Wedding Day

Wedding Day
Enjoy EVERY moment in your wedding gown. You can't stay in it forever...SO UNFAIR!!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thrifty Tips for March 22, 2012


One of my favorite money saving treats is homemade granola bars.  I specifically am fond of the chewy variety.  I am going to share a recipe with you that is VERY simple and very easy to modify.  Check it out.


4 1/2 Cups of Rolled Oats
1 Cup of All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2/3 Cup Butter Softened
1/2 Cup of Honey
1/3 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Cup of Dried Cranberries
1 Cup of Cinnamon Apple Sauce
1 Cup of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

The cranberries, raisins, chips and apple sauce are my add ins.  You can really do just about anything you want.


Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan (I used a smaller glass pan for this batch because I wanted to make them thicker).  Also instead of grease I often use a piece of parchment paper.  It allows everything to lift off nicely.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, honey, butter, oats and vanilla into a large bowl and mix together.

Mix ingredients with large spoon until well blended.

Once well blended add applesauce and again mix well.

Once apple sauce is mixed in add your other dried fruits, nuts or chocolate chips.  I used dried cranberry and semi sweet chocolate chips.

Mix last ingredients well and then add to pan pressing down the mixture evenly.

Bake at 325 for 10 minutes and then remove from oven and firmly press the mixture down again with a spatula before putting back in the oven for 15 minutes.  

Let set for 10 minutes or more to cool.  Once cooled, slice and enjoy.  

These bars make a great snack, quick breakfast, and fabulous alternative to store-bought granola bars.  They also freeze easily and taste just as good once thawed out.  The best part is really you can add whatever you have on hand.  I have used canned pumpkin, pecans and chocolate chips.  You can throw in cereal, trail mix and more.  Really it is all up to your own imagination.  I hope you like it.  :)


Look for some amazing deals on name brand clothes, shoes, accessories and more?  Check out  I seriously love this place.  My husband picked up some awesome snow boots this week at a huge discount.  They still have an amazing boot sale going on.  I'll be honest, it has taken me a lot of wil power to not grab a pair.  I have literally browsed, picked out a pair, put them in my shopping bag and then chickened out, because I am saving up for a weekend of shopping madness at Goodwill!   Oh can shop at 6pm and go through Ebates for cash back!  Also has FREE SHIPPING!  Ready to shop now?  They have a jacket sale right now for $50 or less!



Friday, March 23rd Coffee-Mate will be offering a free bottle of Coffee-Mate to the first 200,000 requests.  Request time begins 9:00 am PST.

LINK:  Free Coffee-Mate

Quaker Oatmeal Squares are available for sample via Facebook again.  If you haven't picked yours up, you should stop by right away.  There is no telling how long this freebie will last.

LINK:  Quaker Oatmeal Squares

Costco members can sign up for a free sample of Crest Pro Health Rinse of course while supplies last.

LINK:  Crest Pro Health Rinse

While supplies last sign up for a free sample of Purex.  All you need to do is watch the briefest of videos and then the link will appear.  You are also given the option to get a 75 cent coupon instead of the sample.  I'm more than patient enough for a sample.  It is all up to you.  Sign up while supplies last.

LINK:  Purex

If you haven't signed up yet, head over to Tide's Facebook page and sign up for a free sample of Tide Pods while supplies last.

LINK:  Tide Pods


You know I just love the opportunity to listen to new music, and I love having a variety of songs to listen to and share which is why I am continuously looking up free music downloads.  Yes, it is totally great to get them free, but it is also a great way to discover a new artist or perhaps a CD you want to hear more of.  Check out these latest offerings.

FreeCCM is at it again with another great lineup of free Christian music downloads.  This week you can freely download "Holes" by Heather Williams.  Plus still available to download are songs from Phillips, Craig & Dean, Jeremy Horn, Todd Agnew, Chandler Roberts, Darlene Zschech, Ashes Remain, Jonny Diaz and The Afters.

