CUTE Long Sleeve Swing Dress ONLY $21.95 Shipped!





Through tomorrow, Oct. 21, get this super cute Long Sleeve Swing Dress for only $21.95 Shipped from Cents of Style!  Just use code DRESS2016 at checkout to get this discounted price.

This swing dress comes in several different colors and is so versatile.  My friend Mara ordered the black one last time these went on sale and she looks DARLING in it!

It really does look comfy and easy to style!!  (sizes run up to 3XL.)



It can be dressed up or down with a chunky scarf, a denim jacket or just a fun pendant necklace 🙂



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DIY Chalkboard


DIY Chalkboard

Looking for an easy way to fluff up just about any space?  Look at this simple way to create a chalkboard from items you have laying around the house!




Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • Picture frame
  • White spray paint
  • Black chalk spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Chalk marker


Lay out a few sheets of old newspaper outside or in a well ventilated area.

Disassemble your picture frame by taking off the back of the frame and carefully taking out the glass.


Lay out your empty frame onto your newspaper and spray with your white spray paint.


Now carefully lay your glass out onto another sheet of newspaper and spray with two coats of black chalk spray paint.


Once your frame and glass are dry, carefully place your chalk glass back into the frame.


Draw your design on your frame with your chalk markers and hang or place against a wall to display. Love this!




Looking for more ways to decorate for fall on a penny pinched budget?

Here you go:


I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

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50 Ways To Make $20 Before Christmas

50 Ways To Make $20 Before Christmas {50x$20=1,000 earned}

With Christmas right around the corner, this is the perfect time of year to start saving some Christmas cash, so you can enjoy the Christmas season and January without extra bills too. And, if you’re willing to work a wee bit, I think you can totally fund your Christmas account, $20 at a time!


Here are a whopping 101 ways to make $10 before Christmas. (You can do this!)


$10 x 20 = $1,000 earned

Not too shabby right?


Let’s get started. 😉


Sell your stuff.

1. Garage sale – sell 20 items for $1 each.

Think of it as an everything’s $1 sale – if you have bigger stuff, sell it for more!

2. Head to the consignment store.

I recently made $70 in just two hours this way ~ just a few items can earn you $20 fast!

3. Sell a few items on Facebook.

Have a local Facebook group? Find a few things to sell in those.

4. Sell books on Amazon.

5. Sell electronics on Amazon.

6. Sell DVDs on Amazon.

Amazon makes it super easy to sell things on line – just type in what you’d like to sell, ship it to them (for free!), and get paid with an Amazon gift card. Easy!

7. Sell gift cards you won’t use.

Have gift cards you’ll never use? Visit where you can sell your gift cards. You won’t get the full face value but you will get a decent rate, so this is a great way to save if you can’t use a gift card you’ve been given.

8. Sell plasma.

Honestly, this would be a tough one for me to do but is a great way to help someone in need and earn a little cash. Check out this article to learn more.

9. See if you have any money available from Unclaimed Property (I’ve had several readers find more than $100 there!)

10. Sell toilet paper rolls on eBay.

11. Or sell drink tabs on eBay.

12. Or even used tennis balls. (Who knew?)

13. Sell gold or silver. 

14. Help a friend and sell their stuff for them, and charge a small fee.

15. Upcycle a thrift store purchase and sell for more money.

Sell your services.

16. Babysit.

Have kids at home? Offer to babysit for a working mom to earn extra income.

17. Paint something.

Love painting? Charge $100 to paint a room – odds are someone else would love to have that project done for them, and it’s an easy way to learn some extra cash!

18. Offer to clean a house.

19. Do yard work.

Lots of folks have yard work that needs to be taken care of, especially in the fall. Offer to rake up some leaves, weed or mulch a flower bed, or plant a tree or two.

20. Walk a dog, or two.

Live in a neighborhood with many pets? Offer to walk your neighbors pets while they’re away at work each day.

