How I Saved $60 Yesterday By Following My Own Advice (Success!)

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My girls and I are traveling for the next ten days, and as we were heading out of Columbus yesterday ran into an outlet mall because I was in desperate need of a pair of shoes. It was pouring down rain (it has rained buckets for weeks in Ohio – crazy!), and I thought I might pick up a raincoat while we were there too.

 

(Folks, I’ve lived almost 40 years without ever owning a rain coat ~ but rainy summer weather every day finally gets to you!) :)

 

So, we went into the first store where I thought the shoes were just too pricey, then headed into Eddie Bauer (which I used to just love!), and sure enough there was a super cute raincoat priced at $59. 

 

$59? For a raincoat? That I’m going to hate wearing and really only wear to race in from point A to point B? Yikes!

 

I really debated it though (it was super cute, right?) and even my daughter stated that although it was cute it probably wasn’t worth the money. (She’s been instilled with the gift of penny pinching early!)

 

Then I remembered this sage advice I shared with you last week.

 

Good stuff, right? 😉

 

I knew that in one year I wouldn’t be thrilled that I’d spent $59 on a raincoat, so I walked away.

 

We ran over to the Bass Outlet (seriously, the best for saving big at the outlet malls), and sure enough they had a raincoat that was just perfect for $24. They also had a pair of shoes that would work for $19, an umbrella for $8, and I did a quick search and found a coupon for $10 off a $5o purchase at Bass Outlet. I ended up getting everything I needed for less than the cost of that one raincoat (I spent $52 to be exact), and in one year I think I’ll be thankful for the raincoat with no regrets for spending too much.

 

Success!

 

This concept has weighed pretty heavily on my heart this last week, and I really do believe it has the power to transform the way you spend every time you shop. Read the full post here if you missed it last week – it might just work for you too!

 

 

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25 Days of Temporary Transformations Day 23: Kitchen Transformation

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Check out today’s temporary transformation fix! If you’re living in a rental and not sure how to update it without spending much money (or putting holes in the wall . . . ), this series is for you.

 

See how the DIY Homegirl updated her apartment kitchen cabinets and entire kitchen without using any paintThis transformation looks great (I love her clever way to hang pots and pans!) Go HERE to check it out.

 

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Digital Photography Bundle Sale: Learn To Capture Your Photos Perfectly


If you love photography, don’t miss this offer! Right now Ultimate Bundles is offering the Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle, which is such a great way to learn to take fantastic pictures at a reasonable price.

I purchased a DSLR a few years ago and love it. While my photographs are far from professional, I’ve learned a few tips along the way that has made taking pictures so much more fun, and I’m amazed at what you can do with just a little education.

 

Right now they’re offering the Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition) for just $37 (regularly $555!)  It contains a curated collection of ebooks and video training guides to help you become a better photographer, and the resources are amazing.

 

If you’ve been hoping to advance your photography skills, this bundle is for you. It’s only live this weekend, so you’ll want to order soon to take advantage of these savings!

 

It’s SO important to savor it all… to relish those moments. But you know what’s equally important, if you ask me? To be able to look back and relish those moments all over again. A month from now. A year from now. Fifty years from now.

And that’s where photographs come in. These days, it’s so easy to get snap-happy at a moment’s notice: we just reach into our purses for our smartphones or miniscule cameras and start clicking away at anything and everything.

The problem is… it’s so easy for those photos to come out badly! You think you’ve taken a wonderful picture of your beautiful boy standing by himself for the first time, but actually you’ve managed to capture the moment when he falls down and starts wailing! You think you’ve snapped a stunning image of a horse galloping along the beach, but actually it’s just a dark blob against an overexposed background. You think you’ve achieved the perfect shot of your wonderful parents laughing together on their anniversary, but you take a look and you’ve managed to capture… a blur.

If you can relate, I have good news for you! My friends Ryan and Steph at Ultimate Bundles have put together an incredible product to help with your photography woes. It’s called The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition), and it contains a curated collection of ebooks and video training guides to help you become a better photographer.

