Logo: Cargo Largo

Cargo Largo is Ghetto Sara Lee approved

The #1 reason I love Cargo Largo is that it enables me to live the lifestyle I choose within my budget.

For those of you who don’t know, Cargo Largo is a resale store located in Independence, Missouri off of 35th and Noland Road. They sell food, household items, baby items, toys, clothes, hardware, and furniture. Some of their items are nearing expiration, or they were not deemed fit for store shelves, but they are perfectly fine to consume. The most important thing to know about Cargo Largo is you can save a lot of money there.

My love affair with Cargo Largo began a little over a year ago when I made a decision to eliminate as many processed, fake foods and products from my life. I’m sure you know that can be very expensive. Cargo Largo always has tons of organic, gluten free, natural, non-GMO foods for the low, low so I can stock up for the whole month without my heart dropping into my stomach at the cash register.

I also made a commitment to cut out unnecessary expenses. One of those expenses included coffee. I habitually stopped at 7/11 every single day to get a cup of coffee ($1.79 with tax). After a month of coffee, I was spending calm near $60 a month on coffee. I have been lucky enough to score coffee for $3 a bag there for a few months and saved a ton of money as a result. Finding coffee at Cargo Largo weaned me off of buying coffee every day and now I have been making coffee at home.

 

My Successful Hauls at Cargo Largo

   My first haul, February 2016

Highlights:

  • Terra Sweet Potato Chips
  • Hodson Mill Penne Pasta @ $1.30 each
  • Simply Asia seasoning packets, $0.80 each
  • Basil and Sage, $1 each
  • Annie’s Bunny Snacks, $0.90 each
  • Sea Salt Popcorn, $0.75 each
  • The Toasted Oat No. 1 Peanut + Raisin, $2.70 each
  • Sejoyia Chili Pumpkin Seed Brussel Bytes
  • Fiber D-lish bars, $2.50 for a 12-pack
  • “Irish” I had me a beer socks, $0.25
  • Black Carnival Wheel cupcake holder, $6.99
 Total: $39.89
  April 2016

  • 2 packages of Three Sisters Frosted Wheat @ $1.20
  • 2 packages of Three Sisters Cinnamon Sweets @ $1.20
  • 4 bags of Kicking Horse Kick Ass blend coffee @ $5
  • 4 bags of Boom Chick-a-Pop Popcorn @ $0.75 each
  • 3 Silk shelf-stable soy milk @ $1 each
  • 2 boxes Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax with Chia @ $1.20 each
  • 2 packages of Purely Elizabeth Mango Almond Muesli @ $1.95 each
  • 2 packages of 2 packages of Purely Elizabeth Apple Current Muesli @ $1.95 each
  • Sejoyia Brussel Bytes Tamarind Apple Crunch, $1.20 each
  • Forever 21 dress, $11.98 (see below)
Total: $65.38
  May 2016

  • 3 bags of Kicking Horse Kick Ass blend coffee @ $3 (sold for $8.49 on amazon.com)
  • 6 snack size San Franola Granola @ $0.50 a piece
  • 4 tubs of Brad’s Kale @ $0.50 a piece
  • 2 packages of Among Friends Brownie mix @ $1.70
  • 2 packages of Udis Vanilla Almond Granola @ $1.70
  • 2 packages of Three Sisters Frosted Wheat @ $1.20
  • 2 packages of Purely Elizabeth Mango Almond Muesli @ $2 each
  • 3 boxes of Purely Elizabeth Granola and Puffs Cereal, different varieties @ $2
  • Breakfast Poppers Blueberries, Almond and Buckwheat @ $1.50
  • 2 boxes of Quinn Popcorn Vermont Maple and Sea Salt @ $1.50 each
  • 4 cartons Orgain Organic Almond Milk 32 oz @ 1.25 each
Total: $50

 

  May 2016

Highlights:

  • Freekeh Foods Tamari Freekeh @ $1.35 each
  • Enjoy Life Seeds & Fruit, $0.90 each
  • Lundberg Organic Sprouted Risotto Cheddar & Peppers 5.5 Oz @ $1 each
  • Rhythm Superfoods Broccoli Bites, various @ $1.00 each
  • 6 cartons Orgain Organic Almond Milk 32 oz @ 1.25 each
  • Among Friends Brownie Mix, $1.70
  • Udi’s Natural Granola,
  • 5 bags of Kicking Horse Kick Ass blend coffee @ $3
  • 4 tubs of Brad’s Kale @ $0.50 each

 

 Total: $53.05

(includes items not pictured here)

  June 2016

Highlights:

  • 1 bag Sally’s Cereals Cocoa Sweets @ $1.60 a bag
  • 1 box Safari Cocoa Crunch® | Mom’s Best Cereals @ $1.20 (normally around $5, cheapest I’ve seen in a regular store was $2.50)
  • 2 bags of Three Sisters Cinnamon Sweets @ $1.20
  • 4 bags of Kicking Horse Kick Ass blend coffee @ $3
  • Annie’s Cowgirl Ranch @ $2.20 each
  • Shelf-stable Silk Almond Milk, $1.50
  • Wild Garden Hummus @ $1.50
  • Natural Laundry Soap, $2.50

