FREE Comic Book Day ~ Saturday, May 2nd

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 2nd, FREE Comic Book Day.

Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Head to your local comic book store and pick out some FREE comic books. With 50 titles available to choose from, there’s a story for everyone to enjoy!

I’d advise getting there fairly early in the morning for the best selection. If you wait until the afternoon, your kiddos will be very disappointed. They go fast! Click HERE to find a participating comic book store near you.

Head over to their Facebook page for more information!

Ways to Save Money ~ Eating Out

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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eatoutDining out is still considered a luxury for our family.  It’s rare that we actually do it because we save more eating at home. But there are ways to save money eating out too! And with the kids in school and parents running around from event to event, eating out is sometimes a necessity. And let’s admit it, it’s nice eating out because there is no prep time, no dirty dishes and no menu planning.

Here are some obvious and not so obvious ways to save:

Restaurant Deals Tab

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do is look under our restaurant deals tab where we post some of the hottest new deals and coupons to help you save!

Dine midweek and Early-bird specials

Weekends means crowds.  Many restaurants try to entice customers to dine on slower nights midweek by offering specials that can save you a lot of extra money.  Geno and I often have date nights during the week as it is less expensive eating out and cheaper getting a babysitter!

Eating before 6 p.m. can save you money with early bird specials! Most are available to all customers and offered at many dining establishments.

Kids Eat Free

Take advantage of the kids eat free offers all throughout the week.  That can be a great savings when you just have to pay for adults.  We have a full run down of places where kids eat free!

Eat at the bar

A number of restaurants offer a special bar menu that is considerably cheaper than the regular menu. Also, many restaurants offer a happy hour every afternoon, which includes drink specials and appetizer deals.

Sign up for emails and text alerts

Many restaurants offer email or text programs. When a restaurant offers these programs, make sure and sign up. Often, the best discounts can be found in this way.

Discounted gift cards

Mid-priced restaurants are becoming more and more promotional in recent years in an attempt to get customers in the door. Some chain restaurants, are directly discounting their gift cards as a backdoor way of lowering menu prices. Keep an eye out for offers like a $100 gift card discounted to $80. Another option is to take advantage of gift card programs like Tom Thumb where you get extra gas rewards for buying the gift card.

Get social

Follow the Facebook page or Twitter feed of your favorite restaurants and eateries. Many post exclusive deals and coupons, so give these social media outlets a quick glance before heading out the door.

Use coupons

We post coupons every Friday on the best coupons available.  Just look under our restaurant deals tab and scroll down and look for Weekend Restaurant coupons.  You can also search for a discount or coupon online. After all, there’s no sense paying full price on your next meal when a coupon is available for the taking.

Search For The Discount & Local Offers

Many sites such as Groupon offer discounts on popular restaurants in your area that you can widen your palate with new options in eating out.  Many restaurants also offer discounts to senior citizens, teachers, military personnel, college students, kids/toddlers, and others.

Drink water

Restaurants depend on the profit from sodas to help them make money. On average, a soda or tea costs about $1.75 – $2.00 not including tax. Instead of ordering soda, drink tap water with your meal. You will be healthier and your wallet will be heavier.

Dine out for lunch

Lunch menus are 25% cheaper than dinner menus.  Eat your BIG meal at lunch and smaller servings/meals at dinner.

Skip Dessert

Unless you have a coupon or free dessert, skip it!  Dessert is the often most expensive part of the meal.

Know the Management

Some of the best deals happen at any restaurant when you eat there frequently. Make sure and visit with the management each time you go into the restaurant. They will appreciate your regular business and often give you additional discounts or free food as an award.

Happy Hour Specials

Some restaurants give you deals like 1/2 off appetizers or reduced-priced meals during certain parts of the day (typically from 5 – 7 PM).

Get It To Go

To avoid paying a 18-20% tip on your bill, get the food to-go from the restaurant and eat it at home.  You should ALWAYS tip at least $1-3 dollars though on your to-go bill though!

