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Cozy winter movie nights with WinCo pizza and Coca-Cola®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #WinCoPizzaNight #CollectiveBias

Is it just me, or does it seem like the days go by faster once the sun starts setting earlier? Suddenly it’s “night time” at 4 pm and it’s hard for me to want to do ANYTHING once the sun goes down.

Pair that with being a newlywed whose husband takes on an overtime project and making dinner when he gets home + eating it + cleaning up after dinner is LITERALLY followed by pajamas and bed. Y’all, that has been our glamorous life. When people ask how married life is going for us we’re like IDK we really don’t see each other that often.

Luckily, we make time to try and get time to slow down. We’ve adjusted our language from not “having time” to not “making time,” because we have as many hours in the day as Beyonce, according to Pinterest. Anyway!

On my 101 in 1001 list is a goal to watch a bunch of movies Justen wants me to watch, one of them being A Christmas Story! We made time by picking up a WinCo pizza and Coca-Cola® (for him) and a Diet Coke (for me)!  Really, is there any better way to pair pizza than with Coca-Cola?!

WinCo (follow them on Facebook and Pinterest!) is an employee-owned company with consistently low prices. Their Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (ilovewinco) are full of behind the scenes and employee stories, which I LOVE. They limit their advertising, which helps them pass that savings on to their customers! Cozy nights in that don’t break the bank? Double win. The cozy night savings go even further. Save $1 when you buy any WinCo Pizza and (2) 2-Liter Coca-Cola Beverages (in-store coupon offer Ends 2/28/18)! We picked up a take and bake pizza at the deli and grabbed our Coca-Cola on our way to check out.

We popped in the pizza, got on our pajamas and queued up A Christmas Story. The pizza was done just in time, and thanks to our festive paper plates + cups, there were ZERO dishes to do afterwards! Which meant that we got to spend the rest of the night all cozied up, watching the movie.



Here’s the thing, y’all. It’s not about not having time. It’s not that we don’t have enough time to make memories or spend quality time or pause life, it’s that we don’t MAKE time to do those things.

If you live near a WinCo (check their site for store locations), pick up one of their deli pizzas (you can even get them HOT and READY TO GO!) grab a bottle of Coca-Cola and make time to have a night with someone you love.

Also – if you had a list of MUST WATCH movies for your spouse or best friend, what would be on them?

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How we saved money on our wedding invitations

I love weddings. Actually. I LOOOOVE weddings. Prior to Pinterest, I bought wedding magazines regularly because I loved looking at all of the beautiful things. In my mind, my wedding would be big and elegant and fancy but somewhere along the way my dreams for my own wedding departed the land of fairytale romance and landed in the realm of frugal reality.

Once we locked in our wedding date, I immediately went online to find wedding invitations. We found some really beautiful ones that totally go with the theme of our wedding. I was so excited about them… until I realized that they were like $1.75 EACH at the cheapest. A huge part of how we’re doing our wedding is that we want to invite EVERYONE, and thinking about sending 500 invitations at $1.75 each… that’s $875! Then I thought, “I’ll just design our own wedding invitations!” and that lasted for about 1.5 hours before I realized I’m actually too lazy to do that.

Cheap Wedding invitations, DIY Wedding invitations // stephanieorefice.net

That’s when we decided to order them and go about it in the most inexpensive way possible. Here’s the way we’ve done that:

ONE // VISTAPRINT

We decided to go with Vistaprint. They always have sales and coupon codes plus we were able to combine it with Ebates and get cash back for our purchase. Their site has a bunch of different invitation designs that would fit a variety of themes, and their bulk prices are really reasonable. If you’re frugal and way less lazy than I am, you can even upload your own designs and they’ll print them. After the 30% off code, we paid $0.46 per printed invitation (they came with envelopes!). We ordered matching return labels, which were $13.38 for 280 (or $.05 each). Total = $.51 per invitation.

TWO // NO SUITE

While the part of me that LOVES receiving mail really wanted RSVP cards, the part of me that LOVES saving money really didn’t want to buy them, so we didn’t. We didn’t include any of the “suite” ideas – RSVP cards, ceremony details, etc. Instead we decided to utilize the back side of the invitation and filled it with those details. We added an RSVP page to justenandstephanie.com (Justen built it – I love it!) and said you could rsvp there or to either of us. The back also has our ceremony and registry information. Boom. One piece of paper.

