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!

Dec 29, 2016

How to Get Free Clothes from WalMart

Okay, don't take it literally but...you must be crazy not to want your new clothes for free! Let's face it, I am frugal. If I can get it at a discount or for free, I don't feel bad for spending money on it...when it comes to shopping for myself.

Here is how I purchased all you see here for free. First download the Walmart app. It is free. Enter EVERY WALMART RECEIPT FROM NOW ON under the Savings Catcher section. Period. They compare prices and in two months, I had built up $17.00. I exchanged it for an eCard and shopped the clearance department of the app or Walmart.com .
I purchased two nice work blouses, two flip flops and three skirts! Each item was about $5.00 or less so combined with my remaining gift card balance I had already, earned from Swagbucks, it was free! I have Swagbucks on my laptop so I actually earned additional Swagbucks (aka points) since I made an online purchase. So technology I gained $$ from this purchase which is even more awesome. To sign up and earn free gift cards just for watching videos while you cook dinner, shop online, do surveys or simply answer a single daily question...click here VBNBAMA'S REFERRAL CODE.

Nov 19, 2016

Being an Influenster

I love getting freebies, from anywhere...but there is just something about opening that big box from Influenster that makes my heart race! What's inside? I am always excited and pleased to find things we can really use, like NOW! Here is my latest gift.
This #TastyVoxBox came absolutely free to my door. I offer back my social media posts and/or a blog post for my appreciation and give my honest feedback for the products. Easy. If you are interested in becoming an Influenster please use my referral link! CLICK HERE

Here are a few past Vox Boxes...