The Budget-friendly Guide to Stitch Fix

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I am in serious need of some styling help. Part of my problem is that my wardrobe consists of mostly sale-only, very low budget items or clothes I've worn for the last 10 years. Although, this method is very budget-efficient, it is not ideal for certain occasions when I really want to look my best.

My anniversary was coming up and I was wanting something really nice to wear. I'd seen all the Stitch Fix ads and I really wanted to try it out but I'd always been hesitant because of the potential price. It sounded perfect for a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom like me who has very little time, um scratch that, NO TIME for shopping and trying a bunch of clothes on. I'd much rather have something shipped to my house. Saving time and feeling like a million bucks in some stylish clothes seemed worth it to try. And if nothing worked out, I could always send it back. 

Ordering My First Fix

I setup my style profile on StitchFix.com and posted a message to my stylist with some specific items I was looking for. I like the boyfriend-jean look, more relaxed. I also wanted a cold-shoulder shirt, I've been looking at Target and hadn't found anything I was super excited about. Also, I wanted a pair of gold earrings (I only own silver earrings and I just found out gold goes better with my skin tone). Once I finished, I hit the order button and stalked the tracking of my package like a hawk.

My box arrived pretty quickly and I was very impressed with the packaging (I love the attention to detail and well-packaged items). Everything was neatly folded inside branded tissue paper and sealed with a Stitch-Fix sticker. Included, was a personalized note from my stylist telling me how she picked out each item for me. Wow, that was a super nice touch. 

I received a pair of boyfriend jeans that I absolutely LOVED!!!!!!! They fit me so well and I would never have picked out them for myself. Those were definitely a keeper. The cold-shoulder shirt was so pretty, I absolutely loved that one too, KEEPER! A patterned tank-top came that looked cute with a blazer and jeans. Also a casual striped shirt with buttons down the back, super cute too. The gold earrings were simple and perfect for my style. To say my stylist nailed it is an understatement. She rocks! I want to hug her.

How I Made My Stitch Fix Budget-Friendly:

Here's how I was able to make my Stitch Fix work for my budget. If you keep everything in the box, you get the styling fee waived ($20) and you get 20% off the entire order. So there is a lot of incentive to keep everything in the box. I definitely wanted the jeans and the cold-shoulder top, but everything together was still more than I wanted to spend, even with the discount.

I took to my "internet-searching skills" (insert Napoleon Dynamite voice) and searched for ways to sell the two extra shirts in the box that I could live without. I thought about Craigslist first but soon found a group on Facebook dedicated to the resell of Stitch-Fix clothing. SCORE!!! This was my ticket. If I could sell the 2 shirts in the box, that would bring my total cost down.

I quickly grabbed my camera and took some outdoor shots of the shirts on hangers. I enlisted the help of my 9-year daughter to take some photos of the tops on me, so people could see what they looked like on a real person. We took quite a few before we got some ones that would work. I put them through my favorite photo filter app, A ColorStory. I posted the shirts for less than cost and offered free shipping (always offer free shipping). Within a couple days, I was able to get both shirts sold. I received payment via PayPal for both, super fast. Make sure and send an invoice from PayPal to the recipients email. This is the best tracking method. Be kind and courteous to your buyer. Include a hand-written thank you note.

This brought my $76 boyfriend jeans down to $40, my $56 cold-shoulder top down to $35 and my $30 earrings down to $15. WOO HOO!!! Totally worth it to have an outfit that made me feel like a rock star and fit within my budget too.

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Bonus: Earn Referral Income

A bonus way to save on your Stitch Fix, is to earn referral income. I'm all about earning referral income whenever possible. So many companies are offering referral bonuses these days. Referrals are how I get my Young Living healthy box for free every month. Hello Awesomeness! For Stitch Fix, just click on the referral link at the top of the Stitch Fix website. You'll see a direct link that you can copy and paste anywhere on social media or via email. You can also use their easy-to-share buttons to post on Pinterest or Facebook. I quickly shared my referral link on Pinterest and earned $25 towards my next Stitch-Fix pretty quickly. Um, sweet! I used my referral income on my next fix and got a super cute cardigan for only $8! What?!! Awesome Possum!!

Have you ever used Stitch Fix before? How did you make it work for your budget? I'd love to know. Leave a comment below.

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No Bake Flax Seed Energy Bites

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The best part of these Flax seed energy bites, was they were 100% made by kids. Oh, it is a glorious day when they can make their own food.
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl; form into 1" balls using hands. Arrange bites on baking sheet and freeze until set.

Spanish Rice Made Easy And Healthy

Anytime I see the ingredient "natural flavoring" I know to run the other way. I learned pretty early on in my life that certain ingredients in processed food would bring me migraines. All the flavored, boxed rice in the store would give me a migraine immediately. Any flavored chips or canned soups also would give me headaches. I am actually thankful, though, because it forced me to learn which ingredients were the culprit and I learned how to cook things from scratch.

This is my favorite Spanish rice recipe. It is super easy, quick and full of good ingredients. My homemade chicken stock is one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate with other meals. It is so versatile, cheap and full of healthy nutrients that you can't get with store bought chicken broth. It's great to support bone health, teeth health, gut health and our immune systems. Which is so important during the winter season. Even picky kids love this rice. It's a great way to get bone broth into my kids, who don't always like to eat soup.

Make sure a read my tutorial on how to make Homemade Chicken Stock before you make the Spanish rice. I promise it makes a HUGE difference in flavor. For rinsing my rice, I use a measuring cup with a lid to strain the water out, like this one.

Homemade Pizza Dough

Not to brag... BUT.... my pizza dough is the bomb diggity. Haha. (at least according to my 4 kids). We've been making pizza dough for years and this recipe is our favorite.  I don't remember how exactly this one came to be, a mish-mash of a few recipes I found, I'm sure. Which, pretty much sums up how all my recipes come to be.

We make pizza every Friday night, as a family tradition. Even though, I don't always eat pizza myself, see my Zuchinni pizza alternative here. The kids love to help me make the dough and put the toppings on. If they learn to cook anything from me, they will know how to make their own pizza dough. Ha!

Homemade Pizza Dough:

2 tsp yeast
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
5 cups Organic Flour
1/2 - 1 cup Olive Oil

yields: 2 large pizza doughs

Here's what you do: In a small bowl or measuring cup add yeast and sugar to 2 cups warm water and stir.

In a separate large bowl add flour and salt, then mix together. Once yeast has bubbled a bit, pour into flour mixture.

Knead dough until it forms a round ball. Add more flour if too sticky. Pour olive oil to the outside of the dough. This gives it lots of flavor and helps the crust to get that golden brown color that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. (Mmmmmm... golden brown) Cover and let dough rise for at least 30-minutes. Longer is great, the Pioneer woman makes her pizza dough, several days in advance and let's it rest in the fridge. Great option.

Divide dough into two pieces. Roll out dough into a large circle. Precook dough at 450-475 degrees (depending on how crispy you like your pizza) for 5 minutes. This helps set the dough. If you have a pizza stone, you can skip this step.

Remove pizza dough from oven and add your sauce and toppings. Put back in the oven again for 10-13 minutes. Remove from oven when cheese and crust is golden brown.  Slice and enjoy!

Super simple, and super delicious

Check out my video tutorial of this on my Periscope. ***Correction*** In the video I say that we buy Archer Farms pepperoni. The correct brand is Applegate NOT Archer Farms.

Do you make your own pizza? Do you have a family night each week?