August 31, 2011

FREE The Nightmare Before Christmas Goody Bag

disney Log into your Disney Movie Rewards account, and you can sign up for this The Nightmare Before Christmas goody bag for FREE—0 points required!  Thanks Mojo Savings!

End of the month reminder to print your coupons

 shop1 It is the end of the month and time to print any coupons you want to make sure you have.  Printable coupon sites often refresh their lists at the beginning of the month, and some coupons may no longer be available.  Others may be refreshed so that you can print additional coupons.  Now is the time to print if you spot any you think you might use!  Remember that when you print from bloggers’ sites, they earn a little money off of each print.  It is a great way to support your favorite bloggers and get your coupon fix.  (I do not make money off of this blog and do not have that option here.  For some of my favorite bloggers, check out my links tab).  Other coupon printable sources:

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Tip of the day—A couple of uses for leftover coffee

I don’t drink coffee very often.  It was always a social drink that I had with my family, and I never really developed the habit of making it my morning pick-me-up.  When I do drink it, I almost always end up making too much of it for just me to drink.  Instead of throwing it away, I sometimes pop it into the fridge and use it the following morning as an iced coffee with a bit of milk and sugar.  If you aren’t a fan of iced coffee, let it cool and then add it to your watering cans when watering outdoor plants.  The extra bit of nitrogen acts as a fertilizer. 

Wondering what to do with the grounds?  Pop the paper filter and all into your compost pile or use them at the base of your plants.  Again, this acts as a bit of a nitrogen boost for your plants.  When I had more roses in my garden, I would blend my own little fertilizer concoction for them—banana peels, egg shells and coffee grounds.  (Potassium, calcium and nitrogen)  I would whirl them in the blender with a bit of leftover coffee and pour them at the base of the rose plants. 

August 30, 2011

Old Navy Friends and Family Event extended

ON_logo Below is some sale info my cousin sent me, and I thought some of you might want to take advantage of:

Now Extended—Through 8/31 Old Navy's FRIENDS & FAMILY EVENT 30% OFF your purchase—In Stores Only
From the Old Navy family to yours:
We heard you couldn't get to Old Navy stores due to the extreme weather. We're giving you 2 more days to use the Friends & Family discount, through Wednesday, 8/31.  We wish the best for our customers and their families who may have  been impacted by the storm.

Box Top Thursdays at local Chick-fil-a Restaurants

cfa Check out the scoop on the Crown Point Plaza (Clinton Hwy Knoxville) location Facebook page:

Trade in your cereal box top any Thursday in September and October for the featured FREE breakfast item!!
(Box Top's for Education will be donated to area schools.)

Mark your calendars!  I’ll post more info closer to time, but I wanted you to have it on your radar. 

Twelve Packs of Diet Pepsi ONLY $1 at Target!

130_dietpepsi_c9_100 If you are a Diet Pepsi fan or need to purchase soft drinks for a party or function, you don’t want to miss this deal!  Check out all of the details at Mojo Savings here.  Happy Sipping!

Tip of the day—Lipstick on glasses

I’m not sure how useful this tip is going to be for some of you, but as I’m sipping on coffee this morning, I thought of posting it.  A while back I learned a little tip on how to keep lipstick off of drinking glasses.  Let’s say you are at a fancy party with your favorite shade of lip rouge on your smackers.  You are sipping on a glass of (fill in the blank) and you look down to see a lipstick mark on your glass.  Your glass looks a little unsightly, and if you are anything like me you feel the compulsion to grab a cocktail napkin and wipe it off. To prevent this in the future, discreetly lick the rim of the glass where your lip would normally touch before sipping.  Note that I’m saying discreetly—don’t be gross about it.  The moisture on the glass keeps your lipstick from transferring off.  Maybe a big smudge of lipstick doesn’t bother anyone else but me, but I always feel better when I remember to use this tip when at a swanky shindig. 

Can you tell that my brain is a little tired this morning?  Sorry that I don’t have a better tip to offer you!  ;)  Have a wonderful day!

August 29, 2011

Kroger Spin and Win Game

PandG_690x250_Top_Banner There is a new instant win game on the Kroger site with over 45,000 prizes!  You can win a $1, $2, $3 or $4 coupon off your next order with up to 2 prizes per Kroger customer.  You’ll have to load 4 P&G coupons to your card to have access to the game, and remember that Kroger no longer allows digital and manufacturer coupons to be used on the same item.  You can play 1x/day up until the 10th of September.  Thanks Coupon Katie!

Borders, Going out of business sale—Extra 15% off Certain Titles

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As you all probably already know, Borders is having their going out of business sale.  On top of really good prices, you can score an extra 15% off now through 8/31 in certain categories.  Check out all of the details here.  Hope you snag some great buys!

Half Off Depot 20% Off for Knoxville

9 Use code saveonknoxville at checkout when making a purchase at Half Off Depot, and you’ll score 20% off!!  The discount ends on 8/31/11, so hurry to get the deal!

Meal Planning, Can you believe that September is almost here?

