Friday
Jan042019

Clever Ways to Organize Your Coupons 


SMALL COUPON ORGANIZER

This is one method I use, because it's easier than lugging around a big binder. Here is a nice one from Amazon.

This system is the best one for someone who is new at using coupons or even a casual couponer.  There are no labels on the tabs, so you will want to add your own.  Here are some sample categories you may want to consider.

Health/Beauty
Refrigerated/Frozen
Meat/Produce
Paper Goods
Household
Pets
Snacks
Retail

Add in any additional sections, or remove those that you do not need. The idea is to ensure you can find the coupons you need when you are ready to use them.

 

CLIPLESS COUPON METHOD

Pick up an accordion file and place your weekly inserts into it, grouped by date. This is a popular method because it does not require you to cut out your coupons until you need them.

Add tabs for each month of the year.  Then, clip together multiple inserts from the same date.  Finally, write the date on the cover and file it away!

Then, before you shop, you find the coupon you need and clip it only then and use it.  That way, you save lots of time trying to clip, sort and organize on a weekly basis.

 

 

COUPON BINDER METHOD

This binder is nice - here are the features!

  • Tall and durable plastic dividers - not cheap paper found in other products.
  • Stretchy elastic sides - fit more coupons and easier coupon searching.
  • Front pocket for your shopping list.
  • Sticker labels use categories from extreme coupon blogs. Blank stickers included for you to create your own categories.

Add baseball card sleeves and divider tabs.  The sleeves are where you will place the coupons once they are clipped.

The coupon binder categories: (Free Printable Dividers Here!)

Baby
Bakery 
Baking


Canned/Boxed Items
Beverages
Condiments
Breakfast
Meat/Produce
Dairy /Refrigerated
Frozen


Household (batteries, light bulbs, etc)
Laundry
Cleaning Products (anything but laundry or dishwashing)
Dishwashing
Medicine
Paper/Plastic (includes disposable dinnerware to toilet tissue)
Hair Care
Oral Care
Soap/Body Wash
Shaving/Deodorant
Beauty/Feminine Care
Snacks
Retailer (includes coupons and Catalina’s)

 

Wednesday
Jan022019

10+ Nursery Organization Tips, Printables, More

The Nursery

An infant comes with an overwhelming new wardrobe, but these clever strategies can help you keep his adorable duds corralled:

Wrangle footwear. Why not line them up on a shelf where they can double as decor or pair them in the compartments of an over-the-door organizer? It can serve as a happy home for all those bodysuits and socks too.

Sort accessories. Use a tool that divides your drawers into oodles of sections to make sure socks, headbands, hats, and other itty-bitties stay put.

Print these closet dividers

Decide whether to hang or fold. Go vertical with dresses, three-piece outfits, and collared shirts. If you're tight on closet space, you can mount a tension rod, and voil: You've doubled your hanging area! No closet? An armoire can solve your problem. 

Print these drawer organizers

Group garb by size. Even before baby makes her debut, you'll have heaps of clothing on your hands—and odds are, sizes will be all over the map. To keep track, hang and fold anything ranging from infant-size to 0-3 months. Store the rest of her togs in space-saver vacuum sacks or laundry bags, sorted and labeled by size. Label an empty box with your baby's size, and leave it in the closet so you can toss in clothes as they get too tight. If you plan on expanding your family, whisk the box up to the attic when it's filled; you can keep it on standby for the next baby. Identify a pregnant pal to be the recipient of your tot's too-small clothes as she grows, and pass them off every few months. 


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Toys and Books

Once Baby becomes mobile, he can blanket every inch of your floor with books and toys in a moment. 

Store kids' stuff in adult furniture. If your nursery is tiny (and your playroom is nonexistent), prevent the living room from looking like Plasticville by investing in a stately piece of furniture with lots of drawers. An affordable cube organizer, laid horizontally so it isn't a falling hazard, works. As your stuff grows, you can spring for a second cube and put them side by side. Hide toys in cloth bins, and switch to clear media boxes as your child gets bigger and his toys get smaller. Bins and baskets are better for storing all his great reads too, she says—bookcases have a way of becoming disheveled.

