10 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last Longer

10 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last Longer

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10 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last Longer

No matter how or when you grocery shop, everyone is always looking for more ways to save money and make our budgets stretch further. Another way we try and save money is to make our produce and grocery items last longer on a single shop. That is not always an easy task, but luckily there are ways to make your groceries stretch farther at home with a few helpful tips! Check out the ideas below for 10 ways to make your groceries last longer:

  1. Whole Fruits & Vegetables: One great way to keep fruits and veggies fresh for longer is to avoid cutting and slicing. If you keep your produce in full form, it won’t go bad or mold nearly as fast!
  2. Bread Care: A really great way to keep bread in the house for longer is by freezing it! If you are buying a few loaves of bread or even buns, freeze what you won’t use right away and put what you will use in the fridge. This will help bread stay fresh and you will always have a freezer supply of bread whenever you need it!
  3. Seal & Care: For any leftovers, cut produce or any extra items you want to save, place them in air tight containers or mason jars. This will keep them alive for a few extra days and you will be able to see into your containers to avoid any waste.
  4. Isolate Bananas: If you notice your fruit dying quickly when surrounded by bananas, there is a reason this happens! The bananas give off gasses that will kill produce faster, so when you can keep them separate do so or even better use a banana hanger for maximum freshness and air circulation.
  5. Bottle Storage: Items like green onions and chives can go bad quickly! To avoid this, cut up the produce and place in an airtight plastic bottle. These items will keep for a few weeks and because they are pre cut it will make seasoning super easy!
  6. What You Need: It’s really important when shopping to only buy what you need. Make sure to pre plan what you need to make it through till the next grocery shop and avoid overbuying items that may be wasted. This is especially important when it comes to fresh produce.
  7. Clean Fridge: When it comes to making food last longer, your fridge plays an important role. If you load groceries into a fridge that has had any type of mold or leftover food in it, it can actually get to your fresh groceries and kill them faster. So make sure to give your fridge a quick clean with a gentle cleaner before you load new groceries in.
  8.   Cover Herbs: Herbs are usually one of the first items to go bad! To avoid this make sure to cover your herbs with a plastic bag and a rubber band. This will keep them fresh for up to a few weeks.
  9. Bad Apples: Did you know that one apple can make the whole bunch go bad? If you notice you have a bad apple in the group, remove it right away. One rotting apple can take down a whole bunch if you’re not careful!
  10. Paper Towel Lettuce: When storing lettuce, it is best to add a piece of paper towel or two. By doing this you will remove the moisture in the lettuce and keep it fresh for up to a few weeks longer.

5 Ways To Chop Onions Tear Free

5 Ways To Chop Onions Tear Free

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5 Ways To Chop Onions Tear Free

What is the one job you find yourself avoiding when it comes to dinner prep? Does it happen to be chopping onions? Most of us avoid it because cutting up onions lead to teary and stinging eyes and most times you have to walk away to relieve the pain! However, from now on you may not run away from the job as we have 5 ways to chop onions and it will keep you tear and pain free! Check out those ways below and get chopping:

  1. Chew Gum: Funny enough one of the best way to avoid teary eyes while chopping onions  is to chew a piece of gum. So make sure to have a pack on hand when dinner preparation begins and start chewing just before slicing!
  2. Sharp Knife: While using a sharp knife won’t solely prevent onion tears, it will prevent the onions from releasing as many enzymes. Those enzymes are exactly what is responsible for your tears, so remember always sharpen your tools before you get started!
  3. Ventilation: One really important trick to remember when you go to chop onions, is to make sure you are working directly under a vent.  The vent will suck up the gasses that are released when an onion is chopped and will prevent you from tearing up.
  4. Freeze It: If you are thinking ahead and want to beat the pain of chopping onions,try this! Simply, freeze any onions you will be using for about 15 minutes prior to chopping. The freezing process will take all the pain and trouble out of chopping onions and you will be tear free.
  5. Running Water: Next time you chop onions try cutting the onions under running water. The water will decrease the gasses that are released and will let you cut onions in peace!

20 DIY Cleaning Recipes, Tips and Tricks!

20 DIY Cleaning Recipes

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I post a LOT of DIY Frugal Tips and Tricks so I thought this list would be very helpful as these are some of my favorite DIY Cleaners and tricks!

Enjoy and be sure to leave a comment if you have any good ideas too!

  1. DIY Granite Cleaner
  2. DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaner
  3. 6 Steps to a Clean and Productive Kitchen
  4. 20 Uses for Lemons (Health, Beauty, Cleaning, Eating and More!)
  5. DIY Wrinkle Release Spray
  6. How to Easily Make Nail Polish on Nails Last Longer!
  7. How To Make Your Herbs Last Longer
  8. Homemade Vinegar Toilet Cleaner
  9. 10 Simple Ways To Organize Your Closet
  10. How To Remove Chewing Gum From Just About Anywhere
  11. 25 Ways To Use Dryer Sheets Outside Of The Laundry Room
  12. How to Clean Your Tub and Bathroom with Grapefruit!
  13. How To Keep Your Fridge Shelves Clean
  14. 50 Things to Do with Vinegar (Cooking, Cleaning, Laundry, Pet Tips)!
  15. 4 DIY Cleaners For Stainless Steel
  16. How To Clean Your Make Up Brushes
  17. DIY Febreze
  18. Sanitize Your Dirty Sponge in the Microwave
  19. DIY Remedy For Dry Cracked Feet
  20. How to Easily Clean your Washing Machine!

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How To Clean Hair Brushes and Combs

How To Clean Hair Brushes & Combs

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How To Clean Hair Brushes & Combs

One thing you might not think about cleaning on the regular is your hairbrush or comb. Of course, we remove hair build up every so often but do you take the time to really clean them? The downside is if we don’t clean them on a somewhat regular basis dirt, oil and hair products can build up and leave your hair feeling not so clean. So how do we solve this problem? Well, there is an easy way to clean our your brushes and combs and it only takes a few minutes. Check out the instructions below on how to clean hair brushes and combs:

  1. Start by removing all hair that has built up in between the bristles of your brush or comb. If some hair is woven tightly, use a toothpick to loosen.
  2. Next, soak your tools in a sink of warm water with a few drops of shampoo. This will help remove oils and any product lingering in the bristles. Gentle scrub to get them extra clean.
  3. If you happen to have a wooden, padded, or rubber brush skip the soaking step. Simply run these type of brushes under water with no soap to remove oils and dirt.

That’s all it takes to remove the build up on your brushes and it can be done on a weekly basis to make sure your brush is as clean as possible.

10 Unique Uses For Your Dishwasher

Unique Uses For Your Dishwasher

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Unique Uses For Your Dishwasher

Our dishwashers are a vital tool in the kitchen and wash our dishes so we don’t have to do it by hand. This allows us to think less about housework and more about spending time with our families or other activities. But dishes aren’t the only thing you can put in your dishwasher! Check out the unique items you can put in your dishwasher below:

  1. Baseball Hats: As they can get damaged in the washer, the dishwasher is the best place to wash them! Just make sure it goes in with other non food items.
  2. Action Figures & Small Toys: Throw the toys in a mesh bag on the top rack to have them come our squeaky clean!
  3. Flip Flops: You can hang plastic flip-flops off the top rack prongs to clean off everyday dirt and mud.
  4. Rain Boots: Rain boots can be a big pain to clean! To wash them in the dishwasher, remove any liners in the boot and lay horizontally.
  5. Ceramic Cabinet Knobs: Up for a deep kitchen clean? Your ceramic cabinet knobs can go in the silverware holder on your next load of dishes.
  6. Hair Brushes: Throw your plastic hair brushes or combs in the dishwashers to sanitize them. Make sure the hair is removed to avoid clogging the drain.
  7. Protective Padding: Shin pans, Knee guards & Mouth guards can all go on the top rack of the dishwasher.
  8. Garden Tools: Wash your garden tools in the dishwasher to keep them clean and sanitized. Just remember not to throw in wood handled tools and don’t mix them with dishes.
  9. Light Fixture Covers: This is a great way to get older light fixtures cleaned up and looking new. Make sure not to put them in if they are antique, painted or enameled.
  10. Potatoes: It might sound a little weird but you can actually wash your potatoes on the top rack of your dishwasher. Make sure you don’t add detergent and use the rinse only feature and you have a bulk amount of potatoes clean in no time!

