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Holiday Meal Price Guide – Know Your Prices!

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 10:00 AM
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Holiday Meal Price Guide

The holidays are here, finally! It’s one of the best times of the year to stock-up on several items like boxed potatoes, canned veggies, baking items and more! But how do you know what you SHOULD be spending on these things? What’s the best price for a frozen turkey? What is a good deal on pot roast? It it cheaper to make my own pies than it is to purchase a frozen one? We’ve got you covered!

Holiday Meal Price Guide

Remember: These are stock up prices. This is just a guide for you to gauge what you are paying versus what you could be paying. Get as close to the listed prices as you can when you are shopping for your holiday meals. Watch the blog for coupons on these items!
Holiday Meal Price Guide
Turkey – whole, frozen 39¢-59¢/lb (under 99¢ per pound is a score)
Turkey – whole, fresh $1.39/lb
Spiral Ham – $1.69/lb or under $2 /lb
Leg of Lamb – $8.95/lb (varies depending on location)
London Broil – $1.99/lb
Rump Roast- $2.99/lb
Pot Roast – $2.29/lb
Brisket – $2.49/lb
Roast Beef – $2.49/lb
Pork Tenderloin $2.99/lb
Fish – fresh $2.99/lb
Holiday Meal Price Guide

Stuffing – we can score this for FREE with coupons, but if you don’t, under 75¢ is great

Box Potatoes – 50¢

Canned Veggies – 30¢ or under

Frozen Veggies – FREE – under $1

Gravy – dry packets will be under 50¢, and jars/cans will be under $1

Cranberry Sauce (can) – under $1 (the closer it gets, the more chances of scoring it for 50¢)

Chicken Broth (can) – 33¢

Chicken Stock – FREE – 75¢/box

Olives – FREE to 50¢

French’s Onions $1.50

Rolls/Biscuits (frozen) – 50¢ and under for a Pillsbury package

Rolls/Biscuits (fresh, dozen) – depending on the brand, watch for under $2.50

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Sweet Potatoes – 49¢/lb

Yams – 49¢/lb

Brussel Sprouts – $1.49/lb

Cauliflower – 88¢/lb

Broccoli – 88¢/lb

Potatoes – under $2 for a 10 lb bag (we even see 15 lb bags for $1.99!!)

Fresh Green Beans – under $1 per pound (these prices have changed, too)

Celery bunch – 89¢

Carrot bunch (1 lb) – 89¢

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Whole, frozen pies – we see these on sale with coupons for under $2 each

Milk – $1.99 (gallon)

Heavy Cream – $1 (1/2 pint)

Evaporated Milk – 50¢

Condensed Milk – 75¢

Sugar (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Flour (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Powdered/Brown Sugar (1 lb) – 89¢

Baking Powder – FREE – 50¢

Corn Starch – 50¢

Marshmallows – under $1/bag

Cool Whip – 50¢ for holiday flavors, under $1 for regular

Canned Pumpkin – $1 or under

Pecans – whole, $4.99/lb

Almonds – whole, $3.99/lb

Apples – depending on the type of apple– 99¢ – $1.49/lb

Chocolate Chips/Morsels – $1 – $1.50

Cream Cheese – $1

Cake Mix – 75¢

Frosting – 75¢

Cinnamon Rolls – 50¢

Cranberries (fresh) – we can get them for FREE, but about $1 per package is good

Butter (salted/unsalted) – $1.50/lb

Pie Crust (2pack) – $1

Pecans – The price of pecans has sky-rocketed! The cheapest we’ve seen lately is $7.99/lb

How to Stretch Your Household Income

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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How to Stretch Your Household Income

We all want to make more money. But when you can learn how to stretch your household income that you already have and depend on, then the stress of earning more money can be alleviated. Here are 10 great ways to make your household income seem larger than it is.

Couponing

Whether you print or clip coupons, use peels on products in the store, or contact companies directly, coupon savings can add up quickly.  50¢ here and $1 there…. you’ll find that if you keep track of the money you save each month from coupons, you’re saving more than you probably think!

Subscription Services

Grocery and household goods subscription services can be a life saver.  Not only are you saving time and money on gas driving to and from the store, you can take advantage of member savings AND stock your freezer or pantry.  Purchasing multiples of the items you use most when they are the cheapest eliminates the need to pay full price when you run out.  Check out these Grocery & Household Subscription Services that we recommend.

 

Buy Generic

Just because something generic doesn’t have a familiar logo or name on it, doesn’t mean the same active ingredients aren’t in them.  Generic versions of household items, medications and food can be just as good (if not better!) than the name brand items.  Give them a shot, and you may find your grocery bill dropping even more. Quick tip – if you have picky kids, try buying generic foods equivalent to what they prefer, and keeping the name brand box.  After it’s empty, replenish it with the generic version.  They probably won’t tell the difference!

Cash Back

When you shop online, or in-store, you can always get great cash back deals.  Sign up for Trim SavingsEbates.com, Paribus, give you money back on the purchases you make from your favorite stores. Use apps like Ibotta, Checkout51, SavingStar, and Snap to get cash back on your grocery shopping.

Pack your lunch

Prep out your lunches on Sunday before the work week hustle begins.  Use containers like these Meal Prep Containers that keep your food fresh all week.  This will save you a ton of money and keep you from spending it on fast food, snacks or going out to eat.  That adds up quickly!  A $6 lunch every day for a year is over $2,000! You can also get a travel coffee mug to take your coffee with you, so those trips to Starbucks don’t seem necessary any more, and you’ll save about $30 a week!

Shop Gently Used Clothing

Instead of grabbing that designer pair of jeans brand new, consider using sites like ThredUp.com.  This popular sites offers gently used, name brand clothing and accessories at super deep discounts. Bonus – they sell kids clothing, too, with prices starting at only 99¢ and new products every day!  This will save you a ton of money on your clothing budget for the year!

Reduce Bills & Banking Fees

Lower that energy bill with Energy Ogre!  You’ll begin saving immediately on your electric bill, which means substantial savings, especially during the Summer in Texas.  Forget the cable – shut it off and opt for Netflix and a TV Antenna.  Netflix is only about $10 a month, and an antenna offers local stations for free, with the one time cost of the device for only about $20.  Finally, eliminate unnecessary bank costs.  Look over your bank statements or talk to your banker to see if there are other options you could be using. If you’re paying monthly checking account fees, you may not need to!

After you’ve learned how to stretch your household income, find more ways to save with our Ways to Save series!

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Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners & Hacks

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 6:30 PM
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What can you do with salt, vinegar and baking soda?  A LOT!  Making DIY cleaners that are natural and non-toxic will save you a ton of money, and keep your family safe. Forget spending money on expensive cleaners that do the same thing as homemade cleaners. Whether you need a great all-purpose cleaner, or want to find some simple ways to solve common household problems, you’ll find it here.  You’ll never purchase home cleaners again, now that you are armed with these tips!

