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July 24, 2017

Thrift Takes Creativity ~ Words of Wisdom

When G. K. Chesterton originally wrote, "Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste," it was in the context of upcycling trash--using everything you can.  Upcycling does take creativity.  Being thrifty with a budget also takes a creative thought process.

I often say, "we need to get creative to lower our utility bills," or some other area of our budget.  When it comes to groceries a creative menu can go a long way in reducing weekly grocery budget. The use of sales, printable coupons and money saving apps for grocery shopping [like Ibotta and SavingStar] takes creativity in combining the three to create a perfect deal.

So the next time you want to work on saving money,  let your imagination run wild and see how creative thrift can be poetic.

July 21, 2017

July Swago Board at Swagbucks ~ Earn Up to $5.00 [7/24-7/31/2017]

Swagbucks is holding their July Swago promotion starting Monday, July 24th at 9am PDT!  It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.  Each square is particular action to perform.  If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Kohl's or PayPal cash!  They offer dozens to choose from.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in their Rewards Store.  We have never filled a full board, but we usually get a row or two filled and earn a few extra SB points towards our monthly free gift cards.  Be sure to read all the instructions on the Swago board page--you can only submit once, not each row.  This Swago board ends 7/31 at noon PDT.

Click here to sign up and get started!  It's all free and easy to do.  If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

If you'd like some tips on more ways to earn at Swagbucks click this link:  How to Earn Free Gift Cards and Cash at Swagbucks Series.

Disclosure:  Links to Swagbucks in this post are my referral links.  Thank you for using my links.  I also earned SB for sharing this promotion.

Saving Money thru Homemade Yogurt ~ $1300+ Yearly Savings

Each of our family members eats a bowlful of yogurt for breakfast each morning.  By making our own yogurt at home we see a huge savings in our grocery bill as I make 12 batches per quart of purchased yogurt.  I make two batches per week (using one gallon of milk each time).

1 - quart store purchased yogurt (plain) @ $3.79 = $3.79   We prefer Stonyfield, but also use Dannon which is less expensive.  A friend uses Aldi's which is even less expensive.
12 - gallons milk @ $2.39 = $28.68

Total Cost:  $32.47 for 49 quarts of homemade yogurt (12 gallons plus the one purchased) or about                              66 cents each

Total Cost:  $185.71 for 49 quarts of purchased yogurt

Total Savings:  $153.24

If you divide by 6 weeks -- 2 gallons a week -- it equals $25.54 in weekly savings for our family.  In a year that equals $1328.08.  [Based on Stoneyfield price in our area--other brands are cheaper.]

When I make the first batch from a new container of yogurt I divide the rest into small containers and freeze in the deep freeze.  Each day I put the milk on to heat to make a new batch I take one out to thaw.  Many people just use their own made yogurt to make the new batches, but I have good success with doing this and the cost is minimal per batch for the yogurt.

We do not own a yogurt maker, we just use five one-quart canning jars and they fit perfectly into a cooler that we add hot tap water up to the neck of the jars.  It sits for five to seven hours and presto we have yogurt.  We eat it plain, but we have added jelly when we serve it.

Yogurt in quart jars incubating
in cooler with hot tap water.

I am not sharing the recipe here, there are dozens of how-to's that are easy to find.  I will share two tips if you are interested in trying your hand at it:
          1--use as small amount of yogurt as possible (I use a tablespoon per jar)
          2--let it cool to very close to 100 degrees before adding the yogurt and setting to culture
Both of these helps there to be less whey.  Actually, I find I have virtually no whey now that I have learned to follow these two steps.

Do you make homemade yogurt?  Do you think you would like to try?

July 20, 2017

25% Swagbucks Rebate (1250 SB) for $50 Shopping Trip to Kohl's [7/14 - 7/29/2017]

Swagbucks has a deal where you can get 25% back when you spend $50 at your local Kohl’s, and that's before any deals you may get through Kohl's Cash.      

Here's how you can take advantage of this deal:      

1.  Click here and sign up for Swagbucks if you haven't already. Make sure you create your "Swag Name" after you sign up.
2.  Shop at your local Kohl's store and spend $50 or more between July 14, 2017 and July 29, 2017.
3.  Send an image of your product(s) along with the qualifying receipt to and include your Swag Name in the subject line.  

