Krazy Deal Daze: 2022

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Monday, April 11, 2022

April Shopping Guide

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April showers bring May flowers and also the dreaded spring cleaning.


Now is the time to start packing away those winter clothes. You can find many deals on storage totes, organization, and cleaning supplies. April is also a great time to replace your vacuum cleaner. I know buying a vacuum isn’t necessarily the most exciting purchase you'll make, but it can be less painful when you’re taking advantage of a spring cleaning sale. Easter is Sunday, April 4th this year, and when Easter is done and over, leftover candy and Easter-related products will be deeply discounted.

Also with winter finally over (for some of us..lol), it’s the perfect time to get active again and there will be many deals on sneakers and activewear to help you out. Consider this your reminder and extra motivation to keep working towards those fitness goals you set in January! Keep going, YOU GOT THIS!!

Surprisingly tires also go down in price around April, so if you need to replace them, April is a great month to find Krazy Deals on some new tires. Also, FYI Mother's Day is right around the corner coming up on Sunday, May 9th to be exact, so some April deals would work out well too, as small appliances and jewelry tend to be discounted in April.

April definitely has its fair share of spring deals and discounts. Other dates to remember coming up in April Earth Day on Friday the 22nd, Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday the 27th, and Arbor Day on Friday the 29th. Tax Day will be April 18th, 2022.


If you're like me and always looking to save even more money on your online purchases two of my go-to coupon and coupon code browser extensions are Honey and Rakuten. Ibotta has recently launched a Beta Browser that is on the fast track to becoming my favorite browser, I highly recommend checking it out and giving it a try! I also recommend using cashback apps to earn money back on your every day in-store and online purchases. My favorite cashback apps are Ibotta and Fetch Rewards.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out our April Shopping Guide! What sales and deals do you look forward to in April? What other apps, and/or browser extensions do you like to use to save money? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this post, we’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend or sharing it on Twitter and/or Facebook. Don't want to lose this? Pin it on Pinterest so you can get back to it later!


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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

March Shopping Guide

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Although there are no major shopping holidays in March, 

March winds will still be blowing in some fabulous deals.


If outdoor grilling is something you enjoy, this is the best time to stock up on all your essential BBQ supplies, such as that dream grill you've always wanted. After all that grilling, exercise equipment will be a good buy as well. Many stores have great deals available.

Now that winter is winding down you’ll come across some amazing deals on riding and push mowers, just in time for spring. After all the first day of Spring is just right around the corner, the 2022 Spring Equinox falls on Sunday, March 20th.

March is also National Frozen Food Month, so be on the lookout for awesome deals to stock up on. Winter clothing sales will still be going strong in most stores to get ready for spring and summer lines. It would be a great time to snag some deals on coats, sweaters, etc. Of course, Saint Patrick's Day is coming up on Thursday, March 17th so look for deals throughout the stores as they tend to have sales around any holiday, even St. Patty's Day! Department stores and online retailers will usually discount their selection of green-themed clothing, party supplies, and jewelry as well.

Lastly, March is traditionally the month when spring cleaning and organizing officially gets started, it's also a great time of the year when you can do more than just declutter. It's also a great time to buy materials for your upcoming home renovations.

Don't forget, the dreaded tax season is still upon us. There are many deals to be found on DIY Tax software.

If you're like me and always looking to save even more money on your online purchases two of my go-to coupon and coupon code browser extensions are Honey and Rakuten. If you use Ibotta while in-store shopping, they have a Browser Extension that I highly recommend checking out and giving it a try if you haven't already! I also recommend using cashback apps to earn money back on your every day in-store and online purchases. My favorite cashback apps are Ibotta and Fetch Rewards.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out our March Shopping Guide! What sales and deals do you look forward to in March? What other apps, and/or browser extensions do you like to use to save money? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this post, we’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend or sharing it on Twitter and/or Facebook. Don't want to lose this? Pin it on Pinterest so you can get back to it later!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February Shopping Guide

 
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February is the month of love!

What better time to buy your love a beautiful new trinketjewelry, or flowers, be sure to check out the Valentine's Day Shop!


There are so many awesome deals to be found so don’t forget to treat yourself as well! February is also the perfect time to stock up on winter apparel. Many stores are getting ready for spring and are still offering those deep discounts on their winter apparel and winter sporting accessories.

This year Presidents Day is Monday, February 15th, and is the traditional time to catch some fantastic deals on home goods and apparel. Many stores are having sales on sheets, towels, pots and pans, appliances, and of course heaters and electric fireplaces as well.

