Get Budget Savvy With Groupon Coupons!

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*This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions and recommendations are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor.

Over the last few years Groupon has become my favorite site for saving money on events and classes for my family. Without this site we wouldn’t be able to go bowling with 7 people a few times a year, pay for normally expensive gymnastics and karate classes for my children, or eat at restaurants that are usually beyond our price range.

Little did I know that Groupon was even more amazing than I already thought! Continue reading “Get Budget Savvy With Groupon Coupons!”

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Holiday Gift Guide- 5 Must Have Gifts For Kids

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I can’t help but be opinionated about gifts. After all, we sift through so many each year, with 5 children and 3 separate sets of grandparents, that we have learned what gifts are fabulous for the kids and what gifts get shoved under the bed after 5 minutes of fun in favor of the box. I have included some gifts that we have loved from this last year that you may want to try with your own brood and some that we are looking forward to testing out ourselves this Christmas. Continue reading “Holiday Gift Guide- 5 Must Have Gifts For Kids”

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My First FabFitFun Box

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School has started, halloween decorations are crowding the stores, and cooler temperatures have definitely arrived, at least in my neck of the woods. I don’t know about you, but as much as I love fall, I am not ready for summer to end! For this reason, the summer fafitfun box made my week when it came in the mail yesterday!
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Don’t know what a fabfitfun box is? Let me enlighten you! Fabfitfun is a package received with each season containing amazing, full sized, superior products valued at over $200! You pay just $49.99 per box! $200 a year for 4 packages filled with seasonal , quality products? Count me in!

I was originally a little skeptical, I have to admit. I am terrible about spending any money on myself, there is little to no indulgence on my side. But I decided to give it a try and I LOVE it.

Also you can receive $10 off your order with my special offer code if you order today!

Not convinced? Check out my favorite products from the box- burt’s bees BB cream, gorgeous lip-gloss, popsicle molds (my kids immediately stole k5nts2lfk9yantdaechlck0ahh_ottwhp9rd1126w1qthese) a yoga towel (I DO NOT do yoga, but I love the towel, it’s super soft and perfect for my baby), a cute beach bag (perfect all my kids junk they make me tote everywhere) and so much more!

Indulge yourself a little bit and try out the summer fabfitfun box before it’s gone! Keep fall away for a tad bit longer with amazing products just for you.  Seriously, don’t let your kids mooch off this box, you deserve a little pampering!

Just click this fabfitfun link and use code AFFILIATE10 for $10 off.

I hope you enjoy it as much I do!

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Big Fun on a Small Budget

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I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to find ways to entertain my kids, to keep them busy enough that they aren’t fighting or grumping around that they are bored.  However, entertainment is expensive! And once school starts, there seem to be less activities that towns offer “on the cheap.” Here are a couple of things that we do with our kids that keep their minds and hands busy and our wallet happy throughout the whole year.

Build on the Weekend–  Both Lowe’s and Home Depot offer free children’s clinic once a month so your little owp_20160312_005nes can create something amazing with their own hands. Home Depots projects wp_20160312_010-1require a little more dexterity, often requiring gluing, nailing and painting. Lowe’s, on the other hand, has kits that mostly require some nailing and ability to attach stickers.

Visit https://lowesbuildandgrow.com to sign up for clinics and preview what your child can build next.  Home Depot’s clinics are the first Saturday morning of every month from 9-12. You can visit http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops to register your kiddos, but it isn’t required. At both stores kids get to keep their creation, receive a special apron and goggles and an attachment for their apron commemorating the project they completed. Build on!

wp_20160405_023Roller Skate Like a Rockstar– Roller skating has always been one of my favorite past-times. http://www.kidsskatefree.com has made it possible for my whole family to enjoy this activity; we can jam skate, roller blade, or roller skate our way to a fun, fit evening, for FREE, once a week. Just go to http://www.kidsskatefree.com and sign up each of your kiddos so you can start having fun!

Barnes&Noble– There aren’t a whole lot of bookstores still around in this age of technology, but Barnes and Noble has and always will be my favorite. With or without kids I love to read and drink coffee, both of which I can do here. And coffee is cheap so that’s a score! Even better, I can bring my children to story time throughout the week or on the weekend to listen to great books and do activities. I I miss story time, I can simply head to the kids area and let them wrangle the train table while I sip on caffeine and have a moment to take a breath. You can always find some amazing deals on books in their bargain area!