All-Purpose, every day DIY Cleaners

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All Purpose Cleaner: 1/2 cup vinegar + 1/4 cup baking soda stir into 1/2 gallon of water. Safe for basins, tubs, tile, windows, and mirrors

Bathroom Mold: one part hydrogen peroxide + 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on mold, wait an hour, and rinse

Carpet Deodorizer: sprinkle baking soda on carpet and vacuum normally 2 hours later

Carpet Stains: equal parts vinegar and water. Spray on stain, let sit for 3 minutes, clean with a brush or sponge using soapy water

Coffee or Tea Stains In Mugs: put some vinegar on a clean sponge and wipe the stained area clean, wash normally

Coffee Maker or Tea Kettle: bring 2 cups water+1/4 cup vinegar to boil inside maker, wipe with clean cloth and then wash normally

Cutting Board Cleaner: rub a slice of lemon across the cutting board to disinfect it. If there is a blood stain, or other type of strong stain, squeeze the juice out of a slice of lemon on the stain, leave on ten minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Dishwashing Stained Dishes: in the sink add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to the soapy water in the sink

Disinfect Kitchen Sponges: put them in the top rack of the dishwasher when you run a standard load

Disinfectant: 2 teaspoons borax + 4 tablespoons vinegar + 3 cups hot water. Put in a non aerosol spray bottle. Note that this is not an antibacterial cleaner, and kitchens and bathrooms do not generally require antibacterial cleaners

Drain Cleaner: 1/2 cup salt + 4 liters of water, heat until hot but not boiling and pour down the drain

Drain Cleaner (extra strong): 1/2 cup baking soda pour down the drain and then 1/2 cup vinegar, pour down the drain. Wait 15 minutes and pour boiling water down the drain. Do not use on plastic pipes, only metal ones

Metal, Laundry & Furniture DIY Cleaners

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Fresh Grease Stains On Carpet: sprinkle corn starch on spot wait 30 minutes before vacuuming

Furniture Polish For Unvarnished Wood: 2 teaspoons olive oil+2 teaspoons lemon juice, apply small amount to soft cotton cloth, wring cloth to mix fully into cloth, apply to furniture using wide strokes

Furniture Polish For Varnished Wood: 3 drops lemon oil+1/2 cup warm water, mix well, spray on slightly damp cotton cloth. Wipe furniture with cloth, finish wiping with dry cotton cloth.

Heavy Duty Carpet Cleaner: 1/4 cup salt+1/4 cup borax +1/4 cup vinegar. Rub into carpet, leave for three hours, vacuum

Laundry Detergent: 1 cup Ivory soap +1/2 cup washing soda +1/2 cup borax. 1 tablespoon of the mixture for light loads and 2 tablespoons of the mixture for heavy loads

Lime Scale On Bathroom Fixtures: squeeze lemon juice on lime scale, let sit for 5 minutes, wipe clean with wet cloth

Marks On Walls And Painted Surfaces: apply baking soda to a damp sponge, rub ink spot, pencil, crayon, or marker spot gently, then wipe and rinse

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Aluminum: use soft cloth with a solution of a shake of cream of tartar and a small amount of water

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Brass Or Bronze: dip soft cloth in a solution of baking soda and lemon (enough lemon juice to wet the baking soda)

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Brass Or Bronze #2: dip soft cloth in a solution of vinegar and salt (enough vinegar to wet the baking soda)

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Brass Or Bronze Tarnish Remover: apply a spot of ketchup to a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Chrome: polish with a small amount of baby oil on a soft cloth

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Chrome #2: polish with a small amount of white vinegar on a soft cloth

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Chrome #3: polish with a piece of aluminum foil shiny side facing outward

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper: soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water+1 tablespoon salt”+1 cup white vinegar. Apply to copper while solution is hot, let cool, wipe clean

More Metal DIY Cleaners

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Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper Tough Stains: sprinkle baking soda on a soft cloth and then wipe

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper Tough Stains #2: squirt lemon juice on a soft cloth and then wipe

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper Cookware: sprinkle juice from a lemon wedge with salt, scrub

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper Cookware Tough Stains:  apply a spot of ketchup to a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots

Metal Cleaner And Polish Gold: clean with non whitening (regular) toothpaste on a soft brush

Metal Cleaner And Polish Gold #2: clean with a paste made of salt and water (just enough water to wet the salt)

Metal Cleaner And Polish Gold #3: clean with a paste of vinegar and salt (just enough vinegar to wet the salt)

Metal Cleaner And Polish Gold #4: clean with a paste of flour and water (just enough water to wet the flour)

Metal Cleaner And Polish Silver: line pan with aluminum foil, fill with water, add one teaspoon baking soda+1 teaspoon salt. Bring to boil, immerse silver, polish with soft cloth

Metal Cleaner And Polish Stainless Steel: clean with a cloth dampened with white vinegar

Metal Cleaner And Polish Stainless Steel #2: clean with a cloth dampened with a small amount of olive oil

Metal Cleaner And Polish Stainless Steel Cookware: 4 tablespoons of baking soda+1 quart of water, apply using soft cotton cloth, wipe dry using clean cloth

Metal Cleaner And Polish Stainless Steel Sinks: club soda poured on a cotton cloth, wipe clean using dry cloth

Mothballs, Mold, Oven, Shoe & Plastic DIY Cleaners

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Mold And Mildew Remover:  white vinegar full strength apply with sponge

Mold And Mildew Remover #2: lemon juice full strength apply with sponge

Mothballs: cedar chips wrapped in cheesecloth

Mothballs #2: cedar oil on a cotton cloth (aromatic cedar, a.k.a. juniper)

Moth Repelling Sachets: lavender wrapped in cheesecloth

Moth Repelling Sachets #2: rosemary wrapped in cheesecloth

Moth Repelling Sachets #3: rose petals wrapped in cheesecloth

Moth Repelling Sachets #4: dried lemon peels wrapped in cheesecloth

Oil And Grease Spot:  pour baking soda on spot and scrub with wet brush

Oven Cleaner: moisten surfaces with sponge and water. 3/4 cup baking soda + 1/4 cup salt + 1/4 cup water mix until thick paste, spread throughout oven interior avoiding bare metal and openings. Let sit overnight, remove with spatula and wipe clean. Rub gently with steel wool on tough spots

Plastic Food Storage Container Stains: fill with warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda, let sit overnight, wash normally

Reduce Static Cling Naturally: dampen your hands and shake out individual articles of clothing as you take them out of the clothes dryer

Rust Remover: sprinkle salt on the rust, squeeze a lime over the salt until the salt is soaked. Leave on for 3 hours, scrub clean

Scouring Powder: baking soda on a damp sponge for the top of the stove, refrigerator

Shoe Polish: 2 drops olive oil+2 drops lemon juice, apply to shoes with thick cotton rag, leave on for three minutes, wipe and buff clean with a dry cotton rag

Tub, Toilet & Strong Odors DIY Cleaners

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Stickers On Walls Sponge: vinegar over the stickers, let sit 15 minutes, rub off stickers

Stone and Brick Tile Cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar+1 gallon of water, rinse with water

Strong Odors Around The House: bowl with dried herbs in the room with an odor

Strong Odors Around The House: small dish with baking soda and lemon juice in it

Strong Odors In The Garbage Disposal: put a 1/4 of a lemon slice in the garbage disposal and grind it up

Strong Odors In The Kitchen: keep a small dish of coffee grounds on the counter

Strong Odors On Kitchen Utensils And Cutting Boards: wipe with vinegar before washing. Will remove onion, garlic, and fish smells.

