The Ultimate Guide To A Better Grocery Budget: Week 1


Anyone else ready to tackle their grocery budget this month? 


You’re not alone!


After Christmas I always feel like it’s a great time to reign our grocery budget in, so today is the perfect day to start.


Each Tuesday for the rest of the month (going right up until February 1st), I’ll be sharing the Ultimate Guide to a Better Grocery Budget, including tips to help busy families transform their grocery budget (even if you don’t have tons of time to clip coupons.) I’ll also include pics of what we actually buy, so you hold me accountable too. 🙂

My biggest tip?

Start with a great menu plan.

(THIS is the one I’ve been use and I. love. it. Highly recommend if you’re looking for one!)


Let’s get started . . .



1. First things first ~ determine your grocery budget.

Before you start really tackling your grocery budget, look at what you’ve spent over the last few months on groceries and decide how much you’d like to cut your grocery budget.  Expect to save about 20% on your grocery bill over the next month as you’re building your pantry with basic staples, and you should see significantly larger savings in the next six months.




2. Decide how much you want to spend each week on “stockpile” items.

Remember that just about every item in the grocery store will go on sale within six to twelve weeks, so purchase enough non-perishable items when they’re on sale so that you won’t have to purchase those items again at full price. When I see a great price on something I’ll purchase as much as my grocery budget can afford, so I’m not paying full price when it’s not on sale. 




3. Know your prices.

Goodness, this is probably my biggest frustration ever when talking to folks who spend too much on groceries!  So many people naively go blindly into the grocery store with a list in hand (or maybe worse, with no list at all), without even considering what’s on sale. This is the easiest way to spend way too much at the grocery store, and you can easily save big if you just put a little forethought into shopping!


Can I just tell you the easiest thing you can do EVER to reduce your grocery budget is to know what really is a good price? By determining a stock up price (at the very least just for produce, dairy and meat products?) and only buying items at their stock up price, I’m betting you can cut your grocery bill by at least 1/3 each week.


And above all else . . . 


shop with a grocery list and menu plan. 

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When I’m completely on track, I use Tiffany from Eat at Home Cook’s Menu Plan and love. it. Before shopping I go through her list, shop my stockpile, and mark off what I can by shopping my pantry before heading to the store. It’s quick, easy, and I get my grocery shopping done in record time.

Head on over HERE and check out Tiffany’s Menu Plans ~ through next week they cost as little as 1.15 per week, and I really do just love mine. If you’ve tried them out in the past I’d love to know if they’ve worked for you!

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Here’s what our grocery shopping looked like this week . . . 


(My big splurge this week was on those pre-sliced apples for $4.98. I know it’s WAY too much to pay, but my kids gobble them down like candy and I love that they have an easy healthy snack ready whenever they need it!) 

I followed Tiffany’s Menu Plan exactly, shopped my pantry before heading out, shopped at Walmart (gasp!) and spent $45.99 for all the groceries I’ll need to make 5 meals + 1 dessert.


(Note, I’m using the Whole Foods option this week ~ made the Chicken Florentine Quesadillas last night and they were fantastic, and her slow cooker beef tacos are cooking up in Mrs. Potts right now. Success!)

The prices on the menu plan goes up NEXT week (1/17/16), so definitely order soon if you’re interested.



So, start with your grocery budget, know your prices, and make a menu plan and grocery list ~ I know you can do this. 



Decide today to really transform what you’re spending, and I promise you’ll see success. Leave a comment if you’re joining us, and (if you feel comfortable) let me know what you’re spending so we can all decide to stick together and transform our finances in 2017.


Happy penny pinching! 


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21 Day Challenge Starts January 16: Join Me!




Oh my stars.


I’m just so excited about this, and think you will be too.


If you struggle with your weight, you are not alone.


If you’ve hung out here on PPP for awhile, you know I’ve struggled most of my life with weight issues.

This was me as a junior in high school when I was probably around 190 pounds – it was all I could do not to Picmonkey this picture to make me look just a little better but I’m keeping it real here ~ yikes! I topped out at 225 as a sophomore in college.

And while I lost a pretty amazing 75 pounds way back in 1995 (and have kept it off for twenty years, 3 babies and all), I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food. 


