Monday, September 26, 2011

Exciting Things Happening At The Cute Couponer

Happy Monday Ya'll!




 I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was busy. My grandma celebrated her 89th birthday.Wow! What a milestone. I have some great brownie recipes to share with you later in the week but first I want to let you know what exciting things are happening starting this month and in October.


A new linky party is coming every Sunday, called Sunday Suppers from the Stockpile. Every Sunday starting in October feel free to come and link up your favorite family suppers made right from your stockpile.


Every Monday, here at The Cute Couponer is going to be an ongoing series called, Eat Cheap, Eat Healthy.
It's a way to give you recipes that are first delicious, and then nutritious.


 Every Tuesday, you will get the Frugal Tip of the Week.


 Every Wednesday is all about Thrift Shopping.


Every Thursday I will post my shopping trips for you. I wouldn't want you to wait to late in the week to take advantage of the deals.


Every Friday, look here for a Freebie Friday Round-Up.That means every Friday I'm going to post all the freebies I found during the week. Feel free to add any I missed in the comments section.


Every Saturday, look forward to my frugal friends introducing you to their fabulous tips and great finds. The guest bloggers are coming back.


I will also be continuing the  Feed A Family of 4 on $30 a week tip every week all month.


In October the 30 Day No EAT OUT  Fill the Freezer Challenge is finally coming back!!! 30 meals x 2 for one whole month without eating out.


Whoo-hoo!


I hope to see alot of you all over the next several months.




Happy Monday,


Valerie







Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Idea #1 Feed A Family Of 4 On Thirty Dollars A Week



Feed a family of 4 on $30 a week.

This is by far the most simple way to feed your family.....cheap.

Go ahead and open up your cabinets, pantry, and fridge.

Eyeball everything.

Now make a list of what you need to complete the meals you had in mind when you bought the stuff in the first place.

Examples:

Let's say you have oatmeal, a roast, some lettuce, crackers, a few cans of tuna,  some frozen cheese, noodles, a few cans of soup, a box of crackers, 3 eggs, some cake mix, a few bags of frozen veggies, and some hot dogs.

Oatmeal is yummy when served several mornings a week. Buy a few pieces of fruit and whip out your brown sugar and voila.... Fruit and Sugar Oatmeal. If you have a splash of maple syrup add it in and you just saved $2 a person at McDonald's.

Grab a bag of potatoes, carrots, and onions and pull out the crock pot  for the roast and you have dinner and lunch leftovers for everyone.

Surely you have some mayo and pickles, boil 2 of the eggs and chop up some onion  and you have tuna salad with crackers. Great for lunch and dinner.

With the rest of the tuna, boil the noodles and dump the cream soup you have on hand along with the cheese, purchase a 1/2 gallon of milk and shred the crackers on top and voila.... tuna  casserole.

With the hotdogs buy some mac and cheese or a can of chili and make chili dogs or mac and cheese and hot dogs.

Tear up your lettuce and put some shredded cheese and crackers along with a splash of salad dressing and whatever else you have on hand and make a delicious salad.

Whip up your cake mixes for dessert. A little powdered sugar and water will make the yummiest sugar  coated icing.  You have dessert and  an afternoon  snack for everyday  of the  week.

Last but not least, grab some more noodles and a bag of those  frozen veggies and make a homemade asian stirfry. If you have another egg to spare fry it up and chop it, pour in some soy sauce and yummy stir fry.

See sometimes we over think it.  I have read for years that the average family has enough food in their home to survive for a month, if they had too. So get out of survival mode and get in cheap, yummy, and tasty mode and you will never look back again.


Happy Creating,


The Cute Couponer

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Friday, September 16, 2011

It's The Little Things That Add Up, FTOTW




Research shows that the preferred car of millionaires in America is a Ford Pickup. It's no surprise  to me that most millionaires are frugal. Instead of lavish spending habits most will tell you they are fairly cheap. I prefer the simple term frugal.


1. They drive a car into the ground. They don't buy new ones every few years.


2. Most millionaires don't eat out alot.


3. Many millionaires will tell you that they don't spend lavishly on vacations.


For me it's the simple things like cutting the fabric softener sheets in half and couponing.


Waste not, want not....


How about you? What do you do to save money?


I'd love to hear!




Enjoy  Your  Weekend,


The  Cute  Couponer

Saturday, September 10, 2011

If it isn't broke don't fix it....



Our mother's did it...


Our grandmother's for sure did it...


Our great-grandmothers had no choice   but to do it...


So why don't we do it?


Hanging our clothes to dry is actually a wonderful treat. There is nothing like the smell of sunshine and the crispness from line drying.


Here are a few hints that I use to save a fortune on electrical costs, especially during Summer.


1. Use 1/4 c. vinegar in your wash cycle to function as fabric softner. It keeps your clothes smelling fresh and keeps them soft for line drying.


2. Shake your clothes out when you are moving them from the washer to the dryer.


3. I always use the clothes dryer to dry my towels.


4. Use 409 to get out tough stains. Someday I will do an entire post about 409. It works!!! Spray it on all your stains, then wash. If the stain doesn't come out, then repeat. Do not put it in the dryer until the stain is removed.


5. Use Borax in your machine vs Oxi Clean, it works so much better.


6. I have learned to spread my clothes out on the line pinning the creases. It's like a free ironing job!!!


7. Don't let the dogs out why you have clothes on the line.... it makes for a MESS....


Enjoy the Sunshine in your everyday life,


The Cute Couponer

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Frugal Tip of the Week

If your looking to save some money on the gasoline for your car here is a simple tip....

If you are going to leave the engine running  for more than 60 seconds while your running into the store, waiting in a drive-thru, or picking someone up, turn the engine off.

If it's less than 60 seconds experts say leave the car on. It takes just as much gas to stop and restart.

Have a wonderul Labor Day weekend,

The  Cute  Couponer
 
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