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How to stock up your camper for next to nothing

Purchasing a camper was one of the best things we ever did!  We finally found a way to vacation and spend time together as a family in a way we could afford.  When it came to stocking it up we had to do it on a budget!

 

Stock up at the dollar store!

  • scissors
  • trash bags
  • storage/ Ziploc bags
  • shelf liner
  • napkins
  • dish & hand soap
  • toothbrushes/ toothpaste
  • measuring cups
  • chip clips
  • ice cube trays
  • band-aids
  • tissues
  • drawer organizers for silverware
  • silverware
  • dust pan
  • sponges
  • bathroom trash can (recycle grocery bags for trash bags)
  • kitchen & hand towels
  • oven mitt
  • batteries
  • plastic bins for clothes
  • utensils (spatula, slotted spoon)
  • foil
  • small dish drying rack
  • clothes line
  • clothes hanging clips
  • plastic cups
  • paper plates
  • place mats

 

stock up your camper

Stock up for free!

  1. My dad is always away at different hotels on business so he brings back all of those complimentary shampoos, conditioners, mouthwash, lotion, body wash, and soaps.  They really come in handy because the smaller item the better when working with such a small space and we’re not always gone for long periods of time.
  2. Most campground food stands or fast food restaurants have salt and pepper and other condiment packets so grab a few extras to save for later!

Stock up at Five Below!

Other great bargain opportunities are the under $5 section when you first walk into Target and Five Below.  This is where I get all of our vacation activities for the kids like pool toys, frisbees, jump ropes, beach umbrella, sunscreen, sports balls, and activity books for when it’s raining. (We stock up on Mad-Libs and markers at Five Below).  This is also where you can score an over the door hook for extra towel storage.

 

stock up your camper

Stock up from home!

As far as blankets, rugs and bath towels I just use old ones from home. And stock up on pillows when Kohl’s has their “The Big One” pillows for $2.97 and I have Kohl’s cash or a coupon to use.  Speaking of Kohl’s, I was able to get a Farberware pot and pan set as a Black Friday deal and earned Kohl’s cash that later was put towards Christmas presents… it was a total score!

If you are new to camping you will soon discover that space management is a very important thing.  It takes a bunch of trial and error to realize the best way to be able to bring everything you need and not lose your mind at the same time.  A big thing for me was finding a place for wet towels where they could actually dry.  I found this foldable drying rack at Wal-Mart and it was the best $9 I ever spent!

 

how to stock up your camper

 

Most people buy campers to be able to unplug from our technology based day-to-day life so there is no reason to spend a fortune on camping supplies!  The simplicity is the beauty of it!  Our camper is half the size of an average tiny home and I wouldn’t trade the time we have spent in there for the world!  I would however like a little more room to shave my legs… but hey!  You can’t have it all right?!

 

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Cape May, New Jersey

As we are about to embark on another family trip to my favorite place in the world, I thought I might share some of the places we visit year after year.

 

Even though I grew up in Northern Maryland, I spent my summers visiting the Jersey Shore.  Cape May, specifically.  The beauty of Cape May is its lack of commercialization.  There is none, there is literally no Wal-Mart in the town of Cape May.  I know, mind blown.  The town sticks true to its 1800s Victorian style that is absolutely breath-taking.  If you are looking for a low-key, safe and perfect piece of American History on the East Coast this is the perfect vacation destination for you.

 

places to visit in cape may

 

Over the last 25 years that I have been visiting this historic beach town, not much has changed.  Maybe that’s why I love it so much.  I was even lucky enough to stay on the iconic Jackson Street year after year as a child.  Jackson Street is home to some of the most beautiful bed and breakfast’s on the East Coast that are within a block to the beach.  You are also a quick walk to the “Heart of Cape May,” The Washington Street Mall.

 

places to visit in cape may

Stop 1

Cape May Carriage Company.  The view of this town gets even better when you see it on a carriage being drawn by horses.  No matter how many times you go on one of these unforgettable tours, you still learn something new every time.  Your tour guide will teach you about the town’s history in a way that will make you feel like you were there.  We were even blessed enough to get a ride through town after we said, “I do”.