To keep off that weight, I’ve always exercised (at least 40 minutes to an hour, 4-5 days a week), and for the most part I’ve eaten reasonably calorically. (Thanks to working out I could eat a little more ~ my motto has been I exercise so I can eat!) 🙂


But I never really got down to my “dream” weight, and still hovered at the highest end of a healthy weight for my height. 


And in many ways, I’ve stayed a little obsessed with food.


I’ve gone along with our culture’s model of what’s okay to eat, and chosen foods that just aren’t right at all. 


2011 at the Alabama Governor’s Ball – the only time I’ve every worn a formal dress other than my wedding. 😉 




So last January, after gaining a few too many Christmas pounds, I decided to try out the 21 Day Fix.


It worked.


Results after two rounds ~ I lost 13 pounds in 6 weeks, success!

One year later (and even after Christmas!), I’m still down the 13 pounds I lost (with about 6 more I’d love to lose), and goodness gracious, I promise if you follow this program it will work.


There’s no magic to it.


Nothing fancy at all.


You eat regular, healthy foods that you find at the grocery store, exercise every day, and lose weight. 


You just have to decide to start.



It’s HARD to find pictures of us before because I was pretty cautious about what I allowed to get on camera – eek! This hopefully gives you an idea though . . . 

Curious what I’ve found after sticking to the 21 Day Fix (for the most part at least) for an entire year?

1. I have way fewer headaches.

I used to wake up with a headache almost every. single. day. Apparently that was somehow related to eating way too many carbs, because I don’t think I’ve had a single headache since starting the fix (which is crazy to me?)

2. My skin is so much better.

I’ve always had awful skin, and had horrible acne as a teenager. (Add that to a 225 pound body, and you can imagine high school wasn’t fun for me!) As an adult my acne for the most part has cleared up, but I’ve continued to have really large pores that have driven me crazy.

While they’re still noticeable, they are drastically less noticeable than they were 21 days ago. Honestly this has been the biggest surprise, and I never would have guessed it!

3. I’m really not hungry.

I expected to starve most of the time during the 21 days, but honestly haven’t struggled with that one?

Apparently I need way less food than I thought I did, and by choosing the right foods I think my body is so much more easily satisfied than it was before. Apparently your body really does like protein that consists of something other than Nutella. (Who knew?)

4. I need carrots. Or broccoli slaw.

cannot believe how much carrots and broccoli slaw fill me up. They’re amazing. Even though it hasn’t been easy, when I’ve really just been hungry I’ve reached for those instead of chocolate chips. (truth.)

I am so much fuller, and can’t believe the difference choosing the right foods has made.

5. Eating the right foods and exercising the right way changes your shape more than just eating fewer calories does.

Even though I’ve been at the weight I’m at in the after picture before, my body feels a little stronger and looks a little better because of choosing the right foods and exercising correctly. I love that. 🙂

And, I love that I’m exercising just 30 minutes each day.

Sooooo ~ will you join me as I finish out to my goal? (Please please please say you will?) 


Guys, I do not ever promote things like this.


But right now, Beachbody (the program that runs the 21 Day Fix) has a crazy amazing offer, and I think you’re going to love it. 


It’s basically Netflix for fitness.


Get UNLIMITED ACCESS to HUNDREDS of workout videos for as little as $99 per year.


And get access to a private Facebook group.


This is so worth it ~ every single penny.


If you’d like to try Shakeology and the entire meal plan system including containers and diet plan (which is what I used this last year), you’ll pay $199. (I know it’s not cheap, but goodness, it’s so worth it!)



Here’s what’s included:

1) ME as your coach. 🙂

2) Access to our private Facebook group for support and encouragement

3) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included…fully unlocked, plus new future releases coming in 2017. Yes, this means you get the NEW Core De Force, Country Heat, CIZE, 21 Day Fix, T25, INSANITY MAX:30, P90X and many others AT NO EXTRA cost.

4) Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on Home Direct)

5) Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup)

6) VIP membership to save 10% off all products going forward (like my fav pre-workout Energize)

7) New Coach Sign-up fee is waived and get your Business Starter Kit included. (This is like my extra coupon for you: If you sign up as a coach…in month 2, your coach discounts kick in and save 25% off the shakes, totally optional!)

You get all of this for $199 for the entire year (12 months) and there is NO monthly fee.




