FREE Disney Frozen Backpack

 

I have a super hot deal for you, but you need to hurry because it won’t last long!  Right now you can get a FREE Disney Frozen Backpack!

Kmart has this backpack on sale today for $15.29 and Top Cashback is offering $17 cashback for new members which makes it FREE!  Cha-ching!

Here’s how to snag this deal:

1. Click here to sign up for a new Top Cashback account.

2. Check your email for a link to activate your account.

3.  Go here to snag this special offer!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Transactions must only contain one 16″ Disney Frozen backpack priced at $15.29 to ensure $17 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If another item is purchased or additional items are purchased at the same time, the cashback amount awarded will be 7% or less (depending on the item(s) purchased) instead of $17.

This promotion is subject to supplies and pick-up location availability.

 

Shopping for School Supplies without Breaking the Bank {Or Losing Your Mind}

Plans for back to school usually include lots of shopping and the more kids you have, the more shopping you’ll most likely need to do!  As a mom of 4, I know firsthand how crazy back to school shopping can be.  I also know that it gets crazier, more stressful, and more expensive if you wait til the last minute.

Most schools will have a list of supplies your child will need.  Before you head out, let’s take a look at a few ideas that could save you some steps and some money.

1.  Make a Master List

If you have more than one child and they each have a separate list of school supply items, you’ll want to combine them all into one master list. Tally up the total number of notebooks needed. Do the same for calculators, pencils, rulers, and everything else on the list. When you get to the store, it will be easier to pick up a bundle of items than go back and forth filling each individual child’s list. Then, when you get home, you can divide up the items to give to each child using their own list. This may also save you money since there are often deals on packs of folders, paper, pencils, and other supplies.

2.  Take inventory

Do you have a cabinet or closet in your home where you keep school and office supplies?  Go through and take inventory of what you have and compare it to your master list.  Using what you already have can save you a lot of money!  Also, check your kids backpacks and lunch boxes.  If they are in good working order, there’s no need to purchase a new one.

3.  Stick to the basics

Yes, glitter pens are cool and pencils with wacky patterns on them are really fun, but they cost more than basic pens and standard pencils. You will save a ton of money buying the basics rather than the fancy styles. You will want to double check your school’s list of supplies as some schools want only plain colored notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils.  If your school is ok with fun supplies, it’s a lot cheaper to buy the plain supplies and dress them up with a small package of silly eraser tops to make pencils unique or stickers to decorate the folders. You can usually buy a package of embellishments to share between all the kids for a lot less money than buying already decorated school supplies.

4.  Shop early…and don’t do it all at once

If you start shopping early, you can get supplies little by little instead of  spending hours at the store pulling your hair out while trying to wrangle kids and checking off a mile-long list. If you watch the weekly sales at all the stores in your community, you can purchase supplies for pennies on the dollar.  Purchase only the supplies that are on sale each week and by the time school  Be sure to check with your school (most have websites now) for a list of school supplies needed.

5.  Buy in bulk

If you have lots of kids, you may be able save a bundle by buying in bulk.  You can often purchase a pack of  100 pencils for the same price as 3 packs of 10. You will always need pencils, so you may as well get a good deal on them. If you don’t have lots of kids, consider going in with a friend or relative to buy supplies.  You may also want to check with a friend or relative about going in together on bulk supplies.  If you have a membership to a store like Costco or Sam’s Club, you can use it to save on school supplies, clothes, and other items throughout the year. Membership is usually pretty reasonable and sometimes you can even find special deals. Watch your savings throughout the year and you’ll see the value really adds up fast.

6.  Check out your local dollar stores

Those ‘dollar stores’ have become a shopping sensation for a reason. There are certain items that just aren’t worth more than $1 no matter how anyone tries to sell it. Things like notebooks, paper, pencils, calculators, pens, and erasers just shouldn’t take a bite out of anyone’s budget. There is no reason to spend $3 on a notebook when the very same item is available for $1. Dollar stores are also a great source for stickers and other fun embellishments to dress up boring school supplies. Check out your local dollar store and you’ll save big money.

