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I have a housekeeper!

12 Mar

Ok not really, but a girl can dream.  I want to talk about my recent experience with Alice.com.  I am a huge fan of grocery delivery and I’ve been meaning to do a post on that, but I haven’t.  Oh well.  Anyway, I decided to try Alice.com for things that I would usually make 15 trips in a month to Walmart for.

Just a note – I am NOT being paid for this.  I have no affiliation with Alice.  Just talking about my experience in the hopes to make life a little easier for someone else.

I have a list that I keep for when I go to Walmart.  I will inevitably either forget the list or buy at least 5 items that aren’t on that list that I don’t NEED.  I have the same problem when I grocery shop so I figured if I’ve successfully used a delivery service for my groceries, then I could probably do the same for the household stuff I usually get at Walmart.  By successful I mean I’m getting good quality stuff and I’m staying on budget.

Why not use Walmart.com?  The main reasons are that I can fall into the same trap at walmart.com that I do at the store…buying stuff I don’t need like clothes, shoes, pocketbooks, etc. AND no coupons AND shipping costs.  Alice makes it easy.  They automatically apply manufacturer discounts, you get 5% off of each item any time you spend more than $75 (automatically – no code needed), and you get free shipping in orders over $40 (again automatically).  They just make it easy!

And if you need any more convincing…the site is named after the best housekeeper in the world…Alice from The Brady Bunch!  I’m a child of the 70’s so that sealed the deal for me. ;o)

I had signed up for Alice previously, but never ordered because I was under the impression that you kept a list of items and they would automatically resend those items after a certain specified amount of time.  I don’t know if I misunderstood the process or if they did work that way, but changed their process.  The way it works is you select your items and they give you an option to purchase now or save for a future purchase.  If you click purchase now, the item goes into your shopping cart and you select a time frame for Alice to remind you that you need to reorder after a certain time period that you select.

So I made my order.  The website is very user-friendly and pleasant to look at.  The shopping process was easy.  And it should be even easier the next time around because I’ve started to develop my list of products to choose from.  There are many different ways to shop.

I mostly just searched for what I needed, then browsed room by room.  But there are other ways to shop too.

See how cute it is?!

There was a problem with Fedex when they tried to deliver my order.  My address is confusing.  Alice (well actually Max) emailed me right away and asked for clarification on my address, then communicated to Fedex for me!  I got my order within a couple of days and I couldn’t be more happy.

Great packaging.

Great (recycled) packing material.

OCD worthy organization.

While they don’t have the rock-bottom prices and generic brands that Walmart has, they do have environmentally friendly brands and lots of discounts.  Truthfully this tower of stuff that I got from Alice would have costed me at least $20-30 more in stuff that I didn’t need.

(sorry it’s blurry)

Oh and I can track my spending on their budgeting feature.  They automatically take what you’ve purchased and categorize it for you into easy to understand charts so you can see how you are spending your money. BONUS!

CUTE packing slip!

The verdict is that I will be ordering from them again.  If you’re busy and are looking for something to make your life just a bit easier, consider this as an option.  You may feel a little spoiled, and your friends might look at you funny because they think you are being snooty, but it’s a real time-saver and in reality very cost-effective.  Unless you are one of those extreme couponers, which I am not!

Peek-a-boo

30 Sep

Summer came and went.  We made some great memories and now it’s back to school and into Fall.  I got to do some unexpected bargain shopping when I went with a couple of friends to Marshall’s on our lunch hour.  I always forget about the great little jewels to be found there.  Three pairs of shoes for $60 people.  That’s all I need to say!

The results

20 Mar

Ok so I only ended up with one white shirt!  BUT I did get a bunch of other pretty and what I would call romantic tops and skirts from the Salvation Army.  The star of the show for me is this skirt.  This skirt was the first thing I saw when I walked through the door.  I love it.

Look at the pretty detail…

And here are the rest of my wares.  That is a Life is Good t-shirt on the left that I got for 49 cents.  I plan on pairing that cute little jackety type garment on the top with the blue and brown skirt on the right.

Total cost $19.42

I found a few treasures at the thrift shop too.  I got a load of 70s style Tupperware.  The larger ones were $1, the small .25!  I got 4 tumblers for $1 – no lids though – so sad.  I always grab old school Tupperware when I find it because, frankly, the el cheapo stuff you get these days doesn’t compare in any way.  New Tupperware is expensive!  The hideous colors remind me of my youth so I love it!

I also got a white sheet, pillowcase and a couple of baby towels.  I want to change out all of my linens to white.  Total cost at the thrift shop was $11. 

I can’t stop myself.  It’s a beautiful day today and I’m hoping to spot a garage sale or two on the way to my mom’s house.  We are going to visit Goodwill and a thrift shop by her house as well!  Wish me luck!

Craig’s List

12 Mar

I’ve listed two items on Craig’s List for the first time and I’m nervous!  Why? I have no idea.  I think it is because my ultimate goal is to starts selling some refinished pieces so this is kind of my practice for doing that.  I guess I want to see what the process is like.

I listed my dining room set since it’s too big for the space we have now and a Hotsling that I used twice.  Wish me luck!

Thrifting

11 Mar

I’m an avid garage sale-er/thrifter.  I start to go through garage sale withdrawals in the winter so to get me through I have to go to the thrift store and/or Salvation Army almost every weekend. 

I’ve recently found some really cute pieces that I’m going to refinish so I’ll save those pictures for before/after.

Here are a couple of things I found that I’m going to leave as is…for now.

I was at the Salvation Army when this little cabinet came in.  I got it for $5.  At first my plan was to refinish it, but that was before I really looked at it.  I just think this handpainted scene is so whimsical and adorable that I can’t touch it!

Perfectly suited for baby items

It just needed a good cleaning and the hinges on the doors needed to be tightened.  See how they’re hanging down?

Love the arch

I also picked up this great little schoolchair at the thrift shop for $7.  It’s perfect for the school desk in Jack’s room.  Eventually we are going to redo that room to include Luke – that will be fun to share here.  Again my plan was to refinish it, but I kind of like the plain wood.  We plan on putting wood bunk beds in the room so I may need to refinish the chair to match once that happens.

Coty likes it too!

Cheap way to get cute scrapbooking elements

9 Feb

Here’s a thrifty little tip for ya…take all of those greeting cards you have laying around that you just can’t throw away, Valentine’s Day cards birthday cards, mother’s day cards, etc. etc. you get the picture.  Look through them and scrounge them for some elements.  I got a mother’s day card last year that had beautiful vellum flowers with pearl centers that will make lovely embellishments for the right page.  If there is a special note inside the card that you’d like to save cut that out too and use it in a layout!  Let nothing go to waste!  Holiday cards are great for this too!

Vellum flowers