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26 Feb 2021   ·   0
BlinkContacts Lubricating Eye Drops

Blink Contacts Lubricating Eye Drops only $1.29 at Walgreens!

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These Blink Contacts Lubricating Eye Drops are a great deal at Walgreens!

BlinkContacts Lubricating Eye Drops

You can get Blink Contacts Lubricating Eye Drops for just $1.29 at Walgreens! Here’s how:

Blink Contacts Eye Drops .34oz – $7.29
Use the $2/1 Blink Contacts or Blink-N-Clean Lens Drops printable coupon
Use the $4/1 Blink Eye or Lens Drops .34 to 1oz Walgreens digital store coupon
$1.29 after coupon

Thanks, Hip2Save!

25 Feb 2021   ·   8
Money Saving Mom

What I Learned From a Week of Tracking My Time

Last week, inspired by Laura Vanderkam’s book, Off the Clock, I tracked everything I did every 15 minutes for seven days. Needless to say, it was quite eye-opening! In this post, I’ll share what I learned…

First off, I have to say that I have heard of the idea of time tracking for years. But up until I started listening to Off the Clock, I was not convinced it was worth the effort. It just felt like a lot of extra busywork.

If you’ve followed here for awhile, you probably know that I use a hybrid of Google Calendar + a Daily Time-Blocked To Do List to stay on track. I’m fairly efficient and productive by nature and tend to have a pretty high capacity and accomplish quite a bit most days.

In Off the Clock, Laura shares how beneficial it can be to actually see and track what we’re doing every minute of every day, instead of just going by what we feel or think we probably are doing most of the day. I was curious if tracking my time would reveal areas where I could improve or if it would just be a lot of time spent filling in little rectangles on a paper for a week! I wouldn’t know until I actually tried time tracking, would I?

My philosophy is, “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!” So I downloaded my trackers and got started. Here’s what I learned:

1. Overall, I use my time pretty wisely.

I was encouraged overall by this exercise. I realized that my Google Calendar + Time-Blocked To Do List Method really does help me to (mostly) maximize my time each day so that I’m not frittering away a lot of hours or spending a lot of time on things that are just mindless. The majority of my day is focused on areas that are my priorities. This was good to know and a very positive outcome of this exercise.

2. I spend a lot of time on Instagram.

The surprising result of tracking my time? How much time I spend on Instagram! I love Instagram, it’s a big part of our business strategy, it’s life-giving for me, and it brings in a lot of income for us. But I still was really shocked to add up the hours and realize how much time I was spending on Instagram in a week!

3. I check Instagram more than I realized.

This was my biggest takeaway, by far! I had no idea that I was often checking Instagram 3-4 times per hour!!

Sure, there are many times when I’m with a friend or at church or in a meeting or hanging out with my family and I’m completely offline and not looking at my phone. But, at least during the working hours of the day, it wasn’t uncommon at all for me to be checking Instagram multiple times in an hour.

And, even more surprising, those times when I thought I would “just check in for a minute” often ended up being more like 3-5 minutes of time on Instagram or even longer! While most of my time on Instagram is spent engaging with my audience (it’s fairly common for me to respond to 300-600 messages/comments every day) and producing content, I also do get sucked into mindless scrolling.

What I’m Changing As a Result of Time Tracking

Overall, I decided I don’t need to change that much, but I do want to be much more aware of how much time I’m spending on my phone — especially on Instagram. I want to be able to continue to write and record content and stories there and I want to continue to engage with everyone who comments or messages (even if it’s just liking the comment/message as I often do, to let the sender/commentor know I saw and read it), but I feel like I can do this without needing to check in 3-4 times an hour!

