Ways To Save: Keep Track of Your Online Daily Deal Purchases

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20% off Your First Box at ThredUP

The thredUP community – where moms swap kids clothes and toys. It’s easier than ever to hand-down outgrown children’s items and earn cashback. Use FREE USPS boxes or Concierge bags to de-clutter without leaving the house. Earn up to $10 for each great box you sell and up to $20 for each bag you stuff and return to us. Pick new boxes that start at just $9 and come full of great kids stuff. The average thredUP box has more than 15 items. It’s the best kids clothing deal anywhere

How does it work?

  • Gather all the books your child no longer reads, and list them by the boxful on thredUP.

 

  • Sign-up for free and thredUP will send you complimentary empty USPS boxes (if you don’t want to wait, go grab them for free at your local post office).
  • When another mom picks your box of books, thredUP lets you know. thredUP generates the shipping label and scheduldes home pick-up, so you can send books without leaving the house.

It’s even easier than Goodwill and you’ll send your family’s once loved books directly to another child who wants them.

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Monday’s Craft: Homemade Bath Paint


Over the weekend the girls asked if we could purchase the 3pk of bath crayons at Meijer for $4.99! I quietly laughed to myself and thought, I know how to make something better and for a lot less! They weren’t happy that I said no, but I told them when we get home I will make you something better to play with in the tub!

I found a can of shaving cream and grabbed the food color! Headed to the sink with an empty egg carton, added a few drops of food coloring to each section and then filled each section half full with shaving cream! Once you start mixing, the shaving cream will expand, so don’t over fill it- half full seemed to be plenty!

Once it is all mixed up, I grabbed a few paint brushes, put our 3 year old in the tub and let her at it!! She quickly thought this was the coolest stuff ever and of course the 10 year old and 7 year old wanted to have their turn in the tub when our 3 year old was finished!


Quickly making a masterpiece on the tub walls, our girls asked if this is something they could do weekly!! Since this is something that cost me less than .25, I have no problem with them doing this! I can normally grabbed a can of shaving cream for about .50 each – .75 each (on sale and with a coupon), plus a few drops of food coloring! I used very little of both the food coloring and shaving cream, so one can could last for weeks!

I love finding things around the house to use for fun new crafts for the kiddos!

FYI!! And just so you know, the homemade bath paint cleaned off completely and did not stain our walls or tub. I would recommend getting the tub walls wet before you let the little ones paint just to make sure that the color does not stain the grout in between the tiles! This seems to make sure ours didn’t stain!

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Up to $329 in Baby Savings from Similac

If you have a baby that is on formula, you already know how expensive it is to feed them everyday! But finding ways to save with a baby can be easy!

According to Sure Baby- For formula (up until your baby is one year old), expect to spend between $1,000 and $2,300 – depending on whether you use powder or ready-to-pour liquids. Plan on spending at least $40 a week on infant formula.

So why not try and save a little of your hard earned cash by signing up for Similac StrongMom program and get some great benefits! It’s FREE to join and you can get things like:

  • Get $20 worth of premium Shutter-fly birth announcements.
  • Weekly Pregnancy Journal- Keep track of every milestone with a pregnancy tracker. Ask your OB/GYN for yours during your first trimester.
  • Similac Travel Bag- Perfect to pack for the hospital. Available through your OB/GYN during your third trimester.
  • Similac Baby Organizer- Pack all of your baby’s essentials in one handy, portable organizer. Plus, it comes filled with free samples and offers. Ask for it at the hospital. Image does not reflect actual kit contents. †Available at participating hospitals
  • Get special coupons in your mailbox.
  • Get Similac Advance samples in your mailbox.

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Ways To Save- On Gift Wrapping

I did a Guest post over at Extreme Southern Couponing, here is a preview! 

With the economy still struggling, we are all on a tight budget for the holidays! One way our family cuts cost around the holidays is not using traditional wrapping paper for our Christmas gifts! We have several ways to find things around the house to use to wrap our gifts with little cost to us!

