Friday Bargain Video Feature: Creating a Patio & Foundation (via Lowes)

As many of your know, we purchased our first home this past year. We've been in it for about 8 months now. It's definitely a project house, and our first project was the kitchen. Now that we have only two cosmetic things to finish up in the kitchen, and now that it's Spring, we've been thinking of making some little improvements to our outdoor space. We have a wonderfully large back yard, but no designated patio space, and our front yard is in desperate need of a couple of trees. But, I've been doing a bit of homework on how to create a patio space ourselves, and on the cheap. I found these two videos from Lowes to be extremely helpful in knowing what would be involved and how to do it. Enjoy!


Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 4/27-5/3

Bargain Brag Wednesday

April 27, 2011

And we're baaaack! Vacation was wonderful and refreshing. We spent the whole week just laying around on the beach and soaking up some much-needed Vitamin D. But, now we're back to life—back to reality. I'm currently in my 3rd trimester (34 weeks tomorrow), and getting anxious to push this baby out! There's just not enough room for both of us anymore. :) But, I guess we've got just a little more time to go. Extreme nesting has kicked in, too. I'm feeling a STRONG desire for our kitchen to be totally completed, have our cloth diapers refreshed, get some pictures hung on the walls, and paint the nursery (which is currently lavender--from the previous owners; just won't work for a baby boy and toddler girl sharing a room). One of my latest nesting desires is to dig out a nice big green glass bottle from our garage (it's in there somewhere), and turn it into a living room lamp. Since I already have the bottle, and lamp kits aren't at all expensive, this little project shouldn't cost very much. I'll keep you posted! Now, on to the main event...

Welcome to this week's Wallet-Friendly Wednesday! This is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Ok, so I just have to say that I LOVE some of the ideas that were shared while I was gone. I'm seriously in love with them. Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:
  • Talk about ingenious—check out this sleepy oil recipe from "Musings of a Glamourpuss:"

    • Melissa from "A•DOR" shared some seriously fabulous DIY necklaces. Here are two of my favs:

      • And how about a great idea for DIY daily shower cleaner from Lisa @ "Condo Blues?" Yes, please! What a great way to save money, and cut down on chemicals around the house!
      • Thank you to Aimee @ "Sprik Space" for sharing these... well, WONDERFUL FREE printables! Can't wait to print them out and use them!

      Don't forget to check out the previous WFW to see them all. Thank you all for stopping by and linking up!

      Oh, and before I forget... I've been tweeting about all sorts of deals, so if you're not following me on Twitter, yet, do it now! :)

      If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

      This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

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      Friday Bargain Video Feature: How To Plant Your Earth Day Tree In A Pot

      To celebrate Earth Day, Lowes is giving away 1 million trees! Find out how to care for new seedlings by watching this video from the folks at Lowes.

      For more information on the tree giveaway, visit: www.lowes.com/EarthDay.

      And on another note, I hope you all have a great Good Friday!


      Wallet-Friendly Wednesday: back next week!

      Wallet-Friendly Wednesday is taking a break this week. I apologize for not being "with-it" enough to get a new post up this week. Plan ahead, and come back to share your wallet-friendly ideas, deals, etc., next week on April 27, 2011.

      Bargain Brag Wednesday


      Back in the swing of things

      I'm back from vacation! Sorry for the little break in posting. I'll be back in the swing of things really, really soon. It was so nice to get away for a whole week! We spent time in one of my very favorite places—the AL/FL Gulf Coast. There's just something about spending time near the ocean that helps you unwind in a way that no other place on earth does. I miss it already! Of course, the morning after we got home, I had pregnancy insomnia and woke up at 4:15 AM, the network at work was down, and our utility closet flooded. And that all happened before 10 AM. Welcome back, huh?


      Looking for today's new Wallet-Friendly Wednesday?

      Last week's Wallet-Friendly Wednesday is open for two weeks! I'll be on vacation next week, so I'm keeping it open for an extra week. Then next week, I'll be taking the week off. So, stop by the newest Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, and link-up your ideas, tips. DIY projects, and anything else you've done to save money. We'll have one big feature post when I return.

      Happy Wednesday!


      DEAL ALERT: 111 prints from Snapfish for $1.11 (ends 4/7)

      To celebrate their birthday, Snapfish.com is offering 111 4x6 prints for $1.11! That makes them 1¢ each! Use code 11PRINTS at checkout by Thursday, April 7.

      Get an extra 11.5% cash back on your Snapfish purchase through ShopAtHome. New members also get $5 cash, just for signing up!

      OR... get an extra 6.5% cash back on your Snapfish purchase through Ebates. New members also get a $5 cash bonus!


      Friday Bargain Video Feature: Sporting Goods Store Savings & Competitor Coupons

      Have some sporting goods shopping to do? With Spring sports already gearing up, these helpful tips could come in handy. Happy Friday!

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