Semi Homemade Personalized Gift Idea

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Semi-homemade personalized tote

By Contributing writer Laura.

This semi-homemade personalized gift idea is perfect for Christmas.  It would also be great for a teacher, mom or friend.  The best part is that you don’t have to be super crafty to do it.
Super easy personalized tote

Step 1: Simply trace your favorite chipboard letter, stamp, stencil or freehand the letter(s) you would like to add to the project. Paint the letter(s).  Acrylic or fabric paint will be fine for this craft as it would be something you would spot clean.  I suggest adding paper or a magazine under the area you are painting to avoid the paint going through the tote.  Imagine the options: Letter of 1st name or last name, entire 1st or last name or even a # for you favorite athlete.

Step 2: Embellishment~Craft stores have a huge selection of embellishments or hair accessories that would be perfect for this project. I chose to buy 1/8 of a yard of satin, cut and burn circles. These circles do not have to be perfect as they edges curl due to the flame. The brad goes easily through the satin and tote although a small hole might be needed.

Step 3: You are done!  What a simple personalized gift for that special person who has everything!!  I have given these to my daughters teachers in the past and they all are in AWE of the creativity and thought that went into their gift.

Just look at the options Hobby Lobby has to choose from. These range from $5.99 to $14.99 and with the weekly 40% off coupon they are an awesome deal!

Super easy and very inexpensive. With coupons and sales I spent less than $6 on this entire project. What a great gift for a loved one or a teacher!!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Tote, paint, chipboard for tracing, paintbrush, satin, scissors, lighter and a brad.

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A Seinfeld Episode Kind of Day

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My husband says I’ve had a Seinfeld kind of day and I’ve entertain him and his co-workers. I’m glad I could give them some entertainment this Wednesday.

It all started on Saturday when I flew to Charlotte, NC for a conference. I got to the car rental place, handed them my license and they said it was expired and couldn’t rent me a vehicle.  Of course I had no clue that my drivers license expired on my 40th Birthday.  Since then I’ve flown to Indiana and back and North Carolina.  TSA never noticed, or maybe they don’t care?  I looked up on the site and it never really says “valid” id.  But it does say they have other ways of “validating your identity” which in and of itself is scary.  I contemplated having hubby overnight my passport so I was sure to get home.

I flew back to Jacksonville last night around 10pm and didn’t have any problems at security.  Today I headed to the DMV to renew my license.  I did see on the website that I’d have to pay a late fee.  Do you all know when your license expires?  I never look at it and it’s been 6 years since I had it done last.  GO LOOK right now and put it on your calendar b/c they don’t mail you any kind of notification.

Here is basically how the rest of the day went.

  • Get to DMV only to be told I don’t have all the proof of identity paperwork I need.  New law in 2010 requires more
  • Go home and pick up forms.  Pretty much everything! Including my marriage license.
  • Get back to DMV and wait 40 min for my turn
  • Then they tell me they can’t verify my social security card b/c it’s still under my maiden name, even though my maiden name is on EVERY other form I have including my passport.
  • Then hand me a paper ‘extending’ my drivers license and sent me to the social security office.
  • Drive 30 min to SS office
  • Get a number and then realize they close at noon and I JUST barely made it in before they locked the doors and started turning people away.

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  • Sit in a crowded room next to a few people with BO and too much perfume (just being honest).  Commence headache.
  • Wait for 1+ hour before my number is called.
  • Hand the agent my paperwork and he asks me for my license.
  • 5 min later he says, “Oh you tried to pull one over on me”.  At this point I’m confused.  He sees my passport sitting on counter and say, “your license is expired, but I can use your passport”.  Uh ok.  So then I get to thinking and ask him, “What happens if I didn’t have a passport?  Because the DMV won’t give me a new license until I get a new SS card from you.”  He then says, “I don’t know, I can’t answer for the DMV”.  I can’t make this stuff up folks.
  • I’m just glad I had my passport and we could move along.
  • 4 hours later, I still don’t have my new license, but my ss is updated.

Look, I get it, things have changed since 9/11.  I was married 18+ years ago and as I remember it, was told I did not need to change my ss card as long as I kept my maiden name as my middle name.

I am now ready for Thursday.  Please and thank you. :)

 

8 Ways To Save Money On Halloween Candy

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8 Ways to save money on halloween candy

Halloween candy can take a bite out of your October budget, but I have some nice tips to help you stay on track and save money on Halloween candy.

