Meal Planning Tips for Families

One of the easiest ways to save money and stick with a budget when raising children is to start meal planning. You can easily plan out a week of food for the entire family and end up saving quite a bit of cash. If you’re looking for some easy to follow meal planning tips for families, then you’ve come to the right place. Today I am sharing the best meal planning tips for families to help you save money and get your weekly meals organized to alleviate stress.

Meal Planning Tips for Families

Make a Master List

You will know best what meals work great for your family and what meals are not so popular. Create a master list of 10-20 meal ideas that your family will enjoy. This master list will be your go-to whenever you start to make up that weekly meal plan. It helps save time and stress involved with prepping for your weekly family meals.

Save Easy Recipes

While you will want the master list of meal ideas that have worked for your family in the past, consider looking up new easy recipes. When you add a few more new meal ideas that cost less and are easy to whip up, you’re helping to use meal planning to the best of its abilities. This will save you time and money which is usually the sole purpose of learning how to master meal planning.

My Favorite Of All Meal Planning Tips – Plan to Eat

I use Plan to Eat and absolutely love it!  Click my referral link here to learn more about it.  It’s an app that saves all my recipes so easily (just a few clicks if I’m saving a recipe from a blog or a recipe website), it automatically creates a shopping list that I can click off as I shop (or find that I already have that item on hand at home), and I can easily add additional items as I think of them through the week so they’re already on my list when I’m ready to shop.  My husband introduced it to me a few years ago and it has been life changing.  If I don’t know what I want for the week, I pull up the app and add them to my week with a few clicks and my store list is ready.  It does cost a little after the free trial but it saves us so much where we eat out less and do less grabbing whatever while we walk around the store that it easily pays for itself within the first month of using it.  Of all my meal planning tips, this is the best!  Plan to Eat, check it out. 🙂

Consider Meal Prep Sunday

There are many meal options online for families who are perfectly okay with taking Sunday to meal prep. You can use your meal planning menu to have homemade frozen meals. You will need gallon size freezer storage bags, the ingredients for each meal and room in your freezer if you try to cut corners with this method of creating meals ahead on Sundays.

Predict the Meal Mood

Sure this may sound silly but if you think about, it makes sense. Your family may not be in the mood for hearty soup recipe at dinner time if the weather has been warm all day long.  I’m really bad about wanting a hearty soup in the middle of summer and it never goes over well with my family.  (I should try a cold soup but the idea of one doesn’t sit well with me.  One day, I’ll try one, one day!)  Consider what each day holds for weather patterns and prepare your meal plan for the week based on the appropriate weather patterns. This ensures you make lighter meals on warmer days and heartier meals on colder days. (Like this Crock Pot White Chicken Chili Recipe)

Chocolate Pie Recipe

This Chocolate Silk Pie is always right no matter the outdoor temperature! 🙂

Use a Calendar

Whether it’s a white erase board calendar or one that you have for use in your purse, you will need to keep a calendar that organizes the meal planning for each week. This will help you stay on track and prepare properly each day for whatever is on your meal plan agenda for the day. Having a family calendar on the wall with your meal plan is even better to keep everyone in the loop.

The last few tips I have to lend to you when it comes to meal planning for families is to always use a grocery list when you head to the grocery store. You will want to ensure you stay on track and on a budget when it comes to meal planning success.

How to Curb Spending Habits

This post about curbing spending habits is brought to you by Atlantic Lexus.

Are you sinking into debt? Do you have a spending habit that you simply cannot break? We all fall into the trap of overspending from time to time and then need tips on getting back out of that cycle. If you are facing the reality that you have a spending problem, then please read this article for tips on how to curb spending habits.

6 Ways to Curb Spending Habits

 

How to Curb Spending Habits

Set Long-Term Goals

 

You will only succeed in curbing spending habits if know what goals you have in mind. Set long-term goals to save towards something you want, this can be as simple as saving to have an emergency fund. Figure out what you want to do with the money saved from breaking your spending habit and write it down.

Know Want vs Need

 

The biggest reason many fall into the spending habit is that they stop the recognition process of a want vs a need. Make a list of needs that you have within the household, and then evaluate what you have been spending money on that isn’t a need. Make a commitment you will not spend any money on wanted items.

