Savvy shoppers know that specific months are known for running specific sales. March is no different, just waiting for you with a plethora of hot deals. The trick is in knowing what items will be on sale and planning ahead of time to take advantage of those sales. Here are a few examples of items that will be hitting rock bottom sale prices this month. Tracking seasonal grocery store sales cycles pays off. continue reading…
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If you’re still picking up supplies for school here and there – one place you may not have thought about yet is Amazon! Did you know that you can search your schools’ supply list right on Amazon?
They actually have some great steals on various school items that (as it turns out) are the same price or less than places like Walmart or Staples. Here are just a few that caught my eye as fun back to school buys:
BIC Mechanic Pencils 24pk *Cheaper than Walmart!
These are $6 at Staples!
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Amazon is offering $5 off $20 in grilling supplies right now and you can get some great deals on summer staples shipped to your door!
One little idea that’s easy to do is to stock up on juice (BIG TIME) 🙂
Buy (10) select varieties of V8 Splash Juice 64oz for $1.98 each
And a McCormick Grill Mates Baja Citrus Seasoning Packet – 86¢
- Make sure 5 of the ones you pick are some combination of Carrot Orange and Very Berry – because getting 5 of those in your box will qualify you for FREE Shipping (They’re part of the Prime Pantry Free Shipping Promo here)
- Pay $20.66
- Minus $5 off $20
- Total = $15.66 Shipped
That comes out to just $1.42 per item!
Disclosure: Many of the companies listed below in the Holiday Gift Guide provided products to review. All opinions are my own.
2016 Holiday Gift Guide
With Christmas getting closer, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a holiday gift guide. Here we’ve gathered together some of our favorite items, things our kids adore, and brands we trust. Read a little about each and follow the link under the photo to purchase! Make sure to scroll through all the way to the end to enter our $20 Amazon gift card.
Jamie here! We just finished having carpet installed in our basement, which left us with a nice large piece of leftover carpet. When you spend the money for quality carpet, it’s not likely you’ll be willing to let a nearly room-sized piece be tossed out without trying to come up with a use for it. (Am I right?)
Our installer gave us some tips on how to use the scraps – and I immediately started calling around town and researching how to make a rug out of carpet remnants. What I found was a great frugal way to make a large area for very little money!
You can also purchase carpet remnants at flooring centers near you. We found some nice pieces of discounted carpet remnants while in the process of searching for ours.
There are three ways to make a rug out of carpet remnants – Gluing, Stapling or Professional Binding.
Let’s look at each of these to see which is most cost-effective, with results you’ll be happy with.
1. Bind it yourself with a DIY Carpet Binding Tape
This product is a VERY good DIY solution to make rugs out of carpet remnant. You basically flip the carpet over and hot glue a binding onto the the back. The reviews on this carpet binding tape are all good, in fact, many reviewers post photos of their finished project that are nice and professional. The video tutorial here is extremely helpful and full of tips. You’ll want to consider that the $54 pricetag gets you about 50 ft of binding – so that comes out to about $1 per linear foot.
Other than a little patience and a big space to spread out the carpet, you’ll need a decent hot glue gun with a high wattage + long, pointed tip if you plan to take on this project. Also, have several glue sticks at the ready.
To decide how many feet of tape you need, add together all the sides of the remnant to be used. Final cost = About $60.
2. Bind it yourself with a Carpet Edge Binding Stapler
This process involves stapling a binding tape to the edge and the gluing it to the bottom with hot glue. It’s not as easy, and will set you back a good chunk for the stapler, staples and binding tape. The first method is much easier and cost-effective, and looks better in my opinion.
Final Cost = Between $60 – $80
3. Professional Binding
A local flooring center or carpet warehouse will offer professional machine-serged binding – for a price. I called around 6 places near me and found prices between $1 (Sweet!) and $2.75 (Yikes!) per lineal foot. It really pays to be thorough, the Carpets of Dalton warehouse I called first was who I really thought would be cheapest – but they weren’t.
Since I just want a 4 x 6 living room rug, having it bound at $1/ft will only cost me $20. (Remember – just add each side together for lineal footage). If you were doing a big 10 x 10′ rug, your cost would still only be $40. A 12 x 12′ rug would be just $48. Guys – I have never in my life heard of a 12 x 12′ area rug for $48.
If you live in an area where you can find an inexpensive carpet binder, then this is DEFINITELY the way to go. (There are some things that just aren’t cheaper to DIY!)
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Sausage Ball Muffins Recipe
Jamie here! It’s back to school time around here – but just because our mornings are a mad rush, doesn’t mean we can’t get a hot breakfast on the way out the door. These sausage ball muffins are so dang good, filling, and packed with protein.
