Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Swagbucks: $290.00 in Amazon gift cards
$15.00 in PayPal money
Irazoo: $50.00 in Amazon gift cards (didn't start this one until June)
Listia: $65 in Wal-Mart Gift Cards and about $75 worth of merchandise: books, DVD's, clothes, toys, coupons.
The main thing I "sold" in this site were Coke codes and Dr. Pepper promotional codes. Not a bad profit for trading codes/trash. I am notorious for picking up Coke codes up off the ground.
My Points: roughly $100 in Gift Cards (Wal-Mart, CVS, Pizza Hut)
Toluna: $80.00 (cash)
Mindfield Online Surveys: $60.00 cash/PayPal
Received in promotional items: about $500.00 worth of merchandise: Wii Games, books, Gift Cards. All from review sites or HouseParty.com
Paperbackswap.com savings: $234.00
Swapadvd.com savings: $80.60
I stopped buying papers for most of this year, instead I got most of my coupons in trade on Listia, Chocolate Soup, Kizoodle and I bought some with my PayPal money on TheCouponClippers. I also received a few free item coupons using my points earned thru RecycleBank.
It is difficult to say how much I saved with coupons this year, but I would say in the $500 range, including free item coupons and regular X amount off coupons.
Facebook is definitely a tightwads friend because many companies are offering exclusive coupons and freebies (of which I benefited greatly! lol) I just received a free bag of Purina One dog food from a FB promo. My dog is quite happy! My favorite is probably my large area rug from Natural Home Rug.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Donuts or Donut Holes
If you want donuts, use a medicine bottle or something small like that to make a hole in the center and fry them in oil (about 3 minutes each side). If you don't feel like going all out, just cut each biscuit into quarters and fry them as donut holes. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar mixture or try this easy chocolate sauce
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoon milk
2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
Blend with spoon until smooth. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 30-60 seconds, stirring often Add to sugar glaze mix. (recipe taken from Miserly Moms)
Make your own "bagel bite" like mini pizzas. Flatten the inside of the biscuit with the spoon of a ladle or a medicine bottle. Fill with pizza sauce, bits of leftover sausage, pepperoni and cheese. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until bottoms are brown and cheese is melted.
Or use rolling pin to flatten all the biscuits and place them, overlapping in a Pyrex pan for a large pizza crust.
flatten the biscuit with a rolling pin and fill (just a dollop!) with pie filling (cherry, apple, peach) on half of the dough, fold over the remaining half and seal with a fork. Fry until lightly golden brown (on both sides) and drain on paper towel or brown paper bag.
Take 1 biscuit and roll between your hands to make a stick. (think back to your play dough days)repeat with remaining biscuits. Brush with melted butter and add some garlic salt. Bake in oven at 375 for 5 minuets.
Pigs in a blanket
For regular hot dog wienies, simply flatten a biscuit with rolling pin, and wrap around hot dog and bake. I also use the little smokey links to make appetizers. Just flatten out the biscuit and cut in half before wrapping. You can also wrap breakfast sausage links.
Lightly fry a biscuit (whole) and then roll in granulated sugar. These are very similar to the sugar rolls you can get at a Chinese restaurant.
Clover Leaf Rolls
These were a hit at our Christmas dinner!
Take one biscut, divide into three pieces, roll each piece into a ball and place them in a greased muffin tin.
Here are a few more ideas from Yahoo! Answers which has some of the same as above ( tightwads think alike!) and then click HERE for the ever useful dumpling recipe that uses canned biscuits.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Hey! I just learned a clean little secret about Lowe’s. They have quite the selection of cleaning products plus air and water filters to help keep your home spic and span inside and out. And they’re sending out up to $46 in savings so you can really clean up. Get your coupons before they’re gone! Go to vocalpoint.com/Lowes.
This time of year is really busy for most folks, and we tend to stay in the car shuffling from one activity to another. And then we get caught out and your kids are crying because they are "starving to death". Most of the time we turn to the drive-thru to get a quick snack, or even a meal. This can add up to lots of $$ (especially if you have a larger family like mine, or teenagers. Of which I have both)
Our solution is a Snack Bag. It's nothing real fancy, in fact it's one of the free diaper bags I received in the hospital after sprout #4 was born.
In this bag I keep:
cups (either reusable or paper)
Most of these are leftover birthday party supplies.
some of those drink add ins, like KoolAid or Crystal Light
non-perishable snacks: pretzels, cereal bars, animal crackers,etc) And this is where most of my free samples end up as well, small boxes of cereal, crackers, etc
a disposable sippy cup for the youngest sprout
a few plastic grocery bags for trash
This way I have some snacks, or I can make a quick, cheap picnic meal from the grocery store, or the store deli (Kroger has a fried chicken deli meal w/chicken, potato salad and rolls for $5.99 which may be regional) or if I plan ahead and take the making for sandwiches, all I have to remember is the food.
I recently acquired a small cooler that will hold just a few canned drinks or 4 bottles of water. We have been trying to remember this when we go out, because inevitably someone is also "dying of thirst".