Let's not forget, the Daytona 500 and the Super Bowl are coming up. It would be the perfect time to score some deals on a new TV! There are many deals to be found on the TV of your dreams.

And finally, the dreaded tax season is upon us. There are many deals to be found on DIY  Tax software.

With Covid-19 still lingering our shopping experiences have shifted to even more online shopping. So, if you're like me and always looking to save even more money on your online purchases two of my go-to coupon and coupon code browser extensions are Honey and RakutenIbotta has recently launched a Beta Browser that is on the fast track to becoming my favorite browser, I highly recommend checking it out and giving it a try! I also recommend using cashback apps to earn money back on your every day in-store and online purchases. My favorite cashback apps are Ibotta and Fetch Rewards.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out our February Shopping Guide! What sales and deals do you look forward to in February? What other apps, and/or browser extensions do you like to use to save money? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this post, we’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend or sharing it on Twitter and/or Facebook. Don't want to lose this? Pin it on Pinterest so you can get back to it later!



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Thursday, January 13, 2022

What You Can Do to Reduce the Energy Use of Your Home

What You Can Do to Reduce the Energy Use of Your Home

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Let’s be honest here, we’re all struggling a little when it comes to household finances these days. The pandemic has taken a huge toll, and the impact it’s had on the job market doesn’t look like it’s going to go away anytime soon. In the meantime, it’s up to us to find ways to make our expenses fit our income. Reducing your energy bill can help, but only if you can find some ways to reduce the amount of energy you use. So what can you do?

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

So this one requires an upfront cost, but it’s one that can pay off if you’re able to swing it. Old kitchen and laundry appliances tend to be less energy efficient than the models of today. Part of this is due to increased inefficiencies that happen over time, while the other part of it is that newer appliances have been built with greater efficiency in mind. If your appliances are reaching the end of their lifespan, it’s time to start looking for newer, more efficient options. Once you have them, you can sit back and enjoy the extra savings you get just because the new appliances are using less power than the old ones.

Don’t Leave Things Plugged In

Ever heard of energy vampires? It’s the term that is used to describe things that get left plugged in and still pull electricity even if they aren’t actually being used. Phone chargers are a classic example of this. We tend to leave them plugged in all the time, regardless of whether or not we’re charging a phone. The problem is that the charger is still pulling electricity as long as it’s plugged in, regardless of whether or not a phone is charging. Unplugging appliances and electronics may not net you a ton of savings, but sometimes even a little savings here and there can help.

Add More Insulation

Your HVAC system probably has the greatest impact on how much energy you use in your home. The harder it has to work to heat or cool your home, the more energy it has to use to get the job done. There are plenty of things you can do to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency. One of them is to add more insulation to your home if you don’t have adequate insulation in places like your attic, walls, ceilings, floors, and more. Insulation allows you to maintain a more consistent temperature throughout your home, preventing heat loss in the winter and heat gain during the summer. This means your system won’t have to work as hard, reducing the amount of energy it uses.

Use Efficient Windows and Doors

Adding insulation isn’t the only way to maintain your home’s internal climate. Windows and doors can be major culprits when it comes to the loss of heat and cool air, especially if they aren’t energy efficient. That could cost you, literally. Energy efficient entry doors save money by reducing the need for heating and cooling. Energy efficient windows can do the same. If you aren’t sure if your windows and doors are a problem, you can always have a home inspection done. Some companies use infrared thermal scanning that can identify whether or not you have a problem in these areas.

Leverage Natural Light

Do you find yourself turning the lights on during the day? If so, you could be using energy unnecessarily. Natural light can go a long way towards lighting up your home. It’s free too, which means you’re saving money on the energy you aren’t using to light your home. Feel free to open up the curtains and blinds. Because natural light has mental health benefits, you may even find that your personal energy levels improve along with your energy savings in this area.

Get Smart

Have you hopped on the smart home bandwagon yet? If not, you could be missing out on some opportunities to reduce your energy use. Smart home technology allows you to control things like your home’s heating, electronic devices, and lights remotely, enabling you to maximize your savings opportunities. Remember how we said earlier that your HVAC system has a huge impact on the amount of energy you use? With a smart thermostat you can control the settings remotely, allowing you to adjust to more energy efficient settings while you’re away and then back to your comfort level when you’re getting close to home. Smart lights mean that you won’t have to worry about leaving the lights on again either. Reducing your energy use has never been easier.

