Sunday, December 25, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beans, beans ...


Dave Ramsey talks about rice and beans as a frugal staple. "Rice and beans, and beans and rice" comes up quite a bit on the message boards his followers post on and on his facebook page. After reading it enough I knew it was something I needed to add to our diet, as our grocery budget is really tight and often strained to the point of breaking, and I was out of other ideas for saving in that area.

Pinto beans cost about $1 per pound, raw, at Sam's Club or WalMart. 1 lb of raw beans is about 2 cups of beans, and will equal about 6 cups of cooked beans. 6 cups of beans for $1. 6 cups of fiber, protein, and iron for $1. And they're filling. Seriously, hard to beat and much less expensive than the same amount of poultry or meat.

Rice we can eat, except that until just a few weeks ago I was a really, really crappy rice cooker. I've improved so much just by (1) rinsing the rice a lot and (2) following better cooking directions, actually cooking the rice for a shorter time than I thought I should.

Beans were a tougher sell around here. I tried bean soups, beans in casseroles, rice and beans, beans and rice. Not much luck, and I was serving them at least once a week. Darn it.

Over the last six months or so, however, the kids have gradually accepted beans as a part of their diets and meals. I've been able to sneak black beans or pinto beans into crock pot meals or casseroles and no longer receive complaints.

One day I needed refried beans. Not having a can of them available I found a recipe and made my own. The kids LIKE them. Really LIKE them. A LOT.

I use about 1 lb. of beans and end up with 9 cups of refried beans. Very cost effective.

Vegetarian Refried Beans 
from allrecipes.com

1 lb. dry pinto beans, rinsed
2 T minced garlic, divided
1 medium tomato, diced, or 1 can diced tomato
2 T ground cumin
1 T chili powder
2 T olive oil
salt to taste

Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with an inch of water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. When the beans have reached a boil remove from the stove, and drain. Return to the same pot and cover the beans with about 2" of water, and stir in 1 T garlic, the tomato, cumin, and chili powder. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 4 hours, until beans are very soft.

Once the beans have cooked remove some of the cooking water if there's quite a bit left, or add a little more if there isn't much left at all. Then add in the oil, salt, and remaining garlic. Mash or puree in food processor or blender. Place over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve.

* I have heard that beans are more digestible if an acid, like lemon juice, is added when the beans are first boiled.
 * I have also heard that soaking the beans overnight, rather than bringing them to the first boil, is better for digestion. When I can't soak them overnight I bring them to a boil, turn the heat off, and let them sit for a few hours before draining them.
  ("more digestible", "better for digestion" = polite way to say "less tooting")

I freeze the refried beans we can't use right away, usually 2 3-cup containers.  When storing food I use these ZipLoc containers. They're clear and easy to label on the tops with tape, and they stack very well. In the refrigerator leftovers are kept in the ZipLoc containers, always stacked on the same shelf on the same side, making it really easy for the kids and I to know what needs to be eaten first, limiting waste. In the freezer they get labeled and dated and stacked ... easy to grab what I need.

The recipe we make most often with the beans is the Southwest Roll-ups. If you follow my menu plan Mondays you've probably noticed we make this once a week or so. The kids love them, and love having extras in the freezer that they can quickly pop into the oven even more. This past Sunday night I made 30 roll-ups, using 6" tortillas, for 7 people and there wasn't a single one left after the meal. They're that good.

Do you have a family "go to" bean recipe? A frugal favorite to share? Leave a link or recipe in the comments.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sweetbay "Holiday Savings" page in today's Sunday paper $5/$30

Look for Sweetbay Supermarket's "Holiday Savings" page in today's (12/18/11) newspaper. It has a $5 of $30 purchase coupon with an expiration of 12/24/11. If your Publix accepts Sweetbay as a competitor, that coupon can be used at your Publix.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

CVS Today (12/17) Only Deals

Today is a great day to shop at CVS. Grab your ECB card and scan it at the big red dispenser machine.