10 Ways To Eat More Fruit

10 Ways To Eat More Fruit

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We all know that it’s important to eat fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. But does that mean we are motivated to eat more? In most cases that simple fact isn’t enough to get us eating! So, that means we have to find new and exciting ways to get more fruit in our diet on a daily basis.  If you can find a way to make eating fruit fun for the whole family, it might make it that much easier to eat more everyday. Check out the 10 ways below to eat more fruit:

  1. Oatmeal or Cereal: It can be hard to be motivated to make a healthy, fruit full breakfast. One easy way to start the day off right is to have a bowl of your favorite cereal or oatmeal and add your favorite fruits. Try different fruit like berries or bananas to create new flavors.
  2. Fruit Popsicle:  Looking for a cool treat on a warm day? Try making your own 100% fruit Popsicles.  Simply, pour your favorite pureed fruit in to the Popsicle molds and freeze. This is a great alternative to a calorie full ice cream bar and will keep you satisfied for longer!
  3. Ready Made Snacks: To make fruit a more accessible snack, prepare ahead of time. Wash all fruit ahead of time and store in containers or on the counter depending on the fruit. Having it pre-prepared will make for easy snacking and will help you avoid cravings for junk food.
  4. Smoothie: If you are in a rush or need a meal on the go, a smoothie is the perfect idea! Combine your favorite fruit or vegetables with a liquid of your choice and ice.  Once blended it can be a portable healthy snack or can make the perfect meal replacement when your on the go.
  5. Fruit Leather: Fruit leather is a great way to use up ripe fruits, increase your fruit intake and makes for a fun DIY food project. You can make DIY fruit leather with almost any fruit and it only takes a few hours in the oven before it’s ready to eat.
  6. Juice: If you own a juicer, it’s time to start making your own fruit juice at home! Similar to the smoothie idea, pack the juicer with your favorite fruit and vegetables and make a custom juice that is tailored to your flavor preferences.  The best part is, you can leave out the sugar and additives that store brought juice can contain.
  7. Applesauce: If you have kids in the house who go crazy for applesauce, why not make it at home? With apples, lemon and a few spices you can make homemade, healthy apple sauce with no sugar added. By leaving out the  sugar it makes it’s a fun and nutritious snack for any member of the family.
  8. Salad: If you are feeling like a salad for lunch or dinner, why not add in some fruit? Spinach, strawberries and blueberries make for a flavorful healthy salad that won’t take long to prepare. Get creative and see what fruit/salad combinations you can come with, you might just eat a little more than normal.
  9. Fruit Chips: If you are trying to kick a bad snacking habit, try fruit chips instead of potato chips! Apple chips are easy to make at home and make the perfect snack in the car, at school or even as a late night craving replacement.
  10. Frozen Fruit: Fresh fruit that has been frozen not only makes a great snack, it also helps the fruit last longer. Berries and grapes freeze best and then can be eaten right from frozen for a cool treat or an on the go snack.

6 Ways To Use Wine Corks

6 Ways To Use Wine Corks

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Do you love to have a glass of wine at the end of a long day? Most of us do, but do you ever think about saving the cork? Wine corks actually have some pretty great, practical uses and it doesn’t take long to collect them. Once you start collecting corks you can use them in the kitchen, in DIY projects and even around the office! Check out the list below for 6 ways to use wine corks:

  1. Spout: If you need a spout for a fast pouring bottle, try using a wine cork! Simply, cut a small slit out of your cork leaving just enough room for liquid to come out. Fit the cork the bottle and you’ll have full control on how much your pouring at once!
  2. Card Holder: If you want to make a cute and easy card holder, try this quick DIY project.  Simply choose your favorite wine cork and slice it halfway through. For more stability you can shave off a little on the bottom as well. Now you have a business card or place card holder to use in the office or at dinner!
  3. Doors & Furniture: Slice wine corks and attach them to the feet of your furniture to avoid scratching your wood floors when moving items around.
  4. Cupboard Slam: To avoid the dreaded slam of cupboard doors, use wine corks! Similar to above, slice your corks into small rounds and attach them to the inside of your cupboard door. This will prevent them from slamming and won’t cost you anything to create.
  5. Garden Mulch: For easy DIY garden mulch use old wine corks and your food processor! Simply grind up the corks with your processor and spread the corks around your garden beds. This will help the beds retain moisture and grow strong!
  6. Vase Filler:  If you are looking for ways to decorate with wine corks, try using them as vase fillers. Whether you are using them in the bottom of a cut flower arrangement for height or using them to fill decorational jars up, they look so great and it won’t cost a thing!

5 New Ways To Use Old Towels

5 New Ways To Use Old Towels

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Older towels that have seen better days usually end up in the trash or as a drop cloth when painting the house. But is it possible that these old towels have some other practical uses still? Absolutely! Old towels can be used a ton of different ways and you might be surprised just how creative you get with them! So gather up your old bath or hand towels and try out these new 5 ways to use old towels:

  1. Picnic Pal:  If your short a blanket for your next picnic or beach outing, try this great idea! Simply, gather up your favorite towels that don’t get used anymore and sew them together. You can make the perfect blanket as big or as small as you like. The best part is you can customize it to look exactly how you want!
  2. Baby Bib: Why spend the extra money on bibs when you have the materials on hand! Simply, use an existing bib as a template and cut the same shape out of the towel. Hem the edges to avoid fraying and add a cute neck tie to finish it off!
  3. Moving Supplies: When your moving the most important thing is to keep your fragile items safe. Older towels are perfect for the job! Wrap small valuables with hand towels, use older wash cloths as plate dividers and use large bath towels for bulky, over sized breakables.
  4. Beach Tote: If your sewing skills are decent, why not try making a beach tote? There are a ton of DIY options when making a tote for the beach and you can even make a tote that turns into a beach towel with a pillow.
  5. Mop: If you are looking for an easy DIY project using old towels, try making your own DIY mop head. Simply, shred your towel into long strips and secure them together in the middle with a string or zip tie. Attach your mop head to the end of a broom handle and you’ll have a shiny, clean floor in no time!

How To Keep Your Fridge Shelves Clean

How To Keep Your Fridge Shelves Clean

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How To Keep Your Fridge Shelves Clean

Cleaning your fridge can be a time consuming process and sometimes it’s hard to achieve the cleanliness level you would like. Well there is officially a better way to keep your fridge shelves clean for longer and it won’t involve vigorous scrubbing.

Remove your fridge shelves and give them a good initial clean. Once they have dried cover the top surface with Saran Wrap Press & Seal, most times you’ll find it in clear but sometimes you can find it with a cute pattern.  Once it has applied nicely, slide your shelves back into the fridge and you are done! Now, one set of wrapping can last up to 6 months at a time as long as you wipe up spills as they happen. If you do happen to  have a big spill, water and vinegar will help to clean off the liners if they aren’t up for a replacement.

Once you notice they are looking a little tired, repeat the above process! This will not only keep your fridge shelves clean, it will give you extra time that you would have spent scrubbing down your fridge to do something fun!

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5 Uses For Burnt Out Lightbulbs

5 Uses For Burnt Out Lightbulbs

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5 Uses For Burnt Out Lightbulbs

When you think about repurposing or re using a burnt out lightbulb, you may be short on ideas. Most times we look at items like this and toss it without a second thought. But burnt out lightbulbs have some really cute, crafty uses that can really bring out your creative side! It doesn’t take much work to take something as normal as a lightbulb and turn it in to something beautiful.  Check out these 5 uses below to start creating cute projects using burnt out lightbulbs:

  1. Vase: It may not be your first thought, but lightbulbs make perfect sized vases for small flower arrangements.  Find a small circle or lid to stabilize the bottom of the lightbulb and remove the metal top and any inside pieces. Add rocks or sand, water and your small flowers for a custom vase.
  2. Terrarium: Terrarium’s are becoming a very popular and make it easy to bring plants and greenery inside.  Clean out the lightbulb of all its insides and start building your mini plant world.  Add moss, grass, rocks or even succulent plants to complete your terrarium. 
  3. Christmas Ornaments: With a little glitter, glue and creativity you can design your own Christmas ornaments.  Simply, use wire or string and attach it to the top of the light bulb, decorate it any way you like and let dry. Once it’s dry it can be hung as a decoration on the tree or around the house!
  4. DIY Oil Lamp: You heard us right! You can take an old lightbulb and turn it into a full functioning oil lamp. It will take some elbow grease and a few materials, but once it’s finished it will be modern and practical.
  5. Ship In A Bottle: Whether it be decorations for a nautical themed party or a cute add on to your bathroom, this project is a must! You can create a custom ship or letter in a bottle using an old lightbulb and a few accessories. Add some blue tinted sand to represent the blue water for the ship or write a love note and pop it in for a fun surprise!

How To Keep Cool This Summer (10 Tips)

How To Keep Cool This Summer

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How To Keep Cool This Summer:

Summer is in full swing and does  it ever get hot outside! When we hit mid summer and the temperatures start rising, we have to start getting creative to beat the heat! Now some may have a pool or a backyard full of shade, but what do you do if you don’t? I know personally living in an apartment or condo, it can get hot and stuffy and sometimes even unbearable. Luckily, with a creative attitude and some DIY-ing you can keep cool this summer! Check out the tips below:

  1. Stick with loose fitting clothes. This will not only keep you cooler it will make you way more comfortable.
  2. Keep a spray bottle full of ice water in the fridge. When you feel yourself getting over hot, turn the sprayer into your own personal mister.
  3. Store moisturizers and lotions in the fridge over the summer months. Not only will help it to stay together, when you apply it to your face and body it will be refreshingly cool.
  4. Drinking cold water and chewing minty gum is a quick trick to keep you cool. The reaction of the two will give you an instant cooling effect.
  5. Create a cute paper fan to keep you cool this summer. Make a few to have in your purse and around the house or use them as party favors at your next summer BBQ.
  6. DIY your own air conditioner. Place a frozen bottle of water directly in front of your fan. This will blow out extra chilly air and keep you from overheating. Make sure to sit close to get the full effect.
  7. Create and freeze your own popsicles. The best part of making your own is you can put pretty much anything you want in them and all you need is a popsicle mold to enjoy a chilly snack.
  8. A frozen ice pack in your pillow can help you keep cool while sleeping in the summer heat. Just make sure to have a towel in between the pack and the pillow.
  9. Did you know that eating spicy food can actually cool you down? It sounds crazy, but it definitely works. Spicy foods make you sweat, which in turn helps you cool down faster.
  10. Water fight! That’s right, one of the best ways to keep cool is to head to an open space and have a full on water fight. It will not only get you moving, it will keep you cool while you’re having fun.

