Never pay full price at Michaels

Bryan and I enjoy DIY projects and try to stay within a budget for each project as much as possible. It can be easy to see the mu-lah fly away at stores like Home Depot and Lowes so when we can, we opt for a quick visit to our local Michaels Craft Store and Jo-Ann Fabrics stores.

Lately, my artistic juices have been flowing if you will. I'd been wanting to create in a quick and easy way and I wanted to paint! I ended up grabbing an awesome watercolor set and paintbrushes from Michaels.  I love the Artist's Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan set. It has the perfect variety of paints going in, love it! For brushes I wanted to try the Taklon Premium Brush set by Craft Smart. It has a small variety of sizes, for a beginner I think it's perfect! The bristles didn't come out while I was painting or cleaning which was a problem with the first set I bought, bummer! I knew I wasn't ready for a canvas quite yet so I opted for a small spiral notebook and I love my Canson XL Mis Media Pad, 7 X 10. All of this is travel size and can easily fit in a tote and it's not heavy! Here's how I paid half price for each of these products, grand total of $18!

I've got a secret for you... I've not made a purchase where I did not save 30 - 50 % on the highest priced item. I generally save between 30 - 50% on a regularly priced item with each visit.  All it takes is about 90 seconds online or a few minutes uploading the Michaels app when you're in the store!

Here's how to $ave. Go to and click on coupons.

1. Select a store. Type in your zip code to select the store where you will be making your purchase.
















2. Select the coupon you'd like to use by tapping in the right hand corner and then a little green triangle with a white check mark will appear in the corner.











3. Scroll down to click on the button: get coupon.












4. From there you can print the coupon or just leave it open in your browser on your phone to have the barcode scanned at the store when you make your purchase!









Happy saving!

Making Money while you $leep!

I love Poshmark!

 Have you heard of it? No!? Well let me introduce you to Poshmark. Its an easy and exciting way to buy and sell fashion items. The offer items for women, men, and kids such as: clothing, shoes, make-up, accessories from formal to p.j.'s to costumes.

For those who want to buy- the odds are in your favor!

1. You can make offers on items. Don't like the listing price!? You can make an offer on the item and see the grand total after shipping. If the seller agrees you'll be notified and they will mail it to you.

2. Want it new? No problem. So many items, especially ones you may not want used or swatched, like make-up for example is sold new (often times) even with tags, taped up/sealed etc.

3. You into Pre-loved, like new items? Are you a consignment and/or thrift shopper? Great, poshmark is for you too! Item descriptions disclose if item has been used. Not shared? Ask the seller any questions you have about their item in the comments below the post.

You can shop at or even through their app. If you're interested you can also shop in my closet too! (You can find me @practicalpotter).

If your looking to make some quick cash while you're sleeping, the odds are in your favor, too! Here's the low down on how to sell.

In order to sell you:

1) Create an account- using an email, password, and closet name. My closet is now @practicalpotter. My previous (deactivated account was the one photographed below with my maiden name.)

postmark my closet

2) Post your items which has the following required fields:

  • upload photo one picture required/ (up to 10 max)
  • details: write short description (50 characters max)
  • describe it (larger section)
  • category (what item it is)
  • size (by number or letters (XXSP, XSP, XS, S...etc)
  • brand (optional)
  • color(s) (optional) max 2
  • new with tags (optional)
  • Original price (share what you bought it for or think it's worth)
  • Listing price: post how much your selling it for and underneath postmark calculates how much you will earn (as they do receive a small amount of the proceeds)

3) Ship your items.  

1) Poshmark will send a notification to you and also an email when an offer has been made on an item and also when someone makes a purchase.

2) Order (for free) or pick up the priority box of your choosing.

3) All you have to do is print off the shipping label and drop off your box at your local USPS or if its before 5pm you can schedule a pick up for the following business day. If not, you can schedule one for the day after tomorrow.  

Logistics: The seller has 3 days to ship the items unless they convey or presently have their closet on a temporary hold due to vacation.

What is in for me!? Cash deposited to your checking/savings account or money to purchase other items on Poshmark.

To the left is history of past items sold. I've chose to set up a bank direct deposit so as soon as the item has been received and accepted I can send my earnings to the bank!

Feel free to shop my closet - great for pettite teens, college age, & young professionals. Clothing, shoes, accessories!





Below is a link showcasing my closet!

Closet Items

Five Minute Friday: Play

Five Minute Friday is a challenge to write for 5 minutes each Friday on one word.  After writing you link to your post and encourage the person who posted before you. The word for that week is provided on Thursday evening if you would like to think about what you're going to write about.

Here goes this week's Five Minute can check it out the post and website here.


 what puts bed rest to rest.

what gathers family and friends around a kitchen table.

it's hard to reach.

what I want to do when the laughter quota isn't reached.

my desire as I scroll through the pre-weekend vibes Instagram reel.

it taunts when the doctor's orders are all two real: bed rest.

Play whats coming when, in Jesus' name the new order comes and the sadness before quickly comes undone.

Saving is sexy

Disclaimer....I've not worked for AT&*, Ver*zon, or Spr*nt so I can't be considered the Yoda of their sales departments however, my husband is a genius and did his research and this is how we saved on our phone bill. well his phone bill.

After a $150 repair to his iPhone we knew it might not last too much longer and it didn't. He went to his carrier to purchase a new phone to only find out you can no longer purchase a phone. You can only lease one. WHAT!? Essentially meaning you make payments on a phone, for years. Ummm.. NO THANK YOU! They don't make it an option to buy a phone with cash anymore so Mr. Too Easy went on a little road trip...

Mr. Too Easy went to WALMART.

He walked his handsome self over to the technology section and purchased a phone for a whopping $8 and a $30 Straight Talk card for 1,500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 100MB of data.

CHA-CHING...did you hear that!? I did! Thats the wad of cash we just saved and all thanks to my resourceful, confident, and content husband. He doesn't want or need an iPhone. We see each other everyday, we don't need to FaceTime (RIP long distance). He has transportation where he can use a GPS and more than enough minutes to talk to his loved ones each month.

It's perfect! No plan, no commitment, no debt, no problems.  I am so thankful for his minimalism! He's the best. Really! THE BEST. 

Live like no one else so later you can live like no one el$e. Saving $ense, thats where its at!

In my eyes, well Bryan would also agree, saving is sexy. When Bryan found out I didn't have ANY debt, he was all, "DAM*, girl, that's H-O-T! Why yes, yes it is! More on this later!