Krispy Kreme– If you live in an area with a Krispy Kreme you probably didn’t think you could get any luckier! You were wrong. Join their newsletter and get alerts to awesome days where you can img_2468go in to receive free coffee or doughnuts as well as get coupons and info on special promotions. But that’s not all! At Krispy Kreme they celebrate “National Talk Like a Pirate Day” like champs! Go in on September 19th and talk like a pirate and you get a free doughnut, go in and DRESS like a pirate and get a free DOZEN! We have made this a holiday at our house, complete with face paint fake swords and as much piratey crap as we can find! It’s amaze-balls, you must go and enjoy it as well!

Memberships– I never thought I would be that mom who gets memberships to stuff; the museum, the zoo, the rec center. Now I rock my membership cards like they are VIP passes. I thought my children would get bored going to the same place over and over, I was wrong. We have been the zoo 6 times since March and they still can’t wait to go again. However, memberships don’t always seem cheap, but if you sign up for the newsletters to the places you would like to go they will send you special membership offers throughout the year and you can often get an extra discount if you buy online. Our Zoo membership paid for itself in just 2 visits! For anyone with 2 kids or more, memberships are the bomb. If your not quite sure a membership is for you, all museums and zoo’s do free days too so you can check them out.  Beware, these days are often busy, so get there early! We cycle our memberships; one year the zoo, the next year the museum or aquarium. That way we get to see everything on a small budget!

Go entertain your kids on the cheap, my friends! Perhaps bring a flask, I said cheap, not necessarily stress free!

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Awesome Things Every Mom Needs to Splurge On!

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Let’s face it, mom’s work freaking HARD!  And I don’t know about you but I am, more often than not, loath to spend my families hard earned money on myself. I have been known to wear shoes with holes and no soles and really ratty jeans rather than fork over the dough for new duds.  After all, that cash could be used for a night out or a day at the pool….or, more likely, new shoes for the kiddos or, at the moment, school supplies!

However, every now and then us mom’s deserve a little reprieve from our penny pinching ways.  Here are some things that I think mom’s could afford to splurge on and feel good about!

*I like this shirt because I am still professing to the world that I am mom, hear me roar.  It’s not only cute because of what it says, but it’s stylish for any outdoor activity and perfect for a workout!

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You can buy this at https://www.etsy.com/listing/294574501/mommin-from-son-up-till-son-down?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=from%20son%20up%20to%20son%20down&ref=sr_gallery_12

 

Insulated Wine Tote Wine Purse - With Monogram or Personalization

you can buy this on etsy by following this link https://www.etsy.com/listing/180430979/tuscan-wine-purse-holds-up-to-a-3l-bag?ref=shop_home_active_4

*Another great way to spurge, but save BIG is to check out Thread Up.  It’s perfect for people like me who enjoy shopping, but don’t have the time, and LOVE  a great deal, but don’t have the energy to shop around. For a limited time you can use code SUMMER to get 40% off today + free shipping over $79.  If you need a little gift for yourself as well as back to school clothes for your kiddos, this is the perfect place for you! Follow the link and sign up for free, start saving while splurging today! https://www.thredup.com/

* If you love heals you have to check out Chelsie Dey Designs on etsy.  I personally love these amazing Denver Broncos shoes! These are a custom order that must be requested, so you can request ANY sports team! What better way to support your team and look super hot doing it? Let’s face it, no matter how uncomfortable heals can be, I always feel sexy wearing them and heals always make your butt look great! This designer also does some really great children’s shoes and tons of other occasion designs. Here is the link to her shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChelsieDeyDesigns?ref=search_shop_redirect  You can also checkout her facbook, the ID is in the picture below.

This next splurge item is perhaps a bit more fun than practical, but on those long days where everyone seems to be fighting and nothing seems to go right, you just might find yourself needing this “Guzzle Buddy.”  It’s also currently on sale, and after those expensive, but amaze-balls high heals, you might want to penny pinch a bit.

Follow this link to check out the Guzzle Buddy! https://www.amazon.com/Guzzle-Buddy-Turns-Bottle-Extra/dp/B0182U49IS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1470667172&sr=8-4&keywords=wine+bottle+glass

  • These next shirts pretty much sum up my life’s philosophy and also cut back on my speebuttercup shirtsch by about 50% as I can just point at my shirt!