This meal plan is for a family of 3.  We often have at least one friend or family member over to share a meal with us during the week.  Since I factor the cost of the meal when I first prepare it, leftovers will be marked as $0.  When we dine out, it comes from a different part of the family budget and those expenses will also show $0.

Meal 1

Grilled Carolina Pride Sausage on Rudi’s Hot Dog Buns

Sliced tomatoes

Grilled summer squash

Grilled green beans

Approximate cost—$4

Ways I saved on this meal—The Carolina Pride products were BOGO at Kroger last week, and I had a few 50ct/1 coupons.  This made the sausage $1. I scored a good deal on the Rudi’s Hot Dog Buns at Three Rivers Market a few weeks ago and froze them.  The vegetables are all from the garden, picked on Saturday.  Finally, I’m starting to see a few green beans on the vines!  Since I only have a couple of handfuls of them, I thought it would be fun to brush them with olive oil and grill them with the other foods.   I’ll probably add some of the squash relish that I made earlier in the summer to the hot dogs and use some of the free after coupon and sale mustard. Daughter prefers ketchup, and we have some Heinz organic I bought for a little more than a quarter with a printable coupon earlier in the summer.

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Meal 2

Red Beans and Rice with leftover sausage

Sliced tomatoes on the side

Approximate cost—$4-$5

Ways I saved on this meal—The beans were about $1/lb.  I’ll make a big pot of them and use a couple of pounds worth.  This way I can freeze them in smaller containers and use them as needed for recipes and other meals.  Rice was some that I bought at Three Rivers Market when on sale last, and I think it was a little more than $1/lb.  I really can’t remember.  When I buy bulk products like that, I try to purchase extras so that I have them on hand until the next sale.  The tomatoes are from the garden.  I’ll add some hot peppers from the garden (ours and my dad’s) and some Tabasco that was free after coupon and sale. 

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Meal 3

Supper at McAlister’s on Wednesday

Approximate cost—$0

Ways I saved on this meal—I have a $5 off coupon and a coupon for free tea (Knox County School Coupon Books expire on the 31st).  Daughter will dine for free with Hubby’s meal purchase.  For the three of us to dine out, it will probably cost under $12.  Since I have a little birthday money from a relative, we’ll stay in our family budget. 

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Meal 4

BLTs

Crudités and dip

Homemade popcorn

Approximate cost--$.50

Ways I saved on this meal—I’ll either use the bacon that I bought as part of the Carolina Pride Sale, or I’ll use some of the Benton’s bacon that I bought at the Three Rivers Market sale and froze.   I have 1 Brandywine tomato that is almost ripened, and it will be perfect for this meal.  I’ll pick up some lettuce at the store and use the Hellman’s mayo I bought on sale at Kroger with a fabulous $2 off mailer coupon!  We’ll add some crudités with the Helluva dip that I picked up for less than a quarter at Kroger last week.  I’ll pop some homemade popcorn (kernels bought on sale at Three Rivers and coconut oil was bought in bulk with friends through Mountain Rose Herbs).

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Meal 5

Tuna Salad

If I don’t use this tuna salad recipe then I’ll try and recreate the curried tuna salad that I love at the Tea at the Gallery

Corn on the cob

Mandarin Oranges

Cherry Tomatoes

Approximate cost--$5

Ways I saved on this meal— The mandarin oranges were from Kroger, and I was pleased to see them a little less than 50cts.  I bought almost 20 cans when I saw them for that price since it is hard to find the oranges in juice for less than 50cts.  Tuna was bought on sale, as were all of the ingredients.  I rarely buy anything that I don’t get some sort of discount on.  ;)  The corn on the cob is the last of the Green Giant that I bought earlier in the summer as part of a Kroger Mega Event with a coupon.  I’ll be glad to have it out of the freezer!

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Meal 6

Breakfast for Supper

Garden Omelet

Cheese Toast Points

Fruit

Approximate cost--$4-$5

Ways I saved on this meal—Eggs are a great way to get some inexpensive protein into the family, and what is simpler than an omelet to make?  Unfortunately, these are grocery store eggs that I bought last week.  Three Rivers wasn’t yet opened (where I usually prefer to buy my eggs if I can’t get them from a local farmer), and I needed them.  They weren’t even on sale!  The veggies from the garden are essentially free.  The organic cheese is some that I bought on sale with a coupon.  Fruit—the passion fruits are looking bigger, but I don’t think that they are quite ready to pick.  I’ll most likely use some of the berries from the freezer with sweetened sour cream.   The whole wheat bread for the toast points is some that I bought on sale.  If I get industrious, I’ll nix the toast points and make some cheese biscuits instead. 

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Meal 7

REPEAT FROM LAST WEEK—I never made it to this meal last week since we had leftovers a few nights. 

