New Printable Coupons!

Posted on March 30th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

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Allergy Season Survival Kit Sweepstakes!

Posted on March 30th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Sign up to QualityHealth for your chance to win an Allergy Season Survival Kit.


Thrifty Tip: Pay Off Your Mortgage

Posted on March 30th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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My husband and I periodically dream about what it would be like to have our mortgage paid off. Can you imagine? For us, it would be like doubling our income by having our mortgage paid off. We got a great deal by refinancing a few years ago. Now, I’d love to get that mortgage paid off early. In case you’ve had similar conversations (and dreams), here are a few tips on how to pay off that mortgage early.

1. Mortgage payments. When you first buy your house, try to keep those payments at about 15 percent of your income. As I shared above, that’s not the case for us. (Maybe that’s why we are still working on it!) In any case, this is good to know when you first buy a house. The national average is 30 percent; aiming for about 15 percent of your income will give you a much better shot at paying it off early.

2. Check out bankrate.com. This site provides a tool to help you figure out various combinations of payments to pay off that mortgage early. You’ll just have to plug in the amount left on your mortgage, the amount of time you’ll like to pay it off or the extra amount you’d like to pay each month. You’ll end up finding out exactly how much extra you need to pay to pay it off in a given period of time. Check it out.

3. Divide up your payments. Rather than making one monthly payment each month, make two payments every two weeks. Because of the way the calendar is set up, you’ll end up making an extra payment without even thinking about it. That’s a great way to make a nice extra payment to move that ball down the field.

What are you doing to pay down your mortgage?


Frugal Family Field Trips

Posted on March 30th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Families like to be able to get out of the house to do things together. Unfortunately many aquariums, zoos, and local attractions can be very pricey regardless of if you are paying for a membership or just one day. Here are a few things you can do together as a family without destroying your savings account.

National Parks and Monuments

National parks are a beautiful and affordable way to get back to nature. Some are free, other have fees, but are generally much more affordable than your typical tourist attractions. Many have activities that can be fun. There are tours, mountain climbing, canoeing, or rafting to partake in, depending where you are visiting. The are also natural formations or historical monuments. There is wild life that you can try to catch a glimpse of. Just be sure to obey the rules and warning signs of the park or historical site.

Local Historical Museums

Many towns have their own history and historical buildings. Some offer tours for donations or a very low fee. You can learn many interesting things about the indigenous people of the area you live in. You can also learn about the who founded your town and what interesting things they did. Who knows? You may even learn that famous people from history are connected to your town.

Local Art Exhibits

Many towns have local art centers that show off the work of artists living in the area. You can find paintings, handmade dresses, or even hand made jewelry. It also give you an opportunity to buy interesting works of art for your home at a much lower price. These centers often offer art classes that families can enjoy together. Many I have visited have a free class for young children to enjoy.

Local Stores

Many book stores have events such as book releases or a weekly story time. These are fun to visit. You have the opportunity to enjoy contests, arts and crafts, or just wander the store and get to know people. Hardware stores also may offer classes for children, such as building a bird house with a parent.

KOA

If you love to go camping consider becoming a KOA member. Many KOA campgrounds have extras such as water slides, canoeing, or a swimming pool. The have camping spots for both vehicle campers and tent campers. Many even have cabins. Plus there is a camp store and clean bathrooms.

Local Farms

Some local farms offer berry picking in the summer and pumpkin picking in the fall. Most of the time these activities are inexpensive. Many farms also have a petting zoo for children to enjoy. Just watch out for the goats! ;)


New Printable Coupons!

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

Here are the latest printable coupons so you can save on your next grocery shopping trip!

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$1.00 off any three cups of CHOBANI Greek Yogurt
$1.00 off three CHOBANI SIMPLY 100 Greek Yogurt
$1.00 off TWO (2) McCormick Gourmet™ Spice or Herb
$1.00 off TURTLES MINIS 5oz or larger
$0.50 off ONE Cheer Detergent 50 oz or larger


The Many Uses of Salad Dressing

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Salad dressing is a fun way to spice up food, and it’s great for foods other than salad.

Marinades

Salad dressings make great marinades for meat. What I love to use the most are vinaigrettes to marinate chicken or beef. For pork a fruity raspberry vinaigrette works fairly well. A vinaigrette soaks more into the meat you’re trying to marinate. They are also better for when you need to travel with the marinating meat. Cream based salad dressings are better for home and it may take longer for the flavor to seep into your meat.

Sandwiches

Sandwiches are often the old stand by of any lunch. We don’t like them quite so much because they can often lack creativity. We also avoid creativity on the off chance our creation won’t taste that great and then the food could be wasted. Salad dressings are a safe way to experiment with sandwiches which consist of meat, cheese, and/ or vegetables. They can extra flavor to a sandwich, where mayo just keeps the bread from being dry and sticking to the roof of your mouth. Italian dressing (creamy or in vinegar form) can add an extra kick to your lunch time stand by. Or replace the cheese in your sandwich with a blue cheese dressing. Salad dressings add a lot more options to sandwich making.

Dipping Sauce

We use salad dressings for dipping sauces all the time for items such as hot wings and pizza. They can also be used for other items. Tater tots or french fries go great with honey mustard. Thousand island salad dressing goes quite well with fish sticks.

An Ingredient

When making a casserole, sometimes a salad dressing can flavor your mix better than a dry seasoning. Salad dressings mix better into casserole ingredients. Plus you can change the flavor of the casserole by changing the salad dressing. This means you can cook the same thing more often and have different tasting results.

With Other Sauces

Sometimes it’s fun to mix two sauces to see if you can get a taste you like better. Ketchup with mayo or with mustard is one example. For the bold, trying different mixes of salad dressings can be fun and add a new flavor to your list of enhancing ingredients.

Salad Dressing

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National Nutrition Month

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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It’s the end of March and I’m just now discovering that it has been National Nutrition Month. How did that not make it onto my calendar? ;) Did you know that? Okay, so occasions like this are obviously not big national events, but who says that they can’t be great excuses to make some positive changes in your lifestyle?

Even in these last few days of March, you can begin making some choices that, if you stick with them, could become habits for the remainder of the year and beyond. Here are just a few ideas of little choices you can make to improve the nutrition you and your family get on a daily basis.

1. Snacks. Choose fruit, nuts, and veggies instead of prepackaged foods for snacks. This is an easy one to do. Just pack some grapes, an apple, baby carrots, raisins, or cashews in your children’s lunch instead of that bag of chips or gummies. Do the same for yourself. When you are tempted to go the pantry for chips, crackers, or cookies, grab an apple instead.

2. Drinks. Stop drinking soda. Would you ever think to consume 9 teaspoons of sugar in just one sitting? Probably not. That’s what you’re doing every time you drink a can of soda. This may be a good time to stop. Does it sound impossible? Just begin cutting out one per week. If you only drink one a day, that’ll be easy. I know people who drink multiple cans/cups of soda each day. Replace it with water, juice, or better yet lemon water!

3. Green Veggies. Try to include green veggies somewhere in your meals each day. Throw some steamed spinach or broccoli into a smoothie. Make a kale salad. My latest favorite is brussels sprouts. Roast some of those and mix in a little garlic, parsley butter sauce and it’s easy to forget about anything else on the menu!

 


Free Sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish Cat Food

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Free Sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish Cat Food – Find image like above, click it, then fill out the form. (When the free sample image is gone from the website, they have run out of free samples.)


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