I’m Wondering: How Do You Reward Yourself?

Living a meaningful frugal life means you have to reward yourself once in a while! So today, I’m Wondering:

How do you reward yourself at the end of a long day? Or how about when you reach a goal you’ve been trying to hit?

Have you got something you’ve been wondering about that I could feature in a future I’m Wondering post?  Submit your question here!

Do you have an Inspiring Financial Story to Share?

I’m back again after reading through the Reader Survey one more time!

Another thing many of you mentioned was that you want to hear from others. Not just me. (Say what?? :)) I mean, I know there are many of you that have truly inspiring financial stories to share. So really, I’d love to hear from you as well!

Maybe you paid off a significant debt, or perhaps you bought a vehicle with cash. Or how maybe you got through college without taking on student loans?

What ever your financial story may be, we’d love to hear from you if you think it would help inspire someone else on their journey!

Eee! I’m so excited to hear how you have transformed your money mindset to get to a place that makes you a financial rock star!

Please shoot me an email at admin@simplyfrugal.ca if you’d like to be featured with your story on Simply Frugal!

Cents of Style: Cozy Slippers only $14.95 ($10 off!)

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For Style Steals this week from Cents of Style, they have a good deal to keep you stylish in the house (well, and wherever you want comfy feet…those hard sole slippers are lifesavers)! If I’m being completely honest, going out with all those people around the holidays to do holiday shopping feels a little daunting. I’ll be doing most of that shopping in my PJs, in my warm house, and with cozy toes thanks to these amazing slippers!  (I love the ones pictured above!)

Choose your favourite pair for just $14.95 with the coupon code SLIPPER16.

Remember when I mentioned hard soles in a comfy slipper? Meet your new must-haves: Hard soles, cable knit detailing, faux shearling lining…your feet are going to thank you.

And ankle height slippers for those chilly days. With speckled, cable knit detailing, these slippers are calling your name.

And, for the kidlets, a knit boot with a faux shearling lining and a rubber sole? It’s a winning combo that you can’t pass up. You know that it’s impossible to get slippers off of your littles once they put them on, and now you don’t have to because they can just wear them wherever you are headed. We’re thinking holiday gifts here:

Shop online at Cents of Style here.

Shipping to Canada is $5.00.

PicassoTiles Magnet Tiles starting at $35.99

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Grab a set of PicassoTiles Magnet Building Tiles which are starting at only $35.99 from Amazon.ca! You can get the 60 piece set for $35.99 and the 100 piece set for $54.99. They remind me of those expensive Magna-Tiles! Here are some details:

  • Suitable for all ages (3+ and up) by one individual or in groups a great way to spend quality time with the family and love ones.
  • Encourage creativity which is the key factor to success in today’s every changing environments.

Get the 60 piece set here.
Get the 100 piece set here.

What I’m Doing to Prepare for Baby Number Two

Nothing! Ha! Well actually that’s not true, but let me tell you, things are different for me with the second baby. I don’t have huge urges to go shopping or decorate a pretty room. (This baby won’t actually have a room of their own…) However I am a list maker at heart and love to be prepared. 🙂

This time around, I’m mostly concerned with having things in order for after baby’s arrival. So, here you have today, my brain dump of things to prepare for baby #2:

Wash the newborn clothing

I will pull out all the itty bitty clothes, blankets and swaddling blankets that I have from my daughter so I can wash them. They’ll be going in an empty dresser drawer I have.

Buy batteries for the swing and bouncy seat

I picked up a swing and a bouncy seat for this baby (they were free!) that need new batteries. So I’ll be sure to pick some up 🙂 I’ll also check our baby monitor, though I can’t remember if it’s battery operated or not.

Possibly buy a stroller

I’m toying with the idea of purchasing a double stroller, either new or used. My daughter still loves to ride in the stroller, especially if we’re on a long outing. So I think I could get my money’s worth by the amount we would use it. Plus, if I get a “good quality” one, I can resell for a great price.

Pack an overnight bag for my daughter

She’ll be staying with grandparents so really all she needs is her special blankets, PJ’s and clean clothes.

Pack diaper bag

I’m sort of dreading lugging around a big bag again, but really what can you do! The bag will come with me to the hospital, of course. Here’s what I’m planning on having in it:

  • sleepers
  • diapers
  • bum cream
  • muslin blankets
  • wipes
  • snacks

Set up the car seat

Obviously most of these things on my list won’t be done until closer to baby’s arrival, but still they need to be done! Setting up the car seat in the car needs to be done. (Fingers crossed if fits in the car with the other seat!)

Set up the playpen

My daughter slept in our bedroom for the first few months in a playpen beside me and I intend on doing that again. Makes night time a lot easier, plus, the baby won’t have its own bedroom in this small place of ours! And I definitely don’t want a tiny baby sleeping with the other…that just speaks of unrestful nights for everyone in my mind!

Set up the diaper changing station

I have a drawer in an end table in the living room that I stock with some change mats, diapers and wipes. We don’t have a change table due to space constraints and the fact that I find it easier to do diaper changes downstairs.

