Powerade 20 Oz Bottles only 37¢ each, Shipped!

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Through April 4th, Amazon is offering $3 OFF when you add $10 in Select Coca Cola products to your Prime Pantry Box! That makes 20 Oz Powerades as low as 37¢ each when you buy 3 packs!

Here’s how to stock up on Powerade on the cheap:

  •  Add (3) Powerade 20 oz 8-ct Packs to your cart for $3.98 each
  • = $11.94 – $3 OFF Instantly at Checkout
  • Makes it $8.94 for all 24 bottles – that’s just 37¢ each!

If you have a $5.99 No Rush Shipping credit in your account, shipping will be free for you.  Otherwise you’ll want to add ANY five items from this page and you’ll get free shipping automatically 🙂


If you’re not an Amazon Prime Member, you can try it out free for a month and see what you think – I think it would be worth it for this deal alone!

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.

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20 Days of Penny Pinched Laundry Room Makeovers Day 10: FREE Laundry Room Printables

For the next 20 Days Series, we’re sharing inspiring tips, tricks and items to make your laundry room more functional and attractive on a penny pinched budget!  I can’t wait for you to see these transformations and make your own laundry room a place you actually want to be.

Add some fun and functional decor to your laundry room with these free printables from Shannon at Everyday Best!  

See more penny pinched laundry room projects here:

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21 Deals You Can’t Miss at Costco This Month (Ends 4/17/17)

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 4/17/17.

Costco Best Deals Ending 4/17/17

1. Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar Baked Rice & Corn Puffs, 18 oz – $5.89

2. Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips, 24 oz – $5.99

  • Get $2.00/1 Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 24 oz Only; No Limit (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $3.99 after coupon

3. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, 5 ct 8 oz tubes – $7.89

  • Get $3.40/1 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 5/8 oz Only; No Limit (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $4.49 after coupon or $.90 each

4. barkTHINS DarkChocolate Almond, 17 oz – $9.89

  • Get $3.50/1 bartkTHINS Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 20 oz only; No Limit (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $6.39 after coupon

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

  • Get $3.50/1 SunnyD Tangy Original with Sport Cap – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 24/11.3 oz Only; Limit 3 (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $6.49 after coupon or $.27 each

6. Hillshire Farm Variety Pack 3 pack, 1 lb – $9.99

  • Get $3.00/1 Hillshire Farm Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 3/1 lb Only; No Limit (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $6.99 after coupon or $2.33 per lb

7. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, 54 ct – $10.99

8. Nutella & Go Hazelnut Spread + Breadsticks 12 ct, 1.8 oz – $11.99

  • Get $4.20/1 Nutella & Go Hazelnut Spread + Breadsticks – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 12/1.8 oz Only; Limit 5 (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $7.79 after coupon

9. Bounce Dryer Sheets, 2/160 ct – $9.99

10. Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bars, 48 ct, 1.2 oz – $12.79

  • Get $3.80/1 Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bars – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 48 ct Only; Limit 4 (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $8.99 after coupon or $.19 per bar

11. Izze Sparkling Juice Variety Pack, 24 ct 8.4 oz cans – $13.99

  • Get $4.00/1 IZZE Sparkling Juice Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 24/8.4 oz Only; LImit 10 (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $9.99 after coupon or $.42 per each

12. Ziploc Storage Bag Variety Pack, 347 ct – $13.54

13. Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent Plus OxiClean Max, 160 ld 250 oz – $10.99 (Sale Price)

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

15. Glaceau Vitaminwater Variety Pack, 20 ct 20 oz bottles – $15.49

  • Get $4.00/1 Glaceau Vitaminwater Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 20/20 oz Only; Limit 5 (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $11.49 after coupon or $.57 per bottle

16. Cascade Complete Action Pacs, 90 ct – $15.99

17. Oscar Mayer Bacon 4 lb – $15.49 

  • Use $3.50/1 Oscar Mayer Bacon  Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 12/156 Sheets Only; Limit 2 (exp. 04/17/17)
  • $11.99 after coupon or $2.99 per lb

18. Brawny Paper Towels 12 XL Pick-A-Size 156 sheets per roll – $19.99

19. Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Bath Tissue, (30 ct or 253 per sheet)- $19.99

20. Tide Advanced Power HE Liquid Laundry Detergent with Acti-Lift, 170 oz or 81 loads – $21.89

21. Tide Laundry Detergent (225 oz) – $23.79

My kiddos at Costco

Always a deal:


Milk $2.89 per gallon This is the same price at Kroger lately, but my Aldi has milk for $.99 a gallon so if you don’t have a Costco membership you can still easily save.


