Heads up everyone! May is on its way, and that means it is time to get some deals on Spring clothes. The stores really need to make room for all the awesome summer clothes, and the sales and clearance deals are going to be great so don't miss out.
You say potato I say...oh yea...potato. What can you do with a potato? If you make mashed potatoes save the potato water. Once it is cooled you can place your dull silverware in it, and leave it for an hour. The tarnish falls off and you can rinse it clean with warm water.
The starch in a potato can help reduce swelling in your eyes. I don't know if this is a lady thing or if everyone gets this swelling issue, but it plagues me! The starch in a potato also is said to take the ouch out of sunburns by pureeing a potato and applying it to the burn. I'm still a fan of vinegar for sunburn care though, and of course preventive measures like sunscreen.
One of my favorite savings bloggers Northern Cheapskate is having a giveaway for a $100 Walmart gift card giveaway. The giveaway only runs until May 2nd. Gift card giveaways are a great way to save some extra cash, and blogs are a great way to find them. Northern Cheapskate is also just chock full of ideas for saving money so you will be very happy to drop by. :) Follow the link below to enter.
LINK: Northern Cheapskate $100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway
CRAFT GIFTS FOR MOM
Is your mom a music lover? Pick up an old record at the thrift store and melt it into a bowl. There are several ways to go about this, but the two most important things to remember are that this is NOT AN ACTIVITY FOR THE KIDS AND IT MUST BE DONE IN A WELL-VENTILATED ROOM. OPEN ALL YOUR WINDOWS. One is by using the oven. AGAIN if you do this, be sure to well ventilate the room. I chose to go the very hot water method and used a kettle, large bucket, gloves (a must because the records get VERY hot) and a pottery bowl. One key thing to do is go purchase a record. Do not go into mom's old records to do this craft. You could end up melting something she really loves. Oh and kids....a record looks like the photo below.
I picked this one up at Goodwill for 50 cents. It was one huge album for the song from the movie "Mannequin." Not something I was entirely concerned about melting.
For those of you who may not recall this film...that is a mannequin behind the guy. Another one of those lighthearted 80's movies that I miss so much. :)
I am going to give you a link to both methods. Here are some shots of my finished projects.
Besides using the bucket as a base, when melted well, I also placed my record over this ceramic bowl to shape it a little farther.
This bowl here is actually from a record of "Music Box Dancer." Now here is the kicker. We have a friend who actually sells these at festivals for anywhere from $10 to $25 (I'm not suggesting this be your next big money maker...it wont be, but it is pretty cool for a gift). Some are very rounded and smooth and some are wavy like this. They are not for food. I repeat NOT FOR FOOD. But they are pretty neat for holding jewelry or you can spray paint them and make some cook art work with them. I have even seen clocks.
Here are several instruction links. Remember this is not for kids and you must be in a well-ventilated room.
Make a record bowl oven
Make a record bowl hot water video link
SODA CAN TOP TAB BRACELETS ETC
I found this cute little craft tutorial at Instuctables to make a soda can top bracelet, belt or even bookmark. This is a great way to do a little extra recycling. It is also pretty easy. I made one with about 30 tops in 30 minutes. Hopefully when I try again it wont take as long.
Soda can top tab tutorial
Finish is offering free samples of their Quantum Tabs via their Facebook page while supplies last. Traffic can be pretty heavy so if you have a problem check back. You need to accept the app and invite three friends. In addition to the sample, you will also be entered into a giveaway for a Bosch dishwasher. Follow the link below.
LINK: Finish Quantum Tabs Sample
While supplies last get a free sample of Carnation Breakfast Essentials. Start off by liking their Facebook page at the link below.
LINK: Carnation Breakfast Essentials
At noon EST Garnier will be offering a free sample of their Triple Nutrition shampoo and conditioner. Be sure to head over to their Facebook page by following the link below. When they are gone, they are gone.
LINK: Garnier Triple Nutrition Shampoo & Conditioner Sample
Enter the Design a Bag contest and get a free shopping bag. I have done this several times over the years, and it is very simple. Head over to the link, select your store, log in, design your bag, and a code for a free shopping bag will be loaded onto your Kroger affiliate card.
