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Up & Up Diapers for just $0.11/per diaper!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

 

Update: I just did the deal myself and realized that when I paid with my Target Red Card I could save an additional 5%!  So if you have one, be sure to use it when you pay.

Target has hot deal on Up & Up diapers right now where your final cost for two boxes of diapers is just $37.48.  That comes to as low as $0.11/diaper!  This is the equivalent of paying around $3.50 a pack, at least for the size 2 and 3 diapers.  I typically consider $5 a pack or less a great deal so this is definitely a good deal!

Here’s how to do it:

1.  Buy (2) Up & Up Boxed Diapers at $24.99 each

2.  Save 5% when you select the Subscribe & Save option
- You should be able to cancel this once your order arrives if you don’t want to continue receiving shipments.  Just be sure to mark your calendar to remind yourself to do it!

3.  Shipping is Free!

4.  Pay $47.48
* Use your Target Red Card to save an additional 5% and bring your total down to $45.11!

5.  You’ll receive a $10 Target gift card with your order

Final Cost: $37.48 or as low as $0.11/diaper for size 2 & 3

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Snapfish: 4×6 Photos for Just $0.01 Each!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Need to get some pictures printed?  Now is the perfect time with Snapfish’s Penny Print Sale!

Through July 20, 2014, you can get up to 99 4×6 prints for just $0.01 each when you use coupon code PNYJULY at checkout.  Shipping cost is approximately $5.98.

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ThredUp: $20 Off Your 1st Order = 4 Items of Kid’s Clothing for $6.42 Shipped!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

ThredUp is an online consignment store for children’s clothing and women’s clothing and handbags. Right now they are offering a free $20 credit when you sign up here.  The credit does not apply towards shipping costs, but you can still get some incredible deals!

Here is one scenario that will get you 4 items of kid’s clothing for just $1.61 each, shipping included!

1.  Sign up for a ThredUp account here.

2.  Add 3 items worth $4.99 each to your cart

3.  Add 1 item worth $5.49 to your cart

4.  Checkout and apply $20 account credit

5.  Pay shipping costs of $6.42 ($2.99 or 1st item and $0.99 each for the other 3)

Final Cost: $1.61 each!

I’ve placed a couple of orders through ThredUp and have been really impressed.  While I found their prices to be a bit more than what I would pay at yard sales and maybe even some kid’s consignment stores, I still found quite a few great deals.  The clothes were like new in quality and they even gave me two of the items for free because they didn’t meet their quality standards. (They double check the items when they prepare to ship them and I guess these two shirts had some pilling…nothing that bothered me though! But again, it speaks of their quality.)

It was so nice to not have to leave my house to shop too, which also meant that I saved time and gas.  Oh and another fun thing?  My order came wrapped up like a gift inside…which made them seem even more special!

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How to Freeze Fresh Green Beans (a step by step tutorial)

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

One of the ways that I save quite a bit of money on groceries is by preserving lots of fruits and vegetables.  While we live in the city and don’t have room for a big garden, we’re blessed to live in an area where we can get lots of beautiful, home grown produce for great prices.  So I simply buy large amounts from local growers and then preserve them for us to enjoy all year long.

I know that canning and freezing produce sounds really daunting to many people and so this year, I decided to do a couple of tutorials and show you just how simple the process really is.

I’m starting with how to freeze green beans because not only are they probably one of the easiest things to preserve, I also just got done doing 1½ bushels of them and actually managed to take a few pictures as I was doing it.  (Not an easy feat when you have 3 children interrupting your process!)  Besides, green beans are one of those things that just taste so much better when you preserve them yourself.  Just recently I saw a great deal on some frozen beans at the store and so I decided to buy a couple of bags thinking it would help stretch our supply.  I made them for our dinner one night and after one bite my husband commented, “It’s no wonder so many people don’t like vegetables!”  And honestly, I had to agree.  They just were nowhere near as tasty as the ones that I preserve and freeze!

You can preserve your beans by canning or freezing them.  If you choose to can them you need to use a pressure canner since using a regular canner doesn’t reach high enough temps to kill the bacteria that causes botulism.  I find the pressure canning process rather time consuming and tedious plus it also makes the beans less nutritious.  Did you know that frozen veggies and fruit have almost as much nutritional value as when they are fresh?  So I choose to simply freeze our green beans which you’ll see, is amazingly super simple to do.

First of all, here are the tools you’ll for the job:
* Dish pan(s) or container to put the beans in
* Knife if you don’t want to use your fingers to trim the beans
* Blancher (can use a big pot too but it gets kind of complicated when it comes time to drain the beans and cool them quickly)
– Don’t have a blancher and don’t want to buy one?  See if you can find a friend that has one that you could borrow.
* Freezer bags or freezer boxes to store the beans

Okay, let’s channel your inner Ma Ingals and get started!

1.  Remove ends and defective spots and if you have true “string” beans, remove the strings too.  Technically you don’t have to remove the tail end of the bean, just the end that was attached to the stalk.  However I don’t like the look of leaving them on so I (and most people) remove them too.

2.  Break or cut the beans into 1 to 1 ½ inch pieces.  This is a step that even little children can help with- in fact, they often think it is fun!

3.  Wash the beans thoroughly.  I like to put a dishpan full of beans in my sink and then just fill it with water.  Swish the beans around really good to work any dirt loose.

4.  Move the beans over to the colander insert of your blancher, filling it to just below the ridge.   Basically you want the beans to not go above the top row of holes so that they will be covered with water during the blanching process.

5.  Fill the kettle part of the blancher about 2/3 to 3/4 full with water.  You don’t want it too full because the water level will rise once you put the colander full of beans into it.   Bring the water to a full, rolling boil.

6.  Slowly (this is important so that the water doesn’t go splashing out!) insert the colander full of beans into the boiling water.  Once you put the beans in, the water will stop boiling.

7.  Watch the pot carefully and once the water comes to a rolling boil again, remove the beans immediately.  You basically just want to slightly cook the beans.  (In the picture above I wasn’t watching the pot closely enough and it had been boiling for a bit when I noticed it.  You don’t really want that much of a boil!  It isn’t tragic, but the beans just won’t taste quite as good.)

8.  While you are waiting for the beans to boil, draw some cold water (the colder the better) in a dishpan or sink.  Once you remove the beans from the boiling water, submerse the colander into the cold water and cool the beans down as fast as possible.  It helps to swish the colander around in the water, keep the water running, use your hands to move the beans around and even change the water if necessary.

9.  Once beans are nice and cool, drain the water off of them.

10.  Put the blanced beans in freezer bags or freezer boxes and freeze immediately.  I typically use freezer boxes to freeze our food just because I like the way they store and it’s also cheaper in the long run since you can use them over and over and over.

And you’re done!  Pat yourself on the back, put up your feet and relax a bit!

Have a question about one of the steps?  Feel free to leave it in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer it for you! 

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SavingStar: Now Available at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Dollar General and Family Dollar!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Yay!  SavingStar is now working at even more stores including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Dollar General and Family Dollar!

To add these stores simply log into or create your SavingStar account.  Go to My Account and click on the “Stores” tab, then enter your zip code to see what stores are available in your area.

To redeem offers for these stores, scan your receipts and submit them using the SavingStar app for iPhone and Android.

In the dark?  Learn all about SavingStar here!

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