Today’s 10 FREE Kindle eBooks on Amazon!


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Free Kindle eBooks

 

Here are today’s 10 FREE Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com!  While these are free when I posted them, items on Amazon are subject to change at any time.  Make sure you check the price before you download.

Want more Kindle deals? Check out all the Kindle Daily Deals and this month’s batch of 100 books for $3.99 or less.

Don’t have a Kindle? Just download a free Kindle reading app!

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69).

~Thanks See Mom Click!

 

How I Save Money Tip #9: Use Every Drop

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Tip #9: Use Every Drop

 

Tip #9 is Use Every Drop.  I know, the last time was Use Less, and now I’m telling you to Use Every Drop.  No, I’m not crazy, I’m being frugal.

You can save a ton of money buy using every drop of everything you have before opening another.  Think about it.  Do you turn bottles upside down to get the very last drop of the contents?  Why not?  You should be!

You’ve seen how restaurants consolidate ketchup but putting one bottle upside down on the other, right?  You can do the same thing!  We do it all of the time with everything.  One of my favorite cheap gadgets to help me with this tip is a bottle coupler.  You can get them in one size or one that can accommodate different sized bottles on each end, like this one.  They’re less than $10, and the can make using gravity to help you get every last drop easy!

Have you ever cut open a tube of something you thought was empty to see what was really left inside?  Check this out.

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This is a 3 month, 8 oz tube of Proactiv Plus Facial Cleanser.  I’ve placed it next to an EOS lip balm so you can get a feel for the size.  I’d squeezed every last drop out of it, or so I thought.

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I carefully cut the top open, just under the crimp, and low and behold there was a ton of product left in the tube.  The sides and bottom were coated in a thin layer.  I kept it in a Ziplock Bag, and I got one day’s worth – two uses – out of what I could gather by wiping my finger around the edges of the top of the tube.

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The next day, I cut the top 2″ off of the tube, which allowed me to reach all the way to the bottom.  I think I’ll have at least 2 weeks worth of product in a tube that I thought was empty.  2 WEEKS WORTH!!  That’s 28 uses!

Another side tip for Proactiv, they let you determine how fast your shipments come.  If you use slightly less, you can space out your shipments further and save money.  Easy!  They recommend 12 weeks, but I tend to use my 90 day supply up in about 120 days instead.

Remember last week’s tip, Use Less?  When you combine the tips and Use Less plus Use Every Drop, you stretch your dollar even further.

It’s ok to have a stockpile of items you got free or cheap with coupons, but don’t open one until you are absolutely positive that you’ve used every drop of the last one.

Using Every Last Drop is a smart move in your journey to save money, and that’s why it’s Tip #9 in my How I Save Money Series.

What are some ways you save money?  Do you have lots of upside down bottles all over the house?  Tell us all about it in the comments!

To see the rest of the How I Save Money Series, click here.

Today’s 10 FREE Kindle eBooks on Amazon!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my full disclosure policy for more information.

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Here are today’s 10 FREE Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com!  While these are free when I posted them, items on Amazon are subject to change at any time.  Make sure you check the price before you download.

Want more Kindle deals? Check out all the Kindle Daily Deals and this month’s batch of 100 books for $3.99 or less.

Don’t have a Kindle? Just download a free Kindle reading app!

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69).

~Thanks See Mom Click!

 

All About the Cricut Explore Machines! So Cool!

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Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home décor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine.

There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site:

Cricut Explore One™

Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One:

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:

  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials

Precision – Features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall.

Smart Set® Dial – Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.

Images and Fonts – You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines.

Cartridges – Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go.

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app – All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free.

Cricut Explore Air™

The Explore Air is the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:

  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you!
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.

Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is.

I totally want one, how about you?

Until then … Happy crafting!

Stacy’s Savings 2015 Weekly Savings Challenge Week 26!

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Weekly Savings Challenge 2015 – Week 26

It’s Week 26 in our 2015 Weekly Savings Challenge!  Half way!!  We’re saving $1,378 or more one week at a time!  To learn more about the challenge and how you can join, click here.

How much did you save this week?  I saved $5.90 this week.  How did I do that?  I cashed out for $5.20 from SavingStar, and got 70¢ from MobiSave.  I’ve already hit my goal of $1,378, so I’m just saving as much as I can.  So far, I’ve saved $1,499.51!

This week, my goal is $28.

Join us!  It’s not too late!  Just download the Weekly Savings Challenge Savings Tracker, get an envelope, and stash away the amounts for the weeks that you’ve missed!

Don’t forget to sign up for your Capital One 360 High Interest Savings Account so you can make money on your challenge savings!  At the end of the month, you can add your interest payments into your challenge goal!

See all of the Weekly Savings Challenge Posts here.

Want more ways to save?  Check out my Home Management Binder Series!  Get organized & save in 2015!!

How much did you save in Week 25 of the Challenge?  What’s your strategy for Week 26?  Tell us in the comments!

Happy Saving!

 

Tea Collection Cute Summer Clothes! Save An Extra 20%!

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Tea Collection Summer Styles!

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the look out for cute clothes for my kids.  I like clothes that are durable, well-made, and of course, stylish & comfortable.

