Nearly Free Organic Shopping Trip


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For those of you who say that you can't save money on organic food, GMO-free food, food without additives or preservatives, here's a trip for you! I hit up Stop & Shop today (actually I hit two different stores, both right in my town) for these awesome deals. My husband eats Clif bars every day at work. I love them because they are certified GMO-free. I had a raincheck for American Flatbread Pizzas which my kids love - they are organic frozen pizzas and they are delicious! (4) American … [Read more...]

Saturday Mail Delivery Stays Put


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Mail delivery isn't going anywhere - at least for the time being. With Congress taking the plan off the table, the US Post Office released a statement yesterday saying they had no choice but to "delay the implementation, at least for the time being." So, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, at least through the fall. The Post Office Board of Governors is still arguing that they can't save money without changing the delivery schedule, but that will have to be a fight for another day. … [Read more...]

Budgeting For Healthy Living


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We often hear that it's too expensive to eat healthy. It's definitely more expensive, but if you play your cards right - and that includes couponing correctly - you can lower that OOP cost drastically. There are plenty of resources where you can find organic coupons. They may not be available in Sunday inserts, but you can get them by either writing manufacturers, or heading directly to their websites for printable coupons. What about Produce? What about it? The same principles apply. While … [Read more...]

Healthy Alternatives When Cooking


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We try to eat clean - it's difficult, but we do the best we can. There are so many additives in food products today, it's scary. We have cut all dyes out of anything in this house. It's scary to see that there are refined sugars, processed syrups and dyes out the ying yang in everything - even in our kid's vitamins! You have to do some searching, but once you find a few staples, the process gets easier. I swapped out my kid's Flintstone vitamins (loaded with high fructose corn syrup and … [Read more...]

Salmon & Egg Salad


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If you are like me, you have at least a half dozen hard boiled eggs left over from Easter. I make egg white and spinach salad often, but I wanted a change this time around. I had picked up some wild salmon at the grocery store and since I had so much left after 4 little filets, I cut some more up and cooked it and made this little meal. It's great for those nights when you're running around and want something quick, healthy and filling! Salmon & Egg Salad (Sandwiches) 3/4 cup … [Read more...]

Hanging Yarn Eggs For Easter


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Here's an oldie but a goodie.  I remember doing this as a kid and it's still popular.  Maybe it's that kids like sticking their fingers in glue, who knows.  Either way, this is  great craft to do with little kids for Easter. Materials: Yarn - as many colors as you'd like, but cut into 8-12 inch pieces is best Glue Scissors Balloon Instructions: Blow up your balloon, and tie it. Mix a little bit of water with the glue to make it easier on yourself (and your kids) to soak the … [Read more...]

My Huge Lego Savings!


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My kids had gift cards to Toys R Us from Christmas and my older one had been saving hers up for a giant Lego Friends House. She finally had enough and down we headed yesterday. I had found a 20% off any item online and printed that, thinking we'd save her a little money to get something extra. What I didn't expect to find was a HUGE LEGO SALE at Toys R Us! They had tons of deals and I just stacked and stacked and walked out of there saving 81% on Lego stuff! We got: Olivia's Lego … [Read more...]

Homemade Buffalo Wings


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I love hot wings. I actually love anything that resembles a buffalo wing. I made buffalo chicken cupcakes for the Superbowl, and my buffalo chicken dip recipe from my late mother-in-law is simply to die for. It's my go-to recipe when I want a cheat day. Here's my recipe for homemade hot wings. We bake them, so you save quite a bit of empty calories/fat there. I am all for replacing fattening foods with healthier options, but honestly, sometimes you just need a bit of butter. Everything in … [Read more...]

Big Savings At Big Y


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We have a small chain here in New England called Big Y. For the most part, they are expensive. However, when you can shop the sales, you can score HUGE. Check out what I did stacking coupons with sales there today Note: Big Y has a limit of 5 like coupons per transaction. I did two transactions yesterday and one today to use all of these coupons in line with their policy. (15) Angel Soft 4 pack toilet paper Reg. $2.19, on sale $1 each used (15) $0.45/1 coupon from SS 1/6 … [Read more...]

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes


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I love making homemade goodies for my girls. I can control what's in them - and we can make them exactly how we like them. Homemade funfetti cupcakes are my favorite to make with them, because you can change the insides of them as you please - for holidays, for fun, favorite colors, etc. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes  1 ¼ cups flour  1 ½ tsp baking powder *¼ tsp salt  ¾ cup sugar  6 tbsp butter, room temperature  1 large egg + 1 egg white, room temperature  1 tsp vanilla … [Read more...]

