MODE stores are offering Buy One Get One FREE Gift Cards this Wednesday and Thursday, December 4 and 5.
Phone orders will be accepted both days and gift cards must be picked up at the store. (minimum: $15 per card. No limit on amount of cards that can be purchased).
Click on the link above for addresses of stores and more information about the stores.
This is a great deal as gift ideas or a way to get extra spending money for yourself. You will receive a second gift card for the same amount of the gift card you purchase. Many retailers offer an extra bonus when you purchase gift cards but not many are for the same amount.
I saw a recipe today for Homemade Cereal Bars. The recipe calls for honey nut cereal but you can use almost any kind of cereal. I used Special K with strawberries since that was what I had one hand. I also used walnuts instead of pecans. Since the cereal had fruit in it, I omitted the raisins in the recipe and added a little more cereal than the recipe calls for.
They only take a few minutes to put together and taste great. They can also be frozen if you want to make a larger batch or a variety of flavors.
The recipe doesn’t say what size pan to use, but probably about a 8 inch square pan or something similar. I used a 9×12 and it filled about 3/4 of the pan.
I have started making many items like this at home, since I don’t care for the taste of the preservatives in the store bought items. Also, you know what ingredients are in them and can differ ingredients to match your tastes.
PrintedOwl is a website where you can make your own page a day calendars or choose from a variety of topics. If you choose to make your own calendar, they will send you a template to fill in for each of the days and they will make up the calendar for you to purchase. There is not charge to you until you purchase the calendars and they will be printed once the order is placed. One great thing about these calendars is that you can choose the date that you want the calendar to start for the year.
I have made a calendar with Tips to teaching kids about money. It includes resources such as quotes, books, websites and more. The calendars are $12.99 plus $4.00 shipping. In the past they were $15.99 plus shipping.
For each of the calendars you can see the quote on the website each day so you can get a sample of the quotes before purchasing a calendar. You can also download an app on your mobile phone to have the quote displayed on your phone each day.
One way to save money and time on breakfast is to make your own ahead of time and freeze. Some ideas are to make waffles and French toast ahead of time and freeze. They can be warmed in the microwave, toaster or toaster oven. I think they taste better than the store bought ones and you know what ingredients are in them. Also by making your own, you can add flavors and ingredients that you like.
A couple of recipes I have tried and liked are Better than freezer aisle copy cat Eggo waffles and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles. I also recently made French toast and made more than I needed for that meal, then warmed up for breakfast the next couple of days.
As Crystal states in her post, it is also an opportunity to get your kids involved in the kitchen. It may seem like it takes longer to have your kids help you but in time they can be more helpful and learn how to cook.
A while back I purchased a Papasan chair at the thrift store. I finally took the time to purchase fabric to make a new cushion for it.
To purchase a new cushion would cost $70 – $100. I paid $30 for the fabric, which was marked 40% off. I could have purchased less expensive fabric but decided to purchase home decor/upholstery fabric so it lasts longer. I purchased two different patterns so it can be flipped for a little bit of different look.
I filled it with old bed pillows, a blanket and craft fiber fill. It only took a few minutes to sew the seams and fill the cushion. I think it took almost longer standing in line to have the fabric cut. I updated the frame with paint I had on hand from another project.
I saw this recipe for 30 minute rolls this afternoon and made them for supper tonight. I had them with homemade soup I made over the weekend.
I made most of them larger so they are more the size for sandwiches, so they needed to be baked a few minutes longer. I got 25 buns out of the recipe instead of the 45 mentioned in the recipe. They can be made ahead of time and frozen before baking, so you can bake fresh as you need them. In the comments, someone figured the recipe to only make a third of a recipe to make about 15 buns if you don’t need that many.
You will probably need to bake in at least two batches so it will take a little longer than 30 minutes. Otherwise they were easy to make and tasted great. I put some in the freezer to warm up at a later time. I love the taste of fresh homemade bread.
A couple months ago I posted about a meal plan for 20 meals for $150 from Costco shopping developed by Erin Chase from 5dollardinners.com. Now she has written up the plan for Sam’s Club 20 meals for $150
There is a current Groupon deal for Sam’s Club. For $45 you get a year Sam’s Club membership, $20 gift card and food vouchers. This is only for new members. I purchased this deal earlier in the year when they ran this promotion. When I purchased it, I received the deal for free because 3 other people purchased using my referral code. So check to see if they still offer the 3 buy, its free deal.
This may be a good way to try out Sam’s Club to see if it works for your household. Since I am single and shop sales/coupons, I don’t find much benefit for me. But if you have a larger household, it may be a way to save on groceries and other items.
Two of the blogs I follow regularly are LifeAsMom and GoodCheapEats, both written by Jessica Fisher. In October she posted each day about 31 Ways to Save Money in the Kitchen and 31 Days of DIY Convenience Foods.
Cooking and eating at home is a great way to save money and know what ingredients are in your meals. Even if you think you are too busy to cook at home, there may be ways to make it possible.
By making your own convenience foods, you save money and you can also regulate the ingredients. I have started making a number of foods instead of purchasing them already made.
I have been thinking of starting a LittleFree Library for some time and finally started one yesterday. I was trying to come up with an idea for a more portable one to take down when the snow piles up. I came up with the idea of decorating a cooler. I plan to change the decorations for the different holidays and times of the year. Also, with the cooler, the books will be protected from the elements.
My library is located at 3022 18th St S, Fargo. The library includes books for both children and adults.
You enter the amount you are planning on spending on gifts and other expenses, what you spend and the tool will keep track how much you have left in your budget for the different categories.
The first step is to enter the total amount you are planning on spending, then enter the people you are planning on purchasing gifts for and the budgeted amount for each person.
The tool can be used either on a computer through the website or with an app on a smart phone. With it being on your phone it may be more convenient to update the purchases as you make them.