 

 

places to visit in cape may

places to visit in cape may

Stop 2

Sunset beach.  Located at the far end of the island, you can see a beautiful sunset without any obstructing views every evening.  Along with the sunset, they have a flag lowering ceremony to honor a veteran every evening as well.  Before catching the sunset, make sure you check out the awesome gift shop, mini golf and you can even hunt for Cape May diamonds on the beach.  Cape May diamonds are a clear stone that has been naturally polished by the ocean and left on the beach.  In the gift shop, you will find beautiful jewelry they make with them.  There, you can also find one of only twelve concrete ships that was ever put into service during World War 1, USS Atlantus.

 

 

places to visit in cape may

Stop 3

Cape May County Zoo.  I can’t say enough good things about this Zoo.  It is mostly shaded, it is free (but don’t forget to leave them a donation anyway!) and they take great care of their animals.  They have a train, a carousel, rock wall and have added a tree-to-tree adventure park where you can do activities like zip-lining!

 

 

places to visit in cape may

 

Stop 4

The Mad Batter and Cabana’s on the Beach are my top two favorite places to eat.  The Mad Batter has the best egg’s Benedict I have ever had and their filet and crab cake is unforgettable!  This restaurant is located on Jackson Street, which is a great place to be!  If you are looking for a great place with a view of the ocean for lunch or dinner, I highly recommend Cabana’s on the Beach.  The atmosphere is hard to beat and their music always makes you feel like you’re in the Caribbean.  Their Baja fish tacos are phenomenal.  When we were just there for Memorial Day, the special was Mako Shark tacos and they were unreal!  Cabana’s a great place to unwind after a long day in the sun. (Below is a picture of the Mako Shark tacos.)

 

 

places to visit in cape may

Stop 5

The beach.  That is what we came here for right?  Well, if you are unfamiliar with the Jersey Shore, you must know that they operate with beach tags.  Visitors 12 and up are required to purchase a beach tag to get onto the beach.  Currently, a weekly pass will cost you $18.  You are only required to bring your beach tag between the hours of 10 and 5, when the lifeguard in on Duty.  Paying for the beach might seem silly, but they take keeping the beaches clean very seriously and when you have your kids with you it’s nice to not be surrounded by cigarette butts!

 

places to visit in cape may

 

If you still have more time, just take in all of exquisite victorian architecture.  This town is one of a kind and something that everyone that lives there takes great pride in.  Another great way to do this as a family is to rent a Surrey from Shield’s Bike Rental.  You could also take a Trolley Ghost Tour or plan a day to go dolphin watching.  Whatever you do you won’t be disappointed.  I promise.

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Save time cleaning with microfiber and water!

*post contains affiliate links

Have you ever heard a Mom say, “Man I wish I could spend all day cleaning!”?  Yep, me neither.

What’s worse is being a clean freak/germophobe that would rather get a root canal that clean the house.  Recently, I have discovered how to be a clean freak and a lazy house wife at the same time… Which might I add is basically the American woman’s dream.

Here’s the secret:

Microfiber.  Sounds silly right?  I thought so too.  But once I gave it a shot, I discovered that I had been wasting so much time, energy and money all this time.  Realistically, all you need is 3 products and 20 minutes a day and you can say “bye, bye” to Saturdays stuck inside cleaning!

Here’s the plan:

Monday and a Dust Mitt: I have a 3 level, 2,400 square foot home and I can start at the top and work my way down to the basement in 20 minutes.

  • Dressers
  • TV stands
  • Night stands
  • Bookshelves
  • End tables

Tuesday and an Envirocloth:  Start by getting your cloth wet (not dripping) and get to work on the kitchen counters.  Move on to bathroom sinks and vanity counters.  Rinse out and hang dry.

Wednesday and a Window Cloth:  Once again, start upstairs and get your window cloth half damp.  I start with the two upstairs bathrooms and wipe all toothpaste marks off of the mirrors. Then, move on to any other mirrors or windows that have been subjected to sticky fingerprints and keep on truckin’.  I hit the storm door, windows covered in dog snot, powder room mirror and sliding glass door.  Rinse out the cloth and hang dry.  Keep out for touch ups as needed and then take down to be washed with the rest on Friday.

Thursday:  Repeat Monday and take your dust mitt down for laundry.

Friday:  Repeat Tuesday and add in toilets.  It is very important to work in this order:  Kitchen, bathroom sinks, then wipe down toilets.  Toilets cannot be forgotten in this house because of a ornery five-year old boy who has the attention span of a fruit fly.  Once complete, (IN THIS ORDER), take the cloths down for laundry.

