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23 Jun 2019   ·   1

A Peek Into Our Week (+ Sprouts & Kroger Shopping Trips)

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Well, it was another week of travel and adventures — so I didn’t track what we ate in order to share in a post. But I did make it to Kroger twice and Sprouts once and got some great deals.

I thought it would be fun to share a little peek into our week + what I bought at the grocery store.

For Father’s Day, Jesse wanted to try out this new brunch restaurant in town. It was delicious and we had fun celebrating this man we love so much!

We also ran by Kroger and Sprouts to pick up some deals. Sprouts was having their weekend deals and I didn’t want to miss them.

Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • Sweet corn — 6 for $1 (weekend deal)
  • 3 dozen cage free eggs — $1.88 per dozen (weekend deal)
  • 1 Coconut Bliss “ice cream” — used free coupon (I got the Peanut Butter Chocolate and it is good!) — I forgot to take this out of the freezer to put in the photo!
  • Total with tax: $7.49

I also wanted to get to grab a few of the Kroger Buy 5, Get $5 off deals on Sunday since I knew I was going to be out of town for the next few days. I especially wanted to get 5 boxes of the $0.99 Quaker Granola bars.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • 5 boxes of Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 bags Jef Puffed Marshmallows — marked down to $0.69 each (I’m going to stick these in the freezer for rice krispy treats.)
  • 3 packages of Hillshire Sausage — $1.88 each with weekend deal
  • Private Selection Barbecue Sauce — used free coupon (no longer available)
  • 1 bag Kroger Pot Roast — marked down to $5.49
  • 5 bags of produce — marked down to $0.99 per bag
  • 2 packages of ground turkey — marked down to $2.69 each
  • Izzio Multigrain Bread — marked down to $1.29
  • Spinach — marked down to $1.79
  • 5 packages of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Kroger Private Selection ice cream (not pictured — I forgot to take it out of the freezer for the picture!) — used free coupon (no longer available)
  • Milk — $2.69
  • Kroger oatmeal — $1.59, used $0.40/1 coupon Kroger mailed to me = $1.09
  • Total with tax: $42.12

I left on Monday morning to fly to Dallas for my mom to have surgery.

My Time in Kansas

I rode back to Wichita, KS with my parents on Monday evening after my mom’s surgery and I stayed with them through Wednesday evening. I got to hang out with my mom and help take care of her during the day while my dad went to work.

In addition to getting to spend lots of time talking with her, I helped a little with my brother’s eBay business (my Mom and sister are running the business for him while he’s away serving as a counselor at the Wild’s camp in NC), and make yummy food for my mom and me (she’s the one who first inspired me to love salads so much!)

Kaitlynn’s Birthday

I flew back to TN on Wednesday night — just in time to celebrate Kaitlynn’s birthday on Thursday! Can you believe she is 12?

I wrote a letter to her here that shares some of my thoughts on her life and the joy and spark she brings to us.

I always take each child out on a birthday date of their choosing. Kaitlynn chose to go to a place that makes rolled ice cream and Bubble Milk Tea. It was my first time to have both of them and we had such a fun outing together!

Our Trip to Iceland

As many of you know, it’s our family goal to visit all 7 continents and 50 states by the time Kathrynne turns 18. We had planned to visit Europe this summer but prices to places like London and Rome are crazy during June and July. However, I found some cheap tickets to Iceland and jumped on them!

So we packed up on Friday morning to head to Iceland… but not before hitting the Friday-Saturday Kroger deals (I couldn’t pass up $0.99 cheese!)

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 4 bags of Kettle chips, 1 bag of Snyder’s pretzel’s — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals
  • 5 packages of Kroger cheese — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals
  • 5 bottles of Pace salsa — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals
  • 1 package bacon — $2.99 with Friday-Saturday deals
  • Total with tax: $18.96

Grocery Totals: $68.75

Cashback Earned: 375 points back from Fetch, $0.06 from CoinOut,

Want to follow along with our Iceland trip and get tips for how we are doing it on a budget? Be sure to follow my stories on Instagram this week!

22 Jun 2019   ·   13
Dollar Tree

Is Dollar Tree Raising Prices?

