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!




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




22 . Cell Phone Charging Cords

23 .  Cell Phone Cases

24 . Photo Memory Cards




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


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.



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


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:


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.




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.


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.



¬†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!


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



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!


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


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!


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!



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




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!)



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!)



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


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.



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 . . . 


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 . . .


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.



And, while you’re at it you can print¬†hundreds of dollars in free printable coupons over HERE.


Love that! 


Couponing for Beginners - Learn the lingo and make the most of your hard earned money by using coupons at all your favorite shopping locations.

New to saving at the grocery stores and don’t know where to start? Here are a few free resources to help you get started .¬†. .¬†

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And, if you never want to miss a deal, don’t forget to subscribe to Passionate Penny Pincher free daily email updates and get all the deals delivered directly to your inbox.¬†


Hope this makes your penny pinching go a wee bit smoother, and if you have other suggestions on things that would make using PPP a little easier, I’d sure love to hear those too!¬†Leave a comment to share. (I love hearing from you!) ūüôā

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


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. 




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 


Looking for more penny pinched cleaning ideas? Here are my favorites:


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10 Christmas Gifts Under $10 For Him

10 gifts under $10 for him


Looking for inexpensive gift ideas for your dad, father-in-law, brother, or hubby? It’s hard to find things on a budget, but there are some gifts out there that you can easily give for $10 or less.

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1. A grill thermometer – $9.99

These are always great to have on hand if you know someone who loves to grill! Also check out this one for just $8.49.


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2. Nautica Cologne $10.99

If you’re looking to spend a little, check out this one for $9.42.

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3. Lighting LED Headlamp $7.99

This is by far the lowest price this has been at, and has excellent reviews! This would be so good to have on hand for working on home projects where you need a flashlight, and you can’t beat the price.


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4. These tech fleece gloves $7.20

Right now Kohl’s has these priced at $9.60, and you can use the code FIREPLACE to drop your price to just $7.20. Also earn $10 in Kohl’s cash for every $20 you spend right now!

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5. Tie rack just $5.99

You can actually get it cheaper HERE, but I’m not sure it will get here in time for Christmas. I bought one of these for my husband years ago, and he likes it better than the fancy electronic one he’d gotten when graduating from college!

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6. This dress shirt for as low as $7.49

Right now Kohl’s has a huge selection of dress shirts on sale for $9.99, and you4 price drops to $7.49 when you use the code FIREPLACE at checkout.

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7. Valeo Speed Rope $5.17

If you know a guy who’s into fitness (or wants to be into fitness!), this is a great price on a speed jumping rope. I bought this one last year as a gift for my son and he’s been happy with it.

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8. Ralph Lauren t-shirts $11.99

These are a little over $10, but too good to miss!¬†Right now Macy’s has several Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply t-shirts priced at $15.99, and you can use the code FRIEND to save 25% dropping your price to just $11.99. Such a great deal (and great gift for any teenager on your list!)


If you’re planning to spend a little more, these Jersey V-Neck Polo Ralph Lauren tops are $22.49 after the code FRIEND at checkout. Since Ralph Lauren rarely goes on sale, this is a great price! (These are the ones my 15 year old likes the most – after coupon code they’re $25.49, which is also a great price!)

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9. Wallets priced as low as $11.70

These are also over $10 by a bit, but when you spend $50 or more you’ll get $10 in Kohl’s cash, saving you a little more! Use the code FIREPLACE at checkout to save an extra 25% dropping your price from $15.60 down to $11.70.

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10. College Duct Tape ūüôā

Priced around $4.82, you can choose from dozens of schools,perfect for your favorite sports fan. 


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You can also always also grab a gift card, or even just some homemade goodies.¬†It really is the thought that counts this time of year, so don‚Äôt go beyond your budget when you don‚Äôt have to! Be sure to also download these free Printable Christmas Coupons for Dad – and give him a few things he’ll love without spending a penny. ūüôā


I’d love to hear what other suggestions you have for inexpensive gifts ~ leave a comment to share!

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Should You Buy Christmas Gifts At Costco?

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Yesterday I made a super quick trip to Costco, and realized they have several items on sale for Christmas that you don’t want to miss!¬†Like always though, you’ve¬†got to do your research to make sure you’re really getting a good deal.

Several¬†of the items were significantly less at Costco than I’ve seen elsewhere, while a few were just priced high there.¬†I definitely recommend always checking before you buy (be sure to download the Amazon App so you can compare), and make sure you always get the best price!


