Saturday, January 31, 2009

We Have a Winner....

Let me first say, I am sorry I am late with picking a winner. My son came home from school sick yesterday and I have been busy holding the bucket for him since then.

I picked the winner this morning and it was number 432. Brandy from North Carolina. Brandy has been sent an email and has until Monday at 4:30 to respond. Thanks to all that entered!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap......

Ingredients:

1 bar fels naptha, grated
1 cup arm & hammer super washing soda laundry detergent (a laundry booster)
1/2 cup borax
hot water

Directions:

1. Place grated soap in a pot.
2. Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.
3. Pour into 5 gallon bucket.
4. Add washing soda and borax.
5. Add enough hot water to fill the bucket.
6. Stir (I use a long measuring stick, but any long stick will work).
7. Let sit overnight to gel.
8. Use 1 cup per load.
9. (You can pour this into old detergent containers or leave in the bucket. Please cover with a lid if leaving in the bucket to protect children and pets.).

This costs pennies per load and works great!! Add a little white vinegar to the load as fabric softener.

Here are a few more recipes.... 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes : TipNut.com

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday....

The Official Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Fan Site - free sample

Agrimarks.com master - a freebie for your garden

Save up to $7.00 on a variety of Pledge® products! - get some coupons!

Free Little Thickburger with a purchase of a Little Thickburger Coupon Hardee’s - great Hardee's coupon!

Skin Care, Body Care, Facial Care, and Hand Care $2 printable coupon

COFFEE-MATE - Special Offers - GetYourCoupon - get the coupon!

No Form Needed
: Get a $5 Johnsonville gift card when you buy $10 in Johnsonville products, no form needed
Buy $10 in Johnsonville brand products, get a $5 gift card for any Johnsonville product. Submit a 3x5 card with:
1. Your name, address, city, state, zip, email (optional), date of birth, daytime phone.
2) The receipt(s) evidencing purchase of Johnsonville brand products in an aggregate amount equal to at least $10.
3) The UPCs from the products.Mail to:Johnsonville Gift Card Program Wild Impact Marketing 10001 Innovation Dr Ste 101Wauwatosa, WI 53226 Postmark by 2/15/09.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Frugal and Tasty Low Fat Muffins...........

I have been buying Weight Watcher's brand muffins these last few weeks as I diet. They taste great but are very expensive! This is my frugal solution...........


I found this cake mix in my pantry with a 2/$1.00 sticker on the top of the box. I buy these at the discount grocery store. I also saved my uneaten bananas. Add some home made apple sauce and 3 eggs and that gave me all the ingredients!



I filled my cupcake tins and a loaf pan..................


....... and ended up with 24 cupcakes (I wonder where the missing cupcake could be?) and 1 mini cake. I froze the muffins so I can pull a few out at a time. What I did not count on was my DH and DD loving these like they did! The mini cake is already gone! Since all these cost under $1.00, I guess I can share!!


Check out other tackles, tempts, tips and talk here.....

5 Minutes for Mom - Bringing Moms Together

The Lazy Organizer

BlessedwithGrace

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays Tammy's Recipes

Monday, January 26, 2009

Target Gift Card Give-away......

p>Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

It is Bloggy Give-Away Carnival Week again. I am starting off this Monday morning with a $10 gift card for Target for 1 lucky winner.

4 ways to win.

1. Leave your comment and email address in the comment section below.

2. Follow me by clicking over there ------> on the right hand column where it says follow me. Then leave another comment below telling me you did so.

3. Follow me on Twitter by clicking over there -----> where it says follow me on twitter. Then leave another comment below telling me you did so.

4. Link this contest to your blog and then come back and leave a link to your post in my comments.

Note... You can do any of these 4 ways or you can do them all.

Contest is open to US and Canada. I will pick a winner Friday at 4:30PM via Random Number Generator. If there is no email address to contact you, Your entry will not be chosen as the winner. I will give the winner until Monday at 4:30PM to respond to my email after I have notified them. If I do not hear back by Monday at 4:30PM, I will select a new winner.

Bloggy Giveaways - you can go here to see other give-aways.

