Top 15 Dollar Tree Items to Buy

Have you visited your local Dollar Tree recently?  Angie and I realized that there are several things that we purchase there that help us to save money and we wanted to share those with you.  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.) 

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Bargain Headboard from Craigslist

Bargain Headboard

I bought a bargain headboard from Craigslist!  I am working on updating my guest room and did not have a headboard for our queen size bed.  I recently moved our oak filing cabinets into the guest room to use as night stands.  They are the perfect size to use as a nightstand and I already had them… so the perfect re-purpose of something we already had!  Then I started watching for a new headboard.  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.) 

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Happy Planner: Our New Additions

HP - Our New Additions

Angie and I have added some new additions/sections to our Happy Planners.  They help us in our daily routine and we would love to share them with you!  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.) 

Lynn’s Additions

Below I will elaborate on the three new sections I added to my Happy Planner.

HP New Tabs

  • Blog:  This section contains information for this blog such as post ideas and updates we would like to make.  I love having this because anytime I can grab my planner and record it so I don’t forget!
  • Financial:  This is where I keep my Budget Sheet and my Focused Debt Payoff Sheet.  I previously wrote posts on those, just follow the links!
  • Fitness:  Right now, I am trying to get back into a fitness routine.  I have written out the workouts I want to perform and have blank sheets of paper where I record which ones I do and what day.  I will share a new exercise log printable that can fit into the Classic Happy Planner later this week.

Angie’s Additions

I have added or expanded a couple of sections!  I am really trying to do better at meal planning and grocery shopping to cut down on how much we eat out!  Here’s what I have added:

  • Grocery/Food:  I keep my on-going grocery list and coupons in my planner… if I think of something that we need, I can add it to my list!  I also shop for my mom and daughters occasionally so it is really nice to be able to just add things to their lists as needed.  Also in this section, my “Other” section – for stores like the Dollar Tree, Sam’s, Kohl’s, etc.  I just keep a list of things we may need at these stores… this sure saves me time in the long run!  I also have my meal planning and freezer inventory in here as well!
  • Dining Out Coupons:  I have been experimenting with ways to keep restaurant coupons with me… so that I will use them! Just yesterday, we were out at lunch time and we used our Subway coupon!  This was because I had it with me and … remembered to use it! Score!
  • Christmas:  It’s not too early to add information for Christmas 2018!  I track gift ideas, made a note that I found wrapping paper super cheap after Christmas, and other things that I will need when we get there again! I did move it to the back of my planner… my favorite thing is to be able to move things as I want to!

If you haven’t tried this planner… it is definitely my favorite!  I have tried many other types of planners (see post here) but the flexibility in the Happy Planner just can’t be beat!

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Focused Debt Payoff (with Happy Planner Printable)

Focused Debt PayoffThe new year is a great time to make a goal to pay off debt faster.  If you are like me, you like to visually see the results of your efforts.  We came up with the idea of a Focused Debt Payoff sheet to accomplish this.  As a Happy Planner fanatic, the sheet, when cut on the guidelines, will fit the Classic size Happy Planner.  This is what I am currently using and I am loving it!   (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.) 

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FREE Specialized Budget Sheets (that fit in a Medium Happy Planner)!

Free Budget SheetsNot all budgets are created equal.  That is why I created a set of four specialized budget sheets that I think will help you out!  These are my first designs.  I would love to hear your feedback if you use any of them and how to improve them.

One of the things Angie and I are passionate about is budgeting.  We are always looking for ways to improve how we do it, where we track it, and how we can improve it.  I would like to offer a free a set of budget sheets I created that can be downloaded and printed.  They can be printed out on a regular size paper, but they can be trimmed down to fit a Medium sized Happy Planner (see our previous posts on the Happy Planner here and here).  Even better, if you have a Happy Planner Punch you can punch the sides to fit perfectly in the planner!  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)

The following are four types of budgets that are included in this free download:

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Save Money Using Discount Gift Cards

Save Money Discount CardsDiscount Gift Cards are a great way to stretch your budget further!  First, it’s important to choose a reputable website, such as giftcardgranny.com. As with any money saving tip, it is best to purchase gift cards for stores where you normally shop.  (This post contains affiliate links in which we may be compensated without any additional cost to you.)

Here are a few ways that discounted gift cards will help your budget go farther:

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How to Budget and Plan for Vet Bills

Budget and Plan for Vet Bills

No matter how much we love our pets, vet costs can be stressful.  Especially for those of us who love to rescue animals!  If I could, I’d rescue all homeless pets, but that is another post for another day!

Every year, each of my pets gets their regular shots and checkups that keep them healthy.  On top of that, I have a few with special needs that require additional visits throughout the year.  Several years ago, I came up with the following plan that helps me immensely:

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How to Make Quality, Long Lasting Cash Envelopes!

Cash Envelopes

Today we want to offer our custom Cash Envelope template!  You can make your own long lasting cash envelopes. Below is a picture of a few that we have made.  Below are the material list and instructions!  (This post contains affiliate links, see our disclaimer).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Saved 51% on Prescription Pet Food at PetSmart!

Saved 51% at PetSmart

Saving money on pet food has been an ongoing journey for years for me.  I can tell you that being a PetPerks Rewards member at PetSmart has saved me hundreds of dollars over the years.  I currently budget $60 twice a month and am able to purchase prescription cat food, prescription dog food and a higher quality non-prescription dog food within that budgeted amount each month.

As I wrapped up my last purchase at PetSmart, I realized that the shopping trip would make a great example to show off how much I save!  Now, I do not save this much on every pet food shopping trip, but I save quite a bit each time.

 

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