Recipe: Kool-Aid Playdough

By richel on June 13th, 2014

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I love using my freebies and awesome deals to make fun low cost activities for the kids. This is a super fun thing that the kids can even help make!  It is really easy and you can finish the whole process and be ready to play in about 7 minutes (okay 10 if you have the kids helping).  Someone asked if you can make this with Country Time Lemonade and I can say, the last time I tried it, it did not produce as good of results as the Kool-Aide.  Plus the KoolAide scent lasted a lot longer.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 packet Kool-Aid
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, the salt, and the Kool-Aid together.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Add the oil to the water.
  4. Pour some of the water into the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon. Keep adding water and work the dough until the color is uniform and feels like playdough.
  5. Be sure to keep stored in a resealable container in the refrigerator – it will last a very long time if you do, and can be used over and over again.

99 Ways to Make Life Easier

By Michelle on September 14th, 2013

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We are always looking for ways to make life just a little bit simpler, easier and enjoyable right? It’s always a nice thing to find tips n’ tricks to help us be more efficient in our daily routines, so we can have a little bit less stress in our lives. Check out these amazing ideas on ways to do just that. Start making Life a little bit easier with these great tips n’ tricks!

Benefits of Living a Frugal Lifestyle

By richel on June 30th, 2013

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The word “Frugal” seems to be resurfacing more and more in today’s society. Years ago the word “frugal” meant to go without, but in today’s society it means to live a more simple life, be less wasteful with your time and money.

Families today are experiencing more strains on their bank accounts because of unemployment rates. Maybe your family is trying to use less technology and to become more environmentally friendly. Ultimately, we are all make more conscious decisions when it comes to spending our hard earned money and what we are buying in return.

Here we have put together a few simple tips on how you too can start living a more frugal lifestyle and reap the benefits of it.

You do not have to go without

When you first start to tell people that you are trying to live a more frugal lifestyle, they might snicker and laugh at you. Many will think that you should spend your money the way you want to without putting much thought into what you are purchasing.

Some people also think that because you decide to make more conscious decisions that you will be going without the things you love to enjoy in life. When in fact, it is the exact opposite, you begin to “trim the fat” and think before you buy. When you do decide to put your money somewhere, it is rewarding and you enjoy it that much more.

Declutter your home

Have you ever taken note to the pictures in magazines and on tv, do you see any clutter in the homes or rooms that they are featuring? No, because they want to create an image that everyone wants to dream of.

Clutter equals stress. Life is stressful enough you don’t need to add to it. So take the time and get organized. Keep your closests organized. If you have a desk space, organize it. Get in the kitchen and clean out that pantry that is screaming at you everytime you open it.

Once you begin to de-clutter your home and your life you will be able to think so much more clearly. Just do it!

What about those special occasions?

Life goes on even though you are leading a frugal lifestyle. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays all will continue to happen. So how do you stay frugal when you have to buy gifts year round? It all comes down to planning.

Sit down and take the time to plan out the year. Write down each month and what special occasions happen during each month that are going to require you to buy a gift or card. This will give you more of an idea of what special occasion is coming up and what you need to be keeping an eye out for when the sales are going on.

Do not wait until the last minute to buy your niece her birthday present. You have made a calendar for the whole year, so plan ahead. When the big sales are happening (they happen more than you know) get out there and buy. This will cut down your costs, save you money, and allow for you to purchase the gifts that you want to.

Again, because you live a frugal lifestyle does not mean you have to go without. These are just a few ideas on how to begin your frugal lifestyle journey. Keep it simple and you will be rewarded in your efforts.

Guest Post by Michelle B. Author Mama B.’s Recipes

Awesome Pizza and Movie Deal

By richel on June 9th, 2013

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It’s and awesome Pizza and Movie combo you can grab for Movie night at home!  Score! You can get a large one-topping pizza from Pizza Hut plus a movie from Redbox for just $5.55. Here’s how:

Through June 15, 2013, get a Large One-Topping Pizza for $5.55 when you order online and choose carryout.

Get a free one-night DVD rental from Redbox when you use coupon codeDVDNIGHT (DVDONME & BREAKROOM still work, too) at checkout. These codes will only work at kiosks and work one time per debit/credit card.

Free Stuff This Weekend 5/25

By richel on May 24th, 2013

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If you are looking for some free frugal fun this weekend here is a huge list of freebies!

Free Stuff Saturday, May 25th

Free at Lakeshore Learning: Dazzling Memorial Day Centerpiece Crafts

Free at Barnes & Noble: Hands On Learning Storytime with Lego

Free at CVS: Health Screening & Tote Bag

Free at Home Depot: Adult Workshops

Free at Walmart: Sampling Events -These vary by region, call and check if you have questions

Capri Sun Big Pouch and Oscar Mayer Jalapeño Bologna and Bacon Dogs Sampling Event

Garland Jack’s BBQ Sauce and Country Time Sampling Event

Glaceau fruitwater Sampling Event

Johnsonville Beddar Cheddar Links and Gold Peak Tea Sampling Event

Johnsonville Brat Patties and Rico’s Squeeze Cheese Sampling Event

Johnsonville Brat Patties and Rico’s Squeeze Cheese Sampling Event

Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing and Tyson Sliced Pepperoni Sampling Event

L’il Critters and vitafusion Sampling Event

Oikos Dips Sampling Event

V8 V-Fusion + Energy and T.G.I.Friday’s Potato Skins Sampling Event

Prego and Biscoff Sampling Event

Haagen Dazs and Outshine Sampling Event

Country Belle Ice Cream Sampling Event

Free Stuff Sunday, May 26th

Free at American Girls Stores: Craft and Class Events

  • Marie-Grace & Cécile’s Dance Slipper Craft
  • American Girl Historical Character Scavenger Hunt

Free at CVS: Health Screening & Tote Bag

Free at Williams Sonoma: Summer Drinks Technique Class - Love their classes!

Free at Home Depot: Adult Workshops

  • Come Improve DIY Skills at The Home Depot

Free at Walmart: Sampling Events

Capri Sun Big Pouch and Oscar Mayer Jalapeño Bologna and Bacon Dogs Sampling Event

Clif, Luna, and Mojo Bars Sampling Event

Garland Jack’s BBQ Sauce and Country Time Sampling Event

Johnsonville Beddar Cheddar Links and Gold Peak Tea Sampling Event

Johnsonville Brat Patties and Rico’s Squeeze Cheese Sampling Event

Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing and Tyson Sliced Pepperoni Sampling Event

V8 V-Fusion + Energy and T.G.I.Friday’s Potato Skins Sampling Event

Prego and Biscoff Sampling Event

Country Belle Ice Cream Sampling Event

International Delight Iced Coffee and Emerald Breakfast On The Go Sampling Event

White Cloud Diapers Demo Event

Lean Body Sampling Event

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