Shop with a List

 

I don’t know how many times I have ventured into the grocery store without a list. This is the easiest way to curb spending habits. Make a list of items that you need before you head out the door, this will keep you on track and spending less with every store visit.

Use Cash Only

 

We live in a society where debit and credit cards are easier to use than cash, but that is what creates a spending habit. Learn to use cash more often and cards less. Consider giving yourself a weekly cash allowance, so that you can only spend that cash on wants and when that cash runs out, you don’t replenish until next week.  Buying a new to you car with cash is an empowering feeling.

Avoid Spending Triggers

 

If you really want to curb spending habits then you must take time to evaluate where you are tempted to spend the most money. Write down what you have for spending triggers and use this information as a means to curb spending habits without much effort. This is a great way to know your weaknesses too.

Look for Savings

 

Lastly, you will want to be smart about what you do spend your money on. One way to curb spending habits is to start learning how to spend frugally. Look for savings, digital coupons, and deals prior to going shopping. If you have a smartphone, there are many apps to help you find the best savings.

There you have it a few easy to follow tips on how to curb spending habits. These tips will leave you feeling refreshed, less broke, and able to take back control. When you have control of spending back in your life, you will find you have some extra cash to spend elsewhere.

5 Simple Shortcuts for Moms

This post of simple shortcuts is written by me is brought to you by DCH Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Temecula.

Meal planning, grocery shopping, dropping kids to and from school, teaching kids, being the mom of the house means that you are always busy.  Always.  When there’s a need for mom at every moment, it’s no wonder moms are searching out shortcuts. Every mom needs to learn a few simple shortcuts to make their chaotic days easier. Today, I am featuring 5 simply shortcuts for moms so that you can feel a bit more relaxed while juggling everything.

5 Simple Shortcuts for Moms

Think Smaller Sizes

While you do want to make sure that your family is eating healthy, you don’t have to go all out. Think small proteins such as wheat toast, eggs and smaller cubes of meat. If you cook meat for dinner, take a hint from the Chinese restaurants, smaller size meat cooks faster. You are still feeding the family healthy but ensuring the meal cooks faster by cubing it up in smaller pieces.

Delegate Chores

This is a no-brainer, when you are raising kids they should have some responsibilities too. The older the kids get, the more you can delegate. Whether you believe in paying for chores or not, each kid should have some responsibility. You can easily lessen your load by delegating chores to other family members so you don’t have so many little things to focus on.  Right now my kids are dust mopping the floor.  No, it won’t be perfect (and I might touch it up when they’re napping and can’t see me) but they’re learning how to do it better and better each time.

Prepackaged Meals

Let go of having to cook from scratch every single night of the week. When school and work are in session, there’s not much time to be a chef in your own kitchen. Take a few hours every Sunday to prepare meals ahead of time. This involves looking up freezer meals, getting the ingredients and placing them together in the freezer within separate freezer storage bags to pull out and cook during the week.  My recent favorite go-to isn’t a full meal but is a bunch of grilled and seasoned chicken that my husband makes for me.  We slice it in baggies and I pull it out to put on top of salad’s for lunch and sometimes dinner.  It’s easy, cost effective, and gets my family eating more salads!

Stock Up on Favorites

There’s no end to the way convenience store trips can suck up time as well as money. Try stocking up to ensure you always have an extra on hand for the most used products in your home. Shampoo, toilet paper, conditioner, soap, air filters etc. are all items that you should have a stockpile of somewhere to ensure you never have to run last minute to the convenience store or worse, to the grocery store that could be miles away.  My favorite is having an Amazon Subscribe & Save subscription for these things and having just a few extra on hand in case we go through something faster than usual.  My favorites are Mrs.Meyer’s hand soap refill, Kiss Me Honey lip balm, Charmin, Bounty, Colgate, and filters for our refrigerator and air vents.

Say No Often

Start to fall in love with the word no. (I’m still working on this…so much so that I hate to even mention it.  It’s important though, even if it is a constant struggle.  One day it will get easier…I hope…)  It’s okay and sometimes necessary to say no to the little things that your kids or friends are asking you to do. For example, if you have a kid who constantly yells for you to get something for them when they are capable, make them do it.  (This one isn’t hard for me. ha)  Let go of trying to be everything for everyone and learn to say no when you can.  Remember, just because you CAN do everything doesn’t mean you SHOULD, and you certainly can’t do it all at the same time.  It’s okay to say no to some things so you can say yes to others.  Priorities and balance, the hardest words in life.