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How To Remove Old Wax From Candle Holders

How To Remove Old Wax From Candle Holders

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Candles are perfect for any event! Dinners, bath time or even just for general ambiance they really create a pretty atmosphere that can be very relaxing. But what about when you blow your candles out or when the candle has worked it’s way to the bottom of the holder? Well, there is an easy fix to remove candle wax from the bottom of your favorite candle holder! Check out the instructions below and start reusing those holders today:

Materials Needed:

  • Knife
  • Boiling Water
  • Paper Towel

 

Instructions:

  1. Start by removing as much wax as possible with the knife.  For whatever is left, cut slits into the bigger pieces of wax.
  2. Then, pour the boiling water into the holder and let it sit for 15 minutes or until cool.
  3. Try to remove any wax that has come loose with the water and then rinse the holder.
  4. Refill the holder with warm water and let it sit for 5 more minutes.
  5. Pour out the water and you should be left with a clean candle holder ready to be used for storage or for another candle.

7 Uses For Coffee Filters

7 Uses For Coffee Filters

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7 Uses For Coffee Filters

Coffee filters are great for the obvious, coffee! But what else can they be used for? Coffee filters prove to be helpful in any situation from cleaning to acting as a kitchen helper. The other great part about coffee filters is you can save a lot of money by using them as they can be bought for cents at a dollar store. Check out the 7 best uses for coffee filters below:

  1. Use coffee filters to cover dishes that are going in to the microwave. They fit perfectly over most plates, dishes and bowls.
  2. Use a filter for a spoon rest while cooking. Just lay one on the counter and save yourself a mess by resting your stirring spoon on the filter instead of  messing up the counter.
  3. Coffee filters are great for saving a bottle of wine! If your cork shreds while you are opening it, strain the wine through a filter. This will get out all the cork pieces and rescue your bottle of wine.
  4. Next time you pouring fluid into your car, use a filter to make sure you don’t spill. It will act as a funnel and save you a huge mess from spillage!
  5. Instead of using paper towel for catching grease, which can be expensive use a filter. The next time you cook something like bacon or french fries, lay down a filter to soak up the excess grease!
  6. Place a filter in the bottom of a potted plant to avoid losing any soil. This way you will only have water coming out of the drainage holes when you water it.
  7. When you are moving or packing, coffee filters make a great packing material! You can use it in between things like plates, tea cups or even Christmas ornaments!

4 Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Sponge Clean

4 Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Sponge Clean

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4 Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Sponge Clean

One of the most important tools in our kitchen is the handy sponge that sits near your sink. Sponges are the best tool when it comes to cleaning up spills, wiping down counters and even cleaning your dishes! But what about the sponge itself?  It needs to be sanitized and cleaned on a regular basis to keep bacteria from growing and to keep smells away. So how do you sanitize a sponge you might ask? Well check out the suggestions below on how to keep your kitchen sponge clean:

  1. Place the sponge on the top rack of dishwasher. Let it run through one cycle and it will remove harmful bacteria and dirt. A good trick is to have one sponge in the dishwasher and one on the sink. Then when one sponge needs to be cleaned you will have a back up ready to go!
  2. Soak your sponges in one part water to one part bleach. Leave this mixture overnight and when you wake up your sponge will be clean.
  3. Microwave your used sponge for 30 seconds. The heat will zap the bacteria and keep your sponge clean. Also, try microwaving a soapy sponge for 1 minute and wiping down the inside of your microwave, it will leave it shining and clean!
  4. Throw your sponges in the washing machine with a load of dish towels and cloths to get it bacteria free and sanitized.

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DIY Vicks VapoRub

DIY Vicks VapoRub

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DIY Vick’s VapoRub

Being sick can really take a lot out of you, especially when you have a really bad cough and congestion. Vicks VapoRub can be a great product to solve these issues, but sometimes can get expensive if you need a lot of it. But did you know you can make your own out of a few household products? Check out the recipe below and make your own instead of buying it at the store!

DIY Vicks VapoRub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Of Coconut Oil
  • 10 Drops Of Eucalyptus Oil OR Peppermint Oil
  • Mason Jar

Instructions

  1. In your mason jar add the coconut oil.
  2. Next, add your 10 drops of either eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil.
  3. Mix together well, until all ingredients are combined.
  4. To use this rub: Either apply directly to your chest or to the bottom of your feet. If you choose to apply to your feet, put on socks afterwards for best results.
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What to Buy at the Dollar Store (And What Not to Buy!)

What to Buy at the Dollar Store (And What Not to Buy!)

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I spent some time…actually a lot of time at Dollar Tree and scoped out the “Good” and “Bad” buys. I also asked for YOUR opinions on the Raining Hot Coupons Facebook page and so many of you gave me some great tips on items you love and items you don’t really care for from Dollar Tree. Thank you all for your tips. Below you will learn what to spend your money on at Dollar Tree (this may apply to other dollar stores as well since they all kinda carry the same stuff). Enjoy…Also, I would love to read any other tips you have in the comments!  🙂

I am going to break it down into categories and different sections of the store. 

Household Cleaning:

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Things to Buy:

  • ANY of the L.A.’s Totally Awesome products – I had a TON of readers says that they are like magic. The spot remover works awesome and the oxygen power cleaner works as good as the other expensive brands. I recently purchased the Orange cleaners from them and it really is wonderful and quite awesome.  😉
  • Fabric softener – believe it or not, this stuff smells great, comes in a big bottle for a buck and is perfect for refreshing couches, rugs, and even pets!
  • The Works cleaner – I have not tried this but a lot of readers swear by it. I can’t wait to try it!
  • Palmolive Dish soap – there are often coupons available for these so you will get a great deal.
  • Sun detergent or dishwashing soap – again, these often have coupons so keep an eye out and if a coupon pops up, you will score a nice deal.

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Pass on these:

  • Brooms – the handles often break on these
  • Garbage bags – a TON of readers had negative things to say about the garbage bags, the rip and tear easily.

 

Health & Beauty:

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Things to buy:

  • Pregnancy Tests – these work really well and have always worked for me as well as all the readers who also recommended them! 
  • 3 pack loofah sponges (these are perfect for kid’s baths)
  • Hair bows, ties, bobby pins, headbands
  • Shaving Cream – this stuff really does work and smells pretty good! I love it for just $1!
  • Close-Up mouthwash – this is the only brand I would recommend (the others are not so great)
  • Triple Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Scotties tissue – these will often have coupons so you will get great deals
  • Cotton pads
  • Name Brand make-up – I have spotted Elf and Maybelline and once again Maybelline always has coupons!

Pass on these:

  • Q-tips (this isn’t the brand but pass on them) they bend and are not strong and the cotton on the end is very fuzzy
  • Off Brand Lotions
  • Perfume and Cologne

 

Birthday Items:

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Things to buy:

  • Wrapping paper – I am shocked at how much wrapping paper has gone up in price so the $1 store paper is a great deal and you can get a few different designs!
  • Gift Bags
  • Cards
  • Candles
  • Streamers (these come with 2 so they are only $0.50 each!)
  • Cups
  • Birthday decor (party hats, balloons, invitations, favor bags, etc)
  • Mylar balloons
  • Tissue paper

Pass on these:

  • Plastic utensils (they break easily although I do recommend the table liners which is in the same section)

Food and Candy:

FOOD CANDY

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Things to buy:

  • Movie candy – stop by on the way to the movies and pick up the boxes of candy for just $1! You may be able to find these at Walmart for $0.97 but if you’re closer to a Dollar Store then you may want to stop there instead!
  • Candy for Pinatas and Party favor bags – they have several bags of candy that have individually wrapped pieces so this is perfect for Birthday parties! For example, ring pops, suckers, avengers candy pieces and more.
  • Popsicles – These have $1/1 coupons which makes them FREE!!
  • Soda Pop – I love these, they are off brand but they are huge and perfect for Birthday parties. In my opinion they taste like Shasta.
  • Popsicle Molds – a pack of 6 for just $1 – that’s awesome!
  • Hormel Pepperoni – Once again, there are often coupon for $0.50 to $1 off which makes them only $0.50 or FREE!
  • Drink mixes – these are fabulous, just add 1 to a water bottle and it flavors your drink…they even have sugar free.
  • Seasonings – can’t go wrong for $1!

Pass on these:

  • Check expiration dates on all the food items…sometimes they tend to have things that go past that date.  😐

Kitchen and Bath:

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Things to buy:

  • Tupperware
  • Tubs and Bins for organizing
  • Glass Vases
  • Foil baking tins (perfect for Thanksgiving and way cheaper than other stores)
  • 3 pack kid’s toothbrushes – there are often coupons that make the kid’s toothbrushes free and sometimes the come with travel cases and covers
  • Bathroom Decor – for just $1, that’s a steal!
  • Shower curtain – I have heard of people painting these and coloring them for the kiddos bathroom!
  • Shower curtain hanging rings (not sure what they are called exactly but they hold up the curtain and are normally very pricey)
  • Kid’s bubble bath – this stuff works great and lasts a long time!
  • Hefty plastic bags – normally coupons for them which makes them a great deal
  • Napkins – they come with a ton and work great
  • Tupperware – can’t go wrong with these packs
  • Mason Jars – you can do recipes in these, cookies jars, gifts, crafts and more!
  • Plates, Cups, Mugs, bowls – this is great if you need to just get a few or want some variation in colors
  • Kitchen Towels and Mits – look how cute these are in the picture above..I love the green and purple and for just $1!

