You may have noticed a big thing happening this week – it’s called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle – and it’s everywhere. A lot of my blogging friends are sharing about it this week and I had decided I wasn’t going to share it all that much this year.
Why? Because I’m not sure so that it’s an excellent deal for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I really love the bundle concept and I’ve been an author in past years in the bundle. I myself am really excited about some of the resources in it this year – but it’s definitely not perfect for everyone.
But I keep getting questions about it so I decided to jump in today and let you know my opinion on the bundle – and give you some more information about it so you can make an informed decision on whether it’s right for you.
Let’s get one small thing straight first: I AM sharing my affiliate link with you in this article. IF you decide to purchase the bundle through my link, I DO earn a percentage of the purchase price. However, please know, this article is my real and honest opinion. I do NOT think the bundle is right for everyone. However, some of you are going to buy the bundle and love it. So I’m including my affiliate link in case you decide to buy it.
If you decide the bundle isn’t right for you and you move on with your day, yay! I’m glad I could provide some information. Despite my affiliate link in this article, my only desire today is to give you the information so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you. I don’t want you to get caught up in the fact that this deal is only around for 5 days. Make the decision that’s right for you.
Got it? Okay moving on…
So, is the bundle worth it?
Maybe. Some people LOVE the bundle. They buy one every single year and it’s their very favorite resource. For others, it’s not ideal because it’s not the right bundle of resources for you and I’ll explain more about that below.
First, what IS the bundle?
The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a collection of ebooks, printables, courses, and bonuses. They do a new bundle each Spring, and each bundle is unique and different. They won’t offer this same exact bundle next year so if there are some specific resources you love, BUY it now. (But I’ll share more about that later on…)
Included in one low price of $29.97, you are going to get eBooks, printables, and courses on:
- Organization and Routines
- In the Kitchen
- Self Care
- DIY & Homemade
- Budgeting & Finances
- Holidays & Traditions
- Working From Home
The two categories that I am personally the most excited about are the recipes and the resources for working from home. So there is a lot inside the bundle, something for everyone. And it IS important to note that the bundle is only available for a few days, until May 2nd.
Okay got that straight? (One big bundle of 93 homemaking resources that are normally over $1000…for $29.97). So, is the bundle right for YOU? Let’s try and figure that out.
Are you living in survival mode?
This is the first thing I
want need to address. Let’s get real with each other for a minute: Are you struggling? Are you just barely getting through your day?
Are you in a season of newborns? Of working outside the home (or inside the home!)? Are you homeschooling? Are you desperately trying to figure out how in the world you are just going to make it to the end of the week?
I have so been there. Having two sets of twins in 2.5 years will do that to you! Might I suggest something? Just ignore this bundle. Let it go. Unless something like this would be FUN and ENJOYABLE to you to go through and might give you a little hobby to enjoy…just let it go.
There will be other years, there will be other bundles, there will be other resources that might be more manageable during this season.
And by the way, if you are living in a season of survival mode right now: Might I suggest that instead of diving into this bundle, you try and carve out a little time and read through Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine? (Or if you are struggling spiritually and know you need to focus on the Gospel more in your life, try and carve out some time and read Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman.) Start with one of those – and just let this bundle go by without feeling pressure to dive in.
Verdict: This bundle may NOT be right for you. Move on in peace :)
Do you suffer from FOMO? (Fear of Missing Out)
See that FB post from above? In my book club Facebook group, some of the gals had questions about the bundle (which is what ultimately inspired this post) and I was sharing that I don’t necessarily think the bundle is for everyone.
Mia said something that hit the nail on the head. You see, we don’t like to miss out on amazing deals. We may see this bundle and know that the $30 price tag is pretty incredible for what is inside – but like we said above, maybe it’s not the right season or the right time for you.
If you are only being driven by the fact that this is a very limited time offer, you might be motivated for the wrong reasons. You might not have time right now to even pick up one or two of these resources. That’s fine, move along and don’t worry about it :)
Verdict: This bundle may or may not be for you. It depends largely on the next question. (But keep this motivation in mind)
Do you see something SPECIFIC you like?
Okay this is where it gets down to the heart of the bundle: When you go look through the different resources, is there something or several things you are interested in?
You see – Mia from my example above – said she doesn’t have time to read all the eBooks in the bundle (I mean, who does right??). But she did say she would really like some of the cookbooks so maybe she should look into purchasing them separately. So I was curious what that would be just to purchase the cookbooks normally.
So I calculated the normal price for all the books – and you guys – it came out to $136.80!!!!! If you went to Amazon or the author’s websites and purchased each of just the cookbooks on their own, it would be nearly $140! So my advice to Mia was, depending on how many she was interested in, it might totally be worth it for her to purchase the bundle – even if she ONLY cares about the cookbooks.
So head over and go check out all the resources in the bundle – if only four or five resources really stick out to you – it might still really be worth it. If you don’t see much that really interests you or sticks out, then feel free to move on knowing the bundle isn’t right for you!
