Paper Pumpkin Craft


Looking for an easy (penny pinched) way to fluff up your home for fall?¬†You’ll love this. ūüôā




Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • Assorted fall colored/themed scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or hot glue, glue gun
  • Wine cork or twig






Start by cutting your craft paper into one inch wide strips. You’ll need anywhere from 5-6 strips per pumpkin.






Take the first strip and add a dab of glue to the ends, then join the ends together to make a loop. Hold the loop in place until it’s dry and won’t pop open.



Continue adding strips in this same loop fashion around your main loop. You will continue to add strips until the pumpkin is full (around 5-6 strips).



Move and adjust the strips so that the pumpkin looks full.



Add a good amount of glue to a wine cork or twig. Press it gently to the top of the pumpkin and hold it in place until it’s dry.



Place this paper pumpkin anywhere you need some fall fluffing!


Looking for more fall decorating ideas?

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My Favorite Menu Plan On Sale Now!

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I’m so excited about this!¬†My friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks is offering her Monthly Menu Plans for the ENTIRE YEAR for just 92¬Ę per week¬†right now in honor of her 49th birthday.¬†They’ve never been priced this low, and this is a great way to snag a deal on my favorite menu planning list!


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Here’s how to get yours:¬†

  • Go HERE and place the Eat At Home Cooks one year menu plan in your cart
  • Use the code BIRTHDAY at checkout to drop your price to $49 (or 92¬Ę per week)
  • Immediately you’ll get access to dozens of menu plans (including slow cooker options, whole food options, and several more!)


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If you’re not sure about the cost of this, you can also try out the monthly¬†Eat at Home menu plan for just $10.¬†What I love is that you get access to 15 minute meals for busy days, freezer cooking meals, slow cooker ideas as well as all of Tiffany’s color-coded grocery lists.


Head on over HERE to download yours, and if you’ve tried Eat at Home menus in the past I’d love to hear your thoughts. Go HERE¬†and be sure to use the code BIRTHDAY
 at checkout to get started!


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Stitch Fix Review


Sooooooo,¬†I’ve been curious about Stitch Fix for quite awhile, and was scrolling through Facebook a few weeks ago when I saw a friend on Facebook recommending it.¬†


I wasn’t sure it was for me, but have such a hard time finding time to shop (and honestly don’t like clothes shopping all that much), so decided to try it out.


I¬†loved how easy the process was ~ I was able to put in my style profile, share what types of clothes I liked, how things fit me, and share an idea of what I’m looking for on my profile, and I got a $20 credit just for trying it out.¬†


So when my Stitch Fix Box arrived Tuesday, I was pretty excited to open it up.



Honestly? I liked almost everything in there, and it was very much my style.




At the end of the day, I’m a really frugal girl, and the prices were just high¬†for me. (In fairness, you can keep include on your Style Profile your current spending preferences, I just completely missed that.)


Here’s what came in my box . . .¬†


Black top $48

After much debating, this is the only thing I kept ~ since I had the $20 free credit for trying it out, I decided I’d keep it for a conference I’m attending next week.


Jeans $88 

These jeans were¬†very comfortable, however a little too loose, and¬†way too long (like, 4″ too long, and I’m 5’7″!) At $88 for the pair, even after hemming and especially since they were a little on the baggy side, I just couldn’t justify¬†them.


Checkered Scarf in picture at the top of the page $34

Not bad, but I know I can find one I love just as much for half the price at TJMaxx.


Blue flannel top Р$48

I have a¬†very similar top that I bought from the Gap for $20 (really, almost identical), so I definitely couldn’t justify the cost. This one also had buttons up the back and was open from my waist down, and I just didn’t love that look (I’m pretty traditional and don’t need anything accentuating my booty!) ūüôā


Grey striped sweater $48

Just didn’t love it ~ returned.



My thoughts?


I loved the convenience of it all. Having clothes chosen for me that really did fit almost flawlessly and delivered to my home was great. If I worked outside our home I could definitely see how this would be such a benefit for me.


I also¬†LOVED (like,¬†LOVED) that returning is super simple – I literally am just going to drop it in the mail, the shipping is pre paid, and I don’t have to do a single thing (which is why I’m still signed up for next month’s Stitch Fix Box.




At the end of the day the clothes were on the pricey side, and my penny pinching soul just can’t do it. I¬†am going to update my preferences for pricing next month and will be curious to see how it works out ~ I’ll let you know when my next fix arrives.


Would you like to try out Stitch Fix? Sign up through this link and you’ll get $20 deducted off your first styling (which is like trying it out for free) when you purchase any one item, AND if you keep everything in your box you’ll save an 25% off everything in the box.

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!


One thing to note – you have to send your clothes back in 3 days, so be sure to be aware of that prior to ordering!


