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Jul222017

Make Your Rental Feel More Like Home

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t’s rare to rent a house that is absolutely perfect for you in every way.  It might be the right size, but the location is ideal, or it might be a bargain to rent, but you hate the décor. The former I can’t help you with, but the latter, well that’s easy to remedy with a few simple tips and tricks to make your rental home feel more at home without jeopardizing your lease

Create an Accent wall with Stickers

Wall stickers, or decals as they are also known, have gained a huge amount of popularity in recent years, and a big reason for that is the fact that they can completely transform the look of a room without being permanent or causing damage. You simply peel off the backing and stick them on the wall in a design you’re happy with, to make a unique feature in your rental property.

Wall Stickers come in a wide range of colors and styles, so you should have no problem finding some to suit you. The kid’s TV character stickers are particularly cute and great for turning a boring rental bedroom into a fun place for kids to spend time.

Removable Wallpaper

Did you know that removable wallpaper was a thing? So many people who rent a house don’t realize that you can buy removable wallpaper in most DIY stores. It’s a godsend to renters who hate plain white walls and want to add a touch of color or sophistication to their space. In fact, I don’t know why more homeowners don’t use it because it’s a lot easier and less messy to put up, and so easy to take down and put elsewhere when you’re bored with it!


 

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Invest in Modular Furniture

If you want to be able to make any rental property that you move into feel more like home, investing in modular furniture is a smart move because it can be reconfigured to work in any space. Using furniture to add pops of color and design to a rental property is also a pretty smart way of doing things because your furniture will not cause any damage to the property, well not if you’re using it right anyway!

Lots of Occasional Tables

Small occasional tables are not only affordable; they’re very practical in rental properties too. You see, you might not be able to hand artworks on the walls or put up shelves, but you can dot occasional tables around the room and then use them to display your favorite photos, painting, and Knick knacks.

Plant Power

Plants will not only liven up your rental property by adding some interesting colors and shapes into the mix, but they will also help to remove toxins from the air, so if you’re living in a rental which isn’t in the best part of town, due to proximity to the roadside or other polluting factors, they are simply fantastic. Plants that flower are even better because they’ll add more variety of colors to the space, and don’t be afraid to put plants everywhere from the bedroom to the bathroom, to get the most impact from them – just make sure the plants can stand up to the conditions in each room because dead plants ain't pretty!

 

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Add Details with Washi Tape

Washi tape is great because it can be applied to walls, counters and wooden surfaces without any danger of damaging them and it comes in a mind-boggling array of colors and styles. As such, it’s the perfect medium for adding little design details to your rental. Cover the light switches with it, outline the doors, create striped walls without wallpaper – the possibilities are quite literally endless when you have washi tape in your hands. 

Use Fabrics

Fabrics, like washi tapes, come in a mind-boggling array of colors and styles, which is good news for you as a renter, because you can make your space feel a lot more homely by draping your couches with fabric throws, creating unique curtains that you love out of high-quality fabrics and putting tactile rugs down on the floor.

Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets are very homely indeed, but more importantly, they provide plenty of storage space – something many rental homes are lacking. By investing in a number of wicker baskets and placing them in every room, you can more easily keep the place neat and tidy, which will please you, your family and your landlord, I’m sure.

Hole-Free Art

Did you know you can hang artwork without putting holes in the wall? Command strips and hooks are a game-changer for renters who love art but hate losing their security deposits due to tiny holes in the wall. With them, you can hang pretty much anything on the wall without damaging them in any way, and once you’ve got your favorite photos and prints up on the wall, your rental house will well and truly start to feel more like home.

 

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Fragrances

Our sense of smell is well and truly linked to our memory. You only have to smell a certain scent from childhood to instantly be transported back there. So, it makes sense that, if you want your rental property to feel more like home, you should fill it with your favorite fragrances; the fragrances that remind you of your childhood home or a special place. Scented candles and incense are great for this, but if you’re worried about the possible fire-risk, buying an electronics aroma diffuser, and filling it with water and your favorite essential oils, is probably a better move.