Strong Odors While Cooking: 1 tablespoon of vinegar +1 cup of water simmer on a back burner on the stove

Strong Odors While Cooking: 1 tablespoon of cinnamon + 1 cup of water simmer on back burner on the stove

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: 1/4 cup baking soda+1 cup vinegar, pour into toilet and let sit for five minutes. Scrub with brush, rinse.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner For Stubborn Stains: 2 parts borax and 1 part lemon juice on toilet brush, scrub with brush and rinse

Tub And Tile Cleaner: rub baking soda with a damp sponge, rinse with water

Tub And Tile Cleaner For Tough Spots: wipe surface with vinegar then follow with a damp sponge with baking soda on it. Use sparingly on grout because vinegar can break it down

Wood, Window & Vinyl DIY Cleaners

Vinyl And Linoleum Cleaner: 1 cup vinegar+1/4 cup borax+1 cup of warm water, use sparingly on linoleum

Vinyl And Linoleum Polish: 1 cup vinegar+3 drops baby oil+1 gallon of warm water, use sparingly on linoleum

Wallpaper Remover: equal parts white vinegar+hot water. Apply with sponge over wallpaper to soften adhesive, peel off lifting edges and reapply to stubborn patches. Run a fan to dissipate the vinegar smell

Water Rings On Wood: apply toothpaste or mayonnaise to a damp cloth and rub into spot, buff surface after ring is removed

Window Cleaner: 2 teaspoons of white vinegar + 1 liter of warm water. Clean with crumpled newspaper or a 100% cotton white cloth. Don’t use colored newspapers. Don’t clean  windows when the sun is shining on them, or if they are warm to the touch as it increases streaks once the windows dry. Don’t use more than 2 teaspoons of vinegar, or overtime you can cloud the glass of your windows.

Wood Floor Cleaner Damp Mopping: equal parts white vinegar and water + 15 drops of peppermint oil, shake to mix

Wood Floor Cleaner (painted):  1 teaspoon washing soda+ 1 gallon of hot water

Wood Floor Cleaner (unpainted): 1 part vegetable oil + 1 part vinegar, rub in well

What DIY cleaners do you use at home?

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Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

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Household & Grocery Subscription Services You Need In Your Life

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at 5:15 PM
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Household and grocery subscription services

There are days when a simple grocery list seems so overwhelming.  Packing up the kids, driving to the stores that carry your favorite brands, and spending extra money on items you don’t really need can be a daunting chore.  Why not sit back, relax and order those household necessities online?!  With these subscription services, you’ll score all of the products you need, save a ton of money, and save time.  It’s a win-win-win situation!

Here are our favorite grocery and household subscription services:

 

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Amazon Subscribe & Save

Save on everyday products to fill up your pantry!  These are regularly scheduled deliveries of the items you want and need for your household from Amazon.  Get everything from cat litter to toilet paper and coffee to cleaners with Subscribe & Save!  Be sure to check out Prime Pantry for more savings, as well!

BENEFITS:

  • Get household items, food, beverages, pet supplies and MORE!  You’ll never run out or have to make extra trips to the store!
  • Subscribe to more, and save more! Get additional savings and deals on eligible subscriptions when you subscribe to 5 or more products!
  • Save 20% on diapers and baby necessities as an Amazon Family Member. Get a FREE 30-day trial HERE.
  • Coupons are available to virtually zip to save more on your purchases!  Combine these with the “buy more, save more” savings to really score.
  • Shipping is FREE on all of your orders!  Most will arrive to you within 2 days.
  • Skipping a delivery is easy, with just one click. You’ll also be notified before a subscription is sent out.
  • Cancel your membership anytime

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Jet.com

This unique site has a real-time savings engine that will drop prices as you shop!  You’ll always find fun games and toys, great household necessities and gift ideas at Jet.com.  From furniture to laundry detergent, this Amazon-like competitor offers some great perks:

BENEFITS:

  • No membership, annual or hidden fees! Just shop and save!
  • Get FREE 2-5 day shipping on $35 or more orders!
  • Get JetCash just for shopping, and use it towards future purchases!
  • Constantly updated with new savings offers, new products and new deals!
  • Save 15% off your first THREE orders!

Target Subscriptions

Shop til you drop with Target Subscriptions!  Pick the everyday products your family needs, and set a delivery schedule.  Even better, you’ll score 5% off just for subscribing, and get free shipping.  Target REDcard holders will also get an additional 5% off!

BENEFITS:

  • Once you’ve subscribed, if the price on any of the items drops or offers more promotional discounts, you’ll receive those discounts on your subscription!
  • Skip or cancel or subscription whenever you need to, with ease.
  • You get the best of Target’s great inventory, at great prices!

Have you had a great experience with a subscription service?  Tell us about it in the comments, and feel free to leave referral links for fellow readers!

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September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

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Holiday Meal Price Guide – Know Your Prices!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Holiday Meal Price Guide

The holidays are here, finally! It’s one of the best times of the year to stock-up on several items like boxed potatoes, canned veggies, baking items and more! But how do you know what you SHOULD be spending on these things? What’s the best price for a frozen turkey? What is a good deal on pot roast? It it cheaper to make my own pies than it is to purchase a frozen one? We’ve got you covered!

Holiday Meal Price Guide

Remember: These are stock up prices. This is just a guide for you to gauge what you are paying versus what you could be paying. Get as close to the listed prices as you can when you are shopping for your holiday meals. Watch the blog for coupons on these items!
Holiday Meal Price Guide
Turkey – whole, frozen 39¢-59¢/lb (under 99¢ per pound is a score)
Turkey – whole, fresh $1.39/lb
Spiral Ham – $1.69/lb or under $2 /lb
Leg of Lamb – $8.95/lb (varies depending on location)
London Broil – $1.99/lb
Rump Roast- $2.99/lb
Pot Roast – $2.29/lb
Brisket – $2.49/lb
Roast Beef – $2.49/lb
Pork Tenderloin $2.99/lb
Fish – fresh $2.99/lb
Holiday Meal Price Guide

Stuffing – we can score this for FREE with coupons, but if you don’t, under 75¢ is great

Box Potatoes – 50¢

Canned Veggies – 30¢ or under

Frozen Veggies – FREE – under $1

Gravy – dry packets will be under 50¢, and jars/cans will be under $1

Cranberry Sauce (can) – under $1 (the closer it gets, the more chances of scoring it for 50¢)

Chicken Broth (can) – 33¢

Chicken Stock – FREE – 75¢/box

Olives – FREE to 50¢

French’s Onions $1.50

Rolls/Biscuits (frozen) – 50¢ and under for a Pillsbury package

Rolls/Biscuits (fresh, dozen) – depending on the brand, watch for under $2.50

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Sweet Potatoes – 49¢/lb

Yams – 49¢/lb

Brussel Sprouts – $1.49/lb

Cauliflower – 88¢/lb

Broccoli – 88¢/lb

Potatoes – under $2 for a 10 lb bag (we even see 15 lb bags for $1.99!!)

