New Year, New Budget! Save money with Mitsubishi

Most of us include improving our budget when listing our new years resolutions, but what if you’re in the market for a new car? Well, you might want to consider the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage. The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most gas efficient non hybrid car on the market today, as well as the most affordable at around $12,995.


I recently had the pleasure of driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage for a week to review. A week that included five days of driving to and from the office (23 miles each way), several trips to the store, driving our teenage daughter and her friends around, and a weekend trip to Ohio, from Michigan to experience some awesome Halloween themed fun at Cedar Point. And, I did most of this on ONE tank of gas. Amazing!


The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a sporty little car. It’s really fun to drive. I was able to zip through my errands in no time. I love that this car fit’s into smaller parking spots, yet offers plenty of cargo space for shopping bags. It might not look like it, but that little back hatch holds a lot.

I’m a big fan of the Mitsubishi Multi Entertainment System (MMES) with navigation. This system features a 7-inch touchscreen that allows control of the navigation feature and the many entertainment options, as well as several vehicle functions, such as the handy rearview camera. All of which helps to keep my eyes on the road, and my ride much safer.


The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a great value without much sacrifice. It’s loaded with the same Mitsubishi style and quality that you’ll find in a higher priced vehicle.


A few of my favorite features:

37/44 MPG combined* City/Hwy
Advanced climate control system
6-way adjustable driver’s seat
One touch start/stop, and FAST-Key system
MMES Navigation system with rearview camera
Bluetooth® hands free phone system
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Power side-view mirrors
7 standard airbags including drivers knee airbag

Getting the most for your money! Check out these avaible warranties.
10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable New Vehicle Basic Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty on the restraint system, a 7-year/100,000-mile Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty, and 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance


I really enjoyed driving this car. It’s a very fun ride. Priced low with excellent gas mileage, it’s a great way to save money as we move into the new year. The front seats are very comfortable and offer a lot more leg room than it appears from the outside. But, I would not recommend it for a family larger than three. I noticed a big change in the car’s power, and gas mileage when I drove with two adults in the front, and three teens in the back. It was also a bit noise at times when full.

Learn more about The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage by visiting

Disclosure: I was delivered a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. The opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review. I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.

Summer Wedding Memories with Papyrus & Meijer #Giveaway

I love summer and fall here in Michigan. We do our best to spend it outside, making as many fun memories as we can each year. Camping, swimming, family barbeques. There is also nothing better than a wedding. Committing to a life together in-front of all of your family and friends while celebrating the beautiful seasons is an amazing experience.

We were married during the winter. But, we’ve attended several summer weddings, and post-summer weddings that really stand out in my memory. One family member was married at the lake, under beautiful tress that were full of fall colors.

Now that we are post-summer wedding season the Meijer home department has partnered with Papyrus to offer an amazing in-store deal and a fabulous giveaway for one Five Dollar Shake reader.

About Papyrus

Papyrus believes that life is a celebration!
Their fabulous selection of greeting cards, custom invitations, stationery, gift wrap & more are perfect for any occasion.

The Deal

From today through September 20, Meijer shoppers can instantly score $15 off their order when spending $10 on Papyrus and $50 in the home department!

The Giveaway

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will this fun gift basket from Papyrus, and the Meijer home department.


Basket includes:

  • Papyrus cards
  • Yankee Candle large jar candle in Pumpkin Spice
  • Bloom or Eco dry bath towel and hand towel
  • Cooking with Calphalon nonstick Panini pan and press
  • Serrated edge turner spatula

Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be contacted by email on October 10th. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No PO Boxes.

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FTC Disclosure: Free products and gift card were received as a thank you for this blog post. Meijer to handle all prizing.

The Color Run $5.00 off Registration #Happiest5K

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.

Wear white at the starting line, finish plastered in color!
The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

Visit The Color Run official website for locations and to score $5.00 off a regular priced registration in The Color Run. – -Valid for a single or team runner/walker/crawler.

If you cannot find your city then sign up for the VIP list and you will be the first to be notified when we come to your town!

$5 off code (HAPPY5OFF) must be typed in at checkout, not copy/pasted. Discount codes not valid with other discounts or promotions. Under age 5 does not need a registration to participate but will not receive swag. $5 off code NOT VALID ON DELUXE PACKAGE. “Paint” is actually a food grade colored cornstarch.

Amazon $50 Gift Card Giveaway, 3 Winners!

I love shopping Amazon, I often find great deals on household items, cleaners, even paper products. It’s nice to shop online and not have to deal with crowded stores, and long check out lines, yet still score some great deals. Did you know that Amazon has coupons? Clicking a coupon is easy, and a great way to gain even more savings while shopping Amazon!


