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Homeland match-ups

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Homeland Match-ups

 6/26-7/2



There are some really awesome deals at Homeland this week!!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Project Reclaim My Space #1

Kitchen Cabinets


This summer I have made a vow to reclaim space in my house. Well, Project Reclaim My Space is well underway and it has been a nightmare, and a dream. So I began organizing my kitchen cabinets and of course I did it the frugal way. Go Me!



So I began by doing research on my favorite site, Pinterest. I saw lots of ideas I liked and headed to my local Walmart. Well everything I liked was way too expensive there, besides I wanted to eventually organize my pantry too, and you know its got to match. So I remembered I had these great little boxes I received from a friend.


 They were really sturdy and fit perfectly in my kitchen cabinets. So this sparked the question. How do I make this box pretty? Ting, ( that's what it sounds like when I get an idea). Duck Tape!! I visited HB ( Hobby Lobby) with my 40% coupon in hand of course, and bought black Duck Tape. Then I headed to the scrapbook section to find matching paper to create my labels.  


I cut the top off my box and wrapped it in black Duck Tape.

  

Next I used my Cricut to cut out cute shapes for my box labels.


 I labeled each box with my newly created  labels. These boxes slide in and out of my cabinets easily and I can pull out the one box I need if I really  need to look for something. No more pulling out every item in the cabinet to find one thing! 




I already had these canister and I just added labels to them.


So here's the run down of my cost:
scrapbook paper $2.23
Duck tape $4.59.
Grand total: $6.82
Now That's Frugal!!

Always remember: Use what you have, it'll always save you money!

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Superhero Party

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Super Trey's Superhero Party




My little guy recently turned 4,for months we went back and forth about the type of party he'd have. One moment it was monsters the next it was pirates and so on and so on. Finally we/he decided on a super hero party. That's when the research aka, "pinning"  began. I had a slight dilemma, I couldn't figure out if I wanted to go commercial( as in superman, spider-man, ect.) or if I wanted to go custom. So I decided that I would kinda do both.






We decided to make it all about the world's best super hero, Super Trey!!
(It started as Super David but Trey had a much better ring to it.)




We purchased these plates at Hobby Lobby using the 40% off coupon. I went in every day until I had enough. :)




Trey's birthday is in March so we loaded up on this candy the day after Valentine's Day. Can we say CLEARANCE!!





I designed the cupcakes picks using a scrapbook maker program, printed them on stock paper and added a toothpick.


 



I printed my pow and zap signs here. I used my cricket to cut the shapes for his "T" symbol. We carried the "T" theme throughout the party. 



We had our local bakery make these cookies for us and they turned out horrible. Then we had them do them again and they turned out like this. My mom spoke to the manager ( Yeah, she's that chick) and he agreed that they were not exactly what we asked for, so he gave them to us free. Everyone in the bakery was really nice and of course we were super courteous. They were not cute but they were tasty! "Don't burn your bridges, you may need them one day".





We had cute activities and games for the kids to play. We had Super Trey coloring sheets.You can make your own here. We also had pin the mask on Super Trey. We used our local office supply store to blow up and print a picture of Trey and have it laminated, for around $20.  I found the printable mask here. You will need to cut out the holes for the eyes. We used double stick tape and now we have our own custom game. We plan to frame Trey's and hang it on the wall in his room.

And I can't forget the photo booth!



  Our photo booth was created using an old photo backdrop that I cut up and taped to the back of leftover Christmas paper. I cut the clouds out of  blue card-stock. The signs were made using a scrapbook program and kebob sticks (leftover from another party).





  My husband even played super villain!  






 Super Trey had a great 4th birthday!

                                                                                                                               

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Frugal Party Planning 101

Frugal Party Planning 101

If you can't tell by now, I love throwing parties,planning parties, making projects for parties,  yeah, I love all things party, but party planning is not easy and it can put a huge dent in your pocket. Over the years, I have learn some tried and true strategies for planning parties on a dime.
These are my top tips for planning a  low cost party.

1. Start planning early. This rule applies to an intimate dinner or a huge soiree. Start early to ensure everything flows smoothly. For me, the size of the party determines how early I will need to start planning. For example, when I hosted a girls night for about 12 ladies, I began planning about three weeks in advance. This doesn't mean I spent weeks scowling the internet or pinning for hours at a time. This simply means I keep my eyes open for simple ideas and party recipes.When I begin planning I ask myself or whom ever I'm planning with these simple questions: Where will party take place? What time of day will the party take place? How many guest do you expect? Is this causal or formal? Is there a color theme? What's your jump off? Once I've answered theses questions I can began my party planning.