Make It A Tapa Party

If you are with friends, have everyone order an appetizer or salad for everyone to split on separate plates and then divide the check by the total amount of people.

Share a large meal

Take advantage of big portions by splitting one with a dining companion.

Frequent Eaters Discounts

Many chains offer discounts to diners who eat there often. Keep these cards in your wallet or purse so when you decide to eat there at the last moment you have the card handy.

 

Free Packet of Flower Seeds

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 9.18.19 AMGo here to get a FREE Packet of Flower Seeds from Bayer!

Honey bees are integral to our food production, but they’re disappearing at an alarming rate. With this freebie, you can do your part to save these important insects: Bayer will send you a free packet of flower seeds for you to plant, so your local bees can get a snack!

Alternatively, you can request to have seeds planted on your “bee”-half, or commit to growing a plant that attracts bees.

Each packet contains 200 seeds, and there’s a limit of two packets per household. Expect delivery to take two to four weeks.

Amazon Prime Members~ Choose Free No-Rush Shipping And Get $5.99 Prime Pantry Credit

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If you are on Amazon Prime members, through May 31st choose FREE Amazon No Rush Shipping at checkout, and Amazon will automatically apply a $5.99 Prime Pantry credit to your account once your order ships!

Keep in mind that the delivery fee for each Prime Pantry box is $5.99 so this credit essentially gives you free delivery! Simply fill up your Prime Pantry box with items you want to purchase, and Amazon will automatically apply the credit at checkout.

Walmart Beauty Box Only $5 Shipped!

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Have you tried out the  Walmart Beauty Box for only $5 SHIPPED?! Here’s how it works:

* Sign up for your first box HERE

Sign up today for your first box. Each box is hand-selected with products that fit your life-stage and are seasonally relevant. We’ll process it right away, and you should receive it within one to two weeks.

* Get a new box every three months

They will send you your next box every season (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) for beauty or Stage for baby. You’ll only ever be charged for shipping, which occurs when your box is sent to you.

You may receive a survey, and they encourage you to tell us all about your experiences with the products.

Don’t forget that there is also a Walmart Baby Box for just $5 shipped!

 

Don’t Let Tech Neck Age You

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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tech neckDon’t Let Tech Neck Age You

No one can pry your smartphone out of your hands! Not with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to update. And what about those cool apps? But all that tweeting and posting, you could be giving yourself a case of “tech neck.”

Facial plastic surgeons around the country are noticing patients come in with wrinkles and sagging jowls due to the repetitive motion of looking down at their smartphones, notes the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

“With such thin skin on the neck, looking down at your phone constantly can cause collagen and elastin to break down and lead to deep wrinkles and sagging. The problem is that many people take care of their face, but they forget to pay attention to their necks,” says Stephen S. Park, president of the AAFPRS. “The neck area is most prone to the effects of gravity and has few oil glands, so it needs moisturizing and sun protection.”

Luckily, you can get a youthful, smooth, tight neck back with treatments facial plastic surgeons recommend to their patients, including radiofrequency or ultrasound procedures to tighten slack skin, liposuction and fat reduction systems to reduce excess fullness, or BOTOX® and other injectables to help soften muscle bands.

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April Fool’s Day Deals Starting at $1

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 9.11.10 AMApril Fool’s Day is FAST approaching! If you want to pull a good trick on someone check out these deals on Amazon during the April Fool’s Day Sale, with prices starting from 99 cents. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping.

Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping starts around $5. Some exclusions may apply.

NCAA Hoodies Only $9.99 (Retail $40)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 9.02.33 AMFinish Line offers NCAA men’s, women’s, and kids’ hoodies in hundreds of teams for $9.99 plus $6.49 for shipping.

In-store pickup is also available on select items.

I didn’t find a ton of Texas items but there are some. I did find this cute OU hoodie though! Look around, you might find a crazy good deal!

Sizes are limited.

