What is Snap by Groupon And How It Will Save You Money

Snap by Groupon and how it will save you money

Snap by Groupon is similar to Ibotta and Checkout51 and gives you cash back on everyday grocery purchases. You just buy promoted products at any store and snap a photo of your receipt to get cash in your account. Here’s how it works:

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What is Checkout51 and How It Will Save You Money

Checkout51 and how it will save you money

Checkout51 is similar to Ibotta and is a cash back app that saves you money on your groceries. Every Thursday morning, they have new offers available for only one week, and you need to redeem the offers during this time. By Wednesday night, the offers expire. You can download the Checkout51 app on your smartphone, but it is possible to do everything on a laptop or desktop. Here’s how to use it:

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5 Tips How to Buy a Car + We Paid Cash for a New-to-Us Car

How to Buy a Car

Before we were expecting our third child, my husband and I had talked a lot about purchasing a new vehicle. We knew that fitting three kids in car seats in the back of our small car was going to be tight. But we also discussed that having a car payment and adding another $200-$300 to our monthly bills would be financially stressful, and we didn’t want to pay the interest that comes with a car payment.

We’ve been saving money the past few years because we knew we would eventually purchase another vehicle. In addition, for the past year, my husband has been researching vehicles online and staying up-to-date on prices so we would know when a vehicle was a good deal for what we were looking for. Besides wanting a larger vehicle for a good deal, we didn’t want the vehicle to have more than 60,000 miles on it because we didn’t want to worry about it breaking down on us any time soon. Our plan is to keep this next vehicle for 15-20 years or more.

We finally found a vehicle at the right price and at the right time with the money we had saved.

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Get Away Today Vacation Deals, Giveaways & Promo Code

Get Away Today

Get Away Today’s 25th anniversary is this year! If you are planning a vacation in 2015, you’ll want to check out Get Away Today because they are celebrating with lots of great deals and giveaways.

First, Get Away Today has a 25th Anniversary Celebration Giveaway where they are giving away 25 prizes between now and March 31, 2015. The prizes include gift certificates, hotel stays, merchandise and more. Be sure to check the giveaway page often so you can enter all of the giveaways.

Get Away Today is also currently offering an Extra Day Free Ticket to the Disneyland Resort. Now for a limited time, get a 5-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket for the 4-Day price! Just select the Extra Day Free ticket for travel in 2015, and your ticket will include your extra free day!

And right now, Get Away Today has a special where Adults gets Kids’ Prices. Purchase your tickets by March 31, 2015 and you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Adults at kids’ prices on 3-day, 4-day or 5-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets – up to $16 per ticket savings.
  • One Magic Morning early entry with each 3-day or longer ticket.
  • Two ESPN Zone offers with each 3-day or longer ticket.

This Adults gets Kids’ Prices is valid for travel during February, May, September, and November 2015. Availability is limited, so you’ll want to get your tickets while supplies last.

And if you book a 2-night or longer Southern California package (hotel and 2 ticket minimum) through Get Away Today, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off!

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Simple Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

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My two girls, ages 6 and 3, absolutely adore Frozen’s Elsa and Anna. So this year for my oldest daughter’s birthday, we had a Frozen party and invited girls to come dressed up as princesses. Here are some simple Frozen Birthday Party Ideas that were fun, yet not too expensive.

Frozen Coloring Pages – As the princesses arrived, we had them choose a coloring page that they could work on until everyone arrived. I just found them online and printed them off. Most of the girls kept coming back to their coloring page to work on it throughout the birthday party. I thought this would just be a filler at the beginning of the party, but it turned out to be really enjoyable for the girls. Be sure to print extra Elsa coloring pages, because that’s the one that most of the girls wanted.

 

Frozen Party - Hide and Find

Frozen Hide and Find – We played a Frozen Hide and Find game where one girl would leave the room. We would then hide an Anna doll with a ring on her arm. When the girl came back in the room to find the doll, she had to listen as all the girls sang the Frozen song soft or loud. If the girls sang soft, that meant the girl finding the doll wasn’t close to it. If they sang loud, that meant the girl was very close to the doll. We gave each girl a chance to find the doll, and they got to keep the ring. The girls loved playing this Hide and Find game, especially since they received a Frozen ring.

If I didn’t already have the Anna doll or another Frozen character, I would have just hidden the ring somewhere in the room for the girls to find, and I think the girls would have loved it just the same.

