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Ways To Organize Your Coupons

When you are making the decision of how to organize your coupons you have one big decision to make- to cut or not to cut.  Some couponers like myself store all of our coupons in the inserts and don’t cut them until we take them to the store.  Others cut their coupons and file them by various methods.

So before we get into those methods we need to decide if you will store by insert or cut.

Step One: There is a very simple test to determine which type of person you are.

Look around you.  In YOUR space (not your family’s space but YOUR space) how organized are you?  Does the idea of cutting coupons and putting them in an order that organizes them make you excited?  Is everything on your desk at a right angle?  Would a crooked picture on a wall make you walk across the room to fix it- even if it isn’t your home?  Is it easier for you to process information if you can see and touch things?  Does the idea of potentially walking by a sale in the store and NOT knowing it’s there make you lay awake at night?

If that is you you need to cut and organize your coupons.  You can skip to Step Two.

Do you think cutting coupons sounds incredibly boring?  Does the idea of all those little pieces of paper being cut make your head spin?  Can you leave your bed unmade and it doesn’t bother you?  Is your organizational style more of “organized chaos”?  Are you a bit more impulsive and like to do things on a whim?

If that is you, you can feel free to organize by insert.  You can skip to Step Four.

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A Chick’s Opinion on Disney’s #Cinderella

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This past week I had the opportunity to see a sneak preview of the new Disney live-action version of Cinderella.   Also before the movie is a short film called “Frozen Fever” which made every little girl and the adult guy next to me squeal a bit.

In case you have lived under a rock here is the plot:

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

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This film is different is one huge way from the recent live action fairy tales Disney has done (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent).  They left the story alone.  You see there’s a reason we were all crazy about Cinderella in the first place- it’s a GOOD story.  Magic, love, loyalty, deception, cute animals, beautiful clothes, a prince… it has everything you need to tuck a child into bed at night.  They built the movie on the foundation of a great story instead of trying to make something new.

The Best Parts

While Lily James and Richard Madden are absolutely adorable the highlight of the film hands down is Cate Blanchett who plays a great Wicked Stepmother.  ( In the spirit of full disclosure I played the stepmother in a college production so I am partial to the character.)  The trick with this character is to make you hate her and feel sorry for her at the same time and she nails it.  The one perplexing thing about the character is her style.  Her clothing, hair, poise and presence are AMAZING.  Yet her two daughters run around in awful dresses.  No way would a mother in that time period with such class encourage this!

This movie is beautiful.  The sets, the music, the costumes- they are all breathtaking.  If they used green screens to film portions of it I couldn’t tell.  The bright colors keep the movie interesting and that big, blue ball gown becomes a character all on it’s own.  The film looks timeless- I have no doubt in 25 years it will still be a classic.

The Worst Parts

Honestly I couldn’t find much to complain about besides the insanely rude audience in the theatre with us.  As I was watching the line I saw people there with young children and knew it was going to be a long night.  The movie is rated PG for a reason- it’s live action with no singing.  It’s not going to entertain a three year old for very long.  If you want to try it with a child that young I suggest waiting for the DVD.

The Moral of the Story

One of my least favorite things about Cinderella has always been how timid she was in the original cartoon.  This production manages to capture the strength in someone who chooses to be happy and serve those around her with a good heart.  She is a different heroine because she makes a decision to be good instead of destroying those who wrong her (a la Maleficent).  While in most portrayals it appears she just is a good person this movie points out her conscience decision and the struggles she has to keep her commitment.  In a world where people make promises and back down without regrets it is nice to see someone follow through.  In a nice surprise the prince holds the same values, which makes the two of them becoming a couple not seem all that spur of the moment.  Love at first sight seems to make a bit more sense.

The movie was wonderful.  If you have a little prince or princess in your house who can make it through a two hour live action feature I highly recommend it.  It’s worth seeing!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Can You Answer One More Question For Me?

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Thank you so much to all my readers who completed my recent survey!

With the information you gave me I decided my first series of the year will be to help my readers (and myself) become more organized at home.  But I can’t decide HOW to do it so I want to ask you guys!

Would you prefer:

Option 1:  A series of posts broken up by rooms (i.e. “7 Simple Ideas for Organizing Your Kitchen”)

Option 2: A series of individual projects for around the home (i.e. “How To Use Toilet Paper Rolls To Create a Drawer Organizer”)

Thank you so much for your feedback!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Talk to A Chick: Who Are You?