Old Navy Dresses Only $10 (In-Store)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Today only, head in to Old Navy and pick up women’s dresses for just $10 and girls’ dresses for just $8! You’ll also still earn $10 in Super Cash for every $25 you spend.

While there are no mainstream coupons to use right now, if your store offers a military discount daily you’ll get an extra 10% off!

Target: FREE $10 Gift Card with $50 Grocery Purchase + More

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 11:45 am
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Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 8.53.53 AMStarting today, Sunday, March 29th, Target has a coupon valid for a FREE $10 Target Gift Card with a Food or Beverage purchase of $50 or more. This coupon will exclude alcohol, candy, baby food, nutrition shakes & bars, pet food, Target Cafe and Starbucks Café. This offer should make for a nice deal when paired with the $3 off $15 select Perishables Purchase Target Store coupon!

AND, starting this Sunday, March 29th through April 4th, Target will be offering up Buy 1 Get 1 50% off on ALL Playstation, Xbox, and PC Software! Plus, if you have a Target REDcard, you’ll snag an extra 5% off your purchase, making for even sweeter deals.

Amazon Promo Codes & Coupons

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 11:30 am
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Amazon Fulfillment Center Opens In San Bernardino

There are a ton of Amazon promotional codes and coupons available to help you save!  Here are many of the most recent!

Fashion – Amazon Promotional Codes and Coupons

Extra 20% off Luggage – coupon code LUGGAGE20

20% off Spring Shoes and Handbags – coupon code SHOESNBAGS

Spend $75 and receive $15 off athletic shoes – coupon code 15SNEAKERS

Extra 30% off fine jewelry – coupon code FINEJEWELS

20% off Outdoor and Hiking shoes – coupon code TAKEAHIKE

20% off Dresses & Polished Separates – coupon code 20DRESSUP

20% off Kids’ watches – coupon code KIDSWATCH

Up to 50% off Shoes for Women, Men & Kids – no coupon needed

Up to 60% off Shoes for Women, Men & Kids – no coupon needed

Up to 60% off Watches – no coupon needed

Up to 50% off Kids’ & Baby Dress-Up picks - no coupon needed

Up to 50% off women’s jewelry – no coupon code needed

Baby Gear 25% off or more – no coupon needed

Baby Safety items 25% off or more – no coupon needed

Seventh Generation CouponSave EXTRA $4 off select Seventh Generation baby products with Subscribe and Save

Huggies Wipes Coupon – Save an EXTRA $2 off Huggies Wipes with Subscribe and Save

Huggies Little Swimmers Coupon – Save an extra $2.50 off Huggies Little Swimmers products

Similac Coupon – Save an EXTRA $10 off your first Similac purchase

Enfagrow Coupon – Save an EXTRA $10 off Enfagrow Next Step Natural Milk, 24 Ounce (Pack of 4)

Tools, Garden, PatioAmazon Promotional Codes and Coupons

Poulan PRO Mower Rebate – Save up to $200 when you purchase a qualifying Poulan PRO mower between March 2 – March 28, 2015, print rebate form here.

Black & Decker dealSave $10 off $50 Black and Decker orders (valid thru March 30, 2015)

Save 50% off Winbest Pro Edition Metal Detector by BARSKA (no coupon needed)

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Hobby Lobby ~ Extra 40% Off One Item Coupon

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hobby Head over HERE and print this coupon valid for 40% off any one regular priced item at Hobby Lobby.

Valid through 4/4.

Jo-Ann Fabric ~ 20% Off + 50% Off Coupons

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joannIf you’re heading to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores:, make sure and take these coupons with you!

*20% off total regular and sale priced purchase – valid 3/29 only
*50% off one regular priced item  – valid thru 4/4
*60% off your total custom framing order - valid thru 4/11

Michael’s ~ 40% Off Coupon + More

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michaelsIf you’re heading to Michael’s, make sure and take these coupons with you!

