of course, both girls are just plain-ole’ lovely no matter what they wear (their hearts are as pretty as they are which I just love!) And the fact that they hunted down some penny pinched deals and texted them to me the same day just made my day.

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Here’s my niece Kelley who found this dress for a whopping $4.99 at her Goodwill in North Carolina. The retail price on the dress was $185 (CRAZY), but Kelley’s going to look stunning in it for an upcoming ball she’s attending with my other sweet niece Sarah. Love those girls! :)


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My niece Sarah and I shared a dress that she wore to prom and I wore to the Alabama Governer’s Ball. I guess we’ve all been penny pinching awhile!

And, here’s my amazing friend Nicki’s dress she found at Goodwill here in Ohio for $14.99.

She tried three on and they all looked incredible (I’d give anything for her beautiful figure!) She wore it in Utah last week at the DoTerra Essential Oils Convention and just looked perfect. Love it!

(And if you’re interested in essential oils, visit Nicki’s DoTerra site over HERE – she has such the heart of a teacher and I know you’ll love her as much as I do! I don’t personally sell essential oils but have heard wonderful things about them from so many friends ~ go HERE to learn more.)

So there you have it ~ just an amazing way to save! With homecoming season right around the corner or maybe a fancy Christmas party to attend, it’s definitely worth seeing what Goodwill or your local thrift store has to offer before paying full price. I love finding such an amazing way to save. :)  (Thanks so much Nicki & Kelley for sharing with us – you guys are the best and so stinkin’ cute!)


Do you love thrift store shopping? Check out these 7 items you should always look for at Goodwill before shopping retail stores!




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HELP! Fall Clean Out: How Do You Manage Your Winter Kids Closets?


Clothes headed to our local free store ~ I’ve also got a box full to try selling at our local consignment store!
You all know I’m still adjusting to life up North. 




After last winter (which clearly lasted for.ever.), I was determined to really get ahead of our house before winter so that everything was cleaned out before we even began.



While I’ve always heard the term “Spring Cleaning” and assumed Spring was the time to do a massive cleanout, I’ve decided that at our house we needed a massive fall cleaning to help us manage the winter season a little easier. Last year I realized that I wasn’t as likely to haul stuff to the thrift store or clean out closets in January becuase it was just too cold outside!

So this weekend my (amazing!) husband helped tackle the garage (I can’t believe we didn’t take more pictures, but it was a huge project), and I went through all the clothes in both girls rooms. This is the one chore I absolutely dread every spring and fall (even when I was in the South), so I’m so glad to put this one mostly behind me for the next six months.


James’s yard tools had been in the corner of the garage on the floor since we moved in. He spent about 30 minutes using scrap wood and nails to get them all hung up on the wall and I’m so glad he finished that project!


The results aren’t incredible, but they are better. Here’s a peek . . .

Caroline’s closet before


(I know ~ awful . . . )


And after


Reagan’s closet before (I love that she plays dress up in there, but the mess is a wee bit ridiculous . . .)


And after


Because Reagan has the largest closet of our kids she has all of the “special” clothes our three kids have worn over the years that I’m just not willing to part with in her closet. Because she also has enough space in there I keep up her summer dresses, so I know it still looks full (and am debating going through and clearing out more if I can just find an extra hour or two to spare.)


So for you folks who’ve lived up North longer than me, I’d love to hear how you manage your kids clothes in the winter? The biggest problem I’ve seen is that we won’t be ready to switch completely over for hopefully at least a month or two, but we do need some of those cooler weather clothes now. I

So how do you keep up with it? Any tips? I’d sure love to hear them . . . goodness it feels great to be done with this project but I still feel like there’s so much to do!

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The Friday Fluff Up: Gallery Wall Re-Using Old Frames

Today’s project: a gallery wall.


It was a nightmare.


Total cost: $8 for two cans of spray paint.

LOTS of work figuring out how to hang all those pictures and then fighting with my hammer and a box of nails. :)  The spray painting of a few old picture frames was the easy part. I love the finished results, but I’m not sure I’ll sign up to tackle this one again (it was much more of a challenge than I expected!)


Before . . .


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I love nice clean spaces like this one a wee bit more than having so many things going on on my walls. (I love the look of cozy rooms in magazines, but when it comes to my own home I can’t handle too much clutter!)