That's all you need to do to secure your 1250 SB credit, which is equal to $12.50 - that's 25% back on a purchase of $50.  If you already have a Swagbucks account, you can get a $50 Kohl’s gift card for 4650 SB, a 7% discount of the usual price--use it to shop and you'll be saving even more.

From the fine print at Swagbucks:  Offer expires 7/29/17.  Only in-store purchases qualify. Online/Shipped orders do not qualify.  Online orders picked up in store do not qualify.  Offer may only be redeemed once per member.  Must be a $50 or more purchase at Kohl's to be eligible for SB. Purchase must be made between July 14, 2017 and July 29, 2017.  Receipt must be uploaded by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on July 29, 2017.  Purchases made outside of the listed dates are not eligible for SB. Please allow up to 32 days from 7/29/17 for SB to credit to your account.  Be sure to read all of the fine print on the offer page, and I try to hold on to receipts I send in for points/rebates until I receive the rebate, that way if there's a problem I have the needed info.

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try. You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.  And if you sign up thru the link in this post and earn 300 SB points before the end of the month you will receive a bonus of 300 SB points.

Check out more ways to earn at Swagbucks by clicking this link:  How to Earn Free Gift Cards and Cash at Swagbucks Series.

Disclosure:  Links to Swagbucks in this post are my referral links.  Thank you for using my links.  I also earned SB for sharing this promotion.

July 17, 2017

Great Dollar General Trip 7/16/17 ad-saved 100%

I just ran out to Dollar General to take advantage of some coupons I'd just printed.  It was such a good deal I was afraid they'd run out!  If my SavingStar (if you are unfamiliar with Saving Star, you can see here for more info from one of my other blogs) rebate comes through as expected, I'll only have spent tax!  Here's what I did:

Bought 2 (two) Jars Prego 2/$3
Used 2 (two) 

Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Prego Italian Sauce (24oz. or larger) (Available at Walmart)

Bought 2 (two) Six packs of Dial on sale for $2 x 2 =$4
Used 1 (one)

Save $3.00 off TWO (2) Body Wash or Bar Soap (6 bar or larger)


Save $2.00 on any TWO (2) DIAL® or TONE® Body Wash, Bar Soap (6-Bar or Larger) Offer Excludes Trial and Travel Sizes.Expires 8/6/2017.Save $2.00.

Total for items $7 +tax

Coupons Used: $5
Submitted to SavingStar: $2

The soap will be packed in some Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts next Christmas. We shop all year long to help us be able to pack dozens of boxes for kids in need.

July 16, 2017

Dial bar for a dime

I wanted to share about a deal I've been getting on Dial Soap.  There is currently this printable coupon available, you should be able to print two on your computer (print as soon as you can, the last two months, it's been gone in like a day).

Save $1.50 off any TWO (2) Liquid Hand Soap Refills, Foaming Hand Soap Pumps, Bar Soap (3-Bar or larger)
I've found at my local these three packs at my local Dollar Trees you should be able to use the coupons on (you can see Dollar Tree's coupon policy here):

That works out to about a dime a bar depending on taxes in your state.  Be sure to check out Great Dollar General Trip 7/16/17 ad-saved 100%  for another Dial deal, this one at Dollar General...probably better than free!

I've been able to use these coupons at two different Dollar Trees different times with little to no problem.  Some people have had problems at their Dollar Tree.  My suggestions are: print the coupons on normal quality, not fast draft (as I often do with coupons) to be sure they'll scan better, be ready to explain the small print of the coupon saying "off any 3 pack", and personally I always carry a printed copy of Dollar Tree's coupon policy. Of course, one should also be prepared to be polite and take no for an answer. 

I know someone who had trouble, just decided to go to their WalMart that also carries this kind.

Saving Star (if you are unfamiliar with Saving Star, you can see here for more info from one of my other blogs)  also has a deal out right now, unfortunately, it doesn't work at Dollar Tree, but you could pair it with the printable coupon and a deal at another store possibly: 

Save $1.00 on TWO (2) Dial® Foaming Hand Wash, Liquid Hand Soap Refills, Bar Soap (3-Bar Or Larger), Advanced Bar (2-Bar Or Larger).Expires 8/6/2017.Save $1.00.


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