Archives for January 2013

Wordless Wednesday: What Were They Thinking!?

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My coupon/clearance high was quickly crushed when I exited Old navy and found this….

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Vistaprint Clearance Specials!

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Take advantage of these great deals at Vistaprint NOW, including:

  • 250 premium business cards for $10
  • 100 postcards for $18.74
  • business websites: FREE one month trial, then just $4.99/mo
  • 25 magnetic business cards for $9.74
  • $5 personalized t-shirts
  • 10 FREE Valentine’s note cards
  • 1 FREE wall calendar
  • FREE shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • and MUCH more!

If you’re new to Vistaprint, sign up here.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Chili’s Coupons **FREE Appetizer OR Dessert**

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When you sign up for Chili’s email club, you’ll get the latest happenings and exclusive offers, plus either a FREE dessert OR a FREE appetizer just for signing up!  Alternatively, you can when you “like” Chili’s on Facebook, you can also score either a free dessert or appetizer — just make sure you “like” and then you must the app permission to run on your Facebook account.  It’s a cinch!  Which would you choose, the molten brownie, the chips and queso, or something else?  🙂


Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Printable Restaurant Coupons – 1/26/13

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Atlanta Printable Restaurant Coupons

Not sure what to do for dinner?  Or lunch?  Or brunch?  Not up for cooking, or for another stale sandwich?  Luckily for you, there are quite a few restaurant printable coupons that have come out in the past week!  Many thanks to Surviving the Stores for much of this list!  :o)

Top Restaurant Coupons:

 

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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WIN a My Coupon Keeper System!

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If you would like to WIN your very own My Coupon Keeper deluxe system, complete with all you see pictured above, enter using the form below. If you can’t wait to win, you can order one now — and if you win, My Coupon Keeper will refund the cost of your order — so there’s no need to wait!

Just as I reviewed here, the winner will receive:

 

  • MyCouponKeeper Coupon Box 14.9″W x 6.9″D x 4.75″H
  • 2 adjustable dividers to support coupons in box when not full 3.2″x7.2″
  • MyCouponKeeper Purse Size Shopping Folders 6″ x 8″
  • 48 Durable PVC Coupon Guides
  • 55 Pre-printed Category Labels to Choose From
  • 1 MyCouponKeeper Reusable Shopping Bag
  • PLUS, cool points from all your couponing friends!  😉

 

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Revolutionize Your Coupons! My Coupon Keeper review + giveaway

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If coupon binders simply aren’t for you, have I got something for you to try! While I love the portability of the binder system, I admit, I loathe folding coupons to fit -or cutting them *just* so, AND get tired of flipping page after page of coupons to find the one I’m looking for.

Oh, and I won’t mention the number of times I’ve thought my coupons were securely zipped in the binder, only to have it topple over on to the floor.  ((shudder))

Enter: My Coupon Keeper.

I was recently given one to try over the holidays, and I must say, I was impressed! Once I converted my coupons over to this system, it was a refreshing snap to use!
Check out my vlog here to find out more about My Coupon Keeper:




For a limited time, if you order a MyCouponKeeper system through my link here, you can recieve a 10% discount, with the promo code atlantasfrugalmom.  If you would like to WIN a MyCouponKeeper system, please enter here:

Finally, keep in mind, not every organizational system will meet your individual needs. If this system isn’t for you, peruse through and find a coupon organization style that meets your needs.

P.S.  Special thanks to the kind people at My Coupon Keeper, who endured my growing pains with me, and allowed me the (ample!) time I needed to create this review of their lovely product.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Take a Load Off Your Laundry – Practical Tips to Beat the Laundry Blahs

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Tips for beating the laundry blahs

 

Take a load off your laundry?  I’ll be the first to say it: I loath laundry!  Perhaps because it’s one of those household tasks that literally never ends, or because stubborn stains just seem to laugh at you time after time, or perhaps it’s the snarky sock monster — for whatever reason, I know I’m not alone in my feelings about this.  Am I right?

In any case, I’ve developed a few strategies to help ease the pain of this never-ending saga known as laundry.  Take a look, and see which ones work for you, or what more you would add to this.

* Schedule it: I do one load of laundry every weekday.  (An awesome tip I picked up from The Stressed Mom!)  I’ve found that by sticking to a schedule, and doing just one load a day, it’s MUCH more manageable for me.  I bring that load down either first thing in the morning or after I put the kids to bed the night before; throw the clothes in the dryer in the morning; then fold while the kids nap – or whenever I get a moment.  This also allows for a little wiggle room, like if I fall behind, it’s not dreadful to catch up, doing two loads a day, or simply moving each load back a day, and doing one load over the weekend.  Here’s my schedule, if you need some inspiration: Monday – whites; Tuesday – darks; Wednesday – alternate between bed sheets and hub’s dress shirts; Thursday – towels (includes all bibs, washcloths, hand towels, etc); Friday – kids clothes

Vinegar! If you haven’t unleashed the awesomeness that is vinegar, the laundry is a great place to start.  Since I only use a little bit of laundry detergent, I fill the rest of my cup with vinegar.   This acts as both a fabric softener, and helps to brighten clothes.  As a bonus, it costs only a buck or two for a gallon size, compared to the much smaller containers of liquid fabric softener.