*20% off entire purchase including sale itemsvalid 3/29 only
*40% off one regular price item – valid 3/30 thru 4/2
*30% off entire regular price purchasevalid on 4/3 and 4/4 only
*40% off entire regular price purchase of Jolee’s 3D Stickers & Embellishments – valid thru 4/4
*15% off regular and sale price frames, display cases & shadow boxesvalid thru 4/4
*60% off + an extra 15% off Modern Day Designs & American Essentials Custom Framing - valid thru 4/4

Walmart Weekly Ad Coupon Match Ups ~ March 29th- April 4th

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Here are a few deals you can grab this week at Walmart.

**Keep in mind that prices vary from store to store.

Plus don’t forget about this Rebate/Coupon Stackable Savings From:

-BerryCart
-Checkout 51
-iBotta
-Saving Star
-Snap by Groupon

Plus don’t forget after your transaction to scan your receipt at Walmart’s Saving CatcherHERE- which will price match any local competitor’s printed ad for identical products and give you the difference.

EASTER DEALS

Select Easter Accessories: $0.98

Plastic Eggs, 42pk: $1.98

Paas Egg Dye Kit: $1.48

8-in-1 Egg Coloring Kit: $3.98

Paas Magical Color Cups: $2.48

Chalkboard or Plastic Decorating Eggs: $1.98

Eggs, 12pk: $0.88

Select Filled Egg Candies, 3.9-4.3oz: $5.48

Select Libby’s Canned Vegetables, 14.5-15oz: $0.60

Select Candies, 9.9-13.75oz: $2.88
$1/2 M&M’s, Dove Chocolate, Minis Mix, Twix, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers Brands Printable [2-oz.+ M&M’s or 4.5-oz.+ others]
$1/1 M&M’s Bag, exp. 5/3/15 (RP 03/22/15 R) [9-oz.+; DND]
$1/2 M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, Dove or Unwrapped Bites Products, 6oz+ (DND), exp. 4/12/15 (RP 03/01/15 #2 R)
$1/2 Mars Easter Products, exp. 4/5/15 (RP 03/08/15) [Includes 2-oz.+ M&M’s, 2-oz.+ M&M’s Minis, 10.5-oz.+ Minis Mix, 3 Musketeer Minis, Twix Minis, Snickers Minis, Milky Way Minis, Snickers Bunny, 4.5-oz.+ Dove Chocolate Silky Smooth Eggs & Bunnies, 6-ct. Snickers Eggs, 6-ct. Snickers Peanut Butter Eggs, 6-ct. Twix Eggs or 6-ct. Milky Way Simply Caramel Bunnies; DND]
$2/3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Miniatures, Eggs, Cadbury or Whoppers Bags, exp. 4/5/15 (SS 03/22/15) [8-oz.+]
Final Price: $1.88

Mars Chocolate Mixed Minis, 23.5oz: $5.48

Starburst Original Jellybeans Jumbo Bag, 39oz: $4.98

Brach’s Speckled or Original Jelly Bean Bird Eggs Gusset Bag, 44oz: $3.98

Brach’s Candy Corn Chicks, 17oz: $2.28

Select Egg Hunt Candy Bags, 41-56.8oz: $14.98

Select Chocolate Bunnies, 3-7oz: $3.48

Sweetarts Jelly Beans, 14oz: $2.88
$1/2 Laffy Taffy, Nerds, or Sweetarts Jelly Beans Printable [13-oz.+]
Final Price: $2.38 each wyb 2

Butterfinger Nest Eggs Candy, 10oz: $2.88

Chocolate Candy Egg Crate or Easter Ring Pop, 2-5oz: $1.00

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Beauty Brands ~ Hairspray Only $8.99 + $3.50 Off $10 (Today Only)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 10:15 am
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Beauty Brands is having a HOT sale on hair spray right now. Plus you can use promo code 10203 to get $3.50 off a $10 purchase (this promo code ends today). Over 75 brands of hair spray is marked at $8.99 or less and SEXYHAIR is only $9.99. That means you can get some great deals plus a ton of samples. Shipping is free over $50.