Want to try it for free? Three Five Dollar Shake readers will win a $50 Amazon gift card to shop with. You must have a valid email address to enter, and be 18+ to win. Enter to win by leaving a comment on this blog post sharing how often you shop online with coupons. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email on September 2, 2014.

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High Fashion Sunglasses @ Meijer without the high price #MeijerStyle

When I think of Meijer, I typically think of grocery shopping and household products. I had no idea that Meijer employs an entire style squad of fashion advisers, and trend spotters. Sounds expensive, but it’s not. The Meijer fashion squad works hard to bring all of the top trends and accessories to each store at affordable prices. Like these sunglasses!


Seriously … sunglasses are THE total must-have accessory this summer! These girls know what’s up! Whether it’s over-sized, cute and colorful, or sleek, you’ll discover your style at Mejier.


HURRY for a limited time you can save 20% on the already low cost of any sunglasses at Meijer with Mperks!

Mperks are quick and easy to use. Just sign up if you haven’t already, search and click on the coupons, and then simply enter your phone number at the check-out to save. No printing or card to swipe. Like I said – quick and easy!


Enjoy all of the latest fashion and fashion tips from the Meijer Style squad at!

FTC Disclosure: All photos and opinions are honest and my own. All sunglasses photoed are courtesy of Meijer.

New pop-arazzi Cosmetic Brush Line from CVS Review & Giveaway

I’m excited to share the launch of a brand NEW budget-friendly cosmetic brush line called pop-arazzi, now available exclusively (and conveniently) at CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide and online at

It’s been my experience that those tiny applicators that come with make-up often don’t last the life of the product. Refusing to throw-away any useable make-up, because you know it’s not cheap, I’ve resulted in using a Q-tip or even my finger to apply eye shadow. Only to have it crumble and create a mess. Wasted product, is wasted money.


Purchasing a cosmetic brush set is something I’ve meaning to do for a while. Thanks to CVS – I now have one. I recently received these colorful fun brushes to review. Now I can use every last bit of my make-up. No more mess, no more wasting money.


I’ve been using this full set of brushes for a couple of weeks. My make-up has never looked better. The brushes feel great on my skin. They do a nice job at helping me apply make-up evenly and smoothly every day. I’m not sure how I ever got by without them.

This affordable cosmetic brush collection ($1.99-$5.99) offers a burst of color and comes in range of application-friendly designs, including:

  • Powder Brush – $2.99
  • Foundation Brush – $2.99
  • Concealer Brush – $1.99
  • Eye Shadow Brush – $2.99
  • Brow and Lash Brush – $1.99
  • Eyeliner Brush – $1.99
  • Eye Crease Blender Brush – $1.99

There is even a complete 5-Piece Brush Set, that includes Powder, Eyeliner, Eye Shadow, Eye Smudge, and Brow & Lash Brushes for only $5.99 !

Available now at CVS!


One lucky Five Dollar shake reader will win a free pop-arazzi 5-Piece Cosmetic Brush Set! Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, please contact me at One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on April 16th.

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FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. Opinions expressed and photos used are honest and my own. All prizing is handled by the sponsor. This blog post contains no affiliate links.

Greatest Salvation Army find yet!

So excited to tell you about my latest discovery at my local Salvation Army store. As you probably have gathered by now if you’ve read any of my previous blogs, I love to browse through the local thrift stores in my area. Although I enjoy the local stores, I will venture out to outlying areas in search of my next great find. While I was not in the market for a coat, something coaxed me into the woman’s coat area while at one of my favorite Salvation Army stores in Sterling Heights (Michigan).

One coat caught my eye, tried it on, but it didn’t fit quite right. Several coats over, I was amazed to see what appeared to be the perfect winter coat! It was full-length, hooded, and was in my size! I tried it on, and was instantly in love! Could not believe that the label shouted “Liz Claiborne”” and it was actually a wool and cashmere blend!


The blue tag indicated that the price was $34.99, which was a great price. It was then that I realized that that it was 75% off blue tag day, which is something that I had never seen before. If I didn’t keep the receipt, I am not sure many would not believe that I bought this coat for an unbelievable $9.26 with tax!


I decided right then that I wasn’t going to save this coat for special occasions, that I was going to wear it whenever I could. This purchase couldn’t have come at a better time considering the winter that we’ve been experiencing this year in Michigan with record-breaking snow falls. I’ve taken my dogs for walks in it, shoveled snow in it, and simply enjoyed the warmth that this very luxurious coat has afforded me. Not only have I enjoyed this coat immensely, I have received many wonderful compliments about how it looks on me! I really feel like a special lady when I put on this wonder of a coat!

So, the next time that you go into your local thrift store, don’t confine yourself to the areas that you normally frequent, see out other areas, perhaps there’s a treasure waiting for you to discover them!

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