Top 8 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

The winter months can be tough to pinch pennies; I get it. But, know that there are some great tips for you to save money by merely reducing some simple electricity draining activities.

Here are great ways to save money this winter:

  1. Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs With LEDs LEDs are much more energy efficient. These bulbs will not only save more power, but they’ll also last longer. Check out these LED bulbs.
  2. Unplug Electronics After Use. You might not be charging your phone, etc., but the chargers could still be drawing energy at home. Try using a smart power strip that shuts off the current when the electronics are not in use.
  3. Use Cold Water For Laundry. Using hot water will consume more electricity simply because the water heater will need to run. You can merely try not to use super hot water, but something that isn’t too cold either.
  4. Take Shorter Showers. By taking shorter showers, it will reduce how much water you use, which will limit the amount of time that your electric water heater needs. Sounds simple enough, right? Just use a timer and take a shorter shower.
  5. Energy Efficient Showerhead. You can save 2,000+ gallons of water every year by using a more efficient showerhead. This measure will save you tons of money on your electric bill, for sure.
  6. Adjust Your Thermostat. We keep our thermostat at a certain temperature and keep it there all winter long. We do not touch it unless absolutely necessary.
  7. Use Solar Lights Outside. We love having these lights outside. They’re relatively cheap and don’t need energy due to being solar powered, so it’s a win-win!
  8. Motion Sensors. All of our outside lights have these detectors, etc. Motion sensors can significantly help you when someone might forget to turn off the lights.

These suggestions are just some simple tricks that we have done to reduce our electric bill in the winter time. They have really and truly helped us. What have you done that has cut your electric bill?

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How We Saved Over $1000 a Year!

We got rid of cable.. Heres the thing, we had direct tv for many many years. They were great to us but over in time they changed their pricing and packages… To the point that the prices weren’t going to do any good for me.. I want willing to spend over $100 on cable… It would of been $122… After 6-7 years of being with them Id hope we could at least get a better deal than that? We were only spending $80 a month on JUST cable. It wasn’t worth it to me anymore. Thats over $1000/year… for what?

So we cancelled it. Then my anxiety kicked in, I go OH crap how is Antonio going to watch mickey? How can I watch ncis? So we of course improvised. But the thing about it was that we kept hearing about sling, it was seriously the first thing we got AFTER we cancelled cable. We already have Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, etc. So we had many options but none of them had Disney of course.. Spoiled kid, right?

So we jumped on the wagon to get sling. It was AMAZING.. The interface was amazing, so much easier to manage and even cheaper than cable. We literally are paying 1/3 of what we paid for cable!! We have the shows we want and we managed to be happy. It is internet and cloud based, but that doesn’t bother me because direct tv wouldn’t work when storms kicked in, so this wasn’t any different.

I know so many people willl benefit from sling, so go jump on the wagon. Once we got our sling set up we invested in getting a Roku (enter link). We also got (enter link).

I encourage you to get it – you can get 7 FREE days.. Aren’t friends awesome? Your friend just referred you to get $5 off your first 3 months of Sling TV – the only live TV service that gives you the choice and control of a customized TV Experience.
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The Top Essential Oil Diffusers For Under $50

Happy New Year!! With a New Year comes a new me, right?? LOL!! Each year I set un realistic goals, you know.. I’ll be skinny, I’ll make millions.. HA! But seriously the one thing that I am going to do more of is diffuse my goals. I want my house to sound amazing all while having it be safe!

Here’s The Top Essential Oil Diffusers For Under $50

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Shop Smart This Holiday Season

How much money do you spend over the holidays? A LOT, right? I know we all try to be frugal, and yet we want to give good gifts. But there are many considerations to prevent you from breaking your bank. Trust me on this.

Here are my top things for frugal holiday shopping.

  1. Make a List

You need a list that has the person’s name with gift ideas and how much you want to spend. Stick to your list and shop around.

  1. Set a Budget

This step is one of the first items that I do. I create a budget per person, and then keep up with what that person wants so that I can look out for any sales or deals within a specific cost constraint.

  1. Research Online Deals

Use online resources to your advantage. Retailer websites, apps, and social media contacts, along with sites that track deals give you plenty of avenues to find great bargains. Search in the comfort of your own home without having to brave the winter weather (or a few thousand of your fellow consumers).

  1. Consider Homemade Presents

This element is something fun as long as you have the time and energy to follow through. Sometimes something as simple as a crocheted gift can be great, or even hand-crafted jewelry.

  1. Buy Previous Models of Electronics

You do not need the newest item. Save your money and purchase last year’s model. Retailers are always offering deals on the previous version to clear space for the new generations. Will your gift recipient really care if they receive the previous model? Think about it before you go ahead.

  1. Wait for Post-Holiday Clearance Sales

One of the biggest steps that I take! I stock up at the end of the holiday season with small stocking stuffers for Christmas and wait for the post-holiday steals! You don’t even need to be picky here.

  1. Start Earlier

I am a huge believer for getting ahead of the game. I always shop when I can. People always want items, but sometimes it’s nice to get something fun and different. I pick up gifts throughout the year so that I don’t have to worry about doing it all at once.