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As I begin planning for the holidays and 2015 (yikes) it helps me tremendously to get some feedback from you guys.

After all I do this for you anyway- without you I don’t have a job!

Can you take just a second and fill out this anonymous form?  Let me know what you love and hate about my site and what you would like to see more of!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


How To Make A Rag Wreath

Excited to learn how to make a rag wreath? Check out How To Make a Pillowcase Dress!

Rag Wreath Tutorial

I have stated many times before on this website, I am not an crafty person.  My art is in the form of music or acting but NOT cute things for around the house.

I really wanted to make a wreath for my front door so I scoured the web looking for easy tutorials.  After a thorough examination I combined information from about 5 sites and came up with my own plan.  My finished product is in the picture above!

This was super easy for us craft challenged people!

How To Make a Rag Wreath

This is Bella guarding the material for me!

Step One: I went to the fabric store and looked through the Halloween fabric that was on sale.  Purple is my favorite color and I was pleased to find that there was a great deal of Halloween material with that color.  I got 2 yards of three different materials (total of 6 yards).  In hindsight 1.5 yards of each material would have been plenty.

Step Two: I got a wreath ring.  You could absolutely just use a wire coat hanger stretched into a circle but I wanted the wreath to be very full.  They did not have this at my fabric store so I had to go to Michael’s.  I also got the “Boo” decoration at Michael’s. Did you know with Michaels you can shop online and have it shipped to your local store FREE?  Check item number M10174333– that is the one I used.

How To Make A Rag Wreath

Step Three: This was the longest part.  You  have to cut the material into strips.  I found numerous websites suggesting different lengths and widths.  After testing some I made the strips one (1) inch wide and eight (8) inches long.  I used a black sharpie to mark the material and then cut it.

Step Four: Once you have a healthy amount of strips cut, you just tie them around the wire.  I tied each of mine twice so they wouldn’t fall off.  Then make sure the material is all sticking the same direction.  It’s hard to get a good picture but the back should look sort of like a knitted blanket- everything tightly together.  Then the extra material is sticking out toward the front.  This way the wreath is as full as it can get.

Step Five: Do this all the way around the wreath.  I pretty much did this project while watching television.  Other than being sure I didn’t cut myself the level of concentration was pretty minimal.

Step Six: Add your “flair.”  I decided to go simple and hang the “Boo” sign in the middle but you could do almost anything.  Some people attached lettering to the actual wreath.  Some added plastic spiders or bats.  Anything goes!  Spend some time browsing online at Michaels and have what you want shipped to the store!

And you are done!  Mine is hanging on my front door and probably will be until I trade it out for my holiday wreath!

Thanks to Crystal from Crystalliora.com for the beautiful pictures!

Think this was simple?  Check out my 5 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Voice Lessons in Chesapeake, Virginia

Since 2007 I have been teaching private voice and piano lessons in the Hampton Roads area (between coupon classes of course).  This past year I took a breather and only had one lovely piano student and two lovely voice students who have put up with me trying new teaching material on them.

I am ready to begin teaching again and wanted to be sure my local readers know in case you or your children are interested in voice or piano!  I will only take a few new students and they must be 10 or older.

I teach in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake or for an additional fee I can come and teach in your home.  My base cost is $20 for a half hour lesson and students are expected to take one lesson a week during the school year (with the exceptions of normal school breaks).

I am also available to do short term lessons if you have an audition coming up or just want a little extra feedback for singing in church or school.

If you are interested contact me and I can send you my qualifications and answer any additional questions you might have!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


A Monk, A Vow of Silence and Burning Toast

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When I was in graduate school I had the unique opportunity to live with monks for a week in a Mojave Desert Abbey.

I’ll wait while you read that again.

It was an incredible experience and I have many stories but the funniest is the story of the burning toast.

At this particular Abbey they have a practice where you spend a good portion of your day in silence.  After the last service of the evening, which I believe was around 9 p.m. there is no more speaking until after breakfast the next morning.  It allows for self-reflection and also a chance to be more aware of what is going on around you.

It also allowed some people in our class to go absolutely mad.  It’s pretty much 12 hours of your day with no talking at all.  No thanking someone when they open a door for you.  No singing in the shower.  No radios or music playing.  They even have someone from the Abbey who goes through in the morning and rings a bell when it’s time to get up (for the first service) so that no one has to use an alarm clock and creates an artificial noise.  Some of my more tech savvy extroverted classmates went bonkers.