I used to keep a case of bottled water in the back of the car, but then there were reports of chemicals leaking into these when left in a hot car so we got out of the habit. In winter this is not a concern, so I can tell I am about to buy more water! Each child has a reusable water bottle that I generally nag them to fill and take with us when we go out, but they almost always forget, or only 1 child has theirs and the others are, well, you know. (see above comment^)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Six months ago the small Ozark town of Abby Hills was the scene for 2 gruesome murders, and then a house fire that claimed another victim and the life of the killed. Or at least, that is what the people believed.
Lauryn McBride is preparing to auction off the contents of Marcus Chisom's home, and the home itself for her family owned auction house. She is very troubled with running her business and caring for her father, who has Alzheimer disease. Lauryn finds some 100 year old letters and sets out to return them to the decents of the family. Amede Dastillion is quite happy to receive the letters and leaves her home in New Orleans in hopes of finding her long lost sister, Eden. You see, the letters were sent to Eden from Amede over one hundred years ago. How is this possible? They are vampires of course!
Soon after Amede and her companion arrive, animals are discovered killed and drained of blood. Soon, town members are discovered dead in the same manner. Everyone is afraid that the killer was not killed in the fire, and accusations fly. Lauryn must balance her need to complete the auction to pay for her fathers medical treatment, and caring for him as he slips farther and farther away into the last stages of Alzheimer's.
While I found this a compelling book, it is very general to call it Christian fiction.The Christian elements are small, and not presented to the reader in a preachy fashion, but they are not very clear either. It does display the eternal struggle of good vs evil.
I found the pace a little hard to follow, since it changes perspectives between characters often, and there are several other main characters that are trying to tell their story as well. But I finally "got into it" about a third of the way through, and I do not regret reading it, but don't feel 100% confident recommending it, at least as a Christian novel. The ending took me a little by surprise, which is always a good thing in a suspense book, but I also felt there were several things left unanswered. Since "Tandem" is a sequel to "Thirsty", I can only assume the writer plans on writting another book in this series.
Overall, it was a good read!
This review is of a book that I received free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for the purpose of reviewing it on my blog.
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Friday, August 13, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I won a package of Johnsonville Sausage this morning!
There is currently a loadable coupon for Sobe drinks, buy 10, get $2 off. Go HERE to play the Sobe Heads or Tails Game (no purchase necessary). Almost everyone is a winner, and the most popular prize seems to be BOGO printable coupons. (note, you can only play once a day). This could be a sweet deal!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
A sampling of the better comments:
"I take pages from the old phone book and run them through the paper shredder. It makes great packing material for fragile objects and is a "green" alternative to Styrofoam peanuts"
"My husband and I use them at the shooting range for targets. It's interesting to see which bullets from certain guns penetrate the whole book. When we are finished, we use them for backyard fire starters in our fire pit."
"the pages are great for cleaning windows. the leave no lint or streaks."
And there are 2 other,illustrated uses from one of my favorite blogs Making Do With Not So New.
I personally keep last years phone book in my car for phone numbers and addresses of businesses.
"Pull out your best orange outfits and wear them with pride. We’re celebrating our 60th birthday on August 3rd from 5pm-8pm. Just stop by your neighborhood Whataburger, show off your orange and get a free Whataburger."
Thanks to Pary Moppins for originally posting this deal!
Friday, July 23, 2010
You can even get Ellie Kays "1/2 Price Living" for $1.99!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Stale bread (and bakery breads) makes great croutons or breadcrumbs.
Stale taco shells can be ground up and added to your cornmeal (or fish fry seasoning)
Stale cereal is great for cereal bars
Stale four tortillas can be used to make Cinnamon crispies
cut tortillas into 4's, like pizza, or cut by length into strips. Brush with melted butter, add cinnamon and sugar mixture and bake for 3-4 minutes. Yummy!
Stale potato chips can be used as a topping for casseroles or homemade mac n cheese
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It was so exciting to be able to test such a great product, and actually be happy with it. The mascara is awesome, and adds lots of volume. It separates wonderfully, doesnt' clump or smear. I even slept in it, and it didn't smear, smudge or leave me with raccoon eyes. I was afraid it would be hard to remove that next morning, but it came off quite easily. I did notice it was on sale at CVS recently, for under $7. Not too high, but it is still worth every penny.
Become a product tester for Naileen Nails HERE
Free Special K Protein Bar and coupons HERE
Free sample of Sun Crystals All Natural Sweetener HERE
Free Better than Ears dog treats sample HERE (from Wal-Mart)
Free Goodnites Underwear Sample HERE (from Wal-Mart)
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
We have had a very busy summer! My oldest 2 have been going back and forth for camps (thank goodness for fundraisers!!), we have been potty training, volunteering at our church and just trying to keep up with the calendar.
My gardening sputtered out, and I don't have anything to show for it.
My husband did manage to get a front porch built! It is so nice to be able to sit outside (when the mosquitos don't carry you off). And on a budget as well. He used the internet to compare prices and we were very happy to discover that our locally owned lumbar yard was able to provide us with the lowest cost, and high quality.