Pass on these:

  • Pie Tins (these are not good for baking because they tend to rust) ALTHOUGH, they are good for kids crafts and play.
  • Candles – they don’t smell that good and even if they do in the store, the scent doesn’t last once lit in my opinion
  • Coffee Mugs – I have heard from several readers that these leak and the lids don’t stay on
  • Toilet Paper – this is usually very thing and doesn’t work all that well.  😳

 

Art and Supplies:

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Things to buy:

  • Large Activity Coloring books – these are very big and the kids will have a blast with them (some even have stickers)
  • Teacher corner – there are great tools here for not only teachers but homeschoolers, preschoolers or just if you want to teach some fun stuff to your kids. They also have sticker books which would be great for chores!  😉
  • Sewing kits with bags – $1…enough said!
  • Pom poms, felt, foam board, craft supplies
  • Safety pins – I hear these run out often so if you see them, snatch them up!
  • Vinyl Decals for decorating and for kid’s rooms – these are SUPER cute and can totally change the look of room or bathroom for just $1…I say yes!
  • Poster board

Pass on these:

  •  Glue sticks – they tend to be dried out or dry out fast after opened
  • Frames – these usually break when you are trying to even just put the photo in… see what I mean?
  • Garage sale signs – I say no because you can easily look across the aisle and find the BRIGHT colored poster board priced at $0.69 then cut them in half and you’ve got 2 signs so just about $0.35 each instead of $1.
  • Crayons – they don’t work… weird huh? No really, the color is super dull.
  • Playdough – this stuff is usually dried out….if you find one that’s not, you’re lucky!
  • School supplies – you can usually always get better deals from places like Staples, Office Max etc as long as you buy at the right time…starting in about July and August they offer $0.01 deals, freebies and more. Just watch Raining Hot Coupons and I post them all Summer long.

Miscellaneous:

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Things to buy:

  • 3 pack socks that makes each pair about $0.33 each!
  • Disposal bags for when walking pets – you get a ton for super cheap
  • Big bottle of Bubbles – lots of Summer fun with these!
  • Flip Flops – now I can’t say these are going to last but I’ve found that most $1 flip flops anywhere you get them don’t last long. They are great for public pools, the beach, etc so you don’t have to worry about someone taking them.
  • Puzzles – great for the kids or even party favors or Birthday party game gifts
  • Pack of Littles Toys – I LOVE to use the packs of insects, glowing stars, dinosaurs, erasers, etc for Pinatas! They work out perfect because you get quite a few for just $1.

Pass on these:

  • Toy Cars – these tend to be very cheap and break (the plastic is flimsy)
  • Outdoor lights – this may seem like a great deal but they don’t last long at all
  • Lighters – don’t really work long
  • Goggles – the water seeps through  😐
  • Batteries – don’t last
  • Anything electronic – according to many readers opinions and my own, anything electronic never last long.

Hope that helps….do you have anything to add to the list?! I would love to hear….

15 Ways To Use Mason Jars

15 Ways To Use Mason Jars

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Jars are something we all encounter every day, whether it be a pickle jar or a jar of our favorite body butter. But one of the most popular jars is the mason jar! Mason jars aren’t just for jam anymore, we can use them in almost every part of life. Check out the list below for 15 ways to use mason jars in everyday life:

  1. Meal To Go: Mason jars make great food containers and holders. Whether it be for a layered salad, leftovers or even your morning oatmeal these jars are perfect for keeping food fresh!
  2. Baking Molds: Did you know you can bake directly into your jar? You can make cupcakes or your favorite cake and bake it right in the mason jar. It looks great for presentation and they stay fresh for longer.
  3. Blend: Mason jars actually act as a blender attachment. Simply detach your blender blades and screw it on to your mason jar of choice. As long as it is sealed tight it can be used to blend just about anything.
  4. Workshop Organization: Whether it be for screws and nails in the work shop or important bits and pieces, mason jars make are a great option for keeping your workstation organized.
  5. Gift Wrap: Next time you have a small present or baking treat to wrap, use a mason jar! Not only will it look super cute, you can get creative by painting, adding glitter or even adding cute labels to complete the look.
  6. Candle Holder: Whether it be a floating candle or a tea light, mason jars are perfect for a makeshift candle holder.
  7. Soap Dispenser: These jars are perfect for making your own DIY soap dispenser. Just grab the pump of your choice and your favorite soap and with a little elbow grease you can make your own bathroom accessory!
  8. Catch Fireflies: For a fun kid friendly activity, cut open a glow stick and pour it into a mason jar. Give it a good shake and take it outside to see what looks like a jar full of fireflies.
  9. Spices & Seasonings: Use mason jars of any size to store your kitchen spices and seasonings. Add a little label and your cupboards will be super organized.
  10. Craft Room Storage: I love the idea of using jars of all sizes to organize craft supplies. To make the jars more fun, glue your favorite plastic animal or toy to the top of the lids and give it a quick spray paint. Suddenly your plain jars have been transformed into cute, personalized organization jars.
  11. Yarn Dispenser: If you love to knit or have a ton of yarn this one is for you! Poke a hole in the top of your jar and use it for dispensing your favorite yarn or ribbon. It will keep it organized and it will avoid tangles.
  12. Party Cups: Mason jars are perfect for your next party! Use them for party cups and get each guest to label their jar with a sharpie. If you want to add a lid, use a cupcake liner and an elastic band for a cute look.
  13. DIY Snowglobe: With a few materials (Glitter, small figurine, water and glue) you can make your own DIY snow globe! They are perfect for decorations around the house or for a personalized gift at Christmas.
  14. DIY Beauty Products: These jars make a great holder and container for any and all DIY beauty recipes. Whether it be DIY mouthwash or homemade shampoo, they are the perfect item for the job!
  15. Vase: In a pinch without a vase? Mason jars are a great alternative! Add your favorite ribbon and fresh cut flowers for a modern look!

DIY Nail Polish Remover Jar

DIY Nail Polish Remover Jar 

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One of the most creative and fun things to do when it comes to beauty care is painting your nails and toes! You have full creative control on what color, pattern or design you want on your nails and you also can show off your true personal style with a few easy steps. But what about when you are ready to take it off, what’s the easiest way? Well, one product that works great is spongy nail polish remover jars, cleaning off paint with a few swipes. However, instead of buying a jar when you’re in store, what about making your own? It is super easy and will save you a few bucks! Check out the easy DIY below to make your own nail polish remover jar:

Ingredients:

  • Large Sponge
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Jar of Your Choice


Instructions:

  1. Start by stuffing your jar with your sponge, cutting it down to size if needed. Fill the jar with your sponge leaving a little room at the top.
  2. Create a space in the center of the sponge that will allow for your finger to go in and out of to clean the nail polish off.
  3. Next, fill your sponge/jar with the nail polish remover of your choice.
  4. Once it has soaked into the sponge it is ready to be used.
  5. This cleaner is especially good for taking off glitter polish or thicker nail polishes.

DIY Cleaning Wipes

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Cleaning wipes that can be used almost anywhere in the house are a great product to have on hand. But purchasing them in store, on a regular basis can really add up on your grocery bill! So what’s the next best solution? Well, one option is to create your own cleaning wipes to use around the house! They are cost-effective, smell great and work on almost any surface. Check out the instructions below to make your own DIY cleaning wipes:

Items Needed:

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Paper Towel
  • Dish Soap ( Any brand will do)
  • Essential Oil (Any smell you like!)
  • A Jar or Container of your choice (Taller is better)

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting a full roll of paper towel in half and putting it to the side.
  2. Grab your container of choice and add a cup of  water mixed with a cup of vinegar and a few drops of your favorite essential oils (citrus oils work great!) .
  3. Once the mixture has combined together, add a few drops of dish soap and mix liquids together well.
  4. Grab your roll of paper towel, remove the cardboard middle and pop it in the container.
  5. Once the lid is sealed tight, flip the container over and let the paper towels soak up all the liquid.  Let it sit for at least 30 minutes or until the paper towel is completely soaked through.
  6. Your wipes are now ready to be used! They are safe to use on almost any surface and can be refilled as needed!

How To Easily Clean Your Ceiling Fan

How To Clean Your Ceiling Fan

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Nothing is worse than deciding to turn on your ceiling fan only to have it start spitting out the dust that has been sitting on the blades. Ceiling fans can be hard to clean as you usually need a ladder, different dusting products and usually you end up with dust everywhere when you try to clean them off. So what’s the easiest solution to this problem? Well, all it involves is a couple of old linens and a few minutes. Check out the solution below for cleaning off your ceiling fan:

Instructions: 

  1. Lay down a drop cloth or older sheet under your ceiling fan before you attempt to dust.
  2. Next, grab an old pillow case and something to stand on to clean your fan.
  3. Then, simply take the pillowcase and slide it over one blade at a time.
  4. Slide it on first and then pull it back slowly collecting dust as you go.
  5. You can use the same pillowcase to go over the same blade till it’s clean and then move on to the others, repeat process.
  6. Finally, empty your pillowcase when full and wrap up your drop cloth ad you have a clean ceiling fan!

