How to Organize a Pantry on a Budget

how to organize a pantry on a budgetI’ve been wanting to organize my pantry for months now because it has been so disorganized. Check out the video of how I organized my pantry on a budget. Plus, I give additional pantry organizational tips.

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And you can watch the Video Tour of My Stock Pile and Food Storage here.

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St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

Easy St Patrick's Day CookiesIf you want to make a simple and delicious dessert for St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll want to make these Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookies. I made these cookies for a friend get together and everyone enjoyed them. They loved that the cookies were green and festive, and they loved that the cookies tasted really good. I made sure to leave some of the cookies behind for the family since they loved them so much.

While making the cookies, the one thing I wished that I had purchased was a cookie dough scooper to help make the cookies into perfectly round balls, and it would have helped so my hands wouldn’t get as messy. They were definitely worth making, and these Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookies will now be a family St. Patrick’s Day tradition.


St. Patrick's Day Green Cookies with Sprinkles


St. Patrick's Day Cookies Stacked on a Plate

Here is how to make these Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookies:

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How I Grocery Shop + 3 Tips to Save the Most Money on Groceries

3 tips to save the most money on groceries

It’s been a while since I’ve shown you one of my grocery shopping trips. I’ve changed a little of how I grocery shop since Walmart no longer price matches in my area. In the video below, I share with you my top three tips to save the most money on groceries, and I’m showing you what groceries I purchased for about $150 for my family of 5 for two weeks.

What ways do you save money on groceries?



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Easy Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli


slow cooker beef and broccoliThis Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli is so easy to make. It only takes about 10 minutes to cut the meat, combine the ingredients for the sauce and put it all in the crock pot. I love that I don’t have to worry about dinner until it’s about time to eat. At that time all that’s left to do is to thicken the sauce with cornstarch, steam the broccoli and cook the rice to go with the beef and broccoli. I absolutely love that I invested in a rice cooker. Once you add the rice and water to the cooker and push the cook button, you don’t have to watch it or worry about it. After the rice cooks, it will stay warm until you are ready for dinner.

By making this Asian dish at home, you save money by not eating out. The Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli tastes delicious just like what you would eat at the restaurant, yet doesn’t cost as much.

Below is the recipe for the Easy Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli:

beef and broccoli recipe


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11 Tips to Save Money on Amazon

11 tips to save money on amazon can be a great place to find good deals on products and to get fast shipping. But just because you love shopping on Amazon, it doesn’t mean you are always saving money on the product you are purchasing. Find out if Amazon has the best deal on the product you are purchasing by reading these 8 Ways to Save Money Shopping Online. If you do find that you are getting a good deal on an item you are buying from Amazon, there may be other ways you can still save money on Amazon when shopping online. Here are 11 tips to save money on Amazon.


1. Amazon Warehouse Deals

Amazon Warehouse Deals is where you will find discounts on open-box and pre-owned products such as computers, laptops, tablets, televisions, cell phones, power tools, grocery, toys, games, kitchen and dining and so much more. These items have been returned, used, damaged in a warehouse or refurbished. Items are sorted by condition, so you’ll know if the item you purchased is in good condition. This is a place to find quality used products that you won’t pay as much for the product.

Within the Amazon Warehouse Deals is a Bargain Bin where everything is 50% off or more. It has overstocks, closeouts, markdowns, and last years models on products that are still new and ready to purchase.  If Amazon needs to get rid of inventory, it goes into this section.


2. Amazon Gold Box

To find great deals, keep an eye on Amazon’s Gold Box page, which features “Today’s Deals” and includes a “Deal of the Day” and “Lightning Deals”, which are hour-long lightning sales, price-reduced items and limited-time offers from around the site.


3. Amazon Coupons

Before you purchase products on Amazon such as household products, personal care or groceries, check out Amazon’s coupons here to see if there is a coupon that you can use to get a discount on the item.


4. Amazon Subscribe and Save

When you sign up for Amazon’s “Subscribe and Save”, you’ll get discounts on thousands of everyday items such as baby and laundry products. All you need to do is choose the option Subscribe & Save, which will be located to the right of the product, and you can save up to 15% on your entire order. Plus, it includes free shipping. The product will then be shipped to you every month or every other month. However, you can change how often a product is shipped to you or skip an order.  After you receive a product, you can also cancel Subscribe & Save at any time.


5. Amazon Prime

If you shop regularly on Amazon, a way to save money on shipping is to sign up for Amazon Prime. With Amazon Prime, you get free 2-day shipping, as well as exclusive access to movies, TV shows, ad-free music, Kindle books, original audio series and unlimited photo storage. You can try out Amazon Prime for free by signing up for the 30-day Prime free trial here. Right after your free trial is up, you can cancel or it will cost $99 a year or $10.99 per month, which will automatically be charged to your card. You can have up to six family members as a part of your account by visiting the Amazon Household page and inviting them to share your account.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member yet, then sign up as an Amazon Prime member through Ibotta so you can earn a $20 Amazon gift card. If you are already a Prime member, you can still earn cash back from Ibotta from the many Amazon offers. If you haven’t heard of Ibotta, it is a smartphone app where you can earn money by purchasing participating products, which range from food and beverages to cleaning products, personal care and more. To find out more about how Ibotta works, head over here to this post. And when you sign up with Ibotta here, you’ll get a $10 cash bonus.

