Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Fruits & Vegetables
* Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove any chemical residue.
1 roll of Bounty or Viva paper towels (others will shred)
Use a serrated knife or coping saw to cut the roll of paper towels in half.
You'll also need a container-- a leftover "large-size" store-bought wipes container (the kind that comes in a roll) that has a hole in the lid; or a Tupperware container that's about the same size, you will have to lift the lid each time.
1T Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil
1T Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo (other brands will mold before you finish the roll)
After you cut the paper towels in half, put one-half aside for the next batch. In the container, Stir the liquid mixture well, and then place the half-roll of paper towels in the container. Put the lid on, and shake a few times to saturate the towels. Lift the lid and pull the first "wipe" from the middle. They should tear off easily after that. These cost about 50 cents a batch, as opposed to $2.00+ for store bought brands.
Anywho, thanks to our fav newlywed for the tasty website from about.com on frugal living for parents. It's got some handy tips, and I must say my avorite is the first:
I have six kids (four still at home). For a snack, I save the juice fromGenius! I could got for a mandarin orange pop right about now!
canned fruit. I add a little water and make pop-cycles. The kids love it and I'm
not throwing the juice down the drain.
Friday, February 23, 2007
So tiny, yet absolutely fabulous and fun. The book even has tons of recipes, a tiny pot, skewers and a tea light to heat it!! The portions are enough for 1 and a half people but the fun is how it is just a blast to make and have as a conversation piece at a party. A few years ago I got it for a friend of mine, and she equally flipped. It's so tiny and thoughtful and cute and the perfect gift when you have no CLUE what else to get. There are awesome mini book kits that are the same adorable premise, from sushi to gardening to origami!
Amazon.com has a list of some cute mini books available, and then, of couse, you want to shop around;) I got mine at Walmart.com for a cool $6.67 plus $.97 shipping. Hey, if a friend is having a bad day, send them the mini Spa Kit and let them know you're thinking of them. Cheaper than flowers, and funnier too!
Speaking of catalogs: For the craft-minded people out there, one of my favorite
craft sites is http://www.firemountaingems.com/. On the main page you can order their free (humongo), color catalog. It's filled with gorgeous beads (including pearls and Swarovski), jewelry and ideas, and the best part is, since they're wholesale, the more you buy, the more you save! (For example, a 16-in., cultured fresh-water pearl strand, can be as low as $4.85. Granted, you have to be 200 strands to get that price, but.... And if you just want a couple of strands, they're about $9/strand. Also, the quality may not be as great as if you went to a high-end jeweler, but if you're just making something with pearls, this is a great deal.)
1. Go to restaurant.com.
2. Enter a zip code to shop.
3. Click Add to Cart for the certificates you'd like.
4. Click "Check Out" and enter code DINE for 60% off.
Click "Recalculate Total" to apply your savings.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Snapfish is offering a free 11x14 poster print using coupon code
PUBLIXFREEPOSTER. Shipping is $1.99 and tax is charged in some states.
They also have coupon code FEBAFFSH25 for free shipping up to 25
Woohoo! I can always use free prints, but a poster??? Good golly, the only problem is figuring out which pic to use!! Now it is for new customers only and expires February 28th, so get moving!!
These all have deals that range all over the place from food to technology. Whatever your niche, you'l probably find something! Much thanks and love to Olaf, and enjoy the surfing!!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
We have a Roomba Red, and we didn't buy it, we got it free with a Home Depot promotion when you had them install new carpet (we were going todshop around on installers and then I saw that beautiful RED, RED Roomba an my husband couldn't talk me out of it!). It's one of the basic models, but for what it does, I'm crazy about it. I just turn it on and walk away (if I can, it's hypnotizing to watch - and if you press any button on your TV remote while it's on, it changes direction heehee!) and when it's done, the carpet looks nice and fluffy. I still need to give it a good regular vacuum every now and then, but in between it maintains the wear of the floor well and I have to do it less. I like less:)
So when we found out his elderly grandmother was having trouble vacuuming her house, he popped on ebay and got one for around $100 shipped to her place and she adored it. Heck, we even found a deal on their new Scooba and bought it because all our floors here are tile, but right after we bought it we got a housekeeper and now we're moving, so we'll have to get a new place to make good use of it:)
Check out ebay and see how doggone cheap they can be. You don't need all the fancy doodads like extra virtual walls or docking stations, and if you do decide you want them later, you can get bargains on them on ebay as well.
Hey, if robots are going to be infiltrating our world, at least we can be the masters for a little while!
Oh booga, you haven't lost your touch! You still know how to get me all a-twitter!!
