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Talk Me off the Groupon Ledge

I love Groupon, but after my recent experience with customer service, I'm doubting my loyalty. Help talk me off the Groupon ledge before I jump!

Ya’ll know I love saving money. Whether I’m hitting up weekly sales, scouring the clearance section, clipping coupons or using Groupon, I try to save money any way I can. But recently, I had a not so great experience with Groupon.

I’ve talked about great ways to use Groupon in the past. For example, some me time with a relaxing spa day, gifting sweet treats on a special occasion, trying a new restaurant or taking a vacation, Groupon has all kinds of options for saving.

But to be honest, my latest encounter has me rethinking Groupon’s customer service and if I’ll continue to be a loyal user. So let me explain.

Before the holidays I purchased a Groupon voucher for my boyfriend as a gift to him. It was for a local men’s nail salon. He’s talked so much about getting a pedicure and has never had one, so it was a perfect gift (plus I saved about $20).

I love Groupon, but after my recent experience with customer service, I'm doubting my loyalty. Help talk me off the Groupon ledge before I jump!

This particular voucher required an appointment. I tried calling a few times in January to get an appointment for him, but no one ever answered the phone. So I figured I’d wait a few weeks and try again. Maybe they were just super busy. The voucher didn’t expire until mid-April so I had plenty of time.

Well, things got busy, life happened and I wasn’t able to call again until the beginning of April. The problem was, this time the number for the business was actually disconnected. So, how am I supposed to make an appointment if I can’t even get in contact with the business?

I contacted Groupon (just over two weeks before the voucher expired) to let them know I couldn’t get in contact with the business and to ask what the next steps would be to redeeming the voucher. Groupon was going to use their own business contact for the salon and get back to me. A few days later I was told the business would call me directly within three days. I let those few days pass and was never contacted.

Again, I let Groupon know. About a week goes by without any contact and I’m getting concerned because the voucher is about to expire. So I reach out again and am told they’re still working on it.

I love Groupon, but after my recent experience with customer service, I'm doubting my loyalty. Help talk me off the Groupon ledge before I jump!

The expiration date comes and goes and now I’m bummed because my boyfriend can’t use the voucher anymore.

I reach out to Groupon again and ask what can be done now that the expiration date has passed. I can’t use the voucher so I’m hoping a refund can be given. I really don’t know what other solution there is aside from the business agreeing to accept the voucher even though it’s expired. I mean, I have no control over not being able to contact the business for an appointment beforehand and would hate to lose out on the money that I did spend towards the voucher (about $40).

I get the response I’m looking for from Groupon and was thrilled! They would refund the amount I paid for the voucher, to my account via Groupon Bucks. Not a problem. I love Groupon and know I’ll use the Groupon Bucks in the near future.

About three weeks go by, I’m browsing Groupon and I realize the Groupon Bucks aren’t there. They were never issued. So I follow up again with Groupon and at this point I’m starting to get the runaround. After maybe five responses from five different people (in the same support thread), I’m getting more frustrated with every response, as they each tell me a refund can’t be issued after three days of purchasing.

One of the support reps just offered me the Groupon Bucks a few weeks ago! What has changed since then?

It’s clear they haven’t read the whole support thread and don’t understand what had happened. I wasn’t simply asking for a refund because I forgot about the voucher and the expiration date passed. That’s not at all what happened, and I contacted Groupon in advance to try and get help in redeeming it before it did expire.

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Out of frustration I look for a phone number. I need to speak to someone in person and get this resolved once and for all. Well, I can’t find a contact number, but just the live chat. I’m already frustrated, but figure I’ll give it one last shot. Live chat, let’s handle this.

After explaining the issue, the support rep tells me again a refund can’t be given after three days of purchasing. I explain again that I was previously offered Groupon Bucks, which I’m fine with. She says no, that she can’t find that message in the support thread.

What?! I’m looking right at it in my email. I provide her the date of the message and the name of the rep who sent it. That’s not good enough. She doesn’t see it. I wish I could send her a screenshot of the message I’m looking at. I felt as though she was calling me a liar and I’m beyond pissed at this point. She offers to have me email the screenshots to their support email, which I do.

I love Groupon, but after my recent experience with customer service, I'm doubting my loyalty. Help talk me off the Groupon ledge before I jump!