I was thinking about it and while many of the prices are only off by $5-$10, if you can save $10 on 10 Christmas gifts this year you’ll save a whopping $100.¬†Definitely¬†worth taking a few minutes to make sure you get the price, and if you keep up with PPP you should save way more than $10 on most of the items posted here! ūüôā

Here’s how the prices stack up . . .

Christmas toys & gifts you should buy at Costco right now

1. Pillow Chums $14.99 (these are as much as $49+ on Amazon – great price at Costco!)

2. Lego Star Wars Tie Fighter $56.99 (currently $69 on Amazon)

3. Little Miracles Snuggle Me Sherpa Blanket $11.49 ($19.87 at Amazon)

4. Zoomer Mini Zuppies Mini Chomplinz $22.99 (currently $39.99 on Amazon – this is a great price)

5. Kidkraft Grand Storage Easel $79.99 (currently $100 at Amazon – this is a great price!)

6. Hello Kitty School Bus Playset $19.99 (currently $29.11 at Amazon)

7. 4 $25 American Girl Gift Cards $79.99 (great price – use these at your local American Girl Store or online to automatically save 20%!)

8. Elf on the Shelf Christmas Activity & Plush Elf Set $14.99 (currently $24.99 on Amazon ~ this is a great price!)

9. Disney Star Wars 15″ Talking Plush $22.99 (currently $39 on Amazon)


Christmas toys & gifts you may want to get at Costco

Disney Toddler Cinderella Doll $15.99 (currently $15.99 at Amazon as well)

Leapfrog Alpha Pup $14.99 (currently $14.99 at Amazon, has dropped as low as $13.96)

Fisher Price Minnie & Daisy Slumber Party House $37.99 (currently $42 on Amazon )

Disney Majestic Hair Styling Head $19.99 (currently $21.92 on Amazon)

Disney Frozen Sleight Set $39.99 (currently $39 on Amazon Рhas dropped lower in price so wait for a sale!)

Kidkraft Sweet Treats Pastel Kitchen $99.99 (currently $125 on Amazon but the one review on that one isn’t good – be sure to check out more reviews before purchasing!)

Schwinn Roaster Tricycle $67.99 (compare to $89 at Amazon but I think it will drop lower in price)


Nutella 2 33 oz jars $8.49 after instant savings of $3.50 (very, very random and not the best deal ever but my daughter told me it was absolutely something I needed to tell you about) ūüėČ


Kitchenaid Mixer $289 after automatic rebate at checkout (was $289 at Amazon yesterday but is back up in price now – I think the best price will be at Kohl’s so use this as a reference ~ I have this one and love it!)

Nutri Ninja Blender Complete $119 after automatic rebate at checkout (compare to $144 at Amazon)

Christmas toys & gifts you don’t¬†want to get at Costco

American Girl Ultimate Crafting Kit $24.99 (currently $33 at Amazon – was $16.49 so might want to wait for a better sale)

Vtech Kidoom Smart Watch $39.99 (currently $39.99 at Amazon as well, has dropped to as low as $29)

Little People Animal Friends Farm $38.99 ($32.99 at Amazon)

Mr. Potato Head Mashable Heroes Ultimate Avenger 6 pack $16.99 ($14.99 at Amazon)

Star Wars Episode 7 Lightsaber $22.99 (currently $13.69 on Amazon)

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Join My PPP Private Penny Pinching Christmas Deals & Savings Group!

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Have you joined the PPP private penny pinching savings group? You (really) need to!

Because Facebook honestly¬†drives me crazy and so few people see what I post on the main PPP Facebook page, this group is the only way you’re guaranteed to see the deals I share throughout the day.¬†I don’t share every single deal there, but the very best deals do make it there, and it’s completely free for you to join!


So what are you waiting for?¬†Hurry on over HERE to join, and invite your friends to come hang out too. I’m so excited to save big with you this Christmas season.¬†


Looking for more ways to connect with PPP? Here you go:

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6 Things You Need to Do Before Christmas Shopping

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Okie dokie folks, time for a little heart-to-heart about that fantabulous (don’t you love my new word?) Holiday just around the corner. . . Christmas. Grab a cup of coffee and a piece of Halloween candy, curl up on your sofa, and let’s just pretend we’re having a chat face to face about how we’re going to handle this one.


