Frugal Summer Activities For Kids

Frugal Summer Activities

 

 

 

Summer is here and the three dreaded word that every parent hate to hear their children say, “Mom, I am bored”. If you are like me you are trying to save money and not spend a whole lot of time and energy on finding activities for your kids to do.   I am here to give you tips and ideas on how to find frugal but fun summer activities for kids.

 

Frugal Summer Activities For Kids

1. Check Your Local Library

The library is the perfect source to have fun activities for your kids. I know at my local library they have reading program throughout the summer. This is great because it ensure that my kids keep reading while school is out. At some library they have different activities throughout the week and weekend. Guess what it is absolutely free.

2. Local Community Activities

Check your local newspaper or city Facebook can offer free summer activities for kids. My local city  have movie on the lawn one Friday a month and it’s free. We bring our lawn chair and blanket and pack a dinner and watch movie on the lawn. Sign up for your city Facebook page to get free family activities. Some city Facebook will announce different organization that are having free or inexpensive family activities.

 

3. Arts and Craft

Doing arts and craft is one of my favorite activities. I am always on Pinterest finding ways to make slime or homemade bubbles. I have a craft bag that my kids can go in to make their own craft project. These simple products can be bought at our local dollar store or bough in bulk online at Amazon. Some of the amazing craft my kids enjoy making is:

Slime: Check out Sugar, Spice and Glitter homemade fluffy slime recipe here

Homemade Bubbles: Check out Artful Parent homemade bubbles recipe here

Homemade Moon Sand: Check out Lesson Learnt Journal moon sand recipe here

This is some just a few art and craft I do with my kids.

4. Movies

During the summer months my local movie theater offer discount movies. The movies are in the afternoon and they are previous movies that came out in the past. The cost is usually about $6.00 and it include the movie, popcorn and drink. This is a great way to have family time and staying cool at the same time.

 

5. Water Day

This is one of my kids favorite. Water Day consist of inexpensive pool or sprinkler and my kids go to town. It get really hot in Georgia and this is a great way for my kids to school off. Plus this wear them out. I got my pool from Wal-Mart and we is been in good use year after year.

 

I love the summer months it is a great way to spend time with you kids. If you are budget savvy it is easy to find frugal ways to have great summer activities with your kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips For Blogging Burnout

Blogging, Blogging TIps

 

When I decided that I wanted to start blogging I did not know how easily it can burn you out. I had blogging burnout with my blog due to not taking time for myself. I was burnout because I did not dedicate time for my blog or my family. Let me share with you some of the steps I have learn to prevent blogging burnout.

I have been incognito for awhile and I have a good reason. I had to rewind and sit back and think if I wanted the responsibility of running a blog. Plus working full-time, be a mom and a wife.  Running a blog takes a lot of work. It can get overwhelming and it requires a lot time to be honest that I did not want to give.

I saw myself so caught up in my blog that I missed out on a lot of things. Such as, not spending time with my kids and family.  I was trying so hard to have my blog to be my full-time income within 3 month.  I simply just got burn out and uninterested in doing my blog. It was  no longer fun but it was more like a chore. That is not the reason why I wanted to blog. I had to sit down and decide if this is something I wanted to do. Am I willing to put out good quality content but still had time for myself and my family along the way.

The first thing I learning is that blogging should be something I enjoy.

During my brief hiatus from blogging I learn a lot about myself and my goal for blogging.

  • The first thing I learning is that blogging should be something I enjoy. Blogging should not be a race to be rich within 2 or 3 months. I had to change my whole mind frame. Realize that outside of my blogging I am still a wife and mother. I am learning to pace myself. Such as having one good blog post a week but it is rich in content and it cause me to have returning readers.

 

  • The second thing I learn is to really write rich and thorough content that is engaging and that will allow me to have returning readers. Not to throw something out there and call it a day and hope for the best. Looking at some of my previous post I realize that my work was not the best but I am working on it to be a better.

 

  • Not to go from class to class or workshop to workshop trying to get quick result with my blog. Take one class or two and work that class until the end. Not blame the teacher of the class  for my blog not growing or being successful. Especially if I did not do the steps or the blueprint to have a successful blog.