 

 Total: $75.35

(includes items not pictured here)

  July 2016

Highlights:

  • 3 bags Sally’s Cereals Cocoa Sweets @ $1.60 a bag
  • 3 boxes Safari Cocoa Crunch® | Mom’s Best Cereals @ $1.20
  • 2 packages of Three Sisters Frosted Wheat @ $1.20
  • 2 packages of Three Sisters Cinnamon Sweets @ $1.20
  • 4 x oz packages of pita chips for $0.75 a piece
  • Jalapeno Hummus dip @ $ each
  • 2 bags of Kicking Horse Kick Ass blend coffee @ $3
  • 1 bag of Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw blend coffee @ $5 (sold for $8.49 on amazon.com)
  • Bobby Sue’s Nuts It’s Raining Chocolate – 8oz Jar @ $2 (normally sold for $12)
  • Reginald’s Homemade  Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter $3 (normally sold for $7)
  • Toasted Oat Granola No.4 – Cashew+Apricot (normally sold for $8.95
  • Del Oro Tostadas $2

 

Total: $44.20

 

  September 2016

Highlights:

  • 5 bags Sally’s Cereals Cocoa Sweets @ $1.60 a bag
  • 2 boxes of Banza pasta at $2.50 each
  • Spicely spices @ $1.40 each
  • Naan Chips @ $2.50
  • Annie’s Cowgirl Ranch @ $1.50 each
  • 4 Streit’s Kosher baking mixes for $1.70/1.80 each
  • 2 boxes Hodgson Mills Pancake and Waffle Mix at @ 1.25 each
  • Nacho Cheese $1.80 (normally at least $2.49 at the grocery store)
  • Madhava Organic Maple Pancake Syrup $3
  • Kettle Chips $0.75 each
  • Que Pasa Organic Salsa $1.60
  • Wild Garden Hummus $2 each
  • Jackson’s Honest Organic Blue Corn Chips $0.75 each
  • Ecos Dishwashing Liquid $2
 Total: $44.60
   November 2016

Highlights:

  • Stevia Sparkling Fruit Juice, $2 each
  • Hemp Milk, $1.30
  • Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Puffs, $3 each
  • Inkos bottled tea, $1 each
  • Ecos dish washing liquid, $2
  • Shea Moisture conditioner, $7.50
  • 2 Target Mossimo Cardigans, $5.99 each
 Total: $53.49
   March 2017

Highlights:

  • 3 boxes Nature’s Path Organic Poptarts, $2.50 each
  • Marley Mellow Mood tea, $0.70 each
  • Nacho Mom’s World Famous Vegan Queso, $2.50
  • Southern Gourmet pie mixes, $1.80 each
  • Que Pasa Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips, $1.50
  • Argo Hibiscus Tea, $1 each
  • Prima Singapore Curry, $3.70
  • Hugo natural shampoo and conditioner, $4.90 and $4.80
  • Hugo natural lavender lotion, $4.70
  • Eco Me Floor Cleaner, $3
  • Ecos dish washing liquid, $2
 Total: $58.85
   April 2017

Highlights:

  • Ecos dish washing liquid, $2
  • Hodgson’s Mill Chickpeas, $2
  • Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix, $3.30
  • Flowered skirt, $5.99
  • Swim bottoms, $5.99
  • Lane Bryant Leggings $7.99
  • Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese, various $0.90 each
  • Marley Mellow Mood tea, $0.70 each
  • Graduation greeting cards, $0.50 each
 Total: $53.75

There is no feeling like being straight on coffee, breakfast and snacks for the month! Even the cashier at my latest haul said she couldn’t believe I got all I bought for less than $50.

Not Just Food

I always find a ton of natural beauty items, cool clothes, and household items at Cargo Largo for the low. One time, I found a carousel cupcake holder for $6. I went back and got another one to match. Back in August, I scored my dog beds (which are zippered and washable) for $25 a piece there, too.

I have found:

  • camisole tanks for $1 and $2,
  • Target cardigans for $5 each,
  • a Croft & Barrow boatneck printed shirt for $6
  • a really pretty Forever 21 dress for $12
  • an Old Navy boatneck knit sweater for $7.98
  • a 2 quart saucepan for $6

The lesson for today is Cargo Largo is a great choice for pantry items, clothing, and household goods.  Check em out today!

If you don’t believe me, they were recently featured on Fox 4 KC: http://fox4kc.com/2016/05/23/inside-independences-well-kept-secret-cargo-largo/

Disclaimer: Since Cargo Largo is a resale store, they do not stock items regularly. So if you find an item you really like there, I advise you to buy many of them!

Graphic: Ting art

My phone bill was $30 last month with Ting

Are you always around WiFi? Are you sick of paying a high phone bill?

If your answer is “yes,” you should consider using Ting as your wireless service provider. With Ting, you only pay for what you use.