Rotate toys. Have two containers, put one out and leave the other in storage. 

Know when to let go. If your kid is no longer playing with a toy or reading a book, ditch it or donate it.You can recycle toys and fund future purchases through StorkBrokers.com (Like a Craigslist for kids' loot, it matches you with nearby buyers and sellers.)

Saturday
Dec292018

21 Uses for Bounce Dryer Sheets

I love the smell of Bounce dryer sheets. Besides popping them in the dryer, did you know you can also use it these 21 other ways?

1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.

2. Put Bounce around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are parked for a time. Will keep mice from getting in.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don’t get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes! Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home, place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put a Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car, place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in your back pocket to keep the bees away.

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

Thursday
Dec062018

Boxed Review- Groceries To Your Door

From snacks to household cleaners, office supplies and more, Boxed.com has you covered as the easy, quick way to get everything you need. No trip to the local warehouse store required!
Go here to get your Boxed deals and get FREE 2 day shipping on $50+. I ordered from them a few weeks ago and loved how fast everything shipped. 

They also offer regular deals and promotions. Boxed is a time AND money-saver!

 

I also just ordered my mom a surprise package of her favorite treats. It arrived very fast by UPS and she loved it. My mom is elderly and lives 10 hours away, so this was a nice way to help her out with some groceries. 

Live in an apartment? Boxed is perfect for stocking up on everything you need, no lugging up the stairs/elevator required!

Check it out here! And be sure to refer friends and receive $15 per friend who places an order!

 

Friday
Sep282018

DIY School Kit For Teen Girls

Puberty can be a really difficult time. Here are some ways to prepare your daughter.

Prepare Your Child

Be sure to let your teen know that you can answer questions and that you don't feel funny doing so.  A book about puberty would also be helpful.

Instruct

Your teen will also need to know that personal hygiene will be more of an issue now, so remind your child that showers should be frequent, as should deodorant use and other personal hygiene practices. How to shave, deal with acne, or manage oily hair will be important to teach her. 

Be Patient

You know your child better than anyone, so follow your instincts when deciding how to deal with an overly emotional teen. Help your teen learn how to properly deal with her changing emotions. Sometimes a little time alone can do wonders, or physical activity might do the trick. 

Don't Dismiss Physical Changes

Depending on the day, your teen might be excited about the changes or horrified. Don't dismiss your child's feelings. Provide support and help your tween troubleshoot the changes he or she is going through. Acne can be especially problematic for your teen, so be sure to address it and if necessary, consult your child's pediatrician for advice on managing it. 

Communication

The teen years require a great deal of support, from both family and friends. Be sure your child has a strong social circle and friends to talk to about problems and challenges.

 

PRODUCTS TO PACK IN YOUR DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL KIT

Deodorant

Travel sized deodorant or wipes are a good idea to keep on hand. Target is an awesome source for travel size items to include in your kit.

 

Pads or Tampons

Include pads and tampons in your kit. 

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Change of Clothes

It’s helpful to have a change of underwear and shorts/pants. 

Wipes

A travel-size package of wipes (flushable if preferred) for discreet cleanup. It’s also good for a quick cleanup after gym class or recess if there’s just no time for a shower or if she is just too embarrassed to take a shower.

Pain Relievers

Since most schools do not allow students to self-medicate, you have to decide what to do for your own child. Include a small package of pain relief in her emergency kit. Travel sized packages are discreet and easy to tuck in a pocket. 

MORE TO INCLUDE:

  • loose change in case pads/tampons need to be bought at school
  • lotion
  • floss
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • hair ties
  • tissues
  • gum
  • nail clippers
  • q-tips
  • electric razor
  • concealer
  • mouthwash
  • Tylenol
  • Body Spray
  • emergency contact list
  • emergency cash

 

Sunday
Sep232018

How to spring clean your weekly budget

 

If you’ve ever looked at your unloved savings account and thought ‘I really need to save more,’ but don’t know where to find the money, then giving your budget a spring clean is the best place to start. Cleaning out excessive spending is the best way to start saving plenty of dollars that could be being put away for a car, a home or a much-needed vacation.

