Friday, October 30, 2009
For those of you who already have Swag Bucks accounts, Fridays are always mega-swagbuck days, where a lot of high value swag bucks are awarded for searches!
New to Swag Bucks? Start HERE! I just recently redeemed some of mine for $55 worth of Amazon.com gift cards!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Coupons.com has new printable coupons up including $1 off 1 Coffee-Mate Creamers! (15 oz or larger) Print limit of 2 per computer.
Please use my coupons.com widget to the right to print your coupons!
The Fabule$$ly Frugal Mom
P.S. Save these for a sale or use at Albertsons with doublers, there have been times when I have gotten these for $.50 or even free!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Last week I did do a challenge, however it didn't turn out the greatest. I made another batch of pulled pork in my slow cooker. I had gotten a large pork shoulder for less than $5.00 so I threw it in with the last of the Kraft BBQ Sauce that I got for free a while back. Cooked it for about 10 hours and it turned out really moist and yummy! As a side dish I decided I wanted to make sweet potato oven fries, only problem, I had never bought sweet potatoes before so I didn't buy the right thing, I think they were just regular potatoes shaped like sweet potatoes, who knows! At any rate the fries turned out pretty good, just not super good, not blog-worthy anyway! I do plan to try them again, but with actual sweet potatoes next time! But dinner was under $7 and we had enough pork left over for the next night, so I steamed a little rice and it was great!
Since this week is so busy (not going to be home for dinners much) I was not planning a "challenge" per say, but when I realized I was out of teryaki sauce, I had to improvise and create! I didn't go to the grocery store either this week because we are not going to be home so I wanted to use things I already had.
I had the hubby grill up a couple of chicken breasts and I invented my own side dish. Here is what I did:
Cook 3 cups of rice
Chop up 1 cup of fresh brocoli
When rice is almost cooked, add brocoli to the rice, just place on top, it will steam
When rice is cooked and brocoli is steamed, stir in the following:
1/3 cup milk, 1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup, sprinkle garlic powder, salt & pepper
If you want, add a small handful of shredded cheddar for extra gooey rice
And Voila - Homemade Cheddar Brocoli Rice!
Everyone thought it turned out yummy and Naomi ate all of her's! We even finished it off for dinner tonight!
I actually did 2 challenges this week! Two in the same day even!
I have always wanted to try and make my own homemade pumpkin pie (not from a can) but I was always told it was very complicated and time consuming. Then I came across this article on one of my favorite money saving blogs last week and had to try it out! Pumpkins were only .19/lb at Smallwood's Harvest in Peshastin this weekend so we bought one especially for pumpkin puree!
I did just as the article instructed: clean, cut, scoop (with Naomi's help), microwave, blend to puree and done! I ended up with about 6 cups of fresh pumpkin puree! I couldn't wait to use it so since I didn't have the ingredients to make a pie I decided to make the pumpkin cookies listed on the article. The recipe only needed one cup of puree so I plan on making another batch of these later in the week and then will freeze the rest for Thanksgiving.
You can get the recipe for these cookies (which are SO SO good!) HERE. I also made the icing from the bottom of the recipe and they added a nice sweetness to the cookies. Trust me, this is a must make for fall!
What did you make this week? I am always looking for new challenging recipes! Feel free to comment!
Chipotle is offering you a free "Boo-Rito" on Halloween evening (6pm - 12am) if you come to the restaurant dressed up like a burrito! Or an ingredient in a burrito, such as lettuce or cheese.
Monday, October 26, 2009
This week Campbell's Cooking Soups are on sale for $1.00 per can.
Buy 6 cans of cooking soups (creams, cheddar cheese, tomato, etc.)
Use 3 $1.00/2 printable
Use 3 Doublers
Total: 6 Cans for FREE!
Cream of Chicken soup is one of those things that I always stock up on, especially for the fall and winter months as it makes excellent casseroles.
Unfortunately, I went to pick up my 6 cans today but my store was all out so I requested a rain check for 6 cans at $1.00 each. Then next weekend if we get more doublers I can use my coupons to get my 6 cans. Did you know that if a store puts an item on sale and then runs out of that item then they will give you a rain check to buy the item at the sale price at a later date, unless they advertise no rainchecks? You will get the sale price and are still able to use your coupons for the items!
