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21 Sep 2019   ·   0
Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

Dollar Shave Club Starter Set for just $5 shipped!

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Have you been wanting to try Dollar Shave Club? You can get their Starter Set for just $5 shipped right now!

Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

If you’ve been curious about Dollar Shave Club, you can sign up and get a Starter Set for just $5 shipped right now! This also might make a unique gift idea for someone!

This initial Starter Set includes the executive razor handle, four 6-blade razor cartridges, a trial-sized shave butter, a trial-sized post shave dew, and a trial-sized prep scrub. This is a great value!!

I’ve been using Dollar Shave Club for quite a while now, and I really like it! You can read my completely honest review of Dollar Shave Club here.

Note: When you take advantage of this deal, it signs you up for the Dollar Shave Club membership that will renew after the first month at the full executive razor price of $9/month. Be sure to go into your membership settings and cancel (or change to a cheaper razor) if you don’t want to continue.

Stylized Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

Go here to sign up and get your $5 Dollar Shave Club Starter Set.

21 Sep 2019   ·   2

Sign up with OneOpinion to earn cash or gifts cards for taking surveys!

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If you’re looking for ways to make some extra cash from home, OneOpinion might be a really great option for you!

laptop desk with coffee in-hand

Sign up with OneOpinion to take surveys and earn points that can be redeemed towards cash or gift cards!

Once you reach 25,000 points, you can cash in for $25 in the form of PayPal funds, a VISA gift card, or an Amazon gift card!

This company gets really great reviews — with many people saying this is their favorite survey company! A lot of the reviews talk about the availability of quick and easy surveys, their amazing 24/7 customer service with a smaller customer-focused team, and super quick payout when you redeem your points.

Have any of you ever tried OneOpinion? I’d love to hear about your experience!

Go here to sign up with OneOpinion.

Surveys are a great way to make some extra income on the side! This is a great list of legitimate survey sites you can trust!

Looking for more opportunities to make money from home? See my list of recommended survey companies here.

21 Sep 2019   ·   2

Want to save money and eat healthier?

21 Sep 2019   ·   7

Brigette’s $85 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family!


1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.49

1/2 gallon 1% Milk – $0.70

1/2 gallon Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.49

1/2 gallon Ice Cream (not pictured – already in freezer!) – $1.99

1 16.9-oz jar Organic Olive Oil – $3.79

4 pkgs Frozen Broccoli Florets – $3.80

3 pkgs Fresh Zucchini (@$0.89/lb) – $3.96

2 pkgs Fresh Broccoli Crowns – $2.38

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.09

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.69

2 bags Fresh Green Beans – $2.58

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.39

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.49

1 bunch Bananas – $0.59

2 2-lb bags Honey Crisp Apples – $3.98

1-lb Sausage – $2.29

2 pkgs Fresh Boneless Chicken Thighs (@$1.19/lb) – $8.84

1 pkg 73/27 Fresh Ground Beef, reduced ($1.69/lb) – $3.84

1 pkg Turkey Franks – $1.89

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85

1 8-oz pkg Sliced Cheddar Cheese – $1.79

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.79

1 16-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.09

1 16-oz bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.09

1 jar Garlic Powder – $0.69

1 tub Baking Cocoa – $1.49

1 jar Baking Powder – $0.69

2 boxes Macaroni and Cheese – $0.50

1 bag Pecan Halves – $4.29

1 bag Nacho Chips – $0.75

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

1 bag Hot Dog Buns – $0.65

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.45

2 dozen Eggs – $1.52

Total: $75.46

Harris Teeter

4 cans Green Beans – $1.33

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

2 boxes Mueller’s Pasta – $1.60, used $0.55/2 SS 09/08 (doubled) – $0.50/2 after coupon

1 box Special K Cereal – $1.97, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.97 after coupon

1 bag Red Grapes (@$0.99/lb) – $3.23

1 box Texas Toast – $2.00, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

2 cans Cinnamon Rolls – $1.94 (I’m trying not to be offended that my almost 11-yr old requested these for his birthday breakfast instead of my homemade cinnamon rolls. Ha!)

Total after Coupons: $10.46

(Our Neighbor dropped off the above at our house. He had some extra things he couldn’t use – and we can ALWAYS use peanut butter, cereal, and fresh fruit!)

