Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thrifting and DIY Baker's Twine

A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Goodwill and believe it or not, I was able to find some pretty cute things.  I bought a couple of long sleeve tops for my daughter (name brand and in great condition, yay) but my favorite find was a big bag full of crochet cotton for... get ready... only $4! Sweet, right?



I have so many uses for these but I was excited to try a DIY project I found on Pinterest for the white and beige crochet cotton.  The project? Making my own Baker's Twine! Say whaaaa? Now my original inspiration came from here and I used the very same technique she used, as well as the one shown in the YouTube video she shared on her page.

Basically you start out by wrapping some masking tape around a ruler. Then you wrap the twine around it, scrunching it down along the way.  Once you've got a good amount wrapped around the ruler you take a marker (in my case colored permanent markers) and start coloring!


Be sure to flip the ruler over and repeat on the back.  Let it set for a few minutes so it can dry and then unwrap. Kind of looks like the real thing doesn't it?



I repeated this with a few other colored markers and was left with this!



I also found a super easy way to store them so they don't get all tangled up.  I cut up pieces from some old card board boxes and wrapped them up.  Just like the real thing!



So have any of you been thrifting lately? Were you able to do any cool projects with them? Do tell!



Monday, August 27, 2012

How to Organize Coupons Part 2

I'm so excited to share part 2 of how I organize my coupons.  My first post on this subject (found here) focused on how I separate my coupons for specific stores like Target, Walgreens, and Safeway.  Today's post will focus on how I organize the majority of my manufacturer coupons. Basically, all the coupons they have out there!



I keep my manufacturer coupons in a large binder that I purchased at Target for around $11 (made by Organizher).  It came complete with coupon holders, shopping lists, coupon tracker, and subject separators.  Not too shabby for $11.  I do have to admit that I added more coupon holders and subject separators since the ones it came with were not enough for me.  Luckily, the binder is still plenty big for all my couponing needs.



The easiest way to explain how I organize these coupons is to start at the beginning.  First I ONLY cut out the coupons I know my family will use.  I don't cut out cat food or litter box coupons (since we don't own a cat), or Hamburger Helper coupons (since we mainly eat gluten free), or other coupons that we will never ever use. Sounds simple enough but I know so many people that start out by cutting every single coupon they come in contact with. You will save so much time if you only cut the coupons you know you will use. It also saves you tons of space in your coupon binder. Holla!

Now on to where I find my favorite coupons!  I get the majority of them from the Sunday Paper but I also find them at online sites like Coupons.com as well as the Walmart magazine All You.



Once I cut out the coupons (that I know we'll use) I place them into their holders (baseball card holders work great for this).  And since I've organized my coupons into categories like dairy, snacks,  household items, coffee, etc. they are super easy to find!





In order to use my coupons for the biggest savings ever I check out sites like Hip2Save.com and TotallyTarget.com. These sites break down all the current deals out there and they are another huge time saver (can you tell I'm all about saving time?)! Then all I have to do is write down a quick shopping list based on my favorite deals, what coupons I need in order to save, and then I'm out the door!

So that's my version of the Un-Extreme way to coupon! Do you have a certain way you organize your coupons? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In the Shop-Flower Earrings

I've been adding lots of new lovelies to the shop lately and I thought what better place to share them then right here on the blog!  Today's latest additions are the petite flower earrings.  I just love these little darlings!

Here are the bright and bold ones.




Here are the light and soft ones.




And last but not least here are the ones that will go great with darn near anything!




You can find these and more here and if you enter coupon code THANKYOU at checkout you'll get 20% off your entire order.  Pretty sweet right?!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Latest Bargain Finds

Today I thought I would share with you  my most recent Target bargain finds.  It's pretty hard to believe but I walked out of Target only purchasing 2 items and combined they were under $10. Not too shabby huh?

The 1st fab find was this adorable picture frame that was on sale for $5. I love it!


The next item was a porcelain bowl which I knew would be perfect for my husband.  Wait, it will make sense I promise! See, after my husband gets home from work and changes out of his uniform (he's in the army) he normally empties out all his pockets and just tosses everything on top of the dresser.  So I thought if we had some sort of container up there he could toss everything in there and the mess wouldn't bother me so much. 

Enter the porcelain bowl...and guess what? It works great!


And it was less than $3! Pretty sweet, isn't it?



So those were my recent Target bargain finds.  Have you snagged any great deals recently?

Monday, August 6, 2012

How to Organize Coupons Part 1

Coupons are amazing and I am not afraid to admit that I absolutely love them.  So today I thought I would share with you how I organize my coupons.  However, I'm going to split this into 2 parts since I have 2 separate organizers that I use for my coupons. This way it will help keep things nice and simple (my favorite)!

Here are my 2 coupon organizers.


Both were purchased at Target and both are from the OrganizHer brand. For this part I'll be sharing with you how I use the smaller binder.



This binder comes with 2 plastic dividers complete with pockets.  The 1st plastic divider has designated areas where you can store your store reward cards (even the key chain size ones, it's great).  Then it has another plastic divider with a side seal (similar to a Ziploc bag). I'll tell you how I use this one later on.

This binder also comes with tons of blank shopping lists and a shopping list divider.  It also includes a coupon divider and 6 folders that you can label for specific shops.




My 6 folders are labeled Walgreens, Target, Clothing Stores (ex: Victoria Secret, Express, etc), Shoe Stores (ex: Payless, Famous Footwear), Commissary (military coupons), and Safeway.

In these folders I keep coupons that are just for those stores and since this binder is the same size as a typical planner it fits perfectly in my purse.  This way I don't have to worry about lugging around a big binder whenever I need to make a quick trip to the store.  

I mainly use this binder though for my weekly trips to Walgreens.  Walgreens is by far my favorite place to shop since they accept store coupons, manufacturer coupons, and register rewards all on the same transaction. It's pretty sweet.

On a typical Walgreen shopping trip I would plan out what items I need on Sunday since that's when their new flyers come out.  I write out my list, and store all the necessary coupons in the Walgreens folder. I also try to go to Walgreens on Tuesday since our Walgreens offers "Military Tuesdays" where they give you an additional 15% off your total purchase if you show military ID. Seriously guys, this is why I love to shop at Walgreens! 

Once I'm there I take out my little pink binder and my list. Then I start shopping for my items.  I store all the coupons I was able to use in that plastic divider with the side seal.  Once I've gotten all my items I head to the register and since I stored all the coupons I used in the plastic divider I don't have to worry about sorting through which ones I used or didn't use.  

I use this same technique for all the other stores I have listed on the folders in this binder. It definitely makes shopping at those stores quick and easy. 

So that's how I organize my coupons part 1.  Part 2 will be about what I store in that big grey binder...
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