Free Editable Spring Cleaning Checklist

 

 

If you missed my Facebook live video this morning you can watch here.


It’s Day 12 of our “Be Awesome in April” Cleaning Challenge and I hope you’re joining me!  If you’d like to join me, head on over HERE to download your free printable checklist.

 

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This month we’ve been doing the Passionate Penny Pincher BE AWESOME IN APRIL SERIES, which means you and I have been getting control of our home, cooking, and cleaning every. single. day. this month.

 

WOOHOOOOOOO!!!!! 🙂 

 

And so far it’s been SO HELPFUL to keep me on track with my days – I’ve been so much more productive each day (I love that!)

 

 

 

 

The best part?  Since many of you have been asking for this . . . 

 

WE’VE MADE THE CLEANING CHECKLIST EDITABLE.

 

So you can use it EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH.

 

you’re welcome!! 🙂

 

 

The cleaning schedule is based on how I personally tackle our day, so you may need to tweak it for you. Well now you can! Be sure to also join our private Facebook group for extra motivation to be awesome in April – I know you’ll love this bunch!

 

 

CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS!!

 

I promise. You’ll love it. 

 

 

Here’s how it works…

 

1. FIRST – you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Most browsers have the Adobe Acrobat Reader embedded and there is nothing for you to do beyond filling out your checklist right in your browser. You can also download the PDF Reader right to your computer and save your spring cleaning checklist on your desk top to access later in the year (or next week).

**The editable spring cleaning checklist will not work on your mobile device unless you have the free Acrobat Reader Mobile App. Once you have this installed on your mobile device, you will need to download spring cleaning checklist and open it in the mobile app to make it editable on mobile.**

2. EDITING – Once you have your spring cleaning checklist open in your browser or in Adobe Acrobat Reader on your desktop, you should see blue boxes as in the photo above. That means your form is READY for you to add in your spring cleaning checklist!

You’ll need to start by putting your cursor in that first blue box and begin entering your own spring cleaning challenges. The form is set up so you can TAB through or you can place your cursor anywhere you see a light blue box.  As you finish your cleaning tasks you can then click on the blue boxes to create a “check”!

3. PRINTING – Now that you have your spring cleaning checklist ready for the week you’ll want to print it!

 

Just select the printer icon as in the image above.

In the selection box that pops up, make sure you have the FIT TO PAGE option checked (to ensure your entire menu plan prints on one page) and hit print!

 

 

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You’ll also get my FREE editable menu plan  and this FREE What to Freeze/How to Freeze It List included with the package!!! 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 and included it in this package.

 

(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!)

 

 

Let me know if you love it too! 

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I love these shirts! :)

 

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 $16.95, shipped when you use the code PENNYINSPIRATION at checkout.

Here’s how to get the best price:

  • Start HERE
  • Choose your favorite style (mine is a size medium)
  • Use the code PENNYINSPIRATION at checkout
  • Pay $16.95, shipped (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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Looking for more penny pinched recipes? Here you go!

I’m soooooo excited about this little project I made today! 

 

 
Over in our Dinner’s Done Facebook group, one of the members shared her pictures of these simple Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes and I was soooo impressed.

 

(I’d sure love for you to join the free group if you haven’t already!) 

 

 
I wasn’t quite sure how big a job they would be, but it turns out they were super simple, and such a great project to make with my kids.

 


While they are a little more time consuming than the video shows (ahem), they really are pretty simple and require hardly any fancy skills.

 

I love that. 🙂

On a side note, I’m working on my videography skills (who on earth knew I’d ever need videography skills???) and have had fun trying out making videos mostly to share on Facebook.

 

(You can see a few of my favorites HERE, HERE and HERE.)

