My New Tablet with T-Mobile Free Data

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T-Mobile Trio AXS

I am so excited to introduce you to my newest toy….err blogging tool!  I’ve been wanting a tablet for the longest time, but our budget doesn’t allow for me to just go out and spend hundreds of dollars on something like this, especially when I already have my laptop and smart phone for my blog and Etsy business.  But when I heard about the new tablets at Walmart, featuring a free T-Mobile Data Plan, I immediately got excited! [Read more…]

Saving with Walgreens Paperless Coupons

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Coupons are a great way to save money on groceries and essentials for the family, but a lot of people don’t like going through all the trouble involved:  find the coupon, clip the coupon, actually remember to bring the coupon(s) to the store, and then actually remember to get everything you’ve got a coupon for. Phew!  But now  Walgreens is making the couponing experience much easier and stress-free with their new Paperless Coupons.

Today I’m going to show you how you can find and use Walgreens Paperless Coupons, and I’ll show you some of the things I saved money on by using these coupons.  And finally I will show you what I did (or would like to do) with money we save by using these coupons. [Read more…]

A Month of School Lunch Ideas

Now that school’s been back in session for a couple of months, you might find yourself stuck in a rut for lunch.  This infographic provides you with a month’s worth of  simple lunch ideas and shopping lists to help you stock up for lunch this month.

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Back to School with CVS

CVS Back to School Package


School’s been back in session for about a month in our area.  But you can still find great deals on school supplies at CVS!  This is the perfect time to get extra stuff (in case you child runs out of something midway through the year) or stock up on some office supplies for yourself. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 180 – Featuring Fun DIY Projects

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Hey everyone! Welcome to week 180 of Friday Favorites!  For this week’s features I decided to inspire you with some great craft and DIY projects!  Hope you enjoy them!

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway from Holey Donuts while you’re here, if you have already entered.

Also, I’d like to invite you over to my etsy shop where I’m currently offering 15% off with coupon code: BACK2SCHOOL. Offer runs through Sept 30. [Read more…]

Tough Love – Preparing Your Children for College

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In our current day and age, children at an early age need to be prepared to attend college and know all that it will entail. This subject need not be something that scares your children, but excites them! It is becoming more important to be open with our youth at an early age and make it known to them that college is important because it will help them to get a great job in the future. Begin now by preparing your children for college (even as early as kindergarten) and they’ll have all of the skills necessary to have a successful four years or more at college.

Instill Effective Study Habits

One of the first steps that need to be taken to prepare your children for college is instilling effective study habits. If you start now while your child is young then they will be able to manage workloads effectively as they age. Also, studying and learning how to complete everything in a timely manner will become a habit that will only improve by the time they are ready to attend college. What’s more, pursuing careers in public health, for example, will be a lot simpler than trying to develop good study habits when college begins.

Discuss Careers and College

Without being too overbearing about it, make discussions about college and your child’s future career every day before or after school. By making college and other career aspects an important part of your everyday conversation, your child will look forward to college. Figure out how to accomplish this goal and show enthusiasm when your child decides on which career they’d like to pursue.

Figure Out Required Subjects 

When your child is in elementary school, high school, etc., make sure that all of the required subjects are included in their curriculum. By making sure that the fundamental subjects are taken while they are in school, your child will not have to make up classes such as Algebra I and Geometry later during college.

Have Your Child Meet with a Guidance Counselor

Having your child meet with a guidance counselor is another excellent way to steer them in the right direction. A counselor can sit down with your child and help them decide on which courses they need to take in both high school and college. Plus a counselor can also prepare you for the important steps you need to take along the way, such as finding the right college and saving enough money for a wonderful education.

About the Author: Corinne is preparing her children ahead of time about what college entails. She knows education is important and is prepared to help her children succeed.

Poppin. $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway


Although everyone is overwhelmed with the holidays right now, I can’t help but think ahead to organizing for next year! That’s why I am excited to bring you today’s giveaway, which can help you to get your home office stocked  up and organized. Poppin is an online office supply store that offers an array of bright, items that really pop, to get you working happy!

