If you have a Hobby Lobby, be sure to stop by to see if they have any of their spring and summer clearance items left. We were in there yesterday to purchase some wreath making materials and found a few deals.
First up is this enormous wall hanging. I saw the $13 price tag and did a double take. The original price was $130! I immediately texted a picture to my cousin to see if she wanted it for her apartment. The wall hanging measures approximately 5’6″.
After I saw this deal, I spent some time rummaging through a bunch of random things. It didn’t look like there was anything worth having, but I managed to find some tattoos for my classroom prize box and also some temporary hair color for this year’s crazy hair day. I’m sure my son will be happy to boast green hair. I got the tattoos (36 pk) for 30 cents and the hair color for 80 cents.
August 1, 2013
I had six brown bananas sitting on the counter in the fruit bowl. That is not a normal occurrence in our home but last week was busy. We had a weekend marriage conference at church and my parents had the kids. Hubby and I enjoyed some date time and so no one was here to eat the bananas.
I try to never let bananas go to waste. I usually make banana bread with them.
This weekend I saw Christy’s banana bread recipe on her website, Southern Plate. I have no trouble trying something new so I decided to do so.
I used the six bananas to make a double batch of muffins. I ended up freezing 28 muffins for later use. These will come in handy for breakfasts or snacks.
Please overlook this horrible picture. I was in a hurry to put these into the freezer and did not realize how bad the picture looked until later. And why does the meatloaf look yellow? I have no idea.
My family enjoys eating meatloaf but there is a part of it that I do not like — I do not like touching the raw meat. It is so cold and when you mix all of those ingredients together it feels slimy. Yuck!
A few years ago when ground beef went on sale, I decided that I would premix some meatloaf and put it into freezer containers. If I remember correctly, I premixed five meatloaves. A few days before I needed one I simply placed the container in the refrigerator to thaw. Then I slid the meatloaf from the freezer container into my meatloaf pan. It made such a huge difference in meal time preparation.
Unfortunately, my summer is almost over. Soon I will be busy working late, grading papers, working on lesson plans, etc and taking care of my family.
Recently, I remembered how easy it was to have the meatloaf premixed and so I have been looking for a good deal on ground beef. Food Lion had their ground chuck on sale this week for $2.49/lb so I picked up about 8 pounds.
Due to an unexpected eye doctor’s appointment today (there was a cancellation and we got a call to fill in) I wasn’t able to patty up all of the meatloaves but I did two of them. I have a usual meatloaf recipe that I use but decided I would search the internet for a different once. I decided to try Paula Deen’s barbeque meatloaf recipe. I ended up using a little over 2 lbs of meat so I just kind of guesstimated how much of each ingredient to use. Most of the recipes I make are just to use as a guide anyway.
I have some more ground beef in the refrigerator that needs to be used this evening so I will probably patty up a few more tonight.
It is nice knowing that I have banana muffins and meatloaf prepared in the freezer. I hope to prepare a few more freezer meals before school starts back.
What is your favorite freezer meal to prepare?
August 1, 2013
Just saw this on the Wisk facebook page. Right now you can get a $1 off printable coupon. Simply click on their facebook page and then on the coupons tab at the top.
Wisk is one of my favorite detergents for treating stains.
Enjoy the savings!
July 31, 2013
Here are this month’s favorite reads. Some of them keep appearing each month. You might also want to check our June’s favorite reads.
6. Dayspring Customer Appreciate Sale (expires today, July 31)
Which articles are your favorites?
July 31, 2013
A few months ago, my mom decided to give me my grandmother’s old pie pan. She knows how much I like vintage, antique, and unique items. I set the pie pan in my china hutch until I could decide how to display it.
I decided I wanted to hang the pie pan on my wall and soon discovered that it would be difficult to find an easy solution. I looked at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I looked at those plate wall hangers. I didn’t like the brass ones. I didn’t like the black ones. I didn’t want a colored hanger to take away from the look of the pie pan.
After much thought, I remembered that I had an assortment of 3M Command products that I won at Blogher two years ago. I looked through the products and found the picture hanging strips. They look sort of like a plastic velcro but unlike velcro, they have the 3M removable strips. To me, this means that I could hang the pie pan without worrying about damaging my walls or damaging my grandmother’s antique pie pan. There really was an easy solution to my dilemma.
3M Command strips are great for college dorms, renters, or anyone that doesn’t want to damage their walls. It’s an easy solution to hanging pictures. 3M also has many other affordable hooks and hangers to match your décor.
I was searching on their website today and found a printable coupon. Enjoy!
Have you tried the picture hanging strips?
July 31, 2013
My kids crack me up sometimes. I never know what they’ll do next. My son has always had a gift for building things. He creates all sorts of cars, buildings, and things with his Legos. He enjoys using the recycling and making it into something.
Last week when we were visiting family, he took some of their recycling to make himself a robot costume. I thought it was very creative.
July 30, 2013
Sam’s Club is hosting an Open House this weekend, August 2-4. Everyone is invited and everyone gets in for free.
Non-members need to go to the customer service desk to get their shopping pass. There will not be an extra charge on purchases made. Save even more if your state is offering a tax free weekend.
Sam’s Club is sure to be super busy with shoppers purchasing back-to-school clothing and electronics. Be patient and have fun saving!
Thanks to Money Saving Mom for the tip!
July 28, 2013
While talking to my mom tonight she told me to check my yogurt. She said she was watching Dr. Oz recently and he said that yogurt companies have been using bugs to color their yogurt red. WHAT? Say that again. It’s called carmine.