The coupons I received (and which are available TODAY ONLY were:
3 12-packs of Coke product for $8 (exp 12/18/2011)
$10 off Zone 60 or any wireless gaming purchase of $29 or more (exp 12/18/2011
Save $5 on any As Seen on TV purchase of $14.99 or more (exp 12/18/2011)
Get Zhu Zhu Pet for $.99 with coupon (exp 12/18/11)
Save $3 on a $10 CVS Brand Vitamin Purchase (exp 12/31/2011)
Save $10 on any electronics purchase of $49 or more (exp 12/18/2011)

I ran the card again (always do it more than once):
$.50 off 2 Planters 1.5-6 oz or 2 Nabisco 1-3 oz items (exp 12/24/2011)
$1 off any Kraft Salad Dressing (exp 12/24/2011)
$5 off any New ProNutrients Supplement by Centrum (exp 12/24/2011)
$1 off Merci finest assortment boxed chocolates (exp 12/24/2011)

CVS coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons. I found a tear pad with $1/2 Coke 12 pack products in the beverage aisle, so was able to get the 3 Coke 12 packs for $7. Then enter the codes on the inside of the boxes at My Coke Rewards. Not too shabby!

Friday, December 16, 2011

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Also, I'm not sure what the expiration on this coupon code is, so YMMV -- use coupon code SMDF10 for $10 off your order of $30 or more. Very cute stuff available on Zulily today as usual, and this code makes the deals even better.  *If you use the coupon code let me know if it works for you!

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Burger Kind Free Fries Friday 12/16 is Here

Burger King has declared December 16th “Free Fries Friday.” According to their website, consumers will be able to go to any Burger King restaurant nationwide and enjoy a complimentary value size order of new fries, with no purchase necessary, while supplies last.

Burger King has revamped their fries, saying their new version is a " thicker cut of potato to give each bite more fluffy, potato flavor on the inside and crispy, golden-brown deliciousness on the outside." The new fries are available beginning this week at most BK restaurants.

Tip: Uses for Leftover Gift Packaging

After Monday's post about what to do with leftover candy canes (I love that someone took the time and energy to create that yummy list) I decided to follow the "leftover holiday things" theme for this weeks tips.

Today, what to do with leftover gift packaging.
  • give the boxes to the children and let them build a fort, a town, a robot, here is a link with some fun cardboard projects
  • give little boxes to the children to store their treasures
  • save and reuse the twist ties
  • iron plastic bags together to create a workable fabric and then make yourself a New Year's Eve dress or suit (or tote bag)
  • white packing foam and peanuts make great play snow for kids to play with
  • white packing foam and peanuts make great snow for holiday displays
  • plastic display "windows" make great dollhouse windows and clear craft project backdrops (and one of my sons is looking for some for a windshield for his pinewood derby car)
  • use boxes to label, organize, and store items
  • save the boxes and tissue to reuse next year
  • if you find no practical use for the insane quantity of packaging that comes with a Barbie and most things made by Fisher Price ... recycle
What other creative ideas do you have?

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party Giveaway - Ending Saturday evening

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
 
There are only two days left to enter all the giveaway contests in the Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop Party, with the fun ending Saturday evening, December 17th.  Many of the giveaways are for sewing supplies, but there are also made products, chocolates and coffees, and gift cards.

Enter here at Because I'm Me to win the beautiful coaster set above.

Free Shipping Day


Friday, December 16 is Free Shipping Day and Because I'm Me is participating.

With Christmas around the corner and most of us with a few gifts left to gather, I'm extending the free shipping offer at the shop through Sunday. Hurry though, quantities are limited.

Be sure to click on the image above to check out the 2540 participating merchants. Then come back and share your finds in the comments.

Tip: Uses for Leftover Turkey

After Monday's post about what to do with leftover candy canes (I love that someone took the time and energy to create that yummy list) I decided to follow the "leftover holiday things" theme for this weeks tips.

Today, what to do with leftover turkey (these ideas are good for roasted chicken too). I'd love to hear your ham ideas as well.
  • turkey sandwiches, of course
  • turkey salad and turkey salad sandwiches
  • turkey broth - place turkey carcass in a huge pot of water, add some onion, celery, salt, and pepper and simmer overnight (if he's small you can do this in the crock pot), strain, and store in labeled containers, from the leftovers of our Thanksgiving turkey I was able to make 16 cups of flavorful broth
  • turkey vegetable soup
  • freeze leftovers for a later meal
  • google for recipes
What do you do with your leftover turkey or ham?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tip: Uses for Leftover Christmas Cards

After Monday's post about what to do with leftover candy canes (I love that someone took the time and energy to create that yummy list) I decided to follow the "leftover holiday things" theme for this weeks tips.