In just a few days, the deals are going to be flying fast and furiously at you (including quite possibly a few hundred here on PPP ~ yikes!), so I want you to be prepared. I promise you’ll see deals on Legos and Powerwheels and Kindles and Barbies and just about anything you could ever imagine anyone on your gift list will ever need.


But that doesn’t mean you have to buy them.


Because the deals are out there, my job is to make sure you see the best of everything, and find you as many awesome deals as I can.  However, I do not want you to purchase a single item that you do not need or cannot pay for even if it’s a deal. Did you hear me??? I mean it.


So, how do you know where to start with Christmas shopping? Here are six things you need to do before Christmas shopping:


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1. Consider the 4 gift plan that my friend Lynette uses.

I. love. this.¬†Honestly, we didn’t start this when my kids were younger, and I kind of wish we had. Back then our budget was pretty tight throughout the year, and Christmas was our time to “splurge” (within our budget) so we bought kids extra clothes they needed, along with fun toys and more.

However, they get a¬†ton of gifts from family, and I think this is a really (really) smart concept to start when your children are¬†young.¬†If you’re new to this idea, see how Lynette breaks it down over HERE.¬†

2. Set a Christmas budget meeting with your spouse & decide your Christmas budget.

I cannot tell you how very, very,¬†very important this one is, but trust me on this.¬†To make January 2016 happier in your home, you have¬†got to sit down and talk about what you both really want Christmas to look like, and who’s going to purchase which gifts for who.

While my husband and I have always had a Christmas budget, inevitably we both struggle with keeping to our lists (~ahem~). However by going over the plan beforehand it just keeps us working together throughout the frazzled Christmas season.


Set up a budget “date” night and determine exactly how much money you have to spend on Christmas and¬†what to purchase for every single person on your list. (Be sure to include a budget for shipping and gift wrap – those expenses¬†can really add up!)

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Not sure where to start?¬†There are some fantastic¬†free printable gift lists you can print (I like this one and this one and this one), or even use an app like Santa’s Bag to keep track of your list.

Make sure to have¬†a general idea of what the items on your list should cost, and then watch for any deeply discounted savings.¬†In the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out some Black Friday price comparison sheets, so know those “hot ticket” items on your list and watch for savings on them. I really believe just about everything goes on sale during the Christmas season, so be patient and watch for a deal!

3.¬†Decide how you’re going to Christmas shop.

Do you love Black Friday shopping? Is online shopping for you?¬†Whatever you choose, have a general idea of how you’re going to tackle Christmas¬†gift purchasing¬†before¬†you’re bombarded with Christmas deals.

I¬†do about 90% of Christmas shopping online because I’m already here watching deals every day. (Sign up for free daily emails from me with those deals delivered to your inbox every day over HERE.)

While there are some great in-store offers to be had, I’ve found that with all the free shipping and codes available through the Christmas season I can get some incredible deals while shopping in my pjs. Decide what¬†you want Christmas shopping to look like for you, and plan ahead so you’re not stuck at the last minute wondering the best way to get whatever you need.

4. Set a plan for how you’re going to spend.

Using cash will definitely help maintain control of your spending over the holidays, however I know that can be difficult when so many deals are available online. If you shop online, put your budgeted amount into your checking account and use a debit card, and remember to keep a detailed list near your computer so you don’t miss what you’ve spent.

If you absolutely are set on using a credit card to earn points or for other reasons, be sure to write down every single purchase on your list so that you don’t over-spend. As we all know, those credit cards can be a HUGE budget buster!

5. Anticipate how you‚Äôll spend your ‚Äúsavings”.¬†(This is a bone of contention in our home!)

My hubby is one incredibly passionate penny pincher, so he feels that if we get a great deal on an item, those savings should not be spent during the Christmas season. However, I always want to spend the full amount on each person that I budget on my list, so if I find a great deal I’ll buy them more great deals! This is not the greatest way to spend my savings, but we have so many people purchase for our family who are incredibly generous. (And I want to be generous right back!)

However, if your budget is tight this Christmas, don’t spend those savings on more Christmas gifts. Instead, put it right into a savings account. (Wouldn’t it be fun to fund a savings account with extra Christmas spending money because of your penny pinched deals?)

6. Plan what you’ll spend to give to those in need.

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.)

Ultimately, decide that Christmas is about more than just oodles of gifts under the tree.

