*HOT* Motivated Moms Chore Planner 25% Off Today Only!

motivatedmoms225off

{DON’T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD THE PPP FREE AWESOME IN APRIL CHALLENGE TOO PPP FREE AWESOME IN APRIL CHALLENGE TOO WHILE YOU’RE AT IT!}

I’m so excited about this! Right now you can get the Motivated Moms site home organizing checklists for 25% off code, valid through this weekend only.

(PPP reader Megan had hers bound with a binding machine ~ such a great idea!)

 

I LOVE THESE LISTS!!

clicktosave

Here’s how to get yours while it lasts: 

  • START HERE
  • Choose the printable that works for you (I’m using the 2017 Motivated Moms Chore Planner with Bible Reading in Black and White, but there are several options available)
  • Use the code PPP at checkout to save 25% THIS WEEKEND ONLY
  • Your price should be just $4.50 for 52 weeks of cleaning checklists – I promise you’ll love these lists!
  • As soon as you order you’ll be redirected to a page that has the download link to download your lists

Go HERE to snag yours before it’s too late!

 

motivatedmoms25off

Don’t forget that this offer ends TODAY. Order soon if you’re interested!

 

 

 

Print Friendly and PDF

Kohls The Big One Plush Throw Just $8.50 (Regular $40!)

supersoftplushthrows

 

Woohooo! Kohl’s Lowest Prices of the Year Sale is in full swing right now, with items as low as $2.99.

bigoneplushthrowsreal

Right now, The Big One Plush Throw on sale for $9.99 (regular $39.99)

  • Text SAVE24 to 56457 to get a 15% off code
  • Pay only $8.49 + FREE Store pickup!
 kohlsstocku

Also – Here’s a fun deal idea to restock your basics before summer:

 

Print Friendly and PDF

Medieval Times Deals & Review

medievaltimes

Note from Laurie: My friend Jamie recently took her family to Medieval Times, and offered to share a review of her experience. I think this looks like such a fun night for the family, and am so glad she took the time to share! I’d love to hear your reviews on Medieval Times too ~ leave a comment to share. 

 

If you’re interested in a trip to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – there are a couple nice deals going on right now!

  • FREE Admission on your Brithday (with Paid Adult Admission)
  • FREE Admission for Mom May 8 – 14 (with Paid Adult Admission)
  • Kids & Students only $29.95, Adults $339.95 each with code SB17 (through May 3)

Also check Groupon because I’ve spotted them there a couple times as well 🙂

 

 

When I was in 8th grade my class went on a field trip to Chicago, and while we were there we went to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.   It was such a thrill for me  – easily my favorite part of the trip.

From the moment we arrived, I was wowed by the castle exterior. (I have easily 8 pictures of my friends and I in front of the drawbridge).   I remembered jousting and cheering for our section’s champion – go Green Knight!!    And I recoiled in squealing-girl-horror while walking through the “Torture Dungeon” (ewww)

Fast forward to my mid-thirties and 4 kids (all boys!) and I decided it was time for a return trip.  I did some research and discovered there was a castle in Atlanta attached to a mall.  My husband and I didn’t tell the kids where we were going, we just took a two hour drive one day and parked in front of a castle and said – surprise!   The boys were BEYOND EXCITED guys.  Picture beyond – and then go ahead and run an extra mile past that.  🙂

They couldn’t believe how incredibly realistic the castle was.  They explored the dungeon with the same excited horror.  We watched a falconer with his bird walk through the great hall.  And then when it was time to enter the arena – we were seated up front (what a thrill!) where we had a perfect view of the tourney field below.  We were seated in the Black & White Knight’s section – and we soon learned which knights were our allies (Huzzah!) and which ones were our foes (Boooo!)

While we sat and had a scrumptious feast brought by the castle serf (garlic bread and tomato bisque! a whole roasted chicken and buttered corn!  soft drinks and pastry!) we learned more about our knight.  I cheered when he rode out on his steed – but my kids completely drowned me out.  I don’t think anyone feels the tiniest bit silly cheering, booing and waving their penants – the atmosphere and excitement is really that contagious!

 

As the story played out before our eyes, we met the King and Princess, watched the knights entertain us with feats of (very cool) horsemanship and jousts, and witnessed the falconer release his trained falcon over and over on a live flight through the arena.

When greed and betrayal enter the plot (duh-duh-duh), the result is a series of  very realistic battles.  Swords clash and give off sparks!  Battle axes and maces are wielded fiercely! Knights are “wounded” and then come back (huzzah!) for a final blow.  It’s pretty awesome, and just plain fun to watch.

 

After we’d collected a sufficient number of souveniers, had our pictures taken with the black and white knight, and exited the castle, I asked the kids about their favorite parts.

16 year old – “the atmosphere, and the excitement”

14 year old – “the feeling that you are really in a tournament”

12 year old – “when the black and white knight was like SWOOP (insert imaginary sword) and the Green Knight was like OOOF and fell back three feet!”

10 year old – “that they all were using real weapons!”

My husband and I?

We were just thrilled to have a solid block of time to spend with our kids watching a live show, seeing their faces light up with excitement and genuine awe (how rare is that these days?) and making some unforgettable memories.

 

Thanks to Laurie for letting me tell everyone about my love for Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – and to Medieval Times for providing tickets to my family this time around!

 

 

 

 

Print Friendly and PDF

Regal Cinemas Summer $1 Movie Schedule

 

 

Can you believe summer is right around the corner?  If you’re looking for some boredom busters – the Regal Cinemas $1 Movie Schedule is a great resource for getting out of the house this summer!

In addition to Regal’s program – you might want to check out our Kids Summer Movie Programs Master List! (Some cinemas even have FREE shows!)

Here’s the full 2017 Regal Summer Movie Express lineup – also check out my post on 25 Days of Frugal Summer Fun, get some fun roadtrip ideas or check out a Summer Reading Program near you!

Week 1 (June 27 & 28)

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Ice Age: Collision Course

Week 2 (July 4 & 5)

  • Trolls
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Week 3 (July 11 & 12)

  • Monster Truck
  • Penguins of Madagascar

Week 4 (July 18 & 19)

  • Rio 2
  • The Boxtrolls

Week 5 (July 25 & 26)

  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sing

Week 6 (August 1 & 2)

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Ratchet and Clank

Week 7 (August 8 & 9)

  • The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • The Adventures of Tin Tin

Week 8 (August 15 & 16)

  • Happy Feet 2
  • Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Week 9 (August 22 & 23)

  • Storks
  • The Lego Batman Movie
Print Friendly and PDF

60% Off One Regular Item at Michael’s

michaels

Hurry over to Michael’s to use this coupon for 60% off any ONE item in store, valid through 4/26/17! This would be great to use on an item for the gift closet (my kids love their children’s craft sets) ~ let me know if you score a deal.

instax

One idea would be to pick up some film for your Fujifilm Instax Camera if you scored one of those recently! You can use the coupon in-store, or use the code 60APRIL2617 if shopping online. Still in the market for an Instax? Check out the deal you can get HERE!