Fresh Green Beans – under $1 per pound (these prices have changed, too)

Celery bunch – 89¢

Carrot bunch (1 lb) – 89¢

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Whole, frozen pies – we see these on sale with coupons for under $2 each

Milk – $1.99 (gallon)

Heavy Cream – $1 (1/2 pint)

Evaporated Milk – 50¢

Condensed Milk – 75¢

Sugar (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Flour (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Powdered/Brown Sugar (1 lb) – 89¢

Baking Powder – FREE – 50¢

Corn Starch – 50¢

Marshmallows – under $1/bag

Cool Whip – 50¢ for holiday flavors, under $1 for regular

Canned Pumpkin – $1 or under

Pecans – whole, $4.99/lb

Almonds – whole, $3.99/lb

Apples – depending on the type of apple– 99¢ – $1.49/lb

Chocolate Chips/Morsels – $1 – $1.50

Cream Cheese – $1

Cake Mix – 75¢

Frosting – 75¢

Cinnamon Rolls – 50¢

Cranberries (fresh) – we can get them for FREE, but about $1 per package is good

Butter (salted/unsalted) – $1.50/lb

Pie Crust (2pack) – $1

Pecans – The price of pecans has sky-rocketed! The cheapest we’ve seen lately is $7.99/lb

NOVEMBER: What To Expect On Sale This Month!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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What’s on sale in November?

Chilly air, red and yellow leaves, the smell of cider and fresh pumpkin pie…..it’s definitely November!  This is the month that kicks off holiday shopping deals!  Black Friday is always popular, and so is Cyber Monday.  But, besides the obvious, what else can we find on sale this month?  Here you go!  If you’re looking for great gift ideas, be sure to head over to the blog to join our exclusive MDM Secret Savers Facebook Group, sign up for our FREE *HOT* text alerts and watch the blog for online deals and roundups!

 

Black Friday

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For the entire month, you’ll see great sales and “Pre-Black Friday” promotions!  These are wonderful ways to avoid the rushes and panic of Black Friday sales in-store AND online.  We’ll see everything from jewelry to digital cameras and appliances to TVs on BIG discounts this month!  We anticipate grabbing awesome deals on DVDs and Blu-Rays, tablets, Keep watching the blog so that you don’t miss anything!

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Get ready for WINTER!

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Before Winter hits, retailers like to begin putting seasonal items on the shelves.  You’ll see great deals on outerwear like jackets, coats, boots, thermals and much more all on sale this month.  Gloves, cold weather sleepwear, robes, mittens and hats will also be in abundance this month.  Another great buy will be cold medicine, chapsticks, cough drops and all seasonal allergy or cold & flu medications.  Read more about cold & flue essentials HERE.

Halloween leftovers

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All of those Halloween decorations, costumes, candies and party supplies will have to be off the shelves to make room for Thanksgiving and Christmas items. That means we see quicker markdowns on these things.  Stock up for cheap and save for next year, or grab some costumes for dress up when the kids want to get creative!  Don’t forget that candy corn is also enjoyed during Thanksgiving, so stock up now when they are on sale! Store your new decorations away until next year and feel awesome about saving so much money on them.

The great outdoors

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We’ve started to see nice deals on outdoor fire pits and chimenas, and those prices will continue to drop until they are gone from retailers warehouses.  Any other outdoor item like patio furniture, grills, tiki torches and hammocks will be greatly reduced, too.  This is a perfect time to save on these items.

Baking Season

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It’s in full swing now!  We saw quite a bit of activity in the baking world last month, but now it kicks into high gear.  Big sales, lots of coupons and neat promotions will be everywhere for items like chocolate chips, evaporated and sweetened condensed milk, cake and brownie mixes, nuts, coconut, sugars, flours, sprinkles, extracts and even Chex cereals!  Keep your eye on the blog for new coupons and deals at your favorite stores.

Thanksgiving

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Read about stock up prices for everything Thanksgiving meal and dessert related HERE!  We’ll see nice deals in the grocery stores on canned goods like soups, broths and canned pumpkin. We’ll also get nice sale prices on fried onion topping, cranberry sauce, marshmallows, hot chocolate, rolls, gravy, stuffing and more!

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Produce in season this month

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • avocado
  • beets
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • celery
  • chard
  • chestnuts
  • cranberries
  • daikon
  • fennel
  • guava
  • kiwi
  • kumquat
  • lemons
  • orange
  • pears
  • persimmons
  • pomegranate
  • potato
  • quince
  • rutabaga
  • squash, winter
  • sunchoke
  • turnips
  • yams

Thanksgiving Meal Price Guide

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 4:00 PM
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Stock-up price will vary depending on what region of the country you live in and how close to Thanksgiving you purchase your turkey.  Remember – you’ll pay nearly DOUBLE for a fresh turkey, that you will pay for a frozen bird.  This is important because we are thrifty shoppers and we want the best deal for the most value!   We will say that generally a great stock-up price for a frozen, whole turkey (always buy whole!)  will be between 39¢ and 59¢ per pound.  Finding a frozen, whole turkey under $1 per pound is a good deal.  Do the math and bring your calculator with you!  ALSO, be sure that the butcher’s calculations are correct.  If you are supposed to be paying 79¢/lb, and the total seems a little high, it may just be!

Remember:  These are stock up prices.  This is just a guide for you to gauge what you are paying versus what you could be paying.  Get as close to the listed prices as you can when you are shopping for your Thanksgiving meals.  Watch the blog for coupons on these items!

MEAT

Turkey – whole, frozen  39¢-59¢/lb  (under 99¢  per pound is a score)

Spiral Ham – $1.69/lb or under $2 /lb

SIDE DISHES

Stuffing – we can score this for FREE with coupons, but if you don’t, under 75¢ is great

Box Potatoes – 50¢

Canned Veggies – 30¢ or under

Frozen Veggies – FREE – under $1

Gravy – dry packets will be under 50¢, and jars/cans will be under $1

Cranberry Sauce (can) – under $1 (the closer it gets, the more chances of scoring it for 50¢)

Chicken Broth (can) – 33¢

Chicken Stock – FREE – 75¢/box

Olives – FREE to 50¢

French’s Onions  $1.50

Whole, frozen pies – we see these on sale with coupons for under $2 each

Rolls/Biscuits (frozen) – 50¢ and under for a Pillsbury package

Rolls/Biscuits (fresh, dozen) – depending on the brand, watch for under $2.50

Cranberries (fresh) – we can get them for FREE, but about $1 per package is good

Sweet Potatoes – 49¢/lb

Yams – 49¢/lb

Brussel Sprouts – $1.49/lb

Cauliflower – 88¢/lb

Broccoli – 88¢/lb

Potatoes – under $2 for a 10 lb bag  (we even see 15 lb bags for $1.99!!)

