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 ūüôā

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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.

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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 Р$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

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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.

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Chicken Breast – $2.79/lb

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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.

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

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

 

 

Do you love shopping Amazon? 

 

Me too! ūüôā¬†

 

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 Рyou 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 Рfrom 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  РI 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 ūüôā

 

 

 

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 ūüôā

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 Рthey come around all the time!)

 

 

 

 

Paper & Plastic

43 . Paper Towels

44 . Toilet Paper

45 . Trash Bags

 

 

Pet Supplies

46 . Cat Food

47 . Dog Food

 

 

Reading Materials

48 . Books

49 .  Magazine Subscriptions  *Check out the magazine deal of the day each day!

 

 

 

Toys & Games

50 . We see soooo many good deals on toys and games¬†on Amazon, especially around Christmas. ¬†Keep an eye on the hottest¬†“Movers and Shakers” to catch the biggest sales on popular toys and games!

Some items we often see deals on:

 

 

Can’t get enough AMAZON?¬† Here you go . . .

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25 Days of Budget Transformations Day 1: Debt Mistakes

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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!

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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.

 

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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) Р$9.98

8. Snuggle Fabric Softener 168 oz Р$10.48

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

10. Clorox 2 for Colors Detergent 113 oz Р$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) Р$21.98

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

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

17. Pampers Diapers (152 ct) – $39.98

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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:

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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

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

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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.) ūüôā

 

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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!<<<

 

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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. 

 

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My January Stitch Fix Review

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

I¬†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‚Äôm looking for on my profile.¬†I also include a link to my ‚Äúcute outfits‚ÄĚ 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

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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‚Äôll 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‚Äôs like getting $20 in free credit!)
  • If you keep your entire box you‚Äôll save 25% off the entire purchase
  • Invite friends on Facebook or via email (or even text messages)¬†to sign up through you and you‚Äôll get $25 in free referral credit¬†~¬†love that!

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

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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¬Ę/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 Рthey 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¬Ę 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¬Ę per ounce. The sale price this month at Sam’s Club breaks down to 11¬Ę 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. ūüôā¬†

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¬Ę 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 Р$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¬Ę 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 Рwhether it be a nice big cooler bag in the summertime, or lawn tools in the Fall Рjust 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!

 

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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 Рcrazy!

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 ūüôā

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!

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4 Weeks to a Better Grocery Budget Week 3: ALDI!!!

Okie dokie folks . . . today’s the day where we’re going to get down to the nitty gritty¬†easiest way ever to change your grocery budget.¬†

 

In fact, it’s so simple that I feel almost silly even bringing it up, but it’s the one thing that I continually receive emails¬†about letting ¬†where people share that this one ¬†hidden gem has completely changed their finances.

{PRINT YOUR FREE ALDI GROCERY LIST HERE}

 

Ready for it. (drum roll please . . . ) 

 

It’s Aldi.

 

Yup, that’s it.

 

Not all that exciting.

 

No frills.

 

Not even the wee bit earth shattering.

 

But choosing to give up your weekly Walmart trip and skipping on over to Aldi might just cut your grocery bill in half.

 

Don’t believe me?

 

Let me show you how . . . 

Go HERE to see and read the comments over on Facebook live ~ I loved reading your tips!

Here’s the thing folks.

 

Because you’re not paying for convenience . . .

  • bag your own groceries
  • bring your own bags (if you remember them ~ eek)
  • no fancy “stuff” all over the store
  • really plain boring aisles
  • 1 or 2 checkers

You’re saving on all of your groceries.

 

Honestly, I think switching to shopping Aldi only could cut your grocery budget by 50%. 

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Now, there are a few things I¬†don’t¬†buy at Aldi ~ here’s my list:

1. Diapers.¬†Pampers were $24.79 for size 3 at my store or 23¬Ę per diaper. You can easily shop at Amazon where the same size Pampers are 12¬Ę per diaper when you clip the $2 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save (see even better prices right now on diapers at Amazon over HERE)

2. K Cups. The Barrisimo Brand K Cups were $4.79 for a 12 pack at my store, which makes them $.39 each. Amazon sells these regularly for $.36 per K Cup, and you may find an even better deal if you wait for a sale at your local grocery store.

3. Pringles.¬†Pringles¬†were $1.45 at my store – you can¬†usually find these on sale for around¬†$1 if you wait for a sale. (And really, this applies to almost ALL name brand stores found at Aldi ~ you’re simply paying too much for them so skip Aldi on those items and wait for a sale at your regular grocery store.)

4. Coca Cola 12 packs. These were $4.45 for the 12 pack, and I’ve frequently seen them on sale at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid for less than $3 per pack, or get the generic store brand at Kroger, Publix or your local grocer to save even more!

5. Meat.¬†Although I’ve heard so many folks questioning the safety of Aldi meat, I really believe it is¬†just fine.¬†However, we don’t buy meat at Aldi because¬†I consistently find better prices at my local grocery store, as well as local specialty stores like Fresh Thyme, Sprouts, and Earth Fare.

 

I promise, if you¬†really want to quickly and easily see significant savings in your grocery budget, Aldi alone can be the quick fix you need.¬†If you’re an Aldi shopper I’d love to hear your thoughts (I thought the comments over HERE were fascinating ~ ’cause I’m a dork and grocery shopping comments always fascinate me.) ūüôā ¬†Leave your comments and chime in with what bargains you’ve noticed when you were there!

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DIY Baby Banner

I’m so stinkin’ excited about this little project!

 

 

As I shared over HERE, we’re hosting a baby shower for a couple in my husband’s office tomorrow, so I got to crafting this morning.

 

Here’s what I used . . .¬†

 

  • Brown¬†yarn
  • Clothespins
  • Silhouette Cameo¬†
  • Fabric strips (bought coordinating fabric square at Hobby Lobby, then cut into 1″ strips ~ cost was $6 after Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon)
  • Cricut Iron On Material¬†$9.74
  • Pre-cut banners from Michaels, $4
  • Total = $19.74

 

I made the banner using the directions in this tutorial . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters for the top banner . . .

 

 

 

 

Success!

 

Now ~ as I shared in the video we still don’t have any idea what we’re actually making for¬†dinner at this baby shower, so if you have any suggestions I’m all ears. ūüėȬ†And, if you have any other suggestions for craft projects I’d sure love to hear those too ~ Happy Friday!

 

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The Ultimate Guide to a Better Grocery Budget Week 2: Coupons, Sales and Resourcefulness

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Note: this is a four part series we’re doing each week this month ~ go¬†HERE to start with week 1.¬†

 

Are you tackling your grocery budget this month with me?