These shortcuts are sure-fire ways to help you start getting your life back in gear with less chaos and stress. Be sure to follow these shortcuts in a way that switches up your day to day life so they become part of your routine.

Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Review and Giveaway

This post contains the review of a Lilla Rose product given to me in exchange for sharing my opinion.

There I was, minding my own business, half-heartedly browsing a Facebook group for homeschooling parents.  I was trying to plan what extra “fun” things I’m going to try and add into this year’s curriculum when there it is.  It hit me like a pretty piece of metal. Umm,  Like a flexi clip.  Okay, I don’t have the words but it hit me.  And in a good way.  There it is, a beautiful head of hair pulled back with a single metal clip and a note that said something to the effect of, “I opened the doors this morning and I closed them late this afternoon and this hair clip hasn’t needed adjusted.”

Lilla Rose Flexi Clip Review

Boom! Right?  That would grab any woman’s attention.  Especially, this mom who (let’s be real) lives in a ponytail or twist up do with a boring black plastic clip most days.

I needed that secure clip in my life even if it was a little more glamorous than would naturally appear in my life.  I inquired to know more and found out that she has a Help for Hair facebook group (you can join it here if you’d like).  Brilliant name for her group, right?  It turned out that the group was very helpful.  Once accepted into the group I asked a lot of questions, found the correct size for my hair, and quickly added $70 in hair clips to my cart.  I loved the clips and had to have them in my life.  I wanted some for my daughter too, not all $70 worth was for myself (don’t worry, they aren’t that expensive!).

I saved these items to my cart and went about my day waiting for my daughter to wake up so I could ask her which of the clips I had saved were her favorites.  I’m usually good about guessing these things but she’s getting older now and it’s always best to double check.  While I was waiting, I noticed the stylist who shared this rescuer of my hair had requested to join my Live With Less Facebook group (you’re welcome to join here too!).  What a coincidence, I thought!  A little while later we were chatting and she suggested giving me a hair clip in exchange for hosting a giveaway on my site.  Now, normally I don’t do those but as I just told you, I had added quite a large list of items to my shopping cart and I thought why not save a little money….besides, I love to support small businesses and talk about what I’m passionate about and I was sure I would love these.  And I do.  I LOVE them!  Truly, truly.

Celtic Knot Hair Clip

Here I’m wearing the celtic knot in a large flexi clip.  It’s the one I chose to try out because it’s simple but fancy at the same time so it will go with a wide selection of clothing styles.  Plus, I just love celtic knots, don’t you?

This hairstyle was the first of many attempts to try new things.  I’m excited for the wide world of Lilla Rose hair style video tutorials.  The stylist I mentioned earlier, Kristi Bothur, has several great video tutorials in her Facebook group.

Mini Flexi Hair Clip

I bought my daughter a mini flexi hair clip and she loves it.

She was so proud that she wore a hair clip like her mommy.

Flexi Clip for Kids

Each month, Lilla Rose has a special they promote and this month is a free bobby with a $40 order and two with a $50 order.

Lilla Rose August Sale

 

Click here to shop and see what beautiful flexi clips and bobbies they have!

This pineapple is a new flexi clip (and messy bun pins) will only be available in August while supplies last.   The monthly clips usually sell fast (from what I’ve read in groups- I tell ya, I’m a hard core Lilla Rose flexi clip user now!).

Lilla Rose Hair
Okay, now for the giveaway.  You can win a free flexi clip from sizes XXS-Medium (Value up to $16).
Here’s the link to the giveaway —> Enter Giveaway Here!
The main giveaway entry is a simple form with optional other means, like commenting on this post for example and checking out Kristi on social media.  By entering the giveaway you’ll be signing up to get monthly specials and can unsubscribe at any time.  The giveaway will end August, 14, 2018.  Good luck!

Ocean Slime Recipe

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Blue Glitter Slime DIY

This ocean slime is a perfect way to cute your kid’s boredom this summer.  I’ve made slime for years!  We love it in our household.  My son needs the sensory exposure and my daughter just thinks it’s fun to play with and to create new concoctions.

