The Ultimate Black Friday Cheat Sheet 2015



Be sure to take advantage of this free list to help make your Black Friday shopping easier! To print the list, you’ll need to use either Safari or Internet Explorer as your internet browser. (I wasn’t able to print it in Chrome.) Hope that helps!

I am so (sooooooo) excited to share this with you! If you’re like me and overwhelmed trying to keep up with who has the best prices on what this Black Friday, this is for you.


In one quick and easy document, here is a huge list (HUGE, folks I’m telling you ~ HUGE) with all the best prices on top selling Black Friday items including tablets, televisions, video gaming systems, video games, printers, appliances, housewares and so. much. more. The list is still being updated as more stores Black Friday ads come out, so keep checking back over the next few weeks to plan your trip well.

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Because Amazon doesn’t offer a traditional sales ad, I’ll continually update those like I normally do, as well as highlight any awesome deals that I see as well. But, I wanted to give you this guide to keep you on top of things! Bookmark this page, print it (although it will be a lot to print?), or keep it handy on your phone so you know exactly where to find those best prices.



Go HERE to access it, and let me know what you think. I hope this makes surviving the Holiday season a little simpler in your home, so you can enjoy the things that matter most this Christmas!


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And don’t miss all the great deals going on at Kohl’s Black Friday deals that have already started online: 



blackfridayshoppingLooking for more Black Friday Shopping tips? Go HERE to check out these 10 Secrets You Need to Know about Black Friday Shopping 



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10 Easy Ways To Save On Christmas Decorating

10 easy ways to save on Christmas decorating

Can you believe it’s nearly time to start decorating for Christmas? My husband refuses to let me go full out until after Thanksgiving, but I’m already planning ideas to start working on. Here are a few easy ways to save on Christmas decorations that are worth trying out . . .

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1. Shop Goodwill or your local thrift store.

You never know what you’ll find at Goodwill or your local thrift store, and you can often find items for your home that either are in perfect condition or that you can update with some spray paint. They also sometimes have trees that people donate as well as greenery, so watch for those because you just might find a deal.

Last Spring I found this pinecone wreath from Crate & Barrel still in the box at Goodwill. You just never know what treasure you may find when you’re there!


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2. Don’t miss the Dollar Tree.

Goodness knows I love the Dollar Tree for Christmas shopping. They have so many cute ornaments, and in the last few years I’ve found fun Christmas signs, placemats and more. Be sure to swing by and see what they have before paying full price at another store.


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3. Trade in your old lights.

I shared this a few weeks ago on PPP, but if you have worn out lights you can trade them in at Home Depot to get up to $5 back. This offer just ended for 2015 yesterday (sorry guys!), but keep it in mind if you find worn out lights as you dig through your Christmas boxes this year!



4. Use fresh greenery from your yard.

I. love. this. 

If you have any evergreen bushes anywhere in your yard, you can easily use them to decorate your home during the holidays. A few of my favorite bushes to use include nandina (I love their berries!), holly bushes, arborvitae, magnolia and box wood.

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5. Take advantage of free printables.

There are a ton of super cute free printables Christmas banners on Pinterest, and you can easily add them to a frame for just the cost of your printer ink. Go HERE to see dozens of great ideas.


6. Do it yourself.

If you can make it yourself, doYou can easily make burlap garland for a fraction of the cost you’ll pay at a crafting store, and so many cute ideas are out there on Pinterest to make homemade decor without spending a fortune.


That being said, you can easily spend a bundle on homemade DIY projects too, so be sure to include that in your Christmas budget.

7. Shop after Christmas.

You can save a bundle if you’re willing to wait until after Christmas to stock up on Christmas decor. Every year my husband watches for Christmas lights to go on sale 90% off at Walmart and Lowe’s, and spends next to nothing.


I’ve purchased Christmas trees on December 26th, as well as garlands, ornaments, and just about everything, than boxed it up for the next year.


8. Ask for a deal.

Especially when shopping for fresh Christmas trees, local suppliers will often give you a discount if you just ask. My husband has always haggled a bit when we’ve gotten our trees, and if you wait until just before Christmas to put a fresh tree up you can save even more.


9. Pull out those vintage items.

We have a small set of Mr. & Mrs. Claus mugs from my grandmother, and honestly if all I had at Christmas was those and a small tree I think I’d be plenty happy. Look for those special items in your boxes and forego tons of bling this year.