Here are the links for these beauties!

https://www.amazon.com/Buttercup-Womens-T-Shirt-Azalea-Pink/dp/B016CAP2QI/ref=sr_1_4?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1470667607&sr=1-4&nodeID=12035955011&keywords=suck+it+up+buttercup

and https://www.amazon.com/Panoware-Workout-Racerback-Buttercup-Vintage/dp/B01DZD4RU2/ref=sr_1_2?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1470667607&sr=1-2&nodeID=12035955011&keywords=suck+it+up+buttercup

If you have any other awesome splurge-worthy items or ideas please let me know in the comments below!

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5 Ways to Save Big on School Supplies

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School supply shopping, for me, is a real drag. Not only is it a dark reminder that school is 2175909SchoolSuppliesjust around the corner but it’s all extremely expensive, especially if you have more than one little darling to buy for. Over the years I have learned a few trick that save me big this time of year, and saving money makes me feel a little bit better since I despise school SOOOOOO much.
1)  Get the list and stick to it-  Make sure you get your children’s school supply list as early as possible and that you don’t add anything to your cart that isn’t on the list. School supply lists can be found online at the child’s school website long before school starts, and as soon as those school supplies hit the stores (usually just after July 4th) you can also often find them at your local conglomerate such as Target or Walmart. Once you have the list you can start adding things to your cart.

2)  Buy off brand- One thing our school does that drives me crazy is to tell us exactly which brand of school supply to bring. For example they want Crayola everything and Ticonderoga Pencils, just to start.  In my humble opinion this is BS and supply racist. I honestly don’t really care if they get the brand name they want if I am paying for the supplies.  So when our budget is really stretched, I grab the off brand names and feel a little better for sticking it to the man.

3)  Shop online- One reason to get those supply lists early is to allow yourself time to shop online. Often websites have more variety and better deals if you are willing to wait for the supplies to be delivered. It is also worth it to check out websites like Ebates and SwagBucks These sites require membership but are great ways to save BIG.  Once you signup you can sift through hundreds of retailers that give you a percentage back on your purchase just for shopping online! For example, if I wanted to buy items at Target I would go to Ebates or Swagbucks and check how much cash back they are offering. If decide the money back is worth waiting for my items to be delivered, I simply click on the link. A new window will open to the Target website and also serves as my “ticket” for Ebates or Swagbucks and will track my final purchase amount. Once the items ship, I will acquire a balance for my cash back in my account.  Ebates sends out check monthly for all cash back you have acquired while swagbucks simply accrues your balance as “swagbucks” until you are ready to cash them in for gift cards to popular retailers.  I will include the links to join these sites below and will also be doing another post about the features of the websites soon. Shopping online only really works to your advantage if you can get free shipping, however. I you have the Target Card you get free shipping and 5% off your purchases, and Walmart offers free site to store on many items.  Also, if you have enough items to buy, most retailers have free shipping after you have reached a certain amount on your bill.

*to join Swagbucks follow this link:  http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/Karowyn
*To join Ebates follow this link:
http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=uZjRucDg4ytZbVBO88Upuw%3D%3D&eeid=28187

4)  Shop around- Another way to ensure that you are getting the most supplies for your money, is to shop around. Of course, this is also more time consuming so you have to weigh the desire to save money with the desire to have a little more time.  Start shopping around at home.  Sift through your local retailers’ weekly ads and see who is offering sales on items you need. You can also check out your local news stations as they often post links to weekly ads on their website. For example Channel 7 News in Denver at thedenverchannel.com posts “this weeks circulars” halfway down their homepage. If you have the time to hit up a couple different retailers to compare value, that’s awesome too. and don’t be afraid to purchase a cheaper item at another store even if you already bought it once. Returning items is relatively easy and saving the money is worth it! Just don’t forget.

5)  Coupons- I don’t always have time to shop around for the best outright deal, not to mention I don’t always have the energy to drag 5 kids to 4 stores.  However, I do have time for coupons! Target Cartwheel is a great way to save money.  Just go to https://cartwheel.target.com and sign up, then search “school supplies.” I always organize the page from the biggest discounted item to the smallest, this way I tend to only add offers with the best price. Click on each item you would like to use and it will automatically add it to your  “cart.” If you have a smartphone you can get the Cartwheel app or just login in from your phone and go to “checkout.”  This will bring up a barcode that the cashier scans. If you don’t have a smartphone just go “checkout” from your computer and print out the barcode, you can laminate it with some clear tape and use it each time you go to Target.  Another great way to find coupons is to check out http://thekrazycouponlady.com/ and of course take a look at all that junk mail, there are often coupons in there!  Ebates also offers coupon codes and shows discounted items for each retailer.

Go forth and shop! Save money and Prosper!

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