About Heather Brickell

Heather resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Keith of 20 years and their 2 boys Drew 14 and Brady 8. She loves to share savings advice, budget-friendly deals, recipes and more!

Help Pursue Your Child’s Dreams with a Florida Prepaid College Plan + 2020 Promo Code!

This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. Use Florida Prepaid College Plans promo code SWEET1920 to save on your application fee. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

Can you believe that February is here? This is an exciting time on so many levels, but I am particularly thrilled because this means that it is time for Open Enrollment with Florida Prepaid College Plans. We have a prepaid plan for our son Brady, and it thrills me as I stop to think about how this is going to impact his life one day. Even though he is only 8 years old, planning ahead is vital! We are excited to be a part of the more than one million families that Florida Prepaid has helped to save for college! This has been one of the best decisions that we have ever made!

If you have not yet taken the opportunity to sign up your child for a Florida Prepaid College Plan, this is the year to do so as plans are at the lowest prices that they have been in 5 years! Florida Prepaid is committed to making college savings affordable for Floridians. In fact, a recent announcement was made that impacts many Florida families to offer them a huge rollback in Florida Prepaid Plans pricing! Price reductions are due to successive years of lower than anticipated tuition and fee increases. (These price reductions impact plans purchased in 2008 and later) This price reduction has impacted families of over 224,000 students, and nearly half of the customers have refunds totaling $500 million dollars! My family and I personally were a part of this impact and our monthly plan was significantly lowered. Because of this price reduction, we hope to pay off our plan much sooner than anticipated!

I am extremely passionate about Florida Prepaid College Plans and the affect that they are having on my son Brady’s future education. It gives my husband and I such joy and peace of mind to know that Brady is going to have a bright and successful future ahead of him thanks to help from our Florida Prepaid College Plan.

Can I encourage you to start 2020 off in the right direction? It’s not too late to make another resolution for the year! In fact, why not make your child’s future education a top priority this year? You can make this happen! For a limited time, you can get special reduced pricing on all 529 Prepaid Plans! In addition, through February 29, Florida Prepaid College Plans is waiving the $50 enrollment fee! That is right, when you use Florida Prepaid College Plans Promo Code SWEET1920 your application fee is 100% waived! There is no reason to not take advantage of this amazing offer!

How does Florida Prepaid College Plans make saving for college simple and secure?

  1. Affordable pricing

Florida Prepaid College Plans offers plans that fit into any budget. Plans start at just $44 per month. I suggest that you start a plan for your child as soon as they are born. Don’t wait until the last minute to set aside money for college. The time to start saving is now! If you received a Christmas bonus or have a tax refund in your future why not put that money to good use and start saving for your children’s future education?

  1. Peace of mind

Don’t lay awake at night worrying about how you are going to pay for your child’s college education. With Florida Prepaid College Plans, you have a guaranteed investment into your child’s future and there is nothing to lose. Decide which plan is the most convenient for your family and sign up! You will lock in future college costs and worry less about how you are going to pay for college. As a mom who tends to worry about my boys’ and their future when it comes to college, this helps me sleep so much better at night! Also, with Florida Prepaid College Plans, you will never lose your investment. It is a win-win for sure!

  1. Flexible Plan Options

You may not be aware of this, but there are actually 5 different Florida Prepaid Plans that are available to choose from! I would suggest that you look at each plan carefully and then decide which one is best for your child. As a parent, I also appreciate that these plans can be used at technical and vocational school.

When you stop to think about how this decision is going to impact your child for the rest of their life, it really puts things into perspective!

*2-Year Florida College Plan- This is the most affordable way to earn an AA degree from a Florida College and guaranteed admission to one of Florida’s State Universities.  

*4-Year Florida College Plan- This is the most convenient and affordable way to earn a bachelor’s degree from a Florida College in high-demand fields.

*2 + 2 Florida Plan- Best of both worlds…save money on lower-level courses while receiving a bachelor’s degree from one of Florida’s State Universities.

