Brand names and your back to school shopping budget


You guys already know about my love for office supplies.  The fact is, I’m kind of a snob when it comes to pens and paper.  Some store brands miss the mark in terms of quality and durability.  My desk usually contains familiar brand names that are sure to stand up to grading papers.  Here are a few ways you can stick to brand names without compromising your back to school budget.
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Buying a car is a family activity #ad #CarsCom

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When we’re on the road, our family plays a travel game.  We look for yellow vehicles, which have different values based on type.  When you find one, you have to shout, “Yellow car!”  If it’s a truck, it’s worth more points.  A bus is the highest value.  You’d be surprised how many yellow cars we now notice after playing this game!  Finding cars can be really fun, and the whole family can get involved.  A great resource like Cars.com can make all the difference.  In 19 years of marriage, my husband and I have bought and sold 15 cars.  We’ve spent more than our fair share of time doing car research!  [Read more…]

Pilot Pens and Target partnered – G2 Overachievers Club

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School supplies have always made my heart skip a beat. Some of you know exactly what I mean!  You’ll be happy to know that Pilot acknowledges this obsession with their amazing pens, and they’ve partnered with Target to create the G2 Overachievers Club.  So then, Pilot sent me these G2 pens.  People, I was happier than a bird with a french fry.  The thing is, my kids are just as enamored by pens as I am (maybe more….dare I say it?)  Naturally, those pens were whisked right out of my grasp. [Read more…]

Memorial Day decor does double-duty for Independence Day

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Memorial Day is almost here.  This year is the first time I’ll be putting memorial arrangements out for a veteran.  My father and grandfather both passed away last year, and they were military veterans. I will take time to remember their service during the holiday.  If you’re gearing up to put out patriotic decor, consider using it again for Independence Day.  I always love getting a 2-for-1 deal, don’t you?  The DollarTree has lots of Memorial Day decorations that are both affordable and adorable.  [Read more…]

How to shop at a thrift store

Recently, one of my friends surprised me by saying she has never shopped at a thrift store.  The statement was offered when she complimented my dress and asked where I bought it.  I told her that I purchased it at a consignment shop, which is similar to a thrift shop in terms of inventory.  She said she’s never shopped in one because she “didn’t know how.”  I can understand how a thrift shop experience could be intimidating, but it’s so rewarding for a frugal shopper!  My best thrift store bargains have included a Lilly Pulitzer dress for $1.  A cute dress I recently found has garnered many compliments (people keep asking me if it’s a LuLaRoe).  Many of my purchases still have the original store tag on them; they’ve never even been worn!  Thrift stores are really fun; it’s kind of like a treasure hunt.  Here’s what I do….. [Read more…]

5 Books I read in December – The Frugal Gazette + more

In December, I went through a reading blitz. I tried to speed through some of the books that had been sitting on my shelf so that I could make room for 2017 new releases. These 5 books were actually set aside for my husband, since he usually prefers nonfiction (I don’t.) They’re books that the guys may want to read, but don’t let that stop you from sharing them with the women in your life, too!

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3 reasons to download the Chick-Fil-A One app

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Chick-Fil-A is the one restaurant my family can agree upon every single time.  We love it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and even snacking in between.  My daughter’s love for salads started with the CFA Asian salad, and now she gets the kale superfood side with her meals instead of fries.  A few months ago, I found out that our local CFA offered curbside pickup when you ordered on the app. Since we have a commute, I took advantage of this several times. Now, with the new Chick-fil-A One App, it’s even more rewarding to visit CFA!

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Iced coffee can earn you free Amazon gift codes!

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Earn free Amazon gift codes for sharing your thoughts about coffee! Check it out -- http://bit.ly/1SOh7NA

Attention coffee devotees…… If you drink iced or chilled bottled coffee, apply for Starbucks exclusive online community .  You do not want to miss this!  Through the free program,  you can provide your opinions and feedback directly to Starbucks decision-makers.  I love having an iced coffee to get me through the morning (or afternoon…) commute.  It’s a delicious way to treat myself during a busy day!   [Read more…]

The Budget Kit book review

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The Budget Kit #giveaway

Is 2016 shaping up to be your financial bang or bust?  The family budget can be a tough ship to sail.  In particular, spring seems to be a pricey time of year for many families. Between all the graduations and weddings, baby showers and birthdays, you may find yourself stretching those dollars a little more.  Tuck in summer vacation planning, and it’s likely that you’ll hear those pennies start to squeak.  No matter the income level, or a lack of budget prowess, The Budget Kit can be a great resource for any household. This workbook-style toolkit is easy to use, and simple to understand.   [Read more…]

Groupon Coupons can make it a spring to save

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Groupon has been a trusted name at our home for a long time. I often use their deals to purchase luxury activities, such as a massage or a salon visit. Local adventures such as the Alpine Roller Coaster discount can make a day trip even more fun. Now, Groupon Coupons make it even easier to save money! From the Groupon website, just go to the tab that’s on the far right and click “Coupons.” You can search by store or category.  Plus, it’s absolutely FREE to use!

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