Store Clearance is best time to buy!

Who doesn’t love deals? I happened to get an email right before I was leaving to get groceries. Guess what! It was 50% off clearance price at Meijer! So guess where I went? It was on toys and clothes. I also found some great deals on a couple separate baby items.

This haul doesn’t include about 10-15 toys for my daughters birthday and Christmas presents this year! Her gifts are done!!! Spent $120 and saved $270!

Water park $16

Advent Calendar $11 (different sale from Christmas)

Clothes $1.60-$2 each not shown are 3 outfits for daughter

Baby toys $2-$3 each

Kid toys $2-$10 each (includes dolls, Disney stuffed animals, wood toys)

Baby Blankets and sheets $5 each.

Wait for the end of season clearance sales! I usually try to also buy a few different sizes of clothes for my daughter and will for the new baby.

Meijer has a huge clearance sale 2-4xs a year.

Walmart just keeps marking prices down until they have to remove from floor.

Kroger has Manager Specials and a small section for it, but look in the aisles for their clearance tags.. Great hidden finds.

 

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Basics of Couponing to help Save Money

blogmoneyAs some of you know, I coupon or find deals on as much as I can. I grew up that way and continue to do it. It isn’t always about not having enough money. It is about saving money for other things you want and need. Life is unpredictable and it is nice to know you have this or that in the case of an emergency. It may also help you put more money in savings. It doesn’t matter the reason you want to save money. It is just something you are doing.

I am going to share with you the basics of what I do to coupon and find deals to help save money for my family. I hope even a little bit of this will help you.

1. Start off with a list of stores nearby and a list of stores you are willing to drive to.

My list: Dollar General, Walmart, CVS, Kroger, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and Meijer.

2. Join any reward programs for these stores.

Dollar General has Digital Coupons

Walmart has Savings Catcher

CVS has ExtraCare rewards

Kroger has digital coupons and fuel points

Family Dollar has digital coupons

Meijer has Mperks, digital coupons and fuel points

Dollar Tree doesn’t have these, but they do take coupons

3. Is to invest in Sunday papers, order inserts or coupons online and store adds. Side note – ads can be found online.

4. Rebate apps. I use Ibotta, savingsstar, savings catcher and others. Some need just receipts others need product and receipts.

5. Watch sales to pair with your coupons and rewards. Good thing to note is Meijer counts rewards on original price!

6. Watch for clearance. I love clearance shopping. I get items for the next year that way such as for birthday, Christmas, normal clothes in larger sizes, household item, and even food! I love manager specials and markdowns.

7. Stockpile. You do not need to go crazy! If I do buy more than I think I need, I share with family and friends. I usually buy household cleaners, wipes, light bulbs, storage bags, detergent, and diapers this way. Food stockpile is different, but same concept. Pasta, sauce, flour, sugar, ketchup, soup, cereal and items like that.

You can do even a little of this and save money. I try to save 50% when I can, but any savings are good savings. I also share my deals when I can and help people. I am not an expert, just someone who likes to spend my money on bills, debt and savings account. Plus it is nice to splurge on your family now and then.

Side note: Don’t think I don’t wait for sales on electronics, games, and furniture! I am always looking for a deal and the best price. I don’t mind waiting until it has been out a couple of weeks or months to get it either.

Good Example. I found my iPad Air 2 on amazon for $345 before tax, new in box. Apple and Walmart have them at $399 worth waiting and finding a deal. Price went up a couple days after buying too!

Leave comments and questions for anything you need help with or want more information on. I am willing to help.

 

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Time for yourself during the Holidays

 

Who hasn’t thought they didn’t get time for themselves during the holidays? I know I have. This year I am taking a few mins here and there to relax and do something I want to do.

I have been taking long hot baths with a book, going grocery shopping on my own (husband gets our 2 yr old) and buying some new makeup and clothes for myself.

I find that I am a better person, mom, and wife if I take care of myself first. I can’t keep neglecting myself just to take care of everyone else. It isn’t healthy.

  1. Find 5 mins here and there to relax
  2. A couple times a week, go do something alone
  3. Buy something you want, but don’t need
  4. Take a nice long hot bath
  5. Just spend time on yourself

 

Enjoy your Holidays this year! Take care of yourself and be Happy!

 

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Life gets in the way…

I haven’t posted in a long time. My only excuse is life gets in the way. Two new jobs, toddler, husband, broken thumb and all. Life has even gotten in my way with working out. I need to redo things in my life to make it work. I want no more excuses.

My fulltime job will be done after Halloween. Husband got a good promotion that will keep him away from home more. I am going to focus on my Virtual Assistant business and take care of my little girl. I am going to work out 5 days a week and start slowly eating better. 

Life is always an excuse and I am tired of it. It shouldn’t be one. It should be what motivates you. I am making changes for myself and my family. I want us all to be happier and healthier. 

Hope you all learn from my journey and motivate yourselves to accomplish everything you want.

End of 2015 Update

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but I have gotten so busy. So here is an update and a promise:

My daughter turned 1!! She is walking, kinda talking, enjoying a couple bottles of breastmilk a day and eating like a crazy person. She has finally 2 teeth and her hair is finally coming in. She is just so adorable. (I am biased 🙂 )

My husband and I will be going on 5 years in April! I love him so much and he supports us right now, so I can stay home with our daughter. He spoils us both. He has been getting back into drumming now that his music room is back to where you can move around in it. It was storage for a while.

I have been growing my hair, which is very weird for me. I love chin length hair the most. I also have been going through some health issues. Knee pain, Stomach problems and Post Partum Anxiety. Getting back into working out now that physical therapy is over and they gave me ways to work around my knee. Need to lose some weight and get healthy.

Blog Posts Update:

I will be posting at least once a month from now on, things like product reviews, book reviews, Music that I am into at the moment, working out, healthy eating, and Mommy updates. Also as I get into saving money, I will be posting about that as well.

New Year, New Goals

My New family
My New family

2014 is over and a lot had happened. I finished college, got pregnant, quit my job, moved, gave birth and celebrated our First Christmas with our new daughter.

2015 is a year of more changes, but hopefully all good. I am working out 5 days a week, changed my diet and started making more of my own items.

My husband is working hard to support us, we are finally getting a car again and my daughter is healing great and healthy.

Life throws us curve balls once in awhile. I now have C-Diff, that made me change my diet and hurt my ability to take care of my daughter. I am now on medicine and figuring it out.

I have also started cloth diapering my daughter, made my own laundry detergent, started sewing and doing DIY projects.

I am working hard at being the best stay at home mom that I can be.

Resolutions:

Continue working out the whole year

Cut out all pop (except Sprite)

Limit Acid and Fatty Foods

Sew clothes

Keep the house clean and organized

Take care of my husband when he is home