Monday, January 31, 2011

Christy's home made Laundry Soap

Have you ever made your own laundry soap?  My friend Christy does.  And she posted all about it HERE

I think I may give this a try!  Its ultra frugal, and I love frugal! LOL

Enjoy! Have a great day!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Swidget

Has anyone noticed my Swidget on the side of the page?? It my Swagbucks Widget!

What do I do with you say?  Well, this is my major tool to keep up on the Swagbucks Swagcodes.  See where it says 'SC'?  Click it, and it will tell you where to look for the next code worth any amount of Swagbucks.    You don't do  Swagbucks??  Thats okay, just click the little  square where it says 'sign up'.  When you do that, you automatically get 30 Swagbucks to get you started.  What do you do with Swagbucks?? You redeem them for real cash and prizes, I'm not kidding.  This is legit, it works!   I started in May of last year and I earned almost $200 in cold hard cash AND Amazon Gift Cards  that I was able to use for my Christmas shopping.  It was a huge help.

Wanna see what else you can earn?  Click where it says "Prizes" and see!

So really, what are you waiting for??? Why havn't you signed up yet??  the sooner you sign up, the sooner you'll start earning!  Stop wasting time and start earning! 


Another Snow day!

Okay this is nuts!  I've had it, I'm done, packing my bags and moving someplace warm.  Warm? Oh yeah there is no place in the US warm to move to! LOL  Crazy weather!

I'll have some pictures to post later,  but this is the 4th snow day in 2 weeks.  Last week the kids were in school for 2 full days, and this week isn't looking good either.   The weathermen are reporting that this is the 'snowiest January on record', then corrected themselves to say, 'this is the snowiest MONTH on record'.  Oh joy, aren't we just the luckiest??

I am going out of my mind here, I need a new mind set.  The kids came home from school early yesterday, due to a 'sudden storm' the weathermen knew about but didn't think we were gonna get.  And even that it would probably only drop a dusting, and it dropped about 5 inches, just crazy!  It was really coming down there for a while! 

Of course the kids are thrilled, but at this point, we will probably be in school until July.  Its just not pretty anymore, its a nuisance. When the state is pretty much shut down and you can't go anywhere, the snow just not fun anymore. There is only so much indoor activity you can entertain your kids with before it gets to the point where you are just going stir crazy!!

I need some sun! I need sunny beaches, a drink with an umbrella,  sunglasses, a bathing suit, a beach chair, and my kids digging in the sand instead of helping me shovel out the driveway.

Off I go to help hubby shovel the driveway as he tells me what I'm currently doing is NOT priority, and not important, so I suppose I need to go start shoveling.  This is the year we invest in a snow blower, REALLY.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The wieght loss continues!!

Current weight loss of as of today, 18lbs!!

I started my job, I'm a chef at an assisted living facility.  I only work Saturdays and Sundays, but I am on my feet all day long. LOL  And the kitchen I work in is on the main floor, our stock room and walk ins are on the bottom floor.  SO at the beginning of the day, I make a list, and take a cart down the elevator to the stockroom and get everything I need for the day.  Of course I always forget SOMETHING.  SO I am up and down those stairs at least 4 or 5 times a day.  And sometimes I think I forget stuff on purpose just so I can get my stair workout. LOL!  Looks like its working!


Honey Nut Cheerios deal on Amazon, still active!

I don't know how much longer this will last, but hurry to get your 3 boxes of Honey Nut cheerios  for $5.30 shipped!!

  Cheerios Honey Nut Cereal, 12.25-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 3)

Select subscribe and Save, then  upon check out use the code BIGGNYNY to get another 15% off for a total of $5.30 shipped. 

Don't miss out!!  And if you do Swagbucks, don't forget you can use your Amazon GCs and this purchase is FREE, you pay nothing out of pocket!   What are you waiting for???

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sugar free, Fat free, and Flavor Free

The last time I went shopping, I  decided to buy ice cream, its basically the only treat my husband asks for.  He doesn't like the kinds I like, (chocolate, fudgie, nuts,  lots of stuff to chew on LOL) SO I  picked up a kind I thought he'd like, Cherry Vanilla with chocolate ribbons.  Turns out I didn't read the box well, its was sugar free, and fat free as well.  I was hoping he wouldn't notice, and he hasn't said anything to me, but the thing is almost empty.  I decided to finish it off and its awful!   Apparently sugar free, fat free also means flavor free! LOL

So have you bought anything that is sugar free, fat free, but still holds its flavor???  I'm trying really hard to cut back and I am losing weight, but  I have a hard time with 'diet' stuff.  What things do you like?

Monday, January 24, 2011

I spent .92 at the Grocery store.

I went to Shoprite on Saturday and I only spent .92, YES, only .92!!!!!  And I bought 5 items.

I bought 2 bottles of International Delights coffee creamer. (I can NOT pass up a deal on coffee cream, I'll never use milk and sugar again LOL)   They were on sale this week for .99, and I had two .55 coupons that doubled to  make them FREE.  Shoprite doesn't do overages, so I only got .44 on the double, but I'll take it!

I got 2 boxes of Tornados.  I had  two .75 off coupons that also doubled to 1.50.  The Tornados were 1.99 each, so after coupon I paid .49 each for them.

