Category Archives: saving money

The Best Place to Sell Your Stuff

Selling your stuff can be a pain. A lot of the time it’s just easier to donate it all than dealing with garage sales, Craigslist, or ebay… After months of back and forth about the hassle of a garage sale and lots of waiting on Craigslist postings, I found the BEST place to sell your stuff! I made over $200 in one month selling in Facebook garage sale groups on the same stuff I had posted to Craigslist for months!

The Best Place to Sell Your Stuff: how facebook selling groups beat out the rest

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Route 66 Bedroom: with anyone-can-do-them special touches

Our little guy has been in this Route 66 Bedroom for almost 6 months now, and I still think it is so adorable.

For a little boy who is into cars, this is a timeless way to decorate that will take quite a while to outgrow. There are so many fun Route 66 decor items. It’s also easy to add some easy personalized touches with the headboard, shelves, hooks, and curtain ties – anyone could do it.

Route 66 Bedroom

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Amazon No Longer Accepts Reviews for Free or Discounted Products

Just my luck!

Just weeks after I posted Anyone Can Get Free Products From Amazon and How to Make Money as an Amazon Reviewer, Amazon has changed it’s policy to no longer accept “incentivized” reviews. I found out from this Amazon blog post, and have been following it for the past couple days.

Amazon No Longer Accepts Reviews in Exchange for Products

It really is my luck! I’ve been reviewing products on Amazon for almost 11 months and finally decided to write about it. I also thought I was helping companies get exposure, helping consumers judge the product before buying, and having so much fun.

I see that I was totally naive.

I understand why consumers would be distrustful of reviews where they feel the person was “paid” to leave a positive review. However, I really did try to do my best when it came to being objective and I did take it personally if someone didn’t find my review helpful. I also believe many others did so as well. Regardless, I do see how it is much easier to leave a favorable review when you didn’t pay for the product.

So what now?

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How to Make Money as an Amazon Reviewer – without a website!

** Update: Amazon announced this week that it will no longer be accepting “incentivized” reviews. I’ve been following this closely and have written about it here.**

I’ve been talking a lot about my current obsession with getting free products from Amazon. If you want to learn how to get started as an Amazon Reviewer, I broke it down a couple weeks ago. If you’re already an Amazon Reviewer, I bet you know what I’m talking about! It’s so addicting and fun to get free stuff in the mail.

Since it is so addicting, the number of products that pile up can be very overwhelming. It also takes a bit of time to leave a quality review. The quality products for free make it very worthwhile, but how about the number of areas it helps you save money and maybe even making some money.

Yep, you can get free stuff AND make money as an Amazon Reviewer! (both as a blogger and non-blogger)

I’ll show you all the ways that being an Amazon Reviewer can save you money, make you money (both for bloggers and non-bloggers), and some best practices for making money with review products.

How to Make Money as an Amazon Reviewer (even without a website)

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Anyone can get FREE products from Amazon

** Update: Amazon announced this week that it will no longer be accepting “incentivized” reviews. I’ve been following this closely and have written about it here.

Who doesn’t love free stuff???

I had no idea how easy it was to get incredible products for free. It has become a total obsession and I get happy mail all the time. Along with an exciting hobby, I’ve found a way to make some money along with it. I’m hooked!

Check out how anyone can get FREE products on Amazon, as well as some tips to make a little money as well.

Anyone can get FREE products from Amazon

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Create Your Own Wall Art in Minutes {$150 Minted Giveaway}

You don’t have to spend a ton on a big piece of art for your wall. In minutes, anyone can have a beautiful art piece without a lot of work or a hefty price tag.

All you need is a canvas or a frame, some fabric, and a staple gun.

If you stick around you can also win $150 to Minted!!!


Create your own wall art in minutes

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Easy and adorable way to give fresh flowers

Keep your flower gifts cute, fresh, contained and mess-free with this easy packaging.

Perfect for teachers, your little performers, or anyone! Give one flower or many and keep them fresh without dealing with the hassle of tipping or spilling vases.

All items can be found at the dollar store, and make your flower gift a breeze for you and the lucky recipient.

Easy and Adorable Way to Give Fresh Flowers

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Hamper Hoop DIY: keep kids’ clothes off the floor

A little while ago I shared some of our favorite ways for making cleaning fun for kids. Well, we have one more trick up our sleeve, and it’s so easy you can do it too!

My little guys actually loves to put his laundry in the hamper and clean up his clothes. We spent one dollar on this project and we no longer have clothes on the floor or have to remind him to pick up. 

We love this fun way to help kids put their clothes in the hamper!

Hamper Hoop DIY

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The Simple Trick to Save on Paper Towels {and other things}

This is a shortcut that I almost never would have thought to share, because I almost forget that we’re doing it. All of a sudden it occurred to me the other day how much we are saving on paper towels by implementing this one little trick! It is too easy, and anyone can do it!

No, you don’t have to make some of those super cute fabric towels, and I’m not telling you to keep a basket of rags handy. We use paper towels, but we use a lot less.

So, what is this trick that saves us money and waste from throwing out hundreds of paper towels?

The simple trick to save on appear towels - and other things
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2016 Goals

I did a lot of thinking during my break from the blog through the holidays. I reflected on my goals from 2015, and wondered if I was focusing on the things that would make me the most happy and fulfilled in 2016.

When it all came down to it, there are four areas of focus that I seem to gravitate toward. These are the things I think about the most often, the things I pin on Pinterest, and I’m excited to push myself to execute some of the things I research and “plan” to do.

2016 goals

So, what made my list?

If you’ve been checking out the new blog design a little, I bet you can guess. Although, in my header, they are in no particular order…

First and foremost, my goal has always been to be a fun mom for my kids, to set a great example, and teach them all I can. Some of my previous goals definitely distracted me from this, and I am determined to bring this back to the forefront!


Kids Goals

  • Spend more quality time together
  • Plan projects and activities for us all
  • Be present
  • Read more
  • Focus on healthy eating and exercise in a fun way together

Next, I’ve always tried to focus on setting a healthy example for the kids. This year, I want to be more concrete with the things I change, healthy recipes I try, healthy habits I put in place, and increasing my activity level.


Health Goals

  • Focus on small changes
  • Serve healthier meals and snacks to the family
  • Get active together as much as possible
  • Schedule and plan
  • Take time for myself and make it a priority

We bought our home before having kids and we’ve definitely outgrown it. However, we aren’t finding much in our target area and our mortgage is so low, we are looking into more ways we can make our home work. Add to that that I’m a bit of a pack rat and have some severe hoarding tendencies, and organization and decluttering is an area that is pretty important to me. I’m determined to make some changes here!


Organization Goals

  • Declutter
  • Tackle small tasks
  • Deep cleaning schedule
  • More effective planning and scheduling
  • Making our small home work better for our growing family

I work part-time from home and my husband has recently changed professions and is working his way back up, so  money saving is an important thing for me. I want to continue to stay home and, to be honest, I definitely get a bit of a thrill out of saving money. The more we do for ourselves and the smarter we are with our money, the further we can stretch what we do have.

Saving Money

Money Saving Goals

  • Budgeting
  • Finding small ways to save
  • No spend periods
  • Savings plans
  • Making things at home

A lot of these areas overlap, and that’s when I  really love it! My goal is to check something off each list each week. I’m looking forward to it!

What are your goals for 2016?

Do we have some in common?

Kristin - Exploring Domesticity