Trimming a little here and a little there off of your expenses can make a difference when it comes to trying to stretch the income you have a little further. Finding ways to reduce the energy you use around your home is just one thing you can do to help cut costs. What are some of the money-saving strategies you’ve used in your household?

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Monday, January 10, 2022

Important Steps on the Way to Building a Custom Home

Important Steps on the Way to Building a Custom Home

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If you’ve been getting ready to start building a custom home, you’ve come to the right place. There are a lot of different steps to take and things to decide when it comes to building a custom home, and it can feel pretty overwhelming at times. However, there are some very important steps that will provide the bones and structure for your home build journey. Here are the most important steps to consider as you’re getting ready to build your custom home.

Create Your Vision

First off, you need to create a vision for the type of home that you want to build. This could include anything from the exterior structure to the interior decorations to the land that the home will be built on. Make sure that you are collecting ideas from magazines, social media, and websites to give you inspiration for your vision. Bookmark ideas that you love and create a specific folder, physical or digital, full of elements that you want to include in your home. This will help you to know how to navigate the next steps of your home build journey, and it will guarantee that you end up with the dream home you’ve always wanted.

Find Builders

Next up, you need to find builders to work on your home build. If you are building your home in a development neighborhood, chances are that the business running the development already has a team of workers that will build your home. However, if you aren’t building your home in a development neighborhood, you’ll need to find those builders yourself. It can be helpful to hire an experienced contractor since oftentimes they have building teams that will work with them on their projects. Try to find a contractor that is experienced in the specific style and type of home that you are wanting to build. This will help you to work better on achieving the vision for your home.

Look into Financing

Once you’ve found builders, it is important to look into financing. Buying a property and constructing a home can be quite expensive, and most people need a mortgage or loan to get started. Make sure that you look into the different mortgages and loans available for people building homes so that you find a plan that will be affordable and convenient for you. Your home build will be so important to you and your family, so you want to make sure that you can keep up with your mortgage and/or loan payments as time goes by.

Buy a Vacant Lot

Now that you’ve figured out your financing and have a plan for paying for your home, it is time to find the perfect spot for your home build. You need to have land or a contract closing soon to start building your home. So, it is important to search for a vacant lot that fits within your budget and that is also in the ideal setting for your home vision. The price for lots can vary based on the surrounding area and the size of the lot. However, you need to prioritize what is most important to you. A half-acre lot that is near lots of convenient stores, restaurants, and schools, will probably be more expensive than a full-acre lot that is on the outskirts of town. So, take these elements into account as you’re looking at lots and determining how much you’d like to spend on your land.

Choose Your Layout

Once you have your lot, your contractor and builders will want to get working, so it is important to determine what you’d like the layout of your house to be. If you’re building in a development neighborhood, the owners will likely have a number of layouts that you can choose from to create your ideal house. However, if you’re wanting something a lot more customizable and personal, this can also be achieved outside of a development neighborhood. As you’re planning your layout, make sure that you take into account how many bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll need as well as hosting and entertainment space. For example, if you have a large family and want to have them over often, you might want to choose an open floor plan for your kitchen and dining area. Your layout will determine the functionality of your home.

Choose Your Materials

After you’ve determined your layout and the builders have started working, it will be time for you to start choosing the materials that you want to use in your home. This can include everything from countertops to carpets to flooring to lighting to your home’s exterior. The truth is, there are a lot of choices that you’re going to have to make when it comes to the materials of your home build, which is why it is so important to have a vision for your home beforehand. Make sure that you prioritize the materials that really matter to you, so you’re not going over budget on everything.

Add Finishing Touches

So, your home is finally finished, the builders have vacated the area, and now you are left with the empty canvas of your home to decorate. Hopefully, you’ve left enough money in your budget for furniture and finishing touches. Fill your home with furniture, decorations, and accessories that make you happy and that are personal to your family, lifestyle, and interests. This will make your empty house build into a personalized home.

Now that you’ve read this article, you know all of the most important steps that will help you to achieve your vision for your custom home. Remember, if you feel like you need additional help on any of these steps, take some time to research and find specialists that can help you to accomplish your goals. Soon, you’ll have the custom home build that you’ve always dreamed of and your family will be able to enjoy that special space together.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

How to Plan a Party on a Budget

How to Plan a Party on a Budget

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Every party host wants their guests to leave happy, satisfied, and let’s face it, impressed. But the cost of so many things that go into a party, such as food, beverages, decorations, and party rentals, can add up quickly. If keeping within your budget is important, don’t worry—you can plan a successful party and save money at the same time.