 

Frozen Party - Dancing

Frozen Freeze Dance – We played the Frozen song and let the girls sing and dance around the room. When the must stopped, the girls had to freeze in place.

 

 

Frozen Party - Pin the Nose

Pin the Nose on Olaf – Using orange construction paper, I cut out triangles to make noses for the girls to pin on Olaf. We placed a blind fold on them and watched as they tried to pin the nose on Olaf. It was quite entertaining and cute!

Since we had an Olaf poster, we used it. But to keep it less expensive, rather than purchasing a Frozen poster, print a picture off of the computer of Olaf or use a poster board and draw a snowman.

 

Frozen Party - Decorate Cupcakes

Frozen Cupcakes – I used Frozen cupcake liners and made yellow cupcakes. I also made blue and white frosting using a simple butter cream frosting recipe. The girls then decorated their own cupcake with frosting and sprinkles. Everyone loved using sprinkles, and of course the were all over the floor. 🙂

 

Frozen Party - Olaf

Throw Snowballs at Olaf – I printed off a picture of Olaf and taped it to one of my white laundry baskets. I then found white styrofoam balls at Michaels and used a 40% off coupon to get them less expensive. You can also find them on Amazon. The girls then each threw the balls and tried to get them in the laundry basket.

 

Frozen Party Take Home Gifts

After the party, each girl took home a small bag with Frozen trinkets and candy.

 

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And my girls said they had a really fun time!

 

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

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10 Tips to Get Out of Debt

Get Out of Debt

It’s a new year, and that means that a lot of people have a new year resolution to get out of debt. Check out these 10 Tips to Get Out of Debt. And below are more tips to help you start off your finances right this year.

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How to Set a Budget

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How to Maintain a Budget

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How to Effectively Talk Finances with Your Spouse

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26 Inexpensive & Fun Date Ideas + Our Inexpensive Anniversary

Inexpensive Date Night Ideas Final

It’s more challenging to go on date nights with my husband since we’ve had children. And it seems to be even more difficult now that we have a newborn baby. My husband and I want to do better about going out on dates at least once or twice a month so I looked around and found 26 Inexpensive & Fun Date Ideas that would be enjoyable for us to do together. And most of these dates don’t cost a lot of money or anything at all.

  1.  Go to a park and feed the ducks.
  2.  Cook a nice dinner together and eat it over candlelight.
  3.  Go on a coupon date where you only use coupons for your dinner and activities.
  4.  Make homemade pizza together.
  5.  Play a board game together until someone wins.
  6.  Go to a bakery and choose a treat for each other.
  7.  Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
  8.  Camp out in the living room with sleeping bags, camp chairs, flashlights and anything that will make it feel like a camp out.
  9.  Exercise together by going on a walk, jog, or to a local gym.
  10.  Volunteer at a local food pantry, soup kitchen, or retirement home.
  11.  Have a video game night.
  12.  Grab some quarters and head to an arcade to play games.
  13.  Go for a walk together.
  14.  Sit outside at night to stargaze and look at constellations.
  15.  Make ice cream sundaes with your favorite toppings.
  16.  Go to a thrift store. Give each other $5 to spend and see who ends up with the best item.
  17.  Have a picnic indoors on the floor.
  18.  See a play at a high school or local community theater.
  19.  Build a snowman or have a snowball fight. Go back inside to warm up with hot chocolate and blankets.
  20.  Choose a book you both are interested and read it together.
  21.  Organize a scavenger hunt where you hide clues that take you around the neighborhood or town.
  22.  Head to a local dealership and test drive your dream car.
  23.  Play the Newlywed Game to see how well you know each other and have prizes for every correct answer.
  24.  Visit a local museum.
  25.  Create a homemade spa with scented candles, soft music, massages, and a bubble bath.
  26.  Watch a no-drive drive-in movie in the car on a laptop with a movie of your choice.

 

Our Inexpensive Anniversary

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I can’t believe that my husband and I have now been married nine years! He is such an amazing man! Because our little baby was only 3 months old, my husband and I decided to keep our anniversary simple this year. We thought about panning an overnight trip, but bringing a newborn baby with us just wouldn’t work. We had tried that when our second child was a baby and that was hard.

So for our anniversary, my husband took the day off work and his mother came to watch the kids so that we could go out on a date, which was awesome because it had been months since we had gone out on a date. We went to Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and we each ordered a lunch special that was really good. We had a $25 gift card that had been given to us as a present months ago, so we were able to use that to get our meal for free.

