Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Fab 5 Moving Tips

There are many reasons for moving, whether it is to be closer to family, a new job or just a change.  Moving into a new home is sometimes exciting and fun, but also requires a lot of energy and hard work. We have been preparing to put our house up for sale and it definitely is a challenging task, especially since there is a lot clutter I didn't even know I had! Here are the 5 moving tips I have come up with since preparing for this move.

Moving Tip #1: De-clutter as soon as you consider moving. It is probably a good idea to do this regardless of whether or not you are moving. :) It's really amazing how nice and refreshing it is once your house is clutter free. Have a garage sale or donate any of the things that you no longer want to keep.

Moving Tip #2: Pre-pack, by packing up anything that you definitely want to keep, but don't use. For me, it was mostly little knick knacks that friends and family had given me through the years. Also craft supplies that I knew I wouldn't have time to use before moving.

Moving Tip #3: Stay organized by labelling all of the boxes and bags that you pack up. I put a label on each box and wrote down the contents so that I don't go crazy finding certain things later on.

Moving Tip #4: Don't overpack. By not overpacking, I mean, don't make the boxes too heavy. For instance, pack heavy items such as books into reasonable sized boxes. Packing a large box full of books may cause the box to be too heavy to lift.

Moving Tip #5: Have plenty of moving supplies on hand such as various sized boxes, tape, labels and markers. I was glad to have different sized boxes for all of the items I was pre-packing since everything varied in size, it made it a lot easier.

Once everything was more organized, I felt a lot better and the house was much easier to maintain. Clearing out all of the clutter also makes for a more relaxing home. During this pre-moving stage, I realized that I have a lot of things that I really don't need. This will definitely make me think twice before buying anything the next time I'm at the store.

I'm sure there are many more moving tips, so if you have any, please do share in the comments section. I would love to learn as many as I can!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Straight Talk- Saving Money on Your Cell Phone Bill

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In the past, out of all the bills I was paying each month, my cellular phone bill seemed to be the one that was most wasteful. I didn’t feel as though I was getting much value out of it. With Straight talk, there seems to be more money left over and much better value since their unlimited monthly plans are only $45 per month and include calls, text messaging, picture messaging and web. With that price, you can easily call a friend without worrying about how much it will cost. Compared to the $99 per month that I currently pay for the same services with a contract, that is a huge savings!  Also, there aren’t any activation, reactivation or termination fees. With Straight Talk, you can get everything you need.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

UPrinting Giveaway


The winner has been drawn, and it is Comment #10! Congratulations Mel! You will be contacted soon to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered. :)

There are many reasons to print flyers, whether they are needed for wedding RSVPs, party flyers or business advertising, it is always nice to know where to get good quality flyers at a reasonable price. UPrinting.com is just the place to get such flyers and with a turnaround time of only 3 business days, you don't have to wait long for your flyers. Shipping is also free and they have nightclub flyer templates and business flyer templates also available for download.

I am happy to announce that UPrinting is sponsoring a giveaway right here, and one winner will receive 250 flyers printed in 14pt Cardstock Gloss, Front Only Printing, with a choice of 4.25" x 5.5" OR 4" x 6" size.

Entering is very simple! Please leave comment below telling me that you want to win the flyers. Please also leave an email address or a blog link so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

For extra entries, please feel free to:

Like the UPrinting Facebook page (leave a comment letting me know for one extra entry) 
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Please remember to leave one separate comment for each entry letting me know what you did.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 EST on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 and the winner will be chosen from the comments using random.org. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

This giveaway is Limited to *US residents 18 years old and older only, and to those who have not won a giveaway sponsored by UPrinting in the past 6 months.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive party flyers for hosting. For more information about flyers, please visit UPrinting.com Prize will be sent directly from UPrinting to the winner.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Photos in a Book


Organizing photos into a book is something that is always on my list of things to do. However, since I have discovered how to make Photo Books online, I have been a little more diligent with getting photos organized. I usually get the photos ready and wait for a photo book deal. This way, I can easily put a photos book together and not have to miss out on a good deal.

Right now, Mixbook is having a sale where anyone can save up to 50% on all Photo Books!
The code to use is: BK50MX and the deal runs from August 11th, 2011 - August 18th, 2011

Feel free to visit Mixbook.com to create your fabulous photo book.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Save Time and Money Using CouponChief

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When I was a child, I remember sitting at the kitchen table clipping coupons with my mom before going out to the grocery store. Times have changed significantly, but the importance of saving money remains much the same. Nowadays, it is so much easier to find ways to save money, not only at the grocery store, but practically everywhere you shop.

My mom and I still like to find coupons while sitting at the kitchen table, but I now have a little girl of my own and we all search for them online instead of from local flyers. Since I love the convenience of shopping online and I never complete my purchase without looking for a coupon code first, CouponChief.com has become my go to website for all things coupon related. It is so easy to navigate through, and there are over 50000 coupons for over 15000 stores. That's a lot of coupons!

From food to clothing, electronics and even postage, the savings are virtually endless. They even have a video to show you how it all works. CouponChief: How it Works.  You can also EARN money by joining their Pays-2-Share Program.

If you love to save money and time, then head over to CouponChief.com to start saving. The site also has a section for free items!
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