7 Thrift Store Items Perfect For Holiday Gift Giving

     You may love your local thrift store for furniture pieces, secondhand clothes, and of course knick knacks, but did you ever think it could also be an excellent place to look for holiday gifts? It’s true! You would be surprised to see how many people use their local thrift shop as a holiday shopping spot. To find out more, take a look below at 7 thrift store items perfect for holiday gift giving. It turns out you really can use your local thrift shop to find gifts for less. 1. Baskets.
 Thrift stores typically have an entire aisle of just baskets. These are perfect for filling up with themed gifts. Get nice baskets for as little as a quarter, then add some ribbon and filling before adding assorted gifts inside. With so many to choose from, you will have a fun time creating the perfect gift basket for friends and family. 2. Mugs.
 Thrift stores are often overrun with mugs. Find some mugs in good condition and fill them with coffee or tea packets, candy, or … [Read more...]

Is Your Teen Ready For A Debit Card?

    One of the hardest jobs in the world is being a parent. You want to raise your kids to be healthy, responsible, productive, independent and happy adults. In a world where everyone is looking out for themselves, it is important to teach your kids integrity and independent thinking that isn't easily swayed by peer pressure.      When it comes to giving your teen responsibilities, there are some key factors that can help you know when they are ready. Here are some things to help you know if your teen is ready for a debit card. #1. Are they working for their own money? If your teen is in high school and able to work a job, they may be ready for a debit card. When a teen works for their own money, it helps them to know the value of a dollar. The problem with a debit card is that it makes it really easy to spend money. The other problem is you have to keep a close watch on your account balance, so you don't go below your balance. #2. Are they … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself While Back To School Shopping! #FraudIQ @Chase @BrittneyCastro #Ad

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CHASE. The opinions and text are all mine.     We are down to the wire here in New York City when it comes to back to school shopping and preparing for school to resume next week.  I'm so grateful for online shopping because it allows me to purchase the majority of the kids' supplies from the convenience of home.  I'll also be shopping in-store this week for some of the items that I was unable to buy online.       Since I had my identity stolen a few years ago, I always worry about being a victim of fraud or having my financial information compromised.  CHASE's Financial Education Partner, Brittney Castro, has some great tips for how you can protect yourself and avoid fraud during busy shopping times like back to school. Some of Brittney Castro's smart shopping tips are: Shop at well-respected and trusted retailers both online and in-store. When shopping online only shop … [Read more...]

7 Things You Should Know Before Buying From A Discount Shopping App

    You might have seen those discount shopping apps out there, the ones like Wish that promise you fantastic deals for just pennies on the dollar. And while many people love these budget shopping apps and the bargains they find, there are a few things you should know before you click the checkout button. Take a look below at 7 things you should know before buying from a discount shopping app, so you can be sure you are being a smart consumer and getting the best value for your money. 1. They charge shipping per item.
 Most shopping sites such as Amazon or Old Navy charge you a flat shipping fee. When you buy products from bargain shipping apps, you typically pay per item. That means if you buy 7 items, you will pay shipping 7 times. Be sure you know what the shipping charges entail so you don’t get stuck with surprises. 2. Shipping can take at least one month.
 Most of these bargain shopping apps are ran overseas, so you will need to be patient once you order. … [Read more...]

Head To BJ’s Wholesale Club This Holiday Season! @BJsWholesale #Partner

    I know the holidays can be busy, but BJ's is here to make sure you have a successful season and can enjoy every minute! Because whether you need a turkey and hand towels or green beans and gifts, BJ's is your one-stop-shop to help you get the holidays done right.       Trust me I know all about being overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done for the holidays!  I still have to wrap all the presents tonight and get everything ready for Christmas morning tomorrow.     Last night, we headed to our local BJ's Wholesale Club to pick up all of the beverages that we needed to take to my brother's house this weekend.  It was very convenient being able to find everything that we needed at one location.       A lot of you probably don't know that you can shop for a variety of items this holiday season at BJ's.  They also carry a huge selection of today's hottest toys at really great prices. … [Read more...]

