Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Generally, I like dollars

My MIL is staying in Florida and informed me of a children's clothing sale at a Dollar General down there - don't know if this is a country-wide things seeing as I'm not in the country, but a trip to your local Dollar General never hurt anyone!

oh baby!

Don't know if anyone else is into figuring out this baby thing, but if you are, here are 2 homeade bargains I found today@
Homemade Baby Food
Fruits & Vegetables
* Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove any chemical residue.

* Steam or boil your baby’s favorite fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables until mushy. Use fresh fruits and veggies for the most nutritional value, frozen next, and canned as a last option. If you use canned veggies, be sure to use the "No Salt" versions. Use little or no spice.

* Puree the fruits or vegetables very well for smaller infants, or leave a bit coarser for older ones. For variety, mix two fruits together. If these are the first foods you are feeding your infant, you may even want to strain the pureed fruit. You can purchase an inexpensive baby food maker that does this for you.

* Spoon into ice-cube trays and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze.

* At meal time, simply pop out a few cubes of food and allow to thaw to room temperature or defrost in the microwave for a few seconds.

* You can make weeks worth of meals at a time!

I'm totally digging the idea of storing it in ice cube trays and just popping them out and nuking them at meal time. Ingenius!

Homemade Baby Wipes
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.
2c water
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.

Victoria's Secrets on sale

Woohoo! I usually only do my Victoria's Secret shopping at their semi-annual sales, but their site has an up to 70% off sale now, and you're more likely to find what you want on the site than pushing people out of your way digging through the sale bins;) Shoes, shirts under $10, pants, the usual under-goodies and more. Enjoy!

I prefer Frugality to Reality

Sorry for the delay! I've been stranded in the southern hemisphere without a husband it has a way of doubling the workload. No worries, we're moving back to the land of deals and Mexican food in a week and a half, woooot!

Anywho, thanks to our fav newlywed for the tasty website from 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 from
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.

Genius! I could got for a mandarin orange pop right about now!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Cutest gift idea ever

As everyone who knows me knows, I am a fondue addict. I have (in my opinion) the world's best cheese recipe, and good golly the easiest chocolate recipe in the world. Heck, my fondue/sushi parties were legends back in college! So a few years ago, I had a roomate get me the utlimate present - the Mini Fondue Kit/Book!

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! has a list of some cute mini books available, and then, of couse, you want to shop around;) I got mine at 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!

Check out her peary whites

Much thanks to her Gabbiness for this great jewelry link!!

Speaking of catalogs: For the craft-minded people out there, one of my favorite
craft sites is 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.)

Thanks for the new obsession!!

Go out on the town without having to go all out

Ooooo, so I just spied this on spoofee and I'm in hunt mode. lists local restaurants where you can buy $25 gift certificates there for just $10. Sounds smart? WELLLLL, hurry up folks because if you buy before February 28th and follow these handy dandy directions, you can get 60% off that - that's $4 for $25 worth of food!!

1. Go to
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.

As my mom says, why should I pay that much for something that is just going to turn into poop?? heehee:)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Pictures of you are even more beautiful when they're free!

I just spied a deal on that has be thinking happy thoughts -

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!!

More links than a fence!

Whew, be careful what you wish for! Much thanks to Olaf for his list of favorite deal sites on the web, they are indeed maaahhhhvelous!! I'm having way to much fun with them:) Here's the rundown of Olaf's Greatest Hits and such:

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

Woohooo! free overnight shipping!

Quick quick!! For the rest of the month of February, anything you buy on has free overnight shipping!! Of course I clicked on all the sale items first, and it has the most adorable kiddo raingear on clearance. Free instant gratification feels ohhhh so good!

The robots are taking over and I love it!

So you've seen the pictures of those crazy robot vaccums and thought "must be nice to be the ultra-rich and be able to afford such fancy schmancy technological advances," right? Well if you didn't, it's okay. Not many people say the wrds "fancy schmancy," let alone think of them. Truth is, the iRobot Roombas are a lot more affordable than you might think. The basic vaccums have come down in price as they've added newer ones to the mix.

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!

Right on target

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

I scream you scream we all scream freeee!

Bless you Chelsea for giving me something to live for:

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!

Fun with Kool-aid!!