No need for soup? Here is another idea:
Starbucks Ice Cream - $2.99
Use $1.00/1 Printable
Use 1 Doubler
Final Price: $.99 each
This ice cream is SO yummy!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
If you haven't yet noticed, I have added a new feature to my blog. I have teamed up with Coupons.com/Brandcaster and now you can print money saving coupons directly from my site!
Just look to the coupons bar on the right side of the page and scroll through the coupons, then print whichever ones you want! So easy!
Right now there are some high value printable toy coupons on there that don't expire until after Christmas! Print yours now and save them for some great Black Friday sales!
Have a wonderful weekend! Have any big plans? Leave a Comment!
Friday, October 23, 2009
To promote this new awesome program Safeway has teamed up with Star 101.5 and over the next week they will be giving away $1,000 Safeway gift cards to 7 lucky Seattle Area customers!
How can you get in on this action you ask? It is so easy! Just head to Safeway and pick up your yellow car decal (see photo on left) at customer service or checkout and put it on your car's back window. Then listen to Star 101.5 everyday between October 24 - October 30th to find out where to get "spotted". One customer will be spotted each day!
Next week I am going to be heading to Safeway myself to test out this new Everyday Low Prices Program and I will be sharing with all of you my shopping experience.
This is where it gets good: in that post the Fabulessly Frugal Mom will be doing her very first Fabule$$ Giveaway!! 3 lucky readers will get a chance to enter to win one of THREE $50 Safeway gift cards!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It seems like my mailbox was stuffed with free stuff this past month!
Sample + Coupons of Honey Nut Cheerios
Sample pack of feminine products
Coupons for free baby food and cereal - Get yours HERE!
Free EOS Lip Balm
Free LeapFrog Book
4 Free Magazine Subscriptions - Rolling Stone, Parents, Parenting & Shape
$25 in checks from various survey companies!
Free $5 Check from Magazines.com! I received this check just for receiving their e-newsletter! Read more HERE.
And more freebies and coupons came from one of my FAVORITE sites, Vocalpoint.com!! I have gotten so many samples, coupons and full size freebies from this company since joining earlier this year. You can read about some of the things I've received here. It's FREE to join and they only ask that if you like what you receive, you share it with your friends so that is what I am doing here!
This week I got a pack of high value coupons for Kashi Go-Lean cereal. We are big Kashi fans in this house and these coupons paired with a sale will lead to a nice stockpile of free cereal!
I also signed up at the site for a free sample of Olay's new Pro-X line and they sent me a full-size sample (28 day supply!) and 5 coupons for $10.00 off! WOW! Granted this stuff is pretty spendy at the stores but this sample should last me a good long time! LOVE this website!
What did you get for free this month? Leave a Comment!
Thanks Stretching a Buck!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Then when I pulled out my flour I realized that I had used the last of it the day before for that aweful yellow cake. Thank God that I have a lovely neighbor next door who was willing to lend this terrible planner 3 cups!
Into the mixer everything went and I was AMAZED - this time the batter actually looked like cake batter and not some weird yellow science project! I put the batter into the cupcake cups and when in the oven they actually rose up! They were fluffy and moist and just like real cake! SUCESS!!
I had also never made buttercream before so I mixed up a batch of this Chocolate Buttercream and piped the icing on the cupcakes just 1 hour before my sister's party started! Whew!
All in all, it was a little stressful, a lot rushed but a lot good too and now I am hooked!Those were my adventures in baking this week! How was your week? Feel free to leave a comment as always!
Organic Valley 1/2 Gallons will be on sale at 50% off. Use this printable coupon HERE to get $1.00 off and your milk will be about $.64 per 1/2 gallon! That is a FABULE$$ deal on organic milk! You should be able to print 2 coupons per computer and Fred Meyer will let you purchase up to 4 1/2 gallons.
Thank you to Frugal Chic Living! You can check out her post HERE to see some more of the deals and coupon match ups for this upcoming sale!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The most important thing to know about online surveys: NEVER PAY A COMPANY FOR A LIST OF SURVEY COMPANIES! You will find companies out there trying to scam money out of you telling you that you can make thousands of dollars doing surveys and then you have to pay them to get a list of companies to sign up for. Don't do this! You can find plenty of information out there for survey sites that is totally FREE! Including in this post!
