Friday, December 15, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha - Lessons From My Daughter

You will never guess that this week's post is also about food.

I was babysitting at my middle daughters house yesterday.  She told me she got out ground beef to thaw and I could make spaghetti or tacos.
Well.....I look in one cabinet, no taco seasoning.  I look in another cabinet, no spaghetti noodles.  Ok....
There was half a jar of spaghetti sauce and a box of macaroni noodles, so I went with that.  Noodles are noodles.   Add shredded cheese on top with the cooked ground beef and it made a very filling main dish.

My daughter is what I would call a frugal cook.   I'm always trying to figure out how she is feeding their family of 5 using half a jar of spaghetti sauce at a time or half or less of a 1 lb box of pasta.
When they buy 5 lbs of ground beef, they divide and freeze it into 7 portions.
She can make a 3 lb bag of chicken breasts last for 5 meals.   Even the taco or other seasoning she will use one packet for 3 meals, just sprinkling in a little flavor.

Frugal Chef Apron

Frugal Chef Apron

by enemyofdebt

At any frugal cooking/meal type site you will read that you don't need to use a full pound of meat, even if that's what the recipe calls for.  That does make good sense.

I may feel she is a bit "stingy" in the main dish department, but I can assume that using less meat and other foods is how they keep their house stocked on fresh fruits and veggies at all times.
You never go over there when there isn't oranges, bananas, and apples in the hanging basket.  Most of time there is also other fruits such as cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, and even a pomegranate in the fridge.
You will also always find at least cucumber, carrots, and bell pepper in the veggie dish (yes, a vintage Pyrex dish like shown below) in the fridge.  Most of the time you will also find onion, tomato, broccoli and cauliflower too.

*******Last week I forgot to mention the Friday Freebie in my post.  It was cat treats free, which is always a help in our house.  This week it's Blistex Lip Balm, something we can all use, especially this time of year.  Even if you don't use it, it will make a great stocking stuffer.  Click the link below for more information.*******

Free Blistex Medicated Lip Balm at Kroger & Affiliates

While I'm at it, before I close this post, here are a few more freebies and such that you might want to check out:

Free Joyce Meyer Scripture Promise Decals

Free 1-Year Subscription to ELLE Magazine

Free Copy of the Jiffy Mix Recipe Booklet

Win a Speed Queen Washing Machine and Dryer worth $2000

Win a Month Supply of Little Bites Muffins

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- 6 More Done

Still frustrated over lack of time for sewing, I only sewed this past week Friday night at Sit N Sew at the local quilt shop.
I managed to get 6 more covered composition notebooks done  towards my Christmas gifts.  This makes a total of 23 done. 

I intend to make 35 total as that's how many notebooks I have, however, not all of them will be used for Christmas.

I know for sure that the pink with the girls on it is going to my 13 yr old granddaughter.  I'm really thinking the pebble print should go to my 8 yr old grandson as he is constantly collecting rocks in his pockets.

I fully intend to sew this evening, and both Friday and Saturday evening.  Wish my luck to get these done!  With any luck, maybe next week's post can show that they are not only done, but also wrapped!

Sales in my Etsy shop are not as I had hoped they would be.  I've only sold a set of the microwave hotpads/cozies this week.  I am still in hopes of selling the 2 double towel scarfs that I made with the Christmas print fabric.

Quilt Time Customize the Label Square Wall Clock

Quilt Time Customize the Label Square Wall Clock

by pomegranate_gallery

In the meantime, I am linking up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

  Quilting is more fun than Housework

Monday, December 11, 2017

Huge Cash Back deals during the Swagbucks Green Monday Sale!

You can earn money while saving it during Green Monday! The Cashback Shopping site Swagbucks is offering big cash back - 2x or more - at a number of different stores today only. They're also offering big payouts on a varieties of different deals and offers from companies that would make great gift ideas. Get great deals without waiting in lines or even leaving your home! 

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As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before January 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- More Food

Food seems to be the subject for me lately. 

This past week my daughter sent me home with ribs from the smokehouse where they work (Woodies).  Those were our meat for 2 nights.