According to EarthCycle Americans spend $2.9 Billion a year on packaging-  ribbons, bags and wrapping paper! That means there are thousands of tree being cut down each year just to wrap your gifts! So we try to do our part and save a tree or 2 by using less gift packaging products at Christmas!

Newspapers- If you are a couponer like me, you have at least 5 newspapers around your house each Sunday. Unless it is winter time (use them to start our fires in the fireplace), I drop these newspapers in the recycle bin. Using these newspapers to wrap your gifts would not only help you save a little cash, you are recycling and possibly giving your gift receiver something to read!

Scrapbooking Paper- I have tons of totes filled with scrapbooking supplies and paper that I doubt that I will ever get to use. Scrapbooking paper has tons of designs and can be decorated with any supplies you have around the house to make them extra special!

Brown Paper Bags from the Grocery- I remember using these bags to cover my books in high school and spending hours decorating them with my favorite tv shows, best friends names, and cute artwork I felt like doodling that day. Grab some extra craft supplies around the house and decorate them with stamps, stickers, buttons, yarn, etc.

To see the rest of my tips of saving on gift wrap, check Extreme Southern Couponing!

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Ways To Save: Laundry Tips

Besides using coupons at the grocery, there are tons of other ways to save in your everyday tasks that can all add up to help you save big! Here are some tips on how I save while doing the laundry.

  • Energy Efficient- Purchasing energy efficient products is one way to help you save not only on water usage but on electricity. Energy efficient machines are made to conserve water while getting your clothes clean and most machines also allow you to use less detergent than with other machines.
  • Spin Again- Once your load of laundry is finished spinning it’s last spin cycle, run it through one more time. This will help ring out even more water, helping you use less water. The difference of electricity usage from another spin vs extra time in the dryer will save you money.
  • Keep Em’ Full- Only running full loads of laundry will help make the most of your usage of water. If you do need to wash a smaller load, make sure you adjust the settings for a smaller load so that your machine uses less water.
  • Don’t Over Fill- To go along with the tip above, overfilling is only keeping your laundry from getting completely clean and will make your need to dry them even longer- in return using more electricity.
  • Do Less Laundry- Even though most people won’t admit it, you have worn your jeans more than once before you threw them in the dirty clothes. That’s ok! Really! As long as you weren’t rolling around in the mud, it is ok to wear a pair of jeans for 2 or 3 times before they head to the wash. Now not all clothes are able to wait and not all people are able to pull this off (those with strong body odors). But if you have normal hygiene and can remain fairly clean throughout the day you can save yourself a few loads of laundry by wearing some of  your clothes more than once!
  • Use Cold Water- Using hot water uses more electricity to make the water hot therefore costing you more each month.
  • Use Correct Amounts-  Using too much or too little detergent or fabric softener can make your laundry dirty or needing a second rinse, causing you to spend more. Read the labels and measure your products to the labels specifications.
  • Non- Dry Clean Clothes- Purchase clothes that do not need to be dry cleaned. Not having to make that extra trip each month to the dry cleaner can save you time, gas, and money!
  • Hang Them Out To Dry- If you don’t mind a few extra minutes of work, hang your clothes outside on a clothes line. This will cut your electricity bill by quite a bit and save your dryer. Oh and there is that whole saving nature thing!!! If you feel that your clothes are stiff after they have been hung out to dry, toss them in the dryer for about 10-12 minutes to help soften them!
  • Make Your Own- There are tons of ways to make your own detergent, stain remover and fabric softener that are a little less harsh on your wallet. Simply do a Google search on making your own and you will find several recipes! Most of the items you will most likely have in your cabinet.
  • Wash Multiple Loads- This isn’t so much to help save during the washing cycle but when you toss them in the dryer. Doing several loads of laundry back to back will keep the dryer hot, making dryer time for additional loads less- the dryer won’t have to warm up in between loads.
  • Dilute The Detergent- If you tend to over do the detergent, next time you are finished with a bottle of detergent, save the bottle. Open a new one and pour about 1/4 to 1/3 of the new detergent into the old bottle and then fill the new bottle back up to the top with water.
  • Cut Dryer Sheets- Cutting dryer sheets in half is probably one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to save on laundry. Dryer sheets are a little pricey, but you need them, especially when winter hits. So cut them in half and get double your money’s worth.

