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*HOT* Bluehost Sale: Web hosting for just $2.65 per month {Extended!}

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MySurvey: Earn cash or rewards for taking surveys

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MySurvey: Earn cash or rewards for taking surveys

Looking for legitimate survey companies to sign up with?

MySurvey is a company that I have used in the past and earned money from. You can redeem your points earned for cash or prizes, and every 1000 points equals $10.

Go here to sign up.


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

What I Wore This Week (Frugal Fashion)

I told you all that I’m taking the Get Your Pretty On Summer Style Challenge. So far, I’m loving this challenge and can’t believe how much it’s encouraging me to get dressed in a cute outfit every day, try some new outfit pairings, and just enjoy putting together looks. Plus, I LOVE the Facebook Group where women share their own variation of each day’s outfit. 

I thought it would be fun to share a round-up of my outfits from this past week in hopes that it might inspire you with ideas and or encourage you to take a little time to mix and match items you already have to create some cute outfits!

Here’s what I wore this week:

Shirt: Amazon ($18 Prime)
Shorts: Zulily Sale (no longer available)
Shoes: Amazon
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack

Top: Amazon
Earrings: Amazon
Shorts: Stitch Fix
Shoes: Zulily sale (no longer available)

Top: Amazon
Shoes: Amazon
Shorts: Zulily Sale (no longer available)
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack

I think these shorts are a little short for the top or the top is a little long for the shorts, but it’s what I had, so I went with it!

Top: Cents of Style — it’s just $15.95 right now 
Pants: Stitch Fix — watch my unboxing video of what I got in my most recent box here.
Shoes: Amazon
Jewelry: Amazon

This was probably my least favorite outfit of the challenge so far. I love the shirt. I love the pants. I just think they are too bland together. It needs a bright pop of color — more than the jewelry. Any ideas or suggestions? I’d love to hear!

Dress: Amazon — Just $16.99 on Amazon!
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack (mostly)
Shoes: Amazon

I rarely wear dresses… so I am excited to be pushed out of my clothing comfort zone with the GYPO challenge. I’m not sure what I think of this dress, but it might be growing on me!

For more frugal fashion tips, read my post on Why I Buy Almost All of My Jewelry at Kohl’s, my post on My 3 Favorite Summer Shirts on Amazon, and My Top 3 Sites to Get Great Deals on Clothes.

P.S. Find out more about the Get Your Pretty On Summer Style challenge here (use coupon code MSM10 to get $10 off!)

Motivate your kids to do chores with the Homey app + enter to win a FREE unlimited annual subscription!

(Note: This post and giveaway were sponsored by Homey. Read our disclosure policy here.)

I believe that one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is a strong work ethic.

I know it doesn’t feel like a gift when you are training and teaching and explaining and re-doing and inspecting their work over and over again when they are little.

I know it doesn’t feel like a gift when it takes 5 times as long for you to get anything done while they are working alongside you.

I know it doesn’t feel like a gift when they have bad attitudes and complain about having to work while their friends get to play.

I know it doesn’t feel like a gift when you are tired and worn out and it’d be so much easier and quicker for you to just do it yourself rather than having them help or do their chores.

But if you stick with it, someday they will be old enough to do all of the laundry for your family and you’ll just write it on their list and they will sort, wash, dry, fold, and put it away with zero help from you and with zero complaints from them because they just know it’s what is expected of them.

And (hopefully!) they’ll carry this same work ethic into the real world someday and it will take them far in life. Then, all those days, weeks, and months of effort and training will pay off in big dividends!

Mamas in the trenches: I know it’s tough. I know it feels like you aren’t making any headway and that your kids will never be old enough to do anything but make messes and need your help.

But the light is at the end of the tunnel… hang on and keep plodding forward. And you’ll have your own in-house laundry service before you know it! 😉

I’m so grateful that my parents taught me to work hard from a young age. Looking back, I realize how much doing chores as a child prepared me so well for being a wife, mom, and business owner!

That’s why I was excited when Homey asked me about doing a review of their new app that helps teach kids about money through completing chores and working toward goals.

I love that the Homey app not only encourages kids to develop a strong work ethic, but it teaches kids how money is earned, encourages long-term goal setting, instills real life financial skills, and connects the whole family with a fun approach to paid chores.

Here’s how the Homey app works:

1. Download the Homey app here for Android or iPhone. You can access its basic features for FREE, or you can opt to upgrade your account to premium for $3.99/month or $29.99 annually.

They even offer an unlimited feature for $6.99/month or $49.99 annually. {Scroll down to the bottom of this post for an opportunity to win a FREE year of the unlimited subscription!}

2. Set up your household and then a profile for each member within the app.

3. Decide on one device or multiple devices. If your kids are old enough to have their own mobile devices, you can have linked individual profiles on separate mobile devices. If your kids are younger, the individual profiles can all be shared on one family device. As the household creator, you also have the ability to set permissions and roles for each family member.

4. Set up chores for each child’s profile, and decide if the chores will be paid or unpaid. In our house, we have a system of paid chores and non-paid chores, so I LOVE this option!

