Walmart Makes Planning a Party for the Holidays Easier!

 

The holidays are a stressful time of year for just about everyone. Anytime someone comes over, I always want to make sure my house is looking presentable, but sometimes I don’t have enough time to run to the store to pick up the household essentials, so I save a little time by ordering from Walmart.com and selecting store pick up and/or ship to home. Now that the holidays are here… traffic is insane, lines are long, and I just want to avoid the chaos of it all!

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13 Awesome Etsy Shops For Gift Ideas

I love handmade gifts and supporting small businesses. They may end up costing more than what you’re used to buying, but brick and mortar stores mass produce, so the cost is always going to be lower. These are one woman Etsy shops where everything is made with skill and love.

There are so many great Etsy shops to be found on Etsy, but I just adore these ones.

And in no particular order…

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Save on LUVS Diapers With Printable Coupon! #ShareTheLUV

“This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”

Everyone knows diapers aren’t exactly cheap, that’s why I search for deals and comparison shop before I take the plunge on more expensive diapers. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better.

I have a couple cases of organic diapers being unused in the closet because they gave my little one a constant rash.

I find that LUVS works well and is inexpensive, so I am able to buy more and save more in the long run.

And right now, LUVS has a $2.00 off any diaper pack coupon that you can print right at home this week. Use this coupon at any mass, discount, or grocery stores where LUVS Diapers are sold. It expires 30 days after it is printed.

My daughter isn’t potty trained just yet. We’re starting to work on it now and in fact, she just went potty in her potty the other night randomly.

She still wears size 5 diapers though, and LUVS goes up to a 6.

I’ll be happy when we no longer have to deal with buying and changing diapers, but until then, we’ll use LUVS!

Learning the Tricks of Etsy and Getting Sales

Around March, my Etsy shop finally decided to take off and I currently have 90 sales under my belt. Now I know to the big Etsy sellers, my measly 90 sales over at my Make it Cute shop is nothing, but to me it’s a huge milestone.

I’ve worked my butt off trying to fix my listing titles, tags, descriptions, seo, etc. Basically, it’s like another blog, and requires constant effort.

Most people think you just list a few things on Etsy and you’ll get sales; Wrong!

Things I’ve learned about the algorithm of Etsy

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Keywords

Titles need to be filled to the max with keywords of your item. I separate them with a hyphen or a comma, then paste them into the tag section (use all 13 tags).

Keywords also need to be more than one word. Be descriptive. Think of what you’d be searching for to find your item.

Your keywords also need to be implemented into your description. The part where you describe the process and detailing of your item.

Great Photos

It also helps to have clear photos that stand out and catch the eye. I am still working on this part since it’s hard to do great pics in Sunlight and/or inside the house. I am contemplating on building a light box or even purchasing a cheapo one from Amazon to use with both my phone and dslr camera in hopes that it will make my photos more enticing and in turn generate more sales.

Having your item staged with something next to it to give a size comparison is also good. Shows the buyer just how big your item is comparatively.

 

Profile

I have heard that filling out your profile and policies 100% leads to more views. Regardless of views, you’ll want to do this so you are backed by your shop policies if something were to go awry.

Social Media

You’ll want to build a social media following specifically for your Etsy business. I mainly like Instagram as I get way more interaction there than on Facebook. Probably because the Facebook pages only show to a small percentage amount to your followers. Don’t sign up for the business instagram account. They could eventually show you less and less like Facebook since they were bought out by Facebook.

Establish a following on whatever social media sites you prefer, use relative hash tags for your product and watch the likes, comments and follows come in. (Especially on Instagram)

Introduce new products on social media first that way you get them interested enough, they’ll be waiting for you to list it on Etsy. Announce sales with coupon codes, flash sales, giveaways, whatever to get a little online traffic.

Click on the relative hash tags that you’ve used in your posts and go heart a few of the people’s photos who have used the same hash tag. It gets them over to your profile and can lead to a possible sale. For instance, I use the hash tag #idrinkandiknowthings from #gameofthrones since I have made a mug and tumbler with that quote. Then I go heart peoples public posts.

It’s my number 1 seller so far!

There are plenty more tips, so maybe I’ll do a second edition post as I learn more tricks of the trade.

Do you have any tips for Etsy sellers whether you’re a buyer or a seller?

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My Etsy Shop if you’d like to take a Peek at more of my items.

5 Tips To Save Money When Shopping Online

Lately I haven’t exactly been living up to my full frugal potential, but that’s going to change starting this year. My goal is to save as much money as possible instead of having it spent before it even hits my bank account. I know, I know.. bad bad, which is why I wanted to emphasize on ways to save money when shopping online in this post. Let’s face it, some of us can’t get out of the house every time a good deal hits, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save money when shopping online.

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1. Research. Research. Research.

 

Just because it’s advertised as a good deal, doesn’t exactly mean it’s a good deal. Check Google for comparison pricing on the certain item you’re looking for, this will give you a general overview if it’s worth it or not at the price point it’s being offered. There will be local pricing and online pricing if available.

