Have you ever wondered? Dollar Tree Left Overz Disposable Dusters, worth it or not?

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Have you ever wondered?  

Dollar Tree Left Overz Disposable Dusters, worth it or not?

Monday is usually a happy day for me because I go to the Dollar Tree (yes stalkerish situation here) and I score my newspapers and all is right with the world.  This Monday I woke up in the Twilight Zone (tell me you are not young enough to automatically assume its that movie and you know about the TV Show in black and white).  I went and there were no papers, I had to go to a 2nd store and no papers again!  I was about to lick my wounds and head home but I had to cut my loses and at least meander around the store a little.

Well I’m glad I did!  I had forgotten they had the $1 version of the disposable dusters.  I had been wanting to clean, its always at the top of my list, every week.  Honest it is but one thing or another distracts me and well my house is in a good ‘lived in’ condition.  Also over the weekend I got wind that my mother in law might be swooping, ahem I mean stopping by soon, so now it has become something I really want to accomplish sooner rather then later. ☺

I decided to put these to the test.  The name brand is too much for me to even consider buying because its something I’m going to throw away.  I took it out of the package and right off the bat I will tell you that its smaller and not as fluffy looking.   But hey I’m not going to base this on looks, I’m going to base it on results.

I needed a good dusty place.  Not hard to find here in the desert let me tell you, between the Haboobs (yes real word) and the fact not a lot of people have grass I get an abundance of dust without even noticing.   Since we are like family I’ll show you the top of a light, I know this will stay between us.  I’m a little embarrassed but at 5’2 I never see this area, yep that’s my defense and I’m sticking with it.

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See all that dust?  Did a great job for 33 cents per duster!  (3 in a box with one wand)

Now the name brand you can shake and the dust will stay attached, yeah don’t do that with this one.  But that does not take from the ability it has to pick up the dust.  I shook it into my wastebasket and gave it another go and I was pleased with the results.  Then I tackled the ceiling fan in my room cause you know this is the week I’m going to totally rock the house cleaning!  Oh look is that a Criminal Minds marathon?  Oh ok maybe after I watch a few episodes ☺

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Have you ever wondered? Dollar Tree Stor-It Covers, worth it or not?

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Have you ever wondered?  Dollar Tree Stor-It Covers, worth it or not?

Recently while I was meandering through Dollar Tree (yes I meander a lot ) this little box caught my eye.  I remember a name brand selling these in pastel colors a while ago and charging about 3 times as much.  There are times when you need to cover a salad, left over fruit, cookies for a party, etc and you don’t want to use aluminum foil to throw away after an hour and I don’t know about you but I engage in mortal combat with plastic wrap (and I usually lose 🙁 ).

Well do these cute covers work?

Heck yes!  I use them all the time!  I use them to cover a salad before serving, left over fruit, even a small salsa bowl.  They have elastic bands and they hold, not airtight but they hold and they work!  You get 20 FOR A BUCK!  I rinse them out and let them dry on my dish rack and keep reusing.  I fell in love with these little covers and needed to spread the word!

In a bowl…on its own…on a glass…anywhere!

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These will come in super handy during this season where there are more potlucks and food everywhere.

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DIY Frugal De-Wrinkler!

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DIY Frugal De-Wrinkler!

Now just cause I’m a SAHM doesn’t mean I’m Mrs Cleaver.  How many times do I restart the dryer cause I forgot about that load and my clothes all look disastrous?  I won’t say but its more times then I’d care to admit.  I try very hard to be frugal now that I no longer work a full time job outside the home, and one thing that I’d occasionally splurge on is a certain brand of de-wrinkle spray that costs a little too much then I’m willing to admit I pay ☺  but you are looking at about $5 for a 16 ounce spray bottle or 31 cents an ounce!   Combine that with not so many coupons out there for this and I needed an alternative pronto.

I had bumped into the concoction for the DIY version on-line enough times to wonder if it works or not.  Will I have to iron?  Will my family be destined to walk this earth with wrinkled clothes???  Well today was the day I was going to find out.

What will you need?

Fabric Softener, for this I bought a small 28 oz bottle at the 99 cent store

White Vinegar, I had some but y’all know where to score this cheap.

