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Sunday, December 26th, 2010
9:27 pm
The Sacramento Deal Ticket
The Sacramento Press is a local on-line paper that specializes in news for the Sacramento Area. They have a local business promotion tool called the Deal Ticket that offers coupons from local businesses for at least 51% off their usual price. It's sort of like a hyper-local Groupon. I've seen some delicious deals on restaurants, yoga classes, and tomorrow my own business A Touch of Reverence is being featured. If you are, or know someone who is local to the Sacramento area, check it out. There's a different deal every day.

Current Mood: Expectant
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
12:48 pm
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
1:12 pm
$1 scoops at Ben & Jerry's tomorrow!
Visit a Ben & Jerry's scoop shop on March 24th, donate a non-perishable food item and receive a scoop for $1! All donations will be supplied to your community's local food pantry.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
12:04 pm
Friday, February 20th, 2009
4:41 pm
Cheap Ways to Clean!
I am always looking for cheap and easy ways to clean my house. The easiest two ingredients are always Vinegar and Baking Soda. I wrote up a couple articles about my techniques and thought I would share with you all.

Unclogging a Drain

Laundry Room Cleaning

Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Cleaning Your Oven

I will be writing more articles in the near future, Just haven't had time to get around to it with 3 kiddos at my feet 24/7. lol

If you are interested in sharing great facts and/or information HERE is where I write at. Its pretty neat!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
7:53 am
Wired Magazine $5 for one-year
I know magazine subscriptions aren't all that thrifty, however, buying them at cover price is even less thrifty.

Amazon.com has WIRED subscriptions for sale for $10. Plus they currently have an automatic $5 off the magazine when you add it to your cart, which means you get the year of 12 issues for $5 total (no shipping).

My husband loves this magazine and buys it off the rack one to three times a year. Anyhow, this means I'm going to wrap up an empty box for him letting him know issues will be coming starting February.
Saturday, December 20th, 2008
9:30 pm
Free menstrual cup
I found this in another community and thought it would be helpful here. You can get a free menstrual cup sent to you by filling out a short survey here.


Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
9:37 am
US Christmas freebie
Request a letter from Santa to be sent to your child. :)


Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
9:44 am
Planning Ahead
If your budget is tight now, and you're looking at the possibility of having less next year, now might be the right time to stock up on some basic pantry goods to keep you going through rough times.

(Buy in large quantities and store in dry sealed bag or tub, and it will keep indefinitely.)

(Buy in bulk dry, from an Indian store if you can. Green and brown lentils are cheapest. They cook quickly and are a cheap and versatile source of protein.)

Flour and yeast
(You can make your own bread for pennies if you need to. Again, buy in bulk from somewhere like Costco or a bulk restaurant supply store.)

(This can be breakfast porridge, cornbread, or polenta, or can thicken soups.)

What other basic pantry goods would you recommend to have on hand?
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
1:48 pm
More holiday ideas
OK folks, my mind works in strange ways, and once I get on a kick I just have to ride it out till it's over. So you'll be getting the benefit of every thought that goes through my head regarding gift-giving this season. ;P This installment is going to be all over the place.

How about a really warm pair (or two) of socks, a nice pair of gloves and a hat. Place them all in a box and use a nice matching scarf as the "ribbon". Similarly, a nice shirt in the box and a necktie as the "ribbon"- you could even tie it right and tape it down for added presentation.

Gather a few of your favorite cookie and candy recipes and spend a couple of days in the kitchen. (The kids will probably love helping with this one.) Once everything's made, get some pretty shirt boxes and some cupcake papers. Use the cupcake papers to hold a few cookies or pieces of candy each in the boxes and you've made your own holiday sampler. And as for the "map", just use the round yard sale stickers and pretty handwriting- you can either place them inside the lid or on the bottom of the paper cups. And if you feel like it you can include recipes for everything in the box on pretty cards.