Ten minutes go by while she’s checking to see if the email came through. At this point I’ve been on this chat for almost an hour (yeah, that’s how long it had taken to try to explain things, get my point across, and her to look into the issue). The email came through, she spoke with her supervisor and ONLY because I was able to provide proof of that message of the Groupon support rep offering Groupon Bucks as a resolution, they agree to the refund.

Finally, after a month and a half of trying to resolve this issue, I have a refund. It was a major relief to have everything taken care of, but it wasn’t an easy journey getting there. So, this leaves me skeptical of using Groupon again. What if this happens again and next time I end up losing my money? Is it a risk I’m willing to take?

I love Groupon and have used multiple vouchers in the past with no problem. Was this just a single fluke? And I still question why that salon business would offer a Groupon and then not have a reliable way of customers contacting them for an appointment. Might I add, that the business is still offering that exact same voucher at this very moment. How are customers going to contact them?

Have you ever had a problem with redeeming a Groupon voucher or had a problem with Groupon support? I really hate to give up Groupon, so I think I need some good stories to talk me off the Groupon ledge before I jump. Give me what you’ve got!

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#SharetheLuv with New Savings on Luvs Diapers

Don't you dare pay full price for your favorite diapers! Keep your eye out for these upcoming Luvs coupons and get your savings on! #SharetheLuv #LuvsDiapers #savingmoney #coupons
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You know this mama loves saving money anytime I can. When it comes to buying diapers for my toddler, saving money is no exception. And to be honest, I can’t even tell you the last time I purchased diapers and didn’t use a coupon of some sort.

That’s why I’m super excited about the upcoming diaper coupons for Luvs, the official diaper of experienced moms. In this Sunday’s newspaper (April 30th) keep your eye out for a $2 coupon off any one pack or box of Luvs diapers (expires 5/13/17).

And don’t you worry if you don’t receive a Sunday newspaper because Luvs still has you covered. Just hop over to coupons.com and print out a $1 coupon off any one pack of Luvs diapers (expires 30 days after printing)! Just an FYI – you can actually print this coupon twice so get those savings while you can! Parenting is not cheap!

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Regal $1 Summer Movie Express

Check out the schedule for the Regal Summer Movie Express and enjoy $1 family movies all summer long! #summerfun #SummerMovieExpress

“Schoooooooools out for the summer!” Okay, maybe not quite yet, but summer will be here before we know it. And it’s never too soon to start planning fun activities, right?

One of my favorite (and cheap) activities to enjoy with my kids is the Summer Movie Express by Regal Cinemas. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, various movie theaters show some of the year’s best family movies. The best part is admission is just $1/person! Now that’s something I can afford.

Check out the schedule for the Regal Summer Movie Express and enjoy $1 family movies all summer long! #summerfun #SummerMovieExpress

Some of this summer’s features include Trolls, Kung Fu Panda 3, Storks, SING, The Secret Life of Pets, Monster Trucks and many more.

Week 1

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Ice Age: Collision Course

Week 2

  • Trolls
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Week 3

  • Monster Trucks
  • Penguins of Madagascar

Week 4

  • Rio 2
  • The Boxtrolls

Week 5

  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • SING

Week 6

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Ratchet and Clank

Week 7

  • The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • The Adventures of Tin Tin

Week 8

  • Happy Feet 2
  • Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Week 9

  • Storks
  • The LEGO Batman Movie

Check out the schedule for the Regal Summer Movie Express and enjoy $1 family movies all summer long! #summerfun #SummerMovieExpress

You’ll need to check your theater’s schedule because the dates vary by state and region, all depending on when school is officially out for summer and when it starts back up next year.

As if the cheap admission wasn’t great enough, a portion of all ticket sales goes to the Will Rogers Institute, too!

What movie are you most excited to see with your kids?

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Stylishly & Affordably Set Your Easter Dinner Table with Kmart + $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway
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If you have a Kmart in your area and you’re not taking advantage of its grocery selections, you are truly missing out. Most people tend not to think of groceries when they think of Kmart, but I oftentimes shop there for household supplies and yes, general groceries. You know I love saving a buck or two anywhere I can and Kmart happens to be one of the places I can do that!

Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway

Easter is just two weeks away and is one of the holidays that my family gathers together for a big family feast. This year I’m helping prepare for my family’s big Easter dinner and have been tasked with table settings and centerpieces. Can you guess where I’ll be shopping? Kmart, of course! And I’ll be saving along the way!

