July 8, 2015

Tremendous Savings At Belk

Belk is my go-to store for savings on clothing and home decor. Just a few months ago I purchased a new king sized quilt and shams for less than I would have paid at a discount store. And in my opinion, the quality is significantly better.

A few days ago I was in Belk again. There were so many deals that I spent a few hours in there perusing the racks and shelves. I ended up with a heaping cart full of shoes and clothes. I was so excited to get these shoes.

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I can’t find my receipt so I don’t know the exact totals, but that is approximately $550 in shoes for less than $150! I got two pairs of tennis shoes for each of my kids and I picked up some sandals with good support for when school starts back. I am on my feet far too much to have flimsy shoes. These prices were so low I even got a pair for my mom.

I didn’t take pictures of everything I purchased, but I got shirts, shorts, shoes, Pyrex dishes, a Steve Madden purse (regularly $88 and I paid $20) and so much more.

If you sign up for emails from Belk, they’ll send you alerts of sales and some coupons. They sent me another one for an additional 10% off the clearance price. These savings have really helped with our back-t0-school shopping.

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What is your favorite store for clothing deals?

This is not an affiliate post.


Karen

June 18, 2015

Wordy Wednesday: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Sorry this is a day late. I meant to post yesterday but got busy doing other things. Saturday we had the privilege of visiting Cape Lookout Lighthouse. This is the first time we were able to go onto the island. The last time we went there signs were posted about the government shutdown. I’m not sure why it’s taken us so long to make it back out there. It’s a nice place to visit and I hope we can spend more time there exploring soon. I can’t imagine what life must have been like on the island in the 1800s. Sounds like a lonely yet beautiful place to be. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

cape lookout watermark

 

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We didn’t see any wild horses while we were at Cape Lookout, but we saw one on Carrot Island on our way back to the Beaufort boat ramp. He was out there by himself feeding at the water’s edge.

wild horse watermark

Have you ever visited Eastern North Carolina?


Karen

February 25, 2015

Easy Ice Cream Cake

About two years ago, my son went to a birthday party and there was an ice cream cake. Based upon the serving platter, we could tell that it was homemade. We tried to figure out how it was made. It looked like it might be ice cream and graham crackers. We were curious and so we asked the host about the cake. Her response was so simple — It’s just ice cream sandwiches and Magic Shell. And from that moment on, our birthday cakes have been the easy ice cream cake.

 

TheThriftyMommy.com easy ice cream cake

 

You simply layer the cake – a row of ice cream sandwiches, a layer of Magic Shell spread over the top, a layer of ice cream sandwiches, and another layer of Magic Shell. You can make the cake as small or as large as you need. For our family, we typically do a smaller cake and only use one box of ice cream sandwiches and one bottle of magic shell. For a larger get together, you’d need several boxes of ice cream sandwiches and bottles of Magic Shell.

We have tried different flavors of Magic Shell and ice cream sandwiches. One of our favorite ways to make the cake is by using Blue Bunny birthday cake ice cream sandwiches (shown above). These specialty ice cream sandwiches are a little more pricey than normal ice cream sandwiches, so whenever Harris Teeter has them buy 1 get 1 free, I pick up a few boxes for the freezer.

Sometimes to give the cake a more birthday cake look we’ll add some colored icing to the cake. It isn’t necessary though. One of the great things about this cake is that it can be made well in advance and put into the freezer until serving time.

So what do you think? Will you try the easy ice cream cake?


Karen

October 19, 2014

Freezer Cooking: Pork Roast

Hello thrifty readers. Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. Being a teacher, mom, and wife limits my time. I still try to save money wherever I can and so when Harris Teeter had pork roast on sale last week, I snagged one for for freezer cooking.

Yesterday I cooked the pork roast in the crock pot for about eight hours. Normally I would season it with cumin, garlic, onions, and other yummy Mexican flavorings, but I plan to use this one for sandwiches, burritos, and egg rolls. I only seasoned this roast with salt and pepper.

The Thrifty Mommy freezer cooking pork roast

Last night I removed the pork from the crock pot. It was so tender that it came apart in pieces. I let it cool for a little while and then pulled the pork apart. As you can see, there was enough to fill a 9×13 dish.

The Thrifty Mommy freezer cooking pork roast

 

I separated the pork into three freezer safe containers. I probably could have stretched it a little further for four meals, but my kids are growing and eating like crazy! They are eating like little adults right now. Plus, I like to have leftovers for work lunches.

Cooking this pork was so easy to do. It didn’t take long at all. Let me tell you though, it will save so much time on weeknights. It will be nice to put a container of this in the refrigerator to thaw and then come home with some of the work already done. I’m looking forward to dinners of burritos, pork sandwiches, and egg rolls. Yummy!


