Thursday, September 25, 2014

How I Use my Grocery Deal List Printable

Remember a few months ago when I told you all on Facebook that I had just lost all my stuff due to my computer crashing?  I had so many FREE printables on there that I had made for you all only to be lost forever.  (I seriously cried!)  Luckily I had saved just a few of them online, including the Grocery Deal List!

The good news, it's saved and I was able to share it with you a few weeks ago!  The bad news, the original is lost and I can never edit this document again.  I would have to create a new one… maybe someday.

Today I'm going to show you how I use this free printable.  I'm not going to go exactly into how to coupon, but I'll be showing you the steps I take to make using this printable even easier!  (P.S.  I don't really type out my lists.  I just did it this time for a friend to make it easier to see.  Luckily I still had the copy.)

First, I search my favorite coupon blogs for the best deals.  I only use two websites for this, Hip2Save and Totally Target.  Usually these two blogs will post the list of deals along with coupon matchups the week before they come out.  So basically I'm getting a sneak peek and a head start on couponing.  They also lay out the deal for you so it's less stressful trying to figure out what coupons to use, where to find it and what the final price will be.

Next, I see if I have the appropriate coupons that I need for the deals.  This could mean clipping them from previous inserts to printing them from the computer or even sending a text on my phone to make sure I have them available (This is usually Target).

After I'm sure I have all the coupons for the deals I want, I start writing my items and the sale price it's at.  Notice next to that there are up to four spaces for you to write a coupon in.  I did that on purpose because I noticed that I could use up to four different coupons at one time!  (This is mainly at Target).  This way I can make sure before heading to the store that I have all the coupons I need for that one deal.  What coupons are they?  A Dollar off amount (such as $10 off your $50 Food purchase), a manufacture coupon, a target store coupon and Cartwheel offers are the only four you can use all together.

Then I write the final price the item should come out to after all coupons and discounts.

I also included a space for what store you are shopping at since sometimes the deals are for several different store.

Lastly, I left a notes section for any notes that needs to be written out.  I use this space to let myself know how many to get or maybe to write a certain brand or size of the product.

As for the colors of the free printable, I made each column a different color so it would make it easier for me to understand what went where.  I would probably get lost if everything was just black and white.

And that's it folks.  I really tried to make this printable as simple as possible.  If you've never tried couponing then I would check out those sites and start with just getting two or three things for your first transaction.  Everything will be laid out for you and both of those websites have How-To or Get Started sections to teach you what you need to know about couponing.  Even if you don't become an extreme couponer, you can knock up to 50% off your grocery bill just by using a few coupons here or there.

Hopefully this printable helps you as much as it's helped me.  Let me know if you used it and what you thought about it!

I've linked up this post at:

-Blooming Homestead

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tour Through Blogland

When Shannon from Bohemian Junktion asked me to join the Tour Through Blogland fun, I immediately said yes!

I found Shannon's blog through a link party (an online party where other bloggers link up their projects so other's can see).  I loved her blog from the get-go!  She has such a fun style and I loved how she is a queen at DIY on the cheap!  I messaged her and actually nominated her for the Leibster Blog Award.   I was excited when she said yes.  Check out her amazing talent for yourself with some of these amazing projects she's done.

Are you drooling yet?  Need more eye candy?  You can check out her blog here  and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to get your fix!  Now on to the questions for this post. 

1)  What am I working on right now?

Right now I'm working on my closet area.


I've shown you how it looked after I decluttered it a few months ago, now I'm working on incorporating a place for all my pretty jewelry.  I currently keep my jewelry in a drawer and on a wall (no picture of that yet).  I'm hoping to be done with this project before October, so stay tuned! =)

2)  How does my work differ from others in the same genre?

I don't know how it's really different from everyone else's, but I try my best to do and show my readers projects that are easy.  I know when I read other organizing blogs I like to see things that I can do myself.  Something that doesn't take much dedication or time to do.  I also love to make things look pretty.

It doesn't matter if it's something out of sight, like the drawer under the bathroom sink.

Or a command center that is seen by everyone.

If there is a way to make it pretty and functional, I will find it!

3)  Why do I create/write what I do?

I started this blog as a way to motivate myself into getting organized.  I wanted it as a way to track my accomplishments and hold myself accountable.  Organization is a learning process and it's always evolving.  I wanted to share my projects with everyone in case anyone else could get ideas.  I like helping people out, so if this is a way I can do that, then I'm happy to do it.

I'm not claiming to be a professional organizer or anything, I am still far from that and I'm still learning new things each and every day, but I hope I can help inspire anyone who is feeling over whelmed or needs a new idea on getting organized.

