Light It Up For The Holidays

If you’re a decorating, seasonal, holiday diva like me, then every year you look forward to creating a be-dazzled scenery for all the world to enjoy.  But, let’s face it, all that magic can get really expensive, so I like to light it up with these seasonal, budget friendly tips below.

 

 

 

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1. Fairy Lights

 

If you haven’t discovered the magic of fairy lights, your really missing out.

I have one plugged in year round, like the picture above, and below is the light strand that I bought on Amazon for $10.

Super Saving Tip:  You can get micro LED battery operated light sets and add them to a mason jar, wine bottle, or any vintage glassware.  It’s a great way to decorate and personalize any themed celebration.

 

 

2. Lighted Canvas Prints

 

I purchased this LED musical snowman at my local craft store, and it brought some elegance to my Christmas theme, in fact I love it so much, I left it up all through the entire winter season.

I also like how you don’t need to plug it in, and this allows you to literally place it anywhere in your home. You can find some great pictures and prices on Amazon, e-Bay, or Led Holiday Canvas Wall Art – Walmart.com

 

3. Holiday Light Projectors

 

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I’m 49 years old, and I’m over hanging outdoor Christmas lights!  I don’t like putting them up or taking them down, so the newer holiday projector lights have become my best friend, and here’s why:

● With the switch of a button, you can change your holiday season.  Halloween, Christmas, or other celebrations.
● You just stick it in the ground and point it where you want it to shine.
● It has an on and off timer, so you don’t have to worry about turning it off.
● It’s cheaper in the long run, and I don’t have to replace light bulbs.

Of course, you can also make it really, really, easy and get some really fun inflatable lawn ornament, such as this Christmas Doxie.

These are just a few inexpensive ways that I use to add some fun seasonal decor, and I would love to know what all of you do.  So, leave a comment or link below so that I can all of your bright ideas.



How To Save On Holiday Decor

 

Who becomes a decorating diva when September 1st comes around?  This is when I make my hubby help me get all the orange-colored holiday bins from up in the attic, (trust me colored bins really help when guiding a spouse), 🙂 and I can’t wait to open those bins and decorate the indoor and outdoor of my home.  I also like to add a little something new each year, and I find the best time to buy and rack up the savings is at my local fall craft fairs, thrift stores, and consignment shops.  Below are some goodies I’ve already found this year, and I believe it’s important to support crafters and artisans and their passions.

 

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Craft Fairs

 

Awww the smell of fried donuts and hot apple cider at the annual fall craft fairs, there’s nothing like it.  I also love meeting the crafters and see their eyes light up when we discuss what they’ve created.  My eyes light up when I see how their creation would fit perfectly in my home decor, and so far I found this lovely broom which not only reflects my personality, but the kids will love seeing when they come for trick or treating.

 

 

What I love about this broom is that it was only $20, and just a week ago I saw something identical at a big retail craft chain for twice as much, and that was after their 40% discount.  I promise you, you will not only find savings at craft fairs, but many times the crafters will give you a discount on something that your really interested in, and I love that I am coming home with a unique gift or decor item that was made by a local crafter.

Super saving tip:  The crafters are more than happy to make something even more personalized if you ask, for instance I found Amy Brown from Mother & Daughter’s Candle Creations and let me tell ya, this girl knows how to make a sweet-smelling candle.  She had soy based candles, in a variety of sizes, at amazing prices, and I knew that I had found a gem when I saw all the people around her table chatting, smelling her candles, and having a good time.  Amy was super sweet, and even made me feel better when I knocked over a few of her candles, by pointing out that her table was on a slanted ground, but I know that I was in too much of a hurry to open and smell all her candles.

 

Thrift Stores

Another wonderful way to save on seasonal home decor is at your local thrift stores.  Almost all thrift stores have a e-mail newsletter that you can sign up for and they will give you a heads up on upcoming price tag discounts.

Super saving tip:  Usually the more you buy, the store will give you a discount, and if you’re looking to save on Halloween costumes it’s the perfect place to look.  I saw a mom yesterday find an entire costume with all the accessories for her child for only $5 bucks, and don’t forget local garage sales listings too.

 

The Dollar Tree

 

If you have never stepped foot into The Dollar Tree for seasonal decorating, your truly missing out.

 

 

Do you see the shelf sitters, lighted glittery pumpkins, and orange lights? All of these items I purchased at The Dollar Tree for only a $1 each.

