Have you heard about Swagbucks? It's a search engine (just like Google) that pays you for doing websearches! They have a toolbar that you can download for free or just bookmark their page to use whenever you want to do a search. (That's what I do!) I do multiple searches every day, so I can potentially make $20 bucks a month just for doing what I already do. I'll let you know how I do after my first month!
You have to register if you want to earn your bucks.
45 Swagbucks = $5 Amazon credit
They accumulate as you do your regular searches throughout the month. Your Swagbucks never expire, so you can save up for anything you want just by searching!
Saving on your grocery bill is something you can do by not wasting what you already have. Do you ever end up throwing out the last few pieces of dry, stale bread? No one wants a sandwich with that old stuff! Turn those crusty things into yummy croutons, and it hardly takes any time at all! I don't ever buy those expensive boxes of croutons they sell at the store. These croutons are so good, my kids like to eat them as a snack!! And they don't break your teeth like the store-bought variety.
As many slices of bread as you have or want to use. This recipe can be adjusted for amount and personal taste.
Olive Oil (1/4 cup or so)
Garlic Salt - 2 tsp
Oregano - 1 tsp
Grated Parmesan Cheese - 1 TBS
Stack the bread and cut into cubes -put into a ziploc bag
Mix oil and seasonings - Pour into bag with bread cubes
Mix well - if you misjudge the amount needed to cover bread, just add more ;-)
Place in a single layer on a baking sheet
Cook in oven on 300 for 30 minutes or so turning once. (If you like them crunchier, cook longer; chewier, cook less)
Wa-La! You have a delish topping for your salad! Don't worry about what to do with left-overs. There are never any left....at least not at my house!
This has been a crazy couple of weeks here in our household. Does life ever get less busy? Homeschooling highschoolers can be a challenge in itself! I always say that I think I learn as much or more than they do. (Do I really need more Algebra?!) Save me!!! Also as my kids grow, drive, get jobs, some things can be a bit overwhelming. But I do love to see them becoming the beautiful individuals that they are. I love my kids!!
Well, it's Monday again, so here is my Menu for the week! Enjoy!!
Monday: Creamy White Chili and cornbread (Love this on a cold day. My husband, who isn't a real fan of "creamy" type dishes even loves this)
Thursday: Family Birthday Dinner at Steak 'n Shake (used coupons!) PLUS we got 2 free coke glasses for our purchase!
Friday: Nachos and movie night (These can easily be adjusted to use ingredients your family enjoys or prefers)
Saturday: Leftover Extravaganza
Sunday: Hamburger Pie(I must admit, I do my own recipe in my head. This was one of the first things I made when my husband and I got married! But this recipe comes fairly close to what I make. I used leftover mashed potatoes from Tuesday's meal)
Post a comment on what your family liked or didn't like if you try any of these recipes!
I thought it would be a great idea to join the Menu Plan Monday group! I will show you every Monday what my family is planning for dinner. I usually plan meals with what is already in my stock in the pantry and refrigerator. Then if there is something on sale that week that catches my eye to use, I will add that to my list. So here's the list for this week!
This month there are some great Catalina deals confirmed at Safeway, Albertsons and Krogers stores (including Fred Meyer and Smith's)
Just what is a Catalina you may ask? A Catalina are those great coupons that print when you check out at the register. They can be manufacturer or store coupons that can be used on later purchases. If you buy certain products, they automatically print at check-out.
This month, Buy Kraft Ranch or Italian Salad Dressing (16 oz or larger)between 2/5 and 2/18 and get the following Catalinas:
Buy 2, Receive $1 Catalina
Buy 3, Receive $2 Catalina
Buy 4, Receive $3 Catalina
But wait! That's not all! Don't forget to match up your purchases with Kraft dressing coupons for even greater savings!
I am a work-at-home Mom with the most amazing husband and 3 kids anyone could ask for. Homeschooling 2 teenagers keep things hopping, but keeping the pantry and fridge stocked is of upmost priority with growing kids who seem to be hungry 24/7! Couponing for me has been a life-saver in more ways than one. I am happy to share my wealth of couponing strategies that have helped hundreds of families across the U.S. save much more than a little on their grocery budget.
Debra from Mansfield, TX (family of 7)
I am so EXCITED!!!! Becky!! You’re not gonna believe it! I had soo much fun last night on my first "planned" trip to the grocery store! With your hints and notes, I Really got it! Along with my normal groceries I spent a total of $76.53 and saved.......are you ready...........$91.06!!!! And I know I didn't really plan it all out. It will be awesome when I do and have a good stock of coupons!! This IS really fun! We really are going to need you because I have a friend (who does coupons) and she saw something about (a sale) but couldn't put it all together! So glad I have YOU! THANK YOU!!! (My husband) kept adding up the receipts. . . he thinks its awesome!
Lin from North Richland Hills
Becky, I just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for your Coupon Detective Academy. I’ve never really understood how to coupon shop, but you made it so easy to understand. It was very clear, concise and easy to follow. After hearing the seminar, I started applying some of your training and strategies. I started small and my first trip to the store to use the coupons I saved HALF off my bill! And that was just a trial run. I can’t wait until my next shopping trip!
Ann from Bloxom, VA
Becky..... you can bet I have been listening to your training. I like what I hear. My hubby does too he actually was listening to it with me. He said dang must be nice not to have to buy sugar every week (lol). . . . I am learning alot and I am hoping to soon put it all to use. Thanks sooo much. You’re a God send.