Thursday, July 2, 2009

Deal of the Day: A Gift With Imagination

Don't get me wrong -- I think Barbie Yahtzee is a sweet birthday gift. And you can never go wrong with a bubble machine or a nice hardback book for the birthday girl or boy. But I came across this steal on Etsy the other day. It is a great gift for any toddler or preschooler and you can't beat the $14 price. Plus, it is much more attractive than the plastic cups our crayons "live" in! There are other animals and shapes to choose from as well, including elephant, pigs, and a stretch school bus. Pretty sweet stuff indeed.

Favorite Things: The Ultimate Picnic Blanket

I've had my eye on one of these blankets for two summers now. To me, it meets the criteria of the ultimate picnic blanket: large enough for a family of four to sit on, waterproof "liner" to keep those who are sitting dry, and a compact carrying case. Not to mention, this blanket is super cute! You know what we say here at Cheap and Cheerful -- "Buy cheap, it's always cheap" -- and the $30 price tag does not qualify this blanket as a bargain. However, for this quality item, it is a fair price. Plus, you would never have to buy another $12 picnic blanket ever again as this one will last for years. As for me, I plan to keep my eye on this blanket and hope to grab one on sale.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What are your favorite picnic essentials?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grocery Game: Store Brand Steals

Let's face it: we are all brand loyal to a certain extent. For example, it would be unthinkable for me to use Aqua Fresh toothpaste or to buy anything other than a Betty Crocker cake mix. However, I've recently decided to try cheaper brands of two products I buy on a frequent basis -- laundry detergent and diapers. I'll admit that I was hesistant to swap my Tide for Arm and Hammer and trade her Huggies for Target brand diapers. But, you know what -- I am actually liking the new, cheaper products! I save $4.99 per purchase on the less expensive detergent and $3.99 per case on store brand diapers. I think I'll put that saved money into her piggy bank for some Tinkerbell panties. I better sock those pennies away as I know she will claim to "need" quite a few pairs.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What brand swaps have you made and how much money have you saved?

Deal of the Day: Hot Wheels

This stroller is amazing and normally it is also amazingly expensive. At almost 50% off, you cannot go wrong with this hot deal on these hot wheels. The Quinny Zapp comes in Bright Pink for $119 (higher for other fabric choices). There are always some good deals on so Cheap and Cheerful recommends the site for gift givers as well. Free, fast shipping on all order over $100.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cheap and Cheerful Challenge: July 2009

Are you ready for the first Cheap and Cheerful Challenge? This challenge will help you be more green and also save you some green. Interested?

For the month of July, you are challenged to eliminate 5 single serving and/or individually wrapped items from your grocery list.

For example: Juice boxes, no. Juice by the gallon, yes. Individually wrapped chips, no. Chips divided into single serving Tupperware containers, yes. Granola bars, no. Make your own muffins or bars, yes. You get the picture.

Join us. Leave a comment here about what you plan to do. I'll check in with those committed for a progress report in 2 weeks and a report card at the end of the month. I am sure you will all pass this challenge with flying colors!

Favorite Things: Homemade Popsicles

With summertime in full swing, it feels so good to end a hot day with a cool treat. And nothing says summer like a homemade popsicle. There are tons of recipes and molds out there but it can be as easy as a container of frozen juice concentrate paired with Dixie cups and wooden sticks.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What is your favorite inexpensive summer treat?


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