All the resources have been provided by professional, world-renowned photographers who are experts in teaching others – even complete beginners. You won’t need to switch up to a more expensive camera to make full use of the bundle (even if you just use your iPhone for photographs), and you don’t need to neglect your family for weeks upon weeks of training! You can learn everything in little chunks – whenever you have a spare moment.

Click here to see the full range of ebooks and training courses included in The Ultimate Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition).

There’s even better news! Everything in the bundle has a combined total value of $555, but for this week only, The Ultimate Bundles Team is selling the entire bundle for just $37 – a discount of more than 90%! What’s more, they’re also throwing in a FREE copy of FX Photo Studio Pro software from MacPhun (which provides stunning filters and photography effects) worth $29.99!

Click here to buy The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition) for just $37.

No blurriness, no exposure nightmares, no bad angles. Just perfect, happy memories!

 

Thanks, Kosher on a Budget! 

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10 Easy 4th of July Dessert Recipes

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I can hardly believe the 4th of July is next weekend! Here are a few of our all time favorite 4th of July recipes in case you need some ideas . . .

Patriotic Oreo Pops

Patriotic S’mores

Ribbon Jello (so you’re warned: this one is so pretty, but not as easy as the rest!) :)

Stars & Stripes Berry Trifle

Skillet Apple Pie

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Cherry Cheese Cobbler

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Strawberry Pie

Almost Homemade Blackberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake

 

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10 Things You Need To Know Before Shopping TJMaxx

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10 Things You Need To Know Before Shopping TJMaxx

 

Do you just love shopping TJMaxx? 

 

Me too!

 

Here are some things you should definitely look for at TJMaxx before paying full price elsewhere, as well as a few secrets to TJMaxx shopping you may not have known before.

 

1. Want to save big at TJMaxx? Shop Wednesdays.

TJ Maxx offers their biggest savings on Wednesdays when they mark down merchandise. This does vary some by store, but this is generally the best day to watch for markdowns as well as new items because they typically re-stock shelves during the week.

 

Watch your TJMaxx clearance sections to find the biggest savings, and since Wednesday is typically their markdown day you’ll guarantee things aren’t too picked over when you shop.

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2. Shop TJMaxx for high end shoes.

I didn’t expect to see the kind of savings that I found on shoes at TJMaxx, but you can save big at TJMaxx in their shoe department! My daughter was with me, and found two pairs of Nike Sneakers that she liked. We did a little price checking, and here’s how their prices stacked up:

  • Nike Women’s Dual Fusion Run $49.99 at TJMaxx, $87 at Amazon (crazy!)
  • Nike Women’s Dual Fusion Run 2 $39.99 at TJMaxx, $78 at Amazon

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 3. TJMaxx has better prices on the same brand clothing that you’ll find in big department stores.

TJMaxx purchases the same items as Nordstrom or Macy’s, because they’re an “off-price buyer”. If a vendor like Polo or Lucky Jeans produces 300,000 items but the big stores only purchase 250,000, they’ll sell the remaining items to off-price buyers like TJMaxx, which means you’ll save on current season clothing!

 

I’ve found Ralph Lauren Men’s Polos for my son for as low as $19 at TJMaxx, compared to $30 at the outlet stores (or even more in department stores.) Prices definitely vary, but just like you find a “stock up price” at your local grocery store grocery stores you can determine your “stock up price” on items your family regularly buys. (My son loves Ralph Lauren clothing so I know $19 for their polos is a good price, and we’ve been lucky enough to find them for that price or less at TJMaxx, Schoola, and even Goodwill.)

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4. Watch TJMaxx for prices on hair care products.

TJMaxx has great prices on hair care products, including hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons and more. Just as an example, I noticed this FHI Heat Go Ceramic Styling Iron for $14.99 at TJMaxx. Head over to Amazon where it’s priced at $39.99 (ouch!) – definitely worth watching for at TJmaxx.

 

5. If you notice an item at TJMaxx is slightly damaged but you still would like it, ask for a discount. They may be able to discount your price, and it never hurts to nicely ask!

