Putting the Lids on This Week's Tip Jars: August 15, 2014

By Shannon Hanrahan  •  August 15, 2014

It is finally the weekend! We cannot believe that many kids across the country are already back in school.  It feels like we were just sharing the summer’s hottest deals and now it is all back to school all the time. Hopefully you are checking in with us every day so that you are saving on all of the season’s essentials. Starting Monday we are celebrating the new school year with 2 fun giveaways to start the year off on the right foot. Check in with us and learn how you can enter. Until then, enjoy your weekend!




Back to School adds up quickly, especially when teachers start handing out their school supply lists. Instead of hitting the stores immediately, go through your house first. There may be pens, pencils, notebooks, and calculators that got pushed to the backs of the drawers all summer long that will fit your kid’s needs! Once you have gone though the house, then it is time to start shopping. You will be surprised how much you save.




Microfiber couches are not always the easiest upkeep especially when you are prone to spills and stains. Instead of spending extra money getting the couch professionally cleaned, try this at home project! Add rubbing alcohol to a spray bottle, preferably one with a wide spray option, and with a white sponge, clean the stains away. You may want to follow with a harder brush to soften the fabric back up once you are done. This is a great, inexpensive option to keep you couch looking new.




Can you think of a better way to shop than shop for free? We didn’t think so. Meet up with the other moms in your area and arrange a Mom Swap. Everyone can bring stuff that their kids are not using anymore and trade with each other. You get to clean out the house and get new stuff at the exact same time. It is the perfect way to stay within budget this year and is a great option for Back to School season.




It is every man for himself when trying to find an open plug at the airport. Instead of spending an extended amount of time looking for an outlet or money at a restaurant just to use their outlets, try traveling with a power strip. You will instantly become a superhero in the airport because you are essentially tripling the outlets and always guaranteeing yourself instant power. Next trip see if you can fit the power strip into your bag. We think it will quickly become a must have.




If you are looking to add a board for notes in the house, make one yourself. Instead of spending money on an overpriced whiteboard, use a picture frame. Replace the inside with a patterned fabric or fancy piece of paper and then write on the glass. It works just like a whiteboard but is prettier and far less expensive. You can also switch out the inside whenever you update your décor.


Which one of these tips are you going to try first? Share below!


xoxo Shannon

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Shannon Hanrahan Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).

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