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Saturday, August 30, 2014

August Freebies!

Around August 10th I started joining the freebie and couponing crowd. What you see in the pictures to follow is only what I have received this month as freebies, this is not everything I have coming, just what I have already received. Figured this would be easier to put on my blog instead of on my Facebook page.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Things you can do to save money at the store RIGHT NOW!

As many of you know, I have been on a money-saving and freebie-taking kick. Where we used to live, this was A LOT harder to do, there were only two stores to go grocery shopping at (and therefore only one store that our dear old WalMart would actually price match at), and there were never any killer sales, and we didn't have coupons to come by easily.

So, as I've been meddling in this crazy money-saving adventure, I have found a few phone applications that can get you started. All four of the following apps are very user friendly, and they all work slightly differently, so I'm just going to give you a bit of a rundown of each one.

Here goes!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Easy Ugly Homemade Tortillas

I think the title is descriptive enough, but today I'm going to share you with you one way I like to save money: homemade tortillas.

I'm an ace at math, and I know that I passed Kindergarten (didn't I?), but I cannot make a perfect circle tortilla. But that's ok, because they taste amazing. In fact, I'm going to challenge you. Make tortillas two or three times for your family. Then try buying some...and realize how disgusting store-bought tortillas taste. They taste...processed. That's all there is to it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Update on the Fruit Flies!

After leaving the jars to sit for a few days, the results are in.

DIY: Washable and Reusable Sandwich/Snack Bags

Last year, I got a little freaked out to learn that lunch was $2.55/kid/day at school. Now, I know it doesn't cost me near as much to feed a child lunch. And with two children going to school last year, the bill becomes $5.10/day. I don't know how anybody does that! So I started making lunches for the children every single day. After a while I realized we were going through plastic sandwich bags like mad. Now, plastic sandwich bags are cheap, it's not the money, it's the fact that we were throwing away 10 or more bags a day between the children and my husband. I very much dislike, and am sort of grossed out by washing and reusing plastic bags. Partly because they are very hard to thoroughly dry....and drying them takes up tons of counter space. Plus, plastic bags are ugly.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Canning Applesauce: Safely: Step-by-step

I have had a lot of friends asking me to teach them how to can. Unfortunately most of my friends live nowhere close to me. So, if I can't go there to help them...how can I teach them? Well, here is your first lesson! The following guide/tutorial will guarantee a safe/delicious product.

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shoo Fruit Fly, Don't Bother me.

This past weekend, the family and I went to the farmer's market in Cheyenne. It was amazing. You could smell the melons from blocks away and hear the hatch chiles popping in the fire. They had everything you could imagine, and boy were there tons of people.

So we stocked up on some delicious blueberries, blackberries, washington peaches, cantaloupe, and sweet corn.

We also stocked up on fruit flies.