OR, if you’d prefer to try it out without Shakeology AND WITHOUT THE MENU PLAN/MEAL CONTAINERS, you’ll get this: 

1) ME as your coach. 🙂

2) Access to our private Facebook group for support and encouragement

3) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included…fully unlocked, plus new future releases coming in 2017. Yes, this means you get the NEW Core De Force, Country Heat, CIZE, 21 Day Fix, T25, INSANITY MAX:30, P90X and many others AT NO EXTRA cost.


You get all of this for $99 for the entire year (12 months) and there is NO monthly fee.


We’ll start one round of the official 21 Day Fix program on January 15th (which gives you plenty of time to order your supplies), and I KNOW you will get results if you commit to this.


And I’d love for you to see success with me as we commit to this. 


Join me?


Go HERE to sign up ~ I can’t wait to get started!


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Top 25 Most Popular Posts Of 2016


Happy 2017! 


As I shared last week, 2016 has been a good but sometimes hard year at our house ~ I’m betting I’m not alone. (I cannot thank you enough for all your kind words and encouragement on this post HERE and on Facebook, they’ve meant so much to me.)


But, as a blogger, 2016 has been a fun year as I’ve learned so much, continued to work some crazy amazing girls, and enjoyed getting to know you a wee bit more.


So, just for fun, here’s a peek at the top 25 most popular visited (new!) posts here on Passionate Penny Pincher over the last year . . . 





25. 5 Steps To Start A Blog Today



24. Dollar Tree Easter Craft




23. 2 Grocery Hacks You Need To Know


22. That Time My Husband Had A Heart Attack


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21. 7 Ways A Fitbit Will Change Your Life




20. Best Baby Shower Gift Ever




19. Best Cookie Jar Ever


18. Dollar Tree Gifts to Give


17. 10 Stores You Need To Shop Black Friday (This May Surprise You!)




16. 7 Items You Should Never Buy At Walmart




15. 87 Restaurants Where Kids Eat FREE



14. 5 Unexpected Surprise of the 21 Day Fix (+ How I Lost 8 Pounds In 21 Days & You Can Too!)


13. Costco Fans? This Is Going To Make Your Day 🙂


12. 5 Ways to Look Better in Pictures



11. 7 Items You Should Always Look for at the Dollar Tree {Before Paying Full Price}


10. Crocktober


9. 22 Secrets You Need To Know Before Shopping Aldi


8. 30 Ways Moms Can Make Money At Home


7. Dollar Tree Valentine Project


6. Top 10 Grocery Budget Busters


5. The Ultimate Black Friday Cheat Sheet


4. 10 Secrets You Need to Know Before Shopping Dollar Tree


3. What $3 & A Little Courage Can Do


2. Ikea Shopping Secrets: 15 Secrets You Need To Know Before Shopping IKEA


1. Back to School Sales


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And here’s one that might encourage you with any New Year’s Resolutions ~ ’tis the season, right? I’m starting out again this year as I working on healthy eating as I do just about every year! 😉


And here a peek at Passionate Penny Pincher’s TOP 5 POSTS of all time . . . 🙂


Happy New Year!



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When Christmas doesn’t look quite like the Christmas card


Sit back, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and get ready for a little random rambling (it’s been awhile!) If you’re here just for the deals (I TOTALLY get that), scoot right on past to the next penny pinched post. (This has been heavy on my heart this week . . . so here we go.)


Last night I saw one of my dearest friend’s precious (and pretty perfect looking) family pics on my Facebook feed, and my heart for the teensy-eensiest second felt a twinge of jealousy.


Now this is a friend I know well, whom I completely adore, and I quickly remembered there’s more on her heart than that perfect pic could tell.


It was a huge wake up call for me, and  I was reminded that as I scroll through Facebook seeing gorgeous families and wonder why their lives look so perfect . . .


when mine just doesn’t . . . 


that sometimes those perfect pictures don’t tell the whole truth.


And that when we open gorgeous Christmas cards where children smile radiantly in clothes so perfectly coordinated ~ well, that doesn’t always tell the full story either.



2016 has been quite a year in our home, but it hasn’t felt anywhere near as perfect as our Christmas card might just portray.


PPP has grown more than I could have ever imagined.


(That is completely because of YOU. You have no idea how much that means to me!)