Homemade decorations are great and a nice alternative to the bows that always get thrown away. (Unless you're like my Mom; she saved and reused the same bows for over 20 years!) Two recipes I really like are:

2 part flour
1 part salt
Enough water to make a dough

Roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters. You can use a drinking straw to make the hole at the top, then just let them air dry. Then use poster paint to decorate them.

1 can applesauce
2 cans cinnamon
1 TBS school glue

Roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters. Again, use a drinking straw for the holes and let air dry. They'll look like gingerbread cookies, and you can hot glue beads and ribbons on them to complete the look.

Another fun ornament to make is ice cream cones. Get a box of the hard sugar cones and spray pain them gold or silver. Then hot glue shiny ball ornaments on top, with the hook straight up. That's it- and you can fit a few of them in a shirt box. (Just remember to pack them with tissue paper.) This would make a great host/hostess gift for a pre-Christmas or tree-trimming party.

One year my Mom brought home satin ball ornaments (the kind with the styrofoam in the middle), beads, and pretty, long, pins. She had my sister and I decorate them for her, and they were beautiful.

Don't be afraid to think outside the box as far as decorating. Our first year in this apartment I had very little money and very few decorations. I happened to find a large branch on the side of the road and I brought it home. I put it in a clay pot from the Dollar Tree, and wighted it with rocks from outside, then a small strand of white lights, and 2 packs of small ornaments later (all from the Dollar Tree), and we had a beautiful, unique holiday decoration atop our table- all for just $3.

Every year we pull out the dehydrator and fix up some dried apple and orange slices for the tree. If you do this though, remember to put a hole in them before throwing them into the dehydrator. I forgot one year and we lost a lot of our ornaments. LOL

So again, spam me with any and all ideas you have. I love finding new ways to make the holidays more personal and special. :)

Current Mood: creative
Sunday, November 30th, 2008
12:51 pm
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
8:36 pm
Time to stock up!
The week before Thanksgiving typically sees some of the lowest grocery prices of the entire year.

Now is the time to stock up on things like flour, sugar, butter, potatoes, etc.

As an example, right now I can buy 10 pounds of potatoes for $1.69, when it's usually more like double that; butter is going for 3/$5, when it's usually 2/$6 on sale; flour is $2 a sack when it's often more than $3.

Take advantage of it if you can.
Monday, November 17th, 2008
7:06 pm
Cheap Eats: Pho
We just discovered Pho (pronounced "fuh"), which is a Vietnamese noodle soup. Even our toddler loves it!

It's super-easy to make, and very cheap if you make it vegetarian.


1 jar Pho paste = $4.00 (makes about 12 servings)
1 package rice noodles = $2.00 (makes about 12 servings)
1 package dried tofu skins = $4.00 (makes about 24 servings)

At this point you're at about $.67/serving. Sometimes we add some broccoli as well, which brings it up to $.75/serving. You could also use tofu in place of the tofu skins, which would bring costs up to $.88/serving. These servings are portions for the Pho as a full meal, not as a side dish. All the ingredients should be available in any Asian grocery.
9:22 pm
Less expensive gift ideas
With the rapid decline of the economy, money is increasingly tight everywhere. This is greatly affecting holiday budgets as people look to cut costs and limit gift-giving lists.

So I'm offering a list of low cost ideas for gifts this year.

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That is all I can think of right now. Please, feel free to add to this list in the comments and to link to this entry other places. Happy Holidays!


Current Mood: happy
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
12:26 pm
Election day = Free stuff
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, people, when did Election Day become free stuff day?!

Babeland in Seattle and New York is giving away free sex toys to people who can show that they voted. Let me repeat: Free. Sex. Toys.

Also, Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are doing Free Cone Day, Part II: Return of the Cone tomorrow for Election Day.

Starbucks and Krispy Kreme are giving free stuff away to voters too!

crossposted in my journal
Monday, October 13th, 2008
6:23 pm
Amazon great deal - stock up for Christmas now!
Amazon: stack 7 promotions to get $200+ toys for $26!
Amazon has 7 promotions on toys which can be combined.
This is a super deal to stock up for Christmas early.

