Thursday, September 29, 2011

Make Your Own Apple Sauce!

4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pizza Ranch Rewards!

Pizza Ranch now has a rewards card.  Just ask for one at the counter next time you make a purchase!  Every time you dine at Pizza Ranch® (buffet, carry-out, delivery) you can earn valuable points that add up to great rewards! With Ranch Rewards®, you’ll earn 1 point for every dollar you spend on qualifying food and beverages at participating Pizza Ranch® locations. And when you earn 75 points you get $5 in Ranch Rewards®

You do need to go home and register your card online once you get it.  Also, for your birthday, they add $5 in rewards on your account.  These rewards are just like a gift card for Pizza Ranch. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Homemade Lysol

Disclaimer: Peroxide can discolor some materials, so be cautious, but generally when we're talking about sickie germs, it's the bathroom where they congregate most.

Buy an empty spray bottle and label it so that it does not get used for anything else. Then mix

1 part 5% white vinegar
1 part 3% peroxide
if you want, a few drops of fragrance

Turn the nozzle until it is the finest mist you can get. Spray on surface and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Wipe off if desired (like the toilet seat, not only because no one wants a wet tuchus, but also so you don't get it on clothes and discolor them).

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homemade Applesauce

 Does your family like applesauce?  Make your own!  Pick some apples from and orchard, or ask a friend who has apples trees (me!!, you can have some from mine!)  And cook away!  It's so easy and delicious and you can freeze it for the winter. 

4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Decorating Idea

Here are a few easy decorating ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or weddings:

 Take an old mason jar, and put in a photo.  They are so cute!
Or take it a step farther.  These photos are placed in a jar of oil to give it an antiqued look.  You can even decorate your jars.  Put two pictures back to back so it is decorated on both side!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fareway 2 Day Sale!

Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th only!

Hashbrowns 99 Cents (28-32 oz)

Campbell's Tomato and Chicken Noodle Soup, 38 cents (limit 4)

Cheetos and Fritos  3/$5

Velveeta $3.99

Tyson Chicken Nuggets, Patties, or Tenders, $2.99

Jack's Frozen Pizza's $1.98

93% lean Ground Beef $2.49/lb for a 10 pound tube

Little Debbies fall snacks 5/$6

Zesta Saltines 98 cents

Pepsi/Mt Dew 24 oz-6 packs 4/$10

7up and A&W 1/2 liter six pack bottles 4/$8

Hostess Doughnuts Buy one get one free at $2.99

Uses for Newspaper

Here are a few ways I use newspaper in my house:
1. Washing windows/glass/mirrors.  It is great at gently scrubbing off the spots, and it leaves a streak-free shine!  And although you would think the ink would come off on the glass, it doesn't.  It will save you money when you use them instead of paper towels and it works so much better!
2. I use newspaper to cool cookies after they are baked.  It soaks up a little extra grease.  Just lay out newspaper with 2-3 layers and place your warm cookies on them to cool.  And again, the ink doesn't come off as you'd think.  We did this all the time growing up, and I still do!  And, that way you don't run out of room on your cooling racks!
3. It's great to use when starting fires.
4. It makes great wrapping paper.  I mostly use the comic section for this.  It's cute wrapping paper and will save you a ton on wrapping paper!  Harlan has a section every few months of the babies born in the hospital. That would make a cute baby gift wrapping paper.  Be creative!
5. Paper Mache

Sunday, September 11, 2011


There are two great ways to get CHEAP diapers. 
1. Target diapers are great and about the cheapest I've found. 
Size 2  $0.156 per diaper
Size 3 $0.138 per diaper
Size 4 $0.162 per diaper
Size 5 $0.185 per diaper
Regular  $0.017 (not even 2 cents each)
Sensitive $0.019 (still not even 2 cents each)
You can buy online and get free shipping if you spend over $50!

2. Amazon Mom is a great way I've found to buy name brand diapers.  Yes, there is a difference.  Some of the name brands have special designs for preventing blow outs and for sensitive skin.  They aren't perfect either, but for those of you who prefer them, here's a cheap way to get them:
(Thanks Kalie!)

