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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thrifty Tips for May 9, 2013


Last weekend I posted my Saturday pick up from the Bountiful Baskets food co-op, and lots of my friends on Facebook and off asked about it.  I realized it has been a couple of years since I brought it up so I am bringing it up again.  When you join the co-op you get the opportunity to buy in on the week's pick up of fruits and vegetables plus additional items that you can purchase.  You can sign up for a 50/50 fruit and vegetable combination or go for an organic basket (I usually just stick with the regular).  In addition, there are opportunities to buy large quantities of other items like breads, tortillas, coconut oil and more.  The site is very easy to navigate and there is participation spots all over Arizona from Anthem to Yuma and in between.  You order between Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening and pick up on Saturday at the location required.  Learn more by going to the website.  Follow this link to learn more.   PS - Bountiful Baskets is available in some other states.

Friday, May 10th is free National Public Gardens Day.  Now this may not sound amazing to you, but if you took a good look at the gardens you can visit, for free on this day, you just might change your mind.  Visit the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix or Tohono Chul in Tucson.  The free admission tickets are thanks to Better Homes and Gardens and the American Public Garden Association.  Follow this link to get your link to participating gardens and your tickets.  It looks like you can get up to ten tickets.  Not a bad way to maybe spend a day with the home-school group.

Treat mom to a free breakfast at IKEA on Mother's Day from restaurant opening until 11:00 am.  Hey, I'm a mom, and if I don't have to cook, I'm happy.  I'll take a free meal anywhere. 

Dad's, teachers, grandparents or even older siblings can help fill out this sweet All About Mom printable from Tip Junkie.  It provides mom with a great snapshot of life with her little ones. 

Coupons are also a pretty awesome gift for mom.  I recently relocated some that my son gave me and although I haven't used them all yet, they have no expiration date so I intend to.  :)  There is a great printable at Homemade Gifts Made Easy.  Just scroll down a bit at this link.

Can't set up a getaway for mom on Mother's Day?  You can give her that feeling with breakfast in bed and a room service order.  Set up a menu for mom to choose her breakfast treats and print out this cute door hanger for her to write her choices on and hang on the door when she heads to bed.  So very sweet!

The kids can also make a really cute felt flower pot via this tutorial.  Felt is very inexpensive and these flowers will last a good long time.  

FREE EBOOKS (These ebooks were free at the time of my posting.  Be sure to check the price before you download because that can change quickly)
Through The Fire (First Responders Book #1) by Shawn Grady (AMAZON) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (BARNES & NOBLE)

The Last Disciple by Hank Hanegraff and Sigmund Brouwer (AMAZON) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (BARNES & NOBLE)

An Untamed Land (Red River of the North Book #1) by Lauraine Snelling (AMAZON) (CHRISTIANBOOK.COM) (BARNES & NOBLE)

The How-To Book on Creating a Beautiful Container Garden by Jonah Green (AMAZON)

Eating Clean to Stay Young by Emma Madison (AMAZON)

FreeCCM has three free downloads available right now including songs from Todd Agnew and The Afters.

NoiseTrade is offering a possible free download of Matt Maher's "Burning In My Soul."  There are two ways that this can work.  You can tip Matt for the song from $1 up to $25 or spread the word about this song and download via Twitter or Facebook and get the song for free.


USDA Choice Ribeye, T-Bone or New York Steak any size package 50% off regular retail
Split Chicken Breasts, Thighs, Drums or Leg Quarters 99 cents lb
Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties (limit 2) $1.79
Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops $1.99 lb
Red Ripe Strawberries 3 lb Package $2.97 (limit 2)

Fresh Whole Boneless Pork Loin sold Whole in the Bag $1.99
Yoplait Yogurt 4-6 oz Selected Varieties 10/$5
Sweet White Corn 4/$1
Red Potatoes Bulk 69 cents lb
Safeway Farms Whole or Sliced White Mushrooms 8oz Package 2/$3
Country Time Drink Mix, Kool-Aid or Tang, Select Varieties 10-12 ct or 6-8 qt 10/$10

Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts or Thighs, Fresh USDA Inspected $1.77 lb (limit 4)
Dulcinea Mini Seedless Watermelon 99 cents each (limit 4)
Blue Bell Ice Cream 64 oz $3.99
Fry's Large Eggs Grade AA 88 cents

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Some Thrifty Tips for May 2, 2013


A week or so ago, I was moaning to my husband about how badly I wished we had an app for our phone that could keep us on top of our grocery needs.  An app that could keep track of what we needed and also share that information with whomever we chose.  Grocery iQ is a perfect app for that.  With Grocery iQ you can scan items at home when you run out so they can be added to a shopping list, and whomever you share that list with will know as well.  This is a perfect plus for me and my husband.  I have missed more of his texts and calls when he is out at the store and wants to see if there is anything we need.  You can even organize your list by aisle which is a total time saver.  Free for Android and iPhone.  Learn more at

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Help your children share some appreciation for their teachers with these inexpensive gifts.

Pom pom yarn book marks are seriously cute.  All it takes is some inexpensive yarn, scissors and a wee bit of patience.  So simple, I could do it.  I found this tutorial at Design Mom

I found a great Back To School gift that can easily double as a teacher appreciation gift.  A small jar of dipping caramel and an apple wrapped up all cute.  This sweet gift is completely explained at Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

It doesn't get much easier than the gift of Fanta soda with the tag "You are a FANTA stic teacher."  The printable and tutorial is available at the blog 4 Men 1 Lady.

Bake your teacher some tasty cookies and pick up some take out boxes at the craft store.  There is a great printable and tutorial at Make Bake Celebrate (the cookies are awesomely decorated but any baked cookie will be just as sweet).  The printable tag that says "Thanks to you, I'm one smart cookie" is sweet as can be.

Plan on getting some flowers for the teacher?  Mom in Time Out has a great printable to go with flowers or put together a little garden kit like you will see at the website.  Very cute. 

If you have kids, you probably have crayons around.  If you don't have crayons around, they are easy to pick up and use to make a simple crayon frame.  Follow the tutorial at Mom It Forward.

Other quick ideas:
-Fill plastic lidded drinking glasses with single serve powdered drink mixes that they can add to the glass.  Perfect for the teacher to quench their thirst with a treat at any time. You can also fill that plastic cup with a couple of snack treats as well as drink packets. 
-If you can locate an old Scrabble game at the thrift store, you can combine the tiles to spell the teacher's name, glue it to the tile holder and give your teacher a creative desk plate.

While supplies last, sign up for a free sample of Color Scents trash bags.  Yes scented trash bags.  :)  Why not.  Follow this link to their Facebook page to order yours.

While you are online, check out this Facebook freebie for a sample of Ovaltine while supplies last as well.

Today is the National Day of Prayer.  Head over to the National Day of Prayer website for more information, to find events in your area and for a free download of Sanctus Real's song "Pray."


Boneless  Half Pork Loin $1.77 lb Whole in Bag (limit 2)
Strawberries 16 oz 97 cents lb
Fry's Milk 2% Reduced Fat, Whole, Lowfat or Skim Half Gallon 88 cents each (limit 4)
Iceberg, Romaine, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce 99 cents 
Large Lemons 3/$1

Pork Spare Ribs Previously Frozen $1.88 lb
USDA Boneless Petite Sirloin Steak Buy 1 Get 2 Free ($8.99 lb)
Jumbo Cantaloupe $1 each
Tropical Mangos 3/$1
Red, Ripe Roma Tomatoes 99 cents lb

Fresh Whole Pork Shoulder Blade Roast Bone-In (sold whole in bag)$1.49 lb
Pantry Essentials Milk Gallon, Whole, 2%, 1% or Fat Free $1.79 (limit 2)
Hass Avocados 77 cents each
Large Limes 4/$1
Cacique Chorizo 10 oz Selected Varieties 99 cents each