Fresh Green Beans – under $1 per pound (these prices have changed, too)

Celery bunch – 89¢

Carrot bunch (1 lb) – 89¢

BAKING ESSENTIALS

Milk – $1.99 (gallon)

Heavy Cream – $1 (1/2 pint)

Evaporated Milk – 50¢

Condensed Milk – 75¢

Sugar (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Flour (5 lbs) – $1.50  (under $2)

Powdered/Brown Sugar (1 lb) – 89¢

Baking Powder – FREE – 50¢

Corn Starch – 50¢

Marshmallows – under $1/bag

Cool Whip – 50¢ for holiday flavors, under $1 for regular

Canned Pumpkin – $1 or under

Chocolate Chips/Morsels – $1 – $1.50

Cream Cheese – $1

Cake Mix – 75¢

Frosting – 75¢

Cinnamon Rolls – 50¢

Butter (salted/unsalted) – $1.50/lb

Pie Crust (2pack) – $1

Pecans – The price of pecans has sky-rocketed!  The cheapest we’ve seen lately is $6.99/lb

Albertsons is launching a new Gas Rewards program and Tom Thumb is expanding their Gas Rewards program with Chevron in Dallas and throughout North Texas!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Albertsons is launching a new Gas Rewards program and Tom Thumb is expanding their Gas Rewards program, both with Chevron, in Dallas and throughout North Texas! That means BIG savings for us DFW folks! Shop the great deals in-store, then jump across the parking lot for more deal on fuel for your vehicles.  That’s one-stop shopping at its best!

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Shoppers can now earn points and redeem up to 20 cents per gallon in Gas Rewards at participating Chevron and Texaco locations or up to $1 per gallon at Tom Thumb and Albertsons gas stations. Existing Tom Thumb Reward Card members can earn and redeem points by using their Reward Card or phone number. New shoppers can enroll in the Gas Rewards program today by downloading the Tom Thumb or just for U® app, available for iOS™ and Android® devices. They can also enroll online at TomThumb.com or Albertsons.com/rewards. Once registered, you can earn one point for every dollar spent on participating items. Points are redeemable at the pump at Tom Thumb, Albertsons, and participating Chevron and Texaco gas stations.

Tom Thumb Gas Station Rewards

I live in downtown Dallas, and there is a Tom Thumb with a gas station attached to it, not too far from me.  This is where my boyfriend, Bryan, and I always stop for great deals on groceries and gas (p.s. this is Jeni’s boyfriend, Laura is still married to her man for 24 years :)).  It’s super convenient, and makes our grocery and gas outings much quicker with a one-stop-shop.  Not only do we save big time in the store on our purchases, we save money on gas, too.  We saved 20 cents per gallon on our last fill up – that’s under $2 per gallon!  Every little bit helps, and Bryan was pretty excited to see the total 🙂

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Rewards expire at the end of the month, following the one in which they were earned, which gives you plenty of time to use them. There is a limit of 200 points for a $0.20 per gallon Reward in a single fill-up at participating Chevron or Texaco stations, and a limit of 1,000 points for a single fill-up at a Tom Thumb or Albertsons gas station.  You can save up your points, and opt not to use them, like we do, too!

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

The next time you fill up at a gas station, shouldn’t you save more money?  With gas prices fluctuating so frequently, it’s nice to see some consistency and rewards for the money you spend.  Gas prices are up, down and all over the place, but Tom Thumb and Albertsons are consistent in savings!

Best Botox Prices in Dallas ~ Injectable Envy + Other Hot Injectable Prices

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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Best Botox Prices in Dallas

So how do you know you are getting the best Botox prices in Dallas along with other injectables?  Trust me, I’ve shopped around on Groupon and didn’t have much luck, as what I thought was a deal ended not being such, with up-sells and more.

As many of you know, I’m a loyal customer of HerKare as they have changed my mental and physical well-being treating my hormonal imbalance.

Best Botox Prices in Dallas

Well, I learned a ton about pricing as Injectable Envy just moved into HerKare in Southlake.  Did you know the average cost for Botox in Dallas is $12 per unit. The highest priced botox can be found for $18!

Best Botox Prices in DallasInjectable Envy charges just $10!!!!  So to make the math easy, 25 units with Injectable Envy is $250.  At $12 per unit, you would pay $300! WOW!

In addition, Injectable Envy signs you up for rewards programs so you can get manufacturer discounts too! No one has ever shared that tidbit of information with me until now.  I did a bit of research and only found a few others offering that price. If you find one offering Botox for $10 or less, it’s a great deal.  Then do your homework on the person’s experience doing the injectable.

Why does Injectable Envy charge less?  Because, well…they’re good and one of the biggest buyers in the country. Because of that, they get discounts from the manufacturer. Instead of pocketing those profits, they pass those savings on to the consumer. Injectable Envy is a branch of Advanced Aesthetics from Las Vegas.  Samantha Daniel, RN has moved to the DFW Metroplex to build their business in our city and share the savings. She’s been doing this for 7 years now and is well respected across the country for her work.

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Samantha Daniel, RN, is a highly specialized Certified Aesthetic Nurse Injector (CANS) with more than seven years of ongoing advanced training in aesthetics. She is the co-owner of the largest Med Spa in Nevada, based out of Las Vegas. Samantha has injected well over 20,000 clients while growing Advanced Aesthetics into a top ranked national account.  Samantha is a national trainer for some of the leading global aesthetic manufacturers including Galderma and Allergan Cosmetics. She has trained hundreds of doctors and nurses on her technique and is a frequent injector and participant at national aesthetic conferences.

It’s rare when you see prices publicly revealed, but Injectable Envy is proud of their pricing and they want people from all walks of life to have a chance at feeling better about how they look!

Botox: $10/unit

Dysport: $3.50/unit

Juvederm Voluma: $700/syringe – 2nd syringe – $500

Juvederm Ultra XC: $450/syringe – 2nd syringe – $350

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC: $450/syringe – 2nd syringe – $350

Restylane: $425/syringe – 2nd syringe – $325

Restylane Silk: $425/syringe – 2nd syringe – $325

Restylane Lyft: $500/syringe – 2nd syringe – $300

Radiesse: $500/syringe

Sculptra: $700/vial – 2nd vial $500

Kybella: $600/vial – 2nd vial $500

So if you’ve been wanting injectables at a great price, you’re sure to get a fair deal with Samantha and her team!  Happy saving!

Cheapest Botox in Dallas

 

 

 

10 Overlooked Discounts & Deals You Might Be Missing

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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10 overlooked discounts & deals

Who doesn’t love a good bargain? There might be discounts, coupons and other ways to save that you might be overlooking!  Finding savings in coupons you get from your Sunday paper, or the deals we post online is pretty easy.  But there are a lot of other options that get passed by. From now on, keep your eyes open to these great ways to save:

1. Customer Surveys. Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, and Subway are just three companies that entice you to take a survey with the promise of a reward. Many retail outlets and restaurants want the feedback and are willing to reward you for it!