Super Saving Tip: I know it’s only October, but now is the time to get your Christmas home decor items before they are all gone, because other super savers know how cute and inexpensive these items are too.  They go very quickly, and here’s just an example below:

 

 

And, while your there check out their DIY Tips & Ideas page for inexpensive inspiration, and also sign up for their Loyalty Club and newsletter.

 

 

After Holiday Clearance Sales

 

Okay, back to my orange bins above.  The reason I love to open those bins, is because I get to use the holiday decor items that I bought on clearance after the holidays the year before.  This is the perfect time to buy at Target, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart and especially drug stores like Walgreen & CVS.  This is when you can get items for 50% off or more, and it’s really the only way to go if you’re looking big decor items for cheap.  The down side is, that you have a wait a year to display them.  🙂

Super Saving Tip:  The longer you can wait, and the more you search those isles, you can find these decor items for practically nothing.  Many times I have found expensive Hallmark ornaments or figurines for pennies, because the store simply wanted to get them off their shelves.

Target is one of my favorite places to do this at, because when they clearance their items they mean business, and they always have current, trendy seasonal decor items.

 

 

Amazon, E-Bay, Wal-Mart

 

There are three places that I go to find online buys, Amazon, E-Bay, and Wal-Mart. It’s becoming a way of life for most of us in the world-wide web, not only for the budget reasons, but your able to get pretty much anything you want delivered right to your door.  Now I still believe in shopping local, but there are times when I want something specific that’s not sold locally, or I just can’t afford it.

 

 

For instance, last year I bought the above fairy lights, which you can see in the Halloween scene above, that I am have kept plugged in and change my seasonal scenery out all year for $9.00, shipped with Amazon Prime.  I love how these lights add a special glow to the corner of my room and I can basically create any seasonal scene that I want, for my family, friends, and me to enjoy.

 

 

Super Saving Tip:  ALWAYS do your homework and check on Amazon, E-Bay, and even Wal-mart.com, (which also offers 2-day shipping without a membership).  You can literally save yourself hundreds of dollars by being an informed consumer, even if you decide to buy in your local store, you can possibly do a little negotiating.

 

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These are just a few ways that I like to save on my indoor and outdoor holiday decor, and if you would like to connect on Pinterest, let me know in the comments below that you did, so that I can follow you back and see your fabulous pins.  I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, and I thank you for stopping by and taking the time to ready my ways to save.  

Front Door Halloween Decor

I can’t believe that October is here, and I have been searching high & low for some fun, spooky, Boo-ti-ful Halloween decor ideas for walk-ways, windows, and front door entryways.  Here are some of my favorite spooky online finds, that come in at a super price, but perfect for any of you who are limited on space & time.  Check them out below: 

 

 

Just so ya know that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy.  Thank you for your continued support and Happy Halloween!* 

 

 

Halloween Mason Jar Jack-o-Lantern String Light Set

 

 

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I love mason jars, and this lighted mini set with orange glow cute smiling faces are perfect for any outdoor Halloween decor.  Available at Amazon for $18.99 and Prime 2-day shipping.  There going fast so get yours! 

 

Scary Cat’s Eyes

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I love these cat’s eyes, in fact the bottom picture is a snapshot of the front of my house last year!  It takes about 10 minutes to tape these eyes to the frame of the windows, and all you have to do is turn on the lights!  Super easy!

 

 

Light Up Black Owl With “Hoo Sounds”

Light Up Black Owl

This animated owl is a little scary, but it’s ghoulish eyes make him super fun.  His eyes glow & blink with every “Hoo” sound he makes, which is a perfect way to greet your trick-o-treaters.

 

Lighted Pumpkin Halloween Canvas Wall Art

I love any outside lights that sparkle in the night, but I plan on hanging some lighted LED canvas pics this year.  I obsessed with these spooky wall creations.  Available at Amazon, with tons of other pics and prices.     

 

Outdoor Ghost with Witch Hat Standard

Outdoor Ghost with Witch Hat

I love the expression on this ghost’s face, and his pumpkin basket!  LOL  This inflatable is going quickly, so get your while you still can at Amazon.com

 

 

Set of 2 Halloween Witch Hat Candle Holder Garden Stakes

Set of 2 Halloween Witch Hat Candle Holder Garden Stakes

And finally, here are two colorfully decorated witch candle holders that have cute little spiders hanging from the tip of their hats!  