Make Simple Invitations

Small get-togethers require just a phone call or text, but for larger or more formal parties, invitations are in order. The trouble is, buying personalized and mailing invitations can be expensive. If the occasion allows, consider sending out digital invitations. Several websites and social media platforms offer free or low-cost digital invitations. You can design and personalize them online, and collect RSVPs when people respond. If you prefer printed invites or if a keepsake invitation is desired, such as for a special anniversary, you can also take advantage of low-cost websites that let you order printed invitations. Of course, you’ll want to plan ahead to leave extra time for shipping and mailing.


Focus on Free Entertainment

Kids don’t care if you hire an expensive character impersonator or rent an inflatable bouncer—they just want to have fun. For kids, that means being active and playing. If a kids’ party is being held outdoors, you can’t go wrong with classics like sack races or ball tosses. For the indoors, searching games and crafts can be fun. 


Just like kids, grown-ups like games, too. Organize a bean-bag throw contest (called cornhole in some areas) and offer inexpensive prizes for other kinds of competitions. Instead of hiring a DJ, hook up some speakers and stream your own music playlist. This can even work at weddings with some planning.


Reuse Old Supplies

Every party seems to end up with surplus supplies like extra paper plates, napkins, streamers, or balloons. With a little creativity, you can repurpose supplies from a previous party and create new decorations. You can make paper flowers from leftover streamers or party napkins. Or, add a new color and braid streamers together for a fresh look.


For kids, leftover paper plates can be folded into baskets to use for party favor bags. You can also use paper plates for kids’ crafts and games. The backs of paper plates make a great canvas for drawing and coloring. Use scissors to cut holes in the plates, and they can be transformed into masks.


Buy in Bulk

Whether you shop at a big-box warehouse retail store or an online shop, buying in bulk can save you money. Food, decorations, and other party supplies can all be purchased in large quantities at discount prices. Frozen party foods like chicken wings, meatballs, and other finger foods are available in large boxes, for instance, which can save you both money and time. For a large party, buying napkins, paper plates, drinking cups, and other serving supplies are also less expensive at bulk shops. Multi-tiered stands can make food such as hors d’oeuvres and desserts look appealing. Toothpicks add detail to your food presentation that will impress people without breaking the bank.


Encourage BYOB

Drinks are expensive, especially beer, wine, and spirits. For more informal parties, it’s perfectly acceptable to request guests to bring their own drinks or contribute to the bar. You may ask directly by putting BYOB on the invitations, but there are also some fun ways to subtly encourage it. For an adult party, consider throwing a wine tasting or beer tasting party. Ask guests to bring their favorite wine or craft beer. Use plastic shot glasses to set up tasting flights and ask guests to rate and vote for their favorite. The winner can win an inexpensive prize, such as a bottle opener or corkscrew, and afterward, everyone shares the leftover beverages.


Make It Appetizers Only

Unless you’re not specifically hosting a dinner party, you may not need to serve a meal or a full buffet. Everyone loves finger foods, and an appetizers-only party can satisfy your guests’ hunger and save you money in the long run. By offering a wide range of appetizers, from vegetables to gluten-free desserts, you can also meet your guests’ varying dietary needs.

For informal parties, a simple browsing table will work, but if you want to ramp it up a notch, serve some more unusual foods and take some time with the presentation. Tapas and small plates are popular trends these days, and the appetizers-only theme is even being used for weddings.

Use Your Backyard

Moving a party outdoors has a number of advantages, and not just on your budget. Most people’s backyards can comfortably accommodate more people than their living rooms, so you can expand the invitation list. Outdoor parties also require less elaborate decorations: just add some lights or a few flowering plants. If rain is a risk, consider renting a tent or canopy. It can be much less expensive than renting a venue. A backyard party doesn’t have to be a kids’ party or barbecue. With the right touches, you can transform your backyard into a more formal venue. Many couples save thousands of dollars by hosting a backyard wedding.


Make It a Potluck

Family parties are often potlucks, and they’re usually a hit. Everyone looks forward to Grandma’s potato salad or Uncle Joe’s hot wings. But potlucks can be fun experiences for other types of parties, too. Start by choosing a theme, such as a specific cuisine or occasion. Part of the entertainment is getting to sample a variety of dishes. You can ask people to indicate what they will bring or assign people certain categories, such as appetizers, side dishes, salad, entrées, and dessert. You might also want to set a size or price range per item so that everyone contributes an equitable amount. Label the dishes and encourage tasting size portions.


