Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I Scream, You Scream....

We all scream for ICE CREAM!

YAY! Get ready Ice Cream lovers because today and tomorrow you can "scoop" up these bargains!

Ben and Jerry's are giving out FREE cones today! Click here to find a scoop shop near you!

for tomorrow....April 30th....

In honor of America's firefighters, participating Baskin-Robbins will be serving small cones for only 31 cents! Wow, what a deal! When I worked for B&R in highschool (yikes - 22 years ago!), I think the price for small cones were only 99 cents.
So be sure to take your entire family and enjoy!

PET Freebies!

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Economic Stimulus Payment Schedule

Looking forward to your stimulus check from the IRS? Here is the payment schedule from the irs.gov website. I'm glad I used direct deposit!

What are my plans with our stimulus check? Probably put it in our savings (still trying to build that emergency fund)...or maybe purchase some household appliances that are in need of an update...such as our water heater, oven and/or refrigerator!

What will you be using your stimulus payment for?? Please leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Stimulus Payment Schedule for Tax Returns Processed by April 15

Economic stimulus payments will be issued according to the last two-digits of the main filer's Social Security number. People who use direct deposit also will be among the first to receive the payments starting April 28. The first cycle of paper checks will be mailed starting May 9 and continuing through May 16.

Last two SSN digits: Payment will be transmitted by:
00 through 20 May 2
21 through 75 May 9
76 through 99 May 16

Last two SSN digits: Payments will be mailed by:
00 through 09 May 16
10 through 18 May 23
19 through 25 May 30
26 through 38 June 6
39 through 51 June 13
52 through 63 June 20
64 through 75 June 27
76 through 87 July 4
88 through 99 July 11

People who file a return after April 15 will receive their economic stimulus payment, but probably about two weeks later than the schedule shows. A return must be filed by October 15 in order to receive a stimulus payment this year. See the online calculator for an estimate of the amount you will receive.

A small percentage of tax returns will require additional time to process and to compute a stimulus payment amount. For these returns, stimulus payments may not be issued in accordance with the schedule above, even if the tax return was processed by April 15.

Keep or Toss? Facts for your Financial Records

This is some great info I got from http://www.teachmagazine.net/ Go and check out their website, especially if you homeschool! Wonderful information and inspiring articles!

Financial Records: Keep them or toss them?

Are the files by your desk brimming with papers that you may or may not need? How long should you keep a pay stub? What about tax forms? Do you need to keep copies of old bills? Receipts? Check out this handy chart for a guideline on how long you should keep various kinds of financial records. Go see it here.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Free sample of DUNKIN DONUTS® coffee

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Free sample of Coffee Mate®

Free sample of NutraSweet® sweetner

Free REACH® ACCESS™ FLOSSER sample pack

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

QUICK Hamburger Curry

I'm proud to say that I've been doing pretty good at meal planning again this week! Yes, hubby is away again.... I have no one to tell "pick up dinner on the way home", or no one saying, "Let's just buy take out". lol

I'm making Hamburger Curry tonight for me and the kids. Here is the quick and easy way I do it.

Ingredients: 1 lb. Ground beef, 1 small bag Frozen Mixed Veggies, and 1 box S&B Curry Sauce Mix (House brand is good too!)
Just brown the ground beef, drain.
Add 2 - 3 cups of water, bring to a boil.
Add frozen veggies, bring back to a boil.
Add curry mix, break up blocks.
Stir until blocks are desolved.
Turn down heat.
Cover and simmer for atleast 10 minutes.

Enjoy with rice....YUM!

This recipe can be easily changed by using fresh vegetables, using chopped up boneless chicken, etc. I have a larger family, so I usually double this recipe.

Have any EASY RECIPES to share? Tell me about it!

My first EBATE purchase!

How exciting! I now have $16.48 in my Ebates CASH BACK account, and I should be receiving my first check in the later part of August!
I got $5 for joining, and bonus $5 for making my first purchase, and $6.48 as a rebate from Magazines.com! If you'd like to get in on the cash back fun from Ebates, click here!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Are you a magazine junkie?

I love magazines! Especially if it pertains to my interests such as parenting, family, food, and crafts! After shopping at Walmart, I almost always stop at the magazine rack before checking out to see if there is anything that interests me. Even with Walmart's 10% off the cover price, a magazine issue can cost anywhere from about 3 to 5 dollars! Whoa! That's a chunk of change! But I'm a sucker for a new, unwrinkled mag that catches my attention! Ha ha! Anyway, I take the issue home, and all these postcards start falling out as I read it...and of course...WOW, it's much cheaper just to subscribe to it than to purchase it individually!