Room At The Abbey

This was my little room at the Abbey.  

Honestly I found it very refreshing.  It was easier for me to wind down and go to bed without having a big conversation.  Some components were strange but for the most part I liked it.

The weirdest thing was breakfast.  You couldn’t talk at all during breakfast.  (Actually you didn’t talk during lunch either but that’s another post.)

Think for a moment about what it’s like when you sit at a big long table with lots of people to eat.  Picture a big Thanksgiving.  Generally it’s incredibly noisy- people shouting over each other to be heard, clanging of spoons against bowls and just general noise.  Let’s say that 5 people down from you is Uncle Frank.  And in front of Uncle Frank is the syrup.  If you want it you just yell at Uncle Frank and ask him to pass the syrup.

Now imagine you can’t speak.  But you still want the syrup.  We spent three days figuring out a system.

So the last morning we are at breakfast.  My 20 classmates and I have gotten REALLY good at making eye contact and somehow communicating things like “pass the butter.” (It’s amazing what you can figure out when you can’t talk.)  Each morning there was a cart put out with bread, bagels, butter and jam.  While they served an incredible hot breakfast some people did prefer something simple. Additionally a few of the monks only ate bread and water on certain days and seemed to prefer if they were eating something plain they would like for it to be toasted.

This last morning one of the older monks puts bread in the toaster and walks off.  It has been cooking for about 30 seconds when smoke starts billowing out of the toaster.  It really was ALOT of smoke for two slices of bread.  I open my mouth to shout something and then realize I can’t.  As I was trying to decide if “FIRE” was an acceptable word to shout in a quiet cafeteria the guy sitting across from me (John) sees the same thing. He jumps up, goes over to the toaster, pops the bread up and comes back to his seat.  I smile at him in a “thank you” kind of way and we continue eating our eggs.  In total silence.

After a minute or so the monk comes back to the toaster and is surprised to see his bread has popped up.  Upon examining it he discovers it is not quite toasted yet (I am assuming something lodged INSIDE the toaster was what was actually smoking).  So he pushes the bread back down and walks away again.  30 seconds later smoke begins billowing out again.  John  jumps up, runs over, pops out the toast, blows the smoke away and turns to the look for the monk.  He has totally disappeared so John comes and sits back down.

(By the way this was one of the SLOWEST monks in the abbey.  Yet I swear after he pushed that toast in he RAN out of the room.  It was like he teleported.)

Eventually the monk returns again to the toaster.  As he walks up a look of confusion is all over his face.  John and I are trying so hard not to laugh as he pulls the toast out and stares again at the fact that his bread has popped up and yet it is not toasted.    Finally he seems to accept his fate, takes his slightly warm bread to the table and eats.

John and I never did talk to the monk.  But we shared the story with our classmates as SOON as we could talk!

I believe this story has two morals.  One- you never know when you are being watched.  And two- sometimes when things don’t go the way you think they should it’s for your own protection!

Want to read another story about my adventures?  Check out The Journey To Delaware!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Build A Dog Bed

Build  A Dog Bed

Grabbing a dog bed at your local pet store can be expensive and honestly, they don’t often last too long.   If your dog is just going to tear something apart you might want to Build A Dog Bed of your own.  Or if you have a unique color or print you like this can give you a chance to create something to blend in with your home.

Build  A Dog Bed

Supplies:

56” x 30” piece of fleece fabric
Sewing Machine*
1-2 large bags of stuffing
Straight pins

Build A Dog Bed

Directions:

Step 1: Lay the fabric out on a flat surface. Fold the fabric in half (with the print on the inside). You should now have a 28”x30” square.

Step 3: Use the straight pins to pin the sides together. This will help keep the fabric from shifting when sewing.

Step 4: Using a ¼” allowance sew the sides of the fabric together leaving a 6”=8” opening on one side.

Step 5: Turn the fabric right side out. Stuff the bed with the stuffing until it’s as full as you like.

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Step 6: Use the sewing machine to sew the opening closed.

*If you do not have access to has sewing machine you can use seaming tape to adhere the edges together. Simply fold the raw edges in, tape down with the seaming tape and then use a warm iron to secure the edges together.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


I Never Believed It Sucked Out Your Brain

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I totally borrowed this picture.  It was too perfect.