I shared a picture of this slime recently on my personal facebook page and I had so many moms message me how I did it that I decided to write a blog post about it.  I love slime and I love precise recipes but slime isn’t an exact science.  (Well, it is science and that’s a whole fun science lesson in and of itself!)  Because it’s not an exact formula I can share I’ve hesitated to share my slime creations.  I’m afraid someone’s won’t turn out and I’ll feel awful.  If it doesn’t turn out please message me and we’ll work through what went wrong and help you fix it.  Just don’t leave a nasty comment please. 🙂

How to make ocean slime:

Basically, start slow, mix in the starch, add a little more, mix again, and keep doing that till it’s no longer sticky.  Toward the end of mixing you may have to knead it with your hands instead of a spoon.  There we go, now that my disclaimer is out of the way, let’s begin!

This ocean slime needs a few specific ingredients, so let’s talk about that first. 

Elmers Glitter Glue

In fact, here’s a bundle pack of Elmer’s Glitter Glue to save you money and allow you to make a rainbow of slime options.

I’m a liquid starch slime fan but usually more glitter will show through when you use a contact lens solution plus baking soda instead.  This is because contact lens solution is clear and liquid starch has a kind of white-ish blue tinge.  However, because this glue was already blue I felt it was okay to use starch.  Both of these options will make a great activator.
This one is a glitter glue so be prepared for it takes way more starch than a white glue would.  We used around 3/4ths of a cup but always add 1/4 a cup at a time and mix it in well.  When you get a consistency that no longer sticks to you and feels like you want it too you’re done.  Again, it’s not an exact science.
Let’s begin!
Glitter Glue
Here’s the glue.
Glitter Glue Slime
Squeeze it all out into your bowl or cup.  I prefer bowls but I have friends that love red solo cups.
Blue Glitter Glue
Isn’t it pretty?
Mixing Glitter Slime
It looks almost good enough to eat, doesn’t it?  But don’t!  This isn’t an edible slime.
Liquid Starch Slime
Next add roughly 1/4 cup of liquid starch and stir.  Repeat a time or two based on the consistency.  If it’s still sticky, keep adding and mixing.
Making Glitter Slime
When it gets close to the consistency you want you have to knead it and play with it by hand.
Sticky Glue SlimeIf it’s still stick pour some liquid starch into the bowl and dip the slime into the starch and knead it some more until it’s not. (*insert it’s snot joke here*….or at least my husband would lol)
Blue Glitter SlimeWhen you get the consistency you want you’ll know it!  It will be fun, slimy, and not sticking to your hands and everything in an annoying way. 🙂  You like how technical I am?
Stretchy Slime
A good consistency will be smooth and stretchy.
Blue Glitter Slime DIYIsn’t it so pretty!?
Ocean Waves Slime
Ocean waves!
Ocean Wave Slime
A big ocean wave!
Stretchy Ocean Slime
There you have it folks!  Pretty easy, right?  Well, remember if you have any problems feel free to message me and together we can work through your slime troubles.  Have fun with your kiddos!

Prime Day Deals – Gorgeous Lace Teepee for Kids 37% Off!

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Lace Kids Teepee

This gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous teepee by Little Dove is on sale today for Amazon Prime members.  37% off!

List Price: $139.99
Sale Price: $109.99
With Deal: $87.99 & FREE Shipping.
You Save: $52.00 (37%)

This certainly isn’t a NEED item but it sure is a WANT items.  I adore this!  If you know a princess who would enjoy this girlie teepee you can click here to save $52 on it!

If you haven’t joined yet, sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to take advantage of this Prime Day Deal and get free 2-day shipping!

Click here to see all the Amazon Prime Deals I’ve shared.

Amazon Prime Teacher Deals

Click here for back to school deals for teachers!

Prime Day Deal- 23andMe DNA Testing Kit for just $99.99!

23andMe DNA

Prime members can get this 23andMe DNA Testing Kit for just $99.99 right now!

This is a crazy LOW price for this!! The lowest before this was $125 and it’s currently $199 for non-Prime members!

If you haven’t joined yet, sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to take advantage of this Prime Day Deal and get free 2-day shipping!

Click here to see all the Amazon Prime Deals I’ve shared.

