Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday! Saves and Splurges

Another round of Show & Tell Tuesday with Andrea. One of my faves. This one is focused on saves and splurges so you can bet I'll be checking out some other posts.

Here's how our family saves money when we can:

+ I almost never buy clothing full priced for my kids, D or myself. Nordstrom, Loft, Gap, Old Navy, Zara and BR are a few of my faves. I rarely if ever buy things full priced from them. I mean when a store offers 40-50% off purchases from time to time-- I ain't buying at full price. I sign up for emails that notify me and go from there. 

+ Most of my shopping is done online so less time for browsing and impulse buying. Return policies are so easy nowadays.

+ I don't buy everything at my regular grocery store or market where I buy my organic produce. The packaged items or basic items that I can get for less in the discount grocery store(between) the kids' schools)-- I'll do it. I also sign up for the grocery loyalty programs. The PC plus program is huge here in Canada. In the past two years I've gotten $360 cash back from it!

+ I don't buy if I can help it from a pharmacy or convenience store. Their markup is WAY too high most days. 

+ Cheap kids' socks because my kids lose socks like it's their job!

+ I buy in bulk when I can at Costco-- oh and when stuff in Costco goes on sale-- like Bounty- watch out!! 

+ I stock up on kiddie gifts at Michael's/Amazon when they have a huge sale or even Anthro or Nordstrom for adult friend/teacher gifts. Birthdays are easier because of it! 

+ We don't eat huge amount of meats and we love beans so that saves some money for sure.

+ Dollar store for the win for gift wrap, ribbon, kid crafts, shower caps and hair ties! 

+ I rarely ever do laundry or run my dishwasher during peak hours. The savings are real and huge!!

But we splurge on things too ...

+We buy organic dairy, fruit and veggies with edible skin and meats when we can. If we eat out, we relax the rules but other than that, we try to do what we can at home. Oh and we eat out once or twice for the week.

+Even in my twenties, my feet would hurt and blister and then I get cranky-- so I pay a premium for well fitting, comfy footwear. Good boots and shoes around here! I'm doing the same for my kids as well especially my somewhat flat footed four year old! 

+We use furniture everyday so we tend to pay a bit more for our  bigger ticket items. We've had some pieces that have held up through ten years of marriage and two kids... some I'd like to replace now but they're still going strong!

In my thirties, with duller and breakout prone, I've been paying for skin care especially the stuff that stays on my face! Here's my routine for a couple years now.

Can't wait to hear about the other saves/splurges. Hopefully, it will help me find other items/tips and tricks to save and not more items to splurge on :-s


  1. I also have a stash of gifts that I pick up here and there when they go on sale- way easier than going out shopping the week before the birthday. Great tips!

  2. I just had to google laundry/peak hours - never knew that was a thing, but I'll start washing clothes and dishes between 7 pm and noon now to save a little money! :) Good to know!

  3. I'm always on the lookout for gifts throughout the year, not just when it's time for a gift. In fact, I have a drawer at home that we call the gift drawer for all the stuff I've found on sale throughout the year that I'm saving for later :)

    - Claudia


  4. I'm with you. I think shoes are an important thing to spend more on. If you end up with feet problems, it can effect the whole body... back, hips, neck. It's so worth it to take care of your feet.

  5. I do the same thing with the gifts! I try to buy things throughout the year, especially the ladies in my life and the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!

  6. In my "older age" I would much rather have fewer pairs of shoes that don't make my feet hurt than lots of cheaper pairs. Oh that Jim Gaffigan. He always makes me laugh.

  7. Yup, I do most of my shopping online too. I hate going in stores now. But yes to spending more on shoes and skincare! Super important! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  8. I try to get all my cards for birthdays or special occassions from TJ Maxx - they have the best cards for $1.99! What are peak hours for laundry and the dishwasher? xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  9. We definitely have some similar splurges! Online shopping definitely has helped me to really only keep what I love. There's something about returning and not having to face the sales girl at the counter that makes it easier. The hubby and I are foodies and we do spend too much when we do go out to eat but I try to make up for it by eating at home and taking leftovers for our lunches most days.

  10. I never pay full price either, there will always be a sale or coupons galore! <3
    Green Fashionista


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