Must Have Summer Items For Your Home

Summer is a time to look forward to entertaining friends and family as well as relaxing during the warm days. Having a space that is welcoming and comfortable makes the time spent at home a joy. Whether you are hosting a casual dinner, a play area for the neighborhood kids, enjoying a leisurely afternoon on your own or have plans for a fun evening with the family, there are a few summer items that you will want to have for your home.

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You may find quite a few items on the list that you want to buy for your own home. I have joined with a few blogging friends to bring you a Splash Into Summer Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. After you look at the summer items to buy for your home, enter the giveaway for a chance to win $100 towards a purchase on Amazon.  This giveaway has ended.

How To Save When Buying Craft Supplies

When one of your hobbies is crafting, you may find that you have entered a competition that you didn't know about....she who dies with the most craft supplies wins. We've all seen the hilarious memes on Facebook that people create about shopping for craft supplies.

There is something about going to the craft store and picking up that 1 needed item, or in my case 1 needed item and 15 possibly needed supplies for a future craft project. It does tend to get expensive though and I am always looking for ways to save when buying craft supplies.

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How to Save When Buying Craft Supplies

I think we all look for ways to save money when shopping. I love hunting out a good deal or two. Who wants to pay full price for something when you can get it at a discount?

Thrift Stores

I'm a pretty thrifty shopper. I visit local thrift stores to see what crafting treasures I will find. I generally go to local thrift stores once a week. Pretty much all of my decor tutorials include and item that I found at the thrift store and I decided to give it a little makeover.

home decor piece made with craft supplies found at thrift store

As I think back to all the many crafting items I have bought at thrift stores, I think the best one was my scrapbook paper steal! 18 pounds of colorful pieces of scrapbook paper for $4.99! I use those papers to make cards, decorate picture frames, create decor pieces, and I have even started making scrapbook pages with them.

Clearance Section

When I head to my favorite craft stores, I check out their clearance section. You never know what gems of a deal you are going to find. Stores always have to make room for new products, so when things have been sitting on the shelf for a few months they rotate them back to the clearance section. Sometimes they are in the back of the store, tucked into the end of an aisle, on an end cap, or even mixed in with the regular priced items.

holiday decor pieces made from clearance section buys at craft stores

I think my favorite clearance section find was at Hobby Lobby where I found a cute wire dress form marked down to $1.99 (retail was $19.99). You can see that I filled it with glittery eggs for my Easter mantle decor. 

Store Coupons

The easiest way to save when you are shopping at a craft store though? Coupons!

Sign up for the emails, text alerts, and fliers for your favorite craft stores.

I get one flier a month from Jo-Ann's, one or two emails a week and the same for text messages. The best part? If you get an email, text, and print coupon for 40% an item, you can use all three of the coupons you have. The email and text coupons you can use multiple times too!

Hobby Lobby has a standard 40% off coupon each week that you get in your email. They don't have as many restrictions on what products you can use those those high ticket items end up being a great deal!

I get emails from Michael's twice a week or so and they have the store sales as well as coupons you can use.

Groupon Coupons

I've found that when using Groupon Coupons you always find the deals that you are looking for and the codes are valid. The great part is that their codes are available for in store discounts as well as online shopping!

The Groupon website has % off coupons as well as information about sales too. I just scored a 60% off clearance deal at because of checking out the Groupon site and seeing that there was a clearance sale going on.

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Groupon Coupons makes it easy to find coupons through their website. When you visit their site, you can search by store, by category, and even find local deals.

Their coupons aren't limited to craft supplies either. I have used them to buy kids clothes at Kohl's, and when ordering our yearly calendar through Shutterfly.

So when looking for a coupon for your next purchase, visit Groupon Coupons.

I hope that some of these tips will help you when you go shopping next time for your favorite craft supplies. I would love to hear any additional tips you have! You can tell me about them in the comments below.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Some nights, a casserole is perfect for dinner. I love to make this rich and creamy chicken noodle casserole with a few veggies. It's a warm meal, filling, and delicious! I have to admit that the cheesy and creamy sauce is my favorite.

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A few years ago, I found a tasty recipe over on Our Best Bites. I made the casserole following their directions the first time, but after making it again and again I have changed the recipe a bit. This is my personal take on their recipe (which was their take on another recipe). That's the nice thing about recipes - you try it out, change it a bit to fit your taste, then make it your own.

Today I'm sharing my recipe with you. It is a great pasta dish for when you want something different than red sauce with your noodles. I am joining 30+ other bloggers to bring you our favorite pasta dishes. Find links to their dishes at the end of this recipe.
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