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…]
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…]
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.
I’ve been working on some painting projects around my house lately. A few years ago, a friend who is very experienced with painting shared a tip with me. It has saved me a lot of money AND time! It’s not often that something will make things both easier AND cheaper! What is this amazing trick?
I wrote before about our experiences shopping for my son’s first pair of glasses. I compared the options for glasses at Walmart Vision vs Target vs Costco. After we got his first two pairs, I compared the quality of glasses from Walmart vs Zenni. My son loves his Walmart glasses and wears them every day. We never have to argue with him to wear them! Unfortunately, although he loves his glasses, he’s not the most careful with them. He’s a rough-and-tumble 7-year-old boy! As I feared, we’ve had to deal with scratched lenses and broken frames, both within the first 6 months. Thankfully, I had anticipated this and chose Walmart Vision, mostly for the Walmart Vision Center 12-month Replacement Guarantee. So how did it go with the Walmart Vision Center Warranty?
I grew up in a household that didn’t use many disposable products. My parents taught me to be frugal and environmentally-friendly. Anytime I find myself frequently buying a disposable product, I try to find a way to reduce or eliminate it. Paper towels are no exception.
I buy 1-2 rolls of paper towels per year. I’ve had friends ask how that’s possible, so I thought I’d write about how I do it. Here’s how I make one roll of paper towels last a year: [Read more…]
I’ve mentioned before that this is my first year as a Costco member. I’m trying it out to see if it’s a good fit for my family. One of the things that many Costco members tout as a benefit is their very generous return policy. Did you know that Costco is really tricking you into buying more and returning less? It’s true and it has happened to me already. Here’s how: