Saturday, October 1, 2011

31 Days of Tracking Spending--October 1

I've decided to take part in the 31 Days of Change hosted by the Nesting Place Blog.

Since My husband and I are having a hard time staying on track of keeping track of where all the money is going to I have chosen to blog each day of October on tracking our spending.

No, I'm not going to go in to detail on how much was spent each day here on my blog.   That would be going a bit to far being public.  However, I will mention some things we spent money on, and how I feel about that afterwards.

Today was the German fundraising dinner at our church.  Basically we blew about 3 months worth of entertainment money in one evening!!

I shopped at Wal Mart too.  Some of my shopping was for supplies for craft orders, so that amount won't count against what we spent.

Steve is already trying to just give me an estimate on how much he spent on his lunch and things today while at work.  We've been discussing this since I decided to do the challenge----that I want exact totals, and exact on what was bought!

I hope to have a button and such for these posts soon.

Find Day 2 HERE 
Find Day 3 HERE
Find Day 4 HERE
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Find Day 6 HERE
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Find Days 26 and 27 HERE 
Find Days 28 and 19 HERE

Check out the linky with over 700 others who are also doing the 31 Days Challenge HERE 

Preparing for the Spoooky Celebration--Shop Hop 10/1/11

The Spoooky Celebration starts Monday at 1 pm and goes until 10 pm.  I have my time at 8 pm Monday.   The celebration continues on Friday, also 1 pm to 10 pm.  I have my presentation time at 3 pm on Friday.   I hope you will check it out and plan on joining us in the fun.   5 pm both days you can have fun going through the haunted house.  There are live prize drawings both days as well.
Just click the button to see all the information.
Halloween Spoooooky Celebration

I finished the table runner and the lap quilt.  Both are now listed in my etsy store:
I'm working on getting more items moved over to my zibbet store.  I need to have all of them moved over before my first presentation time at the Spoooky Celebration. accident when I sold a book on and went to print out the packing slip, I found out that there is a link to just the books that I have for sale.   I've added 2 more books to my listings.  You can check them out here: / Shops / marsha32 / Books
Thanks to Ruthi's ( a bitosunshine) Shop Hop post last week I am now also linking up on the 1st and 15th with Pixel Berry Pie Designs Shop Hop Linky as well.   Click both buttons to hop along and share with others, or show your support.
 Shop Hop Saturday with abitosunshine

Friday, September 30, 2011

Frugal Friday's Linky**Budgeting Beauty--How To Save on Essentials**

 This week I've been asked to share saving tips on how to budget beauty.  I am happy to pass these along with the links.  There are some great tips given!

When it comes to shaving our budgets, most ladies put beauty products in the "need" category. A study commissioned by Mintel validates this assumption, reporting consumers spent $2.32 billion on shampoo and $1.71 billion on conditioner in 2010 alone.
So what's the best way to save on essentials without resorting to dollar-store cosmetics? Here are nine tips to keep both your beauty and your budget intact.
1. Hair Products
Consider extending the life of your shampoo (and hair color) by using dry shampoo or baby powder in between washes. When using shampoo and conditioner, check out these great tips and best bargain buys from
2. Hand Soap
Foam hand soap is all the rage these days, and one of the easier beauty products to DIY. Refer to's recipe for specific instructions, but ultimately all you need is a lot of water, a bit of soap and a few drops of essential oil.
3. Makeup Brushes
In addition to extending the life on pricey makeup applicators, regularly cleaning your brushes is just the sanitary thing to do. And if you really need replacements, consider a tip given to me by a MAC Cosmetics artist; buy art brushes at craft stores for a fraction of the price!
4. Foundation
Whether you're a liquid, powder or mineral foundation girl, you can use less of this beauty staple by applying a base before application. The Magic Perfecting Base by L'Oreal is a favorite among top fashion magazines, and is available for less than $12 from Walmart and Target.
5. Fragrance
Let's be honest -- designer fragrances are among the most expensive beauty purchases, with $80 buying less than 6 ounces of product. If you can't part with your signature Chanel scent, buy gift cards at a discounted rate for retailers selling your fragrance and enjoy immediate savings.
6. Body Lotion
Moisturizing is a must for anyone who wants to avoid the shar pei-look at 50, but lotion gets pricey when you see the words "illuminating," "firming" or "age-defying" on the label. Unless you have a serious skin issue, consistent use of most drugstore moisturizers is sufficient.
7. Hair Color
Prolong your color-treated hair between salon visits using household ingredients. Brunettes can use a strong pot of cooled coffee and blonds can use a lemon juice-water mixture. Apply the treatment after shampooing, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse, condition and style as usual.
8. Hair Accessories
Today's trendy hair accessories can be homemade for a fraction of salon and department store prices. Channel your inner domestic goddess and create one-of-a-kind hair candy with beads, feathers and artificial flowers found in craft stores.
9. Less is More
There's no need to wear your entire cosmetics collection every day of the week. Consider giving your wallet a break by opting for the basics during mellow workdays or lazy weekends. For tips on how to pull off the "au natural" look, refer to Real Simple's step-by-step instructions.

Andrea Woroch is a nationally recognized consumers-savings expert, and is available for in-studio, satellite or skype interviews and to write guest posts or articles.
For all media inquiries, please contact Andrea at 970-672-6085 or email

Now it's your turn.  Please link your frugal type posts from the past week in the linky below.  The linky remains open until next Friday so post any day of the week.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Swagcode Extravaganza Coming up Monday October 3!

A Swag Code Extravaganza coming up on Monday October 3rd, 2011!! This means a day where swagbucks will have SEVEN different codes all throughout the day, and a total of 60 Swag Bucks in codes being given out!!

The first code will be put out on the Swagbucks Twitter feed (which you  can follow if they aren't already @swagbucks) at 6:00am PT on Monday.

If you aren't yet a member, swagbucks  is offering you the sign up code BIGTIMEBUCKS - it's worth and additional 70 Swag Bucks when applied during sign up, meaning that you would start with 100 total Swag Bucks instead of the normal 30. The code is active now and is good until 11:59pm PT this coming Monday. (Oct. 3) 

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