10. Keep it simple.

Do not ruin your finances to decorate for Christmas. Instead keep things really simple, add some fresh greenery, and make the spirit of Christmas in your home by listening to Christmas music, baking up a yummy treat, and remembering what the season is all about.


While I love Christmas, I don’t want my home to feel so taken over by the season that I can’t enjoy it, so simplicity is huge for me. Remember that the Christmas season really isn’t about a bajillion decorations all over our homes, but rather the Spirit that lives in our homes each day.


What other tips do you have for decorating for Christmas on a budget? I’d love to hear ~ leave a comment to share!

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33 Deals You Need to Buy at the Dollar Tree {the Christmas Edition}

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Okie dokie folks, y’all know I love shopping The Dollar Tree for just about anything, but shopping there at Christmastime is my favorite time of the year to saveThere are a ton of things you need to look for at Dollar Tree before paying more elsewhere, so here’s a quick list of things to consider before heading out!


1. Christmas Felt Placemats (these are 4/$15.99 at World Market ~ crazy!)

2. Christmas Cookie Tins (so cute this year)

3. Christmas Stockings

4. Tape

5. Wrapping paper

6. Ornaments (see my Dollar Tree Christmas Trees HERE and HERE – and the ornaments are so cute this year!

7. Disney Frozen stocking stuffers

8. Extension cords

9. Plastic candy containers

10. Christmas crafting supplies

11. Cellophane treat bags

12. Christmas paper plates and tags

13. Christmas classroom treats

14. Christmas platters

15. Puzzle stocking stuffers

16. Floral berries

17. Christmas cards priced either 2/$1 or $1

18. Christmas mugs

19. Christmas bags

20. Pet treats

21. Giant candy canes for outdoor displays

22. Movie candy to attach to movie theater gift certificates for teachers

23. Yard signs

24. Cardboard boxes for wrapping

25. Santa hats

26. Boxed cards

27. Christmas dish towels

28. Christmas candles

29. Christmas gift tags

30. Christmas tree skirts (use to make one of these)

31. Christmas Muffin cups



32. Aluminum storage containers (these are great for taking to parties and come 3 to a pack for the smaller containers)

33. Brown packing paper

Love decorating at the Dollar Tree? See a few ways I’ve used Dollar Tree finds in our home at Christmas:



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10 Secrets You Need To Know About Black Friday Shopping


Good gracious folks, Black Friday is just 3 weeks away from today (crazy!) So, to get you ready I thought I’d put together my most important tips for shopping Black Friday well.




(Nope, me neither, but we’re going to tackle it anyways.) :) Let’s get started.


1. Many stores offer a few “Black Friday deals” all month long . . . 

. . . and honestly, they go in full force on many online sites the Sunday and Monday before Black Friday. Kohl’s came out with their big door busters last year Sunday night, so my bet is that will happen again this year, and online retailers everywhere will start offering great prices.


For most deals though, you really don’t need to leave your home at all, so be sure to watch PPP for the very best deals each day. (You can even sign up for once daily updates, delivered to your inbox over HERE.)


Do know that many of these deals go quickly, so you’ll want to visit a few times throughout the day and follow on Facebook as well to keep up.


To take advantage of Amazon deals, sign up for a free month of Amazon Prime if you haven’t tried them out before ~ you’ll get free shipping on everything you order for the entire month! 


2. Newer Apple products don’t often go on sale at deeply discounted prices.

You may see a few discounts on iPads and iPhones, but don’t expect seriously deeply discounted prices (if you find savings of $50 – $100 off you’ve done pretty well.)

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However, Walmart already has their iPad Mini2 on sale for $199 right now, which is a pretty incredible price. Because it’s not the newest model you’re getting some significant savings, so watch for discounts on older model Apple products is definitely a great way to save Black Friday.


(Amazon does usually offer incredible deals on Kindle products though this month, and have already started discounting their Kindles for Amazon Prime Members!)

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3. Televisions are great to buy on Black Friday.

One of the best times of year to buy televisions is Black Friday, but if you’re not in a hurry you may want to wait until the Super Bowl to purchase one in January.  If you’re looking for a higher end television you probably want to wait for January, however the Black Friday deals on smaller TVs usually can’t be beat.


. . . and video game savings are huge on Black Friday as well.

There are a ton of video game and video game console deals that come out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well. However, those deals are already starting on some sites now, so watch the price of the game and console you’re looking for to guarantee the best price.