Water

You will use equal parts of all three.  I used 8 oz of each making 24 oz of this de-wrinkler spray.  The bottle of fabric softener will be enough for 3 batches so this batch will cost you 33 cents.   Hold the press!  This batch will cost almost what ONE OUNCE of the store bought kind will cost.  1 OUNCE vs 24 OUNCES.  Hmmmmm…

But does it work?  In the words of the Monkees (oh come on you know who they are right?  I’m not that old ☺) I’M A BELIEVER!

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You spray your piece of clothing, smooth out and let dry.  PRESTO NO IRON NEEDED!

 Now if you are in a rush you can also spray this and throw it in the dryer and it will also work but I’m trying to get away from all that.  So it works, how does it smell?  Like Vinegar?  NOPE and that’s huge in this house cause the hubby can’t stand the smell of vinegar so this is PERFECT!  It will smell like vinegar a little when you spray but once it dries you can’t tell.  You can add essential oils if you wanted too but this is just something to take the wrinkles out so I didn’t want a heavy scent or anything like that but its up to you.  I always use warm water. Its my thing, I feel it helps everything mesh together more but that’s just me.  You will see a lot of different variations to this online some using less fabric softener some using alcohol, but I saw this enough to want to try it and I’m very pleased with the results of today’s little experiment.

 

 

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Frugal DIY Homemade Body Wash – Easy and Awesome

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Always looking for a bargain and finding shelves cleared?  I encounter that, too.  And as more and more stores are no longer doubling coupons to $1 its getting harder and harder to score freebies.  That’s why we need to find ways to make our own frugal versions of the products we use more to save more money.  I always buy body wash, its something I buy with or without a deal.  I have a 7 year old who loves body wash  so it was up to me to find a recipe that I’d like, that we could use but that would be frugal not just something ok, but something good something I’d want my family to use.

I found a lot of great recipes for body wash using Castile Soap.  Castile Soap is amazing on its own so if you want to make this just with the castile soap and water for your family due to sensitive skin, etc. that would work too, it would just be watery.  What I found was that its common to add glycerin drops to ‘gel’ the concoction.  These drops run about $5 for 4 ounces so I was not interested, because then I’d still want to add fragrance.  I decided to add a bar of soap that already included the glycerin and the fragrance and since I live at the local  Dollar Tree I decided to buy a bar of Yardley’s Lavender soap.

Here is what I used:

1 bar castile soap

1 bar yYardley’s lavendar soap

12 cups or 96 oz water.

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Grate the bars of soap, bring water to simmer and add the soap.  Stir until dissolved.  If you would like spin around 3 times to the East and 3 times to the West, because its so incredibly easy and quick to make you are going to feel like you need to do something else, LOL!  I like to freak out my husband and cackle while I stir the pot.

I poured the mix into a container I have and put it in the refrigerator overnight.  Some leave it at room temperature for 24 hours, but I have not the time nor the patience for that, I like to see results fast.  I left it overnight in my 2nd fridge and when I checked on it the next morning it was a nice soft jelly or ‘snot’ consistency.  I took a whisk and mixed it around, or you can use your hand works just as well to loosen it up.  I loved the consistency, not watery and the scent was just enough for me.  I had a empty bottle of shampoo that I washed out and filled up and BAM!  I’m ready.  I am going to leave the rest in the container and refill as needed.

What did I spend?  Well $1 for the Yardley soap and $3.25 for a 3 pack of Castile soap at Walmart.   $2.08 for 96 ounces of body wash, so it comes out to 2 CENTS AN OUNCE!   A bottle of a name brand body wash on the low side runs, $3.75 a bottle for 16.9 ounces or around .22 cents an ounce.   I’m going to get about 5 1/2 bottles (16.9 ounce bottle) out of these batch I made and its costing me less the price of one!

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Ok but how does it feel?  Its creamy, not watery and it smells great.  I have used it 2 days in a row and I’m sold.   Whip some up and put in mason jars and add to a gift basket with a nice loofah and this makes a great frugal gift.

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Why retail stores are asking for your zip code and why it could be dangerous to give it

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Why do retail stores ask for your zip code

We have all had the question asked when we check out at stores.  The cashier casually asks for your zip code.  I always figured that they were trying to see how many shoppers are local.  The question seems innocent enough, right?

