Aug 16, 2017

Big Find of the Week

Snack crackers and backpacks just go together right? I always check my free Ibotta app and my Checkout51 app before grocery shopping. I had to make a store run as school started back up last week to pick up supplies and snacks the kids can just grab and go in the mornings. I saw the Lance snack crackers on both apps at a dollar return each. That's $2.00 back!

I made a dash straight for the snack aisle and grabbed two boxes. At $2.50 each, $5.00 total and  (- $2.00) return I knew $3.00 for 16 snacks was a great deal. But WAIT!! To my surprise I also got $1.72 more back after I entered the receipt on my WalMart Savings Catcher app too! So that means for each box of snacks (8 ct each) I only paid $0.64 ! That's a great find! Very little effort! Use my referral codes and start saving now!

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Jun 28, 2017

MobiSave, Checkout51 and Ibotta

I have a new love in the world of savings apps. I still love my Ibotta don't get me wrong, use my referral link here if you aren't already cashing in on that deal!

My new loves are combining Checkout51(referral link here) and MobiSave(referral link included). I just despise using in store coupons because I am in a hurry, I hate shopping and I am lazy. However, I don't have to put a lot of energy into these apps and I save big time!

Check out today's finds. Rev wraps. I bought two at $1.50 each so $3.00 total and got a combined total of $2.25 back so I paid less than $0.38 for each one. I also got French's ketchup, paid $2.97 and on one app I got back $1.50 plus a $0.50 bonus. So for a huge bottle, I paid a mere $0.97.

My grand total back on the $17.84 worth of my app worthy items was $8.75! So those wanted and needed items were only $9.09. Be sure and use the links provided for possible bonuses when you sign up today for free!

And on a side note, I could get even more back after I enter my receipt into the Walmart Savings Catcher app as well. They will pay me back if items are on sale at another store in my area! 

Feb 20, 2017

Eat Lunch All Week for Under Ten Bucks

Our life just got busier. Softball season is upon us and when we get busy, we often make bad choices. Dinner from a concession stand or grab a quick pizza, the bad choices are all around us. If we are going to be faced with a couple of junked up suppers, I must, I MUST get my veggies in at lunch.

I bought a few (chop your own) fresh vegetables from the grocery store such as onion, carrots, zucchini and squash...all for around $5. All I did was chop, drizzle with olive oil and season (a little spicy). I roasted on 425° for a few minutes and packaged individually for lunch all week. I will add a fruit as well as a side of black beans or grilled chicken (for very little added cost)...but I will be certain to get some good veggies in!

Jan 6, 2017

Freezing Juice

What to do with all of this fruit? We ordered a couple of boxes from the local FFA at our school, ate as much as we could, and still we had tons of fruit left over. I also had an excess of lemons and limes so rather than just freezing the fruit, I was more interested in saving the juice...for my morning smoothies.

A messy job I know but I brought out the electric juicer, sharp knife and cutting board and began. I spent about an hour and a half total and it was totally worth it! After juicing, I poured juice into small zipper freezer bags as individual servings getting as much air out as possible. I labeled a bigger zipper freezer bag and dated it, place all OJ together, all Tangelos, Grapefruit, etc. Now I can pick the desired flavor, set it out a few minutes before to soften slightly, and add it straight to my breakfast smoothie!

Being frugal I can't stand the thought of throwing good food away. When your food gets close to being expired, think of how you can save it for later! Refrigerate, freeze, dehydrate, cook, can? All possibilites!

Jan 5, 2017

Stockpile This, not That

Winter weather alert? I will be the first to admit that here in Bama, we are famous for last minute, let's all go grab milk and bread kind of prepping. Here's why I don't do that.

#1. Even if the power is out for days, we don't want to live off of milk sandwiches ((ewww)). We have a grill, gas stove, campfire capabilities, so we want to eat food. Real food.

#2. If I really need/run out of milk, I have a half gallon frozen in my deep freezer chest that I can cook with or use in cereal. Milk was on sale, I bought an extra, poured a cup out and froze. We already have milk.

#3. I have a bread machine if we keep power I can make my own AND you can always make bread in the oven. Learn how.

#4. We stock up in advance and just rotate our supplies to keep them from running out of date. Coffee (and instant for emergency), soups, tuna, flour, etc. are staples. We also buy dry beans that you can cook with electricity, gas, fire, whatever you have. Keep seasonings and bouillon cubes in case you do run out of meat. Think protein, that's what you need to keep you from starving (or feeling like it), adding what perishables you have like potatoes, carrots, peppers, etc as desired. Peanut butter is another essential at my house!

#5. Lastly, your personal items. We make sure we have our medicines, toilet paper, I keep the laundry done when calling for bad weather in case we do lose power...those are the things to stay up to date, oh and fuel. Make sure you have gas in the car and gas in the grill tanks, gas for the house, generator, atvs, whatever you need.

No need to run out for milk and bread! One little secret, we also keep a few bottles of water (refilled 2 liter soda bottles) since in our area, we are at risk for losing water if the pump down the road goes out. There is a pump that keeps my hill's water flowing so we like a way to flush the toilet at least if that goes out.

Bring on the winter weather!