Tea Collection has some great find for summer!  Here in North Texas, we can wear summer clothes well into October, so these are great options for Back to School!

Check out some of my favorite items on sale right now at Tea Collection!


Tea Collection Paisley Palace Wrap Neck Dress – $13.95

Retail Price: $29.50
You Save: $15.55

Tea Collection Contrast Pocket Tee – $10.95

Retail Price: $19.50
You Save: $8.55

Tea Collection Easy Cargo Shorts – $10.95

Retail Price: $19.50
You Save: $8.55
Super cute options for girls, boys and babies, and there are some awesome prices in the Summer Sale Section!

Save an extra 20% off Summer Styles!  Shop Tea Collection’s Summer Styles today!

Today’s 10 FREE Kindle eBooks on Amazon!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my full disclosure policy for more information.

Free Kindle eBooks

 

Here are today’s 10 FREE Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com!  While these are free when I posted them, items on Amazon are subject to change at any time.  Make sure you check the price before you download.

Want more Kindle deals? Check out all the Kindle Daily Deals and this month’s batch of 100 books for $3.99 or less.

Don’t have a Kindle? Just download a free Kindle reading app!

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69).

~Thanks See Mom Click!

 

Jack & Jill Bathroom Remodel! A Stacy’s Savings Total Home Makeover Post

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Jack & Jill Bathroom Remodel Plans!

So, if you caught last week’s Total Home Makeover post, and you follow me on Instagram, you know we’re deep into a remodel of the kids Jack & Jill bathroom.  We’d been planning on slowly remodeling this bathroom piece by piece over the next year, with very large breaks in between pieces & while maintaining a useable bathroom upstairs.  However, a slow leak in the toilet that finally showed up through the dining room ceiling has caused us to stop everything else and get this remodel completed quickly.

Here are some more before shots:

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It’s pretty tight in there, so it’s hard to get good pictures.

We have several goals for this bathroom:

  1. Create more storage space
  2. Make it feel open & airy
  3. Modernize
  4. Pretty & Functional

 

Our plan at this point is to gut everything, get a few small plumbing jobs done (move some water lines over a few inches to clear the cabinets, replace all of the shut off valves), and then do repairs to the subfloor.  There is water damage to the subfloor around the toilet, so we’ll need to replace it.  We’ve already removed one wall and prepped the walls.  The demo is also mostly done.

Once the subfloor & plumbing problems are fixed, we’re going to install the new cabinets and bathtub, and then tackle the floor.  We want to get these steps done as soon as possible, so that we can install the new toilet.  The kids don’t really use this bathroom too much yet, but its hard not having a toilet upstairs, in case my son needs it in the middle of the night.  So doing what we need to do to get the toilet in is priority #1.

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After all of that is finished, we’re going to tile the shower.  We want to add a recessed niche along the side wall, sort of like this one pictured above, to hold shampoo, conditioner and soap.  That’s going to require a little framing work.  We’ve never tiled a shower before, so we’re I’m excited to try it!  This will be practice for when we remodel the downstairs guest bathroom in a few years.

We’re finalizing choices for this bathroom, but we’re probably going to do countertops (Silestone) and sinks next, and then cabinet doors and drawer fronts last.  We’ve decided to use IKEA kitchen cabinets, because they get awesome reviews, but I hate the doors & drawer fronts.  I’ve found a few companies that make custom doors & drawer fronts, so I’ve asked for quotes.  The cabinets can still be functional without them for a while.


We’re going with a similar feel to the Master Bathroom that we had remodeled last year.  We’re doing white walls & trim (Benjamin Moore Decorators White), White Toilet, White Rectangular Tub, Delta Dryden fixtures in Polished Chrome, Carrera Marble Hexagon floors & accents, and white subway tile.

Benjamin Moore Cabinet Paint Samples
This time, we’re doing one Navy Blue and one Hot Pink Vanity and White Silestone Countertops.  The Hot Pink vanity is going to be a risk for me, but I think it will work since its basically inside my daughter’s room.  We’ll see.  I might hate it.  I’m going to paint a big poster board and let it sit there for a while before I actually paint anything.  I’m trying to decide between Benjamin Moore Gypsy Pink and Hot Lips.

I had a healthy Free Amazon Gift Card Balance from all of those Rewards Websites that I use, so I ordered a Big Box of Fun including a Nail Gun, Compressor Hose, Couplings, a Critter Paint Sprayer, a Jigsaw, and an Air Compressor.  I’m excited to use my new toys while we remodel this bathroom!

I’m also planning on doing some kind of shelving over the toilet.  I only have one stud, so I’m either going to try to squeeze a new stud in there or do a hanging shelf system.  Not sure yet.  I think I’m going to do some kind of stained wood to warm up the room a bit.  We’re also planning a trip to the Pottery Barn Outlet to pick up new towels and accessories for the bathroom.

So that’s the plan for the bathroom.  I’d really like this room done by the time the kids go to school in the fall.

Have you ever remodeled a bathroom by yourself?  What were your challenges & wins?  Tell us about it in the comments!

Total Home Makeover

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