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What I Wore This Week (Frugal Fashion)

This summer, 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!

(Want to see more outfits? See last week’s What I Wore post.)

Here’s what I wore this past week:

I wore a dress for the third time in two weeks!!! I think that dresses are growing on me, thanks to this GYPO Style Challenge and your encouragement on my daily outfit of the day posts.

Dress: Amazon
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack
Shoes: Zulily Sale

I really, really like this dress. It’s not practical for every day wear, but it was perfect for Sunday morning!

Okay, a big thing I’ve discovered from taking pictures every day of my outfits is that I have a bad habit of pairing dressy tops with casual bottoms. And I don’t like how it looks.

But I didn’t realize this until I started taking pictures of my outfits! Which is one of the many reasons this has been such a good experiment for me to do!

Shirt: Amazon
Shorts: Stitch Fix
Shoes: Amazon
Necklace: Kohl’s Clearance Rack

I love this outfit! Jesse and I went on a date on Tuesday evening and went to this fun place called Homestead Manor, where he took this picture of me.

Shirt: Amazon — no longer available
Jeans: Stitch Fix
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack
Shoes: Zulily Sale

I think I really like this outfit, too! It was supposed to be a blue and white striped shirt for the GYPO Style Challenge, but I don’t have one, so I subbed this tee.

And I got crazy brave and wore YELLOW shoes, as per the encouragement of Alison who put together the GYPO Style Challenge! I don’t even know when the last time is that I’ve worn yellow!!! And I shocked myself by actually liking them!

Shirt: Cents of Style
Shorts: Amazon
Shoes: Amazon
Jewelry: Stitch Fix (earrings) Bracelet (Amazon)

You all told me I needed to get some white shorts, so I finally got some! See? I’m learning… slowly but surely!

The outfit for this day was supposed to be a grey shirt + bright colored shorts. I was going to be inside most of the day and it was rainy for half the day, so here was my version of the day’s outfit.

I thought it looked okay hanging in my closet, but once I saw this picture I was like, “Really?? That’s not how I thought it looked at all!!” And I decided that this wins my Worst Outfit of the Week award. Facebook agreed with that. 😉

Sometimes, you just need to laugh when you put together an outfit that you and Facebook realize is just a bad, bad choice.

Shirt: Cents of Style
Jeans: thredUP
Shoes: Amazon — oh and they are bright white, they just look grey because of the photo shadows
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack & Amazon

Also, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve learned that I wear blue a LOT. I need to expand my wardrobe colors. 🙂

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!)

My 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Dollar Tree

Have you ever wondered what are the best things to buy at Dollar Tree? This is my personal comprehensive list of the best deals at Dollar Tree — meaning I’ve deemed these items to be worth buying at Dollar Tree over other stores.

{Looking for more Dollar Tree fun?! Don’t miss my list of Dollar Tree Valentine’s Day Deals and Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffer Ideas! And be sure to check out my list of what NOT to buy at Dollar Tree!}

what to buy at dollar tree

Last week, I shared a post on My 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI and so many of you loved it that I thought I’d do a similar post on my favorite things to buy at Dollar Tree.

Here’s the thing about Dollar Tree…while everything in the store is truly only $1, not everything in the store is worth $1. Some things are GREAT deals. Some things are cheaply made and/or can be found easily for less than a dollar elsewhere. So when you shop there, remember this: just because it’s a store with great deals, doesn’t mean that everything in the store is a great deal.

For those of you who might not shop at Dollar Tree, I thought it would be fun for me to share my personal list of the best things to buy at Dollar Tree!

tissue paper at Dollar Tree

1. Tissue paper

wrapping paper at Dollar Tree

2. Wrapping paper and bows

plastic serving ware at Dollar Tree

3. Plastic serving trays and bowls (great for entertaining!)

greeting cards at Dollar Tree

4. Greeting cards (2 for $1!)

party supplies at Dollar Tree

5. Plastic table cloths, silverware, cups, plates, napkins (these are great for parties and entertaining!)

glow sticks at Dollar Tree

6. Glow Sticks

makeup at Dollar Tree

7. Makeup (I usually only buy only brands I am familiar with, but I’ve had great success with buying lipstick and lipgloss from Dollar Tree.)

pregnancy tests at Dollar Tree

8. Pregnancy tests (yes, just $1 for real! And they work!)

photo frames at Dollar Tree

9. Photo Frames

 beach toys at Dollar Tree

10. Beach Toys — great for when you are on vacation and forgot to bring beach toys or don’t want to bring them along with you!

