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Each month of the year brings new opportunities to save money. Here are a few bargains to be had in the month of September.
- Patio Furniture-Stores that sell this type of furniture are anxious to get rid of their inventory. If you even think you’ll need new patio furniture next year, now is the time to go shopping!
- Grills-Same issue as patio furniture: Stores are trying to move warm weather inventory out of the store.
- Airline Tickets-September is the best time of year to purchase airline tickets to visit family and friends over the holidays.
- Older versions of iPhones-New versions are usually released in September, so older versions are being sold at deep discounts.
- Gardening Tools-Again, stores are trying to move summer inventory out to make room for cold-weather items.
- Cars-September is a great time to buy a new car because dealerships are getting ready to bring in next year’s models and they need a place to park them.
- Summer Clothes-You will be able to find summer clothing on clearance in abundance during the month of September. When shopping for summer clothes for next year, be sure to buy solids and classic pieces. Patterns and trends can quickly go out of style.
- School Supplies-After the back-to-school rush, stores are left with too many school supplies and sell them at deep discounts. Stock up for this year and next.
- Bikes-Because people aren’t typically in the market for bikes in the fall, you should be able to find some really good deals in September.
- Lawn Mower-If you think you’ll need a new lawn mower for next year, now’s the time to consider purchasing one. Stores will try to move these items out to replace them with snow blowers.
Those are just a few ways to help you save money in September. If you know of any others, please leave them in the comments section and let us know! :)
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If you live with children that attend school, they are either already back in school or about to return.
Here are a few tips to help ease the transition:
- If you haven’t already, begin getting everyone back on a sleep schedule. Have everyone go to bed and get up the same time each day to reset their internal clocks so they won’t be tired those first few weeks.
- Begin planning their lunches if they will be bringing them to school. Purchase needed supplies such as a thermos, sandwich containers, lunchboxes, utensils, napkins, etc. Sit with them and plan the lunches they would like to take. Create a weekly grocery list based on these items so you will always have them on hand.
- Decide on a space in your home for backpacks, coats, shoes and papers from school. If everyone knows where to place their items when they come in, they’ll be less likely to just drop them on the floor.
- Think of how you want to store and keep track of papers from school. You could purchase an inexpensive file box and create folders to hold weekly newsletters from the teachers, graded papers, artwork, informational papers from the school and progress reports/report cards. Ideally, you could store a year’s worth of papers for 2 children in one file box. At the end of each marking period you could purge the items from the folders and discard what you don’t need. There’s an app called Artkive that allows you to take pictures of your child’s artwork and then create a photo book. We use this app all the time and love it!
- Set up a homework station in an area where the child will not be distracted. If they are young and need your help with homework, keep them close by, but keep distractions to a minimum. It’s good to have a container near them that holds all of their needed supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, pencil sharpener, calculator, etc.) so they don’t need to get up every time they need something.
If you have any additional tips to add, I’d love to read them in the comments section below! :)
Ok. Here’s something I had not heard of until recently. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock or something, but it is a wonderful idea!
It’s called a Capsule Wardrobe. Have you heard of this before?
Basically, it’s a process you use to organize the clothes you wear by selecting a few key pieces and then using those pieces to create multiple outfits.
Using this method ensures that you don’t overspend each season on clothing and eliminates the “I Have Nothing To Wear!” panic we feel quite often.
So here are the steps to create a capsule wardrobe:
- Decide on the type of clothing and how many you will need. Be sure to include the following items: dress pants, little black dress, jeans, t shirts, sandals, ballet flats, high heels, boots, purses, blazers, sweaters, shorts, skirts, button down shirts, regular shirts, jackets, scarves, coats and tanks. (Of course you will eliminate items if you know you don’t need them or add items if I don’t have them on the list)
- Next decide on a color scheme. Select 2 colors for items like pants, skirts, purses and shoes. These colors should be able to mix and match with most other colors. Black, gray and navy are usually good picks.
- Now select two other colors to act as accents to your wardrobe. These will be the colors for your tops, shirts, sweaters, etc.
- When purchasing items, stay within your preselected color choices and all of your clothes will be able to play nicely together and you will always have an outfit for any occasion! ;)
Some people like to create a Capsule Wardrobe for each season (3 month period) and others prefer to create a Spring/Summer and a Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
Ideally, you should have about 35 items per season and you can carry items over from season to season, if needed.
I am really loving this idea and have already gone through my clothes and organized them in this Capsule way. It has helped me see that there are clothes that I own that really don’t connect with anything else, but I also noticed that I gravitate towards certain colors each season.
Check out Pinterest for more ideas on creating your own Capsule Closet.
Have you heard of this concept before or am I the last one to find out about it? If you organize your clothes this way, let me know how it’s working out for you! :)
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Now that summer is in full swing, I thought I’d share a post I wrote a year ago about ways to save money on outings this summer.
It definitely acts as a refresher for me, so hopefully it will help you out as well!
There is nothing more relaxing than coming home at the end of the day and entering into a bathroom that has a spa-like feeling. Instead of traveling to the nearest hotel or spa, why not create your own spa bath?
Here are 10 tips to help you create that relaxing spa-like bathroom in your own home:
- I know that whenever I enter a spa the first thing I notice is the way it smells. Think about the scents that relax you and add them to your bathroom. Calming scents are vanilla, lavender (my favorite!), chamomile, cinnamon, tangerine, and coconut. Select one and add it to your bath by using air fresheners, potpourri, candles or plug-in room fresheners. Feel free to change the scents with the seasons or whenever you feel like you need a change. Just adding a calming scent to your bathroom will make a world of difference!
- Consider placing white ceramic containers on your counters to hold your cotton balls and swabs, makeup brushes, toothbrushes, potpourri, your everyday jewelry or anything else your heart desires.
- Create a spa environment around your tub by adding a tub caddy and place candles, loofahs, shower gel and soaps on it. Most tub caddies come with a book holder to allow you to read while relaxing in the tub.
- Add music to the bathroom by adding a clock radio or shower radio. Be sure to tune in to a relaxing station to help you unwind.
- Orchids are able to tolerate the wet, steamy environment of the bathroom. They also add a calming, spa-like feel. (I cheat and use the silk varieties!)
- A nice, fluffy bath rug will feel really nice to your toes when you step out of the shower or bathtub. Sliding your feet into some fluffy slippers will help keep your feet warm and prevent you from slipping on the hard floor.
- Hang matching bathrobes on the back of a door if you don’t have any place to put hooks. Just seeing the robes when entering your bathroom will help you begin to relax.
- When deciding on colors for your bathroom, the most calming colors are the light ones. Keeping everything uniform in color will be very easy on the eyes. If painting the room, be sure to select formulas designed specifically for the bathroom.
- Consider adding art to the walls. Select peaceful designs that go with the color scheme you’ve selected.
- Installing heated towel bars and upgrading the light fixtures can give the bathroom an instant facelift. While you’re at it, add a wall-mount magnifying mirror to help with putting on makeup.
Those are just a few ways to transform your bathroom into a “spa bath”. If you have any tips to add, let me know in the comments section. :)
Organizing the Bathroom
Decorating the Bathroom