Vignettes

If none of the above changes are possible, don’t worry because you can still make your place feel a lot more like home by adding lots of little vignettes. Things like vases, sculptures and beautifully arranged flowers will make your home feel like it’s yours without risking the wrath of the landlord. They will give you a boost every time you stop to appreciate their beauty.

Do you live in a rental home? What changes have you made to make it feel more homely without getting on the wrong side of your landlord?

 

Saturday
Jul222017

Groupon Coupons: Save On Everyday Purchases + More! 

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I don't know about you, but I am always on the lookout for a great deal. Whether it be ways to save on groceries, everyday necessities or even local attractions and restaurants, saving money on these items is such a big help in our family budget. 

Have you heard yet of Groupon Coupons? This is one of Groupon's newer features and is sure to be a game changer for your family in the way that you save money for everyday purchases and more. They offer 70,000 deals from over 9,000 major retailers! That is some sweet savings to be had! Anytime that I have online shopping to do, I use Groupon Coupons to save money.  I am continually searching the internet for the best deals and when it comes to saving money, Groupon is where it is at! Currently, Groupon is offering 25% off your first Groupon with code WELCOME at check out. Deals on top of deals? Yes, please! Sign me up!

If you a Target shopper like me, you will be thrilled to see that Groupon has 71 deals and coupons for Target! One of my favorite coupon offers for Target is $5.00 off $50.00 plus free shipping! With school right around the corner, this coupon is sure to help us to get the most bang for our buck! 

While on Groupon, be sure to check out all of the other retailers and the savings that they offer. Shop at stores like Ebay, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walgreens, Aeropostale, Home Depot, Macy’s and more. Groupon Coupons has all of your shopping needs covered and they are sure to be your one-stop shopping destination! 

Friday
Jul212017

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel 36-Count Variety Pack ONLY $8.16 Shipped! 

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Great snack deal to stock up on for the kiddos! Amazon is offering Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel 36-Count Variety Pack for only $8.16 shipped when choose the  Subscribe & Save option. That makes each bag just 23¢ each!

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Thursday
Jul202017

Save 30% Off Thermos Funtainers & Lunch Kits! 

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Hop on over to Amazon where they are offering 30% Off Thermos Funtainers & Lunch Kits today only! 

Thursday
Jul202017

FREE $20 to Spend at JCPenney! 

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This Saturday July 22, JCPenney stores will be offering a $10 off $10 purchase coupon in-store. GO HERE to find your local JCPenney store and call them to make sure that they are participating. In addition, don't forget that you can score a FREE $10 JCPenney reward when you download the new JCPenney app. That would be $20 Free to spend and this is a great time as back to school is quickly approaching! 

Thursday
Jul202017

*HOT* Luvs Ultra GINORMOUS Boxes Sizes 3-5 ONLY $13.98 Shipped! 

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This deal is back for sizes 3-5 diapers! I used Luvs with both of my boys and really liked them. Amazon is currently offering the GINORMOUS boxes of Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers for only $13.98 per box shipped when you clip the $2 coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option. 

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers Size 3, 186 Count

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers Size 4, 160 Count

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers Size 5, 140 Count (it looks like this size is $15.54 when you clip the coupon. Still a super deal!) 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Wednesday
Jul192017

TWO Bottles of Tide Purclean Detergent ONLY $11.19 Shipped

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Wow! This is such a great deal! I am currently using this and love it! Amazon is offering Tide Purclean Liquid Laundry Detergent, Unscented, 100 Fl Oz (64 Loads) or Tide Purclean Liquid Laundry Detergent, Honey Lavender Scent, 100 Fl Oz (64 Loads) for only $11.19 when you clip the $5 coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option. 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting. 

-thanks, Hip 2 Save!

Wednesday
Jul192017

Annie’s Organic Snacks 36-Count Variety Pack ONLY $7.59 Shipped!

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Awesome deal for Annie's snacks! Amazon is offering Annie's Organic Variety Pack, Cheddar Bunnies and Bunny Graham Crackers Snack Packs, 36 Pouches for only $7.59 Shipped when you choose the Subscribe and Save option. What a great price! 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting. 

Wednesday
Jul192017

The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ONLY $15! 

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Wow! This is a great price! Amazon is offering The Lego Batman Movie Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy for only $15! (Reg. $23.64)

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Wednesday
Jul192017

Chipotle: *HOT* Buy One Get One FREE Entrée Mobile Coupon! (Up to $10 Value)

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I love it when these coupon offers are available! Through August 31, or while supplies last, Chipotle is offering a Buy One Get One FREE Entrée Mobile Coupon! (Up to $10 Value). To access your coupon, head on over to the Chipotle SavorWAVs website, and click on the Make Your Mix button. You will then choose your favorite ingredients or meal. Coupon will be sent to via text at the phone number you use to sign up. 

*FYI- I could not get this to work on my mobile device only on my desktop. 

Tuesday
Jul182017

JCPenney: Free $10 Reward with New App Download!

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Yay! I wanted to make sure that this worked before I posted it and it does! Text APP to 527365 to download the new JCPenney app from your iPhone, Android Device or iPad. You will then need to create a new JCPenney account, and add a valid credit card to your payment info. Allow up to 4 hours to receive a Free $10 reward just for doing so! My reward showed pending right away and I received the actual reward to my email within 2 hours. This $10 reward will make for Free or inexpensive items!

GO HERE to get started.

Tuesday
Jul182017

THIRTY Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable Only $7.88 Shipped! 

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Amazon is offering Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks for only $7.88 and Free Shipping when you choose the Subscribe and Save option. 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Tuesday
Jul182017

Tide Pods Free & Gentle 81-Count ONLY $13.04 Shipped! ($0.16 per load)

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Score a great deal on laundry detergent without leaving your house! Amazon is offering Tide PODS Free & Gentle HE Turbo Laundry Detergent Pacs 81-load Tub for only $13.04 shipped when you clip the $5 coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option. This makes each load only $0.16!

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Monday
Jul172017

5 Refill Packs Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ONLY $7.39 Shipped! 

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If you love Pampers products this is a great deal! Amazon is offering 5 Refill Packs of Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes (320 Total Wipes) for ONLY $7.39 Shipped when you clip the $0.50 coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option. What a hot stock up price! 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Monday
Jul172017

Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker ONLY $22.39! 

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What a super deal if you are in the market for a new slow cooker! Walmart.com has the Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker priced at $39.88. BUT, when you choose In-store pickup you will save a additional $17.49 making it ONLY $22.39! 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. 

Sunday
Jul162017

4 New RARE $2/1 Pampers Diaper & Easy Ups Coupons 

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If you love Pampers diapers and Easy Ups be sure to print these RARE coupons to help you save! 

*$2/1 Pampers Cruisers Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

*$2/1 Pampers Swaddlers Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

*$2/1 Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

*$2/1 Pampers Easy Ups Training Underwear (excludes trial/travel size 

Sunday
Jul162017

*HOT* SwissGear Backpacks ONLY $10 Shipped! (reg. $28.99)

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Wow! This is such an awesome deal for a high-quality backpack! Through July 22, Office Depot/Office Max are ofering SwissGear Backpacks for ONLY $10 (reg. $28.99!) when you use coupon code 64736617 at checkout. Limit 3 Offers per Customer. Even sweeter, these ship for FREE! Or, you can choose to pick up at your local store if you don't want to wait for shipping. 

Friday
Jul142017

Don’t Buy a New Home, Build One Instead

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Are you in the market for a brand new home? Have you been looking at the local real estate, but it’s left you uninspired with its offerings? Why not build your own new build home instead? I know it seems like building your home would be a lot more work, and for sure, it’s not as simple as finding a property you like and making an offer on it, but you will get the house you actually want, instead of settling for second best, and there are numerous other advantages to self-building besides that.