Cheese Quesadillas

Beans

Calabacitas

Salsa, Sour Cream, Pickled Jalapenos

Approximate cost--$6

Ways I saved on this meal—The ingredients for the calabacitas are from the garden, with the exception of the corn.  I’ll add some of the corn that I bought at Black Oak Farms a few weeks ago and froze.  Whenever I catch a deal on beans, I buy extra.  I very rarely buy beans in a can.  They are just way too easy to make yourself and cost a lot less money.  I use a traditional recipe of soaking them for almost a full day (see the book Nourishing Traditions if you want to learn more). Whenever I make a pot of them, I cook at least a full pound.  This allows me to freeze them in small containers and pull them out whenever I need some for a recipe or side dish.  I caught the tortillas on sale last week at Kroger, and the cheese was some that I bought on sale with a coupon.  The salsa is locally made and I buy it by the case at Three Rivers Market to make it a little less expensive.  It is still over $3 a jar, but it is our favorite.  The sour cream was bought on sale with a coupon.  The jalapenos are some from the garden that I pickled.  Yum!

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Tip of the day—From Plain to Pizzazz

owl bag Today was our daughter’s snack day at school.  At parent teacher orientation, the teacher suggested that the parents send individually wrapped snacks.  She added that as a way to save money, parents could buy in bulk and package the snacks into plastic baggies.  As far as I can tell, the school does not yet recycle, and the thought of all of those baggies being used for 5 minutes and then thrown away made me cringe a little.   I decided to use brown paper sacks instead, which went perfectly with the popcorn snack I had planned.  I wanted to make the bag a little special for the kids and decided to put a little stamp of a teddy bear on each.  Our daughter loved this idea and helped me to make each one last night so that they would be ready to fill this morning. 

When I was placing my a*muse Studio order, I saw this super cute gift bag idea on their website.  While I wasn’t going to go to all of the trouble of making these for each child, I thought it would be a really cute gift bag idea.  I’ll have to give it a try!

Other ideas for making plain bags have a little pizzazz:

  • Turn a plain paper bag into a gift bag.  Let your child color pictures on them for the recipient.
  • Turn the bag upside down and make it into a puppet.  Or, as a craft idea, put all of the tools that your child will need to make the puppet for him or herself inside.  If you want to make this a portable craft for while on a trip or waiting at the doctor’s office, use peel and stick eyes or tape to make it mess free. 
  • Instead of purchasing expensive wrapping paper, buy craft bags at your local craft or art store.  Pull out stamps or seasonal stickers to dress them up a bit. 

August 28, 2011

Chick-fil-a Clinton Hwy Kids Night, 8/29

cfa It's workshop time again at Chick-fil-A on Clinton Hwy. On Monday, August 29th from 5:30-7:30pm, your kiddos can build your own toolbox with Home Depot. Free Kid's Meals with adult meal purchase!

Target Beauty Bag Sample Pack

44 Target has a great beauty sample pack that they are offering now through their Sample Spot.  The site has been going super slowly all day, but I was finally able to sign up for mine.  I hope you are too!

They also have a Poise Hourglass sample available at the same link.

Two Dave Ramsey Downloads for only $1!

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Check out the details of this great deal through Mamapedia:

Get financial smarts for the whole family with this double download from money guru Dave Ramsey. For just $1, you’ll receive a kids’ book and an adult lesson (both audio) to help you and your kiddos understand, manage, and save money. In “The Super Red Racer”, kids will learn about the merits of hard work and saving for what they want. In “Cash Flow Planning”, you’ll learn how to live within your means, pay off your debt, and have enough extra cash for saving and entertainment. Listen at home, in the car, or at the gym. It’ll be the best buck you’ll spend all year!

Weekly Matchups and Deals, 8/28-9/3

co op_deals_standard Three Rivers Market and Co-op Deals Stores through 8/30.  Don’t forget that our local store just moved to a new location.  Also, Three Rivers (TRM) will allow customers to stack their store coupons with manufacturer coupons, making the Maranatha Peanut Butter a fantastic deal

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Staples Back to School Deals

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Quick reminder—Don’t forget to sign up for FREE Chick-fil-a tomorrow, 8/29

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From September 6 – 10, 2011, participating Chick-fil-A®restaurants are giving away a variety of FREE breakfast entrées to customers who make a reservation online. To make your reservation, visit this website beginning Monday, August 29, 2011 and choose your preferred Chick-fil-A restaurant, the date, time and breakfast entrée.

To ensure you don't miss out on future exclusive Chick-fil-A events,click here to become an Email Insider and click here to become aText Insider.

Thanks Coupon Katie!

A Happy Thought

 DSC_1509 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)

August 27, 2011

Tazo Tea $2/2

tazo There is another great new coupon to print today for $2/2 Tazo Teas (13.8 oz bottles).  These go on sale for around a buck pretty regularly, so watch for a deal.  Mine doesn’t expire until 11/30/11.  Thanks Money Saving Maine-iac!

FREE Sample Tena

tena-sample-m Request your free TENA® sample now while supplies last!  To request your free sample, click "Get Your Sample" on the upper right side of the Walmart Web site. Then fill out a short form and answer a few questions.

Coupons to print—Kashi and Renuzit

bs01864_ There are some really great coupons on Coupons.com right now.  There are 3 for Kashi products that I’d print ASAP.  Usually they are gone almost as soon as posted.  The $1/1 Kashi TLC cracker coupon makes the box only 99cts through August 30th at Three Rivers Market and other Co-op Deals stores!

