How we still save money and a lot of time without always clipping coupons and matching deals

A little bit about family: Anh Mark (my sweet husband) likes to refer our family as The Content Proverbs 31 Family (tcp31f) since we like to live frugally. What do we do with our savings? We truly believe we are very blessed with so much and if and when are able to we like to bless others who are in need and are less unfortunate. One of our goals is to live debt free and pay off our homes ASAP so the savings definitely do help with that.

We’re not a 100% natural family. We do try to make better choices when it comes to what we eat and put on our bodies. We buy organic products we believe in and as often as we can afford them. We’re big animal lovers and have five very sweet and beautiful fur kids so we support companies that are against animal testing.

I haven’t really been couponing much due to lack of time and exhaustion for a long time now. As most of you guys already know my sweet husband went to work far away for ten months and just returned this past June. I stayed at home to take care of our five months then son, our five fur kids and everything in the house.
I did clip and printed coupons when hubby wasn’t home but they always expired before I could use them. Every time I had a trip planned out I couldn’t always make it out to the stores. It was hard for me to get out of the house on most days. I also found that since we make a lot of our own products or replace them with a more natural alternative I don’t have to shop as much. There are also not a lot of coupons available for what we need…

So how did we still managed to save money without clipping coupons and matching weekly deals all the time?
Here are a few things we did and have been doing for over a year now and they work really well for our family, life style, schedule and our monthly budget. We still clip, print and use coupons here and there but saving money this way is just easier and less stressful and time consuming for our family. More time saved equals more time to do the things we love and to spend it with the ones we love.

Part One

SAVINGS for clothes, toys, books, household items:

#1. I don’t have a problem shopping at thrift stores or from online yard sales. I’ve been able to find a great deals on a Stoke Tripp Trapp high chair, City Select double stroller, Björn babysitter chair and some other good toys that will last more than a week on ebay.
Some of the purchases were won from auctions and that require a little time, strategy and patience. But in the end we paid way less than buying the items at the stores even with coupons and weekly/monthly promotions and their stores bucks.

#2. There are a few things that I’ll not buy at a thrift stores. But I’ve been very lucky to have found some really good learning and toys in GREAT condition for our son for such a low price. I also found some pretty new cloth napkins and kitchen towels to replace paper towels and napkins. Disposable wipes to me are also a waste of money so it only made sense to use cloth wipes with our cloth diapers. I still have to buy disposable wipes when they’re at our stock up price just for on the go purposes or emergencies.
This frugal tip has really saved us so much money Ways for us to cut back on using paper towels and lliving green makes me very happy.
Also check with your local thrift stores about their weekly or monthly promotions.

#3. Target and Kohl’s: stacking the weekly promotions with their coupons really will give you a huge discount on the products

We don’t like credit cards but we do have a Kohl’s store card just to stack up all the discounts if we ever need to purchase something from Kohl’s. It doesn’t hurt us at all to have one since we don’t carry a balance and there is no annual fee.

As mentioned here
Kohl’s is a great place to shop for our baby products! We bought a bunch of new clothes for baby boy with the 30% coupon, $10 off $30 purchase (we were able to combine two coupons), earned $10 for $50 spent, earned 6% cash back from ebates and received free shipping.

Check out this post for more ways to save on the products for your baby’s first years

Our Target debit gives us a 5% on EVERYTHING so that’s always awesome. Along with all the discounts Target offers read more about More Ways to Save at Target
we must not forget to stack all these discounts with Cartwheel, Saving Star and Ibotta offers whenever posible to get even more savings. What’s Ibotta? Read more here Ibotta and Saving Star are two more ways to save even more money without doing much.

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We think of our SavingStar account as our savings account. When SavingStar has eCoupons we like we activate/click on the ones we want immediately and forget about them. There’s no need to clip, print or remember where the coupons are when we need them. There are a lot of participating stores for Saving Star that will require you to upload a receipt.

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This is really how easy and painless Saving Star is!

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#4. MYO products~
Our shopping list for household & personal items are not very long at all since we try to make everything ourselves or use a better healthier substitute for the product.