Before I head to the store, I decided to do a little browsing online. I know they’ll have everything I need, but I wanted to get a head start because I tend to be a bit indecisive. I’m one of those people who picks something out, puts it in the cart, does some other shopping and then loops back around because I’ve changed my mind. By looking online, I can at least see what I might be able to expect in-store and ponder my final decisions beforehand. Otherwise, I might be in the store ALL day.

I’m starting with the centerpieces and the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Easter, is Easter eggs and the Easter bunny. How can I incorporate these into cool centerpieces that are more than just pleasing to the eye? I want centerpieces that people can really enjoy and won’t just be stored or trashed after the holiday.

Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway

I think it would be cool to make them tasty! In the spirit of Easter, why not have some centerpieces that feature candy shaped like Easter eggs and Easter bunnies? My family loves chocolate, so I certainly know a centerpiece with chocolate will not go to waste. This week, Kmart has Easter 6-pack candies and Lindt Gold Bunnies on sale for just $2.50 (ends 4/8)! And next week Easter Packaged Chocolates will be just $1.50 (4/9 to 4/15). These deals are totally worth two trips to the store!

The candies will all be perfect for my centerpieces (and a snack while I’m putting them together, just saying). If I arrange them all in cute little baskets, with some grass filling (that can be reused next year, I might add), nothing will go to waste and my family will get a little extra surprise at Easter dinner this year!

Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway

So with the centerpieces all planned out, I need to decide on coordinating table settings – plates, utensils, cups, etc. Since I’m going to Kmart, I want to look at the store’s own Smart Sense brand.

I already buy Smart Sense products on a regular basis so I know they’re worthy of my family’s Easter dinner, but a special little added bonus is that when I spend $10+ on Smart Sense items, I’ll earn 25% back in Shop Your Way Rewards Points (ends 5/1). It’s a win-win!

Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway

Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway

Look at these cute and decorative plates and cups I came across! The design and colors are great for an Easter celebration, and I love that they match. I’ll be getting dinner plates, salad bowls, dessert plates, cups, napkins and utensils. Lots of utensils! My family likes to eat, toss their dishes, take a break and then come back for more before hitting the dessert table.

On top of the centerpieces and table settings, I think I’m going to put together a host gift for my mom, since she’s hosting everyone this year. I know after having all of us crazies in her house, she’ll need a little something special for herself. She loves snacking so I’m thinking a few Smart Sense snacking nuts and trail mixes will do the trick!

Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway

So you see? Kmart’s grocery selections are worth visiting! All the candy and tableware for my family’s big Easter dinner are going to be perfect and I think my mom will be overjoyed at her host gift. On top of that, this is one holiday my wallet won’t feel the wrath!

What will you buy at Kmart in preparation for Easter?


Preparing for a big Easter family dinner? Kmart can help you with all your needs, from tableware to Easter candies. And your wallet will thank you for shopping at Kmart, too! Head over to the blog to find out how you can save at Kmart this Easter holiday and enter to win a $100 Kmart gift card! #LifeisRidiculouslyAwesome #Easter #savingmoney #Kmart #ShopYourWay #giveaway

Need to do a little Easter prep yourself? One lucky Making Time reader will win a $100 Kmart gift card! So get those entries in and start planning your next trip to Kmart!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on April 16, 2017 at midnight.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Enhance Your Spring Wardrobe with eShakti {$25 off}

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe
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Last week I shared with you some cute Easter outfit options for kids, but what about the adults in the family? Today, I’ll share one of my favorite sites for women’s dresses (and other clothes) – eShakti.

With endless styles, colors and even the ability to customize, eShakti has it ALL! So how about a little spring wardrobe update or a new Easter dress for mom or your teen? One peek and you’ll want to buy the whole site. I do!

There are so many great benefits to shopping at eShakti. Not only is the selection AH-MAZING, but just about everything is customizable. Sizes range from 0-36 and you can customize the neckline, sleeves and length to your liking. It’s like designing your own wardrobe!

And of course, you know my money saving nature is always shining through, so how about $25 off and free customization on your first purchase?! Simply register as a new customer at eShakti and the savings are all yours!

Here’s a little sneak peek at what you’ll come across while browsing the site. These are just a few of the dresses I’d love to add to my own wardrobe and would all make a perfect Easter dress.