jigsaw puzzles at Dollar Tree

11. Puzzles = super cheap entertainment for kids! And you don’t have to worry if they lose pieces! 😉

streamers at Dollar Tree

cake candles at Dollar Tree

12. Party Supplies

summer toys at Dollar Tree

play-dough toys at Dollar Tree

13. Cheap Toys — we buy stock up on these for road trips or chore incentives. I will wrap them up and the kids get to open them and they love it! 🙂 {And yes, your kids might not be like mine and they might think that’s weird!}

books at Dollar Tree

14. Books — Most of these will be ones I’m not interested in, but you can usually find a few fantastic gems in the middle of all the junky titles! 🙂

socks at Dollar Tree

white socks at dollar tree

15. Socks — They aren’t the highest quality, but they have two-packs for $1 for kids that we’ve purchased and had great experience with.

trash cans at Dollar Tree

16. Waste Baskets

flip-flops at Dollar Tree

17. Flip Flops

organizational supplies at Dollar Tree

18. Organizational Supplies

hair accessories at Dollar Tree

19. Hair Items

spices at Dollar Tree

20. Spices & Seasonings

foil and plastic wrap at Dollar Tree

21. Plastic Wrap & Foil

 plastic bags at Dollar Tree

22. Plastic Bags & Freezer Bags

glassware at Dollar Tree coffee mugs at Dollar Tree

23. Glassware & Mugs

brooms at Dollar Tree

24. Brooms

sunglasses at Dollar Tree

25. Sunglasses — yes, these are cheap, but they work great in a pinch!

Dollar Tree Shoppers: What do you think are the best things to buy at Dollar Tree? Do you agree with my list? Anything you would add or take off? I’d love to hear!

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Ask the Readers: Problems with mPLUS Rewards Program?

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My 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI

Have you ever wondered what are the best things to buy at ALDI? This is my personal comprehensive list of the best deals at ALDI — meaning these are all items that I can almost always find for the lowest price at ALDI compared to other grocery stores. And don’t miss my list of what NOT to buy at ALDI, too!

{Psst! Wondering why I love ALDI so much? Read this post on why I think everyone should shop at ALDI to save money!}

the best things to buy at aldi

You all know how much I love ALDI. I mean, how could I not love the store that has saved us thousands of dollars over the years??

I often get questions from people asking what to buy at ALDI, so I thought it was high time I put together a post on my 25 favorite things to buy at ALDI. (Note: These are in no particular order!)

salsa at aldi

1. Salsa

While we love Pace Picante Sauce, we have bought countless jars of ALDI salsa throughout the years and find it to be good — especially for the regular price!

tortilla chips at aldi

2. Tortilla Chips

We can’t tell one bit of difference between ALDI tortilla chips and any other store brand or even brand name of tortilla chips. Plus, we love the $1.19 regular price tag!

chocolate chips at aldi

3. Chocolate Chips

We’ve purchased chocolate chips at ALDI for years and they are great! I can’t tell a difference between them and Nestle chocolate chips… well, except for the regular $1.79 price tag!

best deals at aldi: coconut oil

4. Coconut Oil

The fact that ALDI began carrying organic products a few years ago made me love them so much more! Their prices on coconut oil are so much better than what you’d pay many other places. (Note: TJ Maxx is also a great place to look for deals on organic coconut oil!)

olive oil at aldi

5. Olive Oil

ALDI offers great prices on both organic olive oil and regular olive oil. (Note: TJ Maxx is also a great place to look for deals on olive oil!)

sugar at aldi

6. Sugar

We typically only buy cane sugar or raw sugar, but the regular ALDI prices on all sugar products usually beat out regular grocery store prices by quite a bit. We’ve bought their regular sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, and cane sugar for years and haven’t ever had issues with any of them.

(Note: Someone told me recently that they found the 4-lb. bag of pure cane sugar at Dollar Tree for just a dollar!!! I’m so checking on that the next time I’m at Dollar Tree!)

peanut butter at aldi

7. Peanut Butter

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal on peanut butter than what you’ll regularly find at ALDI. We have tried all of their peanut butter, but we typically buy their natural peanut butter and it’s really yummy!

what to buy at aldi: cereal

best things to buy at aldi: cereal

8. Cereal

My kids absolutely love cereal, but I do not love the prices you usually find at the grocery store. Which is why, if we buy cereal, we almost always buy it at ALDI. You want to make sure to get the Millville brand, not the name brand cereals, though, as the name brand cereals at ALDI are NOT less expensive.

But many of the Millville cereals are priced at $1.19 to $1.39 per box. The only kind we don’t like are the knock-off Cheerios. We have yet to find any knock-off Cheerios that actually taste great. However, we do buy their knock-off Honey Nut Cheerios and my kids like those.

tortillas at aldi

9. Tortillas

Remember my post on why I don’t make my own tortillas? This is why… because I can buy a bag of them for just $0.99!!!

canned tomatoes at aldi

10. Canned Tomatoes

We have purchased pretty much all of the ALDI tomato products many times over the years and had no issues with any of them. Plus, you can’t really beat the $0.49 price tag!

canned green beans at aldi

11. Canned Green Beans

The ALDI french style green beans take me back to our law school days. We ate SO many cans of these! I think they were only $0.29 per can or something at the time and one can would feed the two of us.

