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me-and-jeremyMany of you may remember us from our days of blogging over at The Frugal Find.  My husband and I (Mr. Frugal) blogged over there for 5 years.  That season of life was both full of blessings and equally left me poured out and empty.  There came a time near the end of our 5 years over at TFF where I felt I had lost my passion, I was exhausted and in desperate need of a change. We made the decision to sell the blog and let me tell you that was freeing!  For 5 years we were tied to a computer, quite literally.  From sun-up to well after sun-down I was on the job – hunting down deals and sharing the latest and greatest frugal finds.  I loved it, I really did but we just couldn’t keep going at that pace.  We craved a simpler life, even just a weekend away from the blog but that never once came in those 5 years.  It’s a very demanding genre of blogging, well it was.  It doesn’t have to be but it was for us at that time.

We sold the blog to a sweet lady who we really thought could take the torch and run the race but in time she realized that she wasn’t passionate about the things I had built TFF around and ultimately she came to the conclusion that it was my vision and not hers.  That was heart breaking, I don’t doubt for both of us.  For many months now I haven’t been able to stifle the stirring I’ve felt in my spirit about re-joining you guys here in this space, this frugal world.  To be honest I have tried, because quite frankly starting all over from scratch isn’t the most exciting thing ever but I must.  I can’t stay away any longer, I have so much I want to share with you!  It has always been my passion.  Things will be a little different this time around, many of the changes I am sure you will love.  For one my sidekick Mr. Frugal is working full-time so he won’t be here as often, but I do have a couple of frugal-teens-in-training that may guest post from time to time.

In the time after we sold the blog we took some off to spend as a family, we went camping and traveled the Oregon Coast.   We also decided to bring the kids home again to homeschoool and we sold our first home.  Many changes came in the years that followed.  We bought a few acres in a small town and started a little farm.  We craved the “simple” life but let me tell you it’s anything but simple.  More on that in the weeks to come.  I will say it may not be simple but it’s rich, it’s so good.

I have so many things I want to share with you.  I want to share with you the story of the goat that we bought to be a friend of the horse but turned out he thought he was a dog.  I want to share with you the ultimate trade/barter that we made with a former TFF reader and now friend.  I want to share with you how I’m saving $ these days even though all the major stores are 45 minutes away.  I want to tell you why we have pigs in the pen outside my son’s bedroom window.  I want to share with you how an almost 15 year old girl has worked so hard and saved every penny she’s earned and now owns 2 of her very own horses.  I want to tell you about the truck we bought at a garage sale for $200.   I want to share with you how much debt sucks.  I want to tell you that there is HOPE.  I want to remind you that the desperate circumstances of your life today are not going to last forever.  There IS a light at the end of the tunnel, it may just be very dim right now. I want to share my heart with you and I want to give you a platform to share yours.

All that to say, it’s so so so good to be back.

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I love Audible.  I signed up during a free promo like this one fully intending to cancel before I was charged the $14.95 monthly fee but I just couldn’t.  I fell in love!  I have a hard time devoting enough time and attention to sitting down and actually finishing a book.  When you’re reading a paper book – that’s ALL you can do at that moment. However with Audible I can listen to a book while I’m in the shower, running errands in the car, gardening, doing the dishes, cooking dinner, folding laundry, and so much more! I love it, I’ve “read” so many books in such a short time that I’d never have been able to enjoy otherwise.  I’ve found many free books and/or free credits so that I’ve really been able to stretch that $14.95.

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A few books I’ve read or purchased in the past 30 days: 
(seeing them all in one place is really encouraging – wow, that’s a lot more books than I’ve been about to read in a very long time!)

Love & Respect (haven’t started this one yet but Mr. Frugal and I plan to read this together)

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp (LOVE her!)

Present Over Perfect – great read if you struggle with saying NO!

This Life I live by Rory Feek

The $100 Startup – super inspiring for entrepreneurs or wanna be entrepreneurs 🙂

The Magnolia Story – read by Joanna & Chip themselves!

