New Goodies – World Market & Target

Happy Saturday! It’s been a little bit since I last wrote and I wanted to share with you all some awesome little goodies I picked up at World Market and Target. You know me with Target, LOVE IT! It’s hard to stop in and not buy something. I mean, the place is A-M-A-Zing! Moving on, check out the cool stuff I picked up.

At Target I picked up this cute little Farmer’s Market tray for my dining room table. I haven’t really figured out what all I want on it as far as decor display but maybe something will hit me soon and it will look super cute! If you’d like one, check out the Target dollar spot! That’s also where I found this super cute set of kitchen towels! You can never have too many towels right? I’ll have you know, that hubby talked me into the cute Farmer’s Market tote. At $3, it wasn’t like I was spending hundreds. Haha! I’ve already gotten daily use out of it as my planner holder/purse for work. I’ve also taken it to the Farmer’s Market here in Raleigh. Steven was like “You’re going to put the veggies in this?” Me, “Uh, yes. That’s what I got it for!” Haha. 

Next item I picked up was this super cute, old fashion laundry machine. Isn’t it cute! I found out about this by seeing my instagram friend’s post on her laundry room. (QBHome IG) I thought it was seriously the cutest thing ever and I wanted it. Granted, I don’t have an AMAZING laundry room like hers but one day I will. This item has been on my “want” list for quite awhile now. It wasn’t until a few weeks back that I decided to just stop by World Market to “look” around. Hubby noticed it and told me I had to get it since he knew I wanted it. Me being my frugal self, didn’t want to pay the $20 for it. But with him telling me over and over again just to get it and “Well it might not be here the next time you visit”, I had to get it. We also found some lemon coolers. Who still remembers those? I didn’t take a picture of them but you can google them. Back to the laundry tin . . . This thing is awesome and huge! I put about seven 30+ count boxes of bounce dryer sheets in it and it still has room for more boxes! I love it! I do wish I had a place to stick it that was close to the washer/dryer but that’s okay.

Love these items too? Check them out at your local World Market and Target dollar spot. Thanks for stopping by!!

XoXo Kayteeee

Savings Jar – Bingo Style

Hey Lovelies!

I know you’re probably tired of hearing about my plans to save money and how I go about saving as much money as possible. Well, I’m back again to explain the savings jar – bingo style with ya’ll. It’s a fun way to save money without feeling like you’re completely broke each pay check. It’s also a great thing to start with kids because you can do it with just pennies or just change. You don’t even have to use dollar bills. Keep it simple. Keep it fun.

Above is the bingo board to print out. I prefer to print it out and attach it to a big mason jar with some painters tape (it’s what I had). Then as I put money into the jar, I simply mark off a square or two with a different colored sharpie. Again, this can be a great way to get kids onto saving money! Plus it’s helpful if you or your significant other are bad about saving money and want to plan for a trip or a big purchase.

If you know me personally, or even if you read my blog every now and then, you might have noticed that I have YET to finish a jar. Sadly, every time I start a jar, I only make it about half way before something comes up and I have to spend what money was saved. However, this time it’s different! I have a job now and can put money aside from each check without leaving us feeling completely broke. Wooo! So this time, I will be finishing this jar! 

I started this jar about two weeks ago, roughly. I haven’t really decided yet on how much I am putting away from each check every two weeks. Right now I simply put a little in at a time. This week I put $76 in. Actually it might have been a bit more because we got paid Tuesday. HAHA.

Has anyone else started doing the savings jar this way and been completely successful in finishing the board? I think the last time I tried hard, I got to about 34 before having to spend it on a bill or something. Not anymore! I’m sticking to it! 

If you’ve done the savings jar bingo before, let me know in a comment below. Tell me how far you got before you had to use the money. If you haven’t tried it, are you going to now? Let me know!

Xoxo,
Kaytee

All of the pretties ~ Farmhouse Style

Hi Lovelies! 

