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Deal of the Day! Target Shoe Madness!

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So there are only certain times when I go into a store and get so overwhelmed (in a good way) at what’s on sale I can’t see straight. I just decided to go into Target because I really didn’t have anything better to do while my son was in school the other day. I thought I would just walk around, check out the clearance sections and then head to the library and read for a bit. WELL. I was wrong. I walk to the shoe section, okay nothing really going on then I notice “Cartwheel take an extra 20% all clearance shoes.” Ok, let’s look around. I find bigger shoes for my son super cheap, then there is an entire ROW of women’s shoes on clearance. Now, I am almost 31 weeks pregnant, I can barely put my socks and shoes on every morning now I have the prospect of trying on dozens on shoes, lol. So I take a deep breath and look at my options.

Here’s my shoe purchase breakdown (don’t worry I didn’t go THAT crazy, lol) :

Shoes for my son:

Pair of grey slip on boat shoes (size 1 he can wear now): $4.78

Pair of black nicer tennis shoes (size 2): $5.98

Pair of sports black tennis shoes (size 2): $7.18

I love it when I can find shoes for him for less than $10 a pair!

Here’s the shoes for me:

Pair of pink ballet shoes to wear to my baby shower: $4.06

Pair of lined winter/rain ankle boots: $9.58

I’m super excited about the winter boots because I do not have anything like this. These will not only keep my feet dry but also very warm. Because the shoes are lined I most likely have to wear thin socks until I can wear them in a bit.

Grand total: $31.58!

So the price for maybe one pair of shoes I got us 5! Now you are probably wondering why I didn’t get my husband any. Well. He wears a size 14!! You cannot find that size in most retail stores like Target, they only go up to 13. So no shoes for him today, lol. I do find that Academy Sports has the best selection of shoes in his size that I do not have to buy online, which is awesome.

I am not sure how long the cartwheel deal is going on and make sure to use your Target red card to get an extra 5% off! I do not normally add this to my final total just because I tend to think about it as saving on the taxes at the end because it ends up taking most of the tax off the final price.

What are some of the deals you have found this week??

Deals of the Day! – Target & Kroger Shopping!

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Have you ever just had one of those good deal days? My first day to myself in almost a month, lol, I was able to get out and do some after Christmas shopping. My son missed the last two days of school because he got some sort of tummy bug, ugh, and then with winter break, I have not had much time for myself. I find that I want to go to a million places but I’ll be back in the store of the first place I am at and realize I have to walk all the way to the front to check out and I get very exhausted, lol! I have been known to find somewhere to sit down for a minute because well, pregnancy. LOL.

After Christmas you have a hit or miss selection of things in Target and sometimes you can find some good deals. So much is on clearance but at the same time they might hardly have anything. Well they had a small section of Christmas things 90% off and I was able to snag a couple Christmas items for super cheap! I continued my Target Registry in the store and they gave this is AWESOME bag full of goodies for the baby! Love free stuff, lol. I found some clothes for baby girl on sale – 3 pack of onesies for $4.48 which makes them about $1.50 each. Then a pack of 2 matching pair of pants (actually at another Target, score!) for $2.48 ($1.24 each) so she’ll have a whole new outfit for $2.75! They are also 6 months so I will have it for later on. This is what I did for my son, find things for less than $5 (especially if there is multiple items) and this way things aren’t so expensive and you develop a collection of clothes.

I have only recently started a $20 rule for my son with new shoes. Forever I was able to get his shoes second-hand and not cost much money, or on clearance ($10 or less rule) because his foot grew so fast I couldn’t afford to keep up. Well now that he’s in a Boys size 1 (ahhhh!) I can no longer really find decent shoes for him second-hand so if I can find a good pair of shoes for $20 or less I’ll get it. This whole summer/ fall he literally had one pair of shoes, lol. Academy Sports is a great place to find shoes for the whole family, great prices, and they actually will have my husband’s shoe size (14!!) in regular shoes. Most people don’t know is stores will carry up to 13 and there’s only certain places that will have 14 and over. I was able to find a good pair of shoes for my son for $20 and my husband a pair for $15!! Good shoe day!