It only takes one look at the weary faces of parents standing in line at the checkout, arms loaded with school supplies on the day before school starts, to realize there has got to be a better way. Well, there is. Get your list together, take stock of what you have, watch the sales, start early, and buy in bulk. All these tips add up to savings and a calmer start to a new school year!

For tips on saving money on back to school clothing shopping, check out 8 Ways to Save on Back to School Clothes.

 

Grace Adele Sale

If you’re looking to update your look, you won’t want to miss this Grace Adele sale.  They have some really sweet deals on purses and accessories!  Here are a few of my faves!

Avalon Silver Ring $4

Roxie Coral Bag $24

Heather Ocean Bag $16

Tablet Tote $8

 

Click here to check out all the great deals!

Spanx Sale {Shapewear, Swimwear, and Workout Wear Deals}

I love Spanx, but they can be really expensive!  Today, Zulily is having a Spanx Sale.   They have shapewear, swimwear, workout wear, and some cute tank tops.  I just bought this really cute workout skort.

Items are already selling out, so hurry over and check it out!

Click here to shop!

 

Project 38: My Goals for the Year

Today is my 38th birthday and when my birthday rolls around, I like to make a list of my goals for the year.  Yesterday I shared a recap of last year’s goals and today I’m sharing my goals for this year.

Some of these are repeats of last year that I didn’t accomplish, but this is the year to get it done!

1.  Read through my Bible twice

2.  Memorize 38 Bible verses

3.  Lose 10 pounds

4.  Lose 10 pounds

5.  Lose 10 pounds

6.  Lose 10 pounds

7.  Lose 10 pounds

8.  Lose 10 pounds

9.  Lose 10 pounds

10. Lose 10 pounds

11.  Complete C25K

12.  Run a 5k in 38 minutes

13.  Run a 5k in 33 minutes

14.  Run a 5k in under 30 minutes

15.  Run a half-marathon

16.  Do T-Tapp workout 38 times

17. Swim laps 38 times

18. Complete a sprint triathlon

19.  Do 38 girl pushups in a row

20. Do 50 girl pushups in a row

21.  Do 100 girl pushups in a row

22. Do 10 regular pushups

23.  Do 38 regular pushups

24.  Read 38 books

25.  Listen to 38 audiobooks

26. Write an ebook

27.  Take family pictures

28.  Go on 38 dates with my hubby

29.  Go on 38 walks with friends (or workout with friends)

30. Get certified to teach a fitness class

31. Learn one new skill

32. Do 10 speaking engagements

33. Complete the 365 Day Savings Challenge (fill my piggy bank)

34. Complete the 52 Week Saving Challenge (put money in our savings account)

35. Put $2000 in vacation fund

36. In bed, lights out by 10pm 60 nights

37. Get up by 5:30am 50 days

38. Make 38 fun crafts, recipes or projects

 

Recap of my 37th Year

Tomorrow is my 38th birthday.  This is the time of year when I evaluate my past year and I set my goals for the following year.

This past year has been hard.  We were still in the throws of adjustment with the twins.  We started homeschooling in October.   My lupus flared up and caused some major issues.  And while the year was rough, I still accomplished a few of my goals.

The good news is that I feel like things our starting to settle down in our family and I have a feeling this is going to be my year! Tomorrow I’ll share my goals for the new year,  but since this is my last day being 37, I thought I’d share my recap of this past years goals.

I had 37 goals for the year and I only accomplished 6 of them.  On a positive note, that’s 6 things that I probably wouldn’t have accomplished without setting these goals!