The MYO ( make your own) products are so easy to make and they really don’t take up a lot of time. I truly hope you’ll give them a try. Take a look around on this site for all the MYO/ DYI posts and join us over at our facebook page for more updates and money saving tips :)

✔ out these MYO products (listed below) that we make at home so we don’t have to buy and spend so much anymore. It’s a pretty awesome list and that’s a bunch of money and time saved each month not having to go to the stores for them.

•powdered laundry detergent

•powdered dish soap detergent

•all purpose cleaner

•stain remover

•glass & screen/electronic cleaner

•stainless steel cleaner

•air freshener (no more expensive plugins!) and air freshener spray

•toothpaste & coconut oil for oil pulling and mouthwash

•coconut oil for hair mask and so many other uses

• face wash, toner & moisturizer

•going “no poo” was one of the best decision I’ve ever made

• we use “>essential oils for so many things especially in the MYO products and absolutely love them!

•hand soap~ we don’t make it but found a better way to stretch our dollar

•bug spray for us and our boys, Lukey and Bear

•disinfectant spray

•better substitute for diaper cream

Here are the products that we can’t live without and they help us make the products for our personal and home use: hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, apple cider vinegar,Dr. Bronner Magic Soap, coconut oil, and essential oils.

#5. Check out Bed Bath and Beyond when you need something for your house. They do price match and take expired coupons. They also allow you to redeem more than one coupon in one transaction. We’ve been able to buy some good kitchen tools for less here than at Target.

#6. Lowe’s & Home Depot offer 10% discount for veterans and also do price match.

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#7. Raise.com & ebates.com

We’ve been using Raise.com a lot the last few months to buy gift cards. Every penny counts right? We’ve saved quite a bit since we only buy the gift cards for the stores that sell what we need.

Anh Mark shops at Lowe’s & Home Depot for almost everything we need for the house so I bought him this Lowe’s gift card awhile back and he doesn’t have to use it all at one time. I just didn’t wanna buy a bunch of time and then we’d have to print the vouchers bunch of time. On top of that he’d also be getting a 10% military discount so that’s another $22 saved. So we’d be saving $47! I also headed over to ebates.com before heading to raise.com to get another 1% for all our gift card purchases.

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So far we’ve earned $85 with ebates already! It’s an awesome way to earn more money if you love to shop online.
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#8. So before shopping at Target, Kohl’s, Bed Bath Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe’s or anywhere else make sure you find a gift card at Raise.com first! :)

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#9. thredup.com ~ since I’m in between size right now and my weight is a roller coaster… I couldn’t wait any longer to fit into my “skinny pants”and can’t wear my leggings forever so thredup was a great way to shop without spending a fortune. I found some really cute pants from Banana Republic (the dress up ones) and one is brand new for less how much I used to spend for one pant at Express, Gap and Banana.

It’s an awesome site – you can buy or conveniently sell excellent-quality women’s and kids clothing. They’ve got everything from Gucci to Gap, J Crew to Justice – at up to 90% off retail prices! I can get you $10 off your first purchase with this link.

P.S. If you join through my link, I’ll get a $10 store credit. Pretty please. Thank you so much! <3

10. Used books store, Amazon, church library, local library, online yard sale groups are great places to buy used but in great condition books.

Shopping on Amazon and being a Prime member was one of the best purchase we’ve ever made. It’s help us save an incredible amount of time from not having to get a baby and now toddler ready to go the stores. The UPS is also one of my best friend now. :)

Thank you for so much for taking the time to read this post and for clicking on any of our affiliate links.

Don’t forget to join us over on facebook and check back with usfor PART TWO that will be covering SAVINGS on groceries, baby and pet products.

John 3:16,

Mimi

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Eat healthy and still save money!

We love to eat a salad every day and I tend to mix it up with whatever we’re having for lunch/dinner.
I know all grocery stores sell the ready to go mixed salad bags for around $4 or more a bag. This is a great idea for anyone that doesn’t have a lot of time. As my husband would always say people would pay more just to save them time. With one income we always want to stretch each dollar and we know with the time we put into it we can save a lot to help out so many people and animals in need. With that said~ here’s my way to save on eating healthy and it doesn’t take a lot of time at all. It will also save you a lot of money in the long run.