As far as my shopping, I did my looking through ibotta.  I was actually looking for the 25 cents back on any cookies that my daughter had in her app.  Nope, not in mine.  There was 25 cents on any cottage cheese though, and I found they had some marked down to just 79 cents.  We ate that the 2 nights with our ribs.
I "splurged" and got myself an Oreo candy bar with 60 cents rebate too.
Otherwise my shopping was a bag of cat food and since I was hungry, I bought a box of the store brand bacon, egg, and cheese croissants.

My mom gave us some of her commodity foods-- box of cheese, can of peas, bag of oats, and macaroni noodles.

I had 2 free coupons for Cole's Middles from Influenster.  I was happy to find those at Wal-Mart when my daughter needed to go there after work one night.  These have made a fine snack.
Forgive me for not getting a picture of what I bought and using the picture from their website.

Although he didn't have the money to do so, hubby shopped anyway.   I understand the need to have food in the house, but we did have a little tiff about it.  I need him to make sure the bills are paid, and then see if there is anything left.
With all that, he didn't do too bad.  He spent under $30 for 5 boxes of Betty Crocker Potatoes, a 4 lb ham, the sub package of Oscar Mayer ham and turkey lunch meat, bologna, cheese slices, and Ramen noodles.
The ham will be for several meals, especially since yesterday he cooked up an entire large crock pot of ham and beans.  We ate that last night and will again tonight for supper.  Then, the rest is going into the freezer for another week.  I just don't really want to eat it 4 or 5 nights in a row!!  Freezing the remainder will ensure they don't go bad and give us meal options at a later time.

I'm in hopes of getting more freezer cooking done.  If we start looking for the best deals on meats and other foods and cooking ahead and freezing meals then we will be ahead of the game and always know that if there isn't any grocery money that there will be food in the freezer.  I'm going to discuss this with hubby this weekend and work hard to get him on board.

For inspiration in this area, I just bought this book for my Kindle app.  It can motivate me, and give me something to read during down time too.  I will be sure to post anything we make from it.

Again this week I am including a linky.  I would love it if you would share your own frugal type posts!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- Towels and Notebook Covers

The double towel scarves aren't a WIP as I finished 6 of them this past week.  Two are sold, 2 are listed in my etsy shop and the other 2 will soon be listed in my etsy shop.
I do plan on making more as I can.

I managed to get 8 more of the covered composition notebooks done for my Christmas gifts.  Add these to the 9 I already have done and I have 18 more to get done for my goal of 35.  No, I don't need all of those for Christmas, but do want them done to have a nice choice of who gets which one.

In this picture my son gets the fish because he loves to fish.  My middle daughter gets the peace signs because that's who she is.  My 4 yr old grandson gets the animals.  My mom gets the roses, her favorite flower.  I think my sister-in-law is getting the green meadows, and I know for sure that my brother gets one of the US print.

I have sit n' sew this week at the quilt shop.  I would love to get back to working on my Arkansas Crossroads quilt, but I think I better be smart and work on the notebook covers.

Cool gift idea for the quilter in your life---I would sure love it!

Quilting patchwork grunge quilter funny tee

Quilting patchwork grunge quilter funny tee

by KnittingandSewing

In the meantime, I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Quilting is more fun than Housework

I also would love to have these t-shirts!!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Inspire Your Inner Artist With Art on the Rocks

Painted rocks have been popular for ages.  With Art on the Rocks you can bring out your inner artist, and have your own beautifully painted rocks.

From simple:

to intricate:

there is something for everyone in the more than 35 colorful and contemporary rock-painting projects in Art on the Rocks

When I was first looking through the book, I was in awe on just how you would successfully paint something so beautiful on rocks.  How would you, or could you get such perfect designs?

The first 21 pages of the book are all about the tools and materials, selecting and preparing the rocks, and techniques, methods and tips, including vivid illustrations.

There are vivid illustrations and step-by-step instructions throughout. 
Would you like to paint on hearts from the Patterns chapter, or an Owl from the Animals chapter, or maybe Raindrops from the Nature chapter?   These are just a few of the many patterns you can choose from.

I had picked out this one to start with:

Unfortunately I bought the wrong type of paint.  (Yes, it does pay to read the instructions).  I was excited to get started once I had found a rock that I wanted to paint.  I do fully intend to get the correct paints, or paint pens or markers and finish my rock.  I even plan to give some of the other designs a try as well.

I have some very artistic grandchildren so I am in hopes of getting them involved in a family activity of rock painting.....starting with my 13 year old granddaughter who is currently being homeschooled.  This will make a great art project for her.

