Friday, March 12, 2010

B2B Thrift Store Sale

Everything at B2B is a dollar anyway. But they are having a one day sale tomorrow, where everything is 50% off! Everything in the store is 50 cents!

Remember to shop B2B Last Chance store tomorrow,
Saturday March 13th for amazing deals.

Everything in the store only 50 cents!
We are offering 1/2 off our everyday low price of $1 per
item throughout the store. This is one sale you won't want to miss.
Shop B2B Last Chance located at 11425 S 72nd Street Saturday, March
13th for spectacular savings!
Why are these clearance sales always when I don't need to go into town?!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

24 Issues of All You Magazine for $20!

If you don't know about All You magazine, it's a great magazine filled with high value coupons! It also has some great frugal tips and recipes. I love reading through mine. Well you can get 24 issues for $20! That's 83 cents an issue (43% off news stand price)! If you use one or two coupons from the magazine per month, it pays for itself! Not to mention all the great tips that will help you save money! Go here to order. (Type in ID "225T7XC" and search "All You" and search by Item Name) If you already have a subscription, right now would be a great time to renew! (Ends March 22) There are other magazines at a really great price too. Woman's Day-34/$20, Family Circle 20/$20, Time 84/$30, and lots of others!

They also have some great merchandise too, so look around before you checkout!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Make Your Own Furniture!

Do you love the furniture from stores like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and other expensive furniture stores? Yesterday, a friend had posted about Knock Off Wood on facebook.

Knock Off Wood

So I took a look around yesterday and I love this site!! She shows you how to make the furniture you see in these catalogs. I love looking through my Pottery Barn catalog and dream of the day that I can somehow afford some of the pieces I see. But now I can! She has plans for dining room tables, bookcases, those huge entertainment centers, beds, kids furniture and more. She even shows you how to make those cute Pottery Barn play kitchen sets! She also has a few of her own designs. And what's great about making it yourself, is that you can customize it to fit your needs or style. One reader even shrunk an entertainment center to fit her needs. I can't wait until we buy our own home again! I'll be putting my husband to work! ;)
Here is a couple of her projects...
And of course there are much more and much bigger projects you can do too! I'm in love!

Here is her bragging board filled with pictures of her fans' projects using her designs.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Shopping Lists 3/7-3/13/2010

I've discovered a new Target list. This week, I'm featuring The Krazy Coupon Lady's Target list. She's very detailed and lists every coupon out there that you can use. Although, I'm not too thrilled with the sales at Target this week. I would recommend you still look at Pocket Your Dollars for the On-Going Deals.
  • Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Jumbo pack Final Price: $5.49
  • Johnsons Baby Final Price: $2.00
  • Dial Liquid Hand Soap, 7.5 oz Final Price: $0.49
  • Buy 1 Always Infinity, Buy 1 Tampax Pearl, 36 ct Pay: $9.98, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card Final Price: $2.49 each, when you buy 2 ($0.069 each)
  • Buy 2 Tampax Compak Pearl, 40 ct Pay: $10.28, Receive $5.00 Target Gift CardFinal Price: $2.64 each, when you buy 2 ($0.066 each)

via Pocket Your Dollars
  • Buy 3 Oral-B Advantage Toothbrushes, Crest Whitening Expressions or Plus Scope Toothpaste, or Glide Floss Final price: $0.44 each after coupons and Register Reward
  • Buy 4 Post Cereal Final price: $0.50 each after coupons and Register Reward
  • Reach Toothbrush or Floss and Listerine Mouthwash Final price: Three free after coupons
  • Colgate Total Toothpaste Final price: $0.40 each after coupons
  • Hamburger Helper Final price: $0.74 each after coupon

I'm not too thrilled with the featured items at Aldi, but it's still the first place I go when I go grocery shopping and then, whatever I can't find there, I just go buy at Target. Of course it would be my luck that the featured items are mostly Italian stuff. We just went and I had some of that stuff on my list!

And Aldi is featuring Easter stuff and toys this week. My kids are not into Zhu Zhu pets, but they have them for $5.99 which I think is a good price.

For the Aldi list, go to Cincinnati Cents.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Frugal Tip: Extending the Life of Your Magic Eraser

I think most moms know the amazing cleaning power of Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser. It truly is magic. This is the best cleaning product I've ever used! Well my husband was looking around the internet and found this little tip on how to make your Magic Eraser last longer. You can cut it up and use only what you need! I just cut mine in half and use it until it's no good. But you can cut it up smaller if you'd like. When my husband told me about this, I was like, "Duh Kerrie!" Why didn't I think of that?

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Font Custom Made with Your Handwriting for FREE!

I just downloaded all of the fonts from Kevin and's Fonts for Peas. They are super cute and FREE! Now I wouldn't recommend downloading all the fonts unless you know how to delete fonts. I'll have to figure that one out, because now I have too many fonts. There is a button on the side bar that you can click to download all of them. Make sure you read the directions on how to do it here. If you love your handwriting or someone else's, you can send her a handwriting sample and she'll create a font for you for free! If you click at the top of the page on "free scrapbook fonts" there are even more fonts you can get for free. They also have plenty of free advise on how to change your blog on their regular blog. She's self taught in HTML! Amazing!
I get the cutest handwriting fonts at Fonts for Peas!
**3/12/10-the link in the text isn't working for whatever reason, and my computer won't let me fix it right now. So make sure you click on the button to get to the site.