My heart is on this wall.


And I love having a place for it.


The pictures so don’t do a good job of showing how well this turned out (taking pictures in a dark basement is next to impossible for this oh-so-amateur photographer), so you’ll have to take my word for it. 😉

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)


See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!




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17 Things You Need to Know Before Shopping at Home Goods



If you’ve been reading PPP long at all you know I absolutely love pretty things for my home, but so hate paying full price! Home Goods is usually my second stop when decorating a space in our home, and I could spend hours meandering their aisles.


If you’re looking to shop Home Goods there are a few things to look for while you’re there ~ here’s what you’ll want to watch for . . .



1.Before shopping Home Goods for many items, check out your local thrift store or Goodwill first.

While I’ve found a ton of deals at Home Goods, I always like to check Goodwill and local thrift stores for basic furnishings (chairs, tables, glassware, etc.) before shopping Home Goods, because you can really save a bundle if you can find the right piece. When you’re looking, watch for the size and shape of an item (especially on tables and chairs), and think about whether you can save something extra by just slapping on some paint.


2. Do not step foot into Home Goods without a planned budget in place.

Guys, I love Home Goods. Love. it. But you can so easily fall in love with every single item in the store (and so much of it is priced incredibly reasonably!), so you’ve got to go in with a budget in place. Know what pieces you’re looking for, and before making a purchase be sure you absolutely love it so you don’t overspend on things you don’t need.

Note: Home Goods return policy is full return within 30 days with a receipt after 30 days you’ll get a store credit even if you still have your receipt. 

3. Beware the Home Goods/TJMaxx credit card.

Honestly guys, we’ve made it a policy in our home that we just don’t do store credit cards. We do have a credit card that we use to earn air miles which gets paid off every month, but that’s because in twenty years we’ve never ever (never) carried a balance.


When you get to the checkout lane, it is oh-so-tempting to enjoy that extra 10% off by opening a store credit card. However, if you don’t have money to pay for what’s in your buggy, go put everything back (I promise you’ll thank me one day!) 😉

Okay, now to the fun stuff :) 


4. Watch Home Goods for awesome seasonal decor.

Home Goods has such cute seasonal decor, and if you can wait until the end of the season you’ll save even more! 

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I found this wreath that I’d been eyeing for ages for $29 at Home Goods. The same wreath was priced at $89 (eek!) at a local boutique store, so I was thrilled with my little deal!



5. Home Goods has amazing prices on glassware.

If you’re looking for inexpensive way to decorate, you can’t beat prices on glassware. Check your local thrift store first (and even the Dollar Tree for smaller items), but if you’re looking for a piece to make a big statement on a penny pinched budget, the glassware section at  Home Goods is a great place to start. (Just make sure you don’t have small kids nearby ~ eek!)



6. Check out small end tables at Home Goods.


Home Goods has great funky end tables priced for way under $100 ~ there’s no reason to pay more for these at a high end furniture store!



7. Don’t miss the furniture section at Home Goods, and check back often.

Home Goods has amazing furniture priced for a fraction of what a high end furniture store would cost. However, their selection rotates fast, so what you see today won’t likely be there tomorrow.


A friend of mine recommended a chaise for my office when I was re-doing it, and found the one pictured above for $900 at a local design store.

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She then suggested watching Home Goods for one before paying that much. Sure enough I walked into Home Goods several times and didn’t see anything for several weeks, until I walked in one more time on a whim and found the chaise above.


It was $399 (half the cost of the design store brand), and I absolutely fell in love with it – in fact I like it even more than the higher end brand. (The desk and lamp are from Home Goods as well ~ see closeup pictures of my office makeover over HERE.)


8. You can instantly change a worn out couch by checking out the Home Goods pillow aisle.

While my first option for updating pillows is definitely the pillow covers at Hobby Lobby, Home Goods has a huge selection of pillows that you don’t want to miss. I like to look at the ones grouped together in twos first to get the most bang for my buck.




9. If you need a basket, Home Goods is the place to be.

I absolutely love the selection of baskets at Home Goods! While TJMaxx and Marshall’s carry some as well, the selection at Home Goods is just so much larger and worth a trip if you have one nearby.




