Reorganizing and Construction

MGM Qpon Queen is currently under re-construction. I apologize for being away for so long, but I needed to learn more than I thought when I started this website. I am working on new posts and a new way of life.

Bamboo Baby Changing Pad Liners with Waterproof Lining

 

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I recently purchased these and I am pleasantly surprised. First off, when opening the package there is absolutely no chemical smell. I loved that these are a bit more padded than other brands. They are also incredibly soft. Its a huge perk that these are hypoallergenic. The other brands we have tried do not have an anti slip backing; these do and its a game changer! I know these are supposed to be super absorbent and have a water proof layer but I wanted to test it out. So I poured a small cup of water onto one of the liners and it immediately soaked right up. I would feel safe if I had to put a soiled pad into a diaper bag. I would recommend these to family and friends looking for good quality changing pads.

These changing pads are definitely different from the others. The other brands aren’t soft on one side like these are. These changing pads are non slip and they are soft. So when you lay your baby on it, it won’t be cold. It will be soft.

I purchased these pads as a baby shower gift for my sister.

Weekend Travel

Steven and I went to my first ever Auburn game over the weekend and we had a blast!!! Auburn won which made the day even better for me! We spent the weekend in Auburn and stayed at this little hotel called the University Inn. It is right in the heart of downtown Auburn and near everything.

I was skeptical at first as the hotel has some pretty awful reviews, but ultimately I decided that even if it was absolutely terrible it was just a place to sleep and didn’t really matter. I wasn’t surprised by the caliber of the rooms or the parking lot, but what I was amazed by was the fact that the owners are sitting on a gold mine and not doing anything to fix it up. That being said, I am taking this post to a place where I have never gone before….hotel consulting. (insert dramatic music here)

The first thing you have to understand about this location is a 14 minute walk (approximately 1 mile) from Jordan Hare Stadium, home of the Auburn Tigers. 

There is only one other hotel closet than the University Inn. The other hotel is a 3 star hotel. They have tons of room and have an amazing location. If the University Inn were a restaurant, Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives would do a feature on it.

Depending on the website you visit the hotel has between 41 – 46 rooms. There are several issues, but I think the greater majority of the challenges at this hotel are cosmetic. Yes, there are some construction issues as well, but I’ll get to that.

The number one thing that should be addressed is the electrical needs upgraded. In our room there were a total of 3 outlets. Each of the outlets in the main room were over loaded and one actually had an extension cord hooking the mini fridge, microwave, TV, and a lamp all to out outlet. The second outlet in the main room had two lamps plugged in. The other outlet was in the bathroom sink/closet area. We also found that the overhead light in the bathroom sink/closet area was a “recent” addition. They had installed a long florescent type light over the sink, however there was once upon a time a different kind of light there and the hole for the wires was still visible. To be able to plug in our phone chargers we had to unplug lamps.

The stairs heading up to our room gave me a sense of vertigo. There were uneven and shook in some places. The building itself needs painted and some upgrades to the wiring (there were cables and wires all clearly visible in the breezeway).

The parking lot could use some could also use some work (repaved, striped, reconfigured).

The tubs and showers need replaced and retiled. The tub in our bathroom looked like it had been painted. It had a teeny tiny shower head that barely put out any water. There were 3 different kinds of tiles on the walls. The floors in the bathroom and sink areas are clearly stick down “wood look” planks. There were very cheap and uneven to walk on. The sink/vanity itself needs updating and was stained. The toilet was a commercial style toilet that you would expect to see restaurant, not what you would expect to see in a hotel.

 

The floor in the main room was uneven, but the carpet appeared to be relatively new.

That covers the greatest majority of the “construction” things. Depending on the electrical this should cost approximately $46,000. I estimated high on quite a bit, but still $1,000/room to bring it up to standard isn’t bad. I also got estimates from my friends and contacts in the business. The Inn would have to be able to use my contacts to get some of these rates.

After that it’s all the “fluff”, the cosmetic/decor stuff (and the amenities).

In our room there was a table that we used as a night stand on one side of the bed, nothing on the other side. There was a desk, double dresser, two side chairs, and the mini fridge “holder”. The TV sat on top of the double dresser. There were two side lamps and one touchier type lamp. There were 2 generic “flowery/pastel” pieces of art.

As for upgrades, I don’t think the bed was that bad, the mattress slept fine and the headboard was ok. The linens (both on the bed and the bath linens) desperately need upgraded. There should be a side table for both sides of the bed in a King room and one in the middle for a double room. The dresser was cheap and the laminate was pealing. None of the furniture matched.

I think the artwork should be changed out to something that would depict the fact that this is an Auburn hotel. The hotel is less than a block away from Toomer’s Corner. If the owner took pictures around town and framed them, this would be perfect art for the rooms. As for the linens, I would monopolize on the burnt orange and navy of the Auburn colors. Navy bedspreads with burnt orange throw pillows. Upgrade the sheets and the towels. As for the rest of the furnishings in the room I would choose one style and go with it.