Monday's Freebies....

http://www.weismarkets.com/pdf/homepage/gastearpad.pdf - get a free gas card with purchases of other products

Free Stuff - BabyKat.com - free sample of toilet bowl cleaner

Wholesale T-Shirt Club Registration - free tshirt

Cherry 7UP Antioxidant Orchard Sweepstakes - printable coupon

Take the Progresso Taste Challenge - printable coupons and a money back refund offer

Free Total® Cereal Samples – Sign Up Today - free sample

Menu Monday.....



We are dieting in this house so, our menu reflects that.


Monday... Whole Chicken, rice, broccoli


Tuesday... Chicken Taco Cups (my own version of this.. Chicken Taco Cups Recipe Taste of Home Recipes) Salad


Wednesday... Meatballs, Mac & Cheese (kids), Cauliflower


Thursday... Grilled cheese (kids), Soup and salad


Friday... night out


Saturday... Grill Night

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday stuf....

Walmart.com - Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal - free sample

Start Making Choices: The Welcome Kit get some free coupons and a popcorn sample when you click on "get Free Welcome Kit"

Sign Up for Email Specials - Papa John's Delivery or Carryout Pizza - Order Online and have your pizza delivered. sign up to get this coupon from Papa John's

http://www.smartbalance.com/guarantee/downloads/SB_refund_form.pdf - money back guarantee

Things I love Thusday.....


Things I love Thursday is here and this what I love right now......


Yep.... yogurt! Have you tried them? They have the best flavors! My favorites are Raspberry Cheesecake and Apple Turnover. They only have 110 calories and add calcium to your diet! What a great little snack!

Now enjoy them cheap with this coupon....
Print Your Coupon


Go here to see what other people love... thediaperdiaries.net

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday...

2 great books coming out soon that are written by popular bloggers.....


Because I Said So!

Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family, A

Free Pet Treats - www.freepettreats.com - free pet treat

Degree® Ultraclear - 75 cent printable coupon

Valuable Pet Food Coupons for Dogs and Cats Purina.com - great pet food coupons

The Exercise Guru - free mini football

http://joebidensteeth.com/ - submit a picture... get a free pack of gum!!

Free food.....

With people losing their jobs and the economy as bad as it is... who couldn't use some free food. Here is a list of free after rebate items or things that only cost a few cents after a coupon or mail in rebate. I know you all know how to get cheap food with coupons... it is just a matter of actually printing or cutting the coupons. This list will help you add some items to your pantry and get most of your money back too!! That Works for me this Wednesday!

Valuable Pet Food Coupons for Dogs and Cats Purina.com - free can of mighty dog

http://www.autozone.com/images/in_our_stores/store_rebates/ventfresh_0911_08.pdf - free car freshener after rebate

http://www.pepsistuff.com/2009superbowl_webform.pdf $15 back from Pepsi and Frito Lay. Add coupons and sales to this deal and get a pretty cheap deal.

http://www.activiachallenge.com/pdf/Activia_Challenge_Rules_Redemption_Form.pdf get $12 back on yogurt


http://www.actii.com/13110cap_ACTII_Rebate_form.pdf - free popcorn after the rebate

http://www.alagio.com/Rebate_Form.pdf shampoo free after the rebate

http://www.duncanhines.com/carrotcake/Carrot_Cake_Rebate_Form.pdf - free cake mix after rebate

Promotions free cereal after rebate

http://www.preciouscat.com/pdf/Free_Litter_Fax_Form_fill_8-17-06.pdf - free cat litter after rebate

http://www.progressotastechallenge.com/Progresso_Rebate_Form.pdf free soup after rebate

http://www.trysurefree.com/forms/try_max_free.pdf - free deodorant after rebate

X-14 Rebate Offers - free after rebate

http://www.yo-plus.com/form-r.pdf more free yogurt after rebate

http://media.gerber.com/nirf/cm2/upload/A21519C5-13D5-45DF-BBFD-B6235DF22305/moneyback_request.pdf - free baby formula after rebate

Aunt Jemima - money back after rebate

No Form Needed: Seen on a can of Hanover Kidney Beans. Free "Kid Bean" & "Chick Pea" commemorative stuffed collectibles. Send 8 UPCs for one or 16 UPCs for both from any 15.5 oz Hanover Beans to:Hanover Foods Corp; Free Hanover Stuffed Collectible Offer; Box 334; Hanover PA 17331

No Form Needed for: Hillshire Farm Try Me Free Offer, Box 6154, Dept A, Douglas, AZ 85655. PP refund to $4.99. Send the UPC from one pkg of Hillshire Farm Deli Select Ultra Thin Hickory Smoked Chicken Breast lunchmeat and your NAZ on a 3 x 5 card. You must also send the SMP sticker. Send a DCRTC (dtd by 6-30-09).

