Beauty That Fits My Budget

 

As a teenager, my mom would give my sister and I a couple of bucks so we could go shopping and get us something we wanted. It’s funny how different we were and still are from each other. My sister would go to certain stores that she liked and that were really expensive. She would walk out of the store with that one single item that costed her all her money.

I, on the other hand, would go treasure hunting in a bunch of different stores or a store I knew that had the kind of stuff I liked and I would walk out with bags and bags full of good items that fit the same budget she had. We had so much fun and laughed together at how different our shopping experiences were, yet we both enjoyed it.

‘Till this day, we’re still the same way…

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About a year and a half ago, when I was living in Concord, California, a friend of mine introduced me to The Grocery Outlet as an awesome store to find discount groceries. I loved it and started buying most of our groceries there. By going there weekly, I started browsing around their aisles and ended up discovering they not only are an incredible grocery bargain store, but to go treasure hunting for health and beauty care products as well.

They have amazing deals on brand-name beauty products as well as some new finds!!! From daily moisturizers to makeup items.

In my treasure hunt, as I used to do with my sister, I was able to walk out of the Grocery Outlet with a huge bag full of Health and Beauty Care products, without going a dime over my $30 budget.

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Xtra Care – Advanced Lubricating Moisturizing Lotion – $0.99

Can you believe that? Ha

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Olay – Powered Contour Cleansing System/ Shine Minimizing Cleanser – A complete cleansing system for only $7.99

It works perfectly for a thorough cleansing of the face, removing all impurities around the T-zone, hair line and nose. I was amazed by how the little brush is able to reach the hardest tiny spots.

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Neutrogena – Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer/SPF 30 – $7.99

It acts like a foundation. It’s not a clear or white moisturizer, but it’s like a BB cream, designed to match your skin tone.

Dead Sea Origins – Hydrating Night Cream – $3.99

Revlon – Liquid Eyeliner $3.99

It looks like a marker, making the application super easy and mess-free.

Rimmel London – Eyeshadow Palette – $2.49

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La Fresh – Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes – $3.99 

It contains 100 cloths. I’ve never seen any other brand that has such a huge packaging. This was such a positive quality, since I use this ALL THE TIME! Who doesn’t? I wear makeup almost every single day. Also, I love how they’re gentle to my face.

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Method – Foaming Hand Wash – $2.49

I could NOT do an entire shopping trip without getting something for the boys. I could NOT! Haha. Sam is IN LOVE with Mickey Mouse and The Club House. As soon as I saw this, I showed it to him and he was so happy to see it.

When we got home, I said: “Sam, did you like your Mickey Mouse soap?”

He said: “Yes, mommy, but it’s not Mickey Mouse, it’s Minnie Mouse”!… And I thought he would never notice!

Silly me. He outsmarts me every single day.

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Satin Care – Shaving Gel – $0.99

I was able to find some really interesting products, right? Most of them are for my everyday use and some of them I was able to add to my night skincare routine. I tried some of them out for the first time in the video, but I have been using them for a couple of days now and they are Ah-MA-ZING!

The Dead Sea Hydrating Nigh Cream is thick and consistent and you can feel how moisturizing it is to the face.

If you’ve never looked at the Grocery Outlet as a place to go shopping for your Health and Beauty products, maybe it’s time to give it a change and discover how cost effective and fun it can be.

Check out your local Grocery Outlet weekly Circular so you can find out what’s in store and download a A 20% DISCOUNT in their Health and Beauty Care products.

It will only be available until June 20th, so don’t miss out.

Now… How do you like to shop? Are you more like my sister, who goes that one place or are you like me, who enjoy to go treasure hunting and come back home feeling accomplished with a huge bag of products and savings? I’d love to hear that in the comments.

Love,

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How To Save Money on Groceries

How To Save Money On Groceries, Save Money on Food, Grocery Shopping on a Budget

 

I have gathered some of my best tips on how to save money on groceries. It can become very expensive if we don’t make an effort or take some necessary actions to make our trip a little cheaper.