The overall decor upgrades should cost approximately another $65,000. Again I estimated high. And again, I used my friends and contacts in the design and decor industry. I also didn’t include the price of a coffee maker per room, which they could desperately use.

Now I know what you’re saying. “Carol, that’s $111,000 just in upgrades and repairs. How could they ever recoup that cost?”

The current base rate for a room on a football weekend is $220. They have a 2 night minimum stay requirement which means that each football weekend each room brings in approximately $440. This season alone, Auburn has 7 home games. If they sold out the hotel (which it usually is) for each of those games, that brings in a total of $141,680.

There are hotels in the area that are charging $300 – $400 a night with a 2 night minimum stay. If University Inn did some of the upgrades I’ve mentioned they could continue to charge the regular $220. But if they did all the upgrades I’ve listed, installed coffee makers in each room, and had a better breakfast offering (instead of day old honey buns and bottom of the pot coffee) the Inn could charge at least $300 if not more.

Yes, I know it’s a lot of up front cost, but ultimately the return would be amazing and it would pay for itself in one football season.

Invisible Illnesses

I know this is not coupon or savings related, but this issue is very important to me and I hope you will indulge me as I share my story.

I am continuing this tradition for myself. There is ALWAYS someone out there that needs help and I will be there for anyone that asks for that help. If you need someone to talk to, CALL ME! If I can’t help you through your challenges, I have an amazing support system and there is SOMEONE that can help you…that has been RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE NOW. Don’t continue to suffer in silence.

On this day eight years ago, I never would have thought that my life would be where it is today. Today, I am married to a man that I love wholeheartedly, and I have been given the opportunity to be a bonus mom and #sistermother, when I thought it would never be a possibility. I have forged new friendships that have greatly helped me through a major struggle and transition into my new life. I have lost friendships that I thought I could never live without, but bonded stronger with the true friends that stood beside me through the dark period. However, I am reminded of 8 years ago today (which seems like a life time ago). I married my best friend in the whole world, my first love, and high school sweetheart. We had known each other for over half of our lives and I was in 7th heaven. If you told me that day that everyone (except my parents) would not be part of my life in less than 4 years, I would have had you committed. If you told me that day that in less than a month my husband would start having “problems” I wouldn’t have believed you. In fact the concept that Chris and I wouldn’t work out was so far out of the realm of possibilities, not just in my mind, but most everyone’s. When we started the divorce process, I was in shock for quite a while (even though I knew it was for the best) and I slowly started to realize that my life would never be the same. I suddenly went from having friends that I had know my entire life, “nieces” and “nephews” that I watched being born and growing up, siblings that lived in the same city as I did…to emptiness. I lost almost every friend I had in town, people that had know me for most of my life, because I was doing what was best for me and “killing” him in the process.
I say all that to say this:
While you do promise to love and cherish, in sickness and in health, there is a difference between loving and cherishing and staying in a marriage that is toxic. To this day I love Chris and I probably always will, despite all the hell he put me through for years, but there is a point that you have to decide what is best for you as a person and there is a difference between love and IN love. There are many forms of illnesses in the world and some of the hardest to deal with are the invisible ones…the ones that most people don’t see. Depression, addiction, bi-polar, etc. these are all invisible illnesses and people don’t understand the hardship that is involved not just for the person that is “sick”, but also their spouses and children. And as with any illness, if you don’t get help (of some kind) you won’t get better. I have heard through the grapevine that Chris is getting better day by day. I hate that it took the dissolving of our marriage for him to finally get the help he needed, but I’m glad he’s finally getting back to the person he used to be.
If you know someone suffering from an invisible illness…if you are married to someone that is…if you are that person yourself, PLEASE ask for help from somewhere. There are resources out there to help you.
But despite all that, I hate that I had to go through the darkness to get to this light. You have to live through the rain to see the rainbow.
#addictions #recovery

How to Stretch One Dinner into Multiple Meals

Check out this amazing blog post by Whole Foods. You can find the original post here. Huge thank you’s go out to Whole Foods for helping us save money and be healthy at the same time!

 

 Lunch-in-a-Jar: Cherry Pecan Grain Salad

RecipeCherry Pecan Grain Salad

Looking for time-saving tips for making delicious lunches and dinners? One of the keys to simplifying mealtime is to make the most of each meal you prep. Make big batches of key ingredients like proteins, grains and veggies one night so you can easily reinvent leftovers for lunch or dinner the following days.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to turn ingredients from one night’s dinner into easy new dishes the next day.

