Wedding on a Tight Budget, Part 2

 Wedding on a Tight Budget, Part 2

Well, my Wedding on a Tight Budget, Part 2 was to be about crayons but I was not able to get the photo I needed yesterday, so I am postponing it until I do. Today’s post will be about stocking up on paper and plastic products for the Reception. Hubby asked me to give him an idea of all the things we still need to pay for before the May wedding. My mind started turning and I wondered what all I could get out of our regular grocery budget so that it would not have to be added to that wedding budget for him. As I thought about the Reception, I realized that I could start getting all the paper and plastic products we would need for the Reception out of my regular weekly budget. By doing it a little bit at a time each week, my grocery budget would not scream and I could get everything we need by May. So, here is my plan:

 Wedding on a Tight Budget, Part 2

Each week, I will stop by Sam’s and purchase ONE box or bag of paper or plastic products that we will need. This last week, I purchased a bag of Clear Plastic Cups for $7.96. This 196 count bag of 9 ounce cups are perfect for Punch. Well, being that my daughter wants a Southern Style Reception, we will be serving Sweet Tea instead of Punch. Yes, we will have unsweet tea (or leaf water, as my daughter calls it) for those who don’t like sugar, but I digress… As you can see, $7.96 is not that big of a chunk out of my regular food budget. As I looked at all the paper and plastic products at Sam’s, I got really excited as I realized that I could do this! I can get all of the cups, dinner plates, dessert plates, forks, spoons and napkins way before May! An extra $10 out of my weekly budget is not going to make much of a difference but it will make a huge difference by May when we don’t have to fork over $120 – $140 all at once to get all paper and plastic products we need for the Reception! So, start now! Get a little at a time. Sometimes, we look at $7.96 and think, that’s not going to help, but when you look at the big picture in the end, the $7.96 each week adds up and will make the final weeks of wedding planning a whole lot less stressful!

I can’t help but think about the tortoise and the hare…the tortoise may be slow, but he wins because he is consistent and does not give up. Remember, first get a plan. You can’t start purchasing items for the Reception early if you do not have a plan of what you will serve. Then, get going. Shop early, shop often and stock-up and remove lots of last minute preparation stress by being prepared.

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Zulily: Cute Salt and Pepper Shakers

 Zulily: Cute Salt and Pepper Shakers

Oh my! Aren’t these the cutest? Zulily has Shake On It: Salt & Pepper Shakers on sale today and there are some super cute ones! The kittens and adorable owls! There are also some sweet lady bugs, chicks, dogs and more!

 Zulily: Cute Salt and Pepper Shakers

 

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Wedding On a Tight Budget, Part 1

 Wedding On a Tight Budget, Part 1

If you follow Shopping Tips and Tricks on Facebook, then you probably know that my daughter is engaged to be married in May. That being the case, I thought I would share with you all how we are doing a Wedding on a Tight Budget. This post will be Part 1. My daughter has done such a fabulous job getting her decorations at huge discounts so keep coming back to see how we are pinching our pennies to pull off this event. I will also share with you how we are slowly getting things together for the reception and how doing a little each week is not killing our regular budget.

Today’s tip is…stamp prices are going up TOMORROW (Sunday, January 26th). If you are having a wedding or graduation or any other big event where you will be mailing out invitations or cards, then snag your stamps TODAY. Here’s a tip that I learned from a friend of mine…

 Wedding On a Tight Budget, Part 1

head to Sam’s and buy your FOREVER stamps there. First, Forever stamps never expire. Second, Sam’s sells them for a penny cheaper than you can get them at the post office. Through today, you will pay $.46/stamp at the post office, but only $.45/stamp at Sam’s. Yeah, I know, it’s just a penny. But, if you purchase the 100 roll, that’s a $1 in savings. For us, every penny/dollar/$5dollars counts and adds up to big savings. On Sunday, the prices of stamps goes up to $.49 each, so hurry out and grab your stamps today.

I can’t wait to share with you all the deals and steals that we have already snagged. I love the fact that my daughter is a frugal shopper like her mom and that she is a planner so that we can maximize our savings as we purchase everything we need when it’s on sale. The only way you can really do that effectively is to start early and have your plan set in place because that is the only way to score the best deals.