If you sign up for automatic deliveries of diapers (and you can cancel at anytime) they come at a great price.  You can also get cheaper wipes too.  And, you can usually get prime 2 day free shipping on almost everything now.
Here are some examples of prices:
Size 2: $0.19 each
Size 3: $0.21 each
Size 4: $0.20 each

Size 2: $0.18
Size 3: $0.28
Size 4: $0.19
Wipes: $0.02

Friday, September 9, 2011


Do you Craigslist?  You should!  Especially in bigger towns.  But even in small towns like Harlan, you can find things for cheap! Or sell things and make some cash!

It's basically a free online classifieds ad.  You can sell anything on there, and probably find about anything.  I search for Harlan (the name of my town) to see what local people are selling.  Or, if you're looking for something, check big cities that are close to you.  You can arrange with people to pick items up next time you make a trip to town. 

1.  People are hesitant to save things for you more than a day. A lot of people change their minds or don't show up to buy items.  So be prepared.  If you are selling, people back out a lot, so don't wait too long if you don't hear from them for a day.
2. Don't be afraid to barter with people.  It's just like a garage sale. If you don't want to pay that much, make an offer.  Especially if the post has been on there more than a few days. 
3. Pictures are important.  You never know what you're going to get unless you see it first.  So buy items with pictures or put pictures on of items you want to sell. 
4. Watch Daily!!  Items go QUICK if they're priced right.  Don't miss out!
5. If you have things you want to get rid of, you can post it as free, or just put items on your curb and list your address and people will come get it.  (they'll take anything, even if it's broken!)
6. Advertise garage sales on here.  It's not nearly as effective as the newspaper, but it's free and it won't hurt anything!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hy-Vee Facebook Special!!

SPREAD THE WORD! Fri 9/9 only. Tombstone 12' pizzas 5 for $10! Reg price: $5.88, you'll save $3.88 each, $19.40 on 5, or $38.80 on 10! LIMIT OF 10 PLEASE. Come to CS to get your FB coupon for this awesome special while it lasts!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Picnic Twist on Twister

Here's a great way to play twister outside...with a lot of people or just a few!

  • Cardboard (middle for circle spinner, the circle-frame to be used as a stencil for spray painting)
  • Upholstery tack (you may find a better solution, we were using what we had on hand - without buying more materials)
  • 3 colors of Krylon spray paint
  • Gorilla tape
  • Utility knife
  • Dinner plate to trace
  • Markers
  • Ruler/yardstick
How To:

1.  For instructions on making your own spinner, go HERE.  Or, you can use one from a game you bought or just put all the different combinations into a hat/bag and draw them out.  It's a lot easier than making your own spinner.

2.  Decide on a flat large area of the yard. Place the stencil in the upper left hand corner and choose your first color. We chose red.

3.  Measure to the right of first circle 6 inches to place the circle stencil (the left inside circle border placed at 6" as shown).  Spray paint another color. Repeat for desired size.  (Or decide on a pattern as shown in the Pinterest inspiration.)

4.  Start the next row with the 2nd color used in row one, ending with first color used in row one. Repeat. 

5.  Let dry.

Time to play!

Weekly Deals

  • Shredded Cheese 4/$4!  This is an awesome deal!  Coupon is required, so grab an extra ad at Fareway and you can use the coupon at Hy-Vee too!  Go back every day and stock up!!
  • Tone's mini spices, 2/$1

  • Brown Sugar and powdered sugar $1.48
  • All these items are $1
    • pancake syrup
    • flavored instant oatmeal
    • select Hy-vee cereal in bags
    • sherbet
    • taco shells
    • rice and pasta roni
    • popsicles
    • celery
    • bagged salad and coleslaw
    • hy-vee salad dressing
    • mushrooms
    • and more!
  • Apple Juice $1
  • Pillsbury Cake mixes 77 cents!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hy-Vee Facebook Sale!!

WOW! Tue 9/6 only. Purex 50oz laundry detergent for only 49 cents each! Reg Price: $2.49, you'll save $2 on each. LIMIT 5. Go to CS to get your FaceBook coupon for this awesome special!!

And yes, the white Hypoallergenic kind is included!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Panera Rewards Card

Do you have yours yet?

What are you waiting for?  Here's how it works...