I have a hint to share! Target donates all their brand-new out-of-season, overstocked or discontinued items to Goodwill! You can get tons of great brand-new Target stuff there all the time, and the prices are great! I went in yesterday, and there was a sale for 25 items for $1!! I KNOW! It was mostly magnets and things, but I stocked up on 25 packs of really cute "Thank You"cards to use in my business!I looked this up on the web, and several peeps from across the country have said this same thing, so it looks to be a generally widespread practice. One person said they found a guestbook from Target for their wedding for $.99 at a Goodwill, so boooooya! I'd suggest asking your local Goodwill when they usually get donations (when I was in college, the local employees knew me by name!!) and then wait outside until they open that day with a jar of pennies. Because it's just. that. exciting.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
On the Coldstone front, they will also give you free ice cream on your birthday! I have a link on my post. There are 4 coldstones between my home and my office. I'll be hitting PRINT 4x on friday and have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. Yum yum (for dessert I'll have a barf bag)!
SO as always this year I will of course be freaking out at being older, but at least I'll have something oh, so lovely to look forward to!
3 tsp. cooking oil
1 packet Koolaid
1 cup flour
1 cup boiling water
Mix salt, flour, and Koolaid. Add boiling water and oil and stir until well blended and cool enough to handle. Knead with your hands until the dough has a really nice texture. You might have to add a little flour if it is still sticky at that point. Store in an air tight ziplock bag. This playdough smells great and doesn't stain. It's a keeper!
Monday, February 19, 2007
*Floating hotel. No getting lost trying to find attractions, shows, pools and other fun are within walking distance from your bed. And if you want to take a shore excursion, there's a travel agent on the boat who will set it up for you. When we went to the Bahamas for our honeymoon, we checked out the stats on out 2 ports, and found that one had very little to do, and the other was a big city. So at the little port, we took a cheap snorkeling trip and on the big one, I checked out a book from our local library and it gave us a walking tour of the city, and then from there we found a beach and a market to haggle at. So dang convenient!
*FOOD. Yup, I'm one of those goody two-shoes Mormons, but when it comes to cruises, it is the cheapest and best vacay option. We don't drink alcohol, so that big ticket is out o' there (I have a friend who went on a cruise and her alcohol bill cost more than the cruise!). But the glorious food is all included, all day long every day. For most dinners I'll order more than one entree and all the desserts, because I want to try everything. That meant yes, lobster and steak at the same time, I already paid for it, dagnabit! It's a trip to go out to eat and not look at the prices:)
So why not? Use all those saved pennies for one really awesome memory!
This site comes from alert cheapskate Sabrina, who manages to feed (and not strangle) a family with 4 of the cutest kiddos the planet has ever seen.
"...It's a great way to share good finds on deals with other people in your area. It's called pinchingyourpennies.com and there are different discussion forums for every state in the U.S. I'm telling ya, since I started pinching pennies a few months ago, we've had a better food storage than we have had in YEARS. I have cake mix, cookie mix, Ragu pasta sauce, tampons, deoderant, toothpaste, Mac and Cheese - all for FREE! I do it by getting the coupons that come in the newspaper every week, then holding on to them until a really good sale comes along. Then I bring in my coupons to get amazing bargains on stuff! It works!"
Thanks, girl! Keep doin' what you do and looking MAAAHHHHVELOUS at the same time!!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I hear it's cold up north (I wouldn't know, we're sweltering south o' the border!) but no matter what the weather is, it's always a good time for ice cream, especially Cold Stone! Until Wednesday February 28th, they are offering buy one get one free with a printable coupon found here.
And on the food tangent, where do YOU do your grocery shopping? In Atlanta, my hands-down-favortie place for great food prices is Aldi. It's the best place to get kitchen staples like flour, cake mixes, canned foods, and frozen foods. They generally have only one brand per item, but holy crap it's so cheap I don't care. You lose a few frills as it is a simple warehouse-type store, but you'll need to head to your local store for perishables anyway. Good for food storage-type foods. It's a German company, and I think it's still centered mainly in the south, but if you are anywhere near one, it's worth it!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
My favorite site for all things kid fun is Kiddley, which is unfortunately taking a break from the daily updates. Luckily though, there's an insane amount of treasure in the archives, and the links are amazing. Right now I am so crazy about making this No-Sew Tutu that it has me salivating, what with my love of all things tutu and my lack of sewing skills.
Also, Australian Women's Weekly has a great recipe for fingerpaint that requires nothing more than water, cornstarch and food coloring. Again, as of right now my kid would only joyfully jam it into her mouth, but you gotta be looking ahead! I sure am!
And in the art-but-hopefully-less-messy genre, we also have free printable coloring pages from Familyfun.com. Oh, blessed intraweb... I love you!!!