Stay tuned to my Part 2…crayons. Crayons? For a wedding? Yep…just wait and see!  Wedding On a Tight Budget, Part 1

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Spotting a Peelie Coupon from a Mile Away!

 Spotting a Peelie Coupon from a Mile Away!

Ok, so maybe I exaggerate slightly…but I think that I am the Peelie Coupon Queen! lol  Peelie coupons are coupons that are on the products themselves. They seem to just “jump” out me. Especially, when they are on a display or on items that are already on sale.  Spotting a Peelie Coupon from a Mile Away! Example, today I was walking the aisles at Kroger and there was this fabulous Ortega Taco Shell display. The Ortega Taco Shells are on sale for 4/$5.  Attached to each box were these wonderful $1/1 Coupons. So, I purchased several boxes and paid only $.25 each!

 Spotting a Peelie Coupon from a Mile Away!

Yesterday, while checking out the new sale items at Publix, I spotted another awesome deal! Publix has the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Fruit & Oat Harvest Bar on sale BOGO $2.89 ($1.45 ea.). Attached to each box were these $.50/1 coupons. Since my store doubles coupons, I was able to stock-up on Nutri-Grain Harvest Bars for only $.45 each box! Let me say that they are super yummy too!

So,  here’s a tip: always check the items that are on sale at your store for peelie coupons. I have found deals like this ALL the time. Don’t skip looking at items that are on sale if you don’t have a coupon already because you might be missing out on an awesome stock-up deal. I didn’t go to Publix until really late in the day yesterday when I found the Nutr-Grain deal and wondered how many hundreds of shoppers had passed right by this deal.

So, become a coupon peelie queen…or princess since I am the queen…and double or triple your savings while you are at the store without having to clip all those coupons!

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Zulily: $60 Off Apple Mini Tablet

 Zulily: $60 Off Apple Mini Tablet

Zulily has the Apple® White 64GB iPad® mini Wi-Fi Tablet and the Apple® Black 64GB iPad® mini Wi-Fi Tablet on sale for $60 off! That makes them just $469.99 each! Amazon has them listed for $489.75 right now. So, that’s about $20 cheaper than Amazon.  Zulily: $60 Off Apple Mini Tablet

Product Description:

Sleek, powerful and perfectly portable, it’s no wonder why the iPad® mini is the hottest technology trend. With a 64GB memory capacity, gadget gurus can store thousands of photos, books and songs along with dozens upon dozens of movies and awesome apps. This amazing gadget is great for both work and play. Boasting 10 hours of battery life, HD video recording, a fingerprint-resistant, high-resolution touchscreen, Wi-Fi capabilities, Bluetooth technology and more, this tiny tablet is sure to delight. On top of all these robust features, use it to check emails while on vacation, or connect with family on FaceTime.

  • Includes iPad® mini, charging cable and home adaptor
  • 5.3” W x 7.87” H x 0.28” D
  • Weight: 0.68 lbs.
  • Screen: 7.9” diagonally
  • Memory: 64GB
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Pixels per square inch: 163
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Video recording: 1080p
  • Camera: 5MP
  • FaceTime: 720p
  • Charge time: approximately 3.5 hours
  • Usage per charge: 9-10 hours
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in battery
  • Imported
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Kroger: DiGiorno Pizza only $2.66 each!

 Kroger: DiGiorno Pizza only $2.66 each!

Yay! There’s a Buy 2, Get 1 FREE DiGiorno Pizza Coupon that matches perfectly with the current sale at Kroger! Friday is going to be Pizza Night!  Kroger: DiGiorno Pizza only $2.66 each! DiGiorno Pizza is part of the  Buy 6, Get $3 off Sale! So, here’s how to score 6 pizzas for only $2.66 each:

DiGiorno Pizza, $3.99
Purchase 6 Pizzas
Use 2 Buy 2, Get 1 Free DiGiorno Printable Coupons
= $2.66 each

 

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“I Can’t Be Sick” ~ Essential Oils to Stay Healthy!

 I Cant Be Sick ~ Essential Oils to Stay Healthy!

