How to Transform Your Bathroom into a Haven of Comfort on a Budget

Remodeling a bathroom is not a project that would be considered cheap. If you do not have a stash somewhere, you will most likely not just wake up one morning and yell out, “Bathroom redecoration!” The cost of the whole project is the first thing on your mind.

Nevertheless, you can save some money and still have the bathroom of your dreams…or close to it. All you need to do is figure out how to cut costs. Take a look at the following tips that will help you along:

  1. Plan

There is almost nothing that can be done without a plan. Always have a plan. For your bathroom project, make a plan in the form of a budget and don’t deviate from it. When you have an idea of how much money you will spend, you will be able to allocate funds to the various aspects of your project. Cover all the details of your project. Avoid using an estimate for the overall cost to avoid any costing shocks when the project is either finished or well underway.

  1. What can you do yourself?

There must be some bits of the remodeling that you can DIY. For instance, mirrors. You cannot have a bathroom without a mirror or three and you can make them. All you need to do is:

  • Buy an industrial-grade mirror from the store.
  • Hang it.
  • Frame it with moldings.

Just like that, you have a mirror at almost no cost! You can even make it to your desired specifications.

  1. Thrift shopping

You can come across items that you can use for other purposes. For instance, a dresser can be turned into shelving or a mirror. Use your creativeness or search for remodeling ideas from the internet. Searching for something like the best bathroom renovation company in the GTA can help you with thrifting ideas.

  1. Paint

Here is something else you can do yourself! Give your bathroom a fresh coat of paint. You do not even have to pay for it. All you have to do is buy the paint you want in the shade you prefer and get down to work. Be sure to follow instructions to the letter so that you do not end up with a ‘botched’ bathroom!

  1. Update your toilet

Most likely your toilet is in good condition and needs no replacing. All you might be required to do is to refresh it. It may be that all you need to do is to replace the lid or seat. You will then save on labor costs as well as the cost of purchasing a new toilet. If you do need a new toilet, however, go for it.

  1. Leave the plumbing be

Most bathroom renovation expenses go to moving the plumbing. We are talking about moving the showers, sinks, and toilets. For one, a professional is needed for the task and professionals don’t come cheap. You will not be able to use your bathroom for days. Unless it is absolutely necessary, let your plumbing stay as it is.

Get as much information as you can from sites that discuss bathroom renovating at length like the best bathroom renovation company in the GTA and others that can even give you hints on the companies to approach for your project needs.

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Six Ways To Save When Shopping For Your Family

family shoopingShopping, no matter what it is you need to buy, is not cheap. Groceries that once cost a lot less than they do now seem to go up in price on a weekly basis. Often, for many families, there is more money going out of the house than there is coming in.

This is the reason it can be important to find ways to save when you do need to shop, whether it’s for food, clothing, or something else. If you think that coupons are the only way to save money, and that seems like a lot of work, you’re wrong.

Know When To Buy Things

Certain things go on sale at certain times of the year, so it helps to know when the best time to buy things like TVs and computers is. It can save you money, and that’s what this is all about, right? Consumer Reports has shared when the best months are to buy nearly everything you need.

Search For The Best Prices

While flipping through dozens of store ads, in print or online, may seem a pain, it can save you some money. You might have to spend a little extra on gas to shop at three different places, but if your savings is greater than the gas money, why not do it?

Use Coupons And Discount Codes

Whether you are shopping online or in a store, you can save money with coupons and discount codes. There are numerous sites online with codes and coupons, and you don’t even always have to print them out. Plus, you can find discounts at restaurants and other places for your birthday too.

Buy Off Brands

Although not always, often a store brand or off brand of a product will work, or taste, just as well as a name brand item does. With store and off brand products you can usually save a buck or two per item. That can add up a lot when you are shopping for a family of three or more.

Check The Clearance

Always check the clearance section when you go shopping, no matter what you are shopping for. Yes, even groceries. You’ll find some great deals, and although you may stray from your shopping list, that will be one less thing you need to pick up on a future trip to the store. Online shopping offers clearance buys as well.

Start Using Less

Figure out how you can get by with less things, and you will start spending less money. If you find you are always throwing away leftover, cook smaller meals, buy less groceries. Always make sure to try on clothes, so you don’t bring home items that don’t fit. There are tons of things you can do to spend less and bring less into your home.

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Halloween Portrait Event at Portrait Innovations

I love taking and getting pictures done of my kids, especially on holidays. I love when they get all dressed up, and Halloween is one of my favorite ones.

Here is a picture of my husband and the kids from last Halloween.

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I am excited to tell you about this great event going on, here are all of the details.

You’re invited to our Halloween Party! No tricks here, just treats. Portrait Innovations invites you to attend our FREE PORTRAIT EVENT, at your nearest studio on Monday, October 26th from  4-6pm. Make sure to come dressed in costume to recieve a free 5×7 Print, 3 freeDigital Images, and of course FREE candy for kids in costume! There will be no sales or appointments during this event.

Of course, there will be candy! What Halloween event would be complete without? And, for a little extra motivation for YOU, submit those darling costume portraits from the event in the Portrait Innovations Boo-tiful Costume Contest for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. That’ll make for a fantastic Halloween!

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Every Portrait Innovations Studio across the country is hosting the event. To find the studio closest to you, visit: http://www.portraitinnovations.com/Find-a-Studio

The local studios in my area are  Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.

Can’t make it on the 26th? Don’t fret! Book a regular appointment, snap a few costume pics and you can still enter the contest.

