Maintaining kids’ “stuff” should be considered a full-time job. I mean, rotating out kid gear is practically ENDLESS. Between clothes, shoes, and toys, kids grow out of things just so darn fast! I spent hours this week pulling out 18 month clothes, unearthing 24 month clothes, and searching the basement for additional age appropriate toys for my 21 month old. A great way to avoid high priced (short-lived) items is to buy at large-scale consignment sales like the Just Between Friends Sale happening in Allentown, PA – Sept 13 – 16. Let me give you a top 10 of items to buy when you are shopping a Kids’ Consignment Sale. [Read more…]
DD1 (almost 7 years old) and I were online shopping for her new backpack this morning. Let me tell you that this has been a process. She is very picky and between me vetoing (No, you can’t get a white backpack) and her fussiness, we have spent literally hours looking at backpacks in store and online. Today, I will share with you my experience with School Gear Price Shenanigans: How To Avoid The Trap.
Find your item
We FINALLY found one that we could agree on while scrolling the 60% off eBags sale. It’s this super cute Dickies brand Mandala print with all of her favorite colors. I looked at the price: $24.99. Not bad. I don’t know the quality of these backpacks, but at least the price was good and it was marked down from a $40 retail price. It was also marked as “No additional discounts can be applied” – meaning this was the rock-bottom price that eBags could offer it for. So despite their offer of an additional 20% off with code PENCIL this would be $24.99 + shipping.
Not one to miss out on a chance to use my Prime membership, I checked the Amazon price. It was sold by a 3rd party vendor for $30.32. I try to avoid 3rd party vendors unless they have a super high rating. But this price was higher, so I moved on. I could have been lulled into a false sense of security in purchasing from eBags, seeing the price at Amazon being higher, but persistence is key.
Check the Brand’s Site
I decided to check the Brand’s site next. Since it’s Dickie’s brand, I typed that into my trusty Google Chrome browser. And there it was. On sale for $19.99 PLUS an additional 25% Off. So when I added it to my cart, I was shocked to see it in there for $14.99. A full $10 less than the price that I *thought* was really great.
(I had to spend $4.01 more to get free shipping so I added a tee for $8 – Otherwise the shipping was $7.99)
Last ditch effort should always be to Google your item. Copy the exact name from the website that you are looking at so that you have the Brand name, item name, and potentially the color name. You will get Google Shopping results and can pinpoint the obvious good prices.
Obviously, I went with the Dickie’s price. I got the backpack + a cute tee for under $24. I will put a cute applique on the backpack and she will look so stylish and smart on her first day of 2nd grade.This whole process of price checking took me less than 10 minutes and saved me $10, so I call that a win. If you want help finding the best price on your backpack, feel free to message me on Facebook .
For more Back to School deals and advice, please check out my Facebook page and all of the deals that get posted daily.
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I cannot believe that July is almost over! August is in sight and September and Back-2-School are on the horizon.
Not every kid is excited to hit the books again when summer is done, but I think most kids will agree that Back-2-School shopping is a good time. New clothes, backpacks, pencils, and the promise of another awesome school year.
I was browsing Gymboree’s site to check out the amazing end of summer deals when I happened upon the Back To School Collection. Here are some MUST HAVES (in my humble opinion)
Flip Sequin Shirts
My almost 7 year old is ALL about this new tee shirt rage. Basically, you have a sequin design and, by smoothing your hand across them to flip them over, you can reveal a different image underneath. There are several of these styles available – Who doesn’t love rainbow hearts and sequins? Your little one will be the hit of the playground with this “magical” shirt. Click the image to shop the displayed shirt. Shop all of the *Sparkle* Looks here > Sparkle Shop
How cute are these tops in TONS of different character designs. From Star Wars to Ninja Turtles and so many more, your little one will look “MARVEL-ous” (did you see what I did there?) in these Tees. I especially like the hooded BB8. Check out the Boys Character Shop.
If your little one has a uniform requirement, Gymboree offers affordable, high quality pieces for Boys and Girls. Because uniforms are worn every day, they lower quality items tend to show wear quickly: Especially on the knees and cuffs. Avoid having to replace items mid year – and even possibly have some great hand-me-downs for siblings.
Select items have a technology called Nanotex which resists wrinkles and is easier to clean.
Speaking of quality and durability, you would be hard pressed to find a better, affordable, durable kids clothing line than Gymboree’s. We have many articles of clothing that have been passed through my family – through 3 or more kids – that still look like they are brand new. If you are looking for hand-me-down quality basics for your kid, check out the Back-2-School Basics for Boys and Girls.
And while you are in there Shopping the awesome Back-2-School bargains, check out the summer season clearance! Up to 70% off!
What are your favorite back-2-school brands? Do you love Gymboree like I do? Leave me a message about it 🙂
I always struggle with what to make for company. I am not a gourmet cook and my family are not gourmet eaters. My family likes my food, but I don’t have any go-to specialties when it comes to guests. When we had company last weekend, we knew we wanted to grill (because the heat has been oppressive lately), but choosing sides was a huge struggle.
This has become one of my go-to company recipes. It’s easy, fresh, and most people love it (or can at least find part of it that they like!) Almost everything can be made in advance and you can add anything you like. At a time when your garden is probably exploding with fresh produce, take advantage!
I did all of the chopping and cooking ahead of time, so I could spend time with my guests instead of fussing with the food. You can put everything in separate Tupperware containers, or pre-arrange your plate and put it in the fridge. The only things I left until the end were the avocado and grilling the chicken/salmon.
