Better World Books: 30% Off Bargain Bin Books + Free Shipping

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Better World Books, my favorite source for secondhand books, is offering an extra 30% off Bargain Bin books for a limited time. I just ordered three and still got 30% off, even though the banner says 5+ books. Plus shipping is free!

There are literally millions of books available in their bargain bin so I’m sure you’ll find something you like. 🙂

 


What Credit Card Do You Use to Earn Travel Rewards?

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I often use credit card sign-on bonuses to fund our travels. So that means that I am often paying for our regular family expenses with a card in order to a meet the minimum spending requirement, and then paying off the bill at the end of the month.

But I have put a temporary hold on getting any new cards while we make a plan for paying back the debt we incurred during a recent remodel of our house. So I am now using the card I use when I am not trying to meet a minimum spend – my Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard. Note that this card doesn’t appear to be accepting new applications currently.

I love this card because I earn 2% back on ALL purchases, which I can redeem for statement credit for any travel-related purchases from the past 90 days. I also earn 10% back on the points I use, so I am essentially earning 2.2% back in travel statement credit (new cardmembers earn only 5% now).

I am curious about what other travel hungry folks use for their go-to card? Please share your favorite card in a comment below! You just might give me or other readers a great idea for their next card!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Don’t Forget to Use Your Free $10 Reward!

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Last month I shared how to earn $10 in Nordstrom Rewards for free just by creating an Nordstrom account (no longer available). Well, I got my $10 credit in my inbox yesterday and headed straight over to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. 🙂

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There were LOTS of quality items available for under $10 in the Women’s Clearance section. Plus standard shipping is always free on any purchase.

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You could get this Whish Bath & Body Gel for free with your $10 certificate.

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If you make any beauty or grooming purchase, be sure to add five free samples to your order here!

Get five free assorted samples with your beauty purchase.

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FREE $20 to Spend at Shutterfly (just pay shipping!)

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Shutterfly is my favorite place to create custom cards, photo books and calendars. Through Tuesday, 7/26, get $20 to spend on anything at Shutterfly when you enter the promo code CHRISTMAS20 at checkout!

This code will only work on orders over $20 and you will have to pay for shipping, but it is a great chance to stock up on blank cards or make a photo book you have been meaning to get around to making.

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I make blank cards from my photographs and try to always have some on hand for last-minute occasions!


Amazon Deals: Babyganics, Planters, Cottonelle and more…

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Here are some excellent Subscribe & Save deals I found today on Amazon, some of which I added to my next delivery. All of the prices reflect a 15% discount for having 5 or more items in your next delivery.

Babyganics Baby Bubble Bath, Fragrance Free, 20oz Bottle, (Pack of 2)

Babyganics Baby Bubble Bath, Fragrance Free, 20oz Bottle, (Pack of 2) – as low as $9.34 after clipping the 30% off coupon

Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent, Lavender, 60 Fluid Ounce

Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent, Lavender, 60 Fluid Ounce – as low as $9.34 after clipping the 30% off coupon

Here’s one deal with this 25% off Planters snacks coupon:

Planters Nut.rition Antioxidant Mix, 9.25 oz. Canister (Count of 2)

Planters Nut.rition Antioxidant Mix, 9.25 oz. Canister (Count of 2) – as low as $2.27 per canister after clipping the 25% off coupon

Get 25% off mealtime essentials from Kraft with this couponCottonelle Ultra ComfortCare Toilet Paper Bath Tissue, 36 Family Rolls

Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare Toilet Paper Bath Tissue, 36 Family Rolls – as low as $13.32 after clipping the 20% off coupon

HONEST Kids Organic Juice Drink, Super Fruit Punch, 6.75 fl oz Pouches (Pack of 32)

HONEST Kids Organic Juice Drink, Super Fruit Punch, 6.75 fl oz Pouches (Pack of 32) – as low as $10.06 after clipping the 25% off coupon

And finally, here is a high value coupon for 25% off select Earth’s Best and Ella’s Kitchen products!

Hope you can snag some of these deals while they are available!


My intentional living update: What’s working, what ISN’T, what’s next…

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Wow, I realized the other day that we are already half way through the year. It really is true that the days are long but the years are short!

I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my goal to live with more intention in 2016, and to evaluate what’s working and what isn’t.

