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I don’t think I’ll ever run out of money-saving ideas to share! Freecycle.org is a network of people that is run through yahoo groups. The idea is that people can give the things that they no longer want to people who do, and snag things that they do need- for free! Go to Freecycle.org to see if your area is included. You will be instructed to join their yahoo group, which will be approved by the moderator (to ensure that you live in the area). Freecycle is great when you have something to get rid of, but don’t want to haul it off, or have it end up in a landfill. My best score was five pair of shoes for my daughter. They were still in great condition, and saved me from spending money on something she would only wear for six months. So join today and start freecycling! The moderator from your city will send you instructions on how to post, and all the do’s and don’ts.

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Great coupons can be found in unexpected places. Here are a few places to look:

  1. Vocalpoint.com– An online program for women created by P&G. Sign up to receive free samples, coupons for free products, and high value coupons. You are able to give feedback on products, and have your opinion heard. The concept is, the more you participate, the more offers you receive. Make sure you log in often and open the emails you receive so you can snag the offers while they are still available! Since this is P&G, the products are for big name brands, and you don’t receive spam.
  2. KraftFirstTaste.com– This is another great source. It’s a lot like Vocalpoint, but the products are from Kraft.  I love both of these sites because I can trust the companies. They only want you to try their products, maybe get your opinion, and it doesn’t cost you a dime! Sign up if you haven’t, because you have nothing to lose!
  3. Recyclebank.com– Earn points by watching videos, taking quizzes, and making pledges. The purpose if for members to learn about the environment and take actions to protect it. It’s very easy to earn points, and you redeem the points for coupons to name-brand products, discounts, and gift cards.

1. I don’t need so much crap. I’m definitely not a hoarder, in fact I cant stand clutter. BUT, spending a few days away with only the basics that were in our cottage and what I packed, made me realize that I don’t need so much crap.
2. I deserve to relax and reflect- everyday! I found that on vacation I was able to breath deeper and think clearer because I allowed my self to relax. Amidst my deep thoughts I had an epiphany: I deserve this peace. Everyday is a gift.
3. I need to get my butt out of bed and get dressed in the morning (have a routine). While on vacation, I was excited to get dressed every morning to go and do and explore. There is no reason not to do this on a daily basis to start my day off right. A daily vacation mindset of excitement and opportunity will allow me to cherish every moment and keep my spirits up.
4. Less Internet and TV=more memories. Wifi was very scarce in the tiny town in which we took our vacation. It was hard to get used to. I picked up my phone 100 times a day to check email, pin, and read blogs that I follow. My daughter asked me in mornings to “watch a show”. Instead of indulging in wifi capabilities, we explored the town, talked to people, and played games. This can be our normal, right where we live.

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I am delighted to be starting my own blog! I have been inspired daily by other Moms who blog, and have finally gained the courage to start my own. Thank you for stopping by. Look forward to ideas and inspirations about making, saving, and stretching that dollar; crafts to do with kiddos and for yourself; Pinterest project trial and errors; and probably some Momma stream of consciousness. Come back soon!

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