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Compare Insurance Quotes To Save- Home, Health & Life

One way that our family saves money each year is to contact our insurance company and a few other companies to compare quotes and benefits! Our budget seems to get tighter and tighter each month and finding new ways to save is always on my mind. Our insurance company offers many options and gives us a discount for holding several policies with them. But you never know what else you can find, so we still check each year!

While starting our annual search, I looked at a company called Aviva. Aviva is a insurance company that is offered worldwide and has more than 53 million customers, so they know a thing or 2 about what insurance and what to offer it’s customers. Whether you are looking for home, car or health insurance you can find it here.  You can grab a quote and see a summery of coverage for your home a the click of your mouse.  Aviva even offers you the option to manage your account online and rewards you with special deals and discounts.  You can check out Aviva and see what you find!

Aviva is a leading provider of life and pension products in Europe (including the UK) with substantial positions in other markets around the world, making it the world’s sixth largest insurance group based on gross worldwide premiums at 31 December 2009. Our main activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance1. We have worldwide sales of £45.1 2 billion and £3802 billion of funds under management. We have 46,000 employees serving over 53 million customers in 28 countries around the world.

Aviva offers products on every aspect of your life, from…

  • Personal accident
  • Car insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Home insurance
  • Private health insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Home emergency cover
  • Pet insurance
I was compensated to write about this company- Aviva. My opinion is 100% my own.

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Ways To Save- Add Dates To Your Stockpile

How many times have you planned to use an item in your stockpile, only to start dinner and realize the product is expired or it has gone bad? Well here is an easy way to make sure you use your food before it goes bad or expires!

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Earn Money For College Just By Shopping

Upromise.com Scholarship Give Away
Upromise is a one-stop college service provider that helps families earn, save and pay for higher education. With Upromise, families can automatically save money for college while making everyday purchases at grocery and drug stores, gas stations, restaurants, retail stores and online shopping sites. Upromise’s partners include ExxonMobil Corporation, JCPenney.com, LandsEnd.com, Sears.com, and hundreds of others. Join now!

• Earn college savings through eligible everyday spending.
• Start a college savings plan
• Learn about ways to pay for college.
• Receive special discounts, bonuses, and money-saving offers.

We have had our UPromise plan for 2 years now and have earned a hefty amount of money to go toward our kiddos education! The reality is with 3 kids heading to college, we will need all the help we can get financially to help support them through their higher education experience! We hope that there will be some scholarships but with how expensive college is, it doesn’t hurt to have it already saved, just in case!

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Ways To Save- Make Your Own Coffee

Our way of living may not be for everyone, but we decided when we had children that one of us would always be home with our kiddos until they were all in school. Yes that means cutting out one whole source of income, but that means no daycare costs and we get the joy of raising our children! With that said,  we need to stay on a strict, tight budget to do so! So our family is always looking for new ways to save money or cut non-essentials out of our budget! With just one income and at least 3 more years before I can return to work for our family to have 2 incomes again, we need to save every penny we can! So I am always adjusting and re-adjusting our budget and over looking our expenses all the time! Here is one way I found to help the bottom line!