Have a great time and save money where you can. It is possible, and you can enjoy yourself despite spending this holiday season.
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The Top Six Affordable Make-up

I have been using Mary Kay for many many years. Don’t get me wrong I loved using them but I felt like the connection wasn’t there anymore. I felt like… I wasn’t ‘pretty’ with make up so I left it off most of the time. I don’t know?!

So I went shopping and thought that I wanted to go to ulta or jcpenneys but I couldnt find what I was looking for. But I didnt even know what I was really looking for! I was walking around the mall aimsleyy trying to find something that I was looking for, but didnt know. Have you ever been there before? YUP. Me too..

I walked into a BareMinerals store, and you know what? I was ashamed.. I was shy and didnt want to get the make over. I kept asking questions and already felt better about myself. Time went on and I said ‘let’s do this!’ It was so great to try some new make up and get that pretty feeling back. There were so many options that I couldn’t just pick! The staff there was very knowledgeable and fun!

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Here are my favorite top six picks that I purchased and can’t wait to use!

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Three Uses For Baking Soda

Baking Soda is an item that you can use for a lot of things outside of the traditional ways such as grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. I bet you didn’t know these three ways that baking soda can help you…

  1. Remove stains from plastic food containers: Have you ever had leftovers in a container that left marks? Baking Soda can help clean it up! It is super easy too. Just wipe with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda or erase tough stains in a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water. That’s it!!
  2. Refresh a foul-smelling fridge: Seafood has a way of leaving a bad odors and no one likes that aroma. Stick some baking soda in your fridge for a few days and it will help clear that smell out!
  3. Clean store bought fruits and veggies: You have to be careful with everything that you purchase.  I wipe up and clean off everything that I buy. Clean your fruits and vegetables with a mixture of water & baking soda. This can remove both dirt and that waxy coating that comes on a product.
  4. BONUS ~ Scrub down kitchen surfaces: Kitchens can be dirty, but they need to be kept up with; cleaning with baking soda can be a great perk! Combine it with water to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, etc.

We love all the different uses for baking soda in our kitchen and try to use it whenever possible!

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MUST-HAVE SPRING BAGS FROM SAKS OFF 5TH

Footwear and apparel often steal the spring shopping spotlight. When putting together your spring wish list, don’t forget the power fresh accessories can have on your wardrobe this season – especially a new bag. You can always count on Saks OFF 5TH having the hottest styles, trends, and colors to choose from, especially when it comes to designer handbags.

Here are a few of our favorite picks for spring.

Cole Haan Stud Leather Crossbody Bag

This cute little crossbody keeps all your essentials on hand without unnecessary bulk. Its smooth leather construction features stud detailing that add a little bit of edge to your look, while the blush color is feminine and flirty for spring.

Mar Y Sol Valencia Tote 

This weave tote is a must-have for spring, no matter your aesthetic. The woven print adds a boho feel while the leather handles keep it current. Throw in a water bottle, a good book, and a blanket and head out to your favorite park to enjoy the spring weather.

Aimee Kestenberg East Side Leather Satchel 

You can’t go wrong with a classic satchel in your spring wardrobe. No matter if you’re wearing a floral maxi or jeans and a t-shirt, this genuine leather bag ties together your look. Adjustable straps make this bag versatile for women of all heights.

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Top 10 Men’s Spring Fashion

Chris and I have a very similar style and we always stick to the basic name brands that we love. We are very loyal customers, pay more for items, but watch out for sales too. We are getting ready to go on vacation and need new clothes, so I thought I would share some of Chris’s top picks!

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  1. UA Sportstyle Core 
  2. UA Siro Heathered V-neck
  3. UA CoolSwitch
  4. UA Swyft V-neck
  5. UA Tech™
  6. UA Playoff
  7. UA Threadborne Siro ¼ Zip
  8. UA Raid 10″
  9. UA Team Coaches

Don’t forget to use Ebates to get a sale and money back on every purchase!

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SPRING GIFT IDEAS UNDER $30 FROM ETSY

When gift shopping, you want something personal and one-of-a-kind, but above all affordable. Etsy is the perfect place to shop for custom, handmade and affordable gifts. To help you find unique gifts this spring, Etsy’s editors created a list of top Spring Gift Ideas – and they are all under $30.

Here are three of our favorites.

Custom Leather Keychain

If you share a special quote, place or memory with someone, these handmade genuine leather keychains can be customized with a name, geographic coordinates or words of your choice. It is a great option for the men and boys on your shopping list.

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Marble Pendant Necklace

Geometric and modern, this marble pendant necklace can be personalized with a first initial. It can be dressed up or down and offers just the right amount of shine and glamour to any outfit. Show a girlfriend how much you care with this chic gift that is sure to charm and inspire.

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Rose + Citrus Scented Candle

Candles are a great gift option for friends, neighbors and coworkers. These rose and citrus candles are hand poured in Vancouver. Clean burning, sustainable and entirely natural, these candles are free from phthalates and petroleum. Each is shipped in a cloth gift bag.

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Frugal Toddler Graphic Tees

I love being able to get more for less, I mean don’t you?  Don’t get me wrong I love spending money on some expensive stuff, but it makes me happy when I can stock up. I love these t-shirts for Antonio and thought I’d share them with you.. They are seriously the BEST – super cute and SUPER affordable.

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