DIY Screen Cleaner

DIY Screen Cleaner

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We all love our electronics and most likely use them on a regular basis. But after a while they start to get covered in dust, pet hair and fingerprints and eventually are ready for a clean. But what is the best way? Well, there are some cleaners on the market that work great but come in a small bottle and cost upwards of $8-$15 dollars. For most that is just not a feasible add in when you are trying to budget, so what is the next best option? Not so surprisingly you can make your own DIY screen cleaner at home and you can save a ton of money! Check out the instructions below to create your own DIY screen cleaner:

Ingredients:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Distilled Water
  • Microfiber Cloth/Soft Cleaning Cloth
  • Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. This might be the simplest DIY yet! Simply, pour equal parts of the isopropyl alcohol and distilled water into the spray bottle. Secure the spray top.
  2. Mix the solution slightly and it will be ready to use! Make sure to spray the solution on your cloth first and then wipe down any electronic screens for a sparkling result!
    **Please note: This solution is not suggested for Apple products. Also please make sure your device is turned off before cleaning.

4 Ways To Stop The Burn Of Spicy Foods

4 Ways To Stop The Burn Of Spicy Foods

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Most of us have made the same mistake. You bite down into an appetizer or a snack and realize it’s spicier then you thought! Our general first reaction is to reach for water first, hoping it will cool down the burn. But did you know that sometimes drinking water after  spicy food can make the burn worse? Water has a tendency to spread the burn around and make it burn stronger! So what do you head for next if water doesn’t work? Well check out the 4 ways below to find out how to stop the burn of spicy foods:

  1. Sugar: Sugar is a great way to end the spicy burn you feel after biting into a hot food item! Simply find a piece of gum or even small candies to cool the burn and get some relief!
  2. Milk: The fat in milk can really help when you are experiencing the burn of spicy food. Grab a tall glass of milk to soothe the pain. If you don’t have any milk on hand, most dairy products will work to the same effect such as  yogurt and cheese.
  3. Juice: Not all juices work to soothe the burn of spicy food but the number one choices are: Lime juice, lemonade, tomato juice or orange juice. This works mostly because of the acid present in the juices.  Have a tall glass and the burn will be gone before you know it.
  4. Bread: If you can’t find any of the above, a last option is to grab a slice of bread. The bread will absorb the spiciness of the item and the texture will help to cool your mouth and throat back to a normal temperature.

DIY Make Your Own Glue!

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As we head back into the school season, we start getting prepped with pencils, binders, papers and much more! But what about white glue? Sure you could buy store bought glue and go on your way, but if your feeling more creative this DIY is perfect for you! It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to whip up a batch of homemade glue and with the simply ingredients it costs almost nothing to make.  This would not only be great for back to school, it could also make a great gift when packed in a pretty container! Check out the DIY glue instructions below:

DIY Glue

Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Cold Water
  • Vinegar
  • Pan
  • Squeeze Bottle (For Finished Glue)

Instructions

  1. Start by combining 3 parts of flour to 1 part of sugar in a pan over low-medium heat.
  2. Add some cold water slowly, till mixture turns into a paste. Mix till lumps have smoothed.
  3. Next, continue to stir over medium heat until thickened and then add 1 teaspoon of vinegar.
  4. Remove from heat and let mixture cool all the way.
  5. Once cool, it is ready to be put into a container and used!
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8 Ways To De-Stress Your Life

8 Ways To De-Stress Your Life 

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Stress is something that most of everyone has experienced and sometimes it can become unavoidable.  But stress isn’t good for our overall health or everyday life, so how do you find a solution? Well there are some tried and true methods that will de-stress you after a long day and leave you feeling lighter and relaxed. Check out the 8 ideas below to de-stress your life:

  1. Find A Work/Life Balance:  One of the most important ways to avoid stress is to find a work/life balance. This is achieved when you can find an equal balance between your home life and working life.You also must carve out time for personal goals or achievements, this is most important when decreasing stress.
  2. Breathe: Breathing may sound like a silly option for decreasing stress, but it is very effective. Take a few minutes a day to take some deep breaths, close your eyes and try to let go of any stress clouding your mind.
  3. Exercise:  Exercise couldn’t be more crucial when you are finding yourself stressed out! If you can’t get yourself working out a little bit everyday, take 10 minutes out of your day and go for a walk. Use the time for personal reflection and you might just find yourself relaxing!
  4. Important Priorities: If you are finding yourself stressed out with a list of things to get done, try breaking it down. Pick a few things that are important and accomplish them, leaving the rest of your list to another time. Lightening your schedule can really help calm you down and focus.
  5. Avoid Caffeine   Did you know that caffeine can increase existing stress?  So next time, skip the caffeine and go for a natural energy booster such as green tea.
  6. Aid With Music: Music can seriously reduce the effects of stress and help you find a calm. Find a quiet place or moment and listen to the music of your choice. It will not only help you de-stress it will also help you relax tense muscles.
  7. Bath Time: Having a bath can be a really great way to end a long day of stress. Set it up exactly how you want it: Candles, bubbles, relaxing music etc and give yourself a chance to get away from everything. This is a great way to calm down and especially effective right before bed.
  8. Do Things You Love: The most important key to de stressing is finding joy and happiness in things you love. Maybe it’s spending time with family, reading a book or simply spending time in your favorite place. Whatever it is, find something that YOU love to do and you will find your stress starting to slowly disappear.

How To Quickly Clean Your Blender

How To Quickly Clean Your Blender

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Being an avid smoothie drinker, I know first hand blenders are not the easiest appliances to clean. Food and liquids get stuck in the small corners and it can make washing a real pain! But there is a better way to clean your blender and get it done in half the time it would normally take…

After you have finished blending, hold the blender container upside down over the sink and give it a good rinse.  After it looks mostly clean on the inside fill the blender 1/5th of water and add some dish soap. Put the lid on and blend as normal, the water will start to bubble quite quickly. Once it is full to the top with bubbles, rinse and you will have a sparkling clean blender.

This is such an easy and fast way to clean your blender, you will save so much time! If you find your blender needs a better scrub, add ice with your soap and water to get a deeper clean.

5 Tips To Make Laundry Easier

 5 Tips To Make Laundry Easier 

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Laundry can be a time-consuming chore, especially if clothes start to pile up after a few days. But it doesn’t always have to be that way, especially when you apply a few tips to make the whole process easier. Check out these 5 great tips for making everyday laundry a little bit easier:

  1. Set A Schedule: If you have an overly busy schedule and find you get stuck for time when it comes to laundry, set up a day ahead of time. Scheduling your time for laundry can not only help keep you organized and on task, there will be no excuses for not getting it done! If you want to be more detailed schedule your laundry type as well such as: sheets, whites, darks, towels etc.
  2. Pre sort: Pre sorting all your laundry is a huge time saver. If you have the space, label dedicated baskets in your laundry room or bedroom, one for whites and one for darks. This way when you go to do laundry it will be pre organized and ready to go!
  3. Dryer Maintenance: A really important part of your laundry is the drying process. You want to keep your dryer running as efficiently as possible to save you time. This means cleaning out the dryer lint, making sure there is no loose change or items in the machine and make sure to put in even loads so you don’t overload your dryer.
  4. Recruit Help: If you have kids, why not teach them all about laundry! They are perfect for helping when it comes to folding, sorting and putting away clothes. Not only does it teach them a new skill it will save you time on tasks you would usually do yourself.
  5. Organized: Keeping your laundry room organized will make a huge difference day-to-day. By keeping out the clutter you can be more efficient when sorting and washing!

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DIY Hair Shine Serum

DIY Hair Shine Serum

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We all want the hair we see on TV. Soft, shiny flowing locks that we see in every hair commercial. Well, most times it’s never as easy as they say it is to reach those results. However, we can get close by using or creating products that keep our hair looking shiny and healthy. One way to achieve this is to make your own hair serum at home that leaves your hair looking shiny and amazing. It only takes a few ingredients and you will shocked by the results! Check out how to make your own DIY hair serum:

Ingredients:

  • Sea Salt
  • Your Favorite Shampoo
  • Container of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Mix the sea salt in with the shampoo of your choice (About 5 parts shampoo/4 parts sea salt). It’s best to make this mixture in a separate container from the bottle.
  2. Wash hair normally with this mixture and rinse.
  3. Use this combination three times in one week and then once more the next week.  You will be left with super shiny and healthy hair.
  4. This routine is not suggested for salon colored hair as it can be hard on the dye.

How To Make Drinking Water More Exciting!

How To Make Drinking Water More Exciting!

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How To Make Drinking Water More Exciting!

We all know that we are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day. However, that can be a difficult challenge for some as water on its own can get a little boring. The good news is that there is quite a few ways to change the way we drink water to make it more exciting. This can be done by adding things like fruit and sometimes even vegetables! Check out these great ideas for making drinking water more enjoyable and exciting:

  1. Cucumber:  You may have seen this little trick in your local spa, cucumbers in the water! A few slices will add a refreshing twist to your water whether your at home or on the go.
  2. Fresh Or Frozen Fruit:  Adding fruit to your water may make it more enjoyable and encourage you to drink more. Add anything from watermelon, lemons or even peaches to add a different taste.
  3. Mint: Add a few mint leaves to your next bottle or pitcher of water. This is a low-calorie option when you are looking to change the taste of your water.
  4. Fruit Cubes: Instead of throwing plain ice cubes in your water, try freezing your favorite fruit in ice cube trays with a little water. Berries or limes are a great option and will release flavor as they melt.
  5. Ginger: Not only will ginger spice up your water, it can help you if you are feeling under the weather. Add some ginger to cold water for a zing and add it to hot water to combat a sore throat!