Blocking Out Blog Time

This is something new for me. I never had a time set up where I just work on my blog. I just worked on my blog at a whim. Doing that cause miss not to blog on several days, weeks and months. I decide to do block time for my blog to make sure that I am doing something on my blog. If that is writing a post, posting on Pinterest or Facebook. Or posting in my Tailwind groups.

 

Tips To Prevent Blogging Burnout

  • Always make sure to take time out for yourself and your family. This is a hard lesson I had to learn. Self-Care for yourself is so important. I read  Stephanie post “Why Self-Care for Bloggers is Important” and she talk about the importance of self-care for a blogger you can read her here.
  • Blogging is not only can be a business but it has to be something you enjoy and be passionate about. Trust me starting a blog can be overwhelming but if you loose your passion for blogging or if blogging has become a chore. It is time to sit back and re-evaluate your reason for blogging.
  • Block out blogging time. This is so important. Blogging should not be a hobby if you are trying to make it a business. Blocking out time and dedicating it to your blog is a good way to ensure that your blog is getting the attention it needs.

Hopefully my mistake and tips will help you prevent blogging burnout. Help you on your journey has a blogger.

 

Until Then My Friend

Take Care

Cookie.

 

 

Simple Tips To Shopping At ALDI

Shopping

 

With the holidays approaching trying to save money and time while shopping is essential. I am going to give you some tips on how to have a smooth and easy shopping trip to ALDI.

 

The Essential For Shopping

If you never shopped at ALDI before then you are going to need a couple of things.

Bring your own bag.

ALDI does not offer free bags to bag up your items and you have to bring your own bag. I have gotten bags from the Dollar Tree and different places. You want to get a good, large, quality bag for your items because you will have to bag up your own things and take them to the car.

A Quarter

ALDI shopping cart or buggies (that is what us country folks call it) have a quarter system. In order to get a shopping cart, you have to insert a quarter. Once you are doing you bring the shopping cart back to the rack and you get your shopping cart back.

Open Mind

ALDI is not your normal grocery store. You will not see shelf stock full of products but you will see a box full of products. Which make it great because it helps save money and it is another way to get a box to put your products in.

 

The Buying Guide

At ALDI you will not get a lot of name brand products. However, you will get a lot of ALDI brand products which is just as good as the name brand.

ALDI is known for the gluten-free line and Organic Food. The ALDI Simply Natural organic line is very good and reasonable price. The live gFree gluten line is popular for their gluten shoppers and it is really good.

ALDI is the cheapest when it comes to milk and eggs. I love that because our family goes through a lot of milk and eggs.

Save Money

I have actually spent $100 dollars at ALDI and have fed my family of 4 for two weeks. If I am creative I can stretch it to three weeks. Check out Queen of Free website here and she has some great meal plans to save money while shopping at ALDI

 

I hope this helps you with your Holiday shopping at ALDI. I would love to hear how you save money during this Holiday Season.

 

Thanks for Stopping By

XOXO


5 Favorite Cookies Recipes

Cookies

 

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I can not tell you how much I love cookies. I love, love, love cookies. Maybe that is why my nickname is Cookie because I love cookies so much. There are those days that I just have to have a good homemade cookie. Don’t get me wrong I will buy store bought cookies but something about homemade cookies are just the best. So what I decided to do is list some of my favorite cookies that me and my family have enjoyed.

Some of the things I used to make these delicious cookies:

The Basic Tools

Cookie Sheet

Mixing Bowl

Measuring Cups

Glass Measuring Cups

 

The Cookies

Blueberry Cheesecake:

I know the name alone sound crazy but let me tell you these are some good cookies. This recipe is so different that I have made these cookies quite a few times. My husband is really not the chocolate chip cookie can of guy so he absolutely love these cookies. Even though the name may fool you in thinking that it will take all day to make this cookies but you will be pleasantly surprise as how easy these cookies are to make.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate  (flourless, no butter)

The only reason I tried these cookies because they have two of mu favorite ingredients peanut butter and chocolate. I am not a gluten free person but I am here to tell you that these are some of the moist and yummiest cookies I have ever eaten that does not use flour or butter. I hate oatmeal, I really do but these cookies right here had me eating them straight from the pan while still hot. Yeah they are that good. So trust me on this one when I tell you that these cookies right here ROCK.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

