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Does Buying in Bulk Bulk YOU Up?

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I came across this article recently on buying in bulk, “Why Buying in Bulk Is Bad for Your Health and wanted to see what y’all thought.  I know with the recent rise of “Extreme Couponing” (y’all-don’t-get-me-started!), we are seeing more people buying bulk.  But this article makes the arguement that this practice can be detrimental to your health.  Read the article here, and then come back and let me know what YOU think.  Do you agree or disagree?  Have you found ways to buy food in bulk, while maintaining a certain level of health and nutrition?  Do you think it’s possible to stockpile/buy in bulk, while also eating healthy?  If so, please share!  


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–Barbara
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Quick & Easy Frittata

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For lunch today, I made a surprisingly quick, easy, and semi-healthy (except-for-the-cheese-and-potato) frittata. –and all with ingredients in the fridge.  You can add or omit ingredients to your liking, and depending on what’ in your freezer or fridge.  

Quick and Easy Frittata

  • 1 tb oil (EVOO)
  • 1 hasbrown patty (thawed overnight in fridge if frozen)
  • 1/2 c frozen veggies (also thawed overnight in fridge, if possible) — I used onion, and red, green, and yellow pepper
  • 1/2 c finely chopped fresh spinach (yep, spinach again!)
  • turkey bacon, crumbled OR bacon bits
  • 1 egg (I use egg substitute)
  • 1/4 c shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Warm up oil in small pan.  In small dish, crumble up and grind hashbrown patty, then combine veggies and bacon. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until hashbrowns are browned and veggies sauteed to desired consistency.  Add eggs, cheese, salt and pepper.  Let sit for about 3-4 minutes, then flip.  Finish cooking for another 2-3 minutes.  Enjoy!


Check out all the recipes and cooking ideas available at AFM!

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–Barbara 
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Download Spotify for FREE!

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Spotify

I have watched countless friends post about Spotify on Facebook, and I finally got to see waht all the fuss was about — imagine, an extensive library with  MILLIONS of songs to download for FREE!  (Think of all the various “workout playlists” you could create!)  


Search and listen to millions of songs using Spotify. Simply download here and install for FREE. Please note: you should be logged into Facebook to register.


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–Barbara
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FREE $25 Bonus WYB an AmEx Prepaid Card!!

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–Barbara
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FREE Diabetic Recipe Book

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Free Diabetic Recipe Book

Get a FREE diabetic low-carb recipe book! It’s got more than 60 recipes, including ones for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks — each with 10g or less of carbs! If you or someone you know is diabetic, or perhaps just watching their carb intake, snag this recipe book while it’s still available.


Go here for your FREE book.  

Once you’ve gotten this one, check out the other recipes and free recipe books available through AFM.




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–Barbara 

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**GIVEAWAY** Dry Idea Review, Giveaway AND Sweepstakes!

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I’ve gotten a little behind on handing out my FREE coupons, and YOU can benefit!  Right now, I have two sets of coupons for FREE Dry Idea Deodorant, Purex laundry detergent, and Honey Bunches of Oats.  (It’s great to be a Purex Insider!!)  :o)

But first, a little about Dry Idea _– I was given a bottle to review, and the timing was perfect!  It’s been hot, sticky, and -well- just plain nasty around Atlanta the last few days.  Thank goodness I had a deodorant that held up!  Even after all day hot-and-stickiness, this stuff kept me dry and -um- not stinky!  Is there anything more you could ask from a deodorant/antiperspirant?  :o)

Also, there’s a GREAT sweepstakes going on now, with over $1,000 in prizes, including a grand prize of $500!  After you’ve entered to win the coupon, enter to win the sweepstakes, too!  :o)  Go here to enter.

Go get your FREE Dry Idea now!  It’s simple to enter, just fill out the form below, sit back, relax, and smile.  And remember, some entries have a higher point value, and increase your chance of winning!


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–Barbara
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Cheap (?) Charlie Banana Cloth Diapering Items @ Target

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I wish I could say with more certainty if this was a good deal, but -alas- as “green” as I am, I never got around to researching cloth diapers.  But,  I digress.

On an endcap at Target this afternoon (the Holcomb Bridge, Roswell location), I saw these cloth diaper accessories on clearance.  If you or someone you know is considering cloth diapers, or already do so, this may be a good deal.  (And if it’s NOT a good deal, could someone please contact me and let me know?)  :o)

They’re all Charlie Banana brand, and have all the various pieces you would need: disposable inserts, washable OR disposable inserts, and the outside diaper shell.  (Yeah, my terminology is flawed here, I know!)

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara 

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Traveling On the Fly

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Hubs and I recently packed up the ol’ minivan and took the family to the beach, per my longing. (Honestly, I think the last time my toes were stuck firmly in the sand was our honeymoon!). We scoured through the travel deal sites to find the best deal, and we did ok.

There are quite a few sites out there offering great travel offer, deals, and promotions — one is www.mega.co.uk — it’s a one stop shop for finding great deals and steals for your travel needs.

What is YOUR ideal vacation? I challenge you to find a great deal for it at MEGA today! 🙂

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–Barbara
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Frugal Parenting: Fun with Paint, Water, and Recyclables

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I hoard containers. There — I put it out there. I save various, sturdy containers, with the idea that I could re-use it ….for something. This came in handy the other day with my 3-year-old daughter.

I’m always looking for ways to keep my children entertained, as well as offer them chances to explore and learn.  If I can additionally do so in a “green” manner, even better.

For this occasion, I put red food coloring in an old throat spray bottle, blue in an old dish soap bottle, grabbed some old foam letters (but sponges would work just as well) and put a little paint in old flushable wipes containers, gathered up a few unused medicine droppers, opened some paper bags at the seems, and threw in a few paint brushes, and  empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls.

In our driveway, we “painted” a large hopscotch-like path with various shapes using the dish soap bottle. Then we experimented with painting with rocks, sticks, and our fingers. When asked which she liked best,she responded “the rock — because it’s MAGIC!”

She and I had a blast, and all for pennies. More importantly, these activities encouraged her imagination, worked on dexterity (pushing the spray button, utilizing the various objects for painting, etc), and allowed for open-ended inquiry. Certainly this was a good example of “process over product”.

My next plan is to get some old, large containers to create makeshift water tubs, and let her play and explore. I already have a few containers in mind for this. When my son is a little older -perhaps later in the summer- he can join in the fun.

Do YOU have some great, cheap (and green) ways to entertain your kids? Please share, or contact me. 🙂

**Sidenote: I’ve learned that food coloring, while great for learning, does not easily come off hands — it requires a good dose of elbow grease.

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--Barbara

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HURRY! Join Alamo Insiders for FREE!!

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Summer vacations are just around the corner, and Alamo is offering exclusive deals when you sign up to be an Alamo Insider! 


Join for FREE today and from now on the best deals come to you. Plus, you can bank on special privileges like a 10% or more member discount on every rental, and self-service kiosks that get you on the road to vacation faster than ever. Whether your next escape is one week or months away, Alamo’s got exclusive deals for you.

To join, just click on the banner (picture) where it says “join FREE now”.  Y’all let me know when you have joined, too!




Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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