If you are a mom, I am sure you have said this before! “I Can’t Be Sick!” I have! As moms, especially, we have to run the house and take care of our kids and some of us work outside the home too even when we are sick! Well, a few months ago, hubby and I were introduced to doTERRA and I tell ya, this is the healthiest year we have had so far! Can I say that staying healthy is so much cheaper than getting sick and paying for meds?  I am LOVING my doTERRA products. I use lemon each day for energy and I apply Frankincense to my big toe at night to help me sleep and I take a combination of essential oils in the mornings to keep my allergy symptoms at bay. But, today, I want to tell you about the blend of four essential oils that we use when we start feeling sick (flu symptoms, cold symptoms, sinus trouble…). We call it the “I can’t be sick” blend.

Here’s what I do…I take a glass cup with about 3 ounces of water and put two drops of On Guard, two drops of Melaleuca, two drops of Frankincense and two drops of Lemon doTERRA Essential Oils and I drink it down quickly. I follow it with a glass of water. Some people prefer to take it in some juice and that is fine also.

Two weeks ago, Caleb (Brianna’s fiance ~ girl that lives with us) started coming down with flu symptoms. He had body aches, fever and the chills. Brianna took him this “I can’t be sick” blend and had him take it several times. Two days later, Caleb was back at work with no symptoms!

 I Cant Be Sick ~ Essential Oils to Stay Healthy!

Brianna also applied Oregano to Caleb’s feet. Oregano can also be taken internally, but only the strong will survive! lol  It is very strong and burns. I have done it before, but I prefer to apply it to my feet at bedtime with some olive oil so that it doesn’t burn my feet.  I Cant Be Sick ~ Essential Oils to Stay Healthy!

If staying healthy the natural way is your goal, check out doTERRA Essential Oils! If you live in the Huntsville, AL area, I can point you to some great classes on the benefits of doTERRA Essential Oils and where they teach you what oils to help you and your family stay healthy this crazy season and all year long. I will be writing some more about all the different oils that we use and how we have personally seen them work and help our family, so keep checking back here! If you want more information about local classes, email me at shoppingtipsandtricks@gmail.com

 

*This post is written about my own personal experience with doTERRA.

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Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Only $7.99

 Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter Only $7.99

Ready to get some summer gardening supplies? I am! I am so ready for spring!  Tanga has the Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter for Only $7.99 (Reg. $19.99) right now!

Details:

  • Grow delicious & juicy tomatoes all season long
  • Hang on a Deck, Balcony or Patio
  • Eliminates Weeding, Caging and Staking
  • Brand New
  • 30 Day Warranty
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Zulily: Glass Water Bottles Starting at $8.99

 Zulily: Glass Water Bottles Starting at $8.99

Soooooooooo excited! My hubby and I have been wanting GLASS water bottles because they are better for you to drink out of and we like to take doTERRA Essential Oils so we have to drink out of glass when using our oils. Lemon water is so good for you, did you know? Anyhow, more on that later, but we have gone to Target and other stores looking for glass water bottles and they run $15+. Today, Zulily has them for only $8.99 for a grey one and $9.99 for the red. I just ordered two red and a grey! So excited! Go to Zulily and check out the “Hydrate Right: On-the-Go Drinkware” Sale.  Zulily: Glass Water Bottles Starting at $8.99

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Best Buy Deal of the Day: SanDisk – Cruzer Edge 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Only $4.99

 Best Buy Deal of the Day: SanDisk   Cruzer Edge 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Only $4.99

I was just checking out Best Buy’s Deal of the Day and spotted this SanDisk – Cruzer Edge 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – Blue for Only $4.99 (Reg. $17.99)! Great stock-up price, but hurry as I am sure these will sell out fast!

Details:

Compatible with PC, Mac and Linux desktops and laptops; slider design with retractable USB connector; SanDisk SecureAccess software

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Panda Express: FREE Firecracker Chicken Breast On January 31st

 Panda Express: FREE Firecracker Chicken Breast On January 31st

Yay! Panda Express is going to celebrate the Chinese New Year with giving us FREE Food! I like that! Print this coupon or show on your mobile device to get FREE Firecracker Chicken Breast on Friday, January 31st at your participating Panda Express! It’s while supplies last and one coupon per person!

