This time of the year can be kind of chaotic. If you’re a parent, the kids are ready to transition from days at school to a long stretch at home with you (or at soccer camp/dance school/whatever activity you have to organize). Lots of families and couples are planning summer vacations too, which require a whole lot of cleaning/getting ahead on work/paying bills/packing (read: a whole lot of NOT fun) beforehand. For the first time in forever, there’s yard work to do and it’s way hotter than we’re used to. What’s the solution to the busy, sweaty mess? Sweet, delicious iced tea.
There’s nothing like a giant serving of crisp, cool, caffeinated sweet tea to take with you while you’re running errands and pulling weeds, so I’ve SnipSnapped lots of sweet tea deals for some of my favorite fast food restaurants (and my favorite special-tea store, Teavana). Check out how you can score your next fix for free!
Save $10 off $30 Purchase at Teavana:
Free Medium Sweet Tea and Medium Fries with Purchase of Premium McWrap at McDonald’s:
Free Small Tea and Fries with Purchase of Baconator or Son of Baconator Sandwiches at Wendy’s:
(If you use this coupon at Wendy’s, make sure you give the strawberry tea a shot!)
It’s 80 degrees today in Philadelphia, and it finally feels like we’re in the final stretch towards summer. It’s graduation season, and with the end of another school year, lots of families are gearing up for summer vacations: long days at the pool and weeks at the beach. I can’t wait for my summer vacation and I’ve been ferociously couponing my hot weather wardrobe. I even used mobile coupons to score a completely free bikini! As you can tell, one of my chief aims in life is to look good and feel great without spending a lot of money. This applies to to what I put on my body as much as it applies to what I put in my body. I usually have way too much on my plate to actually cook meals during the week, so I rely heavily on convenience food and coffee pit stops. But, just because I’m busy, doesn’t mean I eat junk. We’re past the age when McDonald’s was to blame for your expanding wasteline; today, a fast food lunch will not only save you a ton of money (even more with coupons!) it can also save you a ton of calories – if you know what to order.
What’s on the healthy, delicious, frugal McDonald’s menu this week? Fruit smoothies and high-protein breakfast sandwiches!
This week, from May 21-23, McDonald’s is offering its brand new Blueberry Pomegranate smoothies for just $1.
A small smoothie will set you back just 220 calories and will fill you up (it has 3 grams of fiber) more than a sugary, junky soda.
You don’t need a coupon to take advantage of this deal, but if you want to make it a meal, make sure you SnipSnap this coupon for BOGO Egg White Delight McMuffin sandwiches:
I’m so excited about these new McMuffins; they’re a really great choice for a fast, delicious breakfast. With 18 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and just 7 grams of fat/250 calories, you’re not breaking the calorie bank first thing in the morning.
Are you a convenience food queen like me? Make sure you follow me in the SnipSnap app and subscribe to my Fast Food coupon bundle, to get the latest scoop on high value coupons for quick, tasty food.
I’ve been working on my closet these last few weeks while we transition into summer and I prepare to hit the Caribbean for a cruise! (How does a frugal girl justify it? Check out how simply SnipSnapping your daily cup of coffee could pay for your next vacation, too.) In order to clear out some of my winter clothing clutter, I’ve donated a few bags of clothes to charity. But I love the idea of refurbishing and/or restyling some of the pieces I’m not quiet yet ready to part with. Which is where some of my favorite fashionably frugal living bloggers come in.
Recently, I can’t get enough of I get my crafty from my Mama, an inspirational wellspring for women who like to look good, while exercising their inner Martha Stewart. The blog is written by a super-stylish and expertly frugal mother and daughter trio: Sheryl (the mama) who writes about thrifting, garage saling and re-crafting, Marissa (the oldest daughter), who writes prolifically about sewing and creating upscale crafts, and Krista (the youngest daughter), who writes about crafting for college folks and allergy free cooking.
I’m a huge crafting fanatic. Many years ago, I swore to drastically reduce my holiday spending by making many of my own holiday gifts. Not only is crafting the best way to give the most thoughtful gift ever on a dime, I can reduce my spending by up to 50% more, no scouring for print coupons necessary, with my SnipSnap app. I regularly save a landslide of money at craft stores like Jo-Ann, Michaels, and A.C. Moore and that makes me a very happy crafter indeed.
By I still need inspiration! And that’s where bloggers like Sheryl, Marissa, and Krista come in. Currently, I’m obsessed with reading about how Marissa refashions fabulous thrifted finds and even sews her own garments completely from scratch. The best part? She always looks amazing! I was fortunate enough to interview Marissa about where she gets her inspiration and how we can all learn how to stay chic with a little homegrown craftiness. Here’s what she had to say:
MM: Hey, Marissa! Tell me a little bit about yourself – what do you do for work/fun and what are your passions in life?
Marissa: I’m Marissa, older sister to Krista, daughter of Sheryl, and granddaughter of Helen. I work full time in a professional office setting and love to sew and craft in my free time. My passions include my faith, my family, and getting creative!
MM: How did you develop your talent for sewing and upscale crafts?
Marissa: My first memory of sewing is when my Grandma Helen helped me hand stitch a small pillow with Minnie Mouse on the front and a star on the back. I still have that little pillow in my sewing box and think of her every time I see it. My mother continued to teach me to sew through 4-H. I sewed for over 10 years as a 4-Her. Each year I had a new outfit to show at Spring Achievement and the county fair. At Spring Achievement I modeled my fashions and at the county fair my workmanship was judged. I also learned to upscale/refashion clothing in 4-H through an entry called “Recyclable Wearable.”
MM: How did you get started writing your blog? How do you hope your writing influences your readers?
Marissa: My sister Krista started our blog as a fun way to stay connected with each other and share of craft ideas. We hope other readers gain inspiration through our blog.
MM: How do all of you inspire each other and work together?
Marissa: I find that we each have different strengths. My strength is sewing, Krista’s photography, my mother’s sewing and gardening, etc.
MM: Do you think anyone can learn to be more crafty? What’s the best way to start?
Marissa: I absolutely believe that people can learn to be more crafty. All you need are good instructions, pictures, and good company. I would suggest you begin crafting with a simple craft and a friend. MM: How important is being thrifty to your life? How often do you re-purpose/recycle materials when sewing/crafting?
Marissa: Being thrifty is VERY important to my life. I can’t imagine paying full price for anything that isn’t a necessity (and even then I try to coupon!) Almost all of my craft/sewing projects have at least one element that is recycled, re-purposed, or vintage. I like to find materials at thrift stores, second hand stores, free stores, and garage sales.
MM:How much money do you think you’ve saved over the years by thrifting and/or sewing your own clothes? What do you do/plan to do with your savings?
Marissa: I can’t even begin to imagine the amount our family has saved by being thrifty. Krista and I learned to be thrifty from our mother who learned from her mother. For our Grandma Helen, who grew up during The Great Depression, being thrifty was a necessity. For me, making my own clothing ensures their fit and I enjoy the process. My closet would be much more bare without the possibility of sewing my own clothing and purchasing nice clothing and secondhand shops.
MM:Do you have any other great money-saving tips you can share?
Another good way I like to save money is to trade services. For example, if I had a friend who needed sewing I could trade sewing for something she could do, like cook dinner for me! I love trading!
I’m so thankful to Marissa for sharing her DIY inspiration with me and for writing such a fabulous blog. Make sure you check out I get my crafty from my Mama to grab some of your own style ideas – and don’t forget to snip a coupon before you head to that craft store!