*At the end of the week, throw all three cloths together in the washer with a little laundry detergent.  Once the load has finished, hang to dry or put in the dryer with dryer balls.  ABSOLUTELY NO DRYER SHEETS.  Want to find out more about the dangers of using dryer sheets?  Read what Dr. Axe has to say.

Since I am a stay at home Mom, I complete my 20 minutes in the mornings (after I have had my coffee).  On days when it’s not possible to get it done in the morning or if you are a working Mom, complete your 20 minutes right before your shower!  Since we have dogs that shed like crazy, I also have to vacuum every night.  If these tasks take you a little longer than 20 minutes at first, please don’t get discouraged!  The more you keep it up, the less you will have to clean and it will continue to get faster and faster!

Are you wondering if I’m totally losing it?  “That crazy lady never used the word spray!”  That’s the beauty of microfiber!  All you need is WATER... Here comes in all the added bonuses!

  • No cleaning products
  • No dangerous chemicals
  • No paper towels
  • No gross residue

This is how you save all that time and money!  You no longer have to buy cleaning products or paper towels for your daily chores and since you are literally just wiping away germs, you have saved SO much time.  Want to know how to save even more time?  Have your kids do it!  That’s right!  My five and seven-year old love to clean now… because they actually can!  You don’t have to worry about them coming in contact with toxic chemicals and it is impossible for them to leave behind paper towel streaks or furniture polish that is attracting more dust than it’s getting rid of!  Besides, the dusting mitt is just plain fun!

I take a tremendous amount of pride in being able to say that my house is totally chemical free!  I was just like you, I thought the only way to get rid of the germs was through bleach or a disinfecting spray but honestly the microfiber is even more successful at removing all that bacteria!  What’s even crazier is once you rinse it off and let it dry, it just sits there and self sanitizes!  Don’t believe me?  Watch this video.

The benefits of choosing the brand, Norwex:

  • Their microfiber has a 2 year warranty
  • They offer a 60 day satisfaction guarantee
  • Their microfiber is 1/100th the size of a human hair and can hold up to 7 times it’s weight in matter!
  • The microfiber itself is woven with silver and it is what allows it to “self sanitize”.

I loved reading Wellness Mama’s review on Norwex and think you will also found it helpful.

Am I a Norwex consultant?  Yes. Is this a sales pitch?  No.  I just want to give you the same opportunity to improve the quality of your life that I had.  I signed up to represent this company after I had invested in these 3 products.  After more research and learning the goals of Norwex I had to get involved.  And because I want all of my friends and family to try things I believe in, I signed up to be a consultant.  I do not love it because I sell it, I sell it because I truly love it.

Want to find out how safe your haven is?  Click here.

 

*Disclaimer: These are my own personal opinions and experiences.  If you visit my business page and order something, I will be given a commission.  I would never promote anything I didn’t use or totally love myself.

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My favorite summer kid’s products

Smell-so-good, all natural products to rock your summer!

Finding natural, chemical free solutions has been a big part of my household lately.  The chemicals used in our day-to-day products now-a-days are absolutely terrifying and they enter the bloodstream of our little ones in 26 seconds!  After lots of research I have found my favorite summer kid’s products!!

Never forget that your skin is you largest organ and you need to read the labels of everything that it comes in contact with it!  With my little lecture out of the way, I have found some awesome products to jumpstart our summer!  Ok, the basics… shampoo and conditioner.  This kids Mango & Carrot Shampoo and Conditioner by Shea Moisture smells sooooo good!  It is extra moisturizing so you don’t need conditioner every day but it is great if you have spent a few days in the pool!  Did I mention how good it smells?!  I could sniff it all day!  Don’t let the carrot part deter you!!

 

If you aren’t already aware, sunscreen can be SO dangerous!!!  If you aren’t able to or don’t have time to make your own, there are some great natural products out there for you to use.  This Alba Botanica Hawaiian, Coconut Spray is so easy to use, doesn’t leave a white residue and smells fantastic!  We spray that all over our body and then use Lemongrass Spa’s tinted sport stick for our faces.  The sport stick smells like vanilla, not yucky sunscreen… we love it!  If you are unsure if what you have on hand is safe for your little ones, I urge you to look up their ingredients.  If nothing else, check to see if it contains oxybenzone.  Oxybenzone is a serious endocrine disruptor!  Please head on over to Wellness Mama for a wealth of information on this topic and the best homemade sunscreen recipe!!

