Who doesn’t love a freebie? Especially when it involves chocolate! Be sure to load SavingStar‘s new freebie offer to grab a FREE York Peppermint Pattie.

 

Don’t have SavingStar yet? Check out my post here on various apps to help you coupon without having to “clip” coupons.

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So far, in all my “at home money-making ventures”, I have found that MTurk (Amazon Mechanical Turk) has been the most consistent. I dabbled in this early last year, but late last fall I really started using it as a steady source of income. So far, I’ve made close to $700 in about 5 months working VERY part-time. It’s not any great source of income, but it can certainly help in a pinch or in saving for those “extras” that you’ve been wanting to buy. I generally make about $5-$6/ hour on MTurk. So again, not great income, but that little bit can always help.

They have various tasks and surveys that you can elect to participate in. The nice part is that you choose when you want to work. Some days I choose not to work at all while other days I put in 2-3 hours of work. You can also find forums online that can help you find the best paying “Hits” to work on. Check out MTurk and let me know what you think.

Have you worked for MTurk and had success? If so, let us know in the comments.

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Here is a **HOT** Freebie for you! Head over here to Mercury Magazines where they are offering up a FREE $10 gift voucher when you sign up. (FYI, you can choose homemaker as your industry if needed) Even better, after you sign up and receive your emailed redemption code, you can head over here to redeem it for a FREE $10 check (or on magazine subscriptions if you prefer)! Whoop Whoop…FREE money!

 

Thanks, Hip2Save!

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2015-03-04 11.47.00This picture is the end to a not-so-great morning. You know the saying that says, “There’s no use in crying over spilled milk”? Well, how about spilled milk, cereal, smeared poop, and an egg? Yes, that summed up my morning.

Everything seemed to go wrong this morning. I slept terrible, so I ended up miserably laying in my bed until I had overslept. I knew I had missed my “me” time this morning as the kids would surely be awake. I scrambled to their rooms only to find both fast asleep still. I thought, “Well, maybe this morning won’t be so bad?” I made my eggs and coffee and sat down to a nice, quiet breakfast.

Next thing I know, my oldest child (almost 3) was standing at the edge of his room with no pants on. “Where are your pants?” I yell. He answered in his foreign 2-year-old language. As I near him I smell poop radiating out of his room. I look only to find his pull-ups laying on the floor and poop smeared from floor to bed. His humidifier (he’s had an ear infection and a cold) had leaked down the side of his dresser and the floor was covered in a smattering of poop and water. I wipe him down and throw him in the tub.

My 8 month old daughter is screaming from her room. I dress my 2 year old and make a bee-line for the kitchen. I fill up a cup of cereal and hand it to him. He misses the hand off and the cereal lands in the kitchen floor. I tell him to pick it up while I fill his milk cup and make my daughter’s bottle. At this point the stress is setting in. I run to my daughter’s room and dress her.

My son comes running in screaming to wipe off his pants. No idea what the liquid is on his pants I do a quick clean up with a wipe and go to the couch to give my daughter her bottle. I look at our ottoman and see a pool of milk running from my toddler’s sippy cup. I follow the trail of milk all the way back to the kitchen. My son tips the cup up only to dump milk all over himself (ahh, the mystery of the strange liquid). I yell for him to stop drinking. He obviously knows I have an attitude as he looks at me and says, “Don’t yell mommy!” Well, that’s my first eye-opener when my almost 3 year old corrects my attitude.

I come to the kitchen to make them an egg. As I go to crack the egg, the whole thing breaks open and plops in the floor. At that moment, I almost cried, but I turned around to find both of my children staring at me with a look of “What is she going to do now.” Instead of crying, I suddenly let out an uncontrollable laugh. Both of my kids smile back and start laughing too. I could have cried, but that laugh changed the whole tone of the morning. My attitude suddenly changed and we all enjoyed the rest of what was left of the morning.

That egg may have been the end to a not-so-great morning, but it was the start of a much better attitude and better day. Instead of letting it “break” my day, I let it “break” my attitude. It really reminded me that attitude really does make such a difference no matter how horrible your day seems to be going. Hey everyone, join me in a hearty laugh this morning, it may just change the direction of your day.

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2015-02-25 15.17.16I have never really been that great at baking mainly because it takes too long and I don’t have the patience. I decided to give bread making a try a few weeks ago with a recipe that I found online and my loaf turned out looking horrific (although tasted okay). I’m just not very good at following instructions as I always feel it would be faster if I just “eyed” the ingredients (never a great idea for baking.) So on a whim one night, I decided to make my own recipe by just throwing together a bunch of ingredients from my baking supplies. And what do you know, it turned out great! However, I had no recipe as I just dumped ingredients together without measuring a thing. After several more times of dumping stuff together, I decided to try measuring it. So without further ado, here is my homemade “Dump” Honey Wheat Bread recipe (as I like to call it)…

 

Ingredients:

1/8 cup Wheat Bran

1/4 cup Oat Bran

1 cup warm water

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/16- 1/8 cup Flax Seed

2 Tablespoons Honey

1 1/2- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 1/2 Teaspoons of Dry Yeast

2 cups Whole-Wheat Flour + 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour (to be added later)

 

Directions:

Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl except for the additional 1 cup of Whole Wheat flour.