7 Double Duty Dinners

First Meal: Roasted or Grilled Vegetables
Second meal: Make Grilled Veggie and Goat Cheese Wraps or mix leftovers with cooked grains like barley, wheat berries or brown rice and toss with your favorite vinaigrette. You could also opt for a Brown Rice and Vegetable Casserole.
First Meal: Roast Chicken
Second meal: Leftovers can be transformed into salads like our popular Sonoma Chicken SaladEasy Chicken BurritosQuick Chicken Tostadas, Chicken Tetrazzini or more quick and easy dishes.
First Meal: Grilled Salmon 
Second meal: Leftover salmon is a match for green salads such as this Wild Alaska Salmon and Avocado Salad, pasta dishes like Penne Primavera with Salmon and sandwiches too.
Grilled Salmon and Lemons with Herbs
First Meal: Whole Grains
Second meal: You’re one step closer to Cherry Pecan Grain Salad for lunch or Roasted Bell Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa for your next dinner.
Second meal: Enjoy sandwiches for lunch or sauté potatoes, onions and leftover beef (top with an egg, if desired) for a hearty roast beef hash for dinner.
Black Bean and Roasted Corn Pasta Salad
First Meal: Cooked Pasta
Second meal: Pasta Frittata with Chard, Bacon and Goat Cheese for breakfast or dinner. Plus, cold pasta salads like Black Bean and Roasted Corn Pasta Salad are a breeze to prepare for brown bag lunches.
First Meal: Baked Sweet Potatoes
Second meal: Make a quick bisque by puréeing peeled cooked or mashed sweet potatoes with stock and coconut milk. Stir in a little curry powder or add cooked rice and chopped chicken or turkey for a hearty entrée.

How to Build a Gift Closet Without Breaking Your Budget

Your son comes home from school on Thursday and announces he’s been invited to a birthday party. And it’s tomorrow. I’ve been there! And I have your solution in just two words: gift stockpile. It’s pretty simple. Learn the best time of year to buy everything, and when you find a deal on a giftable item–anything from a blender to a Nerf gun–buy it when the price is low, and save it for later. In the long run, it’ll save you time and money. Here’s how I do it:

I load up on bins when they’re on sale and make a bin for each of these categories:

  • Baby Shower Gifts
  • Bridal Shower and Wedding Gifts
  • Kids Birthday Gifts
  • Teen Birthday and Graduation Gifts
  • Teacher, Friend, and Neighbor Gifts

Next, I fill up my bins!

1. Baby Shower Gifts

babystockpile

Diapers from your couponing stockpile: Diapers and wipes are like liquid gold to a new mom. Raid your couponing stockpile and give some of those diapers and wipes you get at rock-bottom prices as a shower gift. If you don’t have a stash of diapers already, let’s get you started. Once a month, you can find Huggies for under $3.50 per pack and Pampers for under $5 per pack at drugstores like Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS. If you have a pregnant friend, follow MGM Qpon Queen to find coupons for Huggies, Pampers coupons, and other diaper deals!

Baby Gap extra 40% off clearance: Stock up on sleepers when they are under $8. In-store clearance prices are better than online clearance prices.

Tip: the last markdown prices end in $0.97. Follow your local gap on Facebook to find out when the sales happen in your area.

The Children’s Place online “Monster Sale”: Get baby clothes for as low as $0.99! Sign up for TCP emails to find out when the “Monster Sale” takes place. (Plus get $10 off your next purchase just for signing up!) Online prices are better than in-store, but don’t pay for shipping! Free shipping happens so often that if The Children’s Place isn’t offering it the day you shop, it’s worth waiting a day or two and checking back to see if shipping is free another day.

Target holiday clearance: I’ve seen holiday-specific pacifiers, bibs, onesies, and sippy cups marked down 70-90% after holidays! Buy that reindeer onesie or patriotic pacifier, and save it away for the friend that’s due in that season.

2. Bridal Shower and Wedding Gifts

weddingstockpile

Kohl’s + Kohl’s cash + coupon code stacking: Watch for deals at Kohl’s on small appliances or bed and bath items. Black & Decker appliances have been as cheap as $14 (for a $40 appliance). Toasters or coffeepots often go on sale for only $4.99. The big bath towels get as low as $3 each at Kohl’s, so when they hit that price, stock up!

Black Friday deals on small appliances: Many stores including Macy’s, JCPenney, and Walmart have doorbuster deals on small appliances on Black Friday, making it a great time to stock up on wedding gifts for under $20–sometimes as low as $5 each. And thanks to mail-in-rebates, there’s also a sprinkling of hot appliance deals all year-round. Just a few months ago, I got a $50 slow cooker, electric skillet, and blender for only $10.

