Jamerrill has a great post up sharing her once-a-month Walmart grocery shopping haul for a family of 10. If you have a large family, I think you’ll be inspired by her post.
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Have you been wanting to try Stitch Fix, but you didn’t want to pay the $20 styling fee out of pocket?
Here’s how it works:
2. Fill out your style profile. You’ll give very specific details on sizes you wear, styles you like, colors you like, types of clothes you like, and what types of clothing you are specifically looking for (more casual, all business, a mix of both, etc.) You can be very detailed in your descriptions and even share a Pinterest board with them to give Stitch Fix some ideas of your tastes in clothing. Also, I recommend leaving your stylist a note with specifics on your budget preferences and any other preferences you have (colors/what you’d really like for them to send/an occasion you’d like to be styled for, etc.)
3. Go to checkout and pay nothing out of pocket (you will need to add a method of payment but you won’t be charged).
4. One of the Stitch Fix stylists will take your style profile, sizes, and preferences and put together a box of clothing based upon what they think you’ll like and what they think will work well for you.
5. They’ll send you this box in the mail. You’ll have a few days to go through the box, try on the clothes, and then choose to keep any that you liked and ship back any that didn’t work (they provide a postage-paid envelope for you to use).
That’s it! If you decide to keep something, you’ll pay for what you keep. If you decide not to keep anything, you can just stick everything back into the postage-paid envelope and pop it in your mailbox and you’ll pay nothing out of pocket!
This outfit came in my latest box and I absolutely love it! (I took this late at night at our hotel last night. Jesse and I are on a quick getaway/business trip to NYC! I’ll share more details on what we were up to later this week!)
Go here to sign up for your first Fix for FREE! Remember, this deal ends on January 31, 2018!
P.S. This is your last chance to get in on this offer to try out Stitch Fix with no strings attached! You won’t be signed up for a subscription or anything. If you’ve always wanted to try it out, now’s your chance!
Note from MSM: After we posted about this unique Work-At-Home opportunity last year, we had TONS of readers send in testimonies of their great experience teaching with VIPKid! We thought it would be inspiring to hear a direct testimony from a reader who started as a new teacher with VIPKid and loved it.
Guest post from Meagan
My husband, John, graduates from chiropractic school in April, but isn’t able to practice until he finishes all of his Board Exams and gets his license in August.
As a homeschooling stay-at-home-mom of 3, I’ve done my best to bring in extra income whenever able to supplement the school loans. Throughout the 5 years that he’s been in schooling I’ve cleaned a car dealership and tutored at night, and I currently nanny a child 40 hours per week in my home.
But, the loans will run out and we’ll need to several months of expenses until John can practice — which seems daunting at best and down right scary at worst.
As John and I prayed and discussed our options, it seemed prudent for one or both of us to pick up extra part-time work in the months leading up to his graduation. Yet, for various reasons the thought of leaving home, pumping milk (as our youngest is 13 months and not yet weaned), and being spread even thinner filled me with dread.
A few days after this conversation, I opened my inbox to read the daily update from MoneySavingMom.com. The very first article listed was about a Work-From-Home opportunity with the company VIPKid — an online ESL company in China that contracts Americans, with a Bachelor’s degree, to teach English online to Chinese students.
At first, I was skeptical of VIPKid, but I’ve been a reader of MSM for the past 5 years and know Crystal would never recommend something to her readers unless she was positive about the quality. So, I jumped in and started the application the next day.
The interview process with VIPKid was intense and involved role playing to demonstrate your ability to teach English to a 4-10 year old Chinese student. But I was hired within 2 weeks of starting the interview process and had classes booked my first week of teaching!
I was also skeptical of the pay base of $14-$22/hr, but it is accurate and I personally make $20/hr. I set my own hours and teach from 5:30 – 7:30 a.m., Monday – Friday and a few odd hours on the weekend. My first month I earned $688 and my second month I earned $780. (Keep in mind this income doesn’t have taxes taken out.)
This VIPKid teaching process hasn’t been without challenges. My husband has had to step it up by helping more with the kids and other chores. It has also been a big adjustment for me to go to bed and wake up earlier (thanks to the 12 hour time difference.)
Another challenge as a VIPKid teacher was one of logistics. We live in a 2-bedroom townhouse with very few private spots to host a video-chat classroom. Some people teach in a closet, the basement, or just put up a sheet behind them. My solution was to turn our downstairs bathroom into a mini-classroom!