 

I’m so glad I’m not alone! ūüôā

 

The biggest thing I discuss in coupon classes that I feel is so very important and absolutely need you to hear today is this:


There is no other area in your family’s finances that you have such control over than your grocery budget.

 

You can’t change your car payment. (At least, not easily.)

 

You can’t drop your mortgage by 50% this month.

 

You can’t skimp on your health care costs. Or your utility bill. Or how much you pay for your cell phone.

 

But every single week, you decide how much you spend at the grocery store.

 

You know what I love about that?

 

you. have. control.

 

{I like control.}

 

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You decide where you want to shop and exactly what you want your money to do every single time you shop.

 

I just love that. 

 

So, start off with last week’s tips.

 

And then?

 

Tackle these two strategies too.

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1. Use a coupon AND a sale.

Please, please, PLEASE hear me on this one!

While coupons can save a ton of money, your goal is to use a coupon almost exclusively¬†when it’s combined with a sale to see the largest amount of savings at the grocery store. ¬†(Remember, the secret is in the sale!)

 

So, if you have a $3 off coupon, you want to WAIT TO BUY THAT ITEM until that item goes on sale.

 

Did you hear that?

 

Honestly, 30%-50% of my grocery savings comes from shopping the sales ad ~¬†not just using coupons. While a $1 off coupon is pretty amazing, a $1 off coupon combined with a 50% off sale makes for some smokin’ hot deals.

 

Note: the only store I don’t think this is true at is at Walmart who doesn’t tend to have sales that are significant at all. When you shop there, ALWAYS use those high value coupons!

So ~ print your coupons, organize your coupons, and then watch the ads for the very best sale on what you’re looking for. (See all the PPP store sales included over HERE.)

 

You can do this.

 

And #2.

 

This is huge.

 

Are you ready?

 

2. BE. RESOURCEFUL.

 

Folks, this tip alone could save you $20 this week.

 

Don’t believe me?¬†

I spent just under $100 this week for enough groceries to make 6 meals at home (plus scored an extra roast since they were Buy One Get One Free this week!) 

 

Let me show you how.

 

Yesterday I went to the store with my Eat at Home Cooks grocery list (remember, these go up in price¬†tonight, so order soon if you’re interested.)
While I¬†love her lists, there were a few things there that aren’t regular purchases for me and would have been ¬†pretty large expenses on my grocery budget this week, so I got a wee bit creative. First, I looked through her list and checked my pantry, fridge and freezer to see what I already had in stock (easy, right?)

 

Then, I did this while I shopped: 

 

1. on the list ~ cranberries (not in season and only found in the frozen aisle or as whole cranberries in the dried produce aisle.)

Because I was determined to only spend $100 this week, and a big bag of whole cranberries would cost me $8.99 (eek!), I grabbed a 6 pack of small Craisins that happened to be on sale for $1.50.

Now, they won’t be the same as cranberries (but I couldn’t find them at my store anyways), and for $1.50 instead of $9 I’m pretty sure our Pork Chop, Veggie and Cranberry Sheet Pan will taste just fine. (Honestly, I could have probably omitted them completely but it just sounded so good!)

 

2. on the list ~ cajun seasoning ($6.99 ~ eek!)

Many spice blends can be made at home, and since we don’t use that one all that often it’s way cheaper for me to use what I already have at home. I looked up this Cajun Spice Mix on All Recipes, and sure enough have everything in my spice cabinet I need to make that one pretty easily.

 

3. on the list ~ 2 tsp sesame seeds (also $6.99)

I really struggled with this one (because I knew the sesame seeds would last through several recipes), but I realized that in 20 years I can’t remember even once cooking with sesame seeds, so they aren’t a necessary staple at our house. I also knew that my kids aren’t big fans of sesame seeds, I could care less whether they’re there or not, and my husband would never know the difference.

 

Honestly? I’m like this every time I shop, and with just about everything we use.¬†

 

I constantly think of ways to use less ~ like using rags instead of paper towels, plastic grocery sacks for trash instead of large bags, and cloth napkins instead of paper ones.

 

This has changed some in the last few years as we have a little more money and a lot less time, but when I can, I still try to be resourceful as much as possible.

 

Most seasoning packets, mixes and even cleaning supplies can be mixed up at home, costing you a fraction of the cost.

 

You probably have lots of items already in your pantry that you use before buying one more thing, so this week I want you to constantly think of ways to be resourceful and use what you already have. Remember ~ you have control over what you spend, so see how much you can save with this one simple trick!

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Ready to get started?

 

Use¬†your coupons with a sale as much as possible, and always be willing to think out of the box when it comes to your grocery list. You totally have control of this, and I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!

 

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And don’t forget, today’s the¬†last day to get access to Eat at Home Menu Plans before they go up in price tonight.¬†Head on over HERE and check out Tiffany’s Menu Plans ~ they’re as little as $1.15 per week right now, and I really do just love mine.¬†(Honestly, they’ve saved me at least $100 this week, and our family has eaten well. See a peek of me making yesterday’s meals over HERE!)

 

 

 

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How To Freeze Fruit + Strawberry Trick + 90% Off Deals!

 

Yesterday I shared how to freeze strawberries, blueberries and bananas over on Facebook live ~ it’s so easy to do and a great way to penny pinch when you find crazy good fruit prices!¬†

 

Go HERE to print my Free Freezer Printable, and if you happen to find 90% off Christmas clearance at your local CVS I’d sure love to hear about it. Happy Penny Pinching! ūüôā

 

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20 Deals You Can’t Miss at Sam’s This Month (Ends 1/29/17)

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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.

Don’t forget to snag¬†this awesome deal! Right now you‚Äôll get a¬†FREE $25 gift card when you join Sam‚Äôs Club, plus¬†a ¬†FREE 16‚Ä≥ Pizza and FREE 18-ct Cookies!

  • 1-Year Sam‚Äôs Club Membership
  • $25 Sam‚Äôs Club Gift Card
  • 16‚Ä≥ Take ‚Äėn Bake Pizza (Pepperoni or Cheese) ($5.98 value)
  • 18-Count Daily Chef Cookies (Chocolate Chunk) ($5.98 Value)

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Sam’s Best Deals Ending 1/29/17

1. Strawberries (2 lb) – $4.98

2. Go Gurt (32 pk) – $6.98

3. Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner (6 pk) – $8.98

4. Kraft Easy Mac (12 ct) – $8.98

5. Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats (25 ct) – $8.62

6. Navel Oranges (10 lb) – $7.98

7. Go Go Squeeze (20 pk) – $9.98

8. Nutri Grain Bars (36 ct) – $9.67

9. Scrubbing Bubbles 4 pk – $10.96

10. Chobani Greek Yogurt (16 ct) – $12.98

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

12. Finish Powerball Tabs (105 ct) – $14.47

13. Downy Unstopables (36.2 oz) Р$14.98 

14. Glad Trash Bags Forceflex (120 ct) – $16.77

15. Members Mark Paper Towels (15 roll) – $16.76

16. Tide Laundry Detergent (170 oz) ‚Äď $20.48

17. Charmin Toilet Paper (30 Mega¬†Rolls 308 sheets per roll) ‚Äď $20.98¬†

18. Members Mark Toilet Paper (45 mega rolls) – $20.48

19. Huggies Diapers Size 2 (186 ct) – $39.98

20. Pampers Diapers Size 1 ¬†(192 ct) ‚Äď $39.98

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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:

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The Ultimate Guide To A Better Grocery Budget: Week 1

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Anyone else ready to tackle their grocery budget this month? 