I love Christmas presents. 

I love spoiling my kids with fun surprises on Christmas morning.

I am so not against that fun and completely know how magical that time can be.


The gifts are just the icing on Christmas, not the whole cake. Christmas for us is the cooking and baking and decorating and all the wonderful things rolled up into this one just beautiful season.

It’s the giving and music and lights and Silent Night and just the¬†wonder of this special time of year.¬†If you haven’t already, create special Christmas traditions that make Christmas even more precious to your family, no matter the gifts under the tree. Give to someone in need, decorate cookies as a family¬†and let Christmas gifting just be the fun Christmas topper on top of your Christmas tree.


I hope you‚Äôll find some deals here on PPP, and my promise to you is that I‚Äôll only post items I see at their lowest prices or so close to that pricing that I don’t want you to miss it. But,¬†I do not want you to spend one single penny on things that you have absolutely no business buying.

Got that? ūüôā¬†


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Go get your kids ready for a few days of Halloween festivities, enjoy an extra piece of chocolate for me, and watch for the online deals to go a wee bit crazy here over the next few weeks. But, in the midst of it all, take a deep breath, determine to stay really focused on only what you need to purchase (and even more focused on what this season is all about), and choose to enjoy every bit of the Christmas season as it races its way towards us.

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16 Items You Should Be Buying On Amazon


NOTE:¬†If you use coupons on many items along with store sales ads, your prices may be less expensive than Amazon. HOWEVER, if you’re not willing to really clip coupons and watch those sales ads, Amazon may offer some easy savings for you.

Do you love shopping Amazon?¬†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!

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Here’s my list of 15 items you¬†should (almost always) be buying on Amazon . . .



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1. Toilet paper. 

Amazon consistently offers great prices on toilet paper, just about every single day. While these savings may not be quite as good as shopping at your local grocery store with a coupon (although often they win!), they are frequently less than Sam’s or Costco, plus you get the convenience of having them delivered to your door.¬†To make sure you’re getting the price, scan the “$.xx/count” on this page¬†for the lowest price per count and check for any extra coupons they’re offering.

(I almost always keep my order of Quilted Northern priced at 46¬Ę per double roll when you choose to subscribe and save. It stays around that price almost all the time, and while I occasionally find better deals with coupons, this is a great price and I don’t have to worry about hunting down a deal!)

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2. Diapers, Swim Diapers & Pull Ups

Amazon’s prices on diapers are¬†so good, unless you get a crazy fun deal at the drug stores using coupons. However, I’ve often¬†calculated Amazon’s price per diaper and found them to beat even prices at local stores after coupons, so it’s definitely worth watching for their sales! To find the best price, do the math to find the lowest price per diaper on size 1 diapers HERE, and know that your price will go up per size.


(Typically I aim to find a deal priced around¬†10¬Ę per Size 1 diaper for Luvs, or 12¬Ę per diaper for Huggies or Pampers, after coupons and Amazon’s subscribe and save program. Right now you can get Pampers for as low as 10¬Ę per diaper when you clip the $3 off coupon and choose to subscribe and save!)¬†



3. Baby Wipes.

Occasionally local grocery stores offer a great price on smaller packed wipes after a high value coupon, but typically you can find baby wipes on Amazon from 1¬Ę to 2¬Ę per wipe¬†after you subscribe and save (and clip whatever coupons they have available.) If you have babies or small children and go through large quantities of baby wipes, this is a great (easy!) way to save!


(Note: On Amazon subscribe and save items you’ll need to subscribe to shipment for an item, but can cancel your subscription once your order arrives in the subscription section of your Amazon account. I usually set mine to ship 6 months apart so I have plenty of time to cancel an order if I need to! Right now you can score Huggies Wipes for 1¬Ę per wipe when you clip the $1 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save.)

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4. Books.

Amazon has fantastic prices on most books just about every day, and if you don’t mind buying used you can save a bundle on those as well! Be sure to note shipping prices on used books though as those sometimes negate the savings on the book themselves ~ go HERE to search Amazon’s extensive¬†book selection.

5. Blu Rays & DVDs.

There are hundreds of deals every day on DVDs and Blu Rays at Amazon, and you can find a huge selection available for less than $5! These often go up and down in price, so be sure to follow the PPP Facebook page to keep up with quick price breaks when they happen.


