Monday, January 31, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

This weeks menu plan has some of last weeks stuff we didnt make, Also I am trying to pick quick, easy, low ingredient meals!


Bologna Sandwiches
Cheese Quesadillas
Creamy Chicken over Rice with Green Beans
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with Rice and Beans
Chili dogs, Chips, fruit
Eat out


Spaghetti, Green beans, and Garlic bread
Beef Stroganoff, Corn
Eat at church
Tuna Sandwiches
Dinner with friends
Cheese Pizza
Poppy seed Chicken, Rice, Corn, Artisan Bread

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Do It Yourself - In expensive Fabric Softener

This simple solution to fabric softener is a great way to stretch the money. I found this while searching the Duggars family website.

What I did:

1 Bottle of Name brand fabric softener (Even better if bought on sale with a coupon)
4 inexpensive sponges cut in half
plastic container

I used a Gladware© container that someone brought me cookies in. Pour 1 part Fabric softener 2 parts water. Add about 4 sponges, let sit for a couple of hours.

When ready to use ring out 1 sponge and add with clean wet laundry to dryer. We have a lot of static here because of the dry climate so when it is bad I throw in an extra one near the end of the cycle or on the fluff part.

Chicken Stroganoff Recipe

I made a chicken stroganoff that I thought was great and wanted to share with you the recipe.

Chicken Stroganoff

1 can chicken (10 oz)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz sour cream
1 piece of bacon
Worcestershire sauce
Garlic salt
Lowrys salt
4 crumbled Ritz or club crackers

Put bacon in microwave to cook for about 2 min. Heat oven to 375. Mix soup, chicken, sour cream, and (Worcestershire garlic and lawrys to taste) and crumbled bacon in a 8x8 baking dish. Top with 4 crumbled Ritz or club crackers. Bake in oven about 25-30 minutes.

After I put the stroganoff in the oven I start the rice. I add 1 bullion cube and a little butter and salt to the rice before I turn on the burner.

Serve the Chicken Stroganoff over the seasoned rice with green beans on the side.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, it can easily be doubled to feed more than 4 people or have yummy leftovers.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

This weeks Menu is based on food we already have, or can get fairly cheaply. The meals are mostly very easy.

Cheese Quesadillas, Vanilla Cake
Bologna Sandwiches, Fruit
Loaded Tortilla Pizzas (recipe coming soon)
Peanut Butter and Jelly or Apples
Beef Stroganoff, Steamed Carrots, Artisian Bread(recipe coming soon)
Tatortot Casserole, Corn
Crock Pot Chili Cheese Dogs, Chips, Fruit

Mushroom Chicken Over Rice, with Green Beans (recipes coming soon)
Bean and Rice Burritos with left over Chicken
Creamy Crock Pot Chicken over Rice with Green Beans
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas with Rice and Beans
Hamburgers, Chips, Salsa
Snacks at meeting

Friday, January 21, 2011

Amazon= Cheap Diapers!

If you got in on the Living Social $20 gift card for $10 and need diapers this would be a great way to spend that free $10 wisely.

Amazon has coupons on their site for $1.50 off Pampers
I bought a box of 204 size 3 diapers for $17.12

Here is how:
The box of diapers usually costs $40.88 - 15% for being an amazon mom - 15% for subscribing (which you can unsubscribe later) brings the price to $28.62 - $1.50= $27.12 - $10 free from the living social deal brought the total to $17.12 which is .08 a diaper for Brand name good diapers.

These same diapers would be .19 each at Sams Club, and .22 each at Can you say WOW!

To make this deal even better if you could wait for Swagbucks gift card to amazon you would not have to pay any money out of pocket.

The Living Social site says
"When a friend uses your link, they’ll get 5 Deal Bucks to help them buy their first deal. Once they do, you’ll get 5 as well!"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

6 easy steps to Rounding Up Checkbook

6 Easy steps to saving money without cutting anything out:
  1. Balance Checkbook (if you are like me this takes some time because it had not been done in a while)
  2. Starting with new transactions Round up to the nearest dollar (Example: $1.04= $2)
  3. Keep rounding up every time you enter your transactions in your checkbook
  4. Count on your checkbook balance not the bank balance!
  5. Wait a few months
  6. Subtract the bank balance from the checkbook balance to figure out how much you have saved! ( Example: Bank says $1,223.82 Checkbook says $1,200.00 what you saved by rounding up is $23.82)
At this point you can either add that amount back into your checkbook and spend it or move it to another account to save, or you can let it keep growing. It is VERY important that you keep balancing your checkbook.

Don't forget to make sure you account for items not yet on your online or paper statement. (Example you have a check out to Aunt Susie and she hasn't cashed it yet.... one day she will make sure the money is in there.)
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Free $10 Starbucks, Old Navy and more when you refer 10 friends

Shop It To Me is offering a $10 Gift Card to Starbucks, Old Navy, Amazon and more when you refer 10 friends.

