Thursday, December 30, 2010

I want to be an EXTREME COUPONER!!!

Did you see the Extreme Coupon show on TLC last night?  These people are incredible!  Computerizing their grocery lists to the point of knowing how much they will pay after coupons.  I am just amazed.  DUMPSTER DIVING for coupons!!  Now that is just crazy...but that's what Joanie did and her grocery bill went from $658 to $2!!!!  What about the lady who rang people's doorbells for ther coupons or took them off their front porch since they didnt bring them inside.  She even would walk down the store aisles and say to other shoppers "I hope you have a coupon for that" 

So for 2011 my New Years Resolution is to get more groceries for free with extreme couponing!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I love being stuck inside with 29 inches of snow

Let it snow Let it snow Let it snow is what I say!!!  This past Sunday my little town in Staten Island was hit with 29 inches of snow.  I don't mind being stuck inside.  I have a ton of things to keep me busy and plenty of food to last through the weekend. 

This is the worst I have seen since the Blizzard of 96.  I think the sanitation department is on a slow down because many of the streets have not even been plowed.  Cars have been left wherever they got stuck and even some of the plows are getting stuck.  I feel bad for all the people stuck in airports who have already been there a few days and still have to wait to get a flight. 

Well I hope everyone stays warm and has a healthy and happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Our 1st attempt at homeade sugar cookies

For many years I have always wanted to make homeade cookies with my kids.  We have baked together before but we always used a betty crocker mix.  The kids had so much fun making these cookies.  Although they did keep fighting over whose turn it was to roll out the dough or which cookie cutters to use.  I found a very simple recipe for rolled sugar cookie dough and royal icing on Glorious Treats  she has some really beautiful cookies

After making these cookies I can really appreciate why the bakeries in my neighborhood charge so much for a decorated cookie.  If you want a nice looking cookie it takes a lot of time.  Well I have 2 more days til Christmas and I want to bake up a storm if I can fit it into my schedule. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Free medium cup of Kris Kringle coffee at Quick Check

Head on over to the Quick Check facebook page  Here to score a free coupon for a free medium cup of Kris Kringle coffee.  I haven't had a chance to try it yet but I heard they  can't keep enough of it brewing. Enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Free Yoplait yogurt

Yoplait is giving away a million coupons for a free cup of original yogurt.  Head on over HERE to grab your free cup of Yoplait yogurt.  Limit one coupon per household.  You can even send your friends a coupon!

I have no luck!!!

I am beginning to hate the month of December!  I am just not in the Christmas mood this year.  Money is very tight and it just seems like we keep gettng hit from all ends.  Babysitting has not been steady which is making me very nervous.  Since October all of our cars (we have 3) needed some kind of work and they all needed new batteries.  Did you know that a battery cost $125 bucks a pop?  When did the price change from $50?  What car needs an inspection or regstration renewal.  Heat had to be repaired.  Now our main computer has some type of virus that I can't fix.  UUUGGGHHH!!  The list goes on and on.   

This recession is really teaching me how important it is to have a nest egg to fall back on when times are tough and for all the little murphies in our lives that pop up unexpectedly.  (As Dave Ramsey call them)  I just need to figure out how to start that nest egg. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Homeade or store bought is the question for today

As I am sure you all know Christmas is not very far away. I have been racking my brains to come up with ideas for gifts that are thoughtful, useful, & nice.  I normally go out and buy boxes of candy or cookies for my neighbors, co workers, teachers etc.  This year I have that Italian disease MYFUNDSARELOW!   I really like baking and making treats.  I was thinking maybe this year I can make some peppermint or movie bark, cranberry pistachio biscotti, and maybe some oreo truffles.  Michaels craft stoe has some really nice boxes and all over blog world are some really nice printable labels and tags I can use.  What do you think?  Be honest and let me know what you think you would like to receive or if you know of some other idea.