Free Editable Menu Plan and Grocery List!

 

CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS!!

 

I am sooooooo stinkin’ excited about this!!!¬†Since starting the Dinner’s Done Facebook group (join it free over HERE), we’ve had so many requests for a great editable menu plan and grocery list that we finally put it together for you.

 

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WOOHOOO! ūüôā¬†

With one quick click you can print your own menu plan and shopping list to use before heading to the store, and it's even editable if you'd prefer typing it out each week and printing for a nice tidy list.

 

 

It's lovely. 

 

 

Head on over HERE to download yours ~ so hope you love it as much as I do!

 

 

I LOVE THIS. ūüôā¬†

 

(And by the way, if you're struggling with menu planning, I highly recommend checking out the menu plans from my friend Tiffany at Eat at Home Cooks. Her menu plans are as low as $1.61 per week for 72 slow cooker, whole foods and traditional recipes each month, and they've transformed the way dinner gets done in our home. Go HERE to check them out!)

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27 Ways to Make Money From Home

 

There are so many ways to pinch pennies, but one of my favorites is to find ways to earn extra money from home! ¬†Whether you’re saving for a special purchase or a family vacation, or trying to dig your way out of debt – there are lots of ways to make money, even without leaving you home. ¬†Here are¬†a few ideas to help get you thinking . . .

 

27 Ways to Make Money from Home

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Sell Your Stuff

One of the easiest ways to make money at home is to simply turn your clutter into cash. Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, Craigslist, Flea Markets and Yard Sales are all great ways to sell your stuff both online and in your community.   Here are some top items to sell:

 

1 . Books – Find what their worth on Ebay or Amazon and easily list them

2 . Clothing РEither through consignment shops, online consignment like Thred Up or locally.

3 . Collectibles – If you don’t have any already, scour yard sales and junk shops for valuable items to sell.

4 . CDs, DVDs, Gaming Systems – Used book & music stores, or sites like DeCluttr

5 . Garden Produce or Eggs РHave more than you need from your garden?  Set up a stand in your front yard or contact a local Farmers Market

6 . Homemade Crafts – On Etsy, or locally

7 . Multi-Level-Marketing ‚Äď LulaRoe,¬†Beach Body, Jamberry Nails, Essential Oils,¬†Thirty-One Gifts, Juice Plus, Avon,¬†¬†Scentsy, My Premier Designs ‚Äď jewelery,¬†Origami Owl, Younique Beauty Products, Wildtree Food Products, Radiantly You

8 . Opinions РYou can seriously sell your opinions to companies who need that data.  Try Pinecone Research as a very reputable survey company Рcheck out other survey companies here.

9 . Stock Photos ‚ÄstShutterstock,¬†iStock, Dreamstime and Sqeeqee.

 

 

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Offer Your Services

Do you have any valuable skills like sewing, writing or cutting hair? ¬†Or maybe just extra time on your hands to watch someone’s child or walk their dog? ¬†There are SO many ways to make money from home by offering services like these . . .

10 . Babysit

11 . Bake Cakes

12 . Blog ‚Äď ¬†Learn¬†How I Make a Full Time Income as a Stay at Home Mom¬†~if you want to start one crazy inexpensively, use Bluehost as your host for just $3.95

13 . Dog Walking

14 . Drive ‚Äď drive for Uber or work as a Delivery Driver

15 . Edit or Proofread Papers –¬†Proofread Anywhere

16 . Freelance Writer – Sites like Upwork connect freelancers with employers.

17 . Hair Cutting

18 . OCD? ¬†Become a¬†Professional Organizer¬†ūüôā

19 . Photographer

20 . Take on Sewing or Alterations

21 . Tutor¬†‚Äď Tutor.com, Ask A Nerd

22 . Teach Music Lessons

23 . Virtual Assistant РLike being an office assistant, without going into a physical office.  Find several companies who hire virtual assistants.