21. Take online surveys or try out Swagbucks.

You won’t quickly earn $100 through online surveys, but each time you take a survey you can earn a dollar or two. The only site that I’ve consistently heard excellent reviews about is Pinecone Research ~ and don’t forget to take advantage of ways to earn for free on Swagbucks too!

22.  Go shopping.

If you shop regularly (and don’t have small children), you can sign up to be a mystery shopper at local stores in your area. Check out ways to earn as much as $25 per shopping trip over HERE.

23. Wrap gifts for someone.

24. Offer to decorate someone’s home for Christmas.

25. Bake homemade Christmas goodies for someone.

26. Grocery shop and menu plan for someone.

27. Take photos for someone.

28. Tutor someone who’s struggling in an area you’re good at.





29 . Give music lessons.

30. Create a craft and sell on Etsy.

31. Offer to organize someone’s pantry and charge $20.

32. Substitute Teach

You can’t beat the hours on this one if you children are already school age

33. Start a 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. (This one won’t earn you $20 fast, but if you’re willing to keep at it it can be well worth the time you invest.)

34. Submit Grocery Rebates – my favorites are Ibotta, Mobisave, Checkout 51

Get a seasonal job.

35. Drive – drive for Uber or work as a Delivery Driver

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

37. Get Paid for Your Opinion – Try Pinecone Research

38. Sew 
If you can sew, offer to hem or alter something for a friend ~ people are always looking for these services, and $20 could add up quickly this way.

39. Evaluate Web Sites

Sites like User Test pay up to $10 each when you try out their products

40. Fix errors on Google

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50 Ways To Make $20 Before Christmas {50x$20=1,000 earned}

Save $20

Take a 5 day spending “fast”.

41. For 5 days don’t eat out.

42. For 5 days only eat what’s in the pantry.

43. For 5 days skip Starbucks, a movie, or even a Redbox rental.

We seriously cut back our expenses for one month, and it was amazing how much we saved simply by really focusing on trimming our budget as a family!

44. Skip meals out for 2 weeks.

45. Give up cable. (If you have Amazon Prime take advantage of their free movies instead.)

46. Skimp on your cell phone plan.

47. Cancel your landline if you don’t need it.

48. Call your internet provider and ask if you’re getting the best price. 

49. Give up your gym membership.

50. Save all your lose change until Christmas ~ easy way to find $20 without even missing it. 

What other ways can you think of to earn cash for Christmas? I’d love to hear them ~ leave a comment to share!


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Menu Planning, Organizing, Money Saving & More



Just a reminder that this offer ends tonight – grab yours soon if you’re interested!



Do you feel overwhelmed most nights when trying to get dinner pulled together? 


Would you love to give your home a little fluffing, but your budget is just tight?


Do you dream of becoming organized, with your daily to do list and even your budget?




My friend Jillee from One Good Things by Jillee has put together an amazing pack of printables ~




it’s amazing. 


This bundle has everything you need to make dinnertime a little simpler, your home a little more beautiful, and your life a wee bit easier.
Over 24 different bloggers, designers, and brands have contributed their amazing products to this bundle. Altogether, the Time for You Bundle is worth over $500, but you can this weekend only it’s just $39!

What’s included in the Time for You Bundle?


I’m so glad you asked! 🙂 

  • Make healthy meal-planning a breeze and teach your kids healthy habits that will stick with a 3-month membership from Super Healthy Kids ($45 value.)
  • Give you home decor an upgrade with your choice of fashionable & modern printable art from Vintage Revivals ($36 value.)
  • Get your family organized with attractive printable money trackers, chore charts, daily to-do’s, monthly calendars, and more from Thirty Handmade Days ($20 value.)
  • Save time and cherish your favorite photos forever with a FREE photo book from Chatbooks ($8 value.)
  • Relax your body and mind with one of the hottest trends for reducing stress, an adult coloring book filled with gorgeous designs from Dawn Nicole Designs ($10 value.)


When you buy the Time for You Bundle, you’re getting over $500 in products and offers to make your life easier. 🙂

And, you’ll get it all for just $39.