1. Save up to 60% on Hasbro board games.

2. Free "Mr. Potatoe Head" with $25 of selected toys
(e.g. Honey Bee Hop $24.99 + Play-Doh set $7-$13)

3. Free $10-15 toys with $50 purchase (expire 10/17)

4. Free $17-25 toys with $75 purchase (expire 10/17)

5. Save $10 when you spend $50 or more on Qualifying Items.

6. Save $5 off $25, $10 off $50, or $15 off $100 (expire 10/12).
Pay by Bill Me Later and enter code BMLDEALS at checkout.

7. Purchase $25 of Toys and get 24-month Cookie magazine,
or mail-in form below to get $15 rebate instead.

Example: I bought 10 items below for $41.41 - $15 rebate = $26.41.
Compare: Total Amazon price is $102.38, and total MSRP is over $200!

1 "Mr. Potato Head" - Hasbro; Toy; $5.99
1 "Hasbro Transformers Risk Game" - Hasbro Games; Toy; $7.50
1 "Monopoly Disney Pixar Edition" - Hasbro; Toy; $12.79
1 "Hasbro Playskool Honeybee Hop" - Hasbro; Toy; $24.99
1 "Bobblin Dune Buggy" - Fisher Price; Toy; $4.89
1 "Chutes and Ladders Diego Edition" - Hasbro; Toy; $4.61
1 "Play-Doh Backyardigans Playset" - Hasbro; Toy; $7.85
1 "My Little Pony Plush Pinkie Pie" - Hasbro; Toy; $14.99
1 "Hulk Smash" - Hasbro; Toy; $8.91
1 "Stratego" - Hasbro Games; Toy; $9.86

Subtotal of Items: $102.38
Shipping & Handling: $17.55
Super Saver Discount -$17.55
Free Toy -$5.99
BMLDEALS Promo -$15.00
Free Gift -$14.99
Free Gift -$24.99
Total for this Order: $41.41
Sunday, September 28th, 2008
10:21 pm

* 2 cups chopped Vidalia onion
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 2 cups shredded provolone cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the onion, mayonnaise, and provolone cheese. Transfer to a small casserole dish.
3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the onions are tender and top is golden.

Current Mood: cold
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
3:01 pm
Conserving Energy
I've come to realize my electric bill is basically 1/3 of the price we pay for rent, which completely blows my mind.  While searching for some new energy conservation tips (aside from simply switching to a company with a more affordable plan), I came across the following links.  Some are repeats, but there are some interesting/new tips that should come in handy! 

Summer Time Tips to Stay Cool in the Kitchen

Summer Time Energy-Saving Tips

Tips on Saving Energy and Money

I'm sure y'all have suggestions not listed on those websites... what are some of the things you do to keep electric costs down?
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
11:27 am
Saving on laundry detergent?
I stumbled across these laundry magnets and was wondering if anyone else had heard of them. If they work it'd be great, but site doesn't go into any great detail as to how they would work. It just references other early scientific research (which I plan to research myself), and offers a list of testimonials.

But it has me curious about something. If it really is just that magnets at opposite sides of the tub work to get the clothes clean, couldn't we just go to Lowe's and buy a couple for a few dollars rather that spend $50 from this site?

I really like the idea of saving money and helping the environment, but I'm just a little skeptical of this one. Anyone have any feedback on it?

Current Mood: cynical
Saturday, August 16th, 2008
6:30 pm
Here's a tip
Take an old t-shirt and cut off the sleeves and collar. Turn it inside out and hem down where you just cut and use a secure zig zag stich the bottom closed. Turn it right side out and you have an eco-friendly shopping bag.

You can also use an old tank top, and depending on the size of the neck hole you may only have to sew up the bottom.

It's a great way to reuse old clothes you'd rather not get rid of completely and reduce your plastic consumption.

Current Mood: cheerful
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