Grocery Total for the Week: $85.92

Weekly Menu Plan


~ Cinnamon Rolls, Scrambled Eggs (birthday breakfast request)

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Oatmeal, Cereal, Scrambled/Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Toast, Cottage Cheese, Fruit, Smoothies, Oven Roasted Veggies


Sliced Turkey Sandwiches, Carrots, Apples

Peanut Butter Rice Cakes, Bananas, Peppers

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Mini Sweet Peppers, Grapes (birthday lunch request)

Leftovers, Fruit x 4


Grilled Hot Dogs, Grilled Zucchini, Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes, Tossed Salad

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Texas Toast, Broccoli, Ice Cream Pie with Pecan Crust (birthday dinner request)

Chicken Noodle Soup, Tossed Salad, Breadsticks

Biscuits and Gravy, Sliced Plums, Green Beans

Date Night Out (kids will eat macaroni and cheese, green beans, apples at home)

Baked Chicken Thighs, Roasted Cauliflower, Tossed Salad, Biscuits (double batch)

Venison Roast, Creamy Milk Rice, Green Beans, Leftover Biscuits

21 Sep 2019   ·   0
Barnes & Noble Storytime

Barnes & Noble: Free Baby & Me Storytime on September 22, 2019

Looking for a fun activity this weekend? Barnes & Noble is offering a FREE Baby & Me Storytime tomorrow!

Barnes & Noble Storytime

Participating Barnes & Noble stores are inviting caregivers and children 0-24 months old to a free Baby & Me Storytime featuring Silly Lullaby on September 22, 2019 at 11 a.m..

They will read a book and you can participate in activities building language skills for your little ones.

Plus, get a free Starbucks tall, hot or iced coffee (Café stores only).

Thanks, Freebies4Mom!

21 Sep 2019   ·   0

Sherwin Williams Coupon: $10 off a $50 purchase (+ 40% off paint!!)

Planning on a home renovation project? Be sure to grab this Sherwin Williams coupon to save on paint!

{Psst! Want to save more on home renovation projects? Try earning Swagbucks to trade in for Lowe’s, Home Depot, PayPal, and Amazon gift cards — like this one reader did!}

Sherwin Williams Paint

If you love Sherwin Williams paint, be sure to sign up for PaintPerks to receive a one-time use coupon valid for $10 off a $50 purchase!

You’ll receive the Sherwin Williams coupon via email after you sign up.

Also, now is a GREAT time to shop for paint at Sherwin Williams! Through September 23rd, they’re having a BIG 40% off paint sale! This includes all paints and stains.

Shop this weekend and combine these savings for the best price! It’s so rare to find these kinds of discounts on Sherwin Williams!

Check out these other great tips for budget-friendly home remodeling and decorating!

20 Sep 2019   ·   191

This crazy journey I’ve been on the last 14 years (and yes, you CAN make money blogging!)

Yes, you can make money from blogging! In this post, I share my story — and I tell you how you, too, can start making money from blogging!

My Journey to Making Full-Time Income as a Blogger

How I Started to Make Money Blogging

In 2005, I started this thing called a “blog” — something that most people in my circle of friends and family had never heard of before. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I had a big dream: I wanted to find a way to earn enough money from home so I can supplement our meager income to allow me to be able to stay home with our baby girl, Kathrynne.

In addition to my big dream, I also had perseverance — something I was going to need in big supply over the next few years. I was very, very determined and that determination drove me not to give up even during the many, many times when I wanted to.

That little blog had a few readers. Then a few dozen. I kept blogging, kept commenting on other blogs, kept writing articles for other sites and linking to that blog, and kept networking with other online entrepreneurs.

Over the course of many months, that little blog grew a tiny bit and then a tiny bit more. Pretty soon, I woke up one day and realized that I had a few hundred readers. That idea just blew my mind.

My first blogging header{My first official professionally done website header — added when I switched from Blogspot to Typepad.}

The Income Began With a Little Trickle

I started watching what other successful people were doing, read books and blog posts on monetizing a blog, and jumped out and experimented with a number of things.

Pretty soon, there was a little trickle of income coming in from that blog. When I say “trickle”, I truly mean it. It started with $10 per month, then $20 per month, then $50 per month.

If you would have divided my blogging income by the hours invested in blogging, I was probably making what would amount to a few nickels per hour. However, I was learning, the blog was slowly growing, and I was truly enjoying the process of writing and interacting on a blog.