Poppin everything from gel pens and writing pads to binders, clipboards, scissors, and more, to help you to get to work in your home office or send you child back to school in style. [Read more…]

Shopping for Dorm Room Decor

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One of the most daunting tasks of sending your children off to college is getting everything they will need for their dorm room and then getting the room set up.  One thing that can make the whole shopping experience is easier is first choosing a theme and colors for the room.

As the bed is generally the main “focal point” in any room, it’s a good idea to choose your bedding first.  This is your child’s chance to choose something that shows off their personal style, and today’s trends offer a lot of options from girly  animal and flower prints to fun chevron and paisley prints, or more masculine sets like plaids, camouflage, and collegiate bedding.


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After you’ve chosen your bedding, it is easy to find other accessories for the room in coordinating colors so that you can really bring the space together in a fun and uniform way.  I would start with storage bins. Most dorms do not have a lot of closet space, so bins are often needed to store clothing, towels, and supplies. And they have cute sets that can go right along the wall.

Your child should  also have a desk and chair.  While I think it’s fine to just get your basic desk and chair set, these now come in some fun and bright colors as well.

I also think a desk lamp is a must have item.  These come in cool colors, and the one pictured here even allows your child to play and charge his/her iPod.

Next add style and flair with some coordinating wall art, a bulletin board, a matching shag rug, and perhaps a beanbag chair or backrest. And also consider coordinating towels,  garbage can, and office supplies.

If it sounds like a lot to buy, consider  shopping for everything conveniently online.  Online retailers often sell full collections so that you can get everything you want in just a few clicks.  But either way you choose to shop, your child will be excited about picking out things for their new room and making their new dorm a true home away from home.


Back to College Series

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Within the first year that I started blogging, I wrote a series of posts called “Back to College.”  Since this is Back to School month, it seemed like a good time to revisit these.  At the time it had been two years since I had graduated from college, and I just wanted to share some things that I had learned.  As the first person in my immediate family to go to college, I went in not really knowing anything about financial aid, books, and so many other things.  And looking back, I wish I’d had someone to advice me because I definitely would have done things differently.  But I’m hopefully that someone will read these posts and gain some knowledge from my experience.

 The Importance of Planning – This post explains about early planning to finance your college tuition and to prepare yourself (or child) academically for college.

Deciding Where to Go to College – This tells you some basic things to look at when deciding where to go to college, and it tells you about different ways to do your own independent research on schools you’re interested in.

Guide to Fiancial Aid, Part 1 – Basic guide to getting financial aid.

Guide to Financial Aid, Part 2 -Shopping for student loans, Positives & Negatives to getting loans through your school, and My experiences with fiananical aid.

A “Major” Decision – About when & how you should choose your major. What factors should you take into account?

Dorm Room Supply List, Part 1 -School and office supplies, Furniture & other big items

Dorm Room Supply List, Part 2 – Household and every day items, Personal Touch/Decor Items, and personal entertainment items.

Textbook Dollars – Chart for a couple of years ago that explains where your textbook dollars go.

Textbook Q&A – Answers to some basic questions on buying textbooks

Beating the Bookstore – Tips & Strategies to help you saving money on textbooks (and all books for that matter.)

Beating the Bookstore Again – Information on bookstore refunds and buy backs, how to get the most money selling your books.

Campus Book Rentals – This post wasn’t a part of the series but actually a review that I wrote earlier this year.   The site allows you to save money buy renting books, which they mail out to you.  It’s a very cool concept and very convenient!


Buddig Be a Reader Virtual Book Drive (and a $50 Amazon Giveaway)

As children, we all have our favorite books.  One of my childhood favorites was Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox, and as a teen I instantly loved The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

Unfortunately there are many children living in poverty who don’t get a chance to discover great books.  In many areas of these low-income neighborhoods,  there is only 1 book for every 300 children.  Fortunately a new campaign has been launched to help these kids. [Read more…]