There is also one for Renuzit that can be used on the adjustables.  These are regularly priced at $1 at Kroger stores and go on sale for 99cts at Walgreens starting Sunday (watch for the in ad coupon on your circular). 

Don’t forget that couponers usually make money when you go through their link to print coupons.  I don’t make money off of this site, and so I recommend you stop by another blogger’s site and print there.  It is a nice way of telling them thanks for their work.

Tip of the day--Reselling

My friend Sharon recently shared a great tip.  She was cleaning out their videos and decided to try and resell some of them online.  She took inventory of what they had and then hopped online to see what they would be worth.  She was pleasantly surprised to learn that an unopened copy of a cartoon series they had was a collectors item, and she sold it for over $100!  All of the other items that they put online sold within a few days, making it well worth her time and effort.

Sharon adds that she finds Amazon easier for media related items as compared to e-Bay.   “Now is especially a good time - pre-holiday, to get things ready to sell.  We've always had extremely good luck in posting our items on Thursday or Friday evening since folks have either just been paid, and/or have more time to shop on-line during the weekend.”

This weekend, you might want to clean out the house and see what you can resell.  Thanks for the tip, Sharon!!

August 26, 2011

Three Rivers Market NOW OPEN!!

TRMpersp_8_23 So, I really do think they opened especially for my birthday!!!  Just went to the new store, and it is amazing!  They’ve also lowered prices on over 500 items in the store, making it an even better place for thrifty shoppers like me to buy!  Can you tell I’m excited by the amount of exclamation points in this post???

We just received the 'okay' to open the doors to our brand new store at 1100 N. Central St - huzzah!

Please feel free to come by and say hello to old friends, as well as many new ones, as we prepare to begin another chapter in the history of Knoxville's (and Tennessee's) first and only food cooperative: Three Rivers Market.

We're excited to continue serving the community from our brand new location in Happy Holler!

Our new, more efficient building offers plenty of parking, expanded inventory in every department, wider aisles, new bins, cases & coolers, and even more of the cooperative spirit that has made Three Rivers Market a great place to shop for over thirty years.

A few of the perishable departments (Produce, Meat, Deli, etc.) are still ramping up to full capacity and will see additional inventory arriving daily, so stop by often to discover what's new.

Also, we'd like to say 'thanks' to all of our financial partners who helped make this day possible: CapitalMark Bank and Trust; The City of Knoxville; Northcountry Cooperative Development; and most of all, Three Rivers Market Members and Customers for their amazing support, patience, and energy. A very sincere, "thank you."

Please forward this information to any friends who might not be a current subscriber to the TRM e-news. You can keep up with Three Rivers Market doings by checking out our website, e-news, facebook page and twitter feed.

Hope to see you soon!

Are you wearing orange today?

Pat Summitt fans are encouraged to wear orange today in support of her.  There are some local businesses (Knoxville) taking part and offering some deals when you come in wearing orange.  Thus far, these are the ones on the list:

  • Marble Slab Creamery, Broadway and Kodak locations—buy an ice cream and get a free mix-in when wearing orange
  • Chick-fil-a West Town, Double Drive Thru—Folks wearing orange need to stop by and say "I am a Real Vol" starting at 10:30am. They will give you a free Chick-fil-A sandwich or 8-pack nugget! (Please one offer per Real Vol.)
  • Maria on CICT Facebook added that the Chick-fil-a in South Knoxville will also giving away a freebie.  “Wear Orange in support of Coach Summitt and you will receive one free item of your choice! Just Tell us you support The Coach!”  Thanks for the tip!
  • I just saw that Petro’s is taking part in the day, too!! “Petro's is joining the Wear Orange initiative to support Pat Summit. Wear orange this Friday, Aug 26 to show your love and support for our beloved Coach. Come to any Knoxville area Petro's… dressed in orange…and we'll give you a Big Orange Hint-of-Orange® Iced Tea. Mention Wear Orange Day to get your free tea. We love you, Coach Summit!!”
  • Along these same lines, I just learned from Tea at the Gallery, “‎University of Tennessee, Knoxville Student now get 20% off on all things Tea at the Gallery! Come in today for a Grilled Asparagus and Prosciutto Sandwich or cool off with some of our Raspberry Iced Tea!”

Will you?

Today is my birthday.  In lieu of the tip of the day, I have a little request.  Hundreds of you visit this site and the CICT Facebook page every day.  I think about what you all must be like as I write my posts—you come from all over the US and countries around the world.  Sometimes I wonder how someone in the UK or Zimbabwe even found the blog, but somehow you did and stumbled upon a post or some search engine brought you here.  I am so blessed that each of you choose to spend even a few minutes of your days with me, and I’m so encouraged by your kind comments, “Likes” and emails. 