 

 

I was also at Michael’s a few weeks ago and noticed a TON of clearance marked down to 75¢!

(My girls would love this super cute purse to color!)

Leave a comment if you find any awesome deals when you’re there!

michaels

Don’t miss these 7 secrets you need to know before shopping Michaael’s before you head out!

Print Friendly and PDF

Cinemark Summer Movies only 50¢!

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 8.33.51 AM

Summer is almost here! Both Regal and Cinemark are offering some great deals on movies this summer, and at Cinemark you can even buy a 10 movie summer pass for $5, making them just $.50 per movie when you purchase in advance!

  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The Iron Giant
  • Shrek The Third
  • Megamind
  • Goosebumps
  • Trolls
  • Sing
  • The Angry Birds Movie
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Hotel Transylvania 2

Go HERE to see what’s showing at Cinemark and check the Regal Cinemas $1 Summer Movie Schedule.

D0n’t forget your kids can enjoy free bowling and roller skating too ~ so fun!

Love a bargain? Find more free stuff HERE.

Print Friendly and PDF

That Time My Husband Had a Heart Attack (The Addendum.)

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 10.16.43 AM

 

 

I don’t take time as often as I’d like to share random ramblings like this one like I once did here on PPP, but felt that someone today might just need to hear this.

 

Maybe that someone is you? 🙂 

 

And, just in case you’re here for the deals (I totally understand!), scoot on past to the next penny pinched post ~ I’m so very thankful for you!

 

One year ago today, my husband had a heart attack.

 

My 45-year-old-mostly-healthy husband had a heart attack. (For the record I was 40 ~ no reason for you to think I’m quite 45 yet, right?)

 

It’s been a heck of a year.

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 12.57.53 PM

You can read all the ~ ahem ~ gory? details over HERE.

 

But for right now, I thought I’d share the aftermath.

 

This year hasn’t been easy. 

 

Besides his heart attack (which in itself caused lots of anxiety for both of us and a little depression on his end ~ from what I’ve been told that’s pretty normal when people go through something so hard . . . ), we’ve also had some way-too-hard-to-deal-with-days with struggling family members who we just love too much, two crazy jobs that keep us racing around all day long . . .

 

and then we have 3 kids. 😉

 

Two of them are teenagers.

 

Yikes. 

 

Needless to say, we’ve had more than a few tough days.

 

But I have to share with you what I’ve learned along the way.

 

I’ve learned that you really can survive some of the hard stuff.

 

I’ve learned that my husband is a way tougher man than I ever knew.

 

And I’ve learned that the hard stuff sometimes lets you live a little richer than you ever lived before. 

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 12.56.25 PM

This was us the week after his heart attack “playing hooky” 😉 

James is doing great. (He’s not always so sure of that, but I promise he is ~ I can tell.) 

 

He’s lost a bunch of weight and maintained it for a year.

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-11-52-16-am

(Probably because he knows I’ll likely kill him if he doesn’t stay on track. Just teasing, honey?  Um, not really.) 

 

But as we’ve walked along this road . . .

 

(I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M TYPING THIS.)

 

I’m not so sure I’d return to the pre-heart-attack-life we once had.

 

Here’s the thing.

 

We snuggle in a little more closely at night, because we know every day just how lucky we are.

 

We have a little more patience and are just a wee bit gentler with one another (most days?) because we totally get that it really is important not to sweat the small stuff.

 

And we know all too well now that almost all the stuff is small stuff.

 

ooch.

 

So here’s my little hint if you’re going through something so painful today that you feel like you can’t breathe.

 

I’ve been there.

 

It.

 

hurts.

 

A lot.

 

And you probably just want to cry.

 

And completely just give up. 

 

And you wonder what on earth God was thinking when He threw you over this curve ball.

 

But I promise.

 

Really.

 

I really do know.

 

There is some amazing little gift you’re going to find smack dab in the middle of the mess that you’re struggling through right now.

 

And maybe.

 

Just maybe.

 

You’ll look back and see that this awful-terrible-thing-that-is-sucking-out-all-of-your-breath today.

 

That it’s simply an amazing opportunity for God’s grace to shine through.

 

Blessings to you today.

 

Right now,

 

wherever you’re at.

 

God’s peace be with you as I promise we’ve seen it in our own family this year. 

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

 

 

Print Friendly and PDF

Lowe’s: Easter Lilies only $1! (Reg $7.98)

WOW!  Hurry over to Lowes.com and order these gorgeous 1.76 Quart Easter Lilies for only $1! (Reg $7.98)  You can choose store pickup and they’ll hold them for you until you arrive – which is a GOOD idea because they’re not going to last long at this price!

Your store might also have the 1.5 Gallon Easter Lilies for $1 (Reg $16.98) – though you’ll need to call to check on those and they can’t be ordered online 🙂

 

Find more top retail deals.

Print Friendly and PDF

Chacos 40% – 45% OFF

Head over HERE and check out how to score Chacos for 40% – 45 % OFF! Most I saw were $59.95 (Reg $100) which is a really good price for Chacos!

Chaco Z/2 Classic Sports Sandal – $59.99

Chacos Men z/Volv Sport Sandals – $59.99

 

Chacos Flip Flops – $39.99

 

Chacos Men z/Volv Sport Sandals – $59.99

Chaco OutCross Evo Free Water Shoes – $59.99

Chaco zCloud X2 Sport – $59.95

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

clicktosave
And, don’t miss this great deal on Camelbak water bottles while they last! Amazon just dropped the price on several CamelBak Eddy Kids .4L Water Bottles to $9.74, which is a great price. These have excellent reviews, and ship free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping. Here are the ones you can get:

Go HERE to check it out! 

Print Friendly and PDF

How to Declutter Your Home This Weekend (and Make Money for Summer Vacation!)

I seriously think you’re going to love this.

 

Do you have a ton of old cds stashed somewhere?

 

DVDs your kids stopped watching years ago?

 

An old gaming system no longer in use (Or 3??)

 

A few cell phones hiding in a drawer?

 

Throw all those in a box, send it away FOR FREE and get paid in cash the day after your items are received.

 

For real. 

I tried it out myself and earned $60 yesterday with DeCluttr by simply doing some Spring cleaning around the house – selling some of my husband’s old cd’s, the kids’ old XBox, some Wii games and a few books.

 

I LOVE THAT!!!

 

The best part?

 

It was stuff that we NEVER USE.

 

It’s just been sitting there – gathering dust and cluttering up space in our home.

 

I love to always think of things as an “hourly rate”, and making $60 in literally 30 minutes was pretty exciting to me. 