If you

  1. have WiFi at home,
  2. have WiFi at work,
  3. have access to WiFi  most other places you go (your grandma’s, your friends’, the grocery store, in the airport, at a hotel, on and on),

then you can easily be relying on WiFi for your data, messaging, and calls and saving a ton of money.

Ting’s dashboard estimates your usage based on your current month’s usage. On January 17, Ting estimated my bill would be $42, but with a little discipline, I was able to keep it below that.

I was intentional about how I used my phone to try and save myself some money. I called on Wifi (Vonage app), used messaging apps (Whatsapp or Google+ Hangouts) or emails, and limited my web browsing and searching while out and about.  

This is how much it has cost me over the last six months. I have already pocketed over $80 that I would have forked over to my previous provider, Virgin Mobile, where my unlimited plan cost me $56 monthly.

Ting Billing History screen

My $30 phone bill for January brought my average monthly bill down to $39.

I had two high bills in November I was planning a huge party for my grandma, and then in December one of my loved ones spent a week in the hospital. Now that everything is back to normal, my phone bill is lower than it’s ever been before. 

If you decide to Ting will work for you, sign up using my link and we will both get credit!

 

Logo: CVS Pharmacy

10 Reasons I Love CVS

I’m sure by now you can tell that I have a deep affinity for CVS. To help you understand why I am so enthusiastic about CVS, I have put together this list of reasons why it is my go-to spot for health and a lot of my personal shopping!

  1. Extra Rewards Bucks
    Who doesn’t love free money? You can earn extra rewards bucks, which are essentially dollars that you can then turn around and spend there on your next purchase. CVS pays out Extra Rewards bucks quarterly based on your spending and with purchases of special items. You’re going to spend the money anyway. Why not spend it all in one place and earn money back?
  2. Extra Rewards Coupons
    You have seen the bright red machine when you walk into CVS. This machine spits out coupons that are current promotions and also deals that you can choose to have sent to your card at cvs.com. I highly recommend checking the CVS app or the Extra Rewards section of cvs.com when you are planning your health/hygiene purchase for the month to see if there are any coupons on products you are planning to buy.
  3. Shopping at CVS Can Save You a Lot of Money.
    If you plan your purchases accordingly, using sales and manufacturer’s coupons, in combination with Extra Rewards coupons, you can see your total on the register go down 50… 75%… I’ve even seen people walk out with FREE stuff. 
  4. CVS App
    The CVS app allows you to accomplish a lot of helpful tasks all in one place:

    • pull up your card (I know I lost mines a long time ago),
    • view the status of your prescriptions and order refills,
    • scan a product in the store
    • view the weekly ad and your available
    • and a million more things…
  5. CVS Pharmacy helps you manage your health.
    I don’t really like to take medicine, but when I must, CVS is my preferred pharmacy. They have convenient features like:

    • auto refills (they even contacted my doctor when my birth control ran out)
    • ordering refills from wherever you are at any time.
    • access to your (and your family’s) complete, detailed prescription history you can pull up anywhere (like in the doctor’s office or the ER)
    • notifications when your prescription is ready so you don’t have to waste time waiting
    • you can even refill your prescriptions online for home delivery.
  6. CVS is Everywhere.
    You can always find a CVS when you need one, no matter where you are and there’s always a 24-hour CVS within driving distance. And now, CVS Pharmacy is at Target! Read more: https://www.cvs.com/help/target_help_index.jsp?WT.ac=CVS-M-TGT-RX-V1-42020-357X24-PZ
  7. Coin Star
    When I need to cash in my change, I know where I can find a Coin Star machine to turn my coins into dollars!
  8. CVS cares about community inclusion.
    CVS has a strong commitment to hiring people with disabilities. Inclusion and opportunities for people with disabilities is something I value, so I choose to spend my money there.
  9. SNACKS!
    I don’t know if you’ve ever wandered down the snack aisles of CVS… but they have the best selection of scooby snacks in the world. They have many healthy choices for snacks too, not just the standard junk food.
  10. They sell liquor.
    I don’t think anything else needs to be said here.

 

If you aren’t enrolled in CVS Extra Care Rewards, visit them online and sign up today!

 

Photo: package of Arm & Hammer plus OxiClean pods (21 ct) on sale at CVS for $1.99

Laundry soap for $1.99 at CVS

Tell me how I just got 60 pods for the price of 20 at CVS?! (I bought 3 packages at $1.99 for a grand total of $5.97)

I was getting ready to take my clothes and bedding to the laundromat and low and behold, all Arm & Hammer laundry soap is on sale at CVS.

Now I’m mad I didn’t buy all of them off the shelf.

This lady walkin through CVS was clearly hunting deals so I told her about it and she said, “There’ll be a coupon for those in the paper tomorrow.” To which I replied, “If you get the Examiner on Saturdays you get the coupons early.”

I love saving money, and I love CVS, so tonight was definitely a win-win. The only pitfall was laundromat man wasn’t at work tonite 😂