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9 Aug 2020   ·   2

Our Trip to the Discount Store in Ozark, MO

Remember when we went to the Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery store on our annual lake vacation last year? The girls and I were so hoping it would work out for us to go back again this year on our way back home.

If you missed my post last year with more details on this store, be sure to read it here.

Basically, they sell a lot of grocery and other household items at discounted prices. Some of the items are close to expiring or are past their sell by date (so you’ll want to pay attention to that!), but there are so many amazing deals to be had!

I didn’t have as much time to dig for deals this time (since Jesse was in the car with the two babies — oh how our lives have changed since last year! I didn’t know that I was pregnant in the pictures from last year’s discount store visit!)

This year, our favorite deals were the $1 lip gloss and nail polish bins. We dug through and found some higher priced polishes — such as Essie and more! Kaitlynn ended up getting 5 different nail polishes for just $5 + tax. When we got home, she looked at how much these would have cost had she bought them at Target and it was over $50!!

Our other favorite deal was their protein bar deal! Last year, they had protein bars 2 for $1. This year, they were 4 for $1 and they had so many different kinds… including RX Bars!!

We ended up buying a lot of snack items for school lunches (we’ll keep them in the freezer until we need them), some lip gloss/lip stick, masks, bandages, cereal, mug cake mixes, and a few more things.

My only regret? I wish I would have bought a lot more of the protein bars because we’ve loved having those on hand and we’ve gone through them a lot faster than I thought we would! 🙂

P.S. For more details on Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery Store, read this post.

8 Aug 2020   ·   0

FREE 30-Day Trial of ABCmouse Early Learning Academy!!

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Get an ABCmouse FREE trial right now for 30 days! This is a great opportunity to try it out at no cost and see if it’s a good fit for your child!

Psst! Don’t miss this BIG list of other free educational programs available for kids right now!.

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Looking for some supplemental education for the new school year? Or a program that makes it easy for younger kids to learn at home? Check out ABCmouse with this free trial!!

ABCmouse Free Trial

ABCmouse.com — an online Early Learning Academy that specializes in full online curriculum for children ages 2 to 8 — is offering a FREE 30-day trial right now!

You’ll need to provide a credit card number to take advantage of the free trial. If you wish to continue with the service after a month, you’ll be billed at $9.95 per month.

If you do not wish to continue with the service, be sure to cancel your subscription before the free trial is up so that you avoid credit card charges. It’s very easy to cancel at any time by logging in and clicking “my account.”

ABCmouse free trial

What do you get with ABCmouse?

When you sign up for this free trial, you’ll get access to their full online curriculum program for an entire month — which includes multiple subjects like reading, math, science, and art. You can use the program on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Each child’s progress is completely individualized with over 850 lessons across 10 different levels. With ABCmouse, learning is varied with animations, games, puzzles, songs, art, books, printables, and more!

But the best part is that a subscription allows you access for up to three children per household!

Psst! If you’d like to try this program for longer than a month, you can also take advantage of this lowest price ABCmouse discount on an annual subscription!

Go here to get started with a 30-day free trial.

8 Aug 2020   ·   1
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Earn Extra Cash with MySoapBox!

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Looking for ways to earn some extra money on the side? Don’t miss this new survey opportunity!

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If you’re looking for opportunities to make some extra cash, sign up for MySoapBox where you can get paid for sharing your opinion.

MySoapBox is an online research community that collects feedback from their members on products, services, and experiences. As a panelist, you’ll have the opportunity to complete activities to earn points. Once you hit 25,000 points, you can trade in for a $25 gift card of your choice.

Each activity is worth around 1,000 points, so you only have to complete 25 activities to get to your first gift card — not bad!

Choose from gift cards like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Apple, and more. It’s a great way to stretch your budget with gift cards!!

Go here to sign up with MySoapBox.

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.

8 Aug 2020   ·   0
Hello Bello Diapers

Hello Bello Discount Code: Get $16 Off Your First Bundle of Diapers AND Wipes, plus FREE shipping!!

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Looking for Hello Bello coupons to help you save on these highly-rated premium diapers? Right now is a great time to try them with this new Hello Bello discount code!

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Hello Bello Discount Code

If you’ve been interested in trying Hello Bello Diapers, this is a great opportunity to do so with this new coupon!