I was excited at Target because I found of Luv’s diaper pack (40 count) that had a sticker that said “As Is: $4.48” wasn’t quite sure why it says as is because there is no tear in the bag. So I thought I would give Luvs a try because I never used them with my son. These were newborn size so they would go quick regardless of the brand and a great way to see if the baby will be sensitive to certain brands. I also had a $2 off coupon that did not work when I went to the self check out. The girl helping me was awesome and gave me all sorts of stuff that I only got because she was helping me, score! So for a 40 count I paid $2.48 so about 6 cents a diaper, which is a great price! I’ll let you know my favorite diapers for this new baby when she gets here because I’ve gotten several newborn/size 1 samples of different brands.

Speaking of diapers, I also got a pretty good deal on diapers at Kroger! For some reason their online coupons had 2 Pampers diaper coupons, one for $2 off and one for $3. I put them both on my list so I had them and since they were running their purchase 5 items get $5 off promotion, I picked up some and some other things. Their bags which are normally $8.99, on sale for $7.99 – they took both of my coupons! So I got the one bag of diapers for $2.99! Which made them about 9 cents a diaper! Which is a great price for Pampers. I am trying to think back to when my son was in diapers, but I think if I could find them around 12 cents a diaper that was a good price. Yay!

I love finding good deals because I feel like I am doing my part to some what contribute to my family. Being a stay at home mom has been the best job I could have ever asked for but it gets to me sometimes that I don’t bring any money into the house. By saving us money and really stretching my dollar essentially we have more money for our family for the bills and let’s face it when this baby gets here bills will increase for sure! What are some of your best after Christmas deals??

Deal of the Day! – Smart Christmas Shopping

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Christmas shopping is a task that stresses me out each and every year. But this year is by far the biggest for our family. Because of the downfall to the recent health insurance changes we have had to pay a mortgage payment each month for my family to have health insurance. And it isn’t even good health insurance. Well it is a lot better than what will happen next year because we probably will not even have it! Super great considering that I will be delivering my baby next year and need it more than any time in my entire life. C-sections are not cheap and I find that we will be shelling out a lot of money next year. Money we do not currently have.

Because of this we have taken a very VERY conservative approach to Christmas. As a family we never went crazy with presents anyway. Our son always has plenty to open and was thankful for everything he received. He has never been a child to look at material possessions as something to be a brat over, unlike some kids I’ve seen, and I am very thankful for his kind and generous heart. Usually most years he would receive a big present (that was way too expensive to purchase throughout the year) and then little presents to open.

Well this year, I have been  shopping for him in a way to maximize our budget and still have things to open. I inherited both my mother’s great love for Christmas (She would go wild with decorations and presents) and my father’s struggle with giving a child too much. He was the complete opposite when it came to Christmas, he always thought my mother went overboard but at the same time never stopped her because growing up he did not get much for Christmas and I think wanted me to have the same joy of Christmas as my mom did. Seeing both sides I can pick out the parts I want to do and at the same time not go overboard. A great thing I remember my mom doing was she would wrap every single item she bought me separately even if it went together. That way I had lots to open and enjoy. She would stay up late Christmas Eve and wrap away. I find myself doing the same thing for my son, except I wrap as I go, lol! This way it is done and all I have to do is set it up the night before.

Santa is something else we as a couple have discussed and came to some decisions. You of course can have your own opinions on this and I am by no means telling you what to do but we find the whole idea of Santa a little unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some Santa spirit. I love the idea of children realizing the magic and wonder of what Santa represents, but when it comes down to presents, I find I do not want to give the old man all the credit for giving my child presents that we have to pay for, lol. So instead we invoke the idea of Santa, take our son to see him, ask for special things, and enjoy the Christmas spirit. But when it’s time to open presents, Santa gives our son the stocking with small gifts and a few special presents. This year it will be one of the bigger (around $30-$50 item) toys and a few smaller toys to unwrap. Everything else is from Mommy and Daddy. This way when my son does come to the conclusion that Santa is just a story it won’t be (hopefully) that big of a deal.

