12 July 2019

How to Make Cash on Inbox Dollars Without Doing Surveys

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How to Make Cash on Inbox Dollars Without Doing Surveys

26 June 2019

Easy and Inexpensive Cowboy Casserole

Inexpensive, super easy and super tasty..

Cowboy Casserole

Ingredients for Casserole

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 12 oz maple breakfast sausage
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 15.5 oz can of red kidney beans
  • 1 10.75 oz can Campbells tomato soup, concentrated, do not add water. 

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup of instant mashed potato flakes
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup sour cream 
  • 2/3 cup of Bisquick
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Directions for the Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. While the meat is cooking, peel and dice sweet potato into 1/2 inch chunks. Mix together sweet potato, chili powder and brown sugar. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 6-8minutes or until sweet potato is semi-soft. Set aside. 
  3. Break up and brown ground beef, breakfast sausage,  and diced onion in a skillet. Drain off grease. 
  4. Combine sweet potatoes, meat mixture, kidney beans and tomato soup, mix well.
  5. Spread mixture in an even layer in a 6 x 8 casserole dish. 

Directions for the Topping

  1. Add butter to water and bring to a boil in a sauce pan. 
  2. Add butter and water immediately to mashed potato flakes. 
  3. Add sour cream and mix well. 
  4. Add the Bisquick, egg and Italian Seasoning. 
  5. Mix until it forms a dough. Do not over mix. 

Put it all together....

  1. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop potato dough onto top of the casserole all across the top. 
  2. Cover lightly with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. 
  3. Uncover and bake for another 5 minutes.

I serve with a side of sour cream and creamed corn on the side.

23 June 2019

Spring 2019 Walmart Beauty Box Unboxing

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11 June 2019

Top 3 Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Summer Tutor

Summer has arrived, and it's not too late to make plans for your kids' activities. Even if they already have a camp, sports and vacations planned, there is one more thing you should consider this summer. Summer tutoring is an activity that can benefit any school age child. Here are the top three reasons to schedule some tutoring sessions right away. There online sites to help you get set up with a tutor like tutoo.

Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Education researchers have been studying the problem of summer learning loss as far back as 1906. Research says that taking months off from learning can cause students to lose a great deal of the information and study skills they learned over the school year. A few regular sessions with a tutor over the summer can help a student stay current with their information and retain what they've already learned.

Increased Confidence During the School Year

Studying during the summer can put your child ahead of the game for next year. Getting a head start can drastically improve their learning confidence when they start school again, and confident students learn more, enjoy their studies more, and do better on tests.

Ease School Transitions

If your child is moving from elementary school to middle school or from middle school to high school, summer studies are especially important. Changing schools can be a scary time for kids, and if the actual school work is more comfortable for them, they can focus on other things like making new friends and settling into a new environment.

These are only three of the great reasons to put your kids in a tutoring program. How about you, do your kids go to tutoring during the summer? How does it work out for them? Comment below... 

06 June 2019

5 Things You Should Never Buy at the Grocery Store

In the several decades I've been frugal shopping, I've picked up a few do's and don'ts I live by. Some of them include things I just don't buy at the grocery store. When it comes to frugal living, store hopping is a must, you can get the best deals, by shopping around. Here are a few things you should by at places other than your regular grocery store.


Spices are one of the most expensive things you can buy per ounce at the grocery. Since the shelf life of most spices is pretty long, you can get the best deal by buying larger quantities in bulk. I buy my spices in larger quantities and store in mason jars and then transfer to my smaller bottles in my spice rack. The best place to get spices in bulk where I live is online, but if you live in a large city, you may be able to get good deals at quality markets that have bulk bins. 

Granulated garlic, for example, can go for $1.55 oz in the grocery store or even .80 cents to $1.00 at The Dollar Tree. On Amazon, you can get a 26 oz brand name container of McCormick granulated garlic for only .30 cents per oz or even cheaper the larger container you buy it in. Buying it online is totally worth the savings. If you don't think you can use it that fast, get together with 2 or three friends and buy several spices together and then split them up in jars when they come in. 


I can't remember a time when I ever bought housewares or kitchen tools at a grocery store. Most of them have at least one aisle with baking pans, kitchen tools, and other random kitchen objects. Avoid this aisle at all costs. It's always overpriced and usually of lower quality. 

My favorite place to buy housewares is Ross or Big Lots. Depending on where you live, these may not be available though. Search of a discount store that offers discontinued items at a low price. The other option is to check thrift stores. I've gotten outstanding quality, high-end brand appliances, dishes, utensils, kitchen tools, and other items at my local thrift store. If both of these places are duds for you, you'll still get a better deal online than at your grocery. 


Batteries, unfortunately, tend to be something you run out of in the most inopportune moments. This frequently causes you to run out and buy them at the nearest store at an overinflated price. To save the most on batteries, it's best to be over prepared. It's well worth the cost to get a battery storage box and re-chargeable batteries. Buy enough batteries to have batteries in all the standard items, remote controls and radios, and a set in the batter box. That way, when your batteries run out in the remote control, you can just go to your battery box and switch them out. If you don't want to do re-chargeable or you need batteries right away, try large boxes at discount stores, hardware stores, and online. Never buy batteries in 4-packs, it's the most expensive way to purchase them.


I have to admit, I have been guilty of buying pre-cut veggies. They are so convenient, especially when dieting. However, now I know that it takes only a little time to pre-cut up all my veggies for the week on Sunday and put them in sealable containers in the fridge. I pre-cut mushrooms, carrots and other salad veggies and it makes it quick, easy and cheap to throw together a beautiful salad for lunch every day. The cost per oz difference between pre-cut veggies and whole veggies is so vast, it's almost always worth the time to cut them up yourself.


than soda, so why not pick up a bottle, it's only a dollar, right? Wrong. Those dollars add up, and they add up fast. Water is so much more expensive in serving size bottles, the smaller the container, the more the cost per ounce. If you're drinking bottled water at home, that's even worse! There are so many cheaper options for water. In sink filtration systems, water coolers you refill yourself, even in fridge water pitchers. Decide on a solution for your home and most importantly, get yourself watertight, unbreakable re-useable water bottles you can take everywhere you go, so you save yourself that $1 every time you enter a store. My husband and I actually keep a cooler in the car with water and snacks so we won't spend money on them when we're running errands. 

What about you? What's something you never buy at the grocery store and where do you buy it instead? Comment below and let us know!

10 May 2019

Super Refreshing Summer Drink - The Arnold Palmer

If you're looking for a sweet, refreshing drink to keep in the fridge during the summer, how about a big jug of lemonade iced tea. This non-alcoholic drink became known in the 1960's as the Arnold Palmer, named for a famous golfer at the time. It's an inexpensive drink to keep in the fridge and beats the kids chugging down the soda in the summertime heat.


3 quarts water
9 tea bags
3/4 cups sugar
1 can (12 oz) frozen lemonade


Bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat and steep tea bags in the water for 5 min. Discard the tea bags and stir in the sugar and lemonade concentrate. Store in the fridge, makes 12 servings. 

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