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It Back to School time and life is hectic again but there is a way to avoid that with some simple tips to get you prepared for the week ahead. These tips will help you free up those crazy busy moments and focus on the more important things such as family and getting the kids off to school on time. Ziploc Brand Bags are a great way to prep for Back to School ahead of time. The new easy open tabs make it easy for kids to grip and open them. The bags stay sealed and shut so nothing spills…

These days not everyone has a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. We are looking for simpler ways to get meals prepared so we have more time for family. What if I told you that there are some tools and gadgets that not only save you time spent in the kitchen but also money so you can serve up delicious meals without breaking the bank? I have rounded up some kitchen tools and cookware pieces, ALL UNDER $30 that will help make cooking easier, faster and simpler. Brew the freshest possible coffee (or grind nuts and spices)…

As I get older I become more of a homebody. And when the weather is warm I live outdoors. About 10 years ago we put in a paver patio on the side of our house. After we put the patio furniture, grill, etc. on the paver patio it became smaller. The last few years we added on to the paver patio making it big enough to add a fire pit. We just made the patio basic since we were building it on a budget and it seems just fine for the time being. Someday I would like to create an…

Having a clean house makes me feel good and that I have accomplished something. Now that I am working full-time it is hard for me to get my house cleaned by myself. It was taking me 2-3 days and that is just insane. It was time to get my kids involved and with teenagers that is not always easy. Between their school, activities, and homework they are busy too but we all need to pitch in to make this work. So how do we manage keeping a clean house with teenagers on such a busy schedule? Here’s how: Assign chores…

As high school students get excited for Prom night, it can get expensive from the dress to dinner and everything in between. Prom doesn’t have to be expensive as there are ways to cut the costs, have a good time, and look like a million bucks. Check out these tips to help you have the prom you want without breaking the bank. Prom on a Budget Borrow. Borrow a dress, jewelry, and shoes from a friend or family member. Chances are they have the items from a prom or wedding they have attended in the past. Shop Smarter. Check the…

Spring is finally here and we are looking forward to the extra daylight, warmer weather, and being able to get outside. There are many ways to save this spring by being a savvy shopper and following some simple tips listed below. 8 Ways to Save this Spring Stock up on groceries. Grocery stores go through sales cycles where certain items will be at the lowest prices during each month. March is frozen foods, April is baking items, and May is grilling items. Pair a coupon with the sales to score some awesome deals to stock up on. Winter Clearance. With…

Grocery stores have a system they use called a sales cycle. What that means is that each month is a new batch of sales on different grocery items. Get to know the month-to-month grocery sales cycle with a breakdown listed below to get the most for your buck. Month to Month Grocery Sales Cycle January Oatmeal Granola Bars Diet Food Game Day Snacks Cold/Flu Medicine February Valentine’s Day Candy Canned Foods March Frozen Food April Baking Items Easter Candy May Paper Products Grilling Items (charcoal, condiments) June Dairy July Ice Cream August Back to School Snacks & Lunch Meat for…

If you like to splurge on Starbucks every now and then or more often than you should, check out these 8 Starbucks hacks that will save you money. Find out how to get drinks for less or even free with these tricks and tips. Ask for Light Ice If you are getting a cold drink, you may be paying for ice rather than the drink itself. When preparing cold drinks they fill the cup up with ice first then the drink. You will get more liquid if you ask for light ice. Rewards Program Sign up for the…

While we may lose an hour sleep during “Daylight Saving Time” by setting the clocks ahead, the extra daylight can help you save money.  Find out how changing the clocks ahead can help you save with the 8 tips below. 8 Ways to Save Money & Energy During Daylight Saving Time Lower your Energy Bill Now that the temperatures are rising lower your thermostat and open the curtains to let the sunshine in to warm up the house. With the extra sunlight in the evening keep the curtains open and use the lights less. Exercise Outdoors If you…

It’s tax season! Do you have plans on what you are going to do with your refund check this year? While it might be nice to go splurge on a vacation, new wardrobe, etc., it is actually wiser to spend it on necessary items rather than our wants. We use our tax refund to pay off any debt we have collected over the year and get it paid off in one big chunk. Here are a few suggestions of what you can do with your tax refund check that may be more beneficial to your household. 10 Smarter Ways to…