Save Money on Holiday Shopping


How to save money on Christmas Shopping

Christmas Savings
Christmas Saving

I used to crave the excitement of Holiday shopping. There was nothing like the gorgeous decorations, great deals, and shopping around from store to store. The mall looked like a regular old winter wonderland! As always, Holiday spirit filled the air.

Boy, times have changed!! After  having two kids, I now try to avoid anything with an early wake up, large crowds, no parking and a line with more than one person.  Although I love a good deal like the next person, I am skipping the Black Friday and mall lines this year and shopping from home! My goal is to be stress-free this Christmas. Furthermore, you can too with these simple easy tips listed below! Use my tips to avoid a head ache and bankruptcy this Christmas! Here’s to a whimsical Holiday Season. Let the shipping begin!

Ways to save

1. Ebates-This site actually gives you money back for shopping online and it is totally legit! You also get a bonus for signing up and making your first purchase. When I first signed up I got a ten-dollar gift card for Target and have been using them for over five years! Click here to sign up!

2. Groupon goods – There are many awesome discounted gift ideas on Groupon and right now you can get 6% back if you click Groupon through your Ebates account.

**TIP – I often wait until they have a 20% off coupon code, as well. They usually offer them at least once or twice a week.

*GIFT IDEA– Groupon has personalized children’s book on sale right now for around $8. What a great gift idea for the baby boy or girl in your life.

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Budget Friendly Meal Planning

Looking for ways to save money? Meal Planning is a quick easy solution to keep your budget on track.
Yummy & Budget-Friendly Meal Planning

Have you ever had one of those days, where the kids are screaming, starving and on the verge of a meltdown, yet you have no idea what you are going to make for dinner? Trust me, we’ve all been there.

Dinner time can be one of the most stressful times of the day. Well, stress no more! One great way to save money and to eliminate meal time chaos is to use meal planning!! Using these simple tricks, takes the guess-work out of a busy mom’s dinner schedule (or dad’s, depending on who is the chef in your home) and eliminates the chance of having multiple hangry-I mean hungry ;-)- kiddos. Furthermore, meal-planning helps you save food, money and time.  It is a great way to use your recipes and use up frozen food lurking in the back of your freezer.

I usually plan out our meals monthly, starting at the beginning of the month. Today’s  example will include two weeks worth of meal planning, which can be doubled for a months worth. (or for more ideas check out Budget-friendly Two Week Dinner Meal Plan for under $75)

I like to pay serious attention to the days my four-year-old has preschool and needs mommy right around meal-time.   I save the simple, kid-friendly meals or crock-pot meals, I can make in advance, for these evenings.  So play around with my sample and do what works for your schedule!

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Chili-Fall Budget Meal Under $4


Yummy Cheap Chili
Yummy Cheap Chili

Crisp air, pumpkin patches, cider and donuts, football games, beautiful colored leafs-These are just a few favorite things that are reminiscent of fall!! One other favorite, and maybe one of the best, is my budget friendly chili recipe I make every Fall.

Every year around this time, I incorporate my quick easy, budget friendly chili into my meal planning rotation. For those of you that do not cook, this recipe is so easy, you can’t go wrong!  In my next post I’ll give you an example of my two-week meal planning, but for now, here is my favorite chili recipe!


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What you will need:

1 lb. of ground beef (season with salt & pepper) – paid 2.99 on sale-stock up

1 large can 30 oz. diced tomato – paid 1.39

1/2 an onion – paid . 99(save other half & make again next week)

1 green pepper – paid .62

1 can kidney beans 15 oz. – paid .89 (rinse)

1/2 can tomato sauce 15 oz. – paid .99 (save other half & make again next week)

1/2 tablespoons chili powder paid 1.99 for entire bottle (estimate .20  per use)

*optional*Dried red pepper-I don’t use because I make mine kid friendly, but some like it spicy.

(Most ingredients were purchased at Target using my REDcard to get an extra 5% off my purchase, the green pepper was purchased at Walmart.)

