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Some Things That Make My Life Easier,
or Just Better In General
Amazon Prime – I absolutely love Amazon. I have always had a household full of children, so getting out to go shopping for household items, and especially gifts for friends and family, was such a drag. Do you know what it’s like to run into Target or Toys R Us for a friend’s birthday gift with 4 kids in tow? It is N U T S! I frequently found myself having to shop late in the evening, just to be alone. Now I have Amazon. Any time of the day I can hop on, find what I need and be done with it. I can even ship directly to somebody across the country and skip the Post Office, too. Amazon, you’re my best friend!
Ebates – When I’m buying anything online, I always look at Ebates first to see if they have a link to the store I want. They have discounts to so many different stores, I can usually find what I need. Frequently, they not only have a link to the store, but also have savings codes for a % off or free shipping. They also cut me a check every month. For December I got a check for $35.00 and for January, I’ll be getting $10.oo.
ibotta – I started using this app in December and have already racked up $55.00 in my account. I’m hoping to use it all year, then cash out in November for Gift Cards to use for Christmas. If you sign up through my link you’ll get a $10.00 welcome bonus.
Checkout 51 – This is another grocery rebate app. It is very easy to use and I’m racking up money in my account on rebates for items I use all the time. I currently have $26.00 in my account.
Around the House
Roomba – Ok, honestly, I never would have purchased this! They are expensive! But, my oldest son was moving and didn’t want to put his in storage, so he has allowed me to “babysit” his Roomba. OMG, he is never going to get that thing back! It’s almost like having a maid, we set our sweet little Ruby Roomba (yes we named her, she’s like family now) to go and she cleans the hard floors and carpet while we sleep, work, or run errands. Now why don’t they just make a pot washer?
Kiwi Crate – I got 6-month memberships for Kiwi Crate, Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate. I absolutely love all of them. I think hands-down they make the perfect gift for kids. They come with all the supplies you need to make the different projects and my kids have loved each and every one of them. Each monthly box is educational, inspirational, and includes suggestions for learning extension. Please, check it out. You can even get $10 off your first-month subscription.
In The Kitchen
Instant Pot — Everyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Instant Pot. I’m constantly using it to help save me time. Read this post for more details about that: 5 Instant Pot Tips To Save You Time. I also went through a great class, Electric Pressure Cooking 101 by Erin from MyFreezEasy and it was great. It’s an amazing value, too at only $16.00. I’ll be doing a full review soon.
MyFreezEasy – I love using these meal plans, especially when I get a great deal on chicken breasts or ground beef. I can look up the meal plan through the app right at the store and grab whatever extra ingredients I need. I load my freezer with handy meals in no time at all – and I’ve saved a ton of money. We even put these together as a family, you can read all about our experience by reading Why You Need A Freezer Meal Plan.
Weekly Meal Planner
Get the Weekly Meal Planner and Worksheets here!