Below is an example of what my latest concoction included.
(Shout out to my SIL for the dressing recipe who, I think, got it from her SIL. I altered it slightly to add less sugar)
Chopped Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing
2 Stalks of Romaine Lettuce
1 large Cucumber
1 pint of Grape/Cherry Tomatoes
1 can of Black Beans (Drained, Rinsed, and Cooked)
2 Hard Boiled Eggs
1/2 lb Bacon
2 Ears of Sweet Corn (husked)
1 cup of Shredded Cheese
1/2 Sweet Vidalia Onion (Cut into chunks)
1/3 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup of Canola Oil
1/3 Cup Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Dried Mustard
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
Chop the Romaine, Cucumbers, and Hard Boiled Eggs into chunks
Cook Bacon in the oven on aluminium foil for easy cleanup – 400 degrees for 15 – 20 mins.
Drain Fat. Allow to cool completely.
Place in food processor and pulse a few times to make Bacon Bits.
Boil or Grill Sweet Corn. Remove from cob.
Wait to cut the avocado until just before serving (so it does not brown)
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
Arrange all of the items separately on a large plate and have tongs for self-service (Since it’s easier to pick things up with them)
Add Grilled Salmon (My Favorite) or Chicken for some protein.
It was a hit (even with the kids) and I had lunch leftovers for a few days. With so many flavors, it never got old.
Is this something you would try with your family? Leave me a comment below.
You know when you just had a baby and you would give anything to get out of the house and socialize? No? Yeah, me neither. I personally wanted to hide away in my home with my little nugget as much as possible. Especially those first few weeks where you are still in pain and recovering from having a tiny human come out of your body. The thought of going to the grocery store gave me more anxiety than I could bear. I was an exhausted, emotional, leaking mess.
More than a few times, I enlisted Peapod to deliver my groceries to my home. With gratefulness, I shopped from my couch and had someone collect everything into bags and place those bags neatly in my kitchen for me. Let me give you the play-by-play and consider treating yourself to this fabulous service.
Head over to Peapod’s website and enter your zip code. Based on your location, Peapod will choose the store that will complete your order. In my case, being in Eastern PA, Giant Food Store is my Peapod provider. Complete the registration by entering your email address and creating a password. Don’t forget to link your grocery store card to the Peapod account – since you can earn gas rewards through this service.
Discount/Free Delivery Offers
Keep your eyes open while you are on the site for the various discount and free delivery offers. One such offer that I found for new members is using code AFF20FD – That will get your $20 off of your first order of $75 or more + Free Delivery (This code was valid at the time this article was published. Check MamaSavesALot Deal Section for currently available Peapod coupons.)
Add items to the cart as you would if you were shopping. There are options to search as well as browse the aisles. When you have already shopped Peapod, you will also see Past Purchases, which makes it really easy to re-order things that you have ordered before. You can also add items to your “Favorites,” so they are also ready to re-order quickly and easily.
You may see different sale prices and promotions in store than on Peapod, but I do find that the prices are quite comparable. Your groceries are not coming directly from your local store, but rather from the distribution warehouse, so items may be in stock in your store, but not in stock on Peapod and vice versa.
Your order must add up to $60 to be eligible for delivery.
Oops, I forgot something
Don’t worry. You can add to or subtract from your order up until midnight the night before delivery. You can also add/change a coupon code after your order has been submitted.
If you order is over $100, the fee to deliver is $7.95, which, I believe, is completely reasonable. Think about the hour+ that you just saved yourself lugging you baby/toddler/big kid to the store (As I am sure you know, Mama, the grocery store is the prime opportunity for kids to cause trouble. Whether it’s a tantrum over a candy bar or having to go to the bathroom 6 times, or they are all out of those adorable but impossible to push race car carts… it’s a stressful event. ) Free delivery is available for those who just signed up and occasionally for those of us who are loyal customers. The $7.95 includes:
- Someone shopping for your items and bagging them for you.
- Someone driving said bags to your home
- The driver placing said bags in your home at the location you choose (I always have mine walked right to my kitchen counter so I can put them away.
- Not seeing anyone you know at the grocery store when you are unshowered and have spit up all over your shirt.
You choose a 2 hour delivery window. (Or, they sometime offer a wider window and offer your a few dollars off. An example: If you choose delivery between 4 and 10pm, you might save $2 on delivery charges)
There is a place for a tip for your driver on the bill. I always tip $5 – My house is not particularly hard to get into (just 3 steps in the front). I usually have a lot of bags because most of my orders are $100+. You may choose to tip based on the service you receive, the difficulty of the navigation to your front door, a percentage of your bill, or the complexity/size of your order. Use your judgement.
If I have convinced you to try Peapod, please click my referral link here : Peapod Referral
Don’t forget the promo code AFF20FD – That will get your $20 off of your first order and free delivery
Or, For existing Customers: $25 off each of your next 2 orders with code: 25OFFJUNE
Did you use a grocery delivery service when your little were born, or when life got a little hectic? What did you think?
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Now this is the kind of promotion I can really get behind:Free Scholastic Books with Kelloggs Purchase. If you buy select Kellogg or Coca-Cola products from Walmart and upload the receipt, you will get one free Scholastic Book per item purchased (up to 90 books)! Expires 9/30/17.
You can choose to receive the book yourself or donate it.
There are titles from beginner readers to tweens. Mostly fiction, but great some non-fiction, too. 80 different choices: paper and ebooks. Clifford, Peppa, Rainbow Magic, Owl Diaries, Goosebumps, and more. [Read more…]