Christmas in July: Plan Your Holiday Photo Cards Now

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Every year I say I’m going to plan ahead and NOT wait til the last minute to order my winter holiday cards, but things come up…I get busy and forget. I’m sure you can relate!

This year, our newest blog sponsor, Basic Invite, is here to help us all do better, with a Christmas in July reminder: Summer is a great time to plan out and capture your family and pet photos for your Christmas cards and holiday cards.

They are also offering a 30% OFF discount to our readers so read on to learn more!

You might be thinking. “How can I do holiday photos when all my Christmas decorations are packed away?!?”

It’s easier than you think. All you need is a few simple props, like some Santa hats and mini trees from Michaels or the Dollar Store. Walgreens still has Red Noses for sale at many locations (check by the registers).

Any string of fairy lights will help set the scene, or take the photos you love and add some sparkly touches with filters in your favorite photo app or software.

Look around for items you already have that might work. This is a GREAT excuse to get some matching pajamas for your family and pets!

Your Christmas cards don’t even have to have a holiday theme. Summertime is beach, pool and vacation time, so remember to take a few nice shots with the family (and pets, of course) so that you can share your memories with friends and family when you send out your cards this winter. Any great family photos YOU love will make the perfect images for your cards.

There are tons of themes and templates to choose from, so it’s almost a no-brainer once you have your favorite digital photos picked out!

Basic Invite is one of the few card websites with almost unlimited color options and instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what really sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company.

And if you have a business, or are in charge of ordering business Christmas cards this year, now is the time to get it done. You can get really creative with cards that fit the personality and tone of your business!

Whether you are ordering cards and invites for business or family, you want to make sure your cards look their very best, right?

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you the ability to order a printed custom sample of your actual card or invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

You can also choose from over 40 different envelope colors. That will really help your cards stand out!

And to make life really easy, use their address capturing service letting you share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request friends and family’s addresses which can be stored and used for recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

Hopefully all this has motivated you to get started on Christmas and holiday cards, invites and more, now rather than waiting til the last minute.

To take a closer look at all the design options, templates and pricing, visit the Basic Invite website, and use promo code below for 30% OFF any order!

$10 in Free Groceries or Pet Supplies from Petco, Aldi, Costco and More

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Have you tried getting groceries delivered yet? There are more and more stores participating in this growing trends, and plenty of reasons why it’s becoming so popular.

Not only can you save time and hassle by ordering online and letting someone bring your items to you, but you can also save money. By shopping through a service like Instacart, you can compare prices and plan meals from your home computer or through an easy app right on your phone. I look at what’s on sale and then plan my meal prep around it. I also compare between different stores to see who has the best price on more expensive items I need to restock.

If you haven’t tried it yet, we’ve got a coupon for $10 OFF your first order.

Stores participating will vary by location, but in our area, we’ve got Petco, The Fresh Market, Costco, Aldi and more. Prices are usually the same as in-store and you can see all the available sale prices, coupons and offers as you shop online. I find it a real time and money saver.

Most orders will be delivered in 1-2 hours, but you can always choose your own delivery time to coordinate with your schedule. Your shopper will message you through the app if any item on your list is out of stock or if they need to ask your preference about an item.

Before you order, always check the Coupons and Free Delivery Offers at the top of the store page. You can save extra money by getting Free Delivery (usually $3.99-$8.99) when you add certain items to your order. I often find items I was planning to order anyway or take the opportunity to try something new. Just remember to tip your shopper in the app when you order.

Pro Tip: You do NOT need a Costco membership to order from Costco through Instacart!

If you’d like to save $10 on your first grocery or pet supply order, use our Instacart Coupon Link HERE.

Stock Your Pantry to Support Feeding America #givingisbrandless

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Have you heard about Brandless?

They’ve created a collection of 300+ everyday essentials that includes non GMO food (with values like organic, vegan, and gluten free), clean beauty basics, non-toxic cleaning supplies, and more.

Brandless was brought to life with the intention of making better stuff accessible and affordable for more people. Their mission is deeply rooted in quality, transparency, and community-driven values. Better stuff, fewer dollars. It’s that simple.

A box of Brandless snacks, personal care and other items would make a GREAT gift idea for any college student on your list. It’s also perfect timing if you need to stock up for holiday entertaining.

In addition to saving money on pantry, laundry, vitamins, bath & beauty, and cleaning supplies, you can also help feed families in need.

Now through 11/23, Brandless will donate 10 meals to Feeding America for every order you place.  This is in addition to the usual donations Brandless makes for every customer’s order.

Feeding America is our nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization, and a cause worth supporting this holiday season and all year long.

You can also help earn more donations when you share this post on Twitter using the hashtag #givingisbrandless.

Stock your pantry for the holidays while helping others do the same. Visit Brandless.com to learn more.

$350 OFF LG Matte Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances at Best Buy

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If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen before the holiday cooking and entertaining season begins, you’re in luck! LG just released a super stylish new line of smart kitchen appliances in matte black stainless steel to complement your current home decor or inspire a whole new look.

Modern sophistication meets everyday functionality with a satin matte finish that not only hides smudges and fingerprints, but also easily wipes clean with a soft, dry cloth. No need for special cleaners or constant attention.

LG appliances offer advanced technology that can speed up cooking, improve clean-up and organize your food storage in innovative ways. They’re also wi-fi and voice-enabled, allowing you to control your kitchen appliances remotely. From changing settings, to checking the status, or turning on or off, these smart appliances really make life easier.

Good looks, smart AND low maintenance? YES, PLEASE!

LG Matte Black Stainless Steel appliances include a new refrigerator, ranges, dishwashers and microwave oven and are available now at Best Buy. Even better, save an extra $350 on select LG Matte Black kitchen appliance packages.

Head on over to BestBuy.com and embrace the dark side!

Earn Free Gift Cards Doing Stuff Online

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Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for free gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus!

Here’s how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before October 1st, 2018. You’ll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I’ve earned a LOT. I almost always go for the Amazon gift cards and have used them toward limited ingredient dental treats for Daisy, a Blendtec Blender deal during Black Friday, and a golf shirt for Woof Woof Papa.