 

That’s $120 per hour ~ not too shabby!

 

Now, you’re not going to get rich with this one, but every penny counts, and if you have a bunch of stuff that just needs to get our of your home, this is the absolute easiest way to do it.

 

Here’s how to declutter your home this weekend and earn some money for summer vacation, a new outfit, or supplies for your Spring yard projects.

 

To Get Started:

1 .  Gather together a pile of unwanted electronics, cds, books, dvds, games or game systems to see what they’ll be worth.

2 .  Head over to HERE and enter the barcode of an item to see what you’ll be paid.

WAY easier though (and all kinds of fun!) is if you download their app and go around your house scanning barcodes to get the price.  (Here’s a screenshot from my phone of items I was checking in the app.)

 

3 .  Click “Accept Price” and add to basket if you agree and want to sell it.

4 .  Come up with a minimum $10 worth of items you’d like to sell.  Pack them into a box (any box) and attach your free shipping label.  (This will be sent to your email inbox for you to print out)

5 .  Mail off your box!   You’ll get paid the day after they receive your box – via Paypal, Check or Direct Deposit.

So what happens to all that stuff?

DeCluttr ends up selling most of it on eBay ~ saving you the time and hassle of selling it yourself. You may make a few pennies more sending it to eBay yourself or selling in a local online yard sale, but getting it done so quickly was worth it for me.

 

DeCluttr has a 5 Star rating on TrustPilot and several PPP readers commented on Facebook this week that they’ve tried it and loved it. 🙂

I’d love to hear if you try out DeCluttr – and how much you make getting rid of your junk!  Please share your experience in the comments!

Disclosure: DeCluttr worked with us to bring you this content.  All opinions about the experience are 100% my own.  

Print Friendly and PDF

Powerade 20 Oz Bottles only 37¢ each, Shipped!

This post may contain affiliate links.  See my disclosure policy to learn more.
Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.

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.

Join Amazon Prime for one month free – Watch Over 40,000 Movies for free plus get free shipping on thousands of items

Print Friendly and PDF

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.

rotisseriechickencostco3

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:

costco

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.

costcochicken

Chicken Breast – $2.79/lb

costcoeggs

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.

costco12

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

aldisamscostco

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:

whatshouldyoubuyatcostco

Print Friendly and PDF

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 – 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.

 

 

work from home

 

 

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

 

things you can sell to make money

 

 

 

Looking for more ideas? Check out these posts!
Print Friendly and PDF

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.

 

See more penny pinched laundry room projects here:

Print Friendly and PDF

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! 

 

 

Need more ideas on how to save on your grocery budget?

Print Friendly and PDF

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!

clicktosave

 

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.

Print Friendly and PDF

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!)

 

Success!

 

(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!

41ead435-7bbb-48b9-b68a-326599b6fa26

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

Print Friendly and PDF

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 many 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.

    cruise

  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!

    cruise1

    cruise2

  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.

    cruise3

  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 childcare 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!

hawaii

Looking for more travel tips?

 

Print Friendly and PDF

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.

Print Friendly and PDF

25 Days of Budget Transformations Day 25: Save $10K In One Year

25daysbudgettransfinal

Ready for a new 25 day series? This month our 25 Days Series is aimed at inspiring you to tackle your family budget, with amazing budget transformation stories and helpful tips to keep you on track. I love the stories we’re sharing here!

Check out how Stacey and her husband saved $10,000 in a year with these 5 steps over at The Soccer Mom Blog!  

See more Budget Transformations:

Print Friendly and PDF

Margaret Ann’s Biscuits & Sausage Gravy Recipe

My sweet friend Margaret Anne was gracious enough to visit this morning, and made quite possibly the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever eaten to share with you. 

 

good. gravy. 😉


We met at Bible Study earlier this year, and the minute I heard her sweet Southern accent I felt all-of-a-sudden-at-ease in a group of women who were completely new to me.

 

Isn’t it funny how a kind voice can do that?

 

And once we got to talking, I realized she cared about so many things that I just loved too.

 

Margaret Ann’s been a wife, mom, teacher, realtor, culinary school professor, chef . . . and she’s even owned two restaurants in Rome, Georgia.

 

In fact, one of the scenes from the movie Sweet Home Alabama was filmed in her restaurant Magretta Hall. 😉

I knew you would love Margaret Ann too, so I was thrilled when she offered to do a few “cooking classes” with us here on PPP. 

 

Last week in the Dinner’s Done Facebook group she taught us how to make omelets (I learned so much from her!), and today she’s showing us how to make homemade biscuits and gravy.

 

Or as she calls it, ” thickening gravy.”

 

That you can lather with a little butter too. 😉

 

Honestly? They were all just a little heaven sent. 😉

 

The biscuits and gravy were perfection.

 

And if it were up to me, you would come right over to my kitchen and we’d let her serve us up biscuits and gravy all day long.

 

A girl can dream, right? 😉

If you’d like to make biscuits and gravy too, here’s what you’ll need to get started:

 

(Note: I DEFINITELY recommend watching the video to see all of her tips – I had no idea the importance of incorporating the shortening, and she had so many tricks that I’ve never read in a cookbook. Thank you Margaret Ann!)

Margaret Ann’s Biscuits & Sausage Gravy Recipe

*Makes a small batch of about 8 biscuits, but doubles beautifully.

Biscuit Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup of Crisco Shortening (or softened butter works too!)
  • 3/4 Cups of Buttermilk (or 3/4 cups of milk mixed with 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice, let sit on the counter for 15 minutes to sour the milk)

 

 

Biscuit Directions:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients
  2. Cut the shortening or butter into the dry mix with a pastry cutter (or you can use a couple butter knives if you don’t have a pastry cutter)
  3. Work the dough until there are no chunks of shortening left (watch video for exactly how long to cut the dough)
  4. Add buttermilk, and stir into the mixture with your hand until you have a nice dough
  5. Sprinkle a little flour onto a clean surface and place the dough in the middle
  6. Knead the dough with the palms of your hands (not using fingers) by pushing it down a few times and then folding it in half.  Repeat 4 or 5 times and then pat it into a mound.
  7. Roll out to a thickness of about 3/4″
  8. Tap a cookie or biscuit cutter in flour and cut out the biscuits (Number will vary depending on the size of your cutter)
  9. Place on a greased or sprayed cookie sheet and brush a little melted butter on top
  10. Bake between 400 – 450 for 10-15 minutes.  *Because all ovens are different you’ll want to just check for when they look just right to you!

Gravy Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb of Pork Breakfast Sausage (Jimmy Dean is Margaret Ann’s favorite)
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Cup Milk

Gravy Directions:

  1. Cook and crumble the sausage over medium heat (Do NOT drain)
  2. Turn heat down to medium-low
  3. Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of flour over the sausage and stir it in, cooking it for another minute
  4. Add 1/2 Cup of milk and stir around as it begins to thicken up.
  5. To stretch your gravy further or thin it a little, just keep adding more milk until it’s how you like.