 

 

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6. TJ Maxx has hugely discounted prices on sunglasses (priced as low as $7.99 . . . )

And exercise equipment.

Just like you’ll save on clothing because TJMaxx is an off price buyer, you’ll get those savings on things like sunglasses, exercise equipment, and all kinds of odds and ends throughout the store. They also have fantastic prices on high end purses, luggage & more!

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7. TJMaxx has great prices on fragrances.

Because TJMaxx doesn’t pay for the staff and display areas that local department stores do in their fragrance department, you can save a bundle on fragrances and perfumes at TJMaxx. Do a quick search on your Smartphone to guarantee you’re getting a better price (also make sure the boxes are still intact), and you can save big on those items.

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8. TJMaxx offers great prices on home decor.

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If you’re looking for furniture and accessories to fluff up your home, don’t miss the great deals on home decor at TJMaxx. TJMaxx has a huge selection of housewares, including rugs, tables, lamps and so much more at hugely discounted prices.

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Also keep your eye out for their great prices on baskets,

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glassware, pet supplies, curtains, bedding and more.


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9. Don’t miss the savings on party supplies at TJMaxx.

TJMaxx has high end party favors and gift bags for as low as $1.49, which are better quality than the ones you’ll find at the Dollar Tree for just a few cents more.

 

10. Don’t expect personalized service at TJMaxx (although the employees are usually very nice!)

One of the reasons TJMaxx sells items at deeply discounted prices (in addition to being an off price buyer) is because their overhead is just less than your local department store. TJMaxx isn’t paying employees to man every area of the store like you would expect to see at Macy’s or Nordstrom, so you get the benefits of those savings. If you like extra help when shopping TJMaxx may not be the place for you, but if you’re looking to easily save big it’s a great place to start.

 

Note – The employees at TJMaxx are VERY nice, there just aren’t usually an abundance of them like you might find at a large department store. 

 

And one final fun fact that I noticed this week at the store ~ Sierra Trading Post is part of the TJMaxx companies. (Did you know that?) In case you’re curious, here are the stores that are part of the TJMaxx company:

  • TJMaxx
  • Marshall’s
  • Home Goods
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • HomeSense

 

Anyone else ready to head on out to TJMaxx with me today? 

 

(And, as a friendly penny pincher’s reminder, you might want to keep this one simple question in your mind before you shop TJMaxx. Because, as awesome as those deals are at TJMaxx, they’re not worth busting your budget for, got it?) 😉

 

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21 Deals You Can’t Miss at Publix This Week

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Here are a whopping 21 deals you don’t want to miss at Publix this week – FIFTEEN are $1 or less! Be sure to take a peek at the full Publix ad here, and don’t forget to easily print all the coupons you need with this week’s Publix 10 Minute or Less Printable Coupon List.

1. Dove Shampoo $3.29

2. Suave Shampoo $2.99

3. Pringles Potato Crisps or Tortillas, 5 – 6 oz – $1.49 – $0.99 wyb 4 or moreExcludes: Fat Free Light

4. Band Aid Bandages $1.79 – $2.43

*Deal Idea*

Buy 6 Band Aid Bandages $1.79pk 
Buy 2 Purified Water 12 $2.99

  • Use (3)  $1.50/2 printables
  • And use (3) $2/2 Band Aid Publix Coupon Publix Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer
  • $.24 for all 8 Items!

5. Yoplait Yogurt, 4 – 6 oz – $0.50Eligible for $5 OFF wyb $25 Participating Products

6. Suave Body Wash $1.95

  • Use (2) $0.50/1 Suave Body Wash Product or $.50/1,$1/2 coupon from the 6/21 RedPlum insert
  • Use $1.00/2 Suave Body Products – Publix Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer  (Expires 07/03/15)
  • $.45 after coupons

7. Publix Pasta $.80

8. Quaker Cap’ n Crunch, Life or Oatmeal Cereal, 14 – 20 oz – $2.54

9. Herdez Salsa $1.29

10. Special K Cereal $1.61

11. Classico Sauce $2

12. Suave Shampoo $1.25

  • Use $1.00/2 Suave Body Products – Publix Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer  (Expires 07/03/15)
  • $.75 after coupon