Oh the delicious power of Kool-aid! Let us celebrate the versatility of this bounteous beverage:

First idea comes from our favorite cheap-mom, Sabrina, who uses it to color her home-ade play-dough, which is genius in itself.

1/2 cup salt
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!

Thanks Sabrina! Can't wait to try it!

This next tip is my favorite weird beauty tip. Kool-aid to dye your hair?? Oh yeah! Heck, if it stains your carpet, it should be good at staining your hair! And it's very light and temporary, it washes out in a day or two. Note - this does not work for people with darker hair or white hair. Yep, I had a friend with white hair try it! All you'll need is:

A packet of Kool-aid (Red works the best, but blues, greens and purples will work lightly.)

A paintbrush
Plastic wrap
Hair clips
An old towel
Plastic gloves (or it'll stain your fingers too!)

First, take the packet and mix it with a small amount of water. Not much, just a few tablespoons. To put streaks in, you take a section of hair and use the paintbrush to apply the color generously. Wrap it in a piece of plastic wrap and clip it up with a hair clip. Repeat if you want, and leave in for about 20 minutes or so, then rinse in the sink or tub.

I cannot wait until my baby has enough hair for me to turn it all purple!!

Mastering the cheapskate pose

Have you always wanted to get into yoga but just haven't found the time and/or get sticker shock when you look at class prices? One good option is to check with your local community and see what classes they offer. My town offered classes through the county parks and recreation division, and the community schools division, usually held at local high schools. Yoga once a week for 6-8 weeks was the commitment I could give with my wacky schedule, plus the prices were way less than joining a studio. Heck, it was so cheap I also took belly dancing classes, which I totally recommend - a blast!!

Monday, February 19, 2007


Holy crap thanks Ray-charles-el!!! How did I miss this, and how am I in Brasil on

Free Pancake Day???

Tomorrow February 20th from 7am-10pm at IHOP you can get a free stack o' 3 buttermilk pancakes, and in return they ask that you consider donating to the Children's Miracle Network. Heckafresh yes!!! You get pancakes AND help the planet??? O my GOSH how am I missing this?? Go getcher pancakes, peoples!!!!


Saaaailin' takes me aaaway to where I'm going

Okay, you've seen the ad banner a mazillion times, but they actually really rock. If you want to be spontaneous, you can get really good deals on upcoming cruises. On a bad day I log on and just look at deals and dream about doing it. Heck, last week I found a 7 day Bahamas cruise for $329, that's $47 of all food, bed and entertainment a day!!! It's off season, and the Bahamas cruises are less expensive than they have ever been, soooo worth a gander. And were sooo helpful, answering all my questions, and after I told them it was our honeymoon, they had chocolate-covered strawberries waiting for us in our room! Now two reasons why should cheapskates should consider a cruise:

*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!

Who needs an excuse to party?

You want to throw a party? You don't want to spend an arm and a leg, yes? But party supply stores - although the selection is fun - are way overpriced, and the dollar store is great for things like helium balloons, but then things like cups and decor can add up when their quantities are small, like only 6 decorative plates in a pack and such. The solution? Head to the Oriental Trading Company where they have just about everything you could ever want, and doggone it, the prices are reasonable. It makes me want to have a party right NOW! It's good for party favors, decorations, stickers, crafts, games, costumes... you know, just go check it out and you'll see what I mean.
But you know what you really need? Their free catalog. Searching on the web is fun and all, but their catalog filled with little goodies just gets my creative juices flowing. I can look at that thing for hours!

Do you have (cheap) gas?

Heehee, getting to put that title on a post has just made this blog officially the best part of my day! Anywho, gas prices do, in fact, bite the big one, but can help. It's updated several times a day with gas prices - highest and lowest - all over the USA and Canada. Find out where the deals are in your area and see maps of how crummy prices are for other areas to make you feel better about your town:)

Tops that are the tops!

Aeropostale clothing is generally geared toward the teen market, but I've found some pretty good stuff there that doesn't make me look like I'm screaming "I'M TRYING SUPER HARD TO LOOK HIP!!!" It also doesn't look like I'm screaming "I GOT THIS FOR 70% OFF!!" either, and that's nice, since I usually do.

My favorite item they have are their polos, which right now the stripey ones are a cool $7.99. Dang, those are some pretty numbers. They fit nice on the bod, pretty form fitting, so I like wearing them with a camisole or tank under it, the best, cheapest and longest ones available at DownEast Basics. Also, they have some cute sweaters on clearance for $9.99 that are worth checking out, and shipping is just a flat $5.95.