Victoria’s Secret reward cards: Take advantage of the Secret Rewards promotion in March/April in order to get VS items for FREE for any brides-to-be who show up in your life. There are $10, $20, $50, $100, or $500 reward cards available. You can request 1 reward card per household per day during the month the program runs. Just mail your request in and they’ll send you a card a day. You’ll have one month to redeem your rewards. Learn everything you need to know about Victoria’s Secret Secret Reward Cards. Also shop the VS semi-annual sale in January and June where you’ll find panties for as low as $3.99. Lingerie is up to 50% off, and good quality pajamas are only $24.99. I have various sizes and styles in my stockpile.

Target Home Clearance: Peruse the end-caps for clearance deals.

Tip: Most Target locations mark down their home section on Thursdays.

3. Kids Birthday Gifts

kidsstockpile

Hollar for great-priced, high-quality toys: Load up on toys, stuffed animals, art supplies, games, and T-shirts, all for under $5 at Hollar! Hollar has a lot of brand-name toys and crafts (like Melissa & Doug). Your first order ships free when you spend $10; otherwise, shipping is free when you spend $25.

Amazon Lightning Deals: Another place to watch for great deals on toys. Act fast–Lighting Deals really do move like lightning! Make sure to add the item to your cart, sign in to your account, and enter payment info before the deal goes live. That way, all you have to do is check out, and you’re not at risk for losing the toy before it sells out–sometimes in less than 90 seconds!

Tip: Join Amazon Prime (free 30 day trial here) and you’ll get to shop most Lightning Deals 30 minutes before deals go live for everyone else.

Target semi-annual toy clearance: Usually starts on the second or third week in January and again in July at Target; you’ll start seeing 30% off on toys. The sale then goes to 50% off and quickly to 70% off. Eventually the leftover toys hit the end-caps, and they sit at 90% off. Items go so fast! If there’s something you really want, it’s best to get it at the 50% markdown. The good stuff is gone once it hits 70%. During the rest of the year, shop Target on Thursdays, because that’s when they mark down their toy section.

Tip: Stock up on arts and crafts items like crayons, construction paper, scissors, markers, etc., during Back-to-School sales and clearance sales after school begins.

4. Teen Birthday and Graduation Gifts

teengiftsstockpile

Raise.com for discounted gift cards: Get a 12-15% (average) discount on gift cards at Raise.com for stores you already frequent. In fact, if you’re not using Raise.com yet, you’re missing out! Let the teen in your life pick out their own gift. You can choose gift cards from iTunes, Best Buy, Sephora, Starbucks, TJ Maxx, and a lot more.

Cosmetics deals at Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid: Find high-value coupons for new products at Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid. Keep an eye out specifically for brands like Maybelline and Revlon and items like nail polish and mascara. Also look at Target! Text BEAUTY to 827438 to get a coupon to use at Target. For the girl who likes brand-name makeup, you can find deals at Sephora, too! I like to stock up during their semi-annual sales in April and November. I also like to buy their value sets, which include a mix of items of the same brand.

BestBuy.com deals: This electronics giant isn’t just a great place to get a giant flatscreen TV. Watch for Best Buy sales a few times per month on headphones, appliances, and computers. Sometimes you can even haggle for a better price at Best Buy. And if you find a better price online, Best Buy is one of a handful of retailers who will price match Amazon.

Back-to-school sales/clearance on dorm stuff: Give an incoming freshmen a head start on their space in college. You’ll find comforters, pillows, and basically anything a student needs to set up their dorm room. Back-to-school sales are in full swing from July to September. Check out Target and Ikea clearance sales in September for some of the best deals.

5. Teacher, Friend, and Neighbor Gifts

teacherstockpile

Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale in January and June: Stock up in-store or online on hand soaps for as little as $3.25, and Wallflower refills for $3. Lotion and body cream are $3.75, and candles are up to 50% off. Bath & Body Works items make great gifts for my kids’ teachers and also for times when I forget a friend or a neighbor’s birthday. Late gifts are better than no gifts, right?!

Accessories deals at JCPenney: Find deals on jewelry, scarves, gloves, or flip-flops. JCPenney does in-store “penny deals” where items like towels, tank tops, and makeup bags are only $.01.

Wine Case Discounts: If you have the sort of relationship with your child’s teacher where this would be welcome, wine is a thoughtful gift. Want to save money at Whole Foods? Get a 10% discount when you buy 6 or more bottles.

Join a wine club so you always have a bottle on hand: Check out Club W, where you get your first 3 bottles of wine for $28.41, plus shipping. Try Lot 18’s Tasting Room where you can get 6 wine samples for just $9.95 shipped. Heartwood sometimes sells 6 bottles of wine for under $6 each. Make sure some of those bottles make it into their gift stockpile bin!

And that’s how I did it! I save an average of 45% on the total cost of my annual gifting–and that includes my own children’s gifts! For the last three years, I’ve saved about $700 per year.

Sunday Coupon Insert Preview 07/30

Find the Sunday insert preview 07/30 below. You will get (4) insert in your paper.

