Archive for the ‘Frugal Living’ Category

It has nearly brought me to my knees to have to pay high dollar for my laminate floor cleaner, so you can imagine the thrill it was to find a homemade recipe recently.  I had everything on hand and have been amazed by the results!


1 cup water
1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 cup white vinegar
1 Tb. liquid dish soap

Mix together and put into a spray bottle.  Use as you would purchased cleaner – and enjoy the $$ savings!!

My daughter, Deb, is doing a lot of ‘homemaking cleansers’ recently – so I wanted to share her ideas from a recent blog post….

Happy Homemaking Gals!


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So we continue with thoughts to help you with meal planning….

  • Don’t go shopping without a list.  I like to plan meals around what’s on sale and having a list helps you ‘stay on track’.  I always end up buying more when I don’t have a list! =(
  • Teach your children to write things down when they’re running low, or have run out. I like keeping a magnetic list on the front of the fridge – and I write what I need at the bottom of the page (I’ve been told this is a right/left brain ‘thing’) – that way you tear off the bottom each time and don’t waste the whole page.  Makes sense to me!
  • Go frozen – fruits and vegetables are flash frozen at their peak, so you can buy them out of season for less.  They taste great too!  Again – stock up when they’re on sale.
  • Plan for leftovers – make one night a week leftover night, and everyone fixes their own plate. Or use that leftover roast beef for making a pot of beef and noodles.  When you have a few leftover veggies – throw them into one freezer container, adding as the month goes by, and use all the leftover veggies in homemade soup.  Waste not – want not.

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December is here, and we are all busier than ever…I want to share some ideas to inspire you to help you with your food ‘management’/meal planning.  I will be sharing some awesome recipes later this month too, but for now….

  • Coupon, coupon, coupon!  If you’ve followed my blog for long, you’ll know I LOVE coupons, and often get to save 60%+ of the total price I spend, because I stick with purchasing sale items, and use coupons also.  Clip weekly from the newspaper (hint: some of the coupons in the file that I always carry in my purse – will be thrown out if I don’t find the item on sale). Ask a friend who doesn’t use coupons, if they’d be willing to share theirs with you.  It’s a great way to save big $$.
  • Shop your pantry – use what you have.  If you stock up on weekly sales, you can learn to cook with what you already have.  Keep vegetables, soups, broths, beans, etc. on hand – and have a system in your pantry so everything doesn’t get lost, and you don’t know what you really have.  Ex: keep soups together with labels facing the front – use tubs to group some items and/or smaller items together.
  • Shop bulk sections – Go for grains, nuts, dried fruit, cereal and more – You can buy as much, or as little, as you want, and prices tend to be more reasonable because you’re not having to pay for name brands or fancy packaging.  I love to buy powdered milk there, as it isn’t something I use often, or much of, but it’s so handy to have a little bit when I want it.
  • Make your own 100-calorie packs – It’s so much more economical to make your own.  Separate chips, cookies, etc. into resealable plastic bags and you will save all the waste of the packaging too.

More ideas again next week…HAPPY SHOPPING & COOKING TOO!!!!

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I love to get pumpkin pancakes when eating out during this season of the year, so I was tickled to find this recipe to satisfy my craving at home. Hope you enjoy every bite!

pumpkin pancakesPUMPKIN PANCAKES

1 cup all purpose flour
3 Tb. brown sugar (lt. or dk.)
2 Tb. baking powder
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
4 tsp. margarine, melted
1/3 cup pumpkin puree (or solid pack pumpkin)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice into a large mixing bowl; set aside. Separate eggs. Stiffly beat the egg whites. Combine, in a separate bowl – milk, margarine, slightly beaten egg yolks, pumpkin and vanilla.  Add to sifted dry ingredients.  Stir, by hand with a spoon, only to combine and moisten dry ingredients.  Fold egg whites into mixture, but do not try to incorporate completely. Heat griddle to 380 degrees.  Grease griddle as needed and cook pancakes according to preferred size.  Turn when bubbles appear on top and begin to dry. Turn only once and complete the cooking process. Serve with warm maple syrup or powdered sugar.

A friend just shared this creation with me so I’m passing it along. I haven’t tried it yet, but I trust her recommendation…


3 cups Aunt Jemima pancake mix
1 Tb. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin
chopped pecans

Mix dry ingredients together, then in a separate bowl, blend pumpkin with 1/2 cup water before stirring into pancake mixture. Add more water until it reaches the right consistency for pancakes. Before flipping pancakes to other side, sprinkle with chopped pecans. Serve with warmed maple syrup.

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pumpkin dipFrom now through Thanksgiving, I’m going to share some of my most favorite pumpkin recipes, so stock up on pumpkin….and stay tuned…

I’ve been making this yummy dip for years and often share the recipe.  It’s a little different than many dishes, and easy to make.  Hope it is a hit at your place too!!


1 – 8 ozs. pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 – 15 ozs. can solid pack pumpkin

1 T. ground cinnamon

1 T. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. frozen orange juice concentrate

In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.  Gradually mix in the pumpkin.  Stir in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and orange juice until smooth and well blended.  Chill until serving. Let stand atleast 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to blend.

This is great to dip graham crackers, gingersnaps or apples in.

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16 savings

I just LOVE my sales and bargains – one of my biggest ‘kicks’ in having to spend $$. (Or is it having $$ to spend?=) Just wanted to share some extra special things God has blessed me with recently. 

I shop at my local grocery store weekly, and buy mostly sale items and stock up that way.  They have recently begun printing out, not only coupon savings, but the savings on sale items as well, so I’ve really been thrilled over my savings.

This is what they’ve looked like the last couple of weeks….

I paid out $19.23 & saved $12.20.

Last week I paid out $19.63 and saved $16.13!





I had a ‘mental health’ day last week and got to spend the day away with a dear friend.  We shopped til we dropped and got lots of great deals then too.

I love Kohl’s stores – their clearance racks are sensational!  Since neither of us had a coupon to take in with us, I decided to open a charge account, because they were giving 15% off when you do.  I did all my shopping at the clearance racks – plus the new cashier ‘accidently’ gave me a double discount…another 15% senior discount.  (Only to be told AFTER she rang me up, that they don’t double discount…but since she had already given them both to me…well, OK. -Thank you Lord!) 

My receipt says I spent $66 & saved $255!  IT DOESN’T GET TOO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT NOW DOES IT???

kohls receipt

I praise the Lord for all the smiles & sunshine He sends my way – these last couple of weeks have been very trying for me, so these special deals are very meaningful and uplifting. No doubt – heavenly gifts to me at this time in my life.


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I love being able to save on grocery expenses any way possible.

I’ve become a ‘member’ of the First Taste program at Kraft online and wanted to share this with you.

When you sign up, you can be the first to try new Kraft products.

You can receive special savings coupons and free samples (like Jello pudding single or 4 pack of sugar free rice pudding. Most recently I got a coupon for 2 tubs of Velveeta macaroni and cheese for the microwave FREE!)

Then you can fill out a survey and give them feedback on the products you try.

Try it…you’ll like it.  It doesn’t get any better than being free!


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