This Week’s Best School Supplies Sales and Coupons – Week of July 27

School Supplies sale Looking for the best deals on back to school supplies this week?  Here is a great list! [Read more...]

This Week’s Grocery Store Sales & Coupon Matchups



Here are this week’s  sales and coupon matchups.  These pages will help you find the best deals this week. Plus they will also help you find the coupons that match up with the sale so you can get the best deals this week.

The stars indicate the items that have the best prices this week. The tab on top of the sale pages let you switch between the different sale periods.



Best Backpacks for Back to School & Current Backpack Coupon Codes

If you are looking for back-to-school gear like backpacks and lunchboxes, the best way to save is to buy quality sets with coupons and discounts. I like to spend a little more to on my gear and then have my kids use them for a few years.  Some of the lower quality sets tend to rip, break or have zipper problems mid-year and then you will end up replacing them before the year is over or replacing them yearly. If you use your coupons, you can find durable backpacks and gear with coupons at Land’s End, Pottery Barn Kids, eBags, Garnet Hill, LL Bean and more. Also, many stores are shipping backpacks to your doorstep for free. Instead of spending precious time and gas, stopping at store after store, order your backpack online and take advantage of free shipping offers. [Read more...]

Great Prices on Stylish Back to School Shoes From Shoe Carnival



One of my favorite parts of back to school is back to school shopping. Who doesn’t love new supplies, clothing and shoes? Every year I buy my girls a few pairs of shoes for back to school. We usually get one pair of athletic shoes for gym and sports and another pair of more casual tennis shoes that can be worn with all kinds of outfits.

When I was a kid, my mom would take me to get a pair of back to school athletic shoes. I remember that there were just a few choices and I could choose between the red and the blue pair. My girls have many many more choices. There are so many types of athletic shoes and they come in all kinds of colors and patterns.


I wanted to go to a store that had a great selection and great prices so we headed to Shoe Carnival. I LOVE the Buy One Get One 50% offer that they are running for back to school. That means each girl get one pair of shoes for 50% off!!! High quality brand name shoes are not inexpensive so this offer really helps my money go farther. For example if you buy two pairs of $45 shoes, you save $22.50! Not too shabby.

We visited the new Shoe Carnival in Shelby Township, Michigan. It is located in the Shelby Town Center at 14115 Hall Road next to Marshall’s/ Homegoods. This is a HUGE store with tons of inventory and shoe selection. This store will be celebrating their grand opening on August 2nd with lots of giveaways including a $10 Rewards certificate for the first 100 customers and a $100 shopping spree every hour.



We headed to the back to the children’s shoe section and browsed the many brands and styles.

Shoe Carnival carries

Be sure to click on each brand to see some of the many styles Shoe Carnival carries.


Neon is very in fashion with kids’ athletic shoes this year and my girls both were drawn to these shoes. There also were so many patterns from which to choose. Here are a few pictures that show just some of the selection.





If you need help with sizing, a Shoe Carnival employee will measure your child’s feet. While we were looking at shoes, numerous employees came by and asked if we needed any help. We didn’t need any help because the shoes were very well organized by type and size. We had no trouble finding the shoes we wanted to try on. When you are a busy mom, it is nice to find the shoes quickly and not have to wait for an employee to bring your size from the back room.




It didn’t take long before both girls found two pairs they liked. Actually they liked many more but I made them each choose just two pairs. I am nice but not that nice. They love them so much that they both have already started wearing them. I did put my foot down and say the new shoes couldn’t go to camp. I want them to still look great for the first day of school. Do you let your kids wear their back to school shoes before the first day of school?

Back To School Shoe shopping at Shoe Carnival. Buy one get one 50% off! Check out all the styles!


Wondering what shoes we picked? Come back and visit next week on July 29 when I will be sharing pictures of our new shoes and how they match with different outfits. We will preview some elementary school and middle school looks with our new shoes from Shoe Carnival. Each girl is designing her own looks from some of their favorite stores which will be fun!


Back To School Shoe shopping at Shoe Carnival. Buy one get one 50% off! Check out all the styles!


Check out this fun Shoe Carnival commercial for back to school!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Shoe Carnival. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Back to School Savings Tips and Sale Information

This post is sponsored by Valpak. All opinions are mine.

Back to School Savings Tips


Did you know that families with school age children will spend an average of $669.28 on school supplies and apparel in 2014?  Here is some great information and back to school savings tips to help you save some cash. [Read more...]

Boredom Busters From Dollar General

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Did you that July is Anti-Boredom Month? Once mid summer starts it is only a matter of time before you hear the dreaded … “Mom …I am Bored”. It is a great idea to have some items on hand to battle boredom. I took my girls and nieces to Dollar General to see what we could find to help make our July an Anti-Boredom month.


Armed with $35 we wanted to see how many boredom busters we could find at Dollar General, which is a great place for summer savings.  First stop was the aisle with small notebooks and word search and Sudoku books. Each book was just $1 and we decided the girls could use the small notebooks as summer journals. I may just be trying to sneak in a little education with the journals because everyone needs to keep up their writing skills over the summer. They don’t mind though and are all excited with our first purchases. We also bought a pack of mechanical pencils for $1 too.  For some reason mechanical pencils are much more fun that plain old pencils.


We also bought some duct tape, lot of stickers, pens and school boxes for some arts and crafts fun.  The girls made the pens into fancy duct tape flower pens  (pictured above) plus they each decorated a fun pencil box which could be used for back to school or to keep small items organized at home.  Plus we still have duct tape and stickers that can be used for more projects throughout the summer.

There was a ton of selection in the arts and crafts section and everything was just $1 or $2. This helped our budget go farther.

In addition to the books and arts and crafts projects, we needed some items that would promote outside physical fun.  We picked up two jump ropes that were each just $1 and a set of 4 water guns for just $6.  What is summer without a water gun fight?  They had a great time playing with both items. They are lots and lots of outdoor fun toys to choose from at Dollar General.


So the next time you here the dreaded “I’m Bored”, I hope you will remember a few of our items and have some boredom busting fun.

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Boden at Rue La La Today – $50 Voucher For $35



Boden and Mini Boden is on Rue La La today.  It is for a $50 Voucher Toward Clothing, Accessories, & More at Boden Online for just $35. This deal does not usually last long

Be sure to go over and browse the Boden and Mini Boden site. What is great about the voucher is that you are able to stack a Mini Boden coupon code with the Rue La La voucher making for even better deals! Right now there is a  15% off Mini Boden coupon code and 15% off Boden coupon code that comes with FREE shipping. The voucher is now entered in the promotional code box so you will not be able to stack coupon codes. It will work though during one of their markdown sales. I am so sorry for the misinformation yesterday. This is how they always worked in the past.

Here is how to get the best Boden deal.

  1. Grab the Boden Rue La La voucher before they sell out
  2. Within 24 hours you will receive a voucher via email confirming your purchase of your $50 toward clothing, accessories, and more from Boden. Within 72 hours, you will receive a redemption email containing your unique shopping code. You use this voucher as a form of payment so you stack a coupon code with this deal.
  3. Once they email your voucher use with the    15%off Mini Boden coupon code and 15% off Boden coupon code that comes with FREE shipping!


Check out the Rue La La Boden and Mini Boden Sale today

School Supplies Sales – Week of July 20, 2014

School Supplies sale Looking for the best deals on back to school supplies this week?  Here is a great list! [Read more...]

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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The Nordstrom Anniversary  Sale started today for non card holders. I absolutely love this sale. I know it seems a bit odd buying fall/ winter items in summer. However, you can grab items at great prices now and not have to wait for end of season sales.

This sale includes tons of  top brands with brand new products marked down for a limited time. This is NOT end of season markdowns or clearance of old product. At the end of the sale all prices go back up! 

If you or your kids need a new North Face jacket, you want to check out this sale with great prices.

I am considering some brand new Nike shoes, a leather jacker, fun wrap sweaters and more. Don’t forget that Nordstrom offers FREE shipping and FREE returns making shopping risk free!

Have you purchased anything yet?  What are your favorites?


