January Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

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Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

November Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

The best way to save money on Fruits & Vegetables is to buy what’s in season.  Also, you’ll want to stock-up and freeze some for later use when you come across a good sale so that you can have a variety to choose from through-out the year.

Here’s what to look for on sale this month at your local Grocery Store and Farmers Markets:

Navel oranges


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Incredibly Frugal Baking Soda Cleaning Uses

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Baking Soda Cleaning Uses

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Baking soda is one of the best items you could possibly have in your kitchen pantry. Next to vinegar, it’s one of the most useful and versatile items that you can purchase. Not only is it great for baking, but it’s also an excellent cleaner for areas all around your home.

Have you never tried cleaning with anything but a store bought cleaner before? Here are some great baking soda cleaning uses and cleaning recipes that you can make today.

Baking Soda for Deodorizing

Have some smelly areas in your home? Use baking soda! Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of your trash can, in your shoes, or place a whole open box in your fridge. Place an open box of baking soda in just about any area or room in your home that could use a little natural freshening!

Shine Up Your Home

Use baking soda to make your home not only clean, but beautiful and shiny. Start by sprinkling baking soda in and around your sinks, tubs, and other hard surfaces. Spray vinegar from a spray bottle over the baking soda and scrub with a cleaning brush. Wipe clean with a wet rag or paper towel. At the same time you can do your pipes a favor, simple sprinkle baking soda into the pipes and follow by pouring vinegar down the drain. It will help break up any clogs and keep everything flowing and running correctly.

Get Stains Out

Have stains from your pets or kids or anything in your carpet? Use one of baking sodas cleaning uses is to remove those stubborn stains and make your carpet look new again! Wet the area and sprinkle baking soda into the carpet. Scrub it into the fibers of the carpet with a cleaning brush or toothbrush. Spray vinegar over the area and scrub it in. Leave the spot alone for a while until it dries and then vacuum over the area to remove any extra baking soda. The spot should be gone! You can use a similar method to remove stains from clothing.

Ready to find some other useful items in your home that are great for multiple purposes? Check out our article on Uses for Rubbing Alcohol as well!

These are just a few baking soda cleaning uses but there are so many more! What is your favorite?

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5 Unique Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

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Uses for Rubbing Alcohol


Sure, you know that bottle of rubbing alcohol that you have in your bathroom cupboard is good for cleaning out cuts and scrapes, but did you know that it actually has dozens of uses? Are you using your rubbing alcohol to its full potential?

All the uses for rubbing alcohol below will have you looking at your bottle a little differently the next time you open the cupboard door.

1. Use it to remove permanent marker and crayons. Put some rubbing alcohol on a rag or towel and rub at the stain until it’s gone. This will work on hard surfaces like countertops and floors. You can also use it on walls but you will want to test in a small area first to make sure it won’t take off your paint.

2. Clean your stove with it. Use rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn grease stains on and in your oven. You can also use it to clean your other kitchen appliances and it will give them a nice shine.

3. Make your own ice pack. In a freezer zippered bag, put one part rubbing alcohol and two parts water. Stick in your freezer for the next time someone has an accident. It will get cold but won’t freeze solid!

4. Keep your windows frost free. Mix one quart of water with a half a cup of rubbing alcohol and use it to wash your car windows. It should keep them frost free! Already have frost or ice on your windshield, pour rubbing alcohol right on them and it will dissolve.

5. Homemade Goo Gone. Use your rubbing alcohol anywhere where you would use Goo Gone. Store tags, sticker goo, brand aids, ect. Just pour a little rubbing alcohol on a rag and wipe the sticky stuff right off.

What are some of your favorite uses for rubbing alcohol?

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How to Save Money at Bath and Body Works by Getting Cheap Bath and Body Works

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If you are looking for some great holiday gifts, Bath and Body Works can be your one stop shop.  As you know, they are retailers of some of the sweetest scents around. But what you may not know is there are so many ways to score more of their smell good products for less. Take a look below at seven ways to save money at Bath and Body Works this holiday season.

How to get Cheap Bath and Body Works products:

1. Sign up for their email list. When you sign up for the BBW email list, you will receive a coupon good for various free product. This coupon shows up typically within an hour or so upon sign up. In the past it has been for a free trial size item but offers may vary. Get on the list and you can be sure to receive coupons and special discount codes via email all season long.

2. Make two transactions. You can only use one coupon per transaction, but there are so many good ones available how do you know which to use? Instead, try doing two transactions. When you do, you can use one coupon per sale, making your budget stretch even further.

3. Grab those post sale coupons. During the holidays, when you make a purchase the cashier will give you a $10/$30 coupon to use on your next purchase. If you know you are going to want to purchase a pricier perfume, bathrobe, or candle, buy your smaller and less expensive items first, get the coupon, and then use it to get a whopping $10 off your larger purchase of one of those items.