Did you hear about the possibility of Dollar Tree raising prices?! I really hope this doesn’t end up affecting how much I love Dollar Tree!!

{Be sure to check out my lists of 25 Things to Buy at Dollar Tree and 5 Things You Should NOT Buy at Dollar Tree!}

Dollar Tree store

Not everything will be $1 at Dollar Tree anymore??

Wait…what?! Isn’t that the whole point of Dollar Tree?

I was sad to see that Dollar Tree recently announced they’re introducing multiple price points on some of their merchandise. These items will be called Dollar Tree Plus! multi-price point products.

For now, it looks like this pricing will only be tested in select stores across the country to see how it goes. Have you noticed this pricing being tested at your store yet?

Nothing is official quite yet, because depending on how consumers respond to the test, they may or may not keep this multi-pricing model.

greeting cards at Dollar Tree

Does that mean Dollar Tree is raising prices?

Well, not technically!

The good news is that during this testing phase, they will not raise prices on their current assortment of products that are already priced at $1.

I’m hopeful that the test phase won’t be successful and Dollar Tree will stick with their original pricing.

photo frames at Dollar Tree

Why I love Dollar Tree so much

The main reason I love Dollar Tree so much is that I know I can go into the store and expect everything to be $1 or less! That’s the beauty of it!

I really hope this doesn’t affect the great $1 value items you can currently get at Dollar Tree.

I also wonder if I’ll eventually have to update my list of what NOT to buy at Dollar Tree. We’ll have to see!

Have you noticed any of these price changes/tests happening at your store? Let us know in the comments.

favorite things to buy at Dollar Tree

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22 Jun 2019   ·   0

3 Steps to Start That Blog You’ve Been Dreaming Of!

Have you been dreaming of starting a blog?

As a blogger, I remember what it was like trying to get my blog started without the help of someone who knew the ropes — the wasted time and frustration trying to figure it all out by myself.

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And that’s why I’ve decided to offer FREE lifetime access to my one-hour introductory blogging class 3 Steps to Start That Blog You’ve Been Dreaming Of!

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22 Jun 2019   ·   3

Coca-Cola Burger King Instant Win Game (112,000 Daily Winners!)

Enter to win free prizes from this new Coca-Cola Burger King Instant Win Game!

Play the new Coca-Cola Burger King Instant Win Game for your chance to win free food at Burger King, gift cards, prize packs, and more!

You can play this once per day and they will be giving away over 112,000 daily prizes.

Valid through July 27, 2019.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

22 Jun 2019   ·   0

SunnyD Flavors of Summer Instant Win Game (102,321 Winners!)

Play this new SunnyD Instant Win Game to win some freebies!

Play the new SunnyD Flavors of Summer Instant Win Game for your chance to win free product coupons, drawstring bags, t-shirts, sunglasses, and more!

To play, you’ll need to enter code 00115 — and the answers are Green, Green and 3.

You can play once per day through August 31, 2019.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

22 Jun 2019   ·   2

Tax Free Weekends 2019

Don’t miss this list of Tax Free Weekends 2019 by state! — just in time for back to school shopping!

{Looking for other ways to save during back to school season? Read my post on 5 Simple Tips for Saving Big on Back to School Expenses.}

tax free weekend back to school shopping

If you live in a state that does tax free weekends, get ready! They’re about to start popping up for back to school shopping!

You can go here to check out the list and find your state.

I know summer just started, but back to school shopping season will be here before we know it!

Thanks, Kosher On A Budget!

22 Jun 2019   ·   0

Free Build & Grow Event at Lowe’s on July 13, 2019

Looking for a fun free event to do with the kids? Check out this free Build & Grow Event at Lowe’s.

Lowe’s is hosting a Build & Grow Event on July 13, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. where kids can build an Ice Cream Truck.

Each child registered gets to participate in hands-on activities and take home some freebies, including this item! Spots are limited so be sure to register now. Participating locations only.

Thanks, Freebies4Mom!

21 Jun 2019   ·   59
Mom and Daughter looking at Twigby phone

My Completely Honest Twigby Review (and why it’s a great option for teens!)