I have been able to build my Amazon account up with gift cards I earn from Swagbucks and IRazoo and the debit rewards program on my debit card.
Adding Netflix, and streaming Netflix thru our Wii has really changed our viewing habits! It is a great $9 to spend each month.
I am also revving up for Christmas! Yes, really! June 25 meant the 6 months until Christmas mark for this family. I have upped my online trading and swapping, accumulating points that I know I won't have shipping money for later.
Hope to have more to share soon!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Promo code will print with register receipt.
Offer valid 5-9-10 to 5-9-11 at participating Kroger locations. Purchases must be made in a single transaction.
Click HERE to find a location near you.
*See in store signage for complete list of participating products
Thursday, April 29, 2010
"Get new Disney*Pixar Toy Story 3 collectible mealtime items when you purchase specially-marked Sara lee Soft & Smooth bakery products! Collect them all for mealtime fun!
There are 3 to choose from:
A sectioned plate
A Buzz Lightyear Light Up lunch box
and a Breakfast set!
Go HERE to see the list of participating products and HERE print your order form! Offer expires August 1, 2010, and there is NO LIMIT mentioned on the order form!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
To help Stamp Out Hunger this year, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, like canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on May 8. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. The nation’s 230,000 letter carriers will be collecting donations from homes across the country and delivering them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations in more than 10,000 local communities.
And you can also go HERE to become a fan on Facebook and Campbells Soup Company will make a 1 can donation to Feeding America (up to 1 million cans) in support of the USPS collection efforts.
"For the third year in a row, Domino® Sugar is the presenting sponsor for Share our Strength’s® Great American Bake Sale to help fight childhood hunger. The Great American Bake Sale raises money to fight childhood hunger across the U.S. by encouraging individuals, families, organizations and schools to hold bake sales and donate the profits to help Share our Strength provide millions of meals and snacks to America’s children."
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
15 Free Music Downloads
One Free Movie Ticket
15 Free Ringtones
You can use the link above to see the list of participating items. (I am going to print mine out and carry it in my binder)
And don't forget that Kroger also has new digital coupons! These appear to be very similar to the ones available on Shortcuts.com, so not sure if they will work together. I will have to try it though! Can't hurt!
While you are on the Kroger homepage, you can also sign up to receive some free samples. They currently have Orville Redenbacher Cheddar Cheese Microwave Popcorn samples, $7 off Nicoderm and Huggies PullUps free Potty Trainig DVD.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Lista.com boasts itself as a totally FREE trading site. "Trade stuff for free" as the web site collects no money for listing items, etc.(there is also a link on my sidebar) It is much like ebay, with a very similar layout. However, you will see some listings that require the buyer to pay shipping. This MUST be listed in the description. You can sort items by FREE shipping however. This works on a credits system, and it is very easy to acquire more credits by linking to your Facebook or Twitter accounts. All members can earn fun little "badges" that are added to your profile for selling, buying, feedback, etc.
If you are looking for a more personal website, then ChocolateSoup is the place for you! A homey environment with friendly women who like to trade items as much as they trade tips, Chocolate Soup is a SAHM's dream site. It is a private group however, but there are no fees involved. This again works on a credit system knows as "chips". New auctions are posted almost daily and it is a great resource for coupons as well.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
*only freeze hard chocolate or milk chocolate, avoid chocolate covered marshmallows, raisins, fruit or popcorn. These will NOT taste good after freezing/thawing.
*look for hard candy, these also do well (think conversation hearts)
*do not remove candy from it's original packaging. You can also store in ziplock bags to preserve the fresh taste)
*make a specific place in your freezer for holiday candies (to keep others out of your stash).
This can cut your budget a lot, especially if you have kids. I generally spend about $2-4 for my 4 kids each holiday, and I don't have to rush out at the last minute.
And be sure to check your favorite online retailers for discounts!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Thanks to Erin @ Jane4girls$800 Annual Budget
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wal-Mart is having a special Littlest Pet Shop "Pets on Parade" on 2/13. Ad says, " a new parade will start inside the entrance of the store every 10-20 minutes during the hours of 11:00-2:00"
FREE giveaways: poster and stickers, parade flag & bag, LPS Diary sticker and a photo opportunity!
Check HERE to see if your local store is participating!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
1. grow a garden
2. de-clutter and hold a large yard sale in the spring
3. down-size my kids birthdays
4. blog more (and better)
5. start selling on Craigs List
6. re-do my teenagers room
7. take more pictures!
8. reduce my grocery spending (currently about $75/week for family of 6)
9. cut my trash down to 1 bag a week (goes along with composting, and more recycling)
10.start a business
So we had:
Bucket of Deli Buffalo Barbecue Wings
1lb bag of baby carrots
french baguette bread
Kroger Ranch Dressing
2 lt 7 Up drink
added 3 Ore-Ida fries @ .89 each
for a total cost of $12.66
then added salad we already had and a can of baked beans from the pantry.