If you have a big family, you, more than anybody else, know what I’m talking about here… After spending excessive money on food for several years, we decided to set aside a budget for grocery shopping.

We also found some great resources to help us save and I will list them bellow as we go through all the tips.

 

1. Always bring your grocery list with you:



I always make our grocery list and I always bring it with me! I know, I know… What if you forget it at home? Then, you won’t go grocery shopping even if you drive by the store? Well, let me share a common mistake and a great tip for the solution with you: For years and years I would write our grocery list on a piece of paper. That just doesn’t work. First, the piece of paper is not always with you so you can’t add items to it as you remember them. You plan on adding them to the list when you get home, only to forget what it was as you grab the paper. It sucks. For years and years I made that mistake. Then, I found the AnyList app (it’s free), which keeps everything organized by category. Plus, you can favorite the items you buy most so it’s easier to find them later. One more thing… It’s on your phone and I bet your phone never leaves your pocket or purse. Am I right? This is an easy and convenient way to have all the items in hand so when it’s time to go grocery shopping you’ll stick to your needs and won’t spent extra money on what you already had, by mistake. For fruits and meats I usually buy what’s on sale or what is priced cheap (and fits my taste and lifestyle, of course)!

2. Set aside a monthly budget for groceries:

We used to buy everything we needed and wanted with no clue of how much it was gonna cost and how it would affect our total household monthly budget. Can you imagine how much we spent when we went grocery shopping hungry? Haha. I don’t even wanna remember. We bought all the items with the most buttery, juicy and delicious packaging. Do you do that too? Finally, we realized this wasn’t working in our favor. We decided to set aside a monthly budget and it has been working perfectly ever since. The first month was the hardest for us to adapt with us going over a few dollars. Then, it became easier and easier. This way, we know exactly how much we will spend in food every month and it doesn’t blow our bills in the end.

3. Shop once a week:

I remember going multiple times a week to the grocery store and buying everything that was in my list and a few extra “I had just happened to see”. My husband had the awesome idea of going only once a week no matter what. Even if something was out we would wait until it hit one week to be able to go again (unless of course, it was something we couldn’t live without). The first weeks we might have ran out of milk and cheese, which are things we eat a lot, until we learned how much we needed for that period. Now we’re completely comfortable with this time line and everything runs out mostly in the last 1 or 2 days. By doing this, we save on gas by not taking multiple trips and we avoid feeling tempted by all the delicious foods we see (haha) more than one time per week.

4. Go on sale days:

We recently discovered that the Yoke’s Fresh Market in our neighborhood has a huge sale on fresh items such as produce and meats on random Fridays. Every time they announce the sale that’s where I go for these items and I’m sure we were able to save around $15 or even more in a week by purchasing our items there. Keep an eye out for the sale in your neighborhood markets. Each of them offer different sales.

5. Get cash back every time you shop:

A friend told me about the Ibotta app, which offers cash back on almost any type of purchase you make. From supermarkets to restaurants and clothing stores. They have excellent deals on snacks, frozen items, personal care… basically anything in your grocery list. In less than a month using the app I was able to redeem almost $30.00. That’s huge savings right there. Also, you get $10.00 just for trying it out when you redeem your first item. All you need to do is unlock the deals first, buy the items, scan them and take a picture of your receipt. Cash back will be on its way to you and you can transfer it using PayPal. Does it get any easier than that? Go here to get your first $10.00! Oh… I almost forgot to mention. You can also make money on Ibotta by referring it to your friends!

6. Get coupons:

Most grocery stores have their own coupon booklets at the door or they offer some on their website. If not, you can find retailer coupons in the RetailMeNot app or in the Coupons app. These apps have coupons for all kinds of products in your grocery list and will help you save tons of money!
These are my tips for saving BIG time on your groceries! I hope you like these tips and put them to good use! Please share in the comments what you do to save on your purchases! I would love to know! You can never save too much. It might allow you to go on an awesome family trip at the end of the year. Don’t ever underestimate the power of saving!
Don’t forget to win your $10.00 and get unlimited cash back.
Love,
Isabel