 

2. Use Coupon Codes and Stack Them if Possible

 

This is an obvious no-brainer. If you want to save money online, use coupon codes that you can either get by signing up for the brands newsletter or by searching through Google. Often times you’ll find that the coupon incentive is much higher if you’re an actual newsletter subscriber. Another thing to note if you find a coupon code on Google, it may be an account tied coupon or a one-time use, so it’s best to sign up for the brands you do like so you can be reminded of current and future sales. Some companies even allow you to stack multiple coupon codes, so take advantage when you can.

 

3. Add Items To Cart and Leave Them If You Don’t Need Right Away

 

One thing I have noticed when I window shop online is that they’ll offer an incentive to give you a little push to make that purchase. You’ll receive emails like, “we noticed you left something in your cart, here’s a little discount.” etc. Now not every company does this, so don’t let the item sit if it’s a good deal as good deals usually have a limited availability and will go out of stock quickly. So jump on it, if it’s hot.

 

4. Use Cash Back Websites Like GivingAssistant

 

Giving Assistant is a free digital loyalty program, with over 1,100 of the largest retailers like Kohls for instance, and gives an average of 5% cash reward after each online purchase.

Not all cash back websites are created equal. Some will give you very little back and some will give you 100% of what they make off your purchase, and Giving Assistant is one of those websites if you’re a member. For non-member purchases, they retain the commission, and make a small donation to Feeding America to give one meal. You don’t have to wait months for a check in the mail like other cash back sites, and minimum payout is just $5.01, not $25+ like most other cash back sites which is nice because it can take a while to accumulate if you’re like me and not spending hundreds of dollars frequently.

If you make a purchase through their website and you don’t get credit for it, contact them and they’ll make sure you receive your full cash back amount. That to me is GREAT customer service!

I actually had an issue with the purchase I did through Walmart not crediting, but they put the 4% cash back in my account after confirming my purchase. It’s as simple as that!

 

5. Ask For a Price Drop Refund

 

Ouch, it stings knowing you just purchased something and then it drops to a lower price a day or a week later. Contact the company and ask for a price adjustment; the worst thing they could say is no. I know that Amazon does this when you contact their chat customer support people. It may be a hit or miss though depending on who you’re talking to, usually they will accommodate though and refund the difference.

 

Do you have anymore tips to save money when shopping online? I know there are lots more, but it will have to wait for a 2nd edition post.

Best Reviews for Different Kitchen Appliances

If you are a mama, then everything that is necessary for the house is your responsibility. The busy routine for mommies is so hectic to handle and sometimes you wish that you may have a magic stick that can work everything for you. Think for a moment, if you have some saved money, then you can complete the task of a magic stick by buying some great tools to shorten the time of completing your daily work. What if you have desirable kitchen appliances that are ready to serve without hesitation or rest? And that’s why the kitchen appliances are there for you. The purpose of this article is to take reviews of some of the great types of 3 different kitchen appliances in 2016 that can relief the schedule and cause you a comfort of doing the work. One thing to remember is that I cannot describe the features of the brands in this article. I am just going to describe the brands to pick.

Coffee Maker with Grinder

Very first thing in my mind that come is the cup of coffee because a great morning is the cause of the great day. So, I am going to describe legitimate coffee maker with grinder reviews 2016 that will help you to get your astonishing morning. A lot of varieties from different popular brands has captured the attentions. Some of them are not even worth to buy but still popular. In my opinion, there are 3 among all brands are very reliable to purchase. The names are Mr. Coffee, Delonghi and Cuisinart. These 3 brands have the models which are very popular in every category. As we are discussing the coffee makers with grinders, then searching that kind of coffee maker among these 3 brands will be very appropriate. It will be very helpful for you to search the web and scrape the valuable features and buy one of these brands.

The Energy Efficient Dishwasher

The benefits of the dishwasher are that they can save a lot of time with great cleanup. Many of you may have it already, but the necessary thing to mention here is to have an energy saving dishwasher among every type of it. The average life of a dishwasher is 10 years and think what will the sum of the electric bill that you can save if you have an energy saving dishwasher? Yes, the point is that you should go only for the great attractive and beneficial products for your kitchen. So, some of the best brands that are in this list are General Electric, LG and Electrolux. If you are planning to have a dishwasher within a great budget, try these reliable brands and I can assure you that you will be more than happy.

General Purpose Blender

The blender is the necessity of every kitchen and among all types, no doubt that General Purpose Blender should be the one to pick. The benefits are that these are the most usual type and you can find a lot of varieties in them. Purchasing a general purpose blender is not an easy task if you are a new customer because, in supermarkets, there are hundreds of different models to choose. Let me help you here too. If you seriously want to have one blender that is reliable and durable, then filter your search criteria to the brands KichenAid, Oster and Vitamix. They are kind of all in one blender and helps you to be healthy in your busy routine.

 

5 Cozy Ways to Use Starry LED String Lights Around the House


LED string lights are one of those decorations that can be used anywhere, parties, the home, your office cubicle, outside patio, bedrooms, inside glass bowls or even frosted cubes for the holidays. Creating a magical lighting experience for your home with the warm white Starry LED String Lights is essential in making it cozy.

