Well.ca Sales of the Week: Save on Multivitamins, Avalon and More

well.ca sales of the week

Love shopping online at Well.ca?  Here are the Well.ca Sales of the Week! Well.ca is my favourite place to buy vitamins/supplements and natural products when I can’t find what I’m looking for locally. Enjoy free shipping on orders of $35 or more.

Baby & Kids

Medicine & Vitamins

Food & Snacks

Home & Lifestyle

Personal Care

Skincare & Beauty

See ALL of the Sales of the Week here.

Offers end September 26, 2021.

20 Free Printable Canning Jar Labels

Free printable canning jar labels

Free Printable Canning Jar Labels

Since we’re getting into canning season and all, I thought I would do a round-up of some of the beautiful free printable canning jar labels that I have found!

There are so many different and amazing labels to choose from! Including pretty blank labels, editable labels and even completely done for you labels. I’m sure you will find something that will suit your needs!

So today I give you, 20 amazing free printable canning jar labels:

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The Master Cleaning List (Free Printable)

Master cleaning list printable

The Master Cleaning List Printable

I’m a weirdo, but I actually enjoy cleaning.  It’s a nice way to “take a break” from working or a loud toddler. She likes to clean too though, so quite often I’ll hand her a rag and her mini mop and she’ll go to town! That girl sure is thorough! Even the walls get done regularly with her around.

Anyways, I had fun creating a Master Cleaning List that I intend on putting to use in our own home, but thought you might like it too!  The top portion includes daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly cleaning suggestions. The bottom portion is a list for spring cleaning!  Once Spring hits, I’m planning a bit of a challenge that hopefully many of you will want to join with me on that uses the spring cleaning tasks! 🙂  I’ll have more details once the time draws nearer.

Download your free Master Cleaning List here.

Looking for even more help? Check out Motivated Moms!

Motivated Moms is a proven system for helping you get your home clean and organized and still leaves you time for the things that matter – family, friends, hobbies.

It’s a done-for-you checklist of chores that breaks down household tasks into smaller, more manageable bites.

Cleaning list printable

How to Save Money on a Tight Budget

How to Actually Save Money on a Tight Budget

You’re living on a tight budget. You may have already cut back on your frivolous purchases, but you’d like to save even more money and don’t know where to start. It may take a bit of creativity, but it is possible to find extra savings!

Here are some ideas to help you save money on a tight budget:

Keep your receipts

Most people who feel they are broke and have no way out, actually change their perspective when they find out how much they actually already have and waste. Keeping track of what you spend each month can help you make changes to your spending habits which could account for a large chunk of change in the bank.

Evaluate

Evaluate what really is a necessity in your life. Is cable TV really needed at this time or can you use some creativity to occupy your time otherwise? Maybe you have both a land line and a cell phone and perhaps cancelling one is a possibility. Taking a good look at all your recurring expenditures and really evaluating what is an actual necessity (and getting rid of those things that aren’t) will really help you save money on a tight budget.

Prioritize

In North America, people are continuously living outside of their means. It’s impossible to save money if you’re living a $100,000/year lifestyle on a $35,000/year salary. Prioritize what is important to you at this time and get rid of the rest. You may want to put the kids in piano lessons and guitar lessons, but you can’t afford to do both. Pick one, then move on.How to save money on a tight budget

Cut out a convenience item

Start by cutting out one convenience item at a time.  Do you typically buy packaged cookies?  Start baking your own.  Rather than purchasing high priced, chemical laden cleaning products, make your own!  (Check out my own homemade cleaning kit.)  By cutting out one convenience item at a time, you’ll be making little strides towards your savings goal!

Earn more

Of course, earning more money is a great way to add to your savings.  Take on a part time job, ask for a raise, turn a hobby into a side business.  Just make sure you save your extra, don’t spend it!

Sell what you don’t need

You’ve all heard of Kijiji, Craigslist Facebook Buy & Sell Groups and eBay, I’m sure.  I’m also pretty sure you have stuff around your home you don’t need anymore. Sell it on one of those previously mentioned sites or have a garage sale, then head to the bank and make a deposit!

Collect change

Make a jar for your spare change then throw it in there.  Empty your pockets and change purses every night into the jar.  Keep going until the jar is full, then pay a visit to the bank to make a deposit. It’s possible to save hundreds of dollars each year this way!

Shop wisely

Pay attention to how and why you shop. You may discover that purchasing Christmas presents during the Christmas frenzy is expensive and tough on your budget. Why not start buying presents during after Christmas sales or seasonal clearance sales? You undoubtedly have a list of the same people you have to buy for every year so when you’re out shopping, keep an eye open for any gifts they may enjoy.

Money may be a little tight, but choosing to do some of these suggestions could help you save thousands. Decide what you can give up to help you save big and reach those financial goals a bit quicker.