Sign up with an account with Shop It To Me. Then Post your referral link on your Facebook page, Twitter account, or blog. Or you can Email your friends a link. You will receive a $10 gift certificate for every 10 friends who sign up.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Making your own Iced Coffee

Today I wanted an Iced Coffee from Starbucks but I did not have a gift card to use so instead I stayed home and made one. I will be perfecting the recipe and share it when it is awesome.

Today I made strong coffee, put some sugar in it and some chocolate syrup. I then put the hot sweetened coffee in the fridge. When it had chilled enough ( I got impatient it probably would have been better longer) I pulled out the sweetened chilled coffee, whole milk, and strawberry syrup and Ice. I mixed them all together and the best way to describe it is a chocolate strawberry milk with coffee.

I prefer a not very strong coffee flavor so this was great for me. And the bonus was Starbucks doesn't have strawberry but I do!

Have a great day and enjoy your coffee while you wait for your gift cards to come in!
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mypoints = $10 gift card to Starbucks

Mypoints is a rewards company where you can earn gift cards to places like Starbucks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Applebees, Chilis, Lowes, Sears, Target, and many more. I cost around 1500-1600 points for a $10 gift card.

How do you earn these points? It is rather simple here are some ways
  • You get 5 points for clicking on some of the emails mypoints sends
  • You can get 10-50 points for surveys they send depending on if you qualify
  • Games - you generally have to pay for these games
  • Shopping - click through the links the have on there site or emails they send
  • Search toolbar - install there search toolbar and earn up to 75 points a month for searching 31+ times

This is a great way to earn a Starbucks Gift Card free! for a $10 gift card it costs 1550 points.

If you would like me to send you a link to mypoints with my referral info send me an email at

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jack in the Box- Free Chicken Fajita Pita

Get a Free Chicken Fajita Pita with the purchase of a large drink. This offer is good till the 31st but i would go ahead and print the Coupon now it now so you don't forget!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Way #2 to get free Starbucks

Do you do online searches? If so you should sign up for Swagbucks, it is an Online search engine that rewards you for searching. It is easy to sign up and to use, you do not need a credit card number or phone number. It takes about a minute to sign up and then use there home page to do your searches.

It does not take much searching to earn enough for a free $10 gift card to Starbucks. All for just doing your normal searches that you would be doing anyways!

Know anyone else that does searches online? Of course you do! Well tell them about swagbucks send them a referral link and you will earn points when they do. It is a win win situation. You can be earning even more gift cards just by telling your friends and them doing this too.

I can just smell the Starbucks now cant you?
If this is the first Starbucks gift card you got don't forget to register it at If this is not your first and you already have one registered then you can move the balance of your new $10 gift card to your already registered card.

Keep searching and Keep earning! Just make sure when you get your new cards to move the balance every time!

(The link above is my referral link. If you sign up using that link I will get referral credit. If you do not feel comfortable with this you may sign up on directly.)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

Look What I got for my Birthday!

My mom who really enjoys Starbucks as well gave me this really cool reusable cold beverage tumbler! I was really excited because not only was this an awesome cup but she put a gift card to Starbucks in it!

This brings me to way #1 for you to get free Starbucks gift cards.

Ask for them as gifts from your friends or family when they ask what you would like. There are several holidays when people might feel the need to get you something and what better thing to get you then a gift card to Starbucks.

When you get this free gift card make sure you register the card here at to start enjoying the rewards posted in this post.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Quenching my Starbucks habit

There are many different things I like at Starbucks, but how can I quench my Starbucks thirst if I don't have money to spend? Well there are several ways actually. First off let me tell you about the Rewards program they have at Starbucks.

Starbucks has an awesome Program that will help you Earn free stuff including free drinks!

Register your free Starbucks card (I will explain later how to get one) here at
As soon as you do that you will earn a Free Starbucks drink of your choice, they will send you a coupon in the mail on your birthday for a free drink. Right away you are getting free Starbucks!

Next you use your Starbucks gift card to make purchases. Every item you purchase use your card and you will start earning stars. Here are some of the benefits for each level:

Green level ~ 5 stars needed
  • Free select syrups and soy, the free syrup choices are as follows: Caramel (regular or sugar-free), Cinnamon Dolce (regular or sugar-free), Classic, Hazelnut (regular or sugar-free), Raspberry, Peppermint, Toffee Nut and Vanilla (regular or sugar-free).
  • Free Refills on Brewed coffees (including Iced) and Teas. Use your Starbucks Card to purchase a brewed coffee or tea sit and enjoy it then get a free refill!
Gold level ~ 30 stars needed
  • Get all the benefits from above plus
  • Get a free drink every 15 stars!
  • Get a personalized Gold card
  • Personalized offers and coupons!

I love Free Starbucks Stay tuned on how to get your free Starbucks card!