Last time I reflected on my progress back in February, I realized I had some major stumbling blocks to living with more intention. For example, I wanted to read a few books that might help, yet I really struggled to find a way to fit reading into my daily schedule!

So here is my progress (or lack thereof) in some areas of my life in which I’m attempting to be more intentional.

Intentional with my time

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As I mentioned, making time for reading has been a big struggle for me. I have finally found a time and place to read and have finished four books since I last posted! I’ve been reading after I put our daughter to bed for about 30 minutes about 4 or 5 nights each week. I mostly read in bed or on the couch, and I’m SO GLAD I’ve worked this habit back into my life! More on what I’ve been reading later.

I’m still using my planner every week and it has helped me be more effective when I get a chance to work at my computer. I put everything in it from paying bills, to phone calls I need to make, to stuff I want work on for the blog.

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I realized just how dependent I am on my planner when I was without it for a week or so when we were remodeling our house and traveling. I let something minor slip (forgot to cancel a trial membership and was out $4.95 – oops) and that never would have happened with my planner around!

My attempt to use a bullet journal to keep track of lists, ideas and important info has had mixed results. While the “bullet” aspect has fizzled, I have been keeping a small notebook of all my important information and ideas. And wow, has it saved my butt more than a few times. It is incredibly helpful to have all my important info in one place, such as travel planning info, to-do lists, paint colors, etc. Maybe I’ll focus on the art of bullet journaling in the second half of the year.

I have abandoned the idea of setting up a housework/cleaning schedule for now. I might come back to it to be more efficient with cleaning and hopefully have a cleaner house, but it has taken a back seat to other goals for the time being.

Intentional with our finances

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As part of trying to be more intentional with our expenses, I experimented with a “No Spend” month back in February. While I certainly learned a lot immediately, there were some unexpected consequences of the No Spend experiment in the months that followed.

While I plan to do a full post on this soon, here’s a summary: I’ve noticed that since February I’ve been coming in under budget each month and that I was overall making fewer purchases. The little envelope on which I keep track of my spending was looking less crowded.

I shared a few months ago that I decided I wasn’t going to buy any new clothes in 2016. Guess what? I’m still going strong! I resisted the urge to peruse the 70% off rack in Target the other day, reminding myself that I’d rather get high-quality secondhand clothes than lower-quality new ones.

I’ve also had some recent success with finding secondhand items for our home. I’ve been wanting a CD player for the playroom for a LONG time, but I didn’t want to buy a crappy one for $30 on Amazon. I finally found a really nice one at Goodwill for $2.99 a few weeks back… and it even takes microphones for karaoke!

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After our recent remodel we were in need of some side tables and rugs. I cleaned up two old rugs that we haven’t used in years and they look great now. I scored three side tables on Craigslist for $10 the other day and gave one of them to our friend Mark. He generously gave me a rug for our new playroom in return! So I redecorated with three rugs and two side tables for $10 total. My little frugal heart was bursting. 🙂

The major remodel we just completed on our house has brought with it some financial challenges. We unexpectedly had to do some major foundation repair and electrical work, sending us over budget. Then we went over budget even more by having to hire extra help to finish the project in time.

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What used to be our kitchen during the remodel

So we are making a plan for how to bounce back from this setback and deal with the results of going way over budget. We are trying to not get discouraged. I plan on writing a post soon highlighting our plan, which basically involves handling the debt wisely and making extra money to pay it off and refill our now empty savings account!

Intentional with my relationships

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This year I have been focusing on being more present with my daughter. I am so lucky to spend the majority of my day with her, but I noticed that I was often distracted and trying to multitask when I was with her.

I looked to the book Hands Free Mama for advice on living a more connected and less distracted life. While it was definitely moving and heartfelt, I didn’t feel like I was getting much practical advice. So when I was about half way through, I abandoned it in favor of starting a few other books. There used to be a time when I finished every book I started, but I decided years ago that there’s really nothing wrong with letting a book go – even if only for the time being.

Instead I decided to pick up Rising Strong by Brene Brown, and I’m so glad I did. This book and Daring Greatly (also by Dr. Brown) have spoken to me and challenged me more than any books I’ve read in years. They basically address how vulnerability – the willingness to show up and be seen – is a necessity for finding more connection, love and joy in life.

