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3 Ways Collapsible Grocery Bags & Crates make life easier

See how Reusable Grocery Bags, Collapsible Bins & Crates can make YOUR life easier!!!

Lets face it. We all want life to make our daily lives easier. Most of us are always on the run, have minimal storage space and are always looking for ways to declutter our lives. Many parents today are working full time, rushing to sports activities, stopping at the grocery store on the way home and are trying to keep order within their homes without any extra effort. In my opinion, this company called CleverMade, has created an awesome invention to help us do just that with their reusable grocery bags and collapsible bins and crates! . I just came across this and have ordered my own 3 pack here of the Clever Crates and a my own 3 pack here of the SnapBasket. I can’t wait to get them but I had to share as soon as I saw these.

CleverMade SnapBasket

 

  • No more broken cheap grocery bag handles
  • Convenient zip pouch for coupons, wallet and cell phone so you don’t have to take your purse into the grocery store
  • Perfect for your quick run into Aldi for produce bread and milk. Put all into the same bag without worrying about smushing your bread with the patented snap hinges.

CleverMade Collapsible Crates:

  • Stack these crates right in the grocery cart for easy unloading into the car and carrying into the house
  • Easy storage under the seat of car or home in a cabinet

Here are 3 ways I will use these Reusable Grocery Bags and Collapsible Bins!

 

1) On the Run trips to the grocery store

Reusable Grocery Bags

These are perfect for trips to the grocery store especially for Aldi shopping trips where there aren’t any bags available. Having to carry boxes of groceries and then disposing of those boxes when home is not something I like. I also do not like to take my entire purse in if I dont have to.  The grocery bags can be used for quick trips to Aldi, Tops Markets and Wegmans and the crates for large shopping trips where I can stack them in the cart and use the zip pouch for my wallet, phone and coupons. Plus no more smushed items!

2) Work 

Collapsible Bins

I am a traveling floorcovering salesperson by day and visit 5-7 customers per day. I basically live out of my vehicle and have to carry heavy hardwood, tile and vinyl samples. The larger and stronger collapsible crates will be perfect for me! Many of the samples are too large but many of our new introductions like above will fit in the collapsible bins and carried into customers very easily without scratching them. Many other occupations such as Teachers, Salepeople, Mechanics and tons more can make their lives easier by having these! I can’t wait to get mine!

3) Home

collapsible bins

There are so many options for these crates to be used at home! They are very versatile.

Storage: We moved from a 2700 sf house with a 2 1/2 car garage to an 1800 sf house with no garage. We have no space. We have numberous bins taking up valuable space when not in use. The collapsible crates will be perfect for when we need to use them AND perfect for when we just need to store them!

Moms: Mom’s have so many ways to use these collapsible crates! Sports equipment, collapsible laundry baskets, cleaning from floor to floor, kids toys, gardening, craft project storage, cleaning suppply holder, pantry storage, from home to vehicle transport and many more!!

Organization: There are many different sizes of these bins, so you can even organize your pantry, laundry room, under the sinks, garage and tools and much more!!

Ready to try them??

These sturdy Reusable Grocery Bags can be purchased as a 3 pack for under $40 here

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The small Collapsible Crates can be purchased for under $15 each! See the entire collection here

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Whens the Best Time to Buy : A Month to Month Guide to Retail & Grocery Sale Cycles Coupon Education / Coupons / Free Printables for Home / Get Organized / Home & Style / Resources / Topics / Ways To Save Money

Month to Month guide to Best time to Buy

Print this awesome Monthly Guide of Best Time to Buy just about anything!

When is the best time to buy a car, or the best time to buy tv, or the best time to buy frozen foods or the best time to buy a laptop? It is proven fact that certain times of the year are better times than others to buy certain products.  Whether the reason is for seasonal sales cycles or whether its based on supply and demand or even your weather for produce, there are certain times of the year better than others, for you to buy certain products.

 

Many of these are based on preparing for the next season, such as cars. Its always better to buy a car in the fall because dealers are making room for the new year models on their lots. Many of the grocery items are based around holidays or events like the super bowl so many times these items are plentiful OR the manufacturers such as Pepsi run large promotions so the prices are lower. Whereas sometimes, the demand is so high such as Chocolate for Valentines Day, that the price is not lower right before the holiday.

 

I have put together data based on my professional sales experiences and knowledge from reading and blogging over the years that should help us all make better buying decisions. I added both Grocery and Retail into one easy document for you to use as an easy reference to peek at when looking to stock up on groceries or to buy a car! As always this document is just to be used as guidance for your buying purposes to help you save a buck! There will be times when these items are priced lower not according to these cycles.

 

Combining this information in our Best Time to Buy Guide, along with coupons will help you determine when to stock up on grocery items!Seasonal Produce is a very important item to buying but I could not fit the documentation into the one page document. I will save that for another post in the near future!

 

You can print a PDF of the Best Time to Buy Monthly guide here–>A Month to Month Guide to Retail & Grocery Sale Cycles

 

 

The best time to buy

 

We try to base our posts and deals shared around these times and we will be fine tuning it even more in the future! If you would like help in shopping for items, we also offer Personal Shopper Services thru the Shop Your Way Program here. This program is free to you and gives you direct access to me where I can share my 30 yrs of experience in the sales world along with 7 yrs of Frugal Blogging and Couponing!