2. Rebates & Coupons on Packages. “Peelies” are great coupons stuck to products.  You might even find a rebate attached, as well.  Compare the prices of the products, and if you can get a better deal with a mail-in-rebate or coupon, grab it!

3. Ticket stubs. Here in Texas, our sports are everything!  The next time you attend a Cowboys game or any other event or concert, be sure to keep your ticket!  The back of your ticket stub might have a coupon on it, or even a freebie if a team wins or score a specific amount of points.  

4. Work discounts. Cell phone plans might be covered or discounted by your employer!  Be sure to check, because you could be saving a little extra every month. Make sure you ask about fitness centers (gyms) and other public resources – your employer might already have a group account with them that you can be included in!

5.  Receipt coupons. Many store receipts have coupons on the back — especially those that come from grocery store registers. Common discounts include restaurant deals, local dry cleaning deals, reduced ticket prices to local events and more.

6. Car insurance discounts. You might be aware that a good driving record can save you money….but while you’re speaking with your car insurance representative, ask about other discounts.  Student drivers that maintain a good GPA, veterans and the elderly often have discounts waiting for them.  You just have to ask about them. 

7. Cash coupons. Stores like Kohl’s and Old Navy offer some great savings. By spending a specific amount, you’ll receive “Kohl’s Cash” or “Old Navy Cash” that can be used on your next shopping trip.  Drugstores are also popular for giving savings on your next purchase, like CVS “Extra Care Bucks” and Walgreens “Register Rewards.”  These retailers count on you forgetting all about receiving these discounts – so take note of the days you can use them, and mark that on your calendars. 

8. Home insurance discounts. Check with your home insurance company.  There are specific things you can usually do to receive a discount.  Sometimes installing a certain smoke detector or deadbolt can save you extra money you didn’t realize.

9. Online coupons. Discounts online are easy, when you follow blogs like My Dallas Mommy!  But when you’re shopping online or even in-store, retailers will often offer great savings via their app or website.  It’s usually worth your time to save that extra money, just by searching around a little more!

10. Coupon mailers. You’ve seen these in your mailbox – and probably tossed them in the trash immediately. Take a minute to look through coupon mailer packs like Valpak and MoneyMailer.  Don’t pass up a BOGO FREE dinner at a new restaurant, or savings on dry cleaning, car window repair and home carpet cleaning!  You never know when you’ll need to use them!

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

Meal Planning Tips + FREE Printable

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 6:35 PM
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One thing families struggle with is keeping the grocery bill under control. Going in without a list and buying the first thing that looks good is no fun, and ends up costing way more in the end. Learning how to meal plan and sticking to it is easier than you think. Follow these simple tips to easy meal planning and a cheaper grocery bill.

  • Assign Each Day A Theme – This could make meal planning so easy! Salad Sundays, Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesday, Wild Rice Wednesday, etc. There are so many options and making out your weekly grocery list would only take a few minutes. Make it fun for the whole family by asking the kids to pick their favorites!
  • Pinterest – This deserves it’s own category. Spend a few minutes daily searching around on Pinterest for great recipes. Pin these to a board called “Dinner,” or something similar. When it is time to prepare your grocery list, all of the recipes will be pinned in your folder.
  • Prepare Your Meat Ahead – When you are cooking, it is easier to prepare almost all of your meat at once. If you are going to be using a lot of chicken, it is easy to clean and dress it all at once, properly freeze and pull out what you need for dinner. This saves time during the week, especially for busy moms.
  • Don’t Forget the Sides – While making out your meal plan for the week, also include side dishes. There is nothing worse than having every night’s main dish planned out, but no sides. What I like to do is make side dishes that can use a lot of the same products.
  • Get Help – It get’s hard trying to figure out something to cook every night of the week, get the kids and spouse in on it. Ask them what their favorite meals are or if they have any suggestions for dinner. You would be surprised at how many great ideas they can come up with!
  • Keep Stocked Up – Keep a stock of basic supplies, both in your freezer and pantry. A few extra bags of frozen veggies or extra rice and cream of mushroom soup can make a big difference. No matter if it’s extra company or an emergency backup, it is great to have a nice stock.
  • Write Your Meal Plan – Having your meal plan listed in a central location will stop the confusion of everyone asking what’s for dinner. A great idea is to print out a free meal planner printable, frame it and hang in the kitchen. Easily fill it in every week and you are ready to go.

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I hope these tips help make planning dinner and cooking dinner just little bit easier. To help you prepare this coming week’s meal I am going to share with you a sample of one of my weekly meal plans. You can also print this PDF “What’s On The Menu” that you can print out and hang on your refrigerator or hang in the kitchen. Hope you enjoy!

Monday – Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Tuesday – Healthy Beef Stroganoff

Wednesday – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Thursday – Chicken Marsala with Fresh Garden Salad *I use chicken stock instead of wine*

Friday – Southwest Stuffed Acorn Squash

Saturday – Chicken Fajita Pasta

Sunday – Grilled Ribs with French Fries and Steamed Broccoli

Print your Free Meal Planner Here

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

Ways to Save at the Dentist

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 11:15 AM
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A trip to the dentist can be a pain in the mouth, and a pain in the wallet. So much so that cost is actually the #1 reason people do not visit the dentist more frequently, according to a 2016 report from the American Dental Association.

Unfortunately, dental care for adults is one of the most common exclusions from medical insurance and Medicare. Even with dental insurance, coverage on some of those big-ticket procedures — like crowns, bridges, dentures, braces and implants — can be limited, there might be a waiting period to start on an emergency, and your annual max is only $1,000.

The good news is there are some ways to help make dental care more affordable, and less avoidable.

Here are four tips that can help take a bite out of  dentist bills, thanks to the Consumer Health Alliance. 
First things first: Like most of our healthcare, preventive care is the key — brushing twice a day, flossing daily and keeping your twice-a-year cleaning at the dentist. This will help you to avoid costly problems in the future. Especially for dental care. A cavity that might cost you a couple hundred to fill now could lead to a root canal down-the-road that will cost you hundreds more.

Go to a dental school: The dental student teaching clinic at Texas A&M’s College of Dentistry offers high-quality dental care for much less than you would pay at a practice. The work is done by students under the guidance of a seasoned instructor, plus the tools and equipment are very up-to-date. But, the services may take more time or there might be a waiting list to get in.

Try a dental savings plan: A non-insurance dental savings plans can save you anywhere from 20% to 60% off the regular cost of dental procedures. Membership plans are similar to a wholesale store like Costco, but for discounts at the dentist. You get a list of in-network dentists and a discount on procedures when you visit those providers. Plans also have no waiting periods and may include discounts on cosmetic dentistry and braces. To look for options and participating dentists in Dallas, check out DentalPlans or Careington online.

Speak up: Ask your dentist for a discount or options to pay over time. Some practices may also offer reduced prices for referrals or if you’re paying upfront with cash.