 

 

Another thing you have to be mindful of is all the junk they put in bug sprays!  Just like sunscreen, you think you are doing something right just by using some kind of preventative but you may be doing more harm than good…  Whether or not they have been able to prove if Deet is really harmful remains unknown but there’s really no reason to expose yourself to chemicals if you don’t have to.  Aside from the Deet there are other chemicals like Picaridin.  There are plenty of natural options so don’t even go there.  I was in a pinch and needed a good natural bug spray for camping so I turned to Lemongrass Spa’s bug-a-boo.  After spraying it on every couple of hours, I walked away with absolutely NO bug bites, and I usually get eaten alive!

 

 

Last year I made my own and had great success as well.  Here is my recipe:

 

Ok, so you got the shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen and bug spray now we have to keep it fresh with deodorant and toothpaste!  One of my favorite brands is Tom’s of Maine.  My kids love their toothpaste, they have silly strawberry and orange mango.  While 7 and 5 isn’t really old enough to be wearing deodorant (or need it anyway), my son would always use Daddy’s while “getting handsome” for the day.  My friend brought to my attention that regular men’s deodorant could possibly contain parabens, aluminum and possibly propylene glycol.  Aluminum is linked to all sorts of crazy things like Parkinson’s disease!  Check out this informative article for more info:  Potential Dangers of Antiperspirants. Lucy, 7, has the Tom’s of Maine Summer Fun deodorant and Jackson, 5, has the Fresh Kid’s boys deodorant.

 

 

Nothing you saw tickled your fancy?  How about Honest company?  I’m sure you’ve heard of this one before. (They are the one’s with the commercials with the super cute babies, dancing in diapers.)  I can show you how to get their best products at the BEST price!

Step 1. Join Honest Company through my link

Step 2. Click “My bundle” (I set up an essentials bundle)

Step 3. Mix and match whatever you need!

Step 4. Use code SHOP10 at check out

Step 5.  If you do not want to receive this package every month, make sure to cancel your subscription!

I got 2 hand soaps, 1 face and body lotion, 1 sunscreen, 1 shampoo + body wash, and 1 laundry detergent for $30 shipped!  Considering the price of just the sunscreen is $13.99 in the store that’s pretty darn good!  This is also a great way to purchase diapers and prenatal vitamins!!!  When I ordered, this was a featured deal on Swagbucks, so I also get 2500 SB for ordering!!  This will be turned into a $25 gift card!

 

 

Mom tip:  There are so many great, all-natural products out there and every day they are getting more accessible and affordable.  The biggest selling point to children is the packaging!  We all know they want toothpaste that has their favorite character on it but in reality they are packed full of synthetic ingredients, dyes and fragrances.  To avoid melt downs, try to sell it to them by the smell or the taste!  Just because the body wash has a picture of Spiderman on it, doesn’t mean its going to smell good!  Honestly, when these products first started making an appearance they were super pricey and this steered a lot of frugal mama’s (like myself) away but now if you compare these brands to what you have at home, they’re really not that much more.  They also are on sale a lot and have started publishing coupons!  When buying them through Amazon, you can buy them in bulk and/or add them to your subscribe and save to get them even cheaper!

 

 

 

 

*This post contains affiliate links.  I do not promote any products that I do not love or don’t use myself!  I may possibly receive a small commission from Amazon and Honest company if you use my links.

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School’s out for summer!

We made it!  How did another year of school fly by so fast?  Like it or not, I officially have a second grader and a kindergartener…. *Sigh*  Another year didn’t fly by without a lot of hard work.  Lucy channels every bit of energy into being the perfect student.  She gets acknowledged for helping others, being a good friend, and excelling in her work.  Even though she comes home a total wildebeest that has saved up an entire days worth of bad attitude, her hard work can’t go unnoticed!  Jackson progressed leaps and bounds in pre-k, both socially and academically so he also deserves a great send off into summer!  I thought I had an endless amount of time before both my babies were off to elementary school but boy was I wrong.  You know what I will be getting for my send off into summer vacation?  Therapy.  Many expensive hours of therapy…

On a lighter note, I have been saving up a few things for my kiddos to get excited about their time off!  That’s what summer’s all about, right?  We all deserve a little break!  For those exemplary report cards, my kids are getting a summer grab bag with new beach towels and outside toys!

