Today I’m looking at cheaper alternatives to Thirty-One Utility Totes. This is part of my series of posts about cheaper alternatives to expensive brands. I’ve seen Thirty-One Gifts Large Utility Totes frequently around my local public pool and Costco. I’ve been interested in one myself, but haven’t wanted to pay full price. It turns out there are plenty of less expensive alternatives!
Have you heard of ENO (Eagles Nest Outfitters) hammocks? I hadn’t! But if you live near a university or a park where teens hang out, you’ve probably seen them. Hanging around parks and campuses in hammocks has become a popular pastime. A reader, who is a mom of a teen, asked me if there are any cheaper alternatives to ENO hammocks. She told me that they’re quite expensive and seem overpriced when only used for hanging around a park (as opposed to camping or backpacking). I investigated, and here are results of my search for inexpensive alternatives to ENO hammocks. [Read more…]
As I’ve chatted with readers about my popular “cheaper alternatives to…” blog series, the most frequently requested topic has been essential oils. Essential oils are very hot right now. Many people have been introduced to the concept by the multi-level marketing (MLM) companies Young Living and Doterra. While Young Living and Doterra have high-quality essential oils, their prices are outrageously high. Readers have been asking if there are cheaper alternatives to Young Living and Doterra. Thankfully, there are tons of high-quality essential oil companies out there, most of which do not require you to attend at-home sales parties like the MLMs. [Read more…]
Lululemon athletic clothes are high-quality, fashionable clothes for working out or for hanging around town. The problem is that a budget-conscious mom will have a hard time justifying the high prices of Lululemon. The good news is that there are some great cheaper alternatives to Lululemon on Amazon. They are similar styles for a small fraction of the price. Some people might call them Lululemon dupes, Lululemon look-alikes, or Lululemon knock-offs, but they are just clothes in similar styles and fabrics. [Read more…]
Tonight, I’m speaking to a local mom’s group about money management. I decided to do my presentation in a FAQ format to cover as many of the big topics as possible in my short presentation time. This is my online “handout.” I figured it would also be useful for my blog readers to get a review of the basics! [Read more…]
Some of my most popular posts have been about cheaper alternatives to expensive items like cheaper alternatives to Lularoe leggings and cheaper alternatives to Tieks shoes. I’ve gotten requests from several readers to tackle a cheaper alternative to Norwex. Well, here’s the post you’ve been asking for! There are a lot of great MUCH CHEAPER alternatives to Norwex! [Read more…]
The kids are back in school and it’s time get set up our September budget! Here are some things you might be forgetting from your September budget:
My Honda Odyssey minivan is 10 years old now with 116,000 miles. I wrote about my minivan before when I discussed how to remove paint transfer scuffs from a car. I know a lot of other families with minivans around this age. When a van is 10+ years old and 100,000+ miles, is it time to replace it? Isn’t this the time when repair bills get out of control and we should just get a loan for a new one? A lot of people want to know when to sell a minivan, so I thought I’d look at the numbers.
Memorial Day has passed, so the summer season has begun! Have you made your June budget yet? Here are some things you might be forgetting from your June budget:
Have you seen all the ads and discussion about Tieks ballet flats? If you haven’t heard of them, Tieks are high-end leather ballet flats that cost $175-295. A lot of people are wondering if they’re worth the price or it’s just all hype. In case $200-300 flats are out of your budget, I went searching for some cheaper alternatives to Tieks ballet flats. After I wrote about Tieks, a lot of people were also wondering about cheaper alternatives to Rothy’s flats, so I’ve added some cheaper Rothy’s alternatives too.