Like a Mother | 8 Sneaky Ways to Save Money

8 Sneaky Ways to Save Money

1. Make your own cleaning products.

For serious. Instead of spraying toxic chemicals on the counter tops your kids are sure to lick (oh wait, that’s just mine?), you can easily make your own equally effective cleaners for a fraction of the price—and quickly. I promise they work and I promise you’ll want to hug me once you try it. Whether you clean with lemons or use other green cleaning recipes (and let’s not forget ditching the shampoo), you can save a serious chunk of change.

2. Cash in on birthdays.

Birthdays can get expensive. But did you know there are a ton of places that are willing to give you free stuff on your birthday (or on your kid’s birthday)? One of our favorite things to cash in on is a free cupcake at the cafe at Barnes and Noble through their B&N Kids’ Club. We also loved claiming free birthday sundaes at Friendlys before our local chain closed. The Penny Hoarder has a list of 100 places that will give you free stuff on your birthday. I’m definitely going to take note of a few I didn’t know about for when Samantha’s birthday rolls around in June!

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Last Minute Halloween Costume | Fortune Teller

last minute costume| fortune teller makeup

Oh, hey. Nothing weird here. Just a grown woman dressed as a fortune teller making weird faces while having her eight year old take pictures of her. Totally normal.

And you know what? I did it for you.

If you’re anything at all like me, you do everything at the last minute. Especially if it’s something for yourself. I’m 90% sure that if I had a Halloween party to go to this weekend I still wouldn’t have a costume in my possession.

I mean, I would definitely have a completely elaborate idea in mind with Martha Stewart-level creativity going on. But my tendency to do things at the last possible second would force me to scrap my lofty idea. I would pace my house all wild eyed and irritable, trying to figure out what to do as if it was the most important decision of my life.

I’m here to save you the trauma.

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Splurge vs. Steal | Colorblock

Kate Spade denim Kimberly dressIt’s been sooooo long since I did one of these splurge vs. steal type posts! Now, we all now I’m a budget-minded girl—except when I go to Target, but that’s a whole other story. If I see something cute that’s out of my price range, like say a $550 Kate Spade dress (at left here), I will hunt down something comparable at a price that I find more reasonable.

I love this dress. The a-line skirt goes with the whole classic silhouette thing I wrote about when I was trying to define my personal style. And the Peter Pan collar adds a nice touch of quirkiness that for some reason yells fall to me (does anyone else feel that way about them? Or am I just a big weirdo?).

I thought some bright accessories and a little texture would add the perfect unexpected touches to make this style mine. So, of course, I had to hunt down some options.

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Like a Mother | How to Save Money Shopping Online

how to save money shopping onlineI don’t know about you, but my belly is full of all of the turkey and potatoes and stuffing and desserts I shoved in my face yesterday. I don’t think I can eat for a week.

I’m full and I want to burrow into a nice cocoon—not maneuver though stores filled with lunatics who will claw my eyes out if it means they can grab the last Rainbow Loom before I do. No thank you.

Instead, I’ll sit back, relax in the noisiness of my own home (or my in-laws’ home if you want to get specific), and plot my moves for Cyber Monday. That’s when I do most of my holiday shopping. And because I love you so much, I thought I’d write you a nice little post on how I save money shopping online, at home, in my pajamas, with only my own crazies clawing at me.

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Obsession of the Moment | Embroidery Hoop Art

OK, so I know they’ve been a thing for kind of a while now, but I’m totally obsessed with embroidery hoop art. I think it has something to do with my current love of simple geometric shapes (probably brought on by this ever-so slowly developing project of mine) and my eternal love of simple DIY projects. It doesn’t really matter though. What matters is that I’m straight up smitten.

My love was taken to a whole new level when I caught sight of this amazing baby nursery on Young House Love last week. Dacia from Lemon Drop Life created this space for her little guy Roarke. I literally squealed when I saw it and immediately sent a link to my sister, who is setting up a space theme in my six-year old nephew’s new room. I just can’t with the awesome solar system wall and the ridiculously creative use of embroidery hoops. SO. STINKING. CUTE!

embroidery hoop art: space nursery

Lemon Drop Life via Young House Love

I really like the combination of the circles and the lines, which immediately made me start thinking about the striped wall in my girls’ room. Right now they just have a round seashell mirror between their beds and canvases they painted above their beds. But I’m thinking some embroidery hoop art (whether bought or made) would be perfect to group above each of their beds.

So of course that led me down the Pinterest rabbit hole to explore…

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