Saving Money On Your Heating Bill – Tips to Help


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Saving Money On Your Heating Bill If you haven’t accepted it yet, winter is here. As I sit and write this article, the current temperature is -11 and it feels like -37 here in Indiana and we have over a foot of snow! Mother Nature sure knows how to put a stop to things real fast when she wants too. Living in Indiana all of my life you would think I would get used to the winters here. I think I just dislike the cold more every year. Haha! Every winter my husband and I purchase plastic to go … [Read more...]

Tips For Saving At An Amusement Park


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Summer is the most popular time for going on vacation. While going on vacation can be fun, it can also be stressful if not planned ahead of time. Below are some ways to take some of the financial stress away and save some money while planning your trip to an amusement park/zoo. Planning Ahead for The Trip If you have decided you are going to go on a Summer Getaway to an amusement park, zoo, or water-park now is the time to start saving! Have a separate account or envelope specified only for … [Read more...]

Kids Summer Activities Part 2-Fun In Your Community


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Finding Kids Summer Activities to do outside of our homes doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Below are some ideas for finding Summer Fun in our local communities. Kids Summer Activities In Your Community Local Small Businesses-Our neighboring city is home to the South Bend Chocolate Factory. For a small fee they offer tours of the factory, complete with samples of chocolate after. Try calling a local business like a Dairy Queen or ice cream shop and ask about a tour or a field-trip … [Read more...]

Kids Summer Activities Part 1-The Summer Fun House


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It's not too soon to think about how we are going to keep the kiddos busy this Summer! The days are getting longer, and the kids are starting to get outside and play more! A sure sign that warmer weather is on the way! After the winter that we have had in Indiana, it's a welcome change! With Spring activities starting up and end of the school year activities on the horizon, you probably haven't even given any thought to the question,"what are we going to do all summer?" Or "how will I keep … [Read more...]

Kids Valentines Party-Dollar Store Style


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Throwing a kids valentines party doesn't have to be expensive.  I put together one every year for the kiddos in my family. The majority of the party items came from the Dollar Tree or Target's Dollar Spot. I did purchase a few things that were in the $2.00-$4.00 range, but only a few.  I decided to have the kids over on a Friday night, so I made a big batch of spaghetti up too. That way they had dinner before having some valentine goodies! Kids Valentines Party Decorations that I used All of … [Read more...]

Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season!


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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaching full swing we have put together some ideas for giving this season. Before we get wrapped up in the crazy shopping frenzies, baking marathons, and holiday parties, lets take some time to remember those people who find themselves less fortunate than us. Giving is wonderful and needed everyday of the year, but during the holidays it can lift spirits even more. The people that need help may be your neighbor, a friend of your child’s, a … [Read more...]

Fall Pumpkin Dip


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I set out to make something new this Fall and boy did I hit the jackpot! This delicious Fall Dip is just a few ingredients, so simple to make, and oh so delicious! I served it with apples and graham crackers. My favorite of the two was eating it on the graham crackers. It's almost addicting! Serve it at Thanksgiving and don't be surprised at how fast it disappears!! Fall Pumpkin Dip Ingredients Needed 16 ounces of cool whip 3 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding (dry mix, don't make … [Read more...]

Kroger Mega Sale Shopping Trip-Savings of 53%!!


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I headed out to Kroger tonight to take advantage of their Mega Sales Event! I was able to get items at my stock up prices and score some great deals! Check out the details below! Kroger Mega Sale Shopping Trip-Items Purchased! *All items except the milk were part of the buy 10 get $5.00 instantly ($0.50 off each item) **All prices listed were the SALE prices at the time of purchase 10 Bottles All Detergent-$2.99 ea $0.50 Mega sale discount 5-All $2/2 All Detergent Products … [Read more...]

Triple Chocolate Fudge


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One word sums up this next recipe-YUM! I have grown up eating this fudge every year at Christmas time! My Mom used to bake a lot around the holidays. Now I continue her tradition and make it here at my house! It's very easy to make and one batch makes two big cookies sheets full of delicious fudge! Check out the pictures of my latest batch and jot down the recipe for yourself! You won't be disappointed with this yummy treat! Triple Chocolate Fudge Ingredients 4 ½ cups of sugar ½ cup … [Read more...]

Target Shopping Trip-58% Savings!!!!!!


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Target has become one of my favorite stores to save at! They accept manufacturer coupons, Target mobile coupons, Target printable store coupons, AND Target Cartwheel offers! Plus you can stack all of these to maximize your savings! Combining that with weekly sales, I saved 58% on my latest shopping trip! Plus I snagged a Christmas gift in the mix! (Monopoly game) Check out all the details below! You still have 2 days to shop this current sale! Grab your coupons and score some savings for … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Ideas PLUS Find Pumpkins Locally


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Halloween is creeping closer and it's if you haven't carved your pumpkins yet, it's time to start thinking about what design (s) you want to create. FREE Pumpkin Carving Templates If you are having creative block, need some ideas, or like me are not very good with just carving free hand, you can head over to Spoonful website. (by Disney)  You can check out a ton of FREE pumpkin carving templates! Choose from scary, not so scary and of course some really neat Disney Character … [Read more...]

