Toddler Tea Parties are easy with Finish dishwasher cleaner! #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

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“Mommy, let’s play tea pot!” That is C’s way of requesting a tea party. He enjoys pretending to pour tea for Baby Jo and me, serve us cookies or scones, and take turns using the tea pot. I wanted to create a special memory for him, so I decided we would have a tea party with real food and beverages. I needed a great deal on dishwasher detergent. Who has the time to hand wash a bunch of toddler tea party dishes? Not me! I headed to Walmart for apples, crackers and dishwasher detergent for our party.

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Homemade Baby Wipes

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Paying full price for baby wipes? No, thank you. I don’t even like buying baby wipes on sale. They’re expensive! I started making homemade baby wipes about a year ago, and I’ve since perfected our “recipe.” With the exception of cutting a paper towel roll in half, the process of making homemade baby wipes is simple. Baby Jo has a tendency to get diaper rash but when I add lavender essential oil to her wipes, her skin stays smooth and healthy.

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Clip coupons at the speed of life! #WalgreensPaperless #shop

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I am wholeheartedly in denial that summer is almost over, older kids are going back to school, and Hubster will soon be welcoming a bunch of new students to campus! It was great that our summer was filled with family, friends and fun events; but it flew by as we rushed from one activity to the next. You all know how frugal I am and it bothered me that I didn’t have time to clip coupons this summer. Walgreens paperless coupons helped me save money on our summer essentials efficiently without taking time away from our busy life.

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Grab your Huggies Costco Promotional Coupon! #MC #SnugandDryPlus

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Buying diapers and wipes can put stress on the budget, but it’s not like you can go without them either. Babies are expensive! I’m always looking for a good deal and a great value when it comes to these kinds of purchases. I think Huggies® Snug and Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes at Costco are something that I can feel good about purchasing.

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3 Do’s & Don’ts of Consignment Events

3 Do's & Don'ts of Consignment Events

Go ahead and call me crazy, but there are few things that get me more excited than saving loads of money. Children take up very little space themselves but they require an enormous amount of stuff. It’s disproportionate, really. All that stuff costs a small fortune. At first, it was tempting to buy everything brand new so that my child was the first child to have ever touched this book or that blanket. I’ve lived and learned that kids don’t really need brand new stuff. Even used kids items are often like-new because kids outgrow things so quickly! I love to shop consignment now. I can find things for a fraction of the cost – sometimes with the tags still on them. Cha-ching!

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We’re a TOMS Family Now!

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Thanks to the recent Zulily sale, each member of our family now owns a pair of TOMS!  They’re actually more comfortable than I expected, although I won’t be wearing them regularly until after I have Baby Deuce.  My swollen pregnant feet barely fit in them.

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Back Into Couponing!

While I was super sick in the fall and early winter, I decided not to coupon.  I just didn’t have time or energy.  That’s what is nice about having a stockpile of necessities – we only had to buy one or two necessities during those months without coupons!

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Shopping For Your Kids on a Budget

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Buying clothes for your kids can be expensive, what with them growing all the time and changing their tastes in fashion as they get older. However, shopping on a budget is possible by knowing where to go for discounts, which outlets sell the cheapest clothes and when to buy.

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7 Tips to Save Your Family More Than $4,000/Year

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We all like to save money.  What started out as a necessity in our household has become somewhat of a game for me.  How much money can I save during this shopping trip?  How can we save an extra $20 this month?  Can we get by on $25 worth of groceries this week (without going hungry)?  It’s my own personal challenge. ;)

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Define Necessity

I saw this image going around Facebook the entire week of Thanksgiving, and it struck a chord with me.

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I’ve been trying to live by this philosophy for quite a while.  When Hubster was in grad school and I got pregnant with C/lost my job/dropped out of grad school, we ended up living below the federal poverty line for two years.  I became somewhat of a wizard with our finances.  We sold things that we didn’t need.  We started grocery shopping at Aldi or buying only sale items at the bigger grocery stores.  I learned how to coupon, and then how to coupon effectively by matching manufacturer coupons with store sales and incentives.  We cut unnecessary expenses out of our lives.  We bought each other a joint Christmas gift instead of numerous gifts, and we bought them on Black Friday so that we saved the maximum amount of money on them.

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