Summer vacation is an exciting time and your kids are going to want to hit the ground running!  In order to keep everyone on the same page, sit the kids down and come up with a “bucket list”.  If you have little ones this will be the “family list”.  The family list will be full of things for everyone to do together. I urge you to keep it things that are somewhat easily achievable, things that you have been meaning to do but your schedules haven’t allowed it and things that EVERYONE enjoys, so there is no unnecessary fighting! There are enough disagreements as it is, you don’t need to make it harder on yourself!  Keeping everything easily achievable is also a must, to alleviate unnecessary mom guilt.  At the end of the summer, when you’re able to cross everything off it’s going to feel soo good!  This is what we have come up with for this summer:

Does your local bowling alley participate in the “Kids Bowl Free” program?  Check it out here: Kids Bowl Free  You can register any child under 15 and they get 2 free games a day!  What’s great is they also offer a Family Pass so that up to 4 adults can join in on the fun.  The Family Pass for the whole summer is $29.95 but keep an eye out in your email for coupon codes!  I did mine on Memorial Day weekend and got $5 off.  All you need to bring to the bowling alley is the coupon they sent to your email for that week’s pass and rent bowling shoes.  At our local bowling alley, shoe rental is only$1.50 during open bowling times.

Another great opportunity I take advantage of, is the free summer movies.  Here, they play every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.  Jackson is only 5, so when we first started going to the summer movies he was only 2.  This was a great way for him to see his first movie and knowing that if he started to melt down I wasn’t risking any money was a total win for me.  A lot of times we didn’t make it to the end, especially through the days of potty training but we still had fun and got out of the house.  I eventually learned that with the use of popcorn, we could make it at least an hour.  3 years later, he sits through the whole thing no problem and loves movies like me and my husband do!  This is our summer list, obviously you need to check our your theater’s website for yours: RC Theaters Hanover

What I think I am going to do in addition to the family list is a list they come up with on their own.  Make sure when having them do their own “bucket list” that it is full of things they are able to do without your help.  Example:  Make a bracelet, play hop scotch, watch Diary of a wimpy kid, practice riding my bike.  The hope is when they come to me and say “I’m SO BORED” I can say, “Why don’t you do something off your list so you can cross it off?”  Wishful thinking I’m sure but we’re going to give it a whirl!

Ok, so not all of it something they can do on their own but I said I would give it a whirl!  Since Lucy is 7 and Jackson is 5, they are the perfect age for doing summer time activities without my constant assistance.  I think this might be our best summer yet and I hope it is yours too!  Happy Summer!

 

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The ultimate guide to becoming a budget shopper

I am definitely not one of those extreme couponers, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to shopping and eating out on a budget… I’m excited to share my secret tricks with you!

In Store

Everyone can use some tips when entering the money spending Abyss we refer to as Target.  Is it one of my favorite stores?  Absolutely!  But budgeters beware; you need to enter with a plan of attack!

This leads to one of the most beloved apps on my phone, the Target Cartwheel.

You can either scan the product in store or plan products according to your list ahead of time.  Take my word of advice and PLAN AHEAD OF TIME.  More times than I would like to admit, I went in for milk and came out -$150 and acquired no milk.  Ok, so how do you plan?  Look for the ads in the Sunday paper and try to plan your monthly “big trip” when they are doing their “stock and save” sales.  (Ex:  Buy two or more of these products get a $5 gift card)  Next, combine this with corresponding items on Cartwheel.  What makes it even better is that on top of already being on sale and using Cartwheel you can also pile on Manufacturer coupons!  (Yup, they still print those).

It may not seem like a ton of money to you but $841.71 saved on stuff I was buying anyway is a #momwin for me!

While we’re already on the topic, let’s talk coupons.  Sometimes you just need to keep it old school!  Clip the coupons you get in your newspaper. (If you don’t get the newspaper anymore it’s worth signing up for just Sunday delivery. My local paper is only $5 a month.). These coupons are still great because most grocery stores will still double them up to a $1.00.  They are also combinable with some of the Apps I am telling you about!