Graphic Print Pleat Empire Georgette Dress – $51.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Floral Print Surplice Dupioni Gown – $67.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Floral Print Bow-Tie Mixed Media Dress – $51.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


One-Shoulder Floral Print Georgette Maxi Dress – $53.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Rose Print Crepe Banded Empire Dress – $58.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Riley Dress – $44.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe

Which dress is your favorite?

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Easter Looks for Less

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

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Easter is just about a month away, so it’s time to start thinking activities and outfits. When I was a child, my mom made all of my Easter dresses. I’m talking my mom went all out, from tulle underneath the dress, to the apron that was worn over the top of the dress.

I kind of wish I had the time and skill to do the same for my own daughter. Well, in all honesty, I could make the time to do it and while I’m certainly no professional seamstress, I do have a little skill.

But since I’m being honest here, on the other hand, there are so many cute and affordable options in stores these day, too. The time it would take to make one and the cost of the materials just isn’t much worth it.

Stores like Gymboree or Janie and Jack have some of the most adorable clothing options for kids, including Easter outfits. In fact, Gymboree has 50% off sitewide today (3/17) through Sunday (3/19). It’s the perfect time to get my kids their Easter outfits!

I’ve been browsing the website and pieced together two options for both my son and daughter. Take a look and tell me which one’s you think I should get!


Son Option 1

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Linen Vest – $18.48 | Plaid Shirt – $14.98 | Linen Pants – $16.48 | Dressy Tie – $6.48 | Wingtip Shoes – $18.48


Son Option 2

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Linen Shirt – $14.98 | Belted Twill Shorts – $14.98 | Bow Tie – $6.48 | Chambray Suspenders – $9.98 | Seersucker Cap – $9.98


Daughter Option 1

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Floral Eyelet Dress – $27.48 | Cropped Cardigan – $16.48 | Flower Sandals – $16.48 | Floral Eyelet Headband – $6.48


Daughter Option 2

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Rosette Headband – $4.48 | 1-Shoulder Floral Dress – $27.48 | Cropped Cardigan – $16.48 | Scalloped Sandals – $18.48 | Eyelet Purse – $12.48


Which outfits do you like the best?

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Beauty Box 5 is a Makeup Lovers Dream Box

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup

~Thank you to Beauty Box 5 for providing my first box for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

Have you always wanted to try the hottest and most glam makeup products and trends, but don’t know where to start? This is exactly how I feel about makeup and beauty in general.

I haven’t looked through the latest fashion magazines, but that doesn’t matter because I’m not a makeup guru and have no idea how to get the glam looks anyways. Besides, I haven’t a clue as to what shades will work for me, but that doesn’t matter either because I have no time to get to the store to even buy any beauty products.

So what is a girl like me to do? Get myself a Beauty Box 5 subscription, that’s what!

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup

I just got my first box delivered last month and was amazed at everything that was included. February’s theme was “The Kiss Kit” and the box included nothing but lip products. Pucker up baby, my lip game is about to be on point!

  • Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Lippie
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Liner
  • So Susan Colour Hybrid
  • Style Essentials Lip Glow

Every month, with a Beauty Box 5 subscription you’ll receive 5 beauty must-haves delivered to your door. Some products are full-size and others are samples. In “The Kiss Kit,” 4 products were full-size! The only one that was a “sample” was the Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask. It’s sold as a pack of 5 and the box contained just 1.

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup
If you haven’t had a good laugh today, here it is! This is the Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask. Looks funny, but is a pretty neat little item.

 

Each month the products you get are worth a combined $35+. The total value of “The Kiss Kit?” – $38.50. How much is the subscription? – As low as $9/mth (depending on which plan you choose)!

  • Pay monthly – $12/mth
  • Pay quarterly (every 3 months) – $10/mth (This is my favorite option!)
  • Pay annually – $9/mth

I’ve already told you I’m no makeup guru and to be honest, I’m pretty much making things up as I go. But that’s okay! When I find something that works, I stick with it until I master something else. And I’ve realized that I don’t have to get all fancied up to wear makeup. Even the simplest of days deserve a little mascara and lip color!


What I like about Beauty Box 5 is that I get new products or shades that I would never pick up in the store (when I do actually get there) and sometimes find that I love them. That’s what happened last month with “The Kiss Kit.”