:: You can choose to set a chore as a responsibility that is not paid to teach your child the importance of contributing to the family without getting paid.

:: If you choose to label a task as an extra paid chore, you’ll need to designate the amount of coins each chore is worth. Coins earned can be traded in for specified rewards within the app.

5. Set rewards for each child’s profile. Depending on your household system, there are options to set up a weekly allowance for chores, wishlist items (toys, screen time, etc.), or extra money.

Regardless, each reward requires a specified amount of coins that teaches children how to save up what they’ve earned from their hard work. Kids can even set up their own wishlists to practice setting long term goals for themselves.

6. Connect your children’s checking or savings bank accounts with the app, if so desired. Homey allows you to transfer the allowance or extra money earned directly to your child’s bank account.

I love this, because I think it’s SO important to teach kids real life financial skills at an early age, and I’d rather them make $3 mistakes now when they are little to hopefully prevent some $3,000 and $30,000 mistakes down the road.

7. Kids start doing chores, working towards their goals, and getting rewarded for their hard work through the Homey app! Each time a task is finished, they just take a photo of their progress or completion so that you know what got done at a glance. It’s that simple!

Go here to get started with the Homey app.

Win a FREE unlimited annual subscription to the Homey app!

The folks over at Homey decided to give away one FREE unlimited annual subscription to a one MoneySavingMom reader ($49.99 value) this week!

Just comment on this post about why you’d love to try the Homey app for your family. I will randomly pick one winner from all of the comments to win the annual subscription.

(In the meantime, you can go ahead and download the FREE version of Homey to explore its features. If you’re a winner, they’ll upgrade your account to the unlimited subscription for free when the giveaway ends!)

This giveaway will run through end of day on June 8, 2017.

Other Resources on Chores for Children:

How do you encourage and motivate children to do chores in your home? I’d love to hear!

How I Manage to Only Wash My Hair Once a Week

If you follow me on Instagram and have watched my recent Instastories, you may have seen where I talked about seeing how long I could go without washing my hair.

Now, let me be clear, I’m not talking about trying to put off hygiene or walking around with dirty, smelly hair. Those of you who know me well know that I am kind of a clean freak. I mean, I’m the person who can’t stand to not shower or shave her legs every. single. day.

However, when it comes to washing my hair, I’m all about skipping as many days as possible while still having hair that looks decently clean, isn’t all greasy, and smells clean.

Some of you who have short hair are probably laughing that I’d think about skipping days washing my hair. I mean, it probably only takes you a few minutes to wash and dry your hair and you are good to go.

Because let’s face it: When you have as thick and long of hair as I do, it’s a process to wash and blow dry it. In fact, it usually takes me a good 25 minutes from start to finish to wash and blow dry it and then a little bit more time to style it.

Since I really have no desire to spend 25 minutes washing and drying my hair multiple times per week, I’ve gotten creative and found ways to go at least 4-6+ days between washing my hair.

Many of you have reached out to me and asked how on earth I manage to only wash my hair every 4-6 days, so I figured some of you might be interested in an entire post dedicated to answering this question. If you’re not interested in these types of details of my life, well, you can scroll right on past! 😉

Here are my top 7 tips for washing your hair less often (please note: these are just what work for ME. My hair and your hair are very different, so I can’t guarantee that these will work for you):

1. Don’t Wash Your Hair as Often

I’ve found this to be true and have heard this from multiple people: you can train your hair to be less greasy, just by washing it less. For real.

At first, this is hard. You’ll want to start by just slowly testing this out. Pick a week when you aren’t really going anywhere or can wear a ball cap and wait an extra day to wash your hair. The next week, do the same. By the 3rd or 4th week, you should notice that your hair is less greasy.

2. Don’t Use as Much Hair Product

Many hair products can cause your hair to be greasier and need to be washed more often. Try weaning yourself off of using as much hair product slowly and see if it makes a difference.

I usually only use a little leave-in conditioner and a little hair oil after I wash my hair. And then, on some days, I’ll use a little bit of hairspray. Any time I use a lot of hair product (such as when I have my hair in a formal updo or something), I notice that my hair is much greasier.

3. Don’t Touch Your Hair

If you have a hairstyle that requires you to be touching your hair (moving your bangs out of your face, etc.), it’s going to be a lot more oily because of the oil from your hands.

If possible, don’t touch your hair — move your bangs over to the slide, run your fingers through your hair, etc. as this will make it oily and mean that you’ll need to wash it more often.

This is one reason I love wearing it up… because then you just don’t touch your hair once it is fixed! 🙂

4. Wear Your Hair Up

I usually wear my hair down on days 1-3 and then I’ll wear it up (or wear a hat) on days 4-6. I’ve found that it’s much easier to get your hair up in a bun or a blob if it has a little grease and texture to it — which it usually will have a lot more of a few days after you wash it.

Need some ideas for ways to wear your hair up? Watch this video here (I did Messy Bun #5 in the photos above). I also love the braid updo look here and do something similar to that sometimes when I’m feeling fancy.