Create a Gift Vault: Stock up & Save More Throughout the Year!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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After each holiday throughout the year, retailers need to deplete their stock to get ready for the next season or holiday. Spending less, and getting MORE is a mantra around here, and we do that by stocking up on gifts for holidays, celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries and more, all year.  Why spend full price on items you need or will need,  when you can purchase them early for less, and store them until you’re ready for them?  We call these our “Gift Vaults.”

This is especially nice when you have a last minute birthday party for one of the kids’ friends, forgot about a special birthday and don’t have time to run out to find a gift, or want to put together a gift basket for a teacher, co-worker or friend that isn’t feeling well!  This is perfect for ANYONE that purchases gifts ANYTIME during the year.

Not only can you store gifts for the future, you can store the wrapping supplies you’ll need, too!  Use a separate tote, or put them in with the gifts!  Any way you do it, you’ll be glad you did!  Where do we store these gifts?  Here are some ideas!
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Storage Totes
Storage totes are a great way to stock up on gifts, and keep them until you’re ready to wrap them up and hand them out.  Tuck it away in a closet, corner, garage or anywhere that is convenient, yet won’t get the kids curious about what’s inside.  As you collect them, just toss them in the tote.  When you need to have a last minute gift, this is especially nice, because you’ll have some great options if you’ve continued to shop all year.  Check out some affordable options HERE and HERE.

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Under Bed
If you’re limited on space, consider storing your gifts under a bed!  There are lots of great under-bed storage options available (see some HERE) that slide perfectly under the bed and stay hidden.

Closets
Re-arrange your closet to create a space perfect for gift items.  This works well if you don’t have the space for a tote.  Before using a tote, I used a medium sized duffle bag that I stashed in the corner of my closet to store gifts in.  This kept them hidden, but in a convenient spot, all together.

* Dates to Remember Sheet
Another suggestion is to create a gift list.  This can be stored with your stockpile of gifts, and help you remember important dates for your loved ones!  This will keep you more organized, and help you know what gifts to be on the lookout for, every year.  An example of this gift list could be something as simple as this Dates to Remember FREE printable:

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Hopefully now, when you see some awesome online deals that we post, you’ll change your thinking from, “I’ll have to get that for John’s birthday in June,” to “John’s birthday is in June, but this is an incredible price.  I’ll get it now and store it away, so I save more money!”

How to you organize and store away gifts?

80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners & Hacks

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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What can you do with salt, vinegar and baking soda?  A LOT!  Making DIY cleaners that are natural and non-toxic will save you a ton of money, and keep your family safe. You’ll never have to buy household cleaners again after you read this awesome list.  Whether you need a great all-purpose cleaner, or want to find some simple ways to solve common household problems, you’ll find it here.

All-Purpose, every day DIY Cleaners

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All Purpose Cleaner: 1/2 cup vinegar + 1/4 cup baking soda stir into 1/2 gallon of water. Safe for basins, tubs, tile, windows, and mirrors

Bathroom Mold: one part hydrogen peroxide + 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on mold, wait an hour, and rinse

Carpet Deodorizer: sprinkle baking soda on carpet and vacuum normally 2 hours later

Carpet Stains: equal parts vinegar and water. Spray on stain, let sit for 3 minutes, clean with a brush or sponge using soapy water

Coffee or Tea Stains In Mugs: put some vinegar on a clean sponge and wipe the stained area clean, wash normally

Coffee Maker or Tea Kettle: bring 2 cups water+1/4 cup vinegar to boil inside maker, wipe with clean cloth and then wash normally

Cutting Board Cleaner: rub a slice of lemon across the cutting board to disinfect it. If there is a blood stain, or other type of strong stain, squeeze the juice out of a slice of lemon on the stain, leave on ten minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Dishwashing Stained Dishes: in the sink add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to the soapy water in the sink

Disinfect Kitchen Sponges: put them in the top rack of the dishwasher when you run a standard load

Disinfectant: 2 teaspoons borax + 4 tablespoons vinegar + 3 cups hot water. Put in a non aerosol spray bottle. Note that this is not an antibacterial cleaner, and kitchens and bathrooms do not generally require antibacterial cleaners

Drain Cleaner: 1/2 cup salt + 4 liters of water, heat until hot but not boiling and pour down the drain

Drain Cleaner (extra strong): 1/2 cup baking soda pour down the drain and then 1/2 cup vinegar, pour down the drain. Wait 15 minutes and pour boiling water down the drain. Do not use on plastic pipes, only metal ones

Metal, Laundry & Furniture DIY Cleaners

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Fresh Grease Stains On Carpet: sprinkle corn starch on spot wait 30 minutes before vacuuming

Furniture Polish For Unvarnished Wood: 2 teaspoons olive oil+2 teaspoons lemon juice, apply small amount to soft cotton cloth, wring cloth to mix fully into cloth, apply to furniture using wide strokes

Furniture Polish For Varnished Wood: 3 drops lemon oil+1/2 cup warm water, mix well, spray on slightly damp cotton cloth. Wipe furniture with cloth, finish wiping with dry cotton cloth.

Heavy Duty Carpet Cleaner: 1/4 cup salt+1/4 cup borax +1/4 cup vinegar. Rub into carpet, leave for three hours, vacuum

Laundry Detergent: 1 cup Ivory soap +1/2 cup washing soda +1/2 cup borax. 1 tablespoon of the mixture for light loads and 2 tablespoons of the mixture for heavy loads

Lime Scale On Bathroom Fixtures: squeeze lemon juice on lime scale, let sit for 5 minutes, wipe clean with wet cloth

Marks On Walls And Painted Surfaces: apply baking soda to a damp sponge, rub ink spot, pencil, crayon, or marker spot gently, then wipe and rinse

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Aluminum: use soft cloth with a solution of a shake of cream of tartar and a small amount of water

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Brass Or Bronze: dip soft cloth in a solution of baking soda and lemon (enough lemon juice to wet the baking soda)

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Brass Or Bronze #2: dip soft cloth in a solution of vinegar and salt (enough vinegar to wet the baking soda)

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Brass Or Bronze Tarnish Remover: apply a spot of ketchup to a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Chrome: polish with a small amount of baby oil on a soft cloth

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Chrome #2: polish with a small amount of white vinegar on a soft cloth

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Chrome #3: polish with a piece of aluminum foil shiny side facing outward

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper: soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water+1 tablespoon salt”+1 cup white vinegar. Apply to copper while solution is hot, let cool, wipe clean

More Metal DIY Cleaners

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Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper Tough Stains: sprinkle baking soda on a soft cloth and then wipe

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper Tough Stains #2: squirt lemon juice on a soft cloth and then wipe

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper Cookware: sprinkle juice from a lemon wedge with salt, scrub

Metal Cleaner And Polish For Copper Cookware Tough Stains:  apply a spot of ketchup to a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots

Metal Cleaner And Polish Gold: clean with non whitening (regular) toothpaste on a soft brush

Metal Cleaner And Polish Gold #2: clean with a paste made of salt and water (just enough water to wet the salt)