A great party doesn’t have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Whatever the occasion of the party, you can save money without forgoing anything needed for people to have a good time. With a little imagination, you can host a memorable event that doesn’t break your budget.


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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Items You Should Buy with Holiday Gift Cards

Items You Should Buy with Holiday Gift Cards
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The holidays can be a wonderful time of gift-giving and receiving as a way of showing love and appreciation for the people around you. However, some gifts can be tricky to know what to do with. For example, if you get gifted a lot of gift cards around the holidays, it can be difficult to decide what to buy with those gift cards, so they often end up sitting in your sock drawer for the next year or so. Don’t make that mistake this holiday season. Here are a few great items that you should buy with holiday gift cards this year.

A Nice Restaurant Meal

First off, it can be great to use your gift cards to buy nice restaurant meals. It can get expensive to eat out, especially if you try to stick to a budget. However, it can be very fun to eat at a restaurant so you can enjoy food and an environment that you don’t normally have access to. So, if you have a gift card to a few restaurants, make sure that you choose one of your favorite places to visit. You might even want to save the gift card for a special occasion like a birthday, an anniversary, or a celebration of a life milestone so that you can make those dates extra special.

Electronics

Another great way to spend your gift cards is by buying electronics. Even though electronics are pretty essential in our day and age, they can be expensive and unaffordable. Try to take advantage of the credit on your gift card to buy the electronics that you’ve been needing. For example, if you’ve started a remote job, invest in some great headphones or speakers to facilitate your work. If you enjoy doing virtual art, you could look into getting a tablet to help you to work on your talents. Additionally, there are lots of great technology sales around the holidays, so it is important to take advantage of that gift card while prices are low.

Furniture

If you’re looking for a useful way to spend your gift card, it can be great to buy furniture. No matter what stage of life you are in, you’ll always have a need for some type of furniture. For example, if you’re taking some online classes, you could invest in a great desk or comfy chair for those long hours on the computer. If you’re preparing to have a baby, you could use your gift card to buy a crib or high chair. If you’re moving into a new apartment, your gift card could help you get a new mattress or bed frame. Even though furniture might not always seem like the most exciting gift, it is definitely necessary, which makes it a great option for spending your gift card.

Clothing

One of the most obvious ways to spend your gift card would be to buy clothing. Even if you don’t follow trends and don’t have a huge wardrobe, it can be helpful to buy new clothes from time to time. This will help you to have outfits for every type of weather or every occasion. For example, modest dresses are great for any occasion that requires some confidence and style. A comfy lounge set is great for the colder months when you’re spending time with loved ones indoors. There are tons of great clothing options at many stores.

Home Décor

If you enjoy making your house look nice, you should consider spending your gift card on some home décor. There are lots of stores such as Target, Home Goods, and Ikea that have affordable and beautiful home décor options. When you’re trying to decide what to buy with your gift card, think about the aesthetic that you’re trying to achieve in your home, and try to buy décor that won’t go out of style in a few months, but that will have more of a classy, timeless look.

Kitchen Accessories

One of the essential elements of life is preparing and eating food, so using your gift card to buy some kitchen and cooking accessories is a great option. Even if you don't feel like you have a lot of talent in the kitchen, there are lots of kitchen accessories that make it really easy to prepare delicious food. For example, there are tools like air fryers, microwave steamers, instant pots, and more that can prepare delicious food fairly quickly and that are quite easy to use. Make sure to keep these types of accessories in mind as you’re deciding how to use your gift card.

Experiences

If you’ve received a Visa gift card, or any similar type of cash gift card that isn’t specifically connected to a store, it can be great to use these to invest in experiences. Having material items can be enjoyable for a time, but the memories that you gain from experiences last forever. Think about what types of experiences you and/or your family would love to have, and use your gift card to invest in making those dreams come true. For example, if you’ve been dreaming about taking your young kids to Disneyland, use your gift card to start planning that trip today.

Now that you’ve been able to think about the different ways in which you can use your gift card, don’t let it sit in your sock drawer for the rest of the year. Get out that gift card and use it today! Also, remember that the ideas in this article are only a few of many options. The great thing about receiving a gift card is that it can be used in so many ways to provide you with a gift that you will enjoy.

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