October has rolled in with its cool nights and suddenly leaves are gathering on my back porch. I am looking forward to the flurry of activities that this colder season brings…craft fairs, pumpkins, festivals (Covered Bridge!), trick-or-treating, big pots of chili, hay rides, bonfires…what am I forgetting?
To start the month off with a project – I am helping a friend with her big Fall garage sale. She is determined to actually PARK inside her garage for the first time in years. I am excited to see it happen. I will share some photographs next week.
I hope you enjoy your month. I plan to!
Get a free ticket for two on the Smithsonian site. I used the Find A Museum tab and found several museums within driving distance of our local area. There are so many museums participating – there is a great chance that you will find one, too. Just make sure to print a ticket.
I recently spent a week in Illinois with my mother. She had knee replacement surgery and my flexible schedule allowed me to take time off from my business to help her. I packed books to read and coupons to sort because I anticipated having time to kill. As it turned out I didn’t sort my coupons and books didn’t hold my attention. There was a lot going on in the hospital and plenty of everyday type household chores to do while at her house each evening. Most of all it was nice to be able to just sit and talk with Mom and my brothers and sister…without feeling the need to be busy with something. Now that I am back home in Indiana I miss them. I hope to work more visits into my schedule soon.
Educational fun – found on fun homeschool blogs:
A variety of shape activity print outs at 3 Dinosaurs.
The Runaway Bunny Printables from Homeschool Creations.
School supply themed printables at 2 Teaching Mommies.
These sites have many more free items to choose from.
Coupons can save us a lot of money. There are coupons in the Sunday papers, but printable coupons are another GREAT source for savings. Each month there are new coupons from various companies – and some of the best ones must be printed almost immediately because print limits are quickly met. Some sites that help me with the process are listed below.
Living Rich With Coupons
Money Saving Mom
Free Coupon Alerts
In Good Cents – an Indiana site with many local stores and deals!
These sites call attention to new coupons to print and match-ups with deals at stores. Do you have favorite savings sites that you follow? What are they?
If you have children in grades K-6th you have a chance to get them free haircuts next month. JCP is also donating $1 for each free haircut to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H, up to $50,000. Walk-ins are welcome August 1st. If you cannot make it that day then just call 855-JCP-KIDS or your local salon for a free appointment.
I am so thankful that most of my customers pay promptly or ask for extra time when they need it…and even for those that communicate and tell me when they cannot pay.
When buyers just buy and don’t pay my items remain out of inventory for over a week. First the 4 days I have to wait before filing with eBay and then another 4 days before I can get my final value fees back and finally relist the items. Wasted time and possible missed sales from other buyers are a bit disheartening.
I can understand that things come up that could cause a bidder to not be able to pay when they win an auction. Maybe something happened between the day they first bid and the day the auction ends. But what causes people to shop, buy fixed price items, request a combined invoice and then never be heard from again?
Hopefully, someone else will like this cute Frog Puzzle
or this Double Challenge Puzzle.
(both affiliate links)
I wanted to win this stamp auction, but was unwilling to bid any higher – so it got away. I am patient AND determined to find good deals on more of this line of stamps. They will make some fun tags and cards for the fall season. This one is actually “gooseneck” by Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney. Don’t you just hate finding what you want on eBay and then letting it slip away? Oh well! On with my search.
This Staples coupon is a great chance to save on office or school supplies. I often shop at Staples for tags to use on my locally sold items. Found on Living Rich With Coupons.
Looking for some ideas this summer? I found this fun printable list at Money Saving Mom. There are plenty of things on the list for those of us that are “empty nesters” with no children at home anymore. I wish my grandsons lived close. I remember doing some of these activities with my boys when they were young. One thing I would add under P? Planting flowers or vegetables and watching them grow!