Speaking at My First Blogging ConferenceSpeaking at my first blogging conference — I was a scared, insecure mess inside and I can see it written all over my face in this picture.

Starting to See the Potential to Make Money Blogging

As time marched on and I kept plugging away, I found other creative ways to make money blogging — like selling ebooks and then an online course on cutting your grocery bill. I went from making $50 a month to a few hundred dollars per month.

I started to see the potential. And I began to believe that it truly would be possible to earn a part-time income from blogging someday.

My husband and I began talking about adding a niche blog dedicated to frugal living. There was a lot of interest in the topic, it was something I was passionate about and experienced in, and I was pretty sure I could do some specific things to monetize a frugal living blog that I couldn’t do on the blog I currently had.

My Second Blogging ConferenceMy second blogging conference — I was still nervous and scared, but I felt more myself and more whole and I can see it in my face here.

How Began

It took about a year from the time the initial idea was birthed to when the final product, actually happened. But in the fall of 2007, I announced the launch of on the other blog I had.

I still remember the post where I let the world know was official. I said that I was probably going to blog on “about 3 times per week”. {Yes, 3 times per week. That still cracks me up!}

The first version of was on Blogspot. It was an all white background with capital letters at the top of the page that said MONEY SAVING MOM. {Clearly, I was very into bells and whistles. ;)}

I had spent $10 to buy the website URL and that was all I could afford. Later, I paid $25 to have the teen daughter of a mom I knew design a header for me. But those were the very humble beginnings of something that I could have never imagined…
My first radio interviewMy first radio interview — again, this was a completely unnerving experience for shy me. I felt like just going back to my hotel room and crying when it was over because I was sure I had totally bombed it.

Rapid Growth Beyond What I Could Imagine

Since I’d already put in countless hours to build an online platform over the two previous years, knew how to run a blog, and had a pretty good grasp on what topics people were interested, jumping in with was much easier than it would have been had I been starting from scratch.

I also was at the right place, at the right time, because the economy was beginning to tank, coupons were becoming popular, and the media started to do a lot of coverage of money-saving ideas and frugal living topics.

My initial readers told their friends who told their friends, people found me from random searches and stuck around, and within a few months, had grown to 14,000 to 16,000 pageviews per day.

It. was. mind-blowing!

I didn’t really know what to do, but I knew that I needed to continue to produce good content and continue to do all I could to help people save money. I also continued to learn all I could about win-win ways to make money blogging.

My First BookMy first book: basically an exercise in how to do everything wrong! I learned so much, and wished I could have done it all over again because there would be so much I would change!

Fulfilling My Dream — and Making So Many Mistakes

Within a few months, I was making $800 to $1200 from And the income just kept increasing. By the end of the first year, I was making the equivalent of a full-time income from blogging.

All of a sudden, I woke up and realized that not only was I living my dream, it was a LOT more work than I could have ever imagined — especially as the blog continued to grow!

The Story Behind

The past 14 years have been a journey… one riddled with many ups and downs. I’ve made many mistakes, let people down, and sometimes posted things before taking time to really think through what I’d written.

Over the years, I’ve also been arrogant, said and written hurtful things, and taken on too much and stretched myself too thin. Many times, I’ve had my priorities out of whack and given my family the leftovers instead of my best.

Through it all, I’ve grown, matured, been humbled, had to ask forgiveness, and learned a great deal about my own limits. I’ve gone from a very black and white person who thought she had everything figured out and thought she should share her very legalistic, dogmatic views with everyone, to discovering this beautiful thing called “grace” and realizing that there are very few hills worth dying on.

My First TV Interview

My first TV interview — I was a complete nervous wreck. Literally shaking from head to toe!

I’ve grown up a lot,  faced a lot of fears, and done things I never thought I was humanly capable of.

In addition, I’ve confronted many of my long-held insecurities head on. And I’ve had many opportunities to work through my long-held tendencies to be a people-pleaser.

Scared of the Scrutiny from Making Money Blogging

You see, as the blog took off and became something more than a little mommy blog, I struggled a lot. Part of me was so excited about the growth and the possibilities. The other part of me wanted nothing more than to just run away from it all and go back to being a stay-at-home mom.

As a normally private person, I hated having my life scrutinized by people I didn’t know. I was scared to come out and talk much about the business side of my life — the meetings, the responsibilities, the opportunities — because I knew some people wouldn’t be happy and would criticize the fact that I was making a good income, was running a thriving business, and was no longer just the frugal stay-at-home mom blogger struggling to make ends meet that I had been when I started blogging.

