Save Money On Groceries When You Back To School Shop #AcmeShawsGCBTS

I know my kids don’t want to hear this yet but I’m already thinking about back to school shopping.  I’m already budgeting money and keeping my eyes peeled for back to school sales and coupons.  I have a few favorite places that usually do awesome back to school deals. One additional way for me to save is to buy retailer gift cards at Acme and Shaws right now.

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You can buy $100 or more in any gift(s) and get $10 off your next grocery purchase.  $10 that could be use to make school lunches, provide snacks for school, or make sure they’re fueled with a good breakfast.

Even if you’re an online shopper most sites allow you to use gift card online and use rewards programs.  So think about all those savings in addition to the $10 towards your next grocery trip!

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Best Home Office Designs For Small Spaces

Having a small home office means that you need to make better design options, buy more

efficient products, and think ahead. It also means that you still can create a great, comfortable,

work-friendly space – even if it’s not as large as you would like. Sometimes you just don’t have

an option when it comes to choosing how big the office is, so you just have to make do with

what you have. If you need some tips or ideas on design ideas for a small home office, continue

reading below.

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Use A Nook or Under a Staircase

If you have a small home office you have to use the space you have. If you have a space that

you’ve made into a home office and you have a nook, recessed wall or room under a stairwell,

these are all ideal places to place a small filing cabinet, a desk, and a few personal items.

Invest In Bookshelves and Shelves

Bookshelves are a great place for books, of course, shelves, in general, take up the wall space

and not the floor space. Building up rather than out is always a good idea when you have a

smaller space available. Make sure that when you use your shelves and cabinets you aren’t just

throwing stuff in there either. Organize it properly using filing systems, boxes or magazine



Convert An Empty Closet Or Wall Cupboard

If you already have a small space or you can’t even find a space for your home office, why not

consider looking for spaces you don’t use. For example, closets and wall cupboards like this one:

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Are a great way to utilize space you didn’t think you had. All you would really need to do is add

a few more shelves like with the picture above, and a desk top – which is the lowest “shelf” on

the bottom. Look you even have room for a printer and a trash can!

Paint Your Walls a Lighter Color

Light colors can make a room seem bigger than it really is. Don’t use white, though. Regular old

stark white can make the room seem boring. Instead, use another neutral but pretty color like

gray which is really popular right now, beige, tan and cream. Also, if you really want to trick

your eyes, don’t paint the ceiling. If you don’t paint the ceiling it will make the ceiling look

higher and in turn, will make the room look bigger. Of course, this isn’t going to help you fit

more stuff in the room, but it will help you from feeling claustrophobic and closed in.

L-Shaped Or Regular Shaped Built-In Desks

Chances are if you don’t have enough room as is, you don’t want a desk sitting out in the middle

of the floor. So in the same way you want to use wall space to add on to, you also want to use

those walls to maximize floor space. First off, don’t get a bigger desk than you need. Unless you

are some high paid corporate guy, CEO or a lawyer, you don’t need a large $5000 desk at home.

Second off, a built in (or even pushed up against the wall) desk is going to save space. L shaped

desks give you some depth and style in the room, but you might not always have the space for it.

Have Only What You Need

If you had a nice expansive office with lots of room, by all means, get the mini fridge, get the

relaxing couch to take breaks on in between work, get the floor lamps and whatever else. But, if

you have a smaller room, you can’t be having all these extra items. Instead, you will mainly need

a desk, a chair, one filing cabinet on the floor (or more if you anchor them to the walls) and a

garbage can. If you really want a place to put your beverages, use the kitchen or get a mini

desktop beverage holder or beverage dispenser. Other than that, you really need to minimalize on

the items you place in the space. Even lights, you can either install some ceiling lights that won't

take up floor space and instead of using floor lamps, use sconces on the walls or a desk lamp.

Stay Clutter Free

If you have a small space, you absolutely need to make a push to stay clutter free and organized

through the day. You definitely don’t want to be leaving things on the floor, having your desk

cluttered or having the waste bin overflowing. Make sure that every day before you leave that

room that you clean it up! Also, shut the door behind you. That way you won't be thinking about

work stuff when you should be thinking about family stuff.

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Earn a FREE Plug…You’re Gonna Want One Of These, I Know I Do

Chargetech has created “Plug” it’s a portable outlet that can be used anywhere. A portable powers source that will keep all your things charged.  This is the stuff of a bloggers or tech lovers dreams.  I could keep my phone charged at the kids’ soccer tournaments.  Charge the kids tablets anywhere.  Wow so much I could do with that.

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They’re giving you the chance to earn a free Plug when they’re released by sharing with friends. There are other prizes you could earn by sharing with friends too.  You just enter your email and get your custom link to share:

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Back To School With Swagbucks

While the kids have been out of school, it’s like I’ve been MC Mommy: Entertainment Guru for the past month. As fun as it is, I’m ready for class to resume.
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And although the only part of summer ending that my kids like is Back-To-School shopping, that hefty receipt hangs over my head from the start of July until the middle of September. Didn’t I buy them enough pens and binders last year?!
Well, I think it’s about time for Mommy to be rewarded.
From now until September 1st, Swagbucks is offering double cash back in the form of points (called SB) when you shop for all your back to school essentials.
Walmart – Up to 7 SB per $1
Target – Up to 2 SB per $1
eBay – Up to 2 SB per $1
Amazon – Up to 7 SB per $1
Macy’s – Up to 6 SB per $1
Gap – Up to 2 SB per $1
Old Navy – Up to 4 SB per $1
Priceline – Up to 10 SB per $1
Expedia – Up to 8 SB per $1
And so many more
Points can be redeemed for gift cards to stores like Amazon, Walmart, Target or Paypal cash so I can treat myself.
Who said back to school shopping is all about the kids? Swagbucks also gives you 4% Cash Back at Starbucks, so order your Java Chip Frappuccino tumbler online and treat yo’self when you pick up your kids’ back to school goodies!
I will be receiving Swagbucks for this post. No other compensation has been received.