My go-to place to score formal dresses for under $100!!

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You ever have one of those moments where everything turns out better than you expected? That was me this past weekend at my baby shower…

When I say phenomenal?  I mean beyond my wildest dreams amazing. I had such a good time. It was low key, intimate and full of all the things and people I love.

My friends really went above and beyond to make sure it was more than I could have ever imagined, so that I had a great time and was very happy, because this time around this pregnancy has been no walk in the park. #BabyCinco is certainly making mommy earn his arrival!

Now ever since the first Instagram pic went up, everyone has been complimenting me on my dress, funny because I bought that dress back in Sept and had no intention of wearing it to my shower, I actually bought it for a wedding where the bride requested everyone wear white. I searched high and low for a beautiful white dress that would enhance the beauty of my belly and not make me look pregnant frumpy…

If there is one thing I don’t do while pregnant is frumpy….

But with Holiday Party Season upon us I wanted to share my hidden gem of places to go when you are in need of formal wear that won’t break the bank. My go to place that comes through every time not only on price but also on style.

Ladies I’m talking about Sears.. Yes…. you read that right. Sears. For the past 5-6 years  I have turned to Sears every time I need a dress for a formal event..

I comb the racks and always find something that’s affordable.. this dress in particular was actually less than $100.. in fact it was even less than $80, less than $75, yes even less than $60… my friends,  I scored this dress for a mere $53 in a 50% off weekend sale…

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You just cannot beat this type of win! That’s only $6 more than my gel manicure..

YES, There are so many ways to look good and snag formal dresses on the cheap!

Stay tuned as I move into a new phase of my life with a baby boy, later this year, I’ll be sharing how to score baby boy clothes on a dime!


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Holiday Shopping 2015 Hacks for Moms!


We say it every year don’t we? This year I’m not going to wait until the last minute, I’m going to get a head start on my holiday shopping and be done before the holidays, but year after year the holidays come and go and we wait to the last minute and rush! Don’t we? Especially as moms, we always have so many people to shop for including our own family and the last minute gift your 2nd grader decides she just has to get for a school friend. 

Well have no fear, here is a super easy way to change that pattern this year and SAVE extra money while doing it!

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Elizabeth Leamy, money saving expert and investigative correspondent for The Dr. Oz Show. She also writes an ABC News Business column and is author of Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands. 

Elizabeth is going to share her best holiday shopping hacks for moms with us. Did you know;

You can save money on holiday gifts; just by surfing the web each day?    Or earn gift cards (which you can then give as gifts to loved ones)

She is also going to share how reward programs work and the impact they can have on your holiday saving.. I mean spending

Check out the interview and let me know what you think of her tips and how you can use them for your holiday shopping 2015 season in the comments below! 




4 Tools to Organize your Finances!


Here’s my latest post from over at The Finance Bar, where I contribute a monthly column on Finances.  Want to Organize your Finances ? Then grab a pen and paper with this mornings tea and take read through this. – Carrie

Everything becomes easier when we organize. From our closets to our cabinets there are numerous ways organizing systems help us get our lives on track. Our finances should be no different. Having an organization system for your finances will help you navigate your financial life, by assigning everything to a designated location where it’s easily accessible when you need it. Organizing your finances will also give you greater control over where your money goes each month. Best of all it ensures that you’ll never miss a payment again.

Now of course like everything designed to make your life easier, this does require a bit of work on your part to get it up and running. The set-up is quick and easy.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

I’m a hands on type of girl. I do better with the physical rather than the virtual. However if you are an online bill payer, I can help organize that too!

Let’s get started…




Should you talk money in the bedroom? Financial Etiquette with The Root Live



I had the pleasure of sitting down with Harriette Cole from The Root Live to discuss top questions in Financial Etiquette. What are some unspoken things you may want to know but were afraid to Bring It To The Table???

Watch it now by clicking the link below or join the conversation on twitter by using hashtag ‪#‎therootlive‬ ‪#‎financialetiquette‬ ‪#‎moneytalk‬

The Root Live : Financial Etiquette


How to be thrifty, responsible yet fabulous on a budget!

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I met Kenny Pugh through a personal finance twitter chat in late 2014 and when he reached out to me for an interview for his podcast
The Financial Blueprint I was more than happy to oblige. -Carrie

His audience basically wanted to know… Is it possible to be a shopper, mom and traveler without breaking the break?

Carrie Pink, Your Financial Stylist stops by The Financial Blueprint to share tips on how to be thrifty, responsible and fabulous on a budget.

This week’s episode will share the following…

  • How to shop and be financially responsible
  • What the common shopping mistakes are and how to avoid them
  • Recommendations on how to locate bargains (clothing, travel, etc.)
  • How to be a mom and not go broke trying to please your children

Pull up a chair with a cup of tea and take a listen over at his website!