13. Whole Fruit Sorbet, pint – $1.88

  • Use $0.50/1 Whole Fruit Product – 6-14-15 RP (exp. 07/26/15)
  • $.88 after coupon

14. Kraft BBQ Sauce $.89

15. Dial Soap $1.49

  • Use $1.00/2 Dial or Tone Bar Soap, Dial Complete Foaming Hand Soap, Dial Hand Soap, Dial Refill Hand Soaps, or Dial Acne Control – 6-14-15 RP
  • $.99 after coupon

16. Kandoo Shampoo or Body Wash $2

17. Buy 1 Scrubbing Bubbles Spray $2.25

18. French Fried Onions $3.99

19. Sparkle Paper Towels, 6 Big Rolls – $5.00

20. Angel Soft Bathroom Tissues, 8 – 24 Double Roll – $5.00

21. Purex Laundry Detergent (150 oz) – $8.99 (My store had buy 2 Get 1 Free Power Shot Purex as well)

*Deal Idea*

Buy 2 Purex Laundry Detergent (150 oz) – $8.99

Be sure to check out all the deals at Publix this week.

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

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Oh my goodness this recipe is sooooo good and super easy!  This has quickly become one of my favorite meat dishes, and I don’t even like pork all that much. :)

 

 

This is great to throw in the crockpot on a busy day, then come home and finish up the glaze while getting ready for dinner. I’d love to hear if you try it, definitely a new favorite at our house!

 

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Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage or thyme (we used thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix together the salt, pepper, garlic, and sage or thyme.
  2. Rub over tenderloin.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water to slow cooker, place tenderloin in slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. An hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan.
  6. Cook over medium heat and stir about 4 minutes, until mixture thickens.
  7. Brush roast with the glaze sauce every 20 minutes for the last hour of cooking.
  8. Serve with remaining glaze on the side - enjoy!
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Should You Pay For Amazon Prime?

 

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You all know I love Amazon. There are so many items that I pick up there (ahem – that they drop off for me here . . .), and the convenience of having things shipped to my door often for less than I can get them at Walmart even after coupons just make me happy.

 

For 3 years I’ve had an Amazon Prime membership as well, and people ask me all the time if I think it’s worth it. As a busy work-at-home mom I really do love the convenience of Amazon Prime, but it may not be for everyone. Here are all the pros and cons laid out for you, so you can make an educated decision to yourself:

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Pros

1. Amazon Prime delivers jillions of items to your home, with no shipping fees.

I love that I don’t have to worry over the cost of shipping items to my home on most items at Amazon. If I realize there’s something I need that I would normally head to Walmart for (for example, office supplies, some of the face care products we use, a random school supply that the kids need, etc), I look for it on Amazon. If it’s a reasonable price, I have it delivered rather than heading out to the store.

 

Note – to make sure I’m never paying more than the price at Walmart I always check the Walmart.com price and make sure the Amazon price really is a good deal. You can also compare the prices at Sam’s Club online and Costco to do a little research before purchasing!

 

2. Amazon Prime Free Movie and Television Streaming.

I stream a ton of shows through Amazon Prime, especially to watch on the treadmill in the morning. (I just finished watching all of the seasons of Parenthood on my Amazon Instant Video app, and now I’m catching up on Downton Abbey!) My kids watch videos on the app as well, and even though Amazon Prime doesn’t offer all of their movies for free, there are a lot to choose from so it works well for us, and is a great alternative to Netflix.

 

Note – Netflix has more movies included with their basic package than Amazon Prime has, so factor that into your decision making process.

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3. Free Kindle eBooks.

Amazon Prime Members can rent one ebook each month for free through the Kindle Owners Lending Library. Prime Members can also read Kindle First new releases 1 month sooner than non Prime members (and you get to choose one of these for free too!)

 

4. Amazon offers unlimited photo storage for Amazon Prime Members through Amazon Cloud Drive.

 

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5. Amazon Prime members can take advantage of Pantry savings.