 

 

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I am still trying to figure out the best method of getting all of the deals we find to you as quickly and effectively as possible.  Some deals last less than an hour but they are SO good that we don’t want you to miss out so lately I’ve been posting them directly to Facebook and bypassing the blog – however I know there are some of you without Facebook and I don’t want you to miss out either.  So I think what I am going to try to do is post a round-up of the deals we post to Facebook right here each day as well.  In doing this, this post will grow as new deals show up so check back often either here or on Facebook for the latest.

Top deals of the day 9/7/17…

Subscribe and Save Deals: If you choose the Subscribe and Save option you’ll save an additional 5% off the listed price.  If you subscribe to 5 or more items in the same month you’ll get a whopping 15% off each item!  You can choose the frequency of delivery and you can cancel anytime!  However if you want the item to be delivered at least once at that price you’ll need cancel AFTER your first order ships

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I spotted this GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA Filter for $89.99. I decided on this one because it has over 6000 reviews and it could arrive in 2 days. If you’re in an area with poor air quality due to smoke or smog, I highly suggest you read up on an air purifier.

My boys each ordered one of these tactical backpacks, they arrived yesterday and the quality is incredible. TONS of storage too! I think they would make a great Christmas gift for the outdoors lover!

If you’re in the market for the All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet you might be interested in this deal! Save $50 when you buy 2 tablets HERE!

This Crock-Pot 6-Quart Countdown Programmable Oval Slow Cooker with Dipper is on sale for $27.99 today!

Clip the $2 coupon and choose subscribe and save to get this 24 count pack of Charmin Ultra Soft Mega Roll Toilet Paper for as low as $17.25 shipped!

Do you own a daycare or preschool? There is a great sale running TODAY ONLY on ECR4Kids Education Furniture and Supplies, the prices are REALLY good!!

Amazon Prime members get free shipping, otherwise you can get free shipping with an order of $25 or more, or if you haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime yet you can get a FREE 30 day trial membership.

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I am still trying to figure out the best method of getting all of the deals we find to you as quickly and effectively as possible.  Some deals last less than an hour but they are SO good that we don’t want you to miss out so lately I’ve been posting them directly to Facebook and bypassing the blog – however I know there are some of you without Facebook and I don’t want you to miss out either.  So I think what I am going to try to do is post a round-up of the deals we post to Facebook right here each day as well.  In doing this, this post will grow as new deals show up so check back often either here or on Facebook for the latest.

Top deals of the day 9/5/17…

Subscribe and Save Deals: If you choose the Subscribe and Save option you’ll save an additional 5% off the listed price.  If you subscribe to 5 or more items in the same month you’ll get a whopping 15% off each item!  You can choose the frequency of delivery and you can cancel anytime!  However if you want the item to be delivered at least once at that price you’ll need cancel AFTER your first order ships

Stock up price!! There is a new 30% off Peet’s Coffee Coupon, combined with Subscribe & Save you can score a 20 oz bag for as low as $6.40 shipped!

Here’s a great price on batteries, get a 48 pack of ACDelco AAA batteries or AA Batteries for as low as $8.50 shipped when you choose Subscribe & Save.

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The Kindle in Motion Illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released today for $9.99!

This is a GREAT price!  Grab the Graco Pack ‘N Play Playard with Newborn Napperstation DLX for $90.00 (reg $179.99!)

The new 2017 Lego Friends Advent Calendar is available for $29.99!

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Once again Amazon has lowered the price on the 7″ Kindle Fire tablet down to $39.99!

Beauty Deals:

Grab a bottle of Acure Face Wash for as low as $7 shipped when you clip the $1.50 coupon! I can’t say enough great things about this face wash!

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I know the weather is starting to change, but $8.90 for this table top fan just can’t be beat! Check out the reviews!

Get a set of highly rated Queen or King sheets for $14.99!

This BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup Food Processor is marked down to just $16.99 right now!