A peek at last year’s Kohl’s Black Friday deals

4. Buy all your kitchen gadgets on Black Friday.

Kitchen gadget savings will be huge on Black Friday and really throughout Black Friday “week” and Cyber week too. 


So what kind of items to watch for? Usually we’ll see the best prices of the year on Kitchenaid Mixers, Ninja Blenders, Cookware, Pyrex Sets, and just about anything else you’ll need in the kitchen. These are usually my favorite deals of the Holidays, so I’ll be watching right with you!

5. These stores are just a few that offer price matching.
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Best Buy
  • Lowe’s
  • Staples
  • The Home Depot
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Sears
  • Toys R Us

Take advantage of price matching at several stores to get a great price, in case the item you’re looking for isn’t in stock at your store. If you can bring proof of the price in a physical ad to show to your cashier. (Although most will accept these ads from your Smartphone, having the real ad in hand may make price matching even easier.)

Remember that on some special Black Friday deals retailers may not price match all the deeply discounted deals stores have to offer. To find out if another store is price matching a specific Black Friday ad, call ahead and ask your store management.

6. Don’t forget that many stores also offer price adjustments.

If you purchase an item in a store within a few weeks of a better price during Black Friday sales, check to see if your store offers a price adjustment. While all stores won’t offer that (especially if they have deeply discounted items on Black Friday), it never hurts to (nicely!) ask. Make a quick call to your store to see what they offer.


7. Stores offer huge loss leaders to get you in the door on Black Friday.

Most stores offer a limited number of “loss leaders” which really are your best deals. Stores like Amazon and Walmart tend to also offer these deals in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday, so keep up with PPP as we’ll be here bright and early working to get you the very best deals.


8. Don’t forget the drug stores.

Y’all, my favorite Black Friday shopping ever happens at the drug stores, and what I love is that they typically are best on Thanksgiving morning. Now, I am not one who likes the idea of stores being open on Thanksgiving at all, but because the drug stores supply their customers with needed medications they really do need to be open to serve those in need.

CVS actually offers their new Black Friday ad at 6PM the night before Thanksgiving at any stores that AREN’T open 24 hours, so if you want to sneak in early you can save big and beat the crowds. I go first thing on Thanksgiving morning before my family is awake, then and home and ready to help with Thanksgiving cooking by 9AM. To see what Black Friday looked like at CVS in 2014, go HERE.

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9. Some “doorbusters” just aren’t worth it.

Some deals are fantastic on Black Friday, however some tend to be lower quality items that really aren’t worth it. Make sure that what you purchase is really what you want, and you’re not just picking up something quickly to get a deal that you didn’t really need in the first place. (Read more HERE.)



10. Keep up with PPP for all the very best deals this Christmas season.

Sign up for PPP text alerts and daily emails to get the best deals, not just on Black Friday but throughout the Christmas season. We’ve got a big surprise that’s going to help you out a ton coming out this Monday, and the whole PPP team is working hard to make sure you never miss a deal.


 Here’s how to sign up for free text alerts: 

  • Text Follow ppphotdeals to 40404
  • You’ll receive a message from Twitter that says “want to tweet? Welcome to Twitter! You’re now following @ppphotdeals and you’ll receive your Tweents on  your phone. (Std msg rates apply. Reply w/HELP for more.)
  • To STOP getting updates, just text Off ppphotdeals to 40404


So there you have it, my top 10 tips! I’d love to hear what other thoughts you have on Black Friday shopping too. I’ll be right here behind my computer bright and early on Black Friday (and the days prior to Thanksgiving as well), so be ready to save big this year!


Looking for more tips on how to save at your favorite retail stores? Here you go:

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$7 No Sew Burlap Table Runner


Remember how we bought this gigantic table not too long ago for our breakfast roomWell the sucker is big, and finding a table runner long enough to cover it without spending a fortune just wasn’t happening.



So when I saw this DIY Easy No Sew Burlap Table Runner post over at On Sutton Place I knew I had to try it out.




I grabbed the burlap at Michael’s using a 40% off coupon (making my cost $7), read through her instructions, and headed outside to work.



(I mean really, when it looks like this outside, why would you ever work inside?) :) 


15 minutes later (and a good shaking to get rid of all the burlap shedding) it was done ~ success!


Have you made any fun burlap projects lately? I’d love to hear what you’ve made – leave a comment to share! Here are a few more projects you may want to try . . .