4. Peek online. Many times, the online storefront for BBW will run specials not available in the store. Check the website at www.bathandbodyworks.com periodically to see what specials might be available. You can even check for coupon codes before shopping right HERE on The Coupon Challenge to see if you can score free shipping or additional money off.

5. Head to the clearance shelf. Each BBW store has a clearance area, full of marked down products. Give this area a good once over to see what products you can still use for gift giving. Chances are these products will have a fall theme, but as long as the scent is nice, your recipient is sure not to mind.

6. Buy gift sets and disassemble them. BBW offers gift sets with a variety of lovely products, and most are priced at a discount since you are buying them as a set. Why not buy one of these sets (using a coupon of course!) and take it apart. You can then use the individual products in stockings or as small gifts for co- workers, baby sitters, teachers, etc.

7. Call the company. If you contact the BBW company via the contact information on their website, they will send you a 20% off coupon to use on your next purchase. Just call and give your opinion and praise and they will be happy to send one. It is a great way to save a little more.

As you can see, there are so many ways to save at Bath and Body Works this holiday season. You can stock up on all of the beauty products, scents, scrubs, and bath accessories for less and come up with some gifts your friends are sure to love. So consider these tips the next time you decide to shop there and score your scents for less.

How do you find Cheap Bath and Body Works products?

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Spotless Cleaning Planner

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Spotless Cleaning weekly Routine

Need help getting your house ready for holiday guests?  Take a look at this Spotless Cleaning Planner.  There are 4 printables that you can download in pdf format HERE.

Your 4 Spotless Cleaning Planner Printables include:

  • Weekly Routine Planner
  • Weekly Chore List
  • Deep Clean Planner
  • Shop Items Planner




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Where to Trade-In/Sell Your Used iPad {& Other Electronics}

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If you’re looking to upgrade your iPad or other tablet, a trade-in can help you save.  Trade-in values will, of course, vary based on product and condition. You can answer questions on each site to help determine your trade-in value.  Just keep in mind that all retailers specify that estimates can change once your product is accessed.

It looks like the best place to trade-in will be through Amazon.

I have provided a few price comparisons for your reference. However,  these can change daily so only use the estimates listed as a guide!

Trade In or Sell Used iPad:

Apple: Accepts electronic equipment, including Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC computers, and displays. You can get Apple Store Gift Card for your old equipment. Apple will also provide FREE shipping of your product.

Turn that iPhone, iPad, or computer — Mac or PC — you’re not using anymore into something brand new. Send it to us and we’ll determine if it qualifies for reuse. If it does, that means your device has monetary value that we’ll apply to an Apple Store Gift Card, which you can use for purchases at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. If your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC doesn’t qualify for reuse, we’ll recycle it responsibly at no cost to you.

iPad 1st Generation 16GB (good condition) estimate = $55 Gift Card
iPad 3rd Gen 16GB Wifi (good condition) estimate = $66 Gift Card

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Alternative Wrapping Paper Ideas {4 Cheap Wrapping Paper Ideas}

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Cheap Wrapping Paper

Purchasing wrapping paper at your local stores can be boring & expensive.  It is the same wrapping paper that everyone else is buying and using. It allows little, if any, room for your own creativity and personality. Here are a few wrapping paper ideas that will allow you to step away from the norm and show your individuality.

Aluminum Foil – Use aluminum foil to wrap your gifts. This is a great way to wrap Christmas presents that will literally shine under the Christmas tree and in the stockings. When using foil to wrap presents, be sure that the shiny side is on the outside.

Newspaper – Wrap your gifts in newspaper. A fun way to wrap “over the hill” birthday presents is to use the obituaries. Baby shower gifts can be wrapped in the ads for baby items. Wrap presents for frugal friends with the coupon section of the local newspaper -just make sure the coupons are current.

Brown Paper Bags – Try wrapping presents in brown paper bags. Use your artistic abilities and draw pictures on the plain paper. If you don’t feel confident in your abilities as an artist, use stencils and stickers. If you have a flair for words, write a poem or a letter to the person you are giving the gift to. Perhaps add a note about a something the two of you shared in the past – perhaps a memorable birthday or other holiday you both shared.

Fabric – Use fabric to wrap presents. Create your own bows with ribbons that coordinate with the fabric. This is a wonderful way to wrap a baby gift. Housewarming gifts wrapped in gingham checks are a cute way to give a present. Wedding gifts wrapped in lace or satin will add a bit of flair to any present.

Stop buying boring wrapping paper and use these cheap wrapping paper ideas! There are so many better ways to wrap gifts other than following the crowd. Not only will your creativity and personality shine through, you can even save money!