Tilapia And Veggies


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I like to change it up for dinner, but sometimes, simple works just as well. We came home last night from a weekend away and wanted something quick and easy without ordering out. We checked what we had in the fridge/freezer and stockpile, and here's what we came up with. Best of all, this meal cost $6 for 4 people. Who says eating healthy has to be expensive? We chose tilapia for dinner. I had picked up fresh frozen filets the week before since they had been at a stockpile price for me … [Read more...]

Huge Savings Target Shopping Trip


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I stumbled upon some nifty little coupon books in my pediatrician's office a few weeks ago. They had these great Target baby coupon books. They were filled with photo discounts, discounts on kids medicines, and best of all, a coupon for a $10 gift card with a new or transferred prescription. Well, I've headed there twice in the last two weeks for prescriptions for my kids so I was starting out with $20 in gift cards (which I love to save for my husband's Red Bull - no coupons!) Here's … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner – Turkey Tacos


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We love taco night in our house - but the packaged stuff isn't so yummy.  So we put a spin on it, to make it healthier, but still taste good! Turkey Tacos Whole grain tortillas lettuce tomatoes homemade taco seasoning reduced fat taco cheese fat free sour cream I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I browned the turkey in a - when it was cooked, I drained the little grease out that was in there, added about 2/3 a cup of water and the homemade taco seasoning. I cooked it … [Read more...]

Homemade Potpourri In 3 Easy Steps


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One of the biggest "flower" holidays is looming in the coming days.  Thousands flowers will be given, and eventually, will wilt and dry up.  I never realized how easy it was to make homemade potpourri.  I got the idea when my daughter got some pretty flowers for her 5th birthday last month.  They started to wilt after about a week and I wondered what to do with them - I hated to toss them.  Here's what I did in 3 easy steps! Homemade Potpourri 1. Snip the tops of the flowers off, keeping the … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner? Easy Easy Baked Ziti


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Whenever we have a potluck to go to, I always get asked to bring this dish. It's a favorite in our house, and so easy to make. I make the sauce from scratch and it just makes the whole dish feel more homey. Hope you enjoy! Baked Ziti First you should have: 16 ounces red sauce (see my sauce recipe below) 1 pound ziti 12-16 oz shredded mozzarella, divided (use the whole milk stuff for this recipe. The part skim just doesn’t cut it) 15 oz Ricotta cheese (again, whole milk) 1 egg 1 … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner – Jambalaya


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With Mardi Gras right around the corner, I thought we'd get into the spirit of southern cooking. I had my close friend from New Orleans visiting and she cooked us some down home Louisiana food done right - it was fantastic and the kids gobbled it up! Here's a true NOLA recipe for jambalaya You'll need:  1/4 cup butter 10 ounces andouille sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch half-moons 1 cup diced onion 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced green bell pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner – Shepherd’s Pie


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Here's a great dish that exemplifies comfort food.  Shepherd's Pie dates back to the late 1800's in early England - and was often made with mutton or lamb mince.  Today's versions use ground beef.  It can be made with all stockpile ingredients - great to throw together when it's 4pm and you haven't planned dinner yet! Homemade Shepherd's Pie Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef 1 onion chopped 1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas 1 1/2 – 2 lbs potatoes (3 big … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes


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SuperBowl Sunday is one of my favorite food holidays. It's a chance to have great food and watch great football - and great commercials. I am a huge lover of buffalo chicken anything. I thought this year I would switch it up. I had seen some ideas about making them into individual cups, and thought I'd try it out. You'll need: Cupcake pan 1 8 oz block cream cheese 1/2 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot) 1/2 cup blue cheese dressing 12 oz chunk chicken, drained and broken up (no … [Read more...]

Major MoneyMaking CVS Trip


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I had a huge moneymaker of a CVS trip on Saturday. First, I didn't go until 9 pm so I could shop both week's sales. I was ready to arm myself with Children's Advil. Here's what I picked up: (2) Crest Pro-Health (last week's sale), reg. $3.79, on sale $2.99 each used (2) $0.50/1 Crest Pro-Health (4) Children's Advil 4 oz. reg. $6.99, on sale $4.99 each used (2) Children's Advil BOGO coupons used (1) $0.75 Ibotta coupon (1) Johnson's Baby bath, $3.49 used (1) $0.75/1 Johnson's Baby … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner? Hamburger Barbecue


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This is one of my favorite recipes to make. It feels like it should be unhealthy because it's definitely a comfort food, but it's really not. It's a recipe that came from my late mother-in-law, and my kids absolutely love it! Hamburger Barbecue< 1 lb ground beef 1/2 cup ketchup 2 Tbs light brown sugar 1 Tbs vinegar (you can use either… I use cider) 1 tsp yellow mustard (I use Mister Mustard) 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper 1/2 cup finely … [Read more...]