I am still struggling to be more present and connected with my daughter. But I now I realize that just by challenging myself in this area, I am living with more courage and vulnerability than before, and that is huge. I will stumble, and I will have better days than others, but I am “in the arena” and giving it my all.

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This perspective has helped me give myself a break when I’m having a distracted day. I feel less guilty when I don’t want to play a certain way with her (one can only pretend to take Barbie to the movies so many times) and I can focus on what I always enjoy doing with her – such as reading books, creating art, and tending to the chickens.

Dr. Brown’s work has also challenged me to show up, be vulnerable, and try to ask for what I want in my relationship with my husband. This is all really hard for me! Trying to be more intentional in my relationships has turned out to be my biggest challenge this year. But these relationships are the most important things in my life, so they are worth the work.

What’s Next?

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The books rocking my little world right now

I am currently reading a few other books related to my intentional living goals. They are The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and The Entitlement Trap by Richard and Linda Eyre.

I hope to finish them all in the next month or so and put some ideas to work in my life. I’ve started listening to Gretch Rubin’s “Happier” podcast as well, and I really like her perspective and practical advice for generally being happier. I realize I am a few years behind the curve, but I can’t wait to “KonMari” my house later this summer!

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In addition to the next steps I’ve already mentioned in this post, I am interested in exploring how a gratitude practice can help me live with more intention.

So, there you have it – what’s working, what isn’t, and what’s next in my year of intentional living. How has your year been going overall? Are you making any progress (or not!) towards any goals? Please chime in and leave a comment below!

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Disney Dining Plan 101: The Plans, What You Get, and Are They a Good Value?

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One approach to dining at Walt Disney World is to use one of the Disney Dining Plans. These plans have been around since about 2005 and are basically a way to “pre-pay” for dining before your vacation starts.

In this post I will share basic information about the plans, including recent updates that allow for much more flexibility. Keep in mind that the plans are certainly not for everyone on every trip, and while they seem complicated at first, are actually pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. If you know the basics but are looking for some tips & tricks, check out this post!

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Entree at Disney’s California Grill

Who Can Use The Dining Plan?

Disney Dining Plans can be used by guests staying at any Walt Disney World resort hotel. They can be purchased as part of a package that includes your room, park ticket, and dining, or included as part of a Free Dining Plan Package (more on this later). They currently can’t be purchased by visitors staying at any hotels that are not owned by Disney (“off-property” hotels) or locals visiting for the day. The plan also must be purchased for every night of your stay and for everyone staying in your room.

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Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

What Dining Plans are Available?

There are three different dining plans currently available; the standard Disney Dining Plan, the Quick Service Plan, and the Deluxe Dining Plan. The credits shown are per night of your stay and each plan includes a Resort Refillable Mug. The children’s prices are for kids ages 3 to 9. Here’s what you get with each plan and their cost (tax is included) per night of your stay for 2016:

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How Does The Dining Plan Work?

Each of the dining plans include credits that you can use all over Walt Disney World for almost any food or drink (except alcohol – but you can even get that with the dining plan in some instances!) These credits are loaded on the Magic Bands (read all about them here) of everyone in your party. You can use the credits at any point during your stay, from the time you check-in until midnight on the day you check-out. The types of credits are:

  • Snack Credits (most items that aren’t a meal unto themselves fall into this category)
  • Quick Service Meals (i.e. meals at locations where you order at a counter as opposed to having a server)
  • Table Service Meals (“Sit-down” meals – Signature restaurants and dinner shows require 2 Table Service credits per person)

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Each Quick Service Meal credit includes an entree, beverage and dessert. However, recent changes to the dining plan has made it more flexible and you can now substitute any item that qualifies as a snack for both the beverage and dessert. So, for example, if you prefer to drink water and aren’t a big dessert eater, you can get more side dishes to try, stock up on snacks for later, or even grab breakfast for the next morning.

Each Table Service Meal credit also includes an entree, beverage and dessert. This credit was made more flexible by allowing guests to choose a salad or soup (if available at the restaurant) instead of the dessert option.

You are of course always allowed to order anything else from the menu that is not included with the dining plan, such as adult beverages and appetizers, and pay for them out-of-pocket.