Okay I did this recipe because I just could not believe he did not use white sugar for this chocolate chip cookies recipe. Yep you read it right NO WHITE SUGAR. But, baby let me tell you these cookies right here, honey they will not make it to the cookie jar. I was pregnant when I made these cookies and let me tell you that I ate a whole pan of cookies by myself. Nope I am not embarrassed to say that. The moist factor and the whole texture of these cookies is off the meter. I promise you that once you try these cookies your whole chocolate chip cookie baking experience will never be the same. Cookies

A Twist on Traditional Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can you see the chocolate chip theme going here. Well any who, I made these cookies for my daughter class for Valentine Day and I have never seen so many little kids asking me for more of these cookies. Heck, I haven’t seen so many adults asking me for more of these cookies. What I love about this recipe that it is super duper easy and yes they are moist. I love a recipe where the prep time is not long because I am going to be honest with you if it take me more than 15 minutes to get the ingredient together I can guarantee you something is going to get left out. So that alone should make you want to try this recipe.

Banana Bread

Okay trust me when I say these are so GOOD. I don’t like spending time making banana bread so I made banana cookie.  OMG I can not describe how good these cookies are. Okay, I lied, I can. these cookies right here has everything that you will find in banana bread but it is in a cookie form. Even though this recipe does not call for nuts I use about 1/2 cup of chop walnuts in my and trust me when I tell you it is yummo. These cookies did not have chance coming out of the oven. If you like me and you like your cookies a little warm with some cold milk well these cookies here hold up well in a nice cup of milk. TRUST ME when I say you have to try these cookies Just because they are different from your normal cookies.

Conclusion.

Well there you have it my list of some of my favorite cookies. Trust me my cookies list does not stop there but I know you don’t want to keep reading about my cookie craving. I think better go because I really want some cookies right now.

Well Until Then Friends

Tootle Lou

Cookie

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Simple Tips To Managing Your Home

 

Managing

When I became a work from mom no one told me the task and responsibility that came with it..  First of all, I am not a list writing, meal planning and schedule writing kind of girl. Having to do some type of home of management totally shocked me. There was no class on how to be a work from home mom.  Through A LOT of  trial and error I am still learning how to manage my household. So I know how it feel for the new mom that feel overwhelmed with the never ending chores and wondering how in the world did time fly and it time to pick up the kids from school and you are still not dress. So I have complied a list of simple tips to managing your home for the working mom.

Keep Home Managing Simple

When it come to home management it best to keep it simple. Don’t fuss with the minor things such as dusting the floor boards or washing the walls. Your goal should be to get you home to look presentable for guest and comfortable for your family.

Time Management. I am not a morning person. Managing my time is something I am still working on. The only reason why I get up in the morning is because I have to take my kids to school and go to work.  So I have learn to go ahead and plan my day. One habit I had to break is distraction.  I would start a project and not finish it.  What I do now is I start a project and I finish until the end. I set up a timer for 30 minutes to complete my task.

Chore Days. I had to learn this pretty quick after I had my last child. I was notorious in taking five days to wash clothes or all day Saturday event to clean out the refrigerator. My cure for this nasty habit was to set up chore days. My chore days are pretty simple compare to the normal chore days some people have. Monday and Tuesday I wash clothes. Tuesday and Wednesday I clean the bathroom, wash and fold the remain clothes and sort out old mail. Wednesday is cleaning mirrors, windows and knick-knack. Thursday is mopping the floors and vacuuming. Fridays is cleaning out the refrigerator (if needed) and shopping. Allow some flexibility in you chore days just in case something comes up. If something come ups you can move your chore that particular day to the next day.

Plan Ahead

Put on Clothes. I know his sound crazy but it is true. Being a work from home mom I put on clothes everyday. I get dress as if I have somewhere to go. Plus it motivate  me to move and to get things done.  When I get my kids dressed and ready for school I go ahead and get myself dressed. This allow me to feel like I have accomplished something and I not in the house all days in my night clothes.

Plan the night ahead. Like I said early I am not a morning person so anything that will help me out the door a little more easier I will do it. So I plan a lot of my stuff the night before. I lay out mini me and big man clothes, pack book bags, sign papers,etc. I do everything the nigh before that I know will suck up my time  in the morning. This help me to make sure that I have a smooth morning for me and my kids.

Expect The Unexpected

5) Expect Hick-Ups. I also made room to expect hick-ups. Life is not perfect so I know there are going to be days that I may not get to one of my chores because that is life. Or I may forget to pack something the night before because I am spending some quality time with my kids. If that happens just go with the flow and start over.

