Spring Cleaning: 21 Uses for Everday Items to Organize

Spring is in the air- and it is time for Spring cleaning! AH, what a wonderful feeling to open those blinds, crack the windows, and let the sun shine in while you are putting the Winter stuff away and unpacking Spring. Now, if you know me you know that I have a small obsession with being organized. However, being frugal, I am not going to go to The Container Store or Target and spend my life savings in plastic organization systems. Not only do I want it to be budget perfect, I don’t want it to look like something that’s purpose is just to organize.

Step in Real Simple magazine. I <3 Real Simple magazine! With Spring now here, I am going to feature a few of my favorite articles from Real Simple magazine throughout the week to help you get your Spring cleaning done without breaking the bank and making your house look great. Most of the items inside the articles I am sure you could find at a Yard Sale!

21 USES FOR EVERDAY ITEMS TO HELP YOU ORGANIZE

  1. Coat Rack for Jewelry Organizer
  2. Nail Polish as Key Coder
  3. Business Card Holder as Sugar Pack Carrier
  4. Laundry Bag for Dish Washer
  5. Matchbox as Travel Size Sewing Kit
  6. Tall Vase as Toilet Paper Holder
  7. Magnetic Clip as Recipe Holder
  8. Bubble Wrap as Travel Jewelry Organizer
  9. Toilet Paper Roll as Cord Keeper
  10. Rubber Bands as Strap Holders
  11. Tissue Box as Grocery Bag Holder
  12. Mailing Tubes as Free From Wrinkle Fabric Keepers
  13. Shower Cady for Different Uses
  14. Desk Paper Organizer as Cutting Board/Pan Holder
  15. Contact Lens Case as Pill Keeper
  16. CD Case as Recipe Holder
  17. Return Address as Labels
  18. Napkin Holder as Bill Organizer
  19. Popcorn as Packing Material
  20. Binder Clip as Money Clip/Key Holder
  21. Dustpan as Toy Gatherer

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Monday: 40 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours!

If you are anything like me, you start your Monday with GREAT EXPECTATIONS for the week. For example, this may or may not be my task list for the week:

1. Start Christmas shopping

2. Make a home-cooked meal every night

3. Don’t get behind on laundry

4. Buy kids new shoes

5. Prepare outfits of family pictures

…and so on and so forth. Now, how many of those will I actually get done? Probably not half. But I will try to! Fact is, life happens and our to-do lists get longer as the week gets shorter. But my #2 on the list is on my list every week, because that is what is most important to me. Home cooked meals not only save you money but it is a great way to have some family time in the evenings over dinner. Plus it scores brownie points with the husband when a hot meal is waiting when he gets home from work, right?!

“Who needs a cape?” has put together an awesome plan for 40 crock pot freezer meals in 4 hours. She includes a list, instructions, ingredients, and even a shopping list!

Go over and check it out, tell her EasternShoreMom.com sent you!

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Give a little, Get a little!

Government shutdown = FREE coffee?

Apparently Starbucks thinks so! They are trying to teach our politicians to scratch each other’s back by offering FREE coffee to anyone who treats another person to one.

Will they teach D.C. to have a heart? Maybe, maybe not. But at least we will all be caffeinated during this mess! Head over HERE for all the details.

Tell us what you think, will the FREE Starbucks get our government back to business or is this just a publicity stunt? Go to the ESM Facebook page now.

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Welcome to October!

I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers, how about you? October is my favorite month. I break out the pumpkin spice candles, cookbooks, and fall decorations. I paint my nails colors of brown, while wishing for the day that I walk outside and need a light jacket. We plan trips to the mountains to visit my family, where we can watch Fall as it creeps in on the leaves. I love October because October means Fall!

What does Fall mean to all of us deal hunters?

  1. BAKING SUPPLIES ON SALE! This is a great time to stock up on baking essentials. Many stores run sales and the newspaper and online coupon sites are filled with discounts for those baking items we need during the holiday season. Stock up! It’s feast or famine with discounts on these items.
  2. AMAZON DEALS ARE BACK! I love Christmas shopping on Amazon. I don’t even have to get dressed to score hot deals on items on my list!
  3. CONSIGNMENT SALES! With the season swap, many consignment sales are having their seasonal sales. This is a great time to not only stock up on a new wardrobe for you or the kids but also a good time to sell your stuff to make money for the gift buying season!
  4. SCHOOL SUPPLIES CLEARANCE! Now that back to school shopping is over, many stores have marked down their overstock. Grab it while you can! Come January, the kids will need new school supplies and you will be left buying it at full price. Get extras and stash it in your spare closet while it is marked down.

There are many reasons why I love Fall, but the deals that we score during this season are definetely near the top of my list! Head over to the ESM Facebook page and tell us the best deal you have scored.