So you'll look smashing, and so will your wallet.

Pinch those pennies!

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 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

Tunes anyone?

Want an mp3 player but you don't gots the dough? Try this puppy out - an EMPREX MP-1003 MP3 Personal MP3 Player for $9.99 at It doesn't come with any memory, but it has a slot for an SD card. A 512MB SD card at Microcenter costs $14.99, although if you watch the sales there, you can get 1GB for about $10. It has aUSB slot, so all you gots to do is put the card in, plug it in to your computer and stick some tunes on it. If you're looking for something cheap and easy, it don't get much cheaper than this!

Freecycle rocks my socks

Do you Freecycle? Good golly why not?? Freecycle is an international organization all about swapping junk for FREE rather than throwing it out and filling up landfills. Hey, what you might not need someone else might! You sign up for a local group and check out what people are offering. It's easier than donating to Goodwill as you just respond to their e.mails and whoever wants it has to come and get it. You can ask for stuff too - I asked for packing materials when we were moving, and someone in the group who was unpacking gave us a ton of boxes and papers. We got a ladder off of there, and gave away tons of weird wedding gifts and here's the kicker - we got a free ORGAN that someone offered (that's my insane husband for you) and then when we had to move, offered it and someone came and picked it up. Free swapping of stuff, it doesn't get better than that!

FEEEED me Seymore!

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

Paint me picky

If you aren't aware of this company, you owe me a cookie for telling you. And if you already do, don't snicker at me for being behind the times. E.L.F. (EyesLipsFace) is a cosmetics company that sells every single one of their make-up items for $1. Yes, one measley dollar.

Including the Plumping Lip Glaze - you know that stuff you put on your lips that tingles and makes me look all Angelina Jolie-ish and costs and arm and a leg? Heh, nope, $1 at E.L.F. See, now you're gorgeous AND smart!

Oh, and have you seen all the infomercials for Bare Minerals and wondered if it was all a bunch of hooey? My good friend Elizabeth has made me a believer - I saw her a few months ago right after she'd been in a road trip for hours and hadn't reapplied makeup the entire time, and she looked so healthy and radiant, I couldn't believe it! It was all Bare Minerals, said she, so I made her give me a demonstration of her regimine, and doggone it, it was fast and she looked amazing. So, I had to try it myself. They sell it many places now, but the best price right now that includes the best application brushes (you want 3 brushes, a kind of Buki Brush, the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush, Flawless Application Face Brush) and the Glee shade is through Ulta. Plus, if you go to go to the store to buy it, you have the fancy make-up lady there apply it on you so you can be sure you are va-va-voom in it, and that you are getting the right color for my skin tone (that made me nervous about getting it over the web for my first time out).
Happy pretty-ing!

Keeping the kids off the streets

My kiddo isn't old enough to sit up, let alone discover her talent as the next Rembrandt, but it doesn't stop me from looking all over for cheap and easy things we can do once she has a few more motor skills under her belt.

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 Oh, blessed intraweb... I love you!!!

Slip into something on sale!

My favorite and first place to gawk at clearance priced garb is Old (that link is to the bargains for women - that's who I am, that's what I wants!). $5 flat rate shipping, can't beat that.

Right now, selected Perfect Tee's are $3.99 down from $10.50, but most of the colors are (of course!) only available in extra small. BUT, almost every size is available in white and grey - and heck, how many white T's do YOU go through in a year? It's like I have have magical powers to only spill red kool-aid on my white shirts. Hey, for 4 bucks, stock up!

And for us tall (and LDS too) gals, the best buy for long tee shirts that cover our middle is Down East Outfitters. I ordered some a few weeks ago and not only were they fabulous and $4.99, They also shipped to here in Brasil very timely, in only 2 weeks and for less than $7 in shipping!! Bless you guys!

And for shoes, you can' t get any cheaper than Payless, right? Unless of course you buy Payless on sale, which, given their only one-season life span, it's ridiculous to buy anything there full price (unless it's for an event, and then of course all bets are off). Right now is BoGo by the way. Why are you not there right now??

Friday, February 16, 2007


Have any ideas, websites, store, products, mafia connections you'd like to share? I'm all ears!!