Compare Prices Before Shopping Online

Sometimes you are able to save more money if you purchase certain products online rather than in the store and vice versa. If you compare prices before shopping online, or in the store, you can be sure you’re paying the lowest price available at that time.

compare prices before shopping onlineHere are the products best purchased online:

  • Electronics can usually be found for about 10% cheaper online.
  • Concert tickets and DVDs can be found much cheaper online and e-books can often be downloaded for free.
  • Booking airplane tickets on Monday or Tuesday will get you the lowest fare.  Be sure to visit the discount sites like Hotwire and Priceline to save as much as 40%.
  • If you are able to find free shipping deals and coupons, buying your clothes online can save you around 70%. Check out sites like Zulily.com and Overstock.com for the best deals.

These products will save you the most money if you purchase them in the store:

  • Buying your groceries in the store will most definitely save you money over online ordering. Even factoring in the savings on gas and using coupons, it is still cheaper to purchase at the store. That’s because they mark up the prices and usually charge a delivery fee.
  • Cleaning supplies will also be cheaper in the store because you can use coupons and avoid the price mark ups from the online retailer. Dollar Tree and Dollar General accept manufacturers coupons which could make your cleaning products close to free. It only makes sense to purchase them online if you are stocking up and can avoid the delivery fee. Just be sure to compare the prices.
  • Pet supplies and food are cheapest at Walmart and Target where they are at least 50% cheaper than online.
  • Appliances are cheaper purchased in the store because you can avoid the delivery and shipping fees. When you purchase at a store, they will usually deliver it and remove the old one for free.

There you have it. It’s good to know which items will save you the most money if you take the time to compare prices before shopping online or at the store.

Which items do you find cheaper online? How about at the store? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

I previously posted about the different ways I clean with the Magic Eraser. Well, today I am going to talk about some effective ways to use vinegar to clean your home.

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

If you have vinegar in your house, there’s no need to buy expensive products to clean your home. Vinegar is natural and economical, and when combined with water or baking soda, it can clean most surfaces in your home.

Distilled white vinegar kills mold, germs, and bacteria naturally without harsh chemicals.

Here are a few ways I use vinegar to keep my house clean and germ free:

  • Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and use it to deodorize the air after cooking smelly foods. The room will smell of vinegar for a few minutes and then will be odor-free. ( I have multiple bottles around the house for cleaning other items.)
  • Clean the garbage disposal by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 5 minutes, then run hot water down the disposal.
  • Spray and wipe the top of the refrigerator to clean the sticky grime that accumulates there.
  • If dishes get white marks on them from the dishwasher, spray and wipe clean.
  • Spray the trash can each night to avoid odors.
  • Clean dishwasher by pouring a cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and running it on the hottest setting.
  • Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted vinegar.
  • Spray and wipe to kill germs in the bathroom.
  • Mix with water to clean mirrors.
  • Spray on shower glass doors after you squeegee it. It stops hard water from sticking to the glass.
  • Clean the toilet bowl by pouring in 1 cup and letting it sit overnight. Scrub then flush.
  • Clean fireplace glass doors with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. Spray and wipe dry.
  • Clean sticky scissors with a cloth dipped in vinegar.

These are just a few of the ways I use distilled white vinegar to clean my home.

Remember, if you decide to clean your home with vinegar, you will no longer need to purchase expensive, harmful cleaners, and that will be easier on your wallet!

How do you use vinegar to clean your home? I’d like to know! 🙂

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Quick and Easy Tips to Organize Your Bookcase

Organizing your bookcase shouldn’t take much time and is something that can be accomplished within an hour (if you stay focused 😉 ) Read on for quick and easy tips to organize your bookcase.

quick and easy tips to organize your bookcase

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First, you will need to empty the bookcase and give it a good cleaning.

As you remove the books, weed out those you no longer need or want. Put them in a pile to sell or donate.

Sort the remaining books in categories on the floor. You can sort them by topic, color, by the book’s size or you could choose to sort them alphabetically…whichever works best for you.

When sorting the books, be sure to place the larger books on the bottom of the pile and smaller books on the top.

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Ok, now the fun begins!

I believe that bookcases should “breathe”. That means that bookcases should not be full of books, but should have some sort of personality.

Take a walk around your home and collect items to display in your bookcase. Look for large, heavy items to use as bookends and smaller items to place between books. You can use vases, picture frames, plants, or anything you would like to display.

Don’t worry too much about the color scheme. Your books will be colorful, so your accessories can be also.

Now you can begin filling your bookcase. Place books upright with the spine facing out. Taller books go towards the edges of the bookcase and shorter ones are towards the center. Leave space open between the two sets of books for a display piece.

You can also mix it up by placing books upright and on their sides.  Try placing small items on top of the horizontal books to add visual interest.

Another option is to fill your shelves 75% and use accessories to fill in the remaining 25%. One shelf would begin on the right and leave the left side open for display, another shelf would begin on the left and leave the right side open.

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Be sure to change the way the books are displayed on each shelf so it doesn’t look too matchy-matchy.

Here’s a great tip to follow when placing your accessories on the shelves: Always think in odd numbers and apply it to 2 of the shelves. Example: Place 3 accessories on one shelf and then place 2 on the shelf above or below it. This trick helps balance the bookshelf and keeps it from having a boring feel.

If your bookcase is in a spot where there are small children, consider putting baskets on the bottom shelf to house toys.

As you can see, following these quick and easy tips to organize your bookcase won’t take much time and your room will feel more organized once you are finished.

How do you organize your bookcase? Do you have any tips to add? Let me know in the comments!

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