Another great store app to have handy is the Wal-Mart Savings Catcher.  All you need is the Wal-Mart app and you can use the Savings Catcher to scan the bar code on your receipt.  Wal-Mart compares their prices to their competitors and Boom! you get the difference.  I saved my rewards all winter and used them to pay for Easter gifts!

The last “store app” that I think is totally worth the storage space on my phone is the Kohl’s app.  If you are a Kohl’s shopper, you would be totally lying if you said you never forgot a coupon or your beloved Kohl’s cash!  Forget no more, my friend!  Once you create your account, you can link your credit card and have all of your coupons and Kohl’s cash in the palm of your hand!  Another thing that goes directly on your app is your “Yes to You” rewards.  If you haven’t gotten this yet, you need to.  It is totally free and works just like any other rewards cards.  Once you get 100 points (which equals $100), the following month you will get an e-mail with $5 Kohl’s cash.  A few times a year they also do triple points!!!  So if you spend $35, you earn enough to get your $5 reward Kohl’s cash!!!  Lucky for you, it will automatically go to your app instead.  The beauty of Kohl’s is you can stack coupons and Kohl’s cash.  Cash in all those rewards and Kohl’s cash you earned and treat yourself! 🙂

Another resource you might want to take advantage of too is Ibotta.  With Ibotta you get rebates for items you purchase in certain stores.  This is another rebate based tool that I prefer in app form.  It just makes it easier that way!

Online

Ever see the commercials for eBates?  And you’re like, yeah right? That has to be a gimmick!  I know, me too!  But I saw someone else talking about how they used it and I was like, why not?  I’m happy to report it is not a gimmick.  Literally, all you have to do is make an account, go to the website you were going to purchase from and buy what you need!  As long as you went through eBates website first you will automatically get cash back in your account.  It IS that EASY!  I would be ever so grateful if you told them I sent you with this referral link:  https://www.ebates.com/r/BSCHRE53?eeid=28187

There are some great websites out there for you to use to get the best deal as well.  Groupon is one of them.  You can purchase anything from an entire vacation to dinner at a local restaurant.  I have even purchased codes to use on websites for picture keepsakes.  Pay attention, because they might have a promo code for you to use as well!  This is a website that you can get cash back through eBates too!!

One of my favorite websites is https://www.localflavor.com/.  They feature restaurants and fun things for my kids to do HALF OFF.  Who doesn’t want to get half off for somewhere you want to go anyway?  These deals are a great way to get the kids out of the house on a rainy day.  Don’t forget to check for deals where you are going on vacation, you might be able to plan a day trip or dinner at half price!  This goes for Groupon as well, always make sure you check for any coupons or deals before you go especially if you have already been there before and know where you want to visit!

When it comes to other local deals, check your mail box for things like valpak coupons!  They send you free coupons for stuff like shoes, to getting your HVAC repaired!

https://www.restaurant.com/Home/ is a site you should always check before going out to dinner as well.  You never know what you’re going to find on there and you can get up to 60% off!  Don’t forget to go through eBates to activate up to 10% cash back!

Sign up for your favorite restaurants email club.  I know, no one likes getting those flood of emails!  But you can either set up your email account to save the most recent one and delete the rest or have them sent to their very own email account.  A lot of places will send you a coupon for your birthday and sporadically though the year.  Visit your email when you know where you’re going, search the name of the restaurant and print off your coupon before you go.  (Sometimes they can scan it off your phone but a lot of places require you to have a paper copy.)

Another e-mail club that is MUST, is https://www.bradsdeals.com/.  They search all the best deals all over the web and tell you how to get them. They literally all do the work for when it comes to finding the best deal on what you are looking for!  Make sure you pay attention to the coupon codes you need when checking out.

Speaking of coupon codes, https://www.retailmenot.com has the mother load.  Always check to see if they have something you can use before checking out online!  This is kinda like extreme couponing, use as a many codes as you can and watch that total disappear.

This next one is something you probably already use, AMAZON.  But are you taking advantage of subscribe and save?  If you just have 1 or 2 things, you will save 5% off with your subscription but if you keep 5 things on your list it jumps up to 15%!  Think of little things you always forget at the store, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand soap, toilet paper, baby wipes…Bam! You got your 5 things and you didn’t even have to put them on your grocery list!  Pay attention when adding them to your subscription, they might even have a coupon for you to “clip”.