Be on the lookout for:
(2) Smart Source
(1) Red Plum
(1) Proctor & Gamble

Remember there are DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EVERY CITY and the coupons you get will vary somewhat. Check back next Wednesday to get the exact list of what came out in your area..

Note: Coupons for the two SmartSource inserts have been combined into one list

Smart Source  07/30

$1 off Arm & Hammer cat litter (exp 10/8)
$1.25/2 Arm & Hammer or Arrid Ultramax deodorants, excl 1 oz, roll-ons and twin packs (exp 9/2)
$1 off Arm & Hammer Slide cat litter (exp 10/8)
$1 off Arm & Hammer Spinbrush battery-powered toothbrush or refill (exp 9/9)
.50/1 Arm & Hammer Ultramax deodorant, excl 1 oz, roll-ons and twin packs (exp 9/2)
$2 off Bausch+Lomb Biotrue contact lens solution, 10 oz+ (exp 9/30)
$4 off Bausch+Lomb Biotrue contact lens solution, twin pack (exp 9/30)
$2 off Bausch+Lomb Renu advanced formula , 12 oz+ (exp 8/26)
$4 off Bausch+Lomb Renu advanced formula , 2 x 12 oz twin pack (exp 8/26)
$2 off Bausch+Lomb Soothe (exp 9/30)
$5/2 Bausch+Lomb Soothe (exp 9/30)
$3 off Blink lid wipes (exp 9/4)
$3 off Blink Revitalens 10 oz, or Complete solution 12 oz (exp 9/4)
$5 off Blink Revitalens 20 oz, or Complete solution 24 oz (exp 9/4)
$3 off Blink Tears, Tears Preservative Free, Geltears lubricating eye drops, -N-Clean lens drops or Contacts lubricating eye drops (exp 9/4)
$1.50 off Born Sweet Zing stevia sweetener product (exp 8/26)
$1 off C&H flip-top canister (exp 9/2)
$1/2 C&H sugar products, 2-lb+ (exp 9/2)
$3 off CeraVe baby item (exp 9/30)
$4 off CeraVe cleanser or body wash 8 oz+, excl Hydrating cleanser bar and makeup removing cleanser cloths (exp 9/30)
$2 off CeraVe cream, lotion or cleanser, excl Hydrocortisone and cleanser bar (exp 9/30)
$4 off CeraVe itch relief cream or lotion (exp 9/30)
$2 off Clairol hair color, excl Color Crave, Age Defy, Balsam, Textures & Tones, and trial size (exp 8/12)
$5/2 Clairol hair color, excl Color Crave, Age Defy, Balsam, Textures & Tones, and trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Cottonelle flushable cleansing cloths, 42-ct+ (exp 9/9)
$1 off Cottonelle toilet paper, 6+ rolls (exp 9/9)
$2 off Depend product, 8-ct+ (exp 8/26)
$2 off Depend Real Fit or Silhouette items, 8-ct+ (exp 8/26)
$2 off Depend Shields or Guards for men or Bed Protectors, 8-ct+ (exp 8/26)
$1/2 Dole fruit bowls, 4-ct (exp 10/22)
$1/2 Dole no sugar added fruit bowls, 4-ct (exp 10/22)
$2 off Dulco Lax or Ease 25-ct+ or Lax suppositories 4-ct+ (exp 9/16)
$2 off Efferdent product, 78-ct+ (exp 9/30)
$1 off Elmer’s product, 4-ct or 6 oz+ (exp 9/24)
.50/1 Energizer batteries or flashlight (exp 9/2)
.75/1 Energizer hearing aid batteries (exp 9/2)
$3 off Ensure multipack (exp 9/24)
$1 off Expo dry erase marker, 2-ct+ (exp 9/24)
$1 off Finish dishwasher cleaner or detergent booster (exp 8/30)
$2 off Finish Max in 1 or Quantum Max (exp 8/30)
$1.50 off Five Star binder (exp 9/30)
$1/2 Five Star products (exp 9/30)
$2/2 Five Star reinforced filler paper or reinforced printer paper (exp 9/30)
$1 off Frigo Cheese Heads snack cheese, 8-ct+ (exp 9/15)
