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Walgreens: Tide Detergent $2.20 each!

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 31, 2011 · 5 comments

Tide Detergent deal at WalgreensToday there is a great deal for Tide laundry detergent for just $2.20 each at Walgreens!  You'll have to be quick as the coupons expire today.   Here's the scenario:

Tide Powder Detergent, 4/$24
Tide Liquid Detergent, $6
$10 RRs wyb $30 or more of select P&G Products
$2/1 Tide or Gain Powder Detergent , exp. 8-31-11 (SS 7/17/11)
$1/1 Tide Detergent, exp. 8-31-11 (P&G 7/31/11)
As low as $2.20 after coupons and RRs!

(Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)


Home Depot: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers As Low As $0.25

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 29, 2011 · 11 comments

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Perhaps your summer has included some unsupervised wall art?  Home Depot has you covered. Get Mr. Clean Magic Erasers as low as $0.25!

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (trial size), $1
$0.50/1 Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, exp. 9/30/11 (P&G 08/28/11)
$0.50/1 Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, exp. 10/31/12 (Product Insert)
$0.75/1 Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, exp. 10/31/11 (Organize in Style booklet)
As low as $0.25 after coupons!

(Thanks, Cuckoo for Coupon Deals!)


Spring Cleaning the Frugal and Green Way

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 1, 2011 · 18 comments

It's spring break in our household this week... and in my book, spring break is the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning since I can take advantage of the additional help.

I have no shortage of various household cleaners in my stockpile; however, I've been a lot more considerate lately of the chemicals I'm using around the house, especially when I know my children will be handling them. In fact, we often forgo the cleansers altogether and just use my tried and true microfiber cloths.

I've shared the various ways that we use microfiber cloths for cleaning in the past, but here's a quick recap:

  • Microfiber cloths naturally attract dust, so you don't generally need any additional sprays.
  • Add a little water to your cloth and you can buff and shine windows without the need for glass cleaner.
  • They're heavy duty, so they can stand up to jobs that require a lot of scrubbing -- like cleaning your microwave.
  • Reuse them again and again -- just toss them in the washing machine and then in the dryer on low!

In addition, microfiber cloths are super absorbent, making them perfect for cleaning up those daily spills that always seem to happen in our house.

I'm actually in the process of transitioning our household to becoming paper-free -- well, at least free of napkins and paper towels. I needed to add to our cloth inventory to accomplish this though, and I was surprised to see that a two-pack of cloths by a brand name company were priced at $2.98 in the cleaning aisle at Walmart. I reluctantly put a couple of packages in my cart and went on with my shopping.

As I was wandering through the store, I passed the automotive department and a little light bulb went off. I know that my husband has purchased large microfiber towels for our cars in the past, so I figured I'd see if they had a better selection in this aisle. Sure enough I found this package of 15 cloths priced at just $9.87! I love that it comes with a variety of colors so I can designate different colors for different tasks, and I have to say they are much thicker and nicer than the brand name cloths.

Moral of the story? Thinking outside of the box when you're shopping can save money!

Disclosure: I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for the time and effort spent creating this post. However, my participation in this program is voluntary and my opinions are my own -- always have been, always will be.


Preparing Your Home For The Holidays: The Kids’ Rooms

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 16, 2010 · 13 comments

Mandi of Life... Your Way and I have teamed up to bring you a special series over the next two weeks called Preparing Your Home for the Holidays.

We're on the final section of the house today, the kids' rooms -- yay! Since we live in a 4-bedroom house with five kids, our oldest two boys and our girls each share a room. Our youngest has his own room, albeit the very small room that I used to call my office.

Shared and small spaces both require a little creativity in keeping the clutter to a minimum, so instead of talking about cleaning their rooms, today I thought I'd share some of the fun and kid-friendly ways we've used to corral the large number of toys and such that are part of the territory when you have a large family.

Tactics we use:

  • We rotate toys in and out of the crawl space we have in our basement. This is especially effective with our older boys since they have large collections of G.I. Joe toys and Transformers.
  • We have a designated home for all of their toys that's age appropriate. For example, we expect our older children to put toys away in totes and put the totes in their closet. However, our younger children are encouraged to put their play food into a toy shopping cart next to their play kitchen.
  • Bedtime is at 9:00pm; however, we all head upstairs at 8:30pm for showers/baths and to straighten up any messes from the day. Well, ideally this is what we'd do, but we're still working on making it a nightly ritual. We're making progress though!

Creative storage ideas for kids:

This has to be one of my favorite solutions for repurposing an item we already had. When our boys outgrew their wooden train table, we were getting ready to donate it. I really wanted to get them a Lego table, but all of the ones I found online were very small and super expensive.