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I usually buy romaine lettuce when there’s BOGOF promotion at Giant. The cost for two is $3.99 and that will usually last us for more than a week since we’re a family of two. If Giant doesn’t have a promotion (they usually do) on romaine lettuce I’ll just buy it at Target. I buy almost everything I can from Target; the five percent savings from our debit card really helps us.

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Pick the best looking and heaviest bag of romaine lettuce you can find since the store doesn’t charge by pound. A bag of romain lettuce usually has three fresh hearts.

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A ready to eat salad bag is good enough for two servings and it’s usually $3 per bag with a good sale/coupon. I always add in tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, red onion and everything else that you see in a salad…we buy everything we need to make our favorite salad when we buy the romaine lettuce. It’s still less than $3 per bag.

The time it takes to prepare our salad (romaine only) less than five minutes.
•Chopping one romaine heart into bite size pieces will take me no more than one minute.
•The time it takes to rinse the romaine heart very well and using our OXO salad spinner to get all the water out usually takes less than three minutes.

•Chopping all other vegetables to add to our salad and repeat with the rinse and spin process will take me another five minutes.

As you can see from the picture~ on the plate is one beautiful and very fresh plate of romaine lettuce and we still have five more hearts left. One romaine heart is usually good enough for both of us for one lunch/ dinner.

The cost for six fresh romaine hearts, $3.99 or $0.67 per romaine heart. Combining all the special fixings and other vegetables for our salad~ it’s estimated to be around $6.50 for twelve salad servings.

If you were to buy six bag of ready to eat salad in a week that would be $18 and not counting the time driving, buying and standing in line to buy more ready to eat salad in the week (if you only buy one or two at a time)

OXO Steel Salad Spinner

is the best purchase I’ve ever made. It’s helped save us so much time and money an paper towels. I use it every day and love it so much.

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Our must-haves for the first 60 days and what we’re loving and learning as new parents

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Here are some of our favorite must have products for our baby boy (after much research & savings)~

Amazon has very good prices and ships almost everything extremely fast even without Prime. We’ve been very happy with Amazon because it’s help us save so much time. We’ve included the Amazon links to our must haves for you to check out the prices, and the reviews. Also another thing to keep in mind~ one way we were able to cut the shipping cost from Amazon was we always bought the products that had Super Free Shipping.

Why we love it:

*We don’t wake up our son by taking him and out of the car seat. The Graco infant car seat goes in the stroller.

*No need to carry the whole car seat with us everywhere.

*Having the Graco infant car seat and stroller makes going out and doing errands more pleasant and less time consuming.

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Why we love it:

*Keeps Baby Turtle (BT) entertained, he loves looking at his reflection in the mirror and look at the birds go round and round.

*Helps BT sleep faster and longer.

*We really like the neutral gender colors since we plan to have more kids.

*It’s made well and is very easy to install.

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Why we love it:

*Great to have in the kitchen so we can change our BT and keep him safe when I have to be in the kitchen to cook.

*Provides baby boy with another place to sleep, play and relax in.

*It’s big enough to grow with our BT. I’ve to be honest~ the diaper changing station in our pack & play isn’t the best & BT’s always leaning to the left when we put him down on it to change him.

Love the features that this play yard offers: Storage Bin, Vibration Speed Control, Portable, Folds Into Storage Pouch, Bassinet, Nightlight, Plays Music, Locking Wheels, Removable Bassinet, Changing Station

We have the swing and the pack and play by each other in our kitchen so that we’re able to change BT easier.

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This Boppy pillow is a great purchase and will definitely be put to good use if you have it. We all love it in our family. I also use it as my pillow.

Read more about the Boppy here.

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Love this Summer Infant By Your Side Sleeper Portable Bedding for so many reasons:

*It’s portable & lightweight and we can carry it from room to room. We use it way more than the bassinet.

*It’s great for the first few weeks when we wanted BT to be near us at bed time.

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We love our Miracle Blanket -Baby Swaddling Blanket -Beige
It does a fantastic job with helping our son sleep better and longer. I was the Mom that didn’t like the idea of swaddling but it works!