I purchased two SEXYHAIR hairsprays and got two free gifts for $16.48.

 

I”m going back and stocking up to get free shipping! GREAT deal!
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D056 ~ Anti-Aging Regimen Study

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 10:10 am
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studyStephens & Associates is conducting a clinical trial in order to evaluate a Sponsor’s Device Regimen Systems when used by Asian and White women with mild to moderate sagging in the cheeks and jawline, facial fine lines and wrinkles and rough facial skin texture.
You may be an eligible participant if you:
· Are an Asian or White female ages 40-75 years and in general good health

· Have mild to moderate sagging in your cheeks and jawline, facial fine lines and wrinkles, and rough facial skin texture

· Have not had any prescription anti-aging treatments or professional anti-aging facial treatments within 6 months

Qualified participants may be compensated up to $300.00 for your time and travel.

Interested in seeing if you qualify? Contact a Stephens’ recruiter and reference study D056 to get pre-screened.

Please send your name and phone number to: Joanne@newstudy.info, subject line D056.
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New participant, please visit www.newstudy.info, click REGISTER to get in the database first.

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Things to Freeze to Save You Time and Money

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 10:00 am
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Here is a guest post from one of my frugal Mommy blogging friends, My Kansas City Mommy! She has written up a genius post on things to freeze to save you time and money – enjoy!

Homemade Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast

Make up a few batches for quick “defrost and go” breakfasts during the week. Reheat in the microwave, toaster, or toaster oven. Another one I learned from my mom, have done this with our extras and it saves time and they actually taste good versus the ones in the store – not my favorite.

Fruit

It is best to first freeze spread out on freezer or parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and then place in bags. However I rarely take the time to do this and my fruit freezes just fine.
Keep a “Smoothie Bag” in the freezer. Toss in extra apple wedges, peaches, pears, bananas, chunks of melon…any kind of fruit…and use in smoothies. I have frozen blueberry’s, strawberry’s, apples, bananas (these I peel and cut into bite size pieces to use in smoothies or baking or even dipped in chocolate for frozen banana treat my favorite YUM), raspberry’s and they have all worked great. Another great tip – have a party and want to make it a bit “classier” try dropping your frozen fruit into a glass and fill with water, lemonade tea or your favorite adult beverage, the froze fruit will work like an ice cube without diluting the drink with water.

This tip I found online – If you don’t like handling mushy bananas, just throw the bananas into the freezer with the skin on. Then when you need them for a recipe (banana bread anyone?), pull out what you need, microwave for a few seconds, then cut off the top and squeeze the insides into your mixing bowl!

Pies
Make apple pies in the fall to enjoy throughout the year. Bake them and freeze them in freezer bags wrapped in freezer paper. When you are ready to eat, take out of the freezer and place in oven for 2 hours at 200 degrees. You can also freeze extra slices instead of the entire pie. I have done this for years and it works great.

Rice

Cook a big batch of rice, spread on a cookie sheet on parchment paper and freeze. When frozen, put in a freezer bag or containers. Great for BROWN rice which takes so long to cook! Use in casseroles, soups or fried rice. This one I found online and have not actually tried but will be on my list to try soon.

Pasta

Whenever you make pasta, cook the entire package and freeze leftovers for later to add to soups and casseroles or freeze individual size portions in a baggie, squeeze out the air and get the bag as flat as possible. Reheat by running hot water over the bag for a few minutes! This works great and is a wonderful meal to take for lunch at work.
Cookie Dough

Make a big batch of your favorite cookie dough, scoop onto cookie sheets and freeze. When they are frozen solid put them in freezer bags. When you NEED cookies, bake as few or as many as you NEED without lots of waste or guilt. Just add 1 to 2 minutes to the cook time. You can also make “slice-and-bake” cookie dough by shaping it into a cylinder, and freezing it wrapped in foil.