THREE // ADD YOUR OWN SPECIAL TOUCH

Once we received the invitations, I spent days staring at them and actually wishing they were a little more fancy. They had printed glitter, but no real glitter or shiny gold or anything that made them feel personal. After receiving multiple clear messages that I should not fill each envelope with glitter, I realized I could maybe somehow add a bag of glitter. I looked everywhere for clear envelopes of some sort. They were all too expensive. I carried an invitation in my purse and went into store after store holding it up to treat bags of various sizes and trying to find SOMETHING so that I wouldn’t have to resort to the Pinterest pins I’d seen about making your own envelopes using wax paper because I AM JUST SO LAZY!

Then one day at Party City, I found the perfect size Wilton treat bags and bought a couple hundred. Then I embarked on the journey of finding the stuff to fill the bags with. Did you realize that finding a bulk bag of gold confetti glitter mix isn’t really easy? I finally caved and ordered thousands of sequins from some sequins supplier and then some tissue paper holes from Amazon and sat around and waited. While I was waiting, I discovered a bunch of Target Easter grass, paid $1.69/lb for some and then went home to experiment. I had a random jar of chunky gold glitter, which I then supplemented with more gold glitter and sequins from Target. If you’re doing the math, yes I have way more loose sequins than I can even figure out what to do with.

Thanks to binge watching Are You The One? (don’t get started on my taste in classy television) I was able to sit down and spend HOURS cutting up easter grass and sprinkling that, glitter + sequins into little treat bags, folding them and taping them and then taping them to the top of the invitations with washi tape.

sorry that ones so grainy 

FOUR // HAND DELIVER

Since owning an owl to deliver mail has yet to become a thing in muggle world, and stamps can add up quickly, we’re hand delivering as many invitations as possible. My dad will get all of the invitations for my stepfamily, my mom will keep the ones from her friends, and we’ll make sure to keep the invitations with us when we see people. Stamps add up.

Now that the invitations are starting to be delivered people, it’s starting to become so real. We’re going to promise in front of our friends and family to choose each other every single day, and then we’re going to have a party! I’m excited to continue sharing with you ways we’re saving money on our wedding. 😀

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Five apps that earn gift cards

When I find something that’s almost-too-good-to-be-true but still tried-and-true, I have to share it.

As y’all know, I’m trying to tackle my debt. One way I do that is by earning gift cards for things I’d be spending money on, thus creating more wiggle room in my debt crushing. Like… if I can put $5 on my Starbucks card but someone else could put $5 on my Starbucks card and I could put $5 towards my debt… that’s a win-win, for sure.

Here are five apps that I’ve discovered that help you earn gift cards.

Five apps that earn gift cards

ONE // ibotta

If you’re reading my blog, I’m guessing you’ve heard of ibotta just because I think most people have heard of it. But in case you haven’t… ibotta offers you cash rebates for purchases. They always have opportunities for bonuses, and if you are diligent in checking to see their offers, you can make a lot of money. I’ve made $36 so far, and never once have I purchased something I wasn’t already going to the store to buy. If you sign up with my referral code, you’ll get $10 (and I’ll get $5 for referring you). The great news is that you can stack these with coupons and discount apps like Cartwheel! Major savings potential.

TWO // receipt pal or receipt hog

I use Receipt Pal. Justen uses Receipt Hog. Both have the same purpose – you take pictures of your receipts, for points that you can cash out for gift cards. Receipt Hog is way more fun and interactive, but they haven’t accepted me yet. Receipt Pal has a limited amount of receipts you can scan per week, but if you’re diligent the points add up quickly. I’ve already redeemed a $5 gift card for Regal and am currently trying to figure out where I should redeem my $25 gift card.

THREE // shopkick

In terms of ease, convenience and “no purchase necessary,” shop kick is the the way to go. You get kicks (points) just for walking in to certain stores, and you can earn more kicks when you scan certain items at the store. Even better? They offer “kick bates,” which means that if you buy certain items and submit the receipt, you’ll receive bonus kicks. Not only that, but you can link your debit card and earn kicks for qualifying purchases at a bunch of stores. You can stack all of the apps so far. A few weeks ago, I walked into Walmart and got 35 kicks just for showing up. I scanned Coffeemate creamer for 15 kicks. I checked ibotta and saw that they had a rebate for Coffeemate creamer purchased at Walmart. There was a kickbate. So I earned $.50 in ibotta, 150 kicks from the kickbate PLUS 2 points/$1, and then I scanned the receipt. All for something I needed to purchase anyway. Shop kick is by far my favorite gift card earning app, because I think it’s the easiest and requires NO money or purchase whatsoever.

If you have my phone number I’d love to text you a link to join shop kick (I’ll earn a portion of the points you do for the first 2 weeks you have the app installed). If not, sign up here.