Stock up on household essentials

I’ll be taking inventory closer to my due date to see if we’ll be needing any toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap…etc. Mind you, my husband or other family members can go out for me if need be 😉  I also want to have gripe water, diapers, wipes and other things on hand.

Pack my overnight bag

I’ll need stuff for the hospital too I guess!  I’ll pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, comfortable clothes, makeup, chapstick, hair brush, phone, camera and possibly my laptop. I’m sure there’s something I’m forgetting, but I’ll figure it out.

Freezer cooking

This is a BIG one on my list!  My plan is to spend the month of February stocking the freezer with some delicious freezer meals.  I’d like to have at least 20 dinners on hand. I’ll be mixing up some homemade freezer meals with some store bought pizza, lasagnas and other things that catch my eye. I plan on having my freezer meal plan available for you all to enjoy, including the recipes, shopping list and labels!

Blog scheduling

Another big one on my list. Even today as we “speak” I’m behind the scenes getting things ready on Simply Frugal so that I can take at least 2 weeks completely off after the baby is born. I’ve got some great articles and other things in the works that I hope you’ll really enjoy!

Whew!  I’m sure there are some things missing from my list, or I went overboard in some areas, but the list keeps me sane 🙂

What are some things you did to prepare for baby number two (or more)?

Top 12 Posts of 2015

Top 12 Posts of 2015

I thought it would be fun to have a look back at what the top 12 posts for 2015 were on Simply Frugal!  Some of these posts were not written in 2015, but thanks to Social Media, they’re still popular!  I’d love to know what your favourite post was in 2015? Let me know in the comments!

container gardening mistakes to avoid

1. 5 Container Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

2. Free Apron Patterns

3. Free Online Room Planning Tool

4. How to Get Started Container Gardening

5. Whipped Shortbread Cookies

6. My Favourite Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

menu planning tricks

7. Menu Planning Tricks

8. 10 Uses for Old Magazines

delicious puffed wheat squares

9. Delicious Puffed Wheat Squares

10. Easy Breakfast Refrigerator Oatmeal

20 Ways to Refashion your Clothes

11. 20 Ways to Refashion your Clothes

Having a well-stocked pantry can save you from unnecessary trips to the grocery store. Here's a list of basic pantry staples to have on hand at all times!

12. Basic Pantry Staples List (and Free Printable)

Chapters Indigo: Free Olivers Labels with Kids Purchase

olivers labels

For a limited time only, receive a FREE Set of Personalized Oliver’s Labels with any purchase of $50 or more on kids’ books, toys and baby items!

Get Your FREE Labels in 3 Easy Steps!

  1. Shop indigo.ca and complete your purchase of kids’ books, toys or baby product valued at $50 or more.
  2. Obtain your 10-character unique order number from your indigo.ca order confirmation email.
  3. Visit indigo.oliverslabels.com and redeem your FREE Label Set Offer by entering your unique order number in the promo code field.

Shop online at Chapters.Indigo.ca now.

Offer ends July 6, 2015.

American Apparel: Save 30% off Everything

30% Off Sale at American Apparel

 

It’s the BFF Event online at American Apparel!  That means you will save 30% off everything!

Use coupon code: BFF
Expires: June 11, 2015

This offer is online only.

Shop online at American Apparel now.

Adidas Canada: Terrex Climaheat Ice Jacket Was $500, Now $145 & Free Shipping

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If I didn’t already have a good jacket, I would be all over this deal from Adidas.ca! Get the Women’s Terrex Climaheat Ice Jacket for just $145.  The regular price was $500 so you’ll be saving 70% off!  Shipping will also be free.  Here are some details:

  • Nylon / Polyester
  • Primaloft Down Gold Down Blend Insulation: Ultra-fine fibers and waterrepellent down, offering ultimate warmth and comfort
  • Climaheat Jacket: For optimal warmth and comfort
  • Partial Cocona lining: For ultimate moisture management
  • Formotion: Ultimate performance and comfort while in motion
  • Insulated Stretch Panel: Offering optimal freedom of movement whilst insulated

Shop online at Adidas.ca now.

While you’re there, be sure to check out all the other great clearance deals!

Gap Canada: Save 40% Off Baby and Kids’ Items, 35% Off Women’s and Men’s Items

gap

Gap Canada has a new coupon code that will save you 40% off baby & kids’ items and 35% off women’s & men’s items!

Use coupon code: GAPFUN
Expires: January 28, 2015

Shop online at Gap Canada now.

Not valid on the following merchandise: Final Sale, Jeans, Premium Pants, Leather and Suede Apparel and Accessories, Kid’s, Baby & Toddler Sleepwear, Kids’ School Uniforms, Baby Organics Collection, Shoes, First Favorites, Women’s Swimwear, GapFit Breathe and Motion Tops, Junk Food™, Umbro™, Birchbox & Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring for GapKids and babyGap.