Right now you can get $16 off your first bundle of diapers & wipes when you use the coupon code SAVE16 at checkout.

This makes your first bundle just $49 shipped for as many as 245 diapers and 240 wipes!!! That comes out to $.20 per premium diaper plus 240 FREE wipes.

Mom holding up diapers and wipes

What’s in a Hello Bello Diaper Bundle?

When you sign up for your first diaper bundle, you’ll get all of this:

  • 7 packs of diapers in your choice of up to 7 different adorable prints (and the ability to mix sizes)
  • 4 packs of 60-count wipes
  • Occasional extra freebies thrown in
  • Up to 5 additional items at an extra 15% discount

If you just order the diapers and wipes without any add-ons, you’ll pay just $49 after coupon code SAVE16 at checkout. And shipping is FREE.

You can reference their size chart to see how many diapers come in each pack. Newborn and Size 1 bundles will come with 245 diapers.

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What’s different about Hello Bello?

The founders of Hello Bello — Kristen Bell and Dax Sheppard — wanted to create a high quality, premium diaper at an affordable price.

Hello Bello Diapers are made with entirely plant-based, mostly organic ingredients and are designed to be ultra-soft and cloth-like so that they’re easier on your baby’s skin. And all ingredients are responsibly sourced.

Also, you get to custom build each bundle. You can mix sizes in each bundle and choose up to seven different super cute prints for your diapers. There’s a lot of customizable options — especially if you have multiple children or a child on the cusp of going up in diaper size!

If you’re on the fence, be sure to check out some of the rave reviews on their site. These diapers get incredible reviews from customers!!

Hello Bello Diaper Designs

How to get this discount

If you want to grab this deal, here’s what to do:

  1. Go HERE.
  2. Click on the “Start Bundling” or “Bundle Now” button.
  3. Select your size. You can even split your box into two sizes, if you’d like.
  4. Select up to 7 different adorable prints for your diapers.
  5. Optional: Add extra items at an additional 15% discount. (Or just click “next” to skip this step if you just want your diapers & wipes.)
  6. Choose your frequency of regular shipments. (You can pause, change, or cancel this at any time after receiving your first discounted box.)
  7. Review your bundle.
  8. Add it to your cart. Go to checkout.
  9. Fill out your information.
  10. Before hitting “continue,” add discount code SAVE16 where it says in purple writing, “Have discount code? Enter it here.”
  11. Click continue to enter your payment information.

Hello Bello coupon

That’s it!! You’ll pay $49 for your first bundle of diapers and wipes, plus any additional cost of extras you added on.

Note: When you take advantage of this Hello Bello discount, you’re signing up for automatic shipments of diaper bundles. But you can pause, change, or cancel your account at any time after receiving your first shipment!

Go here to get $16 off your first bundle of diapers and wipes!

8 Aug 2020   ·   0
Audiobooks.com Free Trial

Free Audiobooks.com Trial (3 FREE Audiobooks to listen to!)

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Looking for more free audiobooks to listen to? Check out this deal! (And be sure to check out my top favorites list of the best audiobooks to listen to!)

You can also get a FREE 2-month Kindle Unlimited Trial right now, which gives you access to eBooks and audiobooks! And don’t miss this HUGE round-up of other FREEBIES you can take advantage of during the quarantine!

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Free Audiobooks.com Trial

If you love audiobooks, here’s another great way to get FREE audiobooks to read right now!

When you sign up for a FREE one-month Audiobooks.com trial, you’ll get three FREE audiobooks to listen to!

Audiobooks.com has a premium library of over 150,000 books, audiobooks, and podcasts to choose from.

Note: When you sign up for this deal, you’re signing up for a monthly subscription. After your FREE month is up, you’ll be charged at the regular price of $14.95 per month. If you don’t wish to continue after your free trial, be sure to cancel your membership before your first 30 days is up.

Psst! Wondering how to never pay for audiobooks again? Read about how I listen to all my audiobooks for FREE!

8 Aug 2020   ·   2

Brigette’s $99 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!


