Sunday, April 10, 2016

Check out my new website for my etsy shop!

Check out my new website! Etsy now offers a Free website for shop owners. Does your shop need a little boost? I know mine does. Etsy is offering a free trail for 30 days and only $15 after that per month! http://earthangelclothing.patternbyetsy.com/shop/6958038/upcycled

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Frugal Fashion: How to save hundreds per year!

Don’t impulse buy If you see something you love in a store and can’t seem to live without it, but the price tag just doesn’t sit well, do this. Take a pic of the item and brand. When you go home do some comparison shopping. Once you get home you might even forget about it and that will save you a whopping 100% buy not buying it. Shop online if you would be willing to buy it used to save up to 80% off! I know I would. I like to compare prices. You can even use a price comparison app like shopsavvy to see if the item is cheaper online or you can even check out Amazon or websites like swap.com and threadup.com. So that $100 jacket from Macy’s could be $40 online…that’s a pretty big savings. Bonus: Look for for coupon codes at websites like retailmenot.com for percent off and free shipping codes. Also, re-set your browser to a website like swagbucks to make money back on items you purchase online. You can get free gift cards for Target, Starbucks and more! Shop with a plan You make a list when you grocery shop. Why not shop with a plan when you shop for clothes. Go through your clothing and inventory what you have and what you need. Piece together outfits in your closet to see what you are lacking and what you have in excess. This will save you big and you will be able to buy only what you need. Shop at consignment stores Consignment stores are great to find very gently used items for up to 80% off or more. Most of these stores only take the best items that are in style and in good used condition, clean, free of stains, rips and tears. Yard Sales Don’t over look yard sales for clothing. You might be looking for something else like a bookshelf or lamp, but think outside of the box and look for clothing. $1 shirts and purses? Yes please! I’ve found all kinds of name brand items for pennies on the dollar. Tips: Shop early, the early bird get’s the worm right? This applies to yard sales too, beat the crowd and get first pick. Map your route to hit the most yard sales without wasting gas driving in circles. Negotiate, why not ask for a discount? Sometimes I will come across a box of boys clothing and instead of rooting through a huge box I might make an offer for the whole box. Whatever my kids won’t use I can re-sell so it’s a win-win. Learn how to sew. Sewing is not just for grandmas. I love to sew and I can honestly say this skill is invaluable. If you have a zipper that breaks you don’t have to throw out your favorite skirt or if you need to replace a button no biggie, you can find a great designer piece that no one wants that was once loved but maybe has a rip in the seam, why not repair and wear? You can also make clothing for your kids, make costumes, sew home décor items like curtains or make pillows. You can even make a business out of it. Ebay Ebay is an often overlooked place to buy clothes these days with so many online options I think a lot of us don't think to use ebay anymore. I recently bought a pair of American Eagle jeans on here for $4.99. I’ve seen some amazing deals on clothing, if you aren’t squeamish about buying used it's a great way to get designer clothing for at least 50% off or more. Ross I love Ross! Ross is my go-to spot for last minute event dresses. I have been able to find super cute name brand dresses for as low as $8.99. I’ve seen tanks and summery tops for as low as $2.99. Be sure to have some time on your hands because you will need to sort though a lot of items to find the goldmine. Always check out the clearance sections of the store too. You can find some amazing deals for very little cash. Craigslist Ever think to shop Craigslist for clothes? Craigslist is a good resource for all things used. I’ve seen bags of clothing sold as a lot of here for as low as $20-$30 or even kids clothing and shoes. It’s a great place to unload your unwanted clothing items too. Just group sizes together to get the most bang for your buck. I don’t know about you but I can’t spend time taking a bunch of individual pics. I fold the clothing up nicely, take a few pics from different angles and list. No fees and a time saver! Thrift Stores I love thrift stores! Every time I go I feel like a kid on a treasure hunt. It’s so amazing what you can find, for basically pennies on the dollar. Here’s a tip: Never judge a book by it’s cover There’s a thrift store in my area that I would often drive by but never stopped in because from the looks of the outside I didn’t think it was my kind of store. It looks old, cluttered and nothing outside looks appealing This is an example of a page. Well, one day recently I decided to go in and I was blown away by the things I found! How about nice designer shirts for .50. Some of the shirts were a size up but I’m going to alter those (see where sewing skills come in handy?). I also found a brand new bed set with all the pillows for $30. I was able to negotiate and get it for $20, it’s doesn’t hurt to ask right? All they can say is no! I also found a set of old fashioned malt mugs for .50 each and some Toms glittery shoes for $1. See my hauls on youtube. I have two channels mommas2monkeys and mommiesfrugalfinds. I do Dollar Tree and thrift hauls as well as money saving and money making tips and more. Dollar Stores What?! I thought this was about saving on clothing you might be saying to yourself! It’s is. Here are some clothing items you can find at dollar stores. Socks Slippers Flip flops Plain basic t-shirts (perfect for projects too) Nylons Tights Scarves Bars and panties (some dollar stores like .99 stores) Leggings Buy off season Buy when the price is right and the demand is low. I just bought my boys Teva’s for summer for $9.99 and $7.99 on ebay. I bought a size up for both. I’m just going to put them away for warmer days ahead. They will get a ton of use out of these this summer I’m sure. These are so versatile. I have one pair I’ve had for about 10 years and they still look new. If you buy quality you can get a lot of use out of your clothing and shoes. I hope this helped give you some ideas of ways you can save hundreds on clothing every year! More articles like this to come as well as haul videos.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Don't start a blog.. until you read this!

