Spa Sleepover Birthday Party: DIY Lip Gloss, Bath Bombs, and Foot Scrub

Spa foot treatment

When my daughter came up with the idea of a Spa Sleepover birthday party, I was hoping I could find a few simple and fun spa treatments to create with and for her and her friends.  We decided on a relaxing foot treatment (complete with homemade fizzing bath bombs and exfoliating foot scrub) and ... Read More →




Free Kindle Books

kindle book

   FREE KINDLE BOOKS FOR TODAY The Inconvenient Corpse Cooking with Beans and Legumes Michael the Grumpy Little Boy PLAY The Discipline Solution Saving Justice Indian Summer The Budget Cookbook All The Baby Animals In The Woods Worms On Parachutes - Mystical Allies In My Cancer ... Read More →


Coupon Preview 7/27/14

Here's what to expect in this Sunday's newspaper coupon inserts! A few notes: Coupon inserts vary by region.  If there's a certain coupon you really want multiples of, check to be sure it's in the paper you're buying before you purchase a bunch of papers.  In NE Ohio, the Akron Beacon Journal ... Read More →


Spa Sleepover Birthday Party: Food & Decorations

pink zebra party pack

Through the fall and winter, I always plan three “boy” birthday parties…and they are all boy!  That made it even more fun to play an oh-so-girly “Spa Sleepover Birthday” for my daughter and her friends as she turned 9 this summer.  They’re right on that line between little girls and starting to grow ... Read More →


Get 50 Bonus Box Tops for every 10 items with Receipt Rewards!

Boxtops Receipt Rewards

Box Tops for Education has a new program called Receipt Rewards, which lets you earn 50 eBoxTops for your school when you submit a receipt with 10 participating items.  Just take a photo of your receipt (with qualifying items marked) with your smartphone or camera, and text or email the photo ... Read More →


National Hot Dog Day: Sonic $1 Hot Dogs!

sonic hot dogs

If you need a quick and easy lunch while you're out and about today, try the Dollar Dogs at Sonic--in celebration of National Hot Dog Day, get All-American Dogs or Chili Cheese Dogs for just $1 each on July 23! ... Read More →


Spa Sleepover Birthday Party: Marshmallow Nail Polish Cupcakes

nail polish cupcakes

These Marshmallow Nail Polish Cupcakes were the perfect treat for my daughter's Spa Sleepover ninth birthday party.  We originally spotted the idea for marshmallow nail polish treats in the catalog for birthday party supplies, but the instructions weren't included.  We could tell that the basic idea ... Read More →


Save $100 on the Kindle Fire HDX with 4G!

  Today only, you can get a Kindle Fire HDX with 4G LTE for the same price as a regular Kindle Fire HDX: $229.  This is a great deal that allows your Kindle Fire to be connected to the internet any time you have a 4G connection (not just via wifi).  This looks like a great one for students.  ... Read More →


Kindle Unlimited Free Trial

kindle unlimited

If you love to read, check out the new Kindle Unlimited program from Amazon.  You can get a 30-day free trial to check things out, then after the trial the cost is $9.99/month to have access to over 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of audiobooks.  These are available through Kindle devices, the ... Read More →


Tuesday Tip: Do a Stockpile Checkup!

stockpile checkup

Sooo....anyone else have a few boxes of cereal they need to store? ;)  Now's as good a time as any to do a quick check of the items in your stockpile and take inventory of  what you have, what you might need, and what you need to get rid of. As I checked my basement shelves last week, I was ... Read More →


Last chance on Kindle Fire deals: 16GB $129; save $50 on 64GB HDX!

kindle fire HD

    These Kindle Fire deals at Amazon are about to end! Kindle Fire HD 7 inch 16 GB is on sale for $129, a savings of $40 Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch is on sale for $339, a savings of $40  Kindle Fire HDX 64 GB is on sale for $259, a savings of $50 You can also find deals on Kindle ... Read More →


Cooking on a Shoestring: Monday Meal Planning

meal planning

It's Monday--time to share our dinner-time game plans for the week!  A little effort with meal planning at the beginning of the week helps me to provide my family with nutritious, budget-friendly meals, and also allows me to get my act together when our family's headed in several different ... Read More →


Children’s Place: Huge sale, FREE Shipping on every purchase, plus 30% off with code!

Childrens Place coupon code

  Children's Place has extended their Friends and Family Sale through today (Monday!).  Take an extra 30% off any online purchase FAMILY2 at checkout!  They have lots of markdowns on summer items online, plus new items coming out for fall that are also included in the discount.  Shorts and tees are ... Read More →


Make my Monday Freebies

Monday Freebies

Freebies available at your favorite stores this week: Giant Eagle (through Wednesday) For all of the Giant Eagle deals this week click HERE Tons of Cereal FREEBIES still going on this week!  Check them all out here: Plum Organics Mighty Snacks $1.33 (through 7/16)75¢/1 printable (zip ... Read More →


Black Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

black raspberry

  Nothing beats FREE when you're on a shoestring budget, and the black raspberries growing wild in our back yard and the surrounding farm fields definitely fit the bill.  We pick as many as we can, and I use them to make homemade jam (see a super easy jam recipe HERE), then flash freeze whatever's ... Read More →



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