 

The best part is that by making them from scratch, you’ll save a bundle, most likely using everything you have right in your pantry. 

I’m hoping I can get her tricks down soon and make a batch for my bunch (but for today, we have just a few biscuits all ready to try for after school snacks.)

Let’s just call it their lucky day. 😉

Let me know how the recipe goes for you, and share any other tips in the comments. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Here are some tools that you may want to pick up if you plan to make biscuits often:

Non-Stick Pastry and Baking Mat

Pastry Cutter and Biscuit Cutters

Rolling Pin

Flour Sifter

Nonstick Cookie Sheet

Wilton 3-Tier Cooling Rack

Print Friendly and PDF

My March Stitch Fix Review

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy to learn more.

View the video over here on Facebook

Here’s a peek at what’s in my Stitch Fix Box this month!

love how easy this process is ~ I put in my style profile, share what types of clothes I like, how things fit me, and share an idea of what I’m looking for on my profile. I also include a link to my “cute outfits” board on Pinterest, so my stylist has a pretty good idea of what I love.

 

 

 

This definitely wasn’t my favorite box so far (at least as I opened everything), however once I tried it all on, I was pretty impressed!

Here’s what was included

1. Madrella Knit Pocket Tank $38 ~ $28.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ RETURNED 

2. Skies and Blue Cutout Top $44 ~ $33 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ RETURNED 

3. Olive & Oak Flannel Top $58 ~ $43.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ RETURNED 

4. Le Lis Knit Blazer $59 ~ $43.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ RETURNED 

5. Cosmic Blue Love Jeans $88 ~ $66 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ KEPT

stitchfixreview5

So what am I keeping? 

 

Just the jeans.

 

With summer coming and someone who wears capris every single day, I just couldn’t pass them up, especially because I had a $25 credit and wanted to keep the $20 styling fee!

 

And, I have to say, if you want to find a pair of jeans that fit perfectly and look great on, it’s worth trying Stitch Fix out. (I’ve loved every single pair of jeans they’ve sent!)

 

 

 

If you dress up frequently for work and don’t have time to shop, I really think Stitch Fix can be a fantastic option (I have loved my previous boxes, and the quality of clothing is much nicer than what I normally wear), so it may be a great option for you. 

 

It also is fantastic for busy working moms – while I do think the pricing is high you’re paying not only for the clothing but also for someone to look at your needs and hand pick items that often can work for you.

 

If you’d like to try out Stitch Fix, here’s exactly how it works:

  • Sign up HERE
  • You’ll be charged $20 for your Stitch Fix Styling
  • Your box will come when you schedule it
  • If you keep ANY items in your box, the $20 you spend for the styling will be put towards your purchase (so it’s like getting $20 in free credit!)
  • If you keep your entire box you’ll save 25% off the entire purchase
  • Invite friends on Facebook or via email (or even text messages) to sign up through you and you’ll get $25 in free referral credit ~ love that!

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-9-53-10-amMy January Stitch Fix Box Review

Check out my review of previous boxes HEREHERE, HERE and HERE, and let me know what you think! 

Print Friendly and PDF

25 Days of Budget Transformations Day 22: 6 Tips To Be Debt Free

25daysbudgettransfinal

Ready for a new 25 day series? This month our 25 Days Series is aimed at inspiring you to tackle your family budget, with amazing budget transformation stories and helpful tips to keep you on track. I love the stories we’re sharing here!

Check out 6 odd tips that helped Myquillyn and her husband pay off $150,000 in 5 years over at The Nesting Place I love tip #5 🙂
See more Budget Transformations:

Print Friendly and PDF

Last Chance!

Mrs. Potts getting a well-deserved bubble bath after a month of hard work. 🙂 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

I love you too much not to remind you one last time!

 

The cost of the Eat at Home Menu Plans goes up TONIGHT, so you have just a few hours left.

 

Get them for as low as $1.21 per week when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout (which saves 25% ~ the lowest price we’ll see for awhile!)

motionmailapp.com
I definitely recommend trying out at least one month to see what you think, then you’ll be locked in at that price. Here’s what you’ll get when you sign up:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • 1 week of freezer recipes (included in the Slow Cooker menu plans)
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink)

 

If you struggle with getting dinner on the table, I promise this will help! Our family has saved hundreds this month (especially on eating out at the last minute), and I love having this part of my life so effortlessly taken care of.
I know you’ll be disappointed if you miss it, so hurry on over and download yours before it’s to late (don’t forget to use the code COUNTERTOP to get the best price!)

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done.

Print Friendly and PDF

Amazon: Greenes Raised Bed Garden 30% OFF!

Are you thinking of doing a raised vegetable garden bed this year?  They are SO much easier to maintain than a full-size garden and they do so well!

Right now on Amazon – Prime Members Only can get the Greenes 4′ x 8′ x 10.5″ Cedar Raised Bed Garden Kit for just $68.12 shipped (regularly $99.99 and a savings of 32% off!)  Here are a few product features:

  • Made in the USA from naturally rot- and insect-resistant cedar. The wood is 100% chemical free.
  • Boards slide into the corner posts without tools forming a secure garden frame. To install the decorative tops simply use a screw driver.
  • Stacking 2 of these makes your garden 21 inches tall (each kit sold seperately).
  • Package contains 21 boards, 6 corner posts, 6 decorative tops (6 screws for tops), and instructions

Or if you really want to just try a small one before making a commitment on a large one – this looks like a VERY easy to use raised bed garden kit and it’s only $27.97 right now!

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 9.27.34 AM

If you’re new to Raised Bed Gardening, Amazon has Raised Bed Gardening: How To Grow Vegetables and Food With Easy, Simple Raised Bed Garden Designs (Kindle Edition) for just $2.99, or FREE for Amazon Prime members.

You can also take a peek at our raised bed garden over HERE. . .

See more Amazon Deals.

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

 

This post contains affiliate links.  See my disclosure policy to learn more.

Print Friendly and PDF

30 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

30 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes Round Up

If you have an Instant Pot, then you already know that it can make your life SO much easier ~ I’ve just started using mine but so far I’m in love!

If you don’t own one yet, today only at Target.com you can get the Instant Pot for 25% OFF with code KITCHEN!  You can also currently get a good deal on the IP-LUX60 (New Model) and the IP-DUO60 over on Amazon!

instant pot chicken recipes

Among other things, I love that I can cook meats quickly (even straight from frozen!) that are super flavorful, tender and taste like they cooked all day. One of the most popular meats by far to cook in the Instant Pot is chicken.

Here’s a roundup of 30 awesome instant pot chicken recipes to give you plenty of things to try in your Instant Pot!