Generally speaking I handle stress pretty well.  I was always the kid who did better in school when I was on Student Government, a lead in the school musical and trying to make Dean’s list.  When I was building my business I was actually working three jobs while going to graduate school.  I got SO much done and besides having occasional exhaustion I feel like I handled it pretty well.

I never understood how people couldn’t just juggle 4 or 5 things and stay on top of them.  I always took great pride in my multi-tasking and it came naturally to me.

Until this week.

Tuesday night someone close to me got very sick.  At their request I am not going to give details but it was the kind of illness that could have resulted in the death of someone I love very much.  And they have weeks, if not months of rehab ahead of them.

And all of a sudden my brain is just gone.

It’s been gone for 5 days.

Tasks that I used to be able to do almost without thinking suddenly require great concentration.  I can’t read a book because my mind wanders.  I keep burning things on the stove because I forget I started it (don’t worry- nothing dangerous).   Twice I have left the house while talking on my phone and almost turned around to go back in to grab my phone.  I am washing the same load of laundry for the third time this week because I keep forgetting to put it in the dryer (granted on this front I was also without electricity for almost 24 hours so that contributed.)

I get it now.

I understand how thinking, praying and trying to help someone else can make you forget everything you thought you knew how to do.  My friends have told me when they are pregnant that the baby sucks their brains out and I get it now.

So if I forget to post grocery deals, or you start seeing lots of words misspelled in my posts or the math doesn’t add up on a deal, just drop me a comment.  Odds are it made total sense in my head.

And if you see mistakes use them as a reminder to pray for myself and my family.  The journey ahead is going to be a challenge, yet it is so much less than many of you deal with.  You are in my prayers.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Navy Retirement Gift

Navy Retirement Gift

I’m from a Navy town and I can tell you, retiring from the Navy is a BIG deal.  Being in the Navy is a hard job with many sacrifices so retiring is an event the entire family can participate in.  Some of my friends have spent as much on their retirement parties as you would a wedding.

Things to display their navy memories (flags, coins etc) are generally purchased by family or co-workers.  So as friends here are some ideas you can check out!

1. Biographies of people with their hobbies: For the first time in a while your sailor may be able to start a new hobby.  If you know what it is maybe find a book from a leader in that field.  Or take a look through Amazon’s Top Selling 100 Books and see if anything might be interesting!

2.  A Leatherman or Multi-Use ToolThis can be a fantastic gift without breaking the bank.

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3.  A Personalized Wine Bottle: Get a bottle of wine personalized with their name, rank and retirement date.  There are tons of options!

4.  A Nice Dinner Gift Certificate: There is a VERY good chance the sailor’s spouse is owed a night out, or a romantic weekend.  Grab a gift certificate to a nice restaurant or a Bed and Breakfast!

5. Navy Veteran License Plate Frame: I see this ALL around my hometown.  I don’t know if they just GIVE them to you when you retire but they seem to be something most retirees have.  You can also grab them by rank!

Show up with one of these to a retirement party and you should be just fine!

And don’t forget to check out the Police Academy Graduation Gifts!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


How to Make Easy Christmas Decorations

How To Make Easy Christmas Decorations

Here are some really fun, easy Christmas decorations for you to try! Whether you are looking to make a holiday wreath, ornament, or design something new with the kids, you will find it in this holiday round up.

How To Make Easy Christmas Decorations

Cork Reindeer

 PomPomXmasGarland

Pom Pom Christmas Garland

 XmasCenterpieces

Cranberry Centerpiece

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Santa Votives

XmasAdventCalendar

Christmas Advent Calendar

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Ribbon Wreath

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Easy Hand-Dipped Pinecones

Decorative ChrstimasTree

Decorative Christmas Tree

 XmasStockings

Christmas Stocking (made from sweaters)!

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Reindeer Spoons – craft for the kids.

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Bonus: How to Make Rag Wreaths– good for any season!

 

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Coupon Binder Categories

Coupon Binder Categories can help you figure out how to maximize your Coupon Binder!  Below I have listed the ones I used when I clipped my coupons (I organize them a different way now).

Ideally you will adjust these categories to fit your family’s normal purchases.

Here are some master coupon categories, and subcategories, to help you organize your coupons if you clip them. Using these categories to help you file your coupons can keep you from getting overwhelmed and more easily put your fingers on the coupon you need, when you need it.