Check it out over here. You’ll be so glad you did! 

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Dollar Tree Coupon: 10% Off Everything



Print this Dollar Tree coupon to save 10% off your entire purchase of $10 or more at Dollar General to use on Sunday 10/16/16 only! Great time to grab some inexpensive Christmas items (you won’t be able to use any other coupons in your purchase).


To make the deal even sweeter, Ibotta has a ton of offers right now at the Dollar Tree, and when you submit 5 Ibotta rebates you’ll get $5 back from Ibotta. This is a great way to save even more at the Dollar Tree ~ love that!

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Not sure what to watch for at the Dollar Tree? Take a peek at my favorite things to buy this time of year! And


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Crock-tober Desserts Day 8: Apple Crisp


Are you crockin’ along with me this Crocktober? To go along with our Crock-tober Cookbook, I thought it would be fun to throw in some bonus slow cooker dessert ideas!


Check out this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp from Kristine’s Kitchen.  A warm apple dessert just feels like Fall:)


Don’t forget you can sign up for your free Crock-tober grocery list, menu plan and cookbook over HEREHere’s a peek at Day Eight’s Crock-tober recipe (I love how easy this one is!)


Happy Crocking!

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School Desks 2-Pack ONLY $87.99 Shipped!




Right now at Office Depot you can get a 2-Pack of Student Desks for just $129.99 Shipped.  That breaks down to only $65 each, and is a great price considering they ship already assembled and get very high ratings.


Just looking for one desk?  I spotted this one over on Amazon for just $47.99 Shipped!

  • Oak laminate finish
  • Metal book box with pencil groove
  • Adjustable leg heights
  • Four nylon swivel glides
  • Measures: 23.5 Inch wide by 16.5 Inch deep with adjustable height

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19 Deals You Can’t Miss at Costco This Month (Ends 10/23/16)



Okie dokie folks, besides the Costco whole chicken you should probably pick up every time you shop Costco, here are a few more items that just started in the Costco sale ad which may be worth picking up this month.



Just like any grocery store, you really do save more at Costco when you’re willing to shop their monthly sales ad (which is really just their coupon book that runs each month.) Here are the items I think are worth grabbing before 10/26/16.


Costco Best Deals Ending 10/26/16

1. Quaker Oatmeal Squares – $5.99

  • Use $2.40/1  Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 125 oz Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $3.59 after coupon

2. Deer Park Spring Water with Sport Cap 24 pk – $5.49

  • Use $1.50/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 125 oz Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $3.99 after coupon

3. Go Gurt Squeezable Yogurt 32 pk – $6.99

  • Use $3/1  Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 125 oz Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $3.99 after coupon or $.12 each

4. Polly – O String Cheese (48 ct) – $7.99

  • Use $2.30/1 Polly-O String Cheese Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 125 oz Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $5.69 after coupon or $.12 per string cheese

5. Sunny D Sport-Cap Juice, 24 ct 11.3 oz bottles – $9.99

  • Use $3.00/1 SunnyD Tangy Original with Sport Cap – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 24/11.3 oz Only; Limit 3 (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $6.99 after coupon or $.29 each

6. Cascade Advanced Power Gel, 125 oz – $9.39

  • Use $2.00/1 Cascade Advanced Power Gel – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 125 oz Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $7.49 after coupon or $0.06 per ounce

7. Trident Gum 14 pk – $8.39 or $.60 per pk Compare to Amazon 12 pk $7.15 or $.60 per pk

8. Diet Coke 35 pk 12 oz – $8.74

  • Use $2.00/1 Diet Coke – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes $2 OFF 24 ct Only; or $2.25 OFF 35 ct Only; Limit 2 (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $8.74 after coupon or $.25 per can

9. Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks, 36 ct- $11.99

  • Use  $3.00/1 Annie’s Organic Bunny Snack Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 36 ct Only; No Limit (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $8.99 after coupon