24 . Website Design – Coding, Graphic Artists and Technical Knowledge are all valuable skills

25 . Yard Work

Use Cashback Apps or Sites

Believe it or not, you really can earn money using shopping sites and apps, as well as submitting for grocery rebates.  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

26 . Submit Grocery Rebates ‚Äď my favorites are Ibotta, Mobisave, Checkout 51

27 . Get Paid to Shop & Search Online¬†‚ÄstSwagbucks, Ebates

 

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70 Ways To Cut Your Grocery Budget In Half (Without Clipping a Single Coupon)

 

Looking for ways to cut your grocery budget in half (without clipping a single coupon?) While I save a bundle with coupons, the bulk of my savings come just from shopping strategically, which means you don’t have to clip any coupons at all.

 

 

I also enlisted the advice of the ladies in our Dinner’s Done Facebook group on this post (they had so many great ideas!) If you’d love to get encouragement on making dinner every night, I highly recommend joining this free group ~ go HERE to check it out!

 

 

  1. Always shop with a grocery list
  2. Actually stick to your grocery list once you’ve made it
  3. Menu Plan
  4. Shop Aldi
  5. Be¬†cautious when buying in bulk at Costco and Sam’s Club¬†(more info HERE)
  6. Try out Fresh Thyme or Sprouts for crazy low prices on produce
  7. Always shop Fresh Thyme or Sprouts on Wednesdays during double ad sales day
  8. Always¬†(always)¬†shop¬†your store’s sales ad
  9. Know your prices
  10. Stockpile when you see a good price
  11. Substitute with things you already have (no buttermilk on hand? Mix vinegar and milk)
  12. Shop without children
  13. Shop without your spouse. ūüôā
  14. Buy produce in season
  15. Eat your leftovers
  16. Shop your pantry fridge and freezer (then use All Recipes ingredient search to make a meal)
  17. Learn your store’s markdown schedule
  18. Shop the store brands
  19. Use Ibotta
  20. Start a garden
  21. Load store digital coupons to your card
  22. Try shopping once a month
  23. Check the unit price to make sure you’re never spending too much
  24. Buy diapers and toilet paper on Amazon
  25. Checkout Checkout 51
  26. Use Favado
  27. Take advantage of Walmart’s Savings Catcher
  28. Buy in bulk
  29. Pay with cash
  30. Skip the pre-packaged stuff
  31. Don’t use paper towels
  32. Or trash bags
  33. Buy double ply TP and only use single sheets. (TEASING. Just checking in to see if you’re still awake.) ūüėČ
  34. Make seasonings and sauces yourself (get a few of my favorites in the index at the back of this free cookbook)
  35. Store deeply discounted items in your freezer (get the full list of what to freeze over HERE)
  36. Have breakfast for dinner once a week
  37. Don’t cook more than you need if it will go to waste
  38. Only buy meat when it’s on sale
  39. Shop early in the morning when meat markdowns have just been made
  40. Ask the butcher to cup up large bulks of meat to get the best price
  41. Rotate your pantry so food doesn’t expire
  42. Make baked goods from scratch (homemade bread, anyone?)
  43. Cook in bulk
  44. Ask stores to price match
  45. Don’t shop if you’re hungry
  46. Learn the map of your store so you get in and get out fast
  47. Skip any pre-cut meats, fruits, or veggies
  48. Buy big roasts (pork and beef) when on sale and cut them into 2 or 3 chunks, making for several meal (thanks Tiffany!)
  49. Buy eggs
  50. Don’t buy¬†bottled water
  51. Use this database to see which stores in your hometown have sales each week on items you’re purchasing
  52. Buy a rotisserie¬†chicken at Costco or Sam’s and use the meat in soups, stews, and casseroles
  53. Keep a running log of how much you spend at the grocery store each week
  54. Eat eggs
  55. Shop more than one store
  56. Use cloth napkins instead of paper
  57. Skip paper plates
  58. Repurpose glass jars (or use mason jars) and store your homemade dry mixes
  59. Learn to can your own foods
  60. Create a price list for your area (Thanks Ashley!)
  61. Re-use your grocery sacks
  62. Pick up produce in large bags instead of buy the piece
  63. Don’t buy pre-packaged salad blends
  64. Use up every single thing in your pantry
  65. Try out shopping online using Kroger Click List or Walmart Grocery Pickup so you avoid buying extras you don’t need
  66. Avoid the kid snack traps, like packing your own goldfish, making granola bars, relying on fruit, etc (thanks, Amy!)
  67. Base your meals on sales, buy lots of meat when it’s on sale and freeze the extra (thanks, Nicole!)
  68. Instead of using foil or plastic wrap, store food in re-usable containers
  69. Reinvent leftovers. Bones from cooked meats can be turned into broth. Use the trimmings and peels from celery, onions carrots for flavor in the broth. Repurpose leftover bits and pieces into something else. Bake extra chicken, use it in other dishes or on a salad. (Thanks, Robin and Vicki!)
  70. Prioritize what you need most and cut out non-essentials. We no longer buy things like soft drinks, paper towels, most packaged or prepared food. Buy ingredients and cook from scratch. So much healthier for you too (thanks, Tami!)