Honestly, I found out Santa was my parents when I was about 4 years old. Yes, 4. lol. I noticed that the same Christmas wrapping paper that were used for my gifts from Santa was hanging out in the basement. My mom played it off like Santa left the paper there so my Mom could use next year….ok… lol. Then a little while later I found the wrappers (that she left in the basement too) that were from my little presents I received in my stocking. Yes, I had an investigative mind at a young age and figured it out. When I told my mom, she did not lie to me, but told me not to say anything because I had cousins who still believed. I understood and did not say anything but still enjoyed the magic of Christmas. Now, I hope my son does believe for a very long time. We finally got him to sit with Santa last year and tell him what he wanted, which was SO awesome because he was terrified for years, lol. But when he comes to us and ask we will be honest because like I said, Santa is not what Christmas is about. Christmas is about the birth of Christ and the magic that Christmas brings to not only families around the globe but it brings families together in a way that only Christmas can. You can also say that about any religious practice that you partake in.

Now to the deals!

So far I have been slowly buying things for my son so that I am not scrambling the week before to get everything I want. We went out to a few stores last night (yes a Friday but hello, it’s over a month until Christmas) and it was CRAZY! It honestly felt like it was after Thanksgiving with the amount of stuff people were buying. So I decided if I want to buy, I will when my son is at school, during the morning working hours, lol. Here are some tips for shopping and maximize your budget:

  • Do not shop mainstream department stores UNLESS they are offering some awesome sales and/or coupons, etc. Never pay full price for something unless it is a hot ticket item that you know you will not find again. I have been receiving emails from Toys’R’Us and Target telling me about their one day sales and coupons. Target will put a new toy item every single day on their Cartwheel at 50% off, so if you can wait until you find something then. Be careful to watch out when the offers will expire, so you do not miss out.
  • Try shopping at stores like Ollie’s, Big Lots, TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls, and 5 & Below for small gifts and things that might be older to today’s market of toys. My son is in LOVE with Tsum Tsums. They are tiny little pot belly Disney characters and honestly they are SO cute. I secretly want them so of course I get them, LOL! If you look at the mainstream stores now, most of the original Tsum Tsum toys are out of style. They have made so many that now there’s Marvel ones and things my son does not really care for so I had to look at other places to get them. A great store for me was Ollies. It’s a closeout discounted store that has great toys, books, and art activities for kids (also SO much more at great prices). Well I ended up finding him a Tsum Tsum hardback book,  a PJ mask book, a box full of Tsum Tsum activities (and a big collector guide that he is going to freak out about – yes my child is SO into booklets that show all the characters of things, lol), a group of stackable Tsum Tsums – all for $10! The book alone would have been $10 at a regular bookstore.
  • Make sure to utilize your coupons! I am super excited because my neighbor and I are going to get together to start couponing! Now, we are not going to go crazy, but this way we can put our coupons together and get deals without having a hoarding stock of supplies, lol. My major need is getting diapers and wipes at the best possible price. Well, I received some good coupons from Kohl’s this week. I had a $5 off coupon (any purchase), a $10 off $25 or more, and a 20% off total purchase coupon. A great thing bout Kohl’s is you can stack these coupons together, so my goal was to find something around $25-$30 and get the best return for my coupons. The only catch was I could only use the $10 off coupon yesterday. So we grabbed dinner out last night (since I live far away from any Kohl’s or Target, or really any good main stream store, lol) and on the way home I stopped inside. Not knowing what to buy, I figured I would try to get something for our son for Christmas.I found Tsum Tsum toys, YAY! The original mini ones! I was super excited, the only problem they were like $6.50 a piece, ugh. Normally at like Target they are $4.95, but these were the original ones – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Dumbo! I also found another stackable pack for $3.99 which isn’t bad for those as well. So my total came out to about $30 (before tax) and with all my discounts, I ended getting everything for a little over $12 – technically around $2.50 for each item. Score! The only place I have really found that carries the originals is the Disney store online, but I would have to pay for shipping (because I wouldn’t buy $75 worth) and it would end up being even more so this way I don’t have to worry. They do have them on Target.com as well and I have a RedCard so I wouldn’t pay shipping but they are still $5 a piece.
  • Create a shopping list on your phone so when you are out you can check off what you buy. The biggest struggle people can have is forgetting what they buy and end up buying way too much by the time Christmas rolls around. I keep an ongoing list of what I would like to get, if I find it check it off, and then keep a running total so that if I reach the max of our budget for Christmas, then no more spending. This way we are still within our means.
  • This year we’ve decided that handmade gifts are the way to go. We want to stress to everyone that we do not need any gifts this year (or any year for that matter) and to really just enjoy spending time together. A good friend of mine stressed in her invitations to her daughter’s birthday – to not bring a present, that our presence was the greatest present of all. Which I thought was not only cute but very considerate. Because I know my son will like to give something to his family members, we are making presents this year. This not only is affordable but also gives my son the chance to contribute and feel a part of the gift giving. We also have a week off for Thanksgiving, and a whole week off before Christmas so this will give us something to do. Of course I’ll blog on my art activities and share it with you guys! Handmade presents are not only more from the heart but will fill your small children with pride that they made this for you! If you’ve ever had a child give you something that they made you – you know what I am talking about.