  1. Shop with coupons like you do with anything else.  Remember to start early to create your Halloween candy “stockpile” and take advantage of store sales while matching coupons.  Buying several smaller packages with a coupons may be more economical than buying a bulk package.
  2. Consider non-candy items like spider rings, glow stick bracelets, plastic stamps, or foam airplane gliders. The Mini Bouncing Balls are always a hit in my family.
  3. If you do decide to wait, or just forget and it’s the day before or even the day of Halloween, check your local stores for markdowns.  You may get lucky and they could already be marked down.
  4. Stick to non-chocolate candy items.  They tend to be less expensive.
  5. Check out the Dollar store pricing on bags of candy or even party favors. These can sometimes be cheaper than buying them at the grocery store or drug store.
  6. Take advantage of your coupons with drug store incentives like CVS’s ECB deals or Walgreens Register Rewards.
  7. Hand the candy out yourself.  If you let the trick or treaters grab into the bowl, then you’ll likely go through it faster.  If you live in a neighborhood full of kids like I do, I often see people leave a bowl out.  You know the unsupervised teens pour the whole thing in their bags, leaving none for the little monsters.
  8. You could give out Walnuts from your tree, like my kids got one year.  Or, just turn off all your house lights so you won’t get trick or treaters.  :)

If you have leftover candy, consider donating it to a school.  They use these for treasure box items and incentives.

Think Geek Extra 20% Off Sale Items Coupon Code

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We are a geek family if you haven’t already figured that out.  :)  We love giving geek gifts and I thought I’d share about the new Think Geek sale that started today.

Take an Extra 20% off Sale Items when you use the code SAVMOR at checkout. This deal ends at the end of the day on October 21st.  I think my favorites might be the minecraft items for the kiddos.  A few Halloween ideas as well.

Click here to see the Think Tank Sale items. 

5 Things Not To Do While Grocery Shopping If You Want To Save Money

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 5 Things NOT to do while grocery shopping if you want to save money

5 things NOT to do while Grocery shopping if you want to save money

Do NOT go without a list ~ Sit down before you go and figure out what you need.  What is on sale and what you need for your meal planning for the week.  Go prepared so you aren’t standing in the store trying to figure out what you may or may not have already at home.

Do NOT go without coupons ~ This goes without saying, but once you make your list, check the coupon database for any matching coupons for items on your list.

Do NOT pick up impulse items ~ Impulse items are anything that is not already on your list.   My only exclusion to this rule is if you have coupons for an unadvertised deal or clearance item.

Do NOT go shopping hungry ~ If you are hungry you are more susceptible to impulse items and to the bakery section.  Take it from me, I know!

NEVER checkout at checkout ~ Always be sure you are being observant during checkout.  Store coupons have to be manually entered and I once had a cashier ADD $5 to my total instead of removing it.  I was watching and caught it.  You will also spot any items that ring up the wrong price or if you pick up the wrong size of a BOGO item.

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Joann Moonlight Madness Deep Discounts All Week

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JoAnn’s annual Moonlight Madness sale started tonight at 9pm ET! Each night from 9pm – 9am ET starting Sunday, October 19 – Saturday, October 25 they will have special offers available online only.

Be sure to check them out each night, because you never know what you might find.  I’ve spotted things from 50% off Flannel prints to 70% off Autumn decor.

Click here to see the JoAnn Moonlight Madness Sale. 

 

Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up – 25 Delicious Ideas

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Fall is officially in the air when all the Pumpkin drinks and foods start coming out. Here are 25 Pumpkin Recipes for you to try this Fall!

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By Contributing writer Beth. 

Pumpkin Drinks

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

 

Pumpkin Breakfasts

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

White Chocolate Pumpkin Biscotti

Pumpkin Donuts

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Pancakes

 

Pumpkin Snacks

Pumpkin Butter

Sweet Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Pie Granola

Rice Krispy Treat Pumpkin Recipe

 

Pumpkin Main Courses

Pumpkin Stew

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls

Octoberfest Pumpkin Chili

Rigatoni with Spicy Pumpkin and Sausage Sauce Recipe

 

Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie S’Mores

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

All You Magazine and Sports Illustrated Deal

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There is a nice deal going on right now for both an All You Magazine subscription and Sports Illustrated.

Get a 1 year subscription of ALL YOU and 12 weekly issues of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for just $20, that’s 79% off the cover price!  All You Magazine is full of coupon, money saving tips, recipes and more.

Click here to check out this All You and Sports Illustrated Deal.