Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tunes Tuesday: "Just Dance" Lady Gaga

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Art of the (Coupon) Deal

To begin with, I'll address the elephant in the room. When we think of coupons, most of us think of fat wads of paper with tons of tiny little pieces with tiny little type. We think of cluttery junk that makes a mess of everything and that will probably be expired before we remember to spend anything. I get it. I really, really do.

The thing is? Coupons have come a long way. You don't have to keep referral reward cards in your wallet. Sign up for a fabulous service like Keyring and your whole family can share accounts and keep everything together. Much the same way, coupons have entered the digital era. Now you can use a trusted site like Groupon Coupons and do your couponing online. Like I mentioned in my last post, most of us think of Groupon mostly when we're considering restaurants or travel options, but they have seriously brought up their game, and now you can do a LOT more with their site. 

You can still get all the straight up deals on restaurants and travel and classes in your area, but with Groupon Coupons, you can also get coupon codes and deals with a couple clicks. I chose TJ Maxx at random as an example (though there are also great stores like Groupon Coupons for Torrid, one of my faves, there too), and there are 107 coupons. JUST for that store. Can you imagine carrying that in your wallet? Now not only do you not have to carry it in your wallet, you can do your shopping online too. Shopping without putting on pants is my favorite. You can rate whether the deal worked for you and even share the coupon right there on the site if you spot something that's perfect for your friend but isn't really your thing.

Want to get even more bang for your buck? Try using a browser plugin like MyPoints that will let you apply extra coupons or get paid for your purchases with a single click. 

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. I'm too stubborn for them not to be.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The School Year (and Shopping) is Upon Us

Yes, that's right. School. We're all excited, right? Right, parents? Teachers? Okay, maybe not. See, I think the thing I didn't really count on was all the stuff you have to buy. I knew about the school lists and the new clothes, but I didn't think about the accessories.

Which is why I kind of wish I'd thought about looking at Groupon Goods sooner. They have everything. I'm not exaggerating here. I've been using Groupon for cheap restaurant deals (one of our local sushi places always has one up - woot!), and sometimes for hotels and travel stuff. I had no idea that they also have Groupon Goods, which features the same kind of discounts on stuff like kitchen goods (so much food storage stuff, y'all!), jewelry, home organization stuff, clothing... in other words, all the stuff that you need for school starting.

For example, just look at the bento box lunch box thingie below. I may have to get one for myself.

Seriously, though, how CUTE is this?

So I'm going to own up to being silly and not having known it was a thing for back to school, but I'm thrilled to have Groupon Goods all set in my back pocket for the holidays coming up. Digital shopping spree, anyone? You can also find Groupon on Facebook or on Twitter if you haven't checked them out before (why not?!) and learn more about the company and the deals they're featuring!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. I've been using Groupon for sooooo many years.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tunes Tuesday: "I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tunes Tuesday: "So What" P!nk

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Digitize To Do Lists with Google Keep

Organizations is important. Last time we talked, I walked you through using Asana to keep yourself organized, and it's fantastic for shops or other businesses whether you're solo or in a team. Sometimes, though, you just need to make a quick honey do list or jot down the groceries you have to grab after work.

In this day and age, most of us are glued to our phones most of the time, so having these lists digital and sharable (because, really, YOU don't want to do the honey do list) is essential. Enter: Google Keep. I think what surprised me most when I started using it was just that everyone isn't using it.

Notice the disturbing amount of things NOT checked off.

As you can see above, I use it quite a bit. I keep detailed notes about blog posts I want to do in a spreadsheet, but for a quick, easy list of which ones are coming up, Google Keep is a faster, easier option. My husband and I also used it while gathering together our son's school supplies for kindergarten so that if one of us went out and grabbed glue, the other didn't repeat the task. We've even got a running list of all the things we want to hang in the house that still need frames.

Up close and personal with my blog to do list.

Google Keep can make several different kinds of notes. You can make random notes that are straight text, you can make the checklists (obviously, my favorite), and on your phone, you can even use your finger or a stylus to hand write notes just like you would on a notepad. Unlike the last service I tried for note keeping, Evernote, I don't feel in constant danger of running out of space with Google Keep, plus most people already have Google accounts, which makes sharing super easy.  And, hey, while you're looking, any votes from the list above about what post you want next? 

Have you tried Google Keep? I'd love to hear what you think and if there are any cool tricks I may not have exploited yet!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tunes Tuesday: "It's My Life" No Doubt