BUT WAIT! There's even a BETTER choice! Remember I mentioned Ebates? Well register for Ebates (which is totally free!) then head to Magazines.com to place your order and get a whopping 26% cash back from Ebates! How cool is that! And for a limited time get an additonal $5 off selected magazine subcriptions too! SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!

Friday, April 18, 2008

FREE Homeschool South Africa Unit Study

Home Educators: Need a change from the everyday workbooks? Get the whole family learning together with a Unit Study! Terri Johnson of Knowledge Quest Maps has created a unit study on South Africa, and it's FREE!

Click here to check it out now!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

FREE Icy Hot Sample & more

Here's something my hubby needs for his achy back! Click here to get your FREE Icy Hot sample!

More FREE samples below!

Maybelline Mineral Liquid foundation

John Frieda Frizz-Ease

Airborne Power Pixies

Kashi Mountain Medley granola
A free single-serving sample!

Cashback anyone??

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Carter's Beary Big Sale

I went to Carter's yesterday at the Waikele Premium Outlets to shop at the Beary Big Sale. Selected items were marked down 50 - 70% off. I also had a coupon for $10 off with a $50 purchase. I really cave in when I find great mark downs, so I need to control myself....ugh..which is so hard to do when I'm looking at these CUTE baby stuff! lol My intent was to stop at the $50 mark, but I went over. I spent $73 after the coupon, but I did leave with a lot of items, including 3 baby gifts that I need to give out over the next 2 months....so that's not too bad. I got some sleepers and outfits that my baby needs at the 3 month size. He's growing out of his newborn ones, and I made sure that I checked what I already had from gifts and hand-me-downs, so I only purchase what I needed.

The $10 coupon I used was one I got via email. To start receiving coupons from Carter's go to http://www.carters.com/ to sign up.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

2008 Entertainment Books ONLY $15!!

This is a great deal! I bought this book just a couple of months ago for a whopping $35! The 2008 Entertainment Books are FULL of coupons and SAVINGS, and each book is now only $15 with FREE shipping!
Click HERE to go and order yours today!
Hurry SALE ends on April 30th!

Free Olan Mills Portrait Package (for new babies 3 months & under)

Having a new baby just 2 months ago, I end up receiving all kinds of offers and coupons via email and snail mail. Here is one I just received a few days ago.
Olan Mills is offering a FREE portrait package for new babies that are 3 months and younger.

I think I might call and make an appointment.
Hopefully I'll try to resist making any additional purchases!

Click HERE to find an Olan Mills Portrait Studio near you!

FREE Dove Body Lotion Sample

Here's another great FREE sample for dry skin!
Hurry, while supplies last!

Homeschool Freebies!

If you are thinking about homeschooling, or perhaps want to try a new homeschool product, checkout The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Freebie Directory!

Over 40 FREE gifts and no purchase necessary!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Freebie Friday!

Woo hoo! What do I love more than a discount....FREE!
Can't get better than that! lol

Get a free HUGGIES Supreme and Natural Fit Diaper sample! Click here to get it!

Dry skin? Get a FREE sample of Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion here!

Free FIBER ONE Cereal sample... get it here!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Shoyu Chicken in a Flash!

My husband has been a way on a business trip for the past week, so meal planning was necessary so that I didn't have to make last minute trips to the market. Meal planning...it's something I should do ALL the time....I do get awfully lazy, and that's bad because we end of spending money on take out!

One of my favorite kitchen appliances is an electric digital pressure cooker that I bought from QVC a couple of years ago. I don't utilize it as much as I should, but I did use it last night! I just threw the following in it:

Chicken thighs and drumsticks (they were still half frozen) - 12 total
1/2 can of chicken stock
and about a 1/2 cup of Korean Style BBQ Sauce (from Costco)

....locked the lid and set the cooker's digital timer for 30 minutes on HIGH.

WOW! Served it with rice and mixed veggies....It was really good! I even got compliments from the kids! =)

Any type of teriyaki sauce would work. The chicken I used had bones...but I've also used boneless before. If using boneless chicken, just shorten the cook time. Not bad for a super easy recipe using only 3 ingredients!

Anyone else like to share an easy recipe using a pressure cooker and 5 or less ingredients?? I'd love to hear about it!