1) Go to your nearest Panera and simply ask them for a rewards card (no purchase necessary)
2) Take it home (or some have a computer in the lobby you can use) and register it on-line.  Immediately, you get a free "sweet treat".  Anything from the bakery!  (with exception of their pastry rings that feeds like 10 people)
3)  Then, every time you make a purchase, swipe your card.  The program gets to know what you like and randomly rewards you!

There's no set rewards system that they tell you, but this is even better because they give you rewards a lot.  You don't have to buy 10 or anything.  For example.  We got a bread bowl and the next day I got a frozen mocha, and already I have a free Frozen Mocha or smoothie on my card!  I only bought 2 things!  Now that's awesome!

Get yours today!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

6 Creative Uses for Borax

If you think borax is just a laundry additive, think again. It will brighten your whites, but it can do so much more. Here are 5 different uses for borax around your home.  Find Borax in the laundry aisle at your grocery store.  20 Mule Team is a popular brand made by Dial. It costs $4.99 for 76 ounces at Kroger.

Use 1: Scrub Sinks and Tubs

Plain old borax works just like powdered scrubbing cleansers, such as Comet. Sprinkle some on a damp sponge and start scrubbing! It cleans and disinfects all in one sweep. For those with sensitive noses, borax has the added benefit of not having that chemical smell. If you make a paste out of water and borax, you can spread it on set-in stains (like the old hair dye stain on my bathroom counter!) Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub it off. It should take the stain right out! Don’t use this scrub on polished marble or granite as it could scratch the surface.

Use 2: Pesticide Alternative

Do you get anthills on your property? Pouring borax over the top is an effective pesticide. It isn’t as dangerous as other powdered pesticides, so you don’t have to worry about any pets or children being near it. You can also sprinkle it on carpets and rugs to prevent fleas.

Use 3: Stain Remover

Yes, we all know this stuff helps remove stains from clothing, but did you know it can remove stains from the carpet as well? Of course, you should always test a small area of your carpet first, but borax makes short work of most stains. The trick is to put hot water in a bucket or bowl. Stir in two to three scoops of borax. Dip a scrub brush in the mixture and scrub the carpet in a circular motion. Finish the cleanup by blotting up excess moisture, and vacuum when the spot is dry.

Use 4: Deodorize Drains

Borax is a great drain deodorizer. It even helps cut grease and grime. You can even add a little lemon juice to give the drain a lemon fresh scent. If you are using fresh lemons, cut one in half and squeeze it down the drain and add a little borax. Wait about 20 minutes, and then rinse. If you are cleaning the drain in your kitchen sink, be sure to run the garbage disposal too.

Use 5: Preserve Flowers

Borax isn’t just a cleaning powerhouse. It can also help decorate your now clean home! It is great at preserving fresh cut flowers. Place flowers in a box and cover entirely with Borax. Be very careful not to crush the bloom. Once the flower is completely covered, place the box in a safe place where it won’t get knocked over for 10 to 12 days. Once the time is up, you should have a beautifully preserved flower or flowers with which to decorate. Borax absorbs the moisture out of the plant, so it doesn’t wilt and keeps its original form.

Use 6: Goop With a Twist

Borax is an important ingredient for Goop, which, for those who don’t know, is a cheap alternative to Play-Doh. To

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Free Photo Calendar--TODAY ONLY!!

Currently, you can get a free photo calendar from Vistaprint; just pay around $5.00 in shipping and processing! The best thing about Vistaprint’s Calendars is that you can choose for them to begin in any month!  If you choose the slowest shipping option, yours will arrive by October 1st, or order one now to save as a Christmas present!

Shopping Coupons for Kohls, Payless, and Barnes & Noble

Click here to print a Shopping Pass and get an extra 15% off everything including sale and clearance priced items.  Redeem September 2nd-5th.
Payless Shoe Source
Click here to print a coupon for 15% off your next purchase.  Also, through Sunday you can buy 1 item and get another half off.  Redeem coupon through September 30th.
Barnes & Noble
Click here to print a coupon for 15% off one item.  The discount applies to the most expensive item in your purchase.   Redeem through September 5th.

Free Music

Have you discovered Pandora yet?  It's a great website that creates a radio station just for you.  All you do is choose your favorite artist and they play that artist and music of artists with a similar style.  If they play something you don't like, you just push a button and it'll never play that song again, and adjust its choices accordingly.  You can create as many radio stations as you want with different styles.  It's free!  Try it!