2. What your jump off point? What is the theme or item your party is surrounded or based on. For example, once when I was planning a baby shower, I saw these cute yellow ducks while shopping in Bath and Body Works, the ducks became my jump off for the entire party. Because the shower was for a baby boy, my colors became blue and yellow.  Another way to find your jump off is to visit websites like Party City, or Birthday Express, start by looking at the plates,do you see anything you like? Your theme can be completely surrounded around the plates you choose for your party.  To save money buy your jump off item and find cheaper items to match it. If you find a patterned plate that you  just adore, there is no need to purchase 50 patterned plates, purchase 25 and shop around for plates that match your jump off. Do the same with napkins and cups. 

3. Plan your menu. Another reason I always start early is because I need to plan my menu. Once my menu is planned I watch the sales ads and use coupons to purchase food for my party. 

4.Plan your events. Are you planning any activities at your party? If you are, make a list of what activities your doing and what items you'll need for each activity. 

5. Use what you have. Once your party is over don't you dare throw away those unused paper plates, cups, napkins or silverware! Place the items in a Ziploc bag and put them away. The next time you have a party you may be able to use them to match your jump off.

6. Pinterest. I know you're on Pinterest, right? Use Pinterest to find frugal decorating ideas for your party and then "Pin It" to share with your friends.

7. Save your receipt. Lots of times when I am planning parties I buy items and then decide not to use them or I may purchase too many of an item. Return any unopened items to the store, save your receipt and make sure you know the store's return policy. When you buy items tape your receipt to the item, this way if you don't use the item the receipt is already attached and ready to be returned. 

These are just a few ways to keep more cash in your pocket.
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Pirate Party!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013




When my son David turned 4 we had two parties, Super Trey's Super Hero Party and a Pirate Party at, Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water-park.


We celebrated his birthday at a resort that featured an indoor water park. Yeah, you know the one, super expensive! Luckily, I had some great friends who wanted to enjoy the resort with their families too.
We reserved a suite, which was plenty of room for all 11 of us.
This party was my most frugal to date ( not including my part of the hotel fee). 


I purchased all the supplies at Walmart in the $1.00 party section (one of my favorite spots) and the Dollar Tree.


I made the cupcakes at home and brought them along with us in the car.I used a scrap-booking program to create these personalized cupcake flags. 


I had red plates left over from Christmas and Party hats left over from a pirate party I hosted last year for Fisher Price, so when I spotted the cheap pirate party supplies in the dollar section I snagged them up.





I also made a quick stop at the Dollar Tree and picked up these cute cups. I customized them with each child's name (using my cricut) and some scrap-booking paper. I also found red drawstring backpacks that I used instead of party bags. These bags worked out great for carrying our wet clothes after leaving the water-park.  


I made this door sign, using my scrapbook program. When the kids came back from the water-park this sign was hanging on the door. They were so excited!











 These pirates had a "matey" good time!!






   

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You know I love a discount!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

You know I Love a Discount!



My Favorite Websites for Discounted Items

These sites have high-end items as well as everyday stuff for great prices. Some of these sites include travel deals also and they are all FREE to join. Shop around and see what great deals you'll find. Some of these are invite only which means you'll have to wait to shop, lucky for you, you are getting the Penny Princess hook up! Follow the links to sign up.

Rue la la- invite only website.This week Juicy Couture,Scott Key and host of other high end designers. Although this is a high end site I've snagged sneakers  as low as $25.
Hautelook- another invite only site. This week Sperry Topsiders as low as 39.99. This site also deals in mostly high end items like Hermes and  Louis Vuitton bags.
Gilt- I've found great deals here also. We grabbed "Yo Gabba Gabba" Tickets for $15 bucks from this site.
CoachFactory.com-This site only opens a couple of times during the year.These are authentic Coach purses, most likely the leftover from the outlet stores. I can't give you the hook up on this deal but you can sign up to be invited.
Groupon.com-great deals on local and national, travel deals, restaurants and other discounted items and services.
Living Social- great deals on local and national, travel deals, restaurants and other discounted items and services.
Redbox.com-sign up for text notifications and get free and half off movie, and game rentals.
Viggle.com (app)- What you don't Viggle? Viggle(ing) is one of the easiest ways to earn great discounts and free stuff. Viggle gives you points for...wait for it... watching TV! Download the app to you iphone or android phone open the app, press check in, confirm the show you are watching an that's it... watch the points roll in. Get extra pionts by watch Viggle's featured shows and by Viggling live. Cash in as little as 5,000 points. The deals include gift cards to restaurants like Chili's and Papa John's gift cards from Best Buy and
JcPenny's, Hot Topic and many more! 

Happy Shopping!!

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