I started this silly little thing called a blog when my first son was born, as a hobby. My son is now five and I have since decided to take it from "this silly little blog" to " my business". When I started hardly anyone knew what the heck a blog was, now everyone and their grandma has a blog. So here's what I learned along the way. I think this info would of use to a blogger starting just out, or someone considering starting one. #1 It's not all rainbows and sunshine....it takes so much work and dedication. Full time bloggers work all day everyday. More than forty hours a week. I personally work til 2am sometimes. I do my best work late at night when my kids are in bed. #2 You have to have a good support system and an understanding family. Because it takes so much time you need to manage you time well. You will also need childcare sometimes so you can work interrupted, something I needed to learn a long time ago, after posting some pretty crazy posts. You have to be able to focus and working when hearing mom I need ____, is just going to leave you frazzled and of course with a crazy messed up post. Bloggers who glamourize working at home with kids aren't being real about it, it's a challenge and a juggling act everyday. #3 You can't do it all yourself, even the most technical writers/bloggers need some help. There is so much work to be done. From designing your blog, to coding to affiliate links and other links like products you sell and social media. #4 It takes money, as a money saving blogger, I tried to start this business free. You just can't *period*. Some folks may beg to differ, but as someone who found out the hard way, trust me on this one. If you want to take it from hobby to business you have to invest some money. It really does take money to make money. You can start out free to get the feel for things, but to step it up, it's going to take a little moolah. Of course you can start for less than $100 to start, which is nothing though compared to what some full time bloggers make. Upwards of $10,000 or more a month. You need to buy a domain...which you can buy really cheap though godaddy and you need hosting. I have hosting for my other blog mommiesfrugalfinds.com through godaddy. It's a work in progress, Will be switching to Bluehost soon, most successful bloggers have Bluehost. I will be eventually transferring this blogs content to wordpress. If you start on wordpress you should buy a designer template for better SEO, which basically means more visabity. #5 Blogging can be discouraging. It's hard putting my heart and soul into this business, I've been blogging five years. Only to read stories like one blogger makes $10,000 a month after only one year of blogging as a single mom making $700 a month. There's no way, I'm sure someone helped in one way or another. She makes the bulk of her income from this story selling books about her life storyvand how her husband left her, and she went from homeless to making well over $10,000 a month. Knowing what I know about this business. There is much more to this story. Like maybe her ex was a doctor and she ended up getting alimony or something, it just seems pretty unrealistic, but I guess there are exceptions. One can assume or speculate, it just blows my mind. Or the story about a crockpot blogger who started a blog and within weeks ended up on the Rachel Ray show, not knowing anything about crockpot cooking she winged it and quickly became an overnight success. In the world of blogging you hear stories like these all the time. It has made me want to quit so many times. Why do I keep going? Because I love blogging and writing and I love helping other moms. I'm not in it to make money, though it would be nice to make $10,000 a month, not gonna lie. #6 Make sure your heart is in it because it takes time to make decent money blogging. If you are starting a blog for income alone. Don't start a blog at all, go into another field. #7 People are not going to understand this business...like "what's a blog"? Most people have no idea this is a big business, as well as a platform for other endeavors. You might have to just not tell anyone about it and work on it secretly. There is so much negativity surrounding anything where you make an income online or anything unconventional. If you tell anyone what you do you will usually get a confused or glazed over look. Just smile and move on. Don't let others opinions or misconceptions bring you down. Just keep doing what you love. #8 The competition is feirce and it's not pretty. Other bloggers will steal ideas, steal tags or titles and then every blogger in that niche has the same posts. That can be super frustrating. But I just keep going and make sure I follow all competition to ensure I'm posting unique articles. #9 In order to draw readers in you have to grab attention... you have to have a great title for posts and a reason to get someone to read it....just keep your integrity. Many bloggers sell their soul for readers. Just be yourself and be real, that will eventually shine through, making your voice unique and authentic. I would rather have my integrity and no readers than a million readers because of a title that was less than honest or using someone elses idea. #10 You will face criticism and critique and you have to be ok with this. You develop a tough skin from this business. You have to not care what others think and just be true to yourself. There will always be someone who doesn't like what you have to say, not value your opinions or are just simply mean spirited and bored. Even these people are valuable to this business because the truth of the matter is, if they are reading your content, you are still getting views and that ultimately leads to a higher Alexa ratings... that's what you want as a blogger. #11 Never stop learning and growing everyday. I learn something new everyday. Study, read, explore, learn and ask questions. I read a lot and if their is something I need to learn (like video editing for example),I watch youtube videos or turn to google. There is always room for growth and improvement. Always strive to make your blog, and your business better. #12 Most bloggers don't make the bulk of there imcome from blogging alone. Revenue is made from multiple sources by selling ad space, affiliate links, affiliate programs,YouTube channel, marketing programs and products like, ebooks, courses, fitness programs, printables, digital downloads, etc. A lot of bloggers also write for other websites, do public speaking or teach. Blogging is really launching pad for other opportunities and income streams. I'm going to be doing some more posts about this subject..the truth about blogging in the months to come.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