$7 Reversible No Sew Penant Banner



How to Make Burlap Garland (on a Penny Pinched Budget) 


$15 Burlap Wreath 

$5 Burlap Monogram


$5 Monogrammed Burlap Table Runner 

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


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5 Reasons You Need to Use Your Slow Cooker Every Single Week

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I was just dumping dinner in Mrs. Potts (I love her . . . ) and was reminded once again of all the reasons I love slow cooking. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it completely limits your options to go over your budget.


Of course, because it seems like everything online has to start with a list these days (I’ll never understand why, but since it works I’m sticking with it. . .), here are my top 5 reasons to use my slow cooker every single week. (And why you should too!)


1. It’s easy.

Most slow cooker recipes require 5-10 minutes of prep work, so you can get dinner started early in the day with just a few minutes of planning. I rarely (ever?) pre-cook my meat ahead of time, and it always turns out well!


(Um, that may not be true. I sometimes cook ground beef ahead of time, unless I remember to use this slow cooker ground beef recipe the day before to cook the meat. It just depends on how much of a hurry I’m in!)

2. It’s cheap.

Most slow cooker recipes use inexpensive meats, and because you’re cooking them over the course of a day they have plenty of time to tenderize. My slow cooker recipes cost so much less than just about anything else I make, and we eat better than if we headed out to a restaurant.



3. It forces me to plan ahead.

Using my slow cooker once a week forces me to plan my meals ahead so that I know what to dump in Mrs. Potts at least once a week. Because we have 3 or 4 favorite slow cooker recipes that require 5 or fewer ingredients, I always have the ingredient list for those items tucked away in my head and can easily run into the store and grab them. (In case I don’t already have them on hand in my kitchen . . . usually I try to keep those recipes stocked though!)

4. It ensures that we skip the drive thru.

This is probably my absolute favorite reason to use the slow cooker, and I can’t stress to you the importance of this one enough. When 6 o’clock rolls around and my family is all begging for dinner, having a meal already cooking in Mrs. Potts easily keeps my budget in tact.

If dinnertime comes and I don’t have anything planned, the temptation to eat dinner out (or eat pb&j sandwiches for dinner . . . again . . . ) often takes over. But if my kitchen smells yummy and dinner’s already done, eating at home just becomes the easy choice.


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5. It’s forgiving.

Probably more than any other method of cooking, slow cooker recipes are just forgiving. If I’m out of a certain seasoning or spice I can usually swap it out with something else or skip it entirely, and no one will ever know the difference.


UPDATE: Reason #6 :) It makes your home smell good, which makes you feel good too.

I love this. :) Coming home to my home smelling yummy and dinner being done just makes me feel ahead of the game. In so many other areas I’m so not on top of things, that it just feels good to know I have it together in one small area of my life (and my family appreciates it too.)



Curious what our family’s favorite slow cooker recipes are? Here you go:

  1. Slow Cooked Italian Beef Sliders
  2. Slow Cooked Chicken & Dumplings
  3. Slow Cooked Italian Beef
  4. Slow Cooked French Dip Sliders
  5. Slow Cooked Chicken Tortilla Soup
  6. Slow Cooked Creamy Italian Chicken
  7. Ranch House Slow Cooked Pork Chops
  8. Slow Cooked Chicken & Dressing
  9. Rotisserie Style Chicken
  10. Open Faced Sirloin Sandwich
  11. Perfect Slow Cooked Pot Roast
  12. Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup
  13. Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos
  14. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
  15. Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup
  16. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili 
  17. Taco Meat in the Slow Cooker

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And in case you’re wondering what slow cooker I use, I have this one (which honestly I wouldn’t recommend – it cooks very quickly and there are better prices on higher quality slow cookers out there.) Here are a few great slow cookers though that are priced reasonably right now:


Do you love using your slow cooker too? I’d love to hear your favorite slow cooker recipes in the comments – leave a comment to share!
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Painting Pumpkins (Easiest Fluff Up Ever.)

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Super duper simple fun weekend project.


Perfect if you’re kinda lazy like me. And even more perfect if your home doesn’t match orang-eeey pumpkin colors like mine.


Pick your pumpkin.


Pick some paint.

(We used crafting paint I’d picked up at  Michael’s for $1 a few weeks ago.) 


Let your kids have at it. :)




I’d love to hear what you’re crafting this week! :)



By the way, did you know painting a pumpkin teals lets kids with allergies know that your home will have a candy free treat for them? I had no idea until someone shared that with me over on Instagram – we’ll have to hunt down a few treats to hang onto at our house!