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

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Laurie’s Fresh Thyme Trip: Who Buys These Apples???

Go HERE to¬†watch¬†the video if it’s not working for you.¬†

If you need a laugh today, take a peek at what I scored at Fresh Thyme Market today, including $4.38 in APPLES. (C.R.A.Z.Y.) 


I spent $20.41 for everything in the video (including that $4.38 in apples!), and saved $21.28. Not too shabby! ūüôā



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Find Rest Today.




If you’re here just for the penny pinched posts I completely understand ~ ¬†scoot right on past¬†this one.


As someone who blogs for a living, I remind myself frequently to write for my reader, not for myself. 


So I share deals and recipes and tips and ideas that hopefully help you out.


and I love that. 


But today I’m writing for me, not for you.




Here goes.


Every so often, God hands me a picture of Him that I can’t even stand not to share, so today you’re in for it. ūüôā¬†Not even sure I can express what’s inside my head, but maybe you’ll catch the gist of it.



This Sunday in church this song was played¬†(go listen to it HERE.)¬†I believe it was written by local folks in our church, and goodness,¬†every time I hear it¬†I’m brought to one mess of a mascara-laden momma.


(I don’t cry easily, so that’s saying something.) ūüôā¬†


If you listen long enough (be patient through 8:18), you’ll hear the promise¬†“well done my child, find rest today.”


And most of the time as I hear those words, I imagine a precious God-fearing-loved one who’s struggled physically for quite some time walking through heaven’s gates as Christ welcomes them¬†in.


Or I envision someone who volunteers 82 hours a week, who takes meals to the homeless, who serves with an abundant heart and has it all together all the time.


And of course, He welcomes them in too. 


But for whatever reason, this Sunday my picture changed.


What if it wasn’t that person who lives¬†a pillar example of a Christ-led life walking through those gates?


What if it was someone a little more ordinary?


Someone a tiny bit more flawed? 


Someone¬†who even though a believer doesn’t quite exemplify that perfect Christian life¬†that I tend to think Christ¬†would welcome in so graciously?


In my mind’s eye, I watch¬†a woman burdened, hardened by way too many difficulties in life who from the outside may not look like a replica¬†of His heart.


But¬†as she walks in, I don’t see Him waving her off.


I don’t see Him turning her away.


Instead, I know He welcomes her too. 


My thoughts grew broader.


What if that one is me?


The me who focuses on myself way too much.



The one who worries over my clothes and my house and my husband and my kids and all the petty things every day that have absolutely no eternal value?


What if it’s just plain me, walking through heavens gates just the hot mess of a momma that I am?


What if it’s me . . . burdened, tired, discouraged, envious, imperfect, slightly chubby, and¬†not a single¬†ounce put¬†together?


But then it occurred to me (like a two-by-four probably more strongly than ever . . .)


that it’s not about me.


I can’t be good enough.


I can’t be cute enough.


I can’t be skinny enough, pulled together enough, or even nice enough.


It’s about Him.


It’s Him who makes me enough. Who fills in the gap. Who covers up my mess.


So as long as I go in humbly ~


as long as we go in humbly,


seeking, trusting, and believing


His promise holds true.


And He will give us rest.


If you’ve struggled finding rest,


if you today feel burdened, lost, hopeless, or just not enough.


You are not alone.


But His arms hold¬†open wide for the both of us, don’t they?¬†¬†


So my hope for you today is that you find rest. And peace. And that you will know the truth that you are enough today. 


I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.¬†For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 4:20-21


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$20 Off Ikea Purchase!

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Just a reminder that this is still available – love this one!

Good gravy, I can hardly believe this one!¬†RACE over HERE to print this coupon for $20 off a $150 or more purchase at IKEA. (WOW!) I’ve never seen one like this before, so hurry to use while it’s available through 9/5/16!

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Love IKEA? Don’t miss these:

Thanks, Money Saving Mom! 

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Ozark Trail Bundle | Instant 10×10 Gazebo + 4 Chairs ONLY $69!




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, pick up this Ozark Trail Instant Canopy + 4 Mesh Camp Chairs for only $69 (Save $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.

Find more top retail deals.


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How To Use Amazon Subscribe & Save



I get so many questions from people about how to use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program to really save, so I finally decided it was time to do a quick post giving you all the nitty gritty details!¬†


Check out the video above to see what steps to take to subscribe and save, and here are a few more tips to remember as you shop:



1. Always watch for the lowest price on subscribe and save items (I post them here on PPP when I see price drops ~ subscribe for free daily updates so you never miss a deal!)

2. Once your order has been delivered, you can cancel your subscription completely or skip your next delivery.

3. If an item is an “add-on” item but has the option to subscribe and save, you can subscribe and save and won’t need to spend the minimum $25 purchase to get the add-on price.