And as reader Jenny said, (I love this idea LOL)….

“Step 1: Go outside and play, and get hot and sweaty.
Step 2: Come in and get a nice, cold glass of water. It will taste great plain because it will be so refreshing!”

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How to EASILY Clean Your Messy Microwave!

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I always hated cleaning the microwave, not sure If that just me. But between splattered sauces, melted and crusted cheese, and who else even knows what the kids put in there, I have despised this chore.

There is actually a really simple solution that does not require noxious fumes from oven cleaners that have to sit for an hour before they “work” … and even then you need a butter knife to scrap things out of there.

A very simple solution to getting that microwave looking new and smelling good again is actually one of those “duh, why didn’t I think of that” solutions.

  1. Grab a bowl, coffee mug, or any microwave safe container that can hold a soapy wash cloth that has not been wrung out.  Put the wash cloth in the container; throw that bad boy in place the container in the microwave, set the time for about 3 minutes.  
  2. When the buzzer goes off be really careful because the container and wash cloth are going to be scorching hot. This is where having tough skin or dish washing gloves come in handy, if you don’t have either like me, just take the container out and let it cool a bit until you can tough it without being burned.
  3. It may not look like it but most of the hard part of the job has already been done! Just take the wash cloth out of the container and wipe down the microwave. All the stuck on yuckies are now soft enough to be wiped right off with very little effort.
  4. If your wash cloth gets too cold or you got sidetracked and the container sat in there too long, just turn it back on for a few minutes and give it another go.
  5. Use a dry towel and wipe out any water or soap that accumulated in there and you are all done.

Congratulations, your microwave should now look as good as new!

DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

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Keeping your lips in tip top condition is super important, because if they get dried out they can start to crack and become damaged. So, it couldn’t be more important to include our lips in our weekly beauty routines. There are a few methods for keeping your lips smooth and healthy, but which one works the best? Well, sugar scrubs that are made for your lips tend to show the best results and remove the most dry skin. So if you want to try working it into your beauty routine check out the instructions below for your own DIY sugar lip scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon of Cocoa Powder
  • ½ of Vanilla Extract
  • ½ of Olive Oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and stir till smooth.
  2. Simply apply the mixture directly to your lips, massage in slow circles for about 30 seconds.
  3. Rinse lips with warm water.
  4. Repeat on a weekly basis or whenever you feel like you need a little pampering.

6 Healthy Foods For Your Skin & Hair

6 Healthy Foods For Your Skin & Hair

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It can be hard to keep up with the latest trends for your hair and skin. Whether it be miracle shampoo that makes your hair grow twice as long or a super skin cream that guarantees to give you flawless skin. Between the advertisements and these products, it can be hard to know what works best and can become overwhelming.  Not to mention it can become costly trying out new products on a regular basis. The good news is there is a way to simplify things and save some money. If you make an effort to eat the right foods, these foods can really enhance your skin and keep your hair looking extra healthy.  Check out the list below for 6 healthy foods for your skin and hair:

  1. Blueberries: If you want to look younger for longer, there is one fruit that should be in your diet! Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and will keep your skin looking young and fresh.
  2. Walnuts: Walnuts are truly a super food. They not only keep your skin and eyes looking amazing, they also work hard at keeping your hair healthy. Make sure to include at least a handful of walnuts into your meals to get the wonderful benefits!
  3. Kiwis: If you find yourself showing wrinkles and lines, try kiwi to combat those annoying marks! Kiwi is known for its skin tightening properties and it will also keep your bones nice and strong. Try and have a kiwi on a regular basis, as a quick snack or as breakfast add on.
  4. Salmon: Salmon is a great choice if your working on growing your hair out long and strong. Salmon contains vitamin d and omega 3’s, both which are great for strengthening your hair and growing it at a faster rate.  Try and work salmon into your diet at least once to twice a week.
  5. Spinach: If you can work spinach into your daily diet, your hair will thank you! Not only does spinach give us vitamin c, it also gives us iron which is especially good for hair. Iron will keep your hair strands from breaking and also helps keep your hair and scalp hydrated.
  6. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is a great snack (in moderation of course) as it can really boost the health of our skin. The antioxidants will keep our skin looking healthy and most of all with help our skin fight off the sun and avoid damage.

12 Uses For Baking Soda

12 Uses For Baking Soda

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Baking soda is an important ingredient in any household. It can be used in baking, cleaning, crafting and even in beauty routines, so why not have it on hand at all times right? Well, if you are looking for a bunch of uses for baking soda, look no further! Check out the list below for 12 different uses for everyday baking soda:

  1. Freshen Mouth: Looking to freshen your mouth quickly? Pop one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water,swish and rinse.
  2. DIY Deodorant:  Use baking soda as a replacement deodorant. You can simply pat some powder in your underarm area for all day freshness. Reapply as needed.
  3. Freshen Sponges:  Soak grimy sponges in warm water and baking soda for an instant refresh.
  4. Oven Cleaner: Simply, spread some baking soda on the base and walls of the oven and spray with warm water. After an overnight soak, clean out the oven for sparkling results.
  5. Fridge Deodorizer:  Next time your fridge is smelling less than lovely, leave an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge. This will soak up and deodorize the smell.
  6. Freshen Stuffed Animals: Stuffed animals looking a little sad? Freshen them with baking soda. Simple sprinkle some on the dirtiest areas and leave for 15 minutes. Once it has rested, brush off lightly.
  7. Clean Produce: Take a damp sponge, sprinkled with baking soda and scrub! Once you have scrubbed, rinse off the produce and it will be ready to eat!
  8. Burn Care: Apply a small paste of baking soda and water to minor burns. This will not only take down the swelling, it will reduce pain.
  9. Hair Cleanser:  To cleanse hair of unwanted product build up, simply add a small amount of baking soda to your shampoo. Just make sure to rinse well.
  10. Bath Soak: Add baking soda to your next bath for a healthy soak. By adding a 1/2 of a cup of baking soda you will wash away all oils and perspiration left on your body from the day.
  11. Whiten Teeth: Apply a small amount of baking soda to your toothbrush next time you brush. Brush as normal and follow-up by brushing with your toothpaste. Your teeth will
    naturally start to whiten with a few rounds.
  12. Acne Defender: Defeat small acne bumps with a paste of baking soda and warm water. It will dry out the pimple and leave you with a fresh face.

DIY Bathtub Paints

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We all remember being kids and wanting to draw all over the white walls with colorful crayons, but for most of us we resisted cause we knew it meant trouble! Well, it’s time to break that rule with your own kids and let them draw freely. With the recipe below you can whip up some quick and easy bathtub paints and let your kids draw and paint all over the walls and no one gets in trouble! The best part is, these paints wash right off, even in the whitest of bathtubs. So, start mixing and let your kids get creative at their next bath time with DIY bathtub paints:

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 6-7 Teaspoons of Baby Shampoo
  • Food Coloring
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Mix cornstarch and water until you reach the desired consistency.
  2. Mix in baby shampoo (You can add less depending on texture).
  3. Finish off the mixture with the food coloring of your choice.
  4. Stir final mixture before use. Now, the painting can begin!
  5. Spray paint marks down with water to remove.

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4 Beauty Tricks Using Ice

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Ice isn’t just for your drink anymore! Obviously, ice has many uses from keeping our drinks cold to healing injuries but did you know it can be used in the beauty world? There are a few key tips for using ice in your daily beauty routine. They don’t take long, they work like magic and it’s as easy as running to your freezer and grabbing a couple of pieces! Check out these 4 beauty secrets for using ice in your daily routine:

  1. Facials: Ice make for a great facial product. Simply, wrap your ice cubes in a ziploc bag or a paper towel and slowly rub over your whole face. Do this for 1-2 minutes right before bed and it will not only smooth your complexion it will also fight acne and wrinkles.
  2. Eyes:  Experiencing puffy eyes? Simply, apply some ice wrapped in a washcloth to the puffy areas of your eyes. Do this for a few minutes to serious reduce inflammation.
  3. Pore Reducer:  Pores can be reduced with ice cubes in less than 5 minutes! This is a great trick to do before apply make up for the day.  Simply, ice your pores for at least 2-3 minutes to reduce the size and redness.
  4. Zit Zapper: Zits can be combated by holding an ice cube directly on the spot. Wrap the cube in a ziploc bag and apply to the affected area,  for about 5-10 minutes.  It will remove redness and reduce the size of the zit!

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How Crock Pot Cooking Saves You Time & Money

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Between work, school, extra curricular activities, doctors appointments and family events, it’s sometimes hard to squeeze making dinner into the equation. Everyone wants to spend more time with their loved ones and less time in front of the oven.

But when it comes to dinner, there is a lot that goes into it; It’s a huge production when you break it down. Planning the meal. Shopping for ingredients. Prepping the food. Cooking the food. Serving the food. Cleaning up the… You get the idea. But this is a part of everyday life. Wouldn’t it be great to cut that list in half some nights? You can with a crock pot.