 

 

 

 

Thanks, DazzlingDailyDeals

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Target: Score Up & Up Children’s Cough Medicine for FREE!

 Target: Score Up & Up Children’s Cough Medicine for FREE!

Here’s a great freebie if you have children! Score FREE Up & Up Children’s Cough Medicine at Target with the following coupon:

Up & UP Children’s Mucus Relief and Cough, 89¢
Use (1) $1/1Up & Up Cough or Cold item  printable coupon  (or text UPUP to 827-438)
= FREE!

 

*Photo & Deal credit to DealDetectingDiva

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Publix: South Beach Diet Bars only $.40

 Publix: South Beach Diet Bars only $.40

Through today (or tomorrow if your new ad starts on Thursdays) you can get the South Beach Diet Bars for only $.40 each with these printable coupons:

South Beach Diet Bars, $2.79 ($1.40 ea.)
$1/1 South Beach Diet Bars Printable Coupon
$1/1 South Beach Diet Bars Printable Coupon
$1/1 South Beach Diet Bars Printable Coupon
= $.40

 

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Amazon: 40% Off Reebok’s RealFlex Shoes

 Amazon: 40% Off Reeboks RealFlex Shoes

Amazon has Reebok’s RealFlex Shoe  Amazon: 40% Off Reeboks RealFlex Shoes on sale for 40% Off today in their Deal of the Day!

 

Details:

  • Synthetic
  • Manmade sole
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Asymmetrical forefoot support
  • SubLite 48 foam midsole
  • Rear support heel cap
  • RealFlex outsole with multi-directional nodes
  • Reebok offers flexibility and support for everyday fitness with a bright, modern look.

Remember that prices on Amazon are subject to change at any time. This deal is good today only or until supplies last.

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$.30/1 Haribo Printable Coupon

 $.30/1 Haribo Printable Coupon

It’s back! Been a while since we have seen the Haribo Coupon!

$.30/1 Haribo Product Coupon

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LivingSocial: Save 20% with Code


 LivingSocial: Save 20% with Code

Save 20% off with code LSJAN20 when you shop LivingSocial.com!

Valid through today at 11:59 pm PST. Restrictions apply, $20 max discount.

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Tanga: 2-Pk Ladies Touch Screen Gloves Only $6.99 + Free Shipping

 Tanga: 2 Pk Ladies Touch Screen Gloves Only $6.99 + Free Shipping

Tanga.com Tanga: 2 Pk Ladies Touch Screen Gloves Only $6.99 + Free Shipping have these 2-Pk Ladies Touch Screen Gloves for Only $6.99 + Free Shipping!

Details:

  • Use Your Touch Screen Device Without Removing Your Glove!
  • Keeps your hands warm
  • Form Fitting, One Size Fits most
  • 95% Acrylic 5% Spandex
  • Works with ALL Touch Screen Devices
  • Brand New
  • 30 Day Warranty
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Printable Personal Care Coupons

 Printable Personal Care Coupons

Wowsers! Coupons.com released a bunch of high value Personal Care Item Coupons this weekend!

$5/2 L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Products

$2.00/2 Pantene® Shampoo or Conditioner products (excludes trial/travel size)

$1.00 Skintimate® Shave Gel or Crème (excludes 2.75 oz.)

on any one (1) Edge® Shave Gel (excludes 2.75 oz.)

$1.00/1 Edge® Shave Gel (excludes 2.75 oz.)
 
$1.00/1 GARNIER FRUCTIS SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER OR TREATMENT (Excludes trial sizes)

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Zulily: Blow-Out Sale!

 Zulily: Blow Out Sale!

Zulily is having a Blow-Out Sale! There are some great deals on kids clothes, toys, shoes…also

 Zulily: Blow Out Sale!

kitchen appliances…

 Zulily: Blow Out Sale!

women’s clothes, accessories and more!

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Save Up to 75% Off Claire’s Clearance

 Save Up to 75% Off Claires Clearance

Oh! I love this sale! Save up to 75% Off Claire’s Clearance!

 Save Up to 75% Off Claires Clearance

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