3/31/11

DEAL ALERT: Final day for 30% off + EXTRA 15-25% off Apparel @ Sierra Trading Post

This is the final day to use Sierra Trading Post's special 30% off coupon, plus get an EXTRA 15-25% off apparel markdown. Just enter coupon code EB033111A in your shopping cart. You'll see your discounts at check-out.

If you're an Ebates member, you can get an extra 2.5% cash back from your Sierra Trading Post purchase. If you're not an Ebates member, you can join now and still get your 2.5% cash back!

ShopatHome.com members can also get 3.5% cash back on their STP purchases. Sign-up today, and get your 3.5% cash back, plus a $5 bonus just for signing up!

3/30/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday: 3/30-4/12 (open for 2 weeks!)

Bargain Brag Wednesday

March 23, 2011


Hi, all! Can you believe that we're at the END of MARCH already? Holy cow! Time is flying! I'll be 30 weeks this week, and can hardly grasp that. I live in Kentucky, and we had a brief interlude of nice, warmer weather recently, and then the temperatures started dipping down again. We have a high of 40° today, and possibly snow flurries! But, Spring has to come, right?! I'm looking forward to being outside a lot more, really soon. With our new little one on the way, I've been on the lookout for a double jogger—at the right price, of course. And I wasn't shopping brand new either. So, Craigslist has come through, once again! We just picked up a gently used Babytrend double jogger this week. And even though we were a little cash-poor at the time, the seller was willing to take a trade+cash. I came away with the jogger, and it only cost me $25 out-of-pocket! Score! Now, on to this week's WFW...

**THIS WEEK'S WALLET-FRIENDLY WEDNESDAY is going to be open for 2 weeks! I will be away from my computer next week, so I decided to extend the link-up an extra week. So, you have 2 whole weeks to link-up your wallet-friendly ideas, projects, tips, etc. Feel free to link-up more than one project, too! Can't wait to see what you've all been up to!**

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.

Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:





      • Oh, I've GOT to learn to use a sewing machine. Anyone wanna teach me? I love what Marriah @ My Life Unzipped did with a tablecloth and some random fabric from her local Goodwill. She made this cutesy dress:
      Don't forget to check out last week's 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 . . .

      65 Can Rubbermaid Party Barrel Cooler at Goodwill Too


      3/25/11

      Friday Bargain Video Feature: Multifunctional Living Room--Decorating in Stages (from BHG)

      A little inspiration for you all on this Friday. Enjoy the design ideas shared in this Friday Bargain Video Feature from BHG!

      3/23/11

      Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 3/23-3/29

      Bargain Brag Wednesday

      March 23, 2011


      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.

      Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:
      • I WANT these chairs from Marriah at My Life Unzipped. I think I may even be in love with them. Click below to see the chair transformation

        • I'm in love, again! I NEED this DIY camera strap from Shantel at It's a Pricele$$ Life:

          • Check out this REALLY fun couch re-do from Jennifer at The Polka-Dot Umbrella:


          Be sure to check out last week's WFW to see them all. Thank you all for stopping by and linking up!

          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 . . .

          Magazines.com, Inc.


          3/16/11

          Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 3/16-3/22

          Bargain Brag Wednesday

          March 16, 2011


          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.

          Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:





            • Take a look at these great bargain finds from CoBabe in Suburbia. I especially love the coffee bean bags:


            Be sure to check out last week's WFW to see them all. Thank you all for stopping by and linking up!

            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 . . .

            Save up to 40% on Last Minute Flights with Hotwire Limited Rates!


            3/11/11

            Friday Bargain Video Feature: 3 Dumb Things to Do With Your Tax Refund (MoneyTalksNews)

            Instead of wasting your tax refund, strategize how you want to use it. Last year's average tax refund was $3000! Watch today's Bargain Video Feature to learn how you can be smarter with your tax refund this year.

            3/9/11

            DEAL ALERT: 80% off at Restaurant.com (ends 3/14)

            Attention bargain shopping fanatics (and eaters) . . . Restaurant.com is offering another 80% discount! Get $25 restaurant gift certificates for only $2! Use discount code SAVE at checkout, to get your discount. This offer ends March 14, 2011.

            And, if you haven't done it yet, you should—join (it's FREE) or visit Ebates.com FIRST to receive an additional 15% cash back on your Restaurant.com purchase.

            Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 3/9-3/15

            Bargain Brag Wednesday

            March 9, 2011


            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.

            Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:
            • I'm in love with this March Wreath from Lori @ Paisley Passions:


              • I really like all the tips in this tutorial from The DIY Home Sweet Home Project—includes homemade veggie goldfish crackers, and DIY homemade cookie cutters:



              There were several other projects/finds/ideas I wanted to feature, but realized I was running out of room! And there were some great ones! Be sure to check out last week's WFW to see them all. Thank you all for stopping by and linking up!

              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 . . .

              Sierra Trading Post


              3/7/11

              No-Sew Pillow Cover

              I'm a wanna-be DIY home decorator. It's true. I can't sew, so I use the term "wanna-be." If I was "for real," I would be able to sew. I'll get there one day, but for now, I'm just a wanna-be.

              So, I L-O-V-E it when I stumble onto ideas that don't require a lot of sewing know-how on my part. I may have mentioned that we're doing a kitchen remodel (haha), and a LOT of our extra financial resources (aka "moula") has been going toward that. Because of that, I've been trying to find frugal, free, and budget-friendly ways to spruce up the rest of our house.

              When I stumbled onto this no-sew pillow cover tutorial from Heidi at Budget Wise Home, a little thrill ran through me. No-sew . . . really?! That sounds like something I can do! I'm sure I didn't end up following her directions to the "t," but I used the same general idea. I grabbed some heat-activated hem tape from my local Joanne Fabric, along with some heat-activated Velcro. I used the hem tape along three of the seams of the pillow, and used the Velcro on the other, so that I could take the cover off and wash it or change it out. I believe that the hem tape and Velcro ended up costing me somewhere around $7, all together. The pillow form itself was a Goodwill find for around $2.50. The fabric I used was a remnant also Joanne Fabric, which I got for $2 a while ago. I've just been hanging onto it, knowing I would probably use it as a throw pillow cover.

              I grabbed my iron and ironing board, and got to work. I cut the fabric in half, which formed my two squares for the cover. The rest was pretty straightforward. It just involved forming my seams, lining up the tape, and making sure I ironed them well using enough heat and time. And, viola! I was done.


              Isn't it pretty? I'm so proud! It turned out exactly like I hoped it would. This will be the first of many. And, surprisingly enough, the seams are holding well. The cover is really durable, and I'm not afraid of them busting open anytime soon. Here's a shot of the Velcro side, too:



              The whole project cost me $11.50, and that was actually spread out over the course of months!

              So there is hope for all of us DIY home decorating wanna-be's! If I can do it, you can do it! Seriously. Every time I kick back onto this pillow, it makes me smile. Now, I just need some more Velcro, and a couple more cheap fabric remnants, and I'm all set.

              I'm sharing this project here:



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              3/4/11

              Friday Bargain Video Feature: Frugal Feeding Tips for Babies and Toddlers (Deal Seeking Mom)

              HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I don't know about you, but I LOVE that it's almost the weekend. Hope you all enjoy the time with your families—unless you're working the weekend, in which case, I'm sorry!

              Today's Bargain Video Feature is all about babies and toddlers from Deal Seeking Mom. Since I'm having another baby, and the mom to a toddler, this was interesting for me. I have already used some of the tips she shares, so I thought that some of you might be interested in them as well.




              Happy bargain shopping and frugal living!


              3/2/11

              Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 3/2-3/8

              Bargain Brag Wednesday

              March 2, 2011

              We've been on a bargain shopping kick around my house lately. I still haven't found the right lamps that I'm looking for, but I'm on the hunt. I recently bought a new bedding set from a private seller on Craigslist for $50—I would have paid at LEAST $150 in a store for the same set. My husband just got a brand NEW Orvis fly fishing pole from another Craigslist seller for $150—normal retail for the pole is $365!! We also gained one more step closer to being done with our kitchen remodel when we purchased our backsplash tile at a great price from Home Depot. Our goal is to get flooring in the next month or so. I also made my first no-sew pillow cover! Woo-hoo! I'll share more on that in another post, soon. Now, on to WFW!


              Wallet-Friendly Wednesday 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.

              Click on the images below to see the original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions:





                Thank you all for stopping by and linking up. See all the wonderful bargain shopping links that were shared in last week's Wallet-Friendly Wednesday.

                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 . . .

                Disney (300x250)


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