25 Days of Penny Pinched DIY Projects Day 14: Goodwill Desk Transformation

 

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Ready for a little motivation to swing by your local Goodwill store? See how Lindsay of Makely School for Girls completely transformed this desk ~ I absolutely love it!

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Go HERE to see what she did, and find oodles of other great DIY ideas over at Makely School for Girls. Love love love this one!

 

If you have a blog where you’ve created an incredible DIY post I would love to share it here during the series too – send me an email at contact@ passionate penny pincher (leave out spaces), and it may get featured. You can also check out more penny-pinched DIY projects from PPP over HERE – happy penny-pinched-DIY’ing!

 

 

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Easy Way To Clean Grout

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Have grout around your tile that needs to be cleaned up? See how Clorox Bleach Toilet Cleaner cleans this grout right up over at Holiday Sparkle.

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Pyrex 19 Piece Set $39.99 (My Favorite Set!) + Lowest Price On Cuisinart Nonstick Skillet

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Amazon just dropped the price on this Cuisinart Nonstock Skillet to $33, which is the lowest price it’s been at! It has excellent reviews, and ships free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping.

 

I also just noticed this price is back again! Right now at Amazon you can get this Pyrex 19 piece set for $39.99, which is the lowest price it’s been in quite awhile. I actually bought this set two years ago on a Lightning Deal during Christmas when it dropped for under an hour to $30, but since then I’ve only seen it priced at $50+.

What I love about this set is that it includes three big glass bowls with lids (which I use for storing leftovers and fresh fruit), as well as smaller glass dishes for serving. It also has a pie plate and four baking dishes, all with lids as well! It really is probably one of my favorite purchases of all time on Amazon, so go HERE to check it out if you’ve been looking for a new Pyrex set.

 

(You may also want to see how I finally de-gunked my Pyrex last week ~ they look brand new now!)

 

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Penny Pinched DIY Projects Day 12: Update Veneered China Cabinet

 

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Take a peek at tonight’s Penny Pinched DIY Project! This incredible makeover  by Katie at Bower Power Blog looks fantastic, and I love the way she styled it too. 

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Go HERE to see the finished results, and take a minute to peek around Bower Power Blog and see what other fun projects she’s tackled. So many great ideas!

 

If you have a blog where you’ve created an incredible DIY post I would love to share it here during the series too – send me an email at contact@ passionate penny pincher (leave out spaces), and it may get featured. You can also check out more penny-pinched DIY projects from PPP over HERE – happy penny-pinched-DIY’ing!

 

 

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Struggling With Printing Coupons? These Tips May Help!

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I’ve received several emails recently about people struggling with printing coupons, so I wanted to give you a few tips that might help! Here are some things that I’ve found make printing coupons go more smoothly . .  .

  1. Sign up for all the basic coupon sites before printing coupons.  Different coupon sites offer different methods of printing, so I recommend installing the coupon printers at Coupons.comSmart Source, Hopster and Red Plum to access the majority of coupons available.  Once you’ve installed the coupon printer, you *should* have no problems printing your coupons.
  2. All of the sites that I mentioned above are safe for your computer.  If you’re ever unsure if a website is safe for you to use, always use your good judgement!  But coupons posted here on Passionate Penny Pincher are ones that we feel are safe for you to use, and print ourselves.
  3. If you’re having problems printing coupons, try a different browser. I’ve had better luck printing most coupons with Google Chrome, however for the life of me I can’t get Red Plum coupons to print (ughhhh!)  If you’re having issues in Google Chrome, try Internet Explorer or Moxilla Firefox, and hopefully one will work for you.  (I can print Red Plum coupons in Internet Explorer without any problems.)
  4. If you’re still having problems printing coupons you may want to try downloading an updated version of Java to your computer.
  5. Most of the major coupon websites have filters that will make finding your coupons easier.  For example, on Coupons.com, you can choose which coupons you’re looking for by selecting a category in the left sidebar.  Smart Source coupons are very easy to locate because they allow you to sort by manufacturer or product to find just what you’re looking for (I love that!)  When you go to a new coupon site, be sure to look over the entire page to find any hints on how to filter your coupons and make searching a little easier.

Looking for more time saving computer tricks?  Here are the ones we’ve already worked on . . .

 

 

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Money doesn’t really buy happiness . . .

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It’s time to chat budgeting . . . anyone else with me? 

 

I had a huge revelation over Christmas that I kind of knew before, but this time it hit me like a ton of bricks.

 

Money can’t buy happiness.

 

(You knew that though, didn’t you?)

 

Over the last year, we’ve shelled out some serious cash in hopes of making our kids happy here after moving last Spring. And while I’m not going to lie and tell you it hasn’t softened the blow a bit, doling out cash hasn’t just magically made life easier like I’d hoped.

 

We bought a trampoline. It blew away in the first windstorm. (Totally our fault for not planning ahead of time ~ grrrrr.)

 

We bought a kayak for my son. We were able to use it a time or two, but he of course wanted a friend out there with him. You can’t buy friends, you know, but he’s working on that! ;)

 

We added extra gym classes for my daughter in hopes of helping her enjoy her new gym more. So far, she’s surviving, but it’s just not the same as home. 

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WE BOUGHT A PUPPY. :) Okay, the verdict’s still out on this one because he is just a puppy, but the kids who’ve begged for a dog for the last five years have been a little unimpressed with how much work this little guy is to manage. They’re starting to enjoy him some, but they had no idea what they were getting us into!

 

See how we’ve kind of failed at the whole penny pinching thing? 

 

Thankfully prior to moving our finances were in decent shape so we haven’t blown our budget, but it’s become the principle of the matter.

 

Ultimately? Contentment comes from the inside. 

 

No matter how much money you have, it won’t fix all your problems.