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I Switched!

I bit the bullet. I did what I thought I would never do. I switched to Verizon.

I have been a faithful member of the AT&T universe for over a decade now, and I ended our marriage today. It was sad to hear the words “When I port this number your ties with AT&T will be severed…” but after it happened came the most amazing thing……

I HAVE SERVICE!

It is AWESOME! Service going down the road, service when I am in my kitchen, and service when I walk from one place to another! Who’d a thought a girl would be this happy over clear, uninterrupted, YOU CAN HEAR ME NOW service!

Here are a few money saving tips for you when buying/switching cell providers

  1. Ask for employer/military discounts- lots of companies offer you a percentage off of your bill at major cell providers or cellular companies offer discounts to service men and women
  2. Check for mail in rebates or special deals for switching- Look for phones with mail in rebates or special deals if you are ditching one company for the next
  3. Break your contract free- If your cell company isn’t holding up their end of the bargain, let them know! They will discount your bill or in some cases let you break contract with no charge
  4. Use the 14 days- Cell companies give you 14 days to try out a phone, so use it! You may have thought that an iPhone wasn’t for you, but at least try it out and return it if you do not like it. Try out the “FREE” right now phone and see if you like it better than your previous one!
Do you have tips of your own? Head over to our ESM Facebook Page and tell us!
This post is sponsored by my euphoric state of mind because I finally have cell service in my home! Verizon did not sponsor this post in any way :)

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I AM LISTENING!

Well, I have been away far too long.

While I was away, I realized several things.

1) Couponing is hard when you are not having fun with it

2) I really love writing for y’all

3) Doing this by myself, while keeping up with all FOUR kids, is tough

4) Talking about just coupons on here is kind of boring

So here we are. A new chapter for EasternShoreMom.com but I believe it is going to be an exciting one. One filled with crazy-random posts from me, new & fun things to liven up this page, and of course SAVING MONEY! But I wouldn’t be able to start back again without some help. So I found a great helper, Tracy, who while I was away was helping with the posting and the Facebook page. So you already know Tracy and you didn’t even know it! How about that!? She is very sweet and GREAT at finding some hot deals. We ALL LOVE A HOT DEAL, RIGHT!?

So here we go. I cannot promise that I will post every hour, or every morning, but I am here and hang on because with all that I have going on I can promise some quality entertainment from here on out!

 I AM LISTENING! What do you want to see on EasternShoreMom.com? Head over to our Facebook Page now and let me know. 

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Going to the Chapel…

It’s been a while since I have updated you guys, didn’t mean to leave you hanging! Life has been a wild ride over the last year, and EasternShoreMom.com has taken a back seat to all my other priorities. But ESM will continue on, hopefully more regular in the coming months. I have slowed down a little after a BIG event last weekend that I am going to share with y’all….

I GOT MARRIED!

Yes, to the most amazing man in the world, the man God made just for me. These are the pictures, done by the incredibly talented Morgan Joy Photography (located in the Mobile area). If you are looking for a photographer that’s affordable and will do a great job, Morgan is your girl. I was so thrilled when she agreed to take our wedding photos, I had heard amazing things and had seen some of her work (it’s beautiful). Never did I dream the pictures would turn out as breath taking as they did! Getting my HUSBAND (AHHHH I just love to say it) to smile isn’t an easy task, but she did! Also, she was amazing with all the kids. Between the two of us, we have four plus all the other kids at the wedding and she worked magic with each of them during group shots. She was a HUGE hit!



For more pictures go HERE

I am so happy to share with you all the most incredible day of my life, and stay tuned to EasternShoreMom.com because we will be having some new stuff coming up soon. Also, don’t forget to watch ESM on Fox10′s morning show at 8am on Wednesday mornings! This next segment will be about Thrifty Weddings :)

Local Vendors Used

Belle Bouquet- (Bride Bouquet)
Winn Dixie Fairhope, AL- (Wholesale flowers for arrangements)
Shea White- Musician

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Who is the Coupon Fairy?

Image courtesy of Google

 

Have you been blessed by the Coupon Fairy? Been strolling down the aisle towards a product that you needed to buy but didn’t have a coupon for? Magically, right there on the shelf by your item, there is a coupon that you can use! Yep, she is one wonderful fairy isn’t she?!

The fact is that we can all be coupon fairies! In every paper every week there are coupons for items that your family doesn’t buy. A lot of us just look as those coupons as something that we “may” buy or you may even view them as trash, however there is someone out there that needs that coupon! So the next time you are clipping, make a “Coupon Fairy” pile and take 5 minutes out of your grocery trip to drop those coupons by their respected items. You never know who you may bless with your small act of kindness!

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