Chicken Breast – $2.79/lb


Eggs 24 ct – $3.59 ($1.79 a dozen) My Aldi has eggs for $.69 a dozen so if you don’t have a Costco membership you can still easily save.


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


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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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

ways to make money from home


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

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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20 Days of Penny Pinched Laundry Room Makeovers Day 7: Total Makeover with Style & Function

For the next 20 Days Series, we’re sharing inspiring tips, tricks and items to make your laundry room more functional and attractive on a penny pinched budget!  I can’t wait for you to see these transformations and make your own laundry room a place you actually want to be.

Checkout this awesome laundry room makeover from Debbie over at Me and My DIY!  She added so many functional touches and a lot of style to her space.  You are sure to find at least one idea that you can use also.  I love her little dry-erase board for keeping up with special care items!  See the finished project here.


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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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Chacos Sandals 40% – 50% OFF

6PM.com has select Chacos 45% – 50% OFF and this week is FREE Shipping week! (Win, Win)   Chacos rarely ever go on sale 50% off so you may want to snag a pair while you can!



Chacos Z Cloud – $60.99 (Reg $110) (I have these and LOVE them!)

Chacos Z/2 Clasic – $52.99 (Reg $102.99)

Chacos Sansa – $50.49 (Reg $90)

You can also get nice deals on Crocs and Coach PursesShipping is free right now.

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Be Our Guest DIY

I am sooooo pleased with how this little project turned out!



As I shared in the video below, my neighbor’s dad cut out the signs for us to use, so all I had to do was paint the board with acrylic paint and then use my Silhouette Cameo to make the lettering. 

I love it. 😉 


It’s hanging in our guest bedroom just waiting for a few guests to come visit, and I couldn’t believe how easy this project was to do.


(You can see the rest of our guest bedroom over HERE ~ I love this space!)




(Watch me make it here in the video ~ and if you’re interested in the Menu Plans I use that I mention, go HERE to check those out too!)



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!


More rooms we’ve updated in our home . . .

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16 Things You Need to Know Before Going On A Cruise


Note from Laurie: I have never been on a cruise, but loved my friend Shannon’s tips here! I’d love to know what you think, and what other tips you’d recommend. Happy cruising!

Thinking about a cruise or just booked one?

Here are several helpful hints to know BEFORE you go 🙂

When my daughter graduated high school last year  (gasp . . . when did that happen?) we took a cruise with the whole family and it was wonderful!  We learned a few things along the way and wanted to share them with YOU!

  1. Decide on a Cruise Line

    There are so manny cruise lines to choose from! Do your homework and see which cruise lines fit your family and lifestyle best.  After we did our research, we opted for a Carnival Cruise under my brother’s recommendation and experience.

  2. Check Your Dates and Travel During NON-Peak Times

    We cruised one week before peak times started which saved us a bundle.  Some summer months for some areas are peak and some are not so it’s a good idea to do your research here.


  3. The Less Expensive Cabins Have Some Unique Perks

    If you’re looking for ways to cut your cruise budget, opt for an inner state room.  Having a very small port window in your room wasn’t worth the extra expense, especially when water surrounds you on the deck.  We found the pitch black inner state room helped us sleep great at night.

    Many people said we wouldn’t be in our room very much anyway, and I have to agree!  Our room was located in the middle of the ship which was awesome because we didn’t experience much “rocking” and we had quicker access to each end of the ship.


    cruise4This was the view on my morning run

  4. Gym or No Gym

    Since I love to run, I needed to have a place to exercise, especially if I was going to take advantage of all the yummy food on the cruise.  I took advantage of both the track AND the gym. It felt wonderful to be able to keep up with my workout routine while on vacation!  If this is important to you, make sure your cruise ship has a gym.

  5. Pack the Right Clothes

    While planning your trip, make sure you’re aware of any formal nights (ours were called elegant nights).  Luckily for me, we only had one formal night (I’m not a big fan of dressing up), but I packed 3 dresses just in case.  The other nights I dressed up nicely, but not in dresses (so those 2 extra dresses just took up space).  My advice would be to be aware of your scheduled formal nights, and pack lots of bathing suits and coverups for the pool/deck area 🙂

  6. Pick a Dining Time or Not

    We had several dining packages to choose from with Carnival, which I really liked.  We were able to choose a package that allowed us to eat at any time.  This helped when we had excursions and shows we wanted to see.  It was so nice to just eat when it suited us that day, and we never had to wait very long so it worked out well for us.