Aldi

1 gallon 1% Milk – $0.78

1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.78

1/2 gallon Orange Juice – $1.59

1/2 gallon Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.29

2 5-lb bags fresh Chicken Drumsticks – $4.90

1 2-lb bag Tilapia – $4.99

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.29

2 pkgs Turkey Kielbasa – $4.40

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1 jar Table Salt – $0.29

1 pkg Taco Mix – $0.29

1 bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.79

1 carton Baby Bella Mushrooms – $1.09

2 bags frozen Broccoli Florets – $1.78

1 pkg Riced Cauliflower – $1.89

2 pkgs Romaine Hearts – $3.98

2 bags Fresh Green Beans – $2.48

1 3-lb bag Mandarins – $2.89

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.39

1 pkg fresh Zucchini – $1.75

1 large jar Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

1 bag Spinach – $1.09

1 pkg fresh Broccoli Crowns – $1.49

1 Cabbage – $1.39

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.49

1 jar Mild Salsa – $0.89

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.19

2 Avocados – $0.98

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.19

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.79

4 cartons Blueberries – $3.56

1 bunch Bananas ($0.38/lb) – $0.83

2 large bags Red Grapes ($0.89/lb) – $3.98

1 large canister Old Fashioned Oats – $1.99

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.75

1 bag Nacho Chips – $0.75

1 bag Veggie Straws – $1.49

1 bag Gluten-Free Pretzels – $1.75

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.89

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.19

1 16-oz bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.65

1 16-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.65

1 32-oz tub Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt – $3.05

5 single-serving size Greek Yogurts – $2.95

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.45

1 32-oz carton Egg Whites – $2.85

1 dozen Eggs – $0.57

Weekly Grocery Total: $99.91

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Cereal, Fruit, Oatmeal, Yogurt, Applesauce, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Smoothies, Blueberry Muffins

Lunches

Veggie Straws, Cheese Sticks, Deli Meat, Apples, Carrots x 2

Pretzels with Peanut Butter, Bananas, Mini Peppers

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Oranges, Carrots x 2

Baked Potato Bar, Blueberries, Steamed Broccoli

Leftovers

Dinners

Grilled Hobo Packets, Grapes

Baked Tilapia, Steamed Rice, Green Beans

Hubby Lovin’ Chicken (recipe from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook), Baked Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Steamed Broccoli

Build-Your-Own Burrito/Taco Salad Bar (Seasoned Ground Venison, Shredded Cheese, Nacho Chips, Tortillas, Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Onions, Chopped Tomatoes from a Friend’s Garden, Plain Greek Yogurt, Avocado, Salsa) Spanish Rice

Spaghetti Carbonara, Tossed Salad, Homemade French Bread, Green Beans

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, Grilled Vegetable Medley (Zucchini, Peppers, Onions), Mashed Potatoes

Leftovers

8 Aug 2020   ·   0
Mid-Century Coffee Table

Wooden Mid-Century Modern Retro Coffee Accent Table for just $69.99 shipped!

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Need a new coffee table? This is such a great deal!

Mid-Century Coffee Table

Get this Wooden Mid-Century Modern Retro Coffee Accent Table for just $69.99 shipped when you use coupon code TABLEBCP at checkout.

This is such a great deal!

Valid through August 15th, while supplies last.

8 Aug 2020   ·   0
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Women’s Shorts for just $12 each, shipped!

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This is such a great deal on women’s shorts!

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Need some new shorts to beat the heat for the rest of the summer?

You can currently get two pairs of women’s shorts for $24 shipped when you use coupon code SHORTS4U at checkout. That’s just $12 each!

There are tons of different styles, colors, and sizes to choose from in this sale!

Valid through August 12th, while supplies last.

8 Aug 2020   ·   0
Pop Up Canopy Tent

One-Person Setup Instant Pop Up Canopy with Wheeled Bag just $100 shipped (Reg. $200!)

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This Instant Pop Up Portable Canopy is perfect for camping, cookouts, birthdays, get-togethers, and more!

Pop Up Canopy Tent

You can currently get this One Person One Button Instant Pop Up Portable 100 Square Foot Canopy with Wheeled Bag for only $100 shipped when you use the promo code EASYTENT at checkout!

This canopy is designed with one central button and no-pinch height adjusters to allow easy, one-person setup and breakdown. Choose from several colors at this low price.

This is so perfect for backyard fun with the family this summer while so many of us are at home more often!

Valid through August 15th, while supplies last.

8 Aug 2020   ·   0

Auntie Anne’s: $5 off $20 Purchase + Free Delivery with App Download!

Calling all Auntie Anne’s fans! This is a great deal!