I decorated the walls, set up bright lights, repurposed a rolling set of drawers to house my classroom props, and set up boxes on the vanity to make a “standing desk”. The location is far enough away from the bedrooms so I don’t disturb sleeping children, and everything is easily put away when classes are done!
It has been a blessing to be able to stay at home and teach while the kids are sleeping. It feels good to know that by the time they wake up, I’ve already earned $40! VIPKid has been such a creative and unexpected answer to our prayers.
Meagan is a homeschooling mom of 3 (ages 8, 5, 1). She has an Education degree and loves crafts.
Have you heard of Le Tote? It’s a clothing rental service that sends you boxes of clothes/accessories based on your size and according to your styles. You keep the clothes for as long as you’d like to keep them and wear them. Then, when you’re ready to return them, you mail them back and they’ll send you another box of clothes.
I’ve wanted to try it out for a long time, so when I saw that Groupon was offering a deal on 2 months of Le Tote, I jumped on it. I had fun trying out the service and wanted to write a completely honest review on my experience.
How LeTote Works
- Sign up for your first tote. (You can try it for free for 14 days when you sign up through my link here.) They offer three different plans: 3 clothing items + 2 accessories for $59/month, 4 clothing items for $69/month, or 5 clothing items + 3 accessories for $79/month.
- Fill out your style profile — this includes detailed questions on your sizing, colors you like, styles you like, and more. (It’s more thorough than Stitch Fix, in my opinion.)
- Add items you like from their extensive collections to “your closet” on their site so that they can pick from some of them for your tote.
- Wait for a day or two while they style your tote based upon your style profile.
- Once your tote is ready, you can go in and choose to swap out any of the items they chose for other items. This way, you can really customize the items in your tote to what suits you best.
- Receive your tote in the mail and wear the items for as long as you’d like.
- Once you are ready to return them, you just stick the items in the pre-paid bag and ship it back. (No need to wash or dry clean anything! You can also choose to purchase any of the items you’d like to keep.)
- As soon as they receive your bag, they’ll get another tote ready for you and you can repeat the process over again.
What I Liked About Le Tote
You get to customize your tote. You knew exactly what they were sending you because you got to see your tote ahead of time and swap out anything that wasn’t a good fit for you.
You don’t have to pay for dry cleaning. You just ship your items back — without washing or dry cleaning them!
You can try new styles. I tried a pair of jeans out that was in a style and color I’ve always wanted to try. I decided I didn’t like the style ultimately, but it was fun to try it out and wear them a few times so I could decide that.
You can put together an outfit for an upcoming event. If you have an upcoming event that you need to buy a new outfit for, you may be able to find great clothes for it from LeTote — and pay less than you’d pay to buy a completely new outfit.
They offer maternity selections. This might be one of the coolest options they offer! You can rent maternity clothes and then send them back as you progress through pregnancy to get larger sizes!
What I Didn’t Like About Le Tote
It is expensive! The cheapest plan is $59 per month! Yes, the clothes are high-quality, but that’s still a LOT to pay just to rent clothes.
Their styles were very trendy. I typically wear more classic styles and I prefer colors to neutrals. I found that they had a lot of items that were too trendy for me and a lot of items that were black or grey.
The clothes may have been worn by someone else. While the clothes were all in like-new condition, it still might bother you to know they’ve been worn by other people — especially if you’re not a consignment shopping!
I found it wasn’t as fun as Stitch Fix. One of the things I love about Stitch Fix is that I don’t have to shop, I don’t have to look through racks of clothes, I don’t have to make decisions. A box of clothes just shows up at my doorstep and I get to be surprised. Sometimes, they really miss the mark, but I still find it fun to be surprised. With Le Tote, I felt like it required more work and effort because I had to look through pages of clothes on their site to swap out what they had picked for items I would like better.
You have to pay extra for insurance. If you pay for insurance, you don’t have to worry about rips or spills on the clothing. But it’s a small extra charge for this. If you don’t pay for insurance, they will charge you if you rip an item or spill something on it and ruin it.
You may have issues cancelling your subscription. I have heard from a few people that they’ve had issues cancelling their subscription. I plan to cancel mine as soon as my two-month subscription is up and I’ll let you know if I have any issues.
If you are interested in trying Le Tote out, you can sign up for free for 14 days here. Be sure to cancel and mail back your tote before the 14 days is up if you do not want to be charged.
Have you tried out Le Tote? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
Psst! Don’t forget that Stitch Fix is still offering the option to get your first fix for FREE for the next few days! Yes, that’s right! They are waiving the styling fee for first-time customers through the end of January 2018!