 

 

 

What other things do you recommend to save on groceries without clipping any coupons? Leave a comment to share ~ I love hearing from you! 

 

 

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The Ultimate Aldi, Target & Walmart Price Comparison Sheet

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To get Aldi, Target, Walmart Comparison Sheet, go HERE and download your free PDF.

I’m soooo excited to have this updated!¬†

The PPP team has just updated this amazing (seriously, amazing) reference guide for you to use every time you shop Aldi, Target, and Walmart.

 

 WOOHOOOOO!

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Now, as always, pricing will vary a bit by area and your store, but this gives you a good basic starting place with an idea of what to really expect at each store.

And if you’re like me, I’m betting you’ll be a little surprised at how the prices stack up.

I never (ever?) would have expected Walmart and Target to be higher on so many items (not everything, but many things!), so the results were pretty interesting to me.

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 Here are a few things you need to know to fully take advantage of this list:

  • These are everyday prices on these items and don’t include any special sales at all. If you can wait for a sale at Target or Walmart you’ll get a better price, so this is just your starting point.

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  • We did the best we could to compare things evenly across the board. We looked at basic generic brands as much as we were able to (i.e. Up & Up for Target and Great Value for Walmart), and gave you the exact item name so you can compare too.
  • These prices were updated in the Southeast, so your pricing will vary some by store. This just gives you a handy little reference guide to get an idea of what to expect.
  • You’ll want to compare to see how these prices stack up at Costco & Sam’s Club as well ~ go HERE to print your free list for those stores.
  • ****MOST IMPORTANTLY**** This is such a valuable tool when shopping other store sales. A few weeks ago I was shopping the Mega Sale at Kroger and while I¬†thought I was getting a good price on peanut butter, a quick look at this list let me know that I was getting a serious stock up price. Even if you don’t use this list to compare these stores to one another, it is¬†so stinkin’ handy¬†so that you’ll always know when you’re getting the very best price on an item. ¬†WOOHOOO! ūüėȬ†

 

Okie dokie ~ are you ready for it? Here we go! 

 

To get Aldi, Target, Walmart Comparison Sheet, go HERE and download your free PDF.

If you’d love to keep up with penny pinching deals I’d sure love for you to sign up for free daily emails too – go HERE and you’ll receive a free Freezer Printable Guide just for signing up. Thanks so much for joining PPP!!!)

 

Looking for more posts like this? Here you go . . . 

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I can’t wait to hear what you think on these prices¬†and how they stack up ~ leave a comment to share your thoughts!

 

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If you missed the video you can catch it over here on Facebook {and see as I completely mess up dinner, but it seems like it’s still smelling yummy, thank heavens! ¬†For all you moms who feel like you’re a mess, I’m right over here proving you’re not the only one. Eek!}

 

Looking for a great deal on a cozy shirt? Today only Cents of Style is offering my favorite raglan tees for just $16.99, shipped when you use the code BOLD9 at checkout.

