Sunday, July 19, 2009

13 Simple Ways to Save Money

I found this simple list last week online. They are practical ways to save. What do you do to save money?


1. Stay home. The more you are out running around the more money you spend in purchases, gas, food, etc.

2. When you must go out combine errands. Gas is expensive, if you can combine your errands into a once a week trip you will save money and time.

3. Pay with cash. This has been endlessly debated, but statistics show that people spend 12-18% less when paying with the green stuff, and I don’t mean American Excess.

4. Eat at home. Unless you are a single person eating off the dollar menu at Wendy’s, it is hard to eat out for cheaper than what you can make
at home. Strapped for time, bulk cook on the weekends so you will have food during the week.

5. When you leave a room turn out the lights. I am amazed at how many people don’t do this. (including my kids!)

6. Cut your shower time in half.

7. Menu plan. Once again, this takes a few minutes at the beginning of the week and save tons of money by avoiding extra trips to the store
throughout the week or dining out because nothing is planned for dinner.

8. Don’t grocery shop when you are hungry.

9. Make a grocery list and stick to it. No impulse purchases.

10. Make one meatless meal a week. Hey, beans and rice are cheap.

11. Get a library card. The library is free entertainment, from books to movies, to cds, libraries are an underutilized resource in my opinion.

12. Drink more water. It is cheap and good for you.

13. Recycle. I am not talking about putting things in your recycle bin, although that is a good idea too. Before you throw something out think about how you might use that item for something else. Worn socks = dust rag, shoe box = mailing box, coffee can= storage for kids crayons. The possibilities on this one are endless. If you can reuse it then you are probably saving yourself time and money by not having to purchase something else.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Instant Oatmeal Muffins

It seems like we always have three or four packets of instant oatmeal left in the box. It's usually the ones that no one likes! Here's a creative recipe that will help you clean out your pantry!

I can't remember where I found this one, but it sure does sound delish.

Instant Oatmeal Muffins

  • 1 cup Self Rising Flour
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3 packets instant oatmeal, any flavor will do
  • enough boiling water to the wet ingredients and blend into a thick paste

  1. In one bowl mix the flour, sugar and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl gently whisk the egg and then add in the melted butter. Stir that together.
  3. In the third bowl add enough boiling water to the 3 packets of instant oatmeal that it is a thick consistency of oatmeal.
  4. Once the oatmeal is mixed well add it to the wet ingredients and stir them until blended. Then add the wet to the dry and mix them well. The batter will be thick.
  5. Grease a muffin pan and add the batter.
  6. Bake 15-18 minutes on 350.
This recipe will make 1 dozen regular sized muffins

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Just a Few Random Thoughts. . .

Make a Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit. Find out how here.

How to make your own Sunscreen-- Oh if I had only seen this BEFORE we went to Florida!

Fine dining isn't always so "fine." Sometimes that delicious meal is tainted by overcooked meat, still-frozen food, caterpillars nestled in the greens or other surprises that ruin a perfectly good dinner. Read this article about The Etiquette of Sending Back Meals.

DIY for making dryer balls from wool yarn rather than the blue plastic PVC alternative.

Interesting Recipes-very frugal

Save 70% off of $25 Gift Certificates when you use code SEVENTY.Pay $3 thru 7/13/09 only at Restaurant.com.

Free envelope template here and here.

Free Birthday Pixy Stick Project. Check it out here.

Free CUTE Bookplate Template here.

Peach Streusel Crisp

Peach Streusel Crisp--a great way to use up those over-ripe peaches!

  • 9 ripe peaches
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. vanilla
  • 2 T. flour


Topping:

  • 1 stick cold butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350.

  1. Grease the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan or medium casserole dish. (Double recipe for a 9 x 13 pan!)
  2. Peel and pit peaches, slice, and place in a bowl. Top with sugar, flour cinnamon and vanilla. Toss to coat and set aside while preparing topping.
  3. Make streusel by cutting the butter into the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. This is easily done by hand, or use a pastry cutter, or by using two forks in a chopping motion until it has a course texture.
  4. Put peaches in the pan, top with strusel, and bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and peaches are bubbling.
  5. Top with vanilla ice cream!

Very Berry Crumble Bars

I am not sure where I got this recipe, but it's super simple and oh so wonderful!

Ingredients:
  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup strawberry ice cream topping
  • 3/4 cup blueberries

Directions:
  1. Mix the cake mix, brown sugar and oats together.
  2. Add the oil and the egg and mix well.
  3. Pat half of the dough into a prepared 13 x 9-inch pan.
  4. Spoon the strawberry topping over the dough, and top with the blueberries.
  5. Crumble the rest of the dough over the topping and blueberries. B
  6. ake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Cool and cut into bars.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Marshall's GIft Card Giveaway from Coupon Princess

Check out this giveaway from Coupon Princess!
  • Do you need some cash to shop?
  • How about this, they told me to use the Marshall's gift card myself or pay it forward.
  • So here is your chance to win a $25 Gift Card.

A Jillie Willie Travel Case for FREE?



Check out Frugal Girls Site. They are giving away a Jillie Willie Travel Case!

I had never heard of this site, but they have some CUTE stuff!


Have you heard of Jillie Willie? Jill Grover started Jillie Willie in the Fall of 2006. Not only is it a fun name, but it's an adorable online boutique with a wide variety of fun products! Jillie Willie sells:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Fairytale Brownies Giveaway. Chocolate Lovers, Behold!


Here's a great giveaway from The Not-So Blog!


From the website of Fairytale Brownies: “Inspired by a treasured family recipe and a commitment to excellence, we created enchanting Fairytale Brownies. Our magical blend indulges your senses with fudgy chocolate goodness, taking you back to fond childhood memories.”

Do you want to win this necklace? Check out the details below!


There's a contest running over at the Coupon Queens of Laurel Run for a gorgeous necklace. It is from a company called Kennebug and the necklace is called Mother's Love Necklace .

It is beautiful and you should go check it out!

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