Today, creative uses for leftover Christmas Cards
  • cut front off and glue it to a folded piece of construction paper or card stock to make a new card
  • cut out shapes and glue to paper for a "first words" or "first colors" book for a toddler
  • make playing size cards out of them for a house of cards
  • make playing size cards out of them for a concentration game (match 2 Santas, match 2 stars, etc.)
  • make a book of photos received from family and close friends to help kids learn who is who in their family
  • trace the front of the card with a cookie cutter and cut out to make a pretty festive ornament for next years tree, add some glitter if you wish
  • create gift tags from the cover
  • donate your cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. This charity recycles old cards by making brand-new ones. The money from these new cards is donated to the help children who were the victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment
  • cut out the words and use them to create a family word game 
  • frame them
Add to the list in the comments.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tip: Uses for Leftover Wrapping Paper

After Monday's post about what to do with leftover candy canes (I love that someone took the time and energy to create that yummy list) I decided to follow the "leftover holiday things" theme for this weeks tips.

Today, what to do with leftover wrapping paper. I have a few ideas, please feel free to add your ideas in the comments.
  • Shred it and use it as packaging material
  • Wrap tree ornaments in crumpled wrinkly leftover wrapping paper
  • Use as a mat in a picture frame
  • Laminate to use as a placemat
  • Add large squares to the kids craft supplies - great for practicing cutting and gluing, and as a colored paper for craft projects
  • Reuse it for wrapping in the future by carefully folding and storing it
  • Ball it up and toss it to the cat
  • Use it as fire starter paper
  • Practice paper folding arts with it
  • Decoupage, either large pieces or cut out shapes
  • Incorporate bits of it into holiday scrapbooking pages
  • Trace sewing patterns onto it, it's sturdier than newsprint and usually plain on one side
  • Create rolled and decoupaged paper beads for necklaces
  • Give some to the kids to create and cut out shapes for Grandparent Christmas cards
  • Cut or shred it into confetti
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Monday, December 12, 2011

33 Uses for Leftover Candy Canes

Image courtesy of Candyblog
While making your list for Santa you might want to up the quantity of candy canes requested, to allow enough overage for these 33 delicious uses for leftover candy canes (and a few more uses in the comments). It's so good to see frugality and "wasting not" embraced!

#21 has been added to my Christmas baking list.

Do you have any other ideas for leftover Christmas treats?

Menu Plan Monday 12/12/11

Each Monday I shall post our dinner menu plan for the current week.

The kids feed themselves for breakfast and lunch (usually lots of fruit, pasta, sandwiches, or leftovers) so I will only be posting the dinner menu, as that's what I cook.

Please link to your weekly menu in the comments if you are inclined. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Sunday - Southwest Roll-ups using homemade refried beans, salad
Monday - Fried Rice with peppers, yellow squash, and carrots, apple wedges
Tuesday - Spaghetti with choice of alfredo or tomato sauce, dinner rolls, tossed salad
Wednesday - Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole (substitute pinto beans), cornbread, tossed salad
Thursday - Eggplant Parmesan with white eggplant, steamed carrots
Friday - Chicken on the grill, sauteed yellow squash, tossed salad
Saturday - Breakfast casserole (I toss in whatever cooked chicken, turkey bacon, veggies I have on hand and want to use up, this is a very forgiving recipe)
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Today I have some very exciting news to share. Because I'm Me, my handcrafted product line, is the featured seller today and tomorrow, December 12th and 13th at BelleChic.

The site is offering my hand appliqued and embroidered onesies at half their regular retail price, which the lowest price at which they've ever been offered!

Register at BelleChic. Signing up costs you nothing and gives you access to the great deals deals being offered, with e-mails sent out a few times a week announcing new partner sales.

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Because I'm Me: Blog Hop Party Giveaway!

Join me at Because I'm Me as I participate in Quilting Gallery's Blog Hop and Give-away. Over 240 different blogs are participating and offering give-aways, so do check it out.

I'm giving this lovely handcrafted coaster set away to one lucky entrant. Head over to Because I'm Me and enter to win!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tip: Salad Dressing

Making your own salad dressing is an easy cost saver. Homemade dressing is preservative free, seasoned to your liking, fresh, cost effective, and as easy as hitting the pulse button on the blender.

Here is the recipe for a favorite salad dressing of mine. When this is served on our dinner table the salad is gone!