Buy one box of Ziploc® Brand Big Bags, get one free!** printable B1G1F coupon

riceworks - Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps - free item coupon

http://liquid-plumr.com/pdf/Liquid-Plumr-refund-form.pdf free after rebate

See what works for others here..... Rocks In My Dryer

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday...



It is that time of year again. Time to clean out the pantry. While DH watched football, I sat in the pantry (a corner room in my basement) and organized and purged. I even took a grocery (paper and reuseable!) full of items up to my kitchen to use. It is like shopping from home!

Over the last year, we have eaten this pantry down quite a bit. It is time to start restocking! Tomorrow I will post on how to stock your pantry free or cheap!

I bought all this peanut butter several months ago so I am going to assume it is still safe.
These are the items I pulled out to donate to the local food bank.
Find more tackles, talks and tips here....

Tammy's Recipes Everyday Cooking Inspiration

The Lazy Organizer

Inauguration Day.....


What a historical day this is. A black man as President. The color of some one's skin, is no longer an issue. Who would have imagined we could do it. Maybe one day we will even let a woman be President.
This is the first President from my own generation. We all here that one day our generation will rule the world. I am living that!

This day is filled with so much hope. Hope that this man can turn this country alone. The weight of our country is now on his shoulders. Can he do it?

He can not do it alone. We all need to stand up and take part of this change. Let's make this country a better place. Let's make the world a better place. Let's pledge along with these folks....

MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge





I pledge to live a little greener.

I pledge to help support my local food bank.

I pledge to be a kinder person. To be the friend we all wish we had.

Won't you pledge along?

Tuesday.....

http://f.chtah.com/i/34/528207786/20090119_8700_coupon.html - free lotion with purchase at Bath and Body works! It is never too early to think Christmas!!

REG PATH - Generic Reg Path - Offer Page - sign up to get samples and coupons from Pepsi

Eversave MINIFLOW - Robitussin 120508 Promotion - $2 off cough medicine.... 'tis the season!

Eversave MINIFLOW - Perdue Frozen 10709 Promotion $2 off Perdue chicken

TEASTA™ Teas - Free Loose Leaf Samples - free sample of tea

Household - Cleaning Products Clorox Printable $5 coupon

http://media.gerber.com/nirf/cm2/upload/A21519C5-13D5-45DF-BBFD-B6235DF22305/moneyback_request.pdf - money back on formula... free after reabate!!

http://www.yo-plus.com/form-r.pdf free after rebate on yogurt!

Krispy Kreme to offer free doughnut on Inauguration Day : News-Record.com : Greensboro, North Carolina - free doughnut today!!

Download Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” - FOR FREE! mjsbigblog - free download of Kelly Clarkson song

Valentine Coloring Pages - free valentine printables

confessions of a yummy mummy: Yummy Mummy's First Giveaway!!! - go enter this contest! OR.. don't go... I want to win!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday.....

Sorry to be so late today. We headed out first thing this morning to a pediatric cardiology appointment over an hour away from home. We loaded the car with things to do and drinks and snacks. I am happy to say we had a great check up and also made it there and back with out spending any money!! Enjoy today's freebies!

Free Portable Spray Bottles - Tan Salon - free spray bottle... this would be great for the kids to play with in the summer!

Beaverton - Recycling & Garbage: Request Information for Apartments - free recycling tote

Dior cosmetics : beauty products, makeup tips, fragrances and skincare - make up sample

Aunt Jemima - satisfaction guarantee!! Get This product free after rebate!!

http://www.nba.com/media/cavaliers/riteaid_coupon_1.pdf printable $5 off $25 at Rite Aid!

No Form Needed: Seen on a can of Hanover Kidney Beans. Free "Kid Bean" & "Chick Pea" commemorative stuffed collectibles. Send 8 UPCs for one or 16 UPCs for both from any 15.5 oz Hanover Beans to:Hanover Foods Corp; Free Hanover Stuffed Collectible Offer; Box 334; Hanover PA 17331

Aeropostale Extra 30% off clearance with code EXTRA30

Free Redbox rental code for today only... K6W3G4.

