Sunday, December 2, 2012

Remodeling the Second Bath Was Uber Cheap!!

When I bought my house I looked for one that did not need much work but also wasn't perfect so I could put my own touches on it. The two major places I wanted to update were the two small bathrooms, so I immediately started shopping!

I visited every home improvement store within 10 miles of my home and started stalking the clearance aisles. I kept in mind the features that I wanted and needed. For example, the vanity needs to have drawer and if you've ever shopped for vanities you will find out that drawers don't come cheap!

One Saturday afternoon we were stalking the clearance aisles as usual when I stumbled across a great vanity. It included the sink and a drawer...perfect!! But there was one had no price. Now please learn this lesson from me, a girl who once got a beautiful Targus laptop bag for $1, which normally retailed for $60, simply because there was no tag on it and no one else had bothered to check the price, so it just sat there on the shelf as the price went down every week! ALWAYS check the price!! So learning from that lucky experience, I found a service rep and asked him for the price. "Well, it was $240, but usually they go down at least 50% when someone returns it." (OK so $120...not bad, right?) Well we continued to talk and by the time he finished filling out the replacement price tag, he decided to drop the price to $80!! 

With that great price I was able to afford to do more than I had originally planned :-) 

Here's how it broke down:

  • $80 vanity with sink top from Lowe's
  • Already loved bathroom accessories, so I purposely matched new pieces to that look
  • $1 knobs for wall cabinet from Habitat for Humanity
  • Accessories from Ross (Target brand) $15
  • Glass tile $12 per sq ft, but such a small section, a splurge was totally within the budget
  • 3 wicker baskets with cotton liners only $12 at Walmart

$80 Vanity
$12 Tile
$15 Mortar and Grout
$10 Shower Curtain
$5 Tooth Brush Holder
$12 Wicker Baskets
+$2 Hardware

Yep, that's right...Under $150 to redo the bathroom!!

$2.87 at Lowe's

$1.00 at Habitat for Humanity



Monday, September 10, 2012

Stretching the kiddos birthday money is easy...

So this year my 12 year old asked for what I think most 12 year olds ask With that money he somehow thought he could buy all the things he wanted: a long board skateboard, custom Lego figures, and of course video games. Lucky for him, he has a mommy that refuses to pay the first price I find, even when it isn't my money. My thought, if I can stretch his money to buy all the things he wants, I won't have to buy anything ;-)

First up, the long board. He had a specific Santa Cruz brand board in mind. Everywhere we found it, it was $140, whether it was $130 plus $10 shipping or $140 with free shipping. I almost gave up thinking, well maybe this is just the set price and Santa Cruz won't let their retailers sell it for less. But then I thought, well let's check Santa Cruz's my surprise it was a lot cheaper to buy it from them direct! $40 cheaper! $99 and FREE shipping!! My son was super excited to save $40 to say the least :-D

Next, custom Legos...G.I. Bricks to be exact. G.I. Bricks is a website that sells custom military figures and weapons for use with Legos. And they are surprisingly affordable. My son sat on my computer and picked out the ones he wanted and then passed it over to me to finish the purchase up. I asked him "well did you get any discounts or free shipping?" ... in my house this has become an expected question lol. So I Googled it, as usual, but I found nothing. Unwilling to spend $5 on shipping for a $15 purchase I decided to check one more place...Facebook...and voila! There it was in their timeline, a coupon code for free shipping AND 15% off any order! He immediately saved $8, which he used to buy 10 more pieces :-) He was so excited! And it felt so good being able to help him stretch his birthday money.

After just two purchases we'd saved $48, almost enough for another video game! 


NEVER make a purchase online without looking for a discount code...never, ever, ever. There's almost always a discount if you just look for it. 

My favorite coupon code websites:

But it's really just as simple as searching "(store) coupon code", i.e. "Old Navy Coupon Code".

And don't forget to check the stores Facebook page, just about every retailer has one. x

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Shopping tips for any budget, even the's like my sport!

I truly believe that every woman deserves chic, sophisticated fashion both in her closet and in her home. I have often been asked by people how I get such good deals, and I'm always happy to share. So I thought, "Hey, these are tough times, I bet a lot of people could use these skills" times may be tough but there are many unbelievable deals out there if you know how to find them. Here I will share with you my amazing deals and more importantly, HOW I got them!

For starters, here are a few of my basic shopping principles:

1. Always know before you head out what it is you need. This will help dissuade you from making spontaneous purchases that are just going to end up in the closet never to be used. And it will keep you focused on the search...think the law of attraction, if you are focused on what it is you need it will come to you (so to speak). *Keep your eye on the prize* - Shopping is my sport!

2. Always have a set price in mind for the items you are looking for. Think what is this item really worth to me? How badly do I NEED it? And what do I consider a good deal. For example, I never pay more for clothes than what you see below:

REALLY! I promise! If you look for good deals, they are there and they aren't that hard to find if you know how and stick to your guns. *Perstinence is key*

3. Always go straight to the clearance rack. I always look at the clearance racks first and I check them in every store and in every department. Many times you will find what you've been looking for at a great deal. And know when it is NOT a great deal... just because it's on clearance doesn't mean it's a great price! I many times have bought items on sale cheaper than a similar or exact item on clearance...but these racks are always the best place to start. And whenever possible, I simply wait for something I want to go on clearance...most things do eventually...and it feels so good to save 50% simply because you waited *Patients is the other key*

4.  Always have your coupons with you. I have often purchased items for close to nothing because it was on clearance or sale AND I had a coupon. Also, always be sure to search for a coupon code before making any purchase online. For example, Google "Old Navy Coupon" and you will almost always find a code for an additional percentage off or free shipping...well worth an extra 5 minutes of work. *A little extra work can go a long way*