I love-love-love sausage balls. Christmas, New Years Eve, Thanksgiving – show me a holiday and I’ll show you myself eating sausage balls. I make the kind that are more biscuity-like and less meatbally – so the leftovers lend themselves just perfectly to a breakfast food. With that in mind, I decided to whip up a batch of sausage ball muffins – these are like having a breakfast of sausage, cheesy eggs and biscuits all in one handy package! Add a fruit cup and it’s a great little breakfast on-the-go.
10 Ways to Save Money (Shopping Holiday Clearance)
Jamie here! I’ve been helping my brother learn how to save money lately, as he makes a fresh start in a new home with few belongings. He needs a good deal on LOTS of items – from kids’ toys, new photo albums, furniture, food and everything in between. Right now, we’re working on using the Holiday clearance aisle to get him set for the kids upcoming birthdays.
Since I was at it already, it seemed a good time as any to start a new frugal series! Here are 10 Ways to Save Money by shopping Holiday Clearance. Check in each evening for a new “Pro Tip” and we’d love for you to pin the ones you find helpful!
We’ve already had a couple leaks on what are the BEST Black Friday iPad Deals 2015 has to offer – here are the best we’ve seen so far!
We’ll be adding Best Buy very shortly – bookmark this and keep checking back as we update this page with the best Black Friday iPad deals.
iPad Mini 2 with Wi-Fi 16GB
Walmart – $199 at Walmart on Black Friday (ON SALE NOW!!!)
Target – $269 – get back $80 Target Giftcard on Black Friday (So – $189 after giftcard)
Staples – $239 (Currently $289)
iPad Mini 4
Target – FREE $100 Target GiftCard wyb ANY iPad Mini 4 (Starting at $399)
Staples – $299
Target – FREE $100 Target GiftCard wyb ANY iPad Air (Starting at $399)
Staples – $319 for 16GB, $359 for 32GB $359
iPad Air 2
Walmart – iPad Air 2 Gold 16GB with Wi-Fi – $399.00 One Hour Guarantee; Limit (1) per customer, per item
Target – FREE $150 Target GiftCard wyb ANY iPad Air 2 (Starting at $499)
Staples – $374 for 16GB, $449 for 64GB – $374
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Top Tips for Planning a Fantastic Football Party
Don’t fumble plans for your next football party! Kick-off party planning with these pigskin party ideas from Jennifer Carver, of Spaceships and Laser Beams, which will leave guests cheering. Score ideas for simple party decorations, gridiron goodies and winning party games!
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Besides a grocery store sale cycle, are there times of the year when certain items are on sale?
Absolutely! Grocery stores are smart. They know that there are certain times of the year when shoppers are keying in on specific goods and they want to grab as much of your business as they possibly can. So why not offer a great price on something they already know you’ll be looking for? When you think about it, it’s a fantastic idea. Cookout supplies around the 4th of July, baking staples during the holidays and even candy on Halloween.
It’s all about anticipation. In this case, the anticipation of shopping habits. The store knows from experience, and shopping trends, when different items will peak throughout the year. By matching their best prices to times of peak demand they stand a better chance of bringing shoppers through the door and earning their business.
This is a cycle you can work to your advantage! By staying on top of what items tend to go on sale during certain times of the year, you can stock up and save your family impressive amounts of money. Right now try focusing on those key items you’ll soon be tossing into lunchboxes day after day. Things like pudding cups, fruit snacks and Lunchables can be expensive, so buy when the time is right and have them ready and waiting when you need them most. Also, keep track as to which of these items can be frozen. Things like lunchmeat freeze great, making it easy to take advantage of a good sale when you find one.
Another thing to keep track of is produce. Fruits and vegetables are at their peak at different times of the year. If you can buy when the market is flooded, and then either can or freeze your produce, you have the chance to save money while still offering healthy options for your family.
Right now August is upon us and that can only mean one thing…..back to school! With that in mind let’s take a look at a few items that always tend to be on sale this time of year.
Sales to Watch for During Back to School:
- Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Folders, Glue, Paper, Notebooks & Other School Supplies
Breakfast Items/School Lunches
- Pudding Cups, Lunch Meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Juice Boxes
- Clorox, Purell
- Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, Charcoal, Pool Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Pools, Picnic Supplies
- Veggies: Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Bell Pepper, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Peaches, Gravenstein Apples, Berries, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Plums, & Raspberries
Couponing is a great way to save money! Whether you save 5%, 15% or 50% you are still saving your family money. Having a hard time getting started? Buy my new book, “Couponing for the Rest of Us” on Amazon in paperback or Kindle. You can even read the first chapter online FREE!