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Zaycon Fresh Chicken Breasts for $0.99 lb! Stock Up Price!

I am so excited Zaycon Fresh is offering this deal again! You can get fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts for just $0.99 lb from Zaycon Fresh when you use the promo code MYFIRST40 at checkout! This deal will go through February 17, 2018 OR until the chicken breasts sells out. This is for new customers only, and the chicken breasts comes in a 40 lb case. This really is an incredible price!

One way to save money on meat is to purchase it in bulk when it’s on sale. Zaycon sells food products by the case and delivers the meat to your area fresh (not frozen) direct from the processing farm in a matter of days, not weeks like most supermarkets and warehouse clubs.

Here is how Zaycon works:

  • First, head over to Zaycon’s site, register, and select the meat you want to purchase. (Be sure you select the chicken breasts.)
  • Then choose the location nearest you where the Zaycon Fresh refrigerated truck will be delivering. Zaycon delivers to more than 1,200 locations across the U.S.
  • Purchase the meat online. Use the promo code MYFIRST40 get the chicken breasts for $0.99 lb! The meat comes in a 40 lb. box. Ordering in bulk is a great way to save money on meat. If you feel 40 lbs. of meat is too much for your family, then go in on this deal with a family or friend, and split up the meat between both of you.
  • Drive to the Zaycon location you chose on the specific date and time listed, which is about 2-3 months out, to pick up your meat


I recorded a video to show the process of how Zaycon works and how easy it is to use. Check out the video below.


If you can’t see the video, head over to my YouTube Channel here to watch the video. I’m sorry about the background noise in the first part of the video. I had my air conditioner on and forgot to turn it down. 🙁


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Disneyland Ticket Prices Increasing! Get Tickets Now!

Disneyland officially raised their ticket prices February 11, 2018. But the good news is that if you have plans to vacation at Disneyland this year, you can still get the current discount prices with Get Away Today as long as you book by Tuesday, February 20, 2018. You’ll be able to save anywhere from $20 – $35 per ticket! That’s an average savings of up to $175 for a family of five!

You can purchase the tickets only or an entire package for even more savings. And if you book a 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package including tickets and hotel stay, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off. Every little amount of money saved helps out.


Get Away Today Layaway Lock In

Get Away Today has a layaway plan that’s only $125 down, and they will LOCK in your discount package price. If you can’t pay for your whole trip up front, you can book it to get the discounted ticket prices and make payments each month until 14 days before your trip, when it needs to be paid in full.

Purchase your tickets now by booking online Get Away or call Get Away Today directly at 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to use the promo code SCBC.


how to vacation at disneyland on a budget

Be sure to read these tips on How to Vacation at Disneyland on a Budget. I share with you how much we spent on Disneyland, and how to save money on hotels, Disneyland tickets and souvenirs, as well as how to save time while at Disneyland.




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Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookies with pink frosting

If you enjoy sugar cookies, but you don’t want to take time to make them from scratch or to go through the process of making them, then you’ll want to make these easy Sugar Cookie Bars. You don’t have to use cookie cutters or bake and frost individual cookies. You just spread all the dough out in one pan, bake it, then frost it once it’s cooled. And these Sugar Cookie Bars really taste just like sugar cookies, and they are delicious!


Sugar Cookie Bars on board with sprinklesPlus, these Sugar Cookie Bars are an easy dessert for Valentine’s Day that they kids will love to eat. Here is how to make the Sugar Cookie Bars:

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Slow Cooker Lit’l Smokies and Meatball Bites

Slow Cooker Lit'l Smokies and Meatball Bites Super Bowl Appetizer Game Day

If you are looking for a delicious appetizer and snack to make for the Super Bowl or another game day, you’ll want to make these Slow Cooker Lit’l Smokies and Meatball Bites. They are easy to make and you only need four ingredients! My youngest daughter loved them so much that she kept asking for more.

Check out the video I made that is on Facebook and that shows you how easy it is to make the Slow Cooker Lit’l Smokies and Meatball Bites.

And here is the recipe for the Slow Cooker Lit’l Smokies and Meatball Bites:

Slow Cooker Lit'l Smokies and Meatball Bites

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Crock Pot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Crock Pot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

With the Super Bowl coming up, I decided to make this Crock Pot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip and it was so good! Plus, it was really easy to chop up the items and throw them in the crock pot. This Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip is a perfect game day appetizer, or you can take it to parties or make it for holidays.


spinach artichoke dip appetizerFirst, combine all ten ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until combined.



cheesy spinach artichoke appetizerSpray the inside of the crock pot with cooking spray, then transfer the mixture to the crock pot.


Game Day AppetizerCook on high for 2 hours or on low for 3-4 hours. Stir, then serve warm with chips, bread or crackers.

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