My husband is sweet and remembered that I had been saying I needed a new cardigan because my other ones have holes in them. I have a hard time buying clothes for myself because I always feel that we need to the money to get clothes for our growing family or to save for other things that we want as a family. We went to Old Navy where I was able to purchase a cardigan for myself with a $25 gift I had received as a birthday present. We even had some left over for my husband to get a new shirt. We then went next door to Famous Footwear where I splurged (yes, I do this sometimes), and purchased new black dress shoes for me. They were of course the ones on sale. This is probably sounds pathetic, but the last time I purchased shoes for myself was four years ago. Like I said, I just have a hard time spending money on me.

Before the day ended, we exchanged small gifts for each other. Even though we didn’t spend a lot of money for our anniversary and we used gift cards that we had saved, it turned out to be a really enjoyable date with my husband. I do want to be real for a moment and mention that even though we try to be frugal, our dates aren’t always inexpensive. Sometimes we pay full price to see a movie that both of us have been wanting to see, or we go out to eat without using coupons. The reason I save money here and there is so that we can splurge every so often on things we enjoying doing together as a couple and as a family. But I also want to point out that when you go on a date, you don’t have to spend lots of money to have fun. The thing that counts the most is being together, talking and enjoying each other.

What dates have you gone on that were fun, yet inexpensive?

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Frugal Indoor Activities for Children

Frugal Indoor Activities FinalNow that the holidays are over, here are some Fun and Frugal Indoor Activities for Children that you can do together.

 

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Check out my Good Things Utah segment where I share five fun and frugal activities.

 

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And check out my other Good Things Utah segment where I talk about more fun and frugal indoor activities for children.

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How to Make an Inexpensive Centerpiece

How to Make an Inexpensive Centerpiece

This past week, I had the opportunity to help create the centerpieces for a church activity. We wanted to do something that was simple and looked nice, but not expensive. Here are the items we used and the directions on How to Make an Inexpensive Centerpiece. And it’s a centerpiece that can be used for almost any holiday occasion.

Items needed:

  • Red craft paper
  • Greenery – pine, cedar or spruce (This could be from your yard, or purchased from the store. My family and I took a drive up the mountains and trimmed an evergreen tree to get the greenery.)
  • Cranberries
  • Lantern (The lantern was purchased from IKEA. They can also be found on Amazon.)
  • Battery Powered Tea lights (Purchase them from the dollar store, or purchase them in bulk on Amazon.)

Directions:

  1.  Place a 3×3 foot colored craft paper in the center of the table.
  2.  Cut small pieces of greenery and lay it in a circular motion in the center of the craft paper.
  3.  Place a lantern in the middle of the greenery and add a battery-powered tea light.
  4.  Sprinkle cranberries on the greenery.

It was simple, yet it turned out beautifully!

You’ll also notice  jars on the table. A friend of mine created these jars as a take-home gift for the women who attended the activity. The jars are also so simple to make. Take a pint-size (16 oz.) canning jar, and spray paint it using a Frost Spray Paint. Place a vinyl cut out picture of your choice on the jar. Tie twine on top, and place a battery-powered tea light inside the jar. The women who came to our activity loved the jars so much that I almost didn’t get one to take home. That’s how quickly they were picked up and taken home.

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How to Make Homemade Stock With Leftover Turkey

How to Make Homemade Stock Final

This year, I hosted my family Thanksgiving at my house and cooked the turkey, as well as made these Old-Fashioned Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Bread Stuffing. If you are planning on cooking a turkey for Christmas this year, then use your leftover turkey to make this  homemade stock. Or save this recipe for next year’s Thanksgiving.

How to Make Homemade Stock With Leftover Turkey
 
Ingredients
  • Leftover turkey or chicken carcass
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut
  • 4 celery stalks, cut in half
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place the leftover turkey or chicken carcass, including bones and skin, into a large stock pot. Fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the bones, plus a few inches. Add the vegetables and seasonings.
  2. Cover the pot with a lid and place the pot on the stove over high heat. Bring the pot to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer the stock for 2-3 hours. Occasionally skim the foam on the surface.
  4. Remove the bones, then strain the stock into another pot using a strainer.
  5. Store the stock in a container or glass jar for 2-3 days, or freeze in ziploc bags for 3-6 months.

 

You might also like these recipes:

Pumpkin Pie, Pie Crust, and Whipping Cream
Homemade Rolls
Sweet Apple Yams
Acini De Pepe Salad
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake
Pumpkin Streusel Cake  

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