I opened my refrigerator. I checked my cherry yogurt. No carmine. I checked my blueberry yogurt. No carmine. Whew! I told my mom I didn’t have any carmine. I got off of the phone with her and kept looking in my refrigerator. I found a strawberry banana yogurt. Oh goodness . . . colored with carmine!
After this discovery, I did a little reading online. According to the Huffington Post, Dannon is under fire for using carmine. What about Yoplait? That’s where I found the carmine in my fridge.
I’ve heard of people eating bugs. They’re low in fat and high in protein. But shouldn’t I know if I’m eating bugs? Instead of saying “colored with carmine” it should state “colored with insects”. Did they not think this would come out? It seems like they are really hurting their integrity here.
I know I should spend more time reading labels. I am a busy working wife and mother. I just figured if I were buying a popular name brand like Yoplait or Dannon I would be getting something trustworthy. And why would yogurt with fruit in it need to have some sort of food coloring anyway?
Cracked.com reports that if you’ve eaten anything red recently then there’s a strong chance it was made with carmine, which by the way, is ground up insects. It’s also important to know that these insects may not labeled as carmine.
“Carmine can also be identified on food labels as Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470 or E120. We mention that because we’re guessing you’ll want to check for it in the future after reading this.”
If any of this interests you then check out this article from Cracked.com, 5 Horrifying Food Additives You’ve Probably Eaten Today.
July 25, 2013
We all have laundry to do. Some of us have more laundry than others. Regardless of how many loads you wash each week, there are some simple ways to save money while doing laundry.
1. Wash in cold water. Most all of your clothes can be washed in cold water. I do wash my sheets in hot water since this helps to kill dust mites and germs. Unless your clothes are really dirty or greasy, usually cold water will do just fine. Save money by not heating up the water.
2. Don’t buy “dry clean only”. I used to have some dry clean only clothes. I found that I wasn’t wearing them because I didn’t want to pay the money to have them dry cleaned. I tried hand washing some of them but they shrank. It is becoming easier to find nice clothing that is user friendly. Just pay attention to the tags.
3. Treat stains properly and quickly. I have a few go-to stain removers at my house. They work for just about any kind of stain. Every now and then we encounter something unexpected. I just use google to see what others are saying works on the stain. This was especially helpful when one of my children, who was a toddler at the time, drew on our couch. Be sure to treat stains quickly and don’t put stained clothing in the dryer. It is easier to treat and release the stain if it is not set in with heat.
4. Use white vinegar for your laundry softener. I wrote about using white vinegar a few years ago in my post 30 Ways to Clean with Vinegar. I rarely use laundry softener but I like to use vinegar because it doesn’t leave a waxy finish on clothes. Plus, it is inexpensive. You can pick up two gallons at Sam’s Club for less than $4.
5. Line dry your clothing. When I was growing up we didn’t have a clothes dryer. My mom hung everything on the clothes line. I’m not willing to give up my dryer but I do try to air dry some of my clothing. Avoid line drying when the pollen count is high.
6. Adjust the water level. Many newer washers adjust the amount of water to the size of the load. If your washing machine doesn’t do this automatically, be sure to use the water level knob to adjust the water.
7. Make your own detergent or shop wisely. I confess that I have never made my own laundry detergent. A quick internet search is sure to find you at least 10 different recipes. I usually buy my detergent on sale and with coupons. Sometimes I am lucky enough to get the detergent for less than $1 per bottle. I keep saying I’m going to make my own detergent. Perhaps some day I will. Until then, I’ll keep finding deals.
8. Clean the dryer’s lint filter. Keep the lint filter clean so that it doesn’t take longer to dry your clothes. Also, every few months it’s a good idea to clean the lint from inside the dryer. Some people run a vacuum hose down inside the dryer. I have seen special kits at home improvement stores. Also, check the outside vent. One day my dryer wasn’t drying my clothes. The outside vent was completely clogged.
9. Don’t iron. I’m not a fan of ironing so this one is good for me. As soon as my clothes are done drying I take them out, shake/snap them out to be straight and lay them out flat on my bed and then put them away. I don’t want any wrinkles to set in. You can also pick out your clothes and hang them in the bathroom while you are showering. This will help to remove some wrinkles.
10. Use less detergent. Many folks use too much detergent. I have seen people fill the cap all the way to the top. Look at the back of the bottle to see how much you need. Generally, you can use less than is recommended on the bottle. I usually use 25% less than recommended and have never had a problem. I have even washed some clothes without detergent. They say that the clothes agitating in the washer is what cleans the clothes. You might want to give it a try.
These are just a few ways to save. How do you save money on laundry?
July 24, 2013
Last week my dad went to the farmer’s and picked tomatoes. I was fortunate enough to be given 49 tomatoes. I have canned tomatoes, salsa, and spaghetti sauce before but the one that gets eaten the fastest is the salsa. I decided since I would be going back to work soon that I would first focus on canning salsa. It’s much easier to come home from work and pop open a can of salsa to use with your dinner than it is to pop open a can of tomatoes and make the salsa to go with your dinner.
One bunch of cilantro, 2-3 onions, 2 jalapenos, and 17 tomatoes (plus the garlic, salt, etc) yielded 7 pints and 1 quart. I haven’t canned in a few years so I am out of practice. It took a few hours to make all of this. This is going to be delicious though!
Last night while I was canning I had an accident. I put a jar into the water and the water splashed up and burned my face. I jumped back quickly so it could have been much worse. I am thankful but in pain. Prayers are appreciated.
Have you ever canned salsa?