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We all like to save money, but we don't often have time to run all over town looking for the best deals. And for many of us with kids in tow (myself included) there is no such thing as running quickly into a store to comparison shop. Honestly, I feel like I am doing well just to get to the grocery store. I often find it is easier to shop online when the kids are in bed.
With the recent move, I am finding that we need lots of things to make our house feel like a home. The more we unpack, the more I discover we need. We have found several pieces of furniture and things for organizing various spaces in the home, however we still have a long way to go. We have a board game/guest room that needs a lot of attention, including new furniture. In addition, we still need some organizational things for the boys' rooms and the living room. With limited time and budget, I decided to check out Groupon Goods.
I found the Groupon Goods site easy to navigate with categories listed on the left side of the page. I have been shopping in the storage and organization section and am amazed at the huge selection of affordable, quality goods. There is literally something for every wish on my list.
If you need some things for your home, visit Groupon Goods. You will love the selection and affordable prices.
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Mornings can be busy, rushed, or even CRAZY at times and while I am far from perfect, I have found that if I take care of a few simple tasks at night, our mornings run so much smoother.
1. Evaluate which tasks eat up your morning time and could be done the night before to help your morning run more smoothly. I like to take a relaxing bath every other day, but this really cut into my morning time and I found myself rushing out the door. I started giving myself half an hour at night to relax in the tub and I love it. No rushing in the morning, kids are in bed and I have much needed alone time. Maybe you spend lots of time in the morning picking out an outfit. Do this the night before and you won't even have to think about it in the morning. My husband picks out his work clothes and lays them out the night before and it is one less thing he has to do in the morning.
2. Clean the kitchen every night. I have been doing this for years so it is a habit for me. I love coming in to a clean kitchen every morning. It is easy to start breakfast and the kids can sit right down at the table.
3. Rotate the laundry and fold a load each night. This may not pertain to you, but I have to do about 2 loads a day to keep up with our laundry so I make sure to fold a load each night and then I put it away the next day. It is easy to watch a favorite show after the kids have gone to bed and fold a load of laundry. Actually, it's kind of relaxing and I get to catch up on my favorite shows. My current favorite is Call the Midwife. Fair warning, keep a box of tissues handy. I watched season 5 episode 2 the other day and the tears gushed. I suppose clean laundry is always good for wiping away tears too.
4. Get ideas for lunches and breakfast the night before. My boys have been eating school lunches lately, but when I pack lunches, it can take some time out of my morning so any preparation I can do at night, I do ahead. Every night during the school year I make sure icepacks go in the freezer then I pack non-perishable foods in the boys' lunch boxes. Anything that I can make ahead and pre-package I put in the fridge the night before. Then all I have to do in the morning is add an ice pack and fresh food (sandwich, fruit, etc.) Our breakfast are pretty simple, usually cereal, fruit, cheese, toast, etc., but I try to get an idea the night before and if we are low on our usual supplies I'll make a loaf of bread, some muffins or boil some eggs so that I am prepared for the morning.
Last summer, I took Crystal Paine's (Money Saving Mom) Make Over Your Mornings online course and I loved it. Read my testimonial on the Make Over Your Mornings site.
I am so excited to announce that Crystal has created a new course Make Over Your Evenings which is available starting today, April 21st at midnight Eastern time.
So, the 14 day course which only takes 15 minutes a day and includes all the videos, the workbook, and the projects — will regularly retail for just $17.
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Prices Expected to Soar Due to the Avian Flu and What Consumers Can Do to Offset the Rising Costs of Eggs
If you have paid any attention to the news, you have probably heard that egg prices are expected to go up in the near future due to the avian flu outbreak that has been spreading through the US and really hitting the midwest. Reports are in that 44 million chickens and other birds have already been culled.
This is starting to impact food companies who buy wholesale "breaker" eggs and whole eggs which could raise prices on anything from mayonnaise to baked goods. I read that some restaurants have even cut the hours they serve breakfast because of the higher egg prices. I expect prices for whole eggs to increase at the retail level too.
Eggs are a big part of our diet, but they have been so inexpensive that they haven't taken a very big chunk of our grocery budget. With the news of prices going up in the near future, I decided to take advantage of the current low prices and stock up and freeze eggs for future use. I stopped in ALDI today and was pleased to see that eggs are still just $0.28 a dozen. You read that correctly, $0.28 a dozen!!! There is a limit of 6 dozen, so I bought 6.
What can consumers do to offset the increasing costs of eggs?
I hope egg prices don't sky rocket in the near future, but if they do, I'll be prepared (at least for a short term price hike). Have you seen increases yet?