Looking for really honest Twigby reviews or searching for ways to save money on kids’ phones? This is a really comprehensive post on the pros and cons of Twigby phones, Twigby plans, and Twigby phone service!

Note: This post is sponsored by Twigby, but all opinions are my own. Read our disclosure policy here.

Ready to get a phone for your teen or pre-teen?

Have you been thinking of getting a phone for your child? Wishing you could figure out how to add a phone without spending a lot of money?

I highly recommend checking out Twigby!

Twigby is a company dedicated to providing fantastic phone service at great prices and they are the perfect option for your pre-teen or teen’s first phone because they are so affordable, the offer great coverage, and they have so many different options for phone plans.

Mom and son using Twigby phone

Why You Should Consider Twigby

Twigby plans are super affordable with a lot of flexibility — which is perfect for a child’s first phone. You can custom build your plan for each individual phone line based upon how much data each family member needs. You can also put some restrictions or limits in place for kids.

In addition, Twigby offers a really great range of options when it comes to phones. They have everything from basic flip phones all the way up to iPhone 8’s and other smart phones.

If you don’t want to buy a smart phone for your teen or pre-teen and just want a basic phone with basic features, Twigby offers some incredible pricing! However, even if you want all the perks of a regular smart phone with a data plan each month for your teen or pre-teen, you will still likely save a lot of money by using Twigby.

There Are No Activation or Termination Fees!

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, Twigby gives you the ability to create your own custom, prepaid plan — without a contract or an unnecessary activation fee. (Be sure to check out the Twigby reviews from my readers below!)

My favorite part about their service (in addition to their great prices!) is that they offer the ability to change plans or phones at any time for free. You’re not locked into an expensive contract that has activation and termination fees.

We got locked into a phone plan a few years ago with another company and we wanted to switch, but it was going to be crazy expensive to do so. I think this is one of the biggest and best selling points of Twigby, personally!

Psst! If you end up switching over to their phone service, they also offer a referral program so you can email your friends a special link and, if your friend signs up through your link, you’ll both automatically receive a $10 credit 45 days from your friend’s activation date! Read more about their referral program here.


How Much Will You Save with Twigby?

Twigby has plans starting as low as $9 per month for just talk and text. And data plans start as low as $12 per month! Even a cell phone plan with unlimited talk and text and 10 GB of data only costs you $43 per month — which is a lot less than you’ll usually pay!

With these kinds of prices, don’t just think about using Twigby as a phone service for your teen or pre-teen. It’s also worth checking to see if Twigby might save you money each month on your family cell phone bill — even if you’ve been on a family plan with a provider for a decade!

Get this: The average family that switches to Twigby saves $60 on their cell phone bill, which equates to an annual savings of $720! See how much you could save by switching to Twigby when you use this handy-dandy calculator here.

(If you try out the calculator, let us know how much it says you could save on your phone service! I’m very curious to hear!)

Does Twigby Sell Phones?

Twigby doesn’t just offer fantastic prices on cell phone service; you can also get great deals on phones from them! So they are a one-stop shop for saving money on phones for your teen or pre-teen!

If you aren’t planning to buy your child a fancy iPhone, be sure to check out all of the simple and affordable phones they offer that are $75 or less. Plus, you can even get a $10 credit added to your account when you use code MOM at checkout!

Note: This $10 credit will be applied to your account when you purchase a phone or SIM card from Twigby with a new service and use the coupon code or when bring your own phone is activated.

Twigby Coverage Map

Is the Coverage Good?

A lot of times budget phone plans like this don’t offer very good coverage, but Twigby’s coverage is really exceptional!

In fact, their coverage is guaranteed because they utilize not just one, but two of the nation’s largest cellular networks (Sprint and Verizon)!

That means if you’re out of reach on their primary network (Sprint), you will still be able to access talk and text on their secondary network (Verizon). The best part is that it’s completely free and your phone automatically switches networks when necessary.

You can go HERE to enter your address and check your coverage.

Set kid limits with Twigby

Twigby Reviews from My Readers

Many readers have signed up to try Twigby and have absolutely loved it! We’ve heard SO many rave reviews about the affordability and their amazing customer service.