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Resort Refillable Mug

In addition to snack and meal credits, each dining plan includes a Resort Refillable Mug with unlimited free refills for the length of your stay. The mugs can be used at any Disney resort hotel for soda, coffee, tea, lemonade and hot chocolate, but aren’t good for refills in the theme parks.

Are They a Good Value?

If you are like most folks visiting Walt Disney World, you have a budget that you need to stick to for your vacation. Having a pre-paid dining plan included in a package in one way to help you stay within your budget at Disney World.

In the case of the Quick Service plan, the cost of the plan is roughly the same as what you’d pay out-of-pocket for the same food and drinks. So there isn’t really any financial benefit to using the Quick Service plan, unless you just feel better pre-paying for your food and don’t mind being limited to only Quick-Service establishments.

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French Bakery in Epcot

Disney has released a “Free Dining” promotion for the past several years, usually during the fall/winter travel seasons. The promotion works like this: you pay the regular “rack” price for your room and everyone staying in the room receives a dining plan at no additional cost. You also must purchase a minimum 2-day park ticket for everyone in your travel party.

If you are staying at a Value Resort (see my review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort for an idea of what they are like) you will receive the Quick Service plan. If you stay at a Moderate or Deluxe Resort then you receive the standard Dining Plan for “free”. Of course, nothing is truly free at Disney! Disney almost always has another room-only discount running concurrently with this Free Dining discount, and depending on where you are staying and how many people are in your travel party, the room-only discount may actually be a better deal than free dining.

The best value from Free Dining comes for groups of two or more who stay at a Value or Moderate Resort. Free Dining can be a fantastic deal for families with kids who don’t mind staying together in the same room at a Value or Moderate resort. Here’s an example of a family of four with two adults and two kids ages 7 and 10:

Rack rate at Disney’s Pop Century Resort during Fall season = $122 (including tax)
Value of Quick Service dining plan for everyone in the room = $142 in free dining
Total cost for Room + Food = $122

VS.

Best price for the same room using a room-only discount + Orbitz discount = $83
Out-of-pocket cost for similar dining = $142
Total cost for Room + Food = $225

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Zebra Cupcake from The Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge

As you can see, you will save over $100 per night of your stay by taking advantage of the free dining offer. Considering that you will also receive free transportation for your stay (read about the incredible value of this perk for Disney resort guests), you will only pay $122 for your transportation, lodging and food for your entire family for each night of your stay. Compared to other vacations, this price seems like a total bargain to me!

If you receive the Quick Service plan for a stay at a Value resort (which are among my favorite at Disney), you can also upgrade to the standard Dining Plan by paying the difference between the two. This difference is currently around $18 for adults and around $3 for kids. We have done this every time we have received free dining, because we like to eat at one Table Service restaurant for dinner each night, and it is possible to get a lot more value out of the standard Dining Plan than the Quick Service Plan.

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Entree at Columbia Harbor House

The chart below compares what you’d pay out-of-pocket to what you’d pay for the Dining Plan on a sample day. I have actually eaten this food one day when I was on the Dining Plan!

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Your total out of pocket costs would have been $83, but would cost $64 with the Dining Plan. $19 might not seem like a huge savings until you multiply it by four family members and consider that you can save close to that on every other day of your stay. For a family of four on a five day vacation the Dining Plan could save them over $350 compared to purchasing the same food out of pocket.

The Deluxe Dining Plan is super pricey and almost impossible to get your money’s worth from. Plus, it includes SO MUCH FOOD. Lunch and dinner table service meals include an appetizer, entree, dessert and beverage for every member of your party. I really don’t know how anyone could possibly eat all of that food over the course of en entire vacation. There is one situation in which you will likely get a good value from this plan which I share in my next post on Tips & Tricks for the Disney Dining Plans.

Have you ever tried the Dining Plan? Please share your experience in a comment below!


Schoola: $5 Sale + New Members Get $20 Free

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Schoola just dropped their prices on thousands of gently worn brand-name clothes. Get clothes from brands like Calvin Klein, Ann Taylor, and BCBG for only $5 each!

For a limited time, you’ll also get $20 free to spend at Schoola if you are new to their site (plus free shipping)! I get most of mine and my daughter’s clothes at Schoola and I love that 40% of proceeds go back to schools as a fundraiser.