KRAFT First Taste - Try New Products Before Anyone Else sign up or log in to get $1.50 off Sugar Free Rice Pudding. Another great Diet treat!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

STOP!!!

Stop what you are doing right now and PLEASE go vote for me here......

http://cheaptweet.com/t/iky3fv

I promise it will only take you 30 seconds!!!

Just click on Its Cheap under the little picture on the top left!

Go quick!!

Friday...

It is a lovely 6 degrees here this morning. That is cold!

Found Money Update: DD found a quarter on the floor in school yesterday!! We are getting rich now!!

After surviving severe burns in a plane crash then months of recovery and rehab, nienie will start blogging again today! Why not go over there and give her some encouragement!

Sustainable Suitcase: Three (small) things to pack for healthy, green travel : Sustainablog - I love this article on 3 things to pack to travel a little greener!!

K-PAK Enter to Win - free shampoo and conditioner

Walmart.com - POISE - free sample

Refund Cents Check it out!! Free access to my favorite on line Refunding magazine this weekend with these codes...
username: wifeswap
password: wifeswap
but that access will not start working until early Friday.


No Form Needed for:
Hillshire Farm Try Me Free Offer, Box 6154, Dept A, Douglas, AZ 85655. PP refund to $4.99. Send the UPC from one pkg of Hillshire Farm Deli Select Ultra Thin Hickory Smoked Chicken Breast lunchmeat and your NAZ on a 3 x 5 card. You must also send the SMP sticker. Send a DCRTC (dtd by 6-30-09). I just bought a package with the same refund It was for the Turkey breast with Cracked Pepper.

and this one...

Healthy Balance - Healthy Balance - Promotions

JELL-O Ready To Eat - JELL-O Gelatin, Pudding, and No-Bake Desserts - a rare 60 cent printable coupon. I love this sugar free pudding!!!

Print Your Coupon - printable coupon for $1 on GE Energy Smart CFL light bulb

$1200 Frugal Challenge 2009 - a new blog I found and love

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday....

Thanks to all the kind remarks about this post... Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Where I stand.... I will be trying to call this woman again today. I tried last night but her phone was busy. All night. I will be telling her she should be volunteering in a soup kitchen instead of spending so many hours on the phone just like she said I should do instead of spending so much time on line. (Uh -Oh! Is Facebook's word twist reporting my hours to her?) I do appreciate all the encouragement I recieved from my bloggy friends! I love you all!!


http://www.bordersmedia.com/coup/coupon250115.asp?cmpid=SL_20090115_REW Border's printable coupon

- Bazaar.com - free sample

Propecia Association - Home Page - free tshirt

Welcome to My Oral Care - Home - free sample

Free Total® Cereal Samples – Sign Up Today - free sample

Facebook WHOPPER® Sacrifice - free Whopper if you will delete 10 friends from your Facebook page.

Refund Cents free access to my favorite on line Refunding magazine this weekend with these codes...
username: wifeswappassword: wifeswapbut that access will not start working until early Friday.


Hearts&Minds free peanut butter sample

Krispy Kreme to offer free doughnut on Inauguration Day : News-Record.com : Greensboro, North Carolina - free doughnut on Tuesday!!

Eat Better America Free Coupons! - free coupon booklet

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Where I stand...

When I first became a stay at home mom, I found a few pen pals to swap coupons, form friendships, and give each other support. This really helped me fill the personal communication void that my then 2 year old was unable to fill. I think the pen pal thing worked out for all of us and nice friendships were formed.

2 1/2 years ago, I started working again. Yes, I work from home but I still have hours in my day where my time is dedicated to my job. Part of that time, I am on the phone with patients reminding them of appointments. This is a job a 10 year old could do. To break up the boredom, I play on the computer while I work. This give me plenty of time for my blog, keeping in touch with friends and just plain surfing (OK, I do like to play word twist with my Facebook friends too!) I no longer have time for the penpal thing and I think I left a few offended.

My bloggie friend Debbie wrote this post.. Suburb Sanity: I'm back, baby! about what would happen when her town found her blog. Well, I guess I never thought about what would happen when my old pen pals found my blog. I got a very hate filled letter from one this afternoon.