Here’s how to get the best price:

  • Start¬†HERE
  • Choose your favorite style (mine is a size medium)
  • Use the code BOLD9 at checkout
  • Pay $16.99, shipped today only (regularly $29.99!)

 

And, if you’re interested in the menu plans I mentioned in the video (although you really¬†do¬†still have to read the instructions correctly), check out these menu plans at Eat at Home cooks.¬†We made the Corn Chowder from Week 10 of the Whole Foods plan last night, and it was fantastic!

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The Ultimate Amazon Shopping List: 50 Things You Should *Always* Buy On Amazon

 

 

Do you love shopping Amazon? 

 

Me too! ūüôā¬†

 

For many of us, Amazon offers easy savings (and convenience) on thousands of items, delivered right to our door. But it’s important to know what items really are great prices, and which items are worth heading to your local store for.

 

 

My general rule of thumb is to check Amazon for anything I would make a quick trip to Walmart for, because so many items end up being less money, with no stress. 

 

I love that.

 

 

Here’s a peek at my Ultimate Amazon Shopping List ~ I’d love to hear what you’d add to the list too!

 

 

And to make our lives a little easier Рyou can even print your own FREE Printable Amazon Shopping List HERE!

Amazon Daily Deals

1 . Amazon Gold Box

2 . Amazon Lightning Deals

 

 

Amazon Prime Deals

3 . Free eBooks

4 . Free Movies

5 . Free Music

6 . Free Photo Storage

 

 

Arts, Crafts & Sewing

7 . Crafting Supplies

**Amazon carries an HUGE variety of crafty goods Рfrom Colored Pencil sets to bulk construction paper and Sewing Machines!

I also think Amazon usually has a better deal on a Silhouette machine than other stores  РI absolutely love mine!

 

 

 

Automotive Parts & Accessories

8 . Auto Parts

*Besides major auto parts – we also see really good deals on windshield wiper blades pretty often!

 

 

Baby

9 . Baby Wipes

10 . Diapers

*Both the diapers and wipes often have coupons you can clip, plus an extra 20% Savings if you’re a member of Amazon Family! ¬†Learn more about Amazon Family and get a Free 30-Day Trial ūüôā

 

 

 

Beauty & Personal Care

11 . Drug Store Makeup and Makeup Remover Wipes

12 . Olay Regenerist

*This is my absolute favorite moisturizer and Amazon always carries it for way less than Walmart after you subscribe and save, plus they frequently offer a coupon which makes the price even better ūüôā

13 . Pads/Tampons  (compare to Walmart)

14 . Razor Systems or Disposable Razors (when they offer a $3 or $4 off coupon they can be great deals!)

15 . Shampoo & Conditioner

16 . Teeth Whitening Strips   (compare to Walmart)

17 . Toothbrushes (the bulk packs)

 

 

 

Clothing, Shoes & Jewelery

18 .¬†Children’s Hair Bows

19 . Crocs

20 . Scarves

21 . Toms

 

  

Electronics

22 . Cell Phone Charging Cords

23 .  Cell Phone Cases

24 . Photo Memory Cards

 

 

Gifts

25 . Gift Cards

Grocery & Gourmet Food

26 . Coffee Pods

27 . Snack Foods when they include special discounts

*Check out all the current Amazon Grocery Coupons here!

 

 

 

 

Health & Household

28 . Batteries

29 . Some Cleaning Products

30 . Dishwasher Tablets

31 . Disinfectant Wipes

32 . Laundry Detergent

33 . LED Lightbulbs

34 . Mr. Clean Magic Erasers  *Also check out the generic eraser sponges!

35 .¬†Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

36 .¬†Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

37 . Vitamins & Supplements

Kitchen & Dining

38 . Cuisinart Knives 

39 . Kitchen Gadgets and Small Appliances

40 . Rubbermaid Containers (watch for Lightning Deals on these sets!)

Luggage & Travel Gear

41 . Luggage

42 . Tents (wait for a sale on these Рthey come around all the time!)