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Target Outfits – Maxi Skirt, Dress, Wedges, Leopard Flats & More

Fun Target fashion board with mix and match fashion. Maxi Skirt, wedges, leopard flats and more! Great for everyday and travel.


I am back with more mix and match fashion from Target. I love this board because you have everything from dressy to casual all with the same 14 pieces from Target. This includes 3 pairs of shoes! I absolutely LOVE the wedges and the leopard flats. The adorable green dress is currently on sale for just $15. You can’t beat that!

If you buy every single piece on this fashion board the cost is just $235.41. (Target pricing can change so be sure to check before you buy).  That is pretty fantastic for 15 outfits!! Many of you may already own some khaki shorts and you may also have own Mossimo Popover Blouse, High Tide  which we featured in a previous mix and match fashion article. .  This would make your total even less!

Links to all the pieces are below. Scroll down to see them all.

Also if you have any trouble with the links let me know. Sometimes the Target site seems to get locked up when I use google chrome.  Also if you have any pictures of you in these pieces or from the previous Target fashion boards, I would love to feature you in an upcoming post with readers wearing the actually outfits. If you are willing to share and be featured on the website, please email your picture at melissa at  I can’t wait to see you all! 

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  1. Merona Women’s Woven Dress, Green — $15.00 (reg $25)
  2. Merona Denim Jacket — $29.99
  3. Cherokee Flutter Sleeve Top, Navy – $9.00 (reg $15)
  4. Mossimo Popover Blouse, High Tide — $14.00 (reg $23)
  5. Merona Knit Woven Tank, Orange Zing — $11.88 (reg $15)
  6. PSST T-Shirt, White — $12.00 (reg $17)
  7. Mossimo Denim Leggings, Dark Wash — $27.99
  8. Mossimo Trumpet Maxi Skirt, Black – $14.00 (reg $20)
  9. Merona Chino 5″ Shorts, Brown — $19.99
  10. Xhilaration Shae Ballet Flats, Taupe– $19.99
  11. Merona Nala Wedge Sandal — $24.99
  12. Mossimo Scrunch Ballet Flats, Leopard Print – $16.99
  13. Merona Statement Necklace, Ivory/Gold — $16.99
  14. 2-in-1 Infinity Scarf, Navy — $14.99

Buy (14) Pieces Listed Above — $247.80
Save 5% and Free Shipping with Target RedCard
Final Price: $235.41 or $15.69 per Outfit!

Prices may change so be sure to check the current price before you buy.

If you don’t have a RedCard, Shipping is FREE for orders over $50.

You can return any items that don’t work to your local Target store. If you are unsure on sizing just order both sizes and return the one that doesn’t fit.

Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash Fun

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Looking for some fun this summer?  Then you will want to check out the Summer Beach Bash at Bahama Breeze. From June 23 through August 3, Bahama Breeze is celebrating summer with live island music on the patio and a new signature cocktail, the Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple. It is served in a fresh cut pineapple! This would make a great girls night out. If wish I could head to the real islands every weekend but this makes a great substitute.


I went last saturday with my family and saw their fun mojito bar right when we arrived at the restaurant. You choose your fruit, your rum, and watch the bartenders muddle the perfect summer cocktail.  I chose strawberry, mango, raspberry and I think it was the best mojito I have ever had.  The fruit was fresh and was amazing with the lime and mint.


If you attend the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash, you can participate in the Bahama Breeze  “Instagram Selfie Contest”. All you have to do is share a creative selfie of yourself enjoying your time at the Summer Beach Bash and use the hashtag #MyBBSelfie. You will then be entered for a chance to win a $25 Bahama Breeze gift card!

Here is my selfie with my awesome mojito. What do you think?  Doesn’t it look yummy.

Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times. Where else can you get yummy food, listen to live island music, and drink out of a pineapple or make you own mojito? Wondering how they make the Ultimate pineapple? Check out this video with more details.



We had the Ahi Tuna stack and firecracker shrimp tacos. They were so tasty. It is fun have some island favors without leaving my hometown.


If you happen to have a Bahama Breeze nearby, you will want to visit between now and August 3rd to experience the Summer Beach Bash for yourself!

Which will you choose the Ultimate Pineapple or Mojito Bar?


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