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Ways To Save- Coupons Codes at MyCoupons

With our budget still tight and the hubby’s new work schedule, a vacation this summer is most likely not going to happen. So instead we have been planning things to do around the city, such as visiting our local parks, FREE movies at our local community center, our Wii Battles, even visit local farms to pick some of our own fruit and veggies to keep the kiddos occupied! Even with all that planning our girls still want to do things that, well cost money and some are just down right expensive. So while looking through some savings sites the other day, I came across MyCoupons.com- a fun site filled with hundreds of coupons codes for places like my middle daughter’s favorite store, Children’s Place, Kmart, Sears, Etc. They also have FREE online coupons and discounted gift cards. One gift card I found was a AMC Theatre card with a $25 balance for just $21.25! Combine this discounted gift card with a coupon or 2 and we have a very cheap date night for the hubby and myself!

MyCoupons.com has been around for 16 years saving people tons of money with exclusive offers from their CouponPros. This team of CouponPros talk directly to the merchants to get you the deals you want! You can sign up for their weekly newsletter that shares with you their top deals and promotions or visit their Facebook page and find more deals or giveaways! Oh, how I love the giveaways!!

Even though summer just started, seems like we will be planning for back to school activities before you know it. MyCoupons.com offers great coupon codes for back to school shopping at your favorite clothing stores, like Old Navy and Sears but they also offer coupon codes to places like Chegg Coupons. Chegg is the #1 textbook rental company in America. Chegg was started a few years ago by some college students that were tired of the high cost of text books and now allow you to rent your college text books. You can log on to MyCoupons.com and check out Chegg Coupons to save up to $500 a year just buy renting your books! If only this would have been around when I was in college!

So head on over to MyCoupons.com and let me know what you think? What deals can you find to help save you money this summer?

 

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Ways To Save- Key Ring: Money Saving Phone App

Key Ring allows you to get rid of all the store cards hanging on your key ring. You simply take a picture of your rewards card and store it in the app. Then when you get to the store pull up your store card on your smart phone and scan it at the register.

It is available for Android, Blackberry, Iphone and Windows phone. That should cover almost everyone.

So check out Key Ring today. You can get rid of all those cards and still save money!

Thanks A Frugal Chick!

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Ways To Save- Gardening In Egg Cartons

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WooHoo!! We finally were able to get out and plant a few veggies this weekend and hopefully our seedlings will be ready to go in the ground very soon as well. We did get a little bit of a slow start this year with our seed planting but they will be ready soon!

We decided this year that we wanted to use more items that we would normally just throw away for our garden. One item we used this year to get our seedlings started was egg cartons. We added some dirt into each little whole and then added some seeds and water. Our girls labeled the top of the inside of the carton with which seeds they added in each whole and as they grow bigger we will then plant them in the ground!!

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>Ways To Save- Use Reusable Bags

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Looking for more Ways To Save while out shopping? Check out this great post, thanks to Luxury Living, Frugal Style

Lots of people worry about the cost of being green.  We cringe when we picture price tags on organic foods and shudder when we think about replacing perfectly fine appliances to ‘upgrade’ to more expensive, less convenient green options.  Who wants a shower head that uses less water if it takes 10 minutes longer to wash your hair?  Or an Energy Star washer that has to add 20 minutes to the cycle to properly clean your clothes?  Well I can personally tell you that none of these things are true.

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>Ways To Save- Swap Your Kids Clothes

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I have not had a chance to try any of these programs out, but they seem very interesting to me, so it may be a project that I try out over the summer! These programs are starting to pop up everywhere. Swapping your old kids, accessories, shoes, hand bags or maternity clothes with other moms looking to swap their unwanted clothing.

Why spend $100′s updating your wardrobe or your child’s wardrobe? Swap your unwanted clothes with others, with out the big price tag!  I am of course a huge advocate of saving money, being frugal and being environmentally friendly. So having access to others looking to exchange their clothing is a great idea and will save me and my family tons of money! Here are a few places that I found were you can exchange your clothing with others. Know of some other place to exchange, let me know!

So what do you think, are these programs that you see your family using? Maybe you already use them, do you love it or hate it? Le me know what you think!!

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