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Blog: If Your Money Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy
Great Buys! I Saved $175 in Less Than One Week!

I know the economy is not doing great right now, but believe me it is time to take advantage of the promotions out there! I am all about saving money!  I have been having a great time finding good buys.  I have all the kids that I shop for including my own children done for Christmas.  I am looking at the weekly ads much more closely lately.  This economic crunch time has really helped me be so much more resourceful!  Like I mentioned last week I have even been using coupons again at the grocery store and other stores for my household items.  Let me tell you about my shopping experiences. 
My daughter loves princess stuff and I found a great deal last week where you buy the new Sleeping Beauty DVD and the doll set and get the dress-up Sleeping Beauty dress Free.  Everything was on sale as well so I literally saved around $30 and only spent $37.  This week was like hitting the jackpot at Toys R Us.  Everything I bought was buy one get one free…no I'm not kidding.  This Sunday, yes the sale is still on so you can take advantage of it, I went there and bought Little Tykes stuff that was buy one toy $24.99 or more and get another Little Tykes toy $24.99 or less FREE!  Also, all the Loving Family dollhouse furniture was buy one get one FREE.  The Animal Alley 19.99 stuffed animals were buy one get one FREE.  Not to mention before I went there I stopped at Kmart to use a one day only coupon for 50% off one Disney toy.  I bought a toy for my daughter that she will love and it was only around $8.00 and then I remembered I had a gift card in my purse from a return, I had no idea how much I had on it, well I still have some money left on it and didn't have to pay anything out of pocket.  All together I have saved literally $120.00 in one week, just on toys.  Stores need customers right now, they are doing what they need to get people in there…I'm going to take advantage of these great buys. 
Even in office supply stores you can find what you're looking for at a great price.  I was patient until my Mail Mate shredder went on sale again at Staples.  A $60 small shredder, that fits anywhere, was on sale for $14.99 after rebate.  Yes I will have to send in my rebate, online…no problem, which I like that because then my purchase was over $40 which I had a coupon for $10 off any purchase over $40.   Doing the math, I am getting a $60 shredder for less that $5!!! 
I still have to look through the rest of the ads and wait till payday to finish my shopping.  I know there are lots of buy one get one free in many ads lately.  Use coupons on top of those prices and you'll be saving a huge amount of money.  Yes, it might take a little extra time but think about it this way I'm EARNING money while I shop.  On toys I averaged $90 in about an hour.  Good buys are out there right now.  That is why you keep your finances in good order and budgeted so when these times come you can take advantage of them.  Good housekeeping of your finances help you enjoy these kinds of savings.  It's not adding to my debt its reaping the benefits of good stewardship throughout the year. 
If you want to go out to eat look for coupons in the mail or like I've mentioned before go to restaurants.com where you can get $25 gift certificates for restaurants in your area for $10 or less!  I'm going to buy one today for $3 for a $25 certificate.  They send emails and let you know when they have lowered the prices even more.  Remember restaurants need customers too right now and they will do what they can to get you there.  Use the Entertainment book as well for your area.  Lots of savings can add up.  That's more money in your pocket! 
Sometimes Christmas shopping is better the months before December, so look for those great buys, clip some coupons, use the coupons you have.  By the way next week I am going to explain how to keep all those coupons you receive in the mail in order, don't miss it and you won't miss all those deals!  Happy shopping.

posted on: 10/15/2008 11:30:00 AM by Triste Horrell
category: Finances

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If Your Money Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy

by Triste Horrell

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About Triste:

Being an organizing expert makes one want to be a "showroom" in all areas of life. However reality can hit hard when you're a mother of small children and a military wife and own an organzing business. Of course Triste would like to have a picture perfect Better Home and an even Better Garden. Throw a Pottery Barn in the backyard for exceptional creative time to become the wiz-woman for all the ideas and inventions that the world could not live without. But Triste has settled on the fact of telling herself "I can be perfect in my mind and no one can mess up my space there!" In reality Triste is very self-motivated and has true business accomplishments like having SYSTEMIZE since 1997, the first home and business organizing firm in the state of South Carolina. She has been repeatedly recognized in her Greenville, SC area for her organizing expertise and makeovers on local NBC and FOX news, Greenville News, local magazines such as Greenville Magazine and Upstate Parent and NPR radio. She has turned people's lives around by focusing on what she calls the "four building blocks of being organized" consisting of space, time, financial and personal. This is even represented in her business logo. "That's what I'm in business for, turning people's lives around!" Also applying her popular 3 Steps to Systemize have not only organized her clients but KEPT them organized for years.

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Downtime Activities

  • Reading Magazines
  • Spending time at our cottage
  • Keeping our Westie pretty
  • Putting tealights around after the kids are in bed
  • Adventures with my awesome hubby
  • Making microwave smores...just for me
    1 graham cracker, broken in half 1 small piece of chocolate 1 big marshmellow On one side of cracker put piece of chocolate and marshmellow on top. Place in microwave and heat for approx. 17 seconds (while cooking replace marshmellow on top of chocolate if needed). Put other half of cracker on top, eat and enjoy and watch out for oozing chocolate!

My Organizing Tool-Box

  • Time - Outlook
    This is a great way to keep papers off the desk and track where you need to go, task list, jot down quick notes on the virtual "post-its, keep up with contacts in the virtual Rolodex
  • Personal Finances - Quicken
    This simple yet practical program keeps your bank accounts in tact...did I mention simple?!
  • Business Finances - QuickBooks
    I have used this program for years and have set many clients up on it. It is a must for keeping track of business transactions and keeping tax time easy...push a few buttons and out come the reports, your done and your tax preparer loves you.
  • Space - turntables
    I love these things! You can put them in cabinets, the fridge, garage, and closets. They are inexpensive, easy to find and available at any discount store and you can even find fancier ones. If you are not sure what they are, they are the white (or other fancier kinds) and spin around like a lazy susan, you can have a single or double-tier one for spices.
  • Personal - Magazines and Internet
    I love to look at magazines and the internet for good articles on personal development, pictures for decorating inspiration and fun projects to do with my family. I keep my magazine subscriptions to a minimum (3) so I can read them and enjoy each one. I look for things on some of my favorite websites for whatever fancies me at that time.
  • Online Recipe Boxes
    Use these on some of your favorite websites, bring the laptop into the kitchen while the recipe is up and you never have to have the paper clutter. One of my and my husbands favorites is Williams-Sonoma.

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