How Target is Wooing Away Amazon Moms

Is the cost of Amazon Prime’s yearly service getting too hard to swallow?   It might be time for you to consider their fiercest new competitor – Target.

Target’s brick & mortar stores are known to be a mom’s best friend, a cheap-chic escape into aisles of aromatic coffee and buffalo-checked throw pillows.   Now they’re fighting hard to make their online site just as beloved to moms who’d rather stay home and shop.

In fact, Target has just entered the world of Free Shipping as a major player.

Who needs the $99 Amazon Prime Membership for FREE 2-Day shipping, when now offers FREE 3-5 Day Shipping and Free Returns on ANY PURCHASE?

From Nov. 1 – Dec. 25, average joes can now receive the same benefits that RedCard members always have – the joy of getting anything you want shipped to your door for Free.

And though this is a seasonal offer, the rest of the year you can get free shipping at Target on a mere $25 purchase, while Amazon members who don’t pay for Prime will need a $35 purchase to qualify.  (If you haven’t tried Prime, you can get a FREE 30-Day Trial just in time for Christmas shopipng.)

And let’s talk about the Holiday price wars….

Target has officially expanded their Price Match Guarantee program to match top competitors’ pricing from Amazon, Walmart, Costco, Best Buy and many more.  This is HUGE – I’ve taken advantage of this several times to pick up a coveted video game in my howmetown Target when it was on sale at Best Buy 40 miles away.

Add to that the bonus 2 weeks shoppers get to match any lower competing prices after your purchase and that’s a game-changer for holiday shopping.

Of course, there’s no getting around the fact that Target doesn’t carry the vast quantities of items that you can find on Amazon – I mean who does?  But for some, this Free Shipping price war will have them saying goodbye to the $99 fee this Holiday Season and choosing the Bullseye instead.


To be fair – our household really gets our $99 out of Amazon Prime.   We use it constantly for everything from toilet paper to birthday gifts.  We also use the Prime TV because we don’t have cable and we’re all avid Kindle readers.  I share with my mom and brother who use my account for free shipping as well (though this restriction is tightening). My kids use our prime accounts to shop with their allowance, which I love so I don’t get stuck in the LEGO aisle at Walmart for 3 hours.  You can sign up for your Amazon Prime Free Trial here and decide for yourself!

And if you consider yourself a die-hard Target shopper, you might want to see if you know ALL of these tricks…. 12 Ways to Save at Target.



New Kohls Cash Policy | | No More Expired Kohl’s Cash, Earn on a $24 Purchase, More!

UPDATE: Kohl’s is playing fast and loose with our feelings – it looks like the $5 on $25 Kohl’s Cash we mention below is going to be a “when they feel like it” kind of thing… keep reading for details :)

We mentioned the new Kohls Cash Policy recently – but I’ve dug into it a little more and here’s the full scoop on it!  The biggest changes are at the top of this post – but if you scroll down, you’ll also see some basic info on the Kohl’s Cash Policy that you may not have known.

1. First of all – for those of you still wondering “does Kohl’s accept expired Kohl’s Cash?” – the answer is a definitive NOPE. :(  

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Money Saving Strategies for Large Families

Money Saving Strategies for Large Families

Our family is still growing, so it’s my job to make sure we’re saving money where we can. Here are a couple of simple things that my family does to save money that might help get your money saving ideas flowing.


Make a List
Probably one of the biggest ways we save money in our family is by making a list. We go to the store knowing exactly what we want to buy. Sometimes when we’re unprepared, we make purchases that don’t make sense or that don’t fit into the budget.


Plan for Large Purchases
Another way we save money as a larger family is by planning for larger purchases. We don’t just wake up one day and decide that we’ll go buy a new television or a new car, those items take planning and saving.


Buy Secondhand When it Makes Sense
I’m not sure people realize how much money they can save by purchasing items secondhand. I buy a lot of my kids clothes at children’s consignment sales. By doing so I get incredible deals on name brand children’s clothing at a fraction of the cost. I’ve also found great deals on baby items and furniture. When I had my first baby I bought everything brand new, but now I’ve realized what a waste of money that was.


Stay at Home
It can get so pricey to go out and entertain a large family. If you want to save money in your home, then consider staying at home. You can do simple things like watch a movie together or have a family game night. Keep it simple and watch how much fun your family has while saving money.



Be Brand Loyal
Another way my family saves money is by being brand loyal. I know what my favorite brands cost money wise, which helps me save money. I don’t go to the store every time trying to decide what to spend on a specific item. I know what I like, what it costs, and how to put it into our budget. One of my favorite items to buy are the ARM & HAMMER™ plus OxiClean™ Power PAKS (hello no mess or spills)! I’ve come to love ARM & HAMMER™ Plus OxiClean™ Stainfighters Power PAKS Laundry Detergent because they are powerful and effective. With both of my older kids playing sports this is extremely important, otherwise I would never get their baseball and softball pants clean. In addition, the convenience and affordability make me a repeat customer, because who really wants to think about laundry more than necessary? What about you? How does your family save money? Even if you aren’t a large family, these money saving ideas can work for just about anyone. The most important thing is to find what works for you and stick with it!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ARM & HAMMER. The opinions and text are all mine.


Help Save Money with Coupons | 10 Best Tips for Beginners

If you’re looking for tips on how to help save money with coupons, you’re in the right place!  We’ve put together 10 of our best tips for anyone who wants to try couponing but doesn’t know where to start.  {Find more articles on how to save money.}

*Since we’re starting with the basics, you might also want to watch this brief video of Kasey explaining the basics of couponing.

1.  Get some coupons, pronto!

Coupons are EVERYWHERE.  You can print them out online from these main sites – as well as others:

The Sunday paper is the main source for coupons.  Each Sunday newspaper has a couple coupon inserts inside.  If you glance through these before you buy it, and like what you see ( are there several coupons for things you buy often?) go ahead and get 4 or 5 newspapers. (More on that later)

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Saving Money Tips: Eat at Home – The 10-Minute Trick

Saving Money Tips

Saving Money Tips

Several years ago, we ate out almost every meal.  After my family was faced with a job loss and multiple mortgages from spec homes not selling we had to make some changes. Otherwise, all the money I was saving on groceries would have been worthless.

I found that taking a couple of steps to prepare ahead of time, mealtime was much less daunting.  By cooking and freezing ground beef/turkey or chicken ahead of time you’ll cut down meal preparation time significantly.  I call it the The Ten Minute Trick – grab a zip-lock bag of precooked ground beef/turkey or chicken out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave for a minute to thaw then add to your favorite recipe. [Read more...]

Ashley Lauren’s Closet Children’s Consignment Sale 1/2 off sale! Last Day!



Want to save money on your children’s clothes? If you live anywhere close to East Tennessee you are in luck!!! Ashley Lauren’s Closet opens to the public this week.  We buy a ton of our kids clothes every year at the Fall and Spring sale and tomorrow most items are 1/2 off from 8am to 2pm. This is the last day of the sale until the spring. img_0758-2

  • Saturday (50% off most items!)  — Sept 19th —  8am to 2pm

img_0784 I found great deals on clothes, shoes, and baby items for my kids that were all name brands such as Under Armor, Nike, Adidas, Gap, Old Navy, Carter’s and Sperry to name a couple. I also got a jogging stroller that was in excellent condition for only $40. Remember, it’s only open to the public for one week every Spring and Fall.