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COMPLETED – Operation Bedding

8 Oct

You voted and we listened! Here’s our new bedding. Thanks for playing. Deciding on paint colors or bathroom next for your choosing. I had intended on putting up bedroom curtains on here, but we came across some awesome ones while we were at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and got a good deal.

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Where I Get My Deals…

9 Sep

I hesitate to say I’m cheap, because, well that just doesn’t sound all that fashionable. Frugal sounds so Mary Poppins. How about…conservative. ūüôā


I like a good bargain, and who doesn’t? So I was thinking, why not share with you guys where I get my great deals from?

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Groupon, and if you haven’t, you need to know about it. Essentially, Groupon is a website that presents offers from businesses for unique specials, deals, discounts, or even store credit that can save you big money. ¬†We’ve purchased three Groupons over the past year. We got car washes for Rain Tunnel Express for over 50% off, a pair of 18 holes of golf with cart, range balls, and food at Sugar Creek for $39, and my personal favorite score was our Mattress Firm Groupon buy. We spent $50 on the Mattress Firm Groupon and got a $200 gift certificate to the store, essentially, we got $150 off our mattress. We made that purchase a great success by hitting one of their big sales and getting a discounted queen mattress and we paired it with a closed out returned box springs. ¬†What that means is that the box springs that we purchased were actually used. When people take a mattress home and decide they don’t like it in the 30 or 60 days that they have it, Mattress Firm gives them a money back guarantee. ¬†So when they take that mattress and box springs back into their inventory, they have to do a full cleaning of the product in order to sell it again. ¬†We weren’t too keen on purchasing a used mattress, but the box springs being used didn’t bother us at all…and we saved over 50% by getting the box springs used. ¬†After we selected the products we wanted however, the salesman wasn’t prepared for us to present the Groupon. I think that you’ll get less of a deal walking into the store waving your Groupon around than you would if you present it when you go to pay. ¬†Either way, if you’re interested in looking into it, here’s a referral link from me: click here.

Have you ever heard of Woot? ¬†It’s a site that has a rather genius schtick. One deal, one day. Woot makes a deal with a company where they will sell one product for one day at an agreed upon amount. ¬†The item changes each night at midnight. The catch is, Woot only promises so much inventory per item, that once it’s sold out, it’s gone. So you have to Woot fast if you want to successfully Woot. ¬†(oy.) Jarrod and I have made two purchases on Woot, one was a set of dvd’s for Charlie (I think 7 or 8 dvd’s for like $10) and the second was a Genie garage door opener that saved us over $50 by purchasing it through Woot. You’ll see a wide variety of products, many electronics, and it’s important to always be aware of the condition of the item you’re purchasing. Often the products are new, but occasionally they sell refurbished products, while even the refurbs come with warranties at times. ¬†They also have T-Shirt Woot, Wine Woot, Kids Woot, and Sell Out Woot. ¬†Oh, one more thing, shipping is always $5.00 no matter what you get. And occasionally, they’ll have a Woot-Off, which means the second one product sells out, they throw up the next one, and so on and so forth. ¬†It’s a fun site, check it out.

Another FANTASTIC place to get housewares is through a site similar to Woot and Groupon in that it is a daily deal that relies on a group purchasing the product is ¬†If you’re looking for any kind of kitchen appliances, dining ware, tools, etc, this is the place to check. My favorite part about this site is that it allows you to see Future Deals…helping you better plan your purchases. ¬†This site can often be a wonderful location to purchase wedding, housewarming, or Christmas and birthday gifts. From the very common to the very quirky, this site will often provide you with an avenue to get a really good deal on some fun partyware or maybe just a supplement to your everyday flatware set at home.

The final place where I get a ton of my good savings opportunities from is at ¬†This is a blog by a mom who looks for deals and then generously makes them available to the rest of us looking to pinch a penny from time to time. ¬†She provides coupon match ups as well as courtesy heads-ups when a great sale is going on. Do yourself a favor and check out her blog. You can like her on Facebook as well and see the deals as they pop up in your Facebook news feed. I’ve purchased clothes, diapers, formula, food, and general toiletries and saved loads of money thanks to the STL Mommy, you should too! ¬†


There is one other up and coming place that is going to be offering some awesome deals, but it’s a secret for now. ¬†I’m looking forward to explaining more about it soon so stay tuned. ¬†ūüôā

Mom 2 Mom – Fall 2011!

5 Aug

It’s back! Which is a great thing for any moms and grandmas out there looking for a few things to stock up on. Essentially, a Mom 2 Mom sale is a large garage sale dedicated to all things kids. I’m talking clothes from premie to youth sizes, shoes, dresses, toys, books, nursing supplies, diaper bags, as well as large items like pack and plays, high chairs, cribs, and more.¬† The inventory that we have is completely dependent upon what the Moms that sign up to have a table bring in. You never know what’s going to be there, but you can’t beat the prices when you find what you’re looking for!

My son is now 19 months old. We’ve used these Mom 2 Mom sales to buy the next rounds of clothing, furniture and toys for the grandmas’ houses, and toys for ours.¬† You will not want to miss this event if you’re expecting, a new mom, an experienced (not old!) mom, or a grandma.

Mom 2 Mom Sale
Trinity Lutheran Church
Satuday, September 24th
Admission $1.00

Interested in having a table? Wanting to clean out the basement, attic, or garage and help out a family looking for a bargain? Get your table registered for NOW so that we can save your space! Contact Casey Shank for all the details by emailing


24 Aug

Are you a man, or do you look after a man, that is in desperate need of a new underwear wardrobe? ¬†Let’s be honest, but not graphic. ¬†Men…you DO need to retire and replace the old with the new. ¬†I know, I know. ¬†You don’t want to peruse the Wal-Mart underwear aisle every 3 months. ¬†But really, this isn’t a discussion about what you want to do, it’s really about what you need to do.

Gentlemen (and ladies who know gentlemen), I bring you…MANPACKS. ¬†Consider it a subscription service of sorts for the male unmentionables. ¬†Pick your cut, your kneckline, your sock height…MANPACKS will restock you just when you need it (and don’t really realize that you do.) ¬†Slowly and steadily in with the new and out with the old. ¬†Hanes, Champion, RibbedTee, American Apparel, and Calvin Klein can all be purchased here!

MANPACKS boasts its “Girlfriend Approved” status on its homepage. ¬†“A start-it, stop-it, change it anytime subscription for underwear shirts and socks.”

Check it out for yourself…click here.

I wonder if they send out daily reminders to change underwear?  If only shopping were this easy for women.

So…anyone think this idea has legs?


18 Aug

Have you ever perused ¬†Peruse may be an overestimated word considering the whole point of Woot is “One Day, One Deal.” ¬†Anyways, head on over to Woot today and check out the Woot off. ¬†The way normally works is they score some product (anything from switchblades to blenders, computer equipment to Roombas) and offer that ONE product to you for a special Woot price. ¬†They have a set amount of items available to be sold. ¬†When they’re gone, they’re gone. ¬†Another item is not posted until 12:00am of the next day. ¬†So…One Day…One Deal…kinda self-explanatory. ¬†Sometimes items are refurbished, some are brand new. ¬†Either way, you can get some sweet deals out of the site.

Why today is super awesome is because they are doing a Woot-Off…meaning when one limited quantity item runs out, they throw up another one…until THAT one runs out. ¬†And that lasts through the day. ¬†You sometimes have to act fast, but if you’ve been searching for a sweet set of kitchen knives, a complete box set of Star Wars comics, or a flat screen HD TV…you can find it at (eventually!)


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