Oriental Dressing
6 tsp. rice vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. white pepper
1 1/2 tsp. dried mustard
1/2 c. oil
1 tbsp. sesame oil
4 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt

I toss all the ingredients into a ketchup type dispenser like the one in this picture* and shake.

*My dispensers are clear with an easy to use lid and were very inexpensive at the dollar store. I use them for honey, soy sauce, and syrup which I buy in bulk, making the containers much too large for the kids. I also use them for salad dressing.

More dressing recipes can be found at:
Any great dressings to share? Or homemade dressing powder mixes to share?

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These make great Christmas gifts for family. Perfect when you don't know what to give and want to give something that will be used and truly appreciated.

I gave these as gifts a few years ago to the kids' grandparents. The next year I purchased one just for our family. I had no idea how much I'd love looking at the pictures each and every month.

Just click on the image to head over to VistaPrint.

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I've been very impressed with their national deals. Well worth checking out!

A few Great Baby Deals

Below are a few great coupons for baby foods:

$.60 off when you buy any ONE (1) box of Beech-Nut® Baby Cereal
$1.85 off when you buy any FIFTEEN Beech-Nut® Stage 2 1/2™ Baby Food Glass Jars
$1.10 off when you buy any FOUR Beech-Nut® Stage 2 1/2™ Baby Food Glass Jars


Toys R Us and Babies R Us has Huggies Santa Diapers JumboPacks (21-28 ct) on sale TODAY for $5, which can be combined with the recent $2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, exp. 12/17/11 (SS 11/20/11), bringing the per pack price down to $3!

I used these diapers with my youngest and was very pleased with them. The only issue I had was that he was very thin and they fell down when I took his shorts or pants off. I just have to add that I did not use the Santa ones. The price is great though. :)

And one coupon for mouthwash:
$1.25 off when you buy any ONE LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® Anticavity Flouride Rinse 500ml

Friday, December 9, 2011

Because I'm Me: Blog Hop Party Giveaway!

Because I'm Me: Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party Giveaway!: Thanks for joining me for the Blog Hop Party and Happy Holidays. Grab a cup of hot spiced cider, some toffee (or at least the recipe , whic...

Tip: Produce Deal

This tip may be a "your mileage may vary" type of thing, but it's certainly worth a try.

The local flea market sells produce all weekend long. Great stuff and they're very busy and reasonably priced.

The flea market ends at 4:00 on Sunday afternoon and the vendors need to empty their shelves of whatever they've got left, they certainly don't need the produce to sit for a week.  

Sunday afternoons at about 3:50 pm the prices drop to bare bottom prices. 3:30 you won't find a better than usual deal, 4:20 they're long gone ... but right before closing is THE time.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Crafts To Make

We have not yet gotten our craft on this season, but I wanted to share a few craft ideas from Christmas holidays past, all previously shared at Because I'm Me. These are very inexpensive, or free, projects, and great for kids to be involved in.

And one really good must-try recipe, which I highly recommend hiding from the children and enjoying while they are tucked snugly into their beds at night.

Decadent Toffee (this is the must try recipe!)

Christmas Crafts





Christmas Crafts


String Ornament (the balls in the background window were strung onto fabric strips and hung from a curtain rod)
Little Christmas Trees

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Burger King "Free Fries Friday" 12/16

Burger King has declared December 16th “Free Fries Friday.” According to their website, consumers will be able to go to any Burger King restaurant nationwide and enjoy a complimentary value size order of new fries, with no purchase necessary, while supplies last.

Burger King has revamped their fries, saying their new version is a " thicker cut of potato to give each bite more fluffy, potato flavor on the inside and crispy, golden-brown deliciousness on the outside." The new fries are available beginning this week at most BK restaurants.

Additionally, December 9, 10, and 11 Burger King is offerering Buy 1, Get 1 Free Whoppers.

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Click the banner below, sign up at Zulily, and then head over to score your credits. I love it when a deal just keeps getting better!

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My Coke Rewards has a great deal today. Score a 12 pack for 30 points, regularly 240! Find the offer on the My Coke Rewards home page. Limit two per person.

Tip: Framed Art

Very simple tip - Purchase some inexpensive frames and use greeting cards or book pages as artwork. Pictures can be matted with cut paper or cardstock.

