Frugal Friday

I’d like to try and keep doing this post every Friday, as it keeps me accountable. Sometimes, I just want to chuck it all to the wind and blow every dime we have…so these posts help me regain control. If I’m going to have to tell you all if I did absolutely NOTHING frugal all week, that would be a sad, short post indeed. Therefore, purely for your reading enjoyment, I MUST continue to do frugal things. *grin*

1. Earned  10.00  using Swagbucks. My goal for the year is to earn 300.00 before December, so that I can have Christmas money for the kids. I’m at 256.72. I would have probably met my goal already, but a few times during the year I have purchased the occasional item on Amazon using my credit..therefore bringing my total down just a bit.

2. Used 475 Bing points to purchase 500 Swagbucks, then in turn used 475 Swagbucks to earn another 5.00 Amazon card. Haha..confusing, I know. But hey, it all makes sense in my head!!

3. Received a rebate for 5.18 from buying hamburger at Walmart. I had totally forgotten that I had even sent this rebate off, so this was a good surprise.

4. Turned the air off and opened the windows a few times when the weather was nice.

5. Stayed home two days in a row (except for running to the school in the morning). This saves gas, plus helps me NOT to spend money while out in town.

6. Eden got a cabbage plant in the Spring from her third grade teacher. I planted it in my little raised bed. We finally harvested it and I used half of it to make coleslaw one night.

7. Cashed in for a 5.00 Walmart E-gift card from Jingit. This is another one of those Apps for your Iphone that gives you little rebates for buying certain items.

What did YOU do to be frugal this week??

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Blogging breaks

Blogging breaks seem to be the pattern that I have noticed for myself. It looks like I go through spurts of writing and then life catches up to me and I stop for a bit. Oh well. I guess I will never be one of those “mommy bloggers” who make gobs of money and has tons of followers. But, that’s okay. I’ll just keep plugging along and letting life take its course. After all…I’m only going to get this chance ONCE. I AM wanting to start writing a bit more now that school and schedules are the theme this month. Missing you guys!

live once

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..and the winner is…

I was just contacted by BloggingForBooks with the winner of the B.T.C Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook. *Drum Roll, Please* The winner is NAOMI B.!! Yay!!! They will be sending you an email regarding your winnings and how they can ship it to you. Congratulations, and enjoy!

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Book Review: The Big-Flavor Grill

big flavor grill cookbookI was really excited to review a grilling cookbook, as my husband is awesome with the grill. I couldn’t wait to try out some smokin’ good recipes. It’s mostly a book about using pre-rubs for flavoring instead of time consuming marinating of your meats for grilling. Unfortunately, I didn’t see very many recipes in this book that suited our tastes and cooking style. One thing that I did like about the cookbook, is the fact that it had more than one recipe for each meat, and also a few side dish recipes to accompany the dishes. If you have a basic charcoal grill, I might recommend this to you to liven things up a bit, but otherwise, I advise checking this out from a library or borrowing from a friend to make sure it is what you are looking for, instead of purchasing it right off the bat.

*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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First Ever Blog Give-a-way!

Hi guys! I’m so excited to announce my first ever give-a-way on my blog. You can win one of the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbooks that I reviewed a few weeks back.

btcThis really is a great book! All you have to do is go HERE and fill out the form. Anyone can enter..local friends or out of town buddies. The company will be sending the book out to you for me. Isn’t that great?!  The contest starts on July 31, 2014 at 6:00am EST and ends on August 20th, 2014 at 11:59pm. One winner will be chosen at random on August 21st, 2014 and will be alerted by email. THANK YOU SO MUCH to BloggingForBooks for sponsoring this give-a-way! Good Luck!

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Book Review: B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook


I just finished reading B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook by Alexe Van Beuren with recipes by Dixie Grimes. Yes, I said I actually READ it. Normally, when receiving a cookbook, I skim through the recipes and don’t actually read everything in the book. This one was different. The stories Alexe tells of starting a small grocery store on a typical small-town main street, and her rise to creating a thriving small business is nothing short of inspirational. Dixie’s recipes are sure to have you itching to get in the kitchen and create, too. So many good, Southern recipes in one place just might be considered a crime in some areas! I can’t wait to start cooking through this collection. I highly recommend this cookbook. You won’t regret it. You can read Chapter one {here}.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, all opinions are my own.

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Review of “Modern Pioneering”

modern pioneering

I just got through with reading the book “Modern Pioneering” by Georgia Pellegrini. And let me tell you, I LOVED it! This is exactly my type of book. She doesn’t go into too many of those homesteading subjects that are beyond the modern gal. Almost all of her ideas and recipes were actual things I would try. She did have a few things that were a bit “out there”…..for example: She had several fig recipes (I’ve never even eaten a fig before) and she had several page on growing mushrooms and mushroom recipes. This gal does NOT eat fungi. Sorry. I preferred the second half of the book over the first, but it was all worth reading. Overall, I’m sure to be referencing this book often. I would definitely recommend purchasing the book if you are even halfway interested in this type of modern self sufficiency…or at the very least, checking it out at your local library.


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. However, all opinions are my own.

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