 

You’re not alone!

 

After Christmas I always feel like it’s a great time to reign our grocery budget in, so¬†today is the perfect day to start.

 

Each Tuesday for the rest of the month (going right up until February 1st), I’ll be sharing the Ultimate Guide to a Better Grocery Budget, including tips to help busy families transform their grocery budget (even if you don’t have tons of time to clip coupons.) I’ll also include pics of what we actually buy, so you hold me accountable too. ūüôā

My biggest tip?

Start with a great menu plan.

(THIS is the one I’ve been use¬†and I. love. it. Highly recommend if you’re looking for one! AND, starting next Monday we’ll be doing¬†the Countertop Cooking Challenge with this program. Use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout to get the lowest price!)

Ready?

Let’s¬†get started . . .

 

 

1. First things first ~ determine your grocery budget.

Before you start really tackling your grocery budget, look at what you’ve spent over the last few months on groceries and decide how much you’d like to cut your grocery budget.  Expect to save about 20% on your grocery bill over the next month as you’re building your pantry with basic staples, and you should see significantly larger savings in the next six months.

 

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2. Decide how much you want to spend each week on “stockpile” items.

Remember that just about every item in the grocery store will go on sale within six to twelve weeks, so purchase enough non-perishable items when they‚Äôre on sale so that you won‚Äôt have to purchase those items again at full price. When I see a great price on something I’ll purchase as much as my grocery budget can afford, so I’m not paying full price when it’s not on sale.¬†

 

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3. Know your prices.

Goodness, this is probably my biggest frustration ever when talking to folks who spend too much on groceries!  So many people naively go blindly into the grocery store with a list in hand (or maybe worse, with no list at all), without even considering what’s on sale. This is the easiest way to spend way too much at the grocery store, and you can easily save big if you just put a little forethought into shopping!

 

Can I just tell you the easiest thing you can do EVER to reduce your grocery budget is to know what really is a good price? By determining a stock up price (at the very least just for produce, dairy and meat products?) and only buying items at their stock up price, I’m betting you can cut your grocery bill by at least 1/3 each week.

 

And above all else . . . 

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shop with a grocery list and menu plan. 

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When I’m completely on track, I use Tiffany from Eat at Home Cook’s Menu Plan and¬†love. it.¬†Before shopping I go through her list, shop¬†my stockpile, and mark off what I can by shopping my pantry before heading to the store. It’s quick, easy, and I get my grocery shopping done in record time.

 

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Head on over HERE and check out Tiffany’s Menu Plans ~ through next week they cost as little as 1.13 per week when you use the code EARLYBIRD at checkout, and I really do just love mine. If you’ve tried them out in the past I’d love to know if they’ve worked for you!

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Here’s what our grocery shopping looked like this week . . .¬†

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(My big splurge this week was on those pre-sliced apples for $4.98. I know it’s WAY too much to pay, but my kids gobble them down like candy and I love that they have an easy healthy snack ready whenever they need it!)¬†

I followed Tiffany’s Menu Plan exactly, shopped my pantry before heading out, shopped at Walmart (gasp!) and spent $45.99 for all the groceries I’ll need to make 5 meals + 1 dessert.

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(Note, I’m using the Whole Foods option this week¬†~ made the Chicken Florentine Quesadillas last night and they were¬†fantastic,¬†and her slow cooker beef tacos are cooking up in Mrs. Potts right now.¬†Success!)

 

 

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So, start with your grocery budget, know your prices, and make a menu plan and grocery list ~ I know you can do this. 

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!<<<

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Decide today to really transform what you’re spending, and I promise you’ll see success. Leave a comment if you’re joining us, and (if you feel comfortable) let me know what you’re spending so we can all decide to stick together and transform our finances in 2017.

 

Happy penny pinching! 

 

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Ozark Trail Bundle | Instant 10×10 Gazebo + 4 Chairs ONLY $75!

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If you have been looking for a good deal on an instant canopy – this one is on price drop AND it comes with 4 camp chairs!

Right now at Walmart.com, pick up this Ozark Trail Instant Canopy + 4 Camp Chairs for only $75 (reg $117)

About this bundle:

The Ozark Trail Instant Gazebo provides a true 100 square feet of cooling shade anywhere in just minutes. Simply extend the one-piece steel frame, attach the canopy top, extend the legs and your done. Adjust the shade as needed throughout the day with the three leg height adjustments. For additional circulation, simply open the two included adjustable canopy vents. Take it anywhere with included wheeled carry bag and included stakes and tie outs.

Relax in comfort wherever you go with the this Arm Chair. This convenient regular foldable camping chair collapses for easy storage and transportation and features a built-in one cup holder. This Folding Camp Chair is made from durable polyester fabric wrapped around a steel frame for long-lasting comfort and convenience. An included carrying bag makes it easy to bring this chair with you most anywhere you go.

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19 Deals You Can’t Miss at Costco This Month (Ends 1/29/17)

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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.

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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 1/29/17.

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Costco Best Deals Ending 1/29/17

1. Pork Loin Chops – $2.59/lb

2. Palmolive Dish Soap (102 oz) – $7.99

  • Use $2/1¬†Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household¬†(exp. 1/27/17)
  • $5.99 after coupon or $.06 per ounce

3. Bertolli Organic Pasta Sauce ( 4 pk) – $8.99

  • Use¬†$2.25/1¬†Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household¬†(exp. 1/27/17)
  • $6.74 after coupon or $1.69 per jar

4. Jif Peanut Butter ( 2 pk 48 oz) – $9.99

5. Ziploc Bags (4 pk 125 ct) – $9.79

  • Use¬†$2/1¬†Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household¬†(exp. 1/27/17)
  • $7.79 after coupon or $.001 per bag

6. Bounce Fabric Sheets (320 sheets) – $9.99

7. Sunshine Cheez Its ( 45 ct) – $10.99

  • Use $3/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 1/27/17)
  • $7.99 after coupon or $.18 per bag

8. Keebler Cookie & Cracker Pack (42 ct) – $10.59

  • Use¬†$2.60/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 1/27/17)
  • $7.99 after coupon or $.19 per bag

9. Frito Lay Baked Muiltipack (30 ct) – $11.99

  • Use¬†$3.50/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 1/27/17)
  • $8.49 after coupon or $.28 per bag

10. Downy Liquid April Fresh ( 170 oz) – $11.89

  • Use¬†$2.40/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 1/27/17)
  • $9.49 after coupon

11. All Laundry Detergent (237 oz) – $15.69

12. Downy Unstopables (36 oz) – $14.99

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

13. Kirkland Moist Flushable Wipes (632 ct) – $14.99

  • Use¬†$3/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 1/27/17)
  • $11.99 after coupon or $0.018 per wipe

14. Casade Action Pacs (90 ct) – $15.99

15. Bai Antioxident Drink (15 pk 18 oz) – $19.99

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

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

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

19. Huggies Diaper Size 2 (174 ct) – $37.49

Always a deal

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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.