WRONG.

It turns out that by providing that tiny piece of information, you could be opening yourself up to everything from unwanted marketing to identity theft.  Some retail stores (and this includes a lot of the big chains!) collect this information and take it to what is called a data mining company where things like your name, address, phone number, date of birth, ethnicity, and even your yearly income can be obtained.  They match your payment information or the information from a check or loyalty card to your zip code.  The list can then be used to market to you or can be sold to others.  And in most cases this is entirely legal.  Next time you are asked, the best advice is to ASK why they need it.  You can then decide whether to provide it or to politely decline to give them the information.  If there is any issue with your refusal, ask to speak to a manager then call the corporate offices of the company to tell then what you think.

NOTE: I understand that there may be legitimate times to give the cashier your zip code.  Sometimes this information is asked for verification purposes. However, it would perhaps be advised then to ask the question as to why they are needing the zip code from you.  Then act as you think you should once you have the answer.  Never be afraid to ask for a manager to explain it properly.  The most important thing is to try to protect your information from unnecessary collection.

For the full story, please view this video from my local news station KSDK.com to learn why a store asks for your zip code.

 

I want to know!

Where have you been asked for your zip code?  Do you give it?  Do you lie?  Did you have any idea that this was dangerous???  I sure did not till I saw the story!

 

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Have you ever wondered? Dollar Tree Scrub Buddies Cleaning Erasers, Worth it or Not?

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Have you ever wondered?  Dollar Tree Scrub Buddies Cleaning Erasers, Worth it or Not?  

I kept walking past them at the Dollar Tree.  Hardly ever buying the name brand cause I think they are too expensive I sorta had given up on using them around the house.  But the other day I figured, why not?  A 2 pack for $1, you can’t beat that price so it was worth the gamble and the expense to finally know the truth!

In my pre-frugal life I had bought the name brand ones, I thought they were handy and did the job.  Post-Frugal me just didn’t see the reason to make the expense.  What does the box promise to do?  Clean crayon and scuff marks…in a house with a 7 and 10 year old I was bound to find these with ease.  Which I did!

We bought my daughter a cute vanity and inside the drawer we found she had decorated it with blue crayon.  Ok, my first opponent the box says to get the sponge wet, and squeeze out the extra water.  Now I was ready.

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I need to find a harder opponent cause this crayon was HISTORY!

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I moved on, I spied a scuff mark on the door to my sons room.

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A little rubbing with the same eraser, and GONZO!

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After this I was trying to find something else to use this eraser on, and I found my next opponent in my daughters white dress shoes, all scuffed up in the front.  I wasn’t so sure my little eraser was going to be able to take care of business but boy was I WRONG!   Faster then I could say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the scuff marks were ERASED!

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I’m a definite believer in the Dollar Trees Scrub Buddies Cleaning Erasers.  I was so happy I handed each of my little darlings their own cleaning eraser and had them clean the doors!  I’m going to keep a few on hand and make sure to gift their new teachers a couple when school starts.  I can totally see them putting these to good use.

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DIY Homemade Sugar and Lemon Scrub, Frugal $2 Dollar Tree Recipe!

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DIY Lemon and Sugar Scrub, $2 Dollar Tree Recipe!

Some people think that in order to save you have to sacrifice on your beauty regimen.  NOT TRUE!  We can use ingredients found at home or at the dollar stores to whip up some awesome stuff to keep us looking our best!  Since it is summer and we all have exposed skin, this time around I’ve been concentrating on scrubs to keep our skin soft and touchable.  I tried a salt scrub and now I’ve moved on to sugar.

Again, you might already have this at home so you won’t have to spend anything but if you don’t you can go to your local Dollar Tree store and pick up sugar and baby oil.  We use the 2:1 ratio and we are ready to mix this up!

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What will you need?

1 box sugar, 16 oz

1 bottle baby oil (comes in 10 oz you will use just 8 oz)

One lemon ( you will use the zest from the whole lemon and the juice)

Jar to hold it (I picked up one at the Dollar Tree with lid )

Now you can use any oil.  I wanted to try baby oil because a lot of us are moms and have this usually in our homes.  I also wanted to try it because of its already light texture and fresh scent.   I took one large lemon and grated to get all the zest and then I squeezed the juice.  Depending on how strong you like the smell of lemon you might want to add more zest or more juice.  I stayed with one as my lemon was very potent.

