If you are a girly girl, getting free makeup sounds like a dream come true! And let’s be honest, if we are buying name-brand makeup it can get pretty darn pricey.
What if you could get free makeup? This would totally make “up” your day! Pun intended!!
And every time I hear the word FREE I get all giddy!
Yes, getting my makeup for free would be the cherry on top of my dark circles and uneven skin tone! HA!
Not to mention, I’m like a kid in a candy store when I walk into Sephora or Ulta. But… then I look at the makeup prices, turn around and walk out (scowl) – that is unless I have a gift card. -thanks, mom!
Check out my favorite ways to save money below:
Rakuten – Formerly known as Ebates, Rakuten is a money-back site that rewards you for doing something you already do: shopping online. Click through Ebates before you shop online and you will receive a percentage back of what you spent. How it works: They make money by referring you to shop at a store and then share their commission with you. The best part is it costs you nothing. Also, they have thousands of the BEST stores to choose from including Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Priceline, Macy’s, Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Groupon, Amazon and so much more. Sign up through my link and receive a $10 bonus just for signing up! Read my Rakuten Money-Saving Review here.
Ibotta – Ibotta is an awesome money-saving app that allows you to receive rebates for stuff you already buy. All you have to do is find your store and search the available rebates for that week. Once you find your rebates, start shopping. Next, send your receipt by taking a picture and uploading it which is super easy. I suggest doing this right when you get home from the store so you do not forget. It is as easy as taking a simple picture and clicking your rebates! Ibotta has recently added some online shopping to their app as well, so you have more options. Use my link and receive a $10 sign up bonus when you redeem your first rebate! Read more about Ibotta here: Ibotta, Awesome Rebate and Money Making App.
Are you spending too much money and finding it hard to get ahead? If you overspend and are looking for ways to save money, you are going to love this guest post by Jon Dulin from MoneySmartGuides.com. Check it out here:
If you are like most people, money always is tight.
No matter what you do, it seems that you are struggling to get ahead financially.
Chances are you haven’t tried the trick I am about to teach you.
I have found there is one trick that I use that saves me the most money.
It does take a little bit of work to set up, but once you do, it becomes a habit.
If you are willing to put in a little work, you will be amazed at how much money you can save using this trick.
And once you make this savings trick a habit, you can begin to use other ideas to cut your monthly spending to save even more money.
It is that time to start thinking about the Holidays. And yes, learning how to get ready for Christmas can help eliminate stress in your life and your budget. Let’s face it, Christmas can cause a huge strain on your budget if you are not prepared.
According to a study by the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend $1007.24 on Christmas this year, which is up 4.1% from last year.
Regardless, it is best to make a plan and be ready now before it gets too close to your family parties and the actual date. If you wait you end up becoming a last-minute shopper and most likely spend more than what you were planning because at that point you have no choice.
If you want to take the stress out of the Holidays, it is best to prepare during November. In fact, this year, I am planning on finishing and wrapping all of my presents before December 1st. The only way for this to happen is to be prepared.
I have been planning my Christmas budget all year and I save certain accounts specifically for Christmas present and activities. The two main sources of my Christmas budget are from my Ibotta earning over the year and my Poshmark earnings. I am also selling on Facebook and have put my earnings in a cash envelope specifically for Christmas.
A few other side hustles I have done to set money aside for Christmas are VIPKID (currently making the most here) and User Tester (love this one, but can’t always qualify for tests so haven’t made that much.)
Anyway, the reason I am mentioning my side hustles in this post is to show you I consider this extra money and I am setting it aside for Christmas. If you haven’t saved over the year and are finding yourself falling short, consider going through your house and finding items you no longer want or need and selling them to give you an extra cushion.
You could also consider doing something part-time before the Holidays. I’m not suggesting you need to go over the top, but these are just ideas if you need extra money. I recommend only buying gifts you can afford or possibly making gifts if you are super short on cash.
Are you sick of hearing your friends talk about going to the spa? And they always seem to have the cutest outfits, shoes, and purses? Meanwhile, you are on a budget and can’t even afford a cup of soup at the fancy restaurant they went to last weekend.
Maybe you are frugal and don’t find the value of spending money on luxuries or you are in a habit of taking the bottom for yourself because you don’t feel like you deserve luxuries in life. However, you do deserve luxuries and you don’t have to spend a small fortune to give yourself life’s fullest comforts.
Yet, even if you are on a budget you can still enjoy the luxuries life has to offer. With the list below you can save money and still enjoy life. Are you ready to enjoy the luxuries in life on a budget?
In this post you will learn about enjoying luxuries in life on a budget in the following categories:
Are you stressed out about your Halloween costume? Maybe you waited too long and can’t find anything you like or the right size is “sold out.” Sometimes with our busy “mom” schedules, Halloween is an after-thought that we know we will eventually get too.
Then BOOM a Halloween event pops up two weeks before Halloween and you realize you never bought or made a costume. This can feel like a “frantic” mom moment, but today I am going to show you how to make a super easy and cute Winnie the Pooh costume to take the stress out of Halloween so you can have fun and enjoy it! The best part is the costume literally cost me $3 to make!
I got the idea for this costume because I volunteered to be my son’s room parent this year. I’m on the PTA and I secretly wanted to be able to attend all of his first-grade parties. So I get the honor of planning the Halloween party for his class and in the spirit of Halloween I will dress up too, to make it more fun for the kids.
I wanted something “non-spooky” and kid-friendly. And let’s face it, what kid doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? I even asked my son if he wanted me to buy a spider girl costume to match him or dress up like that silly ole’ bear! My seven-year-old chose the latter. (I’m so glad he is still into kid’s stuff.)
Frugal Halloween Costume Idea
You all know I am frugal and I’m going to give ya’ll some price details! This costume cost me a whopping $3 in total. Considering the fact, I already had a mustard yellowish colored sweatshirt from old navy and an old headband.
However, I got my yellow sweatshirt on Old Navy’s deal of the day for $10 – so $13 if you want to count that in the price. Not bad!
So let’s get down to this silly-nilly business of making the costume.
Do you love Fall? It is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year! One main reason is my birthday is in the fall – Yay birthday week! Haha! Also, fall is just cozy and fun.
I enjoy doing things with my kids during every season, but I especially love the fall. Summer here in Michigan can get hot and muggy. And sometimes, it is a pain to take two kids outside in the heat. Yet, fall here in Michigan tends to cool down (although it was 90 a few days ago!) and we can enjoy the outdoors as a family.
Fall is a great time to find fall activities for preschoolers, fall activities for toddlers, and fall activities for school-age children. Basically, these fall activities listed below are intended for the family. These fall ideas will have you wishing it was pumpkin spice season all year long!
So grab your sweatshirt and blanky and cuddle up to read this list. Don’t forget to print the free fall activity planner at the bottom of the post so you can make sure to check everything off your fall bucket list.
Most of all, enjoy your family! Kids grow up way too quickly so we need to take advantage of the time they still want to be seen with us! LOL