We only use cast iron or enameled cast iron, it took some time to collect enough pieces but last month I finally sold our stainless Costco set on a local Facebook sell group. I have this 3.2 quart enameled cast iron dutch oven and it’s perfect for smaller meals or side dishes and it’s on sale for $24.99 right now too!  You can also grab this 15″ Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet for $22!

Amazon Prime members get free shipping, otherwise you can get free shipping with an order of $25 or more, or if you haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime yet you can get a FREE 30 day trial membership.

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I am still trying to figure out the best method of getting all of the deals we find to you as quickly and effectively as possible.  Some deals last less than an hour but they are SO good that we don’t want you to miss out so lately I’ve been posting them directly to Facebook and bypassing the blog – however I know there are some of you without Facebook and I don’t want you to miss out either.  So I think what I am going to try to do is post a round-up of the deals we post to Facebook right here each day as well.  In doing this, this post will grow as new deals show up so check back often either here or on Facebook for the latest.

Top deals of the day 9/4/17…

Spend $35 or more on items from THIS PAGE and add you’ll be able to add a FREE $10 Amazon Gift Card to your cart! Brands include: TRESemme, Seventh Generation, Dove, Axe, Nexxus and more!

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Save $20 off the Instant Pot 6 Quart IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker. Priced at $79 now (reg. $99)!

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This Beach wave Hair styling tool is on sale for UNDER $15 shipped with the 25% off coupon right now!  I am blown away by this styling tool! I did half of my head in about 5 minutes, I am desperately trying to grow out an A-line style and this is just what I needed! There are three different curl settings you can choose from, the tightest curl to a loose wave like I have here. There was no learning curve at all, I found it even easier to use than my flat iron. You really can’t mess it up!

This highly-rated Electric Tiller and Cultivator is on sale for $99!

HOT DEAL! This Junie B. Jones’s First Boxed Set Ever (Books 1-4) just dropped to $6.46 shipped!

TODAY ONLY Amazon is running a $25 sale on the Roku Express+ | HD Streaming Media Player, includes HDMI and Composite Cable (Certified Refurbished)!

Grab this Contigo AUTOSEAL Trekker Kids Water Bottles, 14oz, Navy and Nectarine, 2-Pack for $9.99!

Are you in the market for a quality colored pencil set, these are the best of the best with thousands of reviews! As our kids get older we seem to get a bit of pushback from the teens when it comes to Crayola – they want something that matches their growing talents and with these pencils the value is there.

VANS shoes as low as $13, yep that’s right but be prepared to sit and sort through many sizes and styles to find the deal that suits you. I feel like this is much easier to do on a PC vs my phone.

This projector is 56% off right now!!

Amazon’s Deal of the Day: $1.99 Kindle Books
One of my all time favorite books is One Thousand Gifts, if you don’t already have it it’s a must read! 
This one has been on my need to read list: Through the Eyes of a Lion: Facing Impossible Pain, Finding Incredible Power

This highly rated ZOOB Building Kit is on sale for UNDER $15 (reg. $40+!)

 

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4-Pack Wireless Item Locators For $16.71

Use promo code: YIDEDW7X to get this 4 pack of Wireless Item Locators (keys, purse, pets, etc) for ONLY $16.71! Great reviews too!

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Junie B Jones Books 1-4 Under $9 Shipped

Summer reading! Junie B. Jones’s First Boxed Set Ever! (Books 1-4) UNDER $9 shipped!

Amazon Prime members get free shipping, otherwise you can get free shipping with an order of $25 or more, or if you haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime yet you can get a FREE 30 day trial membership.

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I NEED THIS! BISSELL Symphony Pet All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop – $82 (reg. $199.99!).

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50% Off Crocs

Amazon’s Deal of the Day: up to 50% off Crocs for the family, multiple styles and colors to choose from! SHOP THE SALE HERE.

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25% Off Men’s Suits & More

Take an Extra 25% Off Men’s Suits & More – no promo code needed, all discounts will show up at checkout.

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Cute Swimsuit Under $25

This swimsuit is CUTE, less than $25, and gets great reviews!

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