It came with a Tint Unicorn Liner and Lippie in the Fairytale shade. I pulled them out of their little black boxes and immediately thought there was no way this color would look good on me. It looked Barbie pink at first glance and I tend to wear darker colors. But I tried them anyways. Low and behold, I really like the color! Never in my life would I have chosen this pink shade while shopping myself, but now that I’ve tried it, I find it to be a perfect color for spring and summer, and one that I can pull off.

Subscribe & Save

Ready to get your own Beauty Box 5? Head over to BB5 and choose which subscription plan works best for you. Then sit back and wait for the mailman. Mail surprises are the best, aren’t they?! By the way, when you subscribe now, you’ll receive a free gift in your first box – an Elizabeth Mott Glitterati Liquid Eyeliner!

OH! And if you want February’s “The Kiss Kit” you can still get it, too, for $15! Get it here. I can’t wait to see what this month’s box holds!

What product would you like to see featured in the next Beauty Box 5? Anything you’ve been dying to try?

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How I Prepare for a Couponing Trip

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

Since I started posting my grocery store couponing hauls on Instagram, I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on how great it is and what amazing savings I’m getting, and many people wishing they could do what I do. You can and I’m going to give you some tips!


Yesterday was my latest haul and while it wasn’t my biggest, I still kicked butt. In fact, I saved a lot more than I had expected. Even the cashier and people in line behind me were amazed and in awe.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

In fact, I got into a little conversation with the woman behind me about where I get my coupons and just the store’s general coupon policy. She was asking me so many questions and I was trying to answer them all, while at the same time trying to make sure the cashier didn’t skip over any of my coupons (they sometimes stick together), haha. So this inspired me to write a post just giving you some info about how I do my couponing and what I do to prepare for a trip to the grocery store.

Store’s Coupon Policy

Now, I’ll tell you, when I lived in FL I wasn’t as coupon rich as I am now. I still used coupons, but didn’t save nearly as much as I do now living in NJ. The reason is simple. FL stores do not double coupons or at least none of the one’s in my area did. But now that I’ve discovered ShopRite and its amazing coupon policy, I’m able to make my coupons go further. So my first suggestion is to check out the coupon policies for the stores in your general area.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

I love ShopRite because they have digital coupons that you electronically add to your shopper card, and many of those coupons are duplicates of the exact same coupons that can be printed online. And for each item you buy you can use both a digital coupon and a printed manufacturer coupon. That alone is double savings.

To make it even sweeter, for any coupon with a face value less than $1.00, ShopRite will double it (given it’s a coupon that allows for doubling and in my experience most of them are). This means if I have a coupon worth $0.75, ShopRite doubles it, saving me $1.50.

THIS, my friends, is how I save the bulk of my money using coupons. It all boils down to the store’s coupon policy.

Store Ad

Now that I know what I’m looking at in terms of the store’s coupon policy, my next task is to browse the store’s weekly sales ad. This is where I start every single week. I look for and simply take note of sales of items that my family enjoys and uses. I find that looking through the sales first makes it a little easier for me to gather what I need to get the savings.

Coupons

To be coupon rich you have to have coupons, right? I get asked often (even in the grocery store) where I get all my coupons and quite simply, I print them at home. I haven’t gotten a Sunday newspaper, which offers tons of great coupons, in about a year. But if you do get a Sunday newspaper, then you’re more ahead of the couponing game than you think.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

Personally, all of my coupons are printed online and the majority are printed from InboxDollars. What I love about InboxDollars is that for each coupon I print and actually redeem, I earn $0.10. That’s not something offered by other coupon sites.

I don’t factor these earnings into my total haul savings when I post them because it takes a little while for these to show up. They aren’t added to your InboxDollars account until the store sends the coupons to the manufacturer for payment and when that’s done varies from store to store. On average it takes about 30 days for me to see these earnings show up in my account.

Rebates

Aside from coupons, I also save money by submitting my shopping receipts for rebates. I use Ibotta, Saving Star, Checkout 51 and MobiSave the most. The great thing about Saving Star is that just like ShopRite’s digital coupons, Saving Star rebates are sometimes the exact same as the coupons I can print.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

For example, yesterday I purchased Dial body wash. I printed a coupon valued at $1.50, ShopRite had the same digital coupon, and Saving Star had the same rebate. That’s $4.50 in savings. How much did the body wash cost? $3.49 – I got it for free plus made an extra $1.01!

