Stella & Dot Stylist Opportunity

As an independent Stella & Dot stylist, you can set a flexible, manageable schedule while earning extra income.

Stella & Dot consultants represent a line of jewelry and accessories that is fashion-forward, high quality and adored by fashion editors and celebrities.

Each stylist provides one-on-one style consulting through trunk shows, helping guests find exactly what they’re looking for. Have a busy week? You decide when to host style parties and can even take them online, hosting from the comfort of home.

You’ll earn a 25-35% commission on any sales you make, and get up to 50% off for yourself. Plus, you’ll receive up to $350 in free products.

Whether you’re looking for a second part-time job, or something that can be done on the side while the kids are at school, Stella & Dot can provide you with the flexibility to be your own Style Boss.

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Products I Love – Shutterfly Freebies

Products I Love – Shutterfly Freebies

Spring2017x2 HeaderI’ve long been a fan of Shutterfly, so it’s no surprise that I always take advantage of Shutterfly freebies!

Shutterfly helps you make the most out of life’s most memorable moments. As a leader in personalized photos and services, they allow you create lasting keepsakes; award-winning photo books; custom stationery, including cards, announcements, and invitations; as well as unique home decor and photo gifts.

Shutterfly is very generous with their discount codes. It’s a great way to try products that you might not normally try, and also a way to stockpile gifts for special occasions.

This week – through 3/1 – you can pick TWO gifts! This is valid on the Shutterfly site or the app! Click on the link below to choose your products – then use the code FREE4ME at checkout.

Pick Two Gifts! Get One Mouse Pad, One Laminated Placemat, One Set of Coasters, One 16×20 Collage Poster, or One 16×20 Print! Use code FREE4ME at check out. Valid 2/28-3/1

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Mouse Pad – a teacher gift with a picture of the class
  • Placemat for a toddler – use a photo of the extended family to identify names/faces
  • Coasters – with vacation photos
  • 16×20 collage poster – filled with action shots from a sports, dance, or band season
  • 16×20 print – favorite shot from your holiday photoshoot

Enjoy and share with your friends!!!

Tax-Free Weekend in Texas

tax free weekend, texasTax-free weekend in Texas for 2014 is August 8-10. This is a great time to stock up on items, specifically higher priced items.

But, here’s the fine print – you can only be tax-free on an item that is less than $100. So, for example, if you buy a pair of tennis shoes that are $103 – you will pay tax on all $103. If you bought a pair of shoes that were $99 – they are tax-free.

With backpacks, it has to be a traditional backpack that can be worn on your back. If you choose a backpack with wheels – it also has to have the straps for the back. It can’t be considered a briefcase or a computer bag.

We all know that school supplies make the list, but what are some of the other items?

The items on this list must be priced under $100 to qualify, so keep that in mind.

  • Diapers (cloth or disposible)
  • Children’s novelty costumes
  • Employee Uniforms
  • Leotards and tights
  • Scout uniforms

For a list of all things exempt, check out this great link by the Texas Comptroller.

Buying in Bulk

Buying BulkDo you buy in bulk? Maybe you think you should …

Costco has just hit my section of town and all of a sudden, the world is abuzz with bulk buying.

Here are my three hints on bulk buying:

1. When buying in bulk, always find out the per item price. Whip out the calculator on your smartphone and do some quick division. If a 20 pack of paper towels is $6.00, decide if 30-cents/roll sounds right to you! Sometimes when you find the per item price, it makes the decision to buy (or not) very easy.

2. Where are you going to put all the stuff when you get it home? It’s easy to buy a full basket of items and never consider where you will store everything until you get home and can’t find a spot!

3. If you are buying a food item in bulk, look at the expiration date! Be realistic about whether or not you can eat that amount of food before the expiration date. If you can’t, then you’ve only thrown your money away.

… and remember, there’s no cents in paying full price! Stack those coupons!

* This post is part of a weekly segment on KSBJ Christian Radio. For more on segments featuring Stephanie Click, the Texas Money Mom, click here.

It’s a Great Time to Give

giftNow is a great time to give to a local charity. There are deep discounts on toys and groceries. You can really make an inch stretch for a mile.

KSBJ has a Giving Tree. Many of these families need toys and groceries. You can see exactly what is still needed! It’s a very cool page and ministry opportunity.

When you buy your items, keep your receipts and mark them. These items are tax-deductible. If you need to make a year-end contribution, this is a great way to really make a dent.

Remember to have your children help you. They can find a child their age, or perhaps a child who wants the same toy as them! Take this opportunity to teach the real meaning of Christmas.

… and remember, there’s no cents in paying full price!

* This post is part of a weekly segment on KSBJ Christian Radio. For more on segments featuring Stephanie Click, the Texas Money Mom, click here.

5 Christmas Tips

Christmas giftsChristmas often busts our budgets and it’s a shame. That’s not what the season is about at all.

Here are some tips to help keep you in check and maybe brighten up your gift giving experience at the same time!

1. Keep all of your receipts and continue to watch prices on items that you have already purchased. If the price drops, take your receipt and ask the store to refund the difference. If all else fails, return the item and re-buy it at the lesser price.

2. Use cash. If money is tight and/or you are trying to stick to a budget, use cash. It’s so easy to lose track of what you’ve spent when you are swiping a debit or credit card. Put your money in an envelope and when it’s gone, you are done.

3. Make your gifts. If you have someone that has everything, consider making a gift. I’m sitting down with my kids this weekend and we are going to make some gifts for family members that seem to already have it all. If you need some inspiration, Pinterest is a great start. You might be interested in my “I Can Make This” board if you need a kickstart!

4. Do a lot of asking! If you see something that you like, ask where it was purchased. You might find a great deal! My friend’s teenage daughter is making wreaths that look like they are from a really expensive boutique. They would make an awesome gift and I could buy several for what I would pay in a fancy shoppe!

5. Gift thoughtfully. Sometimes we get really caught up in the size of the box under the tree and forget that sometimes the best gifts cost the same amount and can help in our everyday life. If you have a person on your list that is just making ends meet or sometimes gets slapped big time with Murphy’s Law, think about a different kind of gift. For the price of a sweater, you could buy a gift certificate for an oil change to keep their car running smoothly. Perhaps you could buy a one-time house cleaning (a fabulous gift for a new mom). Think about something that would really help their life, but might be considered a splurge. Just buying one oil change or one house cleaning (or the like) can be less money than what you would buy in the store, but the blessing will be even more! (Use those coupons on these items! They aren’t exempt.)

… and remember, there’s no cents in paying full price!

* This post is part of a weekly segment on KSBJ Christian Radio. For more on segments featuring Stephanie Click, the Texas Money Mom, click here.