What are you ideas for Cheap Wrapping Paper?

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Tips for Shopping Clothes Online

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Tips for Shopping Clothes Online

For those who want to update their closet with the latest trends, but don’t have the time or the patience to go and skim through the shops, then there is one viable option for you: go online shopping for your clothes. With the fast-paced technology right at your fingertips, you can easily browse through different shopping portals that gives you great previews and help you check out clothes accordingly.  Zoom it in or zoom it out, discover the details of the design and compare colors—meticulously looking at your purchase is now much easier with online shops. Furthermore, these items have descriptions and easy-to-navigate pages, with available filters to sort out the clothes you’d like to buy.

Tips for Shopping Clothes Online:

The Advantages of Online Shopping

1. No more waiting. The long lines in stores can drive even the most patient consumer crazy. With time as important as money, one can only be thinking of what they can be able to accomplish if they were not spending fifteen or more minutes standing in line. Many people tend to lose their patience while waiting in line so shopping online can be their best choice.

2. Home delivery. Nothing is more convenient than having your own items delivered right to your home. There’s no need for you drive, get stuck in the traffic or find a slot in the parking lot just to buy a few goods. With online shopping, you can have as many or as little purchases brought to you without the hassle.

3. Tracking receipts. Any busy person can find it hard to track down their receipts, which is an unfortunate situation especially when they end up with products they did not plan to buy at first. Having an electronic receipt is easier to keep and one can track down their purchases to discover how their transaction went.

4. Comparing prices is a breeze. With new e-commerce website platforms, you can easily weigh prices against one another and end up with a more practical item. Comparing prices and websites helps smart shoppers pick the best product and price they are most comfortable with.

5. No more buying on impulse. Shoppers tend to “strike while the iron is hot,” especially when there are items on sale. However, most of the time, they discover that the products they bought aren’t really necessary or even wanted. One can avoid the impulses of buying by looking over at online stores. They can put a desired item under their wish list, which they can go back and buy whenever they have the money to spare.

Some Shopping Tips for the Smart Buyer

Before you sit down and browse in your favorite store to start your wardrobe hunt, it is important to observe a few tips when it comes to online shopping. Take note of these reminders before finalizing your purchase to avoid future hassles:

1. Always get your measurements first. When shopping for clothes, it is always crucial to check your measurements so you’d know if the items will fit. Things to measure are your chest, shoulders, waist, hips and feet. Make sure to list these down accurately so that the clothes you will order will fit you well and there will be no need of returning them because of the wrong size in the future.

2. Buy from credible shopping sites. You might be tempted to go to the new store you’ve seen advertised on the internet, but it is always best to go with reputable shopping sites. There are many cases of fraudulent sellers online and you would not want to have your hard-earned money being swept away by these suspicious dealers. Find out testimonies and opinions on review sites and see how an e-commerce site fares.

3. Look at the shipping terms. Reliable sites will always be honestly upfront with their shipping costs. This allows you to be prepared for the entire purchase and delivery of the clothes.

4. Payment modes. It is popular and convenient to use Paypal and other third-party payment options for online shopping. This is a great choice to use, especially if you are paying via credit or debit card. Make sure that the site is encrypted with SSL and its payment systems are secure.

5. Return policy. There may be a chance that the clothes you bought does not fit you; see if the store has a return policy that allows customers to ship back the item in exchanged for another with a better fit.

6. Discount and deals. It would be best to find a store which offers seasonal markdowns and frequent discounts. These promos can help you save money which you can use for purchasing another item or keeping it for your future purchases. Some sites offer discount coupons to slash a percentage off an entire purchase with a distinct code. One example would be JC Penney’s current offering: 10% off at JCPenney – Promo Codes are available for shoppers to use. Get this code by visiting this website and see more available codes for you to use!

What are your Tips for Shopping Clothes Online?

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FREE Simple Savings Coupon Workbook

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Take a look at these FREE Simple Savings printables to help you keep track of your inventory and couponing needs.  You can print an inventory and coupon checklists for Grocery’s, Toiletries, Stockpile Inventory, Baby Needs, Medical, and Kitchen Aides & Cleaners.

You can download all these Simple Savings Coupon Workbook printable for free HERE.

You could also download individual sheets by clicking the links below:



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Don’t forget yo take a look at my Stock-up Price Guide and my Couponing Basics Series!

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November Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

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Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

November Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

The best way to save money on Fruits & Vegetables is to buy what’s in season.  Also, you’ll want to stockup and freeze some for later use when you come across a good sale so that you can have a variety to choose from through out the year.

Here’s what to look for on sale this month at your local Grocery Store and Farmers Markets:

Brussels Sprouts
Winter Squash

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