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Cake Decorating Class: Worth it? Or Waste of Money?

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One hour before Little Stapler’s third birthday party, I was a mess of buttercream, sweat, and tears. I was in the middle of an ugly cry because I couldn’t decorate the cake the way I had imagined. My mother, husband, and son witnessed the breakdown. It was my mom who snapped me out of it. She said: Your son is turning three. He’s just happy to have cake! Sure enough, there was Little Stapler, completely confused by my crying but enchanted by the birthday cake that was in his honor. Realty check Read more [...]

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Staples October 26: 15% Off Almost Everything

Staplers, if you missed the 20% off sale, you can still grab great deals with this week’s 15% off coupon. It has some limitations (not valid on computers, Epson, Canon, or HP ink or toner, and some other items). But there is a lot that is not excluded — namely, clearance. You may be able to score a great deal on high-quality backpacks for next year. Staples coupons this week, which you can print out online, starting on Sunday:  $75 off laptops and desktops regularly priced at $399 Read more [...]

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Online Clothes Consignment: What Store Pays More?

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I have been steadily cleaning out clutter from our home over the past few years. After three yard sales, two kids’ consignment sales, and several ebay sales, I have found that I can get the most money for my time when I consign online. Consigning online takes about an hour or less, including your trip to the post office to drop off the postage-paid bag. It’s extremely easy. The payout is less than selling on ebay or at a kids’ consignment sale, but if you are strapped for time and just want Read more [...]

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Staples October 19: Another moneymaker!

Staplers, did any of you snag some great 20% off deals last week? This week has another pre-paid card moneymaker, plus pens and pencils for 70% off. If you have a video game fanatic on your holiday shopping list, you may be able to get that gift for 20% this week at Staples. Read on to find out more … As for last week’s deals, I was too late to the store to get the anti-virus software moneymaker, but I did snag the MasterCard moneymaker. I pricematched for toner and got an additional 20% Read more [...]

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It’s Not Too Late to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

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Are you still looking for your Halloween costume? You’re not alone. The National Retail Federation reports that, of those dressing up for Halloween, 25% wait until the last minute to get their Halloween costumes. If you’re still looking for your costume, and looking to save money, here are a few tips that might help. Over the past four years, we have used all of these methods to get Little Stapler’s Halloween costume, and paid as little as $0 up to $25. How to Save Money on Costumes Start Read more [...]

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Staples October 12: Moneymakers and 20% off almost everything else!

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Staplers, it’s a good week — 20% off everything you can fit in a Staples bag! It makes for a great moneymaker and deals on some of the random office supplies you need — as long as your supplies fit in the bag. This offer is only good until Tuesday. But all week you can snag a Mastercard moneymaker, too. If you’re hoping to buy ink or toner with the coupon, there is a little snafu. Here is a screenshot from the circular: That is awesome, because I need to pick up some toner, so I might Read more [...]

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Staples October 5: Free Paper, $100 off Computers and Tablets

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Staplers, there’s a free ream of paper up for grabs this week, or a $20 case of paper, which comes out to $1 per ream. On top that that, if you’re looking for a deal on a laptop, tablet, desktop, or all-in-one PC, Staples has rekindled its $100 off coupon. Combine that coupon with a tech trade-in, worth at least $30, and you have an even sweeter deal! Staples coupons this week, which you can print out online:  $100 off Laptops, Desktops, All-in-one PCs, and Tablets regularly priced Read more [...]

Financially Savvy Saturdays

Welcome to Financially Savvy Saturdays, the savviest personal finance blog hop on the planet, created specifically for personal finance writers! We welcome all things money here. Whether you've written anything from frugal cooking tips to how to make money like Michael Jordan, you're invited to link-up. If it ties into personal finance, we want to read it! Tweet about it. You can use #finsavsat when tweeting about the party! Concerns about SEO? Recently many bloggers have decided to stop participating Read more [...]
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October Financial Update: Student Loan Paydown and Net Worth Increase!

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  September was another eventful month in several respects. Mr. Stapler had to travel for two weeks, and I traveled to FinCon14 for almost a week. Mr. Stapler is done with work travel until after Baby Stapler arrives, and I’m done with travel for … well … the foreseeable future. I wouldn’t feel comfortable going too far away now that I’m 8 months pregnant, and once Baby arrives I don’t expect to be going anywhere for a while. In the meantime, we are back to rolling the debt snowball! Read more [...]

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How to Make Money Selling at Consignment Sales

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For those of you ready for a cleanout and a payout, the semi-annual consignment sales in your area are a great place to start. If you still have growing children, you will also want to shop there (here are my best tips for shopping consignment sales). By taking the right steps, you can walk away with more cash than you spent — plus gain a closet / attic / garage that you haven’t seen in a while. I have shopped at over a dozen consignment sales, and volunteered and/or consigned at half of Read more [...]