1.   Complete P90X – I made it through 1 week before exercise induced migraines sidelined me. :(

2.   Lose 10 pounds

3.   Lose 10 pounds

4.   Lose 10 pounds

5.   Lose 10 pounds

6.   Lose 10 pounds

7.   Lose 10 pounds

8.   Lose 10 pounds

9.   Lose 10 pounds

10.  Declutter 10 things/day for 37 days in a row  – I decluttered over 400 things.  Go me!

11.  Exercise 37 minutes/day for 37 days in a row

12.  Complete C25K

13.  Run a 5k in under 37 minutes

14.  Run another 5K during the year and do it 3 minutes and 7 seconds faster than my first 5k

15.  Make my bed 37 days in a row 

16.  Get up by 5:30am 37 weekdays in a row (7 weeks, 2 days)

17.  Get certified to teach some kind of fitness class

18.  Do T-Tapp BWO+ 37 times

19.  Read 37 books

20.  Listen to 37 audio books (I couldn’t have done this without Audible)

21.  Listen to 37 sermons, personal development talks, or business seminars

22.  Go on 37 dates with my hubby

23.  Make 37 different crafts (regular or food crafts)

24.  Get family pictures taken

25.  Take 37 walks with friends

26.  Send 37 snail mail cards

27.  Send out Christmas cards

28.  Do 37 random acts of kindness

29.  Do 12 speaking engagements

30.  Sell our house

31.  Go to bed by 10pm 37 weeknights in a row

32.  Get 37 new social media or Alert Monster customers

33.  Write an ebook (I’m using From Idea to Ebook to help me)

34.  Start teaching my kids home ec skills using Training your Children in Home Ec

35.  Pay $3700 extra on our mortgage

36.  Put $370/week in savings

37.  Put an extra $3700 in savings

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {7/11/14}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!  Some of these are only good today, so don’t miss out!

7-Eleven – FREE Small Slurpee on 7/11 from 11am – 7pm
Arby’s
– Buy 1 Get 1 Free Orange Cream Shake (exp: 7/15/2014)
Biggby – $1.99 Any Size Iced Coffee (exp: 8/31/2014)
Boston Market - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Individual Meal (exp: 7/13/2014)
Carrabba’s – $10 Off 2 Dinner Entrees
Chick-fil-a – FREE Meal When You Dress Up Like a Cow on 7/11 Only
Chili’s – Free Chips & Choice of Dip with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 7/13/2014)
Krispy Kreme – Buy 1 Dozen Doughnuts Get 1 Original Glazed Dozen for 77¢ Valid 7/11 Only (exp: 7/11/2014)
Lone Star Steakhouse – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/13/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse - Free Appetizer or Dessert When You Buy 2 Adult Entrees (exp: 7/13/2014)
Noah’s Bagels - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/29/2014)
Red Lobster - Free Appetizer or Dessert with 2 Adult Dinners (exp: 7/13/2014)
Red Mango – $1 Iced Coffee, $2 Iced Latte or $3 Frozen Lattes (exp: 7/31/2014)
Schlotzsky’s – $2 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 7/16/2014)
Souper Salad - $5.99 Adult Buffet (exp: 7/20/2014)
Taco Bueno – Buy 1 Get 1 Free $5 Bueno Meal Valid 7/11 Only

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {7/11/2014}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/21/2014)
Bealls – $20 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/13/2014)
Beauty Brands - $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 8/2/2014)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 7/16/2014)
Express – $25 Off Every $75 Purchase (exp: 7/11/2014)
JCPenney - 15% Off Apparel, Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewelery + More (exp: 7/13/2014)
Lifeway – 30% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 7/12/2014)
Loft Outlet – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/13/2014)
OshKosh B’Gosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 7/16/2014)
Staples - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/12/2014)
The Limited - 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 7/30/2014)
Yankee Candle - Buy 2 Get 1 Free Regular Priced Jar, Tumbler, or Pure Radiance Vase Candles (exp: 8/3/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Mary Kay Madness Sale

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Amazon: 50% Off Backpacks

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Celebrate Krispy Kreme’s Birthday with a Sweet Deal for YOU!

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  I love birthdays and tomorrow is the 77th birthday of Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed doughnut (which in my humble opinion is the best doughnut on the face of the earth).  To celebrate, all Krispy Kreme shops will be offering a pretty spectacular deal: Buy One Dozen Doughnuts, get a 2nd dozen for only 77 [...]

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