Walmart: MorningStar Farms® Deal

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Are you tired of your same old meal plans from last year? Are you ready to introduce new healthier options in 2017? Do you and your family want to incorporate more vegetables into your meals but are not quite sure where to begin? Now is the time to make some New Year’s “Vegolutions” for your busy lifestyle! MorningStar Farms® products are a great way to incorporate vegetables into your weekly meal planning. These items are not just for vegetarians, but are great for everybody!!

With MorningStar Farms® products, it is easy to substitute meat for veggies and use them for breakfast, lunch & dinner!

When you buy any 3 MorningStar Farms® products at Walmart, you will earn $3.00 from iBotta. *Offer available through 2/15/17 or while supplies last.

Don’t miss this great Ibotta offer! When you buy any 3 MorningStar Farms® products at Walmart, you will earn $3.00! *Offer available through 2/15/17 or while supplies last.

3 Ways To Save $3k (Without Clipping Coupons)

Not everyone wants to clip coupons, but everyone wants to save! Find out three ways to save without clipping coupons and save up to $3k a year easily!I’m gonna be honest: Pete and I don’t count our pennies. If we go to the store and I feel like impulse buying a chocolate bar at checkout, I don’t flip out and reprimand myself. We’re allowed a treat here and there. Why? Because we make huge sacrifices in our budget so that we can save thousands of dollars a year. And when you’re saving thousands, you can spend a dollar here and there and not feel guilty about it.

Of course, we use coupons. I never go shopping without going through  the ad and finding coupons first. But not everyone wants to sit and clip coupons. I understand that. So I put together a list of three ways to save $3,000 a year without cutting coupons. These budget saving ideas may take a little while to get used to, but once you do, you’ll never go back to your old ways.

3 Ways To Save $3k (Without Clipping Coupons)

1. Cut the cord.
Pete and I don’t have cable. In fact, neither of us have ever paid for it since we’ve moved out of our parents’ homes. We do watch TV, though, completely for free. We have a  4K UHD Smart TV in our living room and two HDTV’s upstairs (one is a Smart flat screen and one is not as smart and more boxy). All three have an antenna that we purchased. They are not one of those crazy rabbit ears antennas. The two upstairs are flat and about the same size of a piece of paper. We’re able to pick up all the basic cable channels (ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, the CW, PBS, and more) over the air and we don’t pay a penny for it. 

Plus, there are a lot of programs that you can stream online for free too, so we’re not missing anything (except a $100 a month bill!). And keep that in mind too. Most of the basic channels have an app that allow you to stream episodes after they’ve aired. Some will allow it the next day, others make you wait a week. If you don’t mind waiting, that could be a good option for you too.

Savings: $1,200 (averaging about $100 a month)

2. Skip the coffee shop.
I really love coffee. I went the majority of my life avoiding the stuff and in the last two years, it’s grown to be my hot beverage of choice. But it can get expensive. In the coffee shop, it’s about $3 for a cup of regular coffee. When I buy coffee on sale and after coupons, I usually pay $2 a bag. And one bag is 26 servings. So basically, one bag of coffee makes each cup just under 8 cents. Yes, eight little cents a cup. That’s a savings of $2.92 a cup. Now, let’s say you’re stopping by the coffee shop every workday. That’s $15 a week or $780 a year. If you make your coffee at home for eight cents, you’re only spending $20.80 during that same time. Really, it’s a no brainer.

Savings: about $760 a year

3. Cook at home.
Pete and I make nearly every meal at home. He loves to cook and I love to scour Pinterest for new recipe ideas. Making a meal at home is so much cheaper than going out to a restaurant to have it. Plus, you have control over what, exactly, you’re putting into your body. You can make sure you’re using fresh, local, or organic ingredients. You can choose healthier and lighter options too. And you can save a lot of dough if you’re making your own dough (we actually do make our own pizza dough).

Just a quick recent example. I made baked spaghetti. It cost me $8 for all the ingredients (spaghetti, sauce, garlic, onions, mozzarella cheese, and 20oz. of ground turkey). It ended up being six servings for us, so about $1.25 a serving. Let’s say we went out to dinner and ordered spaghetti. Spaghetti and meatballs at Olive Garden is $14 (I just googled the menu). For two of us, that’s $28 (and that’s guessing Olive Garden’s portions are large enough for leftovers). If you eat in instead of out once a week, and you average a savings of $20 each time, that’s $1,040 a year.

If you want ideas for recipes, we have a bunch of them posted here. Be sure to pin your favorites to Pinterest so you have the recipe handy when you’re hungry.

Savings: about $1,040 a year

Total: $3k a year

It’s worth it. If by the little changes, you know you’re saving $3,000, you won’t cringe when your kid needs a couple extra dollars for a class trip.

Amazon: Free Kindle Books – Smoothies Recipes & More (January 9)

free kindle booksHere’s today’s list of free Kindle books. Be sure to remember that prices on Amazon are subject to change at any time so review your total when you add the books to your cart and at checkout too.

Free Kindle Books

Want more Kindle book deals? Check out all the Kindle Daily Deals and this month’s batch of 100 books for $3.99 or less.