She read this story... Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: The funniest story..... and was very offended. She thinks that the "Itchy Vagina" woman may have been Jesus and I offended him. Well, I guess she should know more of the story then. I tell everyone that goes to this nail salon that she is my favorite tech and I always hope to get her. I have long conversations with her each time even though I have said she speaks "broken English". If she is Jesus, she already knows how much I really do like her even though she shouted across the nail salon that she has an "itchy vagina"!

Another blog I frequently read is... Beautiful Mess: What's the Difference. I love her post about opinions vs. judgement. This is an issue we all struggle with. I did not mean to be judgemental of the "itchy vagina" woman.... just relayed a funny story. I am sorry If you, Miss "Hate Filled Letter" do not see the humor in the situation. (should I have told the "Itchy Vagina Woman" she was making fun of me when she said "OH MY" when she saw how bad my eyebrows needed to be waxed that day?)

Another point that she goes on to make is that I should maybe volunteer in a soup kitchen instead of spending time in a nail salon or on the computer. Well, dear, I am on the computer while I am working to help support my family. Should I stop getting my nails done because Miss "Hate Filled Letter" thinks I should? Well, let's think about this. I work hard to take care of my family. If I want to spend a few dollars to get my nails done each month, should I be allowed?

The meaning of frugal is not to live without. It means to use your resources wisely as my friend bloggy friend Mercedes explains in this video clip... Today's TMJ4 - Special Assignment - Video - Mercedes on a Budget.

By stretching my dollars and living more frugal, I am able to afford a few extras in life. I have never once claimed to be poor on this blog. It has never been about how poor I am and what I can get free. I also never claimed to be financially well off. I live a middle class life just like the majority of you. My DH and I both work.

While everyone is allowed an opinion, I will stand by my words and say that I am not making fun of anyone... except maybe my family. Very rarely do I print controversial words in my blog or in comments in someone else's unless I have firm beliefs in what I am saying. Blogs are like television. If you do not like it... do stop to look at it! If you have your own opinion and want to be heard... write your won blog and keep your rude comments off mine because they will be deleted.

And... by the way.... I will be going to visit "Itchy Vagina" woman tomorrow for the first time since her problem. I will still be hoping to have her do my nails!

Wednesday....

Let's see how cold it will get this week. We were at 14 degrees at 8:15 this morning! Imagine what it was at 5 AM! BBBBRRRRRRRR




I sent this bag full of boxtops to school with my DD. The class that has the most, wins a party. Have any to share? Her school also earns 10 cents per boxtop.







Gas-X - free sample





SUAVENOMICS - go sign up for a free bottle of suave!!














$5 Dinners: Designer Lunch Tote Giveaway - go enter to win a rocking lunch bag!! Reuseable too!!! Go green in style!!

Wordless Wednesdays.....

Dad gave me a push.....

I'm flying now.....

Crashing at the bottom....



....and back up to go again!


See more wordless Wednesday's here....

Wordless Wednesday, Less Of Me~ More Of Him, 5 Minutes for Mom - Bringing Moms Together, The Not-So-Blog Blog, SevEn cLoWn CirCuS

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday.....

Signup Form free sample

Carmen Estate Coffee - free coffee

AROMATIK - Sauna Blends & Steambath Blends - free sample

Walmart.com - Rachael Ray Nutrish - free sample of dog food

Sign Up For Savings MiniCarParts.net: Save On MINI Cooper Parts & Accessories - free keychain

MapMyRun.com Febreze SPORT - free sample

Annie's Attic - Warm Stripings - free crochet coupon daily

Bud Family Bud Bowl Fiesta Grocery
P.O. Box 758983
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No Beer Purchase Required.
Budweiser Save $10 on Tortilla chips, tortillas, salsa, cooking oils, meats, cheeses, marinades and all canned or bottled vegetables/sauces. Purchase price must exceed $10.
Valid in AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, MA, ME, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, RI, SD, UT, VA, WV.
Valid 1/1/09-2/1/09, received by 2/16/09

Coupon: Common Sense Community - Brought to you by SCOTT® - printable rebate

http://www.smuckers.com/promotions/disney/pdfs/Scrapbook_form.pdf - printable rebate offer from Jif

Buy one box of Ziploc® Brand Big Bags, get one free!** printable B1G1F coupon

Kashi Seven Whole Grain Cereal Snacks Entrees printable $2 coupon

Monday, January 12, 2009

Menu Monday....