FOUR // scratchy

This app is so stupid easy to use. They give you scratch cards. You scratch off 3 of the 6 squares and hope they match. If they do, you get a deal or a gift card. I’ve won a $5 Amazon gift card. and I’ve done nothing but play a stupid easy game. You earn coins as you play, and those can be redeemed for gift cards when you get enough. I’ve never had enough so I cannot vouch for the validity of that. If you’re already playing games, you might as well play a stupid easy one that might win you a gift card.

FIVE // all mplus apps 

It started with Sworkit. I downloaded the Sworkit app and realized I got points for finishing the app workouts. Then I realized you could also get points for mPlus places. THEN I realized there’s actually a plethora of mPlus points apps that all earn points in your mPlus account. My favorite is mPlus places. It’s like Swarm but with real points that get you real gift cards. There are a bunch of games that earn you mPlus points as well, so if you’re a person who likes to play games on your phone.. hello, you should earn real points that earn you real gift cards amiright?!

Have you used any of these apps? are there any other apps you use to earn free gift cards? Let me know if you download any of them! I’m more than happy to help you figure them out 🙂

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Living Fabulously on a Budget

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions and thoughts are mine. 

Have y’all ever seen High School Musical (1, 2 or 3)? Did you know that there was another installment all about Sharpay Evans called Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure? If you didn’t know… you’re missing out. East High School’s sassiest wildcat moves to New York City, and she has this huge expectation of her fabulous life in New York City, but the reality is that she is one of those broke, starving artist types living in a shoebox that looks like this:


But Sharpay makes the best with what she has and turns this drab studio apartment into a Fabulous oasis:


(okay really the magic was done by Mark Hofeling, an art director, who had these photos on his site)

But here’s the point:

Sometimes we really want fabulous but we just don’t have the resources for it. Instead of giving up, whining, and being frustrated we can take a hint from Sharpay Evans and work within our resources.

That’s true for so many areas in life, but one area that this is particularly helpful for is the area of taking care of yourself. and this is ESPECIALLY true for those of you moms out there, because moms always think of themselves last and have a hard time justifying spending money on themselves, AMIRIGHT!?

and THAT, my friends, is where the Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons come in. Hair stylings, workout/gym discounts and wellness services all at a lower rate?

YES. PLEASE.

Groupon really is the place to go when you’re needing to save money but still want to treat yourself. That is, living fabulously on a budget while still treating yourself – but not SPLURGING – every once in awhile. Sometimes when you’re saving and/or paying off debt, you get exhausted with constantly denying yourself – it’s almost like dieting without ever allowing yourself to eat cake at a wedding. Moderation, right? 🙂

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Treasure hunting at the Goodwill outlet

If you know me, you know I love thrift stores. Like… if I was President, 1/2 off Wednesdays at The Salvation Army would be a national holiday. Every Wednesday.

I’ve always known about the Goodwill Outlet (AKA The Bins), but I’ve never really understood it. Many years ago, I remember walking in, picking up a shirt and trying to find a price tag on it. After being unable to figure out what to do, I put it down and left ASAP.

and now I. am. obsessed.

There’s treasure hunting, and then there’s TREASURE HUNTING. Like… you walk in the outlet with grubby clothes, make sure your hair is up, grab a cart and then start DIGGING THROUGH STUFF. Bins and bins of stuff. I want to share with y’all what I’ve found in my last two trips to Goodwill Outlet. At the bins, you pay $1.69/pound for whatever you get so I can’t tell you how much I paid for each item.

My mom and I spent time guessing how much the retail of these items are, so I’m going to do my best to find the retail prices of these items or at least share what Goodwill was originally listing them at, and if I can’t find anything I’m just going to say it’s $1. Anything with a ** denotes the item is brand new in/with packaging or tag.

Treasure hunting at the Goodwill Outlet // stephanieorefice.net

  • Tommy Bahamas sequins pineapple shirt  (similar, $26.97)
  • OK, but first coffee Brandy Melville t-shirt (similar, $9.99)
  • 1/2 of a Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Candle (retail $20, so $10)
  • Betsey Johnson floral laptop case (being sold on eBay for $30)
  • Replacement decanter for Mr. Coffee Espresso machine (on Target.com for $14.99)
  • Stitched heart pillow (just going to assume it’s homemade because there’s no brand)
  • *Tanamachi Goods iPhone 6 case (Target clearance price tag  $7.48)
  • *Yankee Candle Wax Melts (.99 each, so $1.98)
  • *Yankee Candle Wax melter (Kohl’s clearance tag $6.47)
  • *Target paper banners x4 (priced at $3, so $12)
  • *Pack of pink napkins ($1)
  • *Pack of popcorn bags ($1)
  • Replacement NutriBullet blade (just the blade, $14.99)
  • *Room Essentials plastic shower hooks (on Target.com for $1.04 a pack, so $2.08)
  • Victoria’s Secret Pink Slider Sandals (being sold around the internet for $30)
  • Acrylic organizer ($1)
  • *Paper baking cups x2 ($2)
  • Martha Stewart kitchen towel ($1)
  • *Heart Treat boxes ($2)
  • *3 packages of tissue paper ($4)

