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January 7, 2014

Save Money Groceries

Tips Tuesday – Save Money Groceries

Save Money Groceries

Save Money Groceries

I am the first one to admit to regularly falling off the “budget bandwagon.” It generally happens when there is too much going on in our lives. It’s days when I feel I just can’t be bothered with checking to see if there is a coupon for an item, when I forget to bring my coupons to the store, or when I become too distracted by everything around me to even care.

Here’s an example, you go to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk and happen to run across half a dozen or more other items you just “must have.” You then purchase those items. The $4 trip to pick up milk has now turned into a $30+ trip which includes items we most likely didn’t really need right now. Repeat this scenario enough times and it’s enough to throw a wrench into an entire month’s grocery budget.

Here’s my Save Money Groceries tip in order to avoid this scenario.  I recently started keeping a small steno pad in my purse. I generally have three lists running; one for groceries, one for non-grocery items, and one which is a “to do” list. Before I head into the store for groceries or sundries, I tear out the appropriate list and scribble big $$$ signs on it with a highlighter. Yes, I keep a highlighter in my bag of tricks! This is a reminder to me that purchasing anything more than what is on the list is wasting money out of my grocery budget.

My husband always keeps a running list of things we need on a sticky note in the kitchen. When he goes to the store, he buys what is on the list and only what is on the list. I have yet to figure out exactly how he does it but with this new system I have, I’m hoping it will become crystal clear.

How do you keep from repeating this same money wasting scenario? Let us know so we can share it with our readers!

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January 6, 2014

Amazon Music Samples

Amazon Music Samples

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There is nothing worse than buying and downloading a new song  only to find out it is the wrong song, wrong version of the song, or it isn’t sung by the performer you thought it was. I also dread buying an entire album only to find that there are only a few songs I want to listen to. Most people do not even by the CDs anymore but rely on digital copies they can sync to all their electronic devices so they always have their playlists available and ready to listen to. I buy most of my music from the Amazon Music Store because of the Amazon Music Samples. Continue reading

December 28, 2013

Day After Christmas Sales

Saving Saturday: Frugal Ways to Save Money

 Day After Christmas Sales

Day After Christmas Sales

Now that Christmas is over, my thoughts begin to wander to the day after Christmas sales.  You know, the day when the stores deep discount just about everything they didn’t sell before Christmas.  The best thing about day after Christmas sales is they generally last until the inventory is gone rather than just one day like Black Friday.  That’s a good thing because I won’t be able to make it to the stores the day after Christmas.  However, I am already planning my shopping trip the weekend after Christmas.

You may wonder … why it is frugal to shop at day after Christmas sales?Continue reading

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Tips Tuesday: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Are you in search of last minute Christmas gift ideas? Unexpected guests or last minute party invitations can send anyone into a holiday tailspin but you don’t have to worry. These simple Last Minute Gift Ideas will help you keep your holiday spirit and give last minute holiday gifts that everyone will still like.

Here are our last minute gift ideas suggestions:

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December 11, 2013

My Dog is an Alpo Dog, Is Yours?

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This is Sookie, the family YorkiePom, and spoiled brat. What is the best thing to feed your dog that has become your furry family member? We choose only the best, so we go with ALPO Wet Dog Food! I have recently written a few posts introducing you to the ALPO Wet Dog Food we got to try, and telling you what my furry friend thinks about itAnd what’s not to love? ALPO Wet Dog Food is 100% balanced for all life stages and is only made with quality (and yummy according to Sookie) ingredients! Check out all the goodness that is ALPO Wet Dog Food on their Nutrition page.

These are 2 of Sookies favorite Alpo Wet Food flavors! Check out all the dog approved flavors ALPO offers.

So what are other dogs saying about ALPO Wet Dog Food?

The video above was made by fellow blogger Saved by Love Creations and it cracks me up because, like Sookie, you can tell that those dogs LOVE the Alpo Wet Dog Food! Sookie almost knocked me over the first time I put the Alpo Wet Dog Food in her food bowl. So I think between our 3 super cutie furry family members, that would be 6 paws up!

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