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…]

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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Have a bookish spring fling! Get 2 books for less than $4 shipped

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Amazon Prime,  you’ve become my enabler.  I can one-click submit, and end up with 5 new books on my doorstep within 2 days.  The problem is, I never send those books BACK to you.  Now, I’m taking matters into my own hands — literally – and saving a bundle.

How to get 2 books for less than $4 shipped

Does that conversation sound familiar (or maybe a little disturbing?)  If so, you may need PaperBackSwap.  I’ve been using it for years, and I love it!  It’s so easy to exchange my gently loved books for new titles to put on my shelf. In fact, PaperBackSwap should probably be called PaperBackRevolvingDoor for me.  Here’s how to get your books for super cheap, and keep that cycle going!  [Read more…]

The Budget Kit book review

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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…]

Live Your Life for Half the Price by Mary Hunt – book review

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See this banana bread?  It’s all because of Mary Hunt.  [Read more…]

Save time and money with the Ziploc® Vacuum Sealer System #sponsored

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One of the biggest budget busters in the Savings in Seconds house is wasted food.  I always have the best of intentions when going in with my shopping list; that boneless chicken breast or 3-lb bag of fresh peppers truly does have a place on my meal plan.  As the week goes on, however, there are days when the meal doesn’t get prepared or the leftovers get stashed in the fridge just a little too long.  The next dilemma we usually face is trying to find a plastic container and its lid.  I really do think they run and hide, giggling in the back of the cabinet, because we never seem to find one!  I’ve wanted a Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System for ages because I’ve heard that they really help to save time and money.   [Read more…]

Start a t-shirt tradition this Thanksgiving

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Our family doesn’t really have a tradition for the holidays. We all pitch in to make things work; sometimes we travel to another state to visit family, other years they come to us. There have been times we were separated for the holidays or when we went on a vacation instead! I know there are lots of families who have a lifelong standing date for Thanksgiving. Maybe you all head to Grandma’s house for the annual family dinner. Perhaps you take a cruise together to celebrate the holidays. Whatever your tradition, how about starting a new t-shirt tradition this year? [Read more…]

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