Then I got a can of Maxwell House coffee.  We needed coffee, and 1.99 is a great price.  I didn't have any coupons for that, however, I had a $2 OYNO from a previous deal, so I decided to use that on my coffee.

Then I got .05 for bringing my own bag.  I handed the cashier $1 and got .08 change. 

Beat that Extreme Couponers!  LOL

Nature Valley Bars at Amazon, 72 bars for only 9.96 Shipped!

Good Deal!  Check this one out.  You can get 72 bars at Amazon, for only 9.96 shipped. Here is how this deal works:

Click this link to the page with the Granola bars on it:

then select the subscribe and save option to save another 15% off.  You can cancel this at any time, you can just take the deal for now and cancel before the next shipment.

On the checkout page, enter the code NATVALLEY to save another 15% on top of that for a grand total of 9.96.  Groceries always ship for free so that is a shipped price!  Hurry before Amazon changes its prices!

ETA: While we are here, I'll tell you about another deal I found, you can get 3 boxes of Honey Nut cheerios for only 5.40 SHIPPED!!!

Now remember you can cancel the Subscribe and save anytime you want, you don't have to take the next shipment.  On the checkout page, use the code BIGGNYNY to get an additional 15% off the already low price and get 3 boxes SHIPPED for $5.40!!

Its a good day to be shopping on Amazon.  Have a great day! 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Coupon overload!

So as the resident coupon queen here in town, everyone knows to come to me for coupon advice. LOL

One of the questions I'm asked most often is, "Where do you get all those coupons?"  I'm gonna break it down for ya!

Of course the easiest place to get coupons is your Sunday paper.   There are several different scenarios to getting those.  Firstly, if you would rather not pay for a paper, you can just get the Sunday edition. And if you don't want to do that, sometimes you can  get the paper on Monday at a discount, if the store happens to have some leftover. If you would rather not do that, you can just ask people to save theirs  for you if they don't use them. 

You can also 'like' some facebook pages for your favorite product.  Alot of times coupons are released on their pages and you can print them right from there.  This is a good way to get coupons for items you don't ordinarily see elsewhere, such as coffeemate.

If you want to print coupons, these are my favorite sites to check.

The thing about is, you can print Target store coupons, but they also have Manufacturer coupons on there too.  And at Target, you can stack a Store coupon with a Manufacturer coupon  for maximum savings.

If you are signed up for Swagbucks, you can also print via through Swagbucks, and you get 1 swagbuck for each coupon you print and redeem.  Win/Win. LOL

And because I'm frugal,  LOL  I only print my coupons in black ink.  I save my color ink since its more expensive, and  its gets wasted more often with coupon printing.  And save a tree!  Print your coupons on the blank backsides of papers you don't need!  The stores don't care, as long as it has a bar code and scans, you are good to go.

After you spend all that time clipping and printing your coupons, you will want to organize them.   Read this post here about some organization methods and the best way to maximize your coupon savings.

My advice, start out small.  Coupon clipping can get overwhelming  if you are new at it.  The next time you shop, pick out a few items that you know you will buy and make sure you have a coupon for it.   Once you get into this more and more, you'll see your grocery bill go down and that will be more incentive to keep it up as often as you can.    Coupon clipping becomes a lifestyle, not a habit.

ETA:  As pointed out to me by one of my friends, I forgot one of the best coupon sites, the ones you don't have to clip.  Simple; all you do is put in your store card number, and the coupons load right onto your card.  They come off after you buy the item and scan your store card.  What could be easier???

Monday, January 3, 2011

Broccoli Bacon Quiche

As promised, here is a recipe for the Quiche I made on Christmas Morning.  It was delicious!   And  I did get compliments from my guests.   You CAN make this up ahead  as I did, and then reheat it, it came out fine.

  • 4 Slices of bacon 

  • 4 Eggs

  • 1 Cup half & half

  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese (I used cheddar instead)

  • 2 Cups broccoli (frozen is fine!) 

  • 1/3 tsp. salt

  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder (I grated up some fresh) 

  • 1/8 tsp. lemon pepper (I used plain black pepper) 

  • 1 9inch premade pie shell

    1 Cook off the bacon, then crumble them in a chopper. 
    2 Beat eggs with the half and half cream and the Swiss cheese in a medium bowl. Stir in broccoli, salt, garlic powder, and lemon pepper.

    3. Add about half the crumbled bacon  into the mixture. Pour into a pie shell.  Top with remaining bacon and a bit more cheese.

    4 Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until done.



    Happy New Year!

    Hope everyone had a great New Year's eve and Day.   I have lots of hopes for this new year,  and my biggest resolution is to get out of debt!  Pay off as much as we can and live more comfortably this year.   My second of course, is to lose another 10-20 lbs.  We'll see!

    Every year we say we are gonna  do some work on our house, we never get to it.  Well, this year I'm going to do it! LOL   We have some bedroom  furniture down in our basement I bought on Craig's List last summer  that we never did anything with.   First we need to paint our bedroom before we can bring it up.  Here is the dilemma, what color should we paint it???  The furniture is dark, like a cherry wood, so we need a light color on the walls.  Not pink or white.  The walls are currently light blue.  My husband wants yellow, ick!   I like yellow, but not for this room. 

    What ideas do you have for me??