OMGosh! I Bought Something Brand New!!!

I've been really good about buying either second hand clothes or clearance clothes for my kids. But today I bought an Easter dress for my 5 year old and paid $16.50 for it! I actually felt really bad about it. So, I guess that's a good thing. I've changed my way of thinking. Before I would just go to Walmart or Target and buy what ever I needed for them. It was just easier. I also bought my three year old a dress for Easter a few weeks ago, but it was only $7 so I really didn't feel all that guilty. But I'm keeping my receipts, just in case I find something cheaper between now and then. But I don't know. These dresses are really cute? And it's so hard to find dresses with sleeves. Even brand new. Even here in Nebraska for Christmas, my choices were limited. I was really surprised that most of the Christmas dresses were sleeveless. But I guess it doesn't really hurt to splurge here and there, right?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Another Bill PAID!!!

Well it's official. Our van has been paid off! Man, I'm good! All I had to do is TOTAL THE VAN!!! Yep, if you haven't heard, we wrecked the van on our way to New Orleans (from Nebraska) to visit family. We drove all night and at five o'clock in the morning, I slid on ice in Jackson, Mississippi and totalled the van. Yes, I was driving! Of course! And it makes total sense that I had to leave Nebraska and slip on ice in Mississippi! So, what a great start to our vacation. We were three hours away from my parents house and luckily, my dad had spent the night at my brother's apartment which made him a tad bit closer. But when my dad was halfway we realized we all weren't going to fit in their SUV. So my mom borrowed a friend's Expedition and came and got us. She so graciously lent us her vehicle for the week too, so we all could fit and go places together. But man what a gas guzzler! So anyway, we had to rent a van to get back to Nebraska and we're all safe and happy to be in our own beds!

Luckily our van was worth what we owed on it. About 2 1/2 years ago, we financed 100% and the extended warranty. So we actually financed more than what it was worth. We even get new car seats out of the deal! (car seats and seat belts are one time use items, so if you ever get in an accident, make sure your insurance replaces the seat belts and car seats).

So, now what are we going to do? Well, when we got home, Sunday night we tried to fit the two car seats and booster seat into the back seat of the car and they fit! We just need to buy a seat belt extender so my daughter can reach the buckle. So since my husband works in the small city that we live in, we are not going to get another vehicle. And when the weather gets better, he can ride his scooter. The tentative plan is to get the credit card paid off (which will be paid off soon with our tax rebate) and we are going to try and get my student loans paid off which will hopefully be in a year. And then we will hold off aggressively paying down our debt and start saving for another van. That is, if I can convince my husband to start trying for a fourth. If we decide not to, then we can deal with the car and just continue paying down our debt.

Hospitals PAID 7/09
Credit Card #1 PAID 9/09
Credit Card #2
Auto PAID 2/10
My Student Loans
Hubs' Student Loans
Rental House Mort.**

Total Debt:

**we owned our own home and had to move and decided to rent it out. We are currently renting until we know where we want to settle down permantly.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Read "The Total Money Makeover"

If you are tired of paying creditors and want to live a better life financially, you need to read Dave Ramsey's "The Total Money Makeover." I had my husband pick this book up for me at the library right before our vacation last week and I read it in 2 days! He shows you how to create wealth by using the income you already make. Which includes getting out of debt and paying for everything in cash, even vehicles! This isn't a get rich quick scheme, but a way to show you how to build a better life for yourself using what you have. It's really motivated me to get out of debt as fast as I can! We are going to do whatever we can to get there. We totalled our van a week ago and luckily we're getting enough to pay it off. So now that we know our booster seat and two car seats will fit in the back of the car we are going to just use the ONE car for now. That's how extreme we are going and how serious we are about it. Although I have been aggressively paying down our debt for almost a year now, this book has really motivated me to get rid of our debt and as fast as we can. I'm sick of the bills and the interest! It kind of makes me mad at myself for some of the choices I've made in the past. Live and learn I guess.

The Dave Ramsey Show on Fox Business Network via
The Dave Ramsey Show on Radio
Have you read this book? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Shopping Lists: 2/21-2/27/2010

Believe it or not, these lists have taken up a huge part of my life every Monday. And a lot of times I can get them done. Then I thought, "Why am I doing this?" The lists are already done. So I've decide to share what lists I like every Monday and a few highlights from each.

*Right Guard deodorant– As low as $0.45 each after coupon
*Excedrin (20-24 count)- 0.50 each after coupon
*Buy 1 Goody Ouchless Elastics- FREE after coupon and Register Reward

Cincinnati Cents
*Baker's Corner Pancake Shake-Ups (5 oz.), $0.99
*Bremer Select Vegetable or Chicken Lasagna (40 oz.), $4.99

In Good Cents
I usually like Pocket Your Dollars list, but she didn't have it up as of right now.
*Dole Baby Spinach, Spring Mix, or other bagged salad – $0.75 each wyb 2 after coupon
*Large Gala or Red Delicious Apples, $0.99/lb
*Market Pantry Potatoes Russet or Red – 5 lb bag, $1.99
*General Mills Cereals – As low as $1.75 each after coupon
*Charmin Big Roll Bath Tissue – 36 pk, As low as $13.99 each after coupon