I do have a few pieces of advice for your binder:

1- Get a binder that zips- that way things won’t fall out if you drop it. You can check out the selection on Amazon.

2- Most people who clip individual coupons use baseball card dividers as the organization tool.  If you can’t find them at your local Target or Walmart type store check local comic book or sports memorabilia stores. You can check out the selection on Amazon.

I am not a fan of having a huge binder so when I had a coupon binder divided this way these were the categories I had just the main ones.  However you can absolutely set up pages for the subcategories as well:

Baby Items (Baby food, Diapers, Formula, Medical, Washes / Shampoo, Wipes, Other)

Beverages (Soda, Coffee Tea, Juice, Powdered Mixes, Water)

Canned Items (Soup, Broth, Vegetables, Fruit, Beans, Tomatoes, Meat)

Cleaning Supplies/Laundry

Frozen

Grocery

Health and Beauty (Toothpaste, Razors, Make Up, Shampoo, Toothbrushes, Perfume)

Household (Light bulbs, Batteries, Aluminum Foil, Office Supplies, Trash Bags, Storage Containers)

Meats (Lunch Meat, Bacon, BBQ,

Paper Products

Pet Supplies

Produce

Refrigerated (Yogurt, Milk, Cheese, Eggs, Cream Cheese, Cheese, Sour Cream, Biscuits, Croissants)

Snacks

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Merry Christmas To A Frugal Chick Readers

Merry Christmas to you all!

I am so thankful for each and every one of you and how  you have blessed my life in 2013.

I hope you all have restful days (for some of you with little ones I know that is hard) and take time to reflect on the true meaning of the season!

 

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Glitter Pumpkins For Halloween


Don’t feel like dealing with pumpkin guts?  This is a MUCH easier option (though not really less messy) to decorate your pumpkin!

These would be really cute to use for decorations around the house!

Supplies Needed

Pumpkins
Favorite paint colors
Paint Brushes
Water (for rinsing brushes)
Glitter! (I LOVE Glitter)

Directions:

1- Depending on the weather you may want to head outside.  This can be messy!
2- Paint each section of the pumpkin a different color and then shake the coordinating glitter color on top before it drys!
3- Rinse paint brush and repeat until fully covered
4- Give time to dry

That’s all it takes.  You can use themed colors if you would like (sports teams colors, fall colors, favorite colors).  Whatever you think would be pretty!

A big thank you to my friend Brandy who did this with her kids and took these great pictures!

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Home Carpeting Made Easy

Home carpeting made easy

There’s nothing like wall-to-wall carpeting for the coziest comfort in the autumn and winter. It reminds you that the small day-to-day luxuries are the most important every time you put your feet down on that soft pile when you get out of bed each morning.

Comfort is a high priority when selecting a carpet but so is expressing your individuality. Do you go dark or light? Bright or neutral? Rich or pastel?

The choice is yours and will depend on the room size and other interior design aspects. Luckily, the Concord Berber Carpet Collection offers a delightful selection of colours to choose from.

Colour palette

Just the names of the Concord Berber Collection make your design taste buds water. How do mocha, cream and anthracite sound to you for starters?

One of the chief features of the collection is the carpets are each composed of two shades of one colour and so tightly woven that the effect is one, gentle uniform hue. However, the subtle combination of two shades expands the options for mixing and matching in colour schemes. A dark curtain or blind will go with the carpet just as well as one of a lighter colour.

Which room?

Choosing a colour scheme depends on each room. Generally, you can be as indulgent as you like in your bedroom as this is your sanctuary where you recharge.

Rooms and areas with high traffic, like the lounge or hallway, are usually better-suited to darker colours as the wear and tear they naturally endure is not so visible then. There is a misconception that the bathroom is not suitable for a carpet but there are plenty of great options if you know what you’re looking for.

The Concord Berber Carpet Collection is durable enough to withstand the bathroom environment and during the winter it is a welcome floor covering for extra warmth and comfort. Of course, all of the above are nothing more than guidelines. If you fancy carpeting your entire home in ivory then the collection can happily oblige!

Carpet care

The way the carpets in the collection are composed enables straightforward care. One reason for this is that the special design of the pile prevents spillages from seeping too deep into the carpet, thus helping to prevent stains.