Karen

July 9, 2014

Today’s Michaels Deals

I was pleased to find out that the clearance aisle at Michaels was on sale for an additional 50% off the lowest price. I stopped today and found some great deals.

I ended up with approximately $55 of merchandise for only $12! That’s a savings of 78%!

 

 My Deals:

  • Springfield pop princess doll outfits, regular price $19.99, $5.99
  • Springfield argyle tee and skirt doll outfit, regular price $9.99, $1.99
  • Art Minds 2-color tie dye kit, regular price $5.99, $.89
  • 4 magic paint poster kits (12 sheets each), regular price $1, $.24 each
  • Scotch 2 pk super glue gel, regular price $4.99, $.49
  • Sculpey Pluffy modeling clay kit, regular price $9.99, $1.99

Alligator Girl is excited to have some new clothes for her American Girl doll. She used her birthday money to purchase these. Both kids are happy to have a few arts and crafts supplies to entertain them this summer.

Have you found any good deals at Michaels lately?


Karen

July 9, 2014

Today’s Deals at Shoe Department

Both of my children’s feet have grown quite a bit this year. I knew it was time to purchase new flip flops but I really didn’t want to run out and buy a pair of cheap, thin flip flops that wouldn’t last long. We live on the coast and so during the summer, we wear flip flops a lot. I wanted the kids to have something with more support, but I also was looking for a good deal.

I went to Shoe Department and saw that they had Sperry Top-Sider flip flops for $19.99. I liked the flip flops and knew they had good support and wouldn’t fall apart quickly. I decided to stop by Rack Room Shoes to see if they had the same flip flops. If so, I could get the buy one get one 50% off sale. It turned out that Rack Room didn’t have the flip flops.

TheThriftyMommy Shoe Department sale

I stopped in to Shoe Department today to get the Sperrys for my daughter and was thankful to see they were marked down an additional 50% off!  In fact, they have several different shoes in all departments that were marked an additional 50% off.  Both of my kids were able to find flip flops today.

My Deals:

Sperry Top-Sider pink flip flops – regular price $29.99, on sale for $19.98, additional 50% off = $9.99

Crevo brown flip flops – regular price $27.99, on sale for $19.98, additional 50% off = $9.99

I just did a little research and found that the Sperry pink flip flops are on Amazon for $29.95 plus $5.95 shipping.  The Crevo flip flops sell for $25.45 with free shipping.

I’m happy with today’s bargains and I’m also happy that I’m teaching my kids that they can shop smart and make money go further.  :)


Karen

June 24, 2014

Today’s Deals at Ross 6/24/14

Hello everyone. I know. I know. I haven’t been posting much. Teaching first graders is tiring and takes a lot of time, but I love them. I’m not home for the summer yet. I just finished attending a math workshop and I have homework! I am also teaching summer school.

I spent some money today, which you all know is something I don’t do very often. One of the reasons I am teaching summer school is so that I will have some extra money to buy school clothes, shoes, birthday presents, and some household things we’ve been needing and/or wanting.

One of my stops today was Ross. I scored some bargains in there today. I think I spent two hours (by myself!) walking around that store. It was nice to shop with quiet.   :)

ross deals from The Thrifty Mommy

My Ross bargains are:

  • Phytorelax shampoo, 33 .9 oz for $6.99. I actually googled this on my phone while I was in the store to make sure it was a good deal. It sells for $19.69 on Amazon!
  • Phytorelax condition, 33.9 oz for $3.99! I found this in the clearance section. Score!
  • Anneliese shampoo, 33.8 oz for $1.99. This sells for $24.99 on Amazon.  This was also in the clearance section. I am now stocked up on shampoo. What a deal!
  • Toy Time dog rope tire toy for $3.99. This wasn’t on clearance, but still a great deal. Have you seen the prices of dog toys? Sheesh!
  • Eight piece eye designer kit for $3.99. It sells for $16.99 on Amazon.
  • Bed Head hair brush for $3.49. This was on clearance. It sells for $12.99 on Amazon.
  • Ionika hair brush for $3.49. This was also on clearance. It sells for $14.99 on Amazon.
  • Sanuk brand shoes for $17.99. What a deal! I was looking for some comfy work shoes. I may have to take these back though. I am wearing them inside the house to see how they fit. I think they might be too big.
  • Pink Calvin Klein blouse for $20.99 on clearance. The Amazon Prime price for this shirt is $49.23.  I am in desperate need of some work clothes. You don’t want to know how old the shirt is that I’m wearing and it was a hand-me-down.
  • Two Match It! puzzles for $4.99. My students will enjoy playing these learning games during their learning station time. Our first unit of the year is All About Me so the All About Me puzzle will be perfect for that. I have a little bit of fundraiser money left in my school account, so I will get reimbursed for these.

Lexi wanted to get in the last picture. She wouldn’t move. No doubt she thought food was involved.