Here are a few more of my favorite frugal (easy) fall decorating projects (click the images to see the posts . . . ) 


Frugal Thanksgiving Centerpiece

 Decorate for cheap with help from The Dollar Tree! I made this seasonal centerpiece for only $6. Frugal decorating can be done!

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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50 Best Items to Pack in an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox


UPDATE: my friend Cydil is a missionary in Albania and delivered boxes there last year. Take a minute to see pictures of kids in her community opening boxes last year (I love this!) Also, I spoke with my contact at Operation Christmas Child and they said candy IS allowed in American boxes, however Canadian boxes are now allowing candy this year (they ship to different countries and some of the countries who receive Canadian boxes will not accept candy.) Hope that helps!



I’m so excited because we just filled our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes! This is one of those ministries that’s just near and dear to our hearts, and I love that it allows my kids to help learn about ways to bless kids in other parts of the world.

Like I shared in the video, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to watch some of the Operation Christmas Child videos both on your own and with your kids. It will give you an idea of who you’re serving, and get you a wee bit more excited for the children who receive your boxes this Christmas.

A huge (huge, HUGE!) thanks to Hobby Lobby for sending us a $100 Hobby Lobby Gift card to fill our boxes with. We were able to fill 8 boxes with t-shirts, flip flops, bandanas, craft kits, yarn and so much more thanks to their generosity.


Curious what to pack in an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox for  younger kids? Here you go . . .

  1. crayons
  2. coloring books
  3. flip flops
  4. t-shirts
  5. ball
  6. bar soap
  7. bracelet
  8. bandana
  9. pencils & pens
  10. pencil sharpener
  11. duct tape
  12. travel size games – checkers
  13. deck of cards
  14. hacky sack
  15. harmonica
  16. yo yo
  17. hat
  18. glue sticks
  19. scissors
  20. small stuffed animal
  21. pom poms
  22. glitter
  23. small crafting kit
  24. post it notes
  25. highlighters
  26. small notebook
  27. chalk
  28. watercolor paint sets
  29. play doh
  30. small etch a sketch
  31. socks
  32. back pack
  33. plastic cup
  34. straws
  35. scarf
  36. jump rope
  37. glowsticks
  38. leftover halloween candy that’s not chocolate (be sure to place in plastic bags)
  39. matchbox cars
  40. finger puppets
  41. silly putty
  42. toothbrush
  43. toothpaste
  44. washcloth
  45. wet wipe
  46. travel pack of tissues
  47. lip gloss
  48. hair ties
  49. band aids
  50. hair brush


For Older Boys:

  • Tools – hammer, screwdriver, wrench or pliers, duct tape, measuring tape
  • Fishing supplies – add in a small fishing kit, fishing line, hooks
  • Binoculars
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Plastic Magnifying Glass
  • Watch
  • Handkerchief
  • Collapsible water bottle
  • Harmonica


For Older Girls:

  • Small sewing kit
  • Clip on earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Barettes
  • Coin purse
  • Sticky notes
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Yarn
  • Colored Sharpies, highlighters or markers
  • A friendship bracelet with extra string so they can make more
  • Ink pad and stamp set

Also, here are a few ideas that Operation Christmas Child shared on their site as far as suggestions for all ages (as well as some items not to include):

  • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.


National Collection Week for Shoeboxes this year is November 16-23, and if you’re not sure where to drop off a box in your area you can go HERE to find a local collection site. They do ask that you also give a donation of $7 per box to cover the cost of shipping – learn more about that over HERE and donate online as well.


Additional tips that may help:

  • Pack toothpaste and soap in a plastic bag to keep the scent from taking over the whole box and so that nothing leaks.
  • Remove packaging from your items so that you allow for more room in your box and so that they don’t have much trash to throw away.
  • Don’t send anything that has directions/writing in English (i.e. toys with instructions, games that require kids to read English.) Since these boxes go to non-English speaking country it’s worth only including things that are understood internationally.
  • Read more great tips and suggestions from a missionary in the field over HERE.
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How to Turn Amazon Into Your Online Garage Sale: 7 Items You Can Sell Today (& Make $100 Or More!)

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Love shopping Amazon? Well there are a few ways you can make money from Amazon too! With a little work you can do some serious de-cluttering in your home, and turn Amazon into your online garage sale. Here are a few things you can easily sell on Amazon . . .

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1. Sell books.