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Chicken Breast – $2.79/lb

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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.

 

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

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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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Stitch Fix Box Review

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

I¬†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.

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

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a. Romolo Necklace $34 ~ $25.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

b. Papermoon Lucasta Knit Top $38 ~ 28.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

c. Kut from the Kloth Boyfriend Jeans $78 ~ $58.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

d. Pixley Waffle Knit Cardigan $48 ~ $36 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

e. Brenyn Split Next Blouse $37 ~ 27.75 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount

 

So what am I keeping?¬†I’ve been so on the fence about this one because I really did love everything there at least a little (except the cardigan – it really isn’t my favorite), but after thinking it through I’m only going to keep the jeans and the necklace.

 

(The necklace is such a silly splurge but it’s so much better quality than I normally would buy!)

 

I really thought about keeping the entire to get the 25% off discount (total box would cost $176.25), but don’t really think I’ll wear the tops or sweater enough to make it worth it, so my total will be $112. (I¬†really¬†like those jeans and they run $89 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!

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

 

 

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21 Day Challenge Starts January 16: Join Me!

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Oh my stars.

 

I’m just so excited about this, and think you will be too.

 

If you struggle with your weight, you are not alone.

 

If you’ve hung out here on PPP for awhile, you know I’ve struggled most of my life with weight issues.

This was me as a junior in high school when I was probably around 190 pounds – it was all I could do not to Picmonkey this picture to make me look just a little better but I’m keeping it real here ~ yikes! I topped out at 225 as a sophomore in college.

And while I lost a pretty amazing 75 pounds way back in 1995 (and have kept it off for twenty years, 3 babies and all), I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food.¬†

 

To keep off that weight, I’ve always exercised (at least 40 minutes to an hour, 4-5 days a week), and for the most part I’ve eaten reasonably calorically. (Thanks to working out I could eat a little more ~ my motto has been I exercise so I can eat!) ūüôā

 

But I never really got down to my ‚Äúdream‚ÄĚ weight, and still hovered at the highest end of a healthy weight for my height.¬†

 

And in many ways, I’ve stayed a little obsessed with food.

 

I’ve gone along with our culture’s model of what’s okay to eat, and chosen foods that just aren’t right at all. 

 

2011 at the Alabama Governor’s Ball – the only time I’ve every worn a formal dress other than my wedding. ūüėȬ†

 

 

 

So last January, after gaining a few too many Christmas pounds, I decided to try out the 21 Day Fix.

 

It worked.

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Results after two rounds ~ I lost 13 pounds in 6 weeks, success!

One year later (and even after Christmas!), I’m still down the 13 pounds I lost (with about 6 more I’d love to lose), and goodness gracious, I promise¬†if you follow this program it will work.

 

There’s no magic to it.

 

Nothing fancy at all.

 

You eat regular, healthy foods that you find at the grocery store, exercise every day, and lose weight. 

 

You just have to decide to start.

 

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It’s HARD to find pictures of us before because I was pretty cautious about what I allowed to get on camera – eek! This hopefully gives you an idea though . . .¬†

Curious what I’ve found after sticking to the 21 Day Fix (for the most part at least) for an entire year?

1. I have way fewer headaches.

I used to wake up with a headache almost every. single. day. Apparently that was somehow related to eating way too many carbs, because I don’t think I’ve had a single headache since starting the fix (which is crazy to me?)

2. My skin is so much better.

I’ve always had¬†awful skin, and had horrible acne as a teenager. (Add that to a 225 pound body, and you can imagine high school wasn’t fun for me!) As an adult my acne for the most part has cleared up, but I’ve continued to have really large pores that have driven me crazy.

While they’re still noticeable, they are¬†drastically less noticeable than they were 21 days ago. Honestly this has been the biggest surprise, and I never would have guessed it!

3. I’m really not hungry.

I expected to starve most of the time during the 21 days, but honestly haven’t struggled with that one?

Apparently I need way less food than I thought I did, and by choosing the right foods I think my body is so much more easily satisfied than it was before. Apparently your body really does like protein that consists of something other than Nutella. (Who knew?)

4. I need carrots. Or broccoli slaw.

I¬†cannot believe how much carrots and broccoli slaw fill me up. They’re¬†amazing.¬†Even though it hasn’t been easy, when I’ve really just been hungry I’ve reached for those instead of¬†chocolate chips. (truth.)

I am so much fuller, and can’t believe the difference choosing the right foods has made.

5. Eating the right foods and exercising the right way changes your shape more than just eating fewer calories does.

Even though I’ve been at the weight I’m at in the after picture before, my body feels a little stronger and looks a little better because of choosing the right foods and exercising correctly. I love that. ūüôā

And, I love that I’m exercising just 30 minutes each day.

Sooooo ~ will you join me as I finish out to my goal? (Please please please say you will?) 

 

Guys, I do not ever promote things like this.

 

But right now, Beachbody (the program that runs the 21 Day Fix) has a¬†crazy amazing offer, and I think you’re going to love it.¬†

 

It’s basically Netflix for fitness.

 

Get UNLIMITED ACCESS to HUNDREDS of workout videos for as little as $99 per year.

 

And get access to a private Facebook group.

 

This is so worth it ~ every single penny.

 

If you’d like to try Shakeology and the entire meal plan system including containers and diet plan (which is what I used this last year), you’ll pay $199. (I know it’s not cheap, but goodness, it’s so worth it!)

 

 

Here’s what’s included:

1) ME as your coach. ūüôā

2) Access to our private Facebook group for support and encouragement

3) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included…fully unlocked, plus new future releases coming in 2017. Yes, this means you get the NEW Core De Force, Country Heat, CIZE, 21 Day Fix, T25, INSANITY MAX:30,¬†P90X¬†and many others AT NO EXTRA cost.

4) Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on Home Direct)

5) Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup)

6) VIP membership to save 10% off all products going forward (like my fav pre-workout Energize)

7) New Coach Sign-up fee is waived and get your Business Starter Kit included. (This is like my extra coupon for you: If you sign up as a coach…in month 2, your coach discounts kick in and save 25% off the shakes, totally optional!)

You get all of this for $199 for the entire year (12 months) and there is NO monthly fee.

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TOTAL COST = $199

 

OR, if you’d prefer to try it out¬†without Shakeology AND WITHOUT THE MENU PLAN/MEAL CONTAINERS, you’ll get this:¬†

1) ME as your coach. ūüôā

2) Access to our private Facebook group for support and encouragement

3) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included…fully unlocked, plus new future releases coming in 2017. Yes, this means you get the NEW Core De Force, Country Heat, CIZE, 21 Day Fix, T25, INSANITY MAX:30,¬†P90X¬†and many others AT NO EXTRA cost.

 

You get all of this for $99 for the entire year (12 months) and there is NO monthly fee.

TOTAL COST = $99

We’ll start one round of the¬†official 21 Day Fix program on January 15th (which gives you plenty of time to order your supplies), and I KNOW you will get results if you commit to this.

 

And I’d love for you to see success with me as we commit to this.¬†

 

Join me?

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Go HERE to sign up ~ I can’t wait to get started!

 

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When Christmas doesn’t look quite like the Christmas card

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Sit back, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and get ready for a little random rambling (it’s been awhile!) If you’re here just for the deals (I TOTALLY get that), scoot right on past to the next penny pinched post. (This has been heavy on my heart this week . . . so here we go.)

 

Last night I saw one of my dearest friend’s precious (and pretty perfect looking) family pics on my Facebook feed, and my heart for the teensy-eensiest second felt a twinge of jealousy.

 

Now this is a friend I know¬†well, whom I completely adore, and I quickly remembered there’s more on her heart than that perfect¬†pic could tell.

 

It was a huge wake up call for me, and  I was reminded that as I scroll through Facebook seeing gorgeous families and wonder why their lives look so perfect . . .

 

when mine just¬†doesn’t . . .¬†

 

that sometimes those perfect¬†pictures¬†don’t tell the whole truth.

 

And that when we open¬†gorgeous Christmas cards where children smile radiantly¬†in clothes so perfectly coordinated ~ well,¬†that doesn’t always tell the full story either.

 

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2016 has been quite a year in our home, but it hasn’t felt anywhere near as perfect as our Christmas card¬†might just portray.

 

PPP has grown more than I could have ever imagined.

 

(That is completely because of YOU. You have no idea how much that means to me!)

 

We’ve doubled our email subscribers.

 

Grown a few hundred thousand folks on Facebook.

 

Earned a few new Instagram and Pinterest followers too.

 

And I feel like I’ve¬†hung out with a bundle of you a little more in “real life” by cooking, baking, and DIY’ing¬†over on Facebook live.

 

(For any of you who don’t know me well, Facebook live is VERY uncomfortable for me, and I have to completely gear myself up for it every single day. I have notes reminding me to smile, stand up straight, and talk a little slower. Yikes.)¬†

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In fact, if you’re looking from the outside-in, you might just for a second think this girl has got her act together.¬†

 

Eek.

 

In real life though, my heart’s been heavy.

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My husband had a heart attack back in April. (Yes, that cute one right there ~ that was him a few months before his heart attack. He’s¬†only 45. Read more HERE¬†~ if you’ve been through this my heart goes out to you because I had¬†no idea what an emotional roller coaster this would be.)

 

We’ve had a few other not so easy things¬†creep up¬†throughout the year too.

 

We’ve had some extended family worries¬†that just make life a little more difficult some days.

 

We’re still adjusting to life in Ohio.

 

(Y’all, I wish I could just¬†get. over. that. ugh.¬†If the sweet folks down in Alabama hadn’t been just so sweet it might have made this move¬†a wee bit¬†easier! It is getting MUCH better just still hard some days ~ I’ve heard 3 years is the magic mark, so crossing my fingers on that.) ūüôā¬†

 

And.

 

good.

 

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We’re raising two teenagers at the same time. (Clearly that makes us superheroes, right?)

 

To top it all off¬†we’ve got one way-too-confident-God-bless-this-kid-we’re-going-to-have-to-hold-on-tight-for-the-next-ten-years-nine-year-old.

 

Double eek. 

 

But looking from the outside-in, it would be easy for someone to look at our Christmas card (in black and white to hide the wrinkles, mind you), and think our mess of our family has our act together too.

 

 

But here’s the truth.

 

We’re a mess.

 

We have bad days. We get tired. We holler sometimes. We get plain old g.r.o.u.c.h.y.  

 

but from our pretty Christmas card pic and what you see online, you might just think our life looks okay.

 

And honestly?

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While we have some really hard things surrounding us right now, we are crazily blessed with an abundant life I never even imagined I’d see.¬†

 

But some days life is just hard.

 

And oh so messy.

 

And not as perfect as we (ummm, I) might like to portray.

 

Here’s what we so easily forget . . .¬†

 

No matter how cute someone looks on Facebook . . .

 

No matter how incredibly their Christmas card arrives at your door . . .

 

No matter how darling that friend’s home is over on Instagram . . .

 

They likely have struggles too you’ll never know from this side of the screen.

 

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Remember this today.

 

Right this very minute.

 

Your life.

 

The one you’re living right now today.

 

It’s¬†the most perfect¬†gift you’ve ever been given.¬†

 

Take today.

 

Take this Christmas.

 

Choose to make it beautiful and memorable and perfect ~ with whatever cards you’ve been dealt, and exactly¬†the people you’re with,

 

and don’t compare yourself to anyone else even one last¬†time. ¬†

 

okay? 

 

And whatever mess you’re in.¬†

 

Whatever struggle that’s covering you up and maybe just clouding your vision from how wondrous this Christmas season is,

 

know that it¬†it’s in His hands (thank.¬†heavens.) today.

 

Praying God’s peace, rest, and¬†hope for you this Christmas day.

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

 

 

 

 

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5 BEST Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas (that will arrive by Christmas!)

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Today is the LAST DAY you can order from Amazon and have your gifts arrive before Christmas without paying extra for shipping! (with the FREE 2-Day Shipping for Prime Members)

If you still need stocking stuffers – here are 5 of the BEST Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers for kids, and all of these should arrive by Christmas Eve! Please note that some of these are add-on items, so you’ll want to add them to a bigger order (or purchase an Amazon giftcard to bring you up to $25)

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1 . Kids Activity Books

Think Mad Libs, Joke Books, Secret Decoder Books and Sticker Books – all great ways to keep kids entertained during Christmas break!