Make it Smell Good.  Yeah, this may seem silly, but indulge in products like Downy Unstopables or Purex Crystals for select loads of laundry, and your senses will thank you!  I use them on bed sheets, towels, and my husband’s dress shirts.  (I also stick some in mismatched baby socks, and toss them under the trash bags in our diaper pail and kitchen trash.  This makes a BIG difference!)  An added benefit is the rather long-lasting scent that’ll stick with you (er, your clothes) for WEEKS!

* Designate a “Soaking” Area. I’m fortunate to have a sink in my laundry room; but I don’t like taking up the sink for the sake of soaking one (or even a few) pieces of clothes in the process, nor using the washing machine either.  SO, I use a small bucket or tub (the ones we brought home with us from the hospital) to soak a few items.  I use a paint stick to stir or agitate when needed.  This would be easy to do in a smaller laundry area, as well.  (P.S.  WHY don’t I soak in the machine?  Because sometimes I let items soak overnight, and want to keep the machine available.  Also, it typically takes less water to soak this way.)

That’s a few of my favorite laundry tips.  Do you have others you’d like to share?  Please comment below with some of your favorite tips OR questions about laundry.

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara [Read more…]
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Huggies as Low as $1.74 @ Target + FREE Wipes!

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Target Diaper Deal 1-20-13

Right now at Target, Huggies, Luvs, and Pampers are included in a current promo: buy two jumbo packs of participating diapers, and get a FREE pack of wipes. With the right coupons in hand, you can get a pack of diapers for as low as $1.74 PLUS get FREE wipes.

Stack TWO of these Target coupons:

With TWO of these manufacture coupons:

  • $3/1 Huggies Diapers, exp 12/31/13 (package insert)
  • $2.50/1 Pull-Ups Training Pants, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R)
  • $2/1 Huggies Little Movers or Little Snuggies Diapers, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R) OR printable
  • $2/1 Huggies Diapers, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R)
  • $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R) OR printable
  • $1/1 Huggies Diapers, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R)

With one of these wipes coupons:

  • $2/1 Huggies wipes, exp 12/31/13 (package insert)
  • 75¢/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R)
  • $1/2 Huggies Baby Wipes, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R)
  • 50¢/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R) OR printable
  • 40¢/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, exp. 2/9/13 (SS 01/13/13 R)

PLUS: if 50¢/1 Huggies Natural Care Wipes (Ibotta refund) IF they are included in the deal!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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What’s for Lunch? Cheap Subs @ Quiznos

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Not sure what to do for lunch? Why not grab a sub at Quiznos? Enjoy a honey bourbon chicken sandwich for just $2.99, or BOGO steakhouse sandwiches — take your pick below.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Macaroni and Cheese Recipe – Restaurant Style

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Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite dishes.  Not the fake version that comes in the blue box, but the real deal.  My mother made it from scratch when I was a child, and now I do the same for my family.  Often times I’ll just make it with American cheese and a little bit of butter and milk, but lately I’ve been playing around with richer, creamier versions.  Multiple cheeses, heavy cream, and even a pinch of cayenne can take this simple comfort food to an entirely new level.  My newest recipe (which I’m sharing today) has quickly become a favorite in our home.  A layer of seasoned breadcrumbs and a few minutes in the broiler gives it a lightly crispy topping that is a perfect compliment to the delicious, creamy sauce.  The result is a delicious dish that is similar to one you would get at a restaurant!  (For more make-at-home restaurant style dishes, check out this post with 10 of my favorite copycat recipes!)

Restaurant style macaroni and cheese

 

Restaurant Style Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

6 cups water

2 cups elbow noodles

1 Tbs butter, unsalted

3/4 c milk

3/4 c shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese

3/4 c shredded Italian style cheese

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of cayenne

1/2 c Parmesan herb panko bread crumbs (Private Selection from Kroger)

Restaurant style macaroni and cheese

Directions:

1.  Bring water to a boil on high heat.

2.  Add in noodles and boil for 8-10 minutes.

3.  Remove from heat and drain in a colander. Set aside.

4.  Set oven to high broil.

5.  Melt butter in pot on medium heat.

6.  Add in milk, cheese, and spices.  Whisk until melted completely.

7.  Fold in elbow noodles, stirring gently to coat with sauce.

8.  Pour noodles into oven safe dish.

9.  Top with panko bread crumbs.

10.  Place in oven for 2 minutes until top is browned.

11.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Printer friendly recipe for Restaurant Style Macaroni and Cheese

Restaurant style macaroni and cheese

Do you have a macaroni and cheese recipe that’s a family favorite?  I’d love to hear your version, please take a moment to share in the comments below!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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