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The last deal is a rug for my back door and laundry room. The old rug was falling apart and got thrown into the trash. I needed something for the back door that would do a good job catching dirt and water. The waffle print Eco Mat is supposed to do just that. It may sell for $26 on Amazon, but I only paid $7.99. Yay!

As you can see, I spent some money today, but I’d say that I saved way more than I spent.

What deals have you found lately?


Karen

May 26, 2014

Rack Room Shoes: 10% Off for Military

rack room memorial day sale

Rack Room Shoes is offering 10% to military personnel and their families through Tuesday, May 27th. A U.S. military i.d. is required for the 10% savings.

DISCLAIMER: Certain styles excluded. This offer can be combined with earned qualifying Rewards dollars but not with other coupons.


Karen

April 15, 2014

Dayspring.com: Medallion Necklaces 50% Off

Dayspring.com is having a sale just in time for Mother’s Day. Right now you can get their Medallion necklaces for $8.49! These necklaces feature messages of hope and Scripture on six different designs.

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Each necklace has a vintage flair with scripture on the back. I can’t decide which one I like the best.

Dayspring also has many other gifts for mom. Also, all Mother’s Day cards are 30% off this month. No coupon is needed.

This post contains affiliate links.


Karen

March 23, 2014

10 Tips for Dry Skin and Eczema

During the winter months, the indoor heat and outside cold air can dry out your skin. Although spring is officially here, many of us suffer with dry skin and eczema all year long.  I have suffered with eczema and dry skin for over 20 years and have learned some tips along the way. Some of these may help you.

10 Tips for Dry Skin and Eczema from TheThriftyMommy.com @thriftymommy

1.  Moisturize frequently. It’s best to moisturize your skin within a few minutes of taking a shower or bath. This is because your pores are open and absorb the lotion. Moisturize troubled places throughout the day.

2.  Use a humidifier. Heating systems blow hot dry air throughout our homes and work. Humidifiers help replace some of the moisture in the air, which will prevent your skin from drying out. Remember to clean your humidifier each week with vinegar.

3. Use fragrance free laundry detergent and fabric softener. This includes for your clothes, sheets, towels, or anything that touches your skin. Fragrances and chemicals can irritate sensitive skin and cause eczema to flare. Many times I will use vinegar for my fabric softener.

4. Carefully choose hand soaps. Many soaps today are antibacterial and harsh on sensitive skin. Dial, Softsoap, and many others cause my hands to crack and bleed. I do not use antibacterial hand soaps and I have not seen a difference in how often I get sick. The key is to wash your hands properly. Many times I will buy Ivory, Dove, Softsoap Cashmere, or something mild and dilute it into a foaming hand wash container. Undiluted soaps are thick and difficult to remove from your hands, which will dry them out further.

5.  Do not hand wash dishes. I put as many dishes in the dishwasher as possible and the other items I wash by hand. Try to use a mild dish detergent for dishes that you must wash by hand. I like to use Ivory or Dawn with Olay. I have tried two bottles of Seventh Generation and both bottles caused a bad break out on my hands. Green products are not always better for skin.

6.  Avoid super hot showers and baths. I’ve always enjoyed a really hot shower. The intense heat breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin. Instead, try a warm shower and try to limit time in the water. This one is the most difficult for me to follow.

7.  Use mild cleaners. When I had children, I decided to let go of the harsh cleaning chemicals in my home. I couldn’t bear the thought of my little ones crawling around on floors cleaned in chemicals that could be harmful to them. I decided that for most of my cleaning I would use vinegar and water. After making the switch I noticed that my skin started to look better. The chemicals I was using to clean my home were causing eczema flare ups.

8. Consider herbal or natural remedies. Several years ago, I have a terrible break out on my hands. I had blisters on my hands and couldn’t figure out what was causing it. (I later found out that my husband had refilled the bathroom soap and it was a soap that I was allergic to.) I went to the health and herb store and the owner recommended that I take sulfur tablets. After just a few doses of sulfur, I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin. I don’t take it everyday, but it is something that I use whenever my skin gets out of control. Some folks like to take Vitamin E or Cod Liver Oil for their skin. Consult your doctor or local health store.

9.  Know your triggers. For some people, it is chemicals. For others, it is animal hair. As you live with dry skin and eczema, you will learn the things that aggravate your skin. Do your best to avoid those triggers.

10.  Seek professional help. For the most part, I have learned to keep my eczema under control. There have been times when I needed extra help from my doctor. Sometimes a prescription is necessary to keep skin calm. I keep prescription medication at home for bad flare ups.

These are just a few ways to help severe dry skin and eczema. Stay tuned for a list of my favorite products.

How do you deal with dry skin and eczema?

image (c) Karen Weideman


Karen

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