 

 

I hope that you have enjoyed some of my front door Halloween decor picks, and just so ya know that some of the links above are my affiliate links.  This means that if you decide to buy, I may get a small commission, and I thank you for your support.   

Quirky Daytime Halloween Styles

 

When I was in my teens, I didn’t want to dress like everyone else.  I created some unique outfits by mixing up some vintage, new, and hand-me-down clothes & accessories.  

Not only was it a great way to save, but I could spend hours in the thrift stores, vintage shops, and of course malls.  

Today, we have the option of finding quirky outfits online, and today I thought that I would start the 1st day of October by sharing some Halloween daytime styles that you could wear to work, and for some of you, all year round.  

Many of these outfit picks are seasonal, so if you like what you see, get them before they are gone!!!  Also, take advantage of the coupon codes and SAVE!     

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Skull Knit Pullover Sweater

 

 

 

I love the skulls, design, and coziness of this sweater from Amazon fashion.  $39.99

 

Baby Got Bat Bag

 

Baby Got Bat Bag

 

Now these are the tiny details that make wearing Halloween accessories fun!  Love that toothy smily and big eyes!  This one is going fast!  $14.99

 

 

Cat Earrings

 

Cat Earrings

 

Love, Love, Love these vintage style cat earrings!  Not only are they perfect for Halloween Day wear, but at $2.60 it’s a super savings score!   Check out the other vintage, retro, and cool styles & accessories at Rosegal.com.  

 

Skeleton Hand Embellished Elastic Hair Band

 

Skeleton Hand Embellished Elastic Hair Band

 

Rosegal also has tons of quirky hair clips, bands, and combs at unbelievable prices such as the Punk Skeleton Hand Hair Band above for only $1.60 and FREE SHIPPING!  Here is a coupon code below:    

 

 

 

Long Batwing Sleeve Cartoon Cat Shirt

 

Long Batwing Sleeve Cartoon Cat Shirt

 

 

How cute would those vintage cat earrings above go along with this Happy Cat shirt?  Best part is that this shirt is not only inexpensive, but Amazon 2-day Prime shipping is available!  

 

Lina & Lily Halloween Bat Print Infinity Loop Scarf Lightweight

Black Bats Halloween Infinity Loop Scarf

There are so many Halloween printed scarves to choose from on Amazon, but Bat Infinity Loop Scarf really caught my eye. It would go perfectly over a black sweater or knit shirt!   It’s subtle, but still makes a boo-ti-ful statement!  🙂   

 

Halloween Long Sleeve Printed Dress

 

 

To me this is the perfect dress to wear with some black leggings to work, and I love how it comes in at the waist, and flows away from those hips, which is perfect for all us curvy gals out there!  This dress also comes in a variety of Halloween themed prints and sizes.  $18-20 at Amazon.

 

Amazon’s Halloween attire is going quickly, so hurry if you find something that catches your eye as well.

 

 


Save 25% at Halloween Express!

Super Crutch Life Accessories

Unfortunately, I have had to use crutches several times throughout the years, and I don’t care how many times I’ve used them they are awkward, uncomfortable, and honestly quite painful at times.

So, recently I was told that I would have to use crutches for several weeks after an upcoming surgery, and I knew that I had to find a way to make my crutch life a little easier, so I decided to try some really cool accessories and here’s what I got.

Crutch Critter Pads  

I knew when I saw these that I had to have them, not only because there really cute, but my armpits would thank me.  I chose “Ajax” the horsey, and he’s super soft, nicely padded, easy to install.  These critters come in a variety of other animals, and even baseballs for all you sports fans out there.  Check them out at Amazon for only $25 below:

 

 

 Crutch Bag by Vive

The one thing that really stinks about being on crutches, is it’s almost impossible to carry your stuff around.  Especially, if you need to have someone take you to the store, where do you put your cell phone, wallet, house keys, and coupons?  Well, here’s the perfect solution that’s worked like a charm for me, the Vive crutch bag, for $15 @Amazon.

 

 

This little guy held my phone, wallet, coupons, keys, and glasses on a recent to trip to Kroger!  My mom dropped me off at front, and all my little necessities went right along with me to the electronic riding cart.  (I made my mom a nervous wreck driving that thing cart around the store)!  Loved every minute of it!  🙂

 

Crutch Hand Pads

 

Crutch Hand Pads @ Amazon $15

 

And finally, these super plush crutch hand pads have made a huge difference in my comfort when swinging myself around.  They come in black and purple, with an extra set of pads, and easy to install with its super strong velcro enclosure. These guys are available at Amazon for $15, and to me worth every penny.