My Second Book

Growing Into My Own Skin

I love being a wife and mom, managing my home well, saving money, and getting great deals. I’m also a business woman who loves marketing, entrepreneurial ventures, and strategy and monetization.

It took me awhile to be brave enough to say that I am both out loud. But once I did, it has freed me up to make decisions that were best for our family.

Knowing who I am and embracing that has been so freeing for me. Yes, I still regularly get emails and comments from people who wish I was different. However, for the most part, this community has rallied around our family. You have no idea how much you bless us.

allume-conference-smilebooth-0154My 4th(?) blogging conference: This time, I went with the sole desire to pour into others and look for other people to bless. Guess what? I completely forgot about my usual insecurities and ended up having a blast!

I Would Have Never Imagined This Life

Looking back over the past 14+ years, I never would have imagined what my life would look like today. I never would’ve pictured myself running a business with multiple team members, speaking at events, working with brands, teaching people how to blog, doing media interviews, or being a New York Times bestselling author.

Nor would I have pictured that this blog would be the catalyst for our family to get in a much better position financially. I never, ever envisioned blogging would allow us to no longer live on a beans and rice budget.

And I couldn’t have dreamed that blogging would allow us to could pay cash for a house and give generously. Or, that it would open the door for Jesse and I to work together from home.

I’m so thankful for the opportunity to get to work together with my husband and best friend! While we have our disagreements and struggles, we are a definite team. I wouldn’t be who I am today without him encouraging me, supporting me, and being my biggest cheerleader.

THANK YOU For Being a Big Part of This Journey

You all have been a big part of this journey. This blog would never have grown like it has nor would the doors of opportunity have opened without you. I am forever humbly grateful for each of you.

While the income from this blog has been a blessing, the community I’ve found in you all has been priceless. You’ve supported us, loved us, prayed for us, and cheered us on — through thick and thin. And you’ve forgiven me when I’ve made mistakes and you’ve been incredibly loyal.

Looking Ahead to the Future

I don’t know what the next 14 years of my life will hold. Right now, I’m just focusing on living one day at a time!

I want to live each day that I’m given to the best of my ability. As long as I’m given the privilege of blogging here, I want to use this platform to make an impact.

Blogging has broken me. Blogging has healed me. And, more than anything, blogging has taught me that perseverance pays off.

So no matter where you are in life right now, I want to encourage you: Keep on. Press forward. Keep learning, keep experimenting, and keep holding onto hope. And most importantly: don’t give up! The best is yet to come!

Want to learn how to make money from blogging?

Are you a new blogger or a longtime blogger? Are you still trying to figure out how to really make money from blogging? You don’t want to miss my new brand-new class on How to Make Your First $100 From Blogging. Best of all, it’s FREE!

In this free class, you’ll learn:

  • 5 tried and true ways YOU can make money from your blog today
  • The #1 mistake most bloggers make that keeps them from earning an income
  • My secrets for building a 7-figure blog on a shoestring budget
  • Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to ask me your burning questions about monetizing a blog

>>Yes! I want to learn how to make money from blogging!<<

20 Sep 2019   ·   11

Costco Membership Deal: Pay $60 for a Membership, $20 Cash Card, & FREE products {HOT!!}

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Woohoo! This super duper HOT Costco membership deal has returned!

{Wondering if a warehouse membership is for you? Check out these posts on if a warehouse membership can save you moneyif a warehouse membership is a good fit for your family, and how a warehouse membership compares to Amazon Subscribe & Save!}

Costco Warehouse Store Front

HOT Costco Membership Deal

Groupon brought back their very popular Costco membership deal again! For just $60, you will get the following:

  • A One-Year Costco Gold Star Membership, which includes a membership card for the primary cardholder as well as one free Household Card
  • $20 Costco Cash Card
  • Exclusive coupons for FREE products ($39.98 value)
    • Free Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean HE Laundry Detergent Pacs ($17.99 value)
    • Free Kirkland Signature Create-a-Size Paper Towels ($15.99 value)
    • $10 off Fresh Meat (beef, chicken, pork, or fish; excludes deli items)
  • $25 off an order of $250 on

This Costco membership deal is valid for new members only, for a limited time. Not valid for those with a current Costco membership or for memberships that expired after May 1, 2019.