I hope this home managing tips help out the working mom.  There are still somethings I am still learning and so will you but enjoy your time being with your kids because trust me you will never get back those moments with your kids again.  If your have something you would like to add let me know.

 

Until My Friend

Is A Niche Blog Beneficial for Today’s Blogger?

I have had a lot of people ask me which type of blog is better broad or niche blog. I often I tell them it depends on what you are looking for. It depends on what type of audience you are trying to reach.  What type of topic you are willing to discuss?

When I first started blogging I was told to niche down. So I started a blog about healthy living. To be honest, that was one of the hardest blog to write because I wanted to write about other things. I did not because I want to stick with my niche but I felt so boxed in.

I stopped blogging and then change by blogging platform from niche to broad. Which was not a bad thing but my blogging topic was all over place. My blog was not focus and it was not reaching my audience.

What type of blog is best?

 

Well, it depend who you are trying to reach. For example there are some blog sites that talk about couponing and discounts. That type of niche work for them because they have two things on their blog that is about couponing and finding discounts. Their are niche within two categories that is a popular topic.

Then there are other blogs that are so Niche down that finding a topic or keeping the blog engaging can be difficult. I love the example that Carly give on Mommy of Purpose on her blog post: “How narrow does your niche have to be to have a successful blog?”. She gave the example of a stamp collector. The stamp collector can be an expert in the field but email list will grow very slowly.

Sometimes having a Niche blog can cause you to lose out on potential readers. When niche(ing) down on a blog you are stuck with that certain niche and to be honest it is hard trying to write about the same thing over and over again.

Writing a broad blog gives you the opportunity to write to multiple audiences. You are not defining to one category type. For example mom blogs has become very popular. That may seem too broad but the topic on a mom blog is endless. On a mom blog you can blog about saving money, child rearing and marriage, which reach a multiple group of people. With a niche blog you are reaching out to a small group of people who have same interest.

The purpose of a blog is to reach people.

That is why I caution about choosing one specific niche because you may not reach a lot of people. When it comes to gaining sponsors or affiliates the first question a sponsor asks is, “what is your niche?”  That does not mean you have to give a niche down version of your blog but a general area of who your blog reach. There are some blog that has a broad feel but have a niche market which can help can gain sponsors and affiliate.

Another thing to think about with a niche blog is “who is your market?”

In my case, my market is for working moms, age range 30+, who is trying to save money.  If you can get an idea on who you are trying to reach, your market is you niche. Let’s go back to the stamp collector. Her market is simply for stamp collector over the age of 40. That is a smaller market. Now if we look at someone who market is for stamp collector, over the age of 40,   and how to sell on eBay or Amazon that gives the blogger a bigger market.

 

The way I look at a niche is based on the market I am trying to reach. When looking at a niche base your niche off of you market not your blog type. When you can base you niche off of your market you can expand your blog to more readers. If you blog is about lifestyle you can market to different ages, gender, income etc. for your blog. Your brand is your umbrella and your market is the individual small niches or market you are reaching.

Remember when trying to get a niche base your niche off of your market. That will give you a broader topic to write about and give you a bigger audience.

Well Until Then My Friend

Tootle Lou

Cookie

The Benefits of A Quality Post

The Benefits of A Quality Post.

Returning back to blogging has brought some challenges for me. Trying to crank out 2 blogs a week and being had and very trying. Till recently when I read a blog post from Taylor Stanford at https://www.taylorstanford.com. As I look over her blog she was not pushing out 2 or 3 blog post a week put she was doing maybe 1 or 2 blog a week. Yet,  her blog post was fill with quality information.

That is the benefits of a quality post. You don’t need 3 post a week to get viewers but having a quality will give you returning viewers.

That was an eye opener for me. I was about to give up on blogging AGAIN. I was not able to put out my 2 blog post like I like. That made me feel like a failure. To be honest that what stop me from blogging before.  I set up myself up for this high standard about blogging but did not take in consideration that I have a life. A very active life. I am blogger, mother of two small children, wife and I work full-time. By the time my day end I am exhausted and tired.

Reevaluating my blog.