Here are some very compelling reasons why you should forget buying a new home and start building one instead:

You Get More Bang for Your Buck

Buying a prefabricated home through a broker will cost on average 25 percent more than building your own home, which means that you will be able to save money, get more house for your budget, or create something a bit more luxurious than you would otherwise be able to afford. This alone is a good enough reason to build a new home!

It Feels Great

Anyone who has ever built their own home will tell you how magical it feels to actually be involved in the process of designing and creating your own home. The feeling you get from knowing you’re physically building your family’s future brick by brick is an amazing one which will give you lots of pride and enjoyment from the start of the process for until the day you leave your home.

You’ll Learn New Skills

Even if you’re using contemporary house plans to help you design your house and you hire contractors to do most of the work for you, just by being onsite and getting involved in the project, you will learn a whole lot about the building industry, which will help you out when your plumbing springs a leak or you want to re-tile your bathroom. Your new knowledge will allow you to carry out those jobs yourself and because you know how contractors do their jobs, you will also never be ripped off on work or settle unknowingly for a shabby job, again.

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You Create Something Beautiful

What could be better than looking at your house everyday knowing that you’ve created something beautiful which enhances not only your life and the lives of your family, but which enhances the neighbourhood you live in too? Not many things! Of course, in order to get this benefit, you do actually have to create something beautiful, so when you’re in the planning stage, be sure to take your time, gather your inspiration and come up with something that fits its surroundings and adds value to the area!

If you find this difficult, don’t worry because there are literally thousands of websites, magazines books and videos which offer inspiration for the self-builder. You’ll probably need to consult a local architect at some point too, and they’re very good at diplomatically pointing out any problems with your design ideas that you might not have noticed before.

You Can Ensure Your Needs are Met Completely

Perhaps, this is the biggest benefit of building your own home. When you buy a house that already exists, it is unlikely that it will meet your needs exactly - you almost always have to compromise when buying property in my experience. However, when you buy your own home, you can design it so that it meets every need you have, whether that’s including a dog washing station on the ground floor, having five bathrooms or a huge kitchen. With the help of a good architect, there is nothing you can’t do to make your home perfect for you.

A Better Build

If you’re sick of living in properties that seem to be literally crumbling around you, causing you more problems that you’d care to admit and making you wish that you had never bought them I the first place, building your home is absolutely for you.

You see, when you build your own home, you can hire quality construction workers and oversee the project yourself, so that you absolutely 10 percent know that your home has been constructed to the highest possible standards. It’ll also help you to gain greater insight into building practices, and perhaps pick up a few useful skills of your own too!

A Better Location

Building your own home means that you can choose your own location. When you’re buying a house, you can only choose from existing locations where there is a vacant property. When you’re building, any piece of land that the owner is willing to sell and on which you can obtain permission to sell is up for grabs. This makes it a lot easier to set up home in your dream location, whether that be a deserted country lane, a busy downtown area or by the beach.

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Your Property Will Be Worth More

Property is a huge investment, so the bigger the return you can get for your money the better. If you self-build your own property and you make it stand out from the rest, it will probably be worth a lot more than other homes in the area, especially if you use high-quality fixtures and fittings and look at the market to see what kinds of things people like, without simply playing to the crowd.

You Leave a Legacy

When you built a unique home, you are leaving a beautiful legacy, which can be passed down through the family for generations to come. Even if you decide to sell your home, it is likely that it will remain standing long after you’ve gone – a beautiful legacy and testament to your creativity and style.

As you can see, there are so many good reasons to build your home, and the only real drawback is that it could be a bit more difficult to obtain a mortgage from the bank in order to do so, that you’d be foolish not to at least consider the possibility of doing so when the time comes for you to move on.

Thursday
Jul132017

Grilled Chicken With Tropical Salsa: Feed a Family of Four for Under $10 with Products from Sprouts!