How to get the most out of your time when you work at home

Time is money right? You either have enough money and very little time or you have an abundance of time but lack money. The trick to living well is finding a balance between these two things. I wanted to show you how I make things work as a stay at home and work at home mom. I have two boys, one is in pre-school, which has weird hours. Hello, 12-4? This might be the weirdest school schedule ever, but we make it work. My other son is 2 1/2 so he is home all day. I also have my own school work to do (finishing my B.A. in Business/finance). So here's a break down of how I make it work. This may or may not work for you, but it might help give you a general idea of how this works. Typical day Wake up at 7 (sometimes a little later depending on how my night went and how long I worked) *****must have coffee***** I emerge from my zombie like state with my hair standing on end and my grinch pj's on. Just kidding, well kind of. Then (assuming boys are still sleeping) I get to work. I jump online. I check both email accounts. Check on my blogs, check ebook sells. Go on Up work check messages or finish up projects and then jump on Pintrest look for some pins. Apply for freelance work, finish writing assignments, send emails, add affiliates links (sometimes),ebay shipping (I print labels and answer emails)then etsy, the same thing. do some listings, check fiverr (I sell gigs on here and I hire exclusively on here) super cheap work done like editing or graphic design. I do all my own writing as of now. Which is getting difficult and time consuming but I won't hire out for this unless I have to. (two hours work) I work online for about 2 hours then I get ready, then make breakfast around 10. This is when boys wake up. We eat, get showers, get ready for the day, come back down stairs and then I will jump back online for a few minutes and boys will watch cartoons. (2-4 hours work done in morning) I then drop of my oldest son at school, then run errands, if I have packages going out I mail those, go to the grocery store ( about twice a week) go to the Dollar Tree (I find myself there alot for office supplies, cleaning supplies or things like paper towels, shampoo ,etc. or even snacks. On Mondays I try to make it a habit to going thrifting for re-sell items (more on this later) About 1 make lunch, or my son and I grab lunch on the run if we are in a huge hurry(I know I get the mother of the year award for that one right? Eating in the car). Ideally my younger son lays down for a nap for a couple hours when we get home. (two hours work) I clean up the kitchen, run a load of laundry then I get back on the computer to get more work down. I just started a youtube channel so I will do videos a few times a week. Some of the videos I do are Dollar Tree and thrift hauls, I make money making videos about re-selling and parenting, lifestyle videos, beauty products hauls and reviews. Then around 3 I start thinking about what I'm making for dinner and maybe desert. I will go ahead and prepare some of it, then clean up the upstairs like put away laundry and straighten rooms and wipe down bathroom. Then I go pick up my other son at 4. I get home, finish up dinner, we eat and during the summer we go for a walk to the trail or the park. We spend some time as a family watching a movie or playing a game or something. After the boys go to bed which lately has been the most challenging part of my days. I will work 2-4 hours. Sometimes from 10-2. I love this period of time because there are no distractions like the phone ringing or mom I need___. No knocks at the door or mail deliveries, just peace-and-quiet. So that's my typical day seven days a week. I should add that twice a week I have to work on coursework too so at night I have to put work aside and do school work about four hours a week. Which isn't too bad....I make it work. Looking at this is eye opening because I am putting in more time than ever. About 50-55 hours a week but I have never wanted to work so much or so hard. Working for your own cause and your own dreams makes you more motivated than ever. A lot of what I'm doing now is to building up passive income. Knowing the sacrifices I'm making now will help my family and I in the future and I won't have to work as hard plus my family will have a good foundation to build on, that keeps me going! More on making passive income and why it is so important to your future in a post to come this coming week. I make less money now but I also have less expenses than when I was working so financially it makes sense. My monthly income is around $1700. Since I'm home more I spend about $200 less on gas (I now spend $50 a month on gas) and I eat lunch at home most days so that saves about $100 a month. I don't have to buy special clothing so that saves about $100 a month and I have coffee at home. I was spending about $5 a day on lattes. This saves another $100. So $500 right there saved by working from home. More on this subject to come.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