4)  How does my writing/creative process work?

I put a lot of thought into a project before I start it no matter how big or small it may be.  I'm talking months sometimes, really thinking about every detail and how it might work down the line.  You can see that in my Puzzle Organization post here where I debate weather to use plastic bags or not.

Every once in a while I'll do a small project and just make it up as I go, but those usually are the ones that don't work well.  Here's the process I used for some of my most successful projects.
  1. Be a guest in my own home.  I basically try to look at my house through "new eyes" as if I was looking at everything for the first time.  Sometimes we overlook things that don't work because we get so used to it already.
  2. I look around and see what works and what doesn't work.  I even see how I can make things work better.
  3. After pinpointing a problem, I try to think of a solution.  This is the time where I get inspiration from other blogs, pinterest or just with objects I know I would like to incorporate.  
  4. Implement the solution and use it for a while.
  5. Re-eveluate the project and see if it's working or not.  If not, then I repeat these steps until I find a good solution.  

That about sums it up for this part!  Now it's time to move on to the blog I nominated!

Robyn from Robyn's Little Nest!  Here's a little sneak peek into her awesome blog!  

I'm loving all of her organization inspiration!  From the coat closet turned entryway to the spices all nice and organized in the kitchen cabinet.  She even found a great way to organize all those project life kits so you can find exactly what you are looking for!  

Check out these and more awesome projects on her blog Robyn's Little Nest.  You can also follow her through these other social media outlets: Facebok, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  I can't wait to see your Tour Through Blogland on Monday Robyn!  

Before I end this tour I just wanted to give a quick thank you again for the nomination to Shannon from Bohemian Junktion!   What an awesome gal you are!  =)

I hope you all enjoyed this tour as much as I enjoyed putting it together! 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Free Printable: Grocery Deal List

I'm sharing a great printable with you today that should help all you couponers!  Even if you don't coupon, maybe this list will still help you save some money.  It's my Grocery Deal List!

This free printable has great categories to make your deal shopping easy!  There is the item, price, coupon, final price, store and notes categories that work together for all your deals.  And what's also great is I've color coded the columns for you so it's easier to keep track of what column you are looking at.  (I think it would be confusing for me just black and white).

Just click on the link or picture below to print it out!

If you have a coupon binder, then this would be perfect to put in the front so you can see exactly what coupons you need!

Have fun using this and I'll be back next week showing you how I use this little printable myself!

I've linked up this post at:

-A Bowl Full of Lemons
-BD Design
-Just a Girl and Her Blog

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

30 Before 30 Bucket List

This Saturday, September 6,  I will be 29 years old (Did I really just tell you my age?)!  Where have my twenties gone?!  I am very happy with the things I have accomplished in my 20's so far; I found the love of my life, went to my first ever concert, my first ever road trip, started this blog, had a beautiful daughter and got married.  I feel very accomplished already and blessed, but I still feel like there's a few more things I want to do before turning 30.

I really wanted to make my last year of being in my twenties count so I made a 30 before 30 list and I'm sharing it with you!  Some are silly, some are boring, but all are things I would like to accomplish in my last year in my twenties.  Here are my goals in no particular order.

1)  Sing at a Karaoke bar
2)  Bake my own bread
3)  Get muscles / Fit
4)  Run a marathon / half marathon / color run / Just Run!
5)  Grow a garden
6)  Learn to sew & do a sewing project
7)  DIY furniture makeover project
8)  Paint a painting
9)  Go back to school
10)  Pay off debt
11)  Go camping
12)  Learn to use power tools
13)  Be published in a magazine or magazine blog
14)  Wine tasting
15)  One photo a day for a month
16)  Attend a Blogging Conference / or at least sign up for one
17)  Paint a wall
18)  Visit an Ikea
19)  Grow my 1-2-3 Neat & Tidy blog
20)  Make some blogger friends
21)  Go to a concert
22)  Climb a mountain / large hill
23)  Unplug for a whole week!  (WHAT?!  No electronic devices??)
24)  Learn to take better photos
25)  See at least 1 foot of snow & play in it
26)  Pay for the person behind me in a drive through
27)  Start a Retirement Fund
28)  Find my own style (decorating and fashion)
29)  Donate to locks of love
30)  Plan my own 30th Birthday Bash!!  (You only turn 30 once!)

For a bonus one, I would also like to be more outgoing with my blog.  I hate to admit it but even behind a screen I'm really shy, so I would love to venture out into new territory like blog videos and other things like that.

Who else here is turning 30 next year?  Do you have your own bucket list?

I've linked up this post at:

-A Bowl Full of Lemons
-BD Design
-Just a Girl and Her Blog