Verdict: If there are a few specific books that look good to you (or an entire section like the recipes or working from home) – then the bundle is probably a good deal for you! If you don’t really see anything that grabs you – then move on and don’t worry about this year’s bundle.
Do you HATE reading eBooks?
Then I’ll make this simple: You probably won’t like the bundle. Now this one gets a little tricky though.
You see – I’m a paperback girl all the way. I would choose a physical book over a digital book any day of the week – unless of course the price was significantly cheaper. I do purchase books on Kindle sometimes if the price is right.
If you love reading eBooks (you love how easy and convenient it is to carry around tons of books at once), that you can easily read while you are nursing, etc then of course, you will simply love this bundle! I mean, go order it right now (but you probably already did).
But if you are like me, then you really need to think about this one. Will you purchase this bundle and then never ever make the effort to get the books out? Will they sit on your computer, never to be touched?
This is where you need to have a heart to heart with yourself. Can you commit to trying it out this year and using them? In our FB group we were having that discussion. Someone said that they purchased the bundle this year and that she made a spreadsheet because she wants to be able to track all the books (so smart!) and that if she doesn’t use the bundle well this year then she will know NOT to purchase it next year.
Then I love this:
See? God has hard wired us all so differently! What a beautiful thing! Some of you may purchase this and never do a thing with it. Others like Chantel, are so in love with the bundles she gets it every single year! How fun!!
So take a quick step back, and ask yourself: How realistic is it that you will use a few of the resources and then commit to putting them to good use!
P.s. Please don’t get overwhelmed at this step. The bundle isn’t intended to be used 100%. You are not meant to go through all 90-something resources. If there are 3-10 resources that really hit home with you – then it’s a job well done!
Verdict: If you think you will be able to put the resources to good use – by all means, go get your bundle! However, if you know yourself and that you will never ever dig into the courses, printables, or ebooks – then move on, it’s not right for you!
Like Kasi? She’s got the right attitude! If you DO end up getting the bundle, commit to making good use of it. Just reading that makes me motivated to go dig into all the resources ;)
The Bottom Line?
Okay, if you don’t want to read allll the way through this long post, or just want a summary, what’s the bottom line? For some people, the bundle isn’t right. If you are really tight on money, if you hate reading eBooks, if the format and amount overwhelms you so you won’t ever read them, if you are more of an auditory learner (but the eCourses don’t appeal to you), etc….then the bundle probably isn’t right for you.
That’s fine! Move on with your day, there are always more homemaking resources out there. This isn’t going to ruin your life (contrary to what some might say) if you miss out on this bundle. If you don’t have $30 to spare, then don’t fret over it! There are plenty of other amazing resources out there for you and I’ll make sure to pass them along when I find them :)
If, however, you do like reading eBooks, or need some more digital cookbooks, or love taking courses and listening to audio sessions, then this bundle might be worth it to you. I wanted to be very open and honest in this article with the pros and cons, but if after reading this, you are still excited…then I think the bundle is actually probably right for you!
Oh, I need to mention one more thing:
I had written this entire article, and then a friend shared with me a little hidden gem inside this bundle. Okay this is actually pretty awesome and I might have to take back what I said a little…my friend pointed out one of the bonuses in this bundle that I didn’t realize was there. And it’s pretty amazing. It might actually make the bundle worth it for many more of you!
One of the bonuses you get free with the bundle is a one year membership to Molly Green (I’ve never heard of it but it’s neat online magazines). But the point is – along with your free one year membership, you also get a FREE ONE YEAR membership to Right Now Media.
RightNow Media is a Christian streaming system with over 10,000 videos (think a Bible based Netflix)! And you get free access for a year!! This is pretty amazing. I am really excited to dig into this.
Free Christian Kids Movies
So, included in your membership to RightNow Media is a whole channel of Christian kid shows and movies. I signed up for an account and did some poking around and I am actually incredibly excited about this! Just a few of the shows and movies include:
- Theo (my boys’ current favorite show)
- Veggie Tales
- What’s in the Bible?
- Adventures in Odyssey
- (It even has all of the Seeds Family Worship CDs you can stream!!!)
Stuff for Women Too! (And Men)
It’s not just the kid stuff though as I had originally thought! You also have access to entire libraries of Bible study based videos, conference sessions, and more including:
- A whole library of Dave Ramsey stuff (can’t wait to watch those)
- VIDEO Bible studies on marriage (from Francis Chan and more)
- WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES (From Jen Wilken, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Nancy Leigh Demoss, Kathleen Neilson, and more!!)
Okay I could literally keep going on because this one resource alone is pretty epic and amazing. I can’t believe I never knew this thing existed! So, you just watched (or rather, read) the evolution of my thought process about the bundle in this post.
I had no idea about RightNow Media (oh yeah, and guess what? They have an android and iPhone app!). If you are even remotely interested in this streaming service of Christian movies, tv shows, and Bible studies, then I actually highly encourage you to check out this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!
But I would love to answer any questions you may have about the bundle! It’s not right for everyone. But is it right for you? MAYBE. And I hope this post helped you to answer that question either way.