$1/2 General Mills Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, French Toast Crunch, Apple Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Strawberry Toast Crunch, Blueberry Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Trix, Cookie Crisp, Golden Grahams, Kix, Dora the Explorer, Girl Scouts or Tiny Toast (exp 9/9)
.50/1 Goody brush (exp 9/30)
.50/1 Goody Ouchless elastics product (exp 9/30)
.75/3 Helper regular or Ultimate (exp 9/23)
$1.50 off Huggies diapers, 10-ct+ (exp 8/16)
$1/2 Huggies wipes, 24-ct+ (exp 8/26)
$3 off Infusium 23 shampoo or conditioner 13.5 oz, or leave in treatment 13 oz, excl 4, 8, 12, 16 & 33.8 oz products (exp 8/27)
.50/3 Kleenex boxes 50-ct+, or (1) bundle pack, excl trial size (exp 9/2)
.75/1 LA Looks hair gel, 20 oz or 26 oz (exp 9/10)
.50/1 Lysol disinfectant spray (exp 9/25)
$1/2 Lysol disinfecting wipes (exp 9/25)
.50/1 Lysol itb toilet bowl cleaner (exp 9/25)
$1 off Lysol laundry sanitizer (exp 9/25)
.50/2 Lysol toilet bowl cleaners (exp 9/25)
$2 off Mr. Sketch product, 4-ct+ (exp 9/24)
.75/2 Nabisco Chips Ahoy! cookies, 7 oz+ (exp 9/9)
$1.50 off Nutella jar 13 oz+, or mini cups 10-ct (exp 9/30)
.75/1 Paper Mate InkJoy product, 2-ct+ (exp 9/24)
.75/1 PaperMate pen or pencil, 2-ct+ (exp 9/24)
$1 off Pert Plus product, 13.5 oz+ (exp 8/27)
$2 off Pert Plus product, 25.4 oz+ (exp 8/27)
$1 off Pilot Frixion pens, 2-pk+ (exp 9/30)
.75/1 Pilot G2 pens, 4-pk+ (exp 9/30)
$1 off Pilot Precise pens, 2-pk+ (exp 9/30)
$2 off Poise Impressa bladder supports sizing kit or size 1, 2 or 3 6-ct+ (exp 8/26)
$2 off Poise pads or liner, excl 14-26ct liners (exp 8/26)
$3/3 Purina Beggin’ or Busy dog treats (exp 8/20)
$2 off Purina Bella, Beneful, Beyond, Dog Chow or ONE dry dog food (Target coupon), 10-lb+ (exp 8/20)
$2 off Purina Cat Chow, Friskies or ONE dry cat food (Target coupon) (exp 8/20)
$2 off Purina Tidy Cats lightweight cat litter (exp 9/30)
$4 off Rachael Ray Nutrish dog treats, 12 oz+ bag (exp 9/24)
$1.50 off Rachael Ray Nutrish dog treats, bag (exp 9/24)
$3 off Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak dry dog food, 4-lb+ bag (exp 9/24)
.50/1 Rave hairspray, 7 oz+ (exp 9/10)
Free Rave travel size hairspray, 1.5 oz (exp 9/3)
$1 off Rubbermaid Lunchblox product (exp 9/24)
$1/2 Rubbermaid Takealongs containers or sets (exp 9/24)
$2/2 Scotch-Brite products (exp 8/30)
$1 off Scott bath tissue, 8+ rolls (exp 8/27)
$1/2 Scott Naturals flushable cleansing cloths (exp 8/27)
$1 off Scott towels, 6+ rolls (exp 8/27)
$1.50/2 Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaning products (exp 9/10)
.55/1 Sharpie highlighter pack, 2-ct+ (exp 9/24)
.75/1 Sharpie permanent marker, 3-ct+ (exp 9/24)
$2 off Splenda Naturals product (exp 9/3)
Free Target $5 GiftCard with purchase of $25+ Kleenex facial tissue, Cottonelle toilet paper or flushable cleansing cloths, Viva paper towels, or Scott bath tissue (Target coupon), excl trial size (exp 8/26)
.25/1 Viva regular or Vantage paper towel (exp 9/10)
$1 off Viva regular or Vantage paper towels, 6-pk (exp 9/10)
$1 off Wet n Wild 1 Step Wondergel (exp 8/12)
$1 off Wet n Wild Perfect Pout gel lip balm (exp 8/12)
.50/1 Wet n Wild product (exp 8/12)
$3 off Zantac regular or Duo Fusion item, 20-ct+ (exp 9/16)