Auntie Anne’s is offering $5 off a $20+ purchase when you place an order through the Pretzel Perks app! No promo code needed.

Even better, you can score free delivery on your first $5+ order placed in the app through August 16th.

Valid through August 25, 2020.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

8 Aug 2020   ·   0

Krispy Kreme: Buy One Dozen, Get Straight “A” Dozen Doughnuts Free on August 11th!

Looking for the latest Krispy Kreme coupons, rewards, and specials? Don’t miss this new deal!!

{Psst! Be sure to check out all the other recent restaurant deals we’ve posted!}

On August 11th, Krispy Kreme is offering Buy One Dozen, Get One Straight “A” Dozen doughnuts free!

No coupon needed.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

7 Aug 2020   ·   43

Two Books I Finished & One Book I Didn’t (+ a favorite picture book)

Welcome to my weekly book update post where I share what books I read this past week + my honest thoughts and star ratings of them.

A Word on My Star Ratings

The star ratings I give the books I read are based on a 5-star rating system. I rarely will ever give a book a 1-star rating (maybe never?), because my philosophy is that if a book is only worthy of one star, I’m more than likely going to quit reading it. 🙂 In the same vein, you’ll also notice that I’ll rarely give a 5-star rating as I reserve those for only my very, very favorite books.

Want to see all of the books I’ve read so far this year? Check out my Good Reads page.

The last few weeks, I finished two books and here are my reviews…

Show Up For Your Life

This book, by Chrystal Evans Hurst, is written to encourage teen girls to live with more intention and purpose. As the Amazon description says, it’s “a book that empowers young women to appreciate their divinely-created uniqueness instead of comparing themselves to others.”

The chapters are short and easily digestible and the book is packed with lots of stories and practical ways to walk out the lessons it contains. I especially loved how the author was so honest in sharing her mistakes and short-comings.

As someone who has teen daughters and who helps lead a small group of high school girls in our youth group, I thought it was a worthwhile read. Not all of it was relatable currently (it delved into certain things that my girls haven’t dealt with or struggled with yet), but I picked up some words of wisdom as a mom and youth group leader, plus inspiration in my personal life.

Verdict: 3 stars

The Way I Heard It

I’ve never listened to Mike Rowe’s podcast by this same name, but I really enjoyed this book. It shares little known stories of well known people…  but he doesn’t tell you who the individual is until the very end of the story.

In addition, he shares a more personal reflection at the end of each story. These were often my favorite as he’s had such a fascinating life and journey.

Mike Rowe is a fantastic storyteller and I get so personally inspired as a writer just by paying attention to how he weaves words and stories together in a masterful way. I especially loved that this audiobook was narrated by him. I loved some of the sections so much that I had to have Jesse listen to them!

Note: If you’re familiar with Mike Rowe’s show, Dirty Jobs, you’ll know that he tends to be a little crude at times and there was definitely some innuendo in the book. So if that type of thing bothers you, this book is definitely one you’ll want to pass. I’m giving it a high star rating based upon the vibrant storytelling in this book.

Verdict: 4 stars

Book I Didn’t Finish: Where the Crawdads Sing — I’ve seen this book mentioned so many places and it has often been recommended. I made it halfway through the audiobook and just couldn’t keep listening. While I found the story engaging and it was so good to remember that you never know where people have come from and what it’s like to walk in their shoes, I just felt uncomfortable that it was starting to give too many details about intimate scenes.

Picture Book: Goodnight Moon

I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of the picture books we’re reading to the babies. Goodnight Moon was one of Silas’ favorite books when he was little and he was so excited to get to introduce it to them babies.

They love this book already and we’ve read it over and over again. I think this is a perfect book to introduce to little babies because the pictures are so engaging (plus it has some black and white pages), the story is short, and it’s fun and rhyming.

What are your favorite picture books to read to little ones?

What have you read recently? I’d love to hear! Tell us in the comments!

7 Aug 2020   ·   0

HUGE Tumblers & Water Bottles Sale! (Includes Hydro Flask, Thermos, Simple Modern, & More!)

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Looking for a new tumbler or water bottle? This is a really great sale on Zulily right now!

Zulily is having a big sale on water bottles and tumblers right now, with prices marked down as much as 45% off!

Choose from popular brands like Hydro Flask, Thermos, Simple Modern and more.

Shipping starts at $5.99.