 

  1. Pressure cooker salsa chicken burrito– I was born to cook
  2. Instant pot orange chicken– Living Sweet Moments
  3. Instant pot no washing up Mediterranean chicken wings– Recipe This
  4. Instant pot cheesy chicken and pasta– Food N Service
  5. Pressure cooker low-carb buffalo chicken tacos with blue cheese coleslaw– Kalyn’s Kitchen
  6. Green chile chicken stew– Mooshu Jenne
  7. Instant pot chicken tortellini soup-Real Mom Reviews
  8. 3 ingredients crockpot BBQ chicken wings-Intelligent Domestications
  9. Chicken paprika stew– Mooshu Jenne
  10. Instant pot peanut free Thai chicken satay-Recipe This
  11. 10-minute pesto chicken pasta– ABC’s and Garden Peas
  12. Instant pot recipe- Pomegranate Molasses Chicken– Little Family Adventure
  13. Instant pot chicken parmigiana-Food N Service
  14. Asian sesame instant pot chicken– Living Sweet Moments
  15. Pressure cooker chicken breast-Wholesome Yum
  16. Instant pot no washing up chicken tikka bites– Recipe This
  17. Pressure cooker chicken puttanesca– Gluten Free Pressure Cooker
  18. Pressure cooker chicken paprikash recipe– Gluten Free Pressure Cooker
  19. Incredible instant pot ginger garlic drumsticks-Living Sweet Moments
  20. How to cook a whole chicken in your instant pot– Recipe this
  21. Instant pot pulled chicken tacos– Mom N Mom’s
  22. Instant pot double cheese chicken rigatoni bake-Recipe this
  23. The best instant pot chicken noodle soup– Sidewalk Shoes
  24. Chicken enchilada soup in the pressure cooker-Life is Sweeter by Design
  25. Instant pot garlic coconut butter chicken & potatoes– Recipe This
  26. Frozen chicken breasts in an instant pot– Sidewalk Shoes
  27. Instant pot chicken taco bowls-Wonder Mom Wannabe
  28. Instant pot buffalo chicken wings– Mom N Mom’s
  29. Instant pot honey balsamic drumsticks– Living Sweet Moments
  30. Instant pot Cajun chicken pasta– Recipe This

What is an Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that takes the “scary” factor out of pressure cooking and makes the job of cooking fast and easy!  It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.

If you need a support group for getting dinner on the table (especially using our Slow cookers and Instant Pots!) – come by and join our Dinner’s Done Facebook Group ~ so much great wisdom and encouragement there!

Print Friendly and PDF

22 Deals You Can’t Miss at Sam’s This Month (Ends 3/28/17)

Okie dokie folks,  here are a few more items that just started in the Sam’s sale ad which may be worth picking up this month.  Make sure you check with customer service to see if your card has all the instant savings included below on your card.  Some deals are for Plus members only. 

Just like any grocery store, you really do save more at Sam’s when you’re willing to shop their monthly sales ad (which is really just their instant savings deals that run each month.) Here are the items I think are worth grabbing before 3/28/17.

Also, check out this deal: Right now you’ll get a FREE $25 gift card when you join Sam’s Club! Simply enter your information and sign-up. Then take your emailed voucher to the membership desk at your local Sam’s Club to finalize your registration and receive your $25 Sam’s Club gift card!

Sam’s Best Deals Ending 3/28/17

1. Veggie Straws ( 20 oz) – $4.78

2. Cheez Its Crackers 2 pk 24 oz – $7.98

3. Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats (40 ct) – $6.47

4. Dawn Dish Soap 3 pk 24 oz- $8.78

5. Quaker Instant Oatmeal 52 ct – $9.87

6. Ziploc Bags (4 pk 125 ct) – $9.78

7. Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese 5 pk – $9.48

8. Bounce Dryer Sheets (320 ct) – $9.98

9. Cheez Its Single Bags (45 ct) – $10.98

10. Frito Lay  Variety Mix Chips (30 ct) – $11.98

11. Clorox Wipes (5 pk 78 ct) – $13.48

12. Cascade (105 ct) – $14.98

13. Downy Unstopables or Downy  (36.2 oz) – $13.98 

14. Members Mark Laundry Detergent (196 oz) – $14.98

15. Members Mark Trash Bags (90 ct) – $15.48

16. Members Mark Scented Wipes (1,000 ct) – $17.86

17. Members Mark Laundry Detergent Pacs (120 ct) – $17.98

18. Tide Powdered Laundry Detergent (254 oz) – $29.98

19. Charmin Toilet Paper (30 Mega Rolls 308 sheets per roll or 36 Giant Roll or 198 sheets per roll ) – $20.98 

20. Bounty Paper Towel (12 Enormous 107 sheets per roll) – $25.98

21. Member’s Mark Diapers Size 1-2 (252 ct) – $38.94

22. Phillips Sonicare 2 Series Powered Toothbrush 2 pk – $89.98

close up of a white container on white background

Curious what else to buy at Sam’s? Check out this list of my favorite What to Buy at Sams Club every single day. Here are a few more posts you may want to check out:

Print Friendly and PDF

Logitech Wireless Mouse only $7.99 (Reg $29.99)

Right now Staples has these SUPER CUTE Logitech Wireless Optical Mouse (es?) for only $7.99 each – reg $29.99!

You can choose delivery OR skip any fees and opt for free store pickup 🙂

lFind more top retail deals.

Print Friendly and PDF

19 Deals You Can’t Miss at Costco This Month (Ends 3/12/17)

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.

rotisseriechickencostco3

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 3/12/17.

Costco Best Deals Ending 3/12/17

1. Finish Jet-Dry Plus Rinse Agent, 32 oz – $9.99

  • Use B1G1 Finish Jet-Dry Plus Rinse Aid – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 32 oz Only (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $4.99 after coupon or $.16 per ounce

2. Quaker Instant Oatmeal Variety pack, 52 ct – $9.79

3. Cascade Advanced Power Gel, 125 oz – $9.49

4. Tyson Panko Chicken Nuggets or Perdue , 5 lbs – $12.49

  • Use $5.00/1 Tyson or Perdue Panko Chicken Nuggets – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 5 lb Only; No Limit (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $7.49 after coupon

5. Dawn Platinum Advanced Power Liquid Dish Soap, 90 oz – $9.59

  • Use $2.00/1 Dawn Platinum Advnaced Power Liquid Dish Soap – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 90 oz Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $7.59 after coupon or $.08 per ounce 

6. Nutri Grain Bars ( 48 ct) – $11.99

7. SunChips Variety Pack, 30 ct – $11.99

8. General Mills Fruit by the Foot, 48 ct – $12.59

  • Use $4.00/1 General Mills Fruit by the Foot Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 48 ct Only; Limit 4 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $8.59 after coupon or $.18 each

9. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, 5 pk 78 ct canisters – $13.49

10. Kirkland Signature Free & Clear Ultra Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent, 194 oz, 126 loads – $13.99

  • Use $3.00/1 Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Regular or Free & Clear Ultra Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 194 oz 126 ld Only; Limit 2 Each (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $10.99 after coupon or $.06 per ounce

11. Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack, 20 ct 5.3 oz cups – $14.99

  • Use $4.00/1 Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 20/5.3 oz Only; Limit 8 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $10.99 after coupon or $.55 per cup

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

13. Downy Unstopables (36 oz) – $14.99

  • Use $3/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 1/27/17)
  • $11.99 after coupon

14. Glad 13 Gallon Odor Shield Trash Bags with Febreeze, 140 ct – $16.99

15. Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 2.5 lbs – $19.99

  • Use $4.50/1 Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 2.5 lb Only; Limit 6 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $15.49 after coupon 

16. Bounty Paper Towels (12 Rolls 117 sheets) – $19.99

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

18. Charmin (30 pk Jumbo Roll or 231 sheets) – $21.99

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

This is what happens when your college kid comes home for the weekend!

Always a deal

costco

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.

costcochicken

Chicken Breast – $2.79/lb

costcoeggs

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.

costco12

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

aldisamscostco

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:

whatshouldyoubuyatcostco

Print Friendly and PDF

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 . . .

Print Friendly and PDF

25 Days of Budget Transformations Day 1: Debt Mistakes

25daysbudgettransfinal

Ready for a new 25 day series? This month our 25 Days Series is aimed at inspiring you to tackle your family budget, with amazing budget transformation stories and helpful tips to keep you on track. I love the stories we’re sharing here!

debt12

Sometimes knowing what NOT to do can help get you on the path to debt-free success!  See how Kristin from Believe In A Budget made some mistakes along the way but still paid off her debt.

 

Print Friendly and PDF

17 Deals You Can’t Miss at Sam’s This Month (Ends 2/26/17)

Okie dokie folks,  here are a few more items that just started in the Sam’s sale ad which may be worth picking up this month.  Make sure you check with customer service to see if your card has all the instant savings included below on your card.  Some deals are for Plus members only. 

Just like any grocery store, you really do save more at Sam’s when you’re willing to shop their monthly sales ad (which is really just their instant savings deals that run each month.) Here are the items I think are worth grabbing before 1/29/17.

Sam’s Best Deals Ending 2/26/17

1. Doritos or Ruffles ( 28 oz) – $4.98

2. Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner (4 ct) – $7.87

3. Lever 200 Bar Soap ( 16 pk) – $6.98 (great donation item)

4. Degree Men’s Deodorant ( 5 pk) – $8.68

5. Gerber Graduates Lil Crunchies (6 pk) – $9.98

6. Apple & Eve Juice Packs (36 pk) – $9.98

7. Members Mark Auto Dish Tabs (105) – $9.98

8. Snuggle Fabric Softener 168 oz – $10.48

9. Member’s Mar Tall Kitchen Trash Bags (200 ct) – $12.98

10. Clorox 2 for Colors Detergent 113 oz – $13.98

11. Frito Lay Classic Mix (50 ct) – $12.44

12. All Laundry Detergent 250 oz or Free Clear Pac (120 ct)- $15.82

13. Pampers Wipes (800 ct) – $19.98

14. Quilted Northern Toilet Tissue (36 Bonus Roll= 125 Single Rolls) – $21.98

15. Bounty Paper Towels (12 Enormous Rolls = 32 Reg Rolls) – $27.98

16. McCafe Premium Roast Single Serve (84 ct) – $34.98

17. Pampers Diapers (152 ct) – $39.98

close up of a white container on white background

Curious what else to buy at Sam’s? Check out this list of my favorite What to Buy at Sams Club every single day. Here are a few more posts you may want to check out:

Print Friendly and PDF

35 Deals You Need to Buy at the Dollar Tree – Valentine Edition

 

You know I love shopping The Dollar Tree for just about anything, well Valentine’s Day is no exception! Here are a few steals you can’t miss when you’re there:

 

1. Stuffed Animals

2. Valentine Mugs

3. Valentine Globes

4. Valentine Balloons

 

5. Valentine Wrapping paper

6. Valentine Gift Bags

7. Valentine Bobble Heads

8. Hot Chocolate

 

9. Valentine Candy Containers

10. Valentine Ribbon

11. Valentine Candles

 

 

12. Valentine Paper Plates

13. Valentine Paper Napkins

14. Valentine Glass Flowers

 

 

15. Heart Vases

16. Heart Candy Dishes

17. Valentine Glasses

18. Valentine Vases

 

19. Valentine Door Hangers

20. Heart Shaped Doilies

 

21. Valentine Garland

22. Valentine Decorations

 

23. Chocolate Valentine Candy Hearts

24. Individually Wrapped Valentine Candy

 

25. Valentine Window Stickies

26. Valentine Cards

 

27. Valentine Card Kits

28. Valentine Pencils

29. Valentine Pencil Sharpeners

30. Valentine Erasers

31. Valentine Boxes

 

32. Valentine Stickers

33.  Valentine Table Decorations

34. Valentine Table Clothes

35.  Valentine Duct Tape

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 2.11.50 PM

 

 

 

Love shopping the Dollar Tree? See a few ways I’ve used Dollar Tree finds in our home:

Print Friendly and PDF

The Ultimate Guide to a Better Grocery Budget Week 4: Pantry Shopping, Menu Planning & Beware The Mega Sale (+ GIVEAWAY!)

 

Congratulations to  e..e..er@hotmail.com (CrockPot Winner) and m..a…9@aol.com (Instant Pot) for winning the giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered ~ I so wish I could give you all a crock pot and an instant pot and I loved reading all of your favorite dishes!  🙂

 

Have you been working to transform your grocery budget with us this month? 

 

I hope you’ve saved a bundle!

 

This is our last week in the series, but I think these three little tips can really help you save big.

 

Let’s get started . . . 

1. SHOP YOUR PANTRY.

If you haven’t learned this already, this can change your grocery budget.

 

Before you run out to the store and spend a bundle, I want you to really (really, truly) shop your pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what you can make using what you already have.

 

Do you have chicken and pasta? Make up some chicken noodle soup. A little ground beef and tacos? Taco Tuesday is perfect.

 

And before you race to the store for one more item you really don’t need, consider doing a 1 week no spend challenge and really tackle that grocery budget. We saved hundreds of dollars trying this out a few years ago, and I’m already thinking about a group challenge coming in in March (so get ready.) 🙂

 

groceryweek3

2. Don’t turn a Mega Sale into a Mega Mess

 

Good gravy, this can be huge.

