5 Coupons for Spring Cleaning!

This has been long pending. I have been wanting to get my act together and do some spring cleaning ever since I read MixHart’s Blog¬†on her family’s Big clean! Now that Spring has arrived, somewhat, I guess it is time I get started on things. Since I am gonna be busy all day cleaning things up, I thought I will leave you with some coupons I am using to get the costs under control during the whole process… Enjoy ūüôā

 

Get 25% off on Furnace and Duct Cleaning services! Trust me. You will need them

Get 25% off on Furnace and Duct Cleaning services! Trust me. You will need them

Your car needs some spring cleaning too! Get $8 off when you get an oil change at Mr.Lube

Your car needs some spring cleaning too! Get $8 off when you get an oil change at Mr.Lube

Spring Cleaning cannot be complete without a dash of paint! Avail $10 off on every $50 you spend at Sherwin Williams

Spring Cleaning cannot be complete without a dash of paint! Avail $10 off on every $50 you spend at Sherwin Williams

Couch gone all bumpy? Time to get it changed! With $100 off!

Couch gone all bumpy? Time to get it changed! With $100 off!

You know what goes wonderfully with Spring cleaning? A cup of hot fruit tea! Make that 2. The second one comes free after all!

You know what goes wonderfully with Spring cleaning? A cup of hot fruit tea! Make that 2. The second one comes free after all!

Hope that helps.. So are you starting on the spring cleaning yet? or Have you already finished? Did you blog about it? Share a link maybe? Would love to know more!

 

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10 Coupons to save you money as you move to your new home

It is established that Spring is possibly one of the best times to move, since the rates are reasonable and the weather is not too harsh. But moving doesn’t just stop with moving. In many cases your new home requires special attention, painting, plumbing, Electrical repairs, new furniture and all that jazz!

Bills could spoil the joy of moving into a new home.

The only way to get through it all is to use as much discounts and offers as you can, through it! Here are 12 coupons to save you some money over your move!

1.  5% discount on the movers

Well, this is a given. You might need the help of packers and movers to get you through the move. So here’s a coupon from Platinum Movers to save you some money on that: 5% off on moving charges

2. Save on 10% Dispatch fee on Electrical works (Plus free inspection)

Use this coupon to save on Dispatch fee (10% of the total invoice). Also, get a full home electrical inspection, worth $250 absolutely free: Save Dispatch fee on Electrical works

3. Save GST on Plumbing

The government charges about 5% Goods and Service Tax on your Service bills and Plumbing falls under that. So, as you fix those leaky tubes, save some tax, using this coupon: Save GST on plumbing

4. Convert the basement into a den, and save while at it!

This is a topic not many experts remember. There is always, simply ALWAYS, some work to be done on the basement. But don’t fret, use this coupon to save you some:¬†Save 15% on Basement development

5. Get some heavy discounts on the paint

For one, paint your home yourself. Adds that personal touch, is a super fun activity when you do it as a family and lets you save a lot on painter charges. But the paint itself doesn’t come free. But you could always get a discount there: $10 off on Sherwin Williams paints

6.Get the dream couch for $100 less

Sitcoms don’t lie when they portray the couch as the most important part of a home. It is, in fact one of the places your family spends most time at. So go for your dream couch or sofa. And get it for a lot lesser with this coupon: $100 off on any sofa set

7. The bed!

Most families move because they have expanded in size, which mostly calls for a new bed. Here’s a double save. Get a bed frame and pillows for free¬†and also get 5% off on the mattress set

8. More plumbing coupons

In case your plumbing work is fairly less, use this coupon to avail a reasonable discount on plumbing: $25 off on all plumbing works

9. Get a shower door, for half the price

Yup! You heard me right. Here’s that coupon for you: 50% off on glass shower door¬†– Enjoy the move, and the shower after!

10. Clean up with a discount

Sometimes, the new home can come pretty dusty. If you need some Furnace and duct cleaning, this might be the coupon you are looking for: 25% off on furnace and duct cleaning

 

There you go! 10 coupons just as promised. Now smile. You just got yourself a new home, all shiny and clean. Here’s a toast to that!

 

3 Out of the box ways to make some money on the side!

“Being a mother takes a lot from you. Personally and financially. Don’t get me wrong here, I am the types that believes being a mom is the best blessing a woman can get. But in reality, it is demanding.

A lot of my friends who had high flying careers gave that up to be a hands-on mom. But once the child grows up a little, they had lost the gusto to go back to a full time job (Myself included), and if they did, the 4 year gap yawned wide on their resume. So we chose the freelance and consultation routes. Trust me, it gives you a lot to do while keeping your schedule totally flexible. However, it does leave you wanting a little bit more in terms of variety and money.”

This is an excerpt from the ranting that happened over my girlfriends’ dinner meetup yesterday. See, Maya, a good friend of mine has a wonderful husband who is an investment banker that earns quite a lot. So this ranting from her came as a surprise for us. She dissed our concern and simply said

“Ah! But what he earns, is at the end of the day, HIS money. Our money when it comes to family expenses yes, but I want some MY money! That I can spend without asking, without guilt!”

I see her point now.¬†Don’t¬†you? Having some MY money,¬†always leaves you feeling more confident and independent. It is a good thing. Now show me one person who wouldn’t want some extra cash? That being said, we found the perfect solution for Maya. Maya paints. She also does a fair bit of screen printing. Real quirky stuff. We convinced her to make totebags and shopping bags with quirky prints. Check out one she had done as a gift for her meme crazy sister… cool right?

meme tote

You can stop staring! I know I am cute!

And Maya has promised to show us samples by a week. All is well that ends well. But this whole conversation got me thinking. This is something a lot of us want right? That extra guilt free My Money? Maya had a talent to tap on. I am sure you would too. Maybe with a little training you could start a little side business that gives you that extra cash?

Here are 3 out of the box ideas that could help you earn some extra cash!

1. Make and sell vinegars and Root beer from home!

I am sure nobody talks about this. But that is why this is a niche you should choose! As long as Salads and pickles stay in fashion, Vinegar will as well! And with everyone shifting to organic and home made products,  your neighborhood might give you a wider welcome that you think! This is a simple 3 hour class you could attend this weekend (28th April 2013)

Friendly Ferments - Learn to make vinegars, ciders, root beer and more in a 3 hour class!

Friendly Ferments – Learn to make vinegars, ciders, root beer and more in a 3 hour class!

My aunt attended this last week and swears by it. I am considering checking this out over the weekend. Join me maybe? Let me woo you with a 11% discount on the Course fee

2. Learn to make Jewelry and sell it online

Time and again, Jewelry and accessories are the biggest sellers on online marketplaces for designers! And making jewelry is fairly simple if you look and learn. The best part is you can sell these easily online, on the ebays and etsy’s of the world!

3. Learn to screen print. 

You could start with the 20$ kits available online but screen printing has so many uses. From printing wedding cards or birthday invites for friends to making t shirts and bags, you could become the go-to-person for customized anything in your neighborhood  You could sell these products online too!

How to screenprint

How to screenprint

These are just 3 top of mind ideas I am putting out this week, and I will keep pointing you at stuff you could earn from, as a regular feature! What say? Add more ideas in the comments section. I would totally love to hear some out of the box ideas to make money on the side!

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