Red Plum 07/30
$1 off ACT kids product, excl trial size (exp 9/16)
$1 off ACT product, excl trial size (exp 9/16)
$10 off Allegra 24HR, 60 or 70-ct (exp 8/5)
$4 off Allegra 24HR, 24-ct+ (exp 8/26)
$3 off Allegra D or children’s item (exp 8/26)
$1 off Brawny paper towel (exp 8/26)
$2 off Brawny paper towel, 6XL or 8XL (exp 8/26)
$1 off Cortizone 10 product, 1 oz+ (exp 9/16)
$3 off Dark & Lovely Au Naturale or Soft Sheen-Carson items (exp 8/27)
$2 off Dark & Lovely haircolor or relaxer (exp 8/27)
$3 off Everpro Back2Blonde item (exp 10/31)
$1 off Everpro Gray Away item (exp 10/31)
$2 off Garnier cleanser, excl trial size and masks (exp 8/26)
$1 off Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner or treatment, over 3 oz (exp 8/26)
$4/2 Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner, treatment or styling products, over 3 oz (exp 8/26)
$3 off Garnier moisturizer, excl trial size and masks (exp 8/26)
$2 off Garnier Nutrisse item (exp 8/26)
$2 off Garnier Olia oil-powered haircolor (exp 8/26)
$5/2 Garnier Olia oil-powered haircolor (exp 8/26)
$2 off Garnier Whole Blends shampoo, conditioner or treatment (exp 8/26)
$1 off Gold Bond product, excl 1 oz (exp 9/16)
$1 off Icy Hot or Aspercreme, Capzasin, Sportscreme, Arthritis Hot, Flexall product, excl 1-ct patches and 1.25-1.75 oz creams (exp 9/16)
$5 off Icy Hot SmartRelief starter kit (exp 9/16)
$1/2 Keebler or Cheez-it or Famous Amos multipacks (Publix coupon), 8.88-16.8 oz (exp 8/18)
$1/3 Kellogg’s Fruit Flavored Snacks, (Publix coupon), 7-8 oz (exp 8/18)
$2 off L’Oreal Advanced hairstyle product, excl 3 oz (exp 8/26)
$2 off L’Oreal cleanser product, excl trial size (exp 8/26)
$2 off L’Oreal Colour Riche lip item (exp 8/26)
$2 off L’Oreal cosmetic face product, excl Magic Perfecting base .17 oz (exp 8/26)
$3 off L’Oreal Ever haircare product (exp 8/26)
$2 off L’Oreal Excellence or Age Perfect by Excellence haircolor item (exp 8/26)
$1 off L’Oreal eyeliner or brow product (exp 8/26)
$4/2 L’Oreal Hair Expert shampoo or conditioner items, excl 3 oz (exp 8/26)
$2 off L’Oreal Hair Expert treatment item (exp 8/26)
$1 off L’Oreal lip liner (exp 8/26)
$3 off L’Oreal skincare product, excl cleansers and trial size (exp 8/26)
$3 off L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara (exp 8/26)
$1 off Let’s Jam or Magic, Dark & Natural or Optimum item (exp 8/27)
$1 off Maybelline brow, shadow or liner product (exp 8/26)
$1 off Maybelline face product (exp 8/26)
$1 off Maybelline lip product (exp 8/26)
$2 off Maybelline mascara (exp 8/26)
$2 off Nasacort 24HR spray (exp 8/26)
$1/2 Nature’s Truth aromatherapy products (exp 9/30)
$1 off OXY acne treatment (exp 8/27)
$3/2 OXY acne treatment (exp 8/27)
$1 off Pentel EnerGel pack (exp 9/16)
$1 off Pentel Twist-Erase pack (exp 9/16)
$1.50 off Polident denture cleanser tablets, 40-ct+ (exp 8/27)
$1/2 Pringles cans (Publix coupon), 4.9-5.5 oz (exp 8/18)
$1 off Purity ice cream, 48 oz (exp 9/30)
$1/2 Purity Novelties (exp 9/30)
$1/3 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars or Bites (exp 9/10)
$1/2 Quaker cold cereals (exp 9/10)
.70/1 Sir Bananas half gallon (exp 9/10)
$1 off Super Poligrip product, 1 oz+ (exp 8/27)
$1 off Unisom product (exp 9/16)
$5 off XYZAL 24HR 35-ct+, or children’s 5 oz item (exp 8/26)
$2 off XYZAL 24HR or children’s item (exp 8/26)