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Turn on the mixer (with a kneading attachment) and allow the ingredients to mix. While mixing, slowly add in the last cup of whole wheat flour until the dough turns away from the bowl (no longer sticks to the sides) and allow to continue to knead for a minimum of 10 minutes.

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Once done, put the dough in a greased loaf pan, cover, and allow to rise for 30-45 minutes. Finally, bake the bread for 30 minutes (or until done) at 350 degrees.

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This is just a picture for fun! My 2-year-old was attempting to hep me make the bread. So sweet!

Plus, be sure to read my article here on how I got my ingredients for less with Vitacost.

 

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WooHoo! Today (March 3, 2015) only, you can grab a FREE shortstack of pancakes at IHOP in honor of National Pancake Day! I don’t know about you, but I love some pancakes and especially when they are FREE! Head over here for more information.

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If you are heading into town this week, be sure to check out all these FREEBIES you can score In-Store and print your coupons now!

CVS:

  • Buy (5) Colgate Optic White Express Toothpastes, $3.99 each= get $10 ECBs back
  • Buy (2) L’ Oreal Paris Go 360 Deep Exfoliating Scrub, $5.49 each= get $10 ECBs
    • Use (2) $2/1 L’Oreal Paris Skincare coupons in 2/15 RP
      • FREE + overage after coupons and ECBs
  • Select Zantac, 8.99
  • Cadbury or Hershey’s Singles $0.87= get $0.87 ECBs
    • FREE after ECBs

Rite Aid:

  • Buy (1) Almay Color + Care Lip Balm, 3.99 (after 40% off sale)
    • Use $3/1 Almay coupon from 2/22 SS
    • Plus, use $2/1 Almay coupon from February Video Values
      • Free after both coupons
  • Buy (1) Select GE Light Bulbs, 3.99
    • Use $1/1 GE coupon from 1/11 SS
    • Plus, use $3/1 GE In-Ad coupon
      • FREE after both coupons

Walgreens:

  • Bai 5 Drink 18 oz, 1.49= 1.49 RR
    • FREE after Register Rewards
  • Gluten Cutter 30 ct, $10= $10 RR
    • FREE after Register Rewards
  • Buy (1) Glade Jar Candle & (1) Glade 6 pack wax melt at 2/$6= $2 RR
  • Buy (2) Select Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, or Shout cleaners 2/$6= $2 RR
  • Buy (1) Pull-ups Flushable Wipes, $1.99= 1000 Balance Rewards

Walmart:

  • Advil PM 4 ct, 0.97
    • $1/1 Advil coupon 1/25/15 RP
      • FREE after coupon
  • Biotene Gum, 0.97
    • $1/1 Biotene coupon found here
    • Or use $1.50/1 Biotene coupon from 2/8 RP
      • FREE after coupon
  • White Cloud Cotton Balls, 0.88
    • $1/1 White Cloud coupon from 2/1 SS
      • FREE after coupon
  • Rice Dream Rice Drink, $1.96
    • $2/1 Rice Dream Coupon found here
      • FREE after coupon

Target

  • Shout Wipe & Go Travel Packs, $1
    • Submit for $1 Shout rebate from Checkout51 (check out my post here on how to save without coupon clipping with other apps)

**Keep in mind pricing at various stores may vary from region to region.

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2015-02-25 15.17.16Ok, so as many of you may know by now, one of my “resolutions” was to get healthier this year. I started making my own bread, muffins, etc.  this month. I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised as baking isn’t generally my forte. I was surprised that it turned out looking anything like the desired recipe to tell the truth. (The first loaf of bread wasn’t as fortunate as my husband wasn’t even real sure what it was.) I plan to share my recipes once I can actually get precise measurements on what I’ve been using.

But for right now, I just wanted to share how I got my first stash of ingredients for a decent deal. I used Vitacost and saved $10 off my first order. Since I wasn’t real sure how much I needed, I split the order with my mother to make it a little more costs friendly while still scoring FREE shipping over $50. The quality seemed excellent and it shipped very quickly. If you are interested in getting various health foods at a lower costs, click here and check out Vitacost to get $10 off your first order.

Also, check out one of my favorite recipes for cinnamon swirl bread here.

Let me know in the comments below if you have a good way to save on these foods as well.

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If you have yet to sign up for Schoola (an online consignment shop), now is the time to do it! Right now, new members can head over here and grab a $15 credit, plus you can use the code HURRY to sore FREE Shipping. How awesome is that? There are plenty of items for $15 or less, so that’s FREE clothes with FREE shipping. Hurry, as I have no idea how long this offer will last.

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