FULL: New Meal Planning Class Open To The Public


In teaching coupon classes the one thing I have consistently heard from people is that they would like to learn more about meal planning.

Whether it’s once a month cooking or just helping to expand their recipe collection people are always looking for ways to make meal planning faster and less expensive.

Sharon from Mom on Dealz and I have heard you and are VERY excited to announce our first Meal Planning Class!

Here are some of the topics we will be discussing:

Once a Month Cooking
Once a Week Cooking
Maximizing Your Slow Cooker
Menu Creating
Freezer Storage Times
Organization Methods and Tools
Everyday Cooking
Cooking From Your Stockpile
Discount Shopping

As we put the finishing touches on the class that list will expand.

In addition to those items we (with you of course) will be building a menu specifically for your household for atleast two weeks, possibly a month depending on which cooking style you choose.

All participants will need to bring a three ring binder as we will have LOTS of paperwork to hand out.  Additionally it would be helpful if everyone attending has a laptop or tablet of some sort as many of the tools will be utilized online.

The class will be March 22nd from 6 -8 p.m. at the Chesapeake Public Library on Volvo Parkway.  As this will be our first one we are making it small- we are only accepting 10 participants.

The cost of the class will be $20.  It must be paid to reserve your seat and there are no refunds or transfers.

If you are interested please use the About Me Tab above to send me an e-mail.  From there I will give you the address to pay via paypal or to mail a check.

I hope you all are as excited about this class as we are- I think it can really make a difference for some Hampton Roads families!

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March Coupon Class Available Dates


My plans for March changed so I have many more dates for coupon classes available than I thought I would!

These are dates where I am available to come and teach.  I am looking for people to HOST classes.  I do not have any open to the public currently.

The classes take roughly 2 hours and as long as there are 6 or more people, the cost is $10 per person.  If less than 6 attend the host is expected to make up the financial difference.  I can teach at a kitchen table or in front of 100 people in a lecture hall.   I have taught classes for MOPS groups, military associates, fraternal groups and congregations.

If you are an organization and would like to talk about a discount for a large class contact me and we will see what we can do!

I also do one on one tutoring.  The price depends on the location where we meet.

The available dates for March are the 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th 24th, 26th and 31st.  These dates are subject to change and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested check out all the information about Coupon Classes and then contact me!  I would love to teach you how to save big money!

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Happy Singles Awareness Day!


Happy February 14th- which in my life is celebrated as Singles Awareness Day!

I hope that no matter who you are you have someone to love- whether it is a great friend or someone super special.

May you have a fantastic day filled with love, joy and great sales!

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Why I Had To Quit Watching HGTV

No this is not my house in the picture

In the last year I have been adapting myself to this notion of working at home.  It’s a BIG adjustment going from an office full of people to an 800 square foot condo alone.  And while it has it perks (I get to cook all my meals at home and wear my pajamas to the office) it does get VERY quiet.

So a few months ago I started keeping HGTV on in the background, just for the noise factor.  I got hooked on shows like Property Brothers, Income Property and House Hunters.  They showed these amazing homes with granite countertops, soaker tubs in the bathroom, heated floors and giant stainless steel appliances.  It was sort of like “Extreme Home Make Over” without having to cry at the stories.

And at the beginning it was fun imagining what it would be like to live there.  To walk into an enormous bedroom and sink into clean white 8-million thread sheets (have you seen the Biltmore Estate Sheets) on a king sized bed that belonged to me.  To have heated floors and towel racks in the bathroom.  To have a giant walk in closet with shelves that rotated my shoes so I didn’t have to go digging around on the floor trying to find my favorite cowboy boots.

After a few weeks I started noticing things around my house.  A small stain in the carpet, my popcorn ceilings and my “scratch and dent” fridge had never bothered me before.  I was happy to have a roof over my head, hot water in my shower and an HVAC system that worked until I spent too much time looking at vaulted ceilings, rain shower heads and thermostats that could be set from a cell phone.

Like staring at too many magazine covers of airbrushed models I started to obsess over every little thing.  My condo felt small and inadequate.  Suddenly discontentment was becoming an issue in an area I had never cared about.  So I had to turn off HGTV for both myself and my wallet.  I would have put myself in debt for something pretty that didn’t make my life one bit  better.  Everything in my house works perfectly, why should I think I NEED more?

One day when my mortgage is paid off I can take all these dreams I have for my home and put them into play.  When my wants can be paid for with cash they will be all that much more fun.  But for now I will have to keep watching “Once Upon A Time” and “Leverage” because neither of them make me want a new washer and dryer!

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Popcorn Valentines Day Hearts


Momondealz had a great idea for a frugal Valentines Day craft! January 19th is National Popcorn Day and with Valentines less than a month away, this craft is a delicious and fun way to celebrate both!

Materials/Ingredients:
2 Bags of Microwave Popcorn
3.5 Tablespoons Butter
1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
(1) 3 oz Strawberry Jello
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter (or knife)

Directions:
1. Pop both bags of popcorn and set aside.

2. Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan.

3. Add entire package of marshmallow and melt, stirring frequently.

4. Remove from the heat and add 1/2 of the package of jello powder and stir.

5. Add 1 and 1/2 bags of the popped popcorn to the melted marshmallows and mix well.

6. Spread out on wax paper and cut or form heart shapes.

To see the educational activities that coincide with this craft/recipe, visit Momondealz here.

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Why A Frugal Chick Cares About SOPA


I try to keep you guys out of my special “blogger world” and just let you live in the “saving money” world when it comes to my life.  Listening to me complain about “blogging world” is reserved for my friends and family.