Using your crock pot to prepare dinner can save you time, money and maybe a little sanity too. Here’s some great reasons why I suggest using a crock pot to prepare meals for your family.

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Because crock pot recipes usually call for cooking longer at lower temps, you’re free to do other things. You can start your dinner in the morning and come dinner time, all you have to do is open the lid and plate it. While a lower temperature on a crock pot is much safer than a high heat oven on all day, it’s best to keep an eye on things, just in case.

Take advantage of the longer cooking process and make larger batches. If you have a larger crock pot (sizes vary, starting around 3.5 quarts and up) make several days dinners at once and freeze the leftovers. You can easily do three to four days worth of dinners in one batch. This makes dinner on nights you’re using frozen dinners a cinch.

The crock pot is a multifunctional kitchen appliance. There are many, many recipes that can be made using this product. I have seen recipes for not only soups, chili and roasts but also for cakes, breads, drinks and breakfast items. If you can make it in a crock pot to save you time, why not?

Keep more green in your wallet.
And I’m not talking about lettuce here. Using a crock pot in the summer time can help keep your utility costs down since you’re not heating the whole house with an oven or stove. Your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool the house down after dinner and you’ll be thankful to have a cooler house on those scorching hot summer days.

You can also save money at the butcher’s counter in the grocery store by buying cheaper cuts of meat. By cooking at a lower temperature for a long period of time, you are turning that cheaper cut into a super delicious and tender piece of meat.

Speaking of the butcher counter, you can save more money by purchasing your meat in larger quantities. Usually you will see a discount in price for buying in larger amounts. You can also cook just the meat one night of the week and freeze enough in each portion for the following days meals. When it comes time to using it, pop it in the fridge the night before and you’ve got yourself pre cooked meat to use for dinner.

If you don’t have a crock pot yet or need to get a new one, you can get one on Amazon here for $29.92 (Reg. $49.99) + FREE shipping to get started on saving time and money; It won’t take long for this appliance to pay for itself.  😉

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6 DIY Ways To Keep Your Shoes Fresh

6 DIY Ways To Keep Your Shoes Fresh

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Shoes are a tricky place when it comes to eliminating smells and odors. Most times odors will  build up over time and you don’t end up noticing that your shoes need a refresh before it’s too late. Well, the good news is there is an easier way to keep your shoes fresh and most solutions can be found right in your own home. If your shoes need a mini makeover, check out the list before for 6 DIY ways to keep your shoes fresh:

  1. Baking Soda: When you are finished wearing your shoes for the day, sprinkle some baking soda in the soles and let them sit overnight. In the morning, dust off the excess powder and the smells should be lifted and absorbed in the powder.
  2. Freezer Method: That’s right, you can freeze your shoes to eliminate odors! The cold temps will kill bacteria which will help eliminate smell.  Simply, pop the chosen pair of shoes in a large Ziploc, seal and freeze overnight. By the morning you’ll have fresh smelling, chilly shoes!
  3. Baby Powder: Similar to the baking soda method, sprinkle baby powder in the sole of your shoe before wearing.  This method is best with shoes that require socks, the baby powder will freshener your shoes throughout the day eliminating embarrassing smells.
  4. Orange Peel: For a more natural, powder free approach try orange peels! Simply leave a few peels in the soles of your shoes and let them sit overnight. The peel will soak up the odors and leave you with a fresh, citrus scent instead.
  5. Scented Newspaper: Newspaper has been known to help eliminate odors in many areas of the house, but have you considered it for smelly shoes? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or vanilla to a crumpled ball of newspaper. Once dry, stuff the newspaper into your shoes. Let it sit for a few hours, the longer it sits the more odor it will pull out.
  6. Coffee Beans: It might sound a little strange but coffee beans can be an effective way to handle shoe odors. If you are using fresh beans take a small spoon full and place in a coffee filter.  Insert the coffee filter into your shoe and let it sit for a few hours to remove odors. This would be most cost-effective with expired coffee beans or sample packs. Before you know it, your shoes will smell like a coffee house and the odor will be gone!

10 Adult Drink Recipes for the Summer

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BBQ’s, sunshine, family and a refreshing drink is what summer means to me. I love to entertain during the summer months but finding the right drink isn’t always easy. It seems like it is easier to get creative with food. I’ve rounded up what I think are going to some amazing drinks to serve this summer.

10 Summer Time Drinks

1. Peppermint Vojito  – This recipe is originally dubbed as a St. Patrick’s Day recipe but I think it would be perfect for the summer months as well.

2. Raspberry Ice Tea Martini – I love ice tea and raspberries, so putting them together to make a martin sounds genius! I’m really looking forward to serving this one up this summer.

3. Blue Ocean Cocktail – This drink looks beautiful. I’m very hopeful that it taste as good as it looks. I think it will be a hit with my friends and family.

4. Cajun Margarita – I have tried several different margarita flavors but Cajun I have never tried. This recipe really sparked my interest, I’m thinking it will be a sweet and spice mixed together. Either way it sounds delicious.

5. Cake Batter Martini – Cake batter martini just sounds flat-out amazing! Not only does it sound amazing but it looks amazing. You could really impress your guests with this drink.

6. OWG Margarita – OWG is a brand that helps make your margarita a great one. This post shows how to make a margarita using the OWG brand. This looks like a quick and easy way to make a good drink.

7. Love Potion 9 – Once again the visuals of this drink caught my attention. I’m sure it taste great but I just can’t stop looking at it.

8. Raspberry Beer Cocktail – This cocktail looks like the perfect summer time BBQ cocktail. Beer with raspberry and a few other ingredients. I think even the men might like this one.

9.Kiwi-Strawberry Bellini – Just look at the picture of this drink and you will be impressed. It looks like something you would find in a five-star restaurant, yet so easy to make!

10. Peach Berries Sangria – Lately I have been seeing more and more Sangria recipes. This one is made with peaches and berries and looks so refreshing.

What summer time drinks do you serve up for your guests?

3 Ways To Save Money With Gardening

3 Ways To Save Money With Gardening

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Gardening season is in full bloom as we finish off spring and welcome summer with open arms.  Gardening is not only a great hobby but it can also be a great way to save money on your weekly grocery bill. This is because we can grow important grocery staples right in our own backyard. Check out the list below for 3 ways to save money while gardening:

  1. Herbs: Store bought pre-packed herbs can be really expensive in store.  You can pay up to $4 a package and most times these herbs won’t last longer than a couple of weeks. So this is why if you grow them in your home garden, you can save some serious cash! You can grow anything from basil to cilantro to even mint leaves. This will save you money in the long run and you can cut exactly the amount you need.
  2. Vegetables:  Another great way to save money is to grow your own vegetables right in your backyard! It doesn’t take too much knowledge or expertise to grow the most common veggies and you’ll get to eat something you have grown yourself! The options are endless but if you are just starting out try growing items like: tomatoes, green onions and even lettuce if you want something a little more advance.
  3. Fruit: Last but not least, fruit is a great item to have in your home garden. Having fruit in the garden is a great way to save some extra dollars at the grocery store and if you are extra frugal try growing items that can be frozen and saved.  Berries are one of the best fruits to grow as they don’t take up too much space, they can be eaten right away or frozen  and you’ll know exactly what is going in and on your fruit during the growing process. Make sure to try one of these options this gardening season!

 

25 Ways To Use Dryer Sheets Outside Of The Laundry Room

25 Ways To Use Dryer Sheets Outside Of The Laundry Room

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25 Ways To Use Dryer Sheets Outside Of The Laundry Room:

Dryer sheets keep our clean clothes smelling great once we pull them out of the dryer. But did you know they have a ton of other uses? They can be used for anything from cleaning your house to keeping your shoes smelling fresh! The best part is once they have done their work in the dryer they can be used in a bunch of different ways. Check out these 25 ways to use dryer sheets other than in your laundry room:
  1. Pet Fur: Pick up pet fur around your house, on your clothes and in your pets area
  2. Dusting Cloth: Dryer sheets are great for dusting around the house and leave a clean scent as you go
  3. Shoe Deodorizer: Slip one in each shoe and leave overnight. It will soak up the smells from the inside lining and keep your shoes fresh
  4. Windshield Cleaner: Use a sheet or two to wipe off any dead bugs or dirt off your windshield
  5. Drawer Freshener: Slip a few sheets into your drawers to keep your clothes smelling great
  6. Clean The Bathroom: Wipe down your shower, sinks and toilets with a dryer sheet to get a sparkling finish
  7. Cabinet Doors: Dryer sheets are great for getting grime and grease off of your cupboards in record time
  8. Pillow Freshener: Slip a sheet in between your pillowcase and pillow to keep your pillow fresh and smelling summery
  9. Freshen The Diaper Bag: Pop a few sheets in your diaper bag to keep it smelling good. Also, wrapping one in a dirty diaper can really keep the smells at bay
  10. Gym Bag: Can’t stand the smelly sweat socks after the gym? Throw in a dryer sheet and banish the smell
  11. Bug Repellent: Bugs really aren’t a fan of scented dryer sheets! Put one in your pocket or a few on your deck to keep the bugs away
  12. Scissor Greaser:  Dryer sheets are great for reviving old scissors! Rub the blades (carefully) to give them new life
  13. Removing Deodorant From Clothes: Rubbing a sheet on those pesky deodorant stripes will make them disappear
  14. Remove Nail Polish:  Dryer sheets make a great tool to get leftover nail polish off
  15. Eyeglass Cleaner: Use a dryer sheet to clean off the smudges on your glasses
  16. Trash Can Assistant:  Tape a dryer sheet to the bottom of your trash can. It will not only freshen it but it will soak up any liquids that have leaked
  17. Paintbrush Cleaner: A wet dryer sheet will take latex paint off paintbrushes to make for an easy clean up
  18. Swiffer Replacement: Instead of using Swiffer refills you can use dryer sheets as a cost-effective alternative
  19. Pan Cleaner:  Can’t seem to get that burnt food off your pots and pans? Leave it overnight in the sink with a dryer sheet and some water
  20. Electronics Cleaner: Dryer sheets work great for cleaning dusty TV screens and computers
  21. Hair De-Frizzer:  Hair can be easily de-frizzed with a quick swipe of a dryer sheet
  22. Baseboard Defender: Wiping a dryer sheet along your baseboards can help banish next day dust from settling
  23. Sticky Price Tag Remover: Dryer sheets can be a great tool to get off that stubborn price tag residue
  24. Chrome Buffer: Use a dryer sheet to buff chrome and leave it with a beautiful shine
  25. Untangle Thread: Rubbing a dryer sheet along your thread will keep it from tangling

What to Buy at the Dollar Store (And What Not to Buy!)