We’ve doubled our email subscribers.


Grown a few hundred thousand folks on Facebook.


Earned a few new Instagram and Pinterest followers too.


And I feel like I’ve hung out with a bundle of you a little more in “real life” by cooking, baking, and DIY’ing over on Facebook live.


(For any of you who don’t know me well, Facebook live is VERY uncomfortable for me, and I have to completely gear myself up for it every single day. I have notes reminding me to smile, stand up straight, and talk a little slower. Yikes.) 


In fact, if you’re looking from the outside-in, you might just for a second think this girl has got her act together. 




In real life though, my heart’s been heavy.

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My husband had a heart attack back in April. (Yes, that cute one right there ~ that was him a few months before his heart attack. He’s only 45. Read more HERE ~ if you’ve been through this my heart goes out to you because I had no idea what an emotional roller coaster this would be.)


We’ve had a few other not so easy things creep up throughout the year too.


We’ve had some extended family worries that just make life a little more difficult some days.


We’re still adjusting to life in Ohio.


(Y’all, I wish I could just get. over. that. ugh. If the sweet folks down in Alabama hadn’t been just so sweet it might have made this move a wee bit easier! It is getting MUCH better just still hard some days ~ I’ve heard 3 years is the magic mark, so crossing my fingers on that.) 🙂 








We’re raising two teenagers at the same time. (Clearly that makes us superheroes, right?)


To top it all off we’ve got one way-too-confident-God-bless-this-kid-we’re-going-to-have-to-hold-on-tight-for-the-next-ten-years-nine-year-old.


Double eek. 


But looking from the outside-in, it would be easy for someone to look at our Christmas card (in black and white to hide the wrinkles, mind you), and think our mess of our family has our act together too.



But here’s the truth.


We’re a mess.


We have bad days. We get tired. We holler sometimes. We get plain old g.r.o.u.c.h.y.  


but from our pretty Christmas card pic and what you see online, you might just think our life looks okay.


And honestly?


While we have some really hard things surrounding us right now, we are crazily blessed with an abundant life I never even imagined I’d see. 


But some days life is just hard.


And oh so messy.


And not as perfect as we (ummm, I) might like to portray.


Here’s what we so easily forget . . . 


No matter how cute someone looks on Facebook . . .


No matter how incredibly their Christmas card arrives at your door . . .


No matter how darling that friend’s home is over on Instagram . . .


They likely have struggles too you’ll never know from this side of the screen.



Remember this today.


Right this very minute.


Your life.


The one you’re living right now today.


It’s the most perfect gift you’ve ever been given. 


Take today.


Take this Christmas.


Choose to make it beautiful and memorable and perfect ~ with whatever cards you’ve been dealt, and exactly the people you’re with,


and don’t compare yourself to anyone else even one last time.  




And whatever mess you’re in. 


Whatever struggle that’s covering you up and maybe just clouding your vision from how wondrous this Christmas season is,


know that it it’s in His hands (thank. heavens.) today.


Praying God’s peace, rest, and hope for you this Christmas day.



“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6





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The Best Baking Supply Bargains



Now that we’ve almost finished our 12 days of Christmas baking series (download your free grocery list and cookbook over HERE) I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite ways to package all those goodies up!




I found most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby  . . .


wrapped them up with inexpensive ribbon,


and found a few bargains at Michael’s & The Dollar Tree too.


I love those stores. 




Here’s how the math on each container added up: 

Big red and white carry out box 66¢ per box

Santa tin $1.75 at Hobby Lobby


Tiny box containers at Hobby Lobby 20¢ per box

Sliding Boxes from Hobby Lobby 50¢ per box

Polka Dot Sliding Box Containers from Hobby Lobby 75¢ each


Plastic bags 12/$1 at the Dollar Tree 8.3¢ each

Merry Christmas tag from Hobby Lobby 5¢ each


Merry Christmas Box $1 at Hobby Lobby


Christmas Tin $1 at the Dollar Tree

Green Christmas Santa Box $1 at Michael’s

Merry Bag and Santa Hat tag 15¢ at Hobby Lobby


Polka Dot and Striped Bags 12¢ per box

Chalkboard Clothespins 13¢ per box

Gift Card Holder 50¢ each



Be Merry Box 75¢ per box at Hobby Lobby


Hope this helps you pinch a few extra pennies this Christmas, as well as spoil someone special you’re thankful for this year. Enjoy!