 

While they’re wayyyy more time consuming than I realized they would be (isn’t everything?), it’s always fun to learn a new skill, so I’m having fun along the way! If you have a fantastic Spring craft or treat you’d like me to try out, leave me a comment and I just might make it too. 😉

 

And, if you’d like to see me make these cupcakes live on Facebook, head on over HERE (and also take a peek at what I dumped in Mrs. Potts this morning ~ my kitchen smells amazing right now!) My goal is to be on Facebook Live this week at 9AM Eastern Time Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and I’d sure love for you to join me there. (I so enjoy chatting with you!)

 

Looking for penny pinched Spring ideas? Head on over HERE for more. Goodness, I just love this time of year!

 

 

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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! 🙂 

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. 🙂 

 

(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!)

 

Here's how to get you started with your FREE Editable Menu Plan and Grocery List!

1. FIRST - you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Most browsers have the Adobe Acrobat Reader embedded and there is nothing for you to do beyond filling out your menu plan right in your browser. You can also download the PDF Reader right to your computer and save all your meal plans on your desk top to access later in the year (or next week).

**The editable menu plan will not work on your mobile device unless you have the free Acrobat Reader Mobile App. Once you have this installed on your mobile device, you will need to download your menu plan and open it in the mobile app to make it editable on mobile.**

2. EDITING - Once you have your menu plan open in your browser or in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should see blue boxes as in the photo above. That means your form is READY for your menu plan and grocery list!

You will need to start by putting your cursor in that first blue box and begin entering your menu plan for the week. The form is set up so you can TAB through or you can place your cursor anywhere you see a light blue box.

3. PRINTING - Now that you have your menu plan ready for the week you'll want to print it and take with you to the grocery store (or have it beside you while you're ordering your groceries online ;))!

 

Just select the printer icon as in the image above.

In the selection box that pops up, make sure you have the FIT TO PAGE option checked (to ensure your entire menu plan prints on one page) and hit print!

 

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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. AmazonEbay, 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 – or box them up and send to DeCluttr

2 . Clothing – Either 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 – Have 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 – LulaRoe, Beach Body, Jamberry Nails, Essential Oils, Thirty-One Gifts, Juice Plus, Avon,  Scentsy, My Premier Designs – jewelery, Origami Owl, Younique Beauty Products, Wildtree Food Products, Radiantly You

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

9 . Stock Photos – ShutterstockiStock, 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 –  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 – 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 🙂

19 . Photographer

20 . Take on Sewing or Alterations

21 . Tutor – Tutor.com, Ask A Nerd

22 . Teach Music Lessons

23 . Virtual Assistant – Like 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 – my favorites are Ibotta, Mobisave, Checkout 51

27 . Get Paid to Shop & Search Online – Swagbucks, Ebates

 

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Looking for more ideas? Check out these posts!
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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. 🙂
  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.) 😉
  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! 😉 

 

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

 

 

Do you love shopping Amazon? 

 

Me too! 🙂 

 

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 – you 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 – from 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  – I 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 🙂

 

 

 

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 🙂

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 – they 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 🙂

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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 – like 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 – and 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. 😉

 

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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 – set 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 – keep an eye out year round for the local consignment events in your town.  I posted some that I knew of back in the Spring – but find more consignment events in your area here!

 

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2 Grocery Hacks You Need To Know

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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. 🙂 

 

 

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

 

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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!) 🙂

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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!) 🙂 

 

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

 

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10 Christmas Gifts Under $10 For Him

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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 🙂

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’t go beyond your budget when you don’t 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. 🙂

 

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! 🙂

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 – has 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) 😉

 

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 dayI 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!

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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. 

 

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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 dealDid 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’ll spend your “savings”. (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.)

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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.

But.

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.

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I hope you’ll find some deals here on PPP, and my promise to you is that I’ll 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? 🙂 

 

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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

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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¢ 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.

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(Typically I aim to find a deal priced around 10¢ per Size 1 diaper for Luvs, or 12¢ 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¢ per diaper when you clip the $3 off coupon and choose to subscribe and save!) 