LINK: Design a Bag
I do not know how long this will last, but you can follow this link to Rewards Gold for a chance to earn a subscription to Martha Stewart Living Magazine. If it is no longer available, Rewards Gold often offers other magazine options. Follow the link below.
LINK: Martha Stewart's Living Magazine - Rewards Gold
Sign up now for Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic's May 12th activity, and your kids can build a picture planter. It is quite cute. These activities fill up usually quite a bit before the actual date so don't miss out. The Terrarium activity for this Saturday that I posted about a while back is already filled up. Do not wait until the week before. Follow the link below to sign up.
LINK: Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic
FREE MUSIC DOWNLOADS
FreeCCM's free music this week includes Shane & Shane's "Miracle," Sara Groves "Open My Hands," "Calling My Name" by 33Miles, "How Great Thou Art" by Chris Rice, a Sara Groves EP AND...drumroll,..."All I Want" by Fuzed Worship.
LINK: FreeCCM Free Music Downloads
Don't just stop at FreeCCM, because iTickets.com also has free music downloads and this week you can download "War Of Change" by Thousand Foot Krutch and "I Choose Jesus" by Moriah Peters.
LINK: iTickets Free Music Downloads
New Release Tuesday also has songs from Thousand Foot Kruch, Sara Groves, Ashes Remain, 737, FIKE and Eddie Reynolds.
LINK: New Release Tuesday Free Music Downloads
Fresh Arrowtooth Flounder Fillets (Weather Permitting- no clue what that means) $3.99 lb
Beef Back Ribs Bone-in, previously frozen $1.29 lb
Boneless Pork Sirloin Country Style Ribs $1.69 lb
Sweet Strawberries 1 lb container $1.28 each
Broccoli or Cauliflower 99 cents lb
Green, Red or Romaine Leaf Lettuce 99 cents each
Crisp Cucumbers 2/99 cents
Green Onions or Red Radishes 2/99 cents
Crisp Celery 99 cents each
Sweet Navel Oranges 99 cents lb
Whole Pork Shoulder Blade Roast Bone-in Sold in the bag $1.87 lb
Bar S Jumbo Meat Franks 16 oz Selected Varieties 99 cents
Chicken Leg Quarters 75 cents lb
Doritos Tortilla Chips 11-11.5 oz Selected varieties 1/1 Free (save $4.29 on two)
Kellogg's Pop Tarts 12 ct Selected varieties 2/$5
**There are also some great coupons in their flier this week.
USDA Choice Boneless Chuck Steak or roast Beef Chuck Buy 1/1 Free of Equal or Lesser Value ($5.99 lb)
St. Louis Style Pork Spareribs Moist & Tender Previously Frozen (limit 2) $2.47 lb
Bananas 57 cents lb
Yellow or Zucchini Squash 99 cents lb
Broccoli or Cauliflower 99 cents lb
Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith or Red Delicious apples 99 cents lb
Roma Tomatoes 88 cents lb
Seedless Watermelon $2.88
Minute Maid Orange Juice or Simply Lemonade Select Varieties 59 oz $2.29
Powerade or Powerade Zero Select Varieties 32 oz 59 cents
Eggo Waffles or Pancakes or French toast Frozen Select Varieties 10.7-14.1 oz 2/$4
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 1/2 Free ($4.99 lb like $1.67 lb after sale)
Assorted Pork Loin Chop 1/1 Free ($2.99 lb)
USDA Choice Boneless Beef London Broil 1/1 Free ($5.99 lb)
In the deli Jennie-O Blue Ribbon Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast Sliced Fresh in the Deli $2.99 lb (limit 2 lbs)
Large Mangos 3/$1
Large Cantaloupe 5/$5
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower 99 cents lb
Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.57 (limit 2)
Albertsons Large Eggs 12 ct Grade AA (limit 2) 99 cents
Albertsons Butter 1 lb, Quarters, Select Varieties(limit 2) $1.88
Sara Lee soft & Smooth Whole Grain White or Honey Wheat Bread 20 oz $1.77
Kellogg's Cereal 17-25.5 oz Selected Varieties $2.49 (limit 4)
Sunshine Cheez-it Crackers 7.5-9 oz Select Varieties 2/$4
Blue Bell Ice Cream 64 oz or Cups 12 ct Select Varieties $3.99