I Created an Area Rug On a Budget

I love projects that I can build upon a bit at a time such as this area rug made from Dollar Tree carpet tiles.

How we created an area rug for a childs play space on a tight budget. www.simplymoms.net

We are apartment dwellers and the home we live in is older and has hard wood floors. Hard wood is wonderful but not very forgiving to a child who spends a lot of time playing on them or my feet.

Carpet Tiles

While browsing the Dollar Tree I came across these “rug remnants” they caught my eye because of the thick rubber backing. I originally purchased just one for a door mat in from of my entryway door. I also looked them up online and found out they are carpet tiles. You can do wall to wall with them or area rugs like I have. They do not need padding because it is built in. Some say you can use adhesive to hold them down. But I find on a clean floor they do not move unless little miss moves them intentionally. The rubber holds them still. So I decided that they would make a great area rug for Little Miss’s bed room.

Create and area rug with carpet tile on a budget www.simplymoms.net

Creating The Area Rug

If like myself you grab these from the Dollar Tree have an open mind. They do not carry all one pattern sometimes there is one of this and six of that. Mix and match. I was more than okay with that as I figured for a child’s play space the mix and match would look fun. Creating the rug is as simple as buying your tiles and plopping them down on a clean floor edge to edge in a way that looks pleasing to you.

With carpet tile you can add to your area rug as you like.

We started out smaller just to see if they would slide around. Each tile is 19′ x 19″ So the rug we started out with would have been a good bit over 4X4 feet. 4.75 X 4.75 to be exact. As you can see with little Miss standing there it is a nice size to sit and play on. The original cost us  $12.00.

We ended up because of her large amount of toys and her need for a bigger bed moving her in the largest room in the place. So we expanded her rug area. With my plan to add around it until most of the room is covered in carpet.

Frugal, easy to change and move area rug from carpet tiles.

What was your latest frugal do it your self project? Please share in the comments below.

Walmart Clearance Small Haul Clothes and Shoes


I admit to three things.

One) Shopping is a huge love of mine.

Two) A money tree I do not have.

Three) Bargains are something I adore!

How she saved money on clothing and shoes!

My Guess is a few of you are in the same boat right along with me.  I still buy stuff, but I shop clearance, thrift shops, discount stores like the Dollar Tree and so forth. I almost never pay full price.

Every time I walk into Walmart the first thing I check is shoes.  Much of the time I can find the cutest toddler shoes for three dollars and under. Sometimes even just for a dollar like the other day.

The other day when I was in Wal-mart I looked at shoes and also quickly through the womens clothing. I found some awesome deals!

Everything I purchased was just a dollar each!

Silver glitter baby shoes Garanimals brand

The original price was $9.98 they were on clearance at $1.00

The photo does not show but they are sparkly glitter like silver. They are a size two, purchased for my newest grandchild to grow into.

faded Glory Mint colored canvas Mary Janes shoes with white polka dots.

This style shoe has been Little Miss’s summer go to. They are perfect for shorts and even fancier dresses. Originally priced at $5.96 I paid $1.00.  She has two other pairs I paid $3.00 for earlier in the season.

Capri Length Leggings

I also found my adult daughter these capri length leggings. She takes an extra-small and yesterday that is all they had. The best news is they were also all $1.00 each. So while they were not for me, it was still nice to be able to gift her with something she could use. They were regular  $3.98.


Clearance Deals From Walmart

So without tax, my total would have been  $27.88 my total was $5.00.

A savings of $22.88 !!!

So tell me, have you shopped any recent Wal-mart clearance? What did you find? Please share in the comments below.


Love Jennifer

My Frugal .69 Cent Closet Makeover

Not every little update in your home has to break your bank account. Nor does it have to be perfect. Just functional. Like this frugal closet makeover.

The one thing when we moved into this house that I never cared for was this horrible “linen closet” It may have even have been used as a pantry at one time prior to us living here. Personally, I Use it for towels and so forth because it is right out side the bathroom. The place we live in is a rental and to be truthful I am not investing too much into it time or money. So I sort of fixed it up quick and on the extreme cheap. I didn’t do any thing fancy, or impressive I am simply sharing so the next person can get ideas and yeah maybe even do better than I did so if you did a more impressive closet makeover be sure to share it in the comments below.

Closet makeover needed

As you can see it is a mess! I’m not trying to hide that.

