Hello Monday.

August 10, 2015

Hard to believe we are nearing the middle of August...like, really?!

Some things on our mind:

If you are like me and can't always make it to the library this is a cool book club I just signed up for. Epic Books For Kids.

Feeling crafty? Here is a DIY Backpack 

Cool sneakers your kid can color.Via Plae 

Erica was on GMA this morning, learning some tips on saving, here is what she learned;

As the mom of two school aged kids, and another on the way, budgeting is at the forefront of my mind.  Forget about three college tuitions... I am thinking about this September when I need to have two kids ready for school, and, diapers will become a staple in my household again.

I recently sat down with Lindsay Powers, the Editorial Director at Yahoo Parenting, for some back to school saving tips.  I tend to be a bit brand particular, and didn't want to compromise on that.  So I was happy that Lindsay didn't try to steer me away from that, instead, she found ways to save me money on items I actually wanted to buy.

Apps - I still consider myself a bit of a newbie when it comes to smartphones - I still mostly just use it to call and text, haha.  And since technology is always changing, I tend to get overwhelmed - but when I saw how easy it is to use apps to shop - me and my wallet became much more comfortable.  The apps make it easy because there are no coupons to print (and if you are like me, and don't have a printer at home, this is a huge perk!)

retail me not 


ebates - I have friends who have been doing this for years, and I always dismissed it - eh, why bother.... but now I realized I have been missing out!  My number one reason - you are earning money on items that, if you are an online shopper like me, YOU WOULD BE BUYING ANYWAY!  This is like free money!  Why wouldn't you do it?  You simply shop all your favorite brands through their website (you will be directed from the ebates site, directly to the site you want) and you earn a certain percent back!  Super easy, and why not?!?

More ways to save:

E-mail lists - Upon initial signing up, many sites will offer you an immediate reward - and - here is why it is a great reason to do it - it is usually a discount with no exclusions!  Often times certain brands, or certain price points are excluded from an online offer, but these email subscription savings are usually free and clear of those!  For example, Old Navy offers 20% off with no exclusions - so that includes every day steals!

Tax Free days - Many states offer special tax free days - so try to plan any big shopping to happen during those days, an easy way to save money, and you can still use coupons or codes, so it is saving you even more!

Some of our favorite places to shop right now with great discounts:

H&M    Free shipping right now with code 3151 and keep your eye out for the 20% discounts that pop up with online shopping. Exp 8/16

Jcrew   In stores & online: 30% off your purchase of $200+ or 25% off your purchase of $100+ with code SHOPMORE. Exp 8/16

Children's Place   Free shipping all of August. Coupons online for store purchases.

Sweet William   40% off of summer and spring styles

Old Navy    30% off online till exp 8/11 Code: GOODTIMES

Gap   40% off purchase Expires midnight (tonight) 8/10/15 from 12:01am ET through 11:59PM ET . In stores, cashier enter code GAPFAM at register. Online, customer enter code GAPFAM at checkout. 

50% off up to 5 full-price items at Gap stores only: Offer valid 8/10/15 at Gap, GapKids, babyGap, and GapBody stores in the US only (including Puerto Rico). Offer valid for one-time use only. Cashier enter code FF50 at register.

Target   Free shipping. We were about to buy school supplies on another site and found the prices on BTS significantly cheaper. Also, great selection on backpacks.

Stella Mccartney Kids   Up to 50% off on Spring & Summer

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 Photo credit: Design Overdose

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