Featured today on WSBT was a segment that I did on celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget. This goes along with our Valentine’s Day article full of tips for saving cash.
I mentioned that Restaurant.com is a great place to get gift certificates for your evening out. We do have an affiliation with the company, but I recommend it because it really can save families money. I checked their current promotions and they are offering gift certificates for 60% off with an additional 25% discount from deLaFlowers. This offer is good through February 6th using coupon code SUPER when checking out. Use this provided link to access this deal! If you want to understand more about how this program works, you can read my personal review of this program.
Just to be sure you don’t miss it, listen for a tiny voice in the background on the segment. Emily was particularly wild that day, but Cari said it would just help people believe me more that I really am a mom and really do have children. Emily won’t hold still for any camera shots, but she was having a great time in the playroom while we shot our segments.
I wanted to post my WSBT-TV segment before the crew head over and tape more of our future segments to air later this month. This morning I got to share easy ways that you can organize your belongings, without spending a lot of cash. This segment goes along with our article on Frugal Storage Solutions for your home.
Next week I will be discussing fun ideas for a frugal Valentine’s Day! I look forward to sharing some of my thrifty solutions for the holiday and I hope you will check back for more fun ideas.
I promise to post our results from our Valentines giveaway later today and I will be guest-writing for Frugal Hacks so I will be sharing that later as well. In the meantime, did you enter the Starbucks $20 gift card giveaway? I am floored by how many people have entered. I don’t know what I would do if I got comment love like that every day, but it has been so fun to see all of the entries for the contest. Who am I kidding? I would love comment love like that everyday. Who wouldn’t? You feel like a blogging rock star and that feels pretty darn good.
Back to our topic for discussion…
Sound Off: What are some inexpensive organizers that you use in your home? Do you have an organizing project that you plan to tackle this year?
Each Tuesday I share my frugal ideas with our community on the morning show for our local news station, WSBT-TV.
This week I shared on a topic that is near and dear to my heart- making your own gourmet coffee at home. I share some of my tips for replicating a gourmet coffee experience and how I manage to keep my latte factor to a minimum.
I am working on an article to put up for our site, but wanted to share some links to some of the ideas that we have incorporated in our house.
Here are some related posts on making a Starbucks Coffee experience in your very own home! Imagine that I have over 116 references to coffee on my blog so scanning through our archives or searching under coffee can also yield additional fun ideas to create a gourmet coffee experience.
All About Coffee:
Make Your Own Flavored Creamers
Get Your Java Fix (Chock full of tips for replicating the Starbucks experience!)
Where to Get Free Wi-Fi (You need that while you are sipping your coffee)
Make Your Own Starbucks Iced Peppermint Mochas
Make Your Own Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Make Your Own Dried Coffee Drink Mixes (great for gift giving)
This is Coffee (a fun retro movie on how to make the perfect cup of joe)
A Little About My Coffee-Making Process
How to Score Free Starbucks Coffee
Treats to go with your coffee:
Make Your Own Biscotti
Make Your Own Starbucks Banana Pound Cake
David’s Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting
Yesterday I had to make a day trip over to Chicago to…..(drum roll please!) shoot some promotions for KENMORE! Yup, I am being added to their team of experts to talk about cleaning & organizing for their Make It Simple team! I will be sure to post links to the promotions and my monthly articles with the team, sharing my advice on cleaning & caring for your appliances.
This was truly a dream come true job and I will be working with Kenmore for the next six months (and hopefully longer, if all goes well!) I wish I could have had my camera yesterday to take pictures of that day, but I didn’t want to be a complete dork! It went really well, but I didn’t get home until close to midnight. To say I am tired today would be putting it mildly. I had to stop at Starbucks this morning and cash in on one of my Christmas gift certificates. This is the first time I have ever asked for a triple shot of espresso in my cup. That was a mistake…I fear I never will go back to regular caffeine again!
I still can’t believe that this opportunity landed in my lap and I was a little choked up when I got home last night. All of the fuss over hair and wardrobe and feeling like a star for a day…it was just a dream come true. I can’t wait to tell my kids someday how cool I felt that day!
My segment on, “Making Your Own Bread” also aired on WSBT yesterday. I shared some tips for saving money on making your bread at home. I share the functions to look for on a machine and tips for saving on making your own bread. This goes along with my post on how to use your bread machine and how to store your ingredients.
Sound Off: Do you make your own bread? How do you streamline the bread-making process?
Today on WSBT, I shared tips for shopping wholesale. Be sure to visit my wholesale club shopping article and print out our free price book sheet for figuring out all of those prices.
Don’t have price book? Check our Price Book 101 article for tips on getting started.
Hope you guys enjoy the segments!
This morning’s segment is on how to create holiday gift baskets on a budget. I just love putting these together and over the years have tried to put together gift baskets with great themes in them. I am hoping to talk more about themed baskets in our Frugal Hacks segment that I am putting together for today. I will post more on this topic later!
I hope this will give you some more ideas for putting together some fun baskets for the holiday season.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Today on our WSBT-TV segment, I am sharing inexpensive ways to ship your packages, good investments for creating a shipping center at home, and things you can use around your house for packing materials for your packages.
This goes along with a post that I wrote awhile back on shipping your packages frugally and our adventures in shipping. I plan to write a more extensive article after I noticed that it is one of the top things people have been searching for on our site.
You can also see our new Christmas tree, as our tree this year was looking a little um… Charlie Brown-ish. The top had broken on it and I had hot glued it last year, but it couldn’t survive another year. We had just put it up, but no decorations for it yet.
Sound Off: Do you have any tips for cheap shipping or any frugal materials around your house that you use for packing your gifts?
Today on WSBT-TV, I shared my tips for wrapping your holiday gifts inexpensively. I came into the studio and shared my techniques for frugal gift wrapping and ideas for creative gift tags. I hope you can watch it!
The film crew then came out to my house and we taped six more segments today to be shown in the upcoming weeks. Now I can enjoy extra time with my family instead of running back & forth to the studio. Some of the topics that we have for future topics include shipping your packages, making frugal holiday gift baskets, getting to know your bread machine, getting a cheap coffee fix, familiarizing yourself with your local wholesale club, and throwing an inexpensive birthday party (something that is on my mind since Emily is turning 2 this month).
You could say I am tiny bit tired today!
Today on our Moms First segment we talked about making holiday memories on tight budgets. Unfortunately, they had some audio difficulties and my Countdown to Christmas did not make the cut due to the difficulties. I did blog about this a little bit last week so if you want to see how we countdown to Christmas, you can read that entry here.
This holiday discussion also goes along with our popular holiday article, “The Christmas Jar.”
Today’s segment for our local news shared ways that you can have a wonderful holiday without going into debt. I shared a few quick tips for online shopping and how to not be afraid to say no to all of the gift exchanges.
This goes along with a post that I wrote last year called, “Holiday Bling Without the Bling Budget.”
Sound Off: How do you stay under budget for the holidays? Have you ever bowed out of a gift exchange because of financial reasons?