Friday, April 29, 2016

Weekly Giveaway Roundup April 30, 2016

Feel free to link up blog giveaways here.  They must be open to the USA, hosted by a blog, and the link should go directly to the giveaway.

Also, if you would please like Books, Bargains, Blessings on Facebook as well as my page where I sell Paparazzi $5 Jewelry, I would be most appreciative.

Also, please enter my giveaway for a fashion lanyard with matching earrings.  USA only.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jewelry lanyard and matching earrings giveaway Ends 5/6/16

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Most of my loyal readers know I signed up to sell Paparazzi Jewelry last summer.  At only $5 per piece, it's a fun and inexpensive way to accessorize your wardrobe.

With the end of school coming, I thought it would be fun to give away the "All in a Day's Work" lanyard with matching earrings.  This would make a nice gift to a teacher or secretary.  Or anyone else who needs to wear a lanyard, such as a government worker.  While this particular lanyard is no longer available on the website, there are lanyards to choose from.  I gave one to my mother in law for Christmas and she was thrilled with it.  This would also be great if you are planning on going to a conference to hold your name badge.  :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Week One of the One Month Pantry Challenge

Last week I announced my husband and I were going to do a one month pantry eating challenge as a way to both save money and help clean out the pantry.  Here's how the first week went.

Day 1:  Burgers from McDonalds ($5) Okay, so it looks like we failed before we even started, and in a way we did, but we hadn't planned on having burgers that night.

Monday, April 25, 2016

4 Ways I Paid Off My Student Loan EARLY



I graduated from college in 1998.  I had over $16,000 of student loans.  That probably seems like change to today's graduates, but it seemed a lot to me at the time, especially because I became ill soon after graduating and couldn't hold down a full time job.  I started selling on eBay (this was in the early days and people rolled their eyes even more then than they do now.)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Weekly Giveaway Linky April 23, 2016

Feel free to link up blog giveaways here.  They must be open to the USA, hosted by a blog, and the link should go directly to the giveaway.

Also, if you would please like Books, Bargains, Blessings on Facebook as well as my page where I sell Paparazzi $5 Jewelry, I would be most appreciative.

Also, please enter my giveaway for 2 free Purex products.  Ends 4/24.  Open to the USA only.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Five Ways You Can Save Money on Hotel Rooms!

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FiveWays you Can Save Money on Hotel rooms!


I love taking road trips, but I try to be frugal about it.  The two most pricey things in road trips are the cost of hotel stays and eating out.  Today I'm going to talk about ways to cut down on the cost of hotel rooms.

1.  Find one or two chains you LOVE and be loyal to them.  For me, I have decided that while I have two chains I love, it's easier to reach rewards with one chain.  While it was tempting to go with the International Hotel Group as they have more of a variety of hotels (including Candlewood Suites which boasts a kitchenette in their rooms, cutting down on food costs for your trip), I opted to be loyal to the Hilton brand of hotels.  (This includes the Hampton Inn.)  Do everything you can to earn reward points for the hotel of your choice.  Sign up for their credit card so you can earn points on every purchase you make, even on groceries.  (Just be sure and pay it off at the end of each month so you aren't carrying a balance.)  Sign up for e-mails.  There have been a number of times I have been able to get extra Hilton points for just filling out a survey or updating my profile information.  While 1,000 points may not be a free night, it certainly helps.

Monday, April 18, 2016

One Month Pantry Eating Challenge

I'm working on a series that will be posted in full this year.  As part of that series, I want to show how much money can be saved by using what is in the pantry.  I don't know about you, but my husband and I tend to buy things and forget them, and then they are so old we don't feel comfortable about eating them.  Combine this with the fact one of our favorite stores is an Amish close out store where they often sell past-dated foods.  I am careful what I buy there, but usually I think, "I'll use this soon," and sometimes I don't, which means I only wasted money instead of saving it.