Jun 22, 2016

My Super Mom Vox Box

Here is a look at what came free in the mail from Influenster this month for me to review. It is the #SuperMomVoxBox! I love being a Super Mom!

The Palmolive was great, worked well and smelled nice! Suave deodorant went straight to my daughter as did the kids' shampoo and detangler. But I will say, both of those work for her, especially after swimming in all that chlorine. We all love Plackers for our teeth already and my favorite discovery was the Pilot pens! They made paying bills more enjoyable! So this entire box was a hit for The Bama Life crew!

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Jun 21, 2016

Freezing Fruit for Winter Smoothies

I like little more than a nice creamy smoothie as I rush out the door for work, which happens to be high school. I have made good use of the Ninja Kitchen System I won from Perk Rewards a few months ago!

We are blessed here in The South to be able to grow lots of different varieties of fresh fruits. In my own yard I have plum trees, cherry trees, pear, apple and peach trees. We have grape vines, muscadines, blueberries and blackberries...an amazing plethora of fruit! So, what do I do with the surplus we don't consume right away? Freeze it!

I am no stranger to freezing fruits I buy in season and on sale as well, like bananas. If they begin to get too ripe, I slice it up, place it all on a cookie sheet and freeze individual pieces then bag up small servings and store in my deep freezer until I need it.

My peaches I dip in a little bit of equal parts water and lemon juice so it doesn't discolor but freeze it the same way. No waste and I can always have my delicious fruit smoothies!

Spicy Zucchini Boats

Who doesn't love the abundance of fresh vegetables from the garden? We are eating zucchini and yellow squash several times a week right now, and love it! Tonight, I made a play on an old favorite of mine, zucchini boats. Here's how:

While browning 1/2 lb of hamburger meat in a pan, I focus on the zucchini. I slice lengthwise down the center and scoop out each center (saving the inside) , drizzle with oil and begin baking these empty boats at 425°. Next I chop a small yellow squash into the saved zucchini. To the hamburger meat I add a small amount of finely chopped onion after I have drained the meat. Adding the squash and remaining zucchini to the pan I also add salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and any other desired seasoning (cover and cook for about 8 min). Lastly, I pull out the boats, fill them with the mixture, adding a little cheese on top and return to oven for about 5 minutes until cheese has melted. Serve with a dollop of Daisy sour cream (which I received free from Bzz Agent) they will be calling you chef Mom in no time!

Jun 20, 2016

Reduced Satellite Bill

I've often heard people say, "If you call your cable or satellite provider and ask for your bill to be reduced, it will happen!"

Every summer when school is out and I am home with the children (I also work in a school), I realize how much money we waste on TV. We never watch it! Honestly, my family of four probably spends about an hour and a half a day actually watching TV and that the first few minutes we are up and the last few minutes before we go to bed. We could literally live without it.

Being fans of the outdoors, that is where we spend out time. We ride AVTs, we swim, we care for the animals and the garden, we fish or simply sit on the old cabin porch and just enjoy the day. Why would we be paying $93 a month for something we rarely use! However, that exactly what we've been doing for years!

The day I came home from finding out my daughter needed braces (our son already wears them) I took a good look at our budget and where we might be able to pull from to cover this added expense. The most obvious place was groceries. I do not spend an incredible amount on groceries anyway so I needed an alternative source. Our satellite expense was ridiculous so I pulled up our account and looked at the smaller, cheaper packages. I opened the live chat box and explained to the lady that we really didn't use our TVs and were thinking of having the service removed since we had some unexpected medical expenses. Both of our children needed expensive cochlear implant supplies as well but without going into detail, I explained we were looking at our options.

First of all, I was more than willing to have it cut completely. We just don't really use it enough to pay that much for it. However, she jumped in and not only helped me set up the smaller package which was very similar to the one we were paying $93 for, she knocked an additional $15 off of it for the first six months so we are under $50 a month now. We cut our bill by nearly half and only lost a couple of channels we actually watched and you know what? E-v-e-r-y-o-n-e is still alive! They survived and really don't care!

So I have to agree, talk to your satellite provider and ask for your bill to be cut, and it can happen! I told the truth, I was more than willing to back up the threat of cutting it off completely, and in the end, my bill was drastically reduced. You don't have to settle for just a smaller package size, explain that you need it to be under a certain threshold when they give you a price and see what else they can trim for you, even if it is temporary!

*Disclaimer: If we watched movies, we would cut it off completely and just use Netflix but we do not. At all. We just watch TV for local news, etc.

Jun 15, 2016

Couponless Rebates

Who wants money back from your purchases? (Raising my hand) Me! Three simple apps I use do just that.

Let's talk Ibotta first. Click here to sign up and save. It's very easy to download and very easy to use. You get a $10 free sign up bonus when you upload your first receipt within 30 days of signing up. Free $10. There are many other bonuses aside from the offered product savings as well!

Combine Ibotta with Checkout51. Very similar idea and product savings but you can use both. For example, I bought milk and bread. I received $0.50 back from Ibotta on EACH item and the same on Checkout51 so I only spent $4.24 total but got $2.00 refunded back between the two apps. So essentially I only spent $2.24 for my gallon of milk and loaf of bread. Why would you not want to do this? Click here to accept your $5 sign up bonus.

Last but not least ReceiptHog. Click here to join this jewel! Here you don't select any savings you just upload your receipt. I have cashed in many times and received my payment!

Being ultra frugal I don't spend a lot on groceries anyway but I always feel accomplished when I get that little bonus back from buying what I normally would buy! And let's face it, I will never be a coupon queen!

I usually pick either PayPal or an Amazon gift card as my payment choice. Very easy!