If you know me, then you know that I love Fixer Upper and the FARMHOUSE STYLE. It’s seriously my favorite. I love barn doors and rustic touches everywhere. I have always wondered what theme or design I wanted to go with when it came to decorating our home. Farmhouse style has been at the top for awhile now. I love the beautiful look of shiplap, the rustic touch of barn doors on metal railings and love chippy items (tables & candle sticks). You name it, I love it!

I wanted to share with you all a few things that I have been eyeing lately but am just resisting buying at the moment seeing as how we are moving in May into another apartment. Got to save for that and then start saving for a house now that we know we can apply for a home loan (just want to save up for a good down payment).

Onto what I have been drooling over!!

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Let’s be real… how adorable is the little washing machine tin!!! LOVE IT! And it’s not that expensive on worldmarket.com. Again, these are just a few of the things I’ve been eye-balling. I just need to come up with some “play” money so I can get it all. Ha Ha!

Comment below with your favorite decorating style! I’d love to hear from you ❤

xoxo
Kaytee

Money Savings Bingo >> New Years Resolution

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Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Oh god, Katie is doing a New Years resolution..new year..new her, thing. It’ll never work and everyone does the same thing.” Well, you’re mistaken. I’m not doing a “new year, new me” thing, I’m doing a save more money…thing.

Every year people try to set these super high New Years resolutions. “I’m going to lose 100lbs, I’m going to buy a lambo”, something like that. I want to be more realistic and just try to save more money this year. Now, last year I had started the savings bingo and I got quite far but then an unexpected expense popped up and I had to deplete the funds (thank God for those funds though for covering it). *Insert crying face*. This year I plan on doing things differently. Before, I would just put money in all the time, not leaving any out to go toward added expenses and then would end up having to empty out the jar (which should be left alone and not touched till it’s completed). With that being said, this year I plan on just depositing around $50 from each of my checks. That way, I still have money set aside for bills, groceries or any emergencies that might pop up. My hopes are to be able to not touch the money in the jar and end up completing the entire bingo chart. (has yet to happen)

Now, if you’re someone who has trouble saving money and complain all the time about being broke, then you should TOTALLY check this out and give it a try! It’s really easy and fun because you get to color in all the squares once you’ve completed that deposit. *insert cheesy grin*

Here’s how the bingo chart works:

  1. Print Chart (see photo below to print)
  2. Find a jar or other way to store money
  3. Tape chart to jar or have it in whatever container you choose
  4. Mark off each square as you deposit that amount
    (i.e: Square 34 – Deposit $34 or if you’re unable to afford that amount, maybe do pennies. So 34 pennies)
  5. Complete Bingo Chart = Cha-Ching! $$$$$$$$

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The Bingo Savings chart is really fun and a great way to get your children started on learning how to save money. Trust me, saving money should be taught because it’ll help in the long run (I know this because I was never really taught to save money and it affected me once I moved out #alwaysbroke). For children, I would recommend doing pennies (unless of course you’re giving your child $52 for some reason lol).

“Is there a certain day or week I should be depositing and marking off a square?”
No. I tend to just go off of when I get paid. If for some reason, I have extra income from either Swagbucks or photos, then I might put a little extra in the jar and mark off a few more squares. Other than that, I just do every pay day.

If you end up having any questions or want to get started on saving money and leaving the broke life behind, feel free to drop a comment below or if you’re on FB – message me.

Hope you all enjoyed my post! Here’s to a new year and more money!! $$$$

Xoxo Katie

oh my precious!!

Good Evening Everyone!

I have been waiting forever to finally own a Kitchenaid mixer! My dad, brother & I went in together, years ago, and got my mom one for Christmas. A real pretty red Kitchenaid mixer. Since she got hers, I have always wanted my own but I could never decide on what color to get or did I have the money to ever buy one. First it was pink, then teal, then purple, then back to pink and finally ending it with teal. My husband as well as friends all thought it would look lovely in my kitchen and frankly, so did I. No lie, it does look AMAZING in my kitchen.

