Still relatively new to Arizona. I have lived on both coasts...I may be working my way inward now. :) I am the mom of a pretty awesome 17-year-old boy (though at this point he would wig out on my saying boy, kid or anything less than teenager) and the wife of a very amazing man. I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to love, and isn't that really where the blessings count the most? I like to watch people and often I like to comment. I also enjoying helping people, but I kind of get saddened by seeing the same person always in the same boat.
MORE WAYS TO SAVE WHEN TRAVELING One of my favorite sites for finding that ideal location when traveling is Airbnb. Airbnb hooks you up with locals who are renting out their homes to travelers. These homes could be condos, apartments, houses or even simply a room. The bonus is the prices are right, the places belong to locals, and you are in the thick of things rather than in a hotel. It is terrifically easy to navigate. Another bonus, you can even rent your own place or rooms via Airbnb. SIMPLE TIPS WITH PETROLEUM JELLY Okay, the fact is even if it is petroleum jelly many of us just call it Vaseline. It can be a money saver. Here's a couple of tips.
-To make candle wax cleanup easier, lightly rub petroleum jelly inside the candle holder. -Get a clean looking at home manicure by dabbing a light layer of the jelly around your fingernails before polishing. Excess will wipe away cleanly. -A light layer of the jelly around the mouth of the polish bottle will also make it a breeze to open. -If your door has a squeak, apply a little jelly to silence it. -Remove water stains from wood tables by applying the jelly to the stain and let it set over night. Buff the stain out in the morning. FREE EBOOKS (Remember that these were free at the time of my posting. Prices can change. Please confirm the price before you confirm your order). Alone: Finding Connection in a Lonely World by Andy Braner (AMAZON)
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow: A Novel of Bright's Pond by Joyce Magnin (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) In the Company of Secrets (Postcards from Pullman Book 1) by Judith Miller (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) GROCERIES SAFEWAY Fresh Safeway Split Chicken Breasts, Drumsticks, Thighs or Leg Quarters (Bone-In) 99 cents lb Red Delicious or Gala Apples 99 cents lb Sweet Strawberries 1lb container 99 cents each Powerade 32 oz Selected Varieties 49 cents each (limit 15) Rosarita Refried Beans 15-16oz Selected Varieties 99 cents ALBERTSONS Fresh Whole Frying Chicken or Jumbo Pack Leg Quarters 88 cents lb (limit 2) Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.79 (limit 2) American Beauty Pasta 12-16 oz $1 Hunt's Ketchup 24 oz Select Varieties $1 Albertsons Large Eggs 12 ct Grade AA $1.27 (limit 2) FRY'S Pork Loin Back Ribs or St. Louis Style Spareribs Previously Frozen Moist and Tender buy 1 get 2 free of Equal or Lesser Value (must be like items) Iceberg, Romaine, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce 99 cents lb Artichokes 10/$10 Kroger Cheese Select Varieties 6-8 oz or Singles 16 ct $1.88
WORK THE SALES WITH A GREAT RECIPE I love when I find a great recipe that takes advantage of a sale. There is a super great slow cooker recipe for sweet pork at the blog Butter, with a side of bread. Follow this link to check it out. It is beyond easy, and very inexpensive. TRAVEL APP & WEBSITE Heading out on a road trip and want to find a place fast and at a discount? Download the app from Hotel Tonight. You can save up to 70% on a room. The app works on iPhones and Android phones.
The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler (AMAZON) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) GROCERIES ALBERTSONS California Grown Sweet Corn 6 for $1 Boneless Half Pork Loin (sold in the bag) $1.99 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast or Thighs $1.88 lb Fresh Romaine, Green or Red Leaf Lettuce 99 cents each Ataulfo Mangos 69 cents each SAFEWAY
Rancher's Reserve Boneless Beef Top Round London Broil $2.79 lb Jumbo Navel Oranges 77 cents lb Tender Asparagus 99 cents lb Boneless Pork Sirloin Country Style Ribs or Pork Sirloin Chops $1.99 lb Pantry Essentials Milk $1.79 gallon 2%,1% or Fat Free (limit 2)
USDA Boneless top Sirloin Beef Loin, sold in Bag (limit 2) $3.99 lb Strawberries or Blackberries 6-16 oz 2/$3 Zucchini or Yellow Squash 99 cents lb Fry's Large Eggs Grade AA, 12 ct 2/$3 (limit 2) Eggo Waffles Minis Pancakes or French Toaster Sticks Frozen Select Varieties 6-10 ct $2.29