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Want to Live Better? Try the Best Buy Jawbone Up

We all look for ways to eat better, get more exercise and try to go to bed at a decent time. I’ll admit, it’s not always easy. Simply balancing work and home can be a challenge, even for all the Type A personalities out there (including me).

I found a fun new way to track your sleep activity, steps, calorie intake and more, and it requires minimal effort.  With the Jawbone UP wrist sensor and free mobile app, you can see how many steps you’ve taken in a day, record your food and even monitor your sleep patterns. I polled some of my Facebook friends and found many people have the Jawbone UP and love it (and now I see why). The UP gives you meaningful, personalized insights so you can make lasting improvements to your everyday life. Even use it to efficiently monitor your workout.

The coolest part? I discovered the UP is also water-resistant, so you can wear it in the shower, out running, to yoga, to the pool, make dinner, do the dishes, put the kids to bed, and it still keeps working.  The battery has a 10-day life span so you rarely have to re-charge it. Simply sync the wristband up with your smartphone and download the app (there is a little cap that pops off the end and can easily be inserted into the side of your phone).

Jawbone2

The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background. Each day, you can see if you got enough sleep, how many steps you walked, and more. They even show you the average you should be achieving each day, so you know when you need to improve and when you’ve hit your goals.

The UP is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle, and I think it would be great for avid runners, athletes, and those wanting to simply live better and gain a little insight into their everyday lives. Start walking with your friends at lunch at work, or begin to think of small steps you can take to live a healthier lifestyle, literally.  And let Jawbone track your progress.

Live Better. Start Now. Jawbone UP·

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 2/22 – 2/24

Looking for something fun to do in Hampton Roads this weekend?

Look no further:

Saturday

  • 12:30pm Free Youth Lacrosse Clinics (registration required) at Virginia Beach Sportsplex 2181 Landstown Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
  • 2pm Gospel Concert at Blyden Branch Library 879 E. Princess Anne Rd. Norfolk, VA 23504
Sunday
Looking for more fun ideas for the family? Be sure to check out MyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar of FUN in Hampton Roads!
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Let’s Talk About Coupon Stacking

So I received an e-mail this week from a reader titled “Pain In The Neck Couponer.”  I was intrigued because most people who read my blog ARE couponers, so to be frustrated with one of our own in the store is fairly unusual.  Due to my own coupon usage, I am usually okay being behind someone in line who is using a stack of coupons.  I never know if I might pick up a few tips.

But after I read her e-mail I could totally understand her frustration.  The basic theme of her e-mail was that she was constantly ending up behind a customer in line at her local store who was trying to use multiple manufacturer’s coupons on one item.  So I thought to help with her frustration I would do a short post on coupon stacking.

Coupon stacking is when you can use more than one coupon on an item.  And this can be a great money saving tool.  However (with some very rare exceptions) you can only stack coupons if one of them is a store coupon and one is a manufacturers coupon.

One great example is Target.  Target has their own online coupons- they say Target Web Coupon on the top.  They are only accepted at Target.   You can take one of the Target coupons and combine it with a regular manufacturer’s coupon.  In that instance you can use two coupons on one item.

So let’s say you grab two copies of the Sunday paper.  Inside each there is a coupon for $1 off Colgate toothpaste.  When you go to the store you can not use two of those coupons from the newspaper on one tube of toothpaste.  If you want to use both you will need to purchase 2 tubes of toothpaste.

Some other popular places to coupon stack are Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS.

Hopefully this will clear up any misconceptions about coupon stacking.  If you have any questions just leave a comment on this post and I will try to answer them!

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Happy Singles Awareness Day

Happy Singles Awareness Day!

I hope that your day today is full of people you love and who love you!

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Mountain Dew Presents a Breakfast Drink?

Mountain Dew has announced they are releasing a new breakfast drink.

It has 5% juice, Vitamins B and C and a “extra” jolt of caffeine.

The drink is called “Kickstart” and Pepsi is quick to point out it is not an energy drink- it has much less caffeine than Red Bull or any other popular energy drink.

Although Kickstart may look like an energy drink, it has far less caffeine, at 92 milligrams for a 16-ounce can. A comparable amount of regular Mountain Dew would have 72 milligrams of caffeine while a can of PepsiCo’s Amp energy drink has 142 milligrams, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

By comparison, a 16-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee has 330 milligrams of caffeine.

So what do you think- Mountain Dew for breakfast?

And if your family likes soda be sure to enter my Soda Stream Give Away!

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