Yummy Cheap Chili

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef & drain grease

2. Add green pepper & onion to the meat and cook on medium heat until soft

3. Dump the rest of the ingredients in and stir-See, I told you.. easy, peasy

4. Simmer and stir on low for 30 minutes or longer

*I’ve made this ahead of time and left on the stove top for up to two hours.

5.  Sprinkle with shredded cheese & dollop with sour cream

Yummy cheap chili
Yummy cheap chili
Serve with crackers or garlic toast and ENJOY!!!!

For a family of four this makes two meals. I have leftovers the following evening, cutting the meal cost in half and the mess! Total cost was 7.67 (this includes my target red card 5% discount) or 3.83 per a meal. Cheap and yummy!!

Stay tuned for my meal planning post! Thanks for checking out my favorite fall recipe!!

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Pumpkin Seeds- The Money Saving Snack

Save money in snacks and cook up those pumpkin seeds!
Save money in snacks and cook up those pumpkin seeds!

Cooked pumpkin seeds are a great way to save money this fall!! After you carve out your pumpkin, rinse those babies off and stick them in the oven!! You now have a healthy snack (seeds are loaded with magnesium, potassium and zinc). Depending on how many pumpkins you carve, you’ll have a yummy, nutritious snack for days. Eat up!!

Easy Recipe

1. Rinse your seeds well.

2. Grease tray with olive oil (or cooking spray) & lay seeds in a single layer.

3. Season (use salt or cinnamon & sugar for a sweet tooth).

4. Cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

5. Cool & enjoy!!! (As my two-year old would say, Nummy Tummy!)

Happy Halloween-Costume Savings


Halloween Costume  Savings
Halloween Costume Savings; learn how to save on your costumes this year!

Happy Halloween!🎃

What are your kids dressing up as this year? Did you pay full price for those cute costumes? Hope not, but if you did, there is time to save for next year!! Here are five ideas to help you!

1. If possible, the number one way to save is to buy one year early! This works best for younger kids that can be swayed or if you already know what they are into! My son is wearing a Captain America Costume that my mom bought on clearance last year for $5 (marked down from $22). Just buy a size or two up and you are set! No stress next year!

2. Check mom to mom sights or sales. I just started using these on Facebook and I’m addicted! I see costumes all the time and some people are just giving them away to get rid of them!-Way to spread the love!

3. Sign up for a store email list. Many major stores offer free shipping and discounts around the holidays. I am on the Party City email list and they have had free shipping all week!

4. A fairly new way to shop online is Jet.com.  I bought my husband’s and my Halloween costumes on this sight last year. The sight actually shops around, will find you a great deal and offer a discount if you wave your right to return your item.

5. Another great idea is to costume swap with friends, family, neighbors or mom’s groups. Many moms are just trying to get rid of old, no longer used costumes.

As always, I hope this post was helpful!! Don’t forget to stock up on Halloween candy next week when it all goes on clearance!  YUM!

 

10 Ways to Save Money Everyday

Saving Money Daily
Saving Money Daily

Article updated 1-5-2017

Saving money isn’t always easy. Many of us scrimp and save, just to get by. Nonetheless, there are many easy tips and tricks to help keep your budget on track and saving money means keeping more in your pocket.

The list below features many ways I use to save money. With a family of four, it is easy to go over budget, especially on groceries for the kids.  However, I have found that if I continue to practice the tips below, I have a few extra bucks in my pocket at the end of the month and I hope you will too.

Ways to Save Money Everyday

1.  Find free family stuff to do – There are so many fun activities in cities or local areas that are free.  Local parks, libraries, bike rides, and family walks are just a few.  Many times the library offers classes and celebrations that are free, but you must sign up in advance. (Check before a Holiday)

2.  Couponing–  Couponing does requires a bit of work but can be fun and an excellent way to save money.  One great way to coupon is to use online couponing sites.  Coupons.com and betty crocker.com are just a few of my favorites.  You can also follow blogs that match up coupons to sales at your favorite stores. Krazy Coupon Lady is one of my favorites!
3.  Wait a week before buying –  It is hard not to be an impulse buyer and snatch up the latest trend.  The next time you see something you are really eyeing, wait a week and see if you still have the desire for that new purse or pumps.  If so, set aside an envelope to save up for your favorites.

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