 

Money can’t take away sadness. It can’t automatically make you fit in. It doesn’t fill in the areas of your heart where friendships should be. It won’t magically make life better.

 

However, choosing contentment no matter where life takes you can be learned. I’m working on teaching it to my children, and more importantly hoping to model it myself. Hopefully they’ll see it at work in this heart of mine one day? (Folks, I am so bad at showing contentment with the ones closest to me. And everyone. Just really bad at it.)

 

A very fun-sweet-friend of mine and I were chatting yesterday (ummm, actually I was whining, and since she recently moved to another area in Ohio she’s been a great sounding board.) She offered me sage advice . . . “Sometimes you just have to fake it ’til you make it.”

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Ahem.

 

Things aren’t always easy. Financial burdens are HARD. (So. hard.) But I’ve seen first hand that while money undoubtedly makes life a little less painful, it simply won’t fix all your problems the way you think it might.

 

Be encouraged this very minute today though. Wherever you are ~ financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually, contentment can be found way deep down somewhere. 

 

If your home is making you nuts because you just want some more space, take a few minutes, grab a grocery sack, and fill it up with as many things as you can so that less clutter gives you a little more freedom. 

 

If you’re dreaming of a new car but that’s not realistic right now, give the car you have a really good washing, scrub right down to the nooks and crannies, and clean that car til it shines.

 

And if you know the situation you’re in is just so much more than you can handle, take a deep breath, lavish yourself with grace, and say a quick prayer for peace to come in the midst of your day today.

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If financial issues are causing your family tremendous strain right now, I so encourage you to really really really really (did you get that? REALLY) determine to make wise financial choices today, clip coupons, skip dinner out, and don’t go to Starbucks. (Really.) After years of penny pinching it is oh-so-worth it to have financial freedom, and while it won’t make life better,  it has undoubtedly made life easier. 

 

But don’t fool yourself into thinking a lottery windfall will fix all your problems today. Instead make the absolute-very-best-oh-so-amazing-life-right-here-today where you’re at. Okay?

 

I’ll be working on it on this side of the screen too. ;)

 

 

 

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25 Days of Penny Pinched DIY Projects Day 8: Bathroom Makeover

 

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It’s time for tonight’s 25 Days of Penny Pinched DIY idea ~ I love this idea from Remodelaholic!

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See how this vanity was completely changed the look of this bathroom for $200. I love this transformation!

 

If you have a blog where you’ve created an incredible DIY post I would love to share it here during the series too – send me an email at contact@ passionate penny pincher (leave out spaces), and it may get featured. You can also check out more penny-pinched DIY projects from PPP over HERE – happy penny-pinched-DIY’ing!

 

 

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Shannon’s Target Trip: Spent $9.84 (And Does Anyone Else Get Overwhelmed with Coupons at Target?)

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Note from Laurie: if you struggle with keeping up with all your coupons at Target, you can take a picture with your phone of the bar codes for your Target Cartwheel and mobile coupons which helps a  little bit so you’re not trying to hunt down those codes at checkout. Hope that helps!

 

Here’s what I scored at Target this week!  I was a little bummed because I forgot to use my $1 text coupon on produce (when you text THANKS to 827438). Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with Cartwheel, mobile, and paper coupons at Target, and I always feel like I’m a basket case at checkout when I’m using all three types of coupons. Sometimes I’m not sure it’s worth it, but for all the great donation items on this trip it was!

 

 

Anyone else struggle with remembering with keeping up with shopping at Target? Here’s what I bought :)

 

Bought 1 Fresh Express Salad $1.77
Bought 1 Garlic $.59
Bought 1 (5 lb bag) Potatoes 1.99
Bought 1 Poise Pads $4.89
Bought 3 Roma Tomatoes $.72
Bought 1 Dulcolax Pink $4.99
Bought 1 Up & UP Acid reducer $1.27

And here’s what we’re donating this week . . . 

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See all the top deals at Target this week, and create your Target shopping list before you shop.

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25 Days of Penny Pinched DIY Projects Day 2: Paint & Tape Change a Plain Backsplash

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I’m tickled about today’s day 2 project in our 25 Days of Penny Pinched DIY Projects series!  I was so stinkin’ impressed with this idea from Myra at My Blessed Life, and am pretty sure you will be too.

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See how Myra and her husband update this plain backsplash with nothing more than a little paint and some painter’s tapeYou won’t believe how beautifully it turned out, and it’s such a great way to update your kitchen when tiling isn’t in the budget. Love love (love, love, love!) this! (And aren’t those green cabinets just fun? Yup, Love those too!)

 

If you have a blog where you’ve created an incredible DIY post I would love to share it here during the series too – send me an email at contact@ passionate penny pincher (leave out spaces), and it may get featured. You can also check out more penny-pinched DIY projects from PPP over HERE – happy penny-pinched-DIY’ing!

 

 

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25 Days of Penny Pinched DIY Projects Day 1: $20 Goodwill Table & Chair Makeover

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I’m so excited to share a new 25 day series with you, which I think we’re all going to love! This month I’ll be featuring 25 Days of Penny Pinched DIY Projects, including awesome do it yourself ideas from bloggers all over the internet.

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Tonight I’m sharing an incredible makeover of this $20 Goodwill chair and table set from my friend Julie at Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss. (Guys, if you’re not already following her you should be – I just love her blog!) Take a peek at how she re-did the table into a beautiful European ladies’ desk. I love this and it’s made me think I might just need to find space in our guest bedroom for a desk!

 

If you have a blog where you’ve created an incredible DIY post I would love to share it here during the series too – send me an email at contact@ passionate penny pincher (leave out spaces), and it may get featured. You can also check out more penny-pinched DIY projects from PPP over HERE – happy penny-pinched-DIY’ing!

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