Proctor & Gamble 07/30

$3 off Align probiotic supplement, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Always Discreet incontinence liner or pad, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Always Discreet underwear, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2/2 Always pads 11-ct+, liners 30-ct+ or wipes 20-ct+, excl Discreet (exp 8/12)
.25/1 Bounty napkins, excl trial size (exp 8/26)
.25/1 Bounty paper towel, excl napkins and trial size (exp 8/26)
.25/1 Charmin toilet paper or Freshmates item, excl single roll and trial size (exp 8/26)
$4/2 Clairol Herbal Essences bio:renew shampoo, conditioner or styling items, excl color, body wash and trial size (exp 8/12)
$5 off Crest 3d White Glamorous White, 1 HR Express, Professional Effects, FlexFit, Gentle Routine, Monthly Whitening Boost or Whitestrips with Light, excl Noticeably White, Vivid, and trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Crest mouthwash, 437 ml/16 oz+, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Crest toothpaste 3oz+, excl Cavity, Regular, Baking Soda, Tartar Control and Kids, and trial size (exp 8/12)
.25/1 Dawn product, excl trial size (exp 8/26)
$1/2 Dawn scrubber sponges, 3-pk+ (exp 10/1)
Free Febreze single refill up to $5.49, WYB (1) Febreze Plug item or Unstopables (exp 8/12)
$3 off Febreze Unstopables air freshener product, excl in-wash scent booster and trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Gillette deodorant, 2.6 oz+, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$3 off Gillette or Venus or Daisy disposables 2-ct+, excl Sensor 2 and Daisy 2 2-ct (exp 8/26)
$1 off Gillette or Venus or Satin Care shave gel 5.9 oz+, excl Foamy (exp 8/26)
$3 off Gillette or Venus razor, excl disposables (exp 8/26)
$3 off Gillette or Venus refill pack, 4-ct+ (exp 8/26)
$1 off Head & Shoulders product 380 ml/12.8 oz+, or Clinical Solutions, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$3/2 Head & Shoulders products 380 ml/12.8 oz+, or Clinical Solutions, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Luvs diapers, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Metamucil fiber supplement (exp 8/12)
.25/1 Mr. Clean product, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Olay Age Defying or Complete facial moisturizer, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Olay Eyes product, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Olay facial cleanser, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Olay Regenerist or Total Effects facial moisturizer, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Olay bar soap 4-ct+, WYB (1) Olay body wash, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Old Spice 2-in-1 or styling product, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Old Spice product, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Oral-B adult battery toothbrush, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$3 off Oral-B replacement brush heads, 3-ct+, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$1.50 off Oral-B twin or multi-pack manual adult toothbrush, excl Healthy Clean and Cavity Defense, and trial size (exp 8/12)
$1.50 off Pampers diapers or Easy Ups training underwear, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Pampers Easy Ups training underwear or Underjams absorbent night wear, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
.50/1 Pampers wipes, 56-ct+, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
Free Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner, up to $3.99, WYB (1) Pantene shampoo, excl 6.7 oz and trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Pantene Expert or Gold series item, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$5/3 Pantene products, must include shampoo and conditioner or styler, excl 6.7 oz and trial size (exp 8/12)
$2.50 off Pantene styler or treatment product, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$3 off Prilosec OTC product (exp 8/26)
.25/1 Puffs facial tissues, incl multipacks, excl To Go singles and trial size (exp 8/26)
$1 off Secret Fresh, Outlast, body spray or invisible spray, 2.6 oz+, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Swiffer refill, solution or Dust & Shine, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$2/2 Tampax Pearl or Radiant tampons, 16-ct+ (exp 8/12)
$2 off Vicks product, excl ZzzQuil and Sinex, and trial size (exp 8/12)
$4/2 Vicks products, excl ZzzQuil and trial size (exp 8/12)
$2 off Vicks Sinex, excl trial size (exp 8/12)
$1 off Vicks ZzzQuil item, excl trial size (exp 8/12)

5 Ways to Save on School Uniforms

School Uniforms come with a love/hate relationship for most people. Many districts say that they save parents money, plus there is no more stress over what to wear everyday or that someone else has more fashionable clothing.  While those are all great, buying a line of clothing that is like work attire for children is expensive.  Now they have school clothes separate from play clothes.   That’s double the clothing (not to mention double the laundry).

If you need to get new uniforms on a budget, here are a few ideas on how to save on school uniforms.

Save on School Uniforms

1.  Consignment Sales/Good Will

We are in the middle of back-to-school consignment season.  You’ll find many uniform racks in almost every sale running in your city.  Many times these will be brand name items (Lands End etc.) for over 50% off the regular price. Go one step further and head to Good Will.  Our local stores have a large selection of uniform apparel and all start at $2.79 per item!  My girls need uniform pants and a polo shirts to wear with their American Heritage Girls uniforms each year, this is where we grab them.

2.  Coupon Codes & Cash Back

Look at going new with a number of online deals various sites will run during back to school season. You’ll also find deals specifically on uniforms at Old Navy, Target, Walmart and a number of other retailers.

Before shopping online, always look for a coupon code and make sure to GO THROUGH EBATES FIRST to earn cash back on your entire purchase.

3.  Attach Your Own Insignia or Patches

Many times school uniforms are just khaki pants with a polo shirt.  If your school requires special insignia, ask if there are local embroidery shops that have the pattern.  Rather than buying from a special school shop that has things already made (and costs a fortune), grab your own apparel and take it to a local shop or do it your self.  To save more, make sure to have all your clothing in the same order.  Many shops offer a discount when it is a the same logo repeated.

4.  Start a Uniform Exchange

Be a problem solver and start a uniform exchange to help everyone out!  You aren’t the only family needing uniforms, so band together and swap uniforms with others to get the sizes you need.  This is incredibly easy to do, just invite folks to meet at a person’s house or even at the school and have items ready for swap or sale.

5. Shop Ebay

The consignment sale king online doesn’t miss a beat with uniforms either.  You’ll find a ton of options on ebay and some even for bulk sales where you could get everything you need in one order.  Be careful to not order uniforms that have insignia already on them, this can be costly to cover up or replace.

Do you have any other tips on how you save on school uniforms?