Cheap Ways to Entertain Yourself

‘Having fun’ and ‘on a budget ‘ are rarely two phrases that go well together in a sentence, but this is largely wrong. Whilst it helps, a good time isn’t always dependent on money. Today, many free things are available, dependent on whether or not you look in the right places, and quite often free entertainment, whether it be in the form of anything from a free fair to a local walking tour, is up to the same standard as a costly day out.

Firstly, you have to look in the right places. A good first step would be to use a search engine, and simply search for free days out in your area, switching your wording dependent on what you are looking for. Quite often, especially if you live in a large town or city, you will find entire websites devoted to free things around you, or you may be directed to anything from a government-run local website to a message board or forum where someone has asked a similar question. If that did not work, you could always contact your local tourism centre if there is one nearby and directly enquire, or check a local newspaper. Often places such as cafés or libraries will have notice boards listing what’s on around you.

But what exactly is likely to be on around you for free? Often this can range from anything from talks from established speakers (especially true if you live near a university or large institution, an incredible array of free talks can be found), to a poetry reading, to free music at a local venue. But as well as this, don’t forget that local parks, libraries, and even local art galleries can provide free fun. If you’re in a new area, spending a day walking the streets is a great activity and a great way to kill time. As well as this, by attending these free functions you are helping to keep up and support local businesses, artists, and people involved in these events. If you are willing to spend some money, make sure to check for offers online, and do some research around what you’re looking to do. You’re sure to save some money, even if it isn’t a substantial amount, and you’ll be surprised how far you can get with your money when you properly research offers that are on for what you have in mind.

Obviously when you aren’t paying a penny to watch or take part in an activity you can’t be picky. However, this definitely won’t hold you back from a great day out without breaking the bank. Keep an open mind, and remember to have fun. If you don’t have a great time, you haven’t lost much money at all, and it’ll definitely be a new experience.

Save on Babies, Kids and Womens Clothes: Zulily


Typically I don’t post about special or deals. But  Zulily has some really cute stuff at great prices. Zulily is a website with daily specials and deals on babies, kids and womens clothes, shoes, accessories and more. They have super cute clothes, swimwear, backpacks, toys and shoes, etc all at discounted rates. Here are just a few of the things they’re offereing right now.

 Zulily sends out their daily specials every morning. Items and sizes do sell out quickly, so you have to act fast if you see something you want! Find all these great deals and more on Zulily. – Take My Walls!

Easy Canvas PrintsEasy Canvas Prints

You know how I told you that we got all our painting done to get our house sold? And now we are probably not moving this year? Well, just something as simple as changing paint color can totally re-invent your space and I found that I wanted a fresh look in our living room. I decided that about 90% of my knick-knacks and what-nots were NOT going to be unpacked. I’m REDECORATING. Yay!

The only pics on my blog that sort of shows what color we had before is this little post that I put up to show off a portion of our books, and this one about when we did our bathroom ,  there is shot of our dining room area in it. As you can see, our home was in earth tones with a buttery color on the walls. My beloved roosters were everywhere and everything was antiques or vintage something or other. I still adore my stuff but really wanted something crispier and well, sparse. Not sterile but less clutter. The new wall color is very similiar to the color we went with in the kids’ bathroom. A shade or two lighter and slightly more blue. And for knick-knacks? Well, now I’m indulging my love of birds other than roosters. Mostly songbirds, and I also like black and white landscapes. My chosen accent color? Turquoise, of course! I love the way it pops. Finding cute accessories in that shade is hard, though. I recieved a cute jpeg of birds on a wire in exactly the shade I love and planned to print it on photo paper and frame it. But when I was contacted to offer a giveaway to you guys for …well eureka. I’d use that pic and turn it into a beautiful canvas print!

Do you like it?


I had a hard time getting a good picture of my wall, but the color is so pretty on the canvas, isn’t it?  If you were here you’d see that it is a series of wires with dozens of very pretty little birds perched this way and that- so cute♥ ! I also realized my other pics over the tv were crooked, lol. Oops.

It turned out awesome and ordering from the site is soo easy! You are guided through the process whereby you choose size, wrap, with or without frame, and you can use your pics or theirs.  They even let you know if the quality of your picture is good enough to transfer to canvas! Maybe you want a color finish? You have that option too! It took about 5 minutes, tops. My new canvas arrived quickly and safely packaged.   It looks perfect.

Do you have a special family photo you’d love to turn into art? With their summer savings special you can get 25% off  all canvas and free shipping!

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I can see clearly…

Well, not really. My old eyeglasses prescription is quite out of date and I find myself squinting even with them on. Gol-durnit. I did have contacts but I was always feeling like they were a hassle so didn’t wear them so much. Plus, I swear every time I had them in I’dlose an eyelash in my eye or a bug would feel feel the need to fly up to look at my eyeballs.

So, I went back to plain glasses. Not plain as in not cute, of course. Anyway, like I said, my old ones really aren’t working so great so I think I need to hit the eye doc and get a new Rx pretty soon.  I don’t know about you but I DO NOT like the little puff of air test thing. HOW can you keep your eyes open for that??

I don’t want to spend a fortune, but if I pick out cheap glasses I know I’ll regret it. So looking for a deal is what I’m all about…even when it comes to eyewear. It’s not that I’m a cheapskate…really, lol. I just hate spending more than I have to!