Prime Day – Teacher Deals – Back to School

Amazon Prime Teacher Deals

I LOVE school supplies.  With all my heart.  Shopping for back to school supplies is probably one of my favorite yearly activities.  Here’s a round up of the best deals for teachers (or parents who like to stock up on supplies) that I’ve found.  If you like this list please share with those you know.  Affiliate links are included in this post.

These deals are for Amazon Prime members.  If you haven’t joined yet, sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to take advantage of this Prime Day Deal and get free 2-day shipping!  You can cancel before the 30 days are up and not pay anything.

Use code “PRIMEBOOKS18” for $5 off your book purchase of $20 or more!

Elmers Disappearing Purple Glue Sticks

This is one of the deals I got for myself and plan on using about ten of those for my kids and donating the rest to a local church drive that hands them out to kids in need.  60 glue sticks for $15.49!  Man, I love Amazon Prime Day!

List Price: $37.77
Sale Price: $15.49 & FREE Shipping with Amazon Prime

Click here to get this deal on Elmers Disappearing Glue Sticks.

 

Ticonderoga Pencil Deal

This Ticonderoga pencil pack includes 96 pencils for only $10.99!  Isn’t that great?  It was originally $32.49.  Click here to score this pencil deal.

 

Dixon Pencil Deal

A teacher messaged me to say that this Dixon pencil deal is even better.  Aren’t teachers the best?  Always, sharing and helping each other.  She could have easily gone on her way but she didn’t. 🙂  Amazon has 144 No. 2 Dixon pencils for only $8.90!  That is a crazy good deal! Click here to snag these up.

 

Expo

This is the first deal I snagged today! 36 Expo markers for $16.61.  Unheard of!!  Usually dry erase markers start at $1 a piece.  My friend asked what I was going to do with that many at home.  I told her I was actually going to let my children have some to draw and practice writing with and not be so stingy. 🙂 Click here to grab this great Expo marker deal!

 

Sharpie Highlighter Deal

This Sharpie highlighter deal gives you 36 chisel tip highlighters for only $14.96.  I’m not sure if this is a Prime Day deal or not but it’s a mighty good price any way you look at it!  Click here for Sharpie highlighter savings.

 

Sharpie Highlighter Assortment

If you’re like me and don’t love the yellow but prefer more pinks and purples, you’ll love this highlighter deal.  I personally love the smaller barrel highlighters too!  You can get a 12 count for $4.98 (originally $12.86) or get a 24 pack for $10.93.  If you like the bigger barrel ones (see two pictures up) but want the assorted colors, you can pick up this 12 pack for only $4.92!

 

 

Amazon Laminator

This Amazon Basics Thermal Laminator is a steal at only $11.99 (originally $21.99).  I need to get this one because the other one I had (which I thought I found at a steal for $25) was recalled recently for catching on fire. No, thank you!  I love that Amazon always sticks behind their products so if they were to ever recall this one they would refund me or replace it.  I love Amazon!  Click here to get this laminator deal!

 

Elmers School Glue Deal

Every teacher goes through the glue and with these prices you can afford to stock up on them!  Grab 12 bottles of Elmer’s School Glue for only $9.61 (originally $27.60!).  Click here to buy these.

 

Elmer's School Glue Gallon

If you’re a teacher who likes to refill or make slime experiments with your kids (or yourself at home! #noshame) here is the gallon of glue for you!  This gallon of Elmer’s School Glue is only $12.99 (originally $20.49).

Blue Glitter Slime DIY

Related: Click here for my Ocean Slime Recipe.

 

YumEarth Organic Pops

I put these on the list because my family loves them and I love that they’re not full of artificial ingredients and colors….and because of that they are the best suckers in the world!  Seriously, all other suckers will pale in comparison.  These might make a great reward or just a little bit of happiness to brighten your day.  This 30 ounce container is only $12.38 and that’s a much better bargain than the smaller packs I usually get from Whole Foods.  Plus, it comes in a cute container.  Come on, tell me the truth, you were already thinking of ways to reuse it, weren’t you?  That’s okay, I am too! Click here for the yummiest YumEarth Organic Pops!

 

Linking Cube Set

Linking Cube Set of 100 for only $5.53!  I’m sure this deal won’t last long.  Click here to score a set or three.