The Miracle Blanket is an absolute must have for a newborn and makes a fabulous baby shower gift. BT is 14 weeks and over 14 pounds and we still swaddle him at bedtime and he absolutely loves it. My only regret is not buying it sooner. If we bought it when we first came home from the hospital Anh Mark and I’d have slept so much better and longer.

We love the Angel Care monitor for the peace of mind it gives us.

Check out the reviews on Amazon for yourself- Angel Care is worth the money and I promise you that you’ll not be disappointed. Thank you Kara for recommending it to us.

If you plan to nurse your baby and want to store milk for Daddy to feed baby and or you’ll will be returning to work~ having a double electronic breast pump is an absolutely must have. I use the one I have every day and it’s definitely worth its weight in gold. I’m currently nursing and also pump so that Anh Mark gets to spend time with BT. I also like to have milk ready to go with us whenever we out since I don’t like to nurse public.

Check out this post >>> Medela Pump in Style Advanced double electric breast pump~ how we saved over $80 on it

Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover, Mint Chocolate
So many colors and designs to choose from.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this nursing cover. It’s 100% cotton and machine washable. I love how it’s big enough to cover me and BT without making me look huge. I don’t like to nurse in public but when it’s an absolute must I’ll nurse in the car. Having the nursing cover in our baby bag is a lifesaver. We also use it to cover up our son when it’s hot and the sun is his face and it makes a great light blanket.

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This Philips AVENT BPA Free Microwave Steam Sterilizer
is a huge time saver! It helps sanitize bottles, nipples, caps, pacifiers and breast feeding accessories in the microwave in just two minutes. I also love how small and lightweight it is.

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If you’re planning to go with the cloth diapers route check out Life with Baby Boy and cloth diapers~ how we make it easy. <<< This post will answer most if not all your questions. I know CD might be very overwhelming at first but it really is not that difficult and time consuming.

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Absolute must-haves for nursing Moms

1. Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers, 40 Grams

2.Medela Easy Expression Bustier Hands Free Pumping Bra Size Medium White

3. Lansinoh 20265 Disposable Nursing Pads, 60-Count Boxes (Pack of 4)

4. TL Care 6 Pack Organic Cotton Nursing Pads, Natural

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BT loves his Pacifier – Wubbanub Infant Plush Pacifier – Turtle

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We love, love Cloud b Sleep Sheep On The Go Travel Sound Machine with Four Soothing Sounds

Read more about why we love this awesome product here >>> Cloud b Sleep Sheep On The Go Travel Sound Machine with Four Soothing Sounds- a must have for all babies

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Always have a pacifier near you or with you always! We have one in all our baby bags and even my handbag.

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If you’re always on the go; you must get the products below. I just love them and they make life sooo much easier. Tommee Tippee products are worth extremely wonderful and totally worth the money.

Tommee Tippee Newborn Starter Set

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Why We Love and Need to Have a Baby Carrier from BT’s point of view

My Mommy loves to clean & she has it bad. After coming home from the hospital she was already cleaning the house & taking caring of our family. For two weeks Daddy was able to help her. But now it’s just us. So she’s very happy that the Baby K’tan soft carrier allows her to take care of the house and still hold me at the same time. I know, I know I’m very spoiled.

I love helping my Mommy put away the dishes, laundry, stuffing my diapers, straightening up the house and paying bills. I also love studying with her and listening to the audio Bible as we both read along and when she does her postings. It also helps me sleep soundly and fast.

Mom says if you’re looking for a soft carrier; give Baby K’tan Baby Carrier, Black, Small
a try! She thinks it’s way easier to put on than a wrap and it’s soft, comfortable and sturdy. Mommy’s only regret is not buying it sooner when I was a newborn tiny baby. But we have it for a few weeks now and really love it.

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We use the Baby K’tan at home and ERGObaby Original Baby Carrier, Camelwhen we’re on the go.
I’m so in love with this carrier. BT loves it too and always falls asleep immediately when he’s in it. The Ergo also doesn’t hurt my shoulders and back.

Let us know which baby carrier is your favorite. Thank you so much for reading!