This is my favorite dish soap so I always stock up when there is a good deal. I printed some new Target coupons this morning and there was a new coupon for $1 off Seventh Generation dish soap. Remember, you can print these twice. Last week I printed two manufacturers coupons for $1 off Seventh Generation dish soap from coupons.com so I combined the two and paid just $0.69 each. I don't think the manufacturers coupon is still available from coupons.com, but if you already have it in your coupon organizer, this is a great time to stock up on dish soap. Even if you don't and just use the Target coupon, $1.69 is a decent price. The price sign said that the soap was on sale for $2.99, but it rang up at $2.69.
Seventh Generation Dish Soap = $2.69 each
-$1.00 Target printable
-$1.00 Manufacturers coupon
Here are some other good deals too.
Bear Naked Granola is on sale for $3.14-$1.25 manufacturers coupon=$1.89
2 boxes Horizin sandwich crackers $3.49 each X 2 = $6.98 - $3.49 B1G1 Free printable coupon (coupons.com) and $1 Target printable coupon = $2.49 for 2 boxes or $1.25 each
Quilted Northern toilet paper 12 double rolls $6.29 - $1 manufacturers coupon (coupons.com) and $0.75 Target printable coupon = $4.54
If you have never shopped at ALDI, you should give it a try. There are a couple of things you should know before you go. Bring a quarter to rent your cart and bring your own bags. They do have bags for sale, but it is so easy to bring your own. So you may be thinking...Ugh, I don't want to bag my own groceries. They have bagging counters and it only takes a few minutes, but saves you money on your groceries because it keeps costs down. ALDI does not take credit cards, but they take debit cards, EBT and of course they take cash. I always pay with cash. This is another way they keep costs down by not paying credit card fees.
Now that you are through ALDI 101, let's talk savings. I compare prices everywhere I shop and most of the time ALDI prices can't be beat. They carry mostly their own store brands, so you won't be using manufacturers coupons. I have shopped ALDI for years and have found most of their products comparable to national brands. I love their produce as you can see in the picture above. Admittedly, I don't buy much meat at the grocery store because I buy meat at our local University meat lab and my parents give us a lot of deer meat. But when I have bought meat at ALDI, I thought it was good quality. I will sometimes stock up on marked down meat at ALDI and freeze it.
To show you how good their prices are, here is a breakdown of this week's ALDI shopping trip. All of this for only $36!
Bananas, 1.96 lb. X $0.40 lb. = $0.78
Fresh green beans = $1.39
Old fashioned oats = $2.29
Butter, 1 lb. = $1.79
24 bottles purified water (not pictured) = $2.29
Bag organic popped popcorn = $1.79
Avocados 7 X $0.49 = $3.43
Artisan lettuce = $1.29
Mini Sweet Peppers = $1.99
Crisp rice cereal = $1.79
Eggs = $0.59
Diced tomatoes 2 X $0.55 = $1.10
3 lb. bag red delicious apples = $2.69
Canned green beans 2 X $0.34 = $0.68
Kiwi 6 pack = $1.69
Gallon milk = $1.49
Hard salami 1/2 lb. = $2.99
Cucumber = $0.29
6 pack raisin boxes = $1.29
2 lb. Sweet onions = $2.29
1 lb. Roma tomatoes = $0.99
White chocolate covered pretzels marked down to $0.99
Tax = $0.36
Total = $36.27
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Have you heard of Schoola? Schoola sells gently used kid's clothing and puts 40% of their sales into supporting schools. I ordered a dress shirt for my son for Easter from Schoola. It was in great condition and he looked adorable in it. Use my link and get $15 off your order and free shipping. If you don't use the whole $15, the remaining credit will still be in your account for future use. I don't know how long the free shipping will be available so I would take advantage of this offer soon. You should be able to get 1-2 nice items completely free.
Thanks Money Saving Mom for sharing this deal. It looks like from the comments on MSM, that the $15 credit shows up when you go to checkout.
I'm not a coffee drinker, but if you are you'll love this. Chick-fil-A’s new specialty-grade THRIVE coffee is perfect for any weather! During the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will give customers a FREE cup of hot or iced coffee all day long! This offer includes 12 ounce (small) hot or 16 ounce (medium) iced sizes and is available while supplies last. The offer is available anytime during regular restaurant hours and is limited to one cup of coffee per customer, per visit. No additional purchase is necessary and no substitutions are available.
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Zulily has TOMS on sale in men's, women's, and kid's styles. Zulily has great sales everyday. There is also a sale on special needs products today too.
I think you'll like zulily—they always have the best brands, at up to 70% off retail prices. There's something new to see every day, so why not take a look? Membership is free!
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There is a huge sale on Frozen gear at Zulily. Party favors, clothes, pj's, watches, books, toys, backpacks, etc. Just about anything you can think of for the little Frozen fans in your life.
Zulily is great. I've ordered from them for years and gotten great deals on gifts and things for the kids. I think you'll like zulily—they always have the best brands, at up to 70% off retail prices. There's something new to see every day, so why not take a look? Membership is free!
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