Showing posts with label Local. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Local. Show all posts


Fall/Winter Consignment Sale Schedule 2016

It is that time again, time to pull out the kid's fall and winter wardrobe, see what fits and what doesn't, and make a list so you can shop your favorite Maryland, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia kids consignment sale. Better yet, shop them all!  


Local Farmers Markets and Farms Serving MD, PA, & WV | 2016 Season

Farmers Markets and Farms Serving MD, PA, and WV

I don't know about you but sometimes I just want someone to compile ONE list of something to save me the time of searching the big "inter-web" and then finding the listing is no longer in business. I like simple and I LOVE anyone that will do the foot work for me


Shopping at Chambersburg Grocery Outlet

Grocery Outlet
Our Tri-state area just added a new "bargain" grocery store to the area called Chambersburg Grocery Outlet. Being the frugalistia that I am I had to check it out, see what deals they had and "learn the lay of the land" so to speak. Today I am excited to share with you the ins and outs of the store and how to shop so you are getting the most for your money.


Local Farmers Markets and Farms Serving the MD, PA, WV Tri-state

I don't know about you but sometimes I just want someone to compile ONE list of something to save me time of searching the big "inter-web" and then finding the listing is no longer in business. I like simple and I LOVE anyone that will do the foot work for me.


Container Gardening: Summer Series

Container Gardening
You saw that right, I am doing another Summer Series! I am so excited to try my hand at container gardening this year. I know this is a HUGE interest to many readers. I decided to share my success, my failures, and all the yummy produce I get from my small garden.


Spring/Summer Consignment Sale Round Up MD/PA/WV

Spring summer consignment sale Pa-Md-Wv
Who is excited to find some awesome bargains during this years consignment sales?

These sales are starting to pop up in all areas and the "stigma" of 2nd hand is starting to lessen...can I get an AMEN!

I like lists of resources, a one stop shop so to speak. So, I decided to post a list of all the tri-state areas consignment sales that I could find and was able to get permission to post!

Enjoy and don't forget to share your finds with me.


Locals! Bittersweet Farms Soy Candles are on SALE!

Hi all! If you remember...way...way back when I first started this adventure I did a giveaway with Bittersweet Farm Soy Candles. You can find it here if you were just too curious!


Locals: I Heart Handmade Market is Back!

I love shopping local for gifts just as much as getting great deals at the big box store. Actually, the awesome deals I get at those stores helps we support the local economy so it is really a win-win.


Frugal Fashion: Jamberry Nail Review

I am going to start right off the bat and say I am NOT a trend setter. Nope, I still own half my wardrobe from high school and could not tell you the latest fall must haves.

But, I do know an innovative, mommy friendly, and most importantly FRUGAL fashion statement when I see one!

So what am I talking about?
Jamberry Nail Wraps!


How to have a FUN Free and Cheap Summer!

Since I have started staying home with the kids and I also know that it will be temporary, I have been filling our summers chalk full of fun experiences and memories! Of course I still have a budget to stick to (although sometimes I just want to blow it for the ultimate trip to Disney!) and was really surprised at all of the budget friendly things that have sprung up once I started doing some research.

Today I will be sharing my families summer plans and a TON of resources in the Washington County Tri-state area.  Not from here? Browse this post and start googling similar key words in YOUR area~

Our summer budget:

I allow $75.00 a month for summer activities. This includes eating after an activities and any items correlated  to it. So for our Make something Mondays the ingredients are calculated under this $75.00 Budget.

How do I come up with this money?
  • Summer Yard Sales: I usually have three yard sales in the summer and that money goes towards the summer fun fund
  • Saving Change: Yup I am that lady that walks into the bank with rolled change and gets cash for it! We have a Jar setting on our dryer for loose money, in our kitchen, and in our bedroom. All loose change goes there and is added to our summer fun fund
  • Facebook Yard Sale: IF I sell anything via a Facebook yard sale site that money normally goes to the fund as well. (there have been exceptions because we were selling something in order to purchase an updated version)
  • The boys pay: No they don't pay for their activities but for birthdays and Christmas we like to ask for experiences, gift cards, or cash specifically to use for summer
  • We cut back: It is hard to find area's for use to cut back on because we have a Zero balance budget and every dollar counts, but, during the summer months we find little ways to cut back on things. More major thing is produce at the store. We all garden and the harvests help us to save money there. We also don't do many home improvement or organizing projects over the summer we save that for spring or fall.
  • Save Tax Returns: When and if possible we put some money back from our tax returns either for summer activities or a family vacation. 
 Our Summer Calenders: 
Click on the month and a PDF of our Calender will pop up

First we have a "general" themed day Monday-Saturday
  • Make Something Monday: we get in the kitchen and make a new food or a meal for family and friends
  • Thrill Tuesday: We do something with water outside or totally off the wall fun inside!
  • Craft Wednesday: We will be making somethings with that day with our hands, body, or brain.
  • Trip Thursday: We get in the car with a grand destination in mind
  • Fitness Friday: Time to get moving and (unfortunately) sweating!
  • Sweet Treat Saturday: We might grab a sweet bite to eat or do something totally "sweet man"
 Links to our Make Something Monday recipes:
Pudding Pops
Vanilla Wafer's
Fruit Popsicles
Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream
Yogurt Pops

Links to our Thrill Tuesday
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Turbo $1.00 movie (leitersurg Cinemas schedule)  Regal Cinema Hagerstown and Martinsburg
Homemade Sprinklers
Discovery Station
Lego Club 
Jaydee's Water Park
Slip n slide