So here’s what I am changing/am working on;

  • I set a timer on Instagram for the amount of time I want to spend per day. This is just to remind me to be cognizant of the amount of time I spend on Instagram.
  • I’m trying to leave my phone in the other room more often so I’m not distracted and just mindlessly picking it up.
  • I’m working on paying attention to when I’m picking up my phone to check Instagram. Is it because I’m trying to avoid doing something I need to do (“productive procrastination”)? Is it because I’m feeling lonely or sad or bored? Is it to find some sort of affirmation? Is it just out of habit?

I’m also realizing that I can get a lot more done if I pick up the phone and check in for a 10-minute block of time every hour or every other hour than I am getting done by checking in 3-4 times an hour for 5 minutes each time. I also realize that this is helping me stay more focused on the non-Instagram tasks at hand and get more accomplished — and have more free time and wiggle room in my work day!

How to Get Your Free Time Trackers

Laura Vanderkam offers free time tracking downloads on her site when you sign up for her email newsletter. You’ll get a 15-minute tracker and a 30-minute tracker — and you’ll have them in PDF, Google Sheets, and an Excel file. Pick which one works best for you. Or, pick the one you think will work for you, stick with that for a week, and if that doesn’t work, try another one!

I chose to use the 15-minute PDF because I’m more of a pen and paper girl and really avoid spreadsheets if I can help it. (Although I have to admit that the fact that Laura has tracked her time for months and months on spreadsheets and can tell you exactly how much time she spends on pretty much every single category of her life is pretty inspiring! It almost made me want to reconsider my “I don’t do spreadsheets” stance… just because it would be really cool to have those stats!)

One thing I quickly learned is that tracking your time in 15-minute increments means you do a lot of tracking. I mean, 15 minutes goes by pretty quickly! This week, I’ve been using the 30-minute spreadsheet and it feels more doable. However, it also feels like I sometimes have a lot to put into each line because you can fit a lot of little tasks into 30 minute increments!

Have you ever tried tracking your time? If so, I’d love to hear what you learned from it!

25 Feb 2021   ·   6
Bissell Wet Dry Vac

Bissell CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vac for just $199.99 shipped + $40 in Kohl’s Cash! (Reg. $320!!)

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WHOA! This is SUCH a good deal on this Bissell Wet Dry Vac!!

Bissell Wet Dry Vac

You can currently get a CRAZY discount on the Bissell CrossWave Wet Dry Vac at Kohl’s! Here’s how:

Bissell CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vac — $249.99 (Reg. $320)
Use coupon code SAVE20 to save 20%
Shipping is free
Pay $199.99 shipped
Earn $40 in Kohl’s Cash to use on a future purchase

That’s like paying $159.99 after the Kohl’s Cash! WOW!

25 Feb 2021   ·   0

HUGE Indoor Houseplants & Succulents Sale!!

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Don’t miss this big sale on houseplants!

Zulily is running a HUGE sale on Indoor Houseplants & Succulents right now! There are SO many great plants in this sale — including many that are pretty rare to find at retail nurseries!

Choose from Monsteras, String Succulents, Prayer Plants, Money Trees, Fiddle Leaf Figs, Pothos, Ferns, and so much more!! And many of them come in adorable pots!

The nursery sent me a Monstera Minima — a plant I’ve been wanting for a really long time. It’s so cute and I can’t wait to give it some TLC to get it growing!

Shipping starts at $5.99. But if you place one order today, the rest of your orders will ship for FREE through 11:59 p.m. PT tonight!

Sale runs through end of day tomorrow, but I’d shop right away to get the best selection. Some plants are already starting to sell out!

Go here to shop the Houseplant & Succulents Sale.

25 Feb 2021   ·   0

Up to 75% off Safavieh Rugs + Free Shipping!

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Need a new area rug? Check out this huge sale on Safavieh Rugs!

Zulily is offering up to 75% off Safavieh Rugs right now! Plus, shipping is free!

There are lots of styles and colors included in this sale.

Shipping starts at $5.99. But if you place one order today, the rest of your orders will ship for FREE through 11:59 p.m. PT tonight!