What are you willing to do to make a change in your financial situation?  Have you got any other suggestions?

Achievable Back to School Tips and Tricks

Back to school tips and tricks

Back to School Tips and Tricks

If your summer is anything like ours, (late nights, slow mornings, unscheduled days), then the thought of school starting again is probably exciting, but might stress you out a bit. Going from no schedule to a structured day can be tough at the beginning.

Because I find the adjustment tough myself, I have come up with a Back to School Action Plan that I hope you will find useful as well! The plan covers three areas: shopping, meals and organization. By tackling these three things I know our mornings are going to run smoother and we’re going to save quite a bit of money!

Let’s get started with the back to school tips and tricks, shall we?

Back to School Shopping Tips:

Since the first year my oldest started going to school, we have implemented a tradition of going on a date together to get her school items. We both really look forward to spending some quality time together and I think the one on one dates we do is an investment into our future relationship. That being said, we don’t start our date day without a plan.

It can be so easy to walk into a store and buy whatever is on sale or super cute. But lets avoid that this year because quite frankly, it will be overwhelming to know how much money you actually spent on clothing that wasn’t actually needed and now has to be laundered. Ugh.

Back to school Tips and tricks plan

So, this is what we do here:

Inventory Clothes: This may sound overwhelming, but it literally took us less than 10 minutes. I simply pulled out every single item of clothing (including socks and underwear!) and asked her to say Yes or No to each item. If she said No, that item either got donated or put into the bin for her younger sister one day. With everything that was a Yes, I took a mental inventory of what she needed. I discovered that all she needs is a pair of indoor shoes and a sweater. That’s it! I also purchase one (on sale) outfit for her first day of school and a “special” accessory.

School Supplies: This is the first year that we have to purchase school supplies since previously everything was included in the school fees for kindergarten and grade 1. Cost is more of a concern for me so, my thoughts for this is to shop the dollar store, home and maybe even Staples when they have a good sale going.

If time is more of a concern for you, try doing all your school supply shopping online at Walmart, Staples or even Amazon. Pick it up in store when your order is ready or have it shipped to your door!

Back to School Meal Planning Tips:

Meals can be a big stress inducer for me so that why this year I have a plan for school day breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I even made some printables for you to use!

Breakfast: My kids never know what they want to eat each morning so this year I will decide for them by creating a menu. Every day of the week will be the same thing all year long. For example, Mondays I will serve muffins and fruit. Tuesdays will be pancakes or waffles. Wednesdays will be toast and fruit. And so on.

Lunch: This year, my oldest and I are going to sit down to brainstorm all the items that she would like eating in her school lunch. I’m going to divide it up into categories:

  • Main dishes
  • Veggies
  • Fruit
  • Snacks/Treats

Dinner: If I don’t have a dinner plan, dinner will either be take out or grilled cheese and tomato soup! 😛 And neither of those are healthy or good for the budget on a regular basis.

Back to School Organization

Morning Routines: Rushed, hectic mornings with short tempers are not my favourite. Admittedly, they happen way more often then I would like. Both of my kids (ages 3 and 7) still need help with their morning routines but my oldest is definitely more capable at being self directed. However, to help her along, I’ve made up a list of steps I need her to follow.

  1. Get Up
  2. Get Dressed
  3. Eat Breakfast
  4. Pack lunch (I like to do this while she is eating, but she can put it in her backpack)
  5. Brush teeth & hair
  6. Backpack & Shoes on
  7. Out the door

Set out outfits for the week: One thing I found super helpful last year was putting aside 7 outfits for each day of the week. This made getting dressed every morning so easy. My oldest tends to shut down when she has to decide so this has helped her tons.

Labels: With all the money that is spent on school items, it’s not a good feeling when something goes missing! Make it easier to find important and favourite items with labels. We love the labels from Mabel’s Labels so that where I ordered ours from.

I’d love to know your back to school tips and tricks. Leave them below in the comments!

Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Organization Deal

If you have a bit of extra spending money and are wanting to organize your pantry area, this deal might be worth taking a look at! Get the 20 piece Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Organization set from Amazon.ca for $58.51. (reg. $74.58). Here are some details:

  • Rubbermaid Modular Food Storage Containers can hold pasta, baking ingredients, or other pantry staples; save space and keep pantry organized
  • Great for pet food; easy to clean and scoop food from, and tight lids keep out moisture and humidity
  • Lids snap tight to help keep food fresh
  • Containers stack for compact storage
  • Thick, durable container walls for everyday use
  • Freezer-safe, top-rack dishwasher-safe, and BPA-free
  • Set of 10 food storage containers includes one 19.9-cup, one 16-cup, one 12-cup, one 8.1-cup, one 7.8-cup, one 6.6-cup, one 3.2-cup, one 1.3-cup, and two 0.5 cup mini containers, plus lids, for a total of 20 pieces

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