While walking through Toys R Us, I noticed that they had the square Lego base pieces, and it occurred to me that we could just convert their old train table into a huge Lego table. So we purchased several of the squares and screwed them down right onto the existing train table, and now it's the perfect place to spread their Legos out and build their creations.

This shelf was originally part of our starter furniture in the living room of our first apartment. It has definitely seen better days, but we sanded it lightly and painted it, and now it serves as a bookshelf in our oldest boys' room.

I found this great locker bed on Amazon for our youngest boy. The drawers are perfect for housing toys in his very tiny room, and I loved that it came with a variety of colors so that we could match them to the decor.

We got this shelf with bins for our girls at Target for a real steal. The one thing we were unhappy with is the kids were emptying the bins, stacking them up, and using them as step stools. Gotta love those creative little minds! So my husband screwed the bins directly into the base, solving that issue since they can no longer be removed, and actually it works better since they can't just pull out a whole bin and dump it at once. Now it's a great way to sort their Barbies, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, and Disney Princess dolls.

Be sure to check out Mandi's printable checklist for kids' rooms for more tips on cleaning, decluttering, and keeping them organized! Thank you all so much following along with us over the past few weeks -- I greatly appreciate the encouragement you've all given.


Preparing Your Home For The Holidays: The Master Bedroom

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 12, 2010 · 26 comments

Mandi of Life... Your Way and I have teamed up to bring you a special series over the next two weeks called Preparing Your Home for the Holidays.

I love this quote from Mandi's master bedroom and guest room printable:

Your bedroom should be a haven so that you can truly rest and recharge.

Up until recently that was probably the furthest thing from what our bedroom was. Though we've lived in our house for nearly six years now, our bedroom still more closely resembled a college dorm room than a restful haven. So my husband and I have made it a priority to attempt to make our personal space inviting and cozy.

This isn't easy since we outgrew our overall living space so quickly after moving in, but we're finding ways to creatively stretch our living area until we're ready to purchase a larger home in a year or two.

Our biggest clutter challenges in the bedroom:

  • Miscellaneous clutter on dressers.
  • Laundry -- while I don't mind doing it, I'm horrible at folding, hanging, and putting it away.
  • My current magazine issues needed a home.

:: Miscellaneous Clutter

We don't have a lot of knick-knacks and such sitting out in our bedroom. They just invite dust and need frequent cleaning. However, the flip-side of this is that there's plenty of room for "stuff" to just accumulate.

I've found that trays like this help to contain the clutter and make it look a little neater. If it doesn't fit in the tray, it gets put away. And if the tray starts looking messy, then it's time to find a home for everything or put it in its proper place.

This concept also works for my husband, but I gave him a silver bowl that's a little more masculine for his use.

:: Keeping Up With The Laundry

What you don't see in these pictures is the mounds of laundry that I had to put away before I could even begin dusting and decluttering. Laundry is a big pain point in our house. Well, it's not so much the washing of the clothes that's a struggle -- it's the folding, hanging, and putting away of all of the clean clothing. The baskets always seem to migrate their way to the master bedroom, and often they'll sit there for days.

Consciously I know that this is just creating extra work -- extra work in searching for the coordinating items for an outfit, the mate to a sock, ironing the now wrinkled clothing, etc. My latest attempt to get this under control is just to sort the clothes into baskets by room and enlist the kids to put away their own clothing. This is somewhat of a battle, but it seems to be working so far. Suggestions here would be greatly appreciated!

:: A Home For The Magazines

I like to read at bedtime. Many days I don't have much "me" time, but I always know I'll have those few minutes before dozing off for the night to page through a magazine, so I tend to stack them on my nightstand. But then I often tear out interesting articles and create quite a mess.

My solution was to use a simple tote to hold all of my current unread magazine issues. I carry it up and downstairs with me every day because I get new issues pretty frequently since I've been able to sign up for so many free magazine subscriptions. I can just pull out any issues that I've read for recycling or to pass on, file any articles or notes that I've torn out, and then put any new issues in the tote.

:: Deep Cleaning

After looking over Mandi's cleaning tips, it occurred to me that it's been a good while since we cleaned our ceiling fan. It's usually on all the time to cool the upstairs, so I hadn't really noticed just how grimey it was. So we cleaned it up and also reversed the direction to help keep the upstairs an even temperature over the winter. Ceiling fans should turn clockwise in the winter and counterclockwi!se in the summer.

I feel like we still have a ways to go in "making our bedroom a haven," but I'm just thrilled that we've made some progress

You can join us in Preparing Your Home For The Holidays over the next couple of weeks by using the handy printable checklists that Mandi has created for each room of the house! And of course we'd love to hear your tips and tricks for getting your home ready for the holiday season.