Link to our Craft Wednesday
Wall Mural
Sponge Balls
Key Chain Chime
Paint Bags
Dinosaur Stained glass (walking with Dinosaurs)

Link to our Trip Thursday
Be-Hive- Free Karate Lesson
Fort Frederick
Monkey Joes
Viola Art
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Center

Links to our Fitness Friday
Wine Down Friday (AG-adventures)
Pool Noodle races
First Friday
Park Time

Links to our Sweet Treat Saturday
Faire off the Square
Monster Jam link will provide details for discounted tickets
Family Recreation
North Square Farmers Market (kids day is August 9th) Any Saturday kids ages 4-12 get $2.00 to spend on produce!
Bowling Saturdays are .99 games May-July Free Summer Reading Program through the Library
I signed both boys up for this program and printed out the corresponding reading charts, The best thing about the program is all of the free events the library is holding this year!
Here is all the information
Library events I find it easiest to choose the branch you would like to attend (ps The main branch has the most activities!)

Free Storytelling in the Parks
Please note the date posted below are Correct I contacted the director they hope to have the dates corrected on the website soon!

Tuesday, July 8—10:30am Boonsboro Shafer Park Pavilion #3
Wednesday, July 9—10:30am Smithsburg Veteran’s Park Pavilion
Thursday, July 10—10:30am Fort Ritchie Community Center
Friday, July 11—10:30am Hagerstown City Park Bandshell (*Invite Surry)
Monday, July 14—10:30am Cascade Pen Mar Park Dance Pavilion
Tuesday, July 15—10:30am Doub’s Woods Park North Pavilion
Wednesday, July 16—10:30am Williamsport Byron Park  Pavilion #3
Thursday, July 17—10:30am Maugansville Ruritan Park Pavilion
Friday, July 18—10:30am Hagerstown Marty Snook Park Pavilion #1

Free Yoga in the Park
Free Movies in the Park I am sure there are a TON more free happenings in the area and as I find them I will be sure to update!

Our summer will be PACKED with fun things that are free and cheap, Score on for the frugal mom's!


Tuesday's Tip Day: How to Save on Kid's Clothing

Being the mom of two boys, one at the grand age of 6 and the other 3 months, Clothes are always getting out grown and plain worn out. How do boys do it?! I grew up with two sister and myself, so, I also know that an all girl house is just as demanding on clothes!  I love that my little ones are still at the age where they will wear just about anything. My 6 year old is starting to form a "style" that evolves every month :) I would go broke if I bought brand new, full price, brand name clothes all the time! Here are my tips and trick to shopping for clothes on a very limited budget.

Shop Consignment sales. Last year I found the amazing thing called a consignment sales! (check here for full list of consignment sales in the tri-state area)!  Sales are held twice a year, prior to the change of seasons, Summer and Fall. They have Boy and Girls clothes from ages newborn to teen. The best part is they are CHEAP and many of the clothes were in brand new condition. I was able to get over 15 outfits for the baby, three pair of jean, sweat shirt, and two shirts for the oldest and bottle, baby blankets, and diaper pail for under $60.00 at Kids Closet last year! Some of the clothing even had the tags still on them.
A little tip: Look at the tags on the clothing, at both sales the last day items are marked down 50% so the $2.00 outfit is $1.00! However, not all pieces are like this so looking is important!
Finally, MAKE a little MONEY to spend at the sale! These are Consignment sales so you can sign up to Consign or Volunteer and get a little cash to spend at the sale! I am in love with these sales and as fast as the boys are growing will be making these sales a semi annual trip!

Thred-up. I still want to hug the wonderful lady that told me about Thred-up. This is an online Consignment sale, which sounds a bit scary but the quality is out of this world and you have a multitude of brands and styles, because the site takes cosigners from all over the US. If you sign up today you get Free shipping and 20% off your first order and use this link for a $10.00 credit on your first purchase;) Tip: If you are looking for brand new clothes Check out ThredUp's new section NEW WITH TAGS! Prices are still 60-70% off!

New With Tags-6.49

New With Tags-3.99

Shop Clearance a Season ahead. My kids do get new clothes. I do limit this to Birthdays, Christmas and special events. Even buying new I shop clearance and a few Select Sales. One happens to be going on now! Our Newest Contributor and Online Deal Seeker reminded me of this blowout sale: The Children's Place Monster sale. You can shop the latest style starting at 1.59 and up! I like to buy a season ahead so try predict what size you might need (bigger is better) and stock up!

Do you have a special trick or tip to save on Children's clothes? Leave a comment or contact us on facebook or email!



5 Places to Get Coupons, You May Not Have Thought Of

5 Places to get Coupons other than then the Sunday Paper
  1. Your local Library- Many libraries have a coupon swap, ours is just a basket that people put unused coupons and everyone is welcome to them!
  2. All You Magazine- this magazine is available Walmart for about $2.50, it has on average $50.00 worth of valuable coupons! If you would like you may also visit All You .com.
  3. Family or Friends that do not use their inserts, I collect from two awesome co-workers, my MIL, and grandma!
  4. Here you click on the coupon, add it to your cart and it will automatically deduct the coupon from your total! Amazon is a great place to buy on line I was thrilled to fine out they have coupons!
  5. Locally in Washington County, Md, if you sign up for Hoffman's Meat Markets weekly sales email, you will get a coupon about every 2 days for an extra discount on great meats!!