 

 

 

 

Paper & Plastic

43 . Paper Towels

44 . Toilet Paper

45 . Trash Bags

 

 

Pet Supplies

46 . Cat Food

47 . Dog Food

 

 

Reading Materials

48 . Books

49 .  Magazine Subscriptions  *Check out the magazine deal of the day each day!

 

 

 

Toys & Games

50 . We see soooo many good deals on toys and games¬†on Amazon, especially around Christmas. ¬†Keep an eye on the hottest¬†“Movers and Shakers” to catch the biggest sales on popular toys and games!

Some items we often see deals on:

 

 

Can’t get enough AMAZON?¬† Here you go . . .

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5 Ways You Can Earn $100 By Christmas

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Note: Right now you can get $10 just for signing up + $2 when you submit any 3 rebates. Easy way to get started and save big this year! 

 

 

Looking for some ways to earn some serious cash by Christmas? This is for you! ¬†If you haven’t checked out Ibotta – it’s a little app with huge potential to help you set up a holiday nest egg.

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Never heard of Ibotta? (Or maybe you have – but have forgotten to use it occasionally?)

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Ibotta is an easy way to earn real money for buying your favorite products at your favorite stores.

I downloaded Ibotta¬†several years ago,¬†and use it almost every week.¬†(It really comes in handy those weeks when you can’t quite get around to printing or clipping paper coupons, and I love that you can¬†stack your savings with a paper coupon to double up on your savings!

That’s crazy right???

 

Here are 5 ways you can use Ibotta to help you earn up to $100 (or more?) by Christmas:

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1 . Use Ibotta at your favorite stores and get $10 just for joining.

Here are just some of the places you can use Ibotta….

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Publix
  • CVS,¬†Walgreens and Rite-Aid
  • Kroger
  • Fresh Market
  • Safeway
  • Vons
  • and more!¬†(+ new stores are being added all the time)

 

2 . Use Ibotta at restaurants.

Ibotta rebates are available at several restaurants, including Papa John’s, Einstein Bagels, Outback Steakhouse, Red Robin and¬†lots¬†more. Just add the rebate to your Ibotta account before you eat, and get up to $5 in cash back on your next meal.

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3. Use Ibotta at retail stores (and don’t forget the craft stores!)

Ibotta is just opening up a few retail rebates, including Ulta, American Eagle, Kohl’s, and more. Save up to $5 off at your favorite stores, just for snapping a picture of your receipt.

Did you know that you can get $5 cash back in your Ibotta account when you spend $30 at Joann’s fabrics? (Who knew?!) Be sure to check the rebates offered at specialty stores (think Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, JoAnn’s, etc) to save even more at stores you probably already shop.

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4. Even use Ibotta at your local gas station.

Did you know Ibotta is accepted at some gas stations? A few of the stations included are Shell, Pilot, Marathon and Chevron + several more. These typically offer rebates that are similar to the grocery rebates they offer, but if you’re on a road trip and purchase something in the gas station (think a 20 oz. diet coke or bag of snacks), you may find a rebate to match what you purchase.

5. Invite your friends.

Every time you invite a friend to join Ibotta and they make their first purchase, you get $10 in your account.¬†And, they get $10 just for joining! Once you’ve signed up and started earning, invite a friend or two and help each other save.

You can even start earning via Ibotta “teams” and the more rebates each team member submits the more everyone earns.

 

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¬†Curious about the nitty gritty details on Ibotta? Here’s how to get started:
  1. Download the FREE Ibotta App to your mobile device.
  2. Before shopping, choose your offers. The more you choose, the more cash back you’ll earn.
  3. Go Shopping. Buy your chosen products at any of the major retailers that Ibotta supports.
  4. Take a photo of your receipt. We’ll verify your purchases and credit your account right away.
  5. Get your cash. Yes, real money, loaded onto your PayPal account in the form of a gift cards from Amazon, Walmart, Target & more.
  6. In just a few easy steps you’ll make a little moo-lah¬†when you purchase things you would normally purchase each day.