Don’t have a Kindle? Just download a free Kindle reading app! Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69).

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Mango Banana Berry Detox Smoothie

#ad Here's a great breakfast idea! Try this Mango Banana Berry Detox Smoothie recipe from www.drugstoredivas.net.Alton Brown once said, “Always have a purple breakfast” and it was something we took to heart. He didn’t mean adding a ton of food coloring to your pancakes, rather, he meant having berries for breakfast. So we started making smoothies. They’re delicious, easy to whip up ahead of time, and something you can completely vary based on your fruit choices. This time, I went with a mango banana berry detox smoothie.

Let’s talk quick about detoxwater. We were sent three varieties to try: original (lychee and white grape), pinamint (pineapple and mint) and mangaloe (mango). Since we usually add mangos to our breakfast smoothies, I went with mangaloe.

Mango Banana Berry Detox Smoothie

What You’ll Need:

#ad Here's a great breakfast idea! Try this Mango Banana Berry Detox Smoothie recipe from www.drugstoredivas.net.

  • 1 mango
  • 1 banana
  • 1.25 cup frozen blackberries
  • 16oz. (1 bottle) mangaloe detoxwater

What You’ll Do:

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Peel and slice a banana, putting half in two single serve blender cups.

Fill the cup to the “max fill” line with frozen blackberries (approx. .75 cups per blender cup).

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Fill to the “max fill” line with mangaloe detoxwater. You will be able to fix about half the bottle in each.

Blend. Pour and serve.

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Fantasy Football Candy Bark

Looking for a sweet way to root on your favorite team? Try this Fantasy Football Candy Bark from www.drugstoredivas.net. Perfect for homegating, Super Bowl parties, the playoffs, and more! Plus, you can make it in any team colors!It’s football season. Well, for other people anyway. My Jets lost so many early games that the playoffs were not even in our minds. It was the kind of season where, if we won a game, that was a big deal. For Pete, though, his Giants made it into the playoffs. So, to celebrate, I had to make some Fantasy Football Candy Bark.

Everyone I showed it to was so impressed with it, like I was some sort of candy magician. In reality, though, this is one of the easiest homegating snacks you can make. You can change the colors to your team colors too, so it’s perfect. I (begrudgingly) made it blue and white for the Giants’ playoff game today. Maybe next year I’ll be making it in green and white. Wishful thinking, right?

Fantasy Football Candy Bark

What You’ll Need:

Looking for a sweet way to root on your favorite team? Try this Fantasy Football Candy Bark from www.drugstoredivas.net. Perfect for homegating, Super Bowl parties, the playoffs, and more! Plus, you can make it in any team colors!

What You’ll Do:

Looking for a sweet way to root on your favorite team? Try this Fantasy Football Candy Bark from www.drugstoredivas.net. Perfect for homegating, Super Bowl parties, the playoffs, and more! Plus, you can make it in any team colors!

Melt the blue candy melts according to the package. Small aside: If you’re making this on a cold day, melt them a little hotter than usual. They will cease up quicker on a cold day.

Use an icing spatula to spread the blue candy evenly on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.

Melt the white candy melts according to the package.

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Spoon dollops of the white candy into the blue candy. Don’t worry about trying to make it even.

Use a toothpick to swirl the white candy into the blue. Go back and forth from side to side as often as it takes to spread it out.

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Add the football-shaped candy into the candy. Chill in the fridge until it is completely solid.

Looking for a sweet way to root on your favorite team? Try this Fantasy Football Candy Bark from www.drugstoredivas.net. Perfect for homegating, Super Bowl parties, the playoffs, and more! Plus, you can make it in any team colors!

Use a knife to cut the candy into variously sized pieces. Serve to your guests and root on your favorite team!

If you’re not serving this right away, you can store it in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to a week.

Would you make this football candy bark? What colors would yours be?


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Corn Casserole Recipe

Looking to be the hit of your next pot luck? This corn casserole recipe from www.drugstoredivas.net is PERFECT!One of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes is corn casserole. It’s so warm and inviting, plus it’s a fun play on corn bread (which I also love so very much).

Last year, we didn’t have corn casserole. It was such a shame! Not as bad as the year my dad didn’t make stuffing and then found out that was our favorite part, but it was pretty bad.

So this year, I decided that I was making corn casserole to bring to Thanksgiving. That way, I could assure it would be there to eat. Thing was, I never made it before. I got my mom’s recipe and I was shocked at how simple it was. It’s basically the dump cake of casseroles. Now, it’s something I can make all the time.

Corn Casserole Recipe

Looking to be the hit of your next pot luck? This corn casserole recipe from www.drugstoredivas.net is PERFECT!

What You Need:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 box corn muffin mix
  • 8oz. container of sour cream
  • 1 can of creamed corn
  • 1 can of corn

What You’ll Do:

Soften the butter in a large, microwavable bowl.

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Add all the ingredients (including the cans of corn with liquid) into the bowl. Stir until combined.

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Pour everything into a casserole dish.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until the casserole is golden brown.

Serve warm.

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