Something that I want to unofficially do is an activity that has been passed around Pinterest for a while. Giving a child for Christmas – Something they want, Something they need, Something to wear, and Something to read. We will be doing this as our family gift. Especially with the arrival of another child, we cannot go over board and want to make sure everything is as equal as it can be within siblings. So for our son this year it will be – the play set race thing he wants, something he needs is a little tricky because he really needs shoes, LOL, so I look for if I can find shoes $20 and below – I refuse to pay more than that because his foot grows so fast, if I can find him some cheap big headphones he will be super excited (5 & Below is a great place for that), something to wear will be underwear, LOL and maybe a fun shirt, and to read will be the Tsum Tsum book and any other books I find. I know the point is to purchase one item for each category but when I am very conscience of our budget I find you can buy a little more for the same price you would spend on something you would pay the full price for.

So sorry for the rambling of this post. I woke up this morning with a lot of thoughts and wanted to write them down before I forgot, lol. I realize that I am not the greatest writer, I write as I talk and sometimes can be a little confusing. I will try to be better, but in the mean time that you so much for taking time of our your day to read this post, especially if you got this far down! I have been feeling very emotional lately with everything going on and I feel better writing my thoughts and ideas down because at least I am sharing it with someone. If you have any other good tips for shopping smart this Christmas, please leave a comment I would love to hear them! Have a wonderful weekend! *Much love*

Deal of the Day! LulaRoe For MUCH Less!

Girls, lemme tell you I love me some LulaRoe! I have a few friends that sell it, so I try to buy from whoever has the patterns I like. I also get invited to about a million parties from various people but I tend to stick with who I know. Well here’s the thing: IT’S SO EXPENSIVE! I know they are running a small business which I totally get, but coming from a girl who can barely spend any $$ on clothes (but can spend $$$ on makeup? LOL), $30+ dollars for 1 top makes me have an anxiety attack! So I tend to stick with buying the leggings but at $25 bucks a pop things can start to get out of control, lol! So here is my secret for you ladies desperately wanting some but can’t afford……..