Save Time And Money With A Personal Shopper! $30 Paypal #Giveaway #ShopYourWay

    Being a mom of two who works full-time, I am always looking for ways to save more money at some of the stores where our family loves to shop.  That is exactly why I love the Shop Your Way Rewards program at Kmart and Sears.  We shop there quite often and they always have some great prices so I was excited to find out that I could earn and redeem Points at Kmart, Sears, Lands’ End, Sears Auto Centers, and mygofer.     The Shop Your Way Rewards program is designed to reward you with special offers. You will receive custom offers and exclusive deals based on the purchases you make. You may get offers sent via email, text message, postal mail, and online.   You earn 10 points for every $1.00 you spend on qualifying purchases.  I love that you have the option of redeeming your points immediately or saving them for up to a year to use during the holidays or to buy birthday presents for loved ones.     Have you partnered with a FREE Personal Shopper yet? Did you know it's FREE to use … [Read more...]

Get Everything Your Family Needs This Spring And Summer At Kohl’s! @Kohls #FindYourYes #Ad

    This weekend I went shopping with the family to check out the latest Kohl’s offerings from on-trend seasonal fashion to fun and fresh home décor.  We tend to go there every season to stock up on our seasonal wardrobes and to find new items to decorate our home with.  Since this weekend was Memorial Day, everything was either marked down or on sale so I was able to get the most for my money.     Since I have two growing boys, it's important that I have a budget set aside to revamp their wardrobes whenever they grow out of their clothes.  I'm sure those of you who are moms know exactly how quickly kids outgrow everything.  Thankfully, Kohl's always has the latest styles for kids and tweens at just the right prices.  That's a win-win for everyone because our sons are happy with the items they pick out and their father and I are always happy with the sales that Kohl's offers, especially on clothing.     The best part is that, by shopping at Kohl's, we are helping to support its … [Read more...]

Earn Cash Back With @Kohls #Yes2You Rewards Program! $250 Gift Card #Giveaway #Ad

    It's no secret that I love saving money on our family's budget.  As the mother of two growing boys, I am constantly having to go shopping for bigger sizes in clothing and shoes.  Not to mention that my husband is really hard on all his clothes and often comes home with holes in his jeans or stains on his jacket.  As a result, I'm always looking for ways to cut corners because, let's face it, raising a family can get pretty expensive.     Recently I learned that one of my favorite stores, Kohl's, is rolling out a new Yes2You Rewards™ program which offers customers the opportunity to add even more value to their shopping experience.  You can now earn points on every purchase – both in store and online at Kohls.com. With Yes2You Rewards™, members will receive eight offers per year, a birthday gift, and opportunities to earn bonus points and surprises along the way. Additionally, there is no limit on points earned and no cost to join. Here is how Kohl's Yes2You™ Rewards Program … [Read more...]

Get Ready For Back To School With Kohl’s! #Kohls101 @Kohls #Ad

*This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Kohl’s. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.      Although school just ended here in New York City about 3 weeks ago, I always like to get a head start on all our Back to School shopping.  This allows me to get some of the best deals and to purchase all of our boys' school supplies and clothes little by little so it's not such a huge expense.  When I found out that Kohl's, in partnership with Office Max, is now providing customers with all the school supplies we need from folders to notebooks and pens to pencil cases, I was thrilled!     You see, Kohl's is already one of my favorite stores because of the great prices that they have all the time.  I love shopping there because I earn Kohl's Cash every time I shop there and I can use it on anything in the store.  It always excites me when I am rewarded for shopping so that I can shop some more!  The best part is that I never have to worry about leaving my Kohl's Cash at home because I … [Read more...]

Prepare For Your New Bundle Of Joy And Save Some Money With Baby Value! #Ad

*I participated in this compensated campaign on behalf of BabyValue.com. I received a promotional item to facilitate this post and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.     When my husband and I were expecting our oldest son, we were on a fixed budget and it was difficult to prepare financially for all of the items that we would need to welcome our little bundle of joy.  Most of you probably know how expensive baby clothing and products are and it is a blessing to be able to save a little money while getting everything you need to welcome your little miracle into the world.  It’s important to shop around for the best prices on these baby items and focus on what really matters, loving your new little angel!     Luckily, we had extended friends and family who stepped forward to help us purchase the products that we needed for our baby.  At our baby shower, we were very fortunate to receive most of the items that we had requested on our baby registry.  This … [Read more...]