The plastic shopping bags were out of control. I bagged them all in one big bag and put them on a shelf in the barn. I discovered dog food had been spilled, not that I can say I am surprised in this horrific mess. This also I am sure gives you a pretty good idea of why something needed to be done with this closet. Yuck! My towels are not pictured because they were all in the washer. My little closet makeover is way overdue.

I swept it out and quickly wiped it down. Not that it helped much but, that didn’t really matter because I just wanted it to be clean for painting.

I slapped a couple of layers of paint on that we had. So that cost to me was pretty much nothing.  You can still see it is not perfect but, that is really ok by me. It no longer looks like the Chokey on Matilda. I even painted the floor.  I may just but some stick on tiles since I would not need too many and they not too costly.

Not bad for quick and what was already laying around.

Tonight while I was at Kmart I saw that Christmas wrapping paper was 90% off. So I grabbed a roll that was screaming Merry Christmas! It was a whole .69 cents. Nice thick good quality paper. Yes, I could have gone to the Dollar Tree but, I was at Kmart when the idea hit me LOL. My idea was to do every shelf but, surprise… The upper two shelves do not remove. So I just painted those it was easier.

Yes, I know the pictures are not great quality but here is where the rest of the wrapping paper went with a bit left over for some more fun. She has a blast drawing on her huge paper. So, for .69 cents a couple of shelves got covered and Miss Toddler had fun and my closet looks way better.

Nothing overly extreme or fancy but, it certainly looks much fresher and all the clutter is gone and it is nice and tidy.

To be honest it looks nicer in person. Time to get a camera that is not on my cell phone. 🙂

Update: I even have enough paper left to do my drawers. This mom is getting things done.

Before… how utterly embarrassing.

And after.

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Things We Purchase at the Dollar Tree

My husband has generally never liked this store. He referred to things there as trinkets or bad quality. However, over time their items have vastly improved.

Below is a list of things we do buy and have tested ourselves.