The other great thing about Saving Star is that I can link my ShopRite shopper card number and the rebates will automatically be processed within a few days of my purchase. So this is one app I don’t have to manually submit my receipt to, like I have to do with Ibotta, Checkout 51 and MobiSave. But I love them all and use them all the time!

Shopping List

My last step before heading to the store is preparing a shopping list. After browsing the sales ad, seeing what coupons are available for printing and seeing what rebates are available, I can determine which items I can get a great deal on.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

My shopping list consists of what the item is, along with its regular or sale price. I then detail where all my savings are coming from, whether a printed coupon, ShopRite digital coupon, or rebate. This helps me figure out what my final price is for each item. I also use it as a tool to ensure I have all the printed and digital coupons ready to go. I mean, I’m doing all this work to save as much as I can and when every penny counts, I have to make sure I’ve got everything I need when I get to the store.

And to be honest, if I didn’t make a list I’d get to the store and forget half of what I wanted to get.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

In a nut shell, this is how I coupon and save the money I do. I really only do major couponing like this at ShopRite, but do still coupon at other stores. Other store coupon policies just aren’t as great as ShopRite’s!

Are you ready to get started? Check out InboxDollars and the rebate apps to see what kinds of savings are available and get to it!

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Save & Earn Money on Dealspotr

Love saving money? Love earning money? You can easily do both with Dealspotr! #savingmoney #coupons #earnmoney

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You guys know I LOVE saving money. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably seen my shopping trips where I use coupons and rebates to save tons of money on groceries.

 


But my savings go way beyond groceries! I’m talking about retail therapy. I love shopping, period! But the reality is we have a budget and my retail therapy budget is probably the smallest budget we have. When I get a hankering for some shopping, I first head to Dealspotr to see what kinds of savings are available because I want to get the most out of my budget.

What is Dealspotr?

Dealspotr is your one-stop hub for savings of ALL kinds – online promo codes, online sales, in-store savings, deals on specific products, and even freebies. And it’s not just for retail shopping, but encompasses anything and everything you can buy – groceries, clothing, shoes, printer ink, food delivery, flowers, sporting equipment, vacuum cleaners, electronics, gifts, services, and on and on and on. You can find savings for everything on Dealspotr.

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Where do the deals come from?

So, where do all of these deals and savings come from? From me and you! If you find a great deal or sale that you just can’t help but share, share it on Dealspotr. Spread the savings and let everyone know about it.

Just last night I posted a deal for Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip. It’s pretty random, but it was such a good deal that I just had to share. I was shopping at BJ’s Wholesale the other day and noticed the product out of the corner of my eye. It was retailing at just $1.99 and that alone was the cheapest I’d ever seen. But, I had a $0.75 coupon with me that I had previously printed and then remembered seeing a $1 Ibotta rebate. After the coupon and rebate, that made the dip just $0.24! Um, that is totally going in my cart! It’s Super Bowl weekend and dip is in high demand!

Dealspotr is more than saving. You can earn money too!

Did I forget to mention that when you post a deal, you earn points? And those points can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards and even PayPal cash (if you reach Gold level status)! It’s a win-win! You visit Dealspotr to find great deals and sales to help you save money, and when you post deals and sales you find, you earn money!

There are also other ways of earning posts, than just posting deals. You can also earn points by validating that deals work. Did you see my Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip deal and head to BJ’s Wholesale to get it? Validate my deal by posting your receipt or posting a photo of the dip in-store. You’ll earn points for that!

You also have a daily checklist that gives you the opportunity to earn an extra 200 points every day. Simply satisfy the 4 tasks in your daily checklist. Some tasks include posting deals, validating deals, or even simply sharing a great deal you found to your social media. It’s that easy!

Love saving money? Love earning money? You can easily do both with Dealspotr! #savingmoney #coupons #earnmoney

Tip for validating deals – Find an online deal, go to that website and add things to your cart to satisfy that particular deal. Add the promo code (if there is one) and post a screenshot validating whether it works or not. You don’t even actually have to make a purchase to validate whether an online deal works because you can see the savings before completing checkout. So even without a purchase, you can still earn points for validating!

What makes Dealspotr different?

Aside from the ability to earn money, you’re probably wondering what makes Dealspotr different from other coupon sites. The answer is simple. First, all of the deals are posted and monitored by its members – me and you. Not only do we have the ability to validate a deal is working, but we also have the ability to invalidate a deal.