Earnings can be transferred securely to your PayPal account, so you can be setting aside a Christmas nest egg! You can also use your earnings towards gift cards at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Applebees, Old Navy, Sam’s Club and more. Love that!

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Do you use Ibotta? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one – leave a comment to share!
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10 Secrets to Saving on Back to School Clothes

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As the first day of school comes creeping up on us once again, it’s time to hit the back to school sales for new clothes and shoes. ¬†Besides keeping an eye out for specials – there are some other good ways to save money on those back to school wardrobes. ¬† Check out these 10 secrets to saving on back to school clothes shopping!

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1. Have a Try-On Day

Have a day where the kids try on everything in their drawer/closet to take stock of what’s actually needed. ¬†Make a pile of keepers and a pile of clothes they’ve outgrown (or just don’t like anymore) to donate to Goodwill or take to a consignment shop.

This is a great place to start because you’ll need to know what size they’re in before you head out to shop regardless. ¬†And it will also give you and your child an opportunity to talk about what styles they no longer love, so you can avoid those if you’re shopping without them.

2. Sell Used Clothes at Consignment Stores

And speaking of taking piles of unwanted goodies to the consignment store… they’re also an excellent place to shop for new-to-you clothes for back to school! ¬†(See how I made $70 in 2 Hours cleaning out my youngest’s closet)

So many times you can find really nice brands for Walmart prices at consignment stores. ¬†And if you take in gently used clothing before you shop, you can score a chunk of in-store credit to bring your bill down even lower ūüôā

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3. Shop your local thrift store.

Thrift stores can be gold mines when it comes to back to school shopping. For instance, for my high school son I’ve picked up Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie, and Banana Republic brands all for $4 or less at Goodwill, and after he’s seen the prices on clothing at the mall he’s willing to try them out for me.

There are certain days when you can save even more Рlike Half Price days.  Check out more Secrets to Saving at Goodwill here!

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4. Take advantage of Tax Free Weekend

In addition to other ways to save on back to school shopping – make sure you head out on Tax Free Weekend to do the bulk of your store shopping if you can!

Depending on your state’s sales tax, that could save you as much as 10% extra off things like clothing, shoes and even computers!

 

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5. Don’t miss Old Navy Sales

Old Navy is SUCH a good place to shop for kids’ school clothes.¬† ¬†They have fantastic sales and coupons that you can stack for great deals! ¬†You’ll want to sign up for Old Navy emails so you don’t miss the best sales and coupons – and to make sure you get the best value, check out this post of 10 Secrets to Saving at Old Navy here!

6. Maybe swing by an Outlet Mall

Planning a little trip to the Outlet Malls can be a good way to knock out all your back to school purchases in one swoop. Just beware of going in thinking everything is a good deal. The best way to start a trip to an outlet mall is to check out the website for specials and coupons Рand set yourself a budget before you go.

Some outlet stores are actually “Factory Stores” and carry cheaper items made for them that are sometimes a slightly lesser quality than retail stores. (T-shirts may be thinner, dresses may not have a liner, etc…) While with kids clothes that probably doesn’t matter so much – just something you may want to think about going in. ūüėČ

 

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7. Don’t miss T.J. Maxx, Ross and Marshall’s

I love-LOVE shopping for any name-brand clothes at stores like T.J. Maxx, Ross and Marshall’s. ¬†I can’t imagine to paying Mall or department store prices for the good stuff when it’s at least 50% less at these overstock stores.

It’s also an awesome place to pick up name-brand athletic shoes!

If you’re new to shopping these kinds of stores – find out how to maximize your savings in this post 10 Things You Need to Know Before Shopping T.J.Maxx¬†(I love Tip #1!)

 

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8. Children’s Place

The Children’s Place is a greaty shop-from-home option! I love how The Children’s Place seems to know exactly when I’ve just about given up on running all over town trying to pinch every penny on back to school clothes shopping. ¬†Because it’s always right about then they send me an email that says “60% OFF the entire site + Free Shipping”!