START SEARCHING AT GOODWILL! Like now..go ahead..stop what you are doing and run to the nearest Goodwill. FYI – there’s like 4 in like a 25 mile radius of me…so I cover all my territory! What’s happening is women are spending ridiculous amounts of money on this stuff and just giving it to Goodwill? I am completely shocked! I mean I spent a good $38 bucks on a dress that I don’t really care for but that baby is staying in my closet UNTIL THE END OF TIME! Maybe one day I’ll magically like it on my body or I somehow lost 20 lbs and gain about 6 inches in height to fit into it properly but until then that’s where it’s staying.

So a few months ago, I first discovered this blissful occurrence when I was shopping for dresses. The second that I touched it and saw the pattern I knew it was LulaRoe. I looked at it and it was an Ana! For those of you who don’t know, an Ana is their long floor length dress. It was a medium and I tried it on, it fit other than about 5 inches taken off the floor, lol. Of well, I’ll get it hemmed! Only problem: someone washed and dried it! AHHH!! Rule 1 for LulaRoe: you do not put it in the dryer…it felted really stiff. Oh well, I bought it anyway, for $6 how could I not?

Now fast forward to last Tuesday, I’m searching through the pants, tip: search in the pants section where all the patterned pants are. They usually separate by color, but there’s an entire section where they try to separate patterns by color. You’ll get anything from plaid zip up dress pants to leggings you just have to look. OR. Do the feel test. I quickly scan the patterns by feeling them, if they feel buttery soft, there’s a big chance they are LulaRoe! So I find 3, YES 3! leggings…but they are TC (tall and curvy). I decided on 2 of them to try. Alas, I am not tall, and I have curves just not in the right places, lol! Or so I thought.

I always buy the one size because I was going by my actual pant size. Which is either a 6 or an 8. If I am all honest, most of the time it’s an 8, lol. So the TC size never really appealed to me. Plus I was afraid to buy them and they be too big and then I’m out $25+ dollars.

So I decided to try them on just to see, if they were too big, I would still buy them but give them to someone. I discovered that they fit SO nicely! Granted they are a little big in the waist and are too long, but they way they feel they weren’t glued to my legs! I have some pretty thick thighs and the one size basically makes it so every little bump on me shows. I can’t wear regular shirts that don’t cover my bottom because I don’t want anyone seeing anything they don’t need to be seeing and with these they aren’t tight so I can wear regular shirts that don’t have to be dresses.

Here’s the best part…usually pants are about $5.75. I figured that was great saving $20 per pair is awesome right? Wrong! The lady at the register rang them up for sleepwear, which is $3.93!!! So less than $4 a pair!!! **HAPPY DANCE!!!** One problem though: their registers were messing up and wouldn’t accept cards and I didn’t have cash!! So I was able to hold my clothing to the side and I raced to the ATM and you better believe I got those babies! Nothing is going to stop me from getting a good deal! With LulaRoe leggings you can wash them in your washer but do NOT dry them. I repeat: DO NOT PUT THEM IN  THE DRYER! So I just hang them up and they dry in no time.

I am so happy when I find a good deal especially when it is something like that. There’s a consignment store I follow on Facebook that will get leggings to their store but they will charge between $10-$18 a pair basically like you’re buying them brand new. So for $4 I absolutely love them!

Almost every thing in my son’s wardrobe apart from a few pieces have come from Goodwill or consignment sales. He grows so fast that he only wears clothes for a season before having to go up a size and if I calculated how much it would be in retail it freaks me out! $14.99 for a pair of pants, no way! $3 for a pair is more like it! My general rule when shopping for the bulk of his clothing is: no more than $5 a shirt or pants/shorts unless he needs something specific and no more than $20 on a pair of shoes. I use to be able to get all his shoes second-hand, but as he grows in size finding decent pairs of shoes has gotten difficult. I usually will spend between $10-$15 on shoes so I usually look from them on clearance. I try to save my Kohl’s cash in combination with a good % off to get his some shoes for basically nothing. Also, whenever Stride Rite has their $20 shoe sale I always try to get a pair because that’s usually as low as they will go on their shoes.

What are some awesome things you have found at Goodwill??

Whenever I find something cool or an amazing deal I will blog about it!