Being realistic and critical is hard, but it will be worth it in the long-run. Take a look at your checking account and consider the following categories to decide what needs to be shown the door.

Eat and drink in

Socializing, particularly when you’re young, can be the biggest drain on finances. It’s hard to say no when you’ve been asked out for a couple of drinks, a coffee in the afternoon or even more tantalizing, pizza. Over the space of a month, drinking, socializing and partying can really begin to add up. However, that shouldn’t stop you from hanging out with the people you love the most.

Having everyone over for video games, drinks or a potluck dinner is a great way to save money and keep everyone entertained. Having people in your own home means more time to chat and laugh in an environment where you won’t have to shout over loud music or other people. In the balmier months, going for picnics or hikes together as a group provides more bonding opportunities that don’t involve parting with your money for expensive meals or cocktails.

Walk when you can

If you’re blessed with living in a city or town, then you may rely on lifts or public transport. If you have a car share, you may be expected to chip in with petrol costs, which can also eat away at your budget. Going out in the evenings can also see money being spent on cab fares to and from bars.

If it’s possible to walk to work or walk to your local bar, then getting out for some exercise could be a cheap alternative. You might also discover a restaurant you’ve never seen before on your travels or a bar you might like to visit in the evening.

Realistically, however, driving to work is sometimes unavoidable – in fact, purchasing a car for a new remote job might be necessary. If you work outside of a built-up area, you may have no alternative but to shell out for a car, which can be frustrating if you’re trying to save. Loans, such as Bonsai Finance, provide the option of having the funds to buy your much-needed car but continue saving or putting aside money during the week.

Have a rummage in the freezer

Freezers can often be endless caverns of bags of fries, vegetables, pizzas and other endless containers of forgotten food. Instead of ordering carry out or buying more of what you might already have, dig through your freezer and decide if there’s something else you could have for dinner instead. Quick stops on the way home after work for bacon, potatoes or vegetables add up on a weekly basis, too.

Hold on the ready meal

Our fridges are full of wasted food; in fact, The Atlantic found that we Americans waste around $160 billion or billion tons of it every year. Our nervousness around ‘use by’ dates and reluctance to discover what’s really at the bottom of the vegetable drawer mean we throw out a lot of food we don’t use. Relying on meals you can chuck in the microwave for an easy evening total up to far more than making your own spaghetti. If you’ve had a particularly hard day or week, this can make the temptation to keep shelling out on instant food gets unbearable. However, hunting online for easy weekday recipes will make your life much easier if you’re struggling for inspiration. Making yourself a bistro-style sub or a 10-minute pasta dish will taste far better than a chemical-filled ready meal, and it’s likely to be far more filling.

Cut down on alcohol

Like ready meals, a glass of wine at the end of the day can help cool down a stressed mind or feel like a treat at the end of the day. However, it’s easy to treat yourself every day, and bottles of wine, craft beer and gin and tonics can start to add up. The health and financial benefits of cutting down on your rescue glass of wine could be well worth the sacrifice.

Pack a lunch

The hardest bit about packing a lunch for work is the effort of getting up early to make it – so don’t. While you’re making dinner and haven’t done the washing up yet, choose a spare 5 minutes to quickly assemble a sandwich and put together your snacks for the next day. If you’re a bit low on the basics of bread and sandwich fillers, then making an extra portion of that night’s dinner and popping it into a Tupperware is also a great alternative, plus it will likely keep you feeling full.

Do I really need this?

‘Special offers’ and bumper sales are all designed to make us spend in our billions, and it works, too. The last Black Friday sale saw Americans spend $6.22 billion in transactions during the day. When walking through supermarkets or shopping malls, it’s easy to impulse buy without really giving a second thought to it. Putting the brakes on as you’re about to purchase something can be the difference between something you didn’t really need and $50 coming out of your wallet.