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Planning to go? What will your littles be dressed up as?

 

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HP Promotion on Printer Ink 10/04-10/10 #HPink

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If you are like me you go through a lot of ink in your printer. I print a lot of printables and coupons. So I always like to have ink on hand that way when I run out I already have it at home and don’t have to run to the store.

Well I have good news starting October 4th through October 10th HP is having a great deal on ink. The deal is buy one Original HP ink and get a 2nd cartridge of equal or lesser value for 40% off.

The offer will be available on HP website, and also at Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot, and Office Max.

HP PromotionThis is such a great time to stock up on printer ink.

Disclosure: I did receive compensation for this post as part of a promotional program with HP and MomSelect. But I only share deals that I am interested in myself.

 

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Store Deals for this week 08/29-09/05

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store Deals

 

Target 

Staples

Office Max/Depot

Rite Aid

CVS

Walgreens

Walmart

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Back to School deals-07/05-07/11

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This summer is going by so fast, when I was at Walmart today they were starting to setup the school supply aisles closer to checkout. I was explaining to the kids that school starts in a month and a half, my son said summer just started.

I always try to get my school supplies early, as soon as I get the school supply list from the school I start watching out for deals. Well the deals are starting already. I will do my best to keep you updated on all of them.

Here are some so far:

Staples back to school deals

Krazy Coupon lady back to school deals

Office Depot/Office Max deals

Have a great week!

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$5 & $10 CVS Scenarios for the Weekly Ad of September 21, 2014

Below are deal scenarios for the CVS ad for the week of 9/21/14.   Included in the scenarios are StarBucks Refreshers and in the $10 one, bottled water.   These are great for shoppers just starting their CVS shopping adventure or who do not have any or many extra bucks on hand and do not want to spend much cash. There are scenarios for $5 out of pocket cash and $10 out of pocket cash.

You can
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Sunday Coupon Insert Preview Week of 9/21/14: One Insert

Here is the preview for the Sunday coupon insert for the week of  September 21, 2014.  There should be only one Smartsource insert this week.  

Keep in mind that some coupons are regional and the lists may not be exactly what you will get, but usually I have gotten way over 90% of the list.

Smartsource Coupon Insert Preview

Alka-Seltzer $2/1 product excludes 6ct (10/11)
Bertolli $.50/1
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$10 CVS Gift Card with $30 purchase of specified products – Week of 9/21

CVS is offering a $10 CVS Gift Card when you spend $30 on select items the week of September 21, 2014.  In my opinion, this is a much better deal than the Gas Card Deal because we all know we will use CVS gift cards to get more great deals!

Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels 12 pk. $13.99
$0.25/1 Bounty Towel Or Napkin, Any (Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day) – 08-31-14 PG

Charmin
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CVS Dollar or Less Deals for the Weekly Ad of 9/14/2014

These are the CVS Dollar or Less Deals from the CVS weekly ad of August 24, 2014.  

Some items are $1 after extra bucks or coupons and some are sale priced at $1.  Dollar items often come in handy when your receipt total is less than your total amount of extra bucks you want to use.

$1 or Less:  (Coupons will take even more off!)

7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, and Sunkist 2 liter (Limit 4) 99¢
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Printable Coupons for ECB deals at CVS ad of 9/21/14

Below are all of the current Printable Coupons available for the Extra Buck Deals for the CVS Weekly Ad of September 21, 2014.  If you see a coupon for something you use, print it now as these often reach their print limit before the week of the sale.  I’m working on the coupon matchup list of ECB deals for the Rolling CVS ECBs post and will include all of these there, but I like to post the
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$5 & $10 CVS Scenarios for the Weekly Ad of September 14, 2014

Below are deal scenarios for the CVS ad for the week of 9/14/2014.   Includes candy this week!  These are great for shoppers just starting their CVS shopping adventure or who do not have any or many extra bucks on hand and do not want to spend much cash. There are scenarios for $5 out of pocket cash and $10 out of pocket cash.

You can save the extra bucks left from the last transaction for
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$10 CVS Gift Card with $30 purchase of specified products week of 9/14

CVS is offering a $10 CVS Gift Card when you spend $30 on select items the week of September 14, 2014.  In my opinion, this is a much better deal than the Gas Card Deal because we all know we will use CVS gift cards to get more great deals!

There may be more items included than are listed in the ad, so keep your eyes open for the little signs: Get a FREE $10 CVS Gift wys $30 on 100s of
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CVS Extra Buck Deals & the Best to Roll Current ECB’s Onto for the Weekly Ad of 9/21/2014 with Coupon Match-ups

Here are the coupon match ups for extra buck deals for the CVS weekly ad of September 21, 2014.   Including free (or with coupon money maker) Starbucks Refeshers.

These include the best CVS extra buck deals for rolling.  Each week I make a list of the extra buck deals that will use up the least extra bucks which makes them the best to roll current extra bucks onto.  These will usually be the
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CVS Buy One Get One Free Deals for the Weekly Ad of 9/21/2014 with Coupon Matchups

Here are the buy one get one free deals for the CVS weekly ad of September 21, 2014 with coupon match ups. Good deal on Cascadian Farms Granola this week!

CVS Buy One Get One Free Deals can make for some great savings even without coupons and extra bucks.  Remember these two great ways to add coupons to Buy One Get One Free sales at CVS:

As per the CVS Coupon Policy:

Two coupons may be
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