8 Best Places to Buy Cheap Clothes

I am not a fashionista, but I do need clothes (don’t we all?). And I’m also much more likely to shop online vs. going to the store…there are few things I dread more than a store’s dressing room. That’s why …

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16 Ways to Save Money at Home Depot

Home improvement projects can be expensive. It’s fun to dream of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, but when it comes to actually coughing up the cash for it…yikes! Before you make your next trip to Home Depot, you’ll want to …

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Resources and Ideas for When You’re Stuck at Home

Friends, there is no doubt that life has dramatically changed over the last few weeks. As we hunker down at home due to school closings, quarantines, and the like, we’re faced with uncertainty about the future as well as being at a loss as for what to do in the present.

But I don’t want to spread fear…goodness knows there’s enough of that out there already! Instead, I thought it would be helpful to share some ideas with you for how to get through this time at home, for however long you’re at home. (I’m right there with you!)

Here’s a comprehensive list of resources and ideas for what to do when you’re stuck at home, especially highlighting what we provide for you here at The Coupon Project. I hope this list gives you inspiration, ideas, and encouragement as you plan your days!

My Plan for Our Time at Home

I have five kids ranging in age from 2 to 10, and we’re home for at least the next two weeks (I live in Minnesota). Here’s my tentative plan for however long we’re hunkered down at home:

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How to Host a Coupon Party

Yesterday, I met a new friend at the Toy Store.  We were both in the Thomas section of the store picking out free trains for our sons.  One of the things we got to chatting about was coupon parties. While …

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What’s the Best Price for Pumpkin?

Stores and farms here in Western Washington have once again begun to sell pumpkins! As a pumpkin lover, this couldn’t make me happier. Fall is my absolute favorite season and I love purchasing pumpkins for my front porch as well as canned pumpkin for baking!

I thought it might be helpful to give you some of my thoughts regarding price-points on pumpkin as well as some of my favorite places to buy this cheerful fall treat.

I will update this post as I’m made aware of current deals on pumpkin, so stay tuned.

Whole Pumpkins – Best Prices

In my opinion, for 2017, I’d think paying $0.30 per pound or less would be a fair price to pay for whole pumpkins. I noticed that my Fred Meyer was selling pumpkins right now for $0.29 per pound. If you’re buying a 10 pound pumpkin, this is going to work out to just under $3.

A lot of families like visiting a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin. While a fun outing, this may not be the cheapest way to buy pumpkins as some patches require admission costs. This is something to consider if your goal is simply to get the best deal. 

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3 Tips for Creating a Homework Space {with help from Staples!}

This year, I’ve been teaming up with Staples to help your families go back to school with confidence! In case you missed it, you might want to read my Staples store shopping trip and the Scan my List feature I’ve written about this summer.

It’s possible as you’re reading this that your kids are headed back to school within the week, or perhaps they’ve already started. Given that, I’m guessing that many of you have completed (or are close to completing) your school shopping for this season. But before this shopping season ends, I want to encourage you to consider a final element you might have overlooked: your kids’ homework spaces!

I know my kids do best when they have an organized, well-stocked space to do their homework in. This space can also serve for art projects and other learning activities outside of school. Today I want to talk about how I shopped at Staples to create homework spaces for my kids. I hope it will inspire you to do the same!

Tip #1: Identify your homework spaces and clear them up.

After years of using the kitchen counter, we finally decided to give our kids their own desk spaces in their room. We felt it was important that they each have quiet, dedicated spaces to learn, work, and create. Of course, not everyone has this option. Whatever the case – identify where in your house will be the designated homework space, and aim to keep it clear of clutter. 

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5 Budget-Friendly Alternatives to Meal Delivery Services

Earlier this month, I shared my objective review of two home meal delivery services, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. (I encourage you to go back and take a read in case you missed it!) As I was going through my review, I spent a lot of time asking myself, “What problem(s) is/are these services trying to solve for customers?” and “Are there other, less expensive solutions to those problems?” After some contemplation, I believe the answer is a resounding YES.

Today I wanted to share some of these ideas to help you save time and money on meal planning, but without having to resort to over-priced home meal delivery services.

Problem: I don’t know what to cook. I’m in a dinner rut!

Solution: Eat at Home. 

It’s been awhile since I mentioned Eat at Home, but it feels appropriate to talk about them again. Eat at Home gives you structured meal plans, recipes, and color-coded grocery lists for just $14 a month (and less than that, if you opt for the 3-month or annual plan).

You’ll get the full month all at once, so you can work to minimize your shopping trips and save money at the store. While you still have to go the grocery store and prep your own food, this service takes care of a huge piece of the puzzle (meal planning and list making).

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15 Nifty Uses for Shoe Organizers

Over the past year, I’ve noticed a number of post ideas using simple shoe organizers. Turns out, these nifty, inexpensive organizers can be used for more things than just shoes.

What do I mean by “shoe organizer,” exactly? Well, something like this one at Amazon for just under $10:

Now that you know what I’m referring to, I’d like to share a short collection of ideas for how you can use them to organize your home. Simply click through the links for the tutorial!

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What to do with $10 Kohl’s Cash {Tips and Ideas}

What to do with $10 in Kohl's Cadh {Tips, Ideas & More!}

If you are a Kohl’s shopper, you know that Kohl’s often puts out “Kohl’s Cash” offers. Generally, the way they work is that during certain periods of the year you can earn Kohl’s Cash for a certain dollar amount you purchase. For instance, you may earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend. You can then redeem the Kohl’s Cash during a different, designated time. The Cash can be used on virtually anything in the store or online. If you have $10 in Kohl’s Cash, your purchase needs to be $10 or more to redeem it.

As I often write about Kohl’s here at the blog, I thought it would be a fun idea to share some ideas for how you can maximize your Kohl’s Cash, when you have it! Here are some general tips I have for you:

  • Don’t forget to redeem it. Obviously, this is a “use it or lose it” situation. Create a reminder for yourself to redeem it by the deadline!
  • Combine it with sales or discounts to stretch it further. Like any coupon, I like combining Kohl’s Cash with sales or discounts to make those dollars go further.
  • Try not to think of it as “free” money. It can be easy to be frivolous with Kohl’s Cash, but my advice is to use it only on items you’d have used real cash to purchase. This is going to help you make good decisions.
  • Budget carefully. If you don’t pay attention, using that $10 Kohl’s Cash can turn into additional purchases you’d not planned on.

With that, let me show you what I spotted at my Kohl’s store this morning that would be good options for $10 in Kohl’s Cash. Then, I’ll share what I ended up purchasing.

Grooming Set at Kohl's

I found some good, low-cost options in cosmetics. This grooming set was $10 on the nose! Bliss nailpolish at Kohl's

Bliss nail polish was $12. You’d pay $2 after the Kohl’s Cash.Pur Minerals Waterproof Mascara in Kohl's

Mini regular or waterproof mascara was $12.  Goldstar Clearance Sale at Kohl's

Of course, bonus if you have Kohl’s Cash to redeem during a clearance event! I found lots of clothing well under $10. You may need to bring a calculator as additional discounts may drop the price lower. Travel Fragrance at Kohl's

These small fragrances were $14.99 each.  

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