Such a nice way to keep a favorite book "alive" or favorite card near and dear and meant to be seen.

From Hello Splendor

Have you framed any special cards or other "out of the box" paper pieces? I'd love to hear what you've done and if there's a story to go with the framed item.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tip: AC maintenance

A few simple things to do to take care of your air conditioning, lower AC costs, and reduce repairs.

Clean filters monthly. Not all AC filters are disposable, and disposable isn't better. For the same price as disposable filters Target sells cleanable ones that last for a very long time. At the beginning of each month I hose the filters and air dry them. Within a few hours they are back in place and back to work.

Suck the drain ports with a wet dry vac twice a year. Not doing this can result in clogs, which result in leaks in your house and problems with the AC unit.

There are plenty of tutorials guiding you through cleaning and maintenance of the AC system and condenser. I've never tried this myself, and don't plan to - it's pretty far out of my comfort zone. Whether you clean these machines yourself or hire someone to do it once or twice a year, know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and that this routine maintenance can save a significant amount of money in the long run.

In summary:
  • Filters cleaned or changed monthly (the 1st is a good day to do it, change the calendar, change the filter)
  • Drain ports sucked twice a year, at least
  • AC and condenser maintenance performed once or twice a year

Tip: Postage

Two tips today. 

First, packages can be mailed from your front door, even priority mail and most international mail. Printing postage online, rather than heading to the post office and waiting in line, also results in a discounted price for priority and express mail and free delivery confirmation. The process is very simple and certainly a time, fuel, and money saver. Kind of hard to beat that deal!

At the USPS.com site you can also order stamps and free priority mail shipping products, which will then be delivered to your front door.

I keep a 25 lb. electronic postal scale nearby, which I purchased on eBay for less than $15 many years ago. I simply use that to weigh my packages, then calculate and print the postage. That's the whole of that.

At the postal service site it is possible to also request a package pickup. They've thought of just about everything, haven't they?

Second, stamps are about to get more expensive. Buy "forever" stamps now at $.44 each and they'll be worth $.45 after the rate increases on January 22nd. Saving $.01 per stamp is not big news, but the rate is highly likely to increase again in the near future as the United States Postal Service continues to struggle.

Have you found alternatives to the rising cost of postage? Please share your ideas here.

Menu Plan Monday 12/5/11

Each Monday I shall post our dinner menu plan for the current week.

The kids feed themselves for breakfast and lunch (usually lots of fruit, pasta, sandwiches, or leftovers) so I will only be posting the dinner menu, as that's what I cook.

Please link to your weekly menu in the comments if you are inclined. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Well, it's technically Tuesday here (by a few minutes) and I'm eating Monday's leftovers. It has been that kind of day!

Sunday - Southwest Roll-ups using homemade refried beans, salad (made double the roll-ups and froze one batch for another meal)
Monday - Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken, salad (we ate dinner, drove two kids to scouts, came home and the 8 year old had another heaping plate full ... this is one of those entrees that make for quiet meals, because everyone is too busy loving the food to talk)
Tuesday - Macaroni and Cheese, apple slices, broiled zucchini, orange wedges
Wednesday -Chicken All Dressed Up, yellow squash, salad
Thursday - Chicken Tacos, brown rice (when the kids get to pick their toppings, whether on tacos, pizza, or omelets, they enjoy it more and eat really well ... and the brown rice, now that I can cook it decently I can't get enough of it)
Friday -Chicken and veggies on the grill, salad
Saturday - Leftovers or Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Good Breakfast Cereal Coupons

I really like the two $.75 off coupons, those will really add up when used with a BOGO sale at Publix

75¢ off when you buy any ONE BOX Cocoa Puffs® cereal
75¢ off when you buy any ONE BOX Golden Grahams® cereal
$1.00 off when you buy any TWO BOXES select Chex® cereals
$1.00 off when you buy any THREE BOXES select General Mills cereals

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Click for a video that explains the program.

I would love to hear your experiences, good or bad, with daily deal sites.

High Value Listerine Coupon

$1.25 off when you buy any ONE LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® Anticavity Flouride Rinse 500ml


Print this one (twice) and watch the drugstore ads to score a great deal.