I ended up purchasing the Kitchenaid Artisan design series in Sea Glass (shiny teal as I call it). Instead of getting the mixer with the stainless steel bowl, I went for the one with the beautiful glass bowl that has a built in spout. That’s one thing I didn’t really care for when my mom got her mixer – the lack of spout makes pouring a nightmare and a big mess. Though it was a little more expensive to get the mixer with the glass bowl, I have no regrets.

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Last night was my first night using it. *Insert girly giggle*. I decided my first recipe being made with the Kitchenaid mixer was going to be peanut butter blossoms (husbands favorite cookie). Not only did the mixer tackle the task but my cookies came out delicious.

Who else own’s a Kitchenaid mixer and is absolutely in love with it? I seriously can NOT wait to make everything under the sun with it. Cookies, scones, cupcakes, cakes…EVERYTHING! 

I hope you all enjoyed my post! Stay tuned for more posts in the future.
xoxo Katie

Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner | Organization Lover

Raise your hand if you like to organize. *Raises hand* I love to organize and keep track of my budget and bills. You name it, I’ll organize it. Ha ha! During the pre-Black Friday sales, my friend Jessica mentioned that she was going to Michael’s. The minute she said that, I hopped on my computer to see what sales they had going on. I wasn’t even really looking to get out and spend money but I saw they had the planners on sale for around $9.99-$13.99 and after looking through them online and watching a couple of videos on youtube about folks who used them and LOVED them, I was sold. I convinced hubby to go with me Thursday night at almost 9:30PM to go get my planner. We walked in and they had a small selection near the front of the store. However, there was a bigger selection toward the back that had more planners and the stickers/additional things you can get for them. I ended up picking the happy planner because I loved the quote on the front and loved the watercolor on the cover. One of the things I love about this planner is that you can customize everything! There are super cute stickers to add to personalize it and one of the things I got was a budget planner. It fits the smaller planners but since they’re all setup the same, you can make it work in the big planner as well. Anyway, enough talking … let’s get on to the photos!

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Isn’t it lovely!! The little hearts on the rings was a cute touch. I forgot to mention that thanks to how they’ve set this planner up, you can easily remove and add more pages! It’s great! I’ve heard that a lot of people will take the pages out and get them laminated so they don’t have to buy new ones. I actually was thinking of making copies of my budget planner so I don’t have to keep buying more. Hope you all love my planner too and don’t forget, they’re available at Michael’s!

Saving Money – The Challenge & How to Overcome!

I get asked quite frequently how I manage to save money. It’s simple, I use a few different methods that work for me. Once you start and get in a routine with saving, it becomes second nature.

Here are a few tips that help me save!

1. I use a mason jar and have a bingo savings chart taped to the front. It is a fun way to start saving, without having the feeling that you’re super broke. You basically can either mark off 1 number a week or whenever you want to put a little money aside. Depending on if you’re strapped for cash or can let a little more go to the jar. It’s a great method for saving because you can put $1 away, $5, $50, whatever you can spare for the week. I tend to mark off a number and then hide the jar out of site so I’m not tempted to use the money. I love this method because I love seeing the colorful squares get filled up. Makes me excited to save money!

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2. The 2nd thing I do to save money, is use Swagbucks. For me, it’s a great way to earn a little extra money for things like car parts, Christmas gifts and more. That means I don’t have to spend money from our paycheck on fun stuff. If you already make a lot of money and just want to do it as a way to save money, then that’s a great thing too! You can totally earn money on there and put that in the jar and just let it grow.

Here’s my link to sign up!: http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/dumptdaily

3. Coupons – Yes, couponing does help me save money. I always check to see what coupons are currently out and if there’s anything out for what I usually buy. The other week there was a great coupon for cereal and a deal at Walgreens. So I ended up getting 5 boxes of cereal for hubby for $0.88 each! Definitely way better than spending $2+ a box.

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Those are the basic things I use to help save money. Even if you’re working part time, you to can save money! Even if it means putting $1 aside a week. It’ll add up over time. Honestly though, it does take a LOT of dedication and restraint to save money. You have to be willing to put aside the money and not touch it. But don’t give up! Reach those goals!

 

xoxo Katie