Monster Cookies


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Soon we will welcome little ghosts, goblins, monsters, and more imaginative characters at our front doors saying, "trick or treat." In the spirit of Halloween I whipped up these delicious Monster Cookies! Monsters cookies are monstrous indeed. These cookies indeed a larger cookie and include oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, AND  M&M's! Cookie Monster himself would rate these 5 stars and my son, husband and I love these cookies! What better thing to get us in the spirit of Halloween … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Salad-A Delicious Fall Dessert


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If your Facebook news feed is like mine, then I'm sure you have been seeing all these creative, yummy looking recipes on a daily basis posted and/or shared from friends. I often wonder if they really taste as good as they look, so I set out to make one of them to find out for myself! This Caramel Apple Salad is probably the farthest thing from a true salad-it is 100% dessert. That being said, if you have someone in the house with a sweet tooth, this is sure to satisfy them! Fall is the … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples


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Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples  Ingredients: 6 Large tart apples like Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cut into eighths (I used Jonamac) 1 cup of dried cranberries 1/4  Cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar (less if you are using sweeter apples) 1 Cup chopped walnuts 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg 3 tablespoons of cornstarch 2 tablespoons butter, sliced  Directions Mix together all of the ingredients except for butter into crock pot, stir well, … [Read more...]

Target Shopping Trip-Stacking My Way To Savings!


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I headed over to Target to score a few deals today! By stacking manufacturer coupons, Target mobile coupons, Target printable store coupons, and Target Cartwheel I was able to save almost 50% off my total! Check out all the details of my Target shopping trip below! Target Shopping Trip-Stacking Adds Up  2 Up & Up Disinfecting Wipes 35 ct-$1.87 each Used $1.50/2 two Up & Up Household Cleaning items (excludes items under $1) Target Coupon and 5% Off Up & Up Disinfecting … [Read more...]

Shrinking Your Cable Bill Part 6-Hulu Plus


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Hulu Plus-If you have a busy life and are constantly missing episodes your favorite TV shows then Hulu Plus is a good option with it’s wide collection of current-season television shows. Hulu Plus streams current seasons of the networks hit TV shows, so it’s very easy to watch on the go, or catch up and watch at your convenience. Watch Full Episodes of Current TV Shows and More! Hulu Plus is very similar to Neflix, but where as Netflix has a large movie archive, Hulu Plus has more of the … [Read more...]

Shrinking Your Cable Bill Part 5-Say Hello To Netflix!


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Netflix-A Subscription based service. For one low mothly price, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV shows streaming over the internet, to PCs, Macs and TVs via a wide range of devices. Choose from the streaming service which offers thousands of movies and/or the DVD rental service. Get your FREE trial HERE! How Does Netflix Work Here at our home we are Netlfix newbies. We have had Netflix for about 3 months and we really love it. My husband and son love surfing through … [Read more...]

How To Shrink Your Cable Bill Part 4-Amazon Instant Video


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As we continue on in our series on how to shrink that cable bill, we explore Amazon Instant Video. Here at my house, we just started exploring this option and are very pleased!  Read below on how it works. Also find out how having Amazon Prime can really beef up this option to even better programming! PLUS it gives you even more FREE titles! Amazon Instant Video Programming Options Amazon Instant video with unlimited streaming, lets you watch more than 5,000 movies and TV shows on your Mac or … [Read more...]

How To Shrink Your Cable Bill Part 3-Apple TV


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Apple TV-This is how Apple describes their product: "Apple TV is a tiny entertainment powerhouse that plays the content you love from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and your favorite sports leagues on your widescreen TV in up to 1080p HD. Just plug it in and discover a whole world of movies, TV shows, photos, music, and more. You’re gonna need a better couch.” Apple TV-What does It Offer? Apple TV opens the door for you to watch thousands of HD movies and TV shows from iTunes, many of … [Read more...]

How To Shrink Your Cable Bill Part 2-Roku


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Roku-A digital video player. A neat little box that allows you to stream TV shows, music, photos, games, and movies whenever you want-otherwise known as “on demand.” The Roku streaming player gives you so many choices! If you are already a Netflix subscriber you can go ahead and watch movies from your queue whenever it’s convenient for you. (Requires an internet connection) The newer models come with wifi built in. Roku Says: You can do it "Roku was designed to be amazingly easy to use. With … [Read more...]