A few Great Baby Food Deals

60¢ off Beech-Nut® Baby Cereal Printable Coupon

$1.10 off Beech-Nut® Stage 2 1/2™ Baby Food Glass Jars Printable Coupon

$1.85 off Beech-Nut® Stage 2 1/2™ Baby Food Glass Jars Printable Coupon

High Value Glen Muir Coupon




$0.75 off one flavor/variety Muir Glen product

This is a really good coupon! After printing it go back and print again. Most coupons can be printed twice.

Tip: Grocery List Help

click image above for printable shopping list
Every time something is about to run out write it down on a list attached to the fridge. That way, when you plan your shopping trip you can find the best deals on those necessities AND not forget to get them at the store.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tip: Library Books

click for a library bag tutorial!
Return library books to the same "library tote" when done reading them. This saves from having to hunt through the house for them and from being unable to find them to return in time to avoid fees, or, even worse, lost book fees.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

50% off McDonald's Living Social Deal

Today, Living Social is offering:

One Booklet with Five Individual Big Mac Vouchers and Five Vouchers for Large Fries for $13

Not a bad deal if you're a fan of the Big Mac.

Tip: Men's Shirts

Hang men's shirts on clothes hangers to dry. They will dry with fewer creases, making them easier to iron and you won't have to use the clothes dryer to dry them.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Target $10 Giftcard with $50 Purchase

Head over to Target to print a $10 Giftcard with $50 purchase coupon. 
Expires 12/3/11 and valid in store only.

Thanks to my son for the heads-up on this one.

Blockbuster Express Free Movie Codes


Head over to Southern Savers for a list of keywords to use to receive a one-time use free movie code.

I got my code in less than a minute.

How To Cook Brown Rice

It might be a stretch to call this a frugal tip, but for the first time I've made good brown rice and this is the recipe/tutorial I used. He says it works with white rice too, I"ll be trying that as I don't make good white rice either.

I'm so happy to have finally made good rice (and the kids were too, "maybe this time it will turn out better" was uttered before the meal")!

*I haven't yet checked out the rest of the site associated with the brown rice cooking instructions, but it looks really interesting and worth a peek.

Great Saveology Cyber Monday Deals -- good through Friday

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  • $59 For A 4.3 inch Touchscreen Car GPS Navigation & FREE Shipping ($115.99 Value)
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20 Personalized Holiday Cards for $7 Shipped!

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20 Holiday Cards for $7 Shipped. Special Cyber Monday Week Offer! For a limited time, get 20 4x8 cards delivered to your door (within 7 days) for only $7 (less than boxed generic cards at the store)! Upload photos of your family or pets and add a special greeting.
*Note: Free shipping only valid on 4x8 Holiday Cards. Additional items will incur additional shipping costs.

When I owned my store, Ditto Kiddo, I used VistaPrint for all our gorgeous postcards, business cards, stamps, and oodles of other stuff. With Because I'm Me I use them for my business cards and beautiful Thank You notes. The quality is top notch.

Tip: Mail Handling

Never handle your mail more than once. Put the bills where they go and recycle everything else. Not only will you not be tempted by the junk mail, your won't have to deal with the added clutter.

Hurry - Chili's Free Appetizer Offer Expiring Tomorrow

 Receive free chips and queso when you join Chili's e-mail list. They send out some great coupons and deal notices, so it's well worth signing up.  Hurry though, this offer expires Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Join AcornPoints and enter to win free Kindle Fire

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AcornPoints is a new calendar based, online organizer with a rewards program. As their site says, they pay you to stay organized. Available January of 2012, but enter now to win.


I'm not the most organized person and am really excited to give this program a try when it becomes available.

Tip: Bill Payments

When you get a bill sit down that day and schedule the payment through your online banking. That way you won't have to worry about it when it comes due.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 11/28/11

Each Monday I shall post our dinner menu plan for the current week.

The kids feed themselves for breakfast and lunch (usually lots of fruit, pasta, sandwiches, or leftovers) so I will only be posting the dinner menu, as that's what I cook.

Please link to your weekly menu in the comments if you are inclined. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Sunday - the kids weren't home yet, so I didn't cook, leftovers instead
Monday - Country Frittatta with zucchini and bell pepper, celery sticks with ranch dressing
Tuesday - Spaghetti with tomato sauce, tangerines
Wednesday - Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken (just chicken covered with BBQ sauce in crock pot), brown rice
Thursday - Turkey Burgers on rolls with toppings, broccoli
Friday - Chicken on the grill, grilled veggies
Saturday - Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

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