Amazon’s Prime Pantry program allows you to order groceries delivered to your door with a flat rate of $5.99. These do take a little longer to ship (typically 4 days because they have to be shipped by ground.) Occasionally Amazon offers special free coupons or free shipping on these items, so you can really stock up!

6. Amazon Prime Music offers free streaming of millions of songs.

 

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7. If you’re a student (or have an .edu account), you can get Amazon Prime for free for 6 months.

If you’re a student or know someone who is (or have an .edu account), it’s definitely worth signing up for a free 6 months of Amazon Prime, just be sure to cancel your trial before your six months is up.

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8. Amazon Mom.

If you have young children at home, it is definitely  worth trying out Amazon Mom. You’ll get a free 3 month trial of Amazon Prime just for signing up, and you’ll save a bundle on diapers and wipes, all conveniently delivered to your door (which is so worth it when your kids are tiny!)

Cons

1. The $99 price tag.

I love Amazon Prime and pay for it in part because it’s just convenient, but it really isn’t completely necessary for the majority of the deals on Amazon. Many items ship free when you spend $35 or more on Amazon even without Prime, so if you can keep a running list of things you need to order from Amazon and wait until you’re reached the $35 threshold you can skip that extra fee.

 

There are a few ways you can try Amazon Prime out for free though to see what you think, just be sure to cancel your membership before your trial period runs outHere are the best ways to try it for free:

 

So, what do you think? Do you have an Amazon Prime membership and is it worth it for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts ~ leave a comment to share!

 

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Love Amazon? Don’t miss my list of 16 items you should be buying on Amazon.

 

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Old Navy $1 Flip Flop Sale Today

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Old Navy is having their $1 Flip Flop Sale today! All solid-colored flip flops are included, and supplies usually go fast. There is a limit of 10 per customer. (Some locations may be giving away a free pair to the first 50 costumers, so you can give your local store a call to see if they are participating).

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Plus, don’t forget to enter the Old Navy Emoodgi Instant Win Game Sweepstakes for a chance of winning a free pair of Old Navy Flip Flops! Let us know if you win!

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How To Turn Your Smartphone Into a Fitbit

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Okie dokie folks, every single other person on the planet may know this, but I was clueless. 

 

Did you know you can turn your Smartphone into a FITBIT? 

 

For free??? 😉

 

Why yes, yes you can.

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This weekend we walked a ton while traveling, and all of a sudden I noticed this little app on my iPhone pop up to let me know we’d walked over 8 miles.

 

My phone had been in my purse with me while we were walking, and sure enough it tracked how many miles we’d gone.

 

I did a little research, and it turns out you can turn just about any Smartphone into a Fitbit with a few simple steps. Here’s how to get started: 

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  • Download the Health App on your iPhone.
  • You’ll need to have the update of iOS 8.
  • Open the Health App, then go to “health data” and tap on “fitness”
  • Enable “walking + Running Distance”
  • Turn “Show on Dashboard” to the ON position
  • Also go to “Flights Climbed” and turn “Show on Dashboard” to the ON position
  • That’s it – you’re all set!

 

Android

Because I don’t have an Android device I’m not positive on these as I can’t try them out myself, however from the reviews I read it looks like they should work. Please share in the comments any other suggestions you have on these!

 

The downside to these vs. the Fitbit?

  1. You need to carry your phone with you to track them, which definitely isn’t as easy as the convenience of a wristband, especially when you’re just walking around the house keeping up with chores.  (I thought about using a fanny pack? But, eek. I did find these though which look slightly more trendy . . . ) 😉
  2. I’m not positive of how accurate they are. Honestly, I figure they’d give me a general idea of what I’m walking and then I can work to add to it using the tracker which is fine for me, but the Fitbit may be more consistent.

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There are several great deals on Fitbits right now so if you want to easily track your steps those may be the best way to go, but if you don’t want to shell out $80 or more, this might just work for you. (I’m pretty pleased with it so far!) 

 

Here are the best deals I see on Fitbits right now:

 

 

Have you tried any other apps that have worked to help you track your steps? Or, do you have a Fitbit and love it? I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave a comment to share!

 

 

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