You mix your sugar and oil first, and then gradually fold in the zest and add the lemon juice.  Mix until well blended.

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I scrubbed my elbow as a test.  Aside from my feet this is my driest and roughest part of my little old body.  My elbows are happy campers tonight!  This did a great job at helping the roughness.  As with the Sea Salt scrub, I only spent $2 on ingredients as I had a lemon on hand.  If you do not have a lemon, how about an orange or a grapefruit?  I can’t wait to try out other citrus blends.  You will have a nice scrub to use or gift for 13 cents an ounce as opposed to 63 cents an ounce if you buy a 16 oz jar at $10.   You can also use any container to put it in, so save a nice jar or two.  If you are keep it  for yourself a Tupperware works, an old mason jar, the possibilities are what is in your cupboard. Just make sure that the container is not porous or the oil will seep out.

I love making these so much I’m going to make some for gifts soon.  Next up on my DIY list??  I’m not sure, so please leave us some comments for what you’d like us to whip up for our Beauty on a Budget posts.

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DIY Sea Salt & Olive Oil Exfoliating Scrub, the 99 Cent Store Version! Beauty on a Budget

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DIY Sea Salt & Olive Oil Exfoliating Scrub, the 99 Cent Store Version!

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Ever since I moved to Phoenix my skin has been so dry, my feet especially since indoors I’m mostly barefoot and outdoors I’m usually in flip flops.  During the summer months I get pedicures regularly and I hear those magic words, ‘Scrub $5 Extra’.  I end up indulging because my feet are a dry mess.  Every so often I splurge and buy a scrub that I find on sale at Marshall’s or Ross only to discover my daughter gets into it when she’s taking a bath, she’s a 7 year old with silky smooth skin.

I started researching DIY scrubs.  You just basically need a salt (or sugar, but that’s an upcoming post) and an oil  using the ratio of 2:1 and then you are ready to go!

I decided to use ingredients I could easily find at the Dollar Tree or the 99 Cent Store or even have at home already.  This week I hit the 99 Cent Store and picked up a bottle of olive, canola oil blend and a container of sea salt.  I am growing mint in my garden so I cut some from my stash to add for scent.  I also bought a nice glass jar but that’s optional.  Out of pocket it was $2 for my scrub that will yield a little more the 16oz of exfoliating scrubbing goodness.  That comes out to 13 cents an oz as opposed to somewhere around 63 cents an ounce if you buy a 16oz scrub on sale for about $10

16 oz of sea salt

8 oz of olive oil

mint leaves

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First I took 2 cups of the sea salt and mixed in 1 cup of the oil blend. Once this was mixed well, I took my little food processor to chop up the mint.  I folded it in and mixed well.  AND THAT WAS IT!   It took under 10 minutes.

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The fresh mint gave it a wonderful smell and I did not smell the oil one bit (that was a main concern for me).  I did the Madge test on my hand (remember Madge from the old Palmolive commercials?  Did I just date myself?  LOL) and I was amazed at the results!  I didn’t smell of olive oil, I had a nice fresh scent to the area I used the scrub on, and my hand is super soft.  Even my husband came over to feel my hand and do a smell test and was really surprised at the results!

I can’t wait to scrub up my dry feet tonight and show them some TLC.

What’t next for me?  Dollar Tree Sugar Scrub, Stay tuned!

Princess T ☺

 

 

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Free Summer Meals for Kids Across the US – Feeding America

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Free Summer Meals for Kids Across the US –  through Feeding America

Kids are near and dear to the hearts of the Couponista Queen and Staff.  Summer is particularly hard on low income families and they need extra help feeding the children.

Here are a few child hunger facts: 1 in 5 kids is not sure where the next meal is coming from.  16.7 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food.  Usually the meals that the kids of low income families get at school every day are the only sure meals they have on a daily basis.  Thankfully, the end of the school year doesn’t have to mean the end of meals for these kids.  During 2011, over 31 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program.  2.3 million children participated in the Summer Food Service Program although many more were eligible.