4. Department store makeup.

If you wear department store makeup (Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, etc), and an item you need is not in “gift” at your local store (where they offer a special free gift when purchasing), Amazon is a great way to easily get your makeup. I order my Estee Lauder from them just about all the time (my one big splurge!), mostly because it saves me a trip to the mall and it’s just convenient.

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5. Drug store brand makeup on sale with coupons.

Amazon has a huge selection of makeup that goes on sale pretty heftily every month with their special coupons. Right now there’s a $1 off Cover Girl Makeup coupon, valid on eye shadow, mascara, blush and more, and when you add that to the subscribe and save discounts you can get them for as low as $2.49, delivered to your door. I usually can’t beat those savings even with coupons, so this is a great convenient way for me to save without leaving my house!


6. Personal care items.

If you watch Amazon’s extra coupon savings, they regularly have digital coupons¬†on shampoo, conditioner, feminine care products, body wash and more. By watching for those savings I’ve gotten them on sale for substantially less than I would pay at Walmart, and of course love that they bring them to my door! (For an idea of the savings you can see on these, go HERE¬†and HERE. They don’t happen all the time, but if you subscribe to PPP daily emails I’ll be sure to alert you when I see these savings.)


7. Select cleaning products.

There are dozens of items that Amazon offers high value coupons on each month, which offer some great savings (and prices just about always less than Sam’s or Costco – so you don’t need a membership!) Here are a few of my favorite deals that come up fairly regularly on Amazon . . .

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8. Toys & games.

There are typically great deals on Amazon on toys and games, but it’s worth taking a few minutes to do some research before ordering. I usually compare the Amazon prices to those at Walmart and Kohl’s to verify they really are a great deal, but most of the time Amazon either meets or exceeds their savings. ¬†(Not always though, so definitely do your homework!)


You can also check out to see a price history of items on Amazon to know if you really are getting a fantastic price.


9. Gift cards.

Amazon offers special Lightning Gift Card deals regularly, which typically will save $5-$10 off a $50 gift card. Combine that savings with a restaurant coupon, and those savings can really add up!

10. Pet toys (not pet food ~ although some folks have told me to watch for good prices on dog and cat food too?)

I have consistently found great prices on pet toys at Amazon, compared to the crazy high price you’ll often see at specialty pet stores. I haven’t seen decent savings on pet food, but if you’re looking for just toys you can save a bundle. (Our dog’s favorite is this one – he’s loved it)!


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11. Housewares.

Not every item at Amazon is always at the lowest price in their housewares department, but if you do a little research you can often get great prices by waiting for a deal. I’ve purchased most of my Pyrex, all of my pots and pans, and of course my crockpot when they’ve been deeply discounted on Amazon.¬†

(Not sure how to find the best deal? I watch Amazon deals every day for you Рgo HERE to see a running list, and subscribe to free daily emails so you never miss these deals.)

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12. Gold Box Daily deals.

Amazon has fantastic¬†Gold Box¬†Deals available every day, and they just about always offer them for the lowest price that sale item has ever dropped to. Go HERE to see today’s Gold Box¬†deals.

13. Daily Lightning deals.

In addition to Amazon’s Gold Box deals they also have Lightning deals that last just a few hours each day, and can offer some pretty substantial savings. Go HERE to check those out.

14. Free eBooks.

Amazon has hundreds (hundreds!) of free ebooks available every day – go HERE to see what’s included today.

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15. Free movies courtesy of Amazon Prime.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member (the cost is $99 per year), stream¬†hundreds of free movie and tv shows from your computer, or even on the Amazon Prime Video App. I use this almost every morning at the gym (have watched Downton Abbey, Parenthood, and dozens of movies on it), and love that I don’t have to have a separate Netflix account to watch these.

16. Free books, photo storage, and music courtesy of Amazon Prime.

You can also enjoy one free Kindle book download each month from Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library when you’re an Amazon Prime Member (works on Kindle apps too), as well as free photo storage, free Amazon Prime Music. If you’re not sure about paying for Amazon Prime, you can try it out for free for one month to see what you think.¬†

Having Amazon Prime definitely makes me more apt to use Amazon (which saves me running out for just one item when I need it), and is a huge time saver for me. I do think you can sometimes get better deals if you have time to use coupons matched up with the sales ad (use this search engine HERE to always find the best deals), but often Amazon works for me!What else would you add to the list, or what items do you think don’t work for you? Leave a comment to share – I love hearing from you!




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