I was hoping that you might be able to give me a birthday present.  No, I’m not requesting something tangible—you don’t have to go shopping or buy anything.  Remember that movie Pay It Forward?  The idea behind that story is one of my favorites.  I’m wondering if you can give me the gift of paying it forward today?  As you go through your day, do something for someone else.  Not the usual stuff like saying please and thank you, something intentional and special that you did to help someone else.  It doesn’t really matter what it is to me, and it doesn’t have to be anything big.  The thought of each of you who read this post doing that makes me happy beyond words.  If each of you who happen upon this blog, this post, intentionally does something to help make your corner of the world a better place…well, that to me would be the best birthday present you could give me. 

Thank you sweet reader for spending your moments with me.  Thank you!

Cook’s Garden $10/$50

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Cook’s Garden is offering $10 off on purchases of $50 or more.  Now might be a good time to order some fall seeds and plants!  Use code 10Berry50 at checkout.  Happy Gardening!

August 25, 2011

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite charity at Blue Out Knoxville

277154_160867220648211_1118051_nQuick reminder!  Random Acts of Flowers is currently in 4th place!  Please help them to get in the top three by voting!  Thanks in advance!

Blue Frog Creations is taking part in BlueOut Knoxville, a great way to support your favorite charity. I hope you’ll consider nominating, voting, and attending the event.  It sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun!

Want to give more than $5,000 to your favorite charity and have a great time doing it? On September 29th, 2011, Knoxville is going to be a BlueOut! Bluegrass, Blue Moon, Pabst Blue Ribbon, BBQ and Bleu Cheese Cole Slaw.

BlueOut Knoxville was born out of a collaboration between two of Knoxville’s most involved social media creative marketing firms. During Social Slam ‘11, Tori Rose of Blue Media Boutique and Jeremy Floyd of Bluegill Creative discussed opportunities to break the traditionally competitive mold of local marketing firms and consider opportunities to work together for good. A few weeks later they reached out to Margaret Slattery at Blue Frog Creations to bring a video element to the table.

The result. BlueOut Knoxville—a charitable event to close summer one last sunny afternoon with beer, BBQ, and Bluegrass.

The way it works:

1. Between August 1, 2011 and August 31, 2011, nominate (via this form) and vote for your favorite charities.

2. On September 1st, the top 3 charities with the most votes will be named the blue ribbon finalists.

3. Between September 1st and the September 29th (the night of the event), votes may be purchased for $1.

At 8:30 pm on the night of BlueOut Knoxville, the winning charity will be announced!

I nominated Random Acts of Flowers, my favorite local charity. Not only are the people involved in RAF wonderful, but I've seen first hand the good work they do at local hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. I hope you'll consider voting for them--go towww.randomactsofflowers.org to learn more!

Tip of the day—Use Deals and Coupons for Beauty

I’m not exactly a tomboy and not really too fancy of a girly girl, but I like looking nice as much as the next gal.  There was a time in my life that I had my hair highlighted every 6 weeks and mani-pedis fairly regularly.  Now, it is harder for me to shell out a lot of money that regularly for beauty services—I’m pretty thrifty and live a much simpler life.  If I had a regular hair stylist with whom I really gelled I think I might step in the salon more frequently, but alas, I haven’t found that person yet.   So, what do I do to save money on salon purchases when I need or want them?  I use coupons and group buying deals, of course!

  • Sign up for all of the big group buying programs in your area (example, Groupon).  Set aside a designated amount each month—whatever works for your budget.  Then watch for the deals to come to you.  It is a great way to try out a new salon and see if the fit is right for what you want and need. 
  • Silent auctions are another good place to score gift certificatesFaith UMC will have a big silent auction as part of the Faithstock event and I look forward to bidding on any salon services that are available.  Last year I won a manicure and it was so nice to be pampered!
  • Watch for coupons.  Most salons, massage therapists, and nail techs offer coupons regularly.  Look for them in your newspaper, in the little sales magazines that arrive in your mail, and in school coupon books.  Sometimes these specify certain days, services, or only new customers—be sure to read the fine print.
  • Go to a beauty school.  I have a friend who regularly goes to the local beauty school to have her hair and nails done.  She’s also raved about the massages there.  I’ve never been before because the local school is on the other side of town from me, but I’ve heard that there are great deals to be had.
  • Balance doing your own with professional work.  In the summer months I’ll get a pedicure every so often and then polish my nails in between visits.  I do the same with eyebrow waxing.  I find it helpful to have a pro wax my brow and then I can maintain that look for a few months afterwards.  Also, in this area, I’m not a person who can “do” her own hair.  I learned how to dye hair when I was a teenager fixing my grandmother’s (she had the patience of Job!).  I’ve dyed friends’ hair and have even cut friends and family members’ hair.  Yet, I cringe to think about what would happen if I attempted to do my own.  Y’all, I’m just not that coordinated!  I’d be the lady that arrived to church with purple hair and a hunk cut out of the back!  I appreciate the skill of a good stylist and am happy to shell out money for quality work.  While I might trim my own bangs, I’m not going to try and layer my own hair. 
  • Realize that sometimes you get what you pay for.  If you have a friend who has a style you like, ask her where she goes to get her hair done.  Then get nosy and ask how much she pays.  Learning from friends about their stylists and price ranges will allow you to decide a place that is right for you.  I’m just no longer at the point in my life where I’m willing to pay $50+ dollars for my hair to be trimmed, but at the same time I’m willing to pay more than $10 when I’m getting something more complicated done.  I have a friend who goes to Great Clips for basic trims but then goes to a salon when she wants her hair layered or a specific style done.  Also know that you won’t get all the bells and whistles at a less expensive place.  Great Clips will cut your hair, but you won’t get that luxurious head massage/hair wash, cup of tea to sip on while you relax, or neck massage. 
  • TIP!!  Y’all these people have to feed their families too.  Even if you get a free cut or a great discount on a service, it is important to tip when good work is received.  