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I had the opportunity to visit the new Sprouts Farmers Market in Palm Harbor, FL earlier in the week for a behind-the-scenes blogger tour. You can see my full review of the experience HERE. Since Sprouts is known for healthy living for less, I thought that it would be fun and helpful to prepare an easy meal with ingredients from my recent visit. Sprouts Farmers Market allows us to get healthy and delicious meals on the table without breaking the bank. In fact, I prepared this easy meal of grilled chicken with tropical salsa and jasmine rice for only $8.55! That is just $2.14 per serving for a family of four!  

Sprouts products used and pricing for each item: 

Sprouts boneless skinless chicken thighs @ $1.67 lb. I used half of the package so that was around $3. 

Sprouts organic jasmine rice @ $1.99 

1 Lime @ $0.20 each

2 Mangos @ 2 for $1

1 Pineapple @ $0.98

1 Bunch Cilantro @ $0.69

1 Red Onion @ $0.69

 

Salsa directions:

1 fresh pineapple cut in half and diced

2 fresh mangoes diced

1 small red onion diced

1 bunch of cilantro copped (you can use as little or as much as you prefer)

1 lime juiced

Salt to taste

Dice up all ingredients and place in a bowl. Add lime juice and salt to your taste. You can add as little or as much as you need. 

 

Serving directions:

Prepare your rice according the package directions. While the rice is cooking, grill your boneless skinless chicken thighs. 

Serve the tropical salsa over the rice and chicken and enjoy! This meal is so healthy, fresh and delicious.....perfect for summer! 

Thursday
Jul132017

10 Hacks To Save You Money Around The Home

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Here are 10 of the best hacks to save you money around the home:

1. Make a budget

Budgets are the best way to visibly see how much money you have, and how much money you can spend weekly or monthly without having to worry. It can also show you what you're spending your cash on, which is great for sorting out the priorities and putting them at the top, while removing anything that isn't needed.

2. Collect spare change

Keep a jar on your bedside table, and whenever you have loose change in your pockets, empty it into the jar. Keep doing this for the next couple of weeks and when you hit your first month mark, have a count and see how much you have managed to save so far.

3. Shop at the dollar store

Dollar stores are awesome, and shouldn't be something to be embarrassed about. Why pay an extra $7 for wrapping paper or soap when you can get it for a dollar?

4. Rent a dress

Yes, you read that correctly. If you have an important event or occasion that is coming up and you need a super fancy dress to wear, but you just can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars - rent one instead. There are stores that do this, or you can just keep the tag on, make sure you don't stain it, and then take it back the next day!

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5. Pay your bills online

Not only is it a lot more efficient because of the email reminders and the simplicity of paying online, but you will be saving the use of stamps and checks being sent out. Plus, going paperless is so much better for the environment.

6. Plan your shops wisely

Get the cheapest prices by purchasing items after the season is over, for example, buy holiday decorations after Christmas, get furniture at the start of the year and buy a barbecue in the fall. And make sure you stay up to date with the latest offers and clearances.

7. Close closet doors

Keep your energy costs down by making sure you close all the closet doors, that way you aren't needlessly using up the heat to fill a closet space. The same goes for any rooms that don't need to be heated - close the doors.

8. Go on a DIY rampage

You can't do everything, like water removal in a flooded basement or repairing your boiler system, and sometimes it's important to admit that to yourself before you make things worse. But, anything that you can learn through various YouTube videos - take advantage of it and fix that squeaky door or the jammed cupboard.

9. Stock up on cheap gifts

When things are on sale, make the most of it and stock up on gifts for the year, this can be for birthdays, housewarmings, weddings, and so on.

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10. Grow your food

Instead of going out and buying your fruit, veg and herbs - invest in the seeds and plant your own around the garden. It's really simple to do once you get the hang of it, and you'll be able to live a sustainable life off your little productive garden. You could even make your own jam and then sell it!

 

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