POPSUGAR Fitness: My Go-To Source for Awesome FREE Home Workouts

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Making time to workout is one of my biggest challenges. I know it is good for me, and I really want to exercise, but it is so hard for me to find time during the day to fit it in!

I discovered POPSUGAR Fitness about a year ago, when I was in a major rut with exercising. POPSUGAR Fitness is a website and app with seemingly endless fitness videos. What I love most about these videos is that they are

  • short (think 10 or 20 minutes)
  • doable (I’m not super fit and I can do most of them)
  • fun and
  • FREE!

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I gave up my gym membership a while back to make more room in the budget. With walking/running and doing these videos a few days each week, I am just as fit as I would be with a gym membership. And I don’t spend a dime to workout!

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Getting a workout in during naptime

I also love that I don’t need much space to do these workouts. Check out my tiny office/guest room/workout room!

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You can follow my Workouts board on Pinterest to get all of my favorite workouts. I mentioned POPSUGAR Fitness to my sister a few weeks ago and she uses it now, too. She taught me that there is even an Apple TV app for POPSUGAR!

Do you workout at home? What helps keep you motivated? Please leave a comment below!


(Expired) Amazon: Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap Refill (33 oz.) as low as $3.95

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Mrs. Meyers Liquid Hand Soap Refill, Basil Scent, 33 Oz.

I can’t get enough of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap… get this large refill pack of Basil Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap for $3.95 when you select Subscribe & Save and have 5 or more items in your next delivery.

This is enough soap to refill a regular bottle almost 3 times so this is a fantastic price!

Thanks, Hip2Save!


Disney Store: 25% Off + Free Shipping (Today 7/18 Only)

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Today 7/18 only take 25% off your purchase at Disney Store with the promo code DISNEYPAL. You’ll also get free shipping with no minimum order!

This promo code works with already discounted items. For example,  check out the sale on backpacks and lunch totes for some great deals!


Dominos: 50% off All Pizzas When You Order Online

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Through Sunday, 7/17, get 50% off all pizzas when you order online at Dominos. This is good for carryout or delivery. For example, a large Pacific Veggie Pizza is only $7.99 with this coupon.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!


The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals – Handpicked for You!

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I’ve been wading through the ridiculous number of “Prime Day” deals on Amazon today to find what I think my readers will actually care about. There are some good and not-so-good deals so here are my handpicked selections!

These prices are good for today only. Keep in mind upcoming birthdays and even Christmas presents since many of these prices are the best you will find all year.

Not an Amazon Prime member? Take a 30-day trial for FREE and get access to all of these deals!

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Get up to 60% off select Athletic Shoes today, including these New Balance Women’s Running Shoes for only $22.75. All colors and sizes are available at this price!

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Save an extra 35% on Pampers diapers when you add them to your cart. For example, check out how you could get a case of Pampers Swaddlers for as low as $16.33 after the Prime Day discount, coupon and Subscribe & Save discount!

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Save 30% on select Health & Household items after you add them to your cart. Some of these are Subscribe & Save items so the 30% discount would be ON TOP of your regular Subscribe & Save discount.

Kindle Fire Tablet at the lowest price EVER – $33.33

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Here is a deal right up my alley… save up to 40% on Warehouse Deals, which are already deeply discounted open-box or pre-owned items. I have bought Warehouse Deals many times are they are always in perfect shape.

Prime Exclusive: Get 3 months of Audible + $10 Amazon Credit

If you’ve never tried a free trial of Audible before, take a free trial now to get 3 Free Audiobooks plus a FREE $10 Amazon credit!

Anjou Organic Coconut Oil (USDA Organic Certification, Extra Virgin, Cold-Pressed for Beauty, Skin Care, Hair Care, and Cooking) 11 oz

Anjou Organic Coconut Oil (USDA Organic Certification) 11 oz – $7.89

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W

The Instant Pot 6 quart 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker is $69.99 (regularly $119.95).

