September 2010

Thursday Shopping 9-30-10

I'll be honest, today was not one of my better shopping days.  Savings-wise, I still did fine, but I was frazzled and disorganized, and generally a bit crabby overall.  The last day of the month caught me by surprise, and I feel like I have been rushing around all day (even more than normal) trying [...]

Watermelon Feta Salad {Recipe}

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I subscribe to at least 10 magazines.  So many that I don't have time to read them all.  I know I should let some of the subscriptions go, but I can't.  I love them.  The pretty colors, the pictures, the craft ideas, the home decorating advice.  And the recipes.  Oh, the recipes! Lately it seems [...]

Five Tips for Disney Fun (on a budget)

I'll spare you all the boring [to everyone else] details of our [very fun] trip to Disney and share just one very humorous anecdote: This trip we were staying at the Contemporary Resort (thanks to some awesome Florida Resident deals), and on Saturday evening we left the park around 11:30pm and took the monorail back [...]

Five Tips for Disney Fun (on a budget)

I'll spare you all the boring [to everyone else] details of our [very fun] trip to Disney and share just one very humorous anecdote: This trip we were staying at the Contemporary Resort (thanks to some awesome Florida Resident deals), and on Saturday evening we left the park around 11:30pm and took the monorail back [...]

Sunday Shopping 9-26-10

I really, really didn't want to go out shopping last night because a.) we had just gotten home from our Disney weekend and I was exhausted and b.) it was pouring down rain and stormy outside.  But there were some good deals to be had (like the free $33 toothbrush at CVS!) and Sunday is [...]

Disney Weekend Halloween Craft

There are a lot of good things about living in Florida.  It is almost always sunny.  It doesn't snow.  There are palm trees and flamingos and alligators.  There are about 150 amazing beaches within driving distance. There is no state income tax.  Half the population doesn't live here most of the time.  I could go [...]

Thursday Shopping 9-23-10

(I apologize in advance for this drawn out account of my shopping experience today. For just the bottom line, scroll WAY down!) I can be such a spaz sometimes.  I am constantly running around trying to cram one more thing into my day, and I rarely, if ever, just sit and relax.  Breakfast and lunch, [...]

Controlling Kid Chaos

The older I get, the more of a neat freak I become.  This is most unfortunate because kids are messy.  Really messy.  It would've been so much easier if I could've started neat and learned to relax by the time I had kids.  But I can't.  I love my kids, but I hate the messes [...]

Sunday Shopping 9-17-10

For 3 months I have been wishing and hoping for a deal on women's deodorant.  Somehow I've managed to accumulate about 20 free containers of Right Guard for men as I scrape the very bottom remnants of my own deodorant.  Today my patience finally paid off!  Actually, it was a pretty good day all around. [...]

Girly Spa Playdate

We are having our annual family portraits taken tomorrow (more on that at a later date), which got me thinking about primping to prepare to look my best.  This will go on the Christmas card, after all!  I desperately need a pedicure, and while the pre-thrifty me would've thought nothing of splurging on a relaxing [...]

The New Ride

It has been quite a journey for us, this car buying process.  And now, at long last, after nearly 5 very looooooong months of arguing, negotiating, web-surfing, test-driving, researching, stonewalling, deciding, changing our minds, arguing some more, negotiating, deciding again, walking away, then coming back to the table, we FINALLY have a 2nd vehicle. Isn't [...]

Thursday Shopping 9-16-10

It wasn't really an exciting week for groceries.  I have been chomping at the bit to use my new Kraft $5 off of 5 coupons.  I thought I had struck pay dirt when I caught someone's comment on SouthernSavers.com that Kraft Deli Deluxe slices were on sale, since I would then be able to stack [...]

7 Steps to Mega Drugstore Savings

By now you've probably figured out that using coupons to save money at the grocery store is fairly straightforward:  Match the sale items with coupons, then build a stockpile so that you only buy items at their cheapest as much as possible.   With helpful websites like SavingWellSpendingLess.com to do the work of matching sales and [...]

Halloween Decorating Inspiration

I just love holidays.  Luckily for me, my 4 year-old has inherited my enthusiasm for all things holiday, and between the two of us, we could spend hours planning all the fun we will have on all our special days.  She  literally has been talking about Halloween for months now, since before the Fourth of [...]

Black Beans & Coconut Rice {Recipe}

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I am vegetarian but my family is not, so I am used to cooking both ways.  My non-vegetarian friends & family, however, often panic at the thought of cooking something vegetarian for me.  Inevitably, their minds go blank, and they give me salad.  And I have a confession:  I am a vegetarian who doesn't really [...]

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