5. Wear a Hat

I told you how I’ve become a big fan of hats. They are especially great for when your hair is a little greasy but it doesn’t quite need to be washed yet. You can just braid it over to the side or do a side ponytail or do a low messy bun and then put on the hat.

People will probably compliment you on how cute you look all day long — and you can just smile and giggle over the fact that it took you all of one minute and meant that you didn’t have to wash your hair yet again! 🙂

6. Use Dry Shampoo

I actually don’t use dry shampoo that often, but it comes in handy on days when you workout and have sweat more or you probably really do need to wash your hair but you don’t have time.

I just sprinkle it on at the roots and then comb or brush it out. Dry shampoo is also great for adding some texture to your hair if you’re struggling to get it to go up in a messy bun.

7. Wear It Up When You Work Out

The biggest question I get about only washing my hair every 4-6 days is, “How on earth do you not have to wash your hair after working out??”

I do get really sweaty on certain work out days (especially my long run days). I try to plan those for the day I need to wash my hair since if my entire head of hair is dripping with sweat, it really needs to be washed.

However, on most days — when I’m just doing weight-lifting or shorter runs — I just wear my hair up and then let it air dry or blow dry it a little after working out and I’m good to go. On some days, if I’ve sweat more than usual, I’ll use a little dry shampoo, too.

Washing Your Hair Less Saves You Time & Money

It saves time. Time that I can invest in other things — like money-saving or money-making endeavors, or just being with my family or other more important things that rinsing and lathering my hair! Not only do I spend less time washing it, but I spend less time fixing it since I’ve found it’s so much easier to fix second day hair or third day hair or, gulp, sixth day hair, than it is to fix hair the day you wash it.

It saves money. It means less water used for showers, less shampoo used, less conditioner used, fewer hair products used, fewer electricity used for the blow dryer. (Okay, so if you’re looking for money-saving tactics, probably skipping washing your hair is not going to save you hundreds of dollars per year, but it will definitely save you at least some money!)

Do you skip days between washing your hair? I’d love to know!

My #1 Tip for Getting Dinner on the Table Every Night

Get dinner on the table every single night with this ONE super easy tip! It makes weekday family dinners SO much simpler!

Do you struggle to get dinner on the table every night? Do you feel like you’re constantly waiting until the last minute to figure out dinner and then sort of going into panic mode when 5 p.m. rolls around and the people in your home are hungry?

(I know. What is it about people wanting to eat every single night?? I always say that if we didn’t have to eat, sleep, or wear clothes, it would save us so much time and effort! I mean, no laundry, we could use all 24 hours in our day, and we wouldn’t ever have to make food or clean up dishes!! ;))

If making dinner every night is a challenge, here’s my #1 tip for getting dinner on the table every night:

My #1 Tip: Plan & Prep Your Dinner in the Morning

Don’t wait until 5 p.m. to think about what you are going to eat for dinner. Don’t even wait until 5 p.m. to start making dinner. Get into the habit of planning and prepping your dinner before breakfast or right after breakfast.

I know that you have a lot to do in the morning. I know you might just feel like, “I gotta get out the door! I don’t have time to think about dinner in the morning!”

But trust me on this: you will be SO glad you planned and prepped ahead later on in the day.

I’ve been experimenting with using my Slow Cooker almost exclusively the past month and I’ve been challenging myself to make dinner and have it in the Crock-Pot before 11 a.m. (Yes, that’s not really breakfast time, but I’m all about giving myself some grace! ;))

You guys! I cannot believe the difference that this makes! When I get dinner made in the mornings, I go throughout the rest of my day feeling like I’m so on top of things (even if I am kind of a hot mess the rest of the day) because dinner is DONE!

In addition, it encourages our family to eat healthier since we aren’t tempted to grab quick food or take out, it saves money because we are eating at home, and it encourages our family to be more consistent about eating dinner together. Plus, it just makes me really happy to be making yummy food for my family and having them love what I’m cooking!

3 Resources to Help You Get Dinner Done Early

  1. Follow Me on Facebook — At least 3-4 mornings every week, I’m doing a live video on Facebook in the mornings as I’m making dinner. This is not only public accountability for me, but I’ve heard from my followers that this morning video reminds them to get dinner prepped and gives them some great ideas of very simple recipes they can make. Follow me on Facebook here.
  2. Join the Eat at Home Challenge Facebook Group — Need more encouragement to get dinner on the table every night? Join the Eat at Home Challenge Facebook Group. It’s a group full of women who share what they are making every night for dinner. It’s filled with great ideas and inspiration! Go here to request to join the Eat at Home Challenge Facebook Group.
  3. Sign up for the Eat at Home Menu Plan — I cannot sing the praises of this menu plan enough! We’ve been using it for our family for the past month and just love, love, love it! The recipes are so simple, so yummy, and have been a hit at our house. Plus, it’s only a few dollars per week and you get three different menu plans for every week — which is so worth it if it saves you a lot of time, money, and stress! (We use the Slow Cooker menu plan and highly recommend it.) Find out more about the Eat at Home Menu Plan service here.

What tips and advice do you have for getting dinner on the table every night? I’d love to hear!