Regal Cinemas—FREE Drink, FREE Popcorn, and Crown Club

Don’t forget that you can score a FREE small soft drink with small popcorn purchase now through the end of the year at Regal Cinemas.  Also, they still have the free popcorn deal running!  One more way to save is to sign up for the Regal Crown Club Card, a free program where you earn points for concession stand and movie ticket purchases. 

Disney Movie Rewards—25 free points

movie_rewards_pin_100406 Use code D23 for 25 FREE points on your Disney Movie Rewards account.  If you haven’t signed up yet, I highly recommend this program.  It is free and a great way to earn freebies!  Thanks Money Saving Maine-iac!

Redbox America’s Movie Night—TODAY (8/25)

redboxlogo Don’t forget that if you like Redbox on Facebook, you can receive a FREE movie rental code to be used today, August 25th.  I love free movies!

August 24, 2011

Tip of the day—Scrapbooking Made Easy

Today, we have a guest post from Jade Wilson of MemoryWorks.  Thanks Jade for taking the time to teach us!  Remember that Jade will be taking part in this year’s Ladies Night Out at Faith UMC.  I hope you’ll join us!

“Where do I start?” “What do I need?” “It seems so expensive!” “It seems too complicated!”

These are just a few of the things you might think when you think about starting to scrapbook. It can seem very overwhelming to visit a big box scrapbooking store and look at all of the things available. It doesn’t have to be though! Anyone can scrapbook and it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

Simple Stories is a totally new concept in scrapbooking that makes the process simple and painless for anyone! All you need to create a beautiful scrapbook in a matter of minutes is 1 Simple Stories kit, photos that you love, a pair of scissors (or a straight edge cutter) and some pre-divided album pages! That’s it!

Each Simple Stories kit comes with everything you need to create a beautiful scrapbook album. All you do is cut apart the element pieces and slide them into the pre-divided album pages. Add photos of your choice along with some journaling and Viola’, you have a beautiful album in no time!

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With the perfectly coordinated stickers you can easily embellish your cut apart elements and photos to your liking and no one will ever know how easy it really was! All of the cut apart element pieces are double sided so really you’ll be creating two pages at one time! The total cost for one complete 20 page album (assuming you have scissors) is $26.99! Add a post bound album from a local craft store (as cheap as $5.00 on sale) and your album is complete!

Can you imagine? A completed scrapbook for under $40.00 – INCLUDING the album! As a special for the attendees of the Faith United Methodist Church Ladies Night Out Event, you can get the Simple Stories kit for $18.89 and the Divided Album Pages for $5.40 PLUS free shipping on your order!  If you are outside of the Knoxville area and still want to take part in a little discount, Jade is extending the 10% off of their Simple Stories order to you as well.  While she can’t give out-of-towners the free shipping, if you mention that you saw this post on my blog when you email her your order, she’ll apply the discount. 

There are currently 7 Simple Stories Kit themes available to fit all of your photo needs:

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Perfect for scrapbooking birthdays and other celebrations!

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For scrapbooking new babies (perfect for boys or girls)!

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For all of your travel and vacation memories!

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Create a scrapbook documenting school careers from Kindergarten through High School!

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For all of your summer memories!

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Take those old family photos out of the box and put them in a beautiful heritage album!

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Christmas memories documented in a safe and beautiful way for years to come!

Visit Jade Wilson at The Scrap Yard Rose to learn all about Simple Stories and to see more about what is included in each Simple Stories kit!

August 23, 2011

Tip of the day—Having a plan

I’ve noticed that the days that I don’t have a plan become lost days.  I sort of shift in and out of different tasks with no real purpose to the day.  Sometimes that is nice because it gives me a chance to just rest and relax.  Other times, though, I wake up the next morning and realize that my list of things to do just became even longer.  Below are a few tricks that I use for planning:

  • I really like the calendar feature in Outlook.  Now that I have a fancy phone, I can link the calendar in my phone to the one in my computer.  It reminds me of appointments and events. 
  • When I’m making my list of things to do, I like writing it on paper.  There is something really gratifying about crossing something off of a list.  On my paper list, I’ll include the following headings—calls I need to make, emails I need to write or answer, chores around the house, work tasks, and what is for breakfast/lunch/supper. 
  • I find that if I prioritize my list of tasks it is helpful, especially if the list of things to accomplish is long.
  • I balance the fun stuff with the not-so-fun stuff.  For example, if I have on my list various chores to cleaning the house, I’ll do one chore then take a break and read to our daughter or go outside to the garden. 
  • When I look at my weekly schedule, I focus on the busy days.  I try and ask myself what I can do on the less busy days to make those easier.  When I’m meal planning, I think about those as being easy supper nights, and I do what I can ahead of time to prep those meals.  I try and put out the clothes we’ll wear the night before and pack lunches or snacks early. 
  • As our daughter enters school full time, it will make it easier to have a flow to the day.  I’ll have certain things that I’ll consistently do at the same time, giving structure to the day and week.  I find this helpful because I am much more on task.  If I have 20 minutes each morning to work on the computer, I’ll stick with that time rather than bounce around from blog to blog and spending over an hour sitting at the computer.   
  • Sometimes it is helpful to review the week and reflect on the “time sucks”.  What took a lot longer than it should have?  Finding something to wear?  Looking for my keys?  Cleaning the office?  How can I do things differently in the future so that I’m not wasting time.  Would ironing all of the clothes while watching TV one night help?  Putting my keys in the same place each day when I arrive home solves the problem of searching for them.  You get the picture.

Here’s to hoping you have a wonderful and productive day!

August 22, 2011

Scotties Tissues $1/1 on Facebook

scotties This will go fast!  These go on sale for around a buck, and they will be free or super cheap with this $1/1 Scotties Facebook Coupon!  If you have trouble printing, go to the Scotties Facebook page and look for the link on the wall.

Dannon Oikos Yogurt Freebie

Click. Print. Savor. Get the Coupon >. Click above to get your free coupon for possible the best yogurt in the world: creamy-thick Dannon Oikos

I printed this coupon, but I’m not entirely sure where I’ll end up using it.  Most grocery stores now do not accept printable coupons for free products.  Any ideas?  You can go here to sign up for a FREE Dannon Oikos Yogurt coupon that will be emailed to you.  Thanks Money Saving Maine-iac!

Honey Maid Graham Crackers $1/1

honey Money Saving Maine-iac  posted a great high dollar coupon—print $1/1 for Honey Maid Grahams (14 oz or larger).  Expires 1 month from print date.  Since we have some camping trips coming up this fall and Smores are a MUST, I’m printing this one!  Thanks Teresa!

Tip of the day—Birthday Freebies

If you read my post on menu planning yesterday, you know that this week I have a birthday.  Because I sign up for just about anything free possible, I’ve had a lot of freebies roll in this week.  To sign up for freebies, visit this site for a pretty full list.

Some of my favorites from the ones I’ve received:

IHOP—sign up for their club, and they’ll send you a FREE meal for your birthday.  Since daughter also eats free in August for supper, we went one night last week instead of eating leftovers and only had to pay for Hubby’s meal.  All three of us dined for a little more than $11 (counting a good tip—remember to calculate your tip with the amount that you would have paid without discounts or freebies)!

Moe’s Southwest Grill—Sign up for their club, and you’ll receive an email coupon for a FREE complimentary entree.  The last few years this has only been available on your birthday, but this year it says that it expires a few days after my birthday. FREE lunch will be in the schedule this week!

McAlister’s Deli sent me a coupon for $5 off of an entree.  Since their entrees are pretty reasonably priced, this will make for a great deal!  The coupon doesn’t expire until next week, and I’ll try to make it out on a Wednesday night when our daughter will also eat for free there with adult entree purchase.  We have a coupon for a free tea, too.  So, we’ll pay for Hubby’s entree and a few dollars on mine, get daughter’s free, $5 off, and a tea for free.  BINGO!

Braziero’s, a local restaurant, gives FREE desserts on your birthday.  Since daughter dines for free and Hubby and my dad have coupons for a FREE lunch there, we’ll all be able to enjoy a really nice meal out for my birthday at a fraction of what it would have cost.

August 21, 2011

Meal Planning, Week of My Birthday!

This meal plan is for a family of 3.  We often have at least one friend or family member over to share a meal with us during the week.  Since I factor the cost of the meal when I first prepare it, leftovers will be marked as $0.  When we dine out, it comes from a different part of the family budget and those expenses will also show $0.

Birthday Meals (Two meals)

Hubby and daughter are taking me out to eat and my family is taking me out another night.  Happy Birthday to me!

Approximate cost—$0 (Part of my birthday present)

Ways I saved on this meal—I’ll have some special meals this week with family, and I’m blessed to have people around me who want to celebrate.  I’ll also be taking advantage of as many of the other birthday freebies that I signed up for (Baskin Robbins, for example).

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Meal 3

Baked Chicken with Herbs

Green Beans from the freezer

Corn on the cob

Roasted tomatoes

Approximate cost--$6.50

Ways I saved on this meal—The herbs are from our garden, making them essentially free.  The green beans are leftovers that I froze earlier in the summer.  My green beans in the home garden have not produced but a few handfuls of beans.  A friend of mine said she was having a similar problem.  Anyone else out there noticing this?  The organic chicken was bought with a coupon.   I bought the Green Giant corn on the cob with a coupon and sale at Kroger.  Since I’ll have the oven already heated up, and I still have plenty of tomatoes, I thought I’d roast a few.  The pop of color and dreamy flavor will add a little oomph to the meal.