  1. Mylar balloons: They have a bunch of popular characters as well as many other picks. You are saving upwards of at least $2 per balloon. They will even blow up a fresh one for you so it will last even longer!
  2. Shaving Cream: They sell a large non-name brand red and white can. My husband used it and swear by it. It smells nice and he hasn’t cut himself while using it to shave with.
  3. Kitchen hand Towels: I skip the microfiber I can not stand how that material feels but, the ones with printed on designed wash and wear well. They are cotton. I bleach mine and the designs seem to stay put.
  4. Windshield Wash Fluid: This is a great deal when they have the gallons. Not a great deal when it is a half gallon. Works as good as anything else.
  5. Party Stuff: All of the cups, plates, streamers, plastic ware, banners, tablecloths, wrapping paper and so on. Super cheap and good quality. If we do a character party they do not carry we do a pack of plates OR a banner from another store with that particular character then we match up our other needs with matching colors for the “theme” at the Dollar Tree.
  6. Kids Socks: They carry cute prints for children and they hold up well. I always buy the three packs because they are the very best value. I also purchase the woman’s three packs for myself. However, I find once those are stained they seem to stay that way.
  7. Cards: My husband has been a purchase the most expensive card you can guy for years. To me it is pointless. These are nice,  good quality, and at two for a dollar are easy on the budget. However, I would avoid the boxed Christmas cards. We bought a box of twenty and of course the quality was off. (Weird folds and so on) My husband is slowly getting on board 😉
  8. Betty Crocker cooking Utensils: I can only speak for the red ones the quality is nice and they hold up really well.
  9. Glass Cleaner: Works just as well as any name brand.
  10. Dog leashes and Collars for our miniature poodles: I only know that these work well for small breeds of dogs because that is what we have for pets. Be careful if you purchase for a larger stronger breed because I do not know how well they would hold up. We had one leash last close to three years so they are made pretty well.
  11. Pet Bowls: Same basic things you can get at a pet store but at a fraction of the cost. They often even have cute little stoneware ones.
  12. Tape and Tape Dispenser: I buy the cheap six pack of tape rolls and purchased their tape dispenser. Both the tape and dispenser work well. My husband is a Scotch fan however with kids wasting it often times I refuse to spend extra on such things. So he just keeps a roll of Scotch for himself in his briefcase to seal up his top secret mailings he he he.
  13. Seaseme Street Lavender Scented Baby Shampoo: We use this for the grandchild and it leaves her hair soft, manageable and smelling quite nice.
  14. Six Pack of Scrubber Sponges: They are only good for washing dishes or anything you intend to get wet and stay very wet as they are synthetic sponges. I love the way they glide over the dishes you are washing and have the scrubber side for tougher jobs. They are cheap enough to toss and change out often.
  15. Brooms: Maybe it is just person preference but everyone in my family owns one.  I was the last to buy one. They are light but hold up really well and sweep in hard to get in areas with a larger broom. Frankly, I tossed my more expensive one after I got this just because I love the way it sweeps. However, avoid their mop.
  16. Plates and Bowls: I was convinced I wanted Corelle dishes. You know the very thin unbreakable ones? Guess what? If you eat hot foods anywhere other than the table and we often do those thin plates burn you! I gave mine away and purchased a set from the Dollar Tree. They are stoneware and are holding up quite nicely other than I have chipped one. They have a great color selection too! They are thick and keep the heat at bay. They are also easier to wash foods don’t seem to stick to them like the other set.
  17. Coloring Books: They have tons of licensed ones and even some really great adult coloring books.
  18. Children’s books: We often purchase board books and books for older children. They often have a really nice selection.
  19. Work Books: They have a great selection for younger children and once in a while a handful for older children. They are a great saving when you can find what you need.
  20. Gift bags: Every size, color, occasion for way less than anywhere. Though my daughter once time did buy one with a horrendous chemical smell. But, I have only ever seen that once.
  21. Hand Soap: Their big bottle. It works fine and smells nice.
  22. Batteries: They are not good for anything that is a huge power drain. But, work fine for things such as wall clocks, non-remote control toys, flashlights. So just don’t throw them into your digital camera and expect to take more than a picture.
  23. Makeup: Sometimes they stock Elf, Cover Girl or other name brands. If they are a color you need it is a great buy.
  24. Hair Dye: I will ONLY say the dark brown works well because that is the only color I use.  I have longer hair and use three packages. It was easy to use. It covered my grays well. It did not fade fast. It has gloves. It does NOT contain conditioner . So you will need to condition your hair after at least that is what I did. My hair seemed MORE healthy after using that dye for a long time. No idea why. Just know there is not a lot of product so plan to need extra.
  25. Tooth brushes: We generally purchase name brand for family and a pack of multi toothbrushes for anyone staying over who forgot to pack theirs.
  26. Barbie branded Detangler Spray for little girls: We use this daily with no build up for a toddler with curly hair. It leaves her hair shiny, and removes any snarls.
  27. Hair Decorations: Clips, bows, head band and so on. We buy all this sort of stuff right here.
  28. Ouchless Hair Ties: I pull them a bit to check for the stretch and hold I need. I always manage to find what will work. They get lost fast so this is the best way to go for us.
  29. Body Wash: We purchase this for or teen boys add they can be a bit wasteful. They seem to like the way it smells and they always smell fine so I assume it works well.
  30. Plastic Organizing Bins: These hold up well. You can get them in current popular colors. A great buy for getting all your stuff all pulled together.
  31. Bread: A great buy. It’s always soft and fresh.



Moms do your Children Have the McDonald’s STEP-iT Activity Bands? RECALL ALERT!


Moms if your Child has a Step-It Activity Band from McDonald’s They have been recalled! Read the article at the above link for more information!

***Skin Irritation and BURN risk! **


Homemade Laundry Stain Remover – Look at This Moms!

Homemade Stain Remover

I have this big thing about putting my grandbaby in cute little dresses. She has a big thing for chocolate ice-cream and other wonderful foods that stain. I also am the mom to a wonderful stain making fourteen year old boy. Grass and ground in dirt are his favorite stains to make. As a Mom and Grandma my go to stain remover was just to simply put a bit of my laundry soap on the stain rub it a bit and wash. It resulted in a lot of clothes with stains.

If you look online there are lots of ideas for removing stains and making stain remover sprays. I like simple because as mom my life is complex enough at times. I also like using what I have on hand. So this caught my eye all over the internet.


You need:

1/2 cup of BLUE DAWN

1 cup peroxide

A dark spray bottle or prepare to keep the clear spray bottle in a dark cabinet because the light will break down the peroxide. Also I did not test this with any other dish soap than the blue dawn. I would use the Dawn called for or your results may be less than awesome.

Simply pour the Dawn and Peroxide into the spray bottle, cover and shake gently to mix.

To use spray on stain and wash as normal.

***Hey Moms I personally have used this on colors, whites, and darks with no issues… How ever I would spot test if you are worried about damage to any particular article of clothing****