Sandwiches

When you pack lunches for school or work, it’s a real timesaver to pull a sandwich straight from the freezer. Throw your sandwich directly from the freezer into your lunch bag and it’s thawed by lunch time. This also helps keep the meat cold which makes me feel better about the possibility of meat issues. Peanut butter and jelly or honey, as well as deli meat and cheese work well. You can freeze butter or mustard but NOT mayo, lettuce or tomato. If you want to add fresh veggies or mayo put on in the morning.

You can also freeze breakfast sandwiches. Cook eggs and sausage or bacon in bulk, put on biscuits or english muffins or toast, wrap and freeze! In the morning grab one microwave and enjoy. Way healthier and cheaper than those that you “drive through” and pick up.

Yogurt

Yogurt Tubes can also be stored and sent to school in lunches this way too – by the time lunch rolls around they are thawed but still cold. My kids love this when I finally figured it out.

Bread, Baked Goods

When your favorite bread is on sale, stock up and freeze it. I have done this for years as well and it works great – you can leave in the regular package and just throw in the freezer, it also works great for bread that is on sale (in other words the kind that is nearing the end of it’s shelf life) as you are going to extend the life of the bread by freezing.

I found this tip online – Tip for defrosting baked goods or breads: place them in your microwave overnight. It keeps them from drying out like they do on the counter.

Mashed Potatoes

Using an ice cream scoop, put even portions of mashed potatoes onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Freeze until hard then transfer into a freezer bag. Microwave and serve. I love this one for last minute meals on those super busy nights.

Corn

This one came from an online resource. An EASY way to freeze corn on the cob is to put the ears of corn, WITHOUT removing ANY silk or husk, straight into freezer. When you want to eat it, put it in the microwave just the way you put it in the freezer and cook for 5 minutes on high for two ears or 4 minutes for one ear. The silk insulates and protects the corn while it cooks. Tastes like fresh-picked corn! I have not tried this but LOVE the idea.

Tomato Paste

Most recipes using tomato paste only call for one tablespoon out of the whole can! If you can’t find the kind that now comes in a tube like a tube of toothpaste and stores in the fridge, you now need to figure out what to do with the remainder of the can. Put the rest in a little sandwich bag, flatten it out in the freezer, or put in ice cube trays and freeze by tablespoon full and then put in a bag then when you need a tablespoon, just break off a piece or grab a cube and throw it into whatever you are cooking!

Veggies

Chop onions, carrotts, celery or peppers, freeze flat in gallon freezer bags. As they are freezing, press “score lines” into the bags this way you can break off whatever you want without having to thaw the entire bag for a recipe.

Herbs

Freeze fresh herbs in ice-cube trays with a little water or leftover stock to use for soups, stews, and casseroles later in the year.

Homemade and Store-Bought Dough

Freeze dough – pizza dough, focaccia dough, pie crust – shaped in a ball and wrapped in saran wrap. You can also freeze canned biscuits, crescent rolls, pizza dough, etc. right in the tube. Stock up when they are on sale!

Eggs

Really? Who would have thought? Crack the eggs in a freezer bag, and freeze. Or crack eggs into an ice cube tray for cakes and cookies. Thaw out in refrigerator and use as you normally would. We also cook in a muffin tin in the oven and then add to our breakfast sandwiches. This is important right now as with Easter on its way the price of eggs will be dropping and it is a great time to stock up.
Cheese

You can freeze blocks of cheese without it becoming crumbly but you must thaw completely before putting it in the fridge. If you prefer to shred your cheese first, add a tablespoon or so of cornstarch or flour to the bag and shake it to prevent clumping when it thaws. You can also freeze the bags of cheese that are pre-shredded right in their own package – this has been my preferred method for years – the cheese works great and if you are doing a casserole you don’t even have to thaw it out throw the frozen cheese on it – I mean really, it is going to bake anyway.

