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My Name is Shelby & I’m a Former #MommyBlogger

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Don’t call me a cheapskate. I’m not one of those extreme couponers who walk out of the drugstore with 30 tubes of toothpaste having paid only $3. The drugstore didn’t have 30 tubes, so I bought five and left one on the shelf for good karma. I became a self-proclaimed deal maven five years ago when I started a mommy blog FatHeadDog.com. My son had just been born and I couldn’t believe such small things (aka children) cost big bucks.

I wasn’t alone. In 2008 when I began blogging, there were an estimated 15,000 mommy blogs, talking about everything from diapers and deals to Down syndrome and postpartum depression. Today, according to Babble.com, 14 percent of all U.S. moms are mommy bloggers.

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Try eBay, said the most obvious woman alive.

Coach wristlet

Remember when I talked about selling your closet, then I talked about buying other people’s closets on apps such as Tradesy, Threadflip and Posh? Here’s my advice from the most obvious woman alive. Try eBay.

I know that’s not earth shattering news, but as I research all of these options, I’ve found the peer-to-peer selling sites to be way overpriced and eBay to be the best deal for designer goods.

For example, I searched Coach, sorting the results by ending soonest (Take note, that’s the key — sniping in at the last minute to outbid others I’ve learned). I picked up this black leather Coach wristlet to match a Coach purchase I had for less than $20.

Of course, with designer goods, do your homework about authenticity. By virtue of shopping eBay, I learned how to identify authentic Coach products and wrote a couple of guides:

In other news from the most obvious woman alive, buy things on sale and use coupons to save money. Aren’t you impressed by my expertise? Me neither.

 

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5 Lessons You Never Learned in School

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‘The Jim Rohn Guide Series’ explores communication, leadership and more

by K. Shelby Skrhak, originally posted July 1, 2014 on SUCCESS.com

To the untrained ear, the advice given to Jim Rohn by his mentor Earl Schoaff sounds contradictory.

“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job,” the late philosopher says with his unique cadence and tone.

But listen to the words from Rohn’s mouth and you know that this man’s advice is anything but contradictory. He’s not saying you shouldn’t work hard at a job you love. The hard work comes naturally when you love what you do. What Rohn is saying is that personal development—the building and strengthening of you—is how you become better at everything else. Communication, time management, goal setting, leadership—these all improve when you do.

SUCCESS has compiled a series of five guides on communication, time management, goal setting, leadership and personal development, based on the transcripts of Rohn’s most popular lectures and writings. Released this month in the SUCCESS Store, The Jim Rohn Guide Series comprises curated, 20-minute infusions of wisdom you’ll not likely find elsewhere.

Here we share the SUCCESS editors’ five favorite lessons from the series:

Lesson 1: Communication

“In order to be effective, your communication should be on purpose. Yes, occasionally you may say something off the top of your head and that can hold weight with others, but this is the exception and not the rule. Know what you want to communicate, when you want to communicate and how you want to communicate.”     —from The Jim Rohn Guide to Communication

Read more at: http://www.success.com/article/5-life-lessons-you-never-learned-in-school

Spring Clean Your Bookshelves with Amazon Buyback

Ready to spring clean? Consider selling your books to Amazon.com for free Amazon credit and gift cards. I’ve used Amazon’s textbook buyback–which is open to all books, not just textbooks–dozens of times and it’s worked great every time.

Here’s the how-to:
1. Visit Amazon’s trade-in store page and enter your book’s ISBN number, often found on the back cover near the barcode.

2. If Amazon is buying the book, it’ll show you the Trade-In Value. If it’s not (for example, if it’s not in demand, too old, a select paperback or sometimes self-published), it’ll say Did Not Match Any Products.

3. When you’re done entering books, click Submit and Select a Shipping Method–best methods are UPS via pre-paid label or USPS. Package your books in a box, adhere the shipping label to the outside, and voila!

4. In about 2-3 weeks, your Amazon credit will automatically be deposited into your textbook buyback account.

 

A Primer on Couponing

People who use coupons aren’t all like the TLC show Extreme Couponers, but sometimes they’re not far off.

You can purchase coupons online at eBay and Craig’s List, although the fine print states you’re paying for the time someone took to cut those coupons, rather than paying for the actual coupons, which is a violation of manufacturer’s coupon redemption policies.

Even more creatively, people claim to sell an envelope that contain coupons inside for free. That’s according to the Coupon Information Center, an association of consumer product manufacturers such as Kraft, General Mills Nestle and more. To show these brand giants mean business, the Coupon Information Center cites the most extreme penalties for coupon fraud: 17 years in prison and $5 million fine, though often connected to other criminal activities such as tax evasion and food stamp fraud.

Often the prices for these costly “envelopes” are gorged so consider finding coupons on a coupon clipping service, such as the mompreneur-owned TheCouponClippers.com or other coupon sites such as FreeCouponClips.com, where you can watch sponsored videos to earn points to trade-in for manufacturer coupons.

 

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