My personal story: I started doing surveys back in April/May of 2009. I found a great website that listed a bunch of companies that I could join for free and I signed up for a few of those. There are a lot of survey companies out there, if you are just getting started pick one or two and go from there. I started receiving emails for surveys in my inbox and away I went! I take surveys whenever I want. Mostly during Naomi's nap time and in the evenings after she goes to bed while we are watching TV. I don't take every survey and I certainly don't qualify for every survey I take but I have made a good bit of money for just giving my opinion. I have also gotten to do some great product testing as well. I get paid for the 1st survey, get sent the product for free to try and then get paid for the follow up survey! I can't tell you exactly what I have tried because it is confidential but I have gotten to try things like shampoo & conditioner and even cheese! Like I said above, I have cashed over $150 in checks and that does not include the money/points that I haven't requested checks for either.
How it Works:
Once you have signed up and filled in your profiles you will start receiving emails for survey invitations. There will be a lot and remember, you do not have to participate in every survey! The first few minutes of each survey is a pre-qualifier survey to make sure you fit the right demographic. If you fit, the survey continues and you earn money in your account. Some companies will even pay you a little bit for every pre-qualifier you take as well.
If you qualify and finish the survey you will get points in your account. Once you have a certain amount of points you can "cash out". Some companies pay you right away for each survey, some you have to reach a certain amount of points before you can get rewarded. And each reward amount is different; some are $10 to cash out, some are $25 or even $50. You will typically earn between $1 and $5 per survey. Typically, the longer the survey, the more money it pays.
First things first; set up a new email account just for surveys. Trust me on this one! You will receive A LOT of emails for survey invitations and this way it isn't coming into your main inbox like a tidal wave! Email accounts from Yahoo and Hotmail are free and fast to sign up for; example: samssurveys@.
Second: I recommend downloading Roboform. This will save you a lot of time because it will save your information and auto-populate a lot of info for you on those pre-qualifier surveys. Trust me again, you will get tired of entering your birthdate a million times!
Third: Sign up for some companies! This is very time consuming at first. You will need to set aside a couple of hours to fill in your profiles on the companies you have signed up for. A lot of times they will pay you a small amount for filling in your profiles and then you get surveys sent to you that you have a better chance of pre-qualing for.
Fourth: Check your email frequently and start taking surveys!
Recommended Companies: Here is a list of some survey companies that I am a part of and recommend!
Opinion Outpost - $1-$3 per survey, $5 minimum cash out.
HCD Surveys: Surveys about current world events, typically fun and short! $1-$2 per survey/$10 pay out.
MySurvey.com (please email me HERE to receive your invitation to join) - $1-$3 per survey/$10 cash out.
Gobal Test Market - $.25 per pre-screener/up to $5 per survey. $50 minimum cash out.
Toluna - $1-$3 per survey, $10 minimum cash out.
E-Rewards - Join through your Upromise account first. Your cash out credits your Upromise account.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Not a coupon but go HERE to request your free sample of Little Duck Organics fruits!
Albertsons is running a HOT General Mills promotion this week beginning tomorrow (8/14). If you like Pillsbury, this would be an excellent time to stock up and freeze! Their crescent rolls go great with holiday dinners! Head over to The Krazy Coupon Lady's site HERE to get a whole bunch of printable coupons that match up with this promo.
Stay tuned... I am working on a post about how you can make money online doing surveys!! I have cashed over $150 worth of checks from these survey companies since this June!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Here is how I made it:
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
So I have decided to do a new challenge of sorts. At least once a week (maybe more), prepare a new meal that I have not attempted before and do it as cheaply as possible.
I have made pizza at home before but usually the crust turns out bad, too thick or too thin and not crispy at all. Making it on the grill gave it an excellent crispy, wood-fired type feel and it was excellent!! I think it was as close as we could've gotten to that pizza we ate in Vegas!
How I did it:
Pizza Dough (I bought this pre-made simply because I knew it would turn out) Roll out into 2 thin 8 inch rounds, brush bottom with olive oil and put on a low-med pre-heated grill. Cook for approx 2-4 min depending on thickness, brush top with olive oil and flip over.
Quickly add your toppings as the bottom will get crisp fast.
Printable Coupons: You may print each coupon twice.
Upromise.com (Need Account)
I also want to apologize for my sparse these past couple of weeks. I started a new job and it has been hard getting used to working again after 2 years. I work in the mornings and home by mid-day for Naomi's naptime but I seem to have ZERO energy to do much in the afternoons. I am working on eating healthier right now so I am hoping some of my food choices will give me more energy during my mid-day slump!