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Cloud b Sleep Sheep On The Go Travel Sound Machine with Four Soothing Sounds- a must have for all babies

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We absolutely love the Cloud b Sleep Sheep On The Go Travel Sound Machine with Four Soothing Sounds
If you and your baby need sleep~ the Cloud B sleep sheep will definitely be able to help with that. Our son loves his little sheep and sleep with it all the time. The soothing sounds help him sleep fast and it’s so soft! We never go anywhere without it.
Check out what others are saying about this awesome baby product by clicking on the link above.

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What’s so great about Cloud B. Sleep Sheep?
Source: Amazon for info product descriptions below

Soothe your child into a restful, relaxing nap or night of sleep with the Sleep Sheep from Cloud b. This soft, adorable and compact sleep time pal plays calming sounds and is great for home or on-the-go use–anywhere baby needs a little extra help drifting into dreams.

Four Soothing Nature Sounds
Winner of several industry awards, including the National Parenting Council’s Seal of Approval and the iParenting Media Award, the Sleep Sheep is plush and very cuddly, so it immediately gives a restless child some thing pleasing and calming to hold on to. It also creates a tranquil environment with four soothing nature sounds, including gentle stream, spring showers, ocean waves and harmonious whale sounds, making the Sleep Sheep a kind of audio pacifier that helps take some of the stress and crankiness out of rest time.

Great For On-the-Go Parents
The Sleep Sheep is specially designed to be easy to take with you on outdoor excursions or car trips. It comes with a Velcro strap that allows for fast and simple attachment to car seats and strollers. As you drive or push baby through the grocery store, he’ll be able to take a breather. And because he’s relaxed, you can focus on task at hand, which makes running errands more productive.

User-Friendly Operation
The Sleep Sheep features user-friendly operation that both big and little hands can handle. Select sounds by simply pressing the push button, and then choose the most comfortable volume. For added convenience and to save battery power, the sounds automatically time out after either 23 or 45 minutes–giving your little one plenty of time to drift off to dreamland.

Compact and portable, the Sleep Sheep stands eight inches tall and takes two “AA” batteries (included). The sound box removes if your child simply wants to use the Sleep Sheep as a stuffed toy, and clean-up is a snap–just wipe the surface with soap and water.

About Cloud b
Cloud b, the baby sleep specialist, was established by two new mothers with the philosophy that every baby deserves a sound night’s sleep for healthy development. That’s why all of Cloud b’s products are developed in consultation with an advisory board of pediatricians and sleep specialists with a single focus: to achieve a better, safer sleep for baby.


What’s in the Box

One Sleep Sheep and two “AA” batteries.

The On-the-Go Sleep Sheep offers:

Cuddly plush toy that provides soothing sounds.
Built-in Velcro strap for easy attachment to strollers and car seats.
Timer shuts off the sound after either 23 or 45 minutes.

From the Manufacturer
A compact version of the award-winning original Sleep Sheep, this adorable travel companion brings its comforting sleep time sounds with you when you are away from home. Similar to the original Sleep Sheep, the On The Go version has four soothing sounds to help your child sleep easier; however its convenient size (8″ tall) fits easily in a diaper bag or luggage. On The Go is especially helpful in calming children to sleep in an unfamiliar environment.

Our friend’s daughter loves her giraffe. This beautiful giraffe also has extremely good reviews. I promise the Sleep Sheep or Giraffe will be one of the best purchase you’ll ever make. It’s so worth it.

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OsoCozy Unbleached Prefold Cloth Diapers – 6 Pack by OsoCozy only $11.99 on Amazon today with free super saver shipping and free return

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Sign up and receive printable coupon for $1 off two Rachael Ray Nutrish Naturally Delish Wet Food + Summer Pet Savings

Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish

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Amazon Students, save on textbooks!

Shop Amazon – Off to College Essentials

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Save on Cat & Dog Supplies on Amazon

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Amazon: great place to shop for movies, book and everything else (we absolutely love Amazon)

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Amazon: The Psychology of Wealth for only $10.99

We buy books on Amazon when we can and when we do they’re used books. My textbooks for school came from Amazon and they were in great condition when they arrived at our house.

This book looks very interesting!

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