10 Must Read Money Saving Tips For 2016

10 Must Read Money Saving Tips For 2016 1) The more you run around, the more you spend. Those extra trips to the store for eggs, milk, bread…whatever can add up. Do you really ever just buy that when you run to the store? Most of the time probably not. The more times you go to the store the more you will spend. The solution. Meal plan and go with a grocery list. Plan your meals around what’s on sale for the week too. 2) Utilize free public activities. Get your taxes worth! Use free services like, the library, you can check out books instead of buying them, rent movies, music and even use the internet. Walk your kids to the park. If you have a neighborhood park like I do, take a walk, get some exercise (save money on gym as well) my kids love our park. You can take a ball and play soccer, have a picnic, or just use the trail. Our local park has an amazing nature trail and even has work out equipment like exercise bikes you can stop and use. 3) Research sales cycles. I don’t know about you but I love saving money on everything. I rarely pay full price for anything. It pains me to pay full price. Plan ahead. It’s Jan. 2016 now so I like to think 6 months ahead so I will be looking for summer clothing, shoes and even things like camping items, pools, etc. This is the best time to buy these kinds of items when the demand is the lowest. If you are a re-seller (see my eBook Money Making Mommies for more on this) you know this is the best time to buy your inventory for the next season. You can get your max. return this way. 4) Change adds up. Think you can’t save? Think again. When you get paid go to your bank and ask for the amount you would like to save for the week or the month, etc. in change. Want to save $100 every time you get paid? Ask for that amount in quarters. Then put this money in a 5 gallon water cooler jug. Save for one year and then either take to the bank and get cash or even better if your company does 401k matching contributions use it for that. You will have $4800 for just one year, just from some quarters. Not a bad deal right? An easy way to trick yourself into saving. I don’t know about you but for me change feels less like real money, so I’m less likely to use it. 5) If you are thinking of making a big purchase like new furniture. Stop yourself! Think to yourself first….can I buy this used? You can save half or more just by buying used. I have young kids so I took a vow not to buy any new furniture until they are off to college. 6) Evaluate your budget and if you have cut back everything you possibly can. You may just need to earn more money. There are so many ways you can do this at home these days in your spare time. Check out, textbroker, Upwork, Elance, even Craigslist under gigs, sell on ebay (see my ebook How to sell on Ebay like a BOSS: Seller Secrets revealed). 7) Make things yourself. Learning the value of doing something yourself is priceless. Learn how to fix a faucet, dry wall, or even learn how to repair a seam or take in a dress. Save your money and do it yourself. 8) Learn how to do your own taxes. Many tax schools offer free taxes; you can even secure employment this way. You can save hundreds every year just learning this one skill. Save money on other fees like legal fees by learning how to prepare legal forms yourself. Or instead of hiring a lawyer, hire a paralegal. Yes they don’t offer any legal advice but you can save big on things like divorce and bankruptcy. 9) Don’t be afraid of discount stores. I love The Dollar Tree (see my youtube channel mommas2monkeys for haul videos) I find so many things that other retail stores like Target and Walmart have like name brand makeup, hair products, household items, décor, birthday supplies, but for only $1. 10) Sign up for a credit monitoring service. Raising your credit score could mean the difference in thousands in interest or it could mean you won’t qualify at all for that car loan or mortgage. Knowing you score is invaluable.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Here's an easy kid friendly crowd pleaser. My kids love this. I don't know if it's the shape of the bite sized pasta or the sweet garden sauce they love but, nonetheless the always ask for seconds, or even thirds with this one. Ingredients.... 1 pound hamburger 1/2 jar of garden Pasta sauce I used the name brand this time but normally use the Great VAlue Wal-Mart brand with is actually better. 1 box of Radiatiore pasta 15 one cup servings breakdown of price per serving Hamburger $2.30 Sauce $2.69/2 = $1.34 .36 a 1 cup serving!!!! Serve with a cup of fruit or salad and top with cheese if you like.

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