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Meal 4

Chicken, tomato, and basil pasta

Approximate cost--$.50

Ways I saved on this meal—Leftover chicken means that I only have to use the oven one time for multiple meals.  In the summer, that is a definite plus!  The garden is starting to produce less and less, but the cherry tomatoes and basil are still looking good.  Since the are essentially free, I’ll load them up in the pasta.  The pasta is some of the Ronzoni that I picked up free after coupon and Mega Event at Kroger a while back.  The sauce will be a simple oil and lemon juice mix with seasoning.  Since we use a lot of olive oil, I usually buy it at Sam’s to make it less expensive.   The lemon juice is some that I bought on sale (unfortunately not fresh lemons).  If you do have fresh lemons, you can use some of the zest in this dish as well for a really nice touch.  Oh, and I’ll probably add some garlic that we grew this year to the pasta, too. 

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Meal 5

If I have enough chicken leftover, I’ll make a small batch of chicken salad.  If not, I’ll make this tuna salad recipe.

Chicken Salad with cranberries and pecans or Tuna Salad

Cheese and crackers

Mandarin Oranges

Carrot sticks

Approximate cost--$5

Ways I saved on this meal—Since we can usually get three meals out of one large chicken, I am guessing that we’ll have chicken salad on this night.  I will use celery, onion, cranberries, pecans and pickles for the salad.  For Hubby and daughter, I’ll add some mayo, and since I’m trying to cut some calories, I’ll have mine without.  I still have some Laughing Cow cheese that I scored last week at Kroger for less than a dollar after coupon, and I’ll pair it with some whole wheat crackers I bought on sale.  The mandarin oranges were from Kroger, and I was pleased to see them a little less than 50cts.  I bought almost 20 cans when I saw them for that price since it is hard to find the oranges in juice for less than 50cts.  The carrot sticks are from the garden.

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Meal 6

Breakfast for Supper

Shirred eggs

Berries and yogurt

Zucchini Bread or Toast

Slices of tomato

Approximate cost--$4

Ways I saved on this meal—The tomato will be from the garden.  The berries were some that we picked and froze this summer.  I bought the yogurt at Three Rivers when they were having their sale on refrigerated items before they moved stores.  Shirred eggs with a little milk, cheese, and herbs sounded like a nice treat.  I haven’t made them in ages, and it will be something different.  The eggs were some that a neighbor gave to me as thanks for giving her some watermelon.  I’ll pull some zucchini bread from the freezer and give the family and option of that or toast with homemade jam. 

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Meal 7

Cheese Quesadillas

Beans

Calabacitas

Salsa, Sour Cream, Pickled Jalapenos

Approximate cost--$6

Ways I saved on this meal—The ingredients for the calabacitas are from the garden, with the exception of the corn.  I’ll add some of the corn that I bought at Black Oak Farms a few weeks ago and froze.  Whenever I catch a deal on beans, I buy extra.  I very rarely buy beans in a can.  They are just way too easy to make yourself and cost a lot less money.  I use a traditional recipe of soaking them for almost a full day (see the book Nourishing Traditions if you want to learn more). Whenever I make a pot of them, I cook at least a full pound.  This allows me to freeze them in small containers and pull them out whenever I need some for a recipe or side dish.  I caught the tortillas on sale last week at Kroger, and the cheese was some that I bought on sale with a coupon.  The salsa is locally made and I buy it by the case at Three Rivers Market to make it a little less expensive.  It is still over $3 a jar, but it is our favorite.  The sour cream was bought on sale with a coupon.  The jalapenos are some from the garden that I pickled.  Yum!

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Tip of the day—Prioritize your health

Time to check the girls!  Once a month perform a self check breast exam and remind those you love to do the same.  It only takes a few minutes and might help you detect a lump or abnormality.  Remember to have a clinical exam one time a year and a mammogram when you are over 40 or earlier if your healthcare provider recommends due to a family history of breast cancer.

This time of the month it is also a good idea to remind the men in your life to perform a testicular check for lumps.  Early detection of a testicular lump could save his life!

While you are thinking about prevention and healthcare—when was the last time you had your cholesterol checked?  An annual physical?  A check for skin cancer and abnormal moles?  Your blood sugar level checked?  When was the last time you went to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned?  If you said, “I don’t know” to any of those questions, now might be a good time to set up some appointments.  I talked to a friend day before yesterday on the phone who is recovering from a heart attack.  She said that she had all of the classic signs for a woman for a heart attack, and she ignored each and every one of them.  Your health is important.  Prioritize it and don’t ignore what your body is telling you.  The people in your life need you and want you around for a long, long time.

Weekly Matchups and Deals, 8/21-8/27

Since Three Rivers Market is currently moving to another location, I don’t have their deals posted for this week.  I’ll keep you updated as I learn more of the grand opening for the new location!  So exciting!

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Office Depot Back to School Deals

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Staples Back to School Deals

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Kmart Back to School Deals  Don’t forget to use your Shop Your Way Rewards card to earn points on your purchases!

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Target

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Kroger 

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Ingles

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