Metal Cleaner And Polish Gold #3: clean with a paste of vinegar and salt (just enough vinegar to wet the salt)

Metal Cleaner And Polish Gold #4: clean with a paste of flour and water (just enough water to wet the flour)

Metal Cleaner And Polish Silver: line pan with aluminum foil, fill with water, add one teaspoon baking soda+1 teaspoon salt. Bring to boil, immerse silver, polish with soft cloth

Metal Cleaner And Polish Stainless Steel: clean with a cloth dampened with white vinegar

Metal Cleaner And Polish Stainless Steel #2: clean with a cloth dampened with a small amount of olive oil

Metal Cleaner And Polish Stainless Steel Cookware: 4 tablespoons of baking soda+1 quart of water, apply using soft cotton cloth, wipe dry using clean cloth

Metal Cleaner And Polish Stainless Steel Sinks: club soda poured on a cotton cloth, wipe clean using dry cloth

Mothballs, Mold, Oven, Shoe & Plastic DIY Cleaners

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Mold And Mildew Remover:  white vinegar full strength apply with sponge

Mold And Mildew Remover #2: lemon juice full strength apply with sponge

Mothballs: cedar chips wrapped in cheesecloth

Mothballs #2: cedar oil on a cotton cloth (aromatic cedar, a.k.a. juniper)

Moth Repelling Sachets: lavender wrapped in cheesecloth

Moth Repelling Sachets #2: rosemary wrapped in cheesecloth

Moth Repelling Sachets #3: rose petals wrapped in cheesecloth

Moth Repelling Sachets #4: dried lemon peels wrapped in cheesecloth

Oil And Grease Spot:  pour baking soda on spot and scrub with wet brush

Oven Cleaner: moisten surfaces with sponge and water. 3/4 cup baking soda + 1/4 cup salt + 1/4 cup water mix until thick paste, spread throughout oven interior avoiding bare metal and openings. Let sit overnight, remove with spatula and wipe clean. Rub gently with steel wool on tough spots

Plastic Food Storage Container Stains: fill with warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda, let sit overnight, wash normally

Reduce Static Cling Naturally: dampen your hands and shake out individual articles of clothing as you take them out of the clothes dryer

Rust Remover: sprinkle salt on the rust, squeeze a lime over the salt until the salt is soaked. Leave on for 3 hours, scrub clean

Scouring Powder: baking soda on a damp sponge for the top of the stove, refrigerator

Shoe Polish: 2 drops olive oil+2 drops lemon juice, apply to shoes with thick cotton rag, leave on for three minutes, wipe and buff clean with a dry cotton rag

Tub, Toilet & Strong Odors DIY Cleaners

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Stickers On Walls Sponge: vinegar over the stickers, let sit 15 minutes, rub off stickers

Stone and Brick Tile Cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar+1 gallon of water, rinse with water

Strong Odors Around The House: bowl with dried herbs in the room with an odor

Strong Odors Around The House: small dish with baking soda and lemon juice in it

Strong Odors In The Garbage Disposal: put a 1/4 of a lemon slice in the garbage disposal and grind it up

Strong Odors In The Kitchen: keep a small dish of coffee grounds on the counter

Strong Odors On Kitchen Utensils And Cutting Boards: wipe with vinegar before washing. Will remove onion, garlic, and fish smells.

Strong Odors While Cooking: 1 tablespoon of vinegar +1 cup of water simmer on a back burner on the stove

Strong Odors While Cooking: 1 tablespoon of cinnamon + 1 cup of water simmer on back burner on the stove

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: 1/4 cup baking soda+1 cup vinegar, pour into toilet and let sit for five minutes. Scrub with brush, rinse.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner For Stubborn Stains: 2 parts borax and 1 part lemon juice on toilet brush, scrub with brush and rinse

Tub And Tile Cleaner: rub baking soda with a damp sponge, rinse with water

Tub And Tile Cleaner For Tough Spots: wipe surface with vinegar then follow with a damp sponge with baking soda on it. Use sparingly on grout because vinegar can break it down

Wood, Window & Vinyl DIY Cleaners

Vinyl And Linoleum Cleaner: 1 cup vinegar+1/4 cup borax+1 cup of warm water, use sparingly on linoleum

Vinyl And Linoleum Polish: 1 cup vinegar+3 drops baby oil+1 gallon of warm water, use sparingly on linoleum

Wallpaper Remover: equal parts white vinegar+hot water. Apply with sponge over wallpaper to soften adhesive, peel off lifting edges and reapply to stubborn patches. Run a fan to dissipate the vinegar smell

Water Rings On Wood: apply toothpaste or mayonnaise to a damp cloth and rub into spot, buff surface after ring is removed

Window Cleaner: 2 teaspoons of white vinegar + 1 liter of warm water. Clean with crumpled newspaper or a 100% cotton white cloth. Don’t use colored newspapers. Don’t clean  windows when the sun is shining on them, or if they are warm to the touch as it increases streaks once the windows dry. Don’t use more than 2 teaspoons of vinegar, or overtime you can cloud the glass of your windows.

Wood Floor Cleaner Damp Mopping: equal parts white vinegar and water + 15 drops of peppermint oil, shake to mix

Wood Floor Cleaner (painted):  1 teaspoon washing soda+ 1 gallon of hot water

Wood Floor Cleaner (unpainted): 1 part vegetable oil + 1 part vinegar, rub in well

What DIY cleaners do you use at home?

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Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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Going out to eat doesn’t always have to be a budget pincher!  By joining restaurant clubs and rewards programs, you’ll get freebies, discounts and special, exclusive promotions!  You’ll be able to afford more nights out with the family, treat yourself to special lunches with the girlfriends, and grab dessert for cheaper.   

Here’s a list of 48 restaurants that offer perks for joining their clubs and rewards programs. Just click the link and sign up. Note that this list is national, so be sure to check locations before you get their emails:

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Bring the entire family with you when you venture out, and let the kids eat for FREE! This is a great way to save money and enjoy some family time together!  Each day of the week offers a new restaurant and new dining experience, where you can score FREE food for the kiddos.  That should save you some extra money for dessert 🙂

Kids Eat Free on Sunday
Kids Eat Free on Monday
Kids Eat Free on Tuesday
Kids Eat Free on Wednesday
Kids Eat Free on Thursday

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Saving money while you dine isn’t hard. In fact, one of the easiest ways to save is to purchase discounted gift cards.  Why pay full price, if you can score a gift card for 5-20% off?  Raise.com is a great site, always offering up new gift cards to your favorite restaurants and food & beverage places. I save at least $20 a month by purchasing gift cards for Starbucks through this site!

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Local deal sites like LivingSocial and Groupon are also great places to score some awesome deals on restaurant savings!  Try a new restaurant with a Groupon, or get a great deal on your local favorite at LivingSocial.

You never have to pay full price for the dining experience you want.  Use these tips and save BIG money – allowing your family to venture out more often.  And, save room for dessert! 🙂

Want even more?  Check out all of the current restaurant deals and freebies we have posted recently!  

How do you save money when you dine out?