 

When Kroger (or Publix, or Target, or wherever) has their crazy deals, it can be so very tempting to grab them all even if you’ll spend way more than your grocery budget.

 

To grab all the deals.

 

To not pass by a single thing that has the lovely blue tag screaming “I’m-a-mega-sale-price-so-you-really-need-me.” 

 

But your job as you’re whittling down your grocery budget is to focus on spending a little of your grocery budget on the deals, but not more than your grocery budget.

 

Okay?

 

However, even to the best of us it sometimes happens.

So what do you do when you’ve spent too much?

1. Give yourself grace.

If you’ve overspent already, there’s nothing you can do to change it. Give yourself grace, determine to focus more on your total budget the next time you shop, and be thankful you have a nicely stocked pantry.

2. Determine to use what you’ve bought.

Once you’ve overspent, there’s no going back, but you can make a plan to use what you’ve bought (saving money in the long run!)

3. The next time you shop, be mindful of what the “deals” really are.

An easy example of this was on the Quaker Oatmeal. The Quaker was priced at $1.89 after the Mega Sale. However the store brand was $1.50, and there was a $1/2 Kroger ecoupon on Kroger Oatmeal. Definitely the best price! Next time you shop, be really cautious of the “Mega Sale” deals to make sure they really are your best prices. If they’re not, pass those by (and remember stores like Aldi may offer a better deal every day!)

 

Guys, I’ve said it a jillion times here, but there is no other area in your family’s finances that you have complete control over. You can’t lower your car payment or mortgage or electricity bill today, but you can choose how much you want to spend at the grocery store. 

 

And last but not least . . . 

3. MAKE A MENU PLAN AND STICK TO IT!

Guys ~ I cannot tell you the value of having a menu plan.

 

It’s huge. 

And starting next Monday (2/6/17), we’re starting a Countertop Cooking Challenge and I would just love for you to join me.

 

My friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks is offering us her VERY best prices for a few days only to the very first people to sign up using the code EARLYBIRD at checkout, and I want you to be included! 

HERE’S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU SIGN UP: 

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink)
  • This month, because there are 5 weeks in the month, you’ll actually get access to FIVE WEEKS of menu plans for as low as $1.13 per week!

>>>USE THE CODE EARLYBIRD AT CHECKOUT TO GET THE BEST PRICE ~ THESE ARE THE LOWEST PRICES YOU’LL FIND ON THIS MENU PLAN!<<<

 

motionmailapp.com

 

Here’s how the prices breakdown:

Determine to make 2017 the year that you transform your family’s grocery budget ~ you can do this! 

 

Wanna make this a little more fun? It’s clearly time for a giveaway! 

Because I love you (really, I do!) I’m giving away ONE Instant Pot and ONE Crockpot this week to two lucky winners who sign up.

Here’s how to enter to win:

So, pull up those big-girl-panties and let’s get ready to save big in February ~ we can do this.  I would love to hear how you’re doing on your grocery budget too, so leave a comment to share!

 

 

Note: this giveaway is not sponsored by anyone, just a way for me to thank you for keeping up with PPP. So thankful for you! Giveaway will end 2/2/16 at 10 PM Eastern Time. 

 

Print Friendly and PDF

My January Stitch Fix Review

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy to learn more.


Here’s a peek at what’s in my Stitch Fix Box this month!

love how easy this process is ~ I put in my style profile, share what types of clothes I like, how things fit me, and share an idea of what I’m looking for on my profile. I also include a link to my “cute outfits” board on Pinterest, so my stylist has a pretty good idea of what I love.

 

I really really loved almost everything in this box, and so struggled with what to keep. Here’s how the prices stack up:

1. Marielle Knit Top $44 ~ $33 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

2. Market & Spruce Marielle Knit Top $44 ~ $33 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

3. Jewel Tone Knit Cardigan $38 ~ $28.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

4. Mustard Octavia Leah Paisley Print Scarf $28 ~ $21 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

5. Liverpool Mira Skinny Jeans $78 ~ $58.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

stitchfixreview5

So what am I keeping? Just the Jean Leggings and Sweater.

 

You guys. 

 

These jean leggings might just change my life.

 

For real.

 

I’ve got to say, if you struggle with finding great jeans that fit, Stitch Fix is worth trying at least once ~ this is the 3rd pair of jeans from Stitch Fix that I’ve had to keep, because they’re just that good! 

 

I really thought about keeping the entire to get the 25% off discount (total box would cost $154), but don’t really think I’ll wear everything else enough to make it worth it, so my total will be $96 after my $20 Styling Credit. (I really like those jeans and they run $96 normally, so I feel like they’re worth it and I know I’ll love them.)

 

If you dress up frequently for work and don’t have time to shop, I really think Stitch Fix can be a fantastic option (I have loved my previous boxes, and the quality of clothing is much nicer than what I normally wear), so it may be a great option for you. 

 

If you’d like to try out Stitch Fix, here’s exactly how it works:

  • Sign up HERE
  • You’ll be charged $20 for your Stitch Fix Styling
  • Your box will come when you schedule it
  • If you keep ANY items in your box, the $20 you spend for the styling will be put towards your purchase (so it’s like getting $20 in free credit!)
  • If you keep your entire box you’ll save 25% off the entire purchase
  • Invite friends on Facebook or via email (or even text messages) to sign up through you and you’ll get $25 in free referral credit ~ love that!

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-9-53-10-am

Check out my review of previous boxes HEREHERE, HERE and HERE, and let me know what you think! 

Print Friendly and PDF

18 Things You Need To Buy At Sam’s Club

 

Sam’s Club can be a bit . . . overwhelming to shop. The first time you push that giant cart through the door, you might wonder where on earth to begin.

 

And more importantly is everything at Sam’s really a good deal?

 

The bulk sizes tend to mess with our math (and our minds ~ the temptation to buy big is real!) so it’s so important to go in with a plan in place. 

 

In case you don’t know how much you’re spending for certain items, make sure to learn what the best price is on basic food pantry staples, so you never overpay just because you don’t know what a good price even is.

On a recent trip though I was reminded of several items that are worth the cost of having a Sam’s Club membership (especially when you can get a discounted membership like you can right now.)  

 

TIP: Right now there’s a REALLY fun offer to get a Sam’s Club Membership for only $8 after perks!

 

 

So here are 18 things you NEED to buy at Sam’s Club when you shop . . . 

1. Meat

Sam’s Club has great prices (most of the time!) on meat.  Snag a rotisserie chicken for $4.98 (which has a ton of meat and is well worth the price, just like Costco.) They also regularly carry boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99 per lb, and extra lean ground beef for $3.18/lb which is a pretty reasonable price right now.

2. Produce

Produce prices are really good at Sam’s Club for the most part – a big 8lb bag of Sunkist Navel Oranges are just $6.98 this week, bananas are 44¢/lb, (the same price as Aldi), the Fuji Apples 6lb Bag is $7.98, and  Seedless Grapes are $2.99/lb.