However for today I am taking a stand with many others against a new bill that is making it’s way around Washington DC.  If this bill passes internet censorship will change forever and thousands of sites like mine will be in jeopardy of being shut down.

Without getting into the confusing parts this bill (SOPA) poses a huge threat to my way of life.  If this bill is passed basically all anyone has to do is CLAIM that you have copywrited materical on your site and they shut you down without any proof at all. Literally it says all they have to do is write a letter and the companies that you work with have 5 days to pull everything from you.

So let’s say that another blogger posts the same deal I do- maybe they do the Food Lion match ups like I do or they find the same coupon.  They can then send a notice into Google and Paypal letting them know I have stolen their property and I begin a long and complicated battle to continue my livlihood.

And it’s not just going to affect me either- if you have a Flikr account and someone thinks your photo is too close to theirs, the same thing could happen to you.  This is on all internet property- not just those of us making a living online.

So today January 18th many website are going dark (have you tried to get into Wikipedia today? how about google?)- they will not do any work during the day in protest.  I seriously considered doing this.  And honestly if it wasn’t a Wednesday I might have.  However I know many of my readers get their grocery match ups on Wednesday and I am not going to punish your families by taking those deals away.

On the same token as the vote for this bill gets closer and closer I may ask you to drop an e-mail to your local representative and let him or her know that you think it’s a bad idea.  Talks resume in February so for now we will watch and wait.

I am so thankful every day for those of you who read me site and give me love in comments and facebook.  I have the greatest job in the world and anything that threatens it I will fight.

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Quick Shopping Trip Tonight


Tonight I made a quick shopping trip to Dollar General and Farm Fresh.  They are both located within walking distance of my house so it’s not too much trouble for me to go to both.

I wanted to go to Dollar General because I need garbage bags and couldn’t find a good deal on them at any of the stores.  I also checked out the Hunt’s Snack Pack Puddings I was planning on getting at Harris Teeter and they were a few cents cheaper at Dollar General.

Here was the haul at Dollar General:

2 boxes Hefty Easy Flap 80 count boxes $7.50- On sale for $6.50
– $1/1 Hefty Waste Bags, exp. 3/31/12 (RP 01/01/12)
Final Price: $5.50 each or about $.08 each bag

12 boxes Hunt’s Snack Pack (4 pk) $1.00 each (most of these will be for the food pantry at church)
Used 3 $1/4 Hunts Snack Pack Pudding, exp. 2/5/12 (SS 01/01/12 R)
Final Price: $.75 each or about $.19 per cup

Price before sales and coupons: $27.00
After sales: $25.00
Final Price: $20.00 (saved about 25% off Dollar General Prices- which are already pretty low)

Here are the items from Farm Fresh:

Celestial Seasonings Tea- $4.09, on sale for $2.50
– $1/1 Celestial Seasonings Tea Bags, exp. 2/6/12 (SS 11/06/11 R)
Final Price: $1.50

Starkist Tuna Pouches $1.69, on sale for $1.00
Used 2 $0.50/1 Starkist Tuna Pouch Product, exp. 2/12/12 (RP 01/01/12)
Final Price: FREE

Total before sales and coupons: $7.47
After sales: $4.50
Brought reuseable bag: $4.45
After coupons: $1.45- saved about 80%

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I Just Had Nutella For The First Time


Last night when I got home from seeing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol there was a tiny box from Amazon on my front porch.  I had not ordered anything for myself so my original thought was it must belong to my neighbor but there was my name neatly typed on the label.

When I opened the box I started laughing- inside was a small jar of Nutella.

People ask me all the time if I know other bloggers and do we get along.  Yes and Yes.  Lots of bloggers know each other and the bulk of us get along pretty well.  Two of my favorite bloggers are Tiffany (My Litter) and Paul Ivanovsky (I Heart The Mart).  I chat with both of them online on an almost daily basis.

Tiffany was astonished to discover a few weeks ago that I had never had Nutella.  For those of you not familiar with Nutella here is how it is described: The combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and cocoa create a deliciously unique creamy, chocolaty taste with a hint of that roasted nut flavor that will delight your taste buds as you enjoy each delicious mouthful.

I’m not really sure why I haven’t- I used to work in a restaurant that sold it- but it had just never crossed my radar.  So she decided for Christmas she would send me a jar.

After I got home from the gym this morning I grabbed a spoon and took out a tiny bit.

I can’t say for sure but I guarantee that is what heaven must taste like.

Fortunately I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth so one spoonful will be enough for now.  But I guarantee you the jar won’t get neglected in the back of the pantry!

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Where I Keep My Potato Chips


Have I ever shown you where I keep my potato chips?  They stay in the freezer.

Why?  Because they don’t go stale.

I also have tortilla strips and crackers in my freezer too for the same reason.

If you have problems with these items going stale use your freezer!

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Why It’s Good To Read The Price Board


This morning after my workout I decided I would splurge and go to Subway to grab some breakfast.  When I went in to grab my flatbread bacon, egg white and cheese sandwich I looked at the price on the board- $3.50.

Underneath was a big sign that talked about a breakfast combo- you can get a flatbread bacon, egg white and cheese sandwich PLUS a coffee, tea or soda for $3.00.

When I went to check out I looked at the guy and said “Okay am I reading this right?  If I get a drink I save $.50 off what I would pay anyway”?  He turned around and looked at the sign and said “huh, you are right!”  So I saved $.50 and got a drink to go with my breakfast.

Oh and it’s Friday so at my Subway you also get a free cookie!

The moral of the story- be sure to read everything when you go into a restaurant.  Even if it’s your favorite- things may have changed!

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