So I had to sit down and reevaluate myself and blog and what I wanted out of my blog. What I want is an engaging and active blog that I ENJOY doing. Instead of a blog that I sweating bullets because I don’t have a certain amount of blog post.

My ultimate goal is to use my blog as a full time income. I know that it will take time and I have to pace myself. Where I am not posting two blogs a week, I am updating my Pinterest Site, working on the cosmetic of my blog and taking classes on how to be a better blogger.To me, that is part of my blogging dream.

I have read several; blog post about how to do a blog post within an hour but honestly I feel like I am gypping myself and you the reader. I rather for my blog post to take me a 3 to 4 days to develop but it be a quality post. Then 1 hour and it be a crappy post.

By me taking the route of producing a quality post it allow me to give you the reader a post that you can come back to reference and to learn something. IF that means that my Quality post take a little longer for me to produce then so be it.

I hope this inspire you to write more quality to post. It should be our goal to have more engaging reader.

 

Thanks for Stopping by

Cookie

Why Did I Marry This Man?

Why Did I Marry This MANCongratulation you are married. You finally turned over in your bed and asked yourself.

“Why did I marry this Man?”

The fantasy that you had about your marriage came crashing down because you just had your first argument.  Its your first year in your marriage and you are questioning if you made the right decision.   Now you are questioning yourself if you married the right man. TRUST me when I tell you have and you are not the long ranger.

I remember when my husband and I had our first big argument. We was just three months into our marriage and I was already ready to throw in the towel.  I had packed up me and my daughter things and I was moving back in with my parents. Because in my mind I thought that in my first year of married we will never have any arguments and we would have the perfect married like they show on television but I quickly realized that is television and not real life.

What you have to remember is that married take a lot of work. Let me say that again, MARRIED TAKE A LOT OF WORK.  As women, sometimes  we get caught up in the wedding and we sometimes forget that the wedding is for one day and married is for a lifetime.

Trust me there was a time and still is when I tell myself that I cannot do this anymore and I want to walk away but I realized that every bump that I have in my married is a testimony that I can share to a new couple. I tell myself that divorce is not an option for petty stuff that we can work on.

Plus, I had to learn to not compare my married to someone else married. What may work for their married may not work for my married. I am what you call a  free spirit. Truthfully, my mind wonders from one project to another. Now my husband,  is more of the logical thinker in out marriage.  He thinks about a project before he start. If I compared my married to someone else marriage it would not work for us.  I believe in getting marriage advice from someone who has been married for a long time. I just don’t cross the line of comparing their marriage to mines.

 

Why Did I get Married

Another thing I want to point out is to always, always pray for your married. I have learned the power of prayer. My daily prayers is my married. I pray that my married is strong. As a wife I pray that me and my husband are faithful to each other.  With my prayers I also pray for grown and unity in my marriage.

I am also learning that what happen in my marriage stays within my marriage. I have my parents to thank for that. My mom and dad could have a drag out fight but no one outside the house would ever now it. Watching them be that way has made me that way. I never tell anyone when Marion and I have an argument because to me people feed off of negativity and I do not want anyone to look at marriage as a bad thing. Second, when I tell my business outside of my marriage then  that open the door for the enemy to come in and destroy my marriage with other people views instead of me going to the Lord in prayer.

I also never talk negative about my husband. I know my husband has flaws but I also have flaws. So it likes the pot calling the kettle black. I am learning to pray on myself when it comes to things that my husband may say or do that I don’t like instead of me sharing my frustration with other people.

Lastly but never least always, always, always keep Christ in your married. Trust me you want to keep Christ in your married because it will make your married so much better.

There will be some mornings you will ask you self why you married this man and you can tell yourself you did it because this is someone you want to spend the rest of your life with.

6 Link Parties Etiquette’s

Link Party Etiquette

 

Guidelines For Link Parties.

 

I love link parties. It is a great way to get exposure to your blog plus it offers you the chance to meet other bloggers and network.  Link parties are a great way to grow your blog.  When posting to a link parties there are some etiquette guidelines everyone should follow.   Here is a list of 6 link parties etiquette everyone should follow.

 

Etiquette #1  Don’t submit duplicate content.

 

Link parties is a great way to showcase your blog. Try to use a different blog post to show off your work.  Pick out your best blog post or a blog post your are trying to get reviews on. Your goal should be to grow your blog. Don’t use the same blog post on every link parties. Mix up  your blog post to give you reader a view of your quality work.