Treasure hunting at the Goodwill Outlet // stephanieorefice.net

  • *USA temporary tattoos (because duh. $3)
  • 1 Easter egg plate ($1)
  • *Room Essentials Apron ($1)
  • Square cooling rack (on Amazon.com $7.39 for 2 so )
  • Small milk frother (similar on Amazon.com for $8.99)
  • 2 copies of Real Simple ($3.95 x2)
  • 2 copies of Eating Well ($4.99 x2)
  • Seven7 Legging Jeans (at Nordstrom Rack for $39.97)
  • Arizona Super Skinny jeans (at JCPenney for $48)
  • Stovetop Popcorn Popper (on Amazon for$17.97)
  • *Pack of Happy New Year cards ($4.99 price on back)
  • *Handmade greeting card ($1)
  • *Paper fan banner kit ($5 price on back)
  • *5 gift bags (4 x .88 one at .50 )
  • One metal container ($1)
  • *Cinderella kite (because my 101 list! on Amazon for $4.29)
  • *2 packs of treat bags ($2)
  • Purple plaid shirt (Goodwill listed at $4.99)
  • *1 pack of Christmas plates ($1)
  • *1 pack of coupon binder inserts (on Amazon.com for $9.95)
  • Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas (on Amazon.com for $13.98)
  • *Mickey Gift Wrap ($1)
  • *Plus an unpictured Cupcake stand($12.99)
  • and a paperback novel, My Fair Lazy (seems perfect)

 

$359.66 is the suggested value of my treasures.

I paid..

wait for it….

$30.61

 

That’s 8.51% of the suggested value.

PLUS I get the added satisfaction of digging out treasures. Some of the things I got were for my mom (the PINK sliders, the cupcake stand, the Mickey Mouse gift wrap, the Yankee candle wax melter + melts, the Martha Stewart Kitchen towel & Betsey Johnson laptop case) and others were for a project I’m about to start working on. The Seven7 jeans are AMAZING. They’re my new favorite jeans.

So.

Have you ever braved the bins (the Goodwill Outlet)? What are your thoughts on thrift stores?

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Updating your wardrobe without breaking the bank

This post was sponsored by Groupon. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A few days ago, I shared with you one of my newest favorite outfits, and I humble bragged about how it only cost me $17. Because here’s the thing, y’all: I. am. cheap… maybe even cheaper than cheap. To give you an example, I was at a thrift store and saw a pair of shoes I liked well enough for $10. But I didn’t get them because I thought $10 was too much for a like-new pair of shoes. I seriously am that cheap.

Like I also mentioned, I LOVE clothes. I love pinning outfits on Pinterest, I love trying clothes on, and I love hanging clothes up and putting them in my dresser (not to be confused with laundry, mind you). Clothes very well might be my love language, if that’s even possible. The 6th one nobody really talks about because they don’t want to be misunderstood. Come let me give you a hug and tell you that your shirt is cute, because I have your back.

I see people post outfits and share that their pants cost $60 or their shirt was $45, and I can’t fathom that. I keep thinking “I spend $20 at a thrift store and I feel like I’m making it rain money.”

You can imagine that when I buy a brand new article of clothing, it is a big freaking deal. I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to make brand new clothes more affordable. When I walk into a store, I walk right past the displays at the front and past the new arrivals and 20% off sales” and I make my way to the “Additional 60% off clearance” racks. I love when my mom gives me the $10 gift cards you get if you spend a certain amount of money, because I can buy a clearance shirt for thrift store prices. I’m crazy about this stuff, y’all!
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The other day, Justen and I were trying to find a code for Redbox (good news – he’s cheap too!) and suddenly he asked me if I knew there was such a thing as Groupon Coupons, so we spent time looking through all of the different coupons they offer. Lo and freaking behold, guess what they have coupons for? CLOTHING STORES!

Not just lame, irrelevant stores I never shop at. That’s the worst, right? When you stumble on a great deal for stuff you have no interest in. Groupon Coupons has coupons for stores I love like Aerie, Macy’s and… wait for it… Kohl’s (HELLO, LAUREN CONRAD!).

Even if you’re not as crazy cheapskate as I am, Groupon Coupons has plenty of great deals you should always check before you buy anything. As if Groupon couldn’t get any better 🙂

What are your tips/tricks for buying new clothes without making your bank account weep?

 

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