Monday... Meatballs, salad, apple slices, raw carrots

Tuesday... baked Chicken legs, broccoli, baked french fries

Wednesday... salad for me and mac and cheese, yogurt and fruit for the kids (DH won't be here for dinner)

Thursday... beef roast, rice, asparagus

Friday... night out

Saturday... grill night

Monday.....

I am helping a neighbor out this week and watching her kid before and after school. This morning, as I was loading the fireplace, so the kid would not freeze in my very cold house (my kids are used to it!)... the kid asked "why didn't you just flip the switch to light the fire instead of doing all that?" I am assuming at his house they have a gas fireplace OR a little fairy that does all that when you flip a switch. :O) Whatever!! Your way may be easier kid but mine is free!!

Cosmetics Settlement - Information Website cosmetic settlement - go see if you qualify!

Go to http://www.suave.com/ on Jan 14 to get a coupon for a free bottle

Rock Out With Me - free tshirt

UPDATE:Free Bag of Riceworks Gourmet Crisps Print coupon! added a pdf to print ! - print a free coupon

I Pledge Create a Pledge Gerber Start Healthy Stay Healthy - free baby spoon

Feeding is Believing™ – Transform your Pet’s Life Hill’s Nutrition - check out the 3 bag challenge

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Weekend Update.....

I have not been out of the house very much this week until today. It is very hard to find change in parking lots when they are covered in snow and ice. We did an extra walk around the farmers market this am to look for change. My DD is really into this! So not only did we get extra exercise but we found 2 cents!! Not a million but ti will add up and it is found money!!

We are prepared for a snow storm this weekend. We have a garage full of wood, buckets of water and the portable DVD player is charged so bring it on Mother Nature!!

RewardsGold.com - free year of Woman's Day magazine

User account The Great Sunflower Project - free sunflower seeds - to plant!

..: The Dish Coupon Offer ::.. - free coupon from Del Monte

Skin Care, Body Care, Facial Care, and Hand Care _ printable $2 off St Ives coupon

http://www.samsclubmemberservices.com/02_PNG_10041_PGMicrosite/Media/PDF/ROP_Final%20010609.pdf - coupon to get a $25 Sam's club gift card when you become a member!!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday......

Hey! Check it out! I am finally offically with BlogHer!! Yeah me!! Click overe here --------> to see their stuff!

Suze Orman's Free Book Download - free book download

User account Michael Angelo's Family Table printable B1G1F coupon

http://www.olay.com/Club_Olay/dec2008/images/OLAY820_Def_giftcard_form.pdf - printable rebate form

Walmart.com - SOYJOY All Natural Fruit & Soy Bar - free sample

Home Made Simple® - sign up for the coupon book and get a free coupon inside!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tuesday Tackle, Tempting and Talking.....

UPDATE...............

Here is the notebook style recipe book I keep......

...... and here it is with real recipe cards in it instead of magazine clippings and scraps of paper from internet recipes. I love being organized like this!!


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I am determined to get all these recipes on nice cards and in the book where they belong...... TODAY!


Finished picture will follow!






Go here to see more.....






Tuesday......

I have heard some morning reports that Target Christmas clearance is 90% today. I was there Sunday when we needed medicine for DD and they had nothing left that I was interested in. I will be saving even more money by staying home and not shopping!

I got this awesome coupon in the mail yesterday! I will be taking it to Target to get my free cloth bag. Remember this.... Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Free Stuff... Works for Me!! to see what I did to get this coupon!

Free Sample Request - free organic cereal sample

Quaker Oats - yummy free sample

Print Your Coupon - $1 printable coupon. My DS and his friend call these pizza pillows!

http://www.rightathome.com/offers/jangiftpack/default.aspx - go fast to get this sample!

http://static.oprah.com/images/ads/ffighter/ffighter_web_coupon.pdf - printable $2 coupon

Beck's Key Club - Downloads - mail in rebate on beer! Check if it is valid in your state - it is not valid in PA.

LACTAID® Offers - $1 Off LACTAID® Milk Products - free sample

Monday, January 05, 2009

Not Me!!!!