**However, the important thing to remember is how much your family will actually eat – if half the bag of apples goes bad before you get to them, it’s not a good deal after all!

 

3. Chips

My latest trip I was buying for a get-together and I was reminded how many AWESOME deals Sam’s has on big bulk bags of chips and snacks.

Especially these Stacy’s Pita Chips – only $5.96 for a 28 oz Bag is CRAZY cheap compared to the regular Target price of $3 for a 7.8 oz bag.

And folks – they had a bag of Skinny Pop that was half as tall as I am for only $2.87!

 

 

4. Kids’ Snacks

From Goldfish to Granola Bars – there are great deals allll the way down this aisle of Sam’s Club.  For instance, these Mott’s Medleys are $7.73 for 90 pouches (like 9 regular boxes).  That’s like paying 85¢ per box, and a 4 lb box of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish is only $7.87 this month!

 

(To compare, Kroger has Goldfish on sale this week for $.99 per 6.6 oz or 15¢ per ounce. The sale price this month at Sam’s Club breaks down to 11¢ per ounce, so definitely a great time to stock up!)

 

5. Juice Boxes

Both juice boxes and those little individual size juices bottles for the kids to take to school are much better deals at Sam’s Club than anywhere else.  Normally a 10-ct box of Capri Suns is $2.50 – but Sam’s has a 40-pk for $5.58 right now.

 

6. Eggs

Sams has TWO 18-ct eggs for $3.71 – that breaks down to $1.23 a dozen and lower than most grocery stores.

 

7. B.A.C.O.N. 🙂 

Bacon can be SO expensive normally – so if it’s something you cook up every weekend, you’ll want to grab a big 4lb pack at Sam’s Club!

 

 

8. Laundry Detergent

If you like Tide or Gain – heading to Sam’s for a GIANT bottle might just save you some moo-lah.

A huge 225 oz bottle will run you $19.29 – whereas Walmart sells the 150 oz bottle for $18.87.  Granted – this is taking into account the instant savings coupon from this month’s booklet – but I’ve noticed that there is a Tide coupon in almost EVERY month’s booklet!

 

9. Bath Tissue

Sams Club bath tissue is good bath tissue – it might not be Charmin, but it’s pretty darn good.  And it’s almost ALWAYS one of the deals in the Instant Savings booklet that comes out monthly. (Like an instant coupon)  This pack contains 45 MEGA rolls (about the same as 4 regular rolls) for $18.48.

So that’s like getting 180 regular size rolls, at a cost of about 10¢ per roll!

 

10. Milk

Where I live (and this varies a lot) a gallon of milk is at least $1 higher anywhere else – but Sam’s Club always has it priced low! Don’t forget to watch Aldi too though for great milk prices ~ it’s only $1.69 at my local store. 

 

11. Sugar

A 10 lb bag of sugar is just $4.47.  Compare that to $2.50 – $3.50 for a 4 lb bag anywhere else, and it makes sense to buy this size and portion it into a big canister or ziploc bags!

 

 

12. Diapers?

Save BIG on diapers at Sam’s Club when you buy these bulk size boxes.  For example, this 140 ct Huggies Little Movers Size 5 is $33.98 right now.  Walmart has the 132 count priced at a full $10 higher!

HINT: Want to get the very best deal though? ALWAYS check Amazon on diapers ~ they’re actually just 20¢ per diaper over there when you clip the 20% off coupon and subscribe and save, so always do the math to make sure you’re getting the very best deal. 

13. Condiments

Having a cookout or get-together where you’ll need plenty of condiments for everyone?  While you may be able to occasionally purchase condiments like ketchup, mustard, salsa, salad dressing and the like at just pennies during a BOGO sale with coupons – on a normal day you’ll likely less per ounce buying them at Sam’s Club.

For example, the 16 oz bottle of Pace Salsa will normally run you $2 – $3.  At Sam’s Club you can get nearly 5 TIMES that amount for only 4.98.  That’s a HUGE discount!

 

14. Fries & Tater Tots

The big bags of fries, tater tots and the like are a good grab at Sam’s – this 8 lb bag of Ore-Ida tater tots is just $4.98!

 

 

15. Baking Supplies

Chocolate chips, vanilla cxtract, flour and more are always a low price at Sam’s.  For instance, a 60 oz box of Bisquick is $4.50 at Walmart – so this 96 oz box is a steal at $5.48!  (A great item to keep in the pantry for all sorts of recipes.)

 

 

16. Peanut Butter & Jelly

A 16 oz jar of Jif will run you around $2.50 at Walmart or Target.  At Sam’s you can buy this 48 oz  Jif 2-Pack for only $9.28 – that’s equivalent to 6 normal sized jars, and brings the cost to just $1.54 per jar!

 

17. Clothing

Sam’s Club has some nice deals on clothing – and while not all of them are great buys, you can usually find some unexpectedly good deals on basics.  I recently picked up Champion athletic shorts in a very popular style for under $5.98, and adult-sized Reebok athletic shorts for just $12.  Keep your eyes peeled for clearance clothing as a season ends!

 

18. Seasonal Items

Now I will say that not everything is a good deal in the seasonal section.  Many things you can get on Amazon or other stores for a better price if you wait for a sale.  But there are a few good buys in every seasonal display – whether it be a nice big cooler bag in the summertime, or lawn tools in the Fall – just remember to give it a look!

 

And a few things NOT worth buying at Sam’s Club…

“Fun” Office Supplies

While bulk staples, paperclips and the like ARE a good deal – the more exciting items like Sharpies and Gel Pens and Dry Erase Markers are MORE expensive than Amazon!

 

Soda

I’ve found that I can almost always get soda at the drugstore for less.  I aim for $2.50 per 12pk, and Sam’s (even WITH the Instant Savings Coupon this month) still came out to around $3 per 12pk.

 

Frito-Lay Multipacks

You would assume that a 50ct box of Frito-Lay Chips would probably be an awesome deal at Sams.  You would be wrong!  Amazon consistently has the same price on this item – crazy!

Lots of things in electronics…

I did price checks on these video games for instance – and the LEGO Star Wars Game is $15 cheaper on Amazon!

I’m sure there are others I’m just not remembering at the moment – so I hope you’ll comment with your favorite items to buy (or not buy!) as well 🙂

So, what do you think? Do you find it worth shopping Sam’s for certain items, or would you rather save your money and shop only the grocery store? I’d love to hear your thoughts, as well as other items you’ve found to be a good (or bad) deal at Sam’s Club.

Disclaimer: We are all different, and what I think is a decent price may be very different than what you think it is. These are just some guidelines to get you thinking about it, and I was surprised by what I found!

aldisamscostco

Print Friendly and PDF