This deal only comes around once or twice per year, and it always goes lightning fast! Hurry!!

Get this deal for just $60 from Groupon today.

20 Sep 2019   ·   23
FabFitFun Fall Box

FabFitFun Promo Code: Get $240 worth of full-size products for just $24.99 shipped!! {HOT!}

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If you’ve been wanting to try the FabFitFun box, now’s your chance to try it at a RARE discount with this promo code!

FabFitFun Fall Box

Looking for a FabFitFun Promo Code?

For a limited time only, FabFitFun is offering new customers 50% off your first box with promo code OMG50 at checkout.

That’s an extra $25 off the regular introductory offer! You’ll pay just $24.99 shipped for a huge box full of $240 worth of full-sized goodies!

I don’t think we’ve *ever* seen a discount this great on FabFitFun! Hurry — it won’t last long!!

What is FabFitFun?

FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that is filled with all kinds of brand-name beauty, fitness, fashion, and lifestyle products.

And the best part? They’re all full-sized products — no samples!

FabFitFun has sent me several boxes in the past, and I’ve unboxed all of them on FB Live video. I’ve been pretty impressed with the quality and quantity of products!

Some of my favorite products have been the travel makeup bag I use all the time when I travel and the bubbly face masks Kaitlynn and I had fun with!

a photo of a FabFitFun box

How does FabFitFun work?

When you sign up for this introductory offer with the FabFitFun promo code, you’ll be signing up for a seasonal subscription and will receive a box automatically every 3 months.

This is a no-obligation offer. After your first box, you can cancel at any time by contacting the FabFitFun support team.

(Don’t worry! You’ll have plenty of time to cancel before your next full-priced box ships out!)

What’s in the FabFitFun Fall 2019 box?

Each box is slightly different, but here’s what you might find in your Fall FabFitFun Box:

  • Anthropologie Travel Yoga Mat
  • Twine Living Co. Cheese Board with Plate
  • Afterspa Hair Towel Wrap
  • Harber + Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes
  • Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair
  • Cosmedix Pure C
  • Human + Kind Body Souffle
  • Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask
  • Amika Strand Perfect Ceramic Styler
  • Kut From the Kloth Slim Striped Wallet
  • Baublebar Ear Crawlers Earrings
  • The Better Skin Co. Better Skin Lava Magik
  • Kate Spade Lunch Tote

Psst! Want to take a peek inside the Fall box? Check out my FB Live unboxing video!

Get a discount with this FabFitFun promo code!

Interesting in getting your own FabFitFun Fall box (or maybe giving it as a gift to someone you know)?

Be sure to use promo code OMG50 at checkout!!

Click here to get your first FabFitFun box for just $24.99 shipped!

20 Sep 2019   ·   1

Snapfish Promo Code | 20 Free Photo Prints + Free Shipping!

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This is a RARE Snapfish promo code to get completely FREE photo prints!

{Psst! Looking for other ways to get cheap photo prints? Check out these other great online photo printing deals!}

Snapfish promo code for free prints

Wow!! Snapfish is offering a 20 free 4×6 photo prints with free shipping!

Just use Snapfish promo code 20FREESEP at checkout to get this deal.

This is a HOT deal, because free shipping is usually not included with these freebie deals!

Valid through September 21, 2019.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!

20 Sep 2019   ·   1
EmaxDesign 18-Piece Makeup Brush Set

EmaxDesign 18-Piece Makeup Brush Set only $5.49!

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This EmaxDesign 18-Piece Makeup Brush Set would make a great gift idea!

EmaxDesign 18-Piece Makeup Brush Set

Amazon has this EmaxDesign 18-Piece Makeup Brush Set for just $5.49 when you clip the $2 off e-coupon and use the promo code VC2BLAG7 at checkout (regularly $20.99)!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Midwest Money Saving Mommas!

20 Sep 2019   ·   0
Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels

Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels only $29.82!

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Looking for a deal on a cooler? This Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels is perfect for camping, tailgating, games and more!

Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels

Walmart has this Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5-Day Heavy-Duty Cooler with Wheels for just $29.82  right now (regularly $49)!

Choose from several color options.

This cooler keeps ice up to 5 days, features a locking telescoping handle and heavy-duty wheels for easy, reliable transport, and can hold up to 84 cans.

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Thanks, SwagGrabber!