Melissa & Doug Secret Decoder Activity Book 

Mad Libs  РSeveral arrive by Christmas!

Girls Sticker Book or Animal Sticker Book

Knock-Knock Joke Books

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2 . Kids’ Electric Toothbrushes

Christmas is as good a time as any to get a new toothbrush Рespecially a cool battery-powered one!  Here are a few under $5:

Oral B Disney Star Wars

Oral B Disney Frozen

Oral B Disney Princess

 

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3. Small Toys & Games

Rubik’s Cube

Slinky

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Flashlight

Houdini Brain Teaser Game

Finding Dory Uno Game

LOTS of other Card Games 

 

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4 . Art Supplies

Another great way to keep them busy over Christmas break!

Gel Pens

Melissa & Doug Magic Velvet Pattern Reveal

Crayola Washable Kids Paint 18 Colors

Crayola Big Paint Brushes 4ct

Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Pads

Alex Duct Tape Jewelry

 

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5 . Electronics & Accessories

These are great for the older kids who don’t have much use for traditional stocking stuffers…

Earbuds

Headphones

Portable Charger

iPhone 7 Case

Kindle Fire HD Folio Case

Samsung Galaxy S7 Case

Portable Bluetooth Speaker or this one

What are some stocking stuffers you’re buying at the last minute? ¬†We’d love to hear your ideas as well!
Love Amazon? Don’t miss¬†my list of¬†16 items you should be buying on Amazon.

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.

 

 

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

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Hobby Lobby Happiness (Christmas Edition!)

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We made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby yesterday, and noticed that most Christmas supplies are marked down 66% (and all Christmas is marked down at least 50%!) 

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You can also print a coupon for 40% off any one item at Hobby Lobby over HERE.

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Love Hobby Lobby? Don’t miss these 7 Secrets You Need to Know Before Shopping Hobby Lobby.¬†

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Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffers

Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffers + Amazon *FREE* Credit

Folks, this video was almost painful for me to make (I love being able to share stuff with you easily through Facebook Live video, but the actual seeing me on video part almost does me in every time!)

But. . . 

there are so many great deals at the Dollar Tree that I really felt I just had to do a quick video, and hope you’re able to snag a few deals if you go.

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Head on over and check out these¬†101 Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas¬†too (you can also print the list to have on hand this Christmas), and don’t miss the¬†free $25 Amazon Credit With Audible Membership¬†going on right now too. Love it!¬†

 

 

 

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$25 Off Ikea Purchase!

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Good gravy, I can hardly believe this one!¬†RACE over HERE to print this coupon for $25 off a $150 or more purchase at IKEA. (WOW!) I’ve never seen one for this amount before, so hurry to use while it’s available through 12/24/16!

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Love IKEA? Don’t miss these:

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

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Free Budgeting App + Giveaway at 9PM Eastern Time

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Have you tried the Budgeting App Every Dollar, created by the Dave Ramsey team? 

 

It’s an online program that includes a free app allowing you to easily manage your budget, no matter where you are. 

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From your computer or phone, you can . . . 

  • Create your first budget in less than 10 minutes
  • Add and split transactions
  • Set and achieve your money goals

Here are a few reasons to try it out . . . 

1. It’s free.

What have you got to lose? ūüôā¬†

 

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2. Create your budget from your computer or tablet.

Just create a free account and lay out your monthly budget on your computer or tablet.

 

You’ll also get a free Guide to Budgeting when you sign up, so if you have no idea where to start, you’ll be walked through every step of the way.

3. It automatically updates everything for you.

Once you’ve gotten started, ¬†Every Dollar will automatically update your totals while you work through your expense list, and easily gives you access to ‚ÄúBaby Steps‚ÄĚ to encourage and motivate you along the way.

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4.¬†Once your budget is set up, you can add in purchases as you go from your phone, almost creating a ‚Äúvirtual‚ÄĚ envelope system.

What I think is genius about this program is that you and a spouse could both set up accounts on your phone, and both people can keep up with what’s really being spent. If you’re both willing to really determine to track your spending, this adds in so much accountability and will help you work towards your goals together!

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5. It might just change your financial future.

If you’re not tracking your budget, you have¬†no idea where your money is really going. Choosing to stick to a budget really will transform your finances, because you’ll know¬†exactly where¬†your money goes each month.

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This is an easy way to start working on that for free which I love. Head on over HERE, sign up for your free basic account, and let me know what you think!

 

 

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BONUS: I’m super excited because the Dave Ramsey team gave me THREE Rachel Cruze Budgeting Wallets with Clip Systems to give away to 3 lucky readers (wow!)

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Go HERE to check them out, and join me at 9 PM Eastern Time on Facebook live to enter the giveaway. I’m so impressed with the quality of this wallet, and think you’ll love it too. Go HERE to enter to win at 9PM Eastern Time!¬†

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This is a sponsored post from Dave Ramsey, however all opinions are my own. I really did try it out and love it, and think you’ll love it too!


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Hatchimals and Nintendo?

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This could be huge! This Sunday (12/4/15), it looks like there may be Hatchimals in stock at your local Toys R Us (according to CNBC.)

 

I have no idea if they’ll be there for sure or not, but am crossing my fingers for a few of you parents who are hoping to find one this year! And, they might just have the Nintendo NES Classic Game too.

 

I’ve heard Target is getting some small daily shipments of the Nintendo NES games, and there’s a chance they may get some Hatchimals in too. If you happen to find either of these I’d sure love to hear about it ~ leave a comment to share!

 

{Side note ~ from the reviews I’ve seen on Hatchimals I’m not crazy impressed, so I’d have a hard time standing in line for these. BUT, I also remember getting my very first Cabbage Patch Doll after my mom waited¬†in line way too long, and I remember being oh-so-excited to have my very own. That being said, if you can’t find a Hatchimal (or aren’t willing to pay too much and wait in line for one), check out this letter from Santa that one smart mom wrote.}

 

Thanks, Living Rich With Coupons! 

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Winners of the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Congratulations to the five winners of the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!¬†Five email subscribers were picked randomly from our email list, to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card and I’ve just sent them each out an email. Here are the five lucky winners:

  • emi—ros-@outlook.com
  • tri–ara-@gmail.com
  • dza–la-9@hotmail.com
  • al—onlic–@gmail.com
  • mara–ank-@yahoo.com

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If you haven’t signed up for PPP emails, I’d sure love for you to sign up (we may do another giveaway soon, plus¬†you’ll get oodles of great deals delivered to your inbox every day!)¬†Go HERE to sign up, and you’ll also get my Ultimate Check List just for being an email subscriber.