I actually did that just this morning. Someone posted a deal for Papa John’s, so I went online and added the necessary food to my cart, but when it came time to checkout, the savings didn’t show. So I took a screenshot and invalidated the deal (and earned points for doing so!). This feature alerts other Dealspotr users that the deal posted isn’t actually working. It’s possible the user who posted the deal forgot to include a promo code or maybe even typed the promo code incorrectly. And let’s face it, mistakes happen. But by working together Dealspotr users can make sure only the best deals are posted and are accurate for others to use.

Love saving money? Love earning money? You can easily do both with Dealspotr! #savingmoney #coupons #earnmoney

The other thing that sets Dealspotr apart from other coupon sites is the customization options it offers its users. I can select what types of deal interests I have and only deals pertaining to those interests will show in my personal feed. This eliminates the trouble of browsing through tons of deals I’m just simply not interested in, in an attempt to find something I am interested in. Finding the deals I want has never been easier!

What are you waiting for? Have you joined Dealspotr yet (it’s FREE)?

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5 Reasons to Love the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag (+ 50% Off)

5 Reasons to Love the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag + 50% Off #diaperbag #baby
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After two kids and about a dozen different diaper bags, I’ve finally found one that’s perfect for me. I’ve had everything from expensive ones with special features and accessories, to free ones that come with a purchase, but none of them I carried for an extended period of time.

I’ve always wondered if the perfect diaper bag exists. Ya know, one that will hold everything the kid’s need, everything I need, is fashionable enough to wear all the time and won’t break the bank. You guys, I found it! That perfect diaper bag is the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag. I’ve only had it for a few days, but it was love at first sight and I know it’s one I’ll continue to wear even after my diaper bag days are over.

5 Reasons to Love the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag

1. Fashion

I absolutely love the look of this diaper bag. With its durable striped canvas exterior, the bag has a bit of a nautical design, but the black/white/tan colors make it so it can be carried with and will match pretty much any outfit you wear. The closure also adds to its fashionable appearance. There’s an interior magnetic closure and an additional hook/clasp exterior closure, for ensured safekeeping.

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I mean, it really doesn’t even look like a diaper bag and no one will even know that’s what it is. There’s nothing wrong with ditching the baby-like designs that desperately scream diaper bag and carrying one that looks like a purse!

2. Size

The Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag is a medium size. I compare it to my purses, of which I like to carry at least a medium sized purse and sometimes go larger. So the medium size of this diaper bag makes it just right for me, as if I’m simply carrying a purse. Large, bulky diaper bags are like carrying another baby and baby alone is enough, so Laiya wins hands down when it comes to size.

3. Functionality

Just as you’d expect from any diaper bag, this one features lots of pockets and lots of room for anything and everything baby could need while out and about. I’m at a stage where my infant has transitioned to a toddler, so there are some things I no longer need to carry, but we still take a lot of stuff when we leave the house. If nothing else, our main essentials are diapers, wipes, snacks and a sippy cup. And the Laiya Deluxe Diaper has pockets to keep it all organized.

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  • Two outer pockets.
  • Six interior pockets.
  • One zippered interior pocket.
  • Includes matching striped changing pad.

Any pockets that aren’t in use for her necessities, hold mine – my wallet, keys, sunglasses, cell phone, lipstick, etc.

4. Versatility

One of the nice features of the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag is the different ways it can be carried. I personally like to carry mine as a crossbody bag, but the longer strap can be removed and the bag can be worn on your arm like a handbag or even over one shoulder.

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And it doesn’t stop there! The bag features two stroller loops on the top of each side so you can easily slip it over the handles of an umbrella stroller. How convenient is that?!

5. Price

With all of the great qualities of this diaper bag, you’d expect it to be somewhat expensive, but it’s really not. Retailing for just $44.95 makes it very affordable, especially in the realm of diaper bags. But I can make the price even sweeter!

I have an exclusive promo code specially for Making Time readers, giving you a whopping 50% off! Yes, this is real! Just use promo code MAKETIME at checkout. The promo code (valid through 2/10) can also be used more than once, so if you get your own and love it as much as I love mine, you can go back and order another for a friend. Talk about a great baby shower gift!

I also want to add that a portion of each purchase goes to supporting families who are seeking to adopt. What an amazing cause to contribute to!

What do you like about the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I received the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag at a discount, but my opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.