If you know someone who loves to paint, including yourself, I highly recommend Art on the Rocks.

Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post contains affiliate links.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Get more free gift cards for the Holidays from Swagbucks during December's Swago with Spin & Win

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their December "Swago" promotion starting Monday, December 4th at 9am PT and running until Monday, December 11th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
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  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, December 11th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
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The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, December 11th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Get Exclusive Swagbuster Deals onYour Favorite Stores, Offers, and Gift Cards

Running now through December 3rd, the cashback shopping site Swagbucks is running a series of exclusive "Swagbuster" deals that offer increased cash back (in the form of SB points) at stores, when buying gifts cards, and big SB payouts when you discover offers from different companies. You can take all of the points you earn from these deals and redeem them for gift cards from places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or PayPal cash, helping you extend your holiday budget further! 

The deals change every few hours, and you can keep track of what's available by clicking here. You need a Swagbucks account to take advantage - fortunately it's free and takes less than 30 seconds to sign up. PLUS, if you sign up through me you'll get a bonus 300 SB ($3) if you earn 300 SB before December 1st!

Great Deals!  Don't miss out, and find those perfect gifts, all while earning cash back in the form of sb.

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Cheap Eats

Seems we've been eating pretty well this week, and at a very small cost.  I love it when I plan comes together.  Ok, so there was no real plan, but it all worked out the same.

A couple weeks ago hubby did extremely well when he picked up a pork roast on sale for just $5.75.  I cut 9 chops (3 meals for the 2 of us) as well as left the end for a 4th meal.  The 4th meal ended up being pulled pork sandwiches.  Oh so good!

I had fixed the first 2 sets of 3 pork chops in the crock pot and added half the bag of Uncle Ben's Flavor Infusion Rice towards the end of cooking.  The Uncle Ben's was a Friday Freebie with Dillon's (Kroger).

While on the subject of the Friday Freebie, don't miss out on this week's Free Jell-O Simply Good at Kroger & Affiliates

When I went shopping, I first looked thought the Ibotta app to see if there was anything I could try to get towards suppers that I could add to my rebates there.
I marked several things, but only ended up getting 2 of them.

I bought a box of 6 White Castle Sliders with a 50 cents rebate.  At $4.97 a box (not on sale), that is not the most frugal thing...not even if you subtract the 50 cents I will get from ibotta).
However, hubby and I each ate 2, along with macaroni salad and potato salad that a lady in the quilt guild sent me home with from the Christmas party.
It made a very filling meal and hubby was able to have the other 2 sliders as part of his supper last night while I was out babysitting for grandchildren.

I also chose to get Reames Frozen Noodles with a 70 cent rebate from ibotta.  $2.39 for those, not on sale.  I wondered over to the marked down meat section and found a package of cubed turkey for $1.99.
Hubby fixed up a soup adding a can of carrots and chopped onion.  Voila!  Supper for 2 nights.

We had the last 3 pork chops one night with the rest of the macaroni salad and potato salad.

It's a new month, and time for me to scroll through the Ibotta app and see if there is anything I can put on my list to help with suppers this week.

Recipes for the Frugal Cook Patriotic Binder

Recipes for the Frugal Cook Patriotic Binder

by cowboyannie

I would love to read about your "cheap eats" and so would other readers.  I hope you will link up any posts you have on frugal recipes!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday --Little Done

I shouldn't really say that I got little done, as I did complete dish scrubbies orders for 2 people.  That was a total of 19 dish scrubbies that I crocheted over the past week.

In addition I got the rest of the fabric cut to size for the remaining 26 composition notebooks that I am going to cover.

While cutting the fabric for the notebook covers I ended up with more strips to add to the rug that I am making.  I did add more to the current toothbrush rug as well.  You can see the extra strips that I cut on the side of the picture.

I had made 2 more of the double towel scarves intending to put them up for sale in my etsy shop.  They didn't make them there as a lady at church wanted to buy them.  She also wants at least 2 more.  So, I guess that counts as another work in progress.  I have the fabric out and the towels bought to make 4 more of them.

Wish me luck between babysitting for grandchildren!  I bounce between babysitting out of town for my middle daughter and then in town for both my youngest and oldest daughters.  This grandma is getting very worn out!!

I link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

  Quilting is more fun than Housework

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