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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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Top 10 Christmas Budget Busters


It is so easy this time of year to pull out that credit card, plunk down a few more dollars, and spend so. much. more. than you planned for this year. 


But you don’t have to.


Here are 10 Christmas Budget Busters that can completely whittle away your Christmas savings, so take a few minutes today and make sure your spending is in check.

Top 10 Christmas Budget Busters

1. Shipping.

Do. not. pay. for. shipping.

For real.

Most stores offer free shipping with pretty minimal purchases this time of year, and almost all stores allow you to pick up in store for free as well. With shipping costing easily $6-$10, you could easily blow your budget with a few unexpected purchases.

And, don’t forget Free Shipping Day is 12/16/16 ~ it might just be worth waiting for!


2. Stocking stuffers that cost too much.

In our house my kids love their stockings, but I work really hard to keep the cost of stocking stuffers to a minimum. 

Go HERE to see my list of 101 stocking stuffers all $1 or less.


3. Gifts to just fill under the tree.

My kids typically ask for a few big (and a few small) items each year.

But oh so often, I’m tempted to buy them extra things just so they have more to open under the tree.

They don’t need any of it.

This year I’m really sticking to giving them the few things they really want, and then letting it go.

I hate the clutter come December 26th, and they really don’t need much of anything.

Skip those extras this year. 

(Download my free Christmas Made Easy Checklist to track your Christmas List and Expenses as you go.)


4. Unnecessary family and friend gifts.

If you have a large extended family, consider as a group doing a white elephant gift exchange or choosing “secret Santas” ~ everyone will have just as much fun, and your whole family will drastically cut down on Christmas expenses. 


And, if you love blessing people who bless you throughout the year (UPS drivers, garbage truck drivers, mail carriers, etc), consider baking a yummy treat for them instead of purchasing a gift this year if purchasing gifts isn’t in your budget. A small act of kindness can go a long way to bless someone’s day!


Side note:A few years ago I shared how just about felt gived out by the time December was over. I realized that much of this was because while I happily said yes to every place to donate early in the Holiday season, by the middle of December I was done: and so was my budget.

Since then my husband and I have an honest discussion about what we want to give together so that we can choose to give to those that we both feel most passionate about. (To see more on giving over the holidays, check out The Advent Conspiracy.)


5. Paying too much to trim your tree.

love Christmas decorating.

Like, I. love. it.

But, I get almost all my decorations 90% off AFTER Christmas, unless I find them at the Dollar Tree.

If you don’t have just what you want right now for Christmas, be patient. 

Wait until December 26th (December 27th is even better), head out to the stores, and score some amazing deals for next year’s Christmas tree.


6. Spending extra to decorate your home.

Just like it’s way too easy to spend too much on tree trimmings, home decor can get out of hand at Christmas.

Fluff up what you already have on hand, head outside for some fresh greenery, and keep things simple by not over doing Christmas clutter.


7. Deals that are “too good” to pass up.

Sometimes I come across a deal (or two, or three?) that I think is just “too good” to pass up. 

But unless it’s something someone really wants for Christmas, it’s just not worth ruining our budget for.


Skip those ones you really don’t need, determine to stay on track, and make Christmas more about the season than stuff this year. 

8. Purchasing extra gifts after you are done.

Once you’re done shopping,

you’re done shopping.

Determine this year to get your Christmas list checked off, and then don’t go back to purchase more items that your family really can live without.


9. Wrapping paper.

Get wrapping paper 90% off at Target and other stores in January ~ last year we had to wait until January 4th, but don’t miss that one this year.

10.The Christmas feast.

Last but not least, be mindful over the next few weeks of deals as you plan for Christmas.

Inevitably every store in town will put ham, turkey, veggies, and more on sale, so your mission this Christmas season is to watch for those deep discounts.

Go HERE to do a quick search of the best sale items on just about everything at your local store, and determine to stick to your budget before spending too much this year.


What else would you add to the list? I’d love to hear your thoughts – also check out the Ultimate Guide To Building a Better Grocery Budget. You can do this!

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Dollar Tree Christmas Centerpiece



Need an inexpensive Christmas centerpiece for an event this Christmas season? 