 

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How To Paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Have you always wondered How To Paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets?

We moved to a 1930’s house on Lake Erie in a Blizzard in the middle of December and we have finally finished the entire first floor! It had last been renovated in the 60’s and the house had good structure just needed some updating and redesign for our busy family! The original oven would not even fit a turkey to feed our family!

I had always wanted to paint my oak kitchen cabinets black in our last house but I was nervous to do it, so I never did. Well, in this house we were ripping out the carpet and ceramic tile and replacing them with Shaw Maple Handscraped Hardwood Floors, so I knew the cabinets could not remain an oak stain.

All of the Home Centers sell Cabinet Paint kits and special things to show you How To Paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets, but I was unsure of using the kits. I am most comfortable using standard paints and primers so that is what I did! I used to only use Behr Paint from Home Depot, but have since started shopping at Lowes so I used the Valspar Brand of paints for this project. I did not use the Valspar Signature Paint because we had left over Valspar Drywall Primer, so I used that to prime the cabinets and the Valspar Ultra Line of paint. There is a special Cabinet Primer but I did not want to waste what I had and the Paint Dept at Lowes told me it would work fine, and it did.

Step by Step How to Paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets:

1) I cleaned all the cabinets with TSP Heavy Cleaner diluted with water and a Scotch Brite Scrub Pad. This cleans any grease and polish, and the Scrub pad helps to scuff up the urethane finish that was already on the cabinets. You could also lightly sand the cabinets if desired, but I only lightly sanded the new unfinished cabinets we added for the island as a few of them had a rough finish.

How to Paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets

2) Once dried , I began adding priming on the cabinets. We took the cabinet doors off to prime and paint and of course the handles. I was very concerned whether I should brush the paint on or use a foam roller. I had already tried rolling a different cabinet with a standard paint roller and I did not like the finish. I decided to brush the primer on and just made sure there weren’t drips and there were continuous paint strokes on the cabinet doors. It also helped to fill in the grain of the oak much better than rolling and had a more natural look.

 

 

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

 

3) I let the primer dry over a couple of days so it was not possible to do this project in a weekend.  I wanted to make sure it was dried and hardened before applying paint. One day would have been sufficient, but I would not paint any earlier than that. Notice the primer color looks white. It is actually grayish white which you can not see in the picture. The entire priming and painting process of this was over a few weekends.

 

4) Start to Paint!! The colors used on our cabinets were Valspar Ultra – color Ultra White and Valspar Ultra- color Dark Kettle Black.  Both were in Satin finish as I did not want any gloss. I was unsure if the paint on the bottom cabinets was going to be black or white, so I did not have the primer tinted. If I were to do it all over, I would tint the primer to be a dark base if painting black. The black on the bottom cabinets showed numerous streaks of white showing through, but it was fine with a second coat of paint and touch ups. The upper white cabinets actually took 2-3 coats of paint as there were spots that were turning yellowish from the wood stain coming through.

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

 Haier HBCN05FVS 150-Can Beverage Center

5) Most important tip I can give is not to rush through this! Allow time to dry completely between coats. You will be able to feel the difference just by touching the cabinet. If it feels soft then it is not ready to have another coat. We did not put a sealer on the cabinets, and at this time I am undecided whether we will need one. The first coat of black paint showed white scuff marks as we were using the kitchen. I believe around the island, where there is continuous scraping from legs and chairs, we will need to finish with a sealer or glaze eventually.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The cost of the priming and painting project was approximately $250 for the paint, primer and the new cabinet handles!!

The most expensive part of the room was the Black Labrador Granite Countertops including new sink installation $5400 which cost us more than our entire first floor remodel!

Other Items purchased and Saved Hundreds for Kitchen Remodel:

Lights:  Pottery Barn RUSTIC GLASS 5-LIGHT PENDANT $319 less 15% coupon code= $272
Oven:    Whirlpool Gold 30 in. Single Electric Wall Oven Self-Cleaning with Convection in Stainless Steel net price paid $1327 when on sale at Lowes (the store matched Lowes.com Online price $1474 plus 10% coupon)
Crown Molding added on cabinets: $30
Refrigerator:   Frigidaire Gallery 23 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel, Counter Depth paid $1850 when on sale at Home Depot-  Orvilles Store matched price
Island made of (4) Lowes Unfinished Cabinets and one cabinet next to Refrigerator: on sale plus 10% of coupon= $334 less 10%= $300
In Island Mini Fridge bought on Amazon $200 Haier HBCN05FVS 150-Can Beverage Center
New Faucet– Delta 9178-DST Leland Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet, Chrome $176
Floor- Shaw Epic Hardwood Autumn Ridge color 216 Oat Straw (I am an employee so cannot disclose cost!)

90% of the kitchen is new with Brand Name high end products for $9495 when most kitchen remodels are $20,000-$50,000! Had we not installed granite we would have been under $5000! Most of our savings was because I shopped all sales and discounts available plus we did all of the work ourselves with the exception of the Granite.

So what do you think?

Would you Paint Your Oak Kitchen Cabinets? It is a very inexpensive way to give your kitchen a complete upgrade for under a couple of hundred dollars!

Do It Yourself: Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How To Paint Oak Kitchen Cabinets

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