Ways to Find Great Deals

Here's my $6 Goodwill Score...

Here’s my $6 Goodwill Score…

Who doesn’t love a great deal? Most people make a living or part-time job on finding deals. I have some tips on how to get a great deal and how to save money.

First, check your local Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and consignment shops. Look around and see if there is anything you are looking for. If you cannot find what you are looking for just look around and check your sizes first. It doesn’t hurt to check around because bargains always come up when you least expect it.

If at Goodwill, I check everywhere because you never know what you can find. I have found a $100 dress for $6, found a wooden basket and used as a pencil holder for my desk, I have made old jeans into shorts, and I have found very cheap things and made into neat new things. If you check any Pinterest account there is tons of DIY with Goodwill finds.

If it is a clothing store like Plato`s or a consignment store, then you have to take the time and look through things to find deals. I usually look through my sizes and if it isn’t under $10 I don’t consider it. Sometimes I will walk around the store with things in my hand and end up buying completely different items because I found better deals.

Great deals come and go and its good to always be on top of sales of stores. I like to always buy something on sale but if it is something I have to have then I buy it of course. Bargain shopping is become a popular trend that stores will do anything to make you stop by. Make sure you are watching the sale going on. Check the original price and compare to the sale price. A considered “good” sale is 40% or more off of the original price. Always do your research when dealing with bargain shopping; especially when you have a device right in front of you that can tell you a lot about the value of the product.

Hope these tips help you score awesome bargains. Always remember to do your research, look at items that you originally didn’t come in for, and keep an open mind while bargain shopping.


My amazing journey…

52542126EThe past 7 months have been more than perfect. I was crowned in December as Miss Teen Indiana International, and I got to Spread my N.E.W.S.S. as a national teen advocate for the American Heart Association. I would like to thank my sponsors for helping me get to Jacksonville so I could compete at an International Pageant. I felt 110% prepared thanks to my sponsors, CORE pilates, Nicole Lynn Pollard, and friends and family. I would not have been where I am today without my support system. Friends that came to my send off party, family friends that voted and supported me through it all, and family that helped me every step of the way.  Each one of you played a part in my success!

I think its amazing to see how a family can come together to support one of their own. My mom was there every step of the way, whether is was helping me with my website and public relations, to assisting with steaming my dresses and preparing my wardrobe, making sure I was on time, and being there when I was so exhausted that I just needed a hug. My dad being my biggest cheerleader,  a huge monetary support, and always telling me I’m a princess in his heart no matter what happened. Finally my sister who gave up hours of her time to help me, who missed sleepovers to help me pack and made sure I was ready, and who even supported me at orientation when it was her 16th birthday.

I would like to give a huge thanks to Nicole Pollard for always believing in me. She put so much hard work into making sure I was ready in every aspect of competition. Your countless hours of preparation with me will be forever appreciated. I’m so glad you could come to my prelims and support me with my family.  You are not only the best coach ever, but you have also become a mentor and a friend to me.

Another special thank you to some new friends I made through this journey:

  • Thomas & Drew Dunn:  Thank you guys for making me feel and look amazing!  Not to mention all the backstage love, support and help!  You guys are FABULOUS!  I can’t wait to hang out with you again!
  • B.Loved & Miss Priss:  My go to gown shops!  Love you guys, I always feel like a princess in anything I wear from either of you.
  • Dottie Couture, Athena’s, Flourish, and Raelynn’s:  You guys all contributed to my week of beauty and everywhere I went I felt beautiful and ready to conquer the day.
  • Paula Preston & Team:  I have loved seeing all the photos and can’t wait to see the rest!
  • Esther Boston Photography:  Wow, what can I say?  Talk about making me look like a queen!
  • Andrew Elliott & Phillip Salmon:  Although bummed I couldn’t take you with me in my suitcase to Florida, I love how you made me look like such a queen for my crown & sash photos.  You made me feel like a queen!
  • Jason Gilliam at Andy Mohr Chevrolet:  You have been such a great supporter and sponsor!
  • Nate Kimmet at Enterprise:  You got us there in style!
  • Indianapolis Heart Association:  You guys are the best!  Julie Petr, Tim Harms, Jen Nanny, Emily Nichols and Michelle…..I have loved every minute of volunteering and plan to continue even after my reign ends.  All of you have been so welcoming and sweet with everything!
  • Sponsors, Friends & Family:  There were so many I might bore everyone with a list, but you know who you are….thank you from the bottom of my heart!  You gave me confidence to keep working and to accomplish this goal.  I may not have won, but the lessons I learned and the friendships I gained will be forever invaluable!

To all the 37 Teens and 45 Miss that competed, I am so grateful to have met all of you and I wish you all the best. We all came together and made friendships that will last a lifetime. To the Top 15, Congratulations and I’m so proud. To Blair, Miss Teen International 2014, I wish you all the best and hope you have a great year.  Enjoy every minute as it is well deserved!  To Samantha Riddle, my big sister, you have helped me in so many ways prepare for this, for that I thank you!

My week in Jacksonville was more than just fun.  It was also exciting, stressful, and memorable. I will never forget that week and the experiences.  My year of preparation certainly made it easier for me to convey my thoughts and my passion for heart health and in that time I also grew and learned a tremendous amount personally. I hope to return within a few years to compete in the Miss category.  In the meantime, I plan to finish out my year as Miss Teen Indiana International with more appearances and more opportunities to Spread the N.E.W.S.S.

Thank you to Mary and Mel Richardson for creating an avenue for us to share our passions through pageantry and platform oriented volunteerism.  I can’t wait to do it again!


Love always,

Katelynne S. Newton
Miss Teen Indiana International 2014

Katelynne to Compete in the 2014 Miss Teen International Pageant

Katelynne will be representing Indiana this year for the 2014 Miss Teen International Pageant.  She was recently crowned Miss Teen Indiana International and will be representing the state of Indiana for the pageant July 31-August 2 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Please … Continue reading