PLANTING FROM THE FRIDGE A while back I shared that I was planning on doing some gardening this summer and I was looking for tips to have some success. One of the tips shared with me was that there are several produce items that you can regrow. I shared in the past how you can keep green onions on hand by simply placing them in a jar of water and that they will grow and grow and grow (LOVE THAT!), but I thought it would be cool to share these others. -Romaine lettuce - My mom shared this one with me. Whenever she buys Romaine lettuce, she cuts off all the leaves as far as she can and then cuts the bottom with a cross shape and places it in water. Within days it begins to root. Once they grow a bit she pots them up and lets them continue on growing until she is ready to enjoy the lettuce and start it all over again. -Celery - A listener shared this with me. Cut a store-bought celery down to about 2 1/2 to three inches from base. Place in water for ten days. As it begins to show regrowth you can cut some of the older stalk away (not all just the outer ring) after ten days and decent growth and root it should be ready to plant. It sprouts in weeks and is definitely quicker than seed. I saw some people do this with water, but I was told that soil is the way to go with the celery because when you move it to soil it kind of freaks out if it has only been in water. -Ginger- Ginger is great for the tummy and easy to plant. Buy a ginger root with lots of nubs. Plant it (nub side up) in a pot and let it grow. It should be ready to harvest in 4-6 months (yes it isn't fast but it is cool). -Garlic - It is rare that you need the entire garlic head. Soooo what you are going to do is pull off a couple of cloves to plant. Peel off the garlic's paper skin and plant it point up in soil. Each one will grow you another head. -Pineapple- I am not sure what you do once the plant gets going but I understand that you can grow a pineapple plant from the crown of the pineapple. Here's the skinny - Remove the bottom leaves from the crown (about an inch or two) and put in a container of water. It should grow some good roots in 3 to 4 weeks. Once that happens plant in soil and let it grow. Apparently this takes a while but a pretty plant is still a pretty plant and these are supposedly ready to harvest in 11/2 years. That is a nice payback for something you already bought. -Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes - Both of these can be grown because of the eyes. If you are like me and occasionally lose the opportunity to use all your potatoes, try cutting the potatoes into chunks with those long "eyes." Whey do they call those eyes? They really look more like feelers. I guess feelers is just a bit too creepy. Anyway make sure your chunks have one or two eyes. Let them dry a bit and then plant in soil about four inches deep with "eyes" facing up. A good compost will help these grow. You can grow sweet potatoes by placing their ends in water and letting shoots grow. Once they grow like the eyes do, you can separate and plant. FREE MAGAZINES WELL SORT OF Now is the time to join
Recyclebank if you haven't yet. They are doing a retro recycling with
the Eco Time Capsule each week in April and you can get lots of points
from reading their tips from the decades (70s and 80s so far). Make a
pledge and get 10 points per pledge. Use these points to get rewards
like magazine subscriptions, coupons, discounts and gift cards. I use
them for magazines mainly and I have picked up 12 subscriptions so
far...all free. Some of the subscriptions can be continuous others are
only for one year where you have to wait another year before ordering. Recyclebank
gives you lots of easy ways to earn points. Check in daily for chances
to pledge for free points (recycling pledges nothing weird) and now for
their Eco Time Capsule. The best part is you learn a lot of great tips
on recycling and saving money. FREE EBOOKS -These were free at the time of my posting. That can change. Always look at the price before you download. Understanding the Times by Ken Ham (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) Soon - The Beginning of the End by Jerry B Jenkins (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) Leather and Lace by DiAnn Mills (AMAZON) FREE MUSIC DOWNLOADS FREECCM has four great music downloads from Sara Groves, Hawk Nelson, Phil Wickham and Addison Road. Get there by following this link. This isn't a free download but you can listen to a free preview of The Afters' new album "Life Is Beautiful" right now as a member of New Release Tuesday! It releases on April 16th. This is a great chance to check it out. Find it by clicking here. New Release Tuesday also has some great music downloads. One of my favorites is "Is It Ever" by the JJ Weeks Band. Check it out. I think you'll like it. All the downloads are for members but it is FREE! Check it out here. GROCERY SALES ALBERTSONS Pork Loin Chops - Boneless Buy 1 get 2 Free (limit one reward per transaction for like item only) Split Chicken Breasts, Thighs, Drums or Leg Quarters Jumbo Pack 99 cents lb Red Ripe Strawberries 3 lb Package $2.97 each (limit 2) Large Tropical Mangos 2/$1 Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.79 (limit 2) SAFEWAY Buy 1 Get 1 Free Mix and Match Meat Sale - Rancher's Reserve boneless Beef Chuck Pot Roast or Cross Rib Roast, Pork Loin Chops bone-in, Small Size Packages, Sanderson Farms boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat, or 90% Lean Ground Beef Small Size Packages Red Grapefruit 88 cents each Safeway Farms Whole or Sliced Mushrooms 8 oz $1.99 Crisp Cucumbers 79 cents each FRY'S USDA Choice New York Strip Steaks Bone-in Beef Loin 50% off GREAT MIX AND MATCH SALES Buy 5 Save $5 Prices below reflect sale when five participating items are purchased Best Foods Mayonnaise Select Varieties 30 oz $2.99 V8 or V8 V-Fusion 36-46 oz $1.88 Lawry's Marinades Select Varieties 12 oz 99 cents Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Select Varieties 1/2 Gallon $1.99
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