Feeding America has a list of states and the food banks that will be providing these meals all summer long.  Click on your state and you will see the food bank or banks serving your area, contact them to find out dates, locations and times for the Summer Meal program.

Please share this wonderful resource with everyone you know, your families, friends, neighbors, churches, and organizations.  1 in 6 Americans faces food insecurity.  Chances are good that someone YOU know is hungry.  If YOU need help, please check for local emergency food assistance.

Lets get the word out and please remember to support your local food bank.

 

 

 

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Have you ever wondered? Dollar Tree Carpet Cleaner, worth it or not?

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Have you ever wondered?  Dollar Tree Carpet Cleaner, worth it or not?

Since I’m a Mom, I own a minivan.  A martyr of a minivan really.  Poor thing has been abused by my kids which is why I do not want to upgrade my car for another year or two because I want to ride their messy age a little longer.  That being said I can not splash money out frequently to get the interior carpets washed at the local car wash.  That’s why a $1 carpet cleaner sounded like a great idea to me.

Now the next picture is a little embarrassing but I will show you.  The mat on my daughters side is a stained mess.  I didn’t expect all the stains to come out but I did want to spruce it up a bit.

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The directions will have you spray the foam, use a sponge or a wet rag to spread it around and let it dry for one hour, afterwards you need to vacuum.  I was worried that this stuff was going to be too harsh and I’d get discoloration.  No such thing!  I like how my mat looks, and I’m going to had my son a nice sponge and have him do the rest of my car!

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I also did a smell test and it was fresh smelling.

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Until next time!  I can’t wait to go back and pick something else out to try out ☺

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up&up Hydrogen Peroxide only 2 cents a bottle – Plus 10 uses for hydrogen peroxide

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Want some hydrogen peroxide for 2 cents?  Print this $0.50 off up & up® first aid item Target coupon and use it on the up&up hydrogen peroxide priced at $0.52

► Check out these 10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide ◄

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30 Frugal Date Ideas

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Dating does not have to involve a lot of cash.  Oftentimes the best dates are quality time spent doing things that you don’t normally do.  Check out some of these frugal date ideas, and add some of your own in the comments. 

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1. Visit a used book store.
2. Rollerblade together.
3. Spend the evening at the library.
4. Make your own ice cream sundaes.
5. See a play or musical.
6. Give each other a massage.
7. Create a treasure hunt.
8. Have a picnic together.
9. Visit a cave.
10. Go swimming.  Heck, go skinny-dipping!
11. Do some puzzles together.
12. Go bowling.
13. Play a sport together at the park.
14. Take an art or cooking class together.
15. Attend a free outdoor concert.
16. Learn to play an instrument together.
17. Volunteer together.
18. Stargaze.
19. Dinner & a movie – at home.
20. Walk on the beach – or around the lake!
21. Have a dessert only date.
22. Work out together.
23. Bird watch.
24. Have a water fight!
25. Go on a tour of a historical building in your city or town.
26. Wine tasting!
27. Play Pictionary, Scrabble, or Charades.
28. Try Frisbee Golf.  Or, regular golf! 🙂
29. Take a walk downtown and window shop.
30. Go on a hike together.

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Dollar Tree the $1 Keep It Cold Bag…Worth it or Not?

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Dollar Tree the $1 Keep It Cold Bag…Worth it or Not?

Well I really never believed these would work, doubting Princess T that I am.  But I bought a few and gave a few to my mom who always forgets them so she’s not a good guinea pig, lol.  I have some sturdier ones that I had bought but I wanted to get these for $1 to keep in my car for those unplanned trips to the grocery store. (yes its also suppose to keep stuff hot but I’m not testing that this time)

Today was the day I’d take them out for a spin and document my findings.  I took out a tub of Breyers Snickers ice cream, much to my husbands dismay.  It was 80 degrees out and climbing.  I put the ice cream in the bag and put the bag in the back of my mini van for the next two hours.  Temperature climbed to 86 degrees.  I was expecting to find a leaky melted mess.  But I was WRONG!

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(Yum, see still sealed nice and clean)

Happily for my husband and kids, the ice cream had survived and had done so nicely, no leaks, and no excessive melting.

