KAVU Rope Sling Bags ONLY $17.32 Shipped!

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I love Kavu Rope Sling bags - and this Spring is a great time to get a new one at a discount!  Colors/patterns from this past season are discounted as Kavu brings out new patterns – and if that doesn’t bother you, then you can really save some moo-la….

A few different colors of Kavu Rope Sling Bags are as low as $29.99 – like the color Rust and Terrain

And if you’re all about function – the Basic Black is only $26.68 - nearly HALF price!

{Find a few more discounted colors/styles over here as well – for around $33.}

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For a brighter more summery bag – check out this discounted style:

KAVU Women’s Keepsake Bag in Electric Avenue - $17.32 (reg $40)

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We also found some good deals on 6PM.com for select Kavu styles – this Pack It Backpack would be great for school!

 

 

Check out more Online Deals here

Vera Bradley FREE Shipping and 30% Off Sale!

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Vera Bradley is offering both 30% OFF Sale items AND FREE Shipping right now on any order! (30% will come off in cart)  Head over to check out the Sale Section - here are some of our favorites:

 Large Duffel Travel Bag in Shower Vines – $26.78 (Reg $85)

Vera Bear or Baby Socks 3-Pack – $4.20 (Reg $19) *Cute shower gift!

See TONS more here!

Freeze School Lunches | Make a Week of Sandwiches in One Night

Are you bad at mornings?  Here’s a great tip for making school lunches in advance!

I’m a terrible morning person, and an incorrigible night owl.  Give me something I can do at night so I can sleep in 5 more minutes, and I’m sold.  This is one of those tips that might just change your life if you’re a night owl….

Make the whole week’s worth of school lunch sanwiches ahead of time.  Then put each one in a ziploc bag and store in the freezer. When you toss them in the kids’ lunch bag the next morning, it will be perfectly thawed and soft by lunchtime!

I’ve done this for my kids for the last couple years – and was worried at first that it would get soggy from freezing and thawing.  They said no – that it tasted soft and normal – so I give it a thumbs up!  Their lunch bags are a lot like this one here.

*For sandwiches with condiments, leave them plain and include packets of mayo, etc.. in their lunchbox.

I have some picky kids who only like peanut butter, or ones who like turkey and cheese, etc…  To tell the difference, I draw faces on the baggies in permanent markers in different colors.  You can also write an initial on the bag, or whatever you want – but come on, these are just fun… :)

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I bet this would also be handy for those of you with kids in sports who do sandwiches for supper once in awhile – just stock a corner of your freezer with grab-n-go sammies and save yourself the hassle when you’re in a crunch!

Do you have any little tips that make your life run more smoothly?  Please share them with us so we can try them out on our families!!

10 Crockpot Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights (Perfect for Back to School)

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10 Busy Night Dinner Ideas

It’s back to school time here in Tennessee again, which means busy evenings and sometimes no time to cook.  That shouldn’t mean you let the family dinnertime ritual fade away however, it’s easy to keep it up with these recipes!  Put a few ingredients in the crockpot early in the day and you can spend your pre-dinnertime hour helping with homework or snuggled on the couch watching a movie with the kids :)

Here are 10 of our favorite busy-night slow cooker recipes:

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How to Save: Yearly Sales Cycles

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Besides a grocery store sale cycle, are there times of the year when certain items are on sale?

Absolutely! Grocery stores are smart. They know that there are certain times of the year when shoppers are keying in on specific goods and they want to grab as much of your business as they possibly can. So why not offer a great price on something they already know you’ll be looking for? When you think about it, it’s a fantastic idea. Cookout supplies around the 4th of July, baking staples during the holidays and even candy on Halloween.

It’s all about anticipation. In this case, the anticipation of shopping habits. The store knows from experience, and shopping trends, when different items will peak throughout the year.  By matching their best prices to times of peak demand they stand a better chance of bringing shoppers through the door and earning their business.

This is a cycle you can work to your advantage! By staying on top of what items tend to go on sale during certain times of the year, you can stock up and save your family impressive amounts of money. Right now try focusing on those key items you’ll soon be tossing into lunchboxes day after day. Things like pudding cups, fruit snacks and Lunchables can be expensive, so buy when the time is right and have them ready and waiting when you need them most. Also, keep track as to which of these items can be frozen. Things like lunchmeat freeze great, making it easy to take advantage of a good sale when you find one.

Another thing to keep track of is produce. Fruits and vegetables are at their peak at different times of the year. If you can buy when the market is flooded, and then either can or freeze your produce, you have the chance to save money while still offering healthy options for your family.

Right now August is upon us and that can only mean one thing…..back to school! With that in mind let’s take a look at a few items that always tend to be on sale this time of year.

Sales to Watch for During Back to School:

School Supplies

  • Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Folders, Glue, Paper, Notebooks & Other School Supplies

Breakfast Items/School Lunches

  • Pudding Cups, Lunch Meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Juice Boxes

Disinfectant

  • Clorox, Purell

Clearance

  • Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, Charcoal, Pool Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Pools, Picnic Supplies

Seasonal Produce

  • Veggies: Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Bell Pepper, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Peaches, Gravenstein Apples, Berries, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Plums, & Raspberries

 

Couponing is a great way to save money!  Whether you save 5%, 15% or 50% you are still saving your family money.  Having a hard time getting started?  Buy my new book, “Couponing for the Rest of Us” on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.  You can even read the first chapter online FREE!