LINK:  FreeCCM Free Christian Music Downloads



Safeway Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Value Pack $1.88 lb
Whole Pork Shoulder Blade Roast Bone-in Sold in the bag $1.87 lb
Green  Seedless Grapes 88 cents lb
Francesco  Rinaldi Pasta Sauce 16-24 oz Selected varieties 99 cents (limit 6)
Farmer John Breakfast Sausage Links 8 oz Selected varieties 10/$10
Thomas' English Muffins Buy 1 Get 1 Freer 6 count Selected varieties (save up to $4.29 on two)
2 Liter 7-Up or A&W Selected varieties 99 cents each
Crisp Cucumbers 69 cents each
Green Zucchini or Yellow Squash 99 cents lb
Roma Tomatoes 99 cents lb
Sweet Navel Oranges 99 cents lb
Kiwi Fruit 3/$1.00

BUY 8 GET $50 OFF EACH (Prices listed reflect the 50 cents off)
Ocean Spray Cranberry cocktail  Drink 64 oz Selected varieties $1.79
Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows 10-10.5oz Selected varieties 99 cents
Mezzetta Peppers 16 oz Selected varieties $1.49
Nestle Morsels 10-12 oz Selected varieties $2.49
S&W Stewed or Diced Canned tomatoes 14.5 oz Selected varieties $1.49


Pork Loin Back Ribs Bone-in 1/2 free ($7.99 lb regular retail)
Chicken Split Breast Bone-in Family Pack 99 cents lb
Chicken  Breast Boneless, Skinless $1.99 lb
Tilapia, Swai or Catfish Nuggest Solid Frozen in Family Packs $2.99 lb
Pork Sirloin Chop or Roast Boneless $1.99 lb
7-Up or Coke products 12 oz Select Varieties 4/$10
Cuties Clementine Tangerines 3 lb 2/$4
Rice a Roni or Pasta Roni 3.8-7.2 oz Select Varieties 88 cents each
Campbell's Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup 10.75 oz 2/$1
Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals, Albertsons Apple Juice or Cider 64 oz Select Varieties $1.99
Kraft Handi-Snacks Pudding 4 pk 69 cents 
VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner 15 oz Select Varieties 69 cents
Gatorade Sports Drink 32 oz or Propel fitness Water 24 oz 69 cents Select Varieties Limit 10
Sara Lee White or 100% Whole Wheat Bread 20 oz $1.49
Eggo Waffles 10 ct Select Varieties  2/$4
Shannon's Deli Italian roast Beef, Corned Beef or Beef Pastrami Sliced to Order $5.99 lb
Deli Fresh Mild Cheddar, Colby, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack or Prvolone Cheese Sliced Fresh in the  Deli $5.99 lb
Made Fresh in Store Rotisserie turkey Breast, Jennie O Honey Smoked or Oven Brown Turkey Breast Sliced Fresh for You $5.99 lb


Assorted Pork Loin Chops Moist & Tender, Bone-in, Family Pack $1.47 lb (limit 2)
Fry's Milk Whole Vitamin D, 2%, 1% Lowfat, or Nonfat Gallon $1.57 (limit 2)
Ragu Pasta Sauce Select Varieties 16-26 oz 10/$10
Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna 69 cents
Powerade or Powerade Zero Select Varieties 32 oz 65 cents
Hass Avocados or Mangos 88 cents
Fry's Sandwich Bread Select Varieties 24 oz 10/$10
V8 or V8 V-Fusion Select Varieties 36-46 oz $1.99
Kroger Sour Cream, cottage Cheese or Dip Select Varieties 24 oz $1.99
Blackberries 6 oz 98 cents
Red Bosc, D'Anjou Pears or Gala Apples 88 cents lb
Cara Cara Navels or Minneola Tangelos 88 cents lb
Hot House English cucumbers or Red Bell Peppers 88 cents lb
Broccoli or Cauliflower 88 cents lb

Pepsi soft Drinks Select Varieties 97 cents
Dannon Yogurt Select Varieties 4-6 ct or 32 oz $1.49
Lay's or Doritos Select Varieties 10-11.5 oz $1.99
Vitaminwater Select Varieties20 oz or Smartwater Sportcap 700 ml 50 cents
SunnyD Select Varieties 99 cents
Pringles Super Stack 5.71-6.73 oz 99 cents
Post Cereal Select Varieties 13-25 oz or Kellogg's Cereal, 10-20 oz $1.99
Bryers Ice Cream Select Varieties  48 oz $2.49
Skintimate or Edge shaving Select Varieties  7 oz $1.49
Q-Tips Select Varieties  300-375 $1.99
C&H Granulated Sugar 4 lb bag $2.49
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Gluten Free, Select Varieties  13 oz $1.99
Tombstone or Kroger Self Rising Crust Pizza Select Varieties  17.5-32.7 oz $2.99
Hungry-Man Entree Select Varieties 13.1-17 oz $1.99 each

1 comment:

Emily Reviews said...

This recipe sounds yummy! :)