For the record, I think that the ALDI brand of french-style green beans is better than any other brand I’ve tried!

aldi best buys: milk

milk at aldi

12. Milk

We’ve purchased milk at ALDI for years and have had great success with it. I’m not sure that milk ever tastes differently if purchased from different places, but I’d recommend their milk.

great price on bananas at aldi

13. Bananas

Their bananas are regularly priced at $0.44 per pound — which is a pretty good price! Sometime, the selection isn’t that great, but I usually try to buy them when they are not very ripe and then let them ripen at home on the countertop. (Also, take them out of the bag as soon as you get home as that seems to help them ripen better.)

cheap berries at aldi

14. Berries

I basically can’t stomach paying regular grocery store prices for berries after the deals I’ve gotten at ALDI for berries. A few times per year, they’ll have them on sale for just $0.99 per container! When that happens, I stock up and try to buy some extra to freeze.

(Note: Some stores have notoriously bad fruit. We’ve not had this experience at any of our ALDI stores in the different cities we’ve lived in. However, on occasion, they’ve been completely out of some produce item that was on sale or it’s been very slim pickings what is left. I suggest asking them when the produce gets restocked and trying to shop on that day. Also, really look through the produce. If you dig, you can usually find some great tubs of berries — but they might not be the ones that are right on top!)

grapes at aldi

15. Grapes

My kids love grapes and ALDI routinely has these on sale for $2 per 2-lb. bag. I find that these are one of their produce items that are usually the least picked over and often the longest lasting. It might just be that grapes hold up better, but regardless, I always buy grapes when they are on sale!

melons at aldi

16. Melons

In the summer, ALDI often has great prices on melons — especially cantaloupe and watermelon. I love it when the cantaloupe prices go on sale for $0.99! Yes, you do have to look carefully through the bins to find great watermelon and cantaloupe, but I can usually always find them if I search!

great deal on butter at aldi

17. Butter

I love butter. Maybe I’m weird, but I do. It pretty much makes everything better! 😉

So I also love that ALDI doesn’t charge you an arm and a leg for their butter. That way, I can slather it on my muffins and toast freely.
bread on aldi shelf buying bread at aldi

18. Bread

While the ALDI bread isn’t the best bread on the market, it works great for sandwiches. We usually buy the 100% whole wheat bread and all of our family is good with it.

(Note: I also check our store’s day old bread area and often find whole wheat bread there for about the same price as ALDI. When I do, I buy it and stick it in the freezer!)

feta cheeses at aldi

19. Feta Cheese

I love feta cheese on my salads and it’s a special treat that I sometimes splurge on, thanks to the fantastic prices on it at ALDI!

hummus at aldi

20. Hummus

Hummus is another item I enjoy that I will sometimes splurge on. I like the Pine Nut variety the best. cheap cheese at aldi

21. Cheese

While the ALDI cheese prices have gone up in recent years (they used to be $1.39 per block back in the day!), their regular prices are still usually some of the best prices around. We sometimes splurge and buy the string cheese, too, because my kids love it!

frozen chicken at aldi

22. Frozen Chicken Breasts

I don’t buy a lot of meat at ALDI, but one staple item we buy almost every time we go there is their frozen chicken breasts. I can’t tell any difference between them and the Kroger brand and they are usually at least $1 cheaper per bag.

frozen fruit at aldi

23. Frozen Fruit

We love frozen fruit in our smoothies! If I can’t find some great deals on marked down fruit somewhere, buying the bagged frozen fruit at ALDI will work — especially since the prices are pretty decent.

frozen veggies at aldi

24. Frozen Veggies

We usually buy all of our frozen vegetables at ALDI, unless there’s some really fantastic deal at Kroger.

mac and cheese at aldi

25. Macaroni & Cheese

Their mac & cheese is not at all healthy and it’s one of the few pretty processed things we buy at ALDI, but for $0.33 a box, it makes for an occasional treat for my kids. And they love that they can make it themselves. I love that it doesn’t have any food coloring in it (something we try to avoid at our house).

In Jesse’s law school days, he and I ate many, many boxes of this stuff! So I’m very grateful for it — because it was a fallback meal anytime the grocery budget was especially lean!

ALDI Shoppers: Do you agree with my list? Anything you would add or take off? What do you think are the best deals at ALDI? I’d love to hear!

P.S. New to shopping at ALDI? Read this post before you head to the store.

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