 

Etiquette  #2 Go with the Link Theme

This is a pet peeve of mines. If the party theme is about home DIY don’t post a theme about inspirational moments. That is like wearing shorts in a snow storm.  Follow the link party theme.

 

Etiquette  # 3 Visit other links.

 

Do not be one of those bloggers who use link parties as a drive by post hook up. Visit other links. Read them and comment on other links. Believe it or not they are trying to grow their blog too.

6 Link Parties Etiquette
Link Parties Guidelines

Etiquette  # 4 Link Back To the host.

There are some party host  that ask for a link back  to their blog. There are some link parties host that may not. As a courtesy do it. It take a lot of time and effort to host a party. You can do a link back several ways

  •          The host URL
  •          Put the button link in your post
  •          Put the host button link on your sidebar
  •          Or do as I do and have a Linky Party Page.

It is just polite to give credit where credit is due in helping you gets exposure to your blog.

 

Etiquette # 5 Follow the host(s)

It’s just polite to follow the host. Some host often time make it a requirement to follow the host(s). Follow them on Google+, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or whatever requirement they have.

 

Etiquette # 6 Thank The Host.

Always thank the host for hosting the party. It take a lot of work to host a party and giving a quick comment of thanks is much appreciated.

 

Hopefully this link parties etiquette can help you with the next link party you go to. If you want to know how to increase your blog traffic check out Sincerely Jean to get more information.

 

Thanks so much for reading.

 

Shandra

 

 

5 Ways To Save Money Without Coupons

 

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Coupon-ing has become the biggest rage in how to save money. People are buying name brand product and saving money pennies on the dollar. If you are not like me then you are not a die hard coupon-er but you liking saving. Today I am going to give you 5 ways you can save money and not use one coupon.

1) Discount Grocery stores.

The grocery bill in my home is one of my biggest expense. To help save some money I shop at discount grocery or smaller big box stores. My hometown have an ALDI, Sav-A-Lot, Shopper Value and a Food Depot. I buy all of my poultry, ground turkey, produce, snacks and etc. from these discount grocery stores. Only time I shop at the big box stores such as Kroger, Walmart or Publix is when the smaller stores do not have what I need. For example my kids love the variety pack on chips. At Walmart and Kroger the price can range from $5.99 to $6.99. I can get some variety pack of chips at ALDI or Sav-A-Lot for about $3.99. The chips are not name brand chips and it is the store generic brand but they taste just as good.

2) Liquidation/Discount stores.

I love shopping at discount and liquidation stores. One of my favorite stores is called Roses. At Roses I have bought name brand clothes for half the price. If you have a Roses or an other liquidation store in your are you will be surprise at somethings you will find. At Roses I have bought Old Navy, The Children Place, The Gap and even JC Penny clothes. Trust me you want to go to these type of stores you will be amazed at how much money you can save.

3) Goodwill

Goodwill and thrift stores is another great place to save money. I know there are some people who do not like second hand stores. At my Goodwill they have brand new clothes that comes from my local Walmart and Target with the tags still on them.

4) Cash back sites.

Cash back sites have been one of my favorite ways to earn extra money. With a rebate program it will give you cash back for shopping. I do a lot of my kids school shopping on line because they have a good sale or a good clearance discount. When I do shop online I shop through EBATES. With EBATES I get cash back when I shop. I use that extra money toward Christmas, Summer Vacations and Family OUTING. Let me give a DISCLAIMER. YOU WILL NOT MAKE A SIX FIGURE SALARY WILL REBATES AND CASH BACK SITES.There are some sites and blogger that claim that you can make six figures for shopping for a small fee. It you come across that then RUN AWAY. Most sites offer a small percentage but not enough for you to make a living off of it.

 

5) Clearance and Off Season Items.

I do a lot of my school and holiday shopping off season. The reason why I do this is because some of the product are reduce by 50 to sometime 90 percent.  Shopping this way has allowed me to save a lot of money. Plus it help me to avoid some of the holiday rush. For example, my daughter school has just started. Every year we get a school supply. What I do is I buy the school supplies that she need for her current grade. Then I wait until stores start marking down their school supplies and I buy her school supplies for next year school.

 

I hope my tips will help you to save a little cash without couponing.

 

Thanks For Stopping By

Shandra