Tips For Making Your Spring Break More Affordable!

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Good morning, today I got a chance to go on the local news FOX 4 and talk about a few ways to save money this Spring Break. Here are those tips in detail with links to each location, or deal.

If you’re still planning something for Spring Break:

  • If you’re still planning a vacation a great place to look for deals is “Groupon Spring Break“. There are a lot of packages available including trips to Las Vegas, Mexico, and California. They also have family travel deals, romantic trips, all-inclusive, and air included trips. 
  • Check for affordable flights on and CheapOair
  • has great rates on all-inclusive travel, and last minute airline tickets.   
  • Search for budget-friendly lodging by search “small lodging” for the location you plan to visit. Small lodging options are a fraction of the cost of traditional hotels, and sometimes the experience is much better. If you are visiting Florida check out Superior Small Lodging. I stayed at Tuckaway Shores last year and had an amazing time. My room was right off of the ocean. It was beautiful, and the price to stay there was about what it cost to stay at the Marriott in KC.  You can save 20% at Tuckaway Shores until Dec 2015, using coupon code “BLOG”.
  • Hilton Caribbean & Latin America has rates starting as low as $99 per night, with $50 per night on-property credit for a culinary journey, to play a round of golf, spend the day relaxing at the spa, and more when travelers book its Leisure Escape packages.

If you’ve already set something up for the family (out of town/state):

  • Visit has a variety of “Experiences” for your out of town visits. Deals on food tours, water sports, day trips, activities to do with kids, and more. 
  • Visit US Family Guide to view discount options on attractions, coupons for various activities, and dining options.
  • Again search Groupon for activities to do while out of state, I tried a few groups for restaurants in Chicago when I was there and got a chance to experience the “deep dish” pizza for less.
If you’re staying in town, some fun things to do in/around KC on the cheap:
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Maximize Your Savings With The Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans

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Tax time is here. For some this is a good time, and for others not so good, but either way it goes it’s really time to think about how to maximize your savings and get the most out of your money.

I know a lot of people will go out and purchase a car, or a television, or get their hair done (ok, I’ll admit I already have plans of getting my hair braided with my refund) once they get their refund check, or search for the lowest unlimited plans, but what about reassessing things in life and figure out a way to save more money. I came up with a few ideas to help you with your plan: [Continue reading…]

5 Budget-Friendly Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

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Clutter seems inevitable in small spaces, especially when traditional storage areas are at full capacity. Add a busy lifestyle to the equation and you’ve got one chaotic living space. You don’t have to submit to the limits of your small space. Finding and creating untraditional storage space to manage endless piles of overflow is easier than you think.

Implement these 5 budget-friendly storage solutions for small spaces to eliminate clutter and increase storage without breaking the bank.


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Go Vertical

Maximize wall space by using the entire height of the wall. Using wall space creates room to take things off the floor and store in a convenient, organized fashion. Shelving units, large cabinets and book cases provide ample storage opportunities. If you don’t have the room to incorporate larger units, consider installing floating shelves. Placed along the wall or in a corner, floating shelves are inexpensive options to optimize unused vertical space without bulking up the room. [Continue reading…]

Just Between Friends Lees Summit Sales Event Feb 20-22

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10923650_10152661682798443_3953793371130776129_oThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Lee’s Summit all opinions are my own. 

Just Between Friends is having a HUGE SAVINGS EVENT right here in Kansas City!

If you’re planning on having a baby, have children, pregnant, or want to help someone else out, you don’t want to miss this amazing sale!!

JBF events usually happen two or more times a year per location with events all across the country. Hundreds of families contribute gently used, and sometimes new items that are perfect for you and your family. You get great deals and can also sell your items to earn money. [Continue reading…]

How I Cured My Sore Throat With GoGargle + Giveaway

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The past few days I’ve been battling a sore throat. I’m pretty sure it’s from the constant weather change. Leave it to the midwest to have freezing rain, snow, and 60 degree weather in the same week. Oh and yeah, now it’s back to freezing temperatures.

One thing I could say is having a sore throat is no joke, especially when you have to talk to people on the phone all day at work. So while shopping for a remedy I discovered GoGargle.

Did you know? Each year over 15 million people visit a doctor for a sore throat. I’m too cheap to afford the doctor visits so I needed a different solution. GoGargle! is based on the time-tested remedy of salt water gargling, but is a new, convenient and tasty way to soothe your sore throat.

Gargling with warm salt water has been touted by Grandmas and health experts for generations because it is a remedy that works. I know when I was a child, my mom, grandma, and aunts all swore by gargling with warm salt water. [Continue reading…]

Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Funny story…when I was a child I hated stuffed bell peppers. Every time my grandma made them I tried to come up with an excuse as to why I wasn’t able to eat them. Bell peppers and okra were my worst food enemies, and you better believe I was forced to sit down at the […]

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5 Ways to Create Optimal Furniture Layouts

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You don’t have to be an interior designer or have a lot of money to create a nice and comfortable space to come home to. Whether you’re buying new furniture, thrifting, or working with what you have (like me) having a plan for your furniture saves you time and money in the long run. Nick Elam of […]

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The Longest Year: How I Lost Everything Part 2

How I lost Everything Part 2
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This post is part of the series “Living Your Authentic Life” myself and Mellissa  from “She Smiles Within” is hosting. Please read my first post “The Longest Year: How I Lost Everything: Part 1” if this is your first time reading the series. …I have to at least try… Try…The definition of try is to make an […]

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25 Amazing Game Day Dip Recipes

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I’ll be hosting my first Super Bowl Party this year and I’m really excited. I did everything on a budget and I can’t wait to share with you how it goes (hopefully all goes well). I’m sad the Chiefs aren’t playing, we couldn’t even make it to the playoffs, but oh well I’ll still be […]

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Start Your New Year With Renee Kelly’s Harvest

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I’m very frugal, but sometimes I splurge every once in awhile. Splurging for me could be getting a professional pedicure, getting a massage, buying an item for my home, traveling, or trying a new (high dollar) restaurant. I’ve visited Renee Kelly’s Harvest before, but every time I visit the menu is different. And every time […]

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