    Make sure to eat in the dining room for dinner.  The dining room has better food options and some menu items that you may not have access to elsewhere — at least without it getting expensive fast!

  7. Cell Phone Coverage

    Double check your cell service plan BEFORE you go ~ this will save you lots of money in extra charges!  By putting your phone in airplane mode when you arrive on the ship, you’ll save yourself extra data charges during your trip.  Most carriers charge extra for using satellite service on the cruise ship.

    You can opt to buy a Wi-Fi package on board but it was pretty expensive.  I recommend unplugging completely and enjoying time with your family instead. 🙂   This was so nice for us as I usually have a laptop on my lap when we’re home.

  8. Wait To Buy Until the Last Night

    By the last day of your cruise, most items were marked down a ton.  If there’s a certain item you want, wait to see if they mark it down on that last night of your cruise.  I just loved this tip!!

  9. Pictures

    Oh my, everywhere you turn people were taking pictures. To avoid paying $20 for a cruise line picture, kindly ask someone (anyone) to take your picture for you.  We have some great photos that were taken this way and they didn’t cost us anything.  I love that!

  10. Parking

    If you’re driving to your cruise destination, make sure you research options for parking your car.  We disembarked out of Tampa and had to find a place for our car for the week. My husband looked up all the options and chose one with good ratings that saved us almost 40%.  WOW!



  11. Excursions or No Excursions

    This is where you really can break the bank.  On our cruse we had two stops, one in Cozumel and the other in the Grand Cayman.  My husband researched all of the excursions and we decided on two.  He was sure to check the ratings posted on the cruise site and we ended up booking some of the cheaper options.

    We really enjoyed both of our excursions, so I’m glad we picked a few.  You can pay for a taxi and save some money by finding excursions on your own, but the plus side of booking with the cruise line is all transportation is taken care of, and they won’t leave you behind. 🙂

  12. Bring Your Own Water Bottle

    This is my NUMBER ONE tip for saving money while traveling!!  It really helped out with our excursions as well.  We just filled up before leaving and had nice clean cold water to drink while we were out.


  13. Know Your Budget BEFORE You Go

    Goodness, there are all of temptations on the ship.  They have necklaces, watches, earrings, purse . . .  so much STUFF.  Then there are the games and the casino, the list goes on.  We were lucky and not so lucky at bingo, but it was all fine because we purchased prepaid VISA cards at Kroger and put those on our account to use while we were on the cruise.  This way we didn’t use our debit card AT ALL (I know right? … THANKS Dave Ramsey!)  😉

  14. Spa or No Spa

    I’m extremely biased on this one.  My 18-year-old won a $100 spa gift card,  so I decided to go with her and get a pedicure that cost $75.  YIKES!  I usually would never pay that price, but I wanted to spend time with my daughter.  I used the money I saved for the trip so this was my big splurge.  BUT … it was not a great experience because I felt like the pedicure was WAY overpriced so I left pretty upset about that.

    To be honest, if you want a pedicure or manicure hop on Groupon and have one before you go 🙂  That will take away any temptation to spend triple the amount you would normally spend.  Massages started out at $120 and went up from there.  Groupon has them starting at $29.  Whew!

  15. Prepay your Gratuities

    This was so nice!  Rather than being stuck with a huge unexpected bill at the end of your trip, opt to pay in advance.  I loved that this was an option and part of our cruise budget BEFORE we left.

  16. Take Advantage of Childcare

    To all the worn out moms who need a break, please take advantage of the child care on board.  Spend some time with the hubby and relax a bit too.  Vacations can be stressful, especially with the kids, so REALLY take advantage of it.  The kids won’t even even remember when they get older, and our 8-year-old did some fun art activities and had a great time there!



What other tips do you have for crusing or other vacations? We’d love to hear your thoughts ~ leave leave a comment to share!


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Kids’ Play House Deals (Starting under $100!)


Spring is in the air (in some parts of the country at least) and the kids can’t wait to get out and play!  There are some nice kids’ playhouse deals at both Walmart and Amazon right now – here are a few good ones to check out…

Step2 Neat & Tidy II Playouse – $149.97 (Reg $170.71)
**Or get it in PINK for $138!

Step2 Four Seasons Pink & Purple Playhouse – $99.83 Shipped (Reg $129.99)

Little Tikes Cape Cottage – $99.99 Shipped (Reg $114.97)

Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse – $197 Shipped (Reg $299.97)

Find more top retail deals.

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