Giving your overall budget a spring clean can be the difference between a car and another year with little to nothing saved. Taking a look at your overall expenses and cutting out unnecessary purchases it as good for the soul as it is for the wallet. It might also lead to a new health kick, some brand new recipes you’d never tried or making your colleagues jealous with the smell of your home-cooked lunch.

 

Sunday
Sep232018

Sam's Club Money-Saving Tips

Sam’s Club benefits are based on your membership level. Sam’s Club has three: 

  • Sam’s Plus: $100
  • Sam’s Business: $45
  • Sam’s Savings: $45 

 

Earn rewards for shopping 

For every $500 you spend on qualifying Sam’s Club purchases, you’llget $10 back in cash rewards. That’s a 2 percent return on your spending. The cash-back reward is capped at $500 annually. 

Rewards can be used to buy products or pay for your annual membership. Or, you can simply redeem them for actual cash. This benefit is available for Sam’s Plus members. 

Get free and discount prescriptions 

Millions of us take prescription drugs on an ongoing basis. Sam’s Club can help you save a bundle on these medicines. Five drugs are free for Sam’s Plus members. They are: 

  • Donepezil: 30-day supply
  • Escitalopram: 30-day supply
  • Pioglitazone: 30-day supply
  • Vitamin D 50,000 IU: four caps
  • Finasteride: 30-day supply

In addition, Sam’s Plus and Sam’s Business members can get 600 generics for $10 or less, and 8 percent less on many brand-name prescriptions. 

Finally, Sam’s Plus and Sam’s Business members save between 10 and 30 percent when you purchase select brand-name prescriptions without using your insurance.

Save on your next pair of eyeglasses 

Warehouse club memberships can be a great way to save on eyewear. Sam’s Club members who purchase a year’s supply of contact lenses can get $50 off their next pair of glasses. This benefit is available for Sam’s Plus members. 

In addition, all Sam’s Club members can get $40 off second pair of glasses when you buy two complete pairs of regularly priced prescription glasses without using vision insurance. 

Earn cash back with a Sam’s Club credit card 

If you are looking for more rewards, consider opening a Sam’s Club MasterCard account. You’ll receive cash back on the following purchases:


  • 5 percent cash back on gasoline
  • 3 percent cash back on dining and travel
  • 1 percent cash back on all other purchases

Enjoy instant savings

When you join Sam’s Club, you’ll periodically receive an Instant Savings booklet. These booklets contain offers with special savings from Sam’s Club’s top suppliers that are added on top of the member-only prices you pay.

Best of all, these offers are electronically loaded to your membership card and automatically redeemed at checkout.

Pick up perks at the Tire & Battery Center

Sam’s Club members get free flat repairs. That’s true even if you purchase your tires elsewhere. Other benefits include:

  • Free battery testing
  • Free wiper-blade installation
  • Free emergency tire changing when you buy a Premium Tire Installation package

Grab discounted gift cards for your favorite retailers and restaurants

Sam’s Club members can choose from an array of retailer gift cards that the warehouse club sells at a discount.

For example, we recently saw the following deals:

  • $40 of App Store and iTunes gift cards for $36
  • $50 in Smash Burger gift cards for $39.98
  • $100 in Buca di Beppo gift cards for $74.98

Get email alerts and check out Shocking Values

Sign up for email alerts from Sam’s Club, and you’ll learn about ways to save when shopping online every day.

In addition, visit the Sam’s Club website’s Shocking Values page to find out about the latest deals. We recently saw an $80 Chaps women’s down vest for just $19.98 and the Shark Rotator Lift-Away vacuum for $129.98, a $60 savings.

Shop through a cash-back site

You can save even more at Sam’s Club when you shop through a cash-back site. For example, Ebates members recently could get 1.5 percent in cash back on Sam’s Club purchases simply by shopping through Ebates.

Get free Sam’s Club gift cards

Discounts are great, but free is even better. Join a site like Swagbucks and you can get free Sam’s Club gift cards simply for filling out surveys, watching videos and participating in other online activities. 

Thursday
Aug302018

Free Betty Crocker Samples, Coupons, More


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