Milk

Yes I am being serious you can actually freeze milk. But and this is a biggie in our house – don’t let your other half know this (every wife I know that hubby finds out they are drinking frozen milk assume it is different – trust me it is not and in our house when he doesn’t realize it is the frozen gallon he normally comments on how good it is – go figure). The milk jugs have those little circle indents on them for a reason – to allow for expansion during freezing – and they will expand. To use, let thaw in the fridge for a couple of days, and SHAKE WELL before opening, to make sure it is remixed. You can also freeze buttermilk. I have not tried heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2 but will be giving this a shot soon.

Juice

Just like milk the only concern is leaving room for expansion. Take out approx 8 ounces for every half gallon of juice. Stock up when it goes on sale.

Broth and Stock

Keep a gallon bag in the freezer and add any leftover veggie pieces, including onion peels, celery stalks, potato peels, etc. When you have enough, make vegetable stock.

Keep another bag for pan drippings or sauces that are left after cooking chicken. This can be used to flavor soups. This one came from an online source and although I have not tried it I will be doing this immediately, what a great idea.

Chili, Soup

Cool leftover soup completely, transfer to a freezer safe container, leaving a small area of empty space for expansion during freezing. Before serving, move the container to the fridge the night before to thaw safely and then reheat and serve. In a pinch (or frankly when I have forgotten to take it out of the freezer) I have used the defrost function on my microwave and it has worked great.

Homemade Casseroles

When you are cooking a casseroles, make 2 and freeze 1 for unexpected company or when you are busy during the week and don’t have time to cook. Cover and freeze.
Following are a couple of ideas I found online of how to freeze these.
1. Freeze the entire casserole by lining the base of the dish with freezer paper, adding the ingredients, then freezing it in the dish. When it’s frozen solid, remove from the dish (easy to do thanks to the freezer paper), rewrap the food and put back in the freezer. This saves room in the freezer and allows you to continue using the dish. When you want the item for a meal, unwrap and place in the original dish to defrost and cook.
2. Bake casserole, let cool, and then cut into individual servings and freeze. Reheat in microwave!
Shredded Chicken

Cook a big batch and shred or when you get a rotisserie from the grocery store, shred the leftovers and put it in a bag. (TRICK to shred chicken – I LOVE This – put your chicken into your KitchenAid and use the paddle blade – put on low and watch the chicken shred just like the pro’s!) Great timesaver when making enchiladas!

Meat

Place meat in a bag, pour in marinade and freeze. When you defrost it, it will be fully-marinated and ready to cook.

Hamburger

Cook ground hamburger and portion it out for meals. When you need hamburger for manwich, tacos, chili or anything else you can dream up just pull it out of the freezer, add the seasoning, and microwave. 3 minutes, or 1 minute and 30 seconds if it’s going to be baked and doesn’t need to be thawed all the way. For crock pot meals, just throw it in frozen.

Honey-Can-Do 5- Shelf Only $59 (Retail $105)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 9:45 am
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shelfToday ONLY – Home Depot is offering Up To 51% Off Select Shelving Solutions!

One of my favorites is the Honey-Can-Do 5-Shelf 36 in. W x 72 in. H x 14 in. D Steel Shelving Unit in Chrome for $59 (Retail $105).

Head over and check out the few selections!

Kiddieland Frozen Magical Adventure Ride-On Only $39.97

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 9:30 am
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ride onHurry over and grab this Kiddieland Disney Frozen Magical Adventure Activity Ride-On for $39.97!

-Foot-to-floor ride-on
-Listen to Elsa and Anna play their favorite music
-Features the original “Frozen” movie soundtrack titled “Do You Want To Build a Snowman”
-Interactive electronic features include flashing, colorful lights, music and movie sounds
-Slide the switch to see Elsa and Anna skate around, or push Olaf for lively music
-Play the piano and hear sweet songs for bonus fun
-Requires 2 AA batteries (included)
-Dimensions: 21.5″L x 10.5″W x 17″H
-Maximum weight capacity: 50 lbs
-Some assembly required