 

Candy Pop Felt Tip Pens

I love Paper Mate’s Flair Felt Tip Pens!  They’re great for adding a punch of color to an otherwise boring planner.  Now you can grab a pack of their Candy Pop colors for only $8.39 (originally $22.50).  Click here to grab these colorful beauties.

 

Student Stools
Norwood Commercial Furniture Plastic Stack Stools come in a set of 5 for only $50.83 (originally $59.99).  Plus, you can save an extra %5 when you click the coupon before you check out.  These have 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon and I personally know a good handful of teachers who love these and highly recommend them.  You can’t beat the fun colors they come in either!  Click here to grab some fun seating for your kiddos.

 

Goldfish Snack Packs

Goldfish Snack Packs are a great no dye food to have on hand!  Now you can grab a pack of 30 for only $9.98 (originally $12.07).  Click here to get some little golden fishies.

 

Fluorescent Light Filters

Harsh lights cramping your style?  These fluorescent light filters will help soothe your tired eye.  They’re on sale for $15.95 (originally $19.99).  Click here for this two pack of light filters.

Learning Resources Magnetic Wand Set

 

Magnetic wands from Learning Resources is having a sale today.  You can get 6 of these magnetic wands for $11.69 (originally $14.99).  These are perfect for physical science learning centers, science fairs, and primary science labs.  Click here to snag this deal.

 

Metallic Sharpie Set

I love Sharpies!  They write on almost everything and the writing stays put.  I love metallic colors.  These Sharpies bring you the best of both!  Grab a pack of 36 for only $25.10.  These were originally $84.60 for a whopping savings of 70% off!  You can’t beat this price.  Click here to get your Sharpie on.

Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes Set

Purell Hand Sanitizer Wipes Refill Packs are so nice to have for cleaning desks, hands, and anywhere else germs may lie.  Their Amazon listing says, “These wipes sanitize hands and clean surfaces while doing no harm. They contain benzalkonium chloride, which is strong enough to effectively kill germs and food-borne pathogens, and a plant derived cleanser that does not harm vinyl, plastic, metal or rubber surfaces.”  These wipes are usually $92.86, they’re on sale for $85.06, and Prime members get them for $68.05 today!  What a deal for this 2 pack refill set.  Click here to score this deal.

 

Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes Dispenser

If you don’t already have a Purell Hand Sanitizing Dispenser but the refill deal above has you convinced you need this in your life, here you go.  The dispenser is on sale also!  Today is is $32.11 (originally $56.60).  Click here to grab this deal.

Keep coming back as I’ll be adding to this post all day.  Remember to share it with teacher friends of yours if you found any helpful deals!

Click here to see all the Amazon Prime Deals I’ve shared

Prime Day Deals – Blackstone Griddle Sale 30% Off!

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Blackstone Griddle Grill

This Blackstone Griddle is incredible!  We own the first generation model and got it on clearance before this one rolled out. It was my husband’s Father’s Day gift this year.  He loves it and we’ve used it to make bacon, pancakes, cheese steaks, hamburgers, and so far everything has turned out fabulous. I can’t wait to try some stir fry type meals.  This new fancy griddle is even better with extra accessories and features that ours doesn’t have.  Plus, it’s 30% off today when you shop here on Amazon.  Don’t you just love Prime Day?  I do!  If you haven’t joined yet, sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to take advantage of this Prime Day Deal and get free 2-day shipping!

Original Price: $299.00
With Deal: $209.30 & FREE shipping for Prime members
You Save: $89.70!! (30%)

Click here to see all the Amazon Prime Deals I’ve shared.  Maybe later when I’m not in deal sharing mode I’ll share pics of the Blackstone in action.  It’s truly a great cooking tool to have on hand and we love ours!

Prime Day Deal – Echo Dot (2nd Generation) only $29.99!

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Echo DotPrime members can get this Echo Dot (2nd Generation) for just $29.99 shipped! Choose from black or white at this price.

This is the LOWEST price on record and the only other time we’ve seen this price was during Black Friday!

Want something a little bigger with a bigger sound? You can also click here to get the regular Echo for just $69.99 shipped right now!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to take advantage of this Prime Day Deal and get free 2-day shipping!