 

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25 Days of Dollar Tree DIY Day 20: Quick & Easy Wreath

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Anyone else love the Dollar Tree? I thought it would be fun to check out 25 days of Dollar Tree Thanksgiving & Christmas decorating ideas, because they’re always my favorite projects. :)

Check out this easy way to create a quick Christmas Wreath out of a wire hanger and Dollar Tree ornaments!   See the full tutorial and finished project at Delightfully Noted.

See more Dollar Tree DIY projects:

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Laurie’s Favorite Things Giveaway

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If you’re just joining us – I hope you were able to watch the Live video over on Facebook earlier and here are the winners!

  • Utensi Measuring Spoons- Kathy Ross
  • Shark Vaccum – Meredith Schiller
  • Cents of Style Gift Card 1- Melissa Totoraitis-Miller
  • Cents of Style Gift Card 2- Jennifer Clifton Sapp
  • Cents of Style Gift Card 3- Lisa White
  • Dave Ramsey Book 1- Sarah Ridley
  • Dave Ramsey Book 2- Stacie Fraser
  • Slow Cooker- Angela Scheider
  • Annie Sloan Paint- Sarah Miller
  • Ninja Blender – Angie Strickland

I’m so excited about this giveaway coming in¬†just a few hours tonight!¬†Starting at 9PM Eastern Time on Facebook Live, I’ll be giving away a few of my favorite things, and I’d just love for you to win.

 

To enter to win,¬†you’ll need to watch the video on Facebook Live at 9PM Eastern Time.¬†

 

Here’s what we’re giving away . . ¬†.¬†

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Utensi Spoons (Use code PPPFAVES for 10% OFF ~ I love these spoons!!!)

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Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean

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Nutri-Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-IQ Boost

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Chalk Paint¬ģ by Annie Sloan

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THREE $30 gift cards to Cents of Style, where you can get . . .

Aberdeen Plaid Blanket Scarf

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Thankful & Grateful Tees from Cents of Style

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Annabelle Lightweight Open Cardigan

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Hold & Go Slow Cooker

 

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And here are a few more of my all time favorite products, along with links on where to purchase them.¬†¬†(These aren’t included in¬†tonight’s¬†giveaway, but if the response is good hopefully we’ll have more giveaways in the future!) ūüôā

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Instant Pot

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Silhouette Cameo

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Hunter Boots

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FitBit Charge HR

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UGG Women’s Classic Short Boot

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Roomba

 

This post was created in partnership with the Shark¬ģ Rocket¬ģ Complete with DuoClean‚ĄĘ Technology and the Nutri Ninja¬ģ Nutri Bowl‚ĄĘ DUO. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.‚ÄĚ

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Should You Buy Christmas Gifts at Costco?

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Yesterday I made a super quick trip to Costco, and realized they have several items on sale for Christmas that you don’t want to miss! Like always though, you’ve got to do your research to make sure you’re really getting a good deal.

 

Several of the items were significantly less at Costco than I’ve seen elsewhere, while a few were just priced high there. I definitely recommend always checking before you buy (be sure to download the Amazon App so you can compare), and make sure you always get the best price!

 

I was thinking about it and while many of the prices are only off by $5-$10, if you can save $10 on 10 Christmas gifts this year you‚Äôll save a whopping $100.¬†Definitely¬†worth taking a few minutes to make sure you get the price, and if you¬†keep up with PPP you should save way more than $10 on most of the items posted here! 🙂

 

Costco Best Deals Ending 12/24/16

1. Camera’s

Fuji XP90 Waterproof 16 MP CMOS 16 G Card and Case – $149.99 Compare to $149.99 on Amazon

Fuji Instax Mini70 Camera with 10 ct Rainbow film Р$89.99 Compare to $89.99 on Amazon ~ however you can score this Fujifilm Instax Mini 26 for $54.99 right now on Amazon!

Panasonic Z550 Travel Camera Р$249.99 Compare to $171.18 on Amazon (not the exact same model though)

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2. Computers

HP 17.3″ Envy Laptop w 4GB Graphics Card – $849.99 Compare to $948 on Amazon

HP 15.6 Envy Laptop Intel Core 17-7500U Р$699.99 Compare to $699.99 on Amazon

HP Envy Wireless Printer 7645/7640 Wireless Printer – $94.99 Compare to $105 on Amazon

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3. Toys

John Deere Tractor and Trailer Ride On Trailer – $89.99¬†I couldn’t find these anywhere else except Boscovs for $139 – I think this is a fantastic price!

GelWriter Premium Gel Pens (100 ct) – $15.99 Compare to $25.70 on Amazon

Mega Blocks 100 Pice Set with Storage Bag – $15.99 Compare to 80 piece $11.47 on Amazon

Madd Gear Drift Trike – $69.99 Compare to $79.99 on Amazon

American Girl Mini Doll and Bookset – $39.99 Compare to $20.83 on Amazon

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4. Gift Cards

Legoland Sigle Admission Ticket – $56.99

Bonefish Grill, Bravo!, P.F. Chang’s, HoneyBaked Ham – $79.99 for $100 worth of Gift Card

Build A Bear Workshop Р$79.99 for $100 worth of Gift Card

5. Movies

Disney Movies – $11.99

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6. Vacuums

Shark Rotator Powdered Lift Away Vacuum with Canister Caddy – $199.99 Compare to $179.99 on Amazon

Shark Rocket Deluxe Ultra Light Corded Stick Vacuum Р$134.99 Compare to $179.99 on Amazon

Roomba 85 Vacuum Cleaning Robot – $349.99 Compare to $339.99 on Amazon

7. Electric Toothbrushes

Phillips Electric Sonicare Whitening 2 pk Toothbrushes – $109.99 Compare to $157.95 on Amazon

 

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8. KitchenAids

KitchenAid the Hand Stand Mixer 4.5 Quart with Tilt Head – $199.99 Compare to $186.81 on Amazon

9. Electric Razors

Philips Norelco Shaver 5200 with Aquatec – $69.99 Compare to $69.99 on Amazon

10. Pyrex Set and Snapware

Pyrex Sculpted Glass Mixing Bowl Set – $9.99 Compare to $19.97 on Amazon

Snapware 38 piece Plastic Food Storage Set – $19.99 Compare to $19.99 on Amazon

 

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

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My 5 Favorite Black Friday Deals . . .

 

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Have you kept up with all the crazy Black Friday deals today?¬†Goodness, they’ve been nuts!

Here are my top 5 favorite deals I’ve seen so far . . . besides the Fitbit Charge Deal¬†which wins for favorite hands down ūüėČ

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1 .  Canon EOS Rebel with 2 Lenses & Bag only $449 ~ Lowest price this has ever been!

I love my Canon Rebel!!

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2. Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker¬†–¬†$69

This is an AMAZING workhorse that doubles as a crockpot or a pressure cooker, makes yogurt and does so much more!