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These particular ones from OakLeaf are crafted from high-quality copper and is designed for both indoors and outdoors. They come with a 5 foot adapter cord + 33 foot of lighting wire with 120 individual LEDs. This makes the starry string lights less intense and easy on the eyes. They are, however, powered by 2 size C batteries, which may be a nuisance to some since it’s not the common double A size.

So even though these take the huge batteries, I like that they take a battery instead of having to be plugged in since it opens up the door for many uses rather than dealing with a hideous outlet cord  showing everywhere and with limitations.

LED String Lights

 

Chandelier Lighting

 

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The downside to the LED Chandelier lighting would be having the battery compartment showing. If you’re a crafty genius, you may just have an idea already in your head on how to hide and incorporate it onto the chandelier, unfortunately, I do not. lol

Luminary Words for Bedrooms

 

LED string lights

A nice way to create bedroom lighting for little ones who may be afraid of the dark.

 

Outside Trees

 

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This is a fun one since it makes the perfect outside getaway. Not only are LED string lights pretty for backyards, but they’re great for night time weddings too!

 

Bed Canopy

 

 

LED string lights

Create a romantic atmosphere by hanging LED string lights behind the canopy of your bed. Perfect mood setter!

 

Around the Frame of a Mirror

 

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Us women always need more lighting when getting ready; what better way than putting more lighting around a vanity or full body mirror?

I love these string lights and will be putting them around my curtain frame in my bedroom since the people who built this house decided not to put ceiling lights or any lights in our vaulted bedroom. Who does that!? Cheap builders… ugh. You can find these fabulous LED string lights over on Amazon.

Summer Polos and Tees at Bonobos!

*This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Have you checked out Bonobos’ Summer Shop yet? If not, you’re missing out. Their selection has everything you need for the warm weather.

Take their Summer Weight Polo. I’m sure you’d agree that polos are the quintessential summer shirt. They’re comfortable, reliable, and versatile. But they’re not always the lightest clothing item. And when the temperature starts to climb, they are often passed over for a lighter top. Bonobos’ Summer Weight Polos, on the other hand, solve that issue because they are made from cooler cotton pique, which makes them light as a feather.

Another fave from Bonobos’ Summer Shop is their Yarn Spun Printed Tees. Most guys have a few favorite tees that have been washed and worn so many times than they can honestly be called “vintage.” But man they are comfortable. Well, if you can believe it, Bonobos actually created a line of tees that are so comfortable that you’ll think you’ve had forever — it just won’t look like it. These tees are made with Peruvian tanquis cotton that Bonobos sourcedspecifically for their tees and tanks. They are perfect when worn on their own or when layered.

While we love our polos and tees, some summer days just call for a cool, comfortable tank. And Bonobos has a great selection and they are all made from that same, amazingly soft Peruvian tanquis cotton.

You can get any of these great shirts at Bonobos’ Summer Shop. Plus, you’ll get free shipping and free returns when you do!

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Consumers Changing the Face of Shopping

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E-commerce has put a major hit on regular store sales. The ability to shop from home 24/7 is incredibly appealing in its convenience. Plenty of brick-and-mortar establishments have rolled with the changes by putting efforts into a solid Web presence, and some companies have done away with walk-in stores altogether. The huge popularity of one-stop shoppes like Amazon with its one-click purchasing program shows how much can be gained by a simple and effective online shopping experience. Now with the surge of online consumer reviews that recommend or pan items, customers can feel even more secure in the buying process. Still, traditional stores are thankfully not dead though in order to survive they must figure out cost-saving measures to try and compete with online competitors, even when the competition is their own Website. Actual physical stores help promote the local economy, give people jobs and help raise property appraisals. Store after store with going out of business signs is not remotely encouraging to would-be investors in the local community. However there are plenty of items that customers prefer to check out-first-hand before purchasing.

Some examples…

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Get $50 in Referral Credits to MyHabit!

Get up to $50 Credit to MyHabit for Referring your family and friends. For every 5 friends you refer to sign up on their site (they don’t have to purchase anything), you will receive a $25 credit. There are plenty of items on there that would be 100% FREE if you accumulated that amount of referral credit.

Your credit will be delivered via email by January 31st, 2014.

This offer ends Dec 13, 2013.

What is MyHabit?:

MYHABIT is a private fashion sale site offering up to 60% off hand-picked selections from designer and boutique brands. Founded by Amazon.com, MYHABIT sets a new standard in convenience, offering free, instant membership; fast, free shipping on U.S. orders as well as fast $25 international shipping to 50+ countries. The site also offers shoppers a complete fashion experience including 360-video shot on models, lavish photography and editorial segments.

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Most of our events start daily at 9 AM PT/ 12 PM ET and last 72 hours. Prices are up to 60% off list prices. Categories include women’s, men’s, and children’s fashion and accessories, as well as home, toys, books and beauty products.


All posts here are to help our fellow frugal friends score the best freebies and deals possible through various companies, including Amazon. At times, we do earn a small percentage on purchases made through our links, which helps keep the site running.