Yes, these methods are time-consuming, but take a few minutes out of your week to clip some coupons and check a few websites!  If you are just throwing your hard-earned cash at big box retailers, you will get lumped into the “having more money than brains” category.  You don’t want to be there!

*This post contains affiliate links, if using any of my referalls I will recieve a small comission.  I do not promote anything I do not use myself and LOVE.

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How to have a successful yard sale

Have a bunch of stuff lying around?  Need to make a few extra bucks to pay for a new summer wardrobe?  I got ya covered!

Tips to have a successful yard sale:

  • The beauty of having yard sales nowadays, is you have the power of social media.  What does that mean for you? FREE ADVERTISING!  Take a picture of everything you have ready the day before and post it on your page (only friends will see it), or in Facebook yard sale groups (thousands of people will see it)!  Sometimes, people will even contact you wanting to come and get “first dibs”.
  • Can’t take a picture of what you have ready?  That’s ok! Take a picture the morning of your sale when you have everything outside waiting for shoppers!
  • Price EVERYTHING ahead of time!  That way you don’t have to think on the spot and accidentally say the wrong amount!  People also might not want to ask, and you could lose a sale!
  • Group kids clothing into seasons (winter, summer) and by size.  If you are using a table a sign with size and price can be very helpful.
  • All clothing that is grouped together on a table or blanket should all be the same price! (ex: all clothes are $1.00 a piece.)
  • If you have clothing that you want to get a little more for like a Halloween costume or winter coat, use a clothing rack or have a separate table.  Remember to make sure that everything has a price sticker!
  • Don’t overprice!  Keep in mind how much YOU would pay for that item!
  • Don’t be greedy, are you just taking these things to donate when you are done?  Then accept their offer, you might be helping them out!
  • When your yard sale is over because you already had everything priced you know exactly what to write on your donation sheet.  Use your total value as a charitable tax deduction.

Mom tip:

Yard sales are such a great way to clean out clutter. We all know how fast the “too small clothes” bin fills up.  Pick out your two favorite outfits for a keepsake and get to pricing!

It is also a great way to teach your kids the value of a dollar.  I have my kids gather all the toys they no longer play with to sell.  With the money the make they will be able to purchase the new thing they have had their eye on.  They quickly learn that they have to sell quite a few of their old toys to have enough money to purchase something new.  They still might not have enough and may need to come up with other ideas.  The lesson being, making money is hard work!  Once they understand how hard you work to pay for things they begin to appreciate them more.  This is a big thing in our house and a great life skill I learned as a child.  If you want that new toy, you better sell your old toys to pay for it!  It is also a great way to keep that toy clutter down. 😉 It’s a win, win!

 

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Mother Hustler

In the feels

I have been on quite the emotional roller coaster lately. Our school district suddenly announced that next year would be the first year of full-day kindergarten (which I also found out about on Facebook). Because of that, I decided to leave my part time job so I could use the time I spend working on nights and weekends to be with my family. I truly love the people I work with and the customers I get to talk to so this wasn’t an easy thing to do. Neither is having my five-year-old “baby” going to kindergarten all day instead of being home with me by 10:30 am! Fast forward two days and I woke up to the best surprise from my kids and husband. They made me the best cards, got me a “Mom” sign (signs are my guilty pleasure) and beautiful colorful flowers. I was also fed my favorite breakfast and coffee. It really got me in the feels! They are my why… every day and the day I declared “Mother’s Day” because I work on the real day.  I hope all the mom’s out there has a family that loves them as much as mine does on Mother’s Day. 

Mother Hustler

Intro to my beautiful chaotic world

These are the ramblings of a mom that would sell her soul to stay home with her kids.  In a past life, I was a self sufficient workaholic.  Since giving birth to a very demanding, healthy baby girl 7 years ago, I have found every outlet possible to make enough money to stay home.  I’m on my 3rd part time job, I have bought collectibles at auction and sold them on eBay, I sell my kids clothes on Facebook yard sale site to pay for their new, I still do family and friends hair, I rehab old furniture and am currently dabbling in direct sales.  These things have landed me to become a self proclaimed Mother Hustler.