Here are just a couple of Twigby reviews from readers:

We have been THRILLED!!!!!  Love the service, the prices, the way things keep getting better and better (seriously, name another company that LOWERS your price or gives you more data????). We love Twigby!!!

“My husband decided to try out the coverage and it was much better (once we figured out to turn the roaming on!). Also, it was cheaper than PureTalk. We don’t use our phones much, so it is great to only pay for what we will use.”

Woman Using Twigby Cell Phone

Other Features of Twigby

In addition to their affordability, flexibility, and great coverage, Twigby also offers:

  • Ease of getting started. You don’t have to mess with going to a store and picking out a phone plan. You just go to their site, pick your phone plan and either switch your current phone over or get a new phone, and they get it all set up for you.
  • Ability to keep your same phone number. When you switch to Twigby, you get to keep your current number that you’ve had for years. You don’t have to switch to a new number.
  • International calling and texting. With Twigby, you can use your minutes to call numbers in Canada, China, and Mexico at no additional charge. You also get Unlimited Global Texting to over 180 other countries. As long as you’re inside the U.S. when sending and receiving texts, you can send those texts to anyone in another country!
  • Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee. If for any reason you’re not satisfied within 30 days of switching to Twigby, you’ll get a 100% full refund!
  • Free overage protection. You can rest easy in knowing that you will never be charged for overages without your go-ahead! You have complete control.

Switch and Save with Twigby

Mom and Daughter looking at Twigby phone

Sign Up and Save 25% Off Your First Six Months!

Want to try out Twigby and save 25% off your first six months on their plan?

Twigby is offering readers 25% off your first six months of phone service right now!

Valid for a limited time only. (And if you’re not completely satisfied within 30 days of activating your service, you’ll get a full refund!)

Go here to get started with Twigby.

21 Jun 2019   ·   0
Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Color Low Top

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High & Low Top Sneakers only $25 shipped!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Love Converse? This is such a GREAT deal on Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High & Low Top Sneakers!

Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Color Low Top

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Chuck Taylor All Star Denim

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Valid through June 22, 2019.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

21 Jun 2019   ·   1
Macy's Bedding

Macy’s: Any Size 8-Piece Reversible Bedding Ensembles only $27.99 (Reg. $100!)

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Wow! This is a great time to grab new bedding or get a spare set for the guest bedroom!

Macy's Bedding

Right now, Macy’s has select 8-Piece Reversible Bedding Sets on sale for just $27.99 (regularly $100)! There are lots of different colors and designs available.

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

21 Jun 2019   ·   0
Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoe

Men’s & Women’s Brooks Running Shoes only $77.98 shipped (Reg. $120!)

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Calling all runners! Get these highly rated Men’s & Women’s Brooks Running Shoes for a great deal!

Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoe

Right now, JackRabbit has Men’s and Women’s Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoes for only $77.98 shipped (regularly $119.95)! No promo code needed.

Please note that this price will not show up until checkout.

Brooks Men’s & Women’s Ghost 11 Running Shoes – $99.98 (regularly $119.95)
Less instant $22 savings in cart
Shipping is free on $75+
$77.98 shipped after deal

Thanks, Hip2Save!

21 Jun 2019   ·   0

3-Piece Insulated Lunch Sets only $14.99 + shipping!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

These Insulated Lunch Sets will keep your lunches hot or cold for hours!

Jane has these Insulated Lunch 3-Piece Sets for just $14.99 + shipping right now!

This set includes a Koverz Insulated lunch bag with zipper enclosure, a Koverz bottle/sippy cup insulator and a Kooleez ice pop/Go-Gurt insulator.

There are over 20 different colors to choose from.

Shipping is $1.99 per set shipped.

21 Jun 2019   ·   0
Head and Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioner 2 in 1

Head and Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioner 2 in 1, 32 oz (Pack of 2) only $11.53 shipped!

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Running low on shampoo and conditioner? Stock up on Head and Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioner 2 in 1 right now!

Head and Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioner 2 in 1

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This is a GREAT price for these!

Note: For Subscribe & Save items, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders after your first shipment.