What to Buy at the Dollar Store (And What Not to Buy!)

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I spent some time…actually a lot of time at Dollar Tree and scoped out the “Good” and “Bad” buys. I also asked for YOUR opinions on the Raining Hot Coupons Facebook page and so many of you gave me some great tips on items you love and items you don’t really care for from Dollar Tree. Thank you all for your tips. Below you will learn what to spend your money on at Dollar Tree (this may apply to other dollar stores as well since they all kinda carry the same stuff). Enjoy…Also, I would love to read any other tips you have in the comments!  🙂

I am going to break it down into categories and different sections of the store. 

Household Cleaning:

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Things to Buy:

  • ANY of the L.A.’s Totally Awesome products – I had a TON of readers says that they are like magic. The spot remover works awesome and the oxygen power cleaner works as good as the other expensive brands. I recently purchased the Orange cleaners from them and it really is wonderful and quite awesome.  😉
  • Fabric softener – believe it or not, this stuff smells great, comes in a big bottle for a buck and is perfect for refreshing couches, rugs, and even pets!
  • The Works cleaner – I have not tried this but a lot of readers swear by it. I can’t wait to try it!
  • Palmolive Dish soap – there are often coupons available for these so you will get a great deal.
  • Sun detergent or dishwashing soap – again, these often have coupons so keep an eye out and if a coupon pops up, you will score a nice deal.

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Pass on these:

  • Brooms – the handles often break on these
  • Garbage bags – a TON of readers had negative things to say about the garbage bags, the rip and tear easily.

 

Health & Beauty:

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Things to buy:

  • Pregnancy Tests – these work really well and have always worked for me as well as all the readers who also recommended them! 
  • 3 pack loofah sponges (these are perfect for kid’s baths)
  • Hair bows, ties, bobby pins, headbands
  • Shaving Cream – this stuff really does work and smells pretty good! I love it for just $1!
  • Close-Up mouthwash – this is the only brand I would recommend (the others are not so great)
  • Triple Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Scotties tissue – these will often have coupons so you will get great deals
  • Cotton pads
  • Name Brand make-up – I have spotted Elf and Maybelline and once again Maybelline always has coupons!

Pass on these:

  • Q-tips (this isn’t the brand but pass on them) they bend and are not strong and the cotton on the end is very fuzzy
  • Off Brand Lotions
  • Perfume and Cologne

 

Birthday Items:

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Things to buy:

  • Wrapping paper – I am shocked at how much wrapping paper has gone up in price so the $1 store paper is a great deal and you can get a few different designs!
  • Gift Bags
  • Cards
  • Candles
  • Streamers (these come with 2 so they are only $0.50 each!)
  • Cups
  • Birthday decor (party hats, balloons, invitations, favor bags, etc)
  • Mylar balloons
  • Tissue paper

Pass on these:

  • Plastic utensils (they break easily although I do recommend the table liners which is in the same section)

Food and Candy:

FOOD CANDY

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Things to buy:

  • Movie candy – stop by on the way to the movies and pick up the boxes of candy for just $1! You may be able to find these at Walmart for $0.97 but if you’re closer to a Dollar Store then you may want to stop there instead!
  • Candy for Pinatas and Party favor bags – they have several bags of candy that have individually wrapped pieces so this is perfect for Birthday parties! For example, ring pops, suckers, avengers candy pieces and more.
  • Popsicles – These have $1/1 coupons which makes them FREE!!
  • Soda Pop – I love these, they are off brand but they are huge and perfect for Birthday parties. In my opinion they taste like Shasta.
  • Popsicle Molds – a pack of 6 for just $1 – that’s awesome!
  • Hormel Pepperoni – Once again, there are often coupon for $0.50 to $1 off which makes them only $0.50 or FREE!
  • Drink mixes – these are fabulous, just add 1 to a water bottle and it flavors your drink…they even have sugar free.
  • Seasonings – can’t go wrong for $1!

Pass on these:

  • Check expiration dates on all the food items…sometimes they tend to have things that go past that date.  😐

Kitchen and Bath:

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Things to buy:

  • Tupperware
  • Tubs and Bins for organizing
  • Glass Vases
  • Foil baking tins (perfect for Thanksgiving and way cheaper than other stores)
  • 3 pack kid’s toothbrushes – there are often coupons that make the kid’s toothbrushes free and sometimes the come with travel cases and covers
  • Bathroom Decor – for just $1, that’s a steal!
  • Shower curtain – I have heard of people painting these and coloring them for the kiddos bathroom!
  • Shower curtain hanging rings (not sure what they are called exactly but they hold up the curtain and are normally very pricey)
  • Kid’s bubble bath – this stuff works great and lasts a long time!
  • Hefty plastic bags – normally coupons for them which makes them a great deal
  • Napkins – they come with a ton and work great
  • Tupperware – can’t go wrong with these packs
  • Mason Jars – you can do recipes in these, cookies jars, gifts, crafts and more!
  • Plates, Cups, Mugs, bowls – this is great if you need to just get a few or want some variation in colors
  • Kitchen Towels and Mits – look how cute these are in the picture above..I love the green and purple and for just $1!

Pass on these:

  • Pie Tins (these are not good for baking because they tend to rust) ALTHOUGH, they are good for kids crafts and play.
  • Candles – they don’t smell that good and even if they do in the store, the scent doesn’t last once lit in my opinion
  • Coffee Mugs – I have heard from several readers that these leak and the lids don’t stay on
  • Toilet Paper – this is usually very thing and doesn’t work all that well.  😳

 

Art and Supplies:

ART PINS SAY NO SCHOOL

Things to buy:

  • Large Activity Coloring books – these are very big and the kids will have a blast with them (some even have stickers)
  • Teacher corner – there are great tools here for not only teachers but homeschoolers, preschoolers or just if you want to teach some fun stuff to your kids. They also have sticker books which would be great for chores!  😉
  • Sewing kits with bags – $1…enough said!
  • Pom poms, felt, foam board, craft supplies
  • Safety pins – I hear these run out often so if you see them, snatch them up!
  • Vinyl Decals for decorating and for kid’s rooms – these are SUPER cute and can totally change the look of room or bathroom for just $1…I say yes!
  • Poster board

Pass on these:

  •  Glue sticks – they tend to be dried out or dry out fast after opened
  • Frames – these usually break when you are trying to even just put the photo in… see what I mean?
  • Garage sale signs – I say no because you can easily look across the aisle and find the BRIGHT colored poster board priced at $0.69 then cut them in half and you’ve got 2 signs so just about $0.35 each instead of $1.
  • Crayons – they don’t work… weird huh? No really, the color is super dull.
  • Playdough – this stuff is usually dried out….if you find one that’s not, you’re lucky!
  • School supplies – you can usually always get better deals from places like Staples, Office Max etc as long as you buy at the right time…starting in about July and August they offer $0.01 deals, freebies and more. Just watch Raining Hot Coupons and I post them all Summer long.

Miscellaneous:

PASS 2 PASS YES 2 YES

Things to buy:

  • 3 pack socks that makes each pair about $0.33 each!
  • Disposal bags for when walking pets – you get a ton for super cheap
  • Big bottle of Bubbles – lots of Summer fun with these!
  • Flip Flops – now I can’t say these are going to last but I’ve found that most $1 flip flops anywhere you get them don’t last long. They are great for public pools, the beach, etc so you don’t have to worry about someone taking them.
  • Puzzles – great for the kids or even party favors or Birthday party game gifts
  • Pack of Littles Toys – I LOVE to use the packs of insects, glowing stars, dinosaurs, erasers, etc for Pinatas! They work out perfect because you get quite a few for just $1.

Pass on these:

  • Toy Cars – these tend to be very cheap and break (the plastic is flimsy)
  • Outdoor lights – this may seem like a great deal but they don’t last long at all
  • Lighters – don’t really work long
  • Goggles – the water seeps through  😐
  • Batteries – don’t last
  • Anything electronic – according to many readers opinions and my own, anything electronic never last long.

Hope that helps….do you have anything to add to the list?! I would love to hear….