I hope that I’ve shared some ways to make crutch life a little easier, because I know from personal experience that it isn’t an easy thing to go through.

Just so you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy, and I thank you for all of your continued support of my website.

 

Super Halloween Costume Savings at E-Bay

It’s amazing what you can find on E-Bay, from Halloween costumes, indoor and outdoor decor, party, and candy savings.  I always comparison shop on E-Bay, simply because they have so much variety to offer, especially on their Halloween costumes!  Below are some work wear costumes, couples, kids, and fur baby costumes ideas that you may like to buy, and remember the earlier the better, so that you get in plenty of time.

 

 

 

Every year at my work, we love to dress up in a fun costume, but I personally still like to be comfy.  These super hero t-shirts are a perfect way to participate, and for only around $15, you can’t beat the price.

 

Funny Pair Of Sneakers 2 Adult Couples Costume

 

 

I know some couples go all out on their couple costumes, but my hubby and I like to keep it simple, and I think these pair of sneakers are really cute, for only $40!  Of course they have elaborate couple costumes too, so carry on to find your spooktacular costume.

 

 

 

I have a special place in my heart for all of us curvy divas out there who want to wear something just as fun as our skinnier peeps out there.  So, this jersey ghost or spider dress above is not only cute, but comfy.  Around $25

 

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Costume

 

 

Okay, I’m showing my age here, but seriously, how adorable is this little marshmallow costume for a toddler, and they have it for older kids too.  Around $20, and there are a ton of other costumes like this on Ebay!

 

Iced Coffee Latte Pet Costume 

 

 

 

I have small dogs, and yes their my furry babies!  And since I am a coffee fanatic, this costume combines two of the things I love, and it’s a perfect choice for only $15.  Now, whether my dog will keep it on is a different story, here she is below!  🙂

 


Puppy Dog Santa Hat

 

 

My baby Cinnamon in her Santa Hat!

 

These are just a few costume choices available on E-Bay, I encourage you to also take advantage of their spooky decor, party supplies, and candy choices!  Plus they are starting to add Halloween how to videos, and all you have to do is click on the links below.

 

Online Halloween Store – Costumes, Decor & More – eBay  

 

 

Just so ya know that some of the links in this post are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy, at no cost to you of course.  Thank you for your continued support of my website, and I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween season.  

How to Use Savings Apps For Christmas Cash!

I am a huge fan of money-saving apps, in fact, it’s how I made an extra $250 in Christmas cash last year!  And, if you start now, you can take advantage of all the upcoming holiday saving promotions, and get gift cards, or check in the mail, or deposited into your bank account of choice, including PayPal.  Here are my favorite apps, and how I use each one.

 

 

Ibotta

 

What’s neat about Ibotta is the variety of ways you can save, including grocery store items, online purchases, and they always fun extra activities to make even more money, especially when you build an Ibotta team of friends.  The more people on your team, the more you all can earn.  All you do is buy the items that you checked in Ibotta app, upload your receipt, scan your purchases, and once you get the green check mark, you’re in the money!

If you would like to join my team click here, IBOTTA

 

 

Checkout 51

 

 

Every Thursday Checkout 51 updates their weekly savings offers, and below is a an example of what type of items you can find.  Just highlight the ones you are interested in, and remember to make sure you are checking what store they are available at.   Most items you can purchase at multiple stores, but sometimes a chain of stores wants to pull you in with a little more savings.  Heck, I’m alright with that!

 

 

SavingStar

 

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SavingStar really is a star saving app, with its incentive bulk buying and regular coupons it’s easy, and you can cash out after only $5.  Below is a little diagram on how to use the SavingStar app, and before I head out the door to the store, I check with all three of these apps to see where I can rack up some future savings.  Seriously, why wouldn’t you take advantage of these offers, when your already gonna buy these items anyways!

 

So, if you’re wanting to find a way to make some extra Christmas cash, it’s worth the effort and minimal time to use these three apps, and I personally cash in my savings in for gift cards!  I swear that gift cards are the way to go in my family of five older kids.  Let me know if you know of any other savings apps, that might be worth giving a try, and truly is as easy to save as these awesome ones above.

*Just so you know that some of the above links are my affiliate links, and if you decide to try or buy, I may get a small commission fee, at no cost to you of course.  I thank you so much for stopping by, and supporting my website!