This is for you. 



Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a grapevine or greenery wreath $1 at the Dollar Tree
  • red candle votive $1 at the Dollar Tree
  • 2-3 berry twigs $1 at the Dollar Tree


Just take the berries and place all around the wreath, light the candle, and you’re done.


I used a blanket scarf as my table runner (this weekend only they’re $12.95, shipped at Cents of Style when you use the code BLANKET16 at checkout.)









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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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My 5 Favorite Black Friday Deals . . .



Have you kept up with all the crazy Black Friday deals today? Goodness, they’ve been nuts!

Here are my top 5 favorite deals I’ve seen so far . . . besides the Fitbit Charge Deal which wins for favorite hands down 😉


1 .  Canon EOS Rebel with 2 Lenses & Bag only $449 ~ Lowest price this has ever been!

I love my Canon Rebel!!

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2. Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker – $69

This is an AMAZING workhorse that doubles as a crockpot or a pressure cooker, makes yogurt and does so much more!



3. Amazon Fire Tablet $33.33  (regulary $49.99) ~ such a great deal while it lasts!

If that particular Kindle isn’t what you’re looking for – there’s also a deal on these:

And for old-fashioned paper books – – don’t miss out on the Amazon $10 off $25 Books code!



4. Power Wheels Ride-Ons – Starting at $45!

Or if you are looking for a leg-powered transportation – these Mountain Bikes are $58!



5.  There are some CRAZY deals on Train Tables & Train Sets. . . 

This 50-pc Train Table is only $37 and this bigger, nicer KidKraft Train Table is $99 (Reg $299)

Also get Thomas the Train Sets on Amazon for a steal today, as well as these other great toy deals:






Here’s the complete list of Black Friday deals posted so far . . . 





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Black Friday Fitbit Deals

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just ordered myself the new Fitbit Charge 2 using some birthday gift cards I had, and goodness, I am in love.


I had the Fitbit Charge HR before (but handed it down to my kids), and had kind of forgotten I loved having a Fitbit to keep me aware of how much I actually step away from the computer. (As a blogger it’s easy for me to spend hours online, and forget that’s not what this body of mine was made for!)


My new Fitbit came yesterday, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it. I actually like it way more than the Charge HR (the reviews were so much better that I decided it was worth the splurge), and I’m so glad I did. Here are the features I’ve noticed:

  • Tracks my steps
  • Tells me when I have a phone call or text (and you can actually READ THE TEXT ON THE FITBIT ~ I love that!)
  • App includes places to track your weight, food intake and calories

Of course, the Fitbit Charge 2 is normally priced at $149.95, so not a cheap gift. The regular Fitbit Charge has dropped quite a bit in price though, and honestly I was pleased with that one as well (I just love that this one lets me see my texts!)

Here are the best deals on Fitbit products I see right now: 



Kohl’s *** BEST DEAL ***

**No coupon codes can be used on Fitbits at Kohls




  • Fitbit Charge $93.99 *** BEST DEAL **** (not the Fitbit Charge 2 but a great price on the regular Fitbit!)


Do you have a Fitbit and love it? I’d love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment to share!

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Not sure whether or not you need a Fibit?  Check out these 7 ways a Fitbit will change your life. 

Love shopping Kohl’s? Be sure to check out these 14 secrets you need to know before you shop, and don’t miss the rest of the crazy deals at Kohl’s going on right now.


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Christmas Made EASY: The Ultimate Christmas Checklist




Oh my.



You are gonna love this.


Like . . .




I was worrying this weekend about all the things I needed to do to get ready for Christmas, and realized that I just needed a perfect checklist to really get myself organized.
So I visited Pinterest . . . and there were so many great lists, but none that were just right.



But lucky for me (and lucky for you!), I have an awesome designer who created this Ultimate Christmas Checklist so you and I can be completely organized and stick to our budgets this year. 







(Yup, I’m a wee bit excited about this one.)


More than anything here at PPP, I want to you to save a bundle this Christmas, and at the same time, I’d just love to make Christmas easier for you too.


So, hurry over HERE to get and let me send it right out to you, and let me know what you think. Happy Black Friday Week!



{Note ~ if you’re a PPP email subscriber I sent this out to you a few hours ago today. Send me an email at if you didn’t get yours!)

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