You can easily sell books you have at home directly to Amazon, which is a great way to earn extra cash on books you may no longer need. To sell books, start HERE, type in the name of the book you’re interested in selling, and see what Amazon will offer you. You’ll immediately be able to print a return label, and as soon as they’ve verified the condition of your books you’ll receive credit in your Amazon account. Don’t forget to look for used textbooks to sell while you’re at it.

I just checked, and two books that we’ve ordered over the last year added up to $27.44 in credit – not too shabby for just adding a few books to a box!

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2. Sell used cookbooks too.

Don’t forget to also check your cookbooks if you’re like me and no longer use them all that often. A few of the cookbooks I have in my kitchen are worth $7-$10 – definitely worth making a little extra moo-lah since I’m not using them anyways.

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3. Sell DVDs or video games.

If you have DVDs or video games that are no longer being used, see what Amazon will pay for them. I just checked and the Disney movie Frozen is only going for $.75 as a trade in right now, but Just Dance 2015 is selling for $7.99. Not too shabby if you’ve got some old video games at home that are no longer being used!

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5. Sell gaming systems.

Have a gaming system like an Xbox or Wii you no longer use? They sell for as much as $200 (for several Xboxes) on Amazon – go HERE to see what yours would sell for.

6. Sell old CDs.

If you have a stash of old CDs in a box, see what they’ll sell for on Amazon! My husband has dozens of CDs from years ago, and I just checked and they pay anywhere from $.50-$99 each. More current CDs pay up to $3 ~ such a great way to make some money and clean out old boxes too.

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5. Sell your gadgets.

Have an old Kindle at home that no one’s using? Or even a pair of earbuds that for whatever reason are just sitting in a drawer? Used Kindles earn up to $70, and even a pair of used earbuds will sell for $4. Look around your house and see what items you need to get rid of – we have a calculator that we purchased from Amazon for my son’s math class that is worth $70 on Amazon (crazy!) so definitely check out what things you have at home to see if they’ll sell!


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Looking for a way to get paid by Amazon that may take a little more work? 

  • Don’t forget that Amazon is looking for employees at their Amazon Virtual Contact Center in 13 states. Go HERE to learn more.
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$13 Goodwill Transformation: Tin Buckets

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 10.26.20 AMYou guys.


I know I say this every week, but this is my favorite Friday Fluff Up Project.


For real. 


(Okay, I really do like my $2.50 Goodwill chair too. But you get the idea.) :)


I was struggling with something clever to do this week, so swung by Goodwill yesterday for a little inspiration. My husband and I had a date night (woohoo!) earlier in the week and visited our local parade of homes, and while the homes were beautiful, we realized so much of it was just in the decorating.


As we talked about it, even my penny-pinching husband agreed that we’ve always put money into our actual home ~ things like landscaping, painting, trim work, etc., because we know that’s how to sell your home for the highest price. And while that’s been a really smart way to earn equity towards newer homes, we don’t have a lot of fancy “stuff.”


A few of the homes wa walked through had beautiful outdoor spaces, but they were no nicer than the one my smart husband just put in. However, even he could see that there was just a difference in the “staging” – where we have a few old pieces of furniture on our patio, they had some serious money invested in furniture and decor.


So, when I walked into Goodwill and saw a few plain old tins, I wondered if I could make them into something oh-so-slightly designer-ish on a penny-pinched budget. 


I already had grey spray paint at home from my last project, and noticed some cute wooden signs at Michael’s that were pre-made when I swung by yesterday.


So I snatched up those tin buckets ($13 for all three after my 10% off coupon for dropping off a donation), and headed home. My plan initially was to actually stencil some cute wording on to the bucket, but after 3 failed attempts (meaning 3 extra coats of spray paint), I decided just the wooden sign attached would do.


The big bucket is for our “s’more fixin’s.” I also need them to go hunt down some sticks to put in the taller tin for roasting (although honestly we’ve been using metal hangers around here!), and we’re good to go.



Success! (By the way, the wreath is from Goodwill too ~ it was still in the box from Crate & Barrel and was priced at $20 ~ I paid $15 because I had a coupon for $5 off that day.) 


If you have a Goodwill or favorite thrift store nearby, it’s worth stepping in to see what’s in store. I absolutely love that place, and it’s amazing what you can find if you’re willing to hunt just a wee bit! I’d love to hear if you’ve found anything fun while thrifting too ~ leave a comment to share.



Love shopping Goodwill? Here are a few more posts you might enjoy:


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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