*1-Year Florida University Plan–Most flexible plan allows you or other family members to buy one year of State University at a time as your budget allows, up to four years.

 *4-Year Florida University Plan- This is the most popular plan and offers the widest variety of bachelor’s degree options from one of Florida’s 12 State Universities.

*Review the benefits of each Florida Prepaid College Plan HERE.

*Get personalized monthly payment pricing and estimates for each plan based on your child’s birth date HERE.

How is it possible that my Brady is 8 years old? It really does seem like just yesterday that I was holding him in my arms after his quick entrance into this world. How can he be so independent and not require my help for as many things as he used to? Even though he is growing up, I am so thankful for many more snuggles and memories that are to come before he heads off to college! I am going to blink and he will be gone. In the meantime, I can’t help but be thankful for our Florida Prepaid College Plan. When the day comes for Brady to head out the door to pursue his dreams and passions, we will be ready! I will have such peace of mind knowing that our preparation for this day when he was little was so worth it! Are you ready?

What are you waiting for? Join my family and so many others who have made their children’s education a priority. Start saving today and begin investing towards your children’s future tomorrow! Use Florida Prepaid College Plans Promo Code SWEET1920 for your application fee to be 100% waived!

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Sam’s Club: Join for $45 + Get $45 in Instant Savings!

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If you are still looking to join Sam’s Club in 2020, this is a fabulous deal! Right now when you join for $45 you will score FREE $45 back in Instant Savings! $45 offer* is an Instant Savings** offer and loads directly onto your membership card within 72 hours of joining. This offer expires 60 days after membership activation.

GO HERE to see more details and to take advantage of this offer.

Macy’s: Gibson 42 Piece Dinnerware Set Only $39.99 Shipped! (Reg. $120) – 3 Style Options

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These Gibson Dinnerware sets are back at Macy’s! I purchased these several years ago when this offer was available and we LOVE this set! If you need new dinnerware get this set, you won’t regret it! It has been such an awesome purchase!

 Macy’s.com is offering the Gibson 42 Piece Dinnerware Set for only $37.99! (Reg. $120) And, you will score Free Shipping on orders of $25 or more.  There are 3 style options to choose from.

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.

Stay Cozy with New Pajamas from Macy’s!

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There is something about the winter-time that makes me want to stay in my pajamas all day long. I just love being warm and cozy! I try to treat myself to several news pairs of pajamas each winter. Typically, I like to wait until there are good sales so I can get the best bang for my buck.

From now until 2/2/20, you can save 40% – 50% off pajamas at Macys.com! With prices like these, there is no reason to not splurge and treat yourself! In addition, you will score Free Shipping on orders of $25 or more! 

Here are some of my favorite pajama sets featured in this sale:

How cute is this Women’s two piece pajama’s set from Alfani? The red heart set would be so cute for Valentine’s Day! And, how can you go wrong with classic polka dots? Priced at just $34.75 for the set, this is a fantastic deal!

If you live in the warmer climates, then maybe a short sleeved pajama set is more what you prefer to wear. This Charter Club Capri Pant Cotton Pajama Set looks super soft and cool! It is available in 4 color/style options and is priced at only $24.99.

Perhaps you need a new robe to keep yourself toasty warm during these cold winter months? This Faux-Fur-Trim Long French Fleece Robe from Sesoire looks so cozy! The red one is just gorgeous! I can’t believe that this robe is only $43! What a steal of a deal!

You can check out all of the pajamas and robes that are on sale at Macy’s.com HERE.

Add a Decorative Touch to your Home with These $5 Decorative Pillows from Walmart!

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If you are looking to add a few decorative touches to your home without spending a fortune, pillows are always a great accent. Over the weekend, I found these adorable decorative pillows at my local Walmart for only $5! The thing that I love about these pillows is the fact that they can be used both indoors and outdoors! Most of my home is done is navy accents, so I picked up 2 of the Family pillows. From what I can tell, these pillows are not available to purchase online, but you can see if they are in stock at your local store HERE.