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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¢ to 2¢ 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¢ 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 camelcamelcamel.com to see a price history of items on Amazon to know if you really are getting a fantastic price.

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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 – go 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. 

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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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I do make a commission on Amazon purchases which help support the work here on PPP everyday – if you’d prefer not to shop through my links feel free to visit Amazon directly – I totally understand but really do love Amazon savings so thought I’d share this list with you!) See more Amazon Deals, and remember when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month, you’ll also save an additional 15% on all of your subscribe and save purchases.

Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts 11/4/13 -11/9/13

 

 

Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies this week and enjoys a blessed Sunday!

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: 10/27/13 – 11/2/13

 

Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies this week and enjoys a blessed Sunday!

 

Recipes

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$2.00 off any TRESemme Product $1.00 off 2 HORMEL REV Wraps 
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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: Week of 10/6/13 – 10/12/13

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: (Week Of 9/29/13 – 10/5/13)

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PLEASE READ:  For whatever reason, Facebook is not allowing many (well, hardly any) of the posts that I’ve shared to go up on the PPP Facebook page today. I have no idea what’s going on, however I know that the majority of readers here come from the Facebook page, and I don’t want you to miss the deals! If you want to keep up with the deals, be sure to sign up for PPP daily emails, as that is the ONLY way to guarantee that you will get the best deals each day.  And, just for signing up for free Passionate Penny Pincher emails you’re entered to win a $50 Gift Card to your store of choice!  

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: (Week Of 8/25/13 – 8/31/13)

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Print your favorite coupons at Coupons.comSmart Source, Red PlumCoupon Network & Hopster ~ they’ll all be re-setting for September bright and early Sunday morning!

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: (Week Of 8/18/13 – 8/24/13)

 

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Popular Penny Pinchin’ Posts: 7/15/13 – 7/20/13

 

Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies and enjoys a blessed Sunday!  Also, remember there will be NO COUPON INSERTS in Sunday’s paper, but I’ve heard rumors that next weekend (7/27/13), we may see as many as five inserts. So, catch up on some coupon clipping this weekend so you’ll be all ready to go!

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts (7/8/13 – 7/13/13)

 

Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies and enjoys a blessed Sunday!

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: 6/24/13 – 6/29/13

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts Week of 3/17/13 – 3/23/13

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts (Week Of 2/25/13 – 3/2/13)

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Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies and enjoys a blessed Sunday!

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts (Week of 1/28/13 – 2/2/13)

Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies and enjoys a blessed Sunday!

 

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 $1.00 off TWO (2) JELL-O Ready To Eat Puddings $1.00 off TWO (2) CRYSTAL LIGHT Liquid Drink Mix

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts {1/14/13 – 1/19/13}

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: Week Of 1/7/13 – 1/12/13

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: (Week Of 12/31/12 – 1/5/13)

 

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Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies and enjoys a blessed Sunday!

 

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$0.60 off ONE KLEENEX Hand Towels
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$0.75 off one Welch’s Light Grape Juice Beverage
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$1.00 off any one (1) SheaMoisture Baby product
$1.00 off any 3 Campbell’s Healthy Request soups
$2.00 off any one PULL-UPS Training Pants
$0.55 off (1) Bob Evans Refrigerated Side Dish
$1.00 off On One Spot Shot 14 oz. Aerosol Can
$1.00 off two Packages of DIXIE Napkins
$0.50 off two cartons of Swanson Broth or Stock
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Popular Penny Pinching Posts (Week Of 12/23/12 – 12/29/12)

 

Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies and enjoys a blessed Sunday!

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: (Week Of 12/10/12)

Here’s a peek at the most searched posts over the last week on Passionate Penny Pincher. I hope your family has pinched loads of pennies and enjoys a blessed Sunday!

 

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Popular Penny Pinching Posts: (Week Of 12/3/12 – 12/8/12)

 

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 $3.00 off any one (1) Axe holiday pack
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