I’m leaning towards right now. Mainly because of their nifty “virtual mirror” feature. I can “try on” eyeglasses, virtually. Cool, huh? Check it out-

Isn’t that nifty? I like these purple frames…they look fun and summery.


I keep thinking I’d better get on it before the 4th of July cuz I don’t want to watch fuzzy fireworks!




*I disclose*

Summer fun…cheaper

I know I tend to talk a lot about how much I love the summer… but you have to remember that I live in an area that gets a masssive amount of snow. Also, as we are a bit above the snow line we get winter first. Even in the so called spring, I can leave our house with snow on the ground and drive into town where folks are wearing shirt sleeves and flip flops! So when the heat finally gets here I am ready!

Of course that means shopping for cute summer styles. Shoes, shorts and tees. With me, summer style is all about fun and pretty maxi dresses. Love the easy breezy style of a great sun dress and sandals. And as I always tell you guys, if you are gonna shop, shop with free  Coupon Codes! Save your cash so you can buy more cute stuff! LOL

Actually what I want to spend money on is mostly a wish at the moment. During those loooong winters I told you about, I spend time checking out great vacation deals. The beach calls my name. The sand, palm trees, clear blue water, it’s the stuff of my dreams when I’m shivering in my electric blanket jacked up on high. One way to make my wishes come true a little faster, besides the “wishing upon a star” route (which hasn’t actually worked real well for me up til now, anyway) is by getting Promo Codes for Cheap Caribbean vacations.  Imagine getting 60% off a trip to Jamaica? Or how about a trip to Aruba? For less than half price? Um, heck yeah!


Another way to save $$ on that dream vacay? Have you heard of Orbitz? They deal in cheap flights and hotels. Well, how about if you could save with Coupons for Orbitz? An already cheaper way to travel with extra discounts? Think about how much more affordable it could be to get on that plane and whisked away to paradise!


Ironically, as I sit here and write this, it’s pouring rain. It rained yesterday, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow and I am ready to scream! Instead of screaming I guess I’ll be online for a while checking out pics of beautiful places to add to Pinterest, I’ll ignore the rain, enjoy some hot tea instead of iced and maybe work up a budget for a trip that is cheaper with coupons….

Free Month of KLUTCHbox Coupon Code

You may remember our review and feature of the KLUTCHbox Health and Fitness subscription service. We also had a giveaway in which one of readers one a free month subscription of the KLUTCHbox. For our readers who entered the giveaway for the free box but did not win, KLUTCHbox would like to offer a coupon code for a free month with any membership purchase on their site! How awesome is that!

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CollageIt Father's Day Giveaway, ends 6/14

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Creating a collage with CollageIt is easy. Basically, you can just add photos, click the “generate preview” button and click it again to see another layout. If you add more images, CollageIt will conveniently form a new fitting layout pattern. After you pick the collage you like the most, you can save it into a variety of popular image formats. Of course, you can also customize the look of the collage yourself.

As simple as the program is, there’s still a lot of room for creativity. The fact that a stunning collage is done in seconds doesn’t mean you can’t have fun playing with different easily available layout options. By changing the background color, distance between pictures, rotation angle and series of other options you can endlessly create collages with new design and each time results will look unique and fresh.

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Bedrooms and Bargains

Turning your boring bedroom into an Oasis of calm. A retreat. Sounds great, huh? I had been planning on redoing our master for years. But what with a tight budget and being busy with other things I just never got around to it. Although our furniture was old and not even really practical for us, I just let it go and just spent a little time wishing after seeing an episode featuring a lovely bedroom makeover or seeing a pretty photo spread in a magazine. I can see me in rooms like these…sigh.


Well, when we started to get our house ready to show so we could move I realized that it was perfect time. Out with the old – in with the new! I went through and boxed up knick knacks, pictures, even clothes and shoes and lots of other odds and ends, things I just didn’t want. As well as some furniture, including our bedroom stuff and I sold or gave it all away. Our house was a blank slate. Painting took a while then it was time to put it all back together so it would show well. I was happy with everything…except my room. I was out of money and my room was just a platform bed with a mattress and some extra boxes stacked neatly on a bench. Boring. But I can live with it because it’s just temporary till we move. And that’s how it stayed for several months. Then we found out we probably weren’t going to be moving this year after all! I’m actually glad-  don’t want to leave our little forest, and I know our dogs (all 5 of them) wouldn’t be happy confined to a small yard either!

So we are (most likely) staying, the house is painted, a lot of small repairs have been done but my bedroom is more of a storage closet than an inviting place to rest. So… I ordered some furniture and am getting new curtains and a few odds and ends. Yay, right? Well sort of. As budget minded as I am , as much as I look for deals before I buy, I wasted money because this time I didn’t look around too much. I knew exactly what kind of headboard I wanted,  found it and ordered. Just like that, no deal hunting.  And dang it, if I would have just popped over to someplace like PromotionCode. org I could have had more money left over. I was over there earlier and I could have saved $20.00 on a purchase of $150.00 or more PLUS free shipping at the site where I bought some bedroom stuff…$35.95 “extra” is what I spent. Sites don’t always have their deals displayed.  I vow never to go against my frugal tendencies again…no impulse buys, no “I’m in a hurry” purchases, no paying till I’m sure I got the best price!


Mother's Day Giveaway Event: $50 Ebates Sweeps

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Unique Gift Ideas: $50 Xperience Days Gift Certificate Giveaway

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