4. I typically choose to have my delivers sent every 3 months – that gives me plenty of time to cancel the subscription if I no longer need it.

5. The prices CAN change on future subscriptions, however Amazon will send you a notification prior to your next delivery.


Check out all the details on Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program over HERE.


Here are a few examples of some great subscribe and save savings going on right now that I’ve personally ordered:¬†

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Place Cottonelle CleanCare in your cart

  • Clip the “20% off coupon” in the middle of the page
  • Choose to subscribe and save (you can cancel your subscription at any time after your order has shipped)
  • Pay $15.57 ($.43 per family roll or $.18 per single roll/$.36 per double roll)

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Place Finish Powerball Tablets in your cart

  • Choose to subscribe and save (you can cancel your subscription at any time after your order has shipped)
  • Pay $10.30¬†out of pocket for 90 Finish tabs, or $.11 each!

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Place Original Rice Krispies Treats 16-Count (Pack of 6) in your cart

  • Clip the “25% off coupon” in the middle of the page
  • Choose to subscribe and save (you can cancel your subscription at any time after your order has shipped)
  • Pay $16.09 ($.16 per bar)

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Place Olay Moisturizer in your cart

  • Clip the “$1 off coupon” in the middle of the page
  • Choose to subscribe and save (you can cancel your subscription at any time after your order has shipped)
  • Pay¬†$4.69 (compare to $6.69 at Walmart)


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Place Huggies Diapers in your cart (or other size)

  • Clip the ‚Äú35% off coupon‚Ä̬†under the price
  • Choose to subscribe and save (you can cancel your subscription at any time after your order has shipped)
  • Pay as little as $18.62 ($.07 per diaper) depending on the size you get,¬†with¬†Amazon Family as an Amazon Prime Member

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Place Huggies Simply Clean Baby Wipes (648 ct) in your cart

  • Clip the “35% off coupon” in the middle of the page
  • Choose to subscribe and save (you can cancel your subscription at any time after your order has shipped)
  • Pay $8 ‚Äď that‚Äôs 1.2¬Ę per wipe!¬†(or¬†$6.49 (1¬Ę per wipe) if you have 5 S&S¬†subscription this month

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Place Pampers Baby Dry in your cart $43.67

  • Clip the “$3 off coupon” in the middle of the page
  • Choose to subscribe and save through¬†Amazon Family¬†and get 20% off (you can cancel your subscription at any time after your order has shipped)
  • Pay as little as 16¬Ę per diaper, shipped to your door!*


Looking for more tips on saving at Amazon? Here you go:

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25 Days of Penny Pinched Kitchen Makeovers Day 11: Add Trim to Cabinets


Everybody knows the kitchen is the heart of your home, so this month we’re checking out¬†budget friendly kitchen ideas with 25 Days of Penny Pinched Kitchen Makeovers!

Head over to Beautiful Matters¬†to check out how Shauna¬†transformed her plain kitchen cabinets with a little trim and paint! ¬†You won’t believe what inexpensive item she used for the trim!! ¬†See her¬†tips and finished project HERE.

See more penny pinched kitchen:

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10 Best School Supplies to Pack in Operation Christmas Child Boxes


Note: in the pictures I included Elmer’s glue, however that will be removed from shoeboxes because it may leak. Thanks to Jillian on the PPP Facebook page for letting me know!


I’m so excited about this!¬†With Operation Christmas Child Shoebox filling just around the corner, this is the perfect time to start gathering back to school supply deals that you’ve scored the last few weeks to pack in your boxes. This is one of our family’s favorite ministries, as it helps my kids learn ways to give to those in need across the world.


Reagan and I spent a few minutes this morning packing up a box, and thought it would be fun for you to see what we included.¬†Click HERE or above to watch the video (sorry about the sound¬†clicking in and out¬†~ we’ll work on that!)


Here’s a peek at what back to school supplies to pack . . .¬†

1. pencil sharpener

2. pens, pencils and colored pencils

3. small notebook and index cards

4. glue sticks

5. highlighters and markers



6. kid scissors (regular scissors for teenage boxes)

7. mini stapler

8. 3 hole punch

9. master lock (especially for teenage boxes)

10. school supply box (you can fill the box with school supplies to make more room in your shoebox)



National Collection Week for Shoeboxes this year is November 14-21, and if you‚Äôre not sure where to drop off a box in your area you can go HERE to find a local collection site.¬†They do ask that you also give a donation of $7 per box to cover the cost of shipping ‚Äď learn more about that over HERE and donate online as well.


What other school supplies do you plan to pack this year in your Operation Christmas Child Shoebox?¬†I’d love to hear your ideas ~ leave a comment to share!

Looking for more on how to pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox? Head on over HERE for more ideas and tips!

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