In addition, Walmart also has these Better Homes and Gardens Navy and White pillows for just $12! These pillows also come in black, red, and gray if those colors are in your home. I love how these pillows combined are the perfect pieces for our couch!

Head on OVER HERE to see all the pillows that are available to purchase from Walmart.

J. Crew Factory: SUPER Clearance Deals!

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Ummmm….stop what you are doing and head on over to J. Crew Factory because they are offering an Extra 70% off clearance items when you buy 4+ items and use promo code MORE4LESS at checkout! 

One idea to note is this gorgeous Vail Parka on sale for $149.99. When you use promo code MOREFORLESS and purchase 3 other small items the price will drop to just $45! Shipping appears to be free as well! Consider adding something small for your other purchases such as these no show socks! So, you can get 3 pairs of socks and the coat for $49.50 shipped to your door! Whoa!

Easy Crock Pot Beef Tips

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Life is so busy these days and my Crock Pot is my best friend when it comes to getting dinner on the table in a flash. Here’s another super easy yet delicious recipe for Easy Crock Pot Beef Tips that your entire family is sure to love!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • small onion 
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 10 once can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 packages brown gravy mix

Instructions: 

  1. Place stew meat in the crockpot.
  2. Pour water, soup, gravy packets & bouillon cubes into a bowl. 
  3. Mix well.
  4. Pour over the beef in the crock pot.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  6. Serve over cooked rice & enjoy! If you prefer, you can also serve over Cauliflower rice. 

Valentine’s Day Sweater and Tee Roundup

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! I don’t know about you, but this is one of those holidays that I just love to dress up with a cute themed sweater or shirt! I have put together a roundup of eight of my favorite Valentine’s Day themed sweaters and shirts that are very budget-friendly! Please keep in mind that these prices are current at the time of this post.

1. Long Sleeved Heart Print Sweater (several color options) $13.59 prime shipped.

2. Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Crewneck Heart Sweater $24 prime shipped.

3. Lomantise Women’s Cute Heart Elbow Patchwork Crew Neck Sweater (several color options) $15.99 prime shipped. 

4. MAKEMECHIC Women’s Summer Heart Print Puff Sleeve Blouse (several color options) $14.99 + free shipping. 

5. Buffalo Plaid Heart Shirt Top Women’s Valentine’s Day T Shirt $15.99 prime shipped. 

6. Valentine’s Day Love Heart T Shirt $16.99 prime shipped. 

7. Happy Valentine’s Day Tees $15.99 prime shipped.

8. Allegra K Women’s Elbow Patch Stripes Cute Heart Crewneck Top $20.99 prime shipped. 

 

Converse: Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Color Low Tops as low as $18 Shipped! (reg. $55)

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I love Converse Shoes! They offer so many fun colors which can brighten up any outfit and this sale is perfect timing to add some color to your spring wardrobe!

Hop on over to Converse.com where you can stock up on select colors of Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Color Low Tops for as low as $18 shipped (reg. $55) when you use promo code WINTER30 at checkout. To get this price you will need to choose the ones on sale for $25.97. Others may be a little more. Plus, get free shipping when you create an account or log into your current one. 

FYI– Please note that these are a unisex shoe so they are available in both mens and women’s sizing. They do run a half size larger.

Costco Wholesale Membership Deal!

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I have had so many requests lately for a Costco Membership deal, so I am thrilled to let you know that there is a new one available! I have actually been waiting on a deal myself as I am switching over to Costco this year!

Right now when you sign up for a Gold Star Membership, you will receive a $10 Costco Shop Card. If you sign up for a Gold Star Executive Membership, you will receive a $20 Costco Shop Card. 

Here is how to take advantage of this offer:

  1. GO HERE to sign up for the membership of your choice (choose from the options listed above)
  2. You will receive your Costco Membership Activation Certificate to the email that you sign up with. 
  3. Bring your Costco Membership Activation Certificate to any U.S. or Puerto Rico Costco location to join as a new member.
  4. Enjoy your savings!