Sign up for Children’s Place emails and take advantage of those sales to get sturdy, colorful basics for the kids sent to your home for a great price. ¬†(I love Children’s Place bottoms because they have the adjustable button tabs on the inside of the waistband – so you know they’re going to fit without trying them on!)

 

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9. Have a Clothing Swap with Friends

If you have friends with kids around the same age as yours Рset an afternoon or evening to get together and swap clothes.  And if you have friends with older kids, let it be known that you welcome hand-me-downs!

10. Local Consignment Events

Check into local consignment events! While this might not be happening right before school starts Рkeep an eye out year round for the local consignment events in your town.  I posted some that I knew of back in the Spring Рbut find more consignment events in your area here!

 

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2 Grocery Hacks You Need To Know

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Sign up for PPP daily deal updates sent for FREE to your inbox! 

Last week I asked for some feedback on ways to make PPP a wee bit better, and I loved your responses. Two things that several folks asked though were things we already share (that happen to be some of my favorite features on PPP) so I wanted to make sure you knew how to access them. (I use them all the time!)

 

1. Quickly search any item on sale at dozens of stores every week.

 

Folks, I love this.

 

Like, L-O-V-E this.

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If you’re looking for a certain item and need a deal ~¬†any item, just type it where the box says “need a deal”¬†on the right hand side of the PPP page¬†and you’ll get a huge list of exactly what you need.

 

 

So, let’s pretend you need Tide because you’re out of laundry detergent.

 

Type in “Tide” (just look for the place to type it in on the top right hand side of the page, or bookmark this link right here so you always have it available. . .)

 

 

And voila . . . 

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ALL the deals you could ever want on Tide this week.

 

You’re welcome. ūüôā¬†

 

 

So, if you need a ham for Easter dinner, Nestle Toll House Morsels to bake up some chocolate chip cookies, or are all out of diapers today, just type it in right here and easily find a stock up price.

 

 

2. The coupon database.

 

This database houses every single coupon you can imagine, all in one place.

 

If¬†you need Colgate because it’s your favorite toothpaste and you’re all out . . .

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Just type it in right here and you can find all the coupons available right now for Colgate. 

 

No coupons from the Sunday paper or anywhere at home right now?

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Easy ~ sort by printable coupons and all the coupons will be easy ones you can print from home.

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How To Get Rid Of Stinky Mildew Smells: Just 2 Ingredients

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My husband asked for bath towels for Christmas. 

 

What man in his right mind ever asks for bath towels as a Christmas gift? 

 

Ummmmm . . . the one who has a house full of stinky-slightly-mildew-smelling towels. 

 

Bleck.

 

Because I’m a recovering leave-it-in-the-washer-way-too-long-before-swapping-to-the-dryer-user, a few of our towels (ahem, all of our towels?) had gotten taken over by a slightly stinky mildew smell. Add in a new HE washer (which I love, but doesn’t use as much water so those things get stinky faster), and it was just bad.

 

But, many of our towels were in decent shape, and the thought of just throwing them out nearly killed me, so I did some research and found this way to get rid of stinky mildew smells, and it worked. 

 

Here’s what I did:

  • Added towels to washing machine along with 1 cup of vinegar in my detergent dispenser. (I actually used 1 1/2 cups because my washer’s huge ~ if you have a large capacity machine I’d recommend using 1 1/2 cups as well.)
  • Did NOT use any laundry detergent, just washed on hot for one cycle.
  • Then added 1/2 cup baking soda to the load and washed again on hot cycle.
  • Dried as usual
  • Voila!

 

Even the stinky dish towels we have (which are the worst) came out smelling fresh and clean ~ I was shocked. 

 

I’ve heard before that certain dish soaps tend to make dish towels smell stinkier faster (I’ve even read that my favorite Dawn could be the culprit?) and am trying to find a better alternative, but in the mean time this helps.

 

I’d love to hear your tips on getting rid of stinky mildew smells if you’ve struggled with this one too ~ I definitely think moving things over from the washer quickly to the dryer helps, but I’m up for any extra suggestions too (so my poor husband can get better gifts for Christmas!) ūüôā 

 

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