10. Frito Lay Sunchips 30 ct – $11.99

  • Use $3.00/1 SunChips Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 30 ct Only; Limit 5 (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $8.99 after coupon

11. Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bars, 49 ct, 1.49 oz – $12.79

12. Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Advanced Toothbrush , 8 ct – $13.99

  • Use $4.00/1 Oral-B Pro-Health CrossAction Advanced Toothbrushes – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 8 ct Only; Limit 2 (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $9.99 after coupon or $1.24 per toothbrush

13. Finish Powerball All-in-One Tabs, 115 ct – $14.89

14. Skittles & Starburst Variety Pack 30 ct – $16.59

  • Use $5/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 225 oz 146 ld Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $11.59 after coupon or $.38 each

15. Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, 146 loads, 225 oz – $19.99

  • Use $4.00/1 Gain HE Liquid Laundry Detergent – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 225 oz 146 ld Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 10/23/16)
  • $15.99 after coupon or $.007 per ounce

16. Bounty Advanced Select-A-Size Paper Towels 12 Roll 117 sheets per roll – $19.89

17. Charmin Ultra Strong Bath Tissue, 30 ct Jumbo rolls or 231 sheets per roll – $21.99

18. Tide Laundry Detergent 220 ounces – $23.99

19. Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, 102 – 124 ct – $34.99

Always a deal



Milk $1.89 per gallon This beats the price I’ve seen at Kroger lately, but I got 3 gallons of milk for $1.49 yesterday at Aldi, so if you don’t have a Costco membership you can still easily save.




Bananas $1.39 for 3 pounds or 46¢ per pound



Costco Rotisserie Chicken $4.99 which comes out to about 5 cups of shredded chicken ~ stock up price!




Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 10 lb. bag $23.99 or $2.39/lb. If you love Perdue chicken breast, the Costco price isn’t awful, however you’ll get a better price when buying fresh chicken (Fresh Thyme and Sprouts has it for $1.67 this week), and Kroger regularly puts their frozen boneless skinless chicken breast on sale for around $2.20/lb.




Organic Spring Mix 1 lb. $4.49 – no coupon but a very good price



Not a deal



Smucker’s Uncrustables are $10.95 for 18 and just not a good price at 60¢ each. You may find them at a better price at your local grocery, or take a few seconds to make them at home ahead of time and freeze! 




Curious what else to buy at Costco? Check out this list of my favorite 15 items to buy at Costco every single day. Here are a few more posts you may want to check out:



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My New Scarf Shawl: As Low As $7.66 & So Cozy!



Update! I just ordered this new scarf last week from $13.99 (I’d heard a few people complain about shipping on the one price at $7.99 – this one is actually $15.99 right now but will hopefully drop again), and I LOVE THIS ONE. 



I ordered the brown red one HERE if you’re looking for the same one.


So, two options if you’re looking for a fun blanket scarf this fall – also would make such a great Christmas gift!


I love this deal! A few weeks ago my friend Julie from Less than Perfect Life of Bliss shared her cute Scarf Shawl, and goodness, I fell in love and ordered one. It said it would take awhile to get here (I ordered it October 29th, and was guaranteed delivery by December 14th), but it arrived yesterday ~ three weeks ahead of schedule ~ and I AM IN LOVE.

You all know I tend to freeze up here in Ohio, so even though I feel like a little too dressed up sitting at my computer wearing a big ole’ fancy shawl while I work, it just feels so cozy. It’s big (huge), so I folded it diagonally in half and then draped it over my shoulders.
I love it! 🙂 

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It’s still priced at just $7.68, and if you order now I’m betting it will get here in plenty of time for Christmas. 

Head on over HERE to check it out, and let me know if you have any suggestions on different ways I should tie it too! 🙂 




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Penny Pinched Crafting


I spent a few minutes this morning on Facebook Live sharing some of my favorite fall DIY projects ~ goodness, I love frugal ways to decorate for fall! See more comments and tips over HERE on Facebook, and let me know if you’re making any other fun crafts this fall.

Looking for more penny pinched craft ideas? Here you go!




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