 

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3. Amazon Fire Tablet $33.33  (regulary $49.99) ~ such a great deal while it lasts!

If that particular Kindle isn’t what you’re looking for – there’s also a deal on these:

And for old-fashioned paper books – – don’t miss out on the Amazon $10 off $25 Books code!

 

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4. Power Wheels Ride-Ons – Starting at $45!

Or if you are looking for a leg-powered transportation – these Mountain Bikes are $58!

 

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5.  There are some CRAZY deals on Train Tables & Train Sets. . . 

This 50-pc Train Table is only $37 and this bigger, nicer KidKraft Train Table is $99 (Reg $299)

Also get Thomas the Train Sets on Amazon for a steal today, as well as these other great toy deals:

 

 

 

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Here’s the complete list of Black Friday deals posted so far . . .¬†

 

 

 

 

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25 Days of Dollar Tree DIY Day 15: Christmas Countdown

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Anyone else love the Dollar Tree? I thought it would be fun to check out 25 days of Dollar Tree Thanksgiving & Christmas decorating ideas, because they’re always my favorite projects. :)

Check out this great idea for using a Dollar Tree pizza pan to create a custom Christmas Countdown!  See the full tutorial and finished project at Tried & True.

See more Dollar Tree DIY projects:

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Christmas Made EASY: The Ultimate Christmas Checklist

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Oh my.

 

 

You are gonna love this.

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Like . . .

 

YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE. THIS. 

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I was worrying this weekend about all the things I needed to do to get ready for Christmas, and realized that I just needed a perfect checklist to really get myself organized.
So I visited Pinterest . . . and there were so many great lists, but none that were just right.

 

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But lucky for me (and lucky for you!), I have an awesome designer who created this Ultimate Christmas Checklist so you and I can be completely organized and stick to our budgets this year. 

 

 

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WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!

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(Yup, I’m a wee bit excited about this one.)

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More than anything here at PPP, I want to you to save a bundle this Christmas, and at the same time, I’d just love to make Christmas easier for you too.

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So, hurry over HERE to get and let me send it right out to you, and let me know what you think. Happy Black Friday Week!

 

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{Note ~ if you’re a PPP email subscriber I sent this out to you a few hours ago today. Send me an email at contact@passionatepennypincher.com if you didn’t get yours!)

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25 Days of Dollar Tree DIY Day 12: Jumbo Snowflakes

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Anyone else love the Dollar Tree? I thought it would be fun to check out 25 days of Dollar Tree Thanksgiving & Christmas decorating ideas, because they’re always my favorite projects. :)

Check out this idea for creating jumbo snowflakes out of popsicle sticks!  You can create them in any size, but I just love these large snowflakes.  See the picture tutorial and finished project Here.

See more Dollar Tree DIY projects:

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Win A $100 Amazon Gift Card (5 Readers Win!)

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I’m so stinkin’ excited about this!¬†As I shared Wednesday on Facebook live, this week was my birthday (happy birthday to me!) so I’m giving away FIVE $100 Amazon Gift Cards to 5 lucky readers.

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To enter to win, all you have to do is sign up for free daily email updates over HERE. On 12/1/16, I’ll pick five lucky winners, and I would¬†sooooo love it to be you! Go HERE to get signed up (and keep up with all the best Christmas deals this Christmas season.)

 

 

 

And, don’t forget you can sign up for free¬†daily text alerts from PPP of the very hottest deals as well. Happy penny pinching!

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5 Reasons You Need to Get an Amazon Prime 30-Day Trial NOW

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If you’ve been considering signing up for an Amazon Prime 30-Day Trial – now is the absolute BEST TIME in the whole year to do it.

Not later on this month. ¬†Not sometime before Christmas…

THIS.  WEEK.

Why?

Folks,¬†Black Friday is coming, Lightning deals are coming, Cyber Monday is coming – it’s all about to hit and I want you to be able to save some serious money during these sales!

5 Reasons to Get an Amazon Prime 30-Day Trial NOW

****NOTE****If you’ve already done your trial and are waiting for the membership fee to drop – don’t miss this!!

Amazon announced Wednesday they will offer a 1-DAY discount on Prime memberships TODAY, 11/17/16.  For only 24 hours the cost of a 1-year Amazon Prime subscription will drop from $99 to just $79!

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1 . FREE 2-Day Shipping

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ordered last minute gifts and the Amazon Prime 2-Day shipping saved the day. ¬†As we start getting closer and closer to Christmas – this will come in SO handy to put presents under the tree and send gifts to family around the country.

That’s why now is the BEST time to get a 30-Day Free trial – from now until a week before Christmas you’ll be scoring free shipping on just about anything you could possibly be shopping for!

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2 . Cheap 1 -Day Shipping

For only $3.99, Amazon Prime members can upgrade to 1-Day Shipping. ¬†(The cost for non-members is $9.95.) ¬†In my opinion, that’s pretty reasonable for 1-Day delivery!

Plus if you live in select cities around the country – you may actually qualify for same-day delivery, which is just nuts! ¬†Those lucky ducks can get things delivered by 9pm (isn’t that incredible, really?)

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3 . Early Access to Lightning Deals

Amazon shoppers who are Prime members will also get a 30-minute early access to select lightning deals.

Additionally, certain Amazon sales are ONLY available to Prime Members – you don’t want to miss those with all the Black Friday and Holiday Deals about to hit!

You can find out more about Amazon Lightning Deals and Black Friday sales in general in my post 5 Secrets to Shopping Amazon on Black Friday.

 

 

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4 . Books, Movies and Music Streaming

Kids will be taking a break from school, family will be visiting, and some of us will be traveling.

It’s a great time to use the Free Kindle library, stream movies and tv with Amazon Instant, or make a holiday playlist on Prime Music. ¬†Check out the selection of great movies and shows here!

 

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5 . Convenience!!

I’m telling you guys – I use Amazon for just about everything – it helps this busy momma stay sane sometimes!

Save yourself trips to the store for just about ANYTHING with Amazon Prime.  It makes a crazy time of year a little bit less crazy Рbecause there is such a wide variety of things you need at your fingertips. (And they all come right to your door!)

Grab extra cookie sheets for holiday baking, or a new turkey-roasting pan.

Restock on pantry items like paper towels and dishwasher detergent.

Even schedule in a Christmas movie night and the popcorn to go with it!

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Check out my weekly post here on how to get an Amazon Prime Pantry Box filled with good deals and shipped for free ūüôā

 

 

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Not sure if Amazon Prime is worth the money? Go HERE to make an informed decision, but if you’re even thinking about it, remember it’s¬†on sale 11/18/16 for 24 hours only. Love that!¬†

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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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