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(No leaks, no drizzled melted ice cream on the carton, just a little softening around but nothing major)

Worth the $1?  Yes especially for me here in the desert these bags will stay in my minivan and help keep my groceries safe if we should need to stop after the grocery before they arrive at their final destination…my Fridge ☺

Happy Saving, Princess T

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AMF Summer Unplugged Kids Bowling! Turn off the TV, Turn on the FREE FUN! In Most States!

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AMF Summer Unplugged Kids Bowling!  Turn off the TV, Turn on the FREE FUN!  In Most States!

Another wonderful FREE program for kids 15 years and under to bowl two games EVERY DAY during the whole summer!  Parents can add a summer pass for $34.95 for themselves and up to 3 guests 16 years and over to also enjoy two games a day for the summer with their kids. I’ve signed up my kids for these because with the Arizona summer temps I will gladly take bowling indoors ANY DAY!

Let’s line up plenty of free or frugal activities so we never hear, MOOOOOM WE ARE BORED!

 

 

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Dollar Tree Space Saving Vacuum Bags, Good or Trash? Have You Ever Wondered?

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Have You Ever Wondered?  Dollar Tree Space Savings Bags, Good or Trash?

 

Well have you?  I have.  There are lots of products that I see and wonder if they are worth my money and time.  Today was such a day.  I went to the Dollar Tree to get my papers and I always always make time to meander around cause you just never know what goodies you are going to find.  Today I walked by the Space Saving bags and thought WHY NOT?

I usually buy the ones at Walmart that cost way more or maybe sometimes I score a deal at Ross.

For $1 I got 1 space saving bag size Large.  I came home opened it up and noticed a few things right off the bat.  First, its not Large, its more smallish but what can I expect for $1 right?  I think its a perfect size to store pillows.  I have a queen size pillow that needed protection so I can put it away in my sons closet.  Actually I have 4 that need to be put away.

I popped it in the bag, brought out my vacuum and put it to the test.

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I’m going to go back and buy more!  Before I wrote this post I waited over an hour to make sure it stayed vacuumed, IT DID.  No leaks, no air seeping out, its there nice and compact.  I love the idea that for $1 I can store my pillows in their own bags and not have to have a great big bag with them that take more room.  This is also perfect for kids clothes I think, or small blankets, you decide.  Last year for my cruise I used a few to over pack like I usually do, next time I won’t have to spend so much.  

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All in all a lot of different things and possibilities I like about these handy little bags but more then anything

I LOVE THE PRICE.

Until next time!  Princess T…Frugal Princess on the deal beat ☺

 

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25 Ways to Cut 100 Calories or More

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Also check out these 30 Snacks that are 100 Calories or Less

1. Choose nonfat milk instead of using whole milk.  Bonus:  Lower fat milk has more calcium!
2. Use a smaller cereal bowl.
3. Trade regular eggs in for egg whites.
4. Grill your food using nonstick spray instead of butter.
5. Don’t eat while distracted.  Eating in front of the TV or your phone can add more than 100 calories to what you eat!
6. Swap a bagel for an English muffin and save 300 calories.
7. Drink light beer instead of regular beer.
8. Instead of mayo, use mustard.
9. Split that piece of cake or dessert with two friends.
10. Use fat-free mayo in your chicken salad.
11. Eat slowly, concentrate on chewing and enjoying your food, and eat less.
12. Cut the amount of cheese you use in half.  You may not even notice the difference!
13. Use lettuce wraps instead of bread.
14. Remove the skin from your chicken.
15. If you must have soda, drink a a small can instead of a bottle.
16. Eat pizza with grilled chicken instead of pepperoni.
17. Use fat-free sour cream in recipes.
18. Freeze blended fresh fruit into a sorbet for dessert.
19. Try raw veggies, instead of chips, with salsa.
20. Eat canned fruit in water instead of syrup.
21. Instead of creamy soups, eat broth-based soups.
22. Skip the croutons and use half the cheese.  Add veggies instead.
23. Instead of butter, top whole grain waffles with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or blueberries.  Antioxidant boost, too!
24. Try fat-free cream cheese instead of regular.
25. Dip your fork in the dressing and eat your salad, instead of pouring dressing on top.

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