I found this blog... my charming kids ..... when little Stellan was in the hospital for RSV. Stellan is home now and doing well. BUT... I still am drawn to this blog! I love it so much I decided to join along in her Monday carnival!

It could not have been me who ate a whole Hershey bar after lunch, even though I am supposed to be eating better in 2009!

Was it really me that just deleted about 20 blogs from my favorites cause they started to bore me? Don't worry, I still have about 100 on the list!

Is it me that is secretly wishing for a big snow storm?

SSShhhh don't tell my DS that I think I enjoy reading Junie B Jones books to him more than he is enjoying them. They are funny books!!

It could not have been me that was secretly happy to see DH go to work this morning after being home since December 18th!! I hope the door did not hit him in the butt on the way out!!

Monday....

What a rough day in our house yesterday! First DD tested positive for strep. While I had her at the doctor, DH and DS went to visit Grammy. While there, DS called 911! UGH! It is time for Christmas break to be over!!

One of my new features for 2009 will be "Found Money". I am keeping track of how much money our family can find laying on sidewalks, streets and parking lots. I found a penny so far!! Can I fill this jar before the year is over on just found money? I will keep a running total on the right hand column. Let's see how much my family can find.



Walmart.com - Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Lotion - free sample

Walmart.com - KOTEX Lightdays THIN - free sample

free glue dot samples - Glue Dots - free sample

Norfolk Southern Corporation - Coloring Book Requests - free coloring book

CankerMelts - FREE Sample! - free sample

RewardsGold.com get Self magazine!

Coupons Canine Caviar

http://liquid-plumr.com/pdf/Liquid-Plumr-refund-form.pdf - printable refund form

No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog - fun book about blogging!

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Menu Monday......



One of my New Years Resolutions was for our family to eat healthier. Exercise more too. No official diets but just to be healthier in general. I am supposed to start that today. I also start this day with a microwave waiting for a part in order for it to function again. I have a few things to clear out of the house too. This weeks menu will reflect a little of all this.


Sunday.. Fend for yourself night. DS went to dinner with his Aunt and brought something home for his sick sister.


Monday... Baked pork chops, baked potatoes, peas and clementines


Tuesday... Spaghetti and bruchetta


Wednesday... Whole chicken, rice, raw carrots, pears


Thursday... Club sandwiches and spinach salad


Friday... night out


Saturday... grill night

Friday, January 02, 2009

Friday..... and Garden Time!!

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Coupons print a coupon for $0.50/1 Wacky Mac pasta and $0.50/1 No-Yolk pasta (print it a 2nd time by using the back button on your browser) Makes the pasta either free or very cheap!! This is a great pantry item!!


It is seed catalog season!! This one is my Dh's (the seed guru) favorite...... Seed Savers Exchange. They have all heirloom seeds and promote the idea of saving your own seeds from your crops instead of buying them each year. What a great "green" idea! When you buy seeds from places like Burpee, you can not do this since they genetically alter the seeds so that the seeds from the first year crop will not produce fruit for you. We have tried. You get a nice plant with little to no fruit on it.

Dh would like to become a master gardener but we are not sure about the time committment. With a very demanding job, a family and coaching DS's baseball team in the spring.... well, there just is not much time left do do anything besides mow the grass and work on your own garden.

With the economy how it is, there is not better time to try your hand at gardening! A few plants could really help your grocery bill! Some lettuce, a few tomatoes, peppers and cabbage!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Years Day......

Well, here we are 2009. Another new year.

It is a tradition here to eat Pork and sauerkraut for good luck. I have some slow cooking in my crockpot. Any traditions in your neck of the woods?

I am also making some resolutions this year. Here is my short list.....

1. I am vowing to take some steps towards living a healthier life. I will be 42 this year and want to stay young. I will be walking more this year and sticking to it. Not only to lose weight but to have better health in general.

2. I would like to find more patience. I am wound tight most days. I would like to unwind a little and relax about life and be patient with others.

3. Our family started living a little "greener" in 2008 and I am happy with the progress we made. I would love to do a little better in 2009.

4. I want to build this blog just a little more in 2009. I have come a long way in the last 2 years but I would like to go just a little bit farther.

How about you? Any resolutions?
 
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