25 Feb 2021   ·   0

ULTA: Free Shipping Today + $3.50 off any $15 purchase!

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Wow! This is a RARE deal at ULTA to score free shipping today!

Today only, ULTA is offering free shipping on any order! No promo code needed. Plus, you can get $3.50 off a $15+ purchase when you use the promo code 939905 at checkout!

Here is a deal idea…

Buy 2 Essence Lash Princess Duo Pack – $8.99 each
Use promo code 939905 ($3.50 off)
Score a free Kylie lipstick with this purchase
$14.48 shipped after code (just $7.24 per duo pack shipped)

Valid today only, February 25, 2021.

Thanks, Midwest Money Saving Mommas!

25 Feb 2021   ·   0
Women's Assorted Fleece Joggers 3-Pack

Men’s or Women’s Assorted Fleece Joggers 3-Pack only $27.99!

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Need some new joggers? This is a great deal on these fleece joggers!

Women's Assorted Fleece Joggers 3-Pack

Woot has these Women’s Assorted Fleece Joggers 3-Pack for just $27.99 right now!

That’s just $9.33 per pair which is a great deal.

You can also get these Men’s 3-Pack Assorted Fleece Joggers for just $27.99!

Shipping is free for Amazon Prime members.

Thanks, Free Stuff Finder!

25 Feb 2021   ·   4
iPhone Lightning Cable

iPhone Lightning Cables (5 pack) only $7.79!

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Always losing your iPhone charger? Here’s a great deal on this 5-pack!

iPhone Lightning Cable

Amazon has this iPhone Lightning Cable (5 pack) for just $7.79 when you use the promo code UTFTNGH4 at checkout!

That’s a great price! A perfect time to grab a few backup chargers.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get guaranteed FREE two-day shipping (and possibly one-day or same-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!

25 Feb 2021   ·   0
Comforter

Lightweight Down-Alternative Comforters only $19.99 + Exclusive Extra 15% off!

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Need a new comforter? These Lightweight Down-Alternative Comforter are a great budget friendly option!

Comforter

Zulily has these Lightweight Down-Alternative Comforters for just $19.99 right now! Plus, when you shop through our link, you’ll save an extra 15% off at checkout making them only $16.99!

Choose from lots of different colors.

Shipping starts at $5.99. But if you place one order today, the rest of your orders will ship for FREE through 11:59 p.m. PT tonight!

25 Feb 2021   ·   0
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers (2 boxes) only $8.62 shipped!

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Wow! This is a great deal on Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers!

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers

Amazon has this Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers (2 boxes) for just $8.62 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

That’s just $4.31 per box shipped which is a great deal.

Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

25 Feb 2021   ·   0
https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-3434644/roomba-677-wi-fi-connected-robot-vacuum.jsp

iRobot Roomba 677 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum only $239.99 shipped + $40 in Kohl’s Cash (Reg. $400!)

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Wow! This is a great price on this highly rated iRobot Roomba 677 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum!

https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-3434644/roomba-677-wi-fi-connected-robot-vacuum.jsp

You can get this iRobot Roomba 677 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum for just $239.99 shipped + $40 in Kohl’s cash! Here’s how:

Buy iRobot Roomba 677 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum – $299.99 (reg $399.99)
Use coupon code SAVE20 for an extra 20% off purchase
Select Free In-Store Pickup or get Free Shipping
Pay $239.99, Get back $40 in Kohl’s cash
Like paying just $199.99 after coupon code and Kohl’s cash

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

25 Feb 2021   ·   0
Mother's Day Key Chains

Mother’s Day Key Chains (2 Pack) only $8.99 shipped!

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These Mother’s Day Key Chains are so pretty!

Mother's Day Key Chains

Jane has these Mother’s Day Key Chains (2 pack) for just $8.99 shipped right now!

Choose from three wood colors.

Psst! We love Jane! Looking for other great Jane deals? Check out our custom Jane page for more of our hand-picked favorite deals each day!