10. Watch Home Goods for a huge selection of dishes.

If you’re looking for unique dishes (or just less expensive dishes), check out Home Goods. We have a basic set of plain white dishes from Target for our every day meals, and since they’re white it’s easy to find an extra piece or two to coordinate from Home Goods for just a few dollars.





11. Home Goods has very reasonable prices on high end bedding.


If you’re looking for quality bedding sets, make sure to see what Home Goods has in stock. These change all the time, so if you don’t see one that’s right on the first trip, be patient and wait a few weeks for them to re-stock.


guest bedroom makeover on a penny pinched budget ~ the bedding is from Home Goods, everything else is from Goodwill, yard sales, or re-purposed decor we already had in our basement


I usually stick to bedding at Home Goods, so I can fluff it up by changing out the pillows. Home Goods usually has a large selection of white bedding, and you can easily shop their pillow aisle to turn it into the look you want.




12. Home Goods has a huge selection of rugs, but you may have to muddle through them when you’re there.

If you’re looking for a new rug (either a small floor rug or large area rug), you can find a huge selection at Home Goods. You may have to dig a bit to find one that works for you, but the prices are so much less than designer stores and are usually quality rugs!

13. Also swing by Home Goods for shower curtains and wall decor. :)



14. Don’t miss the clearance section at Home Goods.

You never know what may show up in the clearance section at Home Goods, so be sure to take a peek when you’re there.


15. If you notice an item at Home Goods is slightly damaged but you still would like it, ask for a discount. They may be able to discount your price, and it never hurts to nicely ask!

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16. Follow #homegoodshappy and #homegoods on Instagram to see what other folks are finding at Home Goods. (I’d sure love for you to follow PPP too while you’re there!)
17. Home Goods selection varies a lot by store.

There are some great Home Goods stores and some not-so-great stores. I haven’t figured out any rhyme or reason to it, but if you don’t find something you’re looking for at your regular store and have another one in your town it may be worth making a trip to check it out.

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All stores items vary so much every week as they get new trucks in, so don’t give up if you don’t find the thing you’re looking for on your first trip. I’d love to hear what your favorite Home Goods find has been ~ leave a comment to share! Ummm, I might just be on my way to Home Goods right this minute . . . :)




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The Ultimate Aldi, Costco & Sam’s Club Comparison Chart

Love pinching pennies? Download PPP’s grocery stock up price cheat sheet when you like PPP on Facebook, or sign up for free daily emails to get our free freezer printable.


Take a minute to also download our free Aldi, Target & Walmart Price Comparison Sheet also while you’re here.

You guys. 


I am so.




Seriously, SO.


. . . . excited about this! (Did you catch that?) :)

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My awesome PPP team has put together this crazy fun (FREE!) reference guide for you if you ever shop Aldi. Or Costco. Or Sam’s Club.


You’re welcome. :) 


I was shocked (seriously, SHOCKEDby the results. I really thought Aldi would win just about every price, but you know what?


They don’t.



Case in point? Vanilla extract.


Don’t believe me?  Go see for yourself.




After seeing these prices I was pretty surprised at which items Aldi sells way cheaper (canned veggies anyone?), which items Sam’s Club carries for the very best price (butter sticks . . . ), and which items are worth making a trip to Costco for.  (Need aluminum foil? Costco’s the place to be!)



Of course, as in everything, there are some limits. The prices at Costco and Sam’s may be higher (especially on produce) than Aldi, but the size of your pineapple (or watermelon, or whatever), is likely smaller.


And, there’s no way to compare Costco’s amazingly yummy Ghirardelli brownies to the Aldi Baker’s Corner brand (which actually end up costing you more money. WHO KNEW???


But, this is a great reference guide that we hope makes your life shopping and deciding where to shop for certain items just a wee bit easier.


So, head on over HERE and print your free list, and please leave a comment to share your thoughts! I’d love to hear which items you’re surprised by (a bunch surprised me) ~ let me know what you think.




 Huge (HUGE) thanks to my friends Shannon and Cheryl who just did a crazy amazing job putting this list together. I briefly mentioned the idea to Shannon last week and she totally took on the challenge, then Cheryl did an incredible job “prettying” it up for you guys. They love y’all and work so hard to make your life easier! There’s no way I could do all this without them as well as a few other behind the scenes helpers, and I’m just so thankful for them. 




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