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There aren’t a ton of toys and games on sale, but here are some for up to 50% off.

fireTV stick – $24.99 (regularly $39.99)

That’s all I have time to share for now, but here is a useful page from which you can search through the 663 deals for Prime Day. Good luck! 🙂


Walgreens: $0.99 OxiClean HD Laundry Detergent this week

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Through Saturday, OxiClean HD Laundry Detergent (40 oz.) is on sale for $3.99 at Walgreens. Print a $3.00 off 1 OxiClean HD Laundry Detergent coupon (one per person) and get this laundry detergent for only $0.99!

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Children’s Place: 80% off All Clearance + Free Shipping – Today Only!

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Today you will find the BEST prices of the year at Children’s Place during their one-day 80% off clearance sale! During sales like this I try to prepare for any upcoming birthdays or baby showers and buy for next season if possible!

Items start at only $0.50 plus get free shipping on any order – no minimum and no promo code required!

Here are some of the excellent deals I found:

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Items will go quickly so don’t hesitate. Also, I’ve learned that if there is a “Limited Quantities” label not to bother clicking, because the items are likely gone.


My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

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Originally published February 14th, 2015

IMG_0229Sometimes life just calls for some homemade chocolate chip cookies, right?

This is my go-to recipe because it uses vegetable oil instead of butter (making them much more affordable) and has a unique taste thanks to both vanilla and almond extracts.

I have the recipe memorized because I have made them so many times. I wrote it down for y’all so you can make them, too. 😉

Adapted from Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies – AllRecipes.com

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4 Dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the oil, both sugars, eggs, and both extracts in a medium bowl and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown. Let cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
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Amazon Prime Pantry Deals Under $3 + Free Shipping!

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I put together another Prime Pantry order on Amazon today and I found some incredible deals. Some of these will likely disappear quickly so hop to it if you see something you want!

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First, I always aim to get free shipping on my Prime Pantry order by getting 5 items from the monthly free shipping promotion. You just have to remember to enter the promo code PANTRYJUL at checkout.

Here are some nice deals that will also earn you free shipping:

Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws, Zesty Ranch, 1 Ounce

Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws, Zesty Ranch, 1 Ounce – $0.66 (my husband will be thrilled, these are his favorite)

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara, Brown 815, 0.44 Ounce

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara, Brown – $1.00 after clipping the $3.00 off coupon

Rice Krispies Treats Bars, The Original, 16 Count

Rice Krispies Treats Bars, The Original, 16 Count – $2.76 after clipping the 25% off coupon

Sunshine Cheez-It Original Baked Snack Crackers, 12.4 Ounce

Sunshine Cheez-It Original Baked Snack Crackers, 12.4 Ounce – $2.02 after clipping the 25% off coupon

Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats Original, 24 Ounce Box

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats Original, 24 Ounce Box – $2.76 after clipping the 25% off coupon

Check out all of the products that will score you free shipping here. Then you can grab some of these other great deals:

U by Kotex Lightdays Liners, Thin, Regular, Unscented

U by Kotex Lightdays Liners, Thin, Unscented 120 Pack – only $1.69 after you clip the $4.00 off coupon

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Variety Value Pack, 18 Bars

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Variety Value Pack, 18 Bars – only $1.95 after clipping the 35% off coupon

Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney Princess Manual Kid's Toothbrush

Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney Princess Manual Kid’s Toothbrush – $2.16 after clipping the $0.50 off coupon

Gillette Simply Venus Pink Disposable Women's Razor, 4 Count

Gillette Simply Venus Pink Disposable Women’s Razor, 4 Count – $2.37 after clipping the $3.00 off coupon

Old Spice High Endurance Fresh Scent Men's Deodorant, 3 Ounce

Old Spice High Endurance Fresh Scent Men’s Deodorant, 3 Ounce – $1.04 after clipping the $1.00 off coupon

Stacy's Pita Chips, Simply Naked, 6 Count

Stacy’s Pita Chips, Simply Naked, 6 Count – $2.83

If a coupon isn’t showing up or the price is different than posted, it means you have missed the deal. I hope you are able to get these great prices while they last!


Staples.com: Case (10 Reams) of Printer Paper only $16.99!

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Staples Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2

Through July 9th, get a case of Staples Multipurpose Printer Paper for only $16.99 after a $39.99 Easy Rebate. Plus this will ship for free!

I’ve submitted Easy Rebates from Staples before and had a positive experience. Now is a great time to stock up on paper for school, work, or home!